Sri Lanka guilty of genocide: PPT verdict

judges of the Permanent People’s Tribunal _10_12_2013Sri Lanka guilty of genocide: PPT verdict[ TamilNet ][ Dec 11 17:54 GMT ]

After an assessment of evidences presented by eyewitnesses and experts, judges of the Permanent People’s Tribunal reached unanimous consensus that the Sri Lankan state was guilty of crimes of genocide against the Eezham Tamils and that the genocide is continuing even after the end of the military operations against the LTTE. Concluding the four day session with a press conference at Bremen on Tuesday, the judges also noted that the Sri Lankan military did not have capacity to commit genocide on its own and that it was supported by the UK-USA-India axis. While the judges held the USA and the UK to be complicit in the genocidal process, they were of the opinion that more evidence was needed as regards India’s role. [ full story |Pdf PPT_II_Verdict_Press_Release

UN failed in Sri Lanka, says Dieng[ TamilNet ][ Dec 12 13:45 GMT ]

United Nation’s Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide to the Secretary General (SG), Adama Dieng, said during a UN panel discussion Wednesday that not only the United Nations but all member states failed the people of Sri Lanka. He implied that while the SG did not make use of Article 99 which bestows power on the SG to refer to the Security Council situations that threatened international security, the SG set up panels to identify witnesses and has now set up the “Rights Up Front plan,” which might have prevented the situation [killings] in Sri Lanka. [ full story |

Opendoors: Sri Lanka’s Religious Climate[ Cross Map ][ Dec 12 13:47 GMT ]

Although religious freedom is protected in Sri Lanka’s laws, individuals and groups who perpetrate attacks against religious minorities are seldom ended, let alone prosecuted.The presence of Buddhist extremists in eastern and southern Sri Lanka usher in a new wave of attacks against believers this 2013. These include threats to pastors with growing ministries, harassment of congregations attending Sunday worship, destruction of church buildings, and shutdown of Christian ministries. [ full story |

Four years after war, Sri Lanka’s widows fear rape, abuse[ AFP ][ Dec 13 10:37 GMT ]

They arrived suddenly on her doorstep pretending to be friends of her dead husband. Faceless men she suspects were security agents, they physically abused her and threatened to come again.”Two men introduced themselves as my husband’s friends, so I invited them in,” she said in Jaffna, recounting the most recent attack that scared her into hiding again. “They forcibly tore at my dress and pushed me into my room. I fell down and screamed. “After that they ran away but they called me later saying they would come in the night,” she told AFP. [ full story |

Error made in case of Sri Lankan refugee Ranjini by Immigration Department, High Court rules[ ABC ][ Dec 12 17:51 GMT ]

The Immigration Department erred in the handling of the case of a Sri Lankan refugee with a negative security assessment from ASIO, the High Court has ruled. The Sri Lankan national, known as Ranjini, arrived in Australia by boat in 2010. She was pregnant and living in Melbourne when she was originally granted refugee status. A subsequent adverse security assessment then saw her flown to Sydney with her two sons, aged nine and seven, and the family detained at Villawood Detention Centre. [ full story |

“Constructing a development based strategy for durable solutions for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of conflict is now essential,” UN rights expert says[ OHCHR ][ Dec 12 10:28 GMT ]

“After having made impressive strides in rebuilding infrastructure destroyed during the conflict, post conflict reconstruction in Sri Lanka should also focus on addressing durable solutions for all IDPs and those who have returned to their areas of origin on a comprehensive basis,” the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs, Chaloka Beyani, said at the end of his visit to Sri Lanka from 2 to 6 December 2013.“Similarly, civil society should be allowed to operate in accordance with international norms, namely without undue restrictions and interference from the authorities including in terms of monitoring and reporting. [ full story |

Sri Lanka rally to protest against disappearances[ BBC ][ Dec 10 20:18 GMT ]

Hundreds of Sri Lankans have held a demonstration in Colombo, demanding to know the whereabouts of two activists who disappeared two years ago. Lalith Weeraraj and Kugan Muruganathan organised rallies against political disappearances before being apparently abducted in the north of the country. The rally was held on the second anniversary of their disappearance. The crowd blamed the government and security forces, but they have always denied involvement. Another demonstration on human rights, in the east of the country, was attacked by government supporters leaving one of its organisers injured: he was admitted to hospital. [ full story |

Satire in Sri Lanka:Sour Puss[ Economist ][ Dec 12 10:26 GMT ]

And the suppression of information: “In politics, if no one finds out about the problem, if no one knows about the problem, and if no one sees the problem…there is no problem.” But for all his skulduggery, President Puss is a lovable man who comes up a hero by doing things that would be unacceptable in a democracy. Each play ends with the tagline “Thank you for voting”. It is a fitting reminder to the audience that whatever they see on stage is what they voted for in real life. [ full story |

UN FAO accused over Sri Lanka kidney illness[ BBC ][ Dec 13 14:04 GMT ]

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has been blamed for the spread of a kidney disease which has affected nearly half a million people in Sri Lanka. Scientists believe the illness is caused by pesticides and fertilisers. The FAO is accused by campaigners of encouraging the use of agrochemicals on behalf of multinational companies. But the FAO strongly denies it is to blame for the spread of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Aetiology (CKDu). [ full story |

Organ harvesting in China, situation in Sri Lanka and Central Africa[ Euro Parliament ][ Dec 13 10:39 GMT ]

Parliament passed three separate resolutions on Thursday, asking for an immediate end to the practice of organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China; calling on the Sri Lankan government to implement the recommendation of the Reconciliation Committee in full; and condemning the violence and human rights violations in the Central African Republic.MEPs appreciate the restoration of peace and welcome the first ever elections in the Northern Province. However, they note with concern that “the presence of government military forces in the former conflict areas remains considerable” and that there are continuing reports of intimidation and human rights violations. [ full story |

Sri Lanka’s crumbling democracy[ Asia Sentinel ][ Dec 12 13:52 GMT ]

It is disappointing that Sri Lanka, a country with such a serious democratic deficit, is chairing the Commonwealth for the next two years. All signs indicate Sri Lanka is descending into authoritarianism, and much work is needed if democracy is to be saved. Given Sri Lanka’s chairmanship, it is not clear what the values and principles of the Commonwealth actually are. Sri Lanka is no longer a semi-democratic country — it is a dying ‘democracy on life-support’. [ full story |

Sri Lanka: Chidambaram’s Brave Bid to Clear Congress of anti-Tamil Image[ Hindu ][ Dec 11 20:31 GMT ]

At the other end, by solidly debunking the anti-Tamils charge laid at the Congress’ doors by the Dravidian parties, Mr. Chidambaram also obliquely laid the pitch for a possible new Congress-led alliance, inclusive of the actor Vijayakant-led Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) in Tamil Nadu, in the run-up to the 2014 polls, hoping it could take away the sting from an emotively polarised discourse on the island-Tamils issue in Tamil Nadu. [ full story |