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Editorial: No Victory in Sri Lanka

[New York Times] Even after declaring victory in Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war, the country’s leaders seem unable to distinguish between the enemy — the brutal but apparently vanquished Tamil Tiger separatists — and innocent bystanders. Despite appeals from Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary general, and from others, the government has not given international […]

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UN chief in S Lanka civilian plea

[BBC] Visiting top UN humanitarian official John Holmes has urged Sri Lanka’s army and the Tamil Tigers to do everything possible to avoid civilian casualties. The government says the Tigers are using human shields, but the rebels say civilians are seeking their protection. This is Mr Holmes’s first visit since 2007 when his comment that […]

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Sri Lanka quarantines conflict zone

[Toronto Star] Sri Lanka – After a civil war that has lasted more than a quarter-century, the Sri Lankan government can sense victory against its long-time nemesis, the Tamil Tigers. But Sri Lanka doesn’t want the world to know how it routed its enemy in the northern part of this island. The government has practically […]

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Questions still haunt Sri Lanka aid massacre

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Sri Lanka accused over massacre

[BBC] A human rights group in Sri Lanka has blamed local security forces for the massacre of 17 aid workers in 2006 and accused the government of a cover-up. The bodies of the Action Against Hunger workers were found in the north-eastern town of Muttur. It was one of the worst attacks on humanitarian workers […]

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Sri Lankan probe into civilian killings has few results after 18 months of work

[AP] Nearly 18 months after Sri Lanka launched an independent investigation into a wave of civilian killings during its renewed civil war, not a single case has been resolved, and some human rights groups and lawyers fear no one will ever be held accountable. A credible probe into the incidents, including the slaying of 17 […]

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Family of Sri Lanka massacre victims doubt justice

[Reuters] Relatives of 17 aid workers massacred in Sri Lanka said on Monday they did not expect justice as a heated human rights inquiry began into their execution-style murders more than a year ago. Ravi Shantha, the aunt of one of the Action Contre la Faim (ACF) aid workers killed in August 2006 in the […]

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