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March 17, 2009 Comments Off on In todays news …

Reuters : Justice experts seek Israel-Gaza war crimes inquiry

A group of leading judges and investigators called on Monday for a “prompt, independent and impartial” investigation into allegations of war crimes committed during Israel’s conflict in Gaza earlier this year.

Wall Street Journal : Colombo’s Secret War on Terror

The Sri Lankan government is on the cusp of achieving what once seemed impossible. Its armed forces are crushing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on the battlefield, having pushed the rebels out of their northern stronghold and surrounded them in a few coastal villages. The administration of President Mahinda Rajapaksa hopes that destroying the Tigers’ organization will bring an end to the 26-year civil war that has claimed more than 70,000 lives.

The Advocate : Stamford doctor lobbies for Sri Lankan minority group

Every night after work, Ellyn Shander sits on her computer for hours, corresponding with people around the world and trying to save friends caught in a conflict between the government and rebel groups in Sri Lanka.

Inner City Press: As UN Rights Expert Decries Sri Lankan Camps, OCHA Funds Them, Of Recruitment and Targeting

The UN’s expert on the human rights of internally displaced people Walter Kalin on Friday said of the camps the Sri Lankan government is setting up just outside its conflict zone with the Tamil Tigers that “while security screenings may be conducted upon arrival, they should be concluded promptly and individuals retained only in accord with judicial process and on the basis of individualized suspicion.”

Archbishop of Melbourne speaks on SL human rights abuses

February 13, 2009 § 1 Comment

Source: The Melbourne Anglican, February 2009 edition, page 12

Archbishop calls for action on reported human rights abuses in Sri Lanka

A DISTURBING escalation of violence in Sri Lanka has gone unreported in Australia, Archbishop Philip Freier said last month.

“Government military forces have been closing in on Tamil strongholds in Sri Lanka’s north. I have received reports from the Vanni region that the area has been coming under heavy bombardment, and that thousands of innocent civilians are being killed, injured or made homeless:’ Dr Freier said.

“If these reports are true, then the Sri Lankan Government is guilty of grave human rights abuses, and should be universally condemned” he said.

“According to BBC reports the Government is not allowing independent journalists into the conflict zone, so that information from both sides cannot be verified.

“I therefore call on the Federal Government and the UN to do whatever is in their power to bring pressure to bear on the Sri Lankan Government to allow Independent observers and journalists access to the conflict zone. If the reports are false, then the Sri Lankan Government has nothing to fear:’ he said.

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