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Legal News
19 Nov 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, a delegation of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official websites] announced [press release] Wednesday that Sri Lanka has an opportunity to properly address the rights violations committed against disappeared citizens. The experts noted that Sri … [read more]

Legal News
21 Oct 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] A Sri Lankan panel led by retired judge Maxwell Paranagama presented a report [text, PDF] to parliament on Tuesday, concluding that allegations that Sri Lankan troops committed war crimes are credible. He said that there is enough evidence in the footage captured by the Channel 4 documentary "No Fire … [read more]

Legal News
1 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Thursday adopted a resolution [A_HRC_30_L.29 text, DOC] encouraging the government of Sri Lanka to investigate violence toward human rights activists and minority groups, and create a scheme for reporting violations of human rights and humanitarian law. Based on the recommendations, … [read more]

Legal News
22 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe [official website] on Tuesday rejected a UN recommendation for international involvement in its domestic investigation into alleged war crimes. The UN released a report [JURIST report] earlier this month finding that war crimes may have been committed during the Sri Lankan civil war, … [read more]

Legal News
16 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A UN report [text] released Wednesday found that war crimes may have been committed during the Sri Lankan civil war. The report, which was delayed [JURIST report], stressed that it was a human rights investigation and not a criminal investigation, making it harder for the analysis to be a … [read more]

Legal News
29 May 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Parliament of Greenland [official website] voted Wednesday to enact laws that will legalize same-sex marriage and allow for same-sex couples to participate in adoption. The new marriage law, which passed with unanimous support, reforms previous legislation enacted in 1989 that allowed [LifeSiteNews report] for same-sex "civil partnerships." The … [read more]

Academic Commentary
31 Mar 2015
by Morse Tan of Northern Illinois University College of Law
edited by Christina Alam

JURIST Guest Columnist Morse Tan of Northern Illinois University College of Law discusses North Korea and Syria nuclear programs and argues that the noticeable links between the two pose a significant threat to global security...More links North Korea and Syria than what many realize. Besides a similar population of approximately … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The newly elected government in Sri Lanka announced Wednesday that it is planning to investigate accusations of human rights abuses during the closing stages of the 26-year civil war, after former president Mahinda Rajapaksa [BBC profile] refused to cooperate with UN investigators about claims of atrocities committed by the … [read more]

Legal News
7 Apr 2014
by Daniel Mullen

Sri Lanka's foreign minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris [official profile] announced on Monday that Sri Lanka would not cooperate with a UN investigation into alleged war crimes committed during the country's civil war. Last month, the UN Human Rights Council [official website] voted [JURIST report] to launch an investigation into alleged … [read more]

Legal News
28 Mar 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Thursday voted [press release] to launch an investigation into alleged human rights violations during Sri Lanka's civil war. In a vote of 23-12, with 12 member states abstaining, the council resolved to "establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged … [read more]

Legal News
17 Mar 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Sri Lankan authorities on Sunday arrested human rights activists Ruki Fernando, advisor to the Human Rights Documentation Center, and Catholic priest Father Praveen of the Centre for Peace Building and Reconciliation [advocacy website] for alleged violations of anti-terror laws. Reports indicate authorities arrested the activists for assisting the families … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The Public Interest Advocacy Center (PIAC) [advocacy website], an Australian nonprofit legal advocacy group, released a report [press release] on Tuesday detailing possible war crimes and crimes against humanity during the final months of the Sri Lankan civil war [JURIST news archive]. The reports findings will be incorporated into … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jan 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] US Ambassador Stephen Rapp [official profile] called Sunday on Sri Lanka to investigate [press release] rights abuses by security forces during its civil war [JURIST news archive] with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) [CFR backgrounder]. After visiting Sri Lanka on a fact-finding mission, Rapp heard eyewitness accounts … [read more]

Legal News
16 Nov 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister David Cameron [official website] demanded [statement] that the Sri Lankan government conduct its own investigation into allegations of war crimes committed during the 26-year civil war [JURIST news archive] with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [CFR backgrounder]. Cameron emphasized the need for reconciliation and … [read more]

Legal News
26 Sep 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Sri Lanka must continue to work to improve its human rights record, according to an oral report [text, DOC] by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] filed Wednesday with the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website]. The report noted the large military presence in … [read more]

Legal News
31 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website; JURIST news archive] reprimanded the Sri Lankan government on Saturday during her opening remarks [press release] at a press conference during her week-long mission to Sri Lanka. Although she acknowledged the achievements made by the Sri Lankan government in … [read more]

Legal News
26 Aug 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] At the beginning of a week-long visit to Sri Lanka, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website; JURIST news archive] pledged to raise concerns with the government's human rights record, particularly with regard to alleged war crimes against ethnic Tamils. Sri Lanka's government fought a brutal … [read more]

Legal News
20 May 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [press release] Monday that no progress has been made in Sri Lanka regarding respect for basic rights and liberties in the four years since the end of the country's brutal 26-year civil war [JURIST backgrounder]. According to HRW, the government of Sri … [read more]

Legal News
28 Mar 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW), [website] on Thursday called [press release] on the government of Sri Lanka to begin its investigation into war crimes by examining the role of its own Deputy Minister of Resettlement. HRW alleged that Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, known as Colonel Karuna, is a former leader … [read more]

Legal News
21 Mar 2013
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Thursday passed a resolution [A/HRC/22, text] to promote reconciliation and accountability in war-torn Sri Lanka [JURIST news archive], a nation facing various allegations of human rights violations. Calling for an "independent and credible international investigation into alleged violations of international … [read more]

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