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Sri Lanka government publishes war death toll statistics

[BBC] Sri Lankan government statistics put the death toll in the north of the country during the final phase of the war at 9,000, the BBC has learned. [Full Story]

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Sri Lankan anger over US move at UN rights council

[AFP] Sri Lanka on Thursday vowed to hold mass protests against US-backed moves at the United Nations to press for an independent probe into alleged war crimes during the island’s civil war. [Full Story]

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NGOs Call on U.S. to Establish International Accountability Mechanism on Sri Lanka at UN Human Rights Council

[Amnesty International USA] We are pleased to hear that the United States has decided to press for action at the March session of the Human Rights Council on accountability for wartime abuses in Sri Lanka.  This issue has long been a high priority for us due to the massive scale of abuses committed in the […]

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My brothers’ keepers: In Sri Lanka the grip of the Rajapaksas only tightens

[The Economist] THE president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, may well feel pleased with himself. On the face of it, more than six years after his first election, his prospects are still remarkably rosy. The economy clips along at about 7% a year. Mr Rajapaksa’s coalition controls over two-thirds of parliament, and opposition parties are […]

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‘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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Letter on Sri Lanka to Permanent Representatives of Human Rights Council Member and Observer States

[Human Rights Watch] Your Excellency, We write to urge your delegation to work with other member and observer states of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) to bring the issue of accountability for wartime abuses in Sri Lanka onto the agenda of the Council during its March 2012 session. Almost three years after the […]

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Kevin Rudd must up the ante on Sri Lanka

[Human Rights Watch] As nations such as Canada and Britain weigh in on accountability for war crimes in Sri Lanka, it’s time for Australia to add its voice. After all, promoting human rights is a crucial part of foreign policy, as Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is keen to say. [Full Story]

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An Open Letter to Ban Ki-moon

[Huffington Post] Dear Secretary-General, I write to follow up my letter of 2 June 2011 on the subject of the United Nations Panel of Experts’ reporton accountability issues in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

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Sri Lankan ambassador promises accountability from war-crimes defendants

[Washington Times] Sri Lanka will hold accountable every person accused of war crimes during its decades-long civil conflict, the island nation’s ambassador to the U.S. says. [Full Story]

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Searching for the boy with the violin

[BBC] As Sri Lanka’s civil war came to a bloody end in May 2009, the BBC’s Priyath Liyanage was struck by video footage of a boy walking through the war zone holding a violin. Two years on, can this boy be traced and why did he make such a perilous journey with only a musical […]

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