I fear my homeland: Ocean Lady claimant tells IRB

[National Post] More than two years after the smuggling ship MV Ocean Lady arrived off the West Coast carrying 76 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, the first public hearing to determine whether to accept them as refugees took place on Monday. [Full Story]

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Living in fear: Sri Lanka’s Tamil women

[Radio Netherlands Worldwide] The 30-year-long civil war caused much suffering to Tamil women who were already part of a strong patriarchal system. The ICG’s report, which was released last week, suggests that while the decline of the LTTE has brought many positive changes in the lives of Tamil women, it has also ushered in a […]

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UK Sri Lanka Tamils fear forced deportation

[BBC] About 20 Tamil asylum seekers facing the prospect of being deported from Britain to Sri Lanka have told the BBC that their lives are in danger. [Full Story]

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Sri Lankan’s face deportation despite safety fears

[Channel 4] The Channel 4 documentary, Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, features devastating video evidence of horrific war crimes committed by both the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil Tigers in the final weeks of Sri Lanka’s civil war, in 2009. And it did not end there. Channel 4 News recently obtained evidence from within Sri Lanka’s “closed off” corner, […]

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U.N. experts decry ‘climate of fear’ in Sri Lanka

[Reuters] Sri Lanka’s journalists, lawyers and human rights defenders are living in fear and need better protection from violence, United Nations investigators said on Monday. In a joint statement, 10 U.N. experts called on the government to act quickly to halt repressive practices. “The fear of reprisals against victims and witnesses, together with a lack […]

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Red Cross ‘incites S Lanka panic’

[BBC] The Sri Lankan government has accused the Red Cross of inciting panic over the military operation against Tamil Tiger rebels in the north. A spokesman said the ICRC had ordered 35,000 body bags for the battle zone to create what he called a fear psychosis among the international community. The International Committee of the […]

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