Sri Lanka

UN will use internal review of activities in Sri Lanka to do better, vows senior official

The United Nations is committed to using an internal review that found that the world body failed to meet its responsibilities during the final months of the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009 in order to improve how it works and to better serve those in need, a senior official pledged today.

UN independent expert concerned over reports of intimidation of judges in Sri Lanka

A United Nations independent expert today voiced serious concerns about reported intimidation and attacks against judges and judicial officers in Sri Lanka, and warned that they might form part of a pattern of attacks, threats, reprisals and interference in the independence of the justice system in the Asian country.

Following report on activities in Sri Lanka war, Ban determined to strengthen UN responses to crises

“The United Nations system failed to meet its responsibilities,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he released a United Nations report looking into the world body’s actions during the final months of the 2009 war in Sri Lanka and its aftermath.

Ban calls for speedy political solution to factors behind Sri Lanka’s civil war

In a meeting with a senior Sri Lanka Government official, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized the need for to find a speedy political solution to the underlying factors behind the country’s civil war that ended three years ago with a Government victory over Tamil separatist rebels, according to his spokesperson.

UN hails closing of Sri Lankan displaced persons camp

The United Nations today welcomed the closing of a Sri Lankan camp that was once the world’s largest refuge for people displaced from the conflict with 225,000 residents but called for an urgent solution for a handful of people who are still unable to return home.

Despite post-conflict gains, Sri Lanka needs continued donor support – UN official

A senior United Nations relief official today praised the progress made by the Sri Lankan Government in resettling over 440,000 people since the end of the civil war three years ago, and called for continued donor support for the country, where many people still lack basic services.

Senior UN official warns against harassing Sri Lankan human rights defenders

The UN’s human rights chief today warned that there must be no reprisals against Sri Lankan human rights defenders in the wake of a resolution calling on its Government to probe alleged abuses during the country’s civil war.

UN urges Sri Lanka to take ‘credible’ steps to ensure accountability for alleged war crimes

The top United Nations human rights body today called on the Government of Sri Lanka to take “credible” steps to ensure accountability for alleged serious violations committed during the final stages of the country’s civil war.

Ban stresses importance of accountability as Sri Lanka recovers from civil war

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated the importance of dealing with accountability issues as Sri Lanka continues to work towards national reconciliation following its long-running civil war.

Sri Lankan refugee returns by sea to begin tomorrow - UN agency

The first returns of Sri Lankan refugees by commercial ferry from India will start tomorrow, the United Nations announced today, marking the first time such repatriation is done by sea.