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Sri Lanka Army baffled by rights abuses

Sri Lanka Army baffled by rights abuses

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–      The Sri Lanka Army Friday said it was baffled by allegations against the military and vowed to battle the “malicious propaganda network”. Army Commander Lt Gen Jagath Jayasuriya said the military had been facing “unfounded allegations” since it crushed …

Key political risks to watch in Sri Lanka

Key political risks to watch in Sri Lanka

       (Reuters) –  President Mahinda Rajapaksa is under fire from the U.N. Human Rights Council, which last year adopted a United States-sponsored resolution demanding that Sri Lanka ensure government troops who committed war crimes during the final stages of its war against Tamil rebels …

Canada’s special envoy for the Commonwealth to Sri Lanka

Canada’s special envoy for the Commonwealth to Sri Lanka

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–     Canada’s special envoy for the Commonwealth Hugh Segal is on his way to Sri Lanka as pressure mounts to relocate the Commonwealth’s heads of government meeting being held in Colombo later this year because of concerns over deteriorating human …

Bharatha’s sister to speak at UNHRC today

Bharatha’s sister to speak at UNHRC today

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–        Six family members of slain SLFPer Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra will attend the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva today while one family member is scheduled to address the session with regard to the killing of …

US Congressman calls for war crimes probe

US Congressman calls for war crimes probe

     Representative Eliot Engel, a Democrat member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Congress, has written to Secretary of State John Kerry expressing serious concern regarding the deterioration of democracy and lack of progress on reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka. Saying …

India tells Sri Lanka to release 53 fishermen

India tells Sri Lanka to release 53 fishermen

India Thursday told Sri Lanka to treat the 53 Indian fishermen arrested by its navy humanely and release them at the earliest. The external affairs ministry said Sri Lankan authorities arrested 19 fishermen Wednesday and another 34 Thursday for allegedly fishing in Sri Lanka’s waters. …

Appeal from Tamil Civil Society to the International Community regarding the upcoming resolution in UNHRC on Sri Lanka

Appeal from Tamil Civil Society to the International Community regarding the upcoming resolution in UNHRC on Sri Lanka

    This appeal, signed by civil society activists who live and work in the North and East of Sri Lanka, seeks to state our position with regard to the resolution on Sri Lanka to be tabled at the 22nd sessions of the UN Human Rights …

UNHRC: Sri Lanka Resolution finalised

UNHRC: Sri Lanka Resolution finalised

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–          An informal discussion on the 3rd draft of the US sponsored resolution on Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka was held at the Geneva UN HQ, room no 27. It was organized by the US mission …

Games In Geneva And A Series Of Own Goals By The MEA

Games In Geneva And A Series Of Own Goals By The MEA

      There is a very strange game being played out in Geneva, the implications of which decision makers in Colombo have not understood – or else, having understood, they simply do not care. Though the motivations of those attacking us vary, their aim …

Canada returned over 500 Sri Lankans

Canada returned over 500 Sri Lankans

     Canada has returned over 500 Sri Lankans under a ‘Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration’ program, the Canadian media reported today. The Montreal Gazette reported that Canada was the only funding source for this particular project which runs from Jan. 2012 to the end …