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Sri Lanka could accept international actors in war crimes probe

Sri Lanka could accept international actors in war crimes probe

Sri Lankas foreign minister said on Thursday he is willing to consider international participation in investigating possible war crimes during the 26-year Tamil insurgency. MORE...

February 26, 2016  07:54 am|

Govt. mulls bail for Tamils held under terror act: Mano

Govt. mulls bail for Tamils held under terror act: Mano

The Ranil Wickremesinghe government is open to the idea of allowing Tamils held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to get bail, the New India Express quoted the Minister for National Dialogue on Ethnic Issues Mano Ganeshan as saying. MORE...

October 29, 2015  11:58 am|

Accountability process would be purely domestic: FM

Accountability process would be purely domestic: FM

The process to fix accountability as mandated by the latest UNHRC resolution for the alleged rights abuses during the conflict with the LTTE will be completely domestic, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has said rejecting claims that it was a hybrid mechanism. MORE...

October 25, 2015  11:45 am|

UN will continue to press for accountability in Sri Lanka: Farhan

UN will continue to press for accountability in Sri Lanka: Farhan

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that the United Nations (UN) will continue to press for accountability in Sri Lanka over incidents related to the alleged war crimes. MORE...

October 22, 2015  12:52 pm|

Indian govt. urged to move resolution against Lanka

Indian govt. urged to move resolution against Lanka

Indias Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader and former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has urged the Union government to move a private member resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) seeking an international inquiry into the alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan Army in the last phase of the civil war. MORE...

October 6, 2015  10:26 am|

Tamil Eelam is the solution: Ramadoss

Tamil Eelam is the solution: Ramadoss

Indias PMK leader S. Ramadoss has said that if Sri Lanka was ready for an international inquiry into the alleged war crimes and human rights violations, the United Nations should hold a referendum among the Sri Lankan Tamils across the world for the creation of a separate Tamil Eelam, The Hindu newspaper reported. MORE...

October 4, 2015  06:50 am|

Vaiko slams UN resolution on Sri Lanka

Vaiko slams UN resolution on Sri Lanka

The United Nations resolution authorising Sri Lanka to hold a probe into war crimes is bound to turn detrimental to ethnic Tamils, Indias MDMK general secretary Vaiko has said. MORE...

October 1, 2015  12:31 pm|

Human Rights Council betrays Tamils: Vaiko

Human Rights Council betrays Tamils: Vaiko

With the United Nations report on Sri Lankan war crimes likely to come up for discussion at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday, Indias MDMK general secretary Vaiko has said that it will be a black day for Tamils all over the world, The New Indian Express reports. MORE...

September 30, 2015  02:05 pm|

TNA hails U.S.-backed resolution on Sri Lanka

TNA hails U.S.-backed resolution on Sri Lanka

The draft resolution on Sri Lanka tabled at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by the U.S. and other countries has addressed the main issues of accountability and reconciliation, according to the Tamil National Alliance leader, R. Sampanthan. MORE...

September 29, 2015  11:30 pm|

Investigations under domestic mechanism victory for Lanka: Tennakoon

Investigations under domestic mechanism victory for Lanka: Tennakoon

Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) and Centre for Human Rights and Research (CHR) are extremely encouraged by the resolution on Sri Lanka presented to UNHRC, which allows a for more domesticated mechanism to investigate alleged human rights violations. MORE...

September 28, 2015  04:19 pm|

Move resolution for probe into Sri Lanka war crimes: PUCL

Move resolution for probe into Sri Lanka war crimes: PUCL

The Indias People Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) has called upon the Centre, as a member of the UN Human Rights Council, to move a resolution calling for a credible, independent, international investigation into the violations of humanitarian and human rights laws. MORE...

September 27, 2015  05:15 pm|

India has to maintain friendly relations with Sri Lanka: Venkaiah Naidu

India has to maintain friendly relations with Sri Lanka: Venkaiah Naidu

Reiterating the Narendra Modi governments stand on relationship with Sri Lanka, Indias Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday that India has to maintain friendly relations with its neighbour. MORE...

September 27, 2015  02:23 pm|

Aust co-sponsors Sri Lanka resolution

Aust co-sponsors Sri Lanka resolution

Australia has co-sponsored a reconciliation resolution to the United Nations with the Sri Lankan government. MORE...

September 27, 2015  10:55 am|

Resolution on Sri Lanka tabled at UN Human Rights Council

Resolution on Sri Lanka tabled at UN Human Rights Council

A resolution calling for a credible justice process with Commonwealth and other foreign judges in order to prosecute for mass atrocities committed during the final stages of the islands armed conflict has been tabled at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. MORE...

September 24, 2015  10:57 pm|

War crimes in Sri Lanka: Jaya urged to convene all-party meeting

War crimes in Sri Lanka: Jaya urged to convene all-party meeting

Indian PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss on Thursday urged Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa to convene an all-party meeting to exert pressure on the Centre to bring out a resolution in the UNHRC, seeking international probe into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, the Times of India news agency reported. MORE...

September 24, 2015  02:49 pm|

Death toll in final phase was not 40,000, says Justice Paranagama

Death toll in final phase was not 40,000, says Justice Paranagama

Justice Maxwell Paranagama, Chairman of the Sri Lankan Commission on missing persons and war crimes, has said that the death toll in the final phase of Eelam War IV was not 40,000, as claimed in the 2011 report of the Panel of Experts appointed by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, but probably a little above 7,000. MORE...

September 21, 2015  10:41 am|

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|

UN should probe war crimes in Sri Lanka: Ramasamy

UN should probe war crimes in Sri Lanka: Ramasamy

United Nations should probe the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, Indian Second Deputy Chief Minister, Penang, Malaysia, P. Ramasamy, has said in Coimbatore. MORE...

September 14, 2015  10:07 am|

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|

New army chief a blow to justice, says HRW

New army chief a blow to justice, says HRW

Sri Lankas promotion of a senior officer whose division was implicated in serious human rights abuses casts doubt on government pledges to credibly investigate alleged war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today (17). MORE...

May 17, 2015  01:51 pm|

UN group on missing to visit Sri Lanka in August

UN group on missing to visit Sri Lanka in August

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances has confirmed that it will visit Sri Lanka from August 3 12. MORE...

May 10, 2015  05:55 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|

Sri Lanka has potential to be a role model: UN

Sri Lanka has potential to be a role model: UN

If handled well, the case of Sri Lanka has the potential to constitute an example for the region and for the world of how a sustainable peace ought to be achieved, says Pablo de Greiff, UN Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparations, and Guarantees of Non-recurrence. MORE...

April 12, 2015  01:11 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|

Calls for international war crimes probe insulting - Chandrika

Calls for international war crimes probe insulting - Chandrika

Sri Lanka is united against an international investigation into alleged war crimes during its 26-year-long civil war, according to its former president, Chandrika Kumaratunga. MORE...

March 16, 2015  08:51 am|

Jeffrey Feltman to visit Sri Lanka this week

Jeffrey Feltman to visit Sri Lanka this week

One week after the UN Human Rights Council agreed to withhold the already delayed report on war crimes in Sri Lanka, the UN announced that Secretary General Ban Ki-moons highest political official Jeffrey Feltman will visit the country this week. MORE...

February 25, 2015  11:05 am|

U.N. rights chief backs delay for Sri Lanka war crimes report

U.N. rights chief backs delay for Sri Lanka war crimes report

Sri Lankas bid to postpone publication of a UnitedNations report into alleged war crimes has won the backing of U.N. human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Monday. MORE...

February 16, 2015  09:11 pm|

President assures domestic mechanism to probe alleged rights violations

President assures domestic mechanism to probe alleged rights violations

President Maithripala Sirisena assured the diplomatic community that his government will not hesitate to punish the offenders of human rights violations said to have taken place during the war after the conduct of a credible domestic inquiry through a judicial process into the allegations. MORE...

February 15, 2015  11:34 am|

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|

President Sirisena ushers new chapter of hope for Sri Lanka - NY Times

President Sirisena ushers new chapter of hope for Sri Lanka - NY Times

It was just one month ago that Sri Lanka surprised the world by electing opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena as president, rejecting the authoritarianism, corruption and dynastic politics of the administration of the incumbent, Mahinda Rajapaksa. MORE...

February 11, 2015  03:46 pm|

HRW slams former Government

HRW slams former Government

The Sri Lankan government stepped up pressure in 2014 on human rights activists and journalists, particularly those urging justice for past war crimes, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2015 released today. MORE...

January 29, 2015  04:33 pm|

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