Sri Lanka

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New years' halt to Sri Lanka fighting: president

Article Date: 
12 Apr 2009

Sri Lanka's president on Sunday ordered the military not to attack the Tamil Tigers during a two-day holiday in order to allow thousands of civilians to escape a no-fire zone where they are being held by the separatists...

There was no immediate comment from the LTTE, whose agreement to let the people go is essential. The United Nations and witnesses say people are being kept as human shields and forced conscripts or being shot as they try to flee.

In late January, Rajapaksa gave a 48-hour window of safe passage to civilians and urged the Tigers to let them go, but the rebels refused.

Article Source: 
Reuters

'Two of us fled. 75 other women killed themselves with grenades,' says Tamil Tiger

Article Date: 
12 Apr 2009

By the time Arulmathy and her fellow Tamil Tigers realised they were surrounded, it was too late. They had fallen asleep and now Sri Lankan soldiers were swarming into their bunker. Arulmathy watched aghast as 75 women she had fought beside for so many months reached for their hand grenades, pulled the pins and blew themselves to pieces, as they had been ordered to do.

Article Author: 
Gethin Chamberlain
Article Source: 
The Guardian

I am dying, Eelam, dying

Article Date: 
10 Apr 2009

New Delhi, April 11: Velupillai Prabhakaran is in an unpredictable mood these days. Sometimes when his gimlet eyes fix on those around him, he looks murderous.

Sometimes he looks like a broken man muttering under his breath, I am dying, Eelam, dying, as though he were in some Shakespearean melodrama. Those around him are wary of talking to him when Prabhakaran is having a conversation with himself. When they see a rage building up inside him, they keep out of the line of his sight.

Article Author: 
V Sudarshan
Article Source: 
Indian Express

Sri Lankan media ban 'a disgrace': rights group

Article Date: 
11 Apr 2009

"It is a disgrace that this war is being waged without independent journalists present," Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said.

"With a major humanitarian crisis and war crimes clearly taking place, the government must heed the international community's calls for a ceasefire and for better access for humanitarian workers and journalists."

Article Source: 
APF

Sri Lanka: Stop Shelling ‘No-Fire Zone’

Article Date: 
9 Apr 2009

Human Rights Watch called upon the United Nations Security Council to take urgent measures, including by sending a special envoy to Sri Lanka, to bring an end to violations of international humanitarian law by government forces and the LTTE.

"Sri Lanka's so-called ‘no-fire zone' is now one of the most dangerous places in the world," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "The Security Council has quibbled over protocol when it should be acting to bring an end to this ghastly loss of life."

Article Source: 
Human Rights Watch

Prabhakaran unwell, says Sri Lankan Govt

Article Date: 
8 Apr 2009

The LTTE's dreaded intelligence chief Pottu Amman has taken the overall command of the outfit amid the “fast deteriorating mental health condition” of its supremo V Prabhakaran who is hiding in the ‘no fire zone’ in Sri Lanka's north, the Defenc e Ministry said on Wednesday...

“Pottu Amman, the so-called intelligence leader of the LTTE, has now taken the overall command of the terror outfit” with Prabhakaran's mental health condition “fast deteriorating,” the ministry said in a statement.

Article Source: 
Hindu Business Line

Sri Lankan hospital shelled in Tamil no-fire zone

Article Date: 
9 Apr 2009

At least 20 people were killed and nearly 300 injured yesterday when a hospital in the last area of Sri Lanka held by the Tamil Tigers was shelled in what one doctor described as the worst day of bloodshed since the start of the military campaign.

The doctor, Thangamutha Sathiyamorthy, blamed the Sri Lankan army for firing shells that landed next to two health facilities in Putumattalan, on the northern end of the tiny strip of the Sri Lankan coastline where tens of thousands of civilians are trapped by the fighting. The military strenuously denied the allegation.

Article Source: 
Guardian

Urgent need for humanitarian ceasefire in Sri Lanka

Article Date: 
7 Apr 2009

Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, has commented on the situation in Sri Lanka following worrying reports of fighting taking place in civilian concentrated areas within the country.

David Miliband said:

"Recent reports suggesting that the Sri Lankan military have now captured all the territory outside the so-called 'no fire zone' and that fighting is now going on inside the zone, where the civilian population is concentrated, are deeply worrying..."

Article Source: 
UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

UN issues new Sri Lanka warning

Article Date: 
8 Apr 2009

The UN has issued a fresh appeal for a humanitarian pause or lull in the fighting in Sri Lanka to avoid a "bloodbath" on the beaches.

Article Source: 
BBC

Surrender, we’ll rehabilitate you: Lanka Govt to LTTE

Article Date: 
8 Apr 2009

Exuding confidence that LTTE will never "raise its head again" after it suffered a string of military defeats at the hands of the Sri Lankan Army, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has asked the rebels to surrender, promising to "rehabilitate" them as "good citizens".

Article Source: 
Indian Express
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