Sri Lanka: Time for action by the UN

The UN Human Rights Council started its twelfth regular session in Geneva today.  I’m hoping that this time, unlike last May, we’ll see the Council take some effective action to protect the human rights of the displaced civilians in Sri Lanka.

In her statement today to the Council, Navanethem Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, had the following to say of the displaced civilians in Sri Lanka:

“In Sri Lanka, internally displaced presons are effectively detained under conditions of internment.  Humanitarian agencies’ access to these camps remains restricted, and the mandates of relief agencies are increasingly coming under threat.”

In response to the High Commissioner’s statement, Mahinda Samarasinghe, the Sri Lankan Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights, told the Council that the internally displaced civilians would be allowed to leave the camps once they were screened to ensure that they weren’t members of the opposition Tamil Tigers.  The Minister gave no timeframe for when this screening might be completed.  So far, 6,490 people are reported to have been released from the camps, out of a total population of about 265,000.

Unfortunately for the Sri Lankan government, arbitrary detention of the displaced civilians isn’t allowed under international law – specifically, the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.  The Principles do say that if in “exceptional circumstances” it is “absolutely necessary” to confine internally displaced civilians in a camp, such confinement can’t “last longer than required by the circumstances” (see Principle 12(2)).  The Sri Lankan government claims that members of the Tigers may be hidden among the civilians and that if these members of the Tigers were released, they could resume attacks.  If the Sri Lankan government’s logic were correct, the government would be equally justified in rounding up the entire Tamil population throughout the country, and detaining them all until they could prove they weren’t members of the Tigers.  The internally displaced civilians shouldn’t have to prove their innocence to win the freedom of movement they’re entitled to.

I hope the UN Human Rights Council takes up again the situation in Sri Lanka and gets the Sri Lankan government to release the internally displaced civilians from the camps as soon as possible.

It was also reported today that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was sending the UN’s political chief, B. Lynn Pascoe, to Sri Lanka tomorrow for talks with the Sri Lankan government, including on the issue of getting the internally displaced civilians released from the camps.  Even if the UN Human Rights Council doesn’t act, I hope the Secretary-General is able to get the displaced civilians released soon.

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524 thoughts on “Sri Lanka: Time for action by the UN

  1. Why do organizations such as AI and HRW have to become like opposition parties that see only wrong in anything Sri Lanka do. Its funny to see note that the article says that the reported IDP returnees are 6,490 when the document in the given link (USAID report) says "During the month of August, the GoSL returned 7,865 IDPs to areas of origin", this is apart from the earlier releases.

    According to the statement made in the the UNHR council over 14,500 people have been released. Who do you try to fool?

    Have you ever done anything that would help reconciliation other than fuelling hatred?

  2. Why do organizations such as AI and HRW have to become like opposition parties that see only wrong in anything Sri Lanka do. Its funny to see note that the article says that the reported IDP returnees are 6,490 when the document in the given link (USAID report) says “During the month of August, the GoSL returned 7,865 IDPs to areas of origin”, this is apart from the earlier releases.

    According to the statement made in the the UNHR council over 14,500 people have been released. Who do you try to fool?

    Have you ever done anything that would help reconciliation other than fuelling hatred?

  3. In response to Bharatha's comment, I would note that the USAID report also says the following about the 7,865 IDPs: "The figure includes IDPs affected by the recent conflict as well as long-term IDPs displaced in earlier population movements." The reference to the 6,490 IDPs being released is just with respect to those who are being confined in the internment camps, not the larger group.

    Bharatha also says that the statement made in the UN Human Rights Council says that over 14,500 have been released. I presume the reference is with respect to the statement by the Sri Lankan government in the Council yesterday. That statement actually says that "over 14,500 persons have been cleared to live with relatives." It gives different numbers for people who have been "resettled" or "are to be returned to their places of origin" in the near future. I didn't see any mention in the statement of the number of displaced civilians who have actually been released from the camps, whether to return to their homes or to be resettled elsewhere, either temporarily or permanently.

    Dealing with the numbers can be confusing. As I've said elsewhere, I'd recommend the recent AI statement "Counting the Human Cost of Sri Lanka's Conflict" to help understand the different numbers being discussed. See http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGNAU2

  4. In response to Bharatha's comment, I would note that the USAID report also says the following about the 7,865 IDPs: "The figure includes IDPs affected by the recent conflict as well as long-term IDPs displaced in earlier population movements." The reference to the 6,490 IDPs being released is just with respect to those who are being confined in the internment camps, not the larger group.

    Bharatha also says that the statement made in the UN Human Rights Council says that over 14,500 have been released. I presume the reference is with respect to the statement by the Sri Lankan government in the Council yesterday. That statement actually says that "over 14,500 persons have been cleared to live with relatives." It gives different numbers for people who have been "resettled" or "are to be returned to their places of origin" in the near future. I didn't see any mention in the statement of the number of displaced civilians who have actually been released from the camps, whether to return to their homes or to be resettled elsewhere, either temporarily or permanently.

    Dealing with the numbers can be confusing. As I've said elsewhere, I'd recommend the recent AI statement "Counting the Human Cost of Sri Lanka's Conflict" to help understand the different numbers being discussed. See http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGNAU2

  5. In response to Bharatha's comment, I would note that the USAID report also says the following about the 7,865 IDPs: "The figure includes IDPs affected by the recent conflict as well as long-term IDPs displaced in earlier population movements." The reference to the 6,490 IDPs being released is just with respect to those who are being confined in the internment camps, not the larger group.

    Bharatha also says that the statement made in the UN Human Rights Council says that over 14,500 have been released. I presume the reference is with respect to the statement by the Sri Lankan government in the Council yesterday. That statement actually says that "over 14,500 persons have been cleared to live with relatives." It gives different numbers for people who have been "resettled" or "are to be returned to their places of origin" in the near future. I didn't see any mention in the statement of the number of displaced civilians who have actually been released from the camps, whether to return to their homes or to be resettled elsewhere, either temporarily or permanently.

    Dealing with the numbers can be confusing. As I've said elsewhere, I'd recommend the recent AI statement "Counting the Human Cost of Sri Lanka's Conflict" to help understand the different numbers being discussed. See http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGNAU2

  6. Will AI indemnify Sri Lanka if, IDPs are sent back to their original homes in mine-uncleared areas? Perhaps AI could create a chart listing compensation for loss of life and limb due to mine injuries. How about $500 for a leg? Or is that too expensive?

    What is AI doing about returning Sri Lankans previously 'ethnically cleansed' out of their homes by the LTTE, who are still languishing in miserable IDP camps? Remember them?

    Or is AI still going through the grieving process at the total annihilation of its favourite terror group, the LTTE?

    One pedantic point: GOSL will argue this isn't 'arbitrary' detention, but necessary to weed out the remaining hard-core LTTE cadres, who are amongst the refugees. There may be other hard-core cadres in the rest of the country, but major combat occured in the North East, so obviously, they'll be in amongst this group of IDPs. So AI's logic is faulty. No real suprise there.

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  8. I'm sorry to be pedantic, but you state that AI is completely "independent from government, corporate or national interests." Could you please confirm how much funding AI receives from the EU and UK government?

    I sincerely hope that AI is NOT receiving funding from either of these two governmental entities and is instead relying on personal and other non-governmental sources for its continued operations in support of terrorists across the world.

  9. In response to Bharatha’s comment, I would note that the USAID report also says the following about the 7,865 IDPs: “The figure includes IDPs affected by the recent conflict as well as long-term IDPs displaced in earlier population movements.” The reference to the 6,490 IDPs being released is just with respect to those who are being confined in the internment camps, not the larger group.

    Bharatha also says that the statement made in the UN Human Rights Council says that over 14,500 have been released. I presume the reference is with respect to the statement by the Sri Lankan government in the Council yesterday. That statement actually says that “over 14,500 persons have been cleared to live with relatives.” It gives different numbers for people who have been “resettled” or “are to be returned to their places of origin” in the near future. I didn’t see any mention in the statement of the number of displaced civilians who have actually been released from the camps, whether to return to their homes or to be resettled elsewhere, either temporarily or permanently.

    Dealing with the numbers can be confusing. As I’ve said elsewhere, I’d recommend the recent AI statement “Counting the Human Cost of Sri Lanka’s Conflict” to help understand the different numbers being discussed. See http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGNAU2009091113077&lang=e

  10. Will AI indemnify Sri Lanka if, IDPs are sent back to their original homes in mine-uncleared areas? Perhaps AI could create a chart listing compensation for loss of life and limb due to mine injuries. How about $500 for a leg? Or is that too expensive?

    What is AI doing about returning Sri Lankans previously ‘ethnically cleansed’ out of their homes by the LTTE, who are still languishing in miserable IDP camps? Remember them?

    Or is AI still going through the grieving process at the total annihilation of its favourite terror group, the LTTE?

    One pedantic point: GOSL will argue this isn’t ‘arbitrary’ detention, but necessary to weed out the remaining hard-core LTTE cadres, who are amongst the refugees. There may be other hard-core cadres in the rest of the country, but major combat occured in the North East, so obviously, they’ll be in amongst this group of IDPs. So AI’s logic is faulty. No real suprise there.

  11. I’m sorry to be pedantic, but you state that AI is completely “independent from government, corporate or national interests.” Could you please confirm how much funding AI receives from the EU and UK government?

    I sincerely hope that AI is NOT receiving funding from either of these two governmental entities and is instead relying on personal and other non-governmental sources for its continued operations in support of terrorists across the world.

  12. In response to Mango's comments, I would say:
    1. AI is not asking that displaced civilians be returned to unsafe areas; if there's any evidence to the contrary, please disclose it. We are asking that civilians not be confined against their will in the camps. Please see the following AI public statement for a full explanation of these issues: http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGNAU2….

    2. AI has written about the Muslims displaced by the LTTE in 1990 from the north; see our 2006 report "Waiting to go home" (at http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGASA3…. That report gives our position on those and other internally displaced civilians whose displacement occurred more than a year ago.

    3. AI has over the years repeatedly condemned the human rights abuses committed by the LTTE. As one example, please see http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGUSA2….

    4. The government is detaining civilians, including entire families, on the basis of their being Tamil and coming from areas formerly controlled by the LTTE. The government has no further evidence that they were LTTE members or have broken any laws, but continues to detain them indefinitely. That constitutes discrimination and arbitrary detention, both prohibited by the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. The burden is on the government to justify detaining anyone; a person doesn't have to prove his/her innocence to have freedom of movement.

    5. As to whether AI receives any funds from the UK government or the EU, I'm checking on that and will report back once I find out.

  13. In response to Mango's comments, I would say:
    1. AI is not asking that displaced civilians be returned to unsafe areas; if there's any evidence to the contrary, please disclose it. We are asking that civilians not be confined against their will in the camps. Please see the following AI public statement for a full explanation of these issues: http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGNAU2….

    2. AI has written about the Muslims displaced by the LTTE in 1990 from the north; see our 2006 report "Waiting to go home" (at http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGASA3…. That report gives our position on those and other internally displaced civilians whose displacement occurred more than a year ago.

    3. AI has over the years repeatedly condemned the human rights abuses committed by the LTTE. As one example, please see http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGUSA2….

    4. The government is detaining civilians, including entire families, on the basis of their being Tamil and coming from areas formerly controlled by the LTTE. The government has no further evidence that they were LTTE members or have broken any laws, but continues to detain them indefinitely. That constitutes discrimination and arbitrary detention, both prohibited by the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. The burden is on the government to justify detaining anyone; a person doesn't have to prove his/her innocence to have freedom of movement.

    5. As to whether AI receives any funds from the UK government or the EU, I'm checking on that and will report back once I find out.

  14. In response to Mango's comments, I would say:
    1. AI is not asking that displaced civilians be returned to unsafe areas; if there's any evidence to the contrary, please disclose it. We are asking that civilians not be confined against their will in the camps. Please see the following AI public statement for a full explanation of these issues: http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGNAU2….

    2. AI has written about the Muslims displaced by the LTTE in 1990 from the north; see our 2006 report "Waiting to go home" (at http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGASA3…. That report gives our position on those and other internally displaced civilians whose displacement occurred more than a year ago.

    3. AI has over the years repeatedly condemned the human rights abuses committed by the LTTE. As one example, please see http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGUSA2….

    4. The government is detaining civilians, including entire families, on the basis of their being Tamil and coming from areas formerly controlled by the LTTE. The government has no further evidence that they were LTTE members or have broken any laws, but continues to detain them indefinitely. That constitutes discrimination and arbitrary detention, both prohibited by the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. The burden is on the government to justify detaining anyone; a person doesn't have to prove his/her innocence to have freedom of movement.

    5. As to whether AI receives any funds from the UK government or the EU, I'm checking on that and will report back once I find out.

  15. Jim,

    The arrogance of unelected people such as yourself to demand things from the democratically elected SL govt never fails to surprise me. AI and its lackeys were soundly slapped down at the last UNHCR meeting, but it seems you just don't get the message. Ms Pillay's proven partiality towards the LTTE is simply ignored in your commentary.

    The most effective means of protecting the human rights (and lives) of all Sri Lankans was to annihilate the LTTE in battle. I'd be pleased if you would direct me to an AI statement congratulating the SL govt on having taken this vital step rather than having continued on an endless series of peace talks and of course endless war. Or would you (and AI) rather have had yet more pointless peace talks with the LTTE?

    Finally, were you in favour of the creation of an ethnically pure Tamil enclave within Sri Lanka (as wished for by the LTTE) or for the maintenance of a unitary, mult-ethnic state?

    Don't be shy. Tell us. Time for action by AI.

  16. In response to Mango's comment of 7:16 P.M. on Sept. 15, AI has not taken and does not take a position on whether there should be an independent state for the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka, or on what form of government Sri Lanka should have. AI works to oppose human rights abuses, whether by governments like Sri Lanka's or by armed opposition groups like the LTTE.

    With respect to Mango's comment about annihilating the LTTE in battle, I note that the Sri Lankan Attorney-General's statement today to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva contained the following: "It is respectfully highlighted that with the dismantling of the LTTE in May 2009, there is not even a semblance of a conflict in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has restored normalcy in all parts of the country…" And even so, roughly 264,000 people are being held indefinitely in camps because they're Tamils from the former war zone, and 14 journalists and other media workers have been killed since 2006 with no one held accountable for their murders. I'm glad we don't hear of civilians being caught in bombings by the LTTE or other attacks. But AI will keep campaigning against human rights abuses while they go on.

  17. Jim,

    Thanks for taking time to reply to my earlier comment. Yes true the USAID report states that the nuber of IDPs released include the earlier displaced people as well. But according to the same report, the total numer of 263,526 (not 265,000 as you have mentioned) includes all IDPs in camps in Jaffna, Mannar, Trincomalee, and Vavuniya districts, which obviously include the long-term IDPs displaced in earlier population movements.

    Therefore your statement of 'So far, 6,490 people are reported to have been released from the camps, out of a total population of about 265,000' suggests that this report tries to undermine any effort taken by the GOSL resettle while trying to beef up on the actual IDP figures, Since the figures that you have quoted are not from the given USAID report, please remove the link as it violates ethics of journalism.

    Pointing out to another AI report for the figures reminds me of an old Sri Lankan saying – 'like asking for tips from thief's mother'.

    As Mango pointed out reports like this helps nothing but only fuelling more hatred between the 2 communities.

    No one was backing SL when Sri Lankans were suffering at the hands of LTTE terror. Therefore while criticizing any mistakes done we should also congratulate the GOSL on the act of eliminating terrorism. By the signs already shown on economic recovery, it clearly shows how much helps towards better living standards of all Sri Lankans, which in turn will help improving human rights. But AI has terribly failed in that.

  18. In response to Mango’s comments, I would say:
    1. AI is not asking that displaced civilians be returned to unsafe areas; if there’s any evidence to the contrary, please disclose it. We are asking that civilians not be confined against their will in the camps. Please see the following AI public statement for a full explanation of these issues: http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGNAU2009091113076&lang=e.

    2. AI has written about the Muslims displaced by the LTTE in 1990 from the north; see our 2006 report “Waiting to go home” (at http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGASA370042006&lang=e). That report gives our position on those and other internally displaced civilians whose displacement occurred more than a year ago.

    3. AI has over the years repeatedly condemned the human rights abuses committed by the LTTE. As one example, please see http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGUSA20080606003&lang=e.

    4. The government is detaining civilians, including entire families, on the basis of their being Tamil and coming from areas formerly controlled by the LTTE. The government has no further evidence that they were LTTE members or have broken any laws, but continues to detain them indefinitely. That constitutes discrimination and arbitrary detention, both prohibited by the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. The burden is on the government to justify detaining anyone; a person doesn’t have to prove his/her innocence to have freedom of movement.

    5. As to whether AI receives any funds from the UK government or the EU, I’m checking on that and will report back once I find out.

  19. Jim,

    The arrogance of unelected people such as yourself to demand things from the democratically elected SL govt never fails to surprise me. AI and its lackeys were soundly slapped down at the last UNHCR meeting, but it seems you just don’t get the message. Ms Pillay’s proven partiality towards the LTTE is simply ignored in your commentary.

    The most effective means of protecting the human rights (and lives) of all Sri Lankans was to annihilate the LTTE in battle. I’d be pleased if you would direct me to an AI statement congratulating the SL govt on having taken this vital step rather than having continued on an endless series of peace talks and of course endless war. Or would you (and AI) rather have had yet more pointless peace talks with the LTTE?

    Finally, were you in favour of the creation of an ethnically pure Tamil enclave within Sri Lanka (as wished for by the LTTE) or for the maintenance of a unitary, mult-ethnic state?

    Don’t be shy. Tell us. Time for action by AI.

  20. In response to Mango’s comment of 7:16 P.M. on Sept. 15, AI has not taken and does not take a position on whether there should be an independent state for the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka, or on what form of government Sri Lanka should have. AI works to oppose human rights abuses, whether by governments like Sri Lanka’s or by armed opposition groups like the LTTE.

    With respect to Mango’s comment about annihilating the LTTE in battle, I note that the Sri Lankan Attorney-General’s statement today to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva contained the following: “It is respectfully highlighted that with the dismantling of the LTTE in May 2009, there is not even a semblance of a conflict in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has restored normalcy in all parts of the country…” And even so, roughly 264,000 people are being held indefinitely in camps because they’re Tamils from the former war zone, and 14 journalists and other media workers have been killed since 2006 with no one held accountable for their murders. I’m glad we don’t hear of civilians being caught in bombings by the LTTE or other attacks. But AI will keep campaigning against human rights abuses while they go on.

  21. Jim,

    Thanks for taking time to reply to my earlier comment. Yes true the USAID report states that the nuber of IDPs released include the earlier displaced people as well. But according to the same report, the total numer of 263,526 (not 265,000 as you have mentioned) includes all IDPs in camps in Jaffna, Mannar, Trincomalee, and Vavuniya districts, which obviously include the long-term IDPs displaced in earlier population movements.

    Therefore your statement of ‘So far, 6,490 people are reported to have been released from the camps, out of a total population of about 265,000′ suggests that this report tries to undermine any effort taken by the GOSL resettle while trying to beef up on the actual IDP figures, Since the figures that you have quoted are not from the given USAID report, please remove the link as it violates ethics of journalism.

    Pointing out to another AI report for the figures reminds me of an old Sri Lankan saying – ‘like asking for tips from thief’s mother’.

    As Mango pointed out reports like this helps nothing but only fuelling more hatred between the 2 communities.

    No one was backing SL when Sri Lankans were suffering at the hands of LTTE terror. Therefore while criticizing any mistakes done we should also congratulate the GOSL on the act of eliminating terrorism. By the signs already shown on economic recovery, it clearly shows how much helps towards better living standards of all Sri Lankans, which in turn will help improving human rights. But AI has terribly failed in that.

  22. Dear Jim,
    Thanks for taking the time to reply to my points. I appreciate it.

    I'm still puzzled by this: If AI's position is to reduce HR abuses (an unarguably laudable aim), these HR abuses will be quickly diminished by cessation of hostilities. That could only ever have happened by the total destruction of the LTTE's military & terrorist capacity, by the state engaging in legitimate war.

    Ergo, AI must be delighted that the SL Govt have crushed the LTTE, no?

    AI have given their thoughts and positions on so many different moral quandries including the abortion, alleged anthropogenic global warming, Dignity in Poverty (whatever that means), arms control etc. Yet you're unable to say whether the annihilation of the LTTE is a 'Good' or 'Bad' thing.

    As for the IDPs, I'm surprised that you make such a basic error of fact by stating that approx 300k SL citizens are being held "indefinitely". You must know that this is simply not true. They're being held for a limited time (estimates ranging from 3-6 months) for the reasons mentioned earlier.

    Or would you prefer them to be released back to their original homes before demining is complete?

    In the interests of consistency (after all I presume AI treats Western bloc regimes without favour) what steps have AI taken to abolish indefinite detention in the UK and USA? In the UK, (Mother of Parliaments ©, Home of Democracy ©, The Rule of Law etc ©, All-Round Moral Arbiters ©), suspected criminals (usually Islamic terror suspects) are now being held in indefinite detention. Just like apartheid era South Africa or a banana republic.

    I should also of course mention Guantanamo.. owned by the world's leading pace-setter of human rights adherence, best practice and Moral Example, the USA – notwithstanding Iraq and um… Afghanistan.

    What steps have AI taken to impeach ex-President Bush, ex-PM Blair and the Heads of their respective Armed Services for their complicity in their blatant and undeniable HR abuses?

    Murdered journalists: absolutely agree. This is a real scandal and I trust AI will maintain relentless pressure on SL govt for action in pursuing the murderers. In the interests of consistency, have AI pursued the USAF and US Army to find and punish those responsible murdering Al-Jazeera journalists in Kabul and Baghdad. In professional armies, everything is written down. Attack orders, target selection & clearance etc. It shouldn't be too difficult to get this info from your DoD. Pres Bush even admitted it, so AI doesn't have to go very far to find the culprit.

    Or are Western bloc countries exempt from the consequences of HR abuses?

  23. In response to Bharatha's comment of Sept. 15, 8:37 P.M., I would note:
    1. The USAID report does use the number of 263,526 (sourced to OCHA for September 2009) as the number of "IDPs in camps in Jaffna, Mannar, Trincomalee and Vavuniya districts." It's unclear from the USAID report whether this figure is intended to include the thousands of IDPs who were displaced before this year. The Sri Lankan government said on Monday at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that nearly 290,000 "were rescued" from the LTTE, so it seems unlikely that the 263,526 include the earlier IDPs as well. If I find further information that gives the breakdown of the different groups of IDPs, I'll share it. If others have that information, I'd appreciate hearing it.
    2. As I've said elsewhere, AI has publicly condemned human rights abuses by the LTTE repeatedly. A review of our public documents on Sri Lanka would demonstrate that. We campaign for justice for all the victims of abuses, whether by the security forces or by the LTTE. I feel great sympathy for all those in Sri Lanka who have lost loved ones due to human rights abuses by either side. We will continue to campaign in order to help obtain justice for the victims and to try to ensure that future abuses don't happen.

  24. In response to Mango's comment of Sept. 15, 5:43 A.M., I would say:
    1. The Sri Lankan government is indeed holding the IDPs "indefinitely." It had told the Indian government in late May that 80% would be released in 180 days. This percentage was later revised to 60%. Later reports also said the "180 days" meant by the end of 2009, though 180 days from late May actually ends in late November. A Sri Lankan minister recently said publicly that a majority would be released by the end of next January. In President Rajapaksa's recent interview in Le Figaro, he declined to specify a date by which the IDPs would be released, though at one point in the interview it appears that he's saying it could take another 6 months or a year, which would mean September 2010 (it's unclear whether he's referring to the release of the IDPs or the ending of the state of emergency at that point in the interview). Other statements by other government officials have only stressed the need for screening of the IDPs before they can be released; there's no timeframe given in most statements that I've seen.
    2. As I've said earlier, releasing the IDPs from the camps is not the same as sending them to mined areas. I know of no one advocating that anyone should be sent to areas which haven't been demined. But the IDPs should be free to live elsewhere in the country outside the camps.
    3. Those interested in AI's statements and documents about human rights violations by other governments, such as the U.S. and the U.K., can find them on the AIUSA website.

  25. Dear Jim,
    Thanks for taking the time to reply to my points. I appreciate it.

    I’m still puzzled by this: If AI’s position is to reduce HR abuses (an unarguably laudable aim), these HR abuses will be quickly diminished by cessation of hostilities. That could only ever have happened by the total destruction of the LTTE’s military & terrorist capacity, by the state engaging in legitimate war.

    Ergo, AI must be delighted that the SL Govt have crushed the LTTE, no?

    AI have given their thoughts and positions on so many different moral quandries including the abortion, alleged anthropogenic global warming, Dignity in Poverty (whatever that means), arms control etc. Yet you’re unable to say whether the annihilation of the LTTE is a ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’ thing.

    As for the IDPs, I’m surprised that you make such a basic error of fact by stating that approx 300k SL citizens are being held “indefinitely”. You must know that this is simply not true. They’re being held for a limited time (estimates ranging from 3-6 months) for the reasons mentioned earlier.

    Or would you prefer them to be released back to their original homes before demining is complete?

    In the interests of consistency (after all I presume AI treats Western bloc regimes without favour) what steps have AI taken to abolish indefinite detention in the UK and USA? In the UK, (Mother of Parliaments ©, Home of Democracy ©, The Rule of Law etc ©, All-Round Moral Arbiters ©), suspected criminals (usually Islamic terror suspects) are now being held in indefinite detention. Just like apartheid era South Africa or a banana republic.

    I should also of course mention Guantanamo.. owned by the world’s leading pace-setter of human rights adherence, best practice and Moral Example, the USA – notwithstanding Iraq and um… Afghanistan.

    What steps have AI taken to impeach ex-President Bush, ex-PM Blair and the Heads of their respective Armed Services for their complicity in their blatant and undeniable HR abuses?

    Murdered journalists: absolutely agree. This is a real scandal and I trust AI will maintain relentless pressure on SL govt for action in pursuing the murderers. In the interests of consistency, have AI pursued the USAF and US Army to find and punish those responsible murdering Al-Jazeera journalists in Kabul and Baghdad. In professional armies, everything is written down. Attack orders, target selection & clearance etc. It shouldn’t be too difficult to get this info from your DoD. Pres Bush even admitted it, so AI doesn’t have to go very far to find the culprit.

    Or are Western bloc countries exempt from the consequences of HR abuses?

  26. In response to Bharatha’s comment of Sept. 15, 8:37 P.M., I would note:
    1. The USAID report does use the number of 263,526 (sourced to OCHA for September 2009) as the number of “IDPs in camps in Jaffna, Mannar, Trincomalee and Vavuniya districts.” It’s unclear from the USAID report whether this figure is intended to include the thousands of IDPs who were displaced before this year. The Sri Lankan government said on Monday at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that nearly 290,000 “were rescued” from the LTTE, so it seems unlikely that the 263,526 include the earlier IDPs as well. If I find further information that gives the breakdown of the different groups of IDPs, I’ll share it. If others have that information, I’d appreciate hearing it.
    2. As I’ve said elsewhere, AI has publicly condemned human rights abuses by the LTTE repeatedly. A review of our public documents on Sri Lanka would demonstrate that. We campaign for justice for all the victims of abuses, whether by the security forces or by the LTTE. I feel great sympathy for all those in Sri Lanka who have lost loved ones due to human rights abuses by either side. We will continue to campaign in order to help obtain justice for the victims and to try to ensure that future abuses don’t happen.

  27. In response to Mango’s comment of Sept. 15, 5:43 A.M., I would say:
    1. The Sri Lankan government is indeed holding the IDPs “indefinitely.” It had told the Indian government in late May that 80% would be released in 180 days. This percentage was later revised to 60%. Later reports also said the “180 days” meant by the end of 2009, though 180 days from late May actually ends in late November. A Sri Lankan minister recently said publicly that a majority would be released by the end of next January. In President Rajapaksa’s recent interview in Le Figaro, he declined to specify a date by which the IDPs would be released, though at one point in the interview it appears that he’s saying it could take another 6 months or a year, which would mean September 2010 (it’s unclear whether he’s referring to the release of the IDPs or the ending of the state of emergency at that point in the interview). Other statements by other government officials have only stressed the need for screening of the IDPs before they can be released; there’s no timeframe given in most statements that I’ve seen.
    2. As I’ve said earlier, releasing the IDPs from the camps is not the same as sending them to mined areas. I know of no one advocating that anyone should be sent to areas which haven’t been demined. But the IDPs should be free to live elsewhere in the country outside the camps.
    3. Those interested in AI’s statements and documents about human rights violations by other governments, such as the U.S. and the U.K., can find them on the AIUSA website.

  28. Jim,

    Again thanks for the reply. The time frame for releasing the IDPs from the final war against the LTTE was a movable feast (2 months to six months or more), but NOT indefinite detention. So I hope you'll amend your copy to reflect that.

    India and other close neighbours rather than AI will be able to influence the SL govt. AI had better get used to the fact that its' voice, power and influence has been fatally and possibly permanently undermined in SL. Recent attacks on SL, especially during the recent failed attempt to censure SL at the UN, literally days after victory, will not be forgotten or forgiven. If AI had engaged less in the fishwife style hectoring and more in quiet diplomacy and worked with the govt, it might have achieved more for the IDPs.

    The govt is still operating under a heavy security environment, just three months after the end of a 30-year war. Some IDPs may have relatives in other parts of SL, but many do not. The majority want to return to their homes, in villages and town heavily damaged during the fighting. So, should these people be dispersed throughout the island to stay in hostels and shacks if they don't have friends and relatives with spare rooms?

    If you have time, I'd be grateful for any answers to my original questions about sources of AI funding and also whether you and AI are pleased that the LTTE have been destroyed.

  29. In response to Mango's comment of Sept. 15, 5:27 P.M., I have three points:
    1. For someone's detention to be "definite," there would be a known date by which the government would be obligated to release them. The Sri Lankan government has not, to my knowledge, publicly disclosed any such date; rather, the statements made by the government emphasize a precondition set by the government (not set, I would note, pursuant to any law) which is dependent on the government's own action to be fulfilled. The IDPs detention is indefinite and arbitrary.
    2. Asking for the civilians to be released from the camps is not saying that they must be removed from the camps. If any civilians have no other safe place to stay until their home villages, of course they should be allowed to remain in the camps, but would have the freedom to come and go from them.
    3. As I said earlier, I'm checking on the question about UK/EU funding; when I know the answer, I'll report back.

  30. Jim,

    You'll be able to find a good breakdown of all IDPs held and return in this report given by the Office of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sri Lanka. http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/retrieveattac

    According to that, the figue the Sri Lankan Minister disclosed in the UNHRC is right it is 14,556 not 6,490. As a Sri Lankan its my wish too that the other people get released soon, but groups like AI should understand that there needs to be measures in place that make sure the areas ther will be released is free of mines as well as all possible Tigers are screened out. This is extremely important bcoz of the large amount of weapons hidden by the LTTE, which are being discovered everyday. After 30 years of bloodshed, we don't need a resumption of another war, atleast at guerilla level.

    And also you should understand trying to pressurize the GOSL economically too much means a weaker economy and less ability to develop the lesser developped areas such as North and East, where majority Tamils are.

    And also I hate this generalization done by you of 'Sinhalese' govenment and 'Tamils' in camps. Not everyone of the government is Sinhala, infact the likely prime minister candidate (forign minister at that time) was a Tamil and was killed by the LTTE. And also not all Tamils are in the camps. Majority of Tamils are in Colombo and other areas where they don't have any problem.

  31. Jim,

    You'll be able to find a good breakdown of all IDPs held and return in this report given by the Office of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sri Lanka. http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/retrieveattac

    According to that, the figue the Sri Lankan Minister disclosed in the UNHRC is right it is 14,556 not 6,490. As a Sri Lankan its my wish too that the other people get released soon, but groups like AI should understand that there needs to be measures in place that make sure the areas ther will be released is free of mines as well as all possible Tigers are screened out. This is extremely important bcoz of the large amount of weapons hidden by the LTTE, which are being discovered everyday. After 30 years of bloodshed, we don't need a resumption of another war, atleast at guerilla level.

    And also you should understand trying to pressurize the GOSL economically too much means a weaker economy and less ability to develop the lesser developped areas such as North and East, where majority Tamils are.

    And also I hate this generalization done by you of 'Sinhalese' govenment and 'Tamils' in camps. Not everyone of the government is Sinhala, infact the likely prime minister candidate (forign minister at that time) was a Tamil and was killed by the LTTE. And also not all Tamils are in the camps. Majority of Tamils are in Colombo and other areas where they don't have any problem.

  32. Jim,

    You'll be able to find a good breakdown of all IDPs held and return in this report given by the Office of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sri Lanka. http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/retrieveattac

    According to that, the figue the Sri Lankan Minister disclosed in the UNHRC is right it is 14,556 not 6,490. As a Sri Lankan its my wish too that the other people get released soon, but groups like AI should understand that there needs to be measures in place that make sure the areas ther will be released is free of mines as well as all possible Tigers are screened out. This is extremely important bcoz of the large amount of weapons hidden by the LTTE, which are being discovered everyday. After 30 years of bloodshed, we don't need a resumption of another war, atleast at guerilla level.

    And also you should understand trying to pressurize the GOSL economically too much means a weaker economy and less ability to develop the lesser developped areas such as North and East, where majority Tamils are.

    And also I hate this generalization done by you of 'Sinhalese' govenment and 'Tamils' in camps. Not everyone of the government is Sinhala, infact the likely prime minister candidate (forign minister at that time) was a Tamil and was killed by the LTTE. And also not all Tamils are in the camps. Majority of Tamils are in Colombo and other areas where they don't have any problem.

  33. Jim,

    Again thanks for the reply. The time frame for releasing the IDPs from the final war against the LTTE was a movable feast (2 months to six months or more), but NOT indefinite detention. So I hope you’ll amend your copy to reflect that.

    India and other close neighbours rather than AI will be able to influence the SL govt. AI had better get used to the fact that its’ voice, power and influence has been fatally and possibly permanently undermined in SL. Recent attacks on SL, especially during the recent failed attempt to censure SL at the UN, literally days after victory, will not be forgotten or forgiven. If AI had engaged less in the fishwife style hectoring and more in quiet diplomacy and worked with the govt, it might have achieved more for the IDPs.

    The govt is still operating under a heavy security environment, just three months after the end of a 30-year war. Some IDPs may have relatives in other parts of SL, but many do not. The majority want to return to their homes, in villages and town heavily damaged during the fighting. So, should these people be dispersed throughout the island to stay in hostels and shacks if they don’t have friends and relatives with spare rooms?

    If you have time, I’d be grateful for any answers to my original questions about sources of AI funding and also whether you and AI are pleased that the LTTE have been destroyed.

  34. In response to Mango’s comment of Sept. 15, 5:27 P.M., I have three points:
    1. For someone’s detention to be “definite,” there would be a known date by which the government would be obligated to release them. The Sri Lankan government has not, to my knowledge, publicly disclosed any such date; rather, the statements made by the government emphasize a precondition set by the government (not set, I would note, pursuant to any law) which is dependent on the government’s own action to be fulfilled. The IDPs detention is indefinite and arbitrary.
    2. Asking for the civilians to be released from the camps is not saying that they must be removed from the camps. If any civilians have no other safe place to stay until their home villages, of course they should be allowed to remain in the camps, but would have the freedom to come and go from them.
    3. As I said earlier, I’m checking on the question about UK/EU funding; when I know the answer, I’ll report back.

  35. Jim,

    You’ll be able to find a good breakdown of all IDPs held and return in this report given by the Office of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sri Lanka.
    http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/retrieveattachments?openagent&shortid=JBRN-7VXHPP&file=Full_Report.pdf

    According to that, the figue the Sri Lankan Minister disclosed in the UNHRC is right it is 14,556 not 6,490. As a Sri Lankan its my wish too that the other people get released soon, but groups like AI should understand that there needs to be measures in place that make sure the areas ther will be released is free of mines as well as all possible Tigers are screened out. This is extremely important bcoz of the large amount of weapons hidden by the LTTE, which are being discovered everyday. After 30 years of bloodshed, we don’t need a resumption of another war, atleast at guerilla level.

    And also you should understand trying to pressurize the GOSL economically too much means a weaker economy and less ability to develop the lesser developped areas such as North and East, where majority Tamils are.

    And also I hate this generalization done by you of ‘Sinhalese’ govenment and ‘Tamils’ in camps. Not everyone of the government is Sinhala, infact the likely prime minister candidate (forign minister at that time) was a Tamil and was killed by the LTTE. And also not all Tamils are in the camps. Majority of Tamils are in Colombo and other areas where they don’t have any problem.

  36. Hi Jim,

    Since we're arguing about the definition of 'indefinite detention' in the Sri Lankan context, I'd argue that we're only improving on from 'indefinite detention best practice' already achieved so brilliantly and effectively by the Human Rights Gold Standards, the USA and UK. These countries have shown the world how to implement indefinite detention (Guantanamo & UK terror suspects at Belmarsh), whilst the SL govt has committed itself to allowing the IDPs to return to their original homes as soon as practicable.

    In the SL case, this is 'definite' detention as there are targets to achieve for the release of the IDP population. You appear not to recognise the higher duty the SL govt has to the entire population, to ensure that LTTE's terror infrastructure is completely destroyed beyond resurrection. That can only be done by screening etc.

    So the IDPs are not being 'arbitarily' detained, but rather, as a consequence of having arrived from an area of major combat. Whilst the overwhelming majority are undoubtedly innocent of sedition and insurrection against the legitimate govt of SL, a significant minority were involved in violence against the state.

    Digressing slightly, it appears that Australian Indefinite Detention law and practice is even 'better' than the US or UK. Some poor bloke was detained without trial for over seven years. It seems that SL has quite a way to go before we catch up with best-practice Western bloc indefinite detention.

  37. In response to Mango's comment of Sept. 17, 6:10 A.M., I have nothing further to add to what I've already said on the issue of indefinite and arbitrary detention. If there are new arguments or information or points to be addressed, I would be happy to respond.

    In response to Bharatha's comment of Sept. 16, 6:56 P.M., I would have the following points:
    1. I appreciate the link to the OCHA report; I'd seen that report last night as well. It appears from the report that it's just dealing with those IDPs displaced after April 2009 when counting the number of IDPs. Is it clear that that's the same population being referred to in the report's statistics on returning IDPs? In any event, the main point shouldn't be lost: the vast majority of the IDPs are still being held in the camps.
    2. I didn't understand the reference in Bharatha's comment to "trying to pressurize the GOSL economically" as there was nothing in my blog post about trying to exert economic pressure on the Sri Lankan government.
    3. With respect to generalizations, my blog post had no reference to a "Sinhalese government" so I don't know what the comment is referring to there. I did refer to "Tamils" in the camps. My understanding is that the IDPs who were displaced in the last stages of the fighting and are now being held in the internment camps are all Tamils. Is there evidence to the contrary? I am aware that the majority of the Tamil population in Sri Lanka is outside the camps. I wasn't trying to address any issues concerning the Tamil population outside the camps in my blog post, and I'm not sure I see the relevance of issues concerning that population to the current discussion.

  38. Hi Jim,

    Since we’re arguing about the definition of ‘indefinite detention’ in the Sri Lankan context, I’d argue that we’re only improving on from ‘indefinite detention best practice’ already achieved so brilliantly and effectively by the Human Rights Gold Standards, the USA and UK. These countries have shown the world how to implement indefinite detention (Guantanamo & UK terror suspects at Belmarsh), whilst the SL govt has committed itself to allowing the IDPs to return to their original homes as soon as practicable.

    In the SL case, this is ‘definite’ detention as there are targets to achieve for the release of the IDP population. You appear not to recognise the higher duty the SL govt has to the entire population, to ensure that LTTE’s terror infrastructure is completely destroyed beyond resurrection. That can only be done by screening etc.

    So the IDPs are not being ‘arbitarily’ detained, but rather, as a consequence of having arrived from an area of major combat. Whilst the overwhelming majority are undoubtedly innocent of sedition and insurrection against the legitimate govt of SL, a significant minority were involved in violence against the state.

    Digressing slightly, it appears that Australian Indefinite Detention law and practice is even ‘better’ than the US or UK. Some poor bloke was detained without trial for over seven years. It seems that SL has quite a way to go before we catch up with best-practice Western bloc indefinite detention.

  39. In response to Mango’s comment of Sept. 17, 6:10 A.M., I have nothing further to add to what I’ve already said on the issue of indefinite and arbitrary detention. If there are new arguments or information or points to be addressed, I would be happy to respond.

    In response to Bharatha’s comment of Sept. 16, 6:56 P.M., I would have the following points:
    1. I appreciate the link to the OCHA report; I’d seen that report last night as well. It appears from the report that it’s just dealing with those IDPs displaced after April 2009 when counting the number of IDPs. Is it clear that that’s the same population being referred to in the report’s statistics on returning IDPs? In any event, the main point shouldn’t be lost: the vast majority of the IDPs are still being held in the camps.
    2. I didn’t understand the reference in Bharatha’s comment to “trying to pressurize the GOSL economically” as there was nothing in my blog post about trying to exert economic pressure on the Sri Lankan government.
    3. With respect to generalizations, my blog post had no reference to a “Sinhalese government” so I don’t know what the comment is referring to there. I did refer to “Tamils” in the camps. My understanding is that the IDPs who were displaced in the last stages of the fighting and are now being held in the internment camps are all Tamils. Is there evidence to the contrary? I am aware that the majority of the Tamil population in Sri Lanka is outside the camps. I wasn’t trying to address any issues concerning the Tamil population outside the camps in my blog post, and I’m not sure I see the relevance of issues concerning that population to the current discussion.

  40. What is going on the concentration camps, the camps which is well maintained to show international community “The bodies of 11 young women were allegedly found with their throats slashed outside the Menic Farm camp near the town of Vavuniya, according to people being held behind the razor wire perimeter. The women’s short haircuts are understood to have made them easily identifiable as former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The bodies are said to have been discovered in the last two weeks, but there is no way of confirming the allegations because access to the camps is heavily restricted.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/21/sri-l
    what will happen in other camps, when the total tamil population over 350,000 in the death zone, the government said only 65,000. GOSL murdered over 50,000 Tamils, maimed over 25,000, rest as hostage in concentration camps.
    I think the GOSL plan to bring the population to its numbers….

    Sri Lankan leaders are acting exactly like this evil father. Tamils in Sri Lanka are abducted, abused, tortured, raped and killed everyday and the world has all the evidences. Over 1 million Tamils already escape from the country, every single Tamils became HOMELESS AT HOME. Only hope for tamils, International community, UN, HRW, AI, …
    Over 61 years of state terrorism in sri lanka
    Tamils languishing in Sri Lankan Death Camps http://my.telegraph.co.uk/richarddixons/blog/2009

  41. Video investigation by Colombo not impartial – Alston
    [TamilNet, Friday, 18 September 2009, 02:17 GMT]
    Noting that two of the four experts cited by the government were full-time government employees, another had previously acted on behalf of the government, "and the basis on which the fourth was identified and selected as an expert remains unclear," Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said Thursday, that studies could not be characterized as impartial. "The only way to do this [authenticate the video] is for an independent and impartial investigation to take place,'' Alston said. The video clip, aired in British Channel-4 TV, allegedly showing Sri Lankan troops executing Tamil prisoners stripped naked and hands tied behind backs, has shocked the world community, and re-ignited calls for investigations of war-crimes against Sri Lanka military. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  42. 'As the shells fell, we tried to save lives with no blood or medicine'Damilvany Gnanakumar witnessed Sri Lanka's bloody conflict from a Tamil hospital – then spent months detained in a camp. She tells Gethin Chamberlain her story http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/15/sri-l

    The young mother was standing by the side of the road, clutching her baby. The baby was dead.

    Damilvany Gnanakumar watched as she tried to make a decision. Around them, thousands of people were picking their way between bodies strewn across the road, desperate to escape the fighting all around them.

    "The mother couldn't bring the dead body and she doesn't want to leave it as well. She was standing … holding the baby. She didn't know what to do … At the end, because of the shell bombing and people rushing – there were thousands and thousands of people, they were rushing in and pushing everyone – she just had to leave the baby at the side of the road, she had to leave the body there and come, she had no choice. And I was thinking in my mind 'What have the people done wrong? Why are they going through this, why is the international government not speaking up for them? I'm still asking."

  43. For more than sixty years, successive Sri Lankan governments backed by racist Sinhala extremists have been oppressing the Tamil minorities. They brutally killed thousands of innocent Tamils, burnt their properties and sent the rest in ships as refugees to the North of the country in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties.
    When Tamils asked for their rights, Sinhala extremists always responded with violence.
    Pearl of the Indian ocean has now become a land of the demons

    Rape of Tamil Women: Sri Lankan Army's Weapon of War http://www.nowpublic.com/world/rape-tamil-women-s

  44. Tamil Camps http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/16/opinion/16iht-e

    Winners are never tried for war crimes, says Colombo’s foreign secretary
    [TamilNet, Friday, 21 August 2009, 07:33 GMT]
    “If you look at the history of war crimes there isn’t one instance where a winner of a war has been tried before a Tribunal. They have always been set up for losers. And if you were to take winners then the start would have to be taken elsewhere. Sri Lanka did not drop atom bombs or destroy entire cities during the war,” said, Sri Lanka’s foreign secretary and newly appointed permanent representative to the UN, Palitha Kohona in an interview to Daily Mirror, Thursday, outlining the diplomatic prospects of Colombo in engaging the officialdom of the world, in negating political solutions to the Tamil national question. “There is this thinking that all our problems can be solved by applying a political solution. I fail to see the logic behind this,” he said. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

  45. Praising the Sri Lankan regime for slaughtering thousands of innocents and letting the Tamils to languish in the concentration camps is another example that we have become real hypocrites and jokers who have bigger mouths, smaller brains and corrupt souls. Playing cricket with a country that is flowing with the blood of the innocent men, women and children, shows that we no longer have any moral principles to guide our lives. We are now even quite comfortable to sit and have tea with a Hannibal while his hands are still stained with the blood and his room is filled with the stink of rotting human flesh.

    No welfare for Sri Lanka’s Tamils http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/06/20

  46. Starvation, rape, killings, torture in Sri Lanka camps, Murphy tells Australia parliament
    [TamilNet, Monday, 14 September 2009, 12:04 GMT]
    Noting that "hundreds of thousands of innocent Tamils displaced by the military offensive are living in camps in appalling conditions. Moreover, foreign media channels have reported horrifying evidence of the worst violations of human rights, including starvation, rape, killings and torture. International agencies are calling for full access to these camps in order to provide life-saving treatment and medical supplies and to allow free and independent media access," parliamentarian, John Murphy, appealed at the House of Representatives Thursday, "to all governments of the world who have respect for human rights, the rule of law and free speech to join together and call on the government of Sri Lanka to right the wrongs forthwith." http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Children in camps malnourished http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articlei

  47. Bharatha Says: "Propaganda",Who is doing propaganda, ltte is dead & gone, why GOSL doing ethnic clensing, over 61 years
    Washington Lobbyists Cash In On War in Sri Lanka http://harpers.org/archive/2009/04/hbc-90004852
    Another sri lankan paid trip
    Boyle: Shuler’s strange Sri Lanka trip and $2.50 gas http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/articl

    This war was orchestrated and staged with lies and deceptions from the beginning till the end.
    Sri Lankan leaders are still vomiting out worms of lies
    Rulers of Sri Lanka are continuing to vomit out worms of lies to justify their atrocities against innocent lives. They started with “War on Terror” but changed the buzz word to “Humanitarian Operation” in order to deceive the international community. “War on Terror” was an accepted norm during the Bush era but lost it’s validity now. Therefore they had changed the name of the game to “Humanitarian operation”
    Why do they lie?
    Because they have many hidden agendas behind this dirty war. They want to hide the atrocities that are being committed against innocent civilians. They themselves know, what they are doing is wrong and not acceptable in a civilised world.
    Above everything they want to protect India who are orchestrating the war in Sri Lanka. Indian intelligent agents and military experts are working closely with the Sri Lankan forces in the war zone.
    How do they manage to lie?
    They simply hide the truth. When the truth is hidden what comes out is lie.
    Foreign journalists and aid workers are barred from the war zone and IDP camps. Those who try to enter and report about the war, are kicked out of the country if they are critical of the government.
    Local journalists are intimidated, tortured and sometime killed. Telling the truth is considered a crime in Sri Lanka.
    Phone lines are tapped. Web sites are blocked. Anybody who talk against the government is considered as Terrorist or Terrorist supporter.
    In the war front, dead bodies of the civilians are burned to ashes using powerful chemicals. This is to hide the number of innocent civilians that have perished in the war.
    Sri Lankan government officials very often organise staged visits to the IDP camps and force the refugees to lie to the foreign diplomats.
    What did they lie about?
    They lied about the objective of the war, weapons used, number of civilian causalities and military operations.
    Although they initially claimed that the objective of the war was to defeat the LTTE, they have in fact killed and wounded several thousands of innocent Tamil civilians with heavy weapons. They used chemical weapons and cluster bombs on innocents, but they continue to deny the usage of such weapons.
    Sri Lankan forces have destroyed Schools, hospitals and farm lands and made the whole place into a graveyard for the Tamils. This is also regularly denied by the Sri Lankan authorities.
    This war has claimed more than fifty thousands lives just within the last few months but the Sri Lankan government is not going to open their mouth and tell this truth to the world.

  48. What is going on the concentration camps, the camps which is well maintained to show international community “The bodies of 11 young women were allegedly found with their throats slashed outside the Menic Farm camp near the town of Vavuniya, according to people being held behind the razor wire perimeter. The women’s short haircuts are understood to have made them easily identifiable as former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The bodies are said to have been discovered in the last two weeks, but there is no way of confirming the allegations because access to the camps is heavily restricted.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/21/sri-l
    what will happen in other camps, when the total tamil population over 350,000 in the death zone, the government said only 65,000. GOSL murdered over 50,000 Tamils, maimed over 25,000, rest as hostage in concentration camps.
    I think the GOSL plan to bring the population to its numbers….

    Sri Lankan leaders are acting exactly like this evil father. Tamils in Sri Lanka are abducted, abused, tortured, raped and killed everyday and the world has all the evidences. Over 1 million Tamils already escape from the country, every single Tamils became HOMELESS AT HOME. Only hope for tamils, International community, UN, HRW, AI, …
    Over 61 years of state terrorism in sri lanka
    Tamils languishing in Sri Lankan Death Camps http://my.telegraph.co.uk/richarddixons/blog/2009

  49. What is going on the concentration camps, the camps which is well maintained to show international community “The bodies of 11 young women were allegedly found with their throats slashed outside the Menic Farm camp near the town of Vavuniya, according to people being held behind the razor wire perimeter. The women’s short haircuts are understood to have made them easily identifiable as former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The bodies are said to have been discovered in the last two weeks, but there is no way of confirming the allegations because access to the camps is heavily restricted.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/21/sri-l
    what will happen in other camps, when the total tamil population over 350,000 in the death zone, the government said only 65,000. GOSL murdered over 50,000 Tamils, maimed over 25,000, rest as hostage in concentration camps.
    I think the GOSL plan to bring the population to its numbers….

    Sri Lankan leaders are acting exactly like this evil father. Tamils in Sri Lanka are abducted, abused, tortured, raped and killed everyday and the world has all the evidences. Over 1 million Tamils already escape from the country, every single Tamils became HOMELESS AT HOME. Only hope for tamils, International community, UN, HRW, AI, …
    Over 61 years of state terrorism in sri lanka
    Tamils languishing in Sri Lankan Death Camps http://my.telegraph.co.uk/richarddixons/blog/2009

  50. Video investigation by Colombo not impartial – Alston
    [TamilNet, Friday, 18 September 2009, 02:17 GMT]
    Noting that two of the four experts cited by the government were full-time government employees, another had previously acted on behalf of the government, "and the basis on which the fourth was identified and selected as an expert remains unclear," Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said Thursday, that studies could not be characterized as impartial. "The only way to do this [authenticate the video] is for an independent and impartial investigation to take place,'' Alston said. The video clip, aired in British Channel-4 TV, allegedly showing Sri Lankan troops executing Tamil prisoners stripped naked and hands tied behind backs, has shocked the world community, and re-ignited calls for investigations of war-crimes against Sri Lanka military. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  51. Video investigation by Colombo not impartial – Alston
    [TamilNet, Friday, 18 September 2009, 02:17 GMT]
    Noting that two of the four experts cited by the government were full-time government employees, another had previously acted on behalf of the government, "and the basis on which the fourth was identified and selected as an expert remains unclear," Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said Thursday, that studies could not be characterized as impartial. "The only way to do this [authenticate the video] is for an independent and impartial investigation to take place,'' Alston said. The video clip, aired in British Channel-4 TV, allegedly showing Sri Lankan troops executing Tamil prisoners stripped naked and hands tied behind backs, has shocked the world community, and re-ignited calls for investigations of war-crimes against Sri Lanka military. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  52. Journalist disappearances: Lanka 'among worst' http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2009/08/0

    The silent horror of the war in Sri Lanka
    The mass killing of innocent Tamil civilians by the Sri lankan armed forces, after they had been forced to take refuge in the so-called "safty zone" created by the very gorvernment itself, is a travesty of justice-pure and simple, which is unheard of since the end of Nazi regime. Bow in the Concentration camps. Tamils fought for well over 30 years for equality since 1948 to 1983, but Sri Lanka denied our equal rights in our own country and started the process of genocidal war against us even well before the dawn of Tamil Tigers. Tigers are not the root cause of the long conflict in Sri Lanka. Tigers are mere symptom of chauvinist and terror state of Sri Lanka to defend the rights of Tamils. Now ltte is gone, is there any legitimate peaceful solution Tamils in sri lanka?

  53. 'As the shells fell, we tried to save lives with no blood or medicine'Damilvany Gnanakumar witnessed Sri Lanka's bloody conflict from a Tamil hospital – then spent months detained in a camp. She tells Gethin Chamberlain her story http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/15/sri-l

    The young mother was standing by the side of the road, clutching her baby. The baby was dead.

    Damilvany Gnanakumar watched as she tried to make a decision. Around them, thousands of people were picking their way between bodies strewn across the road, desperate to escape the fighting all around them.

    "The mother couldn't bring the dead body and she doesn't want to leave it as well. She was standing … holding the baby. She didn't know what to do … At the end, because of the shell bombing and people rushing – there were thousands and thousands of people, they were rushing in and pushing everyone – she just had to leave the baby at the side of the road, she had to leave the body there and come, she had no choice. And I was thinking in my mind 'What have the people done wrong? Why are they going through this, why is the international government not speaking up for them? I'm still asking."

  54. 'As the shells fell, we tried to save lives with no blood or medicine'Damilvany Gnanakumar witnessed Sri Lanka's bloody conflict from a Tamil hospital – then spent months detained in a camp. She tells Gethin Chamberlain her story http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/15/sri-l

    The young mother was standing by the side of the road, clutching her baby. The baby was dead.

    Damilvany Gnanakumar watched as she tried to make a decision. Around them, thousands of people were picking their way between bodies strewn across the road, desperate to escape the fighting all around them.

    "The mother couldn't bring the dead body and she doesn't want to leave it as well. She was standing … holding the baby. She didn't know what to do … At the end, because of the shell bombing and people rushing – there were thousands and thousands of people, they were rushing in and pushing everyone – she just had to leave the baby at the side of the road, she had to leave the body there and come, she had no choice. And I was thinking in my mind 'What have the people done wrong? Why are they going through this, why is the international government not speaking up for them? I'm still asking."

  55. Propaganda war: Truth is first casualty http://www.jewishtribune.ca/TribuneV2/index.php/2
    The committee spends more time on issuing rote condemnations of Israel than it does on any other state. In doing so, it ignores the violations of favoured states such as China, Iran and Zimbabwe. When Sri Lanka killed about 20,000 Tamil civilians in the brutal end game to its civil war, the UNHRC did not see fit to condemn the Sinhalese regime. In fact, it congratulated the victors. In contrast, when Israel’s Gaza mission, which even by Palestinian figures led to the death of only about 5 per cent as many civilians as the Sri Lankan offensive, the UNHRC raced to condemn Israel’s “massive [human rights] violations.” Only then did it create a ‘fact-finding mission’ to prove its pre-existing determination. This is the stuff of the old British Star Chamber, not a legitimate human rights arbiter.

  56. Hi Jim,

    In response to the points you have mentioned on September 17th, 2009 at 8:34 am,

    When a statistics table done by a professional body states that it is about Displacement after April 2008, it is fair to assume that two parts of the table that the IDP count and Release and returns do belong to the same period. And with regard to the link given about transfering to other camps, the GOSL has clearly stated that they have been housed in transit camps in their hometowns for the local GAs to register them. If you want to criticize, you can do so even about an officer handling IDP returns sneezing too loud.

    I do understand that the main point shouldn’t be lost, but what I wanted to point you was when you say, 'So far, 6,490 people are reported to have been released from the camps' and provide a refence to a document, which at no place talk about 6,490 as the number returned, it could be seen as trying to give credibility to an imaginary figure by linking it with a USAID report.

    Yes you are in saying that it is the Tamils who are in these camps, but that was due to ethnic cleansing the LTTE did in the areas they controlled, 100% who were in the areas under their controlled were Tamils. If the so called human rights groups were protecting the massacred Sinhalese, Muslims and even Tamils there could have been people of other ethinisities ended up in the camps till the mine clearing and screening is done.

  57. For more than sixty years, successive Sri Lankan governments backed by racist Sinhala extremists have been oppressing the Tamil minorities. They brutally killed thousands of innocent Tamils, burnt their properties and sent the rest in ships as refugees to the North of the country in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties.
    When Tamils asked for their rights, Sinhala extremists always responded with violence.
    Pearl of the Indian ocean has now become a land of the demons

    Rape of Tamil Women: Sri Lankan Army's Weapon of War http://www.nowpublic.com/world/rape-tamil-women-s

  58. For more than sixty years, successive Sri Lankan governments backed by racist Sinhala extremists have been oppressing the Tamil minorities. They brutally killed thousands of innocent Tamils, burnt their properties and sent the rest in ships as refugees to the North of the country in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties.
    When Tamils asked for their rights, Sinhala extremists always responded with violence.
    Pearl of the Indian ocean has now become a land of the demons

    Rape of Tamil Women: Sri Lankan Army's Weapon of War http://www.nowpublic.com/world/rape-tamil-women-s

  59. Tamil Camps http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/16/opinion/16iht-e

    Winners are never tried for war crimes, says Colombo’s foreign secretary
    [TamilNet, Friday, 21 August 2009, 07:33 GMT]
    “If you look at the history of war crimes there isn’t one instance where a winner of a war has been tried before a Tribunal. They have always been set up for losers. And if you were to take winners then the start would have to be taken elsewhere. Sri Lanka did not drop atom bombs or destroy entire cities during the war,” said, Sri Lanka’s foreign secretary and newly appointed permanent representative to the UN, Palitha Kohona in an interview to Daily Mirror, Thursday, outlining the diplomatic prospects of Colombo in engaging the officialdom of the world, in negating political solutions to the Tamil national question. “There is this thinking that all our problems can be solved by applying a political solution. I fail to see the logic behind this,” he said. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

  60. Tamil Camps http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/16/opinion/16iht-e

    Winners are never tried for war crimes, says Colombo’s foreign secretary
    [TamilNet, Friday, 21 August 2009, 07:33 GMT]
    “If you look at the history of war crimes there isn’t one instance where a winner of a war has been tried before a Tribunal. They have always been set up for losers. And if you were to take winners then the start would have to be taken elsewhere. Sri Lanka did not drop atom bombs or destroy entire cities during the war,” said, Sri Lanka’s foreign secretary and newly appointed permanent representative to the UN, Palitha Kohona in an interview to Daily Mirror, Thursday, outlining the diplomatic prospects of Colombo in engaging the officialdom of the world, in negating political solutions to the Tamil national question. “There is this thinking that all our problems can be solved by applying a political solution. I fail to see the logic behind this,” he said. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

  61. Praising the Sri Lankan regime for slaughtering thousands of innocents and letting the Tamils to languish in the concentration camps is another example that we have become real hypocrites and jokers who have bigger mouths, smaller brains and corrupt souls. Playing cricket with a country that is flowing with the blood of the innocent men, women and children, shows that we no longer have any moral principles to guide our lives. We are now even quite comfortable to sit and have tea with a Hannibal while his hands are still stained with the blood and his room is filled with the stink of rotting human flesh.

    No welfare for Sri Lanka’s Tamils http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/06/20

  62. Praising the Sri Lankan regime for slaughtering thousands of innocents and letting the Tamils to languish in the concentration camps is another example that we have become real hypocrites and jokers who have bigger mouths, smaller brains and corrupt souls. Playing cricket with a country that is flowing with the blood of the innocent men, women and children, shows that we no longer have any moral principles to guide our lives. We are now even quite comfortable to sit and have tea with a Hannibal while his hands are still stained with the blood and his room is filled with the stink of rotting human flesh.

    No welfare for Sri Lanka’s Tamils http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/06/20

  63. Starvation, rape, killings, torture in Sri Lanka camps, Murphy tells Australia parliament
    [TamilNet, Monday, 14 September 2009, 12:04 GMT]
    Noting that "hundreds of thousands of innocent Tamils displaced by the military offensive are living in camps in appalling conditions. Moreover, foreign media channels have reported horrifying evidence of the worst violations of human rights, including starvation, rape, killings and torture. International agencies are calling for full access to these camps in order to provide life-saving treatment and medical supplies and to allow free and independent media access," parliamentarian, John Murphy, appealed at the House of Representatives Thursday, "to all governments of the world who have respect for human rights, the rule of law and free speech to join together and call on the government of Sri Lanka to right the wrongs forthwith." http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Children in camps malnourished http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articlei

  64. Starvation, rape, killings, torture in Sri Lanka camps, Murphy tells Australia parliament
    [TamilNet, Monday, 14 September 2009, 12:04 GMT]
    Noting that "hundreds of thousands of innocent Tamils displaced by the military offensive are living in camps in appalling conditions. Moreover, foreign media channels have reported horrifying evidence of the worst violations of human rights, including starvation, rape, killings and torture. International agencies are calling for full access to these camps in order to provide life-saving treatment and medical supplies and to allow free and independent media access," parliamentarian, John Murphy, appealed at the House of Representatives Thursday, "to all governments of the world who have respect for human rights, the rule of law and free speech to join together and call on the government of Sri Lanka to right the wrongs forthwith." http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Children in camps malnourished http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articlei

  65. Atmosphere of fear continue to stalk Lanka – Chandrika http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2b24OXJ4a3dT

    There is an atmosphere of fear and lack of freedom in Sri Lanka even after the end of war, the country's former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said.

    "Even I care for my life. It is a government of my party (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) that is in power. Still even I don't feel safe," Kumaratunga, who was on a personal visit to Kerala, told reporters here. "Overall there is lack of freedom and an atmosphere of fear is prevailing in the country. Basic rights of the people and media freedom are restricted in Sri Lanka," she said.

    Asked about human rights violations, she said it was not appropriate for her to comment on it. "Let the Government say," she said. She was interacting with reporters before making a courtesy call on Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan.

  66. Oh God, the LTTE propanda attack… it ruins the constructive dialog a few people having here with the editor. You guys, who live in the confort of the western countries want the war to continue in Sri Lanka and create a contry for the Tamils, no matter what the human cost is…. pathetic.

  67. Bharatha Says: "Propaganda",Who is doing propaganda, ltte is dead & gone, why GOSL doing ethnic clensing, over 61 years
    Washington Lobbyists Cash In On War in Sri Lanka http://harpers.org/archive/2009/04/hbc-90004852
    Another sri lankan paid trip
    Boyle: Shuler’s strange Sri Lanka trip and $2.50 gas http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/articl

    This war was orchestrated and staged with lies and deceptions from the beginning till the end.
    Sri Lankan leaders are still vomiting out worms of lies
    Rulers of Sri Lanka are continuing to vomit out worms of lies to justify their atrocities against innocent lives. They started with “War on Terror” but changed the buzz word to “Humanitarian Operation” in order to deceive the international community. “War on Terror” was an accepted norm during the Bush era but lost it’s validity now. Therefore they had changed the name of the game to “Humanitarian operation”
    Why do they lie?
    Because they have many hidden agendas behind this dirty war. They want to hide the atrocities that are being committed against innocent civilians. They themselves know, what they are doing is wrong and not acceptable in a civilised world.
    Above everything they want to protect India who are orchestrating the war in Sri Lanka. Indian intelligent agents and military experts are working closely with the Sri Lankan forces in the war zone.
    How do they manage to lie?
    They simply hide the truth. When the truth is hidden what comes out is lie.
    Foreign journalists and aid workers are barred from the war zone and IDP camps. Those who try to enter and report about the war, are kicked out of the country if they are critical of the government.
    Local journalists are intimidated, tortured and sometime killed. Telling the truth is considered a crime in Sri Lanka.
    Phone lines are tapped. Web sites are blocked. Anybody who talk against the government is considered as Terrorist or Terrorist supporter.
    In the war front, dead bodies of the civilians are burned to ashes using powerful chemicals. This is to hide the number of innocent civilians that have perished in the war.
    Sri Lankan government officials very often organise staged visits to the IDP camps and force the refugees to lie to the foreign diplomats.
    What did they lie about?
    They lied about the objective of the war, weapons used, number of civilian causalities and military operations.
    Although they initially claimed that the objective of the war was to defeat the LTTE, they have in fact killed and wounded several thousands of innocent Tamil civilians with heavy weapons. They used chemical weapons and cluster bombs on innocents, but they continue to deny the usage of such weapons.
    Sri Lankan forces have destroyed Schools, hospitals and farm lands and made the whole place into a graveyard for the Tamils. This is also regularly denied by the Sri Lankan authorities.
    This war has claimed more than fifty thousands lives just within the last few months but the Sri Lankan government is not going to open their mouth and tell this truth to the world.

  68. Bharatha Says: "Propaganda",Who is doing propaganda, ltte is dead & gone, why GOSL doing ethnic clensing, over 61 years
    Washington Lobbyists Cash In On War in Sri Lanka http://harpers.org/archive/2009/04/hbc-90004852
    Another sri lankan paid trip
    Boyle: Shuler’s strange Sri Lanka trip and $2.50 gas http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/articl

    This war was orchestrated and staged with lies and deceptions from the beginning till the end.
    Sri Lankan leaders are still vomiting out worms of lies
    Rulers of Sri Lanka are continuing to vomit out worms of lies to justify their atrocities against innocent lives. They started with “War on Terror” but changed the buzz word to “Humanitarian Operation” in order to deceive the international community. “War on Terror” was an accepted norm during the Bush era but lost it’s validity now. Therefore they had changed the name of the game to “Humanitarian operation”
    Why do they lie?
    Because they have many hidden agendas behind this dirty war. They want to hide the atrocities that are being committed against innocent civilians. They themselves know, what they are doing is wrong and not acceptable in a civilised world.
    Above everything they want to protect India who are orchestrating the war in Sri Lanka. Indian intelligent agents and military experts are working closely with the Sri Lankan forces in the war zone.
    How do they manage to lie?
    They simply hide the truth. When the truth is hidden what comes out is lie.
    Foreign journalists and aid workers are barred from the war zone and IDP camps. Those who try to enter and report about the war, are kicked out of the country if they are critical of the government.
    Local journalists are intimidated, tortured and sometime killed. Telling the truth is considered a crime in Sri Lanka.
    Phone lines are tapped. Web sites are blocked. Anybody who talk against the government is considered as Terrorist or Terrorist supporter.
    In the war front, dead bodies of the civilians are burned to ashes using powerful chemicals. This is to hide the number of innocent civilians that have perished in the war.
    Sri Lankan government officials very often organise staged visits to the IDP camps and force the refugees to lie to the foreign diplomats.
    What did they lie about?
    They lied about the objective of the war, weapons used, number of civilian causalities and military operations.
    Although they initially claimed that the objective of the war was to defeat the LTTE, they have in fact killed and wounded several thousands of innocent Tamil civilians with heavy weapons. They used chemical weapons and cluster bombs on innocents, but they continue to deny the usage of such weapons.
    Sri Lankan forces have destroyed Schools, hospitals and farm lands and made the whole place into a graveyard for the Tamils. This is also regularly denied by the Sri Lankan authorities.
    This war has claimed more than fifty thousands lives just within the last few months but the Sri Lankan government is not going to open their mouth and tell this truth to the world.

  69. Journalist disappearances: Lanka 'among worst' http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2009/08/0

    The silent horror of the war in Sri Lanka
    The mass killing of innocent Tamil civilians by the Sri lankan armed forces, after they had been forced to take refuge in the so-called "safty zone" created by the very gorvernment itself, is a travesty of justice-pure and simple, which is unheard of since the end of Nazi regime. Bow in the Concentration camps. Tamils fought for well over 30 years for equality since 1948 to 1983, but Sri Lanka denied our equal rights in our own country and started the process of genocidal war against us even well before the dawn of Tamil Tigers. Tigers are not the root cause of the long conflict in Sri Lanka. Tigers are mere symptom of chauvinist and terror state of Sri Lanka to defend the rights of Tamils. Now ltte is gone, is there any legitimate peaceful solution Tamils in sri lanka?

  70. Journalist disappearances: Lanka 'among worst' http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2009/08/0

    The silent horror of the war in Sri Lanka
    The mass killing of innocent Tamil civilians by the Sri lankan armed forces, after they had been forced to take refuge in the so-called "safty zone" created by the very gorvernment itself, is a travesty of justice-pure and simple, which is unheard of since the end of Nazi regime. Bow in the Concentration camps. Tamils fought for well over 30 years for equality since 1948 to 1983, but Sri Lanka denied our equal rights in our own country and started the process of genocidal war against us even well before the dawn of Tamil Tigers. Tigers are not the root cause of the long conflict in Sri Lanka. Tigers are mere symptom of chauvinist and terror state of Sri Lanka to defend the rights of Tamils. Now ltte is gone, is there any legitimate peaceful solution Tamils in sri lanka?

  71. Propaganda war: Truth is first casualty http://www.jewishtribune.ca/TribuneV2/index.php/2
    The committee spends more time on issuing rote condemnations of Israel than it does on any other state. In doing so, it ignores the violations of favoured states such as China, Iran and Zimbabwe. When Sri Lanka killed about 20,000 Tamil civilians in the brutal end game to its civil war, the UNHRC did not see fit to condemn the Sinhalese regime. In fact, it congratulated the victors. In contrast, when Israel’s Gaza mission, which even by Palestinian figures led to the death of only about 5 per cent as many civilians as the Sri Lankan offensive, the UNHRC raced to condemn Israel’s “massive [human rights] violations.” Only then did it create a ‘fact-finding mission’ to prove its pre-existing determination. This is the stuff of the old British Star Chamber, not a legitimate human rights arbiter.

  72. Propaganda war: Truth is first casualty http://www.jewishtribune.ca/TribuneV2/index.php/2
    The committee spends more time on issuing rote condemnations of Israel than it does on any other state. In doing so, it ignores the violations of favoured states such as China, Iran and Zimbabwe. When Sri Lanka killed about 20,000 Tamil civilians in the brutal end game to its civil war, the UNHRC did not see fit to condemn the Sinhalese regime. In fact, it congratulated the victors. In contrast, when Israel’s Gaza mission, which even by Palestinian figures led to the death of only about 5 per cent as many civilians as the Sri Lankan offensive, the UNHRC raced to condemn Israel’s “massive [human rights] violations.” Only then did it create a ‘fact-finding mission’ to prove its pre-existing determination. This is the stuff of the old British Star Chamber, not a legitimate human rights arbiter.

  73. How sri lankan leaders think about Tamils in sri lanka

    Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka Sri Lankan Army Commander (2008)
    “I strongly believe that this country belongs to the Sinhalese but there are minority communities and we treat them like our people. We being the majority of the country, 75%, we will never give in and we have the right to protect this country. We are also a strong nation. They can live in this country with us. But they must not try to, under the pretext of being a minority, demand undue things”

    President: Chandrika Kumarathunga 1999
    “Tamils were not the original people of Sri Lanka”

    President: D B Wijetunge (1993)
    “Minorities are like creepers clinging to the Sinhala tree.”

    Oxford educated National Security Minister Lalith Athulathmudali 1985
    “Only way to root out terrorism was to remove the concept of ‘traditional homelands”

    Oxford educated Senior Minister Gamini Dissanayake soon after the 1983 Riots
    “Who attacked you? Sinhalese. who saved you? Sinhalese. It is that we who attacked and protected you. They are bringing an army from India. It will take 14 hours to come from India. In 14 minutes the blood of every Tamil in the country can be sacrifi ce to the land by us”

    President J.R.Jayawardene, Daily Telegraph, July 1983
    “I am not worried about the opinion of the Jaffna people.now we cannot think of them, not about their lives or their opinion.the more you put pressure in the north, the happier the Sinhala people will be here Really if I starve the Tamils out, the Sinhala people will be happy”

    Mrs. Wimala Kannangara M.P (1981)
    “If we are governing, we must govern. If we are ruling, we must rule. Do not give into the minorities”

    Ceylon’s first Prime Minister,D.S.Senanayake
    “Today you are brought here and given a plot of land. You have been uprooted from your village. You are like a piece of driftwood in the ocean; but remember that one day the whole country will look up to you. The fi nal battle for the Sinhala people will be fought on the plains of Padaviya. You are men and women who will carry this island’s destiny on your shoulders. Those who are attempting to divide this country will have to reckon with you. The country may forget you for a few years, but one day very soon they will look up to you as the last bastion of the Sinhala”
    sorted by Tamil

    Def Sec. Gotabaya’s words
    “Let our soldiers feast on Tamil women while the Tamil men’s blood drip into the ocean and make it red”.

    NEW
    Foreign Minister Palitha Kohona: ‘Victorious soldiers could have raped every single woman’ (july-3-2009)

  74. Atmosphere of fear continue to stalk Lanka – Chandrika http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2b24OXJ4a3dT

    There is an atmosphere of fear and lack of freedom in Sri Lanka even after the end of war, the country's former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said.

    "Even I care for my life. It is a government of my party (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) that is in power. Still even I don't feel safe," Kumaratunga, who was on a personal visit to Kerala, told reporters here. "Overall there is lack of freedom and an atmosphere of fear is prevailing in the country. Basic rights of the people and media freedom are restricted in Sri Lanka," she said.

    Asked about human rights violations, she said it was not appropriate for her to comment on it. "Let the Government say," she said. She was interacting with reporters before making a courtesy call on Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan.

  75. Atmosphere of fear continue to stalk Lanka – Chandrika http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2b24OXJ4a3dT

    There is an atmosphere of fear and lack of freedom in Sri Lanka even after the end of war, the country's former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said.

    "Even I care for my life. It is a government of my party (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) that is in power. Still even I don't feel safe," Kumaratunga, who was on a personal visit to Kerala, told reporters here. "Overall there is lack of freedom and an atmosphere of fear is prevailing in the country. Basic rights of the people and media freedom are restricted in Sri Lanka," she said.

    Asked about human rights violations, she said it was not appropriate for her to comment on it. "Let the Government say," she said. She was interacting with reporters before making a courtesy call on Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan.

  76. What is going on the concentration camps, the camps which is well maintained to show international community “The bodies of 11 young women were allegedly found with their throats slashed outside the Menic Farm camp near the town of Vavuniya, according to people being held behind the razor wire perimeter. The women’s short haircuts are understood to have made them easily identifiable as former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The bodies are said to have been discovered in the last two weeks, but there is no way of confirming the allegations because access to the camps is heavily restricted.”
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/21/sri-lanka-tamil-tigers-ltte-tamil-refugees-in-camp
    what will happen in other camps, when the total tamil population over 350,000 in the death zone, the government said only 65,000. GOSL murdered over 50,000 Tamils, maimed over 25,000, rest as hostage in concentration camps.
    I think the GOSL plan to bring the population to its numbers….

    Sri Lankan leaders are acting exactly like this evil father. Tamils in Sri Lanka are abducted, abused, tortured, raped and killed everyday and the world has all the evidences. Over 1 million Tamils already escape from the country, every single Tamils became HOMELESS AT HOME. Only hope for tamils, International community, UN, HRW, AI, …
    Over 61 years of state terrorism in sri lanka
    Tamils languishing in Sri Lankan Death Camps
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/richarddixons/blog/2009/06/13/tamils_languishing_in_sri_lankan_death_camps

  77. 1600 political prisoners are languishing in Sri Lanka jails for many years without trial

    1600 political prisoners arrested on suspicion under Emergency Regulations (ER) and Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), languishing in various prisons in Sri Lanka for many years without being produced in the courts.

    They launched a hunger strike as their requests placed in previous hunger strikes had not been taken into consideration despite promises by legal authorities that their cases will be taken for trial in two months time, sources in Colombo said.

    The protesting prisoners further said that they believe that all are equal before the law and that they request the Sri Lanka President to at least allow them on bail as persons under normal court procedure

    The political prisoners who had earlier staged hunger strikes 2 to 3 times in the period between 27th to 31st July 2009 had given up the strike on assurances given by legal authorities that their cases will be taken to trial within two months but they had not kept their word and this has forced them to go on hunger strike, they said.

    They further pointed out that it is an outright violation of human rights to keep them in the prison, who had been arrested merely on suspicion under ER and PTA, without legal action against them for many years.

  78. Video investigation by Colombo not impartial – Alston
    [TamilNet, Friday, 18 September 2009, 02:17 GMT]
    Noting that two of the four experts cited by the government were full-time government employees, another had previously acted on behalf of the government, “and the basis on which the fourth was identified and selected as an expert remains unclear,” Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said Thursday, that studies could not be characterized as impartial. “The only way to do this [authenticate the video] is for an independent and impartial investigation to take place,” Alston said. The video clip, aired in British Channel-4 TV, allegedly showing Sri Lankan troops executing Tamil prisoners stripped naked and hands tied behind backs, has shocked the world community, and re-ignited calls for investigations of war-crimes against Sri Lanka military.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=30262

  79. ‘As the shells fell, we tried to save lives with no blood or medicine’Damilvany Gnanakumar witnessed Sri Lanka’s bloody conflict from a Tamil hospital – then spent months detained in a camp. She tells Gethin Chamberlain her story
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/15/sri-lanka-war-on-tamil-tigers

    The young mother was standing by the side of the road, clutching her baby. The baby was dead.

    Damilvany Gnanakumar watched as she tried to make a decision. Around them, thousands of people were picking their way between bodies strewn across the road, desperate to escape the fighting all around them.

    “The mother couldn’t bring the dead body and she doesn’t want to leave it as well. She was standing … holding the baby. She didn’t know what to do … At the end, because of the shell bombing and people rushing – there were thousands and thousands of people, they were rushing in and pushing everyone – she just had to leave the baby at the side of the road, she had to leave the body there and come, she had no choice. And I was thinking in my mind ‘What have the people done wrong? Why are they going through this, why is the international government not speaking up for them? I’m still asking.”

  80. Hi Jim,

    In response to the points you have mentioned on September 17th, 2009 at 8:34 am,

    When a statistics table done by a professional body states that it is about Displacement after April 2008, it is fair to assume that two parts of the table that the IDP count and Release and returns do belong to the same period. And with regard to the link given about transfering to other camps, the GOSL has clearly stated that they have been housed in transit camps in their hometowns for the local GAs to register them. If you want to criticize, you can do so even about an officer handling IDP returns sneezing too loud.

    I do understand that the main point shouldn’t be lost, but what I wanted to point you was when you say, ‘So far, 6,490 people are reported to have been released from the camps’ and provide a refence to a document, which at no place talk about 6,490 as the number returned, it could be seen as trying to give credibility to an imaginary figure by linking it with a USAID report.

    Yes you are in saying that it is the Tamils who are in these camps, but that was due to ethnic cleansing the LTTE did in the areas they controlled, 100% who were in the areas under their controlled were Tamils. If the so called human rights groups were protecting the massacred Sinhalese, Muslims and even Tamils there could have been people of other ethinisities ended up in the camps till the mine clearing and screening is done.

  81. THE Sri Lankan Government is trying to siphon off millions of dollars of humanitarian aid by imposing a 0.9 per cent tax on all funding for aid groups,
    Victims of Tamil Tiger war hit by Sri Lanka tax on aid workers
    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25739296-25837,00.html

    The Time of Judgement has arrived to the Land of Terror
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/richarddixons/blog/2009/07/12/the_time_of_judgement_has_arrived_to_the_land_of_terror?ts=1247589026Emerging

  82. For more than sixty years, successive Sri Lankan governments backed by racist Sinhala extremists have been oppressing the Tamil minorities. They brutally killed thousands of innocent Tamils, burnt their properties and sent the rest in ships as refugees to the North of the country in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties.
    When Tamils asked for their rights, Sinhala extremists always responded with violence.
    Pearl of the Indian ocean has now become a land of the demons

    Rape of Tamil Women: Sri Lankan Army’s Weapon of War
    http://www.nowpublic.com/world/rape-tamil-women-sri-lankan-armys-weapon-war

  83. Tamil Camps
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/16/opinion/16iht-edtamil.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

    Winners are never tried for war crimes, says Colombo’s foreign secretary
    [TamilNet, Friday, 21 August 2009, 07:33 GMT]
    “If you look at the history of war crimes there isn’t one instance where a winner of a war has been tried before a Tribunal. They have always been set up for losers. And if you were to take winners then the start would have to be taken elsewhere. Sri Lanka did not drop atom bombs or destroy entire cities during the war,” said, Sri Lanka’s foreign secretary and newly appointed permanent representative to the UN, Palitha Kohona in an interview to Daily Mirror, Thursday, outlining the diplomatic prospects of Colombo in engaging the officialdom of the world, in negating political solutions to the Tamil national question. “There is this thinking that all our problems can be solved by applying a political solution. I fail to see the logic behind this,” he said.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&artid=30056

  84. Praising the Sri Lankan regime for slaughtering thousands of innocents and letting the Tamils to languish in the concentration camps is another example that we have become real hypocrites and jokers who have bigger mouths, smaller brains and corrupt souls. Playing cricket with a country that is flowing with the blood of the innocent men, women and children, shows that we no longer have any moral principles to guide our lives. We are now even quite comfortable to sit and have tea with a Hannibal while his hands are still stained with the blood and his room is filled with the stink of rotting human flesh.

    No welfare for Sri Lanka’s Tamils
    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/06/200961962329963252.html

  85. Starvation, rape, killings, torture in Sri Lanka camps, Murphy tells Australia parliament
    [TamilNet, Monday, 14 September 2009, 12:04 GMT]
    Noting that “hundreds of thousands of innocent Tamils displaced by the military offensive are living in camps in appalling conditions. Moreover, foreign media channels have reported horrifying evidence of the worst violations of human rights, including starvation, rape, killings and torture. International agencies are calling for full access to these camps in order to provide life-saving treatment and medical supplies and to allow free and independent media access,” parliamentarian, John Murphy, appealed at the House of Representatives Thursday, “to all governments of the world who have respect for human rights, the rule of law and free speech to join together and call on the government of Sri Lanka to right the wrongs forthwith.”
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=30230

    Children in camps malnourished
    http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=2411

  86. Oh God, the LTTE propanda attack… it ruins the constructive dialog a few people having here with the editor. You guys, who live in the confort of the western countries want the war to continue in Sri Lanka and create a contry for the Tamils, no matter what the human cost is…. pathetic.

  87. Bharatha Says: “Propaganda”,Who is doing propaganda, ltte is dead & gone, why GOSL doing ethnic clensing, over 61 years
    Washington Lobbyists Cash In On War in Sri Lanka
    http://harpers.org/archive/2009/04/hbc-90004852
    Another sri lankan paid trip
    Boyle: Shuler’s strange Sri Lanka trip and $2.50 gas
    http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009906080314

    This war was orchestrated and staged with lies and deceptions from the beginning till the end.
    Sri Lankan leaders are still vomiting out worms of lies
    Rulers of Sri Lanka are continuing to vomit out worms of lies to justify their atrocities against innocent lives. They started with “War on Terror” but changed the buzz word to “Humanitarian Operation” in order to deceive the international community. “War on Terror” was an accepted norm during the Bush era but lost it’s validity now. Therefore they had changed the name of the game to “Humanitarian operation”
    Why do they lie?
    Because they have many hidden agendas behind this dirty war. They want to hide the atrocities that are being committed against innocent civilians. They themselves know, what they are doing is wrong and not acceptable in a civilised world.
    Above everything they want to protect India who are orchestrating the war in Sri Lanka. Indian intelligent agents and military experts are working closely with the Sri Lankan forces in the war zone.
    How do they manage to lie?
    They simply hide the truth. When the truth is hidden what comes out is lie.
    Foreign journalists and aid workers are barred from the war zone and IDP camps. Those who try to enter and report about the war, are kicked out of the country if they are critical of the government.
    Local journalists are intimidated, tortured and sometime killed. Telling the truth is considered a crime in Sri Lanka.
    Phone lines are tapped. Web sites are blocked. Anybody who talk against the government is considered as Terrorist or Terrorist supporter.
    In the war front, dead bodies of the civilians are burned to ashes using powerful chemicals. This is to hide the number of innocent civilians that have perished in the war.
    Sri Lankan government officials very often organise staged visits to the IDP camps and force the refugees to lie to the foreign diplomats.
    What did they lie about?
    They lied about the objective of the war, weapons used, number of civilian causalities and military operations.
    Although they initially claimed that the objective of the war was to defeat the LTTE, they have in fact killed and wounded several thousands of innocent Tamil civilians with heavy weapons. They used chemical weapons and cluster bombs on innocents, but they continue to deny the usage of such weapons.
    Sri Lankan forces have destroyed Schools, hospitals and farm lands and made the whole place into a graveyard for the Tamils. This is also regularly denied by the Sri Lankan authorities.
    This war has claimed more than fifty thousands lives just within the last few months but the Sri Lankan government is not going to open their mouth and tell this truth to the world.

  88. Journalist disappearances: Lanka ‘among worst’
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2009/08/090830_rsf_disappearances.shtml

    The silent horror of the war in Sri Lanka
    The mass killing of innocent Tamil civilians by the Sri lankan armed forces, after they had been forced to take refuge in the so-called “safty zone” created by the very gorvernment itself, is a travesty of justice-pure and simple, which is unheard of since the end of Nazi regime. Bow in the Concentration camps. Tamils fought for well over 30 years for equality since 1948 to 1983, but Sri Lanka denied our equal rights in our own country and started the process of genocidal war against us even well before the dawn of Tamil Tigers. Tigers are not the root cause of the long conflict in Sri Lanka. Tigers are mere symptom of chauvinist and terror state of Sri Lanka to defend the rights of Tamils. Now ltte is gone, is there any legitimate peaceful solution Tamils in sri lanka?

  89. Propaganda war: Truth is first casualty
    http://www.jewishtribune.ca/TribuneV2/index.php/200909152080/Propaganda-war-Truth-is-first-casualty.html
    The committee spends more time on issuing rote condemnations of Israel than it does on any other state. In doing so, it ignores the violations of favoured states such as China, Iran and Zimbabwe. When Sri Lanka killed about 20,000 Tamil civilians in the brutal end game to its civil war, the UNHRC did not see fit to condemn the Sinhalese regime. In fact, it congratulated the victors. In contrast, when Israel’s Gaza mission, which even by Palestinian figures led to the death of only about 5 per cent as many civilians as the Sri Lankan offensive, the UNHRC raced to condemn Israel’s “massive [human rights] violations.” Only then did it create a ‘fact-finding mission’ to prove its pre-existing determination. This is the stuff of the old British Star Chamber, not a legitimate human rights arbiter.

  90. How sri lankan leaders think about Tamils in sri lanka

    Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka Sri Lankan Army Commander (2008)
    “I strongly believe that this country belongs to the Sinhalese but there are minority communities and we treat them like our people. We being the majority of the country, 75%, we will never give in and we have the right to protect this country. We are also a strong nation. They can live in this country with us. But they must not try to, under the pretext of being a minority, demand undue things”

    President: Chandrika Kumarathunga 1999
    “Tamils were not the original people of Sri Lanka”

    President: D B Wijetunge (1993)
    “Minorities are like creepers clinging to the Sinhala tree.”

    Oxford educated National Security Minister Lalith Athulathmudali 1985
    “Only way to root out terrorism was to remove the concept of ‘traditional homelands”

    Oxford educated Senior Minister Gamini Dissanayake soon after the 1983 Riots
    “Who attacked you? Sinhalese. who saved you? Sinhalese. It is that we who attacked and protected you. They are bringing an army from India. It will take 14 hours to come from India. In 14 minutes the blood of every Tamil in the country can be sacrifi ce to the land by us”

    President J.R.Jayawardene, Daily Telegraph, July 1983
    “I am not worried about the opinion of the Jaffna people.now we cannot think of them, not about their lives or their opinion.the more you put pressure in the north, the happier the Sinhala people will be here Really if I starve the Tamils out, the Sinhala people will be happy”

    Mrs. Wimala Kannangara M.P (1981)
    “If we are governing, we must govern. If we are ruling, we must rule. Do not give into the minorities”

    Ceylon’s first Prime Minister,D.S.Senanayake
    “Today you are brought here and given a plot of land. You have been uprooted from your village. You are like a piece of driftwood in the ocean; but remember that one day the whole country will look up to you. The fi nal battle for the Sinhala people will be fought on the plains of Padaviya. You are men and women who will carry this island’s destiny on your shoulders. Those who are attempting to divide this country will have to reckon with you. The country may forget you for a few years, but one day very soon they will look up to you as the last bastion of the Sinhala”
    sorted by Tamil

    Def Sec. Gotabaya’s words
    “Let our soldiers feast on Tamil women while the Tamil men’s blood drip into the ocean and make it red”.

    NEW
    Foreign Minister Palitha Kohona: ‘Victorious soldiers could have raped every single woman’ (july-3-2009)

  91. Atmosphere of fear continue to stalk Lanka – Chandrika
    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2b24OXJ4a3dT5Am34d0IOo63a03O4BBa4d35TmA4e0dC0Mmcce0ccYdZ2cceHlYS3e

    There is an atmosphere of fear and lack of freedom in Sri Lanka even after the end of war, the country’s former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said.

    “Even I care for my life. It is a government of my party (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) that is in power. Still even I don’t feel safe,” Kumaratunga, who was on a personal visit to Kerala, told reporters here. “Overall there is lack of freedom and an atmosphere of fear is prevailing in the country. Basic rights of the people and media freedom are restricted in Sri Lanka,” she said.

    Asked about human rights violations, she said it was not appropriate for her to comment on it. “Let the Government say,” she said. She was interacting with reporters before making a courtesy call on Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan.

  92. In response to Bharatha's comment of Sept. 17, 11:17 P.M., I would make the following point:

    Bharatha's comment states "you say, ‘So far, 6,490 people are reported to have been released from the camps’ and provide a refence to a document, which at no place talk about 6,490 as the number returned" – actually, if you review page 2 of the USAID fact sheet, it says in the second full paragraph the following: "As of September 11, OCHA reported that the GoSL had authorized the departure of 6,490 IDPs, including elderly persons, people with learning disabilities, and individuals from other vulnerable groups, from IDP camps to host families and elders' welfare centers." That was the reason I used the figure of 6,490 in my blog post. Those interested in reading the USAID fact sheet for themselves will find the link to it by clicking on the word "reported" in my blog post at the end of the fourth paragraph.

  93. 1600 political prisoners are languishing in Sri Lanka jails for many years without trial

    1600 political prisoners arrested on suspicion under Emergency Regulations (ER) and Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), languishing in various prisons in Sri Lanka for many years without being produced in the courts.

    They launched a hunger strike as their requests placed in previous hunger strikes had not been taken into consideration despite promises by legal authorities that their cases will be taken for trial in two months time, sources in Colombo said.

    The protesting prisoners further said that they believe that all are equal before the law and that they request the Sri Lanka President to at least allow them on bail as persons under normal court procedure

    The political prisoners who had earlier staged hunger strikes 2 to 3 times in the period between 27th to 31st July 2009 had given up the strike on assurances given by legal authorities that their cases will be taken to trial within two months but they had not kept their word and this has forced them to go on hunger strike, they said.

    They further pointed out that it is an outright violation of human rights to keep them in the prison, who had been arrested merely on suspicion under ER and PTA, without legal action against them for many years.

  94. Dear Eelamtards, Vanni & Silva, can you please stop this cut-and-paste? It's very dull and adds nothing to the discussion. How is Eelam these days?

  95. Are you unaware of the fact the Americans have thus far refuse to apologize for the massacre of over 200,000 civilians by atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Or US invade Iraq ?

    Ahhhhh … the Hiroshima, the Iraq or many, many others excuses !!!

    Why is it that whenever the topic of the 300, 000 people imprisoned within the Sri Lankan concentration camps is brought to attention, narrow minded people choose to dig up the past.

    Just because the Americans may have killed thousands of people with the Hiroshima bombings, does not justify the actions of the Sri Lankan Army( SLA.).

    Although many terrible things have happened in the past, there is no justification for the treatment of the Tamil people.

    The Sri Lankan government says the Tamil Tigers have been wiped out, the war is over, and Sri Lanka is free from conflict.

    But if this is true, why there are so many innocents still imprisoned, raped, murdered.

    Is the war against the Tamil Tigers, or against the Tamil people?

    I hope you remember when the Sri Lankan military said they conducted the biggest hostage rescue operation.

    Tell me why these people are still living like hostages inside their concentration camps.

    What are they being ‘protected from if the government has already defeated the Tamil rebels?

    The Sri Lankan government said they had liberated the Tamil people as well as the whole N-E side of the land from the Tamil Tigers

    Are the people inside the walls of the concentration camp liberated?

    This is a peculiar concept of liberation.

    In my opinion the Sri Lankan ‘liberators are in fact occupiers.
    Colonizing all of the Tamil Homelands, ethnically cleansing and enslaving the civilians which is below the law, nationally and internationally.

    Sri Lanka depends on outside, international help.

    If they continue to need this help, the organizations supporting them have an upper hand in a way.

    Letting them know their help will discontinue if the state of affairs does not improve may just be the way to end the mistreatment of the minority.

  96. 6,000 IDPs promised release last week , but only 580 arrived in the area and all of them were immediately sent to another camp, where they continue to be detained.

    There is no resettlement. They are being sent from one prison to another.

    “There is no way it can happen. We select the people carefully for
    resettlement, and these people were sent nowhere else,” Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said.

    But a government official said 580 Tamils who had been released from a camp in the north were being held in another concentration camp until they received security clearances and their homes were repaired. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

    It’s a bit confusing …

    basically IDPs pushed from one camp to another..

    Strange ???? The IDPs security clearances were check and recheck for nearly 5 months in concentration camps…

    now they are freed and imprisoned again unti yet another security clearance ????
    or better yet … to be imprisoned until their homes repaired ????

    Last week , it was the mines

  97. Mawatha,

    You forgot to add the customary Eelamtard claim of 'genocide' being committed against the Tamils peoples of Sri Lanka. Are you losing your touch?

    You really should be more carefully get all of your atrocity accusations in one posting. It makes it easier to ignore.

  98. Refrernce :

    Mango
    September 18th, 2009 at 9:22 am

    and

    Mango
    September 18th, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Calling your fellow bloggers with insulting names adds nothing to the discussion also

  99. In response to Bharatha’s comment of Sept. 17, 11:17 P.M., I would make the following point:

    Bharatha’s comment states “you say, ‘So far, 6,490 people are reported to have been released from the camps’ and provide a refence to a document, which at no place talk about 6,490 as the number returned” – actually, if you review page 2 of the USAID fact sheet, it says in the second full paragraph the following: “As of September 11, OCHA reported that the GoSL had authorized the departure of 6,490 IDPs, including elderly persons, people with learning disabilities, and individuals from other vulnerable groups, from IDP camps to host families and elders’ welfare centers.” That was the reason I used the figure of 6,490 in my blog post. Those interested in reading the USAID fact sheet for themselves will find the link to it by clicking on the word “reported” in my blog post at the end of the fourth paragraph.

  100. Dear Eelamtards, Vanni & Silva, can you please stop this cut-and-paste? It’s very dull and adds nothing to the discussion. How is Eelam these days?

  101. Are you unaware of the fact the Americans have thus far refuse to apologize for the massacre of over 200,000 civilians by atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Or US invade Iraq ?

    Ahhhhh … the Hiroshima, the Iraq or many, many others excuses !!!

    Why is it that whenever the topic of the 300, 000 people imprisoned within the Sri Lankan concentration camps is brought to attention, narrow minded people choose to dig up the past.

    Just because the Americans may have killed thousands of people with the Hiroshima bombings, does not justify the actions of the Sri Lankan Army( SLA.).

    Although many terrible things have happened in the past, there is no justification for the treatment of the Tamil people.

    The Sri Lankan government says the Tamil Tigers have been wiped out, the war is over, and Sri Lanka is free from conflict.

    But if this is true, why there are so many innocents still imprisoned, raped, murdered.

    Is the war against the Tamil Tigers, or against the Tamil people?

    I hope you remember when the Sri Lankan military said they conducted the biggest hostage rescue operation.

    Tell me why these people are still living like hostages inside their concentration camps.

    What are they being ‘protected from if the government has already defeated the Tamil rebels?

    The Sri Lankan government said they had liberated the Tamil people as well as the whole N-E side of the land from the Tamil Tigers

    Are the people inside the walls of the concentration camp liberated?

    This is a peculiar concept of liberation.

    In my opinion the Sri Lankan ‘liberators are in fact occupiers.
    Colonizing all of the Tamil Homelands, ethnically cleansing and enslaving the civilians which is below the law, nationally and internationally.

    Sri Lanka depends on outside, international help.

    If they continue to need this help, the organizations supporting them have an upper hand in a way.

    Letting them know their help will discontinue if the state of affairs does not improve may just be the way to end the mistreatment of the minority.

  102. 6,000 IDPs promised release last week , but only 580 arrived in the area and all of them were immediately sent to another camp, where they continue to be detained.

    There is no resettlement. They are being sent from one prison to another.

    “There is no way it can happen. We select the people carefully for
    resettlement, and these people were sent nowhere else,” Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said.

    But a government official said 580 Tamils who had been released from a camp in the north were being held in another concentration camp until they received security clearances and their homes were repaired. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

    It’s a bit confusing …

    basically IDPs pushed from one camp to another..

    Strange ???? The IDPs security clearances were check and recheck for nearly 5 months in concentration camps…

    now they are freed and imprisoned again unti yet another security clearance ????
    or better yet … to be imprisoned until their homes repaired ????

    Last week , it was the mines

  103. Mawatha,

    You forgot to add the customary Eelamtard claim of ‘genocide’ being committed against the Tamils peoples of Sri Lanka. Are you losing your touch?

    You really should be more carefully get all of your atrocity accusations in one posting. It makes it easier to ignore.

  104. Pls watch this clip. These are Innocent Thamils. SL told to International Comunity that they really fight with LTTE to SAVE THESE INNOCENT THAMILS??????????
    Why these Thamils been kept in camps?

    * Let the People go and live with their relatives.
    * Let the people go freely.

    People who has nobody they wil stay in camp.

    Diaspora Thamils have send a Ship full THINGS for their relatives. But still SLG is making so difficult with Gifts send by Diaspora Thamils. But at the same time SLG is asking Diaspora Thamils to help their relatives in Vanni. What kind of a Joke is this????

    Why International Community is keep on SILENT in this matter?

    If Diaspora Thamils don't take any action this problem wil be never come to the SPOT LIGHT.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83R07kShFcQ&fe

  105. Refrernce :

    Mango
    September 18th, 2009 at 9:22 am

    and

    Mango
    September 18th, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Calling your fellow bloggers with insulting names adds nothing to the discussion also

  106. Pls watch this clip. These are Innocent Thamils. SL told to International Comunity that they really fight with LTTE to SAVE THESE INNOCENT THAMILS??????????
    Why these Thamils been kept in camps?

    * Let the People go and live with their relatives.
    * Let the people go freely.

    People who has nobody they wil stay in camp.

    Diaspora Thamils have send a Ship full THINGS for their relatives. But still SLG is making so difficult with Gifts send by Diaspora Thamils. But at the same time SLG is asking Diaspora Thamils to help their relatives in Vanni. What kind of a Joke is this????

    Why International Community is keep on SILENT in this matter?

    If Diaspora Thamils don't take any action this problem wil be never come to the SPOT LIGHT.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83R07kShFcQ&fe

  107. Pls watch this clip. These are Innocent Thamils. SL told to International Comunity that they really fight with LTTE to SAVE THESE INNOCENT THAMILS??????????
    Why these Thamils been kept in camps?

    * Let the People go and live with their relatives.
    * Let the people go freely.

    People who has nobody they wil stay in camp.

    Diaspora Thamils have send a Ship full THINGS for their relatives. But still SLG is making so difficult with Gifts send by Diaspora Thamils. But at the same time SLG is asking Diaspora Thamils to help their relatives in Vanni. What kind of a Joke is this????

    Why International Community is keep on SILENT in this matter?

    If Diaspora Thamils don't take any action this problem wil be never come to the SPOT LIGHT.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83R07kShFcQ&fe

  108. Thanks Silva.
    I just closed my eyes for a while and this Sinhala man has stolen my pen name.
    it is good. so that International community who visit this site can judge for them who is writing what and why.

  109. Hi M Silva!
    I have already canceled my SL citizenship and soled my propertys in Southern part of SL to show my solidarity to North and East Thamils. By doing this already 14 Sinhalees lost their jobs from me. But what to do. I must make choices in my life. I have alraedy asked my other bussines partnes to do the same.

    As you Colombo is RUNNING by Thamil Bussinesmen.

    1.Specialy Diaspora Thamils must not buy any propertys in Southern part of SL.

    2. North an East Thamils who lives in Southern part of SL must go bak to their own places to devolope their own places.

    3. There must be a Thamilan Bank Established in Europe or Elswhere for Thamils.
    and branhes of this banks must be opend in Malaysia, Singapore, India and also in Sri Lanka. at this moment Thamils are dealing with Sinhala Banks and Sinhala Govermant knows which Thamil and how much money has on his account.

    4.M Silva, as you told i have already stop buying SL Produts and many Thamils did that already.

  110. Pls watch this clip. These are Innocent Thamils. SL told to International Comunity that they really fight with LTTE to SAVE THESE INNOCENT THAMILS??????????
    Why these Thamils been kept in camps?

    * Let the People go and live with their relatives.
    * Let the people go freely.

    People who has nobody they wil stay in camp.

    Diaspora Thamils have send a Ship full THINGS for their relatives. But still SLG is making so difficult with Gifts send by Diaspora Thamils. But at the same time SLG is asking Diaspora Thamils to help their relatives in Vanni. What kind of a Joke is this????

    Why International Community is keep on SILENT in this matter?

    If Diaspora Thamils don’t take any action this problem wil be never come to the SPOT LIGHT.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83R07kShFcQ&feature=channel

  111. Mango Says:
    September 18th, 2009 at 9:22 am
    Dear Eelamtards, Vanni & Silva, can you please stop this cut-and-paste?

    If I cut-and-paste, I will loose all the evidents after one posting, many time copy-and-paste sothat I still keep evidents of CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY IN SRI LANKA BY STATE TERRORIST. Mango, I am not writing any fiction story. 4 your work, GOSL will pay u, Continue your Propaganda.

    Thanks Silva, Alfonso 4 coming back now I don't need to post many, u both have good voice. Silva I saw your voice & Ratnam's in some other medias, thanks 4 all.

    I must thanks Jim 4 his Voice in support of Humanity,

  112. The learned judge in this case upheld the law and refused the application of the attorney general. If he had accepted it, the attorney general could have argued that it was the court that made this decision and that Sri Lanka respects the separation of powers. Thus, responsibility for the decision would have fallen on the court.

    This is the manner in which the lack of investigation and prosecution of extrajudicial killings at police stations is being justified, in many cases. It is argued that the magistrate at the inquest has ruled the case a justifiable homicide – therefore this is the decision of the judiciary. In fact the court has not been provided with all the circumstances relating to the death of a person in police custody.

    With no impartial investigation, and with documents forged to give the police version of events, the courts have only the evidence that the police and prosecutors choose to place before them. If complaints are made later, excuses are made on the basis of the magistrate’s verdict.

    In this same manner the attorney general justified the imprisonment last year of journalist J.S. Tissainayagam under the Prevention of Terrorism Law. He told the United Nations Human Rights Council that the 20-year sentence was a minimum under the law, that it was a court decision and that Sri Lanka respects the separation of powers.

    What he did not tell the council is that the journalist was convicted under a draconian law that makes crimes out of acts that are not otherwise considered crimes, and under which confessions are admissible as evidence. As for sentences, under this law the court can prescribe any sentence it wishes without consideration of other factors.

    The whole system of criminal justice in Sri Lanka is standing on its head. The law is manipulated and twisted to get whatever result the prosecutor wants. The prosecutors can also become defenders whenever they wish, particularly when they participate in preliminary enquiries and subvert the process by various means.
    http://www.upiasia.com/Human_Rights/2009/09/18/sr

  113. Thanks Silva.
    I just closed my eyes for a while and this Sinhala man has stolen my pen name.
    it is good. so that International community who visit this site can judge for them who is writing what and why.

  114. Hi M Silva!
    I have already canceled my SL citizenship and soled my propertys in Southern part of SL to show my solidarity to North and East Thamils. By doing this already 14 Sinhalees lost their jobs from me. But what to do. I must make choices in my life. I have alraedy asked my other bussines partnes to do the same.

    As you Colombo is RUNNING by Thamil Bussinesmen.

    1.Specialy Diaspora Thamils must not buy any propertys in Southern part of SL.

    2. North an East Thamils who lives in Southern part of SL must go bak to their own places to devolope their own places.

    3. There must be a Thamilan Bank Established in Europe or Elswhere for Thamils.
    and branhes of this banks must be opend in Malaysia, Singapore, India and also in Sri Lanka. at this moment Thamils are dealing with Sinhala Banks and Sinhala Govermant knows which Thamil and how much money has on his account.

    4.M Silva, as you told i have already stop buying SL Produts and many Thamils did that already.

  115. The learned judge in this case upheld the law and refused the application of the attorney general. If he had accepted it, the attorney general could have argued that it was the court that made this decision and that Sri Lanka respects the separation of powers. Thus, responsibility for the decision would have fallen on the court.

    This is the manner in which the lack of investigation and prosecution of extrajudicial killings at police stations is being justified, in many cases. It is argued that the magistrate at the inquest has ruled the case a justifiable homicide – therefore this is the decision of the judiciary. In fact the court has not been provided with all the circumstances relating to the death of a person in police custody.

    With no impartial investigation, and with documents forged to give the police version of events, the courts have only the evidence that the police and prosecutors choose to place before them. If complaints are made later, excuses are made on the basis of the magistrate’s verdict.

    In this same manner the attorney general justified the imprisonment last year of journalist J.S. Tissainayagam under the Prevention of Terrorism Law. He told the United Nations Human Rights Council that the 20-year sentence was a minimum under the law, that it was a court decision and that Sri Lanka respects the separation of powers.

    What he did not tell the council is that the journalist was convicted under a draconian law that makes crimes out of acts that are not otherwise considered crimes, and under which confessions are admissible as evidence. As for sentences, under this law the court can prescribe any sentence it wishes without consideration of other factors.

    The whole system of criminal justice in Sri Lanka is standing on its head. The law is manipulated and twisted to get whatever result the prosecutor wants. The prosecutors can also become defenders whenever they wish, particularly when they participate in preliminary enquiries and subvert the process by various means.
    http://www.upiasia.com/Human_Rights/2009/09/18/sr

  116. The learned judge in this case upheld the law and refused the application of the attorney general. If he had accepted it, the attorney general could have argued that it was the court that made this decision and that Sri Lanka respects the separation of powers. Thus, responsibility for the decision would have fallen on the court.

    This is the manner in which the lack of investigation and prosecution of extrajudicial killings at police stations is being justified, in many cases. It is argued that the magistrate at the inquest has ruled the case a justifiable homicide – therefore this is the decision of the judiciary. In fact the court has not been provided with all the circumstances relating to the death of a person in police custody.

    With no impartial investigation, and with documents forged to give the police version of events, the courts have only the evidence that the police and prosecutors choose to place before them. If complaints are made later, excuses are made on the basis of the magistrate’s verdict.

    In this same manner the attorney general justified the imprisonment last year of journalist J.S. Tissainayagam under the Prevention of Terrorism Law. He told the United Nations Human Rights Council that the 20-year sentence was a minimum under the law, that it was a court decision and that Sri Lanka respects the separation of powers.

    What he did not tell the council is that the journalist was convicted under a draconian law that makes crimes out of acts that are not otherwise considered crimes, and under which confessions are admissible as evidence. As for sentences, under this law the court can prescribe any sentence it wishes without consideration of other factors.

    The whole system of criminal justice in Sri Lanka is standing on its head. The law is manipulated and twisted to get whatever result the prosecutor wants. The prosecutors can also become defenders whenever they wish, particularly when they participate in preliminary enquiries and subvert the process by various means.
    http://www.upiasia.com/Human_Rights/2009/09/18/sr

  117. Mango Says:
    September 18th, 2009 at 9:22 am
    Dear Eelamtards, Vanni & Silva, can you please stop this cut-and-paste?

    If I cut-and-paste, I will loose all the evidents after one posting, many time copy-and-paste sothat I still keep evidents of CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY IN SRI LANKA BY STATE TERRORIST. Mango, I am not writing any fiction story. 4 your work, GOSL will pay u, Continue your Propaganda.

    Thanks Silva, Alfonso 4 coming back now I don’t need to post many, u both have good voice. Silva I saw your voice & Ratnam’s in some other medias, thanks 4 all.

    I must thanks Jim 4 his Voice in support of Humanity,

  118. The learned judge in this case upheld the law and refused the application of the attorney general. If he had accepted it, the attorney general could have argued that it was the court that made this decision and that Sri Lanka respects the separation of powers. Thus, responsibility for the decision would have fallen on the court.

    This is the manner in which the lack of investigation and prosecution of extrajudicial killings at police stations is being justified, in many cases. It is argued that the magistrate at the inquest has ruled the case a justifiable homicide – therefore this is the decision of the judiciary. In fact the court has not been provided with all the circumstances relating to the death of a person in police custody.

    With no impartial investigation, and with documents forged to give the police version of events, the courts have only the evidence that the police and prosecutors choose to place before them. If complaints are made later, excuses are made on the basis of the magistrate’s verdict.

    In this same manner the attorney general justified the imprisonment last year of journalist J.S. Tissainayagam under the Prevention of Terrorism Law. He told the United Nations Human Rights Council that the 20-year sentence was a minimum under the law, that it was a court decision and that Sri Lanka respects the separation of powers.

    What he did not tell the council is that the journalist was convicted under a draconian law that makes crimes out of acts that are not otherwise considered crimes, and under which confessions are admissible as evidence. As for sentences, under this law the court can prescribe any sentence it wishes without consideration of other factors.

    The whole system of criminal justice in Sri Lanka is standing on its head. The law is manipulated and twisted to get whatever result the prosecutor wants. The prosecutors can also become defenders whenever they wish, particularly when they participate in preliminary enquiries and subvert the process by various means.

    http://www.upiasia.com/Human_Rights/2009/09/18/sri_lankas_unrule_of_law/8772/

  119. Vanni Says:
    September 18th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Dear friend,

    As referring to your post above, I always refrain to engage with someone who uses the insulting remarks so liberally ( e.g. Mango). But will reply to any valid points. Vanni , you and I can see some newly joined but poorly trained Sinhala stooges with partly completed crash course on information 'distortion'.

    Instead of welcoming them whole-heartedly, we are just compelled to ignore because of their vile and uncivilized chauvinistic comments. It speaks very well (word-for-word) of the IQ and chutzpah of these creatures. Let them bark. Regrettably, there's no remedy for verbal diarrhea – it's just a hallucinogenic phase of their master's

  120. Vanni

    Dear friend,

    I love your cut-and-paste; I read your post all of the time !!!!!! Ignore Mango. It’s not worth it.

    Your fantastic posts are informative and sorely needed. Many visit this website just read your comments.

    I also, can see here…. that for you, Vanni, ….the right to freedom of speech and expression is not negotiable.

    Your passion for the oppressed shines through !!

    Carry on righting the wrong !!!!

  121. Reference-Alfonso
    September 18th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Dear friend,

    Your do a honorable thing indeed for all Thamils!!!!!

    Yes, I boycott the Sri Lankan products, tourism, tea and cricket vigorously where-ever I go Colombo, Chennai, Mumbai, Tokyo, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur , Singapore, etc, etc….

    The Racist Sri Lanka will soon WITHER AWAY as a failed state of Zimbabwe

  122. It is now 5 months since Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared the country “liberated” from Tamil Tiger (LTTE) rebels after a 26-year war. He said then that he wanted to settle most of the displaced Tamil civilians within 180 days — but today, with more than half that time elapsed, nearly 300,000 are still being held in “internment camps”, to which the media and humanitarian organisations have virtually no access.
    http://puligal.blogspot.com/

  123. It is now 5 months since Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared the country “liberated” from Tamil Tiger (LTTE) rebels after a 26-year war. He said then that he wanted to settle most of the displaced Tamil civilians within 180 days — but today, with more than half that time elapsed, nearly 300,000 are still being held in “internment camps”, to which the media and humanitarian organisations have virtually no access.
    http://puligal.blogspot.com/

  124. It is now 5 months since Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared the country “liberated” from Tamil Tiger (LTTE) rebels after a 26-year war. He said then that he wanted to settle most of the displaced Tamil civilians within 180 days — but today, with more than half that time elapsed, nearly 300,000 are still being held in “internment camps”, to which the media and humanitarian organisations have virtually no access.
    http://puligal.blogspot.com/

  125. Thanks Silva!
    Sometime ago i was confused about you, I am sorry 4 that. It came from this Sinhala Roshan. He use to come under different names as we all knows.
    Thanks 4 ur voice.

  126. Vanni Says:
    September 18th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Dear friend,

    As referring to your post above, I always refrain to engage with someone who uses the insulting remarks so liberally ( e.g. Mango). But will reply to any valid points. Vanni , you and I can see some newly joined but poorly trained Sinhala stooges with partly completed crash course on information ‘distortion’.

    Instead of welcoming them whole-heartedly, we are just compelled to ignore because of their vile and uncivilized chauvinistic comments. It speaks very well (word-for-word) of the IQ and chutzpah of these creatures. Let them bark. Regrettably, there’s no remedy for verbal diarrhea – it’s just a hallucinogenic phase of their master’s

  127. Vanni

    Dear friend,

    I love your cut-and-paste; I read your post all of the time !!!!!! Ignore Mango. It’s not worth it.

    Your fantastic posts are informative and sorely needed. Many visit this website just read your comments.

    I also, can see here…. that for you, Vanni, ….the right to freedom of speech and expression is not negotiable.

    Your passion for the oppressed shines through !!

    Carry on righting the wrong !!!!

  128. Reference-Alfonso
    September 18th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Dear friend,

    Your do a honorable thing indeed for all Thamils!!!!!

    Yes, I boycott the Sri Lankan products, tourism, tea and cricket vigorously where-ever I go Colombo, Chennai, Mumbai, Tokyo, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur , Singapore, etc, etc….

    The Racist Sri Lanka will soon WITHER AWAY as a failed state of Zimbabwe

  129. It is now 5 months since Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared the country “liberated” from Tamil Tiger (LTTE) rebels after a 26-year war. He said then that he wanted to settle most of the displaced Tamil civilians within 180 days — but today, with more than half that time elapsed, nearly 300,000 are still being held in “internment camps”, to which the media and humanitarian organisations have virtually no access.

    http://puligal.blogspot.com/

  130. Thanks Silva!
    Sometime ago i was confused about you, I am sorry 4 that. It came from this Sinhala Roshan. He use to come under different names as we all knows.
    Thanks 4 ur voice.

  131. Vaddukkoaddai and Thimphu
    [TamilNet, Saturday, 19 September 2009, 13:04 GMT]
    Calling for the creation of independent and sovereign Tamil Eelam, based on Vaddukkoadai Resolution (VR) was the last spontaneous and definite mandate by Eezham Tamils in a totally free and democratic atmosphere. As the need for democratic political organisation unfolds afresh, Tamils have to take up the thread directly from the VR. The Thimphu principles and all the other formulas put forward subsequently under the duress of powers, and failed as negotiation models, do not get precedence over the VR as bases for political organization. Mu’l’livaaykkaal was not the real defeat. The defeat comes only when Tamils are made to politically denounce their heart-felt aspirations. The diaspora needs to peruse and correct course of any proposal that stops just at self-determination. In UN charter and in international law it is just an empty phrase that doesn’t protect nations or ethnicities.

    The Vaddukkoaddai Resolution of 1976, calling for independent, sovereign, Tamil Eelam in the North and East of the island of Sri Lanka was a proclamation of all democratic Tamil political parties, including Ceylon Workers Congress, the then united political party of the Upcountry Tamils. The Eezham Tamil voters of the North and East overwhelmingly endorsed it in the 1977 elections. Thus it was a definite democratic mandate of Tamils and so far they didn’t get another chance to democratically tell what is in their heart.
    The Thimphu principles of 1985 were a diluted version of Vaddukkoaddai Resolution, after truncating independence and sovereignty and stopping just at Tamil nation, homeland and self-determination. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=99&art

  132. IDPs: India pressurizes Govt. http://www.sundaytimes.lk/090920/News/nws_01.html

    I don't think India pressurizes sri lanka, India, I mean Congress has blood stain hand in sri lankan Tamils. Whenever UN or Intel. Community try to give Voice, India always make fake loud voice to block any solution to Tamils.
    When the Tamils population was over 350,000 in the so called death zone, sri lanka said only 65,000 Tamils, but India said 70,000. Narayanam, maneon.. are anti Tamils, they are the policy makers in india.
    India: 70,000 trapped in Sri Lanka war zone http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/02/18/srila

    Even in IMF money, when Hilary clington went to india, next day money was released, there are many evidents available..

  133. ‘No Tamil can expect a fair trial in Sri Lanka’
    Ratnarajah Thusiyanthan is a Canadian. He was working for a World Bank funded project in Colombo as an IT consultant. He is 35-years-old and from the
    Toronto area. He immigrated to Canada in 1989. He had temporarily left Canada in 2002 for Sri Lanka where he got married and had a child. He wants to come back to Canada with his family. Ratnarajah lived with his wife and his two-and-half year daughter. On April 29, he was arrested outside his workplace in Colombo and has been in prison ever since. He was among several arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, described by both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International as “draconian.” HRW has noted the Sri Lankan government uses emergency regulations to arrest and detain political opponents, journalists, human rights defenders, and members of the Tamil minority community. Currently, there are no charges against him. http://www.thesundayleader.lk/20090920/world.htm

  134. Vaddukkoaddai and Thimphu
    [TamilNet, Saturday, 19 September 2009, 13:04 GMT]
    Calling for the creation of independent and sovereign Tamil Eelam, based on Vaddukkoadai Resolution (VR) was the last spontaneous and definite mandate by Eezham Tamils in a totally free and democratic atmosphere. As the need for democratic political organisation unfolds afresh, Tamils have to take up the thread directly from the VR. The Thimphu principles and all the other formulas put forward subsequently under the duress of powers, and failed as negotiation models, do not get precedence over the VR as bases for political organization. Mu’l’livaaykkaal was not the real defeat. The defeat comes only when Tamils are made to politically denounce their heart-felt aspirations. The diaspora needs to peruse and correct course of any proposal that stops just at self-determination. In UN charter and in international law it is just an empty phrase that doesn’t protect nations or ethnicities.

    The Vaddukkoaddai Resolution of 1976, calling for independent, sovereign, Tamil Eelam in the North and East of the island of Sri Lanka was a proclamation of all democratic Tamil political parties, including Ceylon Workers Congress, the then united political party of the Upcountry Tamils. The Eezham Tamil voters of the North and East overwhelmingly endorsed it in the 1977 elections. Thus it was a definite democratic mandate of Tamils and so far they didn’t get another chance to democratically tell what is in their heart.
    The Thimphu principles of 1985 were a diluted version of Vaddukkoaddai Resolution, after truncating independence and sovereignty and stopping just at Tamil nation, homeland and self-determination. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=99&art

  135. Vaddukkoaddai and Thimphu
    [TamilNet, Saturday, 19 September 2009, 13:04 GMT]
    Calling for the creation of independent and sovereign Tamil Eelam, based on Vaddukkoadai Resolution (VR) was the last spontaneous and definite mandate by Eezham Tamils in a totally free and democratic atmosphere. As the need for democratic political organisation unfolds afresh, Tamils have to take up the thread directly from the VR. The Thimphu principles and all the other formulas put forward subsequently under the duress of powers, and failed as negotiation models, do not get precedence over the VR as bases for political organization. Mu’l’livaaykkaal was not the real defeat. The defeat comes only when Tamils are made to politically denounce their heart-felt aspirations. The diaspora needs to peruse and correct course of any proposal that stops just at self-determination. In UN charter and in international law it is just an empty phrase that doesn’t protect nations or ethnicities.

    The Vaddukkoaddai Resolution of 1976, calling for independent, sovereign, Tamil Eelam in the North and East of the island of Sri Lanka was a proclamation of all democratic Tamil political parties, including Ceylon Workers Congress, the then united political party of the Upcountry Tamils. The Eezham Tamil voters of the North and East overwhelmingly endorsed it in the 1977 elections. Thus it was a definite democratic mandate of Tamils and so far they didn’t get another chance to democratically tell what is in their heart.
    The Thimphu principles of 1985 were a diluted version of Vaddukkoaddai Resolution, after truncating independence and sovereignty and stopping just at Tamil nation, homeland and self-determination. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=99&art

  136. IDPs: India pressurizes Govt. http://www.sundaytimes.lk/090920/News/nws_01.html

    I don't think India pressurizes sri lanka, India, I mean Congress has blood stain hand in sri lankan Tamils. Whenever UN or Intel. Community try to give Voice, India always make fake loud voice to block any solution to Tamils.
    When the Tamils population was over 350,000 in the so called death zone, sri lanka said only 65,000 Tamils, but India said 70,000. Narayanam, maneon.. are anti Tamils, they are the policy makers in india.
    India: 70,000 trapped in Sri Lanka war zone http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/02/18/srila

    Even in IMF money, when Hilary clington went to india, next day money was released, there are many evidents available..

  137. IDPs: India pressurizes Govt. http://www.sundaytimes.lk/090920/News/nws_01.html

    I don't think India pressurizes sri lanka, India, I mean Congress has blood stain hand in sri lankan Tamils. Whenever UN or Intel. Community try to give Voice, India always make fake loud voice to block any solution to Tamils.
    When the Tamils population was over 350,000 in the so called death zone, sri lanka said only 65,000 Tamils, but India said 70,000. Narayanam, maneon.. are anti Tamils, they are the policy makers in india.
    India: 70,000 trapped in Sri Lanka war zone http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/02/18/srila

    Even in IMF money, when Hilary clington went to india, next day money was released, there are many evidents available..

  138. ‘No Tamil can expect a fair trial in Sri Lanka’
    Ratnarajah Thusiyanthan is a Canadian. He was working for a World Bank funded project in Colombo as an IT consultant. He is 35-years-old and from the
    Toronto area. He immigrated to Canada in 1989. He had temporarily left Canada in 2002 for Sri Lanka where he got married and had a child. He wants to come back to Canada with his family. Ratnarajah lived with his wife and his two-and-half year daughter. On April 29, he was arrested outside his workplace in Colombo and has been in prison ever since. He was among several arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, described by both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International as “draconian.” HRW has noted the Sri Lankan government uses emergency regulations to arrest and detain political opponents, journalists, human rights defenders, and members of the Tamil minority community. Currently, there are no charges against him. http://www.thesundayleader.lk/20090920/world.htm

  139. ‘No Tamil can expect a fair trial in Sri Lanka’
    Ratnarajah Thusiyanthan is a Canadian. He was working for a World Bank funded project in Colombo as an IT consultant. He is 35-years-old and from the
    Toronto area. He immigrated to Canada in 1989. He had temporarily left Canada in 2002 for Sri Lanka where he got married and had a child. He wants to come back to Canada with his family. Ratnarajah lived with his wife and his two-and-half year daughter. On April 29, he was arrested outside his workplace in Colombo and has been in prison ever since. He was among several arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, described by both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International as “draconian.” HRW has noted the Sri Lankan government uses emergency regulations to arrest and detain political opponents, journalists, human rights defenders, and members of the Tamil minority community. Currently, there are no charges against him. http://www.thesundayleader.lk/20090920/world.htm

  140. Vaddukkoaddai and Thimphu
    [TamilNet, Saturday, 19 September 2009, 13:04 GMT]
    Calling for the creation of independent and sovereign Tamil Eelam, based on Vaddukkoadai Resolution (VR) was the last spontaneous and definite mandate by Eezham Tamils in a totally free and democratic atmosphere. As the need for democratic political organisation unfolds afresh, Tamils have to take up the thread directly from the VR. The Thimphu principles and all the other formulas put forward subsequently under the duress of powers, and failed as negotiation models, do not get precedence over the VR as bases for political organization. Mu’l’livaaykkaal was not the real defeat. The defeat comes only when Tamils are made to politically denounce their heart-felt aspirations. The diaspora needs to peruse and correct course of any proposal that stops just at self-determination. In UN charter and in international law it is just an empty phrase that doesn’t protect nations or ethnicities.

    The Vaddukkoaddai Resolution of 1976, calling for independent, sovereign, Tamil Eelam in the North and East of the island of Sri Lanka was a proclamation of all democratic Tamil political parties, including Ceylon Workers Congress, the then united political party of the Upcountry Tamils. The Eezham Tamil voters of the North and East overwhelmingly endorsed it in the 1977 elections. Thus it was a definite democratic mandate of Tamils and so far they didn’t get another chance to democratically tell what is in their heart.
    The Thimphu principles of 1985 were a diluted version of Vaddukkoaddai Resolution, after truncating independence and sovereignty and stopping just at Tamil nation, homeland and self-determination.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=99&artid=30274

  141. IDPs: India pressurizes Govt.
    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/090920/News/nws_01.html

    I don’t think India pressurizes sri lanka, India, I mean Congress has blood stain hand in sri lankan Tamils. Whenever UN or Intel. Community try to give Voice, India always make fake loud voice to block any solution to Tamils.
    When the Tamils population was over 350,000 in the so called death zone, sri lanka said only 65,000 Tamils, but India said 70,000. Narayanam, maneon.. are anti Tamils, they are the policy makers in india.
    India: 70,000 trapped in Sri Lanka war zone
    http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/02/18/srilanka.india.warzone/index.html?eref=rss_latest

    Even in IMF money, when Hilary clington went to india, next day money was released, there are many evidents available..

  142. ‘No Tamil can expect a fair trial in Sri Lanka’
    Ratnarajah Thusiyanthan is a Canadian. He was working for a World Bank funded project in Colombo as an IT consultant. He is 35-years-old and from the
    Toronto area. He immigrated to Canada in 1989. He had temporarily left Canada in 2002 for Sri Lanka where he got married and had a child. He wants to come back to Canada with his family. Ratnarajah lived with his wife and his two-and-half year daughter. On April 29, he was arrested outside his workplace in Colombo and has been in prison ever since. He was among several arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, described by both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International as “draconian.” HRW has noted the Sri Lankan government uses emergency regulations to arrest and detain political opponents, journalists, human rights defenders, and members of the Tamil minority community. Currently, there are no charges against him.
    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/20090920/world.htm

  143. You can’t detain a quarter of a million people for many months because you think there may be some criminals amongst them.

    There may be more drug dealers in the city of Colombo– do you put a fence around it and let no one move until they have been “weeded out”.

    It is the most insane and ludicrous attempt at so-called security measures the world has ever seen.

    If I happened to be caught up in an area with terrorists and was kept in a camp for many months because I was in the wrong part of the country, because it was my bad luck to be born there, with no rights of movement, unable to see my family, living in baking hot tents, flooded, sharing a toilet with 1000 other people – I would be very, very angry.

    Are Sri Lankans incapable of this tiny bit of empathy and unable to see how people might FEEL – i.e. other human beings???? It is the most insane thing I have ever witnessed.

  144. You can’t detain a quarter of a million people for many months because you think there may be some criminals amongst them.

    There may be more drug dealers in the city of Colombo– do you put a fence around it and let no one move until they have been “weeded out”.

    It is the most insane and ludicrous attempt at so-called security measures the world has ever seen.

    If I happened to be caught up in an area with terrorists and was kept in a camp for many months because I was in the wrong part of the country, because it was my bad luck to be born there, with no rights of movement, unable to see my family, living in baking hot tents, flooded, sharing a toilet with 1000 other people – I would be very, very angry.

    Are Sri Lankans incapable of this tiny bit of empathy and unable to see how people might FEEL – i.e. other human beings???? It is the most insane thing I have ever witnessed.

  145. BAN-KI-MOON SHOULD SET THE UN MANDATE IN SRI LANKA – FIRM AND CLEAR
    This week Un Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon has expressed his disappointment and strong regret over Sri lanka's decision of expelling the UN Children's Fund Spokesperson James Elder. The spokesperson for UNICEF has been accused by the Rajapakse regime of spreading rumours and supporting the Tamils side. According to the UN statement, its agencies are working impartially to assist all Sri lankans from the Humanitarian catastrophe. That also includes, making statements when necessary in an effort to save lives and prevent grave humanitarian situations.
    This latest salvo aimed at Humanitarian agencies and western Gorvenments by the increasingly brazen attitude of the singhalese regime, comes at a time when the world has come to realize the ferocityof the violations that is aimed at the Tamils in that country. The bundled up passengers of the Media has finally made the effort to peep through the "war on Terror" band wagon's darkened cover. The effectsof the ongiong atrocities of gargantine proportions have finally started inching away from their entrenched psyches to the syndicated media all around the globe. Finally the world has been given an opportunity to uphold truth and independent verification. It is no wonder the perpetrators are not all happy about it.
    The expelled unicef spokesperson James Elder is well known for his compassion and sterling commitment to the UN principles in all the hot spots he served before. A seasoned journalist for more than 15 years in his native Australia before joining the UN, he has served with zeal upholding humanitarian values in trouled spots like Darfur, Sudan, Angola, Somalia, Kenya and Mozambique. He has not hesitant to highlight the civilian casualities and sufferings of the Children inside the detention camps, and for which he has been branded as a Tamil sympathizer and reprimanded by the singhalese government.
    It is intersting that Palitha Kohona, the foreign secretary who has signed the expulsion order is a dual Australian-Sri Lankan citizen and has served in Geneva and canberra as well as in the UN as as Australian diplomat before accepting a Ministerial Post with the Rajapakse regime. He has accused his fellow Australian, James Elder, as supporting a terrorist organization and therefore violating the sovereignty of a nation.It is no secret that many Journalists have been murdered and detained for bringing the truth to the outside world whereby the sri lankan junta believes that the crimes of the State could be concealed in air-tight morgues.
    It is further insulting that this dual citizen, Palitha Kohona, is taking up the post of UN Ambassador fro sri lanka this week, which made the position a mockery given the fact that he made a statement that no victor ever faced war crimes charges, thus rendering him "an entirely inappropriate candidate to represent a UN member state." Further the director of peace and conflict studies at the sydney University has said that " For Kohona to be seemingly boasting that he and his colleagues will not face war crimes charges and then be sent straight to UN is an indication of the contempt the Rajapakse government has for the UN and its authority."
    It is time UN's Ban-Ki Moon, who had made many blunders by not providing any leadership to resolve the human catastrophe that is unfolding daily for the last 6 months, to do something concrete to value the human lives that is steadily being eroded by sri lankan STATE TERRORISM through wretched means. The UN Secretary General might be called "the slippery eel" by his native Korean press for his ability to didge questions. But he should at least follow the example set by the UNICEF spokesperson James Elder, and make serious efforts to free the thousands of civilians, including women and children, who are subjected to horrendous atrocities by the Sri lankan STATE CRIMINALS.

  146. BAN-KI-MOON SHOULD SET THE UN MANDATE IN SRI LANKA – FIRM AND CLEAR
    This week Un Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon has expressed his disappointment and strong regret over Sri lanka’s decision of expelling the UN Children’s Fund Spokesperson James Elder. The spokesperson for UNICEF has been accused by the Rajapakse regime of spreading rumours and supporting the Tamils side. According to the UN statement, its agencies are working impartially to assist all Sri lankans from the Humanitarian catastrophe. That also includes, making statements when necessary in an effort to save lives and prevent grave humanitarian situations.
    This latest salvo aimed at Humanitarian agencies and western Gorvenments by the increasingly brazen attitude of the singhalese regime, comes at a time when the world has come to realize the ferocityof the violations that is aimed at the Tamils in that country. The bundled up passengers of the Media has finally made the effort to peep through the “war on Terror” band wagon’s darkened cover. The effectsof the ongiong atrocities of gargantine proportions have finally started inching away from their entrenched psyches to the syndicated media all around the globe. Finally the world has been given an opportunity to uphold truth and independent verification. It is no wonder the perpetrators are not all happy about it.
    The expelled unicef spokesperson James Elder is well known for his compassion and sterling commitment to the UN principles in all the hot spots he served before. A seasoned journalist for more than 15 years in his native Australia before joining the UN, he has served with zeal upholding humanitarian values in trouled spots like Darfur, Sudan, Angola, Somalia, Kenya and Mozambique. He has not hesitant to highlight the civilian casualities and sufferings of the Children inside the detention camps, and for which he has been branded as a Tamil sympathizer and reprimanded by the singhalese government.
    It is intersting that Palitha Kohona, the foreign secretary who has signed the expulsion order is a dual Australian-Sri Lankan citizen and has served in Geneva and canberra as well as in the UN as as Australian diplomat before accepting a Ministerial Post with the Rajapakse regime. He has accused his fellow Australian, James Elder, as supporting a terrorist organization and therefore violating the sovereignty of a nation.It is no secret that many Journalists have been murdered and detained for bringing the truth to the outside world whereby the sri lankan junta believes that the crimes of the State could be concealed in air-tight morgues.
    It is further insulting that this dual citizen, Palitha Kohona, is taking up the post of UN Ambassador fro sri lanka this week, which made the position a mockery given the fact that he made a statement that no victor ever faced war crimes charges, thus rendering him “an entirely inappropriate candidate to represent a UN member state.” Further the director of peace and conflict studies at the sydney University has said that ” For Kohona to be seemingly boasting that he and his colleagues will not face war crimes charges and then be sent straight to UN is an indication of the contempt the Rajapakse government has for the UN and its authority.”
    It is time UN’s Ban-Ki Moon, who had made many blunders by not providing any leadership to resolve the human catastrophe that is unfolding daily for the last 6 months, to do something concrete to value the human lives that is steadily being eroded by sri lankan STATE TERRORISM through wretched means. The UN Secretary General might be called “the slippery eel” by his native Korean press for his ability to didge questions. But he should at least follow the example set by the UNICEF spokesperson James Elder, and make serious efforts to free the thousands of civilians, including women and children, who are subjected to horrendous atrocities by the Sri lankan STATE CRIMINALS.

  147. Hey Eelamtards,

    Don't forget to write about 'genocide'. There's so much 'genocide' going on in SL now, you guys must be finding it hard to distinguish one sort of genocide from another. Let me help you with some catergories. Just click on this link and do a search for the word 'genocide'.
    http://tinyurl.com/ntbznn

    I now see what you Eelamtards are doing. Hiding my comments by clicking on the 'Dislike' button.

    I protest. This is COMMENT GENOCIDE.

  148. Hey Eelamtards,

    Don't forget to write about 'genocide'. There's so much 'genocide' going on in SL now, you guys must be finding it hard to distinguish one sort of genocide from another. Let me help you with some catergories. Just click on this link and do a search for the word 'genocide'.
    http://tinyurl.com/ntbznn

    I now see what you Eelamtards are doing. Hiding my comments by clicking on the 'Dislike' button.

    I protest. This is COMMENT GENOCIDE.

  149. Hey Eelamtards,

    Don't forget to write about 'genocide'. There's so much 'genocide' going on in SL now, you guys must be finding it hard to distinguish one sort of genocide from another. Let me help you with some catergories. Just click on this link and do a search for the word 'genocide'.
    http://tinyurl.com/ntbznn

    I now see what you Eelamtards are doing. Hiding my comments by clicking on the 'Dislike' button.

    I protest. This is COMMENT GENOCIDE.

  150. Mango !

    When I read through your comment, I realized you‘ve lost the plot and not responded to me at all apart from some gibberish. Think i falsely mistook you to be one of the brighter ones.

    For the sadly deluded minions of the Mahavamsa (and pitiable bootlickers of Bloodthirsty Sri Lankan Regime). Shameless Canards play the same record over and over again:

    Mahinda's pandangkarayas have been given a biscuit to endorse their master verbatim. The barking will cease when the bowl is empty (IMF anyone?)

    Truth does not need a patron!

    May the Triple Gem save poor Sri Lanka! Some words of enlightenment for the not-so literate, you'd be wise to heed it:

    "A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker."
    Buddha

  151. To the 'Truth',

    How can I distinguish your comments from amongst the cut-n-paste garbage posted by your fellow Eelamtards? Feel free to call me names (if it makes you feel better), but your lovely Eelam project's dead. Kaput. Buddhism, Mahavamsa and all the rest are distractions.

    Dont' forget to mention 'genocide'. Always mention 'genocide'.

  152. Dear brainwashed Mango,

    Mahavamsa issue is not a distraction.

    The Sri Lankan vile racist “superiority complex” is supported by Mahavamsa.

    The racist teachings of Mahavamsa are void of pity for Tamil minority in Sri Lanka, so it is easy for Sinhalese majority to imprison 300,000 of your fellow countrymen in concentration camps and to mercilessly slaughter 20,000 innocent civilians on Mother Day Massacre …

  153. Hey Eelamtards,

    Don’t forget to write about ‘genocide’. There’s so much ‘genocide’ going on in SL now, you guys must be finding it hard to distinguish one sort of genocide from another. Let me help you with some catergories. Just click on this link and do a search for the word ‘genocide’.

    http://tinyurl.com/ntbznn

    I now see what you Eelamtards are doing. Hiding my comments by clicking on the ‘Dislike’ button.

    I protest. This is COMMENT GENOCIDE.

  154. Mango !

    When I read through your comment, I realized you‘ve lost the plot and not responded to me at all apart from some gibberish. Think i falsely mistook you to be one of the brighter ones.

    For the sadly deluded minions of the Mahavamsa (and pitiable bootlickers of Bloodthirsty Sri Lankan Regime). Shameless Canards play the same record over and over again:

    Mahinda’s pandangkarayas have been given a biscuit to endorse their master verbatim. The barking will cease when the bowl is empty (IMF anyone?)

    Truth does not need a patron!

    May the Triple Gem save poor Sri Lanka! Some words of enlightenment for the not-so literate, you’d be wise to heed it:

    “A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.”
    Buddha

  155. To the ‘Truth’,

    How can I distinguish your comments from amongst the cut-n-paste garbage posted by your fellow Eelamtards? Feel free to call me names (if it makes you feel better), but your lovely Eelam project’s dead. Kaput. Buddhism, Mahavamsa and all the rest are distractions.

    Dont’ forget to mention ‘genocide’. Always mention ‘genocide’.

  156. Dear brainwashed Mango,

    Mahavamsa issue is not a distraction.

    The Sri Lankan vile racist “superiority complex” is supported by Mahavamsa.

    The racist teachings of Mahavamsa are void of pity for Tamil minority in Sri Lanka, so it is easy for Sinhalese majority to imprison 300,000 of your fellow countrymen in concentration camps and to mercilessly slaughter 20,000 innocent civilians on Mother Day Massacre …

  157. Hi Mango!
    I have seen ur website wich u post here!!!!!!. Is ur Mom proud about ur attitude?
    basic thing 2 communicate is RESPECT and if u don't have that, there is no use of communicate.
    It is not what u studied and what is ur post in the Socieity But it is the BEHAVIEOUR.
    If u don't have good manners and what is the point of being a Presidant or a Lawyer or a Journalist????

    Pls do not insult people.

    Please read the Mahavamse chapter 22.
    There you wil find how the Thamil Genocide started. It has started from a Bhdist Bhikku and from on that since 2day Bhudist Bhikku's r the Trouble makers of Lanka.
    Thamil Translation of Mahavamse (Mahavamsem – Thamil) written by K. Kunarasa
    English Translations also available.

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  159. Alfonso,

    You are absolutely correct ! Mango should read more of Mahavamsa

    **********************
    Mango,

    Your insulting remarks are not appreciated here. Please behave in a civilized manner.

    After re-reading your comments, I still believe you to be a well-informed, intelligent man

    But I am sure ….you, as the whole world, can see that the Sri Lankan government is using delaying techniques in order to keep the 300,000 innocent civilians within the walls of the concentration camps indefinitely, while colonizing all Tamil Homelands.

    Your comments do not paint the Tamils as human beings, worthless of pity, freedom and basic human rights. Can you not see that these PEOPLE are suffering, constantly marred by pain and desperation.

    You seem to be completely void of one side of the information, choosing only to see the official point of view.

    I’m shocked that you have allowed your mind to be filled with such a biased view of the Tamils, tainted with assumptions, despite your obvious astuteness.

  160. SLA refuses permission to Jaffna University students in camps to attend lectures
    [TamilNet, Monday, 21 September 2009, 10:15 GMT]
    Despite efforts made by Jaffna University Students’ Union (JUSU), University Administration and other interested parties, Sri Lanka Army (SLA) continues to detain 74 university students from Vanni districts held in the internment camps in Vavuniyaa and brought to Jaffna, in the SLA detention camp in Kaithadi, a press notice released by the JUSU said. JUSU accused the government for its continued reluctance to allow the detained undergrads to attend university, in the press notice. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  161. Horrific pictures of torture, rape and murder of female combatants who surrendered to brutal Sri Lankan Army http://www.warwithoutwitness.com/index.php?option

    SriLankan Army Sexually Abusing Tamil Female Combatants during bloody blood bath on vanni beaches on mid may 2009. These photos have been shot by Sri Lankan Army soldiers by Mobile Cameras ( K310i , W2001 and 5300 ) and released in a local sri lankan website as part of Sri Lankan Army Victory Campaign. These collection of photographs & Videos covers different incidents and different victims. The common thread among them is the sexual violence that had been practiced as a war strategy by Sri Lankan Government. It is clear evidence that sexual violence was a tool in the genocidal war and constitutes a war crime.

  162. SLA refuses permission to Jaffna University students in camps to attend lectures
    [TamilNet, Monday, 21 September 2009, 10:15 GMT]
    Despite efforts made by Jaffna University Students’ Union (JUSU), University Administration and other interested parties, Sri Lanka Army (SLA) continues to detain 74 university students from Vanni districts held in the internment camps in Vavuniyaa and brought to Jaffna, in the SLA detention camp in Kaithadi, a press notice released by the JUSU said. JUSU accused the government for its continued reluctance to allow the detained undergrads to attend university, in the press notice. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  163. SLA refuses permission to Jaffna University students in camps to attend lectures
    [TamilNet, Monday, 21 September 2009, 10:15 GMT]
    Despite efforts made by Jaffna University Students’ Union (JUSU), University Administration and other interested parties, Sri Lanka Army (SLA) continues to detain 74 university students from Vanni districts held in the internment camps in Vavuniyaa and brought to Jaffna, in the SLA detention camp in Kaithadi, a press notice released by the JUSU said. JUSU accused the government for its continued reluctance to allow the detained undergrads to attend university, in the press notice. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  164. Hi Mango!
    I have seen ur website wich u post here!!!!!!. Is ur Mom proud about ur attitude?
    basic thing 2 communicate is RESPECT and if u don’t have that, there is no use of communicate.
    It is not what u studied and what is ur post in the Socieity But it is the BEHAVIEOUR.
    If u don’t have good manners and what is the point of being a Presidant or a Lawyer or a Journalist????

    Pls do not insult people.

    Please read the Mahavamse chapter 22.
    There you wil find how the Thamil Genocide started. It has started from a Bhdist Bhikku and from on that since 2day Bhudist Bhikku’s r the Trouble makers of Lanka.
    Thamil Translation of Mahavamse (Mahavamsem – Thamil) written by K. Kunarasa
    English Translations also available.

  165. Horrific pictures of torture, rape and murder of female combatants who surrendered to brutal Sri Lankan Army http://www.warwithoutwitness.com/index.php?option

    SriLankan Army Sexually Abusing Tamil Female Combatants during bloody blood bath on vanni beaches on mid may 2009. These photos have been shot by Sri Lankan Army soldiers by Mobile Cameras ( K310i , W2001 and 5300 ) and released in a local sri lankan website as part of Sri Lankan Army Victory Campaign. These collection of photographs & Videos covers different incidents and different victims. The common thread among them is the sexual violence that had been practiced as a war strategy by Sri Lankan Government. It is clear evidence that sexual violence was a tool in the genocidal war and constitutes a war crime.

  166. Horrific pictures of torture, rape and murder of female combatants who surrendered to brutal Sri Lankan Army http://www.warwithoutwitness.com/index.php?option

    SriLankan Army Sexually Abusing Tamil Female Combatants during bloody blood bath on vanni beaches on mid may 2009. These photos have been shot by Sri Lankan Army soldiers by Mobile Cameras ( K310i , W2001 and 5300 ) and released in a local sri lankan website as part of Sri Lankan Army Victory Campaign. These collection of photographs & Videos covers different incidents and different victims. The common thread among them is the sexual violence that had been practiced as a war strategy by Sri Lankan Government. It is clear evidence that sexual violence was a tool in the genocidal war and constitutes a war crime.

  167. Alfonso,

    You are absolutely correct ! Mango should read more of Mahavamsa

    **********************
    Mango,

    Your insulting remarks are not appreciated here. Please behave in a civilized manner.

    After re-reading your comments, I still believe you to be a well-informed, intelligent man

    But I am sure ….you, as the whole world, can see that the Sri Lankan government is using delaying techniques in order to keep the 300,000 innocent civilians within the walls of the concentration camps indefinitely, while colonizing all Tamil Homelands.

    Your comments do not paint the Tamils as human beings, worthless of pity, freedom and basic human rights. Can you not see that these PEOPLE are suffering, constantly marred by pain and desperation.

    You seem to be completely void of one side of the information, choosing only to see the official point of view.

    I’m shocked that you have allowed your mind to be filled with such a biased view of the Tamils, tainted with assumptions, despite your obvious astuteness.

  168. SLA refuses permission to Jaffna University students in camps to attend lectures
    [TamilNet, Monday, 21 September 2009, 10:15 GMT]
    Despite efforts made by Jaffna University Students’ Union (JUSU), University Administration and other interested parties, Sri Lanka Army (SLA) continues to detain 74 university students from Vanni districts held in the internment camps in Vavuniyaa and brought to Jaffna, in the SLA detention camp in Kaithadi, a press notice released by the JUSU said. JUSU accused the government for its continued reluctance to allow the detained undergrads to attend university, in the press notice.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=30281

  169. Horrific pictures of torture, rape and murder of female combatants who surrendered to brutal Sri Lankan Army
    http://www.warwithoutwitness.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=226:sri-lankan-army-war-crime-evidence-photo-srilankan-army-sexually-abusing-tamil-female-combatants-during-bloody-blood-bath-on-vanni-beaches&catid=40:photo

    SriLankan Army Sexually Abusing Tamil Female Combatants during bloody blood bath on vanni beaches on mid may 2009. These photos have been shot by Sri Lankan Army soldiers by Mobile Cameras ( K310i , W2001 and 5300 ) and released in a local sri lankan website as part of Sri Lankan Army Victory Campaign. These collection of photographs & Videos covers different incidents and different victims. The common thread among them is the sexual violence that had been practiced as a war strategy by Sri Lankan Government. It is clear evidence that sexual violence was a tool in the genocidal war and constitutes a war crime.

  170. Troops will not face war crimes charges – President
    President Mahinda Rajapakse today insisted that he would not permit Sri Lankan war heroes to be produced before an international war crimes tribunal amidst an outcry by the international community calling for both the President and troops to face such charges. http://www.dailymirror.lk/DM_BLOG/Sections/frmNew

    Sri Lanka under fire for lack of Tamil reconciliation http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0921/p06s06-wosc.ht

  171. 'Tamil heritage for sale in Colombo'
    [TamilNet, Monday, 21 September 2009, 22:37 GMT]
    Valuable antiquities plundered from the archaeological sites and monuments in Vanni by the occupying forces of Sri Lanka are now sold in the antiquarian market of Colombo, reports reaching from Colombo said. Before the war, the LTTE was maintaining a museum in Vanni, with a large collection of archaeological material including Buddhist artefacts.

    Cultural artefacts and antiques of Jaffna were plundered and sold in Colombo after Sri Lanka troops occupying Jaffna in early 1990s.

    Destruction and plunder of Tamil heritage has a long history in the sidewalks of the war.
    Much has been said on burning the public library of Jaffna in 1982. But very little is known on the destruction and plunder of the archaeological museum of the University of Jaffna during IPKF occupation. Megalithic burial artefacts, palm-leaf manuscripts, a large collection of coins, beads and other valuable artefacts were missing from the museum. Later, some of them were reportedly sold in Jaffna itself. A huge collection of archival material, documents and publications related to the history of Tamil struggle, taken during late 1980s, is believed to be with the Indian intelligence agencies. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

  172. Troops will not face war crimes charges – President
    President Mahinda Rajapakse today insisted that he would not permit Sri Lankan war heroes to be produced before an international war crimes tribunal amidst an outcry by the international community calling for both the President and troops to face such charges. http://www.dailymirror.lk/DM_BLOG/Sections/frmNew

    Sri Lanka under fire for lack of Tamil reconciliation http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0921/p06s06-wosc.ht

  173. Troops will not face war crimes charges – President
    President Mahinda Rajapakse today insisted that he would not permit Sri Lankan war heroes to be produced before an international war crimes tribunal amidst an outcry by the international community calling for both the President and troops to face such charges. http://www.dailymirror.lk/DM_BLOG/Sections/frmNew

    Sri Lanka under fire for lack of Tamil reconciliation http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0921/p06s06-wosc.ht

  174. 'Tamil heritage for sale in Colombo'
    [TamilNet, Monday, 21 September 2009, 22:37 GMT]
    Valuable antiquities plundered from the archaeological sites and monuments in Vanni by the occupying forces of Sri Lanka are now sold in the antiquarian market of Colombo, reports reaching from Colombo said. Before the war, the LTTE was maintaining a museum in Vanni, with a large collection of archaeological material including Buddhist artefacts.

    Cultural artefacts and antiques of Jaffna were plundered and sold in Colombo after Sri Lanka troops occupying Jaffna in early 1990s.

    Destruction and plunder of Tamil heritage has a long history in the sidewalks of the war.
    Much has been said on burning the public library of Jaffna in 1982. But very little is known on the destruction and plunder of the archaeological museum of the University of Jaffna during IPKF occupation. Megalithic burial artefacts, palm-leaf manuscripts, a large collection of coins, beads and other valuable artefacts were missing from the museum. Later, some of them were reportedly sold in Jaffna itself. A huge collection of archival material, documents and publications related to the history of Tamil struggle, taken during late 1980s, is believed to be with the Indian intelligence agencies. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

  175. 'Tamil heritage for sale in Colombo'
    [TamilNet, Monday, 21 September 2009, 22:37 GMT]
    Valuable antiquities plundered from the archaeological sites and monuments in Vanni by the occupying forces of Sri Lanka are now sold in the antiquarian market of Colombo, reports reaching from Colombo said. Before the war, the LTTE was maintaining a museum in Vanni, with a large collection of archaeological material including Buddhist artefacts.

    Cultural artefacts and antiques of Jaffna were plundered and sold in Colombo after Sri Lanka troops occupying Jaffna in early 1990s.

    Destruction and plunder of Tamil heritage has a long history in the sidewalks of the war.
    Much has been said on burning the public library of Jaffna in 1982. But very little is known on the destruction and plunder of the archaeological museum of the University of Jaffna during IPKF occupation. Megalithic burial artefacts, palm-leaf manuscripts, a large collection of coins, beads and other valuable artefacts were missing from the museum. Later, some of them were reportedly sold in Jaffna itself. A huge collection of archival material, documents and publications related to the history of Tamil struggle, taken during late 1980s, is believed to be with the Indian intelligence agencies. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

  176. Troops will not face war crimes charges – President
    President Mahinda Rajapakse today insisted that he would not permit Sri Lankan war heroes to be produced before an international war crimes tribunal amidst an outcry by the international community calling for both the President and troops to face such charges.
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/DM_BLOG/Sections/frmNewsDetailView.aspx?ARTID=62166

    Sri Lanka under fire for lack of Tamil reconciliation
    http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0921/p06s06-wosc.html

  177. ‘Tamil heritage for sale in Colombo’
    [TamilNet, Monday, 21 September 2009, 22:37 GMT]
    Valuable antiquities plundered from the archaeological sites and monuments in Vanni by the occupying forces of Sri Lanka are now sold in the antiquarian market of Colombo, reports reaching from Colombo said. Before the war, the LTTE was maintaining a museum in Vanni, with a large collection of archaeological material including Buddhist artefacts.

    Cultural artefacts and antiques of Jaffna were plundered and sold in Colombo after Sri Lanka troops occupying Jaffna in early 1990s.

    Destruction and plunder of Tamil heritage has a long history in the sidewalks of the war.
    Much has been said on burning the public library of Jaffna in 1982. But very little is known on the destruction and plunder of the archaeological museum of the University of Jaffna during IPKF occupation. Megalithic burial artefacts, palm-leaf manuscripts, a large collection of coins, beads and other valuable artefacts were missing from the museum. Later, some of them were reportedly sold in Jaffna itself. A huge collection of archival material, documents and publications related to the history of Tamil struggle, taken during late 1980s, is believed to be with the Indian intelligence agencies.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&artid=30286

  178. Tamil fishermen in over 400 boats were fishing when they saw a flotilla of Sri Lankan Navy. SL naval boats surrounded them, cut their nets, threw away their diesel cans and fishing rods, attacked the fishermen with the butt of their rifles and finally apprehended 21 of them along with their five boats.

    This was not the first such incident when the Sri Lankan Navy had transgressed the limits.

    he Government of India had taken up the matter several times with Sri Lanka. Sadly, all assurances given on such occasions by the Sri Lankan authorities were always thrown to the winds.

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today accused the Sri Lankan Navy of abducting fishermen and unleashing a brutal attack on them.

    He demanded stern action from the India to stop recurrence of such incidents. He is strongly condemning the brutality by the Sri Lankan navy.

    DMDK founder Vijayakant declared will go on a hunger strike in protest against India lethargic approach towards attacks.

    “The Indian Government has turned a "blind eye" to the sufferings of the Tamil fishermen” he said

  179. Reference:Vanni
    September 21st, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Dear Friend, I saw the hard work Alfonso did and continue ……. In fact, you are both doing a fantastic job !!!

    ************************************

    The horrific image of the war crimes committed by Sri Lankan Army… http://srilankanatrocities.com/pictures/main.php?…

    A pregnant woman whose abdomen was torn open after the Sri Lanka Army shelling. Unborn child fights pitifully for life…… his tiny hand is begging for mercy to no avail..

    When Shi Lankan war criminals will pay for this inhuman Act ??

  180. Reference:Vanni
    September 21st, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Dear Friend, I saw the hard work Alfonso did and continue ……. In fact, you are both doing a fantastic job !!!

    ************************************

    The horrific image of the war crimes committed by Sri Lankan Army… http://srilankanatrocities.com/pictures/main.php?…

    A pregnant woman whose abdomen was torn open after the Sri Lanka Army shelling. Unborn child fights pitifully for life…… his tiny hand is begging for mercy to no avail..

    When Shi Lankan war criminals will pay for this inhuman Act ??

  181. Reference:Vanni
    September 21st, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Dear Friend, I saw the hard work Alfonso did and continue ……. In fact, you are both doing a fantastic job !!!

    ************************************

    The horrific image of the war crimes committed by Sri Lankan Army… http://srilankanatrocities.com/pictures/main.php?…

    A pregnant woman whose abdomen was torn open after the Sri Lanka Army shelling. Unborn child fights pitifully for life…… his tiny hand is begging for mercy to no avail..

    When Shi Lankan war criminals will pay for this inhuman Act ??

  182. Tamil fishermen in over 400 boats were fishing when they saw a flotilla of Sri Lankan Navy. SL naval boats surrounded them, cut their nets, threw away their diesel cans and fishing rods, attacked the fishermen with the butt of their rifles and finally apprehended 21 of them along with their five boats.

    This was not the first such incident when the Sri Lankan Navy had transgressed the limits.

    he Government of India had taken up the matter several times with Sri Lanka. Sadly, all assurances given on such occasions by the Sri Lankan authorities were always thrown to the winds.

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today accused the Sri Lankan Navy of abducting fishermen and unleashing a brutal attack on them.

    He demanded stern action from the India to stop recurrence of such incidents. He is strongly condemning the brutality by the Sri Lankan navy.

    DMDK founder Vijayakant declared will go on a hunger strike in protest against India lethargic approach towards attacks.

    “The Indian Government has turned a “blind eye” to the sufferings of the Tamil fishermen” he said

  183. Reference:Vanni
    September 21st, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Dear Friend, I saw the hard work Alfonso did and continue ……. In fact, you are both doing a fantastic job !!!

    ************************************

    The horrific image of the war crimes committed by Sri Lankan Army…
    http://srilankanatrocities.com/pictures/main.php?g2_itemId=6446

    A pregnant woman whose abdomen was torn open after the Sri Lanka Army shelling. Unborn child fights pitifully for life…… his tiny hand is begging for mercy to no avail..

    When Shi Lankan war criminals will pay for this inhuman Act ??

  184. Sri Lanka: World Leaders Should Demand End to Detention Camps
    Delay in Returns No Excuse for Rights Violations http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/09/22/sri-lanka-w

    The civilians locked up in these detention camps have a right to liberty now, not when the government gets around to it. World leaders should support calls from the UN to restore full freedom of movement to these people, who already have suffered mightily from war and displacement.
    Brad Adams, Asia director

    New York) – World leaders in New York for the United Nations General Assembly and the G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh should call on the Sri Lankan government to immediately release more than 260,000 displaced persons illegally confined in detention camps, Human Rights Watch said today.

    Human Rights Watch said it was concerned about a lack of protection mechanisms in the camps and the secret, incommunicado detention – and possible enforced disappearance – of suspected combatants. Poor conditions,

    overcrowding, and inadequate medical care increases the risk of serious health problems during the coming monsoon season. Human Rights Watch also said that the authorities are not being open and honest with camp residents about
    when they may go home, keeping them in a state of uncertainty and anxiety.

    "Demining is crucial, but the presence of landmines is not a valid basis for keeping people locked up," said Adams. "Many of the displaced can stay with relatives and host families far from any mined areas."

    "Sadly, the Sri Lankan government has a track record of lying, deceiving and breaking promises to civilians displaced by the conflict," said Adams. "The UN, donors, and bilateral partners should demand immediate, concrete progress and not let themselves be fooled again by empty government promises."

  185. Sri Lanka: World Leaders Should Demand End to Detention Camps
    Delay in Returns No Excuse for Rights Violations http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/09/22/sri-lanka-w

    The civilians locked up in these detention camps have a right to liberty now, not when the government gets around to it. World leaders should support calls from the UN to restore full freedom of movement to these people, who already have suffered mightily from war and displacement.
    Brad Adams, Asia director

    New York) – World leaders in New York for the United Nations General Assembly and the G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh should call on the Sri Lankan government to immediately release more than 260,000 displaced persons illegally confined in detention camps, Human Rights Watch said today.

    Human Rights Watch said it was concerned about a lack of protection mechanisms in the camps and the secret, incommunicado detention – and possible enforced disappearance – of suspected combatants. Poor conditions,

    overcrowding, and inadequate medical care increases the risk of serious health problems during the coming monsoon season. Human Rights Watch also said that the authorities are not being open and honest with camp residents about
    when they may go home, keeping them in a state of uncertainty and anxiety.

    "Demining is crucial, but the presence of landmines is not a valid basis for keeping people locked up," said Adams. "Many of the displaced can stay with relatives and host families far from any mined areas."

    "Sadly, the Sri Lankan government has a track record of lying, deceiving and breaking promises to civilians displaced by the conflict," said Adams. "The UN, donors, and bilateral partners should demand immediate, concrete progress and not let themselves be fooled again by empty government promises."

  186. Sri Lanka: World Leaders Should Demand End to Detention Camps
    Delay in Returns No Excuse for Rights Violations http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/09/22/sri-lanka-w

    The civilians locked up in these detention camps have a right to liberty now, not when the government gets around to it. World leaders should support calls from the UN to restore full freedom of movement to these people, who already have suffered mightily from war and displacement.
    Brad Adams, Asia director

    New York) – World leaders in New York for the United Nations General Assembly and the G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh should call on the Sri Lankan government to immediately release more than 260,000 displaced persons illegally confined in detention camps, Human Rights Watch said today.

    Human Rights Watch said it was concerned about a lack of protection mechanisms in the camps and the secret, incommunicado detention – and possible enforced disappearance – of suspected combatants. Poor conditions,

    overcrowding, and inadequate medical care increases the risk of serious health problems during the coming monsoon season. Human Rights Watch also said that the authorities are not being open and honest with camp residents about
    when they may go home, keeping them in a state of uncertainty and anxiety.

    "Demining is crucial, but the presence of landmines is not a valid basis for keeping people locked up," said Adams. "Many of the displaced can stay with relatives and host families far from any mined areas."

    "Sadly, the Sri Lankan government has a track record of lying, deceiving and breaking promises to civilians displaced by the conflict," said Adams. "The UN, donors, and bilateral partners should demand immediate, concrete progress and not let themselves be fooled again by empty government promises."

  187. VOC is already taking SL over

    Galle Fort ( Galle is a Portugal name. Porto GAL – Port – Gal and has became Portugal) In SL Gal means in Sinhala Stone so they start to call Galle)

    it is now under the Netherlands maintaince (through UNHCR it has happend) SL Presidant Mahinda Rajapakse has signed foe 145million Rupees.

    ** Next target in SL wil be (already in negotiations) Singaraja Forest.
    Sinhalees! do not ask me why?
    Remeber? after Porugees Colonised SL, soon They start to sing

    SINHALAYA MODAYA KEWUNG KANDE YODAYA.
    Yes, it is true. Till now Sinhala Govermant didn't learn anything from past.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlpMNPIat-M&fe

  188. VOC is already taking SL over

    Galle Fort ( Galle is a Portugal name. Porto GAL – Port – Gal and has became Portugal) In SL Gal means in Sinhala Stone so they start to call Galle)

    it is now under the Netherlands maintaince (through UNHCR it has happend) SL Presidant Mahinda Rajapakse has signed foe 145million Rupees.

    ** Next target in SL wil be (already in negotiations) Singaraja Forest.
    Sinhalees! do not ask me why?
    Remeber? after Porugees Colonised SL, soon They start to sing

    SINHALAYA MODAYA KEWUNG KANDE YODAYA.
    Yes, it is true. Till now Sinhala Govermant didn't learn anything from past.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlpMNPIat-M&fe

  189. VOC is already taking SL over

    Galle Fort ( Galle is a Portugal name. Porto GAL – Port – Gal and has became Portugal) In SL Gal means in Sinhala Stone so they start to call Galle)

    it is now under the Netherlands maintaince (through UNHCR it has happend) SL Presidant Mahinda Rajapakse has signed foe 145million Rupees.

    ** Next target in SL wil be (already in negotiations) Singaraja Forest.
    Sinhalees! do not ask me why?
    Remeber? after Porugees Colonised SL, soon They start to sing

    SINHALAYA MODAYA KEWUNG KANDE YODAYA.
    Yes, it is true. Till now Sinhala Govermant didn't learn anything from past.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlpMNPIat-M&fe

  190. Sri Lanka: World Leaders Should Demand End to Detention Camps
    Delay in Returns No Excuse for Rights Violations
    http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/09/22/sri-lanka-world-leaders-should-demand-end-detention-camps

    The civilians locked up in these detention camps have a right to liberty now, not when the government gets around to it. World leaders should support calls from the UN to restore full freedom of movement to these people, who already have suffered mightily from war and displacement.
    Brad Adams, Asia director

    New York) – World leaders in New York for the United Nations General Assembly and the G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh should call on the Sri Lankan government to immediately release more than 260,000 displaced persons illegally confined in detention camps, Human Rights Watch said today.

    Human Rights Watch said it was concerned about a lack of protection mechanisms in the camps and the secret, incommunicado detention – and possible enforced disappearance – of suspected combatants. Poor conditions,

    overcrowding, and inadequate medical care increases the risk of serious health problems during the coming monsoon season. Human Rights Watch also said that the authorities are not being open and honest with camp residents about
    when they may go home, keeping them in a state of uncertainty and anxiety.

    “Demining is crucial, but the presence of landmines is not a valid basis for keeping people locked up,” said Adams. “Many of the displaced can stay with relatives and host families far from any mined areas.”

    “Sadly, the Sri Lankan government has a track record of lying, deceiving and breaking promises to civilians displaced by the conflict,” said Adams. “The UN, donors, and bilateral partners should demand immediate, concrete progress and not let themselves be fooled again by empty government promises.”

  191. It will take an effort of global Tamils to keep exposing GOSL for war crimes.

    The international community (IC) has a track record of taking action extremely late.

    But take action-they will !!

    The prosecution of the Srebrenica Genocide gives me a lot of hope.

    Bruce Fein went as far to say that ‘Srebrenica and Darfur are like tea parties compared to Sri Lanka’

    Therefore the evidence is overwhelming.

    I must salute Francis Boyle and Bruce Fein. They have worked very hard to accumulate all the incidents and build up the evidence.

    The Sri Lankan war criminals will be prosecuted !!

  192. Mango, you are as peace-loving Mahawamsa Buddhist, who supports Unitary Sri Lanka where all ethnicities can live in peace.

    But what about the 300,000 people who are still suffering within the confines of the concentration camps? I don’t think they would agree on this kind of peaceful, unified state or appreciate your twisted understanding of a “peaceful life”. Why are you choosing to ignore this fact?

    The 300,000 people still imprisoned even though the war is ended of the few months ago, so tell me, why are the Tamil people still being treated as slaves? This is not a peaceful coexistence. Imagine if it were your children, wife or mother imprisoned and they endure daily torture, rape and murder. Would you be ok with that knowledge? Or would you be hoping there was someone out there trying to fight for the rights of your oppressed relatives?

    Your support of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) may in fact make you as bad as they are, with their actions towards the Tamil people. I am not going to sink to your level and brand you a terrorist supporter of the Sri Lanka Terror state of but maybe you should ponder your ideas and see where it leads you.

  193. Ireland embassy in New Delhi in India has refused visas to thirteen competitors from Sri Lanka for the cycling event at the World Military Games 2009 in Ireland. A number of reasons for the refusal had been given by the embassy officials, sources in Colombo said.

  194. VOC is already taking SL over

    Galle Fort ( Galle is a Portugal name. Porto GAL – Port – Gal and has became Portugal) In SL Gal means in Sinhala Stone so they start to call Galle)

    it is now under the Netherlands maintaince (through UNHCR it has happend) SL Presidant Mahinda Rajapakse has signed foe 145million Rupees.

    ** Next target in SL wil be (already in negotiations) Singaraja Forest.
    Sinhalees! do not ask me why?
    Remeber? after Porugees Colonised SL, soon They start to sing

    SINHALAYA MODAYA KEWUNG KANDE YODAYA.
    Yes, it is true. Till now Sinhala Govermant didn’t learn anything from past.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlpMNPIat-M&feature=related

  195. It will take an effort of global Tamils to keep exposing GOSL for war crimes.

    The international community (IC) has a track record of taking action extremely late.

    But take action-they will !!

    The prosecution of the Srebrenica Genocide gives me a lot of hope.

    Bruce Fein went as far to say that ‘Srebrenica and Darfur are like tea parties compared to Sri Lanka’

    Therefore the evidence is overwhelming.

    I must salute Francis Boyle and Bruce Fein. They have worked very hard to accumulate all the incidents and build up the evidence.

    The Sri Lankan war criminals will be prosecuted !!

  196. Mango, you are as peace-loving Mahawamsa Buddhist, who supports Unitary Sri Lanka where all ethnicities can live in peace.

    But what about the 300,000 people who are still suffering within the confines of the concentration camps? I don’t think they would agree on this kind of peaceful, unified state or appreciate your twisted understanding of a “peaceful life”. Why are you choosing to ignore this fact?

    The 300,000 people still imprisoned even though the war is ended of the few months ago, so tell me, why are the Tamil people still being treated as slaves? This is not a peaceful coexistence. Imagine if it were your children, wife or mother imprisoned and they endure daily torture, rape and murder. Would you be ok with that knowledge? Or would you be hoping there was someone out there trying to fight for the rights of your oppressed relatives?

    Your support of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) may in fact make you as bad as they are, with their actions towards the Tamil people. I am not going to sink to your level and brand you a terrorist supporter of the Sri Lanka Terror state of but maybe you should ponder your ideas and see where it leads you.

  197. Ireland embassy in New Delhi in India has refused visas to thirteen competitors from Sri Lanka for the cycling event at the World Military Games 2009 in Ireland. A number of reasons for the refusal had been given by the embassy officials, sources in Colombo said.

  198. Thanks Vanni! Usefull link wich u have posted. Specially the 2nd one. It is SAD but true that Eastern Province Thamils became minority in Their Homeland. This is what happend in Gampaha District. What i still do not understand is, Why Thamil Political Leaders in SL don't realise this????.

  199. Thanks Vanni! Usefull link wich u have posted. Specially the 2nd one. It is SAD but true that Eastern Province Thamils became minority in Their Homeland. This is what happend in Gampaha District. What i still do not understand is, Why Thamil Political Leaders in SL don’t realise this????.

  200. The Sri Lankan GSP+ trade concession was based on the ratification and effective implementation many international human rights principles. Some of them are the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Convention against Torture (CAT) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

    Media reports indicate that the EU Trade Concessions will be negative and that the crux of the issue is human rights. They are stubborn ones. They will not go away. They cannot be dealt with by denial, bravado, defiance, conspiracy theories or neglect. Moreover they are indubitably in the national interest and to the detriment of no one other than the perpetrators of violations.

    The Good governance cannot be served or sustained by conflict and conspiracy, fear, paranoia and insecurity. Sri Lanka is a part of an international community. Human rights and the international community have to be dealt with maturely, responsibly, constructively.

  201. The Sri Lankan GSP+ trade concession was based on the ratification and effective implementation many international human rights principles. Some of them are the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Convention against Torture (CAT) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

    Media reports indicate that the EU Trade Concessions will be negative and that the crux of the issue is human rights. They are stubborn ones. They will not go away. They cannot be dealt with by denial, bravado, defiance, conspiracy theories or neglect. Moreover they are indubitably in the national interest and to the detriment of no one other than the perpetrators of violations.

    The Good governance cannot be served or sustained by conflict and conspiracy, fear, paranoia and insecurity. Sri Lanka is a part of an international community. Human rights and the international community have to be dealt with maturely, responsibly, constructively.

  202. The visa application of the Sri Lanka Minister Keheliya Rambukwella was rejected by the Canadian High Commission.

    The British High Commission in Colombo also refused visa recently to top SL diplomat and former Sri Lanka Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona

    UK introduces war crime clause in visa applications of Sri Lankans. In future, all SL visa applicants to UK have to fill a column on war crime involvements.

    This means that the applicant has to declare his involvements, if any, in war crimes. This is a sequel to allegations of human rights violations leveled against the Sri Lanka Armed Forces and Sri Lanka Government.

    Sources also pointed out that it was significant to note that in the recent past, visa applications of many Sri Lankan government politicos, including their family members.

    The new UN Permanent Representative to Sri Lanka, Dr. Palitha Kohona, had submitted his passport to the British High Commission for a visa to London but to his surprise the passport was returned without any valid reason for turning down his visa application. He later sought an explanation from the British High Commission on the incident.

    The SL diplomat Palitha Kohona had later again sought a visa to London, UK, but the second attempt too was rejected with the UK High Commission.

    An angry UN Permanent Representative to Sri Lanka Dr. Palitha Kohona had made several attempts to contact the British High Commissioner and his Deputy to seek their intervention but they could not be contacted over the telephone.

    The Sri Lankan government is of the view that the British High Commission had violated diplomatic protocols by rejecting a visa for the former Foreign Secretary and felt this had further strained relations between Britain and Sri Lanka.

    Also, Ireland embassy in New Delhi in India has refused visas to 13 competitors from Sri Lanka Armed Forces for the cycling event at the World Military Games 2009 in Ireland.

  203. I do admire the PROFESSIONALISM of many journalists of the leading media AND THE EXPERTS who reviewed the GSP+ for Sri Lanka. The underestimation of the barbarism of Sri Lankan State Terrorism is also quite understandable since neither independent media nor independent aid agencies are allowed to the war zone even after many months of the "victorious ending " of the war. Knowing the environment of these journalists and experts, one cannot expect even their imaginative minds to extrapolate and reach the conditions in Sri Lanka unlike those of us who suffered at the hands of GOSL. So I salute the journalists and experts for saying the truth as they see it and my feelings are like the praise by Karl Marx of the British Professional Class of his times. I have reasons to believe that the Professional Class of UK in particular and the West in general continue to exercise their independence. BUT LIKE MARX, I am not an apologist of the RULING CIRCLES. For that matter, the ruling circles of Sri Lanka's new friends are no better. Who would expect China to follow Mao's Thinking? The Ruling circles of the world believe that the continuation of the PRESENT WORLD ORDER is in their interests AND DO NOT CARE ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS, NOR ABOUT THE WELFARE OF THE PEOPLES, and NOR ABOUT THE WORSENING PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT. The GSP+ was to have been reviewed long before the war against LTTE was scorching up BUT the ruling circles of Europe who preferred the destruction of the LTTE (not because it was a terrorist organization but because it was a liberation force) continued with the GSP+ PENDING REVIEW while banning the LTTE and coercing the Tamil Diaspora in so many ways. The story is same with all the Western governments. I know of a Foreign Minister who would not open his mouth against Sri Lanka but demanding that the Diaspora to restrain the LTTE! I will not be surprised if the GSP+ follows the same route as the IMF loan. Now what is happening in Sri Lanka is a scramble to share the spoils by the powers of the WORLD and IMF loans, GSP+ and the like are tools in this game. None of these powers are concerned about the human rights of the prisoners of war behind neither the barbed wires nor the Tamils living in the open prisons of the Tamil homeland

  204. The AIADMK(India) threatened to launch a mass agitation along with like-minded parties if the Union ( Indian) government failed to press the international community to force the Sri Lankan government to put an end to the (Human) rights violations against Tamils on its land.

    In a statement here, party general secretary J Jayalalithaa said that the AIADMK and people of Tamil Nadu expect the Centre to raise its voice against the human rights violations in the refugee camps in Sri Lanka.

    If the Centre does not act immediately, “the AIADMK, along with like-minded political parties, will be forced to launch a mass agitation to focus world vision on the brutal civil liberties violations in Sri Lanka.”

    The former chief minister said “The gruesome footage, reportedly filmed by a soldier on a mobile phone camera, reinforces my earlier claim that civil liberties are non-existent in Sri Lanka and that the Tamil population there is subject to barbaric atrocities at the hands of the Sri Lankan Army.”

    “Sri Lanka claims to be a democratic country, where the rule of law prevails. No democracy sanctions this sort of summary mass execution, where human dignity is wantonly trampled upon,” she added.

    “Even assuming that the persons being shot dead in the footage telecast were LTTE activists, executing them summarily without a trial is barbaric, inhuman and contrary to civilized norms. It also violates international law relating to treatment of prisoners of war.”

    Slamming the DMK government, she said “As such, the AIADMK does not expect the DMK government to even make a whimper of protest against the atrocities being perpetrated upon the Tamil people.”
    http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Tit

  205. The visa application of the Sri Lanka Minister Keheliya Rambukwella was rejected by the Canadian High Commission.

    The British High Commission in Colombo also refused visa recently to top SL diplomat and former Sri Lanka Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona

    UK introduces war crime clause in visa applications of Sri Lankans. In future, all SL visa applicants to UK have to fill a column on war crime involvements.

    This means that the applicant has to declare his involvements, if any, in war crimes. This is a sequel to allegations of human rights violations leveled against the Sri Lanka Armed Forces and Sri Lanka Government.

    Sources also pointed out that it was significant to note that in the recent past, visa applications of many Sri Lankan government politicos, including their family members.

    The new UN Permanent Representative to Sri Lanka, Dr. Palitha Kohona, had submitted his passport to the British High Commission for a visa to London but to his surprise the passport was returned without any valid reason for turning down his visa application. He later sought an explanation from the British High Commission on the incident.

    The SL diplomat Palitha Kohona had later again sought a visa to London, UK, but the second attempt too was rejected with the UK High Commission.

    An angry UN Permanent Representative to Sri Lanka Dr. Palitha Kohona had made several attempts to contact the British High Commissioner and his Deputy to seek their intervention but they could not be contacted over the telephone.

    The Sri Lankan government is of the view that the British High Commission had violated diplomatic protocols by rejecting a visa for the former Foreign Secretary and felt this had further strained relations between Britain and Sri Lanka.

    Also, Ireland embassy in New Delhi in India has refused visas to 13 competitors from Sri Lanka Armed Forces for the cycling event at the World Military Games 2009 in Ireland.

  206. I do admire the PROFESSIONALISM of many journalists of the leading media AND THE EXPERTS who reviewed the GSP+ for Sri Lanka. The underestimation of the barbarism of Sri Lankan State Terrorism is also quite understandable since neither independent media nor independent aid agencies are allowed to the war zone even after many months of the “victorious ending ” of the war. Knowing the environment of these journalists and experts, one cannot expect even their imaginative minds to extrapolate and reach the conditions in Sri Lanka unlike those of us who suffered at the hands of GOSL. So I salute the journalists and experts for saying the truth as they see it and my feelings are like the praise by Karl Marx of the British Professional Class of his times. I have reasons to believe that the Professional Class of UK in particular and the West in general continue to exercise their independence. BUT LIKE MARX, I am not an apologist of the RULING CIRCLES. For that matter, the ruling circles of Sri Lanka’s new friends are no better. Who would expect China to follow Mao’s Thinking? The Ruling circles of the world believe that the continuation of the PRESENT WORLD ORDER is in their interests AND DO NOT CARE ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS, NOR ABOUT THE WELFARE OF THE PEOPLES, and NOR ABOUT THE WORSENING PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT. The GSP+ was to have been reviewed long before the war against LTTE was scorching up BUT the ruling circles of Europe who preferred the destruction of the LTTE (not because it was a terrorist organization but because it was a liberation force) continued with the GSP+ PENDING REVIEW while banning the LTTE and coercing the Tamil Diaspora in so many ways. The story is same with all the Western governments. I know of a Foreign Minister who would not open his mouth against Sri Lanka but demanding that the Diaspora to restrain the LTTE! I will not be surprised if the GSP+ follows the same route as the IMF loan. Now what is happening in Sri Lanka is a scramble to share the spoils by the powers of the WORLD and IMF loans, GSP+ and the like are tools in this game. None of these powers are concerned about the human rights of the prisoners of war behind neither the barbed wires nor the Tamils living in the open prisons of the Tamil homeland

  207. The AIADMK(India) threatened to launch a mass agitation along with like-minded parties if the Union ( Indian) government failed to press the international community to force the Sri Lankan government to put an end to the (Human) rights violations against Tamils on its land.

    In a statement here, party general secretary J Jayalalithaa said that the AIADMK and people of Tamil Nadu expect the Centre to raise its voice against the human rights violations in the refugee camps in Sri Lanka.

    If the Centre does not act immediately, “the AIADMK, along with like-minded political parties, will be forced to launch a mass agitation to focus world vision on the brutal civil liberties violations in Sri Lanka.”

    The former chief minister said “The gruesome footage, reportedly filmed by a soldier on a mobile phone camera, reinforces my earlier claim that civil liberties are non-existent in Sri Lanka and that the Tamil population there is subject to barbaric atrocities at the hands of the Sri Lankan Army.”

    “Sri Lanka claims to be a democratic country, where the rule of law prevails. No democracy sanctions this sort of summary mass execution, where human dignity is wantonly trampled upon,” she added.

    “Even assuming that the persons being shot dead in the footage telecast were LTTE activists, executing them summarily without a trial is barbaric, inhuman and contrary to civilized norms. It also violates international law relating to treatment of prisoners of war.”

    Slamming the DMK government, she said “As such, the AIADMK does not expect the DMK government to even make a whimper of protest against the atrocities being perpetrated upon the Tamil people.”
    http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Tit

  208. The AIADMK(India) threatened to launch a mass agitation along with like-minded parties if the Union ( Indian) government failed to press the international community to force the Sri Lankan government to put an end to the (Human) rights violations against Tamils on its land.

    In a statement here, party general secretary J Jayalalithaa said that the AIADMK and people of Tamil Nadu expect the Centre to raise its voice against the human rights violations in the refugee camps in Sri Lanka.

    If the Centre does not act immediately, “the AIADMK, along with like-minded political parties, will be forced to launch a mass agitation to focus world vision on the brutal civil liberties violations in Sri Lanka.”

    The former chief minister said “The gruesome footage, reportedly filmed by a soldier on a mobile phone camera, reinforces my earlier claim that civil liberties are non-existent in Sri Lanka and that the Tamil population there is subject to barbaric atrocities at the hands of the Sri Lankan Army.”

    “Sri Lanka claims to be a democratic country, where the rule of law prevails. No democracy sanctions this sort of summary mass execution, where human dignity is wantonly trampled upon,” she added.

    “Even assuming that the persons being shot dead in the footage telecast were LTTE activists, executing them summarily without a trial is barbaric, inhuman and contrary to civilized norms. It also violates international law relating to treatment of prisoners of war.”

    Slamming the DMK government, she said “As such, the AIADMK does not expect the DMK government to even make a whimper of protest against the atrocities being perpetrated upon the Tamil people.”
    http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Tit

  209. The AIADMK(India) threatened to launch a mass agitation along with like-minded parties if the Union ( Indian) government failed to press the international community to force the Sri Lankan government to put an end to the (Human) rights violations against Tamils on its land.

    In a statement here, party general secretary J Jayalalithaa said that the AIADMK and people of Tamil Nadu expect the Centre to raise its voice against the human rights violations in the refugee camps in Sri Lanka.

    If the Centre does not act immediately, “the AIADMK, along with like-minded political parties, will be forced to launch a mass agitation to focus world vision on the brutal civil liberties violations in Sri Lanka.”

    The former chief minister said “The gruesome footage, reportedly filmed by a soldier on a mobile phone camera, reinforces my earlier claim that civil liberties are non-existent in Sri Lanka and that the Tamil population there is subject to barbaric atrocities at the hands of the Sri Lankan Army.”

    “Sri Lanka claims to be a democratic country, where the rule of law prevails. No democracy sanctions this sort of summary mass execution, where human dignity is wantonly trampled upon,” she added.

    “Even assuming that the persons being shot dead in the footage telecast were LTTE activists, executing them summarily without a trial is barbaric, inhuman and contrary to civilized norms. It also violates international law relating to treatment of prisoners of war.”

    Slamming the DMK government, she said “As such, the AIADMK does not expect the DMK government to even make a whimper of protest against the atrocities being perpetrated upon the Tamil people.”

    http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Jaya+threatens+massive+agitation&artid=ux2vdQtiHc4=&SectionID=lifojHIWDUU=&MainSectionID=wIcBMLGbUJI=&SectionName=EL7znOtxBM3qzgMyXZKtxw==&SEO=AIADMK+general+secretary+J+Jayalalithaa

  210. Hello UN!
    When are you going to take action?? Before you take action Sinhalees Bhudist Monks are TAKING already action on Thamils and Thamil Soil. Please be quik to HELP Thamils.

    Sinhala Man who writes as Kotiya (Kotiya – Puli – Tiger) on Lankaweb is doubting over Mahavamse??? maybe this Kotiya reading our comments here and get alert???.
    Sinhalees are up to write a another History.

    Modayage oluva belle langing yande one.
    http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2009/9/48198_

  211. Hello UN!
    You gave money to SL Govermant to help the IDP Thamils? and do you think that your duty is finished? Sri Lanka is fooling the UN.
    Mr. Ban ki Moon!
    Please do something to save the Thamils in Vanni Camps. Let them free. They are HUMAN BEINGS and SL Govermant told that they FREED these Innocent Thamils fromTIGERS, so why do they keep these Thamils in Camp? Let them go.

    Please check this link
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM2dH1xNjQg

  212. Hello UN!
    When are you going to take action?? Before you take action Sinhalees Bhudist Monks are TAKING already action on Thamils and Thamil Soil. Please be quik to HELP Thamils.

    Sinhala Man who writes as Kotiya (Kotiya – Puli – Tiger) on Lankaweb is doubting over Mahavamse??? maybe this Kotiya reading our comments here and get alert???.
    Sinhalees are up to write a another History.

    Modayage oluva belle langing yande one.
    http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2009/9/48198_

  213. Hello UN!
    When are you going to take action?? Before you take action Sinhalees Bhudist Monks are TAKING already action on Thamils and Thamil Soil. Please be quik to HELP Thamils.

    Sinhala Man who writes as Kotiya (Kotiya – Puli – Tiger) on Lankaweb is doubting over Mahavamse??? maybe this Kotiya reading our comments here and get alert???.
    Sinhalees are up to write a another History.

    Modayage oluva belle langing yande one.
    http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2009/9/48198_

  214. Hello UN!
    You gave money to SL Govermant to help the IDP Thamils? and do you think that your duty is finished? Sri Lanka is fooling the UN.
    Mr. Ban ki Moon!
    Please do something to save the Thamils in Vanni Camps. Let them free. They are HUMAN BEINGS and SL Govermant told that they FREED these Innocent Thamils fromTIGERS, so why do they keep these Thamils in Camp? Let them go.

    Please check this link
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM2dH1xNjQg

  215. Hello UN!
    You gave money to SL Govermant to help the IDP Thamils? and do you think that your duty is finished? Sri Lanka is fooling the UN.
    Mr. Ban ki Moon!
    Please do something to save the Thamils in Vanni Camps. Let them free. They are HUMAN BEINGS and SL Govermant told that they FREED these Innocent Thamils fromTIGERS, so why do they keep these Thamils in Camp? Let them go.

    Please check this link
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM2dH1xNjQg

  216. Hello UN!
    When are you going to take action?? Before you take action Sinhalees Bhudist Monks are TAKING already action on Thamils and Thamil Soil. Please be quik to HELP Thamils.

    Sinhala Man who writes as Kotiya (Kotiya – Puli – Tiger) on Lankaweb is doubting over Mahavamse??? maybe this Kotiya reading our comments here and get alert???.
    Sinhalees are up to write a another History.

    Modayage oluva belle langing yande one.

    http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2009/9/48198_space.html

  217. Hello UN!
    You gave money to SL Govermant to help the IDP Thamils? and do you think that your duty is finished? Sri Lanka is fooling the UN.
    Mr. Ban ki Moon!
    Please do something to save the Thamils in Vanni Camps. Let them free. They are HUMAN BEINGS and SL Govermant told that they FREED these Innocent Thamils fromTIGERS, so why do they keep these Thamils in Camp? Let them go.

    Please check this link

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM2dH1xNjQg

  218. Sri Lankan Tamils Dying of Hunger, Say Indian Christians
    [ Christian Post ][ Sep 26 01:12 GMT ]
    Tamil Christians in India are making a solidarity call and support for nearly 300,000 Tamil refugees in Sri Lanka; who are still languishing in temporary camps for the past six months. Tamil refugees, many of them Christians were displaced by the last stages of the past 26 years of bitter civil war in the country – between Sri Lankan army and the Tamil militants, the Liberation Tamil Tiger Eelam (LTTE); that came to an end in May this year with the defeat of the LTTE. In a memorandum submitted to the government of India, Tamil Christians in India said, “Thousands are dying of hunger and difficulties in the refugee camps”;

    Life as a Sri Lankan war refugee http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8273575.stm

  219. Time Running Out for Sri Lanka’s IDPs http://worldpoliticsreview.com/article.aspx?id=43

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Everywhere in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, posters featuring smiling soldiers holding rocket launchers and machine guns celebrate the recent end to the nation’s 26-year civil war. But in the government-run camps that still house more than 250,000 ethnic Tamils displaced by the war’s fighting, the mood is far from celebratory.

    In late August, heavy rains at the largest camp, Manik, flooded tents and led to unsanitary conditions. According to aid worker K Thampu, “The situation was heartbreaking. Tents were flooded and mothers, desperate to keep their children dry during the night, took chairs and tables from school facilities for them to sleep on.”

  220. Sri Lankan Tamils Dying of Hunger, Say Indian Christians
    [ Christian Post ][ Sep 26 01:12 GMT ]
    Tamil Christians in India are making a solidarity call and support for nearly 300,000 Tamil refugees in Sri Lanka; who are still languishing in temporary camps for the past six months. Tamil refugees, many of them Christians were displaced by the last stages of the past 26 years of bitter civil war in the country – between Sri Lankan army and the Tamil militants, the Liberation Tamil Tiger Eelam (LTTE); that came to an end in May this year with the defeat of the LTTE. In a memorandum submitted to the government of India, Tamil Christians in India said, “Thousands are dying of hunger and difficulties in the refugee camps”;

    Life as a Sri Lankan war refugee http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8273575.stm

  221. Sri Lankan Tamils Dying of Hunger, Say Indian Christians
    [ Christian Post ][ Sep 26 01:12 GMT ]
    Tamil Christians in India are making a solidarity call and support for nearly 300,000 Tamil refugees in Sri Lanka; who are still languishing in temporary camps for the past six months. Tamil refugees, many of them Christians were displaced by the last stages of the past 26 years of bitter civil war in the country – between Sri Lankan army and the Tamil militants, the Liberation Tamil Tiger Eelam (LTTE); that came to an end in May this year with the defeat of the LTTE. In a memorandum submitted to the government of India, Tamil Christians in India said, “Thousands are dying of hunger and difficulties in the refugee camps”;

    Life as a Sri Lankan war refugee http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8273575.stm

  222. Time Running Out for Sri Lanka’s IDPs http://worldpoliticsreview.com/article.aspx?id=43

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Everywhere in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, posters featuring smiling soldiers holding rocket launchers and machine guns celebrate the recent end to the nation’s 26-year civil war. But in the government-run camps that still house more than 250,000 ethnic Tamils displaced by the war’s fighting, the mood is far from celebratory.

    In late August, heavy rains at the largest camp, Manik, flooded tents and led to unsanitary conditions. According to aid worker K Thampu, “The situation was heartbreaking. Tents were flooded and mothers, desperate to keep their children dry during the night, took chairs and tables from school facilities for them to sleep on.”

  223. Time Running Out for Sri Lanka’s IDPs http://worldpoliticsreview.com/article.aspx?id=43

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Everywhere in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, posters featuring smiling soldiers holding rocket launchers and machine guns celebrate the recent end to the nation’s 26-year civil war. But in the government-run camps that still house more than 250,000 ethnic Tamils displaced by the war’s fighting, the mood is far from celebratory.

    In late August, heavy rains at the largest camp, Manik, flooded tents and led to unsanitary conditions. According to aid worker K Thampu, “The situation was heartbreaking. Tents were flooded and mothers, desperate to keep their children dry during the night, took chairs and tables from school facilities for them to sleep on.”

  224. Sri Lankan Tamils Dying of Hunger, Say Indian Christians
    [ Christian Post ][ Sep 26 01:12 GMT ]
    Tamil Christians in India are making a solidarity call and support for nearly 300,000 Tamil refugees in Sri Lanka; who are still languishing in temporary camps for the past six months. Tamil refugees, many of them Christians were displaced by the last stages of the past 26 years of bitter civil war in the country – between Sri Lankan army and the Tamil militants, the Liberation Tamil Tiger Eelam (LTTE); that came to an end in May this year with the defeat of the LTTE. In a memorandum submitted to the government of India, Tamil Christians in India said, “Thousands are dying of hunger and difficulties in the refugee camps”;

    Life as a Sri Lankan war refugee
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8273575.stm

  225. Time Running Out for Sri Lanka’s IDPs
    http://worldpoliticsreview.com/article.aspx?id=4354

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Everywhere in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, posters featuring smiling soldiers holding rocket launchers and machine guns celebrate the recent end to the nation’s 26-year civil war. But in the government-run camps that still house more than 250,000 ethnic Tamils displaced by the war’s fighting, the mood is far from celebratory.

    In late August, heavy rains at the largest camp, Manik, flooded tents and led to unsanitary conditions. According to aid worker K Thampu, “The situation was heartbreaking. Tents were flooded and mothers, desperate to keep their children dry during the night, took chairs and tables from school facilities for them to sleep on.”

  226. Alfonso says UN and Amnesty! If you don’t help us who would help us?. We Thamils are running country to country to seek help. US and Europe MUST help us.

    You are merely LTTE supporters. Have some self-respect as true believers in Eelam and stop this whining. It's too late for your White Masters to save Eelam.

    p.s. Don't forget to claim 'genocide'.

  227. Response to Mango (Maangay – Thamil. Ambe – Sinhala)
    sep 26th, 2009 at 3:44pm

    Mango: You are merely LTTE supporters.

    Alfonso answer: according to Sinhala Rasists anyone who support INNOCENT THAMIL is a LTTE supporter or a Terrorist.(according to Sinhala Rasists UN, Amnesty, Usa and European Union are Terrorists becacuse they speak the TRUTH.

    Mango: Have some self-respect as true believers in Eelam and stop this whining.

    Alfonso: after 61 years of Sinhala Genocide against Thamils I decided Thamil Eelam is the only solution for Thamils. I was not born in Thamil Eelam and i have never been in Thamil Eelam and as a Sinhala Speaking Thamilan from Southern part of SL i strongly belive Thamil Eelam is the only solution to SAVE the THAMILS from Sinhala Bhudist Regime.

    Mango: It's too late for your White Masters to save Eelam

    Alfonso: Mango! you must understand that Colonial time is over and we are living in 2009 and not in 1505. So, i am not agree with your WHITE MASTERS word. It is still not late to save Eelam. Sinhala Bhudist Govermant may think by killing Prabhakaran and arresting K.P. that Thamil Eelam is over. If you think so, you are wrong. You must understand that Sinhala Bhdist stands on Thamils have created Thamil Eelam thought in Thamils mind.

    and by the way when you going to change your Pen name?? LOL funny guy

  228. Ha Malli Ambaya! Mango

    In Thamil Eelam Moslims and Sinhalees are also welcome. Thamil Eelam wil be a Multi Etnic Country.

    In Thamil Eelam already Muslims, Burghers, Kafri, Sinhalees and Malayalees are living together with Thamils and they are not thretend by Thamils.

    listen to this Kafri lady in Sri Lanka who lives in Puthalam among Thamils and Thamil Moslims.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHb8VphRkh8&fe

    Yes, as you listen to Kafri Lady there is no discrimination from Thamils.

    Thamils are not up to establish Thamil Only Country. Who told you that? Mr. Nadasen's wife was a Sinhala Lady. (Your Rasist Bhudist Army killed a unarmed Woman)

    * Inside Switzerland there is a another Country – Lichtenstein (close to Chur city -Graubundan Stadt)

    * Inside France there is a another Country – Monaco

    * Inside the Italy there is a another Country – Vatican

    * Inside the United Kingdom there is a another Country – Ierland

    * A Tiny Country between Belgiam and France and Germany – Luxomburg

    * Inside Iraq is a another Country – Kuwait ( Iraq wil be very soon devided in Three Countries. 1. Shiastaan 2. Sunistaan 3. Kurdistaan)

    * Inside Indonesia – East Timor

    * Inside Ethiopia – Eritria – Djubuti – Somali Land

    Why not in Sri Lanka Two separate States?

  229. Thanks Vanni for keep on inform me about new blogs.

    Thanks Silva 4 ur honest support for the voiceless Thamils

    Thanks Mr. Jim

    By the way Thankyou Mango for the entertainments (LOL)

  230. Alfonso,

    What will you do about those Tamils opposed to the creation of a separate, racially defined Tamils-only state in multi-ethnic SL? Will you have them murdered or simply exiled from your imaginary Eelam?

    Of course there are millions of Tamils around the world, whose hearts ache with a burning desire for a racially pure Eelam. There are also millions of neo-Nazis who wish to create 'Whites Only' Europe and USA. Ache and burn all you like, but neither of these outcomes is likely to happen, at least in this world. It might happen in parallel universe where Fatty Prabahakaran still hands out cyanide capsules to child soldiers…

    In addition to 'genocide' you must use the following phrases in anything you write.

    "War crimes", "indiscriminate shelling of civilians", "blood bath" "shelling hospitals", "cluster bombs", "chemical attack" and "4,000 civilians die every day in IDP camps".

    Finally, never ever admit to what the LTTE did to the civilians held hostage in the Vanni. Learn from your friend Mawatham Silavm.

  231. Ha Malli Ambaya! Mango

    In Thamil Eelam Moslims and Sinhalees are also welcome. Thamil Eelam wil be a Multi Etnic Country.

    In Thamil Eelam already Muslims, Burghers, Kafri, Sinhalees and Malayalees are living together with Thamils and they are not thretend by Thamils.

    listen to this Kafri lady in Sri Lanka who lives in Puthalam among Thamils and Thamil Moslims.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHb8VphRkh8&fe

    Yes, as you listen to Kafri Lady there is no discrimination from Thamils.

    Thamils are not up to establish Thamil Only Country. Who told you that? Mr. Nadasen's wife was a Sinhala Lady. (Your Rasist Bhudist Army killed a unarmed Woman)

    * Inside Switzerland there is a another Country – Lichtenstein (close to Chur city -Graubundan Stadt)

    * Inside France there is a another Country – Monaco

    * Inside the Italy there is a another Country – Vatican

    * Inside the United Kingdom there is a another Country – Ierland

    * A Tiny Country between Belgiam and France and Germany – Luxomburg

    * Inside Iraq is a another Country – Kuwait ( Iraq wil be very soon devided in Three Countries. 1. Shiastaan 2. Sunistaan 3. Kurdistaan)

    * Inside Indonesia – East Timor

    * Inside Ethiopia – Eritria – Djubuti – Somali Land

    Why not in Sri Lanka Two separate States?

  232. Ha Malli Ambaya! Mango

    In Thamil Eelam Moslims and Sinhalees are also welcome. Thamil Eelam wil be a Multi Etnic Country.

    In Thamil Eelam already Muslims, Burghers, Kafri, Sinhalees and Malayalees are living together with Thamils and they are not thretend by Thamils.

    listen to this Kafri lady in Sri Lanka who lives in Puthalam among Thamils and Thamil Moslims.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHb8VphRkh8&fe

    Yes, as you listen to Kafri Lady there is no discrimination from Thamils.

    Thamils are not up to establish Thamil Only Country. Who told you that? Mr. Nadasen's wife was a Sinhala Lady. (Your Rasist Bhudist Army killed a unarmed Woman)

    * Inside Switzerland there is a another Country – Lichtenstein (close to Chur city -Graubundan Stadt)

    * Inside France there is a another Country – Monaco

    * Inside the Italy there is a another Country – Vatican

    * Inside the United Kingdom there is a another Country – Ierland

    * A Tiny Country between Belgiam and France and Germany – Luxomburg

    * Inside Iraq is a another Country – Kuwait ( Iraq wil be very soon devided in Three Countries. 1. Shiastaan 2. Sunistaan 3. Kurdistaan)

    * Inside Indonesia – East Timor

    * Inside Ethiopia – Eritria – Djubuti – Somali Land

    Why not in Sri Lanka Two separate States?

  233. Alfonso says UN and Amnesty! If you don’t help us who would help us?. We Thamils are running country to country to seek help. US and Europe MUST help us.

    You are merely LTTE supporters. Have some self-respect as true believers in Eelam and stop this whining. It’s too late for your White Masters to save Eelam.

    p.s. Don’t forget to claim ‘genocide’.

  234. Response to Mango (Maangay – Thamil. Ambe – Sinhala)
    sep 26th, 2009 at 3:44pm

    Mango: You are merely LTTE supporters.

    Alfonso answer: according to Sinhala Rasists anyone who support INNOCENT THAMIL is a LTTE supporter or a Terrorist.(according to Sinhala Rasists UN, Amnesty, Usa and European Union are Terrorists becacuse they speak the TRUTH.

    Mango: Have some self-respect as true believers in Eelam and stop this whining.

    Alfonso: after 61 years of Sinhala Genocide against Thamils I decided Thamil Eelam is the only solution for Thamils. I was not born in Thamil Eelam and i have never been in Thamil Eelam and as a Sinhala Speaking Thamilan from Southern part of SL i strongly belive Thamil Eelam is the only solution to SAVE the THAMILS from Sinhala Bhudist Regime.

    Mango: It’s too late for your White Masters to save Eelam

    Alfonso: Mango! you must understand that Colonial time is over and we are living in 2009 and not in 1505. So, i am not agree with your WHITE MASTERS word. It is still not late to save Eelam. Sinhala Bhudist Govermant may think by killing Prabhakaran and arresting K.P. that Thamil Eelam is over. If you think so, you are wrong. You must understand that Sinhala Bhdist stands on Thamils have created Thamil Eelam thought in Thamils mind.

    and by the way when you going to change your Pen name?? LOL funny guy

  235. Thanks Vanni for keep on inform me about new blogs.

    Thanks Silva 4 ur honest support for the voiceless Thamils

    Thanks Mr. Jim

    By the way Thankyou Mango for the entertainments (LOL)

  236. Alfonso,

    What will you do about those Tamils opposed to the creation of a separate, racially defined Tamils-only state in multi-ethnic SL? Will you have them murdered or simply exiled from your imaginary Eelam?

    Of course there are millions of Tamils around the world, whose hearts ache with a burning desire for a racially pure Eelam. There are also millions of neo-Nazis who wish to create ‘Whites Only’ Europe and USA. Ache and burn all you like, but neither of these outcomes is likely to happen, at least in this world. It might happen in parallel universe where Fatty Prabahakaran still hands out cyanide capsules to child soldiers…

    In addition to ‘genocide’ you must use the following phrases in anything you write.

    “War crimes”, “indiscriminate shelling of civilians”, “blood bath” “shelling hospitals”, “cluster bombs”, “chemical attack” and “4,000 civilians die every day in IDP camps”.

    Finally, never ever admit to what the LTTE did to the civilians held hostage in the Vanni. Learn from your friend Mawatham Silavm.

  237. LOL @ Alfonso's comment..

    Well inside Italy there are 2 more countries – San Marino and Rome….

    Well what you need to figure out is the reason for those small entities to exist. Just because it exists in another country it doesn't mean that it should happen here. If people in those countries like it that's their problem, that doesn't mean that the Sri Lankans who lived here for more Millenniums would want to do what another country that has existed for few centuries would do.

    Your problem is that you guys are adamant that you need a part of the land – it is your mentality and no matter what the other party does to satisfy you, you will not accept it purely because you guys have a single goal – the same goal the Terrorist Group LTTE had.

    There are plenty of people immaterial of religion or race sharing this land quite happily and living as one. It is only a few of you who are having a different mentality. In a multi ethnic community, there will always be issues from time to time – In USA still there are those who hate Blacks or would kill them just for their skin colour even though the country is ruled by one.

    This is something that would heal over time and not over night – Division would def. not help the cause, but unity. The more we mix among each other, the better the relationships would be…

    You can enter this reality or get stuck in your own dream world till the day you die and die an unhappy man rather than enjoy the blessings this short life of you can offer !!

    Cheers !!

  238. Ha Malli Ambaya! Mango

    In Thamil Eelam Moslims and Sinhalees are also welcome. Thamil Eelam wil be a Multi Etnic Country.

    In Thamil Eelam already Muslims, Burghers, Kafri, Sinhalees and Malayalees are living together with Thamils and they are not thretend by Thamils.

    listen to this Kafri lady in Sri Lanka who lives in Puthalam among Thamils and Thamil Moslims.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHb8VphRkh8&feature=related

    Yes, as you listen to Kafri Lady there is no discrimination from Thamils.

    Thamils are not up to establish Thamil Only Country. Who told you that? Mr. Nadasen’s wife was a Sinhala Lady. (Your Rasist Bhudist Army killed a unarmed Woman)

    * Inside Switzerland there is a another Country – Lichtenstein (close to Chur city -Graubundan Stadt)

    * Inside France there is a another Country – Monaco

    * Inside the Italy there is a another Country – Vatican

    * Inside the United Kingdom there is a another Country – Ierland

    * A Tiny Country between Belgiam and France and Germany – Luxomburg

    * Inside Iraq is a another Country – Kuwait ( Iraq wil be very soon devided in Three Countries. 1. Shiastaan 2. Sunistaan 3. Kurdistaan)

    * Inside Indonesia – East Timor

    * Inside Ethiopia – Eritria – Djubuti – Somali Land

    Why not in Sri Lanka Two separate States?

  239. Wanni IDPs: The scam continues
    [ Sunday Times ][ Sep 27 01:12 GMT ]
    The whole issue of ’screening’, which has dragged on for more than four months, should be stopped. The best proof that the LTTE is no longer a threat in Sri Lanka is the release of top LTTE cadres Daya Master and George Master, who were with Prabakaran almost to the very end. Would the authorities have released them on bail if there were any danger from the LTTE? Hardly. If they can be released, why are lakhs of innocent civilians being detained? Did the President avoid the UN General Assembly because he was unable to answer these questions?

    Wanni IDPs: The scam continues http://www.sundaytimes.lk/090927/News/news_03.htm

    A case of detaining Tamils http://www.thesundayleader.lk/20090927/spotlight….

  240. Request for details on war crimes http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2009_09_26_00

    Spokesperson of the US embassy in Colombo, Jeff Anderson said the US Congress had made a request from US Secretary of State in June to present details of parties responsible for violating international human rights laws during the war in Sri Lanka and committing crimes against humanity.

    Jeff Anderson further said that although the report was scheduled to be presented to the US Congress on September 21, it had to be delayed as the Sri Lankan embassy in the US was still preparing the report.

  241. Wanni IDPs: The scam continues
    [ Sunday Times ][ Sep 27 01:12 GMT ]
    The whole issue of ’screening’, which has dragged on for more than four months, should be stopped. The best proof that the LTTE is no longer a threat in Sri Lanka is the release of top LTTE cadres Daya Master and George Master, who were with Prabakaran almost to the very end. Would the authorities have released them on bail if there were any danger from the LTTE? Hardly. If they can be released, why are lakhs of innocent civilians being detained? Did the President avoid the UN General Assembly because he was unable to answer these questions?

    Wanni IDPs: The scam continues http://www.sundaytimes.lk/090927/News/news_03.htm

    A case of detaining Tamils http://www.thesundayleader.lk/20090927/spotlight….

  242. Wanni IDPs: The scam continues
    [ Sunday Times ][ Sep 27 01:12 GMT ]
    The whole issue of ’screening’, which has dragged on for more than four months, should be stopped. The best proof that the LTTE is no longer a threat in Sri Lanka is the release of top LTTE cadres Daya Master and George Master, who were with Prabakaran almost to the very end. Would the authorities have released them on bail if there were any danger from the LTTE? Hardly. If they can be released, why are lakhs of innocent civilians being detained? Did the President avoid the UN General Assembly because he was unable to answer these questions?

    Wanni IDPs: The scam continues http://www.sundaytimes.lk/090927/News/news_03.htm

    A case of detaining Tamils http://www.thesundayleader.lk/20090927/spotlight….

  243. Request for details on war crimes http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2009_09_26_00

    Spokesperson of the US embassy in Colombo, Jeff Anderson said the US Congress had made a request from US Secretary of State in June to present details of parties responsible for violating international human rights laws during the war in Sri Lanka and committing crimes against humanity.

    Jeff Anderson further said that although the report was scheduled to be presented to the US Congress on September 21, it had to be delayed as the Sri Lankan embassy in the US was still preparing the report.

  244. Request for details on war crimes http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2009_09_26_00

    Spokesperson of the US embassy in Colombo, Jeff Anderson said the US Congress had made a request from US Secretary of State in June to present details of parties responsible for violating international human rights laws during the war in Sri Lanka and committing crimes against humanity.

    Jeff Anderson further said that although the report was scheduled to be presented to the US Congress on September 21, it had to be delayed as the Sri Lankan embassy in the US was still preparing the report.

  245. LOL @ Alfonso’s comment..

    Well inside Italy there are 2 more countries – San Marino and Rome….

    Well what you need to figure out is the reason for those small entities to exist. Just because it exists in another country it doesn’t mean that it should happen here. If people in those countries like it that’s their problem, that doesn’t mean that the Sri Lankans who lived here for more Millenniums would want to do what another country that has existed for few centuries would do.

    Your problem is that you guys are adamant that you need a part of the land – it is your mentality and no matter what the other party does to satisfy you, you will not accept it purely because you guys have a single goal – the same goal the Terrorist Group LTTE had.

    There are plenty of people immaterial of religion or race sharing this land quite happily and living as one. It is only a few of you who are having a different mentality. In a multi ethnic community, there will always be issues from time to time – In USA still there are those who hate Blacks or would kill them just for their skin colour even though the country is ruled by one.

    This is something that would heal over time and not over night – Division would def. not help the cause, but unity. The more we mix among each other, the better the relationships would be…

    You can enter this reality or get stuck in your own dream world till the day you die and die an unhappy man rather than enjoy the blessings this short life of you can offer !!

    Cheers !!

  246. Hey Alfonso Aiya,

    Good examples and mostly inaccurate, but irrelevant to SL because the LTTE's attempt failed. You ask a pertinent question, "Why not in Sri Lanka Two separate States?

    The answer: The overwhelming majority of the people of SL (and India. whose PM was murdered by your LTTE) will not now and will never accept demands from a small racist minority, that the island be partitioned for the benefit of one group. The extraordinary sacrifices they countenanced is proof of this fact.

    For you nostalgic LTTE groupies, this is what you once had and has now been demolished.
    http://www.tamilnation.org/tamileelam/defacto/ind

    The 'de-facto' state of Eelam is now 'de-funct'.

    p.s. tell us, how many unarmed civilians did the racist LTTE murder?

  247. Dear Mawathe Silva !!

    Usually we call mawathe people to those who are lost and who do not know whether they are sitting or standing. You have proven beyond doubt that you indeed carry the name rightly.

    We "One Sri Lanka" propagandists also have to tell the same to all of you… Ignore and get on with our missions… After all, You sleep with dogs, you wake up with Ticks !!

  248. Hey Alfonso Aiya,

    Good examples and mostly inaccurate, but irrelevant to SL because the LTTE's attempt failed. You ask a pertinent question, "Why not in Sri Lanka Two separate States?

    The answer: The overwhelming majority of the people of SL (and India. whose PM was murdered by your LTTE) will not now and will never accept demands from a small racist minority, that the island be partitioned for the benefit of one group. The extraordinary sacrifices they countenanced is proof of this fact.

    For you nostalgic LTTE groupies, this is what you once had and has now been demolished.
    http://www.tamilnation.org/tamileelam/defacto/ind

    The 'de-facto' state of Eelam is now 'de-funct'.

    p.s. tell us, how many unarmed civilians did the racist LTTE murder?

  249. Hey Alfonso Aiya,

    Good examples and mostly inaccurate, but irrelevant to SL because the LTTE's attempt failed. You ask a pertinent question, "Why not in Sri Lanka Two separate States?

    The answer: The overwhelming majority of the people of SL (and India. whose PM was murdered by your LTTE) will not now and will never accept demands from a small racist minority, that the island be partitioned for the benefit of one group. The extraordinary sacrifices they countenanced is proof of this fact.

    For you nostalgic LTTE groupies, this is what you once had and has now been demolished.
    http://www.tamilnation.org/tamileelam/defacto/ind

    The 'de-facto' state of Eelam is now 'de-funct'.

    p.s. tell us, how many unarmed civilians did the racist LTTE murder?

  250. Please see the online petition at:
    http://campaigns.ahrchk.net/repealpta/

    There is no longer any reason for the Prevention of Terrorism Act in Sri Lanka; on the contrary, there are many compelling reasons as to why it should immediately be repealed. It was the existence of the LTTE that the government used to justify the promulgation and maintenance of the PTA.

    Now, by the very admission of the government this threat has ceased to exist.
    Even at a time of grave danger the PTA was too draconian and many of the provisions in the act could not have been justified. This has been pointed out by local legal opinion, local human rights groups and governments around the world, as well as international human rights agencies and several United Nations agencies and experts.

    After the defeat of the LTTE the government said that elements associated with it could remain, and that some new elements may emerge; yet every country faces this possibility all the time. If this reasoning is used to suspend the operation of a normal legal system then this would need to apply everywhere, forever. Terrorism – even war – is always possible, but if people are willing to abandon their freedoms and their normal legal rights to preempt these possibilities, draconian law will reign indefinitely.

    As long as the PTA remains in operation there is reason to suspect that it is being used by the government for political advantage, as an instrument to perpetuate its own power. Complaints of oppression by the opposition and other dissenting voices will have legitimate weight.

    The Act has effectively aided the destruction of the normal rule of law within Sri Lanka and undermined the independence of its judiciary; indeed litigants, lawyers and even the judges may have started to forget what a strong, functioning legal system is like. To maintain the PTA is to continue destroying what is left. The disadvantages far outweigh the advantage that the government spokesperson may claim that it has.

    An enduring PTA will continue to place the Criminal Investigation Division and the Terrorism Investigation Division beyond the control of the law, with no checks or balances against its abuse of power. Tales of torture being used, charges being fabricated and deaths occurring in places of detention are heard constantly, yet while the PTA exists there is no way to even investigate such allegations, let alone avoid them.

    Sri Lanka’s policing system has collapsed; this is now a fact acknowledged by all. Yet no reform process can be set in motion, and under the protection of the PTA Sri Lanka’s police force will continue to degenerate, its people given no option but to live under its oppression, corruption and arbitrary violence.
    What this means is that literally hundreds of thousands of people will suffer without any legal recourse, and large numbers will continue to live outside the protection of the law. The entire population will be affected.

    It is time for everyone in Sri Lanka and beyond to earnestly request the immediate repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act by the Sri Lankan government. The judiciary must no longer be undermined by those with extraordinary power, the rule of law must be revived and all people must be given its protection.

  251. Wanni IDPs: The scam continues
    [ Sunday Times ][ Sep 27 01:12 GMT ]
    The whole issue of ’screening’, which has dragged on for more than four months, should be stopped. The best proof that the LTTE is no longer a threat in Sri Lanka is the release of top LTTE cadres Daya Master and George Master, who were with Prabakaran almost to the very end. Would the authorities have released them on bail if there were any danger from the LTTE? Hardly. If they can be released, why are lakhs of innocent civilians being detained? Did the President avoid the UN General Assembly because he was unable to answer these questions?

    Wanni IDPs: The scam continues
    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/090927/News/news_03.html

    A case of detaining Tamils
    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/20090927/spotlight.htm

  252. Please see the online petition at:
    http://campaigns.ahrchk.net/repealpta/

    There is no longer any reason for the Prevention of Terrorism Act in Sri Lanka; on the contrary, there are many compelling reasons as to why it should immediately be repealed. It was the existence of the LTTE that the government used to justify the promulgation and maintenance of the PTA.

    Now, by the very admission of the government this threat has ceased to exist.
    Even at a time of grave danger the PTA was too draconian and many of the provisions in the act could not have been justified. This has been pointed out by local legal opinion, local human rights groups and governments around the world, as well as international human rights agencies and several United Nations agencies and experts.

    After the defeat of the LTTE the government said that elements associated with it could remain, and that some new elements may emerge; yet every country faces this possibility all the time. If this reasoning is used to suspend the operation of a normal legal system then this would need to apply everywhere, forever. Terrorism – even war – is always possible, but if people are willing to abandon their freedoms and their normal legal rights to preempt these possibilities, draconian law will reign indefinitely.

    As long as the PTA remains in operation there is reason to suspect that it is being used by the government for political advantage, as an instrument to perpetuate its own power. Complaints of oppression by the opposition and other dissenting voices will have legitimate weight.

    The Act has effectively aided the destruction of the normal rule of law within Sri Lanka and undermined the independence of its judiciary; indeed litigants, lawyers and even the judges may have started to forget what a strong, functioning legal system is like. To maintain the PTA is to continue destroying what is left. The disadvantages far outweigh the advantage that the government spokesperson may claim that it has.

    An enduring PTA will continue to place the Criminal Investigation Division and the Terrorism Investigation Division beyond the control of the law, with no checks or balances against its abuse of power. Tales of torture being used, charges being fabricated and deaths occurring in places of detention are heard constantly, yet while the PTA exists there is no way to even investigate such allegations, let alone avoid them.

    Sri Lanka’s policing system has collapsed; this is now a fact acknowledged by all. Yet no reform process can be set in motion, and under the protection of the PTA Sri Lanka’s police force will continue to degenerate, its people given no option but to live under its oppression, corruption and arbitrary violence.
    What this means is that literally hundreds of thousands of people will suffer without any legal recourse, and large numbers will continue to live outside the protection of the law. The entire population will be affected.

    It is time for everyone in Sri Lanka and beyond to earnestly request the immediate repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act by the Sri Lankan government. The judiciary must no longer be undermined by those with extraordinary power, the rule of law must be revived and all people must be given its protection.

  253. Please see the online petition at:
    http://campaigns.ahrchk.net/repealpta/

    There is no longer any reason for the Prevention of Terrorism Act in Sri Lanka; on the contrary, there are many compelling reasons as to why it should immediately be repealed. It was the existence of the LTTE that the government used to justify the promulgation and maintenance of the PTA.

    Now, by the very admission of the government this threat has ceased to exist.
    Even at a time of grave danger the PTA was too draconian and many of the provisions in the act could not have been justified. This has been pointed out by local legal opinion, local human rights groups and governments around the world, as well as international human rights agencies and several United Nations agencies and experts.

    After the defeat of the LTTE the government said that elements associated with it could remain, and that some new elements may emerge; yet every country faces this possibility all the time. If this reasoning is used to suspend the operation of a normal legal system then this would need to apply everywhere, forever. Terrorism – even war – is always possible, but if people are willing to abandon their freedoms and their normal legal rights to preempt these possibilities, draconian law will reign indefinitely.

    As long as the PTA remains in operation there is reason to suspect that it is being used by the government for political advantage, as an instrument to perpetuate its own power. Complaints of oppression by the opposition and other dissenting voices will have legitimate weight.

    The Act has effectively aided the destruction of the normal rule of law within Sri Lanka and undermined the independence of its judiciary; indeed litigants, lawyers and even the judges may have started to forget what a strong, functioning legal system is like. To maintain the PTA is to continue destroying what is left. The disadvantages far outweigh the advantage that the government spokesperson may claim that it has.

    An enduring PTA will continue to place the Criminal Investigation Division and the Terrorism Investigation Division beyond the control of the law, with no checks or balances against its abuse of power. Tales of torture being used, charges being fabricated and deaths occurring in places of detention are heard constantly, yet while the PTA exists there is no way to even investigate such allegations, let alone avoid them.

    Sri Lanka’s policing system has collapsed; this is now a fact acknowledged by all. Yet no reform process can be set in motion, and under the protection of the PTA Sri Lanka’s police force will continue to degenerate, its people given no option but to live under its oppression, corruption and arbitrary violence.
    What this means is that literally hundreds of thousands of people will suffer without any legal recourse, and large numbers will continue to live outside the protection of the law. The entire population will be affected.

    It is time for everyone in Sri Lanka and beyond to earnestly request the immediate repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act by the Sri Lankan government. The judiciary must no longer be undermined by those with extraordinary power, the rule of law must be revived and all people must be given its protection.

  254. Request for details on war crimes
    http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2009_09_26_009.html

    Spokesperson of the US embassy in Colombo, Jeff Anderson said the US Congress had made a request from US Secretary of State in June to present details of parties responsible for violating international human rights laws during the war in Sri Lanka and committing crimes against humanity.

    Jeff Anderson further said that although the report was scheduled to be presented to the US Congress on September 21, it had to be delayed as the Sri Lankan embassy in the US was still preparing the report.

  255. How come Vanni, Silva and Alfonso post items way off line of the topic and still continue without getting blocked where as some of us were blocked out only because we replied to what they have posted which obviously would be out of Topic ?

    Also how come the Alfonso who uses filth is still posting ??

    I see something fishy going here !

  256. Woo Hoo !

    Way to go My Mango friend !!

    Exactly my argument – These guys are no good beggars ! They use old begging tact-tics of creating sympathy and begging in public – Ayyo give me freedom, my leg is broken.. They broke my leg… But, many know that the bandages are false – remove the bandage and you see no wound… Just like Alfonso – LOL…

    He has a different agenda… Tamil Eelam.. May be headless Chicken after KP was arrested.

    I am only saddened about renowned organizations like Amnesty stooping down to the levels of Terrorists who killed more than 100,00 INNOCENT people – not Forces and supporting such units.

    If these organizations are really interested in the well-being of the Tamils in Camps, they could have supported the GOSL to speed up the rehabilitation process and get them re-settled. What is happening now is the process is getting delayed and the innocent civilians are suffering even more – as there will be no way on hell the GOSL will bow down to any unwarranted force from any part of the world and we also do have support of the most powerful nations in the world (America to me is not the most powerful any more).

    I think the PM clearly mentioned our stance to the UN this time around..

    So here we go – U want the people out ?? Support us to get them out ASAP..

    Alfonso – Stop Begging and Start working towards achieving a realistic goal !!

  257. Dear Mawathe Silva !!

    Usually we call mawathe people to those who are lost and who do not know whether they are sitting or standing. You have proven beyond doubt that you indeed carry the name rightly.

    We “One Sri Lanka” propagandists also have to tell the same to all of you… Ignore and get on with our missions… After all, You sleep with dogs, you wake up with Ticks !!

  258. Hey Alfonso Aiya,

    Good examples and mostly inaccurate, but irrelevant to SL because the LTTE’s attempt failed. You ask a pertinent question, “Why not in Sri Lanka Two separate States?

    The answer: The overwhelming majority of the people of SL (and India. whose PM was murdered by your LTTE) will not now and will never accept demands from a small racist minority, that the island be partitioned for the benefit of one group. The extraordinary sacrifices they countenanced is proof of this fact.

    For you nostalgic LTTE groupies, this is what you once had and has now been demolished.

    http://www.tamilnation.org/tamileelam/defacto/index.htm

    The ‘de-facto’ state of Eelam is now ‘de-funct’.

    p.s. tell us, how many unarmed civilians did the racist LTTE murder?

  259. A crucial report on Sri Lanka’s alleged war crimes is scheduled to be released soon by the US Department. It prepared by Stephen Rapp, who served as Senior Trial Attorney and Chief of Prosecutions at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

    The report, which could determine United State’s future financial assistance to the island, will be handed over to the US Congress for evaluation.

    US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Stephen Rapp in an interview with Time magazine on disclosed that his office was now primarily focusing on Sri Lanka and a report from the Department of State on the war in Sri Lanka is due in US Congress.

    The Office of War Crimes Issues, together with the Secretary for Global Affairs and the Secretary of State, has the responsibility to collect information on ongoing atrocities, and it is then the responsibility of the President (Barak Obama) to determine what steps might be taken towards justice.

    In the Amendment 1169 to H.R. 2346, an Act making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, US Senators had earlier proposed to “prohibit certain forms of financial support to Sri Lanka,” unless certification is made by the Secretary of State that “Sri Lanka has taken certain steps to address the humanitarian situation in areas affected by the conflict in Sri Lanka.”

    Thus, the forthcoming war crimes report by the Department of State is mandated by the above Act.

    Meanwhile, a source in the US told that State Department officials have already contacted and obtained eye witness accounts from a number of persons who have given details on alleged war crimes committed in Sri Lanka.

    The Office of War Crimes Issues helps formulate US policy responding to atrocities in areas of conflict around the globe.

    Mid this year, President Obama appointed Rapp, as his Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues. As head of the Office of War Crimes Issues, Rapp directly reports to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding a wide range of war crimes issues — from Darfur to Burma to Sri Lanka.

  260. Please see the online petition at:

    http://campaigns.ahrchk.net/repealpta/

    There is no longer any reason for the Prevention of Terrorism Act in Sri Lanka; on the contrary, there are many compelling reasons as to why it should immediately be repealed. It was the existence of the LTTE that the government used to justify the promulgation and maintenance of the PTA.

    Now, by the very admission of the government this threat has ceased to exist.
    Even at a time of grave danger the PTA was too draconian and many of the provisions in the act could not have been justified. This has been pointed out by local legal opinion, local human rights groups and governments around the world, as well as international human rights agencies and several United Nations agencies and experts.

    After the defeat of the LTTE the government said that elements associated with it could remain, and that some new elements may emerge; yet every country faces this possibility all the time. If this reasoning is used to suspend the operation of a normal legal system then this would need to apply everywhere, forever. Terrorism – even war – is always possible, but if people are willing to abandon their freedoms and their normal legal rights to preempt these possibilities, draconian law will reign indefinitely.

    As long as the PTA remains in operation there is reason to suspect that it is being used by the government for political advantage, as an instrument to perpetuate its own power. Complaints of oppression by the opposition and other dissenting voices will have legitimate weight.

    The Act has effectively aided the destruction of the normal rule of law within Sri Lanka and undermined the independence of its judiciary; indeed litigants, lawyers and even the judges may have started to forget what a strong, functioning legal system is like. To maintain the PTA is to continue destroying what is left. The disadvantages far outweigh the advantage that the government spokesperson may claim that it has.

    An enduring PTA will continue to place the Criminal Investigation Division and the Terrorism Investigation Division beyond the control of the law, with no checks or balances against its abuse of power. Tales of torture being used, charges being fabricated and deaths occurring in places of detention are heard constantly, yet while the PTA exists there is no way to even investigate such allegations, let alone avoid them.

    Sri Lanka’s policing system has collapsed; this is now a fact acknowledged by all. Yet no reform process can be set in motion, and under the protection of the PTA Sri Lanka’s police force will continue to degenerate, its people given no option but to live under its oppression, corruption and arbitrary violence.
    What this means is that literally hundreds of thousands of people will suffer without any legal recourse, and large numbers will continue to live outside the protection of the law. The entire population will be affected.

    It is time for everyone in Sri Lanka and beyond to earnestly request the immediate repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act by the Sri Lankan government. The judiciary must no longer be undermined by those with extraordinary power, the rule of law must be revived and all people must be given its protection.

  261. How come Vanni, Silva and Alfonso post items way off line of the topic and still continue without getting blocked where as some of us were blocked out only because we replied to what they have posted which obviously would be out of Topic ?

    Also how come the Alfonso who uses filth is still posting ??

    I see something fishy going here !

  262. Woo Hoo !

    Way to go My Mango friend !!

    Exactly my argument – These guys are no good beggars ! They use old begging tact-tics of creating sympathy and begging in public – Ayyo give me freedom, my leg is broken.. They broke my leg… But, many know that the bandages are false – remove the bandage and you see no wound… Just like Alfonso – LOL…

    He has a different agenda… Tamil Eelam.. May be headless Chicken after KP was arrested.

    I am only saddened about renowned organizations like Amnesty stooping down to the levels of Terrorists who killed more than 100,00 INNOCENT people – not Forces and supporting such units.

    If these organizations are really interested in the well-being of the Tamils in Camps, they could have supported the GOSL to speed up the rehabilitation process and get them re-settled. What is happening now is the process is getting delayed and the innocent civilians are suffering even more – as there will be no way on hell the GOSL will bow down to any unwarranted force from any part of the world and we also do have support of the most powerful nations in the world (America to me is not the most powerful any more).

    I think the PM clearly mentioned our stance to the UN this time around..

    So here we go – U want the people out ?? Support us to get them out ASAP..

    Alfonso – Stop Begging and Start working towards achieving a realistic goal !!

  263. Jim Pappa Jim Pappa
    Lindhe wettila
    Lindhe Thibunu
    Koatu keli
    Puke enila

    LOL at Jim Pappa and Mango!

    I gave you guys already very clear explanation. So, there is no use of repeat the same Baila.
    According to SL Govermant LTTE is FINISH. Prabhakaran is DEAD. K.P. is arrested. So, Dear Sinhala friends why are you guys still crying for??
    Don't cry for me (Alfonso) Sri Lanka.

    What happend to Vanni Mission Ship Gifts send by Diaspora Thamils??
    Shame on you Sri Lanka. You even didn't give the GIFTS to the Thamils in Vanni and at the same time complaining that Diaspora Thamils are Terrorists.

    as long as Sri Lanka don't change Their attitude there wil be no solution for Thamils in SL?

    Eating,Sleeping and Dancing is not what Thamils need in SL. Thamils need political solution.

  264. A crucial report on Sri Lanka’s alleged war crimes is scheduled to be released soon by the US Department. It prepared by Stephen Rapp, who served as Senior Trial Attorney and Chief of Prosecutions at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

    The report, which could determine United State’s future financial assistance to the island, will be handed over to the US Congress for evaluation.

    US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Stephen Rapp in an interview with Time magazine on disclosed that his office was now primarily focusing on Sri Lanka and a report from the Department of State on the war in Sri Lanka is due in US Congress.

    The Office of War Crimes Issues, together with the Secretary for Global Affairs and the Secretary of State, has the responsibility to collect information on ongoing atrocities, and it is then the responsibility of the President (Barak Obama) to determine what steps might be taken towards justice.

    In the Amendment 1169 to H.R. 2346, an Act making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, US Senators had earlier proposed to “prohibit certain forms of financial support to Sri Lanka,” unless certification is made by the Secretary of State that “Sri Lanka has taken certain steps to address the humanitarian situation in areas affected by the conflict in Sri Lanka.”

    Thus, the forthcoming war crimes report by the Department of State is mandated by the above Act.

    Meanwhile, a source in the US told that State Department officials have already contacted and obtained eye witness accounts from a number of persons who have given details on alleged war crimes committed in Sri Lanka.

    The Office of War Crimes Issues helps formulate US policy responding to atrocities in areas of conflict around the globe.

    Mid this year, President Obama appointed Rapp, as his Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues. As head of the Office of War Crimes Issues, Rapp directly reports to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding a wide range of war crimes issues — from Darfur to Burma to Sri Lanka.

  265. Jim Pappa Jim Pappa
    Lindhe wettila
    Lindhe Thibunu
    Koatu keli
    Puke enila

    LOL at Jim Pappa and Mango!

    I gave you guys already very clear explanation. So, there is no use of repeat the same Baila.
    According to SL Govermant LTTE is FINISH. Prabhakaran is DEAD. K.P. is arrested. So, Dear Sinhala friends why are you guys still crying for??
    Don’t cry for me (Alfonso) Sri Lanka.

    What happend to Vanni Mission Ship Gifts send by Diaspora Thamils??
    Shame on you Sri Lanka. You even didn’t give the GIFTS to the Thamils in Vanni and at the same time complaining that Diaspora Thamils are Terrorists.

    as long as Sri Lanka don’t change Their attitude there wil be no solution for Thamils in SL?

    Eating,Sleeping and Dancing is not what Thamils need in SL. Thamils need political solution.

  266. Linde Wetuna Amnesty Jim Pappa thamai umbalata kela karanne….. Umbala dan Kotu anila witharak nemi, ange Asuchith Gagena !!

    Alfonso – Indeed the LTTE is falling from the Pan to the fire (Kabalen Lipata) – Now KP has been arrested and he is basically giving out all the details of what happened including the Western Bureaucrats who got paid by them.

    We are crying for the Innocent people who need attention – same as you, but our vision is different to yours.. So we cry for Sri Lanka, where as you cry for Eelam…We want them out ASAP and want all the support to settle them in safe, peaceful environments where as you want us to send them to uncleared areas and also release the hiding LTTE fellows who would again cause chaos. If you want to join the cause, come with more people and we can get more man power to unclear the mines and rebuild the houses (mind you at governments cost)

    Diaspora Tamils or Tamils in Sri Lanka were never called nor will be called Terrorists. Only a fraction who are crying for Eelam are Terrorist. You don't see a majority of the Tamil Diaspora uttering a word in this regard – they are neutral and are not Terrorists – I know many of them so don't tell me it is not – I know of those who got shot for not paying the LTTE on a monthly basis and those who got hammered in Canada for the same reason.

    There was never an attitude in Sri Lanka – Yes, Minority of the Hardcore Singhalees do tend to look down on Tamils, but that is due to the fact of most of them being used to get work off the Tamils that were brought in by the English as Slaves for English as well as Singhalees. Unfortunately some look at the Northern Tamils also in that way though they are from a different class.. But this is changing as people are getting to know the truth.

    However, I would like to see that everyone is treated equal. I know for a fact that even certain Tamils (minority again) look down upon Singhales. Well, these are mentalities that would take time to change. In America, you still get Whites looking down on Blacks though they are ruled by one… So if you feel that it would change over night, you try change your attitude over night first. Then we can change the attitude of the others together – no one can do it single handed and someone could start somewhere – your time is now.

    Eating, Sleeping and Dancing together (A simple thing called Socializing) is a better way to eradicate the negative mentality than crying over spilt milk and trying to spread more hatred among Tamils or any group for that matter – This is exactly what you are trying to do….. We have succeeded in Colombo and other parts of the Island / world, now it is your turn…. No hate, We all One, One Country, One Nation – Sri Lankan !!!

  267. Human trafficking at the Sri Lankan internment camps is shocking. The Government started to look at IDPs as the ducks laying golden eggs.

    Up to 20,000 IDPs have been ransomed by desperate relatives who are able and willing to pay thousands of rupees to secure their release, and have left the camps

    Many, many reports have now emerged that money is being demanded in Sri Lanka for IDPs to be released and the soldiers are in the thick and thin of it.

    This exposes so-called ‘screening’ of IDPs for what it is: a cover for a lucrative flesh trade, carried out with the collusion of elements in the government and armed forces that get a cut out of it.

    It also explains why the camp authorities refused to release a one-year-old child to leave with its grandmother: since an infant could hardly be suspected of being a dreaded LTTE terrorist or suicide bomber, the reason was surely that a payoff had not been paid.

    In my opinion, that since a one year child cannot pay such money, then it has to be helplessly and hopelessly consigned to the concentration camps.

    High morals in Sri Lanka it seems!? That is the last thing ever present there.

  268. Mawatham, my LTTE-supporting friend,

    If you're looking for high morals, SL is the wrong place to look. It has a long, long way to go reach the exalted moral high ground occupied by the Western bloc. Undoubtedly there were and are many corrupt officials (including policemen) who were being bribed to free IDPs. What your story omits is that many senior LTTE cadres were also smuggled out, with the help of these corrupt officials.

    But if you know of any specific instances of SLA being involved, send the info immediately to SLA HQ. Contact numbers: http://www.army.lk/contactus.php

    For immediate action, send your info to Gotabaya Rajapaksa secretary@defence.lk

    I'm certain that the current Army Commander, Lt Gen Jayasuriya will wish to maintain the strong anti-corruption practices enforced by his predecessor, and the LTTE's nemesis, Gen. Fonseka.

    p.s. I'm a bit confused by your numbers of IDPs. You say 20,000 have left the camps. You've earlier said that 4,000 are dying every day and an unknown number being murdered. Is anyone still left in these camps?

    p.p.s. I'm even more confused by human trafficking experts, the LTTE complaining about human trafficking. Couldn't you get a decent price for trafficking these people?

  269. Mawatham, my LTTE-supporting friend,

    If you're looking for high morals, SL is the wrong place to look. It has a long, long way to go reach the exalted moral high ground occupied by the Western bloc. Undoubtedly there were and are many corrupt officials (including policemen) who were being bribed to free IDPs. What your story omits is that many senior LTTE cadres were also smuggled out, with the help of these corrupt officials.

    But if you know of any specific instances of SLA being involved, send the info immediately to SLA HQ. Contact numbers: http://www.army.lk/contactus.php

    For immediate action, send your info to Gotabaya Rajapaksa secretary@defence.lk

    I'm certain that the current Army Commander, Lt Gen Jayasuriya will wish to maintain the strong anti-corruption practices enforced by his predecessor, and the LTTE's nemesis, Gen. Fonseka.

    p.s. I'm a bit confused by your numbers of IDPs. You say 20,000 have left the camps. You've earlier said that 4,000 are dying every day and an unknown number being murdered. Is anyone still left in these camps?

    p.p.s. I'm even more confused by human trafficking experts, the LTTE complaining about human trafficking. Couldn't you get a decent price for trafficking these people?

  270. Mawatham, my LTTE-supporting friend,

    If you're looking for high morals, SL is the wrong place to look. It has a long, long way to go reach the exalted moral high ground occupied by the Western bloc. Undoubtedly there were and are many corrupt officials (including policemen) who were being bribed to free IDPs. What your story omits is that many senior LTTE cadres were also smuggled out, with the help of these corrupt officials.

    But if you know of any specific instances of SLA being involved, send the info immediately to SLA HQ. Contact numbers: http://www.army.lk/contactus.php

    For immediate action, send your info to Gotabaya Rajapaksa secretary@defence.lk

    I'm certain that the current Army Commander, Lt Gen Jayasuriya will wish to maintain the strong anti-corruption practices enforced by his predecessor, and the LTTE's nemesis, Gen. Fonseka.

    p.s. I'm a bit confused by your numbers of IDPs. You say 20,000 have left the camps. You've earlier said that 4,000 are dying every day and an unknown number being murdered. Is anyone still left in these camps?

    p.p.s. I'm even more confused by human trafficking experts, the LTTE complaining about human trafficking. Couldn't you get a decent price for trafficking these people?

  271. Reference- Mango Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Aayu Bowan, Mango !

    “If you’re looking for high morals, SL (Sri Lanka) is the wrong place to look.”
    Finally, I agree with you….
    The rest of the time I agree to disagree with you :)

  272. Linde Wetuna Amnesty Jim Pappa thamai umbalata kela karanne….. Umbala dan Kotu anila witharak nemi, ange Asuchith Gagena !!

    Alfonso – Indeed the LTTE is falling from the Pan to the fire (Kabalen Lipata) – Now KP has been arrested and he is basically giving out all the details of what happened including the Western Bureaucrats who got paid by them.

    We are crying for the Innocent people who need attention – same as you, but our vision is different to yours.. So we cry for Sri Lanka, where as you cry for Eelam…We want them out ASAP and want all the support to settle them in safe, peaceful environments where as you want us to send them to uncleared areas and also release the hiding LTTE fellows who would again cause chaos. If you want to join the cause, come with more people and we can get more man power to unclear the mines and rebuild the houses (mind you at governments cost)

    Diaspora Tamils or Tamils in Sri Lanka were never called nor will be called Terrorists. Only a fraction who are crying for Eelam are Terrorist. You don’t see a majority of the Tamil Diaspora uttering a word in this regard – they are neutral and are not Terrorists – I know many of them so don’t tell me it is not – I know of those who got shot for not paying the LTTE on a monthly basis and those who got hammered in Canada for the same reason.

    There was never an attitude in Sri Lanka – Yes, Minority of the Hardcore Singhalees do tend to look down on Tamils, but that is due to the fact of most of them being used to get work off the Tamils that were brought in by the English as Slaves for English as well as Singhalees. Unfortunately some look at the Northern Tamils also in that way though they are from a different class.. But this is changing as people are getting to know the truth.

    However, I would like to see that everyone is treated equal. I know for a fact that even certain Tamils (minority again) look down upon Singhales. Well, these are mentalities that would take time to change. In America, you still get Whites looking down on Blacks though they are ruled by one… So if you feel that it would change over night, you try change your attitude over night first. Then we can change the attitude of the others together – no one can do it single handed and someone could start somewhere – your time is now.

    Eating, Sleeping and Dancing together (A simple thing called Socializing) is a better way to eradicate the negative mentality than crying over spilt milk and trying to spread more hatred among Tamils or any group for that matter – This is exactly what you are trying to do….. We have succeeded in Colombo and other parts of the Island / world, now it is your turn…. No hate, We all One, One Country, One Nation – Sri Lankan !!!

  273. Hi Jim Pappa and Mango!
    How can i support a TERRORIST REGIME ????? I can't even think of work together with Sri Lanka.
    In the name of LTTE you (SL) have killed INNOCENT THAMILS.
    I can understand that you are BITTER about the support wich Thamils getting from outside.

    Why not allow Vanni Mission Gifts to Thamils in Vanni?

    Try to help your own people first. Don't talk here on the net like a BIG MAN. Shame on you Sri Lanka. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_thOTNVapwA

  274. Human trafficking at the Sri Lankan internment camps is shocking. The Government started to look at IDPs as the ducks laying golden eggs.

    Up to 20,000 IDPs have been ransomed by desperate relatives who are able and willing to pay thousands of rupees to secure their release, and have left the camps

    Many, many reports have now emerged that money is being demanded in Sri Lanka for IDPs to be released and the soldiers are in the thick and thin of it.

    This exposes so-called ‘screening’ of IDPs for what it is: a cover for a lucrative flesh trade, carried out with the collusion of elements in the government and armed forces that get a cut out of it.

    It also explains why the camp authorities refused to release a one-year-old child to leave with its grandmother: since an infant could hardly be suspected of being a dreaded LTTE terrorist or suicide bomber, the reason was surely that a payoff had not been paid.

    In my opinion, that since a one year child cannot pay such money, then it has to be helplessly and hopelessly consigned to the concentration camps.

    High morals in Sri Lanka it seems!? That is the last thing ever present there.

  275. Yes, Alfonso -the callous disregard for the anguish of the 300, 000 innocent civilians in the Sri Lankan concentration camps -by Jim Pappa, Mango and others is shocking.

    Alfonso, please visit to my blog http://mawathasilva.blogspot.com/

    How to post on my blog
    ———————
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    By using “Anonymous” option from the drop down menu will not prohibit you to use your pen name, any links or any text in the comment itself

    ———————

    I saw the awful TV images of a fearsome typhoon in the Philippines in my hotel room. The cities were ravaged, waterlogged calamity zone caused by the tropical storm.

    They remind me of the Monsoon season in Sri Lanka which is expected soon…

    The flimsy tents in concentration camps don’t stand a chance…

    Recently in one camp which is located near the town of Vavuniya the rain fell heavily for much of the afternoon , sent rivers of mud cascading between tightly packed rows of flimsy shelters, overflowed latrines , which have collapsed, sending human waste spilling all over camp.

    This flooding raised fear for the safety IDPs.

    Monsoon rains are expected to begin soon and many aid groups worry that the hastily built camps will not survive the inundation.

    Only three or four hours of rain cause this much chaos, only imagine what a full monsoon can cause.

    The camps occupy vast tracts of formerly forested land near the northern town of Vavuniya. Because the ground on which many of the camps were built was cleared of trees recently, the soil is soft and porous. It turns into mud almost instantly, making it nearly impossible to deliver food, water and medicine.

    Life in the camps was already tough, but the rain has made it almost unbearable.

    The pegs holding down plastic tents have come loose, leaving many families without shelter.

    Some force to stand for many nights as the water which entered the tents. As you imagine it’s difficult to sleep when you are knee deep in the cold water.

    Silt has also clogged water treatment plants that are essential for providing drinking water and preventing the spread of waterborne disease.

    It was a pure hell, a grim scene of mud, squalor and devastation

  276. Hi Jim Pappa and Mango!
    How can i support a TERRORIST REGIME ????? I can't even think of work together with Sri Lanka.
    In the name of LTTE you (SL) have killed INNOCENT THAMILS.
    I can understand that you are BITTER about the support wich Thamils getting from outside.

    Why not allow Vanni Mission Gifts to Thamils in Vanni?

    Try to help your own people first. Don't talk here on the net like a BIG MAN. Shame on you Sri Lanka. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_thOTNVapwA

  277. Hi Jim Pappa and Mango!
    How can i support a TERRORIST REGIME ????? I can't even think of work together with Sri Lanka.
    In the name of LTTE you (SL) have killed INNOCENT THAMILS.
    I can understand that you are BITTER about the support wich Thamils getting from outside.

    Why not allow Vanni Mission Gifts to Thamils in Vanni?

    Try to help your own people first. Don't talk here on the net like a BIG MAN. Shame on you Sri Lanka. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_thOTNVapwA

  278. Mawatham, my LTTE-supporting friend,

    If you’re looking for high morals, SL is the wrong place to look. It has a long, long way to go reach the exalted moral high ground occupied by the Western bloc. Undoubtedly there were and are many corrupt officials (including policemen) who were being bribed to free IDPs. What your story omits is that many senior LTTE cadres were also smuggled out, with the help of these corrupt officials.

    But if you know of any specific instances of SLA being involved, send the info immediately to SLA HQ. Contact numbers: http://www.army.lk/contactus.php

    For immediate action, send your info to Gotabaya Rajapaksa secretary@defence.lk

    I’m certain that the current Army Commander, Lt Gen Jayasuriya will wish to maintain the strong anti-corruption practices enforced by his predecessor, and the LTTE’s nemesis, Gen. Fonseka.

    p.s. I’m a bit confused by your numbers of IDPs. You say 20,000 have left the camps. You’ve earlier said that 4,000 are dying every day and an unknown number being murdered. Is anyone still left in these camps?

    p.p.s. I’m even more confused by human trafficking experts, the LTTE complaining about human trafficking. Couldn’t you get a decent price for trafficking these people?

  279. Yes, Alfonso -the callous disregard for the anguish of the 300, 000 innocent civilians in the Sri Lankan concentration camps -by Jim Pappa, Mango and others is shocking.

    Alfonso, please visit to my blog http://mawathasilva.blogspot.com/

    How to post on my blog
    ———————
    Below the “post a comment “window you will see “comment as: select profile”. Click on drop down menu and choose an “Anonymous” option.

    By using “Anonymous” option from the drop down menu will not prohibit you to use your pen name, any links or any text in the comment itself

    ———————

    I saw the awful TV images of a fearsome typhoon in the Philippines in my hotel room. The cities were ravaged, waterlogged calamity zone caused by the tropical storm.

    They remind me of the Monsoon season in Sri Lanka which is expected soon…

    The flimsy tents in concentration camps don’t stand a chance…

    Recently in one camp which is located near the town of Vavuniya the rain fell heavily for much of the afternoon , sent rivers of mud cascading between tightly packed rows of flimsy shelters, overflowed latrines , which have collapsed, sending human waste spilling all over camp.

    This flooding raised fear for the safety IDPs.

    Monsoon rains are expected to begin soon and many aid groups worry that the hastily built camps will not survive the inundation.

    Only three or four hours of rain cause this much chaos, only imagine what a full monsoon can cause.

    The camps occupy vast tracts of formerly forested land near the northern town of Vavuniya. Because the ground on which many of the camps were built was cleared of trees recently, the soil is soft and porous. It turns into mud almost instantly, making it nearly impossible to deliver food, water and medicine.

    Life in the camps was already tough, but the rain has made it almost unbearable.

    The pegs holding down plastic tents have come loose, leaving many families without shelter.

    Some force to stand for many nights as the water which entered the tents. As you imagine it’s difficult to sleep when you are knee deep in the cold water.

    Silt has also clogged water treatment plants that are essential for providing drinking water and preventing the spread of waterborne disease.

    It was a pure hell, a grim scene of mud, squalor and devastation

  280. Yes, Alfonso -the callous disregard for the anguish of the 300, 000 innocent civilians in the Sri Lankan concentration camps -by Jim Pappa, Mango and others is shocking.

    Alfonso, please visit to my blog http://mawathasilva.blogspot.com/

    How to post on my blog
    ———————
    Below the “post a comment “window you will see “comment as: select profile”. Click on drop down menu and choose an “Anonymous” option.

    By using “Anonymous” option from the drop down menu will not prohibit you to use your pen name, any links or any text in the comment itself

    ———————

    I saw the awful TV images of a fearsome typhoon in the Philippines in my hotel room. The cities were ravaged, waterlogged calamity zone caused by the tropical storm.

    They remind me of the Monsoon season in Sri Lanka which is expected soon…

    The flimsy tents in concentration camps don’t stand a chance…

    Recently in one camp which is located near the town of Vavuniya the rain fell heavily for much of the afternoon , sent rivers of mud cascading between tightly packed rows of flimsy shelters, overflowed latrines , which have collapsed, sending human waste spilling all over camp.

    This flooding raised fear for the safety IDPs.

    Monsoon rains are expected to begin soon and many aid groups worry that the hastily built camps will not survive the inundation.

    Only three or four hours of rain cause this much chaos, only imagine what a full monsoon can cause.

    The camps occupy vast tracts of formerly forested land near the northern town of Vavuniya. Because the ground on which many of the camps were built was cleared of trees recently, the soil is soft and porous. It turns into mud almost instantly, making it nearly impossible to deliver food, water and medicine.

    Life in the camps was already tough, but the rain has made it almost unbearable.

    The pegs holding down plastic tents have come loose, leaving many families without shelter.

    Some force to stand for many nights as the water which entered the tents. As you imagine it’s difficult to sleep when you are knee deep in the cold water.

    Silt has also clogged water treatment plants that are essential for providing drinking water and preventing the spread of waterborne disease.

    It was a pure hell, a grim scene of mud, squalor and devastation

  281. Reference- Mango Says:
    September 28th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Aayu Bowan, Mango !

    “If you’re looking for high morals, SL (Sri Lanka) is the wrong place to look.”
    Finally, I agree with you….
    The rest of the time I agree to disagree with you :)

  282. Hi Jim Pappa and Mango!
    How can i support a TERRORIST REGIME ????? I can’t even think of work together with Sri Lanka.
    In the name of LTTE you (SL) have killed INNOCENT THAMILS.
    I can understand that you are BITTER about the support wich Thamils getting from outside.

    Why not allow Vanni Mission Gifts to Thamils in Vanni?

    Try to help your own people first. Don’t talk here on the net like a BIG MAN. Shame on you Sri Lanka.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_thOTNVapwA

  283. Yes, Alfonso -the callous disregard for the anguish of the 300, 000 innocent civilians in the Sri Lankan concentration camps -by Jim Pappa, Mango and others is shocking.

    Alfonso, please visit to my blog http://mawathasilva.blogspot.com/

    How to post on my blog
    ———————
    Below the “post a comment “window you will see “comment as: select profile”. Click on drop down menu and choose an “Anonymous” option.

    By using “Anonymous” option from the drop down menu will not prohibit you to use your pen name, any links or any text in the comment itself

    ———————

    I saw the awful TV images of a fearsome typhoon in the Philippines in my hotel room. The cities were ravaged, waterlogged calamity zone caused by the tropical storm.

    They remind me of the Monsoon season in Sri Lanka which is expected soon…

    The flimsy tents in concentration camps don’t stand a chance…

    Recently in one camp which is located near the town of Vavuniya the rain fell heavily for much of the afternoon , sent rivers of mud cascading between tightly packed rows of flimsy shelters, overflowed latrines , which have collapsed, sending human waste spilling all over camp.

    This flooding raised fear for the safety IDPs.

    Monsoon rains are expected to begin soon and many aid groups worry that the hastily built camps will not survive the inundation.

    Only three or four hours of rain cause this much chaos, only imagine what a full monsoon can cause.

    The camps occupy vast tracts of formerly forested land near the northern town of Vavuniya. Because the ground on which many of the camps were built was cleared of trees recently, the soil is soft and porous. It turns into mud almost instantly, making it nearly impossible to deliver food, water and medicine.

    Life in the camps was already tough, but the rain has made it almost unbearable.

    The pegs holding down plastic tents have come loose, leaving many families without shelter.

    Some force to stand for many nights as the water which entered the tents. As you imagine it’s difficult to sleep when you are knee deep in the cold water.

    Silt has also clogged water treatment plants that are essential for providing drinking water and preventing the spread of waterborne disease.

    It was a pure hell, a grim scene of mud, squalor and devastation

  284. Danger of Aid items for distribution to camps, getting perished http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2b34OXl4a3cT

    There is a danger of One and half billion rupees worth of aid items, getting perished, which are to be distributed to displaced people at the refugee camps was according to information. It was mentioned the goods sent by Captain Ali ship from Chennai to Sri Lanka is still lying in the Colombo port for the past months.

    Only the AIR is not blocked for IDP’s. while the SLA were occuping vanni, they removed any Landmine planted by themself too, Now they have LAND in MIND, ethnic cleaning, colonizing Tamil land.

  285. Time will unravel Narayanan’s (covert!) role in the TN fishermen trauma. His covert plan delivered the tragic massacres of the Tamil resistance (LTTE); grooming instead a militaristic Sri Lanka (SL) to serve as the regional policeman to curb destabilizing forces in the Indian sub-continent. Reputed analysts Bhadrakumar (along with Nateri Adigal/Anil Athale) viewed the Narayanan plan as inviting the China threat to India’s soft underbelly, throwing away of the LTTE leverage cheaply and inviting a more invidious threat to TN from a militarized Sinhalese regime using bases/armed camps dotting every inch in the north facing the entire TN coastline. Narayanan’s is thus the grand Colombo-Delhi anti-Tamil plan to subjugate the Tamils for all times.

    The Tamil Nadu fishermen issue – Delhi and Colombo melodramatic charade http://www.groundreport.com/Opinion/The-Tamil-Nad

    'Lankan Navy threatened to kill us' http://www.timesnow.tv/Lankan-Navy-threatened-to-

  286. Danger of Aid items for distribution to camps, getting perished http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2b34OXl4a3cT

    There is a danger of One and half billion rupees worth of aid items, getting perished, which are to be distributed to displaced people at the refugee camps was according to information. It was mentioned the goods sent by Captain Ali ship from Chennai to Sri Lanka is still lying in the Colombo port for the past months.

    Only the AIR is not blocked for IDP’s. while the SLA were occuping vanni, they removed any Landmine planted by themself too, Now they have LAND in MIND, ethnic cleaning, colonizing Tamil land.

  287. Danger of Aid items for distribution to camps, getting perished http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2b34OXl4a3cT

    There is a danger of One and half billion rupees worth of aid items, getting perished, which are to be distributed to displaced people at the refugee camps was according to information. It was mentioned the goods sent by Captain Ali ship from Chennai to Sri Lanka is still lying in the Colombo port for the past months.

    Only the AIR is not blocked for IDP’s. while the SLA were occuping vanni, they removed any Landmine planted by themself too, Now they have LAND in MIND, ethnic cleaning, colonizing Tamil land.

  288. Time will unravel Narayanan’s (covert!) role in the TN fishermen trauma. His covert plan delivered the tragic massacres of the Tamil resistance (LTTE); grooming instead a militaristic Sri Lanka (SL) to serve as the regional policeman to curb destabilizing forces in the Indian sub-continent. Reputed analysts Bhadrakumar (along with Nateri Adigal/Anil Athale) viewed the Narayanan plan as inviting the China threat to India’s soft underbelly, throwing away of the LTTE leverage cheaply and inviting a more invidious threat to TN from a militarized Sinhalese regime using bases/armed camps dotting every inch in the north facing the entire TN coastline. Narayanan’s is thus the grand Colombo-Delhi anti-Tamil plan to subjugate the Tamils for all times.

    The Tamil Nadu fishermen issue – Delhi and Colombo melodramatic charade http://www.groundreport.com/Opinion/The-Tamil-Nad

    'Lankan Navy threatened to kill us' http://www.timesnow.tv/Lankan-Navy-threatened-to-

  289. Time will unravel Narayanan’s (covert!) role in the TN fishermen trauma. His covert plan delivered the tragic massacres of the Tamil resistance (LTTE); grooming instead a militaristic Sri Lanka (SL) to serve as the regional policeman to curb destabilizing forces in the Indian sub-continent. Reputed analysts Bhadrakumar (along with Nateri Adigal/Anil Athale) viewed the Narayanan plan as inviting the China threat to India’s soft underbelly, throwing away of the LTTE leverage cheaply and inviting a more invidious threat to TN from a militarized Sinhalese regime using bases/armed camps dotting every inch in the north facing the entire TN coastline. Narayanan’s is thus the grand Colombo-Delhi anti-Tamil plan to subjugate the Tamils for all times.

    The Tamil Nadu fishermen issue – Delhi and Colombo melodramatic charade http://www.groundreport.com/Opinion/The-Tamil-Nad

    'Lankan Navy threatened to kill us' http://www.timesnow.tv/Lankan-Navy-threatened-to-

  290. Alfonso !!

    What gifts did you send to the IDP's ?

    I trust they need food, clothing and shelter – not gifts !!!

    Got your Wires Crossed or Insane ?

    They are being fed on a constant basis to the best of the ability. If someone has said otherwise, you need to change your source of information…

  291. 61 YEARS OF GENOCIDAL WAR
    ON TAMIL WOMEN HAS:
    • Disproportionately affected them in the context of sexual, physical and psychological violence
    • Inflicted untold sufferings and thousands of deaths
    • Used rape and other forms of sexual violence as a weapon to demoralize, terrorize communities and break families
    • caused the deterioration of essential health structures and has led to higher death counts of pregnant women
    • Increased cases of forced abortions and sterilization
    • Made millions of Tamils refugees, of whom 80 percent are women and children
    • Made 40,000 women war widows who are mostly impoverished and economically vulnerable (United Nations Development Fund for Women)
    • Continued amidst a culture of systemic impunity and has contributed to Sri Lanka being ranked the 3rd worst violator of women`s rights according to South Asia Human Rights Violators Index 2008

  292. • Recent news reports indicate that high ranking Sri Lankan military officials have ordered doctors in Vavuniya hospital to carry out forced abortions on women fleeing the war
    • Reported cases of discrete government- run forced sterilization on upcountry Tamil women since 1997
    • Hundreds of cases of reported rape, sexual assaults, disappearances and torture by Sri Lankan security forces and government backed para-militaries groups. Such acts are used as weapons to demoralize, terrorize communities and break families
    • “On average, a Tamil woman is raped by members of the Sri Lankan security forces every two weeks. The real number is inevitably higher since many cases are unreported. Every two months a Tamil woman is gang-raped and murdered by the Sri Lankan security forces.” NGO, Women Against Rape
    • Embargo on food and water has increased cases of malnutrition and deteriorating health conditions, especially among children and pregnant women
    • Body checks performed at security checkpoints by Sri Lankan male security personnel where Tamil women end up disappearing, being sexually violated, embarrassed or publicly stripped
    • Sri Lankan army videotaped their men violating and stripping bodies of fallen female LTTE fighters in contravention of articles 16 and 17 of First Geneva Convention which outlines the respectful treatment of dead bodies in the battlefield. Given the videos, the perpetrators can be easily prosecuted if the government wills, however no action is being taken.

  293. Over 300,000 Tamils are being held in Holocaust style concentration camps by the Sri Lankan Government. The camps are similar to those employed by Hitler during Nazi Germany. The Sri Lanka Military has been accused of targetting Tamil civilians and indiscriminatly bombing Hospitals during its military offensive. The Government has now banned journalists, media, and diplomats from the conflict region. The United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Israel, Mexico and all the EU nations are pushing for a war crimes probes.. Aid groups have repeatedly said that abductions, disappearances and rape occurs in these camps as the Sri Lankan Government does not allow full access to aid groups and mediators. The Sri Lankan secretary of Defense has told the BBC that Hospitals are ‘legitimate military targets’, however under the Geneva conventions, bombing medical facilities are considered war crimes. Hospitals in the conflict zone are now run in make-shift tents throughout the jungle. The Government has now banned all independent journalists and media outlets from reporting on the conflict zone. State-run media outlet’s report on the conflict using information from the official military sources. NGO’s and worldwide relief organizations see the Government’s ‘War on the Tamil Tigers’ as a disguise for exterminating the entire Tamil race from the island. The Human Rights Watch has labelled the Sri Lankan Government number one for abductions, disappearences and executions.”Those who speak out against the Government either go missing or turn up dead”, says Dr. Anna Neistat who is a senior emergency researcher for the Human Rights Watch. The Government has now even labelled international media outlets such as CNN and BBC as ‘reporting terrorist propoganda’.

  294. A compilation of news about Tamils in Sri Lanka 300,000 Tamil civilians held in detention in appalling conditions 15,000 youths taken away to unknown destination. 30,000 Tamils maimed by government offensive In detention camps 1,400 die each week due to poor health care Army killed 20,000 civilians by heavy artillery in the last days of war UN, NGO's denied access to camps Living conditions in camps appalling Women & girls raped Children seperated from parents Tamils need Justice. How can you help tamils ? Boycott Ceylon Tea Boycott Sri Lankan Cricket Boycott Sri Lankan Airlines Boycott holidays in Sri Lanka Boycott Sri Lankan Garments Boycott spices from Sri Lanka Our news dossier this is a way of get the attention of the local media and politicians. so every week we update the news, and send to the person in charge. It is every humanbeing's responsibility

  295. Sri Lanka guilty of Genocide
    "Every indicia of genocide is satisfied by the conduct of successive Sri Lankan governments, the oppression accentuated in intensity by the present government which has unleashed immense terror through its armed forces on a people in the name of suppression of terrorism. says Professor Sornarajah, Pierre Genest Visiting Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University,

  296. Danger of Aid items for distribution to camps, getting perished
    http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?2b34OXl4a3cT5AY34deIOog0a03m4BLd4d3BTmA3e0dq0Mmece04cYd52ccaRlYO3e

    There is a danger of One and half billion rupees worth of aid items, getting perished, which are to be distributed to displaced people at the refugee camps was according to information. It was mentioned the goods sent by Captain Ali ship from Chennai to Sri Lanka is still lying in the Colombo port for the past months.

    Only the AIR is not blocked for IDP’s. while the SLA were occuping vanni, they removed any Landmine planted by themself too, Now they have LAND in MIND, ethnic cleaning, colonizing Tamil land.

  297. Time will unravel Narayanan’s (covert!) role in the TN fishermen trauma. His covert plan delivered the tragic massacres of the Tamil resistance (LTTE); grooming instead a militaristic Sri Lanka (SL) to serve as the regional policeman to curb destabilizing forces in the Indian sub-continent. Reputed analysts Bhadrakumar (along with Nateri Adigal/Anil Athale) viewed the Narayanan plan as inviting the China threat to India’s soft underbelly, throwing away of the LTTE leverage cheaply and inviting a more invidious threat to TN from a militarized Sinhalese regime using bases/armed camps dotting every inch in the north facing the entire TN coastline. Narayanan’s is thus the grand Colombo-Delhi anti-Tamil plan to subjugate the Tamils for all times.

    The Tamil Nadu fishermen issue – Delhi and Colombo melodramatic charade
    http://www.groundreport.com/Opinion/The-Tamil-Nadu-fishermen-issue-Delhi-and-Colombo-m_8/2908335

    ‘Lankan Navy threatened to kill us’
    http://www.timesnow.tv/Lankan-Navy-threatened-to-kill-us/articleshow/4328336.cms

  298. Alfonso !!

    What gifts did you send to the IDP’s ?

    I trust they need food, clothing and shelter – not gifts !!!

    Got your Wires Crossed or Insane ?

    They are being fed on a constant basis to the best of the ability. If someone has said otherwise, you need to change your source of information…

  299. 61 YEARS OF GENOCIDAL WAR
    ON TAMIL WOMEN HAS:
    • Disproportionately affected them in the context of sexual, physical and psychological violence
    • Inflicted untold sufferings and thousands of deaths
    • Used rape and other forms of sexual violence as a weapon to demoralize, terrorize communities and break families
    • caused the deterioration of essential health structures and has led to higher death counts of pregnant women
    • Increased cases of forced abortions and sterilization
    • Made millions of Tamils refugees, of whom 80 percent are women and children
    • Made 40,000 women war widows who are mostly impoverished and economically vulnerable (United Nations Development Fund for Women)
    • Continued amidst a culture of systemic impunity and has contributed to Sri Lanka being ranked the 3rd worst violator of women`s rights according to South Asia Human Rights Violators Index 2008

  300. • Recent news reports indicate that high ranking Sri Lankan military officials have ordered doctors in Vavuniya hospital to carry out forced abortions on women fleeing the war
    • Reported cases of discrete government- run forced sterilization on upcountry Tamil women since 1997
    • Hundreds of cases of reported rape, sexual assaults, disappearances and torture by Sri Lankan security forces and government backed para-militaries groups. Such acts are used as weapons to demoralize, terrorize communities and break families
    • “On average, a Tamil woman is raped by members of the Sri Lankan security forces every two weeks. The real number is inevitably higher since many cases are unreported. Every two months a Tamil woman is gang-raped and murdered by the Sri Lankan security forces.” NGO, Women Against Rape
    • Embargo on food and water has increased cases of malnutrition and deteriorating health conditions, especially among children and pregnant women
    • Body checks performed at security checkpoints by Sri Lankan male security personnel where Tamil women end up disappearing, being sexually violated, embarrassed or publicly stripped
    • Sri Lankan army videotaped their men violating and stripping bodies of fallen female LTTE fighters in contravention of articles 16 and 17 of First Geneva Convention which outlines the respectful treatment of dead bodies in the battlefield. Given the videos, the perpetrators can be easily prosecuted if the government wills, however no action is being taken.

  301. Over 300,000 Tamils are being held in Holocaust style concentration camps by the Sri Lankan Government. The camps are similar to those employed by Hitler during Nazi Germany. The Sri Lanka Military has been accused of targetting Tamil civilians and indiscriminatly bombing Hospitals during its military offensive. The Government has now banned journalists, media, and diplomats from the conflict region. The United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Israel, Mexico and all the EU nations are pushing for a war crimes probes.. Aid groups have repeatedly said that abductions, disappearances and rape occurs in these camps as the Sri Lankan Government does not allow full access to aid groups and mediators. The Sri Lankan secretary of Defense has told the BBC that Hospitals are ‘legitimate military targets’, however under the Geneva conventions, bombing medical facilities are considered war crimes. Hospitals in the conflict zone are now run in make-shift tents throughout the jungle. The Government has now banned all independent journalists and media outlets from reporting on the conflict zone. State-run media outlet’s report on the conflict using information from the official military sources. NGO’s and worldwide relief organizations see the Government’s ‘War on the Tamil Tigers’ as a disguise for exterminating the entire Tamil race from the island. The Human Rights Watch has labelled the Sri Lankan Government number one for abductions, disappearences and executions.”Those who speak out against the Government either go missing or turn up dead”, says Dr. Anna Neistat who is a senior emergency researcher for the Human Rights Watch. The Government has now even labelled international media outlets such as CNN and BBC as ‘reporting terrorist propoganda’.

  302. A compilation of news about Tamils in Sri Lanka 300,000 Tamil civilians held in detention in appalling conditions 15,000 youths taken away to unknown destination. 30,000 Tamils maimed by government offensive In detention camps 1,400 die each week due to poor health care Army killed 20,000 civilians by heavy artillery in the last days of war UN, NGO’s denied access to camps Living conditions in camps appalling Women & girls raped Children seperated from parents Tamils need Justice. How can you help tamils ? Boycott Ceylon Tea Boycott Sri Lankan Cricket Boycott Sri Lankan Airlines Boycott holidays in Sri Lanka Boycott Sri Lankan Garments Boycott spices from Sri Lanka Our news dossier this is a way of get the attention of the local media and politicians. so every week we update the news, and send to the person in charge. It is every humanbeing’s responsibility

  303. Sri Lanka guilty of Genocide
    “Every indicia of genocide is satisfied by the conduct of successive Sri Lankan governments, the oppression accentuated in intensity by the present government which has unleashed immense terror through its armed forces on a people in the name of suppression of terrorism. says Professor Sornarajah, Pierre Genest Visiting Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University,

  304. Eealm Vanni,

    More Genocide! Oh No! This is awful news!

    Genocide to the left of me, Genocide to the right of me, Genocide everywhere and under every bush. It's even raining Genocide

    What is the ethnicity of the Prof. Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah?

    Tamil. I wonder how much he contributed to the Eelam struggle?

  305. LOL – Indeed Mango…

    Once I asked whether they know the true meaning of the word Genocide. I even posted the meaning extracted from the Dictionary

    Genocide!
    The deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.

    Then I asked, if the meaning of the word is such, how come my good friend Sanjeev Vaidyanadan (Changed the name to hide identity) lives freely among us without getting killed and how come there are more Tamils than in the Northern Region Living with the other ethnic groups in other parts of the country without getting slaughtered ???

    You remember the first time we learned to use "the four letter word" when we were teenagers ? – Magical ha ??We took the greatest opportunity to use it in the middle of every sentence whether it made sense or not ha ?? (of course when our parents were not around) For the LTTE Diaspora, the word Genocide is like the new found four letter word.

    What I realized is that Vanni is a "cut and paste" guy who doesn't even understand what he posts here – may be working for someone who is using him as a cover (Athakoluwa)…

    My issue is that no one answers the questions but continue posting out of bound matter in the forum. This clearly shows that there is a different agenda behind this whole blogging thing… I seriously wish that responsible organizations as AI would realize this truth and start looking at things in a different way… (i.e. if they are not part of the agenda)

  306. Eealm Vanni,

    More Genocide! Oh No! This is awful news!

    Genocide to the left of me, Genocide to the right of me, Genocide everywhere and under every bush. It’s even raining Genocide

    What is the ethnicity of the Prof. Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah?

    Tamil. I wonder how much he contributed to the Eelam struggle?

  307. LOL – Indeed Mango…

    Once I asked whether they know the true meaning of the word Genocide. I even posted the meaning extracted from the Dictionary

    Genocide!
    The deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.

    Then I asked, if the meaning of the word is such, how come my good friend Sanjeev Vaidyanadan (Changed the name to hide identity) lives freely among us without getting killed and how come there are more Tamils than in the Northern Region Living with the other ethnic groups in other parts of the country without getting slaughtered ???

    You remember the first time we learned to use “the four letter word” when we were teenagers ? – Magical ha ??We took the greatest opportunity to use it in the middle of every sentence whether it made sense or not ha ?? (of course when our parents were not around) For the LTTE Diaspora, the word Genocide is like the new found four letter word.

    What I realized is that Vanni is a “cut and paste” guy who doesn’t even understand what he posts here – may be working for someone who is using him as a cover (Athakoluwa)…

    My issue is that no one answers the questions but continue posting out of bound matter in the forum. This clearly shows that there is a different agenda behind this whole blogging thing… I seriously wish that responsible organizations as AI would realize this truth and start looking at things in a different way… (i.e. if they are not part of the agenda)

  308. Petition against the granting of GSP+ by the European Union to Sri Lanka.
    http://www.tamilsforum.com/petition/

    We, the undersigned, write to you to petition against the granting of GSP+ by the European Union to the Government of Sri Lanka.

    Due to non-compliance of Sri Lanka on 18th October 2008 the European Commission adopted a decision providing for the initiation of an investigation on the GSP+ concession arrangement.

    Government of Sri Lanka does not satisfy the three core qualifying conditions for GSP+ as detailed below;

    International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that ‘the rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) are not rights under the Constitution of Sri Lanka.
    Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment – In light of the recent broadcasting of footage by Channel 4 showing Tamils being executed by the Sri Lankan armed forces and other emerging post war evidences clearly demonstrate that Sri Lanka is in violation of this condition

    Widespread police torture, abductions of journalists, politicised courts and uninvestigated disappearances have all played a part in creating a state of ‘complete or virtually complete impunity in Sri Lanka’. – The Economist, 3 Sept 09

    “Just three months after the Sri Lankan government declared the country liberated from the Tamil Tigers, video footage has emerged apparently showing government troops summarily executing Tamils.” – Channel 4, 25 Aug 09

    Convention on the Rights of the Child – Thousands of children are being held in the interment camps in Sri Lanka with appalling conditions where there is no access to clean water, health care and educational facilities.

    “The displaced people, including at least 50,000 children, are being accommodated in 41 camps spread over four districts” – Amnesty International, 7 Aug 2009

    As evidenced by the disproportional defence budget allocated to the Sri Lankan armed forces from 2007 – 2009 and the confirmation of the end of the conflict, Sri Lanka cannot currently be classified as “vulnerable” under the qualifying criteria for the GSP+.
    The quitting of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) – the international panel set up to monitor a Sri Lankan probe into human rights abuses, the persistent refusal to accept an independent monitoring body on human rights and the ongoing restricted access to aid agencies stand witness to the level of respect for human rights.
    “Any government has a clear obligation to have a very thorough investigation in response to an allegation of this type,” – Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Reuters, 1 Sept 09
    “One day I was inside the [operating] theatre and the next room was bombed. We had a lot of the treated people left in the room for the doctors to go and monitor and they all died in that shell bomb.” – Damilvany Gnanakumar, British Tamil medic witness to the conflict, The Guardian, 15 Sept 09
    We, the undersigned, strongly feel that Sri Lanka has fallen far short of meeting any of the criteria and conditions stipulated by the EU Commission and we urge you to raise the case for the withdrawal of GSP+ to Sri Lanka. Unless a clear message is sent for being in breach of qualifying conditions, like the decision taken by the Council on Belarus, Sri Lanka and other States that enjoy such privileges will continue with human rights violations, lack of systems and governance and maintain status quo.

  309. Ha Jim Pappa! (Roshan)
    are you still alive and kicking?
    Gift mean Clothes and food. Giving Shelter is Sri Lankan Govermant responsible.
    You seems to me like a, Rowdys hanging on Majestic City (SL Mall) and TEASING people. You are exactly doing the same here on Net.
    But without you, it is boring here. You are the JOKER here.

    Bhudu Saranay

  310. Petition against the granting of GSP+ by the European Union to Sri Lanka.
    http://www.tamilsforum.com/petition/

    We, the undersigned, write to you to petition against the granting of GSP+ by the European Union to the Government of Sri Lanka.

    Due to non-compliance of Sri Lanka on 18th October 2008 the European Commission adopted a decision providing for the initiation of an investigation on the GSP+ concession arrangement.

    Government of Sri Lanka does not satisfy the three core qualifying conditions for GSP+ as detailed below;

    International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that ‘the rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) are not rights under the Constitution of Sri Lanka.
    Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment – In light of the recent broadcasting of footage by Channel 4 showing Tamils being executed by the Sri Lankan armed forces and other emerging post war evidences clearly demonstrate that Sri Lanka is in violation of this condition

    Widespread police torture, abductions of journalists, politicised courts and uninvestigated disappearances have all played a part in creating a state of ‘complete or virtually complete impunity in Sri Lanka’. – The Economist, 3 Sept 09

    “Just three months after the Sri Lankan government declared the country liberated from the Tamil Tigers, video footage has emerged apparently showing government troops summarily executing Tamils.” – Channel 4, 25 Aug 09

    Convention on the Rights of the Child – Thousands of children are being held in the interment camps in Sri Lanka with appalling conditions where there is no access to clean water, health care and educational facilities.

    “The displaced people, including at least 50,000 children, are being accommodated in 41 camps spread over four districts” – Amnesty International, 7 Aug 2009

    As evidenced by the disproportional defence budget allocated to the Sri Lankan armed forces from 2007 – 2009 and the confirmation of the end of the conflict, Sri Lanka cannot currently be classified as “vulnerable” under the qualifying criteria for the GSP+.
    The quitting of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) – the international panel set up to monitor a Sri Lankan probe into human rights abuses, the persistent refusal to accept an independent monitoring body on human rights and the ongoing restricted access to aid agencies stand witness to the level of respect for human rights.
    “Any government has a clear obligation to have a very thorough investigation in response to an allegation of this type,” – Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Reuters, 1 Sept 09
    “One day I was inside the [operating] theatre and the next room was bombed. We had a lot of the treated people left in the room for the doctors to go and monitor and they all died in that shell bomb.” – Damilvany Gnanakumar, British Tamil medic witness to the conflict, The Guardian, 15 Sept 09
    We, the undersigned, strongly feel that Sri Lanka has fallen far short of meeting any of the criteria and conditions stipulated by the EU Commission and we urge you to raise the case for the withdrawal of GSP+ to Sri Lanka. Unless a clear message is sent for being in breach of qualifying conditions, like the decision taken by the Council on Belarus, Sri Lanka and other States that enjoy such privileges will continue with human rights violations, lack of systems and governance and maintain status quo.

  311. Petition against the granting of GSP+ by the European Union to Sri Lanka.
    http://www.tamilsforum.com/petition/

    We, the undersigned, write to you to petition against the granting of GSP+ by the European Union to the Government of Sri Lanka.

    Due to non-compliance of Sri Lanka on 18th October 2008 the European Commission adopted a decision providing for the initiation of an investigation on the GSP+ concession arrangement.

    Government of Sri Lanka does not satisfy the three core qualifying conditions for GSP+ as detailed below;

    International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that ‘the rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) are not rights under the Constitution of Sri Lanka.
    Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment – In light of the recent broadcasting of footage by Channel 4 showing Tamils being executed by the Sri Lankan armed forces and other emerging post war evidences clearly demonstrate that Sri Lanka is in violation of this condition

    Widespread police torture, abductions of journalists, politicised courts and uninvestigated disappearances have all played a part in creating a state of ‘complete or virtually complete impunity in Sri Lanka’. – The Economist, 3 Sept 09

    “Just three months after the Sri Lankan government declared the country liberated from the Tamil Tigers, video footage has emerged apparently showing government troops summarily executing Tamils.” – Channel 4, 25 Aug 09

    Convention on the Rights of the Child – Thousands of children are being held in the interment camps in Sri Lanka with appalling conditions where there is no access to clean water, health care and educational facilities.

    “The displaced people, including at least 50,000 children, are being accommodated in 41 camps spread over four districts” – Amnesty International, 7 Aug 2009

    As evidenced by the disproportional defence budget allocated to the Sri Lankan armed forces from 2007 – 2009 and the confirmation of the end of the conflict, Sri Lanka cannot currently be classified as “vulnerable” under the qualifying criteria for the GSP+.
    The quitting of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) – the international panel set up to monitor a Sri Lankan probe into human rights abuses, the persistent refusal to accept an independent monitoring body on human rights and the ongoing restricted access to aid agencies stand witness to the level of respect for human rights.
    “Any government has a clear obligation to have a very thorough investigation in response to an allegation of this type,” – Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Reuters, 1 Sept 09
    “One day I was inside the [operating] theatre and the next room was bombed. We had a lot of the treated people left in the room for the doctors to go and monitor and they all died in that shell bomb.” – Damilvany Gnanakumar, British Tamil medic witness to the conflict, The Guardian, 15 Sept 09
    We, the undersigned, strongly feel that Sri Lanka has fallen far short of meeting any of the criteria and conditions stipulated by the EU Commission and we urge you to raise the case for the withdrawal of GSP+ to Sri Lanka. Unless a clear message is sent for being in breach of qualifying conditions, like the decision taken by the Council on Belarus, Sri Lanka and other States that enjoy such privileges will continue with human rights violations, lack of systems and governance and maintain status quo.

  312. International Movement against all Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), in a joint statement with Asian Forum for Human Rights; and Asian Legal Resource Centre, said with regard to the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, although the war had arguably ended, the threats to democracy as well as the human rights violations had not diminished. Further, over 300,000 people were living in camps as internally displaced persons and a leading human rights defender had received a death threat for his advocacy with the European Union. Against this backdrop, the International Movement Against all Forms of Discrimination and Racism wished to remind the members of the Council, the concerned Member States, the United Nations Secretary-General and other international institutions, of the various commitments and pledges given by the Government of Sri Lanka. It also called on the Sri Lankan Government to facilitate investigations of all allegations that had been revealed by various media institutions regarding extra-judicial killings. Finally, the International Movement Against all Forms of Discrimination and Racism wished to point out that the implementation of the 13th and 17th amendment was still outstanding and national legislation had not come into effect.

  313. Ha Jim Pappa! (Roshan)
    are you still alive and kicking?
    Gift mean Clothes and food. Giving Shelter is Sri Lankan Govermant responsible.
    You seems to me like a, Rowdys hanging on Majestic City (SL Mall) and TEASING people. You are exactly doing the same here on Net.
    But without you, it is boring here. You are the JOKER here.

    Bhudu Saranay

  314. Petition against the granting of GSP+ by the European Union to Sri Lanka.

    http://www.tamilsforum.com/petition/

    We, the undersigned, write to you to petition against the granting of GSP+ by the European Union to the Government of Sri Lanka.

    Due to non-compliance of Sri Lanka on 18th October 2008 the European Commission adopted a decision providing for the initiation of an investigation on the GSP+ concession arrangement.

    Government of Sri Lanka does not satisfy the three core qualifying conditions for GSP+ as detailed below;

    International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that ‘the rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) are not rights under the Constitution of Sri Lanka.
    Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment – In light of the recent broadcasting of footage by Channel 4 showing Tamils being executed by the Sri Lankan armed forces and other emerging post war evidences clearly demonstrate that Sri Lanka is in violation of this condition

    Widespread police torture, abductions of journalists, politicised courts and uninvestigated disappearances have all played a part in creating a state of ‘complete or virtually complete impunity in Sri Lanka’. – The Economist, 3 Sept 09

    “Just three months after the Sri Lankan government declared the country liberated from the Tamil Tigers, video footage has emerged apparently showing government troops summarily executing Tamils.” – Channel 4, 25 Aug 09

    Convention on the Rights of the Child – Thousands of children are being held in the interment camps in Sri Lanka with appalling conditions where there is no access to clean water, health care and educational facilities.

    “The displaced people, including at least 50,000 children, are being accommodated in 41 camps spread over four districts” – Amnesty International, 7 Aug 2009

    As evidenced by the disproportional defence budget allocated to the Sri Lankan armed forces from 2007 – 2009 and the confirmation of the end of the conflict, Sri Lanka cannot currently be classified as “vulnerable” under the qualifying criteria for the GSP+.
    The quitting of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) – the international panel set up to monitor a Sri Lankan probe into human rights abuses, the persistent refusal to accept an independent monitoring body on human rights and the ongoing restricted access to aid agencies stand witness to the level of respect for human rights.
    “Any government has a clear obligation to have a very thorough investigation in response to an allegation of this type,” – Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Reuters, 1 Sept 09
    “One day I was inside the [operating] theatre and the next room was bombed. We had a lot of the treated people left in the room for the doctors to go and monitor and they all died in that shell bomb.” – Damilvany Gnanakumar, British Tamil medic witness to the conflict, The Guardian, 15 Sept 09
    We, the undersigned, strongly feel that Sri Lanka has fallen far short of meeting any of the criteria and conditions stipulated by the EU Commission and we urge you to raise the case for the withdrawal of GSP+ to Sri Lanka. Unless a clear message is sent for being in breach of qualifying conditions, like the decision taken by the Council on Belarus, Sri Lanka and other States that enjoy such privileges will continue with human rights violations, lack of systems and governance and maintain status quo.

  315. International Movement against all Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), in a joint statement with Asian Forum for Human Rights; and Asian Legal Resource Centre, said with regard to the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, although the war had arguably ended, the threats to democracy as well as the human rights violations had not diminished. Further, over 300,000 people were living in camps as internally displaced persons and a leading human rights defender had received a death threat for his advocacy with the European Union. Against this backdrop, the International Movement Against all Forms of Discrimination and Racism wished to remind the members of the Council, the concerned Member States, the United Nations Secretary-General and other international institutions, of the various commitments and pledges given by the Government of Sri Lanka. It also called on the Sri Lankan Government to facilitate investigations of all allegations that had been revealed by various media institutions regarding extra-judicial killings. Finally, the International Movement Against all Forms of Discrimination and Racism wished to point out that the implementation of the 13th and 17th amendment was still outstanding and national legislation had not come into effect.

  316. UNHCR concerned about safety of displaced persons in Sri Lanka http://www.unhcr.org/4ac227029.html

    The most recent incident took place on Saturday, September 26th in the Menik Farm camp, in the district of Vavuniya, when security forces reportedly attempted to stop a group of IDPs from moving between two zones of the camp. This angered the IDPs who subsequently attacked the sentries.

    Security personnel then reportedly opened fire to disperse the mob. Several people are said to have been injured, including a child who was hit by a stray bullet and is now paralyzed. There are also reports of several people being detained following the disturbance. UNHCR calls upon the government to ensure the protection and physical security of the IDPs and to undertake a swift investigation into the event.

  317. UNHCR concerned about safety of displaced persons in Sri Lanka http://www.unhcr.org/4ac227029.html

    The most recent incident took place on Saturday, September 26th in the Menik Farm camp, in the district of Vavuniya, when security forces reportedly attempted to stop a group of IDPs from moving between two zones of the camp. This angered the IDPs who subsequently attacked the sentries.

    Security personnel then reportedly opened fire to disperse the mob. Several people are said to have been injured, including a child who was hit by a stray bullet and is now paralyzed. There are also reports of several people being detained following the disturbance. UNHCR calls upon the government to ensure the protection and physical security of the IDPs and to undertake a swift investigation into the event.

  318. UNHCR concerned about safety of displaced persons in Sri Lanka http://www.unhcr.org/4ac227029.html

    The most recent incident took place on Saturday, September 26th in the Menik Farm camp, in the district of Vavuniya, when security forces reportedly attempted to stop a group of IDPs from moving between two zones of the camp. This angered the IDPs who subsequently attacked the sentries.

    Security personnel then reportedly opened fire to disperse the mob. Several people are said to have been injured, including a child who was hit by a stray bullet and is now paralyzed. There are also reports of several people being detained following the disturbance. UNHCR calls upon the government to ensure the protection and physical security of the IDPs and to undertake a swift investigation into the event.

  319. Since you have several Jokers on the site including the moderator, I thought of joining the fun too.. After all, we are all from the same country and why should only the Moderators from the west have fun ???

    So you have been to MC and teased a few people around ha ? Fun Neda ? Kemathi nedda ayeth e wage athal ekak ganna ??

    Cut the Crap and let's stick the Topic dude !!

  320. NOTE TO THE MODERATORS !!

    Don't you think that the postings by Voice for the Voiceless is not in line with the topic – has nothing to do with the IDP's and cluttering the blog unnecessarily ??

    What has Haiti or air strikes got to do with IDP's ?? Air strikes were on LTTE long time ago and Haiti ???? – it's another country..

    Also I have a question of you allowing them to post articles from web sites that are run by the LTTE !! We all know that Tamilnet is the mouth piece for the LTTE … Do you support a Terrorist Organization ??

  321. Hello Alfonso, Voice4VoiceLess
    Please, continue to expose the Human Rights Abuses in Sri Lanka. Some here are blocked by Moderators. Pleas, ignore the Sinhalese Propagandists. They are only here to hurt you. Please, don’t respond to their insults and not valid questions. Eventually the Moderator will prohibit them.

  322. UNHCR concerned about safety of displaced persons in Sri Lanka
    http://www.unhcr.org/4ac227029.html

    The most recent incident took place on Saturday, September 26th in the Menik Farm camp, in the district of Vavuniya, when security forces reportedly attempted to stop a group of IDPs from moving between two zones of the camp. This angered the IDPs who subsequently attacked the sentries.

    Security personnel then reportedly opened fire to disperse the mob. Several people are said to have been injured, including a child who was hit by a stray bullet and is now paralyzed. There are also reports of several people being detained following the disturbance. UNHCR calls upon the government to ensure the protection and physical security of the IDPs and to undertake a swift investigation into the event.

  323. How can a question with regard to the IDP's in Camps be a none valid post and a cricket match score be a valid post ??

    You are hurting your own selves by not aligning with whats peaceful and harmless. You guys still want to hide in side jungles with T56 and create violence, bomb innocent people and distract innocent civil rights.

  324. Since you have several Jokers on the site including the moderator, I thought of joining the fun too.. After all, we are all from the same country and why should only the Moderators from the west have fun ???

    So you have been to MC and teased a few people around ha ? Fun Neda ? Kemathi nedda ayeth e wage athal ekak ganna ??

    Cut the Crap and let’s stick the Topic dude !!

  325. NOTE TO THE MODERATORS !!

    Don’t you think that the postings by Voice for the Voiceless is not in line with the topic – has nothing to do with the IDP’s and cluttering the blog unnecessarily ??

    What has Haiti or air strikes got to do with IDP’s ?? Air strikes were on LTTE long time ago and Haiti ???? – it’s another country..

    Also I have a question of you allowing them to post articles from web sites that are run by the LTTE !! We all know that Tamilnet is the mouth piece for the LTTE … Do you support a Terrorist Organization ??

  326. Sri Lanka is a Gulag Island

    Unlawful imprisonment of 300 000 innocent Tamil civilians in concentration camps is one of the reasons why i think that Sri Lanka is a gulag island
    The concept of the gulag ever since Alexander Solzhenitsyn used it in his book “Gulag Archipelago” (1918 – 1956), has come to mean a particular system of repression imposed within a whole country which has some definite characteristics. These characteristics may be described thus:

    1.The loss of the meaning of legality within a particular country.
    2.A predominant position played by a security apparatus which can virtually do whatever function relating to life and liberty of citizens without being bound by any rules.
    3.The emergence of a propaganda apparatus which is not bound by any rules relating to truth or falsehood; in fact, the meaning of any distinction between truth and falsehood disappears.
    4.The emergence of a superman controller who manipulates all the three elements mentioned above in any way that he wishes.
    5.A doomed citizenry who keep on believing that nothing has really changed while, in fact, everything has changed and who are unable to control their own destinies in any significant manner. One particular section of citizens may by suffering the worst at a particular time, but, in fact, the entire population of the country is affected more or less with the same degree of intensity but at different times.
    The position on which this article is based is that Sri Lanka is now such a gulag. All the above mentioned characteristics are now quite prominently visible within Sri Lanka. However, a phantom limb complex still continues to exist. The people wish to believe that the old legal system and the social system are still intact despite of some unhappy new aspects that cannot be denied.

  327. Aaaaa… mmmm… Gardin – I think you are still in Wonderland !

    Sri Lankan does not have any of what you have mentioned in your post. It was true about 5 months back in the northern region when it was under LTTE's Prabhakaran's control. But now the whole Island is peaceful and ruled by a democratically elected government and an executive president whom the majority of the people love !

    If having 300,000 is illegal, the country's judiciary system (which is decedent of the English Judiciary) will take necessary steps to prevent having them. It is strong enough to send corrupt Army Officials, Politicians and Policemen to Jail and is an independent body which even ruled against presidential orders.

    The general elections and the presidential elections are on it's way – few more months. You will definitely realize to yourself whether the country is democratic or not !

  328. Massive ethnic cleansing is occurring; the Human Rights Council should act for the Tamils

    UN Human Rights Council at its session in Geneva expressed concern about the situation in internment camps for 300 000 internally displaced persons in the north of Sri Lanka.
    Sri Lanka, the Government resisted any purview of accountability, and was still prosecuting the war against the Tamil people. The only remedy for the latter was to submit to ever-harsher oppression and abuse. The international community had not looked into the underlying causes of the Sinhala-Tamil war for many years. The people were in detention camps because they were Tamil, not because they were civilians. The whole issue of this war was because the Tamil people had sought their right to self-determination, among other rights, and the Government had refused them. Massive ethnic cleansing was occurring, and the Council should act for the Tamils.

  329. To my knowledge, US of America is not part of the UN HR council or do not abide by the laws set by the UN HR council – Do you think the other countries should ?

  330. Over 300,000 innocent Tamil civilians are imprisoned in concentrations camps in Sri Lanka and a leading human rights defender had received a death threat for his advocacy with the European Union. Against this backdrop, the International Movement Against all Forms of Discrimination and Racism wished to remind the members of the Council, the concerned Member States, the United Nations Secretary-General and other international institutions, of the various commitments and pledges given by the Government of Sri Lanka. It also called on the Sri Lankan Government to facilitate investigations of all allegations that had been revealed by various media institutions regarding extra-judicial killings. Finally, the International Movement Against all Forms of Discrimination and Racism wished to point out that the implementation of the 13th and 17th amendment was still outstanding and national legislation had not come into effect.

  331. Hello Alfonso, Voice4VoiceLess
    Please, continue to expose the Human Rights Abuses in Sri Lanka. Some here are blocked by Moderators. Pleas, ignore the Sinhalese Propagandists. They are only here to hurt you. Please, don’t respond to their insults and not valid questions. Eventually the Moderator will prohibit them.

  332. @Voice4Voiceless – Do not post links on this blog without any explanation of how they relate to the original topic. This is an area for discussion, not a bulletin board.

    @Jim Pappa – We are not responsible for the authenticity of the links posted by other commentors.

  333. How can a question with regard to the IDP’s in Camps be a none valid post and a cricket match score be a valid post ??

    You are hurting your own selves by not aligning with whats peaceful and harmless. You guys still want to hide in side jungles with T56 and create violence, bomb innocent people and distract innocent civil rights.

  334. Sri Lanka is a Gulag Island

    Unlawful imprisonment of 300 000 innocent Tamil civilians in concentration camps is one of the reasons why i think that Sri Lanka is a gulag island
    The concept of the gulag ever since Alexander Solzhenitsyn used it in his book “Gulag Archipelago” (1918 – 1956), has come to mean a particular system of repression imposed within a whole country which has some definite characteristics. These characteristics may be described thus:

    1.The loss of the meaning of legality within a particular country.
    2.A predominant position played by a security apparatus which can virtually do whatever function relating to life and liberty of citizens without being bound by any rules.
    3.The emergence of a propaganda apparatus which is not bound by any rules relating to truth or falsehood; in fact, the meaning of any distinction between truth and falsehood disappears.
    4.The emergence of a superman controller who manipulates all the three elements mentioned above in any way that he wishes.
    5.A doomed citizenry who keep on believing that nothing has really changed while, in fact, everything has changed and who are unable to control their own destinies in any significant manner. One particular section of citizens may by suffering the worst at a particular time, but, in fact, the entire population of the country is affected more or less with the same degree of intensity but at different times.
    The position on which this article is based is that Sri Lanka is now such a gulag. All the above mentioned characteristics are now quite prominently visible within Sri Lanka. However, a phantom limb complex still continues to exist. The people wish to believe that the old legal system and the social system are still intact despite of some unhappy new aspects that cannot be denied.

  335. Aaaaa… mmmm… Gardin – I think you are still in Wonderland !

    Sri Lankan does not have any of what you have mentioned in your post. It was true about 5 months back in the northern region when it was under LTTE’s Prabhakaran’s control. But now the whole Island is peaceful and ruled by a democratically elected government and an executive president whom the majority of the people love !

    If having 300,000 is illegal, the country’s judiciary system (which is decedent of the English Judiciary) will take necessary steps to prevent having them. It is strong enough to send corrupt Army Officials, Politicians and Policemen to Jail and is an independent body which even ruled against presidential orders.

    The general elections and the presidential elections are on it’s way – few more months. You will definitely realize to yourself whether the country is democratic or not !

  336. Massive ethnic cleansing is occurring; the Human Rights Council should act for the Tamils

    UN Human Rights Council at its session in Geneva expressed concern about the situation in internment camps for 300 000 internally displaced persons in the north of Sri Lanka.
    Sri Lanka, the Government resisted any purview of accountability, and was still prosecuting the war against the Tamil people. The only remedy for the latter was to submit to ever-harsher oppression and abuse. The international community had not looked into the underlying causes of the Sinhala-Tamil war for many years. The people were in detention camps because they were Tamil, not because they were civilians. The whole issue of this war was because the Tamil people had sought their right to self-determination, among other rights, and the Government had refused them. Massive ethnic cleansing was occurring, and the Council should act for the Tamils.

  337. To my knowledge, US of America is not part of the UN HR council or do not abide by the laws set by the UN HR council – Do you think the other countries should ?

  338. Over 300,000 innocent Tamil civilians are imprisoned in concentrations camps in Sri Lanka and a leading human rights defender had received a death threat for his advocacy with the European Union. Against this backdrop, the International Movement Against all Forms of Discrimination and Racism wished to remind the members of the Council, the concerned Member States, the United Nations Secretary-General and other international institutions, of the various commitments and pledges given by the Government of Sri Lanka. It also called on the Sri Lankan Government to facilitate investigations of all allegations that had been revealed by various media institutions regarding extra-judicial killings. Finally, the International Movement Against all Forms of Discrimination and Racism wished to point out that the implementation of the 13th and 17th amendment was still outstanding and national legislation had not come into effect.

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  340. Sri Lanka’s failure to rapidly resettle nearly 300,000 Tamils who survived the government’s final onslaught against the Tamil Tigers and their further suffering under harsh conditions in militarised camps could result in growing bitterness, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake Tuesday – the same day, the UN issued its strongest criticism yet of Sri Lanka’s continued internment of the hundreds of thousands of displacedTamils. Mr. Ban also stressed the need to expedite “a serious, independent and impartial accountability process to look into alleged violation of international law during the conflict as a critical part of moving forward and building peace in Sri Lanka,” a UN statement said.

    In a statement following his meeting with the Sri Lankan Premier, Mr. Ban noted that he had repeatedly brought up the issue of internally displaced persons (IDPs), the political process and reconciliation, and accountability for alleged violations during the long ethnic war in his various telephone conversations with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and messages conveyed through visits by senior UN officials.

    Mr. Ban underlined the importance of winning the trust and confidence of the population in the North, especially those in the IDP camps, as failure to do so could undermine the prospects for reconciliation.

    Prime Minister Wickramanayake assured Mr. Ban that the Government was keen to implement earlier pledges to resettle all IDPs out of the camps by January, but he emphasized that much international aid was needed to facilitate these efforts, especially for de-mining.

    Meanwhile, Mr. Walter Kaelin, a representative of the United Nations secretary-general, said Tuesday that civilians held in tightly-guarded camps should be granted freedom to ensure that Sri Lanka complied with its international obligations.

    “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,” AFP quoted Mr. Kaelin as saying in a statement.

    Mr. Kaelin, UN representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons, criticised the slow screening of people in the camps for suspected Tamil Tigers and called for unhindered humanitarian access to the camps by international and local aid workers.

    Restoring freedom to the displaced “is becoming a matter of urgency,” he said.

    “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,” he added.

    Restoring freedom to the displaced “is becoming a matter of urgency, and I remain very concerned about the very slow pace of releases”, Mr. Kaelin said, two days after wrapping up a visit to camps in the island’s north.

    Mr. Kaelin said a clash over the weekend between troops and people interred in one of the barbed-wire ringed camps underscored the growing tensions and human rights abuses.

    The incident “underscores how interning people in large and overcrowded camps not built for prolonged stays is in itself a factor detrimental to security,” Mr. Kaelin said.

    “The use of firearms to control a group of internally displaced persons trying to move from one camp zone to another that resulted in injuries to two persons raises serious human rights issues,” he noted.

  341. Five Tamil and Muslim party leaders in a joint communique issued Wednesday stated that “the forcible detention of hundreds of thousands of Tamil citizens of Sri Lanka in camps for Internally Displaced Persons is illegal, without basis in the Constitution and in gross violation of international human rights norms,” and called for immediate action to “end to military administration and restrictions placed on civilians, and we urge the restoration of full civilian administration to facilitate return to economic and social normality.”

    Full text of the statement follows:

    Let Our People Free!

    The Tamil speaking peoples of Sri Lanka have suffered great hardships for many decades since Independence. They have faced discrimination and had to suffer ethnic riots, pogroms and ethnic cleansing; in the pogrom in 1983 sections of the state were involved. In the last thirty four years Sri Lanka was consumed by an ethnic civil war in which the Tamil and Muslim people and others in the North and East and elsewhere were victims. The Tamils in particular bore the brunt of the suffering. During the last stages of the war the people of the Vanni suffered traumatic pain which, despite the conclusive end of the war, has still not abated. While we are deeply concerned about the human rights violations everywhere in our island such as death threats, the killing of civilians, and the disappearance of journalists and others, we feel the need to prioritise in this communiqué such collective and unbearable pain of large numbers of our population as compels immediate intervention.

    We the undersigned affirm the following and call for an immediate end to these intolerable conditions, and in particular:
    We state that the forcible detention of hundreds of thousands of Tamil citizens of Sri Lanka in camps for Internally Displaced Persons is illegal, without basis in the Constitution and in gross violation of international human rights norms.
    These people should be released immediately to return to their homes and permitted to resume without hindrance their traditional livelihood activities such as farming and fishing, or to take up residence with friends and relatives, or to exercise their lawful right to abode elsewhere at their discretion. Those likely to face criminal charges should be produced in a court of law without further delay.
    We strongly urge that the camps, for so long as they exist, should be open to relatives, religious functionaries, parliamentarians, provincial councillors, civil society, UN agencies, journalists, and national and international aid and humanitarian organisations.
    We urge that immediate arrangements be made to allow the Muslim people who were evicted from the North and have suffered acute hardships for nearly two decades to return to their homes and to resume their economic and social activities without hindrance.
    Similar arrangements must be made to re-settle in their original homes all those in the East, who remain displaced and continue to suffer greatly.
    The restrictions on movement in and out of the Northern Province and some locations in the East should be lifted and the need for permits to enter or leave should be rescinded forthwith. In particular, any form of quarantine of the Northern Province is a violation of basic rights and should be lifted.
    The curfew and other restrictions on normality in many parts of the Northern Province and elsewhere are unjustified and we demand that normality be returned without delay. People in certain parts of the country live in fear, avoid even essential travel, and are inhibited in employment related and social activities.
    We call for an end to military administration and restrictions placed on civilians, and we urge the restoration of full civilian administration to facilitate return to economic and social normality.
    R. Sampanthan, M.P, Leader, ITAK, Leader, TNA
    Mano Ganesan, M.P., Leader, DPF
    Rauff Hakeem, M.P., Leader, SLMC
    V.Anandasangaree, Leader, TULF
    K. Vigneswaran, Leader, AITUF

  342. Vavuniyaa camps meant for detainees, not for IDPs – JVP

    “It is not a refugee camp if inmates are escaping from that in large numbers. Then it should be called a detention or internment camp. IDP families have freedom to move in and out from IDP camps which are established under international norms. It is not so in Vavuniyaa camps, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) parliamentarian Wijitha Herat, said at a press briefing held at JVP headquarters in Battaramulla in Colombo Wednesday to discuss matters about the plight of IDPs in Vavuniyaa camps.

    Wijitha Herat further said at the briefing that the government has been saying that it could not resettle IDPs held in Vavuniyaa camps as their villages in Vanni region are not completely de-mined.

    At that same the government is issuing statements to the effect that it has launched several development projects in Ki’linochchi, Mannaar, Jaffna and Vavuniyaa including restoration of electricity supply under the title “Northern Spring “(Vaddakkin Vasantham).

    “How could the government launch development projects in areas which are still sown with mines. Hence the government’s stand on resettlement is contradictory,” he asked.

    “My party accepts that there are some areas in Vanni infested with mines. But there are vast areas without mines. The government can resettle large numbers IDP families in these mine-free areas. The international community is trying to interfere in the internal affairs of our country under the pretext of safeguarding IDPs in Vavuniyaa. This would be possible once the northeast monsoon commences. Therefore the government should not give room for such interference,” Mr. Wijitha Herat said.

  343. We definitely could agree with most of the stuff that the JVP has said. it is true that the government is keeping them to reasons apart from the areas being uncleared – this is no secret and should not be either.

    However, we also know that there are many LTTE guys in there who if let loose will create chaos – so what is the other solution for it ?? Everyone can comment on anything saying it's wrong – but no body seems to be giving an alternative solution.

    I know for a fact that most (if not all) of the Sri Lankans do share the thought of sending the innocent home ASAP – the government may be should speed up the process of filtering soon and at least re-settle those in cleared and safe areas – we have no argument with regard to this with any of the others blogging here.

    The issue I have is with some of the people calling this a Genocide which is not true – I truly feel that it is the LTTE left over cubs and those who are paid by them are the ones using the word Genocide. Rubbish !!

  344. Sri Lanka’s failure to rapidly resettle nearly 300,000 Tamils who survived the government’s final onslaught against the Tamil Tigers and their further suffering under harsh conditions in militarised camps could result in growing bitterness, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake Tuesday – the same day, the UN issued its strongest criticism yet of Sri Lanka’s continued internment of the hundreds of thousands of displacedTamils. Mr. Ban also stressed the need to expedite “a serious, independent and impartial accountability process to look into alleged violation of international law during the conflict as a critical part of moving forward and building peace in Sri Lanka,” a UN statement said.

    In a statement following his meeting with the Sri Lankan Premier, Mr. Ban noted that he had repeatedly brought up the issue of internally displaced persons (IDPs), the political process and reconciliation, and accountability for alleged violations during the long ethnic war in his various telephone conversations with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and messages conveyed through visits by senior UN officials.

    Mr. Ban underlined the importance of winning the trust and confidence of the population in the North, especially those in the IDP camps, as failure to do so could undermine the prospects for reconciliation.

    Prime Minister Wickramanayake assured Mr. Ban that the Government was keen to implement earlier pledges to resettle all IDPs out of the camps by January, but he emphasized that much international aid was needed to facilitate these efforts, especially for de-mining.

    Meanwhile, Mr. Walter Kaelin, a representative of the United Nations secretary-general, said Tuesday that civilians held in tightly-guarded camps should be granted freedom to ensure that Sri Lanka complied with its international obligations.

    “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,” AFP quoted Mr. Kaelin as saying in a statement.

    Mr. Kaelin, UN representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons, criticised the slow screening of people in the camps for suspected Tamil Tigers and called for unhindered humanitarian access to the camps by international and local aid workers.

    Restoring freedom to the displaced “is becoming a matter of urgency,” he said.

    “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,” he added.

    Restoring freedom to the displaced “is becoming a matter of urgency, and I remain very concerned about the very slow pace of releases”, Mr. Kaelin said, two days after wrapping up a visit to camps in the island’s north.

    Mr. Kaelin said a clash over the weekend between troops and people interred in one of the barbed-wire ringed camps underscored the growing tensions and human rights abuses.

    The incident “underscores how interning people in large and overcrowded camps not built for prolonged stays is in itself a factor detrimental to security,” Mr. Kaelin said.

    “The use of firearms to control a group of internally displaced persons trying to move from one camp zone to another that resulted in injuries to two persons raises serious human rights issues,” he noted.

  345. Five Tamil and Muslim party leaders in a joint communique issued Wednesday stated that “the forcible detention of hundreds of thousands of Tamil citizens of Sri Lanka in camps for Internally Displaced Persons is illegal, without basis in the Constitution and in gross violation of international human rights norms,” and called for immediate action to “end to military administration and restrictions placed on civilians, and we urge the restoration of full civilian administration to facilitate return to economic and social normality.”

    Full text of the statement follows:

    Let Our People Free!

    The Tamil speaking peoples of Sri Lanka have suffered great hardships for many decades since Independence. They have faced discrimination and had to suffer ethnic riots, pogroms and ethnic cleansing; in the pogrom in 1983 sections of the state were involved. In the last thirty four years Sri Lanka was consumed by an ethnic civil war in which the Tamil and Muslim people and others in the North and East and elsewhere were victims. The Tamils in particular bore the brunt of the suffering. During the last stages of the war the people of the Vanni suffered traumatic pain which, despite the conclusive end of the war, has still not abated. While we are deeply concerned about the human rights violations everywhere in our island such as death threats, the killing of civilians, and the disappearance of journalists and others, we feel the need to prioritise in this communiqué such collective and unbearable pain of large numbers of our population as compels immediate intervention.

    We the undersigned affirm the following and call for an immediate end to these intolerable conditions, and in particular:
    We state that the forcible detention of hundreds of thousands of Tamil citizens of Sri Lanka in camps for Internally Displaced Persons is illegal, without basis in the Constitution and in gross violation of international human rights norms.
    These people should be released immediately to return to their homes and permitted to resume without hindrance their traditional livelihood activities such as farming and fishing, or to take up residence with friends and relatives, or to exercise their lawful right to abode elsewhere at their discretion. Those likely to face criminal charges should be produced in a court of law without further delay.
    We strongly urge that the camps, for so long as they exist, should be open to relatives, religious functionaries, parliamentarians, provincial councillors, civil society, UN agencies, journalists, and national and international aid and humanitarian organisations.
    We urge that immediate arrangements be made to allow the Muslim people who were evicted from the North and have suffered acute hardships for nearly two decades to return to their homes and to resume their economic and social activities without hindrance.
    Similar arrangements must be made to re-settle in their original homes all those in the East, who remain displaced and continue to suffer greatly.
    The restrictions on movement in and out of the Northern Province and some locations in the East should be lifted and the need for permits to enter or leave should be rescinded forthwith. In particular, any form of quarantine of the Northern Province is a violation of basic rights and should be lifted.
    The curfew and other restrictions on normality in many parts of the Northern Province and elsewhere are unjustified and we demand that normality be returned without delay. People in certain parts of the country live in fear, avoid even essential travel, and are inhibited in employment related and social activities.
    We call for an end to military administration and restrictions placed on civilians, and we urge the restoration of full civilian administration to facilitate return to economic and social normality.
    R. Sampanthan, M.P, Leader, ITAK, Leader, TNA
    Mano Ganesan, M.P., Leader, DPF
    Rauff Hakeem, M.P., Leader, SLMC
    V.Anandasangaree, Leader, TULF
    K. Vigneswaran, Leader, AITUF

  346. Vavuniyaa camps meant for detainees, not for IDPs – JVP

    “It is not a refugee camp if inmates are escaping from that in large numbers. Then it should be called a detention or internment camp. IDP families have freedom to move in and out from IDP camps which are established under international norms. It is not so in Vavuniyaa camps, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) parliamentarian Wijitha Herat, said at a press briefing held at JVP headquarters in Battaramulla in Colombo Wednesday to discuss matters about the plight of IDPs in Vavuniyaa camps.

    Wijitha Herat further said at the briefing that the government has been saying that it could not resettle IDPs held in Vavuniyaa camps as their villages in Vanni region are not completely de-mined.

    At that same the government is issuing statements to the effect that it has launched several development projects in Ki’linochchi, Mannaar, Jaffna and Vavuniyaa including restoration of electricity supply under the title “Northern Spring “(Vaddakkin Vasantham).

    “How could the government launch development projects in areas which are still sown with mines. Hence the government’s stand on resettlement is contradictory,” he asked.

    “My party accepts that there are some areas in Vanni infested with mines. But there are vast areas without mines. The government can resettle large numbers IDP families in these mine-free areas. The international community is trying to interfere in the internal affairs of our country under the pretext of safeguarding IDPs in Vavuniyaa. This would be possible once the northeast monsoon commences. Therefore the government should not give room for such interference,” Mr. Wijitha Herat said.

  347. We definitely could agree with most of the stuff that the JVP has said. it is true that the government is keeping them to reasons apart from the areas being uncleared – this is no secret and should not be either.

    However, we also know that there are many LTTE guys in there who if let loose will create chaos – so what is the other solution for it ?? Everyone can comment on anything saying it’s wrong – but no body seems to be giving an alternative solution.

    I know for a fact that most (if not all) of the Sri Lankans do share the thought of sending the innocent home ASAP – the government may be should speed up the process of filtering soon and at least re-settle those in cleared and safe areas – we have no argument with regard to this with any of the others blogging here.

    The issue I have is with some of the people calling this a Genocide which is not true – I truly feel that it is the LTTE left over cubs and those who are paid by them are the ones using the word Genocide. Rubbish !!

  348. It’s becoming a farce to hold so many people in concentration camps.

    You just can’t detain 300 000 innocent civilians for so many months because Sri Lanka Government thinks there may be some criminals amongst them.

    There may be many killers, pedophiles, thieves, robbers, pimps, etc., in Colombo– do you put a fence around it and let no one move until all the unsavory characters have been “weeded out” ?

    It is the most insane and preposterous attempt at so-called security measures the whole world has ever seen.

    If I happened to be in the vicinity and was imprisoned in a concentration camp for many, many long un-ending months because I was in the wrong part of the island, because it was my bad luck to be there, with no constitutional rights of free movement, unable to see my dear and near, living in the flimsy tents, queuing for days and days under scorching sun for food, water and other basic necessities and sharing a toilet with 1000 other victims – I would be extremely shocked!!!!!

  349. It’s becoming a farce to hold so many people in concentration camps.

    You just can’t detain 300 000 innocent civilians for so many months because Sri Lanka Government thinks there may be some criminals amongst them.

    There may be many killers, pedophiles, thieves, robbers, pimps, etc., in Colombo– do you put a fence around it and let no one move until all the unsavory characters have been “weeded out” ?

    It is the most insane and preposterous attempt at so-called security measures the whole world has ever seen.

    If I happened to be in the vicinity and was imprisoned in a concentration camp for many, many long un-ending months because I was in the wrong part of the island, because it was my bad luck to be there, with no constitutional rights of free movement, unable to see my dear and near, living in the flimsy tents, queuing for days and days under scorching sun for food, water and other basic necessities and sharing a toilet with 1000 other victims – I would be extremely shocked!!!!!