Come and 'die like dogs', minister threatens US

Sri Lanka's public relations minister, Mervyn Silva expressed his thoughts on a US resolution at the UNHRC. According to BBC correspondent Charles Haviland, Silva said Monday, “Americans, if you want to die like dogs as Prabhakaran did, come to Sri Lanka.”

HRW produces new evidence of torture, as TAG fights deportations

Human Rights Watch (HRW) produced fresh evidence of Sri Lanka’s torture of recent Tamil deportees , on Friday, which significantly bolsters ongoing litigation to halt the UK’s continuing deportations says Tamils Against Genocide (TAG) in a litigation update released Saturday. Spokesperson from TAG, Jan Jananayagam said, “ The evidence collected by HRW and their willingness to go public significantly alters the playing field ." “ We urge asylum claimants and their solicitors to incorporate the new evidence into their appeals ." "TAG will make available fresh grounds of evidence to interested...

'We have dealt with accountability issues' - Sri Lanka tells Navi Pillay

Sri Lanka's delegation to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva due to begin Monday, assured the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, that "we [Sri Lanka] have dealt with accountability isses". Speaking to reporters afterwards, Sri Lanka's irrigation minister, Nimal Siripala de Silva, said when Pillay has raises the issue of war crimes and the UN expert panel report, they responsed promptly. “We corrected her immediately. We have dealt with accountability issues.” “We made that point during the discussion. Whatever it is, the people of Sri Lanka should approve it. We...

Sri Lanka outraged at Silva humiliation

Sri Lanka has expressed outrage at the humiliating treatment meted out to Major General Shavendra Silva by a UN committee. Silva, who is accused of war crimes, was ejected from the peacekeeping advisory panel to Bank Ki-moon earlier this week, after widespread criticism of his selection to the committee. "To seek to exclude him from a position in the UN is unfair and contrary to the principles of the United Nations," the Sri Lankan government said in a statement issued in New York. It added that the action amounted to a "public lynching without trial" Silva still attended the first meeting of...

Silva 'not appropriate' for UN body

A UN peacekeeping committee reportedly barred Major General Shavendra Silva of the Sri Lankan Army from attending their meetings. "Following careful consideration and consultation with other special advisory group members, the chair, Louise Frechette, has advised Major General Shavendra Silva of Sri Lanka, that his participation is not appropriate or helpful for the purposes of this group ," said a statement released by Frechette. "He will not participate in its deliberations," added Frechette, a former UN deputy secretary general and top Canadian diplomat who was named by Ban to chair the...

Member states & Ban Ki Moon should endorse barring of Silva - HRW

Endorsing the "principled stand" of Louise Frechette, the chair of the UN body who made the decision to bar Major General Shavendra Silva from the UN's Special Advisory Group on Peace Keeping Operations, Philippe Bolopion, the UN director for Human Rights Watch, called on UN member states and the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, to publicly back her decision. In a statement released Thursday, Bolopion said, "General Silva was seeking a ‘blue wash’ of his record and got instead a stinging public rebuke. By defeating Silva’s attempt to pose as a respectable peacekeeping expert, Louise...

Sri Lanka vows large protests against any UN call for independent probe

The Sri Lankan government vowed to conduct large scale rallies against the "Western forces" that are calling for an independent probe into the allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The government's spokesperson, Susil Premajayantha, told reporters, " We will organise demonstrations to show that the people of this country are with the government. They are against the Western forces ." "We have lobbied member countries and the feedback that we have is very positive," "We will be able to block any resolution against us."

Conservative MP calls for UK boycott of a Sri Lankan Commonwealth summit

The Conservative MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon, writing on the ConservativeHome website, endorsed the Canadian pledge to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in 2013, if held in Sri Lanka, and urged the UK government to considering doing the same. Drawing attention to the " reports of violent suppression of Tamil dissidents, disappearing civilians, and secret executions ", Halfon said that Sri Lanka was " without doubt a hideous regime ". Outlining basic steps that must be met by the Sri Lankan government, such as, demilitarising the North-East, allowing the International...

US want ‘concrete steps’ by Sri Lanka

The United States have reiterated their demand for Sri Lanka to take ‘concrete steps’ on reconciliation. State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said Sri Lanka had not attempted to implement any of the LLRC report’s recommendations. "To date, frankly, we've not seen a detailed action plan from the government of Sri Lanka on how it's going to implement these recommendations," Toner told reporters. "We still encourage the government of Sri Lanka to move forward, to take concrete steps on this implementation plan," "At the same time, we're working with our partners in Geneva on a resolution...

Sri Lanka capable of dealing with domestic issues – Russian ambassador

The Russian Ambassador to Sri Lanka dismissed calls for an international inquiry into allegations of war crimes. Vladimir Mikhaylov was speaking at a conference marking 55 years of diplomatic relations between Russia and Sri Lanka, where he expressed Russia’s view that larger, more powerful nations cannot dictate to smaller countries how to govern or what type of leader should be in power. He argued that the legitimately elected governments should be allowed to solve internal matters themselves. "We always advocate that democratically elected government of Sri Lanka has a right to lead the...

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