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Sri Lanka no longer under UN Security Council review: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict has decided that children in armed conflict are no longer an issue in Sri Lanka. The Working Group has adopted the 'Draft Conclusions on the situation of children and armed conflict in Sri Lanka' on December 19, 2012, thereby closing the dossier on Sri Lanka in the Security Council. Colombo Page, December 27, 2012.

 43 terrorism related arrests made in North in last one month, says HRC The Jaffna (Northern Province) office of Sri Lanka's Human Rights Commission (HRC) said that 43 people have been arrested in the North within the last month for terrorism related activities. HRC Coordinator in Jaffna T. Kanagaraja said that the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) had arrested 43 people since November 27th under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Colombo Page, December 20, 2012.

Army withdraws its personnel from the Jaffna University area: The Army has withdrawn its personnel serving the areas near the Jaffna University (Jaffna District) in response to a request made by the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University. As mentioned earlier, Police had arrested four students on suspicion of terrorist activities. ColomboPage, December 7, 2012.

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