‘We have talked so much about it, and it just goes nowhere.’

[ Washington Post ][ Oct 02 22:28 GMT ]

On Thursday, the U.N. Human Rights Council passed resolution 25/1, a vote of confidence that the government of Sri Lanka can and will provide justice for abuses committed during the decades-long civil war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). It’s been a long road getting to this consensus. Since the war’s end in 2009, relations between Sri Lanka and the international community have been contentious. [ full story | comments ]

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The UNHRC adopts consensus resolution on Sri Lanka

[ Channel 4 News ][ Oct 02 22:26 GMT ]

The United Nations Human Rights Council passed a historic resolution over allegations of ongoing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. But as Callum Macrae reports, it has received mixed reactions. Six and a half years ago the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) voted to congratulate the government of Sri Lanka for its commitment to human rights. It was arguably the most shameful moment in the Council's short history. The government they were praising had allegedly just massacred tens of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians, after encouraging them to gather in government designated "No Fire Zones" at the end of Sri Lanka's civil war in 2009. [ full story | comments ]

Opposition Flays India's Support to Domestic Resolution in Lanka

[ Indian Express ][ Oct 02 22:23 GMT ]

Opposition leaders in the State including DMK chief M Karunanidhi, PMK founder S Ramadoss, VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan and TMC leader GK Vasan on Friday expressed shock and disappointment on India's support to the UNHRC resolution calling for domestic probe into the findings of the three-member UN panel on human rights violations against Sri Lankan Tamils. Karunanidhi blamed the Union government for ignoring the Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution for an international probe and said "Tamils who are without a nation have become orphans. The US, England, China and even India are with Sri Lanka." Whether the diluted resolution would be implemented honestly was doubtful, the DMK patriarch said and added that 14 agreements signed by various Sinhalese leaders were not implemented. [ full story | comments ]

Seven Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan naval personnel

[ IE ][ Oct 02 10:27 GMT ]

Seven Indian fishermen were arrested by Sri Lankan naval personnel off Katchathivu islet on Friday for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in their waters. Joint Director of Fisheries (Nagapattinam), Subburaj said the naval personnel surrounded their boat near Paruthiturai, seized their GRPS equipment and fishing net. The fishermen from Tamil Nadu were later taken to Kankesanthurai in the island nation, he said. [ full story | comments ]

Devolution of power essential for reconciliation, India tells Lanka

[ Sunday Times ][ Oct 02 10:23 GMT ]

India told Sri Lanka at the 30th. Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Thursday, that “meaningful devolution of authority” to the provinces under the 13 th. Amendment of the Lankan constitution, and “building on it”, are essential for ethnic reconciliation in the island nation. Speaking after the consensual adoption of the US-led resolution on Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka, which Lanka had co-sponsored with 36 other members, Indian Ambassador Ajit Kumar said that it is India’s “firm belief” that the way to reconciliation is through devolution of power. [ full story | comments ]

At U.N. Assembly, Sri Lankan Leader Aims to Lift Country’s Stature

[ New York Times ][ Oct 02 03:09 GMT ]

Nine months after he was elected to bridge bitter ethnic divisions at home, Sri Lanka’s president, Maithripala Sirisena, spent the better part of this week in New York trying to reassert his country’s place in the world. On Monday, he offered five infantry battalions for United Nations peacekeeping missions, a gesture that was welcomed at a summit meeting chaired by President Obama. That was in sharp contrast to Sri Lanka’s offer of helicopters when its previous government was under scrutiny for failing to address accusations of atrocities and other human rights abuses during the long, bloody conflict between the Tamil ethnic group and the majority Sinhalese. [ full story | comments ]

U.N. calls on Sri Lanka to pursue war crimes with credible process

[ Reuters ][ Oct 01 12:58 GMT ]

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday called on Sri Lanka to establish a credible justice process, including foreign judges and prosecutors, to investigate alleged war crimes committed during the long conflict that ended in 2009. The 47 member state Geneva forum adopted a resolution, without a vote, that was led by the United States and Britain, and backed by Sri Lanka itself.Government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels "most likely" committed war crimes including mass killings of civilians during their 26-year war that should be prosecuted by a special court with international judges, the U.N. said in a landmark report issued last month that formed the basis of the resolution. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka to issue missing certificates to families of civil war disappeared

[ Guardian ][ Oct 01 12:52 GMT ]

Campaigners’ demand granted as UN prepares to adopt resolution to bring war criminals from 26-year conflict to justice...Among those who disappeared are an unknown number of activists, journalists and other critics of the authorities who were abducted by unidentified men driving white vans in Colombo, the commercial and cultural capital, during and after the final years of the conflict. Some Tamils allege that the military, which is largely Sinhalese, still maintains detention centres and tortures former Tamil rebels who surrendered after their defeat. The military rejects the charge. The number of Tamils who went missing in the war’s final phase is said to range from a few hundred to many thousands. [ full story | comments ]

US thwarts probe on Sri Lanka conflict

[ Malaysiakini ][ Oct 01 10:27 GMT ]

The US-sponsored draft resolution to be tabled would represent a major setback to millions of Tamils who want justice, truth and dignity. Peace-loving members of the international community are shocked that the US hardly pays any attention to the terrible crimes committed against innocent and harmless people like the Tamils in Sri Lanka. For those Tamil activists and others, the draft resolution would merely spur them on to continue their long struggle to bring to books those responsible for the terrible crimes committed against humanity. [ full story | comments ]

Children of “political prisoners” staged protest in Jaffna

[ Sunday Times ][ Sep 30 16:51 GMT ]

Children of Tamil political prisoners who have been languishing in remand for years today staged a protest in Jaffna urging their speedy release. As the World Children day falls today, the children of political prisoners questioned when they are going to be united with their loved ones. They have handed over a memorandum to the Northern Provincial Chief Minister C. V. Wigneshwaran. “Today the political prisoners issue has been politicized by this government. After the Geneva proceedings, this government has to do something over this issue,” Chief Minister said. The government recently said more than 200 political prisoners are still in remand including those charged and some of them are without any charges. - See more at: http://www.sundaytimes.lk/news-online/children-political-prisoners-staged-protest-jaffna.html#sthash.qkjGtYgn.dpuf [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lankan navy detains seven Tamil Nadu fishermen

[ ToI ][ Sep 30 12:50 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan navy and the coast guard of the island nation have detained seven fishermen from Threspuram in Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu on charges of fishing in their waters. They seized 500 kilograms of fish and navigational equipment from the fishermen.They were rounded up by the Sri Lankan coast guard assisted by the Sri Lankan navy on Monday evening (Sept 28), 10 nautical miles north off Baththalangunduwa coast near Kalpiti in Sri Lanka. Marine police sources at Tuticorin confirmed the detention stating that the fishermen were taken to Puttalam fisheries department in Sri Lanka. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka promises 'no questions' if Swiss bank cash brought back

[ AFP ][ Oct 02 22:25 GMT ]

Sri Lanka Friday asked citizens holding Swiss bank accounts to redeposit the cash in their home country and promised there would be "no questions asked" if they do. Following a slump in official reserves, the Sri Lankan government is keen to get foreign cash, shoring up its reserves and stabilising the local currency. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said Sri Lankans could deposit their savings in local banks which offer rates several time more than the those offered in international money markets. [ full story | comments ]

TN parties condemn UN resolution on probe into war crimes in Sri Lanka

[ ToI ][ Oct 02 12:41 GMT ]

Political parties in the state have expressed disappointment over the UNHRC resolution seeking a credible probe involving foreign judges into the 2009 Eelam war in Sri Lanka. DMK chief M Karunanidhi said the decision of the UN was not the most appropriate medicine to heal the wounds of the Sri Lankan Tamils, affected by the war. "The Indian government did not react to the resolution of the assembly and has approved a probe within Lanka at the last minute. This shows there is no difference between the UPA and NDA governments on the Lankan Tamil issue," said PMK chief S Ramadoss in a statement. [ full story | comments ]

UN rights boss urges Sri Lanka to probe secret jails, missing people

[ Arab News ][ Oct 02 10:25 GMT ]

Sri Lanka must investigate reports of secret places of detention and set up a “credible and independent” body to clarify the fate of people missing since the long war that ended in 2009, the UN said. Some Tamils allege that the military maintains detention centers and tortures former Tamil rebels who surrendered after defeat. The military rejects the charge. Tamils who went missing in the war’s final phase are alleged to range from many thousands to a few hundred.“While initial progress has been made by the new government in strengthening democratic institutions, land restitution and finding solutions for internally displaced people, much more work remains to be done, including ensuring justice and accountability,” US Ambassador Keith Harper told the rights council. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka says to cooperate with U.N. on war crimes inquiry

[ Reuters ][ Oct 02 03:09 GMT ]

Sri Lanka signalled on Thursday it aims to establish a credible judicial process involving foreign judges and prosecutors to investigate alleged war crimes during its long conflict with Tamil rebels, in line with U.N. recommendations. Activists and international experts said that the domestic mechanism must win the trust of victims and survivors and provide robust witness protection for those who testify, especially against the Sri Lankan military. The United Nations Human Rights Council, composed of 47 member states, adopted by consensus a resolution led by the United States and Britain. Sri Lanka co-sponsored the text. [ full story | comments ]

Colombo Consensus 2.0

[ Foreign Policy ][ Oct 02 03:07 GMT ]

With the growing economic importance of the Indian Ocean, the geo-strategically located Sri Lanka is becoming crucial within the strategic trajectory of the key regional power players: the United States, India and China. The island nation has therefore sought to reap the benefits of the great power competition, and the three nations have had to adjust their engagement accordingly. The leadership of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa favored China, while the new President Maithripala Sirisena has opened the country up for re-engagement with India and the United States. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka: UN war crimes resolution marks a turning point for victims

[ Amnesty International ][ Oct 01 12:56 GMT ]

A crucial resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council today offers the victims of Sri Lanka’s armed conflict the prospect of finally getting the truth and justice they deserve, Amnesty International said.Although far from perfect, if the resolution and the underlying commitments of Sri Lanka’s government are implemented in good faith it presents an opportunity for victims to finally get the truth and justice they have been waiting for. “Any accountability process must have an international component for it to have any credibility, as well as to provide the necessary skills and expertise..." said David Griffiths, Amnesty International’s South Asia Research Director. [ full story | comments ]

Vaiko slams UN resolution on Sri Lanka

[ Hindu ][ Oct 01 10:28 GMT ]

The United Nation’s resolution authorising Sri Lanka to hold a probe into war crimes is bound to turn detrimental to ethnic Tamils, MDMK general secretary Vaiko has said. “Though the U.S., Russia, Pakistan and India have divergent views on international matters, they have together supported Sri Lanka. The murder of justice will be widely exposed. The MDMK will mobilise 10 lakh youth to create awareness of the injustice perpetrated on Sri Lankan Tamils,” Mr. Vaiko told reporters on Wednesday. [ full story | comments ]

Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein to the Human Rights Council

[ OHCHR ][ Oct 01 09:53 GMT ]

The unfortunate reality is, however, that Sri Lanka’s criminal justice system is not currently equipped to conduct an independent and credible investigation into allegations of this breadth and magnitude, or to hold accountable those responsible for such violations, as requested by the Council in resolution 25/1. First, Sri Lanka lacks a reliable system for victim and witness protection, particularly in a context where the risk of reprisals is very high. A long-pending law was recently passed, but it is not yet operational. [ full story | comments ]

Two get 290, 300 years jail for attempt on Chandrika Kumaratunga

[ Hindu ][ Sep 30 12:59 GMT ]

A Sri Lankan court has sentenced two people to prison sentences of 290 and 300 years for the attempted assassination of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga in 1999. Judge Pathmini Ranawaka Gunathilake on Wednesday found Velayutham Varatharajah and Chandra Ragupathy guilty of conspiracy and also aiding and abetting the LTTE rebels in their attempt to kill Ms. Kumaratunga by exploding a powerful suicide bomb during an election rally in Colombo in December 1999. [ full story | comments ]

Mirissa attack a stab in the back for tourism

[ Sunday Times ][ Sep 30 12:47 GMT ]

The stabbing of a British tourist and the attempted rape of his girlfriend residing in a tourist resort down south are sending ripples of concern among the authorities over the impact on the tourism industry.The incident has opened up old wounds bringing to recollection the notorious killing of 32-year-old British Red Cross worker Khuram Shaikh who was holidaying in Sri Lanka in 2011.While tourism experts have expressed disgust and much concern over the adverse effect the incident will have on tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka, they all stressed on the need to revisit the regulations governing the tourist industry in order to put the ‘house in order’. [ full story | comments ]

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