November 12, 2014
by William Helbling
The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka ruled Tuesday that President Mahinda Rajapaksa can stand for a third six-year term and declared snap presidential polls four years into his term in office. The Supreme Court ruled that there were no constitutional or legal barriers impeding him from seeking a third ...[read more]
November 7, 2014
by Valerie Howell
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein criticized the Sri Lankan government Friday for its continued attacks on the integrity of the current investigation into serious human rights violations. Zeid accused the government of attempting to discredit the UN's efforts as well as ...[read more]
June 16, 2014
by William Hibbitts
UN high commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed deep alarm on Monday over inter-communal violence occurring in Sri Lanka. Violence occurred between Buddhists and Muslims after a rally by the Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) protesting an alleged assault by Muslim youth against a ...[read more]
April 7, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
Sri Lanka's foreign minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris 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 voted to launch an investigation into alleged violations ...[read more]
March 28, 2014
by Ann Schober
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday voted 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 violations" that ...[read more]
March 17, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
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 for alleged violations of anti-terror laws. Reports indicate authorities arrested ...[read more]
February 25, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday called for an international investigation into possible war crimes committed by both sides during the 25-year Sri Lankan civil war that ended in May 2009. Citing an alleged failure of domestic authorities to properly investigate and ...[read more]
February 16, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The UN human rights chief on Sunday called for an international probe into alleged war crimes that occurred during the last phase of the 26-year Sri Lankan Civil War that ended in 2009. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay asked the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to set up an ...[read more]
February 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The main opposition party in Sri Lanka, The United National Party (UNP) released a statement Thursday demanding the Sri Lankan government conduct an investigation into alleged war crimes that occurred during the 26 year Sri Lankan Civil War that ended in 2009. The Sri Lankan government and the ...[read more]
February 5, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
The Public Interest Advocacy Center (PIAC), an Australian nonprofit legal advocacy group, released a report on Tuesday detailing possible war crimes and crimes against humanity during the final months of the Sri Lankan civil war. The reports findings will be incorporated into an upcoming meeting ...[read more]

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