Sri Lanka

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Will expose Rajapaksa's misdeeds, says Fonseka

Article Date: 
6 Dec 2009

Gearing up for an electoral fight with Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's war hero, Gen Sarath Fonseka, addressed his first political gathering in Colombo, pledging to fight "corruption" and expose the government's "misdeeds" if elected President.

Fonseka, the common opposition candidate for the forthcoming Presidential election, said he "will expose the Rajapaksa regime of its misdeeds and rampant corruption at the opportune moment", the Sunday Island reported.

Article Source: 
Press Trust of India

Sri Lanka rules out outside probe

Article Date: 
31 May 2009

Sri Lanka has dismissed calls for an independent inquiry into claims of human rights abuses by the military, saying its own courts will investigate.

Foreign minister Rohita Bogollagama said the claims that heavy weaponry was used in civilian areas during the war with Tamil rebels were "fictional".

Article Source: 
BBC

S.Lanka seeks help in dismantling Tigers' network

Article Date: 
31 May 2009

But Bogollagama said the campaign to crush the rebels was a model for others to follow.

"Sri Lanka will, no doubt, enter the annals of history as a classic textbook example of a nation that successfully prevailed over the scourge of terrorism, whilst tenaciously upholding the cherished values of democracy and human rights that have been deeply engraved in the psyche of our people," he said.

Article Author: 
Philip Lim
Article Source: 
AFP

'I'm only 16. They gave me a rifle. It was heavy. They said we had to go forward. If we came back, they would shoot us'

Article Date: 
31 May 2009

The accounts of these boys and girls who surrendered to the Sri Lankan army were shocking. They say they were dragged screaming from their families and sent into action with only a few days of basic training. The older members of the LTTE warned them to keep firing and advancing, or they would be shot by their own side from behind.

Those who did try to escape said they were fired on by their own side. Children who were recaptured had their hair shaved off to mark them as deserters and boys were beaten.

Article Author: 
Gethin Chamberlain
Article Source: 
Guardian

The hidden massacre: Sri Lanka’s final offensive against Tamil Tigers

Article Date: 
29 May 2009

More than 20,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the final throes of the Sri Lankan civil war, most as a result of government shelling, an investigation by The Times has revealed.

The number of casualties is three times the official figure.

The Sri Lankan authorities have insisted that their forces stopped using heavy weapons on April 27 and observed the no-fire zone where 100,000 Tamil men, women and children were sheltering. They have blamed all civilian casualties on Tamil Tiger rebels concealed among the civilians.

Article Author: 
Catherine Philp
Article Source: 
The Times of London

Cairn lining up Sri Lanka survey

Article Date: 
28 May 2009

Cairn Lanka hopes to begin acquiring seismic data offshore Sri Lanka late this year or early in 2010.

The government of Sri Lanka granted the company a license last October to explore for oil and gas in the Mannar basin. The block covers an area of around 3,000 sq km (1,158 sq mi), in water depths from 200-1,800 m (656-5,905 ft).

Article Source: 
Offshore Magazine

UN supports Sri Lanka aid effort

Article Date: 
27 May 2009

The United Nations Human Rights Council has offered support to Sri Lanka's humanitarian efforts as it recovers from its war with Tamil Tiger rebels.

However, the emergency session resolution did not mention granting UN aid agencies full access to the 300,000 displaced people in army-run camps.

Article Source: 
BBC

Sri Lanka eases restrictions at biggest camp: U.N.

Article Date: 
27 May 2009

Sri Lanka's government has relaxed restrictions on motor vehicles in the country's largest refugee camp that had hampered aid distribution, though the needs of people there remain acute, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently visited the Manik Farm refugee camp, where some 220,000 people displaced by the fighting between Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces in northeastern Sri Lanka have been relocated.

Article Author: 
Louis Charbonneau
Article Source: 
Reuters

Sri Lanka urged at U.N. to ensure aid reaches Tamils

Article Date: 
27 May 2009

The International Committee of the Red Cross, which has evacuated 14,000 sick and wounded people and their families from the Sri Lankan war zone since February, said it still did not have full access to its military-run camps for displaced people.

ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger cited huge needs for aid and medical care for those sheltering in facilities such Manik Farm, which holds about 210,000 people.

It is "still not clear" whether Sri Lanka will allow aid workers to reach people needy help, Kellenberger said. "We are in discussions with them," he told a news conference in Geneva.

Article Source: 
Reuters

End of a War: How Sri Lanka's terrorist Tamil Tigers brought about their own destruction

Article Date: 
19 May 2009

Rarely in the contemporary world has a domestic insurgency been as decisively crushed by military means as the Tamil Tiger rebels of Sri Lanka have been -- and arguably not in recent times has a reversal of fortunes been so dramatic. During a war that raged more than a quarter century, the Tigers, who claimed to represent a minority that makes up about a fifth of Sri Lanka's population, grew to control more than a third of the country and operated their own government, legal system, navy and air force.

Article Source: 
Washington Post
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