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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2906

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UN Commission on Human Rights must commit to protect human rights

The parent body of the UN Commission on Human Rights, ECOSOC (the Economic and Social Council), elected 24 countries to serve for a three year period each on the Commission.

JVP wants decommissioning of long range weapons as condition for HSZ removal

By Sumadhu Weerawarne

The JVP yesterday called on the government to make the decommissioning of long range weapons held by the LTTE a minimum condition for the removal of high security zones. "Discussions should begin on disarming the LTTE, if not at least heavy and long-range weapons must be decommissioned. Weapons that are decommissioned can be given to an international organisation if necessary and not the government," General Secretary of the party Tilvin Silva told the media yesterday.

Moragoda leaves for India for four-pronged pow-wow

Minister of Economic Reforms Milinda Moragoda, Japanese Special Envoy Yashushi Akashi and Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesson will meet Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Sinha this weekend for talks.

Ranil, GL and Milinda must be arrested for treachery, says SU leader

by Harischandra Gunaratne

Sihala Urumaya leader Tilak Karunaratne addressing the media yesterday said Minister Milinda Moragoda’s withdrawal from the peace talks should be a permanent one and not a temporary move

Kuoni - Sixth largest European Travel Company to Pull out of Burma.

Kuoni - Europe's sixth largest travel company - has announced it will stop operating in Burma at the end of this year. The company has been on a 'dirty list' of companies in Burma published by the Burma Campaign UK.

South Asia under scanner in US report on global terrorism

South Asia remained a "central battleground" in the global war on terrorism in 2002, and in Afghanistan, al Qaida still has "pockets of fighters" throughout the country, and probably several more in the neighbouring tribal areas of Pakistan, says US State Department's latest annual report on global terrorism.

Strong quake hits Turkey, deaths reported, students trapped

A strong earthquake rocked eastern Turkey early Thursday, with some 30 people reportedly killed and at least 85 students buried under the debris of a collapsed school dormitory.

Strong Earthquake Rocks Bingol

An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale hit Bingol province in Eastern Anatolia this morning at 3:27 a.m. TDT.

Myanmar : Senior General Than Shwe sends Workers Day Message

Anti-colonialist spirit, national spirit, Union Spirit of workers put to test and recorded in history many times states Senior General Than Shwe sends Workers Day Message.

200 remain trapped after Bingol earthquake

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan says he has been told between 150 and 200 people, many of them children, are trapped under rubble after an earthquake in eastern Turkey.

Powell hits out at "despotic" Myanmar

US Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) condemned Myanmar as "despotic" but admitted that it would be a tough task to "crack the will" of its military regime.

General Than Shwe attends ASEAN Meeting on SARS and ASEAN-Chinese Leaders meeting in Thailand

Chairman of State Peace and Development Council and Prime Minister of the Union of Myanmar Senior General Than Shwe, left here at 9 am today by special flight of Myanmar Airways International to attend the Special ASEAN Leaders' Meeting on SARS and the Special ASEAN-Chinese Leaders' Meeting on SARS to be held in Thailand and arrived at Royal Thai Air Base of Bangkok International Airport at 10.30 am local time.

Iraq: Protect and preserve mass grave sites

U.S.-led coalition forces,
working with local religious and secular leaders, should
urgently protect and preserve mass grave sites, Human Rights
Watch said today. They should also establish formal bodies
and procedures to investigate, exhume and accurately
identify the dead so that remains can be returned to
families, deaths can be legally certified, and important
evidence of atrocities can be preserved.

Opening of North Korean Diplomatic Office Marked by Skeleton-clad and Kim Jong-il Masked Protestors

Skeleton-clad and Kim Jong-il masked protestors marked the official opening of the North Korean diplomatic representation in London today

PM should take House into confidence regarding Pak: Members

NDA allies Samata Party and JD (U) along with the Opposition in the Lok Sabha today strongly demanded that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee should take the House into confidence on the 'hand of friendship' extended by him to Pakistan and other related developments.

Twenty Pub Trial: Duangchalerm freed

Alleged police killer Duangchalerm Yoobamrung was yesterday released on Bt10-million bail in the middle of his Twenty Pub murder trial after the Appeals Court ruled he posed no threat to witnesses.

Govt sets sights on human-traffickers

The government is considering emulating its anti-drug campaign in a crackdown on godfathers suspected of running smuggling and human-trafficking networks.

Long-Awaited ME Road Map Is Presented

After months of delays, an international road map to revive the Middle East peace process and end 31 months of bloody conflict was finally presented to the Palestinian and Israeli premiers yesterday.

EU concerned by stalled Sri Lanka peace talks

The European Union is expressing concern at an announcement by the Tamil Tiger rebels that they are pulling out of Sri Lankan peace talks.

Text of "message" from Saddam

Main extracts of a letter purportedly written and signed by Saddam Hussein published Wednesday by the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi.