Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: UN relief chief reiterates concerns over civilians trapped by fighting

The top United Nations relief official today repeated the world body’s concerns over the safety of civilians – numbering as high as 190,000 – trapped by fighting in northern Sri Lanka between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Sri Lanka: conditions unstable for civilians trapped in conflict

The humanitarian and security situation for civilians caught up in fighting between Government forces and separatist Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka remains precarious, a United Nations spokesperson said today.

Sri Lanka: UN saddened by death of aid worker in ‘no-fire’ zone

The United Nations said today it was saddened to learn of the death of an aid worker with the non-governmental organization CARE in the so-called “no-fire” zone in Sri Lanka’s strife-torn north.

UNICEF urges ‘extraordinary efforts’ for children in Sri Lanka conflict zone

Deploring the mounting toll of children killed and injured in the zone of combat between Sri Lankan Government forces and Tamil rebels, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called for “extraordinary efforts” to protect them.

Sri Lanka: UN voices concern over staff member forcibly recruited by rebels

The United Nations today voiced its “grave” fears for the safety of one of its staff and three family members, including a 16-year-old girl, forcibly recruited this weekend by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who have been fighting the Sri Lankan Government in the country’s north.

Sri Lanka: actions by Government forces, rebels possible war crimes – UN rights chief

The top United Nations human rights official today deplored the mounting deaths and injuries of civilians due to the “bitter” conflict in northern Sri Lanka between Government forces and a rebel group, pointing out that some moves by both sides could amount to war crimes.

Sri Lanka: Ban deplores rising civilian death toll from ongoing fighting

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly deplored the mounting civilian death toll in areas of fighting between Sri Lankan Government forces and Tamil rebels, and called for an immediate halt to the fighting.