» 05/26/2009, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Sri Lanka increases military power and excludes Tigers from democratic life
Gen. Fonseka announces recruitment drive to increase army from 200 thousand to 300 thousand. Army remains on alert for suicide attacks by Tamil Tigers still at large.
08/01/2010 SRI LANKA
The United Nations: "The video is of tamil executions is authentic"
Philip Alston, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has made a thorough survey to assess the tape aired in England, showing the Sri Lankan army killing the rebels. Colombo: "unfounded allegations, violated diplomacy."
16/05/2008 SRI LANKA
The state must also protect the lives and rights of the minorities
A powerful appeal from the National Peace Council to the authorities, that they safeguard the Tamil minority as well, against violence on the part of unknown groups, but also against abuses by the police. For the important Buddhist feast of Vesak, a call for compassion and respect.
02/03/2009 SRI LANKA
Government plans "villages" for the 200,000 refugees of Vanni
They are being built in the areas of Mannar and Vavunya, and are being equipped with schools, banks, post offices, and health clinics. According to government sources, the refugees will remain there for at least three years. The temporary measures are being taken to allow the army to restore the areas involved in the conflict.
24/05/2011 SRI LANKA
Seminar on fight against terrorism in Colombo
Organised by the military and the government, the seminar will be held from 31 May to 2 June. Global terrorism, reconciliation, resettlement of internal and external displaced people, future trends and nation-building are among the topics discussed. The three-day event will cost 45 million rupees.
28/04/2008 SRI LANKA
Army gives Madhu shrine back to diocese
The military wrests control of the sacred place from the Tamil rebels, and asks for the return of the statue of Our Lady of Madhu. But the bishop of Mannar replies: first solid guarantees must be given that the shrine complex will be declared a "no war zone".
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