‘US to pressure Sri Lanka on reconciliation process’

[Radio Netherlands Worldwide] The United States is set to table a resolution against Sri Lanka at the next sitting of the¬†United Nations Human Rights Council¬†(HRC) in Geneva later this month. The Americans have voiced their concerns over human rights violations in Sri Lanka before, but so far had not taken the step of bringing it […]

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Accountability for the Alleged Violations of International Humanitarian and Human Rights in Sri Lanka

[White House News] The United States shares your concern about accountability for the alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights law that occurred during Sri Lanka’s recent conflict and is committed to working with the government of Sri Lanka, the United Nations, and the international community to implement a just and equitable reconciliation process […]

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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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US Senate Panel Discusses Sri Lanka

[Voice of America] A U.S. Senate committee Tuesday focused its attention on the situation in Sri Lanka, where the military is engaged in an intense battle with Tamil Tigers as the two sides struggle for control of what is believed to be the last of the rebel strongholds. Witnesses at the Senate hearing decried the […]

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Ceasefire urged as 52 killed in Sri Lanka war zone

[Reuters] The United States and Britain urged a temporary cease-fire in Sri Lanka to evacuate casualties and allow relief into the war zone as the Island nation celebrates independence from colonial ruler Britain on Wednesday. President Mahinda Rajapaksa was due to preside at a parade of military might in the capital on Wednesday morning that […]

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U.S. ‘appalled’ by Sri Lanka attacks on journalists

[Reuters] The United States said it was “appalled” by violence against journalists in Sri Lanka, after an editor was stabbed on Friday, the third attack on the country’s media this month. “The United States is appalled by continuing physical attacks and threats against media personnel in Sri Lanka,” State Department acting spokesman Robert Wood said […]

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Gunmen destroy studios of Sri Lankan broadcaster

[ Reuters ] Masked gunmen threw grenades and destroyed the main studio of Sri Lanka’s largest private broadcaster Tuesday, days after state media criticised it for coverage of a Tamil Tiger suicide blast. President Mahinda Rajapaksa condemned the early morning attack on MBC Network’s studios and ordered an investigation. The United States earlier demanded the […]

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Sri Lanka protests US report on human rights, saying it presents ‘distorted view’

[AP] Sri Lanka summoned the U.S. ambassador on Friday to protest the latest U.S. State Department report on human rights, saying it presented a distorted and exaggerated view of the situation on the Indian Ocean island. The State Department’s 2007 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Sri Lanka cited government abuses including unlawful killings, […]

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US cast doubts on Free and fair elections

[BBC] The United States does not believe that free & fair elections can be held in Batticaloa if one party is allowed to bear arms says the US Ambassador for Sri Lanka, Robert O Blake. If one party is allowed arms and threaten and intimidate other parties and other contestants free and fair elections can […]

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