Monthly Archives: February 2014

AIADMK manifesto calls for Eelam referendum

AIADMK manifesto calls for Eelam referendum

   The AIADMK’s poll manifesto was  released by its general secretary and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Tuesday 25 July.The 45-page manifesto  has two types of poll promises – one for the nation and the other for Tamil Nadu.Referring to Sri Lanka it promises …

We strongly support position of High Commissioner’ says UK

We strongly support position of High Commissioner’ says UK

   British Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Hugo Swire, responding to questions in stated that the UK strongly supports the position of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, adding that the international community has a duty to act on …

TNA stands by Navaneetham Pillay’s report

TNA stands by Navaneetham Pillay’s report

   The TNA says Pillay’s Report has benefited from the High Commissioner’s visit to Sri Lanka, where she was able to observe first-hand the issues of concern to victims and survivors in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. “The High Commissioner has raised a number of …

Sinha Vows to End Fishermen row in 90 days

Sinha Vows to End Fishermen row in 90 days

    Senior BJP leader and former foreign minister Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday said concrete steps would be taken to solve the Tamil Nadu fishermen issue and the Sri Lankan Tamils issue within three months of the NDA forming the government at the Centre. His …

Targeting of critics persists

Targeting of critics persists

   The Sri Lankan government’s targeting of critics persists at alarming levels, with more surveillance and harassment reported ahead of next month’s UN Human Rights Council (HRC) session, Amnesty International saidin a new briefing.   Suppressing calls for justice, examines the Sri Lankan authorities’ intolerance of …

Sri Lanka rejects High Commissioner Pillay’s call ‘to establish an international inquiry mechanism’ Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Genev

Sri Lanka rejects High Commissioner Pillay’s call ‘to establish an international inquiry mechanism’ Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Genev

    The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has rejected the call by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navnanethem Pillay’s “to establish an international inquiry mechanism to further investigate the alleged violations of IHRL and IHL and monitor any domestic accountability process in Sri …

UN rights boss seeks international probe into Sri Lanka war crimes

UN rights boss seeks international probe into Sri Lanka war crimes

 The United Nations’ human rights chief called on Monday for an international inquiry into war crimes committed by both sides during Sri Lanka’s civil war, saying the government had failed to do its own credible investigation. In a much anticipated report ahead of a U.N. …

Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka : Navi Pillay Report to UNHRC

Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka : Navi Pillay Report to UNHRC

Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General A/HRC/25/23     24 February 2014 Twenty-fifth session   Agenda item 2 Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka Report of the Office of the United Nations High …

Festering wounds of Sri Lanka’s war

Festering wounds of Sri Lanka’s war

   “The shells fell like rain,” Ajanthan tells me. He laughs now talking about it, but it’s not a laughter that I recognise. It’s a laughter of sheer astonishment that he even survived to tell the tale. Ajanthan joined the Tamil Tigers in 2006 after …

Minister warns of US threat to region

Minister warns of US threat to region

   Sri Lanka’s National Languages and Social Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara has called on South Asian countries not to allow the US to pass a resolution against the country at the UN Human Rights Council session in March. The minister said that interference in Sri …