29th August 2017

End the practice of Enforced disappearance – EDITORIAL

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On Wednesday the 30th August the world over observes the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. The aim is to raise awareness that enforced disappearance is a crime and a criminal act, which cannot be used as a tool to deal with situations of conflict. Unfortunately even today enforced disappearance is used as a strategy to spread terror within the society. Unfortunately the phenomenon continues to grow. In its 16 September 2016 in its report to the United Nations, the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances noted that the numbers of enforced disappearances was more than three times higher than those reported in the previous year’s annual report”. Enforced disappearance is used as a strategy to spread terror within a diven […]

Reconciliation still on the drawing board – EU Chargé d’affaires

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Chargé d’affaires of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Paul Godfrey, tells Ceylon Today that the Government of Sri Lanka set out on an ambitious agenda to fulfil its commitments to the UN resolution but unfortunately has faced several blockages and roadblocks in its progress. “What we see is that there is a certain degree of scepticism about the changes and a certain degree of resistance in some quarters to the changes proposed. It’s up to the senior leaders of the country to reassert their control on these areas and show that progress continues, and if necessary, people who are blocking those processes are removed from their positions,” the British diplomat who has served in […]

Activists File War Crimes Case Against Ex-Sri Lanka General Over Tamil ‘Genocide’

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Lawyers seek to expel Sri Lankan Ambassador to Brazil Jagath Jayasuriya over alleged abuses committed during the final phase of Sri Lanka’s civil war. Human rights groups in South America have filed war crimes lawsuits against a former Sri Lankan general who is now his country’s ambassador to Brazil. RELATED: Worst-Ever Dengue Outbreak Kills up to 300 in Sri Lanka The lawsuits against Jagath Jayasuriya are based on his role as a commander in the final phase of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009. He was accused of overseeing military units that attacked hospitals and killed, disappeared and tortured thousands of people. Jayasuriya has diplomatic immunity in Brazil and five other countries where he is ambassador: Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Suriname. The groups pursuing the suits […]

WAR CRIMES SUITS AGAINST SRI LANKAN AMBASSADOR IN BRAZIL

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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_BRAZIL_SRI_LANKA_WAR_CRIMES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-29-00-00-55 RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Human rights groups in South America are alleging war crimes violations in lawsuits filed against a former Sri Lankan general who is now his Asian nation’s ambassador to Brazil and five other countries in Latin America. The suits against Jagath Jayasuriya are based on his role as a commander in the final phase of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009. They allege Jayasuriya oversaw military units that attacked hospitals and killed, disappeared and tortured thousands of people. Jayasuriya has diplomatic immunity in the countries where he is ambassador: Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Suriname. But the groups pursuing the suits hope they will compel regional governments to expel him. Carlos Castresana Fernandez, the lawyer coordinating the effort, told […]