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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2429

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UN Rights Expert To Exam Administration Of Justice, Civil Liberties In Myanmar

A United Nations human rights expert is headed to Myanmar for a week-long follow up investigation into the Government's efforts to ensure the genuine exercise of civil liberties and overall developments in the administration of justice in the country.

Negotiators begin final day of Sri Lanka peace talks in Japan

Negotiators for the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels began Friday the final session of their latest round of peace negotiations in the hot-spa resort of Hakone near Tokyo.

Security ring for coalition missions in Colombo

By Sunil Jayasiri

With big anti-war demonstrations being planned in Colombo, a tight security cordon was yesterday thrown around the diplomatic missions of the United States, Britain and other coalition forces.

Despite war, US keeps focus on Lanka

The United States yesterday reassured Sri Lanka that despite the launching of a war against Iraq, it would give priority to the peace process and rebuilding of Sri Lanka.

Bala talk betrays real objective says SLFP media release

"State and certain private media have highlighted the statement made by LTTE theoretician, Anton Balasingham on Wednesday (19) in the course of peace talks in Hakone, Japan that they would take an alternative course of action if the government was toppled down", a press release issued by the SLFP said.

Tigers want President to sign agreement

From Thushara Gunaratne

LTTE chief negotiator Anton Balasingham has requested the UNF government and peace facilitator Norway to obtain President Chandrika Kumaratunga's signature to the ceasefire agreement signed between the government and the LTTE.

Ample scope for expanding bilateral trade: Khaleda opens Bangladesh Trade Fair in Yangon

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia today inaugurated a 4-day trade fair here for showcasing Bangladesh’s products in the context of the two countries’ comprehensive efforts to boost bilateral trade.

Dhaka-Yangon sign communique on cross-border road

Dhaka and Yangon today signed a communiqué’ agreeing to construct a cross-border road "immediately" between Gundom in Bangladesh and Buthidaung on the Myanmar side for direct road communication between the two countries.

As terrible madness unfolds in Iraq, we are all at war - Asian Human Rights Commission.

This war is a mindless act of the United States of America. This war is sheer colonialism. It is a war against our civilization and against all of us. By this war America has not only challenged the United Nations and it’s Security Council, but also over fifty years of human efforts of molding an international community that respects human rights and seeks peaceful resolution of conflict. It has challenged every tenet of democracy and the rule of law.

Suspected Tamil Tiger boats sink vessel carrying Chinese in Sri Lanka, 17 dead

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

A suspected Tamil Tiger rebel fleet attacked and sank a vessel carrying Chinese workers fishing off Sri Lanka's eastern coast, killing 17 people, a navy official said Friday.

Sri Lanka talks end with no deals

Sri Lanka's peace negotiators officially ended four days of talks here without agreement on key human rights issues and amid reports of fresh violence at home, officials said.

Indian activists denounce U.S. war on Iraq

Screaming slogans denouncing U.S. President George W. Bush, nearly 100 protestors held a noisy demonstration in the heart of the Indian capital demanding an immediate end to the war on Iraq.

US asks Saddam to flee; urges Iraqi troops not to fight

Renewing its call to President Saddam Husein to leave his country, the United States has asked the Iraqi troops not to fight American soldiers during the US-led attack.

Correction: Extremists Incite Violence Against Christians at Anti-War Rallies in Pakistan

The anti-war rally in Lahore which could again see extremists calling for
violence against Christians, will be held on Sunday MARCH 23, not Saturday March 23 as stated in the second paragraph of the previous press release.

Iraq: military action could trigger civilian and human rights catastrophe

With the onset of military action against Iraq, Amnesty International demands assurances from all parties - USA its allies and Iraq - that they will respect fully the laws of war, protect civilians and ensure their access to humanitarian assistance.

War has undermined UN, says India

India on Thursday expressed grave concern at the "unjustified and avoidable" war by the United States on Iraq and warned of an impending humanitarian crisis as demonstrators took to the streets in Kashmir, Bhopal and the national capital.

US, British troops invade Iraq

US and British troops crossed into southern Iraq Thursday, capturing the main sea port, and cruise missiles rained down on Baghdad as the war to topple President Saddam Hussein gained momentum.

World leaders condemn attack

World leaders on Thursday condemned the launch of a US-led war against Iraq, calling for the bombing to stop and fearing the campaign could also trigger a devastating backlash.

Sri Lankan peace talks close amid fears of Iraqi fallout

By Amal Jayasinghe

Sri Lanka’s peace negotiators wrapped up talks in this Japanese spa resort Thursday amid fears that war in Iraq could overshadow their fledgling peace bid and divert much-needed foreign cash, officials said.

Coke and Pepsi poured on ground as southern Muslims denounce Bush

Young Muslims today poured Coca-Cola and Pepsi on to the ground in front of Yala Central Mosque, while Islamic committees across the south drew up battle plans to denounce the United States and its war on Iraq.