Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Ban urges Government, rebels to assure safe passage for trapped civilians

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the Government and rebels in Sri Lanka to do everything in their power to effectuate the safe passage that has been promised for some 250,000 civilians trapped in the area of intense fighting in the north of the island country.

UN rights chief deplores conditions for civilians trapped in Sri Lanka fighting

Reports of the rapidly deteriorating conditions for some 250,000 civilians trapped in war-torn northern Sri Lanka have sparked concern from the United Nations human rights chief, who is also alarmed by alleged human rights abuses, civilian casualties and massive displacement in the area.

Sri Lanka: UN convoy to evacuate wounded civilians from war-torn north

The United Nations said today it will attempt for the second time in three days to help evacuate by convoy hundreds of critically wounded civilians, including at least 50 children, from war-torn northern Sri Lanka.

UN rushing aid to hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in Sri Lanka fighting

The United Nations and other aid agencies are working to urgently provide humanitarian aid to some 250,000 civilians trapped in areas of northern Sri Lanka where fighting continues between Government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Sri Lanka: UN calls on Tamil rebels to ensure free passage for world body’s staff

The United Nations has issued its strongest possible protest to the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for refusing to allow the world body’s national staff and dependents who were travelling with a UN aid convoy to return from Sri Lanka’s northern Vanni area.

Sri Lanka: continuing conflict sparks UN concern over fate of children

A senior United Nations official today expressed concern over the fate of thousands of children caught up in the conflict in Sri Lanka pitting Government forces against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Civilians face increasing risk amid Sri Lanka fighting, warns UN humanitarian chief

The United Nations is increasingly concerned for the well-being of tens of thousands of civilians caught up in the conflict raging in the northern Vanni area of Sri Lanka pitting Government forces against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the world body's humanitarian chief said today.

Citing increasing attacks, UN urges Sri Lanka to ensure safety for returnees

The United Nations refugee agency has called on the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure security for civilians in the eastern part of the strife-torn nation, citing a significant increase in the number of killings, abductions and injuries in areas of return, including 24 civilian deaths recorded in November alone in the Batticaloa district.