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1   Link   R2P – Responsibility to Protect
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2   Link   SRI LANKA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION - by COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT - 26 January 2010
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3   Link   Tamil Against Genocide
A detail website focused on Genocide in Sri Lanka
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4   Link   Global Overview 2014: people internally displaced by conflict and violence - Sri Lanka
There were up to 90,000 IDPs in Sri Lanka as of the end of 2013. They fled their homes during the country's 26-year internal armed conflict, which ended in May 2009 with the government's military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). More than 480,000 IDPs have returned to Northern and Eastern provinces, but tens of thousands among them are thought not to have achieved a durable solution in addition to those still displaced.

There is a lack of independent and comprehensive data on IDPs and their needs, but it is hoped that a joint needs assessment scheduled for 2014 will address this to some extent.

The state occupation of land prevented the return of at least 30,000 IDPs living in protracted displacement in 2013, 20,000 of them with host communities, 7,000 in camps and several thousand who were relocated – not always voluntarily – by the government.
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5   Link   Greater investment needed in Sri Lanka's north
Policy changes that encourage and provide incentives to create jobs in Sri Lanka's northern former war zone are necessary to ease the impact of dwindling aid there, experts say.

Since 2010 three successive appeals for reconstruction work under the Joint Plan of Assistance to the Northern Province issued by the UN and Sri Lanka government have been underfunded by US$430 million. In the last two years the shortfall was $297 million.

The slowdown in aid has been linked to the World Bank categorizing Sri Lanka as a low middle-income country in early 2012.

"The middle income status directly affects donor contributions towards post-war reconstruction, rehabilitation and remaining humanitarian assistance," said a June report by the United Nations after a visit to seven districts in Northern and Eastern provinces.

Growth, but few jobs
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6   Link   Amnesty International Annual Report 2013 - Sri Lanka
Unlawful detentions, torture and enforced disappearances remained rife and went unpunished. Government officials and supporters harassed and threatened human rights defenders, journalists and members of the judiciary who spoke out about abuses of power or advocated human rights accountability. More than three years after the armed conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended, impunity persisted for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity. The government failed to implement recommendations aimed at accountability made by Sri Lanka's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and the UN Human Rights Council. The authorities continued to rely on the Prevention of Terrorism Act to arrest and detain suspects for lengthy periods without charge or trial. Despite government claims, many people displaced by the armed conflict were not fully settled, including some whose land remained occupied by the Sri Lankan military.
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7   Link   ICRC Annual Report 2012 - Sri Lanka
despite some access restrictions, individually monitored
636 detainees, while facilitating family visits for 1,588
. offered its services to assist the government in addressing the needs
of families of missing persons, including through the establishment
of a centralized database and a related national mechanism
. with the National Society, expanded its micro-economic initiatives
project in Mullaitivu and Vavuniya districts, enabling more returnee
households to improve their income-generating capacities
. with the National Society, supported a national steering committee
in the development of a master plan and a set of guidelines for
the management of dead bodies in disaster situations
. encouraged interest and participation in discussions on IHL and
its relevance in post-conflict Sri Lanka among the authorities and
civil society circles by co-organizing national and regional events
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8   Link   "We Will Teach You a Lesson" Sexual Violence against Tamils by Sri Lankan Security Forces
FEBRUARY 26, 2013
The 140-page report provides detailed accounts of 75 cases of alleged rape and sexual abuse that occurred from 2006-2012 in both official and secret detention centers throughout Sri Lanka. In the cases documented by Human Rights Watch, men and women reported being raped on multiple days, often by several people, with the army, police, and pro-government paramilitary groups frequently participating.
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9   Link   Sri Lanka: Rape of Tamil Detainees
This is a Video Documentary on Sexual Violence of Tamils Detainees.
Published on Feb 26, 2013
(London, February 26, 2013) -- Sri Lankan security forces have been using rape and other forms of sexual violence to torture suspected members or supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. While widespread rape in custody occurred during the armed conflict that ended in May 2009, Human Rights Watch found that politically motivated sexual violence by the military and police continues to the present.

The 140-page report, "'We Will Teach You a Lesson': Sexual Violence against Tamils by Sri Lankan Security Forces," provides detailed accounts of 75 cases of alleged rape and sexual abuse that occurred from 2006-2012 in both official and secret detention centers throughout Sri Lanka. In the cases documented by Human Rights Watch, men and women reported being raped on multiple days, often by several people, with the army, police, and pro-government paramilitary groups frequently participating.
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10   Link   Sri Lanka: Justice Key to End Anti-Muslim Violence
The Sri Lankan authorities should urgently investigate recent deadly violence against minority Muslim communities, Human Rights Watch said today. The violence, which began on June 15, 2014, after a rally led by the ultranationalist Buddhist Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS) organization, left at least four Muslims dead, 80 injured, and numerous homes and businesses destroyed in the town of Aluthgama and surrounding areas.

Senior government officials, including President Mahinda Rajapaksa, have made public statements denouncing the violence and promising compensation to the victims. However, the government needs to seriously investigate who is responsible for attacks on the Muslim communities. The police have so far detained at least 40 people in the rioting; an additional 16 people were arrested and released on bail.

“Sri Lankan authorities need to do more than arrest those carrying out the anti-Muslim violence. They need to investigate and identify any instigators,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “That means taking a hard look at the role and relationship between extremist Buddhist groups like the BBS and the Sri Lankan security forces.”
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