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Fleeing Civilians
Thursday, May 14th, 2009

It is too late to warn of a civilian slaughter in north-eastern Sri Lanka. The “bloodbath [predicted] has become a reality,” said the UN’s spokesman in Colombo on May 11th, as news of the latest atrocity emerged from the crowded beach where the army and Tamil Tiger rebels are fighting their last battle.

On May 9th and 10th 480 civilian refugees are reported to have been brought dead or dying to a makeshift hospital in the war-zone, victims of shellfire.

Army Photo - Civilians
Thursday, May 14th, 2009
COLOMBO - The UN is calling on the Sri Lankan government to expedite the screening of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) now staying at dozens of government camps in the north. 

Almost 200,000 Tamil civilians have fled the fighting between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who have been fighting for an independent Tamil homeland for more than two decades.

Civilians Hostages in LTTE Area
Thursday, May 14th, 2009

COLOMBO - Fighting in Sri Lanka's war showed no signs of abating on Thursday despite strong words from Barack Obama and the U.N. Security Council, with both sides refusing to budge in the waning days of a 25-year conflict.

Dr. Bernard Kouchner
Thursday, May 14th, 2009
The United Nations Security Council yesterday issued a hard hitting statement (SC/9659) demanding that the government and the LTTE abide by international humanitarian law, and insisting that the LTTE lay down its arms and allow civilians under its deadly grip to escape to safety.
President Barack Obama
Thursday, May 14th, 2009
U.S. President Barack Obama has called upon the Sri Lankan government to cease its bombardment of the no-fire zone and allow UN and other humanitarian agencies access to the civilians trapped in fierce fighting between the army and remnants of the LTTE.
May 12 Hospital Attack
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

HONG KONG — At least 50 people were killed Wednesday when a primary school in Sri Lanka that had been converted into a field hospital was shelled for the second day, news agencies reported. Dr. Thurairaja Varatharajah, the top government health official in the war zone, told The Associated Press that the attack killed at least 50 people, including patients and relatives, and wounded about 60 others. He said heavy shelling continued throughout the day.

HRW May 12
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

(New York) - New satellite imagery and eyewitness accounts contradict Sri Lankan government claims that its armed forces are no longer using heavy weapons in the densely populated conflict area in northern Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch said today.    

Local sources have reported that more than 400 civilians have been killed and more than 1,000 wounded since May 9, 2009, as a result of artillery attacks on the thin coastal strip where fighting continues between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Hillary Clinton and David Miliband
BBC
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
The US and UK have urged Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels to stop fighting "immediately" and allow an evacuation of trapped civilians.
TIME 12 May 2009
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

During the campaign, Barack Obama hinted at how his future Administration might act to stop suffering in the world. American foreign policy should focus on more than just killing terrorists; it needs to address "challenges of the 21st century" such as "climate change and poverty, genocide and disease."

LW Wedding Portrait
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the widow of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge in calling on Sri Lanka’s power-holders to take immediate action to conduct a full, fair and independent investigation into the murder of the senior newsman.

Sonali Samarasinghe Wickrematunge, also a journalist, has publicly released a letter she wrote to Sri Lanka’s President, Mahinda Rajapakse, on April 24 voicing her grave concerns at the Government’s failure to investigate the January 8 murder of her husband.

Hospital After Bombing
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
HONG KONG — A primary school that had been converted into a field hospital was reported to have been pounded by artillery strikes Tuesday, leaving at least 47 people dead and dozens more wounded.

The hospital is the last remaining medical facility serving civilians in the war zone in Sri Lanka, and it was not immediately clear if it had been demolished.

Bernand Kouchner UN 11-May-09
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Updated 13-May-09: Added Q&A Session after press briefing.

The three European members of the UN Security Council yesterday appealed to the media bring international pressure and attention to the unfolding humanitarian disaster in Sri Lanka, with a view to getting the country on the agenda of the Security Council.

AP Photo - Dead and Wounded Civilians
Monday, May 11th, 2009

HONG KONG — With the United Nations saying a “bloodbath” is taking place in Sri Lanka, and with the government and Tamil rebels trading accusations over the deaths of hundreds of civilians from artillery attacks, a leading group of aid agencies said Monday that both sides had shown a “wanton disregard for human life” and pressed Japan to intervene in the growing crisis.

BBC 10 May 2009
Monday, May 11th, 2009
May 11 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka denied reports that at least 1,200 Tamil civilians were killed in artillery shelling in the north and accused the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam of mounting a propaganda campaign to win international sympathy.

Civilians came under artillery and rocket attack by the army at the weekend in the government-declared security zone on the northeastern coast, TamilNet, a Web site that gives reports from the Tamil perspective, said yesterday. The air force carried out bombing raids yesterday, it said.

Mahinda Rajapakse and Yasushi Akashi
Sunday, May 10th, 2009
(New York) – Japan needs to “play a more active role” in confronting the worsening humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka, four international organizations said in a letter today to Prime Minister Taro Aso of Japan. Ahead of today’s ministerial-level meeting at the United Nations Security Council, the groups urged Japan, as a council member, to support urgent formal action on the situation.
AFP Photo of White Phosphorus Wounds
AFP
Sunday, May 10th, 2009
Doctors working at a makeshift French field hospital in Cheddikulam have treated patients with burn wounds from "chemical bombs" and with injuries such as white hands, similar to those created by incendiary white phosphorus weapons, AFP reported yesterday.
BBC 10 May 2009
BBC
Sunday, May 10th, 2009
At least 378 people have been killed by fierce shelling from the Sri Lankan army in the past 24 hours, a health official has told the BBC.

The doctor, working in the northern conflict zone, said 1,122 others had been injured - and more bodies were on beaches and by the sides of roads.

Nick Paton Walsh
Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Nick Paton Walsh was part of a three-person team that has been reporting from the country for Channel 4 News since April 19th. All three were told they were being deported by the country's Defence Secretary earlier today.

In a statement, the British Foreign Office said: "This is a deeply disappointing decision when the case for more transparency, not less, is overwhelming."

Gotabhaya and Mahinda
Sunday, May 10th, 2009
NEW DELHI: The Indian government's failure to effectively intervene in the humanitarian tragedy in Sri Lanka seems to have forced human rights activists in India to move the United Nations to highlight the grievances of Tamil civilians living in the Vanni area of the island nation.
HRW Feb
Friday, May 8th, 2009
In a scathing report released on May 8, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has documented 30 individual attacks by Sri Lankan military forces on hospitals in the northern war zone, including medical facilities located in the so-called "no-fire zones" declared by the government, and indicated that those who ordered these attacks could face a future war crimes tribunal after the conflict has concluded.