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“We want our land back as we are also citizens of Sri Lanka”

What is the meaning of resettlement in Sri Lanka
Report of the Field visit of NAFSO/ Praja Abhilasha Network / Rights Now/ PCHR team at Northern Province of Sri Lanka. 
When you read the field visit report of the resettlement of the Internally Displaced People[IDPs] you all will realize the reality of the so called
resettlement scheme of […]

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MIGRATION: Reaction to Australian policy reforms

BANGKOK, 14 August 2012 (IRIN) – The Australian government’s recent decision to transfer asylum seekers to Pacific islands to process their applications will undermine efforts to find a solution to the region’s asylum seekers and refugees, human right groups and activists warn.
“Policies like offshore processing will see refugees languish on Nauru [Island] for years, and […]

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SRI LANKA: Burial at a place of choice by family members is a matter of justice

“Where is it written that you can be beaten to death? Which article is it written thus? I am not afraid of anyone. I don’t care who you are. Come and shoot me. I am not afraid. People need justice and the truth. The people who beat my son up are animals. My heart burns. […]

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A boat carrying 28 asylum seekers, believed to be from Sri Lanka, arrived at Cocos Islands yesterday afternoon

9 July 2012: Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said the suspected irregular entry vessel had been intercepted.
The passengers will be transferred to Christmas Island for initial security, health and identity checks, he said.
Authorities have reportedly been working to upgrade quarantine facilities at the remote Cocos Islands amidst fears people smugglers from Sri Lanka and southern […]

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SRI LANKA: “Lot of talking and not much improvement” in the north

COLOMBO, 3 July 2012 (IRIN)– Sri Lankan parliamentarians in favour of acting on the recommendations in a report into the final stages of the country’s civil war by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) are slowly gaining ground over those who are not, says a
presidential peace process adviser.
The government’s initial reaction to the LLRC […]

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Leaked photos reveal fate of Tamil prisoners

Photos from a Sri Lankan soldier’s cellphone, show prisoners at the end of the civil war between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels.
They are the faces of the vanquished. The captured Tamil rebels are young and barefoot. They are handcuffed to bus seats. Some are bandaged. All have the downcast faces […]

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Sri Lanka: The rape of the legal process

Thursday, 14 June 2012: As the criticism both from within the country as well as internationally mounts against what is happening in the name of law and order in Sri Lanka, new types of distortions and aberrations are taking place in the country’s courts.
There has been quite a lot of criticism about the delays of adjudication […]

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Judges sentence Charles Taylor to 50 years for supporting Sierra Leone rebels in civil war

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands— Judges at an international war crimes court sentenced former Liberian President Charles
Taylor to 50 years in prison Wednesday, saying he was responsible for “some of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history.”
The 64-year-old warlord-turned-president is the first former head of state convicted by an international war crimes court since World […]

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SRI LANKA: Former Tiger fighters battle for a normal life

BATTICALOA, 28 May 2012 (IRIN) – Three years after Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war ended, thousands of former fighters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) face an uphill battle in re-establishing themselves, despite government efforts to
rehabilitate them.
“I’m struggling a lot economically. I don’t regret the loss of the LTTE, but I wish there […]

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Amnesty International Human Rights Report 2012

The government continued to arbitrarily detain, torture or ill-treat people and subject people to enforced disappearance. It failed to address most instances of impunity for violations of human rights and humanitarian law. The government rejected repeated allegations of war crimes committed by both sides of the conflict that ended in 2009, prompting Amnesty International to […]

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War displaced

“We want our land back as we are also citizens of Sri Lanka”

What is the meaning of resettlement in Sri Lanka Report of the Field visit of NAFSO/ Praja Abhilasha Network / Rights Now/ PCHR team at Northern ...

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Hundreds of Sri Lankans took to boats to reach Australia in the first half of 2012 
© Contributor/IRIN

MIGRATION: Reaction to Australian policy reforms

BANGKOK, 14 August 2012 (IRIN) – The Australian government’s recent decision to transfer asylum seekers to Pacific islands to process their applications will undermine efforts ...

Human Rights

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SRI LANKA: Burial at a place of choice by family members is a matter of justice

“Where is it written that you can be beaten to death? Which article is it written thus? I am not afraid of anyone. I don’t ...

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A boat carrying 28 asylum seekers, believed to be from Sri Lanka, arrived at Cocos Islands yesterday afternoon

9 July 2012: Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said the suspected irregular entry vessel had been intercepted. The passengers will be transferred to Christmas Island for ...

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Dr. P.Saravanamuttu -  “Progress also made with the rehabilitation of LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the separatist movement] cadres, although there are reports that even after being released they are being questioned and face issues with regard to re-integration in the community,”

SRI LANKA: “Lot of talking and not much improvement” in the north

COLOMBO, 3 July 2012 (IRIN)– Sri Lankan parliamentarians in favour of acting on the recommendations in a report into the final stages of the country’s ...

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ltte child soldiers

Leaked photos reveal fate of Tamil prisoners

Photos, above and below, from a Sri Lankan soldier’s cellphone, show prisoners at the end of the civil war between government forces and the Liberation ...

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supreme court sri lanka

Sri Lanka: The rape of the legal process

Thursday, 14 June 2012: As the criticism both from within the country as well as internationally mounts against what is happening in the name of law ...

Human Rights

Charles Taylor

Judges sentence Charles Taylor to 50 years for supporting Sierra Leone rebels in civil war

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands— Judges at an international war crimes court sentenced former Liberian President Charles Charles Taylor Taylor to 50 years in prison Wednesday, saying he was responsible ...

Human Rights

A group of former LTTE fighters learn masonry skills as part of the government's rehabilitation efforts. More than 10,000 men have gone through the programme  © Contributor/IRIN

SRI LANKA: Former Tiger fighters battle for a normal life

BATTICALOA, 28 May 2012 (IRIN) – Three years after Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war ended, thousands of former fighters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil ...

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Amnesty International Human Rights Report 2012

The government continued to arbitrarily detain, torture or ill-treat people and subject people to enforced disappearance. It failed to address most instances of impunity for ...