» 05/23/2007, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Catholics ask government for a Zone of Peace around Madhu Shrine
The intensification of the military confrontation between rebels and army has forced the International Red Cross to pull its staff from the north of the country. A Catholic weekly urges Catholics to reject violence and calls on the government to show Tamil Tigers its good faith by creating a zone of peace around the country’s most famous Marian shrine
21/04/2009 SRI LANKA
Army issues ultimatum to Tamil Tigers
Sri Lanka’s Defence Ministry says rebels have been checkmated, announces final assault. Army issues warning, calling on rebel forces to give up their weapons. Tens of thousands of civilians are in flight.
28/07/2010 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka’s ‘Black July’ not over yet, Christian leaders say
In July 1983, up to 3,000 Tamil civilians died in Sinhalese-initiated riots that set off the country’s civil war. Today, there are 81,000 widows in Sri Lanka and the military occupies two thirds of the country, CSM member says. Christians are in favour of a multi-ethnic state.
16/04/2009 SRI LANKA
Government rejects ceasefire extension, fighting resumes after New Year ceasefire
War starts up against after a two-day ceasefire for Sinhalese and Tamil New Year. Sri Lankan military turns down rebel demand for ceasefire extension, alleging break would give the Tamil Tigers an opportunity to rearm. United Nations calls for an end to hostilities to avoid “a bloodbath on the beaches,” where fighting is raging.
13/05/2008 SRI LANKA
Military to allow the return of the statue of Our Lady of Madhu
Sri Lanka’s army accepts bishop’s request to demilitarise a 2.5 area around the shrine. In a few weeks, after the area has been cleared of mines and the temple repaired, the statue will come back in time for the Feast of the Assumption, an important moment of unity for both Tamils and Sinhalese.
15/09/2009 SRI LANKA
Tamil refugees going home to an open prison
In villages in Mannar district, the government’s ‘Northern Reawakening’ programme has not brought promised changes. Homes are still broken; services are non-existent, and freedom of movement still limited by heavy military presence.
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