Divided people in a distorted democracy

The Geneva Calamity comes more from the thinking of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, than that of the former Chilean politician who is now the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. It is such thinking of disaster advancement that made our Foreign Minister tell the Geneva meeting in his virtual address that Sri Lanka acted in ‘self-defence” in the fight against the LTTE’s terrorism. Was it self-defence that led to the actions of the armed forces or the fundamental right to safeguard the unitary state, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the…

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For Families of the Disappeared, the International Community is Their Last Hope

For the past four years the three women have been part of a group participating in a continuous protest asking the simple question, “Where are they?” But to find the answer to the simple question is a very complex process fraught with evasion, denial and politics. While the previous government set up an Office on Missing Persons that has found no one yet nor brought any of the guilty to book, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his government deny the very concept of the missing. They refuse to accept the possibility…

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Tamils in Jaffna commence hunger strike demanding referral of Sri Lanka to the ICC

Tamils in Jaffna commence hunger strike demanding referral of Sri Lanka to the ICC A hunger strike urging the Sri Lankan government to be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) commenced in Nallur, Jaffna today morning. Jaffna and Eastern University students and religious leaders – including Jaffna district’s archbishop priest, Jebaratnam Adigalar and Hindu clergy, Velan Swamigal came together to launch the first day of the hunger strike in front of the Nallur Kandasamy Temple. Velan Swamigal stated that one of the demands from the hunger strike is that…

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British Tamil woman commences hunger strike demanding Sri Lanka be referred to ICC

British Tamil woman commences hunger strike demanding Sri Lanka be referred to ICC Ambihai K Selvakumar, a director of the International Centre for the Prevention of Genocide (ICPPG) is in the second day of her hunger strike, as she continues her demand that the UK refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court. This hunger strike comes as the UN Human Rights Council convened for the 46 th session in Geneva at the start of this week. During deliberations, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet outlined her damning…

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Support for Sri Lanka’s unity and territorial integrity and Abiding commitment to aspirations of the Tamils of Sri Lanka for equality, justice, peace and dignity

Issuing his statement on OHCHR report on Sri Lanka, Ambassador Indra Mani Pandey, Permanent Representative of India, said they believed that respecting the rights of the Tamil community, including through meaningful devolution, contributes directly to the unity and integrity of Sri Lanka.Full statement is as follows, We have taken note of the High Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka and her oral remarks. The Council has adopted 7 Resolutions on the question of human rights in Sri Lanka since May 2009, when the three decades old conflict in that country ended.…

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