NPC members seek UN led judicial process

Northern Provincial Council members M K Shivajilingam and Ananthy Sasitharan have urged the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to ensure a judicial process on the war in Sri Lanka, under the control of the UN. In a letter to the UNHRC member countries, Shivajilingam and Sasitharan noted that the judicial process must have the jurisdiction to handle all international crimes, including Genocide. They urged the Council to include their request in the resolution on Sri Lanka expected to be submitted to the Council during the ongoing 30th session of the UNHRC in Geneva.…

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Power should be devolved within united, not unitary state – TNA

by Zacki Jabbar The Tamil National Alliance says that it is for maximum devolution within a united and not unitary state. Deputy General Secretary of the TNA M. A.Sumanthiran speaking to The Island yesterday over the telephone from Geneva, where he was attending the ongoing 30th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council(UNHRC) said that he had been misqouted as saying that TNA was for devolution within a unitary state. “That is not correct , the TNA having taken history into consideration believes that maximum devolution within a united…

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Victims and activists back special court on Sri Lanka war crimes

* State forces, Tamil rebels accused of killing civilians * U.N. calls for “hybrid special court” with int’l judges * Report urges Colombo to remove any suspects from office * Sri Lanka promises justice, no mention of special courts By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Victims and activists welcomed a U.N. call on Wednesday for Sri Lankan state forces and Tamil Tigers to face prosecution for alleged war crimes, including mass killings of civilians, by a special court with international judges. Despite pledges by the new government of…

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Karuna named for Child conscription

The United Nations Human Rights Council urged Sri Lanka to stablish a hybrid special Court integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators to address patterns of grave human rights violations that occurred between the year 2002 and 2011 in Sri Lanka. At the 30th Session yesterday in Geneva, Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein releasing the report that was submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 25/1, including the principal findings of OHCHR’s comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights, confirmed that there were…

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Magistrate orders another forensic examination – Vithya rape-murder case:

BY Pranavesh Sivakumar Kayts Magistrate Selvanathan Lenin Kumar has ordered forensic analysis and identification of a seminal substance found on an eye lash of 18-year-old rape-murder victim Vithya Sivaloganathan, to be tested with blood samples of the suspects in an effort to make a specific identification of culpability . The preliminary hearing into the tragedy of Vithya Sivaloganathan who was killed brutally after she was gang raped in May this year, sent shock waves throughout the country. The case was taken up before the Kayts Magistrate S.Lenin Kumar on Tuesday…

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TNA will not stop agitating until-Justice is meted for atrocities committed

Internal probe in the war crime allegation would not provide a solution to the Tamil problem, only an international probe would provide a satisfying solution to the war crime allegation, said Prasanna Indrakumar, Deputy Chairman of the Eastern Provincial Council at an event held last week in connection with Batticaloa Sathurukondan massacre remembrance day. He said several massacres had taken place in the Eastern Province. Several commissions were appointed to inquire into these massacres. The commissions had not provided any satisfactory solutions to these crimes and human rights violations. Some…

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Sexual violence was committed against detainees, often extremely brutally, by the Lankan security forces

COLOMBO: The United Nations report on war crimes in Sri Lanka has recommended the establishment of an internationalized Special Court to try cases of war crimes committed by both the Lankan armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The report which was released at the 30 th.Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Wednesday, identified “grave violations” between 2002 and 2011, which “strongly” indicated that “war crimes and crimes against humanity” were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict. The report…

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Accountability framework for Lanka’s own sake: Mangala

Moments after he delivered a ground-breaking speech before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday (14), Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told the Daily FT in an interview outside the Council chamber that he was “committed to the hilt” to deliver justice to victims in Sri Lanka.  Addressing the opening session of the Human Rights Council’s 30th Session, the Minister unveiled an ambitious Government plan for transitional justice, laying out the first tangible framework to address serious allegations of war time abuses Sri Lanka has committed to before the…

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”NO” International Investigation, Zeid urges creation of hybrid special court in Sri Lanka

 Advanced Unedited Version of Report: UNHRC report on Sri Lanka – 2015 A UN report published today has identified patterns of grave violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011, strongly indicating that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict. The report recommends the establishment of a hybrid special court, integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators, as an essential step towards justice. “Our investigation has laid bare the horrific level of violations and abuses that occurred in Sri Lanka, including indiscriminate…

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UN report calls for hybrid court

The UN report on Sri Lanka has identified ‘patterns of grave violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011, strongly indicating that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict’, UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said a short while ago as the much awaited report on Sri Lanka was made publicly available. The OISL was mandated at the UNHRC in March 2014 through US Sponsored resolution 25/1, which requested the High Commissioner to  ‘undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged…

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Tamil protesters call for Sri Lankan President to be tried for war crimes and genocide committed during civil war

On the eve of a delayed UN report into the bitter conflict, Tamils are on the march calling for justice from the international community “I’m looking for my daughter, my daughter-in law and two little grandchildren who disappeared during the war,” says Sivaneswari, rubbing her arthritic legs as she rests after a five-day protest march across the northern tip of Sri Lanka. “I have faith they are still alive.” Like Sivaneswari, 63, most of the bedraggled Tamil protesters from Sri Lanka’s biggest ethnic minority community, holding up photographs of their…

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Without trust, Sri Lanka cannot investigate its own war crimes

A UN report is set to reveal harrowing crimes. But the survivors do not believe their government is capable of ensuring justice Sri Lankan war crimes will be laid bare in a harrowing UN report to be published on Wednesday. The Sri Lankan government has already launched its latest charm offensive to convince the world it can deal with these issues, but the international community must stay strong to ensure a proper justice process that wins the confidence of survivors and enables the country to heal. Sri Lanka to set…

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Idea that the Sri Lankan government could account for its own human rights abuses was laughable!

NO COUNTRY that emerges from civil war can truly heal until the dead have been accounted for and steps toward reconciliation have been made. Sri Lanka is no exception. Nearly three decades of civil war ended in 2009, when the Sri Lankan military launched a final offensive against rebels known as the Tamil Tigers, who ruled a separatist enclave for years. Today, the war is over but the peace has yet to begin. More than 146,000 people remain unaccounted for. The Sri Lankan military continues to occupy the land that…

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UN Human Rights Office report on Sri Lanka to be published Wednesday 10.30 am.

GENEVA/COLOMBO (14 September 2015) – The report of the UN Human Rights Council-mandated investigation on Sri Lanka will be made publicly available on Wednesday, 16 September at 10h30 CET time and 14h00 UTC time. The report will then be posted on-line on: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/OISL.aspx. A press release accompanying the report will also be posted online and disseminated to the media. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will hold a press conference to discuss the findings of the report, including recommendations for the way forward, at 10h30 CET in…

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