Monthly Archives: March 2014

Suspected wartime mass grave is an old cemetery?

Suspected wartime mass grave is an old cemetery?

   Officials investigating a suspected mass grave in Sri Lanka’s former northern war zone called off the digging on Friday because the 83 skeletons unearthed there seem to have been buried in an old cemetery. The Sri Lankan army has been accused of killing tens …

Indian NGO calls  upon UNHRC to establish an international Commission of Inquiry

Indian NGO calls upon UNHRC to establish an international Commission of Inquiry

   Addressing the UN Human Rights Council, Indian NGO Pasumai Thaayagam called upon the Council to establish an international Commission of Inquiry that will investigate the crime of genocide. Speaking as part of the Council discussion dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the “Convention on …

Pillay is a liar says Samarasinghe

Pillay is a liar says Samarasinghe

   The Government, today castigated the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay calling her a “liar” who is bent on being aggressive with Sri Lanka. Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, speaking at a rally today, said that the Government will not succumb to pressure from …

India examing US resolution text

India examing US resolution text

    Answering a question  on March 07, 2014 on India’s stand on the UN Human Rights Commission issue on Sri Lanka Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin  said, “officials are  examining this matter.” Question:Yesterday Sri Lankan Minister was in Delhi. What is the process for UN …

IC has deceived Tamils on international investigations: Ananthy Sasistharan

IC has deceived Tamils on international investigations: Ananthy Sasistharan

  “The International Community has deceived the genocide affected Tamils on delivering international investigations,” said Ananthy Sasitharan, a councillor of the Northern Provincial Council at a press conference held in Jaffna on Thursday. “The draft resolution being criculated in Geneva has failed to satisfy even …

Text of US resolution on Lanka surprises India

Text of US resolution on Lanka surprises India

    The text of the US-sponsored draft resolution to be tabled at the United Nations Human Rights Commission is a much watered-down version than expected, with supporters wanting to gather more favourable votes from an international community nervous about setting a precedent of an …

The Government has failed to satisfy the Council’s call for a credible and independent investigation, the time has come for the Council to establish its own international inquiry mechanism

The Government has failed to satisfy the Council’s call for a credible and independent investigation, the time has come for the Council to establish its own international inquiry mechanism

  Nearly five years on from the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka, I regret that the Government has failed to satisfy the Council’s call for a credible and independent investigation into allegations of serious human rights violations. I therefore recommend that the time …

David Cameron has a personal responsibility to push for action

David Cameron has a personal responsibility to push for action

     Labour’s shadow foreign affairs minister, Kerry McCarthy, called on the British government to: (1) Be unequivocal and unwavering in its support for an independent, international inquiry; (2) Make every effort to secure widespread support for a robust resolution; and (3) Ensure an international …

Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice demands accountability for violations

Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice demands accountability for violations

    Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice released a report presenting crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the Sri Lankan security forces during the five years since the civil war ended. These crimes include rape, sexual violence, torture, murder, imprisonment, enforced disappearance, other inhumane acts, …

UNHRC report “arbitrary, intrusive and of political nature”: GL Peiris

UNHRC report “arbitrary, intrusive and of political nature”: GL Peiris

 Sri Lanka  rejected a report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) “in its entirety”, stating it was “fundamentally flawed.“  In his opening address to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva,  External Affairs Minister Professor G.L Peiris told the …