Sri Lankan Report Doesn’t Fully Address War Crimes

[Amnesty USA] I’ve been waiting for months for the final report from Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (often referred to as the “LLRC”).  The commission had been appointed by President Rajapaksa in May 2010 to examine events during the last seven years of the war between the government and the Tamil Tigers (the […]

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Sri Lanka MPs receive controversial civil war report

[BBC] A commission set up by Sri Lanka’s president to investigate the conduct of the civil war has said the government did its best to protect civilians. It concluded the military gave the “highest priority” to protecting civilians and said Tamil Tiger rebels had had “no respect for human life”. [Full Story]

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The Sri Lankan soldiers ‘whose hearts turned to stone’

[Channel 4 News] Over the last two years Channel 4 News has broadcast footage that the UN says constitutes “credible evidence of war crimes” in Sri Lanka. In the final stages of 26 years of civil war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, and better known as the Tamil Tigers), the United […]

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Sri Lanka: Ban strongly rejects UN as source of casualty reports

[UN News Centre] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his strong concerns over “unacceptably high” civilian casualties in the conflict between the Sri Lankan Government and Tamil rebels, while rejecting in the strongest terms any figure attributed to the United Nations. “I categorically reject – repeat, categorically – any suggestion that the United Nations has deliberately […]

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Sri Lanka in new truce rejection

[BBC] The Sri Lankan government has rejected fresh calls for a temporary ceasefire with Tamil Tiger rebels. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told the BBC that if the rebels laid down their arms there would be no need for a halt in the fighting. Reports of growing civilian casualties have prompted the UN, European Union and […]

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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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UN Envoy On Humanitarian Affairs To Arrive In Sri Lanka

[AFP] The U.N.’s top envoy for humanitarian affairs John Holmes will arrive in Colombo on Thursday to assess Sri Lanka’s relief operations in its conflict zone, the government said. The visit comes after U.N.-appointed experts expressed concern earlier this month over “rapidly deteriorating conditions” facing civilians affected by the war between government troops and Tamil […]

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