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Location of a secret torture camp in Trincomalee - International Truth and Justice Project Sri Lanka report
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Tamil Guardian 28 July 2015
Sri Lanka studies building navy base at Hambantota port
The Sri Lankan cabinet approved a feasibility study to examine the prospect of building a naval dockyard at the Chinese-built Hambantota port on the south of the island.

Sri Lanka's Minister of Ports Arjuna Ranatunga made the announcement, which will allow him to negotiate with the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), who initially put forward the proposal for the building and repair of navy ships.

Hambantota Port was built at a cost of $1.5 billion, financed through a loan from EX-IM Bank of China. Work is currently underway on the second phase of development at the port, at a cost of $808 million. It was built by CHEC, who also won a $1.4 billion contract to construct the Colombo ‘Port City’, a project that has been stalled by the current government.

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Tamil Guardian 28 July 2015
UK diplomats warned not to fly with Sri Lankan air force company
British diplomats in Sri Lanka have been advised against travelling with a Sri Lankan air force operated company, after it was revealed it had been functioning with an expired air safety certificate.

The Sunday Leader reported that Helitours, the commercial wing of the Sri Lankan air force, has an expired Air Operating Certificate (AOC) which had been previously issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL).

Since then staff at the British High Commission have subsequently been advised against flying with the company by the UK Foreign Office.

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Tamil Guardian 27 July 2015
TNA will not accept an internal investigation reiterates spokesperson
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will not accept an internal inquiry following the publishing of the upcoming UN report examining mass atrocities in Sri Lanka, said the party spokesperson, Suresh Premachandran at a press briefing on Monday.

Speaking at the Jaffna Press Club (JPC), Mr Premachandran responded to the current government's statements on the issue.

"They said that once the UN report is released, we will give our response after reading that, or we will arrange to have an internal investigation. We [TNA] want to say something very clearly. The UN report must be released [and] we expect it to be released in September."

"We expect that the UN report following the investigation, will include many issues such as who is responsible for war crimes, what were the reasons for this, issues relating to human rights violations."


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Tamil Guardian 27 July 2015
White van abductions are returning says TNA
White van abductions, which became notorious under the former Rajapaksa government, are once again on the rise in Colombo, said the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesperson, Suresh Premachandran.

Speaking to journalists at the Jaffna Press Club on Monday, Mr Premachandran said that "many hundreds of Tamil youths have been abducted by white vans, and even today there has been no explanation as to where they are. Hundreds of mothers are still striving to search for their children who were abducted by the white vans and wives are searching for their husbands."

Highlighting a recent report that the former defence secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa criticised the presence of a white van by him, arguing it threatened his security, Mr Premachandran said Mr Rajapaksa's statement proved he knew the damage caused by white vans during his own era.


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Tamil Guardian 27 July 2015
UK money transfer company looks to tap into US $7 billion transferred by diaspora to Sri Lanka

A UK based money transfer company will launch a mobile money transfer process that will allow customers to transfer money to the mobiles of family and friends in Sri Lanka.

The company “WorldRemit” estimated that at least US $ 7 billion was sent back to Sri Lanka in 2014 by its diaspora, reports The Economic Times of India.

A senior mobile analyst at WorldRemit, Alex Murphy, said,

“We already offer mobile-to-mobile money transfers for countries as far flung as Ghana, Indonesia and Fiji.”

Tamil Guardian 26 July 2015
ITJP to document evidence of sexual violence and torture under new Sri Lanka government
At least 8 accounts of torture and sexual violence under Sri Lanka’s new government are expected to be documented in a report released by the International Truth and Justice Project Sri Lanka (ITJP) this week.

The ITJP will release a report that expands on a previous study entitled “An Unfinished War:Torture and Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka, 2009-2014,” reports Ceylon Today.

The updated study will exhibit 180 cases of post-war torture and sexual violence in Sri Lanka, including eight accounts that occurred after the presidential elections of Jan 8 2015 and fourteen cases which took place in 2014.

The head of the ITJP Yasmin Sooka, who also co-authored the UN panel of Experts Report into Sri Lanka’s mass atrocities, previously said that sexual violence and torture against Tamils was a “systematic part of policy framework.”

Sri Lanka's concept of accountability not in accordance of international standards - BHRC Chair (25 Jun 2015)

List of 110 disappeared placed in Sri Lanka’s military custody released by ITJP  (18 May 2015)

Sexual violence against Tamils ‘systematic’, ‘part of policy framework’ - Yasmin Sooka  (10 Jun 2014)

New report on 'systematic' torture and sexual violence in Sri Lanka discussed at HRC side event (20 Mar 2014)

Tamil Guardian 26 July 2015
Sri Lanka's PM claims to have saved Mahinda Rajapaksa from ICC
Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe claimed to have saved former president Mahinda Rajapaksa from the International Criminal Court (ICC) by not ratifying the Rome Statute.

Reiterating that Sri Lanka would conduct a domestic probe in response to the release of the UN report into Sri Lanka’s atrocities, Mr Wickremesinghe added that an independent judiciary under Maithripala Sirisena meant that an international judicial process would not be needed.

Speaking to the Sunday Leader, Mr Wickremesinghe said,

“I have saved Mahinda Rajapaksa from the electric chair and ICC (International Criminal Court) since we have not signed Rome Statute. He should always be grateful to me for that. No one can take our soldiers to ICC. But wherever a soldier commits a crime and an issue pertaining to the reputation of our armed forces, it is an offence punishable both under our domestic common law system as well as the military law. Therefore we don’t need ICC or any international probe. We have firmly stood by the premise that no international probe can be initiated since we are not a signatory to the Rome Statute and so we will have our own domestic mechanism instead.”
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Tamil Guardian 26 July 2015
Sri Lankan MP says TNA manifesto threatens country's sovereignty
The Sri Lankan MP and former UNP General Secretary, Tissa Attanayake, said the Tamil National Alliance's (TNA) manifesto was a threat to Sri Lanka's sovereignty stating that it called for LTTE members to be pardoned, reports the Daily Mirror.

"The TNA’s manifesto released on Saturday is a challenge to the war victory because it wants a re-merger of the North and East under federal structure and right to self determination for Sri Lankan Tamils," he was further reported as saying by the newspaper.


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Tamil Guardian 26 July 2015
Sri Lanka approves East oil exploration by French company
The Sri Lankan cabinet has approved the exploration of the Eastern coast by the French oil company, Total, after the bid went for open tender following the end of Cairn India's exploration from Mannar basin, reports the Sunday Times.

"The company would gain exclusive rights for scanning, data collection and mapping in the seas off the Eastern coast," the power and energy ministry secretary B M S Batagoda was quoted as saying.

Bids were also received from Shell and ExonMobil.

Commenting on the departure of Cairn India's Sri Lanka branch from the Mannar basin, Dr Batagoda said:

“However, the two wells in the basin had yielded two trillion cubic metres of natural gas which would be sufficient to meet the demand of the country for ten years."


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Tamil Guardian 25 July 2015
TNA manifesto calls for constitutional change that accepts Tamil right to self-determination
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) election manifesto, released today, called for constitutional changes that accept the Tamil people's entitlement to their right to self-determination under the United Nations International Covenants on Civil political rights and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICCPR).

TNA launches manifesto in Jaffna     Photograph:Tamil Guardian

Noting that any political solution should accept the Tamil people’s right to self-determination and that Sri Lanka had ratified the international treaty, the TNA election manifesto, said:

“The Tamil People are entitled to the right to self-determination in keeping with the United Nations International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, both of which Sri Lanka has accepted and acceded to.”

On accountability and reconciliation, the manifesto added that “truth, justice and reparation and the guarantee of non-recurrence are fundamental to the national question being comprehensively addressed so as to ensure permanent and genuine reconciliation.”


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Tamil Guardian 25 July 2015
TNPF campaigner detained by Sri Lankan police
A campaigner with the Tamil National People's Front (TNPF) was detained by the Sri Lankan police in Poonahari on Thursday.

The detained campaigner was falsely accused of distributing election leaflets after 11pm in the Kilinochchi district, said the party's media spokesperson and Jaffna district candidate, V Manivannan. The detained campaigner has been since released on bail.


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Tamil Guardian 25 July 2015
Indian fishermen attacked by Sri Lankan navy personnel
Indian fishermen were attacked by Sri Lankan navy personnel on Saturday night, off the coast of Katchatheevu islet, reported PTI.

The navy officers fired into the air and threw stones, bottles and fuel wood at the boats, PTI quoted one of the fishermen from Tamil Nadu, named Murugan as saying.


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Tamil Guardian 25 July 2015
United National Front rejects claims of working with TNA to grant further autonomy

The right to autonomy will not be granted in Sri Lanka, said a senior government minister when responding to questions regarding claims by the Tamil National Alliance that a United National Front (UNF) government would grant Tamils self-rule.

Speaking to journalists in Colombo on Thursday, Sri Lanka’s cabinet spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne, refuted the TNA’s claims, stating,

“We do not approve of it. They say these things during elections. Any power sharing will be within a unitary state.”

The latest reaffirmation of Sri Lanka’s rejection of Tamil self-rule comes days after the deputy foreign minister for Sri Lanka ruled out any form of federal power sharing set-up in Sri Lanka.

UNP rules out federalism (22 July 2015)

Wigneswaran calls for united effort to achieve Tamil nation's aspirations (21 July 2015)

Tamil Guardian 24 July 2015
Sri Lanka's army chief reiterates commitment to maintaining and strengthening military camps
Sri Lanka’s military chief Chrishanthe de Silva reiterated that no army camps will be removed from their current locations.

Speaking at a press event following the visit of Buddhist monks to an army base in Kandy on Friday, De Silva, said,

“None of the military camps will be removed from where they are situated. We have fortified those camps.”

Adding that soldiers had been stationed in the North and South to "reinforce national security," he said, "we will not reduce any of those troops."

At least 160,00 Sinhalese military soldiers are assumed to be stationed in the predominantly Tamil Northern and Eastern provinces. After the end of the ethnic conflict against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2009, Sri Lanka stands accused of continuing a silent war against Tamils in the North-East through military occupation.

Sri Lankan army strengthens High Security Zone in Valikaamam North (22 Jul 2015)

Sri Lankan Army demolishing civilian homes in Vali North (16 Jun 2015)

Sri Lanka's army 'categorically denies' closing down 59 military camps in North-East  (16 Jun 2015)

We have not removed a single army camp from North – Minister  (15 Jun 2015)

Military camps in Jaffna needed for ‘national security’ says army commander (11 Jun 2015)

Sri Lankan military continues to build Buddhist temples in North-East (10 Jun 2015)

Silent war against Tamils through Sri Lanka's military occupation finds US think-tank (28 may 2015)
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Tamil Guardian 24 July 2015
Sri Lanka considers building naval base at Hambantota

Sri Lanka’s new government has approved a proposal to conduct a feasibility study that looks to construct a naval base at the Hambantota port.

The Hambantota port, which was built using a Chinese loan of $316 million, faced criticism from the United National Party (UNP) for being underutilized, reports the New Indian Express.

Future Chinese investments in Sri Lanka have been put under review by the new government, with moves suggesting that they may be given the go ahead after an internal review.

Sri Lanka will reconsider 'Port City' (18 Jun 2015)

Sri Lanka denies Chinese claim Sirisena promised resumption of 'Port City' (27 Mar 2015)

Chinese company loses $380,000 per day due to Port City suspension (13 Mar 2015)

Sri Lankan President vows to strengthen ‘national security’  (28 Jan 2015)

Tamil Guardian 23 July 2015
Buddhism given foremost place in UNP election manifesto

Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe handed a copy of the United National Party (UNP) manifesto to the head monk of the Buddhist Maha Sangha at the UNP official manifesto launch on Thursday.

Whilst outlining UNP plans to create a society that would have a "competitive economy and safeguard the equal rights of the people," the prime minister assured the audience that Buddhism "would be given its foremost place."


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Tamil Guardian 23 July 2015
18 year old missing in Jaffna
An 18 year old boy has been reported in missing in Jaffna on Thursday.

The youth, named Nirushan, is the son of M Thambirasa, a well-known business man, and also a prominent Tamil National Alliance (TNA) campaigner and former TNA candidate at the Northern Provincial Council election in 2013. 


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Tamil Guardian 23 July 2015
British Tamils commemorate Black July pogrom

(Photos: Tamil Guardian)

The massacre of thousands of Tamils at the hand of Sinhala mobs, known as Black July, was marked on its 32nd anniversary with a vigil outside Downing Street in London.

British Tamils gathered outside the prime minister's residence and lit candles in remembrance of those who died in 1983.
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 International Affairs
Tamil Guardian 28 July 2015
Coalition air strike in Yemen may be a war crime HRW
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called for a UN Commission of Inquiry into a Saudi-led coalition airstrikes that killed at least 65 civilians in Yemen last week.

Visiting the targeted area approximately 36 hours after the attack, HRW said bombs struck the residential compounds of the Mokha Steam Power Plant which housed at least 200 families. At least 10 children were also killed in the attack.

“The Saudi-led coalition repeatedly bombed company housing with fatal results for several dozen civilians,” said Ole Solvang, the organisation’s senior emergencies researcher. “With no evident military target, this attack appears to be a war crime,” he continued.

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Tamil Guardian 28 July 2015
Forensic work begins at Colombian mass grave site
Forensic experts have begun excavation work at a suspected mass grave site in Colombia, where up to 300 bodies are thought to be buried.

The debris landfill site in Medellin, Colombia's second largest city, is reported to be one of the largest urban mass graves in the world, and is suspected to hold the remains of those who disappeared during a military operation in 2002. Then President Alvaro Uribe launched Operation Orion to crack down on left wing militants in the Comuna 13 district.

As the excavation, which will see 20,000 tonnes of earth removed from the site, started on Monday a ceremony was held to honour the victims. Javier Giraldo, a Roman Catholic priest and human rights activist said, "This is the site of one of the most atrocious episodes that weigh down our history and is a stain on our national identity before the entire world".

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Tamil Guardian 27 July 2015
Turkey, US to agree on support for Syrian rebels to create Islamic State buffer zone
Turkey and the US will agree plans to provide air cover to Syrian rebels in an attempt to clear Islamic State militants from a strip of land on the Turkish border, reports Reuters.

Speaking to Turkish TV, prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the aim was to provide air cover for moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants, adding,

“What we have no is air coverage so they can gain control of that region from Daesh (Islamic State) and support the moderate opposition so they can gain control of the region.”

US officials said that discussions with Turkey were continuing to decide the size and scope of the buffer zone in the US.

“The goal is to establish an ISIL free zone and ensure greater security and stability along Turkey’s border with Syria” said a senior Obama administration official.

Turkey conducts airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria  (24 July 2015)

Tamil Guardian 26 July 2015
US and African nations to discuss sanctions on South Sudan upon failure to reach peace agreement
Barack Obama and African leaders will discuss options that could include sanctions or penalties on South Sudan’s conflicting parties should they fail to reach a peace agreement by mid-august, reports The Guardian.

Outlining details of a meeting to be held in Addis Ababa, a US official travelling with the US president on Air Force One said,

“This is an opportunity to reinforce the effort that’s on the table and to strategies on next steps in the event that it doesn’t succeed.”

The US president is expected to meet with the presidents of Uganda, Kenya, the prime minister of Ethiopia, the chairwoman of the African Union and the foreign minister of Sudan.

The official said that the African bloc of nations, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, had set a deadline of August 17 on a peace agreement that it had formulated for South Sudan.

Elements of a “plan B” that are to be discussed on Monday could include an arms embargo and sanctions on individuals’ assets and travel.

Peace negotiators propose UN assisted independent tribunal for South Sudanese crimes  (26 Jul 2015)

Tamil Guardian 25 July 2015
Peace negotiators propose UN assisted independent tribunal for South Sudanese crimes
Negotiators in South Sudan’s peace talks have proposed establishing a court to try those responsible for genocide and war crimes in South Sudan, in a power-sharing document that hopes to end the 19 month conflict.

A draft agreement negotiated by eight East African nations of the IGAD block, convening in Ethiopia, proposes an independent hybrid court, set up in collaboration with the African Union and United Nations to try possible genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The 77 page draft agreement, released on Saturday, seeks power sharing between the conflicting sides as well as accountability.

US president Barack Obama is expected to push for the peace efforts to fructify into a concrete agreement when he travels to Ethiopia on Sunday.

South Sudan committed war crimes – HRW  (22 Jul 2015)

UN finds mass rights violations in South Sudan, calls for unfettered access and accountability  (01 Jul 2015)

South Sudan expels UN relief coordinator  (01 Jun 2015)

UN warns of famine in South Sudan, China urges ceasefire between warring parties (26 May 2015)

Nearly 100,000 displaced in South Sudan - UN  (09 May 2015)

Tamil Guardian 25 July 2015
Saudi led coalition announces humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen

Saudi led coalition forces announced a five day humanitarian ceasefire to start on Sunday, reports Reuters.

The announcement was made on Saturday, after Yemen’s exiled president Abd-Rabbu Monsaur Hadi, requested a ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid to Yemen’s war affected civilians.

UN aid ship reaches Yemen (21 Jul 2015)

UN brokered humanitarian ceasefire broken by Saudi coalition strikes in Yemen (11 Jul 2015)

Tamil Guardian 24 July 2015
Romania sentences former Communist prison guard for crimes against humanity
In a land mark case, Romania has convicted a former Communist-era prison guard of crimes against humanity for his role in the Ramnicu Sarat prison from 1956 to 1963 and the deaths of 12 inmates.

The former guard, who is now aged 89, Alexandru Visinescu, was sentenced for 20 years. He is the first senior official in the country's former communist regime to face justice.

The prosecution argued he had ran an "extermination regime" at the prison in Eastern Romania, which was notorious for the use of torture and starvation, targeting political prisoners.


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Tamil Guardian 24 July 2015
Belgium recognises Armenian genocide
The Belgium parliament on Thursday voted in favour of a resolution recognising the Armenian genocide.

The decision was swiftly condemned by Turkey. In a statement issued on Friday, the Turkish foreign ministry said, Turkey had been “unfairly indicted, historical facts have been distorted and law has been ignored."

"The grave picture that has emerged with the July 23 decision of the Chamber of Deputies [was] met with regret by the Belgian Turkish community and has deeply impacted our bilateral relations,” the statement added.

"It should be understood that this and similar decisions that have been made do not serve the Turkish-Armenian conciliation in any way".


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Tamil Guardian 24 July 2015
Turkey conducts airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria

Turkey’s air-force carried out attacks on Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time on Friday, as well as militant camps of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, reports Reuters.

Turkish President Tayyip Ergogen promised further decisive action against Islamic State militants and Kurdish militants.

The attacks came after discussions over combating Islamic State militants took place wit the US Secretary of State John Kerry in past weeks. Fridays military strikes were followed up by a telephone conversation between Mr Erdogan and US President Barack Obama.

Speaking to reporters, Mr Erdogan said,

“In our phone call with Obama, we reiterated our determination in the struggle against the separatist organisation and the Islamic State militants.”

The US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner, said the agreement with Turkey was part of an ongoing dialogue over many months on how to defeat and dismantle Islamic State militants in the region.

Tamil Guardian 23 July 2015
Best outcome for Israel Palestine conflict is two-state solution says Hillary Clinton
The US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said a two –state solution for Israel and Palestinians was the only feasible resolution to the longstanding conflict in the region.

Responding to a question from an audience member at an election campaign event in South Carolina, Ms Clinton said that a two state settlement would be the “best outcome” for both the Israelis and Palestinians, reports Reuters.


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Tamil Guardian 23 July 2015
France, Russia, Germany and Ukraine agree to call on separatist militants to extend arms pull back

Leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine agreed to call on Ukraine’s separatist militants to extend the duration of a pull-back on their weapons in eastern Ukraine.

Commenting at the end of over 2 hours of telephone talks, French President Francois Hollande’s office said that the leaders of the four countries “want the agreements signed as soon as possible.”

Ukraine and pro separatist militants agreed earlier this week that tanks and smaller weapons systems should be withdrawn in addition to heavy artillery withdrawal which was previously agreed.

 


Tamil Guardian 23 July 2015
Italy's 1974 far-right bombers receive life sentence

An Italian court has jailed two former far-right extremists for life, for their in a bomb attack 41 years ago.

The 1974 bombing in Brescia killed eight people and injured over 100 at an anti-fascist rally in the city in northern Italy.

Carlo Maria Maggi, 80, then a member of Italy's far-right group New Order and Maurizio Tramonte 63, a former intelligence agent, were given life sentences by the court in Milan.

The case exposed the close links between intelligence services and violent fascist groups in the country during the 1970s.

The biggest attack, was the 1980 bomb attack on a train station in Bologna, which killed 85 people.

Tamil Guardian 23 July 2015
Pinochet-era student attack case reopened

A Chilean judge has reopened a case investigating an attack on two students during a demonstration against the Pinochet-regime in 1986.

Seven former military officers are being questioned about their involvement in the attack, which saw 19-year-old Rodrigo Rojas and 18-year-old Carmen Quintana doused in petrol and set on fire by soldiers, with Rodrigo dying days after, while Carmen survived severe burn injuries.

The case was reopened after testimony provided by a military conscript, who broke the army's pact of silence on the prominent case.
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Tamil Guardian 23 July 2015
Kerry defends Iran nuclear deal at US Congress
US Secretary of State John Kerry staunchly defended the Iran nuclear deal telling skeptics warning his Senate that turning down the deal would allow to Iran to continue with its weapons program.

Mr Kerry stresses that those who oppose the deal were pushing an unrealistic alternative. The US Secretary of state, speaking at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said,

“The fact is now Iran has extensive experience with nuclear fuel cycle technology. We can’t bomb that knowledge away. Nor can we sanction that knowledge away.

Kerry said that if Congress turned down the deal, that would require the US to relieve Iran of certain sanctions, 2the result will be the united States of America walking away from everyone of the restrictions we have achieved.”

“We will have squandered the best chance we have to solve this problem through peaceful means,” he added.

On Wednesday, US Congress began a 60 day review of the Iran nuclear deal to decide whether to support or reject it.
Tamil Guardian 22 July 2015
UN condemns attacks on aid workers in CAR

The United Nations humanitarian official in the Central African Republic (CAR) condemned a surge in violence against aid workers, that saw a member of a UN food convoy killed.

The UN coordinator Marc Vandenberghe, in a statement issued on Wednesday, said,

“I condemn the violence and call on all belligerents to respect and protect humanitarian workers who provide assistance to thousands of people affected by conflict in the country.”

He further condemned attacks on a World Food Programme (WFP) on July 18.

“Humanitarian access continues to be hampered by various constraints in the country, particularly violence against civilians and humanitarian workers, said Mr Vandenberghe.

The UN estimates that over 450,000 people remain displaced inside the country with thousands seeking asylum in bordering countries.

CAR armed factions agree to ceasefire agreement including accountability for war crimes and genocide (11 May 2015)

Tamil Guardian 22 July 2015
US pledges support to Afghan peace process with Taliban
US president Barack Obama told Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani that the US would support its peace process with the Taliban, confirmed the White House on Wednesday.

Mr Obama pledged to strengthen military ties with Afghan forces and “also praised the Afghan security forces’ performances during the current fighting season,“ said the White House.
Tamil Guardian 22 July 2015
South Sudan committed war crimes HRW

South Sudanese forces are accused of having committed war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity, killing and raping civilians during its offensive against rebels in Unity state, Human Rights Watch said in its latest report on the country.

The New York-based rights organisation said the army and allied militants from the Bul Nuer ethnic group forcibly displaced tens of thousands of people in Unity by attacking women, elderly, and children, while burning villages and stealing cattle.

South Sudan's government said any alleged rights violations were limited to "a few individuals" who will face justice in domestic courts. But Skye Wheeler, a researcher with Human Rights Watch told The Associated Press the attacks were "far more widespread and systematic to be blamed on a few rotten apples."

The report, “They Burned it All: Destruction of Villages, Killings, and Sexual Violence in South Sudan’s Unity State,” is based on more than170 interviews in June and July with survivors and witnesses, and documents the killing of 60 people, including some by hanging or burning, and 63 rapes.
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Tamil Guardian 21 July 2015
New bank formed by Brics nations

Brics countries launched a new bank on Tuesday, called the New Development Bank (NDB).

The countries, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, launched the bank in Shanghai and said it will lend money to developing countries to help finance infrastructure projects.

"Our objective is not to challenge the existing system as it is but to improve and complement the system in our own way," NDB President Kundapur Vaman Kamath said.

China is the biggest contributor to the bank, which will start out with a capital of $50bn (£32bn), an amount that will double in the next few years.

HIGHLIGHTS
  Editorial
Struggle for remembrance
The British Tamil ballot
Demanding demilitarisation
  Opinion
We cannot henceforth be a nation that is deceived - CV Wigneswaran
Seize this opportunity for true reform - CV Wigneswaran
Sri Lanka's concept of accountability not in accordance of international standards - BHRC Chair
  Feature
Black July 1983 remembered
Wigneswaran calls for united effort to achieve Tamil nation's aspirations
30 years since Tamil organisations unanimously agreed on Thimphu principles
  Culture & Community
A night to remember as Tamil comedy takes to the stage
'Super Singer Junior' audiences stunned by song dedicated to Eelam Tamils
Denmark Tamil schools compete in Malathy Cup football tournament



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