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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2958

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Simon Hughes wants Sri Lanka to return to the Ceasefire Agreement violated (98%) by the Tamil Tigers

Simon HughesIn a carefully nuanced speech Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat MP, told the House of Commons yesterday while speaking at the adjournment motion, that the Ceasefire Agreement should be reinstated for the peace process to continue. In a tight rope walk he has done his best to appear to be balanced but the thrust of his speech was to blame the government for abrogating the Ceasefire Agreement which had been violated (98%) by the Tamil Tigers. He is President of the Liberal Democrats and sits in the Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. He said he can understand the reasons for abrogating the Ceasefire Agreement but he added that they "are ultimately misguided."

Tigers Lose Support With Exploding Bombs

From our Political Correspondent

Predictably, the Tamil Tiger set off their explosives targeting civilian on 16th January, the last day of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA), to grab the national and international headlines conveying their main message that they want the CFA to continue even though they had reduced it to an unworkable farce. Predictably, they avoided confronting the Security Forces because they do not have the strength to combat them man-to-man. So they took the cowardly way out by targeting unarmed civilians.

Chinese to Get Sri Lankan Citizenship

Approximately 200 long-time Chinese residents of the World War 1 and II vintage will get Sri Lankan citizenship. They are descendents of early Chinese migrants mostly traders and dental technicians. They have been permanent residents of Sri Lanka. Cabinet will present an Act of Parliament to facilitate these citizenships. The Cabinet which met on 17 January has granted its approval to a Memorandum submitted by the Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayaka, who is also the Minister of Internal Administration, on the granting of citizenship to stateless persons of Chinese origin residing in Sri Lanka for a long period.

East Timor Threatened by Weak Security Forces

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG), which monitors some 60 crisis-affected countries worldwide, has appealed for U.N. and international assistance to revitalize East Timor's fledgling police and armed services in order to avoid a potentially violent civil conflict in that relatively new nation state. "There is no national security policy, and there are important gaps in security-related legislation," says a new ICG report released Thursday. "The police suffer from low status and an excess of political interference."

Somali cause warns against adding more fuel to a raging fire

By Abdulkadir Abdirahman

As Africa's worst humanitarian crisis, the last that Somalia needs is another layer of political complexity; another reason to perpetuate violence and further fragment this failed state. In the spirit of averting a worst case scenario, the Somali Cause expresses its unequivocal disinclination to support the secessionist aspirations of "Somaliland". This week marks the start of the first visit to the United States by Mr. Dahir Riyale Kahin, "President" of Somaliland, the self-declared breakaway region of Somalia.

11 SLMM officials to stay in Sri Lanka to conclude administrative formalities

Government of Sri Lanka has given six weeks time for 11 Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission officials to remain in the country to conclude their administrative formalities, before winding up their operations once and for all, though officially SLMM concluded its operations on the evening of 16 January 2008, and most of its staffs have already left the country.

How competent is Ms. Louise Arbour to protect human rights in Sri Lanka?

H.L.D. Mahindapala

H.L.D. MahindapalaAt a politically sensitive time, when the Sri Lankan forces are advancing successfully into Tiger-held territory without jumping into the horrors of Kosovo, or Iraq, Ms. Louise Arbour, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has issued a statement on human rights violations in Sri Lanka, warning that violations of the rules by any party “could entail individual criminal responsibility under international criminal law, including by those in positions of command.” Stating that all parties are obliged to protect civilians without discrimination she lists the following as crimes punishable under international law: (1) the arbitrary deprivation of life, (2) arbitrary detention, (3) forced displacement, (4) enforced disappearances, (5) torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and (6) the recruitment and deployment of children as soldiers

Sri Lanka: Confederation of Humanitarian Associations on their current activities

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Since independence, Sri Lanka has faced challenges driven by community needs and access and realization of those needs. Our inability to reconcile aspirations with the ability to meet them has in some instances failed all of us, consuming us at times with violent conflict. Over the last decade, Confederation of Humanitarian Associations (CHA) and our associates has worked with the Government of Sri Lanka, as well as other key stakeholders in efforts to address humanitarian expectations. While the consequences of the abrogation of the Ceasefire Agreement cannot be fully predicted, CHA calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE to respect the services afforded to civilians which are fundamental and essential.

Why 1/11 in Bangladesh Comes?

By Rabindranath Trivedi

Rabindranath TrivediUnder the BNP-Jamaat alliance rule, Bangladesh has been transformed into an inauspicious outpost of Islamic militancy and terrorism. Minorities had to face violent attacks and to bear agonies of the power-game of military regimes and pre and post electoral victory under autocratic religious- democratic regime. The status of the Hindu community, after the general election in 2001, has also been focused in the report of the US State Department entitled Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The US Record 2005- 2006 which stated: "Because minorities, especially Hindus, were subjected to intimidation and other forms of pressure during previous election campaigns, the United States has increased its monitoring of this issue in anticipation of the 2007 election”

LTTE Attacks with Impunity: Peace Secretariat Tells Amnesty International Stop Partisan Sanctimonious Preaching

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

In a strongly worded statement, Sri Lankan Peace Secretariat asked how Amnesty International has no way of prevailing upon the Tigers to stop violence and AI’s preaching is one-sided, only meant for the Sri Lankan government. LTTE behavior has not changed whether Amnesty International preached sanctimoniously about non-violence or not. The Peace Secretariat argued that the Tigers continued their violence during and after the CFA. While Amnesty International waxed eloquence and preached about human rights the Tigers went on regardless. They have not changed their spots.

Local Radio Journalist launches Sri Lanka’s first book on Radio News Programmes

Sunil C. Perera , Reporting from Colombo

For the first time in the broadcasting history in Sri Lanka, a veteran broadcaster, a lecturer on Mass communication and media, Trade Unionist and a leading journalist Wimal J.Ruwanpathirana launched his first book on Radio News Programmes at a simple ceremony held in Colombo on Thursday. Mr.Ruwanpathirana who serves as a Radio Journalist at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation,also served as a Sub Editor of Dinamina daily –Associated News Papers Ceylon Ltd. He conducted a mass survey on Radio News Programmes and gathered valuable details such as output of the programmes and criticism of the news programmes.

Sri Lankan Author Hits Best Seller List in India

A book authored by a Sri Lankan international business consultant, Kenneth Abeywickrama, has topped the best-seller list for business books in India. Titled 'Adventures in Management,' the 224-page publication was number one on a list compiled by 'Business Standard', a well known business journal in India. Abeywickrama, who lives in the US, was until recently a consultant who worked for several international organizations, including the World Bank, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), USAID, the Geneva-based International Trade Centre and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Kenya’s Rigged Presidential Poll

By Tukojit R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

With a booming economy, a flourishing billion-dollar tourism trade and signs of a healthy democracy taking roots most Kenyans were counting their blessings, living as they do in an otherwise very restive and economically disadvantaged continent. If there was an aberration in the system that ruled them it was corruption, an omnipresent evil of nearly all developing nations. But the comparatively stable life of Kenyans seems to have come under threat after large-scale ethnic violence hit the African country resulting in the death of over 250 within a period of three days alone in the wake of a controversial election result that saw the 76-year old President Mwai Kibaki sworn in for another five-year term.

Simon Hughes MP

H.L.D. Mahindapala

Rabindranath Trivedi

LTTE massacre innocent civilians in Thanamalwila

Sunil C. Perera , and Ruwan Weerakoon , Reporting from Colombo

A group of LTTE terrorists have carried out an attack at the civilians at Kalawalgala, a remote village in the Thanamalwila area located in the Uva province, around 10 PM, last night. According to the available information 9 innocent civilians have been butchered during the night raid carried out by the terrorists. Initially, it was reported only three civilians were killed and another three suffered injuries when the terrorists opened fire at the civilians in the village. However, latest reports indicate that those civilians were assisting the civil defence force's personnel after having alerted by the terrorists' presence.