US Must Investigate Detainee Abuse Claims in Wikileaks Files

The US government must investigate how much US officials knew about the torture and other ill-treatment of detainees held by Iraqi security forces after new evidence emerged in files released today by Wikileaks.

We have not yet had an opportunity to study the leaked files in detail but they add to our concern that the US authorities committed a serious breach of international law when they summarily handed over thousands of detainees to Iraqi security forces who, they knew, were continuing to torture and abuse detainees on a truly shocking scale.

The new disclosures appear to closely match the findings of New Order, Same Abuses: Unlawful Detentions and Torture in Iraq, a report we published last month detailing the widespread torture and other ill-treatment of detainees by Iraqi forces, committed with impunity. Thousands of Iraqis who had been detained by US forces were transferred from US to Iraqi custody between early 2009 and July 2010 under an agreement between the USA and Iraq that contains no provisions for ensuring protection of the detainees’ human rights.

These documents apparently provide further evidence that the US authorities have been aware of this systematic abuse for years, yet they went ahead and handed over thousands of Iraqis they had detained to the Iraqi security forces.

The United States is a party to the UN Convention against Torture, the main international treaty prohibiting torture, which requires all states to prohibit torture and to refrain from transferring detainees to the authorities of another state at whose hands they face torture.

Amnesty International continues to campaign for full accountability for those detainees tortured and ill-treated by USA military personnel in Iraq, such as those in Abu Ghraib prison.

The US authorities, like all governments, have an obligation under international law not only to ensure that their own forces do not use torture, but also that people who were detained and are being held by US forces are not handed over to other authorities who are likely to torture them.

The USA failed to respect this obligation in Iraq, despite the great volume of evidence, available from many different quarters, showing that the Iraqi security forces use torture widely and are allowed to do so with impunity.

The information said to be in these documents also underscores the urgent need for the Iraqi government to take concrete measures to end torture, ensure the safety of all detainees, and root out and bring to justice those responsible for torture and other serious human rights abuses, however senior their position.

Join us in calling on President Obama and Congress to respect human rights and counter terror with justice.

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51 thoughts on “US Must Investigate Detainee Abuse Claims in Wikileaks Files

  1. The documents show the death toll in Iraq. They give a total of more than 109,000 violent deaths between 2004 and the end of 2009.

    This includes 66,081 civilians, 23,984 people classed as "enemy", 15,196 members of the Iraqi security forces, and 3,771 coalition troops.

    War crimes, U.S. needs to be brought to justice by the world.

  2. I would like to see the US and British authorities be made to account with jail time for a change, but of course we won't see that because US top officials comprise an evil & criminal govt lot, hell bent on murder and staging false flag terror events on the world and it's own citizens………..Shame on these crooks that turned a blind eye, and God bless our troops that reported these incidents and have been put in the intolerable position in the first place……….and F blackwater (xe) mercenary asswads,may you breath all the Depleted uranium first

  3. The documents show the death toll in Iraq. They give a total of more than 109,000 violent deaths between 2004 and the end of 2009.

    This includes 66,081 civilians, 23,984 people classed as “enemy”, 15,196 members of the Iraqi security forces, and 3,771 coalition troops.

    War crimes, U.S. needs to be brought to justice by the world.

  4. I would like to see the US and British authorities be made to account with jail time for a change, but of course we won’t see that because US top officials comprise an evil & criminal govt lot, hell bent on murder and staging false flag terror events on the world and it’s own citizens………..Shame on these crooks that turned a blind eye, and God bless our troops that reported these incidents and have been put in the intolerable position in the first place……….and F blackwater (xe) mercenary asswads,may you breath all the Depleted uranium first

  5. Asking the US to investigate the atrocities being commited in Iraq and Afganistan is like asking them to commit suicide, it ain't gonna happen.

  6. we ask maliki and jaafari why they kill the sunnies if they were suffering from sadam regime> almaiki and aljaafari are worse than any dictator in whole earth we ask all world to take them to court. most of sunnies now out of iraq and those who are inside face death everyday and face arresting by almaliki special forces called antiteerorism or 54 group which consist of 3500 sectarian shia persons ready to do anything against sunnies

  7. Asking the US to investigate the atrocities being commited in Iraq and Afganistan is like asking them to commit suicide, it ain’t gonna happen.

  8. we ask maliki and jaafari why they kill the sunnies if they were suffering from sadam regime> almaiki and aljaafari are worse than any dictator in whole earth we ask all world to take them to court. most of sunnies now out of iraq and those who are inside face death everyday and face arresting by almaliki special forces called antiteerorism or 54 group which consist of 3500 sectarian shia persons ready to do anything against sunnies

  9. The US & UK: Time for action by the UN

    Amnesty & its friends in ICG & HRW insistently called for Sri Lanka to be brought to account by the UN for alleged HR abuses in its final war against the LTTE. Will we see a similarly sustained campaign to get the US & UK investigated by the UN ?

    Of course not! The most that AI will do is to write pitying letters and posts about 'investigating detainees' claims. They daren't bite the hand that feeds them.

    Here are two wonderful posts by our own Jim 'Cluster Bomb' McDonald demanding the US State Department take action against Sri Lanka. Will Amnesty also ask the US State Department to take action against the US Dept of Defence? Ha ha! Squadrons of Pigs will fly over the White House before AI bites the hand that feeds it :)
    http://blog.amnestyusa.org/justice/state-dept-no-
    http://blog.amnestyusa.org/iar/un-must-investigat

  10. The US & UK: Time for action by the UN

    Amnesty & its friends in ICG & HRW insistently called for Sri Lanka to be brought to account by the UN for alleged HR abuses in its final war against the LTTE. Will we see a similarly sustained campaign to get the US & UK investigated by the UN ?

    Of course not! The most that AI will do is to write pitying letters and posts about 'investigating detainees' claims. They daren't bite the hand that feeds them.

    Here are two wonderful posts by our own Jim 'Cluster Bomb' McDonald demanding the US State Department take action against Sri Lanka. Will Amnesty also ask the US State Department to take action against the US Dept of Defence? Ha ha! Squadrons of Pigs will fly over the White House before AI bites the hand that feeds it :)
    http://blog.amnestyusa.org/justice/state-dept-no-
    http://blog.amnestyusa.org/iar/un-must-investigat

  11. The US & UK: Time for action by the UN

    Amnesty & its friends in ICG & HRW insistently called for Sri Lanka to be brought to account by the UN for alleged HR abuses in its final war against the LTTE. Will we see a similarly sustained campaign to get the US & UK investigated by the UN ?

    Of course not! The most that AI will do is to write pitying letters and posts about 'investigating detainees' claims. They daren't bite the hand that feeds them.

    Here are two wonderful posts by our own Jim 'Cluster Bomb' McDonald demanding the US State Department take action against Sri Lanka. Will Amnesty also ask the US State Department to take action against the US Dept of Defence? Ha ha! Squadrons of Pigs will fly over the White House before AI bites the hand that feeds it :)
    http://blog.amnestyusa.org/justice/state-dept-no-
    http://blog.amnestyusa.org/iar/un-must-investigat

  12. One set of war crimes do not another cancel.

    Just as one cabal of war criminals can't hide behind another in History's wheeling eyes.

    Thank you, Amnesty, for your necesary & systemic report on Iraq's new order.

    And thank you,"iraqi person", for telling us about the situation of the Sunnis.

  13. The US & UK: Time for action by the UN

    Amnesty & its friends in ICG & HRW insistently called for Sri Lanka to be brought to account by the UN for alleged HR abuses in its final war against the LTTE. Will we see a similarly sustained campaign to get the US & UK investigated by the UN ?

    Of course not! The most that AI will do is to write pitying letters and posts about ‘investigating detainees’ claims. They daren’t bite the hand that feeds them.

    Here are two wonderful posts by our own Jim ‘Cluster Bomb’ McDonald demanding the US State Department take action against Sri Lanka. Will Amnesty also ask the US State Department to take action against the US Dept of Defence? Ha ha! Squadrons of Pigs will fly over the White House before AI bites the hand that feeds it :)

    http://blog.amnestyusa.org/justice/state-dept-no-accountability-yet-for-sri-lanka-war-crimes/

    http://blog.amnestyusa.org/iar/un-must-investigate-war-crimes-in-sri-lanka/

  14. One set of war crimes do not another cancel.

    Just as one cabal of war criminals can’t hide behind another in History’s wheeling eyes.

    Thank you, Amnesty, for your necesary & systemic report on Iraq’s new order.

    And thank you,”iraqi person”, for telling us about the situation of the Sunnis.

  15. @a.savage: We know English comprehension and basic logic were never your strong points, so let me explain it again for the dimmer bulbs here:

    I want AI to apply the same pressure, using the same tactics and same campaigns they undertook against Sri Lanka, to the USA and UK. That means, war crimes trials, UN sanctions and the rest. Just writing blog articles and protesting by AI isn't enough.

    p.s. improve your English here: http://www.english-online.org.uk/backindex.html

  16. @a.savage: We know English comprehension and basic logic were never your strong points, so let me explain it again for the dimmer bulbs here:

    I want AI to apply the same pressure, using the same tactics and same campaigns they undertook against Sri Lanka, to the USA and UK. That means, war crimes trials, UN sanctions and the rest. Just writing blog articles and protesting by AI isn't enough.

    p.s. improve your English here: http://www.english-online.org.uk/backindex.html

  17. @a.savage: We know English comprehension and basic logic were never your strong points, so let me explain it again for the dimmer bulbs here:

    I want AI to apply the same pressure, using the same tactics and same campaigns they undertook against Sri Lanka, to the USA and UK. That means, war crimes trials, UN sanctions and the rest. Just writing blog articles and protesting by AI isn't enough.

    p.s. improve your English here: http://www.english-online.org.uk/backindex.html

  18. @a.savage: We know English comprehension and basic logic were never your strong points, so let me explain it again for the dimmer bulbs here:

    I want AI to apply the same pressure, using the same tactics and same campaigns they undertook against Sri Lanka, to the USA and UK. That means, war crimes trials, UN sanctions and the rest. Just writing blog articles and protesting by AI isn’t enough.

    p.s. improve your English here:
    http://www.english-online.org.uk/backindex.html

  19. Is one's state sole measure of all things ?

    Even of lands & systems very different from one's own ?

    What is applicable to states where ways & means are allowed for internal discourse & recourse, however tangential, differs from that which is applicable to states where all such are withheld.

  20. Is one’s state sole measure of all things ?

    Even of lands & systems very different from one’s own ?

    What is applicable to states where ways & means are allowed for internal discourse & recourse, however tangential, differs from that which is applicable to states where all such are withheld.

  21. @a.savage: Sorry, I didn't understand any of that. Could you please be a bit clearer?

    I only want AI to be consistent. i.e. apply the same campaigns, tactics and methods they used against Sri Lanka, against the US and UK. That's not difficult to understand is it?

    So far, I see no signs or intent that AI intend to be consistent. Do you?

  22. @a.savage: Sorry, I didn’t understand any of that. Could you please be a bit clearer?

    I only want AI to be consistent. i.e. apply the same campaigns, tactics and methods they used against Sri Lanka, against the US and UK. That’s not difficult to understand is it?

    So far, I see no signs or intent that AI intend to be consistent. Do you?

  23. @ Sri Lanka: nothing new there. Some old pix of Fatty's idiot son, Charles Anthony and other LTTE cadres after they were killed in action. Undoubtedly human rights were violated by the SL govt in crushing the LTTE. Is that surprising? What exactly is the US going to investigate after its own rising civilian death toll in Iraq & Afghanistan? Have you been woken up from a coma ?
    Paul Harris, in 2004, eloquently expounded on the choices available to SL govt when combatting LTTE terror.

    "A state has limited options when dealing with terrorists. It can:

    1. Talk to them and sue for peace. There are no examples of success in this strategy in relation to significant potent terrorist groups.

    2. Adopt a mid-way approach, alternately talking peace and fighting the terrorists. This has effectively been the Sri Lanka strategy. Under this strategy the terrorists' goals remain firmly fixed while those of the state tend to become diffused.

    3. Pursue the terrorists remorselessly and kill them in large numbers before they kill you. This implies 100% commitment physically and mentally. This course of action implies the use of special forces, extra-judicial execution and significant loss of human rights for the period in which it is employed."

    Option 3 is the only one that worked. It was also the option employed by UK against the IRA, the US against Islamic terrorists etc.
    http://tinyurl.com/yb2uh3x

  24. @ Sri Lanka: nothing new there. Some old pix of Fatty's idiot son, Charles Anthony and other LTTE cadres after they were killed in action. Undoubtedly human rights were violated by the SL govt in crushing the LTTE. Is that surprising? What exactly is the US going to investigate after its own rising civilian death toll in Iraq & Afghanistan? Have you been woken up from a coma ?
    Paul Harris, in 2004, eloquently expounded on the choices available to SL govt when combatting LTTE terror.

    "A state has limited options when dealing with terrorists. It can:

    1. Talk to them and sue for peace. There are no examples of success in this strategy in relation to significant potent terrorist groups.

    2. Adopt a mid-way approach, alternately talking peace and fighting the terrorists. This has effectively been the Sri Lanka strategy. Under this strategy the terrorists' goals remain firmly fixed while those of the state tend to become diffused.

    3. Pursue the terrorists remorselessly and kill them in large numbers before they kill you. This implies 100% commitment physically and mentally. This course of action implies the use of special forces, extra-judicial execution and significant loss of human rights for the period in which it is employed."

    Option 3 is the only one that worked. It was also the option employed by UK against the IRA, the US against Islamic terrorists etc.
    http://tinyurl.com/yb2uh3x

  25. @ Sri Lanka: nothing new there. Some old pix of Fatty's idiot son, Charles Anthony and other LTTE cadres after they were killed in action. Undoubtedly human rights were violated by the SL govt in crushing the LTTE. Is that surprising? What exactly is the US going to investigate after its own rising civilian death toll in Iraq & Afghanistan? Have you been woken up from a coma ?
    Paul Harris, in 2004, eloquently expounded on the choices available to SL govt when combatting LTTE terror.

    "A state has limited options when dealing with terrorists. It can:

    1. Talk to them and sue for peace. There are no examples of success in this strategy in relation to significant potent terrorist groups.

    2. Adopt a mid-way approach, alternately talking peace and fighting the terrorists. This has effectively been the Sri Lanka strategy. Under this strategy the terrorists' goals remain firmly fixed while those of the state tend to become diffused.

    3. Pursue the terrorists remorselessly and kill them in large numbers before they kill you. This implies 100% commitment physically and mentally. This course of action implies the use of special forces, extra-judicial execution and significant loss of human rights for the period in which it is employed."

    Option 3 is the only one that worked. It was also the option employed by UK against the IRA, the US against Islamic terrorists etc.
    http://tinyurl.com/yb2uh3x

  26. Mango Says: November 12th, 2010 at 7:15 pm , U still forget about the state terror act over 60 years.
    Tamils in Sri Lanka have been subject to ethnic discrimination by successive Sri Lankan governments since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948.
    The 1956 ‘Sinhala-only’ Act which made Sinhala the national language was a conscious attempt by the government to redress what was perceived as an imbalance in favour of the Tamils. In 1970 the government, in a bid to appease the disgruntled, unemployed Sinhalese youth, introduced ‘standardisation’ in education. Though meant to discriminate in favour of rural children, it effectively meant that Tamil students had to score higher marks than Sinhalese to enter higher education via a quota system.

    Each government since Independence has tried to appease the Sinhalese peasants by encouraging land colonisation schemes in traditional Tamil areas. Tamils allege that 1,500 of a total 7,000 square miles of ‘their’ territory has been brought under Sinhalese control. Such a claim to separate Tamil lands is a very recent phenomenon, brought about by the growing racisim of the state. For thousands of years Tamils and Sinhalese lived side by side – sharing kings, customs and foods, worshipping each others’ gods and entering into each others’ celebrations.

    But successive governments have turned the ‘Tamil question’ into a political football, vying with one anotherto gain the votes of the Sinhalese majority. Racism is now becoming institutionalised at every level. A recent survey by the Movement for Racial Justice and Equality showed that Sinhala schoolbooks stereotype the Tamils and provided children with only a partial, Sinhalese history of the country. The outbreaks of communal violence against Tamils are often incited by politicians cashing in on Sinhalese fears, suggesting that the Tamils are about to swamp the country and annihilate the Sinhalese Buddhist state forever.

    Sri lanka took advantage of Former president Bush’s word ‘War On Terror”, but changed to ‘War On Tamils’, killed over 40,000 Tamils last year.
    Grisly Photos Reveal Genocide by Sri Lankan Government Against Tamil People http://www.salem-news.com/articles/august072010/s

  27. Mango Says: November 12th, 2010 at 7:15 pm , U still forget about the state terror act over 60 years.
    Tamils in Sri Lanka have been subject to ethnic discrimination by successive Sri Lankan governments since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948.
    The 1956 ‘Sinhala-only’ Act which made Sinhala the national language was a conscious attempt by the government to redress what was perceived as an imbalance in favour of the Tamils. In 1970 the government, in a bid to appease the disgruntled, unemployed Sinhalese youth, introduced ‘standardisation’ in education. Though meant to discriminate in favour of rural children, it effectively meant that Tamil students had to score higher marks than Sinhalese to enter higher education via a quota system.

    Each government since Independence has tried to appease the Sinhalese peasants by encouraging land colonisation schemes in traditional Tamil areas. Tamils allege that 1,500 of a total 7,000 square miles of ‘their’ territory has been brought under Sinhalese control. Such a claim to separate Tamil lands is a very recent phenomenon, brought about by the growing racisim of the state. For thousands of years Tamils and Sinhalese lived side by side – sharing kings, customs and foods, worshipping each others’ gods and entering into each others’ celebrations.

    But successive governments have turned the ‘Tamil question’ into a political football, vying with one anotherto gain the votes of the Sinhalese majority. Racism is now becoming institutionalised at every level. A recent survey by the Movement for Racial Justice and Equality showed that Sinhala schoolbooks stereotype the Tamils and provided children with only a partial, Sinhalese history of the country. The outbreaks of communal violence against Tamils are often incited by politicians cashing in on Sinhalese fears, suggesting that the Tamils are about to swamp the country and annihilate the Sinhalese Buddhist state forever.

    Sri lanka took advantage of Former president Bush’s word ‘War On Terror”, but changed to ‘War On Tamils’, killed over 40,000 Tamils last year.
    Grisly Photos Reveal Genocide by Sri Lankan Government Against Tamil People http://www.salem-news.com/articles/august072010/s

  28. Mango Says: November 12th, 2010 at 7:15 pm , U still forget about the state terror act over 60 years.
    Tamils in Sri Lanka have been subject to ethnic discrimination by successive Sri Lankan governments since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948.
    The 1956 ‘Sinhala-only’ Act which made Sinhala the national language was a conscious attempt by the government to redress what was perceived as an imbalance in favour of the Tamils. In 1970 the government, in a bid to appease the disgruntled, unemployed Sinhalese youth, introduced ‘standardisation’ in education. Though meant to discriminate in favour of rural children, it effectively meant that Tamil students had to score higher marks than Sinhalese to enter higher education via a quota system.

    Each government since Independence has tried to appease the Sinhalese peasants by encouraging land colonisation schemes in traditional Tamil areas. Tamils allege that 1,500 of a total 7,000 square miles of ‘their’ territory has been brought under Sinhalese control. Such a claim to separate Tamil lands is a very recent phenomenon, brought about by the growing racisim of the state. For thousands of years Tamils and Sinhalese lived side by side – sharing kings, customs and foods, worshipping each others’ gods and entering into each others’ celebrations.

    But successive governments have turned the ‘Tamil question’ into a political football, vying with one anotherto gain the votes of the Sinhalese majority. Racism is now becoming institutionalised at every level. A recent survey by the Movement for Racial Justice and Equality showed that Sinhala schoolbooks stereotype the Tamils and provided children with only a partial, Sinhalese history of the country. The outbreaks of communal violence against Tamils are often incited by politicians cashing in on Sinhalese fears, suggesting that the Tamils are about to swamp the country and annihilate the Sinhalese Buddhist state forever.

    Sri lanka took advantage of Former president Bush’s word ‘War On Terror”, but changed to ‘War On Tamils’, killed over 40,000 Tamils last year.
    Grisly Photos Reveal Genocide by Sri Lankan Government Against Tamil People http://www.salem-news.com/articles/august072010/s

  29. @ Sri Lanka: nothing new there. Some old pix of Fatty’s idiot son, Charles Anthony and other LTTE cadres after they were killed in action. Undoubtedly human rights were violated by the SL govt in crushing the LTTE. Is that surprising? What exactly is the US going to investigate after its own rising civilian death toll in Iraq & Afghanistan? Have you been woken up from a coma ?
    Paul Harris, in 2004, eloquently expounded on the choices available to SL govt when combatting LTTE terror.

    “A state has limited options when dealing with terrorists. It can:

    1. Talk to them and sue for peace. There are no examples of success in this strategy in relation to significant potent terrorist groups.

    2. Adopt a mid-way approach, alternately talking peace and fighting the terrorists. This has effectively been the Sri Lanka strategy. Under this strategy the terrorists’ goals remain firmly fixed while those of the state tend to become diffused.

    3. Pursue the terrorists remorselessly and kill them in large numbers before they kill you. This implies 100% commitment physically and mentally. This course of action implies the use of special forces, extra-judicial execution and significant loss of human rights for the period in which it is employed.

    Option 3 is the only one that worked. It was also the option employed by UK against the IRA, the US against Islamic terrorists etc.

    http://tinyurl.com/yb2uh3x

  30. Mango Says: November 12th, 2010 at 7:15 pm , U still forget about the state terror act over 60 years.
    Tamils in Sri Lanka have been subject to ethnic discrimination by successive Sri Lankan governments since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948.
    The 1956 ‘Sinhala-only’ Act which made Sinhala the national language was a conscious attempt by the government to redress what was perceived as an imbalance in favour of the Tamils. In 1970 the government, in a bid to appease the disgruntled, unemployed Sinhalese youth, introduced ‘standardisation’ in education. Though meant to discriminate in favour of rural children, it effectively meant that Tamil students had to score higher marks than Sinhalese to enter higher education via a quota system.

    Each government since Independence has tried to appease the Sinhalese peasants by encouraging land colonisation schemes in traditional Tamil areas. Tamils allege that 1,500 of a total 7,000 square miles of ‘their’ territory has been brought under Sinhalese control. Such a claim to separate Tamil lands is a very recent phenomenon, brought about by the growing racisim of the state. For thousands of years Tamils and Sinhalese lived side by side – sharing kings, customs and foods, worshipping each others’ gods and entering into each others’ celebrations.

    But successive governments have turned the ‘Tamil question’ into a political football, vying with one anotherto gain the votes of the Sinhalese majority. Racism is now becoming institutionalised at every level. A recent survey by the Movement for Racial Justice and Equality showed that Sinhala schoolbooks stereotype the Tamils and provided children with only a partial, Sinhalese history of the country. The outbreaks of communal violence against Tamils are often incited by politicians cashing in on Sinhalese fears, suggesting that the Tamils are about to swamp the country and annihilate the Sinhalese Buddhist state forever.

    Sri lanka took advantage of Former president Bush’s word ‘War On Terror”, but changed to ‘War On Tamils’, killed over 40,000 Tamils last year.
    Grisly Photos Reveal Genocide by Sri Lankan Government Against Tamil People
    http://www.salem-news.com/articles/august072010/srilanka-violence-mv.php

  31. @Sri Lankan: Yawn. The 40,000 Tamil civilians killed is a tedious lie and remains a lie regardless of how many times its repeated.

    The war's over and no-one cares about your whining. Sri Lanka has a lot of work to do heal the wounds and re-build. If you're intent on re-starting the war inside Sri Lanka…. good luck. Your lifespan will be shorter than a May Fly.

    This lucky child soldier survived and has to now start a new life – an unimaginably difficult process.

    Susila, the youngest child of a family of four, was 15 when she was forcibly recruited by the LTTE in 2001. She was beaten and eventually forced into battle. She ran away from the LTTE six years later.

    Now 24, Susila is unemployed, surviving with help from her family in Kokkadicholai Village, Batticaloa District. She tries hard not to think about the war.

    "I thought I would die, especially after 2006 when fighting became really bad," she said. "Sometimes I wished I had simply died in fighting. The worst was the fear of pending death, rather than death itself."
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/11/wished_i_had_

  32. @Sri Lankan: Yawn. The 40,000 Tamil civilians killed is a tedious lie and remains a lie regardless of how many times its repeated.

    The war's over and no-one cares about your whining. Sri Lanka has a lot of work to do heal the wounds and re-build. If you're intent on re-starting the war inside Sri Lanka…. good luck. Your lifespan will be shorter than a May Fly.

    This lucky child soldier survived and has to now start a new life – an unimaginably difficult process.

    Susila, the youngest child of a family of four, was 15 when she was forcibly recruited by the LTTE in 2001. She was beaten and eventually forced into battle. She ran away from the LTTE six years later.

    Now 24, Susila is unemployed, surviving with help from her family in Kokkadicholai Village, Batticaloa District. She tries hard not to think about the war.

    "I thought I would die, especially after 2006 when fighting became really bad," she said. "Sometimes I wished I had simply died in fighting. The worst was the fear of pending death, rather than death itself."
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/11/wished_i_had_

  33. @Sri Lankan: Yawn. The 40,000 Tamil civilians killed is a tedious lie and remains a lie regardless of how many times its repeated.

    The war's over and no-one cares about your whining. Sri Lanka has a lot of work to do heal the wounds and re-build. If you're intent on re-starting the war inside Sri Lanka…. good luck. Your lifespan will be shorter than a May Fly.

    This lucky child soldier survived and has to now start a new life – an unimaginably difficult process.

    Susila, the youngest child of a family of four, was 15 when she was forcibly recruited by the LTTE in 2001. She was beaten and eventually forced into battle. She ran away from the LTTE six years later.

    Now 24, Susila is unemployed, surviving with help from her family in Kokkadicholai Village, Batticaloa District. She tries hard not to think about the war.

    "I thought I would die, especially after 2006 when fighting became really bad," she said. "Sometimes I wished I had simply died in fighting. The worst was the fear of pending death, rather than death itself."
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/11/wished_i_had_

  34. @Sri Lankan: Yawn. The 40,000 Tamil civilians killed is a tedious lie and remains a lie regardless of how many times its repeated.

    The war’s over and no-one cares about your whining. Sri Lanka has a lot of work to do heal the wounds and re-build. If you’re intent on re-starting the war inside Sri Lanka…. good luck. Your lifespan will be shorter than a May Fly.

    This lucky child soldier survived and has to now start a new life – an unimaginably difficult process.

    Susila, the youngest child of a family of four, was 15 when she was forcibly recruited by the LTTE in 2001. She was beaten and eventually forced into battle. She ran away from the LTTE six years later.

    Now 24, Susila is unemployed, surviving with help from her family in Kokkadicholai Village, Batticaloa District. She tries hard not to think about the war.

    “I thought I would die, especially after 2006 when fighting became really bad,” she said. “Sometimes I wished I had simply died in fighting. The worst was the fear of pending death, rather than death itself.”

    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/11/wished_i_had_simply_died_in_fi.html#more

  35. Mango Says: November 13th, 2010 at 4:57 am ,
    Sri Lanka massacred up to 40,000 Tamil civilians in 2009 http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    Sri Lanka's government is dominated by racist ideologues who promote the notion of the Sinhalese as a "chosen people." Government death squads have snatched thousands of people from the streets over the years. The country's highest court has explicitly rejected the role of international human rights instruments in Sri Lanka's affairs. And the government continues to deny that it killed civilians during the recent war, that there were battlefield executions, that it bombed hospitals, or that there is anything wrong with the sham democratic machinery of the state. The repressive creature of extreme nationalism is alive and well in Sri Lanka.
    http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/
    Some of the approximately 300 reports compiled by the State Department include allegations that government forces:

    •Attacked hospitals and other civilian institutions
    •Executed prisoners of war
    •Killed rebel soldiers who were trying to surrender
    •Secretly abducted and killed Tamil civilians, particularly children and young men
    •Failed to provide adequate food, water and medical supplies to people displaced by fighting

  36. US should provide war crimes evidence to UN Panel http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Pointing to the recent news stories on UN Sri Lanka Advisory Panel's willingness to review incriminating photographic evidence of graphic scenes with dead bodies blindfolded, hands bound and shot through the head, exposing alleged war crimes of Sri Lanka soldiers, Professor Boyle of University of Illinois, College of Law, said: "there is some precedent here in what happened to Milosevic. The Americans have all the intelligence the Tamils need.

    13.11.10 Demand US to provide war crimes evidence to UN Pan..
    21.09.10 Sri Lanka’s LLRC, a hoax – Vanni war victims
    19.09.10 ‘Elusive international justice snatches away desir..
    19.09.10 LTTE's Elilan surrendered to SLA on 18 May, wife t..
    18.09.10 Colombo bans BBC from covering LLRC hearings
    05.09.10 Sri Lanka stifles attempts to investigate war atro..
    11.08.10 Sri Lanka's Commission convenes as US calls for in..
    06.08.10 Sri Lanka's "Lessons Learnt" Commission to start s..
    20.06.10 Alston assails Sri Lanka's "Reconciliation" commis..
    19.06.10 Sri Lanka stands by its dud commission, UN interes..
    12.05.10 US welcomes Sri Lanka's dud commission
    09.05.10 Colombo adopts failed Sudanese ruse to deflect war..
    08.05.10 Game of smoke and mirrors, HRW blasts Sri Lanka's ..
    20.03.10 Prof. Boyle: PCIJ precedent brings GoSL's war-crim..
    19.03.10 Cutting UN ties will earn Sri Lanka rogue status, ..
    17.03.10 Expert panel for Sri Lanka will not infringe on so..
    13.03.10 Demand US to reveal more inculpatory war crimes ev..
    13.03.10 US rights report adds to Colombo's woes over war-c..
    11.03.10 UN investigation can serve as leverage to establis..
    09.03.10 Ban Ki Moon concerned over Sri Lanka's lack of pro..
    07.03.10 Time for International Criminal Tribunal on Sri La..
    06.03.10 Experts to advise Ban Ki Moon on Sri Lanka's alleg..
    05.02.10 Gotabhaya opens door for UN investigations of Sri ..
    04.02.10 Gotabhaya outbursts against UN, International inve..

  37. Mango Says: November 13th, 2010 at 4:57 am ,
    Sri Lanka massacred up to 40,000 Tamil civilians in 2009 http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    Sri Lanka's government is dominated by racist ideologues who promote the notion of the Sinhalese as a "chosen people." Government death squads have snatched thousands of people from the streets over the years. The country's highest court has explicitly rejected the role of international human rights instruments in Sri Lanka's affairs. And the government continues to deny that it killed civilians during the recent war, that there were battlefield executions, that it bombed hospitals, or that there is anything wrong with the sham democratic machinery of the state. The repressive creature of extreme nationalism is alive and well in Sri Lanka.
    http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/
    Some of the approximately 300 reports compiled by the State Department include allegations that government forces:

    •Attacked hospitals and other civilian institutions
    •Executed prisoners of war
    •Killed rebel soldiers who were trying to surrender
    •Secretly abducted and killed Tamil civilians, particularly children and young men
    •Failed to provide adequate food, water and medical supplies to people displaced by fighting

  38. Mango Says: November 13th, 2010 at 4:57 am ,
    Sri Lanka massacred up to 40,000 Tamil civilians in 2009 http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art
    Sri Lanka's government is dominated by racist ideologues who promote the notion of the Sinhalese as a "chosen people." Government death squads have snatched thousands of people from the streets over the years. The country's highest court has explicitly rejected the role of international human rights instruments in Sri Lanka's affairs. And the government continues to deny that it killed civilians during the recent war, that there were battlefield executions, that it bombed hospitals, or that there is anything wrong with the sham democratic machinery of the state. The repressive creature of extreme nationalism is alive and well in Sri Lanka.
    http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/
    Some of the approximately 300 reports compiled by the State Department include allegations that government forces:

    •Attacked hospitals and other civilian institutions
    •Executed prisoners of war
    •Killed rebel soldiers who were trying to surrender
    •Secretly abducted and killed Tamil civilians, particularly children and young men
    •Failed to provide adequate food, water and medical supplies to people displaced by fighting

  39. US should provide war crimes evidence to UN Panel http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Pointing to the recent news stories on UN Sri Lanka Advisory Panel's willingness to review incriminating photographic evidence of graphic scenes with dead bodies blindfolded, hands bound and shot through the head, exposing alleged war crimes of Sri Lanka soldiers, Professor Boyle of University of Illinois, College of Law, said: "there is some precedent here in what happened to Milosevic. The Americans have all the intelligence the Tamils need.

    13.11.10 Demand US to provide war crimes evidence to UN Pan..
    21.09.10 Sri Lanka’s LLRC, a hoax – Vanni war victims
    19.09.10 ‘Elusive international justice snatches away desir..
    19.09.10 LTTE's Elilan surrendered to SLA on 18 May, wife t..
    18.09.10 Colombo bans BBC from covering LLRC hearings
    05.09.10 Sri Lanka stifles attempts to investigate war atro..
    11.08.10 Sri Lanka's Commission convenes as US calls for in..
    06.08.10 Sri Lanka's "Lessons Learnt" Commission to start s..
    20.06.10 Alston assails Sri Lanka's "Reconciliation" commis..
    19.06.10 Sri Lanka stands by its dud commission, UN interes..
    12.05.10 US welcomes Sri Lanka's dud commission
    09.05.10 Colombo adopts failed Sudanese ruse to deflect war..
    08.05.10 Game of smoke and mirrors, HRW blasts Sri Lanka's ..
    20.03.10 Prof. Boyle: PCIJ precedent brings GoSL's war-crim..
    19.03.10 Cutting UN ties will earn Sri Lanka rogue status, ..
    17.03.10 Expert panel for Sri Lanka will not infringe on so..
    13.03.10 Demand US to reveal more inculpatory war crimes ev..
    13.03.10 US rights report adds to Colombo's woes over war-c..
    11.03.10 UN investigation can serve as leverage to establis..
    09.03.10 Ban Ki Moon concerned over Sri Lanka's lack of pro..
    07.03.10 Time for International Criminal Tribunal on Sri La..
    06.03.10 Experts to advise Ban Ki Moon on Sri Lanka's alleg..
    05.02.10 Gotabhaya opens door for UN investigations of Sri ..
    04.02.10 Gotabhaya outbursts against UN, International inve..

  40. US should provide war crimes evidence to UN Panel http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Pointing to the recent news stories on UN Sri Lanka Advisory Panel's willingness to review incriminating photographic evidence of graphic scenes with dead bodies blindfolded, hands bound and shot through the head, exposing alleged war crimes of Sri Lanka soldiers, Professor Boyle of University of Illinois, College of Law, said: "there is some precedent here in what happened to Milosevic. The Americans have all the intelligence the Tamils need.

    13.11.10 Demand US to provide war crimes evidence to UN Pan..
    21.09.10 Sri Lanka’s LLRC, a hoax – Vanni war victims
    19.09.10 ‘Elusive international justice snatches away desir..
    19.09.10 LTTE's Elilan surrendered to SLA on 18 May, wife t..
    18.09.10 Colombo bans BBC from covering LLRC hearings
    05.09.10 Sri Lanka stifles attempts to investigate war atro..
    11.08.10 Sri Lanka's Commission convenes as US calls for in..
    06.08.10 Sri Lanka's "Lessons Learnt" Commission to start s..
    20.06.10 Alston assails Sri Lanka's "Reconciliation" commis..
    19.06.10 Sri Lanka stands by its dud commission, UN interes..
    12.05.10 US welcomes Sri Lanka's dud commission
    09.05.10 Colombo adopts failed Sudanese ruse to deflect war..
    08.05.10 Game of smoke and mirrors, HRW blasts Sri Lanka's ..
    20.03.10 Prof. Boyle: PCIJ precedent brings GoSL's war-crim..
    19.03.10 Cutting UN ties will earn Sri Lanka rogue status, ..
    17.03.10 Expert panel for Sri Lanka will not infringe on so..
    13.03.10 Demand US to reveal more inculpatory war crimes ev..
    13.03.10 US rights report adds to Colombo's woes over war-c..
    11.03.10 UN investigation can serve as leverage to establis..
    09.03.10 Ban Ki Moon concerned over Sri Lanka's lack of pro..
    07.03.10 Time for International Criminal Tribunal on Sri La..
    06.03.10 Experts to advise Ban Ki Moon on Sri Lanka's alleg..
    05.02.10 Gotabhaya opens door for UN investigations of Sri ..
    04.02.10 Gotabhaya outbursts against UN, International inve..

  41. Mango Says: November 13th, 2010 at 4:57 am ,
    Sri Lanka massacred up to 40,000 Tamil civilians in 2009
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31186
    Sri Lanka’s government is dominated by racist ideologues who promote the notion of the Sinhalese as a “chosen people.” Government death squads have snatched thousands of people from the streets over the years. The country’s highest court has explicitly rejected the role of international human rights instruments in Sri Lanka’s affairs. And the government continues to deny that it killed civilians during the recent war, that there were battlefield executions, that it bombed hospitals, or that there is anything wrong with the sham democratic machinery of the state. The repressive creature of extreme nationalism is alive and well in Sri Lanka.

    http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100813/bc_sri_lanka_backgrounder_100813/20100813?hub=BritishColumbiaHome
    Some of the approximately 300 reports compiled by the State Department include allegations that government forces:

    •Attacked hospitals and other civilian institutions
    •Executed prisoners of war
    •Killed rebel soldiers who were trying to surrender
    •Secretly abducted and killed Tamil civilians, particularly children and young men
    •Failed to provide adequate food, water and medical supplies to people displaced by fighting

  42. US should provide war crimes evidence to UN Panel
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=33005

    Pointing to the recent news stories on UN Sri Lanka Advisory Panel’s willingness to review incriminating photographic evidence of graphic scenes with dead bodies blindfolded, hands bound and shot through the head, exposing alleged war crimes of Sri Lanka soldiers, Professor Boyle of University of Illinois, College of Law, said: “there is some precedent here in what happened to Milosevic. The Americans have all the intelligence the Tamils need.

    13.11.10 Demand US to provide war crimes evidence to UN Pan..
    21.09.10 Sri Lanka’s LLRC, a hoax – Vanni war victims
    19.09.10 ‘Elusive international justice snatches away desir..
    19.09.10 LTTE’s Elilan surrendered to SLA on 18 May, wife t..
    18.09.10 Colombo bans BBC from covering LLRC hearings
    05.09.10 Sri Lanka stifles attempts to investigate war atro..
    11.08.10 Sri Lanka’s Commission convenes as US calls for in..
    06.08.10 Sri Lanka’s “Lessons Learnt” Commission to start s..
    20.06.10 Alston assails Sri Lanka’s “Reconciliation” commis..
    19.06.10 Sri Lanka stands by its dud commission, UN interes..
    12.05.10 US welcomes Sri Lanka’s dud commission
    09.05.10 Colombo adopts failed Sudanese ruse to deflect war..
    08.05.10 Game of smoke and mirrors, HRW blasts Sri Lanka’s ..
    20.03.10 Prof. Boyle: PCIJ precedent brings GoSL’s war-crim..
    19.03.10 Cutting UN ties will earn Sri Lanka rogue status, ..
    17.03.10 Expert panel for Sri Lanka will not infringe on so..
    13.03.10 Demand US to reveal more inculpatory war crimes ev..
    13.03.10 US rights report adds to Colombo’s woes over war-c..
    11.03.10 UN investigation can serve as leverage to establis..
    09.03.10 Ban Ki Moon concerned over Sri Lanka’s lack of pro..
    07.03.10 Time for International Criminal Tribunal on Sri La..
    06.03.10 Experts to advise Ban Ki Moon on Sri Lanka’s alleg..
    05.02.10 Gotabhaya opens door for UN investigations of Sri ..
    04.02.10 Gotabhaya outbursts against UN, International inve..

  43. @ Sri Lanka: here are some dates and events you can memorise and remember

    19.05.10 Had delicious roast pork barbecue a-la Nanthikadal lagoon style (VP killed)
    22.07.09 Watched "Monsoon Genocide", The Musical
    27.03.10 Took part in 'Language Genocide' at Eelam Fantasy Elections – 'Eelam's Got Talent'
    14.05.10 Committed 'Cultural genocide' and drank Lion Lager
    18.05.10 Went to a 'Wedding Genocide' party with ex-LTTE cadres. Had pittu.

    etc.. etc..

    No-one cares about your tedious list..

  44. @ Sri Lanka: here are some dates and events you can memorise and remember

    19.05.10 Had delicious roast pork barbecue a-la Nanthikadal lagoon style (VP killed)
    22.07.09 Watched “Monsoon Genocide”, The Musical
    27.03.10 Took part in ‘Language Genocide’ at Eelam Fantasy Elections – ‘Eelam’s Got Talent’
    14.05.10 Committed ‘Cultural genocide’ and drank Lion Lager
    18.05.10 Went to a ‘Wedding Genocide’ party with ex-LTTE cadres. Had pittu.

    etc.. etc..

    No-one cares about your tedious list..

  45. Mango Says:November 14th, 2010 at 12:10 pm, No-one cares about your tedious list..

    As long as the government is successful in covering up the atrocities and mass graves, they can pretend to be happy. But, you can read their faces, they are worried that the truth might come out one day and they may be held responsible for the massacres. Tamils are sad that their sacrifices have gone in vain because the whole world was naive to believe the government and watched in silence the carnage and burial of 40,000 which are still unaccounted for.
    People's Tribunal on Sri Lanka http://www.ifpsl.org/images/files/peoples_tribuna

    No one ready to see innocent Tamil community that is slowly being wiped out from Sri Lanka. “Killings of Tamils” started after Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948 and this will continue till the government of Sri Lanka come up with a constructive plan to address the grievances of the Tamil community in this island.
    Birth of the Tamil armed resistance in response to 25 years of State Terrorism
    25 years denial of legitimate Tamil grievances Discriminatory and oppressive policies of the Sinhala regime Broken promises of successive governments
    Recurrent and state sanctioned mob Violence Use of state armed violence against non-violent protests.
    The Tamil youth loose faith in passive means to win their rights.
    1976 The Tamil Armed Resistance Movement started.

    Srilanka: If this isn't GENOCIDE, WAR CRIME, Then What on Earth is? http://www.change.org/petitions/view/srilanka_if_

  46. Mango Says:November 14th, 2010 at 12:10 pm, No-one cares about your tedious list..

    As long as the government is successful in covering up the atrocities and mass graves, they can pretend to be happy. But, you can read their faces, they are worried that the truth might come out one day and they may be held responsible for the massacres. Tamils are sad that their sacrifices have gone in vain because the whole world was naive to believe the government and watched in silence the carnage and burial of 40,000 which are still unaccounted for.
    People's Tribunal on Sri Lanka http://www.ifpsl.org/images/files/peoples_tribuna

    No one ready to see innocent Tamil community that is slowly being wiped out from Sri Lanka. “Killings of Tamils” started after Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948 and this will continue till the government of Sri Lanka come up with a constructive plan to address the grievances of the Tamil community in this island.
    Birth of the Tamil armed resistance in response to 25 years of State Terrorism
    25 years denial of legitimate Tamil grievances Discriminatory and oppressive policies of the Sinhala regime Broken promises of successive governments
    Recurrent and state sanctioned mob Violence Use of state armed violence against non-violent protests.
    The Tamil youth loose faith in passive means to win their rights.
    1976 The Tamil Armed Resistance Movement started.

    Srilanka: If this isn't GENOCIDE, WAR CRIME, Then What on Earth is? http://www.change.org/petitions/view/srilanka_if_

  47. Mango Says:November 14th, 2010 at 12:10 pm, No-one cares about your tedious list..

    As long as the government is successful in covering up the atrocities and mass graves, they can pretend to be happy. But, you can read their faces, they are worried that the truth might come out one day and they may be held responsible for the massacres. Tamils are sad that their sacrifices have gone in vain because the whole world was naive to believe the government and watched in silence the carnage and burial of 40,000 which are still unaccounted for.
    People's Tribunal on Sri Lanka http://www.ifpsl.org/images/files/peoples_tribuna

    No one ready to see innocent Tamil community that is slowly being wiped out from Sri Lanka. “Killings of Tamils” started after Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948 and this will continue till the government of Sri Lanka come up with a constructive plan to address the grievances of the Tamil community in this island.
    Birth of the Tamil armed resistance in response to 25 years of State Terrorism
    25 years denial of legitimate Tamil grievances Discriminatory and oppressive policies of the Sinhala regime Broken promises of successive governments
    Recurrent and state sanctioned mob Violence Use of state armed violence against non-violent protests.
    The Tamil youth loose faith in passive means to win their rights.
    1976 The Tamil Armed Resistance Movement started.

    Srilanka: If this isn't GENOCIDE, WAR CRIME, Then What on Earth is? http://www.change.org/petitions/view/srilanka_if_

  48. Mango Says:November 14th, 2010 at 12:10 pm, No-one cares about your tedious list..

    As long as the government is successful in covering up the atrocities and mass graves, they can pretend to be happy. But, you can read their faces, they are worried that the truth might come out one day and they may be held responsible for the massacres. Tamils are sad that their sacrifices have gone in vain because the whole world was naive to believe the government and watched in silence the carnage and burial of 40,000 which are still unaccounted for.
    People’s Tribunal on Sri Lanka
    http://www.ifpsl.org/images/files/peoples_tribunal_on_srilanka.pdf

    No one ready to see innocent Tamil community that is slowly being wiped out from Sri Lanka. “Killings of Tamils” started after Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948 and this will continue till the government of Sri Lanka come up with a constructive plan to address the grievances of the Tamil community in this island.
    Birth of the Tamil armed resistance in response to 25 years of State Terrorism
    25 years denial of legitimate Tamil grievances Discriminatory and oppressive policies of the Sinhala regime Broken promises of successive governments
    Recurrent and state sanctioned mob Violence Use of state armed violence against non-violent protests.
    The Tamil youth loose faith in passive means to win their rights.
    1976 The Tamil Armed Resistance Movement started.

    Srilanka: If this isn’t GENOCIDE, WAR CRIME, Then What on Earth is?
    http://www.change.org/petitions/view/srilanka_if_this_isnt_genocide_war_crime_then_what_on_earth_is