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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 01:32 PM
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Human Rights Watch alarmed by cease-fire breakdown in Sri Lanka
Edited on Thu Aug-03-06 01:33 PM by oberliner
They talk about the frustration regarding the EU countries pulling their observers. Is this even on the United States' radar?

Shouldn't it be? If so, what should be done to stem the violence?

Sri Lanka: Monitors Departure Leaves Void in Protection
Amid New Fighting, International Human Rights Monitoring Urgently Needed

(New York, August 2, 2006) Amid an upsurge in violence in Sri Lanka, the withdrawal of three European Union countries from the ceasefire-monitoring mission underscores the urgent need for a strong international human rights monitoring presence to help ensure civilian protection, Human Rights Watch said today.

On August 3, Sweden joined Finland and Denmark in announcing their pullout from the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission in response to a demand from the armed opposition group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Since the beginning of the year, about 800 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in conflict-related violence and human rights abuses in Sri Lanka.

With the dramatic increase in violence in Sri Lanka, more international monitors are needed, not fewer, said Brad Adams, Asia Director at Human Rights Watch. The lives of countless civilians are at risk at this critical time.

http://hrw.org/english/docs/2006/08/03/slanka13901.htm
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