Thu, Mar 23, 2017 | updated 01:52 PM IST

Human Rights Watch urges Sri Lanka for justice to killed ACF aid workers

Updated: Aug 01, 2016 19:00 IST

New York, Aug. 1 (ANI): New York based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Sri Lankan Government to mete out justice in the killing of 17 aid workers of French charity, Action Against Hunger (ACF).

Issuing a statement on Sunday, the organization said the Sri Lankan authorities have not brought to justice those responsible for the execution-style slaying of 17 aid workers a decade ago, reports the Colombo Page.

The killings of the ACF workers - 16 ethnic Tamils, including four women, and one Muslim - occurred after several days of fighting between government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) for control of Muttur.

The ACF team was providing assistance to the survivors of the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

The special court being set up by the government should ensure that the ACF killings and other wartime atrocities are fully and fairly tried with significant foreign involvement, and all those culpable brought to account, regardless of rank or position, said Human Rights Watch.

According to the HRW, the non-governmental University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) published detailed findings on the Muttur killings based on accounts from witnesses and weapons analysis that implicate government security forces present in the area.

The group alleges that two police constables and Sri Lankan naval Special Forces commandos were directly responsible, and that senior police and justice officials were linked to a cover-up. (ANI)

Kabul [Afghanistan], Mar. 23 (ANI): A local police officer killed nine of his colleagues at a check post in northern Kunduz province late on Wednesday night.

Full Story >>

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Bangladesh Supreme Court has scrapped a High Court order that stayed the trial proceedings of Niko graft case against former prime minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia, thereby clearing the way for continuing trial proceedings in the case.

Full Story >>

Washington D. C. [USA], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Chinese officials warned a US military aircraft flying near South Korea on Sunday during routine operations in international airspace.

Full Story >>

Kathmandu [Nepal], Mar. 23 (ANI): Nepalese Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat has said that no pacts or MoUs will be signed with Beijing during Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's visit to China starting today.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 23 (ANI): On the occasion of Pakistan Day, President Mamnoon Hussain said in his address that Islamabad is ready for dialogue with India over the Kashmir issue.

Full Story >>

New York [USA], Mar. 23 (ANI): The United States is reportedly building a case implicating North Korean government of orchestrating an USD 81 million cyber heist from the Bangladesh central bank's account at the New York Federal Reserve, according to media reports.

Full Story >>

Paris [France], Mar. 23 (ANI): The lights of the Eiffel Tower were turned off at midnight to pay respect for the victims of Wednesday's vehicle and knife attack in Westminster.

Full Story >>

Rothschild (Wisconsin) [USA], Mar. 23 (ANI): One police officer and three civilians were killed in a series of shootings on Wednesday afternoon in Marathon County, according to the Police.

Full Story >>

World leaders condemn U.K. Parliament attack

Updated: Mar 23, 2017 07:19 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): In the wake of the unfortunate terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday, political leaders across the world have come forward and condemned the incident in strong words.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.A.], Mar. 23 (ANI): The FBI has information that indicates associates of U.S. President Donald Trump might have communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging Hillary Clinton's campaign in the elections.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Mar. 23 (ANI): Akin to other terror attacks in the recent years, countries like France and Israel showed solidarity with London post the major terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday here.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): There will be no major escalation in security measures in the metropolitan cities of India - Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai - following the major terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Met Police have confirmed that five people, including the attacker, died and at least 40 were injured in the major terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday here.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.A.], Mar. 23 (ANI): Donald Trump Jr is facing criticism for posting a distasteful tweet featuring London Mayor Sadiq Khan hours after a major terror attack on the Houses of Parliament in London, which left four, including a police officer, dead.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.A.], Mar. 23 (ANI): Following a major terror attack on the U.K. Parliament in London, the New York Police Department (NYPD) has stepped up security measures in the United States.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Mar. 23 (ANI): U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has described the major terror attack on the Parliament, which shook the nation on Wednesday, as "sick and depraved."

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): In the wake of the attack on the U.K. Parliament on Wednesday, Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has shown solidarity with London and has assured that there was no Indian casualty reported.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Mar. 23 (ANI): The lockdown of Westminster following the attack on the U.K. Parliament seems to be over, after several hours.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Mar. 23 (ANI): The U.K. Parliament has confirmed it would be open as usual on Thursday despite the attack on it and the lockdown of Westminster.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Following the attack on the U.K. Parliament on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has expressed condolence to the victims and their families.

Full Story >>