On 22 June 2010, the Secretary-General announced the appointment of a Panel of Experts to advise him on the implementation of the joint commitment included in the statement issued by the President of Sri Lanka and the Secretary-General at the conclusion of the Secretary-General’s visit to Sri Lanka on 23 March 2009.
Original Post | Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka | June 23 2012
The United Nations’ much delayed internal review of its own role and actions during the war in Sri Lanka and aftermath has given raise to many questions than it answers, as the review panel has not only deliberately left out key members of the UN international staff but also ignored crucial issues such as the LTTE white flag surrender fiasco and actual civilian death toll.
Original Post | Asia Tribune | June 29 2012
Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Palitha Kohona grabbed the opportunity while addressing the UN on June 26 to refresh the fading memory of the global community how his country’s terrorist group -Tamil Tigers- engaged in a broad, colossal and organized network of drug and narcotic trafficking worldwide to replenish its coffers to bifurcate the island-nation of Sri Lanka though brutal terrorism.
Original Post | BBC | June 11 2011
A thin strip of land in northern Sri Lanka was the brutal theatre of war during the closing phase of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil conflict. Thousands of civilians were hemmed in as the government battled Tamil Tiger rebels fighting for a separate homeland.
An investigation by The Times into Sri Lanka’s civilian casualties, however — which was conducted in a week-long visit to Sri Lanka — has found evidence of a civilian death toll of 20,000, almost three times that cited previously. The majority perished under government guns…
Summaries of UN documents leaked this month confirmed almost 7,000 dead in the first four months of the year.
More than 13,000 civilians were killed until May 19, the day after the death of Velupillai Prabakharan, the leader of the Tigers, was announced.