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UN panel on Sri Lanka civil war in place 'next week'
BBC, Thursday, 17 June 2010. A panel to advise the United Nations on human rights issues arising from the civil war in Sri Lanka could be in place within days.

The announcement came from the UN's head of political affairs, Lynn Pascoe, afer a two-day visit to the island.

The Sri Lankan government is opposed to the panel, which would advise UN chief Ban Ki Moon on moves to address the grievances that fuelled the conflict.

Mr Pascoe praised government efforts to resettle Tamils displaced by war.

The UN intends that the human rights panel will advise its chief Ban Ki Moon on issues and standards of accountability arising from the 37-year conflict with the Tamil Tigers, which ended last year.

The UN estimates that 100,000 people were killed in the conflict. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jun 17 19:42:59 EDT 2010

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Sri Lanka targets gas in re-nationalisation drive
AFP, Thu Jun 17. Sri Lanka plans to buy back a majority stake in the nation's main gas network owned by Anglo-Dutch group Shell as part of a re-nationalisation programme, a minister said Thursday.

The cabinet has approved a bid for the 51 percent of Shell Gas Lanka Ltd, formerly the Colombo Gas Company, which was sold to Shell for 37 million dollars 15 years ago.

"Shell is trying to scale down in the region and they are planning to sell their operation in Sri Lanka," Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said. "We have decided to buy the company."

He said the state-run Bank of Ceylon has been asked to lead negotiations.

Shell's Sri Lankan chief executive Mahesha Ranasoma declined to give an indicative price for the stake.

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Published: Thu Jun 17 19:48:26 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Sri Lankan doctor reveals abuse cases
Catnews, june 17. A doctor in Sri Lanka has revealed that six girls below the age of 10 have been brought to his hospital recently, all of them raped by their fathers.

He said that no family’s home in the country can be considered safe from child abuse, ucanews.com reports.

Doctor H.M.P. Herath made the revelation to a conference on child abuse, sexual harassment and drug abuse, in Marawila, Sri Lanka on June 15.

Parish priest Father Felix Colombage told the conference that “drugs, alcohol and people forsaking their responsibilities and religions are piling sin upon sin.” More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jun 16 21:20:55 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Tamil diaspora keeps 'Eelam' dreams alive
Asia Times, June 17. Amid media reports indicating that Tamil organizations made up of diaspora in different countries are still making desperate attempts to keep alive the concept of "Tamil Eelam", suspected pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) elements, for the first time since the military defeat of the LTTE in Sri Lanka in May 2009, allegedly executed a terrorist attack in neighboring India... Back to the top

Rajapaksa for ever? Sri Lankan ruling party wants presidential limit lifted
National, June 17. COLOMBO // Sri Lanka’s ruling majority is planning to push forward constitutional amendments that would allow for unlimited presidential terms, sparking an outcry from opposition groups and left-leaning members of its own coalition... Back to the top

Japan urges world not to dictate to post-war Sri Lanka
Reuters, June 16. COLOMBO (Reuters) – Japan on Wednesday urged the world not to dictate to Sri Lanka amid post-war reconciliation efforts and renewed calls from the West for a probe into possible war crimes... Back to the top

New Tamil arrests in Netherlands
RNL, june 17. The Dutch authorities have again arrested a number of Tamils as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal activities of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) movement in the Netherlands... Back to the top

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