» 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.
20/11/2017 15:10:00 UNITED NATIONS – SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka accepts 177 recommendations made by United Nations Human Rights Council
At the Universal Periodic Review at the UN headquarters in Geneva, the head of the Sri Lankan delegation asks for patience with respect to the implementation of reforms. Critics exert pressure on issues like the people who went missing during the civil war, the return of seized lands, and the release and compensation for those unjustly accused of terrorism. Human Rights Watch also calls for action in matters of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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.
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