RIGHTS VIOLATION

  • UNGA asks Security Council to refer North Korea to ICC October 9, 2014

    United Nations: A draft resolution for the UN General Assembly's human rights committee encourages the Security Council to consider referring the situation in North Korea to the International Criminal Court. A copy obtained Thursday by The Associated Press says the council should follow the recommendations of a UN commission of inquiry...
  • North Korea calls US 'human rights graveyard' over Ferguson August 27, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea has joined the ranks of America's foes who have seized on riots in Missouri, saying the nation is the "graveyard of human rights" and should mind its own business rather than criticise others. The police shooting of an unarmed black teenager and subsequent crackdown on protesters in the...
  • US Sikh group opposes immunity to Manmohan Singh June 17, 2014

    Washington: US based rights group "Sikhs for Justice" has challenged US government's suggestion to a Washington court to grant immunity to former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh in a human rights violation case. The US Department of Justice in a May 2 submission asked the Washington federal court "to recognize Prime...
  • PUCL alleges rights violation during arrest of IM suspects May 2, 2014

    A human rights body on Friday alleged that serious rights violations were committed by police forces while picking up suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives in Jaipur, Jodhpur and Sikar in March this year. In a 44page factfinding report, the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) also raised doubts about the timing of...
  • Sonia Gandhi not to depose in human rights violation case: Attorney January 27, 2014

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi will not depose in US in a human rights violation lawsuit filed against her by a Sikh rights group, her attorney has said. Responding to a demand made by Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), Sonia's attorney Ravi Batra told that she will not depose in the case. SFJ's...
  • Rajapaksa rejects Cameron's demand for probe into war crimes November 17, 2013

    Colombo: Defiant in the face of pressure over alleged rights violations during the war against the LTTE, President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday rejected British Prime Minister David Cameron's warning of an international inquiry and said Sri Lanka must be trusted to conduct its own probe. "It is his view. This is...
  • Sri Lanka says 'nothing to hide' despite pressure before CHOGM November 14, 2013

    Sri Lanka's president defended his government's human rights record on Thursday, saying he had "nothing to hide", but on the eve of a Commonwealth summit in Colombo he faced fresh questions over the treatment of ethnic minority Tamils. Mahinda Rajapaksa said a system was in place to deal with rights violations,...
  • Prime Minister to cancel CHOGM meet in Sri Lanka? November 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to cancel his visit to Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka. Sources close to the development said that a final decision will be out soon. According to sources, the parties attending the Congress core group failed to reach a consensus...
  • Sikh rights group to serve US court summons to PM in Delhi October 2, 2013

    A Sikh rights group has said it will serve a US court summons to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi in connection with the alleged human rights violations in the counterinsurgency operations in Punjab in the 1990s. Sikh for Justice had planned to serve the summons on Singh during his...
  • NHRC directs Kerala govt to pay monetary relief to prison inmate July 15, 2013

    New Delhi: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday asked the Kerala government to pay Rs 50,000 as monetary relief to a prison inmate who was allegedly tortured by a jail warder in a Central Jail of Thrissur. According to a NHRC release issued on Monday, the Commission has directed...
  • Lopez unaware of rights issues before visit: Publicist July 2, 2013

    Los Angeles: Jennifer Lopez would not have performed a private concert in Turkmenistan at the weekend had she known about charges of human rights violations in the Central Asian nation, her publicist said on Monday. Human rights campaigners, who accuse Turkmenistan's government of restricting free speech and jailing political opponents, criticized...
  • NHRC issues notice to Kerala govt over malnutrition deaths May 28, 2013

    New Delhi: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday issued notice to the Kerala government over alleged deaths of several infants due to malnutrition in Attappadi area of the state. The rights panel has given six weeks time to the state government to submit a report in this regard. According...
  • US: Sikh group to challenge dismissal of Badal case May 20, 2013

    Washington: A USbased Sikh group on Monday said that it will challenge the decision of an American district court last week to dismiss alleged human rights violations case against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. The Sikh for Justice (SFJ) had filed the case of alleged human rights violations against...
  • Former Argentine dictator Videla dies in prison at 87 May 18, 2013

    Buenos Aires: Jorge Rafael Videla, an austere former army commander who led Argentina during the bloodiest period of a "dirty war" dictatorship and was unrepentant about kidnappings and murders ordered by the state, died on Friday at age 87. Videla was the first president to head the military junta that "disappeared"...
  • US court reserves verdict on Parkash Singh Badal May 14, 2013

    Washington: A US court in Wisconsin has reserved its decision in the alleged human rights violation case against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal after completing hearing in the matter. The district court had taken up a petition filed by New Yorkbased rights body 'Sikh for Justice', which had alleged...
  • US names 18 people as alleged human rights abusers in Russia April 13, 2013

    Washington: The Obama administration on Friday designated 18 people under a US law requiring a list of alleged human rights abusers in Russia, in a move that could cause more friction in US ties with Moscow. The list includes 16 people directly related to the case of Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky,...
  • 'India should have sought SL's suspension from Commonwealth' April 3, 2013

    Chennai: Expressing support to the cause of protecting Sri Lankan Tamils, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said India should have demanded Sri Lanka's suspension from the Commonwealth for alleged human rights violations and urged the country not to participate in the next CHOGM. "India should have taken the...
  • 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...
  • Protests against Sri Lanka have taken form of terrorism: Envoy March 20, 2013

    Sri Lankan High Commissioner Prasada Kariyawasam spoke to CNN-IBN and slammed the US-sponsored resolution against the island country by calling it "unnecessary". He added that the protesters demonstrating against Sri Lanka are all "uninformed" and their agitations have taken form of "terrorism". ...
  • Sri Lanka to reject US-sponsored resolution at UNHRC March 20, 2013

    Colombo: Sri Lanka will reject the final draft of a US-sponsored resolution submitted at the UNHRC which seeks to "discredit" and "single out" the country over alleged human rights violations, External Affairs Minister GL Peiris has said. Peiris, in his communique to member states setting out the government of Sri...
  • Sri Lanka opposition moots all party parley to face UN March 18, 2013

    Colombo: Sri Lankan opposition parties on Monday called for the formation of an all party committee to prevent an anti-Lanka resolution being passed at the UN human rights body. "We have to think of ways to escape this (resolution). We will tell the government to call an all party meeting...
  • Sri Lanka calls for Indian protection to Lankans March 18, 2013

    Colombo: Sri Lanka on Monday asked India to provide necessary security to Lankan people and property there following continued protests especially in Tamil Nadu. Karunathilake Amunugama, Lanka's Ministry of External Affairs' Secretary said Colombo has lodged a formal request with the Indian authorities in this connection. Sri Lanka's concerns arose after...
  • Resolution against Sri Lanka 'unnecessary', says country's envoy March 18, 2013

    Sri Lankan envoy to India Prasada Kariyawasam called resolution against the island country unnecessary and said it will create ill-will among certain communities. He also said that those protesting against Sri Lanka in Tamil Nadu are taking the form of terrorism. ...
  • India calls off high level defence talks with SL March 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Following backlash from DMK supremo M Karunanidhi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa over human rights violations against Tamils in Sri Lanka, India on Monday called off Defence Secretary-level talks with the island country, which were slated to begin on March 23. The Congress had also sent...
  • 'India must vote for international probe in SL war crimes' March 17, 2013

    Chennai: Protesters demanding India supports the United Nations vote for an international probe into war crimes against Tamils in Sri Lanka held demonstrations in Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai on Sunday. The DMK Chief Karunanidhi again threatened to pull out of the UPA government over the issue even as the...
  • Will India take a stand against Sri Lanka's sovereign rights over Tamils issue? March 17, 2013

    After DMK Chief Karunanidhi once again threatened to pull out of the UPA government over the Sri lankan Tamils issue, the Centre tried to assure him saying no decision will be taken before consulting him. However, everything points to India not taking a stand against Sri Lanka's sovereign rights. ...
  • DMK should pull out of UPA on SL Tamils issue: BJP March 17, 2013

    New Delhi: The DMK should withdraw its support to the UPA Government, the BJP said on Sunday as it attacked the Centre for ignoring the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka. "DMK is part of the Government today and was part of the UPA when the 'atrocities' were being committed...
  • 'No decision on SL before consulting with DMK' March 17, 2013

    New Delhi: After DMK Chief Karunanidhi threatened to pull out of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over the Sri lankan Tamils issue, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said no decision will be taken before consulting the DMK. India has asked Sri Lanka to investigate allegations of human rights violations and...
  • Centre hasn't responded to our warning: Karunanidhi March 16, 2013

    Chennai: The Sri Lanka issue has once again reached the Centre's door. DMK chief Karunanidhi said that the government has not yet responded to his threat of pulling out of the UPA government over the Lanka human rights issue. He has demanded that India must push for changes in the...
  • Sri Lanka accuses US of human rights violations March 11, 2013

    Colombo: Days before a US-sponsored resolution will be taken up against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, Colombo accused Washington of committing human rights abuses. Cabinet Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena Monday said that there were reports that the US had killed civilians during its military operations in Afghanistan. He noted...