Thursday, 02 October 2014
Home Tamil Affairs International Affairs Editorial Opinion Feature Culture & Community Interviews
Latest Entries:
MSF confirm denial of access to war zone
Tamil Guardian 02 March 2012 Print ArticleE-mail ArticleFeedback On Article
   

Médecins Sans Frontières have refuted comments made by Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa that the organisation was allowed access in the final war zone in 2009, stating that despite repeated reuqests, access was denied.

Following comments made by the Defence Secretary to the Deccan Chronicle, MSF stated that in September 2008 they were issued a government directive asking them and other international organisations to leave Kilinochchi. They went on to state,

"Permission was sought from numerous ministries, including the Ministries of Health as well as Defense, but at no point was this request granted during the final stages of the conflict in late 2008 and 2009."

MSF also commented that it was only after May 2009 that they were able to provide assisstance in North Vavuniya and at an emergency field hospital in Menik Farm. They further clarified that "all of this activity was outside the battle zone".

See their full release here.

 
Share on Facebook Print ArticlePrint Article E-mail ArticleE-mail Article Feedback On ArticleFeedback On Article
 
 
HIGHLIGHTS
  Tamil Affairs
Tamil Guardian 01 October 2014
Sri Lanka denies torture and rape of deported Tamil asylum seekers
Sri Lanka’s high commissioner to Australia rejected findings in a SBS investigative report that documented evidence of torture and rape of Tamil asylum seekers deported from Australia to Sri Lanka. [more]

Tamil Guardian 01 October 2014
'They have the guns, we have only pens'
Al Jazeera has profiled a day in the life of a Tamil journalist writing for the Jaffna daily Uthayan, as she writes an article on a colleague who was abducted in 2007. [more]

Tamil Guardian 01 October 2014
'Why Sri Lanka's Detention of Mrs Balenderan Jayakumari Is So Sinister' - Callum Macrae
Film maker Callum Macrae Sri Lanka has continued with its “particularly sinister” arrest and intimidation of possible witnesses to a United Nations investigation into mass atrocities in Sri Lanka – including of Tamil disappearances activist Balendran Jayakumari, [more]

Tamil Guardian 01 October 2014
Sri Lankan and Burmese Buddhist groups sign agreement to work together

(DailyMirror)

Buddhist nationalist groups from Sri Lanka and Burma have signed a deal, [more]

Tamil Guardian 01 October 2014
Senior Tamil journalist detained by CID officers in Jaffna
12:53 BST A senior Tamil journalist, Ratnam Thayaparan, was detained by Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers earlier today, said the Jaffna based media group, the Jaffna Press Club. [more]

Tamil Guardian 01 October 2014
New Tamil Nadu CM writes to Modi urging fishermen's release
The new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, O. Panneerselvam, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, seeking the release of 20 fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan navy this week and urging that New Delhi take "positive and concrete steps", [more]

Tamil Guardian 01 October 2014
Rakapaksa instructs Cabinet to expedite land sales restrictions to foreigners
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa instructed the Cabinet on Wednesday to expedite the bill restricting land sales to non Sri Lankan citizens, reported the Daily Mirror. [more]

Tamil Guardian 01 October 2014
Australian asylum policies 'reckless' says Human Rights Law Centre
Criticising the Australian government's continued deportation of asylum seekers fleeing Sri Lanka as "extremely reckless", the Human Rights Law Centre, said Australia was placing the deportees in direct danger. [more]


Print Editions

 
 

Contact Tamil Guardian
www.tamilguardian.com