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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
Friday, May 1st, 2009
In a statement to mark World Press Freedom Day on May 3, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called upon the Sri Lankan government to "ensure that those responsible" for the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge are prosecuted.

Woman in IDP Camp
Thursday, April 30th, 2009

WITH loudhailers hitched to the tallest palmyrah trees, Tamil-speaking soldiers of the Sri Lanka army had for weeks been urging civilians inside a dwindling strip of territory held by the rebel Tamil Tigers to break through their cordon and flee.
Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Army troops in Sri Lanka are closing in on a dwindling band of Tamil Tiger separatists who are outgunned on an ever-narrowing battlefield. It would be a relief if this 25-year fight finally ends. In the meantime, tens of thousands of terrified civilians are trapped in the conflict zone — a strip of land about four miles long — and are running out of food and water. They must be allowed to leave.

Monday, April 27th, 2009

(New York) - The Sri Lankan government's admission that it has been using heavy weapons in an area crowded with displaced civilians underscores the need for an international commission of inquiry into violations of the laws of war by government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Human Rights Watch said today.

HRW Boat 2009 April 27
Monday, April 27th, 2009

War is an exquisite breeding ground for euphemism. In Sri Lanka, a government announced "no-fire zone" in the northeast of the country is instead one of the most dangerous places on earth.

Fleeing Refugees
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

AFTER a terrible battle on April 3rd-5th, Sri Lanka’s surviving Tamil Tigers withdrew to a government-designated “no-fire zone”—a narrow beach, packed with refugees, on the country’s north-eastern coast.
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Even as the streets of London swarm with demonstrators calling for Tamil Eelam – a Tamil nation – for justice and for a stop to the genocide, for many of them their anger stems from desperation. The despair is borne out of an unbearable helplessness to reach out to their fellow countrymen and women now languishing in the northeast of Sri Lanka. And desperation does not always result in rational thinking.

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

The dire situation for journalists in Sri Lanka who have fallen out of favor with the government has not gone unnoticed at the U.S. State Department. On March 23, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent a letter to Senator Robert Casey, who chaired the Senate Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on Sri Lanka on February 24.Seven senators had written to her about their concerns in Sri Lanka after the meeting.

Friday, March 20th, 2009

The already severe humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka is on the brink of catastrophe. It will take the quick arrival of humanitarian relief and high-level international political muscle to bring the nightmarish situation to an end and prevent a slaughter.

An estimated 150,000 civilians are now trapped in a tiny pocket of land between Sri Lankan military forces, whose artillery shells regularly fall among them, and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who shoot at them if they try to escape. Food, clean water and medical assistance are all increasingly scarce.

IGP and Mahinda
Sunday, March 15th, 2009
In a letter to Inspector General of Police, Jayantha Wickremaratna, Sonali Samarasinghe Wickrematunge has asked the police chief to record statements from cabinet ministers purporting to have knowledge of her slain husband Lasantha's murderers.
Hillary Clinton
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
In a letter organized by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), seven U.S. Senators today wrote a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton regarding their sharp concerns over the escalating humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka as an estimated 150,000 civilians remain trapped in an area of intense combat between Sri Lankan government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).  

IDPs
Thursday, March 5th, 2009

IT IS a staple of television reports on war or famine: a windblown correspondent stands in front of a bedraggled refugee camp. Misery and despair are etched on pinched faces. “And these”, he solemnly intones, “are the lucky ones.”

Mahinda Rajapaksa
Friday, February 27th, 2009
Sri Lanka may need a bailout from international donors to help pay its debts as the island’s 26- year civil war draws to a close.
U.S. State Department Logo
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The government's respect for human rights declined as armed conflict escalated. The overwhelming majority of victims of human rights violations, such as killings and disappearances, were young male Tamils, while Tamils were only 16 percent of the overall population.

Sonali and Malik's Hand
Monday, February 9th, 2009
There had been previous incidents, threats and warnings scrawled in red paint. And on that very morning, when they had driven before work to the chemist's shop, two sinister-looking men on a large black motorbike raced past their car. Lasantha Wickrematunga, a newspaper editor, and his wife, Sonali Samarasinghe, were convinced they were being tailed.

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in the Chris Morris Interview
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

In an interview with the BBC's Chris Morris, aired on February 2, 2009, Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who is also President Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother, brushed off the assassination of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, dismissing the veteran journalist as "someone who was writing to a tabloid." Rajapaksa warned the government would consider all forms of dissent during this "time of war" to be tantamount to treason, a crime which is constitutionally punishable by death.

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Six American diplomats who served as ambassadors to Sri Lanka between 1989 and 2006, have written to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse asking him to "re-establish accountability and rule of law in Sri Lanka." The full text of the letter follows:

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Lasantha Wickramatunga, an extraordinarily courageous journalist, wrote his own obituary. After he was murdered on Jan. 8, his letter from the grave appeared in papers all over the world including his own, The Sunday Leader in Sri Lanka.

Koïchiro Matsuura
Thursday, January 15th, 2009
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunga, editor of the Sri Lankan newspaper Sunday Leader.

"I condemn the assassination of Lasantha Wickrematunga," said the Director-General. "No matter how controversial or polemical the writings of Lasantha Wickrematunga may have been, he should have been allowed to enjoy the basic human right of freedom of expression.

Lasantha Wickrematunge
Thursday, January 15th, 2009

THE good that men do is not always interred with their bones. This week saw the publication of a remarkable posthumous column by Lasantha Wickrematunge, a Sri Lankan newspaper editor. He had written it in anticipation of his own murder.