» 02/28/2012, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Rajapaksa brings thousands of people into the streets to oppose UN war crime charges
The United Nations resolution alleges abuses that Sri Lankan soldiers and Tamil rebels committed abuses during the country's civil war. The government accuses the UN and Western powers of interfering in its domestic affairs. In April 2011, a UN report blamed the Sri Lankan air force of killing 40,000 people.
10/05/2011 SRI LANKA
Despite government claims, civil society groups back UN report findings
The charges are a national issue, and a lesson for all. Christian leaders, human rights activists and ordinary people criticise the government’s opposition to the report, and for failing to translate it into Sinhalese and Tamil, which leaves many Sri Lankans in the dark.
07/07/2010 SRI LANKA
Anti-UN war crime investigation protests continue
For Buddhist lawyer S.G. Punchihewa, anti-UN protests are stupid and useless. The government is trying to hide its mistakes. For Anglican Rev Marimuttu Sathivel, protests are another “terrorist action of the present government” carried out in broad daylight.
11/01/2011 SRI LANKA
Mannar diocese offers proposal for genuine and lasting Tamil-Sinhalese reconciliation
Bishop Rayappu Joseph and two priests from his diocese submit a report to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), calling for complete transparency on what happened between 2002 and 2009 as a step towards finding an effective and lasting solution to the ethnic conflict.
23/12/2011 SRI LANKA
Commission of inquiry defends Rajapaksa against UN
The report by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission set up by President Rajapaksa to investigate the final phase (2002-2009) of the civil war is a response to a UN report that accused the government of war crimes. For a Christian activist, it is necessary to break with the past to promote Tamil-Sinhalese reconciliation.
20/04/2011 SRI LANKA
Authorities reject UN war crime accusations
The UN report speaks about civilian killings, failure to provide assistance and human rights violations. A government minister says the report’s “evidence is weak and not appropriate”. For the opposition, the document provides “irrefutable confirmation” of the crimes. Religious leaders from the Inter-Religious Alliance for National Unity (IRANU) express solidarity with President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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