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Rights Group: Sri Lankan War Report Whitewashes Alleged Military Abuses

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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An international rights group says a Sri Lankan government report on the country’s recently-ended civil war “whitewashes” evidence of military atrocities against ethnic Tamils. New York-based Human Rights Watch said Tuesday the Sri Lankan report is “another feeble attempt” to convince the world that government troops committed no crimes in their 2009 defeat of Tamil […]

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Sri Lanka Admits to Civilian Deaths During War

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Sri Lanka has acknowledged for the first time that civilians may have been killed in the last phase of the country’s quarter-century-long civil war against the Tamil Tiger rebels. A defense ministry report released Monday said although the military followed a “zero civilian casualty policy,” it was impossible to avoid such casualties given the magnitude […]

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Sri Lanka Admits to Civilian Deaths During War

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Sri Lanka has acknowledged for the first time that civilians may have been killed in the last phase of the country’s quarter-century-long civil war against the Tamil Tiger rebels. A defense ministry report released Monday said although the military followed a “zero civilian casualty policy,” it was impossible to avoid such casualties given the magnitude […]

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Sri Lanka Admits to Civilian Deaths During War

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lanka has acknowledged for the first time that civilians may have been killed in the last phase of the country’s quarter-century-long civil war against the Tamil Tiger rebels. A defense ministry report released Monday said although the military followed a “zero civilian casualty policy,” it was impossible to avoid such casualties given the magnitude […]

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Sri Lanka’s Deaf March for Equal Rights

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of deaf Sri Lankans took to the streets of the capital Friday to demand equal rights and equal access to education, jobs, and health care. The protesters held a demonstration outside the main railroad station in Colombo to highlight their plight. Sri Lanka is still struggling to return to normalcy after a 25-year brutal […]

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Tamil Alliance Post Majority Win in Sri Lankan Election

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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A Sri Lankan political party associated with the defunct Tamil Tiger rebels has won a majority of local council elections in the former war zones of the island nation. The Tamil National Alliance won control of 20 of the 25 councils it contested in the Tamil majority north and east on Saturday. President Mahainda Rajapaksa’s […]

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Sri Lankans Vote for Local Councils

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankans are voting in local elections across the country, including in the island nation’s former war zone. Saturday’s vote will decide 65 local councils. At least 20 of the councils are in areas once controlled by former Tamil Tiger rebels, who fought a 25-year civil war that ended in May 2009. Nationals elections were […]

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ICG: Sri Lanka Far From Reconciliation

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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An international research group says that two years after the end of Sri Lanka’s 25-year war against the Tamil Tiger rebels, the country is further from reconciliation than ever. In a new report published Monday, the International Crisis Group said what it termed the government’s “intransigence and triumphalism” after crushing the rebels in May 2009 […]

Sri Lanka Lifts Ban on Foreigners Visiting Former War Zones

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lanka has lifted travel restrictions that barred foreigners from visiting former war zones in the Tamil-dominated north of the country, two years after the government defeated Tamil rebels in a three-decade long conflict. The Sri Lankan government said Monday it removed the restrictions on foreign passport holders with immediate effect. Colombo had barred international […]

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Sri Lanka President Rejects US Court Summons

Posted June 19th, 2011 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has rejected a summons from a U.S. court. over the killing of a Tamil man during the country’s civil war. Justice Secretary Suhada Gamlath says the summons was first delivered to the president’s “Temple Trees” residence in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, where it was not accepted. He says it […]

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