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Progress to establish transitional justice mechanisms has been slow

Progress to establish transitional justice mechanisms has been slow

Statement by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva on 22 March 2017 I thank you for this opportunity to discuss the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, and to present my report pursuant to Council resolution 30/1. The …

There can never be sustainable peace without justice

There can never be sustainable peace without justice

The United Nations has condemned Sri Lanka’s government for failing to investigate civil war-era atrocities, suggesting the government was afraid of punishing soldiers who committed abuses during the conflict. The world body had previously accused the Sri Lankan military of killing thousands of civilians, mostly …

Island nation – a big draw for US, China

Island nation – a big draw for US, China

A critical sea lane is the reason China built the little-used Hambantota port in the first place, and why — besides a long-­standing regional humanitarian mission — the U.S. military was keen to visit for nearly two weeks this month. More than half of the …

Wrong to give more time

Wrong to give more time

It was not right to give Sri Lanka more time to address the issue of accountability over the alleged war crimes committed during the civil war, Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran said today. The Sri Lankan government has sought two more years from the …

The resolution that will be passed is to our satisfaction

The resolution that will be passed is to our satisfaction

By Taylor Dibbert.                                                                M.A. Sumanthiran is a Sri Lankan lawyer, parliamentarian and member of …

New regulation to prevent the construction of new buildings near power lines

New regulation to prevent the construction of new buildings near power lines

Sri Lanka introduced  new regulations  with regard to the minimum gap  that should have between  power lines and buildings to ensure the safety of consumers and the properties . The regulations were approved by the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy on the recommendation of …

More tangible reforms are expected and necessary

More tangible reforms are expected and necessary

A report by Mónica Pinto, the former Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers on her visit from 29 April to 7 May 2016,  to Sri Lanka, had been submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on 15 March 2017. The visit was …

Stop the next generation being pushed towards a new terrorism

Stop the next generation being pushed towards a new terrorism

“We are like dogs in the street, while your men occupy our homes,” read one of the banners strung up by Tamil protesters, mostly women in saris and ragged children. They had been camping for more than a month in a jumble of makeshift tents …

Vaiko arrested

Vaiko arrested

MDMK general secretary Vaiko and his followers along with traders union leader T.Vellaiyan were arrested on Saturday when they attempted to besiege the deputy high commission of Sri Lanka opposing a resolution in the UN Human Rights Council seeking more time for the island nation …

Three scenarios for the future

Three scenarios for the future

Last December I gave a lecture for Advocata Institute in Colombo on three scenarios for Sri Lanka’s future. Here are the three scenarios. Scenario One I call “Drift”, Scenario Two “Take-Off”, and Scenario Three “Relapse”. Scenario One: “Drift” This is my assessment of Sri Lanka …