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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.