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At UN, President of Sri Lanka details country’s ‘new vision’ built on sustainability and reconciliation

30 September 2015 – After years of conflict, “a new era of democracy” dawned in Sri Lanka this year, ushering in justice, freedom and equality, the country’s President told the United Nations General Assembly today, reporting that his Government supports a “fresh universal approach” that deals honestly with the past while pursuing sustainable development.

Countries need to step up search of disappeared persons – UN human rights group

18 September 2015 – The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances today urged countries to make the search of disappeared persons a priority, saying that governments now have more information on the number of mobile phones than on the number of disappeared persons.

UN officials outraged at accounts of Sri Lanka war crimes, stress need for accountability

17 September 2015 – Senior United Nations officials today expressed outrage at the very serious accounts of war crimes and crimes against humanity that were allegedly committed between 2002 and 2011 by all parties to the conflict in Sri Lanka, including Government security forces, affiliated paramilitary groups and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

UN urges creation of special court in Sri Lanka after new report confirms ‘horrific’ abuses

16 September 2015 – A new report released today by the United Nations human rights office has identified patterns of grave violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011, and recommends the establishment of a hybrid special court to ensure that justice is served.

Persecution of civil society, migration crisis top concerns of UN human rights chief

14 September 2015 – An “exhausted and angry” High Commissioner for Human Rights today opened the 30th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council with a wide-ranging address in which he singled out countries by name for their role in accelerating human misery and implored decision-makers worldwide to swiftly establish an effective and principled policy to deal with the global migration crisis.