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Sri Lanka rules out outside probe

Article Date: 
31 May 2009

Sri Lanka has dismissed calls for an independent inquiry into claims of human rights abuses by the military, saying its own courts will investigate.

Foreign minister Rohita Bogollagama said the claims that heavy weaponry was used in civilian areas during the war with Tamil rebels were "fictional".

Article Source: 
BBC

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

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

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 president defiant over war crimes allegations

Article Date: 
22 May 2009

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse on Friday brushed off calls for an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by government troops in their offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels.

In a defiant speech delivered just hours before the arrival of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the president said he was even "ready to go to the gallows" as a consequence of defeating the separatist guerrillas.

Article Author: 
Mel Guanasekera
Article Source: 
AFP

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

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
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