25th July 2009 - Sri Lankan Justice Ministry’s parliamentary consultative committee has taken up the matter of remand prisoners being allegedly stripped naked when they return to the Welikada prison after attending courts. TNA members N. Sri Kantha and Sivanathan Kishor made these allegations at a committee meeting chaired by Justice Minister Milinda Moragoda on Thursday. Mr. Sri Kantha said it was detestable, demeaning and unjustifiable to subject prisoners to such treatment even though a few cases were reported of the prisoners smuggling various illegal items such as heroin and ganja.
A joint statement on the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka issued on 12 May 2009 by the United States and the United Kingdom following a meeting between Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, at the Department of State in Washington, DC. During their meeting today, Secretary Clinton and U.K. Foreign Secretary Miliband expressed their profound concern about the humanitarian crisis in northern Sri Lanka caused by the ongoing hostilities. They expressed alarm at the large number of reported civilian causalities over the past several days in the designated 'safe' zone.
Date: Sunday, May 10, 2009, 8:46 AM 10 May 2009 Dear Sir / Madam,
Due to huge number of injured civilians brought to hospital, the hospital is unable to give the services to all patients. Many wounded civilians are without treatment for more than 24 hours. more than 50 % health staff are not reported duty because their residence under attack Regards,
Dr.T.Sathiyamoorthy Regional director of Health Services Kilinochchi (Now at No Fire Zone)
Sri Lankan defence secretary Gotapaya Rajapaksa ordered the arrest of 3 UK television journalists working for London-based Channel-4 television news for exposing absuses in detention camps in their recent documentory today on 9th May 2009, reports said. - Nick Paton Walsh, the channel's Asian correspondent - Bessie Du , Producer - Matt Jasper, Cameraman
An event organized by a group of activists on international human rights day to highlight the impact of disappearances on society and we will also take a look at what has so far been done to prevent such incidents from occurring in our midst.
On Monday ( 20th April 2009 ) Sri Lankan Army attack targeting civilian areas using cluster bombs, gas bombs and heavy weapons was planned to inflict more damages to people and force evict them in to army controlled areas, said an Eye Witness to WWW. On Monday's indiscriminate attack on civilian areas more than 1500 feared dead and 3500 or more injured, including hundreds of children.
- 1500 died and more than 3500 severely injured - Sri Lankan Army Used Chemical weapons - Sri Lankan Army Used Cluster ammunitions - Sri Lankan Army Used Phosphorous bombs
17 April 2009 An official two-day ceasefire in Sri Lanka which ended on Wednesday has not helped to end the suffering of around 100,000 civilians trapped in the conflict zone.According to media reports, John Holmes, the United Nations (UN) under secretary general for humanitarian affairs, said that the 48-hour break in hostilities to allow aid in and civilians out was "inadequate".As fighting intensifies in Sri Lanka, Amnesty International has called on the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to declare an immediate temporary humanitarian truce, so that desperate civilians can escape to safety.
WE ARE appalled at reports of mass deaths of Sri Lankan Tamils trapped in a small area of the Vanni region in northern Sri Lanka. Both electronic and print media have reported the death of over 700 Tamils in the last couple days, with only a section of them being identified as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or "Tamil Tigers") cadres, meaning therefore that a vast number of those killed are civilians trapped in the area. There are serious apprehensions that a thermobaric bomb--a bomb that uses a fuel-air explosive capable of creating overpressures equal to an atomic bomb--has been used in this mass killing.