» 05/28/2009, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
UN gives full backing to President Rajapaksa
The United Nations Human Rights Council has approved a resolution in favour of the government of Sri Lanka: army is no longer accused of war crimes; the conflict was an “internal question that did not justify external interference”. Access to refugee camps for Humanitarian Organisations will take place as Colombo government “sees fit”.
11/12/2008 SRI LANKA
Refugees flee Tamil Tigers, but are corralled into government centers
The government continues its propaganda in support of the war against the Tigers. Much of the population is unaware of the real situation of those living in the area of conflict. Rukshan Fernando, coordinator for the nonprofit organization Law & Society Trust: the refugees are living in precarious conditions, prisoners of the refugee camps.
25/06/2009 SRI LANKA
Six priests held prisoner and in solitary confinement in refugee camps
Four priests of the diocese of Jaffna and 2 OMI missionaries who lived among the Tamil population until the last moments of the war. The conditions are on the verge of collapse and humanitarian organizations have their hands tied. The Army oversees the refugees in search of traces of the Tamil Tigers.
27/08/2009 SRI LANKA
Catholic priests and Hindu religious released from Tamil refugee camps
The Archbishop of Colombo addressed the issue directly with President Rajapaksa. There are 5 Catholic priests. The Hindu Religious and their families will be resettled in Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Jaffna, thanks to help of the local Church.
16/10/2007 SRI LANKA – UNITED NATIONS
UN finds human rights situation in Sri Lanka ‘alarming’
In her recent visit the UN Commissioner for Human Rights called for observers to monitor abuses on the island. Minister Samarasinghe rejects the demand and claims government commission doing an adequate job. However, four of its members quit yesterday complaining about its uselessness.
27/02/2009 SRI LANKA
No ceasefire in Sri Lanka; war reaches UN Security Council
The government is confirming its hard line, but the National Peace Council is reissuing the request for a ceasefire to help civilians. The Defense Ministry says that the area under the control of the rebels has been reduced to 58 square kilometers. But the communications minster warns: more attacks by the Tamil Tigers in the south of the country are possible.
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