Lanka Tamils slams delay in UN rights report

untitledSri Lanka enacts witness protection law before war crimes probe[ Reuters ][ Feb 20 20:30 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has adopted a witness protection law ahead of an investigation into suspected human rights abuses in a 26-year civil war which foreign governments have said is necessary for a reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils. The United Nations Human Rights Council has separately investigated war crimes in the final stages of the war against Tamil separatists but this week it deferred its report, saying Colombo had shown a new willingness to open up to scrutiny. Under the law passed by the Sri Lankan parliament late on Thursday, the government will set up safe houses for witnesses giving testimony to the inquiry commission. [ full story |


Lanka Tamil party slams delay in UN rights report[ PTI ][ Feb 23 15:15 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party has expressed dismay over the UN’s decision to delay a report on the human rights situation in the country saying it amounted to denial of justice. Denouncing the decision by the UN to defer its report by six months, Tamil National Alliance’s (TNA) northern provincial councillor MK Shivajilingam has written to UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Raad Al Hussein, saying that the Tamil people sincerely hope the UN system will not delay or deny them full and complete justice. [ full story |


Sri Lanka’s China Dilemma[ Forbes ][ Feb 23 15:18 GMT ]

One year ago, Chinese Third World diplomacy was widely seen as being in crisis. Throughout Africa, Latin America and Asia, a growing number of emerging countries were expressing reluctance to be involved in relations with the Middle Kingdom based on its exploitation of their mineral resource riches. This sense of unease and even outright resistance to China was most evident in Asia, where Myanmar and North Korea began distancing themselves from their giant neighbor and even systematically refuse to align themselves with it on key foreign policy issues. [ full story |


Sri Lanka abuse silence ‘price of boats deal’ [ The Australian ][ Feb 23 15:06 GMT ]

SRI Lanka’s new Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, claims the Australian government’s silence on alleged human rights abuses was the price it paid to secure co-operation from the former Rajapaksa government on stopping asylum-seeker boats. In an exclusive interview with The Australian, the veteran polit­ician also said that Tony Abbott’s close relationship with the Rajapaksas was “a mystery” to Sri ­Lankans, and that Australia’s ­new Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, would be unlikely to get the warm welcome received under the previous ­government. [ full story |


4,000 poverty-stricken Tamil families deprived of Samurdhi assistance in Moothoor[TamilNet]

3,898 families of genocide-affected Eezham Tamils from 11 Tamil villages in the Moothoor division of Trincomalee district have been completely deprived of Samurdhi poverty alleviation food stamps for 106 months under the previous regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa, civil sources in Trincomalee said. The distribution of food stamps and other poverty alleviation benefits were stopped since March 2006, before the SL military launched military onslaught destroying the Tamil villages. Full story >>