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JULY 15, 2010 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 11, NO. 100

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Fast foes A nasty row over a UN investigation panel
Economist, July 16. NEITHER Sri Lanka’s government, nor the United Nations seems ready to back down over an increasingly bitter dispute. This week a spokesman for Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, confirmed that a panel of three experts will be convened as planned to advise him on “accountability” for war crimes that were allegedly committed as Sri Lanka brought its civil war to a bloody end early in 2009. This is despite a fierce demonstration in front of the UN compound in Colombo, the capital, spearheaded by Sri Lanka’s housing minister, Wimal Weerawansa. He had called for a protest against Mr Ban’s experts. The government had earlier dismissed the panel as an interference in its internal affairs, but it also promised that such a siege would be avoided. More...
Published: Thu Jul 15 22:10:40 EDT 2010

Can panel heal Sri Lanka’s wounds?
national, july 16. COLOMBO // Sri Lanka’s cabinet met yesterday in a town formerly held by Tamil rebels during the country’s 30-year civil war in the latest effort to try to heal the wounds left by the bloody conflict. The meeting in the northern town of Kilinochchi came as details emerged of a government reconciliation panel set up to search for answers to the conflict, which ended in May 2009. However, political analysts and politicians believe such measures aimed at reconciliation and healing are futile unless they are accompanied by a political solution to end Tamil claims of neglect. More...
Published: Thu Jul 15 22:12:21 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Former Sri Lanka rebels 'abused in detention'
BBC, July 15. Former Tamil Tiger rebels detained in Sri Lanka say they have been ill-treated in government camps with no basic facilities. In letters and phone calls to BBC Tamil, ex-militants say they have been "tortured and beaten" in the centres. They accuse camp guards of being corrupt and demanding bribes before releasing detainees. More...
Published: Thu Jul 15 22:04:05 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Tamil Tiger is extinct, and regime knows it - Opinion
The Australian, July 15. SRI Lankan government warnings that half the Tamils seeking asylum in Australia have links to terrorists are dangerous, mendacious and self-serving... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Protest Highlights Hostility to International Criticism
IPS, july 14. COLOMBO, Jul 14 (IPS) - Traffic now flows around the U.N. compound here in the Sri Lankan capital, and the dozens of policemen visible last week are no longer there... Back to the top

Sri Lankan cabinet meets in former rebel capital
afp, July 14. KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka — The president of Sri Lanka held a cabinet meeting on Wednesday in the northern town of Kilinochchi, the capital of the Tamil Tigers rebels until they were finally defeated last year... Back to the top

Domestic worker 'enslaved' in Kuwait for 13 years
Kuwait Times, July 15, 2010 . KUWAIT: She only dreamt of buying a new home for her mother... Back to the top

Indian Ocean sea level rise threatens millions -study
reuters, july 15. SINGAPORE, July 14 (Reuters) - Sea levels are rising unevenly in the Indian Ocean, placing millions at risk along low-lying coastlines in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, scientists say in a study... Back to the top

Sri Lankan main opposition joins UN slamming
Xinhua, July 14. After last week's protest opposite the UN offices here by a government minister, Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has joined subjecting UN to criticism... Back to the top

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