Genocide the Tamil people in Srilanka

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Private TV station torched in Sri Lanka capital

(By KRISHAN FRANCIS,Associated Press Writer)Sri Lanka – The U.S. Embassy on Saturday condemned attacks on a Sri Lankan television station saying such acts imperil media freedom in the country. A dozen men armed with assault rifles and petrol bombs attacked the offices of privately owned Voice of Asia Network at pre-dawn Friday. The television management said the assailants assaulted security guards before setting fire to the building that houses the TV station, destroying its studios, control room and library. One guard and another employee were injured. The attack comes after Prageeth Eknaligoda _ a journalist critical of the government _ was reported missing in January and suspected of having been abducted. His fate is still not known.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Villagers in Murukandi in the Mullativu district complain that they are going to lose nearly five thousand acres of their land according to government

The government agent in Mullativu has arranged to acquire these lands, villagers told our correspondent, Dinasena Ratugamage. The government has proposed to give new lands through the government agent but the Murukandi villagers insist that they should be allowed to live where they had been living. A villager who is so disturbed by this move said that her only hope is to have her land which belongs to the whole family Another villager said that he has lost everything except the land and that he was prepared even to sacrifice his life for the ownership of his land.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New Tamil angst: army camps changing demographics?

[lakbimanews By Ranga Jayasuriya]Bitterness over High Security Zones continues to poison post war reconciliation. Especially, since Keheliya Rambukwella, the Defence Affairs Spokesman rhetorically responded to a media question that High Security Zones were going to stay, faint hope among the displaced Tamils for the magnanimity of the victor evaporated into thin air. When the Cabinet met in Kilinochchi, early this month, 2000 odd families petitioned the President requesting that they be allowed to return to their original land, where the military has now built a camp. Four thousand acres of land have been taken over in Murukandi and Kilinochchi to build a new military cantonment. The inhabitants of three villages have been displaced.

1983 July Massacre: Blood witness of Genocide!

A nation experiencing genocide could not restore its existence by pleading with those who perpetrate the acts of genocide or with anybody else. Only an independent state of Tamil Eelam will ensure the security of the Tamils, states Viswanathan Rudrakumaran, the Interim Chief Executive of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam. Media Release: We mark 27 years since the anti-Tamil pogrom in Sri Lanka and the mass killings of July 1983 which have become a bloody reminder of the acts of genocide undertaken by the Sri Lankan state against the Tamils. Over 3,000 Tamil people were killed; many millions worth of Tamil residences and property were plundered, burnt down and destroyed during this orgy of violence against Tamils aided and abetted by the Sri Lankan state machinery. Tamil combatants including Thangaththurai and Kuttymani and many civilians in detention at the Welikada prison were brutally massacred. Tamils living in the south of Sri Lanka sought refuge in their traditional homeland in the North East of the country. These events in the Black July of 1983 showed to the world that the Tamil people were most secure in their own homeland. The Tamil liberation struggle also gained an impetus hitherto unseen. What followed from then until May 2009 has made it amply clear that there has been no change in the genocidal intent and actions on the part of the Sri Lankan state; only that these have been intensified, with far more force and brutality. Genocidal acts do not take the same form everywhere. Indeed it is the oppressor who determines the form and levels of these acts. Over 50,000 Tamil people have been annihilated during the final stages of the genocidal war conducted by the Sri Lankan armed forces. Thousands more were maimed. Over 300,000 of Tamil people were interned in detention camps. Many thousands of these people are still detained in the camps with no access to any rehabilitation or reconstruction of their lives. The status of over 10,000 ex-combatants in detention is unknown and the memories of the cruel prison massacres of 1983 only heighten our fears. While remembering those who lost their lives in July 1983, we present all the 200,000 of our people who died at the hands of the Sri Lankan armed forces as witnesses for the justice we seek from the international community. No nation could heal its wounds in the absence of justice being granted to them. We seek the following from the international community in the name of justice and on the basis of international law: 1. The only way a people who are being subjected to genocide could reach their freedom and exercise their right to self-determination is through the establishment of a State for themselves. The International Community must support the establishment of the independent state of Tamil Eelam as the only way for the Tamils to live in safety and with security. 2. All former combatants detained under harsh conditions by the Government of Sri Lanka must be recognized as prisoners of war and be freed. Arrangements should be made to release the names of all combatants in detention and to enable visits to them by the International Committee of the Red Cross. 3. The international community must raise its voice on behalf of the Tamil people in the name of justice and according to the norms of international human rights. At this time we also gratefully remember those Sinhalese citizens who valiantly saved the lives of many Tamils during the pogrom of July 1983 purely on humanitarian grounds. Likewise, there have been many progressive forces, writers and artistes among the Sinhalese who continued to express their voice of opposition to the genocidal acts of the Governments of Sri Lanka. We link our arms in solidarity with all of you. Your voice may be weak against that of the majority but it will always be loud in front of justice. In our struggle for justice, yours will be a strong force of support. As we remember the pogrom of July 1983, a young Tamil activist by the name of J. Sivanthan is embarking on a long march from London towards the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, starting on the night of July 23. He is demanding that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights takes up the question of war-crime investigations in Sri Lanka and that the Tamils still held in detention be freed. While expressing our support for his action, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam calls upon all Tamils to contribute to the success of this undertaking by Sivanthan. Today, we are sending out to various governments a dossier concerning the genocide of the Tamils. Following this, the members of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam will reach out world leaders with proposals for political action for meting out justice against the genocide of the Sri Lankan Government. A nation experiencing genocide could not restore its existence by pleading with those who perpetrate the acts of genocide or with anybody else. We are not seeking concessions but our inalienable rights derived from justice and inherent to us according to international norms. Our voices shall ring high until we establish them. Viswanathan Rudrakumaran Interim Chief Executive

Friday, July 23, 2010

In July 1983, Sinhalese killed up to 3,000 Tamil civilians and destroyed 18,000 houses.

(AsiaNews by Melani Manel Perera) – Catholic communities and NGOs are marking today the 27th anniversary of the Black July riots that left thousands of Tamil civilians dead at the hands of ethnic Sinhalese on 23 July 1983. Remembrance ceremonies are being held in the hope that reconciliation might come to the people of Sri Lanka. After Tamil Tiger fighters ambushed and killed 13 Sri Lankan soldiers on that tragic day, 27 years ago, ethnic Sinhalese attacked ethnic Tamils. Up to 3,000 Tamils are thought to have died in the violence, 18,000 Tamil homes and 5,000 shops were destroyed, whilst more than 100,000 Tamils fled to India,

Sri Lankan war widows turn to painkillers

(By reporter, Jaffna July 19, 2010) Sri Lankan war widows turn to painkillers thumbnail Some of the priests who worked in the former war zone An increasing number of widows in northern Sri Lanka are dealing with the aftermath of the country’s civil war by taking painkillers, say priests. “They are buying the painkillers from local shops,” said Father E.S.C. Mariathas, “but what they need above all is treatment for the stress they feel, since the war turned their lives into misery, desperation and insecurity.” About 20 Catholic priests from Mannar and Jaffna dioceses have been assigned to the former war zones in the north, to set about returning thousands of resettled families to a stable, sustainable, integrated life.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Tamil terrorist claims exaggerated, former UN official

(Liam Cochrane 16 Jul 2010Australia.)The former spokesman for the United Nations in Colombo has accused the Sri Lankan government of branding Tamil asylum seekers as terrorists, because of fears they might become witnesses in a war crimes tribunal if they are granted asylum in Australia. The UN has established a panel to investigate if a war crimes tribunal is the appropriate mechanism to look to the last months of the 26-year-long civil war, which, ended last year. Since the start of 2009, a total of 1,129 Sri Lankan asylum seekers have arrived in Australia, with about 30 per cent being granted asylum, 7 per cent being refused and sent back, and the rest of the cases still pending. The Australian media this week published comments by a Sri Lankan security analyst who said up to half of all Tamil asylum seekers had links to the Tamil Tigers, and that the Tamil Tigers had links to Al Qaeda. Former UN spokesman Gordon Weiss says those claims are false. "Why is it that they are sending people out to sell this idea? This notion that these people are a danger to the security of Australia, that they have links with international terrorism, that are an ongoing danger and that they are taking advantage of our immigration system?" Mr Weiss said. "The only conceivable reason can be that the Sri Lankans are trying to prevent people who have witnessed what happened in the north of the country during the war [from receiving asylum in Australia]," he said.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Former Tamil Tiger rebels detained in Sri Lanka say they have been ill-treated in government camps with no basic facilities.

(By Swaminathan Natarajan BBC )Former Tamil Tiger rebels detained in Sri Lanka say they have been ill-treated in government camps with no basic facilities. In letters and phone calls to BBC Tamil, ex-militants say they have been "tortured and beaten" in the centres. They accuse camp guards of being corrupt and demanding bribes before releasing detainees. The government says all those being held in custody following the end of the war are being well cared for. It has consistently refused to allow any kind of independent investigation into allegations of human rights abuses in the final weeks leading up to the end of the war in May 2009.

Verdict on Sri Lanka should be warning to others

(Dawn Editorial Thursday, 15 Jul, 2010 Pakistan)Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s move to set up a three-member panel has come more than a year after the war had ended and reports of the army’s atrocities against civilians had started filtering out. The war was conducted by the army but had the full backing of the president who believed that Tamil Eelam was an intractable problem which could not be resolved through political means. The war had dragged on for 27 years and the final assault is believed to have been brutal with 7,000 civilians having been killed in the last few months of the fighting. Besides the Sri Lankan government is known to have resorted to ham-fisted measures vis-à-vis the media and the opposition.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sri Lanka: Protests Against UN Echo Anti-Justice Campaign

(HRW July 11, 2010 ) – Demonstrations led by a Sri Lankan government minister to protest a United Nations expert panel show the government’s open hostility to investigations of alleged war crimes in the Tamil Tiger conflict that ended last year, Human Rights Watch said today. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s creation of and support for the three-person Panel of Experts on justice mechanisms – despite persistent Sri Lankan government opposition – shows important new resolve to promote accountability for war crimes, Human Rights Watch said.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

(greenleft,By Tony Iltis) On April 9, the Australian Labor Party government, then led by Kevin Rudd, imposed a three-month suspension of the processing of refugees from Sri Lanka. On July 6, the Labor government of PM Julia Gillard announced, in the context of unveiling its pre-election tougher stance against refugees, that the suspension would not be extended. It cited a July 5 report by the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and predicted that most Sri Lankan asylum seekers in Australia would have their claims rejected and be sent back. Refugees recently arriving in Australia from Sri Lanka have been overwhelmingly Tamils from the Tamil-majority north and east of the island.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

St.Peters Church in Navaly(Jaffna,Sri Lanka) bombed with refugees inside (9th July 95)

Having dropped leaflets asking the people to move to places of worship the Sri Lanka air force there after attacked the places of worship where Tamil civilians had sought refuge. On the day after the attack, 56 bodies were retrieved from the debris, many of whom were women and children. The death toll in this incident later increased to 120. 13 babies died in their mother's arms. Rescue workers reported torn limbs and pieces of human flesh strewn over the area. International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva (Switzerland) issued the following Communication to the Press on 11th July 1995. ICRC COMMUNICATION TO THE PRESS Communication to the press No.95/30 11 July 1995 SRI LANKA: DISPLACED CIVILIANS KILLED IN AIR STRIKE Geneva (ICRC). On 9 July the Sri Lankan armed forces launched a large-scale military offensive against the positions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) north of the city of Jaffna. The operation, involving intensive artillery shelling and air strikes, immediately forced tens of thousands of civilians to leave the area. Many of the displaced sought shelter in churches and temples, including several hundred people who took refuge in the Church of St. Peter and Paul Navaly. According to eye-witness accounts, this church and several adjacent buildings were hit by further air force strikes at 4.30 p.m the same day. During the attack 65 people were killed and 150 wounded, including women and children. That evening and into the night Sri Lanka Red Cross staff evacuated most of the wounded by ambulance to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital. Delegates of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) present the next morning at the scene of the attack noted the widespread damage and measured the extent of the tragedy: many of the bodies had not yet been removed from the rubble. Deeply concerned by the series of the violent acts that have claimed innocent civilians, the ICRC calls on the parties involved to respect civilian lives, property and places of refuge. It also urges them to respect the protected zone around the Jaffna Teaching Hospital and to refrain from attacking any other medical facilities.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sri Lanka Minister and Mob Hold UN Staff Hostage, Ban Remains Silent

By Matthew Russell Lee UNITED NATIONS, July 5 -- The UN's compound in Colombo has been surrounded, UN staff held hostage by a crowd led by Sri Lankan government minister Wimal Weerawansa. "We warn the U.N. to withdraw the (investigating) panel if they want to get the employees out," Weerawansa told the protesters.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Why does the civilized world tolerate war criminals of Sri Lanka?

(Sudhir Chadda Jul. 2, 2010 )Should Sri Lanka be tried for Governmental oganized war crime against Tamil? Why did India allow the war criminals kill Tamils? Why did US keep quiet? Why did the rest of the world allowed the Nazi-like atrocities? Lankan minister Wimal Weerawansa's call to hold UN staff in the country hostage, until the UN Secretary General dissolves the committee he had set up to advice him on alleged rights violations in Sri Lanka is real. No matter what the Lankan Government say officially, they did commit war crime against the Tamils and humanity in general. It was a classic case ethnic cleansing never seen before since the Hitler's atrocities against the Jewish population. Some Indian politicians are also in trouble that allowed Sri Lankan Government to kill Tamils without any mercy for women, and children.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Mystery killings in Colombo(Sri Lanka) unsolved

In a horrific turn of events in Sri Lanka's biggest city, Colombo, between seven and ten hawkers, homeless people or beggars have been murdered in the space of a few weeks. The murder methods have been particularly violent, the victims crushed with rocks or beaten with poles as they slept. The police have not solved the mystery series of killings. Manoj, a seller of lottery tickets became the latest person working or living in the streets to be murdered. "He didn't have enemies", his mother cries. Like several of the victims Manoj was killed especially brutally with a rock which now lies in two pieces by the bloodied corpse. At least seven poor people have now been killed within a few weeks all over Colombo.