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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

SPUR hits back at ICJ for making unbalanced statements

[b]SPUR hits back at ICJ for making unbalanced statements on the raids of suspected Tamil Tiger agents in Melbourne[/b]

Melbourne, 05 December, ( Australia's leading legal non-governmental organization, the International Commission of Jurists,(ICJ), Australian Section, was taken to task by the Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights (SPUR) for not presenting a balanced view in criticizing the raids on suspected Tamil Tiger homes in Melbourne.

The ICJ's press communiqué issued on November 27, 2005 was used by the pro-Tamil Tiger media to imply that in raiding the homes of the suspected Tamil Tigers, the Australian government 1) was acting on the instructions of the Sri Lankan government and 2) it had not been fair by the agents of the Tamil Tigers who were questioned by the Federal Police.

The ICJ in its press statement said: "The Melbourne raids came just one week after President Mahinda Rajapakse was elected to office in Sri Lanka on the back of rigid policies on the ethnic conflict and after running a stridently Sinhala nationalist line."

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