The Lanka Academic

APRIL 11, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 6


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58 killed in Sri Lanka fighting, April 12, 2008. COLOMBO: Fighting in the far north of Sri Lanka in the past week killed 58 people, mostly Tamil Tiger rebels, the military said on Friday.

The fighting in the northern districts of Jaffna, Vavuniya, Polonnaruwa and Mannar came after a suspected rebel suicide bomber killed the country’s highways minister and 13 others attending a marathon race near the capital on Sunday. The air force also raided northern strongholds of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during the week, targeting a black Tiger, or suicide-cadre training base, on Monday and a Sea Tiger base on Thursday. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Apr 11 22:32:18 EDT 2008

LTTE deliberately targets civilians in attacks says AI, 10 april. Amnesty International (AI) has criticised the LTTE for deliberately targeting civilians in an extended series of attacks.

The London based human rights group notes that it is a basic principle of international humanitarian law that persons fighting in armed conflict must, at all times, distinguish between civilians and combatants and between civilian objects and military objectives.

“It is not unlawful to target combatants for attack, where legal means and methods are used; however specific rules aim at protecting civilians and other non-combatants.

They must not be the object of attack. Indiscriminate attacks, including attacks on military objectives that are expected to cause excessive loss of civilian lives or damage to civilian objects (the principle of proportionality) are similarly prohibited, as is the use of civilians as human shields,” More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Apr 11 04:21:58 EDT 2008 Back to the top

India should not support partition of Sri Lanka, 11 April 2008. ACCORDING TO IBN live on March 26, 2008, the island’s Prime Minister, Ratnasiri Wickremanayaka said in Jerusalem that India would never allow a separate independent state for Tamils, to be carved out from Sri Lanka. "It should be borne in mind that India will never allow a separate independent state for Tamils in Sri Lanka, because such a development will have a disastrous effect in India," Wickremanayaka, who is the first Sri Lankan Prime Minister on his visit to Israel, told a gathering. "India has always been committed to Sri Lanka’s territorial integrity," he added. The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, who was on a four-day visit, claimed that Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief, V Prabhakaran wanted to create a Tamil state "by including certain parts of India, as well". More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Apr 11 22:34:18 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka: A Land in Search of Itself, 11 April 2008. his is a gem of a book. Only a journalist with perspective and empathy could have condensed so well the tumultuous history of Sri Lanka in so few pages... Back to the top

When’ll mad killings end in Sri Lanka?, April 12. N THE aftermath of the lucky escape of the then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a bomb blast at a Brighton hotel in October 1984, the Provisional Irish Republican army issued a bold statement... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military: Fighter jets bomb rebels' naval base as fighting kills 7 rebels, 1 soldier
Associated Press, Thu April 10, 2008 09:21 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's fighter jets bombed a Tamil rebel naval base while scattered battles in the northern jungles left seven separatists and a soldier dead, the military said Thursday... Back to the top

High Commissioner for Human Rights condemns Sri Lanka bomb attack, 10 april. GENEVA – The High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has strongly condemned the suicide bombing which killed a Government minister and at least 14 other people at the start of a marathon in Sri Lanka, on 6 April... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says attack on bunkers kills 13 guerrillas in north
Associated Press, Fri April 11, 2008 01:01 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government forces attacked Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers along the front lines in Sri Lanka - 's war-ravaged northern region, triggering gunbattles that killed 13 rebels and wounded 11 soldiers, the military said Friday... Back to the top

Attack on arms sale to Sri Lanka
bbc, april 11. An arms trade monitoring group has criticised the sale of 10,000 military missiles by Slovakia to Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Girl From Sri Lanka Gets Chance For New Life
bbc, april 11. BOSTON -- A girl from Sri Lanka has a chance for a new life -- thanks to well wishers from Massachusetts... Back to the top

Sri Lanka torture case lesson for Thailand
UPI ASIA Online, April 10, 2008 - 03:53 EDT. HONG KONG, China, A court in Sri Lanka has given a shocking verdict in a case of police torture... Back to the top

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