UK Terror War Newswire Archive
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26-05-2009 10:29Sri Lanka has marshalled its allies to try to quash Western censure of alleged human rights abuses committed during its final phase of war against the Tamil Tiger rebels, diplomats said on Friday.
22-05-2009 11:00by Editor, 'The Sunday Leader'
Published: 11 January 2009
This was Mr Wikramatunga's last editorial, who was brutally assassinated on 8 January. The opinions expressed are the author's own. Extract was also published in the May/June 2009 edition of Amnesty Magazine.
21-05-2009 19:36It has been left to South Africa to call for investigations into violations of Geneva Conventions in the recent conflict, as the western world appears, atleast, to procrastinate.
21-05-2009 19:27The whereabouts of Medical Superintendent Dr. Shanmugarajah who was attending the wounded at the makeshift hospital at Mu'l'li-vaaykkaal junior school, Regional Director of Health Services (RDHS) doctors, Dr. Varatharajah and Dr Sathiyamoorthy, arrested by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) after fleeing the Safety Zone Saturday, are still unknown, and several Rights groups feared for doctors' lives, sources in Colombo said. The same applies to 12 ICRC workers who tirelessly served the wounded civilians including hundreds of children with the very minimal medical help and medicines and under continuous bombardment.
21-05-2009 13:19This is a deliberate repost of Fred Spencer's "Human-Rights: USA-CIA-Torture".
With apologies to Fred, most people here stop reading when they see an article in German, and his title indicates this is about torture. It isn't, it is about mass murder, so I've linked to the source article and the Democracy Now! interview.
20-05-2009 10:16Text messages sent by Sri Lankan officials told the rebels how to give themselves
up. They obeyed the instructions – but were shot dead.
20-05-2009 09:53A day after the conflict was said to be officially over, there are reports coming out of Sri Lanka overnight that over 1000 Tamils were shot on sight in the enclave where civilians & LTTE forces had been confined in the last few weeks. There are reports that Sri Lankan soldiers were using mechanical diggers to dig large holes in the same region (Mullaivaikal - northern Sri Lanka). An estimated 25,000 people are dead since January this year and 30,000 injured. This figure is expected to rise dramatically if the whereabouts of 25 to 50 thousand civilians who were left in the enclave and still confirmed to have been there last Sunday can no longer be verified.
Meanwhile, Tim Martin from Act Now! continues into day-3 of his indefinite hunger strike outside the US Embassy.
19-05-2009 23:104 defendants on trial this week for alleged offences connected to the June 2008 Brighton Carnival against the Arms Trade were blessed with a court visit by the secretive National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU).
19-05-2009 16:19Apart from some valiant exceptions, the historical question is: why did the European workers so readily follow Hitler and Mussolini? Could this happen again?
So, we are led to believe that President Obama, who was elected as “the peace candidate”, will restrain the nakedly belligerent Israeli government.
In his Newsweek interview published online the same day, whilst reiterating the same old propaganda, Obama’s tone was more blunt than usual…
19-05-2009 12:32Video of Monday 15 May, includes assaults and threats of arrest to journalists, and catches spurious comments by a police officer about the press "parasites".
18-05-2009 23:53eye-witnesses claim many injured as police push tamils from two sides, leaving them with nowhere to go. there is panic among the peaceful protestors, and people are being crushed against barriers. police are not in riot gear because they have experienced over and over that the tamils are completely non-violent.
18-05-2009 22:34ISAF: Afghan war statistics show 55% increase in Western troop deaths, April 2009 and 64% increase in 'insurgent' attacks.
Wonder if there is a correlation between Afghani deaths due to Nato actions, and 'insurgent' attacks.
18-05-2009 18:10Call-out from supporters in the Square. Please come into the crowd with tents.