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Paranagama report far worse than UN report Rajitha

Paranagama report far worse than UN report  Rajitha

The government today said that the resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka would have been much more severe if the Paranagama report had been released before the session in Geneva. MORE..

October 22, 2015  05:39 pm|

UN resolution, Udalagama & Paranagama Commission reports tabled in Parliament

UN resolution, Udalagama & Paranagama Commission reports tabled in Parliament

The resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council as well as the Udalagma and Paranagama Commission Reports were tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe a short while ago.

October 20, 2015  01:31 pm|

CaFFE and CHR welcome release of commission reports

CaFFE and CHR welcome release of commission reports

The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) and the Center for Human Rights and Research (CHR) today welcomed the decision to release the reports of the Udalagama and Paranagama Commissions on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka. MORE..

October 6, 2015  03:04 pm|

All-party conference to discuss solutions to rights issue - President

All-party conference to discuss solutions to rights issue - President

President Maithripala Sirisena today said that the country had achieved a great victory at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as the international community expressed high appreciation of the steps taken by the government since January. MORE..

October 2, 2015  08:29 pm|

Resolution on Sri Lanka adopted at UNHRC

Resolution on Sri Lanka adopted at UNHRC

The US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka was adopted without a vote by consensus at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, a short while ago. MORE..

October 1, 2015  05:18 pm|

Chairman of Missing Persons Panel rebuts Zeid

Chairman of Missing Persons Panel rebuts Zeid

Responding to the UN Human Rights High Commissioner Prince Zeids call to disband the Sri Lankan Missing Persons Commission and assign its work to a more credible body, the chairman of the panel, Justice Maxwell Paranagama, contended that nobody else can do the job better. MORE..

October 1, 2015  03:21 pm|

U.S. supports a credible domestic process in Sri Lanka - Kerry

U.S. supports a credible domestic process in Sri Lanka - Kerry

The U.S. has said it will support a domestic investigation by Sri Lanka to address allegations of human rights abuses during the final phase of the countrys civil war. MORE..

September 29, 2015  06:42 pm|

UN resolution could advance justice in Sri Lanka - HRW

UN resolution could advance justice in Sri Lanka - HRW

The United Nations Human Rights Council should adopt a resolution ensuring a robust international role in Sri Lankas justice mechanism for abuses during the countrys brutal civil war, Human Rights Watch said today. MORE..

September 29, 2015  10:46 am|

Vaiko detained during protest against draft US resolution

Vaiko detained during protest against draft US resolution

MDMK general secretary Vaiko and representatives from 32 organisations were detained on Monday morning after they threatened to lay siege to the U.S. Consulate in Chennai following a rally condemning the draft U.S. resolution for a domestic investigation into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. MORE..

September 29, 2015  10:28 am|

Sri Lanka trying to water down UNHRC resolution: HRW

Sri Lanka trying to water down UNHRC resolution: HRW

Sri Lanka should not be allowed to water down a UNHRC resolution on its alleged rights violations during its civil war with the LTTE, according to a prominent rights group which said that the current draft was counterproductive to the reconciliation efforts of the government. MORE..

September 25, 2015  12:48 pm|

TNA commends govts willingness to co-sponsor resolution

TNA commends govts willingness to co-sponsor resolution

The Tamil National Alliances (TNA) today welcomed the draft text of a resolution on Sri Lanka tabled by the co-sponsors of the resolution at the UN Human Rights Council. MORE..

September 25, 2015  10:46 am|

Wigneswaran welcomes UN proposal to set up hybrid court

Wigneswaran welcomes UN proposal to set up hybrid court

The Chief Minister of Sri Lankas Tamil-dominated Northern Province has welcomed the UNHRCs proposal to set up a hybrid court to probe the alleged war crimes during the last phase of the conflict with the LTTE, saying it is a dramatic step towards achieving reconciliation. MORE...

September 24, 2015  11:18 am|

President orders Avant Garde case to continue

President orders Avant Garde case to continue

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed relevant authorities to continue with legal proceeding regarding the controversial Avant Garde issue, Cabinet Spokesman and Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. MORE..

September 23, 2015  02:09 pm|

Sri Lankas domestic mechanism to be finalised by January

Sri Lankas domestic mechanism to be finalised by January

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera says that the setting up of a four-tier domestic mechanism to investigate allegations of human rights violations will be finalised by January 2016 and implemented within 18 months. MORE..

September 17, 2015  04:47 pm|

UN members should back hybrid court in Sri Lanka - HRW

UN members should back hybrid court in Sri Lanka - HRW

The call by the United Nations top human rights officer for a domestic-international hybrid court to address allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka should receive strong endorsement by members of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Human Rights Watch said today. MORE..

September 17, 2015  02:42 pm|

TNA wants UN probe recommendations in next resolution

TNA wants UN probe recommendations in next resolution

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today said that it welcomes the report of the investigation conducted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OISL) and its recommendations. MORE..

September 17, 2015  12:58 pm|

Govt assures due attention to UN report

Govt assures due attention to UN report

The Sri Lankan Government today said it will ensure that the content and recommendations of the UNHRC report receive due attention of the relevant authorities including the new mechanisms that are envisaged to be set up. MORE..

September 16, 2015  09:58 pm|

Sri Lanka promises justice after UN war crimes report

Sri Lanka promises justice after UN war crimes report

Sri Lanka promised to deliver justice after a United Nations human rights report called on Wednesday for a special court to be set up to prosecute war crimes committed during the nations 26-year civil conflict. MORE..

September 16, 2015  04:00 pm|

Full Report of OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka

Full Report of OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka

The long-anticipated report of the United Nations investigation into allegations of human rights violations during the war in Sri Lanka was released a short while ago. Click for Full Report..

September 16, 2015  03:05 pm|

Zeid urges creation of hybrid special court in Sri Lanka

Zeid urges creation of hybrid special court in Sri Lanka

A UN report published today has identified patterns of grave violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011, strongly indicating that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict. MORE..

September 16, 2015  02:14 pm|

Sri Lanka set to announce reconciliation plans

Sri Lanka set to announce reconciliation plans

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera would make a statement in Geneva on Monday, the inaugural day of the the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)s three-week-long session. MORE...

September 13, 2015  11:25 am|

UN probe report handed over to govt

UN probe report handed over to govt

The UN probe report on alleged war crimes committed during the final phase of Sri Lankan militarys battle against the LTTE has been handed over to the government. MORE..

September 12, 2015  04:49 pm|

Harsha focusing on economic diplomacy

Harsha focusing on economic diplomacy

Deputy Foreign Minister Dr Harsha de Silva today said that the main economic issue in Sri Lanka is the weaknesses in the countrys economic relations with other countries. MORE..

September 11, 2015  04:02 pm|

DMK opposes US move to bring in revised resolution

DMK opposes US move to bring in revised resolution

DMK today opposed any move by the US to bring in a revised resolution in a UN rights body on a probe into alleged rights violations in Sri Lanka, as reported in the media, and said India should not support it. MORE..

September 9, 2015  09:58 am|

HRCs sitting on Sri Lanka fixed on Sept 30

HRCs sitting on Sri Lanka fixed on Sept 30

A report on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka during the Eelam War is likely to be presented on September 30 during the 30th session of the United Human Rights Council. MORE...

September 7, 2015  11:18 pm|

Karunanidhi condemns US support to Sri Lankan domestic probe

Karunanidhi condemns US support to Sri Lankan domestic probe

DMK chief Karunanidhi today condemned the US governments reported proposal for support to a domestic probe by Sri Lanka into alleged war crimes rather than going in for an international investigation. MORE..

August 29, 2015  01:29 am|

Samarasinghe admits failure to implement 2009 resolution

Samarasinghe admits failure to implement 2009 resolution

President Maithripala Sirisena took the initiative to revive Sri Lankas connections with countries that had distanced itself from the island nation and he managed to win the trust of the worlds most powerful countries within a short span, says Mahinda Samarasinghe. MORE..

August 27, 2015  06:15 pm|

US backs Sri Lankas domestic probe

US backs Sri Lankas domestic probe

The United States said Wednesday that it wants to sponsor a resolution at next months U.N. human rights session that is supportive of Sri Lankas government, which wants to conduct its own investigation into alleged war crimes. MORE..

August 26, 2015  02:31 pm|

Biswals visit hastens swearing-in of three key Ministers

Biswals visit hastens swearing-in of three key Ministers

The visit of Nisha Biswal, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia on Tuesday to discuss the UN Human Rights Commissioners report on war crimes in Sri Lanka, has hastened the swearing-in of Mangala Samaraweera as Foreign Minister; Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe as Justice Minister; and D.M.Swaminathan as Resettlement Minister. MORE...

August 25, 2015  07:52 am|

No legal basis for international investigation within Sri Lanka; it has to be domestic - PM

No legal basis for international investigation within Sri Lanka; it has to be domestic - PM

There is no legal basis for international investigation within Sri Lanka; it has to be domestic, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said in an interview to the Hindu. The reason some of the people have been calling for international investigation is the loss of confidence in the judiciary, he added. MORE...

August 24, 2015  08:25 am|

Shivajilingam writes to UN human rights chief

Shivajilingam writes to UN human rights chief

M K Shivajilingam, who is contesting in the upcoming parliamentary polls as an independent candidate, has asked the UNHCR for an international probe into the alleged war crimes during the conflict with the LTTE. MORE..

August 9, 2015  12:23 am|

Rights groups urge UNHRC to maintain fullest scrutiny of Sri Lanka

Rights groups urge UNHRC to maintain fullest scrutiny of Sri Lanka

Several international human rights groups have urged the international community and the UN Human Rights Council to maintain the fullest scrutiny of Sri Lanka on questions of justice and accountability. MORE..

July 4, 2015  10:55 am|

US commends fight against corruption in Lanka

US commends fight against corruption in Lanka

The US called on Sri Lanka to continue on its path of ensuring accountability and reconciliation in a statement delivered to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. In an opening statement delivered on Monday, the US said we commend the people of Sri Lanka for restoring democratic institutions and combatting corruption. MORE...

June 16, 2015  07:50 am|

UN chief commends President Sirisena

UN chief commends President Sirisena

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has appreciated the new Governments forward march under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena, to build peace and reconciliation in the country while protecting democratic rights of the People. MORE..

June 4, 2015  10:04 pm|

Sri Lanka sets September date for war crimes probe

Sri Lanka sets September date for war crimes probe

Sri Lankas new government yesterday said an investigation into allegations of war crimes would begin by September, amid international pressure to account for atrocities committed during the islands decades-long separatist conflict. MORE...

May 8, 2015  08:15 am|

Wont do anything that requires referendum Ranil

Wont do anything that requires referendum  Ranil

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe today expressed confidence that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution will be passed in Parliament with sufficient backing, despite objections voiced by certain parties including the JHU - a key partner of the government and calls for a referendum. MORE..

March 26, 2015  02:20 pm|

Sri Lanka plans to lift terrorist ban on Tamil groups

Sri Lanka plans to lift terrorist ban on Tamil groups

Sri Lankas new government has announced plans to remove 16 groups and hundreds of Tamils from a list of foreign terrorists as part of reconciliation with its largest ethnic minority. MORE...

March 19, 2015  08:16 am|

UN rights chief urges Sri Lanka not to repeat failures of the past

UN rights chief urges Sri Lanka not to repeat failures of the past

The United Nations top human rights official today urged the Sri Lankan Government to consult deeply with the people, particularly victims of the war, in order to design mechanisms that will work and not repeat the failures of the past. MORE..

March 5, 2015  10:16 pm|

Minister Mangala to meet Zeid tomorrow

Minister Mangala to meet Zeid tomorrow

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaweera will travel to Geneva to attend the High-Level Segment of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to be held on March 2nd, 2015. MORE...

March 1, 2015  11:31 am|

No faith in domestic probe - Bishop of Mannar

No faith in domestic probe - Bishop of Mannar

The Bishop of Mannar, Dr Rayappu Joseph, today said that a domestic investigation into allegations of human right violations cannot be trusted and that is the reason the Tamil people placed their faith in an international probe by the UN. MORE..

February 24, 2015  05:41 pm|

Sri Lanka to discuss domestic probe with UN

Sri Lanka to discuss domestic probe with UN

Sri Lankas government will next month look to win United Nations backing for a domestic probe into allegations of human rights violations during the final stage of the war, an official said today. MORE..

February 21, 2015  11:39 pm|

Delay of UN war report right thing to do - UK Dy HC

Delay of UN war report right thing to do - UK Dy HC

The decision by the UN Human Rights Council to delay the investigation into the end of the Sri Lankan conflict despite being difficult for those who gave information was the right thing to do, Laura Davis, British Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka says. MORE...

February 20, 2015  02:20 pm|

Mangala to visit Geneva, meet Zeid

Mangala to visit Geneva, meet Zeid

Sri Lankas Foreign Minister Mangala Samaweera will travel to Geneva to attend the High-Level Segment of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to be held on March 2nd, 2015. MORE..

February 20, 2015  01:15 pm|

Mangala meets U.N. chief, urges war crimes report delay

Mangala meets U.N. chief, urges war crimes report delay

Sri Lankas foreign minister met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, and U.N. diplomatic sources said he pressed his governments desire to delay the release of a U.N. report on alleged war crimes during his countrys civil war. MORE..

February 14, 2015  08:03 am|

Karunanidhi wants India to move resolution against Sri Lanka

Karunanidhi wants India to move resolution against Sri Lanka

DMK president M Karunanidhi on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider moving a resolution in the UNHRC against Sri Lanka over alleged genocide and wanted India to support adoption of a human rights violation report in the world body. MORE..

February 13, 2015  09:44 pm|

Sri Lanka says seeking delay in UN war-crimes report

Sri Lanka says seeking delay in UN war-crimes report

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said on Wednesday his country was seeking a delay of several months in the release of a U.N. report on alleged war crimes during his countrys civil war until the government had time to establish a mechanism to deal with the issue. MORE...

February 12, 2015  07:41 am|

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