Monthly Archives: March 2014

‘Justice and accountability cannot wait’ says US Secretary of State Kerry

‘Justice and accountability cannot wait’ says US Secretary of State Kerry

    Commenting on the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to set up an investigation into human rights violations in Sri Lanka, US Secretary of State John Kerry in a Press Releases issued on 27 March 2014 said the UN Human Rights Council Vote on Sri …

UN Investigation’ by OHCHR to Promote reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka

UN Investigation’ by OHCHR to Promote reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka

   The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva  passed the Resolution  on “Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka”,  with 23 of 47 states voting in favour of the resolution. The resolution was proposed by the United States of America and co-sponsored by 40 …

Facing a War Crimes Inquiry, Sri Lanka Continues to Vex the U.N

Facing a War Crimes Inquiry, Sri Lanka Continues to Vex the U.N

    What to do with Sri Lanka? The island nation, triumphant after nearly three decades of war against ethnic separatists, has vexed the United Nations. Five years after the war’s brutal ending, the world body has been unable to address grave human rights violations …

TNA: We fully support this call for an investigation

TNA: We fully support this call for an investigation

   Expressing its “full support” for the call for an international investigation into Sri Lanka’s mass atrocities in the UN Human Rights Council resolution tabled this week, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said Wednesday: “this is what we had been asking for, for five years.In …

Congress party manifesto,for probe into Sri Lankan war crimes

Congress party manifesto,for probe into Sri Lankan war crimes

   Ahead of the Geneva meeting on Friday, the Congress party revealed its stance on Sri Lanka, saying it would push for a “credible, objective, time-bound” probe into allegations of human rights violations and war crimes by Colombo. “We will work with other countries, to …

Navi Pillay: ‘International inquiry is ‘essential’

Navi Pillay: ‘International inquiry is ‘essential’

   The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, in a statement after presenting her report on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, said that  an international inquiry on Sri Lanka is “warranted” and “essential” and can play a positive role in …

Sri Lanka dismisses OHCHR report and rejects any resolutions on its findings

Sri Lanka dismisses OHCHR report and rejects any resolutions on its findings

   The Sri Lankan delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today, rejected the Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay’s, conclusions and recomendations, outlining that it would continue to dismiss any resolution tabled against it. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in …

Sri Lanka faces toughest UN censure over war crimes

Sri Lanka faces toughest UN censure over war crimes

   Sri Lanka faces fresh condemnation at the UN’s top human rights body this week in a move that observers say could lead to an international criminal investigation for war crimes. A US-led resolution demanding accountability for thousands of deaths of ethnic Tamil civilians five years …

Swire: The time has come for a genuinely credible investigation  with an international dimension

Swire: The time has come for a genuinely credible investigation with an international dimension

    Speaking at a debate on Sri Lanka at the House of Commons on 25 March 2014, British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth office, Hugo Swire, said an international investigation in Sri Lanka will help the Sri Lankan people to move …

Supreme Court suspends NPC Chief Minister’s Standing Instructions

Supreme Court suspends NPC Chief Minister’s Standing Instructions

   The Supreme Court on Monday suspended a directive by the Northern Provincial Council’s Chief Minister, CV Wigneswaran, on procedures to be followed henceforth by senior public servants in the Northern Province in their duties. The decision relates to a complaint filed by the Chief …