Posts Categorized: Human Rights

ITJP: Counting the Dead in Sri Lanka

To memorialize the dead, count them & strengthen the case for genocide. – Editor Download form Fill information Send to itjpsl /A_T/ gmail /D_O_T/ com or info /A_T/ hrdag /D_O_T/ org   by International Truth & Justice Project & Human Rights Data Analysis Group, South Africa & San Francisco, January 7, 2019   In advance of the tenth… Read more »

HRDAG Report On Disappeared Tamils In Army Custody In Sri Lanka

by Christine Grillo, Human Rights Data Analysis Group, December 12, 2018 HRDAG-ITJPSL-2018-12-12-1 Today, in collaboration with the International Truth and Justice Project, HRDAG has published a report about the 500 Tamils who disappeared while in Army custody in Sri Lanka in 2009. The report is titled “How many people disappeared on 17-19 May 2009 in Sri Lanka?”… Read more »

Release of Land

 Sri Lanka Army had released over 69,000 acres of land in North and East since 2009  by ColomboPage, December 17, 2018 Sri Lanka Army said over 69,000 acres of land that was used by the Army in the North East following the end of the war had been released since 2009. The Army said since… Read more »

ICES: Sex Ratio and Vulnerability in Northern and Eastern Provinces in Sri Lanka

by Kalinga Tudor Silva, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, 2018 ICES Sex-Ratio-and-Vulnerability-Book-No-2 Comparing the results of 1981 and 2012 population censuses in Sri Lanka, thecurrent study examined the impact of the war on the population dynamics in theNorthern and Eastern provinces with a focus on changes in the sex ratio. The sexratio in the… Read more »

Prevention of Terrorism Act No. 48 of 1970 [Certified on 20th July 1979]

See also https://www.sangam.org/2008/05/Sieghart2_1984.php  & https://www.icj.org/ethnic-conflict-and-violence-in-sri-lanka-report-of-a-mission-to-sri-lanka-in-july-august-1981-on-behalf-of-the-international-commission-of-jurists-with-a-supplement-by-icj-staff-for-the-period-1981-1/  — Ed/ By: Kumarathasan Rasingam PTA: A true example of draconian legislation? Under Section 9 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), people can be arrested in the absence of formal charges filed against them and can be detained for up to 18 months under a detention order issued by the Minister… Read more »

ICJ 1981 – Ethnic Conflict & Violence in Sri Lanka

by Virginia Leary, International Commission of Jurists, 1981, with a supplement 1981-1983 https://www.icj.org/wp-content/uploads/1983/08/Sri-Lanka-ethnic-conflict-and-violence-fact-finding-mission-report-1983-eng.pdf   Ethnic conflict and violence in Sri Lanka: report of a mission to Sri Lanka in July-August 1981, with a supplement for the period of 1981-1983 AUGUST 1, 1983 In view of the events of July – August 1983 in Sri Lanka, the… Read more »

After War’s End, a Long Struggle to Patch Invisible Wounds

by Mujib Mashal, ‘The New York Times,’ December 4, 2018 A government psychiatrist in Sri Lanka goes door to door in an area scarred by civil war, doing whatever he can to meet a staggering need for help. KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka — One by one the villagers arrive, each carrying a little blue book that… Read more »

Victims of Sri Lankan Government’s Genocidal War

20,000 Identities/Cases confirmed by War Without Witness, Australia, June 13, 2009 http://www.warwithoutwitness.com/SLCasualityReport/VictimsofSriLankanGovernmentsGenocidalWar20,000IdentitiesorCases_WWWReport_13thJun2009_FullReport.pdf Also available at https://sangam.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/VictimsofSriLankanGovernmentsGenocidalWar20000IdentitiesorCases_WWWReport_13thJun2009_FullReport.pdf Reporting as of March 23, 2009: https://sangam.org/2009/03/Civilians_Killed.pdf?uid=3380 This “War Without Witness” report is based on firsthand information obtained from Government Hospital authorities, Government Officials, Police and Judiciary sources in Vanni and Sri Lanka, The North East Secretariat of Human Rights, Aid… Read more »

Use of Cluster Munitions in Sri Lanka

by Kumarathasan Rasingam, November 19, 2018 Sri Lanka is the 103rd country to join the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. Sri Lanka acceded to the Convention on March 01, 2018. Under the Convention, Sri Lanka is required to show transparency and report annually in a public document on use, stockpiling, clearance and destruction. These obligations… Read more »

Khmer Rouge Leaders Found Guilty of Genocide

in Cambodia’s ‘Nuremberg’ moment Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea are the two most senior living leaders of regime that presided over deaths of at least 1.7 million in Cambodia by Hannah Ellis-Petersen, South-east Asia correspondent, ‘The Guardian,’ London, November 16, 2018  About two million people died during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime. Two of its senior leaders… Read more »

Amnesty: Don’t Impede Ongoing Investigations

by Amnesty International, November 19, 2018 Responding to the transfer of Nishantha Silva, Officer-in-Charge at the Criminal Investigations Department and key investigator in high-profile human rights cases, Amnesty International’s South Asia Researcher, Thyagi Ruwanpathirana, said: “We are concerned about the seeming interference by the authorities with investigations into key allegations of human rights violations including… Read more »

MAP: A Threat to Reconciliation & Accountability

by Andrew Ianuzzi, Richard J. Rogers & Heather Ryan, Justiceinfo.net, November 7, 2018 On October 26, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. For the Monitoring and Accountability Panel, this political come-back risks undermining the limited progress made in transitional justice in the aftermath of a civil war that ended… Read more »

Halfway Isn’t Good Enough on Human Rights

Myanmar and Sri Lanka were praised for minimal progress. Now it’s all falling apart. by Kate Cronin-Furman, ‘Foreign Policy,’ Washington, DC, November 5, 2018 Thousands of Sri Lankans poured into the streets on Oct. 30 to demand that President Maithripala Sirisena obey the country’s constitution. The protests came after Sirisena shockingly announced that he was… Read more »

Sri Lanka’s Homegrown Crisis

The constitutional chaos is rooted in domestic politics, not geopolitical machinations. by Taylor Dibbert, ‘Foreign Policy,’ Washington, DC, November 5, 2018 Sri Lanka is a country in crisis. The coalition government has fallen apart. President Maithripala Sirisena has dismissed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replaced him with Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sirisena also suspended Parliament until Nov. 16…. Read more »

Cushioning Approach to Sri Lanka

For its genocidal human rights violations by Thambu Kanagasabai , LLM [Lond.] Former Lecturer in Law – University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, October 22, 2018 Sri Lanka’s dismal record of human rights violations, abuses, encouraged by an institutionalized culture of impunity, commenced its journey in 1956 and is continuing undeterred and unpunished through local and/or international… Read more »

Sri Lanka’s Tamils are at Imminent Risk after Rajapaksa’s Return

Following the former president’s return to power, international community needs to take urgent action to protect Tamils by Mario Arulthas, AlJazeera, Qatar, October 29, 2018 On October 26, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and replaced him with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. This sudden challenge to Sri Lanka’s regime blindsided some political observers and members… Read more »

HRW: Political Turmoil Puts Rights At Risk

Failure to Address Past Abuses Underlies Crisis by Human Rights Watch, New York, October 27, 2018 (New York) – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision on October 26, 2018, to appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister has raised fears about a return to past abusive practices in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. The… Read more »

Amnesty: GoSL Cannot Afford to Fail the Office on Missing Persons

Sri Lanka: The government cannot afford to fail the Office on Missing Persons by Biraj Patnaik, South Asia Director, Amnesty International, 21 October 2018 https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/10/sri-lanka-the-government-cannot-afford-to-fail-the-office-on-missing-persons/ Amid the furore around the Joint Opposition’s political mobilisation last month, a key event was overlooked. The Office on Missing Persons (OMP), a key body, empowered to search for and trace… Read more »

ITJP: UN Repatriates Sri Lankan Peacekeeper for His Role in 2009 War

by International Truth & Justice Project, South Africa, October 20, 2018 ITJP UN repatriates Sri Lankan peacekeeper for his role in 2009 war …During the final phase of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009 Amunupure was second in command of the 11th Sri Lanka Light Infantry which operated under the 58th Division. A UN Investigation… Read more »

Enforced & Involuntary Disappearances in Sri Lanka

by Kumarathasan Rasingam, October 14, 2018 Tamil families of disappeared have been engaged in continuous and indefinite protests in five locations in the North and East for about 550 days. Mothers, wives, sons, daughters and relatives are on the streets in day and night in the hot sun, dust and rain demanding to know the whereabouts… Read more »