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Sri Lanka doctors ‘to be tried’

tamil-civilianA group of doctors who worked in Sri Lanka’s rebel-held war zone are being held on suspicion of collaborating with Tamil rebels, the government says. The doctors could be in detention for a year or more before being tried. With journalists banned from the conflict zone, they became an important source of news about the fighting during the final bloody months of war. There has been no word from the doctors, whose work was praised by the US and UN, since they were detained. Full Story : BBC.com….

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Quarter of a million Sri Lankans face two years in camps

tamil-refugeesMany of the quarter of a million people held in internment camps in Sri Lanka face up to two years behind razor wire, a government official said today. The official from the defence ministry said Sri Lanka was not prepared to let the UN dictate terms over the length of time people could be held in the camps. The UN, Britain and human rights groups have been pressing the government in Colombo to release people from the camps as soon as possible. Full Story : Guardian.co.uk…..

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Sri Lanka : In Video

Bruce Fein speaking on International Tamil Center seminar. June 2009

What Now for Tamils after LTTE. May 2009.

US president Obama speaks about Sri Lankan issue.A collection of videos about one of the worst killing fields in the world, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s government has admitted to Al Jazeera that its military bombed an area held by separatist fighters and now crowded with trapped civilians. May 2009

Inside Story interviews with Tamil and Sinhala representatives April09

The protests against the carnage of innocent Tamil civilians in Vanni held in order to draw the attention of the International Community (IC) by French diaspora Tamils

A document by Human Rights Watch about forced disappearances.

Speech at Geneva on Genocide in Sri lanka against Tamils

Sky News reporter talking about the ground situation on February 2009.

Displacing Tamil civilians February 2009.

Aljazeera reporter on the front line February 2009.

A Sinhalese Human Right activist speaks out about the human rights violations in Sri Lanka. February 2009.

Shelling inside the government declared safe zone. 2008

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378 Killed in Sri Lankan Army Shelling

srilankan-tamilAt least 378 people have been killed by continuing shelling from the Sri Lankan army in the past 24 hours, a health official has told the BBC. The doctor, working in the northern conflict zone, said 1,122 others had been injured - and more bodies were on beaches and by the sides of roads. The pro-rebel Tamilnet website reported that the army began to fire artillery shells late on Saturday. The site said as many as 2,000 civilians had been killed.Full Story : BBC.com….

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European Envoys Fail to Win Sri Lankan Ceasefire

tamil-genocideThe top envoys of two of the United Nations Security Council permanent members are the latest diplomats to apply pressure on Sri Lanka, amid fears of a humanitarian crisis as a 25-year civil war on the island appears near its end. The British and French foreign ministers met Wednesday with Sri Lanka’s leaders and visited displacement camps in the north. The diplomats failed to secure an immediate truce and only partly succeeded in gaining a government pledge to give international humanitarian workers improved access to refugee Tamils. Full Story :VOANews…….

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EU slams Sri Lanka snub to Sweden as ‘grave mistake’

sri-lankaSri Lanka barred Sweden’s foreign minister Tuesday from entering the island on a humanitarian mission, as diplomatic tensions mounted over the conduct of the war on the Tamil Tigers. Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt had been due to travel to the war-torn country this week to press demands for aid workers to be given full access to civilians trapped by heavy fighting between government troops and the rebels. Full Story : AFP….

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Sri Lanka Rejects Tamil Call for Cease-Fire

ltte flagEncircled by the Sri Lankan military, Tamil Tiger rebels declared a ‚Äúunilateral cease-fire‚Äù on Sunday, an offer that was immediately rejected by the government, which demanded their surrender. The rebels said the cease-fire was in response to calls from the United Nations, the United States and other foreign governments for a pause in the fighting. Full Story : NYTimes.com…..

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Sri Lanka : Trapped Tamil Civilians face starvation

tamil-civilianTens of thousands of civilians in Sri Lanka’s northern war zone face starvation, Tamil Tiger separatists and government officials have said. A United Nations spokesman tells VOA the world body has “no information about government food going in” recently to the affected area. It says at least 50,000 people are trapped by the fighting. Full Story : Aljazeera.net……..

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Chaos in Tamil war zone, U.N. says

srilankan-tamilThe Sri Lankan offensive against the faltering Tamil Tiger rebel movement has killed or wounded “significant numbers,” and thousands are trapped by the fighting, the United Nations said Wednesday. The U.N.’s humanitarian agency described the conflict zone as “highly chaotic” Wednesday, with reports of continued fighting, and aid cut off to more than 80,000 people displaced by the fighting since April 1. Full Story : CNN.com…..

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At least 128 reported dead in Sri Lanka’s ‘no-fire zone’

tamil-genocideAt least 128 civilians have died and more than 700 have been injured in three days of shelling in the last remaining pocket of Tamil Tiger resistance in Sri Lanka, according to reports from inside the “no-fire zone” Reports of the latest casualties were compiled by Human Rights Watch, which said it had spoken to doctors working inside the coastal strip covering eight square miles (2,000 ha) where the UN estimates about 100,000 civilians are trapped. Full Story : Guardian.co.uk……

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Worries over Tamil hunger strike duo as Parliament protest reaches fifth day

tamil-hungerstrikeFears are mounting over the health of a pair of Tamil hunger strikers as their fellow demonstrators continue to picket Parliament Square and demand a ceasefire in Sri Lanka. The protest, which is the largest to take place opposite the Houses of Parliament since demonstrations there were effectively banned in 2005, showed no signs of abating today as hundreds of people gathered for the fifth day of action. Mr Sivakumaravel, a British citizen who came from Sri Lanka five years ago, claimed that the Sri Lankan army was responsible for killing children in an enclave on the north-eastern coast of the island, where the LTTE are pinned down. ‚ÄúThey say our people are terrorists. Do you think the kids living there are terrorists?‚Äù Full Story : Timesonline.co.uk….

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Tamil supporters protest in London, UK voices concern

tamil-protestThousands of Tamil protesters demonstrated outside Britain’s parliament on Tuesday calling for London’s help in securing a ceasefire between Sri Lankan forces and Tamil Tiger separatists. Several hundred demonstrators stayed all night, blocking roads until police moved them in the early hours of Tuesday, and were vowing to continue their protest for as long as possible. Human Rights Watch recently said that , Sri Lankan forces have repeatedly and indiscriminately shelled areas crowded with displaced persons. The death toll of Tamils rise to 4000 within few weeks. Report : HRW.org

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Sri Lanka rejects UN charge of possible war crimes

Sri LankaSri Lanka on Saturday rejected U.N. allegations it may have committed war crimes and vowed there would be no cease-fire in its drive to capture a shrinking rebel enclave and end the island’s 25-year-old civil war. Also on Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called President Mahinda Rajapaksa to express “deep U.S. concern” over deteriorating conditions and increasing loss of life in the safe zones. Full Story : AP.com

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Tamils say they’d accept truce

ltte flagSri Lanka’s Tamil fighters indicated Monday they would accept a cease-fire but wouldn’t give up their weapons,in order to reach a political settlement to their fight for a separate homeland. The statement, released on the LTTE‚Äôs Peace Secretariat Web site, was addressed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the U.S., Japan, the European Union and Norway — the so-called co- chairs of international donors for Sri Lanka. Defense spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella, also a Cabinet member, dismissed the rebels’ offer. Tamil tigers are fighting for an independent home land for the ethnic Tamil minority in Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka rebels say they launched kamikaze attack

air tigersTamil Tiger rebel pilots who crashed their planes in the Sri Lankan capital, were on a kamikaze mission and were not shot down as the military claims, a pro-rebel report said Saturday. Full Story : AP.com…..

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Rebel aircraft bomb Sri Lankan capital

Sri LankaTamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka launched an airstrike on the capital city of Colombo, officials said Friday. The Financial Times reported that two light aircraft of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam bombed the main tax office, the central bank and air force headquarters. Full Story : UPI.com…….

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Sri Lanka accuses Britain of meddling in internal affairs

srilankaSri Lanka has accused Britain of meddling in its internal affairs and warned of repercussions for diplomatic relations, after Gordon Brown appointed a special envoy to the country just as the army is on the brink of crushing the Tamil Tiger rebels. Inside Sri Lanka’s war zone artillery shells of government forces are killing about 40 ethnic Tamil civilians everyday. Minority Tamils have been facing discrimination from majority Sinhalese since independence and fighting fro a separate homeland. In a recent interview Sri Lanka’s army chief Lt.Gen Sarath Fonseka said “I strongly believe that this country belongs to the Sinhalese but there are minority communities and we treat them like our people. They can live in this country with us. But they must not try to, under the pretext of being a minority, demand undue things”.

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@ a glance : Humanitarian disaster seen in Sri Lanka

Sri LankaU.N. spokesman Gordon Weiss told the newspaper at least 20 more people were wounded in the shelling of the overflowing hospital at Puthukkudiyiruppu, in the small corner of northeastern Sri Lanka still held by LTTE rebels. Full Story : UPI.com……

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@ a glance : Sri Lanka threatens to expel media as army closes in on rebels

Defence secretary accuses BBC among others of being biased towards Tamil Tigers. Sri Lanka has publicly warned foreign media, western media and aid agencies that they will be expelled from the country if their reporting is deemed sympathetic to the Tamil Tiger guerrillas, who are making a last stand deep in the island’s jungle. Full Story : Guardian….

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@ a glance : Sri Lanka fighting ‘kills hundreds’

Sri LankaHundreds of civilians have been killed and about 250,000 are trapped amid heavy fighting as the Sri Lankan government continues its offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels, the Red Cross has said. Full Story : Aljazeera….

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