Monthly Archives: September 2015

Final draft of resolution on Sri Lanka

Final draft of resolution on Sri Lanka

The draft text of a resolution on Sri Lanka A/HRC/30/L.29 was tabled by the main sponsors the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America on 24 September 2015. It calls for a “credible justice process” with …

Foreign Judges Can Help

Foreign Judges Can Help

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that Sri Lanka will set up a domestic mechanism to try alleged perpetrators of war crimes, but the mechanism will seek the help of foreign judges and lawyers. “The Sri Lankan judicial mechanism, which will include an …

TNA Welcomes Draft US-Lanka Collaborative Resolution on War Crimes

TNA Welcomes Draft US-Lanka Collaborative Resolution on War Crimes

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has welcomed the draft of a US-Sri Lanka collaborative resolution on alleged war crimes in Lanka which was tabled at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday. The TNA said in a statement that it appreciates the Lankan government’s …

A System Change

A System Change

By Tamara Kunanayakam.                                                    A US-sponsored draft resolution against Sri Lanka is back on the Human Rights Council agenda, this time …

Ban Ki-moon hopes to see India’s leadership in South Asia

Ban Ki-moon hopes to see India’s leadership in South Asia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon who said he “counted on India’s leadership” in South Asia, at the Sustainable Development Goals summit in New York marking the world body’s landmark 70th anniversary session. With India among the countries providing the …

Prime Minister vs Foreign Ministry

Prime Minister vs Foreign Ministry

The Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasighe is one of most seasoned politicians in Sri Lanka. It is difficult to fool him. However, some officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have attempted to present some garbage to the Prime Minister as briefing notes for his Indian …

BTF wants an International mechanism

BTF wants an International mechanism

The British Tamils Forum (BTF) has requested the UNHRC to ensure that its forthcoming resolution on Sri Lanka address accountability issues through  an International Independent mechanism  and deals with  humanitarian issues and human right violations. The full text of the statement of the BTF is as …

No judges or prosecutors to deal with war crimes – Wigneswaran

No judges or prosecutors to deal with war crimes – Wigneswaran

The Northern Province’s Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran said Sri Lanka does not have judges or prosecutors to deal with war crimes cases. Speaking after the release of the UN’s report calling for a hybrid mechanism with international judges, Mr Wigneswaran, a former supreme court judge …

Strong intent in new Sri Lankan govt to address rights issues:US

Strong intent in new Sri Lankan govt to address rights issues:US

The new Sri Lankan government has “a very strong intent” in addressing human rights concerns, a top Obama Administration official said, calling for a “credible domestic” probe with “substantial involvement” from international community to address justice and accountability. Less than a month after she visited …

US Draft Resolution Calls for International Involvement in Judicial Mechanism

US Draft Resolution Calls for International Involvement in Judicial Mechanism

The United States’ draft resolution on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka has called for the involvement of international judges, prosecutors and investigators  in the domestic judicial mechanism which Colombo is expected to set up to try cases of war crimes, a Geneva-datelined report in …