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Channel 4 publishes ‘The Uncorrupted Truth’ on war crimes in Sri Lanka

Mar 1st, 2014 | By

Channel 4 has today taken the unprecedented step of publishing a detailed refutation of “an international propaganda offensive” launched by supporters of the Sri Lankan government against its reporting of events at the end of Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war. Channel 4’s News and Current Affairs journalists have led the way in exposing the country’s

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Sri Lanka’s Northern House-funding Gap

Mar 1st, 2014 | By

COLOMBO, 25 February 2014 (IRIN) – More than US$300 million is needed for the construction of over 60,000 new homes in Sri Lanka’s conflict-affected north, say aid officials. “There is very little, almost nothing that is coming by way of new funding for housing construction,” Jagath Abeysinghe, president of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society

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A case of homes, schools and livelihoods sacrificed in the name of security

Dec 11th, 2013 | By

TRADING SCHOOLING FOR SECURITY? Nadeswara College, Jaffna, whose old building was reportedly demolished to make way for the Sri Lankan army’s High Security Zone. — PHOTO: MEERA SRINIVASAN By Meera Srinivasan  It has been a long while since the Jaffna school lost its building to the Sri Lankan army — which uses it for its

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Sri Lanka: Victims coerced to produce false affidavits on controversial birth control in Vanni

Dec 6th, 2013 | By

Colombo has instructed Tamil health officials in Ki’linochchi district to obtain ‘affidavits’ from women who were subjected to a controversial coercive population control in three coastal villages of the district. The women are being approached to sign a document stating that they received subdermal implants on their own request for contraceptive protection. The latest move

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US: Patience with Sri Lanka could ‘wear thin’

Dec 4th, 2013 | By

MATTHEW PENNINGTON WASHINGTON (AP) — International patience could wear thin with Sri Lanka unless it takes action to address allegations of atrocities during the island nation’s civil war, the top U.S. diplomat for South Asia said Tuesday. Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal stopped short of endorsing a deadline set last month by British Prime

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A Submission to the Commission to Investigate Complaints Regarding Missing Persons

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By

By Chandra Jayarathna In terms of the invitation published in the Media under your hand, dated 31st October 2013, calling for written submissions, I am pleased to make the under-noted submissions: The Commission should interpret the scope of its Terms of Reference as set out in the Warrant issued by the President, taking cognizance of

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India Won’t Rest Till Lanka Implements 13th Amendment: PC

Dec 1st, 2013 | By

India today asserted that it would not rest till the Sri Lanka implemented the 13th amendment and insisted on an “elaborate, independent and genuine probe” acceptable to the international community into the ‘genocide’ by that government during 2009 civil war. “There are attempts being made there for not implementing the 13th amendment in the Sri

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Sri Lanka counting the civil-war dead amid pressure for inquiry into abuses

Dec 1st, 2013 | By

Shihar Aneez And Ranga Sirilal /Colombo — Reuters Sri Lanka began counting the dead from its 26-year civil war on Thursday, less than two weeks after the island nation came under intense international pressure to investigate allegations of war crimes during the climax of the conflict. About 16,000 officials will spread out across the country

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SRI LANKA : Extrajudicial Killings – as an indicator of the collapse of the ethical and moral order

Dec 1st, 2013 | By

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission Yesterday, in our statement titled murders and extra judicial killings we commented on the killing of a police constable and his wife followed by what clearly appeared to be extra judicial killings of three persons who were alleged suspects of the said crime. The inquiries into the

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Sri Lanka bans remembrance of rebels Tamil Tigers

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

Sri Lankan Tamils hold pictures of family members who disappeared during the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at a protest in Jaffna, about 400 km north of Colombo November 15, 2013. Image by: STRINGER/SRI LANKA / REUTERS Sri Lanka’s military Monday announced a ban on commemorations of the island’s defeated Tamil Tiger

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