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VOL. 10, NO. 303


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SRI LANKA: Gov't Defends Detention of Suspected Tamil Rebels
IPS, Feb 4. COLOMBO, Feb 3 (IPS) - Sri Lanka is rejecting claims that some 11,000 people who surrendered as suspected Tamil rebels just before the rebels were defeated in May 2009 are being held incommunicado or risk being tortured.

”These allegations are untrue. The surrendered persons have access to relatives and family and we are working with UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in their rehabilitation and reintegration programme,” said Major General Daya Ratnayake, Commissioner General of Rehabilitation, which is in charge of all rebel suspects undergoing rehabilitation.

On Tuesday, the U.S.-based rights campaigner, Human Rights Watch (HRW), urged the Sri Lankan government to end the alleged indefinite, arbitrary detention of more than 11,000 people held in ”so-called ‘rehabilitation centres'” and release those who are not being prosecuted. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Feb 3 20:21:01 EST 2010

Attacks on journalists on the rise after elections
ifex, feb 4. Arrests and intimidation of Sri Lankan journalists continue in a post-election crackdown, especially on critics who sided with the opposition, report the Free Media Movement (FMM) and other IFEX members. Authorities have detained and questioned many journalists, blocked websites and expelled a foreign journalist, fostering a climate of fear.

Security agents surrounded the Colombo offices of Lanka eNews, a site critical of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on 28 January - a day after he won almost 58 per cent of the vote - report IFEX members. Authorities padlocked the gates to the office, locking the staff in, reports the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Feb 3 20:21:56 EST 2010 Back to the top

Vote chief rejects Sri Lanka rigging charges
afp, Feb 3. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's election commissioner on Wednesday rejected allegations that last week's presidential vote was rigged by incumbent Mahinda Rajapakse but raised questions over unfair campaigning.

Dayananda Dissanayake said that he stood by the results, which gave Rajapakse 58 percent of the ballot, trouncing opposition-backed former general Sarath Fonseka, who got 40 percent.

"I am not satisfied with what has happened in the campaign period," Dissanayake told reporters. "But I stand by the voting process and the results." More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Feb 3 09:09:21 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition protests election results
AP, Feb 3. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Thousands of opposition supporters took to the streets of Sri Lanka's capital Wednesday to protest the results of the recent presidential election, which they say was marred by fraud... Back to the top

Sri Lanka holds 37 over 'plot to assassinate president'
BBC, Feb 3. Thirty-seven people are being held in Sri Lanka in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate President Mahinda Rajapaksa, state-owned media say... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Government Opposition Supporters Protest Over Alleged Election Fraud
AHN, Feb 3. Colombo, Sri Lanka (AHN) - Thousands of Sri Lankan opposition supporters protested against President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government on Wednesday... Back to the top

India to assist Sri Lanka on developing airfield
UPI, Feb 3. Colombo, Feb 3 (PTI) India will assist Sri Lanka in reconstructing ports and developing the Palaly airfield in the war-ravaged northern parts of the island, High Commissioner Ashok K Kantha said today... Back to the top

Lanka detains 37 in 'Rajapaksa assassination bid'
Rediff, Feb 3. Sri Lankan authorities are questioning 37 persons, including a brigadier, a colonel and some army deserters, detained for their alleged role in a plot to assassinate President Mahinda Rajapaksa... Back to the top

Sri Lanka President Gets Extra Year In Power
NewYork Times, February 2, 2010. Sri Lanka's supreme court on Tuesday ruled President Mahinda Rajapaksa can begin his new term in November, giving him an extra year in power after he called polls two years before his first term was to expire... Back to the top

Aide to Sri Lanka's General Fonseka arrested over journalist murder
Telegraph, Feb 2. Brigadier Duminda Keppetiwalana, aide to the former Sri Lankan army chief General Fonseka, was arrested over the murder last year of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga... Back to the top

Heartbreak in Post-War Jaffna
HuffingtonPost, Feb 3. On a sandy street on the northern shore of the Jaffna Peninsula in Sri Lanka, an innocuous building surrounded by mango and palmyra trees houses a rehabilitation center run by a Catholic priest, who in January 2005 just days after the tsunami began to counsel survivors... Back to the top

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