13th July 2016

UN ‘hopes’ SL will follow accountability pledges

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Despite contradictions in the Sri Lanka political spectrum on proposed accountability mechanisms, the United Nations said that they hoped the country would follow the procedure agreed upon with the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC). Spokesperson to Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Stéphane Dujarric said that he was yet to see the exact comments made by President Maithripala Sirisena on the involvement of international judges in the accountability procedure. “I haven’t seen those exact comments.  There are issues between the international community and Sri Lanka and agreements to ensure accountability.  And we hope those are followed,” Dujarric said. He expressed these views when questioned about President Sirisena’s remarks during the daily press briefing. Journalists questioned if the comments could be seen as the country taking […]

US Commends Sri Lanka’s Reconciliation Measures

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Sri Lankan Lawmakers Approve Right to Info Bill South Asian Countries Plan Free Helpline to Fight Human Trafficking UN Lauds Sri Lankan Court’s Ban on HIV Discrimination A U.S. envoy on Tuesday commended the steps taken by Sri Lanka to foster reconciliation between the sides that fought a long civil war that ended seven years ago. Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski said on a visit to Colombo with another U.S. official that they have seen “Sri Lanka take concrete steps forward in its reforms in democratization and reconciliation” in the last few months. Among the steps he cited were the bill to establish an office on missing persons, ratifying the convention on disappearances and releasing of lands held by military, actions that were included […]

UN tells Sri Lanka to stick to its commitments on accountability

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The United Nations has urged Sri Lanka to stick to its commitments on accountability. Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, responding to a question posed on Sri Lanka, recalled that there are agreements between Sri Lanka and the international community and Sri Lanka should stick to those agreements.  “There are issues between the international community and Sri Lanka and agreements to ensure accountability. And we hope those are followed,” he said. He commented after being asked by a reporter at a media briefing in New York to respond to reports that President Maithripala Sirisena has refused to agree to have international judges in the domestic accountability process. (Colombo Gazette)

Malinowski here to look at Lanka’s progress on human rights

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US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski will visit Sri Lanka and Cambodia from July 12 to 20, where he will engage with Government officials and local civil society representatives. In Sri Lanka, Assistant Secretary Malinowski will focus on Sri Lanka’s continued progress in meeting the commitments made during last September’s UN Human Rights Council session.  He will also discuss the work that remains in the areas of justice and reconciliation, and confirm that the United States continues to support Sri Lankan efforts to tackle these issues. In Cambodia, Assistant Secretary Malinowski will discuss the importance of human rights to furthering U.S.-Cambodia bilateral ties. He will meet with government officials to discuss the importance of free and fair elections. […]

Lanka may take legal action against media for false reports

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Sri Lanka fires academy bowling coach over fixing approachSri Lanka’s Silva hospitalized after blow on the headHigh performance manager for Sri Lanka CricketSilva restores pride as Sri Lanka follow onSri Lanka PM says corruption claims must be probed Sri Lanka today warned of a legal action against media which would carry inaccurate and distorted reports that may cause divisions in the country and disrupt reconciliation process with the minority community. Ranga Kalansuriya, Director General of Media at the Government Information Department said that certain media have been carrying incorrect information with the aim to cause divisions in the current reconciliation environment. He cited a report which said that a war crimes tribunal would be set up soon with the participation of foreign judges as suggested […]

President off to UK…

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BY CHARMINDA RODRIGO President Maithripala Sirisena will be leaving for the United Kingdom to attend the graduation ceremony of his younger daughter Dharani Sirisena on 12 July 2016. Dharani, is the second and the youngest daughter of the Sirisena family. She has successfully completed a Bachelor….. in Law (LLB) degree at the University of Staffordshire with flying colours. The President et al will be attending this ceremony in a private capacity. After which the President will be returning to Sri Lanka on 16 July 2016.

War crimes: TNA’s claim at Congressional hearing irrelevant – minister

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By Shamindra Ferdinando Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday dismissed as irrelevant a statement made by Jaffna District MP M. A. Sumanthiran at a recent Congressional hearing on behalf of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in respect of foreign judges in a judicial mechanism to inquire into war crimes. Minister Samarasinghe was responding to a query raised by The Island at a special media conference held by the President’s Office at the Information Department to explain President Maithripala Sirisena’s stand on Western intervention in Arab countries and proposed judicial mechanism to probe accountability issues here. The Island pointed out that TNA spokesperson had declared that there was a tripartite understanding involving the government of Sri Lanka, the US and the TNA to […]

Arrests will not hinder their political drive – Ex-President

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By Norman Palihawadana Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said no one could hinder the forward march of the Joint Opposition by arresting his family members and Opposition activists. “By slinging mud, framing false charges and insults no one can stop us, the former President said. He likened the incumbent government to a pickpocket. The ex-President told The Island that the government was doing everything possible to cover up its weaknesses and failures and ever since it came to power was taking its political opponents into custody indiscriminately. But, the masses knew who the real culprits were, Rajapaksa said. “The government neglected the issues faced by the masses and keeps attacking and vilifying us,” he said.