Posts Tagged ‘Sri Lanka’s government’

Top US Senators worried over Sri Lanka violence

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

[ AFP ]

Two senior US Senators on Monday jointly urged Sri Lanka’s government and Tamil Tiger rebels to safeguard civilians and ease humanitarian access to areas affected by the deadly conflict. Democrat John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Republican Richard Lugar, the panel’s top Republican, said they were “greatly concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation.” “We urge the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to immediately take all necessary steps to protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian access,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement.

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Sri Lanka denies civilian crisis

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

[BBC]

Sri Lanka’s government has denied Red Cross and UN reports of a major humanitarian crisis in the north, where troops are fighting Tamil Tiger rebels. Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told the BBC that he had a policy of “zero” civilian casualties. The Red Cross believes that hundreds of civilians have been killed and hundreds of thousands more are trapped. With aid supplies mostly blocked, the UN plans to make a new bid on Thursday to evacuate badly injured civilians.

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Amnesty in urgent Sri Lanka plea

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

[ BBC ]

Amnesty International has appealed to Sri Lanka’s government to allow aid to reach more than 300,000 people displaced by fighting in the north. The human rights group urged both the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to allow international monitors into the northern Wanni region. There has been intense fighting in the area over recent weeks. Amnesty says that thousands of people displaced by the conflict are currently “in desperate need of shelter, food and sanitation”. “As the north-east monsoon season approaches, only 2,100 temporary shelters for 4,000 families have been provided, leaving at least 20,000 families in need of protection from the elements,” a statement released by the group says.

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