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Report Archives - September 2009

 Sri Lanka Cricket promoting religious discrimination?
Published On: 30 September, 2009 , DailyMirror
Let me first declare my interests. I am a Colombo Tamil with nothing to do with LTTE. My parents and grandparents made Colombo their home long ago during the time of the British. I am an old boy of St. Thomas’, a prestigious school in Colombo. I always supported the SL cricket team. I now live in South Harrow. I am here on holiday to see my parents who live in Colombo. I shall post this letter on my way to the airport so that I shall be safely in the plane in case you publish the verifiable contents of this letter.
 Life as a Sri Lankan war refugee
Published On: 26 September, 2009 , BBC
"One day I was getting ready to get some high-nutrition food for my daughter," she told me. "Then I changed my mind and didn't go that day. But I saw people queuing up to get it from the clinic, several hundred of them. "They were shelled. Just in that shelling 75 people were killed and many more injured. I only escaped because I'd changed my mind."
 Sri Lankan army clashes with detainees
Published On: 24 September, 2009 , AI
A detainee was seriously injured and had to be hospitalized as a clash broke out between the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) and detainees being held at a school in Vavuniya in north-eastern Sri Lanka on Tuesday. The detainee, Sri Chandramorgan from Kanagapuram, Ki'linochchi, was initially reported to have been killed by the army when he tried to escape from the Poonthoaddam Teachers Training College, which serves as an unofficial detention centre.
 HRW: World leaders should demand end to Sri Lanka detention camps
Published On: 23 September, 2009 , Tamilnet
Human Rights Watch (HRW), a New York-based rights group, in a press release issued Tuesday, expressed concern "about a lack of protection mechanisms in the camps and the secret, incommunicado detention - and possible enforced disappearance - of suspected combatants.
 The contrast between the treatment of J.S. Tissainayagam and Daya and George Master - is the CID above the law?
Published On: 14 September, 2009 , ahrchk
Last week two prominent LTTE leaders, Daya Master and George Master, were released on personal bail by a Magistrate in Colombo after the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) filed a report stating that the inquiries under the Prevention of Terrorism Law were concluded and that there was no evidence to proceed against them under this law. The two men were involved in the communications and propaganda unit of the LTTE, one as the official spokesman and the other as a translator. On the 31st August, J.S. Tissainayagam, a well reputed journalist who, in 2006, had written two articles on the military conflict that was then taking place in the north and the east, was sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment under allegations of aiding and abetting terrorism and trying to incite people to racial violence.
 Sri Lanka's displaced face uncertain future as government begins to unlock the camps
Published On: 15 September, 2009 , Amnesty International
Only a fraction of nearly 300,000 people who were displaced by recent fighting in the north east of Sri Lanka have been allowed to leave government camps since the war ended in May. More than a quarter of a million people remain detained and under military guard in crowded, unsanitary conditions that are still far below international standards.
 'As the shells fell, we tried to save lives with no blood or medicine'
Published On: 16 September, 2009 , Guardian UK
"The mother couldn't bring the dead body and she doesn't want to leave it as well. She was standing … holding the baby. She didn't know what to do … At the end, because of the shell bombing and people rushing – there were thousands and thousands of people, they were rushing in and pushing everyone – she just had to leave the baby at the side of the road, she had to leave the body there and come, she had no choice.
 SLA massacred civilians in bunkers - medical worker
Published On: 07 September, 2009 , Tamilnet
The advancing Sri Lanka Army massacred civilians by paving their bunkers with tanks, by throwing explosives inside the bunkers and by shooting the injured, says a medical worker who came out of Mu’l’li-vaaykkaal during the last days of the war, became incarcerated in a camp and now escaped the island. "Around a hundred thousand captured civilians herded to Mullaiththeevu were kept in rows within barbed wires, most of the time without water or food under the hot sun, and were bullied and ill treated with arrogance," he writes in a lengthy note that reached TamilNet this week.
 In Search of Refuge for Elderly IDPs
Published On: 07 September, 2009 , NRC
On a pitch dark night in February this year, a group including 74 old aged people struggled through the jungles in search of safety. They were among the first to flee the conflict area in Northern Sri Lanka. Thousands followed in the subsequent weeks and months.  Many entered emergency transit centres in Vavuniya and later a new site which was gradually cleared to accommodate the rising influx. There were many elderly IDPs among them who faced difficult living conditions which were further aggravated by the infirmities of age. For months there appeared to be no hope until efforts by NRC and others resulted in camp doors being opened for IDPs over 60 years of age.

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