sri lanka civil war

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State of emergency to continue in Sri Lanka after civil war

Article 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.

Article Source: 
Xinua

UN call for Sri Lanka war probe

Article 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".

Article Source: 
BBC

Sri Lanka urges surrender of rebel suspects

Article 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.

Article Source: 
CNN

UN rights council divided over Sri Lanka

Article Date: 
26 May 2009

If a compromise is not found, Sri Lanka's draft resolution would be submitted for adoption by the Council since it was tabled before the Swiss version.

Article Source: 
AFP

Sri Lanka rejects Tigers' offer

Article Date: 
26 May 2009

In an interview with the BBC, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said the LTTE rebels could not be trusted to give up "terrorism".

The rebels had said they would give up violence after their leader was killed in recent fighting in the north-east.

Article Source: 
BBC

UN faces fierce clash over call for Sri Lanka war crimes inquiry

Article Date: 
26 May 2009

The division sets the stage for a session today that will test the very purpose of the Human Rights Council. Israel, which had an investigation into its Gaza offensive forced on to it by the Council, is furious at the prospect of Sri Lanka escaping the same fate.

Article Author: 
Catherine Philp
Article Source: 
Times of London

Sri Lanka Wants Partners Not Monitors of Post-War Aid

Article Date: 
25 May 2009

Assistance must be “according to the wishes of the people of Sri Lanka,” Basil Rajapaksa, senior presidential adviser, said, according to the government’s Web site. “We don’t want ‘monitors,’ we need partners...”

“The international community must understand that it is we, the people of this country, who had to endure this problem” of terrorism, Basil Rajapaksa said in an interview. “There is nobody else who understands the repercussions and the sufferings.”

Article Author: 
Paul Tighe, Jay Shankar
Article Source: 
Bloomberg

Scorched earth, craters mark Sri Lanka's war zone

Article Date: 
24 May 2009

Civilians who escaped the zone said they came under intense shelling from both the rebels and the government.

"We ran for our lives from the shelling in the north," said one man who gave his name as Krishnathurai. "It was coming from both sides, the Tamil Tigers and the military, and we were stuck in the middle."

Article Author: 
John Heilprin
Article Source: 
Associated Press

200,000 Tamil civilians imprisoned in Sri Lankan Manik Farm camp

Article Date: 
25 May 2009

Camp is not the word its inmates use for it. A prison and a concentration camp were two of the descriptions The Times heard on a rare visit to the camp on the sidelines of the visit by Ban Ki Moon, the United Nations Secretary-General.

Squalor is less the defining feature of Manik Farm than militarism. The presence of armed soldiers around the camp and its perimeter is overwhelming. New armoured patrol vehicles sit at the entrance to the side of a sandbagged bunker.

Article Author: 
Catherine Philp
Article Source: 
Times of London

Tamil Tiger rebels confirm leader's death

Article Date: 
24 May 2009

The defeated Tamil Tiger rebels confirmed Sunday that their supreme leader was killed in the group's final battle against Sri Lankan troops.

Article Author: 
Arthur Max
Article Source: 
Associated Press
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