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29 Aug 2003 description

Appeal launched on 20 May 2003 for CHF 1,212,000 (USD 934,598 or EUR 801,424) for 3 months for 125,000 beneficiaries; budget increased to CHF 2,632,584 to assist some 700,000 beneficiaries for 6 months, i.e. 20 November 2003.
Period covered: 13 June to 27 August2003

12 Aug 2003 description


Mechanisms encountered A number of informal dispute resolution mechanisms with varying degrees of structure were encountered during the research. NGO-established peace committees engage in various peace activities, one of which is informal dispute resolution. NGOestablished development committees created to implement development programmes also engage in some informal dispute resolution, often through centralised village committees.

11 Aug 2003 description

Colombo (dpa) - Norway's special envoy to Sri Lanka, Erik Solheim, arrived in Colombo for talks with Tamil rebels aimed at reviving a stalled peace process, officials said Tuesday.

Solheim, who arrived Tuesday morning was due to travel to the rebel-held Kilinochchi area, 320 kilometres north of the capital, for talks with the head of their political wing, S.P.

07 Aug 2003 description

AI Index: ASA 37/003/2003 (Public)
News Service No: 186

07 Aug 2003 description
report Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch Briefing Paper

07 Aug 2003 description
report Human Rights Watch

(New York, August 7, 2003) - There is convincing evidence that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are taking advantage of the ceasefire with the Sri Lankan government to murder political opponents, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today.

03 Aug 2003 description
report Government of Japan

This morning, I visited an IDP camp and returnees' village in Jaffna, and I keenly felt the acute sufferings and pains inflicted on the people due to the ravages of the twenty-year conflict. Since I heard that the city of Jaffna used to enjoy its prosperity as the center of the Tamil Culture, its current devastation wrung my heart. Faced with the ground situation, I fully realized the need to support urgently those who are suffering the hardships and to reconstruct a prosperous society as it used to be.