International Day of the Dissapeared

August 30, 2009 Comments Off on International Day of the Dissapeared

HRW

HRW – Recurring Nightmare

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Execution Video Shows Need for International Inquiry – HRW

August 29, 2009 Comments Off on Execution Video Shows Need for International Inquiry – HRW

Human Rights Watch : Sri Lanka: Execution Video Shows Need for International Inquiry
No Action on Government Promises of Investigations to United Nations

The blood, blindfolds, and mud of this apparent atrocity makes nonsense of President Rajapaksa’s claims of a clean war against the Tamil Tigers. An international inquiry needs to get to the bottom of this and other war crimes committed during the past year’s fighting.

Steve Crawshaw, UN director

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More on the floods…

August 20, 2009 Comments Off on More on the floods…

AFP – Rains flood 2,000 shelters at Sri Lanka camp: UN

Heavy rains flooded nearly 2,000 makeshift shelters housing Sri Lankan Tamil war refugees detained by the government, the United Nations said Tuesday, raising concerns about their health.

The strong rains last weekend lashed the northern Vavuniya district where over 250,000 people displaced during the final stages of the ethnic conflict live in military-run camps under tight security.

The UN said 1,925 shelters had been “damaged or completely destroyed” in the biggest of a series of displaced persons camps known as the Manik Farm area.

People affected had been moved to schools inside the camps temporarily, the UN statement said.

The rains washed away wooden toilets and damaged sewer lines and water treatment plants, government officials said.

Sri Lanka’s Resettlement Minister Rishard Bathurdeen has blamed UN agencies for what he calls a poorly constructed drainage system that collapsed during the floods.

But Human Rights Watch said Tuesday the government must take “full responsibility” for the squalid conditions.

The New York-based group urged Colombo to release inmates to live with their families and friends, a demand consistently rejected by authorities.

“Locking families up in squalid conditions and then blaming aid agencies for their plight is downright shameful,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

“This is illegal, dangerous, and inhumane,” he said, adding the floods had “heightened the risk of outbreak of disease”.

The government has severely restricted access to the camps and does not allow journalists to visit the area on their own.

In late June, camp residents held at least two protests which were defused by the security forces. Since then, the military has divided the management of the camps into smaller, more manageable sections, HRW said.

The government has promised to resettle around 80 percent of the displaced people by year end. Colombo says people will have to remain inside the camps until the military screens out remaining Tamil Tiger fighters.

Sri Lanka’s former premier and main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday said the camps threatened to sully Sri Lanka’s international image.

Government forces crushed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebel group in May, ending the guerrillas’ four-decade struggle for an independent Tamil homeland that was one of Asia’s longest-running ethnic conflicts.

Reuters – Monsoon onset raising fears for Sri Lanka war-displaced

HRW – Sri Lanka: Floods Threaten Camp Detainees

Sri Lanka govt berated over aid workers' deaths

August 5, 2009 Comments Off on Sri Lanka govt berated over aid workers' deaths

AFP : Sri Lanka govt berated over aid workers’ deaths
COLOMBO — The New York-based group Human Rights Watch on Tuesday pressed for an international probe into the killings in Sri Lanka of 17 local employees of a French charity three years ago.
BBC : Sri Lanka deaths probe demanded

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Human Righs Watch wants International Inquiry for Aid Worker Killings in SL

August 4, 2009 Comments Off on Human Righs Watch wants International Inquiry for Aid Worker Killings in SL

Sri Lanka: Adopt International Inquiry for Aid Worker Killings
Third Anniversary of ACF Murders Marked by Government Inaction, Intimidation

August 3, 2009
(New York) – The Sri Lankan government’s gross mishandling of the investigation into the execution-style slaying of 17 aid workers in the northeastern town of Mutur three years ago demonstrates the need for an international commission of inquiry, Human Rights Watch said today. Since mid-July 2009, government actions in the case – for which no one has been arrested, let alone convicted – raised further concerns about an already deeply troubling investigation, Human Rights Watch said.
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Relatives of the slain French aid group Action Contre La Faim’s local staff mourn during their funeral procession near Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.

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Relatives of the slain French aid group Action Contre La Faim’s local staff mourn during their funeral procession near Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka: Free Civilians From Detention Camps

July 30, 2009 Comments Off on Sri Lanka: Free Civilians From Detention Camps

HRW – Sri Lanka: Free Civilians From Detention Camps

The Sri Lankan government should immediately release the more than 280,000 internally displaced Tamil civilians held in detention camps in northern Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch said today.

The government, in violation of international law, has since March 2008 confined virtually all civilians displaced by the fighting between government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in detention camps, euphemistically called “welfare centers” by the government. Only a small number of camp residents, mainly the elderly, have been released to host families and institutions for the elderly.

“Keeping several hundred thousand civilians who had been caught in the middle of a war penned in these camps is outrageous,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Haven’t they been through enough? They deserve their freedom, like all other Sri Lankans.”

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Calls for Sri Lanka to release displaced Tamil refugees

July 30, 2009 Comments Off on Calls for Sri Lanka to release displaced Tamil refugees

CNN – Calls for Sri Lanka to release displaced Tamil refugees

eTaiwan News – Rights group pushes Sri Lanka to free civilians

Reuters India – Rights group urges resettlement for Sri Lanka’s displaced

Australia Network News – Human rights group urges for release of Tamils

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