Monthly Archives: September 2015

Sri Lanka’s domestic mechanism must include prosecution of most responsible says Stephen Rapp

Sri Lanka’s domestic mechanism must include prosecution of most responsible says Stephen Rapp

At the end of August, the United States announced that it would support Sri Lanka’s plan for investigating alleged war crimes that occurred during the final years of the country’s long-running civil war, which ended in 2009. This announcement signaled a shift in position for …

Tamil Diaspora organisations want UN not to support a domestic or a hybrid judicial process

Tamil Diaspora organisations want UN not to support a domestic or a hybrid judicial process

Eleven leading Tamil Diaspora organisations in a joint memorandum have appealed to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court or an international accountability process, rather than support for a domestic or a hybrid …

Sri Lanka’s ‘Accountability’ Dilemma

Sri Lanka’s ‘Accountability’ Dilemma

With the opening of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s 30th session just days away, many Sri Lanka watchers are waiting to see how Colombo deals with the release of a major U.N. report focused on wartime abuses in Sri Lanka and its plans for handling “accountability” …

Allies to beef up campaign against Islamic State group

Allies to beef up campaign against Islamic State group

A US-led coalition is poised to intensify the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria, in response to a spiralling humanitarian crisis and lacklustre results from a year-long air campaign. Nations from Europe to Australasia are paving the way for increased military involvement in …

If you want a genuinely humane approach to refugees, follow Tony Abbott’s Australia

If you want a genuinely humane approach to refugees, follow Tony Abbott’s Australia

Most ordinary Australians are shocked that our immensely civilised country is reviled in polite society here and abroad, when the world has so many blatant human rights abusers. The latest accusation comes from a New York Times article complaining that our policies on asylum-seekers are …

DMK opposes reported US move

DMK opposes reported US move

DMK today opposed any move by the US to bring in a revised resolution in a UN rights body on a probe into alleged rights violations in Sri Lanka, as reported in the media, and said India should not support it. “It is widely reported …

Retaining India’s Strategic Autonomy

Retaining India’s Strategic Autonomy

There is a constant attempt by Western, especially American, strategic analysts and think tanks to disentangle the seemingly complex threads of India’s foreign policy. The political establishments of the United States and other major Western powers have lately shifted their policies vis-a-vis India in an …

MDMK Demo for International Probe

MDMK Demo for International Probe

The MDMK will hold protest demonstrations throughout the State on September 21 demanding an international probe into the massacre of innocent Tamils during the military offensive by the Sri Lankan government in 2009. “The protests will coincide with the protest rally to be held before …

TNA Wants International Court, Not International Probe: Senathirajah

TNA Wants International Court, Not International Probe: Senathirajah

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) wants an international court to try cases of war crimes identified by the investigations conducted by the Office of the High Commissioner’s Investigation for Human Rights on Sri Lanka (OISL) and not another international “investigation”, senior TNA leader, Mavai Senathirajah, …

US stand on Sri Lanka perverts international justice

US stand on Sri Lanka perverts international justice

By JS Tissainayagam.                                                                  At the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva …