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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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US draft stops at Navi Pillai inquiry into HR crimes of ‘both parties’

Mar 5th, 2014 | By

A draft resolution on Sri Lanka that is to be tabled at the UNHRC later this month by the USA, UK, Montenegro, FYR of Macedonia and Mauritius was put to circulation on Monday. Contrary to the trumpeting by sections among Tamils expecting US-UK justice through international investigation on war crimes, the draft just harps on

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Sri Lanka: Draft calls for UN backed probe

Mar 4th, 2014 | By

A first draft of the third and toughest US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council calls for an investigation into alleged abuses by both parties to the conflict to be led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Navi Pillay. The draft resolution which was in

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BBC Global News UK Preview Screening – Sri Lanka’s Unfinished War + Q&A

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

Former BBC Sri Lanka correspondent, Frances Harrison, investigates on-going allegations of rape and torture by the Sri Lankan security forces for BBC Our World. The documentary gives evidence of the Sri Lankan government security forces’ involvement in the torture and rape of Tamil civilians as recently as this year — four years after the end

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David Cameron challenged to justify arms sale to Sri Lanka

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

Sir John Stanley, chairman of the arms export control committee. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian Chairman of arms control committee said it was ‘not credible’ to claim weapons exported were all used to combat piracy David Cameron must explain why the government has allowed machine guns and assault rifles to be exported to Sri

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Text of Opening speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at the opening of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo

Nov 16th, 2013 | By

President Rajapaksa, ladies and gentlemen Thank you for your kind welcome. My wife and I are very glad indeed to be joining you here in Colombo. At the personal request of The Queen, I am delighted to be addressing you this morning on behalf of the Head of the Commonwealth. Her Majesty’s deep affection for

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Britain, Commonwealth, Democracy

Nov 16th, 2013 | By

By Izeth Hussain  On the face of it, the Commonwealth seems to be a comic institution. Its core values are proclaimed to be democracy and human rights, but its heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) is this year being held in Sri Lanka which has a stinking record for violation of democratic principles and human rights.

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Sri Lankan human rights dominate Commonwealth Q&A

Nov 8th, 2013 | By

Sri Lanka’s human rights record dominates a Twitter Q&A session, with FCO minister Hugo Swire, about the next week’s Commonwealth summit. Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Miller got involved. Sri Lanka is a controversial choice to host the meeting: Allegations of major human rights abuses at the end of the country’s civil war, including summary executions and

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Britain cuts funding for the Commonwealth

Oct 13th, 2013 | By

As the organisation faces criticism over its forthcoming Sri Lanka summit, major donors are pulling funds due to concerns over its direction  A billboard advertising the forthcoming Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka’s captial, Colombo Photo: GETTY IMAGES By Damien McElroy and Steven Swinford Britain has pulled funds from the Commonwealth over concerns about its leadership and performance,

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