The halfway mark

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) met last month to discuss, among other things, Sri Lanka’s progress in implementing the process they agreed last September to build a lasting peace based upon justice. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid...

Mixed messages: what now for justice in Sri Lanka?

It has been a confusing couple of weeks for those following Sri Lanka’s delicate progress back towards peace. Sri Lanka’s President gave two perplexing interviews in which he made troubling and factually inaccurate statements about how Sri Lanka is intending to deal...

Paranagama: A Dangerous Whitewash, for Sri Lanka and the World

Since the extension of its mandate by President Rajapaksa in August 2014, the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons – the ‘Paranagama Commission’ – has been the principal mechanism through which the Sri Lankan government has sought to investigate (if only...

Impunity without borders: UN Peacekeeping and the Sri Lankan Military

  Last month, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena announced that his government is planning to contribute more troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions. While more contributions to UN peacekeeping are desperately needed, the Sri Lankan offer should be...

What just happened in Geneva?

Today the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted resolution 30/1 on accountability in Sri Lanka. You can watch the discussion here: You can read the final text here. And you can read our summary of what it means here. So is this good news or bad news? It is...