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VOL. 5, NO. 245

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Killing of torture victim: Sri Lanka rights panel slams police, December 07. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Commission said on Monday the recent murder of a port worker who had won compensation for torture carried out by police could only harm public confidence in law enforcement. The Supreme Court awarded Gerard Perera a record sum of 8,000 dollars earlier this year as compensation for the torture he suffered at the hands of police officers in 2003. Perera was shot dead last month in mysterious circumstances just before the trial of his suspected police torturers was to start on December 2. More...
Published: Mon Dec 6 22:25:34 EST 2004

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LTTE says no running from war, December 07. JAFFNA: Sri Lankan driver Vinayagam Krishnamoorthy shudders at the prospect of Tamil Tiger rebels’ following through on a threat to resume a bloody two-decade war for autonomy. He was one of hundreds of thousands of minority Tamils who fled the northern Jaffna peninsula when a ceasefire collapsed in 1995. Now the rebels are threatening to break another ceasefire, but Krishnamoorthy says enough is enough. “I shiver to think about 1995 — 400,000 people walking (out of Jaffna). We walked for 11 miles (18 km) and lived under a tree for two days,” the 56-year-old said. “It is better to stay in Jaffna and die rather than leave.” More...
Published: Mon Dec 6 22:26:14 EST 2004 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka increases defense budget amid war fears
Associated Press, Mon December 6, 2004 10:28 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Parliament approved an 8 percent increase in the defense budget for 2005 on Monday amid growing fears that the island nation might slip back to war with Tamil Tiger rebels.

The 225-member legislature easily approved a 56 billion rupee (US$533 million, euro409 million) allocation for defense, with 140 lawmakers voting in favor and 22 against. The rest of the members were absent.

All those who voted against the new budget up 8 percent from 2004's 52 million rupees (US$496 million, euro370 million) represented ethnic minority Tamils.

Peace talks between the government and Tamil rebels have been frozen since April 2003 and the two sides have failed to agree on conditions to resume negotiations.

European cease-fire monitors have warned that a February 2002 cease-fire is under ``tremendous pressure'' because of the stalemate.

Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam rebels began fighting the government since 1983 to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamil accusing majority Sinhalese of discrimination.

About 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the Norway brokered cease-fire.

International efforts to revive the talks have failed so far with Tamil Tigers insisting that future talks should only be based on their self-rule blueprint which proposes vast powers over land, judiciary, finance and policing to Tamil-majority north and east.

The government says that the rebels should also agree to start negotiating a federal constitution.
Published: Mon Dec 6 15:41:55 EST 2004 Back to the top

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