Posts Tagged ‘ OHCHR ’

Elections 2015: The Stakes

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA The Sunday newspapers carried credible reports that the Presidential election would be held anytime after November this year, most probably in January 2015 while parliamentary elections would be held before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year 2015.  What this means is that over the coming year, the serious political participant or student

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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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Mandates of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By

By Neville Ladduwahetty Paragraph 10 and 10 (b) of the US-proposed UN Resolution A/HRC /25/L.I/Rev.1 that was passed in Geneva on March 27, 2014, “requests the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR): (b) To undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both

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GENEVA AFTER GL

Mar 8th, 2014 | By

BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA At the High Level Segment of the UNHRC Geneva, Prof GL Peiris did something I haven’t seen him do in a quarter century. He read out from a text, looking up only once or twice. It was on a perfect continuum with Mahinda Samarasinghe’s clumsy, bellicose speeches at the same venue

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‘Sri Lanka Has Become A Political Football Of Some’ – GL Tells Navi Pillay

Mar 7th, 2014 | By

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G. L. Peiris has told UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay that the highly prejudiced actions taken by a few countries and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to give disproportionate negative attention to Sri Lanka, has  made the separatist Tamil elements in Sri Lanka and

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Limp resolution on Lanka surprises India

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

By Devirupa Mitra – NEW DELHI The text of the US-sponsored draft resolution to be tabled at the United Nations Human Rights Commission is a much watered-down version than expected, with supporters wanting to gather more favourable votes from an international community nervous about setting a precedent of an international probe. Even Indian officials were

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A crisis of expectations

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

By Dharisha Bastians Months of anticipation for human rights campaigners, the Tamil Diaspora communities and the country’s main Tamil party ended in an anti-climax when despite international pledges and dire warnings, the US draft resolution at the Human Rights Council released Monday failed to call for an international inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri

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Sri Lanka under fire at Human Rights Council

Mar 5th, 2014 | By

By Gibson Bateman On March 3, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) began its 25th session in Geneva. Since two US-led resolutions have been passed on Sri Lanka in as many years at the HRC – and the possibility of a third resolution being passed highly likely – the human rights and governance record

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Government hits out at Pillay

Mar 5th, 2014 | By

The Government today slammed the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, accusing her of exceeding her mandate in the report on Sri Lanka which she made public recently. External Affairs Minister Professor G.L Peiris told the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council today that while Sri Lanka is ready to work

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