December 18, 2010 Comments Off on US officials want a SL war crimes investigation
AFP (18/12) – US lawmakers urge Sri Lanka rights probe
Dozens of US lawmakers on Friday urged a global probe into alleged rights violations by Sri Lanka in the last stages of its civil war, saying Colombo’s own efforts do not ensure accountability.
In letters to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 17 senators and 30 members of the House of Representatives called for the United States to seek a United Nations role investigating last year’s finale of the Tamil Tiger insurgency.
December 13, 2010 Comments Off on 17 US Senators back a war crimes investigation in Sri Lanka
Tamilnet (10/12) – US Senators call for Independent International Investigations
Seventeen United States Senators, in a letter sent to the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urged her to “call for an independent international investigation into the allegations of gross human rights violations that occurred during the country’s 25-year civil war.” Coinciding with the week following release of WikiLeaks cable which revealed the Colombo-based US diplomats’ view that “responsibility for many alleged crimes rests with the country’s senior civilian and military leadership, including President Rajapaksa and his brothers and opposition candidate General Fonseka,” the letter follows the August letter sent by 58 members of Congress urging the Obama administration to push for an independent international investigation into alleged war crimes that occurred during Sri Lanka’s civil war.
December 13, 2009 Comments Off on Ignore human rights for economic gains?
Inter Press Service News Agency – US-SRI LANKA : Senate Report Urges Warmer Ties
Despite ongoing concern about the country’s human-rights situation, the United States should seek a more positive relationship with strife-torn Sri Lanka, primarily for geo-political reasons, according to a new report released here Monday by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
March 15, 2009 Comments Off on In today's media…
Sunday Times : India opposes US-led evacuation
A United States-backed military evacuation of civilians trapped in the Mullaitivu battle zones — a move rejected by Tiger guerrillas — has also met with disfavour from India.
Embassy : Canada Blasted over Protest
Outraged by a massive pro-Tamil Tigers demonstration on Parliament Hill last week, the Sri Lankan high commissioner is calling on Canadian authorities to crack down on public shows of support for the terrorist organization.
March 2, 2009 Comments Off on US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Documents
These statements were presented before the US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia on February 24th 2009
1. Statement of Bruce Fein, Attorney, Tamils Against Genocide
2. Testimony of Dr. Anna Neistat, Senior Researcher, Emergencies Division, Human Rights Watch
3. Testimony by Robert Dietz, Asia Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
4. Statement of Karen Parker, J.D
5. United States Ambassador to Sri lanka
Video Broadcast of the Proceedings
February 25, 2009 Comments Off on US Senate Panel Discusses Sri Lanka
A U.S. Senate committee Tuesday focused its attention on the situation in Sri Lanka, where the military is engaged in an intense battle with Tamil Tigers as the two sides struggle for control of what is believed to be the last of the rebel strongholds. Witnesses at the Senate hearing decried the actions of both sides in one of Asia’s longest running wars.