Tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died in the final five months of Sri Lanka’s civil war as security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels repeatedly violated international humanitarian laws, an advocacy group said today.
Sri Lanka was for decades an example of how sectarian conflict can wreck an otherwise fortunate country. It has had three years to show how devolving power to an ethnic minority can bring about lasting peace. Now it looks as if the opportunity will be lost.
Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said today there may be members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam -- a rebel group designated by Canada as a terrorist organization -- among the 490 people on a Thailand- flagged cargo ship that arrived in Canada today.
The largest ally in Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s coalition withdrew support over the government’s approach to alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, while signaling that a patch-up was possible if its demands were met.
The Indian Premier League, cricket’s richest sporting competition, said Sri Lankan players will not take part in matches in the southern state of Tamil Nadu amid anger over alleged war atrocities against Tamils in the island nation’s civil war.