Sri Lanka

‘Hateful attacks’ pushing Sri Lanka backwards, UN advisers warn, urging an end to ‘discriminatory practices’ that feed intolerance

Growing instances of religious-based violence in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka have prompted two United Nations Special Advisers to call for an end to “hateful attacks” directed towards the country’s Muslim minority.

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Diplomacy for Peace Day, #VaccinesWork, the cost of war on Afghans, tech and well-being

Top news for Wednesday includes: the first-ever International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, the launch of World Immunization Week, civilians continuing to bear the brunt of ongoing violence in Afghanistan, the need for more regulation in the tech industry, a call for more exercise and less screen time for children, and a plea by the UN refugees High Commissioner not to let extremism divide us. 

News in Brief 24 April 2019

  • Violence continuing to inflict ‘high levels of harm’ on Afghan civilians
  • More regulation on new technologies needed: UN Human Rights chief says after visiting Silicon Valley
  • ‘Violent extremism must not divide us’: UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Sri Lanka’s attacks
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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: sexual violence in conflict, a malaria vaccine trial, updates on Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, Sri Lanka and Mali

Here are our top stories for this Tuesday: a focus on conflict-related sexual violence at the Security Council, a groundbreaking trial for a malaria vaccine in Malawi, thousands seeking shelter in Libya’s capital as fighting continues, concerns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after the attack of an Ebola treatment centre, an update on the death toll of the Sri Lanka attacks, and the Security Council’s condemnation of the killing of peacekeepers in Mali. 

News in Brief 23 April 2019

  • Thousands shelter in clinics from Tripoli fighting, warns WHO
  • DRC Ebola dangers may increase after killing of health worker
  • 45 children among those killed in Sri Lanka Easter Sunday outrages
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Communities in Sri Lanka are uniting, amidst ‘fear and shock’, says top UN official there

Communities and religious leaders have come together to call for peace and calm in Sri Lanka, following the deadly church and hotel suicide bombings, on Easter Sunday. With nearly 300 killed – including 45 children – the Indian Ocean island nation is in a state of mourning and living through a “national trauma”. That’s according to the UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Hanna Singer, who also warned that beyond the “fear and shock” there was rising concern over a possible “backlash”.

 

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UN, world leaders, condemn Sri Lanka terrorist attacks targeting churches, hotels, which leave more than 200 dead

More than 200 have been killed and hundreds injured by a series of explosions inside churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, as Christians gathered for services to celebrate Easter. In a statement, UN chief António Guterres said he was "outraged by the terror attacks" and called for the perpetrators to be "swiftly brought to justice".

Sri Lanka must move faster on accountability reforms: UN Human Rights office

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Mona Rishmawi, whose official title is Chief of Rule of Law Equality and Non Discrimination, at the UN Human Rights office, insisted that Sri Lanka should accelerate measures seeking justice for victims of serious human rights abuses linked to the bloody civil war that ended there in 2009. 

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UN’s Bachelet rejects Sri Lankan official’s ‘spin’ on Human Rights Council encounter, urges reforms

The UN’s top rights official on Wednesday rejected claims by Sri Lankan officials that she distanced herself from a report on the country and instructed her staff to be more “cautious” in future, before stressing her commitment to justice for victims of grave abuses during the civil war.

Venezuela: ‘A worrying destabilizing factor in the region’, Bachelet tells Human Rights Council

Expressing deep concern at the “magnitude and gravity of the human rights impact” of Venezuela’s current crisis, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Wednesday that the country had become “a worrying destabilizing factor in the region.”