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UN Human Rights Council Should Pursue Accountability

Click to expand Image Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at a…
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The draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) remains in force, and there have been several arrests under this law in the past year
 Civil society groups are once again able to speak out safely on issues of concern
 There has been no tangible…
Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera speaks during a news conference on a UN report about Sri Lanka’s civil conflict, in Colombo on September 17, 2015.
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Seeking justice for the ongoing grave human rights abuses in Syria has proven largely elusive. Now the shield of impunity is beginning to crack.
 Several countries, including Sweden, Germany, and France are in the process of investigating some…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
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Refugee Crisis and Universal Jurisdiction Cases in Europe

What’s the basis for European courts to try atrocities committed in Syria and Iraq? What is universal jurisdiction? Does universal jurisdiction mean that every country can investigate any grave international crime committed in Syria and Iraq? What…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
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Speed Up Repeal of Prevention of Terrorism Act

(New York) – The Sri Lankan government should abide by National Human Rights Commission guidelines on arrest and detention while taking urgent steps to repeal the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), Human Rights Watch said today. Sri Lankan…
Special task force police officers stand guard outside a jail in Colombo on November 7, 2010.
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January 2015 saw a momentous change in Sri Lanka. After nearly 10 years of increasingly authoritarian rule, a new government promising change was voted into office. The new government immediately set about righting many of the wrongs of the previous…
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein meets with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo on February 9, 2016.
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Letter from Mannar

The causeway that links northern Sri Lanka’s mainland to Mannar Island is lined with vast military barracks. They have a nicely settled air about them, with painted flowerpots out front and T-shirts drying on clotheslines.
 Between the army camps are…
A family of internally displaced Sri Lankan Tamils wait in Kathankulam village in Mannar, Sri Lanka on October 22, 2009.