Sarath Fonseka's appointment to parliament sends wrong signal: HRW

 Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka's appointment to parliament sends "worrying signals" on accountability and contradicts the government's pledges to probe atrocities allegedly committed under his command during the brutal civil war with the LTTE, an international rights group said today.

Tamils seek power devolution in Sri Lanka's new Constitution

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party on Tuesday demanded devolution of powers in the new Constitution to resolve ethnic issues. 

Sri Lanka scales back list of banned pro-LTTE outfits

Maithripala Sirisena has significantly scaled back a ban imposed by the previous regime on several Tamil diaspora groups and individuals thought to have links with the LTTE.

Sri Lanka slashes list of 'terrorists' in reconciliation bid

The government did not immediately comment on the move, but it had promised eight months ago to carry out a review as part of reconciliation efforts.

30 Tamil political prisoners to be released on bail today

First batch of 30 Tamil political prisoners languishing in Sri Lankan jails will be freed on bail on Wednesday even as over 200 inmates, including LTTE rebels, have resumed hunger strike demanding their immediate release.

30 Tamil political prisoners to be released on bail on Wednesday

The Attorney General has instructed the relevant attorneys to apply for bail, the Prisons Department said.

Sri Lanka accountability process would be purely domestic: FM

The process to fix accountability as mandated by the latest UNHRC resolution for the alleged rights abuses during the conflict with the LTTE will be completely domestic, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has said rejecting claims that it was a hybrid mechanism.

Sri Lankan troops committed war crimes: Probe panel

Sri Lankan troops committed war crimes: Probe panel

Allegations that the Sri Lankan army committed war crimes during the bloody conflict with Tamil rebels are "credible", a government probe panel has said and backed UNHRC's recommendation that foreign judges should have a role in domestic inquiry.

Tamil prisoners in Sri Lanka launch hunger strike

Tamil political detainees, including former Tamil Tiger guerrillas, started a hunger strike on Monday in Sri Lanka, calling for their immediate release.

UN asks Sri Lanka to allow foreign judges in war crimes probe

The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday unanimously recommended a credible probe involving foreign judges and prosecutors into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka's battle against the LTTE, a resolution on which was surprisingly co-sponsored by Colombo despite its strong reservations.

Backing 'watered down' US resolution on Lanka would mean denial of justice: Karunanidhi

DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Sunday cautioned India against supporting a "watered down" resolution by the US on Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council over alleged rights violations during the last phase of civil war against LTTE in 2009 in the island nation.

India supports Sri Lankans' quest for justice

Respecting Sri Lanka's sovereignty, India has said it supports quest for justice by the people of the country who were victims of the alleged war crimes during civil war against the LTTE.

Sri Lanka trying to water down UNHRC resolution: HRW

Sri Lanka should not be allowed to water down a UNHRC resolution on its alleged rights violations during its civil war with the LTTE, according to a prominent rights group which said that the current draft was "counterproductive" to the reconciliation efforts of the government.

Lanka opposes tone of proposed US resolution on war crimes

Sri Lanka on Monday described as "reparative, judgmental" and "counterproductive" the text of the draft resolution to be moved by the US at the UN rights body in Geneva on the country's alleged war crimes during the last phase of civil war with the LTTE.

Tamil Nadu against any move to allow Sri Lanka internal probe on 'war crimes'

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday opposed any move to allow Sri Lanka hold an internal probe into alleged human rights violations and war crimes during hostilities in 2009 and urged the Modi government to take the lead at the UN and press for an international investigation on it.

Sri Lankan govt handed over UN war crimes report

The UN probe report on alleged war crimes committed during the final phase of Sri Lankan military's battle against the LTTE has been handed over to the government.

Suspected former LTTE members arrested from city hotel in West Bengal

The Special Task Force of the Kolkata Police have arrested five Sri Lankan nationals, allegedly former LTTE members, and two Indians from a hotel here in the city, police said.

Sri Lankan PM dismisses allegations of being soft on LTTE

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday dismissed allegations by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that his alliance was sympathetic to the Tamil rebels.

India to set up skill development centre at Jaffna varsity

As part of its development partnership with Sri Lanka in the field of higher education, India on Tuesday launched a SLR 300 million project to set up a skill development centre at a university in Tamil-dominated Jaffna.

President Sirisena revamps his security ahead of Lankan polls

 Maithripala Sirisena has disbanded the Presidential Security Division following reports that it was linked to murders during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, and replaced the elite Sri Lankan unit with a highly-trained team of commandos.