Monthly Archives: October 2015

No One Can Do Better, Says Missing Persons’ Panel Chief

No One Can Do Better, Says Missing Persons’ Panel Chief

Responding to the UN Human Rights High Commissioner Prince Zeid’s call to disband the Sri Lankan Missing Persons’ Commission and assign its work to a more credible body, the chairman of the panel, Justice Maxwell Paranagama, contended that nobody else can do the job better. …

Demands of Zeid Unwarranted: Peiris

Demands of Zeid Unwarranted: Peiris

The demand by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, that Sri Lanka should scrap the Commission on Missing Persons and assign its work to a credible body, is “unwarranted and intolerable” says Prof G L Peiris, an acclaimed legal expert and a former Lankan …

OISL report had “set out clearly the path we intend to take”

OISL report had “set out clearly the path we intend to take”

Sri Lanka said that the recommendations of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Investigation into Sri Lanka (OISL) will “receive due attention”, in a statement delivered to the UN Human Rights Council on 30 September 2015. Sri Lanka’s ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha told …

Responsibility rests with the Government of Sri Lanka,

Responsibility rests with the Government of Sri Lanka,

The High Commissioner’s investigative report on Sri Lanka marks a significant step towards justice and accountability for the victims of international crimes and the family members of Sri Lanka’s dead and “disappeared.”  The international investigative team extensively documented alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity, including torture, …

Reconciliation a Priority for Sri Lanka

Reconciliation a Priority for Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan government’s “new vision” aims to achieve reconciliation with minority communities on priority basis, President Maithripala Sirisena said today. “Our new vision for the country involves achieving the twin objectives of sustainable development and reconciliation. A fundamental requirement in this context is dealing with …

Zeid Wants SL to Scrap Missing Persons Panel

Zeid Wants SL to Scrap Missing Persons Panel

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid, has recommended that the Sri Lankan Commission to Investigate Cases of Forced Disappearances should he disbanded because its credibility has been seriously questioned by families of the victims and observers. In his report to the UN …

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights voices concern

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights voices concern

Addressing the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva by video link from New York on the debate on the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Investigation into Sri Lanka (OISL), the High Commissioner, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, reiterated the report’s …