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Still riven: Measures to placate Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority are stalling
Still riven: Measures to placate Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority are stalling
Still riven: Measures to placate Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority are stalling

“WE ARE like dogs in the street, while your men occupy our homes,” read one of the banners strung up by Tamil protesters, mostly women in saris and ragged children. They had been camping for more than a month in a jumble of makeshift tents on a baking, dusty roadside near a Sri Lankan air-force base in the country’s remote north-east. They said that the armed…

The Economist - Mar 17 13:59 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

Thousands of victims of Sri Lanka’s civil war remain unaccounted for
Thousands of victims of Sri Lanka’s civil war remain unaccounted for
Thousands of victims of Sri Lanka’s civil war remain unaccounted for

“I STILL believe he’s alive,” says Tharsini Santhirabose with a glazed, fixed smile. She last saw her husband, a fellow guerrilla for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in the final days of the civil war that ended with the Tigers’ obliteration in 2009. Up to 40,000 civilians were killed, according to the UN, along with most of the remnants of the…

The Economist - Mar 17 13:55 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Sri Lanka rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe

    Sri Lanka rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe

    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected a fresh appeal from the United Nations to allow international judges to investigate alleged war-era atrocities, vowing to not prosecute soldiers. "I am not going to allow non-governmental organisations to dictate how to run my government. I will not listen to their calls to prosecute my troops," the president…

    AFP - Mar 06 03:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • UN raises concerns over abuses, torture in Sri Lanka

    UN raises concerns over abuses, torture in Sri Lanka

    The United Nations has decried Sri Lanka's "worryingly slow" progress in addressing wartime crimes, warning that a range of serious abuses, including torture, appear to remain widespread. The world body and rights activists have previously accused the Sri Lankan military of killing thousands of civilians, mostly Tamils, in the last weeks of a 26-year civil war with…

    Al Jazeera - Mar 03 15:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka Dodges Questions on Women’s Rights at UN Committee

    Sri Lanka Dodges Questions on Women’s Rights at UN Committee

    If there were any doubt where women’s issues rank in the Sri Lanka government’s list of priorities, it was laid to rest last week in Geneva. When the Sri Lanka delegation appeared before the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) on February 22, it should have been well-prepared for the occasion. It was the country’s…

    HRW - Mar 03 15:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka's Tamil party asks for U.N. pressure over alleged war crimes

    Sri Lanka\'s Tamil party asks for U.N. pressure over alleged war crimes

    Sri Lanka's main Tamil party has asked the United Nations to put pressure on the Sri Lankan government to investigate and prosecute alleged war crimes committed during the country's 26-year war against Tamil separatists. The government agreed in 2015 to act on the reports of human rights abuses but has done nothing since, M. A. Sumanthiran, a legislator and…

    Reuters - Mar 02 12:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

    Related:
      - Tamils want Sri Lanka to fulfill promises to UN rights body - AP
  • Sellamma & her struggle to reclaim her house and land in Puthukudiyiruppu

    Sellamma & her struggle to reclaim her house and land in Puthukudiyiruppu

    Sellamma is 83 years old. She has a house in Puthukudiyiruppu (PTK) East, Ward no. 7, in the Mullaitivu district in the Northern Province. It’s opposite the PTK Divisional Secretariat (DS). But for more than two weeks, she has been braving the hot sun and cold nights on the street, opposite her house. Because her house and land is occupied by the Army. In fading…

    Groundviews - Mar 02 12:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Mullaitivu ]

  • Sri Lanka prison bus shooting kills seven

    Sri Lanka prison bus shooting kills seven

    At least seven people were killed when gunmen in Sri Lanka opened fire on a prison bus outside Colombo. Police said five inmates and two guards died in the attack near the town of Kalutara. Nine others are in hospital. The bus was transporting a prominent underworld suspect and other prisoners to court. Police say the shooting resulted from a feud between two…

    BBC - Mar 02 12:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights ]

    Related:
      - Gunmen kill seven in Sri Lanka prison bus shooting - Reuters
  • Police in Sri Lanka arrest intelligence officers over journalist killing

    Police in Sri Lanka arrest intelligence officers over journalist killing

    Police in Sri Lanka have arrested five military intelligence officers on suspicion of assassinating a prominent anti-establishment newspaper editor and orchestrating attacks on other journalists and dissidents under the former regime, a legal source has said. The 2009 killing of Lasantha Wickrematunge, a fierce critic of the then president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, provoked…

    The Guardian - Feb 23 08:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Media, WarCrimes ]

  • Kumaratunga: Sri Lanka war widows face sexual exploitation

    Kumaratunga: Sri Lanka war widows face sexual exploitation

    Tamil women who survived Sri Lanka’s civil war now face widespread sexual exploitation by officials in their own community as well as from the army, the head of an ethnic reconciliation body said Wednesday. Former president Chandrika Kumaratunga, the chairman of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, said women who were widowed during the 37-year…

    AFP - Feb 16 15:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Office on Missing Persons powers to be reduced

    The Office on Missing Persons is to be stripped of its power of entering into agreements with an individual or an organization. The Office on Missing Persons Act was passed in Parliament on August 23, 2016. Media Minister Gayantha Karunathillake said on Wednesday that the Cabinet had on Tuesday approved a proposal by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to repeal…

    Island - Feb 10 13:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka to give priority to constitution drafting over accountability mechanisms

    Sri Lanka to give priority to constitution drafting over accountability mechanisms

    The Sirisena-Wickremesinge government in Sri Lanka will give priority to drafting a new constitution for the country over setting up war crimes accountability mechanisms like the Judicial Mechanism and the Truth-Seeking Commission, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said here on Tuesday. Speaking to the Foreign Correspondents Association, Samaraeera said that the…

    Indian Express - Feb 08 14:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka: Fears grow over missing trade unionist

    Sri Lanka: Fears grow over missing trade unionist

    A trade union leader who has been in the forefront of industrial action for more than a month against Sri Lanka’s main telecommunications provider has gone missing after court orders banning protests led by his union. The wife of M Sujeewa Mangala, the vice-president of the All Ceylon Telecommunication Employees’ Union, has lodged a complaint at a police…

    Green Left - Feb 07 14:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • On SAITM and the “medical mafia”

    On SAITM and the “medical mafia”

    There has been sustained protest and trade union action by the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA), the Medical Faculty Students’ Union, and Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) against the judgment of the Court of Appeal allowing the registration of students of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) with the Sri Lanka Medical…

    Groundviews - Feb 07 11:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • ‘Give Us Our Children Back’: Hunger Strikers in Sri Lanka Demand Answers

    ‘Give Us Our Children Back’: Hunger Strikers in Sri Lanka Demand Answers

    “All we are asking for is for them to give us our children back. They took my child,” the aggrieved mother, Sangarappillai Vanalochini, said in an interview widely viewed on television and social media in Sri Lanka this week.The condition of the hunger strikers grew so grave on Thursday that Sri Lanka’s state defense minister, Ruwan Wijewardene, flew from the…

    NY Times - Jan 26 21:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • A storm in that ‘human rights action plan’ teacup

    A storm in that ‘human rights action plan’ teacup

    An unseemly and wholly unnecessary uproar arose this week over a proposed clause in Sri Lanka’s National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP, 2017-2021), which had apparently mentioned the need for a two-thirds majority in Parliament to pass a State of Emergency. Ministers loyal to President Maithripala Sirisena indulged in a frantic thumping of chests by insisting…

    Sunday Times - Jan 23 20:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka hit by worst drought in decades

    Sri Lanka hit by worst drought in decades

    Sri Lanka is suffering its worst drought in four decades, according to officials, with more than a million people experiencing acute water shortages. The lack of rain last year has lowered water levels in rivers in parts of the country. With less water available to drain the sea salt, supplies have been contaminated, especially in the town of Kalutara, south of the…

    Al Jazeera - Jan 22 14:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights ]

  • With drought looming, Sri Lanka tries something new: preparing

    With rainfall in many areas just a third of that last year and many water reservoirs far below normal levels, Sri Lankans have begun holding traditional ceremonies to invoke rain – some with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena. But this time, national officials are also doing something new to prepare for what many fear could be the worst drought…

    Reuters - Jan 18 14:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights ]

  • Sri Lankan president to lead high-ranking trade delegation to Tehran

    Sri Lankan president to lead high-ranking trade delegation to Tehran

    Sri Lanka plans to dispatch a high-ranking trade delegation led by the country’s president, Maithripala Sirisena, to Iran in late January. “President Maithripala Sirisena’s forthcoming tour of Iran could open many new opportunities for Sri Lankan businesses”, said Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen on January 3 in Colombo. Addressing a…

    Tehran Times - Jan 06 17:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, IRAN, WarCrimes ]

  • Ads for prefabricated houses but opposition continues

    The Resettlement Ministry has called for applications from the public via newspaper advertisements for its ArcelorMittal prefabricated houses, amidst continued grassroots opposition to the project. The Kilinochchi District Coordination Committee (DCC) passed a unanimous resolution yesterday stating that no prefabricated houses should be given to the people of the…

    Sunday Times - Dec 28 02:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, Vanni ]

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