US, UK hail adoption of “historic resolution”

The United States and Britain hailed the adoption of the “historic resolution” on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council today. The US Ambassador to Geneva Keith Harper said that the  consensus resolution expresses international support for Sri Lanka as it takes courageous steps to strengthen democracy and restore civil liberties. “We have witnessed important changes in Sri Lanka since January, which have made today’s consultative, constructive resolution possible. The goal of this resolution—and of our efforts here in Geneva—is to help Sri Lanka undertake a difficult but essential…

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I robbed bank for my education

The suspect taken into custody in connection with a failed robbery at a private bank in the Panadura town, had stated that he was a medical student at the Moscow University and that he resorted to robbery to find money for his fees, the Police said. The 35-year-old suspect, who entered bank had allegedly handed to the lady cashier at the counter a bank slip written on its back that he was in possession of a revolver and that he would shoot if she raised cries or activated the alarm…

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UN war crimes resolution marks a turning point for victims

A crucial resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council today offers the victims of Sri Lanka’s armed conflict the prospect of finally getting the truth and justice they deserve, Amnesty International said. The resolution was adopted without a vote today at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, following the publication earlier this month of a UN report into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights by all sides during Sri Lanka’s armed conflict. Although far from perfect, if the resolution and the underlying commitments of Sri Lanka’s…

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Resolution on Sri Lanka adopted without a vote

The resolution on Sri Lanka presented to the UN Human Rights Council, was adopted without a vote during the 30th session of the Council in Geneva today. Titled “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka” the resolution was passed after no country sought a vote on the text. The US delegation presented the resolution to the Council today and some of the co-sponsors made comments on the text. The President of the Council announced that the resolution had been adopted by consensus. “The adoption of this resolution is…

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Jaya writes to Modi on fishermen issue

Chennai :- Taking exception to the continued arrests of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu government has told the Centre that Colombo’s “dubious actions” has resulted in the situation at sea remaining “precarious.” Referring to the latest instance of arrest of fishermen who set out from Tuticorin district on September 26, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that this was the third such incident within a span of a week. “In spite of the several steps being taken by my Government with an accommodative frame…

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UNICEF puts focus on children in Lanka’s war

The United Nations agency on children, UNICEF, said that children bore the brunt of the war in Sri Lanka and of the atrocities committed by both sides. It said that children, and people who were children at the time of atrocities and violations, should be given ample voice in all processes proposed by the report on Sri Lanka by the UN and be supported in those processes as witnesses or claimants as if they were still children. It also said that the families of children who were recruited, killed, maimed…

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We Cannot Let The Country Be Destroyed: Leader Of The Opposition

Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan addressing a star-studded line up of politicians, including Chandrika Kumartunga, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ranil Wickremesinghe noted that the country’s politicians always should give priority to “Democracy”. The Tamil National Alliance leader, who has been in the limelight lately said the erosion of democracy will lead to the destruction of the country. “Sri Lanka should always be a vibrant democracy. We cannot let the country be destroyed. So we should strengthen our democratic institutions and protect democracy as a whole” Sampanthan said. He made these observation…

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Resolution a crucial step towards credible justice process – EU

The European Union (EU) today said that it will continue to support Sri Lanka as it looks to work in partnership with the international community to implement its commitments as it moves forward on the path of reconciliation, justice and progress on human rights. The following comments were made by the EU representative at the UNHRC in Geneva during the general debate on the report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka: “The European Union wishes to congratulate the High Commissioner and his…

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Disband Missing Persons Commission, Zeid Tells Lanka

COLOMBO: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid, has recommended that the Sri Lankan Commission to Investigate Cases of Forced Disappearances should he disbanded because its credibility has been seriously questioned by the families of the victims and other observers. >> Other Top Stories << India Calls Pakistan Sponsor of Terrorism, Asks it to Evacuate Occupied Kashmir IAF Man’s Father Lynched for Alleged Cow Slaughter Shows of Vijay’s Movie ‘Puli’ Cancelled   In his report to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Wednesday, Zeid said…

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Wigneswaran expresses concerns over resolution

Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, on Wednesday expressed concerns over “some of the serious weaknesses” in a draft resolution on Sri Lanka, which is likely to be adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday. In a statement, Mr. Wigneswaran, a former judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, said any attempt to entrust the responsibility of prosecution with any local prosecutor “can never bring justice to victims”. In this context, he referred to reservations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights…

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

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,…

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

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…

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The long road from Geneva

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…

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

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…

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Govt. is more wary of domestic implications

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…

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Sinhala Racists have started their usual campaign of alleged international interference

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…

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