No One, in the US or Sri Lanka, Should Be Above the Law

[Human Rights Watch] In a report released last month Human Rights Watch called on the US government to launch criminal investigations into allegations of detainee abuse authorized by senior Bush administration officials. The 107-page report, “Getting Away with Torture: The Bush Administration and Mistreatment of Detainees,” presents substantial information warranting criminal investigations of former President George […]

Sri Lanka: Official Report Whitewashes Military Abuses

[Human Rights Watch] A new Sri Lankan Defense Ministry report concedes for the first time that government forces caused civilian deaths in the final months of the conflict with the Tamil Tigers but takes no responsibility for laws-of-war violations, Human Rights Watch said today. The report, “Humanitarian Operation – Factual Analysis,” issued on August 1, […]

Sri Lanka: Fears for Tamils deported from UK

[BBC] A BBC reporter said that the deportees were questioned and later released and that they appeared to be a mixture of failed asylum seekers and overstayers. Human rights groups have criticised Britain, saying the mainly Tamil asylum seekers may not be safe. The UK government dismissed the fears. [Full Story]

Call to delay UK Tamil deportations to Sri Lanka

[BBC] Amnesty International says that at least one of the failed asylum seekers tried to commit suicide on Wednesday night at an airport detention facility. The fate of the Tamils is currently unclear. Some are reported to have had their deportations deferred. Others, however, are reported to be heading to the airport for departure. Amnesty argues […]