62 Reports

Demonstrators demand govt's resignation

[TamilNet, Saturday, 30 June 2001, 20:25 GMT]
Several hundred supporters of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) held demonstrations in all 38 electorates of the Western Province, including capital Colombo, Saturday, demanding the resignation of the People's Alliance Government. "The Government has no moral right to be in power anymore as it has lost the confidence of the people. We will force this government out of power with the support of the masses," said Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe addressing picketers at Armour Street junction in Colombo.
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Salli woman challenges case transfer

[TamilNet, Friday, 29 June 2001, 19:15 GMT]
The Colombo High Court Friday fixed the argument in the transfer application filed by the Commanding Officer of the Sri Lanka Navy detachment in Nilaveli, the first respondent in the Salli Habeas Corpus Application Case, for July 26. Nilaveli is 12 kilometres north of Trincomalee. Mr.Jeyakili was arrested by the Navy while fishing in the sea with two colleagues on 25 February 2000. The Navy released Mr. Jeyakili's colleagues two days later, but denied that it had arrested him. The fisherman is believed killed.
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Over ten thousand children sans birth certificates

[TamilNet, Friday, 29 June 2001, 18:19 GMT]
"Over ten thousand children, the majority of them living in areas held by the Liberation Tigers in the Trincomalee district, do not have birth certificates", said Mr.S.M.K.B Nandaratna, Senior Programme Officer of the Save the Children Fund speaking at a conference held Friday at Trincomalee District Secretariat. "The badly affected children live in the two most remote villages in the Mutur area, Cheenanveli and Uppooral. They find it very difficult to continue their studies and to partake in sports meets without their birth certificates," he said.
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Tamil alliance calls for 'Hartal' against rape

[TamilNet, Friday, 29 June 2001, 14:09 GMT]
The ten Tamil party alliance said in Colombo Friday that itís calling a general shut down in the Northern and Eastern provinces on 6 July as a protest against the rape of Tamil women by Sri Lankan security forces. Addressing a press conference Friday afternoon at the Grand Oriental Hotel in downtown Colombo, spokesmen for the Tamil alliance said that there would be a protest demonstration in Colombo and a strike in the tea and rubber plantations. They said that the rape of the Tamil girl at the Police checkpoint in Maradana in downtown Colombo on 25 June "once again underscores the fact that the draconian Emergency Regulations promote torture and rape of Tamil women by Sri Lankan security forces".
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Tamil day celebrations held in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Thursday, 28 June 2001, 20:06 GMT]
(Photos) Several hundred students, teachers and principals belonging to Tamil and Muslim communities participated in a cultural pageant in their traditional dress to mark Tamil day celebrations in Trincomalee, Thursday. A cutout depicting The Mother Tamil ('Tamil Annai') was taken in a decorated vehicle from zonal education office to St.Joseph's' College, where Tamil day celebrations were held.
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Rights watchdog releases torture camp account

[TamilNet, Thursday, 28 June 2001, 15:50 GMT]
Asian Human Rights Commission said Thursday it is issuing an eyewitness account of extreme physical and psychological torture, overcrowding and hundreds of disappearances/ extrajudicial killings at an illegal military detention camp in Wehera, Kurunegala district, 25 miles from Kandy run by the man being appointed Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia, Major General Janaka Perera.
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No faith motion on 16 July ñ Acting President

[TamilNet, Thursday, 28 June 2001, 14:02 GMT]
Speaking at ceremony to honour a Buddhist monk in Piliyandala, an outer suburb of Colombo, this afternoon Sri Lanka's acting President Ratnasiri Wickremanayaka said that the no confidence motion against the government by the opposition would be taken up for debate in the Parliament on 16, 17 and18 of July.
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Five assaulted by Jaffna SLA warded

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 27 June 2001, 15:16 GMT]
Five civilians who were arrested and severely assaulted by Sri Lanka Army soldiers on Sunday have been admitted at the Manthikai hospital in Jaffna. Hospital sources said they were suffering from serious head injuries. Four were arrested by troops during a search operation in Mandaan and one in Inparutti both in the Vadamaradchi division on Sunday. The four youth from Mandaan said they were taken to a local army camp and were severely assaulted. They said the SLA officer in charge of the camp was drunk at that time.
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STF torture victim's condition said serious

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 26 June 2001, 22:02 GMT]
A woman appealed to the Mannar Citizen's Committee and the ICRC in Mannar Tuesday that the condition of her husband, Ponnappapillai Sivanesan, 31, who is detained at the Special Task Force (STF) camp at Ilanthamoddai is serious because he was severely assaulted and tortured during his arrest and in custody. The woman, Rajani Sivanesan, pleaded with the Citizens' Committee and the ICRC to do the needful to provide her husband urgent medical attention to save his life.
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'Torture will persist under ER and PTA'

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 26 June 2001, 21:39 GMT]
Ms Nienke Kramer, Associate Field Officer, UNHCR, Trincomalee.

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Court rejects confession under torture

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 26 June 2001, 12:50 GMT]
The Eastern High Court in Trincomalee Friday acquitted the accused in the murder four years ago of former Trincomalee District Parliamentarian M.E.H.Maharoof. The accused had been in remand at Kalutara prisons for the four years. "I acquit the accused as I cannot accept his confession made to the police voluntary and also due to contradictory and inconsistent evidence led by the prosecution," said High Court Judge Mr.A.N.Ramachandran in his order delivered Friday.
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Driver, schoolboy missing in Mannar

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 26 June 2001, 02:04 GMT]
The Mannar Citizens’ Committee Monday received four complaints about two disappearances and two arrests. Arumugam Thevarajah, 40, a driver who went to the Sri Lanka Army's pass office in Mannar town on 18 June to obtain a temporary resident permit to stay in the suburb of Panankattikottu, did not return home and is missing since then, according to a complaint lodged by his sister Kanapathipillai Thevanayagi. A fifteen-year-old student in Mannar has also been reported missing since 13 June. Relatives who fear that he might have been arrested and detained have sought the Citizens’ Committee’s assistance to trace him.
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Girl raped in Police checkpoint

[TamilNet, Monday, 25 June 2001, 15:23 GMT]
Three Policemen on duty at a checkpoint in downtown Colombo were arrested Monday for gang raping a girl in the early hours of the morning on Sunday. The girl was returning from work with a boy when she was stopped at the Police checkpoint near the Central Theatre in Maradana in downtown Colombo around 4.45 a.m. The Policemen had allegedly gang raped the girl after forcing her inside their checkpoint by threatening her that they would arrest and detain her on suspicion that she is a spy of the Liberation Tigers if she refused to get into the bunker. Any member of the Sri Lankan security forces regardless of his/her rank can arrest anyone if she/he has “reasonable ground” to suspect that the person has links with the Liberation Tigers under the provisions of the Emergency Regulations (18.1).
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Tigers deny shutting down civilian crossing

[TamilNet, Monday, 25 June 2001, 11:50 GMT]
The Voice of Tigers radio said in its morning news broadcast Monday that the Liberation Tigers denied a Sri Lanka army report that they had closed the main crossing point to the Vanni. No lorries from the Vanni came to the crossing point for civilians and international humanitarian agencies at Piramanaalankulam, 28 kilometres west of Vavuniya, on Saturday. The SLA Saturday issued a statement that claimed the lorries had not come because the LTTE had closed the crossing. “We are not aware of any disruption in the normal operation of the Piramanaalankulam checkpoint. The question of lorries coming from or going to the Vanni is a matter that comes totally under the purview of the Government Agent, not us”, the press officer of the ICRC, Mr. Harasha Gunawardene, told Tamilnet Monday, referring to the SLA statement which quoted the ICRC as saying no lorries had come from the Vanni on Saturday.
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LTTE claymore kills seven SLA in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Monday, 25 June 2001, 09:09 GMT]
Seven soldiers were killed and twenty-two injured when a Sri Lanka army truck was hit by a claymore mine set off by the Liberation Tigers in Madduvil, about 25 kilometres east of Jaffna town around 1.20 p.m. Monday, military sources in the peninsula said. Casualties could rise as several soldiers in the truck were wounded seriously, they said.
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'Eighty percent under poverty line in NEP'

[TamilNet, Sunday, 24 June 2001, 02:44 GMT]
"Eighty percent of the population in the North and east live under the poverty line. The paddy growing area in northeast province (NEP) has declined by 22 % since 1994 due to low investment, low institutional capacities and poor transport. Ninety percent of the population in Trincomalee depends on state support such as food stamps and dry rations. Ninety percent of Trincomaleeís population has been displaced since 1983. Five percent of the districtís population still remains displaced. About 250,000 children are among the displaced. They suffer due to loss of parents, fear and trauma. They were witnesses of violence", said Dr (Mrs) Ines Reinhard, who worked as a nutritionist with Integrated Food Security Programme (IFSP) in Trincomalee since January 1999 when she made her farewell lecture Friday evening at the Conference Hall of the Trincomalee District Secretariat.
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SLN patrol boat captured - Mutur LTTE

[TamilNet, Saturday, 23 June 2001, 14:47 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers said Saturday that they captured a patrol boat from the Sri Lanka Navy Friday morning in a surprise attack in the sea off the Sampur coast, south of Trincomalee. The LTTE, in press note issued in Mutur Saturday, said that the Sea Tigers captured a grenade launcher, an outboard motor and a communication set from the SLN in the sea attack. SLN casualties are not known, the press note added. Sampur is controlled by the Liberation Tigers. Meanwhile, the TamilNet correspondent in Mutur said that Sri Lanka Navy gunboats opened fire on the Sampur village Saturday morning. Two civilians were wounded and a school and several houses were damaged in the SLN shelling, he said.
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Two youths shot dead in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Friday, 22 June 2001, 20:29 GMT]
Two youths were shot dead by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers near Thankaaval Pillayar temple in Nallur, a suburb of Jaffna town, around 4 p.m. Friday. The army said they were members of the Liberation Tigers. The area was sealed off and thoroughly searched by the soldiers following the incident.
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Sixteen Indian fishermen remanded in Mannar

[TamilNet, Friday, 22 June 2001, 10:01 GMT]
Eight Indian fishermen who were arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy in the seas off Talaimannar on 20 June were produced before the Mannar magistrate by the Police Friday morning and were remanded by him until 4 July. Eight fishermen were arrested by the SLN on 18 June in the seas between Kachchathivu and Talaimannar. They were also produced before the Mannar magistrate the next day, 19 June. They too were remanded until 4 July. The sixteen Indian fishermen are being held in the Mannar remand prison.
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Opposition submits no confidence motion against the govt.

[TamilNet, Friday, 22 June 2001, 07:03 GMT]
A motion of no confidence against the ruling People's Alliance government, signed by 97 MPs was handed over to the speaker of the house Friday morning. The main opposition United National Party (UNP) said it is confident of defeating the government.
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Tamil parties sign no confidence motion

[TamilNet, Thursday, 21 June 2001, 13:28 GMT]
Three Tamil parties in Sri Lanka’s Parliament signed the no confidence motion against the ruling People’s Alliance government in Sri Lanka Thursday. The Tamil United Liberation Front, the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation and the All Ceylon Tamil Congress which together have nine seats in the legislature. However, a spokesman for the radical Marxist Janata Vimukthi Peramuna which has ten seats, and hence holds the key to the numbers manoeuvring in the Sri Lankan Parliament, said Thursday that it would announce its decision on Saturday.
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Sri Lanka govt. faces collapse as Muslims leave

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 20 June 2001, 09:16 GMT]
The Sri Lanka's ruling People's Alliance regime is facing collapse following the decision of its main coalition partner, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Wednesday to pull out of the government. The SLMC decision is the culmination of a month long crisis sparked by a pogrom against Muslims in the provincial town of Mawanella. The Sri Lankan President sacked Mr. Rauff Hakeem, the co-leader of the SLMC and Minister for Internal and Internal Commerce from the cabinet last night.
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Rauff Hakeem removed from cabinet

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 20 June 2001, 03:05 GMT]
Mr. Rauff Hakeem, senior minister and the leader of the main coalition partner of Sri Lanka's ruling People's Alliance government, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress was removed from the cabinet, state media announced Wednesday morning. He was stripped of his cabinet portfolio on the directions of the President, Sri Lankan government sources said. Meanwhile the Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament ruled Wednesday that the Supreme court has no right to overule the national legislature on the question of impeaching the Chief Justice.
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Troops move amid protesting students

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 19 June 2001, 12:42 GMT]
More than five hundred undergraduates of the Eastern University held a protest demonstration Tuesday morning demanding the release of one of their colleagues who was arrested and detained by the Sri Lanka army in Vavuniya last Friday 15 June and objecting to the military entering and searching the campus on 14 June. Students stood on either side of the highway carrying placards and crying slogans as Sri Lanka army soldiers who had arrived in an armoured vehicle stood at the main entrance of the university.
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Red Cross driver arrested

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 19 June 2001, 10:57 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army soldiers arrested a driver of the Sri Lanka Red Cross, Vavuniya branch, for transporting banned items to the Vanni region controlled by the Liberation Tigers, security sources in the northern town said Tuesday.
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Protests as Janaka Pereraís appointment proceeds

[TamilNet, Monday, 18 June 2001, 16:03 GMT]
(News Feature) Hundreds of Tamils protested outside Australia's Parliament Monday over the government's acceptance of a Sri Lanka Army General accused of human rights violations as Colombo's High Commissioner to Canberra. Amnesty International also voiced its opposition, but Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said his Sri Lankan counterpart, Lakshman Kadirgamar, had given his "personal assurance" that Major General Retd.) Janaka Perera is a "suitable and worthy appointment."
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Batticaloa gets 'Writing on the wall'

[TamilNet, Sunday, 17 June 2001, 16:19 GMT]
Sri Lanka army soldiers nonchalantly pass by the large writings on the wall in Vathaarumoolai, 19 kilometres north of Batticaloa. The attitude surprises visitors and locals alike because these are larger than life graffiti of the Liberation Tigers which began appearing since early last month in many parts of the Batticaloa district's coastal region which is controlled by the Sri Lankan security forces. Some have been sprayed very close to army camps on Batticaloa coastal highway.
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SLA detains Eastern University undergrad

[TamilNet, Saturday, 16 June 2001, 17:30 GMT]
An undergraduate of the Eastern University was arrested and detained by the Sri Lanka army for questioning Friday in Vavuniya. A group of ten undergraduates of the Eastern University returning from the Vanni were taken for questioning at the SLA entry point in Piramanaalankulam Friday morning. Nine undergraduates were released from the SLA Goods Shed camp after interrogation. But Mr. Selvarasa Suntharalingam was detained for further investigations at the 21-1 Brigade of the SLA in Vavuniya, Human Rights Commission sources in Vavuniya said.
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Twelve SLA wounded in attack and own fire

[TamilNet, Saturday, 16 June 2001, 16:53 GMT]
Six Sri Lanka army soldiers who were lying in ambush were wounded in Sector Eight on the Vavuniya-Mannar highway when the Liberation Tigers attacked them late Friday night around 11.40 a.m. military sources said. Six troopers of an SLA ambush party were injured when an SLA road clearing patrol opened fire them, mistaking them for Liberation Tigers, in the general area of Kalmadu, west of the A9 junction at Thaandikkulam near Vavuniya town Friday morning around 6 a.m.
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Australian ICJ considers Tamil plight

[TamilNet, Saturday, 16 June 2001, 15:56 GMT]
The Australian branch of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has suggested to the Commonwealth Secretariat in London and the Australian Foreign Minister to include the Sri Lankan ethnic issue on the Commonweal Heads of Government meeting scheduled to be held in Brisbane in October this year, Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham, Tamil United Liberation Front Member of Parliament of the Batticaloa district told Tamilnet Saturday. He said that Hon. Justice John Dowd, President of the International Commission of Jurists (Australian Section) has informed him of the development.
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Claymore kills LTTE's eastern political leader

[TamilNet, Friday, 15 June 2001, 21:21 GMT]
The leader of the political wing of the Liberation Tigers for the Batticaloa and Ampara district was killed in a claymore mine blast Thursday around 11.30 a.m. at Vaathakkalmadu in Nallathanni Odai, about 36 kilometres south west of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka army sources in the eastern town said. They claimed that the Batticaloa-Ampara district's political wing leader, Nizaam, was killed when the claymore blast hit the motorbike on which he was riding with a colleague Thursday morning.
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ICRC war surgery seminar in Colombo

[TamilNet, Friday, 15 June 2001, 21:10 GMT]
"Since its establishment 138 years ago, the main goal of the ICRC has been to assist and protect, as a neutral intermediary, the victims of armed conflict. The ICRC bases its mandate on rules of international humanitarian law, the rules of war, which it has helped to develop and promote, and which have culminated in the four Geneva conventions and their Additional Protocols. The Geneva Conventions have been ratified by 189 states (including Sri Lanka) , which makes these humanitarian provisions the most widely recognised body of international law" said the head of Delegation, ICRC Colombo, Ms. Isabelle Barras, in her welcome address at the 2-day 'seminar on War Surgery' which opened in Colombo Friday.
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Judge slams PTA, ER laws

[TamilNet, Thursday, 14 June 2001, 21:16 GMT]
"The Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Emergency Regulations restrict the human rights enshrined in the 1978 Constitution of the country. Human rights violations occur daily in some way or other," said Mr.T.L.O.Manaf, Trincomalee Additional District Judge addressing a one-day workshop on Human Rights Thursday, organized by the Eastern Rehabilitation Organization under the sponsorship of the Canadian High Commission in Sri Lanka.
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Solheim's down-grading obstacle to talks - MP

[TamilNet, Thursday, 14 June 2001, 21:15 GMT]
The Sri Lankan government's efforts to downgrade the role of Norway's special envoy, Erik Solheim, has now become a major obstacle to current peace initative, an MP of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) said Wednesday. "This will further strain the peace process," said Alisagir Moulana, a Muslim Parliamentarian for the Batticaloa District.
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SLA troops search Eastern University

[TamilNet, Thursday, 14 June 2001, 03:12 GMT]
The Sri Lanka army cordoned off and searched the eastern University campus in Vanthaarumoolai, 18 kilometres north of Batticaloa, from early morning Thursday. Soldiers barred university staff who reported to work in the morning from entering the campus. Sources said that the army began searching the Eastern University premises following a clash between an SLA ambush party and a group of Tigers in the early hours of the morning around 1.30 p.m. at a crossing point close to the campus, sources said.
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Call for permanent UN rights office

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 13 June 2001, 11:17 GMT]
"The report of the Presidential Commission that inquired into the disappearances taken place in the northeast of country is still in the cupboard. We do not know when that report will be implemented. Justice delayed is justice denied" said Attorney-at-Law Kasinathar Sivapalan, and a human rights activist, presiding over a function held in Trincomalee on Tuesday to publish the Tamil edition of the Human Development Report-2000, published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
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Damage control as peace process hits the rocks

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 12 June 2001, 05:15 GMT]
(News Feature) The bi-lateral decision by Norway and Sri Lanka last Thursday, at the latter's insistence, to reduce the prominence of Oslo's peace envoy, Erik Solheim, has delivered an unexpected and severe blow to the Liberation TigersÇ confidence in the Norwegian initiative, political analysts said Monday. Sri Lanka's state-media Monday strove to give the impression that the process was still on track, but the LTTE's strongly worded statement Sunday and sentiments being expressed by Tamil politicians and media emphasised the depth of the crisis, they said.
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Jaffna hospital a human shield - doctors

[TamilNet, Monday, 11 June 2001, 21:31 GMT]
"The Jaffna hospital has been a human shield since 1996. As such the use of some of its buildings and passages is still prohibited. Our reasonable request to remove the Sri Lanka army camp near the Jaffna hospital in consideration of the safety of its patients and staff and to declare it and its environs as a demilitarised zone under the supervision of the ICRC has not been heeded until this day", said Medical officers in Jaffna who went on a protest strike along with their colleagues in the north and east of Sri Lanka Monday.
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Resident pass restrictions afflict Trinco too

[TamilNet, Monday, 11 June 2001, 19:01 GMT]
"The Police exert pressure on Tamil persons who temporarily reside in Trincomalee town to return to their own areas when they go to police stations to renew their resident permits every month", said Mr. Soosaipillai Jesuthasan, Secretary of the Trincomalee District Refugees' Welfare Association speaking at a meeting between representatives of non-governmental organizations in Trincomalee and Mr.Selvakumaran, an official of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, Monday.
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ICRC course for senior army NCOs

[TamilNet, Monday, 11 June 2001, 18:53 GMT]
Ms.Isabelle Barras, head of the delegation, ICRC, Colombo. (ICRC Photo)
"The Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) is an attempt by nations to establish certain minimum standards of conduct for parties to an armed conflict, in order to prevent or at least reduce the suffering of the victims.
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'Tamils made to accept terror as normal'- Dean

[TamilNet, Sunday, 10 June 2001, 20:38 GMT]
>Dr. Yuvaraj Thangarajah, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts in the Eastern University. (TamilNet Library Photo)
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LTTE "displeasure" over "unilateral" changes in facilitator's role

[TamilNet, Sunday, 10 June 2001, 08:15 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Sunday expressed its "displeasure" over what it said was Sri Lanka's "unilateral initiative to change the role and function of the Norwegian peace envoy, Erik Solheim." The LTTE said the government had sought to remove Solheim because of his "impeccable neutrality, a rare quality that was viewed with suspicion and apprehension in Sri Lankan political discourse." In a strongly worded statement from its Vanni headquarters, the movement also said "the facilitatory process in peace making is not an exercise in inter-governmental relations; it involves tripartite relations between the facilitator and the parties in conflict," and observed that "[Norway's] bi-lateral decision with the government of Sri Lanka, circumventing the other party in conflict entails a breach of protocol and neutrality."
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Two policemen wounded in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Saturday, 09 June 2001, 18:54 GMT]
Unidentified armedmen on motorcycle shot and wounded a policeman in the Batticaloa town around 7.45 a.m. Saturday morning, local police sources said. The incident took place near Gnanasooriyam Square.
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Two SLA troops, policeman killed

[TamilNet, Friday, 08 June 2001, 12:03 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Army soldiers and a policeman were killed and a security assistant (Home guard) was wounded in two separate attacks by the Liberation Tigers on Friday in the northern Vavuniya region, local police sources said.
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Vavuniya quota fuels less vehicles, more corruption

[TamilNet, Friday, 08 June 2001, 10:24 GMT]
The restrictions on the issue of fuel to the public in the Sri Lanka army controlled areas of the Vavuniya region is contradictory to the principles of governance and therefore should be removed forthwith, said the Union of Christian Churches in Vavuniya in a letter addressed to Major General S.H.Shantha Kottegoda, Commander of the Security Forces in Vanni this week.
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MP slams Sri Lanka's judicial system

[TamilNet, Thursday, 07 June 2001, 21:31 GMT]
"In Sri Lanka the Tamil people are denied the exercise of their sovereignty through the judicial system because fundamentally it is made to work against them. The security forces and the laws of the land are meant to protect the people. But in Sri Lanka the law is harnessed only to protect the security forces. .
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Four LTTE casualties

[TamilNet, Thursday, 07 June 2001, 21:02 GMT]
Three members of the Liberation Tigers were killed in a confrontation with Sri Lanka Army soldiers at Manal Aaru on Wednesday, the Voice of Tigers radio said this evening. A member of the LTTE's border force died in a confrontation in the Muhamaalai area in the southern sector of the Jaffna peninsula on Thursday the radio added.
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SLA soldier, 2 policemen killed

[TamilNet, Thursday, 07 June 2001, 11:30 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army soldier was killed and another wounded when Liberation Tigers attacked troops on rout-clearing operation, at Arippu in the Seruvila area, 30 km. south-east of Trincomalee town, around 8 a.m. Thursday, police sources said. The soldiers were from Mahindapura camp. Meanwhile a Police constable, M.A.Mohideen, 33, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Eravur, 14 kilometers north of Batticaloa around 8 p.m. Thursday, said police sources in the eastern town.
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Missing Vaakarai youth said killed by SLA

[TamilNet, Thursday, 07 June 2001, 06:10 GMT]
Three youths who were reported missing after they were arrested by a Sri Lanka army deep penetration team in Vaakarai, 64 kilometres north of Batticaloa on 22 May, are dead, according to relatives. The Sri Lanka army's 23-2 brigade had informed the ICRC on Wednesday that the three men were killed. However, the army had not told the ICRC how or where the men had been killed. Last week the SLA informed the Human Rights Commission office in Batticaloa that they were not aware of the whereabouts of the three men.
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Norway's Foreign Minister to Visit Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 06 June 2001, 13:50 GMT]
Norway's Foreign minister Thorbjørn Jagland will arrive in Colombo Thursday to review the peace process in the island, according to a press release issued by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry Wednesday.
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SLA bid to relocate Trinco IDPs opposed

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 06 June 2001, 06:07 GMT]
Sri Lankan security forces told government officials in Trincomalee to transfer over 1500 internally displaced Tamil persons from Alles Garden refugee camp to Kuchchaveli, 38 kilometres north of Trincomalee town. "The security forces in Trincomalee have taken this step to ensure the security of army and navy camps in the area", a government official said.
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Mannar rape and torture suspects score one

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 05 June 2001, 21:11 GMT]
The Mannar judge M.H.M Ajmeer instructed the Superintendent of the Anuradhapura prison that the 14 Police and Sri Lanka Navy personnel accused in the rape and torture of two women in Mannar on 19 March need not be produced in court Wednesday following an interim order by the Court of Appeal, legal sources said Tuesday.
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ICRC transfers bodies of LTTE killed by STF

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 05 June 2001, 11:35 GMT]
The bodies of 11 Liberation Tigers who were killed Monday in an attack by Special Task Force commandos in Kanjikudichcha Aaru, 84 kilometres south of Batticaloa, were handed over to the ICRC Tuesday Mr.Harasha Gunawardene, the press officer of the ICRC in Colombo told Tamilnet. All the bodies were transferred to the LTTE today, he said. He added that the body of a Tiger trooper was handed over to the LTTE Monday.
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Six troopers killed in LTTE attack

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 05 June 2001, 06:15 GMT]
Six soldiers were killed and ten were wounded when the Liberation Tigers attacked a Sri Lanka army patrol around 8 a.m. Tuesday at Kaavathamunai, 32 kilometres north of Batticaloa. The soldiers were from the 23-2 brigade in the Valaichenai Paper Mills. A Muslim civilian was killed and 15 were wounded in the village of Kaavathamunai in retaliatory shelling from the 23-2 brigade camp. Kaavathamunai is a Muslim village near Valaichenai.
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Distress of war also mothers invention

[TamilNet, Monday, 04 June 2001, 18:47 GMT]
Mr.M.Selvin Irenius, Director of Industries, Northeast Provincial Council addressing as distinguishing guest. (Photo: TamilNet)

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ICRC dissemination for Batticaloa LTTE

[TamilNet, Monday, 04 June 2001, 18:26 GMT]
The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) conducted a dissemination program for the members of the Liberation Tigers in Batticaloa district on Saturday. "About 70 male and female members participated in the session", said an ICRC spokesman.
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Light work of necessity in Vanni

[TamilNet, Monday, 04 June 2001, 06:54 GMT]
An improvised tin-lamp using waste plastics to produce light is one of the 72 new inventions of the students in the northeast province displayed at the two-day exhibition inaugurated Sunday morning in Trincomalee St.Mary's College. The improvised lamp is one of the inventions by students of Vanni region held by Liberation Tigers, which is under an economic blockade by the Sri Lankan government.
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Trinco military steps up security

[TamilNet, Monday, 04 June 2001, 03:51 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and the Navy have stepped up security of their camps in the Trincomalee district, military sources said. The SLA Sunday deployed a bulldozer to clear shrubs along Koneswaram Road which leads to Fort Frederick, Trincomalee where the Gajaba Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army is currently stationed.
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MSR patrol wounds woman

[TamilNet, Sunday, 03 June 2001, 12:49 GMT]
A woman was injured when Sri Lanka Army soldiers on a route-clearing operation from Vaakaneri camp, about 37 kilometres north of Batticaloa town on the Colombo highway, fired at random on either side of the road. The incident occured at Aalankulam, around 8 a.m. Sunday morning. Aalankulam is about 2 km. north of Vaakaneri. The SLA camp at Vaakeneri is one of the key points on the sole Main Supply Route linking the 23 division headquarters with two of its brigades (23-2 and 23-3) which hold the coast of the Batticaloa district from Valaichenai to Batticaloa town.
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Girl wounded in STF's retaliatory fire

[TamilNet, Saturday, 02 June 2001, 17:28 GMT]
A 13-year old girl was seriously wounded when Special Task Force elite troops opened fire at devotees returning from Kannaki Amman temple at Thambiluvil, about 90 km. south of Batticaloa. The incident occurred around 3.30 p.m. Saturday. The STF troops fired from a sentry at Paddy Marketing Building on the Thambiluvil-Akkaraipattu road, local residents said.
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LTTE cautions against war zone resettlement

[TamilNet, Friday, 01 June 2001, 18:10 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers called on the people of the Thenmaradchi division in Jaffna not to resettle in their villages as the area is still a war zone. The Tigers, in a leaflet released in Jaffna Friday, said "the enemy and his lackeys are trying use our people as human shields. We do not want our people to suffer again from the calamities of war and destruction. Therefore we request them not to resettle in Thenmaradchi until we issue an official announcement."
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Four SLA soldiers killed in ambush

[TamilNet, Friday, 01 June 2001, 12:00 GMT]
Four Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers, one military trained policeman and a
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