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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 …

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 …

Bouquets and brickbats

Bouquets and brickbats

Ahead of a resolution on Sri Lanka set to come up for procedural extension at the end of the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council, the UN High …

Report must be implemented

Report must be implemented

Responding to the publication of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’, Amnesty International’s South Asia Researcher, Thyagi Ruwanpathirana, said: “The report importantly stresses the need to press ahead with …

Free Expression and Terror Laws?

Free Expression and Terror Laws?

Rights activists and journalists have condemned the Sri Lankan government’s Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and planned Counter Terrorism Act (CTA). They claim that all terror laws are generally used against journalists, rights activists, union leaders and opposition politicians as tools of oppression. Under the …

Ensure Sri Lanka remains on UNHRC agenda

Ensure Sri Lanka remains on UNHRC agenda

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) calls on the international community and the members of the UNHRC, to ensure that Sri Lanka firmly remains on the UNHRC agenda until all aspects …

All eyes on carbon dating test report

All eyes on carbon dating test report

Although the report on the radiocarbon dating test on the samples of skeletal remains from the mass grave in Mannar has been handed over to the Magistrate’s Court by Specialist JMO Saminda Rajapaksa, Mannar Magistrate T. Saravanarajah told court that as the courts had still …

EU reiterates need to repeal and replace the PTA Act

EU reiterates need to repeal and replace the PTA Act

The European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka agreed on the importance to continue working closely together on human rights and reconciliation at their Joint Commission meeting on 14 February . The European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka held their 22nd meeting of the Joint Commission …

US seeks sustained military engagement with Sri Lanka

US seeks sustained military engagement with Sri Lanka

Amid the increasing Chinese influence over the strategically important Indo-Pacific region, a top Pentagon commander has advocated sustained US engagement with Sri Lanka, despite the political and ethnic turmoil in …

Sri Lanka resolution will be led by UK

Sri Lanka resolution will be led by UK

I would like to refer to 4 initiatives which the UK will present as part of core groups. These are three resolutions and one joint statement. Firstly, the Core Group on Sri Lanka, comprising Canada, Germany, Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK will present a resolution …