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Reuters
By Jonathon Burch
Fri Nov 19, 2010
KABUL

NATO allies must do more to protect civilians as Afghan forces start to take over from foreign troops, with security rapidly deteriorating for most Afghans and violence set to increase in 2011, aid groups said on Friday.

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By: David Wood
PoliticsDaily
October 7, 2010

A study published by the Open Society Foundations shows that Afghans blame US for civilian casualties.  The report also calls for the Afghan government to set up an independent organization to maintain a national registry of civilian victims that would list cause of death and who is responsible and urges the international community to extend recent troop directives to reduce the potential for civilian casualties.

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AfPak Channel, Foreign Policy.com
October 14, 2010
By Chris Rogers

Last December, a young boy from Orakzai Agency in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) lost his mother during Pakistani military operations in the area. Jan Mohammed’s village was given ten minutes notice to evacuate before the Pakistani military began shelling. “Our house was up in the hills and my mother was coming down the hill track when the military started shelling. She was hit by one of the shells and died on the spot. If my mother was killed by the Taliban, one can expect it from them because they are crooks. But one can’t expect it from a trained army…they are here to protect us not to kill us like rats.”

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The Sri Lankan security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) repeatedly violated international humanitarian law during the last five months of their 30-year civil war. Although both sides committed atrocities throughout the many years of conflict, the scale and nature of violations particularly worsened from January 2009 to the government’s declaration of victory in May. Evidence gathered by the International Crisis Group suggests that these months saw tens of thousands of Tamil civilian men, women, children and the elderly killed, countless more wounded, and hundreds of thousands deprived of adequate food and medical care, resulting in more deaths. (more…)

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International Crisis Group – New Report.
Colombo/Brussels, 23 February 2010: Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora groups should move away, once and for all, from the failed agenda of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and instead put their energies into the quest for a sustainable and just peace in a united Sri Lanka. (more…)

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By UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

This report was issued by OCHA Headquarters. It covers the period from 24
to 27 April 2009. The next report will be issued on or around 28 April.
Highlights

There has been an increase of some
40,000 internally displaced persons
(IDPs) over the past few days, bringing
the total to over 150,000 IDPs
in the
IDP camps in Vavuniya, Jaffna, Mannar
and Trincomalee. UN estimates that
50,000 people still trapped in the
conflict zone.
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By RAVI NESSMAN, Associated Press
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Indian officials took a demand for an immediate cease-fire in Sri Lanka’s civil war to the country’s president on Friday as the U.N. reported that nearly 6,500 ethnic Tamil civilians were killed in the last three months.
Concern for the safety of civilians trapped in the ever-shrinking war zone has increased in recent weeks as the government pushed ahead with its offensive to crush the rebels and end the nation’s quarter-century civil war.
The U.N. estimates that 50,000 people are still trapped in the war zone, spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said Friday.

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