Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/07/2013 - 21:16
Tamils for Obama, February 06, 2013 - Tamils for Obama praised the International Crisis Group (ICG) for their work in directing international attention to goings on in Sri Lanka even after the civil war ended in 2009. Tamils for Obama said to ICG's president Louise Arbour that they favor a referendum plumbing the desires of the population of the north and east of Sri Lanka, and that they expect that ICG will come around to this thinking also.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/27/2011 - 04:03
By Louise Arbour, The Sunday Times (South Africa) / ICG | 24 Jul 2011 - As South Africa knows better than most, a country cannot begin to overcome decades of internal conflict without a sustained effort at revealing the truth of the past and a committed push for reconciliation. If only Sri Lanka could learn that lesson. It has been more than two years since the Sri Lankan military defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in a war whose final months saw both the Sinhalese-majority government and the rebels contribute to the massive loss of Tamil civilian lives. Rather than starting on the slow, painful path towards a more democratic and equal society, however, the post-war policies of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his powerful brothers have further undermined the country’s damaged political institutions and deepened the ethnic divide.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 07/04/2011 - 01:53
by Louise Arbour, Canberra, 23 June 2011 - The defeat of the LTTE in Sri Lanka – with its extraordinarily high civilian cost – is perhaps the most appalling example of what happens when states abandon proportionality. The killing of 40,000 civilians in the last few months of the Sri Lankan conflict shows what can happen when all thoughts of proportionality are abandoned. Whatever definition of “excessive” one adopts, it is beyond question that slaughter on this scale, inflicted through the indiscriminate shelling of supposed safe zones, the targeting of hospitals and the post defeat execution of prisoners, is out of all proportion to any potential military gain.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 05/02/2011 - 23:02
Lecture by Louise Arbour, President & CEO of the International Crisis Group, on the occasion of the Sir Joseph Hotung International Human Rights Lecture 2011, at the British Museum, 27 April 2011.