How Did Sri Lanka End Up in this Crisis?

While an estimated 50,000 civilians are still trapped in Sri Lanka’s shrinking war zone, a diplomatic push for a humanitarian ceasefire by the British and French foreign ministers did not yield any success yet. For anyone who is interested in how Sri Lanka ended up at this point, IRIN today published a very detailed and useful chronology of the conflict:

1972: Velupillai Prabhakaran forms a militant group called the Tamil New Tigers (TNT).

1976: TNT changes its name to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

1983, 23 July: LTTE attacks an army patrol in Jaffna, killing 13 soldiers and sparking anti-Tamil riots around the country, leaving several hundred dead.

1985, 8 July: Talks held between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE for the first time in Thimpu, Bhutan.

1987, 29 July: Indo-Sri Lanka pact signed between President JR Jayawardena and Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi. India deploys peace-keeping force to north and east Sri Lanka.

1990, 24 March: India withdraws troops due to clashes with the LTTE killing more than 1,200 Indian troops.

1990 June: LTTE kills hundreds of policemen in the east following breakdown of talks between the Tigers and the government of President Ranasinghe Premadasa.

1991, 21 May: Gandhi killed, allegedly by an LTTE suicide bomber.

1993, 1 May: Premadasa killed by LTTE suicide cadres during a May Day rally in Colombo.

1995, January: Government of Chandrika Kumaratunge and LTTE agree to talks.

1995, April: Talks fail after the Tigers blow up two navy vessels.

1995, 2 December: Jaffna, the northern cultural and political nerve centre of the Tamils, falls under Sri Lanka army control.

1996, 31 January: Suicide bomb attack on the Central Bank building in the heart of Colombo kills more than 100 and injures 1,400.

1996, 24 July: Alleged LTTE bomb blast in a railway station in Dehiwela, south of Colombo, kills 70.

1996, 18 July: Army camp overrun by the LTTE near the northeastern town of Mullaitivu. More than 1,000 troops killed.

1998, 25 January: Suicide bomb attack on Sri Lanka’s holiest Buddhist shrine, Dhaladha Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth), in the central town of Kandy, kills 17 people.

1998, 26 September: Tigers overrun Kilinochchi army camp, killing more than 1,000 government soldiers.

1999, December: LTTE attempts to assassinate President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge; he survives.

2000, April: LTTE recaptures Elephant Pass, inflicting heavy damage on the Sri Lankan forces during the operation Unceasing Waves III.

2001, July: An LTTE suicide attack on Bandaranaike International airport kills 14.

2002, 22 February: Ceasefire agreement, brokered by Norway, signed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and LTTE leader Prabhakaran.

2002, December: Government and LTTE agree to share power at peace talks in Norway.

2003 April: LTTE pulls out of talks after six rounds of negotiations, citing inadequate steps taken to rebuild war-hit areas.

2004, 3 March: LTTE eastern military head, Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan, alias Karuna Amman, splits from the LTTE.

2005, 7 February: LTTE political head for the eastern Districts of Batticaloa and Ampara, E. Kousalyan, killed with three others in Batticaloa town.

2005, 12 August: Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar killed by suspected LTTE snipers in Colombo.

2005, 4 December: The LTTE commences claymore and grenade attacks targeting the Sri Lankan troops in the Jaffna peninsula.

2006, 15 June: More than 60 civilians killed in claymore mine attack allegedly by LTTE, targeting a civilian bus in Kebithigollewa, nearly 200km from Colombo.

2006, 20 July: LTTE closes the sluice gates at Mavilaru, south of the eastern coastal town of Trincomalee. Clashes erupt as army launches operations to gain control and succeeds.

2007, 5 January: Bomb attacks on public transport begin in Nittambuwa, about 20km east of Colombo, killing six people. Several bombs target public transport in the following months. The government blames the LTTE for the attacks.

2007, March: LTTE carries out its first air raid on Katunayake air base, about 20km north of Colombo. The Tigers also conduct an air attack on 29 April during the Cricket World Cup Final. The attack targets two fuel-storage facilities on the outskirts of Colombo. The Tigers carry out at least nine air attacks before 20 February 2009.

2007, 15 January: Military captures Vakarai, a coastal town in Batticaloa District in the Eastern province.

2007, 11 July: military captures Thoppigala, the last of the LTTE strongholds in the east after 13 years, thereby regaining the entire eastern province from the LTTE.

2007, 2 November: LTTE political wing leader SP Tamilselvan killed in an air raid by the Sri Lankan Air Force.

2008, 2 January: The government says it will withdraw from ceasefire agreement and does so on 14 January and intensifies attacks on the Tigers. The LTTE, however, states it will stick to the agreement.

2008, September: All international humanitarian agencies and their foreign staff operating in the LTTE-controlled Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts are ordered by the government to relocate to Vavuniya.

2009, 2 January: Government troops capture Kilinochchi, de-facto capital of the LTTE, after 10 years.

2009, 25 January: Mullaithivu town captured by government troops.

2009, 12 February: Government declares a 12km-long “no fire zone” (NFZ) along the Mullaitivu western coast and calls on civilians to move into it for their own safety.

2009, 20 February: The LTTE conducts a suicide air attack in Colombo.

2008 March: Sri Lankan troops launch operations to regain areas in the Vanni from the western flank. The number of civilians in the NFZ continues to grow.

2009, 14 April: LTTE says it is ready for negotiations, but the government refuses the offer, insisting it should lay down arms.

2009, 20 April: Thousands of civilians trapped in the NFZ cross into government-controlled areas where they are screened and placed in camps. Government gives LTTE 24 hours to surrender.

2009, 22 April: Former LTTE media coordinator Velayutham Dayanidhi, alias Daya Master, and the translator of former LTTE political wing head SP Tamilselvan, Kumar Pancharathnam, alias George, surrender to the military.

2009, 26 April: The LTTE declares a unilateral ceasefire as government forces surround an ever-shrinking NFZ. The government rejects the declaration, calling it a “joke”. The UN estimates 50,000 civilians remain trapped in the NFZ.

2009, 27 April: Facing with diplomatic pressure to declare a ceasefire, Sri Lanka says its military is no longer using heavy weaponry and aerial bombing against the remaining few hundred rebels still fighting in the NFZ.

2009, 28 April: With more than 150,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in camps in Vavuniya, Jaffna, Mannar and Trincomalee, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes urges that civilians who have been screened be given the chance to leave the camps and to rely on friends and family elsewhere.

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1,088 thoughts on “How Did Sri Lanka End Up in this Crisis?

  1. you missed the history before 1972 see below,
    Tamils issue basic Info

    · As per Ceylon government publication (http://lakdiva.org/mahavamsa/) The great chronicles of Lanka 1912 Chapter 22 Para 14 , Sinhala queen VIHARAMAHADEVI had a peculiar cravings, including …….urge to drink the water used to wash a sword that had cleaved the head of a TAMIL warrior , whilst standing on that same head, the soothsayers at Kings court, who predicted that 'The queen's son, when he has vanquished the Tamils would built up a united kingdom of Lanka ,
    • As per Ceylon government publication( link http://lakdiva.org/mahavamsa/) The great chronicles of Lanka 1912 Chapter 22 Para 27 When the two sons were ten and twelve years old the king, who would fain put them to the test, when it was said to them: `Never will we fight with the Tamils; with such thoughts eat ye this portion here,' Tissa dashed the food away with his hand, but Gemini who had (in like manner) flung away the morsel of rice, went to his bed, and drawing in his hands and feet he lay upon his bed. The queen came, and caressing Gemini spoke thus: `Why dost thou not lie easily upon thy bed with limbs stretched out, my son?' `Over there beyond the Ganga are the Tamils, here on this side is the Gotha-ocean, how can I lie with outstretched limbs?' he answered. When the king heard his thoughts he remained silent.
    The above is from THE MAHAVAMSA sacred book and bible of Srilankan thereavada Buddhist. This book was translated into English by Mr Wilhelm Geiger in 1912. chapters 1 , 22 , 23 , 24 , 25 28, and 33 openly spreads hatred against Tamils.
    · It is on the above background last Tamil kin Elara was killed by King Duttugamini. Duttugamini first implemented SWORD CARRYING LION FLAG IN LANKA. Gotabahaya was one of his military commanders. Current secretary of defence also a Gothabhaya.
    · In 1815 British empire concur Srilanka , abolishes sword carrying lion flag. Sword carrying lion flag abolished taken to London , UK.
    · IN 1948 during independence of then CEYLON, current presidents father Rajapakse claimed back the SWORD carrying lion flag back from British and proclaim AS NATIONAL FLAG. The flag was designed such a way that sword being pointing at the bands representing minorities. This makes one to wonder whether it is the start of post independence war against Tamils?
    Important legislations of Srilanka.
    · 1948 citizenship act, millions of Tamils loose citizenship.
    · 1956 Sinhala only act, Sinhala becomes only official language. Tamil workers forced learn Sinhala or loose employment rights and all government communications made in Sinhala only.
    · 1971 a system of standardisation of marks was introduced for admissions to the universities, obviously directed against Tamil-medium students
    · 1972 Bhudism declared as religion of the state.
    · 1979 prevention of terrorism act pave way to arrest and torture of Tamils for indefinite time and without charge.
    Important racial riots
    Srilankan Tamils also victims of riots 1915 , 1956 , 1958, 1977 , 1983 , 2001 , mid 2006 , oct 2006 during which TAMILS WERE killed, maimed, robbed and rendered homeless are no longer isolated episodes. Many temples, burnt down also Jaffna Library was burnt down. Destroying 100000 books . At many occasions it was organised and assisted by sinhala political parties and sinhala military.
    Peace talks and negotiations.( unilaterally halted or abrogated by Srilankan government)
    Following peace talks AND PROPOSALS within parliamentary democracy were unilaterally halted or abrogated by Srilankan government . many believe it is because of majoritarian and MAHAVAMSA political pressure.
    1956 Banda –Chelva pact , 1965 Dudly –Chelva pact , 1970 fp proposal , 1979 presidential commission report , 1983 all party conference , 1985 thimpu talk , 1985 thimpu proposal , 1986 Indian proposal , 1987 indo lanka accord , 1989-1990 president Premadasa talks , 1992 parliamentary select committee reports , 1995 devolution package , 2003 ISGA PROPOSAL , 2005 POST TSUNAMI ptoms , 2007 ALL PARTY REPORT.
    CURRENT PRESIDENTS FAMILLY
    Current presidents Father Rajapakse GAVE historical names to his children. One child being named as Mahinda name of Buddhist monk who wanted to make Srilanka as Buddhist only country, the son mahinda introduces “Mahinda thoughts” being implemented currently . Other child WAS named as Gotabhaya, name of military leader who first carried sword carrying lion flag ( in around) 600 BC to kill Tamils and invaded Tamils home land killing last Tamil king Elara. Now in 2009 new born Gotabhaya carrying out same killings of Tamils and sword carrying Lion flag being carried around in Tamil home land and all over the world to celebrate victory over Tamils.

  2. you missed the history before 1972 see below,
    Tamils issue basic Info

    · As per Ceylon government publication (http://lakdiva.org/mahavamsa/) The great chronicles of Lanka 1912 Chapter 22 Para 14 , Sinhala queen VIHARAMAHADEVI had a peculiar cravings, including …….urge to drink the water used to wash a sword that had cleaved the head of a TAMIL warrior , whilst standing on that same head, the soothsayers at Kings court, who predicted that 'The queen's son, when he has vanquished the Tamils would built up a united kingdom of Lanka ,
    • As per Ceylon government publication( link http://lakdiva.org/mahavamsa/) The great chronicles of Lanka 1912 Chapter 22 Para 27 When the two sons were ten and twelve years old the king, who would fain put them to the test, when it was said to them: `Never will we fight with the Tamils; with such thoughts eat ye this portion here,' Tissa dashed the food away with his hand, but Gemini who had (in like manner) flung away the morsel of rice, went to his bed, and drawing in his hands and feet he lay upon his bed. The queen came, and caressing Gemini spoke thus: `Why dost thou not lie easily upon thy bed with limbs stretched out, my son?' `Over there beyond the Ganga are the Tamils, here on this side is the Gotha-ocean, how can I lie with outstretched limbs?' he answered. When the king heard his thoughts he remained silent.
    The above is from THE MAHAVAMSA sacred book and bible of Srilankan thereavada Buddhist. This book was translated into English by Mr Wilhelm Geiger in 1912. chapters 1 , 22 , 23 , 24 , 25 28, and 33 openly spreads hatred against Tamils.
    · It is on the above background last Tamil kin Elara was killed by King Duttugamini. Duttugamini first implemented SWORD CARRYING LION FLAG IN LANKA. Gotabahaya was one of his military commanders. Current secretary of defence also a Gothabhaya.
    · In 1815 British empire concur Srilanka , abolishes sword carrying lion flag. Sword carrying lion flag abolished taken to London , UK.
    · IN 1948 during independence of then CEYLON, current presidents father Rajapakse claimed back the SWORD carrying lion flag back from British and proclaim AS NATIONAL FLAG. The flag was designed such a way that sword being pointing at the bands representing minorities. This makes one to wonder whether it is the start of post independence war against Tamils?
    Important legislations of Srilanka.
    · 1948 citizenship act, millions of Tamils loose citizenship.
    · 1956 Sinhala only act, Sinhala becomes only official language. Tamil workers forced learn Sinhala or loose employment rights and all government communications made in Sinhala only.
    · 1971 a system of standardisation of marks was introduced for admissions to the universities, obviously directed against Tamil-medium students
    · 1972 Bhudism declared as religion of the state.
    · 1979 prevention of terrorism act pave way to arrest and torture of Tamils for indefinite time and without charge.
    Important racial riots
    Srilankan Tamils also victims of riots 1915 , 1956 , 1958, 1977 , 1983 , 2001 , mid 2006 , oct 2006 during which TAMILS WERE killed, maimed, robbed and rendered homeless are no longer isolated episodes. Many temples, burnt down also Jaffna Library was burnt down. Destroying 100000 books . At many occasions it was organised and assisted by sinhala political parties and sinhala military.
    Peace talks and negotiations.( unilaterally halted or abrogated by Srilankan government)
    Following peace talks AND PROPOSALS within parliamentary democracy were unilaterally halted or abrogated by Srilankan government . many believe it is because of majoritarian and MAHAVAMSA political pressure.
    1956 Banda –Chelva pact , 1965 Dudly –Chelva pact , 1970 fp proposal , 1979 presidential commission report , 1983 all party conference , 1985 thimpu talk , 1985 thimpu proposal , 1986 Indian proposal , 1987 indo lanka accord , 1989-1990 president Premadasa talks , 1992 parliamentary select committee reports , 1995 devolution package , 2003 ISGA PROPOSAL , 2005 POST TSUNAMI ptoms , 2007 ALL PARTY REPORT.
    CURRENT PRESIDENTS FAMILLY
    Current presidents Father Rajapakse GAVE historical names to his children. One child being named as Mahinda name of Buddhist monk who wanted to make Srilanka as Buddhist only country, the son mahinda introduces “Mahinda thoughts” being implemented currently . Other child WAS named as Gotabhaya, name of military leader who first carried sword carrying lion flag ( in around) 600 BC to kill Tamils and invaded Tamils home land killing last Tamil king Elara. Now in 2009 new born Gotabhaya carrying out same killings of Tamils and sword carrying Lion flag being carried around in Tamil home land and all over the world to celebrate victory over Tamils.

  3. you missed the history before 1972 see below,
    Tamils issue basic Info

    · As per Ceylon government publication (http://lakdiva.org/mahavamsa/) The great chronicles of Lanka 1912 Chapter 22 Para 14 , Sinhala queen VIHARAMAHADEVI had a peculiar cravings, including …….urge to drink the water used to wash a sword that had cleaved the head of a TAMIL warrior , whilst standing on that same head, the soothsayers at Kings court, who predicted that 'The queen's son, when he has vanquished the Tamils would built up a united kingdom of Lanka ,
    • As per Ceylon government publication( link http://lakdiva.org/mahavamsa/) The great chronicles of Lanka 1912 Chapter 22 Para 27 When the two sons were ten and twelve years old the king, who would fain put them to the test, when it was said to them: `Never will we fight with the Tamils; with such thoughts eat ye this portion here,' Tissa dashed the food away with his hand, but Gemini who had (in like manner) flung away the morsel of rice, went to his bed, and drawing in his hands and feet he lay upon his bed. The queen came, and caressing Gemini spoke thus: `Why dost thou not lie easily upon thy bed with limbs stretched out, my son?' `Over there beyond the Ganga are the Tamils, here on this side is the Gotha-ocean, how can I lie with outstretched limbs?' he answered. When the king heard his thoughts he remained silent.
    The above is from THE MAHAVAMSA sacred book and bible of Srilankan thereavada Buddhist. This book was translated into English by Mr Wilhelm Geiger in 1912. chapters 1 , 22 , 23 , 24 , 25 28, and 33 openly spreads hatred against Tamils.
    · It is on the above background last Tamil kin Elara was killed by King Duttugamini. Duttugamini first implemented SWORD CARRYING LION FLAG IN LANKA. Gotabahaya was one of his military commanders. Current secretary of defence also a Gothabhaya.
    · In 1815 British empire concur Srilanka , abolishes sword carrying lion flag. Sword carrying lion flag abolished taken to London , UK.
    · IN 1948 during independence of then CEYLON, current presidents father Rajapakse claimed back the SWORD carrying lion flag back from British and proclaim AS NATIONAL FLAG. The flag was designed such a way that sword being pointing at the bands representing minorities. This makes one to wonder whether it is the start of post independence war against Tamils?
    Important legislations of Srilanka.
    · 1948 citizenship act, millions of Tamils loose citizenship.
    · 1956 Sinhala only act, Sinhala becomes only official language. Tamil workers forced learn Sinhala or loose employment rights and all government communications made in Sinhala only.
    · 1971 a system of standardisation of marks was introduced for admissions to the universities, obviously directed against Tamil-medium students
    · 1972 Bhudism declared as religion of the state.
    · 1979 prevention of terrorism act pave way to arrest and torture of Tamils for indefinite time and without charge.
    Important racial riots
    Srilankan Tamils also victims of riots 1915 , 1956 , 1958, 1977 , 1983 , 2001 , mid 2006 , oct 2006 during which TAMILS WERE killed, maimed, robbed and rendered homeless are no longer isolated episodes. Many temples, burnt down also Jaffna Library was burnt down. Destroying 100000 books . At many occasions it was organised and assisted by sinhala political parties and sinhala military.
    Peace talks and negotiations.( unilaterally halted or abrogated by Srilankan government)
    Following peace talks AND PROPOSALS within parliamentary democracy were unilaterally halted or abrogated by Srilankan government . many believe it is because of majoritarian and MAHAVAMSA political pressure.
    1956 Banda –Chelva pact , 1965 Dudly –Chelva pact , 1970 fp proposal , 1979 presidential commission report , 1983 all party conference , 1985 thimpu talk , 1985 thimpu proposal , 1986 Indian proposal , 1987 indo lanka accord , 1989-1990 president Premadasa talks , 1992 parliamentary select committee reports , 1995 devolution package , 2003 ISGA PROPOSAL , 2005 POST TSUNAMI ptoms , 2007 ALL PARTY REPORT.
    CURRENT PRESIDENTS FAMILLY
    Current presidents Father Rajapakse GAVE historical names to his children. One child being named as Mahinda name of Buddhist monk who wanted to make Srilanka as Buddhist only country, the son mahinda introduces “Mahinda thoughts” being implemented currently . Other child WAS named as Gotabhaya, name of military leader who first carried sword carrying lion flag ( in around) 600 BC to kill Tamils and invaded Tamils home land killing last Tamil king Elara. Now in 2009 new born Gotabhaya carrying out same killings of Tamils and sword carrying Lion flag being carried around in Tamil home land and all over the world to celebrate victory over Tamils.

  4. This is the post-LTTE history of Sri Lanka.
    What happened between 1948 and 1972 created the LTTE but continues to this day:
    1948 – Sri Lanka gains independence from the British and political and economic oppression of Tamils
    begins.
    1949– Nearly 800,000 Tamils of Indian origin disenfranchised and stateless by Acts of parliament.
    Tamils led by Chelvanayagam form Federal Party.
    1950 – State-sponsored colonisation of Tamil Homeland by Sinhalese begins –continues to this day –
    demographic pattern of East Sri Lanka changes dramatically
    1956 – SWRD Bandaranaike brings ‘Sinhala only’ official language Bill – ignoring Tamil –
    replaces English as official language. Sinhala mobs attack Tamil parliamentarians when staging a
    Gandhian-style(satyagraha) peaceful protest against discrimination of Tamil, outside Parliament.
    Tamils attacked and their properties burnt but the police looked on.
    I50 Tamils were burnt and butchered in Gal Oya.
    Employment of Tamils in government service begins to decrease.
    1957 – With tamils clamouring for federalism, Banda-Chelva Pact was signed for Limited Devolution of
    power to Northeast. The Opposition makes a protest march. On the insistence of some Buddhist
    monks, SWRD abrogates B-C pact publicly by literally tearing it in front of monks.
    1958 – Tamils decide to hold satyagraha(peaceful sit-in) as a protest but state-sponsored ethnic riots
    unleashed against the decision resulting in brutal killing of hundreds of Tamils and burning
    thousands of their properties. ‘Tamil Special Provisions Act’ passed to appease Tamils.
    1959 – SWRD Bandaranaike shot dead by a monk for trying to address Tamils’ grievances.
    1960- Mrs Bandaranaike comes to power and shelves ‘Tamil Special Provisions Act’
    1961 – Tamil parliamentarians stage satyagraha as protest and get crushed by armed forces and the
    Tamil parliamentarians and others leading the protest being put in prison for six months.
    Militarisation of North – setting up military camps all over Northeast Sri Lanka=army of occupation – begins
    1965- Dudley Senanayake comes to power. Dudley-Chelva pact signed addressing Tamil grievances.
    A huge demonstration led by monks protested against the pact, outside the parliament and one monk was accidentally shot dead
    1970 – Adoption of controversial system of standardisation reduces Tamils in higher education.
    1971 – Sinhalese insurrection by JVP squashed and emergency was declared and continued till 1977.

  5. How interesting! If the LTTE was created to get equality and fairness and respect for the so called 'oppresed Tamils'.. Why on earth did they and do they kill their own educated and highly succeful people. eg: Lakshman Kadirigamar, One of the greatest tamil leaders in the 20 th century. ?
    The LTTE are terrorists and nothing else. Not freedonm fighters as some ignorant expat tamils would like to claim.

    The above half cooked history is extremely suspicious. Good for the ill edicated westerners but won't wash here in Sri Lanka dear LTTE supporters.!

    WHy no mention of the LTTE massacres and ethnic cleanising of Muslims and SInhalese. ??

    What riots are you taling about here:? ' 2001 , mid 2006 , oct 2006 during which TAMILS WERE killed'

  6. I would like to reply to the illiterate LANKAN. You better study the whole histoy and try to comment. You sinhalese planned (even by Governments), started riots and killed innocent TAmils on a periodical interval starting from 1956. Just think about how many piece pacts signed without being implemented even a single fact.
    Ultimately LTTE was formed to get the freedom of Tamils. Tamil youths got frustrated and forced to form LTTE. Sinhala governments and illeterates who are trying to twist the stories, should ask a question yourself first. Does any of the sinhala government have a solution handy. If so please come up with it first before trying to debate on if LTTE is right or wrong. Some Tamils were to be killed as they never talked about Tamils problem instead they were looking after themselves and their family (very good eg is Karthirgamar).

    For any one, before trying to debate on LTTE, please ask Sinhala goverments to agree that Tamils have a problem and if so do they have a reasonable solution which is acceptable by Tamils. If the government does really treat Tamils as citizens of Srilanka, how could they kill innocent people by using chemical weapons and multi-barrel high artilery equipments. If you are honest why are you denying permission to media to enter at least government control area. This indicates that you are doing something illegal.

    We have been going through so many piece talks starting from 1956 and none of the governments honored outcomes of any of those. Hence we have come to a conclusion that getting a seperate country is the best solution. This could be done only with the help of LTTE. Further we need to have someone who could run the country (Tamil EElam) without any corruption. LTTE has many plans and they would be an example to others when time comes. This is the fear of Sinhalese leaders.

    Whatever it might be, we need the help of internation community to bring an end to this meaningless war. Government thinks by wiping out LTTE they could solve the issue. What a foolish thinking. Please help us to save the trapped innocent people first. That's what we need now.

  7. you missed the history before 1972 see below,
    Tamils issue basic Info

    · As per Ceylon government publication (http://lakdiva.org/mahavamsa/) The great chronicles of Lanka 1912 Chapter 22 Para 14 , Sinhala queen VIHARAMAHADEVI had a peculiar cravings, including …….urge to drink the water used to wash a sword that had cleaved the head of a TAMIL warrior , whilst standing on that same head, the soothsayers at Kings court, who predicted that ‘The queen’s son, when he has vanquished the Tamils would built up a united kingdom of Lanka ,
    • As per Ceylon government publication( link http://lakdiva.org/mahavamsa/) The great chronicles of Lanka 1912 Chapter 22 Para 27 When the two sons were ten and twelve years old the king, who would fain put them to the test, when it was said to them: `Never will we fight with the Tamils; with such thoughts eat ye this portion here,’ Tissa dashed the food away with his hand, but Gemini who had (in like manner) flung away the morsel of rice, went to his bed, and drawing in his hands and feet he lay upon his bed. The queen came, and caressing Gemini spoke thus: `Why dost thou not lie easily upon thy bed with limbs stretched out, my son?’ `Over there beyond the Ganga are the Tamils, here on this side is the Gotha-ocean, how can I lie with outstretched limbs?’ he answered. When the king heard his thoughts he remained silent.
    The above is from THE MAHAVAMSA sacred book and bible of Srilankan thereavada Buddhist. This book was translated into English by Mr Wilhelm Geiger in 1912. chapters 1 , 22 , 23 , 24 , 25 28, and 33 openly spreads hatred against Tamils.
    · It is on the above background last Tamil kin Elara was killed by King Duttugamini. Duttugamini first implemented SWORD CARRYING LION FLAG IN LANKA. Gotabahaya was one of his military commanders. Current secretary of defence also a Gothabhaya.
    · In 1815 British empire concur Srilanka , abolishes sword carrying lion flag. Sword carrying lion flag abolished taken to London , UK.
    · IN 1948 during independence of then CEYLON, current presidents father Rajapakse claimed back the SWORD carrying lion flag back from British and proclaim AS NATIONAL FLAG. The flag was designed such a way that sword being pointing at the bands representing minorities. This makes one to wonder whether it is the start of post independence war against Tamils?
    Important legislations of Srilanka.
    · 1948 citizenship act, millions of Tamils loose citizenship.
    · 1956 Sinhala only act, Sinhala becomes only official language. Tamil workers forced learn Sinhala or loose employment rights and all government communications made in Sinhala only.
    · 1971 a system of standardisation of marks was introduced for admissions to the universities, obviously directed against Tamil-medium students
    · 1972 Bhudism declared as religion of the state.
    · 1979 prevention of terrorism act pave way to arrest and torture of Tamils for indefinite time and without charge.
    Important racial riots
    Srilankan Tamils also victims of riots 1915 , 1956 , 1958, 1977 , 1983 , 2001 , mid 2006 , oct 2006 during which TAMILS WERE killed, maimed, robbed and rendered homeless are no longer isolated episodes. Many temples, burnt down also Jaffna Library was burnt down. Destroying 100000 books . At many occasions it was organised and assisted by sinhala political parties and sinhala military.
    Peace talks and negotiations.( unilaterally halted or abrogated by Srilankan government)
    Following peace talks AND PROPOSALS within parliamentary democracy were unilaterally halted or abrogated by Srilankan government . many believe it is because of majoritarian and MAHAVAMSA political pressure.
    1956 Banda –Chelva pact , 1965 Dudly –Chelva pact , 1970 fp proposal , 1979 presidential commission report , 1983 all party conference , 1985 thimpu talk , 1985 thimpu proposal , 1986 Indian proposal , 1987 indo lanka accord , 1989-1990 president Premadasa talks , 1992 parliamentary select committee reports , 1995 devolution package , 2003 ISGA PROPOSAL , 2005 POST TSUNAMI ptoms , 2007 ALL PARTY REPORT.
    CURRENT PRESIDENTS FAMILLY
    Current presidents Father Rajapakse GAVE historical names to his children. One child being named as Mahinda name of Buddhist monk who wanted to make Srilanka as Buddhist only country, the son mahinda introduces “Mahinda thoughts” being implemented currently . Other child WAS named as Gotabhaya, name of military leader who first carried sword carrying lion flag ( in around) 600 BC to kill Tamils and invaded Tamils home land killing last Tamil king Elara. Now in 2009 new born Gotabhaya carrying out same killings of Tamils and sword carrying Lion flag being carried around in Tamil home land and all over the world to celebrate victory over Tamils.

  8. This is the post-LTTE history of Sri Lanka.
    What happened between 1948 and 1972 created the LTTE but continues to this day:
    1948 – Sri Lanka gains independence from the British and political and economic oppression of Tamils
    begins.
    1949– Nearly 800,000 Tamils of Indian origin disenfranchised and stateless by Acts of parliament.
    Tamils led by Chelvanayagam form Federal Party.
    1950 – State-sponsored colonisation of Tamil Homeland by Sinhalese begins –continues to this day -
    demographic pattern of East Sri Lanka changes dramatically
    1956 – SWRD Bandaranaike brings ‘Sinhala only’ official language Bill – ignoring Tamil –
    replaces English as official language. Sinhala mobs attack Tamil parliamentarians when staging a
    Gandhian-style(satyagraha) peaceful protest against discrimination of Tamil, outside Parliament.
    Tamils attacked and their properties burnt but the police looked on.
    I50 Tamils were burnt and butchered in Gal Oya.
    Employment of Tamils in government service begins to decrease.
    1957 – With tamils clamouring for federalism, Banda-Chelva Pact was signed for Limited Devolution of
    power to Northeast. The Opposition makes a protest march. On the insistence of some Buddhist
    monks, SWRD abrogates B-C pact publicly by literally tearing it in front of monks.
    1958 – Tamils decide to hold satyagraha(peaceful sit-in) as a protest but state-sponsored ethnic riots
    unleashed against the decision resulting in brutal killing of hundreds of Tamils and burning
    thousands of their properties. ‘Tamil Special Provisions Act’ passed to appease Tamils.
    1959 – SWRD Bandaranaike shot dead by a monk for trying to address Tamils’ grievances.
    1960- Mrs Bandaranaike comes to power and shelves ‘Tamil Special Provisions Act’
    1961 – Tamil parliamentarians stage satyagraha as protest and get crushed by armed forces and the
    Tamil parliamentarians and others leading the protest being put in prison for six months.
    Militarisation of North – setting up military camps all over Northeast Sri Lanka=army of occupation – begins
    1965- Dudley Senanayake comes to power. Dudley-Chelva pact signed addressing Tamil grievances.
    A huge demonstration led by monks protested against the pact, outside the parliament and one monk was accidentally shot dead
    1970 – Adoption of controversial system of standardisation reduces Tamils in higher education.
    1971 – Sinhalese insurrection by JVP squashed and emergency was declared and continued till 1977.

  9. How interesting! If the LTTE was created to get equality and fairness and respect for the so called ‘oppresed Tamils’.. Why on earth did they and do they kill their own educated and highly succeful people. eg: Lakshman Kadirigamar, One of the greatest tamil leaders in the 20 th century. ?
    The LTTE are terrorists and nothing else. Not freedonm fighters as some ignorant expat tamils would like to claim.

    The above half cooked history is extremely suspicious. Good for the ill edicated westerners but won’t wash here in Sri Lanka dear LTTE supporters.!

    WHy no mention of the LTTE massacres and ethnic cleanising of Muslims and SInhalese. ??

    What riots are you taling about here:? ‘ 2001 , mid 2006 , oct 2006 during which TAMILS WERE killed’

  10. It took me a while to find out who IRIN was. How wonderfully objective this body of do-gooders is to start off the woeful story of the Tamils in 1972 (coincidentally the year when colonial and multi-ethnic Ceylon was buried forever and the Sinhala-Buddhist Republic of Sri Lanka was created)! How predictable then it is for a Christoph to perpetuate this truncated story in the name of Amnesty International, and then the rest come to fill the gaps with names of more demons and missing leaders. All very sad.

    History may give us some clues but cannot help remove prejudices in people's minds or correct injustices of the past. Human rights activists should know this better than anybody else. Good people in AI, please do not fall back on partial records to demonise people. If you do care for the rights of the suffering masses of Tamils, stand up and speak for them, march with them for once. Let your voices be heard in the capitals where the hypocrits are deciding the fate of peoples and nations, you will at least bring safety to the Tamils today and may be freedom another day.

    By the way, dear Lankan, being educated in Oxford or being a highly successful lawyer does not necessarily make one a leader, not even the late Mr Kadirgamar. You are so generous with your adjective 'greatest'. Give a chance to the self made leaders of the Tamil struggle, the Tamil country and your country will both prosper!

  11. Mr Lankan,

    do you then agree with all other riots and dicriminatory laws

  12. I would like to reply to the illiterate LANKAN. You better study the whole histoy and try to comment. You sinhalese planned (even by Governments), started riots and killed innocent TAmils on a periodical interval starting from 1956. Just think about how many piece pacts signed without being implemented even a single fact.
    Ultimately LTTE was formed to get the freedom of Tamils. Tamil youths got frustrated and forced to form LTTE. Sinhala governments and illeterates who are trying to twist the stories, should ask a question yourself first. Does any of the sinhala government have a solution handy. If so please come up with it first before trying to debate on if LTTE is right or wrong. Some Tamils were to be killed as they never talked about Tamils problem instead they were looking after themselves and their family (very good eg is Karthirgamar).

    For any one, before trying to debate on LTTE, please ask Sinhala goverments to agree that Tamils have a problem and if so do they have a reasonable solution which is acceptable by Tamils. If the government does really treat Tamils as citizens of Srilanka, how could they kill innocent people by using chemical weapons and multi-barrel high artilery equipments. If you are honest why are you denying permission to media to enter at least government control area. This indicates that you are doing something illegal.

    We have been going through so many piece talks starting from 1956 and none of the governments honored outcomes of any of those. Hence we have come to a conclusion that getting a seperate country is the best solution. This could be done only with the help of LTTE. Further we need to have someone who could run the country (Tamil EElam) without any corruption. LTTE has many plans and they would be an example to others when time comes. This is the fear of Sinhalese leaders.

    Whatever it might be, we need the help of internation community to bring an end to this meaningless war. Government thinks by wiping out LTTE they could solve the issue. What a foolish thinking. Please help us to save the trapped innocent people first. That’s what we need now.

  13. We appear to have opened a lively area for discussion. I think it should be clear that Sri Lankan history has been politicized – each side uses history to support its arguments. AI has reported over the years that both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE have committed numerous human rights abuses since the conflict began. All the communities in Sri Lanka have been the victims of one side or the other. AI's focus is not to try to come up with a definitive history of the country but to campaign against the abuses committed by each side, so as to prevent any more people becoming victims.

  14. It took me a while to find out who IRIN was. How wonderfully objective this body of do-gooders is to start off the woeful story of the Tamils in 1972 (coincidentally the year when colonial and multi-ethnic Ceylon was buried forever and the Sinhala-Buddhist Republic of Sri Lanka was created)! How predictable then it is for a Christoph to perpetuate this truncated story in the name of Amnesty International, and then the rest come to fill the gaps with names of more demons and missing leaders. All very sad.

    History may give us some clues but cannot help remove prejudices in people’s minds or correct injustices of the past. Human rights activists should know this better than anybody else. Good people in AI, please do not fall back on partial records to demonise people. If you do care for the rights of the suffering masses of Tamils, stand up and speak for them, march with them for once. Let your voices be heard in the capitals where the hypocrits are deciding the fate of peoples and nations, you will at least bring safety to the Tamils today and may be freedom another day.

    By the way, dear Lankan, being educated in Oxford or being a highly successful lawyer does not necessarily make one a leader, not even the late Mr Kadirgamar. You are so generous with your adjective ‘greatest’. Give a chance to the self made leaders of the Tamil struggle, the Tamil country and your country will both prosper!

  15. We appear to have opened a lively area for discussion. I think it should be clear that Sri Lankan history has been politicized – each side uses history to support its arguments. AI has reported over the years that both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE have committed numerous human rights abuses since the conflict began. All the communities in Sri Lanka have been the victims of one side or the other. AI’s focus is not to try to come up with a definitive history of the country but to campaign against the abuses committed by each side, so as to prevent any more people becoming victims.

  16. The following poem presents the root cause for all the humanitarian sufferings. Unless the root cause is addressed, the sufferings will not stop.

    YOU SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO SHED TEARS, AND ONLY TEARS

    We are two brothers of a family, born in this paradise Island
    Let us share and care, because it is our land
    There is no my land, your land, and traditional homeland
    There is only one brand, so united we stand

    I am the big one, you are the little one
    I am always first, you shall be second best
    If you challenge me, you will have none
    Work with me, I will pick first and share the rest

    I will take care of you, do not have worry
    I will give you toys that are no fun to me
    If I snatch them back, do not be sorry
    That is how a united family is meant to be

    You shall play with me whenever I ask
    You shall sit in a corner whenever I command
    I will beat you up if you do not finish my task
    I will beat you up even if you do as I demand

    You shall not scream or call mom and dad
    You can not sit alone, because there is no room for you upstairs
    You shall not cry out loud, because I will look bad – but
    You shall have the right to shed tears, and only tears

  17. Dear Sinhalese and the international community.
    The below summary is a good example to show the history of Tamils in Ceylon not in Sri Lanka (illegal name put by Sinhalese)

    "I understand that you are upset by us. Indeed, it appears that you are quite upset, even angry.

    Today, it is the "barbarism of LTTE terrorism", yesterday it was the Federal party, before that it was the "favouritism of the British". It appears that Tamils, who could achieve equality and who, therefore, could live, upset you.

    Indeed, every few years you seem to become upset by us. You were upset in 1956, in 1958, in 1961 and in 1977 and went on acts of arson, rape, pillage, murder and plain barbarity and we were scornfully asked to go to the Federal party for help.

    Of course, dear Sinhalese, long before there was a Tamil tiger, we the Tamil people – upset you. And we go back a long way in the history of Sinhala upset. We upset the "Great" Sinhala King Dutugemunu and you still use his "history" to teach your young ones to be more upset by us.
    Reds are upset and monks are upset. The radical Sinhalese are upset and the gentle "Sinhalese moderates" are upset. We upset the Sinhala Hamudawa who massacred tens of thousands of us; we upset the Sinhala police who, collaborated with rioters and killed, burnt and slaughtered untold numbers of us.

    And it is because we became so upset over upsetting you, dear Sinhalese that we decided to leave you – in a manner of speaking – and establish a Tamil state. The reasoning was that living in close contact with you, as resident-strangers, we upset you, irritate you and disturb you. What better notion, then, than to leave you (and thus love you) – and have you love us and so, we decided to come home – home to the same land we were driven to in 1983
    Having left you and your pogroms and riots, having taken our leave from you to live alone in our own little state of Tamil Eelam, we continue to upset you.

    Well, dear Sinhalese, consider the reaction of a normal Tamil from Tamil Eelam:

    In 1956 and 1958 and 1961 and 1977, there was no "Tamil terrorism" to impede peace between Tamils and Sinhalese. Indeed, there was no Kotias (Tigers) to upset anybody. Nevertheless, the same Sinhalese slaughtered thousands of Tamils in Hingurakgoda, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya and Colombo . Indeed, in 1958 so many Tamil men, women and children were mercilessly hunted down in Polonaruwa Sugar plantation.

    Dear Sinhalese, why did you massacre hundreds of Tamils in one day in 1958? Why did you carry out the1977 pogrom and made 75,000 refugees. Could it have been your anger over Tiger terrorism in 2007? And why were thousands of Tamil men, women and children slaughtered in pogroms between 1956-83? Was it because Sinhalese were upset over Tiger terrorism in 1996?

    The same twisted faces, the same hate, the same cry of "para demala" (foreign Tamils!) that we hear and see today, were seen and heard then. The same people, the same dream – Sinhala Buddhism only. What you failed to do yesterday, you dream of today.

    Dear Sinhalese, you stood by and cheered on when the Sinhala police burnt down our beloved Jaffna library.
    You stood by when Sinhala police massacred attendees at an International Tamil Cultural event in Jaffna .

    You contributed and stood by in 1983 genocide, wildly cheered by wild mobs in every Sinhala town and city in your land.
    You drove millions of Tamils to the North-East, thus suggesting Tamil Eelam is our only Homeland. When we come here to establish Tamil Eelam, alas that upsets you again.
    It appears that you are hard to please.

    And since we know that the Sinhalese dream daily of our extinction, we will do everything possible to remain alive in our own homeland. If that bothers you, dear Sinhalese, well? – think of how many times in the past you bothered us.

    In any event, dear Sinhalese, if you are bothered by us, here is one Tamil who could not care less and, frankly doesn't give a damn"

    "Two nation with two identities"

    "Only solution is Separation"

    Thank you

  18. Dear Sinhalese and the international community.
    The below summary is a good example to show the history of Tamils in Ceylon not in Sri Lanka (illegal name put by Sinhalese)

    "I understand that you are upset by us. Indeed, it appears that you are quite upset, even angry.

    Today, it is the "barbarism of LTTE terrorism", yesterday it was the Federal party, before that it was the "favouritism of the British". It appears that Tamils, who could achieve equality and who, therefore, could live, upset you.

    Indeed, every few years you seem to become upset by us. You were upset in 1956, in 1958, in 1961 and in 1977 and went on acts of arson, rape, pillage, murder and plain barbarity and we were scornfully asked to go to the Federal party for help.

    Of course, dear Sinhalese, long before there was a Tamil tiger, we the Tamil people – upset you. And we go back a long way in the history of Sinhala upset. We upset the "Great" Sinhala King Dutugemunu and you still use his "history" to teach your young ones to be more upset by us.
    Reds are upset and monks are upset. The radical Sinhalese are upset and the gentle "Sinhalese moderates" are upset. We upset the Sinhala Hamudawa who massacred tens of thousands of us; we upset the Sinhala police who, collaborated with rioters and killed, burnt and slaughtered untold numbers of us.

    And it is because we became so upset over upsetting you, dear Sinhalese that we decided to leave you – in a manner of speaking – and establish a Tamil state. The reasoning was that living in close contact with you, as resident-strangers, we upset you, irritate you and disturb you. What better notion, then, than to leave you (and thus love you) – and have you love us and so, we decided to come home – home to the same land we were driven to in 1983
    Having left you and your pogroms and riots, having taken our leave from you to live alone in our own little state of Tamil Eelam, we continue to upset you.

    Well, dear Sinhalese, consider the reaction of a normal Tamil from Tamil Eelam:

    In 1956 and 1958 and 1961 and 1977, there was no "Tamil terrorism" to impede peace between Tamils and Sinhalese. Indeed, there was no Kotias (Tigers) to upset anybody. Nevertheless, the same Sinhalese slaughtered thousands of Tamils in Hingurakgoda, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya and Colombo . Indeed, in 1958 so many Tamil men, women and children were mercilessly hunted down in Polonaruwa Sugar plantation.

    Dear Sinhalese, why did you massacre hundreds of Tamils in one day in 1958? Why did you carry out the1977 pogrom and made 75,000 refugees. Could it have been your anger over Tiger terrorism in 2007? And why were thousands of Tamil men, women and children slaughtered in pogroms between 1956-83? Was it because Sinhalese were upset over Tiger terrorism in 1996?

    The same twisted faces, the same hate, the same cry of "para demala" (foreign Tamils!) that we hear and see today, were seen and heard then. The same people, the same dream – Sinhala Buddhism only. What you failed to do yesterday, you dream of today.

    Dear Sinhalese, you stood by and cheered on when the Sinhala police burnt down our beloved Jaffna library.
    You stood by when Sinhala police massacred attendees at an International Tamil Cultural event in Jaffna .

    You contributed and stood by in 1983 genocide, wildly cheered by wild mobs in every Sinhala town and city in your land.
    You drove millions of Tamils to the North-East, thus suggesting Tamil Eelam is our only Homeland. When we come here to establish Tamil Eelam, alas that upsets you again.

    And since we know that the Sinhalese dream daily of our extinction, we will do everything possible to remain alive in our own homeland. If that bothers you, dear Sinhalese, well? – think of how many times in the past you bothered us.

    In any event, dear Sinhalese, if you are bothered by us, here is one Tamil who could not care less and, frankly doesn't give a damn"

    "Two nation with two identities"

    "Only solution is Separation"

    Thank you

  19. The following poem presents the root cause for all the humanitarian sufferings. Unless the root cause is addressed, the sufferings will not stop.

    YOU SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO SHED TEARS, AND ONLY TEARS

    We are two brothers of a family, born in this paradise Island
    Let us share and care, because it is our land
    There is no my land, your land, and traditional homeland
    There is only one brand, so united we stand

    I am the big one, you are the little one
    I am always first, you shall be second best
    If you challenge me, you will have none
    Work with me, I will pick first and share the rest

    I will take care of you, do not have worry
    I will give you toys that are no fun to me
    If I snatch them back, do not be sorry
    That is how a united family is meant to be

    You shall play with me whenever I ask
    You shall sit in a corner whenever I command
    I will beat you up if you do not finish my task
    I will beat you up even if you do as I demand

    You shall not scream or call mom and dad
    You can not sit alone, because there is no room for you upstairs
    You shall not cry out loud, because I will look bad – but
    You shall have the right to shed tears, and only tears

  20. Dear Sinhalese and the international community.
    The below summary is a good example to show the history of Tamils in Ceylon not in Sri Lanka (illegal name put by Sinhalese)

    “I understand that you are upset by us. Indeed, it appears that you are quite upset, even angry.

    Today, it is the “barbarism of LTTE terrorism”, yesterday it was the Federal party, before that it was the “favouritism of the British”. It appears that Tamils, who could achieve equality and who, therefore, could live, upset you.

    Indeed, every few years you seem to become upset by us. You were upset in 1956, in 1958, in 1961 and in 1977 and went on acts of arson, rape, pillage, murder and plain barbarity and we were scornfully asked to go to the Federal party for help.

    Of course, dear Sinhalese, long before there was a Tamil tiger, we the Tamil people – upset you. And we go back a long way in the history of Sinhala upset. We upset the “Great” Sinhala King Dutugemunu and you still use his “history” to teach your young ones to be more upset by us.
    Reds are upset and monks are upset. The radical Sinhalese are upset and the gentle “Sinhalese moderates” are upset. We upset the Sinhala Hamudawa who massacred tens of thousands of us; we upset the Sinhala police who, collaborated with rioters and killed, burnt and slaughtered untold numbers of us.

    And it is because we became so upset over upsetting you, dear Sinhalese that we decided to leave you – in a manner of speaking – and establish a Tamil state. The reasoning was that living in close contact with you, as resident-strangers, we upset you, irritate you and disturb you. What better notion, then, than to leave you (and thus love you) – and have you love us and so, we decided to come home – home to the same land we were driven to in 1983
    Having left you and your pogroms and riots, having taken our leave from you to live alone in our own little state of Tamil Eelam, we continue to upset you.

    Well, dear Sinhalese, consider the reaction of a normal Tamil from Tamil Eelam:

    In 1956 and 1958 and 1961 and 1977, there was no “Tamil terrorism” to impede peace between Tamils and Sinhalese. Indeed, there was no Kotias (Tigers) to upset anybody. Nevertheless, the same Sinhalese slaughtered thousands of Tamils in Hingurakgoda, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya and Colombo . Indeed, in 1958 so many Tamil men, women and children were mercilessly hunted down in Polonaruwa Sugar plantation.

    Dear Sinhalese, why did you massacre hundreds of Tamils in one day in 1958? Why did you carry out the1977 pogrom and made 75,000 refugees. Could it have been your anger over Tiger terrorism in 2007? And why were thousands of Tamil men, women and children slaughtered in pogroms between 1956-83? Was it because Sinhalese were upset over Tiger terrorism in 1996?

    The same twisted faces, the same hate, the same cry of “para demala” (foreign Tamils!) that we hear and see today, were seen and heard then. The same people, the same dream – Sinhala Buddhism only. What you failed to do yesterday, you dream of today.

    Dear Sinhalese, you stood by and cheered on when the Sinhala police burnt down our beloved Jaffna library.
    You stood by when Sinhala police massacred attendees at an International Tamil Cultural event in Jaffna .

    You contributed and stood by in 1983 genocide, wildly cheered by wild mobs in every Sinhala town and city in your land.
    You drove millions of Tamils to the North-East, thus suggesting Tamil Eelam is our only Homeland. When we come here to establish Tamil Eelam, alas that upsets you again.
    It appears that you are hard to please.

    And since we know that the Sinhalese dream daily of our extinction, we will do everything possible to remain alive in our own homeland. If that bothers you, dear Sinhalese, well? – think of how many times in the past you bothered us.

    In any event, dear Sinhalese, if you are bothered by us, here is one Tamil who could not care less and, frankly doesn’t give a damn”

    “Two nation with two identities”

    “Only solution is Separation”

    Thank you

  21. Dear Sinhalese and the international community.
    The below summary is a good example to show the history of Tamils in Ceylon not in Sri Lanka (illegal name put by Sinhalese)

    “I understand that you are upset by us. Indeed, it appears that you are quite upset, even angry.

    Today, it is the “barbarism of LTTE terrorism”, yesterday it was the Federal party, before that it was the “favouritism of the British”. It appears that Tamils, who could achieve equality and who, therefore, could live, upset you.

    Indeed, every few years you seem to become upset by us. You were upset in 1956, in 1958, in 1961 and in 1977 and went on acts of arson, rape, pillage, murder and plain barbarity and we were scornfully asked to go to the Federal party for help.

    Of course, dear Sinhalese, long before there was a Tamil tiger, we the Tamil people – upset you. And we go back a long way in the history of Sinhala upset. We upset the “Great” Sinhala King Dutugemunu and you still use his “history” to teach your young ones to be more upset by us.
    Reds are upset and monks are upset. The radical Sinhalese are upset and the gentle “Sinhalese moderates” are upset. We upset the Sinhala Hamudawa who massacred tens of thousands of us; we upset the Sinhala police who, collaborated with rioters and killed, burnt and slaughtered untold numbers of us.

    And it is because we became so upset over upsetting you, dear Sinhalese that we decided to leave you – in a manner of speaking – and establish a Tamil state. The reasoning was that living in close contact with you, as resident-strangers, we upset you, irritate you and disturb you. What better notion, then, than to leave you (and thus love you) – and have you love us and so, we decided to come home – home to the same land we were driven to in 1983
    Having left you and your pogroms and riots, having taken our leave from you to live alone in our own little state of Tamil Eelam, we continue to upset you.

    Well, dear Sinhalese, consider the reaction of a normal Tamil from Tamil Eelam:

    In 1956 and 1958 and 1961 and 1977, there was no “Tamil terrorism” to impede peace between Tamils and Sinhalese. Indeed, there was no Kotias (Tigers) to upset anybody. Nevertheless, the same Sinhalese slaughtered thousands of Tamils in Hingurakgoda, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya and Colombo . Indeed, in 1958 so many Tamil men, women and children were mercilessly hunted down in Polonaruwa Sugar plantation.

    Dear Sinhalese, why did you massacre hundreds of Tamils in one day in 1958? Why did you carry out the1977 pogrom and made 75,000 refugees. Could it have been your anger over Tiger terrorism in 2007? And why were thousands of Tamil men, women and children slaughtered in pogroms between 1956-83? Was it because Sinhalese were upset over Tiger terrorism in 1996?

    The same twisted faces, the same hate, the same cry of “para demala” (foreign Tamils!) that we hear and see today, were seen and heard then. The same people, the same dream – Sinhala Buddhism only. What you failed to do yesterday, you dream of today.

    Dear Sinhalese, you stood by and cheered on when the Sinhala police burnt down our beloved Jaffna library.
    You stood by when Sinhala police massacred attendees at an International Tamil Cultural event in Jaffna .

    You contributed and stood by in 1983 genocide, wildly cheered by wild mobs in every Sinhala town and city in your land.
    You drove millions of Tamils to the North-East, thus suggesting Tamil Eelam is our only Homeland. When we come here to establish Tamil Eelam, alas that upsets you again.

    And since we know that the Sinhalese dream daily of our extinction, we will do everything possible to remain alive in our own homeland. If that bothers you, dear Sinhalese, well? – think of how many times in the past you bothered us.

    In any event, dear Sinhalese, if you are bothered by us, here is one Tamil who could not care less and, frankly doesn’t give a damn”

    “Two nation with two identities”

    “Only solution is Separation”

    Thank you

  22. Sri lanka uses the weakness of the international community. How SL got help on Genocide from China, India, Pakistan, Iran, istrel, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, America …. at same time. Lying, cheating is main theory behind. China used this opportunity to land in sri lanka, has oil ref. base in Southern region of Sri Lanka. China beating Japan now the #1 donor to sri lanka. It needs a military base south of India. Pakistan was sending arms ship to Sri Lanka every 10 days including cluster bomb. It created Islamic militant group in the east of Sri lanka. It has base for its military target in the south of India. Sri lanaka backed Pakistan (not India) in the Bangladesh war. India on the other hand main partner on Genocide of Tamil. It gave all resources, one reason Sonia's personal revenge, present policy makers in centre are anti Tamil, second it want to keep SL under its control and keep the regional super power. Same India armed Tamils in 80's to bring SL under its control when SL was backing America. But Sri Lanka never/ever a friendly nation to India. Once Tamils side becomes weak, India looses its control. SL will play its game well.
    Japan was #1 donor to SL, It has many Geopolitical/economical interest in the region. SL bought many speedy boat, unman aircraft .. from istral, which doesn't know SL will get massive amount of line of credit from Iran. No one no any technology transferred by SL to other countries in this game. When Bush was in power, he warned SL not to go Iran, but…. Now SL openly ignores the WEST because of strong east support. International community tested all its arms in vanni through SL. UN is silent and don't want to go beyond India. World saw the Genocide in 1904 NAMIBIA, 1915 ARMENIA, 1932 UKRAINE 1941-45 the HOLOCAUST, 1975 CAMBODIA, 1982 GUATEMALA, 1994 RWANDA, 1995 BOSNIA & now 2009 in SRI LANKA.
    Please see the brutality of genocide in more than 80 pictures, if you click the link and decide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/warwithoutwitness/

  23. Sri lanka uses the weakness of the international community. How SL got help on Genocide from China, India, Pakistan, Iran, istrel, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, America …. at same time. Lying, cheating is main theory behind. China used this opportunity to land in sri lanka, has oil ref. base in Southern region of Sri Lanka. China beating Japan now the #1 donor to sri lanka. It needs a military base south of India. Pakistan was sending arms ship to Sri Lanka every 10 days including cluster bomb. It created Islamic militant group in the east of Sri lanka. It has base for its military target in the south of India. Sri lanaka backed Pakistan (not India) in the Bangladesh war. India on the other hand main partner on Genocide of Tamil. It gave all resources, one reason Sonia's personal revenge, present policy makers in centre are anti Tamil, second it want to keep SL under its control and keep the regional super power. Same India armed Tamils in 80's to bring SL under its control when SL was backing America. But Sri Lanka never/ever a friendly nation to India. Once Tamils side becomes weak, India looses its control. SL will play its game well.
    Japan was #1 donor to SL, It has many Geopolitical/economical interest in the region. SL bought many speedy boat, unman aircraft .. from istral, which doesn't know SL will get massive amount of line of credit from Iran. No one no any technology transferred by SL to other countries in this game. When Bush was in power, he warned SL not to go Iran, but…. Now SL openly ignores the WEST because of strong east support. International community tested all its arms in vanni through SL. UN is silent and don't want to go beyond India. World saw the Genocide in 1904 NAMIBIA, 1915 ARMENIA, 1932 UKRAINE 1941-45 the HOLOCAUST, 1975 CAMBODIA, 1982 GUATEMALA, 1994 RWANDA, 1995 BOSNIA & now 2009 in SRI LANKA.
    Please see the brutality of genocide in more than 80 pictures, if you click the link and decide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/warwithoutwitness/

  24. Sri lanka uses the weakness of the international community. How SL got help on Genocide from China, India, Pakistan, Iran, istrel, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, America …. at same time. Lying, cheating is main theory behind. China used this opportunity to land in sri lanka, has oil ref. base in Southern region of Sri Lanka. China beating Japan now the #1 donor to sri lanka. It needs a military base south of India. Pakistan was sending arms ship to Sri Lanka every 10 days including cluster bomb. It created Islamic militant group in the east of Sri lanka. It has base for its military target in the south of India. Sri lanaka backed Pakistan (not India) in the Bangladesh war. India on the other hand main partner on Genocide of Tamil. It gave all resources, one reason Sonia's personal revenge, present policy makers in centre are anti Tamil, second it want to keep SL under its control and keep the regional super power. Same India armed Tamils in 80's to bring SL under its control when SL was backing America. But Sri Lanka never/ever a friendly nation to India. Once Tamils side becomes weak, India looses its control. SL will play its game well.
    Japan was #1 donor to SL, It has many Geopolitical/economical interest in the region. SL bought many speedy boat, unman aircraft .. from istral, which doesn't know SL will get massive amount of line of credit from Iran. No one no any technology transferred by SL to other countries in this game. When Bush was in power, he warned SL not to go Iran, but…. Now SL openly ignores the WEST because of strong east support. International community tested all its arms in vanni through SL. UN is silent and don't want to go beyond India. World saw the Genocide in 1904 NAMIBIA, 1915 ARMENIA, 1932 UKRAINE 1941-45 the HOLOCAUST, 1975 CAMBODIA, 1982 GUATEMALA, 1994 RWANDA, 1995 BOSNIA & now 2009 in SRI LANKA.
    Please see the brutality of genocide in more than 80 pictures, if you click the link and decide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/warwithoutwitness/

  25. Sri lanka uses the weakness of the international community. How SL got help on Genocide from China, India, Pakistan, Iran, istrel, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, America …. at same time. Lying, cheating is main theory behind. China used this opportunity to land in sri lanka, has oil ref. base in Southern region of Sri Lanka. China beating Japan now the #1 donor to sri lanka. It needs a military base south of India. Pakistan was sending arms ship to Sri Lanka every 10 days including cluster bomb. It created Islamic militant group in the east of Sri lanka. It has base for its military target in the south of India. Sri lanaka backed Pakistan (not India) in the Bangladesh war. India on the other hand main partner on Genocide of Tamil. It gave all resources, one reason Sonia’s personal revenge, present policy makers in centre are anti Tamil, second it want to keep SL under its control and keep the regional super power. Same India armed Tamils in 80′s to bring SL under its control when SL was backing America. But Sri Lanka never/ever a friendly nation to India. Once Tamils side becomes weak, India looses its control. SL will play its game well.
    Japan was #1 donor to SL, It has many Geopolitical/economical interest in the region. SL bought many speedy boat, unman aircraft .. from istral, which doesn’t know SL will get massive amount of line of credit from Iran. No one no any technology transferred by SL to other countries in this game. When Bush was in power, he warned SL not to go Iran, but…. Now SL openly ignores the WEST because of strong east support. International community tested all its arms in vanni through SL. UN is silent and don’t want to go beyond India. World saw the Genocide in 1904 NAMIBIA, 1915 ARMENIA, 1932 UKRAINE 1941-45 the HOLOCAUST, 1975 CAMBODIA, 1982 GUATEMALA, 1994 RWANDA, 1995 BOSNIA & now 2009 in SRI LANKA.
    Please see the brutality of genocide in more than 80 pictures, if you click the link and decide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/warwithoutwitness/

  26. First of all the chronology of events published here has conveniently been omitted to cover up the racist sin-hala systematic genocide perpetrated on innocent peace loving Tamil people.

    Even in the given chronology, all the events are twisted to show that it is all the Tamils'/LTTE's fault. None of the sin-hala massacres, atrocities, ethnic cleansing and forces mass colonization of Tamil homeland are listed.

    I'll just give 2 examples.
    First:

    "1983, 23 July: LTTE attacks an army patrol in Jaffna, killing 13 soldiers and sparking anti-Tamil riots around the country, leaving several hundred dead"

    Christoph Koettl, has gone to great pain to point out that the number of soldiers killed was 13. However, deceitfully says 'sparking anti-Tamil riots around the country, leaving several hundred dead'. In fact this was not just a riot! It was a massacre in which Tamils were hunted down by Sin-hala thugs aided by the Military and Police and killed. The number of killed in just one week number beyond 5000. All of the people killed were Tamils. During the riots the Sin-hala thugs used the voting list to identify Tamil homes and businesses. Racist Sin-hala ministers lead the massacre. To date no one has been changed. So much so for international and local justice!

    Second:
    "1985, 8 July: Talks held between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE for the first time in Thimpu, Bhutan."

    Here Christoph Koettl attempts to twist the history by stating that the peace talk was between the LTTE and the Government of Sri Lanka. In fact, LTTE is one of the many/all Tamil parties that participated. Here is a non exclusive list of Tamil Parties participated in this peace process.
    TULF: Tamil United Libration Front. An elected tamil political party which was the opposition at that time in the SL parliament.
    LTTE
    TELO
    EROS
    PLOT
    Some may that it was an innocent mistake on the part of Christoph Koettl. However, those who know the Sin-hala history would know that it is otherwise.
    The importance of the Thimpu peace talks is that the declaration of Thimpu principles by the all participating Tamils parties in one voice which still stands today as the basis for solution for Tamils.

    I can go on and on all the points posted here. But it would be a fruit less exercise.

    Because it looks like that Christoph Koettl is either half-baked on the Eelam Tamil issue or he is intentionally twisting and turning the history for money. He is only revealing what the Sin-halease want to tell the world.

    It is shameful and very disturbing that parasites like Christoph Koettl hide behind organizations like Amnesty and justify genocides of innocent people for a living. A great number of minorities like the Tamils of Eelam are forced to endure great injustice, oppression, genocide and mass murders all over the world due to parasites like Christoph Koettl.

    It is not only this particular parasite, but so many organizations that claim to work for improving human rights all over the world are full of parasites. It is not an overstatement to say that these organizations have absolutely no credibility, what so ever, including Amnesty International.

    These parasitic organizations wants conflicts and genocides to go on all around the world so they will be eligible for government funding, so they can make a luxurious living on innocent blood and flesh

  27. First of all the chronology of events published here has conveniently been omitted to cover up the racist sin-hala systematic genocide perpetrated on innocent peace loving Tamil people.

    Even in the given chronology, all the events are twisted to show that it is all the Tamils’/LTTE’s fault. None of the sin-hala massacres, atrocities, ethnic cleansing and forces mass colonization of Tamil homeland are listed.

    I’ll just give 2 examples.
    First:

    “1983, 23 July: LTTE attacks an army patrol in Jaffna, killing 13 soldiers and sparking anti-Tamil riots around the country, leaving several hundred dead”

    Christoph Koettl, has gone to great pain to point out that the number of soldiers killed was 13. However, deceitfully says ‘sparking anti-Tamil riots around the country, leaving several hundred dead’. In fact this was not just a riot! It was a massacre in which Tamils were hunted down by Sin-hala thugs aided by the Military and Police and killed. The number of killed in just one week number beyond 5000. All of the people killed were Tamils. During the riots the Sin-hala thugs used the voting list to identify Tamil homes and businesses. Racist Sin-hala ministers lead the massacre. To date no one has been changed. So much so for international and local justice!

    Second:
    “1985, 8 July: Talks held between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE for the first time in Thimpu, Bhutan.”

    Here Christoph Koettl attempts to twist the history by stating that the peace talk was between the LTTE and the Government of Sri Lanka. In fact, LTTE is one of the many/all Tamil parties that participated. Here is a non exclusive list of Tamil Parties participated in this peace process.
    TULF: Tamil United Libration Front. An elected tamil political party which was the opposition at that time in the SL parliament.
    LTTE
    TELO
    EROS
    PLOT
    Some may that it was an innocent mistake on the part of Christoph Koettl. However, those who know the Sin-hala history would know that it is otherwise.
    The importance of the Thimpu peace talks is that the declaration of Thimpu principles by the all participating Tamils parties in one voice which still stands today as the basis for solution for Tamils.

    I can go on and on all the points posted here. But it would be a fruit less exercise.

    Because it looks like that Christoph Koettl is either half-baked on the Eelam Tamil issue or he is intentionally twisting and turning the history for money. He is only revealing what the Sin-halease want to tell the world.

    It is shameful and very disturbing that parasites like Christoph Koettl hide behind organizations like Amnesty and justify genocides of innocent people for a living. A great number of minorities like the Tamils of Eelam are forced to endure great injustice, oppression, genocide and mass murders all over the world due to parasites like Christoph Koettl.

    It is not only this particular parasite, but so many organizations that claim to work for improving human rights all over the world are full of parasites. It is not an overstatement to say that these organizations have absolutely no credibility, what so ever, including Amnesty International.

    These parasitic organizations wants conflicts and genocides to go on all around the world so they will be eligible for government funding, so they can make a luxurious living on innocent blood and flesh

  28. It is 'parasitic' organizations such as Amnesty International that bring these issues and conflicts to light. If you take some time to read and understand the mission and purpose of the organization, you will see that Amnesty does not take a political stance on conflicts, does not receive government funding, and instead, reports on conflicts and situations only in respect to the human rights violations that are occurring. While you may not agree with what you perceive as a one-sided approach, may simply be a reflection of where the conflict stands at the moment and what human rights violations are being carried out (by all sides and in different proportions) amidst the conflict. While I am very interested in reading and seeing the plethora of perspectives and views on this blog, I also think it is immature and unnecessary to make personal, irrational, and completely baseless attacks on any single individual. If you actually read the original post, this Christoph gives no personal opinion, does not pass any sort of judgement, and does nothing more than provide a historical timeline that was provided by IRIN, a resource/website run by the United Nations. You may disagree with the content but to resort to baseless personal attacks instead of contributing to a constructive dialogue, does nothing but disservice your own voice and opinion.

  29. It is ‘parasitic’ organizations such as Amnesty International that bring these issues and conflicts to light. If you take some time to read and understand the mission and purpose of the organization, you will see that Amnesty does not take a political stance on conflicts, does not receive government funding, and instead, reports on conflicts and situations only in respect to the human rights violations that are occurring. While you may not agree with what you perceive as a one-sided approach, may simply be a reflection of where the conflict stands at the moment and what human rights violations are being carried out (by all sides and in different proportions) amidst the conflict. While I am very interested in reading and seeing the plethora of perspectives and views on this blog, I also think it is immature and unnecessary to make personal, irrational, and completely baseless attacks on any single individual. If you actually read the original post, this Christoph gives no personal opinion, does not pass any sort of judgement, and does nothing more than provide a historical timeline that was provided by IRIN, a resource/website run by the United Nations. You may disagree with the content but to resort to baseless personal attacks instead of contributing to a constructive dialogue, does nothing but disservice your own voice and opinion.

  30. I don't understand why the title is "How Did Sri Lanka End Up in this Crisis?" and the chronology starts from 1972? Does author of the artilce really know the problem and how it all started? Hope he knows about 1958, 1977 and black July of 1983 riots and the 30+ years of so called "Non-violence" against the genocide committed by the majority governments. For Jim McDonald's comment on "each side uses history to support its arguments" – sir, there is a difference between history and mythology. I am sure you would understand the difference and form your opinions accordingly. If you want to define the history from the religious test which says "Princess prophesied to consummate a 'union with the King of beasts' and gave birth to 'lion-armed' and the young prince himself is described as having 'hands and feet…formed like a lion's' – Mahavansa" well god only help the tamils from these medival minded people.

  31. I don’t understand why the title is “How Did Sri Lanka End Up in this Crisis?” and the chronology starts from 1972? Does author of the artilce really know the problem and how it all started? Hope he knows about 1958, 1977 and black July of 1983 riots and the 30+ years of so called “Non-violence” against the genocide committed by the majority governments. For Jim McDonald’s comment on “each side uses history to support its arguments” – sir, there is a difference between history and mythology. I am sure you would understand the difference and form your opinions accordingly. If you want to define the history from the religious test which says “Princess prophesied to consummate a ‘union with the King of beasts’ and gave birth to ‘lion-armed’ and the young prince himself is described as having ‘hands and feet…formed like a lion’s’ – Mahavansa” well god only help the tamils from these medival minded people.

  32. Why should Tamils get higher marks to enter university? This was the final straw in the long list of human rights violations by the successive governments of Sri Lanka backed by the extreme Buddhist monks. Tamils' rights were progressively denied since independence in 1948. LTTE was the symptom of these violations.

  33. Why should Tamils get higher marks to enter university? This was the final straw in the long list of human rights violations by the successive governments of Sri Lanka backed by the extreme Buddhist monks. Tamils’ rights were progressively denied since independence in 1948. LTTE was the symptom of these violations.

  34. 8% of the tamils ( where half of the living outside of North and East) claiming and wanting to govern this area goes against commonsense! Tamils have an equal opportunity in Sri Lanka. Sinhala only in 1956 was corrected in 1987, the black july of 1983 created by handful of sinhalese who got emotional when 13 Sri Lanka soldiers were killed by Prabakaran's terror goons was appologised for, Jaffna library was rebulit – Since 1983 when scores of Sri Lankans were killed by tigers and when all other civilians were killed caught in the battle we have demonstrated restrain. When Tamil Diaspora was spreading falsehood internationaly we have restrained. Now the terror goons have been squashed…Time for rebuild and let the history be not repeated. If Kadir could become the FM, if Murali could play in the national team, if Rudra became the head of police, if Siva became the Attoerny General, If Ken became head of Keels and if Douglus, Sangaree, Thondaman can work shoulder to shoulder in the government of Sri Lanka and if a rehabed child soilder could run the eastern province, what is the big issue we are talking about, it was to do with a psyco by the name of prabakaran taking all of us for a ride and we were naive not to nip him early

  35. In the 1982 presidential elections Tamils in North and East voted for Hector Kobbekaduwa ( sinhalese) J R Jaywardena (sinhalese) as opposed to Kumar Ponnambalam (A chuvanist Tamil), what does this prove? The ordinary Tamils wants the basics to be met like any other citizan of Sri Lanka. Self Determination is a load of crap no one wants except for the handful of bunked Tamil politicians who cant win the popular vote and western(un) educated second generation tamil migrants who the can for the terrorists.

  36. Pingback: Amnesty’s version of SL history « Australian Tamils ‘Fast unto Action’ to call for a Ceasefire in Sri Lanka

  37. 8% of the tamils ( where half of the living outside of North and East) claiming and wanting to govern this area goes against commonsense! Tamils have an equal opportunity in Sri Lanka. Sinhala only in 1956 was corrected in 1987, the black july of 1983 created by handful of sinhalese who got emotional when 13 Sri Lanka soldiers were killed by Prabakaran’s terror goons was appologised for, Jaffna library was rebulit – Since 1983 when scores of Sri Lankans were killed by tigers and when all other civilians were killed caught in the battle we have demonstrated restrain. When Tamil Diaspora was spreading falsehood internationaly we have restrained. Now the terror goons have been squashed…Time for rebuild and let the history be not repeated. If Kadir could become the FM, if Murali could play in the national team, if Rudra became the head of police, if Siva became the Attoerny General, If Ken became head of Keels and if Douglus, Sangaree, Thondaman can work shoulder to shoulder in the government of Sri Lanka and if a rehabed child soilder could run the eastern province, what is the big issue we are talking about, it was to do with a psyco by the name of prabakaran taking all of us for a ride and we were naive not to nip him early

  38. In the 1982 presidential elections Tamils in North and East voted for Hector Kobbekaduwa ( sinhalese) J R Jaywardena (sinhalese) as opposed to Kumar Ponnambalam (A chuvanist Tamil), what does this prove? The ordinary Tamils wants the basics to be met like any other citizan of Sri Lanka. Self Determination is a load of crap no one wants except for the handful of bunked Tamil politicians who cant win the popular vote and western(un) educated second generation tamil migrants who the can for the terrorists.

  39. It looks Mr. Christoph Koettl has arrived FROM ANOTHER PLANET and simply borrowed the partial government (of Sri Lanka) story for the consumption of the ignorant that the government is waging a war on terrorism started by the LTTE. I said partial story because if Mr Koettl bothered to speak to the faithful Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists or read a copy of their Bible, the Mahavansa, he would have learnt the story of Dutta Gemunu (the present president is held as a reincarnation of Dutta Gemunu ) and Elara more than a 1000 years ago. What a pity such ignorant are holding position in AI !! If Mr Koettl is interested in learning about the truth about the war in Sri Lanka, I strongly urge him to read the following article byRichard Nixon in the London Telegraph:
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/

  40. It looks Mr. Christoph Koettl has arrived FROM ANOTHER PLANET and simply borrowed the partial government (of Sri Lanka) story for the consumption of the ignorant that the government is waging a war on terrorism started by the LTTE. I said partial story because if Mr Koettl bothered to speak to the faithful Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists or read a copy of their Bible, the Mahavansa, he would have learnt the story of Dutta Gemunu (the present president is held as a reincarnation of Dutta Gemunu ) and Elara more than a 1000 years ago. What a pity such ignorant are holding position in AI !! If Mr Koettl is interested in learning about the truth about the war in Sri Lanka, I strongly urge him to read the following article byRichard Nixon in the London Telegraph:
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/

  41. It looks Mr. Christoph Koettl has arrived FROM ANOTHER PLANET and simply borrowed the partial government (of Sri Lanka) story for the consumption of the ignorant that the government is waging a war on terrorism started by the LTTE. I said partial story because if Mr Koettl bothered to speak to the faithful Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists or read a copy of their Bible, the Mahavansa, he would have learnt the story of Dutta Gemunu (the present president is held as a reincarnation of Dutta Gemunu ) and Elara more than a 1000 years ago. What a pity such ignorant are holding position in AI !! If Mr Koettl is interested in learning about the truth about the war in Sri Lanka, I strongly urge him to read the following article byRichard Nixon in the London Telegraph:
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/

  42. The writer was probably born after 1972, and has only one 'seeing' eye!

    Wish he could read the history well.

  43. Mr. Christoph Koettl, get back to your drawing board. If you are in a hurry to produce something, please do not touch our issue. This is an issue of suffering people for decades and going back to 1948. What you see is tip of the grass only. Should you are really interested dig down and look for the roots. After all I don't need to teach on professional ethics.

    Now it is the worst time of our history. Every other minute people are dying without food, water, etc. UN, world top body on humanity have made clear statements on what happening. 70 people in average per day dying. Is this not enough for your heart and mind to do something better to avoid this genocide. This is not the time for you highly qualified people to sit down comfortably and write whatever you want. Should you continue to do so, you will do the same in the future with scores of victims of a vanished race.

    Show some humanity and be a human.

    God bless you.

  44. In 1983 the Jaffna library which was considred as the educational treasure of the Tamils, was burnt down by the government. Same year thousands of Tamils(not hundreds) burnt and killed all over Srilanka. later in the nintees Navali church was bombed and more than 150 Tamils killed. In the 2000s, 64 school children killed by aerial bombardment. since 1983, in north and east of Srilanka, thousands of Tamils kidnapped and massacred without eveidence. If you want to get the true and accurate report, get the UN peace keeping forces there, and with their assitance and protection talk to each and every Tamils living in Srilanka(including the people who do live among Sinhalase) you will get what you want.

  45. Mr. Christoph Koettl, Please write articles that have some sense. If you do not know the root problem of Tamils in Sri Lanka please go back and do some home work. Do not draw down half the chronology that you want and leave the paramount events in the bin. The Tamils in the war zone are undergoing the worst agony on the planet in the last 500 or more years.

    PLEASE DO NOT DEGRADE THE AIUSA

    GOD BLESS YOU

  46. Mr. Christoph Koettl, Don't mislead the readers with your half chronology. You have started the history only in 1972, even with that you are missing the 1978. Tamils in Ceylon were trusting the main stream politics and have unanimously voted for TULF and given the mandate for TAMIL ELAM. Did the Sinhalese government listen to the Tamils' openion?
    Where did this important piece of information gone in your 'so called' history..?
    Don't mislead the readers.. If you don't know the history please sit back… If you are conciously writing this then please honestly answer to the questions that did the Sinhalese government ever listened to the Tamils' openion is 1978 and 2004..?

  47. I'm afraid. Your article is a biased article without no doubt.I have listed some web links below . I hope these brief articles will give you the history and will help you to talk about this sri Lanka crisis. All must read before write any comments. Please read carefully and judge yourself. I hope the first article will bring you the genocide of Tamils with evidence.

    The poignant history of Tamils in SriLanka after independence.
    http://www.pagegangster.com/p/2Lweq/
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/

  48. I'm afraid. Your article is a biased article without no doubt.I have listed one web links below . I hope this brief article will give you the history and will help you to talk about this sri Lanka crisis. All must read before write any comments. Please read carefully and judge yourself. I hope this article will bring you the genocide of Tamils with evidence.

    The poignant history of Tamils in SriLanka after independence.
    http://www.pagegangster.com/p/2Lweq/

  49. World Leaders and Countries must come forward to funish SRILANKAN GENOCIDE GOVERNMENT & Indiscipline Srilankan Army…..

  50. A mass slaughter of civilians being taken place in the safety zone. The people in the safety zone are put to untold human dignity,humiliation and suffering every seconds. Delaying every seconds will cause mass slaughter. People are being killed not only by heavy weapons and aerial bombing but also by starving . This is the real fact. Please save the humans beings. As you know that the Sri Lankan genocidal Army massacres patients with targeted shelling, 64 killed in makeshift hospital yesterday. According to Francis Boyle, professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College of Law said starvation of civilians, as a method of warfare, can also constitute an act of genocide as defined by Article II (c) of the 1948 Genocide Convention. Further under article 5 of the 1948 Genocide Convention tells bombing hospitals is a war crime and it is fair enough to prosecute the genocide government. According to one of the reliable sources from inside safety zone, the Medical Doctors confirmed that there were 9 people have been died due to starvation within the last three days. I humbly request you as a leading human rights body to help us. I'm sure the Tamils are not fighting with humans in Sri Lanka from 1948.

  51. I'm afraid. Your article is a biased article without no doubt.I have listed some web links below . I hope these brief articles will give you the history and will help you to talk about this sri Lanka crisis. All must read before write any comments. Please read carefully and judge yourself. I hope the first article will bring you the genocide of Tamils with evidence.

    The poignant history of Tamils in SriLanka after independence.
    http://www.pagegangster.com/p/2Lweq/
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/

  52. I'm afraid. Your article is a biased article without no doubt.I have listed some web links below . I hope these brief articles will give you the history and will help you to talk about this sri Lanka crisis. All must read before write any comments. Please read carefully and judge yourself. I hope the first article will bring you the genocide of Tamils with evidence.

    The poignant history of Tamils in SriLanka after independence.
    http://www.pagegangster.com/p/2Lweq/
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/

  53. Sad sad story. Unfortunately this type of selective "historical" presentation which totally twists the reality is one of the main reasons for arriving at the misery today. If even only events from 'independence' from the last European colonial power in 1948 had been stated factually it would have pointed to the true reason for failure of peace between the two ancient people of the island.

    (even if you forget everything from prior to the arrival of the European colonial powers)

    recently Matt Wade reporting from Colombo carefully omitted from an almost identical list, even the 1983 event which finally brought the attention of the world. All because, the whole issue is about blaming the Tamils (+Tamil Tigers) for the misery they face. Hard eveidence which may allow rational minds to draw conclusions in the opposite direction are left out.

    I am member of AI for 25 years but have watched sadly how AI reports have been (intentionally or unintentionally) presenting the Tamil plight. These have only contributed to more bloodshed for the Tamils and not less.

    Justice will not come until hidden agendas of the "UNSECURITY" council members are revealed. Unfortunately the Tamil plight will now just become another story for the NGO agencies of "human right violations" for the next 25 years.

  54. Please stop the GENOCIDE of TAMILS in TAMIL EELAM. we want FREEDOM.

  55. I'm afraid. Your article is a biased article without no doubt.I have listed one web links below . I hope this brief article will give you the history and will help you to talk about this sri Lanka crisis. All must read before write any comments. Please read carefully and judge yourself. I hope this article will bring you the genocide of Tamils with evidence.

    The poignant history of Tamils in SriLanka after independence.
    http://www.pagegangster.com/p/2Lweq/

  56. I'm afraid. Your article is a biased article without no doubt.I have listed one web links below . I hope this brief article will give you the history and will help you to talk about this sri Lanka crisis. All must read before write any comments. Please read carefully and judge yourself. I hope this article will bring you the genocide of Tamils with evidence.

    The poignant history of Tamils in SriLanka after independence.
    http://www.pagegangster.com/p/2Lweq/

  57. why do these so called homan rights organizations never report truth? so many (more than 100,000 tamils perished) tamils were killed by terrorist sri lankan government from independance, and still continuing.but they only reports majorities death only(it is to stop killing of tamils by terrorist SLA).i don't say it is right.but if ltte does not commit those murders, government atrocities might be even larger.sinhala thugs might have staged another july 83.

  58. It looks Mr. Christoph Koettl has arrived FROM ANOTHER PLANET and simply borrowed the partial government (of Sri Lanka) story for the consumption of the ignorant that the government is waging a war on terrorism started by the LTTE. I said partial story because if Mr Koettl bothered to speak to the faithful Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists or read a copy of their Bible, the Mahavansa, he would have learnt the story of Dutta Gemunu (the present president is held as a reincarnation of Dutta Gemunu ) and Elara more than a 1000 years ago. What a pity such ignorant are holding position in AI !! If Mr Koettl is interested in learning about the truth about the war in Sri Lanka, I strongly urge him to read the following article byRichard Nixon in the London Telegraph:

    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/04/20/lies_and_deceptions_comical_alis_of_sri_lanka

  59. The writer was probably born after 1972, and has only one ‘seeing’ eye!

    Wish he could read the history well.

  60. Mr. Christoph Koettl, get back to your drawing board. If you are in a hurry to produce something, please do not touch our issue. This is an issue of suffering people for decades and going back to 1948. What you see is tip of the grass only. Should you are really interested dig down and look for the roots. After all I don’t need to teach on professional ethics.

    Now it is the worst time of our history. Every other minute people are dying without food, water, etc. UN, world top body on humanity have made clear statements on what happening. 70 people in average per day dying. Is this not enough for your heart and mind to do something better to avoid this genocide. This is not the time for you highly qualified people to sit down comfortably and write whatever you want. Should you continue to do so, you will do the same in the future with scores of victims of a vanished race.

    Show some humanity and be a human.

    God bless you.

  61. Mr. Christoph Koettl,
    please learn the history and the struggle about Tamil.
    I don’t understand why the title is “How Did Sri Lanka End Up in this Crisis?”
    Political war 1905
    Riots 1915
    Tamil Independence struggle began in the 1925
    Banda – Chelva Pact, 1957
    Dudley – Chelva Agreement 1965
    District Councils White Paper, 1968
    Vaddukoddai Resolution-1976
    District Development Councils, 1979
    Annexure C Proposals, 1983
    The Thimpu Declaration-1985
    Indo – Lanka Agreement, 1987
    Sri Lanka – LTTE Talks: 1989/90
    Chandrika – LTTE Talks: 1994/95

  62. In 1983 the Jaffna library which was considred as the educational treasure of the Tamils, was burnt down by the government. Same year thousands of Tamils(not hundreds) burnt and killed all over Srilanka. later in the nintees Navali church was bombed and more than 150 Tamils killed. In the 2000s, 64 school children killed by aerial bombardment. since 1983, in north and east of Srilanka, thousands of Tamils kidnapped and massacred without eveidence. If you want to get the true and accurate report, get the UN peace keeping forces there, and with their assitance and protection talk to each and every Tamils living in Srilanka(including the people who do live among Sinhalase) you will get what you want.

  63. Mr. Christoph Koettl, Please write articles that have some sense. If you do not know the root problem of Tamils in Sri Lanka please go back and do some home work. Do not draw down half the chronology that you want and leave the paramount events in the bin. The Tamils in the war zone are undergoing the worst agony on the planet in the last 500 or more years.

    PLEASE DO NOT DEGRADE THE AIUSA

    GOD BLESS YOU

  64. Christoph Koettl
    Before publishing any facts, you MUST get your facts right. There had been systamatic killing of Tamil civilians well before 1972! Since you didn't get your facts right and published in Amnesty International, I would rather not waste my time give the facts to people like you and you should not be writing at all. Because of people like you writing false information, governement of Sri Lanka is able to kill innocent Tamil Civilians even today.

  65. Mr. Christoph Koettl, Don’t mislead the readers with your half chronology. You have started the history only in 1972, even with that you are missing the 1978. Tamils in Ceylon were trusting the main stream politics and have unanimously voted for TULF and given the mandate for TAMIL ELAM. Did the Sinhalese government listen to the Tamils’ openion?
    Where did this important piece of information gone in your ‘so called’ history..?
    Don’t mislead the readers.. If you don’t know the history please sit back… If you are conciously writing this then please honestly answer to the questions that did the Sinhalese government ever listened to the Tamils’ openion is 1978 and 2004..?

  66. First of all I thank Christoph Koettl for publishing such an article which pave way for people to notify the mistake.

    I heard from tamils who grew up in jaffna (north island) saying they had to concentrate only on two things.

    1. Every time they here aeroplane sound they had to be cautious to protect themselves.

    2. Whatever the artileery shelling or aerial bombing took place they continued to study hard because they had only one resource brain.

    These happened in thier daily life from 1983…..1995( if you check you will find a long long list of these government attacks). She left the country afterward. But our South media never ever showed these news. They just showed ''Kathiraya'' like programmes to make up more and more communal minded sinhalese. Being a sinhalese budhist I'm ashamed of my governments.

    Former President J.R. Jayawardena said that tamils shedding more and more blood in north will make sinhalese in south happy. Please go and whether I'm correct or not. There are people like me who also had to be silent all these time and feel very guilty of it now.

    This is not the time to be inhumane.

  67. IRIN did not puplished real struggle for tamil .foget tamil timeline
    Please see history of tamil struggle http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=13
    Did the Sinhalese carry out ethnic cleansing as claimed by the Tamils?
    The Tamils say that despite historical evidence to the contrary, the Sinhalese look upon them as interlopers. The Tamils say the Sinhalese have tried in a number of ways to:
    • disenfranchise them
    • alter the demographics of Tamil dominated areas
    • remove them from government employment
    • reduce their access to higher education
    • isolate Tamils from any support they might get from their brethren in India
    • separate Sinhalas and Tamils
    • ethnically cleanse Sri Lanka of Tamils
    Was there always a demand for a separate Tamil homeland?
    Initially, the Tamils did not demand a separate homeland. After independence and till the 1970s, the Tamil leaders mostly demanded an autonomous province comprising the Tamil-speaking regions of the north and the east. Sri Lankan governments even signed two agreements to this effect, but withdrew them later because of Sinhala objections.
    Tamil leaders then felt that a separate state was the only solution available. In 1974, all major parties representing Tamils came together under the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) banner. In 1976 the TULF adopted a resolution at Jaffna calling for a separate state, Tamil Eelam.
    This move was driven by the educated, unemployed youth who felt that the Sinhalese-dominated government would never accede to their demands. To fight for their objectives, they spawned a number of armed groups. One of them was the Tamil New Tigers, formed in 1972. It later became the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which then went on to dominate the civil war and most of country band Ltte and name them as terrorrist organsation.
    world should know what is the definition of freedom fighter and terrorrist.

  68. The world allows tragedy of epic proportions
    The LTTE is banned as a terrorist organisation in some 30 countries. That has given the Sri Lankan government global sanction to destroy the LTTE. But in doing so, the international community has allowed a disaster of epic proportion to unfold. This is not an LTTE, but a Tamil tragedy. Nowhere in the world has a government been continuously bombing its own civilians for over a year.

    The ‘strategic partners’ have deliberately decided to be ostriches and have made the UN also to be so, in order to keep the solutions under their armpits. May be they are right in the given global scenario, but fooling around with truth is not the right strategy. It is time for the strategic partners and the international community to call a spade a spade, and to explore solutions to the ethnonational question from an ethnonational perspective.

    For the Tamileelam as for many organizations worldwide, despite the best of timely and thorough documentation, the international community has failed to take action to mitigate the misery and suffering of the thousands in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan government is getting away with broad daylight murder and mayhem.

  69. World Leaders and Countries must come forward to funish SRILANKAN GENOCIDE GOVERNMENT & Indiscipline Srilankan Army…..

  70. can some one in USA please check and acte AI is within its LEGAL BOUNDRIES in publishing this type of reports?

    I request AI to remedy this immidiatly

  71. IRIN did not puplished real struggle for tamil .foget tamil timeline
    Please see history of tamil struggle http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=13
    Did the Sinhalese carry out ethnic cleansing as claimed by the Tamils?
    The Tamils say that despite historical evidence to the contrary, the Sinhalese look upon them as interlopers. The Tamils say the Sinhalese have tried in a number of ways to:
    • disenfranchise them
    • alter the demographics of Tamil dominated areas
    • remove them from government employment
    • reduce their access to higher education
    • isolate Tamils from any support they might get from their brethren in India
    • separate Sinhalas and Tamils
    • ethnically cleanse Sri Lanka of Tamils
    Was there always a demand for a separate Tamil homeland?
    Initially, the Tamils did not demand a separate homeland. After independence and till the 1970s, the Tamil leaders mostly demanded an autonomous province comprising the Tamil-speaking regions of the north and the east. Sri Lankan governments even signed two agreements to this effect, but withdrew them later because of Sinhala objections.
    Tamil leaders then felt that a separate state was the only solution available. In 1974, all major parties representing Tamils came together under the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) banner. In 1976 the TULF adopted a resolution at Jaffna calling for a separate state, Tamil Eelam.
    This move was driven by the educated, unemployed youth who felt that the Sinhalese-dominated government would never accede to their demands. To fight for their objectives, they spawned a number of armed groups. One of them was the Tamil New Tigers, formed in 1972. It later became the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which then went on to dominate the civil war and most of country band Ltte and name them as terrorrist organsation.
    world should know what is the definition of freedom fighter and terrorrist.

  72. IRIN did not puplished real struggle for tamil .foget tamil timeline
    Please see history of tamil struggle http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=13
    Did the Sinhalese carry out ethnic cleansing as claimed by the Tamils?
    The Tamils say that despite historical evidence to the contrary, the Sinhalese look upon them as interlopers. The Tamils say the Sinhalese have tried in a number of ways to:
    • disenfranchise them
    • alter the demographics of Tamil dominated areas
    • remove them from government employment
    • reduce their access to higher education
    • isolate Tamils from any support they might get from their brethren in India
    • separate Sinhalas and Tamils
    • ethnically cleanse Sri Lanka of Tamils
    Was there always a demand for a separate Tamil homeland?
    Initially, the Tamils did not demand a separate homeland. After independence and till the 1970s, the Tamil leaders mostly demanded an autonomous province comprising the Tamil-speaking regions of the north and the east. Sri Lankan governments even signed two agreements to this effect, but withdrew them later because of Sinhala objections.
    Tamil leaders then felt that a separate state was the only solution available. In 1974, all major parties representing Tamils came together under the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) banner. In 1976 the TULF adopted a resolution at Jaffna calling for a separate state, Tamil Eelam.
    This move was driven by the educated, unemployed youth who felt that the Sinhalese-dominated government would never accede to their demands. To fight for their objectives, they spawned a number of armed groups. One of them was the Tamil New Tigers, formed in 1972. It later became the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which then went on to dominate the civil war and most of country band Ltte and name them as terrorrist organsation.
    world should know what is the definition of freedom fighter and terrorrist.

  73. A mass slaughter of civilians being taken place in the safety zone. The people in the safety zone are put to untold human dignity,humiliation and suffering every seconds. Delaying every seconds will cause mass slaughter. People are being killed not only by heavy weapons and aerial bombing but also by starving . This is the real fact. Please save the humans beings. As you know that the Sri Lankan genocidal Army massacres patients with targeted shelling, 64 killed in makeshift hospital yesterday. According to Francis Boyle, professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College of Law said starvation of civilians, as a method of warfare, can also constitute an act of genocide as defined by Article II (c) of the 1948 Genocide Convention. Further under article 5 of the 1948 Genocide Convention tells bombing hospitals is a war crime and it is fair enough to prosecute the genocide government. According to one of the reliable sources from inside safety zone, the Medical Doctors confirmed that there were 9 people have been died due to starvation within the last three days. I humbly request you as a leading human rights body to help us. I’m sure the Tamils are not fighting with humans in Sri Lanka from 1948.

  74. I’m afraid. Your article is a biased article without no doubt.I have listed some web links below . I hope these brief articles will give you the history and will help you to talk about this sri Lanka crisis. All must read before write any comments. Please read carefully and judge yourself. I hope the first article will bring you the genocide of Tamils with evidence.

    The poignant history of Tamils in SriLanka after independence.

    http://www.pagegangster.com/p/2Lweq/

    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/04/20/lies_and_deceptions_comical_alis_of_sri_lanka

    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/03/08/thousands_of_tamils_are_slaughtered_and_starved_to_death_in_sri_lanka

    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/03/07/dead_bodies_of_the_innocent_tamils_are_dragged_away_by_stray_dogs_and_wild_beasts

    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/02/26/nations_have_failed_to_hear_the_voice_of_the_dying_tamils

    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/02/18/how_much_more_tamil_blood_needed_for_the_world_to_wake_up

  75. Sad sad story. Unfortunately this type of selective “historical” presentation which totally twists the reality is one of the main reasons for arriving at the misery today. If even only events from ‘independence’ from the last European colonial power in 1948 had been stated factually it would have pointed to the true reason for failure of peace between the two ancient people of the island.

    (even if you forget everything from prior to the arrival of the European colonial powers)

    recently Matt Wade reporting from Colombo carefully omitted from an almost identical list, even the 1983 event which finally brought the attention of the world. All because, the whole issue is about blaming the Tamils (+Tamil Tigers) for the misery they face. Hard eveidence which may allow rational minds to draw conclusions in the opposite direction are left out.

    I am member of AI for 25 years but have watched sadly how AI reports have been (intentionally or unintentionally) presenting the Tamil plight. These have only contributed to more bloodshed for the Tamils and not less.

    Justice will not come until hidden agendas of the “UNSECURITY” council members are revealed. Unfortunately the Tamil plight will now just become another story for the NGO agencies of “human right violations” for the next 25 years.

  76. Please stop the GENOCIDE of TAMILS in TAMIL EELAM. we want FREEDOM.

  77. I’m afraid. Your article is a biased article without no doubt.I have listed one web links below . I hope this brief article will give you the history and will help you to talk about this sri Lanka crisis. All must read before write any comments. Please read carefully and judge yourself. I hope this article will bring you the genocide of Tamils with evidence.

    The poignant history of Tamils in SriLanka after independence.

    http://www.pagegangster.com/p/2Lweq/

  78. A contextless timeline with NONE of the milestones in the institutionalisation of discrimination against Tamils since independence in 1948 or the anti-Tamil pogroms (in particular in 1983) which took place since then is well nigh useless. People only resort to armed struggle when all peaceful means to secure their rights have been blocked. There's no substitute for doing your homework Amnesty.

  79. This article doesn't mean any thing for me. It looks like a chapter of a novel. Actually Srilankan/Tamil problem started back in 1948. LTTE is the byproduct of this problem.

  80. why do these so called homan rights organizations never report truth? so many (more than 100,000 tamils perished) tamils were killed by terrorist sri lankan government from independance, and still continuing.but they only reports majorities death only(it is to stop killing of tamils by terrorist SLA).i don’t say it is right.but if ltte does not commit those murders, government atrocities might be even larger.sinhala thugs might have staged another july 83.

  81. This article writer of Mr.Christoph Koethi pen and his brain and his heart is not broadwide.He never thinking about tamils freedom.His information only from LTTE.Do you know what happend in past from 1948.The weapons cultural in 1956 take place by against tamils from who?.Riots are take place by Who?.Tamils history of in Srilanka not from your information or not from your indication.The tamils know their suffering history.The History is not from on point,thati marginless.You are not from us,if you analyser,also you cannot understand our liferights problem.We are from our history,our freedom is from our tears,from bleeding blood.Tamils history should be analysing and veryfying by every corner,means every year,means every month,means every weak,means every hours,means every minutes,means every seconds.Most of the commentators give to you enough information.I dont like to repeat that.I want to say that other way, the all tamils from all part in Srilanka and abroad,they all are standing strongly on conclusion called separate land called Tamileelam.That`s for Ltte is not terrerist ,they are tamils freedom fighters.The LTTE fight against SLG only for escaping the tamils.LTTE aims are only the milittary points.LTTE fight in Srilanka,not in abroad.Hence,how can you and all of others indicated LTTE ist Terrerist.Mahintha Rajabaksa licensed killer.Do you agree that?.Is it right?.Is he is not terrerist?.Dear Christoph Koethi,Can you see by your eyes 100KM from your standing place?.You and all also we are seeing one scenery end point only of their eye power.From that end point eyes seeing som more meters..From that end point eyes seeing some more meters..like that human history.Tamils history is also like that.I would like to tell to you that first you ask responsible persons who are well knowing persons.
    One more matter for you ,In 1977 Ex.president of Late Mr.J,.R.Jayawardana said following ,
    "If war is war,If peace is peace".
    Who is created the weapons cultural?

  82. The writer obviously is totally biased and has picked part of the history that the Sinhalese want to potray. What the peaceful struggles since 1956 to late 1970s? No Tamil organisation took up arms, but thousands of Tamils were killed, discriminated, houses looted, etc. What about going back in history and talking about the Tamil kingdoms that existed before the portugese, dutch and English invaded us and put us as one nation? What about making Sinhala as the official language within 24 hours? What about the aerial bombardment for the past 20 years indiscriminately killing Tamil civilians?

  83. Mr. Christoph Koettl,
    please learn the history and the struggle about Tamil.
    I don’t understand why the title is “How Did Sri Lanka End Up in this Crisis?”
    Political war 1905
    Riots 1915
    Tamil Independence struggle began in the 1925
    Banda – Chelva Pact, 1957
    Dudley – Chelva Agreement 1965
    District Councils White Paper, 1968
    Vaddukoddai Resolution-1976
    District Development Councils, 1979
    Annexure C Proposals, 1983
    The Thimpu Declaration-1985
    Indo – Lanka Agreement, 1987
    Sri Lanka – LTTE Talks: 1989/90
    Chandrika – LTTE Talks: 1994/95

  84. Christoph Koettl
    Before publishing any facts, you MUST get your facts right. There had been systamatic killing of Tamil civilians well before 1972! Since you didn’t get your facts right and published in Amnesty International, I would rather not waste my time give the facts to people like you and you should not be writing at all. Because of people like you writing false information, governement of Sri Lanka is able to kill innocent Tamil Civilians even today.

  85. First of all I thank Christoph Koettl for publishing such an article which pave way for people to notify the mistake.

    I heard from tamils who grew up in jaffna (north island) saying they had to concentrate only on two things.

    1. Every time they here aeroplane sound they had to be cautious to protect themselves.

    2. Whatever the artileery shelling or aerial bombing took place they continued to study hard because they had only one resource brain.

    These happened in thier daily life from 1983…..1995( if you check you will find a long long list of these government attacks). She left the country afterward. But our South media never ever showed these news. They just showed ”Kathiraya” like programmes to make up more and more communal minded sinhalese. Being a sinhalese budhist I’m ashamed of my governments.

    Former President J.R. Jayawardena said that tamils shedding more and more blood in north will make sinhalese in south happy. Please go and whether I’m correct or not. There are people like me who also had to be silent all these time and feel very guilty of it now.

    This is not the time to be inhumane.

  86. Mr. Christoph Koettl,
    please learn the history and the struggle about Tamil.

  87. AIUSA does lots of work for the innocent civilians but in here they missed the whole history of Tamils suffering from 1948. please befor publish any report do some more work from the Time of the Idependent also AI condem sevral time innovent Tamil Youths been held in prison without and Charges for many years I didn't See it either. It very sad who helped them to the time line of Tamils Strugle

  88. The world allows tragedy of epic proportions
    The LTTE is banned as a terrorist organisation in some 30 countries. That has given the Sri Lankan government global sanction to destroy the LTTE. But in doing so, the international community has allowed a disaster of epic proportion to unfold. This is not an LTTE, but a Tamil tragedy. Nowhere in the world has a government been continuously bombing its own civilians for over a year.

    The ‘strategic partners’ have deliberately decided to be ostriches and have made the UN also to be so, in order to keep the solutions under their armpits. May be they are right in the given global scenario, but fooling around with truth is not the right strategy. It is time for the strategic partners and the international community to call a spade a spade, and to explore solutions to the ethnonational question from an ethnonational perspective.

    For the Tamileelam as for many organizations worldwide, despite the best of timely and thorough documentation, the international community has failed to take action to mitigate the misery and suffering of the thousands in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan government is getting away with broad daylight murder and mayhem.

  89. can some one in USA please check and acte AI is within its LEGAL BOUNDRIES in publishing this type of reports?

    I request AI to remedy this immidiatly

  90. IRIN did not puplished real struggle for tamil .foget tamil timeline
    Please see history of tamil struggle http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=13
    Did the Sinhalese carry out ethnic cleansing as claimed by the Tamils?
    The Tamils say that despite historical evidence to the contrary, the Sinhalese look upon them as interlopers. The Tamils say the Sinhalese have tried in a number of ways to:
    • disenfranchise them
    • alter the demographics of Tamil dominated areas
    • remove them from government employment
    • reduce their access to higher education
    • isolate Tamils from any support they might get from their brethren in India
    • separate Sinhalas and Tamils
    • ethnically cleanse Sri Lanka of Tamils
    Was there always a demand for a separate Tamil homeland?
    Initially, the Tamils did not demand a separate homeland. After independence and till the 1970s, the Tamil leaders mostly demanded an autonomous province comprising the Tamil-speaking regions of the north and the east. Sri Lankan governments even signed two agreements to this effect, but withdrew them later because of Sinhala objections.
    Tamil leaders then felt that a separate state was the only solution available. In 1974, all major parties representing Tamils came together under the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) banner. In 1976 the TULF adopted a resolution at Jaffna calling for a separate state, Tamil Eelam.
    This move was driven by the educated, unemployed youth who felt that the Sinhalese-dominated government would never accede to their demands. To fight for their objectives, they spawned a number of armed groups. One of them was the Tamil New Tigers, formed in 1972. It later became the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which then went on to dominate the civil war and most of country band Ltte and name them as terrorrist organsation.
    world should know what is the definition of freedom fighter and terrorrist.

  91. Mr. Christoph Koetti if you are true journalist you would have learned the history of Tamil Struggle before publishing this article. It is sad to see this article in AI USA . AI USA should pay attention to the genocide in Sri Lanka .

  92. A contextless timeline with NONE of the milestones in the institutionalisation of discrimination against Tamils since independence in 1948 or the anti-Tamil pogroms (in particular in 1983) which took place since then is well nigh useless. People only resort to armed struggle when all peaceful means to secure their rights have been blocked. There’s no substitute for doing your homework Amnesty.

  93. This article doesn’t mean any thing for me. It looks like a chapter of a novel. Actually Srilankan/Tamil problem started back in 1948. LTTE is the byproduct of this problem.

  94. This article writer of Mr.Christoph Koethi pen and his brain and his heart is not broadwide.He never thinking about tamils freedom.His information only from LTTE.Do you know what happend in past from 1948.The weapons cultural in 1956 take place by against tamils from who?.Riots are take place by Who?.Tamils history of in Srilanka not from your information or not from your indication.The tamils know their suffering history.The History is not from on point,thati marginless.You are not from us,if you analyser,also you cannot understand our liferights problem.We are from our history,our freedom is from our tears,from bleeding blood.Tamils history should be analysing and veryfying by every corner,means every year,means every month,means every weak,means every hours,means every minutes,means every seconds.Most of the commentators give to you enough information.I dont like to repeat that.I want to say that other way, the all tamils from all part in Srilanka and abroad,they all are standing strongly on conclusion called separate land called Tamileelam.That`s for Ltte is not terrerist ,they are tamils freedom fighters.The LTTE fight against SLG only for escaping the tamils.LTTE aims are only the milittary points.LTTE fight in Srilanka,not in abroad.Hence,how can you and all of others indicated LTTE ist Terrerist.Mahintha Rajabaksa licensed killer.Do you agree that?.Is it right?.Is he is not terrerist?.Dear Christoph Koethi,Can you see by your eyes 100KM from your standing place?.You and all also we are seeing one scenery end point only of their eye power.From that end point eyes seeing som more meters..From that end point eyes seeing some more meters..like that human history.Tamils history is also like that.I would like to tell to you that first you ask responsible persons who are well knowing persons.
    One more matter for you ,In 1977 Ex.president of Late Mr.J,.R.Jayawardana said following ,
    “If war is war,If peace is peace”.
    Who is created the weapons cultural?

  95. The writer obviously is totally biased and has picked part of the history that the Sinhalese want to potray. What the peaceful struggles since 1956 to late 1970s? No Tamil organisation took up arms, but thousands of Tamils were killed, discriminated, houses looted, etc. What about going back in history and talking about the Tamil kingdoms that existed before the portugese, dutch and English invaded us and put us as one nation? What about making Sinhala as the official language within 24 hours? What about the aerial bombardment for the past 20 years indiscriminately killing Tamil civilians?

  96. It is critical that the full history of conflict, ethnocentric policies, and the breakdown of true democracy is examined to understand the state of affairs in Srilanka today. The plight of Tamils and other minorities in Sri lanka began with independance.

  97. main thing is that since 1500 till 1948 Sri Lanka been bruttaly occupied by former sea Pirates Portugal, Netherlands and Brittian. on those time most of Sri Lankan women been raped by above Country soldiers, entire country was put upside down, nature was destroyd, Kings was killed, valuable things was stolen and so on so on,,,,.like this way Sri Lankans been kept foold by above countrys.
    * since 1948 till 1972 Sri Lanka was ruled by the Brittish Ambasador through SL Presidants.
    * Brittish gave the power to half blood Sinhalees. you must see the initials of the all former SL presidants.
    * the countrys wich was colonised by the former sea Pirates (Portugal,Netherlands and England) are still suffering from barbaric brutalisam of those Colonial masters. (ex: Somalia – Italy, Molluku Islands -Netherlands,Angola – Portugal, Algeria – France, Zimbabwe – England)
    * At this moment Portugal, Netherlands and England must come forward to solve this problem in SL because above mentiond countrys are the main reason for this nasty problems.
    * Sinhala Mahavamse says a lion called Veerabahu had sex with a woman in Bihar and Singhabahu was born. Singhabahu's notories son Vijayabahu was deported to Sri Lanka. What kind of a stupid history is this.
    *What (is) happen(ing)d to Kauravar (Karava), Careas and Parathavar (Parava) Thamils? these people were bought to SL by former Sea Pirates Portugals to Srilanka in early 1500. these Thamil Fishemen Tribes were systamatically intergrated in to Sinhala Community by sending these people to Sinhala Christian Schools. Look at Gampaha and Colombo district where mainly Christian Karava, Careas and Parava Christian are living.
    * Former Jayanthi Nagar now Ginthu Pitty (colombo 13). most of Thamil Citys and villages are renamed into Sinhala Names. take a look at Christian schools where mainly Thamil Christians are living!! Only one class is Thamil and the rest are Sinhala classes (ex: grade 9a is Thamil and grade 9b, grade 9c and grade 9d are Sinhala medium classes) so Thamils are force to send their children to nearby Christian Schools and ofcourse Sinhala medium. this has been happening in the southern part of SL since 1600. Thamils from Puttalam, Negombo and surrounding area, Chillaw, Mabola, Ja-Ela,Wattala, Gampaha and all Colombo area Karava, Careas and Parava Thamils are forced to become Sinhala.
    * Muslim is not a Nation. we all know that but in Sri Lanka Muslim Religion followers are made Nation by Cunny SL Govermant. Every moslim is not a Arab and every Arab is not a moslim.
    * Sri Lanka has divided Thamils in to 4 groups.
    group 1. Low country Sinhalees (Karava, Careas and Parava)
    group 2. Upcountry Thamils
    group 3. Moslims (moslim are Thamils and their relligion is Islam)
    group 4. Ceylon Thamils (North East)
    * UNO, UNHCR,EU and US knows that there is nothing left over after 500 years colonaisation in SL so they wil not help us. ofcourse we have no oil, no gas and no diamants.
    * India,China and Japan wil not help Thamils Because they don't want America in their region.
    So only one thing is left over as all the super powers are doing now killing Kurds, Afghans, Red Indians, Aboriginals, Maouris and Thamils.

    If there is re-incarnation i would like to born as stone so that i will not feel or see these nasty human things.

  98. please help us .
    Dont leave us alone.
    now we dont have any thing on our hands.
    we expeting a fevoroble answer from die westen countrys.

    wir sind armer leute, bitte helft uns.bitte shaw nicht wegs.wahct die mieden auf.

    vielen dank.

  99. We want a separet land TAMIL EELAM under our Honourable leader
    MR.Velluppilay Prabaharan.
    we want freedom from Singhalies and Sri lanka.

  100. Mr. Christoph Koettl,
    please learn the history and the struggle about Tamil.

  101. You have missed out the entire injustice and violance committed by successive racist governments of Srilanks to the minority Tamils.

    Before arival of the British Srilanka was an island with two nations. The British intergrated the two nations for administrative ease.

    After the British left the island the racist governments of Srilanka discriminated the minority Tamils as 2nd class citizens.

    There had been many violant attackes on the Tamils by Sinhala governments.1958, 1977, 1990 communal rots are some to name where 1000's innocent Tamils were killed.

    You have also ommitted the Militery destroying Tamil villeges and colonosing Sinhalees in Tamil homeland.

    The LTTE offered talks with goverrnment to end the conflic, but it is the Srilankan racist governemt who brolke the talks in all occassions give lame excuses.

    Your cronology is completely incorrect and far from truth. It is pointless to challenge the cronology since you have delibarately misdirecting the readers in every aspect.

    Just one example, in 2001, LTTE attacked the main aitforce base near the aitport in Colombo. There were approximately 2000 civilians in the airport. Not a single civilian died. The target was the Airforce planes which were bommimg the Tmils. The LTTE carders successfully executed the operation and in the process 14 of them died. LTTE never targetted tyhe civilians, but the terrorist government has attacked hospital and schools. if any one wants to know more about the genocidal war visit http://www.warwithoutwitness.com/

  102. AIUSA does lots of work for the innocent civilians but in here they missed the whole history of Tamils suffering from 1948. please befor publish any report do some more work from the Time of the Idependent also AI condem sevral time innovent Tamil Youths been held in prison without and Charges for many years I didn’t See it either. It very sad who helped them to the time line of Tamils Strugle

  103. Christoph Koettl has omitted what happened before 1972. He should have got his facts rights before writing. During this critical time half researched reports do more harm than good.

  104. Mr. Christoph Koetti if you are true journalist you would have learned the history of Tamil Struggle before publishing this article. It is sad to see this article in AI USA . AI USA should pay attention to the genocide in Sri Lanka .

  105. You have missed out the entire injustice and violance committed by successive racist governments of Srilanks to the minority Tamils.

    Before arival of the British Srilanka was an island with two nations. The British intergrated the two nations for administrative ease.

    After the British left the island the racist governments of Srilanka discriminated the minority Tamils as 2nd class citizens.

    There had been many violant attackes on the Tamils by Sinhala governments.1958, 1977, 1990 communal rots are some to name where 1000's innocent Tamils were killed.

    You have also ommitted the Militery destroying Tamil villeges and colonosing Sinhalees in Tamil homeland.

    The LTTE offered talks with goverrnment to end the conflic, but it is the Srilankan racist governemt who brolke the talks in all occassions give lame excuses.

    Your cronology is completely incorrect and far from truth. It is pointless to challenge the cronology since you have delibarately misdirecting the readers in every aspect.

    Just one example, in 2001, LTTE attacked the main aitforce base near the aitport in Colombo. There were approximately 2000 civilians in the airport. Not a single civilian died. The target was the Airforce planes which were bommimg the Tmils. The LTTE carders successfully executed the operation and in the process 14 of them died. LTTE never targetted tyhe civilians, but the terrorist government has attacked hospital and schools. if any one wants to know more about the genocidal war visit http://www.warwithoutwitness.com/

  106. You have missed out the entire injustice and violance committed by successive racist governments of Srilanks to the minority Tamils.

    Before arival of the British Srilanka was an island with two nations. The British intergrated the two nations for administrative ease.

    After the British left the island the racist governments of Srilanka discriminated the minority Tamils as 2nd class citizens.

    There had been many violant attackes on the Tamils by Sinhala governments.1958, 1977, 1990 communal rots are some to name where 1000's innocent Tamils were killed.

    You have also ommitted the Militery destroying Tamil villeges and colonosing Sinhalees in Tamil homeland.

    The LTTE offered talks with goverrnment to end the conflic, but it is the Srilankan racist governemt who brolke the talks in all occassions give lame excuses.

    Your cronology is completely incorrect and far from truth. It is pointless to challenge the cronology since you have delibarately misdirecting the readers in every aspect.

    Just one example, in 2001, LTTE attacked the main aitforce base near the aitport in Colombo. There were approximately 2000 civilians in the airport. Not a single civilian died. The target was the Airforce planes which were bommimg the Tmils. The LTTE carders successfully executed the operation and in the process 14 of them died. LTTE never targetted tyhe civilians, but the terrorist government has attacked hospital and schools. if any one wants to know more about the genocidal war visit http://www.warwithoutwitness.com/

  107. It is critical that the full history of conflict, ethnocentric policies, and the breakdown of true democracy is examined to understand the state of affairs in Srilanka today. The plight of Tamils and other minorities in Sri lanka began with independance.

  108. main thing is that since 1500 till 1948 Sri Lanka been bruttaly occupied by former sea Pirates Portugal, Netherlands and Brittian. on those time most of Sri Lankan women been raped by above Country soldiers, entire country was put upside down, nature was destroyd, Kings was killed, valuable things was stolen and so on so on,,,,.like this way Sri Lankans been kept foold by above countrys.
    * since 1948 till 1972 Sri Lanka was ruled by the Brittish Ambasador through SL Presidants.
    * Brittish gave the power to half blood Sinhalees. you must see the initials of the all former SL presidants.
    * the countrys wich was colonised by the former sea Pirates (Portugal,Netherlands and England) are still suffering from barbaric brutalisam of those Colonial masters. (ex: Somalia – Italy, Molluku Islands -Netherlands,Angola – Portugal, Algeria – France, Zimbabwe – England)
    * At this moment Portugal, Netherlands and England must come forward to solve this problem in SL because above mentiond countrys are the main reason for this nasty problems.
    * Sinhala Mahavamse says a lion called Veerabahu had sex with a woman in Bihar and Singhabahu was born. Singhabahu’s notories son Vijayabahu was deported to Sri Lanka. What kind of a stupid history is this.
    *What (is) happen(ing)d to Kauravar (Karava), Careas and Parathavar (Parava) Thamils? these people were bought to SL by former Sea Pirates Portugals to Srilanka in early 1500. these Thamil Fishemen Tribes were systamatically intergrated in to Sinhala Community by sending these people to Sinhala Christian Schools. Look at Gampaha and Colombo district where mainly Christian Karava, Careas and Parava Christian are living.
    * Former Jayanthi Nagar now Ginthu Pitty (colombo 13). most of Thamil Citys and villages are renamed into Sinhala Names. take a look at Christian schools where mainly Thamil Christians are living!! Only one class is Thamil and the rest are Sinhala classes (ex: grade 9a is Thamil and grade 9b, grade 9c and grade 9d are Sinhala medium classes) so Thamils are force to send their children to nearby Christian Schools and ofcourse Sinhala medium. this has been happening in the southern part of SL since 1600. Thamils from Puttalam, Negombo and surrounding area, Chillaw, Mabola, Ja-Ela,Wattala, Gampaha and all Colombo area Karava, Careas and Parava Thamils are forced to become Sinhala.
    * Muslim is not a Nation. we all know that but in Sri Lanka Muslim Religion followers are made Nation by Cunny SL Govermant. Every moslim is not a Arab and every Arab is not a moslim.
    * Sri Lanka has divided Thamils in to 4 groups.
    group 1. Low country Sinhalees (Karava, Careas and Parava)
    group 2. Upcountry Thamils
    group 3. Moslims (moslim are Thamils and their relligion is Islam)
    group 4. Ceylon Thamils (North East)
    * UNO, UNHCR,EU and US knows that there is nothing left over after 500 years colonaisation in SL so they wil not help us. ofcourse we have no oil, no gas and no diamants.
    * India,China and Japan wil not help Thamils Because they don’t want America in their region.
    So only one thing is left over as all the super powers are doing now killing Kurds, Afghans, Red Indians, Aboriginals, Maouris and Thamils.

    If there is re-incarnation i would like to born as stone so that i will not feel or see these nasty human things.

  109. I'm a little bit confused because I immensly respect Amnesty International but it seems as though this article has even missed some of the issues that Amnesty is highlighting in your campaign on Sri Lanka like freedom of press, welfare camps and white van abductions. I also note that much of the killings and violence from the para-military which was headed up by Karuna, now a government minister, were not reported like the assinations Tamil politicians like Joseph Pararajasingham etc
    To be honest this seems to be more a list of LTTE actions rather than a definative history of Sri Lanka.

  110. please help us .
    Dont leave us alone.
    now we dont have any thing on our hands.
    we expeting a fevoroble answer from die westen countrys.

    wir sind armer leute, bitte helft uns.bitte shaw nicht wegs.wahct die mieden auf.

    vielen dank.

  111. We want a separet land TAMIL EELAM under our Honourable leader
    MR.Velluppilay Prabaharan.
    we want freedom from Singhalies and Sri lanka.

  112. Christoph Koettl has omitted what happened before 1972. He should have got his facts rights before writing. During this critical time half researched reports do more harm than good.

  113. You have missed out the entire injustice and violance committed by successive racist governments of Srilanks to the minority Tamils.

    Before arival of the British Srilanka was an island with two nations. The British intergrated the two nations for administrative ease.

    After the British left the island the racist governments of Srilanka discriminated the minority Tamils as 2nd class citizens.

    There had been many violant attackes on the Tamils by Sinhala governments.1958, 1977, 1990 communal rots are some to name where 1000′s innocent Tamils were killed.

    You have also ommitted the Militery destroying Tamil villeges and colonosing Sinhalees in Tamil homeland.

    The LTTE offered talks with goverrnment to end the conflic, but it is the Srilankan racist governemt who brolke the talks in all occassions give lame excuses.

    Your cronology is completely incorrect and far from truth. It is pointless to challenge the cronology since you have delibarately misdirecting the readers in every aspect.

    Just one example, in 2001, LTTE attacked the main aitforce base near the aitport in Colombo. There were approximately 2000 civilians in the airport. Not a single civilian died. The target was the Airforce planes which were bommimg the Tmils. The LTTE carders successfully executed the operation and in the process 14 of them died. LTTE never targetted tyhe civilians, but the terrorist government has attacked hospital and schools. if any one wants to know more about the genocidal war visit http://www.warwithoutwitness.com/

  114. If the defiant Sri Lankan government is not a terrorist government, why war without witness! The dictatorial government of Sri Lanka has even massacred foetuses and used banned chemical weapons, there are proofs of graphical images available, too.

  115. The investigation for Rajiv Ghandi's assasination was not copleted by Jain commision. They have asked for more time to investigate suspects like Subramaniya Swami. They still have not done so due to political obstacles from congress party of india(possible suspect) The blame was put entirely on LTTE since they have arested Srilankan tamils in regards and the execution method was suicide bombing. There are 55 unanswered question put toward Jain commision regarding this killing. Even the Supreme court of India said that this was pure act of revange and not terrorism. However, the indian media glorified this as LTTE's terrorism. This can clearly be visible as a person holding bow and arrow scenerio. LTTE be the arrow, Congress party of India be the bow, and the person holding the bow would be America's C.I.A. This is why the Srilankan war have now become a proxy war as everyone(india,US, UK, etc…) wants to get rid of the LTTE so the truth about Rajiv's murder would never come above.

  116. It's looks like one sided story. You have to learn the history then continue.
    There is genocide of tamils since brits left in 1948. Now the world wake up.

  117. 2001, July: An LTTE suicide attack on Bandaranaike International airport kills 14.

    This was a false propaganda. This attack by LTTE was very successful as the LTTE commandos safely forced all people to clear-off location and blow up airplanes. The so-called "14" would be the LTTE commandos and not innocent civilians. This shows how easily the Srilanakan Government can turns the table around and add casualty figures. For example,they can put a bomb in sinhala area to explode, kill a sinhala person with the help of para-military, put his head near incident location and call it a "suicide attack by LTTE". They will inform media that the case will be investigated, but it will never be solved as it was done solely by the government. Suicide bombing should not be viewed as act of terrorism. 90% of LTTE suicide attacks are on Srilanka's Military targets. From the remaining 10% of the suicide bombing would be political assasinations where innocent civiliants do die. This does not mean that the attack should be viewed as terrorism. If all of LTTEs suicide attacks are intended to kill civilians and the 400+ personelles were terrorists, then there would not be a single sinhala civilian be alive in Srilanka. When the Oppressing Srilankan forces purposely bomb and shell innocent tamil civilians in Tamil Eelam, why is it not regarded as terrorism???

  118. I’m a little bit confused because I immensly respect Amnesty International but it seems as though this article has even missed some of the issues that Amnesty is highlighting in your campaign on Sri Lanka like freedom of press, welfare camps and white van abductions. I also note that much of the killings and violence from the para-military which was headed up by Karuna, now a government minister, were not reported like the assinations Tamil politicians like Joseph Pararajasingham etc
    To be honest this seems to be more a list of LTTE actions rather than a definative history of Sri Lanka.

  119. Hello Mr. Christoph Koetl,
    It is not true what you wrote. I am from Gampaha and i know better than you about My Sinhala Govermant.
    * Govermant kills opposition leaders and put the blaime on LTTE
    * I am an Eye victness of 1983 Genocide wich done by Bhudist Monks and Bruttal Sinhalees. even the SL Army and Police stolen the things of Thamils and they group raped Thamil girls. My family was safe because we don't speak Thamil and everyone thinks that we are Sinhalees.
    * Bandaranayake Family has already destroyd the country for more than 20 years and wait and what Rajapakse family is going to do with SL? In wich country is that Brother (Basil) appointed as a presidant adviser and a nother brother as military Headman and a nother brother as a Head of newly build Hambantota Habour??? these people are not elected by Sri Lankans. appointed by SL Presidant.
    Mr. Koetl!
    why don't you write an artical about SL Govermant Terrorisam?
    why don't you write about Gang rape crimes done by SL Army?
    What would you do if your mother been raped infront of your eyes by your country Army?
    what would go throuh the minds of small Thamil Children victimised by SL Terrorist Govermant?
    why don't you write about Indian Soniya Gandi suplied Chemical weapons to Sri Lanka ?
    Why? Why? Why? Why?
    you tell me donkey headed Koetl.
    you are not worth to write one side story. the whole world including you knows what is happening in Sri Lanka. so, you don't write SL Govermant suplied storys.
    if you need information ask me or ask Thamils they will give you true story, because we born in Sri Lanka and we are the victims and victness of all things.

  120. 1.Who killed the Premadasa?
    Vije Kmuar Ranathunge (late husband of Chandrika Bandaranayake)
    2. Who killed the Kumar Ranathunge?
    Gang group organised by Premadasa from Gunasingha Pura (known as Kessel Watte in sinhala Vaalaithotam in Thamil)
    3. Who killed J.Fernando Pulle ?
    Gotabaya killed Fernando Pulle.
    Do you know why Gotabaya killed Fernando Pulle?
    Post what Fernando Pulle should get is now Gotabaya sitting.
    4. who is Fernando Pulle?
    Karava (Kauravar) Thamil who speaks Sinhala from Gampaha.
    5. Who is Dalas Alagaperuma(L)?
    Karava (Kauravar) Thamilian
    6. Who Killed Bandaranayake?
    Srima's (Hora Miniya) secret lover a Budhist monk (ask Sinhalees we all know this is the truth)
    7. Who Killed the Indira Gandi?
    Sikhs
    8. Who killed the Rajive Gandi?
    Soniya
    9.Why Soniya killed Rajiv?
    Sanjay already dead, Indira already dead and now Rajive also dead. so that Sonyia can get all the Gandi money. oh, did i mention about ILLIGAL LOTUS (RAJIV) MONEY in Swiss.
    10. today or tomarrow wil be Karuna or Pillayan wil be killed by Rajapakse.
    so, all these Mafiosie and SL Terrorist Govermant need a NAME to blaime and that name is LTTE.

    Do you know what funny is?
    if Gotabaya byte by dog. Sri Lanka Govermant wil says"oh, it is the LTTE Dog wich byte Gotabaye"

    Modayage Rate Murugayage kodiye kivvalu

    Thamil Translation
    Moodenin naatil Mirugathin kodiyam

    In English

    Foolishmen country and Animal flag

  121. If the defiant Sri Lankan government is not a terrorist government, why war without witness! The dictatorial government of Sri Lanka has even massacred foetuses and used banned chemical weapons, there are proofs of graphical images available, too.

  122. The investigation for Rajiv Ghandi’s assasination was not copleted by Jain commision. They have asked for more time to investigate suspects like Subramaniya Swami. They still have not done so due to political obstacles from congress party of india(possible suspect) The blame was put entirely on LTTE since they have arested Srilankan tamils in regards and the execution method was suicide bombing. There are 55 unanswered question put toward Jain commision regarding this killing. Even the Supreme court of India said that this was pure act of revange and not terrorism. However, the indian media glorified this as LTTE’s terrorism. This can clearly be visible as a person holding bow and arrow scenerio. LTTE be the arrow, Congress party of India be the bow, and the person holding the bow would be America’s C.I.A. This is why the Srilankan war have now become a proxy war as everyone(india,US, UK, etc…) wants to get rid of the LTTE so the truth about Rajiv’s murder would never come above.

  123. It’s looks like one sided story. You have to learn the history then continue.
    There is genocide of tamils since brits left in 1948. Now the world wake up.

  124. Please world help the tamils in Srilanka. These people are tired of the war, tired of running. It has been going on more than 30 years. These people need permanent peace. Please help Srilankan tamils get permanent solution. There is a saying " Life is short and make it sweet" We are going to live in this world only for shor peoriod of time. Why this horror? Why this injustice? Why this power hungary? Why this distruction? Why? Why? Why? Why the world is quiet? Why nobody can do anything? Please help. Enough deaths. Enough destruction. Please world can you do something for these Srilankan tamils? These people are tired of one day ceasefire or one year ceasefire. They want permanent peace. They want permanent solution. They want the future generation to live peacefully. They don't want future generation going through what they have been fgoing through for more than 30 years. Please. Enough aruguments.Please don't pretend like you don't see, you don't hear, and you don't read. This is the time for everybody to come together and do somethin for these people to get permanent solution. Please everybody help.

  125. 2001, July: An LTTE suicide attack on Bandaranaike International airport kills 14.

    This was a false propaganda. This attack by LTTE was very successful as the LTTE commandos safely forced all people to clear-off location and blow up airplanes. The so-called “14″ would be the LTTE commandos and not innocent civilians. This shows how easily the Srilanakan Government can turns the table around and add casualty figures. For example,they can put a bomb in sinhala area to explode, kill a sinhala person with the help of para-military, put his head near incident location and call it a “suicide attack by LTTE”. They will inform media that the case will be investigated, but it will never be solved as it was done solely by the government. Suicide bombing should not be viewed as act of terrorism. 90% of LTTE suicide attacks are on Srilanka’s Military targets. From the remaining 10% of the suicide bombing would be political assasinations where innocent civiliants do die. This does not mean that the attack should be viewed as terrorism. If all of LTTEs suicide attacks are intended to kill civilians and the 400+ personelles were terrorists, then there would not be a single sinhala civilian be alive in Srilanka. When the Oppressing Srilankan forces purposely bomb and shell innocent tamil civilians in Tamil Eelam, why is it not regarded as terrorism???

  126. Hello Mr. Christoph Koetl,
    It is not true what you wrote. I am from Gampaha and i know better than you about My Sinhala Govermant.
    * Govermant kills opposition leaders and put the blaime on LTTE
    * I am an Eye victness of 1983 Genocide wich done by Bhudist Monks and Bruttal Sinhalees. even the SL Army and Police stolen the things of Thamils and they group raped Thamil girls. My family was safe because we don’t speak Thamil and everyone thinks that we are Sinhalees.
    * Bandaranayake Family has already destroyd the country for more than 20 years and wait and what Rajapakse family is going to do with SL? In wich country is that Brother (Basil) appointed as a presidant adviser and a nother brother as military Headman and a nother brother as a Head of newly build Hambantota Habour??? these people are not elected by Sri Lankans. appointed by SL Presidant.
    Mr. Koetl!
    why don’t you write an artical about SL Govermant Terrorisam?
    why don’t you write about Gang rape crimes done by SL Army?
    What would you do if your mother been raped infront of your eyes by your country Army?
    what would go throuh the minds of small Thamil Children victimised by SL Terrorist Govermant?
    why don’t you write about Indian Soniya Gandi suplied Chemical weapons to Sri Lanka ?
    Why? Why? Why? Why?
    you tell me donkey headed Koetl.
    you are not worth to write one side story. the whole world including you knows what is happening in Sri Lanka. so, you don’t write SL Govermant suplied storys.
    if you need information ask me or ask Thamils they will give you true story, because we born in Sri Lanka and we are the victims and victness of all things.

  127. 1.Who killed the Premadasa?
    Vije Kmuar Ranathunge (late husband of Chandrika Bandaranayake)
    2. Who killed the Kumar Ranathunge?
    Gang group organised by Premadasa from Gunasingha Pura (known as Kessel Watte in sinhala Vaalaithotam in Thamil)
    3. Who killed J.Fernando Pulle ?
    Gotabaya killed Fernando Pulle.
    Do you know why Gotabaya killed Fernando Pulle?
    Post what Fernando Pulle should get is now Gotabaya sitting.
    4. who is Fernando Pulle?
    Karava (Kauravar) Thamil who speaks Sinhala from Gampaha.
    5. Who is Dalas Alagaperuma(L)?
    Karava (Kauravar) Thamilian
    6. Who Killed Bandaranayake?
    Srima’s (Hora Miniya) secret lover a Budhist monk (ask Sinhalees we all know this is the truth)
    7. Who Killed the Indira Gandi?
    Sikhs
    8. Who killed the Rajive Gandi?
    Soniya
    9.Why Soniya killed Rajiv?
    Sanjay already dead, Indira already dead and now Rajive also dead. so that Sonyia can get all the Gandi money. oh, did i mention about ILLIGAL LOTUS (RAJIV) MONEY in Swiss.
    10. today or tomarrow wil be Karuna or Pillayan wil be killed by Rajapakse.
    so, all these Mafiosie and SL Terrorist Govermant need a NAME to blaime and that name is LTTE.

    Do you know what funny is?
    if Gotabaya byte by dog. Sri Lanka Govermant wil says”oh, it is the LTTE Dog wich byte Gotabaye”

    Modayage Rate Murugayage kodiye kivvalu

    Thamil Translation
    Moodenin naatil Mirugathin kodiyam

    In English

    Foolishmen country and Animal flag

  128. Hi Koetl1

    I believe you're article is biased, it is obvious one side story. First, you try yourself to be as human, then you will understand or study the histoy of Sri Lnaka and Tamil Eelam. I know better than you what happened there. Because i lived there more than 30 years. Tamils are killed by Sri Lankan government, for that one day sinhales will pay back. Sinhales are very happy to see tamils blood. But Sinhales don't understand yet now Rajabaksha is selling sri lanka to China, India and Japan. One day sinhales guys- you will be running out of Sri Lnaka. Then you will understand what you did for tamils.
    Mahes

  129. Thank you for the time and afford for finding this history,
    I really dont think it is the time for us to talk about the history while the Sri lankan Government is commiting a genocidal act. I think there is an acute problem need to be sorted out and Tamil people need to get food prior you educating with your idiosyncrasies.
    We are hungry, living in a false hope that we may see the sun rise tomorrow, dead bodies around us. your shells made our kids bleed to death and they are crying because it is hurting them and we parents dont know how to stop bleeding inside bunkers. It is laughable that you want to talk to us about a histroy with calculated errors. If you want to do any help please feed us then we shall debate your propaganda, do you have a plan? otherwise just stop talking it hurts us. We already in pain caused by YOU.

  130. Please world help the tamils in Srilanka. These people are tired of the war, tired of running. It has been going on more than 30 years. These people need permanent peace. Please help Srilankan tamils get permanent solution. There is a saying ” Life is short and make it sweet” We are going to live in this world only for shor peoriod of time. Why this horror? Why this injustice? Why this power hungary? Why this distruction? Why? Why? Why? Why the world is quiet? Why nobody can do anything? Please help. Enough deaths. Enough destruction. Please world can you do something for these Srilankan tamils? These people are tired of one day ceasefire or one year ceasefire. They want permanent peace. They want permanent solution. They want the future generation to live peacefully. They don’t want future generation going through what they have been fgoing through for more than 30 years. Please. Enough aruguments.Please don’t pretend like you don’t see, you don’t hear, and you don’t read. This is the time for everybody to come together and do somethin for these people to get permanent solution. Please everybody help.

  131. Hi Koetl1

    I believe you’re article is biased, it is obvious one side story. First, you try yourself to be as human, then you will understand or study the histoy of Sri Lnaka and Tamil Eelam. I know better than you what happened there. Because i lived there more than 30 years. Tamils are killed by Sri Lankan government, for that one day sinhales will pay back. Sinhales are very happy to see tamils blood. But Sinhales don’t understand yet now Rajabaksha is selling sri lanka to China, India and Japan. One day sinhales guys- you will be running out of Sri Lnaka. Then you will understand what you did for tamils.
    Mahes

  132. Thank you for the time and afford for finding this history,
    I really dont think it is the time for us to talk about the history while the Sri lankan Government is commiting a genocidal act. I think there is an acute problem need to be sorted out and Tamil people need to get food prior you educating with your idiosyncrasies.
    We are hungry, living in a false hope that we may see the sun rise tomorrow, dead bodies around us. your shells made our kids bleed to death and they are crying because it is hurting them and we parents dont know how to stop bleeding inside bunkers. It is laughable that you want to talk to us about a histroy with calculated errors. If you want to do any help please feed us then we shall debate your propaganda, do you have a plan? otherwise just stop talking it hurts us. We already in pain caused by YOU.

  133. Dear Mr. Christoph Koetl,

    It amazes me that someone with such terrible research skills was given a job at Amnesty International! How did you ever get through University by using only one source to reference your article?? I am assuming of course, that you have a degree in Journalism or Social Science. Reading what you labelled a "history" makes me doubt your credibility as a Journalist.

    I sincerely hope Amnesty is looking into your educational background and experience as this clearly demonstrates that you lack the most fundamental writing skill of research. Combine a third-grader and Google for one hour and you would have a report of much higher quality.

    Your article is laughable.

  134. I agree with Raj Nathan. To add more,
    Sri Lankan government branded the Tamils as Terrorist to block international community from seeing the truth. Singalese people continue to live in peace and luxury life. Tamils continue to suffer. Every time, new government/President forms and wipes Tamils, gather much money as possible and they leave to a foreign country. This cycle keeps repeating. The SL government is full of corruption and bribery. That government only knows to kill people and beg for money from foreign countries saying that they are rebuilding. Does the SL government think, that people in foreign are not educated. They can only fool local citizen not the foreigners.

  135. Take the last celebration by the Sri Lankan Govt.'s posters, which is self explanatory. Please read this article by the widow of murdered Sinhala Journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga

    ‘State terror’ waging ‘racist war’ – Sonali Wickrematunge
    [TamilNet, Tuesday, 05 May 2009, 18:57 GMT]
    The UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2009 has been awarded posthumously to Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, assassinated by a government death-squad in January. Wickremetunga, long-standing editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper, was one of the few journalists who continued to criticise the militarist, hardline government of President Mahinda Rajapakse. In a statement marking the award, his wife, Sonali Wickrematunge, described the government’s military campaign in the north as a “racist war” in which future charges of genocide would not be surprising and pleaded for international action.

    “The free Sri Lanka in which I was born no longer exists. Our country has entered a Dark Age characterized by tyranny and state-sponsored terror, where the government publicly, cynically and unapologetically equates democratic dissent to treason,” it said.

    “The sinister white van in which the state abducts its perceived enemies including journalists, many of them never to be seen again, has become a symbol of untold dread.”

    “Yet, we need to remember that violence against journalists is only the tip of the iceberg. Tens of thousands of ordinary Sri Lankan civilians-men, women, children, and the aged-have been herded into concentration camps where they are held against their will.”

    “That this is a racist war is not a secret. I would not go so far as to use the word genocide, but it would not surprise me to see it used in future international legal action against the government.”

    “The government itself has plastered the countryside with enormous placards lauding the military with the slogan, in Sinhala, the language of the Sinhalese majority to which I too, belong, stating: ‘Soldiers, our race salutes you!’ Not ‘the people’, not ‘the country’, but the race.”

    “Interestingly, none of these hoardings are in Tamil, the language of the people the government claims it is seeking to liberate.”

    “It is urgent and important that the world realizes what is happening in Sri Lanka before it is too late.”

    “I beseech you and anyone who will listen not to allow Sri Lanka's government, under the cover of a war against terror, to engage in acts of terror or crimes against humanity. Soon it will be too late, and history will not forgive us if we do not act now.”

    Joe Thloloe, President of the jury and Press Ombudsman of the Press Council of South Africa, said “Lasantha Wickrematunge continues to inspire journalists around the world.”

    “Jury members were moved to an almost unanimous choice by a man who was clearly conscious of the dangers he faced but nevertheless chose to speak out, even beyond his grave,” said Thloloe, referring to the laureate’s posthumous editorial.

    That powerful editorial, which was reproduced in newspapers in other countries, Mr. Wickrematunge blamed the Rajapakse regime for his murder, which he situated in the wider disintegration of the country’s processes of democracy, press freedom and so on.

  136. Westen countries should take the responsibility for these genocide Tamils in Sri Lanka,because they ban LTTE and opened the door for Sri Lanka to warcrimes.

  137. Please ATLEAST save the rest of the Tamils from blood thirsty Sinhalese government and Sinhalese Army. As per UN's new statement, it is said that more than 6000 tamils died and around 14000 tamils wounded in 2009 ONLY. We lost almost 70000 people in this 3 decades and lost all of the rights which include living as a respectful Tamil in Srilanka as well. Time to time from 1948 right after the independence, we lost the right to everything which includes speech, education and even the right to live as a tamil in srilanka. Please recognize TamilEelam as a country and we demand self determination. TAMILEELAM IS THE ONLY SOLUTION

  138. Canada, US, UK, France and any other international community and specially UNITED NATION! are you happy with Srilanka's genocide of Tamils? Dont you all know Srilankan government kills many many hundreds of tamils each and everydays? Where is International non governmental organizations(NGO)? where is international MEDIA? why dont all of you visit the warzone, then you could easily find out who is actually bombing on tamils rather than just listen to one side(SL) ? if you want to solve a problem listen from both side. I hope atleast this international community listen to our people's suffering now. PLEASE SAVE TAMILS FROM SL GOVERNMENT AND ARMY. WE WANT TAMILEELAM AND THAT IS THE ONLY SOLUTION.

  139. I have great respect for Amnesty International’s work, particularly in exposing human rights violations in Sri Lanka such as media suppression, government-enforced disappearances, restrictions on humanitarian aid access, and most recently the government detention centres that are in contravention of international humanitarian law. I am glad that you have opened a forum to discuss how Sri Lanka got in this mess – because then only is it possible to find an effective solution.

    As such, I am surprised that the timeline provided is neither an accurate representation of events and attitudes that led to the current situation, nor is it a documentation of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. It appears to just be a list of the LTTE’s military activities – and does not serve as a useful talking point to analyse the factors that have caused this conflict.

    The current situation in Sri Lanka is a result of two decades of political conflict, which failed and so was followed by three decades of military conflict. By responding to non-violent protests against marginalisation and the 1977 democratic vote for self-determination, with repeated acts of violence, repression and the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution (prohibiting peaceful advocacy of independence) – the Sri Lankan government alienated its Tamil citizens. In doing so, it laid the fertile ground for the evolution of the LTTE’s armed struggle as a means to secure Tamil rights. Since then, a culture of impunity in Sri Lanka that cloaks an underlying unwillingness to recognise and address injustices faced by Tamils has resulted in the humanitarian tragedy today.

    As published in the Cambridge International Review of Affairs, “More than 90 mass killings of Tamils by the Sri Lankan security forces have taken place in the north-east since 1956 (Tamil Centre for Human Rights 2005). Tamils and human rights organizations have brought many of these cases to the attention of the authorities in Sri Lanka, but to no avail…. The absence of any effective means of bringing perpetrators to justice has helped to fuel the conflict.” (McConnell, D. 2008. 21:1,59-76).

    Perhaps a timeline constructed from peer-reviewed sources such as the above, will aid in a more fruitful discussion. Thankyou.

  140. Dear Mr. Christoph Koetl,

    It amazes me that someone with such terrible research skills was given a job at Amnesty International! How did you ever get through University by using only one source to reference your article?? I am assuming of course, that you have a degree in Journalism or Social Science. Reading what you labelled a “history” makes me doubt your credibility as a Journalist.

    I sincerely hope Amnesty is looking into your educational background and experience as this clearly demonstrates that you lack the most fundamental writing skill of research. Combine a third-grader and Google for one hour and you would have a report of much higher quality.

    Your article is laughable.

  141. I agree with Raj Nathan. To add more,
    Sri Lankan government branded the Tamils as Terrorist to block international community from seeing the truth. Singalese people continue to live in peace and luxury life. Tamils continue to suffer. Every time, new government/President forms and wipes Tamils, gather much money as possible and they leave to a foreign country. This cycle keeps repeating. The SL government is full of corruption and bribery. That government only knows to kill people and beg for money from foreign countries saying that they are rebuilding. Does the SL government think, that people in foreign are not educated. They can only fool local citizen not the foreigners.

  142. Take the last celebration by the Sri Lankan Govt.’s posters, which is self explanatory. Please read this article by the widow of murdered Sinhala Journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga

    ‘State terror’ waging ‘racist war’ – Sonali Wickrematunge
    [TamilNet, Tuesday, 05 May 2009, 18:57 GMT]
    The UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2009 has been awarded posthumously to Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, assassinated by a government death-squad in January. Wickremetunga, long-standing editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper, was one of the few journalists who continued to criticise the militarist, hardline government of President Mahinda Rajapakse. In a statement marking the award, his wife, Sonali Wickrematunge, described the government’s military campaign in the north as a “racist war” in which future charges of genocide would not be surprising and pleaded for international action.

    “The free Sri Lanka in which I was born no longer exists. Our country has entered a Dark Age characterized by tyranny and state-sponsored terror, where the government publicly, cynically and unapologetically equates democratic dissent to treason,” it said.

    “The sinister white van in which the state abducts its perceived enemies including journalists, many of them never to be seen again, has become a symbol of untold dread.”

    “Yet, we need to remember that violence against journalists is only the tip of the iceberg. Tens of thousands of ordinary Sri Lankan civilians-men, women, children, and the aged-have been herded into concentration camps where they are held against their will.”

    “That this is a racist war is not a secret. I would not go so far as to use the word genocide, but it would not surprise me to see it used in future international legal action against the government.”

    “The government itself has plastered the countryside with enormous placards lauding the military with the slogan, in Sinhala, the language of the Sinhalese majority to which I too, belong, stating: ‘Soldiers, our race salutes you!’ Not ‘the people’, not ‘the country’, but the race.”

    “Interestingly, none of these hoardings are in Tamil, the language of the people the government claims it is seeking to liberate.”

    “It is urgent and important that the world realizes what is happening in Sri Lanka before it is too late.”

    “I beseech you and anyone who will listen not to allow Sri Lanka’s government, under the cover of a war against terror, to engage in acts of terror or crimes against humanity. Soon it will be too late, and history will not forgive us if we do not act now.”

    Joe Thloloe, President of the jury and Press Ombudsman of the Press Council of South Africa, said “Lasantha Wickrematunge continues to inspire journalists around the world.”

    “Jury members were moved to an almost unanimous choice by a man who was clearly conscious of the dangers he faced but nevertheless chose to speak out, even beyond his grave,” said Thloloe, referring to the laureate’s posthumous editorial.

    That powerful editorial, which was reproduced in newspapers in other countries, Mr. Wickrematunge blamed the Rajapakse regime for his murder, which he situated in the wider disintegration of the country’s processes of democracy, press freedom and so on.

  143. Westen countries should take the responsibility for these genocide Tamils in Sri Lanka,because they ban LTTE and opened the door for Sri Lanka to warcrimes.

  144. The important events like three communal riots sponsored by Sinhalese MPs and monks, number of discriminatory legislations and discriminatory legislation by the governments were conveniently omitted. Not a single mention of number of shelling, bombing, massacre of Tamils, destroying of temples and churches were omitted,
    Abrogation of two pacts signed by two governments with the Tamil leaderships was not mentioned.
    Last not the least important why LTTE was formed and why it was accepted by the Tamils and flourished.
    Was it prepared independently by Amnesty International or by Sri Lankan Government or extracts from Sri Lankan government web sites? I suggest the author should do some research before writing.
    Is there any one listening on the other side please?

  145. Please ATLEAST save the rest of the Tamils from blood thirsty Sinhalese government and Sinhalese Army. As per UN’s new statement, it is said that more than 6000 tamils died and around 14000 tamils wounded in 2009 ONLY. We lost almost 70000 people in this 3 decades and lost all of the rights which include living as a respectful Tamil in Srilanka as well. Time to time from 1948 right after the independence, we lost the right to everything which includes speech, education and even the right to live as a tamil in srilanka. Please recognize TamilEelam as a country and we demand self determination. TAMILEELAM IS THE ONLY SOLUTION

  146. Sinhala ONLY bill in 1956 started all these problems. From 1933 to 1983, all Tamils were asking for is a reasonable use of Thamil and "self respect" by peacefull methods – discussions, debates in the elected parliment, pacts between leaders (local and international) Ghandian style non voilence demands for Federal system like in India or Canada or USA !
    What happened ? Sinhalese mobs, thugs, at the instigations buddist monks and watched by Sinhala goverments police and army, all looted Tamils house, burned them, robbed, murdered them, raped women and finally colonished Sinhalese (mobs with guns) in Tamil areas by the state. All these before 1983
    Reasults……. Boys couldn't tolerate anymore and facing back to the wall took arms to liberate the Thamils from Sinhala state terrorist.
    Now with India ( Sonia, check who were actually behind your husbands killing) ; China ( you can have Hambantota harbour); Israel ( you can sell your weapons); Pakistan (you too can sell weapons and spread terrorisam) all self interested other countries help, you Gothabiaya Rajapasksa and GoSL doing these attrocities SHAME ON YOU.
    And you too Koetl of AIUSA shame on you for writing from 1983 onwards !!

  147. Human Rights Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka

     More than 100,000 Tamil men, women and children Killed or Disappeared

     Nearly 1 Million Tamils made to flee the country

     More than 600,000 Tamil Internal Refugees (Internally Displaced or Evicted)

     More than 20,000 Tamil orphaned children

     More than 35,000 Tamil widows

     Thousands of families (including infants) in barbed wire fenced concentration camps operated by Sri Lankan Military.

     Half a million Tamils kept in an open prison in Northern Sri Lanka

     Thousands in custody – detention without trial, other widespread abuses

     Economic embargo imposed on traditional Tamil areas for more than 2 decades

     Supply of food, medicine, fuel, electricity and other essential items controlled by the Military

     Forced Starvation

     Mass Graves and systematic violations of fundamental human rights remain uninvestigated
     No International Media allowed into conflict areas

     Systematic destruction of Infrastructure

     Indiscriminate and wanton air attacks on traditional Tamil areas for more than 2 decades.

     Hundreds of thousands of livelihoods and schools, hospitals, libraries, temples, churches, houses, villages destroyed.

  148. Canada, US, UK, France and any other international community and specially UNITED NATION! are you happy with Srilanka’s genocide of Tamils? Dont you all know Srilankan government kills many many hundreds of tamils each and everydays? Where is International non governmental organizations(NGO)? where is international MEDIA? why dont all of you visit the warzone, then you could easily find out who is actually bombing on tamils rather than just listen to one side(SL) ? if you want to solve a problem listen from both side. I hope atleast this international community listen to our people’s suffering now. PLEASE SAVE TAMILS FROM SL GOVERNMENT AND ARMY. WE WANT TAMILEELAM AND THAT IS THE ONLY SOLUTION.

  149. I have great respect for Amnesty International’s work, particularly in exposing human rights violations in Sri Lanka such as media suppression, government-enforced disappearances, restrictions on humanitarian aid access, and most recently the government detention centres that are in contravention of international humanitarian law. I am glad that you have opened a forum to discuss how Sri Lanka got in this mess – because then only is it possible to find an effective solution.

    As such, I am surprised that the timeline provided is neither an accurate representation of events and attitudes that led to the current situation, nor is it a documentation of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. It appears to just be a list of the LTTE’s military activities – and does not serve as a useful talking point to analyse the factors that have caused this conflict.

    The current situation in Sri Lanka is a result of two decades of political conflict, which failed and so was followed by three decades of military conflict. By responding to non-violent protests against marginalisation and the 1977 democratic vote for self-determination, with repeated acts of violence, repression and the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution (prohibiting peaceful advocacy of independence) – the Sri Lankan government alienated its Tamil citizens. In doing so, it laid the fertile ground for the evolution of the LTTE’s armed struggle as a means to secure Tamil rights. Since then, a culture of impunity in Sri Lanka that cloaks an underlying unwillingness to recognise and address injustices faced by Tamils has resulted in the humanitarian tragedy today.

    As published in the Cambridge International Review of Affairs, “More than 90 mass killings of Tamils by the Sri Lankan security forces have taken place in the north-east since 1956 (Tamil Centre for Human Rights 2005). Tamils and human rights organizations have brought many of these cases to the attention of the authorities in Sri Lanka, but to no avail…. The absence of any effective means of bringing perpetrators to justice has helped to fuel the conflict.” (McConnell, D. 2008. 21:1,59-76).

    Perhaps a timeline constructed from peer-reviewed sources such as the above, will aid in a more fruitful discussion. Thankyou.

  150. The important events like three communal riots sponsored by Sinhalese MPs and monks, number of discriminatory legislations and discriminatory legislation by the governments were conveniently omitted. Not a single mention of number of shelling, bombing, massacre of Tamils, destroying of temples and churches were omitted,
    Abrogation of two pacts signed by two governments with the Tamil leaderships was not mentioned.
    Last not the least important why LTTE was formed and why it was accepted by the Tamils and flourished.
    Was it prepared independently by Amnesty International or by Sri Lankan Government or extracts from Sri Lankan government web sites? I suggest the author should do some research before writing.
    Is there any one listening on the other side please?

  151. Thank you for posting this useful history of the troubles in Sri Lanka. I hope Amnesty are doing their best to help stop the crisis.

  152. Sinhala ONLY bill in 1956 started all these problems. From 1933 to 1983, all Tamils were asking for is a reasonable use of Thamil and “self respect” by peacefull methods – discussions, debates in the elected parliment, pacts between leaders (local and international) Ghandian style non voilence demands for Federal system like in India or Canada or USA !
    What happened ? Sinhalese mobs, thugs, at the instigations buddist monks and watched by Sinhala goverments police and army, all looted Tamils house, burned them, robbed, murdered them, raped women and finally colonished Sinhalese (mobs with guns) in Tamil areas by the state. All these before 1983
    Reasults……. Boys couldn’t tolerate anymore and facing back to the wall took arms to liberate the Thamils from Sinhala state terrorist.
    Now with India ( Sonia, check who were actually behind your husbands killing) ; China ( you can have Hambantota harbour); Israel ( you can sell your weapons); Pakistan (you too can sell weapons and spread terrorisam) all self interested other countries help, you Gothabiaya Rajapasksa and GoSL doing these attrocities SHAME ON YOU.
    And you too Koetl of AIUSA shame on you for writing from 1983 onwards !!

  153. Human Rights Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka

     More than 100,000 Tamil men, women and children Killed or Disappeared

     Nearly 1 Million Tamils made to flee the country

     More than 600,000 Tamil Internal Refugees (Internally Displaced or Evicted)

     More than 20,000 Tamil orphaned children

     More than 35,000 Tamil widows

     Thousands of families (including infants) in barbed wire fenced concentration camps operated by Sri Lankan Military.

     Half a million Tamils kept in an open prison in Northern Sri Lanka

     Thousands in custody – detention without trial, other widespread abuses

     Economic embargo imposed on traditional Tamil areas for more than 2 decades

     Supply of food, medicine, fuel, electricity and other essential items controlled by the Military

     Forced Starvation

     Mass Graves and systematic violations of fundamental human rights remain uninvestigated
     No International Media allowed into conflict areas

     Systematic destruction of Infrastructure

     Indiscriminate and wanton air attacks on traditional Tamil areas for more than 2 decades.

     Hundreds of thousands of livelihoods and schools, hospitals, libraries, temples, churches, houses, villages destroyed.

  154. With all that has happened one thing is clear. We can say that the Sri Lankan governemnt "cares" for the Tamil people and thus wouldn't allow Media or Aid into the "unsafe" zone but I am very confused and can't understand why even the educated (singhalese whom I am sure are nice people) aren't willing to give full access to Media and Aid workers to these camps which are under govt. controlled area. Mind boggling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  155. It is time that we should stop listening to the Comical Alis of Sri Lanka and to start listening to the ordinary Tamils to find out what is really going on in Sri Lanka. We live in lands that give respect for the voice of the people and not to the voices coming from few arrogant leaders who are being responsible for the death of thousands in far away lands.

    Civilised world has turned a blind eye towards the suffering Tamils in Sri Lanka. They have lost their lands and homes. Tamil people have lost all their livelihoods. Many have lost their loved ones. They are being killed and wounded in thousands by a murderous regime. They are raped, imprisoned and tortured. Thousands of Tamils are left to live as orphans, widows and mentally retarded in barbed wired concentration camps. Their voices are silenced. Who will hear the voice of the oppressed? Who will go for their rescue?

    It is time that the Nations should get together and protect the Tamils from annihilation. It will be too late, if we keep on waiting until millions of skulls and bones appear on our wide screens. Rwanda and Kosovo are being repeated in front of our very own eyes therefore we should act now.

    Tamils in Sri Lanka should be freed from State oppression and given the rights to live without the fear of torture, rape, murder and intimidation.

    Let Tamils decide their own destiny!

    TAMILEELAM IS THE ONLY SOLUTION

    Please read this article.
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/

  156. successive Sinhalese governments since independence have always encouraged and fostered the aggressive nationalism of the Sinhalese people and have used their political power to the detriment of the Tamils by-

    (a) Depriving one half of the Tamil people of their citizenship and franchise rights thereby reducing Tamil representation in Parliament,

    (b) Making serious inroads into the territories of the former Tamil Kingdom by a system of planned and state-aided Sinhalese colonization and large scale regularization of recently encouraged Sinhalese encroachments, calculated to make the Tamils a minority in their own homeland,

    (c) Making Sinhala the only official language throughout Ceylon thereby placing the stamp of inferiority on the Tamils and the Tamil Language,

    (d) Giving the foremost place to Buddhism under the Republican constitution thereby reducing the Hindus, Christians, and Muslims to second class status in this Country,

    (e) Denying to the Tamils equality of opportunity in the spheres of employment, education, land alienation and economic life in general and starving Tamil areas of large scale industries and development schemes thereby seriously endangering their very existence in Ceylon,

    (f) Systematically cutting them off from the main-stream of Tamil cultures in South India while denying them opportunities of developing their language and culture in Ceylon, thereby working inexorably towards the cultural genocide of the Tamils,

    (g) Permitting and unleashing communal violence and intimidation against the Tamil speaking people as happened in Amparai and Colombo in 1956; all over the country in 1958; army reign of terror in the Northern and Eastern Provinces in 1961; police violence at the International Tamil Research Conference in 1974 resulting in the death of nine persons in Jaffna; police and communal violence against Tamil speaking Muslims at Puttalam and various other parts of Ceylon in 1976 – all these calculated to instill terror in the minds of the Tamil speaking people, thereby breaking their spirit and the will to resist injustices heaped on them,

    (h) By terrorizing, torturing, and imprisoning Tamil youths without trial for long periods on the flimsiest grounds,

    (i) Capping it all by imposing on the Tamil Nation a constitution drafted, under conditions of emergency without opportunities for free discussion, by a Constituent Assembly elected on the basis of the Soulbury Constitution distorted by the Citizenship laws resulting in weightage in representation to the Sinhalese majority, thereby depriving the Tamils of even the remnants of safeguards they had under the earlier constitution, And,

    that the State of TAMIL EELAM shall consist of the people of the Northern and Eastern provinces and shall also ensure full and equal rights of citizenship of the State of TAMIL EELAM to all Tamil speaking people living in any part of Ceylon and to Tamils of EELAM origin living in any part of the world who may opt for citizenship of TAMIL EELAM.
    that the constitution of TAMIL EELAM shall be based on the principle of democratic decentralization so as to ensure the non-domination of any religious or territorial community of TAMIL EELAM by any other section.
    that in the state of Tamil Eelam caste shall be abolished and the observance of the pernicious practice of untouchability or inequality of any type based on birth shall be totally eradicated and its observance in any form punished by law.
    that TAMIL EELAM shall be a secular state giving equal protection and assistance to all religions to which the people of the state may belong.
    that Tamil shall be the language of the State, but the rights of Sinhalese speaking minorities in Tamil Eelam to education and transaction of business in their language shall be protected on a reciprocal basis with the Tamil speaking minorities in the Sinhala State.
    that Tamil Eelam shall be a Socialist State wherein the exploitation of man by man shall be forbidden, the dignity of labor shall be recognized, the means of production and distribution shall be subject to public ownership and control while permitting private enterprise in these branches within limit prescribed by law, economic development shall be on the basis of socialist planning and there shall be a ceiling on the total wealth that any individual of family may acquire.

  157. It is time that we should stop listening to the Comical Alis of Sri Lanka and to start listening to the ordinary Tamils to find out what is really going on in Sri Lanka. We live in lands that give respect for the voice of the people and not to the voices coming from few arrogant leaders who are being responsible for the death of thousands in far away lands.

    Civilised world has turned a blind eye towards the suffering Tamils in Sri Lanka. They have lost their lands and homes. Tamil people have lost all their livelihoods. Many have lost their loved ones. They are being killed and wounded in thousands by a murderous regime. They are raped, imprisoned and tortured. Thousands of Tamils are left to live as orphans, widows and mentally retarded in barbed wired concentration camps. Their voices are silenced. Who will hear the voice of the oppressed? Who will go for their rescue?

    It is time that the Nations should get together and protect the Tamils from annihilation. It will be too late, if we keep on waiting until millions of skulls and bones appear on our wide screens. Rwanda and Kosovo are being repeated in front of our very own eyes therefore we should act now.

    Tamils in Sri Lanka should be freed from State oppression and given the rights to live without the fear of torture, rape, murder and intimidation.

    Let Tamils decide their own destiny!

    TAMILEELAM IS THE ONLY SOLUTION

    Please read this article.
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/

  158. It is time that we should stop listening to the Comical Alis of Sri Lanka and to start listening to the ordinary Tamils to find out what is really going on in Sri Lanka. We live in lands that give respect for the voice of the people and not to the voices coming from few arrogant leaders who are being responsible for the death of thousands in far away lands.

    Civilised world has turned a blind eye towards the suffering Tamils in Sri Lanka. They have lost their lands and homes. Tamil people have lost all their livelihoods. Many have lost their loved ones. They are being killed and wounded in thousands by a murderous regime. They are raped, imprisoned and tortured. Thousands of Tamils are left to live as orphans, widows and mentally retarded in barbed wired concentration camps. Their voices are silenced. Who will hear the voice of the oppressed? Who will go for their rescue?

    It is time that the Nations should get together and protect the Tamils from annihilation. It will be too late, if we keep on waiting until millions of skulls and bones appear on our wide screens. Rwanda and Kosovo are being repeated in front of our very own eyes therefore we should act now.

    Tamils in Sri Lanka should be freed from State oppression and given the rights to live without the fear of torture, rape, murder and intimidation.

    Let Tamils decide their own destiny!

    TAMILEELAM IS THE ONLY SOLUTION

    Please read this article.
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/

  159. Thank you for posting this useful history of the troubles in Sri Lanka. I hope Amnesty are doing their best to help stop the crisis.

  160. If Sri Lanka Government's telling the truth about what's happening in war zone and they are so they called "Controll" By Sri Lankan's Government, why not they let the word media,and organizers allowed to those place, and let the word knows the truth? Well I beleive the truth must be against the government. One thing for sure, there is no way that they can wipe out the tamils, not even in their dreams. Ofcourse now they will call me I am LTTE. Any human who supports tamils are LTTE from the eyes of Sri Lankan's government (Proves can be found from Defence secratairy's interviews who condemed BBC, USA, EU because they asked for cease fireing.

  161. PLEASE SAVE TAMILS FROM SL GOVERNMENT AND ARMY. WE WANT TAMILEELAM AND THAT IS THE ONLY SOLUTION.

  162. Whatever the Govt.of Srilanka and its army did before 1972, that made Prabhaharan to form a militant group is still going on.LTTE is not the cause of this problem.Srilanka can't eradicate liberation Tigers or Tamil Eelam.Western world is mistakenly thinking this GOSL is democratic elected govt, so it must be doing theright thing.Democracy is SL is nowhere near European or north American democracy. SL democracy is more like Sadaam Hussein and Irag

  163. Terror State is waging a racist war against minority.

    False pretensions of Colombo is that they are the saviours of tamils.

    International community is fooled by millions of doolar campaign.
    History will record it
    thanks

  164. UN & Intl' Community:

    Fisrt World Record by UN & Intl' Community acheived that civilians killed by GoSL supported by UN & Intl' Community.

    Where is the "right to protect (R2P)"?
    At a time when 100,000 refugees need medical care, food, and shelter, and another 200,000 are under shelling in a five-square-mile war zone, the international community has proved impotent to live up to the UN's 2005 adoption of a "right to protect" civilians who are not protected by their government.

  165. we want the one and the only great solution FREEDOM.before that stop killing civiliions and take out the IndionArmy forces from TAMIL EELAM. One day Rajapakshe and his familymembers must be punished by international court.We want our nation call TAMIL EELAM that is not nessery for us BUT that must be important for our Generations,they want to build up our culturals, traditionals,Religions most important our language.(kallai,kalacharam panpadu). When we dont have a land or a Nation we can´t bild up the all thinks.

    When,we don´t do our historical deuty now on this critical situations,one day our generations will be ask so many questions, But we cannot answer to them.so do well.

  166. Sri Lanka is in crisis as far as the Tamils are concerned. The world sees this matter as an internal affair. When the parents are abusive of their children, the children aid society steps in & separate the children from the parents for the sake of those children. They revoke the parenthood as they are not capable of being the parents. AI has the role & duty in the current crisis of Sri Lanka. The international community feels the The Tamils should be separated from LTTE zone to the so called "safe zone" or to the Govt. controlled camps. This is like separating the children from the foster parents & handing over to the abusive biological parents. If the AI or the international community is really interested in the welfare of the Tamils as the safety is not guaranteed in the LTTE zone, they should be separated & send abroad as refugees.

  167. The animals are treated in a better way in the western world, than the Tamil civilians being treated in Sri Lanka. It's mind boggling to see a tiny island called Sri Lanka dictating terms to all the Humanitarian Organisations in the world, and the Super Powers are just watching as if nothing has happened.

    My feeling are mutual as that of Victor Figurado.

  168. With all that has happened one thing is clear. We can say that the Sri Lankan governemnt “cares” for the Tamil people and thus wouldn’t allow Media or Aid into the “unsafe” zone but I am very confused and can’t understand why even the educated (singhalese whom I am sure are nice people) aren’t willing to give full access to Media and Aid workers to these camps which are under govt. controlled area. Mind boggling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  169. Dit is gewoon vreeslijk wat Amnesty nu aan het doen is en Waarom neemt Amnesty geen actie voor onschuldige Thamils in SL?
    Hoe kan zo'n hoog opgelijde journalist kan vreeslijke fouten kan maken bij het plaatsen van een zijdig SL rapport over Thamils?
    Hierbij dien ik mijn klacht over Mr. C.Koetl.
    Ik wil dat hij zijn excuse moet aanbieden.

    Bedankt

    Alfonso

  170. This is horrible what Amnesty is doing now en why don't take any action to save innocent Thamils?
    How it is possible such a highly educated journalist Mr. C. Koetl place one side artikel wich given by SL?
    I want that Mr. C.Koetl should ask his appologis.

    Thankyou
    Alfonso

  171. Thamil
    Ithu aniyaayam. Amnesty kattayam appavi Thamil makkalai kaapate nadavadikai edukke vendum.
    athi uyar kalvi katte Mr.C.Koetl oru pakke kathai pirasurithathu, athuvum SL arasin arikkayinai ingu pirasurithathu thavaru.
    Mr.C.Koetl mannippu ketke vendum.

    Nanri

    Alfonfo

  172. Sinhala
    meke aparathayak. anvaarayem Amnesty ahinsakke Thamil minusungve beraande ona.
    athi usas iganima thiyane Mr.C.Koetl veradi dheyak kerala thiyenne.
    Mr.C.Koetl anivaarayeng samava illande ona.

    isthuthi

    Alfonfo

  173. Hello Amnesty!
    I know you people are drinking coffie and reading this all message. very good. keep on drinking coffie and reading all the messages and keep on drinking coffie and reading the message.
    Oh, God. it's five o clock , you have work so hard. it's enough go home and come tomarrow at eight o clock and there you go again drinking coffie bla bla bla bla bla.
    once you make a discision to help Thamils, Oh they all killed by Terrorist SL Govermant. but you keep on drink coffie.

    have a nice coffie.

  174. Deaths of elderly Vanni IDPs increase in Vavuniyaa
    [TamilNet, Wednesday, 06 May 2009, 13:44 GMT]
    Death toll of elderly persons displaced from Vanni due to military operations and held in detention centres in Vavuniyaa is on the increase, sources in Vavuniyaa said. On Monday alone ten elderly persons died in detention centers located in Vavuniyaa and their bodies had been handed over to the Vavuniyaa general hospital, the sources added.

    From April 1 till Monday April 3 about thirty elderly persons had died and were buried in the general cemetery in Poonthooddam.

    All of them were around 70 years old.

    Social welfare sources attribute the cause of these deaths to deteriorating health without proper medical attention and psychological reasons as they had been driven out of their native villages due to military operations.

  175. Have a referendum among all Sri Lankan Tamils (within the country and abroad) to decide their future under UN observation and divide the country if Tamils support for divsion. This is better for Tamils and Sinhalese.

  176. God Bless you Rasi. I and all diaspora Thamils agree. But UN must do somthing quikly to save my people

  177. successive Sinhalese governments since independence have always encouraged and fostered the aggressive nationalism of the Sinhalese people and have used their political power to the detriment of the Tamils by-

    (a) Depriving one half of the Tamil people of their citizenship and franchise rights thereby reducing Tamil representation in Parliament,

    (b) Making serious inroads into the territories of the former Tamil Kingdom by a system of planned and state-aided Sinhalese colonization and large scale regularization of recently encouraged Sinhalese encroachments, calculated to make the Tamils a minority in their own homeland,

    (c) Making Sinhala the only official language throughout Ceylon thereby placing the stamp of inferiority on the Tamils and the Tamil Language,

    (d) Giving the foremost place to Buddhism under the Republican constitution thereby reducing the Hindus, Christians, and Muslims to second class status in this Country,

    (e) Denying to the Tamils equality of opportunity in the spheres of employment, education, land alienation and economic life in general and starving Tamil areas of large scale industries and development schemes thereby seriously endangering their very existence in Ceylon,

    (f) Systematically cutting them off from the main-stream of Tamil cultures in South India while denying them opportunities of developing their language and culture in Ceylon, thereby working inexorably towards the cultural genocide of the Tamils,

    (g) Permitting and unleashing communal violence and intimidation against the Tamil speaking people as happened in Amparai and Colombo in 1956; all over the country in 1958; army reign of terror in the Northern and Eastern Provinces in 1961; police violence at the International Tamil Research Conference in 1974 resulting in the death of nine persons in Jaffna; police and communal violence against Tamil speaking Muslims at Puttalam and various other parts of Ceylon in 1976 – all these calculated to instill terror in the minds of the Tamil speaking people, thereby breaking their spirit and the will to resist injustices heaped on them,

    (h) By terrorizing, torturing, and imprisoning Tamil youths without trial for long periods on the flimsiest grounds,

    (i) Capping it all by imposing on the Tamil Nation a constitution drafted, under conditions of emergency without opportunities for free discussion, by a Constituent Assembly elected on the basis of the Soulbury Constitution distorted by the Citizenship laws resulting in weightage in representation to the Sinhalese majority, thereby depriving the Tamils of even the remnants of safeguards they had under the earlier constitution, And,

    that the State of TAMIL EELAM shall consist of the people of the Northern and Eastern provinces and shall also ensure full and equal rights of citizenship of the State of TAMIL EELAM to all Tamil speaking people living in any part of Ceylon and to Tamils of EELAM origin living in any part of the world who may opt for citizenship of TAMIL EELAM.
    that the constitution of TAMIL EELAM shall be based on the principle of democratic decentralization so as to ensure the non-domination of any religious or territorial community of TAMIL EELAM by any other section.
    that in the state of Tamil Eelam caste shall be abolished and the observance of the pernicious practice of untouchability or inequality of any type based on birth shall be totally eradicated and its observance in any form punished by law.
    that TAMIL EELAM shall be a secular state giving equal protection and assistance to all religions to which the people of the state may belong.
    that Tamil shall be the language of the State, but the rights of Sinhalese speaking minorities in Tamil Eelam to education and transaction of business in their language shall be protected on a reciprocal basis with the Tamil speaking minorities in the Sinhala State.
    that Tamil Eelam shall be a Socialist State wherein the exploitation of man by man shall be forbidden, the dignity of labor shall be recognized, the means of production and distribution shall be subject to public ownership and control while permitting private enterprise in these branches within limit prescribed by law, economic development shall be on the basis of socialist planning and there shall be a ceiling on the total wealth that any individual of family may acquire.

  178. It is time that we should stop listening to the Comical Alis of Sri Lanka and to start listening to the ordinary Tamils to find out what is really going on in Sri Lanka. We live in lands that give respect for the voice of the people and not to the voices coming from few arrogant leaders who are being responsible for the death of thousands in far away lands.

    Civilised world has turned a blind eye towards the suffering Tamils in Sri Lanka. They have lost their lands and homes. Tamil people have lost all their livelihoods. Many have lost their loved ones. They are being killed and wounded in thousands by a murderous regime. They are raped, imprisoned and tortured. Thousands of Tamils are left to live as orphans, widows and mentally retarded in barbed wired concentration camps. Their voices are silenced. Who will hear the voice of the oppressed? Who will go for their rescue?

    It is time that the Nations should get together and protect the Tamils from annihilation. It will be too late, if we keep on waiting until millions of skulls and bones appear on our wide screens. Rwanda and Kosovo are being repeated in front of our very own eyes therefore we should act now.

    Tamils in Sri Lanka should be freed from State oppression and given the rights to live without the fear of torture, rape, murder and intimidation.

    Let Tamils decide their own destiny!

    TAMILEELAM IS THE ONLY SOLUTION

    Please read this article.

    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/chandradavid/blog/2009/04/20/lies_and_deceptions_comical_alis_of_sri_lanka

  179. If Sri Lanka Government’s telling the truth about what’s happening in war zone and they are so they called “Controll” By Sri Lankan’s Government, why not they let the word media,and organizers allowed to those place, and let the word knows the truth? Well I beleive the truth must be against the government. One thing for sure, there is no way that they can wipe out the tamils, not even in their dreams. Ofcourse now they will call me I am LTTE. Any human who supports tamils are LTTE from the eyes of Sri Lankan’s government (Proves can be found from Defence secratairy’s interviews who condemed BBC, USA, EU because they asked for cease fireing.

  180. PLEASE SAVE TAMILS FROM SL GOVERNMENT AND ARMY. WE WANT TAMILEELAM AND THAT IS THE ONLY SOLUTION.

  181. Whatever the Govt.of Srilanka and its army did before 1972, that made Prabhaharan to form a militant group is still going on.LTTE is not the cause of this problem.Srilanka can’t eradicate liberation Tigers or Tamil Eelam.Western world is mistakenly thinking this GOSL is democratic elected govt, so it must be doing theright thing.Democracy is SL is nowhere near European or north American democracy. SL democracy is more like Sadaam Hussein and Irag

  182. Terror State is waging a racist war against minority.

    False pretensions of Colombo is that they are the saviours of tamils.

    International community is fooled by millions of doolar campaign.
    History will record it
    thanks

  183. UN & Intl’ Community:

    Fisrt World Record by UN & Intl’ Community acheived that civilians killed by GoSL supported by UN & Intl’ Community.

    Where is the “right to protect (R2P)”?
    At a time when 100,000 refugees need medical care, food, and shelter, and another 200,000 are under shelling in a five-square-mile war zone, the international community has proved impotent to live up to the UN’s 2005 adoption of a “right to protect” civilians who are not protected by their government.

  184. we want the one and the only great solution FREEDOM.before that stop killing civiliions and take out the IndionArmy forces from TAMIL EELAM. One day Rajapakshe and his familymembers must be punished by international court.We want our nation call TAMIL EELAM that is not nessery for us BUT that must be important for our Generations,they want to build up our culturals, traditionals,Religions most important our language.(kallai,kalacharam panpadu). When we dont have a land or a Nation we can´t bild up the all thinks.

    When,we don´t do our historical deuty now on this critical situations,one day our generations will be ask so many questions, But we cannot answer to them.so do well.

  185. Sri Lanka is in crisis as far as the Tamils are concerned. The world sees this matter as an internal affair. When the parents are abusive of their children, the children aid society steps in & separate the children from the parents for the sake of those children. They revoke the parenthood as they are not capable of being the parents. AI has the role & duty in the current crisis of Sri Lanka. The international community feels the The Tamils should be separated from LTTE zone to the so called “safe zone” or to the Govt. controlled camps. This is like separating the children from the foster parents & handing over to the abusive biological parents. If the AI or the international community is really interested in the welfare of the Tamils as the safety is not guaranteed in the LTTE zone, they should be separated & send abroad as refugees.

  186. The animals are treated in a better way in the western world, than the Tamil civilians being treated in Sri Lanka. It’s mind boggling to see a tiny island called Sri Lanka dictating terms to all the Humanitarian Organisations in the world, and the Super Powers are just watching as if nothing has happened.

    My feeling are mutual as that of Victor Figurado.

  187. Dit is gewoon vreeslijk wat Amnesty nu aan het doen is en Waarom neemt Amnesty geen actie voor onschuldige Thamils in SL?
    Hoe kan zo’n hoog opgelijde journalist kan vreeslijke fouten kan maken bij het plaatsen van een zijdig SL rapport over Thamils?
    Hierbij dien ik mijn klacht over Mr. C.Koetl.
    Ik wil dat hij zijn excuse moet aanbieden.

    Bedankt

    Alfonso

  188. This is horrible what Amnesty is doing now en why don’t take any action to save innocent Thamils?
    How it is possible such a highly educated journalist Mr. C. Koetl place one side artikel wich given by SL?
    I want that Mr. C.Koetl should ask his appologis.

    Thankyou
    Alfonso

  189. Thamil
    Ithu aniyaayam. Amnesty kattayam appavi Thamil makkalai kaapate nadavadikai edukke vendum.
    athi uyar kalvi katte Mr.C.Koetl oru pakke kathai pirasurithathu, athuvum SL arasin arikkayinai ingu pirasurithathu thavaru.
    Mr.C.Koetl mannippu ketke vendum.

    Nanri

    Alfonfo

  190. Sinhala
    meke aparathayak. anvaarayem Amnesty ahinsakke Thamil minusungve beraande ona.
    athi usas iganima thiyane Mr.C.Koetl veradi dheyak kerala thiyenne.
    Mr.C.Koetl anivaarayeng samava illande ona.

    isthuthi

    Alfonfo

  191. Hello Amnesty!
    I know you people are drinking coffie and reading this all message. very good. keep on drinking coffie and reading all the messages and keep on drinking coffie and reading the message.
    Oh, God. it’s five o clock , you have work so hard. it’s enough go home and come tomarrow at eight o clock and there you go again drinking coffie bla bla bla bla bla.
    once you make a discision to help Thamils, Oh they all killed by Terrorist SL Govermant. but you keep on drink coffie.

    have a nice coffie.

  192. Deaths of elderly Vanni IDPs increase in Vavuniyaa
    [TamilNet, Wednesday, 06 May 2009, 13:44 GMT]
    Death toll of elderly persons displaced from Vanni due to military operations and held in detention centres in Vavuniyaa is on the increase, sources in Vavuniyaa said. On Monday alone ten elderly persons died in detention centers located in Vavuniyaa and their bodies had been handed over to the Vavuniyaa general hospital, the sources added.

    From April 1 till Monday April 3 about thirty elderly persons had died and were buried in the general cemetery in Poonthooddam.

    All of them were around 70 years old.

    Social welfare sources attribute the cause of these deaths to deteriorating health without proper medical attention and psychological reasons as they had been driven out of their native villages due to military operations.

  193. Have a referendum among all Sri Lankan Tamils (within the country and abroad) to decide their future under UN observation and divide the country if Tamils support for divsion. This is better for Tamils and Sinhalese.

  194. God Bless you Rasi. I and all diaspora Thamils agree. But UN must do somthing quikly to save my people

  195. THANKS EVERYONE I have learned lot of things after reading your comments. I hope, Christoph Koettl also has learned something here and understood how Sri Lanka ends up in this crisis. Answer is very simple. The Sinhala politicians misguided the Sinhalese for last 60 years to end up in this crisis. The present Sinhala "King" Mahinda is the worst of all. He has fool the Sinhalese and made them believe that he is doing something good for the country. In my opinion, he is taking the country in the wrong direction. He has caused an irreversible damage to the unity. There is no more possibility for united Sri Lanka. This unwanted war has created a hate between Tamils and Sinhalese. He has paved a path for the Tami Eelam. It is better to have two nations in peace than one nation in conflict.

  196. THANKS EVERYONE I have learned lot of things after reading your comments. I hope, Christoph Koettl also has learned something here and understood how Sri Lanka ends up in this crisis. Answer is very simple. The Sinhala politicians misguided the Sinhalese for last 60 years to end up in this crisis. The present Sinhala “King” Mahinda is the worst of all. He has fool the Sinhalese and made them believe that he is doing something good for the country. In my opinion, he is taking the country in the wrong direction. He has caused an irreversible damage to the unity. There is no more possibility for united Sri Lanka. This unwanted war has created a hate between Tamils and Sinhalese. He has paved a path for the Tami Eelam. It is better to have two nations in peace than one nation in conflict.

  197. I am new to this but I asked this of some singhalese people who objected to what I said but were silent when I finished. A mate of mine died in "the line of duty" but I or his family didn't end up hating Afghani's. Why is it that when "Sri Lankan soldiers die in their line of duty" all Tamils are hated and revenged on. It goes to show how media has played on the lives of thousands of people. It's time people learn that you need to step out and look at the situation or even put yourself in the other persons shoe.

  198. Yes Caroline!
    Italy – Vatican, Swiss – Lichtenstein, England – Irland, France – Monaco and why not Sri Lanka – Thamil Eelam?

    I still wait for the answer of Mr. Kutl. it is time for wright the truth.

  199. I am new to this but I asked this of some singhalese people who objected to what I said but were silent when I finished. A mate of mine died in “the line of duty” but I or his family didn’t end up hating Afghani’s. Why is it that when “Sri Lankan soldiers die in their line of duty” all Tamils are hated and revenged on. It goes to show how media has played on the lives of thousands of people. It’s time people learn that you need to step out and look at the situation or even put yourself in the other persons shoe.

  200. Yes Caroline!
    Italy – Vatican, Swiss – Lichtenstein, England – Irland, France – Monaco and why not Sri Lanka – Thamil Eelam?

    I still wait for the answer of Mr. Kutl. it is time for wright the truth.

  201. 37 years since, Sri Lanka in 2009 is one country, many nations with no conflict! The rest is history, North East tamils were saved from LTTE slavery, irony is tamil diaspora are still the slave of a dead eelam

  202. Modaya Sam!
    Listen to dear,
    In SL only Bhudist Sinhala can become presidant.
    so, what does it mean to Thamils, Muslims and Burgers?

    Do you think, we Sinhala Christians also second class citizen like Thamils and others?

    Modaya Sam!
    I am from Colombo and don't tell me who the Bhudist Sinhalees are.
    you maybe try to fool the foreign country by telling SAVING THAMILS FROM LTTE SLAVERY but not me offcourse.

    If Thamils say anything against SL Terrorist govermant they will be killd and thats why Diaspora Thamils open their mouth and tell the truth to the whole world.

    in 1983 SL Terrorist Govermant killed many Thamils and stole the money, jewellery and things from Thamils. at that time Colombo Thamils don't know anything about LTTE but Terrosit Govermant became rich by steeling Thamils.

    Modaya Sam!
    You don't talk like this if your mother been raped infront of you by SL terrorist Army.

    Sinhalaya modaya kewung kande yodaya

  203. Wait and see people what is going to happen with SL.
    When Ceylon was occupied by former Sea Pirates Portugal, a Netherland Former Sea Pirate named Schilbergen came to Baticaloa and met Sinhala Modaya King.
    Sinhala Modaya king believd that former Sea Pirate Schilbergen can help him by defeat Portugal. ha ha ha,, the Dutch man came to steel in Asia but the Modaya king put his faith in Dutchman.
    what happend next? Ducth Pirates won the wwar agaisnt Portugees Pirates. But they Captured the Ceylon.
    Modaya king said: INGURU DHEELA MIRIS GATHA WEDAK MATTE UNE.
    translaion: I GAVE GINGER AND GOT CHILLIE (Portugal – ginger. Netherland – Chillie)

    this is what going to happen in SL now.
    Neo Pirates China, India and Pakistan wil eatup the entire country. very in SL Hindi wil be the national Language.

  204. 37 years since, Sri Lanka in 2009 is one country, many nations with no conflict! The rest is history, North East tamils were saved from LTTE slavery, irony is tamil diaspora are still the slave of a dead eelam

  205. Modaya Sam!
    Listen to dear,
    In SL only Bhudist Sinhala can become presidant.
    so, what does it mean to Thamils, Muslims and Burgers?

    Do you think, we Sinhala Christians also second class citizen like Thamils and others?

    Modaya Sam!
    I am from Colombo and don’t tell me who the Bhudist Sinhalees are.
    you maybe try to fool the foreign country by telling SAVING THAMILS FROM LTTE SLAVERY but not me offcourse.

    If Thamils say anything against SL Terrorist govermant they will be killd and thats why Diaspora Thamils open their mouth and tell the truth to the whole world.

    in 1983 SL Terrorist Govermant killed many Thamils and stole the money, jewellery and things from Thamils. at that time Colombo Thamils don’t know anything about LTTE but Terrosit Govermant became rich by steeling Thamils.

    Modaya Sam!
    You don’t talk like this if your mother been raped infront of you by SL terrorist Army.

    Sinhalaya modaya kewung kande yodaya

  206. Wait and see people what is going to happen with SL.
    When Ceylon was occupied by former Sea Pirates Portugal, a Netherland Former Sea Pirate named Schilbergen came to Baticaloa and met Sinhala Modaya King.
    Sinhala Modaya king believd that former Sea Pirate Schilbergen can help him by defeat Portugal. ha ha ha,, the Dutch man came to steel in Asia but the Modaya king put his faith in Dutchman.
    what happend next? Ducth Pirates won the wwar agaisnt Portugees Pirates. But they Captured the Ceylon.
    Modaya king said: INGURU DHEELA MIRIS GATHA WEDAK MATTE UNE.
    translaion: I GAVE GINGER AND GOT CHILLIE (Portugal – ginger. Netherland – Chillie)

    this is what going to happen in SL now.
    Neo Pirates China, India and Pakistan wil eatup the entire country. very in SL Hindi wil be the national Language.

  207. The government has failed to carry out effective and credible
    investigations into the killing and attacks on journalists who question
    its conduct of a war against Tamil separatists, or criticize the military
    establishment. Three attacks in January targeting the mainstream
    media drew the world’s attention to the problem, but top journalists
    have been killed, attacked, threatened, and harassed since the
    government began to pursue an all-out military victory over the
    Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in late 2006. Many local and
    foreign journalists and members of the diplomatic community believe
    the government is complicit in the attacks.” Robert Dietz, Testimony
    before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East
    and South Asia, February 24, 2009, available at http://omiusajpic.org/files/2009/02/dietztestimon… (last
    visited March 28, 2009),

  208. “The Government of Sri Lanka is carrying out military operations in
    areas with a civilian population. The aerial and artillery bombardment
    has reportedly led to civilian deaths, injuries, the destruction of
    property and mass displacement.” Amnesty International, “Sri Lanka:
    Government and Tamil Tigers Violating Laws of War,” January 28,
    2009, available at http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-
    releases/sri-lanka-government-and-tamil-tigers-violating-laws-war-
    20090128 (last visited March 28, 2009).

    “The government had declared “safe zones” to allow civilians to seek
    shelter, but information made available to Amnesty International
    indicates that several civilians in the so-called safe zone have been
    killed or sustained injuries as a result of artillery bombardment.”.

    Lasantha Wickramatunga, final editorial to Sri Lankan President
    Mahinda Rajapaksa: "…we have consistently espoused the view that
    while separatist terrorism must be eradicated, it is more important to
    address the root causes of terrorism, and urged government to view Sri
    Lanka’s ethnic strife in the context of history and not through the
    telescope of terrorism. We have also agitated against state terrorism in
    the so-called war against terror, and made no secret of our horror that
    Sri Lanka is the only country in the world routinely to bomb its own
    citizens……For truth be told, we both know who will be behind my
    death, but dare not call his name. Not just my life, but yours too,
    depends on it." SBS Dateline, “Hunting the Tigers,” March 15, 2009,
    available at http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/about/id/600
    Tigers (last visited March 29, 2009).

    A UN document being circulated around diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka estimates
    that nearly 6,500 civilians have died and 14,000 have been injured since 20
    January 2009, as of 17th April 2009 in the conflict area of Mullaitivu
    (Friday, 24 April 2009); (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8015818.stm)

  209. The following transcript is from a February 2, 2009 report and
    interview with Sri Lankan Secretary of Defense Gotabaya Rajapaksa
    aired on SKY News:
    [Alex Crawford reporting] “The casualties are mounting on both
    sides. The aid agencies say a hospital packed with wounded has been
    repeatedly shelled. Killing some patients and injuring many more.
    The Defense Secretary told us right now everything is a legitimate
    target if it is not within the safe zone the government’s created, and
    the only hospital is outside that zone.”
    [Interview: Gotabaya Rajapaksa] “Nothing should existed beyond the
    no fire zone, nothing should…”
    [Interview: Alex Crawford] “So just to be clear, if this hospital is
    operating, if it’s outside of the safe zone, it is a legitimate target?”
    [Interview: Gotabaya Rajapaksa] “Yes. No hospital should operate in
    the area…nothing should operate. That is why we clearly gave these
    no fire zones.” Alex Crawford, “Sri Lanka: 12 Killed At Hospital,”
    SKY News, available at http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/video/Sri-Lanka-
    Artillery-Fire-Report-From-Tamil-Tiger-Stronghold-Jaffna-And-
    Capital-
    Colombo/Video/200902115215509?lpos=World%2BNews_2&lid=VIDE
    O_1785202_Fighting%2BIn%2BSri%2BLanka&videoCategory=World
    %2BNews (last visited March 29, 2009).

    “As you may be aware, the current humanitarian situation in the
    Vanni is dire. Since early January 2009, civilian casualties in the
    fighting between government forces and the separatist Liberation
    Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have skyrocketed. More than 4,800
    civilians are believed to have been killed and another 7,000 wounded
    in the past two months alone. Approximately a quarter of a million
    people have been displaced by the recent fighting, of which some
    35,000 are now at government centers.” Brad Adams, “Letter to IMF
    on Sri Lanka’s Emergency Support Loan Request,” Human Rights
    Watch, March 23, 2009, available at http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/03/23/letter-inte
    monetary-fund-imf-sri-lankas-emergency-support-loan-request (last
    visited March 27, 2009).

  210. Cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment.

    “After several weeks of reports of food shortages, it’s highly predicted
    that mortality could set in as a significant number of the IDP
    population is reportedly weakened and the likelihood of malnutrition
    across the same population group could translate into a rapid
    increase of nutritional and health deterioration. A recent report from
    Mullaitivu also stressed the seriousness of the food situation in
    Mullaitivu that people’s nutritional condition shows significant
    deterioration.” United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator and
    Humanitarian Coordinator, “Food Delivery to IDPs in the Vanni,”
    March 2009.

    “The government has arbitrarily detained people during screening
    procedures; subjected all internally displaced persons, including
    entire families, to indefinite confinement in military-controlled
    camps; and failed to provide adequate medical and other assistance
    to displaced persons. The government has directly restricted the
    efforts of relief agencies seeking to meet emergency needs, and has
    deterred agencies from offering greater support through policies that
    the agencies rightly perceive as unlawful.” Dr. Anna Neistat,
    Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the
    Middle East and South Asia, February 24, 2009, available at http://omiusajpic.org/files/2009/02/neistattestim
    (last visited March 28, 2009).

  211. “The Sri Lankan government is conducting a cynical campaign to
    prevent all independent public coverage of its military operations and
    the plight of civilians caught up in the war. While decrying LTTE
    abuses, it has kept out the media and human rights organizations
    that could report on them – and on government abuses. It has kept
    displaced persons locked up in camps and hospitals. It has traded the
    well-being of tens of thousands of Sri Lankan citizens for evading
    international scrutiny. It has been trying its best to bury the abuses.”
    Dr. Anna Neistat, Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations
    Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, February 24,
    2009, available at http://omiusajpic.org/files/2009/02/neistattestim
    (last visited March 28, 2009),

  212. “The government has arbitrarily detained people during screening
    procedures; subjected all internally displaced persons, including
    entire families, to indefinite confinement in military-controlled
    camps; and failed to provide adequate medical and other assistance
    to displaced persons. The government has directly restricted the
    efforts of relief agencies seeking to meet emergency needs, and has
    deterred agencies from offering greater support through policies that
    the agencies rightly perceive as unlawful.”

    “…dozens of individuals, perhaps many more, have been detained
    during the screening process. The fate of such detainees remains
    unknown, raising fears of possible enforced disappearances and
    extrajudicial killings.”

    “Upon arrival in Vavuniya, all displaced persons, without exception,
    are subjected to indefinite confinement in de facto internment camps,
    which the government calls transit sites, “welfare centers,” or
    “welfare villages.””

    “The Sri Lankan government’s past record with regard to the
    resettlement of persons displaced by armed conflict does not give
    cause for optimism that resettlement will happen quickly. On the
    contrary, it gives reason to be concerned that the government will
    end up interning those placed there indefinitely.”

    “Tamil civilians who managed to flee the conflict area have been
    forced into camps by the Government.” Ambassador Jeffrey
    Lunstead, Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations
    Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, February 24,
    2009, available at http://omiusajpic.org/files/2009/02/lunsteadtesti
    (last visited March 28, 2009).

  213. “[Alex Crawford reporting]…the government has warned foreign
    broadcasters against using them [videos from TamilNet showing
    civilians being shelled in camps].”
    “[Interview: Gotabaya Rajapaksa] We have take certain measures for
    them not to send them out of the country. That had happened
    previously. That had happened in other countries. It’s not a new
    thing. If you are a threat to the national security, than of course the
    government has to take action.”
    “And do you think broadcasting the TamilNet footage is a threat to
    national security.”
    “Of course, because that’s wrong.”
    Alex Crawford, “Sri Lanka: 12 Killed At Hospital,” SKY News,
    available at http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/video/Sri-Lanka-
    Killed-In-Artillery-Fire-Report-From-Tamil-Tiger-Stronghold-Jaffna-
    And-Capital-
    Colombo/Video/200902115215509?lpos=World%2BNews_2&lid=VIDE
    O_1785202_Fighting%2BIn%2BSri%2BLanka&videoCategory=World
    %2BNews (last visited March 29, 2009).

  214. SRI LANKA’S PATTERN OF GROSS VIOLATIONS OF
    INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED HUMAN RIGHTS

    The GOSL is guilty of a pattern of gross violations of internationally
    recognized human rights, such as war crimes, rape, torture or cruel,
    inhumane, or degrading treatment or punishment, prolonged detention
    without charges, or other flagrant denial to life, liberty, and the security of
    person. The GOSL implacably opposes permitting an unimpeded
    investigation of alleged violations of internationally recognized human rights
    by appropriate international organizations including, but not limited to, the
    International Committee of the Red Cross, Amnesty International, the
    International Commission of Jurists, and groups or persons under the
    authority of the United Nations or the Organization of American States.
    Indeed, there has not been a single complete investigation or prosecution
    against the violators of internationally recognized human rights targeting Sri
    Lankan Tamils since the current administration in Sri Lanka climbed to
    power in November 2005. The Sinhalese Buddhist GOSL also engages in and
    tolerates particularly severe violations of religious freedom of Hindus and
    Christians, and has failed to make any efforts to combat such religious
    persecution which could have been reasonably undertaken. Perhaps most
    shocking, the GOSL’s primary military strategy to defeat the LTTE in a non-
    international armed conflict is to perpetrate endless war crimes against the
    Tamil civilian population in violation of the Hague and Geneva Conventions,
    as amplified below. The GOSL’s complete independent media and monitoring
    blackout of events in the northeast is circumstantial evidence that the GOSL
    is attempting to conceal its war crimes and sister violations of internationally
    recognized human rights.

  215. Extrajudicial killings or Disappearances.

    On January 2, 2006 around 7:45 p.m. Sri Lankan police or Sri
    Lankan military personnel murdered by gunfire execution-style 5 Tamil civilian male youth in the
    areas of Dock Yard Road close to Dutch Bay Sea beach in Trincomalee
    town of Trincomalee district.

    On June 9, 2006, Sri Lankan military personnel or
    government-sponsored paramilitaries murdered with sharp objects a
    Tamil family of 4, including lynching the 7-year old and 9-year old
    children, in the areas of Thomaspuri Ward No. 10 in the areas of
    Vankalai in Mannar district.

    On August 5, 2006 around 7:50 p.m., Sri Lankan military
    personnel murdered by gunfire execution-style 17 aid workers of the NGO Action Contre La
    Faim (ACF) in the areas of Muthur in Trincomalee district.

    On August 10, 2006 around 7:30 a.m., the Sri Lankan Air
    force aerially bombarded the Senchcholai complex in Vallipunam of
    Mullaithivu district, murdering over 57 Tamil girls.

    On May 13, 2007, Sri Lankan military personnel or
    government-sponsored paramilitaries murdered a Tamil family of 4,
    including a 4-year old Tamil child and a 4-month old Tamil child, in
    the areas of Allaipitti in Mandaithivu islet in the Jaffna peninsula.

    On September 7, 2008, Sri Lankan military personnel or
    government-sponsored paramilitaries abducted, bound at the hands
    and legs, tortured, and then decapitated Rasiah Laxahan in the areas
    of Mandan Karaveddi in Jaffna district.

    On October 3, 2008, Sri Lankan military personnel or
    government-sponsored paramilitaries abucted, tortured, and strangled
    to death Kandia Christie Rajah in the areas along Fifth Lane at
    Vaiaravappuliyankjulam in Vavuniya Police Division in Vavuniya
    district.

    On December 13, 2008 around 9:30 a.m., Sri Lankan military
    personnel launched an artillery shell attack which decapitated and
    murdered 5-month Tamil infant Jeyarooban Ajanthan, in the areas
    near or inside a Tamil IDP settlement near Thakarap-Pillaiyar temple
    on Hudson Road in Vaddakkachchi of Kilinochchi district.

    On January 17, 2009, Sri Lankan military personnel
    murdered by gunfire 3 Tamil civilians on Piramanthanaa-Visuvamadu road in Kilinochchi district.

    On February 5, 2009, the Sri Lankan military personnel
    murdered by gunfire at least 16 Tamils inside the GOSL’s
    designated “safe zone” in Mullaithivu.

  216. The government has failed to carry out effective and credible
    investigations into the killing and attacks on journalists who question
    its conduct of a war against Tamil separatists, or criticize the military
    establishment. Three attacks in January targeting the mainstream
    media drew the world’s attention to the problem, but top journalists
    have been killed, attacked, threatened, and harassed since the
    government began to pursue an all-out military victory over the
    Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in late 2006. Many local and
    foreign journalists and members of the diplomatic community believe
    the government is complicit in the attacks.” Robert Dietz, Testimony
    before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East
    and South Asia, February 24, 2009, available at http://omiusajpic.org/files/2009/02/dietztestimon… (last
    visited March 28, 2009),

  217. The government has failed to carry out effective and credible
    investigations into the killing and attacks on journalists who question
    its conduct of a war against Tamil separatists, or criticize the military
    establishment. Three attacks in January targeting the mainstream
    media drew the world’s attention to the problem, but top journalists
    have been killed, attacked, threatened, and harassed since the
    government began to pursue an all-out military victory over the
    Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in late 2006. Many local and
    foreign journalists and members of the diplomatic community believe
    the government is complicit in the attacks.” Robert Dietz, Testimony
    before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East
    and South Asia, February 24, 2009, available at http://omiusajpic.org/files/2009/02/dietztestimon… (last
    visited March 28, 2009),

  218. “The Government of Sri Lanka is carrying out military operations in
    areas with a civilian population. The aerial and artillery bombardment
    has reportedly led to civilian deaths, injuries, the destruction of
    property and mass displacement.” Amnesty International, “Sri Lanka:
    Government and Tamil Tigers Violating Laws of War,” January 28,
    2009, available at http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-
    releases/sri-lanka-government-and-tamil-tigers-violating-laws-war-
    20090128 (last visited March 28, 2009).

    “The government had declared “safe zones” to allow civilians to seek
    shelter, but information made available to Amnesty International
    indicates that several civilians in the so-called safe zone have been
    killed or sustained injuries as a result of artillery bombardment.”.

    Lasantha Wickramatunga, final editorial to Sri Lankan President
    Mahinda Rajapaksa: "…we have consistently espoused the view that
    while separatist terrorism must be eradicated, it is more important to
    address the root causes of terrorism, and urged government to view Sri
    Lanka’s ethnic strife in the context of history and not through the
    telescope of terrorism. We have also agitated against state terrorism in
    the so-called war against terror, and made no secret of our horror that
    Sri Lanka is the only country in the world routinely to bomb its own
    citizens……For truth be told, we both know who will be behind my
    death, but dare not call his name. Not just my life, but yours too,
    depends on it." SBS Dateline, “Hunting the Tigers,” March 15, 2009,
    available at http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/about/id/600
    Tigers (last visited March 29, 2009).

    A UN document being circulated around diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka estimates
    that nearly 6,500 civilians have died and 14,000 have been injured since 20
    January 2009, as of 17th April 2009 in the conflict area of Mullaitivu
    (Friday, 24 April 2009); (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8015818.stm)

  219. “The Government of Sri Lanka is carrying out military operations in
    areas with a civilian population. The aerial and artillery bombardment
    has reportedly led to civilian deaths, injuries, the destruction of
    property and mass displacement.” Amnesty International, “Sri Lanka:
    Government and Tamil Tigers Violating Laws of War,” January 28,
    2009, available at http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-
    releases/sri-lanka-government-and-tamil-tigers-violating-laws-war-
    20090128 (last visited March 28, 2009).

    “The government had declared “safe zones” to allow civilians to seek
    shelter, but information made available to Amnesty International
    indicates that several civilians in the so-called safe zone have been
    killed or sustained injuries as a result of artillery bombardment.”.

    Lasantha Wickramatunga, final editorial to Sri Lankan President
    Mahinda Rajapaksa: "…we have consistently espoused the view that
    while separatist terrorism must be eradicated, it is more important to
    address the root causes of terrorism, and urged government to view Sri
    Lanka’s ethnic strife in the context of history and not through the
    telescope of terrorism. We have also agitated against state terrorism in
    the so-called war against terror, and made no secret of our horror that
    Sri Lanka is the only country in the world routinely to bomb its own
    citizens……For truth be told, we both know who will be behind my
    death, but dare not call his name. Not just my life, but yours too,
    depends on it." SBS Dateline, “Hunting the Tigers,” March 15, 2009,
    available at http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/about/id/600
    Tigers (last visited March 29, 2009).

    A UN document being circulated around diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka estimates
    that nearly 6,500 civilians have died and 14,000 have been injured since 20
    January 2009, as of 17th April 2009 in the conflict area of Mullaitivu
    (Friday, 24 April 2009); (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8015818.stm)

  220. The following transcript is from a February 2, 2009 report and
    interview with Sri Lankan Secretary of Defense Gotabaya Rajapaksa
    aired on SKY News:
    [Alex Crawford reporting] “The casualties are mounting on both
    sides. The aid agencies say a hospital packed with wounded has been
    repeatedly shelled. Killing some patients and injuring many more.
    The Defense Secretary told us right now everything is a legitimate
    target if it is not within the safe zone the government’s created, and
    the only hospital is outside that zone.”
    [Interview: Gotabaya Rajapaksa] “Nothing should existed beyond the
    no fire zone, nothing should…”
    [Interview: Alex Crawford] “So just to be clear, if this hospital is
    operating, if it’s outside of the safe zone, it is a legitimate target?”
    [Interview: Gotabaya Rajapaksa] “Yes. No hospital should operate in
    the area…nothing should operate. That is why we clearly gave these
    no fire zones.” Alex Crawford, “Sri Lanka: 12 Killed At Hospital,”
    SKY News, available at http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/video/Sri-Lanka-
    Artillery-Fire-Report-From-Tamil-Tiger-Stronghold-Jaffna-And-
    Capital-
    Colombo/Video/200902115215509?lpos=World%2BNews_2&lid=VIDE
    O_1785202_Fighting%2BIn%2BSri%2BLanka&videoCategory=World
    %2BNews (last visited March 29, 2009).

    “As you may be aware, the current humanitarian situation in the
    Vanni is dire. Since early January 2009, civilian casualties in the
    fighting between government forces and the separatist Liberation
    Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have skyrocketed. More than 4,800
    civilians are believed to have been killed and another 7,000 wounded
    in the past two months alone. Approximately a quarter of a million
    people have been displaced by the recent fighting, of which some
    35,000 are now at government centers.” Brad Adams, “Letter to IMF
    on Sri Lanka’s Emergency Support Loan Request,” Human Rights
    Watch, March 23, 2009, available at http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/03/23/letter-inte
    monetary-fund-imf-sri-lankas-emergency-support-loan-request (last
    visited March 27, 2009).

  221. The following transcript is from a February 2, 2009 report and
    interview with Sri Lankan Secretary of Defense Gotabaya Rajapaksa
    aired on SKY News:
    [Alex Crawford reporting] “The casualties are mounting on both
    sides. The aid agencies say a hospital packed with wounded has been
    repeatedly shelled. Killing some patients and injuring many more.
    The Defense Secretary told us right now everything is a legitimate
    target if it is not within the safe zone the government’s created, and
    the only hospital is outside that zone.”
    [Interview: Gotabaya Rajapaksa] “Nothing should existed beyond the
    no fire zone, nothing should…”
    [Interview: Alex Crawford] “So just to be clear, if this hospital is
    operating, if it’s outside of the safe zone, it is a legitimate target?”
    [Interview: Gotabaya Rajapaksa] “Yes. No hospital should operate in
    the area…nothing should operate. That is why we clearly gave these
    no fire zones.” Alex Crawford, “Sri Lanka: 12 Killed At Hospital,”
    SKY News, available at http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/video/Sri-Lanka-
    Artillery-Fire-Report-From-Tamil-Tiger-Stronghold-Jaffna-And-
    Capital-
    Colombo/Video/200902115215509?lpos=World%2BNews_2&lid=VIDE
    O_1785202_Fighting%2BIn%2BSri%2BLanka&videoCategory=World
    %2BNews (last visited March 29, 2009).

    “As you may be aware, the current humanitarian situation in the
    Vanni is dire. Since early January 2009, civilian casualties in the
    fighting between government forces and the separatist Liberation
    Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have skyrocketed. More than 4,800
    civilians are believed to have been killed and another 7,000 wounded
    in the past two months alone. Approximately a quarter of a million
    people have been displaced by the recent fighting, of which some
    35,000 are now at government centers.” Brad Adams, “Letter to IMF
    on Sri Lanka’s Emergency Support Loan Request,” Human Rights
    Watch, March 23, 2009, available at http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/03/23/letter-inte
    monetary-fund-imf-sri-lankas-emergency-support-loan-request (last
    visited March 27, 2009).

  222. Rape

    Between Dec 16 and Dec 17, 2005, Sri Lankan army
    sexually abused by inflicting severe fingernail and bite marks to
    several areas of the body including her breasts, and then gang-raped
    to death 20-year old Tamil undergraduate girl in the areas of
    Punguduthivu in the Jaffna islets.

    On January 28, 2009, Sri Lankan Army detained between 50-200 or
    more Tamils in the areas of Vadamaraadchi East in Jaffna district and from
    Murasumoaddai in Ki'linochchi district, confined them to detention camps administered
    by the Sri Lankan military, stripped multiple male and female
    Tamils naked, and sexually assaulted or sexually abused or raped or gang-raped
    multiple female Tamils.

    Between Jan 1 and Feb 14 2009, Sri Lankan Army had
    murdered 190 Tamil civilian males and sexually abused or raped or
    gang-raped 130 Tamil civilian females inside the "IDP Rescue
    Centers' in Vavuniya district.

    On March 1, 2009, during a cordon and search operation in the areas
    of Vallaaveli of Batticaloa district, Sri Lankan military personnel in
    the Special Task Force (STF) in Vellaaveli Police Division in
    Batticaloa district sexually abused a 14-year old Tamil girl in front of
    her mother.

  223. Cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment.

    “After several weeks of reports of food shortages, it’s highly predicted
    that mortality could set in as a significant number of the IDP
    population is reportedly weakened and the likelihood of malnutrition
    across the same population group could translate into a rapid
    increase of nutritional and health deterioration. A recent report from
    Mullaitivu also stressed the seriousness of the food situation in
    Mullaitivu that people’s nutritional condition shows significant
    deterioration.” United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator and
    Humanitarian Coordinator, “Food Delivery to IDPs in the Vanni,”
    March 2009.

    “The government has arbitrarily detained people during screening
    procedures; subjected all internally displaced persons, including
    entire families, to indefinite confinement in military-controlled
    camps; and failed to provide adequate medical and other assistance
    to displaced persons. The government has directly restricted the
    efforts of relief agencies seeking to meet emergency needs, and has
    deterred agencies from offering greater support through policies that
    the agencies rightly perceive as unlawful.” Dr. Anna Neistat,
    Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the
    Middle East and South Asia, February 24, 2009, available at http://omiusajpic.org/files/2009/02/neistattestim
    (last visited March 28, 2009).

  224. Cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment.

    “After several weeks of reports of food shortages, it’s highly predicted
    that mortality could set in as a significant number of the IDP
    population is reportedly weakened and the likelihood of malnutrition
    across the same population group could translate into a rapid
    increase of nutritional and health deterioration. A recent report from
    Mullaitivu also stressed the seriousness of the food situation in
    Mullaitivu that people’s nutritional condition shows significant
    deterioration.” United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator and
    Humanitarian Coordinator, “Food Delivery to IDPs in the Vanni,”
    March 2009.

    “The government has arbitrarily detained people during screening
    procedures; subjected all internally displaced persons, including
    entire families, to indefinite confinement in military-controlled
    camps; and failed to provide adequate medical and other assistance
    to displaced persons. The government has directly restricted the
    efforts of relief agencies seeking to meet emergency needs, and has
    deterred agencies from offering greater support through policies that
    the agencies rightly perceive as unlawful.” Dr. Anna Neistat,
    Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the
    Middle East and South Asia, February 24, 2009, available at http://omiusajpic.org/files/2009/02/neistattestim
    (last visited March 28, 2009).

  225. Prolonged detention without charges.

    On January 28, 2009, Sri Lankan Army detained between 50-200 or
    more Tamils in the areas from Murasumoaddai in Ki'linochchi district,
    confined them to detention camps administered by the Sri Lankan military,
    stripped multiple male and female naked, and sexually
    assaulted or sexually abused or raped or gang-raped multiple female
    Tamils.

    On January 30, 2009, Sri Lanka Army inVavuniyaa district
    separated 122 immediate Tamil civilian family
    members accompanying the seriously injured 226 Tamil civilians
    transported by the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC),
    including Tamil mothers of several injured Tamil children between
    ages 8 and 10 years, and arbitrarily and indefinitely detained them
    in internment camps located in the territory of Nelukku'lam inside
    Vavuniyaa district.

    On February 16, 2009, the Sri Lankan police or Sri Lankan military
    personnel or government-sponsored paramilitaries conducted cordon
    and search operations in the suburbs of Colombo including the areas
    of Pettah, Kotahena, Grandpass, Wellawatte, Dehiwala, Nugegoda,
    and Borella, and arbitrarily and indefinitely detained approximately
    100 Tamil civilians.

  226. “The Sri Lankan government is conducting a cynical campaign to
    prevent all independent public coverage of its military operations and
    the plight of civilians caught up in the war. While decrying LTTE
    abuses, it has kept out the media and human rights organizations
    that could report on them – and on government abuses. It has kept
    displaced persons locked up in camps and hospitals. It has traded the
    well-being of tens of thousands of Sri Lankan citizens for evading
    international scrutiny. It has been trying its best to bury the abuses.”
    Dr. Anna Neistat, Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations
    Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, February 24,
    2009, available at http://omiusajpic.org/files/2009/02/neistattestim
    (last visited March 28, 2009),

  227. “The Sri Lankan government is conducting a cynical campaign to
    prevent all independent public coverage of its military operations and
    the plight of civilians caught up in the war. While decrying LTTE
    abuses, it has kept out the media and human rights organizations
    that could report on them – and on government abuses. It has kept
    displaced persons locked up in camps and hospitals. It has traded the
    well-being of tens of thousands of Sri Lankan citizens for evading
    international scrutiny. It has been trying its best to bury the abuses.”
    Dr. Anna Neistat, Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations
    Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, February 24,
    2009, available at http://omiusajpic.org/files/2009/02/neistattestim
    (last visited March 28, 2009),

  228. “The government has arbitrarily detained people during screening
    procedures; subjected all internally displaced persons, including
    entire families, to indefinite confinement in military-controlled
    camps; and failed to provide adequate medical and other assistance
    to displaced persons. The government has directly restricted the
    efforts of relief agencies seeking to meet emergency needs, and has
    deterred agencies from offering greater support through policies that
    the agencies rightly perceive as unlawful.”

    “…dozens of individuals, perhaps many more, have been detained
    during the screening process. The fate of such detainees remains
    unknown, raising fears of possible enforced disappearances and
    extrajudicial killings.”

    “Upon arrival in Vavuniya, all displaced persons, without exception,
    are subjected to indefinite confinement in de facto internment camps,
    which the government calls transit sites, “welfare centers,” or
    “welfare villages.””

    “The Sri Lankan government’s past record with regard to the
    resettlement of persons displaced by armed conflict does not give
    cause for optimism that resettlement will happen quickly. On the
    contrary, it gives reason to be concerned that the government will
    end up interning those placed there indefinitely.”

    “Tamil civilians who managed to flee the conflict area have been
    forced into camps by the Government.” Ambassador Jeffrey
    Lunstead, Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations
    Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, February 24,
    2009, available at http://omiusajpic.org/files/2009/02/lunsteadtesti
    (last visited March 28, 2009).

  229. “The government has arbitrarily detained people during screening
    procedures; subjected all internally displaced persons, including
    entire families, to indefinite confinement in military-controlled
    camps; and failed to provide adequate medical and other assistance
    to displaced persons. The government has directly restricted the
    efforts of relief agencies seeking to meet emergency needs, and has
    deterred agencies from offering greater support through policies that
    the agencies rightly perceive as unlawful.”

    “…dozens of individuals, perhaps many more, have been detained
    during the screening process. The fate of such detainees remains
    unknown, raising fears of possible enforced disappearances and
    extrajudicial killings.”

    “Upon arrival in Vavuniya, all displaced persons, without exception,
    are subjected to indefinite confinement in de facto internment camps,
    which the government calls transit sites, “welfare centers,” or
    “welfare villages.””

    “The Sri Lankan government’s past record with regard to the
    resettlement of persons displaced by armed conflict does not give
    cause for optimism that resettlement will happen quickly. On the
    contrary, it gives reason to be concerned that the government will
    end up interning those placed there indefinitely.”

    “Tamil civilians who managed to flee the conflict area have been
    forced into camps by the Government.” Ambassador Jeffrey
    Lunstead, Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations
    Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, February 24,
    2009, available at http://omiusajpic.org/files/2009/02/lunsteadtesti
    (last visited March 28, 2009).

  230. Starvation and denial of medical care.

    As a direct consequence of the de facto or de jure blockade enforced
    during all times relevant to this blocking of medical supplies and doctors
    between January 1, 2009 and January 13, 2009, the major district
    hospitals of Maangkulam, Mallavi, Poonakari, Akkarayan, and Kilinochchi were crippled in
    their capacity to treat injured or severely injured Tamil civilians
    caused by the heavy, continuous, and indiscriminate artillery shelling or Multi-Barrel
    Rocket Launcher shelling and aerial bombardments. The injured
    were impeded in access to the hospitals because of the shelling and
    aerial bombardments. Their purpose was to create conditions of life
    intended to physically destroy in whole or in substantial part the
    Tamil group, as such.

    As relevant to the more than 1000 seriously injured Tamils , the
    Government of Sri Lanka created severe shortage of medical
    supplies and doctors in the area, and the heavy, continuous, and
    indiscriminate artillery shelling or Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher
    shelling and aerial bombardments which would block or otherwise
    impede transport of the injured civilians to hospitals, as in the case
    between January 19, 2009 and January 20, 2009, created conditions
    of life intended to physically destroy in whole or in substantial part
    the Tamil group, as such.

  231. “[Alex Crawford reporting]…the government has warned foreign
    broadcasters against using them [videos from TamilNet showing
    civilians being shelled in camps].”
    “[Interview: Gotabaya Rajapaksa] We have take certain measures for
    them not to send them out of the country. That had happened
    previously. That had happened in other countries. It’s not a new
    thing. If you are a threat to the national security, than of course the
    government has to take action.”
    “And do you think broadcasting the TamilNet footage is a threat to
    national security.”
    “Of course, because that’s wrong.”
    Alex Crawford, “Sri Lanka: 12 Killed At Hospital,” SKY News,
    available at http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/video/Sri-Lanka-
    Killed-In-Artillery-Fire-Report-From-Tamil-Tiger-Stronghold-Jaffna-
    And-Capital-
    Colombo/Video/200902115215509?lpos=World%2BNews_2&lid=VIDE
    O_1785202_Fighting%2BIn%2BSri%2BLanka&videoCategory=World
    %2BNews (last visited March 29, 2009).

  232. “[Alex Crawford reporting]…the government has warned foreign
    broadcasters against using them [videos from TamilNet showing
    civilians being shelled in camps].”
    “[Interview: Gotabaya Rajapaksa] We have take certain measures for
    them not to send them out of the country. That had happened
    previously. That had happened in other countries. It’s not a new
    thing. If you are a threat to the national security, than of course the
    government has to take action.”
    “And do you think broadcasting the TamilNet footage is a threat to
    national security.”
    “Of course, because that’s wrong.”
    Alex Crawford, “Sri Lanka: 12 Killed At Hospital,” SKY News,
    available at http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/video/Sri-Lanka-
    Killed-In-Artillery-Fire-Report-From-Tamil-Tiger-Stronghold-Jaffna-
    And-Capital-
    Colombo/Video/200902115215509?lpos=World%2BNews_2&lid=VIDE
    O_1785202_Fighting%2BIn%2BSri%2BLanka&videoCategory=World
    %2BNews (last visited March 29, 2009).

  233. SRI LANKA’S PATTERN OF GROSS VIOLATIONS OF
    INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED HUMAN RIGHTS

    The GOSL is guilty of a pattern of gross violations of internationally
    recognized human rights, such as war crimes, rape, torture or cruel,
    inhumane, or degrading treatment or punishment, prolonged detention
    without charges, or other flagrant denial to life, liberty, and the security of
    person. The GOSL implacably opposes permitting an unimpeded
    investigation of alleged violations of internationally recognized human rights
    by appropriate international organizations including, but not limited to, the
    International Committee of the Red Cross, Amnesty International, the
    International Commission of Jurists, and groups or persons under the
    authority of the United Nations or the Organization of American States.
    Indeed, there has not been a single complete investigation or prosecution
    against the violators of internationally recognized human rights targeting Sri
    Lankan Tamils since the current administration in Sri Lanka climbed to
    power in November 2005. The Sinhalese Buddhist GOSL also engages in and
    tolerates particularly severe violations of religious freedom of Hindus and
    Christians, and has failed to make any efforts to combat such religious
    persecution which could have been reasonably undertaken. Perhaps most
    shocking, the GOSL’s primary military strategy to defeat the LTTE in a non-
    international armed conflict is to perpetrate endless war crimes against the
    Tamil civilian population in violation of the Hague and Geneva Conventions,
    as amplified below. The GOSL’s complete independent media and monitoring
    blackout of events in the northeast is circumstantial evidence that the GOSL
    is attempting to conceal its war crimes and sister violations of internationally
    recognized human rights.

  234. Extrajudicial killings or Disappearances.

    On January 2, 2006 around 7:45 p.m. Sri Lankan police or Sri
    Lankan military personnel murdered by gunfire execution-style 5 Tamil civilian male youth in the
    areas of Dock Yard Road close to Dutch Bay Sea beach in Trincomalee
    town of Trincomalee district.

    On June 9, 2006, Sri Lankan military personnel or
    government-sponsored paramilitaries murdered with sharp objects a
    Tamil family of 4, including lynching the 7-year old and 9-year old
    children, in the areas of Thomaspuri Ward No. 10 in the areas of
    Vankalai in Mannar district.

    On August 5, 2006 around 7:50 p.m., Sri Lankan military
    personnel murdered by gunfire execution-style 17 aid workers of the NGO Action Contre La
    Faim (ACF) in the areas of Muthur in Trincomalee district.

    On August 10, 2006 around 7:30 a.m., the Sri Lankan Air
    force aerially bombarded the Senchcholai complex in Vallipunam of
    Mullaithivu district, murdering over 57 Tamil girls.

    On May 13, 2007, Sri Lankan military personnel or
    government-sponsored paramilitaries murdered a Tamil family of 4,
    including a 4-year old Tamil child and a 4-month old Tamil child, in
    the areas of Allaipitti in Mandaithivu islet in the Jaffna peninsula.

    On September 7, 2008, Sri Lankan military personnel or
    government-sponsored paramilitaries abducted, bound at the hands
    and legs, tortured, and then decapitated Rasiah Laxahan in the areas
    of Mandan Karaveddi in Jaffna district.

    On October 3, 2008, Sri Lankan military personnel or
    government-sponsored paramilitaries abucted, tortured, and strangled
    to death Kandia Christie Rajah in the areas along Fifth Lane at
    Vaiaravappuliyankjulam in Vavuniya Police Division in Vavuniya
    district.

    On December 13, 2008 around 9:30 a.m., Sri Lankan military
    personnel launched an artillery shell attack which decapitated and
    murdered 5-month Tamil infant Jeyarooban Ajanthan, in the areas
    near or inside a Tamil IDP settlement near Thakarap-Pillaiyar temple
    on Hudson Road in Vaddakkachchi of Kilinochchi district.

    On January 17, 2009, Sri Lankan military personnel
    murdered by gunfire 3 Tamil civilians on Piramanthanaa-Visuvamadu road in Kilinochchi district.

    On February 5, 2009, the Sri Lankan military personnel
    murdered by gunfire at least 16 Tamils inside the GOSL’s
    designated “safe zone” in Mullaithivu.

  235. The government has failed to carry out effective and credible
    investigations into the killing and attacks on journalists who question
    its conduct of a war against Tamil separatists, or criticize the military
    establishment. Three attacks in January targeting the mainstream
    media drew the world’s attention to the problem, but top journalists
    have been killed, attacked, threatened, and harassed since the
    government began to pursue an all-out military victory over the
    Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in late 2006. Many local and
    foreign journalists and members of the diplomatic community believe
    the government is complicit in the attacks.” Robert Dietz, Testimony
    before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East
    and South Asia, February 24, 2009, available at
    http://omiusajpic.org/files/2009/02/dietztestimony090224p1.pdf (last
    visited March 28, 2009),

  236. “The Government of Sri Lanka is carrying out military operations in
    areas with a civilian population. The aerial and artillery bombardment
    has reportedly led to civilian deaths, injuries, the destruction of
    property and mass displacement.” Amnesty International, “Sri Lanka:
    Government and Tamil Tigers Violating Laws of War,” January 28,
    2009, available at http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-
    releases/sri-lanka-government-and-tamil-tigers-violating-laws-war-
    20090128 (last visited March 28, 2009).

    “The government had declared “safe zones” to allow civilians to seek
    shelter, but information made available to Amnesty International
    indicates that several civilians in the so-called safe zone have been
    killed or sustained injuries as a result of artillery bombardment.”.

    Lasantha Wickramatunga, final editorial to Sri Lankan President
    Mahinda Rajapaksa: “…we have consistently espoused the view that
    while separatist terrorism must be eradicated, it is more important to
    address the root causes of terrorism, and urged government to view Sri
    Lanka’s ethnic strife in the context of history and not through the
    telescope of terrorism. We have also agitated against state terrorism in
    the so-called war against terror, and made no secret of our horror that
    Sri Lanka is the only country in the world routinely to bomb its own
    citizens……For truth be told, we both know who will be behind my
    death, but dare not call his name. Not just my life, but yours too,
    depends on it.” SBS Dateline, “Hunting the Tigers,” March 15, 2009,
    available at http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/about/id/600020/n/Hunting-the-
    Tigers (last visited March 29, 2009).

    A UN document being circulated around diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka estimates
    that nearly 6,500 civilians have died and 14,000 have been injured since 20
    January 2009, as of 17th April 2009 in the conflict area of Mullaitivu
    (Friday, 24 April 2009);(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8015818.stm)

  237. The following transcript is from a February 2, 2009 report and
    interview with Sri Lankan Secretary of Defense Gotabaya Rajapaksa
    aired on SKY News:
    [Alex Crawford reporting] “The casualties are mounting on both
    sides. The aid agencies say a hospital packed with wounded has been
    repeatedly shelled. Killing some patients and injuring many more.
    The Defense Secretary told us right now everything is a legitimate
    target if it is not within the safe zone the government’s created, and
    the only hospital is outside that zone.”
    [Interview: Gotabaya Rajapaksa] “Nothing should existed beyond the
    no fire zone, nothing should…”
    [Interview: Alex Crawford] “So just to be clear, if this hospital is
    operating, if it’s outside of the safe zone, it is a legitimate target?”
    [Interview: Gotabaya Rajapaksa] “Yes. No hospital should operate in
    the area…nothing should operate. That is why we clearly gave these
    no fire zones.” Alex Crawford, “Sri Lanka: 12 Killed At Hospital,”
    SKY News, available at
    http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/video/Sri-Lanka-12-Killed-In-
    Artillery-Fire-Report-From-Tamil-Tiger-Stronghold-Jaffna-And-
    Capital-
    Colombo/Video/200902115215509?lpos=World%2BNews_2&lid=VIDE
    O_1785202_Fighting%2BIn%2BSri%2BLanka&videoCategory=World
    %2BNews (last visited March 29, 2009).

    “As you may be aware, the current humanitarian situation in the
    Vanni is dire. Since early January 2009, civilian casualties in the
    fighting between government forces and the separatist Liberation
    Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have skyrocketed. More than 4,800
    civilians are believed to have been killed and another 7,000 wounded
    in the past two months alone. Approximately a quarter of a million
    people have been displaced by the recent fighting, of which some
    35,000 are now at government centers.” Brad Adams, “Letter to IMF
    on Sri Lanka’s Emergency Support Loan Request,” Human Rights
    Watch, March 23, 2009, available at
    http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/03/23/letter-international-
    monetary-fund-imf-sri-lankas-emergency-support-loan-request (last
    visited March 27, 2009).

  238. Rape

    Between Dec 16 and Dec 17, 2005, Sri Lankan army
    sexually abused by inflicting severe fingernail and bite marks to
    several areas of the body including her breasts, and then gang-raped
    to death 20-year old Tamil undergraduate girl in the areas of
    Punguduthivu in the Jaffna islets.

    On January 28, 2009, Sri Lankan Army detained between 50-200 or
    more Tamils in the areas of Vadamaraadchi East in Jaffna district and from
    Murasumoaddai in Ki’linochchi district, confined them to detention camps administered
    by the Sri Lankan military, stripped multiple male and female
    Tamils naked, and sexually assaulted or sexually abused or raped or gang-raped
    multiple female Tamils.

    Between Jan 1 and Feb 14 2009, Sri Lankan Army had
    murdered 190 Tamil civilian males and sexually abused or raped or
    gang-raped 130 Tamil civilian females inside the “IDP Rescue
    Centers’ in Vavuniya district.

    On March 1, 2009, during a cordon and search operation in the areas
    of Vallaaveli of Batticaloa district, Sri Lankan military personnel in
    the Special Task Force (STF) in Vellaaveli Police Division in
    Batticaloa district sexually abused a 14-year old Tamil girl in front of
    her mother.

  239. Cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment.

    “After several weeks of reports of food shortages, it’s highly predicted
    that mortality could set in as a significant number of the IDP
    population is reportedly weakened and the likelihood of malnutrition
    across the same population group could translate into a rapid
    increase of nutritional and health deterioration. A recent report from
    Mullaitivu also stressed the seriousness of the food situation in
    Mullaitivu that people’s nutritional condition shows significant
    deterioration.” United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator and
    Humanitarian Coordinator, “Food Delivery to IDPs in the Vanni,”
    March 2009.

    “The government has arbitrarily detained people during screening
    procedures; subjected all internally displaced persons, including
    entire families, to indefinite confinement in military-controlled
    camps; and failed to provide adequate medical and other assistance
    to displaced persons. The government has directly restricted the
    efforts of relief agencies seeking to meet emergency needs, and has
    deterred agencies from offering greater support through policies that
    the agencies rightly perceive as unlawful.” Dr. Anna Neistat,
    Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the
    Middle East and South Asia, February 24, 2009, available at
    http://omiusajpic.org/files/2009/02/neistattestimony090224p1.pdf
    (last visited March 28, 2009).

  240. Prolonged detention without charges.

    On January 28, 2009, Sri Lankan Army detained between 50-200 or
    more Tamils in the areas from Murasumoaddai in Ki’linochchi district,
    confined them to detention camps administered by the Sri Lankan military,
    stripped multiple male and female naked, and sexually
    assaulted or sexually abused or raped or gang-raped multiple female
    Tamils.

    On January 30, 2009, Sri Lanka Army inVavuniyaa district
    separated 122 immediate Tamil civilian family
    members accompanying the seriously injured 226 Tamil civilians
    transported by the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC),
    including Tamil mothers of several injured Tamil children between
    ages 8 and 10 years, and arbitrarily and indefinitely detained them
    in internment camps located in the territory of Nelukku’lam inside
    Vavuniyaa district.

    On February 16, 2009, the Sri Lankan police or Sri Lankan military
    personnel or government-sponsored paramilitaries conducted cordon
    and search operations in the suburbs of Colombo including the areas
    of Pettah, Kotahena, Grandpass, Wellawatte, Dehiwala, Nugegoda,
    and Borella, and arbitrarily and indefinitely detained approximately
    100 Tamil civilians.

  241. “The Sri Lankan government is conducting a cynical campaign to
    prevent all independent public coverage of its military operations and
    the plight of civilians caught up in the war. While decrying LTTE
    abuses, it has kept out the media and human rights organizations
    that could report on them – and on government abuses. It has kept
    displaced persons locked up in camps and hospitals. It has traded the
    well-being of tens of thousands of Sri Lankan citizens for evading
    international scrutiny. It has been trying its best to bury the abuses.”
    Dr. Anna Neistat, Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations
    Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, February 24,
    2009, available at
    http://omiusajpic.org/files/2009/02/neistattestimony090224p1.pdf
    (last visited March 28, 2009),

  242. “The government has arbitrarily detained people during screening
    procedures; subjected all internally displaced persons, including
    entire families, to indefinite confinement in military-controlled
    camps; and failed to provide adequate medical and other assistance
    to displaced persons. The government has directly restricted the
    efforts of relief agencies seeking to meet emergency needs, and has
    deterred agencies from offering greater support through policies that
    the agencies rightly perceive as unlawful.”

    “…dozens of individuals, perhaps many more, have been detained
    during the screening process. The fate of such detainees remains
    unknown, raising fears of possible enforced disappearances and
    extrajudicial killings.”

    “Upon arrival in Vavuniya, all displaced persons, without exception,
    are subjected to indefinite confinement in de facto internment camps,
    which the government calls transit sites, “welfare centers,” or
    “welfare villages.””

    “The Sri Lankan government’s past record with regard to the
    resettlement of persons displaced by armed conflict does not give
    cause for optimism that resettlement will happen quickly. On the
    contrary, it gives reason to be concerned that the government will
    end up interning those placed there indefinitely.”

    “Tamil civilians who managed to flee the conflict area have been
    forced into camps by the Government.” Ambassador Jeffrey
    Lunstead, Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations
    Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, February 24,
    2009, available at
    http://omiusajpic.org/files/2009/02/lunsteadtestimony090224p1.pdf
    (last visited March 28, 2009).

  243. Starvation and denial of medical care.

    As a direct consequence of the de facto or de jure blockade enforced
    during all times relevant to this blocking of medical supplies and doctors
    between January 1, 2009 and January 13, 2009, the major district
    hospitals of Maangkulam, Mallavi, Poonakari, Akkarayan, and Kilinochchi were crippled in
    their capacity to treat injured or severely injured Tamil civilians
    caused by the heavy, continuous, and indiscriminate artillery shelling or Multi-Barrel
    Rocket Launcher shelling and aerial bombardments. The injured
    were impeded in access to the hospitals because of the shelling and
    aerial bombardments. Their purpose was to create conditions of life
    intended to physically destroy in whole or in substantial part the
    Tamil group, as such.

    As relevant to the more than 1000 seriously injured Tamils , the
    Government of Sri Lanka created severe shortage of medical
    supplies and doctors in the area, and the heavy, continuous, and
    indiscriminate artillery shelling or Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher
    shelling and aerial bombardments which would block or otherwise
    impede transport of the injured civilians to hospitals, as in the case
    between January 19, 2009 and January 20, 2009, created conditions
    of life intended to physically destroy in whole or in substantial part
    the Tamil group, as such.

  244. “[Alex Crawford reporting]…the government has warned foreign
    broadcasters against using them [videos from TamilNet showing
    civilians being shelled in camps].”
    “[Interview: Gotabaya Rajapaksa] We have take certain measures for
    them not to send them out of the country. That had happened
    previously. That had happened in other countries. It’s not a new
    thing. If you are a threat to the national security, than of course the
    government has to take action.”
    “And do you think broadcasting the TamilNet footage is a threat to
    national security.”
    “Of course, because that’s wrong.”
    Alex Crawford, “Sri Lanka: 12 Killed At Hospital,” SKY News,
    available at http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/video/Sri-Lanka-12-
    Killed-In-Artillery-Fire-Report-From-Tamil-Tiger-Stronghold-Jaffna-
    And-Capital-
    Colombo/Video/200902115215509?lpos=World%2BNews_2&lid=VIDE
    O_1785202_Fighting%2BIn%2BSri%2BLanka&videoCategory=World
    %2BNews (last visited March 29, 2009).

  245. Is Sri Lanka the next Somalia? (it is Rwanda now)

    Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka

    *More than 100,000 Tamil men, women and children Killed or Disappeared
    *Nearly 1 Million Tamils made to flee the country
    *More than 600,000 Tamil Internal Refugees (Internally Displaced or Evicted)
    *More than 20,000 Tamil orphaned children
    *More than 35,000 Tamil widows
    *Thousands of families (including infants) in barbed wire fenced concentration camps operated by Sri Lankan Military.
    *Half a million Tamils kept in an open prison in Northern Sri Lanka
    *Thousands in custody – detention without trial, other widespread abuses
    *Economic embargo imposed on traditional Tamil areas for more than 2 decades
    *Supply of food, medicine, fuel, electricity and other essential items controlled by the Military
    *Forced Starvation
    *Mass Graves and systematic violations of fundamental human rights remain un-investigated
    *No International Media allowed into conflict areas
    *Systematic destruction of Infrastructure
    *Indiscriminate and wanton air attacks on traditional Tamil areas for more than 2 decades.
    *Hundreds of thousands of livelihoods and schools, hospitals, libraries, temples, churches, houses, villages destroyed

  246. Tamils living outside Sri Lanka know the truth. They know what is really happening because they have relatives who have been killed and injured in the North-East area of Sri Lanka. Many in the Tamil Diaspora have been victims of Sri Lankan State terror / Army atrocities.

    ALL OF THESE SRI LANKAN STATE ATROCITIES HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTED WITH FULL EVIDENCE WITH HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS. You can check with them yourselves. Or check the reports published on Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Red Cross.

    International Media should not become a mouthpiece of the Sri Lankan govt. Report the TRUTH or atleast publish the reports from Tamil Journalists, Politicians and Medical Staff.

    The Sinhala people are NOT SUFFERING!

    The Tamil people ARE SUFFERING!!!!

    - Tamils are living in fear in Sri Lanka. They have a miserable life.

    - Tamils are afraid of the Sri Lankan Police & Army.

    - Tamils are living in fear of Sinhala Thugs, Criminals: ex-Sinhala Army Soldiers who deserted SL Army, Drug Dealers and other criminals.

    - Tamils are living in fear of Kidnappers. Most are kidnapped at random by Sri Lankan Intelligency Agency (Secret Police) and tortured for information on LTTE.

    - How many innocent Tamils languish in Prisons today???

    - How many innocent Tamils have been brutally TORTURED?

    - How many poor innocent Tamil girls have been RAPED???

    IT IS A DISGRACE THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD, KNOWING THAT THIS HAPPENING KEEP SILENT. IT IS WRONG!!!

  247. RE: the comment above under the name 'ATC' defending Christoph (the person who posted this incomplete, misleading 'Time-Line' of Sri Lanka's history).

    AI should atleast accept that it has a duty to present FACTS and not in a 'selective', misleading, harmful manner. 'IRIN' maybe a UN entity. But we all know how pathetic a org UN is. It's really a Useless Organization that has failed to protect the lives of millions of people around the world, not just SL.

    How did Sri Lanka end up in this crisis? you ask…

    Human Rights organizations such as Amnesty International, the United Nations (which has the 'Responsibility to Protect') and influential world leaders allowed Sri Lanka "end up in this crisis". You could have all raised your voice when it was needed most. Now after all this unnecessary loss of life and terrible suffering on the Tamil people, there is still no pressure on the Govt of Sri Lanka. Everyone is looking after their own interests (political, economical, strategic, personal) these days. AI, please do your job. your duty.

  248. Is Sri Lanka the next Somalia? (it is Rwanda now)

    Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka

    *More than 100,000 Tamil men, women and children Killed or Disappeared
    *Nearly 1 Million Tamils made to flee the country
    *More than 600,000 Tamil Internal Refugees (Internally Displaced or Evicted)
    *More than 20,000 Tamil orphaned children
    *More than 35,000 Tamil widows
    *Thousands of families (including infants) in barbed wire fenced concentration camps operated by Sri Lankan Military.
    *Half a million Tamils kept in an open prison in Northern Sri Lanka
    *Thousands in custody – detention without trial, other widespread abuses
    *Economic embargo imposed on traditional Tamil areas for more than 2 decades
    *Supply of food, medicine, fuel, electricity and other essential items controlled by the Military
    *Forced Starvation
    *Mass Graves and systematic violations of fundamental human rights remain un-investigated
    *No International Media allowed into conflict areas
    *Systematic destruction of Infrastructure
    *Indiscriminate and wanton air attacks on traditional Tamil areas for more than 2 decades.
    *Hundreds of thousands of livelihoods and schools, hospitals, libraries, temples, churches, houses, villages destroyed

  249. Tamils living outside Sri Lanka know the truth. They know what is really happening because they have relatives who have been killed and injured in the North-East area of Sri Lanka. Many in the Tamil Diaspora have been victims of Sri Lankan State terror / Army atrocities.

    ALL OF THESE SRI LANKAN STATE ATROCITIES HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTED WITH FULL EVIDENCE WITH HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS. You can check with them yourselves. Or check the reports published on Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Red Cross.

    International Media should not become a mouthpiece of the Sri Lankan govt. Report the TRUTH or atleast publish the reports from Tamil Journalists, Politicians and Medical Staff.

    The Sinhala people are NOT SUFFERING!

    The Tamil people ARE SUFFERING!!!!

    - Tamils are living in fear in Sri Lanka. They have a miserable life.

    - Tamils are afraid of the Sri Lankan Police & Army.

    - Tamils are living in fear of Sinhala Thugs, Criminals: ex-Sinhala Army Soldiers who deserted SL Army, Drug Dealers and other criminals.

    - Tamils are living in fear of Kidnappers. Most are kidnapped at random by Sri Lankan Intelligency Agency (Secret Police) and tortured for information on LTTE.

    - How many innocent Tamils languish in Prisons today???

    - How many innocent Tamils have been brutally TORTURED?

    - How many poor innocent Tamil girls have been RAPED???

    IT IS A DISGRACE THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD, KNOWING THAT THIS HAPPENING KEEP SILENT. IT IS WRONG!!!

  250. RE: the comment above under the name ‘ATC’ defending Christoph (the person who posted this incomplete, misleading ‘Time-Line’ of Sri Lanka’s history).

    AI should atleast accept that it has a duty to present FACTS and not in a ‘selective’, misleading, harmful manner. ‘IRIN’ maybe a UN entity. But we all know how pathetic a org UN is. It’s really a Useless Organization that has failed to protect the lives of millions of people around the world, not just SL.

    How did Sri Lanka end up in this crisis? you ask…

    Human Rights organizations such as Amnesty International, the United Nations (which has the ‘Responsibility to Protect’) and influential world leaders allowed Sri Lanka “end up in this crisis”. You could have all raised your voice when it was needed most. Now after all this unnecessary loss of life and terrible suffering on the Tamil people, there is still no pressure on the Govt of Sri Lanka. Everyone is looking after their own interests (political, economical, strategic, personal) these days. AI, please do your job. your duty.

  251. It looks like the Amnesty collected all the informations from Srilankan Regime
    and it's state media outlets about the ethnic conflict in the Island.
    Tamil Ethnic issue is not started with LTTE in seventies.It has been triggered
    since independance(1946) and the successive Sinhala Governments abused/
    cheated and used the army to attack/arrest/torture/kill the Tamils and their political leaders in the power sharing question repeatedly and forced the Tamils to resort violence/armed struggle to end the racist Sinhala majority rule in Tamil region called Tamil Eelam.
    Amnesty USA should not rewrite the History of Tamils with the guidance of
    Sinhala government and it's media outlets.
    There are ample independent sources of informations/history details/data available for anyone to read,analize and check to find out the TRUTH of Tamil
    political struggle by peacefull means as well as the current Armed struggle!
    Amnesty should not defame/undermine the Tamil political struggle by it's own ignorance.

  252. When I was beaten by the Sinhalese thugs for the only reason being a TAMIL in 1970, ( I was only 11 years old), My concern is what are we going to do from now on wards. Since everyone agrees that there is a conflict, what is the solution? It is the duty of English who started all the hardship on Tamils by bringing together two separate Nations when they came to Ceylon and just abandoning the Tamils when they left. We are only asking everyone out there to let us live on our own as we lived before and took care of ourselves before the English came. The Marriage between two Tamils and Sinhalese did not work out very well and there have always problems. So please give us a divorce and let us live as two good neigbours and in time to come we can even become friends….. What do you think?

  253. I am sorry about first sentence above…. What I meant to say was that the Tigers were not there when I was beaten just because I was speaking in Tamil. Hence, no one can blame the Tigers for what is happening now. On the other hand we all can without any doubt say Successive Sinhalese Governments created the Tigers by the way they treated the Tamils. One good example is the statement given by then Sri-Lankan Leader Mr. J.R.Jeyawardene during the 1977 riots where many Tamils lost their lives. In a nutshell, he said, "in order to make sinhalese people happy, he does not mind killing the Tamils" If I am wrong, please correct me….

  254. It looks like the Amnesty collected all the informations from Srilankan Regime
    and it’s state media outlets about the ethnic conflict in the Island.
    Tamil Ethnic issue is not started with LTTE in seventies.It has been triggered
    since independance(1946) and the successive Sinhala Governments abused/
    cheated and used the army to attack/arrest/torture/kill the Tamils and their political leaders in the power sharing question repeatedly and forced the Tamils to resort violence/armed struggle to end the racist Sinhala majority rule in Tamil region called Tamil Eelam.
    Amnesty USA should not rewrite the History of Tamils with the guidance of
    Sinhala government and it’s media outlets.
    There are ample independent sources of informations/history details/data available for anyone to read,analize and check to find out the TRUTH of Tamil
    political struggle by peacefull means as well as the current Armed struggle!
    Amnesty should not defame/undermine the Tamil political struggle by it’s own ignorance.

  255. We are facing the crisis situation in Sri Lanka as far as the Tamils are concerned. There is an overwhelming health care crisis which, none of the available resources in Sri Lanka can handle. This is a SL Govt. created avoidable crisis. The international agencies acts on the interests of the public safety & welfare, like AI should take a firm stand & step in. There is no point at this time to do a post mortam analysis to see who did wrong when & what.
    When the parents are abusive the children aid society steps in & say to the parents that they are not capable being the the parents & remove them & giving them to the foster parents. The civilians are being killed indiscriminately by the govt. forces(supposed to be the protective body). Taking the civilians from the LTTE to the camps is like back to the abusive parents.

  256. When I was beaten by the Sinhalese thugs for the only reason being a TAMIL in 1970, ( I was only 11 years old), My concern is what are we going to do from now on wards. Since everyone agrees that there is a conflict, what is the solution? It is the duty of English who started all the hardship on Tamils by bringing together two separate Nations when they came to Ceylon and just abandoning the Tamils when they left. We are only asking everyone out there to let us live on our own as we lived before and took care of ourselves before the English came. The Marriage between two Tamils and Sinhalese did not work out very well and there have always problems. So please give us a divorce and let us live as two good neigbours and in time to come we can even become friends….. What do you think?

  257. I am sorry about first sentence above…. What I meant to say was that the Tigers were not there when I was beaten just because I was speaking in Tamil. Hence, no one can blame the Tigers for what is happening now. On the other hand we all can without any doubt say Successive Sinhalese Governments created the Tigers by the way they treated the Tamils. One good example is the statement given by then Sri-Lankan Leader Mr. J.R.Jeyawardene during the 1977 riots where many Tamils lost their lives. In a nutshell, he said, “in order to make sinhalese people happy, he does not mind killing the Tamils” If I am wrong, please correct me….

  258. All the responses above have highlighted the lack of neutrality ( equals negligence )by the writer in compiling the report. But what worries me is how on earth this report will serve the purpose as stated in their IRIN website :- "The networks target decision-makers in relief agencies, host and donor governments, human-rights organisations, humanitarian advocacy groups, academic institutions and the media. At the same time, IRIN strives to ensure that affected communities can also access reliable information, so they can take informed decisions about their future"
    Any one can do a google search. But surely people work on this kind of responsible and sensitive task should do some home work before coming out with partisan statement.

  259. Amnesty! Beautiful nice pictures MUST SEE.
    go keep on drink coffie who cares. put these photo's on your records. maybe after 50years you can do some exhibition.
    Please remind SL that there are around 15million Thamils living outside of SL so after they FINISH killing all the Thamils in SL they can do the same for us.

    SHUT YOUR ORGANAISATION AND GO HOME.
    http://tamilnational.com/news-flash/976-ituation-

  260. Amnesty! Beautiful nice pictures MUST SEE.
    go keep on drink coffie who cares. put these photo's on your records. maybe after 50years you can do some exhibition.
    Please remind SL that there are around 15million Thamils living outside of SL so after they FINISH killing all the Thamils in SL they can do the same for us.

    SHUT YOUR ORGANAISATION AND GO HOME.
    http://tamilnational.com/news-flash/976-ituation-

  261. Amnesty! Beautiful nice pictures MUST SEE.
    go keep on drink coffie who cares. put these photo's on your records. maybe after 50years you can do some exhibition.
    Please remind SL that there are around 15million Thamils living outside of SL so after they FINISH killing all the Thamils in SL they can do the same for us.

    SHUT YOUR ORGANAISATION AND GO HOME.
    http://tamilnational.com/news-flash/976-ituation-

  262. We are facing the crisis situation in Sri Lanka as far as the Tamils are concerned. There is an overwhelming health care crisis which, none of the available resources in Sri Lanka can handle. This is a SL Govt. created avoidable crisis. The international agencies acts on the interests of the public safety & welfare, like AI should take a firm stand & step in. There is no point at this time to do a post mortam analysis to see who did wrong when & what.
    When the parents are abusive the children aid society steps in & say to the parents that they are not capable being the the parents & remove them & giving them to the foster parents. The civilians are being killed indiscriminately by the govt. forces(supposed to be the protective body). Taking the civilians from the LTTE to the camps is like back to the abusive parents.

  263. All the responses above have highlighted the lack of neutrality ( equals negligence )by the writer in compiling the report. But what worries me is how on earth this report will serve the purpose as stated in their IRIN website :- “The networks target decision-makers in relief agencies, host and donor governments, human-rights organisations, humanitarian advocacy groups, academic institutions and the media. At the same time, IRIN strives to ensure that affected communities can also access reliable information, so they can take informed decisions about their future”
    Any one can do a google search. But surely people work on this kind of responsible and sensitive task should do some home work before coming out with partisan statement.

  264. Amnesty! Beautiful nice pictures MUST SEE.
    go keep on drink coffie who cares. put these photo’s on your records. maybe after 50years you can do some exhibition.
    Please remind SL that there are around 15million Thamils living outside of SL so after they FINISH killing all the Thamils in SL they can do the same for us.

    SHUT YOUR ORGANAISATION AND GO HOME.

    http://tamilnational.com/news-flash/976-ituation-report-may10html

  265. New satellite imagery analysis offers a glimpse on Sri Lanka’s northeastern war zone. The analysis – initially requested by Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Watch – compares two images from May 6 and May 10, 2009, in order to produce additional evidence on the recent attacks. It “reveals evidence of probable artillery shelling as well as major population displacement”, according to a press release by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    http://blog.amnestyusa.org/asia/satellite-imagery

  266. New satellite imagery analysis offers a glimpse on Sri Lanka’s northeastern war zone. The analysis – initially requested by Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Watch – compares two images from May 6 and May 10, 2009, in order to produce additional evidence on the recent attacks. It “reveals evidence of probable artillery shelling as well as major population displacement”, according to a press release by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    http://blog.amnestyusa.org/asia/satellite-imagery

  267. New satellite imagery analysis offers a glimpse on Sri Lanka’s northeastern war zone. The analysis – initially requested by Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Watch – compares two images from May 6 and May 10, 2009, in order to produce additional evidence on the recent attacks. It “reveals evidence of probable artillery shelling as well as major population displacement”, according to a press release by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    http://blog.amnestyusa.org/asia/satellite-imagery

  268. New satellite imagery analysis offers a glimpse on Sri Lanka’s northeastern war zone. The analysis – initially requested by Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Watch – compares two images from May 6 and May 10, 2009, in order to produce additional evidence on the recent attacks. It “reveals evidence of probable artillery shelling as well as major population displacement”, according to a press release by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

    http://blog.amnestyusa.org/asia/satellite-imagery-offers-glimpse-on-sri-lankan-war-zone/

  269. This whole article is looking at the history from 1970 on and may be a few replies – almost all from the Tamil Diaspora twisting the history prior to that.

    I am amazed how so many Tamils supporting the LTTE do not realise that it is the LTTE that has become their own enemy.

    Anyways, moving forward, there could be several reasons for Sri Lanka to end up in this situation from which one is, Sri Lanka, being a unitary state, tried to pamper the terrorists a little too much where it came to a situation that a terror organization went to the level of being branded as freedom fighters. Even Taliban are freedom fighters in that sense – fighting for the freedom of the Islam in the way they believe is right. – is it acceptable ??

    Even the Singhalees in Sri lanka do not enjoy some of the benefits the Tamils would only due to this reason. in 1987, the JVP, a singhalees terror group was crushed and no one said anything because it was singhalees fighting against singhalees. The same theory should be applied with LTTE and it should be seen as Sri lankans fighting against a Sri Lankan terror group. This fight has nothing to do with Tamil brotheren. We have lived in harmony in this country for many years. Only when there had been attacks in the past and only when they started ruling in separate parts of the land, the majority Singhala lead kings had to fight and regain the territory. It is said that even in the past, the Sri Lankan (Helaya) army lead by the Majority Singhla Kigs had soldiers of various ethnic groups fighting against those who captured land by force. No where in history there had been a Tamil Land as claimed. Always it had been Chola, Pandya and Kerala who had been attacking Sri Lankan (Helaya) territory. Not even when the English got here there was a separate state in any part of the Island – if so English would have had to capture that too ha ?? There was only one pact – and that was with the King of Sri Lanka who was a Nayakkara Clan and not a Singhalees king. This also shows that Singhalees did not mind other races ruling the country, but loved to live in peace and harmony.

    Bottom line – LTTE should be eliminated and everything would settle. Even the people who escape from LTTE has this Stand – so it is important that people and governments world over to support the current Sri Lankan government to eliminate the LTTE and all will live happily ever after in Sri lanka…

  270. This whole article is looking at the history from 1970 on and may be a few replies – almost all from the Tamil Diaspora twisting the history prior to that.

    I am amazed how so many Tamils supporting the LTTE do not realise that it is the LTTE that has become their own enemy.

    Anyways, moving forward, there could be several reasons for Sri Lanka to end up in this situation from which one is, Sri Lanka, being a unitary state, tried to pamper the terrorists a little too much where it came to a situation that a terror organization went to the level of being branded as freedom fighters. Even Taliban are freedom fighters in that sense – fighting for the freedom of the Islam in the way they believe is right. – is it acceptable ??

    Even the Singhalees in Sri lanka do not enjoy some of the benefits the Tamils would only due to this reason. in 1987, the JVP, a singhalees terror group was crushed and no one said anything because it was singhalees fighting against singhalees. The same theory should be applied with LTTE and it should be seen as Sri lankans fighting against a Sri Lankan terror group. This fight has nothing to do with Tamil brotheren. We have lived in harmony in this country for many years. Only when there had been attacks in the past and only when they started ruling in separate parts of the land, the majority Singhala lead kings had to fight and regain the territory. It is said that even in the past, the Sri Lankan (Helaya) army lead by the Majority Singhla Kigs had soldiers of various ethnic groups fighting against those who captured land by force. No where in history there had been a Tamil Land as claimed. Always it had been Chola, Pandya and Kerala who had been attacking Sri Lankan (Helaya) territory. Not even when the English got here there was a separate state in any part of the Island – if so English would have had to capture that too ha ?? There was only one pact – and that was with the King of Sri Lanka who was a Nayakkara Clan and not a Singhalees king. This also shows that Singhalees did not mind other races ruling the country, but loved to live in peace and harmony.

    Bottom line – LTTE should be eliminated and everything would settle. Even the people who escape from LTTE has this Stand – so it is important that people and governments world over to support the current Sri Lankan government to eliminate the LTTE and all will live happily ever after in Sri lanka…

  271. Roshan!
    I am a Karava Sinhalees from Gampaha. Pls don't lie as your Sinhala rasist leaders do. tell me how comes Karava,Careas and Parava Fishery Thamils became Sinhala? Who did that? Sinhalees systamaticaly made us to be Sinhalees. this is what they are already doing with upcuntry Thamils and Thamil Moslims. now they want to do thae same with Native Sri Lankan Thamils or better call them Eelam Thamils.
    Eelam Thamils are not fools to go out on street to protest against Sinhala Terrorist Govermant.
    Bottom Line: Thamil Eelam is the only solution for this GENOCIDE PROBLEM

  272. Roshan!
    *read your mahavamse and find out that Kallathony Vijaya's father was a 4 feet LION (ANIMAL). Sinhala Histrory from bottom to top is a BIG LIE.
    *When Vijaya and his 700 notories friends deported from nothern India they accieantly came to NagaPatinam
    *Kuweni and YAKKER & NAGAR Thamils were already living in NagarPatinam (SL)
    *in Sinhala they pronounce YAKKER like YAKSE (Yakse – Devil) so many Sinhalees think that Kuweni was a ugly Yaksaniyek.
    *When was your Rasist Govermant when you and your Hora Hela's looting Thamils in 1983?
    *Hora SL Army still looting the Thamils in Mullaitheevu. where is the justice?

    Listen Roshan!
    You cannot put all the argumants in to LTTE. you cannot put all the blames on LTTE.
    I have never been in North East in SL. but from Sinhala side i know Terible is Sinhala Bhudist Govermant is.

    * Y Sinhala Christians can't become Presidant in SL?

    ane Roshan boru kiyanne nethive yanava hallo yando. ahinsake minusu marappu saape thopilaate yako.

  273. Dear Mr.Alfonso,thank you.Your Statement is absolutly correct and your answer for rohan also correct.Mr.Rohan learn from srilankan history from one drop.If he want more information please read the book of "Tamils in Srilanka",this book written by Dr.Murugar Gunasingam.He said all facts with real sources.Tamils ancient peoople in Srilanka.

  274. Roshan!
    I am a Karava Sinhalees from Gampaha. Pls don’t lie as your Sinhala rasist leaders do. tell me how comes Karava,Careas and Parava Fishery Thamils became Sinhala? Who did that? Sinhalees systamaticaly made us to be Sinhalees. this is what they are already doing with upcuntry Thamils and Thamil Moslims. now they want to do thae same with Native Sri Lankan Thamils or better call them Eelam Thamils.
    Eelam Thamils are not fools to go out on street to protest against Sinhala Terrorist Govermant.
    Bottom Line: Thamil Eelam is the only solution for this GENOCIDE PROBLEM

  275. Roshan!
    *read your mahavamse and find out that Kallathony Vijaya’s father was a 4 feet LION (ANIMAL). Sinhala Histrory from bottom to top is a BIG LIE.
    *When Vijaya and his 700 notories friends deported from nothern India they accieantly came to NagaPatinam
    *Kuweni and YAKKER & NAGAR Thamils were already living in NagarPatinam (SL)
    *in Sinhala they pronounce YAKKER like YAKSE (Yakse – Devil) so many Sinhalees think that Kuweni was a ugly Yaksaniyek.
    *When was your Rasist Govermant when you and your Hora Hela’s looting Thamils in 1983?
    *Hora SL Army still looting the Thamils in Mullaitheevu. where is the justice?

    Listen Roshan!
    You cannot put all the argumants in to LTTE. you cannot put all the blames on LTTE.
    I have never been in North East in SL. but from Sinhala side i know Terible is Sinhala Bhudist Govermant is.

    * Y Sinhala Christians can’t become Presidant in SL?

    ane Roshan boru kiyanne nethive yanava hallo yando. ahinsake minusu marappu saape thopilaate yako.

  276. Dear Mr.Alfonso,thank you.Your Statement is absolutly correct and your answer for rohan also correct.Mr.Rohan learn from srilankan history from one drop.If he want more information please read the book of “Tamils in Srilanka”,this book written by Dr.Murugar Gunasingam.He said all facts with real sources.Tamils ancient peoople in Srilanka.

  277. mr.rohan,i think you have to lern a lot,about tamils.You no WHO you are and WHO we were! NO. first of all,before starting your comments you have to go back over the histry of singhalees. we know you all are son of SINGHAYA!
    "mullu lokeyema maha moda kathawa". singhalees are always differ from normal people all over the world.

    "oye ahinsaka minisunvai, thutharuwanlawai marapu umbalage Moda kamadai,bari kamadai budugaminge thanduwam labennathuva nemay allo. kopy kadde balala naththa, kurungkoiye kiyawana they mathaka naththa?".

    me lokeye antheema themalaya hidapang thiyanawabang umbalada VEDI API: puluwang nang ennda kiyappang umbalage moda paksheda.HAMuWEMUNG.

  278. LOL – U guys must be absolutely nuts to think that we believe that we came from the Animal Lion… It is from a trible (Like Yaksa and Naga) called the Lions tribe lead by an absolute human… Anyways.. We still do believe that the Yaksa's and the Naga's are Sri lankan – no doubt about it. Also, they mixed with the people who came along with Wijaya and that's how the nation of Singhalees began. Ravana is still believed to be the king who ruled many parts of south east asia. BUT, on what grounds are we telling that they were Tamils ?? If so, why could not they keep their identity ? Obviously a 700 army (as if they came in the Titanic) couldn't out do a whole nation of Yakka and Naga Tamils ?

    This is where you have got your wires crossed and believe in lies. With the coming of Wijaya, a new nation began and along with the coming of Buddhism, a new civilisation began. This civilization was great and had many achievements in the past. But, from time to time, Chola's, Pandyas and Keralites attacked the country. When those kingdoms were torn apart by the Sri Lankan kings, with compassion, the normal civilians were let to live in the country. These people are now what we call Tamils – we had not even heard of a Tamil Kingdom or any other literature anywhere in the world about a Tamil nation. So ideally, it is the decedents of the south indian Diaspora of that time which is called Tamil. Otherwise, how come there be a larger population of Tamils in southern India than in Sri Lanka ?? How come Tamils are less than 15% of the population in Sri Lanka ? Ideally you should ask for Tamil eelam from India – which could have been achieved if you had done it in the 70's at least as India released pakistan and bangladesh prior to this.

    As we all know the Up country tamils are those who were brought down from India to do labour in Tea estates. They are still there too – be happy that we again let them live here and not send back to India…

    I have friends who are Karawe and are singhalees. Well, if at all what you say is right, you are asking for something like what the Cherokee Indians would ask from the USA government – a separate land saying that they were the first occupants. See it is too late – now this country / Island has a different identity, you can't break it – it was broken 2500 years ago – even America is only 400 years.

    Don't think that I am a racist. I have a load of tamil friends and I really like them. I know that there has been several incidents and I do not entertain them at all (like the 83 riots). We had a family hidden in our house during this period – I can tell the name – Mr. Rajarathnam a former Engineer of CEB who migrated to Aussie later. All I am saying is that what ever the history is, Sri Lanka or the Hela Diva of good old days has moved far away from that and this is a new identity from 2500 years back. Majority are Singhalees and also Buddhist – hence to keep that identity, it is important that the main ruler of the country be a singhlala buddhist. All other citizens in the country has to live with it while this ruler ensure the others could live with it. Yoou don't get Shivanadan to rule any of the middle eastern countries ha ? Can any buddhist left in Afganisthan or Iran say that in future Iran would like to have a Buddhist leader ? The only place this could happen is in USA, where a American Indian origin might one day become the president – but, he would be the president of USA and would have adopted the new values the USA has – not get people to dance around a fire wearing feather hats. Bottom line, Sri Lankan Singhala Buddhist has been having an identity for the past 2,000 years here, and it is too late to change it… it is been so with other countries for many years too.. I feel sorry for you guys not having a homeland, but lies or violence are not the way to get it – also you need to really go where you majority is – south India. But you know what ?? I think you guys are too chicken to fight with the Indian government, that's why you choose a small nation and a small Island !

  279. mr.rohan,i think you have to lern a lot,about tamils.You no WHO you are and WHO we were! NO. first of all,before starting your comments you have to go back over the histry of singhalees. we know you all are son of SINGHAYA!
    “mullu lokeyema maha moda kathawa”. singhalees are always differ from normal people all over the world.

    “oye ahinsaka minisunvai, thutharuwanlawai marapu umbalage Moda kamadai,bari kamadai budugaminge thanduwam labennathuva nemay allo. kopy kadde balala naththa, kurungkoiye kiyawana they mathaka naththa?”.

    me lokeye antheema themalaya hidapang thiyanawabang umbalada VEDI API: puluwang nang ennda kiyappang umbalage moda paksheda.HAMuWEMUNG.

  280. LOL – U guys must be absolutely nuts to think that we believe that we came from the Animal Lion… It is from a trible (Like Yaksa and Naga) called the Lions tribe lead by an absolute human… Anyways.. We still do believe that the Yaksa’s and the Naga’s are Sri lankan – no doubt about it. Also, they mixed with the people who came along with Wijaya and that’s how the nation of Singhalees began. Ravana is still believed to be the king who ruled many parts of south east asia. BUT, on what grounds are we telling that they were Tamils ?? If so, why could not they keep their identity ? Obviously a 700 army (as if they came in the Titanic) couldn’t out do a whole nation of Yakka and Naga Tamils ?

    This is where you have got your wires crossed and believe in lies. With the coming of Wijaya, a new nation began and along with the coming of Buddhism, a new civilisation began. This civilization was great and had many achievements in the past. But, from time to time, Chola’s, Pandyas and Keralites attacked the country. When those kingdoms were torn apart by the Sri Lankan kings, with compassion, the normal civilians were let to live in the country. These people are now what we call Tamils – we had not even heard of a Tamil Kingdom or any other literature anywhere in the world about a Tamil nation. So ideally, it is the decedents of the south indian Diaspora of that time which is called Tamil. Otherwise, how come there be a larger population of Tamils in southern India than in Sri Lanka ?? How come Tamils are less than 15% of the population in Sri Lanka ? Ideally you should ask for Tamil eelam from India – which could have been achieved if you had done it in the 70′s at least as India released pakistan and bangladesh prior to this.

    As we all know the Up country tamils are those who were brought down from India to do labour in Tea estates. They are still there too – be happy that we again let them live here and not send back to India…

    I have friends who are Karawe and are singhalees. Well, if at all what you say is right, you are asking for something like what the Cherokee Indians would ask from the USA government – a separate land saying that they were the first occupants. See it is too late – now this country / Island has a different identity, you can’t break it – it was broken 2500 years ago – even America is only 400 years.

    Don’t think that I am a racist. I have a load of tamil friends and I really like them. I know that there has been several incidents and I do not entertain them at all (like the 83 riots). We had a family hidden in our house during this period – I can tell the name – Mr. Rajarathnam a former Engineer of CEB who migrated to Aussie later. All I am saying is that what ever the history is, Sri Lanka or the Hela Diva of good old days has moved far away from that and this is a new identity from 2500 years back. Majority are Singhalees and also Buddhist – hence to keep that identity, it is important that the main ruler of the country be a singhlala buddhist. All other citizens in the country has to live with it while this ruler ensure the others could live with it. Yoou don’t get Shivanadan to rule any of the middle eastern countries ha ? Can any buddhist left in Afganisthan or Iran say that in future Iran would like to have a Buddhist leader ? The only place this could happen is in USA, where a American Indian origin might one day become the president – but, he would be the president of USA and would have adopted the new values the USA has – not get people to dance around a fire wearing feather hats. Bottom line, Sri Lankan Singhala Buddhist has been having an identity for the past 2,000 years here, and it is too late to change it… it is been so with other countries for many years too.. I feel sorry for you guys not having a homeland, but lies or violence are not the way to get it – also you need to really go where you majority is – south India. But you know what ?? I think you guys are too chicken to fight with the Indian government, that’s why you choose a small nation and a small Island !

  281. Sinhalaya Modaya Kewung Kande Yodaya! yes Roshan, You have proofd it. You are same as your leaders ANIMAL HARTED Lier.
    *Yakker and Nagar are Thamils (read South Indian history)
    *Sinhala language is a mix of 70% Thamil
    *Vijaya and 700 rowdys came(deported) from Bihar (mahavamse)
    *North India was occupied by Persian and arabs. the result is fair ski Hindians and the new language was born. original Hindi speaking population in India is 3%.But it is the national language and acctually dominating languge. point is: that invaders can rule the country and claim the country. so, the Sinhalees do
    Ex:
    1. Palastina belongs to Arabs – Ruling nation is Israel
    2.Netherlands belongs to Fries – Ruling nation is Dutch
    3.America belongs to Red Indian -Ruling nation is Europeans
    4.Australia belongs to Aboriginal – Ruling nation is Brittish colonial Pirates generations
    5.Taiwan belongs to Taiwanees – Ruling (thretning) nation is China
    6. Tibet belongs to Tibetians – Ruling nation is China
    7.Ierland belongs to Irsh – Ruling nation is Brittish
    8. Thamil Eelam belongs to Thamils – Murdering and ethnic clensing nation is Sinhala
    *If SL gaves equal postion to Thamils as it is in India there wil be no need to Thamil Eelam. But now noway Thamil Eelam is the only solution.

    *IF EELAM THAMILS ARE FROM INDIA THEY WOULD NOT ASK THAMIL EELAM IN SRI LANKA. Eelam Thamils would not do the same thing like Kosovan's did in Kosovo (x-Yugoslavia)
    That's why Karava and Parava Thamils are not asking for Thamil Eelam. because we know we have been bought to Ceylon by Portugees Pirates and from Thamil Nadu (Thoothukudi)
    * Karava and Parava Thamils systamaticaly made to Sinhalees by sending us to Sinhala Schools for more than 150 years.
    *Where upcountry Thamils and Islamic Thamils are living, there been Sinhala Schools are builded and these Thamils been forced to go to Sinhala schools. after 50years these people wil be speak only Sinhala as my Karava Thamils do.
    * Thamils are not only Hindus, Christians and Islamists. but also Bhudist.
    Thamils respect all religion. so you don't think that Bhuda belongs only to Sinhalees.
    *Kallathony Vijaya's son Roshan listen Putha!
    what ever you write here doesnt matter. Sollution is THAMIL EELAM.
    Roshan!
    I am happily married to a lovely Sinhala beauty and my 4 sons are speaking Thamil as Sinhala. I don't want to go to Jaffna and live. But I must speak the truth. whole my wife's side Sinhala family knows the real problem and they also say Thamil Eelam is the only sollution.
    *my Sinhala family and friends thought Eelam Thamils are Vathu Dhemala (upcountry Thamils) so you do also. that's the main problem. Eelam Thamils know who they are and why and what they are asking for. But Sinhalees not.
    * Thamils from north and east are too good for this world. really i mean it. they are very kind,decent and motherly harted people. Terrorist Sinhala govermant gave them the name TERRORIST. Theif knows before he get the name he has to give that name to other one.
    Wel Roshan! Y not you don't go back to your father's country BIHAR.
    My policy is this. I don't discriminate others and I don't treat anybody like 2nd class citizen. but if someone like Roshan talk dirty and wrong things about Thamils, I don't pick it. because in me i have THAMIL BLOOD.
    Blood is thicker than water.
    I know that you are from Australia and also participated in RIOTS againt Thamil demonstrtors in Sydney. Also in youtube you been writing thinks in different names. do not waste your time Naaki hore Hele Roshan.
    Pimbuwaate bade oye gembage ne heda, dhemoth vede kide mame athing paying vede. mang niyama KARA

  282. Sinhalaya Modaya Kewung Kande Yodaya! yes Roshan, You have proofd it. You are same as your leaders ANIMAL HARTED Lier.
    *Yakker and Nagar are Thamils (read South Indian history)
    *Sinhala language is a mix of 70% Thamil
    *Vijaya and 700 rowdys came(deported) from Bihar (mahavamse)
    *North India was occupied by Persian and arabs. the result is fair ski Hindians and the new language was born. original Hindi speaking population in India is 3%.But it is the national language and acctually dominating languge. point is: that invaders can rule the country and claim the country. so, the Sinhalees do
    Ex:
    1. Palastina belongs to Arabs – Ruling nation is Israel
    2.Netherlands belongs to Fries – Ruling nation is Dutch
    3.America belongs to Red Indian -Ruling nation is Europeans
    4.Australia belongs to Aboriginal – Ruling nation is Brittish colonial Pirates generations
    5.Taiwan belongs to Taiwanees – Ruling (thretning) nation is China
    6. Tibet belongs to Tibetians – Ruling nation is China
    7.Ierland belongs to Irsh – Ruling nation is Brittish
    8. Thamil Eelam belongs to Thamils – Murdering and ethnic clensing nation is Sinhala
    *If SL gaves equal postion to Thamils as it is in India there wil be no need to Thamil Eelam. But now noway Thamil Eelam is the only solution.

    *IF EELAM THAMILS ARE FROM INDIA THEY WOULD NOT ASK THAMIL EELAM IN SRI LANKA. Eelam Thamils would not do the same thing like Kosovan’s did in Kosovo (x-Yugoslavia)
    That’s why Karava and Parava Thamils are not asking for Thamil Eelam. because we know we have been bought to Ceylon by Portugees Pirates and from Thamil Nadu (Thoothukudi)
    * Karava and Parava Thamils systamaticaly made to Sinhalees by sending us to Sinhala Schools for more than 150 years.
    *Where upcountry Thamils and Islamic Thamils are living, there been Sinhala Schools are builded and these Thamils been forced to go to Sinhala schools. after 50years these people wil be speak only Sinhala as my Karava Thamils do.
    * Thamils are not only Hindus, Christians and Islamists. but also Bhudist.
    Thamils respect all religion. so you don’t think that Bhuda belongs only to Sinhalees.
    *Kallathony Vijaya’s son Roshan listen Putha!
    what ever you write here doesnt matter. Sollution is THAMIL EELAM.
    Roshan!
    I am happily married to a lovely Sinhala beauty and my 4 sons are speaking Thamil as Sinhala. I don’t want to go to Jaffna and live. But I must speak the truth. whole my wife’s side Sinhala family knows the real problem and they also say Thamil Eelam is the only sollution.
    *my Sinhala family and friends thought Eelam Thamils are Vathu Dhemala (upcountry Thamils) so you do also. that’s the main problem. Eelam Thamils know who they are and why and what they are asking for. But Sinhalees not.
    * Thamils from north and east are too good for this world. really i mean it. they are very kind,decent and motherly harted people. Terrorist Sinhala govermant gave them the name TERRORIST. Theif knows before he get the name he has to give that name to other one.
    Wel Roshan! Y not you don’t go back to your father’s country BIHAR.
    My policy is this. I don’t discriminate others and I don’t treat anybody like 2nd class citizen. but if someone like Roshan talk dirty and wrong things about Thamils, I don’t pick it. because in me i have THAMIL BLOOD.
    Blood is thicker than water.
    I know that you are from Australia and also participated in RIOTS againt Thamil demonstrtors in Sydney. Also in youtube you been writing thinks in different names. do not waste your time Naaki hore Hele Roshan.
    Pimbuwaate bade oye gembage ne heda, dhemoth vede kide mame athing paying vede. mang niyama KARA

  283. LOL at Alfonso again !!

    Well, we can argue on this not till cows come home, but, even till Prabha's ghost / spirit goes to heaven (like it will not happen for the next million + years). But, as long as you don't understand the point I am trying to drive – of being a single nation, we will never end our argument. FYI – I am not in Australia and I don't have anything against Tamils – I am In Sri Lanka – in Wellawatte with a load of Tamil friends around me who share the same interest of getting rid of the LTTE – well, we achieved our goal and you and your friends couldn't. So – Parava illey.

    Once again, I say – try to get this to your head –

    - Ravana is a Sri Lankan king.
    - Wijaya came to SL (agree with you – from Persia) – yes outlawed and they settled here mixing with many other tribes which were here and started a nation which we call call Helaya – former Sri Lanka.
    - This nation was attacked by south Indian parties many a times, but the kings of Helaya – who are decedents of Yakka / Naga / Wijaya etc. etc… defeted them from time to time..
    - SO – WE ARE THE HELA'S
    - But these people are now called tamil and formally Chola, Pandya, Kerala etc…
    - So, bottom line is, the people of Helaya was attacked by South Indians and the remaining settlers are those who always created trouble.
    - Singhala Language is derived mainly from Sanskrit and Pali just like Hindi – not Tamil – You will find Hindi being closer to singhala than Tamil being closer to Singhala – being neighbors and with no requirements for VISA's obviously there would be travel between South India and Helaya even 200 years before. So, you obviously except the fact that there will be Tamils or many others in this Land – BUT, we all are now Sri Lankans… We will have to live with it whether we like it or not !
    - Well – enough said and done – We are on the verge of building a new sri lanka where people live in peace and harmony – hope U will have the luck to join in too…
    Take care my Brother !

  284. One Final word to all who read these blogs – there is no un-humanitarian acts happening in SL by the people or the army. We have put up camps that have better facilities than what the Karina victims had, for the IDP's in north and all people in there are fed by the majority out side. We already make sacrifices by paying double the amount to most essential food items so that the government can use it as tax to feed the IDP's. The first to start sending clothing and food items to the IDP's were the people from Colombo and Kandy.

    Many Tamil politicians are with the government at this moment of time – this includes the former LTTE members as Karuna, Daya Master and George Master – Many other Tamil leaders are blessing the government for getting rid of the menace of LTTE – I sincerely hope that the Diaspora who has limited access to correct information and have all possibilities to get false information by the false propaganda created by the LTTE would join these great leaders as Ananda Sangiri, Devanandan and even Karuna Amman where you will get to know the truth and ensure that we live in a united country as all of us do in all parts of the Island apart from North – I hope that a Singhalees or a Muslim or a burger, Ja, Malay or any person would be able to visit north in the near future as the Tamils can in anywhere of the land.

  285. LOL again and again with my friends about your total pointles things you wrote.
    * Since when you changed the Vijaya's Country? Mahavamse says that Vijaya comes from Bihar (notorieus province in India) but you says that Vijaya comes from Persia (Iran) ha ha ha ha . keep on lie. go support Mahinda Rajapakse and Sri Lanka with you. Last week i have canseld my SL citizenship. cause i feel very shame for what my Presidant Rajapase did to Thamils.
    Roshan do you know that Nadasen's wife is a Sinhalees?
    Sri Lanka is past tence for me and my family. I have sold whole my propetys in SL. it's over with Sinhala Govermant and rasists.
    Roshan, i wish you luck with Karuna, Thaya master and hundreds of Thamil dead body's. keep them enjoy. by the way, in future whom you going to blame for murders? you can't blame LTTE again. maybe Pillayan. haha ha haamong other Thamil leaders you didn't mentiond Pillayan's name.
    Curse on Murderes.

  286. LOL at Alfonso again !!

    Well, we can argue on this not till cows come home, but, even till Prabha’s ghost / spirit goes to heaven (like it will not happen for the next million + years). But, as long as you don’t understand the point I am trying to drive – of being a single nation, we will never end our argument. FYI – I am not in Australia and I don’t have anything against Tamils – I am In Sri Lanka – in Wellawatte with a load of Tamil friends around me who share the same interest of getting rid of the LTTE – well, we achieved our goal and you and your friends couldn’t. So – Parava illey.

    Once again, I say – try to get this to your head -

    - Ravana is a Sri Lankan king.
    - Wijaya came to SL (agree with you – from Persia) – yes outlawed and they settled here mixing with many other tribes which were here and started a nation which we call call Helaya – former Sri Lanka.
    - This nation was attacked by south Indian parties many a times, but the kings of Helaya – who are decedents of Yakka / Naga / Wijaya etc. etc… defeted them from time to time..
    - SO – WE ARE THE HELA’S
    - But these people are now called tamil and formally Chola, Pandya, Kerala etc…
    - So, bottom line is, the people of Helaya was attacked by South Indians and the remaining settlers are those who always created trouble.
    - Singhala Language is derived mainly from Sanskrit and Pali just like Hindi – not Tamil – You will find Hindi being closer to singhala than Tamil being closer to Singhala – being neighbors and with no requirements for VISA’s obviously there would be travel between South India and Helaya even 200 years before. So, you obviously except the fact that there will be Tamils or many others in this Land – BUT, we all are now Sri Lankans… We will have to live with it whether we like it or not !
    - Well – enough said and done – We are on the verge of building a new sri lanka where people live in peace and harmony – hope U will have the luck to join in too…
    Take care my Brother !

  287. One Final word to all who read these blogs – there is no un-humanitarian acts happening in SL by the people or the army. We have put up camps that have better facilities than what the Karina victims had, for the IDP’s in north and all people in there are fed by the majority out side. We already make sacrifices by paying double the amount to most essential food items so that the government can use it as tax to feed the IDP’s. The first to start sending clothing and food items to the IDP’s were the people from Colombo and Kandy.

    Many Tamil politicians are with the government at this moment of time – this includes the former LTTE members as Karuna, Daya Master and George Master – Many other Tamil leaders are blessing the government for getting rid of the menace of LTTE – I sincerely hope that the Diaspora who has limited access to correct information and have all possibilities to get false information by the false propaganda created by the LTTE would join these great leaders as Ananda Sangiri, Devanandan and even Karuna Amman where you will get to know the truth and ensure that we live in a united country as all of us do in all parts of the Island apart from North – I hope that a Singhalees or a Muslim or a burger, Ja, Malay or any person would be able to visit north in the near future as the Tamils can in anywhere of the land.

  288. LOL again and again with my friends about your total pointles things you wrote.
    * Since when you changed the Vijaya’s Country? Mahavamse says that Vijaya comes from Bihar (notorieus province in India) but you says that Vijaya comes from Persia (Iran) ha ha ha ha . keep on lie. go support Mahinda Rajapakse and Sri Lanka with you. Last week i have canseld my SL citizenship. cause i feel very shame for what my Presidant Rajapase did to Thamils.
    Roshan do you know that Nadasen’s wife is a Sinhalees?
    Sri Lanka is past tence for me and my family. I have sold whole my propetys in SL. it’s over with Sinhala Govermant and rasists.
    Roshan, i wish you luck with Karuna, Thaya master and hundreds of Thamil dead body’s. keep them enjoy. by the way, in future whom you going to blame for murders? you can’t blame LTTE again. maybe Pillayan. haha ha haamong other Thamil leaders you didn’t mentiond Pillayan’s name.
    Curse on Murderes.

  289. Hey Alfonso – Man, I am so glad that a traitor like you is no longer in Sri Lanka nor haven't got anything to do with Sri Lanka…I think that is what we exactly need – we only need to people who love this country to stay here. This way, people like you will not and should not have anything to do with Sri Lanka nor have any interest int he country either. Please tell your fellow supporters to do the same too..

    BTW, glad to know that Nadesan's wife was a Singhalees. Also you might know that there were around 50 Sinhalees in the LTTE army too. There are many in the SL army who are married to Tamils too. This drives the point that we should be one nation and not hypocrites trying to divide the tiny Island. As for Pillayan, I did not intend to list down all the names here, if so, I can even go on to mention my good friends Sanjeev Jayaram and Krishamoorthy Ganeshapillai too… What about Mano Ganesan for a leader ?

    If you look at history, Even Persia belonged to the former Indian kingdom at one time. They also say that we all origined in Africa – may be the whole world should go to Africa and claim that it's our motherland !!

  290. Hey Alfonso – Man, I am so glad that a traitor like you is no longer in Sri Lanka nor haven’t got anything to do with Sri Lanka…I think that is what we exactly need – we only need to people who love this country to stay here. This way, people like you will not and should not have anything to do with Sri Lanka nor have any interest int he country either. Please tell your fellow supporters to do the same too..

    BTW, glad to know that Nadesan’s wife was a Singhalees. Also you might know that there were around 50 Sinhalees in the LTTE army too. There are many in the SL army who are married to Tamils too. This drives the point that we should be one nation and not hypocrites trying to divide the tiny Island. As for Pillayan, I did not intend to list down all the names here, if so, I can even go on to mention my good friends Sanjeev Jayaram and Krishamoorthy Ganeshapillai too… What about Mano Ganesan for a leader ?

    If you look at history, Even Persia belonged to the former Indian kingdom at one time. They also say that we all origined in Africa – may be the whole world should go to Africa and claim that it’s our motherland !!

  291. I found the following article written by a Tamil scolor in Sri Lanka on this issue on http://www.odemagazine.com/blogs/readers_blog/746

    Hope this would be an eye opener for those who still want to terrorize this tiny Island.

    I am amazed at the mobilization of young people from the Tamil Diaspora around the world to protest against the Sri Lankan government’s purported human rights violations. When often the younger generation of immigrants forgets the old country to a future in the new one, it is incredibly positive that the Diaspora feels so passionate about this difficult conflict on behalf of their community. Maybe once the conflict is over, they will come back to Sri Lanka to rebuild the country together. However, there is long way to go for reconciliation between the two communities as so much hatred has manifested, especially amongst the Diaspora overseas.

    We have all been affected by this ruthless conflict. I had close relatives and friends lost to LTTE attacks and bombs. Yet, I differentiate the LTTE from Tamil people. In my daily life in Sri Lanka, we work, play sports and socialize together. I am sad this is not the case with the international Tamil community in separating the government from Sinhala people. Like in any community there are Sinhala extremists but I find most are compassionate towards other communities as I come across a diversity of people on a daily basis as an organizational trainer.

    Young Minds of Hate
    Back in Ontario, my Canadian friend Kerry was excited when her 7 year old daughter came home and said she has a Sri Lankan friend in her new class. They invited the new friend home after school one day. When Kerry told her that she too has a close Sri Lankan friend, the visitor came back with, “Is he Tamil or Sinhala ?” Kerry was taken aback by this and said, “I am not too sure but I think he is Sinhala.” To Kerry’s surprise, “Oh we hate the Sinhala” was her reply. When Kerry asked her whether she had met any Sinhala people, she said no.

    Many months later when I met Kerry during a visit to Canada, she related this story and we lamented that this impressionable seven year old had been taught to hate. Maybe her parents were subjected to hatred or violence back in Sri Lanka, but is it wise to burden a child with such a strong toxic emotion, which she will carry for the rest of her life?

    The Diaspora
    So, I am sad at the fact that the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora, especially, the young, many of whom have never been to Sri Lanka, are growing up with such extreme feelings towards the Sinhala people.

    A friend, a Canadian of Sinhala parentage told me recently that a long time friend of his had told him, “As a Tamil Canadian, I should not be hanging out with you.” He was shocked by this, but that is what it has come down to. Even friends who never looked at race before are now putting their identity as a Tamil or Sinhala before friendship.
    Sad this happens in a place 10,000 kms away from where the real conflict is taking place. The irony is that in the old country we are already talking about reconciliation and rebuilding relationships.

    An Intercultural Dialogue
    I was part of such an event last week in Pollonnaruwa, not too far from the conflict. Seventy university students – Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala – from around the country were brought together by a core group of sixteen multi-ethnic students from Colombo based universities through a British Council sponsored project called Intercultural Dialogue – to explore culture, identity and history to look towards a common future as Sri Lankans.

    It was an emotionally charged three days. One session had the distinct races exploring a ‘Time Line’ to inquire how the three communities see history shaping Sri Lanka to what it is today. The Sinhala team presenting the turning points in History as the former populist Prim Minister Bandaranaike’s Sinhala only policy in 1956, burning the Jaffna library by southern based Sinhala politicians and black July in 1983 where many innocent Tamil civilians were killed in Colombo struck a chord with the Tamil team who got up and said, “We never realized Sinhala people looked at our history in this way”. The Tamil team had the same events in their presentation and immediately found common ground to work from. Ironically the Muslim team felt marginalized when they said, “See, neither Tamil nor Sinhala team mentioned us and this is what is happening to us, we are caught between both sides and ignored by all.”

    The programme used dialoguing techniques such as the ‘Fish Bowl’ to discuss difficult emotional issues to create better understanding. One young Tamil student studying Arts, Drama and Film Making in the Eastern University lamented his parents not letting him go to Colombo to continue his studies. A Sinhala student then spoke and said, “Yes, your parents are right in discouraging you coming to Colombo. This is a difficult time with all the security. When I see a young Tamil person in the bus, I too wonder. But all this will change soon enough”.

    When a Muslim student said, that the Sri Lankan constitution forbids a non Buddhist to become President, the leader of the Colombo based core team of organizers, a law student, said, “ I have studied the constitution very carefully and it does not state anywhere that the person has to be a Buddhist. It just states that the President must safeguard Buddhism as the national religion.” He went on to state in fluent Sinhala, “I am a Tamil and I aspire to become the President of Sri Lanka in twenty years” to which there was great applause from everyone, and surprise from the Tamil students who did not realize the leader of the core team was a Tamil.

    Teaching the Biology of the Brain
    As a part of the learning for the programme, my colleague and I as facilitators made a presentation on our emotions and spirituality. We based this on the biology of the brain and how our reptilian brain, which ensures our basic physical survival and the limbic brain, which balances our emotions have to work together. This way our natural moral compass gets activated through the strong limbic nourishment first from our parents and then our close relationships. When this nourishment is positive and appreciative, it makes for emotionally well balanced individuals with high self esteem and good physical health. We also worked with some practical breathing exercises to illustrate how the breath is a powerful tool in controlling emotions and the ego to develop a positive attitude towards life.

    A combination of learning new theories on the brain and emotions to dialogue made these three days a rich and a novel experience for everyone.

    The programme ended with mixed teams producing plays done in a combination of Sinhala and Tamil languages to depict Thai Pongal – Tamil festival of harvest, a Tamil wedding, a Muslim wedding, Sinhala New Year celebrations, a Sinhala wedding and a comical rendition of “Nari Bena”, a folk tale about a fox wanting to marry a beautiful girl.

    I came away from these 3 days with a renewed sense of hope that these university students will eventually make a difference to this troubled nation. They will approach the future not from the male dominated Military Industrial age of the past, which is left brained and reptilian. They will approach it from the new Conceptual age, which is a partnership between the right and left brains, male and female, the yin and the yang and in limbic balance. It will be based more on dialogue, understanding, creative relationships and a sense of community through the power of balance.

    I really hope that the young people in the Diaspora will eventually visit Sri Lanka to see for themselves that amongst all the negatives that is shown through media which is to do with the government and the LTTE, there is also compassion and understanding between people and a shared past to build a common future on. I see that acted out in the way civil society made up of all the communities are mobilizing to help the displaced people.

    I also hope that they are able to transform their toxic emotions of fear and hate to a more balanced one of openness and flexibility in the way the university students in Pollonnaruwa found out.

  292. I found the following article written by a Tamil scolor in Sri Lanka on this issue on http://www.odemagazine.com/blogs/readers_blog/746

    Hope this would be an eye opener for those who still want to terrorize this tiny Island.

    I am amazed at the mobilization of young people from the Tamil Diaspora around the world to protest against the Sri Lankan government’s purported human rights violations. When often the younger generation of immigrants forgets the old country to a future in the new one, it is incredibly positive that the Diaspora feels so passionate about this difficult conflict on behalf of their community. Maybe once the conflict is over, they will come back to Sri Lanka to rebuild the country together. However, there is long way to go for reconciliation between the two communities as so much hatred has manifested, especially amongst the Diaspora overseas.

    We have all been affected by this ruthless conflict. I had close relatives and friends lost to LTTE attacks and bombs. Yet, I differentiate the LTTE from Tamil people. In my daily life in Sri Lanka, we work, play sports and socialize together. I am sad this is not the case with the international Tamil community in separating the government from Sinhala people. Like in any community there are Sinhala extremists but I find most are compassionate towards other communities as I come across a diversity of people on a daily basis as an organizational trainer.

    Young Minds of Hate
    Back in Ontario, my Canadian friend Kerry was excited when her 7 year old daughter came home and said she has a Sri Lankan friend in her new class. They invited the new friend home after school one day. When Kerry told her that she too has a close Sri Lankan friend, the visitor came back with, “Is he Tamil or Sinhala ?” Kerry was taken aback by this and said, “I am not too sure but I think he is Sinhala.” To Kerry’s surprise, “Oh we hate the Sinhala” was her reply. When Kerry asked her whether she had met any Sinhala people, she said no.

    Many months later when I met Kerry during a visit to Canada, she related this story and we lamented that this impressionable seven year old had been taught to hate. Maybe her parents were subjected to hatred or violence back in Sri Lanka, but is it wise to burden a child with such a strong toxic emotion, which she will carry for the rest of her life?

    The Diaspora
    So, I am sad at the fact that the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora, especially, the young, many of whom have never been to Sri Lanka, are growing up with such extreme feelings towards the Sinhala people.

    A friend, a Canadian of Sinhala parentage told me recently that a long time friend of his had told him, “As a Tamil Canadian, I should not be hanging out with you.” He was shocked by this, but that is what it has come down to. Even friends who never looked at race before are now putting their identity as a Tamil or Sinhala before friendship.
    Sad this happens in a place 10,000 kms away from where the real conflict is taking place. The irony is that in the old country we are already talking about reconciliation and rebuilding relationships.

    An Intercultural Dialogue
    I was part of such an event last week in Pollonnaruwa, not too far from the conflict. Seventy university students – Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala – from around the country were brought together by a core group of sixteen multi-ethnic students from Colombo based universities through a British Council sponsored project called Intercultural Dialogue – to explore culture, identity and history to look towards a common future as Sri Lankans.

    It was an emotionally charged three days. One session had the distinct races exploring a ‘Time Line’ to inquire how the three communities see history shaping Sri Lanka to what it is today. The Sinhala team presenting the turning points in History as the former populist Prim Minister Bandaranaike’s Sinhala only policy in 1956, burning the Jaffna library by southern based Sinhala politicians and black July in 1983 where many innocent Tamil civilians were killed in Colombo struck a chord with the Tamil team who got up and said, “We never realized Sinhala people looked at our history in this way”. The Tamil team had the same events in their presentation and immediately found common ground to work from. Ironically the Muslim team felt marginalized when they said, “See, neither Tamil nor Sinhala team mentioned us and this is what is happening to us, we are caught between both sides and ignored by all.”

    The programme used dialoguing techniques such as the ‘Fish Bowl’ to discuss difficult emotional issues to create better understanding. One young Tamil student studying Arts, Drama and Film Making in the Eastern University lamented his parents not letting him go to Colombo to continue his studies. A Sinhala student then spoke and said, “Yes, your parents are right in discouraging you coming to Colombo. This is a difficult time with all the security. When I see a young Tamil person in the bus, I too wonder. But all this will change soon enough”.

    When a Muslim student said, that the Sri Lankan constitution forbids a non Buddhist to become President, the leader of the Colombo based core team of organizers, a law student, said, “ I have studied the constitution very carefully and it does not state anywhere that the person has to be a Buddhist. It just states that the President must safeguard Buddhism as the national religion.” He went on to state in fluent Sinhala, “I am a Tamil and I aspire to become the President of Sri Lanka in twenty years” to which there was great applause from everyone, and surprise from the Tamil students who did not realize the leader of the core team was a Tamil.

    Teaching the Biology of the Brain
    As a part of the learning for the programme, my colleague and I as facilitators made a presentation on our emotions and spirituality. We based this on the biology of the brain and how our reptilian brain, which ensures our basic physical survival and the limbic brain, which balances our emotions have to work together. This way our natural moral compass gets activated through the strong limbic nourishment first from our parents and then our close relationships. When this nourishment is positive and appreciative, it makes for emotionally well balanced individuals with high self esteem and good physical health. We also worked with some practical breathing exercises to illustrate how the breath is a powerful tool in controlling emotions and the ego to develop a positive attitude towards life.

    A combination of learning new theories on the brain and emotions to dialogue made these three days a rich and a novel experience for everyone.

    The programme ended with mixed teams producing plays done in a combination of Sinhala and Tamil languages to depict Thai Pongal – Tamil festival of harvest, a Tamil wedding, a Muslim wedding, Sinhala New Year celebrations, a Sinhala wedding and a comical rendition of “Nari Bena”, a folk tale about a fox wanting to marry a beautiful girl.

    I came away from these 3 days with a renewed sense of hope that these university students will eventually make a difference to this troubled nation. They will approach the future not from the male dominated Military Industrial age of the past, which is left brained and reptilian. They will approach it from the new Conceptual age, which is a partnership between the right and left brains, male and female, the yin and the yang and in limbic balance. It will be based more on dialogue, understanding, creative relationships and a sense of community through the power of balance.

    I really hope that the young people in the Diaspora will eventually visit Sri Lanka to see for themselves that amongst all the negatives that is shown through media which is to do with the government and the LTTE, there is also compassion and understanding between people and a shared past to build a common future on. I see that acted out in the way civil society made up of all the communities are mobilizing to help the displaced people.

    I also hope that they are able to transform their toxic emotions of fear and hate to a more balanced one of openness and flexibility in the way the university students in Pollonnaruwa found out.

  293. I found the following article written by a Tamil scolor in Sri Lanka on this issue on http://www.odemagazine.com/blogs/readers_blog/746

    Hope this would be an eye opener for those who still want to terrorize this tiny Island.

    I am amazed at the mobilization of young people from the Tamil Diaspora around the world to protest against the Sri Lankan government’s purported human rights violations. When often the younger generation of immigrants forgets the old country to a future in the new one, it is incredibly positive that the Diaspora feels so passionate about this difficult conflict on behalf of their community. Maybe once the conflict is over, they will come back to Sri Lanka to rebuild the country together. However, there is long way to go for reconciliation between the two communities as so much hatred has manifested, especially amongst the Diaspora overseas.

    We have all been affected by this ruthless conflict. I had close relatives and friends lost to LTTE attacks and bombs. Yet, I differentiate the LTTE from Tamil people. In my daily life in Sri Lanka, we work, play sports and socialize together. I am sad this is not the case with the international Tamil community in separating the government from Sinhala people. Like in any community there are Sinhala extremists but I find most are compassionate towards other communities as I come across a diversity of people on a daily basis as an organizational trainer.

    Young Minds of Hate
    Back in Ontario, my Canadian friend Kerry was excited when her 7 year old daughter came home and said she has a Sri Lankan friend in her new class. They invited the new friend home after school one day. When Kerry told her that she too has a close Sri Lankan friend, the visitor came back with, “Is he Tamil or Sinhala ?” Kerry was taken aback by this and said, “I am not too sure but I think he is Sinhala.” To Kerry’s surprise, “Oh we hate the Sinhala” was her reply. When Kerry asked her whether she had met any Sinhala people, she said no.

    Many months later when I met Kerry during a visit to Canada, she related this story and we lamented that this impressionable seven year old had been taught to hate. Maybe her parents were subjected to hatred or violence back in Sri Lanka, but is it wise to burden a child with such a strong toxic emotion, which she will carry for the rest of her life?

    The Diaspora
    So, I am sad at the fact that the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora, especially, the young, many of whom have never been to Sri Lanka, are growing up with such extreme feelings towards the Sinhala people.

    A friend, a Canadian of Sinhala parentage told me recently that a long time friend of his had told him, “As a Tamil Canadian, I should not be hanging out with you.” He was shocked by this, but that is what it has come down to. Even friends who never looked at race before are now putting their identity as a Tamil or Sinhala before friendship.
    Sad this happens in a place 10,000 kms away from where the real conflict is taking place. The irony is that in the old country we are already talking about reconciliation and rebuilding relationships.

    An Intercultural Dialogue
    I was part of such an event last week in Pollonnaruwa, not too far from the conflict. Seventy university students – Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala – from around the country were brought together by a core group of sixteen multi-ethnic students from Colombo based universities through a British Council sponsored project called Intercultural Dialogue – to explore culture, identity and history to look towards a common future as Sri Lankans.

    It was an emotionally charged three days. One session had the distinct races exploring a ‘Time Line’ to inquire how the three communities see history shaping Sri Lanka to what it is today. The Sinhala team presenting the turning points in History as the former populist Prim Minister Bandaranaike’s Sinhala only policy in 1956, burning the Jaffna library by southern based Sinhala politicians and black July in 1983 where many innocent Tamil civilians were killed in Colombo struck a chord with the Tamil team who got up and said, “We never realized Sinhala people looked at our history in this way”. The Tamil team had the same events in their presentation and immediately found common ground to work from. Ironically the Muslim team felt marginalized when they said, “See, neither Tamil nor Sinhala team mentioned us and this is what is happening to us, we are caught between both sides and ignored by all.”

    The programme used dialoguing techniques such as the ‘Fish Bowl’ to discuss difficult emotional issues to create better understanding. One young Tamil student studying Arts, Drama and Film Making in the Eastern University lamented his parents not letting him go to Colombo to continue his studies. A Sinhala student then spoke and said, “Yes, your parents are right in discouraging you coming to Colombo. This is a difficult time with all the security. When I see a young Tamil person in the bus, I too wonder. But all this will change soon enough”.

    When a Muslim student said, that the Sri Lankan constitution forbids a non Buddhist to become President, the leader of the Colombo based core team of organizers, a law student, said, “ I have studied the constitution very carefully and it does not state anywhere that the person has to be a Buddhist. It just states that the President must safeguard Buddhism as the national religion.” He went on to state in fluent Sinhala, “I am a Tamil and I aspire to become the President of Sri Lanka in twenty years” to which there was great applause from everyone, and surprise from the Tamil students who did not realize the leader of the core team was a Tamil.

    Teaching the Biology of the Brain
    As a part of the learning for the programme, my colleague and I as facilitators made a presentation on our emotions and spirituality. We based this on the biology of the brain and how our reptilian brain, which ensures our basic physical survival and the limbic brain, which balances our emotions have to work together. This way our natural moral compass gets activated through the strong limbic nourishment first from our parents and then our close relationships. When this nourishment is positive and appreciative, it makes for emotionally well balanced individuals with high self esteem and good physical health. We also worked with some practical breathing exercises to illustrate how the breath is a powerful tool in controlling emotions and the ego to develop a positive attitude towards life.

    A combination of learning new theories on the brain and emotions to dialogue made these three days a rich and a novel experience for everyone.

    The programme ended with mixed teams producing plays done in a combination of Sinhala and Tamil languages to depict Thai Pongal – Tamil festival of harvest, a Tamil wedding, a Muslim wedding, Sinhala New Year celebrations, a Sinhala wedding and a comical rendition of “Nari Bena”, a folk tale about a fox wanting to marry a beautiful girl.

    I came away from these 3 days with a renewed sense of hope that these university students will eventually make a difference to this troubled nation. They will approach the future not from the male dominated Military Industrial age of the past, which is left brained and reptilian. They will approach it from the new Conceptual age, which is a partnership between the right and left brains, male and female, the yin and the yang and in limbic balance. It will be based more on dialogue, understanding, creative relationships and a sense of community through the power of balance.

    I really hope that the young people in the Diaspora will eventually visit Sri Lanka to see for themselves that amongst all the negatives that is shown through media which is to do with the government and the LTTE, there is also compassion and understanding between people and a shared past to build a common future on. I see that acted out in the way civil society made up of all the communities are mobilizing to help the displaced people.

    I also hope that they are able to transform their toxic emotions of fear and hate to a more balanced one of openness and flexibility in the way the university students in Pollonnaruwa found out.

  294. I found the following article written by a Tamil scolor in Sri Lanka on this issue on http://www.odemagazine.com/blogs/readers_blog/7463/ending_the_cycle_of_hatre

    Hope this would be an eye opener for those who still want to terrorize this tiny Island.

    I am amazed at the mobilization of young people from the Tamil Diaspora around the world to protest against the Sri Lankan government’s purported human rights violations. When often the younger generation of immigrants forgets the old country to a future in the new one, it is incredibly positive that the Diaspora feels so passionate about this difficult conflict on behalf of their community. Maybe once the conflict is over, they will come back to Sri Lanka to rebuild the country together. However, there is long way to go for reconciliation between the two communities as so much hatred has manifested, especially amongst the Diaspora overseas.

    We have all been affected by this ruthless conflict. I had close relatives and friends lost to LTTE attacks and bombs. Yet, I differentiate the LTTE from Tamil people. In my daily life in Sri Lanka, we work, play sports and socialize together. I am sad this is not the case with the international Tamil community in separating the government from Sinhala people. Like in any community there are Sinhala extremists but I find most are compassionate towards other communities as I come across a diversity of people on a daily basis as an organizational trainer.

    Young Minds of Hate
    Back in Ontario, my Canadian friend Kerry was excited when her 7 year old daughter came home and said she has a Sri Lankan friend in her new class. They invited the new friend home after school one day. When Kerry told her that she too has a close Sri Lankan friend, the visitor came back with, “Is he Tamil or Sinhala ?” Kerry was taken aback by this and said, “I am not too sure but I think he is Sinhala.” To Kerry’s surprise, “Oh we hate the Sinhala” was her reply. When Kerry asked her whether she had met any Sinhala people, she said no.

    Many months later when I met Kerry during a visit to Canada, she related this story and we lamented that this impressionable seven year old had been taught to hate. Maybe her parents were subjected to hatred or violence back in Sri Lanka, but is it wise to burden a child with such a strong toxic emotion, which she will carry for the rest of her life?

    The Diaspora
    So, I am sad at the fact that the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora, especially, the young, many of whom have never been to Sri Lanka, are growing up with such extreme feelings towards the Sinhala people.

    A friend, a Canadian of Sinhala parentage told me recently that a long time friend of his had told him, “As a Tamil Canadian, I should not be hanging out with you.” He was shocked by this, but that is what it has come down to. Even friends who never looked at race before are now putting their identity as a Tamil or Sinhala before friendship.
    Sad this happens in a place 10,000 kms away from where the real conflict is taking place. The irony is that in the old country we are already talking about reconciliation and rebuilding relationships.

    An Intercultural Dialogue
    I was part of such an event last week in Pollonnaruwa, not too far from the conflict. Seventy university students – Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala – from around the country were brought together by a core group of sixteen multi-ethnic students from Colombo based universities through a British Council sponsored project called Intercultural Dialogue – to explore culture, identity and history to look towards a common future as Sri Lankans.

    It was an emotionally charged three days. One session had the distinct races exploring a ‘Time Line’ to inquire how the three communities see history shaping Sri Lanka to what it is today. The Sinhala team presenting the turning points in History as the former populist Prim Minister Bandaranaike’s Sinhala only policy in 1956, burning the Jaffna library by southern based Sinhala politicians and black July in 1983 where many innocent Tamil civilians were killed in Colombo struck a chord with the Tamil team who got up and said, “We never realized Sinhala people looked at our history in this way”. The Tamil team had the same events in their presentation and immediately found common ground to work from. Ironically the Muslim team felt marginalized when they said, “See, neither Tamil nor Sinhala team mentioned us and this is what is happening to us, we are caught between both sides and ignored by all.”

    The programme used dialoguing techniques such as the ‘Fish Bowl’ to discuss difficult emotional issues to create better understanding. One young Tamil student studying Arts, Drama and Film Making in the Eastern University lamented his parents not letting him go to Colombo to continue his studies. A Sinhala student then spoke and said, “Yes, your parents are right in discouraging you coming to Colombo. This is a difficult time with all the security. When I see a young Tamil person in the bus, I too wonder. But all this will change soon enough”.

    When a Muslim student said, that the Sri Lankan constitution forbids a non Buddhist to become President, the leader of the Colombo based core team of organizers, a law student, said, “ I have studied the constitution very carefully and it does not state anywhere that the person has to be a Buddhist. It just states that the President must safeguard Buddhism as the national religion.” He went on to state in fluent Sinhala, “I am a Tamil and I aspire to become the President of Sri Lanka in twenty years” to which there was great applause from everyone, and surprise from the Tamil students who did not realize the leader of the core team was a Tamil.

    Teaching the Biology of the Brain
    As a part of the learning for the programme, my colleague and I as facilitators made a presentation on our emotions and spirituality. We based this on the biology of the brain and how our reptilian brain, which ensures our basic physical survival and the limbic brain, which balances our emotions have to work together. This way our natural moral compass gets activated through the strong limbic nourishment first from our parents and then our close relationships. When this nourishment is positive and appreciative, it makes for emotionally well balanced individuals with high self esteem and good physical health. We also worked with some practical breathing exercises to illustrate how the breath is a powerful tool in controlling emotions and the ego to develop a positive attitude towards life.

    A combination of learning new theories on the brain and emotions to dialogue made these three days a rich and a novel experience for everyone.

    The programme ended with mixed teams producing plays done in a combination of Sinhala and Tamil languages to depict Thai Pongal – Tamil festival of harvest, a Tamil wedding, a Muslim wedding, Sinhala New Year celebrations, a Sinhala wedding and a comical rendition of “Nari Bena”, a folk tale about a fox wanting to marry a beautiful girl.

    I came away from these 3 days with a renewed sense of hope that these university students will eventually make a difference to this troubled nation. They will approach the future not from the male dominated Military Industrial age of the past, which is left brained and reptilian. They will approach it from the new Conceptual age, which is a partnership between the right and left brains, male and female, the yin and the yang and in limbic balance. It will be based more on dialogue, understanding, creative relationships and a sense of community through the power of balance.

    I really hope that the young people in the Diaspora will eventually visit Sri Lanka to see for themselves that amongst all the negatives that is shown through media which is to do with the government and the LTTE, there is also compassion and understanding between people and a shared past to build a common future on. I see that acted out in the way civil society made up of all the communities are mobilizing to help the displaced people.

    I also hope that they are able to transform their toxic emotions of fear and hate to a more balanced one of openness and flexibility in the way the university students in Pollonnaruwa found out.

  295. No Use talking about what happened in the 1950's. If so we can talk about what happened for the past 2500 years where the South Indian armies destroyed Sri Lanka and it's Heritage from time to time. What's important for all of us is to understand the current mentality of the Sri Lankan people who want peace… We are quite sure that there will be lasting peace since Terrorism is now wiped out and a proper political solution is in sight.

  296. No Use talking about what happened in the 1950′s. If so we can talk about what happened for the past 2500 years where the South Indian armies destroyed Sri Lanka and it’s Heritage from time to time. What’s important for all of us is to understand the current mentality of the Sri Lankan people who want peace… We are quite sure that there will be lasting peace since Terrorism is now wiped out and a proper political solution is in sight.

  297. Child abuse in SL http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    here you can find a picture of CHILD BHIKU'S. it shows that these kids are taken away from their parents, family and friends and isolated in a Pansala.
    * most of these kids been sexualy abused by Bhikus. there is no investigation on this matter like in Catholic churchers. as we know past years that catholic Priests been chargeg openly and accused of sexual mis use of children. But in Sri Lanka Monks (Bhikus) are on high position (even above the Presidant) In my neighberhood many small children been sexually mis abused by Monks. But nobody take any action against these Monks.
    Amnesty should take action about this matter
    *http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/5382676/Sri-Lanka-accused-of-ethnic-cleansing-of-Tamil-areas.html
    *http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=117&id=642
    *http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=18717
    *http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=6098
    *http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=26704

  298. Child abuse in SL http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    here you can find a picture of CHILD BHIKU'S. it shows that these kids are taken away from their parents, family and friends and isolated in a Pansala.
    * most of these kids been sexualy abused by Bhikus. there is no investigation on this matter like in Catholic churchers. as we know past years that catholic Priests been chargeg openly and accused of sexual mis use of children. But in Sri Lanka Monks (Bhikus) are on high position (even above the Presidant) In my neighberhood many small children been sexually mis abused by Monks. But nobody take any action against these Monks.
    Amnesty should take action about this matter
    *http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/5382676/Sri-Lanka-accused-of-ethnic-cleansing-of-Tamil-areas.html
    *http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=117&id=642
    *http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=18717
    *http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=6098
    *http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=26704

  299. Child abuse in SL http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    here you can find a picture of CHILD BHIKU'S. it shows that these kids are taken away from their parents, family and friends and isolated in a Pansala.
    * most of these kids been sexualy abused by Bhikus. there is no investigation on this matter like in Catholic churchers. as we know past years that catholic Priests been chargeg openly and accused of sexual mis use of children. But in Sri Lanka Monks (Bhikus) are on high position (even above the Presidant) In my neighberhood many small children been sexually mis abused by Monks. But nobody take any action against these Monks.
    Amnesty should take action about this matter
    *http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/5382676/Sri-Lanka-accused-of-ethnic-cleansing-of-Tamil-areas.html
    *http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=117&id=642
    *http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=18717
    *http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=6098
    *http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=26704

  300. Child abuse in SL
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=29460
    here you can find a picture of CHILD BHIKU’S. it shows that these kids are taken away from their parents, family and friends and isolated in a Pansala.
    * most of these kids been sexualy abused by Bhikus. there is no investigation on this matter like in Catholic churchers. as we know past years that catholic Priests been chargeg openly and accused of sexual mis use of children. But in Sri Lanka Monks (Bhikus) are on high position (even above the Presidant) In my neighberhood many small children been sexually mis abused by Monks. But nobody take any action against these Monks.
    Amnesty should take action about this matter
    *http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/5382676/Sri-Lanka-accused-of-ethnic-cleansing-of-Tamil-areas.html
    *http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=117&id=642
    *http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=18717
    *http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=6098
    *http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=26704

  301. LOL @ Alfonso !!
    Just few days ago you said that you are not in Sri Lanka and have not been here for long… STOP commenting about Sri Lanka – U do not know Jack Shit !!
    What U try to make a story of are stuff that are made up by those who are none Buddhists and also LTTE.

    Also, please do not quote TamilNet as a source of credible information – A trumpet to a terrorist group will never be considered a credible source of information ! Find a better source please…

    Once again, I wish to say that you better stay off where ever you are and not bother about Sri Lanka as you are not a citizen of SL. Let Sri Lankan's solve their problems…

  302. LOL @ Alfonso !!
    Just few days ago you said that you are not in Sri Lanka and have not been here for long… STOP commenting about Sri Lanka – U do not know Jack Shit !!
    What U try to make a story of are stuff that are made up by those who are none Buddhists and also LTTE.

    Also, please do not quote TamilNet as a source of credible information – A trumpet to a terrorist group will never be considered a credible source of information ! Find a better source please…

    Once again, I wish to say that you better stay off where ever you are and not bother about Sri Lanka as you are not a citizen of SL. Let Sri Lankan’s solve their problems…

  303. Hi Vanni !!

    Better sources, but the issue is that they are funded or mislead by the Tamil Diaspora. This was proven during the HR committee meeting held in Geneva a few days ago – in the history of UN, western countries having ulterior motives were defeated by a large margin, and best of all, whole of Asia, Africa, Middle east and even South America (with the exception of Chilly) voted against the European and North American nations. I guess America still needs the port in Trinco and since the time President Jayawardena negated the proposition, has been trying various unethical means to get it. Well, too late… Vanni is liberated and so should you be… !

  304. Hi Vanni !!

    Better sources, but the issue is that they are funded or mislead by the Tamil Diaspora. This was proven during the HR committee meeting held in Geneva a few days ago – in the history of UN, western countries having ulterior motives were defeated by a large margin, and best of all, whole of Asia, Africa, Middle east and even South America (with the exception of Chilly) voted against the European and North American nations. I guess America still needs the port in Trinco and since the time President Jayawardena negated the proposition, has been trying various unethical means to get it. Well, too late… Vanni is liberated and so should you be… !

  305. War means What?.Against,Destroyed,Dicriminate.What happening in Srilanka?.Since 1948 to 1979,Srilankan Tamils wiped by rules,arrested,abducted by SLG there and here.After 1979 this activity going to worst.More and More tamil youngsters arresetd by SLG.All the rulers from SLG they have only thinking how to wiping tamils from Srilanka.Here one example:"I am not worry about the opinuion of the tamil people..now we cannot think of them,not about their lives of their opinion..the more you put pressure in the north,the happier the Sinhala peoplewill be here..Really if I starve the Tamils out,the Sinhala people will be happy"
    (J.R.Jayawardene,Former President of Srilanka.Daily Telegraph,11th July 1983)
    After his statement riots begin in Srilanka.All the Sinhala politicians like this genocide mind.If the president like this mind how can tamils expected freedom from them.Not he,till now all the SLG presidents got Genocide mind.Tamils do not believe the SLG.Not only Colombo everywhere of Srilanka the Police and Army visit the tamils houses and searching.Is it freedom of Tamils.Tamils are slaves are Srilanka.Ltte or SLG is Terrerist?.The war and genocide wiping not ending in Srilanka until one who person of individual Tamil.But Tamils not finished their freedom war,continuing till the got……from the suitable way.

  306. War means What?.Against,Destroyed,Dicriminate.What happening in Srilanka?.Since 1948 to 1979,Srilankan Tamils wiped by rules,arrested,abducted by SLG there and here.After 1979 this activity going to worst.More and More tamil youngsters arresetd by SLG.All the rulers from SLG they have only thinking how to wiping tamils from Srilanka.Here one example:”I am not worry about the opinuion of the tamil people..now we cannot think of them,not about their lives of their opinion..the more you put pressure in the north,the happier the Sinhala peoplewill be here..Really if I starve the Tamils out,the Sinhala people will be happy”
    (J.R.Jayawardene,Former President of Srilanka.Daily Telegraph,11th July 1983)
    After his statement riots begin in Srilanka.All the Sinhala politicians like this genocide mind.If the president like this mind how can tamils expected freedom from them.Not he,till now all the SLG presidents got Genocide mind.Tamils do not believe the SLG.Not only Colombo everywhere of Srilanka the Police and Army visit the tamils houses and searching.Is it freedom of Tamils.Tamils are slaves are Srilanka.Ltte or SLG is Terrerist?.The war and genocide wiping not ending in Srilanka until one who person of individual Tamil.But Tamils not finished their freedom war,continuing till the got……from the suitable way.

  307. Srilanka called Radika kumaraswamy,louise arbour,Alan Rock,Navaneetham pillai,David Miliband,Hilary Clinton etc.. etc.. as terrorists. They worked for Amnesty International, UN Human right watch, ICRC, Save the childrens ect .. Now British, France forein ministers….whoever talk human rights will be in this list. If your in sri lanka, white van will abduct you.

  308. Sinhala Bhudist Srilanka is a terrorist country. Please somebody SAVE THE THAMILS.

  309. Srilanka called Radika kumaraswamy,louise arbour,Alan Rock,Navaneetham pillai,David Miliband,Hilary Clinton etc.. etc.. as terrorists. They worked for Amnesty International, UN Human right watch, ICRC, Save the childrens ect .. Now British, France forein ministers….whoever talk human rights will be in this list. If your in sri lanka, white van will abduct you.

  310. Sinhala Bhudist Srilanka is a terrorist country. Please somebody SAVE THE THAMILS.

  311. when the total tamil population over 350,000 in the death zone, the government said only 65,000 people in safe zone,india said 70,000. They murdered and maimed over 25,000 civilians in safe zone, brought 192,000 people from death zone to concentration camps. again 165,000 civilians in the fire only zone. Again over 25,000 people were killed & several were buried alive in the bungers on final day. They used bull dozer to collect remains with injured & uesd chemical to destroy the witness. Now people are being killed and dieing due stavation in the concentration camps. GOSL plan to bring the total population in the camps to its original numbers 65,000…..

  312. when the total tamil population over 350,000 in the death zone, the government said only 65,000 people in safe zone,india said 70,000. They murdered and maimed over 25,000 civilians in safe zone, brought 192,000 people from death zone to concentration camps. again 165,000 civilians in the fire only zone. Again over 25,000 people were killed & several were buried alive in the bungers on final day. They used bull dozer to collect remains with injured & uesd chemical to destroy the witness. Now people are being killed and dieing due stavation in the concentration camps. GOSL plan to bring the total population in the camps to its original numbers 65,000…..

  313. Viva la Thamil Eelam
    Vaalge Thamil Eelam
    Thamil Eelam te Jaya veve
    Long live Thamil Eelam

    Thamil Eelam is the only solution

  314. The night of 31st may 1981 Jaffna Library burned, one of the biggest and finest in Asia. former Sinhala ministers Lalith Athulath Mudhali and Gamini Disanayake under for. SL presidant Julies Richard Jayawardana burnt the LIBRARY of Thamils. one of my good friend (a Dutch – Netherlands origin) who studied at Jaffna College Vattukottai phoned me and shared is thoughts with me about this incident. My friend was 3 weeks old when he went to Jaffna with his parents. His father was the Director of that College.He got his education in Thamil at Jaffna College

  315. Viva la Thamil Eelam
    Vaalge Thamil Eelam
    Thamil Eelam te Jaya veve
    Long live Thamil Eelam

    Thamil Eelam is the only solution

  316. The night of 31st may 1981 Jaffna Library burned, one of the biggest and finest in Asia. former Sinhala ministers Lalith Athulath Mudhali and Gamini Disanayake under for. SL presidant Julies Richard Jayawardana burnt the LIBRARY of Thamils. one of my good friend (a Dutch – Netherlands origin) who studied at Jaffna College Vattukottai phoned me and shared is thoughts with me about this incident. My friend was 3 weeks old when he went to Jaffna with his parents. His father was the Director of that College.He got his education in Thamil at Jaffna College

  317. Though I am not a spokes person for the SL Government, I will try to answer the questions to the best of my ability.

    1) How many civilians died in the final weeks of assault on the LTTE inside the ‘no fire’ zone and what has happened to their corpses?

    This question should be asked from the LTTE as they killed the civilians who tried to escape. However, since there are no LTTE members left, the answer will not be known for ever. There were many LTTE bodies found that were cremated and ashes thrown to the sea. Some buried in mass graves. I will not rule out any possibilities of civilian casualties among them who got caught in the cross fire. They could have been saved if the LTTE did not hold them as human shield !

    2) Why were hospitals treating the injured and the sick inside the ‘no fire’ zone repeatedly shelled by the Sri Lankan army and what is the fate of the Tamil doctors who reported this to the global media?

    No building or shelter was designated a hospital in these areas and as well all know, the once which were informed to the SL army as hospitals and did not come under any kind of fire from the SL army were later found to be safe houses for LTTE leaders. hence, again, the question has to be thrown to the LTTE as to where the hospitals for the civilians were…

    3) What kind of banned weapons did the Sri Lankan forces use in their operations against the LTTE and which governments around the world supplied these to them?

    No banned weapons were used by any means as SL is a legal government and got the weapons from other legal governments as China, Israel, Pakistan etc. As we know, there was accusations of using cluster bombs and edited videos shown on international media which were proven hoax latterly. Sri Lankan forces have not imported a single Bio weapon nor cluster bomb todate in the shores of Sri Lanka. However, the LTTE had bio gases which were used in areas where civilians lived on several occasions.

    4) Despite repeated official assertions that the ‘war is over’ why is the Sri Lankan government afraid of allowing independent media, humanitarian workers and human rights groups access to war affected areas?

    Afraid that they will loose their limbs by stepping on thousands of Land Mines deployed by the terrorists. The reason that the people cannot go to their houses in peace. The government has speed up the process of de-mining and hopefully it will be an area that could be reached by anybody in no time. However, the government will and should send only selected parties as in the past, LTTE supporters were working in these areas under cover as NGO's. So not all should be allowed access.

    Media and selected organizations however, are provided with full access to the camps as they are safe. The senate members of USA and many other countries have visited the areas since end of war. So there is no requirement for the government to stop anybody from going, but, not to areas that are not safe.

    5) Why are the thousands upon thousands of Tamil refugees – Sri Lankan citizens all of them- still being kept behind barbed wires like cattle corralled off before slaughter and why are Tamil youth being abducted from within these camps ?

    The answer is in the previous question – de-mining should take place before these innocent civilians loose their limbs. LTTE was heartless enough to make these peoples residences dangerous.

    6) Why are the repeated reports of Tamil women being raped by Sri Lankan army personnel not being investigated?

    No such report. Rubbish… ! Is caring for them and giving them food raping ? Tamil children ages 12, 13 got them selves pregnant during LTTE time to avoid getting dragged by the LTTE. what SL army has done is taken some of the pregnant women to hospital on their own shoulders when they didn't have transport – that's why we call it the humanitarian mission and not war.. Several civilians were kept lying to die by the LTTE whom were air lifted to hospitals by SL forces – if you call this rape, I feel sorry for you…

    7) Why are Sri Lankan journalists questioning the conduct of the war being killed, tortured or forced into exile if the government has nothing to hide?

    You are talking of one incident where Mr. Lasantha Wickramathunge was killed. I do not agree with this either as Lasantha was one of my favourit editors. But, we do not have proof as to who killed him. I am absolutely with you if you are talking about Lasantha. There is no need to kill opposition to drive a point. However, a traitor like Sunanda Deshapriya should be jailed.

    8) How can a chauvinist regime responsible for the worst kind of prejudice and atrocities against its minority population be entrusted with either their immediate rehabilitation or long-term solutions to the island’s ethnic question?

    Well, the rehabilitation will be done by the Tamils themselves… It will be done by the provincial councils and the members would be elected by the people in the areas… We can see the development that happens in East – will be the same in North.. Already the road infrastructure is quite complete. The A9 is not a carpet road as oppose to the broken road we had. 100 + bridges will come up within the next few months.. Developing the area will be No1 priority – will take it as the best opportunity to show the world that we do not mean harm to Tamil people.

    9) How long will it be before Mahinda Rajapakse and all high officials under his command are brought before an International Tribunal to account for their war crimes and crimes against humanity?

    It will happen the day the USA would be taken to the same court for Hiroshima Bombing, What happened in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also Israel for attacking Gaza strip. However, when the Americans and the Israelis would be found guilty, Mahinda R will walk out free as there was no intentional attack on any civilian by any means.

    10) Now that the Tamil Tigers are defeated is it not time for the world to tame the rampaging Sinhala Lion too?

    Once the kill is over, the lions is the most tamed animal – they would not care for a rabbit that that would walk inside it's mouth. They only kill when they are hungry, not like the tigers who would kill for the fun. Well, Lions are not hungry any more… Now they will relax – look to the future…. and make it the most wonderful where it will restore the pride of the Nation of the lions as it was 2500 years ago till European attacks.

  318. @ Alfonso – I think you are going a bit overboard and needs help of a psychiatric… U are really loosing it man !!

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    Now that the LTTE is Crushed – Some Advice for the "Western Powers"
    Sat, 2009-05-30 12:43

    By Stephen Long – Los Angeles, California

    I just returned from a lengthy visit to Sri Lanka, and I witnessed first-hand the Government’s splendid victory over the LTTE terrorists. Every day I read with great interest the many comments and opinions that were written on the conflict by both Sri Lankan and international journalists. From my perspective, I can assure you that the Government acted with restraint and compassion throughout the entire ordeal. I also saw that the so-called "Western Powers" were totally misinformed on the situation, which resulted in their passing a hasty judgment that condemned the Government’s conduct toward the IDP’s and the human shields still trapped in the No Fire Zone.

    Having said this, I am grateful for US Congressional Representative Heath Schuler of North Carolina for his support of the Government’s relief efforts yesterday, and for accurately reporting what he saw with his own eyes in the IDP camps in the North. I’m sure his report will go a long way towards correcting misperceptions in America.

    A couple of things I could never understand: The first is why were the "Western Powers" so interested in preserving the life of the terrorist leader, Prabhakaran? Secondly, why was the US Ambassador, Robert Blake, feeding his boss, Hillary Clinton, such erroneous and false information that lead to her "disappointment" with the Sri Lankan Government, and her eventual condemnation? I’m sure the answers to these questions will eventually surface over time, but examining them here is not the focus of this article.

    I would like to offer some advice to the "Western Powers" in regards to re-examining their policy and approach to dealing with Sri Lanka:

    During the thirty-year conflict many people of all ethnicities left Sri Lanka to seek greener pastures in Western countries. There are approximately 300,000 of them in Canada, 200,000 in the US, and another 300,000 in European countries. Many of these immigrants used the “political asylum” card, and as we have later discovered, many of those were lying about the persecution they claimed they received at home. I’m not singling out only the Tamils in this respect; Sinhalese and Muslim immigrants also played the same hand.

    Now that the war against the LTTE is over, the "Western Powers" need not accept any more immigrants from Sri Lanka who attempt to seek political asylum. This should come as a great relief to many of those countries who now find themselves embroiled in protests from two fronts: caught in the middle between trying to please new political constituents, and simply doing the right thing by protecting Sri Lankan embassies, places of worship, helping out with the IDP’s in the North, etc.

    Secondly, drug trafficking was one of the primary ways the LTTE raised money to finance its war in Sri Lanka. A little-publicized story a few years ago even revealed that the LTTE had attempted to dig a tunnel from British Columbia in Canada down to Washington State, through which it would smuggle drugs into America. Now that the war is over, the LTTE drug trafficking should cease. There are still LTTE front organizations in the Western countries, however, and I suggest you put an end to them just as Canada banned the World Tamil Movement. Many members of these organizations still have the LTTE dream in their heads, and perhaps they need to be taught that the dream was really a nightmare, and that their donations had actually helped to fund death and destruction instead of their mythical Eelam.

    The LTTE, as it has been revealed, was closely associated with a variety of extremist groups in other countries, and they helped each other train their cadres in the fine points of suicide bombing, guerilla warfare, and weapons use, among other things. They also assisted one another in the smuggling of weapons. Now that the LTTE has been crushed there should be fewer light aircraft, submarines, tanks, and other weapons smuggled from former Soviet Republics, Southeast Asian nations, and other countries. I know it may only make a dent in the huge international illicit weapons trade, but every little bit counts. Still, don’t give up on "following the money trail," and do your best to expose those who supplied the LTTE with weapons until they are prosecuted in every country.

    I suggest that Senator Patrick Leahey and Hillary Clinton stop listening to the rubbish of Bruce Fein, the mercenary former Deputy US Attorney, Washington lobbyist, and spokesperson for various LTTE front organizations in North America. He is reportedly being paid $100,000 a month to tell lies about the GOSL and the Rajapaksa brothers, and currently works for an American organization called "Tamils Against Genocide." Just to show you where his morals are, while he condemns the actions of the GOSL against the LTTE terrorists, he also represents the Turkish Government and condemns the actions of the Kurdish terrorists against the government. It’s the same issue – and he gets money from both sides from two clients. Very clever. Mr. Fein is hardly a credible, unbiased source of information, and when he calls on influential policy makers in Washington I suggest they lock their doors.

    It is obvious that both Senator Leahey and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been “pitched” by Mr. Fein, since their leanings on the Sri Lanka issue are toward his point of view. I’m sad to say that it appears they have paid attention to this materialistic Beltway prostitute, and the GOSL has suffered unfairly as a consequence. I suggest they start investigating how Bruce Fein can represent banned terrorist front organizations and get away with it for nearly two years – and still be a practicing member of the American Bar Association.

    In regards to prosecuting Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa, and Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka for genocide in the international courts, I think the “Western Powers” should give up this ridiculous pursuit. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay of South Africa, wants to investigate this silly allegation, but she should stop and listen to her comrades who supported Sri Lanka in the UN resolution last week in Geneva. Perhaps she has been listening to Bruce Fein, too. I suggest that the UN and the "Western Powers" start concentrating on how they can help the IDP’s in the North – seriously and quickly – and accept the fact that the authorities in Sri Lanka simply did what they had to do to rid their country of a terrorist scourge (the same that they would have done on their own turfs.)

    I think it’s time the media in Western countries takes an honest, serious look at the great progress Sri Lanka has made on a number of fronts – in spite of dealing with a 30-year war against terrorism: the elections and massive re-development programs in the Eastern Province, the appointment of a former child soldier for the LTTE as Chief Minister for the Eastern Province, the Government’s excellent health care and educational systems, the rehabilitation and appointment of former LTTE chief "Karuna" as Vice President of the largest political party in the country, the rapid rebuilding of tsunami areas (and compare this to post-Katrina New Orleans), and many others. While they’re at it, the Western journalists can show the world how beautiful Sri Lanka is, and what a great place it is for tourists.

    Lastly, the “Western Powers” should be very careful about pushing Sri Lanka too closely into the arms of China, Russia, Pakistan, India, and other neighbors in the Asian region. A close relationship with China, for example, developed during the war against the LTTE when the GOSL couldn’t get arms anywhere else. Now China is building a US $1 billion seaport in Sri Lanka’s south, and is financially helping the Government care for the IDP’s in the north. The “Western Powers” should be thinking about the balance of power in the region, and figuring out ways it can mend some fences with the GOSL – fast. The “Western Powers” don’t seem to understand that every country has to have friends and allies in order to survive, and if they are abandoned by the West, then they have no choice but join the camps of China, Libya, and its Asian neighbors who are perhaps more friendly and sympathetic to their needs and goals.

    The policies and neo-colonial interests of the "Western Powers" need to be examined closely by all parties from this point forward. Everyone should learn to respect Sri Lanka as a democratic, free, sovereign nation that deserves a decent place in the international community. Give Sri Lanka a break. Stop wasting time trying to make an enemy, and concentrate on making a good friend instead.

    - Asian Tribune –

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    Now that the LTTE is Crushed – Some Advice for the "Western Powers"
    Sat, 2009-05-30 12:43

    By Stephen Long – Los Angeles, California

    I just returned from a lengthy visit to Sri Lanka, and I witnessed first-hand the Government’s splendid victory over the LTTE terrorists. Every day I read with great interest the many comments and opinions that were written on the conflict by both Sri Lankan and international journalists. From my perspective, I can assure you that the Government acted with restraint and compassion throughout the entire ordeal. I also saw that the so-called "Western Powers" were totally misinformed on the situation, which resulted in their passing a hasty judgment that condemned the Government’s conduct toward the IDP’s and the human shields still trapped in the No Fire Zone.

    Having said this, I am grateful for US Congressional Representative Heath Schuler of North Carolina for his support of the Government’s relief efforts yesterday, and for accurately reporting what he saw with his own eyes in the IDP camps in the North. I’m sure his report will go a long way towards correcting misperceptions in America.

    A couple of things I could never understand: The first is why were the "Western Powers" so interested in preserving the life of the terrorist leader, Prabhakaran? Secondly, why was the US Ambassador, Robert Blake, feeding his boss, Hillary Clinton, such erroneous and false information that lead to her "disappointment" with the Sri Lankan Government, and her eventual condemnation? I’m sure the answers to these questions will eventually surface over time, but examining them here is not the focus of this article.

    I would like to offer some advice to the "Western Powers" in regards to re-examining their policy and approach to dealing with Sri Lanka:

    During the thirty-year conflict many people of all ethnicities left Sri Lanka to seek greener pastures in Western countries. There are approximately 300,000 of them in Canada, 200,000 in the US, and another 300,000 in European countries. Many of these immigrants used the “political asylum” card, and as we have later discovered, many of those were lying about the persecution they claimed they received at home. I’m not singling out only the Tamils in this respect; Sinhalese and Muslim immigrants also played the same hand.

    Now that the war against the LTTE is over, the "Western Powers" need not accept any more immigrants from Sri Lanka who attempt to seek political asylum. This should come as a great relief to many of those countries who now find themselves embroiled in protests from two fronts: caught in the middle between trying to please new political constituents, and simply doing the right thing by protecting Sri Lankan embassies, places of worship, helping out with the IDP’s in the North, etc.

    Secondly, drug trafficking was one of the primary ways the LTTE raised money to finance its war in Sri Lanka. A little-publicized story a few years ago even revealed that the LTTE had attempted to dig a tunnel from British Columbia in Canada down to Washington State, through which it would smuggle drugs into America. Now that the war is over, the LTTE drug trafficking should cease. There are still LTTE front organizations in the Western countries, however, and I suggest you put an end to them just as Canada banned the World Tamil Movement. Many members of these organizations still have the LTTE dream in their heads, and perhaps they need to be taught that the dream was really a nightmare, and that their donations had actually helped to fund death and destruction instead of their mythical Eelam.

    The LTTE, as it has been revealed, was closely associated with a variety of extremist groups in other countries, and they helped each other train their cadres in the fine points of suicide bombing, guerilla warfare, and weapons use, among other things. They also assisted one another in the smuggling of weapons. Now that the LTTE has been crushed there should be fewer light aircraft, submarines, tanks, and other weapons smuggled from former Soviet Republics, Southeast Asian nations, and other countries. I know it may only make a dent in the huge international illicit weapons trade, but every little bit counts. Still, don’t give up on "following the money trail," and do your best to expose those who supplied the LTTE with weapons until they are prosecuted in every country.

    I suggest that Senator Patrick Leahey and Hillary Clinton stop listening to the rubbish of Bruce Fein, the mercenary former Deputy US Attorney, Washington lobbyist, and spokesperson for various LTTE front organizations in North America. He is reportedly being paid $100,000 a month to tell lies about the GOSL and the Rajapaksa brothers, and currently works for an American organization called "Tamils Against Genocide." Just to show you where his morals are, while he condemns the actions of the GOSL against the LTTE terrorists, he also represents the Turkish Government and condemns the actions of the Kurdish terrorists against the government. It’s the same issue – and he gets money from both sides from two clients. Very clever. Mr. Fein is hardly a credible, unbiased source of information, and when he calls on influential policy makers in Washington I suggest they lock their doors.

    It is obvious that both Senator Leahey and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been “pitched” by Mr. Fein, since their leanings on the Sri Lanka issue are toward his point of view. I’m sad to say that it appears they have paid attention to this materialistic Beltway prostitute, and the GOSL has suffered unfairly as a consequence. I suggest they start investigating how Bruce Fein can represent banned terrorist front organizations and get away with it for nearly two years – and still be a practicing member of the American Bar Association.

    In regards to prosecuting Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa, and Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka for genocide in the international courts, I think the “Western Powers” should give up this ridiculous pursuit. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay of South Africa, wants to investigate this silly allegation, but she should stop and listen to her comrades who supported Sri Lanka in the UN resolution last week in Geneva. Perhaps she has been listening to Bruce Fein, too. I suggest that the UN and the "Western Powers" start concentrating on how they can help the IDP’s in the North – seriously and quickly – and accept the fact that the authorities in Sri Lanka simply did what they had to do to rid their country of a terrorist scourge (the same that they would have done on their own turfs.)

    I think it’s time the media in Western countries takes an honest, serious look at the great progress Sri Lanka has made on a number of fronts – in spite of dealing with a 30-year war against terrorism: the elections and massive re-development programs in the Eastern Province, the appointment of a former child soldier for the LTTE as Chief Minister for the Eastern Province, the Government’s excellent health care and educational systems, the rehabilitation and appointment of former LTTE chief "Karuna" as Vice President of the largest political party in the country, the rapid rebuilding of tsunami areas (and compare this to post-Katrina New Orleans), and many others. While they’re at it, the Western journalists can show the world how beautiful Sri Lanka is, and what a great place it is for tourists.

    Lastly, the “Western Powers” should be very careful about pushing Sri Lanka too closely into the arms of China, Russia, Pakistan, India, and other neighbors in the Asian region. A close relationship with China, for example, developed during the war against the LTTE when the GOSL couldn’t get arms anywhere else. Now China is building a US $1 billion seaport in Sri Lanka’s south, and is financially helping the Government care for the IDP’s in the north. The “Western Powers” should be thinking about the balance of power in the region, and figuring out ways it can mend some fences with the GOSL – fast. The “Western Powers” don’t seem to understand that every country has to have friends and allies in order to survive, and if they are abandoned by the West, then they have no choice but join the camps of China, Libya, and its Asian neighbors who are perhaps more friendly and sympathetic to their needs and goals.

    The policies and neo-colonial interests of the "Western Powers" need to be examined closely by all parties from this point forward. Everyone should learn to respect Sri Lanka as a democratic, free, sovereign nation that deserves a decent place in the international community. Give Sri Lanka a break. Stop wasting time trying to make an enemy, and concentrate on making a good friend instead.

    - Asian Tribune –

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    Now that the LTTE is Crushed – Some Advice for the "Western Powers"
    Sat, 2009-05-30 12:43

    By Stephen Long – Los Angeles, California

    I just returned from a lengthy visit to Sri Lanka, and I witnessed first-hand the Government’s splendid victory over the LTTE terrorists. Every day I read with great interest the many comments and opinions that were written on the conflict by both Sri Lankan and international journalists. From my perspective, I can assure you that the Government acted with restraint and compassion throughout the entire ordeal. I also saw that the so-called "Western Powers" were totally misinformed on the situation, which resulted in their passing a hasty judgment that condemned the Government’s conduct toward the IDP’s and the human shields still trapped in the No Fire Zone.

    Having said this, I am grateful for US Congressional Representative Heath Schuler of North Carolina for his support of the Government’s relief efforts yesterday, and for accurately reporting what he saw with his own eyes in the IDP camps in the North. I’m sure his report will go a long way towards correcting misperceptions in America.

    A couple of things I could never understand: The first is why were the "Western Powers" so interested in preserving the life of the terrorist leader, Prabhakaran? Secondly, why was the US Ambassador, Robert Blake, feeding his boss, Hillary Clinton, such erroneous and false information that lead to her "disappointment" with the Sri Lankan Government, and her eventual condemnation? I’m sure the answers to these questions will eventually surface over time, but examining them here is not the focus of this article.

    I would like to offer some advice to the "Western Powers" in regards to re-examining their policy and approach to dealing with Sri Lanka:

    During the thirty-year conflict many people of all ethnicities left Sri Lanka to seek greener pastures in Western countries. There are approximately 300,000 of them in Canada, 200,000 in the US, and another 300,000 in European countries. Many of these immigrants used the “political asylum” card, and as we have later discovered, many of those were lying about the persecution they claimed they received at home. I’m not singling out only the Tamils in this respect; Sinhalese and Muslim immigrants also played the same hand.

    Now that the war against the LTTE is over, the "Western Powers" need not accept any more immigrants from Sri Lanka who attempt to seek political asylum. This should come as a great relief to many of those countries who now find themselves embroiled in protests from two fronts: caught in the middle between trying to please new political constituents, and simply doing the right thing by protecting Sri Lankan embassies, places of worship, helping out with the IDP’s in the North, etc.

    Secondly, drug trafficking was one of the primary ways the LTTE raised money to finance its war in Sri Lanka. A little-publicized story a few years ago even revealed that the LTTE had attempted to dig a tunnel from British Columbia in Canada down to Washington State, through which it would smuggle drugs into America. Now that the war is over, the LTTE drug trafficking should cease. There are still LTTE front organizations in the Western countries, however, and I suggest you put an end to them just as Canada banned the World Tamil Movement. Many members of these organizations still have the LTTE dream in their heads, and perhaps they need to be taught that the dream was really a nightmare, and that their donations had actually helped to fund death and destruction instead of their mythical Eelam.

    The LTTE, as it has been revealed, was closely associated with a variety of extremist groups in other countries, and they helped each other train their cadres in the fine points of suicide bombing, guerilla warfare, and weapons use, among other things. They also assisted one another in the smuggling of weapons. Now that the LTTE has been crushed there should be fewer light aircraft, submarines, tanks, and other weapons smuggled from former Soviet Republics, Southeast Asian nations, and other countries. I know it may only make a dent in the huge international illicit weapons trade, but every little bit counts. Still, don’t give up on "following the money trail," and do your best to expose those who supplied the LTTE with weapons until they are prosecuted in every country.

    I suggest that Senator Patrick Leahey and Hillary Clinton stop listening to the rubbish of Bruce Fein, the mercenary former Deputy US Attorney, Washington lobbyist, and spokesperson for various LTTE front organizations in North America. He is reportedly being paid $100,000 a month to tell lies about the GOSL and the Rajapaksa brothers, and currently works for an American organization called "Tamils Against Genocide." Just to show you where his morals are, while he condemns the actions of the GOSL against the LTTE terrorists, he also represents the Turkish Government and condemns the actions of the Kurdish terrorists against the government. It’s the same issue – and he gets money from both sides from two clients. Very clever. Mr. Fein is hardly a credible, unbiased source of information, and when he calls on influential policy makers in Washington I suggest they lock their doors.

    It is obvious that both Senator Leahey and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been “pitched” by Mr. Fein, since their leanings on the Sri Lanka issue are toward his point of view. I’m sad to say that it appears they have paid attention to this materialistic Beltway prostitute, and the GOSL has suffered unfairly as a consequence. I suggest they start investigating how Bruce Fein can represent banned terrorist front organizations and get away with it for nearly two years – and still be a practicing member of the American Bar Association.

    In regards to prosecuting Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa, and Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka for genocide in the international courts, I think the “Western Powers” should give up this ridiculous pursuit. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay of South Africa, wants to investigate this silly allegation, but she should stop and listen to her comrades who supported Sri Lanka in the UN resolution last week in Geneva. Perhaps she has been listening to Bruce Fein, too. I suggest that the UN and the "Western Powers" start concentrating on how they can help the IDP’s in the North – seriously and quickly – and accept the fact that the authorities in Sri Lanka simply did what they had to do to rid their country of a terrorist scourge (the same that they would have done on their own turfs.)

    I think it’s time the media in Western countries takes an honest, serious look at the great progress Sri Lanka has made on a number of fronts – in spite of dealing with a 30-year war against terrorism: the elections and massive re-development programs in the Eastern Province, the appointment of a former child soldier for the LTTE as Chief Minister for the Eastern Province, the Government’s excellent health care and educational systems, the rehabilitation and appointment of former LTTE chief "Karuna" as Vice President of the largest political party in the country, the rapid rebuilding of tsunami areas (and compare this to post-Katrina New Orleans), and many others. While they’re at it, the Western journalists can show the world how beautiful Sri Lanka is, and what a great place it is for tourists.

    Lastly, the “Western Powers” should be very careful about pushing Sri Lanka too closely into the arms of China, Russia, Pakistan, India, and other neighbors in the Asian region. A close relationship with China, for example, developed during the war against the LTTE when the GOSL couldn’t get arms anywhere else. Now China is building a US $1 billion seaport in Sri Lanka’s south, and is financially helping the Government care for the IDP’s in the north. The “Western Powers” should be thinking about the balance of power in the region, and figuring out ways it can mend some fences with the GOSL – fast. The “Western Powers” don’t seem to understand that every country has to have friends and allies in order to survive, and if they are abandoned by the West, then they have no choice but join the camps of China, Libya, and its Asian neighbors who are perhaps more friendly and sympathetic to their needs and goals.

    The policies and neo-colonial interests of the "Western Powers" need to be examined closely by all parties from this point forward. Everyone should learn to respect Sri Lanka as a democratic, free, sovereign nation that deserves a decent place in the international community. Give Sri Lanka a break. Stop wasting time trying to make an enemy, and concentrate on making a good friend instead.

    - Asian Tribune –

  322. Though I am not a spokes person for the SL Government, I will try to answer the questions to the best of my ability.

    1) How many civilians died in the final weeks of assault on the LTTE inside the ‘no fire’ zone and what has happened to their corpses?

    This question should be asked from the LTTE as they killed the civilians who tried to escape. However, since there are no LTTE members left, the answer will not be known for ever. There were many LTTE bodies found that were cremated and ashes thrown to the sea. Some buried in mass graves. I will not rule out any possibilities of civilian casualties among them who got caught in the cross fire. They could have been saved if the LTTE did not hold them as human shield !

    2) Why were hospitals treating the injured and the sick inside the ‘no fire’ zone repeatedly shelled by the Sri Lankan army and what is the fate of the Tamil doctors who reported this to the global media?

    No building or shelter was designated a hospital in these areas and as well all know, the once which were informed to the SL army as hospitals and did not come under any kind of fire from the SL army were later found to be safe houses for LTTE leaders. hence, again, the question has to be thrown to the LTTE as to where the hospitals for the civilians were…

    3) What kind of banned weapons did the Sri Lankan forces use in their operations against the LTTE and which governments around the world supplied these to them?

    No banned weapons were used by any means as SL is a legal government and got the weapons from other legal governments as China, Israel, Pakistan etc. As we know, there was accusations of using cluster bombs and edited videos shown on international media which were proven hoax latterly. Sri Lankan forces have not imported a single Bio weapon nor cluster bomb todate in the shores of Sri Lanka. However, the LTTE had bio gases which were used in areas where civilians lived on several occasions.

    4) Despite repeated official assertions that the ‘war is over’ why is the Sri Lankan government afraid of allowing independent media, humanitarian workers and human rights groups access to war affected areas?

    Afraid that they will loose their limbs by stepping on thousands of Land Mines deployed by the terrorists. The reason that the people cannot go to their houses in peace. The government has speed up the process of de-mining and hopefully it will be an area that could be reached by anybody in no time. However, the government will and should send only selected parties as in the past, LTTE supporters were working in these areas under cover as NGO’s. So not all should be allowed access.

    Media and selected organizations however, are provided with full access to the camps as they are safe. The senate members of USA and many other countries have visited the areas since end of war. So there is no requirement for the government to stop anybody from going, but, not to areas that are not safe.

    5) Why are the thousands upon thousands of Tamil refugees – Sri Lankan citizens all of them- still being kept behind barbed wires like cattle corralled off before slaughter and why are Tamil youth being abducted from within these camps ?

    The answer is in the previous question – de-mining should take place before these innocent civilians loose their limbs. LTTE was heartless enough to make these peoples residences dangerous.

    6) Why are the repeated reports of Tamil women being raped by Sri Lankan army personnel not being investigated?

    No such report. Rubbish… ! Is caring for them and giving them food raping ? Tamil children ages 12, 13 got them selves pregnant during LTTE time to avoid getting dragged by the LTTE. what SL army has done is taken some of the pregnant women to hospital on their own shoulders when they didn’t have transport – that’s why we call it the humanitarian mission and not war.. Several civilians were kept lying to die by the LTTE whom were air lifted to hospitals by SL forces – if you call this rape, I feel sorry for you…

    7) Why are Sri Lankan journalists questioning the conduct of the war being killed, tortured or forced into exile if the government has nothing to hide?

    You are talking of one incident where Mr. Lasantha Wickramathunge was killed. I do not agree with this either as Lasantha was one of my favourit editors. But, we do not have proof as to who killed him. I am absolutely with you if you are talking about Lasantha. There is no need to kill opposition to drive a point. However, a traitor like Sunanda Deshapriya should be jailed.

    8) How can a chauvinist regime responsible for the worst kind of prejudice and atrocities against its minority population be entrusted with either their immediate rehabilitation or long-term solutions to the island’s ethnic question?

    Well, the rehabilitation will be done by the Tamils themselves… It will be done by the provincial councils and the members would be elected by the people in the areas… We can see the development that happens in East – will be the same in North.. Already the road infrastructure is quite complete. The A9 is not a carpet road as oppose to the broken road we had. 100 + bridges will come up within the next few months.. Developing the area will be No1 priority – will take it as the best opportunity to show the world that we do not mean harm to Tamil people.

    9) How long will it be before Mahinda Rajapakse and all high officials under his command are brought before an International Tribunal to account for their war crimes and crimes against humanity?

    It will happen the day the USA would be taken to the same court for Hiroshima Bombing, What happened in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also Israel for attacking Gaza strip. However, when the Americans and the Israelis would be found guilty, Mahinda R will walk out free as there was no intentional attack on any civilian by any means.

    10) Now that the Tamil Tigers are defeated is it not time for the world to tame the rampaging Sinhala Lion too?

    Once the kill is over, the lions is the most tamed animal – they would not care for a rabbit that that would walk inside it’s mouth. They only kill when they are hungry, not like the tigers who would kill for the fun. Well, Lions are not hungry any more… Now they will relax – look to the future…. and make it the most wonderful where it will restore the pride of the Nation of the lions as it was 2500 years ago till European attacks.

  323. Mr.Roshan,your statement evidents are not correct.Till now the international social workers or International Journalists are not allowed by SLG.Then how can the world getting the real news.You got the news from SLG.The Peoples Who are living in temporary camp,their living condition is till Worst.The youngsters are abducted and killing till now.The young ladies treated abusvely by Army.Defnce ministry Secretary Kothapaya`s statements are very ferocity and genociding.From his statement showed that no anybody of tamils cant live in Srilanka without fear.

  324. @ Alfonso – I think you are going a bit overboard and needs help of a psychiatric… U are really loosing it man !!

  325. Mr.Stephan,Los angels,California.

    You handing for splendid victory of SLG.This mean you accept the 20,000 tamils killing.You are not a neutral man.I wan to say to you the ltte is not terrerist.Who are terrerist?.1948 to till now more than 90,000 tamils killing by every rulers of SLG.You did not talk about this matter.Why not?.If you are a neutral man you should be said about all fact.You cant,you hiding tamils suffering behind your article.Even not one word of tamils suffering in your article.Your long article indicated that you are representated from SLG.Sir,Nelson mandela,Yasir Arabath,Koh shi men,Mahathma ghandi also terrerist in past.Your Ex.President George Push destroyed the Iraq.Till now the Iraq violence is take placing.The ltte fight for thier peoples in inland,fight with the SLG.The whole tamils are with Ltte.for why,they know who for them.You said you are in Srilanka in length period.Was you in vanni living with peoples?.
    Was you in North East part of Srilanka?.If you there,you are treated by luxus by SLG.or you was in Colombo or sourrounding places in Hotels,also you got well furnished refreshment.Tamils know how and which treating you got.Your pen dont have heart,but you have,please write from your heart.SLG is not only enemies of tamils,but like you peoples also.Sir,anybody who have hungry they want food,means tamils dont have freedom in Srilanka,hence they want freedom.If you neutral you should be analyse both sides.At last, LTTE is not terrerist.They are freedom fighters of the tamils,for the tamils,by the tamils.

  326. ANKAYATPIRIYAN – First of all let me thank you for using decent language in this site… Most of the others do tend to forget that this is a discussion forum and not a War zone !

    I agree that 20,000 Tamils were killed in the War zone during the past 2-3 years – But, I also must say that they were the LTTE carders that Sri Lanka Army claimed to kill – if the war was against the LTTE, obviously they would be at the receiving end and be killed. If they had laid down the arms, they would have been saved.

    Also, about the people in make shift camps, they are being looked after very well. The facilities provided are way better than what the Katrina Victims enjoyed during their make shift periods. You tell me where on earth you have heard of banking facilities to a makeshift camp ? Where U heard of Singhala Artists going and entertaining these people with sign song sessions ? Where on earth the Singhala people give part of their monthly earnings and give away their cloths, food to be given to those who are displaced? Will any nationality do so if they hate another nationality ? Just a simple question, Will an American starve to send food to Afghanistan ? Will a Shiite Muslim give clothing or food to a Sunni Muslim ? This is the compassion the Singhalees have for their Tamil brotheren. So please do not say that Singhalees are out right Killing Tamils. Please understand that these people cannot go to their houses as yet because those areas are surrounded by land mines. They have quite decent living standards for a make shift camp in here.

    Many international journalists including Stephan and many other individuals from the UN are working in these camps at the moment. Recently, a US senator and many ambassadors were taken to the camps and were given the opportunity to speak with the public and get their views. So, SL government not allowing the international to visit the area is not true. Even UN chief Mr. Ban Ki Moon visited the camps during his stay here and flew over the area of conflict.

    As for your comments on Mr. Stephans article, Out of the 90,000 tamils killed during the conflict, I am sure that 85,000 are the Tamils those who were killed by the LTTE including the Lakshman Kadiragamars and Nilan Thiruchelvan. LTTE has killed much more Tamils than the SL army ever could have.

    As you have clearly mentioned, Nelson Mandela and Mahathma Ghandi won their battle by electing to go peacefully and not take guns against a legal government and smuggle drugs to raise funds. LTTE was beconing a menace to the whole world due to illegal activities as Arm and Drug smuggling.

    Mr. Stephan as mentioned in his article has been living in the effected said area not for few days, but for many months. So, he has a clear picture of what he is talking of – Now my question to you is – Have you been to these areas ?? Are you at least in Sri Lanka ?? I don't think so…

    LTTE are terrorists and were dealt with in the right manner. Please note that this is not a war against Tamils – People of all religions and races live quite peacefully in all parts of the land. it was the LTTE who killed and chased away the Sinhalese and Muslim people from north. Our Presidents & Mr. Gotabaya's niece is married to a Tamil – so he would not be racial at all either. Tamils who are law abiding have plenty of freedom in Sri Lanka – We dine together, sing together, Club together and even bathe together (in the sea:) … So we do not have a problem within races. Only problem were LTTE and they are now almost wiped off the planet earth.

  327. http://www.asiantribune.com/?q=node%2F18044

    Now that the LTTE is Crushed – Some Advice for the “Western Powers”
    Sat, 2009-05-30 12:43

    By Stephen Long – Los Angeles, California

    I just returned from a lengthy visit to Sri Lanka, and I witnessed first-hand the Government’s splendid victory over the LTTE terrorists. Every day I read with great interest the many comments and opinions that were written on the conflict by both Sri Lankan and international journalists. From my perspective, I can assure you that the Government acted with restraint and compassion throughout the entire ordeal. I also saw that the so-called “Western Powers” were totally misinformed on the situation, which resulted in their passing a hasty judgment that condemned the Government’s conduct toward the IDP’s and the human shields still trapped in the No Fire Zone.

    Having said this, I am grateful for US Congressional Representative Heath Schuler of North Carolina for his support of the Government’s relief efforts yesterday, and for accurately reporting what he saw with his own eyes in the IDP camps in the North. I’m sure his report will go a long way towards correcting misperceptions in America.

    A couple of things I could never understand: The first is why were the “Western Powers” so interested in preserving the life of the terrorist leader, Prabhakaran? Secondly, why was the US Ambassador, Robert Blake, feeding his boss, Hillary Clinton, such erroneous and false information that lead to her “disappointment” with the Sri Lankan Government, and her eventual condemnation? I’m sure the answers to these questions will eventually surface over time, but examining them here is not the focus of this article.

    I would like to offer some advice to the “Western Powers” in regards to re-examining their policy and approach to dealing with Sri Lanka:

    During the thirty-year conflict many people of all ethnicities left Sri Lanka to seek greener pastures in Western countries. There are approximately 300,000 of them in Canada, 200,000 in the US, and another 300,000 in European countries. Many of these immigrants used the “political asylum” card, and as we have later discovered, many of those were lying about the persecution they claimed they received at home. I’m not singling out only the Tamils in this respect; Sinhalese and Muslim immigrants also played the same hand.

    Now that the war against the LTTE is over, the “Western Powers” need not accept any more immigrants from Sri Lanka who attempt to seek political asylum. This should come as a great relief to many of those countries who now find themselves embroiled in protests from two fronts: caught in the middle between trying to please new political constituents, and simply doing the right thing by protecting Sri Lankan embassies, places of worship, helping out with the IDP’s in the North, etc.

    Secondly, drug trafficking was one of the primary ways the LTTE raised money to finance its war in Sri Lanka. A little-publicized story a few years ago even revealed that the LTTE had attempted to dig a tunnel from British Columbia in Canada down to Washington State, through which it would smuggle drugs into America. Now that the war is over, the LTTE drug trafficking should cease. There are still LTTE front organizations in the Western countries, however, and I suggest you put an end to them just as Canada banned the World Tamil Movement. Many members of these organizations still have the LTTE dream in their heads, and perhaps they need to be taught that the dream was really a nightmare, and that their donations had actually helped to fund death and destruction instead of their mythical Eelam.

    The LTTE, as it has been revealed, was closely associated with a variety of extremist groups in other countries, and they helped each other train their cadres in the fine points of suicide bombing, guerilla warfare, and weapons use, among other things. They also assisted one another in the smuggling of weapons. Now that the LTTE has been crushed there should be fewer light aircraft, submarines, tanks, and other weapons smuggled from former Soviet Republics, Southeast Asian nations, and other countries. I know it may only make a dent in the huge international illicit weapons trade, but every little bit counts. Still, don’t give up on “following the money trail,” and do your best to expose those who supplied the LTTE with weapons until they are prosecuted in every country.

    I suggest that Senator Patrick Leahey and Hillary Clinton stop listening to the rubbish of Bruce Fein, the mercenary former Deputy US Attorney, Washington lobbyist, and spokesperson for various LTTE front organizations in North America. He is reportedly being paid $100,000 a month to tell lies about the GOSL and the Rajapaksa brothers, and currently works for an American organization called “Tamils Against Genocide.” Just to show you where his morals are, while he condemns the actions of the GOSL against the LTTE terrorists, he also represents the Turkish Government and condemns the actions of the Kurdish terrorists against the government. It’s the same issue – and he gets money from both sides from two clients. Very clever. Mr. Fein is hardly a credible, unbiased source of information, and when he calls on influential policy makers in Washington I suggest they lock their doors.

    It is obvious that both Senator Leahey and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been “pitched” by Mr. Fein, since their leanings on the Sri Lanka issue are toward his point of view. I’m sad to say that it appears they have paid attention to this materialistic Beltway prostitute, and the GOSL has suffered unfairly as a consequence. I suggest they start investigating how Bruce Fein can represent banned terrorist front organizations and get away with it for nearly two years – and still be a practicing member of the American Bar Association.

    In regards to prosecuting Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa, and Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka for genocide in the international courts, I think the “Western Powers” should give up this ridiculous pursuit. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay of South Africa, wants to investigate this silly allegation, but she should stop and listen to her comrades who supported Sri Lanka in the UN resolution last week in Geneva. Perhaps she has been listening to Bruce Fein, too. I suggest that the UN and the “Western Powers” start concentrating on how they can help the IDP’s in the North – seriously and quickly – and accept the fact that the authorities in Sri Lanka simply did what they had to do to rid their country of a terrorist scourge (the same that they would have done on their own turfs.)

    I think it’s time the media in Western countries takes an honest, serious look at the great progress Sri Lanka has made on a number of fronts – in spite of dealing with a 30-year war against terrorism: the elections and massive re-development programs in the Eastern Province, the appointment of a former child soldier for the LTTE as Chief Minister for the Eastern Province, the Government’s excellent health care and educational systems, the rehabilitation and appointment of former LTTE chief “Karuna” as Vice President of the largest political party in the country, the rapid rebuilding of tsunami areas (and compare this to post-Katrina New Orleans), and many others. While they’re at it, the Western journalists can show the world how beautiful Sri Lanka is, and what a great place it is for tourists.

    Lastly, the “Western Powers” should be very careful about pushing Sri Lanka too closely into the arms of China, Russia, Pakistan, India, and other neighbors in the Asian region. A close relationship with China, for example, developed during the war against the LTTE when the GOSL couldn’t get arms anywhere else. Now China is building a US $1 billion seaport in Sri Lanka’s south, and is financially helping the Government care for the IDP’s in the north. The “Western Powers” should be thinking about the balance of power in the region, and figuring out ways it can mend some fences with the GOSL – fast. The “Western Powers” don’t seem to understand that every country has to have friends and allies in order to survive, and if they are abandoned by the West, then they have no choice but join the camps of China, Libya, and its Asian neighbors who are perhaps more friendly and sympathetic to their needs and goals.

    The policies and neo-colonial interests of the “Western Powers” need to be examined closely by all parties from this point forward. Everyone should learn to respect Sri Lanka as a democratic, free, sovereign nation that deserves a decent place in the international community. Give Sri Lanka a break. Stop wasting time trying to make an enemy, and concentrate on making a good friend instead.

    - Asian Tribune -

  328. Follow up note – claims of abduction – yes there is – recently the Sri Lankan army abducted 7 identified LTTE leaders who were hiding behind civilians in the make shift IDP camps… This sort of cleansing will happen prior to the civilians return to their houses…

  329. june1st, 2009 at 2:38 says Roshan, that he has return from SL. but earlier he has mentioned that he is from Wellawatta. Peolple SL has send a team to Wsestern countries to track Thamils. i have seen similier way of argumants in different Sinhala names. this form is about MR.Koetl statemants and not about psycho Roshan. ignore him and go further with your valuable points. Innar yaar enru ariyaamal kathai solli kondu irrku avarum kathai solli kondu irruppar. pirahu naangal elthiye ellam veen

  330. Dear Mr.Roshan,thank you for your responsiblity answer.But I would like to say to you,that I was in student I paricipated the non-violence activity in Jaffna Secretariate and this activity calling Sathiyagraga.But there was the polices are attacked the Sathiyagraga Participaters.You said that the Mathama Gahndi took place the indias freedom by Peacefully.But time of or nature of the situation is different.You said that Ltte is smuggled the drugs.It is not true ,because first everybody of the tamils againters makes anonymous news spread for the bad name of ltte.TNA elected by democratic way by peoples.But anybody from SLG never listen their requirements or arguments.All are negilible by SLG.Everybody of SLG ministers what they are talking.JHU talking what.The tamils do not belive the SLG.Because they got enough of suffering tears for their tears.If the SLG genuine and buddhis Philosophy way thinking , they have,I am sure that Ltte is not formed from the tamil Community.But the SLG never give any rights for tamils.SLG ruling by Dammatheepa terms.For this reason tamils cannot expect any rights from SLG.The Sinhalease are and Tamils married together own wishes.I was in Negombo my mother died in Colombo hospital and funeral took place at Negombo.The Sinhalease neighbours and friends very very helpfull for my mother`s funeral,till now I do not forget their helps,I cannot reject their helps,till now their faces in my heart.But now I ask to you who are the catalysitators of riots.The Educated peoples,journalist,Professors and politicians from majority nation,they negleted tamils right.The Colombo university decided to give "great"to SLG President and Secretary of Defence Ministry.Sir,Do you think Is it correct?.The Tamils are Crying,but Sinhalease are dancing?.I dont blemed the Sinhalease friends.The Politicians and JHU give them to genocide poision.Dear Roshan you said that the banking facilities are refugee camps.This facilities not for refugees but knowing for whose relations are living in foreign countries and for collecting the money by bank to bank.You said,the sinhalease artist collect the money for the fefugees food and cloths.If it is genuine I have to thank to the artist.It is not enough for tamils right.This showed to the world the SLG is loved the Tamils.Tamils cannot beliving the SLG activity,The Miracle is not drinking water.Dear Sir,What is the defination of Terrerism?.What is the different terms between the terrerist and freedom fighters?Sir,I would like question to you:What is the duty of individual ministers?.I dont understand what they are talking,What they are doing?.Because Mr.Kothapaya recently said to the tamil politicians"anybody of you cannot participate the provincial election by tamil Parties Name. He said that the TNA must be throw out from the parliment.I dont understand ,how to get the authority for his statement.What is his Designation?.The Media minister do not their designation work.No more jounalist right in Srilanka.But he is not thinking about that?.Sir,I watched every politicians statements,they are against the tamils.The colombo tamils are living with fear for their statements.The tamils suffering and non-right evidence facts are closed by Stateterrerism.

  331. udan pirapugale!
    mele Alfonso kurippittathu pol, naangal anavasiyamage Roshan udan vilakam koduke vendiye avasiyam illai. naangal enne sonnalum Sinhala arasaangam thaan ninaithathai seydu kondu irrukumaal pole Roshan ku enne sonnalum arasaangam nallathu enrum Thamilarai pirathi nidi paduthiye puligalai payangara vaathigal enrum solli kondu irrukiraar. ithuvarai eluthiyathu pothum. Roshan enpavar thanipatte murai il emmai thodarpu kollvathum avarathu anhu murayum santhegathai etpaduthukirathu. nanri

  332. Mr.Roshan,your statement evidents are not correct.Till now the international social workers or International Journalists are not allowed by SLG.Then how can the world getting the real news.You got the news from SLG.The Peoples Who are living in temporary camp,their living condition is till Worst.The youngsters are abducted and killing till now.The young ladies treated abusvely by Army.Defnce ministry Secretary Kothapaya`s statements are very ferocity and genociding.From his statement showed that no anybody of tamils cant live in Srilanka without fear.

  333. Mr.Stephan,Los angels,California.

    You handing for splendid victory of SLG.This mean you accept the 20,000 tamils killing.You are not a neutral man.I wan to say to you the ltte is not terrerist.Who are terrerist?.1948 to till now more than 90,000 tamils killing by every rulers of SLG.You did not talk about this matter.Why not?.If you are a neutral man you should be said about all fact.You cant,you hiding tamils suffering behind your article.Even not one word of tamils suffering in your article.Your long article indicated that you are representated from SLG.Sir,Nelson mandela,Yasir Arabath,Koh shi men,Mahathma ghandi also terrerist in past.Your Ex.President George Push destroyed the Iraq.Till now the Iraq violence is take placing.The ltte fight for thier peoples in inland,fight with the SLG.The whole tamils are with Ltte.for why,they know who for them.You said you are in Srilanka in length period.Was you in vanni living with peoples?.
    Was you in North East part of Srilanka?.If you there,you are treated by luxus by SLG.or you was in Colombo or sourrounding places in Hotels,also you got well furnished refreshment.Tamils know how and which treating you got.Your pen dont have heart,but you have,please write from your heart.SLG is not only enemies of tamils,but like you peoples also.Sir,anybody who have hungry they want food,means tamils dont have freedom in Srilanka,hence they want freedom.If you neutral you should be analyse both sides.At last, LTTE is not terrerist.They are freedom fighters of the tamils,for the tamils,by the tamils.

  334. ANKAYATPIRIYAN – First of all let me thank you for using decent language in this site… Most of the others do tend to forget that this is a discussion forum and not a War zone !

    I agree that 20,000 Tamils were killed in the War zone during the past 2-3 years – But, I also must say that they were the LTTE carders that Sri Lanka Army claimed to kill – if the war was against the LTTE, obviously they would be at the receiving end and be killed. If they had laid down the arms, they would have been saved.

    Also, about the people in make shift camps, they are being looked after very well. The facilities provided are way better than what the Katrina Victims enjoyed during their make shift periods. You tell me where on earth you have heard of banking facilities to a makeshift camp ? Where U heard of Singhala Artists going and entertaining these people with sign song sessions ? Where on earth the Singhala people give part of their monthly earnings and give away their cloths, food to be given to those who are displaced? Will any nationality do so if they hate another nationality ? Just a simple question, Will an American starve to send food to Afghanistan ? Will a Shiite Muslim give clothing or food to a Sunni Muslim ? This is the compassion the Singhalees have for their Tamil brotheren. So please do not say that Singhalees are out right Killing Tamils. Please understand that these people cannot go to their houses as yet because those areas are surrounded by land mines. They have quite decent living standards for a make shift camp in here.

    Many international journalists including Stephan and many other individuals from the UN are working in these camps at the moment. Recently, a US senator and many ambassadors were taken to the camps and were given the opportunity to speak with the public and get their views. So, SL government not allowing the international to visit the area is not true. Even UN chief Mr. Ban Ki Moon visited the camps during his stay here and flew over the area of conflict.

    As for your comments on Mr. Stephans article, Out of the 90,000 tamils killed during the conflict, I am sure that 85,000 are the Tamils those who were killed by the LTTE including the Lakshman Kadiragamars and Nilan Thiruchelvan. LTTE has killed much more Tamils than the SL army ever could have.

    As you have clearly mentioned, Nelson Mandela and Mahathma Ghandi won their battle by electing to go peacefully and not take guns against a legal government and smuggle drugs to raise funds. LTTE was beconing a menace to the whole world due to illegal activities as Arm and Drug smuggling.

    Mr. Stephan as mentioned in his article has been living in the effected said area not for few days, but for many months. So, he has a clear picture of what he is talking of – Now my question to you is – Have you been to these areas ?? Are you at least in Sri Lanka ?? I don’t think so…

    LTTE are terrorists and were dealt with in the right manner. Please note that this is not a war against Tamils – People of all religions and races live quite peacefully in all parts of the land. it was the LTTE who killed and chased away the Sinhalese and Muslim people from north. Our Presidents & Mr. Gotabaya’s niece is married to a Tamil – so he would not be racial at all either. Tamils who are law abiding have plenty of freedom in Sri Lanka – We dine together, sing together, Club together and even bathe together (in the sea:) … So we do not have a problem within races. Only problem were LTTE and they are now almost wiped off the planet earth.

  335. Follow up note – claims of abduction – yes there is – recently the Sri Lankan army abducted 7 identified LTTE leaders who were hiding behind civilians in the make shift IDP camps… This sort of cleansing will happen prior to the civilians return to their houses…

  336. june1st, 2009 at 2:38 says Roshan, that he has return from SL. but earlier he has mentioned that he is from Wellawatta. Peolple SL has send a team to Wsestern countries to track Thamils. i have seen similier way of argumants in different Sinhala names. this form is about MR.Koetl statemants and not about psycho Roshan. ignore him and go further with your valuable points. Innar yaar enru ariyaamal kathai solli kondu irrku avarum kathai solli kondu irruppar. pirahu naangal elthiye ellam veen

  337. Dear Mr.Roshan,thank you for your responsiblity answer.But I would like to say to you,that I was in student I paricipated the non-violence activity in Jaffna Secretariate and this activity calling Sathiyagraga.But there was the polices are attacked the Sathiyagraga Participaters.You said that the Mathama Gahndi took place the indias freedom by Peacefully.But time of or nature of the situation is different.You said that Ltte is smuggled the drugs.It is not true ,because first everybody of the tamils againters makes anonymous news spread for the bad name of ltte.TNA elected by democratic way by peoples.But anybody from SLG never listen their requirements or arguments.All are negilible by SLG.Everybody of SLG ministers what they are talking.JHU talking what.The tamils do not belive the SLG.Because they got enough of suffering tears for their tears.If the SLG genuine and buddhis Philosophy way thinking , they have,I am sure that Ltte is not formed from the tamil Community.But the SLG never give any rights for tamils.SLG ruling by Dammatheepa terms.For this reason tamils cannot expect any rights from SLG.The Sinhalease are and Tamils married together own wishes.I was in Negombo my mother died in Colombo hospital and funeral took place at Negombo.The Sinhalease neighbours and friends very very helpfull for my mother`s funeral,till now I do not forget their helps,I cannot reject their helps,till now their faces in my heart.But now I ask to you who are the catalysitators of riots.The Educated peoples,journalist,Professors and politicians from majority nation,they negleted tamils right.The Colombo university decided to give “great”to SLG President and Secretary of Defence Ministry.Sir,Do you think Is it correct?.The Tamils are Crying,but Sinhalease are dancing?.I dont blemed the Sinhalease friends.The Politicians and JHU give them to genocide poision.Dear Roshan you said that the banking facilities are refugee camps.This facilities not for refugees but knowing for whose relations are living in foreign countries and for collecting the money by bank to bank.You said,the sinhalease artist collect the money for the fefugees food and cloths.If it is genuine I have to thank to the artist.It is not enough for tamils right.This showed to the world the SLG is loved the Tamils.Tamils cannot beliving the SLG activity,The Miracle is not drinking water.Dear Sir,What is the defination of Terrerism?.What is the different terms between the terrerist and freedom fighters?Sir,I would like question to you:What is the duty of individual ministers?.I dont understand what they are talking,What they are doing?.Because Mr.Kothapaya recently said to the tamil politicians”anybody of you cannot participate the provincial election by tamil Parties Name. He said that the TNA must be throw out from the parliment.I dont understand ,how to get the authority for his statement.What is his Designation?.The Media minister do not their designation work.No more jounalist right in Srilanka.But he is not thinking about that?.Sir,I watched every politicians statements,they are against the tamils.The colombo tamils are living with fear for their statements.The tamils suffering and non-right evidence facts are closed by Stateterrerism.

  338. udan pirapugale!
    mele Alfonso kurippittathu pol, naangal anavasiyamage Roshan udan vilakam koduke vendiye avasiyam illai. naangal enne sonnalum Sinhala arasaangam thaan ninaithathai seydu kondu irrukumaal pole Roshan ku enne sonnalum arasaangam nallathu enrum Thamilarai pirathi nidi paduthiye puligalai payangara vaathigal enrum solli kondu irrukiraar. ithuvarai eluthiyathu pothum. Roshan enpavar thanipatte murai il emmai thodarpu kollvathum avarathu anhu murayum santhegathai etpaduthukirathu. nanri

  339. Make your choice, fellow tamilians.

    Friday, May 29, 2009 at 6:20pm

    So, I'm a Tamil.and proud of it. Proud of my culture, proud of my language, proud of the achievements of many of my fellow tamilians all over the world. Born here, right here in sunny Sri lanka. And Ive finally decided to say something. I know Im going to ruffle a lot more than a few feathers here- possibly even have a few people get themselves off my facebook friends list , but then, I've gotten sick and tired of all the chitter-chatter around me these past two weeks, So I shall say what I have to.

    Firstly, I know that Im just tired. Tired of the racism, tired of being generalized, labelled, looked down at, tired of the frikin war and everything that happened because of it. Im sure, as a tamil, you are too.
    Second, I'm not too jubilant and dancing on the street now that the war is over. there was too much of a price to pay to get what is today labelled as peace. and I will not dance till it really happens. we all "know" too much about the politics. So I won't need to say much.

    But, here's where the feathers get ruffled. Im happy too. Im happy that the war is "over". Happy that He is dead ( oh yes, I said it). happy that maybe, just maybe, if the politicos and powers that be play thier cards right, this country- my country- can actually go somewhere. Develop. be a happy place. Maybe.
    But just when I start looking at the positive side of things, I realised that suddenly the racism has actually increased. I realised that I had to keep voicing my usually quite thoughts just so that I wont be labelled anymore. and unfortunately, my dear fellow tamilians, its because of some of you.
    I've been repeatedly accused of "not knowing the real story" whenever I voice my absolute disgust at the terrorist organisation that has plagued my race, and at the man some of you celebrate as a hero. and you know what? I don't care what the "real story" is anymore. I am NOT and will NOT allow anyone to label me anymore. To the dear people who are publicly becoming "fans" of Mr.Velupillai Prabaharan, to those of you who are "fighting" for eelam because you don't want to leave your western comforts, to those of you who say its not over till all of us are killed ( Im sorry, please speak for yourself), to those of you who still beleive the LTTE fought for your rights and nothing else, to those of you who say it is only because of HIM that we can walk the streets today because he has given us a voice ( sorry- he has only made the others so scared to approach a tamil just in case he/she blew themselves up, so he has not given us a voice, he's just made the world frightened of tamils), to all those who after all this are still making me feel GUILTY to be a tamil, this is a plea to you to please STOP.

    STOP, and START trying to make a difference for a change. Turn your patriotic songs of praise for the LTTE into some positive songs about rebuilding our fallen nation.
    NO, Im not asking you to help the other terrorists, our dear government who are guilty of many many crimes, but Im asking you to help yourselves. If you live abroad, use your dollars and pounds to fund development for your people here, rather than contribute it towards arms to kill someone. If you live here, then try spreading some positivity rather than telling the whole world that the tamils can't live in peace and still want a frikkin separate state.

    THIS is our country. THIS is a country that many years ago was ahead of even singapore. WHEN will we get there? When we can do things together. please knock that into your deranged brainwashed heads. PLEASE, let this , OUR country get some real happiness. Its about time.

    If you think that by saying all this I'm not a real tamil, please think again. I want our race to get somewhere, but not by trampling the others down. I know we don't have the rights of our fellow sinhalese here, but we will never get them by killing them. ever. we have to work with them. hey, be selfish for a change and do something positive so that YOU can benefit from peace and prosperity. at least think of it that way.
    Im doing my part by helping the IDP's in whatever way I can, but I will not let myself be labelled anymore.
    to all of you who were afraid of saying things to me, or when I was around because I am a tamil and you thought I shared the view of the "diaspora" supporters, now you know. I don't blame you for generalising. its the fault of my people. but you know very well that its not thiers alone.
    I can't write kavithais , but when I listen to this song, it still gives me goosebumps, still gives me tears. justchaneg a few words here and there and we can look at it as an anthem for us to get up and do something positive, make a change. Please.

    தமிழா தமிழா நாளை நம் நாளே
    தமிழா தமிழா நாடும் நம் நாடே

    என் வீடு இலங்கை நாடு என்றே சொல்லடா
    என் நாமம் இலங்கேயர் என்றே என்றும் நில்லடா
    தமிழா தமிழா நாளை நம் நாளே
    தமிழா தமிழா நாடும் நம் நாடே

    நிலம் மாறலாம் குணம் ஒன்று தான்
    இடம் மாறலாம் நிலம் ஒன்று தான்
    மொழி மாறலாம் பொருள் ஒன்று தான்
    கலி மாறலாம் கொடி ஒன்று தான்
    திசை மாறலாம் நிலம் ஒன்று தான்
    இசை மாறலாம் மொழி ஒன்று தான்
    நம் இலங்கை அதும் ஒன்று தான் வா..

    தமிழா தமிழா கண்கள் கலங்காதே
    விடியும் விடியும் உள்ளம் மயங்காதே

    உனக்குள்ளே இலங்கேயர் ரத்தம் உண்டா இல்லையா?
    ஒன்றான இலங்கை உன்னை காக்கும் இல்லையா

    தமிழா தமிழா நாளை நம் நாளே
    தமிழா தமிழா நாடும் நம் நாடே

  340. Alfonso – Kalada Kutti !! Paithayama ??

    I don't think you understand English properly – by the way you write, I see that you lack skills.. May be you should get someone to read what I have said and translate it to you !!

  341. Sri Lankan Puppets in the Hands of Emerging Superpowers
    We all wept when the Asian Tsunami took the lives of thousands
    When the Asian Tsunami struck the shores of Sri Lanka, more than thirty thousands died instantly. They stopped breathing in minutes after they were swept into the ocean. Their last chapters were very brief.
    News channels from major broadcasting networks were showing the horrors of tsunami twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Media and Sports personalities appealed for aid. We packed gifts and took it to our churches and schools. Nations of the free world gave billions as aid to a country that still treats its Tamil minorities as second class citizens.
    But the world remained silent when thousands of women and children experienced painful slow death in the killing fields of Sri Lanka
    Another disaster struck the Tamils of Sri Lanka recently and this was a war conducted with many hidden agendas. More than fifty thousand innocent Tamil civilians were killed and thirty thousands were maimed in one of the most brutal wars in the history of the mankind. This war has cost more lives than the Asian Tsunami in this tear drop island.
    Men, women and children were forced to live inside bunkers without food and medicine for months. Innocent civilians were bombed and killed by Chinese F7s and Russian MIGs in schools, hospitals and public places. Heavy artilleries and banned weapons were used against the helpless and vulnerable.
    Many had to experience slow and painful death. Wounded civilians were bombed even when they were being treated in makeshift hospitals. Food and medicine were denied deliberately to the sick and to the needy. Women and children had to witness horrors after horrors.
    News channels in the west didn't give much importance to this man made tsunami that was orchestrated by some world powers. Media and Sports personalities who regularly talk about poverty elimination in Asia and Africa didn't even lift a single finger to save the innocent lives.
    Corrupt leaders in the UN failed in their duties. Instead of protecting the vulnerable, they danced to the wrong tunes that were played by the wrong people
    UN and other international organisations who are supposed to protect the vulnerable, acted like they were also part of a mysterious game that took the lives of thousands. Many had the powers to stop the destruction but they didn't do it because they didn't want to.
    The way how the diplomats and the leaders of some Nations spoke and acted during the war, made many to doubt that they were all acting out a script, written by some aliens from space.
    Many leaders including the UN Secretary General kept their mouths shut and spoke only a little when they had to. Vijay Nambiar, the Head of Staffs at UN and other UN representatives went to Sri Lanka few times to negotiate a ceasefire but they failed because they had their own agendas.
    They had miserably failed in their roles and had provided their full support to a regime that had committed crimes against humanity.
    Some Indian leaders who were orchestrating the war in Sri Lanka visited Colombo few times not to arrange a ceasefire, not to stop the war, not to talk about the civilian causalities but to monitor the progress of the war and to congratulate the Sri Lankan authorities.
    They always talked about receiving the head of the rebel leader on a platter and a piece of document with the proof of his death. This was to deceive the world that they were only after the rebel leader and the war was not about military strategies in the region and India having access to the oil reserves found in the Seas of Sri Lanka.
    Only person who came across as a genuine defender of human rights was Hon. David Miliband. He confronted the Sri Lankan authorities about the deaths caused by the usage of heavy and banned weapons against civilians. As usual David Miliband or anybody who talks about human rights violations in Sri Lanka are called white tigers, brown tigers or yellow tigers depending on the colour of their skin.
    War on Terror is over but the Killings haven't stopped
    Sri Lankan authorities had declared that they had killed the rebel leader and decimated his group. According to them, terrorism has now been wiped out from Sri Lanka.
    But the ground realities are telling us a different story. War is over but the killings haven't stopped yet. Sri Lankan government hasn't finished with the Tamils. Every Tamil man, woman and child is considered as a suspect. Under the emergency rules, Sri Lankan forces have the right to arrest or kill anybody they consider as a suspect. Living as a Tamil in Sri Lanka is like walking on a thin rope above a deep valley that is filled with deadly snakes.
    So called war on terror and humanitarian operations are now over. But the killings are still continuing. One should now question whether the objectives of the war were genuine. No government on earth would bomb and kill fifty thousands people and make thirty thousands maimed and destroy an area twice the size of Singapore just to chop the head of just one rebel leader.
    “Killings of Tamils” started after Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948 and this will continue till the government of Sri Lanka come up with a constructive plan to address the grievances of the Tamil community in this island.
    How is the world responding to the massacre of Tamils?
    Forty seven nations came together to vote on Sri Lanka. Majority voted in favour of Sri Lanka and they all took a stand that what had been happening in Sri Lanka was an internal issue. They voted to congratulate Sri Lankan Government on its victory over the Tamil Tigers and to ignore calls for an inquiry into possible war crimes.
    United Nations Human Rights Council has now lost its credibility. This body has totally lost its purpose for which it exists.
    According to the majority who voted in favour of Sri Lanka, their message was very clear. “No matter what Sri Lanka does to the Tamils, we will stand shoulder to shoulder with the Sri Lankan government because we also have skeletons in our closets. Let them bomb and kill innocent women and children. Let them starve them to death. Let them deny medicine to the wounded. Even if they kill all the Tamils and dump them in mass graves, we will still support this terror island because we have our own interests and hidden agendas in the region”
    This is the state of the world now. Many of these countries no longer care about human rights but are only interested in satisfying their own greed.
    I often wonder if voting is a great idea in emergency situations where the majority is not at all interested in saving lives but having their focus on destructive policies in order to look after their own interests.
    If a building is on fire, it is not sensible to have voting and then decide not to go and save lives when the majority is not interested. We don't have voting to rescue the passengers from a sinking ship. Even if we have one, the focus will not be on whether to save the people or not but on how to save the lives.
    Human Rights Council should now be discussing about helping the innocent civilians who are abused in the Nazi Style concentration camps in Sri Lanka. It is a disgrace to the whole humanity that a green light has now been given to any country that wants to wipe out its minority.
    Could we have avoided this bloodshed?
    The answer is “Yes”, but there were many beneficiaries in this war. Therefore many had decided not to stop the war but to let it to continue till the end, despite thousands of civilian causalities. Countries like India, China and Pakistan, who have traditionally not been in good terms, surprisingly became friends. They acted like vultures that came to an agreement to share a piece of meat, which they were desperately looking for.
    Everybody knew what was happening. World leaders were listening to the casualty figures as a slow cricket commentary. Some of them made statements here and there, just for the sake of making it. Nobody had the boldness to stand up and say “STOP THE KILLINGS”. They had the power but they didn't do it.
    UN was updating its score boards with the number of deaths taking place. Even when the score went up by thousands a day, they kept quite. They didn't open their mouths and speak about it.
    US satellites were taking pictures of the killings but no attempts were made to stop the bloodbath. Hearts of the nations became stones and the helpless perished so that the greedy could be satisfied.
    Defenders of human rights and highly paid diplomats were hearing about the horrors in Sri Lanka while having their big breakfasts. They found these stories very boring. Experts and researchers in human rights were looking forward to publish their latest journal papers instead of doing something about saving lives.
    Many western countries, although some had raised their voices, their statements were not strong enough to stop a regime that was determined to carry on with its destructive agenda.
    Relatives of those who were dying in Vanni went to the streets of great cities of the world. They knelt down and cried before the kings and queens. They protested through various means. We didn't hear their cry but we found them very annoying because they blocked our streets. They did all that was possible to get the message across. But their cries fell on our deaf ears. If we did listen and acted, we would have saved thousands of lives.
    Our radio shows were not about the reasons for the protests but we talked about how to get these protesters out of our streets. We are now happy because there are no more Tamil protests and many of the people who they were trying to protect are now dead.
    It is very clear that this war was conducted with the full support of many countries .They could have persuaded the Sri Lankan government to stop the bloodshed especially after the rebels had announced their surrender.
    Bloodbath could have been avoided but nobody was interested because all went according to their plans. Partners of this war had started to reap their benefits even before it had come to an end.
    Who benefited from this war?
    Sri Lankan government was used as a puppet in the hands of India and China for these countries to secure their interests in the region. Everybody is happy now, apart from an innocent Tamil community that is slowly being wiped out from Sri Lanka.
    Sinhala extremists who have been killing Tamils for more than sixty years in this country have a lot to rejoice for.
    China has been fishing in the trouble spots of this world. It has once again achieved its goal by giving deadly weapons to the one it saw as the “strong man”. China has started many construction projects in the South of Sri Lanka including a port that will mainly be used by its Navy.
    India has already started to draft project plans for oil explorations in the seas of Sri Lanka and now sending its experts to start many construction projects in the North and East of the country.
    Although China and Pakistan had supplied most of the deadly weapons, they were neither involved in writing the script nor executing the script for the War.
    Sri Lankan President had recently acknowledged that he fought India's war in Sri Lanka. One of the former Indian High Commissioners has confessed that India has blood in its hands but India doesn't care about the plight of the Tamils in Sri Lanka.
    War in Sri Lanka was not to do with the head of the rebel leader. Making a big deal out of the body of the rebel leader and all these victory speeches were not foolish acts but they were deliberately done by parties who want to hide all the deadly snakes under their carpets.
    War Crimes in Sri Lanka
    Number of war crimes that had been committed by the Sri Lankan forces is more than what Saddam Hussein did to the Kurdish people.
    Surrendered rebels with white flags were executed and thousands of wounded civilians were killed without mercy. Serious war crimes have been committed and the culprits are not just Sri Lankan forces but some Indian security experts, Sri Lankan and Indian politicians and UN officers.
    Banned weapons (cluster and phosphorus bombs) were used against innocent men, women and children. Red Cross workers were killed. The same hospitals were repeatedly bombed. Buildings and properties were destroyed by very powerful bombs.
    Innocent civilians were forced to live inside the bunkers for months. Food and medicine were denied to them.
    Sri Lanka is still hiding the evidences
    Killing more than fifty thousands, wounding thirty thousands and forcing three hundred thousands in concentration camps will not convince anybody as a genuine humanitarian or rescue operation. These people never lived as hostages in the first place.
    Sri Lanka knows that serious war crimes had been committed and they are now working to hide their atrocities.
    Witnesses of these war crimes are mainly the people who came out of the war zone. They saw all that happened to them and to their loved ones. One of the main reasons why the Sri Lankan forces are not allowing journalists and aid workers into the IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps is because they want to hide their crimes.
    Three doctors who served the wounded people in Vanni are considered as real heroes by the international community. Instead of appreciating their efforts, Sri Lankan government has locked them up in jail in order to hide the evidences of war crimes.
    War came to an end two weeks ago but the journalists and aid workers are still not allowed to the war zone. When Sri Lanka declared that the war was over and all the civilians had been rescued, there were still thousands of wounded lying in the killing fields and many frightened civilians were hiding inside the bunkers.
    Mass graves have become an outdated technique for the Sri Lankan forces. Sri Lankan authorities are still not allowing any journalists or aid workers to the war zone. It is taking quite a long time for the military to dispose thousands of dead bodies.
    Recent announcement by the Head of Sri Lankan armed forces about how they cremated the rebel leader’s body and threw the ashes into the sea is an indication that they are using the same technique on all the dead bodies. Sri Lankan forces might probably using mobile cremation furnaces to cremate the bodies in order to wipe out evidences.
    It is obviously going to take sometime for them to finish this process considering the number of people died in the conflict. When everything is over, our BBC reporters will be taken to that area and they would tell us about a beautiful blue sky and golden flat sandy beaches in Vanni.
    War crime evidences have already been collected
    This is one of the controversial wars in the history. Although the Sri Lankan forces had barred all the reporters and journalists into the war zone, images and videos of the dying civilians were regularly sent out to individuals and organisations all over the world.
    Communication systems were functioning in Vanni till the last minute. High resolution satellite images are available to prove the use of heavy weapons against the civilians. Last moments of the war had been captured by various technical devices.
    It is a complete waste of time that Sri Lankan authorities are shutting the mouths of those in the IDP camps because many civilians who were stuck in the war zone till the last day were able to cross the waters and many had already reached the foreign shores.
    Millions of evidences are already available to prove that Sri Lankan forces had committed war crimes and those who are responsible for these crimes should be brought to justice.
    Horror camps for the Tamil civilians
    Sri Lankan forces bombed and killed more than fifty thousands. Now they have locked three hundred thousands up in Nazi style concentration camps.
    Ten to fourteen deaths are taking place daily in these notorious camps mostly among the children and elderly. Detainees are not allowed to meet their relatives and are not allowed to receive foods or cloths from their loved ones.
    Sky news had recently reported about rapes and torture taking place inside these camps. Young people are disappearing daily. Dead bodies are thrown outside these camps.
    Wounded and the sick and not given proper medical care. Sri Lankan government is still not allowing any international aid workers to these camps. Family members are purposely kept in separate camps in order to destroy the foundations of the entire Tamil race in Sri Lanka.
    Can this happen again?
    This will be repeated again in Sri Lanka or in some other parts of the world unless we bring the culprits to justice and restructure UN with the powers to deal with such wars in the future
    War in Sri Lanka was orchestrated by India. Deadly weapons were given by China and Pakistan. UN and many Western Nations knew what was happening but they remained silent.
    Are we going to allow something similar to happen in the future? Do these innocents have to die to satisfy the greed of some countries?
    UN with its corrupt staffs has failed in their duties. They deliberately remained silent and didn't do anything constructive to stop the bloodshed although they had the ability to do so.
    Sri Lankan leaders became puppets in the hands of some of these sleeping giants. Masters of this war should be brought to justice.
    Role of UN in resolving any conflicts in the future is now in doubt. We desperately need an International body that can stand on its own and stop such crimes. There is no use in having an organisation that is completely powerless to stop the killings of the innocents.
    Sri Lanka is now on radar
    As far as Sri Lanka is concerned, Rebel leader is dead. LTTE is gone. More than fifty thousand civilians have been killed.
    If everybody is happy with what they have achieved, the question is why the killings are still taking place? Tamils are still intimidated and their properties are burned throughout the country. Tamil women on the streets are harassed by Sinhala mobs.
    This island might even witness another riot just like it experienced in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties.
    Those times, they sent the Tamils to the North and East. As the whole island is now filled with uniformed Sinhala men and women with arms, Tamils will have nowhere to run for their safety.
    Danger of another Tamil rebellion
    The Tamil Diaspora is not an alien to Sri Lanka. More than ninety percent of the Tamils among the Diaspora had witnessed what happened to their friends and relatives in Vanni. They saw their brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers dying helplessly. They communicated with their loved ones till the last days of the war and they all knew what was happening. Many of them have their relatives locked up in these notorious IDP camps.
    Prabhakarans are not born but they are made. He did all that he did after witnessing many horrors. He saw Tamils being burned alive in the south of Sri Lanka. He saw properties of the Tamils being destroyed by Sinhala mobs.
    If the oppression against the Tamils continues, Sri Lanka and even India might one day regret creating more Prabhakarans out of the Tamils from the Diaspora.
    Minority indigenous Tamils who live mainly in the north and east of the country are one of the most oppressed communities on this planet.
    Future of Sri Lanka completely depends on the steps taken by the Sri Lankan government. Policies based on racial and religious supremacy, attempts to continue with Sinhalasisation of the country through systematic Sinhala settlements in the Northern and Eastern provinces will escalate the conflict further and hit deadly levels.
    This may not just destabilise Sri Lanka but will even have global repercussions.
    Conclusion
    Sri Lankan President and his ministers have recently acknowledged that they fought India's war in Sri Lanka with the help of the weapons from China and Pakistan. Half of their crimes have now been confessed verbally by the Sri Lankan authorities.
    Sri Lankan leaders have now become puppets in the hands of two emerging superpowers that are competing with each other. A conflict that was once confined within the boundaries of Sri Lanka has now become an international issue. Sri Lankan military muscles have now been artificially strengthened by their new masters. A country that once spoke to the West with a humble voice has now started to challenge many countries.
    China's opposition in the Security Council for the Sri Lankan conflict to be discussed in the formal meetings is an obvious evidence for China's role in Sri Lanka's war.
    India, China and Pakistan found themselves on the same side with Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights council. They all voted against war crime probes over alleged war crimes committed by Sri Lankan forces. This clearly shows that they all have blood in their hands.
    Defendants of human rights and the world powers who fought many wars to restore freedom for their own citizens have now seen the faces of the master magicians who orchestrated the war in Sri Lanka.
    Although India gave the strategic directions and China provided with the weapons for the war, it was the Sri Lankan armed forces that carried out the massacre of Tamil civilians. A country that is well known for slowly wiping out its minorities found a perfect opportunity to cause maximum damage to the innocent Tamils with the blessing of their new masters.
    Now it is time for the civilized to world to decide whether to allow the Sri Lankan government and its friends who had caused so many thousands of deaths, to run these controversial Nazi style concentration camps.
    We have all failed to save many lives in this war but it is still not too late to save the innocents that are still being abused, raped, tortured and killed in the barbed wired concentration camps.
    Richard Dixon

  342. @ ANKAYATPIRIYAN – Machan – Police attacks all Satyagraha's… I got caught to one and got beaten in 87 – 89 period when I was schooling… But, now I know that it was for a useless cause that we disturbed our studies and went on strike.. We were bullied by the then JVP and I am still not a fan of the JVP for that – I still think that they are way out nuts and definitely be beaten for misleading the poor school children. I was only 15 then and was totally mislead.. actually one of the reasons that we as kids supported the strike was for the fun angle we saw in it.. but got disrupted from our studies in return.

    About SLG not listening to the Tamils – Give this government a chance – more Tamils in SL seem to be behind this government and this would be one of the very few chances you would get to win the rights for the Tamil people. The president has Tamil relations and he is quite keen to solve the issues once and for all. So get what you can from him cause he is in a giving mood – what the JHU or any body says would not matter in a few days time after he wins the upcoming elections (general and Presidential) and have his people in the Cabinet. JHU is an extremist group – However, they do not have a majority following them showing that all Sinhalese Buddhists are not for extremism.

    Trust me, not all Sinhalese are Dancing and not All Tamils are Crying… I know that All Muslims are Dancing though :D .. It's a mixed feeling that we all have.. this is exactly where we should understand that we are one nation and we do feel for each other no matter how extreme some people might be.. President and Defense Secretary in our mind, saved the country from a Terrorist group so that all of us can live peacefully in this land.. trust me, if we had the 83 mentality, along with the win, there would have been many other killings of Tamil people in south. But not a single Singhala person or a Muslim person killed a single Tamil person or even scolded one. This means that we have moved out from that era. but, in Australia and England, Singhala people were attacked by the Tamil people – this means that it is the Tamil people who need to change their mentality towards the Singhala people – don't U think ??

    My Sister is working for one an NGO that is operational in SL and yesterday we collected food items and clothing items to be taken to the Make Shift Camps. I my self donated Milk Powder and Soap. I did not want to give used cloths and I didn't have time to shop for new cloths… This is how these people are taken in our hearts. The presidents Wife pledged to foster parent 300 Children without parents. They would be given to families who wish to take care of them or kept with educational institutes run by the government. This is how we treat these innocent people. The point I am trying to drive is that, we are not what you think of us to be – such people did not even exist in 83 – as you clearly said, majority are the people who helped you at your mothers funeral and less than 0.1% are the people who burnt the houses in 83. There is no chance for people like that to come in to power again.. There will be a solution that would enable that there will be no such people in power.

    I live among a load of Tamils from which most are good friends… There is no discrimination what so ever any more… I wish that you guys could come down to SL and see that to you selves.. Then you would know that the LTTE had their own agenda and mislead the whole Tamil Community to fulfill one man's wish… Do U think that you would have lived peacefully in a country lead by someone who killed all Tamils who opposed his wishes ?? Who would cut open wombs of pregnant mothers just because they oppose his opinion? Kill religious leaders ? – I don't think so – Prabha dying is probably a blessings you guys had – take the maximum use of it my brother !

  343. If we see all comments from all people including Tamils, Singhalees, Sri Lankans (as my self) and foreign parties – we can see that we are divided in our thoughts no matter what the race or religions is. I see tamils against LTTE and Singhalees against War…

    This means that we need very good discussions happening and also a load of socializing to do with catching up on what we all have missed..

    hence, it is obvious that we all need to sit down and start discussing than throw things at each other – it would not take any body any where – provoking anyone would not help either !

  344. Dear Roshan
    Your milk and soap may not even last for few days. But if you ask to free those people from being caged and let them look after themselves, they will thank you forever. (that is like if you destroy the fishing net and give fish for a poor family they will eat for 1 day but if you let THEM fish, they can eat most days). Please why dont you ask your president who is in a giving mode to free those people. I expect something of this nature from a person who feels for those people.

    Please don't say that government has to screen for LTTE remnants. There may be one or two but surely government must not fear those few as they don't have any weapons or any leadership. And Srilankan army still have the backup of India, china and Pakistan. So why put all those people AGAINST their will.

    Thanks for the milk and soap anyway.

  345. Feel for the caged !

    Appreciate the little bit I did for them than be sarcastic about it … I will not stop here either.. this is only the beginning – when my sister goes to visit them mid this month, I will send more stuff including new clothing that would may be last for more than a few days.. The idea is to be there for them which we do and you guys don't… If you really care come down to SL and help them or at least send something to give to them.

    What made you think that they are going to be in the "Make Shift Camps" & feed them with our Tax money forever ? Why they are called MAKE SHIFT CAMPS is because it is temporary – If we send them now, the next thing you know, the Tamil population in northern Sri Lanka will be without legs – That would be because your loving leader Piribahara has planted landmines in these poor peoples gardens. U still want them to go to their houses… The SL army is sacrificing their limbs and clearing these landmines so that the people in camps could go back to their houses.

    The screening is a must – the idea behind camps is not only screening as I mentioned before. Not only India, Pakistan and China, representation from 1/4th of the world's population voted for Sri Lanka during the last UN summit.

    Please note that the people are already free – they themselves say that – All you people who haven't sighted this Land of Pride would not know jack about what ever is happening here apart from the lies spread by unworthy terrorists. The people were not free when they were sent as Suicide Bombers and taken in as Child soldiers even before they learned how to read and write. Check the youtube video I posted before if you really want to see the freedom you are talking about – the cyanide freedom !!

    U tell that the people are held against their will – give free food and shelter with playing areas and educational facilities instead of a cyanide capsule, I don't think they would ask for any other freedom. Think for a minute, aren't you guys in other countries the same ?? Staying free in another country (which is like a make shift camp for you guys), doing what you wish to do (Eat, Drink, Play, Study), and get free food (Get Asylum dole or some sort of free income to survive) ? The only thing the people in MSC do is that they don't destroy the camps they live in. As we heard from London and Quebec, your people there are destroying these cities !! Change your mentality sooner than later and don't get distracted by a few who have their own agendas – Sooner than later you will have to come back to Sri Lanka when those countries realize that there is no war any more… At that time, if you still have the wrong mentality, a lot more will feel sorry for you !

  346. Thanks Roshan for the prompt reply. Seems like your full time job but I do appreciate your caring and concerns and a bright future.

    The landmines in people's gardens. Very artistic. I say that because I haven't heard about this from independent media. I would welcome any reference to this from Independent media. But again there won't be any isn't it because SLG would not allow them even after finishing terrorism. I wonder why??

    Roshan, don't get me wrong, I'm against terrorism and human rights violation from any party. If the people are happy in those camps and actually enjoying all those you said in ALL the camps (not just one or two which are to showcase for the world) then why not allow free media and unrestricted access.

    Do you know why all these countries supported SL, because they supplied arms, money and intelligence and if the war crimes come to surface then they may be liable for supporting the SL. So it was in their best interest to support SL for their safety not because they are in love with SLA's killings, abductions and ongoing rapings.

    Please, just be a human and think about it. There are plenty of ways to get money and fame.

    I just heard from BBC that a Sinhalese Journalist is badly traumatised for revealing a glimpse of truth about the SLG. Go figure the future of SL and I wonder who should feel sorry.

    Sorry da I got to go to work. I'm not one of those who live on the dole. The Tamils (and the sinhalese) have very good reputation among their peers at work and among their neighbours all over the world.

    May speak to you tomorrow if you have any sensible things to say

  347. Unfortunately or fortunately I do get email alerts when you guys reply… !!

    The independent media you are talking about is now exposed (by George & Daya Masters) and we all know how Millions of Dollars were pumped in to these organizations by the LTTE to be their mouth organs !! You actually got to visit the areas and see to your selves. There are enough and more Journalists and Independent workers in these areas. Just that all are not allowed as we saw in the past where some, undercover with an NGO logo had provided military support to the LTTE – So I can clearly Justify the governments intention of blocking every Dick, Tom and Harry who wants to enter the areas.

    Landmines are a true story as we all know. At the time of us wasting our times here, many are blowing off disabling the innocent animals (Mainly cows & dogs) that are in the areas – This included an Elephant the day before. The journalist who was assaulted recently is from Lake House – the government news paper co. – so I am not sure whether it would be for the same reasons as you mentioned as I myself is not a fan of Government mouth pieces.

    I know, in the mind frames we are in, it could be that we all see each other as talking nonsense. However, I feel that the one who better see the picture is the one who is there than what I would hear/see from another source. Also, if you feel that people in work places can live in harmony – it's up to them to get together and spread that relationship to all parts of this tiny Island. But, from what I have heard, it's not so in many other parts of the world – Mainly in Canada !!

  348. Make your choice, fellow tamilians.

    Friday, May 29, 2009 at 6:20pm

    So, I’m a Tamil.and proud of it. Proud of my culture, proud of my language, proud of the achievements of many of my fellow tamilians all over the world. Born here, right here in sunny Sri lanka. And Ive finally decided to say something. I know Im going to ruffle a lot more than a few feathers here- possibly even have a few people get themselves off my facebook friends list , but then, I’ve gotten sick and tired of all the chitter-chatter around me these past two weeks, So I shall say what I have to.

    Firstly, I know that Im just tired. Tired of the racism, tired of being generalized, labelled, looked down at, tired of the frikin war and everything that happened because of it. Im sure, as a tamil, you are too.
    Second, I’m not too jubilant and dancing on the street now that the war is over. there was too much of a price to pay to get what is today labelled as peace. and I will not dance till it really happens. we all “know” too much about the politics. So I won’t need to say much.

    But, here’s where the feathers get ruffled. Im happy too. Im happy that the war is “over”. Happy that He is dead ( oh yes, I said it). happy that maybe, just maybe, if the politicos and powers that be play thier cards right, this country- my country- can actually go somewhere. Develop. be a happy place. Maybe.
    But just when I start looking at the positive side of things, I realised that suddenly the racism has actually increased. I realised that I had to keep voicing my usually quite thoughts just so that I wont be labelled anymore. and unfortunately, my dear fellow tamilians, its because of some of you.
    I’ve been repeatedly accused of “not knowing the real story” whenever I voice my absolute disgust at the terrorist organisation that has plagued my race, and at the man some of you celebrate as a hero. and you know what? I don’t care what the “real story” is anymore. I am NOT and will NOT allow anyone to label me anymore. To the dear people who are publicly becoming “fans” of Mr.Velupillai Prabaharan, to those of you who are “fighting” for eelam because you don’t want to leave your western comforts, to those of you who say its not over till all of us are killed ( Im sorry, please speak for yourself), to those of you who still beleive the LTTE fought for your rights and nothing else, to those of you who say it is only because of HIM that we can walk the streets today because he has given us a voice ( sorry- he has only made the others so scared to approach a tamil just in case he/she blew themselves up, so he has not given us a voice, he’s just made the world frightened of tamils), to all those who after all this are still making me feel GUILTY to be a tamil, this is a plea to you to please STOP.

    STOP, and START trying to make a difference for a change. Turn your patriotic songs of praise for the LTTE into some positive songs about rebuilding our fallen nation.
    NO, Im not asking you to help the other terrorists, our dear government who are guilty of many many crimes, but Im asking you to help yourselves. If you live abroad, use your dollars and pounds to fund development for your people here, rather than contribute it towards arms to kill someone. If you live here, then try spreading some positivity rather than telling the whole world that the tamils can’t live in peace and still want a frikkin separate state.

    THIS is our country. THIS is a country that many years ago was ahead of even singapore. WHEN will we get there? When we can do things together. please knock that into your deranged brainwashed heads. PLEASE, let this , OUR country get some real happiness. Its about time.

    If you think that by saying all this I’m not a real tamil, please think again. I want our race to get somewhere, but not by trampling the others down. I know we don’t have the rights of our fellow sinhalese here, but we will never get them by killing them. ever. we have to work with them. hey, be selfish for a change and do something positive so that YOU can benefit from peace and prosperity. at least think of it that way.
    Im doing my part by helping the IDP’s in whatever way I can, but I will not let myself be labelled anymore.
    to all of you who were afraid of saying things to me, or when I was around because I am a tamil and you thought I shared the view of the “diaspora” supporters, now you know. I don’t blame you for generalising. its the fault of my people. but you know very well that its not thiers alone.
    I can’t write kavithais , but when I listen to this song, it still gives me goosebumps, still gives me tears. justchaneg a few words here and there and we can look at it as an anthem for us to get up and do something positive, make a change. Please.

    தமிழா தமிழா நாளை நம் நாளே
    தமிழா தமிழா நாடும் நம் நாடே

    என் வீடு இலங்கை நாடு என்றே சொல்லடா
    என் நாமம் இலங்கேயர் என்றே என்றும் நில்லடா
    தமிழா தமிழா நாளை நம் நாளே
    தமிழா தமிழா நாடும் நம் நாடே

    நிலம் மாறலாம் குணம் ஒன்று தான்
    இடம் மாறலாம் நிலம் ஒன்று தான்
    மொழி மாறலாம் பொருள் ஒன்று தான்
    கலி மாறலாம் கொடி ஒன்று தான்
    திசை மாறலாம் நிலம் ஒன்று தான்
    இசை மாறலாம் மொழி ஒன்று தான்
    நம் இலங்கை அதும் ஒன்று தான் வா..

    தமிழா தமிழா கண்கள் கலங்காதே
    விடியும் விடியும் உள்ளம் மயங்காதே

    உனக்குள்ளே இலங்கேயர் ரத்தம் உண்டா இல்லையா?
    ஒன்றான இலங்கை உன்னை காக்கும் இல்லையா

    தமிழா தமிழா நாளை நம் நாளே
    தமிழா தமிழா நாடும் நம் நாடே

  349. Alfonso – Kalada Kutti !! Paithayama ??

    I don’t think you understand English properly – by the way you write, I see that you lack skills.. May be you should get someone to read what I have said and translate it to you !!

  350. Sri Lankan Puppets in the Hands of Emerging Superpowers
    We all wept when the Asian Tsunami took the lives of thousands
    When the Asian Tsunami struck the shores of Sri Lanka, more than thirty thousands died instantly. They stopped breathing in minutes after they were swept into the ocean. Their last chapters were very brief.
    News channels from major broadcasting networks were showing the horrors of tsunami twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Media and Sports personalities appealed for aid. We packed gifts and took it to our churches and schools. Nations of the free world gave billions as aid to a country that still treats its Tamil minorities as second class citizens.
    But the world remained silent when thousands of women and children experienced painful slow death in the killing fields of Sri Lanka
    Another disaster struck the Tamils of Sri Lanka recently and this was a war conducted with many hidden agendas. More than fifty thousand innocent Tamil civilians were killed and thirty thousands were maimed in one of the most brutal wars in the history of the mankind. This war has cost more lives than the Asian Tsunami in this tear drop island.
    Men, women and children were forced to live inside bunkers without food and medicine for months. Innocent civilians were bombed and killed by Chinese F7s and Russian MIGs in schools, hospitals and public places. Heavy artilleries and banned weapons were used against the helpless and vulnerable.
    Many had to experience slow and painful death. Wounded civilians were bombed even when they were being treated in makeshift hospitals. Food and medicine were denied deliberately to the sick and to the needy. Women and children had to witness horrors after horrors.
    News channels in the west didn’t give much importance to this man made tsunami that was orchestrated by some world powers. Media and Sports personalities who regularly talk about poverty elimination in Asia and Africa didn’t even lift a single finger to save the innocent lives.
    Corrupt leaders in the UN failed in their duties. Instead of protecting the vulnerable, they danced to the wrong tunes that were played by the wrong people
    UN and other international organisations who are supposed to protect the vulnerable, acted like they were also part of a mysterious game that took the lives of thousands. Many had the powers to stop the destruction but they didn’t do it because they didn’t want to.
    The way how the diplomats and the leaders of some Nations spoke and acted during the war, made many to doubt that they were all acting out a script, written by some aliens from space.
    Many leaders including the UN Secretary General kept their mouths shut and spoke only a little when they had to. Vijay Nambiar, the Head of Staffs at UN and other UN representatives went to Sri Lanka few times to negotiate a ceasefire but they failed because they had their own agendas.
    They had miserably failed in their roles and had provided their full support to a regime that had committed crimes against humanity.
    Some Indian leaders who were orchestrating the war in Sri Lanka visited Colombo few times not to arrange a ceasefire, not to stop the war, not to talk about the civilian causalities but to monitor the progress of the war and to congratulate the Sri Lankan authorities.
    They always talked about receiving the head of the rebel leader on a platter and a piece of document with the proof of his death. This was to deceive the world that they were only after the rebel leader and the war was not about military strategies in the region and India having access to the oil reserves found in the Seas of Sri Lanka.
    Only person who came across as a genuine defender of human rights was Hon. David Miliband. He confronted the Sri Lankan authorities about the deaths caused by the usage of heavy and banned weapons against civilians. As usual David Miliband or anybody who talks about human rights violations in Sri Lanka are called white tigers, brown tigers or yellow tigers depending on the colour of their skin.
    War on Terror is over but the Killings haven’t stopped
    Sri Lankan authorities had declared that they had killed the rebel leader and decimated his group. According to them, terrorism has now been wiped out from Sri Lanka.
    But the ground realities are telling us a different story. War is over but the killings haven’t stopped yet. Sri Lankan government hasn’t finished with the Tamils. Every Tamil man, woman and child is considered as a suspect. Under the emergency rules, Sri Lankan forces have the right to arrest or kill anybody they consider as a suspect. Living as a Tamil in Sri Lanka is like walking on a thin rope above a deep valley that is filled with deadly snakes.
    So called war on terror and humanitarian operations are now over. But the killings are still continuing. One should now question whether the objectives of the war were genuine. No government on earth would bomb and kill fifty thousands people and make thirty thousands maimed and destroy an area twice the size of Singapore just to chop the head of just one rebel leader.
    “Killings of Tamils” started after Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948 and this will continue till the government of Sri Lanka come up with a constructive plan to address the grievances of the Tamil community in this island.
    How is the world responding to the massacre of Tamils?
    Forty seven nations came together to vote on Sri Lanka. Majority voted in favour of Sri Lanka and they all took a stand that what had been happening in Sri Lanka was an internal issue. They voted to congratulate Sri Lankan Government on its victory over the Tamil Tigers and to ignore calls for an inquiry into possible war crimes.
    United Nations Human Rights Council has now lost its credibility. This body has totally lost its purpose for which it exists.
    According to the majority who voted in favour of Sri Lanka, their message was very clear. “No matter what Sri Lanka does to the Tamils, we will stand shoulder to shoulder with the Sri Lankan government because we also have skeletons in our closets. Let them bomb and kill innocent women and children. Let them starve them to death. Let them deny medicine to the wounded. Even if they kill all the Tamils and dump them in mass graves, we will still support this terror island because we have our own interests and hidden agendas in the region”
    This is the state of the world now. Many of these countries no longer care about human rights but are only interested in satisfying their own greed.
    I often wonder if voting is a great idea in emergency situations where the majority is not at all interested in saving lives but having their focus on destructive policies in order to look after their own interests.
    If a building is on fire, it is not sensible to have voting and then decide not to go and save lives when the majority is not interested. We don’t have voting to rescue the passengers from a sinking ship. Even if we have one, the focus will not be on whether to save the people or not but on how to save the lives.
    Human Rights Council should now be discussing about helping the innocent civilians who are abused in the Nazi Style concentration camps in Sri Lanka. It is a disgrace to the whole humanity that a green light has now been given to any country that wants to wipe out its minority.
    Could we have avoided this bloodshed?
    The answer is “Yes”, but there were many beneficiaries in this war. Therefore many had decided not to stop the war but to let it to continue till the end, despite thousands of civilian causalities. Countries like India, China and Pakistan, who have traditionally not been in good terms, surprisingly became friends. They acted like vultures that came to an agreement to share a piece of meat, which they were desperately looking for.
    Everybody knew what was happening. World leaders were listening to the casualty figures as a slow cricket commentary. Some of them made statements here and there, just for the sake of making it. Nobody had the boldness to stand up and say “STOP THE KILLINGS”. They had the power but they didn’t do it.
    UN was updating its score boards with the number of deaths taking place. Even when the score went up by thousands a day, they kept quite. They didn’t open their mouths and speak about it.
    US satellites were taking pictures of the killings but no attempts were made to stop the bloodbath. Hearts of the nations became stones and the helpless perished so that the greedy could be satisfied.
    Defenders of human rights and highly paid diplomats were hearing about the horrors in Sri Lanka while having their big breakfasts. They found these stories very boring. Experts and researchers in human rights were looking forward to publish their latest journal papers instead of doing something about saving lives.
    Many western countries, although some had raised their voices, their statements were not strong enough to stop a regime that was determined to carry on with its destructive agenda.
    Relatives of those who were dying in Vanni went to the streets of great cities of the world. They knelt down and cried before the kings and queens. They protested through various means. We didn’t hear their cry but we found them very annoying because they blocked our streets. They did all that was possible to get the message across. But their cries fell on our deaf ears. If we did listen and acted, we would have saved thousands of lives.
    Our radio shows were not about the reasons for the protests but we talked about how to get these protesters out of our streets. We are now happy because there are no more Tamil protests and many of the people who they were trying to protect are now dead.
    It is very clear that this war was conducted with the full support of many countries .They could have persuaded the Sri Lankan government to stop the bloodshed especially after the rebels had announced their surrender.
    Bloodbath could have been avoided but nobody was interested because all went according to their plans. Partners of this war had started to reap their benefits even before it had come to an end.
    Who benefited from this war?
    Sri Lankan government was used as a puppet in the hands of India and China for these countries to secure their interests in the region. Everybody is happy now, apart from an innocent Tamil community that is slowly being wiped out from Sri Lanka.
    Sinhala extremists who have been killing Tamils for more than sixty years in this country have a lot to rejoice for.
    China has been fishing in the trouble spots of this world. It has once again achieved its goal by giving deadly weapons to the one it saw as the “strong man”. China has started many construction projects in the South of Sri Lanka including a port that will mainly be used by its Navy.
    India has already started to draft project plans for oil explorations in the seas of Sri Lanka and now sending its experts to start many construction projects in the North and East of the country.
    Although China and Pakistan had supplied most of the deadly weapons, they were neither involved in writing the script nor executing the script for the War.
    Sri Lankan President had recently acknowledged that he fought India’s war in Sri Lanka. One of the former Indian High Commissioners has confessed that India has blood in its hands but India doesn’t care about the plight of the Tamils in Sri Lanka.
    War in Sri Lanka was not to do with the head of the rebel leader. Making a big deal out of the body of the rebel leader and all these victory speeches were not foolish acts but they were deliberately done by parties who want to hide all the deadly snakes under their carpets.
    War Crimes in Sri Lanka
    Number of war crimes that had been committed by the Sri Lankan forces is more than what Saddam Hussein did to the Kurdish people.
    Surrendered rebels with white flags were executed and thousands of wounded civilians were killed without mercy. Serious war crimes have been committed and the culprits are not just Sri Lankan forces but some Indian security experts, Sri Lankan and Indian politicians and UN officers.
    Banned weapons (cluster and phosphorus bombs) were used against innocent men, women and children. Red Cross workers were killed. The same hospitals were repeatedly bombed. Buildings and properties were destroyed by very powerful bombs.
    Innocent civilians were forced to live inside the bunkers for months. Food and medicine were denied to them.
    Sri Lanka is still hiding the evidences
    Killing more than fifty thousands, wounding thirty thousands and forcing three hundred thousands in concentration camps will not convince anybody as a genuine humanitarian or rescue operation. These people never lived as hostages in the first place.
    Sri Lanka knows that serious war crimes had been committed and they are now working to hide their atrocities.
    Witnesses of these war crimes are mainly the people who came out of the war zone. They saw all that happened to them and to their loved ones. One of the main reasons why the Sri Lankan forces are not allowing journalists and aid workers into the IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps is because they want to hide their crimes.
    Three doctors who served the wounded people in Vanni are considered as real heroes by the international community. Instead of appreciating their efforts, Sri Lankan government has locked them up in jail in order to hide the evidences of war crimes.
    War came to an end two weeks ago but the journalists and aid workers are still not allowed to the war zone. When Sri Lanka declared that the war was over and all the civilians had been rescued, there were still thousands of wounded lying in the killing fields and many frightened civilians were hiding inside the bunkers.
    Mass graves have become an outdated technique for the Sri Lankan forces. Sri Lankan authorities are still not allowing any journalists or aid workers to the war zone. It is taking quite a long time for the military to dispose thousands of dead bodies.
    Recent announcement by the Head of Sri Lankan armed forces about how they cremated the rebel leader’s body and threw the ashes into the sea is an indication that they are using the same technique on all the dead bodies. Sri Lankan forces might probably using mobile cremation furnaces to cremate the bodies in order to wipe out evidences.
    It is obviously going to take sometime for them to finish this process considering the number of people died in the conflict. When everything is over, our BBC reporters will be taken to that area and they would tell us about a beautiful blue sky and golden flat sandy beaches in Vanni.
    War crime evidences have already been collected
    This is one of the controversial wars in the history. Although the Sri Lankan forces had barred all the reporters and journalists into the war zone, images and videos of the dying civilians were regularly sent out to individuals and organisations all over the world.
    Communication systems were functioning in Vanni till the last minute. High resolution satellite images are available to prove the use of heavy weapons against the civilians. Last moments of the war had been captured by various technical devices.
    It is a complete waste of time that Sri Lankan authorities are shutting the mouths of those in the IDP camps because many civilians who were stuck in the war zone till the last day were able to cross the waters and many had already reached the foreign shores.
    Millions of evidences are already available to prove that Sri Lankan forces had committed war crimes and those who are responsible for these crimes should be brought to justice.
    Horror camps for the Tamil civilians
    Sri Lankan forces bombed and killed more than fifty thousands. Now they have locked three hundred thousands up in Nazi style concentration camps.
    Ten to fourteen deaths are taking place daily in these notorious camps mostly among the children and elderly. Detainees are not allowed to meet their relatives and are not allowed to receive foods or cloths from their loved ones.
    Sky news had recently reported about rapes and torture taking place inside these camps. Young people are disappearing daily. Dead bodies are thrown outside these camps.
    Wounded and the sick and not given proper medical care. Sri Lankan government is still not allowing any international aid workers to these camps. Family members are purposely kept in separate camps in order to destroy the foundations of the entire Tamil race in Sri Lanka.
    Can this happen again?
    This will be repeated again in Sri Lanka or in some other parts of the world unless we bring the culprits to justice and restructure UN with the powers to deal with such wars in the future
    War in Sri Lanka was orchestrated by India. Deadly weapons were given by China and Pakistan. UN and many Western Nations knew what was happening but they remained silent.
    Are we going to allow something similar to happen in the future? Do these innocents have to die to satisfy the greed of some countries?
    UN with its corrupt staffs has failed in their duties. They deliberately remained silent and didn’t do anything constructive to stop the bloodshed although they had the ability to do so.
    Sri Lankan leaders became puppets in the hands of some of these sleeping giants. Masters of this war should be brought to justice.
    Role of UN in resolving any conflicts in the future is now in doubt. We desperately need an International body that can stand on its own and stop such crimes. There is no use in having an organisation that is completely powerless to stop the killings of the innocents.
    Sri Lanka is now on radar
    As far as Sri Lanka is concerned, Rebel leader is dead. LTTE is gone. More than fifty thousand civilians have been killed.
    If everybody is happy with what they have achieved, the question is why the killings are still taking place? Tamils are still intimidated and their properties are burned throughout the country. Tamil women on the streets are harassed by Sinhala mobs.
    This island might even witness another riot just like it experienced in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties.
    Those times, they sent the Tamils to the North and East. As the whole island is now filled with uniformed Sinhala men and women with arms, Tamils will have nowhere to run for their safety.
    Danger of another Tamil rebellion
    The Tamil Diaspora is not an alien to Sri Lanka. More than ninety percent of the Tamils among the Diaspora had witnessed what happened to their friends and relatives in Vanni. They saw their brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers dying helplessly. They communicated with their loved ones till the last days of the war and they all knew what was happening. Many of them have their relatives locked up in these notorious IDP camps.
    Prabhakarans are not born but they are made. He did all that he did after witnessing many horrors. He saw Tamils being burned alive in the south of Sri Lanka. He saw properties of the Tamils being destroyed by Sinhala mobs.
    If the oppression against the Tamils continues, Sri Lanka and even India might one day regret creating more Prabhakarans out of the Tamils from the Diaspora.
    Minority indigenous Tamils who live mainly in the north and east of the country are one of the most oppressed communities on this planet.
    Future of Sri Lanka completely depends on the steps taken by the Sri Lankan government. Policies based on racial and religious supremacy, attempts to continue with Sinhalasisation of the country through systematic Sinhala settlements in the Northern and Eastern provinces will escalate the conflict further and hit deadly levels.
    This may not just destabilise Sri Lanka but will even have global repercussions.
    Conclusion
    Sri Lankan President and his ministers have recently acknowledged that they fought India’s war in Sri Lanka with the help of the weapons from China and Pakistan. Half of their crimes have now been confessed verbally by the Sri Lankan authorities.
    Sri Lankan leaders have now become puppets in the hands of two emerging superpowers that are competing with each other. A conflict that was once confined within the boundaries of Sri Lanka has now become an international issue. Sri Lankan military muscles have now been artificially strengthened by their new masters. A country that once spoke to the West with a humble voice has now started to challenge many countries.
    China’s opposition in the Security Council for the Sri Lankan conflict to be discussed in the formal meetings is an obvious evidence for China’s role in Sri Lanka’s war.
    India, China and Pakistan found themselves on the same side with Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights council. They all voted against war crime probes over alleged war crimes committed by Sri Lankan forces. This clearly shows that they all have blood in their hands.
    Defendants of human rights and the world powers who fought many wars to restore freedom for their own citizens have now seen the faces of the master magicians who orchestrated the war in Sri Lanka.
    Although India gave the strategic directions and China provided with the weapons for the war, it was the Sri Lankan armed forces that carried out the massacre of Tamil civilians. A country that is well known for slowly wiping out its minorities found a perfect opportunity to cause maximum damage to the innocent Tamils with the blessing of their new masters.
    Now it is time for the civilized to world to decide whether to allow the Sri Lankan government and its friends who had caused so many thousands of deaths, to run these controversial Nazi style concentration camps.
    We have all failed to save many lives in this war but it is still not too late to save the innocents that are still being abused, raped, tortured and killed in the barbed wired concentration camps.
    Richard Dixon

  351. @ ANKAYATPIRIYAN – Machan – Police attacks all Satyagraha’s… I got caught to one and got beaten in 87 – 89 period when I was schooling… But, now I know that it was for a useless cause that we disturbed our studies and went on strike.. We were bullied by the then JVP and I am still not a fan of the JVP for that – I still think that they are way out nuts and definitely be beaten for misleading the poor school children. I was only 15 then and was totally mislead.. actually one of the reasons that we as kids supported the strike was for the fun angle we saw in it.. but got disrupted from our studies in return.

    About SLG not listening to the Tamils – Give this government a chance – more Tamils in SL seem to be behind this government and this would be one of the very few chances you would get to win the rights for the Tamil people. The president has Tamil relations and he is quite keen to solve the issues once and for all. So get what you can from him cause he is in a giving mood – what the JHU or any body says would not matter in a few days time after he wins the upcoming elections (general and Presidential) and have his people in the Cabinet. JHU is an extremist group – However, they do not have a majority following them showing that all Sinhalese Buddhists are not for extremism.

    Trust me, not all Sinhalese are Dancing and not All Tamils are Crying… I know that All Muslims are Dancing though :D .. It’s a mixed feeling that we all have.. this is exactly where we should understand that we are one nation and we do feel for each other no matter how extreme some people might be.. President and Defense Secretary in our mind, saved the country from a Terrorist group so that all of us can live peacefully in this land.. trust me, if we had the 83 mentality, along with the win, there would have been many other killings of Tamil people in south. But not a single Singhala person or a Muslim person killed a single Tamil person or even scolded one. This means that we have moved out from that era. but, in Australia and England, Singhala people were attacked by the Tamil people – this means that it is the Tamil people who need to change their mentality towards the Singhala people – don’t U think ??

    My Sister is working for one an NGO that is operational in SL and yesterday we collected food items and clothing items to be taken to the Make Shift Camps. I my self donated Milk Powder and Soap. I did not want to give used cloths and I didn’t have time to shop for new cloths… This is how these people are taken in our hearts. The presidents Wife pledged to foster parent 300 Children without parents. They would be given to families who wish to take care of them or kept with educational institutes run by the government. This is how we treat these innocent people. The point I am trying to drive is that, we are not what you think of us to be – such people did not even exist in 83 – as you clearly said, majority are the people who helped you at your mothers funeral and less than 0.1% are the people who burnt the houses in 83. There is no chance for people like that to come in to power again.. There will be a solution that would enable that there will be no such people in power.

    I live among a load of Tamils from which most are good friends… There is no discrimination what so ever any more… I wish that you guys could come down to SL and see that to you selves.. Then you would know that the LTTE had their own agenda and mislead the whole Tamil Community to fulfill one man’s wish… Do U think that you would have lived peacefully in a country lead by someone who killed all Tamils who opposed his wishes ?? Who would cut open wombs of pregnant mothers just because they oppose his opinion? Kill religious leaders ? – I don’t think so – Prabha dying is probably a blessings you guys had – take the maximum use of it my brother !

  352. If we see all comments from all people including Tamils, Singhalees, Sri Lankans (as my self) and foreign parties – we can see that we are divided in our thoughts no matter what the race or religions is. I see tamils against LTTE and Singhalees against War…

    This means that we need very good discussions happening and also a load of socializing to do with catching up on what we all have missed..

    hence, it is obvious that we all need to sit down and start discussing than throw things at each other – it would not take any body any where – provoking anyone would not help either !

  353. Dear Roshan
    Your milk and soap may not even last for few days. But if you ask to free those people from being caged and let them look after themselves, they will thank you forever. (that is like if you destroy the fishing net and give fish for a poor family they will eat for 1 day but if you let THEM fish, they can eat most days). Please why dont you ask your president who is in a giving mode to free those people. I expect something of this nature from a person who feels for those people.

    Please don’t say that government has to screen for LTTE remnants. There may be one or two but surely government must not fear those few as they don’t have any weapons or any leadership. And Srilankan army still have the backup of India, china and Pakistan. So why put all those people AGAINST their will.

    Thanks for the milk and soap anyway.

  354. Feel for the caged !

    Appreciate the little bit I did for them than be sarcastic about it … I will not stop here either.. this is only the beginning – when my sister goes to visit them mid this month, I will send more stuff including new clothing that would may be last for more than a few days.. The idea is to be there for them which we do and you guys don’t… If you really care come down to SL and help them or at least send something to give to them.

    What made you think that they are going to be in the “Make Shift Camps” & feed them with our Tax money forever ? Why they are called MAKE SHIFT CAMPS is because it is temporary – If we send them now, the next thing you know, the Tamil population in northern Sri Lanka will be without legs – That would be because your loving leader Piribahara has planted landmines in these poor peoples gardens. U still want them to go to their houses… The SL army is sacrificing their limbs and clearing these landmines so that the people in camps could go back to their houses.

    The screening is a must – the idea behind camps is not only screening as I mentioned before. Not only India, Pakistan and China, representation from 1/4th of the world’s population voted for Sri Lanka during the last UN summit.

    Please note that the people are already free – they themselves say that – All you people who haven’t sighted this Land of Pride would not know jack about what ever is happening here apart from the lies spread by unworthy terrorists. The people were not free when they were sent as Suicide Bombers and taken in as Child soldiers even before they learned how to read and write. Check the youtube video I posted before if you really want to see the freedom you are talking about – the cyanide freedom !!

    U tell that the people are held against their will – give free food and shelter with playing areas and educational facilities instead of a cyanide capsule, I don’t think they would ask for any other freedom. Think for a minute, aren’t you guys in other countries the same ?? Staying free in another country (which is like a make shift camp for you guys), doing what you wish to do (Eat, Drink, Play, Study), and get free food (Get Asylum dole or some sort of free income to survive) ? The only thing the people in MSC do is that they don’t destroy the camps they live in. As we heard from London and Quebec, your people there are destroying these cities !! Change your mentality sooner than later and don’t get distracted by a few who have their own agendas – Sooner than later you will have to come back to Sri Lanka when those countries realize that there is no war any more… At that time, if you still have the wrong mentality, a lot more will feel sorry for you !

  355. Thanks Roshan for the prompt reply. Seems like your full time job but I do appreciate your caring and concerns and a bright future.

    The landmines in people’s gardens. Very artistic. I say that because I haven’t heard about this from independent media. I would welcome any reference to this from Independent media. But again there won’t be any isn’t it because SLG would not allow them even after finishing terrorism. I wonder why??

    Roshan, don’t get me wrong, I’m against terrorism and human rights violation from any party. If the people are happy in those camps and actually enjoying all those you said in ALL the camps (not just one or two which are to showcase for the world) then why not allow free media and unrestricted access.

    Do you know why all these countries supported SL, because they supplied arms, money and intelligence and if the war crimes come to surface then they may be liable for supporting the SL. So it was in their best interest to support SL for their safety not because they are in love with SLA’s killings, abductions and ongoing rapings.

    Please, just be a human and think about it. There are plenty of ways to get money and fame.

    I just heard from BBC that a Sinhalese Journalist is badly traumatised for revealing a glimpse of truth about the SLG. Go figure the future of SL and I wonder who should feel sorry.

    Sorry da I got to go to work. I’m not one of those who live on the dole. The Tamils (and the sinhalese) have very good reputation among their peers at work and among their neighbours all over the world.

    May speak to you tomorrow if you have any sensible things to say

  356. Unfortunately or fortunately I do get email alerts when you guys reply… !!

    The independent media you are talking about is now exposed (by George & Daya Masters) and we all know how Millions of Dollars were pumped in to these organizations by the LTTE to be their mouth organs !! You actually got to visit the areas and see to your selves. There are enough and more Journalists and Independent workers in these areas. Just that all are not allowed as we saw in the past where some, undercover with an NGO logo had provided military support to the LTTE – So I can clearly Justify the governments intention of blocking every Dick, Tom and Harry who wants to enter the areas.

    Landmines are a true story as we all know. At the time of us wasting our times here, many are blowing off disabling the innocent animals (Mainly cows & dogs) that are in the areas – This included an Elephant the day before. The journalist who was assaulted recently is from Lake House – the government news paper co. – so I am not sure whether it would be for the same reasons as you mentioned as I myself is not a fan of Government mouth pieces.

    I know, in the mind frames we are in, it could be that we all see each other as talking nonsense. However, I feel that the one who better see the picture is the one who is there than what I would hear/see from another source. Also, if you feel that people in work places can live in harmony – it’s up to them to get together and spread that relationship to all parts of this tiny Island. But, from what I have heard, it’s not so in many other parts of the world – Mainly in Canada !!

  357. http://www.defence.lk
    here you can see how Tamil Terrorist Leader P.karan gundown by Sri Lanka soldiers. P.karan was captured alive and beaten up to death and his face was smashed. that's why Army has to make a mask (look a like – seems like or clean shaved face). fully naked photo of Tamil Terrorist P.Karan is been taken away from the web side after some complaints. Tamil Terrorist Soosai's wife,daughter and Thamilselvan's wife are in good hands.Madhivadani and Duwaraga is also in good hands. any Tamils dare to ask anything in Sri Lanka?
    Tamil kill Tamils. Stupid people

  358. Sri Lanka is Sinhala Bhudist country. Tamils and moslims can live in this country under the LION flag. Tamils who support LTTE are terrorists. Diaspora Tamils when you visit Sri Lanka we will catch you. no more Tamil terrorists in Sri Lanka. Mahinda Rajapakse is a NEO Dutu Gemunu. LTTE Tamil terrorists wil goes into School history books.
    Eelam was a day dream

  359. http://www.defence.lk
    here you can see how Tamil Terrorist Leader P.karan gundown by Sri Lanka soldiers. P.karan was captured alive and beaten up to death and his face was smashed. that's why Army has to make a mask (look a like – seems like or clean shaved face). fully naked photo of Tamil Terrorist P.Karan is been taken away from the web side after some complaints. Tamil Terrorist Soosai's wife,daughter and Thamilselvan's wife are in good hands.Madhivadani and Duwaraga is also in good hands. any Tamils dare to ask anything in Sri Lanka?
    Tamil kill Tamils. Stupid people

  360. http://www.defence.lk
    here you can see how Tamil Terrorist Leader P.karan gundown by Sri Lanka soldiers. P.karan was captured alive and beaten up to death and his face was smashed. that's why Army has to make a mask (look a like – seems like or clean shaved face). fully naked photo of Tamil Terrorist P.Karan is been taken away from the web side after some complaints. Tamil Terrorist Soosai's wife,daughter and Thamilselvan's wife are in good hands.Madhivadani and Duwaraga is also in good hands. any Tamils dare to ask anything in Sri Lanka?
    Tamil kill Tamils. Stupid people

  361. Sri Lanka is Sinhala Bhudist country. Tamils and moslims can live in this country under the LION flag. Tamils who support LTTE are terrorists. Diaspora Tamils when you visit Sri Lanka we will catch you. no more Tamil terrorists in Sri Lanka. Mahinda Rajapakse is a NEO Dutu Gemunu. LTTE Tamil terrorists wil goes into School history books.
    Eelam was a day dream

  362. http://www.defence.lk
    here you can see how Tamil Terrorist Leader P.karan gundown by Sri Lanka soldiers. P.karan was captured alive and beaten up to death and his face was smashed. that’s why Army has to make a mask (look a like – seems like or clean shaved face). fully naked photo of Tamil Terrorist P.Karan is been taken away from the web side after some complaints. Tamil Terrorist Soosai’s wife,daughter and Thamilselvan’s wife are in good hands.Madhivadani and Duwaraga is also in good hands. any Tamils dare to ask anything in Sri Lanka?
    Tamil kill Tamils. Stupid people

  363. I don't think Citizen Perera Speaks the same language the Majority pf the Sri Lankan population would !

  364. From osai
    1. UN must take responsibility for the safety and protection of Tamils in the concentration camps under military oppression in North and East in the Tamil Areas in Sri Lanka
    2. Ensure to bring the Srilankan Government officials and the military commanders responsible for the 21st Century ethnic cleansing to the International War Crime Tribunal
    3. Send Immediate International Aid via UN Aid agencies to the affected people and ensure presence of UN monitors and world Media as witness.
    4. Recognize that a permanent solution to Tamils in the island of Srilanka must be based on Tamil's right to self-determination
    The doctors who are witness to Sri Lankan war crimes are detained and tortured. Ethnic cleansing continues under the pre-text of weeding out carders. People in the camps are already pre-screened by the military and surrounded by barb wires. This is not reconciliation. Surrendered Carders are also executed not protected by law.

  365. Sinhala "lebensraum" in progress in Vanni, warns Prof.Boyle http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    "The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) is continuing to inflict Nazi-type crimes and atrocities against the Tamils even after their alleged excuse of fighting a "war against terrorism" has been exposed as a bogus pretext to annihilate the Tamils and to steal their lands and natural resources. This is what Hitler and the Nazis called "lebensraum"–"living space" for the Sinhala at the expense of the Tamils. The GOSL's "ethnic cleansing" of the Tamil Homeland for the benefit of the Sinhala is now underway," warns Francis Boyle, professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College of Law.

  366. Tamil Terrorist Political Party TNA wil be ERASED in Sri Lanka. Lion Rules

  367. Sinhala "lebensraum" in progress in Vanni, warns Prof.Boyle http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    "The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) is continuing to inflict Nazi-type crimes and atrocities against the Tamils even after their alleged excuse of fighting a "war against terrorism" has been exposed as a bogus pretext to annihilate the Tamils and to steal their lands and natural resources. This is what Hitler and the Nazis called "lebensraum"–"living space" for the Sinhala at the expense of the Tamils. The GOSL's "ethnic cleansing" of the Tamil Homeland for the benefit of the Sinhala is now underway," warns Francis Boyle, professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College of Law.

  368. Sinhala "lebensraum" in progress in Vanni, warns Prof.Boyle http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    "The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) is continuing to inflict Nazi-type crimes and atrocities against the Tamils even after their alleged excuse of fighting a "war against terrorism" has been exposed as a bogus pretext to annihilate the Tamils and to steal their lands and natural resources. This is what Hitler and the Nazis called "lebensraum"–"living space" for the Sinhala at the expense of the Tamils. The GOSL's "ethnic cleansing" of the Tamil Homeland for the benefit of the Sinhala is now underway," warns Francis Boyle, professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College of Law.

  369. I don’t think Citizen Perera Speaks the same language the Majority pf the Sri Lankan population would !

  370. Vanni – U have all the answers to your queries in my previous posts. Tamilnet is not a credible source of Information – so do not quote it !

  371. From osai
    1. UN must take responsibility for the safety and protection of Tamils in the concentration camps under military oppression in North and East in the Tamil Areas in Sri Lanka
    2. Ensure to bring the Srilankan Government officials and the military commanders responsible for the 21st Century ethnic cleansing to the International War Crime Tribunal
    3. Send Immediate International Aid via UN Aid agencies to the affected people and ensure presence of UN monitors and world Media as witness.
    4. Recognize that a permanent solution to Tamils in the island of Srilanka must be based on Tamil’s right to self-determination
    The doctors who are witness to Sri Lankan war crimes are detained and tortured. Ethnic cleansing continues under the pre-text of weeding out carders. People in the camps are already pre-screened by the military and surrounded by barb wires. This is not reconciliation. Surrendered Carders are also executed not protected by law.

  372. Tamil Terrorist Political Party TNA wil be ERASED in Sri Lanka. Lion Rules

  373. Sinhala “lebensraum” in progress in Vanni, warns Prof.Boyle
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=29515
    “The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) is continuing to inflict Nazi-type crimes and atrocities against the Tamils even after their alleged excuse of fighting a “war against terrorism” has been exposed as a bogus pretext to annihilate the Tamils and to steal their lands and natural resources. This is what Hitler and the Nazis called “lebensraum”–”living space” for the Sinhala at the expense of the Tamils. The GOSL’s “ethnic cleansing” of the Tamil Homeland for the benefit of the Sinhala is now underway,” warns Francis Boyle, professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College of Law.

  374. Address by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Victory Day Parade and National Tribute to the Security Forces following the defeat of terrorism, Galle Face Green, Colombo.

    6/3/2009

    For Full Speech visit http://www.president.gov.lk/speech_New.asp?Id=75

    I declare with great pride and dignity that I have hoisted the national flag in a single country unified under a single standard. Before me are our armed forces who astonished the world by their skill in war, discipline, efficiency and valour. It is with great expectation for the future that I address the Sri Lankan nation that is having pleasant dreams of bringing about the dawn of a great and distinguished future.

    (Addressing In Tamil)

    Friends

    This is the Motherland of us all.
    We should live in this country as the children of one mother, as brothers and sisters.

    There can be no differences here. The war fought against the LTTE was not a war fought against the Tamil people.

    Our Heroic Troops sacrificed their lives to save the innocent Tamil people from the clutches of the LTTE. We cannot forget the great service rendered by them.

    The victory we gained defeating the LTTE, is a victory for our entire land.

    It is great victory you obtained.

    It is a victory for all who live in our country.

    My dear Heroic Troops,

    The war against the terrorists is now over.

    It is now the time to win over the hearts of the Tamil people.
    The Tamil speaking people should be protected.
    They should be able to live without fear and mistrust.

    That is today the responsibility of us all!

  375. Address by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Victory Day Parade and National Tribute to the Security Forces following the defeat of terrorism, Galle Face Green, Colombo.

    6/3/2009

    For Full Speech visit http://www.president.gov.lk/speech_New.asp?Id=75

    I declare with great pride and dignity that I have hoisted the national flag in a single country unified under a single standard. Before me are our armed forces who astonished the world by their skill in war, discipline, efficiency and valour. It is with great expectation for the future that I address the Sri Lankan nation that is having pleasant dreams of bringing about the dawn of a great and distinguished future.

    (Addressing In Tamil)

    Friends

    This is the Motherland of us all.
    We should live in this country as the children of one mother, as brothers and sisters.

    There can be no differences here. The war fought against the LTTE was not a war fought against the Tamil people.

    Our Heroic Troops sacrificed their lives to save the innocent Tamil people from the clutches of the LTTE. We cannot forget the great service rendered by them.

    The victory we gained defeating the LTTE, is a victory for our entire land.

    It is great victory you obtained.

    It is a victory for all who live in our country.

    My dear Heroic Troops,

    The war against the terrorists is now over.

    It is now the time to win over the hearts of the Tamil people.
    The Tamil speaking people should be protected.
    They should be able to live without fear and mistrust.

    That is today the responsibility of us all!

  376. Address by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Victory Day Parade and National Tribute to the Security Forces following the defeat of terrorism, Galle Face Green, Colombo.

    6/3/2009

    For Full Speech visit http://www.president.gov.lk/speech_New.asp?Id=75

    I declare with great pride and dignity that I have hoisted the national flag in a single country unified under a single standard. Before me are our armed forces who astonished the world by their skill in war, discipline, efficiency and valour. It is with great expectation for the future that I address the Sri Lankan nation that is having pleasant dreams of bringing about the dawn of a great and distinguished future.

    (Addressing In Tamil)

    Friends

    This is the Motherland of us all.
    We should live in this country as the children of one mother, as brothers and sisters.

    There can be no differences here. The war fought against the LTTE was not a war fought against the Tamil people.

    Our Heroic Troops sacrificed their lives to save the innocent Tamil people from the clutches of the LTTE. We cannot forget the great service rendered by them.

    The victory we gained defeating the LTTE, is a victory for our entire land.

    It is great victory you obtained.

    It is a victory for all who live in our country.

    My dear Heroic Troops,

    The war against the terrorists is now over.

    It is now the time to win over the hearts of the Tamil people.
    The Tamil speaking people should be protected.
    They should be able to live without fear and mistrust.

    That is today the responsibility of us all!

  377. Vanni – U have all the answers to your queries in my previous posts. Tamilnet is not a credible source of Information – so do not quote it !

  378. Address by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Victory Day Parade and National Tribute to the Security Forces following the defeat of terrorism, Galle Face Green, Colombo.

    6/3/2009

    For Full Speech visit http://www.president.gov.lk/speech_New.asp?Id=75

    I declare with great pride and dignity that I have hoisted the national flag in a single country unified under a single standard. Before me are our armed forces who astonished the world by their skill in war, discipline, efficiency and valour. It is with great expectation for the future that I address the Sri Lankan nation that is having pleasant dreams of bringing about the dawn of a great and distinguished future.

    (Addressing In Tamil)

    Friends

    This is the Motherland of us all.
    We should live in this country as the children of one mother, as brothers and sisters.

    There can be no differences here. The war fought against the LTTE was not a war fought against the Tamil people.

    Our Heroic Troops sacrificed their lives to save the innocent Tamil people from the clutches of the LTTE. We cannot forget the great service rendered by them.

    The victory we gained defeating the LTTE, is a victory for our entire land.

    It is great victory you obtained.

    It is a victory for all who live in our country.

    My dear Heroic Troops,

    The war against the terrorists is now over.

    It is now the time to win over the hearts of the Tamil people.
    The Tamil speaking people should be protected.
    They should be able to live without fear and mistrust.

    That is today the responsibility of us all!

  379. Dear Mr.Citizen Perera,Thank you for your evidence information.You told that tamils must be living under the lion flag.Just,I have to say to you,you gave the proofing evidence for tamils."Thats I say,every country have national animal,National Bird,national Tree and national flower.Those Should be in their own country.But the lion is not in Srilanka forest.This lion Symbol is property of King of Ashoka of India.Now very clearly one History is brightning.That is Sinhala Generation`s own land is Orisa of India.Tamils are ancient peoples in Srilanka.You are the generation of Wijyan.The Very Big Budhist Samaya is Situated in Bheekar of India.Two bases are very important of the identificatin for the peoples who they are from which nation.Thats know from Geographyigally and Historigally.From the reason Srilanka is Jointed with landway more than thousands years ago.After Tshunami the divided by the Water called Park strike.Geographigally the Tamils from india(South part of India) and Tamils from Srilanka( North-East part of Srilanka) living in one conneting land.So,the tamils are ancient peoples than Sinhalease.Now,I would like describe about the Tamils tiger flag.The tiger flag tamils historical flag.This is symbol of tamils.Tamil King of Chola`s flag is Tiger flag and Tiger is national animal for the Kin of Cholan.I think ,like you peoples are the chauinist Spreaders in Srilanka.

  380. Dear Mr.Citizen Perera,Thank you for your evidence information.You told that tamils must be living under the lion flag.Just,I have to say to you,you gave the proofing evidence for tamils.”Thats I say,every country have national animal,National Bird,national Tree and national flower.Those Should be in their own country.But the lion is not in Srilanka forest.This lion Symbol is property of King of Ashoka of India.Now very clearly one History is brightning.That is Sinhala Generation`s own land is Orisa of India.Tamils are ancient peoples in Srilanka.You are the generation of Wijyan.The Very Big Budhist Samaya is Situated in Bheekar of India.Two bases are very important of the identificatin for the peoples who they are from which nation.Thats know from Geographyigally and Historigally.From the reason Srilanka is Jointed with landway more than thousands years ago.After Tshunami the divided by the Water called Park strike.Geographigally the Tamils from india(South part of India) and Tamils from Srilanka( North-East part of Srilanka) living in one conneting land.So,the tamils are ancient peoples than Sinhalease.Now,I would like describe about the Tamils tiger flag.The tiger flag tamils historical flag.This is symbol of tamils.Tamil King of Chola`s flag is Tiger flag and Tiger is national animal for the Kin of Cholan.I think ,like you peoples are the chauinist Spreaders in Srilanka.

  381. Mr.Roshan and others of Sinhalease friend,Here,I writing only not the comments,also the history of tamils.

    The Srilanka ruling under by Chauinism.You said,the JVP destroyed you life.But JVP violnt amd non-violnce Sathiyagraga is not same.

    The JVP violnt by weapons.non-violnce peacefully Sathiyagraga is by democracy and with soul.

    Also my opnion of the JVPs violent is unnecessary revolution.Till now I dont understand what for they did.

    From these members of Gunathasa Amarasekara and Vimal Veeravansa talking against the tamils.Two days before Vimal Veeravansa said that”anybody supporting the tamils freedom they will be funishing by armies parents or relations at Galleface.Is it correct statement?

    The tamils wiping or chauinism against tamils not from yesterday or not from ten years ago.From 1948.In 1915 riots between Sinhalease and Muslims.Late pon .Ramanathan attend the court in london for Sinhalease.But they forget all.

    Riots are took place 1956,1958.1977,1983.Those riots are not tooked place by LTTE or V.Pirabaharan.He is Small children at that time.Then who is the responsible person for thoe riots?.Who are the reasoners of those riots?

    The Jaffna library burnt by Late Mr.Sril Mathew and Late Mr.Gamini Tissanyake.There are 95.000 books are burnt.Who are they?.Are they from tamils community?.What is the reason of this babarian activity?.What is the purpose of this activity?.Have you any answer dear friends?

    You said,the JHU is extremly organisation.Who gave this motive for them.Religion servers are not allowe to participate the politic.JHU said to your peoples “this country not only for the Sinhalease,not for tamils.”The most of the sinhalease are Buddhist.Allmostly dont know the history.They are brainwashing by Buddhist monks and Mr.Smbika Ranawake and they belive.

    From the Srilanka the currently minister`s statemnts are very very dangerous.They said,if any body of who are supporting the tamils or writing for the tamils,they will be abducted and take by serious action.Now,the Sunantha Desapiriya is traitor for the SLG.The Journalist of Pothala Jeyantha abducted by white veichle and just in hospital.

    Did you see the Mr.Kothapaya interview of SBS australia.How is it?.He is responsible person But what he is?.This interview not showed his designation.This showed tamils against chauinism.Is it correct?

    I would be say to you all,from the sinhala politician statements no any chance for united SL.Very soon tamils take their rights from SLG in suitable way,called Tamileelam.They know what they want.

    The Tamils 60 years tears is for this decission.Cannot digesting the True.Bu true is,tear is tear.The true is bitter,but that is true.

    Not finishing the tamils suffering……

    (continue )