Sri Lanka

UN rights envoy voices concern for 250,000 displaced Sri Lankans trapped in camps

Expressing deep concern for over a quarter million Sri Lankans who remain forcibly confined to overcrowded displacement camps after fleeing a Government military offensive against Tamil separatist rebels, a United Nations independent expert today urged authorities to accelerate their release.

Ban again urges Sri Lanka to resettle hundreds of thousands displaced by war

Failure to rapidly resettle nearly 300,000 Sri Lankans displaced by the Government’s final onslaught against Tamil separatists and further suffering under harsh conditions in the camps could result in growing bitterness, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the island’s Prime Minister today.

Sri Lanka poised to deal with post-conflict tasks, leader tells UN

Having recently declared victory in its decades-long conflict with Tamil rebels, Sri Lanka is committed to tackling issues of long-term peace and development, including resettlement of displaced civilians and reconciliation, its Prime Minister said at the United Nations today.

UN political chief voices concern about displaced after wrapping up visit to Sri Lanka

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in Government-run camps in Sri Lanka lack basic rights of freedom of movement, and the country is not making the expected progress towards a lasting peace in the wake of the end earlier this year to fighting between military forces and Tamil rebels, the United Nations political chief said today.

Sri Lanka should permit impartial probe into alleged execution video – UN expert

A United Nations human rights expert has called for an independent probe into the authenticity of a video of alleged extrajudicial executions by Sri Lankan soldiers, stating that the investigations carried out so far have not been impartial.

In Sri Lanka, UN political chief visits camps for displaced

The United Nations political chief travelled today to northern Sri Lanka to get a first-hand look at the situation of displaced civilians living in Government-run camps, and the status of preparations for their resettlement.

UN political chief arrives in Sri Lanka for talks on displaced, reconciliation

The United Nations’ top political official arrived in Sri Lanka today to discuss resettlement, political reconciliation and accountability for alleged human rights violations in the island nation where Government forces defeated Tamil separatists in May after a decades-long conflict.

UN political chief to visit Sri Lanka for talks

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is sending the United Nations’ political chief, B. Lynn Pascoe, to Sri Lanka tomorrow for talks on critical issues, the UN announced today.

UN extremely concerned over detention of staff members in Sri Lanka

The United Nations continues to be extremely concerned with the case of two staff members arrested by Sri Lankan authorities in June, being particularly troubled over suggestions that they were mistreated during the early days of their detention.

Expulsion of UNICEF staff member in Sri Lanka brings dismay from UN

The United Nations has voiced disappointment at Sri Lanka’s decision to expel a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) staff member from the island nation, saying the Government should be supporting the agency’s efforts to advocate on behalf of children.