Sri Lanka inquiry: genuine progress or diplomatic fudge?



Sri Lanka inquiry: genuine progress or diplomatic fudge?[ Channel 4 News ][ Mar 10 05:46 GMT ]

David Cameron is pushing for the UN to set up an international, independent inquiry into war crimes and human rights abuses allegedly carried out by the Sri Lankan military. The British prime minister promised at the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Colombo last year that if Sri Lanka did not do enough investigate allegations of human rights violations committed by its forces, then he would push for the UN to takeover. The deadline he set the Sri Lankan government, 2 March, has now passed. [ full story |

Sri Lanka: new video evidence of grotesque violations[ Channel 4 News ][ Mar 09 13:43 GMT ]

Britain joins call for UN to investigate alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka[ The Guardian ][ Mar 10 05:44 GMT ]

Britain is to join the US and three other countries in pushing for a full international inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka after the government there failed to satisfy international calls for a such an inquiry, Downing Street announced on Sunday. Speaking last November at the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Colombo, David Cameron gave Sri Lanka four months to conduct “a credible, thorough inquiry” into crimes alleged to have been committed during Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war. [ full story |

The violent side of Sri Lankan Buddhism[ Al-Jazeera ][ Mar 10 12:24 GMT ]

Hardline Buddhist monks are targeting Muslims and Christians in Sri Lanka, where the civil war’s end has spurred a new wave of sectarianism bent on preserving Sinhalese culture. Since the conflict ended nearly five years ago, groups like Bodu Bala Sena have emerged as Sri Lanka’s self-appointed watchdogs of Buddhism. At 19:30 GMT, we discuss the violent side of Sri Lankan Buddhism. [ full story |

Cameron calls for UN probe into Sri Lanka ‘atrocities’[ Itv ][ Mar 10 12:17 GMT ]

David Cameron is pushing for an independent, international investigation into alleged atrocities during the Sri Lankan civil war to begin within a year as pressure mounts on the regime in Colombo. The Prime Minister has personally sought the support of several fellow leaders for a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution authorising a UN-led probe. [ full story |

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Commonwealth Day [ GoC ][ Mar 10 17:38 GMT ]

“Today, we strongly urge all members of the Commonwealth to reaffirm the values and principles captured in the Charter of the Commonwealth, including respect for human rights, the protection and promotion of religious freedom, and the need to oppose discrimination on any grounds. In particular, I would also like to reiterate my concerns about the situation in Sri Lanka. As the current chair of the Commonwealth, the Sri Lankan government has failed to uphold the Commonwealth’s core values and we continue to urge them to respect human rights and the rule of law. ” [ full story |