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MARCH 28, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 8, NO. 357


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Fresh fighting in Sri Lanka claims 26, March 28 2008 at 01:51PM . Colombo - Twenty-six people, including two civilians, were killed in new fighting in civil war-wrecked Sri Lanka, the military said on Friday.

A series of tit-for-tat clashes between security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) across the island's north on Thursday left at least 18 rebels and four soldiers dead, according to a military statement.

Also two civilian workers who were collecting sand from a river bed to make cement were killed when they came under rebel fire in Amapara in the island's east on Thursday, the military said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Mar 28 12:05:34 EDT 2008

Sri Lankan probe into civilian killings has few results after 18 months of work
Associated Press, Thu March 27, 2008 08:43 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (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. Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona said the government was working to allay witness' fears with a protection bill currently in Sri Lanka - 's parliament. The commission also recently allowed some witnesses to testify by video link from abroad, he said.

``The government established this commission, so it's in its own interest to see that this commission succeeds,'' he said.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa created the commission in November 2006 after months of renewed fighting between government forces and ethnic Tamil minority separatists to look into 16 well-known human rights cases, many involving civilian deaths.

Rajapaksa also appointed an International Independent Group of Eminent Persons, 11 foreign experts, to advise the commission and give it international credibility.

Little progress has been made in any of the cases over the past 1 1/2 years, however.

Earlier this month the international advisory panel announced it was resigning in frustration, accusing the government of lacking the political will to investigate the incidents and saying the probe fell far short of international standards.

The commission was not properly funded or staffed and was marred by conflicts of interests, the panel said in a statement. It said the hearings were poorly organized and security officials refused to cooperate.

Ratnavale, the lawyer representing the slain aid workers, said that the security forces have taken advantage of key witnesses' reluctance to testify by producing meaningless witnesses to waste time and further bog down the investigation. He said no one may ever be held accountable.

``These are all diversionary tactics by the government to cover up,'' he said.

Commission Chairman Nissanka Udalagama said that it took time to establish the infrastructure for the investigation and that he does not believe the delays have damaged its credibility.

``The people who understand the time-consuming legal process won't comment like that,'' he said. ``An inquiry takes a long time.''

With hard work and full government support, the investigation could be brought up to international standards and reach a credible conclusion, said Darusman, the member of the departing international panel.

``So far, according to us, they've fallen short of that,'' he said.Discuss this story
Published: Thu Mar 27 10:15:05 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka probes bomber offer, 28 March 2008. Sri Lankan police are investigating posters that have appeared in Colombo urging would-be suicide bombers to change their minds in return for cash. The posters carry a government telephone number but the military says the campaign is a hoax. Sri Lanka has seen hundreds of suicide bombings during the war between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels. The posters have appeared in an area of Colombo that is home to people of the ethnic Tamil minority. More...
Published: Fri Mar 28 12:06:05 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Military says 17 Tamil rebels, 2 soldiers killed in Sri Lanka fighting
Associated Press, Fri March 28, 2008 04:03 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A series of battles along the front lines in northern Sri Lanka - killed 17 ethnic Tamil rebels and two government soldiers, the military said Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's wounded Tigers growl at Delhi, Mar 28, 2008 . BANGALORE - India's hosting of Sri Lankan Army chief Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka in Delhi this month has evoked an angry growl from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

Mystery Sri Lanka campaign to discourage suicide bombers, 28 march. COLOMBO, March 27 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka has launched a mystery poster campaign inviting would-be Tamil Tiger suicide bombers to phone a government helpline in exchange for 10 million rupees ($92,000) and a new life overseas... Back to the top

Sri Lanka probes poster campaign, March 28, 2008. The Sri Lankan government has launched a probe into a mysterious poster campaign that is asking would-be Tamil Tiger suicide bombers to turn themselves in to government han

The campaign, run by an unknown pro-peace organisation, promises a new life overseas and $US93,000 each to extremists who change their minds Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says fighter jets bomb rebel camp as infantry clashes kill 29 in north
Associated Press, Thu March 27, 2008 06:13 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan fighter jets bombed a Tamil rebel camp Thursday while scattered battles across the country's war-torn north killed 23 rebels and six soldiers, the military said... Back to the top

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