By Paul Jeffrey/ACT International
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, January 18, 2008 - Three years ago, Susantha Jayalath survived the tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean and devastated the coast of Sri Lanka. He lost his fishing boat and nets, but within weeks he sold his wife's jewelry to make the down payment on a new boat.
Tamils Rehabilitation Organization(TRO) condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the gruesome, terrorist attack by a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) on a civilian bus travelling to Paalampiddifrom Madhuat 2:25 on 29 November 2008. The attack killed 20 people, 11 of whom school children, and injured 14, eight of whom were children.
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In regions wracked by violence or submerged by floods, the first emergency is how to deliver enough food as quickly and efficiently as possible.
In July 2005, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1612. In addition to calling for other important measures to protect children, the Security Council requested that the Secretary-General establish a mechanism to monitor and report on violations of children's rights in situations of armed conflict. The implementation of the UN-led Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) is an important step in improving the protection of children affected by armed conflict. However, some challenges remain.
New York, 30 January 2008 - Ms. Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary- General for Children and Armed Conflict presented the Annual Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict (A/32/609-S/2007/757) during a press conference today.
WASHINGTON, DC - The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) on Wednesday welcomed major US government contributions for January totaling US$139 million. Three-quarters of the funding is aimed at critically food insecure populations that have suffered from prolonged conflict.
The latest donations, which will assist 15 countries, are from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), bringing total American contributions to WFP operations for the fiscal year to US$586 million.
As a first step in the long process of improving the quality and effectiveness of Australia's overseas aid, the Australian Government is implementing an enhanced three-year Development Research Strategy.
"It is not good enough to just increase the quantity of aid, although that is very important, we must increase the quality of the aid as well," said Bob McMullan, Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance.
"Therefore, the Australian Government will provide $8.8 million for 27 new Australian Development Research Awards.
The recruitment and use of children in armed conflict is taking place in more than one dozen countries around the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon states in a new report, calling for further measures to combat the scourge.
The practice continues in Afghanistan, Burundi, Chad, the Central African Republic (CAR), Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Uganda, Mr.
Tamils Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) offices today took time to pay their respects and remember the 7 TRO humanitarian workers who were abducted on 29 and 30 January 2006 while traveling through the Welikanda area in the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) controlled Polonaruwa District.
Paramilitary forces allied to and working in conjunction with the GoSL abducted the 7 TRO workers (6 men and one woman) tortured them, raping the woman, and then executed and disposed of their bodies. The bodies have never been found.
The areas cleared since MAG restarted operations in Sri Lanka in September 2007 will allow more then 30,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return to their communities.
MAG remained committed to the continuation of operations last year, despite an escalation in fighting between government troops and the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE).
Note: Only Agencies that participated in the October 2007 Who, What, Where are included in this map.
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As at 15 January 2008, WFP's total needs to feed the 70 million people currently targeted for food assistance in 2008 are estimated to be over US$3.6 billion.
A Sri Lankan peace panel has put forward 'devolution proposals' that would give more regional autonomy to minority Tamils where separatists have been fighting an independence war for 25 years.
But the separatists -- the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) -- have rejected the proposals.
The panel, or All Party Representative Committee (APRC), is backed by president Mahinda Rajapakse's Sri Lanka Freedom Party and its allies.
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"I didn't know whether I could cope with the disaster", says Masriya, recalling the shock that she, her family and hundreds of thousands of other people suffered as a result of the tsunami. Immediately after the tsunami there was a scene of complete devastation, not just in terms of material items, but also in terms of the people themselves.
During the first few days following the disaster on 26 December 2004, staff from SOS Children's Villages reacted spontaneously and organised relief where and in whichever shape or form it was needed.
COLOMBO, 24 January 2008 (IRIN) - Protests in front of the UN compound in Colombo usually call for more assertive action by the world body, but this week was different: The People's Liberation Front (PLF), the second largest opposition party, held a demonstration calling on UN Human Rights High Commissioner Louise Arbour to mind her own business, and her language.
The PLF's criticism of Arbour stems from comments she made in recent speeches that human rights violators in Sri Lanka, even those in senior government posts, could be charged in international criminal …