sri lanka civil war

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Activist seized from lawyer's car in Sri Lanka

Article Date: 
20 May 2009

The abduction of activists and relief workers has undercut the message of compromise and reconciliation from the president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, rights groups said yesterday.

Article Source: 
Guardian

Battle begins to establish UN Sri Lankan war crimes investigation

Article Date: 
21 May 2009

European Union nations have so far secured the backing of only 17 countries on the 47-member council for a text calling for investigations of atrocities...

Sri Lanka is lobbying hard among allies in the Non-Aligned Movement, including Cuba.

The 17 nations have agreed to condemn attacks on civilians and the alleged use of “human shields” by the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Article Source: 
Times of London

Aid Agencies Denied Access To IDP Camps In Sri Lanka

Article Date: 
20 May 2009

U.N. aid agencies say they are being denied access to some camps for displaced people in northern Sri Lanka, hindering their ability to help Tamil civilians displaced by the recent fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels.

The U.N. refugee agency says the number of civilians who have fled the fighting in northern Sri Lanka over the last few months has now reached 280,000. This includes an estimated 80,000 people who have left the former combat zone in the last three days.

Article Source: 
Voice of America

Satellite images of Sri Lanka conflict used in war crimes inquiry

Article Date: 
22 May 2009

Marshall Hudson, a spokesman for the NGA, told The Times that the agency had been monitoring the conflict zone and had provided images to the State Department, some of which were released to the media in April.

“It’s a safe assumption that we didn’t release everything that we have,” he said. He declined to give further details.

Article Author: 
Jeremy Page
Article Source: 
Times of London

Sri Lanka vows to resettle Tamils within 6 months

Article Date: 
21 May 2009

The Sri Lankan government made the pledge following President Mahinda Rajapaksa's meeting on Thursday with two senior envoys from the government of India. It comes amid growing international concern over the humanitarian situation in the crowded, fenced-in camps where the displaced civilians are being kept...

Article Source: 
CBC News

Official: Sri Lankan war zone doctors detained

Article Date: 
18 May 2009

With journalists and nearly all aid workers barred from the war zone, Thurairaja Varatharajah, Thangamuttu Sathyamurthi and V. Shanmugarajah became some of the few sources of information on the toll the war took on the tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the area.

The doctors fled the conflict last week as the government's fight against the Tamil Tiger rebels neared its conclusion. The government declared victory Monday in the 25-year-old insurgency.

Article Source: 
Associated Press

In Sri Lanka, UN's Ban Says He'll Visit Conflict Zone, Doctors Still in Custody

Article Date: 
19 May 2009

Sri Lanka's conflict zone, off limits to aid workers and journalists as civilians were being killed, will be visited by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the accompanying Press on May 23, it was announced on Tuesday. Speaking in Geneva, Mr. Ban told reporters that “I expect that I will be able to visit the conflict zone, which the Sri Lankan Government officials told me had been liberated. I would like to have my first hand, on the spot, assessment of the situation myself. I am going to discuss this matter with President Rajapaksa.”

U.N. demands full access to Sri Lanka refugees

Article Date: 
19 May 2009

"People are arriving into camps sick, malnourished and some with untended wounds of war," UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman said in a written statement. "... Water and sanitation needs are critical."

About 65,000 people have fled what had been the fighting zone in northeast Sri Lanka over the past few days, the United Nations said Monday, bringing to 265,000 the number of internally displaced people.

Article Source: 
CNN

ICRC Halts Sri Lanka Operation

Article Date: 
20 May 2009

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) told Al Jazeera on Wednesday, a day after Sri Lanka's government declared victory over the Tamil Tigers, that "additional restrictions" meant it had no choice but to halt its activities...

"Since last weekend there have been additional restrictions imposed on aid organisations, including ICRC," Paul Castella, the head of the group's Sri Lanka operations, said.

"The authorities have said that because of security they had to restrict access to certain areas.

Article Source: 
Al Jazeera

How to Defeat Insurgencies: Sri Lanka's Bad Example

Article Date: 
20 May 2009

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his army have turned the conventional wisdom on fighting insurgencies on its head, adopting strategies and tactics long discredited, both in the battlefield and in the military classroom. Since they appear to have worked against the Tigers, other countries wracked by insurgencies — from Pakistan to Sudan to Algeria — may be tempted to follow suit. But Rajapaksa's triumph has come at a high cost in civilian lives and a sharp decline in democratic values — and he is no closer to resolving the ethnic resentments that underpinned the insurgency for decades.

Article Author: 
Bobby Ghosh
Article Source: 
TIME
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