February 22, 2009 § 1 Comment
Below are two video links emailed to us by a weblog viewer which shows the estimated 15,000 Tamils (and non-Tamils) who converged in front of the United Nations office in Geneva on 20 February 2009. Tributes were also made to the Tamils to date who have recently self-immolated in protest to the current Sri Lankan government military offensive in the North and in demand for a seperate state for the Tamils in Sri Lanka. One such Mr Murugathas self-immolated on 12 February 2009 in front of the United Nations office in Geneva.
February 10, 2009 Comments Off on Nordic Foreign Ministers express concern for the Humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka
In today’s Nordic meeting of the Foreign Ministers in Oslo, the five ministers released a common statement regarding the situation in Sri Lanka:
The Nordic Foreign Ministers welcome the statement by the Co Chairs (Norway, EU, Japan and USA) 3 February 2009 on the situation in Sri Lanka.
The Ministers jointly expressed their grave concern for the humanitarian crisis now taking place in Sri Lanka, where up to a quarter million people are trapped in the fire line, with unacceptable civilian casualties. They reiterated their call on the LTTE and the Government of Sri Lanka to uphold international, humanitarian law.
A temporary no fire period is needed urgently to allow for sick and wounded to be evacuated and humanitarian aid to be transported in to the conflict area. Key humanitarian principles must be respected.