Sri Lanka: new test of India’s global influence

[Global Post] The Sri Lankan government’s efforts to erase from history the final months of its 25-year-long war against Tamil separatists hit a snag this week, as humanitarian organizations blasted the report of an internal probe into alleged human rights violations and possible war crimes as a whitewash. [Full Story]

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Commonwealth leaders must stop Sri Lanka hosting key summit

[Amnesty International] The Commonwealth risks becoming ‘irrelevant’ if its leaders allow Sri Lanka to become its next host, Amnesty International said today ahead of the organization’s biennial summit. [Full Story]

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Ferry returns of Sri Lankan refugees from India due to start Wednesday

[UNHCR] UNHCR is expecting the first returns of Sri Lankan refugees by commercial ferry from India to start on Wednesday, 12th October. The returns are part of a voluntary, facilitated repatriation programme, supported by the governments of both India and Sri Lanka. A welcoming ceremony at Colombo port is planned with Sri Lankan government officials, […]

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The death penalty in India: Fatally flawed

[The Economist] ARPUTHAM AMMAL, a pensioner with curly silver hair and a wheezing cough, is an abolitionist. Perched in a gloomy warehouse in Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu, as young men bustle over an exhibition against the death penalty, she explains why. “It is not needed. The ultimate victims of the death sentence are the […]

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Protecting Human Rights in Sri Lanka

[Huffington Post] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to India this week offers a vital opportunity for the world’s two greatest democracies to jointly promote their common values supporting freedom and civil rights in South Asia — a region where extremism and China’s influence continues to grow. More specifically, the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue must […]

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Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Harder than Ever

[International Crisis Group] Two years since the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Sri Lanka is further from reconciliation than ever. Triumphalist in its successful “war on terror”, the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has refused to acknowledge, let alone address, the Tamil minority’s legitimate grievances against the state. The regime destroyed […]

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India asks Sri Lanka to probe war crimes claims

[AFP] India on Friday urged Sri Lanka to examine claims made in a British documentary that said it targeted civilians while crushing Tamil Tiger rebels two years ago. The Channel 4 documentary, “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” aired last month on British television contained footage of what it said were prisoner executions. [Full Story]

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Sri Lanka urged to scrap emergency two years after war

[BBC] India has urged Sri Lanka to scrap far-reaching emergency powers and probe allegations of human rights violations. The emergency remains two years after the government’s military defeat of the Tamil Tigers on 18 May 2009. The Indian call came in a bilateral communique issued after talks in Delhi between the two countries’ foreign ministers, […]

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India accused of complicity in deaths of Sri Lankan Tamils

[ The Times ] India was accused yesterday of complicity in the killing of an estimated 20,000 civilians in the last stages of Sri Lanka’s 26-year war against the Tamil Tigers. Major-General Ashok Mehta, a former commander of Indian peacekeeping forces in Sri Lanka, said that India’s role was “distressing and disturbing”. Two international human […]

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After Fighting, Sri Lanka Needs Devolution – India

[AFP] Sri Lanka needs true devolution of power to minority Tamils if it wants to permanently end its long-running ethnic war, Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said Wednesday. Menon, who was in Washington for talks, said the U.S. and the Sri Lankan government itself both agreed with regional power India on the need to quickly […]

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