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Radhika Coomaraswamy

Government and UN begin dialogue on Child Soldiers

Radhika CoomaraswamyMs. Radhika Coomaraswamy , UN Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict, concluded her five day visit to Myanmar within the framework of Security Council Resolution 1612 (2005), monitoring the six grave violations committed against children during conflict. The modalities and guidelines for the operation of the in-country UN Task Force, which will collect and verify updated information for the preparation of the report, were discussed with the UN Country Team.

U.N. Unveils Contingency Plan for Peacekeepers in Somalia

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The United Nations is preparing a contingency plan for a possible 20,000-strong new peacekeeping force in one of the political hotspots in the Horn of Africa: Somalia. "It is clear, however, that even in the best case scenario, addressing the problems of Somalia will be a demanding, dangerous and massive undertaking,'' Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a report to the Security Council released Thursday.

Two Tamil Tigers remanded without bail in UK

Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, also known as AC Shanthan, who is the President of the British Tamil Assocaition and Goldan Lambert of Tamil Youth Front yesterday appeared before City of Westminster Magestrate Court. Shanthan was denied bail and remanded to Judicial custody until 5th of July. Golden Lambert who is only charged with one offence was granted conditional bail but later remanded to custody as the surety was not paid.

International Red Cross slams Myanmar on rights violations

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

The International Red Cross has slammed the military junta of Myanmar for systematic human rights violations and charged that it is breaching international humanitarian law. The accusation of widespread violations comes from the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross Jakob Kellenberger who says the ICRC's accusations are based on observations made by the ICRC and interviews with persons whose rights have been violated. In a press release, the ICRC sets out in some detail the accusations against the Myanmar government

Palestine Splitting…?

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

It is astonishing that despite all the attention the world has been paying for years to the Palestinian problem it remains unresolved and, in fact, seems to be getting more complicated as time passes. The latest turn has come with Hamas apparently overrunning Fatah for control of the Gaza strip. Far from realising their dream of a unified and independent state, the Palestinians face the prospects of their territory divided between Hamas stronghold of Gaza and the West Bank bulwark of Fatah, now gleefully embraced by the West.

Sri Lankan Tamil and Muslim Diaspora Community representatives met Keith Vaz

A press release forwarded by the Sri Lankan Muslim Information Centre (UK) to "Asian Tribune" said that the members of the Tamil and Muslim communities representing various political parties and socio -political organizations met Keith Vaz M.P on his special invitation. Representatives met Keith Vaz, head of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils on 27 June, at the House of Commons Offices, Portcullis House. The press release pointed out that Keith Vaz was enthusiastic to know about the Tamils of the North and East and Britain and the deprival of their democratic rights by the LTTE.

Bail : Shanthan denied but Lambert given but later remanded to custody as the surety was not paid

A.C.Shanthan, President of the British Tamil Assiaciation was denied bail while Goldan Lambert was given conditional bail yesterday by the City of Westminster Magestrate Court but later remanded to custody as the surety was not paid. Goldan Lambert, of the Tamil Youth Organization was granted bail by the Chief Magistrate Court’s Judge Oakman. He was only charged with one offence was granted conditional bail but later remanded to custody as the surety was not paid. The case would be taken up at the Crown Court on August 9th, according to sources at the Westminster Magestrate Court.

Iraqi court hands down 22 death sentences in four weeks

By James Cogan – World Socialist Web Site

Over the four weeks from May 6 to June 2, the Central Criminal Court in Iraq (CCCI) sentenced 22 people to death, 21 to life imprisonment and dozens more to terms of between 10 and 30 years. At this rate, the US-backed Iraqi regime will order the judicial murder of well over 250 people by the end of the year and condemn another 2,000 to lengthy prison terms. In numerous cases, the “crimes” for which Iraqis have been convicted were acts of war against US occupation forces. The CCCI was created in April 2004 by the US-controlled Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) for the specific purpose of processing Iraqi insurgents as criminals rather than prisoners-of-war.

Bail : Shanthan denied but Goldan Lambert given

A.C.Shanthan was denied bail while Goldan Lambert was given bail yesterday by the City of Westminster Magistrate’s Court. Goldan Lambert, of the Tamil Youth Organization was granted bail by the Chief Magistrate Court’s Judge Oakman. The bail was set for Sterling Pounds 5000. He was further ordered not to leave the country and passport to be surrendered to the Police.The next hearing is scheduled for 9th of August.

Sri Lanka: Karuna’s cadres kill chairman of a local council in the east

Thillainathan Uthayakumar (35 yrs), Chairman of Thirukkoavil Pradeshya Sabah in the Ampaa’rai district, was shot and killed by the armed cadres of Karuna group. He was shot yesterday night around 8. 30 p.m. outside Uthayakumar’s house at Vinaayakapuram in Akkaraippattu. The armed cadres led by Veera, head of the Karuna’s group in Kaluwanchikudi forcefully dragged Uthayakumar, outside his house in Kappunaar Street at Vinaayakapuram and killed him, 100 meters away from his house. Reports revealed that Veera from Kaluwanchikudy was invited by Iniyabarathy, the man in charge of Amparai for Karuna’s group, for a special assignment in his district on the orders of Karuna.