Red Cross worker killed in Sri Lanka shelling

May 13, 2009 § 2 Comments

Reuters : Red Cross worker killed in Sri Lanka shelling

Shelling killed a Red Cross worker inside Sri Lanka’s war zone on Wednesday, the aid agency said, while troops and the Tamil Tigers battled in an intensifying fight to the finish of Asia’s longest modern war.

AFP – Red Cross worker killed in Sri Lanka: ICRC

CNN International – Sri Lankan Red Cross worker killed in conflict zone

BBC – ICRC worker killed in Sri Lanka

Red Cross forced to abandon Sri Lankan aid mission

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ABC News : Red Cross forced to abandon Sri Lankan aid mission
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been forced to abandon a mission to evacuate hundreds of injured civilians from northern Sri Lanka.

“The latest attack alleged targeted a makeshift hospital where wounded civilians were being treated. That was confirmed by a government health official initially but emphatically rejected later on by a senior minister.”

In today's media…

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AP : Sri Lankan civilians starving under heavy shelling

Thousands of Sri Lankans crammed into a squalid coastal strip along with retreating Tamil rebels face relentless shelling that has killed dozens of civilians in the past two days and left many scrounging for food to survive, witnesses said Thursday.

Concern is growing for the trapped civilians as the Sri Lankan army seeks to deal a knockout blow to the Tamil Tiger rebels to end the island’s 25-year civil war.

International South Asia Forum : Lions Tigers, and the culling of Sri Lankan Tamils

Sri Lanka’s Lions (Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist government) and Tigers (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) continue their savage war that is now slaughtering thousands of innocent Tamil civilians caught in the crossfire. The government claims to go out of its way to minimize civilian casualties, despite having relied on a strategy of deliberately and indiscriminately bombing areas filled with Tamil civilians; the LTTE, which is branded a terrorist group by over thirty countries, claims it is fighting to liberate Tamils-even as it forcibly recruits civilians, including child soldiers, to fight government forces and uses these trapped Tamils as human shields; and the international community, which claims to care about the plight of innocent civilians, stands impotently on the sidelines as beleaguered Tamils are being murdered.

Times Now : India to send military aid to Sri Lanka

India will send a team of military doctors to Sri Lanka soon in its first open indulgence in the island nation’s fight against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) since the failure of a peace mission in 1987. Acceding to a popular demand from Tamil Nadu’s political parties, the Centre decided to base the medical team in Pulmodai in the island’s north-east, which was once under LTTE control.

AFP : Sri Lankan conflict due to ‘repressive’ govts: Canada

The 37-year conflict raging in Sri Lanka was borne out of “repressive” governments in Colombo, Canadian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said Thursday.

UN : Sri Lanka: Ban deplores rising civilian death toll from ongoing fighting

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly deplored the mounting civilian death toll in areas of fighting between Sri Lankan Government forces and Tamil rebels, and called for an immediate halt to the fighting.

Times : UN must protect civilians in Sri Lanka

Sir, We call upon the UK Government to press for an urgent Security Council resolution on the situation in northern Sri Lanka, with the view to dispatching a fact-finding mission there under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General, in furtherance of the Security Council’s primary responsibility under the Charter of the United Nations for the maintenance of international peace and security.

Business Standard : Sadanand Menon: A war without witnesses

In the past few days, Sri Lanka has been in the news across South Asia. In Pakistan, Lankan cricketers get sprayed with bullets. The attack leads to unprecedented traffic jams in Kathmandu, as Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse’s pilgrimage to Lumbini gets aborted and he returns home amidst high security. In New Delhi, Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee is getting used to making frequent statements on Lanka and one waits for the day when he might rightly pronounce the word, Puthukudiyiruppu, the current theatre of the longest-ranging civil war in Asia between the Sinhala Army and LTTE.

In today's media…

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Reuters: Red Cross worker killed in Sri Lanka’s war zone
A Red Cross worker was killed by shrapnel inside Sri Lanka’s rapidly shrinking war zone, the international aid group said on Thursday.

The Guardian, UK: Stop Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war
Sri Lanka’s government has turned a blind eye to the mass killing of Tamils. The Commonwealth should threaten expulsion
We heard on a nightly basis about the events in Gaza earlier this year. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for what’s been happening in Tamil areas of Sri Lanka…There are also reports that particularly lethal cluster-bombs, banned white phosphorous and multi-barrelled rocket launchers have been fired on the civilian population. Hospitals have been bombed, as have places that the government has encouraged people to see as “safe zones”…In many cases, the killings have been what independent observers would define as genocide, with whole communities killed in a form of ethnic cleansing.

Associated Press: Court issues war crimes warrant for Sudan’s Bashir
The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. He is the first sitting head of state the court has ordered arrested.

In early February 2009, a 12-count indictment on charges for genocide was filed with Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice yesterday, against Sri Lankan government’s Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sarath Fonseka.

The Japan Times: China fuels Sri Lankan war
Chinese military and financial support — as in Sudan, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uzbekistan, North Korea, Burma and elsewhere — has directly aided government excesses and human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. But with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly emphasizing that the global financial, climate and security crises are more pressing priorities for U.S. policy than China’s human rights record, which by her own department’s recent admission has “remained poor and worsened in some areas,” Beijing has little reason to stop facilitating overseas what it practices at home — repression.

A 'veteran international aid worker' exposes SL

March 3, 2009 Comments Off on A 'veteran international aid worker' exposes SL

Peter Foster of the Telegraph, UK unveils a communication that he received from a veteran international aid worker, which exposes the true inconsideration of the Sri Lankan government and army towards the Tamil civilians.

“This attitude towards the UN and its humanitarian mission has very serious implications – not just for the suffering displaced people on the ground who need an effective aid-operation – but because it gives the world another reason not to take at face value the ‘good intentions’ of the Sri Lankan government… The fear – fuelled by the repeated attacks on the Sri Lankan media (most recently the Tamil newspaper editor N Vithyatharan), the refusal to tolerate dissent in Sri Lanka and the often chauvinist rhetoric of key figures in the Sri Lankan government, including the army chief Sarath Fonseka – is that the final settlement will be so discriminatory and demanding of subservience from the Tamil minority that it will amount to a piece of ethnic suppression/cleansing in all but name…Not even in Kosovo in 1998 (before NATO came in) were the Serbs so disrespectful of international UN staff as is the Sri Lankan Army.”

List of 800 civilians injured due to Sri Lankan Army attack in Vanni Safety Zones – Source: Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi ( TNA )

February 23, 2009 § 1 Comment

We have received a list of civilians who have been transferred from Puthukudiyiruppu Hospital to the south. They may be in Vavuniya, Trincomalee or Mannar.

At this stage, we are unable to find out any more information and how you may locate where each one of these people are. However, we are working on it.

For a start you can contact Red Cross in Sri Lanka or the Sri Lankan HC in Canberra for help.

ICRC in Colombo :

Aleksandra Matijevic, ICRC Colombo , tel : + 94 11 250 33 46 or + 94 777 289 682

Sarasi Wijeratne, ICRC Colombo, tel : + 94 11 250 33 46 or + 94 773 158 844

SL HC in Canberra +61 2 6239 7041

As soon as we know how to attach lists to this blog we will do so.

Meanwhile, if you want a copy of this please post a comment with your email address.

Human Rights Watch Report

February 22, 2009 Comments Off on Human Rights Watch Report

Sri Lanka: End ‘War’ on Civilians

“This ‘war’ against civilians must stop. Sri Lankan forces are shelling hospitals and so-called safe zones and slaughtering the civilians there.”

James Ross, legal and policy director at Human Rights Watch

Report: War on the Displaced

After 25 years, the armed conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) may be nearing its conclusion. But for the quarter of a million civilians trapped or displaced by the fighting, the tragedy has intensified.

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