Monthly Archives: March 2017

Notable improvements in Human Rights situation

Notable improvements in Human Rights situation

Baroness Anelay, Minister of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office issuing a statement on 24 March said: This was the first Human Rights Council (HRC) session since the UK’s successful re-election in November to serve a second term on the Council. The UK, represented at …

Rajinikanth’s visit triggers opposition

Rajinikanth’s visit triggers opposition

Superstar Rajinikanth’s visit to Sri Lanka next month to inaugurate a housing scheme has met with opposition from pro-Tamil outfits here, who cautioned him from getting “involved” in the emotive ethnic issue. Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) urged the top actor …

Sushma backs Tamil cause

Sushma backs Tamil cause

The Government of India felt anguish and pain over the Sri Lankan military’s alleged war crimes against unarmed Tamils in the 2009 war, said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in an unusually strong observation on the nation’s human rights record. Ms. Swaraj said India was …

India backs Sri Lanka on UNHRC Resolution

India backs Sri Lanka on UNHRC Resolution

India will once again support a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution that gives Sri Lanka another two years to address war crimes that were committed during the country’s decade-long civil war. However, India steered clear of feelers from the West to co-sponsor the resolution. The draft …

Progress to establish transitional justice mechanisms has been slow

Progress to establish transitional justice mechanisms has been slow

Statement by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva on 22 March 2017 I thank you for this opportunity to discuss the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, and to present my report pursuant to Council resolution 30/1. The …

Develop a comprehensive, time bound strategy to implement Geneva proposals

Develop a comprehensive, time bound strategy to implement Geneva proposals

Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, presented his report pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 on Sri Lanka, saying there were some positive advances in some areas, yet noting that progress to establish transitional justice mechanisms had been …

There can never be sustainable peace without justice

There can never be sustainable peace without justice

The United Nations has condemned Sri Lanka’s government for failing to investigate civil war-era atrocities, suggesting the government was afraid of punishing soldiers who committed abuses during the conflict. The world body had previously accused the Sri Lankan military of killing thousands of civilians, mostly …

Island nation – a big draw for US, China

Island nation – a big draw for US, China

A critical sea lane is the reason China built the little-used Hambantota port in the first place, and why — besides a long-­standing regional humanitarian mission — the U.S. military was keen to visit for nearly two weeks this month. More than half of the …

Beijing will fight India’s attempts to sour relations with South Asia

Beijing will fight India’s attempts to sour relations with South Asia

China will retaliate if India continues to be uneasy with Beijing’s increasing influence in south Asia and attempts to meddle in its diplomatic relations with countries like Nepal and Sri Lanka, Chinese state media warned on Tuesday. Indicating that India’s failure to match China’s growing …

Wrong to give more time

Wrong to give more time

It was not right to give Sri Lanka more time to address the issue of accountability over the alleged war crimes committed during the civil war, Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran said today. The Sri Lankan government has sought two more years from the …