Monthly Archives: September 2015

Sri Lanka: What Now?

Sri Lanka: What Now?

The long-awaited UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report that deals largely with wartime abuses in Sri Lanka has finally been made public. It’s a big moment for the island nation and OHCHR has come out with a strong report. This …

Rajapaksa is left to take the blame

Rajapaksa is left to take the blame

The blame has been divided. But now, how will the punishment – if it ever comes down to that in the years to come – be divided between those responsible for the deaths of the thousands who died in the Sri Lankan civil war of …

UN officials stress need for accountability

UN officials stress need for accountability

Senior United Nations officials today expressed outrage at the very serious accounts of war crimes and crimes against humanity that were allegedly committed between 2002 and 2011 by all parties to the conflict in Sri Lanka, including Government security forces, affiliated paramilitary groups and the …

Sri Lanka pledges to punish war criminals after UN report

Sri Lanka pledges to punish war criminals after UN report

Sri Lanka promised Thursday to punish those found guilty of war crimes but stopped short of supporting an internationally backed probe, a day after a damning UN report on abuses committed during the island’s conflict. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the government would work with …

UN chief ‘encouraged’ by Sri Lanka response to war crimes report

UN chief ‘encouraged’ by Sri Lanka response to war crimes report

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday he was “encouraged” by the Sri Lankan government’s response to a damning UN report about horrific abuses during the war with Tamil Tiger rebels. Ban’s statement followed the release of the long-awaited report from the UN human rights office …

Deutsche Welle (DW) to launch new english TV channel

Deutsche Welle (DW) to launch new english TV channel

Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s Public Service Broadcaster, will underline its dedication to serving television audiences in South Asia while presenting its new channel today here at Hyatt Regency. The new DWTV will feature 24 hours of programming in English with a focus on news, lifestyle …

Fresh initiatives in Sri Lanka

Fresh initiatives in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government’s revelation in the current session of the UN Human Rights Council that it is committed to the setting up of a Constituent Assembly of Parliament that will adopt a new Constitution, besides a truth and reconciliation commission, is a laudable step …

UK welcomes report on Sri Lanka

UK welcomes report on Sri Lanka

In a statement issued by Hugo Swire, Minister of State for Commonwealth and Foreign Office UK has expressed a note of welcome at the release of the UNHRC report urging the establishment of a hybrid special court to hear war crimes. Minister for Asia, Hugo Swire …

TNA wants Government to accept report

TNA wants Government to accept report

The spokesman for Tamil National Alliance (TNA)  MP, Sumanthiran said that the TNA welcomes the whole contents of the UNHRC Report on Sri Lanka and releasing a statement it said: The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) welcomes the report of the investigation conducted by the Office …

US congressional caucus discuses accountability and reconciliation

US congressional caucus discuses accountability and reconciliation

A congressional caucus event on the Path Forward for Accountability, Peace and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka, was held by the Senate Human Rights Caucus on 15 September 2015. Panellists discussed issues relating to the need to demilitarise the North-East of Sri Lanka, further trust building …