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Canada Urges the Gov of Sri Lanka to set a time-bound strategy for full implementation of the commitments made to its own people - Gary Anandasangaree MP

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - "We acknowledge the increased level of frustration of the victims by the lack of substantive progress in advancing accountability and compounded by inconsistent messaging from Sri Lanka.

Belgium encourages the Gov of Sri Lanka to make substantial progress with a clearly defined timeline; Also recommends for equal women representation in the transitional justice processes

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - "Belgium regrets the further delays the crisis caused to the implementation of the recommendations made earlier by this Council. My country is concerned about the lack of sufficient progress regarding transitional justice and the investigation of numerous human rights violations. Combating impunity and strengthening accountability and the rule of law are longstanding priorities for Belgium.

The EU encourages the Gov of Sri Lanka to adopt a time-bound implementation strategy and welcomes that this is reflected in the resolution

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - "In 2015, by co-sponsoring HRC resolution 30/1, the Government of Sri Lanka recognized the need to address the past in order to build a better future, grounded in accountability, respect for human rights and the rule of law. The full implementation of these commitments, which have been extended once again with the resolution tabled during this session, is now urgently needed.

Continuing impunity risks fuelling communal or interethnic violence, and instability in Sri Lanka: UN Human Rights Chief Ms Michelle Bachelet

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - "There has been minimal progress on accountability. Continuing impunity risks fuelling communal or interethnic violence, and instability. Resolving these cases, and bringing the perpetrators of past crimes to justice, is necessary to restore the confidence of victims from all communities," UN Human Rights Chief Ms. Michelle Bachelet said today.

What Freedom for Sri Lankan Tamil People Whose Children were Missing, and their Land and Beaches Stolen? - Dozens of  Speeches at Geneva UNHRC Session 

19 March 2019 - The United Nation's Human Rights Council at its 40th session in Geneva yesterday held a general debate on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, after hearing the presentation of reports on the subject. It also concluded its general debate on the follow-up to and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. 

TNA MP Sritharan at the UNHRC Urged to refer Sri Lanka to the ICC and to appoint a Rapporteur to Monitor the Militarization

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, Sivagnanam Sritharan speaking at the Human Rights Council's general debate yesterday noted that the Tamil people in Sri Lanka are living under military occupation. To resolve occupation and militarization he urged the Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to double the efforts of focus on the cultural and structural genocide which is taking place in the north and east of Sri Lanka.

UN Human Rights Chief: New Zealand Attack Is Another Reminder That Racism Kills: "Political Leaders Promoting Nationalist Populism Often Deploy Overt Racism"

Geneva, 15 March 2019 - "Racism is contrary to everything we stand for. Both as a United Nations body, and as an entity made up of Member States committed to the implementation of the Universal Declaration, this Council stands for an end to racism, an end to intolerance and xenophobia, and an end to discrimination of every kind. The murderous Islamophobic and terrorist attack, just hours ago, on two mosques in New Zealand is yet another terrible reminder that racism kills.

Sri Lanka: Torture Continues: Sexual Abuse Committed by Govt and Security Officials - US Country Report

14 March 2019 - "As in previous years, suspects arrested under the PTA since the civil war ended in 2009 gave accounts of torture and mistreatment, forced confessions, and denial of basic rights such as access to lawyers or family members. Some released former combatants reported torture or mistreatment, including sexual abuse by state officials while in rehabilitation centers and after their release. Excessive use of force against civilians by police and security officials also remained a concern.

ACTC Leader Gajen Ponnambalam at UNHRC Urges to Refer Sri Lanka to the ICC, Says the Gov Actions are Dishonest and Sinister

Geneva, 14 March 2019 - The All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) Leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam yesterday speaking at the UN Human Rights Council's 40th session in Geneva urged the council to refer the situation in Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or to establish a special court to look into war crimes. 

The Government of Sri Lanka had rejected the need for criminal accountability for Tamil victims of the conflict. The fact that Sri Lanka denied responsibility for its actions was dishonest and sinister, he said.

UNHRC: Draft resolution Encourages Sri Lanka to the Adoption of a Time-Bound Implementation Strategy, High Commissioner to Continue to Assess Progress, Written Update in March 2020, Discussion in March 2021

Geneva, 12 March 2019 - Canada, Germany, Montenegro, North Macedonia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Monday Submitted the Draft Resolution on Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka (A_HRC_40_L.1) to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rightts (OHCHR) has now published the Draft at it's Extranet. The Draft Resolution requests the Government of Sri Lanka to implement fully the measures identified by the Council in its resolution 30/1 that are outstanding.

Four Major Tamil Diaspora Groups Welcome OHCHR Report on Sri Lanka

GENEVA, March 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), the British Tamils Forum (BTF), the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) and the US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) today welcomed the UN Office of the High Commissioner's report to ongoing 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council on progress made in implementing the transitional justice program Sri Lanka committed to in 2015's Resolution 30/1, reaffirming that commitment in 2017's 34/1, following atrocity crimes committed during and after the war that ended in 2009.

Sri Lanka War Crimes: UN Human Rights Chief Ms Michelle Bachelet Reiterates call to Investigate and Prosecute Wherever Possible under Universal Jurisdiction

Geneva, 08 March 2019 - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Michelle Bachelet in a report released today (a) Urged the Human Rights Council to continue its close engagement with the Government of Sri Lanka and to monitor developments in the country; (b) Investigate and prosecute, wherever possible, in particular in accordance with universal jurisdiction principles, those allegedly responsible for such violations as torture, enforced disappearance, war crimes or crimes against humanity; and explore other options to advance accountability in the absence of credible domestic processes. (c) Continue to accompany the people of Sri Lanka in their efforts to address past human rights violations by supporting the establishment of adequate systems of accountability, justice and reconciliation.

Sri Lanka Sends War Crimes Denier to Geneva: Not Serious About Accountability - ITJP and JDS Joint Press Release

6 March 2019 - As Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena announced today that he is sending Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe as part of a three-man delegation to the Human Rights Council's current session, Internantional Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) and Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) said that Sri Lanka isn't serious about accountability.

UNHRC: Call for a Time-bound Implementation Plan to End Military Occupation of Civilian Lands in the North and East of Sri Lanka 

Geneva, 4 March 2019 - "With the adaption of Resolution 30/1, the GoSL committed itself to accelerate the return of land to its rightful civilian owners, end military involvement in civilian activities and support the resumption of livelihoods. This process has been painfully slow to date," the Society for Threatened Peoples says in written statement to the UN Human Rights Council. STP calls the Council to demand from Sri Lanka to put forward a time-bound and specific implementation plan. 

Sri Lanka: Since 2015: Violations Against Christian Minorities 367; State Actors Involved 168 (46%) - Written Statement to UNHRC

Geneva, 3 March 2019 - The World Evangelical Alliance, in a Written Satement to the UN Human Rights Council says that Since 2015, the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) has documented 367 violations against Christian minorities; out of which 168 involved State actors (46%), either explicitly or implicitly. 2017 in particular saw a spike in the number of violent incidents, with 17 out of the 96 incidents recorded being categorised as violent (including both physical violence and property damage).

106 Tamil Diaspora Groups Jointly Urge UNHRC Not to Give any more Additional Time to Sri Lanka - Urge to Refer to IC

WASHINTON, DC, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, March 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ --  In a joint appeal by 106 Tamil Diaspora Groups from around the world urged the UN High-commissioner for Human Rights and Member States of the UN Human Rights Council: 1) Not to give any more additional time to Sri Lanka. Giving extension of time will permanently deny justice for Tamils.  2) To refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or to a specially created international criminal tribunal for Sri Lanka.

UN Special Rapporteur Welcomes Sri Lanka Replacing the PTA, Also Urges a Vetting Process on Serious Human Rights Violators

Geneva, 03 March 2019 - Ms. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, welcomed the commitment of the Government of Sri Lanka to review and repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and to replace it with new legislation.

Sri Lanka Government's Massive Sinhala Colonization in the Northern Province Through the Mahaweli 'L' System - Written Statement to UNHRC

Geneva, 02 March 209 - Through the Mahaweli 'L' System, Sri Lanka government is in the process of doing and planning massive Sinhala Colonization in the Northern Province , says Tamil Uzhagam, a nongovernmental organization in special consultative status, in a Written Statement to the on-going 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

UNHRC: Ensure Sri Lanka Remains on the UN Agenda, Need More Action on Universal Jurisdiction - Pasumai Thaayagam, Australian Tamil Congress, British Tamil Forum, Canadian Tamil Congress  and US Tamil Political Action Council

Geneva, 02 March 2019 - Pasumai Thaayagam Foundation with the Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), the British Tamil Forum (BTF), the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) and the US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) in a Written Statement submitted to the on-going UN Human Rights Council's 40 session has emphasized the need to ensure Sri Lanka remains on the UN Agenda until it meets its human rights, accountability and reconciliation commitments made in Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 and Reaffirmed in Resolution 34/1.

Global Tamil Forum Calls To Ensure Sri Lanka Firmly Remains On The UNHRC Agenda with Time-Bound Action Plan

02 March 2019 - The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) in a statement has called on the international community and the members of the UNHRC, to ensure that Sri Lanka firmly remains on the UNHRC agenda until all aspects of resolutions 30/1 and 34/1, are fully implemented without exceptions. "The new resolution contemplated must be strengthened by time-bound action plan and be subject to more rigorous monitoring by a special country rapporteur and/or by OHCHR presence in the country or by any other suitable mechanism.

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