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News: US draft resolution on Lanka echoes Zeids’s call for international judges
Posted Date: 19/09/2015 (Saturday)
The first draft of the US resolution on Sri Lanka calls on the Government to involve “international investigators, prosecutors and judges” in the judicial mechanism to probe and prosecute allegations that war crimes were committed during the last years of the war. The recommendation for international judges and prosecutors signals that the US and other member states drafting the resolution have accepted the declaration by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein that Sri Lanka’s criminal justice system is not capable of dealing with the seriousness of the crimes a report by his office believes were committed during the war.
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News: Lankan War Crimes:'You don't ask the accused what kind of trial he would like', Callum Macrae
Posted Date: 19/09/2015 (Saturday)
In an interview to TNM, 'No Fire Zone' producer and journalist Callum Macrae says change in government has meant little for Tamils Days after the United Nations Human Rights Council released its report on the human rights violations and war crimes during the 2009 Sri Lankan civil war, there has been increasing pressure from the international community to set up an independent international court to look into the crimes and bring its perpetrators to justice. One of the most vocal activists for an independent judicial enquiry into war crimes is film-maker and journalist Callum Macrae, who has exposed the severity and brutality of the war crimes through his documentaries Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields and No Fire Zone.
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News: UN secretary welcomes UNHRC report on Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 19/09/2015 (Saturday)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. In a statement on Thursday, Secretary -General's spokesperson said: "He hopes that its important recommendations will help support the effort of the people and the Government of Sri Lanka to carve a durable path toward long-lasting peace and stability and respect for human rights, through a genuine and credible process of accountability and reconciliation that meets international standards. The victims of all communities, their families and the Sri Lankan nation itself demand no less than a full and proper reckoning."
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Events: Sri Lanka: the Search for Justice Video screening & panel discussion
Posted Date: 18/09/2015 (Friday)
Room XXI, United Nations, Geneva
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News: Statement on the UN Sri Lanka Investigation Report
Posted Date: 18/09/2015 (Friday)
The release on 16 September of the long-awaited report by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on its Sri Lanka investigation (OISL) is a dramatic advance that can help the country respond to its painful legacy of war. The report is a compelling examination of the abuses committed by all sides during the lengthy civil conflict and the steps required to pursue justice, accountability and reconciliation as part of democratic recovery. The UN Human Rights Council (HRC), which mandated the report, should demonstrate the same leadership by endorsing and supporting its conclusions and recommendations at the present session
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News: ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF THE HYBRID SPECIAL COURTS
Posted Date: 18/09/2015 (Friday)
The process leading to the establishment of the hybrid special domestic international courts in Sri Lanka, while somewhat improvised, nonetheless reveals a few potentially enduring positive attributes of this newly emerging form of accountability. Of course, the success of any effort to confront past atrocities through criminal trials, will depend on the particular social, political, and cultural context. The need for such an effort to confront the past, and the role it might play in establishing peace and democratic institutions of governance likewise varies considerably depending on the unique circumstances.
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News: Statement by Sri Lankan Civil Society members on OHCHR reports on Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 18/09/2015 (Friday)
We the undersigned Sri Lankan civil society activists and organisations welcome the report of the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka, and the report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL). We fully endorse and call for the immediate implementation of the OISL’s recommendations to the GoSL, the UN system and the Member States of the UNHRC.
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News: Moving towards accountability
Posted Date: 18/09/2015 (Friday)
Accountability for past excesses is not easily achieved in post-conflict societies, but its need and relevance cannot be brushed aside. Fostering peace and reconciliation among formerly feuding sections of society, and finding constitutional solutions to core political issues are often the final objectives. However, transformative and substantive justice requires establishing the truth about past crimes perpetrated as part of a deliberate policy. The human rights investigation report on Sri Lanka, submitted to the UN Human Rights Council by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, seeks to address the crucial question of accountability in the island nation for the “horrific crimes” committed by all parties to the conflict that ended in 2009.
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News: Nationwide Campaign to counter threats to National Interests.
Posted Date: 18/09/2015 (Friday)
Over sixty organisations is expected to meet this morning in Colombo to launch a nationwide campaign to counter what they call new threats to national interests. The organisations would meet at the Sri Sambuddhaloka Vihara in Colombo Fort to unveil a five-point plan to devise a national political agenda for that purpose, Member of the Chairmen Board of the newly formed Jathika Ekamuthuwa
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Photos: Religions should build empathy in Sri Lanka's reconciliation effort
Posted Date: 17/09/2015 (Thursday)
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Photos: India, Lanka resolve to deepen defence ties
Posted Date: 17/09/2015 (Thursday)
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News: The Liberal Party of Canada welcomes UN report on Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 17/09/2015 (Thursday)
Today, the Liberal Party of Canada welcomed the Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka released in Geneva yesterday. The UN report is the result of 6 years of intense work by victims groups, Non-Governmental Organizations and the United Nations Human Rights Council.
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Videos: ICRC in Sri Lanka - Evolving humanitarian action
Posted Date: 17/09/2015 (Thursday)
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Videos: Rudhrakumaran welcomes UN report of Srilankan War Crimes
Posted Date: 17/09/2015 (Thursday)
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Photos: U.N. Urges Sri Lanka to Establish Court to Investigate War Abuses
Posted Date: 16/09/2015 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Tortured Toronto man says he feels vindicated by UN report on Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 16/09/2015 (Wednesday)
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Photos: U.N. Urges Sri Lanka to Establish Court to Investigate War Abuses
Posted Date: 16/09/2015 (Wednesday)
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Photos: TNA, civil society hail Samaraweera’s proposals
Posted Date: 16/09/2015 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Destruction of Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 16/09/2015 (Wednesday)
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News: India, Sri Lanka ink civil nuclear pact, agree to expand defence ties
Posted Date: 16/09/2015 (Wednesday)
Taking the ties to a new level, India and Sri Lanka today inked a civil nuclear pact besides deciding to expand defence and security cooperation. This was announced after the talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena during which both the leaders expressed commitment to find a solution to the emotive fishermen issue by adopting a constructive and humanitarian approach.
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