UN rights boss seeks international probe into Sri Lanka war crimes

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On Sri Lanka, As Pillay Urging Probe Goes Online, Ban Invited There in May?[ Inner City Press ][ Feb 25 13:42 GMT ]

As Inner City Press and others reported earlier this month, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is calling for an independent, international inquiry into war crimes in Sri Lanka. Here are three paragraphs from her report,…Eighteen days after Inner City Press asked about the detailed report on Sri Lanka, there’s still no UN Secretariat comment. But on February 18, Ban Ki-moon through spokesperson Martin Nesirky said he is “deeply disturbed” by… [ full story |

UN rights boss seeks international probe into Sri Lanka war crimes[ Reuters ][ Feb 25 13:50 GMT ]

The United Nations’ human rights chief called on Monday for an international inquiry into war crimes committed by both sides during Sri Lanka’s civil war, saying the government had failed to do its own credible investigation. In a much anticipated report ahead of a U.N. Human Rights Council debate next month that could order action on the issue, Navi Pillay recommended an “independent, international inquiry mechanism, which would contribute to establishing the truth where domestic inquiry mechanisms have failed.” [ full story |

Sri Lanka: UN report must be call to action on international war crimes investigation[ Amnesty International – Canada ][ Feb 24 21:28 GMT ]

The international community must act on a robust new UN report calling for an international investigation into alleged human rights violations and war crimes in Sri Lanka, Amnesty International said. “It’s utterly shameful that five years after Sri Lanka’s armed conflict ended, the victims and family members have yet to see justice. Navi Pillay’s latest report is another urgent and poignant reminder that an international investigation into alleged human rights violations and war crimes cannot wait,” said Polly Truscott, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia-Pacific Director. [ full story |

Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka – United NationsHigh Commissioner for Human Rights[ OCHR ][ Feb 24 18:25 GMT ]

The Government of Sri Lanka has, however, failed to ensure independent and credible investigations into past violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. The report also contains updates on the ongoing attacks on religious minorities, and the harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists. The Government has not responded to the offers of technical assistance made by the High Commissioner and the special procedures. Meanwhile, new evidence continues to emerge on the events that took place in the final stages of the armed conflict. [ full story |

Sri Lanka slams UN rights chief for ‘unwarranted interference’[ PTI ][ Feb 25 13:43 GMT ]

The United Nations has called for an independent international probe into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka during the final battle with the LTTE, prompting an angry reaction from Colombo which today rejected the demand and slammed it as “unwarranted interference”. In a UN report published on Monday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay asked for setting up of an independent probe and said Sri Lanka had “consistently failed to establish the truth”. [ full story |

Why SL’s ‘lies’ on death of Prabhakaran’s son may soon get exposed[ Rediff ][ Feb 25 13:44 GMT ]

A recent inquiry report by the Geneva-headquartered Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has cast serious aspersions on the claims of the Sri Lankan government over alleged war crimes during the conflict with the LTTE. Vicky Nanjappa reports. How was the son of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Chief V Prabhakaran killed? There have been conflicting views on the question and there is a claim that the 12-year-old Balachandran was not killed in a cross fire but was targeted by the Sri Lankan forces. [ full story |

Give Sri Lanka the international investigation that it needs[ Change ][ Feb 25 14:55 GMT ]

The UN Human Rights Council will meet next week and confer for a month. They must use this opportunity to pass a resolution that will include a commitment to an Independent International investigation in Sri Lanka the form of a Commission of Inquiry. Only this will help to put the country on the path to justice and reconciliation.A fear and sense of injustice persists, not just among minorities and political activists, but among ordinary people desperately trying to rebuild their lives. Post-conflict processes do take time, but what matters is getting on the right path. Nearly five years after the war ended, the situation appears to be getting worse, not better. [ full story |

Questions On Sri Lanka By Kate Hoey MP, John Mccdonnell MP and Diane Abbott MP[ House of Commons – UK ][ Feb 25 13:52 GMT ]

We strongly support the position of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, that if Sri Lanka has not demonstrated a credible national accountability process by March 2014, then the international community has a duty to act. We have made clear if the Sri Lankan Government has not begun properly with credible investigations by March, then we will use our position on the UN Human Rights Council to work with the UN Human Rights Commissioner and call for an international investigation. The High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report due ahead of the March Human Rights Council will give an assessment of Sri Lanka’s progress. [ full story |

Why India has banned a film about Lankan killings but permitted another to which Bangladesh has objected[ Scroll ][ Feb 25 14:51 GMT ]

The Bangladesh government has lodged an official protest with the Government of India, asking why the Central Board of Film Certification cleared the film Gunday, which hurts their nation’s sentiments. The Sri Lankan government, on the other hand, must be sending chocolates to Indian diplomats, thanking them for preventing any hurt sentiments in Colombo. After all, the same Central Board for Film Certification has refused to give a screening certificate to No Fire Zone, a documentary about the final days of the 2009 war between Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. [ full story |

AIADMK manifesto says party will work for referendum on separate Eelam, retrieval of Katchatheevu[ Times of India ][ Feb 25 21:05 GMT ]

The AIADMK says if a government formed by the party and its allies comes to power at the Centre after the Lok Sabha elections, it will move the United Nations to render justice to the Sri Lankan Tamils by holding a referendum for the formation of a separate Eelam. “The party is determined to ensure that punishment is given through the International Court of Justice to all those who committed war crimes and genocide against the Tamil minorities during the internal strife in Sri Lanka, which was against international regulations,” said the AIADMK’s manifesto, which was released by party general secretary and Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday. [ full story |

Sri Lanka Rejects Push for Independent War Inquiry[ New York Times ][ Feb 25 20:22 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s government forcefully rejected a call on Tuesday for an international war crimes investigation into the country’s bloody civil war, adding to tensions with the United Nations human rights body. In its official response to a highly critical report released on Monday by the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, the government said that Ms. Pillay’s call for an independent international investigation “reflects the preconceived, politicized and prejudicial agenda which she has relentlessly pursued with regard to Sri Lanka.” [ full story |

UK citizen Visvalingam Gobithas dies in Sri Lanka jail[ BBC ][ Feb 25 20:21 GMT ]

A British citizen has died in prison in Sri Lanka seven years after being detained while visiting the country. Visvalingam Gobithas – of Sri Lankan Tamil origin – was convicted in 2012 of helping the Tamil Tiger militants, a charge he denied. Officials say he died of heart failure although some members of his family say they believe his death is suspicious. The BBC’s Charles Haviland in Colombo says Gobithas was shortly due for release, according to reports. [ full story |

h Human Rights Council will give an assessment of Sri Lanka’s progress. [ full story |

“Life has to be designed by your intellect and not by emotion”An Interview with Justice C. V. Wigneswaran[ Island ][ Feb 25 13:38 GMT ]

I like to take the Sinhala masses into my confidence. You have been fed with many negative particulars about the Tamils by certain sections of the politicians and the press so far. Try to probe into the truth of such particulars. The moment you come out of your prejudices and conditionings there is every chance that we could work out a durable solution to our problems. The Tamil Speaking Peoples have given a very clear mandate – they eschew violence and support a political solution within a united Sri Lanka. They love this country as much as you do. What they seek is human security, fundamental freedoms and the right to manage their affairs in their areas of traditional habitation. [ full story |

More bodies found in Sri Lanka’s mass grave[ AFP ][ Feb 25 14:26 GMT ]

Forensic experts have found more bodies in an unmarked mass grave in Sri Lanka’s northern former war zone, taking the total number to 80, an official said on Tuesday. “The matter is under investigation,” the government said in a statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last week and released to reporters in Colombo on Tuesday.It added that Indian troops deployed on an abortive peace-keeping mission in Sri Lanka between 1987 and 1990 also briefly had control over the coastal Mannar region. [ full story | comments ]
– Bodies in Sri Lanka mass grave top 80 – Channel News Asia
– Mass grave found in former LTTE stronghold in Lanka – PTI