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  • Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajpaksa heads to Bolivia for G77 summit 12-06-2014 07:26 PM

    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...
  • Sri Lankan government is becoming "increasingly authoritarian", says UN human rights chief 31-08-2013 04:14 PM

    UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, on Saturday, criticised the Sri Lankan government, saying the country is becoming "increasingly authoritarian" despite the end of a civil war four years ago. In a hard-hitting statement at the end of a week-long visit to assess the human rights situation in Sri Lanka,...
  • UN rights chief calls for closure of Guantanamo prison 06-04-2013 06:57 AM

    Geneva: The UN human rights chief called on the United States on Friday to close down the Guantanamo prison camp, saying the indefinite imprisonment of many detainees without charge or trial violated international law. Navi Pillay said the hunger strike being staged by some inmates at the Guantanamo Bay US...
  • Syrian air raid kills 30 in rebel-held town: doctor 16-08-2012 01:59 AM

    Azaz: A Syrian air raid killed 30 people in the rebel-held northern border town of Azaz on Wednesday, a local doctor said, and a bomb went off near UN and military sites in the capital Damascus, wounding three. The doctor, Mohammad Lakhini, said at a hospital in Azaz that scores...
  • 'Rape, assault are weapons of war in Syria' 12-07-2012 02:26 AM

    Washington: Government forces in Syria are targeting women for rape and assault as the conflict between President Bashar al Assad and anti-government forces continues to escalate, according to a report released by a human rights group on Wednesday. Women Under Siege said it had documented 81 instances of sexual assault...
  • Syrian forces face prosecution for Houla: UN 02-06-2012 09:48 AM

    Geneva: Syrian forces and pro-government militia accused of committing a massacre in Houla could face prosecution for crimes against humanity, the United Nations said on Friday and rights experts said Syrian authorities had directly ordered torture. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called again for the Security Council...
  • India's vote at UN not good for Lanka: Chandrika 10-04-2012 02:53 PM

    Former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga on Tuesday said that India's decision to vote against the country on a UN resolution is not good for the island nation. Speaking exclusively to CNN-IBN's Senior Editor Suhasini Haidar, Kumaratunga said something "serious must have happened" that India took a decision of not...
  • 'Lanka has proud record of safeguarding human rights' 01-04-2012 06:35 PM

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that he did not want lessons on human rights from outside; days after the UN Human Rights Council adopted a US-sponsored resolution censuring Colombo. Addressing a public gathering in the central town of Balangoda, Rajapaksa on Saturday said Sri Lanka's human rights...
  • India must support US stand on Lanka: Jaya 01-03-2012 01:18 AM

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday said India should strongly support the US-backed resolution and condemn Colombo on alleged violation of human rights in the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka when the issue comes up before the UN Human Rights Council. In a letter...
  • US slams Syria over UN rights meeting walkout 29-02-2012 01:53 AM

    Geneva: The United States criticised Syria's envoy for storming out of an emergency UN meeting on the crisis in his country on Tuesday, saying the walkout and a fiery speech that preceded it demonstrated the "delusional" nature of President Bashar al Assad's regime. Syria's ambassador to the United Nations in...
  • Lanka govt releases video of LTTE's atrocities 08-02-2012 04:09 PM

    Colombo, Facing an onslaught from the international community for alleged war crimes, the Sri Lankan government released a video on Wednesday which they claimed carries "authentic evidence" of LTTE's atrocities during the last phase of the military assault. The video captioned "Ruthless" claims to have recorded eye witness accounts of...
  • Gaddafi's burial delayed for investigation 21-10-2011 05:30 PM

    Tripoli: The burial of slain leader Muammar Gaddafi has been delayed until the circumstances of his death can be further examined and a decision is made about where to bury the body, Libyan officials said on Friday, as the UN human rights office called for an investigation into his death....
  • Libya: UN accuses both sides of war crimes 02-06-2011 11:03 AM

    United Nations: A UN panel investigating the conflict in Libya has accused both Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime and opposition forces of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in their 15-week fight. Libyan government forces that are pitted against pro-democracy activists who have committed war crimes and crimes against...
  • India elected to 47-nation UNHR council 20-05-2011 11:33 PM

    United Nations: India and 14 other countries were on Friday elected to the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council, which is based in Geneva. India was not in competition for the seat since there were four countries and four seats for the Asia block. With 189 countries voting, Indonesia received 184...
  • UN rights forum to hold urgent session on Syria 27-04-2011 08:42 PM

    Geneva: The UN Human Rights Council will hold an emergency session on the deteriorating situation in Syria on Friday, after enough states backed a US request, the United Nations said on Wednesday. The US request to convene a special session of the 47-member Geneva forum was endorsed by 16 member...