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Tamil Guardian 27 August 2015
Eknaligoda suspects detained by defence ministry order

Sri Lanka's defence ministry has approved an order allowing the detention and questioning of four members of the security forces, who were arrested in connection to the abudction of cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda on Monday, military spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera said according to Ada Derana.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Monday (24) arrested an army corporal, a sergeant, and two lieutenants, in connection with Mr Eknaligoda's abduction.

Earlier this month a senior military official admitted questioning the cartoonist in custody, in the first admission by a member of the security forces that the cartoonist was detained.
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Tamil Guardian 27 August 2015
Inquiry must be credible with 'some degree of international involvement' - US
Any investigation by Sri Lanka into mass atrocities committed at the end of the armed conflict must be credible to the international community and must have some degree of international involvement, said the US assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, Tom Malinowski, speaking to journalists in Trincomalee on Thursday.  

Elaborating on yesterday's statement by the US assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs that the US would work with Sri Lanka to table a resolution at the upcoming UN Human Rights Council session and support a domestic process, Mr Malinowski said,

"The important thing is that there be a judicial process that is credible to the people of Sri Lanka and to the international community."

"For that process to be credible, I don’t think it has to be a completely international process, but it does have to be independent of political leadership."

"It has to be led by people who are trusted by the minority communities and it should have some degree of international involvement, even if it is a domestic process organized under the laws of Sri Lanka."


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Tamil Guardian 27 August 2015
UN Human Rights chief to visit Sri Lanka and discuss report on mass atrocities

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will visit Sri Lanka before the country is to come under review at the UN Human Rights Council, according to media reports.

Colombo Gazette stated that the High Commissioner will visit the island and is expected to hand a UN report over to Sri Lankan government officials, including president Maithripala Sirisena.

The report is expected to detail the deaths of tens of thousands of Tamil civilians during the final phase of the island’s armed conflict. A previous United Nations report found that the majority of deaths occurred due to Sri Lankan government shelling.

It is not yet known whether members of the investigative team, who were refused entry on to the island, will be accompanying the High Commissioner.

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Tamil Guardian 27 August 2015
UNP-SLFP agree formulation of national government for 'our motherland's future'
The UNP chairman, Malik Samarawickrama, said the UNP and the SLFP had agreed a formulation of a national government in order to "uplift our motherland's future" and "furthering our national interests".

"We have held several rounds of talks with SLFP top members and those negotiations which were cordial and lengthy and at the end of these talks both parties have agreed for the formulation of national government," Mr Samarawickrama was quoted by the Island as saying in a statement released on Wednesday.

"We have held several rounds of talks with SLFP top members and those negotiations which were cordial and lengthy and at the end of these talks both parties have agreed for the formulation of national government."


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Tamil Guardian 27 August 2015
Ranil to appoint committee for constitutional reforms
The Sri Lankan prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe is to appoint a committee in view of produce proposals for constitutional reforms, reports the Colombo Page.

The committee, which is said to comprise of intellectuals, will include the president's counsel, Jayampathy Wickramaratne, and professor M O A de Soyza, from the Peradeniya university.


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Tamil Guardian 27 August 2015
Japan congratulates Ranil
The Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, on Thursday congratulated the Sri Lankan prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on his election victory last week.

In a statement issued by the Japanese embassy in Colombo, Mr Abe said that Japan "intends to work closely with the new government to further develop the Japan-Sri Lanka relationship and that Japan will also continue to support Sri Lanka’s efforts towards economic development and national reconciliation."


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Tamil Guardian 26 August 2015
US to work with Sri Lanka towards UNHRC resolution and domestic inquiry

The US announced on Wednesday it would support the Sri Lankan government in creating a credible domestic process to address accountability and reconciliation.

Speaking to reporters, US assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal said "We support efforts to create a credible domestic process for accountability and reconciliation."

"The failure of past efforts is very much on our minds, but that is why you have to emphasise on building trust."

“We have recognised that there is a different opportunity that exists today and a different landscape for trying to advance reconciliation,” Ms Biswal further said. “We look forward to a process in Geneva that allows an opportunity to reflect on that.”

The assistant secretary said the US would propose a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council next month and hoped that Sri Lanka would collaborate. She said the thrust of the resolution would be decided after reviewing the final report of the OHCHR Inquiry in Sri Lanka, which is expected to find that tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed in the last phase of the armed conflict alone.
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Tamil Guardian 26 August 2015
Biswal meets with TNA and Wigneswaran
The US assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, Nisha Biswal, met with the Tamil National Alliance and the chief minister of the northern province on Wednesday.

The TNA delegation, which included the leader, R Sampanthan, Mavai Senathirajah and M A Sumanthiran, stressed to Ms Biswal that the party would continue pushing for an international inquiry into mass atrocities, despite the US announcement on Wednesday to support a credible domestic inquiry in Sri Lanka.


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Tamil Guardian 26 August 2015
Biswal meets with wife of missing Sri Lankan cartoonist
Photograph US embassy


The US assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, Nisha Biswal, who is currently visiting Sri Lanka, met with the wife of the missing political cartoonist, Prageeth Eknaligoda on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, the Sri Lankan Criminal Investigation Department has questioned four army officers over the disappearance of cartoonist, who his wife says disappeared after he had uncovered evidence of the Sri Lankan army’s use of chemical weapons against the Tamil people.

“In 2008, Prageeth wrote and informed the diplomats about the Sri Lankan government’s usage of chemical weapons against the people in the north," Mrs Eknaligoda told the BBC in 2010.


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Tamil Guardian 26 August 2015
Domestic investigation will leave Sri Lanka following US instructions says Colombo MP
Criticising the Sri Lankan government's decision to establish a domestic investigation into war crimes allegations committed during the final stages of the armed conflict, the Colombo MP, Udaya Gammanpila, said such an inquiry would leave Sri Lanka following American instructions.

"A US-backed domestic investigation is more dangerous than an international investigation," Mr Gammanpila was quoted by the Island as saying, at a press conference on Tuesday at the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) party head office.

"This domestic investigation is like a person who is new to driving a vehicle with ‘L’ board. He has to follow all instructions of his master. Similarly, Sri Lanka will follow the instructions of the US in conducting the proposed domestic investigation."


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Tamil Guardian 26 August 2015
South African Tamils call on TNA to ensure ‘political and economic rights’

The South African Tamil Federation congratulated the Tamil National Alliance on its recent election victory in the North-East and called on the party to ensure “peace, stability, political and economic rights for the Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka”.

The organisation, which represents 650,000 Tamil speaking people in South Africa and has Provincial Structures in 7 Provinces across the country, continued to say the election victory was a message that the people “want change and that change should take place immediately”.

“The SATF will be waiting for the outcomes of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) report on the atrocities that took place in 2009, where it was estimated that over 40,000 Tamil speaking people were killed,” continued the statement.

Also see our earlier post:

Tamil diaspora orgs congratulate TNA on securing 16 seats in Sri Lanka parliament (22 Aug 2015)

Tamil Guardian 26 August 2015
Sri Lankan military remains on alert – Army commander
The commander of Sri Lanka's army stated the military was still on alert, despite more than 6 years since the end of the armed conflict on the island.

Lieutenant Crishanthe De Silva said terrorism, as well as human trafficking and drug peddling were issues that the army was wary of and ready to tackle. His comments came at a press conference announce the '5th Defence Seminar' due to take place at the Colombo Galadari Hotel next month.

Colombo Gazette quoted the commander as saying, “For any military in the world, national security is the priority and all military officers are therefore committed to preserve it”.

Speaking on the seminar, he went on to state it had “enabled us to get a better exposure and the ever swelling numbers attending it every year itself is a testimony to this global recognition”.

The US ambassador is among several other diplomats invited to attend said the commander.

See our earlier post: Sri Lanka to hold seminar on 'non-military threats to national security' (25 Aug 2015)
Tamil Guardian 26 August 2015
CaFFE calls for repeal of anti terror legislation
The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) urged the Sri Lankan government to repeal the country's draconian anti-terror legislation, the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), reports the Daily Mirror.

The PTA, which has been used by successive governments to detain without charge a number of Tamil political activists and human rights workers on alleged charges of "terrorism", has long been criticised by international NGOs.


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Tamil Guardian 26 August 2015
Sri Lankan president discusses reconstructing Buddhist 'sacred city' in East
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena held a discussion with Buddhist monks and other politicians regarding the reconstruction of a Buddhist 'sacred city' in the East on Tuesday.

Meeting with a member of parliament from Amparai and the director general of archaeology, alongside religious leaders, Mr Sirisena emphasised the importance of conserving archaeological sites across the island.

Since Mr Sirisena came into power earlier this year, the Sri Lankan government has continued to authorise the building of Buddhist temples in the Tamil North-East.

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Tamil Guardian 26 August 2015
Tamils only 10% of agricultural research appointments in North

Tamil farmers and agricultural workers from Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu protested on Monday that over 90% of newly appointed agricultural research assistants to the North are Sinhalese.


Of 365 appointments made by Sri Lanka’s Department Agrarian Development for the position, only 26 are Tamil, while the remaining 336 are Sinhalese from the South.

The protesters called for local jobs for local people, particularly local youth, and pointed out the unsuitability of employing non-Tamil speakers for a role that would primarily entail providing advice to Tamil-speaking farmers in the North.

Tamils in the North-East repeatedly express their grievances over unemployment, especially among youth, with graduates from Jaffna and Batticaloa protesting against the issue in recent months.

Tamil Guardian 25 August 2015
Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara offered diplomatic posting
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has offered cricketer Kumar Sangakkara the post of High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, after the batsman concluded his final test match on Monday.

Mr Sangakkara, a cricketer from the south of the island, had been widely tipped to go into politics, following his retirement. He said he respected the offer but has not yet accepted the role.

The offer was reportedly made after former UNP parliamentarian Rosy Senanayake confirmed that she rejected offers to take up the post last week.

Mr Sangakkara, who the president called "a great honour to Sri Lanka", was widely hailed for his 2011 Cowdrey lecture at Lord's in London, igniting rumours that he may enter politics after his sporting career. In his speech, the cricketer spoke out against Sri Lankan cricket administrators, whom he accused of losing “accountability and transparency in administration and credibility of conduct”.

He went on to suggest the solution in tackling the sport's mismanagement may lie in international cricketing authorities “taking a stand to suspend member boards with any direct detrimental political interference and allegations of corruption and mismanagement”.

Whilst his criticism of the cricketing administration drew appreciation from abroad, the call for international intervention sparked an investigation by the Sri Lankan sports minister.

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Tamil Guardian 25 August 2015
US to provide $1m to resettlement efforts in North-East

The US Embassy in Colombo has announced it will provide $1 million to support resettlement efforts in Sampur, in the Trincomalee district, as part of its “continuing commitment to strengthen Sri Lanka’s peace and development”.

“Our goal is to help Sri Lankans around the country overcome the effects of conflict and displacement, improve the lives of their families and communities, and live with dignity,” said the new US Ambassador Atul Keshap.

The first $100,000 will be managed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide the newly-resettled communities with a range of services and means of support to meet their basic needs, the embassy said in a statement. Another $900,000 is earmarked to build two schools in the Sampur region with facilities to support and house displaced families.
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Tamil Guardian 25 August 2015
12 Tamil Nadu fishermen attacked by Sri Lankan navy
Twelve Tamil Nadu fishermen reported being attacked on Monday night by Sri Lankan navy personnel, reported Indian newspapers.

The fishermen said that the navy personnel stripped some members, before beating them with sticks and stones.

The fishing equipment was damaged, and there remain unconfirmed reports that twenty boats were damaged in the attack.

See here and here.

Fishermen from Tamil Nadu have reported attacks by the Sri Lankan navy, who accuse the fishermen of straying into Sri Lankan waters.


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 International Affairs
Tamil Guardian 27 August 2015
Warring sides in Syria agree two day ceasefire

Syrian rebels, the Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah agreed a 2 day ceasefire in 3 conflict regions near Lebanon’s border reports Reuters.

The rebel-held town of Zabadani has been the main focus of an offensive by Hezbollah and the Syrian army who are fighting against the Syrian rebels.

A similar ceasefire in the same areas organised by Turkey and Iran earlier this month broke down after a brief extension.

Tamil Guardian 26 August 2015
South Sudan signs peace deal

South Sudan’s president signed a peace deal on Wednesday that sought to end the 20 month conflict with rebels reports Reuters.

Speaking to African leaders in Juba Nigeria, President Salva Kir said,

“With all those reservations that we have, we will sign this document.”

The presidents rival opposition leader, Riek Machar is expected to become the first vice president under the singed agreement.

The peace deal comes as African nations and the US applied extensive pressure on South Sudan to reach a peace agreement with its opposition.

South Sudan president tells Kerry he intends to sign peace deal (19 Aug 2015)

East Africa bloc assists South Sudan to secure peace deal amidst sanctions threat (15 Aug 2015)

US and African nations to discuss sanctions on South Sudan upon failure to reach peace agreement (26 Jul 2015)

Tamil Guardian 25 August 2015
NGOs accuse Islamic State of using chemical weapons

Islamic State militants may have used chemical weapons in an attack in Syria said Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Tuesday.

The organisation said that it had treated four civilians who suffered from breathing difficulties after a shell hit their home on Friday.

The Syrian American Medical Society also reported receiving 50 patients with symptoms of chemical exposure.

Earlier this month the US confirmed that it suspected Islamic State militants had used chemical agents in attacks against Kurdish forces in northern Syria.

Tamil Guardian 25 August 2015
South Sudan military offensive committed grave atrocities finds UN
South Sudanese soldiers raped children, burned people alive in their houses and hunted others for days using and $850 million military budget said the UN panel of experts monitoring the region on Tuesday.

The UN panel of experts into the conflict in South Sudan found that the government offensive between April and July this year had been “intent on rendering communal life unviable and prohibiting any return to normalcy following the violence.”

“The intensity and brutality of violence aimed at civilians is hitherto unseen, in what has been so far — without a doubt — an incredibly violent conflict, where civilians have been targeted by all parties to the conflict," the experts wrote in the interim reported submitted to U.N. Security Council members.

The Security Council is currently discussing a US drafter resolution that would place an arms embargo on South Sudan.

Tamil Guardian 25 August 2015
Former KLA political head endorses war crimes court in Kosovo
Kosovo's foreign minister, and former head of the Kosovo Liberation Army's political wing, Hashim Thaci, endorsed the establishment of a war crimes court to investigate crimes committed by the KLA during the 1990s conflict with Serbia.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, published on Tuesday, Mr Thaci, he had “nothing to hide” and would cooperate with the court “in any circumstance and any form needed”.

“I very much hope that no one will try to rewrite history, to try to draw parallels or equate the genocide perpetrated by Serbia with individual acts of some desperate citizens,” Mr Thaci told the WSJ. See here for more.


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Tamil Guardian 25 August 2015
Guatemala court in genocide ruling for former dictator
A Guatemalan court says former dictator Efrain Rios Montt can stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, but ruled that he cannot be sentenced because the 89-year-old suffers from dementia.

The court said the law allows for a special trial where all evidence and witnesses will be presented behind closed doors with a representative of Rios Montt and that he can be found innocent or guilty, but will not receive a sentence.

Mr Montt was convicted in 2013 and given 80 years for genocide and crimes against humanity committed during his dictatorship in 1982 and 1983 at the height of Guatemala's brutal civil war. The sentence was later thrown out.
Tamil Guardian 25 August 2015
Red Cross suspends work in Yemen after offices raided by gunman
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it was temporarily stopping all operations in the city of Aden in Yemen, after a gunman entered its office, reports Reuters.

The ICRC, which had earlier this month warned of the escalating violence and lawlessness in the region, is one of the few aid agencies in the area after violence erupted between pro government forces backed by the Saudi government, and the Houthi forces. 


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Tamil Guardian 25 August 2015
North Korea expresses regret over death of South Korea soldiers

North Korea expressed regret over a landmine incident that wounded South Korean Soldiers this month.

A joint statement issued by South Korea and North Korea after a weekend of talks in response to escalating violence, added that South Korea had agreed to stop anti-north propaganda broadcasts.

Follow up talks have been arranged to discuss a variety of issues including improving ties, reports Reuters.

 

Tamil Guardian 24 August 2015
'Let Sudan’s President Come to New York. Then Arrest Him.'
The former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) called on the United States to grant Sudan’s fugitive president Omar al-Bashir a visa to entry the country for an upcoming United Nations summit and then arrest him on arrival.

Writing in the New York Times, Luis Moreno-Ocampo who was chief prosecutor at the ICC until 2012 said, “ICC judges issued arrest warrants in 2009 against Mr Bashir for crimes against humanity and war crimes and in 2010 for genocide. The challenge now is to arrest him.”

Mr Moreno-Ocampo continued to say that:

“Sadly, Mr Bashir’s ability to commit atrocities in full sight of the international community has kept ahead of humanity’s ability to protect genocide victims. Rape and hunger are his new silent weapons, replacing open attacks on villages. To avoid the international spotlight, the Sudanese government expels aid workers and denies access to refugee camps. Mr Bashir has tried to shift attention from his criminal actions by making the argument that the ICC is biased against Africans.”

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Tamil Guardian 24 August 2015
Destruction of ancient Palmyra ruins 'war crime'

Unesco says the destruction of Palmyra's nearly 2,000 year old Baalshamin temple is a war crime.

The UN body said the destruction of the site by Islamic State militants was "an immense loss for the Syrian people and for humanity".

"The systematic destruction of cultural symbols embodying Syrian cultural diversity reveals the true intent of such attacks, which is to deprive the Syrian people of its knowledge, its identity and history," Unesco Director-General Irina Bokova said.

Ms Bokova said those responsible "must be accountable for their actions".

See more on the BBC here.

Tamil Guardian 24 August 2015
UN tribunal calls for halt in Indian trial of Italian marines

The UN's International Tribunal for the Law of the Seas has called upon India to suspend all legal proceedings against Italian marines, who stand accused of killing two Indian fishermen, pending international mediation.

The tribunal also rejected Italy's request to release the marines while the final ruling was decided.

Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone face murder charges for the killing of the two men off the coast of Kerala and are on bail awaiting trial. The Italians say they thought the fishermen were pirates.

Italy insists that as the shooting took place in international waters, the men should be tried in Italy, but India wants the men tried in an Indian court. The tribunal said that in addition to halting all current court proceedings, both countries should "refrain from initiating new ones which might aggravate or extend the dispute", the BBC reported.

Tamil Guardian 24 August 2015
Lifting of Iran sanctions possible by next spring says UK
Sanctions placed on Iran could be lifted by next spring, said the UK on Monday, Reuters quoted the country's foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, as saying on Monday.

Mr Hammond who is currently in Tehren to reopen the embassy, and attended the official reopening ceremony this morning, said, "We could be talking as early as next spring to start to see sanctions lifting off."

Recent weeks have seen intense negotiations between the US and Iran over Iran's nuclear programme.


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Tamil Guardian 24 August 2015
World markets plummet as China stops supporting slowing Asian market

World stock markets plummeted with a sharp drop in the US dollar and major commodities, as China failed to mitigate sliding confidence in its domestic stock market on Monday.

China’s economic slowdown and reduction in market value sparked concern amongst traders last week. Several traders and institutions had hoped that China would continue to take measures to dampen the impact that the economic slowdown and drop in Chinese commodity prices would have on the global market, reports Reuters.

The UK Chancellor George Osborne,after a meeting with Finland's finance minister, said,

“Everyone is concerned about the situation on the Asian financial markets. You don't know when the next crisis is coming and from where in the world.”

London’s FTSE 100 closed with its worst run since 2003, losing over $74bn in one day.

At one stage, US authorities temporarily halted trading to limit the volatility of the market.

Tamil Guardian 23 August 2015
EU opens office in Kurdistan
 The European Union will open a delegation office in the Kurdish de-facto capital Erbil reports Rudaw.

The Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced that the EU delegation office in Erbil aid the regions foreign policy and is being launched at a critical moment in Kurdish history.

The KRG Foreign Minsiter Galah Mustafa, earlier this month, welcomed the EU decision to open a delegation office in Erbil, stating,

“The EU and its 29 member states play an important role in dealing with the political, economic and security challenges facing the world.”

The EU decision came after a lengthy process of negotiation and documentation between the Kurdish Foreign Ministry and the central government of Iraq.

Thirty three countries now have now opened representative offices in Erbil, including five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.

Kurdish leader discusses self-determination and arms deliveries during White House visit (11 May 2015)

Tamil Guardian 23 August 2015
North and South Korea to address escalation of violence

Negotiators from North Korea and South Korea spoke through Saturday night and into Sunday evening to ease tensions between the two nations after an exchange of artillery fire last week.

The two envoys were shown on TV exchanging handshakes at the beginning of their talk in South Korea’s Peace House reports Reuters.

The talks were centred around ways to resolve tension and improve ties between the two nations said South Korea’s presidential Blue House on Sunday.

South Korea and North-Korea have remained in a technical state of war after the 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce with no agreement.

The crisis escalated after North Korea fired four shells into South Korea, with South Korea responding with a barrage of 29 artillery rounds.

The UN, United States and North-Korea’s major ally China, have all called for a calm resolution to the escalation of violence.

Tamil Guardian 23 August 2015
Nigeria army chief survives Boko Haram attack

The new head of Nigeria's army, General Tukur Buratei has survived an attack by Boko Haram militants on his convoy in Borno state, in the northeast of the country.

The ambush resulted in clashes in which 5 militants and one Nigerian soldier were killed.

The ambush in Borno came as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was due to arrive in Nigeria to mark the fourth anniversary of a Boko Haram attack on the UN building in the capital, Abuja.

Tamil Guardian 22 August 2015
India and Pakistan cancel high level talks
Indian and Pakistan have cancelled high level talks between the two countries, just hours before they were due to start.

Pakistan accused India of imposing "preconditions" on the talks after India's foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, said they could not continue if Pakistan pressed ahead with plans to meet Kashmiri separatists.

Pakistan’s foreign ministry said "it is not reasonable for India to assume the right to decide unilaterally that from now onwards, other issues will [only] be discussed after terrorism has been discussed and eliminated".

"We have come to the conclusion that the proposed National Security Advisers (NSA) level talks between the two countries would not serve any purpose” it added, as it announced the cancellation of the talks.

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Tamil Guardian 21 August 2015
AU soldiers charged over civilian deaths

Ugandan soldiers who were deployed with the African Union in Somalia, have been charged with the killing of a group of civilians at a wedding last month.

Head of the AU troops in Somalia, Maman Sidikou, apologised to the families of the seven wedding guests. The bloc had previously denied the incident took place.

According to Human Rights Watch, the Ugandan soldiers started shooting at men in the wedding after a grenade attack on their convoy.

"We have established that, on that occasion, seven civilians died following an incident involving our troops," Mr Sidikou said in a statement.

"I would like, on behalf of the African Union, to offer my sincere apology for these deaths. We regret these deaths," he added.

 
HIGHLIGHTS
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A failure of justice
Struggle for remembrance
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  Feature
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  Culture & Community
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