The Cancer of Democracy

The take-no-prisoners approach to counterinsurgency adopted by the Sri Lankan government in 2009 was hailed in many corners as evidence that letting the military off the leash was more effective than a nuanced strategy of political engagement.

As disturbing stories emerged of Sri Lankan military and paramilitary units executing prisoners, silencing civil society critics and displaying a cavalier disregard for civilian casualties these were dismissed by government apologists as a price worth paying to secure democratic rule on the island.

In October last year the Obama administration even went so far as to brief the Sri Lankan Attorney General on the Military Commission system operating at Guantanamo. Sri Lanka is considering the Commissions as a possible model for Special Tribunals to try 12,000 potential LTTE suspects.

Then last month the Sri Lankan government arrested General Sarath Fonseka – military architect of the aggressive military strategy that led to the defeat of the LTTE and the death of Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

General Fonseka had been the main challenger of President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the January 2010 general election and it seems pretty apparent that the Sri Lankan regime is determined to send a strong message to future challengers that serious political opposition will not be tolerated.

The arrest of General Fonseka, the internment of Tamil civilians in poorly run camps, and the disappearance of human rights activists and journalists from the streets of Colombo are all part of the same pattern and spell disaster for the future of one of the oldest democracies in Asia.

One aspect of torture and human rights abuse often ignored in the counterterrorism debate is the impact that draconian and even illegal tactics have on the fabric of the society using them.

In the 1960s the French journalist Pierre Vidal-Naquet famously described torture as “the cancer of democracy” and chartered how counter terror and the use of water boarding and electric shock treatment on terrorist suspects in Algeria eroded the democratic values of the French military.

As French forces got sucked deeper and deeper into the conflict elite frontline units were called upon to break more and more of the taboos of civilized society. Democratic control began to break down as soldiers began to see themselves as being above the law.

Ultimately, as the civilian government moved towards a withdrawal from Algeria, French generals mounted a coup in Algiers and established their own terrorist movement, the Organisation de l’Armée Secrète (OAS), that declared war on the French government and came close to assassinating French President and national hero Charles de Gaulle.

Illegal tactics like torture and indefinite detention are not consequence free for those who use them. They erode values, discipline and ultimately even relatively stable democracies. The truth is that in the real world you can’t destroy the village to save it. That approach just leaves you with a pile of rubble.

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107 thoughts on “The Cancer of Democracy

  1. An excellent commentary, Mr Parker.

    But, in viewing of the ( all – along ) record & standards of nationstates, is torture the cancer of democracy, or is democracy the cancer of torture ?

    Ask the nations wirhin the nations.

  2. An excellent commentary, Mr Parker.

    But, in viewing of the ( all – along ) record & standards of nationstates, is torture the cancer of democracy, or is democracy the cancer of torture ?

    Ask the nations wirhin the nations.

  3. State could do anything on the own people and hide behind the banner of state, this is the Democracy in Sri lanka.
    AHRC news say
    The function of the judiciary is not to provide some kind of legality for the arbitrary actions of the executive. The executive often, while attacking the individual wants to give the impression of legality to such attacks. The very wisdom of the judiciary lies in its very capacity to destroy that kind of legality and to be able to protect the individual at all times. This capacity has been virtually lost in Sri Lanka. http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/201

    Former chief justice of Sri Lanka has described the former military chief, Gen Sarath Fonseka, as a political prisoner in sri lanka. "There are certain rules and regulations to arrest or detain a person according to the law in this country. But now all those avenues are blocked. I think the international community might see Sri Lanka as a lawless country."

  4. State could do anything on the own people and hide behind the banner of state, this is the Democracy in Sri lanka.
    AHRC news say
    The function of the judiciary is not to provide some kind of legality for the arbitrary actions of the executive. The executive often, while attacking the individual wants to give the impression of legality to such attacks. The very wisdom of the judiciary lies in its very capacity to destroy that kind of legality and to be able to protect the individual at all times. This capacity has been virtually lost in Sri Lanka. http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/201

    Former chief justice of Sri Lanka has described the former military chief, Gen Sarath Fonseka, as a political prisoner in sri lanka. "There are certain rules and regulations to arrest or detain a person according to the law in this country. But now all those avenues are blocked. I think the international community might see Sri Lanka as a lawless country."

  5. State could do anything on the own people and hide behind the banner of state, this is the Democracy in Sri lanka.
    AHRC news say
    The function of the judiciary is not to provide some kind of legality for the arbitrary actions of the executive. The executive often, while attacking the individual wants to give the impression of legality to such attacks. The very wisdom of the judiciary lies in its very capacity to destroy that kind of legality and to be able to protect the individual at all times. This capacity has been virtually lost in Sri Lanka. http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/201

    Former chief justice of Sri Lanka has described the former military chief, Gen Sarath Fonseka, as a political prisoner in sri lanka. "There are certain rules and regulations to arrest or detain a person according to the law in this country. But now all those avenues are blocked. I think the international community might see Sri Lanka as a lawless country."

  6. Sri Lanka torture in custody

    Torture of female prisoners in the concentration camps of the Sri Lankan Army in Vavuniyaa continues to the horrific extent of making many of the detainees insane.

    The torture is mainly carried out by the Sinhalese female soldiers of the Sri Lankan Army.

    A large number of Tamil women detainees are being isolated and starved to magnify the physiological torture administered with a typical Sinhalese cruelty on daily basis.

    Also the Tamil women prisoners human rights are viciously violated in Sri Lanka because detaining them them without producing them in a Court of law within 24 hours.

    According to the Article 13 of the Sri Lankan Constitution, the supreme law of the country, a suspect or person taken into custody has to be produced before a Court of law within 24 hours.

  7. “detaining of former army Chief General (retd) Sarath Fonseka for over three weeks is illegal according to the Article 13 of the Sri Lankan Constitution "

    Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva said in Sri Lanka

    What about thousands of Tamils who are detained for years without any charges?

    One rule for Sarath Fonseka and another for Tamils?

  8. Sri Lankan president Rajapakse has extended the nations State of Emergency again today.

    The nation has been in a state of emergency for 27 years since 1983.

    The emergency laws provides exclusive powers to the President and allows the arrest and detention of suspects for long periods without trial.

    It also allows police and troops to carry out search operations without a warrant from a magistrate.

  9. Opposition parties have complained today that the Sri Lankan government is using the emergency law to suppress them politically

  10. The website www. freesarathfonseka.com which was opened just yesterday by former Chief Justice Sarath N Silva who was the Chief guest, is already meeting with obstacles and opposition from the Sri Lankan Govt.

    This website was opened with a view to collecting signatures on line for the freeing of General Fonseka who is now in custody.

    But by tmid morning access to the website has been blocked

  11. State could do anything on the own people and hide behind the banner of state, this is the Democracy in Sri lanka.
    AHRC news say
    The function of the judiciary is not to provide some kind of legality for the arbitrary actions of the executive. The executive often, while attacking the individual wants to give the impression of legality to such attacks. The very wisdom of the judiciary lies in its very capacity to destroy that kind of legality and to be able to protect the individual at all times. This capacity has been virtually lost in Sri Lanka.
    http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/2010statements/2448/

    Former chief justice of Sri Lanka has described the former military chief, Gen Sarath Fonseka, as a political prisoner in sri lanka. “There are certain rules and regulations to arrest or detain a person according to the law in this country. But now all those avenues are blocked. I think the international community might see Sri Lanka as a lawless country.”

  12. Sri Lanka torture in custody

    Torture of female prisoners in the concentration camps of the Sri Lankan Army in Vavuniyaa continues to the horrific extent of making many of the detainees insane.

    The torture is mainly carried out by the Sinhalese female soldiers of the Sri Lankan Army.

    A large number of Tamil women detainees are being isolated and starved to magnify the physiological torture administered with a typical Sinhalese cruelty on daily basis.

    Also the Tamil women prisoners human rights are viciously violated in Sri Lanka because detaining them them without producing them in a Court of law within 24 hours.

    According to the Article 13 of the Sri Lankan Constitution, the supreme law of the country, a suspect or person taken into custody has to be produced before a Court of law within 24 hours.

  13. “detaining of former army Chief General (retd) Sarath Fonseka for over three weeks is illegal according to the Article 13 of the Sri Lankan Constitution ”

    Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva said in Sri Lanka

    What about thousands of Tamils who are detained for years without any charges?

    One rule for Sarath Fonseka and another for Tamils?

  14. Sri Lankan president Rajapakse has extended the nations State of Emergency again today.

    The nation has been in a state of emergency for 27 years since 1983.

    The emergency laws provides exclusive powers to the President and allows the arrest and detention of suspects for long periods without trial.

    It also allows police and troops to carry out search operations without a warrant from a magistrate.

  15. Opposition parties have complained today that the Sri Lankan government is using the emergency law to suppress them politically

  16. The website www. freesarathfonseka.com which was opened just yesterday by former Chief Justice Sarath N Silva who was the Chief guest, is already meeting with obstacles and opposition from the Sri Lankan Govt.

    This website was opened with a view to collecting signatures on line for the freeing of General Fonseka who is now in custody.

    But by tmid morning access to the website has been blocked

  17. More than 100,000 Tamil children are severely traumatized.

    Redd Barna (Save the Children) aid worker from Norway, Vidar Strøm, has said that there are over one hundred thousand children who have been severely traumatized, to a greater or lesser degree, after being exposed to the war and then for the internment camps in the North of Sri Lanka .

    Redd Barna has gained access to the camps only after December 01 and is working to create child-friendly environment within the camps

  18. More than 100,000 Tamil children are severely traumatized.

    Redd Barna (Save the Children) aid worker from Norway, Vidar Strøm, has said that there are over one hundred thousand children who have been severely traumatized, to a greater or lesser degree, after being exposed to the war and then for the internment camps in the North of Sri Lanka .

    Redd Barna has gained access to the camps only after December 01 and is working to create child-friendly environment within the camps

  19. Torture of female prisoners in the concentration camps of the Sri Lankan Army in Vavuniyaa continues to the horrific extent of making many of the detainees insane.

    The torture is mainly carried out by the Sinhalese female soldiers of the Sri Lankan Army.

    A large number of Tamil women detainees are being isolated and starved to magnify the physiological torture administered with a typical Sinhalese cruelty on daily basis.

    Also the Tamil women prisoners human rights are viciously violated in Sri Lanka because detaining them them without producing them in a Court of law within 24 hours.

    According to the Article 13 of the Sri Lankan Constitution, the supreme law of the country, a suspect or person taken into custody has to be produced before a Court of law within 24 hours.

  20. State terrorism has always been the major problem in this tiny island.

    For more than sixty years, successive Sri Lankan governments backed by racist Sinhala extremists have been oppressing the Tamil minorities.

    They brutally killed thousands of innocent Tamils, burnt their properties and sent the rest in ships as refugees to the North of the country in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties.

    When Tamils asked for their rights, Sinhala extremists always responded with violence.

  21. Some recent 'abductions' of Eezham Tamil refugees who have come to Tamil Nadu after the war may have done to silence war crime witnesses.

    Some recent 'abductions' of Eezham Tamil refugees who have come to Tamil Nadu after the war may have connections to orchestrated efforts in silencing war crime witnesses, allege informed media circles in Chennai.

    Within the last one month, a group of people, released from the detention camps of Colombo, Sri Lanka was allegedly sent to Tamil Nadu by Sri Lanka Government to find and silenced Sri Lankan War victims.

    The group is engaged in gathering information about key LTTE members, who have fled the island, and in establishing contact with refugees and health workers having firsthand knowledge about war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan armed forces.

    Recently, a doctor, having knowledge of war crimes was abducted in Tamil Nadu, allegedly by some belonging to the said group, accompanied by Indian intelligence operatives, the Tamil Nadu media sources further revealed.

    Last year, the whole world watched with bewilderment how Colombo silenced the five doctors, the key witnesses to its war crimes, after being emboldened by the abetment of India, China and others in bailing it out from condemnation at the UN Human Rights Council.

    A few days back, some people in Mannaar were interrogated by Sri Lankan military, which accused them of registering details about war crimes with diaspora activists visiting India.

    There seems to be an ongoing orchestrated effort involving 'governments' exploiting former LTTE members in captivity in erasing evidences of war crimes, alleged the Tamil Nadu media sources.

  22. white vans in india?????

    are they tata vans????

    Strange ?

    How India is allowing this ??

    These are the gross human rights violations.

    Any one who is accused of any crime should be first produced before courts , not “white vanned” from India to Sri Lanka

  23. Torture of female prisoners in the concentration camps of the Sri Lankan Army in Vavuniyaa continues to the horrific extent of making many of the detainees insane.

    The torture is mainly carried out by the Sinhalese female soldiers of the Sri Lankan Army.

    A large number of Tamil women detainees are being isolated and starved to magnify the physiological torture administered with a typical Sinhalese cruelty on daily basis.

    Also the Tamil women prisoners human rights are viciously violated in Sri Lanka because detaining them them without producing them in a Court of law within 24 hours.

    According to the Article 13 of the Sri Lankan Constitution, the supreme law of the country, a suspect or person taken into custody has to be produced before a Court of law within 24 hours.

  24. State terrorism has always been the major problem in this tiny island.

    For more than sixty years, successive Sri Lankan governments backed by racist Sinhala extremists have been oppressing the Tamil minorities.

    They brutally killed thousands of innocent Tamils, burnt their properties and sent the rest in ships as refugees to the North of the country in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties.

    When Tamils asked for their rights, Sinhala extremists always responded with violence.

  25. Some recent ‘abductions’ of Eezham Tamil refugees who have come to Tamil Nadu after the war may have done to silence war crime witnesses.

    Some recent ‘abductions’ of Eezham Tamil refugees who have come to Tamil Nadu after the war may have connections to orchestrated efforts in silencing war crime witnesses, allege informed media circles in Chennai.

    Within the last one month, a group of people, released from the detention camps of Colombo, Sri Lanka was allegedly sent to Tamil Nadu by Sri Lanka Government to find and silenced Sri Lankan War victims.

    The group is engaged in gathering information about key LTTE members, who have fled the island, and in establishing contact with refugees and health workers having firsthand knowledge about war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan armed forces.

    Recently, a doctor, having knowledge of war crimes was abducted in Tamil Nadu, allegedly by some belonging to the said group, accompanied by Indian intelligence operatives, the Tamil Nadu media sources further revealed.

    Last year, the whole world watched with bewilderment how Colombo silenced the five doctors, the key witnesses to its war crimes, after being emboldened by the abetment of India, China and others in bailing it out from condemnation at the UN Human Rights Council.

    A few days back, some people in Mannaar were interrogated by Sri Lankan military, which accused them of registering details about war crimes with diaspora activists visiting India.

    There seems to be an ongoing orchestrated effort involving ‘governments’ exploiting former LTTE members in captivity in erasing evidences of war crimes, alleged the Tamil Nadu media sources.

  26. white vans in india?????

    are they tata vans????

    Strange ?

    How India is allowing this ??

    These are the gross human rights violations.

    Any one who is accused of any crime should be first produced before courts , not “white vanned” from India to Sri Lanka

  27. The whole problem is Rajapakse’s setting the sights of a lonstanding foothold in the Sri lankan power base after eliminating the tigers .In my view sudden emergence of Fonseka factor was totally unexpected and has taken the rajapakses by surprise.Allegation of war crimes have further complicated the matters.This is why government is playing mayhem and seemed to prepared to do anything to preserve the powerbase. Fonseka whether we like or not will not be released that easily unless there is a huge public outcry.Rajapakses are too shrewd and ranil will be a mere spectator.

  28. The whole problem is Rajapakse’s setting the sights of a lonstanding foothold in the Sri lankan power base after eliminating the tigers .In my view sudden emergence of Fonseka factor was totally unexpected and has taken the rajapakses by surprise.Allegation of war crimes have further complicated the matters.This is why government is playing mayhem and seemed to prepared to do anything to preserve the powerbase. Fonseka whether we like or not will not be released that easily unless there is a huge public outcry.Rajapakses are too shrewd and ranil will be a mere spectator.

  29. Just as america shields israel in the international arena, india & china is shielding sri lanka.

    Butcher states aid & abet war criminal states.

    Their intelligence systems work jointly.

    The stateless nations are hunted down & slaughtered.

    And silenced.

    Democracies ( plutocracies in reality ) are made & maintained this way. Always were.

    Nothing strange about india doing this — it's what she's ALWAYS been doing in Kashmir, the northeast, & Naxalite India.

    No courts here.

    They're rewriting Geneva, & the laws of war, saying they never applied to the stateless, anyway.

  30. Just as america shields israel in the international arena, india & china is shielding sri lanka.

    Butcher states aid & abet war criminal states.

    Their intelligence systems work jointly.

    The stateless nations are hunted down & slaughtered.

    And silenced.

    Democracies ( plutocracies in reality ) are made & maintained this way. Always were.

    Nothing strange about india doing this — it’s what she’s ALWAYS been doing in Kashmir, the northeast, & Naxalite India.

    No courts here.

    They’re rewriting Geneva, & the laws of war, saying they never applied to the stateless, anyway.

  31. Nice posts about Democracy in Sri lanka.I have read many blog and this is greatest one helpful and informative for me thanks. its really interesting and i like to read it.its gave me grate knowledge.

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    adamsjacson
    thanks

  32. Nice posts about Democracy in Sri lanka.I have read many blog and this is greatest one helpful and informative for me thanks. its really interesting and i like to read it.its gave me grate knowledge.

    ……………………………….
    adamsjacson
    thanks

  33. Mahaveeran PANDARA VANNIYAN was a rebel Tamil chief from the Vanni region who was known as ONE OF LAST NATIVE CHIEF TO CHALLENGE THE BRITISH RULE in the Island nation of Sri Lanka. August 25th, is the memorial day of Tamil Chieftain KULASAEKARAM VAIRAMUTTHU PANDARA VANNIYAN who ruled the Vanni kingdom of ADANKAPATRU. British defeat him during the historic battle of Katchilaimadu by Col. Drieberg

    The Portuguese who landed at Galle in 1505 and went to Kotte, to befriend the King there, got control of the Kotte Kingdom through political manipulations. They captured the Jaffna Kingdom by defeating Sangili in battle in 1619.

    The Portuguese failed to capture two areas: the Kandyan Kingdom and Wanni which comprised most of the present Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts. The Dutch, too, failed in their attempts to subjugate Kandy and Wanni. The British, who wanted to bring the entire country under their control, started with Wanni. They captured it by defeating Pandara Vanniyan in 1803. Before the final battle, Pandara Vanniyan destroyed the British Fort on August 25, 1803.

    Now Tamil culture & heritage are being systematically destroyed by Sri lanka. The Sinhala Democracy used to suppress the Democratic will of the Tamils.
    Memorial evidence of the King Pandara Vanniyan has been destroyed by Singhala state. http://www.sankathi.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt

    The Village name Katchilaimadu came as Memorial evidence of the King.
    Sinhala Armed forces, personally directed by Government cabinet ministers – A wanton act of genocidal intent to destroy the history of an ancient people. http://www.newlankasri.com/ta/link.php?3m4340SdCg

  34. Mahaveeran PANDARA VANNIYAN was a rebel Tamil chief from the Vanni region who was known as ONE OF LAST NATIVE CHIEF TO CHALLENGE THE BRITISH RULE in the Island nation of Sri Lanka. August 25th, is the memorial day of Tamil Chieftain KULASAEKARAM VAIRAMUTTHU PANDARA VANNIYAN who ruled the Vanni kingdom of ADANKAPATRU. British defeat him during the historic battle of Katchilaimadu by Col. Drieberg

    The Portuguese who landed at Galle in 1505 and went to Kotte, to befriend the King there, got control of the Kotte Kingdom through political manipulations. They captured the Jaffna Kingdom by defeating Sangili in battle in 1619.

    The Portuguese failed to capture two areas: the Kandyan Kingdom and Wanni which comprised most of the present Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts. The Dutch, too, failed in their attempts to subjugate Kandy and Wanni. The British, who wanted to bring the entire country under their control, started with Wanni. They captured it by defeating Pandara Vanniyan in 1803. Before the final battle, Pandara Vanniyan destroyed the British Fort on August 25, 1803.

    Now Tamil culture & heritage are being systematically destroyed by Sri lanka. The Sinhala Democracy used to suppress the Democratic will of the Tamils.
    Memorial evidence of the King Pandara Vanniyan has been destroyed by Singhala state. http://www.sankathi.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt

    The Village name Katchilaimadu came as Memorial evidence of the King.
    Sinhala Armed forces, personally directed by Government cabinet ministers – A wanton act of genocidal intent to destroy the history of an ancient people. http://www.newlankasri.com/ta/link.php?3m4340SdCg

  35. Mahaveeran PANDARA VANNIYAN was a rebel Tamil chief from the Vanni region who was known as ONE OF LAST NATIVE CHIEF TO CHALLENGE THE BRITISH RULE in the Island nation of Sri Lanka. August 25th, is the memorial day of Tamil Chieftain KULASAEKARAM VAIRAMUTTHU PANDARA VANNIYAN who ruled the Vanni kingdom of ADANKAPATRU. British defeat him during the historic battle of Katchilaimadu by Col. Drieberg

    The Portuguese who landed at Galle in 1505 and went to Kotte, to befriend the King there, got control of the Kotte Kingdom through political manipulations. They captured the Jaffna Kingdom by defeating Sangili in battle in 1619.

    The Portuguese failed to capture two areas: the Kandyan Kingdom and Wanni which comprised most of the present Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts. The Dutch, too, failed in their attempts to subjugate Kandy and Wanni. The British, who wanted to bring the entire country under their control, started with Wanni. They captured it by defeating Pandara Vanniyan in 1803. Before the final battle, Pandara Vanniyan destroyed the British Fort on August 25, 1803.

    Now Tamil culture & heritage are being systematically destroyed by Sri lanka. The Sinhala Democracy used to suppress the Democratic will of the Tamils.
    Memorial evidence of the King Pandara Vanniyan has been destroyed by Singhala state. http://www.sankathi.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt

    The Village name Katchilaimadu came as Memorial evidence of the King.
    Sinhala Armed forces, personally directed by Government cabinet ministers – A wanton act of genocidal intent to destroy the history of an ancient people. http://www.newlankasri.com/ta/link.php?3m4340SdCg

  36. Mahaveeran PANDARA VANNIYAN was a rebel Tamil chief from the Vanni region who was known as ONE OF LAST NATIVE CHIEF TO CHALLENGE THE BRITISH RULE in the Island nation of Sri Lanka. August 25th, is the memorial day of Tamil Chieftain KULASAEKARAM VAIRAMUTTHU PANDARA VANNIYAN who ruled the Vanni kingdom of ADANKAPATRU. British defeat him during the historic battle of Katchilaimadu by Col. Drieberg

    The Portuguese who landed at Galle in 1505 and went to Kotte, to befriend the King there, got control of the Kotte Kingdom through political manipulations. They captured the Jaffna Kingdom by defeating Sangili in battle in 1619.

    The Portuguese failed to capture two areas: the Kandyan Kingdom and Wanni which comprised most of the present Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts. The Dutch, too, failed in their attempts to subjugate Kandy and Wanni. The British, who wanted to bring the entire country under their control, started with Wanni. They captured it by defeating Pandara Vanniyan in 1803. Before the final battle, Pandara Vanniyan destroyed the British Fort on August 25, 1803.

    Now Tamil culture & heritage are being systematically destroyed by Sri lanka. The Sinhala Democracy used to suppress the Democratic will of the Tamils.
    Memorial evidence of the King Pandara Vanniyan has been destroyed by Singhala state.
    http://www.sankathi.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=3933&cntnt01origid=52&cntnt01detailtemplate=fullarticle&cntnt01returnid=51

    The Village name Katchilaimadu came as Memorial evidence of the King.
    Sinhala Armed forces, personally directed by Government cabinet ministers – A wanton act of genocidal intent to destroy the history of an ancient people.
    http://www.newlankasri.com/ta/link.php?3m4340SdCgb6eEIcQ372

  37. Wednesday March 10th, 2010 marks the 150th day that our 254 brothers and sisters have been stranded on a boat in Merak Indonesia. Manju the pregnant women on the boat is due this week and the children continue to suffer immensely. The food and water is still unbearable and they have been denied appropriate medical care. Australia has officially stated that they will not be taking any of the 254 asylum seekers on the boat. UNHCR is still being blocked from processing the individuals on the boat. The 254 Tamil Asylum seekers which includes 31 children are losing hope. The boat people, who are virtually cut off from outsiders, say they want to be resettled in Australia or overseas. But Australia argues that the boat was intercepted in Indonesian waters so the people are Indonesia's problem. Why International community is still silent?

    The United Nations says that nearly a hundred thousand ineternally displaced people (IDPs) are still accommodated in temporary camps. As Pandaravanniyan Says: March 8th, 2010 at 11:53 pm , sri lanka still busy in destroying entire Tamil nation, its histroy and its culture by playing Indo-China cards.

    Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International say "The Sri Lankan government should end its harassment of journalists and activists" http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/03/10/sri-lanka-e

  38. A group of Catholic Bishops who visited Ki’linochchi and Mannaar recently are alarmed by ruthless harassment and intimidation of the deeply traumatized and war-ravaged resseteled IDPs.

    Rt. Rev. Thomas Saundaranayagam, Jaffna Bishop, Rt. Rev. Harold Antony Perera, Kurunagala Bishop, Rt. Rev. Vincent Fernando, Badulla Bishop, Rt. Rev. Clister Perera, Ratnapura Bishop, Rt. Rev. Valence Mendis, Chilaw Bishop, Rt. Rev. Antony Victor Soosai, Mannaar Bishop were the members of the group that visited Vanni recently.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  39. Wednesday March 10th, 2010 marks the 150th day that our 254 brothers and sisters have been stranded on a boat in Merak Indonesia. Manju the pregnant women on the boat is due this week and the children continue to suffer immensely. The food and water is still unbearable and they have been denied appropriate medical care. Australia has officially stated that they will not be taking any of the 254 asylum seekers on the boat. UNHCR is still being blocked from processing the individuals on the boat. The 254 Tamil Asylum seekers which includes 31 children are losing hope. The boat people, who are virtually cut off from outsiders, say they want to be resettled in Australia or overseas. But Australia argues that the boat was intercepted in Indonesian waters so the people are Indonesia's problem. Why International community is still silent?

    The United Nations says that nearly a hundred thousand ineternally displaced people (IDPs) are still accommodated in temporary camps. As Pandaravanniyan Says: March 8th, 2010 at 11:53 pm , sri lanka still busy in destroying entire Tamil nation, its histroy and its culture by playing Indo-China cards.

    Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International say "The Sri Lankan government should end its harassment of journalists and activists" http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/03/10/sri-lanka-e

  40. Wednesday March 10th, 2010 marks the 150th day that our 254 brothers and sisters have been stranded on a boat in Merak Indonesia. Manju the pregnant women on the boat is due this week and the children continue to suffer immensely. The food and water is still unbearable and they have been denied appropriate medical care. Australia has officially stated that they will not be taking any of the 254 asylum seekers on the boat. UNHCR is still being blocked from processing the individuals on the boat. The 254 Tamil Asylum seekers which includes 31 children are losing hope. The boat people, who are virtually cut off from outsiders, say they want to be resettled in Australia or overseas. But Australia argues that the boat was intercepted in Indonesian waters so the people are Indonesia's problem. Why International community is still silent?

    The United Nations says that nearly a hundred thousand ineternally displaced people (IDPs) are still accommodated in temporary camps. As Pandaravanniyan Says: March 8th, 2010 at 11:53 pm , sri lanka still busy in destroying entire Tamil nation, its histroy and its culture by playing Indo-China cards.

    Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International say "The Sri Lankan government should end its harassment of journalists and activists" http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/03/10/sri-lanka-e

  41. Child slave labor in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka Army officials are forcing Tamil children from the the north and east of Sri Lanka to be their free domestic servants in their houses.

    The concerned citizen in Colombo said she witnessed ‘couple of them being employed in army officials houses’ and went on to confirm further that ‘the abuse is widespread among high ranking officials’.

    The source also said that ‘a young Tamil girl engaged by an army official in Colombo had some injuries to her hands and legs’.

    Could this was due to beatings in the Sri Lankan Army official, the owner of the house ?

    The young Tamil girls, not just used for slave labor but also for sexual abuse too

  42. A group of Catholic Bishops who visited Ki’linochchi and Mannaar recently are alarmed by ruthless harassment and intimidation of the deeply traumatized and war-ravaged resseteled IDPs.

    Rt. Rev. Thomas Saundaranayagam, Jaffna Bishop, Rt. Rev. Harold Antony Perera, Kurunagala Bishop, Rt. Rev. Vincent Fernando, Badulla Bishop, Rt. Rev. Clister Perera, Ratnapura Bishop, Rt. Rev. Valence Mendis, Chilaw Bishop, Rt. Rev. Antony Victor Soosai, Mannaar Bishop were the members of the group that visited Vanni recently.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  43. A group of Catholic Bishops who visited Ki’linochchi and Mannaar recently are alarmed by ruthless harassment and intimidation of the deeply traumatized and war-ravaged resseteled IDPs.

    Rt. Rev. Thomas Saundaranayagam, Jaffna Bishop, Rt. Rev. Harold Antony Perera, Kurunagala Bishop, Rt. Rev. Vincent Fernando, Badulla Bishop, Rt. Rev. Clister Perera, Ratnapura Bishop, Rt. Rev. Valence Mendis, Chilaw Bishop, Rt. Rev. Antony Victor Soosai, Mannaar Bishop were the members of the group that visited Vanni recently.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  44. Wednesday March 10th, 2010 marks the 150th day that our 254 brothers and sisters have been stranded on a boat in Merak Indonesia. Manju the pregnant women on the boat is due this week and the children continue to suffer immensely. The food and water is still unbearable and they have been denied appropriate medical care. Australia has officially stated that they will not be taking any of the 254 asylum seekers on the boat. UNHCR is still being blocked from processing the individuals on the boat. The 254 Tamil Asylum seekers which includes 31 children are losing hope. The boat people, who are virtually cut off from outsiders, say they want to be resettled in Australia or overseas. But Australia argues that the boat was intercepted in Indonesian waters so the people are Indonesia’s problem. Why International community is still silent?

    The United Nations says that nearly a hundred thousand ineternally displaced people (IDPs) are still accommodated in temporary camps. As Pandaravanniyan Says: March 8th, 2010 at 11:53 pm , sri lanka still busy in destroying entire Tamil nation, its histroy and its culture by playing Indo-China cards.

    Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International say “The Sri Lankan government should end its harassment of journalists and activists”
    http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/03/10/sri-lanka-end-witch-hunt-against-media-and-ngos

  45. Child slave labor in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka Army officials are forcing Tamil children from the the north and east of Sri Lanka to be their free domestic servants in their houses.

    The concerned citizen in Colombo said she witnessed ‘couple of them being employed in army officials houses’ and went on to confirm further that ‘the abuse is widespread among high ranking officials’.

    The source also said that ‘a young Tamil girl engaged by an army official in Colombo had some injuries to her hands and legs’.

    Could this was due to beatings in the Sri Lankan Army official, the owner of the house ?

    The young Tamil girls, not just used for slave labor but also for sexual abuse too

  46. A group of Catholic Bishops who visited Ki’linochchi and Mannaar recently are alarmed by ruthless harassment and intimidation of the deeply traumatized and war-ravaged resseteled IDPs.

    Rt. Rev. Thomas Saundaranayagam, Jaffna Bishop, Rt. Rev. Harold Antony Perera, Kurunagala Bishop, Rt. Rev. Vincent Fernando, Badulla Bishop, Rt. Rev. Clister Perera, Ratnapura Bishop, Rt. Rev. Valence Mendis, Chilaw Bishop, Rt. Rev. Antony Victor Soosai, Mannaar Bishop were the members of the group that visited Vanni recently.

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31327

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  48. Exporting Sri lanka's Cancer of Democracy to US, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka, Dr. Palithe Kohona had a party.

    The 16 Sri Lankans who were hired to carry out an ‘agitation’ against UNO Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s decision to appoint a committee to advice him on human rights violations in Sri Lanka on the 12th of this month in New York were treated to a sumptuous meal.
    http://www.lankatruth.com/index.php?option=com_co

  49. Exporting Sri lanka's Cancer of Democracy to US, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka, Dr. Palithe Kohona had a party.

    The 16 Sri Lankans who were hired to carry out an ‘agitation’ against UNO Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s decision to appoint a committee to advice him on human rights violations in Sri Lanka on the 12th of this month in New York were treated to a sumptuous meal.
    http://www.lankatruth.com/index.php?option=com_co

  50. Exporting Sri lanka's Cancer of Democracy to US, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka, Dr. Palithe Kohona had a party.

    The 16 Sri Lankans who were hired to carry out an ‘agitation’ against UNO Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s decision to appoint a committee to advice him on human rights violations in Sri Lanka on the 12th of this month in New York were treated to a sumptuous meal.
    http://www.lankatruth.com/index.php?option=com_co

  51. Exporting Sri lanka’s Cancer of Democracy to US, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka, Dr. Palithe Kohona had a party.

    The 16 Sri Lankans who were hired to carry out an ‘agitation’ against UNO Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s decision to appoint a committee to advice him on human rights violations in Sri Lanka on the 12th of this month in New York were treated to a sumptuous meal.
    http://www.lankatruth.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5019:kohona-treats-hired-agitators&catid=35:local&Itemid=62

  52. Why sri lanka destroy Tamils identity? this the complete form of Genocide?
    Remnants of Thileepan memorial monument dumped in Nalloor garbage dumping grounds http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Memorial evidence of the King Pandara Vanniyan has been destroyed by same Singhala state recently. This Memorial evidence was built by the british who depeated the last King in that Country. In 1833 the British merged the Sinhala and Tamil nations into one unit for administrative convenience. The british Government must intervene against "arrogant" state & rebuilt it at the same location. International Community must stop sri lanka wiping out Tamil identity from the island of Sri Lanka. http://knol.google.com/k/sri-lanka-tamils-genocid

  53. Why sri lanka destroy Tamils identity? this the complete form of Genocide?
    Remnants of Thileepan memorial monument dumped in Nalloor garbage dumping grounds http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Memorial evidence of the King Pandara Vanniyan has been destroyed by same Singhala state recently. This Memorial evidence was built by the british who depeated the last King in that Country. In 1833 the British merged the Sinhala and Tamil nations into one unit for administrative convenience. The british Government must intervene against "arrogant" state & rebuilt it at the same location. International Community must stop sri lanka wiping out Tamil identity from the island of Sri Lanka. http://knol.google.com/k/sri-lanka-tamils-genocid

  54. Why sri lanka destroy Tamils identity? this the complete form of Genocide?
    Remnants of Thileepan memorial monument dumped in Nalloor garbage dumping grounds http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Memorial evidence of the King Pandara Vanniyan has been destroyed by same Singhala state recently. This Memorial evidence was built by the british who depeated the last King in that Country. In 1833 the British merged the Sinhala and Tamil nations into one unit for administrative convenience. The british Government must intervene against "arrogant" state & rebuilt it at the same location. International Community must stop sri lanka wiping out Tamil identity from the island of Sri Lanka. http://knol.google.com/k/sri-lanka-tamils-genocid

  55. Why sri lanka destroy Tamils identity? this the complete form of Genocide?
    Remnants of Thileepan memorial monument dumped in Nalloor garbage dumping grounds
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31424

    Memorial evidence of the King Pandara Vanniyan has been destroyed by same Singhala state recently. This Memorial evidence was built by the british who depeated the last King in that Country. In 1833 the British merged the Sinhala and Tamil nations into one unit for administrative convenience. The british Government must intervene against “arrogant” state & rebuilt it at the same location. International Community must stop sri lanka wiping out Tamil identity from the island of Sri Lanka.
    http://knol.google.com/k/sri-lanka-tamils-genocide-part-2#

  56. Is Sri Lanka (MR GOSL) missing an enemy?

    First LTTE (GR and BR), LTTE diaspora, Tamil diaspora, NGO's, IC, EC, UN, HR activist,trade unionist,Uni Students, Journalist, Religious Leaders,SF and now "Colombians". ;)

    With all due respect to the "Colombians" who have lost all respect for values, they still command and control 90% of the wealth of the country.

    A silent majority is silent as always !!!!

    A minority of the "Colombians" enjoy a better way of life compared to the diasporas ;)

    Second homes in the West, Annual Ski trips, Excursions to Rio, Jazz festivals, Grand Prix, children at Uni's abroad and all the trimmings of SL home comfort.

    I wonder if its them that are targeted out of sheer jealousy.

    SL is truely missing an enemy! :) :) :)

  57. SL Tamil woman in Tamil Nadu refugee camp commits suicide.

    A Tamil woman from Sri Lanka held in the Refugee camp for Sri Lankans in Karoor district in Tamil Nadu died Sunday night in Karoor government hospital where she had been admitted two weeks ago when she had set herself ablaze unable to bear being sexually molested by three Tamil Nadu policemen. Ms. Kumar Pathmathevi, 28, had said in her statement to a feminist human rights activist that the policemen took her to a private house and molested her instead of taking her to the police station to be interrogated about her husband Kumar who was wanted in a homicide case. Various civil organizations in Jaffna peninsula as well as in Tamil Nadu are in uproar against the police cremating the body of Pathmathevi, against the law of the country.

    The three policemen who had sexually molested had warned Pathmathevi not to divulge the incident to anyone and that they will shoot dead her husband Kumar if she did so, according to Pathmathevi’s statement given from her death bed to the human rights activist woman.

    The burning of Pathmathevi’s remains which should have been interned by the police has raised suspicion that the three policemen are guilty of the offence alleged.

    I thinkTamilnadu, should not not imprisoned Sri Lankan Tamils in concentration camps for 10 years an brand all of them as terrorists because they seek shelter as a refugees

  58. Is Sri Lanka (MR GOSL) missing an enemy?

    First LTTE (GR and BR), LTTE diaspora, Tamil diaspora, NGO’s, IC, EC, UN, HR activist,trade unionist,Uni Students, Journalist, Religious Leaders,SF and now “Colombians”. ;)

    With all due respect to the “Colombians” who have lost all respect for values, they still command and control 90% of the wealth of the country.

    A silent majority is silent as always !!!!

    A minority of the “Colombians” enjoy a better way of life compared to the diasporas ;)

    Second homes in the West, Annual Ski trips, Excursions to Rio, Jazz festivals, Grand Prix, children at Uni’s abroad and all the trimmings of SL home comfort.

    I wonder if its them that are targeted out of sheer jealousy.

    SL is truely missing an enemy! :) :) :)

  59. SL Tamil woman in Tamil Nadu refugee camp commits suicide.

    A Tamil woman from Sri Lanka held in the Refugee camp for Sri Lankans in Karoor district in Tamil Nadu died Sunday night in Karoor government hospital where she had been admitted two weeks ago when she had set herself ablaze unable to bear being sexually molested by three Tamil Nadu policemen. Ms. Kumar Pathmathevi, 28, had said in her statement to a feminist human rights activist that the policemen took her to a private house and molested her instead of taking her to the police station to be interrogated about her husband Kumar who was wanted in a homicide case. Various civil organizations in Jaffna peninsula as well as in Tamil Nadu are in uproar against the police cremating the body of Pathmathevi, against the law of the country.

    The three policemen who had sexually molested had warned Pathmathevi not to divulge the incident to anyone and that they will shoot dead her husband Kumar if she did so, according to Pathmathevi’s statement given from her death bed to the human rights activist woman.

    The burning of Pathmathevi’s remains which should have been interned by the police has raised suspicion that the three policemen are guilty of the offence alleged.

    I thinkTamilnadu, should not not imprisoned Sri Lankan Tamils in concentration camps for 10 years an brand all of them as terrorists because they seek shelter as a refugees

  60. Tomorrow is the Election for ‘Asian’ model of dictatorship

    The purposes of the elections are (a) to demonstrate the 'success' – to what extent brutal means of a genocidal State could make its victims politically surrender their cause, (b) to fortify the Colombo-centric State with the semblance of a ‘democratically elected government’, so that powers backing it will be comfortable in their pursuits in the island and above all (c) to 'democratically' institute an all-Rajapaksa-controlled dictatorship of the 'Asian model,' sponsored by some Asian powers. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

  61. Tomorrow is the Election for ‘Asian’ model of dictatorship

    The purposes of the elections are (a) to demonstrate the 'success' – to what extent brutal means of a genocidal State could make its victims politically surrender their cause, (b) to fortify the Colombo-centric State with the semblance of a ‘democratically elected government’, so that powers backing it will be comfortable in their pursuits in the island and above all (c) to 'democratically' institute an all-Rajapaksa-controlled dictatorship of the 'Asian model,' sponsored by some Asian powers. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

  62. Tomorrow is the Election for ‘Asian’ model of dictatorship

    The purposes of the elections are (a) to demonstrate the 'success' – to what extent brutal means of a genocidal State could make its victims politically surrender their cause, (b) to fortify the Colombo-centric State with the semblance of a ‘democratically elected government’, so that powers backing it will be comfortable in their pursuits in the island and above all (c) to 'democratically' institute an all-Rajapaksa-controlled dictatorship of the 'Asian model,' sponsored by some Asian powers. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

  63. Tomorrow is the Election for ‘Asian’ model of dictatorship

    The purposes of the elections are (a) to demonstrate the ‘success’ – to what extent brutal means of a genocidal State could make its victims politically surrender their cause, (b) to fortify the Colombo-centric State with the semblance of a ‘democratically elected government’, so that powers backing it will be comfortable in their pursuits in the island and above all (c) to ‘democratically’ institute an all-Rajapaksa-controlled dictatorship of the ‘Asian model,’ sponsored by some Asian powers.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&artid=31485

  64. Why Tamils rejects elections under Sri Lankan State? No cofident in the Governmets or Elections? or Both? or looking for a good leadership? or still not recovered from last year's war which is worst in the history? They have seen 1000's of their relatives were dieing while world was watching like a horror movie. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  65. The Elections Secretariat has received complaints about former Resettlement Minister and UPFA candidate Rishard Bathiudeen’s supporters harassing private bus owners transporting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to pooling booths to cast their votes. Advisor to the Elections Commissioner Bandula Kulathunga has reportedly said the IDPs were being transported to polling stations in the Wanni District. According to Kulathunga, Minister Bathiudeen’s supporters have allegedly taken over some of the private buses provided for the IDPs by the Elections Secretariat. The transport service to the IDPs to cast their votes was provided during the Presidential elections in January by the Elections Department.

  66. Why Tamils rejects elections under Sri Lankan State? No cofident in the Governmets or Elections? or Both? or looking for a good leadership? or still not recovered from last year's war which is worst in the history? They have seen 1000's of their relatives were dieing while world was watching like a horror movie. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  67. Why Tamils rejects elections under Sri Lankan State? No cofident in the Governmets or Elections? or Both? or looking for a good leadership? or still not recovered from last year's war which is worst in the history? They have seen 1000's of their relatives were dieing while world was watching like a horror movie. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  68. The Elections Secretariat has received complaints about former Resettlement Minister and UPFA candidate Rishard Bathiudeen’s supporters harassing private bus owners transporting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to pooling booths to cast their votes. Advisor to the Elections Commissioner Bandula Kulathunga has reportedly said the IDPs were being transported to polling stations in the Wanni District. According to Kulathunga, Minister Bathiudeen’s supporters have allegedly taken over some of the private buses provided for the IDPs by the Elections Secretariat. The transport service to the IDPs to cast their votes was provided during the Presidential elections in January by the Elections Department.

  69. Why Tamils rejects elections under Sri Lankan State? No cofident in the Governmets or Elections? or Both? or looking for a good leadership? or still not recovered from last year’s war which is worst in the history? They have seen 1000′s of their relatives were dieing while world was watching like a horror movie.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31517

  70. May 2009, a significant month that will never by forgotten by the Tamils living across the globe. A month filled with terror, a month filled with sorrows; a month in which families were separated, children displaced from parents, and mountains of corpses were left to rot. May 2009, the month in which we lost more than 50 000 of our innocent brothers and sisters. May 2009: Genocide of the Tamils.

    The Sri Lankan Government deliberately attempted to destroy Tamils in Sri Lanka the past year, the peak of its actions resulting in the catastrophe that took place in Mullivaikaal. Newborn babies, children, youth; those who would be the future of Tamileelam were wiped out in May 2009. These innocent lives, must not be forgotten.

    Let’s remember our people and our Maveerar whom we lost during the final war upon Tamils in Sri Lanka on May 2009.

  71. May 2009, a significant month that will never by forgotten by the Tamils living across the globe. A month filled with terror, a month filled with sorrows; a month in which families were separated, children displaced from parents, and mountains of corpses were left to rot. May 2009, the month in which we lost more than 50 000 of our innocent brothers and sisters. May 2009: Genocide of the Tamils.

    The Sri Lankan Government deliberately attempted to destroy Tamils in Sri Lanka the past year, the peak of its actions resulting in the catastrophe that took place in Mullivaikaal. Newborn babies, children, youth; those who would be the future of Tamileelam were wiped out in May 2009. These innocent lives, must not be forgotten.

    Let’s remember our people and our Maveerar whom we lost during the final war upon Tamils in Sri Lanka on May 2009.