Story of the Colombo 'safe house'

The arrest of a Tamil youth, Poobalapillai Kantharajah, 26, from Batticaloa, on September 29, shed light on an abduction and extortion racket that has plagued the eastern city for some time. Investigations carried out following the arrest show that although several complaints had been made to the police with regard to suspicious activities taking place in highly residential areas in the city, no attention was paid to them and no action taken on the complaints made. In fact, in one instance, the police had told several residents who lodged a complaint on suspicious activities taking place in...

Army-backed milita 'abducting hundreds' in Batticaloa

The Karuna Group has abducted hundreds of men and boys - some as young as 12 - and is training them for combat in camps operated with the government's consent.

Terror label prolongs Sri Lanka war

'The rhetoric of the war on terror makes it easy to make glib judgments that one form of political violence is justified and another is not justified.'

‘The men spoke irregular and unfamiliar Tamil but fluent Sinhala’

One of the families in Jaffna peninsula gives a first hand account of what happens when armed men in white vans appear.

Death from white vans: the logic of terror

‘Security forces have again started killing civilians and quite indiscriminately’

Sri Lanka's war of the words

Reporters have struggled with synonyms and cliches. “Tenuous”, “crumbling”, “collapsing,” “faltering,” “shaky” and “fragile” have been liberally used to describe the ceasefire.

Terrorised Tamil traders flee to India

"They had to take the threats seriously because some of their colleagues who ignored similar threats got killed later"

Aid workers targeted in Sri Lankan clashes

“Even in a war, there are certain (groups) that are not touched, such as the Red Cross symbol and NGOs.”

Sri Lanka defiant over aid massacre charge

‘One of the most serious recent crimes against humanitarian aid workers worldwide’

‘War not way to peace’ - India

As Sri Lanka’s military launched a new offensive against the Liberation Tigers this week, India re-iterated that war was not the way to resolve the island’s conflict. “We do not believe that war is the way out...We do not think violence, whether from LTTE’s side or an armed conflict, can resolve any issue,” press reports quoted India’s Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran as saying in Delhi Monday. Meanwhile, The Hindu newspaper reported that, worried over the violence in Sri Lanka, peace-facilitator Norway and India “are engaged in quiet consultations to defuse the situation.” Responding to...

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