Category: Sri Lanka

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Rajani: Right is might

Published in The Sunday Times on Sep. 21 by Namini Wijedasa :: Remembering a Jaffna academic, who is still an inspiration to all who fight for human rights, twenty-five years after she was gunned down by the LTTE. It was near 7 pm and the light was fading. Most residents of Jaffna knew better than to loiter in the streets....

Need To Protect Victims And Witnesses

Published in The Sunday Leader on Sep. 14 :: The Bill on ‘Assistance to and protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses’ which safeguards the rights of victims and witnesses had been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in December 2013. However, it was gazetted on 8 August 2014. According to the government, the law so enacted will create a...

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UN chief awaits Sri Lanka’s response

Published in The Colombo Gazette on Sep. 11: UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon has noted that the Sri Lankan Government is yet to respond to a joint communication sent on 27 March 2014 by three special procedures mandate holders relating to the harassment of human rights defenders. In his annual report submitted to the 27th session of the UN Human...

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Sunila Abeysekera Commemoration: Speech by Nimalka Fernando

Published in GroundViews.org on Sep. 09 :: State Responsibility to Protect Human Rights Defenders Sunila Abeysekera Commemoration, September 9th 2014 We as individual human rights activists, as well as  the human rights community as a whole greatly miss Sunila today.   As we struggle to grapple with myriads of contemporary challenges we miss her indomitable character, and  energy.  As we gather...

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Probe on SL is of great importance-new UNHRC Chief

Published in The Daily Mirror on Sep. 06 by Lakna Paranamana :: The new UN Human Rights Chief Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan has remarked that he attaches great importance to the investigation on Sri Lanka led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) while urging the Lankan authorities to cooperate with the investigation....

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Healing through humanisation: A reflection on Just Reconciliation

Published in GroundViews on Sep. 05 :: Photo courtesy Sri Lanka Campaign :: History concealed    An acquaintance returned from a recent visit to Jaffna to announce it as one of the best holidays she had ever had. The hotels were good, the food delicious, there were numerous places to visit and of course the roads were excellent. The oral tradition My...

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Issues of Truth and Accountability: A Private Sector Perspective

Published in groundviews.org on Aug. 30: The “Third Narrative” reviewed at the Colloquium presents an alternative narrative, of the events of the last stages of the war, and has been developed as a response to the UNHRC resolution of 2014. This is in the wake of the purported conflicting and contradictory accounts of the last stages of the war in...

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Disappearances and the struggle for truth and justice

Published in groundviews.org on Aug. 30 :: 30th August is the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Tens of thousands have disappeared in Sri Lanka in last few decades[1]. On this day, families of disappearances in Sri Lanka will gather in Vavuniya in the North, to once again publicly appeal to find their loved ones, at least know the...

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FAQ on the UN Human Rights Council Resolution (2014) on Sri Lanka

Published in groundviews.org on Aug. 30 :: A UN investigation into allegations of violations of human rights in Sri Lanka is about to commence. As an aid to public discussion, Friday Forum sets out below information to help the general public understand the legal basis, origin, nature and scope of this inquiry. 1. What is the Human Rights Council? The Human Rights Council (HRC) is the main inter-governmental...