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In Sri Lanka, a ‘negative peace’ prevails

Monday, August 29th, 2011

[Al Jazeera]

Seriously injured in a shell attack, his Tamil Tiger comrades dead, Mano (pseudonym) tried to end his own life by biting on the cyanide pill that, like all hardened fighters, he wore around his neck. But an elderly woman nearby rushed to give him water and he survived. Alone, he languished on the sand for six days, surrounded by the bodies of his friends and the ruins of war.

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In Sri Lanka, Red Cross Barred from “Interment” Camps Despite UN’s Rosy Picture

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

[Inner City Press]

[Inner City Press]

While the International Committee of the Red Cross went public Wednesday in Geneva with the fact that the Sri Lankan government is running interment camps to which Red Cross workers do not have access, in New York the UN’s Deputy Spokesperson Marie Okabe said that “since the Secretary General’s visit to Sri Lanka, an interim measure has been agreed” in which aid agency vehicles including trucks are allowed into all Manik Farm zones, only not in convoys and not with agency flags. Video here, from Minute 2:30. Inner City Press asked Mr. Okabe to square to the two statements, if there are camps that the UN has access to that the Red Cross does not.

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Disease risk in Sri Lanka war zone: Red Cross

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

[AFP]

Tens of thousands of people trapped by fighting in Sri Lanka’s north are facing serious risks of disease due to shortages of clean water and sanitation, the Red Cross said Tuesday. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said the humanitarian situation was deteriorating fast as civilians still living in the rebel-held territory endured daily attacks and an increased danger of epidemics. “The area is affected by shelling every day, and the cramped conditions and the lack of water and proper sanitation are putting people at risk,” it said in a statement.

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Sri Lanka faces war ‘catastrophe’

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

[BBC]

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned of an impending humanitarian catastrophe in north-eastern Sri Lanka. Up to 150,000 people may be trapped in the area by fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels. The ICRC has reiterated calls for a mass evacuation of civilians and for far more aid to be allowed in. The ICRC’s Jacques de Maio said the situation was one of the worst disasters he had experienced.

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Sri Lanka: ICRC carries on evacuation of sick and wounded by sea

Monday, February 16th, 2009

[International Committee of the Red Cross]

A ferry flying the flag of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) left Putumattalan today for Trincomalee with over 400 passengers on board, including patients and accompanying family members. “The ICRC was able to take action because both parties granted safe passage to our ship and gave us their active support,” said Paul Castella, head of the ICRC delegation in Colombo. Civil and military authorities in Putumattalan, Trincomalee and Jaffna as well as local people were also instrumental in ensuring that the wounded and sick were brought to hospital rapidly. Sri Lanka Red Cross Society volunteers participated in the operation by helping to disembark and transfer the patients.

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S Lanka civilian attacks denied

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

[BBC]

The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels have both denied accusations of inflicting civilian casualties in the north-east. The army said it was not responsible for the shelling of a makeshift hospital which the Red Cross (ICRC) said had killed 16 people on Monday. The Tamil Tigers denied shooting dead 19 fleeing civilians. Meanwhile the ICRC says a boat carrying 240 wounded civilians from the war area has arrived safely in Trincomalee.

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Red Cross denies stirring panic in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

[AFP]

The Red Cross on Wednesday rejected charges it was trying to stir panic over the plight of Sri Lankan civilians trapped in fighting between soldiers and Tamil rebels in a row over body bag orders placed by the group. The Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross said it had placed orders for 2,500 body bags in January after swapping 912 combatants’ bodies between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels last year In a statement, the Red Cross denied accusations made by the government last week that the group had ordered 35,000 body bags in January.

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Sri Lanka: 16 patients killed in hospital shelling

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

[AP]

At least 16 patients being treated at a makeshift hospital in the northern Sri Lankan war zone were killed by shelling, the Red Cross said Tuesday, as the military accused rebel fighters of killing 19 other civilians fleeing theĀ area.

The United Nations, meanwhile, said it was outraged by the “unnecessary” deaths of hundreds of people inside rebel territory and urged both sides to avoid fighting in civilianĀ areas.

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Sri Lanka: ICRC evacuates over 240 wounded and sick from the Vanni by sea

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

[ICRC]

A ferry flying the flag of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is currently evacuating about 240 patients from Putumattalan to Trincomalee. They had fled Puthukkudiyiruppu Hospital in the northern Vanni region on 4 February after it sustained repeated shelling. The patients are expected to arrive in Trincomalee this evening and receive medical treatment. The operation started after both parties had granted safe passage. Civil authorities, medical staff, the fishermen’s union and church representatives are also actively supporting the evacuation. An additional 160 patients still in Putumattalan should be evacuated on 11 February.

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Red Cross ‘incites S Lanka panic’

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

[BBC]

The Sri Lankan government has accused the Red Cross of inciting panic over the military operation against Tamil Tiger rebels in the north. A spokesman said the ICRC had ordered 35,000 body bags for the battle zone to create what he called a fear psychosis among the international community. The International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed a routine order of body bags but nowhere near that number. It said its office in Colombo had been attacked by protesters. Meanwhile the army says it is closing in on remaining Tamil Tiger positions, confining them to an area of about 200 sq km (124 sq miles).

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