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Toronto Action Alert: Southern Ontario Immigration Raids and Detention Reviews

Economic downturn, recession, new depression. Call it what you will, but in times of economic crisis, non-status workers are more vulnerable than ever.  No One Is Illegal-Toronto is having an emergency demo at the Heritage Detention Centre to protest the detention of hundreds of people following workplace raids across Southern Ontario over the past two days. This might be only the beginning of a coordinated attack on refugees and migrants among Canada's working poor.

Bangladesh 'takes back' Rohingyas

Article Date: 
2 Mar 2009

Bangladesh has taken back 49 boatpeople allegedly pushed back into the sea by Thai authorities and rescued by Indian coastguards two months ago.

A senior Bangladeshi diplomat told the BBC that the Rohingyas were on their way to Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.

Hundreds of migrants were rescued by Indian and Indonesian coastguards. Thai authorities deny mistreatment.

Bangladesh was given a list of 67 Rohingyas by Indian authorities. Dhaka said 49 were its citizens.

Article Author: 
Subir Bhaumik
Article Source: 
BBC News

Nepal's post-war culture of impunity

Article Date: 
1 Mar 2009

Thousands of people in Nepal were killed, tortured or caused to disappear during the 10-year civil conflict which ended in 2006. Even since then, human rights violations have continued.

The perpetrators have come from the Nepal Army, the Maoist former rebels who now lead the government and, recently, from ethnic-based militant factions.

Yet the United Nations missions in the country say no-one has been properly brought to justice for such crimes.

I travelled to the badly affected district of Dhading in central Nepal.

Article Author: 
Charles Haviland
Article Source: 
BBC News

UK Action Alert: Public Meeting on Binayak Sen

PUBLIC MEETING ON BINAYAK SEN

Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2009.
Time: 7.00 p.m.
Venue: SOAS main building (room 4421), Thornaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC IX 0XG
Speakers: Professor Ilina Sen (feminist scholar, human rights activist, wife of Binayak Sen); Kavita Srivastava (People's Union For Civil Liberties, India); Ramesh Gopalakrishnan (Amnesty International); Professor Jonathan Parry (London School of Economics); Mike Marqusee (writer, activist).

Tamil editor arrested in Colombo

Article Date: 
27 Feb 2009

Several journalists and social activists in Chennai got an alarming SMS from Colombo on Thursday morning: well-known Tamil newspaper editor Nadesapillai Vithyatharan had been whisked away by armed men in a white van in the midst of his relative's funeral.

Article Source: 
Times of India

India Can Help End Civilian Killings

Article Date: 
27 Feb 2009

As Sri Lanka’s armed forces battle the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in their last stronghold, the island country’s influential neighbour, India, is weighing diplomatic options to goad President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government to save civilians trapped in the war zone.

Article Author: 
Praful Bidwai
Article Source: 
Inter-Press Service

Freed Detainee Arrives in Britain

Article Date: 
23 Feb 2009

A Guantánamo detainee at the center of a long standoff between the United States and Britain was freed and returned to Britain on Monday after almost seven years in American custody.

The detainee, Binyam Mohamed, was flown in a Gulfstream jet to the Northolt Royal Air Force Base in Northwest London, and by this evening had been released from detention.

Article Author: 
RAYMOND BONNER
Article Source: 
New York Times

Tamil Tigers 'ready for ceasefire'

Article Date: 
23 Feb 2009

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger fighters have announced that they are ready to comply with international calls for a ceasefire, but they would not lay down their arms, according to the AFP news agency.

But the offer has been rejected by the government, according to the Sri Lankan military.

The developments come amid calls for the protection of civilians trapped in the country's war zone as the government presses on with a military offensive to defeat the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Article Source: 
Al Jazeera and agencies

Rights group says many Sri Lankan civilians killed

Article Date: 
20 Feb 2009

Civilian casualties in Sri Lanka's civil war have skyrocketed in the past two months, Human Rights Watch said Friday, calling on the government to stop firing artillery indiscriminately into the northern war zone...

Health officials and witnesses have accused the government of launching artillery barrages into areas crowded with civilians, while also accusing the rebels of shooting civilians who tried to flee to safety. Confirmation of the allegations is not possible because independent journalists are barred from the area.

Article Source: 
Associated Press
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