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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

No Victory in Sri Lanka

Article 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.

Article Source: 
New York Times

Amnesty International: Free Sri Lankan Journalist J.S. Tissainayagam

Amnesty:

Call on the Sri Lankan government to release J.S. Tissainayagam immediately and unconditionally.

Arundhati Roy:We are neither with you nor with the terrorists

Two-part video of Arundhati Roy’s closing keynote at the Women’s Action Forum organized an evening of resistance at Karachi Press Club, on 8th May 2009.

Main points

1. Never Surrender our complications (Edit: in the main body...important to listen to whole speech...I did over simplify!...She said, do not oversimply what is complicated or make complicated what is simple).

2. Never pick and choose injustices

3. Never make that choice of either you are with us or with the terrorists

Liberal Internationalism: Amnesty USA Issues Appeal To Get Letters To Obama on Sri Lanka

By: on 14 May 2009

Thinking through how to deal with violence in a less-powerful society that is at the whim of larger, more powerful societies is hard.  I know I should sign this but take into account the competing agendas of not supporting liberal imperialism ever again and ameliorating humanitarian disasters.  Take a look and see what you think and sign AFTER TAILORING the

Sri Lanka denies IMF loan delay

Article Date: 
30 Apr 2009

Sri Lanka has denied reports that a proposed loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is being delayed by the US, officials say.

American officials said the move was aimed at putting pressure on Colombo to do more to help civilians caught up in the fighting in the north.

But a senior Sri Lankan official says the talks are on schedule.

Sri Lanka has been holding talks with the IMF for a loan of nearly a $2bn to weather the global economic crisis.

International concern

Article Source: 
BBC World News

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
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