GTF team along with CTC, USTPAC and BTF also had a joint high level meeting yesterday with the Swiss, US, UK and German missions in Geneva on Tuesday

Canadian Tamil Congress meets with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights  Zeid R’aad Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) President Raj Thavaratnasingham along with members of Global Tamil Forum (GTF), USTPAC and British Tamil Forum (BTF) met with United Nations High Commissioner Zeid R’aad in Geneva yesterday morning just before the High Commissioner’s oral presentation. The UN Commissioner was accompanied by Mr Thomas Hunecke, Deputy Chief of the Asia/Pacific Division of OHCHR, and Ms Mona Rishmawi, Chief of the Rule of law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch and Mr Anton Nikiforov of the HC’s cabinet. CTC…

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Indians supported the killing of Tamils.

The Government of India felt anguish and pain over the Sri Lankan military’s alleged war crimes against unarmed Tamils in the 2009 war, said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in an unusually strong observation on the Sri Lanka’s human rights record. Ms. Swaraj said India was committed to the protection of the rights of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, even as the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) appeared set to take up a crucial resolution on the issue on Friday. “The anguish with which the members have raised the issue…

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OHCHR needs $362,000 to implement Sri Lanka resolution

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) would require $362,000 to implement the new resolution on Sri Lanka. The Secretary of the Human Rights Council said that in order to implement the requests contained in draft resolution A/HRC/34/L.1, one-time resources would be required between 2018-2019.  Under the draft resolution six missions will need to be undertaken to Colombo of 14 days each by OHCHR Geneva-based staff with expertise in various thematic areas, including transitional justice and rule of law issues, in order to support the assessment of progress on the…

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Sri Lanka: Hybrid Mechanism in Domestic Judiciary!

by Shamindra Ferdinando ( March 22, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Finally, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has acknowledged that, in terms of the Constitution foreign judges couldn’t participate in proposed domestic accountability mechanism in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1. Samaraweera hadn’t said anything to that effect since Sri Lanka co-sponsored the resolution in Oct 2015. Twice Foreign Minister Samaraweera made the declaration at the Foreign Ministry on the afternoon of March 16, 2017. Samaraweera held the foreign ministry portfolio at the onset of the eelam war IV, in Aug, 2006…

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UK calls for meaningful devolution in Sri Lanka

The British Government today encouraged Sri Lanka to deliver meaningful devolution through constitutional reform, establish credible transitional justice mechanisms, return all remaining military-held private land and replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act with human rights compliant legislation. A statement by the British High Commission in Colombo said that the UK welcomes the co-sponsorship of the new UN Human Rights Council resolution by the Government of Sri Lanka, which reaffirms commitments made in resolution 30/1 in October 2015, for the next two years. “By co-sponsoring a new resolution the Government of…

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Human Rights Council gives Sri Lanka two more years

Resolution adopted without a vote at UNHRC in Geneva  US says Lanka’s cosponsorship testament to Sirisena Govt.’s international engagement, commitment to reconciliation Harsha thanks member states for understanding and support  OHCHR needs $ 362,000 to implement Lanka resolution in 2018-2019 Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva at UNHRC sessions yesterday   By Dharisha Bastians in Geneva The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Sri Lanka for the fifth time yesterday, but the Government will claim a diplomatic victory after it won a two-year extended timeline to establish mechanisms that…

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Sri Lankan opposition to foreign judges worries US; UK stresses devolution

COLOMBO: At the on-going session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at Geneva on Wednesday, the US expressed concern over the Sri Lankan government’s statements against having foreign judges in the judicial mechanism it is to set up to try war crimes cases. But the UK laid stress on the importance of devolving power to the Tamils to bring about post-war reconciliation. William J. Mozdzierz, the US representative said that the government’s statements against international participation in any future Sri Lankan judicial mechanism “raise understandable concerns among victims and…

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UN condemns Sri Lanka over war probe

UN rights chief suggests Colombo’s persistent failure to investigate atrocities stems from fear of punishing soldiers. According to the UN, as many as 40,000 Tamil civilians may have died in the last few months of the fighting [AP: File] The United Nations has condemned Sri Lanka’s government for failing to investigate civil war-era atrocities, suggesting the government was afraid of punishing soldiers who committed abuses during the conflict. The world body had previously accused the Sri Lankan military of killing thousands of civilians, mostly ethnic Tamils, in the last weeks…

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General who encouraged LTTE to think politically

By Manekshaw It was in the mid-eighties that several interesting developments took place in Jaffna between the Army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to the surprise of the people of Jaffna and the country at large. At the early stages of the Tamil militancy apart from its original presence in Palaly, the Army gradually began to increase its strength by putting up its barracks in Jaffna’s coastal area of Gurunagar. However, with the escalation of attacks carried out by the Tamil militants in Jaffna, the Army decided…

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Forefathers of Tamils of SL were original inhabitants of this Country

The following response was sent by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to Dr. Sooriya Gunasekara, Chairman of a Registered Political party called ‘Sinhaladipa Jathika Peramuna’ who called the CM for a debate on the issues discussed in his interview, which was published on 19 February 2017 in Ceylon Today. Dr. Gunasekara, who is a retired civil servant, requested the CM to come for a debate on the topic where the CM mentioned, “I am always available for talks. In fact, I like to talk to the most diehard Sinhala…

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London Attack: ‘Heroic’ British politician attempted to save cop

by PHIL MCCAUSLAND A British foreign minister bloodied his hands attempting to save the life of a police officer who was stabbed on the grounds of Britain’s Parliament in what was described Wednesday as a “terrorist incident.” After an individual drove a 4×4 through a crowd outside the Palace of Westminster, shots were fired and a police officer was stabbed. Tobias Ellwood, a conservative member of Parliament and former soldier who was close to the incident, rushed to the officer’s side. Play London Terror Attack: At Least 5 Killed, 40…

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Two years or twenty years make no difference to Sri Lanka! Tamil Victims have no choice but keep fighting for justice!

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s(TGTE) Response to UN Human Rights Council Granting Two Year Extension to Sri Lanka Our immediate concern about the two years extension is it would embolden and encourage Sri Lankan security forces to commit further abuses against Tamils. Urge to send UN Human Rights Monitors” — TGTE COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, March 24, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Once again, the Tamil victims of crimes are forgotten in the complacency of the international community with respect to justice for the victims of the crimes of the Sri Lankan State…

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