HRW Report 2015 – Sri Lanka

left over from the war in the northWorld Report 2015 – Sri Lanka[ HRW ][ Feb 03 14:20 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government has made little progress in providing accountability for wartime abuses. The government’s failure to comply with a March 2013 United Nations Human Rights Council resolution led to a new resolution in 2014. The resolution calls on the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to investigate serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law and related crimes by both sides during Sri Lanka’s civil war, which ended in 2009. [ full story |

Opening up? Sri Lanka’s new government confronts legacy of war [ IRIN ][ Feb 03 14:25 GMT ]


Sri Lanka’s new government says it will address outstanding concerns relating to the civil war that ended in May 2009, including allegations of human rights abuses, missing persons and political prisoners. The new administration, which came to power last month, appears to be willing to tackle sensitive issues that were effectively taboo under the previous administration. But activists warn only swift, decisive, action can reverse the legacy of pre-existing draconian measures. “Everybody is free now, we want to set up a just administration and we are willing to work with all parties,” cabinet spokesperson and health minister, Rajitha Senaratne, told IRIN. [ full story |