UN Feltman’s Visit to Sri Lanka Expands to Jaffna, Amid Protest of Delay

untitledUN Feltman’s Visit to Sri Lanka Expands to Jaffna, Amid Protest of Delay[ ICP ][ Feb 26 20:22 GMT ]

Nine days after the UN Human Rights Council under Joachim Rucker granted HCHR Zeid’s request to withhold the already delayed report on war crimes in Sri Lanka, the UN on February 24 added Jaffna as a stop to the Sri Lanka visit by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s highest political official Jeffrey Feltman. This comes two days after Inner City Press asked Feltman would go to Jaffna, site of protests of the delay, and was told “Colombo only.” But what will Feltman say, in Jaffna? What would Zeid say? [ full story |

UN Ban’s Feltman to Visit Sri Lanka But Not Jaffna, Zeid Delay Protested[ InnerCity Press ][ Feb 25 13:53 GMT ]

“Mr. Feltman will then travel to Sri Lanka on Saturday. There, he plans to meet with senior officials of the Government of Sri Lanka, political parties and civil society groups. This will be his first visit to Sri Lanka, and he looks forward to discussing with Sri Lankan leaders various issues of mutual concern.” [ full story |

Key Tamil organisations to boycott domestic hearings by SL Presidential Commission[Tamilnet]

The Tamil Civil Society Forum and the Welfare Organisation for the Forcibly Disappeared Persons have jointly decided not to appear and give evidence before the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons, a statement issued by the TCSF said on Thursday. “We cannot afford to continue to appear before this commission giving it a stamp of legitimacy. We seek a credible inquiry and we are convinced that this can only be made possible through international means,” the statement issued in Jaffna on the 24th of February 2015 said adding that many questions have been raised about the terms of reference and capacity of this commission to act on the issue of enforced disappearances. Full story >>

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Amnesty International Report 2014/15–Sri Lanka

Unlawful detentions and torture by security forces were carried out with impunity as the authorities continued to rely on the Prevention of Terrorism Act to arrest and detain suspects without charge or trial. Human rights defenders and f amily members of people subjected to enforced disappearance were threatened and arrested, and fatal attacks on religious minorities went unpunished.[ full story |