Sri Lanka’s white vans deliver fear and oppression

[Radio Netherlands Worldwide] First a damning UN report accused both sides in the country’s 30-year civil war of atrocities – a claim the current government refutes categorically. Then in June British TV station Channel 4 broadcast a devastating account of the closing weeks of the conflict in 2009. At this time, the programme said, the Sri…

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Sri Lanka: Peace Isn’t That Different From War

Letter from Jaffna: War has been hell in Sri Lanka, but peace may fall far short of heaven. It’s only an hour’s airtime from Sri Lanka’s capital city, Colombo, to the Jaffna peninsula at the northern tip of the island, but getting there is a miserable ordeal that can kill nearly half a day. Suitcases…

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In Sri Lanka, Fear of Being ‘Disappeared’

[Washington Post] Under a recent military offensive to wipe out those rebels, government forces have abducted hundreds of members of the Tamil minority group, including civilians, according to human rights groups. Many of the “disappeared” never turn up again. Rights activists say Sri Lanka’s growing ties with Iran, China and Russia have emboldened the government…

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