Report to call for UN probe into Sri Lankan war crimes allegations

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Report to call for UN probe into Sri Lankan war crimes allegations[ SMH ][ Feb 04 21:19 GMT ]

Sri Lankan security forces were responsible for the ”vast majority” of alleged war crimes during the final months of its bloody civil war, and may have systematically destroyed mass burial sites of civilians in an apparent effort to destroy evidence, a new report has found. The major new study examines allegations of the deliberate and indiscriminate shelling of civilians corralled into no-fire zones by the Sri Lankan government. Tens of thousands of civilians are believed to have perished. [ full story |

Sri Lanka rejects ‘reckless’ U.S. criticism of its rights record[ Reuters ][ Feb 03 11:12 GMT ]

Sri Lanka rejected U.S. criticism of its human rights record as “grossly disproportionate” on Sunday, a day after a senior U.S. official said Washington would table a U.N. resolution against Colombo.”The (U.S.) claims… are unsubstantiated. Reckless and irresponsible statements without evidence have been recoursed to in order to create an impact to give way to prejudged action,” Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. [ full story |

US: Sri Lanka refuses visa for State Dept official after war crime accusations[ Reuters ][ Feb 04 21:20 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has refused a visa request for a U.S. State Department official, the U.S. Embassy said on Tuesday after Washington signaled it would propose a U.N. resolution against the South Asian state over alleged war crimes. Tensions rose after U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal voiced frustration on Saturday over Sri Lanka’s failure to punish military personnel responsible linked to reported atrocities in a civil war that the Colombo government won in 2009 against separatist Tamil rebels. [ full story |

Holding Sri Lanka to Account[ Editorial – New York Times ][ Feb 03 14:00 GMT ]

Washington is once again trying to put pressure on the government of Sri Lanka to commission a credible independent investigation of crimes and human rights abuses committed during the end of that country’s bloody civil war in 2009. It was a good move to send a senior American diplomat to the island nation last weekend to press the case with public officials and community leaders. A United Nations panel reported that as many as 40,000 civilians may have been killed in the last stages of the conflict, many of them by military shelling. But the country’s government has failed to hold officials accountable and has resisted every effort by the international community to do so. [ full story |

‘Resolution against Sri Lanka in UN after polls’[ IANS ][ Feb 03 13:59 GMT ]

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Monday said steps would be taken to bring a resolution against Sri Lanka in the United Nations for human rights violation once the general elections get over here. Replying on the motion of thanks to Governor K. Rosaiah for his address in the assembly, Jayalalithaa said: “Parliament elections are slated soon. Then the government will change and the scene will also change. The AIADMK will be in a position to determine the policies of the central government.” “At that time, a resolution against Sri Lanka would be brought in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and steps would be taken for its success,” she said. [ full story |

The UN’s Sri Lanka Strategy and Its Implications for International Law[ Foreign Policy Journal ][ Feb 04 21:09 GMT ]

This paper is an update to a previous paper of mine published in Foreign Policy Journal in March 2013, titled, “The illegality of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s approach to Sri Lanka”.[1] In that paper, I argued that the Secretary General had exceeded his authority in commissioning a certain report[2] on Sri Lanka, which report was later submitted indirectly to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and served as the basis for two resolutions passed against this country by the Council, calling among other things for international investigations into alleged war crimes committed during the last phases of the war. [ full story |

Rajiv assassination case: SC reserves order on convicts’ plea [ PTI ][ Feb 04 21:05 GMT ]

The Supreme Court today reserved its verdict on the plea of death row convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case seeking commutation of their sentence to life imprisonment, which was vehemently opposed by the Centre. A three-judge bench headed by Chief justice P .Sathasivam reserved the order after hearing the arguments of counsel appearing for three convicts — Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan, and Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati who represented the Central government. The AG contended that it was not a fit case for the apex court to commute death sentence on the ground of delay in deciding mercy plea. [ full story |

Sri Lanka’s tryst with destiny[ Arab News ][ Feb 04 21:04 GMT ]

Sri Lanka today celebrates her 66th Independence Day with magnificent pomp, pageantry and spirit of patriotism. The day signifies the effort of a developing nation to celebrate her cherished sovereignty, rich cultural heritage and diverse ethnicity in right earnest. Indeed, on Feb. 4 each year Sri Lanka unites as a nation, despite fratricidal differences, to commemorate the heroic sacrifices of freedom fighters. It is nothing short of an irony that the same populace, who are at loggerheads today, once fought shoulder to shoulder to achieve political independence from the British yoke. [ full story |

Sri Lankan tourism: Post Tiger economy[ The Economist ][ Feb 03 20:37 GMT ]

IN FEBRUARY 2009, during the final throes of Sri Lanka’s 25-year-long civil war, Tamil Tiger rebels packed two light aircraft with explosives and flew them towards Colombo. The pilots planned to execute kamikaze attacks on the capital. Mercifully, they were shot down. But in the process one plane slammed into a high-rise government building, killing two people and injuring 50. Thus ended one of the most dramatic episodes of the war. Today, five years after the guns were silenced, Sri Lanka is staking its hopes for peace and prosperity on a more benign form of aviation: commercial flights delivering holidaymakers. [ full story |

A ‘Re – Solution’ And Geneva[ Sunday Leader ][ Feb 03 13:50 GMT ]

Tamils want immediate solutions. The Government has failed to provide these solutions. A resolution at the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) was the best way to have the voice of the Tamils heard; that seems to have been the sentiments expressed by the NPC, when it passed not one, but three resolutions last week. Key among the three was the one calling for an international investigation into the alleged deaths of over 100,000 Tamils during the final stages of the war in the North. [ full story |

Tamils’ Smuggling Journey to U.S. Leads to Longer Ordeal: 3 Years of Detention[ New York Times ][ Feb 03 13:58 GMT ]

Five Sri Lankan men left hometowns reeling from the remnants of a ruthless civil war and embarked on a monthslong human-smuggling journey that spanned seven countries. They each paid $55,000 for a ride by air and sea to a fresh chance in the Americas. They were captured within hours of their arrival in South Florida and served as witnesses for the F.B.I. in the investigation of their smugglers, cooperation that the men were led to believe would work in their favor as their cases made their way through immigration courts. [ full story |

Centre mulls giving modernized boats to fishermen in wake of attacks by Lanka navy[ PTI ][ Feb 03 13:54 GMT ]

The Centre was examining the prospects of giving modernized boats and fishing equipment to Tamil Nadu fishermen to enable them go for deep sea fishing in the wake of alleged attacks on them by Sri Lankan navy, minister of state for commerce and industries, Sudarsana Natchiappan said on Monday. “We are looking for presenting modernized boats and other equipment to fishermen so that they can go into deep sea for fishing. This will help to root out the problems faced by them”, he told reporters here. [ full story |