Report proves crimes against humanity

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

MSF talk of SL govt's inability to care for Tamil civilians

April 22, 2009 Comments Off on MSF talk of SL govt's inability to care for Tamil civilians

MSF treating hundreds of wounded arriving from Sri Lankan war zone
According to international humanitarian law, when a government does not have the ability to provide basic needs to its citizens, it is obliged to allow international aid agencies to provide this care. The report by Médecins Sans Frontières shows that the Sri Lankan government is breaching this law.

There are over 1200 patients and the bed capacity is just over 400. “It’s chaotic” says Karen Stewart “the beds have been pushed together so it’s like one massive bed. Instead of having one person per bed you have two, it’s just like one huge bed across the ward. Then there’s a whole other layer on the ground, we have people under every bed, so that’s double capacity. You also have a lot of people who are outside in the walkways lying on mats.”

People arriving from the war zone are put into temporary government run camps in Vavuniya which are fast reaching maximum capacity. Families are cramped together, in some cases an entire family has to live in the space of a sofa. There is no freedom of movement in between the camps and only a minority have been able to find out any information about their loved ones who might be in other camps. “This” says Karen “is one of the biggest causes of mental health distress. They arrive, wounded, lost and skinny and then they are put in a camp where they can’t leave and they can’t call their family. They have no communication, they have nothing. There can be a husband and wife in two separate camps and they would never know.”

Recent shelling in safe zone

April 11, 2009 Comments Off on Recent shelling in safe zone

Herald Sun : Sri Lanka army kills 129 civilians, say rebels

CBC News : Sri Lankan military denies shelling safe zone

BBC : ‘Civilians die’ in Sri Lanka zone

Guardian : At least 128 reported dead in Sri Lanka’s ‘no-fire zone’

Tamils protest for third day in London, Oslo; protest in Canada begin

April 8, 2009 § 1 Comment

Click here to watch the London rally live!

Video coverage-
SKY News : Third Day Of Tamil Protests In Westminster
Daily Express : TAMILS IN BATTLE AT COMMONS
AFP : London Tamils refuse to move
ITV : Angry Tamils stage bridge protest

Audio coverage-
Audio Boo : Interview with British Tamil youth
Audio Boo : Interview with British Tamil woman

Written coverage-
The London Paper : Tamil demonstrators continue to occupy Westminster Bridge
Ottawa Citizen : Tamils vow second day of protest
The Dominion : Tamils Paralyze Downtown Ottawa
CRFA Radio : No Arrests after ‘Peaceful’ Protest: Cops
Embassy : Tamils Take Protests to Harper’s Front Door

Coverage from earlier days-
SKY News : Sri Lanka Conflict: Tamils Protest In London

BBC : Arrests at Tamil rally in London [VIDEO]
Times Online : Tamil protester jumps in Thames as 5,000 occupy Parliament Square in London
Reuters : Tamil protesters block bridge in London
ITV : Angry Tamils stage bridge protest
BBC : Tamils rally outside Parliament
The Guardian : Westminister Bridge closed after Tamil ceasefire protest
Press Trust of India : Tamils protest in London for ceasefire in Sri Lanka
AFP : London demo slams Sri Lanka rights abuses
The Sun : Tamils threaten Thames jump
Reuters : Tamil supporters protest in London, Oslo
The Mirror : Tamil war demo sparks river alert
Press TV : Tamil protesters block bridge in London
RTT News : Tamilians Stage Protest In London Over Lankan Rights Abuses
Evening Star : Sri Lanka protest closes London bridge
Mail Online : Protesters clash with police as thousands of Tamils lay siege to Parliament

Humanitarian medical mission, to the Vanni conflict zone

March 17, 2009 Comments Off on Humanitarian medical mission, to the Vanni conflict zone

The British Tamils have taken on the mammoth task of planning a humanitarian medical mission, to the Vanni conflict zone, by sending a Mercy Mission ship.  They are presently negotiating, and are willing to negotiate constructively in the long term, with NGOs and the Government of Sri Lanka for a safe passage. Non-Tamil doctors will be part of the team on board.

SBS interviews SL Foreign Secretary

March 11, 2009 Comments Off on SBS interviews SL Foreign Secretary

SBS Radio News Features: Lankan government says no ceasefire for Tamil Tigers

Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona says Sri Lanka is not under any international pressure to agree to a ceasefire, despite concerns about the fate of tens-of-thousands of civilians trapped with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

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The Wire interviews Mr. Paul O'Callaghan from ACFID

March 11, 2009 Comments Off on The Wire interviews Mr. Paul O'Callaghan from ACFID

The Wire: Australia needs to step up peace efforts in Sri Lanka
Produced by Catherine Zengerer

At least 14 people have been killed in the latest wave of violence in Sri Lanka, when a Tamil suicide bomber blew himself up just south of the capital Colombo. About 70,000 people have died in the Sri Lankan war which has been raging for over two decades Paul O’Callaghan is the Executive Director of the Australian Council for International Development and he thinks the Australian government is not doing enough to put an end to the conflict. He spoke to Catherine Zengerer.

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In today's media…

March 9, 2009 Comments Off on In today's media…

Green Left : Sri Lanka’s war on Tamils: the unknown genocide

Thousands of civilians have been killed or injured and hundreds of thousands are in danger from hunger and disease, as the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) continues its brutal offensive against the Tamil people in the island’s north-east. 

BBC : Deadly surge in S Lanka fighting

Both the Sri Lankan army and sources supportive of Tamil Tiger rebels have reported a bloody escalation in the fighting in the country’s north-east.

BBC : Civilians die’ in S Lanka battle

There have been fresh reports of civilian casualties as ferocious battles continue in Sri Lanka between soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels.

The Hindu : Next 72 hours crucial for Tigers

The Sri Lankan military on Sunday claimed that the war with the LTTE had reached its “final stages” amid reports that the next 72 hours were crucial for the Tigers.

Economic Times : LTTE pushed into 50 sq km area, claims Sri Lankan army

Over 100 Tamil Tigers have been killed in fierce fighting with Sri Lankan forces since Friday and the rebels are now cornered in a less than 50 sq km area in Mullaitivu, defence ministry said Sunday.


Video update from Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation

March 9, 2009 Comments Off on Video update from Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation

 Civilians injured by Sri Lanka Govt bombing & shelling: 1-6 March 2009

Interview with a mother who lost her 12 year old daughter and husband in the safe zone: 24 February 2009

Interview with a displaced Grandmother: 23 February 2009

Hon. Ian Cohen of NSW Parliament speaks on SL conflict and Tamil Struggle

March 5, 2009 § 2 Comments

Hon. Ian Cohen, NSW Parliament, Member of Legislative Council and Greens Party delivered a speech in NSW Parliament on “Sri Lanka and Tamil Conflict”

“Too many lives have been lost, and each day we keep silent we allow more deaths to occur. It is important that the Government of Australia and the international community recognise that the targeting of a minority has been taking place for decades. What we see taking place today is but a culmination of successive attacks targeting the Tamils. It is important that the Government of Australia and the international community recognise the legitimate grievances of the Tamil people and acknowledge the legitimacy of their struggle for self-determination.”

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