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UN Says Longer Pause in Fighting Needed in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

[ VOA ]

The United Nations top humanitarian official welcomed a 48-hour pause in fighting in Sri Lanka’s conflict zone, but cautioned that it was insufficient to get in enough aid or to evacuate many of the more than 100,000 civilians trapped by the fighting between the government and Tamil rebels. U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator John Holmes said the government’s two-day-long halt in military operations that ended Wednesday was a “valuable first step”, but the United Nations would have hoped for a longer pause agreed to by both sides.

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Sri Lankan Civilians Need Protection

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

[ VoA ]

The United Nations estimates that trapped with the rebels are over 100,000 civilians who are taking refuge in the no-fire zone. According to the U.N., the no-fire area is being shelled by the Sri Lankan military, and the rebels are firing back. Human Rights Watch, a New York-based non-governmental human rights advocacy organization, says that the no-fire zone is so densely packed with civilians and remnants of the LTTE that any shooting or shelling must inevitably cause casualties. “Sri Lanka’s so-called ‘no-fire zone’ is now one of the most dangerous places in the world,” said Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch Asia director.

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Sri Lankan Government Rejects Rebel Appeal For Truce

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

[VoA]

In Sri Lanka, the government has rejected an appeal by the European Union for a cease-fire with Tamil Tiger rebels. Intense fighting is under way in the northeast, where the military is trying to capture the last strip of territory held by the rebels. The government’s outright rejection for a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels came a day after the European Union said the situation of civilians trapped in the war zone is dangerous and called for a cease-fire to allow humanitarian aid into the region.

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US Senate Panel Discusses Sri Lanka

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

[Voice of America]

A U.S. Senate committee Tuesday focused its attention on the situation in Sri Lanka, where the military is engaged in an intense battle with Tamil Tigers as the two sides struggle for control of what is believed to be the last of the rebel strongholds. Witnesses at the Senate hearing decried the actions of both sides in one of Asia’s longest running wars. Anna Neistat, senior researcher for Human Rights Watch, told a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing that human rights violations are being committed by both sides in Sri Lanka’s 25-year-old conflict.

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As War Rages, Sri Lanka Braces for Flood of Refugees

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

[Voice of America]

Tens of thousands of people fleeing the Sri Lanka’s civil war are taking refuge in government-run relief camps in the north. Many more are expected in the weeks ahead as the country’s 25-year war appears to be grinding to an end. That is creating a difficult humanitarian situation. Sri Lanka’s government has sealed off the relief camps in the country’s north to most visitors, including foreign journalists. But eyewitnesses said they are becoming overcrowded and that they lack supplies of drinkable water.

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US Condemns Attacks on Media in Sri Lanka

Friday, January 9th, 2009

[ VOA News ]

Policemen investigate site of shooting of newspaper editor Lasantha Wickramatunga in suburbs of Colombo, 08 Jan 2009 The U.S. State Department has condemned the murder of a Sri Lankan newspaper editor critical of the Colombo government, as well as a separate attack earlier this week on a private broadcasting network. Spokesman Robert Wood called the killing of the “Sunday Leader” newspaper editor, Lasantha Wickramatunga, and the attack on a TV station “deplorable acts,” aimed at silencing independent voices in Sri Lanka.

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Fresh Fighting Erupts in Northern Sri Lanka

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

[VOA]

A military statement said troops captured the village of Sinna Paranthan, northwest of the rebels’ de facto capital of Kilinochchi, on Tuesday. The statement said its fighter jets launched several air strikes against rebel positions again Wednesday in the northern Paranthan and Muahamalai areas. The rebel-affiliated Web site TamilNet said military air strikes hit a convent marked with a large red cross on its roof Tuesday. It said the strikes killed 85 cows near the convent and sent civilians fleeing from the area. Independent verification of either side’s claims is impossible because journalists are barred from entering the conflict zone.

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