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Sri Lanka war probe calls for new inquiry

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

[Al Jazeera]

A Sri Lankan government probe into the civil war against ethnic Tamil rebels has concluded that further investigations of alleged abuses committed in the final stages of the country’s 25-year conflict are necessary.

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Sri Lanka: No Justice in Massacre of Aid Workers

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

[Human Rights Watch]

The Sri Lankan government’s failure to bring to justice those responsible for the execution-style slaying of 17 aid workers five years ago highlights a broader lack of will to prosecute soldiers and police for rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Despite strong evidence of involvement by the security forces in the killings, government inquiries have languished and no one has been arrested for the crime.

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Is This Ban’s ‘Never Again’ Moment?

Monday, August 1st, 2011

[Huffington Post]

We failed to prevent a massacre in Sri Lanka. We must not fail to seek justice for it.

‘Never again’ is the promise that has followed the Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda and Srebrenica; issued each time with outrage and contrition, and, in recent years, a report on the failure of the international community to act. Kofi Annan commissioned one such report in 1999 on the Rwandan genocide, declaring: “Of all my aims as [UN] Secretary-General, there is none to which I feel more deeply committed than that of enabling the UN never again to fail in protecting a civilian population”. Less than five years later, the UN was unable to galvanise international action in Darfur. Ten years later it failed to prevent tragedy unfolding in the final stages of Sri Lanka’s long-running civil war.

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Sri Lanka: Ban strongly rejects UN as source of casualty reports

Monday, June 1st, 2009

[UN News Centre]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his strong concerns over “unacceptably high” civilian casualties in the conflict between the Sri Lankan Government and Tamil rebels, while rejecting in the strongest terms any figure attributed to the United Nations. “I categorically reject – repeat, categorically – any suggestion that the United Nations has deliberately under-estimated any figures,” the Secretary-General underscored. “Let me also say, whatever the total, the casualties in the conflict were unacceptably high – as I have also said repeatedly,” he added.

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Time for Witness

Monday, June 1st, 2009

[The Times]

Ban Ki Moon the Secretary-General of the United Nations, visited Sri Lanka last week. He knew from his officials that at least 20,000 civilians had been killed by Sri Lankan troops in the offensive against the Tamil Tigers. Mr Ban never mentioned this figure to his Sri Lankan interlocutors. He saw, while travelling by air over a supposed “no-fire” zone, the evidence of a massacre of thousands of Tamil civilians caught between the army and the insurgents. Yet he has still not confirmed the authenticity of photographs taken from the same helicopter setting out that scene of carnage and mass makeshift graves.

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Claims Of Abuse In Sri Lankan Refugee Camps

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

[Sky News]

There are numerous reports of sexual assaults in the government-run camps, and claims that groups of young men are being rounded up and taken away. United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon will demand unfettered access to the camps during his visit to the country, as well as access to other areas which have been off-limits to aid workers and journalists for months. More than 40 camps have been set up to cope with more than 200,000 people left homeless by the long-running conflict. The people inside the camps are kept behind barbed wire and are not allowed to leave.

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UN in Sri Lanka Admits 400 Killed, No Word from Ban Ki-moon on Visit

Monday, May 11th, 2009

[ Inner City Press ]

In Colombo, UN spokesman Gordon Weiss has acknowledged that at least 400 civilians were killed over the weekend in northern Sri Lanka. Weiss claimed that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been doing everything possible. But when asked, repeatedly, if he was calling for a cease-fire, Ban Ki-moon did not. Ban was invited, how ever cynically, to visit the country, and his spokesperson claimed that if he thought his visit could save civilian lives he would go. But he didn’t go, nor announce that he would. And over the weekend, the government shelled the conflict zone and killed 400 civilians.

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On Sri Lanka, UN’s Nambiar Resists Briefing the Council on His “Confidential” Trip: Is a USG Subpoena Needed?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

[Inner City Press]

Despite having been sent as the UN’s envoy to the “bloodbath on the beach” in Sri Lanka, Ban Ki-moon’s chief of staff Vijay Nambiar is now reluctant to give the Security Council even a closed door briefing on the crisis, sources told Inner City Press late Tuesday. One well-placed Council diplomat said that despite all 15 members, including China and Russia, agreeing to an “informal interactive dialogue” with Mr. Nambiar, who has just returned via India from three days in Sri Lanka, they were told that Nambiar views the matter as “too sensitive” even for discussion behind closed doors. Nambiar argued that as a “mediator,” what he discussed with Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers was “confidential,” even from the Security Council.

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UN Sends Nambiar to Sri Lanka, Quiet Diplomacy and Ships Off the Beach?

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

[Inner City Press]

With even the UN now speaking of a “bloodbath on the beach” in Northern Sri Lanka, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has quietly sent his titular chief of staff Vijay Nambiar, a former Indian diplomat, to the region to try what the UN is calling “quiet diplomacy.” Some in Ban’s inner circle wonder if it is wise to send an Indian for the job, given India’s large Tamil population and response to the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. But perhaps that, along with Nambiar’s ties with the Chinese, is what has made Sri Lanka feel comfortable.

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UN’s Ban urges suspension of Sri Lanka fighting

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

[Reuters]

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Monday for a “suspension in fighting” between the Sri Lanka government and Tamil Tiger separatists to allow civilians to escape. “There is an urgent need to bring this conflict to an end without any further unnecessary loss of civilian life and destruction of Sri Lankan society,” Ban told reporters. “The U.N. deplores the increasing casualties among civilians trapped in the intense fighting … and would strongly support a suspension in fighting for the purpose of allowing safe passage of (the) civilian population trying to flee the conflict,” Ban said.

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