Posts Tagged ‘security forces’

Statement on the Report of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

[International Crisis Group]

The International Crisis Group welcomes the public release of the report of Sri Lanka’s “Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission” (LLRC), presented to the Sri Lankan parliament on 16 December 2011. The report acknowledges important events and grievances that have contributed to decades of political violence and civil war in Sri Lanka and makes sensible recommendations on governance, land issues and the need for a political solution. But it fails in a crucial task – providing the thorough and independent investigation of alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights law that the UN and other partners of Sri Lanka have been asking for. It is now incumbent on the international community, through the UN Human Rights Council, to establish an independent international investigation in 2012. Without such an investigation, accountability for the crimes committed at the end of the civil war is highly unlikely; without accountability, and a full understanding of the nature of the violations which took place on all sides, the seeds of future conflict will grow.

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Sri Lanka: Women’s Insecurity in the North and East

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

[International Crisis Group]

Women in Sri Lanka’s predominantly Tamil-speaking north and east are facing a desperate lack of security in the aftermath of the long civil war. Today many still live in fear of violence from various sources. Those who fall victim to it have little means of redress. Women’s economic security is precarious, and their physical mobility is limited. The heavily militarised and centralised control of the north and east – with almost exclusively male, Sinhalese security forces – raises particular problems for women there in terms of their safety, sense of security and ability to access assistance. They have little control over their lives and no reliable institutions to turn to. The government has mostly dismissed women’s security issues and exacerbated fears, especially in the north and east. The international community has failed to appreciate and respond effectively to the challenges faced by women and girls in the former war zone. A concerted and immediate effort to empower and protect them is needed.

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Tamil police ‘excluded’ from Sri Lanka parade

Monday, May 30th, 2011

[BBC]

A Tamil policeman from northern Sri Lanka says he feels hurt that he and 25 Tamil colleagues were excluded from a recent parade of security forces. He said they were pulled out at the very last moment. He believes it was because of their ethnicity. But a police spokesman said there was no discrimination and it was “wrong” to say anyone was withdrawn. Meanwhile, a UN official says he thinks a controversial video, purportedly from the recent civil war, is authentic.

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Sri Lanka accused over massacre

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

[BBC]

A human rights group in Sri Lanka has blamed local security forces for the massacre of 17 aid workers in 2006 and accused the government of a cover-up. The bodies of the Action Against Hunger workers were found in the north-eastern town of Muttur. It was one of the worst attacks on humanitarian workers since the 2003 bombing of the UN compound in Baghdad. Meanwhile, another human rights group has shut down, after accusing Colombo of failing to tackle rights issues. So far there has been no response from the government to both developments.

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Report details S.Lanka aid massacre, blames forces

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008


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[Reuters]

A rights group report on Tuesday blamed local security forces for the massacre of 17 Sri Lankan tsunami aid workers in 2006 and accused the government of an outright cover-up. At the time, the killing of the local workers from aid group Action Contre La Faim (ACF) in the island’s northeast was the worst attack on humanitarian workers since the 2003 bombing of the United Nations compound in Baghdad.

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Sri Lankan probe into civilian killings has few results after 18 months of work

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

[AP]

Nearly 18 months after Sri Lanka launched an independent investigation into a wave of civilian killings during its renewed civil war, not a single case has been resolved, and some human rights groups and lawyers fear no one will ever be held accountable.

A credible probe into the incidents, including the slaying of 17 aid workers blamed on security forces, will test the government’s will to pursue potentially embarrassing cases and strengthen its efforts to prevent the dispatch of a U.N. human rights monitoring mission.

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Human rights abuses in Asia come under US fire

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

[AFP]

The United States ranked North Korea and Myanmar Tuesday among the world’s worst violators of human rights and took other Asian countries to task for alleged abuses. In Sri Lanka, it said, “the government’s respect for human rights continued to decline due in part to the escalation of the armed conflict,” with the ethnic Tamil minority the “overwhelming majority of victims” of abuses. It cited major problems like extrajudicial killings of persons in custody, disappearances, and torture and rape by police and other security forces.

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Sri Lanka: ‘Disappearances’ by Security Forces a National Crisis

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

[HRW]

The Sri Lankan government is responsible for widespread abductions and ‘disappearances’ that are a national crisis, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Human Rights Watch urged the government to reveal the whereabouts of the ‘disappeared,’ immediately end the practice, and hold the perpetrators accountable. “President Mahinda Rajapaksa, once a rights advocate, has now led his government to become one of the world’s worst perpetrators of enforced disappearances,” said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The end of the ceasefire means this crisis will continue until the government starts taking serious measures.”

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