UNHRC

  • Jihadists want to create 'house of blood': new UN human rights chief September 8, 2014

    Geneva: The jihadist militants who have seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria are intent upon creating 'a house of blood', the UN's new human rights chief said Monday. In his maiden address to the UN Human Rights Council, Zeid al-Hussein lashed out at the Islamic State militant group, which has...
  • Sri Lanka to counter allegations at UN rights sessions September 7, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka, which has vowed not to cooperate with an international probe into its alleged rights abuses during the final phase of its military campaign against LTTE, will counter the charges at a UNHRC session beginning on Monday in Geneva. The External Affairs Ministry sources said that Sri Lankan Ambassador...
  • UN to send team to investigate Islamic State crimes in Iraq September 2, 2014

    Geneva: The United Nations agreed on Monday to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on "an unimaginable scale", with a view to holding perpetrators to account. "We are facing a terrorist monster," Iraq's human rights minister, Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani, told the UN Human...
  • Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajpaksa heads to Bolivia for G77 summit June 12, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on headed towards Bolivia to attend a G77 summit, at a time when the parliament is set to discuss the impending international probe on alleged human rights violations during the last phase of the conflict with the LTTE. The G77 meeting is to be held...
  • Sri Lanka hires Pakistani lawyer for UN rights probe May 19, 2014

    Colombo: Faced with an impending UN inquiry, the Sri Lankan government has hired a prominent Pakistani lawyer to defend itself over its human rights record and alleged war crimes, a media report said in Colombo on Monday. Aitzaz Ahsan, a 70-year-old Pakistani legal expert, was in Colombo last week for...
  • Sri Lanka refuses to cooperate with UN probe in war crime allegations April 8, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has refused to cooperate with a UN investigation into alleged war crimes during the final phase of the country's civil war, saying it will not subject itself to the jurisdiction of the top rights body. "We will not submit ourselves to this process," External Affairs Minister G L...
  • India should have supported UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka: Chidambaram March 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Differing with his government's stand of abstaining from voting in UNHRC on the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka, Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said that New Delhi should have supported it. "Congress took a neutral stand at UNHRC by abstaining from voting on the Sri Lanka resolution....
  • Sri Lankan President orders release of all Indian fishermen in custody March 28, 2014

    New Delhi: As a goodwill gesture for India's decision to abstain from voting against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed his government to release all Indian fishermen in their custody. The arrest of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lanka is a poll issue...
  • News 360: War crimes resolution against Sri Lanka passed at UNHRC March 27, 2014

    The US-backed resolution seeking international probe into war crimes in Sri Lanka was passed by 23 countries at the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday. ...
  • India abstains from voting against Sri Lanka at UNHRC March 27, 2014

    Geneva: India on Thursday abstained from voting on the US-backed resolution seeking probe into Sri Lankan war crimes at the UN Human Rights Council. Even as India refrained from voting against its neighbour, the resolution was passed with the support of 23 nations. A tweet from the Ministry of External Affairs...
  • UN's Navi Pillay warns Sri Lanka for reprisals against rights defenders September 9, 2013

    Days after her visit to Sri Lanka, the UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, on Monday, put the country on notice against reprisals targeting human rights defenders, journalists and communities whom she had met. Pillay's statement is her first official statement to the United Nations since her visit to Sri Lanka...
  • Sri Lanka investigates British TV footage on rights abuse May 15, 2013

    Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is investigating a controversial video footage aired by a British Channel accusing the army of war crimes during the final phase of the battle with the LTTE. This was conveyed to European Parliament by Sri Lankan Ambassador to European Union PM Amza on Tuesday, a government...
  • 'US closely consulted with India on Lankan resolution' March 27, 2013

    Washington: The United States has worked with India throughout the process on the US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), Obama administration's point man on South Asia has said. "We worked very closely with India throughout the process and we indeed welcomed some of the...
  • Vaiko seeks fresh Assembly resolution on Tamils issue March 23, 2013

    Chennai: MDMK chief Vaiko on Saturday requested Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to adopt a resolution in the state Assembly on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, similar to the one adopted two years ago. The 2011 resolution called for economic sanctions to be imposed on Sri Lanka till Tamils in the...
  • IPL teams tell BCCI to drop Chennai as venue March 23, 2013

    New Delhi: With less than 10 days to go before the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) begins, politics is making an impact on the cricket tournament. Sources say that IPL franchisees have told the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to drop Chennai as a...
  • World View: Has India alienated Sri Lanka? April 9, 2013

    Hello and welcome to worldview with me Suhasini Haider, tonight India's vote on Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human rights council is our top focus. Joining us Sri Lanka's envoy to India Prasad Kariyawasam, In Jaffna, Padma Rao Sunderji, joining us over skype, In Geneva, there is Peter Splinter...
  • SL takes over oil storage depot from IOC March 22, 2013

    New Delhi: A day after India voted in favour of the UN resolution on war crimes in Sri Lanka, sources said diplomatic ties between the two neighbouring countries are beginning to crackdown. On Thursday, Sri Lanka announced plans to partially take over an oil storage depot from the Indian Oil...
  • India's amendments not included due to lack of consensus, says Khurshid March 22, 2013

    New Delhi: India's amendments to make the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka tougher at the UNHRC could not be incorporated due to lack of consensus, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said on Thursday. He said India's amendments "could have been put in the resolution provided there was a consensus". "They wanted the...
  • Sri Lanka disappointed with India's vote at UNHRC: Envoy March 21, 2013

    Mumbai: Expressing disappointment over India voting in favour of the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka on human rights, Sri Lankan High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam on Thursday said India's decision was due to its compulsions. "The resolution proposed by the US was uncalled for. We do not recognise that resolution. We...
  • India rejects reports of SL taking over parts of IOC depot March 21, 2013

    New Delhi: India on Thursday denied reports that Sri Lanka had decided to reposses a part of a strategic oil depot Indian Oil as was announced by Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella. An official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said that India has been assured that such reports were...
  • Anti-Sri Lanka resolution passed, India votes against neighbour March 21, 2013

    Geneva: The US resolution against Sri Lanka over alleged human rights violations has been passed at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. While 25 countries, including India, voted in favour of the resolution, 13 countries, including Pakistan, voted against it and eight countries abstained from voting. While India...
  • Full text: India's statement at UNHRC debate on resolution against Sri Lanka March 21, 2013

    Geneva: Indian envoy Dilip Sinha, while speaking at the UNHRC debate, urged Sri Lanka to undertake measures and ensure accountability. The Indian envoy called upon Sri Lanka to implement lasting political settlement. Below is the full text of India's statement at UNHRC: Mr President, Allow me to make a few remarks on...
  • Live: US resolution against Sri Lanka passed at UNHRC March 21, 2013

    Geneva: 4:00 pm: The US resolution against Sri Lanka over alleged human rights violations has been passed at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. While 25 countries including India voted in favour of the resolution, 13 countries voted against it and eight countries abstained from voting. 3:39 pm:...
  • UNHRC to vote on Sri Lanka resolution today March 21, 2013

    New Delhi: The UPA-II regime continues to be on life support as it is now completely dependent on outside support after the DMK pulled out and the all-party meet on Wednesday failed to reach a consensus. While the UPA-II's fate hangs in balance, all eyes are on the UN Human...
  • PM accepts DMK ministers' resignations March 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday accepted the resignations of five DMK ministers and forwarded them to President Pranab Mukherjee. Cabinet Minister SK Jena has been given additional charge of the chemical and fertilizers portfolio earlier held by DMK's MK Alagiri. The other four ministers were ministers of state. "The...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai March 20, 2013

    A day after the DMK pulled out of the UPA, the government scrambled to bring a consensus on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue but all efforts were in vain as the all-party meeting ended in complete disagreement. ...
  • Is UPA-II a lame duck government? March 20, 2013

    The government's attempt to reach a consensus on the Sri Lankan resolution failed on Wednesday as party after political party opposed a country-specific resolution. ...
  • All-party meet on Sri Lanka row fails; TMC plans no-trust vote March 20, 2013

    New Delhi: A day after the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) pulled out of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the government on Wednesday scrambled to bring a consensus on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue but all efforts were in vain as the all-party meeting called by Speaker Meira Kumar ended in...
  • Has India betrayed Tamils at the UN Human Rights Council? March 20, 2013

    It is perhaps the first time that a resolution pushed by one country, the US, against another country, Sri Lanka, has destabilised the government in a third country. Away from the political heat for the UPA government, is the anger on the streets of Tamil Nadu, against the treatment of...
  • Will support government on Sri Lankan Tamils issue: Trinamool March 20, 2013

    Kolkata: United Progressive Alliance's estranged ally Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday sprang a surprise by promising to support the Centre on whatever stand it took on Sri Lankan Tamils issue at the UNHRC. "Our party supports the cause of the Tamil brothers and sisters. We are deeply concerned...