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The Economist

April 14, 2011

SRI LANKA’S government has got its retaliation in first. On April 12th a panel of experts delivered a report to the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, assessing whether war crimes were committed when the nation’s army bloodily won a long-running civil war against Tamil Tiger rebels early in 2009. The report has not yet been made public, but the government is furious that an independent inquiry took place at all. The report, it says, is “fundamentally flawed” and biased. (more…)

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COLOMBO, 30 March 2011 (IRIN) – Thousands of older returnees to Sri Lanka’s conflict-affected north feel marginalized and need medical care, experts say. (more…)

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COLOMBO, 30 March 2011
(IRIN)

Thousands of older returnees to Sri Lanka’s conflict-affected north feel marginalized and need medical care, experts say. (more…)

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Source: AlertNet/Nita Bhalla

NEW DELHI- Hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans face risks from disease, hunger and landmines as they begin to return home after flooding caused by the heaviest rains in nearly a century, a U.N. official said. (more…)

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By: Peter Bouckaert, The Guardian
5 September 2010

All attempts to investigate atrocities in the Tamil Tiger conflict have been stifled, despite promises made to Ban Ki-moon.

During the Vietnam conflict, the US military developed some creative ways to increase the numbers of Viet Cong insurgents it claimed to have killed. “If they’re dead, they’re Viet Cong,” meant that any Vietnamese killed by American soldiers would automatically count as enemy fighters.

Sri Lanka’s defence secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, has taken such creative accounting to new heights. The United Nations reported that at least 7,000 civilians were killed and tens of thousands wounded during the final months of the brutal conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which ended in May 2009. But Gotabhaya has repeatedly cast aspersions on the idea that there were any civilian casualties.

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By Charles Haviland BBC News, Colombo. 17:16 GMT, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 18:16 UK

A United Nations agency has confirmed the closure of both the facilities which housed children who had been involved with the separatists.

Since the war ended, the government has been holding around 10,000 former Tamil Tiger members or fighters. (more…)

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By BBC World News

January 18, 2010

Two people have been killed in separate attacks in Sri Lanka ahead of a presidential election next week, officials say. (more…)

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