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Important Incidents

  • 1998 | LTTE Brings Down 2 Sri Lankan Naval Vessels Off Point Pedro
    LTTE Black Sea Tiger units tonight sank a navy landing craft and a military supply ship at sea off Point Pedro killing more than 50 Sri Lankan military personnel. The battle lasted from 7.15 PM to 2 AM. In the operation 11 black sea Tigers lost their lives.

    The LTTE units began the attack as the navy flotilla consisting of a landing craft "Pabtha", military supply ship "Valampuri", another ship carrying troops, 2 Gun boats and two fast attack "Dvora" boats, were 10 miles off the coast of Point Pedro and travelling towards Kankesanthurai.

    At 8 PM, supply ship "Valampuri" received a hit and exploded in flames and sank. LTTE Lt. Colonel Karan and Lt. Mehala who successfully brought down the ship also died in the attack. The LTTE units then pursued the rest of the flotilla which by now were close to Kankesanthurai.

    At 9.30 PM, landing craft "Pabtha" received a hit and exploded in flames and sank near Kankesanthurai. Eight Black Sea Tigers in two boats who brought down the navy craft also died in the attack.

    The LTTE units continued their attack on fast "Dvora" boats but Black Sea Tiger Capt. Morris was severely injured when the naval vessel opened fire on the Sea Tiger boat. Capt Morris and a Black Sea Tiger fighter who was in the boat was rescued by other LTTE units in the sea. Black Sea Tiger Capt. Morris later died at an LTTE base.

    The Sri Lankan navy hurriedly sent 4 fast attack "Dvora" boats to the theatre of war from Trincomalee.

    By 2 AM the LTTE units having completed the mission returned to the base.

  • 2001 | LTTE extends unilateral ceasefire
    The Liberation Tigers said Thursday they would extend their unilateral ceasefire by another month, and called on the international community, particularly the United States, Britain, the European Union and India to persuade the Sri Lanka government to reciprocate favourably to its goodwill gesture. "We wish to reiterate that our liberation organisation is prepared to enter into peace negotiations when the Sri Lanka government reciprocates favourably to our unilateral declaration of cease-fire and agrees to implement the Norwegian 'Memorandum of Understanding' aimed at the de-escalation of war and the normalisation of civilian life," the statement said. The LTTE's unilateral ceasefire was due to expire Saturday night.

    Following is the full text of the Press Release:

    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in an official statement issued from its headquarters in Vanni, Northern Sri Lanka, extended its unilateral cessation of hostilities for another month, from 24th February 2001 to 24th March 2001. The organisation has also appealed to the international community, particularly the United States, Britain, European Union and India to persuade the Sri Lanka government to reciprocate favourably to its goodwill gesture and resume negotiations in a cordial atmosphere of peace and normalcy.

    The LTTE has been strictly observing a self-imposed truce for the last two months in spite of provocative military operations by the Sri Lankan armed forces. The Tamil Tigers declared a month long cease-fire on the 24th December 2000 as a gesture of peace and goodwill for the festive season and called upon the Government of Sri Lanka to reciprocate positively. But the government of Chandrika Kumaratunga rejected the LTTE's peace offer as a 'political stunt' and launched major offensive operations in the Jaffna peninsula to regain territories at the cost of heavy casualties on both sides. The LTTE strictly observed peace and engaged only in defensive war during the period. To demonstrate its genuine desire for peace the Tamil Tigers extended the unilateral cessation of hostilities for another month from the 24th January 2001 to 24th February 2001.

    "We have decided to extend the truce for another month as a gesture of goodwill and to provide further space and time to help to promote the facilitatory peace effort undertaken by the Norwegian Government. In spite of serious military disadvantages in a defensive war, our decision to observe peace for a further period amply demonstrates our serious and sincere commitment to peace and peaceful means of resolving the political conflict. We are determined to offer maximum opportunity to peace efforts because the entire Tamil nation yearns for peace and normalcy. It is the collective aspiration of the Tamil community that the war which has been ravaging our historical homeland for decades should be brought to an end and peace talks commence. There is a growing mass upsurgence in Tamil areas demanding peace and self-determination, in defiance of Sinhala military occupation and repression. It is in compliance with the collective will of our people we are pursuing the path of peace", the LTTE's statement declared.

    "We are sad and disappointed to note that the Sri Lanka government has not, as yet, responded positively to our peace gesture. Instead, it had dismissed our self-imposed cessation of hostilities as a political 'gimmick' to cover up our 'military weakness'. Having discredited and rejected our genuine gesture of peace and goodwill, Kumaratunga government has embarked on a massive project to modernise its armed forces with high-tech lethal weapon systems pouring billions of rupees and pushing the country to the brink of economic disaster. By rejecting the LTTE's peace offer and by refusing to endorse the Norwegian project for de-escalation, the Sinhala regime has demonstrated to the world that it is deeply committed to a military option of war and violence callously disregarding the colossal damage it could cause to the life and property of the Tamil civilian masses", the statement said.

    "We wish to reiterate that our liberation organisation is prepared to enter into peace negotiations when the Sri Lanka government reciprocates favourably to our unilateral declaration of cease-fire and agrees to implement the Norwegian 'Memorandum of Understanding' aimed at the de-escalation of war and the normalisation of civilian life. At this critical stage we wish to make a fervent appeal to the international community, particularly the Untied States, Great Britain, European nations and India, to use their diplomatic good offices to persuade Sri Lanka to abandon its destructive militaristic approach and adopt the rational path of peace, reconciliation and constructive dialogue", the LTTE's statement declared.

    In conclusion, the statement points out that the LTTE's decision to extend the cease-fire has been officially notified to the Norwegian Special Envoy Mr. Erik Solheim with the request to convey the matter immediately to the Sri Lanka government.

  • Human Rights Violations

  • 2001 | Economic Embargo By The (Sri Lankan) Government Against Its Own (Tamil) People
    The on-going ethnic conflict between the Tamils and Sinhalese derived from the 53 years of denial of the right to self-determination of the Tamil people by the Sri Lanka governments.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 811 | பருகுவார் போலினும் பண்பிலார் கேண்மை
    பெருகலிற் குன்றல் இனிது.
    Though evil men should all-absorbing friendship show,
    Their love had better die away than grow.
    - 82 82
  • Feb 22 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Feb 22, 2015 16:54:08 GMT |  + Credible reports of bid to harm new Govt. leaders at National Day military parade
    Defence Secretary was tipped-off of plan similar to the assassination of Egyptian President Sadat Sweeping changes in Army; new commander takes over today Ven. Sobitha Thera calls for postponement of parliamentary elections till electoral reforms in place Sirisena moves to consolidate his position as SLFP leader amid attempts by some UPFA parties to bring Mahinda back The talking point in a section of the National Unity Government this week was an intelligence warning President Maithripala Sirisena received ahead of the National Day celebrations on February 4. more ...
  • 2) Feb 22, 2015 16:51:36 GMT |  + Sri Lanka’s Leader Grapples With Release of Political Prisoners
    “So it’s only been three weeks,” he said. “We just started.” That is why he still has only the vaguest idea of how many political prisoners are still in Sri Lanka’s jails and how many acres of land can easily be returned to those from whom they were seized, he said. A tentative list of prisoners has already been created, he said. “I just want it to be verified twice over from my end before we say here’s the final list,” Mr. Wickremesinghe said. “We should have it by March. And if there is any secret camps, you can close it down and get these people.” more ...
  • 3) Feb 22, 2015 16:46:24 GMT |  + Abbott’s close link with Rajapaksas was ‘a mystery’-Ranil
    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s close relationship with the Sri Lanka’s 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.In an exclusive interview with The Australian, the veteran polit­ician also said that 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. more ...
  • 4) Feb 22, 2015 16:44:18 GMT |  + Wimal Weerawansa’s wife arrested
    Shashi Weerawansa, wife of former Minister Wimal Weerawansa, who was under investigation for allegedly submitting forged documents to get a diplomatic passport, has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Police Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said. “The CID apprehended Shashi Weerawansa at a private hospital in Malabe, this evening (22),” SSP added. A manhunt had been launched to locate Weerawansa, after the CID officers found that the suspect has fled her residence in Kaduwela, since last Friday. more ...
  • 5) Feb 22, 2014 14:16:05 GMT |  + Freedom for Rajiv's killers: Tamils need to convince other Indians
    The Supreme Court has commuted the death sentences of three of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's killers to life imprisonment. Its argument is that the central government has not been able to decide on the convicted killers' mercy plea even 11 years after they were sentenced. The agony of not knowing whether they will live or die was considered by the apex court to be unfair to the three convicted killers. They also pointed out that the mercy pleas of other convicts on death row were decided upon much faster, sparing them this agony. more ...
  • 6) Feb 22, 2014 14:03:56 GMT |  + US v China: is this the new cold war?
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/78920b2e-99ba-11e3-91cd-00144feab7de.html#ixzz2u3kNEXR0 To the list of industries now dominated by China, there is one surprising new entry: Miss World. Beauty contests were banned in China by Mao Zedong as one of the worst forms of western decadence but their bland internationalism appeals to modern China’s desire to be included. Of the last 10 Miss World pageants, five have been held at the seaside resort of Sanya, on subtropical Hainan island, off China’s south coast. more ...
  • 7) Feb 22, 2013 18:32:29 GMT |  + Gota rubbishes Channel 4 photos
    “They always cut and put these pictures which they have being doing for quite sometime. Who took these pictures? They never talk about the children killed by the LTTE and also about child soldiers who were trained to go on suicide missions as well as to munch a cyanide capsule,” Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa charged. “Most of the bodies found around the Nandikadal Lagoon were highly decomposed and badly wounded. Therefore it was difficult to establish the identity of each and every individual. You know that we could not even find the body of the most wanted LTTE Intelligence Chief Pottu Amman, who we know died during the battle,” he noted. more ...
  • 8) Feb 22, 2013 18:27:07 GMT |  + Sri Lankan military urged to withdraw from former war zones
    A major humanitarian organisation in Sri Lanka says the de-militarisation of former war zones is vital, for displaced civilians who return.The Sri Lankan military has defended its ongoing presence in the Tamil majority north and east, pointing to 'security sensitive areas'. A 2011 report by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), recommended the demilitarisation of former war zones, to allow civilian administration. Caritas, the international aid and development organisation of the Catholic Church, agrees with the LLRC.
  • 9) Feb 22, 2013 16:16:31 GMT |  + Dal Khalsa condemns Sri Lanka for Balachandran’s murder
    “The pictures of the 12-year-old boy murdered in cold blood, published in newspapers, are evidence of the human rights violations in Sri Lanka. This is not a question of Tamil people but a question of a human being,” Mr. Dhami, Leader of Dal Khalsa, the radical Sikh organisation said. The organisation’s head, H.S. Dhami, in a statement said the Dal Khalsa supported the demand that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa must stand trial for war crimes. The organisation would approach the United Nations for an international investigation into human rights violations in Sri Lanka during the last phase of the civil war there. more ...
  • 10) Feb 22, 2013 15:44:00 GMT |  + South Africa should follow India in acting to end violence against women
    Even as the position of women continues to evolve in Canada and the West, recent events in two key emerging economies – India and South Africa – are poignant reminders of the challenges that remain in developing countries. Just as India has been spurred to action, South Africa must use the tragedy to push for transformation, and to finally tackle the root cause of endemic gender-based violence and challenge a deeply chauvinistic culture. more ...
  • 11) Feb 22, 2013 15:31:19 GMT |  + The Sri Lankan President’s Twitter archive and Propaganda 2.0: New challenges for online dissent
    Last month, the President of Sri Lanka began tweeting officially as @PresRajapaksa. The account is already authenticated by Twitter. Though @PresRajapaksa’s profile notes that “tweets from the President are signed MR.” there is, to date, not a single tweet penned by the President himself. The launch of the account was instructive in how the regime is perceived online by voices not usually openly vocal about mainstream politics more ...
  • 12) Feb 22, 2013 14:41:00 GMT |  + Cong MPs from TN meet PM, want resolution against Lanka
    Seeking to exert pressure on the Centre, Congress MPs from Tamil Nadu today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding that India join western countries like the US in bringing a resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC over the alleged human rights violations during the war. The MPs said India should join hands with the United States in bringing out a Resolution against Sri Lanka asking it to categorically implement the recommendations of its own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee (LLRC). more ...
  • 13) Feb 22, 2013 14:37:55 GMT |  + Canada overtakes GTF in anti-Lanka offensive
    Although the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) was pushing extremely hard for an international war crimes probe into the alleged accountability issues in Sri Lanka, with a major conference in the UK parliament scheduled for Feb. 27, the Canadian government had emerged as the leading campaigner against Colombo, ministerial sources told The Island. The target of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s campaign was the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in November this year, Foreign Service sources said last night.
  • 14) Feb 22, 2013 14:27:29 GMT |  + Toronto declared ‘sanctuary city’ to non-status migrants
    Toronto has made history by affirming itself as a “sanctuary city,” the first Canadian city with a formal policy allowing undocumented migrants to access services regardless of immigration status. On Thursday, City Council passed the motion by a vote of 37 to 3 that also requires training all city staff and managers to ensure Toronto’s estimated 200,000 non-status residents can access its services without fear of being turned over to border enforcement officers for detention and deportation. more ...
  • 15) Feb 22, 2013 13:47:54 GMT |  + The arms trade and Sri Lanka - Alistair Burt MP
    The UK operates one of the most rigorous arms export control systems in the world. Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms are mandatory, and we will not issue an export licence if there is a clear risk that the proposed export might be used for internal repression. The small arms to which your article refers were for export to private maritime security companies engaged in legitimate work countering the threat of piracy, and not the Sri Lankan navy. Export licence applications for this equipment were considered thoroughly and licences only approved when certain conditions were met.
  • 16) Feb 22, 2013 13:21:35 GMT |  + The real MIA in Sri Lanka: Basic Human Rights
    Disturbingly, the government of Sri Lanka has resisted calls for accountability in human rights in the war and aftermath. Why? Impressively, the response from the Tamil people, including the global diaspora, has been to push for a system of democratic organizing and advocacy that involves trying to advocate for mechanisms of international accountability. The aim is still to call for a separate state for Tamils in Sri Lanka, but the commitment to nonviolent political means to achieve such aims are important.
  • 17) Feb 22, 2013 4:36:12 GMT |  + ‘Probe sexual violence against Tamils in Sri Lanka’
    The Human Rights Watch (HRW), a global human rights organisation, has sought an international investigation into reports of sexual violence, rape, third degree torture against Tamil women and men carried out by the Sri Lankan security forces to get confessions from those suspected to have links with the then Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The HRW, which has prepared a 140-page report, “‘We Will Teach You a Lesson’: Sexual Violence against Tamils by Sri Lankan Security Forces,” which is to be released on Monday, provides detailed accounts of 75 cases of alleged rape and sexual abuse that occurred from 2006 to 2012 in both official and secret detention centres throughout Sri Lanka.
  • 18) Feb 22, 2013 4:33:32 GMT |  + Sri Lanka bans land sales to foreigners
    Sri Lanka has decided to ban land sales to foreigners after finding that some offshore investors did not use land and property purchases to benefit the nation's economy, the government spokesman said on Thursday. The decision comes as the $59 billion economy is struggling to boost foreign direct investment despite gradually stabilising macroeconomic economic conditions since the end of a three-decade war. The cabinet has decided to prohibit foreigners from purchasing absolute ownership of state and private lands in Sri Lanka, government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters.
  • 19) Feb 22, 2013 4:32:42 GMT |  + Only upheaval can stem flow from Sri Lanka
    THE federal Coalition's account of its recent mission to Sri Lanka is jarring when contrasted with a new report from the International Crisis Group, and with recent UN reports. With the boatpeople bogeyman running amok over Australia's electoral landscape, and Australia due to scrutinise Sri Lanka's record on postwar reconciliation and allegations of war crimes next month at the UN Human Rights Council, a fuller account is necessary. Where the Coalition saw orderly transition from war, yesterday's ICG report, Sri Lanka's Authoritarian Turn: The Need for International Action, describes a country where the dismantling of the rule of law threatens peace.
  • 20) Feb 22, 2012 23:32:25 GMT |  + UN committee bars Sri Lankan general linked to atrocities
    A top UN peacekeeping committee on Wednesday barred a Sri Lankan general accused of carrying out a military onslaught against civilians. But Major General Shavendra Silva still attended the first meeting Wednesday of a special advisory panel to UN leader Ban Ki-moon. He sat in the room but no other member spoke to him and no documents were given to him, diplomats said. more ...
  • 21) Feb 22, 2012 23:31:29 GMT |  + Sri Lankan monk is condemned to death for murder
    A Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka has been sentenced to death - the first monk in 50 years to receive such a sentence in the country. Gomadiye Sarana, 37, was convicted for a murder committed before he was ordained into the clergy. His fate is unclear, however, as no death sentence has been carried out for more than three decades in Sri Lanka. Sarana and an accomplice were found guilty of murdering a man 12 years ago by a court in the south of the country. more ...
  • 22) Feb 22, 2012 23:31:21 GMT |  + US spreads rumours against Lanka: SL diplomats
    The United States (US) has spread rumours in diplomatic circles here in Geneva that Sri Lanka has agreed with them to draft the resolution to be presented at the next session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) with regard to the country’s human rights situation, diplomatic sources said yesterday. According to sources, the US has resorted to such an action in its lobbying spree to discourage the member countries from taking a stand in favour of Sri Lanka. Currently, the government of Sri Lanka has undertaken a diplomatic offensive in Geneva to secure the support of friendly countries to defeat such a resolution against the country.
  • 23) Feb 22, 2012 23:28:07 GMT |  + Robert Halfon MP: The Sri Lankan government must stop persecuting Tamils and acting like a rogue nation
    Today there was a major debate in Westminster Hall. With many other backbench Conservative MPs, I urged the Government to speak out against the persecution of Tamils in Sri Lanka. As many ConservativeHome readers know, the years between 1983 and 2009 saw a bitter civil war between the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil Tigers. During that long and bloody conflict, both sides were responsible for atrocities. But following the ceasefire three years ago, Tamil civilians have been subject to outrageous abuse of their basic human rights. In 2009, for example, 300,000 Tamil civilians were displaced or caged up in barbaric internment camps. more ...
  • 24) Feb 22, 2012 23:26:55 GMT |  + Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd resigns
    Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has resigned amid widespread reports of a leadership tussle between him and Prime Minister Julia Gillard. He made the announcement at a press conference in Washington DC, where he had earlier met US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Ms Gillard ousted Mr Rudd as PM in June 2010. There has been speculation he plans to challenge her for the top job. Ms Gillard said Mr Rudd did not inform her he intended to resign. more ...
  • 25) Feb 22, 2012 18:49:57 GMT |  + Senior Chinese Military Official Meets with Sri Lankan Guests
    Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), met with Collenberg, commander of the eastern military area command of the Sri Lankan Navy who came to China to attend the International Naval Escort Seminar, in Beijing on February 21, 2012. The Sri Lankan side appreciates China’s support for safeguarding its national sovereignty and territorial integrity, highly values its military relations with China, and is willing to work together with the Chinese side to promote China-Sri Lanka military ties to a new high.
  • 26) Feb 22, 2012 18:46:52 GMT |  + In Sri Lanka, Marie Colvin Mediating Role in White Flag Killings Recalled as Suspects Surge at UN
    The death of journalist Marie Colvin in Homs in Syria calls to mind her work in another war zone: Sri Lanka. Based on her reporting in 2001 forward, she became an well meaning humanitarian intermediary in attempted surrenders that ended in the murder of those surrendering. Also involved were UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's chief of staff Vijay Nambiar, who conveyed assurances of safety but refused to go witness the surrenders, and Shavendra Silva, a Sri Lankan General since made Deputy Permanent Representative and, unless it is stopped, a UN Senior Adviser on Peacekeeping Operations.
  • 27) Feb 22, 2012 18:18:41 GMT |  + Refugee lawyers say bill would create conditional permanent residence
    An immigration bill introduced last week in Parliament opens the door for refugees resettled in Canada to have their permanent residence status stripped of them and for them to be deported, even years after their arrival, say refugee lawyers. The government says there's nothing new happening; it's just streamlining a current two-part process into one step. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney tabled Bill C-31 in the House on Feb. 16. The bill—which encompasses another bill on human smuggling, and new biometrics measures—is meant to speed up the refugee system to send fraudulent claimants packing quicker.
  • 28) Feb 22, 2012 15:27:07 GMT |  + War Reporter Marie Colvin and Photographer Rémi Ochlik Are Killed
    A celebrated American-born war reporter and a young French photographer were killed on Wednesday morning when Syrian forces bombed a makeshift media center in the besieged city of Homs. The tragedy shook the disparate community of conflict journalists gathered there, not least in highlighting the degree to which risks are intensifying for those covering Syria's march to civil war. more ...
  • 29) Feb 22, 2012 13:44:31 GMT |  + Debate on Human Rights in SL at UK House of Commons today
    The British charity Freedom from Torture has said that today’s (February 22) scheduled debate on ‘Human Rights in Sri Lanka’ at the UK House of Commons is “perfect timing” for UK parliamentarians to send a clear signal to the Sri Lankan government ahead of the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which commences in Geneva next week. It has called on the UK government “to play a leading role in securing a resolution on accountability for international crimes committed during the Sri Lankan civil war and for torture and other serious human rights violations that have continued to occur in the period since the war ended.”
  • 30) Feb 22, 2012 13:42:45 GMT |  + Presenting national action plan to UNHRC bypassing
    Presenting the government’s national action plan on the protection and promotion of human rights to the United Nations Human Rights Council bypassing Parliament is a breach of Constitution, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesighe charged today. He therefore alleged that the government had bypassed Parliament by distributing the copies of national action plan in Geneva.
  • 31) Feb 22, 2012 12:56:45 GMT |  + Journalists Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik 'die in Homs'
    Two Western journalists have been killed in the Syrian city of Homs when shells hit the building they were staying in, opposition activists say. Colvin, from Oyster Bay, New York, had been a foreign correspondent for Britain's Sunday Times for two decades, reporting from the world's most dangerous places. She lost the sight in one eye in Sri Lanka in 2001 but did not let that deter her. more ...
  • 32) Feb 22, 2011 21:11:10 GMT |  + Remains of Parvathi Amma cremated amidst military harassment
    Braving harassments by occupying Sri Lankan military that has been forcing the people to remove black flags they had flown to mourn the late Parvathi Amma, people from various parts of the peninsula took part in the funeral procession Tuesday together with former and current parliamentarians representing Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) Tuesday evening. Politicians and activists from Tamil Nadu and the diaspora addressed the mourners paying tribute through phone calls at Theeruvil grounds. Defying the order by SLA soldiers to remove the black flags, people of Vadamaraadchi closed their shops and flew black flags. more ...
  • 33) Feb 22, 2011 17:48:05 GMT |  + Gene Sharp: Author of the nonviolent revolution rulebook
    For decades now, people living under authoritarian regimes have made a pilgrimage to Gene Sharp for advice. His writing has helped millions of people around the world achieve their freedom without violence. "As soon as you choose to fight with violence you're choosing to fight against your opponents best weapons and you have to be smarter than that," he insists. "People might be a little surprised when they come here, I don't tell them what to do. They've got to learn how this non-violent struggle works so they can do it for themselves." more ...
  • 34) Feb 22, 2011 13:58:44 GMT |  + Alongside the A9 highway to war-torn Jaffna
    The following photo essay provides a glimpse of the plight facing war refugees along the A9 highway and in Jaffna after the official end of the Sri Lankan government’s communal war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in May 2009. The images were taken by photojournalist Shantan Kumarasamy during a recent journey along the A9 highway, which connects the rest of the island with the Jaffna Peninsula.
  • 35) Feb 22, 2011 13:56:42 GMT |  + India fishing for trouble in Sri Lanka
    Otherwise smooth-sailing India-Sri Lanka ties have been rocked by Sri Lanka's treatment of Indian fishermen straying into its sea territory, with around 136 fishermen from the southern state of Tamil Nadu taken into custody last week for alleged poaching. The fishermen were released over the weekend, calming tensions, but the underlying conflict remains and India claims that last month at least two fishermen were shot dead by the Sri Lankan Navy.
  • 36) Feb 22, 2011 13:55:23 GMT |  + Minister stands by 'abuse of process' in Tamil cases
    Canada's immigration minister says he will not apologize for tactics that have kept Tamil refugee claimants in prison despite court orders for their release. And in a comment that sounded alarm bells for some observers, Minister Jason Kenney said he would tell government lawyers to continue using a tactic a Federal Court judge said went too far. "We make no apologies about this. That's what Canadians expect -- us to enforce immigration law and make sure people who may constitute a security risk are not released," Kenney said in a scrum in Vancouver. more ...
  • 37) Feb 22, 2011 10:34:08 GMT |  + Tamil MP in Colombo to attend Prabhakaran's mother's funeral deported
    A Tamil Nadu MP and his two associates were deported from Colombo international airport early Tuesday after they attempted to enter Sri Lanka to attend slain Tiger chief V Prabhakaran’s mother’s funeral in Jaffna. President of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (Panther’s Party) T. Thirumavalavan, known for pro-LTTE sentiments, had taken an early morning flight from Chennai. He landed at the Bandaranaike International Airport at around 2 in the morning.
  • 38) Feb 22, 2011 1:43:09 GMT |  + Lawsuit demands ‘abusive’ government must release Tamil migrants
    A lawyer for some of the recent Tamil migrants says he is preparing to sue the federal government for employing “abusive tactics” to keep two of his clients in detention, even after they had been ordered released. Gabriel Chand says the government has been clogging the Federal Court system with appeal after appeal — essentially trying to keep some of the migrants in indefinite detention. “The government has to be held accountable for what they’re doing,” Chand said Monday. “They’ve cost the taxpayers so much money.”
  • 39) Feb 22, 2010 23:23:00 GMT |  + Last Chance for Lasting Peace
    The recent election loss of Sri Lankan opposition candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka underlines the island's failure to build on its recently achieved peace, while his subsequent detention brought to light a threat to its democracy. Now, upcoming parliamentary elections, slated for April 8, represent the country's last chance to build an opposition that can bring the ethnic grievances that drove Sri Lanka's civil war into the political arena, while also maintaining a stable multiparty democracy.
  • 40) Feb 22, 2010 23:21:40 GMT |  + Hundreds need reconstructive orthopedic surgery
    Many patients who had surgery during the time of fighting between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) that were operated on initially under emergency conditions have developed infections, particularly of the bone. The wounds, mostly caused by exploding shells and bullets, have not healed. Dr. Inga Osmers, an MSF orthopedic surgeon, stops by a patient's bed and reviews the X-ray. An internal plate is clearly visible, attached to the bone beneath the skin. "We can see on the X-ray that the two bones are still far apart and we can see this little hole on the skin, which we call a fistula," the surgeon explains. more ...
  • 41) Feb 22, 2010 22:56:00 GMT |  + CBI requests more evidence on Prabhakaran’s death
    The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has asked the Sri Lanka government to provide documentary evidence about the death of Tamil Tiger chief V. Prabhakaran, prime accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case of 1991. Prabhakaran is said to have been killed in the third week of May 2009 while fighting government troops. His death was formally announced on May 19. But sources in Colombo and New Delhi have told HT that the document given by Sri Lanka might not be enough to convince Indian courts to strike off Prabhakaran’s name off the accused list. So the MDMA then shot off another a letter in the second week of February asking for more proof.
  • 42) Feb 22, 2010 22:51:34 GMT |  + Anti-Govt NGOs to be banned
    Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) found guilty of conspiring against the government will be banned once investigations are complete, Minister Rishard Bathiudeen said yesterday. “We have identified some of the NGOs known to carry out anti government work. Inquiries are proceeding and those found guilty will be deported,” he told Daily Mirror Online. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama had told the diplomatic corps last week the government was looking into suspicious sources of funding of some NGOs and INGOs operating in Sri Lanka.
  • 43) Feb 22, 2010 22:29:26 GMT |  + Nine Year Old Girl Reped by Sri Lanka Army Soldiers
    A nine year old ethnic Tamil girl has been raped by three suspected Sri Lanka Army soldiers, reports say. The victim is a grade five student of Sitthandi Digili Vellei School in Madakalapu. Girl was admitted to the Mawadiwembu hospital. Army Media Spokesman Major Prasad Samarasinghe confirmed to media, that the girls' mother has been filed a complaint in police regarding the crime. Meanwhile Body of a man who protested against the rape found near in nearby lake, report said further. According to reports, a group of soldiers went to house to house and threat villagers who protested against the crime. Commodore soldiers are questioning the girl frequently victim, reports said.
  • 44) Feb 22, 2010 12:59:06 GMT |  + Missing Sri Lanka journalist's wife appeals for help
    The wife of a Sri Lankan journalist who disappeared mysteriously almost a month ago has appealed to the authorities to do more to find him. Prageeth Eknaligoda, who wrote for a news website that carried dissenting views, went missing two days before the presidential election last month. The website shut itself down after police searched its premises. Media rights groups say Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places for journalists to work. Prageeth Eknaligoda, a father of two sons, wrote for Lankaenews.com website. more ...
  • 45) Feb 22, 2010 12:58:25 GMT |  + 'US can't afford to disengage with Lanka'
    A leading Washington, DC-based think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, notwithstanding the arrest of retired Sri Lankan Army General Sarath Fonseka who challenged President Mahinda Rajapakse at the recent elections, and the country's poor record on human rights and its treatment of several thousand internally displaced persons, has said that the United States cannot afford to disengage with the island nation. In a paper titled 'Sri Lanka's Election: A Clear Mandate,' the CSIS South Asia bureau, which is headed by former diplomat Teresita Schaffer, who served for nearly three decades in South Asian capitals, including a stint as US ambassador to Sri Lanka, said, Rajapakse's recent victory -- which has been called into question in certain quarters with Fonseka alleging it was rigged ...
  • 46) Feb 22, 2010 12:56:00 GMT |  + Judicial system to be reestablished in former LTTE-held towns
    Over a year after liberating Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu from the LTTE, Sri Lanka will reestablish judicial system in the two districts from next month replacing two decades of 'Kangaroo Courts' run by the now vanquished Tamil Tigers. Jaffna high court authorities are working towards reestablishing the judicial system in Kilinochchi on March 1 and in Mullaitivu later. Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu -- the former de-facto capital of the Tamil Tigers and headquarters of the outfit's naval wing respectively -- had 'Kangaroo Courts' administered by the LTTE with its won judges and police force since 1987.
  • 47) Feb 22, 2010 12:54:10 GMT |  + Sarath Fonseka to contest Parliamentary polls
    Defeated opposition presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka, currently under army custody, will lead the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) in the April 8 parliamentary polls and contest from capital Colombo. "General Fonseka will head the (JVP-led) Democratic National Alliance and will contest from Colombo district," senior JVP leader Vijitha Herath told PTI. Fonseka, 59, was arrested on February 8 for allegedly planning a coup against the government while he was army chief.
  • 48) Feb 22, 2010 10:32:39 GMT |  + Acclaimed 'No Blood For Panties' Third Episode Receives Widespread Attention and Transforms Consumers into Activists
    Boycott Sri Lanka today announced the release of the third part in its video series, No Blood For Panties. This video series is part of a boycott campaign facilitated by new media to educate consumers about the state-sponsored violence against Sri Lanka's Tamil population. This series is unique in its use of sexuality to illustrate that consumerism supporting corrupt actions, such as the genocide of Tamils, is anything but sexy. "This episode is the perfect ending: Victoria finally realizes the impact of her consumerism on Sri Lankan Tamils and begins boycotting underwear manufactured there," says Boycott Sri Lanka representative Dr. Ellyn Shander. "We hope that our viewers are moved by this message:
  • 49) Feb 22, 2010 10:31:00 GMT |  + Post-Election Protests Fail to Get Wide Support
    Street protests that erupted in Colombo and other cities following the Feb. 8 arrest of defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka have yet to gain wider support from non-political groups. The protests did in fact begin on a fiery tone when around 2,500 pro- Fonseka protestors chased down by pro-government supporters braved tear gas and water cannons to hold their first rally near the country’s highest court on Feb. 10. They vowed to continue the movement until the former Army commander is released. Fonseka was arrested on charges of corruption and attempts to topple the government while he was in public office.
  • 50) Feb 22, 2010 1:59:19 GMT |  + Rajapaksa Actions Politicse Sri Lanka Army
    Since his re-election for a second term, President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa is clearly on a ‘purging spree’. All his actions clearly demonstrate his continued ‘dictatorial’ ways of cleansing opponents both in political parties, the media and governmental institutions. The proud Sri Lankan army, which has rooted out the dreaded Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), is the latest to face the ‘surgery’ – all because of the challenge thrown by former army chief, Gen (Retd) Sarath Fonseka, first as joint opposition candidate in the Presidential election and second with the threat to ‘expose’ government ‘mal-practices’ in the execution of war against LTTE. more ...
  • 51) Feb 22, 2010 0:49:11 GMT |  + Rise of Sri Lankan President’s son Namal Rajapaksa sparks concern
    Modesty is apparently not a strong point for Namal Rajapaksa, the 23-year-old son of the Sri Lankan President and scion of Asia’s newest political dynasty. His website says: “A future leader with a friendly spirit and possessing good values is what comes to mind when meeting the dashing and smashing young Namal Rajapaksa.” The keen rugby player graduated from London’s City University in September with a third-class law degree. He now clearly plans to follow in the footsteps of his father, Mahinda, who was an MP at 24 and went on to defeat his former army chief, Sarath Fonseka, in a presidential election last month. more ...
  • 52) Feb 22, 2009 21:37:37 GMT |  + Man sets himself afire as DMK holds human chain
    Moved by the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils, a 55-year-old DMK cadre, who came to participate in the human chain organised by the party's youth wing, on Saturday set himself ablaze in the city demanding immediate stoppage of killings of Tamils in the island. Suffering from more than 80% burns, S Sivaprakasam, is battling for life at Kilpauk Government Medical College. DMK treasurer and local administration minister MK Stalin, who led the human chain programme, and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi, visited the hospital and expressed shock. In a note addressed to his leader and chief minister M Karunanidhi, Sivaprakasam urged an immediate ceasefire in Sri Lanka and prevention of killing of Tamils.
  • 53) Feb 22, 2009 21:19:48 GMT |  + Rush aid to Lankan Tamils, TN CM to Centre
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today urged the Centre to take steps in sending immediate medical assistance to thousands of injured Sri Lankan civilian Tamils caught in the cross-fire between the LTTE and the island nation's Army. Terming that the situation "critical and alarming" and calling for an immediate intervention, Karunanidhi in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, "It will be appropriate for the Government of India to send immediate medical assistance on 'humanitarian grounds' to Sri Lanka.
  • 54) Feb 22, 2009 21:11:41 GMT |  + 50 Tamil civilians killed, 130 wounded within 48 hours
    Sri Lanka Army (SLA) artillery barrage has killed 33 civilians on Saturday and 73 were brought to the makeshift hospital at Maaththa'lan with injuries. 14 deaths were registered by the hospital. On Sunday, around 20 civilians were killed in the SLA barrage and 60 wounded were brought to hospital, according to medical sources. Medical staff were struggling to cope with high number of patients admitted to the hospital.
  • 55) Feb 22, 2009 21:11:25 GMT |  + Tamils Struggle for Peace and Justice
    In recent weeks, the Sri Lankan government has engaged in a brutal war against Tamils in Sri Lanka. Daily artillery and aerial attacks on displaced people have aggravated an already serious situation facing Tamil civilians. In mid-January, over 300 were killed and over 1,000 were wounded—in a single day. In early February, another 150 were killed in a single day, and remain without any medical attention. The situation has become catastrophic. There is a mass exodus as people try to flee, but the Sri Lankan Army continues to shell fleeing civilians.
  • 56) Feb 22, 2009 14:08:16 GMT |  + Holmes whitewashes Sri Lanka’s ‘slaughter’
    Within a day of Human Rights Watch’s damning report stating that “Sri Lankan forces are shelling hospitals and so-called safe zones and slaughtering the civilians there,” the UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Sir John Holmes, went out of his way to avoid criticising the hardline Mahinda Rajapaksa regime and instead praised the “good cooperation” between the government and the UN agencies vis-à-vis the needs of the displaced Tamil population. Instead, he blamed the LTTE for the continuing suffering of the Tamil civilians in Mullaiththeevu. more ...
  • 57) Feb 22, 2009 8:20:12 GMT |  + Political solution only way out in Lanka: India
    India has expressed concern over the latest turn of events in Sri Lanka, particularly the air raids by LTTE over Colombo, and appealed to the govt and the militant organisation to come to a peaceful negotiated settlement. It also said unless there was a congenial and peaceful atmosphere, attacks and counter-attacks would continue. “An LTTE plane has been shot down. This is of concern. Political solution has to be found to the LTTE issue and military action will not do,” External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukhjerjee, told reporters at Berhampore (WB) on Saturday. more ...
  • 58) Feb 22, 2009 8:15:57 GMT |  + Tamil issue: TN political parties call for US intervention
    The Sri Lankan Tamils' Protection Movement (SLTPM), an umbrella organisation of outfits like PMK, MDMK, VCK, CPI and the Tamil Nationalist Movement, today asked the US to take all diplomatic measures to ensure a ceasefire in the island nation. A memorandum in this regard was submitted to officials of the US Consulate general here by leaders of the political parties, including S Ramadoss, Vaiko and P Nedumaran. Later, Nedumaran told reporters that a signature campaign expected to cover two crore Tamils, to draw the world's attention to the issue, would be held and then sent to US President Barack Obama and top leaders in Russia.
  • 59) Feb 22, 2009 8:11:33 GMT |  + On Sri Lanka, UK's for UN Council Session Upon Holmes' Return, "Shocking," Robinson Calls It
    As the UN's top humanitarian John Holmes continues his government-controlled visit to Sri Lanka, at the UN in New York the Ambassadors of France and the UK expressed concern, and former Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson told Inner City Press that the killing of civilians there, including by the government, is "shocking." Outside a Security Council meeting about Myanmar on Friday morning, Inner City Press asked UK Ambassador John Sawers for the second time if the UK is calling for a briefing on Sri Lanka in the Council. Sawers replied that the UK "supports a briefing of the Security Council on John Holmes return." more ...
  • 60) Feb 22, 2008 12:32:18 GMT |  + Sri Lankan government plans sham local elections in eastern Batticaloa
    The Sri Lankan government has scheduled local council elections for March 10 in the Batticaloa district in the war-ravaged eastern province. The planned polls have nothing to do with resuming civilian control. They are a PR exercise to dress up the military occupation of the area with a democratic façade. Last year, the Sri Lankan army captured areas in Batticaloa district which were previously held by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
  • 61) Feb 22, 2008 11:44:00 GMT |  + 8 civilians killed in SLAF bombardment in Poonakari, children among victims
    Eight civilians including a 6-month-old infant and a 4-year-old boy, their mother and an English teacher were killed, 14 including four children and another teacher were wounded in a Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) aerial bombardment of a civilian settlement at Kiraagnchi in the Poonakari (Pooneryn) division of Ki'linochchi district Friday at 8:10 a.m. Three houses were fully destroyed and many houses have sustained damage in the indiscriminate aerial bombardment.
  • 62) Feb 22, 2007 18:03:07 GMT |  + Marginalisation of CFA compells Tamils to resume freedom struggle - LTTE
    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in a statement marking five years since the signing of 22 February 2002 Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) with the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL), said the CFA formulated with the full support of the international community, had transcended the parameters of Sri Lanka’s majoritarian constitution, recognizing Tamil Eelam’s de facto existence and the balance of power between the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the LTTE. However, the international community’s insistence on a solution that does not infringe on the "territorial integrity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka," is deeply frustrating for the Tamil people, the statement said.
  • 63) Feb 22, 2007 17:32:00 GMT |  + Experts rue marine poaching in TN coast
    The indiscriminate poaching of marine life in the Gulf of Mannar is threatening the very survival of many endangered species. In a recent swoop, sea cucumbers, starfish and other species, worth Rs 35 lakh in the international market, were confiscated from people attempting to smuggle the consignment from a Tamil Nadu coast to Sri Lanka.Following a tip off the police intercepted a boat and a hunt is on for the kingpin. "We have information that these people have been involved in many activities threatening the country's security. We've intensified our investigation," said John Nicholson, SP, Tuticorin.
  • 64) Feb 22, 2007 15:46:17 GMT |  + Young girl caught up in Sri Lanka conflict tells her story
    The story of an Internally Displaced girl in Sri Lanka... "We laid in the bunker in our garden for a very long time," Nishadini says as she tells me about 'that night'. "Whenever we hear the noise of aircraft overhead that's what we do - we quickly run and lie in the bunker and wait till it becomes quiet, but that night it just wouldn't be quiet." "I used to be so scared to go to school," she recalls. "Some days armed people in masks would come and ask us to go home saying school is closed. One day they shot and killed our class teacher. Another day a shell fell into the school and killed lots of children."
  • 65) Feb 22, 2007 14:14:15 GMT |  + Thousands flee from Sri Lanka offensive: rebels
    Sri Lanka launched attacks against Tiger rebels Thursday as the guerrillas said thousands of civilians in the north fled their homes on fears of an upsurge of fighting in the region. Troops in Trincomalee attacked suspected Tiger positions and residents reported hearing shelling throughout he day. The reports came on the eve of the fifth anniversary of a truce that is holding only on paper. Military officials confirmed they were retaliating against rebel harassment, but said there was no major offensive in the region, although residents said they heard long-range artillery fire.
  • 66) Feb 22, 2007 12:09:13 GMT |  + Killings continue in Sri Lanka ahead of failed truce anniversary
    Three civilians were found shot dead in northern Sri Lanka and a soldier was killed in the country's east Thursday, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of a failed truce agreement, police said. Stepped up violence has recently swept Vavuniya, the gateway to the Tamil rebel-held Wanni region in the island's north, and grisly finds have become an almost daily occurrence. The Oslo-arranged ceasefire went into effect on February 23, 2002, a day after a copy of the pact was formally lodged with Norwegian peace brokers by then premier Ranil Wickremesinghe at a ceremony in Vavuniya. But after halting killings for about two years, the pact came apart.
  • 67) Feb 22, 2007 12:02:00 GMT |  + Sri Lankan monks want cease-fire to end
    Buddhist monks demanded Sri Lanka's government scrap a cease-fire with Tamil rebels on Thursday, the fifth anniversary of its signing, as commandos patrolled the capital to thwart any potential attacks. "This cease-fire is a serious threat to the country's unitary status," Wakamulle Uditha Thera, a spokesman for the monks, was quoted as saying by The Island newspaper.The rebels said a series of recent military operations by the Sri Lankan army had pushed back hopes of restarting peace talks. "We expected the international community to keep the Sri Lankan state on track, but at this moment we are disappointed," rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan said.
  • 68) Feb 22, 2007 11:57:48 GMT |  + Sri Lanka peace pact in tatters
    Sri Lankans continue to suffer from air raids, roadside blasts, suicide bombings, land and sea battles and murders, as the foes ignore repeated calls by the international community to halt a new chapter of a two-decade civil war. Norwegian peace broker Erik Solheim referred to "massive human rights abuses, grave humanitarian suffering and the displacement of more than 200,000 people" in Sri Lanka, and said in a statement Thursday that "it is the responsibility of the two parties to put a stop this and to demonstrate the political will to reach a lasting settlement." The ongoing violence in Sri Lanka, however, is turning Norway’s efforts there into a major failure so far.
  • 69) Feb 22, 2007 11:50:09 GMT |  + Civil war, suffering: Sri Lanka urged to save truce
    "Massive human rights abuses, grave humanitarian suffering and the displacement of over 200,000 people are among the results," Erik Solheim, Norwegian Minister of Development Cooperation, said in a statement. "It is the responsibility of the parties to put a stop to this and to demonstrate the political will to reach a lasting settlement," he added. Both sides claim to respect the truce and accuse the other of breaking it. Hardline majority Sinhalese nationalist Buddhist monks in saffron robes and pro-hardline Marxist demonstrators took to the streets on Thursday to demand an end to the pact. "End the ceasefire immediately," screamed one banner. The government has vowed to wipe out the Tigers' entire military machine and has driven the rebels out of a key eastern enclave they controlled under the terms of the truce. more ...
  • 70) Feb 22, 2007 11:45:49 GMT |  + People near Vavuniya FDL facing another Vaharai
    For sometime now the Sri Lankan military has been saying to the public who cross the Vavuniya border that they will soon be crossing the border into LTTE area to raise the Lankan flag. This coupled with frequent shelling to their homes; the two sorties of aerial bombing on 20 February in this area that killed two civilians and injured two children; and the two claymore attacks on the same day, also in this area, is causing panic among the civilian population in the areas near the FDL. Of the 3500 families living on the LTTE side of the FDL, 1000 families have already displaced. Another 1000 families are seriously contemplating it. more ...
  • 71) Feb 22, 2007 3:14:31 GMT |  + A Betrayal of the National Interest
    Sinhalese rulers have sapped the spirit of the people of the Northeast. Their partnership with the Sinhalese south became increasingly negligible due to the Sinhalese inability to be deferential to any ones rights but their own. Their unrepentant attitude has led to perpetual discord, necessitating the use of armed forces of the government and its dubious allies to control this region. It is time that Sinhalese like Mr de Silva turned their energies to substance instead of continuing to create trouble out of thin air, by granting to the North Easterners nothing short of crumbs of their attention.
  • 72) 16:55 GMT, Feb. 22, 2006 |  + Sri Lanka talks off to rocky start, mediator urges low expectations
    Sri Lanka's warring parties ended a three-year deadlock in peace efforts by meeting at a peaceful Swiss chateau, but their ice-breaking talks got off to a rocky start. Sri Lanka's new government and Tamil Tiger rebels sat down to talk about saving a moribund ceasefire that marks its fourth anniversary Thursday, but violence back home and queries on the legality of the truce marred the first round. "Let us keep expectations at a realistic level," Norwegian peace broker Erik Solheim told reporters at the talks' venue, the Chateau de Bossey in this village near Geneva. "There is very low confidence between the parties," he said. "Confidence can increase, but it starts at a low level." more ...
  • 73) 12:28 GMT, Feb. 22, 2006 |  + Sri Lankan government, rebels mark end to deadlock, but expectations low
    Sri Lanka's warring parties marked the formal end to a three-year deadlock in efforts to halt a conflict which has claimed 60,000 lives, kicking off talks at a peaceful Swiss chateau with a frosty handshake. Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels sat down to talk about saving their fragile truce that marks its fourth anniversary Thursday amid fresh violence back home. "Let us keep expectations at a realistic level," Norwegian peace broker Erik Solheim told reporters at the talks' venue, the Chateau de Bossey in this village near Geneva. "There is very low confidence between the parties," he said. "Confidence can increase, but it starts at a low level."
    - Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian scholars pray for peace in Sri Lanka - AP
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  • 74) 12:01 GMT, Feb. 22, 2006 |  + Consolidating the CFA is the only way to stabilise the conditions of peace and normalcy
    LTTE Chief Negotiator Dr. Anton Balasingam said that “consolidating the Ceasefire Agreement is the only practical way open to the parties in conflict to stabilise the conditions of peace and normalcy, which are essential and crucial to take the peace process forward” when he delivered the opening speech in the Geneva talks today. The Ceasefire Agreement was not formulated in haste to the advantage of one party, as some critics have argued, but rather, given careful and meticulous scrutiny to all aspects - terms, conditions and obligations – of the truce by both parties, with the skilled assistance of the Norwegian facilitators.There are five major paramilitary groups operating in the northeast and in Colombo.In our report we have given detailed information about each group, the names of leaders and area operational commanders functioning in various districts and in the capital. We are certain that the Sri Lankan military hierarchy, particularly the Sri Lanka military intelligence, is well aware of the existence and activities of the Tamil armed paramilitaries. Nevertheless, we are also providing you with detailed factual information to reinforce our argument. more ...
  • 75) 11:45 GMT, Feb. 22, 2006 |  + Renegades say kill Sri Lanka rebel before talks
    Renegade Sri Lankan rebels said on Wednesday they shot and killed a Tamil Tiger rebel just hours before talks in Switzerland seen vital to avert a return to civil war, dismissing Tiger claims the army was involved."The people entered into LTTE-controlled territory and ambushed and killed him," rebel media coordinator Daya Master said by telephone from the northern Tiger stronghold of Kilinochchi.The attack had raised serious doubts in the minds of the Tamil people about the sincerity of the government of Sri Lanka at the talks, the rebels added.UK-based landmine charity Mine Advisory Group said it had pulled its staff from the eastern town of Batticaloa after an incident at the office of a partner organisation. Police said two gunmen entered the building, said they were from the Karuna group and threatened staff if they did not cease operations. "They identified themselves as Karuna members," said police Deputy Inspector General Nihal Karunaratne more ...
  • 76) 11:41 GMT, Feb. 22, 2006 |  + Ceasefire Agreement is foundation of peace and must be implemented - Balasingham
    Describing the February 2002 ceasefire agreement (CFA) as the “most constructive achievement” of the Norwegian peace process and “the foundation upon which the process has to be built,” the Liberation Tigers’ Chief Negotiator and Political Strategist, Anton Balasingham said Wednesday the CFA had been agreed upon by both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE after “careful and meticulous scrutiny” and crafted with the skilled assistance of the Norwegian facilitators. Addressing the delegations of the Sri Lanka and Norwegian governments and representatives of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) as well as the other LTTE negotiators, Mr. Balasingham said that it was the lack of implementation, rather than any weaknesses in the CFA itself, that had led to the serious breakdown of peace and security. more ...
  • 77) 03:13 GMT, Feb. 22, 2006 |  + Swiss talks head for heated debate over Sri Lanka truce
    Sri Lanka's warring parties move here to an 18th century chateau overlooking the Alps to try to cool fears of returning to war at home, but diplomats say the talks could be heated. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan government are to meet face-to-face for the first time in three years Wednesday at the Chateau de Bossey, overlooking Lake Geneva. "We are seeking a formula for peace," the Sri Lankan government spokesman Rohitha Bogollagama told reporters here Tuesday addressing a separate press conference ahead of bilateral talks. However, the LTTE has its own interpretation of the objective of the talks arranged by peace broker Norway to primarily save a troubled ceasefire and stop the island sliding back to full-scale war, diplomats said. more ...
  • 78) 00:51 GMT, Feb. 22, 2006 |  + Sri Lankan government, Tamil leaders ready for two-day peace talks near Geneva
    Sri Lankan government leaders and Tamil rebels were to begin their first direct talks in nearly three years on Wednesday at a secluded chateau outside Geneva, hoping to shore up a ragged cease-fire agreement and move peace talks back on track. A Sri Lankan spokesman indicated the government delegation would seek to fix what he called "flaws" in the 4-year-old cease-fire agreement, and move the talks beyond the truce to issues of "lasting peace." "We are seeking a formula for peace in Sri Lanka," said Rohitha Bogollagama, a senior minister speaking to reporters at Nyon, outside Geneva, on tuesday. more ...
  • 79) 22:25 GMT, Feb. 22, 2005 |  + Tamils want peace in island: Mata Amrita
    Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 19: Spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi, who returned here after a visit to the tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka, today said the Tamils were inclined towards ending war and restoring peace in the island country. "The Tamils who came to meet me were open in their views. They really wish to shun violence and return to the mainstream. But I could not hold discussions with them for long," Amritanandamayi told reporters here. Asked whether she would take initiative for peace efforts there, she said it was an internal affair of the country. "I have my own limitations," she said. more ...
  • 80) 18:25 GMT, Feb. 22, 2005 |  + Work with LTTE, US tells govt
    Visiting former US President Bill Clinton declared Monday he was happy to learn that the government and Tamil parties had begun working together after the tsunami disaster, urging the two parties to use the opportunity to narrow the differences. He said the political differences would be narrowed when they started working together as has been the case in Northern Ireland and other places. President Chandrika Kumaratunga who hosted former Presidents Clinton and George Bush senior for dinner had informed her guests that the government and the LTTE were trying to reach a working arrangement for tsunami aid distribution and reconstruction work in the North and East. Mr. Clinton said he too had personal differences with his one time rival George Bush but the two of them had come together to help raise private funds for those countries affected by the tsunamis more ...
  • 81) 18:20 GMT, Feb. 22, 2005 |  + Tsunami threat to water supplies
    Fresh water supplies in countries hit by the Asian tsunami are under serious threat, according to a UN report. Drinking water sources have been contaminated by salt water and sewage, and every well in Sri Lanka may have been affected, the study says. Hazardous materials such as toxic waste and asbestos from buildings may also be in the water in some areas, it adds. The study is the first attempt to assess of the environmental damage caused by the 26 December disaster. "Shallow wells and groundwater supplies, especially in small islands, are now contaminated with salt water," says the study carried out in Indonesia, the Maldives, the Seychelles, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Yemen. more ...
  • 82) 18:06 GMT, Feb. 22, 2005 |  + An Elusive Peace in Sri Lanka



    An Elusive Peace in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka has been embroiled in an ethnic conflict for the past fifty seven years and a brutal war over the past 20 years. The war has claimed the lives of over 80,000 people and has left over two-thirds of the population in the North and East of Sri Lanka displaced at one time or another. The Tamils suffered worst after Chandrika Kumaratunga Bandaranaike assumed power as President of Sri Lanka in 1994. President Kumaratunga’s brutal “war for peace” campaign made way for the mass slaughter of Tamil civilians, massive and multiple displacements of Tamils, massive destruction and damages of Tamil property, escalations of arbitrary arrests and indefinite detentions under the prevention of terrorism act and emergency regulations, massacres, and other gross human rights violations. more ...
  • 83) 13:35 GMT, Feb. 22, 2005 |  + Tigers say Sri Lanka truce in peril
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers have warned that a ceasefire after two decades of civil war was at breaking point following the killing of one of their top cadres. Tuesday was the third anniversary of the ceasefire between the two sides. In the northern rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi, still stinging from this month's assassination of a senior guerrilla, Tiger political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan accused Sri Lanka's military of mounting a clandestine war that has strained his patience. "We cannot say for how long we would be able to preserve the ceasefire and observe it," Thamilselvan told reporters after meeting Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim to discuss tsunami aid and the ceasefire's fragility -- but notably not peace talks. "The present incidents indicate that the ceasefire is at breaking point," he added. "We cannot continue to show patience while the Sri Lankan government is engaged in a secret war." more ...
  • 84) 13:30 GMT, Feb. 22, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka unwilling to meet the legitimate rights of Tamil people
    Today is the 3rd Anniversary of the Ceasefire Agreement between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Government of Sri Lanka. This ceasefire agreement, signed in good faith and expected to alleviate the suffering of all people, has not resulted in achieving its goals. Although there has been no war, there has been no peace either. Tamil people have not seen any substantial improvement in their war devasted life resulting from this CFA. They have been denied their right to have a governing mechanism to initiate rehabilation, reconstruction and development programmes as promised. They voted overwhelmingly for an interim administrative mechanism for rehabilitation and development activities at the April 2004 elections. But the Sri Lankan Government has refused to respect this mandate. Over 800 000 IDPs continue to languish in their temporary shelters where even the basic amenities have not been provided. The basic needs and rights of children, women and other vulnerable sections of the people in the northeast, have neither been considered nor provided by Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 85) 12:07 GMT, Feb. 22, 2005 |  + Norway opens peace talks with Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels
    Peacebroker Norway opened talks with Tiger rebels ahead of the third anniversary of an Oslo-brokered truce, amid signals by Sri Lanka that the guerrillas were aiding tsunami relief work. Norwegian mediator Erik Solheim began discussions with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the guerrilla-held northern Wanni region in a fresh bid to restart peace talks, officials said on Tuesday. Solheim's visit comes on the eve of the third anniversary Wednesday of the Oslo-arranged ceasefire between the government and the rebels. The truce came under renewed pressure earlier this month after the slaying of a top rebel regional leader.
    - Sri Lankan Govt, Rebels Argue as Cease-Fire Enters Fourth Year - Bloomberg
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  • 86) 12:06 GMT, Feb. 22, 2005 |  + Three years on, Sri Lanka's cease-fire under threat but war not imminent
    A spate of killings has seriously threatened hopes for peace between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels, the chief of a European monitoring group warned, as the island marked the third anniversary Tuesday of a cease-fire between the two sides. "The killings are the biggest threat to the peace process and has undoubtedly poisoned the atmosphere between the parties," said Hagrup Haukland, the Norwegian truce chief. But he expressed hope that the Dec. 26 Asian tsunami, which dealt equal devastation to government and rebel-held areas, will help the two sides work together and create a better atmosphere for peace talks.
    - Lanka truce under threat: Ranil Wickremesinghe - ANI
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  • 87) 22:51 GMT, Feb. 22, 2005 |  + “A Joint Structure with an accelerated pace for post-tsunami management”
    “Any further delay in formulating the contemplated joint structure for post-tsunami management in the NorthEast, would hamper reconstruction activities and it is essential that the formation of such a structure is done on an accelerated pace in the interest of humanitarian needs of a people who have been battered over and over again during the last twenty years of war and now by the tsunami” said the Head of the LTTE Political Division Mr.S.P.Tamilselvan in a meeting today 22 Feb 2005 with the Norwegian Special Envoy Mr.Eric Solheim and Ambassador Hans Bratskar. Sounding very positive, Mr. Solheim said that 3000 deaths per year during the 20 years of war having been brought down to about 300 during the three years of cease-fire, is a matter that all actors in the process can be proud of though violations were there and the peace dividend envisaged in the CFA has not been reallised in full by the affected Tamil people in the war affected areas. more ...
  • 88) 22:36 GMT, Feb. 22, 2005 |  + Clinton, Bush tour shows differing styles
    Throughout the trip, Bush appeared to be in good physical shape, trim, cheerful and the picture of a kindly grandfather. Clinton, 58, has slimmed down since his quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery, and he spoke softly and walked slowly, no longer the robust man he was during his presidency. But Clinton has not lost his capacity for intellectual engagement, peppering aid workers with questions about such subjects as desalination, a key issue because so many fields were contaminated by seawater. At one stop in Sri Lanka, Bush was silent and seemed to lose interest as Clinton dominated a conversation about water purification equipment on display near the rubble of destroyed homes. Clinton even seemed to go out of his way to ignore White House handlers who tried to keep to the schedule by cutting off journalists at news conferences. The former president often lingered, happy to talk about the tsunami, Sri Lanka's civil conflict, U.S. policy and President Bush's trip to Europe. more ...
  • 89) 22:27 GMT, Feb. 22, 2005 |  + Sri Lanka's first train south since tsunami hit
    Some stared in disbelief, others came close to tears aboard Sri Lanka's first train south since a tsunami swept 1,000 passengers to their deaths last December. As the Galle Princess neared the village of Telwatta on the southern coast, passengers confronted the scene where the earlier train was swamped by the Indian Ocean island's worst natural disaster. Sitting opposite them on a stretch of parallel track were the remains of the ill-fated Sea Queen, its rust-coloured carriages now a tangled mess of iron and wire.
    - India to set up tsunami warning system by 2007: official - AFP
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  • 90) 12:00 GMT, Feb. 22, 2005 |  + Clinton urges Lankan govt, Tamils to sink differences to help tsunami victims
    Visiting former US president Bill Clinton declared yesterday he was happy to learn that the government and Tamil parties had begun working together after the tsunami disaster urging the two parties to use the opportunity to narrow the differences. President Chandrika Kumaratunga who met former presidents Clinton and George Bush over dinner, had informed them that the government and the LTTE were trying to reach a working arrangement to oversee reconstruction work in the North and East. Clinton said he too had personal differences with his one time rival George Bush but the two of them have come together to help raise private funds for tsunami-affected countries. more ...
  • 91) 12:34 GMT, Feb. 22, 2004 |  + Buddhist monks may undermine others in Sri Lanka
    The decision by Sri Lanka's leading organisation of Buddhist monks to contest the upcoming parliamentary election is being seen as a clear threat to the prospects of mainstream parties, reports OneWorld. The move by the Jathika Sangha Sammelanaya (JSS) is bound to affect the outcome of the April 2 ballot since Sri Lanka is 70 percent Buddhist. The JSS has said it will put up 260 monks as candidates and contest under the banner of the National Sinhala Heritage (NSH). Its prime target is likely to be the newly formed alliance between President Chandrika Kumaratunga's Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which plan to woo the voters with a nationalistic plank. more ...
  • 92) 12:27 GMT, Feb. 22, 2004 |  + Marxist JVP polarising force in Sri Lanka politics
    The alliance between Sri Lanka's president and a Marxist nationalist party looks set to deepen divisions in the country ahead of an April 2 general election, analysts say. The hardline People's Liberation Front (JVP) entered the political mainstream a decade ago, but its recent tie-up with President Chandrika Kumaratunga's Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) makes it a major new force in the splintered political landscape. The prospect of a stronger JVP is also seen as another roadblock in the way of restarting talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels to end a civil war in which 64,000 people have died. more ...
  • 93) 12:21 GMT, Feb. 22, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka PM kicks off campaign on truce anniversary
    Sri Lanka's prime minister kicked off his election campaign on Sunday on the second anniversary of a ceasefire with Tamil Tiger rebels, saying his re-election will being more peace and prosperity. In his first public appearance since President Chandrika Kumaratunga called snap elections, Ranil Wickremesinghe said his campaign would focus on economic reform and a negotiated end to the 20-year civil war in which 64,000 people have died. "We have brought peace and economic growth with this ceasefire. Please give me a mandate to continue on this path," Wickremesinghe told a rally of about 5,000 supporters in a Colombo park. more ...
  • 94) 09:13 GMT, Feb. 22, 2004 |  + Rallying Call - Tamil Aspirations Should be Expressed at Elections
    The Liberation Tigers this week called on the Tamil people to use the forthcoming polls as an expression of their collective aspirations. Throwing their weight behind the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the LTTE requested the Tamil people to do the same. Mr. Tamilselvan said the Tamil people are ready to demonstrate their collective aspirations at these elections and that it is on this basis that his organisation has decided to support the TNA. That the TNA is standing on a policy that recognises the Tamil peoples' rights and the role of the LTTE as their sole representatives at any gathering to resolve the Tamil national question makes it easier for the Tamil people also to step in behind the party. more ...
  • 95) 09:10 GMT, Feb. 22, 2004 |  + Coercive Effort - The Int'l Community Needs to Exert Pressure
    The co-chairs of the Sri Lanka donor conference this week recognised the efforts that have been sustaining the peace process in the country and also pointed out the actions which have had a negative effect on the same. While recognising the LTTE's commitment to the negotiations, the US, EU, Japan and Norway expressed their disappointment in the lack of a united leadership from the south. They also called for free and fair elections followed by the expeditious establishment of a clear government structure and the resumption of peace talks. The co-chairs also stressed once again that the donor funds are dependent on progress in the peace process. more ...
  • 96) 09:01 GMT, Feb. 22, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka marks truce anniversary as fear of war returns
    Sri Lanka marks the second anniversary of a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels, but the fragile peace process is eclipsed by growing threats of violence ahead of an election which many fear would be marked by attacks. Norway, which brokered the longest-standing ceasefire in the island's 30-year ethnic conflict, has congratulated Sri Lankans for holding their fire, but warned that peace could not be taken for granted. "The people and leaders of Sri Lanka deserve congratulations on having achieved two years of ceasefire," said Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen. more ...
  • 97) 08:32 GMT, Feb. 22, 2004 |  + Call for united vote to TNA in Vavuniya
    The Federation of People’s Organizations (FPO) in Vavuniya, in a statement last week, has asked the public to vote for the policies of the Tamil National Alliance in order to gain maximum parliamentary representation for the Tamil people, to show the international community that the people are behind the TNA’s policies, and ultimately to find a lasting solution to the Tamil national question. The FPO asked the voters not to support candidates from other parties and not to nominate candidates other than those from the TNA for the elections. more ...
  • 98) 08:24 GMT, Feb. 22, 2004 |  + Politics of duplicity
    It was clear from the outset, the sole intention of Kumaratunga in dragging the country through the disaster of a snap election was to amend the constitution for the purpose of abolishing the executive presidency and keeping her in what she herself has described as the family business, 'politics.' Irrespective of the consequences her actions would have on the peace process and the country, the mechanism Kumaratunga hoped to use to achieve her objective was a constituent council with a simple majority. Now such a move would have the LTTE and the Tamil parties calling for secession since no solution agreed to would be worth the paper it is written on if with every election the constitution could be changed using the same mechanism, but such considerations were of no consequence to Kumaratunga and the SLFP-JVP MoU in fact made it clear they would be moving in that direction. more ...
  • 99) 03:03 GMT, Feb. 22, 2004 |  + A Nation At The Crossroads
    Old hands among our readers may recall how, in years gone by, dissolution of parliament precipitated immediate rejoicing, dancing on the streets, firecrackers and all. Politicians of the opposite party would spit on their hands and prepare for the mˆl‚e to come, and the public, if faced with an unpopular government, would gleefully prepare to mark a cross against the symbol of the other side. True, the present dissolution came as no surprise to anyone. After all, Chandrika Kumaratunga had sworn she would not dissolve, which, to a public that knows her as the Mother Of All Liars, was good enough as a sure sign that she would. Even Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, whose childlike trust in the President's bona fides is touching, was only mildly surprised. Nevertheless, dancers on the streets have been conspicuous by their absence. more ...
  • 100) 20:49 GMT, Feb. 22, 2003 |  + Jaffna Library issue : LTTE to meet TNA leaders
    LTTE leaders will meet 14 Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians at their office in Kilinochchi for important political discussions today. According to TNA sources, this follows last week's deadlock over the inauguration of the newly rebuilt Jaffna Library. The Jaffna Municipal Council's decision to open the library came under strong protest from the LTTE, forcing an indefinite postponement of the event. Except TULF President V. Anandsangari, who is on a visit to Austria, all other TNA MPs (14) would be leaving for Kilinochchi this morning from Vavuniya for their scheduled meeting with the LTTE leaders, TULF sources said. more ...
  • 101) 19:52 GMT, Feb. 22, 2003 |  + SLA tightens security at Muhamalai, Uyilankulam checkpoints
    Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers manning Muhamalai check point have tightened their checks and interrogation after the Manipay incident in which LTTE women cadres, civilians and journalists were assaulted by the SLA soldiers and police, sources said. A group of Jaffna university students including the President of the International Thamileelam Students Union Mr.S.Gajendran were detained Saturday for about three hours at the Muhamalai army camp when they were returning in a vehicle from Vanni to Jaffna by the security forces, sources said. more ...
  • 102) 19:39 GMT, Feb. 22, 2003 |  + Challenges the Tigers face in the cease fire agreement



    “If the Tamils believe the peace process has given unequal benefits to the Sinhalese, the LTTE, which claims to represent the Tamils, cannot justify any reason to remain in the talks,”

    The UNF government and the foreign powers that are backing it quite obviously believe that the agreement would be the basis for containing the LTTE in the long term and for eventually co-opting it into the Sri Lankan polity. The LTTE, however, appears to believe with a some justification that modifying or expanding the CFA in the terms suggested by ‘experts’ are subtly aimed at undermining the ability to sustain its conventional fighting capability. This is perhaps why the many rounds of peace talks and continuous nudging by the US led coalition of countries, have failed to activate Article 4.3 of the Memorandum of Understanding between the UNF and the LTTE. (4.3 states: “This agreement may be amended and modified by mutual agreement of both parties. Such amendments shall be notified in writing to the Royal Norwegian Government) Expanding the CFA’s provisions in such a manner as to eventually impede the collection of taxes by the LTTE in the name of comprehensive respect for human rights, on the grounds of the argument against subjecting people to double taxation in the northeast could be viewed with suspicion. more ...
  • 103) 14:52 GMT, Feb. 22, 2003 |  + New Norwegian chief of international peace monitors arrives in Sri Lanka
    The newly appointed head of an international mission monitoring a cease-fire in Sri Lanka arrived in the island on Saturday, an official said. Tryggve Tellefsen, a retired army major general, succeeds another Norwegian, Trond Furuhovde, as the head of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission. Furuhovde led the mission since a Norwegian-brokered cease-fire was signed by the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels on Feb. 2, 2002, to end hostilities in the 19-year civil war. more ...
  • 104) 11:47 GMT, Feb. 22, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka marks truce anniversary
    Sri Lankans are celebrating the first anniversary of the country's ceasefire with the Tamil Tiger rebels - the longest period of peace since the civil war began two decades ago. Officials in the south of the island will light oil lamps at dusk on Saturday to mark the truce, which not only saved lives but allowed thousands to visit parts of the country they had never seen before. But Sri Lankans remain divided over what this anniversary means. The Tamil Tiger rebels say they are marking it with a general strike, because not enough has changed yet for ordinary people in the conflict areas. more ...
  • 105) 11:44 GMT, Feb. 22, 2003 |  + Tamils cite shortcomings of Sri Lanka's year-old truce
    While the Sri Lankan government celebrated Saturday the first anniversary of a cease-fire with Tamil Tiger rebels, residents of the Tamil town of Jaffna shut themselves in to protest that the truce has not yet normalized life in the former war zones. Shops were shut and transport came to a standstill as people remained in their homes during the two-hour morning protest, said Subramaniam Paramanathan, president of the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies, which organized the protest. "We wanted to project to the world that the civilian life has not returned to normalcy," he said. "Since the cease-fire we have not moved in this direction meaningfully." more ...
  • 106) 11:42 GMT, Feb. 22, 2003 |  + Protest shutdown in Batticaloa, Amparai on CFA anniversary
    Shops and businesses were closed and roads were deserted in the Batticaloa district Saturday in protest against Colombo's failure to -'satisfactorily honour' the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) with the Liberation Tigers. The LTTE and the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) signed the CFA on one year ago, on 22 Feb. 2002. "We call on the people to observe a total shut down against the Sri Lankan state, which is dreaming that it has assured (our) rights, freedom peace by granting (us) a few concessions", says a leaflet issued Friday evening in the eastern district by a group styling itself -'People for True Peace'. more ...
  • 107) 11:41 GMT, Feb. 22, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka striving to become India's Hong Kong
    Sri Lanka, rebuilding after a 20-year civil war, will improve roads and ports and offer tax breaks in a bid to become a manufacturing and services hub for the Indian subcontinent's 1.3 billion people, a senior government official said. Foreign investment quadrupled last year after a cease-fire between the government and Tamil rebels. It may rise by more than two-thirds this year as the island lures more businesses, said Board of Investment head Arjunna Mahendran. more ...
  • 108) 21:14 GMT, Feb. 22, 2003 |  + SLMM’s proposals to build a façade of normalcy?
    An SLMM press statement issued last Sunday suggests there is an urgent need for a modern, well-trained police force “to gradually normalise the situation in the government-controlled areas in the northeast.” The statement goes on to say “Using military forces to maintain law and order can be justified during times of war, but is highly likely to lead to unnecessary violence and increased tensions during times of peace.” Sri Lanka is about to celebrate the first anniversary of the Ceasefire Agreement. A well-founded criticism has been that there has been no return to normalcy in the northeast in the past 12 months. more ...
  • 109) 21:02 GMT, Feb. 22, 2003 |  + Prof. G. L. Peiris asks critics: What’s the alternative?
    What is the sincerity on the part of critics who use this argument? It was the President who said in a published interview with The Time that she had she was prepared to give the north-east to Prabhakaran for ten years. This government has not gone as far as that. The truth is that those who are now criticising the process were at that time prepared to bend over backwards to give anything to start the process of negotiations. Those who criticise the process must come up with an alternative. What else would they like us to do? Is it that they are asking us to go back to war? If that is so, who are the people who are going to fight the war? The people who are emerging as the most vocal critics are the very people who send their sons to foreign universities. more ...
  • 110) 11:36 GMT, Feb. 22, 2003 |  + The uphill road to peace
    Conflict resolution, peace journalism — these are the latest buzz words in Colombo, which has become like a ‘‘UN parking lot’’ with the presence of so many countries — there is the US, Britain, Norway, which has brought the two warring sides to the negotiating table, and Japan which is an important donor for rehabilitation — and a proliferation of NGOs. But India is naturally wary. Indian public opinion will not favour such an involvement given the past experience that the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) had in Sri Lanka. India prefers to pursue a policy of wait and watch. With so many international players now crawling on its southern tip, it has to safeguard its strategic and security interests, keep the Southern Sinhala opinion on its side and and the LTTE in check. more ...
  • 111) 14:28 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + India welcomes Lankan peace process
    India on Friday welcomed the path-breaking agreement, brokered by Norway, between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE for an indefinite truce and assured Colombo of its consistent support to the peace process and in cooperating fully in the island ntaion's economic development and progress. "This Memorandum of Understanding will provide an opportunity to both sides to move forward towards a substantive dialogue for a negotiated political settlement of the ethnic conflict in a manner which would meet the aspirations of all sections of Sri Lankan society and restore lasting peace in that country," external affairs ministry spokesperson Nirupama Rao told reporters. more ...
  • 112) 14:23 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + D-day today
    The historic Memorandum of Understanding between the government and the LTTE for a long term ceasefire will be signed and exchanged today and the day is to be officially proclaimed as D-day, government and diplomatic sources said. In another landmark move Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to go today to Vavuniya after signing the memorandum in Colombo. In Vavuniya Mr. Wickremesinghe is expected to make a public statement giving details of the ceasefire, while Norway's Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevick will also make an official announcement in Oslo. more ...
  • 113) 13:26 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + Key issues in Sri Lanka peace process
    The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels announced an indefinite ceasefire on Friday, paving the way for the first direct peace talks in seven years. No date has been set for the talks to end nearly 20 years of ethnic conflict that has left more than 64,000 dead, but Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said he expects ''talks on talks'' to begin in the next two months. The talks would seek to address problems that have dogged relations between the island's majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils for more than 50 years. more ...
  • 114) 13:23 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + Kumaratunga accuses Sri Lanka PM of violating Constitution
    Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Friday accused arch rival and Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe of violating the Constitution by showing her a landmark truce only after the Tamil rebels' leader had signed it. Kumaratunga charged Wickremesinghe with "ignoring constitutional provisions to obtain presidential approval," a statement from the president's office said. The comments came shortly after Wickremesinghe formally handed over to Norway Ambassador Jon Westborg a letter setting out his government's acceptance of an Oslo brokered truce agreement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). more ...
  • 115) 13:18 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka 'close to peace'
    The Sri Lankan Prime Minister has formally handed over his copy of a permanent ceasefire agreement with Tamil Tiger rebels to the Norwegian mediators. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said details of the truce would only be discussed on Sunday, after the truce comes into effect, according to the Norwegians. The Prime Minister made history by visiting the checkpoint leading into rebel-controlled northern Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 116) 13:15 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + Ranil visits A9 entry point to mark MoU singing
    Sri Lanka's Prime Minister, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe visited the main entry point on the A9 highway to the LTTE held Vanni region Friday afternoon to mark the historic signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a permanent cease-fire between the Liberation Tigers and Colombo. The Prime Minister was accorded a reception at the last SLA point on the edge of the no man's land supervised by the ICRC. more ...
  • 117) 11:45 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan president voices caution on pact
    Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Friday accused her rival Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of bypassing her in signing a Norwegian-brokered ceasefire agreement. ''The president expressed surprise and concern that she was being informed, for the first time, of the contents of the agreement after it was signed by (Tamil Tiger leader) Mr V Prabhakaran and just a few hours before the prime minister proposed to put his signature to it,'' a statement from the President's Office said. more ...
  • 118) 22:58 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + International community hails permanent ceasefire
    The international community Friday welcomed the signing this week of a permanent ceasefire between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Sri Lanka government. India, the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan released statements urging a negotiated settlement to Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict. more ...
  • 119) 11:33 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + Ceasefire signed in Sri Lanka
    The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels have signed a permanent ceasefire ending 19 years of civil war. The decision was announced by the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Jan Petersen, in Oslo. The ceasefire would take effect on 23 February. The announcement came as the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe, visits the northern frontline town of Vavuniya. more ...
  • 120) 22:57 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + Japan welcomes Sri Lanka truce pact
    Japan joined Britain and India in welcoming Friday's ceasefire pact between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger guerrillas and expressed hopes negotiations for a full peace deal would soon start. The Japanese embassy said in a statement here that Tokyo welcomed the ceasefire agreement brokered by Norway. The Norwegian peace facilitators officially announced on Friday that the government of Sri Lanka and Tamil rebels had agreed to a ceasefire pact. more ...
  • 121) 22:55 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka ready to meet rebels anywhere
    The Sri Lankan government Wednesday said it was willing to hold peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels in any location to find a permanent solution to 18 years of separatist war that has left about 65,000 people dead. "We are ready to go anywhere to take part in talks," Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando told reporters. He said it was up to Norwegian peace mediators to determine the location. Rebels from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have been battling for an independent homeland for Sri Lanka's 3.2 million minority ethnic Tamils since 1983. Rebel leaders say that India's southern Tamil Nadu state would be the most realistic location for the talks. India, home to more than 56 million Tamils, has not said whether it would be willing to host the meeting. more ...
  • 122) 22:34 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + Agreement on a ceasefire between the GOSL and the LTTE
    The overall objective of the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (hereinafter referred to as the GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (hereinafter referred to as the LTTE) is to find a negotiated solution to the ongoing ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. The GOSL and the LTTE (hereinafter referred to as the Parties) recognize the importance of bringing an end to the hostilities and improving the living conditions for all inhabitants affected by the conflict. Bringing an end to the hostilities is also seen by the Parties as a means of establishing a positive atmosphere in which further steps towards negotiations on a lasting solution can be taken. The Parties further recognize that groups that are not directly party to the conflict are also suffering the consequences of it. This is particularly the case as regards the Muslim population. Therefore, the provisions of this Agreement regarding the security of civilians and their property apply to all inhabitants. With reference to the above, the Parties have agreed to enter into a ceasefire, refrain from conduct that could undermine the good intentions or violate the spirit of this Agreement and implement confidence-building measures as indicated in the articles below. more ...
  • 123) 22:31 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + Announcement of Sri Lanka ceasefire
    As from 00:00 hours on 23 February 2002, a ceasefire agreement enters into force between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE). The ceasefire document, signed by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and LTTE leader Vellipulai Prabhakaran, has been deposited with the Norwegian Government, and we have been asked to make the agreement public. The overall objective of the parties is to find a negotiated solution to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, which has cost 60,000 lives and caused widespread human suffering. The ceasefire will pave the way for further steps towards negotiations. Through this formalized ceasefire the parties commit themselves to putting an end to the hostilities. They commit themselves to restoring normalcy for all the inhabitants of Sri Lanka, whether they are Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims or others. And they commit themselves to accepting an international monitoring mission, led by Norway, which will conduct on-site monitoring. more ...
  • 124) 22:08 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + Ceasefire agreement sets rules of conduct for LTTE, Govt.
    The ceasefire agreement signed between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE sets down detailed rules of conduct for and measures to be implemented by both sides in stages from 30 days to 160 days. The 10-page document, comprising three main articles and two annexures, prohibits offensive operations on land, by air or at sea, but allows the Sri Lankan armed forces to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country. It prohibits assassinations, abductions, suicide missions, destruction of military and civilian property and activities by ``deep-penetration units''. The last is a reference to an Army operation that is reported to have killed several top LTTE members last year. The agreement grants LTTE cadres freedom of movement in areas of the north-east, controlled by the Government. From day 30 of the ceasefire coming into effect, unarmed cadres are to be permitted into Government-controlled areas of the north-east ``for the purpose of political work''.
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  • 125) 21:09 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + Text of Sri Lanka truce deal
    The overall objective of the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (hereinafter referred to as the GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (hereinafter referred to as the LTTE) is to find a negotiated solution to the ongoing ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. The GOSL and the LTTE (hereinafter referred to as the parties) recognise the importance of bringing an end to the hostilities and improving the living conditions for all inhabitants affected by the conflict. more ...
  • 126) 21:06 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + Canada offers to play role in Sri Lanka peace
    Canada vowed on Friday to do all it could to help build a lasting peace in Sri Lanka after the government and Tamil Tiger rebels agreed to a cease-fire. Canadian Foreign Minister Bill Graham, hailing the deal as ''an absolutely wonderful breakthrough,'' said Canada could give plenty of advice on future constitutional arrangements and how to foster better understanding between peoples. ''That is where I think Canada can play a role, will play a role and we intend to be actively engaged as much as possible in this very important process,'' he told reporters. More than 200,000 people of Sri Lankan origin live in Canada. more ...
  • 127) 19:16 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + Kumaratunga expresses "shock and dismay" over truce signing
    Sri Lanka's President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, expressed her "shock and dismay" at the government's hurried signing of a permanent ceasefire with the Liberation Tigers. In a statement released by the Presidential Secretariat, she lashed out at her arch-rival Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for not seeking her prior approval, describing his entering into the truce as "an undemocratic act." more ...
  • 128) 19:06 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + India, Britain first to welcome Sri Lanka truce
    India and Britain Friday welcomed a first-ever internationally monitored truce in Sri Lanka which is set to permanently stop hostilities between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels. A statement from the external affairs ministry in New Delhi said the Norwegian-brokered truce "will provide an opportunity to both sides to move forward towards a substantive dialogue for a negotiated political settlement." The Indian government reiterated its commitment to the peace bid that seeks to end decades of warring between the security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). more ...
  • 129) 14:35 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka peace pact calls for Nordic monitors
    Scandinavians will monitor a ceasefire agreed to on Friday by the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels that is expected to lead to direct peace talks to end nearly two decades of ethnic war. The agreement, signed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Tamil Tiger rebel leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran, said Norway would appoint the head of a monitoring mission who would answer to the Norwegian government. ''The SLMM (Sri Lanka monitoring mission) shall be composed of representatives from the Nordic countries,'' the draft said. more ...
  • 130) 11:17 GMT, Feb. 22, 2002 |  + Norway announces permanent ceasefire in Sri Lanka
    The Norwegian government Friday declared the commencement from Saturday of a permanent ceasefire between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers. In a statement, Jan Petersen, Foreign Minister of Norway, said his government had been asked to make public the agreement signed by LTTE leader Vellupillai Pirapaharan and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. more ...
  • 131) 16:21 GMT, Feb. 22, 2001 |  + WORLD: Convictions at war crimes tribunal
    Sri Lanka: Diplomatic Post for a war criminal !
    A U.N. war crimes tribunal convicted the first of three Bosnian Serbs on trial on charges of rape and torture, the first case of wartime sexual enslavement to come before an international court. The tribunal convicted Dragoljub Kunarac on several counts of sexual crimes. Two other Bosnian Serbs listened and awaited their own verdicts. The court said Kunarac became involved in a "nightmarish scheme of sexual exploitation" that was "especially repugnant." The second defendant, Radomir Kovac, also was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity by rape. The tribunal went through the testimony of woman after woman who had told horrendous accounts of rape and torture in the Bosnian town of Foca, a city Southeast of Sarajevo after it was overrun in April 1992, when Muslims were herded into separate prison camps for men and women. Kovac was sentenced to 20 years in prison. more ...
  • 132) 14:16 GMT, Feb. 22, 2001 |  + Opting out of making peace
    One of the Sri Lankan government’s key foreign policy concerns ever since the efforts of the Norwegian facilitation became public in the latter part of last year has been to step up pressure on the British government to include the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on the list of organisations proscribed under Britain’s new anti terrorism legislation. In keeping with this, while several gestures of goodwill by the LTTE in the past few months aimed at starting a process of de-escalation through mutually reciprocated steps have been welcomed by some governments - including Britain - and actively supported by the Tamil populace as a means to obtaining a negotiated settlement that recognises Tamil rights, the Sri Lankan government has studiously avoided making any verbal or substantial gesture of positive intent towards the process and has exclusively focused its attention on building its armoury and obtaining international bans on the LTTE. more ...
  • 133) 14:05 GMT, Feb. 22, 2001 |  + Kumaratunga to prod Vajpayee to attend SAARC summit
    S RI Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga is expected to prod Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to agree to an early summit of South Asian leaders when the two meet Friday, officials here said. Kumaratunga will focus on getting the stalled seven-nation South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, delayed since November 1999, back on track, a government official said. "SAARC will very much be the key topic for the president," he said, pointing out that Kumaratunga's trip to New Delhi follows Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar's visit to Islamabad last week and his trip to India in December on a similar mission to revive SAARC. more ...
  • 134) 14:01 GMT, Feb. 22, 2001 |  + Ethnic animosity mounts as war preparations escalate
    The Norwegian peace initiative has yet again become entangled in Sri Lankan red tape. Although the indefatigably Scandinavians are keen to continue discussions about bringing about peace talks, Sri Lanka's leaders are now more focussed on wooing military allies. Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunge is due to visit India and then Europe while Foreign Minister Kadirgamar has been visiting Pakistan, which recently announced a new credit line for the Sri Lanka military's equipment needs. In the meantime, the Liberation Tigers' unilateral ceasefire and the Tamil public's increasingly vocal clamouring for peace talks are simply being ignored amid the drums of war. more ...
  • 135) 13:39 GMT, Feb. 22, 2001 |  + Economic Embargo By The (Sri Lankan) Government Against Its Own (Tamil) People
    The on-going ethnic conflict between the Tamils and Sinhalese derived from the 53 years of denial of the right to self-determination of the Tamil people by the Sri Lanka governments. Following independence in 1948, a series of government policies progressively and systematically deprived the Tamil of their fundamental rights. The Tamil used non-violent actions to resist these policies and their implementation up until the early 1980s. However, the Sri Lankan government used violent military and racist means to contain and suppress the resistance. The government-sponsored violence led the Tamils in 1983 to use an armed struggle to regain their economic, political, human and social rights. The spiral of violence and war during the past 18 years has claimed more than 100,000 Tamil lives killed by the State forces through aerial bombing, artillery shelling and massacres. The heavy handed approach by the Sri Lankan government has caused utter destruction of the homeland of the Tamils and their properties and displaced over a million Tamils as internal and external refugees. more ...
  • 136) 13:36 GMT, Feb. 22, 2001 |  + Is Britain giving peace a chance?
    The much awaited UK’s anti-terrorist law has finally come into force on Monday February 18, 2001. However, to date no organizations have been proscribed or included in the list, at least not for the time being. Tamils who feared that the LTTE would be proscribed have some grounds to be pleased with Britain’s attitude. The non-inclusion of the LTTE and other organizations in the list seems to indicate the Britain wants to show that it wants to be very careful and fair in implementing the provision of the act. It has given some respect for the Norwegian party to undertake confidence building measures in the present peace effort. more ...
  • 137) 12:28 GMT, Feb. 22, 2001 |  + Canada welcomes LTTE cease-fire
    The leaders of the ten Tamil political parties met the Canadian High Commissioner yesterday and talked with her for two hours. The Tamil parties wanted the Canadian govt to cause the Sri Lankan govt to stop the war and begin peace talks. The High Commissioner welcomed the LTTE cease-fire offer but she also said that it could not be expected that the Sri Lankan govt would agree for a cease-fire themselves without a second thought. Although it seems that the LTTE is bent on talks, the High Commissioner said that cease-fire and talks could not be expected forthwith.Incidentally the High Commissioner had asked whether they were accepting the LTTE as the sole representative of Tamil people, to which the Tamil leaders said that the LTTE would be representatives of Tamils to end the war and have talks. more ...
  • 138) 12:13 GMT, Feb. 22, 2001 |  + LTTE extends unilateral ceasefire
    The Liberation Tigers said Thursday they would extend their unilateral ceasefire by another month, and called on the international community, particularly the United States, Britain, the European Union and India to persuade the Sri Lanka government to reciprocate favourably to its goodwill gesture. "We wish to reiterate that our liberation organisation is prepared to enter into peace negotiations when the Sri Lanka government reciprocates favourably to our unilateral declaration of cease-fire and agrees to implement the Norwegian 'Memorandum of Understanding' aimed at the de-escalation of war and the normalisation of civilian life," the statement said. The LTTE's unilateral ceasefire was due to expire Saturday night. more ...
  • 139) 21:23 GMT, Feb. 22, 2001 |  + World Politics : China and Iraq
    In the latest instance, Chinese technicians were found to be installing fiber optic cable for Iraqi air defenses, a clear violation of United Nations sanctions. As reported by Thomas Ricks and Steven Mufson of The Post, the work continued despite the quiet delivery of a diplomatic protest to Beijing last month by an assistant secretary of state; as a result, U.S. strikes were timed for Friday, a Muslim holiday, in part in order to avoid injuring Chinese nationals. more ...
  • 140) 19:26 GMT, Feb. 22, 2001 |  + American Ambassadors in Eelam: Daniel Poor
    If the American West was won by the pioneers with guns and gumption, the East was triumphed with Bible and books. The nucleus for such a story lies in the life history of Rev.Daniel Poor, one of the pioneer American ambassadors to Jaffna, who died 146 years ago in Manipay on 3 February. His adventurous life is worth remembering by the Tamils. Daniel Poor was born on June 27, 1789, the youngest of the 12 children of Joseph and Mary (Abbott) Poor residing in Danvers, Massachusetts. After graduating from Dartmouth College with high honors in 1811, he entered the Andover Seminary where he came under the influence of Rev.Asa Burton and dedicated himself to foreign missions. Following graduation from Andover Seminary in 1814, at the age of 25, he was ordained as Presbyterian missionary on June 21, 1815. Poor married Susan Bulfinch of Salem, Massachusetts on Oct.9, 1815, and two weeks after their wedding, left for Ceylon on Oct.23, 1815. Poors were accompanied by two more missionary couples [James Richards and his wife, as well as Benjamin C.Meigs and his wife] and a young bachelor missionary Edward Warren. They arrived in Colombo on March 22, 1816 and moved to Jaffna peninsula thereafter. Poors and Warrens settled in Tellipalai. Meigs' and Richards settled in Vaddukoddai. more ...
  • 141) 17:38 GMT, Feb. 22, 2001 |  + Sri Lanka Government rejects Tamil Rebels' Cease-Fire Offer
    The Sri Lankan government Thursday rejected a cease-fire by Separatist Tamil Tiger rebels but said it was willing to hold peace talks if the rebels were sincere. "We are ready for peace talks at any time, but then the question remains that they will have to be sincere. It should not be another trick by them to deceive us," top government spokesman Ariya Rubasinghe told The Associated Press. The rebels extended a unilateral cease-fire for the second time earlier Thursday, saying they would enter into peace talks if the Sri Lankan government reciprocates. The decision to extend the cease-fire came two days before a Feb. 24 deadline for the ongoing truce. The rebels extended the cease-fire until March 24. "We wish to reiterate that our liberation organization is prepared to enter into peace negotiations when the Sri Lankan government reciprocates favorably," a rebel statement released by their international headquarters in London said. more ...
  • 142) 03:28 GMT, Feb. 22, 2001 |  + Wearing a T-shirt makes you a terrorist
    Britain, Tony Blair announced at Labour's spring conference on Sunday, is on the brink of "the biggest progressive political advance for a century". To prepare for this brave new world, two days before his speech Mr Blair bombed Baghdad. On Monday, the progressive era was officially launched, with the implementation of an inclusive piece of legislation called the Terrorism Act 2000. Terror, in the new progressive age, is no longer the preserve of the aristocracy of violence. Today almost anyone can participate, just as long as she or he wants to change the world. more ...
  • 143) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 22, 2000 |  + Norway’s peace initiative to be taken up at Indo-Sri Lanka talks
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  • 144) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 22, 2000 |  + Scientists hope honeybees will buzz to landmines
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  • 145) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 22, 2000 |  + Relatives meet fasting POWs
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  • 146) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 22, 2000 |  + India’s inhumanity towards Sri Lankan Tamil refugees!
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  • 147) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 22, 2000 |  + Court orders police to arrest Chemmani accused
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  • 148) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 22, 2000 |  + Lanka has a million child labours
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  • 149) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 22, 2000 |  + Ranil backs out of constitutional talks
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  • 150) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 22, 2000 |  + Lanka peace talks suffers set back as UNP pulls out
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  • 151) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 22, 1998 |  + Fisherman killed off Sri Lanka
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  • 152) 11:11 GMT, Feb. 22, 1998 |  + Fisherman killed off Sri Lanka
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