|ICRtoP Listserv Regarding Crisis in Sri Lanka Following 2-Day Ceasefire|
|Monday, 20 April 2009 08:21|
The imminent risk of mass atrocity crimes occurring in the designated civilian safe zone remains high, with estimates of 60,000- 100,000 civilians trapped in a 12 kilometer beach in Northern Sri Lanka. In an offensive intended to end the long violent conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Sri Lankan military is accused of using indiscriminate force against the Tamil civilian population in the remaining LTTE-controlled territory. Numerous reports indicate that the LTTE is using violent force to prevent those wishing to flee the conflict area from doing so. Human Rights Watch has observed massive human rights violations and failure to abide by international law obligations by both parties to the conflict.
Following calls by the UN and others for a humanitarian pause, a two day ceasefire from 12-14 April was called by President Mahinda Rajapakse to observe the Tamil and Sinhalese New Year. The brief lapse in hostilities ended after 48 hours, and reports of intense fighting in the designated civilian safe zone have raised flags of imminent mass atrocity crimes and large scale loss of life. Information from today, 20 April 2009 coming out of the rapidly shrinking space indicates that up to 25,000 civilians fleeing the safe zone as the Sri Lanka government once again issues an ultimatum of surrender to the LTTE within 24 hours.
ICRtoP will closely monitor the situation in Sri Lanka, both in relation to the protection of civilians and the application of the Responsibility to Protect. To see compiled articles, statements, and reports on the escalating humanitarian and human rights disaster in Sri Lanka, please see our Special Listserv of 9 April 2009, which can be found here:
The latest statement by Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Sir John Holmes on Sri Lanka, dated 16 April 2009: http://www.un.org/News/briefings/docs//2009/090415_Holmes.doc.htm
Latest News Update of 20 April 2009 with the following included articles, reports, and statements.
In this issue: Imminent Risk of Mass Atrocities in Sri Lanka, Conviction of Ex-Peruvian President Fujimori, Editorials and Reports on RtoP, and the Upcoming Events
I. Escalating crisis and NGOs warn of imminent risk of mass atrocity crimes in Sri Lanka
1. GLOBAL CENTRE FOR THE R2PPEN LETTER TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL
2. INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP BOARD OF TRUSTEES STATEMENT ON SRI LANKA
JOINT STATEMENT BY FRENCH AND UK FOREIGN MINISTERS
3. MEXICO SAYS STATEMENT MADE BY SRI LANKA WAS OT ACCURATE
4. AMNESTY INTERNATIONALMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE NEEDED SO TRAPPED CIVILIANS CAN REACH SAFETY
II. Latest reports on advancement of the RtoP norm in Asia
1. CONSORTIUM OF NON-TRADITIONAL SECURITY STUDIES IN ASIA--THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT: CONCEPTUAL MISUNDERSTADNING AND CHALLENGES OF APPLICATION
2. APCR2P-THE REGIONAL ASSISTANCE MISSION TO SOLOMON ISLANDS AND PILLAR TWO OF THE R2P
III. Conviction of ex-Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori sets precedent
1. PERU CONVICTION IS MESSAGE TO DICTATORS EVERYWHERE
IV. Featured editorials and commentary on RtoP
1. RAMESH THAKURAN A BIT OF A BUST ON R2P
2. THE OPTION TO PROTECTHE NEW TERMS OF HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION
R2P IS A NO-GO
3. IS R2P AN IMPERIALIST NORM?
V. Upcoming events and coverage of UCLA conference
1. APRIL 14: UCLA CONFERENCE ON R2P
2. APRIL 19: DENIAL, JUSTICE, AND MEMORY IN RWANDA
3. APRIL 23: BERKELEY HUMAN RIGHTS CENTRE2P
4. APRIL 28: GENOCIDE PREVENTION MONTH2P AND NEVER AGAIN