Statement on the Report of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission

[International Crisis Group] The International Crisis Group welcomes the public release of the report of Sri Lanka’s “Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission” (LLRC), presented to the Sri Lankan parliament on 16 December 2011. The report acknowledges important events and grievances that have contributed to decades of political violence and civil war in Sri Lanka and […]

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Sri Lanka: Women’s Insecurity in the North and East

[International Crisis Group] Women in Sri Lanka’s predominantly Tamil-speaking north and east are facing a desperate lack of security in the aftermath of the long civil war. Today many still live in fear of violence from various sources. Those who fall victim to it have little means of redress. Women’s economic security is precarious, and […]

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Tamil police ‘excluded’ from Sri Lanka parade

[BBC] A Tamil policeman from northern Sri Lanka says he feels hurt that he and 25 Tamil colleagues were excluded from a recent parade of security forces. He said they were pulled out at the very last moment. He believes it was because of their ethnicity. But a police spokesman said there was no discrimination […]

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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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Report details S.Lanka aid massacre, blames forces

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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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Human rights abuses in Asia come under US fire

[AFP] The United States ranked North Korea and Myanmar Tuesday among the world’s worst violators of human rights and took other Asian countries to task for alleged abuses. In Sri Lanka, it said, “the government’s respect for human rights continued to decline due in part to the escalation of the armed conflict,” with the ethnic […]

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Sri Lanka: ‘Disappearances’ by Security Forces a National Crisis

[HRW] The Sri Lankan government is responsible for widespread abductions and ‘disappearances’ that are a national crisis, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Human Rights Watch urged the government to reveal the whereabouts of the ‘disappeared,’ immediately end the practice, and hold the perpetrators accountable. “President Mahinda Rajapaksa, once a rights […]

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