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ICTR betrayed Rwanda says Rwandan justice minister

Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama has said the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’s refusal to let the
country host records of trial proceedings constitute a betrayal.
Karugarama, who said the trial records are an integral part of Rwanda’s history, told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday that ICTR has failed to serve its cause.
The ICTR was established […]

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Prince William PR photo reveals substandard military passwords

A series of photos supposed to provide an insight into Prince William’s time in the RAF revealed something a little more, when several images were shown to contain sensitive information, including login details to a military website.
When the PR folk got together and said “let’s do a day-in-the-life of Prince William in the Royal Air […]

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Moon on UN’s failure to meet its responsibilities in Sri Lanka

New York, 14 November 2012 :
Statement of the Secretary-General on Internal Review Panel Report on Sri Lanka
The conduct of the final months of the war in Sri Lanka in 2009 generated profound concerns
about alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. In 2010, following an agreement with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, I established a Panel of […]

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UN ‘failed Sri Lanka civilians’, says internal probe

UN failed
The United Nations failed in its mandate to protect civilians in the last months of Sri Lanka’s
bloody civil war, a leaked draft of a highly critical internal UN report says.
“Events in Sri Lanka mark a grave failure of the UN,” it concludes.
The government and Tamil rebels are accused of war crimes in the brutal […]

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Mixed results: Sri Lanka pilloried and praised at UPR in Geneva

Pilloried and praised, congratulated and condemned, Sri Lanka has received a forthright, but divided, assessment of its postwar human rights record.
Sri Lanka, whose 26-year-civil war ended in 2009 with the defeat of the separatist Tamil Tigers,
was excoriated by a swath of countries, including the US, Britain, France and Canada, at the UN Human Rights Commissioner’s […]

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US concerned about Sri Lanka government’s efforts to impeach Chief Justice

U.S. Statement at the UPR of Sri Lanka
1 November 2012, 11:08 am
U.S. Statement at the UPR of Sri Lanka 14th Session –
 November 1, 2012 Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe
Note: An abbreviated version of this text was delivered at the Universal Periodic Review due to time constraints.
The United States welcomes H.E. Mr. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Plantation
Industries […]

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Sri Lanka: Government still calling the bloody war a humanitarian operation at UPR

“Almost a year earlier, the LTTE had been defeated in the Eastern Theatre and measures to ensure a return to civilian life were being implemented. Soon after the Review, the final phase of the humanitarian operation was launched to rescue the civilians who were being held by the LTTE in the Northern Province of Sri […]

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Sri Lanka undergoes Universal Periodic Review tomorrow

NEW YORK: Tomorrow, the 1st of November, between 2:30 and 6pm, Geneva time (9:30 in New
York, 13:30 in London, 19:00 in Colombo & Delhi) Sri Lanka will undergo its second Universal Periodic Review.
This four yearly process allows the Human Rights Council to investigate structural failings with respect to human rights in every country in the […]

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Ten critical Human Rights challenges for the next American President

Introduction
The upcoming presidential election and inauguration of the next administration is a critical moment to review and update U.S. policy on human
rights. Among the challenges the United States faces in the coming years are human rights abuses committed by governments and other actors across the globe that flout internationally accepted principles and undermine U.S. values […]

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Zimbabwe:support for President Mugabe’s party has nearly doubled since 2010

New Poll Finds Zimbabweans Uncertain About Political Future
Zimbabweans are uncertain about their political future and fear increased violence in the lead up to elections, according to a new public opinion
survey sponsored by Freedom House. More than four in five respondents, however, plan to cast a vote. The survey also found that support for President Mugabe’s […]

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Mixed results: Sri Lanka pilloried and praised at UPR in Geneva

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Statements

Ambassador Donahoe

US concerned about Sri Lanka government’s efforts to impeach Chief Justice

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Minister Samarasinghe

Sri Lanka: Government still calling the bloody war a humanitarian operation at UPR

“Almost a year earlier, the LTTE had been defeated in the Eastern Theatre and measures to ensure a return to civilian life were being implemented. ...

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Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Rajapakse (R)

Sri Lanka undergoes Universal Periodic Review tomorrow

NEW YORK: Tomorrow, the 1st of November, between 2:30 and 6pm, Geneva time (9:30 in New Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Rajapakse (R) York, 13:30 in ...

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Zimbabwe:support for President Mugabe’s party has nearly doubled since 2010

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