» 02/05/2014, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
As Sri Lanka celebrates its independence, Sri Lankans continue to fear crime and violence
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) accuses Sri Lankan authorities on the 66th anniversary of the country's independence. In his official address, the president warns against "foreign forces" and their sinister designs.
29/05/2008 SRI LANKA
For Colombo, media criticism of government "unacceptable"
Five media organisations write to the secretary of defence, criticising his intimidation of two journalists "guilty" of participating in a protest over the violence of the armed forces against "inconvenient" reporters.
18/11/2013 SRI LANKA
Commonwealth ultimatum to Sri Lanka: Clarify war crimes
The meeting between the heads of state held in Colombo ( 15 to 17 November ) was an opportunity to corner the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. If, by March 2014 there are no signs of a real reconciliation , the British prime minister will take the case to the UN .
22/03/2013 SRI LANKA
Christians and Buddhists un favour of UN resolution on Sri Lanka war crimes
The United Nation Human Rights Council calls on Sri Lankan authorities to help war victims and conduct "independent and credible" investigations. The government rejects the accusations, ordinary citizens complain that the government is investing money earmarked for refugee housing in tourist projects instead.
23/08/2012 SRI LANKA
Jaffna Catholics: government is lying about civil war refugees
The Jaffna Diocese Commission for Justice and Peace (Cjpcdj) argues that the reality in northern Sri Lanka (devastated by civil war) differs from official version presented to the international community. Hundreds of thousands of refugees still to be resettled; territory militarised; Buddhism forced on people; worship of other faiths banned; war cemeteries desecrated.
20/11/2013 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka gives go ahead to first ever (government) survey on human rights violations
Announced by the recently established government Commission for Human Rights. Local and Commonwealth experts will participate in the investigation. For the British Prime Minister it is "insufficient" and urges Colombo to accept a completely independent commission of inquiry.
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