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JULY 17, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 103


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Military: Sri Lankan jets bomb rebels as other fighting kills 24 rebels, 3 soldiers
Associated Press, Thu July 17, 2008 10:26 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan air force jets bombed a group of ethnic Tamil rebels Thursday, a day after new fighting in the north killed 27 people, the military said. While acknowledging that governments fighting armed insurgencies inevitably end up committing some abuses, Malloch-Brown said Sri Lanka has to find a way to deal with its problems if it is to have any hope of retaining a special EU trade deal up for review this year.

``They've got to have a systematic plan for how to address these issues,'' he said.

The government insists it is safeguarding human rights and has rejected allowing in international monitors to verify allegations of abuse, saying it would be an infringement on its sovereignty.

Sri Lanka - lost its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council in May after rights groups heavily lobbied against its re-election.
Published: Thu Jul 17 12:30:45 EDT 2008

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Sri Lanka gets tough on UN, aid visas, 2008-07-17. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lanka's government on Thursday unveiled new restrictions on how long United Nations and other foreign aid staff are allowed to work on the war-torn island.

The new regulations come amid a backdrop of mounting tensions between the government and the United Nations and key member states, who have been highly critical over how the war against Tamil Tiger rebels is being conducted.

Under the new Sri Lankan foreign ministry rules, foreign nationals will not be allowed to stay more than four years in a single place, while experts and advisers will only be allowed into the country for a year.

Previously rules regarding foreigners were flexible and allowed for people to stay in the country for long periods of time.

UN and other aid agencies will also not be allowed to create new positions without prior approval from Colombo.

The ministry said the rules where designed to "consolidate the linkages between the UN and other international organisations with ministries dealing with the relevant sectors of activities." More...
Published: Thu Jul 17 14:02:13 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Court stops UK from returning Tamil to Sri Lanka, Thu Jul 17, 2008. STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that an ethnic Tamil man denied asylum in Britain could not be sent back to his native Sri Lanka because he would be at risk of torture there.

The ruling could have implications for hundreds of other Tamils trying to avoid expulsion from Britain to Sri Lanka.

Thursday's ruling centred on a 33-year-old man who sought asylum in Britain in 1999 citing fears of ill-treatment by the Sri Lankan authorities, who had detained him six times in seven years on suspicion of involvement with the rebel Tamil Tigers.

The man had been released without charge every time. He was ill-treated during at least one of his detentions and his legs bear scars from being beaten with batons.

The man also feared the Tigers because his father had done some work for the Sri Lankan army, which has been fighting the rebels for 25 years in a civil war estimated to have killed 70,000 people.

The European Court of Human Rights said it had received an increasing number of petitions from ethnic Tamils facing expulsion to Sri Lanka from Britain and it had asked British authorities to suspend 342 procedures pending rulings. More...
Published: Thu Jul 17 14:05:45 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lankan government says it has captured key rebel naval base
Associated Press, Wed July 16, 2008 02:50 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers captured a key naval base used by the Tamil Tiger rebels in the northern part of the country Wednesday, a day after forces killed 51 rebels in attacks across the same region, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka denies firing team manager Hashan Tillakaratne
Associated Press, Thu July 17, 2008 12:13 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's cricket authority denied Thursday that it had fired team manager Hashan Tillakaratne only two days after appointing him... Back to the top

Sri Lanka police say human bones found in an unmarked grave in embattled east
Associated Press, Wed July 16, 2008 10:31 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Police have uncovered human remains in Sri Lanka - 's volatile east, and a pro-Tamil separatist Web site described the area as a mass grave containing the bodies of 32 people... Back to the top

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