Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/21/2011 - 02:48
International Crisis Group, 20 Dec 2011 - Women in Sri Lanka’s predominantly Tamil-speaking north and east are facing a desperate lack of security in the aftermath of the long civil war. Today many still live in fear of violence from various sources. Those who fall victim to it have little means of redress. Women’s economic security is precarious, and their physical mobility is limited. The heavily militarised and centralised control of the north and east – with almost exclusively male, Sinhalese security forces – raises particular problems for women there in terms of their safety, sense of security and ability to access assistance. They have little control over their lives and no reliable institutions to turn to. The government has mostly dismissed women’s security issues and exacerbated fears, especially in the north and east. The international community has failed to appreciate and respond effectively to the challenges faced by women and girls in the former war zone. A concerted and immediate effort to empower and protect them is needed.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/20/2011 - 03:15
Washington, 19 December 2011 - "We have concerns that the report, nonetheless, does not fully address all the allegations of serious human rights violations that occurred in the final phase of the conflict. So this leaves questions about accountability and – for those allegations, and so we urge the Sri Lankan Government not only to fulfill all of the recommendations of the report as it stands, but also to address those issues that the report did not cover", US State Department Spokesperson Ms. Victoria Nuland said in the midst of the Daily Press Briefing on Monday.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/19/2011 - 01:23
UN News, 17 December 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced hope that the Sri Lankan Government will move forward on its commitments to deal with accountability concerns in the wake of the long-running civil war in the Asian country. Sri Lanka''s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission tabled its report in the national Parliament yesterday, and Mr. Ban welcomed the public release of the report, according to information released by his spokesperson last night. The spokesperson said Mr. Ban hopes the Government will forward with its accountability commitments in good faith as an essential step towards reconciliation and lasting peace in the island country.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 12/17/2011 - 02:29
Amnesty International, 17 December 2011 - The final report of Sri Lanka’s Lesson Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), released publicly yesterday, acknowledges serious human rights problems in Sri Lanka but falls short of fully addressing the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the final phases of the conflict between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Amnesty International has said. “The LLRC has admitted its own inability to establish the facts about the conduct of the fighting, and points out legal complexities beyond its abilities. This is why the international community must now follow up with an investigation, bringing to bear the full resources and assistance of the UN and the international community,” Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific director Sam Zarifi said.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 12/17/2011 - 02:24
HRW, 16 December 2011 - (New York) – The report of the Sri Lankan government’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) disregards the worst abuses by government forces, rehashes longstanding recommendations, and fails to advance accountability for victims of Sri Lanka’s civil armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said today. The serious shortcomings of the 388-page report, which was posted on a government website on December 16, 2011, highlight the need for an international investigative mechanism into the conflict as recommended by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts in April.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/15/2011 - 02:00
AHRC, December 13, 2011 - The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information a regarding a twenty-eight-years old man's body was dumped in a river by the Chunnakan police on 26 November 2011. Previously, the Jaffna police arrested the victim, who was identified as Sri Skandaraja Sumanan, and handed over to the Chunnakan police. The Sri Lankan authorities have not initiated a credible investigation into the matter due to their culture of impunity to the perpetrators of the State agents.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/15/2011 - 01:55
Amnesty International, 13 December 2011 - Sri Lankan political activist s Lalith Kumara Weeraraju and Kugan Muruganandan have been missing since 9 December . They were arranging a press conference for the following day to publicize a protest . Lalith Kumara Weeraraju ’s family received a phone call saying that he had been killed.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/27/2011 - 02:32
Asian Human Rights Commission, 26 November 2011 - We wish to share with you the following statement from the Committee against Torture at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/24/2011 - 02:05
Centre for Policy Alternatives, 22nd November 2011 - Colombo, Sri Lanka - The Centre for Policy Alternatives is pleased to release a new report examining the freedom of expression on the Internet in Sri Lanka. Since 2007, the freedom of expression on the Internet has faced considerable restrictions on account of the arbitrary blocking of websites and pronouncements by the government for greater regulation and monitoring of online content. There have also been concerns about the transfer of technology from countries such as China that may strengthen a surveillance regime and lead to further restrictions on web content. These issues along with a repressive legal framework have a chilling effect on freedom of expression on the Internet.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/22/2011 - 03:52
21 november 2011 - Canadian Parliament’s Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development on its session on the 1st November 2011 studied on human rights in Sri Lanka. Ms. Elaine Pearson (Deputy Director, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch) from New York was invited to give testimony. “ I think having an international commission of inquiry will go towards addressing impunity and will go further than what the UN panel of experts report has already done. It will examine whether war crimes took place, with a view to establishing who the perpetrators of these crimes were and holding them accountable,” Ms. Elaine Pearson told the subcommittee.