March 5, 2009 Comments Off on In today's media…
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.
February 28, 2009 Comments Off on EuroNewsNet covers Tamil protest in Geneva
February 22, 2009 Comments Off on Tamils Rally Worldwide
Associated Press – Tamil protesters march to embassies
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 6, 2009 Comments Off on SL Rejects Int'l Calls for Ceasefire
Despite calls from the UN, human rights groups, governments and even the Pope, the SL regime has rejected calls for a ceasefire.
The International Community’s calls are falling on deaf ears! Or rather, arrogant cruel racist inhumane ears…
February 5, 2009 Comments Off on Aussie House of Reps discussion on SL conflict
Mr Stephen Smith
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Statement to House on Situation in Sri Lanka
– Over recent weeks and months, the Australian government has consistently stated that its strong view remains that Sri Lanka’s conflict cannot be resolved through military means alone.
– Australia considers a political solution to be essential for longterm peace in a country which has suffered so long from bitter conflict.
– Earlier today I announced that Australia will contribute $5 million in additional humanitarian assistance to those affected in the north of Sri Lanka. This is in addition to the $4 million in food aid Australia recently announced for Sri Lanka through the World Food Program.
– We reiterate our call for a political solution to this conflict. The long-term security and prosperity of Sri Lanka will only be achieved through a political solution that meets the legitimate aspirations of all Sri Lankans.
Script – visit page 623
Shadow Minister for Infrastruction and COAG
Statement to House
– In my previous role as shadow minister for foreign affairs for the coalition I became acutely aware of this ongoing conflict taking place in Sri Lanka, a civil conflict which has been raging since July 1983 following the most destructive explosion of communal rioting in the history of that island nation—period in Sri Lanka’s history commonly referred to as Black July’.
– The coalition welcomes any well-targeted measures that extend humanitarian assistance to those innocent victims of this conflict and helps facilitate both parties following the path of a sustainable peace agreement.
– The lessons of history confirm that a political solution is the only effective way to end the violence, resolve the conflict and provide a durable peace in Sri Lanka. The coalition joins the Australian government in calling for peaceful resolution to this conflict as soon as possible for the sake of all the citizens of Sri Lanka.
Script – visit page 625
February 5, 2009 Comments Off on AAP: Sri Lanka rejects Tiger talks
The Sri Lankan government has rejected a US-led call to negotiate with the Tamil Tigers
Pope Benedict XVI added his voice to the calls to stop the offensive for the sake of what he called “the growing number of innocent victims”.
February 5, 2009 Comments Off on SL drops cluster bombs on hospital!!!
More than 50 civilians were killed in fighting yesterday between Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan army that saw cluster bombs dropped on the last functioning hospital in the north of the country, aid agencies said.
Gordon Weiss, a spokesman for the UN, said the region’s only remaining hospital in Puthukkudiyiruppu was evacuated early this morning after 16 hours of shelling that included a cluster bomb attack.
A dozen patients were killed in the shelling, which both sides deny came from them, although reports suggest air strikes were used against the hospital. Only the Sri Lankan army has such capability. Almost all the remaining wards have been evacuated.
February 5, 2009 Comments Off on Hillary Clinton, David Miliband urge to halt attacks on PTK hospital, Safe Zone
A joint statement on the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka was issued today on 3 February by the USA and UK
“They affirmed their insistence on a political resolution to this longstanding conflict. The time to resume political discussions is now and we will continue to work with the Tokyo Co-Chairs, the Sri Lankan government, and the UN to facilitate such a process.”