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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)
World Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 2 September 2017
Here's the international legal news we covered this week: Kenya's Supreme Court ruled 4-2 Friday to invalidate the recent presidential election. UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee on Thursday expressed grave concern for Rohingya Muslims in Myanma (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)
UN rights chief urges international participation in Sri Lanka war crimes probe
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein presented his report on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday, stating that much work remains to make Sri Lanka's judiciary conform with international expectations. Further (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 police arrest military personnel in connection with murder of journalist
The Sri Lankan police on Monday arrested five military officials in connection with the 2009 death of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge. The Free Media Movement of Sri Lanka said that the those arrested for were responsible for Wickrematunge's deat (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 committee orders Sri Lanka to compensate Canadian torture victim
The UN Human Rights Committee has ordered the Sri Lankan government to provide Canadian Roy Samathanam with "adequate compensation" for his unlawful detention and torture. The committee determined [National Post report] that Sri Lanka needed to lo (More)