sri lanka civil war

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Sri Lanka seeks int'l aid to care for displaced

Article Date: 
23 Apr 2009

Sri Lanka pleaded for international help Thursday in what it called an "emergency humanitarian situation," after a medical relief warned that civilian casualties are rising rapidly in the country's war zone despite the exodus of more than 100,000 in recent days...

"Our friends in the international community are most welcome to provide emergency relief assistance by way of semi-permanent shelter, water purification plants, sanitation facilities and medical assistance," [Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama] told reporters.

Article Source: 
AP

Parties divided on general strike

Article Date: 
22 Apr 2009

The general strike called by ruling DMK on Thursday on the Lankan Tamils issue has evoked a mixed response with its allies including Congress backing it but AIADMK and its partners refusing to take part, slamming it as a "farce".

Chief Minister and DMK President M Karunanidhi, under mounting pressure ahead of the Lok Sabha polls for not doing enough on the Lankan issue, last night gave the strike call to protest the 'killings of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka' and to demand immediate steps for a ceasefire.

Article Author: 
PTI
Article Source: 
The Hindu

Sri Lankan Troops Breach Rebel Haven

Article Date: 
20 Apr 2009

Sri Lankan troops broke through earthen barriers used by Tamil separatist fighters on Monday, opening a breach that the government said was then crossed by some 30,000 people escaping the fighting inside a no-fire zone originally intended as a haven.

As the crowds tried to flee the safe zone, in what the Defense Ministry called “the world’s largest hostage rescue mission,” three Tamil Tiger suicide bombers detonated explosive vests, killing dozens of civilians, the government said.

Article Author: 
Mark McDonald
Article Source: 
New York Times

Scores arrested in Paris Tamil protest on Sri Lanka

Article Date: 
21 Apr 2009

Around 180 people were arrested and four injured in Paris on Monday during an unauthorised protest by Tamils that turned violent, a police spokesman said.

Expatriate Tamils have been demonstrating around the world against the Sri Lankan government's conduct of the war against Tamil Tiger rebels. London has been a focus as many Tamils blame Britain, the former colonial power, for denying them a homeland.

Article Source: 
Reuters

Congress for cessation of hostilities in Sri Lanka

Article Date: 
22 Apr 2009

The Congress on Tuesday called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Sri Lanka.

Asked to react on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s demand that the Centre issue an ultimatum to Sri Lanka to declare an “immediate and permanent ceasefire,” Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan said: “We are demanding cessation of hostilities.”

When queried persistently whether the Congress agreed with Mr. Karunanidhi’s demand for a ceasefire, Ms. Natarajan insisted on using the formulation “cessation of hostilities” instead.

Article Author: 
Special Correspondent
Article Source: 
The Hindu

Sri Lanka Lowers Interest Rates Ahead of IMF Bailout

Article Date: 
22 Apr 2009

Sri Lanka’s central bank reduced interest rates for the fourth time in as many months to bolster an economy growing at the weakest pace since 2001.

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka cut the repurchase rate to 9 percent from 10.25 percent and lowered the so-called penal rate to 13 percent from 14.75 percent, according to a statement on the bank’s Web site today. The Colombo-based central bank left its reverse repurchase rate unchanged at 11.75 percent.

Article Author: 
Kartik Goyal
Article Source: 
Bloomberg

Asia Society Panel on Sri Lanka

http://www.asiasociety.org/events/calendar.pl?rm=detail&eventid=19469

A link to the webcast can be found on the Asia Society home page (www.asiasociety.org)

A conversation with

- Ahilan Kadirgamar, Spokesperson, Sri Lanka Democracy Forum
- Alan Keenan, Sri Lanka Sr. Analyst, International Crisis Group

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

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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