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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 …

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 …