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MARCH 12, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 340


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Canada asks Sri Lanka to start talks with Tamil groups
HT, MArch 12. Canada has asked Sri Lanka to start talks and the reconciliation process with the Tamil groups, saying such a step is crucial for lasting peace in the country.

"After 30 years of war, reconciliation is crucial for lasting peace in Sri Lanka. Canada awaits to see what steps the Government of Sri Lanka will take towards this reconciliation," Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, told Sri Lanka's new High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara during a meeting. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Mar 12 09:52:17 EST 2010

US reports rights violations in Sri Lanka
Sify, March 12. Sri Lanka violated human rights last year as it dealt a final blow to Tamil Tiger insurgents and clamped down on media freedom, the US State Department said Thursday.

But in an annual report, the State Department also reported some signs of progress since May when Sri Lankan forces defeated the Tigers who had waged a 37-year war for a separate Tamil homeland.

"The government's respect for human rights declined as armed conflict reached its conclusion," the State Department said.

It said that young Tamil men accounted for an "overwhelming majority" of victims of human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, even though Tamils only make up some 16 percent of the population. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Mar 11 21:49:43 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's ex-army chief charged for politics in uniform
afp, march 12. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lanka's military Thursday announced court martial proceedings against its former chief Sarath Fonseka for engaging in politics while in uniform and violating military procurement laws.

Army spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe made no mention of the more serious conspiracy and assassination plot charges that some in the ruling party had levelled at Fonseka after his defeat in presidential elections in January. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Mar 12 09:49:44 EST 2010 Back to the top

2009 Human Rights Report: Sri Lanka
US State Dept, March 11, 2010. Sri Lanka is a constitutional, multiparty republic with a population estimated at 21 million... Back to the top

Sri Lanka urged to end witch hunt against the media and NGOs
AI, March 12. The Sri Lankan government should end its harassment of journalists and activists and take steps against those making threats, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said in a joint statement... Back to the top

Rajapaksa appoints Courts Martial to try Fonseka
ENS, March 11. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is also Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, on Thursday appointed two Courts Martial to try the former Army Commander, Gen... Back to the top

Politicians clash in Sri Lanka election run-up
Xinhua, March 12. An opposition candidate was arrested while two ministers accused each other of perpetrating violence on Thursday in the campaign for Sri Lanka's parliamentary election to be held next month... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Democratic National Alliance Party Threatens Legal Action If Party Leader Fonseka Faces Court Martial
AHN, March 12. Colombo, Sri Lanka (AHN) - Sri Lankan Democratic National Alliance (DNA) party announced Thursday that it will take legal action if its leader Retired Gen... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to try former army chief next week
Reuters, march 11. COLOMBO, March 11 (Reuters) - The court martial of defeated Sri Lankan presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka will begin next week on charges of engaging in politics while army chief and procurement malpractices, officials said on Thursday... Back to the top

Lanka steps up efforts to resettle Tamil civilians
PTI, March 11. Colombo, Mar 11 (PTI) Sri Lanka has stepped up efforts to resettle the civilians displaced by a decades-long ethnic conflict, with 182,005 IDPs settled at the beginning of this month... Back to the top

The right moves in Jaffna - Editorial
ENS, March 11. The news that India will soon open a consulate in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka, is to be welcomed... Back to the top

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