Fresh Fighting Erupts in Northern Sri Lanka

[VOA] A military statement said troops captured the village of Sinna Paranthan, northwest of the rebels’ de facto capital of Kilinochchi, on Tuesday. The statement said its fighter jets launched several air strikes against rebel positions again Wednesday in the northern Paranthan and Muahamalai areas. The rebel-affiliated Web site TamilNet said military air strikes hit…

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Revealed: Tamils’ terrifying plight

[Guardian] Behind a wall of censorship horrendous battles are under way in northern Sri Lanka. The details are unclear since no independent reporters have been allowed access, and both sides — the government army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam — give out bombastic and unverifiable casualty figures. But through the fog of war…

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60th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Time to Deliver

[ Amnesty International ] Amnesty International today called on governments to make the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) a time for action not just for celebration. “The senseless killings in Mumbai, thousands of people fleeing the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, hundreds of thousands more trapped in dire…

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SRI LANKA: No Calm After the Storm

[ IPS ] The only good thing about tropical storm “Nisha”, that lashed northern Sri Lanka in the last week of November, was that it brought a lull to the fierce fighting between Tamil separatist rebels and the Sri Lankan army. During the week that followed little fighting was reported and Nisha seemed to have…

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Sri Lanka: Allow Aid Groups to Help Cyclone Victims

[ HRW ] The Sri Lankan government should immediately lift its September order barring humanitarian agencies from the Vanni conflict area in northern Sri Lanka so they can assist thousands of persons displaced by flooding from Cyclone Nisha. Experienced and impartial humanitarian agencies have offered to respond to the crisis, but face government obstruction. Only…

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