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Sri Lanka Defense Chief arrested over civil war kidnapping, murder allegations
Sri Lanka Defense Chief of Ravindra Wijeguneratne has appeared in Colombo Magistrate Court after his arrest on Wednesday for aiding in the kidnapping of 11 teenagers during the final stages of Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war in early 2009. When the (More)
Sri Lanka to investigate torture of Tamils held in custody
Following an Associated Press (AP) article published Wednesday, Sri Lanka wrote Thursday in a letter to the New York Times that it will investigate allegations of torture and rape of 50 Tamil individuals by police offices and military officials. T (More)
South America rights groups file war crimes suits against former Sri Lanka army general
Human rights groups on Monday filed suits against Jagath Jayasuriya, a former Sri Lanka army general, for alleged war crimes and human rights violations he committed during the 2009 civil war in Sri Lanka. The suits are based on his role as a command (More)
ECJ rules all member countries must approve EU trade deals
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Tuesday ruled member states must sign off on trade deals before they become law. The ruling found that the member states and the European Union (EU) share competence in many areas involving trade and if the (More)
EU top court rejects argument that Tamil Tigers did not engage in 'terrorist acts'
The European Court of Justice on Tuesday rejected an argument by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam requesting that their activities be not classified as "terrorist acts." The arguments were proffered as support for four individuals who had thei (More)
Sri Lanka rejects call for international judges on tribunal
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday rebuffed calls for international judges to participate in the country's war crimes tribunals. The president, who has been suspicious of war crimes allegations raised by the Tamil Tigers , has stat (More)
UN rights office concerned over slow progress in Sri Lanka
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported Friday that Sri Lanka has made slow progress towards establishing transitional justice. According to the report, while various ad hoc bodies of justice have been set up, these (More)
Sri Lanka to seek additional time to investigate war crimes
The Sri Lankan Foreign Minster said Wednesday that the country will petition the UN for more time to investigate the allegations of war crimes occurring during the country's 26-year-long civil war . Sri Lanka promised the UN in 2015 to investigate (More)
Sri Lanka panel backs hybrid courts for investigation of war crimes
A Sri Lankan panel of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms has recommended the appointment of a hybrid court composed of local and international judges to oversee the adjudication of allegations of war crimes committed during th (More)
UN rights expert urges Sri Lanka to protect minorities
The UN Independent Expert on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye , on Thursday urged the Sri Lankan government to better protect minorities following the civil war. Izsák-Ndiaye advised that for true change to take place a concerted effort must be p (More)
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