October 27, 2009 Comments Off on Report proves crimes against humanity
The Guardian – Stop Sri Lanka’s crimes
The US is the latest country to join the ever-growing list of nations that condemn Sri Lanka for its violations of international humanitarian law, crimes against humanity and related harms in its fight against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
The government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) is complicit in almost all the acts listed in the Rome statute of the international criminal court in its definition of crimes against humanity, according to evidence in a report published by the US state department for Congress on 22 October.
The report highlights deaths due to starvation as a result of the government’s restriction of supplies. It also indicates that the supply of medicines to the injured, disabled and sick was restricted. None were spared.
Satellite images show hospitals being targeted, and there are images which indicate heavy weapon usage, aerial bombing and cluster bombs. Eyewitness accounts outline the targeting of civilian areas and surrendering unarmed combatants being shot in cold blood. Video evidence shows alleged military executions of young naked men.
Who would argue against a damning report? Only Sri Lanka. More
June 1, 2009 Comments Off on The Australian reports "Tamils fear bout of ethnic cleansing"
The Australian : Tamils fear bout of ethnic cleansing
In the wake of President Mahinda Rajapakse’s declaration of victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam last month, Sinhalese Sri Lankans danced and waved the national flag, which bears the Sinhalese lion.
Most Tamils stayed behind closed doors. In the town of Trincomalee – part of the eastern province liberated from the Tigers in 2007 – reports emerged of bashings and of Tamil families and businesses being obliged to donate money for a celebration feast.
…”The LTTE killed off a lot of moderate Tamil voices,” the diplomat said. “A lot of Tamils hated the LTTE but it was the strongest voice for Tamil rights, and now that it’s gone there’s a fear that they are powerless against what many might see as a different form of terror.”
…Rights campaigners and aid workers have reported large numbers of people, including at least 80 former LTTE child soldiers, have gone missing from internment camps in the northeast, which now house more than 280,000 displaced people. “The problem in this country is terror and impunity,” an exhausted aid worker said. “There are never investigations.”
…Observers fear the Government will see the mass displacement of Tamils as an opportunity to change the demographics of the north by offering incentives to Sinhalese people.
…Statistics from the government Census Department show the Sinhalese population in the east rose from 5 per cent in 1921 to 25per cent in 1981, after decades of state-sponsored irrigation and land policies that offered state land to tens of thousands of Sinhala peasants from the south and the central hills.
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