Monthly Archives: September 2015

A credible domestic mechanism that meets international standards is the best way

A credible domestic mechanism that meets international standards is the best way

“The [OISL] report has a vital role to play in understanding the events that took place during and after the conflict, but it is not an end in itself. I agree with hon. Members who said that this is the start of the process and …

India has responsibility to stop internal inquiry

India has responsibility to stop internal inquiry

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa told the Assembly on Wednesday that the UNHRC would hold its sessions between September 14 and October 2. On September 30, there would be a debate on the Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights-Promoting Reconciliation …

India waiting for US draft resolution

India waiting for US draft resolution

India is not likely to make a response to the contents of the report of the United Nations high commissioner for human rights on Sri Lanka, as it mainly waits for the language of the resolution being drafted by US and western nations. On Wednesday, …

Zeid urges creation of hybrid special court in Sri Lanka integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators, as an essential step towards justice

Zeid urges creation of hybrid special court in Sri Lanka integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators, as an essential step towards justice

The UN report* published today 16 September 2015 has identified patterns of grave violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011, strongly indicating that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict. The report recommends the establishment of a hybrid …

TNA, civil society hail proposals

TNA, civil society hail proposals

The proposals made by Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Monday to address Tamil grievances have evoked appreciation generally. Mr. Samaraweera, while speaking at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, proposed the adoption of a new Constitution and setting up of a …

Sri Lanka has the potential to constitute an example for the region and for the world of how a sustainable peace ought to be achieved

Sri Lanka has the potential to constitute an example for the region and for the world of how a sustainable peace ought to be achieved

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on transitional justice, Pablo de Greiff, in a statement made during the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council on 15 September 2015 said that a ‘tradition of impunity’ seriously undermines accountability and reconciliation efforts in any country. He …

A bridge to Sri Lanka

A bridge to Sri Lanka

Call it the “Ram Setu” or “Hanuman Bridge”, the stretch of low-lying banks that connect India to Sri Lanka across the Palk Strait is very much part of the subcontinent’s Ramayana lore. Lord Ram, the story goes, built this bridge with the assistance of Hanuman’s …

Sign Rome Statute for ICC Probe

Sign Rome Statute for ICC Probe

In the context of the on-going proceedings of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at Geneva, in which Sri Lanka is facing charges of committing war crimes especially in the last phase of the 2006-2009 Eelam War IV, the US-based Oakland Institute has urged Lanka …

PM vows more powers

PM vows more powers

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday said his government was looking at devolution of power to ethnic Tamils under the provisions of the constitution, an issue India has been pursuing with the island nation. After his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Wickremesinghe …

Tamil leaderes reject truth commission

Tamil leaderes reject truth commission

Sri Lanka’s minority Tamils on Tuesday rejected government plans for a truth commission to promote reconciliation after decades of ethnic war, insisting on an international inquiry. Foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera unveiled a range of reconciliation measures on Monday at the UN Human Rights Council in …