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JULY 2, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 88


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Protest over assault on journalists, july 3. COLOMBO: Journalists affiliated to various organisations, on Wednesday, picketed outside President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s office in protest against the spate of attacks targeting the media in recent months and sought action to bring the culprits to book. Leader of the opposition and United National Party leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauf Hakeem also took part in the protest.

In the latest such assault, Namal Perera, senior journalist associated with the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI), and British High Commission officer Mahendra Rathnaweera, were beaten up here on Monday. The U.S. and U.K., the opposition parties and journalists’ associations have condemned the assault.

Since the beginning of this year, there have been at least a dozen attacks within and outside Colombo. Journalist organisations said the attacks were part of a planned action to silence the media, particularly since the police have made no breakthrough in any of the cases. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jul 2 22:14:56 EDT 2008

Rajapaksa Vows to Rebuild Sri Lankan Areas Seized From Rebels, Jul 02 22:11. uly 2 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa promised ``massive development'' of territory liberated from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, as the army severed rebel supply lines in coastal regions in the island's north.

The government will reach its ``ultimate goal'' of defeating terrorism ``regardless of any challenge,'' he said yesterday at the opening of a bridge at Arugam Bay in Ampara district, a year after driving the LTTE from the eastern region.

One of the helicopters in Rajapaksa's fleet was fired on as it returned to Arugam Bay and forced to make an emergency landing, the Defense Ministry said. No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

Sri Lanka's army drove the LTTE from the eastern region last July in the group's worst defeat in its 25-year fight for a separate Tamil homeland in the north and east. The military is staging regular attacks on remaining rebel bases in the north and said this week it cut a main LTTE supply route when its soldiers captured Mannar's rice-producing area. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jul 2 22:11:58 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka: End Internment of Displaced Persons, july 3. The Sri Lankan government should end the arbitrary detention of more than 400 civilians displaced by recent fighting at a newly established camp in northern Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch said today. Since March 2008, the government of Sri Lanka has detained civilians fleeing areas controlled by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at a so-called welfare center in Kalimoddai, Mannar district. The Sri Lankan armed forces have imposed severe restrictions on freedom of movement, instituting a daily pass system that limits to 30 the number of people who can leave the camp each day, and only if a family member remains behind to guarantee the detainees return in the evening. No court has authorized their detention and no charges have been filed against any of the camp's occupants, in violation of international human rights law. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jul 2 22:18:19 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Lankan maid kills herself after six days in Kingdom
arabnews, july 3. RIYADH: A Sri Lankan maid committed suicide here six days after her arrival in the Saudi capital, her country’s embassy said yesterday... Back to the top

Assault on freedom of expression: media forum
Hindu, july 2. COLOMBO: A senior journalist associated with the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) and the head of the Political Division of the British High Commission were here on Monday waylaid and brutally assaulted... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president's chopper shot, 1 July . A helicopter that had just flown the Sri Lankan president to a ceremony and left him there was hit by gunfire soon after taking off again... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military: Fresh fighting kills 26 rebels, 2 soldiers in north
Associated Press, Wed July 2, 2008 04:45 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Renewed fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels along Sri Lanka - 's northern front lines killed 26 rebels and two soldiers, the military said Wednesday... Back to the top

Abha police asked to reopen case in Sri Lankan’s possible homicide
arabnews, july 2. RIYADH: Officials in Abha have reopened the case of the possible homicide of Mohammed Imtisam Shamsudeen, a 28-year-old Sri Lankan assistant manager whose partially burned body was found in his apartment on May 9... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's military says the air force has bombed rebel navy and air bases
Associated Press, Tue July 1, 2008 01:51 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force bombed a Tamil Tiger rebel air base and a rebel navy base, while separate ground clashes in the country's war-torn north left 20 combatants dead, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

No arms supply from India: Lanka army chief, July 1. Sri Lanka has made it clear that India does not supply arms to the strife-torn island nation, saying that it understood New Delhi's ''political compulsions'' in this regard... Back to the top

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