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In 2015 the Sri Lankan government co-sponsored UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. By doing so, the government undertook to set up a judicial mechanism, amongst other things, to investigate allegations of human rights and international humanitarian law violations that…
The Prime Minister’s Office released the draft Office for Reparations Bill this month pursuant to an information request filed by Mannar based human rights activist Shreen Saroor. The Cabinet memorandum pertaining to the Office for Reparations Bill characterizes the Office as an ‘independent institution’ set up to provide reparations for serious human rights…
This article was initially published in the Daily Mirror on 03/05/2018, and can be accessed here.  A Response to Sunil Chandrakumara’s interview which was published on the April 6th issue of the Daily Mirror: Legal and Factual Clarifications M. Fernando, Z. Husain, N. Jayakody. On the 6th of April, the Daily…
This article was originally featured in our April 2018 TJ Bulletin, available here. The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) began its operational work this month by calling for applications to twelve staff positions. This is undoubtedly a positive development which should be part of a broader strategy to systematically operationalize…
This article was initially published as part of our March 2018 TJ Bulletin, available here.   March saw a spate of violent attacks against Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority in Kandy. In late February, a Sinhala-Buddhist man was attacked by three Muslim men in a traffic dispute, with the Buddhist man…
This article was originally published as part of our February TJ Bulletin, available here.   The implementation of the Peace-building Priority Plan involves a wide range of stakeholders including UN resident agencies, development partners, INGOs and domestic civil society groups. These entities are expected to both oversee and implement the…
In 2015, the Sri Lankan parliament passed the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Act. Since then, the Act has entered into force and the Victim and Witness Protection Authority has been created. This is despite persistent calls from civil society and the UN to revise…
On 20 July 2017, yesterday, President Maithripala Sirisena tweeted that he had “signed the Office of Missing Persons Gazette today.” The Foreign Minister also confirmed this position and stated that the next step was for the Constitutional Council to nominate members. The President’s announcement was met with expressions of congratulation…
A report published by the All Survivors Project– working in collaboration with the University of California Los Angeles and a number of Sri Lankan experts – on the 16th of May 2017 documents Sri Lanka’s untold (and unknown) legacy of sexual violence against men and boys, especially in the context…
In April, an investigation conducted by the Associated Press spurred the attention of the international community on serious allegations against Sri Lankan peacekeepers stationed in Haiti till 2007. From 2004 to 2007, nine Haitian children were reportedly exploited by a child sex ring involving at least 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers.…
With the commemoration of international women’s day this week, we must remember that the transitional justice agenda, which was in many countries advanced by courageous and resilient women activists, must be situated within a broader human rights framework. The CEDAW report, also published this week, reminds us of the need…
In an article published a few days, human rights activist Shreen Saroor notes the incidence of harassment and physical abuse of victims who have campaigned for accountability and human rights in the North and East. Incidents of this type erode victims’ confidence in the process and ought to be taken…
Despite land grabbing being a common feature of many armed conflicts and an integral part of discriminatory policies against minority groups, it is insufficiently addressed in post-conflict or transitional justice accountability processes. While truth-commissions, in particular the Truth Commission in El Salvador, have highlighted that land confiscation often constitutes a…
Our recent paper “Fitting the Bill: Incorporating International Crimes into Sri Lankan Law” argues that no meaningful prosecution of atrocity crimes of the type alleged in Sri Lanka can take place without incorporating international crimes and corresponding modes of liability—including JCE, ordering, and command and superior responsibility—into Sri Lankan law.…
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