Posts Tagged ‘civilian casualties’

Sri Lankan Report Doesn’t Fully Address War Crimes

Monday, December 19th, 2011

[Amnesty USA]

I’ve been waiting for months for the final report from Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (often referred to as the “LLRC”).  The commission had been appointed by President Rajapaksa in May 2010 to examine events during the last seven years of the war between the government and the Tamil Tigers (the war ended in May 2009 with the government’s victory over the Tigers).

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Sri Lanka MPs receive controversial civil war report

Friday, December 16th, 2011

[BBC]

A commission set up by Sri Lanka’s president to investigate the conduct of the civil war has said the government did its best to protect civilians. It concluded the military gave the “highest priority” to protecting civilians and said Tamil Tiger rebels had had “no respect for human life”.

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The Sri Lankan soldiers ‘whose hearts turned to stone’

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

[Channel 4 News]

Over the last two years Channel 4 News has broadcast footage that the UN says constitutes “credible evidence of war crimes” in Sri Lanka. In the final stages of 26 years of civil war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, and better known as the Tamil Tigers), the United Nations estimated up to 40,000 civilians were killed.

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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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Sri Lanka in new truce rejection

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

[BBC]

The Sri Lankan government has rejected fresh calls for a temporary ceasefire with Tamil Tiger rebels. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told the BBC that if the rebels laid down their arms there would be no need for a halt in the fighting. Reports of growing civilian casualties have prompted the UN, European Union and India to urge a ceasefire. In a briefing to the UN Security Council a few days ago, its humanitarian chief, Sir John Holmes, said the restrictions on the movement of civilians into and out of the camps were unacceptable.

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UN chief in S Lanka civilian plea

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

[BBC]

Visiting top UN humanitarian official John Holmes has urged Sri Lanka’s army and the Tamil Tigers to do everything possible to avoid civilian casualties. The government says the Tigers are using human shields, but the rebels say civilians are seeking their protection. This is Mr Holmes’s first visit since 2007 when his comment that Sri Lanka was one of the most dangerous places in the world for aid workers sparked government anger and drew a rebuke from the prime minister.

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UN Envoy On Humanitarian Affairs To Arrive In Sri Lanka

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

[AFP]

The U.N.’s top envoy for humanitarian affairs John Holmes will arrive in Colombo on Thursday to assess Sri Lanka’s relief operations in its conflict zone, the government said. The visit comes after U.N.-appointed experts expressed concern earlier this month over “rapidly deteriorating conditions” facing civilians affected by the war between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels and the “significant number of civilian casualties.” The United Nations under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs was visiting the island at Colombo’s invitation, the government said Wednesday.

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