28February2017

CEDAW 2017: 'New Sri Lanka' slips back into old ways

“Mounting frustration at the slow pace of progress” was how the soft spoken country rapporteur, Yoko Hayashi, politely summed up the mood of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women or CEDAW towards Sri Lanka.........

  • Indika Gamage

Sri Lanka appoints former commander as diplomat once more

Continuing the practice of handing over top posts to former military top brass who had command responsibility during the last phase of Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war, a retired army commander had been once again posted to head a................

  • Athula Vithanage

Sri Lanka urged to sack three from witness protection body

An international human rights watchdog has called upon the Sri Lankan government to remove three of its officers from its first ever witness protection body. At least one alleged perpetrator of torture named in a UN report has...........

  • Kithsiri Wijesinghe

Victims demand answers on OMP as rights activist focuses on Sisira Mendis

Families of the disappeared from Sri Lanka’s Kilinochchi District accused the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for celebrating World Human Rights Day while ignoring the plight of missing persons. In a petition......

  • Kasun Yapa Karunaratne

UN told of Sri Lanka military operating "rape camps"

"A senior officer came into the room and was asked to take his pick, like we were meat in a meat market.  He looked around and chose me.  He took me to another room and raped me." Shocking details of the Sri Lanka military holding.....

  • Kithsiri Wijesinghe

UN report exposes Sri Lanka’s structural inability to deliver justice

The much-awaited report of the UN special rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, says there is still a “culture of torture” in Sri Lanka. The report was made public on Wednesday (25) and should now be now considered by the European Parliament..........

  • Indika Gamage

UN alarmed to see Sri Lanka Spy Chief at key anti-torture meeting

Sri Lanka came under heavy UN criticism for delegating an official who commanded notorious torture sites to discuss the country’s human rights record with the top global body tasked with preventing torture.The United Nations Committee..........

  • Athula Vithanage
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