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Posts Tagged ‘Justice’

Sri Lanka’s Crumbling Credibility

Reuters photo   By Kumarathasan Rasingam The credibility of Sri Lanka in relation to the settlement of the 60 year old ethnic problem of Tamils can be judged from the fate of several pacts, agreements and undertakings which were made from 1956 to 2009 and the Sri Lankan Government’s unwillingness to comply with the implementation […]

Sri Lanka and the International Criminal Court

Reuters photo   By Thambu Kanagasabai There appears to be some confusion as to the scope of functions and jurisdiction of the ICC, and more particularly its jurisdiction over Sri Lanka’s alleged war crimes.

Cheap Justice

Reuters photo   By Muhammad Shoaib Khan Once upon a time, a parrot and sparrow went to a forest. The forest had no sign of existing life. The parrot commented that only an imprudent will agree to live here because it is such a deserted place…

Give us justice, not lectures on morals and beliefs

AFP photo   By Imad Zafar Humans in the stone age traditionally had armed gangs to solve disputes. Whoever had a big gang and arms was ultimately the winner in the end.

Sri Lanka & UNHRC Session – March 2017

Dinuka Liyanawatte   By Thambu Kanagasabai   Will Justice for Tamils be Delayed for Denial?

GSP Plus for Sri Lanka: Testing EU’s commitments

Joe Klamar/AFP   By Thambu Kanagasabai Under this scheme the European Union grants additional tariff reductions to developing countries for imports eligible to qualify for these duty concessions. This scheme, enjoyed by Sri Lanka until 2010, was suspended due to the ‘failure of Mahinda’s government to address reported human rights violations in the country”.

No justice in South Sudan after July rapes and killings

Jok Solomun/Reuters   By Magdalena Mis The United Nations rebuked South Sudan on Monday for failing to pursue justice after grave human rights abuses — including killings and gang rapes — committed during an explosion of violence in the capital Juba in July.

UN system owes Sri Lankan Tamils remedial justice

AFP photo   By Kumarathasan Rasingam   “In the end, it comes down to values, as was said so many times today. We want the world our children inherit to be defined by the values enshrined in the UN Charter: peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance and solidarity.”  –  António Guterres – New UN Secretary […]

CAR: Urgent need to rebuild justice system as war crime suspects ‘roam free’

Emmanuel Braun/Reuters   By Amnesty International   ‘This is impunity on a staggering scale, and it is undermining efforts to rebuild CAR and create a sustainable peace,’ Illaria Allegrozzi.   The vast majority of the suspected war criminals in the Central African Republic are roaming free and in some cases living side by side with […]

Verdict on Raviraj murder case: Another travesty of justice

By M.K. Eelaventhan The recent acquittal of six accused in the political murder trial of late MP Nadarajah Raviraj is not surprising but it is yet another expected verdict from the Sri Lankan judiciary.

Orgreave – Mrs Thatcher’s Halloween Ghost!

By Hazel Speed A couple of years ago, during a train journey into London, a large slogan on a building caught my eye: ‘the witch is dead but the spell lives on‘.

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: The Pakistani-India Conflict

Indranil Mukherjee/AFP   By Cynthia M. Lardner

Observations of an Expat: The Modern Victim State

Josh Haner   By Tom Arms The residents of the Marshall Islands are the ultimate modern age victims. If they don’t die from cancer inflicted by nuclear testing they will drown from rising sea levels caused by climate change.

‘Eluga Tamil’ (Arise Tamils) and vilifying Justice Wigneswaran

Chamila Karunaratne/AP   By Thambu Kanagasabai The ‘Eluga Tamil’ rallies held in Jaffna on September 24, 2016 received an overwhelming response and ended with astonishing success beyond the expectations of many, belying the pessimists.

Continued fighting in South Sudan must not derail Hybrid Court to try war crimes

Simon Maina/AFP   By Amnesty International Continued fighting in South Sudan must not derail justice for crimes committed during the deadly conflict that began in December 2013, said human rights NGO Amnesty International and FIDH in a joint briefing published yesterday.

Justice for the Orgreave Miners?

John Harris   By Hazel Speed Justice. A small word, but subsumed therein are inherent virtuous elements, such as truth, honour and doing the right thing in any given matter.

Deference of certain law-breaking areas to Civil Law

Ian Waldie   By Hazel Speed It is not until a person may have reason to enquire with the Council or various Government Offices, Land Registry, etc, or even the Police directly that edification is provided they no longer become involved in certain issues anymore, whereas previously they may have done, even though the matter […]

Parity – Mugged in a Political Alley

K Wootton   By Hazel Speed We quite often hear about Parity in ‘this or that’ or between genders and age-groups. Some types of parity will begin in the future, other models of parity may commence soon or immediately, even further forms remain under debate either within the House of Commons or ‘the Other Place’.

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: International Criminal Law

By Cynthia M. Lardner International criminal tribunals have been created to redress the harm done to millions of victims as a result of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, to provide reparations, and to act as a deterrent. Vested with the authority to proceed when nations are unable to effectively adjudicate matters internally and […]

Political pressure on Katumbi denounced ahead of DRC elections

Fiston Mahamba/AFP   By Darell Maurice Since leaving his post of governor of the mineral-rich province of Katanga, resigning from the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) and announcing his candidacy for the Presidency of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Moïse Katumbi has become the bane of the presidential majority.

Iran Air Flight 655 – Lest We Forget

By Rupen Savoulian The title above comes from an article in the Washington Post published in 2013, referring to the shooting down of civilian Iranian Air Flight 655 back in 1988. The Iranian airliner was on a routine flight from Tehran to Dubai, when it was shot down by two surface-to-air missiles launched from the […]

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: How the United Nations Security Council Has Failed You

Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters   By Cynthia M. Lardner In today’s turbulent world “…three core themes come to the fore: justice, security, and rule of law,” stated Dr. Abi Williams, President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice, who has previously served under United Nations Secretary Generals Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon.

A Justice with Pakistan

By Sattar Rind Mumtaz Qadri, the confessed killer of Pakistan People’s Party politician and ex-Governor of the Punjab province Salmaan Taseer, was executed at the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi at 4:30am on the morning of February 29 2016.

“More than Just a Welcome Mat”: Protecting and Promoting Human Rights in Post Conflict Societies

By Anant Mishra “The recognition of victims as individuals and holders of rights is essential in any attempts to redress massive human rights violations and prevent their recurrence.”