Monthly Archives: March 2014

Army heightens security

Army heightens security

 The Sri Lankan army has heightened security in the country’s Northern Province through a host of measures, including vehicle checks, it is learnt. Jaffna Security Forces Commander Udaya Perera said the move was aimed at preventing a possible regrouping of LTTE sympathisers. “We hear that …

Darusman Panel: A UN probe would spark hope for reconciliation

Darusman Panel: A UN probe would spark hope for reconciliation

    Five years ago, Sri Lanka’s civil war reached a bloody conclusion on a stretch of beach in the island’s northeast, as government forces pummeled the remnants of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and thousands of Tamil civilians trapped near them. The government …

If Australia wants to stop the boats, it must stand against abuses in Sri Lanka

If Australia wants to stop the boats, it must stand against abuses in Sri Lanka

    To many Australians, Sri Lanka means one of two things: the home of “boat people” or an exotic beach holiday destination. Sri Lanka’s idyllic palm-fringed beaches with new tourist resorts give no inkling of the country’s grim recent history: a nearly three-decades-long, brutal and …

UN council steps in

UN council steps in

By Donald Camp. There was a time, not so long ago, when Sri Lanka was known for the quality of its democracy. In 1975, when I was a Foreign Service officer at the U.S. Embassy there, the country was in economic straits but proud of …

LLRC is not adequate to address accountability and progress against commitments is inadequate

LLRC is not adequate to address accountability and progress against commitments is inadequate

   Minister of State at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire, in a Question and Answer session on Sri Lanka via Twitter yesterday (24), said that the “Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission is not adequate to address accountability issues over the war.” Minister …

Third draft text of US resolution on Sri Lanka circulated

Third draft text of US resolution on Sri Lanka circulated

  The third and likely final draft of the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka circulated at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday, lays out a time-frame for the investigation into human rights violations in the island that covers the period of the armed conflict. Paragraph …

Coalition tight-lipped on whether it will support international inquiry into Sri Lankan war crimes

Coalition tight-lipped on whether it will support international inquiry into Sri Lankan war crimes

   The Coalition government is continuing to sidestep whether it will support an international investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka, despite Labor and the Greens now both backing it. The US-backed resolution, to be debated by the United Nation’s Human Rights Council this week, …

IMADR Oral Statements: 25th Session of the Human Rights Council

IMADR Oral Statements: 25th Session of the Human Rights Council

  Item 5: Recommendations of the Forum on Minority Issues 19 March 2014 Thank you Mr. President, Please permit me to share with you the good news of the release of the two Sri Lankan human rights defenders Ruki Fernando and Fr Praveen by the authorities. …

BBC interviews Ruki Fernando

BBC interviews Ruki Fernando

   The recent arrest of human rights activists Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen Mahesan under Sri Lanka’s PTA law resulted in widespread condemnation within Sri Lanka and from the international community. After their release from custody, BBC World News interviewed Ruki Fernando on 19th March. …

Protest in Mannar demanding international investigations

Protest in Mannar demanding international investigations

   Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians, Northern Provincial Council members, Mannaar Citizens Committee, civil groups in Mannar and the families of missing people took part in a one day fast that was observed from 9:30 to 3:00 p.m. on 22 March at the public playground of …