Monthly Archives: March 2014

Manmohan wants Jaffna demilitarisation

Manmohan wants Jaffna demilitarisation

 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Sri Lanka’s President, Mahinda Rajapakse on the sidelines of a regional summit on Tuesday, hours after a five-nation coalition moved a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council, condemning the island nation’s human record during its war against the …

Civil Society Writes To The Human Rights Council And The International Community

Civil Society Writes To The Human Rights Council And The International Community

   In a joint memorandum, Sri Lanka civil society groups called for the establishment of an international mechanism for inquiry into human rights abuses, accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity, culture of impunity, lack of rule of law, extensive human rights violations and authoritarianism.” …

Defence Ministry alleges Mannar Bishop pursing LTTE agenda

Defence Ministry alleges Mannar Bishop pursing LTTE agenda

  Responding to Mannar Bishop Rt. Rev. Rayappu Joseph’s call for an international war crimes probe, the Defence Ministry yesterday accused the priest of working closely with the LTTE pushing for external intervention in Sri Lanka. The ministry alleged that the clergyman was most probably …

US, Denmark calls upon the Office of the High Commissioner to conduct an investigation

US, Denmark calls upon the Office of the High Commissioner to conduct an investigation

  US Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall, speaking at the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council  in Geneva yesterday said,” We have learned that rigorous and systematic fact finding can also play a critical role in …

Tutu to the UN: Sri Lanka needs healing

Tutu to the UN: Sri Lanka needs healing

   We, concerned individuals and organisations from around the world, urge the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to use their March 2014 session to pass a resolution that will include a commitment to an independent international investigation in the form of a commission of …

Tamil Nadu politics to cast shadow over India’s vote at UNHRC

Tamil Nadu politics to cast shadow over India’s vote at UNHRC

   Having twice voted against Sri Lanka in as many years, it is only expected that the shrill notes of Dravidian parties in the election season would nudge the UPA to vote for a UN resolution later this month, accusing the neighbour of human rights …

US Draft Resolution wants UNHRC to investigate Sri Lanka

US Draft Resolution wants UNHRC to investigate Sri Lanka

     A first draft of the third US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council calls for an investigation into alleged abuses by both parties to the conflict to be led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human …

India Assures It Will Not Water Down US Resolution

India Assures It Will Not Water Down US Resolution

    India made it clear that it looks for “much more progress” in the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka while being non-committal on how it will vote at the UN Human Rights Council on a resolution on the country’s alleged rights abuses during the …

UK Canada call for International Action On Sri Lanka

UK Canada call for International Action On Sri Lanka

UK Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council said the time has now clearly come for international action with regard to Sri Lanka. Addressing the Council on preventing sexual violent in conflict, Swire said, “the Government of Sri Lanka has failed …

Tamil Christian Clergy from North-East Sri Lanka call for an international investigation

Tamil Christian Clergy from North-East Sri Lanka call for an international investigation

    To: Members of UN Human Rights Council (UN HRC) Tamil Christian Clergy from North-East Sri Lanka call for an international investigation mechanism from the UN Human Rights Council Before the 19th and 22nd sessions of the UNHRC, some of us, as Tamil Christian …