Tribunal delivers Sri Lanka’s guilty verdict

Tribunal delivers Sri Lanka’s guilty verdict[ Canberra Times ][ Jan 01 14:24 GMT ]

A tribunal of 11 eminent judges has unanimously found the Sri Lankan government guilty of the crime of genocide against ethnic Tamil people. Sitting in Bremen, from December 7 to 10, the Second Session of the Peoples’ Tribunal on Sri Lanka found that the crime of genocide has been and is being committed against the Eelam Tamils as a national group.The tribunal found that genocide against the Eelam Tamil group has not yet reached the total destruction of their identity; however, the genocide is a process and the process is ongoing. The military killings of May 2009 have been transformed into other forms of conduct causing serious bodily and mental harm to members of the group. [ full story |

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A Lone Voice In A Volatile North[ Sunday Leader ][ Jan 01 11:01 GMT ]

Highlighting issues faced by the public in the North, particularly when they are sensitive issues, is not easy. But there are some newspapers which have continued to be the voice of the voiceless despite facing threats and intimidation.With reference to media freedom, he said that there were three things to look at – developing a good ethical framework among media institutes and media personnel, giving proper training to media personnel and understanding the real context while being a part of the development. [ full story |

Sri Lanka Faces New Year Pressure Over Rights[ IPS ][ Dec 30 03:01 GMT ]

When the American Centre in Colombo held a memorial event honouring the late South African President Nelson Mandela, the first few questions at the question and answer session had nothing to do with the great freedom fighter. The questions raised at the meeting Dec. 20 were about how South Africa could assist Sri Lanka set up its own national healing process. During the Commonwealth Heads of State summit (CHOGM) in Colombo in November, President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government had approached the African state to explore the possibility of assistance in setting up something akin to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). [ full story |

Indo-Lanka ties in 2013 affected by Tamil issue[ PTI ][ Dec 30 03:00 GMT ]

India-Sri Lanka ties in 2013 were affected by differences over alleged rights abuses in the war against the LTTE and giving political rights to Tamils, even as Colombo held provincial polls after 25 years in the Tamil-dominated north as part of reconciliation. Hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November brought Sri Lanka back in international spotlight with some leaders boycotting the summit over the country’s human rights record. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh skipped the summit due to stiff opposition from political parties in Tamil Nadu, demanding a “total boycott” over the Tamil issue and their political rights, four years after the Sri Lankan troops crushed Tamil rebels fighting for a separate homeland. [ full story |

Excavation at mass grave in Sri Lanka suspended[ PTI ][ Dec 30 02:59 GMT ]

A Sri Lankan court today suspended the excavation at a suspected mass grave found in a former conflict zone where the army battled Tamil Tiger rebels, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) whose remains will now be scrutinised by archaeologists. “We have found layers and layers of skeletal remains. We now feel that further excavations will not be possible without the expertise of archaeologists,” Judicial Medical Officer Dhananjaya Waidyaratne said. [ full story |

Tamil National Alliance to push for international probe into Sri Lanka war crimes[ PTI ][ Dec 28 11:07 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party has said it will push for an independent international probe into alleged war crimes committed during the final phase of the civil war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) legislator Suresh Premachandran said that his party would push their case when the UN Human Rights Council meets next March in Geneva. [ full story |

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