Who’s Afraid Of Accountability? Accountability In 2009, 2015 & 2021

In 2009 in Geneva, not resorting to blanket denial and refusal to consider possible individual cases of violations through local mechanisms (while never countenancing unsubstantiated claims of war crimes) was one of the ways of convincing the UNHRC to support Sri Lanka’s position in the most difficult period, the immediate aftermath of the war. Even after the various reports of its own commissions gave guidance on the cases and possible mechanisms to commence those processes, Sri Lanka failed to do so. In 2015, the administration’s total embrace of 30/1 was…

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What does UN human rights resolution mean for Sri Lanka?

(Reuters) – U.N. human rights boss Michelle Bachelet received a mandate on Tuesday to collect evidence of crimes during Sri Lanka’s long civil war, which ended in 2009 with the defeat of the separatist Tamil Tigers and an upsurge of civilian deaths. [L8N2LL3PG] Rights groups said the decision was a critical step in gaining justice for victims of war crimes, and could have significant implications for the current Sri Lankan government. Here are answers to some common questions: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-rights-un-factbox/what-does-un-human-rights-resolution-mean-for-sri-lanka-idUSKBN2BG1D5?rpc=401&

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Sri Lanka: Landmark UN resolution marks crucial turning point on justice and accountability

A new UN resolution on Sri Lanka is an important step forward and offers renewed hope of long-awaited justice for victims of the country’s 30-year civil conflict, said Amnesty International, following its adoption by the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today.  The resolution not only ramps up international monitoring and scrutiny of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, but also mandates the UN human rights office to collect, consolidate and preserve evidence for future prosecutions and make recommendations to the international community on steps they can make to deliver on justice and accountability.  https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2021/03/sri-lanka-landmark-un-resolution-marks-crucial-turning-point-on-justice-and-accountability/

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India’s Sri Lanka dilemma

New Delhi remains caught between an insensitive Colombo and an angry Chennai. India’s classic dilemma on Sri Lanka is playing out again The Tamil question in Sri Lanka has posed an almost intractable dilemma for Indian foreign policy for decades. During the three-decade long civil war between Colombo and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), New Delhi moved from covert support to Tamil militants in the early 1980s to sending a peacekeeping force in the late 1980s to taking a strong position against LTTE in the 1990s after it…

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Will Sri Lanka human rights report change Swiss asylum policy?

The UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday passed a resolution expressing serious concern about the human rights situation in Sri Lanka and giving a UN mandate to collect evidence of war crimes. This follows a damning report stressing not only impunity for serious crimes during the civil war but a deteriorating human rights situation since the election of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in November 2019. The resolution was supported by 22 countries including Switzerland https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/will-sri-lanka-human-rights-report-change-swiss-asylum-policy-/46455594

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Sri Lanka’s opposition parties hit out at govt for UNHRC “failure”

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s opposition parties have hit out at the government for its handling of the resolution passed at the 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva yesterday. The main opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) said the outcome was the direct result of “major failures” on the part of the present government, while the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), expressing similar sentiments, said the UNHRC resolution was an indictment of the government’s domestic and foreign policy failures. The JVP laid particular emphasis on its observation that…

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UNHRC resolution sets stage for international jurisdiction of rights violations in SL

Rajapaksa administration faces humiliating defeat  Resolution adopted by 22 votes for, 11 against, 14 abstentions  India, Japan among key abstentions  Amnesty International hails “landmark” resolution; says it signals shifting approach of international community Despite hefty lobbying, Govt. secures lowest support ever to defeat UNHRC resolution  Central database of evidence of rights violations in SL to cost $ 2.8 m Mechanism to be operational within months  The UN’s top human rights body has brought Sri Lanka one step closer to international prosecution of wartime abuses and human rights violations committed in…

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