Sri Lanka

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.

Sri Lanka: Ban stresses need for accountability process over end to civil war

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for a “credible national accountability process” over actions in the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka during a meeting with Mahinda Rajapaksa, the country’s President.

At UN, Sri Lanka urges tough and consistent global approach against terrorism

Terrorism remains the greatest threat to stability and progress worldwide, Sri Lanka’s President told the General Assembly today, calling on countries to agree on taking a consistent and uncompromising approach in a bid to stamp out the menace.

Ban forwards report on Sri Lanka war crimes to top UN human rights body

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent the report of his panel of experts on accountability issues during the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka to the United Nations human rights chief and the President of the Human Rights Council.

After body of Sri Lankan rights defender is apparently found, UN calls for action

The United Nations human rights office today called for the swift investigation and prosecution of the killers of a prominent human rights defender whose body is believed to have been found, 17 months after he disappeared.

Sri Lanka: UN expert calls on Government to probe executions captured on video

An independent United Nations human rights expert has called on Sri Lankan authorities to thoroughly investigate the apparent execution of several men by Government soldiers, saying a disputed video of the incident seems to be authentic.

Sri Lanka: UN rights chief urges further probes into reports of war crimes

The United Nations human rights chief today urged further investigations into the conduct of the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka after a UN panel into those events found there were credible reports that both Government forces and Tamil rebels had committed war crimes.

Panel of experts finds credible reports of war crimes during Sri Lanka conflict – UN

The panel of experts set up to advise Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on accountability issues with respect to the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka has found credible reports of war crimes committed by both the Government and Tamil rebels and calls for genuine investigations into the allegations, according to a report made public today by the United Nations.

Sri Lanka: UN chief receives report of panel of experts on human rights issues

The panel of experts set up to advise Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on accountability issues with respect to the conflict in Sri Lanka today delivered its report to the United Nations chief, who is sharing a copy with the Government prior to making it public.

Sri Lankan farmers need urgent help after losing rice harvest to floods – UN official

Sri Lanka may have lost up to 40 per cent of the national rice harvest to the two waves of floods that ravaged the country in December and January, and inhabitants of the affected areas will need continued humanitarian support until they recover from the destruction, a United Nations official said today.