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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2620

Burma’s Internally Displaced: No Options for a Safe Haven - Refugees International

Refugees’ International Advocate Veronika Martin and human rights lawyer Betsy Apple recently completed an assessment mission to the Thai-Burmese border. There are few fates worse than being an internally displaced person (IDP) in Burma. According to their reports, IDPs inside Burma are divided into two categories: those living under the strict control of the Burmese government in “relocation sites,” and those living in hiding in the jungle from the Burmese army. Both options present a high risk of human rights abuses, a lack of food, and limited or no access to healthcare and education.

SLT commissioned first phase of Jaffna project

The IslandThe Project Hope, which was launched last February by Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) intended to develop the dilapidated telecommunication network in Jaffna. Phase 1 of the project was commissioned last week by Imthiaz Bakeer Markar, Minister of Mass Communication. T. Maheshwaran, Minister of Hindu Affairs also graced the occasion.

CBK ‘letting off steam’

by Namini Wijedasa - The Island

The IslandAnura Bandaranaike claimed last week that his sister had only been "letting off steam" at her more recent public meetings and that her bribery allegation against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had been an off-the-cuff response to endless needling by certain government elements.

Call for triple murder suspect ignored: LTTE pushes for judicial rights

by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The Island:The LTTE wants the government to accept its right to expand its ‘judicial activity’ in the north-east. The LTTE recently took over Kilinochchi Court Complex which was closed for over a decade, informed sources said, adding that the group wants to use the building as its ‘Wanni court complex’.

Detainees’ cases to be transferred to the north

The Sunday Leader:The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has welcomed the decision taken by the Attorney General’s Department to transfer pending cases of detainees held in prisons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to the Jaffna High Court.

CBK threatens MSD director with death

The Sunday Leader:President Chandrika Kumaratunga last week threatened Director Ministerial Security Division, SSP Jayantha Jayasinghe with death after the CID commenced investigations on a complaint made by Jayasinghe into a missing T-56 weapon taken possession of by her former PSD chief Nihal Karunaratne.

TNA suspects JVP hand in Trinco attacks

The Sunday Leader:A fall out from Wednesday’s (9) attack on the STF camp at Kanchirankudah in Tirukovil, Ampara resulted in the deaths of three more Tamils on Friday, October 11, in Trincomalee.

Give abducted men to us: SLMM

By Shelani Perera - Sunday Times

Sunday Times:After settling the crisis over the detention of seven soldiers, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission has proposed measures to prevent similar crises in the future.

Japan delegation pledges help to rebuild NE

Sunday TimesA high level delegation from Japan visited the North-East and held discussions with officials of the Jaffna GA office and LTTE Political Wing Leader S. P. Thamilchelvan recently.

SLMC rebels vow to remain defiant

By Nilika de Silva - Sunday Times

Sunday TimesSLMC rebel group leader and non-cabinet minister A. L. M. Athaullah vowed yesterday that he and eight others would continue their boycott of parliament despite a call from party leader Rauff Hakeem to end the rebellion forthwith.

PTA: TNA wants repeal, Govt wants review

By Shelani Perera - Sunday Times

Sunday Times:The Tamil National Alliance is demanding the total repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), but the government insists it is ready only to consider amendments.

Negotiated peace should address three factors – Professor Gamini Keerawella

Colombo,September 30:A negotiated peace would necessarily have to address three factors; an end to the war, the causes that led to the war and the consequences of the war including decommissioning and rehabilitation,” said Professor Gamini Keerawella, Professor of History at the University of Peradeniya and former Secretary to the Ministry of National Integration and Ethnic Affairs. He was responding to a question posed by the PRIU on the current status of the peace process.

Structure of State is most fundamental question – Lakshman Kadirgamar

Eric Fernando

Colombo, September 30: “The structure of the state is the most fundamental question in all this and some day we have to get that straight – we have to get that right and now. How long are you going to keep delaying it? The argument is this, is it satisfactory just to allow things to slide on? The major questions such as the structure of the state and the merger question and the political rights question and democracy and parliamentary elections and human rights and all those things…are you going to allow those to slide away for a couple of years while you’re addressing only economic, rehabilitation and reconstruction issues? What I’m saying is I don’t think one should be a substitute for the other.” Presidential Adviser Lakshman Kadirgamar was speaking to Eric Fernando of the Policy Research and Information Unit (PRIU) in an exclusive interview about the peace process and the issues that need to be tackled.

Rights group says Asian maids face beatings in Lebanon

By Mariam Karouny

Yahoo News: Beirut (Reuters) September 30: - Lalia believes that if divine justice is served, her Lebanese employers will be reborn as maids in her native country of Sri Lanka, where they will face a lifetime of the same rough treatment they now dish out to her.

Sri Lanka Cholera Outbreak Under Control

Yahoo News: Colombo, September 30, (Reuters) - A cholera outbreak in northern Sri Lanka that has claimed three lives is spreading southward, but officials said on Monday the epidemic was under control

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