Amnesty urges Hague on independent probe into Sri Lanka war crimes

Posted in PRESS RELEASE by ustamil on October 20, 2010

Sri Lanka Brief No 83 – Wednesday 19 October 2010
Sri Lanka raises defence spending by six percent

Sri Lanka announced Tuesday it would raise defence spending by six percent in 2011 — broadly in line with annual hikes announced during the government’s war with Tamil rebels.The government allocated 215 billion rupees (1.92 billion dollars) for defence in calendar 2011, according to official figures tabled in parliament Tuesday — about a fifth of the national budget.

Militarization, / News

Massive protest against attack on journalists

Hundreds of journalists, media rights activitists, trade unionists and politicians staged a protest near the Lipton Circus yesterday against the Police attack on journalists last Thursday at the Higher Education Ministry.

Media Freedom, human rights / Protest
Foreign-based Tigers trying to regroup: S.Lanka PM

Tamil rebel leaders based in the United States and Norway are trying to revive their defeated separatist movement, Sri Lanka’s prime minister told parliament on Tuesday. r

Emergency rule, LTTE / News
Amnesty urges Hague on independent probe into Sri Lanka war crimes

Amnesty International Monday urged British Foreign Secretary William Hague to demand an independent international investigation into alleged war crime abuses in Sri Lanka when he meets his Sri Lankan counterpart, Professor GL Peiris, in London Tuesday.

Accountability, war crimes/ analysis
TNA opposes proposed poll Bill

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday expressed its objection to the proposed Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Bill which provides for the conducting of elections to the local bodies under a mix of the Proportional Representation system and the First Past-the Post system.

Governance, electoral reform/ news

Microsoft Word – SLB daily update No 83- Wednesday day 19 October 2010.pdf


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