Monthly Archives: March 2014

India did not vote against Sri Lanka for Tamils’ good

India did not vote against Sri Lanka for Tamils’ good

   India Friday justified its abstention from voting on the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC, saying the decision was driven by welfare of Tamils in that country. Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said India’s position on the UNHRC resolutions on Sri Lanka has …

Time has come for accountability’ says US Congressional Caucus co-chair

Time has come for accountability’ says US Congressional Caucus co-chair

   Co-chair US Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka, Congressman Bill Johnson said, this week’s vote at the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka has sent a clear message to the Sri Lankan government over accountability.  In a statement released Congressman Bill Johnson …

US Embassy says the resolution was not against Sri Lanka

US Embassy says the resolution was not against Sri Lanka

   US Ambassador Michele J. Sison, released a statement on 28 March 2014 stating that the United States led resolution adopted at the United Nations Human Rights Council Thursday was tabled with the benefit of the Sri Lankan people in mind. Ambassador Sison addressing a …

Karunanidhi condemns India’s abstention

Karunanidhi condemns India’s abstention

   DMK leader M. Karunanidhi on Friday described India’s decision to abstain from voting on the US-backed resolution in Geneva against Sri Lanka for its alleged human rights violations as “a mother strangling her own child”. “India’s stand has made us hang our head in …

The resolution will constitute a serious breach of international law: Sri Lanka’s UN envoy

The resolution will constitute a serious breach of international law: Sri Lanka’s UN envoy

    The top United Nations rights body has approved an international war crimes inquiry into alleged crimes committed by both sides during Sri Lanka’s civil war. The government strongly rejects the allegations against it and the probe itself. On Thursday, the UN Human Rights Council …

Cameron welcomes UNHRC resolution

Cameron welcomes UNHRC resolution

    David Cameron hailed a “victory for the people of Sri Lanka” on Thursday when the United Nations launched an inquiry into atrocities carried out during the country’s civil war. The UN Human Rights Council passed a British-sponsored resolution providing for an international investigation …

Tamil Civil Society Forum concerned at limitations of resolution

Tamil Civil Society Forum concerned at limitations of resolution

   The Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) has expressed concern that the resolution passed at the UN Human Rights Council today has a limited mandate and does not address immediate issues, while appreciating those countries that co-sponsored and voted for the resolution. In a statement …

Australia opposes UN resolution to conduct war crimes inquiry in Sri Lanka

Australia opposes UN resolution to conduct war crimes inquiry in Sri Lanka

   Australia has voiced its opposition to an international investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka saying it is not convinced that the UN backed inquiry is “the best way forward”. The United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution on Thursday to launch …

President tells AFP, Sri Lanka rejects UN rights probe

President tells AFP, Sri Lanka rejects UN rights probe

  Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse rejected Thursday’s UN Human Rights Council resolution ordering a war crimes probe, telling AFP that he would instead press ahead with his own reconciliation plan. “We reject this,” Rajapakse said. “This resolution only hurts our reconciliation efforts. It does …

India: resolution intrusive, calls for national mechanism

India: resolution intrusive, calls for national mechanism

   Responding to questions regarding India’s abstention from the resolution tabled at the United Nations Human Rights Council today, an Indian spokesman reiterated, for the second time today, that an international investigative mechanism, whilst being ’intrusive’, also ‘undermined the sovereignty’ of Sri Lanka. The spokesman …