Posts Tagged ‘ civil ’

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: Smear campaign and threats against Ms. Nimalka Fernando

Nov 15th, 2013 | By

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Sri Lanka. Description of the information: The Observatory has received with great concern information from reliable sources about the smear

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Documentary on Sri Lanka set for international release

Oct 31st, 2013 | By

Critically acclaimed Indian filmmaker Leena Manimekalai’s White Van Stories, a documentary on enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka with never-seen-before footage, is set for an international release. The two-hour documentary shows seven characters and the unexplained disappearances of their loved ones in post-war Sri Lanka. The characters will also give audiences a stark glimpse at their

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Britain demands ‘concrete progress’ on Sri Lanka rights

Oct 18th, 2013 | By

Britain will use next month’s Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka to pressure Colombo to make “concrete progress” on human rights and to probe war crimes, the British high commissioner said Wednesday. Prime Minister David Cameron will send a strong message to Colombo to improve its rights record and show a commitment to good governance, said British

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Media Repression and Tamils in Sri Lanka

Oct 18th, 2013 | By

By Daniel Kitts We recently interviewed Sri Lankan journalist Sanjana Hattotuwa from the organizationGroundviews on the many questions surrounding press freedom in Sri Lanka. This week, one where Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced he would not be attending a major heads of government meeting in Sri Lanka, the group Tamils Against Genocideasked to contribute a piece to our website that laid

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UK Worked With Sri Lankan Security Forces During The Final Stages Of The War – Report

Oct 18th, 2013 | By

“Two senior PSNI officers were deployed as ‘critical friends’ of the Sri Lankan regime around the time of a civilian massacre by government forces in 2009. Documents reveal how the UK worked with Sri Lankan security forces during the final stages of the bloody civil war which devastated the country.” Belfast Telegraph reports. British police secretly advised the Sri

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History of Indian Tamil separatism

Oct 14th, 2013 | By

By Harsha Gunasena There were debates in respect of the election manifesto of the Tamil National Alliance in relation to northern provincial council elections. The majority Sinhalese in this country is having a deep fear of devolving power to the minority Tamils. The Tamils of this country have to launch a struggle in order to

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Sri Lanka: Mullaivaikkal residents face desperate plight

Oct 5th, 2013 | By

Vimal Rasenthiran and M. Vasanthan World Socialist Web Site reporters recently visited Mullaivaikkal in the Vanni area of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. The region is where the government military staged the final attacks on the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that ended the island’s long-running civil war in May 2009. The LTTE prevented

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World’s worst passports: Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan rank in top 10

Oct 5th, 2013 | By

Study sees Afghanistan rank the worst in the world while UAE is second best in Arab world for visa-free travel By Bindu Suresh Rai Even as some of the world’s most troubled hotspots have countries maintain a year-round travel advisory for its citizens, several Dubai-based Asian expats claimed surprise that Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan made

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Switzerland defends deportation of Sri Lankans

Oct 5th, 2013 | By

AFP/Geneva — Switzerland on Thursday defended the deportation of two asylum seekers who were arrested upon returning to Sri Lanka, saying they were accused of backing Tamil rebels. The deportations happened shortly before Switzerland’s August 26 decision to halt the forced returns of rejected Sri Lankan asylum seekers, amid growing human rights concerns since the

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