President rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe

Mar 7th, 2017 | By

AFP: President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected a fresh appeal from the United Nations to allow international judges to investigate alleged war-era atrocities, vowing to not prosecute soldiers. “I am not going to allow non-governmental organisations to dictate how to run my Government. I will not listen to their calls to prosecute my troops,” the president

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UNHRC Resolution(s) and people’s participation in Sri Lanka; what gives this regime the advantage in southern society?

Apr 7th, 2014 | By

By Kusal Perera “Funding has monetized human rights action. NGOs pay – or in their words, compensate -labourers or farmers who attend protests. They give them travel fare, board and minimum wages for the days they miss work. While I don’t blame the participants for accepting such payment, this practice discourages the volunteerism that has

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Lessons From Geneva

Apr 5th, 2014 | By

The New Indian Express Wednesday, April 02, 2014 By V Suryanarayan Published: 02nd April 2014 02:00 AM Last Updated: 02nd April 2014 01:12 AM Gross human violations that took place in Sri Lanka during the last stages of the Fourth Eelam War have come into sharp focus once again. The UN Human Rights Council, on March 27, after

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A Government Ludicrously at Odds with Itself

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By

This week, we saw the strange and astonishing saga of two Sri Lankan human rights activists who were peremptorily arrested and detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA, 1979) and then released without charges with various branches of the Government differing on almost every circumstance relating to this incident. The sequence of events thereto

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The State is Being Over-Represented by its Security Arm

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

By Jehan Perera The sudden deterioration in the climate in the north is unfortunate.  When I visited North last week it seemed that the sense of normalcy in the North was getting stronger. The military posts and uniformed sentries on duty at short and regular intervals on the roads are no longer there.  Most of the

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Are we Heading Down the Same Disastrous way of the LTTE?

Mar 16th, 2014 | By

By Harsha Gunasena There are many similarities of the behaviour of the Liberation Tigers and the present Sri Lankan Government. Autocracy The Liberation Tigers adopted a violent approach right from the beginning. They did not tolerate different views and opinions. They have gone to the extent of killing the members of rival militant groups with

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