Perpetrators of atrocity crimes in Sri Lanka

The undersigned global Tamil diaspora organizations, representing over one million Tamil people who fled the island due to the atrocity crimes committed by Sri Lanka against the Tamil people, request our respective governments to publicly place a ban on the Sri Lankan war criminals against whom credible evidence has been recorded by UNHRC. Request to Publicly Ban Sri Lankan War Criminals A campaign against the perpetrators of atrocity crimes in Sri Lanka The Sri Lankan Government is now headed by President Gotabaya Rajapakse and his brother Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse,…

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Grave Abuses Under Discredited Law – European Union Should Press For Repeal Of Sri Lanka’s PTA: HRW

The Sri Lankan government is using the discredited Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to commit prolonged arbitrary detention and torture, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The European Union, other trading partners, and donors, should press for time-bound action to repeal the abusive law and reject the government’s vague pledges of reform. The 59-page report, “In a Legal Black Hole’: Sri Lanka’s Failure to Reform the Prevention of Terrorism Act,” documents the Gotabaya Rajapaksa administration’s misuse of the PTA against the minority Tamil and Muslim communities, and to suppress…

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SL envoy in South Africa seeks support of Southern African Countries at UNHRC

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to South Africa, Siresena Amarasekara held several meetings with government officials of South Africa and envoys of countries accredited to South Africa to discuss the achievements made by Sri Lanka in matters on human rights, focusing on the upcoming UNHCR sessions and recognizing the importance of the African region where the countries have emerged as a cohesive group of nations. He met High Commissioner of Namibia, Veiccoh K Nghiwete, Ambassador of Zimbabwe, D.D. Hamadziripi, High Commissioner of Malawi, Stella C. Hauya Ndau and Charge de…

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The Killing of LTTE Eastern Political Commissar Kausalyan

However, I shall depart from the 1962 Coup topic this week and instead write about a politico-military assassination that took place 17 years ago. In February 2005, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Political Commissar for Batticaloa and Amparai Districts, Kausalyan was gunned down along the A-11 highway at Namalgama in the East. I have written about this killing when it happened years ago. This column will revisit that incident and related matters this week. The series of articles on the 1962 coup will continue intermittently from next week…

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UN HRC February-March sessions and the plight of Sri Lanka’s true patriots!

The possible punishments that may follow the Sri Lanka government’s alleged ‘inability and unwillingness’ might include greater pressure by the UN HRC on UN member States to initiate “targeted sanctions, such as asset freezes and travel bans against credibly alleged perpetrators of grave human rights violations and abuses”. Perpetrators could include a wide range of State officials, members of the Cabinet who failed to prevent human rights violations, prosecutors and judges who fail to uphold human rights obligations etc.  Going by past United States practices in this regard, targeted sanctions…

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SL FM Prof. Peiris assured the military that in terms of international laws applicable to wars/conflict Sri Lankan personnel couldn’t be hauled up before international war crimes court.

By Shamindra Ferdinando Foreign Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris has questioned the conduct of the British government, a member of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council, in addition to being the leader of Sri Lanka Core Group at the UNHRC, the extraordinary efforts it had made to suppress wartime dispatches from Colombo. Prof. Peiris underscored the irrationality in the British action as they were reportedly so keen to establish the truth, pertaining to unsubstantiated war crimes allegations directed at the then political leadership and the military. The Foreign Minister…

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