Monthly Archives: October 2015

Institutions for Ensuring Truth, Justice, Reparations and Non-recurrence- Mangala Samaraweera

Institutions for Ensuring Truth, Justice, Reparations and Non-recurrence- Mangala Samaraweera

Sri Lankans – whether they be children in the North desperate to know if their fathers are alive or not, mothers of soldiers yearning to know the truth of what happenened to their son who went Missing in Action, families of the 600 policemen who …

Commission had troubled relationship with international experts

Commission had troubled relationship with international experts

Even as Sri Lanka continues to debate the nature and extent of participation of foreign judges in the proposed judicial mechanism to go into allegations of human rights violations, a report of the Udalagama Commission (2006-2009) has shed more light on the panel’s troubled relationship …

Commission Points finger at Police, LTTE

Commission Points finger at Police, LTTE

The N.K.Udalagama Commission which inquired into seven cases of grave violation of human rights at the beginning of Eelam War IV, has pointed an accusing finger at the Special Task Force (STF) of the Sri Lankan police in the case relating to the killing of …

Eknaligoda case could set a precedent for prosecution

Eknaligoda case could set a precedent for prosecution

Sri Lankan police have detained 11 people, most of them soldiers or former soldiers, in a widening probe into the disappearance of a cartoonist that has become a test case of the new government’s resolve to address human rights abuses. Prageeth Eknaligoda, a fierce critic …

All Parties Will Meet to Address UNHRC Proposal

All Parties Will Meet to Address UNHRC Proposal

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said that the government will take the opinion of all opposition parties on establishing a mechanism to investigate alleged human rights violations in the country within the framework of the Constitution. While addressing an all-party meet on proposals of …

We Live in Constant Fear

We Live in Constant Fear

Sri Lanka’s police forces regularly torture and ill-treat criminal suspects in custody, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today 23 October 2015. The authorities should create an independent oversight authority and adopt concrete steps to end police abuse that has had such …

Individuals could have violated International Humanitarian and Human Rights laws

Individuals could have violated International Humanitarian and Human Rights laws

The Maxwell Paranagama Commission on involuntary disappearances and war crimes, whose report was tabled in Sri Lankan parliament on Tuesday, has said that while the Lankan armed forces, as such, could not be accused of committing war crimes or genocide, individual soldiers could have violated …

LTTE killed 51 girls in Naddalamottankulam

LTTE killed 51 girls in Naddalamottankulam

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has been blamed by a probe panel for the killing of 51 schoolgirls in Naddalamottankulam of the Northern Province and 17 employees of a French non-government organisation in Muttur of the Eastern Province. This was the highlight of …

India should stop treating Sri Lanka as a friendly country

India should stop treating Sri Lanka as a friendly country

DMK on Thursday demanded that India should stop treating Sri Lanka as a “friendly country” and take steps for a credible international enquiry into allegations of war crimes against the Lankan army during the conflict with LTTE. Citing the report by retired judge Maxwell Paranagama, …

Paranagama Panel Moots Change of Laws

Paranagama Panel Moots Change of Laws

The report of the Maxwell Paranagama commission on forced disappearances and war crimes, which was tabled in the Sri Lankan parliament on Tuesday, has said that Lankan domestic law has to be changed to try cases of war crimes, and the new law should be …