Wartime FM calls for tangible measures to counter Geneva threat

‘How come those who voted for Fonseka still push for an int’l war crime probe?’ By Shamindra Ferdinando Wartime Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama (2007-2010) yesterday (17) said that those who had been tainted by their association with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were seeking the cooperation of external and internal elements to undermine the democratically elected government. The former minister alleged that a coordinated campaign was underway ahead of the scheduled 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). https://island.lk/wartime-fm-calls-for-tangible-measures-to-counter-geneva-threat/

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TNA, allies call for outfit like IIIM in Syria to probe SL

Three Tamil political parties represented in Parliament backed by several other civil society groups, have urged the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to set up an evidence gathering mechanism, similar to the International Independent Investigatory Mechanism (IIIM), in relation to Syria, established as a subsidiary body of the UN General Assembly, with a strict time frame of 12 months duration to investigate Sri Lanka war crimes https://island.lk/tna-allies-call-for-outfit-like-iiim-in-syria-to-probe-sl/

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No deal on proposed Rs. 1000 daily wage for plantation workers

Plantation companies and the Government have failed to reach an agreement to pay Rs. 1000 as a daily wage to plantation workers. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had proposed in the 2021 Budget that the daily wage be increased to Rs. 1000 from January this year. However, plantation companies have on Friday proposed a fixed wage of Rs. 700 a day and other productivity and attendance incentives. Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) Vice President Senthil Thondaman told Daily Mirror that the proposal made by the plantation companies cannot be accepted.

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Setting up of an International Independent Investigatory Mechanism

(Text of Letter sent to all heads of missions of 47 Member states represented in the United Nations Human Rights Council(UNHRC) by leaders of Tamil national political parties, members of the Tamil victim communities and Tamil civil society organizations) 15 January 2021 Heads of MissionsMissions of the 47 Member States represented in the UN Human Rights Council Your Excellencies, Call for decisive action at the 46th Session of the UNHRC We, the elected representatives of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, leaders of Tamil national political parties, members of the…

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Tamil parties seek International Mechanism

Sri Lanka’s main Tamil political parties have sought an international probe, including at the International Criminal Court (ICC), into allegations of human rights abuses during the civil war, deeming there is “no scope” for a domestic process that can “genuinely” deal with accountability. In a joint letter — dated January 15, 2021 — addressed to members of the UN Human Rights Council they observed, “Leaders across the political spectrum in Sri Lanka including from both the major political parties have categorically and without exception stated that they will protect the…

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