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We have received good cooperation during the visit

We have received good cooperation during the visit

The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture has completed its first visit to Sri Lanka from 2 to 12 April where it examined the treatment of people deprived of their liberty and the safeguards in place for their protection against torture and ill-treatment. “We …

DMK-Cong combine did nothing to protect Sri Lankan Tamils

DMK-Cong combine did nothing to protect Sri Lankan Tamils

Ruling AIADMK top leader O Paneerselvam Thursday accused the DMK and Congress of being responsible for the “genocide” of Tamils in Sri Lanka during the last phase of civil war in the island nation in May 2009. The two parties were in power in the …

Executions will not end drug-related crime in Sri Lanka, Amnesty International said today in a new briefing, calling on the Sri Lankan government to halt plans to resume executions after more than four decades. The briefing, Sri Lanka: Halt Preparations to Resume Executions, highlights how …

Companies must shoulder some of the blame

Companies must shoulder some of the blame

Plantations in Sri Lanka that supply tea stamped slavery-free to top global companies are under investigation by ethical label groups after an expose found illegal wage deductions that have left some workers ill and unable to afford healthcare. An investigation by the Thomson Reuters Foundation …

Tamils will have to take cases to the International Criminal Court

Tamils will have to take cases to the International Criminal Court

The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Member of Parliament M.A. Sumanthiran’s constitutional justification for seeking foreign judges to serve in the proposed Judicial Mechanism to try alleged war crime cases, has put the government in a spot, and his Tamil rivals in the shade. In a …

There is strong disappointment

There is strong disappointment

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) acknowledges the passing of the resolution ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ (40/1) at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), and thank all those who worked towards it, particularly the thirty-two countries that co-sponsored, among those the …

UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka meets Colombo’s requirements

UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka meets Colombo’s requirements

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)’s resolution on the rights situation in Sri Lanka, which was passed in Geneva on Thursday through consensus, meets Colombo’s requirements. Resolution 40/L.1 not only gives two years’ extension for the implementation of resolution 30/1 of 2015, but also says …

Sri Lanka rejects proposal for OHCHR  office and deadline

Sri Lanka rejects proposal for OHCHR office and deadline

Foreign Minister, Tilak Marapana, denied that the armed forces had committed war crimes and that it is not possible to establish a hybrid judicial mechanism with foreign and Sri Lankan judges to try cases of alleged war crimes as demanded by the UNHRC resolutions of …

Looking for a new lease of life

Looking for a new lease of life

The political crisis that gripped Sri Lanka for nearly two months towards the tail end of 2018 had different costs for different political actors, depending on who they were and what they did during that time. But if there was a chief casualty of the …

Sri Lanka’s women want to work—and thrive in the workplace

Sri Lanka’s women want to work—and thrive in the workplace

Being a woman, mother, sister, aunt – name it, it’s something women wake up to daily and they love it.  None of them question about being enumerated for these roles.  We marvel and revel in the roles.  But make no mistake. Women want to work, …