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Sri Lanka denies ‘war crimes’ claim

May 10, 2009

Al Jazeera – Sri Lanka denies ‘war crimes’ claim

The Sri Lankan military has dismissed claims by a leading human rights group that it has repeatedly attacked hospitals in the country’s northern Vanni region during fighting with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, Sri Lanka’s military spokesman, told Al Jazeera that the allegations by Human Rights Watch (HRW) were “wrong”.

Al Jazeera – ‘War crimes’ committed in Sri Lanka

A leading human rights group has accused the Sri Lankan military of repeatedly attacking hospitals in the northern Vanni region during fighting with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement on Friday that the military commanders responsible for ordering the aerial and artillery attacks should be prosecuted for war crimes.

Liberal Democrats – Miliband must warn Sri Lanka that war crimes prosecutions follow bloodbath – Davey

In their opposition day debate today, the Liberal Democrats will call on the Foreign Secretary to make clear to the Sri Lankan Government that war crimes prosecutions could follow if it refuses to implement a ceasefire and is party to a bloodbath of Tamil civilians.

RFI – Hospitals shelled repeatedly in anti-LTTE drive, HRW claims

The US-based NGO Human Rights Watch has accused Sri Lanka’s military of war crimes, claiming that government forces have repeatedly shelled hospitals in their offensive against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The army claims to have killed 49 rebels in the latest fighting.

The Sri Lankan navy said on Saturday that it has sunk two Tiger boats, carrying at least 14 guerrillas, in a sea battle. Earlier troops killed 35 LTTE fighters outside a newly declared “safety zone”, the Defence Ministry said.

Thaindian News – ‘War crimes shadow’ over Sri Lanka: Britain

he international community has rejected calls for suspending Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth although the current conflict in that country is taking place “in the shadows of war crimes,” a British minister said.

Foreign Office Minister Gillian Merron said there was the danger of war crimes being committed because of the Sri Lankan government’s decision to keep out international agencies from the area of conflict.

HRW – Sri Lanka: Repeated Shelling of Hospitals Evidence of War Crimes

The Sri Lankan armed forces have repeatedly struck hospitals in the northern Vanni region in indiscriminate artillery and aerial attacks, Human Rights Watch said today. Commanders responsible for ordering or conducting such attacks may be prosecuted for war crimes.

The Times of India – Rights body to UN: Prosecute Rajapaksa

The Indian government’s failure to effectively intervene in the humanitarian tragedy in Sri Lanka seems to have forced human rights activists in India to move the United Nations to highlight the grievances of Tamil civilians living in the Vanni area of the island nations.

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), a leading human rights group, has approached the UN Security Council with a plea to launch military intervention in the war in Sri Lanka in view of the threat to the lives of thousands of Sri Lankan Tamils who face the prospect of being bombed to death or even die due to starvation and lack of medical care.

BBC – UN fears Sri Lanka ‘war crimes’

Actions by Sri Lanka’s government and the Tamil Tiger rebels may amount to war crimes, the United Nations says.

UN High Commissioner of Human Rights Navi Pillay called on the two warring sides to suspend hostilities immediately in the island’s north-east.

WSWS – Halt the war crimes in Sri Lanka

The Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka denounces the terrible crimes now being perpetrated by the government against the Tamil population in the north of the island. The reactionary communal character of the country’s 26-year civil war finds expression in the army’s criminal indifference for the lives of Tamil civilians as it stamps out the remaining pockets of resistance by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Rueters India – Sri Lanka rejects rebel call for war crime probe

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels on Sunday urged the United Nations to investigate possible war crimes by the military but made no mention of the world body’s allegations the separatists themselves may be committing them.

Sri Lanka’s government immediately rejected the call by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and said it was the separatists themselves who should be probed.

The Scotsman – UN war crimes warning over Sri Lanka

THE Sri Lankan military and the Tamil Tiger rebels may have committed war crimes, the United Nations human rights chief said yesterday, warning that civilian casualties could reach “catastrophic” proportions if fighting is not suspended.

Concerns are mounting for 180,000 civilians trapped in an ever-shrinking rebel enclave in the island’s war-ravaged north, which government troops are battling to control in their attempt to bring to an end the 25-year civil war.

Russel Tribunal on Palestine

The recent war waged by the Israeli government and the Israeli army on the Gaza strip, already under a blockade, underlines the particular responsibility of the United States and of the European Union in the perpetuation of the injustice done to the Palestinian people, deprived of its fundamental rights.

It is important to mobilize the international public opinion so that the United Nations and Member States adopt the necessary measures to end the impunity of the Israeli State, and to reach a just and durable solution to this conflict.

Following an appeal from Ken Coates, Nurit Peled, and Leila Shahid, and with the support of over a hundred well-known international personalities, it has been decided to organise a Russell Tribunal on Palestine.
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