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Sri Lanka denies IMF loan delay

Article Date: 
30 Apr 2009

Sri Lanka has denied reports that a proposed loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is being delayed by the US, officials say.

American officials said the move was aimed at putting pressure on Colombo to do more to help civilians caught up in the fighting in the north.

But a senior Sri Lankan official says the talks are on schedule.

Sri Lanka has been holding talks with the IMF for a loan of nearly a $2bn to weather the global economic crisis.

International concern

Article Source: 
BBC World News

The Height of Cynicism: Sri Lanka Government Appeals For International Aid for Refugees

What to say...they disproportionately cause an enormous humanitarian catastrophe (yes, LTTE assisted) on a (politically) timed schedule, don't allow international observers, journalists, and many others to monitor it, secure an IMF loan, and are now asking for humanitarian assistance for the refugees...

Tough search for Sri Lanka truths

Article Date: 
22 Apr 2009

The past few months have been one of the most challenging times to report from Sri Lanka, but this has never been a particularly easy war to cover.

The Tamil Tigers have now been pushed into a tiny corner of the country. But they have always ruled any areas under their control with an iron hand.

Dissent has never been accepted - and many Tamil critics of the LTTE have been murdered over the years.

Article Author: 
Chris Morris
Article Source: 
BBC

Sri Lankan war in endgame, 95,000 escape rebel zone

Article Date: 
22 Apr 2009

Thousands more civilians surged out of Sri Lanka's war zone on Wednesday, while soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels fought the apparent endgame of Asia's longest-running war despite calls to protect those still trapped.

. . .

On Tuesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross had said the war zone situation was "catastrophic," with several hundred killed since Monday and at least 50,000 more remaining at risk with limited food, water and medical care.

Article Author: 
C. Bryson Hull and Ranga Sirilal
Article Source: 
Reuters

Two key Tamil Tigers 'surrender'

Article Date: 
22 Apr 2009

Two senior Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka have surrendered to the military, the army says.

It says that the rebels' media co-ordinator, Daya Master, gave himself up along with a top interpreter, named George, who worked for senior rebels.

Correspondents say that if the reports are true it will be a major setback for the rebel leadership.

Article Source: 
BBC

What If You Had One Day Left To Stop Mass Ethnic Cleansing? (Updated)

By: on 18 Apr 2009

Update

The mass violence is scheduled to accelerate tomorrow.  This addendum to the post is a list of several steps you can take culled primarily from the comments. If you look in the comments and particularly kettilkili's comment, you can find some advice about framing your own work or other resources if you want to see what else has been done or plan your own steps.

1. Read up to date news from International Red Cross on civilians in the North East

Unprecedented carnage, SLA turns firepower on civilian zone

Article Date: 
15 Apr 2009

Please note source is TamilNet - I have no idea what its politics are:

Article Source: 
TamilNet

Sri Lanka’s displaced: the political vice

Article Date: 
8 Apr 2009

After Sri Lankan army forces overran parts of the last stretch of territory held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on 1 April 2009, a statement from the defence ministry in Colombo announced that they had found the bodies of over seventy LTTE cadre. The statement went on to detail the spoils of war: the numbers of captured rifles, grenade-launchers, and mortars. As for civilian deaths and injuries - despite what was evidently hard fighting in populated areas - not a word!

Article Author: 
Meenakshi Ganguly
Article Source: 
Open Democracy

Q&A: What is fate of civilians trapped in Sri Lanka' war

Article Date: 
13 Mar 2009

The U.N. high commissioner for human rights on Thursday warned both sides in Sri Lanka's 25-year civil war may have committed war crimes and that the loss of life could be catastrophic if there is no pause in the combat.

Here are some questions and answers about civilians trapped in the war:

HOW MANY ARE TRAPPED?

Article Author: 
C. Bryson Hull
Article Source: 
Reuters

NC objects recruitment in PLA

Article Date: 
3 Mar 2009

Main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) has objected the fresh recruitment drive of People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Speaking at a press meet on Tuesday, vice president of the party Ram Chandra Poudel said PLA’s decision to start new recruitments is objectionable as PLA is under the Army Integration Committee - which comprises representatives from all major political parties and against the norms of the peace accord.

Article Source: 
Nepalnews.com
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