TNA calls for full implementation of resolution 30/1 with UN monitoring in Sri Lanka

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Saturday reiterated its call for the UN resolution 30/1 to be fully implemented by the Sri Lankan government, also calling for an office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) to be established in Sri Lanka to monitor progress on implementation. The TNA added that if Sri Lanka fails to do so, the UN Human Rights Council must ensure that the "victims will receive the intended benefits of the fulfillment of such obligations, by way of international mechanisms." Full statement: "The following decision was arrived at following a meeting of TNA...

UN resolutions are not binding – Sri Lanka Deputy FM

Sri Lanka's Deputy Foreign Minister claimed that United Nations resolutions are not binding and dismissed a recently released report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights which criticised Sri Lanka's lack of progress in implementing a previously co-sponsored resolution. The Island reported Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva as saying UN resolutions had "no impact on a sovereign nation" and denied the government was under any pressure from the international community or the UN to implement federalism on the island. Sri Lanka is currently in negotiations with member states of the UN...

Trincomalee disappearances protest on fifth day

Families of the disappeared have been protesting, demanding information about their loved ones, in Bharathipuram, Trincomalee.

Unemployed graduates protest in Jaffna

Unemployed Tamil graduates have been protesting continuously against the North-East in response to widespread unemployment and lack of employment opportunities for graduates in the region.

UK parliamentarians discuss concerns over torture in Sri Lanka

A debate took place in parliament earlier this month, where members raised concerns over torture and the treatment of asylum claims, highlighting Sri Lanka as cause of “exceptional concern”. MPs from the Conservative party, Labour party and Scottish National Party all mentioned Sri Lanka in their addresses to parliament, with Gareth Thomas noting that for Freedom From Torture, “Sri Lanka remains its top country both for those receiving therapy and for medico-legal reports on torture in custody”. “That reflects a trend that it has seen over several years,” he added. “How we treat the asylum...

Tamil civil society calls for robust UN resolution and strong follow-up to put pressure on Sri Lanka to deliver on promises

Tamil civil society organisations, political parties and trade unions have called on the UN human rights council to pass a robust resolution with strong follow up mechanisms in order to put enough pressure on Sri Lanka to deliver on its commitments on issues such as accountability and transitional justice. Full statement published below: ‘The credibility of the UNHRC has been put at stake by Sri Lanka’ ‘The UNHRC must respond strongly’ Joint Appeal by Tamil Civil Society Organisations, Political Parties and Trade Unions 09 March 2017 When Resolution 30/1 was passed by the UN Human Rights...

French Tamils arrested on arrival at Colombo airport

A French Tamil father and daughter were arrested at Colombo’s international airport on Wednesday evening, Virakesari reports . Mullaitivu-Puthukudiyirippu native, 52-year-old A. Thiyagaraja who has been living in France for the last 25 years, and his 24-year-old daughter Janani, were arrested on arrival at Colombo and presented to court at Negombo. The reason for the arrest was not given by airport spokespeople, Virakesari states.

Thousands call for justice at protest in Geneva

Thousands of Tamils gathered outside the Untied Nations in Geneva on Monday, calling for accountability for mass atrocities committed by Sri Lanka. Protestors marched towards the Palais des Nations, where the 34 th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council is currently underway. Banners and placards called for accountability through an international mechanism for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. See more coverage of the protest from our Twitter feed below. Thousands of protestors are currently outside the United Nations in Geneva, demanding justice for #SriLanka 's...

Land return activist’s field confiscated by Sri Lankan air force in apparent reprisal

The land of a civil society activist who led land-return protests in Mullaitivu has been confiscated by the Sri Lankan Air Force. Mrs S Chandraleela heads a local women’s organisation and has been at the forefront of protests demanding the release of land in Pilakudiyirippu and now Keppapulavu. Her agricultural land which was released two years ago was today confiscated by Sri Lankan Air Force personnel. Mrs Chandraleela and some workers who have been clearing and fixing up the field for cultivation were barred from entering by Air Force personnel who claimed the land belonged to the Forestry...

Families of disappeared protest outside Mullaitivu DS

Families of the missing and forcibly disappeared who have been protesting across the North-East, protested today outside the District Secretariat office in Mullaitivu. While Sri Lankan delegates have said at the UN human rights council that the government is making progress in the issue of missing persons, such as being a few months away from setting up the Office of Missing Persons, frustration among victims continues to grow.