UN rights chief accuses Lanka of sabotaging war crimes probe

The UN rights chief has accused Sri Lanka of sabotaging a UN-mandated war crimes probe into the country's nearly three decades-long brutal civil war, saying the refusal to cooperate with the investigation raises concerns about the integrity of the government.

Prime Minister Modi expresses joy over India's re-election to UNHRC

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight expressed happiness over India's re-election to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Lanka wins backing of 22 nations against UN rights probe

 Sri Lanka has won the backing of 22 nations, including China and Pakistan, in its effort to block a UN war crimes probe into the country's human rights record during its brutal war with the Tamil Tigers.

UN urges probe into military massacre in Iraq

The UN has urged the Iraqi government to launch a probe into the attack on a military base in June.

Sri Lankan man sets himself on fire to protest UN action

 A 73-year-old man has died after he set himself on fire here to protest the international action against Sri Lanka over its alleged human rights violation, police said today.

Lanka hopes for better relations with new UN human rights boss

Sri Lanka on Monday today said it hoped the new UNHRC chief will carry out his duties in a "more balanced" manner after the country had an uneasy relationship with his predecessor Navi Pillay.

UN panel asks Japan to redress `comfort women` issue

The United Nations Human Rights Committee Thursday raised its concerns over "comfort women" and requested Japan to make immediate and effective efforts to redress the issue.

Lankan parliament votes to not to allow UNHRC probe team

Sri Lankan parliament today overwhelmingly voted not to allow the UNHRC team into the country to investigate alleged human rights abuses during the last phase of the civil war against the LTTE.

Sri Lanka reiterates rejection of UN rights investigation

Sri Lanka today voiced its opposition to the impending UNHRC`s probe on alleged rights abuses during the final phase of the conflict with the LTTE, saying the investigation would set a "dangerous precedent".

Sri Lanka is being penalised for ending terrorism: Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka is being penalised by "interested parties" for eradicating terrorism in the country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today.

UK lists Lanka as `country of concern` in human rights report

Britain has listed Sri Lanka as a "country of concern" in its latest annual human rights report.

Sri Lanka government ally doubts Indian motives on UNHRC vote

The National Freedom Front (NFF), a key ally of President Mahinda Rajapaksa today expressed doubts over India`s motives in abstaining at the UNHRC vote against Sri Lanka.

Vasan expresses reservation on India not voting at UNHRC

Shipping Minister G K Vasan today joined his cabinet colleague P Chidambaram in expressing reservations over India not voting in favour of a resolution at UNHRC against Sri Lanka for alleged human rights violations.

`India did not vote against Sri Lanka for Tamils` good`

India Friday justified its abstention from voting on the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC, saying the decision was driven by welfare of Tamils in that country.

`Unbelievable` US pressure led to UN resolution, Lanka says

Sri Lanka on Friday blamed "unbelievable" US pressure on member states that led to the UN adopting a resolution censuring Colombo on its human rights record after a vote at the UNHRC session.

US welcomes passage of UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka

The US has welcomed the passage of UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka and said it sends a "clear message" to the Rajapaksa government that the international community is committed to promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asian country.

UNHRC adopts resolution on Sri Lanka; India abstains

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Wednesday adopted a US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka that authorises an international criminal investigation into alleged war crimes committed during the island nation`s decades long civil war against the LTTE.

Sri Lanka braces for tough resolution over its rights record

Sri Lanka will face a third successive resolution tomorrow at the UN rights body which is expected to call for an international criminal probe into alleged war crimes committed during the country`s decades long civil war against the LTTE.

UNHRC not right forum to discuss drones: US on Pak`s draft

The US has defended its decision to boycott a discussion on drones moved by Pakistan at the UN Human Rights Council, arguing that it was not the right forum to discuss the pilotless remote aircrafts.

Sri Lanka warns developing nations over UN censure

Sri Lanka on Saturday warned that US efforts to force an international investigation into alleged war crimes on the island could have an "adverse impact" on all developing nations.