14th March 2019

As UN Human Rights Council meets – Tamil Women in Sri Lanka are still Searching for the Babies who Disappeared!

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As UN Human Rights Council meets – Tamil Women in Sri Lanka are still Searching for the Babies who Disappeared! by tmdas5@hotmail.com • WCE https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/478547948/as-un-human-rights-council-meets-tamil-women-in-sri-lanka-are-still-searching-for-the-babies-who-disappeared Tamil Women are Forced to Live Among Sri Lankan Security Forces who Raped them, Killed & Disappeared their Loved Ones.* 90 Thousand Tamil War Widows Suffers. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, March 8, 2019 As UN Human Rights Council meets in Geneva, Tamil women are still Searching for the Babies who disappeared and forced to live Among the Troops who raped them, said Mrs. Balambihai Murugadas, Minister for Women Affairs, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). Sri Lanka will be on the agenda of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to assess whether Sri Lanka has fulfilled its obligation to the Council outlined in the Resolution […]

Sinhalization of the North-East Series

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Sinhalization of the North-East Series People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL) is launching “Sinhalization of the North-East”, a series on demographic changes in the Tamil homeland. This series examines the Tamil-speaking people’s long-standing claims of a deliberate attempt to shift the demographics of majority-Tamil speaking areas through militarization and Sinhalization. PEARL will present and analyze data gathered during multiple trips in affected areas. We will release the data in the form of infographics and articles for each affected region, and we will regularly update an interactive map. The first part of the series focuses on Pulmoaddai, a town in the Trincomalee district. Scroll down to see the Pulmoaddai infographic. Click here for the Tamil version. Full Report

Four Major Tamil Diaspora Groups Welcome OHCHR Report on Sri Lanka

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GENEVA, March 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), the British Tamils Forum (BTF), the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) and the US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) today welcomed the UN Office of the High Commissioner’s report to ongoing 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council on progress made in implementing the transitional justice program Sri Lanka committed to in 2015’s Resolution 30/1, reaffirming that commitment in 2017’s 34/1, following atrocity crimes committed during and after the war that ended in 2009. The OHCHR under the leadership of different High Commissioners has been instrumental in ensuring that human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka remain under the international spotlight.  Mr. V. Ravi Kumar, General Secretary of the British Tamils Forum noted, “We are pleased with the forthright and thorough assessment done […]

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) Welcomes UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Calling Sri Lanka’s Bluff

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TGTE to UN Human Rights Council: Request Security Council Referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC). GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, March 12, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — “Since 2015, virtually no progress has been made in investigating or prosecuting domestically the large number of allegations of war crimes or crimes against humanity collected by OHCHR in its investigation, and particularly those relating to military operations at the end of the war.” “The gravity of the cases that a specialized accountability mechanism must address cannot be underestimated.” H.E. Ms. Michelle Bachelet Jeria UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (A/HRC/40/23 para. 29) The UN High Commissioner finds that Sri Lanka has failed its obligations under UNHRC Resolution 30/1 On 8 March 2019, the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights released her […]

President drops plan to send separate delegation to Geneva

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By Saman Indrajith President Maithripala Sirisena will not be sending a separate delegation to represent him at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva, UPFA MP Mahinda Samarasinghe told Parliament yesterday. Speaking during the committee stage debate on the Budget, MP Samarasinghe said that following discussions held yesterday President Sirisena had agreed that the government’s delegation to Geneva would be led by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana. UPFA MP Dr Sarath Amunugama, who is currently sitting in the Opposition, would also be included in the official delegation. “He will go as President Sirisena’s special representative,” Samarasinghe added. The five member government delegation also included Northern Province Governor Dr Suren Raghavan, the MP said. Samarasinghe said that the President had planned to send his […]

Six Countries Submit Resolution On Sri Lanka To UNHRC – Full Text

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The full text of resolution submitted to the UNHRC on Sri Lanka on Monday by Canada, Germany, Montenegro, North Macedonia, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland: Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka   The Human Rights Council,   Reaffirming the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, Guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights and other relevant instruments,  Reaffirming Human Rights Council resolutions 30/1 of 1 October 2015 and 34/1 of 23 March 2017 on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, Recalling Human Rights Council resolutions 19/2 of 22 March 2012, 22/1 of 21 March 2013 and 25/1 of 27 March 2014, Reaffirming that it is the responsibility of each State to ensure the […]

Kiriella says new resolution submitted to UNHRC favourable to Lanka

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By Saman Indrajith Leader of the House Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella, yesterday, tabled in Parliament the full text of resolution submitted to the UNHRC on Sri Lanka on Monday by Canada, Germany, Montenegro, North Macedonia, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. Participating in the committee stage of the budget debate under the expenditure headings of the Office of the President, Prime Minister and Ministry of Defence, Kiriella said that the six nations had welcomed the recent developments towards reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Kirielle said that Sri Lanka should not amend that resolution which was favourable to it. “This is a good resolution. I want to know why some are trying to amend this. I ask Mahinda Samarasinghe why you […]

Ranil silences UNP backbenchers

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By Methmalie Dissanayake The President’s Heads of Expenditure (HoE) of the ‘Budget 2019’ was passed in Parliament yesterday (13) without a division, despite the United National Party (UNP) backbenchers threats that they would vote against it to defeat the President’s Heads of Expenditure. The Committee Stage debate on the expenditure heads of the President and several other offices began at 10:30 a.m. During the entire debate, the UNP backbenchers heavily criticised the President. However, when Speaker Karu Jayasuriya asked the House whether they need a division on the President’s Heads of Expenditure at the end of the debate, both Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Leader of the House, Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that they do not call for a division. This was despite UNP Parliamentarian […]

Core Group on Sri Lanka Comprising UK, Canada, Germany, Montenegro and North Macedonia Present Resolution A/HRC/40/L.1 Titled “Promoting Reconciliation,Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka” at UNHRC In Geneva.

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Core Group on Sri Lanka Comprising UK, Canada, Germany, Montenegro and North Macedonia Present Resolution A/HRC/40/L.1 Titled “Promoting Reconciliation,Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka” at UNHRC In Geneva. The Core Group on Sri Lanka, led by the United Kingdom on Monday tabled the Resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. The Core Group on Sri Lanka, comprising Canada, Germany, Montenegro, North Macedonia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland presented the resolution A/HRC/40/L.1 titled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’. Reaffirming Human Rights Council resolutions 30/1 of 1 October 2015 and 34/1 of 23 March 2017 on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, the draft resolution 40/1 welcomed the […]