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Sri Lankan Battlefield Moves To Geneva UNHRC!

By S. V. Kirubaharan – The 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council – UNHRC has just concluded, allowing Sri Lanka another two years to implement the UN HRC resolution 30/1. In every meeting held with VIPs including diplomats, myself and a few others made it very clear that whether it is given 2 years […]

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Politics Of Sri Lanka’s UNHRC Reprieve

By R Hariharan – President Maithripala Sirisena must be a happy man after the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution to give two more years to Sri Lanka, to fully implement all the commitments it made in the 2015 resolution to deliver justice to thousands of people affected by the Eelam wars. By […]

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Implement The UNHRC Resolution: GTF Tells Sri Lanka And IC

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has called on Sri Lanka and the International Community (IC) to ensure the UNHRC Resolution is fully implemented in a faithful and timely manner. Issuing a statement today the GTF said: “The Global Tamil Forum cautiously welcomes the unanimous adoption of the resolution ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in […]

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TNA Welcomes The Adoption Of UNHRC Resolution

While welcoming the adoption of resolution 34/L 1, at the UN Human Rights Council, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has urged the Government of Sri Lanka to honor its commitment with regard to these resolutions and implement the same in letter and spirit. Issuing a statement the TNA said: “The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) welcomes […]

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SL Thrills US By Agreeing To Co-Sponsor UNHRC Resolution Again

“The United States is pleased that Sri Lanka has agreed once again to co-sponsor the resolution,” the U.S. Department of State said today. Issuing a statement today U.S. State Department said: “On Monday, March 13 at the UN Human Rights Council the United States and other members of the Friends of Sri Lanka Core Group […]

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Morality, Politics & The Farce Behind The UNHRC Resolution

By Laksiri Fernando – There was nothing fundamentally wrong in Sri Lanka endorsing the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution in October 2015. That was the best the country could achieve politically in that forum, under the circumstances, after 2009 resolution. This does not mean that it is the best for ‘reconciliation, accountability or human […]

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A Visit To Kunakunthammah Francis In Puthukudiyiruppu As The UNHRC Considers Sri Lanka

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – My visit to Puthukudiyiruppu today (11 March 2017) as the UNHRC debates Sri Lanka was coincidental. The Election Commission had received from Australia packages of books, pencils, pens and miscellaneous items for indigent refugee children and I took a boxful to the survivors at Puthukudiyiruppu. Through Rev. Fr. Joseph […]

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The UNHRC Process; The Blind Leading The Blinder

By Kumar David – The UNHRC Process; The Blind Leading The Blinder: Backbone needed to defy not capitulate to bigotry His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena is no Lincoln or Lenin; not even an N.M. You need a backbone to stand up and defy racists, not to capitulate to them. Does a Sinhala politician need a […]

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Obligations In 2015 Co-Sponsored UNHRC Resolution Must Be Fully Fulfilled: TNA

All Sri Lanka’s obligations in terms of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 of 1st October 2015, co-sponsored by the Sri Lankan Government, must be fully implemented, says the Tamil National Alliance. The decision was arrived at following a meeting of TNA Members of Parliament and Provincial Council Members held in Vavuniya today (11th March […]

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Credibility Of The UNHRC Has Been Put At Stake By Sri Lanka: Tamil Civil Society, Trade Unions And Political Parties

The credibility of the UNHRC has been put at stake by Sri Lanka and the UNHRC must respond strongly, Tamil Civil Society Organisations, Political Parties and Trade Unions have said today. We publish below the Joint Appeal by Tamil Civil Society Organisations, Political Parties and Trade Unions – 09 March 2017: When Resolution 30/1 was passed by […]

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