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  • Leaked UN report finds "credible allegations" of war crimes and killing of civilians during country's civil conflict.

  • [Apr 19, 2011, 18:25],  [Al Jazeera]
    A UN report has found "credible allegations" that tens of thousands of civilians were killed and that war crimes were committed during the final months of Sri Lanka's conflict with the Tamil Tigers. A leaked excerpt from the report, drafted by a panel appointed by Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, made its way into Sri Lankan newspapers on Monday.
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  • Leaked UN report accuses Sri Lanka of war crimes

  • [Apr 18, 2011, 15:17],  [ABC Radio]
    Leaked UN reports includes claims that the Sri Lankan Government deliberately shelled hospitals and fired on civilians during the battle with the separatist Tamil Tigers. The Sri Lankan Government has reject the report, describing it as "flawed" and "biased". The UN report also alleges that Tamil Tiger fighters committed war crimes and used civilians as human shields. The panel that compiled the report is recommending an international investigation into the claims and the report is expected to be officially released this week.
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  • Media rights groups to U.N.: Intervene in Sri Lanka case

  • [Mar 9, 2011, 06:53],  [CPJ]
    New York, March 8, 2011--Five prominent media rights organizations sent a letter on Monday to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, calling on the U.N. to intervene in the case of Prageeth Eknelygoda, the Sri Lankan columnist and cartoonist for the Lanka eNews website, who disappeared on January 24, 2010. Since then, the letter notes, his wife, Sandhya Eknelygoda, has been asking the Sri Lankan government for any information about his fate. She has been given no word from any person in the government. Eknelygoda's disappearance and his wife's efforts on his behalf have been widely reported in Sri Lankan and international media.
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  • [Mar 8, 2011, 17:00],  [HRW]
    (New York) - A US Senate resolution calling for an independent international mechanism for crimes by both sides during and after Sri Lanka's bloody civil war highlights growing international pressure for justice and accountability in Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch said today. The US Senate resolution, passed unanimously on March 1, 2011, follows similar calls by British and Australian parliamentarians. A United Nations Panel of Experts, appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to advise him on possible accountability mechanisms in Sri Lanka, is finalizing its report.
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  • US ups pressure on Sri Lanka over slain civilians

  • [Mar 8, 2011, 16:57],  [Washingtonpost]
    WASHINGTON -- The United States is increasing pressure on Sri Lanka to investigate the deaths of thousands of civilians at the end of its civil war. Human rights groups contend a Sri Lankan government commission has demonstrated no intent of doing it. The Senate passed a resolution this past week urging an international investigation of war crimes allegations. The State Department has yet to go that far, but said Friday that pressure to do so would grow if Sri Lanka should fail to investigate the abuses properly. The quarter-century-long Sri Lankan conflict had a bloody conclusion in 2009, when ethnic Sinhalese-dominated government forces cornered the last Tamil Tiger rebels on a sliver of land in the northeast of the island nation.
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  • On Sri Lanka, UN Denies “Secret” Meeting, Won't Say If Report Public

  • [Mar 8, 2011, 16:55],  [TNS]
    UNITED NATIONS, March 7 -- The UN's evasiveness on the meetings, travel and report of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's Panel on Sri Lanka continued on March 7, with Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky telling Inner City Press that it is up to the Panel to speak for itself, even to decide if its report should be public. Nesirky called “shaky” reporting that has suggested a secret February 23 meeting, telling Inner City Press “you know, you were there taking pictures, that was not the case.” Inner City Press asked, were the members of Ban's panel in town, in New York? Even this Nesirky would not answer, saying it is up to the Panel to say. But where is the Panel?
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  • Sri Lanka risks forced war crimes probe: US

  • [Mar 2, 2011, 02:16],  [AFP]
    COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka could be hauled before a war crimes tribunal over the killing of "many thousands of civilians" in the final months of its separatist war with Tamil rebels, a top US official said. In the toughest warning since the end of fighting in May 2009, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Robert Blake, said Sri Lanka risked a forced international investigation. His remarks came as the UN Human Rights Council was meeting in Geneva, where Sri Lanka has previously managed to avoid condemnation thanks to the backing of several nations, including strong allies China and Russia. Blake, a former ambassador to Sri Lanka, said it was "preferable" for Sri Lanka to have its own investigation in line with internationally accepted human rights standards, rather than face an external inquiry.
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  • Accountability for Violations of IHL in Counterinsurgency: The Case of Sri Lanka

  • [Mar 1, 2011, 09:41],  [hpcrresearch.org]
    Date/Time: February 24, 2011 - 9:30am - 11:00am Location: Online Website: http://bit.ly/lwsSriLanka Description: Audio-only version: Access the full version of the recording. This Live Seminar examined mechanisms and strategies to promote accountability for IHL violations committed during counterinsurgencies, focusing on the case of Sri Lanka. Against the backdrop of domestic and international efforts to address IHL violations committed during the counterinsurgency in Sri Lanka, this Live Seminar addressed the following questions: ¡öWhat aspects, if any, of counterinsurgency doctrine have the potential to affect adherence to IHL principles? ¡öWhat accountability mechanisms¡ªjudicial or otherwise¡ªexist regarding IHL violations committed during non-international armed conflicts? ¡öWhat accountability mechanisms are currently being implemented, and what potential mechanisms are under consideration?
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  • New Delhi lacks the spine

  • [Feb 24, 2011, 07:22],  [expressbuzz.com]
    Ideally the meek should inherit the earth, but in the real world today they tend to get pushed around. Might, and unwavering resolve, gets a nation respect from other countries. Those who waver, who wax and wane, who shout and flex their muscle only to climb down, are not taken seriously. Their threats carry little weight. But those who stay the course, who defend the rights and the person of their citizens as if national integrity depends on it are respected for their resolve. Their word counts and their citizens are not easily trifled with. In the odd case that they are, then the weight of national resolve is put into effect as their saviour.
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  • Ashes of Sri Lanka rebel chief's mother desecrated

  • [Feb 24, 2011, 07:16],  [Washington Post]
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- The ashes of the mother of Sri Lanka's former rebel leader have been desecrated hours after her body was cremated, a relative said Wednesday. Kanagalingam Sivajilingam said the incident took place Tuesday night, shortly after slain rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran's mother was cremated in his native village of Valvettithurai. Sivajilingam said relatives who visited the cremation site Wednesday to collect the ashes found them scattered and three dead dogs with bullet wounds lying nearby.
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  • Remains of Parvathi Amma cremated amidst military harassment

  • [Feb 23, 2011, 01:24],  [TN]
    Braving harassments by occupying Sri Lankan military that has been forcing the people to remove black flags they had flown to mourn the late Parvathi Amma, people from various parts of the peninsula took part in the funeral procession Tuesday together with former and current parliamentarians representing Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) Tuesday evening. Politicians and activists from Tamil Nadu and the diaspora addressed the mourners paying tribute through phone calls at Theeruvil grounds. Defying the order by SLA soldiers to remove the black flags, people of Vadamaraadchi closed their shops and flew black flags.
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  • Australian could face court over Tamil Tigers deaths

  • [Feb 22, 2011, 00:49],  [SMH]
    AN AUSTRALIAN citizen and senior Sri Lankan diplomat has been accused of complicity in the murders of three surrendering Tamil Tigers in an application to the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands. The man, Palitha Kohona, was the international face of the Sri Lankan government's war with separatist militants, the Tamil Tigers, and played an important role in the surrender of Tamil Tiger soldiers following their defeat in May 2009. But reports of mass killings and the extrajudicial killing of surrendering Tigers have since surfaced. Dr Kohona and the Sri Lankan government strongly deny the claims, and so far the international community has been reluctant to investigate them.
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  • Jaffna mourns Parvathi Amma amidst SLA harassment

  • [Feb 21, 2011, 21:37],  [TN]
    The people of Jaffna have flown black flags on Sunday, mourning the demise of 80-year-old Parvathi Amma (Vallipuram Parvathi), the mother of LTTE leader Velupillai Pirapaharan. Community organisations have flown their flags at half post amid harassments by the occupying Sri Lankan forces. The funeral of late Parvathi Amma is to take place at Valveddiththu'rai (VVT) Hindu Cremation Grounds on Tuesday. Born on 07 August, 1931, Parvathi Amma, resolved to stay with her people at her native village, after being denied entry to Tamil Nadu for medical treatment last year.
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  • Parvathi Amma passes away

  • [Feb 20, 2011, 21:35],  [TN]
    Mrs. Vallipuram Parvathi, the mother of LTTE leader Velupillai Pirapaharan, passed away Sunday morning at Valveddiththu'rai hospital in Jaffna around 6:30 a.m., Dr. A. Maylerumperumal, District Medical Officer (DMO) of Valveddiththu'rai told media. Her husband, Thiruvengadam Velupillai, had passed away in Sri Lanka Army detention at Panagoda in January 2010. After the demise of her husband, Mrs. Parvathi was released and was later allowed to go to Malaysia for medical treatment in March 2010. However, she was denied entry to Tamil Nadu and deported back to Malaysia last year. Later, she was brought to her home village of Valveddiththu'rai and was taken care of the doctors and the staff at Valveddiththu'rai hospital till her last breath.
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  • Sri Lanka arrests over 100 Indian fishermen

  • [Feb 17, 2011, 02:34],  [AFP]
    COLOMBO — Sri Lanka arrested 112 Indian fishermen accused of poaching off the island's north, officials said Wednesday, stoking tensions between the two countries over the narrow strip of sea dividing them. Local fishermen seized the Indians on Tuesday and handed them over to the local police, the force's spokesman Prishantha Jayakody said. "There is a total of 112 Indian fishermen in police custody," Jayakody said A magistrate in the northern peninsula of Jaffna ordered the men should be held in judicial custody until the end of the month pending police investigations, a court official said by telephone. The mass arrest came as tension rose along the murky waters of the Palk Strait separating the South Asian neighbours, with the killing last month of two Indian fishermen.
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