Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/27/2014 - 16:27
Human Rights Watch, February 26, 2014 - (New York) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should adopt the recommendation of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to create an independent international inquiry into war crimes and other serious abuses committed during Sri Lanka’s armed conflict. The Human Rights Council will discuss the report during its March 2014 session. Pillay’s report, issued on February 24, concluded the Sri Lankan government has taken no significant steps to implement the recommendations on accountability of its own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. She found that the Sri Lankan government’s failure to undertake a credible national process to address serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law “can no longer be explained as a function of time or technical capacity, but that it is fundamentally a question of political will.” As a result the “international community has a duty to take further steps… to achieve justice, accountability and redress.” “The Sri Lankan government has refused to address its role in the deaths of tens of thousands at the end of the country’s brutal civil war,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The high commissioner’s report sends a strong message that only an independent international inquiry can bring justice to the victims of Sri Lanka’s wartime abuses.”
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/27/2014 - 16:21
Amnesty International, 25 February 2014 - The Sri Lankan government’s targeting of critics persists at alarming levels, with more surveillance and harassment reported ahead of next month’s UN Human Rights Council (HRC) session, Amnesty International said in a new briefing today. Suppressing calls for justice, examines the Sri Lankan authorities’ intolerance of dissent and its attacks on critics over the past six months, either directly or through proxies that range from security forces to supporters of Buddhist-nationalist groups and even immigration officials. “The pattern of harassment, surveillance and attacks against those opposing the Sri Lankan authorities is deeply disturbing and shows no sign of letting up,” said Polly Truscott, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia- Pacific Director.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 16:33
Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire in UK Parliament, 24 February 2014 - As the Prime Minister made clear in his statement to Parliament on 18 November, we continued to be concerned about the lack of credible, transparent and independent investigations into alleged violations on both sides of the Sri Lanka conflict. We strongly support the position of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, that if Sri Lanka has not demonstrated a credible national accountability process by March 2014, then the international community has a duty to act.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 00:56
Amnesty International (Canada), February 24, 2014 - The international community must act on a robust new UN report calling for an international investigation into alleged human rights violations and war crimes in Sri Lanka, Amnesty International said. “It’s utterly shameful that five years after Sri Lanka’s armed conflict ended, the victims and family members have yet to see justice. Navi Pillay’s latest report is another urgent and poignant reminder that an international investigation into alleged human rights violations and war crimes cannot wait,” said Polly Truscott, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia-Pacific Director.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 00:45
Geneva, 25 February 2014 - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navnanethem Pillay’s Sri Lanka report to the 25th session of the Human Rights Council was published yesterday. The High Commissioner in her report recommends that the Human Rights Council establish an international inquiry mechanism to further investigate the alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law and monitor any domestic accountability processes. OHCHR stands ready to assist in such a process.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 15:50
Australian Tamil Congress, 24/02/2014 - Extremely disturbing news has surfaced that the commander of the G4S security forces at Manus Island Detention Centre is a man named Dinesh Perera who may have been a former Major in the Sri Lankan Army. "A deeply concerning pattern seems to be emerging. We have Tamils fleeing a military accused of war crimes. They are then detained and held in the custody of a former member of that very military. This man has access to all their personal details. Then they are returned back to Sri Lanka, after which their fate is not known," said Dr Sam Pari of the Australian Tamil Congress. "If Dinesh Perera's background is confirmed, then Australia is no longer simply turning a blind eye to Sri Lanka's persecution of the Tamil people, but it is aiding and abetting it," she added.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 15:41
Human Rights Law Centre - Australia, 24 February 2014 - It has been discovered that the acting head of the Manus Island detention centre on PNG is a former Sri Lankan military commander. Among the detainees at Manus Island are 30 Tamil asylum seekers – people who may well have experienced significant suffering at the hands of the Sri Lankan military. The Human Rights Law Centre’s Director of Advocacy and Research, Emily Howie said it is completely inappropriate to have a former military officer from Sri Lanka in charge of the welfare and well-being of vulnerable asylum seekers being held on Manus Island.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 23:45
British High Commission Colombo; 20 February 2014 - We noted the continuing challenges - including finding a durable solution for the remaining IDPs - and heard about the problems faced by single women and women heads of households, including from sexual violence. We discussed land issues in the North, including the High Security Zones (HSZs) and the role and level of military presence. Nobody to whom I spoke wished a return of LTTE terrorism. And nor, emphatically, do we want to see that happen again. In all our discussions, we highlighted the continued importance of addressing issues of accountability, the vital importance of pursuing long-term reconciliation and the need for respect for human rights. We believe that positive developments in these areas will contribute to peace and prosperity for all the people of Sri Lanka.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 02:21
OHIO, USA, February 19, 2014 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s (TGTE) Parliament in its sitting on February 1, 2014, unanimously passed a Resolution urging all the Indian political parties to include in their Manifesto the following: A) Calling the Government of India to either sponsor or cosponsor a resolution in the upcoming UNHRC Session, Establishing an International Independent Commission to investigate charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and War crimes. B) Calling the Government of India to pursue actively the conduct of an internationally supervised referendum for the Eelam Tamils to determine their political future.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:11
ACHR PRESS RELEASE, 18 February 2014 - New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights welcomed today’s judgment of the Supreme Court commuting the death sentences awarded to Rajiv Gandhi’s killers namely, Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan to life imprisonment on the grounds of the agony caused by 11 years delay to consider their mercy pleas. “Today’s Supreme Court judgment corrects the ealier judgement of the Supreme Court with respect to cosidering the mercy plea of Devinder Singh Bhullar and reinforces that there is no distinction in law between the terror offences and the Indian Penal Code offences as cited by the Government of India.” - stated Mr. Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights. ACHR also called upon the Government of India to reconsider and review the status of all the death row convicts with the aim to commute the death sentences to life imprisonment and abolish death penalty in India. There are 414 death row convicts at the end of 2012 as per the National Crime Records Bureau of the Ministry of Home Affairs.