» 06/01/2009, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Authorities call for action against Tamil Tigers’ international network
Sri Lankan foreign minister calls on Asian countries to help Sri Lanka prevent the reorganisation of the LTTE, dismisses accusations of genocide against Tamils as “propaganda”. The plight of refugee remains a sore point with overcrowded camps and sanitary facilities at a breaking point.
09/09/2009 SRI LANKA
Military prepared to release Tamil refugees if family ready to house them
People with relatives in refugee camps can get them out if they are ready to house them. The government allocates US$ 1.1 million for refugees. De-mining former war zones is not yet completed.
08/01/2009 SRI LANKA
Government bans Tamil Tigers
The unanimous decision by cabinet brings the situation back to 2002, before peace talks began. Health minister says that ban does not preclude talks.
29/07/2009 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan government asks Caritas for assistance to help 10,000 refugees
The Catholic charity is now helping 83,000 war victims. In order to cope with the new request it will use funds from donations the Pope put aside for humanitarian aid.
18/09/2008 SRI LANKA
More than a hundred thousand helpless refugees flee fighting between army and Tamil rebels
The Asian Human Rights Commission releases a damning statement about helpless refugees. Army and rebels are told to respect communication lines and allow “neutral areas” where refugees can find shelter and help.
12/06/2009 SRI LANKA
Jaffna bishop tells government that refugees must go home as soon as possible
About 300,000 refugees are still living in dismal conditions. The United Nations, the Red Cross and Caritas are the only humanitarian organisations allowed inside the camps, all other NGOs are off-limits. For the Venerable Thero, a Buddhist monk and head of the Vipassana Meditation Centre, “Sri Lanka does not need foreign plans or advice. We won the war and we did it by following our own plans.”
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