October 2015

OHCHR budget plans for six missions to Colombo, 14 days each

1st October 2015 // 0 Comments

OHCHR requires $ 337,800 to implement Sri Lanka resolution UNHRC Secretariat to inform member states of budgetary implications ahead of adoption of consensus resolution on Lanka OHCHR budget plans for six missions to Colombo, 14 days each Budget makes provision for UN P4 level expert to review progress on  resolution and OHCHR recommendations The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will request the United Nations to pass a supplementary budget allocation to the tune of $ 337,800 in order to conduct its review and assessment of Sri Lanka’s progress, as mandated by the US-sponsored resolution to be adopted in Geneva today. Before the resolution co-sponsored by Sri Lanka, entitled ‘Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka’, is adopted by consensus at the […]

UN Human Rights Council: Statement on High Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka

1st October 2015 // 0 Comments

The High Commissioner’s investigative report on Sri Lanka marks a significant step towards justice and accountability for the victims of international crimes and the family members of Sri Lanka’s dead and “disappeared.”  The international investigative team extensively documented alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity, including torture, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. Now the government of Sri Lanka and the international community need to engage credibly, promptly and transparently to see these recommendations implemented. The Sri Lankan government, having asked for trust, needs to seize on this opportunity to deliver meaningful and expeditious justice and other reforms. The Sri Lankan government has accepted many recommendations to improve the human rights situation, including a repeal of the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act and reforms to the Witness and […]

The long road from Geneva

1st October 2015 // 0 Comments

For two weeks, Sri Lanka has been a hot topic at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, after a report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation (OHCHR) found evidence of probable war crimes committed in the island during the last years of the conflict. The report implicates both the LTTE and Government troops in what investigators called “systematic” killings, extra-judicial executions, the recruitment of children as soldiers and enforced disappearances. The report contained few surprises, after Britain’s Channel 4 television systematically released evidence of alleged war crimes committed during the last phase of the war in Sri Lanka in films released over the past three years. With the exception of evidence gathered about a few […]

War crimes allegations should have been investigated soon after 2009 to prevent white nations waging a witch-hunt

1st October 2015 // 0 Comments

Govt cannot dance to the tune of foreigners – Gomin Dayasri by Manjula Fernando The Sri Lankan forces should not be penalised for liberating thousands of people from the grip of the LTTE.War crimes allegations should have been investigated soon after 2009 to prevent white nations waging a witch-hunt, said famed legal luminary Gomin Dayasri adding “This is where the former government missed the bus”. Gomin Dayasri newsalai.com He said, “The litmus test for the government is the wording in the American backed Resolution at the UNHRC.” Excerpts: Q: Is it a possibility that Sri Lanka’s military may have committed war crimes against the LTTE terrorists at the decisive final stages of the war as alleged? A: War crimes are different from ordinary crimes. There […]

Govt. is more wary of domestic implications

1st October 2015 // 0 Comments

The eventual outcome at the ongoing sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva will be critical for Sri Lanka in terms of international implications and for its image as a progressive democracy but there is also likely to be a domestic political fallout as a result. Colombo’s emissaries are currently engaged in frantic bouts of diplomacy in Geneva, hoping to dilute a United States sponsored resolution on alleged war crimes that was expected to be favorable to Sri Lanka but turned out to be quite contentious in the wake of pressure exerted by the European Union. The latest reports suggest that Colombo has agreed to support a resolution where there will be a ‘Sri Lankan judicial mechanism that will include local, […]

Sinhala Racists have started their usual campaign of alleged international interference

1st October 2015 // 0 Comments

By Upul Kumarapperuma With the tabling of the Resolution at the sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in respect to the government of Sri Lanka, a new concept of ‘Hybrid Court Mechanism’ has come to light, which has become the latest addition to the legal jargon of the country. After the Resolution was made available in the public domain, the nationalist hardliners have started their usual campaign of alleged international interference and the Western intimidation to the sovereignty and the independence of the country. Further, some of the hardliners have defined the Resolution and the reaction of the government to the Resolution as the greatest betrayal of the country and the war heroes who have saved the country from the clutches of […]

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