Sri Lanka

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Date: 27 May 2009

Even after declaring victory in Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war, the country’s leaders seem unable to distinguish between the enemy — the brutal but apparently vanquished Tamil Tiger separatists — and innocent bystanders. Despite appeals from Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary general, and from others, the government has not given international aid organizations full access to government-run camps, where an estimated 280,000 civilians are said to be in desperate need of food, water and medical care.

Author: | Source: New York Times | Submitted by: on 27 May 2009 | Comments: 17
Date: 16 May 2009

Sri Lankan players who signed up to the unofficial Indian Cricket League (ICL) will be considered for international selection if they sever ties with the rebel organisation, the country's cricket board said.

Author: | Source: Reuters | Submitted by: on 26 May 2009 | Comments: 31
Date: 16 May 2009

Speaking on a visit to Jordan, Mahinda Rajapakse said he would return home to a nation totally free from the "barbaric acts" of the rebel group.

However, senior officials told the BBC fighting rages on in a tiny area of the north-east where the Tigers' leadership is said to be cornered.

Author: | Source: BBC | Submitted by: on 26 May 2009 | Comments: 15
Date: 16 May 2009

Apart from all the above, there are some difficult problems reporting Sri Lanka.

Lots of the worst things that happen go on well away from the eyes of independent journalists.

In these circumstances, when we can't be sure for ourselves who has done what, all we can do is report what people say has happened.

In Sri Lanka that often means this: A group of people are killed, quite possibly civilians. The government and the Tigers accuse each other of the killings.

To complicate matters further, "shadowy paramilitary groups" may have been involved.

Author: Bernard Gabony | Source: BBC | Submitted by: on 26 May 2009 | Comments: 18
Date: 26 May 2009

"We do not know what the other Tamil parties are up to, or what they are looking for," says Suresh Premachandran, a senior member of Parliament with the TNA. "However, if they too are looking for a solution that gives greater autonomy to the northeast, then we have no problem in holding discussions with the Tamil parties. There must be a radical change in the constitution. Both the north and east should be merged and should be given a greater autonomy with more powers."

Author: Amantha Perera | Source: TIME | Submitted by: on 26 May 2009 | Comments: 16
Date: 26 May 2009

Aid agencies have warned that a lack of sanitation and adequate medicine was allowing disease like hepatitis to spread.

Indeed, many of the inmates interviewed at Manik Farm said their children were suffering from diarrhea and other illnesses that stem from tainted water. One woman held up her baby who she said had diarrhea for three days. When she took him to the camp clinic the doctor said the child was fine and sent her away, she said.

Author: Ravi Nessman | Source: Associated Press | Submitted by: on 26 May 2009 | Comments: 18
Date: 26 May 2009

Many of the remaining 2,000 who have "self-confessed" are likely to face trial.

"They have taken guns, fought against the army. So they have to go through rehabilitation so that they can live as normal Sri Lankans," said military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara.

Author: Shihar Aneez | Source: Reuters | Submitted by: on 26 May 2009 | Comments: 15
Date: 27 May 2009

The Sri Lankan government said Tuesday that the Prevention of Terrorism Act and State of Emergency will be continued in the island for some time despite the conclusion of civil war.

Nimal Siripala de Silva, majority leader of the House told parliament that though terrorism has been completely wiped out, terrorist activists are still at large prowling every corner of the country.

Author: | Source: Xinua | Submitted by: on 26 May 2009 | Comments: 13
Date: 26 May 2009

In her opening speech to the UNHRC's emergency summit in Geneva, Ms Pillay said there were "strong reasons to believe that both sides have grossly disregarded the fundamental principle of the inviolability of civilians".

She said an "independent and credible international investigation" should be carried out to establish "the occurrence, nature and scale of violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law, as well as specific responsibilities".

Author: | Source: BBC | Submitted by: on 26 May 2009 | Comments: 22
Date: 26 May 2009

Sri Lanka's police chief on Tuesday urged "people who have links to terrorist activities" to surrender at the nearest police station or army camp.

The call came from chief Jayantha Wickremaratne as government security forces and police pressed on in their search for rebel suspects in the capital, Colombo, its suburbs and principal towns.

Author: | Source: CNN | Submitted by: on 26 May 2009 | Comments: 14
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