21st September 2015

UN (OISL) Report Names Several Commanding Officers of the Sri Lankan Army Involved in the Final Phase of War in Wanni.

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The Office of the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Investigation on Sri Lanka(OISL) report has outlined the structure of the Sri Lankan armed forces with specific reference to the commanding officers involved in the final phase of the war that occurred in the Northern mainland known as the Wanni. The OISL report names several senior officers and the military entities they commanded during the final phase of war during which it is alleged that several human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed. Though no specific charges have not been included in the report it may be inferred that the naming of such commanding officers has been done with a view to “encourage” a detailed inquiry by an envisaged special tribunal into […]

US Government’s International war crimes investigation Vs Hindu American Foundation

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Hindu American Foundation’s very powerful lobbying in Washington DC is having effect on US Government’s International war crimes investigation. They had several high level White House and State Department meetings pushing for international war crimes trial. Recently, they organized Channel Four’s documentary on Tamil Killings at the popular Washington National Press Club and at US Senate. Their reach out to the media is effective. Below, please find very powerful New York Times editorial urging international war crimes trial. Tamils are great full for Hindu American Foundation ‘s effective lobbying in Washington DC. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/18/opinion/a-reckoning-on-sri-lanka-war-crimes.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=0 A Reckoning on Sri Lanka War Crimes A version of this editorial appears in print on September 18, 2015, in The International New York Times. The United Nations Human Rights Council released […]

1st Informal Session on proposed draft resolution on Sri Lanka (UN HRC30 )

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BY Rajkumar As usual the Member states are holding dividing opinion on the way-forward. It looks like the criminal investigation mechanism would be a local one within the Sri Lankan system. It May include some international observers / experts. Member states are even reluctant to use the term “Hybrid Mechanism” as it could open many interpretations they claim. Pakistan and some other states are opposing to even add demilitarisation of the North and East in the resolution. Looks like only Swiss wanted to strengthen OP4 to clarify the mechanism. We need to keep advocating for a true international partnership in the investigation to make any progress. Also should advocate at least following points to be included in the resolution. It must be done before the next […]

EU to grant GSP+, lift fish export ban

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European Union Ambassador to Sri Lanka David Daly said the new government’s policies on improving human rights, good governance and strengthening democratic institutions is very encouraging to grant GSP plus and lift fish export ban to EU countries. “The EU is seriously considering Sri Lanka’s request, as the EU has to go through a rigorous evaluation process before taking the final decision to grant both GSP plus and remove the fish export ban to the EU,” Daly told at the 23rd Annual Export Awards ceremony of National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lana (NCE) at Hilton Hotel Colombo last Friday. The EU withdrew the GSP Plus facility in August 2010 alleging Sri Lanka’s failure to comply with the eligibility criteria that include the implementation of […]

Sri Lankan gov’t assures political solution for Tamils

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Sri Lankan gov’t assures political solution for Tamils COLOMBO, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) — The Sri Lankan government said on Monday that a political solution for the minority Tamils will be implemented through proposed constitutional reforms. Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella said the government will hold talks with the Tamil parties to reach a political solution for the North and East issue. Once a political solution is agreed upon it will be included in the constitutional reforms to be presented to Parliament for approval, he said. The Tamil parties have been demanding rights for the minority Tamils who suffered the most in a 30-year civil war between the government forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels, which ended in May 2009. The minister noted the United National Party […]

PAKISTAN HELPED SRI LANKA TO KILL MORE THAN 40,000 TAMIL CIVILIANS.

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  Monday, September 21, 2015 – Islamabad—Without cooperation and help of Pakistan by virtue of defense relations, Sri Lanka could never get rid of terrorism it has been facing during the previous decades, said EAS Wijayanthi Edirisinghe, Acting High Commissioner of Sri Lanka. She was addressing a seminar organized by Department of Politics and International Relations of International Islamic University (IIU) held at Faisal Masjid Campus of the varsity. “Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy best defense relations,” she said adding that both countries would further enhance bilateral ties in future by virtue of recent MOUs between both the countries in the fields of sports, shipping, tourism, economic development, anti-narcotics, defense and disaster management. ……………… READ ALL  Four Pakistanis including 2 women arrested Four Pakistanis including […]

Sri Lanka Resolution: China, Russia May Align With US

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By Easwaran Rutnam In what will be a very significant turn of events, China and Russia may back the consensus resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), thus aligning themselves with the Unites States. Two strong critics of the US, both China and Russia have always maintained the position at the UNHRC that they are against outside interference in the domestic affairs of a country. Both countries had voted against the US sponsored resolution which resulted in the investigation on Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. However, the consensus resolution on Sri Lanka to be submitted at the UNHRC this week seeks support for a domestic process with international assistance. As a result, China and […]

Govt. asks UN, US to allow it to conduct domestic probe sans hybrid court

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Healing wounds in Sri Lanka AN impartial inquiry into the human rights abuses in the war against the Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka in 2009, as demanded by the UN, will only be the first step toward accountability and reconciliation without which there will be neither peace nor stability in the island nation. Sirisena should avoid the mistakes committed by his predecessor. Rajapaksa is the only leader in recent history who can claim to have led a counterinsurgency campaign to a successful conclusion. What he destroyed was the most powerful and the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world but unfortunately he did not realize that battlefield victory should be followed up by imaginative gestures and meaningful concessions to the […]

Opinion Expressed On UNHRC Report

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Opinion Expressed On UNHRC Report The report of 600 pages has been simplified into 19 pages. There are six main areas that have been focused by the report. Among them are illegal killings, sexual and gender-based violence, forced disappearances, torture and other inhumane and degrading treatment, forced recruitments, attacking common dwellings of civilians and preventing humanitarian aid. The report is based on the evidence given by eye-witnesses and victims during interviews, forensic reports, satellite surveillance data and other video and still footage. Following are some of the comments made to The Sunday Leader by political party representatives and intellectuals on the UNHRC report on Sri Lanka……… READ ALL Geneva report: Role of UN and international community in Sri Lanka To its credit, it was the […]