Monthly Archives: June 2012

HRC calls for urgent investigation in Syrian killings

The Human Rights Council (HRC) at the weekend concluded a Special Session to examine the deteriorating human rights situation in Syria and the recent killings in El Houleh in which it adopted a resolution condemning the violence and ongoing human rights violations in Syria; requesting the Commission of Inquiry to hold a special inquiry into the events in El Houleh; and inviting the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States to brief the Council at its twentieth session. In the resolution, adopted by 41 votes in favour, three votes against and two abstentions, the HRC condemned in the strongest possible terms the outrageous use of force … Continue reading

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Gen Fonseka released to be prisoner in the open

By Nalaka Rupasinghe Former Sri Lankan army commander Gen Sarath Fonseka, who was last month released from prison after being pardoned by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, seems to have received a partial pardon that forbids him from participating in the 2016 country’s presidential and general elections. Gen Fonseka who was widely credited with the 2009 military victory of the Tamil Tigers rebels, was jailed for corruption two years ago. In 2009, he had been made Chief of the Defence Staff after overseeing the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). But he made a mistake when he tried to build on his military victory by resigning the army and … Continue reading

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