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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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UN experts urge Iran to observe human rights norms in case of dead journalist

Voicing “profound concern” over the case of a journalist who died in Iran after reportedly being beaten, three United Nations human rights specialists today called on the government to comply with humanitarian norms, warning that failure to ensure due process set the ground for similar abuses in the future.

LTTE threatens not to hold funeral ceremonies in Batticaloa to the men slain at Kottawa.

Tamil Tigers has warned the relatives and parents of the slain men last Sunday at Kottawa, not to bring the dead bodies to Batticaloa to hold the funeral ceremonies.

A freelance journalist shot and injured

Sadacharalingham Kamalathasan (25), a freelance journalist attached to Thinamurusu a weekly Tamil political journal belonging to Eelam People’s Democratic Party was shot in the both legs and injured.

Sri Lanka: New Killings Threaten Ceasefire - Human Rights Watch

A spate of killings between factions of the
separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) threatens Sri Lanka’s ceasefire, Human Rights Watch warned today. More than a dozen people have been murdered over the last month in apparently politically motivated killings attributed either to the LTTE or a faction led by the LTTE’s former eastern commander, Colonel Karuna, who broke away from the LTTE in March 2004.

Heinz Kerry calls her husband a fighter

Teresa Heinz Kerry, in the spotlight on the second night of the Democratic convention, said on Tuesday her husband John Kerry was a fighter who would vigorously defend America, return truth-telling in the White House and "always be the first in the line of fire."

Peace Talks: Government of Sri Lanka and LTTE still far apart.

Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga indicated that her Government is prepared to hold talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam about Interim Authority within the framework of a united country.

UN refugee agency concerned at proposed changes to Swiss asylum laws

Swiss Government’s proposal to change the existing asylum law in the country has come under fire. UN refugees’ agency said it fears the changes could breach both the spirit and the letter of the 1951 UN Convention on the rights and status of refugees.

Rio hopes extension of ceasefire

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio expressed confidence that the ongoing ceasefire between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM) would be extended. He further hoped the two parties would settle whatever differences they had amicably.

Ethnic Sectarianism Is A Trap Not A Solution - Vimukthi Jayadeva’s response to V.Thangavelu

“If the Tigers want to offer liberation seriously, then they must address the liberation of all people of the island. Do you think it is possible on our small island for the Tamils to be liberated and the others not or the Sinhalese to be liberated and the others not?” – writes Vimukthi Jayadeva.

At least 51 dead, 40 wounded in Iraq car bomb

A suicide car bomb killed at least 51 people north of Baghdad on Wednesday, including men lined up outside a police recruiting centre, officials said.