A Diminished Force for Good

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On Tuesday the United States sponsored a resolution at United Nations Human Rights Council calling on Sri Lanka to investigate alleged human rights abuses that occurred in the final days of the country’s struggle with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

A United Nations Panel of Experts has estimated that as many as 40,000 civilians may have been killed in the final stages of the conflict as the Sri Lankan Army overran the last few pockets of LTTE opposition.

As Amnesty’s recent report Locked Away: Sri Lanka’s security detainees makes clear, there are good reasons to believe that human rights abuses still continue to this day. Instances of arbitrary and illegal detention have been widely reported, as have acts of torture and extrajudicial execution.

I know from my own personal experience of working with Sri Lankan human rights defenders that the climate of fear in which opponents of the Rajapaksa regime operate is all-pervasive. The situation in Sri Lanka is grave and the intervention of the United Nations is much needed.

However, welcome though the US-sponsored resolution is, it is greatly undermined by the embarrassing gap that exists between US rhetoric and US behavior. Critics have not been slow in pointing this out.

Without any apparent trace of irony, the US resolution calls on Sri Lanka to:

“Address serious allegations of violations of international law by initiating credible and independent investigations and prosecutions of those responsible for such violations.”

This from the country whose President’s mantra has been that he intends to “turn the page” on the abuses that occurred during the Bush administration and to “look forwards not backwards.” And from an administration that has actively blocked attempts by victims of torture and extraordinary rendition to seek remedy in US courts.

You can’t have it both ways.

Hypocrisy acts like kryptonite on moral authority. The complete failure of the United States to address the deliberate use of torture as an integral part of the War on Terror hugely diminishes its ability to put pressure on other states to adhere to human rights standards that it itself has ignored.

And we are all the poorer for it.

The alacrity with which the US Army has responded to the tragic deaths of sixteen Afghan villagers in Zangabad, Afghanistan, earlier this month demonstrates that accountability is nothing to be afraid of. Indeed it can be a powerful force for good.

The US Army actually has a fairly impressive track record of holding its troops to account for their actions in combat. The Army prosecuted forty-four soldiers for murder or manslaughter of civilians in Iraq or Afghanistan from 2001 to 2011; Thirty soldiers have been convicted of some form of homicide.  Six have been convicted of lesser offenses. Only eight have been acquitted.

We should also not forget that it was a Special Agent in the US Army’s Criminal Investigation Command (CID) that initiated the investigation into the abuses that occurred in Abu Ghraib.

The US military’s reputation has not been significantly tarnished by abuses that have occurred in Afghanistan and Iraq precisely because there has been a genuine measure of accountability. The Obama administration should learn from the military’s example.

Historically, the US has been an important voice for human rights in world affairs. But this week we have seen the US seek to shine a light on the reprehensible activities of the Sri Lankan government only to see it respond by accusing the US of promoting ‘regime change’. Ouch.

There are not many governments out there that actively promote human rights. The US is one of them but its influence has been greatly diminished over the past decade because of its reluctance to meaningfully address its own, very public, failings in this regard.

We need a strong US voice speaking out for human rights in the world, but that can’t happen without real accountability at home.

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120 thoughts on “A Diminished Force for Good

  1. MULTILATERAL COMMON GOOD GOALS
    without direct benefit for the usa

    accountability and transparecny abotu wrongs that happened, taking situation and mood in account (which promote mistakes)

  2. MULTILATERAL COMMON GOOD GOALS
    without direct benefit for the usa

    accountability and transparecny abotu wrongs that happened, taking situation and mood in account (which promote mistakes)

  3. Thanks USA

    UN Rights Council: Sri Lanka Vote a Strong Message for Justice http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/03/22/un-rights-coun

    The Human Rights Council’s vote demonstrates broad international dissatisfaction with Sri Lanka’s accountability efforts in the three years since the end of the war. Many countries have recognized that this resolution is an important first step toward serious action to investigate the many abuses by both sides during the conflict.”

  4. Thanks USA

    UN Rights Council: Sri Lanka Vote a Strong Message for Justice http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/03/22/un-rights-coun

    The Human Rights Council’s vote demonstrates broad international dissatisfaction with Sri Lanka’s accountability efforts in the three years since the end of the war. Many countries have recognized that this resolution is an important first step toward serious action to investigate the many abuses by both sides during the conflict.”

  5. Thanks USA

    UN Rights Council: Sri Lanka Vote a Strong Message for Justice
    http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/03/22/un-rights-council-sri-lanka-vote-strong-message-justice

    The Human Rights Council’s vote demonstrates broad international dissatisfaction with Sri Lanka’s accountability efforts in the three years since the end of the war. Many countries have recognized that this resolution is an important first step toward serious action to investigate the many abuses by both sides during the conflict.”

  6. Sri Lanka Army soldiers are cold blooded child killers !!

    The chilling footage, from the documentary shows a child dead, lying on the ground stripped to the waist with multiple bullet wounds and signs indicating that the deceased were tied and blindfolded. The Tamils are saying that Rajapaksa Government had committed a horrendous "war crime," demanded to know the UN stand on the atrocities against Sri Lankan Tamils.
    http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/313272/20120313/ki

  7. Sri Lanka Army soldiers are cold blooded child killers !!

    The chilling footage, from the documentary shows a child dead, lying on the ground stripped to the waist with multiple bullet wounds and signs indicating that the deceased were tied and blindfolded. The Tamils are saying that Rajapaksa Government had committed a horrendous "war crime," demanded to know the UN stand on the atrocities against Sri Lankan Tamils.
    http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/313272/20120313/ki

  8. New evidence of the murder of a Tamil prisoner in Sri Lanka is key to revealing a conspiracy behind Rajapaksa Government mass murder. This evidence is graphic and confronting. Sri Lanka has seemed so unconcerned by international criticism that it has appointed military men with command responsibility over alleged war crimes to diplomatic posts, even sending them to represent Sri Lanka at the UN.
    The video shows a man in the custody of the Sri Lankan armed forces, excerpts from his interrogation and preparations to conceal his impending execution. It's important because, together with a batch of newly discovered photographs, it is evidence of a chain of events that places this man consistently in the custody of authorities until his murder and the disposal of his body.

    This single murder, insignificant of itself, suggest the systematic, large-scale killing of prisoners – civilians and fighters – by the Sri Lankan authorities. These are the murders that the government has long denied, and which, when asked, they say didn't happen, or if they did were committed by the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) themselves. When pressed, they ask for the evidence, assert that the recorded images are fakes, or request the names of witnesses, such as several Sinhalese troops who already have come forward to provide secret testimony of war crimes.

    Like all the other electronically recorded images that have emerged since the end of the war, there is nothing particularly furtive about these sequences. They were recorded by young men with mobile telephones, as trophy videos or as intelligence records. There are many fellow soldiers around, and they are relaxed and often smiling and joking as they go about their work. This is not a secret after all: they are responding to orders, issued by their commanders.
    http://salem-news.com/articles/march212012/ramesh

  9. New evidence of the murder of a Tamil prisoner in Sri Lanka is key to revealing a conspiracy behind Rajapaksa Government mass murder. This evidence is graphic and confronting. Sri Lanka has seemed so unconcerned by international criticism that it has appointed military men with command responsibility over alleged war crimes to diplomatic posts, even sending them to represent Sri Lanka at the UN.
    The video shows a man in the custody of the Sri Lankan armed forces, excerpts from his interrogation and preparations to conceal his impending execution. It's important because, together with a batch of newly discovered photographs, it is evidence of a chain of events that places this man consistently in the custody of authorities until his murder and the disposal of his body.

    This single murder, insignificant of itself, suggest the systematic, large-scale killing of prisoners – civilians and fighters – by the Sri Lankan authorities. These are the murders that the government has long denied, and which, when asked, they say didn't happen, or if they did were committed by the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) themselves. When pressed, they ask for the evidence, assert that the recorded images are fakes, or request the names of witnesses, such as several Sinhalese troops who already have come forward to provide secret testimony of war crimes.

    Like all the other electronically recorded images that have emerged since the end of the war, there is nothing particularly furtive about these sequences. They were recorded by young men with mobile telephones, as trophy videos or as intelligence records. There are many fellow soldiers around, and they are relaxed and often smiling and joking as they go about their work. This is not a secret after all: they are responding to orders, issued by their commanders.
    http://salem-news.com/articles/march212012/ramesh

  10. The Sri Lanka military presence in the north is the key for the alarming rise of sexual abuse against Tamil women and children.

  11. Catholic Clergies are intimidated by Rajapaksa Regime.

    “We also express our grave concerns about intimidation and discrediting of the signatories of the initial letter and in particular the Bishop of Mannar, by media such as the Sunday Divaina, websites and even govt’s coalition partners such as the JHU and NFF by accusing the Bishop of aspiring to become Cardinal of Tamil Eelam and that he should be arrested and prosecuted.” human rights activists and clergies informed UNHRC.

  12. Sri Lanka's govt is coming under criticism from free media activists on Tuesday after it censored mobile phone's text messages that reach millions of people.

    Sri Lanka's Free Media Movement (FMM) has slammed the govt move saying that it will lead to stronger controls over print and electronic journalism. "This is clearly the first step in moving towards greater censorship. Already the Rajapaksa govt has made it mandatory for websites to register with them

  13. Many dead bodies found in the road sides another evidence of the Rajapaksa war crimes. Suren served as a photo journalist of “Eelanatham” news paper for past seven years. He continuously reported news from the battle field and also released photographs of genocide attacks carried out by the Lankan government in SriLanka.29th November 2008 at 1.30 pm we all were sleeping at a temporary camp which was constructed by a None Government organization in Tharmapuram area. People who were displaced from the Mannar to Killinochchi were in this camp. Kiefer attack the camp on that night.

    It’s around 2.00 am I took my camera and ran to the Taharmapuran base hospital. Many people were injured and more than people 30 reported dead in this attack.

    In our country we follow special rituals during a funeral of a person. People do not step on to that land but during the last stage of war we constructed our temporary sheds where we buried our loved once.

    I was injured during a attack in Valainar madam on 25th April 2009 and received treatment at the Muliwaikal hospital. Army also bombed to the hospital people who were at the treatment was also died in this attack.

    Most of the people suffered from the lack of medical and food facilities. People who were severely injured from the attack were left at the hospital. No one is in a position to take care of them.

    NGO organizations provide porridge for war victims at 12.00pm. We also face shell attack in these places too at least 4-6 people found dead in the attack. People just evacuate the bodies from the area and others wait for their porridge.

    We got all these food items only for short term. Most of the days we people were starved. There is no food or water . We collect rain water for drinking purpose.
    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22mAM0202XlO

  14. Killing Tamils indiscriminately, bombing schools, hospitals, killing of women, children and elderly with the intention to wipe out a particular kind of people based on language or any other reason is highly unacceptable.

    The Rajapaksas, the perpetrators of these kinds of war crimes deserved to be condemned and punished

    I don't see any difference between Hitler led massacre of Jews in the name of race and skin color and massacre of Sri lankan Tamils by Mass Murderers Rajapaksas

  15. Most of the nations don't know the true face of s** laNka yet! At least US has started this by making this resolution! It's the worst Genocide ever happened in the history, and yes Tamils have also killed many by suicide bombing. But finally s** laNka have wiped off everything by killing nearly 240,000 people without any heart, I really don't know how some one can do this to other human beings. Even in some videos you can see those sl military men stamping dead peoples on face it shows how brutal they are, It was like a genocide festival for them killing 1000's and burning dead bodies on street corners, ofcourse I won't tell all are stone hearted in SL some people had heart to questions the sl Govt. to stop the genocide but then if they do so the next day morning their dead bodies will be made to float on pond! This really happened sl president who sends an unnumbered white van with military force to catch people who ever questions or wrights the truth about genocide. The reason for Tamils are alive in s** lanka today is, it's because during the genocide they were soo blood thirsty they wanted to kill all Tamils they don't want any one left! But they've decided clearly that they have to keep few Tamil people alive to showcase as "Saved Civilians" to the UN – if all Tamils were wiped off the sl Govt. would get trapped, so no other go they have to leave some! And Tamil people who are alive now are those who managed to survive the s** lankan brutalism. And now sl Govt. is releasing videos by making Tamil people to tell that they had no problem by sl military during genocide! Oh really?? I know how they would have recorded those videos with guns behind the camera! Shame on u people. At least don't spoil your next generation(Kids) teach some thing good at least for them! For every one a day ll come where they should pay for what they've did in the past. Sure people who did that won't have good ending your heart knows what you have did! Sure your mom won't be happy when she realizes she carried such an unhearted child in her womb.

  16. This comment thread is going nowhere coz most Non Tamil Indians don't know the real history of Srilanka. Its important to know it to deal with them and to save our unity. Srilanka and India got Freedom in late 1940s. India gave equal rights to all Citizens irrespective of linguistic identities. Whereas Srilanka was keen to bring a a Sinhala Dominated State. This is the root cause of the issue. Its important to know the fundamental policy difference between the two Nations to deal. Every Indian must be proud to live in a country like India and give our voices as a part of our external policy to other humans who are not treated equal in their respective countries. In Srilanka 1949 D.S. Senanayake tried to strip citizenship of Indian descendant Tamils with Srilanka Citizenship Act in an attempt to reduce the voting power of Tamils to pass without the concern of Tamils. Srilanka purposely intend to oppress Tamils in the island by again enacting "Sinhala Only Act" ways back in 1956 in era where LTTE was not even born. Despite 25% of Srilanka population is Tamil such act was proposed. Tamil protested a Satyagraha campaign against the act. In response wide scale riots were organised Tamils were killed, priest of Hindu temples were burnt alive. With consistent efforts of Tamil leaders to get equal rights and numerous failed Non Violence protests finally after realizing no point in co-existing with the uncaring Sinhala Majority Govt, in 1977 all Tamil parties joined hand and demanded for a separate state Jaffna as "Tamil EELAM" in a Non Violent way. Reponse from Sinhala majority was again violence with 300 Tamils dead. Only now the LTTE came into existence with some Tamil youths who lost confidence in Non Violent protests and entered armed struggle. In 1983 LTTE killed 13 SL army soldiers with a road side bomb. When the news reached Sinhala Mobs started attacking and were equipped with voters list to identify Tamil addresses. More than 3000 Tamils where killed. Only since then a full fledged Ethnic war broke out. Indians can now compare the life of minorities in India and Srilanka. The LTTE is just one episode of the struggle of SL tamils which terribly went wrong and its over forever. The main issue is the Srilankan Sinhala Majority attitude. Even to the present date 2009 Srilanka celebrated a grand festival as victory of war when 1000s of Tamils dead and Lakhs displaced. Its shown as victory of SL over terrorism but morally felt as the victory of Sinhalese over Tamils. With this attitude how will the Srilankan Govt save Tamils are act for welfare of Tamils? Only UN with extensive support of India can bring relief to Tamils of Srilanka. Even if we go the other way and support SL still Srilanka will led China through back door. Srilanka is to be controlled not convinced.

  17. Ceylon, now Srilanka has been an ancient seat of Hinduism and Saivaism. Buddhism was subsequently introduced into the Island in the third century B.C. during the rule of Emperor Asoka in India. It found ready acceptance among Sinhalese who were struggling to find their own identity in the face of a resurgence of Tamil culture and the growing might of the Hindu Pallawa and the Pandyan empires in south India. In time this gave to a historical myth, make-believe that identified the Sinhalese as a chosen custodian of Buddhism and the Island a place of special sanctity blessed by the Buddha. This interlocking of land, religion and race, was to become an intoxicating mix in the minds of the Sinhala-Buddhists through the centuries; their unwillingness to let go this cushioning fantasy (for fear of losing their identity) is the root cause of this prevailing strife in the Island to this day. That also explains their ingrained hostility against Tamils, Tamil culture, Hinduism, India and whatever they feel could be a potential threat to their existence within that special cocoon they had created for themselves. This jingoistic believe is nourished and nurtured by few writings like the Mahavamsa and other inventive interpretations with strong religious bias.
    Thus the state sponsored terrorism leading to the destruction and desecration of the Hindu Temples could be explained as a violent expression of the extreme hostility the Sinhalese have against the Tamils and not as anti-religious. Hindus constitute only about 15.5 % of the Islands population as against 70 % Buddhists. Yet the sway of Hinduism is Islandwide-from the deep south of the Island which houses the prehistoric shrine of Kathirgamam (Katragama) dedicated to Lord Skanda or Lord Muruga(Kaarthikeya) and the entire width of the North-eastern Tamil homeland. Hinduism as an electric religion comprising many metaphysical systems and all embracing in outlook has an appeal to the Sinhala Buddhists themselves. In fact, Buddhism in Srilanka at the popular level embraces the worship of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Thus it is the illusory fear of losing their identity and even their existence that has created this institutionalised hatred against whatever is Tamil.
    In Tamil Eelam the culture and civilization of the Tamils, which has a long, rich and valuable history is undergoing destruction on an unprecedented scale.
    Tamil Eelam was once strewn with thousands of temples, churches, mosques, libraries, schools and statues of great symbolic importance. To the Hindus religion forms part and parcel of their daily life. Temples stand not only as places of worship but are also embodiment of cultural life. music, dance, drama, education medicine and many other essential aspects of life evolve around the temples. Today many of them have been razed to the ground and others in a dilapidated condition and many important temples are rendered inaccessible as a result of army occupation in and around the temples.

  18. This is calm before storm. :)

    Tamil Nadu will reunite with Tamil Homelands in Sri Lanka !!!!! :) :) :)

  19. SriLanka is the best definition for racist governments of this world

    Karen Parker made this special speech during a conference held on genocide attacks at the UN Human Rights Council session yesterday.

    Parker stress her speech by the wording of former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan which says” Ethnic issue of the world would raise genocide attack in the respective country. She also stated continuous ethnic issue would led to genocide attack.

    She also stated in the present world SriLanka government is the best example for racist government .

    Lankan government hopes to escape from the international by describing the Tamil people has terrorist of this country. She further noted people who raise their voice for the rights of Tamil people in and out
    of the country describe and identified as the members of terrorist organization by the Lankan government.

    Report of UN expert panel describes the losses faced by the Tamil people in SriLanka. the motto of UN includes ”rights and protection for all human beings” but however international fail to pay its attention towards losses of Tamil in SriLanka. In such situation it’s the responsibility of the UN to write proper definition against racist government she said.
    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22mAM0202XlO

  20. Sinhala racists are carried out attacks against Tamil people

    Tense situation raised in SriLanka due to continues pressure faced by the Lankan government delegates in Geneva. It was revealed some of the Sinhala racist in SriLanka hoping to carry out attack against Tamil people in the country.
    Specially Tamil people in the Colombo district have stored essential food items in their residence. Tamil people arrived to Colombo from various parts of the island also returning to their respective villages.

    Traders and shop owners have took various security steps to protect their shops in the Colombo district, sources said. Foreign Ambassadors in SriLankan continuously collects information’s this regard from the Tamil politicians. Earlier Tamil politicians warned, by the use of Geneva resolution Lankan government hopes to create another ethnic conflict in this country.

    Lankan government also blamed by submitting resolution international community hopes to create tense situation in this country. Government also announced southern people if the Geneva resolution passes against the country that SriLankan Army would produce before the international courts and also President Rajapaksa would be seated in the electric chair.

    Sinhala racist says once again Tamil people of SriLanka would be affected by the Geneva resolution against the country. However analyst says all these protest were lead by the Lankan government and it would upraise the Sinhala racism in the country.
    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22BmSac3MA44

  21. Sinhala racists are carried out attacks against Tamil people

    Tense situation raised in SriLanka due to continues pressure faced by the Lankan government delegates in Geneva. It was revealed some of the Sinhala racist in SriLanka hoping to carry out attack against Tamil people in the country.
    Specially Tamil people in the Colombo district have stored essential food items in their residence. Tamil people arrived to Colombo from various parts of the island also returning to their respective villages.

    Traders and shop owners have took various security steps to protect their shops in the Colombo district, sources said. Foreign Ambassadors in SriLankan continuously collects information’s this regard from the Tamil politicians. Earlier Tamil politicians warned, by the use of Geneva resolution Lankan government hopes to create another ethnic conflict in this country.

    Lankan government also blamed by submitting resolution international community hopes to create tense situation in this country. Government also announced southern people if the Geneva resolution passes against the country that SriLankan Army would produce before the international courts and also President Rajapaksa would be seated in the electric chair.

    Sinhala racist says once again Tamil people of SriLanka would be affected by the Geneva resolution against the country. However analyst says all these protest were lead by the Lankan government and it would upraise the Sinhala racism in the country.
    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22BmSac3MA44

  22. Dear Tom,
    "A Diminished Force for Good" is a good description of Amnesty International :)

    The world must know that Amnesty now accepts funding from child-soldier recruiting and child-murdering terrorist front groups. I was utterly appalled to learn that AI accepted a $50,000 donation from the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), a front group for the defeated Tamil Tiger terrorists who, like Kony specialised in forcible recruitment of child soldiers for over 30 years until the Sri Lankan government finally crushed them in May 2009. http://tinyurl.com/6vpq9x7

    The CTC's Director of Communications, Sahilal Sabaratnam is currently serving a 25 year US jail sentence for trying to purchase $1 million+ of high-powered weaponry for the LTTE.

    AI & Canadian Tamil Congress – a union of liars.
    AI finally released a statement denying any impropriety in their funding from CTC, saying: "These hundreds of contributions were offered with no conditions or qualifications. They were not earmarked to support our programming on Sri Lanka and will in fact be used to support a variety of ongoing global initiatives…"

    But, AI lies. Their own words and those of their CTC supporters betray them.

    Alex Neve of AI at the CTC Walkathon says: (on video) “Every dollar you raise… is all going to go to support our ongoing crucial human rights work. Our human rights work with respect to Sri Lanka where we’ve worked for years, for decades to ensure that human rights violations against the Tamil community come to an end and that the rights of all Sri Lankans be equally upheld and protected.”

    Gary Anandasangaree, a CTC lawyer says: (on video) “… and I just came back from Geneva … one thing I want to tell you is that it is the ONLY friend we have at times. Amnesty International has been the ONLY voice of reason in the international community.”

    “When countries [sic] and after countries [sic] after countries [sic] turned down the plight of Tamils in 2009, Amnesty International spoke again and again and again. And today in Geneva, in New York, when countries again are turning down the report of the Secretary General … it is Amnesty International which is standing firm with the Tamil community and calling for justice in Sri Lanka. So, I’m not going to leave here until we raise another $10,000 to get to the [$]50,000 goal.. blah .. blah….. "

    Yes, I can really feel the Love of Eelam for Amnesty… :)

    Oh.. this UNHRC resolution, we know that AI, HRW, ICG and the rest are making common cause with the dregs of the dispora pro-LTTE groups.

    "Developing countries’ envoys here said they had come under heavy pressure from the US and the EU – a fact which Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris did not forget to mention in his post-vote statement. He thanked the countries that voted against the resolution and those who abstained and noted that they had done it despite the intensity of pressure, in a variety of forms."

    "When the final results appeared on the screen, there was elation in some sectors. Diaspora members and west-funded human rights activists clapped and cheered, warranting the president of the council to warn that she would be compelled to call the security."

    Proof that 'human rights' is totally politicised and yet another means of exerting control on 'difficult' countries.

  23. Dear Tom,
    "A Diminished Force for Good" is a good description of Amnesty International :)

    The world must know that Amnesty now accepts funding from child-soldier recruiting and child-murdering terrorist front groups. I was utterly appalled to learn that AI accepted a $50,000 donation from the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), a front group for the defeated Tamil Tiger terrorists who, like Kony specialised in forcible recruitment of child soldiers for over 30 years until the Sri Lankan government finally crushed them in May 2009. http://tinyurl.com/6vpq9x7

    The CTC's Director of Communications, Sahilal Sabaratnam is currently serving a 25 year US jail sentence for trying to purchase $1 million+ of high-powered weaponry for the LTTE.

    AI & Canadian Tamil Congress – a union of liars.
    AI finally released a statement denying any impropriety in their funding from CTC, saying: "These hundreds of contributions were offered with no conditions or qualifications. They were not earmarked to support our programming on Sri Lanka and will in fact be used to support a variety of ongoing global initiatives…"

    But, AI lies. Their own words and those of their CTC supporters betray them.

    Alex Neve of AI at the CTC Walkathon says: (on video) “Every dollar you raise… is all going to go to support our ongoing crucial human rights work. Our human rights work with respect to Sri Lanka where we’ve worked for years, for decades to ensure that human rights violations against the Tamil community come to an end and that the rights of all Sri Lankans be equally upheld and protected.”

    Gary Anandasangaree, a CTC lawyer says: (on video) “… and I just came back from Geneva … one thing I want to tell you is that it is the ONLY friend we have at times. Amnesty International has been the ONLY voice of reason in the international community.”

    “When countries [sic] and after countries [sic] after countries [sic] turned down the plight of Tamils in 2009, Amnesty International spoke again and again and again. And today in Geneva, in New York, when countries again are turning down the report of the Secretary General … it is Amnesty International which is standing firm with the Tamil community and calling for justice in Sri Lanka. So, I’m not going to leave here until we raise another $10,000 to get to the [$]50,000 goal.. blah .. blah….. "

    Yes, I can really feel the Love of Eelam for Amnesty… :)

    Oh.. this UNHRC resolution, we know that AI, HRW, ICG and the rest are making common cause with the dregs of the dispora pro-LTTE groups.

    "Developing countries’ envoys here said they had come under heavy pressure from the US and the EU – a fact which Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris did not forget to mention in his post-vote statement. He thanked the countries that voted against the resolution and those who abstained and noted that they had done it despite the intensity of pressure, in a variety of forms."

    "When the final results appeared on the screen, there was elation in some sectors. Diaspora members and west-funded human rights activists clapped and cheered, warranting the president of the council to warn that she would be compelled to call the security."

    Proof that 'human rights' is totally politicised and yet another means of exerting control on 'difficult' countries.

  24. Sri Lankan cannot cover up the deaths of 40 thousand innocent civilians !!!

    U.S. officials said they gained a key victory in their effort to push Sri Lanka to allow an independent investigation of Sri Lanka government atrocities against innocent Tamil civilians !!

  25. Wife of missing journalist Prgeeth Eknaligoda , Sandhya Eknaligoda schedule to deliver speech at UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, sources said.
    The Amnesty International announced SriLankan would deliver special speech at the UNHRC session today in such situation it was expected that Sandhya Eknaligoda would deliver speech at the UNHRC session in Geneva.

    Journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda reported missing on 24th of January 2010 and officials fail to collect information about him.

    Earlier it was revealed Prageeth Eknaligoda has migrated towards foreign country and some other says he was murdered in the country.

  26. Voting on US resolution against SriLanka schedule to hold on 22nd or 23rd of March at the UNHRC session in Geneva to win the attention of international community on this voting Swiss Tamil Forum has organized special protest on 21st and 22nf of March in front of the office of United Nation in Geneva.
    By organizing such protest once again Swiss Tamil people hopes to inform international on the genocide attacks carried out by the Lankan government against Tamil people in SriLanka.

    During the time of protest protesters hopes to release leaflets which contains the photos on genocide attack carried out by the Lankan government against Tamil people in SriLanka.

    War crime video footage released by the Channel-4 television has proved the war crime allegations of SriLankan government.

    In such situation Tamil people of Switzerland stress international community to hold independent international investigations against SriLankan government. http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22BmSac3MA34

  27. Voting on US resolution against SriLanka schedule to hold on 22nd or 23rd of March at the UNHRC session in Geneva to win the attention of international community on this voting Swiss Tamil Forum has organized special protest on 21st and 22nf of March in front of the office of United Nation in Geneva.
    By organizing such protest once again Swiss Tamil people hopes to inform international on the genocide attacks carried out by the Lankan government against Tamil people in SriLanka.

    During the time of protest protesters hopes to release leaflets which contains the photos on genocide attack carried out by the Lankan government against Tamil people in SriLanka.

    War crime video footage released by the Channel-4 television has proved the war crime allegations of SriLankan government.

    In such situation Tamil people of Switzerland stress international community to hold independent international investigations against SriLankan government. http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22BmSac3MA34

  28. Rajapaksa is forcing defenceless Tami War Widows in the prostitution in Sri Lanka .

    First Rajapaksa Terror State killed the Tamil women husbands, who were the breadwinners in the families, now the brutal dictator is forcing defenceless Tami War Widows in the prostitution in Sri Lanka .

    Women who have lost their husbands and sons in Sri Lanka's decades-long conflict have been forced to turn to prostitution, say women's rights activists.
    Geetha Lakmini of World Fisherfolk Solidarity Movement said over 85,000 women were widowed in the north and east after the war.

    "One village in Madhu area is infamous for prostitution because they have no male family members, no jobs and there is no other way of survival," she told journalists in Colombo.

    "The only way to feed their children is to sell their body."

    Many war widows still do not get any compensation announced by the government, she added.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2012/03/1

  29. Rajapaksa is forcing defenceless Tami War Widows in the prostitution in Sri Lanka .

    First Rajapaksa Terror State killed the Tamil women husbands, who were the breadwinners in the families, now the brutal dictator is forcing defenceless Tami War Widows in the prostitution in Sri Lanka .

    Women who have lost their husbands and sons in Sri Lanka's decades-long conflict have been forced to turn to prostitution, say women's rights activists.
    Geetha Lakmini of World Fisherfolk Solidarity Movement said over 85,000 women were widowed in the north and east after the war.

    "One village in Madhu area is infamous for prostitution because they have no male family members, no jobs and there is no other way of survival," she told journalists in Colombo.

    "The only way to feed their children is to sell their body."

    Many war widows still do not get any compensation announced by the government, she added.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2012/03/1

  30. Mad Mahinda's agenda to annihilation Tamil identity.

    In Srilanka, Tamil is the Dravidian language while Sinhala is Sanskrit based, so naturally they stand with the linguistically genocidal Sinhala Srilankan government. Their Braminisam runs sooo deep that even after documentaries like Killing Fields emerging from international media, which clearly points to war time excesses, they still support the genocidal government instead of taking a humanist point of view.

  31. Prime Minister of the Transitional Government of Tamil Eelam V.Rudhrakumaran announced cahannel-4 video footage of “Unpunished war crime allegations of SriLanka” once again stress the importance of independent international investigations against SriLanka.
    I urge countries which representate the UN Human Rights Council to implement changes in the present resolution and stress to hold independent international investigations against SriLanka.

    According to the evidence provided on Lankan war crime stress the importance of independent international investigations said the TGTE prime minister.

    The statement released by the Transitional Government of Tamil Eelam on Channel-4 video footage says,

    We all were anger and grief when watching the “Unpunished war crime allegations of SriLanka” which was aired in the Britain Channel-4 television recently.

    This video footage paid special attention towards four incidents and other war crime allegations carried out by SriLanka during the last stage of war in the country. At present it’s important to pay our attention towards other evidence which proves the war crime allegations of SriLanka.

    Its our duty to pay attention towards report of UN expert panel, statement of Rev. Irayappu Joseph catholic bishop of Mannar district and also towards statement released by the IDPs of these areas.

    Statement release by the Mannar bishop says since end of the war he was unaware about 146,679 people of this area. This statement has proved the allegations which occurred during the last stage of war in the country.

    Direct evidence given by the two UN officials have proved the direct attack carried out by the Lankan officials in safety zones in the country.

    UN Expert Panel says high ranking officials of the SriLankan government well aware on all these war crime allegations.In such situation TGTE government stress international community to hold independent international investigations against SriLankan government.

    Channel-4 video footage further stress,

    (1) The involvement on SriLankan military officials in the war crime allegations of SriLanka.

    (2) Defenec Secretary and the Minister of Defence was well aware on shell attacks carried out against safety zones in the country (The report of Prof.William Chaplin investigations to be carried out against these officials)

    (3) High ranking officials of Lankan government grant permission to carry put shell attacks against safety zone

    (4) Officers responsible for killing LTTE members surrender towards Lankan Arny

    (5) It’s has proved that Lankan forces have used banded war equipments for war. This was proved in the war victory celebration organized by the Lankan government.

    (6) Many LTTE female members were sexually abused and killed in the various parts of war zone.

    SriLankan government fail to announce clear statistic about the people reported dead in the war zone and also this video footage contains how do lankan officials fail to produce medicines for wounded people in the war zone.

    Video footage all these illegal activities were approved by the high ranking officials of Lankan government.

    In such situation TGTE government stress international community to hold international independent investigations against srilanka and also against high ranking officials of Lankan government involved in such allegations in the country.

    By implementing the proposals of LLRC commission it would help these officials to escape to the independent investigation said the prime minister.
    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22BmSac3MA34

  32. SriLankan Army officials forcibly taken people towards protest organized at Jaffna against US resolution against the country in Geneva.
    SriLankan army forcibly takes people of Navali area to this protest. It was revealed this protest was organized by ruling party and also group of people from Colombo also arrived to this protest.

    Army personal intruded in to the houses of Tamil people in Thenmarachchie and got all their ID cards f and ordered to collect these ID cards at the protest area. http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22BmSac3MA34

  33. An international human rights group on Friday warned that the militarization of Sri Lanka’s former war zone and discrimination against minority ethnic Tamils threaten to lead the island back into violence.
    The Brussels-based International Crisis Group said in a report that there are government moves to change the demographics in what were once Tamil majority areas by sending in ethnic Sinhalese settlers.

    “By adopting policies that will bring fundamental changes to the culture, demography and economy of the Northern Province, the government of Sri Lanka is sowing the seeds of future violence there,” the report said.

    Friday’s ICG report alleged that important decisions of governance in the north were now being made by Sinhalese military officials and politicians at the exclusion of the local Tamil people and their elected leaders. The predominantly Tamil north now has streets and villages renamed in the Sinhala language, dotted with war monuments and Buddhist shrines, the religion of the majority.

    Many of these are built on land that Tamils left behind during the height of the conflict, it said.

    The ICG called on aid agencies supporting Sri Lanka’s postwar reconstruction to demand change in government policies and not to pay for “policies that may lead to violence.”

  34. Tamils Protest in Jaffna over “disappearances”

    Amid police and military threats, about 200 mothers, wives and other relatives of disappeared persons held a protest on December 10 in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka, to demand information about their loved ones.
    Hundreds of Tamils “disappeared” during the 26-year communal war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), particularly during the military offensive before its defeat in May 2009. Despite their denials, the military, police and associated paramilitary groups are directly implicated in these abductions and murders.
    Such disappearances occurred not only in the North and East, but also in other areas, including Colombo. The security forces turned a blind eye as squads of thugs, often operating from white vans, seized people, mostly Tamils. The victims simply vanished and were likely murdered. These methods were bound up with the government’s police-state measures to silence political opponents and critics.

    The protest was held near the Jaffna central bus-stand and involved people from various parts of Jaffna Peninsula, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu and Vavuniya, as well as Colombo. The army set up checkpoints at several junctions to harass and intimidate people going to the venue. People travelling the 30 kilometres from Point-Pedro to Jaffna had to pass through eight checkpoints.
    Police vehicles patrolled Jaffna town. A squad of riot police was stationed about 75 metres away from the protest. Dozens of police and military intelligence officers were seen watching the area. Police had been mobilised at the bus-stand to threaten protesters and tried to drive them away. People refused to leave, arguing with police that they had the democratic right to conduct the agitation.
    Police arrested Socialist Equality Party (SEP) member M. Kamaladasan while he was distributing an SEP statement on its campaign to demand the release of all political prisoners. He was kept at the Jaffna police station for more than one hour and only set free after SEP General Secretary Wije Dias spoke to the officer in charge and insisted on the party’s democratic right to campaign. Police also tried to harass journalists covering the protest.
    Participants chanted slogans, including “Release our children, Release our loved ones. Where have they gone?” They displayed pictures of the disappeared persons. http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/dec2011/sljf-d2

  35. Thank you India,US, AI for your strong stand for protection of human rights for Tamil War Victims in Sri Lanka !!

  36. Another child is raped and killed in Sri Lanka Military Occupied North of Sri Lanka.

    The body of Jesudasan Lakshika from a bare land near the Pillaiya kovil in Nedunthivu. The child was raped and killed. Recently, Sri Lanka Army soldiers have raped two other Tamil women in the gun point and during the rape one of hte soldier was biting the breast of one these two women.

    The Tamil people gathered at the premises of Nedunthivu police stage protest and stress police to take legal action against the Sri Lanka Army rapists for killing a school girl in Nedunthivu area.

    People also stated at present police were in fear to file case against suspects and produce them before the courts.

  37. Principled Lobbying for Unprincipled Governance.

    I’m sure the international community will see through this so called Principled Position of Srilanka. The crux of the matter is Srilanka internationalized the internal conflict by numerous methods and ways since independence of the country from British rule. The showdown at the UNHRC is the extrapolation of that. Also the country, the international community, NGOs and other lobby groups realize the root causes that has necessitated such a resolution are as follows.

    1.) The country has descended into anarchy and autocratic rule.
    2.) The rule of law does not apply in the country and the whole country’s political structure is manned by thugs
    and drug runners.
    3.) Corruption has reached a level where factors of production costs are threatening Foreign Direct Investment.
    4.) Businesses are being appropriated due to political reasons and laws are enacted for same.
    5.) The people who have been affected by the war beg rehabilitation like shelter, security, counseling, medical care, provisions for livelihood etc.
    6.) Military Subjugation of a section of the country must be ended and civilian governance must be established in the North and East of the country.
    7.) Successive governments have always reneged on the agreements and pacts made to address the National Question. The difference this time around is the present government has done the same at the national and international level.
    8.) Accountability and War Crimes did take place not only during the final stages of the war but throughout the conduct of the conflict. This issue will not go away until a genuine process is established and issues dealt with.
    9.) Victims of the war need justice. Justice not only should be served but also should be seemed to have been served.
    10.) Press Freedom has to be re-established in the country. The abductions, extra judicial killings that take place must stop.

    Can this Sri Lanka government deliver the above given its record? It may lobby and hide behind the skirts of some countries who are the worst perpetrators of such crimes. The house can only be put to order with outside help. The outside world whose help was sought to fight this brutal war.
    It is time to face the music.

  38. There is the following proverb in Tamil that describes the principled position of GOSL:

    Kedu madhi Sol kelaadhu. (wicked perception does not listen to counseling)

  39. GOSL CLAIMING EXCLUSIVE INTERNAL AFFAIR, THEN MEDDLING ABOUT IN HAITI

    Happy to recieve payment from UN / US also, that no prob

    white van abduction yet the norm, defence expediture getinh higher and higher, people are shot, poor mans fuel is robbed, minorities abused.
    No this is not the stuff of tiger, but now GOSL.

    India as our local super-power is concerned about its back waters, also Tamils in India and SL

    India has learned a thing or two about bluff from MR

    Our ancestors are after all from India no,……even language, religion……….

    Millions of people suffering from kerosine theft, etc. and Wimal has developed a self-pity

    Failing to realize, not just the above, but his boss is the local American

    As the people were taken for a ride and the forces were exemplary at most part, only the liars and thieves at the top of GOSL should be effected.

    More effective than resolution that might insult the ordinary citizen (and too much of that by our white-van abducting kerosine thieves and Ipad lovin, US hatin Don Juan beards) is to file charges on these Americans that are ruling the country

    And since these love foreign stuff, aid and loans only because of the country, nothin else, that why, so give it in parts with prgress on the rights of the citizen and the entitlement of the minorities.

    The problem is the Paksas have bluffed India and the West so much that they may not buy that stuff.

    Ipad (designer cars, top security) are luxuries even in the west that a few politicians have. This Wimal can go to the village, then comes up with this stuff about why the western tractor and not the local bull, he will be thrown out, so now we have to put up with this idiot, but as a country marching forward in this Global village we should not

  40. If I may paraphrase Samuel Johnson, “National Sovereignty is the last refuge of the scoundrel”.

    My position and that of many others is that Human Rights should transcend national sovereignty.

    Why should Rajapaksas who don’t care two hoots about human rights, good governance and the rule of law become hysterical about a mild infringement of national sovereignty?

  41. Sri Lanka Army in " White Vans " attempted to abduct Kollonawa Mayor Ravindra Udeshantha

    Udeshantha said that 15 armed men had come to his house and attempted to force him into the van and abduct him.

    However area residents surrounded the van and attacked it damaging the vehicle in the process.

    He said that four of the abductors were nabbed by the people and handed over to the police while the rest had fled.

    Udeshantha said that he had just returned home after an event when the armed gang had attempted to abduct him.

    The Mayor said that his brother was also abducted and murdered early last month and there was an attempt now to kill him as well.
    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22BmSac3MA44

  42. Sri Lanka Army in " White Vans " attempted to abduct Kollonawa Mayor Ravindra Udeshantha

    Udeshantha said that 15 armed men had come to his house and attempted to force him into the van and abduct him.

    However area residents surrounded the van and attacked it damaging the vehicle in the process.

    He said that four of the abductors were nabbed by the people and handed over to the police while the rest had fled.

    Udeshantha said that he had just returned home after an event when the armed gang had attempted to abduct him.

    The Mayor said that his brother was also abducted and murdered early last month and there was an attempt now to kill him as well.
    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22BmSac3MA44

  43. Tamil youth organized two day protest against Lankan tourism.

    Special leaflets were distributed by the youths of Eelam Association in Germany. People at the exhibition compound thoroughly condemn the genocide attack carried out by the Lankan government.

    According to the world tourism board number of tourist arrival increased in SriLanka this year 2011 when it compares with year 2010.

    More than 60 years Lankan government fail to response for Tamil people in the country and also by violating the international law Lankan government carried out genocide attack against Tamil people in the
    year 2009.

    But at present Lankan government make more investments towards tourism sector to develop the tourism industry of this country.

    Can you really enjoy massage while maimed thousands of Tamils by the Sri Lankan government body and mind, and never can be forgotten the horror that was done to them?

    Can you really enjoy the luxury of a beach resort, while hundreds of thousands of Tamils have to spend their lives in inhumane conditions in total dependence on their tormentors under military control? http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22BmSac3MA34

  44. Tamil youth organized two day protest against Lankan tourism.

    Special leaflets were distributed by the youths of Eelam Association in Germany. People at the exhibition compound thoroughly condemn the genocide attack carried out by the Lankan government.

    According to the world tourism board number of tourist arrival increased in SriLanka this year 2011 when it compares with year 2010.

    More than 60 years Lankan government fail to response for Tamil people in the country and also by violating the international law Lankan government carried out genocide attack against Tamil people in the
    year 2009.

    But at present Lankan government make more investments towards tourism sector to develop the tourism industry of this country.

    Can you really enjoy massage while maimed thousands of Tamils by the Sri Lankan government body and mind, and never can be forgotten the horror that was done to them?

    Can you really enjoy the luxury of a beach resort, while hundreds of thousands of Tamils have to spend their lives in inhumane conditions in total dependence on their tormentors under military control? http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22BmSac3MA34

  45. Entire Tamil Nadu celebrates victory of US resolution

    People in Tamil Nadu welcomes the US resolution against SriLanka.
    According to the Tamil Nadu people this was the first step of diplomatic move against SriLanka. Lankan Tamil people residing in the IDP camps, members of the Tamil Nadu political parties, lawyers, and
    students celebrated this victory at the state yesterday.

    Lawyers of Madras High Court and Madurai High Courts fired crackers and distributed sweets towards people at the premises of respective courts.

    Law college students also appreciate Indian government and also distributed sweets towards people.

    Lankan Tamil People residing in the IDP camps were also happy on passing resolution against Lankan.

    According to the people” Now only we were able to achieve victory for all the sufferings which we faced in the country”

    This was the first step of legal action against Lankan government said the people
    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22YAM6202vlO

  46. Entire Tamil Nadu celebrates victory of US resolution

    People in Tamil Nadu welcomes the US resolution against SriLanka.
    According to the Tamil Nadu people this was the first step of diplomatic move against SriLanka. Lankan Tamil people residing in the IDP camps, members of the Tamil Nadu political parties, lawyers, and
    students celebrated this victory at the state yesterday.

    Lawyers of Madras High Court and Madurai High Courts fired crackers and distributed sweets towards people at the premises of respective courts.

    Law college students also appreciate Indian government and also distributed sweets towards people.

    Lankan Tamil People residing in the IDP camps were also happy on passing resolution against Lankan.

    According to the people” Now only we were able to achieve victory for all the sufferings which we faced in the country”

    This was the first step of legal action against Lankan government said the people
    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22YAM6202vlO

  47. Thank you India, US for voting against Sri Lanka in UN !!! :)

    Thank you AI for tireless support of the Tamil people's Human Rights !!! :) :)

  48. Sri Lanka Army soldiers are cold blooded child killers !!

    The chilling footage, from the documentary shows a child dead, lying on the ground stripped to the waist with multiple bullet wounds and signs indicating that the deceased were tied and blindfolded. The Tamils are saying that Rajapaksa Government had committed a horrendous “war crime,” demanded to know the UN stand on the atrocities against Sri Lankan Tamils.
    http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/313272/20120313/killing-ltte-leader-prabhakaran-son-india-sri.htm

  49. New evidence of the murder of a Tamil prisoner in Sri Lanka is key to revealing a conspiracy behind Rajapaksa Government mass murder. This evidence is graphic and confronting. Sri Lanka has seemed so unconcerned by international criticism that it has appointed military men with command responsibility over alleged war crimes to diplomatic posts, even sending them to represent Sri Lanka at the UN.
    The video shows a man in the custody of the Sri Lankan armed forces, excerpts from his interrogation and preparations to conceal his impending execution. It’s important because, together with a batch of newly discovered photographs, it is evidence of a chain of events that places this man consistently in the custody of authorities until his murder and the disposal of his body.

    This single murder, insignificant of itself, suggest the systematic, large-scale killing of prisoners – civilians and fighters – by the Sri Lankan authorities. These are the murders that the government has long denied, and which, when asked, they say didn’t happen, or if they did were committed by the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) themselves. When pressed, they ask for the evidence, assert that the recorded images are fakes, or request the names of witnesses, such as several Sinhalese troops who already have come forward to provide secret testimony of war crimes.

    Like all the other electronically recorded images that have emerged since the end of the war, there is nothing particularly furtive about these sequences. They were recorded by young men with mobile telephones, as trophy videos or as intelligence records. There are many fellow soldiers around, and they are relaxed and often smiling and joking as they go about their work. This is not a secret after all: they are responding to orders, issued by their commanders.

    http://salem-news.com/articles/march212012/ramesh-execution.php

  50. The Sri Lanka military presence in the north is the key for the alarming rise of sexual abuse against Tamil women and children.

  51. Catholic Clergies are intimidated by Rajapaksa Regime.

    “We also express our grave concerns about intimidation and discrediting of the signatories of the initial letter and in particular the Bishop of Mannar, by media such as the Sunday Divaina, websites and even govt’s coalition partners such as the JHU and NFF by accusing the Bishop of aspiring to become Cardinal of Tamil Eelam and that he should be arrested and prosecuted.” human rights activists and clergies informed UNHRC.

  52. Sri Lanka’s govt is coming under criticism from free media activists on Tuesday after it censored mobile phone’s text messages that reach millions of people.

    Sri Lanka’s Free Media Movement (FMM) has slammed the govt move saying that it will lead to stronger controls over print and electronic journalism. “This is clearly the first step in moving towards greater censorship. Already the Rajapaksa govt has made it mandatory for websites to register with them

  53. Many dead bodies found in the road sides another evidence of the Rajapaksa war crimes. Suren served as a photo journalist of “Eelanatham” news paper for past seven years. He continuously reported news from the battle field and also released photographs of genocide attacks carried out by the Lankan government in SriLanka.29th November 2008 at 1.30 pm we all were sleeping at a temporary camp which was constructed by a None Government organization in Tharmapuram area. People who were displaced from the Mannar to Killinochchi were in this camp. Kiefer attack the camp on that night.

    It’s around 2.00 am I took my camera and ran to the Taharmapuran base hospital. Many people were injured and more than people 30 reported dead in this attack.

    In our country we follow special rituals during a funeral of a person. People do not step on to that land but during the last stage of war we constructed our temporary sheds where we buried our loved once.

    I was injured during a attack in Valainar madam on 25th April 2009 and received treatment at the Muliwaikal hospital. Army also bombed to the hospital people who were at the treatment was also died in this attack.

    Most of the people suffered from the lack of medical and food facilities. People who were severely injured from the attack were left at the hospital. No one is in a position to take care of them.

    NGO organizations provide porridge for war victims at 12.00pm. We also face shell attack in these places too at least 4-6 people found dead in the attack. People just evacuate the bodies from the area and others wait for their porridge.

    We got all these food items only for short term. Most of the days we people were starved. There is no food or water . We collect rain water for drinking purpose.

    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22mAM0202XlO44e3JBmAca3V5Ycdd2IY54ac3SmBce40KOld02eMMUb2

  54. Killing Tamils indiscriminately, bombing schools, hospitals, killing of women, children and elderly with the intention to wipe out a particular kind of people based on language or any other reason is highly unacceptable.

    The Rajapaksas, the perpetrators of these kinds of war crimes deserved to be condemned and punished

    I don’t see any difference between Hitler led massacre of Jews in the name of race and skin color and massacre of Sri lankan Tamils by Mass Murderers Rajapaksas

  55. Most of the nations don’t know the true face of s** laNka yet! At least US has started this by making this resolution! It’s the worst Genocide ever happened in the history, and yes Tamils have also killed many by suicide bombing. But finally s** laNka have wiped off everything by killing nearly 240,000 people without any heart, I really don’t know how some one can do this to other human beings. Even in some videos you can see those sl military men stamping dead peoples on face it shows how brutal they are, It was like a genocide festival for them killing 1000′s and burning dead bodies on street corners, ofcourse I won’t tell all are stone hearted in SL some people had heart to questions the sl Govt. to stop the genocide but then if they do so the next day morning their dead bodies will be made to float on pond! This really happened sl president who sends an unnumbered white van with military force to catch people who ever questions or wrights the truth about genocide. The reason for Tamils are alive in s** lanka today is, it’s because during the genocide they were soo blood thirsty they wanted to kill all Tamils they don’t want any one left! But they’ve decided clearly that they have to keep few Tamil people alive to showcase as “Saved Civilians” to the UN – if all Tamils were wiped off the sl Govt. would get trapped, so no other go they have to leave some! And Tamil people who are alive now are those who managed to survive the s** lankan brutalism. And now sl Govt. is releasing videos by making Tamil people to tell that they had no problem by sl military during genocide! Oh really?? I know how they would have recorded those videos with guns behind the camera! Shame on u people. At least don’t spoil your next generation(Kids) teach some thing good at least for them! For every one a day ll come where they should pay for what they’ve did in the past. Sure people who did that won’t have good ending your heart knows what you have did! Sure your mom won’t be happy when she realizes she carried such an unhearted child in her womb.

  56. This comment thread is going nowhere coz most Non Tamil Indians don’t know the real history of Srilanka. Its important to know it to deal with them and to save our unity. Srilanka and India got Freedom in late 1940s. India gave equal rights to all Citizens irrespective of linguistic identities. Whereas Srilanka was keen to bring a a Sinhala Dominated State. This is the root cause of the issue. Its important to know the fundamental policy difference between the two Nations to deal. Every Indian must be proud to live in a country like India and give our voices as a part of our external policy to other humans who are not treated equal in their respective countries. In Srilanka 1949 D.S. Senanayake tried to strip citizenship of Indian descendant Tamils with Srilanka Citizenship Act in an attempt to reduce the voting power of Tamils to pass without the concern of Tamils. Srilanka purposely intend to oppress Tamils in the island by again enacting “Sinhala Only Act” ways back in 1956 in era where LTTE was not even born. Despite 25% of Srilanka population is Tamil such act was proposed. Tamil protested a Satyagraha campaign against the act. In response wide scale riots were organised Tamils were killed, priest of Hindu temples were burnt alive. With consistent efforts of Tamil leaders to get equal rights and numerous failed Non Violence protests finally after realizing no point in co-existing with the uncaring Sinhala Majority Govt, in 1977 all Tamil parties joined hand and demanded for a separate state Jaffna as “Tamil EELAM” in a Non Violent way. Reponse from Sinhala majority was again violence with 300 Tamils dead. Only now the LTTE came into existence with some Tamil youths who lost confidence in Non Violent protests and entered armed struggle. In 1983 LTTE killed 13 SL army soldiers with a road side bomb. When the news reached Sinhala Mobs started attacking and were equipped with voters list to identify Tamil addresses. More than 3000 Tamils where killed. Only since then a full fledged Ethnic war broke out. Indians can now compare the life of minorities in India and Srilanka. The LTTE is just one episode of the struggle of SL tamils which terribly went wrong and its over forever. The main issue is the Srilankan Sinhala Majority attitude. Even to the present date 2009 Srilanka celebrated a grand festival as victory of war when 1000s of Tamils dead and Lakhs displaced. Its shown as victory of SL over terrorism but morally felt as the victory of Sinhalese over Tamils. With this attitude how will the Srilankan Govt save Tamils are act for welfare of Tamils? Only UN with extensive support of India can bring relief to Tamils of Srilanka. Even if we go the other way and support SL still Srilanka will led China through back door. Srilanka is to be controlled not convinced.

  57. Journalists are 'traitors', says Sri Lanka's state TV

    Sri Lanka's state-controlled media has described journalists as "traitors" following the UN human rights council's call for an investigation into the country's alleged abuses during its war against Tamil separatists.

    In an attack on Sri Lankan journalists, both at home and in exile, state television accused them of "betraying the motherland."

    Although the broadcaster did not name the journalists who had participated in the human rights council sessions, it screened "thinly disguised photographs of them" and said it would reveal their names soon.

    Journalists in the capital, Colombo, told the Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) they were concerned about the campaign against them.

    The CPJ responded by calling on the Sri Lankan government to halt its intimidation of journalists.

    "The government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has a long and alarming record of intolerance to criticism," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's Asia programme coordinator.

    "The international community must be extra vigilant in ensuring that Sri Lankan journalists are not subjected to reprisals for voicing their concerns to the human rights council."

    The UN resolution called on Sri Lanka to investigate abuses carried out by its military in 2009, at the end of the decades-long war with separatists known as the Tamil Tigers.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2012/m

  58. Journalists are 'traitors', says Sri Lanka's state TV

    Sri Lanka's state-controlled media has described journalists as "traitors" following the UN human rights council's call for an investigation into the country's alleged abuses during its war against Tamil separatists.

    In an attack on Sri Lankan journalists, both at home and in exile, state television accused them of "betraying the motherland."

    Although the broadcaster did not name the journalists who had participated in the human rights council sessions, it screened "thinly disguised photographs of them" and said it would reveal their names soon.

    Journalists in the capital, Colombo, told the Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) they were concerned about the campaign against them.

    The CPJ responded by calling on the Sri Lankan government to halt its intimidation of journalists.

    "The government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has a long and alarming record of intolerance to criticism," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's Asia programme coordinator.

    "The international community must be extra vigilant in ensuring that Sri Lankan journalists are not subjected to reprisals for voicing their concerns to the human rights council."

    The UN resolution called on Sri Lanka to investigate abuses carried out by its military in 2009, at the end of the decades-long war with separatists known as the Tamil Tigers.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2012/m

  59. Ceylon, now Srilanka has been an ancient seat of Hinduism and Saivaism. Buddhism was subsequently introduced into the Island in the third century B.C. during the rule of Emperor Asoka in India. It found ready acceptance among Sinhalese who were struggling to find their own identity in the face of a resurgence of Tamil culture and the growing might of the Hindu Pallawa and the Pandyan empires in south India. In time this gave to a historical myth, make-believe that identified the Sinhalese as a chosen custodian of Buddhism and the Island a place of special sanctity blessed by the Buddha. This interlocking of land, religion and race, was to become an intoxicating mix in the minds of the Sinhala-Buddhists through the centuries; their unwillingness to let go this cushioning fantasy (for fear of losing their identity) is the root cause of this prevailing strife in the Island to this day. That also explains their ingrained hostility against Tamils, Tamil culture, Hinduism, India and whatever they feel could be a potential threat to their existence within that special cocoon they had created for themselves. This jingoistic believe is nourished and nurtured by few writings like the Mahavamsa and other inventive interpretations with strong religious bias.
    Thus the state sponsored terrorism leading to the destruction and desecration of the Hindu Temples could be explained as a violent expression of the extreme hostility the Sinhalese have against the Tamils and not as anti-religious. Hindus constitute only about 15.5 % of the Islands population as against 70 % Buddhists. Yet the sway of Hinduism is Islandwide-from the deep south of the Island which houses the prehistoric shrine of Kathirgamam (Katragama) dedicated to Lord Skanda or Lord Muruga(Kaarthikeya) and the entire width of the North-eastern Tamil homeland. Hinduism as an electric religion comprising many metaphysical systems and all embracing in outlook has an appeal to the Sinhala Buddhists themselves. In fact, Buddhism in Srilanka at the popular level embraces the worship of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Thus it is the illusory fear of losing their identity and even their existence that has created this institutionalised hatred against whatever is Tamil.
    In Tamil Eelam the culture and civilization of the Tamils, which has a long, rich and valuable history is undergoing destruction on an unprecedented scale.
    Tamil Eelam was once strewn with thousands of temples, churches, mosques, libraries, schools and statues of great symbolic importance. To the Hindus religion forms part and parcel of their daily life. Temples stand not only as places of worship but are also embodiment of cultural life. music, dance, drama, education medicine and many other essential aspects of life evolve around the temples. Today many of them have been razed to the ground and others in a dilapidated condition and many important temples are rendered inaccessible as a result of army occupation in and around the temples.

  60. 'India is a loser', says Sri Lankan media. India is a winner and not a loser, India stood for humanity and against brutality of the Sri Lanka Army

  61. This is calm before storm. :)

    Tamil Nadu will reunite with Tamil Homelands in Sri Lanka !!!!! :) :) :)

  62. SriLanka is the best definition for racist governments of this world

    Karen Parker made this special speech during a conference held on genocide attacks at the UN Human Rights Council session yesterday.

    Parker stress her speech by the wording of former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan which says” Ethnic issue of the world would raise genocide attack in the respective country. She also stated continuous ethnic issue would led to genocide attack.

    She also stated in the present world SriLanka government is the best example for racist government .

    Lankan government hopes to escape from the international by describing the Tamil people has terrorist of this country. She further noted people who raise their voice for the rights of Tamil people in and out
    of the country describe and identified as the members of terrorist organization by the Lankan government.

    Report of UN expert panel describes the losses faced by the Tamil people in SriLanka. the motto of UN includes ”rights and protection for all human beings” but however international fail to pay its attention towards losses of Tamil in SriLanka. In such situation it’s the responsibility of the UN to write proper definition against racist government she said.

    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22mAM0202XlO44e3zBmAca3V5Ycdd2IY54ac3SmBce40KOld02eMMUb2

  63. Sinhala racists are carried out attacks against Tamil people

    Tense situation raised in SriLanka due to continues pressure faced by the Lankan government delegates in Geneva. It was revealed some of the Sinhala racist in SriLanka hoping to carry out attack against Tamil people in the country.
    Specially Tamil people in the Colombo district have stored essential food items in their residence. Tamil people arrived to Colombo from various parts of the island also returning to their respective villages.

    Traders and shop owners have took various security steps to protect their shops in the Colombo district, sources said. Foreign Ambassadors in SriLankan continuously collects information’s this regard from the Tamil politicians. Earlier Tamil politicians warned, by the use of Geneva resolution Lankan government hopes to create another ethnic conflict in this country.

    Lankan government also blamed by submitting resolution international community hopes to create tense situation in this country. Government also announced southern people if the Geneva resolution passes against the country that SriLankan Army would produce before the international courts and also President Rajapaksa would be seated in the electric chair.

    Sinhala racist says once again Tamil people of SriLanka would be affected by the Geneva resolution against the country. However analyst says all these protest were lead by the Lankan government and it would upraise the Sinhala racism in the country.

    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22BmSac3MA44eIY5202lOAdd2Ol120V5Y3e4UMMca3mBf2

  64. Dear Tom,
    “A Diminished Force for Good” is a good description of Amnesty International :)

    The world must know that Amnesty now accepts funding from child-soldier recruiting and child-murdering terrorist front groups. I was utterly appalled to learn that AI accepted a $50,000 donation from the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), a front group for the defeated Tamil Tiger terrorists who, like Kony specialised in forcible recruitment of child soldiers for over 30 years until the Sri Lankan government finally crushed them in May 2009. http://tinyurl.com/6vpq9x7

    The CTC’s Director of Communications, Sahilal Sabaratnam is currently serving a 25 year US jail sentence for trying to purchase $1 million+ of high-powered weaponry for the LTTE.

    AI & Canadian Tamil Congress – a union of liars.
    AI finally released a statement denying any impropriety in their funding from CTC, saying: “These hundreds of contributions were offered with no conditions or qualifications. They were not earmarked to support our programming on Sri Lanka and will in fact be used to support a variety of ongoing global initiatives…”

    But, AI lies. Their own words and those of their CTC supporters betray them.

    Alex Neve of AI at the CTC Walkathon says: (on video) “Every dollar you raise… is all going to go to support our ongoing crucial human rights work. Our human rights work with respect to Sri Lanka where we’ve worked for years, for decades to ensure that human rights violations against the Tamil community come to an end and that the rights of all Sri Lankans be equally upheld and protected.”

    Gary Anandasangaree, a CTC lawyer says: (on video) “… and I just came back from Geneva … one thing I want to tell you is that it is the ONLY friend we have at times. Amnesty International has been the ONLY voice of reason in the international community.”

    “When countries [sic] and after countries [sic] after countries [sic] turned down the plight of Tamils in 2009, Amnesty International spoke again and again and again. And today in Geneva, in New York, when countries again are turning down the report of the Secretary General … it is Amnesty International which is standing firm with the Tamil community and calling for justice in Sri Lanka. So, I’m not going to leave here until we raise another $10,000 to get to the [$]50,000 goal.. blah .. blah….. “

    Yes, I can really feel the Love of Eelam for Amnesty… :)

    Oh.. this UNHRC resolution, we know that AI, HRW, ICG and the rest are making common cause with the dregs of the dispora pro-LTTE groups.

    “Developing countries’ envoys here said they had come under heavy pressure from the US and the EU – a fact which Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris did not forget to mention in his post-vote statement. He thanked the countries that voted against the resolution and those who abstained and noted that they had done it despite the intensity of pressure, in a variety of forms.”

    “When the final results appeared on the screen, there was elation in some sectors. Diaspora members and west-funded human rights activists clapped and cheered, warranting the president of the council to warn that she would be compelled to call the security.”

    Proof that ‘human rights’ is totally politicised and yet another means of exerting control on ‘difficult’ countries.

  65. Sri Lankan cannot cover up the deaths of 40 thousand innocent civilians !!!

    U.S. officials said they gained a key victory in their effort to push Sri Lanka to allow an independent investigation of Sri Lanka government atrocities against innocent Tamil civilians !!

  66. Wife of missing journalist Prgeeth Eknaligoda , Sandhya Eknaligoda schedule to deliver speech at UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, sources said.
    The Amnesty International announced SriLankan would deliver special speech at the UNHRC session today in such situation it was expected that Sandhya Eknaligoda would deliver speech at the UNHRC session in Geneva.

    Journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda reported missing on 24th of January 2010 and officials fail to collect information about him.

    Earlier it was revealed Prageeth Eknaligoda has migrated towards foreign country and some other says he was murdered in the country.

  67. Voting on US resolution against SriLanka schedule to hold on 22nd or 23rd of March at the UNHRC session in Geneva to win the attention of international community on this voting Swiss Tamil Forum has organized special protest on 21st and 22nf of March in front of the office of United Nation in Geneva.
    By organizing such protest once again Swiss Tamil people hopes to inform international on the genocide attacks carried out by the Lankan government against Tamil people in SriLanka.

    During the time of protest protesters hopes to release leaflets which contains the photos on genocide attack carried out by the Lankan government against Tamil people in SriLanka.

    War crime video footage released by the Channel-4 television has proved the war crime allegations of SriLankan government.

    In such situation Tamil people of Switzerland stress international community to hold independent international investigations against SriLankan government.
    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22BmSac3MA34eIY5302lOIdd2Ol320L5Y3e4UMCca3mBT2

  68. Rajapaksa is forcing defenceless Tami War Widows in the prostitution in Sri Lanka .

    First Rajapaksa Terror State killed the Tamil women husbands, who were the breadwinners in the families, now the brutal dictator is forcing defenceless Tami War Widows in the prostitution in Sri Lanka .

    Women who have lost their husbands and sons in Sri Lanka’s decades-long conflict have been forced to turn to prostitution, say women’s rights activists.
    Geetha Lakmini of World Fisherfolk Solidarity Movement said over 85,000 women were widowed in the north and east after the war.

    “One village in Madhu area is infamous for prostitution because they have no male family members, no jobs and there is no other way of survival,” she told journalists in Colombo.

    “The only way to feed their children is to sell their body.”

    Many war widows still do not get any compensation announced by the government, she added.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2012/03/120318_women_war.shtml

  69. Mad Mahinda’s agenda to annihilation Tamil identity.

    In Srilanka, Tamil is the Dravidian language while Sinhala is Sanskrit based, so naturally they stand with the linguistically genocidal Sinhala Srilankan government. Their Braminisam runs sooo deep that even after documentaries like Killing Fields emerging from international media, which clearly points to war time excesses, they still support the genocidal government instead of taking a humanist point of view.

  70. Prime Minister of the Transitional Government of Tamil Eelam V.Rudhrakumaran announced cahannel-4 video footage of “Unpunished war crime allegations of SriLanka” once again stress the importance of independent international investigations against SriLanka.
    I urge countries which representate the UN Human Rights Council to implement changes in the present resolution and stress to hold independent international investigations against SriLanka.

    According to the evidence provided on Lankan war crime stress the importance of independent international investigations said the TGTE prime minister.

    The statement released by the Transitional Government of Tamil Eelam on Channel-4 video footage says,

    We all were anger and grief when watching the “Unpunished war crime allegations of SriLanka” which was aired in the Britain Channel-4 television recently.

    This video footage paid special attention towards four incidents and other war crime allegations carried out by SriLanka during the last stage of war in the country. At present it’s important to pay our attention towards other evidence which proves the war crime allegations of SriLanka.

    Its our duty to pay attention towards report of UN expert panel, statement of Rev. Irayappu Joseph catholic bishop of Mannar district and also towards statement released by the IDPs of these areas.

    Statement release by the Mannar bishop says since end of the war he was unaware about 146,679 people of this area. This statement has proved the allegations which occurred during the last stage of war in the country.

    Direct evidence given by the two UN officials have proved the direct attack carried out by the Lankan officials in safety zones in the country.

    UN Expert Panel says high ranking officials of the SriLankan government well aware on all these war crime allegations.In such situation TGTE government stress international community to hold independent international investigations against SriLankan government.

    Channel-4 video footage further stress,

    (1) The involvement on SriLankan military officials in the war crime allegations of SriLanka.

    (2) Defenec Secretary and the Minister of Defence was well aware on shell attacks carried out against safety zones in the country (The report of Prof.William Chaplin investigations to be carried out against these officials)

    (3) High ranking officials of Lankan government grant permission to carry put shell attacks against safety zone

    (4) Officers responsible for killing LTTE members surrender towards Lankan Arny

    (5) It’s has proved that Lankan forces have used banded war equipments for war. This was proved in the war victory celebration organized by the Lankan government.

    (6) Many LTTE female members were sexually abused and killed in the various parts of war zone.

    SriLankan government fail to announce clear statistic about the people reported dead in the war zone and also this video footage contains how do lankan officials fail to produce medicines for wounded people in the war zone.

    Video footage all these illegal activities were approved by the high ranking officials of Lankan government.

    In such situation TGTE government stress international community to hold international independent investigations against srilanka and also against high ranking officials of Lankan government involved in such allegations in the country.

    By implementing the proposals of LLRC commission it would help these officials to escape to the independent investigation said the prime minister.

    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22BmSac3MA34eIY5302lOydd2Old20L5Y3e4UMCca3mBJ2

  71. SriLankan Army officials forcibly taken people towards protest organized at Jaffna against US resolution against the country in Geneva.
    SriLankan army forcibly takes people of Navali area to this protest. It was revealed this protest was organized by ruling party and also group of people from Colombo also arrived to this protest.

    Army personal intruded in to the houses of Tamil people in Thenmarachchie and got all their ID cards f and ordered to collect these ID cards at the protest area.
    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22BmSac3MA34eIY5302lOydd2Ol320L5Y3e4UMCca3mBJ2

  72. An international human rights group on Friday warned that the militarization of Sri Lanka’s former war zone and discrimination against minority ethnic Tamils threaten to lead the island back into violence.
    The Brussels-based International Crisis Group said in a report that there are government moves to change the demographics in what were once Tamil majority areas by sending in ethnic Sinhalese settlers.

    “By adopting policies that will bring fundamental changes to the culture, demography and economy of the Northern Province, the government of Sri Lanka is sowing the seeds of future violence there,” the report said.

    Friday’s ICG report alleged that important decisions of governance in the north were now being made by Sinhalese military officials and politicians at the exclusion of the local Tamil people and their elected leaders. The predominantly Tamil north now has streets and villages renamed in the Sinhala language, dotted with war monuments and Buddhist shrines, the religion of the majority.

    Many of these are built on land that Tamils left behind during the height of the conflict, it said.

    The ICG called on aid agencies supporting Sri Lanka’s postwar reconstruction to demand change in government policies and not to pay for “policies that may lead to violence.”

  73. Tamils Protest in Jaffna over “disappearances”

    Amid police and military threats, about 200 mothers, wives and other relatives of disappeared persons held a protest on December 10 in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka, to demand information about their loved ones.
    Hundreds of Tamils “disappeared” during the 26-year communal war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), particularly during the military offensive before its defeat in May 2009. Despite their denials, the military, police and associated paramilitary groups are directly implicated in these abductions and murders.
    Such disappearances occurred not only in the North and East, but also in other areas, including Colombo. The security forces turned a blind eye as squads of thugs, often operating from white vans, seized people, mostly Tamils. The victims simply vanished and were likely murdered. These methods were bound up with the government’s police-state measures to silence political opponents and critics.

    The protest was held near the Jaffna central bus-stand and involved people from various parts of Jaffna Peninsula, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu and Vavuniya, as well as Colombo. The army set up checkpoints at several junctions to harass and intimidate people going to the venue. People travelling the 30 kilometres from Point-Pedro to Jaffna had to pass through eight checkpoints.
    Police vehicles patrolled Jaffna town. A squad of riot police was stationed about 75 metres away from the protest. Dozens of police and military intelligence officers were seen watching the area. Police had been mobilised at the bus-stand to threaten protesters and tried to drive them away. People refused to leave, arguing with police that they had the democratic right to conduct the agitation.
    Police arrested Socialist Equality Party (SEP) member M. Kamaladasan while he was distributing an SEP statement on its campaign to demand the release of all political prisoners. He was kept at the Jaffna police station for more than one hour and only set free after SEP General Secretary Wije Dias spoke to the officer in charge and insisted on the party’s democratic right to campaign. Police also tried to harass journalists covering the protest.
    Participants chanted slogans, including “Release our children, Release our loved ones. Where have they gone?” They displayed pictures of the disappeared persons.
    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/dec2011/sljf-d24.shtml

  74. Thank you India,US, AI for your strong stand for protection of human rights for Tamil War Victims in Sri Lanka !!

  75. Another child is raped and killed in Sri Lanka Military Occupied North of Sri Lanka.

    The body of Jesudasan Lakshika from a bare land near the Pillaiya kovil in Nedunthivu. The child was raped and killed. Recently, Sri Lanka Army soldiers have raped two other Tamil women in the gun point and during the rape one of hte soldier was biting the breast of one these two women.

    The Tamil people gathered at the premises of Nedunthivu police stage protest and stress police to take legal action against the Sri Lanka Army rapists for killing a school girl in Nedunthivu area.

    People also stated at present police were in fear to file case against suspects and produce them before the courts.

  76. Principled Lobbying for Unprincipled Governance.

    I’m sure the international community will see through this so called Principled Position of Srilanka. The crux of the matter is Srilanka internationalized the internal conflict by numerous methods and ways since independence of the country from British rule. The showdown at the UNHRC is the extrapolation of that. Also the country, the international community, NGOs and other lobby groups realize the root causes that has necessitated such a resolution are as follows.

    1.) The country has descended into anarchy and autocratic rule.
    2.) The rule of law does not apply in the country and the whole country’s political structure is manned by thugs
    and drug runners.
    3.) Corruption has reached a level where factors of production costs are threatening Foreign Direct Investment.
    4.) Businesses are being appropriated due to political reasons and laws are enacted for same.
    5.) The people who have been affected by the war beg rehabilitation like shelter, security, counseling, medical care, provisions for livelihood etc.
    6.) Military Subjugation of a section of the country must be ended and civilian governance must be established in the North and East of the country.
    7.) Successive governments have always reneged on the agreements and pacts made to address the National Question. The difference this time around is the present government has done the same at the national and international level.
    8.) Accountability and War Crimes did take place not only during the final stages of the war but throughout the conduct of the conflict. This issue will not go away until a genuine process is established and issues dealt with.
    9.) Victims of the war need justice. Justice not only should be served but also should be seemed to have been served.
    10.) Press Freedom has to be re-established in the country. The abductions, extra judicial killings that take place must stop.

    Can this Sri Lanka government deliver the above given its record? It may lobby and hide behind the skirts of some countries who are the worst perpetrators of such crimes. The house can only be put to order with outside help. The outside world whose help was sought to fight this brutal war.
    It is time to face the music.

  77. There is the following proverb in Tamil that describes the principled position of GOSL:

    Kedu madhi Sol kelaadhu. (wicked perception does not listen to counseling)

  78. GOSL CLAIMING EXCLUSIVE INTERNAL AFFAIR, THEN MEDDLING ABOUT IN HAITI

    Happy to recieve payment from UN / US also, that no prob

    white van abduction yet the norm, defence expediture getinh higher and higher, people are shot, poor mans fuel is robbed, minorities abused.
    No this is not the stuff of tiger, but now GOSL.

    India as our local super-power is concerned about its back waters, also Tamils in India and SL

    India has learned a thing or two about bluff from MR

    Our ancestors are after all from India no,……even language, religion……….

    Millions of people suffering from kerosine theft, etc. and Wimal has developed a self-pity

    Failing to realize, not just the above, but his boss is the local American

    As the people were taken for a ride and the forces were exemplary at most part, only the liars and thieves at the top of GOSL should be effected.

    More effective than resolution that might insult the ordinary citizen (and too much of that by our white-van abducting kerosine thieves and Ipad lovin, US hatin Don Juan beards) is to file charges on these Americans that are ruling the country

    And since these love foreign stuff, aid and loans only because of the country, nothin else, that why, so give it in parts with prgress on the rights of the citizen and the entitlement of the minorities.

    The problem is the Paksas have bluffed India and the West so much that they may not buy that stuff.

    Ipad (designer cars, top security) are luxuries even in the west that a few politicians have. This Wimal can go to the village, then comes up with this stuff about why the western tractor and not the local bull, he will be thrown out, so now we have to put up with this idiot, but as a country marching forward in this Global village we should not

  79. If I may paraphrase Samuel Johnson, “National Sovereignty is the last refuge of the scoundrel”.

    My position and that of many others is that Human Rights should transcend national sovereignty.

    Why should Rajapaksas who don’t care two hoots about human rights, good governance and the rule of law become hysterical about a mild infringement of national sovereignty?

  80. Sri Lankan Navy Killing Tamil Nadu Fishermen – Why? Is Tamil blood cheap? Is Tamil Nadu part of india?

    Sri Lankan Navy has been attacking, shooting and killing Tamil Nadu fishermen for well over a decade. Several hundred have been killed [Reference 1] and many more injured. Attacks, shootings and killings continue in spite of repeated pleas from Tamil Nadu State chief ministers to the Indian government and promises from Indian prime ministers to protect Indian fishermen.

  81. Sri Lanka Army in ” White Vans ” attempted to abduct Kollonawa Mayor Ravindra Udeshantha

    Udeshantha said that 15 armed men had come to his house and attempted to force him into the van and abduct him.

    However area residents surrounded the van and attacked it damaging the vehicle in the process.

    He said that four of the abductors were nabbed by the people and handed over to the police while the rest had fled.

    Udeshantha said that he had just returned home after an event when the armed gang had attempted to abduct him.

    The Mayor said that his brother was also abducted and murdered early last month and there was an attempt now to kill him as well.

    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22BmSac3MA44eIY5202lOAdd2Ol120B5Y3e4UMCca3mB52

  82. Tamil youth organized two day protest against Lankan tourism.

    Special leaflets were distributed by the youths of Eelam Association in Germany. People at the exhibition compound thoroughly condemn the genocide attack carried out by the Lankan government.

    According to the world tourism board number of tourist arrival increased in SriLanka this year 2011 when it compares with year 2010.

    More than 60 years Lankan government fail to response for Tamil people in the country and also by violating the international law Lankan government carried out genocide attack against Tamil people in the
    year 2009.

    But at present Lankan government make more investments towards tourism sector to develop the tourism industry of this country.

    Can you really enjoy massage while maimed thousands of Tamils by the Sri Lankan government body and mind, and never can be forgotten the horror that was done to them?

    Can you really enjoy the luxury of a beach resort, while hundreds of thousands of Tamils have to spend their lives in inhumane conditions in total dependence on their tormentors under military control?
    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22BmSac3MA34eIY5202lOKdd2OlH20B5Y3e4UMCca3mBp2

  83. Entire Tamil Nadu celebrates victory of US resolution

    People in Tamil Nadu welcomes the US resolution against SriLanka.
    According to the Tamil Nadu people this was the first step of diplomatic move against SriLanka. Lankan Tamil people residing in the IDP camps, members of the Tamil Nadu political parties, lawyers, and
    students celebrated this victory at the state yesterday.

    Lawyers of Madras High Court and Madurai High Courts fired crackers and distributed sweets towards people at the premises of respective courts.

    Law college students also appreciate Indian government and also distributed sweets towards people.

    Lankan Tamil People residing in the IDP camps were also happy on passing resolution against Lankan.

    According to the people” Now only we were able to achieve victory for all the sufferings which we faced in the country”

    This was the first step of legal action against Lankan government said the people

    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?22YAM6202vlOA4e3PBmcca355YKdd3IY52ac0SmB4e4eUOlc02aMMUd2

  84. Thank you India, US for voting against Sri Lanka in UN !!! :)

    Thank you AI for tireless support of the Tamil people’s Human Rights !!! :) :)

  85. Journalists are ‘traitors’, says Sri Lanka’s state TV

    Sri Lanka’s state-controlled media has described journalists as “traitors” following the UN human rights council’s call for an investigation into the country’s alleged abuses during its war against Tamil separatists.

    In an attack on Sri Lankan journalists, both at home and in exile, state television accused them of “betraying the motherland.”

    Although the broadcaster did not name the journalists who had participated in the human rights council sessions, it screened “thinly disguised photographs of them” and said it would reveal their names soon.

    Journalists in the capital, Colombo, told the Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) they were concerned about the campaign against them.

    The CPJ responded by calling on the Sri Lankan government to halt its intimidation of journalists.

    “The government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has a long and alarming record of intolerance to criticism,” said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia programme coordinator.

    “The international community must be extra vigilant in ensuring that Sri Lankan journalists are not subjected to reprisals for voicing their concerns to the human rights council.”

    The UN resolution called on Sri Lanka to investigate abuses carried out by its military in 2009, at the end of the decades-long war with separatists known as the Tamil Tigers.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2012/mar/23/journalist-safety-srilanka?newsfeed=true

  86. ‘India is a loser’, says Sri Lankan media. India is a winner and not a loser, India stood for humanity and against brutality of the Sri Lanka Army

  87. Sri Lankan Navy Killing Tamil Nadu Fishermen – Why? Is Tamil blood cheap? Is Tamil Nadu part of india?

    Sri Lankan Navy has been attacking, shooting and killing Tamil Nadu fishermen for well over a decade. Several hundred have been killed [Reference 1] and many more injured. Attacks, shootings and killings continue in spite of repeated pleas from Tamil Nadu State chief ministers to the Indian government and promises from Indian prime ministers to protect Indian fishermen.

  88. Sri Lanka minister Mervyn Silva threatens journalists http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17491832

    A Sri Lankan cabinet minister has threatened violence against journalists and human rights activists who he says have been opposing the government.

    In Friday's remarks, which were filmed, the ardent Sinhalese nationalist warned that he would "break the limbs" of some named journalists and human rights workers whom he called "traitors".

  89. Sri Lanka minister Mervyn Silva threatens journalists http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17491832

    A Sri Lankan cabinet minister has threatened violence against journalists and human rights activists who he says have been opposing the government.

    In Friday's remarks, which were filmed, the ardent Sinhalese nationalist warned that he would "break the limbs" of some named journalists and human rights workers whom he called "traitors".

  90. I believe the UN let down the Tamils in Sri Lanka, that horrific war crimes took place, that there were large-scale violations of international laws. It’s not just a question for India, we all have an obligation to the people who were trapped in the conflict. Perpetrators of that violence are sitting in government, representing Sri Lanka at the UN and in delegations to other states. http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?280328

  91. I believe the UN let down the Tamils in Sri Lanka, that horrific war crimes took place, that there were large-scale violations of international laws. It’s not just a question for India, we all have an obligation to the people who were trapped in the conflict. Perpetrators of that violence are sitting in government, representing Sri Lanka at the UN and in delegations to other states. http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?280328

  92. Sri Lanka minister Mervyn Silva threatens journalists
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17491832

    A Sri Lankan cabinet minister has threatened violence against journalists and human rights activists who he says have been opposing the government.

    In Friday’s remarks, which were filmed, the ardent Sinhalese nationalist warned that he would “break the limbs” of some named journalists and human rights workers whom he called “traitors”.

  93. I believe the UN let down the Tamils in Sri Lanka, that horrific war crimes took place, that there were large-scale violations of international laws. It’s not just a question for India, we all have an obligation to the people who were trapped in the conflict. Perpetrators of that violence are sitting in government, representing Sri Lanka at the UN and in delegations to other states.
    http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?280328

  94. Singhhella military machines continue the The Tamil Genocide in Tamil Homeland

    The statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vipulananda, Pulavarma'ni Periyathampi-pi'l'lai and Baden-Powell revered by Eezham Tamils in the heart of Batticaloa city have been desecrated and destroyed in the early hours of Friday. The statues of Gandhi and the founder of Scout Movement Robert Baden-Powell are located near the clock tower in the city centre. Renowned Tamil scholar and Hindu reformer Swami Vipulananda and Tamil Poet Pulavarma'ni Periyathampi Pi'l'lai, both were born in the Eastern Province. All the four statues are located within the perimeters of the high security area manned by the SL Police and the SL Army in the city. The latest desecration of statues comes as a result of anti-Indian and anti-western sentiments shown by the occupying Sinhala forces in the East, political observers said.
    The desecrated statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Baden-PowellMeanwhile, genocidal Sri Lanka has deployed its occupying Sinhala military in hurriedly building Buddhist Stupas throughout North and East, including key locations in the major cities, to give a 'new cultural identity' to the cities and landscape of the country of Eezham Tamils. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Buddhist monks, SL military step up Sinhalicisation of Kuchchave'li in Trincomalee
    Large tracts of lands adjoining in vicinity of an ancient stupa site in Thiriyaay and newly installed Buddist monks in at least three places in Kuchchave'li Divisional Secretariat division of Trincomalee district are behind grabbing lands of Tamils and blocking Tamils from re-settlement, civil officials in Kuchchave'li division said. A systematic programme of Sinhalicisation has been taking place, begun after the area was captured by the SL military from the LTTE, is now being accelerated by the Colombo establishment, according to Tamil civil officials in the division. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  95. Singhhella military machines continue the The Tamil Genocide in Tamil Homeland

    The statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vipulananda, Pulavarma’ni Periyathampi-pi’l’lai and Baden-Powell revered by Eezham Tamils in the heart of Batticaloa city have been desecrated and destroyed in the early hours of Friday. The statues of Gandhi and the founder of Scout Movement Robert Baden-Powell are located near the clock tower in the city centre. Renowned Tamil scholar and Hindu reformer Swami Vipulananda and Tamil Poet Pulavarma’ni Periyathampi Pi’l’lai, both were born in the Eastern Province. All the four statues are located within the perimeters of the high security area manned by the SL Police and the SL Army in the city. The latest desecration of statues comes as a result of anti-Indian and anti-western sentiments shown by the occupying Sinhala forces in the East, political observers said.
    The desecrated statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Baden-PowellMeanwhile, genocidal Sri Lanka has deployed its occupying Sinhala military in hurriedly building Buddhist Stupas throughout North and East, including key locations in the major cities, to give a ‘new cultural identity’ to the cities and landscape of the country of Eezham Tamils.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=35073

    Buddhist monks, SL military step up Sinhalicisation of Kuchchave’li in Trincomalee
    Large tracts of lands adjoining in vicinity of an ancient stupa site in Thiriyaay and newly installed Buddist monks in at least three places in Kuchchave’li Divisional Secretariat division of Trincomalee district are behind grabbing lands of Tamils and blocking Tamils from re-settlement, civil officials in Kuchchave’li division said. A systematic programme of Sinhalicisation has been taking place, begun after the area was captured by the SL military from the LTTE, is now being accelerated by the Colombo establishment, according to Tamil civil officials in the division.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=35062