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JULY 3, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 89


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US 'concerned' over Sri Lanka rights, attacks on media
afp, july 4. COLOMBO (AFP) - The United States said Thursday it had "strong concerns" about Sri Lanka's deteriorating human rights record and escalating attacks on the local media.

Deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs Evan Feigenbaum expressed US concerns to Sri Lankan authorities during his four-day visit which ends Thursday.

"We continue to have strong concerns about human rights and pressures on the media," Feigenbaum said.

He noted, however, the formation of a ministerial committee to address concerns raised by journalists over their safety and independence. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jul 3 22:15:39 EDT 2008

Sri Lankan ex-Tiger boss returns after UK jail term
Reuters, July 3. COLOMBO, July 3 (Reuters) - Renegade former Tamil Tiger leader Karuna Amman returned to Sri Lanka on Thursday after a six-month jail term in Britain for immigration offences, a spokesman for his breakaway party said.

He was arrested in November 2007 in London and pleaded guilty to carrying a passport in a false name.

Rights groups had hoped he would face additional war crimes charges but British authorities released him in May, saying there was not enough evidence to convict him of other offences.

"Our leader, Karuna Amman, has arrived into the country this evening from London," Azad Moulana, a spokesman for Tamil Tiger breakaway party Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP), told Reuters. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jul 3 11:38:38 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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Military says fighting in northern Sri Lanka kills 26 Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Thu July 3, 2008 02:19 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A series of battles between government forces and Tamil Tiger fighters along the front lines of their civil war killed 26 rebels, the military said Thursday.

The fighting took place throughout the day Wednesday, killing two rebels in the Vavuniya area, 12 in Mannar and 12 in Welioya, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan disputed those figures, saying three of his fighters and 11 soldiers were killed in the fighting.

It was not possible to independently verify the military reports because journalists are banned from the northern jungles where much of the fighting takes place. Each side commonly exaggerates its enemy's casualties and downplays its own.

The rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent state for ethnic minority Tamils, who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

Violence has escalated in recent months, with the military initially pledging to capture rebel-held territory and crush the insurgents by the end of the year, but recently saying it will take longer than planned.
Published: Thu Jul 3 08:03:22 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka frees 300 Indian trawlers, july 3. Colombo, July 3 (IANS) Sri Lanka has released all the 300-odd Indian fishing trawlers the navy seized while allegedly poaching in the island's territorial waters, after hours of through investigation... Back to the top

India polishes off 309-target to beat Sri Lanka and book place in Asia Cup final
Associated Press, Thu July 3, 2008 14:41 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) India's top order batsmen continued their run of good form Thursday to defeat defending champion Sri Lanka by six wickets in the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup, booking a place in the final at the expense of hosts Pakistan... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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

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