U.S. Embassy Concerned by Meeting Disruption, Calls for Sri Lanka Government to Enforce Rule of Law

Full Text of Press Release On August 4 a meeting that included U.S. Embassy officials was interrupted by angry protesters, including a group of monks. The mob forced its way into the meeting on the grounds of a Colombo Catholic church, where families of disappeared persons from the civil conflict were sharing their stories with …

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US concerned over disruption of workshop for Sri Lanka North Journalists

U.S. Embassy Concerns on Media Freedom in Sri Lanka The United States is deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of a journalism training session in Colombo over the weekend. The eventual cancellation of this training, which was focused on digital security for Jaffna-based journalists and financially supported by the U.S. government, was accompanied …

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Black July, catalyst of Sri Lanka conflict

30th Anniversary of Black July, catalyst of Sri Lanka’s decades-long conflict By Tamil American Peace Initiative July 23, 1983 also known as Black July, marks the beginning of a tragedy in Sri Lanka, where thousands of Tamil civilians were beaten and killed by rioting Sinhalese acting with government impunity. It is important to remember and …

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Azad Sally arrest indicative of the climate of fear for Sri Lanka critics

by Amnesty International A prominent Muslim politician and government critic arrested today in Sri Lanka must be immediately released or charged with an internationally recognizable criminal offence, Amnesty International said. Azad Sally, the leader of Sri Lanka’s newly formed Muslim Tamil National Alliance, was reportedly taken into custody on Thursday morning by the intelligence services …

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Prevail on Sri Lanka Government to contain Mob Violence

“We call on all right-thinking citizens of this country and members of the international community to prevail on the Sri Lankan government to immediately cease the violence directed against the Tamil People. In this regard, we continue to condemn the numerous episodes of mob violence against the Muslim community and Christian places of worship, and …

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US Tamil Group to continue advocacy towards International Probe on Sri Lanka

The Geneva based UN Human Rights Council adopted a second resolution on Promoting Accountability and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka putting Sri Lanka under close scrutiny for grave rights violations, but the new resolution falls short of creating an international investigation mechanism called for by the High Commissioner for Human Rights. WASHINGTON, March 22, 2013 – …

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Sri Lanka should show tangible implementation of their promises

IN welcoming the latest resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC, The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) pointed out that it “underscores the international community’s continuing concern about the horrific atrocities committed by all sides to the Sri Lankan conflict”, in a statement released on Mar 21, 2013. It added that “The UN, as well as …

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Christian clergy in Sri Lanka North-East urge tough UNHRC action

The Bishop of Mannar and 132 priests from North East Sri Lanka have issued the following statement urging tough action by the Human Rights Council and for an independent international commission of inquiry into violations of international law in the country: To: The President and all members of the UN Human Rights Council Call for …

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Tamil Groups Welcome UN Human Rights Chief’s Call on Sri Lanka

“The High Commissioner’s report contextualizes the failure of the Sri Lankan government to meaningfully address its breaches of international human rights and humanitarian law” London/Toronto/Washington D.C. The British Tamils Forum, the Canadian Tamil Congress, and United States Tamil Political Action Council acknowledge the Report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human …

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US Senators urge Independent International Investigation into alleged Sri Lanka-LTTE War Crimes

In Letter to Secretary Clinton, Senators Call for Independent International Examination January 29, 2013 Washington, DC- Today, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) called for an independent, international investigation into potential war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE during the civil war in Sri Lanka. In a letter …

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Law Society of Upper Canada urges judicial independence in Sri Lanka

The Law Society of Upper Canada publicly expresses concern that the recent dismissal of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake is politically motivated and may have a negative effect on judicial independence in Sri Lanka. Reliable reports indicate that on November 1, 2012, the ruling party of Sri Lanka, the United People”s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) announced that …

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Courageous in fighting for her life

23-year-old paramedical student, brutally gangraped and assaulted in a private bus in New Delhi, India on December 16, passed away in Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital on on December 29th. The following is a press release by Dr Kelvin Loh, Chief Executive Officer, Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore on the passing away of the 23 year old …

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Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth

Is the Sri Lankan Government committed to the Harare Principles of Democracy and Rule of Law? by Mangala Samaraweera MP | Former Foreign Minister On 7th December 2012, President Mahinda Rajapakse and Commonwealth Secretary General Kamelesh Sharma announced that the next Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting will be held in Colombo from 15th – 17th …

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Commonwealth Secretariat must lay down benchmarks before hosting CHOGM in Sri Lanka

21 September 2012 Open Letter to the Commonwealth Secretary-General Dear Secretary-General, When Commonwealth countries announced at the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Australia that Sri Lanka could host CHOGM 2013, they agreed to actively promote and uphold the fundamental values and principles of the Commonwealth, including human rights and the rule of …

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Sri Lanka Good Governance threatened further

Serious concerns over the ‘Divineguma Bill’ 17th August 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is concerned about the tabling of the “Divineguma Bill” in Parliament which if enacted will have serious implications for democracy, devolution and good governance in Sri Lanka. CPA and its Executive Director filed a Petition today in …

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Sri Lanka Tamil parliamentarians hail passage of UNHRC Resolution

TNA Welcomes passage of Resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC in Geneva The Tamil National Alliance welcomes the passage of the Resolution “Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka” at the Human Rights Council. We believe that the Resolution will benefit all Sri Lankans, regardless of ethnicity. We sincerely hope that the Resolution and the …

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Sri Lanka Tamil parliamentarians take unanimous stand on UNHRC

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Parliamentarians belonging to Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have unanimously resolved to monitor all developments at UNHRC at a meeting attended by all MPs and presided over by leader R. Sampanthan MP on Mar 2, 2012. TNA Leader R. Sampanthan addressing a meeting in Vavuniya, Feb 20, 2012 The Tamil National Alliance on …

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MSF says it was not allowed into in Sri Lanka battle zone

MSF was not present in Sri Lanka battle zone before May 2009 as suggested by Defense Secretary MSF Not Present in Sri Lanka Battle Zone Report—MSF PARIS/COLOMBO—The medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is concerned about an interview suggesting that it was present in 2009 in Sri Lanka’s war zone and that …

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Ban Ki moon urged to enforce UN Recommendations for Accountability over Sri Lanka War Crimes

Ban Ki moon Must Enforce UN’s Own Recommendations for Accountability Over War Crimes in Sri Lanka–USTPAC The United States Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) and 10 other Tamil groups from around the world call on the UN Secretary-General to continue his principled stand on accountability for war crimes in Sri Lanka at the upcoming UN …

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Tamil parliamentarians from Sri Lanka not attending UNHRC sessions

TNA wont exacerbate tensions by attending UNHRC 19th sessions in Geneva Statement issued by the Tamil National Alliance The Sri Lankan Question will figure prominently at the above sessions. Two Reports – the report of the Experts Panel appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations and the report of the Lessons Learnt and …

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