Human Rights Flashpoints – October 13, 2009

What’s Up This Week:

  1. Sri Lanka: Humanitarian Disaster Looms
  2. Pakistan: New Violence
  3. Upcoming this week

Sri Lanka: Trapped Between Military and Monsoon

The quarter of a million Sri Lankans locked up in military-run internment camps are facing a humanitarian disaster with the arrival of monsoon rains. Living situations in the overcrowded camps are likely to further deteriorate in the following weeks. The camps lack even basic sanitation facilities. During previous heavy rains, water flooded the camps and forced residents to wade through overflowing sewage.

We had heavy rains about a month ago. It was hell. The ground here cannot absorb water so it just gathers. We couldn’t even walk around. The authorities have done some work to improve drainage, but I doubt it will help much.

A recent escapee from Chettikulam camp reported to Amnesty International that some women had been forced to give birth in front of strangers without privacy:

Medical staff are only available in the camps 9 to 5. People start waiting in line for medical assistance from early morning…how can you expect a lady who is pregnant to stand in a line for hours? If the war has ended, why doesn’t the government let these people out?

The situation worsened on October 5, when a main water pipeline was turned off in Menik Farm camp. The escalation of the humanitarian situation also leads to violent tensions, both within the camp residents and between residents and the military.

Overheard

I remain particularly concerned about the slow pace of identifying those in the camps who do not pose a threat to security and the lack of transparent criteria in this regard. (..) Immediate and substantial progress in restoring freedom of movement for the displaced is an imperative, if Sri Lanka is to respect the rights of its citizens and comply with its commitments and obligations under international law – Walter Kaelin, Representative of the Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons

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Pakistan: The fighting goes on

The situation in Pakistan has escalated with the fourth militant attack in the last week occurring yesterday in Peshawar. A Punjabi faction of the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, signaling a disturbing level of increased cooperation between militant groups to the Pakistani government and its Western allies. Other attacks included a 22 hour assault on Pakistan’s army headquarters and began with the suicide bombing of a UN aid agency. In total 119 have been killed and several injured. The group has threatened more strikes across the country in advance of the army’s plans to launch a ground offensive of the Taliban’s major base in South Waziristan.

In response to the deadly attacks, Pakistani jets have bombed the Taliban’s major base in South Waziristan and Bajaur, another tribal agency in northwest Pakistan.  

The renewed escalation of violence has increased concerns for the security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. The surge in attacks has come as the Pakistani government is trying to respond to U.S. aid package conditions requiring the government to do more to control its armed forces and extremists operating within the country.

Overheard

Such attacks cannot deter us from the offensive against the militants. We will continue our fight till the death of the last terrorist – Mian Iftikhar Hussain, provincial Information Minister

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Upcoming

  • October 12: How to Feed the World in 2050, FAO High-Level Expert Forum
  • October 13: Turkish and Armenian governments are due to complete protocols on normalizing ties between the two countries
  • October 13: Trial of Roy Bennett, a senior official in Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change, on terrorism charges
  • October 14: Open debate in the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East, including the recent Gaza conflict 
  • October 15: Publication of Irene Khan’s (AI Secretary General) book The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights

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142 thoughts on “Human Rights Flashpoints – October 13, 2009

  1. Thank you Amnesty International, for tireless efforts to get the people released from Sri Lanka's detention camps.

  2. Thanks Christoph Koettl for your voice 4 voiceless Tamils in the Concentration camp. 300,000 tamils, over 150 days in the concentration camps. Monsoon is going to help sri lanka to eliminate the minorities from the island. Sri lanka has no plan to UNLOCK the camps. Only the international pressure unlock the camps.

  3. The Sri Lankan government's war on Tamil people's basic rights continues. Around 300,000 men, women and children remain incarcerated in camps under the most horrific conditions, months after the official ending of the war. The internally displaced people (IDP) in Sri Lanka are being treated horrifically by the chauvinist government of president Mahinda Rajapakse. The decades-long war between the government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended on 18 May, with over 20,000 people massacred in the last weeks alone.

  4. Thank you Amnesty International, for tireless efforts to get the people released from Sri Lanka’s detention camps.

  5. Tamil IDPs brought to the islets of Jaffna in Sri Lanka starve

    Jaffna Government Agent, K. Ganesh, extended an urgent call to local and International Non-government Organizations (NGOs) in Jaffna to provide food for the IDPs brought to the islets of Jaffna from Vavuniyaa internment camps, now detained in Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) special camps and other places in the islets of Jaffna. The dry food rations given to the IDPs under World Food Programme (WFP) are insufficient to meet the needs as no food is provided by the Sri Lanka government to them.

    Altogether 7,742 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the islets of Jaffna have been brought from Vavuniyaa internment camps until Monday to the islets.

    These IDPs are again detained SLN concentration camps in Veala’nai, Oorkaavattu’rai, Nedunththeevu and Kaarainakar while some of them are held in the abandoned houses.

    The NGOs in Jaffna who are already taking care of the IDPs in Jaffna peninsula are now being urgently requested to feed the IDPs starving in the islets of Jaffna.

  6. Thanks Christoph Koettl for your voice 4 voiceless Tamils in the Concentration camp. 300,000 tamils, over 150 days in the concentration camps. Monsoon is going to help sri lanka to eliminate the minorities from the island. Sri lanka has no plan to UNLOCK the camps. Only the international pressure unlock the camps.

  7. The Sri Lankan government’s war on Tamil people’s basic rights continues. Around 300,000 men, women and children remain incarcerated in camps under the most horrific conditions, months after the official ending of the war. The internally displaced people (IDP) in Sri Lanka are being treated horrifically by the chauvinist government of president Mahinda Rajapakse. The decades-long war between the government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended on 18 May, with over 20,000 people massacred in the last weeks alone.

  8. Tamil IDPs brought to the islets of Jaffna in Sri Lanka starve

    Jaffna Government Agent, K. Ganesh, extended an urgent call to local and International Non-government Organizations (NGOs) in Jaffna to provide food for the IDPs brought to the islets of Jaffna from Vavuniyaa internment camps, now detained in Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) special camps and other places in the islets of Jaffna. The dry food rations given to the IDPs under World Food Programme (WFP) are insufficient to meet the needs as no food is provided by the Sri Lanka government to them.

    Altogether 7,742 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the islets of Jaffna have been brought from Vavuniyaa internment camps until Monday to the islets.

    These IDPs are again detained SLN concentration camps in Veala’nai, Oorkaavattu’rai, Nedunththeevu and Kaarainakar while some of them are held in the abandoned houses.

    The NGOs in Jaffna who are already taking care of the IDPs in Jaffna peninsula are now being urgently requested to feed the IDPs starving in the islets of Jaffna.

  9. In response to Tnambi's comment of Oct. 14, 2:03 A.M., I'd ask that people commenting here please refrain from simply reposting articles found elsewhere. I do look at Tamilnet and I know that the comment is simply an article taken verbatim from that site. We've asked people commenting to not simply post links to articles; that does not mean that it's acceptable to simply post an article itself as though it were a comment. This forum is intended for reasoned discussion of the issues raised by the original post. Links to articles supporting points made in a comment would be acceptable. Using this forum to simply publicize articles found on other sites would not. Please do not abuse the opportunity to comment.

  10. In response to previous comment: We raise our concerns both with the our own government (U.S.) and the Sri Lankan government. However, more important is that as many people as possible make clear to the Sri Lankan governement that this issue is not forgotton.

    AIUSA is providing several opportunities to call on the Sri Lankan government to unlock the camps. You can sign our online action at http://www.amnestyusa.org/srilanka

    You can send postcards (available in hard copies from us): http://www.amnestyusa.org/pdf/unlockthecamps.pdf

    Or you can organize events to raise awareness and encourage others to speak out. Please look at our Action Pack (page 35): http://www.amnestyusa.org/uploads/Core_Action_Fal

  11. To Jim:
    Appreciate AI for reminding the world that a humanitarian crisis of incredible proportions has been unfolding in SL.

    But I wonder what the world is doing about it – SL government has stated that it is not going to do anything about this – they claim that they have better flood drain facilities and until demining is completed they are not going to release refugees. Now what should the world do given that SL has decided not to pay heed? Is there anything more AI can do apart from these critical reminders to the world and futile pleas to the government? How do we save the people from the imminent flooding?

  12. In response to previous comment: We raise our concerns both with the our own government (U.S.) and the Sri Lankan government. However, more important is that as many people as possible make clear to the Sri Lankan governement that this issue is not forgotton.

    AIUSA is providing several opportunities to call on the Sri Lankan government to unlock the camps. You can sign our online action at http://www.amnestyusa.org/srilanka

    You can send postcards (available in hard copies from us): http://www.amnestyusa.org/pdf/unlockthecamps.pdf

    Or you can organize events to raise awareness and encourage others to speak out. Please look at our Action Pack (page 35): http://www.amnestyusa.org/uploads/Core_Action_Fal

  13. In response to previous comment: We raise our concerns both with the our own government (U.S.) and the Sri Lankan government. However, more important is that as many people as possible make clear to the Sri Lankan governement that this issue is not forgotton.

    AIUSA is providing several opportunities to call on the Sri Lankan government to unlock the camps. You can sign our online action at http://www.amnestyusa.org/srilanka

    You can send postcards (available in hard copies from us): http://www.amnestyusa.org/pdf/unlockthecamps.pdf

    Or you can organize events to raise awareness and encourage others to speak out. Please look at our Action Pack (page 35): http://www.amnestyusa.org/uploads/Core_Action_Fal

  14. In response to Tnambi’s comment of Oct. 14, 2:03 A.M., I’d ask that people commenting here please refrain from simply reposting articles found elsewhere. I do look at Tamilnet and I know that the comment is simply an article taken verbatim from that site. We’ve asked people commenting to not simply post links to articles; that does not mean that it’s acceptable to simply post an article itself as though it were a comment. This forum is intended for reasoned discussion of the issues raised by the original post. Links to articles supporting points made in a comment would be acceptable. Using this forum to simply publicize articles found on other sites would not. Please do not abuse the opportunity to comment.

  15. To Jim:
    Appreciate AI for reminding the world that a humanitarian crisis of incredible proportions has been unfolding in SL.

    But I wonder what the world is doing about it – SL government has stated that it is not going to do anything about this – they claim that they have better flood drain facilities and until demining is completed they are not going to release refugees. Now what should the world do given that SL has decided not to pay heed? Is there anything more AI can do apart from these critical reminders to the world and futile pleas to the government? How do we save the people from the imminent flooding?

  16. In response to previous comment: We raise our concerns both with the our own government (U.S.) and the Sri Lankan government. However, more important is that as many people as possible make clear to the Sri Lankan governement that this issue is not forgotton.

    AIUSA is providing several opportunities to call on the Sri Lankan government to unlock the camps. You can sign our online action at http://www.amnestyusa.org/srilanka

    You can send postcards (available in hard copies from us): http://www.amnestyusa.org/pdf/unlockthecamps.pdf

    Or you can organize events to raise awareness and encourage others to speak out. Please look at our Action Pack (page 35): http://www.amnestyusa.org/uploads/Core_Action_Fall_2009.pdf

  17. Humanitarian Human's plea to AI is self – limiting.

    The question is not what AI should do for Tamils, but what Tamils & their supporters worldwide are willing to do about lanka's refusal to listen.

    For AI can only do what Cristoph pointed out.

    Without political clout & economic pressure, why should lanka listen ?

    The lanka attorney has come to learn from the US "model" of Guantanamo !!!

    Are the Tamils willing to learn from the model they need to follow ?

    Is it time for a BDS — a Boycott – Divestment – Sanctions Movement against sri lanka's apartheid state on the model of the Palestinian BDS movement against israel ? ?

    There are situations in which human rights & natural rights must grow their own teeth in the cause of their own physical survival.

    This isn't some individuals, but an entire people that's living in Guantanamo.

    Campaigns of appeal & awareness alone won't help.

    Only a movement on many fronts, political , economic, cultural, spiritual, can free the people.

  18. Humanitarian Human’s plea to AI is self – limiting.

    The question is not what AI should do for Tamils, but what Tamils & their supporters worldwide are willing to do about lanka’s refusal to listen.

    For AI can only do what Cristoph pointed out.

    Without political clout & economic pressure, why should lanka listen ?

    The lanka attorney has come to learn from the US “model” of Guantanamo !!!

    Are the Tamils willing to learn from the model they need to follow ?

    Is it time for a BDS — a Boycott – Divestment – Sanctions Movement against sri lanka’s apartheid state on the model of the Palestinian BDS movement against israel ? ?

    There are situations in which human rights & natural rights must grow their own teeth in the cause of their own physical survival.

    This isn’t some individuals, but an entire people that’s living in Guantanamo.

    Campaigns of appeal & awareness alone won’t help.

    Only a movement on many fronts, political , economic, cultural, spiritual, can free the people.

  19. In response to the comment above from "Stop Crime against Humanity," I'd ask that people commenting in this thread please refrain from simply posting links to articles or simply posting the texts of articles (and pretending they're your comments). This forum is intended for thoughtful, reasoned discussion of the issues raised in the original post, and not as a bulletin board. Certainly, links to articles supporting positions asserted in comments would be appropriate. Please don't abuse the opportunity to comment here.

  20. (I think this is right blog post to comment on the following, I had commented in another post, but realize this post is more appropriate, but basically I am more concerned to get AI's response and see it pitch in urgently and do something for this – There are human lives at stake)
    To Jim and others:

    Please watch this video. http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/200910/r452984_22089

    Can AI help these stranded people? The call from the 9 year old is heart-rending to say the least. These people have fled from from the very harsh and inhumanitarian rule, from the very clutches of the dictatorial and intimidating regime, that AI has been all along complaining about including this post. These people cannot go back to the country and add to the count of disappeared people that AI is keeping track of. I think some country in this world should own these people. Can AI do something about this?

    Before the editor comments, this is absolutely relevant to the blogpost. AI condemns the actions of the government through statements and articles like this particular blogpost, while these poor people can do only one thing – flee the country.

  21. (I think this is right blog post to comment on the following, I had commented in another post, but realize this post is more appropriate, but basically I am more concerned to get AI's response and see it pitch in urgently and do something for this – There are human lives at stake)
    To Jim and others:

    Please watch this video. http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/200910/r452984_22089

    Can AI help these stranded people? The call from the 9 year old is heart-rending to say the least. These people have fled from from the very harsh and inhumanitarian rule, from the very clutches of the dictatorial and intimidating regime, that AI has been all along complaining about including this post. These people cannot go back to the country and add to the count of disappeared people that AI is keeping track of. I think some country in this world should own these people. Can AI do something about this?

    Before the editor comments, this is absolutely relevant to the blogpost. AI condemns the actions of the government through statements and articles like this particular blogpost, while these poor people can do only one thing – flee the country.

  22. (I think this is right blog post to comment on the following, I had commented in another post, but realize this post is more appropriate, but basically I am more concerned to get AI's response and see it pitch in urgently and do something for this – There are human lives at stake)
    To Jim and others:

    Please watch this video. http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/200910/r452984_22089

    Can AI help these stranded people? The call from the 9 year old is heart-rending to say the least. These people have fled from from the very harsh and inhumanitarian rule, from the very clutches of the dictatorial and intimidating regime, that AI has been all along complaining about including this post. These people cannot go back to the country and add to the count of disappeared people that AI is keeping track of. I think some country in this world should own these people. Can AI do something about this?

    Before the editor comments, this is absolutely relevant to the blogpost. AI condemns the actions of the government through statements and articles like this particular blogpost, while these poor people can do only one thing – flee the country.

  23. In response to the comment above from “Stop Crime against Humanity,” I’d ask that people commenting in this thread please refrain from simply posting links to articles or simply posting the texts of articles (and pretending they’re your comments). This forum is intended for thoughtful, reasoned discussion of the issues raised in the original post, and not as a bulletin board. Certainly, links to articles supporting positions asserted in comments would be appropriate. Please don’t abuse the opportunity to comment here.

  24. (I think this is right blog post to comment on the following, I had commented in another post, but realize this post is more appropriate, but basically I am more concerned to get AI’s response and see it pitch in urgently and do something for this – There are human lives at stake)
    To Jim and others:

    Please watch this video.
    http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/200910/r452984_2208972.asx

    Can AI help these stranded people? The call from the 9 year old is heart-rending to say the least. These people have fled from from the very harsh and inhumanitarian rule, from the very clutches of the dictatorial and intimidating regime, that AI has been all along complaining about including this post. These people cannot go back to the country and add to the count of disappeared people that AI is keeping track of. I think some country in this world should own these people. Can AI do something about this?

    Before the editor comments, this is absolutely relevant to the blogpost. AI condemns the actions of the government through statements and articles like this particular blogpost, while these poor people can do only one thing – flee the country.

  25. Thanks Jim 4 your comment.

    Two UN high ranking official criticizes Sri Lankan government over Human right violation. But earlier sri lanka told both of them as ltte. Even earlier UN human rights chief had to step down over sri lanka issue.

    UN human rights chief criticizes Sri Lankan government http://www.examiner.com/x-16024-Europe-Policy-Exa

    UNICEF estimated number of 85,000 IDP children. These children denied not only their freedom but also their education.

    Plight of conflict-displaced children deserves greater attention, says top UN official http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=3254

    Almost 1/3 of the Tamils escaped out of the country. still mass movement of migration through land, air and water. 250 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers headed for Australia arrive on their boat in Merak, Indonesia, now on hunger srike. sri lanka promote migration sothat sri lanka will be sin hella buddist only country.

  26. Thanks Jim 4 your comment.

    Two UN high ranking official criticizes Sri Lankan government over Human right violation. But earlier sri lanka told both of them as ltte. Even earlier UN human rights chief had to step down over sri lanka issue.

    UN human rights chief criticizes Sri Lankan government http://www.examiner.com/x-16024-Europe-Policy-Exa

    UNICEF estimated number of 85,000 IDP children. These children denied not only their freedom but also their education.

    Plight of conflict-displaced children deserves greater attention, says top UN official http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=3254

    Almost 1/3 of the Tamils escaped out of the country. still mass movement of migration through land, air and water. 250 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers headed for Australia arrive on their boat in Merak, Indonesia, now on hunger srike. sri lanka promote migration sothat sri lanka will be sin hella buddist only country.

  27. Thanks Jim 4 your comment.

    Two UN high ranking official criticizes Sri Lankan government over Human right violation. But earlier sri lanka told both of them as ltte. Even earlier UN human rights chief had to step down over sri lanka issue.

    UN human rights chief criticizes Sri Lankan government http://www.examiner.com/x-16024-Europe-Policy-Exa

    UNICEF estimated number of 85,000 IDP children. These children denied not only their freedom but also their education.

    Plight of conflict-displaced children deserves greater attention, says top UN official http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=3254

    Almost 1/3 of the Tamils escaped out of the country. still mass movement of migration through land, air and water. 250 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers headed for Australia arrive on their boat in Merak, Indonesia, now on hunger srike. sri lanka promote migration sothat sri lanka will be sin hella buddist only country.

  28. Humanitarian Human, Stop Crime against Humanity,

    Hello, friends

    I’m shocked…. that Australian PM is “unmoved” by the little girls’ plea to save her life.

    He just brushed off the emotional appeals from the Tamils aboard the boat he had the Indonesians intercept.

    Some Tamils have been taken already to the hospital in a critical condition

    ————————————————————————————————-

    Sri Lankan regime actions clearly represent insanity….. for example, murdering people who surrendered with the white flags in the last battle , in cold blood… confining 300,000 innocent people in incarceration camps which Sri Lanka cannot even begin to fund with its own money but must rely on the UN….. holding rigged elections every few yrs to prove its a “democracy”…. the list is basically endless. In any event, though the regime does not like to call itself “guilty” it can still be considered “insane”, in my opinion.

    the other examples:

    “These (the military) are the guys who were winning the war – they could have raped every single woman on the way if they wanted to. ”
    -member of the Sri Lankan regime, Palitha Kohona said

    “There were zero civilian casualties during the “humanitarian mission.”
    - leader of the SL regime, Rajapakse said

  29. Thanks Jim 4 your comment.

    Two UN high ranking official criticizes Sri Lankan government over Human right violation. But earlier sri lanka told both of them as ltte. Even earlier UN human rights chief had to step down over sri lanka issue.

    UN human rights chief criticizes Sri Lankan government
    http://www.examiner.com/x-16024-Europe-Policy-Examiner~y2009m10d15-UN-human-rights-chief-criticizes-Sri-Lankan-government

    UNICEF estimated number of 85,000 IDP children. These children denied not only their freedom but also their education.

    Plight of conflict-displaced children deserves greater attention, says top UN official
    http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=32549&Cr=children+armed+conflict&Cr1=

    Almost 1/3 of the Tamils escaped out of the country. still mass movement of migration through land, air and water. 250 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers headed for Australia arrive on their boat in Merak, Indonesia, now on hunger srike. sri lanka promote migration sothat sri lanka will be sin hella buddist only country.

  30. In response to the comments above from Humanitarian Human and Mawatha Silva, I do think the issue of the Tamil asylum-seekers in the boat off Java is really getting off topic here. I did respond to the same comment that Humanitarian Human posted in another thread. Briefly, AI Australia has issued a public statement on this case (see http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/21866/) and I'd suggest that any desired follow-up on this case be taken up with AI Australia.

  31. In response to the comments above from Humanitarian Human and Mawatha Silva, I do think the issue of the Tamil asylum-seekers in the boat off Java is really getting off topic here. I did respond to the same comment that Humanitarian Human posted in another thread. Briefly, AI Australia has issued a public statement on this case (see http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/21866/) and I'd suggest that any desired follow-up on this case be taken up with AI Australia.

  32. In response to the comments above from Humanitarian Human and Mawatha Silva, I do think the issue of the Tamil asylum-seekers in the boat off Java is really getting off topic here. I did respond to the same comment that Humanitarian Human posted in another thread. Briefly, AI Australia has issued a public statement on this case (see http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/21866/) and I'd suggest that any desired follow-up on this case be taken up with AI Australia.

  33. Sri Lanka Army (SLA) officials in Jaffna prohibit the media to meet and interview the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have just arrived from Vavuniyaa SLA internment camps.

    The Sri Lanka Army representative warned the IDPs of harsh consequences if they meet or say anything to news media

    Why? Does Sri Lankan Army have something to hide?

  34. Humanitarian Human, Stop Crime against Humanity,

    Hello, friends

    I’m shocked…. that Australian PM is “unmoved” by the little girls’ plea to save her life.

    He just brushed off the emotional appeals from the Tamils aboard the boat he had the Indonesians intercept.

    Some Tamils have been taken already to the hospital in a critical condition

    ————————————————————————————————-

    Sri Lankan regime actions clearly represent insanity….. for example, murdering people who surrendered with the white flags in the last battle , in cold blood… confining 300,000 innocent people in incarceration camps which Sri Lanka cannot even begin to fund with its own money but must rely on the UN….. holding rigged elections every few yrs to prove its a “democracy”…. the list is basically endless. In any event, though the regime does not like to call itself “guilty” it can still be considered “insane”, in my opinion.

    the other examples:

    “These (the military) are the guys who were winning the war – they could have raped every single woman on the way if they wanted to. ”
    -member of the Sri Lankan regime, Palitha Kohona said

    “There were zero civilian casualties during the “humanitarian mission.”
    - leader of the SL regime, Rajapakse said

  35. To Jim:

    I am not sure why it is irrelevant frankly speaking. I agree that in that past I have tended to go off topic due to random comments, but in this case I disagree. This particular post talks of all interlinked issues – rains, birth in front of strangers (lack of medical facilities), slow pace of screening – all an effect of the policies of the SL government. The refugees begging to this merciless world for asylum is yet another manifestation of the crime being committed by SL government. As I said in the other post, AI write posts and issues statements on these issues (of course due to lack of access) – these people can do only one thing – flee and beg to the world. If we want to have any discussion then it cannot be a repetition of what is written in this post, it has to include things around it as well.

    Frankly so long we have been blaming the SL government, now they are not under the clutches of SL army – yet there is no one to help them. I have a question to AI – has AI reached the boat and met the people?

  36. To savage:

    I agree with you – at this point, without sanctions SL is not going to do anything at all. I am hoping that GSP+ is terminated as the first step – but you never know – recent media reports including Reuters has been indicating that SL would be let off with a warning. That will be a pity since EU "supposedly" is the 'most humane bloc' on earth right now. SL has paid all its cards well politically – garnering support from China, Russia and India to cover for its gross human rights violations.
    God save the Tamils!

  37. My friend Mawatha,

    On the boat issue, I think this is the true test of the world. The world was "supposedly" castigating the SLA on all its crimes, but when the victims of those crime show up at their door, they dont want to own them. It is heart-rending, how long will the Tamils suffer? Is the Nobel peace prize winner listening? Is EU watching the boat drama?

    On the other point, Insanity is the wrong word. I guess Inhuman is the right one.

  38. To Mawatham and Jim (at the end):
    (This is kind of getting off-topic, but I would like to comment for the sake of completeness since all this is anyways in the context of SL government policy and what the world has to do.)

    First of all, the losses in second quarter being suffered are due to the war (in second quarter) as well as the global downturn – not really due to BDS. I dont know who is doing BDS really! If it happens withdrawal of GSP+ will be the first step in that direction. I know tourism is doing really well post the war in the last few months :(

    [Attn Jim]
    Countries like US on the one hand condemn the human rights violation, but on the other hand engage in trade relations and increasing investment in Sri Lanka.
    Read this article: http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20091016_06

    Obama accepted the Nobel saying it was for the role US could play in maintaining peace and justice in this world, is this the role it wants to play? I hope AI USA puts pressure on the government on these matters so that US avoids such duplicity!

  39. The widespread indifference to the continuing misery of 300,000 interned IDPs, most of them already unlawfully detained for many months without any charges, is a sad reflection on the moral values of our society.

    The reported release of a few thousand is most welcome, but what of the remaining 300,000

    Attempts made to justify the internment on the grounds that some of the areas from which they were displaced may yet be land-mined is patently false, in that these internees could then be permitted to move temporarily to other areas to live with relatives or friends, or in accommodation provided by organizations that have already indicated a willingness to help.

    As in the case of other IDPs, the state could establish a few welfare (not detention) camps to accommodate the few who cannot find accommodation on their own.

    Any decision to move out should be taken by the IDPs solely on their own responsibility.

    Concern for the welfare of IDPs cannot possibly be a reason to detain anyone or to restrict their movements or to prevent access to them.

    If, on the other hand, the IDPs are being held on suspicion of being responsible for criminal activity, and if evidence is available, they should be duly arrested and charged.

    If, many months after the commencement of their detention, there is no evidence found to charge them, they should be freed forthwith.

    Humanitarian Human
    There are reports that Sri Lankan BDS — a Boycott – Divestment – Sanctions Movement is working!!
    The Economy is in dire situation and the SL exports shrunk by 23% in second quarter.

    Annual losses of the Institutions: Air Lanka- Rs. 9980 million ; MihinAir – Rs. 3900 million ; CEB – Rs. 3990 million ; CPC – Rs. 7200 million ; Ports Authority – Rs. 3500 million ; CGR – Rs. 3900 million ; CTB – Rs. 4500 million ; Road development Authority – Rs. 9900 million ; People’s Bank – Rs. 8900 million
    Also the top level rulers and SL Government of Rajapakse henchmen are taking advantage of this humanitarian disaster and totally cashing in.

    There are corruption charges on import deals leveled against diplomats and the family.

    No wonder why the budget is not presented if you know where the money is going to.

  40. To Mawatham and Jim (at the end):
    (This is kind of getting off-topic, but I would like to comment for the sake of completeness since all this is anyways in the context of SL government policy and what the world has to do.)

    First of all, the losses in second quarter being suffered are due to the war (in second quarter) as well as the global downturn – not really due to BDS. I dont know who is doing BDS really! If it happens withdrawal of GSP+ will be the first step in that direction. I know tourism is doing really well post the war in the last few months :(

    [Attn Jim]
    Countries like US on the one hand condemn the human rights violation, but on the other hand engage in trade relations and increasing investment in Sri Lanka.
    Read this article: http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20091016_06

    Obama accepted the Nobel saying it was for the role US could play in maintaining peace and justice in this world, is this the role it wants to play? I hope AI USA puts pressure on the government on these matters so that US avoids such duplicity!

  41. To Mawatham and Jim (at the end):
    (This is kind of getting off-topic, but I would like to comment for the sake of completeness since all this is anyways in the context of SL government policy and what the world has to do.)

    First of all, the losses in second quarter being suffered are due to the war (in second quarter) as well as the global downturn – not really due to BDS. I dont know who is doing BDS really! If it happens withdrawal of GSP+ will be the first step in that direction. I know tourism is doing really well post the war in the last few months :(

    [Attn Jim]
    Countries like US on the one hand condemn the human rights violation, but on the other hand engage in trade relations and increasing investment in Sri Lanka.
    Read this article: http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20091016_06

    Obama accepted the Nobel saying it was for the role US could play in maintaining peace and justice in this world, is this the role it wants to play? I hope AI USA puts pressure on the government on these matters so that US avoids such duplicity!

  42. In response to the comments above from Humanitarian Human and Mawatha Silva, I do think the issue of the Tamil asylum-seekers in the boat off Java is really getting off topic here. I did respond to the same comment that Humanitarian Human posted in another thread. Briefly, AI Australia has issued a public statement on this case (see http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/21866/) and I’d suggest that any desired follow-up on this case be taken up with AI Australia.

  43. Sri Lanka Army (SLA) officials in Jaffna prohibit the media to meet and interview the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have just arrived from Vavuniyaa SLA internment camps.

    The Sri Lanka Army representative warned the IDPs of harsh consequences if they meet or say anything to news media

    Why? Does Sri Lankan Army have something to hide?

  44. To Jim:

    I am not sure why it is irrelevant frankly speaking. I agree that in that past I have tended to go off topic due to random comments, but in this case I disagree. This particular post talks of all interlinked issues – rains, birth in front of strangers (lack of medical facilities), slow pace of screening – all an effect of the policies of the SL government. The refugees begging to this merciless world for asylum is yet another manifestation of the crime being committed by SL government. As I said in the other post, AI write posts and issues statements on these issues (of course due to lack of access) – these people can do only one thing – flee and beg to the world. If we want to have any discussion then it cannot be a repetition of what is written in this post, it has to include things around it as well.

    Frankly so long we have been blaming the SL government, now they are not under the clutches of SL army – yet there is no one to help them. I have a question to AI – has AI reached the boat and met the people?

  45. To savage:

    I agree with you – at this point, without sanctions SL is not going to do anything at all. I am hoping that GSP+ is terminated as the first step – but you never know – recent media reports including Reuters has been indicating that SL would be let off with a warning. That will be a pity since EU “supposedly” is the ‘most humane bloc’ on earth right now. SL has paid all its cards well politically – garnering support from China, Russia and India to cover for its gross human rights violations.
    God save the Tamils!

  46. My friend Mawatha,

    On the boat issue, I think this is the true test of the world. The world was “supposedly” castigating the SLA on all its crimes, but when the victims of those crime show up at their door, they dont want to own them. It is heart-rending, how long will the Tamils suffer? Is the Nobel peace prize winner listening? Is EU watching the boat drama?

    On the other point, Insanity is the wrong word. I guess Inhuman is the right one.

  47. The widespread indifference to the continuing misery of 300,000 interned IDPs, most of them already unlawfully detained for many months without any charges, is a sad reflection on the moral values of our society.

    The reported release of a few thousand is most welcome, but what of the remaining 300,000

    Attempts made to justify the internment on the grounds that some of the areas from which they were displaced may yet be land-mined is patently false, in that these internees could then be permitted to move temporarily to other areas to live with relatives or friends, or in accommodation provided by organizations that have already indicated a willingness to help.

    As in the case of other IDPs, the state could establish a few welfare (not detention) camps to accommodate the few who cannot find accommodation on their own.

    Any decision to move out should be taken by the IDPs solely on their own responsibility.

    Concern for the welfare of IDPs cannot possibly be a reason to detain anyone or to restrict their movements or to prevent access to them.

    If, on the other hand, the IDPs are being held on suspicion of being responsible for criminal activity, and if evidence is available, they should be duly arrested and charged.

    If, many months after the commencement of their detention, there is no evidence found to charge them, they should be freed forthwith.

    Humanitarian Human
    There are reports that Sri Lankan BDS — a Boycott – Divestment – Sanctions Movement is working!!
    The Economy is in dire situation and the SL exports shrunk by 23% in second quarter.

    Annual losses of the Institutions: Air Lanka- Rs. 9980 million ; MihinAir – Rs. 3900 million ; CEB – Rs. 3990 million ; CPC – Rs. 7200 million ; Ports Authority – Rs. 3500 million ; CGR – Rs. 3900 million ; CTB – Rs. 4500 million ; Road development Authority – Rs. 9900 million ; People’s Bank – Rs. 8900 million
    Also the top level rulers and SL Government of Rajapakse henchmen are taking advantage of this humanitarian disaster and totally cashing in.

    There are corruption charges on import deals leveled against diplomats and the family.

    No wonder why the budget is not presented if you know where the money is going to.

  48. To Mawatham and Jim (at the end):
    (This is kind of getting off-topic, but I would like to comment for the sake of completeness since all this is anyways in the context of SL government policy and what the world has to do.)

    First of all, the losses in second quarter being suffered are due to the war (in second quarter) as well as the global downturn – not really due to BDS. I dont know who is doing BDS really! If it happens withdrawal of GSP+ will be the first step in that direction. I know tourism is doing really well post the war in the last few months :(

    [Attn Jim]
    Countries like US on the one hand condemn the human rights violation, but on the other hand engage in trade relations and increasing investment in Sri Lanka.
    Read this article: http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20091016_06

    Obama accepted the Nobel saying it was for the role US could play in maintaining peace and justice in this world, is this the role it wants to play? I hope AI USA puts pressure on the government on these matters so that US avoids such duplicity!

  49. In response to the question posed in Humanitarian Human's comment of Oct. 16, 8:49 A.M., I do not know whether AI has "reached the boat and met the people." To my knowledge, AI does not have a presence in Indonesia. As I mentioned earlier, I'd suggest that follow-up inquiries on this subject be directed to AI Australia (http://www.amnesty.org.au).

  50. In response to the question posed in Humanitarian Human's comment of Oct. 16, 8:49 A.M., I do not know whether AI has "reached the boat and met the people." To my knowledge, AI does not have a presence in Indonesia. As I mentioned earlier, I'd suggest that follow-up inquiries on this subject be directed to AI Australia (http://www.amnesty.org.au).

  51. In response to the question posed in Humanitarian Human's comment of Oct. 16, 8:49 A.M., I do not know whether AI has "reached the boat and met the people." To my knowledge, AI does not have a presence in Indonesia. As I mentioned earlier, I'd suggest that follow-up inquiries on this subject be directed to AI Australia (http://www.amnesty.org.au).

  52. To Jim:

    I will try to dig and find out how to reach AI Australia, but the truth is that the refugees on the boat are not Australia's problem. They are the world's problem. Otherwise AI USA and Jim McDonald would not be writing about the sufferings of the people in their posts when it is something that does not concern them. So I think each country should look at options to owning these people bereft of options and left in the mercy of the world. Can AI USA ask its own government to intervene and look for options in rehabilitating these people? USA for sure knows the extraordinary travails faced by the people so far. I think some benign country has to offer them the solace and asylum. Each one must be asking their own governments to do the necessary help.

  53. In response to the question posed in Humanitarian Human’s comment of Oct. 16, 8:49 A.M., I do not know whether AI has “reached the boat and met the people.” To my knowledge, AI does not have a presence in Indonesia. As I mentioned earlier, I’d suggest that follow-up inquiries on this subject be directed to AI Australia (http://www.amnesty.org.au).

  54. With respect to the IDP camps, I would like to mention, for those interested, that there are now two videos concerning them on the Sri Lanka page (www.amnestyusa.org/srilanka) in the “Unlock the Camps in Sri Lanka!” box.

  55. To Jim:

    I will try to dig and find out how to reach AI Australia, but the truth is that the refugees on the boat are not Australia’s problem. They are the world’s problem. Otherwise AI USA and Jim McDonald would not be writing about the sufferings of the people in their posts when it is something that does not concern them. So I think each country should look at options to owning these people bereft of options and left in the mercy of the world. Can AI USA ask its own government to intervene and look for options in rehabilitating these people? USA for sure knows the extraordinary travails faced by the people so far. I think some benign country has to offer them the solace and asylum. Each one must be asking their own governments to do the necessary help.

  56. In response to Humanitarian Human's comment of Oct. 16, 7:49 P.M., I suggested that people contact AI Australia since they had already issued a public statement on these asylum-seekers and could therefore respond, more quickly than I could, as to what AI is or is not doing about this case. I did not mean to imply that this case was of no concern to anyone in AI outside AI Australia. I'll look into what I can do but can't promise anything further at this point.

    In response to Humanitarian Human's comment of Oct. 16, 8:08 P.M., there is an email address given on the AI Australia website for that section (just to be clear, AI is organized into "sections" in various countries around the world; AIUSA and AI Australia are each considered "sections" of the international organization). You can find the email address if you click on "Contact US" at the bottom of their website's homepage.

  57. In response to Humanitarian Human’s comment of Oct. 16, 7:49 P.M., I suggested that people contact AI Australia since they had already issued a public statement on these asylum-seekers and could therefore respond, more quickly than I could, as to what AI is or is not doing about this case. I did not mean to imply that this case was of no concern to anyone in AI outside AI Australia. I’ll look into what I can do but can’t promise anything further at this point.

    In response to Humanitarian Human’s comment of Oct. 16, 8:08 P.M., there is an email address given on the AI Australia website for that section (just to be clear, AI is organized into “sections” in various countries around the world; AIUSA and AI Australia are each considered “sections” of the international organization). You can find the email address if you click on “Contact US” at the bottom of their website’s homepage.

  58. Dear Humanitarian Human, thank you for agreeing on the urgent BDS matter.

    You're also correct in pointing out that BDS has not been practiced at all by anyone thus far against the butchers of colombo.

    i also totally agree with your raising the issue of the boat off Java. indeed, J McDonald stuns me by saying the boat issue is "off topic". That was a reaction i didn't expect from a rights worker or anybody with the least bit of sensitivity or political consciousness. NOBODY, not even McDonald, has the right to tell a suffering people that a burning issue of theirs is "off" the agenda. Nor can he cite lame "jurisdiction" as his excuse for doing so. As you accurately point out, the boat issue is not australia's alone, but the world's. "Jurisdiction" is for bureaucrats. i wish to hear my Tamil sisters & brothers speak of EVERYTHING that THEY think is crucial, in this hour of their mortal need.

  59. Dear Humanitarian Human, thank you for agreeing on the urgent BDS matter.

    You’re also correct in pointing out that BDS has not been practiced at all by anyone thus far against the butchers of colombo.

    i also totally agree with your raising the issue of the boat off Java. indeed, J McDonald stuns me by saying the boat issue is “off topic”. That was a reaction i didn’t expect from a rights worker or anybody with the least bit of sensitivity or political consciousness. NOBODY, not even McDonald, has the right to tell a suffering people that a burning issue of theirs is “off” the agenda. Nor can he cite lame “jurisdiction” as his excuse for doing so. As you accurately point out, the boat issue is not australia’s alone, but the world’s. “Jurisdiction” is for bureaucrats. i wish to hear my Tamil sisters & brothers speak of EVERYTHING that THEY think is crucial, in this hour of their mortal need.

  60. Thirumavalavan, who was part of a delegation of MPs from Tamil Nadu that visited some camps for the internally displaced Tamils in Lanka, took a stand independent of the delegation’s on Monday.

    “No one can tolerate the sufferings of Tamils in the camps. I am at a loss to understand why countries, including India, continue to be mere spectators to this tragedy,” he said.

    He said the displaced Tamils he met in the camps had cried and pleaded with the delegation to poison them rather than let them live in the camps.

    The camps were crammed, with eight to 10 people made to live in spaces meant for just two persons.

    Thirumavalavan has called upon the international community to declare the Lankan President and his brother ‘war criminals’ and impose economic sanctions on the island nation.

  61. Stop Crime against Humanity, A savage, Tnambi

    Thank you for your informative posts !
    As they say, the lies spread faster and the truth comes slowly but surely. As it is encircling the rajapakse brothers, the truth will, eventually, uncover their ugly faces. Truth never fails :)

  62. Thirumavalavan, who was part of a delegation of MPs from Tamil Nadu that visited some camps for the internally displaced Tamils in Lanka, took a stand independent of the delegation’s on Monday.

    “No one can tolerate the sufferings of Tamils in the camps. I am at a loss to understand why countries, including India, continue to be mere spectators to this tragedy,” he said.

    He said the displaced Tamils he met in the camps had cried and pleaded with the delegation to poison them rather than let them live in the camps.

    The camps were crammed, with eight to 10 people made to live in spaces meant for just two persons.

    Thirumavalavan has called upon the international community to declare the Lankan President and his brother ‘war criminals’ and impose economic sanctions on the island nation.

  63. Stop Crime against Humanity, A savage, Tnambi

    Thank you for your informative posts !
    As they say, the lies spread faster and the truth comes slowly but surely. As it is encircling the rajapakse brothers, the truth will, eventually, uncover their ugly faces. Truth never fails :)

  64. Dear Mawatha Silva, thank you !

    It's true, lies DO spread fast, truth more slowly but surely. It's even said the bones of hidden murders lie quietly moldering, but a score of seasons later they arise & reveal their truths. Sometimes they take longer, but much depends on the tenacity of those who seek to uncover their "voices" — us.

    On the other hand, the delay of "justice", its daily denial under which we live in all lands, can bury more evidence than it exhumes when it does arrive — again, because justice today is itself a fugitive from the law.The huntdown & slaughter of justice on the battlefield accounts for her disappearance from the world's courts & capitals . She'll be reborn like Krishna in Kangsa's dungeon.

  65. Dear Mawatha Silva, thank you !

    It’s true, lies DO spread fast, truth more slowly but surely. It’s even said the bones of hidden murders lie quietly moldering, but a score of seasons later they arise & reveal their truths. Sometimes they take longer, but much depends on the tenacity of those who seek to uncover their “voices” — us.

    On the other hand, the delay of “justice”, its daily denial under which we live in all lands, can bury more evidence than it exhumes when it does arrive — again, because justice today is itself a fugitive from the law.The huntdown & slaughter of justice on the battlefield accounts for her disappearance from the world’s courts & capitals . She’ll be reborn like Krishna in Kangsa’s dungeon.

  66. *Yaaawwwwnnnn*
    Meeeaaaawww,

    Why do we not talk about the situation in Pakistan as this column does mention issues in Pakistan too?

    Keep aside the 250,000 (does it make it feel larger when you say "Quarter of a MIllion"?) in Sri Lanka as they know a definite time frame that they would go back to their houses, the IDP's in Pakistan have just started their journey of being displaced. When will that end ? When will they ever see their houses again ? When will Taliban be wiped out? Isn't the best way to get rid of the Taliban the same as how Sri Lanka got rid of LTTE ??

  67. *Yaaawwwwnnnn*
    Meeeaaaawww,

    Why do we not talk about the situation in Pakistan as this column does mention issues in Pakistan too?

    Keep aside the 250,000 (does it make it feel larger when you say “Quarter of a MIllion”?) in Sri Lanka as they know a definite time frame that they would go back to their houses, the IDP’s in Pakistan have just started their journey of being displaced. When will that end ? When will they ever see their houses again ? When will Taliban be wiped out? Isn’t the best way to get rid of the Taliban the same as how Sri Lanka got rid of LTTE ??

  68. Sin hella babarians killed a Tamil youth in the beach, his brother identified him.

    We all saw this and all TV stations and media groups including all institutions vehemently condemned the attack on this youth. There is no questions about that… The culprits have already been taken in to custody and will be dealt with severely for sure…

    See my issue with you here is that you have tried here to make it look like an attack by a Singhala group against a Tamil group – which is not right and this is what you always do…. The “Muslim” person who was involved was a policeman in civil and indeed was an Idiot to kill an innocent man. This attack had no racial intentions, but pure lunacy of an individual.

    If you guys stoop down to the extreme low levels of trying to make it look a racial issue, you guys will be no better than the person who killed the Innocent boy. You are killing your own kind…

  69. Oh – Cut and Paste finally tries to write something – though not sensible…

    I assume that people belonging to other Ethnic groups in Sri Lanka even cannot Sneeze in front of a Tamil without being ruled as "Genocide" "Ethnic Cleansing" "Murder" etc.. Gee – should I cry foul when it was a Tamil who first brought A1H1N1 virus to Sri Lanka, not forgetting the first ever AIDS patient in SL was also a Tamil…

    Dude… Stop being racial man – there are many things that other ethnic groups would throw at you if you go on those lines… It is just that we are mature enough to understand that it is a Human or Homo Sapience issue than of any Ethnic Group…

    U R Pathetic !!

  70. Sin hella babarians killed a Tamil youth in the beach, his brother identified him.

    We all saw this and all TV stations and media groups including all institutions vehemently condemned the attack on this youth. There is no questions about that… The culprits have already been taken in to custody and will be dealt with severely for sure…

    See my issue with you here is that you have tried here to make it look like an attack by a Singhala group against a Tamil group – which is not right and this is what you always do…. The “Muslim” person who was involved was a policeman in civil and indeed was an Idiot to kill an innocent man. This attack had no racial intentions, but pure lunacy of an individual.

    If you guys stoop down to the extreme low levels of trying to make it look a racial issue, you guys will be no better than the person who killed the Innocent boy. You are killing your own kind…

  71. Oh – Cut and Paste finally tries to write something – though not sensible…

    I assume that people belonging to other Ethnic groups in Sri Lanka even cannot Sneeze in front of a Tamil without being ruled as “Genocide” “Ethnic Cleansing” “Murder” etc.. Gee – should I cry foul when it was a Tamil who first brought A1H1N1 virus to Sri Lanka, not forgetting the first ever AIDS patient in SL was also a Tamil…

    Dude… Stop being racial man – there are many things that other ethnic groups would throw at you if you go on those lines… It is just that we are mature enough to understand that it is a Human or Homo Sapience issue than of any Ethnic Group…

    U R Pathetic !!


  72. I assume that people belonging to other Ethnic groups in Sri Lanka even cannot Sneeze in front of a Tamil without being ruled as “Genocide” “Ethnic Cleansing” “Murder” etc.. Gee – should I cry foul when it was a Tamil who first brought A1H1N1 virus to Sri Lanka, not forgetting the first ever AIDS patient in SL was also a Tamil…

    Dude… Stop being racial ma

    Look who is talking. Jimmy Pappa, Let me remind you that it is the Sinhalese that has committed the worst humanitarian catastrophe of the 21st century. The Germans and Australians still feel sorry and guilty of the inhumanitarian ethnic cleansing they indulged in. So please remember that it is only the barbaric and racist Sinhalese race in the whole world that is still feeling proud of the ethnic cleansing.


  73. We all saw this and all TV stations and media groups including all institutions vehemently condemned the attack on this youth. There is no questions about that… The culprits have already been taken in to custody and will be dealt with severely for sure…

    See my issue with you here is that you have tried here to make it look like an attack by a Singhala group against a Tamil group – which is not right and this is what you always do…. The “Muslim” person who was involved was a policeman in civil and indeed was an Idiot to kill an innocent man.

    But it was watched by hundreds of Sinhalese who just kept mum and enjoyed watching the death of yet another Tamil. Of course once it goes on TV, you have to either say the video is "fake" or "condemn"it. If the video was shot in the north of the country they could obviously call it fake like they tried to do for the Tamil killing video, but when it happens in the heart of Colombo, obviously even the racist of the racists like the Jimmy Pappas will be forced to condemn it.


  74. I assume that people belonging to other Ethnic groups in Sri Lanka even cannot Sneeze in front of a Tamil without being ruled as “Genocide” “Ethnic Cleansing” “Murder” etc.. Gee – should I cry foul when it was a Tamil who first brought A1H1N1 virus to Sri Lanka, not forgetting the first ever AIDS patient in SL was also a Tamil…

    Dude… Stop being racial ma

    Look who is talking. Jimmy Pappa, Let me remind you that it is the Sinhalese that has committed the worst humanitarian catastrophe of the 21st century. The Germans and Australians still feel sorry and guilty of the inhumanitarian ethnic cleansing they indulged in. So please remember that it is only the barbaric and racist Sinhalese race in the whole world that is still feeling proud of the ethnic cleansing.


  75. We all saw this and all TV stations and media groups including all institutions vehemently condemned the attack on this youth. There is no questions about that… The culprits have already been taken in to custody and will be dealt with severely for sure…

    See my issue with you here is that you have tried here to make it look like an attack by a Singhala group against a Tamil group – which is not right and this is what you always do…. The “Muslim” person who was involved was a policeman in civil and indeed was an Idiot to kill an innocent man.

    But it was watched by hundreds of Sinhalese who just kept mum and enjoyed watching the death of yet another Tamil. Of course once it goes on TV, you have to either say the video is “fake” or “condemn”it. If the video was shot in the north of the country they could obviously call it fake like they tried to do for the Tamil killing video, but when it happens in the heart of Colombo, obviously even the racist of the racists like the Jimmy Pappas will be forced to condemn it.

  76. Humann !!

    The OIC of the Bamba Police station was replaced and 7 other officers were suspended and inquiries are held against them. You still think that it is biased ??

    Stop Crime !

    600 political prisoners – I guess you are mentioning the LTTE guys in custody… How come they be political prisoners ? They are Terrorists !! You don't say that if Bin Landen is taken in to custody tomorrow by USA that he is a Political Prisoner ?? – IDIOT !!

  77. Humann !!

    The OIC of the Bamba Police station was replaced and 7 other officers were suspended and inquiries are held against them. You still think that it is biased ??

    Stop Crime !

    600 political prisoners – I guess you are mentioning the LTTE guys in custody… How come they be political prisoners ? They are Terrorists !! You don’t say that if Bin Landen is taken in to custody tomorrow by USA that he is a Political Prisoner ?? – IDIOT !!

  78. Sin Hell !!

    Even as we waste time here, history is being created. It also has been changed in many occasions by many people and organizations. This is exactly what you are trying to do – at least you are mislead by the people who want to do so.

    Sri Lanka is one of the very few countries that has a history that's been written throughout many thousand years – 2500 +… Hence, it is hard to kind of change it. If it was another country where the literacy rates were "0" Zero, it would have been easier. It is high time you understand this reality and the same reason being a fact for you to make it impossible to change this history.

    So I kindly urge you to get out of the Sinful Hell you are in and see the bright light !!

    Take care brother !!

  79. Sin Hell !!

    Even as we waste time here, history is being created. It also has been changed in many occasions by many people and organizations. This is exactly what you are trying to do – at least you are mislead by the people who want to do so.

    Sri Lanka is one of the very few countries that has a history that’s been written throughout many thousand years – 2500 +… Hence, it is hard to kind of change it. If it was another country where the literacy rates were “0″ Zero, it would have been easier. It is high time you understand this reality and the same reason being a fact for you to make it impossible to change this history.

    So I kindly urge you to get out of the Sinful Hell you are in and see the bright light !!

    Take care brother !!