February 21, 2009 Comments Off on In today's media …
About 300 members of Australia’s Tamil community have marched on a number of embassies in Canberra demanding an end to hostilities in Sri Lanka and to increase medical aid for civilians. The protesters claim the Sri Lankan government is deliberating bombing Tamil civilians in the north, killing up to 150 people per day.
UNITED NATIONS, February 19 — With UN humanitarian chief John Holmes traveling in Sri Lanka with the government, the UN in New York on Thursday declined to answer questions about who it would consult to confirm the level of civilian deaths there this year — approximately 2000, Inner City Press is told — and even who Holmes would meet with, in the conflict zone or “on the other side of the conflict.”
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The Hindu : Furore over Pranab’s statement
NEW DELHI: The Sri Lankan Tamils issue disrupted proceedings in the Lok Sabha for the second day on Thursday with the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) and the Pattali Makkal Katchi, an ally of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) demanding withdrawal of External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s statement on the issue made on Wednesday. The members of the two parties also sat on a silent dharna in the Parliament House premises to draw attention to the cause of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. Wearing black bands over their mouths, the MPs carried placards demanding UN intervention in resolving the issue, an immediate ceasefire and impressing upon the government the need to protect the lives of the Sri Lankan Tamils.
The campaign group, Human Rights Watch, has accused the Sri Lankan army of “slaughter” and rebels of “brutality” towards civilians in the north-east.
Daily News : Dedham teen wants end to bloodshed in Sri Lanka
Newton Country Day School sophomore Kasthuri Sivalogan, 16, of Dedham gave a speech at her school this week and organized a petition drive to urge President Barack Obama to appoint a special envoy to Sri Lanka to stop the killing of Tamil civilians there.
Winchester Star : Hunger strike ends, but horrific events continue
In the past week alone, there have been reports of the Sri Lankan government using white phosphorous-based combustible chemical bombs, on innocent Tamil civilians who are in their “safe zones.”
European Union foreign ministers are set to make a joint call next week for an immediate ceasefire between Sri Lankan security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels to allow aid in and civilians out of the conflict zone.
Los Angeles Times : Concerns raised over civilian deaths in Sri Lanka violence
Reporting from New Delhi — The number of civilian deaths in Sri Lanka has risen sharply in the last month, Human Rights Watch said Friday, calling on both sides in the protracted civil war to stop firing at civilians or shelling areas where they are concentrated.