Posts Tagged ‘ civil war ’

Tutu to the UN: Sri Lanka needs healing

Mar 5th, 2014 | By

In a letter to the UN, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, representing human rights activists, has appealed for a commission of inquiry in Sri Lanka. We, concerned individuals and organisations from around the world, urge the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to use their March 2014 session to pass a resolution that will include a

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Let the U.N. Unmask the Criminals of Sri Lanka’s War

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By

BRUSSELS — IN early 2009, as many as 40,000 civilians were killed in the final days of Sri Lanka’s civil war, having been herded into an area about the size of Central Park and subjected to relentless shelling. No one has been held accountable for these crimes, and even now the government in Colombo remains

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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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Sri Lanka says international war crimes probe would bring ‘chaos’

Jan 30th, 2014 | By

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An international inquiry into war crimes in Sri Lanka would bring “chaos,” and the government’s national reconciliation process must be given several more years to work, a top aide to Sri Lanka’s president said on Monday. Lalith Weeratunga, in Washington to lobby against calls for such an inquiry, said Sri Lanka needed

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Sri Lanka: Poverty in Vanni: Ghost of Sri Lanka’s war

Dec 15th, 2013 | By

Amantha Perera files a ground report on the hardships of communities in the north Its early morning in Mankulam, and I’m driving along the A9 – the road is paved, in marked contrast to the giant potholes that dotted the track a decade ago. It looks more like one of those new highways that have come

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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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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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CPA/SI Survey on Democracy in Post-War Sri Lanka: Summary of Findings

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By

Given the opportunity to allocate money from the National Budget to sectors of their choice, people would choose Education, Health and Agriculture. Around 82% of Sri Lankans say that the general security situation in the country has changed for the better over the last two years, with 42.8% stating that it has got a lot

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North CM on War Path With Sri Lankan Government

Dec 1st, 2013 | By

By P K Balachandran – COLOMBO After a month of cooperation with the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, the Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-speaking Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran, has switched to confrontation. On Thursday, Wigneswaran tried to inspect the Hindu temples and houses allegedly damaged by the Sri Lankan army in the Weligamam North High Security

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