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Sri Lankan convicted for Espionage

Sri Lankan convicted for Espionage

Sri Lankan national Arun Selvarajan has been sentenced to five years in connection with the sensational Thameem Ansari spy case. A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here pronounced the judgement on Friday convicting Selvarajan for all the charges slapping him with five years of …

Significant human rights issues

Significant human rights issues

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2019 was released by US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on 11 March 2020. The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in …

Economy, at a worrying  point

Economy, at a worrying point

Just Five years ago, the Rajapaksa family seemed to have lost everything. Mahinda Rajapaksa was beaten during the presidential race in Sri Lanka in 2015, ending his ten-year term. His younger brother Gotabaya was no longer number two (for Mahinda) in the Ministry of Defense. …

British government underlines importance of Accountability

British government underlines importance of Accountability

British Parliamentarian Afzal Khan, asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on 26 February 2020, whether he plans to make representations to his Sri Lankan counterpart on seeking justice for the victims of extrajudicial killings that are alleged to have taken place …

NGOs want UN to establish ‘international accountability mechanism’

NGOs want UN to establish ‘international accountability mechanism’

International non-governmental organisations have called on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to establish “an international accountability mechanism on Sri Lanka and called on the UNHRC to hold Sri Lanka accountable to its obligations under international law. It accused that the climate of fear has …

Impunity, lack of rule of law & accountability  reasons for religious extremism & hate speech

Impunity, lack of rule of law & accountability reasons for religious extremism & hate speech

The culture of impunity in Sri Lanka has been repeatedly pointed out as one of the main reasons for which religious extremism and hate speech thrive in the country, undermining the rule of law and human rights. This was stated in the report presented to …

ICJ calls for International Accountability process

ICJ calls for International Accountability process

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council on 28 February 2020, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) urged renewed international action to ensure justice and accountability for crimes under international law in Sri Lanka. The statement, delivered during a discussion of updates and reports from the …

India-Sri Lanka ferry service to take off soon

India-Sri Lanka ferry service to take off soon

In order to promote tourism, the ministry for shipping has mooted a proposal to start ferry service between Karaikal in the Union Territory of Puducherry and Jaffna in Sri Lanka covering a distance of 56 nautical miles (103.7 kilometres). Shortly after chairing a meeting with …

Vigneswaran wants UN Security Council to review Sri Lanka’s membership in the UN

Vigneswaran wants UN Security Council to review Sri Lanka’s membership in the UN

The former chief minister of the Northern Province C. V Wigneswaran has called on the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council, to review Sri Lanka’s membership in the United Nations. “We believe that Sri Lanka’s repeated violations of UN Resolutions, combined with …

AI calls for international accountability mechanism

AI calls for international accountability mechanism

Following Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw from its commitments to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this week, Amnesty International calls on the Council to establish an international accountability mechanism to ensure the victims of decades-long conflict get the justice that is owed to …