Mar 28th, 2017 | By

The government achieved its main goal at the UN Human Rights Council at the session just completed in March. It was able to obtain a two year extension to deliver on the promise it made at a previous session of the UNHRC in October 2015. There is a consensus that the government’s performance has been

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Human Rights Council gives Sri Lanka two more years

Mar 27th, 2017 | By

Resolution adopted without a vote at UNHRC in Geneva  US says Lanka’s cosponsorship testament to Sirisena Govt.’s international engagement, commitment to reconciliation Harsha thanks member states for understanding and support  OHCHR needs $ 362,000 to implement Lanka resolution in 2018-2019 Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva at UNHRC sessions yesterday By Dharisha Bastians in Geneva The United

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Mar 23rd, 2017 | By

On March 24th, human rights activists and victims’ groups worldwide will commemorate International Day for the Dignity of Victims, in honour of victims of mass atrocity crimes and human rights violations.  In Sri Lanka too, the day will be marked by events throughout the country. Tragically, this country has no lack of commemorative days on

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Clarifying Pre-conceived Notions About UN Human Rights Council Focusing on Sri Lanka’s Accountability Issues.

Mar 20th, 2017 | By

By Dr.Nirmala Chandrahasan At the current 34th sessions of the UNHRC the draft resolution on ‘Reconciliation, accountability and human rights’, to be placed before the Council shortly, requests Sri Lanka to fully implement the measures identified in HRC Resolution 30/1 that are outstanding, while extending the time limit. In this context we have to once

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Right to information: A tool to empower people

Mar 18th, 2017 | By

Recently I had an opportunity to discuss the Right to Information Act with Will Ferroggiaro, a Washington DC-based consultant with more than 20 years’ experience working on freedom of expression, Government accountability and human rights. He has worked on the right to information in countries around the world, including India, Japan and South Africa as

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Mar 15th, 2017 | By

12 March 2017 It is now over two months since the constitutional reform process went into abeyance, with the indefinite postponement in January of the submission of the Steering Committee’s Interim Report to the Constitutional Assembly for debate. Substantial work was undertaken during 2015, including the work of the Public Representations Committee, the Subcommittees of

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Going beyond empty speeches for gender justice

Mar 13th, 2017 | By

The Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) issued in regard to Sri Lanka on March 3rd this year is illuminating in several respects. It was significant that the Observations were released just a few days before the world marked the International Day of Women. In Sri

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There are many challenges in getting RTI laws properly implemented – US expert

Mar 10th, 2017 | By

Government could assert national security exemption in case of identifiable harm RTI can be of some help in getting transitional justice Sovereignty and inclusiveness among major global issues  Who is Will? Will Ferroggiaro is a Washington (DC)-based consultant with more than 20 years experience working on freedom of expression, government accountability, and human rights. He

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Elusive reconciliation : Editorial of The Hindu on 6th March 2017

Mar 9th, 2017 | By

Colombo must do much more to address the concerns of the Tamil minority A United Nations report released last week on the progress of reconciliation efforts by the Sri Lankan government should be a wake-up call for President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Raising serious concerns about the delay in addressing allegations of

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At UNHRC, states call for timetable from Lanka on establishing reconciliation mechanisms

Mar 8th, 2017 | By

Govt. officially announces co-sponsorship at informal session in Geneva  Several state delegations want new resolution to require Lanka to commit to specific timetable No aspects of 2015 resolution have been changed by new draft resolution says US US says draft resolution prepared in consultation with Govt.  By Dharisha Bastians in Geneva The Sri Lanka resolution at the

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