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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2963

Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Commission used its powers to bite the victims and not its perpetrators.

Asian Human Rights Commission based in Hong Kong has railed against the National Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka as “a disappointing Institution.” It alleged the statutory body functioned in such a way often violating the principles of international and national law in dealing with torture cases by allowing the perpetrators to escape criminal punishment by it clever designs.

Thailand-Myanmar to hold meeting on drugs suppression

Bangkok, Dec 12 (TNA) – Thailand and Myanmar will hold a bilateral meeting on cooperation in narcotics suppression during December 13-14 to discuss obstacles and ways to coordinate efforts to cope with the drugs problem.

Bangladesh PM goes to Thailand today

Dhaka, Dec. 12: Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia goes to Thailand today on a three-day landmark trip opening a new air-route between the two countries.

Thai PM inaugurates Chiang Mai-Chittagong route

Chiang Mai, Dec 12 (TNA) - Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Thursday inaugurated a new air-route linking Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand with Chittagong port city of Bangladesh, according to T.V. news reports.

Protest paralyzes Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula

b>Clombo, Sri Lanka (AP) Dec - 12:- Shops and offices were closed, public transport stopped and people remained indoors on Thursday in the Tamil rebel-held Jaffna peninsula in a shutdown to protest disputed allegations that police fired on civilians this week.

Court begins case involving LTTE attack on Socialist Equality Party

By Deepal Jayasekere

World Socialist Web Site: Dec. 10. The Magistrates Court on Kayts Island in northern Sri Lanka began hearing charges on December 4 against Karthikesu Amirthalingam, a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who is accused of assaulting Nagarajah Kodeeswaran.

MOC:Website of major rice exporting countries to be opened soon

Bangkok, Dec 11 (TNA): A new website linking information among major rice exporting countries, including Thailand, will be opened soon, according to an official report.

Thai PM downplays concern on effect from possible US-Iraq war

Bangkok, Dec 11 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday expressed confidence Thailand would not be adversely affected as many worried if the war between the United States and Iraq broke out.

Study Faults Australia for Accepting Refugees - By Invitation Only.

Sydney, December 10, 2002: Many refugees who come uninvited to Australia are compelled to do so because they cannot find effective protection anywhere else, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released to mark International Human Rights Day.<

Row over handing over of uncensored Iraqi declaration to US

United Nations, (PTI), December 10, 2002: Resentment is brewing within the UN Security Council after its President handed over the first copy of uncensored version of the Iraqi declaration to the United States, ignoring other members.

Myanmar burns massive quantity of opium poppy seeds

Yangon, Myanmar, Dec. 10: - Myanmar's military authorities have burned more than 8,500 kilograms (18,700 pounds) of opium poppy seeds, stimulant pills and other drugs in their latest show of determination to stamp out the drug trade, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Swiss govt. places Lanka on equal terms with LTTE: recognises Karuna as Military Commander of East.

The Island:The government of Switzerland has recognised Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan alias Karuna as the "Military Commander of East Sri Lanka" and said that Swiss support for the peace process was based on "principles of equality with both sides".

Hafrath, Subairdeen, Athaullah sacked from SLMC High Command

by Zacki Jabbar

The Island: The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) on Monday sacked its rebel General Secretary A. L. M. Hafrath MP and other dissident members S. Subairdeen, A. L. M. Athaullah MP and Deputy Leader A. Uthuman Lebbe from its decision making body - the High Command.

Three Escaped Tiger Girls are lodged safely at Gangodawila Rehabilitation Center.

Batticaloa, Dec. 10: Three Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) female cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who managed to escape from LTTE clutches and arrived at the Army camp at Batticaloa town on 07 December around 10 a.m. have been referred to the Rehabilitation Center at Gangodawila by authorities.

Ensure principles of democracy, pluralism and human rights - India

New Delhi, Dec. 10: The Indian side noted the positive signals that have come out from the latest round of talks in the Oslo Peace Process,” the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka said in a statement at the conclusion of the two-day official visit to Colombo by Indian Foreign Secretary Kanwar Sibal.

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