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News: “Rolling Over” of UNHRC resolution is not a good option for Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 07/03/2017 (Tuesday)
The 47-member Human Rights Council (HRC) has a mandate to hold no fewer than three regular sessions a year, for a total of at least ten weeks. These sessions take place in March (four weeks), June (three weeks) and September (three weeks). Further, if one third of the Member States requests, HRC could decide to hold a special session at any time, to address human rights violations and emergencies. That was how the 11th Special Session of the HRC was convened to consider the situation in Sri Lanka in 2009, a week after the conflict came to an end.
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News: Sri Lanka torture victims call for international war inquiry
Posted Date: 07/03/2017 (Tuesday)
Two Sri Lankan Tamils tell DW how they were rounded up after the civil war ended, and tortured. They hope to pressure the government to bring in foreign judges to investigate war crimes allegations. 34-year-old Mayairan, from Sri Lanka's north-eastern district of Mullaitivu was studying in Malaysia when his country's 26-year-long civil war ended in May 2009.
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Photos: Sri Lanka rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe
Posted Date: 06/03/2017 (Monday)
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Videos: Face the Nation TV 1 06th March 2017
Posted Date: 06/03/2017 (Monday)
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News: Our ‘reconciliation’ score-card in Geneva
Posted Date: 05/03/2017 (Sunday)
Even as Sri Lanka’s human rights condition is being assessed at the annual United Nations Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva, Switzerland, the President and the Prime Minister have made public statements rejecting the formal role of foreign judges on the benches of Sri Lankan courts. Both, the timing of the statements vis-à-vis Geneva and, the fact that both top national leaders have simultaneously made such a pronouncement is of great significance. The President’s statement has a nationalist element that, perhaps, befits the role of the head of state and first citizen of the country. The Prime Minister, as head of government, naturally presents a technical rationale that addresses the institutional mechanics of the issue.
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News: Sri Lanka Offers The First Battle Ground For A Neo-Cold War?
Posted Date: 05/03/2017 (Sunday)
In diplomatic terms, if not militarily, the incumbent Government seems to have developed a knack for running with the hare and hunting with the hound. Rather, it wants to please every nation and seek to benefit from all of them, purportedly without hurting itself. But the history of the Non-Alignment Movement (NAM), which is what the nation seems, wanting to restate in a new geo-strategic environment, has only hurt those that used to be on the wall all the time, not helped them in anyway.
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Events: எஸ் ஜி சாந்தன் கண்ணீர் அஞ்சலி நிகழ்வு
Posted Date: 05/03/2017 (Sunday)
Toongabbie Community Centre, Toongabbie, NSW 2146, Australia
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Events: Late Mr S.G.Santhan’s" Memorial Tribute event
Posted Date: 05/03/2017 (Sunday)
Toongabbie Community Centre, Toongabbie, NSW 2146, Australia
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News: Zeid chides Lanka on ‘slow progress’and lack of commitment on war crimes court
Posted Date: 04/03/2017 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka has shown little commitment to setting up a special judicial mechanism to prosecute alleged war crimes, the United Nations said in a new report released in Geneva yesterday that criticises the Government for its “slow pace of progress” on post-war reconciliation and justice. In a hard-hitting report to the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council currently meeting in Geneva, UN Human Rights Chief ZeidRa’ad Al Hussein said the Government had prioritised only truth and reparations aspects of the transitional justice process it committed to in the 2015 resolution.
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News: TNA Statement on UNKRC report
Posted Date: 04/03/2017 (Saturday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) welcomes the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the implementation of the 2015 Human Rights Council resolution, and its recommendations. While the report acknowledges some areas of progress, such as discussions on constitutional reform, it is critical of the government’s failure to deliver with respect to a number of critical issues. The TNA shares the concerns of the Report that confidence building measures such as land releases, release of prisoners, repeal of the PTA, reform of the Victim and Witness Protection Authority and ending military involvement in commercial and civilian activities have not been pursued satisfactorily. In fact, the failure of the government on these issues are steadily eroding the trust of our people.
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Events: Solidarity for Malayagam: Inagural Conference and book launch
Posted Date: 04/03/2017 (Saturday)
Sudbury Methodist Church, 809 Harrow Road, Wembley HA0 2LP
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News: SLFP sees conspiracy to split up party
Posted Date: 03/03/2017 (Friday)
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) yesterday accused unnamed members of colluding with the rival UNP in an attempt to break up the party. Speaking to journalists at the weekly SLFP press briefing in Colombo, Minister and UPFA Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera said that the party was aware of “certain agreements” that have been reached with the objective of helping the UNP form its own Government.
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News: Tamil protests to reclaim land persist in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 03/03/2017 (Friday)
“When I lie down here at night, I imagine being under the roof of my home,” says Singarathinam Sellamma, 83, seated among a small group of people outside the divisional secretariat in Puthukkudiyiruppu here. For about 25 days now, representatives of 49 families have been taking turns and fasting at the entrance of the government’s administrative unit in the small town, staying put under a roadside shelter. Their demand is simple – they want to return to their homes across the road, located on the 19 acres of land that the military has occupied since 2009. Hundreds of families like theirs were displaced in the final phase of the war.
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News: Sri Lanka Dodges Questions on Women’s Rights at UN Committee
Posted Date: 03/03/2017 (Friday)
If there were any doubt where women’s issues rank in the Sri Lanka government’s list of priorities, it was laid to rest last week in Geneva. When the Sri Lanka delegation appeared before the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) on February 22, it should have been well-prepared for the occasion. It was the country’s eighth periodic review, and the questions that the committee would raise were no mystery – the CEDAW Committee and Sri Lankan civil society groups have had steady dialogue with the government over their concerns.
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News: Lanka to co-sponsor UN resolution
Posted Date: 03/03/2017 (Friday)
Sri Lanka will co-sponsor a resolution led by the US and the core group at the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Government confirmed in Geneva yesterday. Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms Mano Tittawela told Daily FT in Geneva that the Government would submit a resolution together with the US, UK and Montenegro that it hopes would provide more time for implementation of UNHRC resolution 30/1 which was adopted by the Council in October 2015.
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News: Linguistic slights spur ethnic division in Sri Lanka Monoglot officials are impeding post-war reconciliation
Posted Date: 03/03/2017 (Friday)
From its gleaming new headquarters, Jaffna’s police force serves around 100,000 people. The vast majority of the local population are Tamils or Tamil-speaking Muslims; fewer than 50 locals are members of Sri Lanka’s biggest ethnic group, the Sinhalese. But the vast majority of the city’s 532 police officers are Sinhalese; only 43 are Tamil, and very few of the rest speak the Tamil language well. This is not just an affront to Tamils, whose complaints about discrimination lay at the root of a 26-year civil war that ended in 2009. It is also a practical problem. Sripathmananda Bramendra came to the new headquarters one day in December to obtain the paperwork needed to replace a lost licence-plate.
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Photos: Govt. says no new laws to include foreign judges in special court
Posted Date: 03/03/2017 (Friday)
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News: Tamils hold protest in Lanka as UNHRC begins session
Posted Date: 02/03/2017 (Thursday)
Hundreds of Tamil people, mostly relatives of those who disappeared during Sri Lankas civil war, today held protest outside the missions of India, the US, UK and EU here as the UN Human Rights Council session began in Geneva. The protesters held placards which said India please help in demilitarisation (in the north) and India stop betraying Tamils.
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News: Labour Party urges UK Government to ensure Sri Lanka is held to account by United Nations institutions
Posted Date: 02/03/2017 (Thursday)
‘It cannot be right that the Sri Lankan government is allowed to investigate itself’ – UK’s Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Senior Labour Party MPs, including leading members of the Labour Shadow Cabinet, have called on the UK Government to ensure that Sri Lanka honours the promises it made - in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution 30/1 - to address the legacy of the country’s armed conflict. The Government of Sri Lanka’s commitments to achieving justice, accountability and reconciliation, under resolution 30/1, will be assessed by the UNHRC at its current 34th Session in Geneva, Switzerland
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News: Minister says govt. has made far-reaching gains in two years
Posted Date: 02/03/2017 (Thursday)
Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera says the delay on the part of the Sri Lankan government in moving ahead with reconciliatory efforts are due to “extremist forces”, who were creating road blocks for narrow political gains. Speaking at the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Minister said: “While stubbornly refusing to acknowledge any of the far-reaching gains we have made in the last two years, they argue that we have either done too much or too little.”
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