16th September 2015

NPC members seek UN led judicial process

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Northern Provincial Council members M K Shivajilingam and Ananthy Sasitharan have urged the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to ensure a judicial process on the war in Sri Lanka, under the control of the UN. In a letter to the UNHRC member countries, Shivajilingam and Sasitharan noted that the judicial process must have the jurisdiction to handle all international crimes, including Genocide. They urged the Council to include their request in the resolution on Sri Lanka expected to be submitted to the Council during the ongoing 30th session of the UNHRC in Geneva. In the letter the two Tamil National Alliance members said that in consultation with the victims, the UN must be in charge of selecting the judges, prosecutors, and other officials for the judicial process. The […]

Power should be devolved within united, not unitary state – TNA

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by Zacki Jabbar The Tamil National Alliance says that it is for maximum devolution within a united and not unitary state. Deputy General Secretary of the TNA M. A.Sumanthiran speaking to The Island yesterday over the telephone from Geneva, where he was attending the ongoing 30th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council(UNHRC) said that he had been misqouted as saying that TNA was for devolution within a unitary state. “That is not correct , the TNA having taken history into consideration believes that maximum devolution within a united State was necessary to address the Tamil peoples grievances.” The report of the investigation conducted by the UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights ( UN OHCHR) into allegations of war crimes against the […]

Victims and activists back special court on Sri Lanka war crimes

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* State forces, Tamil rebels accused of killing civilians * U.N. calls for “hybrid special court” with int’l judges * Report urges Colombo to remove any suspects from office * Sri Lanka promises justice, no mention of special courts By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Victims and activists welcomed a U.N. call on Wednesday for Sri Lankan state forces and Tamil Tigers to face prosecution for alleged war crimes, including mass killings of civilians, by a special court with international judges. Despite pledges by the new government of President Maithripala Sirisena to pursue perpetrators, the criminal justice system was not up to the huge task alone, said the report by the United Nations human rights office. The report named no suspects in the […]

Karuna named for Child conscription

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The United Nations Human Rights Council urged Sri Lanka to stablish a hybrid special Court integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators to address patterns of grave human rights violations that occurred between the year 2002 and 2011 in Sri Lanka. At the 30th Session yesterday in Geneva, Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein releasing the report that was submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 25/1, including the principal findings of OHCHR’s comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights, confirmed that there were grave violations which had taken place in Sri Lanka ‘strongly indicating that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict’. “The levels of mistrust in State authorities […]

Magistrate orders another forensic examination – Vithya rape-murder case:

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BY Pranavesh Sivakumar Kayts Magistrate Selvanathan Lenin Kumar has ordered forensic analysis and identification of a seminal substance found on an eye lash of 18-year-old rape-murder victim Vithya Sivaloganathan, to be tested with blood samples of the suspects in an effort to make a specific identification of culpability . The preliminary hearing into the tragedy of Vithya Sivaloganathan who was killed brutally after she was gang raped in May this year, sent shock waves throughout the country. The case was taken up before the Kayts Magistrate S.Lenin Kumar on Tuesday (15). The Magistrate ordered a deeper forensic examination and remanded all nine suspects upto 29 September. Counsel for the plaintiff representing the victim’s family was instructed by Attorney- at- Law Nalin Indratissa when the case […]

TNA will not stop agitating until-Justice is meted for atrocities committed

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Internal probe in the war crime allegation would not provide a solution to the Tamil problem, only an international probe would provide a satisfying solution to the war crime allegation, said Prasanna Indrakumar, Deputy Chairman of the Eastern Provincial Council at an event held last week in connection with Batticaloa Sathurukondan massacre remembrance day. He said several massacres had taken place in the Eastern Province. Several commissions were appointed to inquire into these massacres. The commissions had not provided any satisfactory solutions to these crimes and human rights violations. Some commissions had delivered their findings according to law and order. Unfortunately these findings had been thrown into waste paper baskets without taking any positive action. Indrakumar said during the last days of the war several […]

Sexual violence was committed against detainees, often extremely brutally, by the Lankan security forces

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COLOMBO: The United Nations report on war crimes in Sri Lanka has recommended the establishment of an internationalized Special Court to try cases of war crimes committed by both the Lankan armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The report which was released at the 30 th.Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Wednesday, identified “grave violations” between 2002 and 2011, which “strongly” indicated that “war crimes and crimes against humanity” were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict. The report recommends the establishment of a “hybrid” special court, integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators, as an “essential step” towards justice. The hybrid court will have international as well as Lankan personnel at every level. […]

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When it came to the presidential elections, we warned Mahinda that an American led regime change conspiracy was afoot in this country and we suggested ways out of this trap. But astrology outweighed scientific socialism and the country is now faced with this situation. A part of the conventional political wisdom in this country was that the SLFP loses when they contest elections on their own but wins when they contest together with the political parties of the traditional left. This was the pattern from the first SLFP victory in 1956 where they had no-contest pacts with the LSSP to defeat the common enemy the UNP. What started off as no-contest pacts later developed into coalitions and this partnership with certain ups and downs has […]

Accountability framework for Lanka’s own sake: Mangala

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Moments after he delivered a ground-breaking speech before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday (14), Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told the Daily FT in an interview outside the Council chamber that he was “committed to the hilt” to deliver justice to victims in Sri Lanka.  Addressing the opening session of the Human Rights Council’s 30th Session, the Minister unveiled an ambitious Government plan for transitional justice, laying out the first tangible framework to address serious allegations of war time abuses Sri Lanka has committed to before the international community since the end of the war.  The Minister, himself a crusader against enforced disappearances and State oppression during the 1980s, says the Government must now tackle the hardest part of its reconciliation program […]

”NO” International Investigation, Zeid urges creation of hybrid special court in Sri Lanka

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 Advanced Unedited Version of Report: UNHRC report on Sri Lanka – 2015 A UN report published today has identified patterns of grave violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011, strongly indicating that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict. The report recommends the establishment of a hybrid special court, integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators, as an essential step towards justice. “Our investigation has laid bare the horrific level of violations and abuses that occurred in Sri Lanka, including indiscriminate shelling, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, harrowing accounts of torture and sexual violence, recruitment of children and other grave crimes,” High Commissioner Zeid said. “Importantly, the report reveals violations that are among the most serious crimes […]

UN report calls for hybrid court

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The UN report on Sri Lanka has identified ‘patterns of grave violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011, strongly indicating that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict’, UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said a short while ago as the much awaited report on Sri Lanka was made publicly available. The OISL was mandated at the UNHRC in March 2014 through US Sponsored resolution 25/1, which requested the High Commissioner to  ‘undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), and to establish the facts and circumstances […]

Tamil protesters call for Sri Lankan President to be tried for war crimes and genocide committed during civil war

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On the eve of a delayed UN report into the bitter conflict, Tamils are on the march calling for justice from the international community “I’m looking for my daughter, my daughter-in law and two little grandchildren who disappeared during the war,” says Sivaneswari, rubbing her arthritic legs as she rests after a five-day protest march across the northern tip of Sri Lanka. “I have faith they are still alive.” Like Sivaneswari, 63, most of the bedraggled Tamil protesters from Sri Lanka’s biggest ethnic minority community, holding up photographs of their missing family members and placards calling for a war crimes investigation into the tiny island, are women. And six years after a three-decade war, they are old and they are tired. The duo leading the […]

Without trust, Sri Lanka cannot investigate its own war crimes

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A UN report is set to reveal harrowing crimes. But the survivors do not believe their government is capable of ensuring justice Sri Lankan war crimes will be laid bare in a harrowing UN report to be published on Wednesday. The Sri Lankan government has already launched its latest charm offensive to convince the world it can deal with these issues, but the international community must stay strong to ensure a proper justice process that wins the confidence of survivors and enables the country to heal. Sri Lanka to set up a South Africa-style truth and reconciliation commission  Ever since the civil war ended in May 2009, Sri Lanka has invested vast amounts of diplomatic capital in staving off calls for accountability for crimes committed […]

Idea that the Sri Lankan government could account for its own human rights abuses was laughable!

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NO COUNTRY that emerges from civil war can truly heal until the dead have been accounted for and steps toward reconciliation have been made. Sri Lanka is no exception. Nearly three decades of civil war ended in 2009, when the Sri Lankan military launched a final offensive against rebels known as the Tamil Tigers, who ruled a separatist enclave for years. Today, the war is over but the peace has yet to begin. More than 146,000 people remain unaccounted for. The Sri Lankan military continues to occupy the land that belongs to Tamils. Tamils, who accuse the Sri Lankan government of war crimes, have begged the United Nations to establish an international tribunal. The Sri Lankan government, which accuses the rebels of using women and […]

UN Human Rights Office report on Sri Lanka to be published Wednesday 10.30 am.

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GENEVA/COLOMBO (14 September 2015) – The report of the UN Human Rights Council-mandated investigation on Sri Lanka will be made publicly available on Wednesday, 16 September at 10h30 CET time and 14h00 UTC time. The report will then be posted on-line on: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/OISL.aspx. A press release accompanying the report will also be posted online and disseminated to the media. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will hold a press conference to discuss the findings of the report, including recommendations for the way forward, at 10h30 CET in Geneva. The press conference will be webcast live on http://webtv.un.org. The OHCHR* Investigation on Sri Lanka was mandated by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 25/1** in March 2014. The resolution requested the High Commissioner […]