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Questions remain over Sri Lanka editor’s death despite new arrests
Questions remain over Sri Lanka editor’s death despite new arrests

Five officers in Sri Lanka’s military intelligence apparatus have been arrested on suspicion of assassinating a newspaper editor eight years ago — in a murder with a dramatic aftermath, and one that became an example of the previous government’s attacks on dissidents. Lasantha Wickrematunge, the editor of the Sunday Leader, was killed in 2009 while on his way…

The National - Feb 23 08:05 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, Media, WarCrimes ]

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 ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Don’t Backtrack on Justice for Sri Lanka’s Victims

    Don’t Backtrack on Justice for Sri Lanka’s Victims

    Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told journalists recently that while his government was committed to justice, it was in no great hurry to begin the process to ensure accountability for abuses during the country’s long civil war. ‘Justice delayed, is justice denied,’ goes the old adage, and one can imagine wartime commanders and officials who…

    HRW - Feb 23 08:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • U.S. House of Representatives Delegation Strengthens U.S.-Sri Lankan Ties

    U.S. House of Representatives Delegation Strengthens U.S.-Sri Lankan Ties

    A bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives arrives in Colombo today for three days of meetings as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP). The HDP delegation is pleased to continue the important partnership begun with the signing of a Collaboration Agreement between the U.S. House of Representatives and the Parliament of Sri Lanka on…

    US Embassy - Feb 21 15:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, 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 ]

  • UN women’s rights committee to review Sri Lanka

    UN women’s rights committee to review Sri Lanka

    The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to be meeting in Geneva from 13 February to 3 March to review women’s rights in eight countries including Sri Lanka, United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) announced. The committee will review the following countries: Ukraine (14 February); Ireland (15…

    Daily Mirror - Feb 08 15:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, UN, WarCrimes ]

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  • 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 ]

  • Threat to Sumanthiran: A game plan to retain army: CV

    Threat to Sumanthiran: A game plan to retain army: CV

    The Police saying there is a threat to Sumanthiran's life is a ploy to station the army permanently, the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran said. He said so when queried about the death threat on TNA Parliamentarian, Sumanthiran, and the arrest of former combatants. H said that the Police had taken steps regarding it. But they had not informed…

    Daily Mirror - Feb 07 14:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Victorian MP Jude Perera spent taxpayers’ money on ill-fated Sri Lankan AFL mission

    Victorian MP Jude Perera spent taxpayers’ money on ill-fated Sri Lankan AFL mission

    A VICTORIAN politician has spent taxpayers’ money on an ill-fated mission to set up an overseas AFL tournament. Sri Lankan-born Labor MP Jude Perera travelled to Sri Lanka last year to try and set up an exhibition match marking “70 years of friendship” between the island nation and Australia. Mr Perera, a government backbencher who represents Cranbourne,…

    Herald Sun - Feb 07 14:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Refugees, Australia, WarCrimes ]

  • The Sri Lankan war crimes swept under the carpet

     The Sri Lankan war crimes swept under the carpet

    According to successive Sri Lankan governments the only war crimes committed during the country's long civil war, from July 1983 to May 2009, were those perpetrated by the Tamils; aggressive denial has defined their response. The alienation of the minority Tamil population from the majority Sinhalese began in colonial times, when Britain sought to accentuate…

    The Age - Feb 07 11:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Delay In Signing Mine Ban Treaty Keeps Sri Lanka In The Red

    Delay In Signing Mine Ban Treaty Keeps Sri Lanka In The Red

    After the change of regime on January eighth, 2015, the Sri Lanka Campaign to Ban Landmines (SLCBL) was hopeful that post-war Sri Lanka would become a party to disarmament conventions, namely the Mine Ban Treaty (MBT) also known as the Ottawa Convention and Conventionon Cluster Munitions (CCM).According to the Coordinator of Sri Lanka’s campaign to ban landmines,…

    Sunday Leader - Jan 29 14:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • ‘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 ]

  • Sri Lanka stuck in 'gigantic debt trap': govt

    Sri Lanka stuck in \'gigantic debt trap\': govt

    Sri Lanka Thursday said it was stuck in a "gigantic debt trap" and that paying off foreign loans would hit a record $2.41 billion this year, up from $1.82 billion last year. The Finance Ministry said the cash-strapped country's debt servicing cost this year was estimated at about half of its foreign currency reserves, while repayments were expected to worsen to…

    AFP - Jan 26 18:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Economy, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka becomes more corrupt

    Sri Lanka becomes more corrupt

    Sri Lanka ranked at 95 in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2016, dropping down the rank by 12 slots when compared to 2015. The report released by Transparency International, the global movement against corruption, ranks countries according to the perceived level of public sector corruption. Sri Lanka was ranked at 95 out of 176 counties with a poor score of 36…

    Daily Mirror - Jan 25 20:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka: Refusing to disappear: Tens of thousands missing, families demand answers

    Sri Lanka: Refusing to disappear: Tens of thousands missing, families demand answers

    As any family member searching for a missing loved one can tell you, enforced disappearance is a crime without end. Until parents, wives, siblings, and children know the truth about the fate of a missing family member, they can find it almost impossible to seek justice and reparation for crimes they have suffered, and cannot properly mourn their loss. Enforced…

    ReliefWeb - Jan 23 20:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka: The Rajapaksas Rise Again

    Sri Lanka: The Rajapaksas Rise Again

    Politics is shaped by leaders’ ability to deliver. It is all about doing and achieving, “doing what you say what you say you are going to do,” to paraphrase Dr. Harsha de Silva, Sri Lanka’s current deputy minister of foreign affairs. It is not about good intentions; it is about getting results. It is not about pleasing outsiders; ultimately it is about keeping…

    Diplomat - Jan 19 18:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka taking steps to deal with troubled past: Foreign Minister

    Sri Lanka taking steps to deal with troubled past: Foreign Minister

    Sri Lanka will deal with her troubled past honestly and truthfully, Foreign Minister Managala Samaraweera said, speaking at the Chatham House in London last week. Sri Lanka is committed to the co-sponsored resolution worked out with the Human Rights Council in October 2015 to “deal with the past honestly and truthfully, accept that past, put it behind us, and…

    LBO - Jan 17 00:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka: Adopt Task Force’s Justice Proposals

    Sri Lanka: Adopt Task Force’s Justice Proposals

    Sri Lanka’s government should promptly implement recommendations on transitional justice proposed by the Consultation Task Force (CTF) in a report released on January 3, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The report reflects the first broad survey of Sri Lankan citizens on their aspirations for truth and justice, as called for by the October 2015 resolution of the…

    HRW - Jan 13 16:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • European Commission proposes GSP+ to SL

    European Commission proposes GSP+ to SL

    The European Commission today proposed that a significant part of the remaining import duties on Sri Lankan products should be removed by the European Union in exchange for the country's commitment to ratify and effectively implement 27 international conventions on human rights, labour conditions, protection of the environment and good governance. Removal of…

    Daily Mirror - Jan 11 21:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, Economy, WarCrimes ]

  • Foreign participation in war crimes probe reiterated

    Foreign participation in war crimes probe reiterated

    Having repeatedly assured the country that the change of government, in January, 2015, had ended the likelihood of foreign participation in proposed war crimes inquiry, the yahapalana government struggled to cope up with a report released by its own outfit, headed by attorney-at-law, Mrs Manouri Muttetuwegama. The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation…

    Island - Jan 11 21:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • President Trump: Implications for Sri Lanka

    President Trump: Implications for Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka could thereby make strategic “trickle down” gains under a Trump administration, even if it faces possible constraints in leveraging Chinese interests and ties in Sri Lanka against India. In harnessing these gains, however, Sri Lanka should watch for any changes in the sub-text of U.S. references to its “convergence of interests” with India and, in…

    Diplomat - Feb 21 15:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, USA, WarCrimes ]

  • Court finds film activist guilty for showing Sri Lanka war documentary without approval

    Court finds film activist guilty for showing Sri Lanka war documentary without approval

    Activist Lena Hendry has been found guilty by the Magistrate Court today for allegedly screening a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war without the approval of the Censorship Board. Magistrate Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris found the Pusat Komas programme manager guilty of censorship charges after the defence failed to prove reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case. …

    Malay Mail OnLine - Feb 21 15:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • CBK, War Crimes And The Rule Of Law

    CBK, War Crimes And The Rule Of Law

    It is reported that President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (CBK) has stated that there is no need for a war crimes probe and that the need is for a new constitution. It is a major flip-flop for someone who publicly cried at the Justice K. Palakidnar Memorial Oration on 24.07.2011 over her son’s and daughter’s comments after seeing the Channel Four…

    Sunday Leader - Feb 12 21:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Accountability Fairy Tale

    Sri Lanka’s Accountability Fairy Tale

    The interview with Kumaratunga is worth reading in its entirely, although one part in particular has really caught people’s attention. Journalist Upal Wickramasinghe asked Kumaratunga where the country stands in terms of establishing national reconciliation. “It is successfully carried out,” Kumaratunga notes. “In the face of opposition and a handful of…

    Huffington Post - Feb 10 13:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka to Ask UN for More Time to Probe War Crimes

    Sri Lanka says it needs more time to fulfill promises given to the U.N. human rights body to investigate war crime allegations from the nation's long civil war, which ended nearly eight years ago. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told foreign correspondents late Tuesday that the government will seek more time at the next U.N. human rights session, starting Feb.…

    AP - Feb 08 14:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • The government needs to be constructive rather than combative

    The government needs to be constructive rather than combative

    Mr Mendez acknowledges strides taken by the National Human Rights Commission but makes the pertinent point that this has left untouched the task of remedying impunity for past and present abuses through effective prosecution. He passes down graver strictures on reliance of the National Police Commission on police investigations and the ‘worrying lack of will’ on…

    Sunday Times - Feb 07 14:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, 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 ]

  • Could restoring ancient water tanks help build peace in Sri Lanka?

    Could restoring ancient water tanks help build peace in Sri Lanka?

    Scarce resources can often lead to conflict and the risk is thought to be even greater in Sri Lanka. An analysis by the UN’s Environment Programme found that the “impacts of climate change can trigger pre-existing ethnic, nationalist, religious divisions” and that conflicts between communities can arise “when [they] cannot or must fight harder to meet their…

    Guardian - Feb 07 14:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • National Question and grievances faced by a minority

    National Question and grievances faced by a minority

    In a recent article in the Daily mirror of January 5, 2017, titled “Let’s make Sampanthan’s New Year wish come true, the writer refers to the fact that the Opposition Leader has pinned his hopes for a peaceful and prosperous country in 2017 on a resolution of the National Question. The writer poses the question, ‘What is the National Question’. He takes the…

    Daily Mirror - Jan 29 23:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sustained Concerns About Torture in Sri Lanka

    Sustained Concerns About Torture in Sri Lanka

    Torture remains a major problem in Sri Lanka. A new report from the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment has reminded us of that. The report presents a grim picture of systematic torture and the concomitant impunity which continue to plague the island nation. The report also lays out a number of thoughtful…

    Diplomat - Jan 29 14:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • People on hunger strike demand info on Sri Lanka’s missing persons

    People on hunger strike demand info on Sri Lanka’s missing persons

    The hunger strike by the relatives of people who disappeared during Sri Lanka’s two-and-a-half- decade-long separatist war, entered its fourth day today, with condition of at least four women fast deteriorating, activists said. The people on the hunger strike that began on Monday in the northern town of Vavuniya are protesting against the lack of information on…

    PTI - Jan 26 18:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Trump and May offer Sri Lanka window of opportunity to renegotiate UNHRC resolution: Former Ambassador

    Trump and May offer Sri Lanka window of opportunity to renegotiate UNHRC  resolution: Former Ambassador

    The views of US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May on matters of national security offer a “window of opportunity” to the Sri Lankan government to re-negotiate the September 2015 UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on it, says Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka, former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the UN in Geneva and France. Jayatilleka warned…

    NIE - Jan 26 18:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, Genocide, 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 ]

  • No Global Trade War Despite Rising Tensions: Sri Lanka Premier

    No Global Trade War Despite Rising Tensions: Sri Lanka Premier

    Tensions between the U.S. and China are unlikely to escalate into a global trade war, even as geopolitical friction intensifies across Asia, Sri Lanka’s prime minister said. Ranil Wickremesinghe said President-elect Donald Trump’s election pledge to bring back jobs and revive U.S. manufacturing has more to do with Mexico than with China. "I can’t see a…

    Bloomberg - Jan 19 18:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, China, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka Braces for Trouble Ahead

    Sri Lanka Braces for Trouble Ahead

    This year will bring more political infighting in Sri Lanka as former President Mahinda Rajapaksa tries to stir discontent ahead of local elections and constitutional reform. The disarray will continue to cause headaches for China, which invested in strategic and lucrative development projects in the country at a more placid time. Tamil nationalism will further…

    Stratfor - Jan 19 18:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • 'There is reason to hope' says Sri Lanka's foreign minister on reconciliation hopes after civil war

    \'There is reason to hope\' says Sri Lanka\'s foreign minister on reconciliation hopes after civil war

    Addressing the London-based think tank, Chatham House, Mangala Samaraweera, said the Indian Ocean island, once riven by a 26-year conflict ending in 2009 between separatist Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces, was now a "new Sri Lanka, united by its diversity"."We are confronting these problems on a daily basis and we know the reconciliation process has not…

    IBTimes - Jan 13 16:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: UK, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Troubling Quest for Justice

    Sri Lanka’s Troubling Quest for Justice

    Though largely unreported internationally, Sri Lanka experienced a major political shake-up two years ago. In January 2015, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the country’s hardline president, was defeated in his quest for an unprecedented third term. There were hopes the country was on the road to democratic and political reform. However, that journey has been, at best, a…

    Diplomat - Jan 13 16:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • UK exported 500 cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia in 1980s, admits MoD

    UK exported 500 cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia in 1980s, admits MoD

    Cluster bombs are designed to release dozens of smaller bombs over a wide area, but the smaller munitions do not always explode, posing a future risk to civilians. Amnesty International has previously accused the UK prime minister, Theresa May, of burying her head in the sand over the issue, given the “clear risk that UK weapons could be used to commit breaches…

    Guardian - Jan 11 21:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

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