Sri Lankan troops will not use heavy weapons or air strikes iagainst Tamil rebels in the north-east, the government in Colombo has said. But it has dismissed an LTTE ceasefire and civilian casualties continue to rise alarmingly.
The grim situation in Sri Lanka shows the hazards of extreme ethnic nationalism, says Savi Hensman. In today’s world, many people – whether they regard themselves as atheists, agnostics or religious believers – in reality put their ‘nation’ first, often symbolised by a flag.
Churches in Sri Lanka have denounced the revival of a draconian anti-terrorism law by the government aimed at hobbling support for ethnic Tamil rebels with whom government forces are in almost a fully-fledged war despite there being an official cease-fire - reports Ecumenical News International.