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VOL. 11, NO. 198


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SRI LANKA: Government defends reconciliation commission -, 2010-10-22 04:57:48 EST. COLOMBO, 22 October 2010 (IRIN) - The government of Sri Lanka has dismissed widespread criticism of a government-appointed commission to probe “lessons to be learnt from events” in a civil war that led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of civilians and an unknown number of deaths. “Sadly, their [human rights groups’] technique is to make generalized allegations, with sensational press releases not borne out even in their reports and then avoid any further debate,” ruling party parliamentarian Rajiva Wijesinha told IRIN. On 14 October, international NGOs Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and International Crisis Group publicly declined the commission’s invitation to testify in ongoing public hearings citing the commission’s failure “to meet basic international standards for independent and impartial inquiries” and “government failure to address impunity and continuing human rights abuses”. More...
Published: Thu Oct 21 21:15:21 EDT 2010

LTTE Supporting Maoist Activities, Centre Tells Tribunal - Outlook, 2010-10-20 18:23:18 EST. The union government today told a tribunal examining the validity of the ban on LTTE that the outfit was supporting Maoist activities and would pose danger to the sovereignty and unity of the country if it was not proscribed. Deposing before the 14-member Unlawful Activities Prevention Tribunal, headed by Justice Vikramjit Singh, at its public hearing here, P K Mishra, Secretary, Internal Security, Ministry of Home Affairs, said LTTE's extension of support to Maoist activities in India would also prove dangerous to the security of the country. More...
Published: Wed Oct 20 20:31:10 EDT 2010 Back to the top

UN Lanka panel asks for submissions
The Hindustan Times, 2010-10-21 19:28:04 EST. The United Nations panel looking into war crimes during the final stages of the Sri Lankan conflict has called for submissions and correspondence from institutions and individuals. More...
Published: Thu Oct 21 18:01:37 EDT 2010 Back to the top

More photos of "tamil massacre" surface
The Hindustan Times, 2010-10-20 13:16:08 EST. A new set of graphic photographs showing the alleged massacre of Tamil men and women during the Lankan civil war has triggered fresh demands for an international probe into war crimes that might have been committed as the fighting ended in May, 2009... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Sri Lankans welcome Mgr Malcolm Ranjith as a new cardinal - Spero News, 2010-10-21 17:38:56 EST. In Sri Lanka, people welcomed the news, including President Mahinda Rajapaksa who offered his congratulations to the new cardinal... Back to the top

Sri Lankans eye breakthrough win - Sydney Morning Herald, 2010-10-21 10:01:21 EST. Vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene believes Sri Lanka have their best chance ever to achieve a breakthrough series win on Australian soil... Back to the top

Coral reefs across Indian Ocean dying: Experts - Sify, 2010-10-21 15:04:36 EST. ... and the Philippines in the east and include reefs in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and many sites in western and eastern Indonesia... Back to the top

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