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MAY 2, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 27


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Human rights abuses in Sri Lanka flourish under veil of secrecy, 2 May 2008. Ensuring respect for human rights around the world very often relies on impartial and rigorous media coverage – without exposure and public scrutiny abuses can flourish under a veil of secrecy and denial.

The importance of the media in conflict situations cannot be overstated, without reports, pictures and film of the fighting and the violence, no-one knows enough to put the pressure on the participants to ensure human rights are respected.

This need is particularly strong in Sri Lanka, where fatalities on all sides are believed to be very high with large numbers of civilians caught in the crossfire. All parties to the conflict are responsible for grave violations of human rights and breaches of international humanitarian law.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expressed concern that "since the start of the year civilian casualties had gone up as the number of indiscriminate attacks had grown in the north, east and south of the country." More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri May 2 19:51:27 EDT 2008

Survey finds broad support for larger India role in Sri Lanka
newindpress, may 3. COLOMBO: Cutting across ethnic lines, there is significant support in Sri Lanka for a greater Indian role on the island, both in the political and economic spheres, a survey by the Colombo-based Centre for Policy Alternatives reveals.

Conducted in March in all but the war-torn northern province, the survey found majority support from all communities except the Sinhalese for Indian participation in peace negotiations with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Only 47.8 per cent of the Sinhalese backed that tactic whereas 62.9 per cent of Sri Lankan (indigenous) Tamils; 61.1 per cent of Indian-origin Tamils; and 70.6 per cent of Muslims sought India’s assistance in peace talks with the Tamil Tigers. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri May 2 23:36:31 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Fighting kills 35 in Sri Lanka: military, 2 may. COLOMBO (AFP) — At least 34 Tamil Tiger rebels and a soldier died in the latest battles in the island's restive north, the defence ministry said Friday.

Security forces smashed rebel bunkers and engaged in artillery fire with Tamil separatists in the regions of Vavuniya, Jaffna, Mannar and Weli Oya on Thursday killing 34 guerrillas, the ministry said in a statement.

The military said they also captured the town of Karuppukulam in the Mannar district on Thursday and placed their own losses at one soldier dead and six injured.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were not immediately available for comment.

After ejecting the LTTE from the east last year, security forces are trying to take vast swathes of land under LTTE control in the north. More...
Published: Fri May 2 08:06:50 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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