Posts Tagged ‘ US ’

Sri Lanka in Geneva: Frozen in Fixed Positions

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA With almost exactly a week to go before a crucial vote in Geneva, Sri Lanka seems very much on the back foot. While William Hague, the Foreign Secretary of the UK makes a direct appeal to the readers of ‘The Hindu’, presenting four points in support of his country’s call for an

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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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Geneva: Be substantive, not combative

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By

Slowly but surely, the dreaded United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions have stealthily crept up. A resolution against Sri Lanka — sponsored by the US and promoted by Britain and India — is on the cards this month. With the solitary backing of China from among the big and powerful nations, it would be

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Today’s News Roundup 01.03.2014

Mar 1st, 2014 | By

By S. Skanda Can’t Understand need for US sponsored resolution at UNHRC: President Rajapaksa COLOMBO, Feb 28, 2014 –speaking to foreign correspondents at temple Trees yesterday (Friday), President Mahinda Rajapaksa on said he was upset at the thought of being censured by the UN’s rights body at its meeting in March this year. The president

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News Roundup on 26.02.2014

Feb 26th, 2014 | By

Self-Proclaimed Protectors of Keiv look to Ukraine’s east KIEV, Feb 24 (Reuters) -Some wear black balaclavas and grubby army fatigues, others wield spiked iron clubs, all united in a common goal to protect Kiev in the power vacuum following the ouster of president Viktor Yanukovich. This self-styled defence force also has designs beyond the capital.

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The heat is on Colombo in the run up to Geneva

Feb 13th, 2014 | By

By Archana Arul The setting in the run up to the Geneva meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council is getting increasingly clear, not just with Washington letting Colombo know that a third successive resolution against the island nation for alleged war crimes and accountability is very much on the cards. If US Assistant

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Rings of Fire

Feb 12th, 2014 | By

Why the Olympics actually don’t bring the world together. BY Michael Rubin As Russia stumbles from one embarrassing snafu to the next in the lead-up to the Sochi games, at least one thing is certain: The 22nd Winter Olympics will be both the most controversial since 1980, when much of the free world boycotted the

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Sri Lanka: The history behind anti-Indian hysteria and rhetoric

Feb 9th, 2014 | By

By Prof V Suryanarayan The hatred towards India, following New Delhi’s support to the US sponsored resolution in the Human Rights Council, is expressing itself in several ways. In Batticaloa, in the Eastern Province, miscreants decapitated the statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Robert Baden Powell (the founder of international scouts movement). Elsewhere in the town,

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