Mar 18 - Mar 24:

Navi Pillay urges Sri Lankan govt to uphold citizens’ right to freely engage in international debate 

The High Commissioner for Human Rights is today warning that there must be no reprisals against Sri Lankan human rights defenders in the aftermath of yesterday’s adoption by the Human Rights Council of a resolution on Sri Lanka. [TC]

‘Rajapaksa Rottweiler’ Mervyn Silva threatens to break limbs and bones of journalists and human rights defenders in public 

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Running dog of the Rajapaksa regime,Mervyn Silva has threatened to break in public the bones and limbs of Journalists and Human Rights Defenders who had allegedly worked against the Country at the United Nations Human Rights Council(UNHRC) in Geneva. [DBSJ]

Indian Govt did what it did under pressure from the DMK and AIADMK 

By Smita Gupta

Pressure exerted by the United Progressive Alliance government’s southern comrade, the Dravida Munnetra Kazagham, forced India to vote in favour of the U.S.-sponsored censure motion against Sri Lanka on Thursday in the 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, urging that country to probe rights abuses in the war against the Tamil Tigers. [DBSJ]

US resolution against Sri Lanka is a negative precedent challenging core values of UNHRC 

by Tamara Kunanayakam 

Before proceeding, Sri Lanka seeks clarification on allegations made by certain countries of threats to, and intimidation of, human rights defenders by members of its delegation. We treat such allegations with utmost seriousness and do not condone such violations. [TC]

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. [TC]

India’s Vote in UN Against Sri Lanka Draws Mixed Reactions 

by Kurt Achin | New Delhi
Voice of America News

Sri Lanka’s government is expressing disappointment over India’s backing of a United Nations resolution calling on Sri Lanka to further investigate allegations of war crimes during its civil war. [TC]

When victims of mass abuse are ignored they are twice victimized 

Why Canada is calling Sri Lanka to account

By Brian Stewart

Human rights violations are too big to ignore, Canada and the UN now say When victims of mass abuse are ignored they are twice victimized: first by their oppressors, secondly by the world’s indifference. [TC]

UNHRC vote could rouse Sinhala rage and weaken India’s hand 

by Venky Vembu

For all the bluster and hectoring around the UNHRC vote against Sri Lanka, the skies haven’t fallen on Colombo just because the Council voted on the US-sponsored resolution. [DBSJ]

Karunanidhi’s ‘Eelam dream’ is a curse on Lanka Tamils

by Venky Vembu

Among politicians in Tamil Nadu, there is now a headlong scramble to claim credit for the Indian government’s vote against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council proceedings in Geneva on Thursday. [DBSJ]

India Should Send a Strong Message to Sri Lanka by voting for motion on Sri Lanka 

by Venky Vembu

Among politicians in Tamil Nadu, there is now a headlong scramble to claim credit for the Indian government’s vote against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council proceedings in Geneva on Thursday. [DBSJ]

India Should Send a Strong Message to Sri Lanka by voting for motion on Sri Lanka

by Col.R.Hariharan

Clearly Indian government is trying to find its famous “middle path” to make up its mind. And ‘middle path’ as per its standard operative procedure is to buy time. [DBSJ]

“Our Work To Defend Human Rights In Sri Lanka Must And Will Go On” 

by Sunila Abeysekara, Nimalka Fernando and Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

As the three Sri Lankan human rights defenders who have come most under attack by the state media in Sri Lanka in the past week, because of our active involvement with the on-going session of the UN Human rights Council in Geneva, we feel compelled to issue this statement of clarification. [TC]

Storify Update: Resolution adopted- HRC19 Debate and Voting in Genva

Live Update -5:30 AM-7:00 AM EST ~ UNHRC vote on ‘Sri Lanka war crimes’ commences: [TC]

Geneva Resolution should lead to serious soul searching by Rajapaksa regime

by Mangala Samaraweera

The resolution in Geneva must be understood in the spirit in which it was presented. [DBSJ]

Sri Lanka in Geneva: Theoretical assertions of sovereign equality have no practical validity

by Ayesha Zuhair

When the Sri Lankan military defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009 ending nearly three decades of brutal terror, I – alongside millions of my fellow citizens – was elated. [DBSJ]

Chennai forces India to split from Asia, censure Sri Lanka

by Indrani Bagchi

Sri Lanka became the lastest victim of the UPA government’s coalition compulsions, as India voted against one of its closest neighbors at the UN Human Rights Council today on alleged human rights violations in a development that may have larger implications. [TC]

Safeguard Sri Lankan sovereignty through diplomatic defiance of Geneva Resolution

by Gomin Dayasri

Losing in Geneva partly caused by our own undoing makes it imperative now to stand firm in safeguarding our sovereignty and protecting Sri Lanka from foreign interventions. [TC]

Sri Lanka Failed to Note Implications of India Factor

by Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka

Strategic foresight’ is what it is termed in English, though the French who invented it in the ’50s, call it ‘strategic prospective’. Strategic analysis and anticipation – not to be confused with ‘security’– are major aspects of it. [TC]

ABC News Video: ‘How minorities are treated, an indicator of the level of democracy’

from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Sri Lanka has seen greater security since the end of the bloody civil war with the Tamil Tigers, but dissenters are routinely threatened and 32 activists have disappeared in the past six months. [TC]

President Rajapaksa has Brought Geneva Resolution Upon Himself -The Hindu

The passage of the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka is proof that the international community disapproves of the manner in which the Rajapaksa government is addressing the fallout of its Armageddon moment of mid-May 2009 [TC]

Should not Sri Lanka be given time and space to continue process of implementation and reconciliation without undue interference?

By Mahinda Samarasinghe

Madam President,

Thank you for this opportunity, as the country concerned, to outline our position in respect of the draft resolution before the Council. [TC]

If India had been with Sri Lanka the vote in Geneva may have been Different

By Ameen Izzaddeen | in Geneva

The final scorecard on the giant screen at the United Nations Human Rights Coucnil read 24 yes votes and 15 no votes. Eight countries abstained. Thus came to an end weeks of Sri Lanka’ diplomatic efforts in Geneva, Colombo and other world capitals. But the battle has not ended yet. [DBSJ]

23 Out of 47 Member UN Human Rights Council did not support Resolution on Sri Lanka

Statement by Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs

It is a matter of great satisfaction to us that 15 countries voted with Sri Lanka, despite the intensity of pressure, in a variety of forms, exerted on them all. We convey to them our warm thanks and deep appreciation.

We also thank sincerely the 8 countries which, by abstaining, declined to support the Resolution.  [TC]

India: Explanation of vote at the UNHRC on Promotion,Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka

India believes that the primary responsibility for the promotion and protection of human rights lies with the States. Consequently resolutions of this nature should fully respect the sovereign rights of states and contribute to Sri Lanka’s own efforts in this regard.

HRC Resolution Important Not Only for People of Sri Lanka, but for Human Rights in General

Ambassador Donahoe: My deepest wish is that this resolution and the result we just observed is an important step in a process of helping the Sri Lankan people move toward a lasting peace. [TC]

Statement by Secretary Clinton on the UN Human Rights Council Vote on Sri Lanka Reconciliation

UN Human Rights Council Vote on Sri Lanka Reconciliation

Today’s action by the UN Human Rights Council encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to continue on the path toward reconciliation following 27 years of civil war. [TC]

Text of Resolution L.2 Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka

19/… Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka

The Human Rights Council,

Guided by the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights and other relevant instruments, [TC]

The 40 Co-sponsors of the Resolution on Sri Lanka

Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka

List of sponsoring HRC member states and observers: [TC]

U.S. Introduces HRC Resolution Promoting Reconciliation and Accountablity in Sri Lanka

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
Introduction of Draft Resolution L.2 on Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka

Delivered by Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe

The United States is pleased to introduce draft resolution L.2, on Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka for consideration and approval by this Council. This resolution enjoys the broad support of 40 co-sponsors. A copy of the text, including slight revisions, is being circulated in the room today. [TC]

Prayers and protest held against the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka 

United for Mother Lanka”~ the theme against US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC in Geneva. [TC]

The Geneva Glider ~ Storifying News, tweets & Social Media on proposed Sri Lanka Resolution 

Digest of news & tweets relating to the proposed Sri Lanka Resolution at the 19th Sessions of UNHRC, Geneva.

Click here for Continually updated Sri Lanka related News and tweets throughout the UNHRC 19th Session – Feb 27 – Mar 24, 2012

Washington needs to broaden its dialogue with Sri Lanka beyond human rights 

by Teresita C. Schaffer

At the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Sri Lankan and U.S. governments are facing off this week over a resolution that the U.S. has proposed but neither side wanted. [TC]

Channel 4 TV and its false testimonies 

by Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha M.P

Perhaps the most telling perversions in the latest Channel 4 film come with regard to what is termed its first case study. This ‘begins on the 23rd of January when UN personnel from the last overland food convoy into the war zone became trapped in the fighting’. [TC]

Why India is now inclined to vote in support of US sponsored Resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC

By Sumanasiri Liyanage

As The Hindu Newspaper has reported, the Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has informed the Lok Sabha that India is “inclined to” vote in favour of a resolution on Sri Lanka [submitted by the United States of America] if it meets ‘our objectives’ with regard to the future of ethnic Tamils. [TC]

US sponsored Resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC in Geneva is a Trojan horse

By Bandu de Silva

Jehan Perera in his article of March 12th seems to propose a conciliatory attitude towards the amended US Draft Resolution (D/R) now before the UNHRC [TC]

Civil society urges government to stop hate campaigns and protect human rights defenders

In the backdrop of the resolution on Sri Lanka being discussed in Geneva and the expected vote on the resolution this week, the Sri Lanka Government and its propaganda teams have intensified an extremely malicious hate campaign against human rights defenders who express their views on accountability and governance issues in Sri Lanka. [TC]

Lanka adopts principled position as D-Day draws near at UNHRC in Geneva

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Even as D-day for the vote on a US sponsored resolution regarding Sri Lanka at the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council(UNHRC) drew near in Geneva the Island nation continued to adopt what may be described as a “principled position” as its key strategy in dealing with the diplomatic might of the worlds sole super power [DBSJ]

Catholic Church in Sri Lanka is deeply divided on the proposed Resolution at the UNHRC

By Kshama Ranawana

Schism and doubt are the great enemies Bishops are expected to combat, and at all times try to avoid among the clergy and the flock. [DBSJ]

Attempts to suppress Koodankulam anti-nuclear struggle through deployment of armed police results in death fast by Udayakumar – PNAME

We hope you have been following the Koodankulam Anti – Nuclear Struggle from its inception.

The entire populace in and around Koodankulam have rallied under the leadership of People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant and have successfully with-stalled its implementation for the past 218 days. [DBSJ]

Tamil Nadu Govt increases Police deployment at Koodankulam in readiness for crackdown

by S.P. Udayakumar

The Tamil Nadu State government is increasing the police strength in front of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP). Heavy police force has been posted in a few major junctions around Koodankulam. [DBSJ]

“In My Mothers House” by Sharika Thiranagama Tells Tales of Exodus and Eviction in Sri Lanka’s civil war

by Nirupama Subramanian

Key to understanding the Sri Lankan conflict, and the reasons that it remains unresolved even to this day, is an understanding of the impact of displacement [DBSJ]

The truth behind India’s dilemma with UN Resolution On Lanka 

by Sam Rajappa

Sri Lankan war crimes and India’s refusal to support the US-sponsored watered down resolution censoring Colombo at the UN Human Rights Commission meeting in Geneva in spite of the majority of members cutting across party line supporting it rocked both the Houses of Parliament as the 2012 budget session began. [TC]

UNHRC Resolution: India Needs Forward-Looking Policy On Sri Lanka

By N Manoharan

India again faces dilemma over Sri Lanka on the US-sponsored resolution at the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) moved on 06 March 2012 which comes up for voting on 23 March 2012. [TC]

Video: US supported Resolution not looking to condemn Sri Lanka-Robert O. Blake

US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake speaks to Sri Lanka’s Debrief News about the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. [TC]

Human Rights in Sri Lanka can best be protected by Sri Lankans themselves

by National Peace Council

A vote on the US-sponsored resolution aimed at promoting reconciliation in Sri Lanka is scheduled to take place later this week at the conclusion of the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. [TC]

‘Resolution first and necessary step towards ensuring peace, justice and reconciliation in Sri Lanka’-TNA

Sri Lanka ethnic groups divided over UN resolution

The Sri Lankan government’s campaign to stave off any U.N. call to investigate its wartime conduct is hampering efforts to heal long-simmering ethnic tensions, according to Tamil politicians, rights activists and clergy members [TC]

Canada to send Three-Member Delegation to Sri Lanka on Fact Finding Mission

by Campbell Clark

The Harper government is dispatching a delegation to Sri Lanka as it presses the country to launch a post-war reconciliation with its Tamil minority. [TC]

Language rights in Sri Lanka: Display of bus route boards in all three languages

20 March 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka:

That signboards are in Tamil on most buses plying in the North and East, and in Sinhala on those outside of these two provinces, was the basis of four submissions to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka made by Lionel Guruge on behalf of the Centre for Policy Alternatives. [TC]

Sri Lanka wants dawn of Palestinian State in the near future

BY Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam

Madam President,

My delegation, at the outset, associates itself with the statement delivered by Egypt on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement. [TC]

Tragic if Sri Lanka ends up as a test case for UN sanctions than as a model of post-war reconciliation 

by Jehan Perera

The presentation of the US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Council appears inevitable. [TC]

Geneva circus: Today it is Sri Lanka, who will it be tomorrow?

By S L Gunasekara

The Country was agog, not long ago, with the news that an alleged dignitary of the State Department of the United States of America named Blake had said that the United States of America would support a resolution against Sri Lanka that would be moved by some European States in the Human Rights Council. [TC]

Ruling Rajapaksa dynasty must be held accountable for the atrocities they are responsible for

 By Viresh Fernando

An Open Letter to Sinhala Canadians

Dear Fellow Sinhala Canadians:

It is time that we express our immeasurable gratitude to Sri Lanka for our early education, facility in language, social skills, leadership qualities and all other factors that have led to our many successes in Canada. We can best do so by asserting the founding principles of the country of which we are now residents and citizens – peace, order and good government and helping Sri Lankans residents to wrest back our common homeland from an increasingly despotic family dynasty. [DBSJ]

India likely to back UN resolution if it meets its objectives-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh 

Amidst mounting pressure from ally DMK and other parties, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said India was “inclined to” vote in favour of a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN which meets “our objectives” with regard to the future of ethnic Tamils. [TC]

‘I don’t understand why champions of Tamil Eelam are supporting US Resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC’- ‘Thuglak’ Editor ‘Cho’ 

by R. Bhagwan Singh

Cho S. Ramaswamy, the redoubtable editor of the Tamil weekly Thuglak, and a former Rajya Sabha member, tells R. Bhagwan Singh that the hue and cry in Tamil Nadu in support of a US resolution on human rights against Sri Lanka is uncalled for [DBSJ]

The West is manipulating the UN system to undermine Sri Lankan govt 

by G.L. Peiris

External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L Peiris said last week that it was not a question of who won or who lost at the current session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). [TC]

Channel 4 Film is UK media neo-colonialist bid to ‘divide and rule’ – Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka 

By Arthur Wamanan and Sandun Jayawardana

The documentary “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished”, was aired by Britain’s Channel 4 on Wednesday (14).

The documentary is a follow-up to last year’s controversial documentary “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields”. The new documentary, made by the same team reiterates accusations on “War Crimes” during the latter stages of the conflict. [DBSJ]

LLRC Report does not identify the EPDP as an armed group – EPDP 

TNA in its statement dated 14th March 2012 titled ‘Broken Promises’, signed by Mr. R. Sampanthan, has inter-alia stated as follows:

“Despite the LLRC identifying the EPDP as an illegal armed group and recommending that armed paramilitary groups be investigated and disarmed, Minister Douglas Devananda (Leader of the EPDP) – whose attitude was condemned by the LLRC as being inimical to the rule of law – continues to function as the Cabinet Minister for Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development. [TC]

Capitalism: A Ghost Story 

by Arundhathi Roy

Is it a house or a home? A temple to the new India, or a warehouse for its ghosts?

Ever since Antilla arrived on Altamont Road in Mumbai, exuding mystery and quiet menace, things have not been the same. “Here we are,” the friend who took me there said, “Pay your respects to our new Ruler.”

Antilla belongs to India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani. I had read about this most expensive dwelling ever built, the twenty-seven floors, three helipads, nine lifts, hanging gardens, ballrooms, weather rooms, gymnasiums, six floors of parking, and the six hundred servants. [DBSJ]

Wimal Weerawansas American boycott should start with Gotabaya and Basil renouncing their US citizenship 

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The latest Channel 4 documentary (like its predecessor) is efficacious because it happens in a vacuum created by the myopic obduracy of the Rajapaksa regime. [TC]

Is the 2009 May war victory, a licence for Rajapaksa Presidency to plunder the Country? 

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

There is a fundamental fallacy in believing that the fortunes of Sri Lanka will rise or fall solely on the outcome of the US draft resolution due to be taken up before the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva this coming week. [TC]

Ensure patriotic-chickens accustomed to violence, brutality and abuse do not come home to roost 

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Kill them out of the way… And let me hear their everlasting grunts and whines no more!” – Shelley (Oedipus Tyrannus; Or, Swellfoot The Tyrant)

Abductions in the South continue unabated, even as the Resolution on Sri Lanka awaits a vote in Geneva.

Can there be a more damning measure of Rajapaksa-addiction to abuse and impunity? [TC]

God Save America, several ‘Americans’ are today rulers of our own country

by Namini Wijedasa

Dear God,

These are terrible times. They say someone at the Central Bank mucked up the economy. There is a balance of payments crisis. Investment hasn’t taken off. We are heavily indebted. If the rupee sinks any lower, God, we will have to ask the Chinese to do something about it. After all, the Chinese are pretty much the only ones doing anything about our problems. [TC]