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UN News - UN human rights chief presses for investigation into alleged abuses in Sri Lanka war

UN News - UN human rights chief presses for investigation into alleged abuses in Sri Lanka war | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Stressing the need to ensure justice and accountability, the United Nations human rights chief today called for the establishment of an independent and credible investigation into alleged violations committed in 2009 during the final phase of the conflict in Sri Lanka.

“This is essential to advance the right to truth for all in Sri Lanka and create further opportunities for justice, accountability and redress,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in her address to the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which wraps up this Friday in Geneva.

The Sri Lankan Government declared victory over the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009, after a conflict that had raged on and off for nearly three decades and killed thousands of people. The final months of the conflict had generated concerns about alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.

The 47-member Council is expected to take action during its current session on a draft resolution on the establishment of an inquiry into the alleged violations.

“Almost five years since the end of the conflict, it is important for the Human Rights Council to recall the magnitude and gravity of the violations alleged to have been committed at that time by the Government and the LTTE, which left thousands of civilians killed, injured or missing,” said Ms. Pillay

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Sri Lanka Guardian: Islamabad seeks Colombo help to crush the Baloch national movement

Sri Lanka Guardian: Islamabad seeks Colombo help to crush the Baloch national movement | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....It should be noted Sri Lanka had brutally crushed the Tamil movement, killing thousands of innocent people. President of the Pakistan christen congress urged the Lankan and Baloch people to immediately report to International court of justice in order to hinder Pak Sri Lanka combined notorious plan of massacre the way they did with the Tamil tigers.....

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Sri Lanka bars human rights panel from visiting country

Sri Lanka bars human rights panel from visiting country | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

COLOMBO (Reuters) - 

 Sri Lanka said on Sunday it would not allow into the country an international human rights panel due to visit after the government's controversial sacking of the chief justice.

A four-member delegation of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute was scheduled to be in Colombo on February 1-10 to assess the country's rule of law after the removal of Shirani Bandaranayake, Sri Lanka's first woman head of the Supreme Court on January 13.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa removed her from office, defying a Supreme Court ruling that the impeachment process was illegal, amid concerns raised by the United States, the United Nations and the Commonwealth......

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US official urges Sri Lanka’s war commission report to address war crimes allegations

US official urges Sri Lanka’s war commission report to address war crimes allegations | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A top U.S. official has urged Sri Lanka to address allegations of war crimes in a report on its civil war due to be released this year.
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