26th September 2015

Ban notes India’s influential role in Sri Lanka

26th September 2015 // 0 Comments

Modi, Sirisena discuss reconciliation process UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has noted India’s influential role in Sri Lanka,during talks he had with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ban and Modi met in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly which began yesterday. The UN said that the UN Chief underlined India’s influential role in supporting the democratic transitions in both Nepal and Sri Lanka. They also focused their discussion on the importance of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular with reference to climate change. The Secretary-General emphasised the need for climate change finance as a key to building trust between developed and developing countries. He underlined the tremendous importance of India’s role in renewable energy, and encouraged the Prime Minister to continue to […]

UK hails Sri Lanka’s stand on draft resolution

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The British Government has welcomed the stand taken by Sri Lanka on the draft resolution submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire said that Sri Lanka’s cooperation on the resolution is another step closer to addressing the legacy of the conflict. The draft resolution on Sri Lanka was submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) yesterday with several amendments to the original text proposed earlier in the week. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America have co-sponsored the resolution which was officially submitted to the 30thsession of the UNHRC in Geneva. Titled “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri […]

War crimes or political solution?

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UNHRC will adopt a moderate watered-down Resolution that will not be inimical to the SL Government. By Izeth Hussain Once again the battle is raging in Geneva about the problem of war crimes in Sri Lanka. I believe that there is a sub-text to that battle, namely the problem of finding a solution to the ethnic problem. Some time ago I wrote an article on the Ban Ki-moon conspiracy, a tripartite one involving the US, India, and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to use the threat of war crimes investigations to promote a political solution to the ethnic problem. I emphasized that it was a “benign conspiracy” meant to serve the best interests of both Sri Lanka and India. Later when India surprisingly voted […]

Foreign judges no strangers to Sri Lanka

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Peace and reconciliation will always remain a distant dream in Sri Lanka. By Manek shaw ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’, the title given to the resolution tabled at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by the United States of America on Thursday (24) itself clearly emphasized the need of Sri Lanka traversing in the right path of strengthening its unity, integrity and sovereignty. Unlike the previous three resolutions brought out successfully by the US against Sri Lanka during the Rajapaksa regime, the latest resolution of the US has ‘called for a credible justice process’ supporting the call made by the OHCHR Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to set up a Hybrid Special Court to investigate into the alleged war crimes […]

The OHCHR Report on Sri Lanka is unacceptable

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By Neville Ladduwahetty In 2014 the UN Human Rights Council by resolutionA/HRC/25/L.1/Rev.1 authorized the High Commissioner for Human Rights “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, and to establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations and of the crimes perpetrated with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring accountability…” (Clause 10b of Resolution). In pursuance of this resolution, a Report titled “OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka” was made public. Thefollowing analysis relates to this report. The methodology adopted carried out a “desk review of existing material, including Government publications, international and Sri Lankan Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)/civil […]