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The International Crisis Group Calls for an Investigation into War Crimes in Sri Lanka (May 2010)

The International Crisis group have released an extensive report that calls for an international investigation into War Crimes during the January – May 2009 fighting:

“This evidence also provides reasonable grounds to believe the Sri Lankan security forces committed war crimes with top government and military leaders potentially responsible. There is evidence of war crimes committed by the LTTE and its leaders as well, but most of them were killed and will never face justice. An international inquiry into alleged crimes is essential given the absence of political will or capacity for genuine domestic investigations.”

The report can be accessed on the ICG website. They have also published a Multimedia Presentation with a very useful guide to events in 2009, on the right hand side of the same page.

UN concludes video showing execution of bound & blindfolded Tamils is Genuine (January 2010)

The UN has concluded that the video released by the UK’s Channel 4, was genuine, and did show the execution of bound, blindfolded, naked Tamils by Sri Lankan troops. The Sri Lankan government continues to contest the authenticity of the video.

Reports by three independent experts strongly point to the authenticity of a videotape released by Channel 4 in Britain which appears to show the summary execution of bound, blindfolded, and naked Tamils by Sri Lankan soldiers. This was announced today by the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Philip Alston, on the basis of detailed analyses conducted by recognized experts in forensic pathology, forensic video analysis, and firearm evidence. Full Story

New report of the Trincomalee High Security Zone

(September 2009) The Centre for Policy Alternatives’ (CPA) has released a new report on the Trincomalee High Security Zone:

The Centre for Policy Alternatives’ (CPA) latest report ‘Trincomalee High Security Zone and Special Economic Zone, September 2009’ brings to the fore critical issues of national security, development and the fundamental rights of the citizens. The report highlights the significant dividends obtained from the reduction of the High Security Zone (HSZ) including civilians return to their homes and land. Though some returns have taken place, the report highlights that there still remain over 6000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are unable to return to their land as a result of the HSZ. The issues raised in this report are timely given the ongoing discussions on resettlement, relocation, reconstruction and development for the North of Sri Lanka.

The full report can be downloaded here