April 7, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
Sri Lanka's foreign minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris announced on Monday that Sri Lanka would not cooperate with a UN investigation into alleged war crimes committed during the country's civil war. Last month, the UN Human Rights Council voted to launch an investigation into alleged violations ...[read more]
February 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The main opposition party in Sri Lanka, The United National Party (UNP) released a statement Thursday demanding the Sri Lankan government conduct an investigation into alleged war crimes that occurred during the 26 year Sri Lankan Civil War that ended in 2009. The Sri Lankan government and the ...[read more]
January 13, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
US Ambassador Stephen Rapp called Sunday on Sri Lanka to investigate rights abuses by security forces during its civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE). After visiting Sri Lanka on a fact-finding mission, Rapp heard eyewitness accounts of serious human rights abuses and ...[read more]
November 16, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
UK Prime Minister David Cameron demanded that the Sri Lankan government conduct its own investigation into allegations of war crimes committed during the 26-year civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Cameron emphasized the need for reconciliation and justice. He also ...[read more]
August 26, 2013
by Max Slater
At the beginning of a week-long visit to Sri Lanka, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay pledged to raise concerns with the government's human rights record, particularly with regard to alleged war crimes against ethnic Tamils. Sri Lanka's government fought a brutal 26-year civil war ...[read more]
June 16, 2013
by Adiah Oreyomi
On June 16, 2009, the Sri Lankan government ceased investigations into possible human rights abuses that allegedly occurred during the 25 year civil war between the government and a separatist militant organization, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The investigations began in 2007, and ...[read more]
March 28, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
Human Rights Watch (HRW), on Thursday called on the government of Sri Lanka to begin its investigation into war crimes by examining the role of its own Deputy Minister of Resettlement. HRW alleged that Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, known as Colonel Karuna, is a former leader of the ...[read more]
February 26, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
Sri Lankan authorities are using rape as a technique to extract confessions from suspected members or supporters of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The LTTE opposed the Sri Lankan government during the country's 26-year, but HRW ...[read more]
February 13, 2013
by Keith Herting
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay unveiled a report Wednesday criticizing Sri Lanka for failing to investigate widespread reports of killings and other atrocities during the latter days of the nation's 26-year civil war it fought with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ...[read more]
August 9, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On August 9, 2011, the Sri Lankan government announced that it would lift emergency laws that had been in place in the country for 30 years. The laws were first established during the civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The state of emergency had been extended in May 2010; ...[read more]

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