Update on SL News

January 3, 2012 Comments Off on Update on SL News

Global Post – Sri Lanka: new test of India’s global influence

Deccan Chronicle – ‘The Tamil diaspora does not want peace

New York Times (Opinion) – Sri Lanka’s Ghosts of War

Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka Government ready to discuss scopes on Police, land powers with TNA – Govt Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella

The Hindu – ICG wants independent international investigation into Sri Lanka’s civil war

India Ministry of External Affairs – Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission of Sri Lanka

BBC Sinhala – 26,000 not resettled due to HSZ

BBC Sinhala – India cannot dictate terms says Govt

BBC News – Sri Lanka ‘wheelchair tax’ condemned by UK charity

Sky News Australia – Sri Lankan MP held over Briton’s death

Groundviews – Ending the Exile and Back to Roots: Fears, Challenges and Hopes

Deccan Chronicle – Tamils to blame for Lanka solution delay: Rajapaksa

Deccan Chronicle – ‘For Lanka, India comes first’

Counter Punch – A Brief Assessment – Sri Lanka’s Truth Commission

ColomboPage – Sri Lankan government ready to discuss police and land powers with Tamil party

Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice – Lessons learned?

IEWY News – LLRC recommendations will help accelerate national reconciliation – Russia

The Economic Times – Lankan lessons: War crimes and Rajapaksa regime

The Sunday Leader – Tamils, Indians, The LLRC Report And Rajapaksa Politics

Xinhua News – Sri Lanka’s PM commends China for strong support

Asian Human Rights Commission – SRI LANKA: Extravagance — national pride to continue in 2012 as well?

Asian Human Rights Commission – SRI LANKA: The New Year Wish List- 2012

Sydney Maveerar Naal

December 13, 2011 Comments Off on Sydney Maveerar Naal

War women clean landmines in Lanka

May 15, 2011 Comments Off on War women clean landmines in Lanka

Picking up the pieces
Filmmaker: Yasir Khan; Cameraman: Fadi Benni
Clearing the thousands of mines left in the war-torn villages of Sri-Lanka is a dangerous and demanding job for those that have been assigned with the responsibility of doing it.
The all-female de-mining team of Sri Lanka’s northern Mannar district struggles in the blazing heat to navigate the hazardous task at hand and systematically clear the villages of all the traces of war that remain in a place long after the conflict itself has passed.
Following the women we witness the excitement and fear each time a mine is found and get to see how many of the women take the job to support their families, due to the cruel brunt of war leaving them as the sole breadwinners.
They clear the villages of landmines not simply because it is their job, but because they are are all personally involved, each with their own losses and tales of hardship and are keen to finish the job so that people can move back home from refugee camps and begin to live in peace again.

UN – Lanka committed war crimes

April 17, 2011 Comments Off on UN – Lanka committed war crimes

Inner City Press – In Sri Lanka, UN Allowed Sabotage of its Report, Which Chides Ban Ki-moon for Withholding Casualty Figures

When the UN gave a copy of its long delayed Panel of Experts’ report on war crimes in Sri Lanka to the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa while withholding it from the press and public, the next steps were foreseeable.

Channel 4 News –  UN leak points to ‘crimes against humanity’ in Sri Lanka War

A leaked version of the long-awaited report by the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) panel reveals “credible allegations” of war crimes which – if proven – suggest a “grave assault on the entire regime of international law”.

The report estimates that tens of thousands of civilians were killed in the final four months of Sri Lanka‘s civil war in 2009.

It indicates that actions by both the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The Independent – Sri Lanka forces committed war crimes, says UN

The authorities in Sri Lanka are under mounting pressure to agree to an independent inquiry into a military operation against Tamil rebels, after a UN panel found “credible allegations” that the government committed war crimes and offences against humanity.

A leaked report by a team established by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, suggests government troops systematically shelled civilians it had encouraged to gather in so-called “no-fire zones”, at hospitals, at the UN’s hub, and even close to an area where aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were coming to collect wounded people from the beach. It says the government allowed this even though it knew from its own intelligence the impact of the repeated bombardment.

Hindustan Times – Thousands killed in Lanka war: UN

Tens of thousands of civilians were killed in the final four months of the Sri Lankan civil war that ended in May 2009, an expert panel report submitted to the UN secretary general’s office has revealed. The three-member panel has advised UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon to establish an independent international mechanism to investigate alleged violations of human rights committed by both sides during the Lankan civil war.

Law student fights for a war crimes prosecution

April 14, 2011 Comments Off on Law student fights for a war crimes prosecution

VOA News – Law Student Accuses Sri Lankan Leaders of War Crimes

As wars break out and end, and refugees flee across international borders, victims often find themselves living alongside their alleged tormentors in foreign and frequently Western nations.  Those active and educated in the victim diaspora are looking to legal systems in their new countries to redress alleged war crimes.  In the U.S. state of Maryland, a first-year law student of Tamil heritage accuses the brother of Sri Lanka’s president and a former army general of war crimes against minority Tamils in Sri Lanka.  


SL war criminals better watch out…

April 29, 2010 Comments Off on SL war criminals better watch out…

ABC Radio Australia Connect Asia : UN calls for war crimes tribunal into Sri Lanka

More than a year after Sri Lanka launched its final offensive against the Tamil Tiger rebels, pressure continues to mount for an international tribunal into alleged war crimes. U-N Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon plans to appoint a panel of experts to look into a tribunal something the Sri Lankan government says is unwarranted and uncalled for. Now Australian lawyers are joining forces with the International Commission of Jurists to take witness statements and prepare evidence for any war crimes tribunal. They say they hope it will help demonstrate the need for a full investigation and help protect those who might be subject to further human rights abuses.

Presenter: Joanna McCarthy
Speaker: John Dowd, President of the International Commission of Jurists Australia; Anne Marie Doueihy, co-chair of the Sri Lanka project on behalf of the NSW Young Lawyers Committee

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Verdict – SL committed crimes against humanity

January 23, 2010 § 1 Comment

Official Press Release – Dublin Tribunal finds against Sri Lanka on charges of War Crimes

In Dublin today, 16th January, at 2.00pm the Peoples’ Tribunal Chairman Francois Houtart read the preliminary findings of the Peoples’ Tribunal on the war in Sri Lanka and its aftermath. There were four findings:
1: That the Sri Lankan Government and its military are guilty of War Crimes;
2: That the Sri Lankan Government is military are guilty of crimes against humanity;
3: That the charge of genocide requires further investigation;
4: That the international community, particularly the UK and USA, share responsibility for the breakdown of the peace process.

BBC – Sri Lanka ‘guilty’ of war crimes

The Sri Lanka government was found guilty of war crimes, a peoples tribunal in Ireland has said.

In its preliminary findings, the People’s Tribunal on Sri Lanka (PTSL) that conducted hearings from 14 to 16 January in Dublin has also concluded that the Sri Lanka government is also guilty of crimes against humanity. More

However, the-pro Tamil Tiger groups’ accusation that the government carried out Tamil genocide at the last phase of war between the security forces and the LTTE needs to be investigated.

“Harrowing evidence, including video footage, was submitted by eye-witnesses of the use of heavy artillery and phosphorous munitions, and of the continuous violation of human rights by military activity to a panel of ten international jurors over two days,” the PTSL said in a statement.

Tamilnet – Dublin verdict: Sri Lanka guilty of War Crimes

Dublin war-crimes tribunal, conducted by Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) based in Milan, which held hearings on Thursday and Friday on war-crime charges on Sri Lanka from eye-witnesses and other material evidence, in the preliminary findings issued Saturday said, Sri Lanka Government is “guilty of War-Crimes” and “guilty of Crimes Against Humanity.” The tribunal also concluded that the charge of Genocide requires further investigations. Eye witnesses included several escapees from the final week of Sri Lanka offensive in the Mullaitivu “No Fire Zone” where more than 20,000 Tamil civilians were allegedly slaughtered by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) training heavy weapons on them.

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