Flavia Pansieri(L), United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein(center), United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Joachim Rücker(R), President of the Human Rights Council, during the 29th opening regular session of the Human Right Council. Room XX. 15 June 2015. Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Pierre Albouy

Sri Lanka: Back in the Spotlight at the Human Rights Council

However, if another resolution isn’t passed this time around, there are legitimate worries that it’d be that much easier for rights and justice issues in Sri Lanka to fall off the international community’s radar, which would conceivably make continued prevarication from Colombo more likely. One thing to look out for will be to see in what ways a forthcoming…

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Activists misled to petition UN to go soft on Sri Lanka

A petition supporting Sri Lanka’s appeal to allow it more time in fulfilling commitments to address serious human rights violations during its bloody war against Tamil rebels has been handed over to the UN by western-funded civil society leaders without the consent of several of its signatories. The petition titled “continued support for Sri Lanka” delivered to the United Nations Human Rights Council and its member states, names nearly a hundred individuals and organisations as signatories.

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Tamil protest targets embassies in Colombo, demands ultimatum at Geneva[Tamilnet]

Voice for North-East Enforced Disappeared (VNEED), a recently launched organisaton by the families of persons subjected to enforced disappearance at the hands of the occupying Sinhala military on Monday travelled to Colombo and staged protests outside the embassy of USA, High Commissions of India and the UK, and the UN office in Colombo. Giving more time and space to Sri Lankan State at the Human Rights Council in Geneva will only worsen the structural genocide in the North-East, they said. The international community should realise the futile exercise of expecting results from Colombo through a co-sponsored process, which has gravely failed to de-militarise the North-East since the joint USA-Sri Lanka resolution was passed in September 2015, they said. Full story >>

Keappaa-pulavu struggle continues, only one tenth of lands released

Lands belonging 54 families were released in Pulak-kudiyiruppu of Keappaa-pulavu GS area after 29 days of continuous struggle on Wednesday. The families of Pulak-kudiyiruppu entered their lands in a mood of victory. However, the happiness lasted only a few minutes till they arrived premises of their lands to witness their houses and trees, which were standing there in full shape as late as on 30 January this year, had been completely erased to the grounds by the occupying Sinhala military that had a different plan of permanently seizing their lands. Many of the families were caught in pain and trauma caused by the memories of the loss of their loved ones in the genocidal onslaught. In the meantime, more than 128 families of Keappaa-pulavu and the remaining 30 of 84 families from Pulak-kudiyiruppu vowed to continue to the struggle until their lands completely released. Full story >>

UN raises concerns over abuses, torture in Sri Lanka

The United Nations has decried Sri Lanka’s “worryingly slow” progress in addressing wartime crimes, warning that a range of serious abuses, including torture, appear to remain widespread. The world body and rights activists have previously accused the Sri Lankan military of killing thousands of civilians, mostly Tamils, in the last weeks of a 26-year civil war with…

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Report of the Special-Rapporteur on minority issues on her mission to Sri Lanka Feb 2017

…Targeted actions needed for Sri Lankan minorities

74.To achieve peaceful coexistence after the long, devastating civil war, a comprehensive, well-planned and well-coordinated truth, reconciliation, healing and accountability process must take place, and it cannot be done overnight. However, almost two years after the change of Government, the Special Rapporteur notes the mounting frustrations with the pace of progress. It is important for the Government to put in place some immediate, important and concrete measures to clearly demonstrate its political will and commitment to better protect the country ’s minorities.