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Investigative journalist in intensive care after being shot in Sri Lanka PDF Print E-mail

An investigate journalist with dual Sri Lankan/British nationality is intensive care after being shot by unidentified gunmen on Friday in an incident which has prompted condemnation from the United Nations' top human rights official. Three gunmen entered the home of Faraz Shauketaly in Mount Lavinia on the outskirts of Colombo, broke into his room and opened fire, police said.

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US introduces UN resolution on Sri Lankan rights abuses PDF Print E-mail

The United States has announced it will introduce a fresh resolution to the UN Human Rights Council, in a bid to force Sri Lanka to keep its promise to investigate the military for alleged war crimes and atrocities. The US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, James Moore, says Washington will sponsor a procedural resolution at the March sessions of the Rights Council.

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Sri Lanka war crime - 12year kid, Handed a snack, and then executed PDF Print E-mail

Handed a snack, and then executed: the last hours of the 12-year-old son of a Tamil Tiger
Photographs show boy was held before he was killed at close range.New photographs have emerged which raise fresh questions about the conduct of Sri Lanka’s armed forces during the final stages of the operation against Tamil rebels and have led to claims the 12-year-old son of the militants’ leader may have been summarily executed.

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Australia - Deported Tamil Asylum seekers face near-certain death - Pop Singer MIA PDF Print E-mail
SHE'S a Grammy and Oscar-nominated artist hailed as the future of music who counts Madonna, Jay Z and Julian Assange among her most ardent fans. But if she had arrived in Australia, instead of Britain, as an 11-year-old refugee 24 years ago, we would have sent her back to Sri Lanka to face near-certain death.
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Australia Bowled out by Sri Lanka's spin on Human Rights PDF Print E-mail

IN JUNE, Australia watched with horror as televisions screened graphic scenes of scores of boatpeople crashing and thrashing against the rocks of Christmas Island's unforgiving coast. The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, cut short her leave and, later that month, about 130 people were rescued when their boat sank off Indonesia.

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Bandula paint one-sided picture of Sri Lanka PDF Print E-mail
By Bruce Haigh

Writing in the Weekend Australian on December 15-16, the Sri Lankan consul-general in Sydney, Bandula Jayasekara, gives a very one-sided defence of the Sri Lankan persecution of dissenters, including Tamils. It is interesting that Jayasekara is being put forward as the Sri Lankan representative in Australia to defend the indefensible, an acknowledgement that the Sri Lankan high commissioner, Thisara Samarasinghe, has singularly failed to get his message across.
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Sri Lanka's Killing Fields Tourism PDF Print E-mail
By Frances Harrison - Ex-BBC Correspondent, Ex-Amnesty International, Journalist & Author of 'Still Counting the Dead' - book on Tamils who survived Sri Lanka's 2009 war.

The Sri Lankan military is advertising a newly constructed hotel in the heart of the killing fields in the north of the island, where tens of thousands of minority Tamils were killed in 2009. The holiday resort, called Lagoon's Edge, caters for Sinhala war tourists who want to see the last bastion of the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels.

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‘If not careful, Sri Lanka will end up as the best recruiter for LTTE’ PDF Print E-mail

As if by unspoken agreement, the rebels never attacked the holidaymakers. Europeans sipped coconut juice and stared out at the horizon of the ocean, unaware that just an hour’s flight to the north people were dying in First World War-style trench warfare.”

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Australian refugee lawyer condemns deportations to Sri Lanka PDF Print E-mail

Since September, the Australian Labor government has forcibly returned more than 650 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka. Alongside members of the persecuted Tamil minority, they include poor Sinhala fishermen from western Sri Lanka.

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UNHCR ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR ASSESSING THE INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION NEEDS OF ASYLUM-SEEKERS PDF Print E-mail
UNHCR ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR ASSESSING THE INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION NEEDS OF ASYLUM-SEEKERS FROM SRI LANKA - Dec 2012
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ATC SUPPORTS THE CALLS FOR CRICKET BOYCOTT PDF Print E-mail
The end of military conflict in Sri Lanka in 2009 gave immense hope for its citizens and the international community that this country will finally enter a peaceful and democratic era and will join the respected nations of the world. Against all hope, Sri Lanka is rapidly descending towards a lawless state with atrocious human rights record and consistent rule of law violations.
 
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Sri Lanka's prison clash 'a massacre' PDF Print E-mail
Sri Lanka's opposition has said that the deaths of dozens of prisoners, killed during clashes at a prison in the capital was a massacre.A spokesman for the main opposition party said that the 27 inmates who died at Colombo's Welikada prison were "gunned down". The government says they were killed in exchanges of fire during a riot after prisoners obtained and fired weapons.The incident is the bloodiest prison violence in nearly three decades.
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The World Failed Sri Lanka. And Continues to Do So PDF Print E-mail
By: Mark Leon Goldberg
The top story buzzing around the UN today the soon-to-be-released report on the failure to protect civilians caught in the final days of the Sri Lankan civil war. Parts of the report were already leaked to the BBC, and Ban Ki Moon is expected to make it public tomorrow.  The short story is that there was a massive and system wide failure to prevent the slaughter of an estimated 40,000 ethnic Tamils in five short months in the winter and spring of 2009. (To put that in perspective, there has been an estimated 30,000 Syrians killed in over a year of violence.)
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Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka – 14th Session Statement by Australia 1 November 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Australia welcomes Sri Lanka’s commitment to establish the processes and programs necessary to lead to improvements in the promotion and protection of human rights, including the National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights 2011-2016, and the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission Action Plan.
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UN 'failed Sri Lanka civilians', says internal probe PDF Print E-mail

The United Nations failed in its mandate to protect civilians in the last months of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war, a leaked draft of a highly critical internal UN report says. "Events in Sri Lanka mark a grave failure of the UN," it concludes. The government and Tamil rebels are accused of war crimes in the brutal conflict which ended in May 2009.

The UN does not comment on leaked reports and says it will publish the final version.

The 26-year war left at least 100,000 people dead. There are still no confirmed figures for tens of thousands of civilian deaths in the last months of battle. An earlier UN investigation said it was possible up to 40,000 people had been killed in the final five months alone. Others suggest the number of deaths could be even higher.

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