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TNA and GTF to attend discussion on Lanka

This KOFF Sri Lanka Roundtable aims at providing a space for exchange on the current context, on opportunities and challenges ahead, as well as on the outcomes and potential of initiatives such as the dialogue meeting in Singapore to support future negotiations for political solutions and a peaceful transformation of the conflict. (Colombo Gazette) Titled “The Current Context in Sri Lanka:  Opportunities & Challenges Ahead”, the discussion in Bern will see the participation of TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran, GTF spokesman Suren Surenthiran and also Asanga Welikala, Senior Researcher of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA). Organizers said that the parliamentary elections in August 2015 confirmed that Sri Lanka is undergoing a process of dramatic changes since the election of President Sirisena in January 2015 and the subsequent formation of a coalition government. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) will be attending a discussion in Switzerland on Sri Lanka next week.The discussion, organized by the KOFF Centre for Peacebuilding, is taking place as the UN Human Rights Council meets in Geneva with Sri Lanka also on the agenda. read more

UN marks 10 year anniversary of relationship with International Criminal Court

In a joint statement, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Sang-Hyun Song, welcome the tenth anniversary of the entry-into-force of the Relationship Agreement between two organizations.“The conclusion of the Relationship Agreement was a significant milestone in the collective efforts of the international community to end impunity for the most serious crimes of international concern,” according to the statement. The Relationship Agreement entered into force on 4 October 2004, following its signing by then ICC President Judge Philippe Kirsch and the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.Under the accord, the ICC and the UN recognize each other’s mandates and status, and agree to cooperate and consult with each other on matters of mutual interest.The Agreement was founded “on a shared belief that peace can only be served if those responsible for the suffering of the victims of unimaginable atrocities are brought to justice,” according to Mr. Ban and Mr. Song. It has also provided a solid basis for cooperation between the UN and the ICC in a wide range of fields.The Hague-based ICC is an independent international body that is not part of the UN and tries those accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.Any of the currently 122 States Parties to the 1998 Rome Statute which set up the Court can ask its Prosecutor to carry out an investigation, a non-State Party can accept its jurisdiction for crimes committed in its territory or by its nationals, and the Council may also refer cases to it. Its mandate is to try individuals, rather than States. read more