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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

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Ky Luu, director of the USAID Office

Sri Lankan security forces face visa denials for rights abuses

Sri Lankan security force members may be denied visas if they have human rights abuse charges against them said Colombo-AFP yesterday. Quoting western diplomats, the AFP said that a senior police officer was denied a European visa due to charges of HR abuse. For granting visas, all visa applicants were routinely subjected to interviews, but in the case of military personnel and police any adverse rights record would be grounds to deny a visa.

A United States case of ‘Indefinite Detention’ without Habeas Corpus rights Struck Down by Federal Appeals Court

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

In a severe blow to the Bush administration’s claims of executive power, the federal Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit June 11 said it would refuse to “alter the constitutional foundations” of the United States by upholding the government’s indefinite detention of a civilian in military custody in this country. Human Rights First, a national rights movement in the United States, which submitted friend-of-the-court briefs in the case, called the ruling a “welcome and powerful vindication of the role of the courts in applying the rule of law in national security cases.”

'By not agreeing for joint patrol and supplying arms to Sri Lanka, india is harmiing its own interest '

By Walter Jayawardhana

A former Commander in Chief of India’s Eastern Naval Command Premvir Das has attacked India’s just agreed policy of coordinated sea patrolling opposed to the joint patrolling with the Sri Lanka Navy as an inadequate step to control the illegal navigation by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) marine wing- Sea Tigers and has warned that the government’s present policy of the problem will seriously undermine India’s own national interests. “Two months down the line, it has become clear that unless we make some major course corrections, our core interests in that country might be seriously compromised,” wrote the former commander who has been closely associated with the Sri Lankan developments in a scathing attack on the policies of the Manmohan Singh government, published in the Indian daily of Chandigarh, “The Tribune.”

Sri Lanka's own rights investigation fails to meet international standards – Expert Panel

Experts appointed by the international community to observe a Sri Lankan presidential commission probe on human rights abuses saw "hardly any noticeable progress", reports said. The international panel was drawn from India, Australia, Canada, E.U., Japan, Netherlands, U.K. and the U.S. They have overseen the 7-member local Commission headed by Lanka Supreme Court Judge Nissanka Udalagama, appointed by President Rajapakse in November 2006. The panel statement comes in the background of one of the most strident international condemnations last week (including the European Union) of the Sri Lankan government's deportation of minority Tamils from Colombo.

British MP Andy Love opens UK office of LTTE-TV "Tharisanam"

The British Member of Parliament (Edmonton) Andy Love MP declared open LTTE's new TV station "Tharisanam" UK Office yesterday. Tharisanam UK Office is located at 72-74 Chase side Southgate London N14 4PR, reports said. Reports added "many other Tamil councilors, religious leaders, representatives of Tamil organizations, and “Tharisanam” viewers were present on the occasion." LTTE's “Tharisanam” TV was launched on May 21 as a result of rebels' previous TV channel (Tamil Television Network (TTN) shut out from the satellite.

Aid Organizations Appeal for U.S. Leadership in Sri Lankan Crisis

In a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a coalition of development and humanitarian organizations has expressed concern over the growing humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka. The Washington-based InterAction, the American Council for Voluntary International Action, is appealing for U.S. leadership to ensure an effective peace process and an immediate safeguarding of human rights for the population.

CCC, BOI Joint Economic Summit 2007

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune -

While making his address as the Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony of the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2007, Dr Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion, in passing blamed the media of attempting to disrupt India Sri Lanka relations When he said “Media has been very mischievous, but India and Sri Lanka are best of friends, and the history has vouched for it. We are followers of India and lovers of Lord Buddha – an Indian”. The Summit organized by the Ceylon chamber of Commerce (CCC) in partnership with the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) commenced at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel and deliberated for three days from 6th to 8th June.

U.S. Supports ‘Safe, Dignified Return’ of IDPs

United States supports a safe, secure, informed resettlement process in the East. In a recent visit here, a top official of U.S. Agency for International’s (USAID) emergency assistance program noted improvements in the recent resettlement of IDPs and that the United States would be willing to provide support to newly resettled communities within the context of a safe and dignified return. Ky Luu, director of the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), spent two days inspecting several camps, exit points, and resettled communities with U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake and USAID Mission Director Rebecca Cohn to consult current OFDA partners and observe the resettlement process and to gauge the level of assistance OFDA could provide.

The tragedy of the Berlin Buddhist Temple

True to its recent tendency of diverting the attention of the public to irrelevant themes such as who was Nazi and who was not, the administrators of the Berlin Temple, their masters in Colombo and the neighbourhood lackeys in Berlin-Frohnau, have started again the campaign to whitewash the questionable goings-on of the Temple. Time and then again the Temple came into limelight in the past 7 years not because of a "Nazi in Robes" but "Wolf in a Sheepskin". Leaving aside the much needed repairs demanded by the "Denkmalschutz", (monument protection office) we learn that the money raised through the sale of a parcel of land belonging to the temple, has gone to construct a three storied luxury house nearby as private residence. No one seems to be accountable for the disappearance of money collected from the sale of land.

Share market gained ground after five weeks

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers indicated that the All Share Price Index (ASPI) gained 29.7 points to close at 2555.5 while the more sensitive Milanka Price Index (MPI) gained 41.5 points to close at 3617.6 breaking the negative trend for five consecutive weeks, and thus gained grounds. Activity levels also picked up this week compared to what was witnessed last week. JKH continued to head the turnover list contributing Rs.129.8 million towards weekly turnover. The Counter during the week traded within a price range of Rs.146.75 and Rs.143.50. JKH share price gained 0.68 percent this week to close at Rs.145.

Tasks before Nepal leadership

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

After reducing the King to a virtual non-entity the next and crucial phase of the democratic movement in Nepal is an election to elect the constituent assembly. When the election commission in Nepal expressed its inability to hold the elections on June 20, as agreed to by major parties, the Maoists, who had agreed to give up their 10-year-old violent struggle for a Republic, reacted angrily. They suspected the wily King of continuing to manipulate internal developments as the country also witnessed more bloodshed, this time in the name of ethnic violence in the Terai plains. The dreaded possibility of a return to the old days of violence loomed large.

France’s asylum procedures condemned by the European Court of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on April 26 condemned France for the absence of an effective right to appeal for undocumented asylum-seekers. Nevertheless, French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s newly formed administration has confirmed that the government intends to take tough measures on immigration and carry out the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants. Sarkozy intends soon to present the first legislation of his five-year administration. Immigration will be a top priority at a mid-July session of the new National Assembly resulting from the second round of the legislative elections June 17. Sarkozy’s Prime Minister, François Fillon, announced that a new law on immigration will be brought forward at the first parliamentary session after the elections. This is clearly an attempt to win further support away from the far-right National Front.

Press conference after the protest march

Tamil Eelam National Flag


Independent Tamil Eelam flag hoisted in Switzerland

Tamil Eelam National FlagAn independent Tamil Eelam flag was hoisted in the soil of Switzerland yesterday. Expatriate Tamil expressed support for the armed struggle for Tamil independence, spearheaded by the Tamil Tigers. Observers are of the opinion that for the very first time Switzerland has become the platform to stage the war cry for separate Tamil land of Tamil Eelam. The Tamil Eelam flag was hoisted in the ground in front of the United Nations building in Geneva, revealed Tamil language regional daily Uthayan published from Jaffna, in its news item.