“Events in Sri Lanka mark a grave failure of the UN to adequately respond... during the final stages of the conflict and its aftermath, to the detriment of hundreds of thousands of civilians” according to the UN internal review panel.
The late Mr. A.C. Soyza (Bunty), a well-known criminal lawyer and the president of the Bar Association, was retained by a group of young, radical leftists, who had been charged for their political work.
We, the participants at the 2012 annual INSD conference from Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, United Kingdom, India and Sri Lanka, comprising Sinhalese, Tamils and others,
The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, have issued a joint letter to the Commonwealth Secretary General reiterating our previous call for attendance at the Commonwealth Summit to be conditional upon human rights improvements. To quote the letter:
I wrote in the UK Guardian on 30 May 2009, eleven days after the tragic end of the war titled ‘The ÚN has failed theTamils’ where I referred to and identified many of the failings and weaknesses now being acknowledged after an internal inquiry within the UN, three and half years later. If I had known all of these then and during the war, it begs the question why an international body which was formed fundamentally to protect humanity didn’t know or did it know and failed to act?
Speech made by Mangala Samaraweera M.P. in Parliament on 17th November 2012.
Nearly four years ago, when the LTTE was conclusively defeated, many SriLankans, even those who did not agree with the government on the way the war was conducted in the final stages, were optimistic and hopeful that our country could, at last achieve the economic prosperity which has eluded our people since independence.
Even the worst of criminals have a right to a fair trial before an independent judiciary. A judge in an impeachment proceeding in Sri Lanka does not have that right. Article 107 of the Constitution and the standing orders as they stand now preclude that right.
Minister Champaika Ranawaka's Speech at Climate parliament.
I wish to thank the organizing committee of 'climate parliament'for inviting me as the Chief Guest of the 'Policy for the Renewable Energy Revolution- Parliamentary hearing for legislators from Africa, the Arab Statesand South Asia'.
If today the United Nations announced that it had received unconfirmed reports of 50,000 casualties in a war off limits to journalists - wouldn't the world take notice and try and stop the killings? We now know the UN system had this information in 2009 about Sri Lanka and suppressed it. We know this because of an internal review, commissioned by the UN Secretary General, Ban ki Moon.
We, the religious dignitaries, academics, professionals, scientists, researchers, artistes and civil society leaders, having met in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 19th and 20th of August 2012, wish to emphasize that we can no longer afford to delay measures to combat environmental degradation that triggers climate change and do here by express our firm commitment for the promotion of an economically, socially, culturally and environmentally sustainable future for our present and future generations.
On Wednesday, the United Nations released a landmark report that indicted itself for its failure in protecting thousands of Sri Lankan civilians during the final phase of the Eelam War in 2009.
To Leaders of the UNP and the TNA Ranil Wickramasinghe, MP (Leader of the Opposition),/ R. Sampanthan, MP
As you by now are aware, the "Report of the Secretary-General’s Internal Review Panel on United Nations Action in Sri Lanka" date lined November 2012 and released on 14 November, 2012, now accepts the UN has failed in its duty and responsibility, to provide humanitarian access for the UN staff to the people trapped within the conflict zone in the Vanni, the physical delivery of assistance into the conflict zone, and the freedom of movement for populations to reach assistance, all fundamental to the protection of life.
The notorious, shrewd, infamous, disgraced underworld figure known as "Aluthkade Sara " alias Sarath Nanda Silva has once again befriended with his former pal, Percy Mahendra Rajapaksha.
Mr. Xi Jinping was elected as the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party at its 18th National Congress. Here is the greeting massage of Mr. Somawansa Amarasinghe who is the leader of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna.
In May 1993, a UN sponsored election was held in Cambodia to elect a government. The country had faced a civil war after Polpot's catastrophic revolution. At the time, a large part of the country was under the State of Cambodia, of which Hun Sen was the head.
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