Sri Lanka must ‘fulfill public commitments’ – US

jaffna_protestors_003Sri Lanka must ‘fulfill public commitments’ – US [ Tamil Guardian ][ Dec 07 21:34 GMT ]

The United States has reiterated that Sri Lanka must implement recommendations from the LLRC, and credibly address all allegations of ‘serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law’. Speaking at the US State Department’s Daily Press Briefing on Friday, Marie Harf, Deputy Spokesperson stated in response to a question on Sri Lanka, “The U.S. has long urged the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its public commitments, to implement the recommendations of its own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee report, and to develop credible justice mechanisms to address outstanding allegations concerning serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law”. [ full story |

UN’s Ban Congratulates DRC’s “Successful Military Operation,” Echo of Sri Lanka

UNITED NATIONS, December 6 — Since when did the UN start congratulating governments for “successful military operations”? Today in Paris the UN summarizes that in his meeting with Joseph Kabila, “the Secretary-General congratulated the DRC for the successful military operation against the M23.”[ full story |Innercitypress By Matthew Russell Lee

Time and Distance[ Groundviews ][ Dec 07 21:32 GMT ]

Towards the end of the 12th century, a man named Temujin would create an empire that would grow into the largest empire there ever had been. Even up to now it is second in size only to the British Empire. This empire would follow policies that would encourage trade and communication, and will become one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse empires in history. All in all, many people would view this man as a great man; someone who helped to advance the human civilization by setting up conditions that would allow it to prosper. If the man’s name sounds unfamiliar, that’s because he’s better known by another name – Genghis Khan, and the empire he found is the Mongolian Empire, the largest contiguous empire in history. [ full story |

The Inquisition On Sri Lanka[ Sunday Leader ][ Dec 08 11:54 GMT ]

A so-called Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT), claiming to have antecedents going back to revered intellectuals like Bertrand Russell and John Paul Sartre, was to have commenced hearings yesterday on alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lanka’s armed forces during the last stages of Sri Lanka’s war. There are many other gross contradictions involving foreign powers in this 30 year long conflict which this Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT) should go into.Another comic aspect of the evolution of Indian foreign policy were the grave fears entertained about Americans being given the use of the Trincomalee Harbour and their fear that the Voice of America Broadcasting facility at Iranavila was being used to spy on India. The VOA facility is still there but now the Americans and Indians are buddies. [ full story |

US responsible for Lanka’s successive UNHRC defeat: Peiris[ PTI ][ Dec 08 11:52 GMT ]

Some countries had to support the UN resolutions against Sri Lanka over its human rights records due to factors which affected their bilateral relationship with the US, External affairs minister GL Peiris said today. Answering an opposition query, Peiris said, “Some of the countries privately told us that they had to support the resolutions against Sri Lanka as there were factors which affected their bilateral relationship with the US,” Peiris said. [ full story |