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A new chapter for war-affected children
Feb 25, 2010 The Sri Lankan government has prepared plans to get all children from north eastern provinces affected by the decades’ long civil war in school by the end of April. An accelerated learning programme is being developed with the participation of UNICEF to benefit children in resettlement areas.
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UN demands Lankan leadership to be accountable
Mar 08, 2010 The president has rejected United Nation’s plan of appointment of a panel of experts to advise him on accountability issues and alleged rights abuses in the nation’s civil war. Tens of thousands of civilians were killed by the government and the rebel Tamil group during the war.
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Bangladesh documents women's role in 1971 war
Apr 15, 2010 A three-member parliamentary sub-committee has been formed to collate information on the role played by women in Bangladesh’s liberation war. The absence of a complete history of women’s participation and contribution in the war has brought out the need to archive their sacrifices.
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US troops depart Afghanistan's valley of death
Apr 16, 2010 Five years after trying to take control, the US military has finally withdrawn from the Korengal Valley, a controversial battlegrounds in Afghanistan. This is part of the repositioning strategy to draw troops from remote mountain outposts and concentrate them in places with more Afghan population.
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US welcomes India's development efforts in Afghanistan
Apr 20, 2010 Despite Pakistan pushing US to put pressure on India to decrease its presence in Afghanistan, the US has shown support for Indian development efforts in Afghanistan. US ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer will travel to Afghanistan to show gratitude for Indian efforts.
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Sri Lanka: Reviving livelihoods in former combat-zone
May 10, 2010 United Nations and other agencies are focusing efforts to revive the agriculture and fishery sectors that had completely collapsed due to the war. Although many displaced are aware of the significant contribution of these sectors to local economy, they remain doubtful of the recovery strategy.
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Afghan diary: Civilian casualty rising
May 13, 2010 A study by NATO shows that US and NATO forces killed 76% more civilians in war against Taliban in Afghanistan; during January to April 2010. Although US military has emphasised reduced civilian causality as part of its revised strategy, there has been no attempt to shield people against attacks.
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Rehabilitation, a far fetched dream for Lankan Tamils
May 20, 2010 Rehabilitation of thousands of war-displaced Sri Lankan Tamils is becoming an uphill battle as donors show weariness. The United Nations has warned that there is an acute shortage of funds and in absence of international community’s initiatives, rehabilitation work may stop soon.
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HRW calls for probe into armed conflict
May 21, 2010 Human Rights Watch’s allegations of atrocities by Sri Lankan government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE ) during the armed conflict that ended last year is substantiated by new evidences. With the manifest failure of Government in investigation of abuses, the situation calls for an independent international investigation.
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War ends but sufferings continue
May 26, 2010 A year since the bloody ethnic conflict between Sri Lankan troops and LTTE ended, the sufferings of affected women continue. Shouldering the responsibilities of their families and longing for financial and psychological support, they show employment and security as their top priorities in their struggle to rebuild their lives.
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Afghani children paying off the cost of war
May 27, 2010 Food security in Afghanistan is becoming a huge challenge with rising insecurity, displacement and poor access to health services. These problems are contributing to the malnutrition in hundreds of young children, as their parents are too scared to go out to earn money needed to feed them.
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Women rights could be sacrificed for peace
May 31, 2010 The peace jirga to consider plans to open talks with Taliban leaders could be detrimental to Afghanistan’s women’s future. The skewed representation of men which is being seen as a move to lure Taliban, raises the possibility that the women’s hard earned rights may be compromised.
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Human rights denied to millions, reports Amnesty
Jun 10, 2010 Amnesty International has reported severe human rights abuses in North West Pakistan by the Taliban. The report brings out the inability of the army to avoid civilian casualties in its operations against militants and alleges government apathy towards the basic needs of millions of people.
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Talking politics in post-war Sri Lanka
Jan 24, 2012 Women in Sri Lanka find it difficult to contest elections despite high literacy rates and robust social indicators, notes women's rights activist Rosy Senanayake.
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US strikes in Afghanistan killed dozens
May 07, 2009 Red Cross has said that the US air strikes in Afghanistan’s Farah province on Tuesday killed dozens of civilians including women and children. Later American President Barack Obama described his meeting with Hamid Karzai and Asif Ali Zardari as "extraordinarily constructive."
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Heavy casualties in Sri Lankan shelling
May 11, 2009 Up to 1,000 people have reportedly died in the last two days of fighting in Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, a coalition of international human rights group has urged the UN Security Council to step in to hold talks with the government on the "bloodbath" that is not sparing even children.
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LTTE leader Prabhakaran dead
May 18, 2009 Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam chief Velupillai Prabhakaran is dead, says Sri Lankan army. The rebel leader was reportedly killed earlier today when he was trying to escape from the war zone in an ambulance with two of his aides.
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Pakistan races to deal with mounting refugees
May 19, 2009 Likening the magnitude of displacement in Pakistan with Rwanda’s of the 1990s, the UN has said that the "situation is volatile and changing rapidly". Nearly 1.5 million people are said to have fled their homes so far from the Swat Valley, where government forces are battling Taliban fighters.
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UN call for Sri Lanka war crimes investigation
May 27, 2009 The UN human rights chief has called for a probe into alleged war crimes and violations of international humanitarian law by both sides in Sri Lanka. The government has also been urged to provide access to media and human rights monitors to the camps sheltering around 250,000 civilians.
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Curfew adding to the woes of civilians in Pakistan
May 29, 2009 Human Rights Watch has criticised the Pakistan government for keeping people indoors without any food, water or medicines in Swat Valley for past ten days. Local population is facing tough time due to the ongoing battle between Taliban militants and the army.
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Why Afghan women remain wary of Taliban talks
Jun 24, 2011 As the world awaits the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, its women fear the ongoing negotiations with the Taliban. With no women representations in any of these talks, journalist Jeanne Bryer gets skeptical about women's rights in the future.
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Protecting schools from violence
Jun 13, 2012 The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack is a unique inter-agency coalition to address the problem of targeted attacks on education during armed conflict.
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Refugees in South Asia: No comment. No commitment
Jun 21, 2012 The recent ethnic clashes in Myanmar have brought to fore the plight of refugees all over the world, particularly in the South Asian region. Is it time for South Asia to wake up to the refugee’s call?
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Talks to repatriate Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu
Aug 02, 2012 The Sri Lankan government plans to initiate bilateral consultations with India with regard to the issue of repatriating Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu.
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Sri Lanka's war budget draws flak
Nov 11, 2008 Mounting offensive operations against the LTTE, the strife-torn island nation has increased its defence spending to an all time high. While reflecting concerns related to its national security, the budget has drawn criticism from several quarters for not creating an investor-friendly environment.
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Afghan government fights war with development
Nov 14, 2008 Amidst the fear of Taliban and insurgent fighting, the government is seeking people's help in fighting illiteracy. A school functioning in the southern region demonstrates that while security is the need of the hour, people's support in education is crucial in rejecting violence.
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LTTE chief says struggle to continue
Nov 28, 2008 In his annual speech broadcast on radio and the internet, Velupillai Prabhakaran said the rebel forces will fight the government's war of aggression for the sake of the Tamil people. The Sri Lankan army however claims it will soon capture their power centre Kilinochchi.
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GCAP calls for immediate ceasefire in Gaza
Jan 06, 2009 Global Call to Action against Poverty, the world's largest anti-poverty alliance, has condemned the Israeli military offensive in Gaza and called for lifting all restrictions on the passage of people and goods. It also called for meaningful dialogue and negotiation to reach a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Bangladesh to set up war crimes tribunal
Jan 28, 2009 Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought UN assistance in prosecuting people accused of war crimes during the country’s liberation struggle in 1971. Citing it as a long-standing national demand, the government had pledged in its election manifesto to take all necessary legal steps to conduct the trial.
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Making films in Afghanistan a daunting challenge
Feb 05, 2009 Fear of warlords and government censorship have not deterred filmmakers in Afghanistan from highlighting critical issues plaguing the country. They continue to give cinematic expression to gender-based atrocities, miseries inflicted by protracted conflicts and the corruption of officials.
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