Monthly Archives: June 2014

Military presence in Sri Lanka’s north is worrisome: Wigneswaran

Military presence in Sri Lanka’s north is worrisome: Wigneswaran

More than six months after the historic elections to Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council, its first Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran says he has not been able to do much, for his hands are tied. From a reluctant entrant to Sri Lankan politics to Chief Minister …

U.N. pressing ahead with Sri Lanka probe

U.N. pressing ahead with Sri Lanka probe

   After Sri Lanka categorically rejected the Human Rights Council resolution against the country, refusing any cooperation with the investigation, the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) said it would use “well-tested methodologies” to credibly investigate Sri Lanka’s rights record and alleged …

Government raises objections to some comments in Beyani report

Government raises objections to some comments in Beyani report

    The Government has raised objections to some comments made by Dr. Chaloka Beyani, the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) during his visit to Sri Lanka last year. A Government report noted that no person who met Dr. …

Conclusions and recommendations of the Sri Lanka report by Chaloka Beyani, on human rights of IDPs

Conclusions and recommendations of the Sri Lanka report by Chaloka Beyani, on human rights of IDPs

   Summary  The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, conducted an official mission to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (hereafter Sri Lanka) from 2 to 6 December 2013, at the invitation of the Government and pursuant to …

Time to act on Sri Lanka

Time to act on Sri Lanka

    The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict began on June 10-13, 2014, on the banks of the Thames in London. The Summit is organized by Foreign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie. …

Transparency condemns disruption of TISL’s Investigative Journalism Workshop

Transparency condemns disruption of TISL’s Investigative Journalism Workshop

   Transparency International’s Sri Lanka branch released a statement on Wednesday, condemning the disruption of the Tamil journalists’ media seminar last week by a  mob stating that the “journalists were labelled as LTTE agents because they are Tamils and since they work in the Tamil language”.   …

Sri Lanka says will not cooperate with the OHCHR investigation

Sri Lanka says will not cooperate with the OHCHR investigation

Sri Lanka has reiterated its categorical rejection of the Human Right Council Resolution 25/1, and said it will not cooperate with the OHCHR-driven so called “comprehensive investigation” emanating from it. Sri Lanka has observed that the Government is firmly committed to continuing its ongoing processes …

William Hague to investigate claims of Tamil rape victims being deported

William Hague to investigate claims of Tamil rape victims being deported

   William Hague has said the government will investigate claims that Tamil asylum seekers are being deported from the UK to Sri Lanka despite evidence they have been subjected to rape and sexual abuse by the country’s security forces. Refugees, their lawyers and advocacy groups …

Sexual violence against Tamils: Interview with Yasmin Sooka

Sexual violence against Tamils: Interview with Yasmin Sooka

As the global summit on preventing sexual violence in conflict gets underway in London, the Tamil Guardian spoke on Tuesday to Yasmin Sooka, one of the three co-authors of the 2011 UN Panel of Experts report into wartime mass atrocities in Sri Lanka and co-author …

UK, US urge Sri Lanka to cooperate with international inquiry

UK, US urge Sri Lanka to cooperate with international inquiry

  The US and UK urged Sri Lanka to cooperate with the upcoming international inquiry led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as the UN Human Rights Council’s 26th session opened today. Addressing the Council, the US Ambassador to the UN …