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Sri Lanka names first Tamil navy chief since 1970
Sri Lanka names first Tamil navy chief since 1970

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday appointed an officer from the island’s Tamil minority to head the navy for the first time since a separatist war erupted 45 years ago. Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah is the first Tamil to head a wing of the military since 1970, even though Tamils make up around 15 percent of Sri Lanka’s population. In 1972,…

AFP - Aug 19 15:01 GMT - more ... [ Tags: SLMilitary, History ]

International judges can’t operate in Sri Lanka: New Foreign Minister
International judges can’t operate in Sri Lanka: New Foreign Minister

International judges cannot work in Sri Lanka to hear cases of alleged war crimes blamed on the government troops and the LTTE as the Sri Lnakan Constitution does not permit it, new Foreign Minister Thilak Marapona said today.“Sri Lanka’s Constitution does not allow foreign judges to operate in the country and hear cases,” Marapona told reporters here. He said,…

Hindu - Aug 18 12:55 GMT - more ... [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

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