Lessons Learnt (or not) in Sri Lanka

This post is part of our Sri Lanka’s visit to the U.S. Series.

This post was contributed by M.C.M Iqbal, two-time Secretary to Presidential Commissions of Inquiry into Disappearances.

M.C.M Iqbal, two-time Secretary to Presidential Commissions of Inquiry into Disappearances.

I have served two Presidential Commissions appointed by the Sri Lankan government to look into very serious human rights violations – including tens of thousands of enforced disappearances and massacres of civilians by state forces.  And I can attest to the fact that none of their findings or recommendations were taken seriously by the Sri Lankan authorities.  Their detailed conclusions and recommendations aimed at securing justice and redress for victims and their families have never been implemented and their inquiries had no deterrent effect on future violations.

The Sri Lankan government has just appointed the latest in a long line of these Presidential Commissions.  This one is on ‘Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation’ to look into the armed conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that ended last year. This cynical gesture – vague in its particulars and bound to failure — in no way substitutes for an independent international investigation by the United Nations into allegations of war crimes committed in Sri Lanka.

Abductions, illegal arrests and detentions, kidnappings, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances (many politically motivated or committed in the context of supposed anti-terror operations) continue in Sri Lanka. Police blame ‘unknown persons’ for these incidents and rarely investigate. Torture in custody is almost the norm. When deaths in custody occur police often claim the victim was shot while trying to escape.

Domestic Commissions of Inquiry have failed to prosecute more than a handful of perpetrators in the security forces despite the fact hundreds of officers have been named in reports. This failure to challenge a culture of impunity gives the security forces carte blanche to continue to carry out violations.

Periodically the world wakes up and takes notice of Sri Lanka’s terrible human rights record, as it did briefly last May when the Sri Lankan government sacrificed the lives of thousands of innocent civilians and maimed thousands of others in its efforts to wipe out the LTTE. The government is accused of ignoring several international conventions relating to the conduct of war. Only an independent body can confirm the facts.

Sri Lanka appoints Presidential Commissions of Inquiry only when the government is under extreme diplomatic pressure for violating the rights of its citizens.  These may serve to temporarily derail international criticism, but nobody in Sri Lanka is really fooled by such dubious tactics.  We all know these Commissions are only window dressing.

That doesn’t mean the utter failure of Sri Lanka’s justice system doesn’t rankle.  I wish our justice system worked as it should and that we could rely on domestic institutions to protect our rights.  But we cannot, and the magnitude of the crimes that have been committed demand an international response.

Only a credible independent international body appointed by the United Nations  to inquire and investigate into what happened prior to, during and after the end of the conflict in May 2009  would bring to light the atrocities committed by the State and other parties concerned in the conduct of the  war.

No Commission appointed by the President is going to turn around and point fingers at its creator and say “you have violated international conventions in fighting the war; you are responsible killing a large number of civilians”.  If the President expects the Commission he has just appointed to be just and fair in the conduct of its inquiries, and expects the people and the international community to believe him, he certainly is naïve indeed.

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738 thoughts on “Lessons Learnt (or not) in Sri Lanka

  1. Sri Lanka’s military massacred as many as 40,000 Tamil civilians in the final onslaught against the Liberation Tigers in 2009

    “They were within range of all the armaments that were being
    used, small and large, being used to smash the Tamil Tiger lines
    … the end result was that many thousands lost their lives.”

    At the same time, the Srilankan government was miss-leading the
    world that they are not killing Tamil civilians

    Everyone, including UN failed in their duties in terms of protecting innocent Tamils.

    Who will take action now?

    Will we get those innocent lives back?

    • Oh really? Tamil tigers killed more than 400,000 and every Tamil guy in Colombo knew about bombing prior.

  2. Yet another distracting technique to avoid the issue on hand.

    Why is it that whenever the topic of an independent international investigation into violations of international humanitarian law during the Sri Lankan civil war on this fine forum is brought to attention, narrow minded people choose to dig up the past.

    Just because the USA and UK may have causing civilian deaths elsewhere, does not justify the brutal actions of the Sri Lankan Army ( SLA).

    Although many terrible things have happened in the past, there is no justification for the atrocious treatment of the innocent Tamil civilians

  3. 1600 political prisoners arrested on suspicion under Emergency Regulations (ER) and Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), languishing in various prisons in Sri Lanka for several years without being produced in the courts.

    Recently, some political prisoners 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 response the Sri Lankan Government brutally put down the hunger striking detainees.

    They were severely assaulted some of them had sustained injuries in the episode

  4. The Tamils of Sri Lanka have been suffering the disease of oppression from historical times and at times the SYMPTOMS OF THE DISEASE take such severe form causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of individuals of the community. We are thankful to the AI for sympathizing with the symptoms of the disease and even advocating the removal of the symptoms and at the same time also hurt that the disease causing the symptoms is not understood. I am only reminded of a discussion with a famous western cardiologist about 10 years ago, when he said: “In allopathy, we only treat the symptoms and we have no time to treat the disease” after giving more possible insight to the disease than others. As the symptoms were expressions of pain, I agreed for the symptoms to be treated. I suppose we Tamils have to take the same attitude and welcome the AI effort to get rid of the symptom representing the sufferings of the Sri Lankan Tamils at this point in time though I would like to point out that remarks like “Elara a Tamil usurper from India” are not facts of history but a result of sustained propaganda by the MYTH called Mahavansa mindset. Equally “Banning of the LTTE” by 30 of the 200 countries in the world is based on this approach of curing the symptoms and not the disease and end up confusing the symptoms as the disease itself. This is how I understand the Western mindset which said: “Finish the LTTE and the problem will be solved” and hopefully the near future will prove that this perception was wrong. THE CHAUVINIST SINHALA BUDDHIST GOVERNMEENT capitalized on this conceptual miscarriage as they thought “Finishing the LTTE will help them very much in completing the GENOCIDE OF TAMILS” which they were doing very successfully IN THE PRE LTTE PERIOD after they gained independence. For the Chauvinists POST LTTE is same as PRE LTTE. Though we cannot expect the world to know our history, we need to point out the agenda of the Chauvinists in recruiting another 100000 soldiers after defeating the LTTE. What the Chauvinists are saying is that they are keen to complete the Genocide of Tamils and for that purpose branding all Tamils as LTTE. If the world does not like armed resistance, we welcome that if the world can stop armed oppression”. Further the world should understand is that THE TAMILS ONLY ASK FOR THE RIGHT TO LIVE AS A NATION IN THEIR HOMELAND and do not say that the Sinhalese should jump into the sea UNLIKE the Sinhalese who wants the Tamils to leave Sri Lanka or be slaves. The world has to decide whether the Tamil Cause is right or not and implement if right. This space is not enough to discuss HISTORY but the CLEGHORN MINUTE of June 1799. A HISTORICAL RECORD OF HISTORY cannot be erased by SYMBOLS PLANTED DURING PERIODS OF OCCUPATION OF THE TAMIL HOMELAND.

  5. Thank you Amnesty International, for giving voice to the voiceless Tamils of Sri Lanka.

  6. Aja,

    A good point you have,but you conveniently forget the fact that it is the LTTE who took the civilians with them as they retreated in the face of the advancing Army.It's the LTTE who shot the civilians who tried to escape in to the government controllrd areas.And it is no secret that the civilians thus shot by the LTTE were allowed to suffer to death and photographed by the LTTE and posted on the wab as "victims of Sri Lankan Army shooting"!

    Mahawansa may be a myth to you,like it was to your late leader,but it is a standard hitorical source to many international hostorians as well and it is acclaimed to be the only written account of any country's history.Many chroniclers over a period of 2000years contributed to it and the facts in it can be verified by other historical artifacts such as stone inscriptions.I won't be surprised if people like Aje say that the stone inscriptions are "the work of" "Sinhalese chauvinists" or Rajapakse Government"!

    If you consider Mahawansa to be a myth then you can consider all the histories in all other countries which are unrecorded as myths as well!

    There may be some accounts in Mahawansa that are biased towards certain kings and blown out of proportion.And sometimes a hint of supernatural is given by some chroniclers,but by and large Mahawansa can be considered a unique and significant historical source.

    Yes,the Tamils don't ask the Sinhalese to jump into the sea,but at the same time we can't accept your "homeland" concept because it doesn't define the "homelands" of the Sinhalese or the Muslims.If we concede to your seemingly innocent "Tamil Homeland "concept it will be a good pretext for any future Tamil militant party to evict the Sinhalese and the Muslims out of their "homeland"-as once happened when the LTTE butchered and chased out 300,000 Muslims from Jaffna.

  7. Sri Lanka’s military massacred as many as 40,000 Tamil civilians in the final onslaught against the Liberation Tigers in 2009

    “They were within range of all the armaments that were being
    used, small and large, being used to smash the Tamil Tiger lines
    … the end result was that many thousands lost their lives.”

    At the same time, the Srilankan government was miss-leading the
    world that they are not killing Tamil civilians

    Everyone, including UN failed in their duties in terms of protecting innocent Tamils.

    Who will take action now?

    Will we get those innocent lives back?

  8. One simple thing i want to ask from Mr Moon and all these human right experts, Do you all wants to see the continuing killing, bombing and continuing suffering of all Sri Lankans..Tamils Sinhalese and Muslims by way of so called ‘accepted universal norms’ I have very simple 3 points to say..
    1st , ok..what would have happened if the government stopped the war at the last phase as per the advice given by our Honorable Miliband, Mr Moon and so called universal peace lovers. LTTE top brass would have escaped, government would have been forced to start so called Peace talk , allowing them to regroup and hit back. Did any of these universal peace lovers forced the LTTE to be honest with seeking a peaceful solution. Had the government stopped the war at that time, how many lives would have been killed till now and so on for years ahead since last May and then will theses so called pace brokers or Mr Moon take the responsibility or so called accountability for these lost or loosing lives.
    2nd thing, ok, lets think that , as Mr Moon has being saying , and all our universal peace lovers have being saying, , the government, will accept the Moon commission , let these foreign expert panel to come to Sri Lanka, go through all our defense /military fills, records , squeeze the computers in NIB / Army/ Navy/Air force head quarters, questioned our military top brass – and we have no drought e that Mr Moon could have done the same in USA in Pentagon too, if he wish to do so to find what happened in Iraq or Afghanistan or in Lebanon – and finally lets assumed that this commission recommend that half of Sri Lankan Military to be punished ( may be a death penalty) and may be half of the Political leadership and government officials to send to jail. Ok .. ok.. we .. we will implement that.. NOW …?? Will Mr Moon can sleep well with the so called universal peace lovers..and will they happy .. .. but WHATs then..?? .. will there be peace in Sri Lanka.. Will the Tamils get any relief.. will the problem over… will it..?? Mr. Moon.. ?? HRW..??, ICG…? No.. will your job over ..?? No .. No … then Mr Moon has to appoint another commission to demarcate boundaries of the so called ‘Tamil Elam’ and may be another commission to advice the Indian government 'how to leave the Tamil Nadu be part of ‘Tamil Elam’…, is that the mandate you have been given Mr Moon…??

    3rd point, the armed conflict in Sri Lanka is not really a result of domestic politics, if some one honestly look in to 1970s , the arm conflict in Sri Lanka was a result of international politics, strait forwardly, it was India, or the RAW, who created arm groups and initiated hostilities against the Government, may be that was because of bad diplomatic practice by then President Jayawardena. Tamil Diaspora or so called universal peace lovers eagerly talk, write about the 83’ black July and blame the mass Singhalese, ( it is true and nobody would justify that) but what was the reason for the incident, for the first time in the history killing of a bulk of Army soldiers, the attackers and their forefathers knew about the repercussion and that was the exactly they wanted to do. Government had to take measures – as many other governments have being doing in other parts of world, including in Mr Moons native country- to keep the stability against brutal armed groups and , it is true , innocent people may have suffered immensely in between, but can a government let the majority, I mean Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims to be perished on the hands of brutal armed groups continuously. So my point is that once India did it and now, after 30 years ,it has been averted with a huge cost and normalcy is being reached, but now , are some western countries or Mr Moon trying to start from the point where India stopped, leading the wound spread and keep the country disabled….???
    ICG.. HRW..AI… please Be honest.. Mr Moon.. please think as a world leader, if you are angered with the Sri Lankan government for not listening to your advice, don’t make it personalized, please let this small island to return back with its dignity, we will do it, but we need small favor, Mr. Moon.. ICG.. HRW..AI.. we need you to be realistic and patient and fair, that’s ALL .

  9. Yet another distracting technique to avoid the issue on hand.

    Why is it that whenever the topic of an independent international investigation into violations of international humanitarian law during the Sri Lankan civil war on this fine forum is brought to attention, narrow minded people choose to dig up the past.

    Just because the USA and UK may have causing civilian deaths elsewhere, does not justify the brutal actions of the Sri Lankan Army ( SLA).

    Although many terrible things have happened in the past, there is no justification for the atrocious treatment of the innocent Tamil civilians

  10. 1600 political prisoners arrested on suspicion under Emergency Regulations (ER) and Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), languishing in various prisons in Sri Lanka for several years without being produced in the courts.

    Recently, some political prisoners 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 response the Sri Lankan Government brutally put down the hunger striking detainees.

    They were severely assaulted some of them had sustained injuries in the episode

  11. The Tamils of Sri Lanka have been suffering the disease of oppression from historical times and at times the SYMPTOMS OF THE DISEASE take such severe form causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of individuals of the community. We are thankful to the AI for sympathizing with the symptoms of the disease and even advocating the removal of the symptoms and at the same time also hurt that the disease causing the symptoms is not understood. I am only reminded of a discussion with a famous western cardiologist about 10 years ago, when he said: “In allopathy, we only treat the symptoms and we have no time to treat the disease” after giving more possible insight to the disease than others. As the symptoms were expressions of pain, I agreed for the symptoms to be treated. I suppose we Tamils have to take the same attitude and welcome the AI effort to get rid of the symptom representing the sufferings of the Sri Lankan Tamils at this point in time though I would like to point out that remarks like “Elara a Tamil usurper from India” are not facts of history but a result of sustained propaganda by the MYTH called Mahavansa mindset. Equally “Banning of the LTTE” by 30 of the 200 countries in the world is based on this approach of curing the symptoms and not the disease and end up confusing the symptoms as the disease itself. This is how I understand the Western mindset which said: “Finish the LTTE and the problem will be solved” and hopefully the near future will prove that this perception was wrong. THE CHAUVINIST SINHALA BUDDHIST GOVERNMEENT capitalized on this conceptual miscarriage as they thought “Finishing the LTTE will help them very much in completing the GENOCIDE OF TAMILS” which they were doing very successfully IN THE PRE LTTE PERIOD after they gained independence. For the Chauvinists POST LTTE is same as PRE LTTE. Though we cannot expect the world to know our history, we need to point out the agenda of the Chauvinists in recruiting another 100000 soldiers after defeating the LTTE. What the Chauvinists are saying is that they are keen to complete the Genocide of Tamils and for that purpose branding all Tamils as LTTE. If the world does not like armed resistance, we welcome that if the world can stop armed oppression”. Further the world should understand is that THE TAMILS ONLY ASK FOR THE RIGHT TO LIVE AS A NATION IN THEIR HOMELAND and do not say that the Sinhalese should jump into the sea UNLIKE the Sinhalese who wants the Tamils to leave Sri Lanka or be slaves. The world has to decide whether the Tamil Cause is right or not and implement if right. This space is not enough to discuss HISTORY but the CLEGHORN MINUTE of June 1799. A HISTORICAL RECORD OF HISTORY cannot be erased by SYMBOLS PLANTED DURING PERIODS OF OCCUPATION OF THE TAMIL HOMELAND.

  12. Records of persons fleeing Vanni destroyed by Special Action Committee of Basil Rajapakse
    [TamilNet, Saturday, 29 May 2010, 19:51 GMT]
    The Special Action Committee (SAC) of Basil Rajapakse, the brother of President Mahinda Rajapakse, the present Sri Lankan Economic Development Minister and the former senior advisor to the President during the war on Vanni, had ordered the records of all persons who fled Vanni at the end of the war to be destroyed so as to conceal the recorded particulars of more than 17,000 persons who were suspected as Liberation Tigers and who had later disappeared without any trace, an official of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Resettlement (MDMRS) said. Rizard Badudin who was then the minister of the above ministry is alleged to have functioned as a puppet in the hands of Basil Rajapakse in destroying the records, sources close to MDMRS officials who had recorded the details of persons fleeing Vanni said.

  13. The interantional community failed to save the thousands of Tamils, although thousands of Tamils diaspora stood and begged the international community for days and nights.

    UN failed to do its duty instead, complicited in warcrimes by helping Sri Lanka. Who will police UN? Tamils derserve justice and Tamils community must be allow live with dignity and secure their culture and lives. Only way is to conduct an independent enquiry and conduct a UN supervised in Tamil land and seperate from the Nazi Sinhala Sri Lanka as it was before the arrival of British.

    In 1972 the Singhalese lawfully abolished the Soulbury Constitution (under which Ceylon was granted independence in 1948). But they failed to legitimise the new draft constitutions (in 1972 and 1977) by referendums. These drafts were produced by Singhala MPs but they were not approved by Tamil MPs, so they are not even approved drafts. So the island of Ceylon has had no constitution since 1972 and the Singhalese have been working to documents which have no legal status, they are rubbish!

    Whilst the island of Ceylon was under no constitution, the Tamils, in 1977, voted for separation and independence. The Sri Lankan National Assembly has no power to override this decision because it is not a sovereign body (see paragraph 3 above).

    The next logical step for the Tamils should have been a referendum, restricted to the Tamils, on independence. This was not in fact necessary because of 1 above, ie Tamil Eelam was never a constituent part of Singhala Sri Lanka. Besides, in the 1977 general election ALL 18 Tamil constituencies voted for independence, which was effectively a referendum giving the consent of the Tamils authorising separation and independence.

    Power and Authority

    Authority is power exercised with general approval of the people, say, following a general election. Power is getting things done by people even if they do not wish to obey. People submit to authority because they accept its legitimacy, to power out of fear for the consequences of not so doing. A government needs both authority and power. The invading forces in Eelam have power but no authority. A government in exile may have the authority but no power. In diplomacy a legitimate government which has authority is called ‘de jure’ government. A government that does not have authority but is nonetheless effectively in control is called a ‘de facto’ government.

    North-East Merger

    In the joint Northern-Eastern provincial council election held in November 1988, in the Eastern province the Tamils won 17 seats and the Tamil Muslims won 17 seats. The Singhalese won just one seat. The provincial council election was for the merger of the Northern and Eastern provinces. The merger was to be confirmed by a referendum but it was never held as it was not considered necessary due to the overwhelming Tamil victory. The people in the Eastern province exercised their sovereign authority and voted for the merger. The Colombo government has no authority to de-merge east from the north, neither does the unelected judiciary from Singhala Sri-Lanka.

  14. Thank you Amnesty International, for giving voice to the voiceless Tamils of Sri Lanka.

  15. Aja,

    A good point you have,but you conveniently forget the fact that it is the LTTE who took the civilians with them as they retreated in the face of the advancing Army.It’s the LTTE who shot the civilians who tried to escape in to the government controllrd areas.And it is no secret that the civilians thus shot by the LTTE were allowed to suffer to death and photographed by the LTTE and posted on the wab as “victims of Sri Lankan Army shooting”!

    Mahawansa may be a myth to you,like it was to your late leader,but it is a standard hitorical source to many international hostorians as well and it is acclaimed to be the only written account of any country’s history.Many chroniclers over a period of 2000years contributed to it and the facts in it can be verified by other historical artifacts such as stone inscriptions.I won’t be surprised if people like Aje say that the stone inscriptions are “the work of” “Sinhalese chauvinists” or Rajapakse Government”!

    If you consider Mahawansa to be a myth then you can consider all the histories in all other countries which are unrecorded as myths as well!

    There may be some accounts in Mahawansa that are biased towards certain kings and blown out of proportion.And sometimes a hint of supernatural is given by some chroniclers,but by and large Mahawansa can be considered a unique and significant historical source.

    Yes,the Tamils don’t ask the Sinhalese to jump into the sea,but at the same time we can’t accept your “homeland” concept because it doesn’t define the “homelands” of the Sinhalese or the Muslims.If we concede to your seemingly innocent “Tamil Homeland “concept it will be a good pretext for any future Tamil militant party to evict the Sinhalese and the Muslims out of their “homeland”-as once happened when the LTTE butchered and chased out 300,000 Muslims from Jaffna.

  16. One simple thing i want to ask from Mr Moon and all these human right experts, Do you all wants to see the continuing killing, bombing and continuing suffering of all Sri Lankans..Tamils Sinhalese and Muslims by way of so called ‘accepted universal norms’ I have very simple 3 points to say..
    1st , ok..what would have happened if the government stopped the war at the last phase as per the advice given by our Honorable Miliband, Mr Moon and so called universal peace lovers. LTTE top brass would have escaped, government would have been forced to start so called Peace talk , allowing them to regroup and hit back. Did any of these universal peace lovers forced the LTTE to be honest with seeking a peaceful solution. Had the government stopped the war at that time, how many lives would have been killed till now and so on for years ahead since last May and then will theses so called pace brokers or Mr Moon take the responsibility or so called accountability for these lost or loosing lives.
    2nd thing, ok, lets think that , as Mr Moon has being saying , and all our universal peace lovers have being saying, , the government, will accept the Moon commission , let these foreign expert panel to come to Sri Lanka, go through all our defense /military fills, records , squeeze the computers in NIB / Army/ Navy/Air force head quarters, questioned our military top brass – and we have no drought e that Mr Moon could have done the same in USA in Pentagon too, if he wish to do so to find what happened in Iraq or Afghanistan or in Lebanon – and finally lets assumed that this commission recommend that half of Sri Lankan Military to be punished ( may be a death penalty) and may be half of the Political leadership and government officials to send to jail. Ok .. ok.. we .. we will implement that.. NOW …?? Will Mr Moon can sleep well with the so called universal peace lovers..and will they happy .. .. but WHATs then..?? .. will there be peace in Sri Lanka.. Will the Tamils get any relief.. will the problem over… will it..?? Mr. Moon.. ?? HRW..??, ICG…? No.. will your job over ..?? No .. No … then Mr Moon has to appoint another commission to demarcate boundaries of the so called ‘Tamil Elam’ and may be another commission to advice the Indian government ‘how to leave the Tamil Nadu be part of ‘Tamil Elam’…, is that the mandate you have been given Mr Moon…??

    3rd point, the armed conflict in Sri Lanka is not really a result of domestic politics, if some one honestly look in to 1970s , the arm conflict in Sri Lanka was a result of international politics, strait forwardly, it was India, or the RAW, who created arm groups and initiated hostilities against the Government, may be that was because of bad diplomatic practice by then President Jayawardena. Tamil Diaspora or so called universal peace lovers eagerly talk, write about the 83’ black July and blame the mass Singhalese, ( it is true and nobody would justify that) but what was the reason for the incident, for the first time in the history killing of a bulk of Army soldiers, the attackers and their forefathers knew about the repercussion and that was the exactly they wanted to do. Government had to take measures – as many other governments have being doing in other parts of world, including in Mr Moons native country- to keep the stability against brutal armed groups and , it is true , innocent people may have suffered immensely in between, but can a government let the majority, I mean Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims to be perished on the hands of brutal armed groups continuously. So my point is that once India did it and now, after 30 years ,it has been averted with a huge cost and normalcy is being reached, but now , are some western countries or Mr Moon trying to start from the point where India stopped, leading the wound spread and keep the country disabled….???
    ICG.. HRW..AI… please Be honest.. Mr Moon.. please think as a world leader, if you are angered with the Sri Lankan government for not listening to your advice, don’t make it personalized, please let this small island to return back with its dignity, we will do it, but we need small favor, Mr. Moon.. ICG.. HRW..AI.. we need you to be realistic and patient and fair, that’s ALL .

  17. Records of persons fleeing Vanni destroyed by Special Action Committee of Basil Rajapakse
    [TamilNet, Saturday, 29 May 2010, 19:51 GMT]
    The Special Action Committee (SAC) of Basil Rajapakse, the brother of President Mahinda Rajapakse, the present Sri Lankan Economic Development Minister and the former senior advisor to the President during the war on Vanni, had ordered the records of all persons who fled Vanni at the end of the war to be destroyed so as to conceal the recorded particulars of more than 17,000 persons who were suspected as Liberation Tigers and who had later disappeared without any trace, an official of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Resettlement (MDMRS) said. Rizard Badudin who was then the minister of the above ministry is alleged to have functioned as a puppet in the hands of Basil Rajapakse in destroying the records, sources close to MDMRS officials who had recorded the details of persons fleeing Vanni said.

  18. The interantional community failed to save the thousands of Tamils, although thousands of Tamils diaspora stood and begged the international community for days and nights.

    UN failed to do its duty instead, complicited in warcrimes by helping Sri Lanka. Who will police UN? Tamils derserve justice and Tamils community must be allow live with dignity and secure their culture and lives. Only way is to conduct an independent enquiry and conduct a UN supervised in Tamil land and seperate from the Nazi Sinhala Sri Lanka as it was before the arrival of British.

    In 1972 the Singhalese lawfully abolished the Soulbury Constitution (under which Ceylon was granted independence in 1948). But they failed to legitimise the new draft constitutions (in 1972 and 1977) by referendums. These drafts were produced by Singhala MPs but they were not approved by Tamil MPs, so they are not even approved drafts. So the island of Ceylon has had no constitution since 1972 and the Singhalese have been working to documents which have no legal status, they are rubbish!

    Whilst the island of Ceylon was under no constitution, the Tamils, in 1977, voted for separation and independence. The Sri Lankan National Assembly has no power to override this decision because it is not a sovereign body (see paragraph 3 above).

    The next logical step for the Tamils should have been a referendum, restricted to the Tamils, on independence. This was not in fact necessary because of 1 above, ie Tamil Eelam was never a constituent part of Singhala Sri Lanka. Besides, in the 1977 general election ALL 18 Tamil constituencies voted for independence, which was effectively a referendum giving the consent of the Tamils authorising separation and independence.

    Power and Authority

    Authority is power exercised with general approval of the people, say, following a general election. Power is getting things done by people even if they do not wish to obey. People submit to authority because they accept its legitimacy, to power out of fear for the consequences of not so doing. A government needs both authority and power. The invading forces in Eelam have power but no authority. A government in exile may have the authority but no power. In diplomacy a legitimate government which has authority is called ‘de jure’ government. A government that does not have authority but is nonetheless effectively in control is called a ‘de facto’ government.

    North-East Merger

    In the joint Northern-Eastern provincial council election held in November 1988, in the Eastern province the Tamils won 17 seats and the Tamil Muslims won 17 seats. The Singhalese won just one seat. The provincial council election was for the merger of the Northern and Eastern provinces. The merger was to be confirmed by a referendum but it was never held as it was not considered necessary due to the overwhelming Tamil victory. The people in the Eastern province exercised their sovereign authority and voted for the merger. The Colombo government has no authority to de-merge east from the north, neither does the unelected judiciary from Singhala Sri-Lanka.

  19. Mr. Ambagolla – Your 3 points are rubbish:

    1. There were enough attempts to find a solution to this National Problem. Had
    this Govt. placed any solution on the table immediately or thereafter on
    overcoming the LTTE, the end of so-called Terrorism would have been
    acceptable to all, including the I/C-.

    2. Actions of the US in an international arena after the 9/11 has nothing to
    do with the demand for International Investigations of the GOSL – specially
    after closing the war-front to the Media and NGO – even to.-date!! – in
    killing the Tamils as MR Bros. pleased. (MR has been judged as a
    "Sinhala Racist" by no lesser person than the Statesman of Singapore,
    – Lee Kawan – in the latest book.

    3. Dont blame India and RAW for the plight of Sri Lankan Politicians.
    The Tamils sought the help of India and they took advantage of helping
    the Tamils with an agenda of theirs. So the problem was initiated by
    Silly lanka in the first place.

  20. Sri Lanka Mass Murderers erased the Tamil people from this earth

    It is alleged that Basil Rajapakse and the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) officers who had personally supervised the recording of the details of all the persons fleeing Vanni had caused the said records to be destroyed in an effort to keep the international community in the dark of the facts, the sources added.

    The officials of MDMRS who had recorded the details of all the persons fleeing Vanni say that they now have only the list of persons presently held in the SLA detention centres.

    The details of the fleeing persons were carefully recorded by the MDMRS officials at different places under the supervision of SLA, as they kept coming out of Vanni.

    These records had been destroyed by SLA on the orders from their superiors, the MDMRS officials said.

    MDMRS maintains only the list of persons now held in the SLA detention centres as the official recorded documents of persons who had fled Vanni at the end of the war on Vanni.

  21. Starvation is the only future for Tamils in Sri Lanka

    Malnutrition among children in the North and Eastern provinces has reached forty-five percent against the national average of 29 percent, according to a report issued by the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS).

    In the two provinces malnutrition among boys has reached fifty percent and among girls about 42 percent, the survey further reveals.

    At the district level, within the Northern and Eastern provinces, Batticaloa 53 percent and Vavuniya 51 percent show the worst levels of child malnutrition.

    The child malnutrition in Trincomalee is 45 percent, Amparaai 44 percent and Jaffna 43 percent, the report adds.

    The prevalence of child malnutrition among uneducated mothers is 63 percent. As the education level of mothers rises, the rate of child malnutrition declines to 54 percent among primary educated mothers, 42 percent among secondary educated mothers and 36 percent among tertiary educated mothers, the report states.

  22. 53 % of Tamil babies are malnourished in Batticaloa ?

    Karuna will approve this with a big Pleasure because he don’t care if many Tamils die

  23. Rajapakse is a Sinhala extremist.

    Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, in a newly released book titled "Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew,' says that Tamils have been in the island of Sri Lanka as long as the Sinhalese, and that Sri Lanka is not a happy "united" country.

    The present president of Sri Lanka believes he has settled the problem now that the Tamil Tigers are killed, and wants others to believe that too," and Lee observes:"I don't think they [Tamils] are going to be submissive or go away."

    Referring to the Sri Lankan president he said: "I have read his speeches and I knew he was a Sinhala extremist. I cannot change his mind."

  24. Yes,

    Lee Kuan Yew is the most influential political figures in South-East Asia.

    Mr Lee Kwan Yew said, "[t]he mistakes of Sri Lanka and other newly independent 'failed states' made Singapore go in a different direction.

    "In 1965, we had 20 years of examples of failed states. So, we knew what to avoid – racial conflict, linguistic strife, and religious conflict. We saw Ceylon," Lee added.

  25. Local elections in North to be announced shortly: Basil Rajapaksa

    Ahh… more elections.

    Douglas is preparing his white vans, guns to encourage the Tamil voters to vote for the Ruling Party

  26. Another atrocity in Sri Lanka

    Dead bodies located inside a toilet pit in Ki'linochchi

    Members of a family recently resettled in Ka'neasapuram in Ki'iinochchi after being displaced from their house, located Saturday dead bodies of massacred victims, buried inside their toilet pit, sources in Ki'linochchi said. The house was located 1 km west of A9.

    The residents in the area who witnessed the the bodies said Sri Lanka Army and Police rushed to the spot as they witnessed at least five bodies inside the pit.

    There could be more dead bodies. The bodies had been packed in plastic bags, dumped inside the pit and covered with sand.

    A proper investigation by a reliable third party should be carried out before the SLA and the police twist the story, a concerned human rights activist who did not wished to be named told TamilNet.

  27. Mr. Ambagolla – Your 3 points are rubbish:

    1. There were enough attempts to find a solution to this National Problem. Had
    this Govt. placed any solution on the table immediately or thereafter on
    overcoming the LTTE, the end of so-called Terrorism would have been
    acceptable to all, including the I/C-.

    2. Actions of the US in an international arena after the 9/11 has nothing to
    do with the demand for International Investigations of the GOSL – specially
    after closing the war-front to the Media and NGO – even to.-date!! – in
    killing the Tamils as MR Bros. pleased. (MR has been judged as a
    “Sinhala Racist” by no lesser person than the Statesman of Singapore,
    – Lee Kawan – in the latest book.

    3. Dont blame India and RAW for the plight of Sri Lankan Politicians.
    The Tamils sought the help of India and they took advantage of helping
    the Tamils with an agenda of theirs. So the problem was initiated by
    Silly lanka in the first place.

  28. Sri Lanka Mass Murderers erased the Tamil people from this earth

    It is alleged that Basil Rajapakse and the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) officers who had personally supervised the recording of the details of all the persons fleeing Vanni had caused the said records to be destroyed in an effort to keep the international community in the dark of the facts, the sources added.

    The officials of MDMRS who had recorded the details of all the persons fleeing Vanni say that they now have only the list of persons presently held in the SLA detention centres.

    The details of the fleeing persons were carefully recorded by the MDMRS officials at different places under the supervision of SLA, as they kept coming out of Vanni.

    These records had been destroyed by SLA on the orders from their superiors, the MDMRS officials said.

    MDMRS maintains only the list of persons now held in the SLA detention centres as the official recorded documents of persons who had fled Vanni at the end of the war on Vanni.

  29. Starvation is the only future for Tamils in Sri Lanka

    Malnutrition among children in the North and Eastern provinces has reached forty-five percent against the national average of 29 percent, according to a report issued by the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS).

    In the two provinces malnutrition among boys has reached fifty percent and among girls about 42 percent, the survey further reveals.

    At the district level, within the Northern and Eastern provinces, Batticaloa 53 percent and Vavuniya 51 percent show the worst levels of child malnutrition.

    The child malnutrition in Trincomalee is 45 percent, Amparaai 44 percent and Jaffna 43 percent, the report adds.

    The prevalence of child malnutrition among uneducated mothers is 63 percent. As the education level of mothers rises, the rate of child malnutrition declines to 54 percent among primary educated mothers, 42 percent among secondary educated mothers and 36 percent among tertiary educated mothers, the report states.

  30. 53 % of Tamil babies are malnourished in Batticaloa ?

    Karuna will approve this with a big Pleasure because he don’t care if many Tamils die

  31. Rajapakse is a Sinhala extremist.

    Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, in a newly released book titled “Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew,’ says that Tamils have been in the island of Sri Lanka as long as the Sinhalese, and that Sri Lanka is not a happy “united” country.

    The present president of Sri Lanka believes he has settled the problem now that the Tamil Tigers are killed, and wants others to believe that too,” and Lee observes:”I don’t think they [Tamils] are going to be submissive or go away.”

    Referring to the Sri Lankan president he said: “I have read his speeches and I knew he was a Sinhala extremist. I cannot change his mind.”

  32. Yes,

    Lee Kuan Yew is the most influential political figures in South-East Asia.

    Mr Lee Kwan Yew said, “[t]he mistakes of Sri Lanka and other newly independent ‘failed states’ made Singapore go in a different direction.

    “In 1965, we had 20 years of examples of failed states. So, we knew what to avoid – racial conflict, linguistic strife, and religious conflict. We saw Ceylon,” Lee added.

  33. Local elections in North to be announced shortly: Basil Rajapaksa

    Ahh… more elections.

    Douglas is preparing his white vans, guns to encourage the Tamil voters to vote for the Ruling Party

  34. Tamil film maker is arrested

    Chandran Ratnam arrested for "possession" of explosives

    A well known film producer and director of several films Chandran Ratnam was taken into custody by the police Sunday on an allegation that he had been in possesion of explosive materials in his former residence in Nugegoda, according to police media spokesman Preshantha Jayakody.

    Ratnam is now being interrogated by the officials of the Terrorist Investigations Unit (TIU) and is expected to be produced in court on Monday, police said.

    However, relatives of the Chandran Ratnam who confirmed his arrest alleged that explosives were ’planted’ in one of his former residences which he had vacated a year ago.

    Chandran Ratnam produced the film “Road to Elephant Pass” that focused on the war in Sri Lanka.

    He also worked with Hollywood producer Steven Spielberg in the movie

  35. Another atrocity in Sri Lanka

    Dead bodies located inside a toilet pit in Ki’linochchi

    Members of a family recently resettled in Ka’neasapuram in Ki’iinochchi after being displaced from their house, located Saturday dead bodies of massacred victims, buried inside their toilet pit, sources in Ki’linochchi said. The house was located 1 km west of A9.

    The residents in the area who witnessed the the bodies said Sri Lanka Army and Police rushed to the spot as they witnessed at least five bodies inside the pit.

    There could be more dead bodies. The bodies had been packed in plastic bags, dumped inside the pit and covered with sand.

    A proper investigation by a reliable third party should be carried out before the SLA and the police twist the story, a concerned human rights activist who did not wished to be named told TamilNet.

  36. Tamil film maker is arrested

    Chandran Ratnam arrested for “possession” of explosives

    A well known film producer and director of several films Chandran Ratnam was taken into custody by the police Sunday on an allegation that he had been in possesion of explosive materials in his former residence in Nugegoda, according to police media spokesman Preshantha Jayakody.

    Ratnam is now being interrogated by the officials of the Terrorist Investigations Unit (TIU) and is expected to be produced in court on Monday, police said.

    However, relatives of the Chandran Ratnam who confirmed his arrest alleged that explosives were ’planted’ in one of his former residences which he had vacated a year ago.

    Chandran Ratnam produced the film “Road to Elephant Pass” that focused on the war in Sri Lanka.

    He also worked with Hollywood producer Steven Spielberg in the movie

  37. How can you call a dementic ex-despot like Lee Kuan Yoo a political visionary?He ruled Singapore with an iron fist,didn't allow any opposition,imprisoned all opponents-and in the end there was only ONE opposition member in the so called parliament.

    People like Lee Kuan were not labelled as human rights violaters nor were they subjected to continuous witch hunting by the "angels of human rights" in the international arena,because they were the lapdogs of the Western Sahibs!Another case in point is ex-Chillean dictator Pinochet.

    When Lee Kuan brought his educational reforms in 1950s which required the medium of instruction in all state schools to be in Malay,there were protests and violence launched by the opposition.What was Lee Kuan's response?HE CRUSHED THE OPPOSITION AND PUT THEM ALL IN JAIL!

    These are the hypocrites who try to preach us on DEMOCRACY!

    Lee Kuan may be having senile dementia now to forget that he regretted in his third book that he allowed Singapore to forget its cultural roots by becoming a "copy cat" state of the Western culture.

    Similarly Malaysia's Mahathir Mohammad introduced the Bhumi Puthra concept to give the indigenous Malays the upperhand in every aspect of their lives.

    Can somebody please tell me as to why the UN doesn't consider the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the "FINAL PHASE OF THE WAR"which tunned around 100,000 civilians to ashes,amounts to a "war crime"
    Has the UN ever consirded filing "war crimes" charges against President Eisonhover and the top US military officers?

  38. How can you call a dementic ex-despot like Lee Kuan Yoo a political visionary?He ruled Singapore with an iron fist,didn’t allow any opposition,imprisoned all opponents-and in the end there was only ONE opposition member in the so called parliament.

    People like Lee Kuan were not labelled as human rights violaters nor were they subjected to continuous witch hunting by the “angels of human rights” in the international arena,because they were the lapdogs of the Western Sahibs!Another case in point is ex-Chillean dictator Pinochet.

    When Lee Kuan brought his educational reforms in 1950s which required the medium of instruction in all state schools to be in Malay,there were protests and violence launched by the opposition.What was Lee Kuan’s response?HE CRUSHED THE OPPOSITION AND PUT THEM ALL IN JAIL!

    These are the hypocrites who try to preach us on DEMOCRACY!

    Lee Kuan may be having senile dementia now to forget that he regretted in his third book that he allowed Singapore to forget its cultural roots by becoming a “copy cat” state of the Western culture.

    Similarly Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohammad introduced the Bhumi Puthra concept to give the indigenous Malays the upperhand in every aspect of their lives.

    Can somebody please tell me as to why the UN doesn’t consider the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the “FINAL PHASE OF THE WAR”which tunned around 100,000 civilians to ashes,amounts to a “war crime”
    Has the UN ever consirded filing “war crimes” charges against President Eisonhover and the top US military officers?

  39. Aja,

    you have & categorised an important & crucial concept & demand — the RIGHT of Tamils to live in lanka AS A NATION.

    This is the same right the American Indian Nations have exercised through centuries of resistance within the USA, a right they continue to expand & continuously redefine through hard struggles on many levels of survival as cultures, as ways of life, as peoples & as nations.

    This right is a vital fulcrum for the Tamil struggle to function & flourish around.

  40. While Secretary General Ban Ki Moon extolled the contributions of the UN's International Criminal Court (ICC) as an effective instrument to uphold peace, justice and human rights, in a Washington Post article, as UN's member nations convene Monday in Kampala to formally review the Rome Treaty, Professor Francis A. Boyle criticized Ban for delaying action on establishing accountability for Sri Lanka's "massacre of about 50,000 Tamils" and urged Ban to "immediately appoint the International War Crimes Committee for Sri Lanka that he had already promised to do several weeks ago." http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Sri lanka never learnt anything from past, but racism at peek level
    Rajapaksa extremism cannot be changed, "I have read his speeches and I knew he was a Sinhala extremist. I cannot change his mind." http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  41. ACF: Moothoor massacre, a war crime, http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    IIGEP: Colombo lacks political will to investigate Human Rights violations ,http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=25308

    The International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP), which terminates its observation mission reasoning that the proceedings of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) setup by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to investigate and inquire into serious violations of Human Rights, have not been transparent and not satisfied basic international norms and standards, in its concluding public report on Tuesday blamed the Government of Sri Lanka for "absence of will" in the present Inquiry to "investigate cases with vigour, where the conduct of its own forces has been called into question."

    IIGEP statement
    The 11-member IIGEP said: "Summary executions, massacres, disappearances, wanton destruction of property, and forcible transfers of populations can never be justified. No efforts should be spared to uncover responsibility, including recognition of command responsibility, for such actions."

    The public report gave following reasons for IIGEP's decision to terminate the mission "with profound regret that more could not have been achieved.":
    1.A conflict of interest in the proceedings before the Commission
    2.Lack of effective victim and witness protection
    3.Lack of transparency and timeliness in the proceedings
    4.Lack of full co-operation by State bodies
    5.Lack of financial independence of the Commission

  42. While Secretary General Ban Ki Moon extolled the contributions of the UN's International Criminal Court (ICC) as an effective instrument to uphold peace, justice and human rights, in a Washington Post article, as UN's member nations convene Monday in Kampala to formally review the Rome Treaty, Professor Francis A. Boyle criticized Ban for delaying action on establishing accountability for Sri Lanka's "massacre of about 50,000 Tamils" and urged Ban to "immediately appoint the International War Crimes Committee for Sri Lanka that he had already promised to do several weeks ago." http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Sri lanka never learnt anything from past, but racism at peek level
    Rajapaksa extremism cannot be changed, "I have read his speeches and I knew he was a Sinhala extremist. I cannot change his mind." http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  43. While Secretary General Ban Ki Moon extolled the contributions of the UN's International Criminal Court (ICC) as an effective instrument to uphold peace, justice and human rights, in a Washington Post article, as UN's member nations convene Monday in Kampala to formally review the Rome Treaty, Professor Francis A. Boyle criticized Ban for delaying action on establishing accountability for Sri Lanka's "massacre of about 50,000 Tamils" and urged Ban to "immediately appoint the International War Crimes Committee for Sri Lanka that he had already promised to do several weeks ago." http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    Sri lanka never learnt anything from past, but racism at peek level
    Rajapaksa extremism cannot be changed, "I have read his speeches and I knew he was a Sinhala extremist. I cannot change his mind." http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  44. Aja,

    you have & categorised an important & crucial concept & demand — the RIGHT of Tamils to live in lanka AS A NATION.

    This is the same right the American Indian Nations have exercised through centuries of resistance within the USA, a right they continue to expand & continuously redefine through hard struggles on many levels of survival as cultures, as ways of life, as peoples & as nations.

    This right is a vital fulcrum for the Tamil struggle to function & flourish around.

  45. ACF: Moothoor massacre, a war crime, http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    IIGEP: Colombo lacks political will to investigate Human Rights violations ,http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=25308

    The International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP), which terminates its observation mission reasoning that the proceedings of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) setup by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to investigate and inquire into serious violations of Human Rights, have not been transparent and not satisfied basic international norms and standards, in its concluding public report on Tuesday blamed the Government of Sri Lanka for "absence of will" in the present Inquiry to "investigate cases with vigour, where the conduct of its own forces has been called into question."

    IIGEP statement
    The 11-member IIGEP said: "Summary executions, massacres, disappearances, wanton destruction of property, and forcible transfers of populations can never be justified. No efforts should be spared to uncover responsibility, including recognition of command responsibility, for such actions."

    The public report gave following reasons for IIGEP's decision to terminate the mission "with profound regret that more could not have been achieved.":
    1.A conflict of interest in the proceedings before the Commission
    2.Lack of effective victim and witness protection
    3.Lack of transparency and timeliness in the proceedings
    4.Lack of full co-operation by State bodies
    5.Lack of financial independence of the Commission

  46. ACF: Moothoor massacre, a war crime, http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    IIGEP: Colombo lacks political will to investigate Human Rights violations ,http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=25308

    The International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP), which terminates its observation mission reasoning that the proceedings of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) setup by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to investigate and inquire into serious violations of Human Rights, have not been transparent and not satisfied basic international norms and standards, in its concluding public report on Tuesday blamed the Government of Sri Lanka for "absence of will" in the present Inquiry to "investigate cases with vigour, where the conduct of its own forces has been called into question."

    IIGEP statement
    The 11-member IIGEP said: "Summary executions, massacres, disappearances, wanton destruction of property, and forcible transfers of populations can never be justified. No efforts should be spared to uncover responsibility, including recognition of command responsibility, for such actions."

    The public report gave following reasons for IIGEP's decision to terminate the mission "with profound regret that more could not have been achieved.":
    1.A conflict of interest in the proceedings before the Commission
    2.Lack of effective victim and witness protection
    3.Lack of transparency and timeliness in the proceedings
    4.Lack of full co-operation by State bodies
    5.Lack of financial independence of the Commission

  47. Hello Posers and Apes of the Eelam !!!!!!!!!

    Punchinillame Says:
    May 30th, 2010 at 2:47 am</b.

    I certainly cannot speak on behalf of Ambagoda, But, I can comment on some of the points of POSER Punchinellame,

    1. There were enough attempts to find a solution to this National Problem. Had this Govt. placed any solution on the table immediately or thereafter on
    overcoming the LTTE, the end of so-called Terrorism would have been
    acceptable to all, including the I/C-.

    When the discussions were happening in Geneve to come in to such agreement, What did you Apes do ??????????? Built Bunkers, Brought Air crafts, made submarines, recruited more innocent civilians and children and soldiers…. Is that the solution you Apes wanted ??????

    What happened to the simple agreement you had with Ranil W ?? the cease fire ?? You apes were so high on Banana's, you could not at least stick to such simple agreement – what more, you killed your own Lakshman K during this agreement – Is MR and his government to be blamed for the stupid mistakes that your Grape Ape and the clown apes did ???

    2. Actions of the US in an international arena after the 9/11 has nothing to
    do with the demand for International Investigations of the GOSL – specially
    after closing the war-front to the Media and NGO – even to.-date!! – in
    killing the Tamils as MR Bros. pleased. (MR has been judged as a
    “Sinhala Racist” by no lesser person than the Statesman of Singapore,
    – Lee Kawan – in the latest book.

    Lee Kwan Yoo indeed is a well respected man and can you please tell us where he has said this – As far as we know, he never said such thing ever. He is too bright for a Ape comment as such.

    Please tell me whether it was Mahinda who killed the Tamils mentioned in the link below !!
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki

    If MR was a racist, he should start with his own family, where he has no less than 100 Tamil in-laws due to marriage. How about you Apes ?? Have any others in your line of relations or is it Apes only ?? Try a Baboon once in a way – you can get them in Afghanistan – they are called taliban there !!

    3. Dont blame India and RAW for the plight of Sri Lankan Politicians.
    The Tamils sought the help of India and they took advantage of helping
    the Tamils with an agenda of theirs. So the problem was initiated by
    Silly lanka in the first place.

    Oh Yeah, we all remember how you paid back for the favour India did by bombarding Rajive Gee… Let's rest the case at that or your Ape Brains will fry trying to figure out the answers.

  48. 10.05.08 AG's role in investigations, main concern of IIGEP..
    30.04.08 IIGEP members reiterate their stand, lament GoSL f..
    14.04.08 IIGEP: Colombo lacks political will to investigate..
    31.03.08 IIGEP ends observation role
    12.03.08 British parliamentarians call for UK to rein in Sr..
    08.03.08 GoSL lacks will to bring justice – IIGEP
    06.03.08 IIGEP quits Sri Lanka
    30.12.07 French FM Bernard Kouchner postpones Sri Lanka vis..
    19.12.07 CoI's murder inquiries lack transparency, fall sho..
    18.11.07 Rights activist questions progress of CoI, IIGEP
    14.06.07 IIGEP questions role of AG's department in Commiss..
    11.06.07 IIGEP faults Commission of lacking Independence, T..
    23.11.06 Presidential powers can undermine CoI- Amnesty
    23.10.06 Sri Lanka in "interminable and intractable crisis"..

  49. Hello Posers and Apes of the Eelam !!!!!!!!!

    Punchinillame Says:
    May 30th, 2010 at 2:47 am</b.

    I certainly cannot speak on behalf of Ambagoda, But, I can comment on some of the points of POSER Punchinellame,

    1. There were enough attempts to find a solution to this National Problem. Had this Govt. placed any solution on the table immediately or thereafter on
    overcoming the LTTE, the end of so-called Terrorism would have been
    acceptable to all, including the I/C-.

    When the discussions were happening in Geneve to come in to such agreement, What did you Apes do ??????????? Built Bunkers, Brought Air crafts, made submarines, recruited more innocent civilians and children and soldiers…. Is that the solution you Apes wanted ??????

    What happened to the simple agreement you had with Ranil W ?? the cease fire ?? You apes were so high on Banana's, you could not at least stick to such simple agreement – what more, you killed your own Lakshman K during this agreement – Is MR and his government to be blamed for the stupid mistakes that your Grape Ape and the clown apes did ???

    2. Actions of the US in an international arena after the 9/11 has nothing to
    do with the demand for International Investigations of the GOSL – specially
    after closing the war-front to the Media and NGO – even to.-date!! – in
    killing the Tamils as MR Bros. pleased. (MR has been judged as a
    “Sinhala Racist” by no lesser person than the Statesman of Singapore,
    – Lee Kawan – in the latest book.

    Lee Kwan Yoo indeed is a well respected man and can you please tell us where he has said this – As far as we know, he never said such thing ever. He is too bright for a Ape comment as such.

    Please tell me whether it was Mahinda who killed the Tamils mentioned in the link below !!
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki

    If MR was a racist, he should start with his own family, where he has no less than 100 Tamil in-laws due to marriage. How about you Apes ?? Have any others in your line of relations or is it Apes only ?? Try a Baboon once in a way – you can get them in Afghanistan – they are called taliban there !!

    3. Dont blame India and RAW for the plight of Sri Lankan Politicians.
    The Tamils sought the help of India and they took advantage of helping
    the Tamils with an agenda of theirs. So the problem was initiated by
    Silly lanka in the first place.

    Oh Yeah, we all remember how you paid back for the favour India did by bombarding Rajive Gee… Let's rest the case at that or your Ape Brains will fry trying to figure out the answers.

  50. Hello Posers and Apes of the Eelam !!!!!!!!!

    Punchinillame Says:
    May 30th, 2010 at 2:47 am</b.

    I certainly cannot speak on behalf of Ambagoda, But, I can comment on some of the points of POSER Punchinellame,

    1. There were enough attempts to find a solution to this National Problem. Had this Govt. placed any solution on the table immediately or thereafter on
    overcoming the LTTE, the end of so-called Terrorism would have been
    acceptable to all, including the I/C-.

    When the discussions were happening in Geneve to come in to such agreement, What did you Apes do ??????????? Built Bunkers, Brought Air crafts, made submarines, recruited more innocent civilians and children and soldiers…. Is that the solution you Apes wanted ??????

    What happened to the simple agreement you had with Ranil W ?? the cease fire ?? You apes were so high on Banana's, you could not at least stick to such simple agreement – what more, you killed your own Lakshman K during this agreement – Is MR and his government to be blamed for the stupid mistakes that your Grape Ape and the clown apes did ???

    2. Actions of the US in an international arena after the 9/11 has nothing to
    do with the demand for International Investigations of the GOSL – specially
    after closing the war-front to the Media and NGO – even to.-date!! – in
    killing the Tamils as MR Bros. pleased. (MR has been judged as a
    “Sinhala Racist” by no lesser person than the Statesman of Singapore,
    – Lee Kawan – in the latest book.

    Lee Kwan Yoo indeed is a well respected man and can you please tell us where he has said this – As far as we know, he never said such thing ever. He is too bright for a Ape comment as such.

    Please tell me whether it was Mahinda who killed the Tamils mentioned in the link below !!
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki

    If MR was a racist, he should start with his own family, where he has no less than 100 Tamil in-laws due to marriage. How about you Apes ?? Have any others in your line of relations or is it Apes only ?? Try a Baboon once in a way – you can get them in Afghanistan – they are called taliban there !!

    3. Dont blame India and RAW for the plight of Sri Lankan Politicians.
    The Tamils sought the help of India and they took advantage of helping
    the Tamils with an agenda of theirs. So the problem was initiated by
    Silly lanka in the first place.

    Oh Yeah, we all remember how you paid back for the favour India did by bombarding Rajive Gee… Let's rest the case at that or your Ape Brains will fry trying to figure out the answers.

  51. Dear Mr. M.C.M. Iqbal !!

    Let me point out the following summary of your article

    That doesn’t mean the utter failure of Sri Lanka’s justice system doesn’t rankle. I wish our justice system worked as it should and that we could rely on domestic institutions to protect our rights. But we cannot, and the magnitude of the crimes that have been committed demand an international response.

    Only a credible independent international body appointed by the United Nations to inquire and investigate into what happened prior to, during and after the end of the conflict in May 2009 would bring to light the atrocities committed by the State and other parties concerned in the conduct of the war.

    As we both know, the Judiciary of Sri Lanka is a descendant of the English Westminster system, and still improves by means of additions and deletions based on the system – Do you think that the original system is to be blamed ??? Or, do you think that being a sovereign nation, we should have our own system of Justice and do things our own way like most of the independent states around the world does ????

    At the levels you have served, you should obviously know that crimes are committed world over in different capacities and how they have been dealt with. Do you imply that there is a massive difference between those countries and us ?? If you consider the whole world, where do we stand ??? (Please note that the world does not limit to America and a few European nations)

    The credible International Body of United Nations that you have mentioned here have come out with an overwhelming majority of 29 to 12 in favour of not having an investigation against Sri Lanka – So why do you want to harp on it ?? Is it not International enough to you ??? We will try and get the opinions of Aliens no sooner we find their existence and give you some feedback !

    BTW, I know that you are not an Ape with Terrorist mentality. So let's try think beyond the nostrils and peeling Banana's and see the wider picture here.

  52. While Secretary General Ban Ki Moon extolled the contributions of the UN’s International Criminal Court (ICC) as an effective instrument to uphold peace, justice and human rights, in a Washington Post article, as UN’s member nations convene Monday in Kampala to formally review the Rome Treaty, Professor Francis A. Boyle criticized Ban for delaying action on establishing accountability for Sri Lanka’s “massacre of about 50,000 Tamils” and urged Ban to “immediately appoint the International War Crimes Committee for Sri Lanka that he had already promised to do several weeks ago.”
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31863

    Sri lanka never learnt anything from past, but racism at peek level
    Rajapaksa extremism cannot be changed, “I have read his speeches and I knew he was a Sinhala extremist. I cannot change his mind.”
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31857

  53. Not looking for the guilty’ – Kohona

    The commission set up by the government is sufficient to investigate the allegations of humanitarian standards and human rights violations say the Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Palitha Kohona.
    Speaking to BBC Tamil Service he said that since Sri Lanka had established a commission of enquiry under the parliamentary act and it has full powers to investigate, there is no need for another international body to do the same.

    United Nations and many prominent human rights organisations are calling for an independent international investigation in to war crimes committed during the last stages of the war by both the government forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels.

    International body will confuse

    “It will be a confusing thing to have another international body to investigate these claims” said Dr Kohona

    Pointing out that there is no precedent any where in the world where enquiries had been established by anybody on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations Dr Kohona said “even the ICG report refers to this that and another thing but there is no just substantiation with accurate evidence”.

    No evidence- Kohona

    Video footage of alleged abuses were collected

    When pointed out that the ICG [International Crisis Group] report quoted sworn affidavits, photographs and video footage of abuses, the ambassador said the evidence was not sufficient to launch any investigation.

    In a recent report, International Crisis Group claimed that, from eyewitness evidence, it believes at least 30,000 civilians were killed or unaccounted for and countless others wounded and deprived of food and medicine during the last stage of the war in Sri Lanka. The report also say that there is evidence that government forces intentionally shelled civilians, hospitals and humanitarian operations.

    The report of the ICG was followed by another comprehensive report by the Human Rights Watch [HRW]. HRW report also detailed war crimes allegations. The report was illustrated with witness statements and detailed photographs of alleged crimes taking place.

    “You should not establish a panel or enquiry on the basis of irresponsible allegations made by organisations” added the ambassador.

    Earlier this year, UN secretary General said that his Chief of staff Vijay Nambiar and Dr. Palitha Kohona were having discussions about the UN appointing an advisory panel of experts on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. The Secretary General confirmed to the media this week that he is in the process of setting up the advisory panel.

    According to Ambassador Kohona Sri Lanka’s approach is not to find guilty parties and punish them but to deal with them in old Sri Lankan way.

    We don’t go around looking for guilty party and string them up, that attitude comes from a different culture

    Dr. Kohona

    “We don’t go around looking for guilty party and string them up, that attitude comes from a different culture” Dr Kohona Said.

    Dr Kohona who claims the commission as a comprehensive process also said that this commission is similar to South African Truth and Reconciliation commission but not be the same.

    “This is our own approach, this is our domestic process and we take responsibility for it” he said

    Ambassador Kohona argues that the recommendations by the commission will direct the authorities on how to deal with individuals and groups who may have been responsible for certain acts.

    He also reminded that one party to the conflict no longer exist thus this is an exercise not finding guilty party to punish.

    “We have established a commission and we are fully confident. So we can deal with our own issues in our own way” he said.

    Former UN High Commissioner Louise Arbour, current President of the International Crisis Group [ICG] told the BBC Sinhala Service that the Commission appointed by the government is unresponsive to the allegations of violations raised by the human rights organisations.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/05/1

  54. 5 male corpses exhumed from toilet in Ki’linochchi

    Five male bodies estimated to be between 20 to 35 years of age, in highly decomposed state and packed securely in five separate bags were exhumed from the toilet pit of a house in Ka'neasapuram in Ki’linochchi under the supervision of Vavuniyaa Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) Dr. P. Sritharan and in the presence of Ki’linochchi magistrate Monday morning, sources in Ki’linochchi said. Some of the bodies had clothes with Tiger stripes, some in Lamb Black uniforms used by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and some in ordinary civilian dress, the sources added.

    The victims may have been killed a year ago, according to JMO.

    It was not immediately possible to learn how the victims had been killed as the corpses were in a highly decomposed state.

    According to the Sri Lankan police, packing of the bodies in separate bags and the systematic burial of them gave room to suspect that those who buried the bodies may have intended to take them out again for purposes unknown.

    However, residents in the area, who witnessed injuries in the corpses said the victims could have been wounded LTTE cadres and civilian captives slain by the SLA in its custody.

    Many personnel of SLA Intelligence Division and soldiers were present at the site of exhumation which was carried out from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m under tight security arrangement.

    The bodies were taken to Vavuniyaa Government Hospital for post mortem examinations.

    Members of a family recently resettled in Ka'neasapuram in Ki'iinochchi after being displaced from their house, located Saturday dead bodies of massacred victims, buried inside their toilet pit. The house is located 1 km west of A9 in Ki’linochchi.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  55. ACF: Moothoor massacre, a war crime,
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=25337

    IIGEP: Colombo lacks political will to investigate Human Rights violations,http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=25308

    The International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP), which terminates its observation mission reasoning that the proceedings of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) setup by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to investigate and inquire into serious violations of Human Rights, have not been transparent and not satisfied basic international norms and standards, in its concluding public report on Tuesday blamed the Government of Sri Lanka for “absence of will” in the present Inquiry to “investigate cases with vigour, where the conduct of its own forces has been called into question.”

    IIGEP statement
    The 11-member IIGEP said: “Summary executions, massacres, disappearances, wanton destruction of property, and forcible transfers of populations can never be justified. No efforts should be spared to uncover responsibility, including recognition of command responsibility, for such actions.”

    The public report gave following reasons for IIGEP’s decision to terminate the mission “with profound regret that more could not have been achieved.”:
    1.A conflict of interest in the proceedings before the Commission
    2.Lack of effective victim and witness protection
    3.Lack of transparency and timeliness in the proceedings
    4.Lack of full co-operation by State bodies
    5.Lack of financial independence of the Commission

  56. 10.05.08 AG’s role in investigations, main concern of IIGEP..
    30.04.08 IIGEP members reiterate their stand, lament GoSL f..
    14.04.08 IIGEP: Colombo lacks political will to investigate..
    31.03.08 IIGEP ends observation role
    12.03.08 British parliamentarians call for UK to rein in Sr..
    08.03.08 GoSL lacks will to bring justice – IIGEP
    06.03.08 IIGEP quits Sri Lanka
    30.12.07 French FM Bernard Kouchner postpones Sri Lanka vis..
    19.12.07 CoI’s murder inquiries lack transparency, fall sho..
    18.11.07 Rights activist questions progress of CoI, IIGEP
    14.06.07 IIGEP questions role of AG’s department in Commiss..
    11.06.07 IIGEP faults Commission of lacking Independence, T..
    23.11.06 Presidential powers can undermine CoI- Amnesty
    23.10.06 Sri Lanka in “interminable and intractable crisis”..

  57. Your medication is not working you and you may have to see the doctor again for a review!

    Else you are not able to recover and it will be too late.

    Pitiful fool !

    Your postings are trange and you are not behaving as a normal human being

    I feel SORRY FOR U !! 🙁 🙁 🙁

    You dump rubbish …only rubbish here.

    There is NO FREEDOM FOR ANY ONE in SL

  58. Impeccable Jim Gona !
    Your post proves that you live in fantasy world and repeatedly BS to compromise with Sri Lankan gov. killers and dictators. 🙁

  59. Not looking for the guilty’ – Kohona

    The commission set up by the government is sufficient to investigate the allegations of humanitarian standards and human rights violations say the Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Palitha Kohona.
    Speaking to BBC Tamil Service he said that since Sri Lanka had established a commission of enquiry under the parliamentary act and it has full powers to investigate, there is no need for another international body to do the same.

    United Nations and many prominent human rights organisations are calling for an independent international investigation in to war crimes committed during the last stages of the war by both the government forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels.

    International body will confuse

    “It will be a confusing thing to have another international body to investigate these claims” said Dr Kohona

    Pointing out that there is no precedent any where in the world where enquiries had been established by anybody on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations Dr Kohona said “even the ICG report refers to this that and another thing but there is no just substantiation with accurate evidence”.

    No evidence- Kohona

    Video footage of alleged abuses were collected

    When pointed out that the ICG [International Crisis Group] report quoted sworn affidavits, photographs and video footage of abuses, the ambassador said the evidence was not sufficient to launch any investigation.

    In a recent report, International Crisis Group claimed that, from eyewitness evidence, it believes at least 30,000 civilians were killed or unaccounted for and countless others wounded and deprived of food and medicine during the last stage of the war in Sri Lanka. The report also say that there is evidence that government forces intentionally shelled civilians, hospitals and humanitarian operations.

    The report of the ICG was followed by another comprehensive report by the Human Rights Watch [HRW]. HRW report also detailed war crimes allegations. The report was illustrated with witness statements and detailed photographs of alleged crimes taking place.

    “You should not establish a panel or enquiry on the basis of irresponsible allegations made by organisations” added the ambassador.

    Earlier this year, UN secretary General said that his Chief of staff Vijay Nambiar and Dr. Palitha Kohona were having discussions about the UN appointing an advisory panel of experts on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. The Secretary General confirmed to the media this week that he is in the process of setting up the advisory panel.

    According to Ambassador Kohona Sri Lanka’s approach is not to find guilty parties and punish them but to deal with them in old Sri Lankan way.

    We don’t go around looking for guilty party and string them up, that attitude comes from a different culture

    Dr. Kohona

    “We don’t go around looking for guilty party and string them up, that attitude comes from a different culture” Dr Kohona Said.

    Dr Kohona who claims the commission as a comprehensive process also said that this commission is similar to South African Truth and Reconciliation commission but not be the same.

    “This is our own approach, this is our domestic process and we take responsibility for it” he said

    Ambassador Kohona argues that the recommendations by the commission will direct the authorities on how to deal with individuals and groups who may have been responsible for certain acts.

    He also reminded that one party to the conflict no longer exist thus this is an exercise not finding guilty party to punish.

    “We have established a commission and we are fully confident. So we can deal with our own issues in our own way” he said.

    Former UN High Commissioner Louise Arbour, current President of the International Crisis Group [ICG] told the BBC Sinhala Service that the Commission appointed by the government is unresponsive to the allegations of violations raised by the human rights organisations.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/05/1

  60. Not looking for the guilty’ – Kohona

    The commission set up by the government is sufficient to investigate the allegations of humanitarian standards and human rights violations say the Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Palitha Kohona.
    Speaking to BBC Tamil Service he said that since Sri Lanka had established a commission of enquiry under the parliamentary act and it has full powers to investigate, there is no need for another international body to do the same.

    United Nations and many prominent human rights organisations are calling for an independent international investigation in to war crimes committed during the last stages of the war by both the government forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels.

    International body will confuse

    “It will be a confusing thing to have another international body to investigate these claims” said Dr Kohona

    Pointing out that there is no precedent any where in the world where enquiries had been established by anybody on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations Dr Kohona said “even the ICG report refers to this that and another thing but there is no just substantiation with accurate evidence”.

    No evidence- Kohona

    Video footage of alleged abuses were collected

    When pointed out that the ICG [International Crisis Group] report quoted sworn affidavits, photographs and video footage of abuses, the ambassador said the evidence was not sufficient to launch any investigation.

    In a recent report, International Crisis Group claimed that, from eyewitness evidence, it believes at least 30,000 civilians were killed or unaccounted for and countless others wounded and deprived of food and medicine during the last stage of the war in Sri Lanka. The report also say that there is evidence that government forces intentionally shelled civilians, hospitals and humanitarian operations.

    The report of the ICG was followed by another comprehensive report by the Human Rights Watch [HRW]. HRW report also detailed war crimes allegations. The report was illustrated with witness statements and detailed photographs of alleged crimes taking place.

    “You should not establish a panel or enquiry on the basis of irresponsible allegations made by organisations” added the ambassador.

    Earlier this year, UN secretary General said that his Chief of staff Vijay Nambiar and Dr. Palitha Kohona were having discussions about the UN appointing an advisory panel of experts on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. The Secretary General confirmed to the media this week that he is in the process of setting up the advisory panel.

    According to Ambassador Kohona Sri Lanka’s approach is not to find guilty parties and punish them but to deal with them in old Sri Lankan way.

    We don’t go around looking for guilty party and string them up, that attitude comes from a different culture

    Dr. Kohona

    “We don’t go around looking for guilty party and string them up, that attitude comes from a different culture” Dr Kohona Said.

    Dr Kohona who claims the commission as a comprehensive process also said that this commission is similar to South African Truth and Reconciliation commission but not be the same.

    “This is our own approach, this is our domestic process and we take responsibility for it” he said

    Ambassador Kohona argues that the recommendations by the commission will direct the authorities on how to deal with individuals and groups who may have been responsible for certain acts.

    He also reminded that one party to the conflict no longer exist thus this is an exercise not finding guilty party to punish.

    “We have established a commission and we are fully confident. So we can deal with our own issues in our own way” he said.

    Former UN High Commissioner Louise Arbour, current President of the International Crisis Group [ICG] told the BBC Sinhala Service that the Commission appointed by the government is unresponsive to the allegations of violations raised by the human rights organisations.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/05/1

  61. 5 male corpses exhumed from toilet in Ki’linochchi

    Five male bodies estimated to be between 20 to 35 years of age, in highly decomposed state and packed securely in five separate bags were exhumed from the toilet pit of a house in Ka'neasapuram in Ki’linochchi under the supervision of Vavuniyaa Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) Dr. P. Sritharan and in the presence of Ki’linochchi magistrate Monday morning, sources in Ki’linochchi said. Some of the bodies had clothes with Tiger stripes, some in Lamb Black uniforms used by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and some in ordinary civilian dress, the sources added.

    The victims may have been killed a year ago, according to JMO.

    It was not immediately possible to learn how the victims had been killed as the corpses were in a highly decomposed state.

    According to the Sri Lankan police, packing of the bodies in separate bags and the systematic burial of them gave room to suspect that those who buried the bodies may have intended to take them out again for purposes unknown.

    However, residents in the area, who witnessed injuries in the corpses said the victims could have been wounded LTTE cadres and civilian captives slain by the SLA in its custody.

    Many personnel of SLA Intelligence Division and soldiers were present at the site of exhumation which was carried out from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m under tight security arrangement.

    The bodies were taken to Vavuniyaa Government Hospital for post mortem examinations.

    Members of a family recently resettled in Ka'neasapuram in Ki'iinochchi after being displaced from their house, located Saturday dead bodies of massacred victims, buried inside their toilet pit. The house is located 1 km west of A9 in Ki’linochchi.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  62. 5 male corpses exhumed from toilet in Ki’linochchi

    Five male bodies estimated to be between 20 to 35 years of age, in highly decomposed state and packed securely in five separate bags were exhumed from the toilet pit of a house in Ka'neasapuram in Ki’linochchi under the supervision of Vavuniyaa Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) Dr. P. Sritharan and in the presence of Ki’linochchi magistrate Monday morning, sources in Ki’linochchi said. Some of the bodies had clothes with Tiger stripes, some in Lamb Black uniforms used by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and some in ordinary civilian dress, the sources added.

    The victims may have been killed a year ago, according to JMO.

    It was not immediately possible to learn how the victims had been killed as the corpses were in a highly decomposed state.

    According to the Sri Lankan police, packing of the bodies in separate bags and the systematic burial of them gave room to suspect that those who buried the bodies may have intended to take them out again for purposes unknown.

    However, residents in the area, who witnessed injuries in the corpses said the victims could have been wounded LTTE cadres and civilian captives slain by the SLA in its custody.

    Many personnel of SLA Intelligence Division and soldiers were present at the site of exhumation which was carried out from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m under tight security arrangement.

    The bodies were taken to Vavuniyaa Government Hospital for post mortem examinations.

    Members of a family recently resettled in Ka'neasapuram in Ki'iinochchi after being displaced from their house, located Saturday dead bodies of massacred victims, buried inside their toilet pit. The house is located 1 km west of A9 in Ki’linochchi.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  63. Hello Posers and Apes of the Eelam !!!!!!!!!

    Punchinillame Says:
    May 30th, 2010 at 2:47 am</b.

    I certainly cannot speak on behalf of Ambagoda, But, I can comment on some of the points of POSER Punchinellame,

    1. There were enough attempts to find a solution to this National Problem. Had this Govt. placed any solution on the table immediately or thereafter on
    overcoming the LTTE, the end of so-called Terrorism would have been
    acceptable to all, including the I/C-.

    When the discussions were happening in Geneve to come in to such agreement, What did you Apes do ??????????? Built Bunkers, Brought Air crafts, made submarines, recruited more innocent civilians and children and soldiers…. Is that the solution you Apes wanted ??????

    What happened to the simple agreement you had with Ranil W ?? the cease fire ?? You apes were so high on Banana’s, you could not at least stick to such simple agreement – what more, you killed your own Lakshman K during this agreement – Is MR and his government to be blamed for the stupid mistakes that your Grape Ape and the clown apes did ???

    2. Actions of the US in an international arena after the 9/11 has nothing to
    do with the demand for International Investigations of the GOSL – specially
    after closing the war-front to the Media and NGO – even to.-date!! – in
    killing the Tamils as MR Bros. pleased. (MR has been judged as a
    “Sinhala Racist” by no lesser person than the Statesman of Singapore,
    – Lee Kawan – in the latest book.

    Lee Kwan Yoo indeed is a well respected man and can you please tell us where he has said this – As far as we know, he never said such thing ever. He is too bright for a Ape comment as such.

    Please tell me whether it was Mahinda who killed the Tamils mentioned in the link below !!

    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_killed.htm

    If MR was a racist, he should start with his own family, where he has no less than 100 Tamil in-laws due to marriage. How about you Apes ?? Have any others in your line of relations or is it Apes only ?? Try a Baboon once in a way – you can get them in Afghanistan – they are called taliban there !!

    3. Dont blame India and RAW for the plight of Sri Lankan Politicians.
    The Tamils sought the help of India and they took advantage of helping
    the Tamils with an agenda of theirs. So the problem was initiated by
    Silly lanka in the first place.

    Oh Yeah, we all remember how you paid back for the favour India did by bombarding Rajive Gee… Let’s rest the case at that or your Ape Brains will fry trying to figure out the answers.

  64. Tamils protest Salman Khan's Sri Lanka visit for IIFA function

    Members of the Tamil community staged a protest here on Sunday against Bollywood actor Salman Khan's proposed visit to Sri Lanka for International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards ceremony.

    Earlier, the Tamil community held a similar protest outside actor Amitabh Bachchan's residence on May 11.

    The Tamil film fraternity has also rejected the idea of an Indian film event in Sri Lanka, with popular Tamil actors Rajnikanth, Kamal Hassan, Vijay, Ajith and Surya reportedly declining to take part in the IIFA.

    Some 260,000 Tamil refugees, who fled fighting in the waning months of the war with the Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka and held in military-run camps, are in the process of a slow-moving rehabilitation. (ANI)
    http://sify.com/news/tamils-protest-salman-khan-s

  65. Dear Mr. M.C.M. Iqbal !!

    Let me point out the following summary of your article

    That doesn’t mean the utter failure of Sri Lanka’s justice system doesn’t rankle. I wish our justice system worked as it should and that we could rely on domestic institutions to protect our rights. But we cannot, and the magnitude of the crimes that have been committed demand an international response.

    Only a credible independent international body appointed by the United Nations to inquire and investigate into what happened prior to, during and after the end of the conflict in May 2009 would bring to light the atrocities committed by the State and other parties concerned in the conduct of the war.

    As we both know, the Judiciary of Sri Lanka is a descendant of the English Westminster system, and still improves by means of additions and deletions based on the system – Do you think that the original system is to be blamed ??? Or, do you think that being a sovereign nation, we should have our own system of Justice and do things our own way like most of the independent states around the world does ????

    At the levels you have served, you should obviously know that crimes are committed world over in different capacities and how they have been dealt with. Do you imply that there is a massive difference between those countries and us ?? If you consider the whole world, where do we stand ??? (Please note that the world does not limit to America and a few European nations)

    The credible International Body of United Nations that you have mentioned here have come out with an overwhelming majority of 29 to 12 in favour of not having an investigation against Sri Lanka – So why do you want to harp on it ?? Is it not International enough to you ??? We will try and get the opinions of Aliens no sooner we find their existence and give you some feedback !

    BTW, I know that you are not an Ape with Terrorist mentality. So let’s try think beyond the nostrils and peeling Banana’s and see the wider picture here.

  66. Tamils protest Salman Khan's Sri Lanka visit for IIFA function

    Members of the Tamil community staged a protest here on Sunday against Bollywood actor Salman Khan's proposed visit to Sri Lanka for International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards ceremony.

    Earlier, the Tamil community held a similar protest outside actor Amitabh Bachchan's residence on May 11.

    The Tamil film fraternity has also rejected the idea of an Indian film event in Sri Lanka, with popular Tamil actors Rajnikanth, Kamal Hassan, Vijay, Ajith and Surya reportedly declining to take part in the IIFA.

    Some 260,000 Tamil refugees, who fled fighting in the waning months of the war with the Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka and held in military-run camps, are in the process of a slow-moving rehabilitation. (ANI)
    http://sify.com/news/tamils-protest-salman-khan-s

  67. Tamils protest Salman Khan's Sri Lanka visit for IIFA function

    Members of the Tamil community staged a protest here on Sunday against Bollywood actor Salman Khan's proposed visit to Sri Lanka for International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards ceremony.

    Earlier, the Tamil community held a similar protest outside actor Amitabh Bachchan's residence on May 11.

    The Tamil film fraternity has also rejected the idea of an Indian film event in Sri Lanka, with popular Tamil actors Rajnikanth, Kamal Hassan, Vijay, Ajith and Surya reportedly declining to take part in the IIFA.

    Some 260,000 Tamil refugees, who fled fighting in the waning months of the war with the Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka and held in military-run camps, are in the process of a slow-moving rehabilitation. (ANI)
    http://sify.com/news/tamils-protest-salman-khan-s

  68. Impeccable Jim Gona

    Ruffian, you may tell me first that what's the cause for your aversion or abhorrence with naive Tamils?

    You are such an opprobrious person to dislike your bread and butter.

    You can't order me to do anything since I have been living here in my own house and now my forlorn garden also looks so much presentable after sprucing up for wesak.

    As most of the workers there are Sinhalese, we couldn't stop them bedecking it out to mark the occasion.

    Why do you harp on the ferocious animals in Yala?

    They must be your relationships.

    Of course they also don't know the manners and lack perspicacity and discerning power as same as you.

    So, you must stop kicking up a big fuss over nothing.

    You only get your self upset unnecessarily. LOL 🙂

  69. Your medication is not working you and you may have to see the doctor again for a review!

    Else you are not able to recover and it will be too late.

    Pitiful fool !

    Your postings are trange and you are not behaving as a normal human being

    I feel SORRY FOR U !! 🙁 🙁 🙁

    You dump rubbish …only rubbish here.

    There is NO FREEDOM FOR ANY ONE in SL

  70. Impeccable Jim Gona !
    Your post proves that you live in fantasy world and repeatedly BS to compromise with Sri Lankan gov. killers and dictators. 🙁

  71. Not looking for the guilty’ – Kohona

    The commission set up by the government is sufficient to investigate the allegations of humanitarian standards and human rights violations say the Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Palitha Kohona.
    Speaking to BBC Tamil Service he said that since Sri Lanka had established a commission of enquiry under the parliamentary act and it has full powers to investigate, there is no need for another international body to do the same.

    United Nations and many prominent human rights organisations are calling for an independent international investigation in to war crimes committed during the last stages of the war by both the government forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels.

    International body will confuse

    “It will be a confusing thing to have another international body to investigate these claims” said Dr Kohona

    Pointing out that there is no precedent any where in the world where enquiries had been established by anybody on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations Dr Kohona said “even the ICG report refers to this that and another thing but there is no just substantiation with accurate evidence”.

    No evidence- Kohona

    Video footage of alleged abuses were collected

    When pointed out that the ICG [International Crisis Group] report quoted sworn affidavits, photographs and video footage of abuses, the ambassador said the evidence was not sufficient to launch any investigation.

    In a recent report, International Crisis Group claimed that, from eyewitness evidence, it believes at least 30,000 civilians were killed or unaccounted for and countless others wounded and deprived of food and medicine during the last stage of the war in Sri Lanka. The report also say that there is evidence that government forces intentionally shelled civilians, hospitals and humanitarian operations.

    The report of the ICG was followed by another comprehensive report by the Human Rights Watch [HRW]. HRW report also detailed war crimes allegations. The report was illustrated with witness statements and detailed photographs of alleged crimes taking place.

    “You should not establish a panel or enquiry on the basis of irresponsible allegations made by organisations” added the ambassador.

    Earlier this year, UN secretary General said that his Chief of staff Vijay Nambiar and Dr. Palitha Kohona were having discussions about the UN appointing an advisory panel of experts on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. The Secretary General confirmed to the media this week that he is in the process of setting up the advisory panel.

    According to Ambassador Kohona Sri Lanka’s approach is not to find guilty parties and punish them but to deal with them in old Sri Lankan way.

    We don’t go around looking for guilty party and string them up, that attitude comes from a different culture

    Dr. Kohona

    “We don’t go around looking for guilty party and string them up, that attitude comes from a different culture” Dr Kohona Said.

    Dr Kohona who claims the commission as a comprehensive process also said that this commission is similar to South African Truth and Reconciliation commission but not be the same.

    “This is our own approach, this is our domestic process and we take responsibility for it” he said

    Ambassador Kohona argues that the recommendations by the commission will direct the authorities on how to deal with individuals and groups who may have been responsible for certain acts.

    He also reminded that one party to the conflict no longer exist thus this is an exercise not finding guilty party to punish.

    “We have established a commission and we are fully confident. So we can deal with our own issues in our own way” he said.

    Former UN High Commissioner Louise Arbour, current President of the International Crisis Group [ICG] told the BBC Sinhala Service that the Commission appointed by the government is unresponsive to the allegations of violations raised by the human rights organisations.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/05/100527_khona.shtml

  72. 5 male corpses exhumed from toilet in Ki’linochchi

    Five male bodies estimated to be between 20 to 35 years of age, in highly decomposed state and packed securely in five separate bags were exhumed from the toilet pit of a house in Ka’neasapuram in Ki’linochchi under the supervision of Vavuniyaa Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) Dr. P. Sritharan and in the presence of Ki’linochchi magistrate Monday morning, sources in Ki’linochchi said. Some of the bodies had clothes with Tiger stripes, some in Lamb Black uniforms used by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and some in ordinary civilian dress, the sources added.

    The victims may have been killed a year ago, according to JMO.

    It was not immediately possible to learn how the victims had been killed as the corpses were in a highly decomposed state.

    According to the Sri Lankan police, packing of the bodies in separate bags and the systematic burial of them gave room to suspect that those who buried the bodies may have intended to take them out again for purposes unknown.

    However, residents in the area, who witnessed injuries in the corpses said the victims could have been wounded LTTE cadres and civilian captives slain by the SLA in its custody.

    Many personnel of SLA Intelligence Division and soldiers were present at the site of exhumation which was carried out from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m under tight security arrangement.

    The bodies were taken to Vavuniyaa Government Hospital for post mortem examinations.

    Members of a family recently resettled in Ka’neasapuram in Ki’iinochchi after being displaced from their house, located Saturday dead bodies of massacred victims, buried inside their toilet pit. The house is located 1 km west of A9 in Ki’linochchi.

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31872

  73. Tamils protest Salman Khan’s Sri Lanka visit for IIFA function

    Members of the Tamil community staged a protest here on Sunday against Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s proposed visit to Sri Lanka for International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards ceremony.

    Earlier, the Tamil community held a similar protest outside actor Amitabh Bachchan’s residence on May 11.

    The Tamil film fraternity has also rejected the idea of an Indian film event in Sri Lanka, with popular Tamil actors Rajnikanth, Kamal Hassan, Vijay, Ajith and Surya reportedly declining to take part in the IIFA.

    Some 260,000 Tamil refugees, who fled fighting in the waning months of the war with the Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka and held in military-run camps, are in the process of a slow-moving rehabilitation. (ANI)

    http://sify.com/news/tamils-protest-salman-khan-s-sri-lanka-visit-for-iifa-function-news-national-kf5mEdeicaj.html

  74. Impeccable Jim Gona

    Ruffian, you may tell me first that what’s the cause for your aversion or abhorrence with naive Tamils?

    You are such an opprobrious person to dislike your bread and butter.

    You can’t order me to do anything since I have been living here in my own house and now my forlorn garden also looks so much presentable after sprucing up for wesak.

    As most of the workers there are Sinhalese, we couldn’t stop them bedecking it out to mark the occasion.

    Why do you harp on the ferocious animals in Yala?

    They must be your relationships.

    Of course they also don’t know the manners and lack perspicacity and discerning power as same as you.

    So, you must stop kicking up a big fuss over nothing.

    You only get your self upset unnecessarily. LOL 🙂

  75. Dear Editors,

    A laudable and wholly worthwhile piece asking for independent investigations. Who, could quibble with this?

    I have a slight problem with this, you'll be unsurprised to hear.

    AI are fully behind internationalising the investigations on the grounds that as the SL govt has been less than forthcoming on two separate previous occasions, no-one will believe them.

    Therefore any other group with a similar record should be treated with equal skepticism. Those two groups are the LTTE and Amnesty International.

    The LTTE's track record in breaking ceasefires and using ceasefires to re-arm to re-commence hostilities are too well known to repeat here. Yet, at the end of the war, AI were at the forefront of 'concerned' global NGO (mainly from the West) demanding and pressurising the SL govt for 'temporary ceasefires'.

    AI knew very well that a ceasefire would only mean further, endless fighting.

    Amnesty International's lies and evasions to pressure SL into accepting a ceasefire at the critical juncture are also well known. In case you've forgotten, here are two instances, picked at random:

    Example 1:Here's the appalling Yolanda Foster, AI's SL expert in action in 2008:
    "By 2008 the Coffee Club had geared itself to trying to stop the progress of the Sri Lankan forces. For this purpose they prepared a statement which they delivered to the UN Secretary General, one of the first shots in the saga of misinformation provided to him. The text was largely prepared in London, by a shadowy figure called Peter Bowling, … supposed to be sympathetic to the LTTE according to staff at our High Commission. It had been discussed with, amongst others, Yolanda Foster of Amnesty International, who had served a stint in Sri Lanka at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, and Alan Keenan of the International Crisis Group, who was still in Colombo and also associated with the ICES group." http://www.island.lk/2010/03/30/features2.html

    Example 2: We have Sam Zafiri another AI spokesdroid who used to work at HRW, also getting on the SL war crimes bandwagon.
    "Zarifi made a speciality of condemning the arrangements being made from those fleeing from the Tigers to government controlled territory."

    Example 3: And most disappointingly, our very own Jim McDonald, who falsely accused the SLAF of using cluster bombs and was unable to accept that he was totally wrong! Oh dear…. 🙂
    http://www.lankamission.org/content/view/1563/49/

    So, to summarise:

    1. The SL govt lies or is economical with the truth on two occasions. They can't be trusted again.

    2. The LTTE lies and breaks promises as a matter of daily routine, but they should be allowed another chance.

    3. Amnesty International lies on many occasions, yet Sri Lanka has to listen respectfully to it and the rest of the self-serving hypocritical Western NGO circus.

    Yet again, time to treat AI's pronouncements on SL with the contempt they deserve.

    p.s. On the 'lessons learnt', this from 'The Island', an independant SL newspaper says it all:

    "Lessons that all of us have already learnt and have yet to learn from thirty years of fighting are fairly well known. Some of them are:
    No community can or must try to suppress another;
    Violence does not pay; this country does not belong to any particular community;
    – All communities belong to it;
    – It is too small to be divided among different communities but certainly large enough for all communities to live in peacefully.
    – The time has come for us to put the conflict behind us, forget and forgive and move forward."

  76. Dear Editors,

    A laudable and wholly worthwhile piece asking for independent investigations. Who, could quibble with this?

    I have a slight problem with this, you'll be unsurprised to hear.

    AI are fully behind internationalising the investigations on the grounds that as the SL govt has been less than forthcoming on two separate previous occasions, no-one will believe them.

    Therefore any other group with a similar record should be treated with equal skepticism. Those two groups are the LTTE and Amnesty International.

    The LTTE's track record in breaking ceasefires and using ceasefires to re-arm to re-commence hostilities are too well known to repeat here. Yet, at the end of the war, AI were at the forefront of 'concerned' global NGO (mainly from the West) demanding and pressurising the SL govt for 'temporary ceasefires'.

    AI knew very well that a ceasefire would only mean further, endless fighting.

    Amnesty International's lies and evasions to pressure SL into accepting a ceasefire at the critical juncture are also well known. In case you've forgotten, here are two instances, picked at random:

    Example 1:Here's the appalling Yolanda Foster, AI's SL expert in action in 2008:
    "By 2008 the Coffee Club had geared itself to trying to stop the progress of the Sri Lankan forces. For this purpose they prepared a statement which they delivered to the UN Secretary General, one of the first shots in the saga of misinformation provided to him. The text was largely prepared in London, by a shadowy figure called Peter Bowling, … supposed to be sympathetic to the LTTE according to staff at our High Commission. It had been discussed with, amongst others, Yolanda Foster of Amnesty International, who had served a stint in Sri Lanka at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, and Alan Keenan of the International Crisis Group, who was still in Colombo and also associated with the ICES group." http://www.island.lk/2010/03/30/features2.html

    Example 2: We have Sam Zafiri another AI spokesdroid who used to work at HRW, also getting on the SL war crimes bandwagon.
    "Zarifi made a speciality of condemning the arrangements being made from those fleeing from the Tigers to government controlled territory."

    Example 3: And most disappointingly, our very own Jim McDonald, who falsely accused the SLAF of using cluster bombs and was unable to accept that he was totally wrong! Oh dear…. 🙂
    http://www.lankamission.org/content/view/1563/49/

    So, to summarise:

    1. The SL govt lies or is economical with the truth on two occasions. They can't be trusted again.

    2. The LTTE lies and breaks promises as a matter of daily routine, but they should be allowed another chance.

    3. Amnesty International lies on many occasions, yet Sri Lanka has to listen respectfully to it and the rest of the self-serving hypocritical Western NGO circus.

    Yet again, time to treat AI's pronouncements on SL with the contempt they deserve.

    p.s. On the 'lessons learnt', this from 'The Island', an independant SL newspaper says it all:

    "Lessons that all of us have already learnt and have yet to learn from thirty years of fighting are fairly well known. Some of them are:
    No community can or must try to suppress another;
    Violence does not pay; this country does not belong to any particular community;
    – All communities belong to it;
    – It is too small to be divided among different communities but certainly large enough for all communities to live in peacefully.
    – The time has come for us to put the conflict behind us, forget and forgive and move forward."

  77. Dear Editors,

    A laudable and wholly worthwhile piece asking for independent investigations. Who, could quibble with this?

    I have a slight problem with this, you'll be unsurprised to hear.

    AI are fully behind internationalising the investigations on the grounds that as the SL govt has been less than forthcoming on two separate previous occasions, no-one will believe them.

    Therefore any other group with a similar record should be treated with equal skepticism. Those two groups are the LTTE and Amnesty International.

    The LTTE's track record in breaking ceasefires and using ceasefires to re-arm to re-commence hostilities are too well known to repeat here. Yet, at the end of the war, AI were at the forefront of 'concerned' global NGO (mainly from the West) demanding and pressurising the SL govt for 'temporary ceasefires'.

    AI knew very well that a ceasefire would only mean further, endless fighting.

    Amnesty International's lies and evasions to pressure SL into accepting a ceasefire at the critical juncture are also well known. In case you've forgotten, here are two instances, picked at random:

    Example 1:Here's the appalling Yolanda Foster, AI's SL expert in action in 2008:
    "By 2008 the Coffee Club had geared itself to trying to stop the progress of the Sri Lankan forces. For this purpose they prepared a statement which they delivered to the UN Secretary General, one of the first shots in the saga of misinformation provided to him. The text was largely prepared in London, by a shadowy figure called Peter Bowling, … supposed to be sympathetic to the LTTE according to staff at our High Commission. It had been discussed with, amongst others, Yolanda Foster of Amnesty International, who had served a stint in Sri Lanka at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, and Alan Keenan of the International Crisis Group, who was still in Colombo and also associated with the ICES group." http://www.island.lk/2010/03/30/features2.html

    Example 2: We have Sam Zafiri another AI spokesdroid who used to work at HRW, also getting on the SL war crimes bandwagon.
    "Zarifi made a speciality of condemning the arrangements being made from those fleeing from the Tigers to government controlled territory."

    Example 3: And most disappointingly, our very own Jim McDonald, who falsely accused the SLAF of using cluster bombs and was unable to accept that he was totally wrong! Oh dear…. 🙂
    http://www.lankamission.org/content/view/1563/49/

    So, to summarise:

    1. The SL govt lies or is economical with the truth on two occasions. They can't be trusted again.

    2. The LTTE lies and breaks promises as a matter of daily routine, but they should be allowed another chance.

    3. Amnesty International lies on many occasions, yet Sri Lanka has to listen respectfully to it and the rest of the self-serving hypocritical Western NGO circus.

    Yet again, time to treat AI's pronouncements on SL with the contempt they deserve.

    p.s. On the 'lessons learnt', this from 'The Island', an independant SL newspaper says it all:

    "Lessons that all of us have already learnt and have yet to learn from thirty years of fighting are fairly well known. Some of them are:
    No community can or must try to suppress another;
    Violence does not pay; this country does not belong to any particular community;
    – All communities belong to it;
    – It is too small to be divided among different communities but certainly large enough for all communities to live in peacefully.
    – The time has come for us to put the conflict behind us, forget and forgive and move forward."

  78. One year after the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, one of the Indian doctors who treated Tamil refugees during the last months of the conflict says there were "massive casualties" among the civilian population.

    The Sri Lankan government has denied any targeted killing of civilians and contested figures that up to 40 000 civilians died in the final phase of the conflict.

    "We were not prepared (for what we saw) when we reached the camp… the extent of injuries… long lines of people," the doctor told newspaper over phone from India, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    "We were overwhelmed by what we saw. It was clear the people (the internally displaced) had been battered." This is probably the only eyewitness account from the battle zone.

    "We were treating hundreds of patients every day. Shell injuries, bullet injuries. More than 80 per cent of these patients said either someone in their family or in a family they knew was killed or injured. Nearly 80 to 90 of the 120-odd patients had a story of death or injury to recollect," the doctor said.

    "Someone lost her husband, someone's parents died and someone's neighbour had bullet injuries. Families from Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts were the worse-hit."

    The war ended on May 18, 2009. Between June 1 and August 31, the team of doctors, nurses and paramedics — of which the doctor was a part — treated more than 90,000 Tamils in a camp in the northern district of Vavuniya.

    This would mean, based on the doctor's 80 per cent figure, casualties — deaths and wounded — in the region of 40,000.

    The patients who were treated at the Indian camp were among the 300,000 displaced civilians who fled the so-called ‘no fire zone' declared on a sliver of land on the northeast coast of Mullaitivu where they were trapped from February 2009.

    But the ‘no fire zone' was, in fact, a battlefield and saw pitched battles between the government and the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam rebels.

    About 10,000 children were treated by the Indian team for disease, infection and injuries. "We treated children with bullet and shell injuries. Even infants had bullet injuries. If children cannot be protected, the situation of adults could only be worse. More than 80 per cent of the children were malnourished."

    Every morning, the doctors conducted an "injection parade" for adults and children with infections. "Lots of infections were contracted in the camps."

    Why did he decide to speak now?

    "I thought even after a year, not many were aware of what happened… the carnage… things were being brushed under the carpet."

  79. Huge civilian toll in Lanka war: Indian doc

    tp://www.hindustantimes.com/Huge-civilian-toll-in-Sri-Lanka-war-says-Indian-doctor/Article1-551391.aspx

  80. Dear Editors,

    A laudable and wholly worthwhile piece asking for independent investigations. Who, could quibble with this?

    I have a slight problem with this, you’ll be unsurprised to hear.

    AI are fully behind internationalising the investigations on the grounds that as the SL govt has been less than forthcoming on two separate previous occasions, no-one will believe them.

    Therefore any other group with a similar record should be treated with equal skepticism. Those two groups are the LTTE and Amnesty International.

    The LTTE’s track record in breaking ceasefires and using ceasefires to re-arm to re-commence hostilities are too well known to repeat here. Yet, at the end of the war, AI were at the forefront of ‘concerned’ global NGO (mainly from the West) demanding and pressurising the SL govt for ‘temporary ceasefires’.

    AI knew very well that a ceasefire would only mean further, endless fighting.

    Amnesty International’s lies and evasions to pressure SL into accepting a ceasefire at the critical juncture are also well known. In case you’ve forgotten, here are two instances, picked at random:

    Example 1:Here’s the appalling Yolanda Foster, AI’s SL expert in action in 2008:
    By 2008 the Coffee Club had geared itself to trying to stop the progress of the Sri Lankan forces. For this purpose they prepared a statement which they delivered to the UN Secretary General, one of the first shots in the saga of misinformation provided to him. The text was largely prepared in London, by a shadowy figure called Peter Bowling, … supposed to be sympathetic to the LTTE according to staff at our High Commission. It had been discussed with, amongst others, Yolanda Foster of Amnesty International, who had served a stint in Sri Lanka at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, and Alan Keenan of the International Crisis Group, who was still in Colombo and also associated with the ICES group.”
    http://www.island.lk/2010/03/30/features2.html

    Example 2: We have Sam Zafiri another AI spokesdroid who used to work at HRW, also getting on the SL war crimes bandwagon.
    “Zarifi made a speciality of condemning the arrangements being made from those fleeing from the Tigers to government controlled territory.”

    Example 3: And most disappointingly, our very own Jim McDonald, who falsely accused the SLAF of using cluster bombs and was unable to accept that he was totally wrong! Oh dear…. 🙂

    http://www.lankamission.org/content/view/1563/49/

    So, to summarise:

    1. The SL govt lies or is economical with the truth on two occasions. They can’t be trusted again.

    2. The LTTE lies and breaks promises as a matter of daily routine, but they should be allowed another chance.

    3. Amnesty International lies on many occasions, yet Sri Lanka has to listen respectfully to it and the rest of the self-serving hypocritical Western NGO circus.

    Yet again, time to treat AI’s pronouncements on SL with the contempt they deserve.

    p.s. On the ‘lessons learnt’, this from ‘The Island’, an independant SL newspaper says it all:

    “Lessons that all of us have already learnt and have yet to learn from thirty years of fighting are fairly well known. Some of them are:
    No community can or must try to suppress another;
    Violence does not pay; this country does not belong to any particular community;
    – All communities belong to it;
    – It is too small to be divided among different communities but certainly large enough for all communities to live in peacefully.
    – The time has come for us to put the conflict behind us, forget and forgive and move forward.”

  81. One year after the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, one of the Indian doctors who treated Tamil refugees during the last months of the conflict says there were “massive casualties” among the civilian population.

    The Sri Lankan government has denied any targeted killing of civilians and contested figures that up to 40 000 civilians died in the final phase of the conflict.

    “We were not prepared (for what we saw) when we reached the camp… the extent of injuries… long lines of people,” the doctor told newspaper over phone from India, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    “We were overwhelmed by what we saw. It was clear the people (the internally displaced) had been battered.” This is probably the only eyewitness account from the battle zone.

    “We were treating hundreds of patients every day. Shell injuries, bullet injuries. More than 80 per cent of these patients said either someone in their family or in a family they knew was killed or injured. Nearly 80 to 90 of the 120-odd patients had a story of death or injury to recollect,” the doctor said.

    “Someone lost her husband, someone’s parents died and someone’s neighbour had bullet injuries. Families from Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts were the worse-hit.”

    The war ended on May 18, 2009. Between June 1 and August 31, the team of doctors, nurses and paramedics — of which the doctor was a part — treated more than 90,000 Tamils in a camp in the northern district of Vavuniya.

    This would mean, based on the doctor’s 80 per cent figure, casualties — deaths and wounded — in the region of 40,000.

    The patients who were treated at the Indian camp were among the 300,000 displaced civilians who fled the so-called ‘no fire zone’ declared on a sliver of land on the northeast coast of Mullaitivu where they were trapped from February 2009.

    But the ‘no fire zone’ was, in fact, a battlefield and saw pitched battles between the government and the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam rebels.

    About 10,000 children were treated by the Indian team for disease, infection and injuries. “We treated children with bullet and shell injuries. Even infants had bullet injuries. If children cannot be protected, the situation of adults could only be worse. More than 80 per cent of the children were malnourished.”

    Every morning, the doctors conducted an “injection parade” for adults and children with infections. “Lots of infections were contracted in the camps.”

    Why did he decide to speak now?

    “I thought even after a year, not many were aware of what happened… the carnage… things were being brushed under the carpet.”

  82. Hello Pose "Alina"

    Alainaatham Says:
    May 31st, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Impeccable Jim Gona !
    Your post proves that you live in fantasy world and repeatedly BS to compromise with Sri Lankan gov. killers and dictators. 🙁

    Due, it is you who is living in the fantasy world of Eelma – See Alice in Wonderland – Wonderland does not exist. Neverland – Peter Pan – Neveralnd does not Exist (MJ's is Never Never land) Alian and the Posers Eelma – Does not exist – See the equation ??? See the similarities of Fantasy lands ???

    As for me – I live in Sri Lanka as a Sri Lankan – Me have land – No fantasy !!!

    If your Ape brain processors it, go figure out !! – Thank you !!

    Sri Lanka government killers and Dictators ?????

    See these links !!
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attr

    If your Ape brains cannot process or fathom out whether the killers are the GOSL or your Glorified Ape group LTTE, let the Humans of the world decide !!

    BTW, I don't think I can reason out what your previous handle was – all you posers need to first of all let us know what post of our you are talking of. I hope your Ape brains could figure that out for all our sake.

  83. Sri Lanka needs international probe: UN rights chief http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100531/wl_sthasia_a
    This is the repeated call from UN rights chief for probe
    The head of the United Nations Commission for Human Rights called for international involvement in probing alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka's war against Tamil Tigers.
    In her opening address to the 14th session of Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, Navanethem Pillay on Monday, called for accountability in the Commission on Lessons Learned and Reconciliation appointed by President Mahinda Rajapakse.

    ‘Concrete initiative must now follow to provide justice and redress to victims and generally to promote accountability and longer-term reconciliation’ she said. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/05/1

  84. Huge civilian toll in Lanka war: Indian doc

    tp://www.hindustantimes.com/Huge-civilian-toll-in-Sri-Lanka-war-says-Indian-doctor/Article1-551391.aspx

  85. After the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government won the parliamentary election in April this year, Sri Lanka appointed a law professor, G. L. Peiris, as the foreign minister who, for the first time, makes his week-long official visit to the U.S starting May 23. He the met UN Secretary, General Ban Ki-Moon, on May 24th at the UN headquarters in New York, as well as the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton on May 28 in Washington D.C. The learned professor also met several other U.S. politicians and down played the serious nature of the crimes against humanity, the war crimes, and genocide. He also lectured to them that in so far as the Tamils were concerned they could not have been happier.

    Peiris was rushed to the U.S. within a week of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) holding its first meeting between 17 to May 19 at the historic National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the Constitution of the U.S was adopted in 1787. William Ramsey Clark (a former US Attorney General) and Domach Wal Ruach (the Secretary General of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) USA) were named as keynote speakers of the inaugural event.

    At the meeting with UN’s Mr. Ban was discussed the proposed visit of UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe prior to setting up a panel of experts to advise him on Sri Lanka’s human rights accountability, and the entry of senior UN officials, including Mr. Pascoe.

    While the professor was telling his audience that everything was hunky-dory at home, thousands of young Tamils were under detention or being killed by the Sri Lankan government. The government denies access to UN or any other foreign agencies to see the detainees. Yet, the Sri Lankan government continues to claim that they are treating the detainees humanly and after screening them releasing them. It is learnt from reliable sources that after their ‘release’ they are paraded before the media and then again arrested. http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=145&amp

  86. Hello Pose "Alina"

    Alainaatham Says:
    May 31st, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Impeccable Jim Gona !
    Your post proves that you live in fantasy world and repeatedly BS to compromise with Sri Lankan gov. killers and dictators. 🙁

    Due, it is you who is living in the fantasy world of Eelma – See Alice in Wonderland – Wonderland does not exist. Neverland – Peter Pan – Neveralnd does not Exist (MJ's is Never Never land) Alian and the Posers Eelma – Does not exist – See the equation ??? See the similarities of Fantasy lands ???

    As for me – I live in Sri Lanka as a Sri Lankan – Me have land – No fantasy !!!

    If your Ape brain processors it, go figure out !! – Thank you !!

    Sri Lanka government killers and Dictators ?????

    See these links !!
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attr

    If your Ape brains cannot process or fathom out whether the killers are the GOSL or your Glorified Ape group LTTE, let the Humans of the world decide !!

    BTW, I don't think I can reason out what your previous handle was – all you posers need to first of all let us know what post of our you are talking of. I hope your Ape brains could figure that out for all our sake.

  87. Hello Pose "Alina"

    Alainaatham Says:
    May 31st, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Impeccable Jim Gona !
    Your post proves that you live in fantasy world and repeatedly BS to compromise with Sri Lankan gov. killers and dictators. 🙁

    Due, it is you who is living in the fantasy world of Eelma – See Alice in Wonderland – Wonderland does not exist. Neverland – Peter Pan – Neveralnd does not Exist (MJ's is Never Never land) Alian and the Posers Eelma – Does not exist – See the equation ??? See the similarities of Fantasy lands ???

    As for me – I live in Sri Lanka as a Sri Lankan – Me have land – No fantasy !!!

    If your Ape brain processors it, go figure out !! – Thank you !!

    Sri Lanka government killers and Dictators ?????

    See these links !!
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attr

    If your Ape brains cannot process or fathom out whether the killers are the GOSL or your Glorified Ape group LTTE, let the Humans of the world decide !!

    BTW, I don't think I can reason out what your previous handle was – all you posers need to first of all let us know what post of our you are talking of. I hope your Ape brains could figure that out for all our sake.

  88. Sri Lanka needs international probe: UN rights chief http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100531/wl_sthasia_a
    This is the repeated call from UN rights chief for probe
    The head of the United Nations Commission for Human Rights called for international involvement in probing alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka's war against Tamil Tigers.
    In her opening address to the 14th session of Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, Navanethem Pillay on Monday, called for accountability in the Commission on Lessons Learned and Reconciliation appointed by President Mahinda Rajapakse.

    ‘Concrete initiative must now follow to provide justice and redress to victims and generally to promote accountability and longer-term reconciliation’ she said. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/05/1

  89. Sri Lanka needs international probe: UN rights chief http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100531/wl_sthasia_a
    This is the repeated call from UN rights chief for probe
    The head of the United Nations Commission for Human Rights called for international involvement in probing alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka's war against Tamil Tigers.
    In her opening address to the 14th session of Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, Navanethem Pillay on Monday, called for accountability in the Commission on Lessons Learned and Reconciliation appointed by President Mahinda Rajapakse.

    ‘Concrete initiative must now follow to provide justice and redress to victims and generally to promote accountability and longer-term reconciliation’ she said. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/05/1

  90. And Hello to the Ape Puligal Says:
    May 31st, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Impeccable Jim Gona

    Ruffian, you may tell me first that what’s the cause for your aversion or abhorrence with naive Tamils?

    Ane mentally sick Terrorist, Please read the posts carefully, if possible try to take a print out. Go to your neighbour who hopefull knows good English and tell them to read it out to you and explain to you what we have said. They will tell you that our posts have nothing against Tamils, but, with the mentally challenged un evolved terrorists !!

    You are such an opprobrious person to dislike your bread and butter.

    Please explain further what you mean by this. Anyways, I like my rice and curry better than my Bread and butter – See I have not forgotten my roots. I guess you have forgotten your Chapathi and Minchi Sambol after moving the safe havens in Europe or Canada !!

    You can’t order me to do anything since I have been living here in my own house and now my forlorn garden also looks so much presentable after sprucing up for wesak.

    This is the first conversation I am having with you, under your handle of Pulieelam (is it?) I know that most of you are posers. But, if your Ape brains cannot fathom out coming with different handle will not help, I cannot help it. Anyways, If this is the first time I am communicating with you, how can I order you to do anything ?? I don't think I have ordered anybody to do anything in this forum. I am only stating and correcting your pathetic low mental attitudes which are full of lies.

    I don't see how Wesak and your Garden needs to be dragged in to this conversation anyways – So – pass !

    As most of the workers there are Sinhalese, we couldn’t stop them bedecking it out to mark the occasion.
    Must be Hurtful for your sore eyes Noh ?? The People in the north celebrated Wesak with the rest of the country very Happily… They actually called out 'Preethi Wesak" while you guys were shedding crocodile tears – Patheic noh ?

    Why do you harp on the ferocious animals in Yala?

    If you are talking of Apes – you don't get them in Yala and they are not ferocious !!

    They must be your relationships. I trust you mean relations ?? Yes indeed, I would like to see the nature as part of our lives. See, apparently, as per theory of evolution, we were living in the Jungles too, Apes, evolved in tot Humans. My worry is that you haven't still evolved in to modern Humans. Why you thinking like Apes and trying to go to Yala ??? Anyways, Go eat a Banana and start thinking about it !!

    Of course they also don’t know the manners and lack perspicacity and discerning power as same as you.
    Take a Bow you poser – that, the readers will decide – think they have already got the evidence to fathom it out – Eat another Banana. may be it will help you brain function better !!

    So, you must stop kicking up a big fuss over nothing.

    You only get your self upset unnecessarily. LOL 🙂

    Dude – Check out posts and you will see who are having fun and who are trying hard of desperation !! – Have the Third Banana, may be it will help you figure out this point !!

  91. After the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government won the parliamentary election in April this year, Sri Lanka appointed a law professor, G. L. Peiris, as the foreign minister who, for the first time, makes his week-long official visit to the U.S starting May 23. He the met UN Secretary, General Ban Ki-Moon, on May 24th at the UN headquarters in New York, as well as the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton on May 28 in Washington D.C. The learned professor also met several other U.S. politicians and down played the serious nature of the crimes against humanity, the war crimes, and genocide. He also lectured to them that in so far as the Tamils were concerned they could not have been happier.

    Peiris was rushed to the U.S. within a week of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) holding its first meeting between 17 to May 19 at the historic National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the Constitution of the U.S was adopted in 1787. William Ramsey Clark (a former US Attorney General) and Domach Wal Ruach (the Secretary General of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) USA) were named as keynote speakers of the inaugural event.

    At the meeting with UN’s Mr. Ban was discussed the proposed visit of UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe prior to setting up a panel of experts to advise him on Sri Lanka’s human rights accountability, and the entry of senior UN officials, including Mr. Pascoe.

    While the professor was telling his audience that everything was hunky-dory at home, thousands of young Tamils were under detention or being killed by the Sri Lankan government. The government denies access to UN or any other foreign agencies to see the detainees. Yet, the Sri Lankan government continues to claim that they are treating the detainees humanly and after screening them releasing them. It is learnt from reliable sources that after their ‘release’ they are paraded before the media and then again arrested. http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=145&amp

  92. After the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government won the parliamentary election in April this year, Sri Lanka appointed a law professor, G. L. Peiris, as the foreign minister who, for the first time, makes his week-long official visit to the U.S starting May 23. He the met UN Secretary, General Ban Ki-Moon, on May 24th at the UN headquarters in New York, as well as the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton on May 28 in Washington D.C. The learned professor also met several other U.S. politicians and down played the serious nature of the crimes against humanity, the war crimes, and genocide. He also lectured to them that in so far as the Tamils were concerned they could not have been happier.

    Peiris was rushed to the U.S. within a week of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) holding its first meeting between 17 to May 19 at the historic National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the Constitution of the U.S was adopted in 1787. William Ramsey Clark (a former US Attorney General) and Domach Wal Ruach (the Secretary General of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) USA) were named as keynote speakers of the inaugural event.

    At the meeting with UN’s Mr. Ban was discussed the proposed visit of UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe prior to setting up a panel of experts to advise him on Sri Lanka’s human rights accountability, and the entry of senior UN officials, including Mr. Pascoe.

    While the professor was telling his audience that everything was hunky-dory at home, thousands of young Tamils were under detention or being killed by the Sri Lankan government. The government denies access to UN or any other foreign agencies to see the detainees. Yet, the Sri Lankan government continues to claim that they are treating the detainees humanly and after screening them releasing them. It is learnt from reliable sources that after their ‘release’ they are paraded before the media and then again arrested. http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=145&amp

  93. Regarding above post Peiris was rushed to the U.S. within a week of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) holding its first meeting between 17 to May 19 at the historic National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the Constitution of the U.S was adopted in 1787.

    I wonder who the leader of this Transsexual Government is ??
    http://www.jaffnaroyalfamily.org/welcome.php

    What happened to this false Monarchy that the Apes of Eelam were talking of for a long time ?? Have the Apes already kicked out the KING TO BE from it's Transsexual government ??

  94. Regarding above post Peiris was rushed to the U.S. within a week of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) holding its first meeting between 17 to May 19 at the historic National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the Constitution of the U.S was adopted in 1787.

    I wonder who the leader of this Transsexual Government is ??
    http://www.jaffnaroyalfamily.org/welcome.php

    What happened to this false Monarchy that the Apes of Eelam were talking of for a long time ?? Have the Apes already kicked out the KING TO BE from it's Transsexual government ??

  95. Regarding above post Peiris was rushed to the U.S. within a week of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) holding its first meeting between 17 to May 19 at the historic National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the Constitution of the U.S was adopted in 1787.

    I wonder who the leader of this Transsexual Government is ??
    http://www.jaffnaroyalfamily.org/welcome.php

    What happened to this false Monarchy that the Apes of Eelam were talking of for a long time ?? Have the Apes already kicked out the KING TO BE from it's Transsexual government ??

  96. Stars may skip Bollywood awards

    Bollywood’s leading stars may skip their annual awards festival, which is being held in Sri Lanka this week, following protests from pro-Tamil rebel lobbies in India, officials said yesterday.

    The brand ambassador of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, Amitabh Bachchan, his actor son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai — Bollywood’s leading couple — have not yet confirmed their participation.
    http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp

  97. Less than 12 hours the UN is desperate to investigate the 19 Palestinian human rights activities death Israel's raid on a flotilla but more than 12 month pass by around 40 000 deaths caused by Sri Lanka’s government are not investigated . Why?

  98. Stars may skip Bollywood awards in Sri Lanka

    ——————————————————

    Thank you very much for not attending !! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  99. Stars may skip Bollywood awards

    Bollywood’s leading stars may skip their annual awards festival, which is being held in Sri Lanka this week, following protests from pro-Tamil rebel lobbies in India, officials said yesterday.

    The brand ambassador of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, Amitabh Bachchan, his actor son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai — Bollywood’s leading couple — have not yet confirmed their participation.
    http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp

  100. Stars may skip Bollywood awards

    Bollywood’s leading stars may skip their annual awards festival, which is being held in Sri Lanka this week, following protests from pro-Tamil rebel lobbies in India, officials said yesterday.

    The brand ambassador of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, Amitabh Bachchan, his actor son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai — Bollywood’s leading couple — have not yet confirmed their participation.
    http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp

  101. Hello Pose “Alina”

    Alainaatham Says:
    May 31st, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Impeccable Jim Gona !
    Your post proves that you live in fantasy world and repeatedly BS to compromise with Sri Lankan gov. killers and dictators. 🙁

    Due, it is you who is living in the fantasy world of Eelma – See Alice in Wonderland – Wonderland does not exist. Neverland – Peter Pan – Neveralnd does not Exist (MJ’s is Never Never land) Alian and the Posers Eelma – Does not exist – See the equation ??? See the similarities of Fantasy lands ???

    As for me – I live in Sri Lanka as a Sri Lankan – Me have land – No fantasy !!!

    If your Ape brain processors it, go figure out !! – Thank you !!

    Sri Lanka government killers and Dictators ?????

    See these links !!

    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_killed.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attributed_to_the_LTTE

    If your Ape brains cannot process or fathom out whether the killers are the GOSL or your Glorified Ape group LTTE, let the Humans of the world decide !!

    BTW, I don’t think I can reason out what your previous handle was – all you posers need to first of all let us know what post of our you are talking of. I hope your Ape brains could figure that out for all our sake.

  102. Sri Lanka needs international probe: UN rights chief
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100531/wl_sthasia_afp/srilankaunrestunrights_20100531183824
    This is the repeated call from UN rights chief for probe
    The head of the United Nations Commission for Human Rights called for international involvement in probing alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka’s war against Tamil Tigers.
    In her opening address to the 14th session of Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, Navanethem Pillay on Monday, called for accountability in the Commission on Lessons Learned and Reconciliation appointed by President Mahinda Rajapakse.

    ‘Concrete initiative must now follow to provide justice and redress to victims and generally to promote accountability and longer-term reconciliation’ she said.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/05/100531_pillay.shtml

  103. And Hello to the Ape Puligal Says:
    May 31st, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Impeccable Jim Gona

    Ruffian, you may tell me first that what’s the cause for your aversion or abhorrence with naive Tamils?

    Ane mentally sick Terrorist, Please read the posts carefully, if possible try to take a print out. Go to your neighbour who hopefull knows good English and tell them to read it out to you and explain to you what we have said. They will tell you that our posts have nothing against Tamils, but, with the mentally challenged un evolved terrorists !!

    You are such an opprobrious person to dislike your bread and butter.

    Please explain further what you mean by this. Anyways, I like my rice and curry better than my Bread and butter – See I have not forgotten my roots. I guess you have forgotten your Chapathi and Minchi Sambol after moving the safe havens in Europe or Canada !!

    You can’t order me to do anything since I have been living here in my own house and now my forlorn garden also looks so much presentable after sprucing up for wesak.

    This is the first conversation I am having with you, under your handle of Pulieelam (is it?) I know that most of you are posers. But, if your Ape brains cannot fathom out coming with different handle will not help, I cannot help it. Anyways, If this is the first time I am communicating with you, how can I order you to do anything ?? I don’t think I have ordered anybody to do anything in this forum. I am only stating and correcting your pathetic low mental attitudes which are full of lies.

    I don’t see how Wesak and your Garden needs to be dragged in to this conversation anyways – So – pass !

    As most of the workers there are Sinhalese, we couldn’t stop them bedecking it out to mark the occasion.
    Must be Hurtful for your sore eyes Noh ?? The People in the north celebrated Wesak with the rest of the country very Happily… They actually called out ‘Preethi Wesak” while you guys were shedding crocodile tears – Patheic noh ?

    Why do you harp on the ferocious animals in Yala?

    If you are talking of Apes – you don’t get them in Yala and they are not ferocious !!

    They must be your relationships. I trust you mean relations ?? Yes indeed, I would like to see the nature as part of our lives. See, apparently, as per theory of evolution, we were living in the Jungles too, Apes, evolved in tot Humans. My worry is that you haven’t still evolved in to modern Humans. Why you thinking like Apes and trying to go to Yala ??? Anyways, Go eat a Banana and start thinking about it !!

    Of course they also don’t know the manners and lack perspicacity and discerning power as same as you.
    Take a Bow you poser – that, the readers will decide – think they have already got the evidence to fathom it out – Eat another Banana. may be it will help you brain function better !!

    So, you must stop kicking up a big fuss over nothing.

    You only get your self upset unnecessarily. LOL 🙂

    Dude – Check out posts and you will see who are having fun and who are trying hard of desperation !! – Have the Third Banana, may be it will help you figure out this point !!

  104. After the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government won the parliamentary election in April this year, Sri Lanka appointed a law professor, G. L. Peiris, as the foreign minister who, for the first time, makes his week-long official visit to the U.S starting May 23. He the met UN Secretary, General Ban Ki-Moon, on May 24th at the UN headquarters in New York, as well as the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton on May 28 in Washington D.C. The learned professor also met several other U.S. politicians and down played the serious nature of the crimes against humanity, the war crimes, and genocide. He also lectured to them that in so far as the Tamils were concerned they could not have been happier.

    Peiris was rushed to the U.S. within a week of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) holding its first meeting between 17 to May 19 at the historic National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the Constitution of the U.S was adopted in 1787. William Ramsey Clark (a former US Attorney General) and Domach Wal Ruach (the Secretary General of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) USA) were named as keynote speakers of the inaugural event.

    At the meeting with UN’s Mr. Ban was discussed the proposed visit of UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe prior to setting up a panel of experts to advise him on Sri Lanka’s human rights accountability, and the entry of senior UN officials, including Mr. Pascoe.

    While the professor was telling his audience that everything was hunky-dory at home, thousands of young Tamils were under detention or being killed by the Sri Lankan government. The government denies access to UN or any other foreign agencies to see the detainees. Yet, the Sri Lankan government continues to claim that they are treating the detainees humanly and after screening them releasing them. It is learnt from reliable sources that after their ‘release’ they are paraded before the media and then again arrested.
    http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=145&id=5909

  105. Shoba

    This is does not mean there will be an investigation into the deaths of the Palestinian human rights activities caused by Israel’s raid on a flotilla

    Israel has US. Sri Lanka has China!

    BTW Sri Lanka's commission of Inquiry will come to nothing .

    The past commissions of Inquiry which have proved a complete failure in delivering justice or their justification for wasting government funds and the valuable time spent by the commissioners.

    The Sinhala Governments have always appointed commissions only to ward off complaints and cry from the public for justice. There is an old saying among the people in Ceylon that if you don’t want to do a thing, you appoint a commission.

    The latest one is just another in the line of deceptive politics. Mrs. Clinton or for that matter any foreign dignitary can only express hopes of an utopian end to the issues. These mean nothing more than diplomatic jargon that carry no sense. Let the dogs bark and the caravan moves is the motto of the sri lankan Governments.

  106. Regarding above post Peiris was rushed to the U.S. within a week of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) holding its first meeting between 17 to May 19 at the historic National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the Constitution of the U.S was adopted in 1787.

    I wonder who the leader of this Transsexual Government is ??

    http://www.jaffnaroyalfamily.org/welcome.php

    What happened to this false Monarchy that the Apes of Eelam were talking of for a long time ?? Have the Apes already kicked out the KING TO BE from it’s Transsexual government ??

  107. Aja,

    Actually Sri Lanka has China, Russia and 29 other countries in the security counsel with 6 more on the fence. I.e. 35 out of 47 – Not bad ha ???
    http://www.slmfa.gov.lk/index.php?option=com_cont

    Actually, with the USA also being on SL's side as per the comment on above link, we might see all 47 being in favour of SL.

    Actually, what happened was that the 12 who voted against were mislead by a few NGO's and Apes. But, now they have come to realize that it was a mistake they did and are 100% backing the legal government ahead of a mentally challenged Ape bunch of Eelam..

  108. Aja,

    Actually Sri Lanka has China, Russia and 29 other countries in the security counsel with 6 more on the fence. I.e. 35 out of 47 – Not bad ha ???
    http://www.slmfa.gov.lk/index.php?option=com_cont

    Actually, with the USA also being on SL's side as per the comment on above link, we might see all 47 being in favour of SL.

    Actually, what happened was that the 12 who voted against were mislead by a few NGO's and Apes. But, now they have come to realize that it was a mistake they did and are 100% backing the legal government ahead of a mentally challenged Ape bunch of Eelam..

  109. Aja,

    Actually Sri Lanka has China, Russia and 29 other countries in the security counsel with 6 more on the fence. I.e. 35 out of 47 – Not bad ha ???
    http://www.slmfa.gov.lk/index.php?option=com_cont

    Actually, with the USA also being on SL's side as per the comment on above link, we might see all 47 being in favour of SL.

    Actually, what happened was that the 12 who voted against were mislead by a few NGO's and Apes. But, now they have come to realize that it was a mistake they did and are 100% backing the legal government ahead of a mentally challenged Ape bunch of Eelam..

  110. Less than 12 hours the UN is desperate to investigate the 19 Palestinian human rights activities death Israel’s raid on a flotilla but more than 12 month pass by around 40 000 deaths caused by Sri Lanka’s government are not investigated . Why?

  111. Stars may skip Bollywood awards in Sri Lanka

    ——————————————————

    Thank you very much for not attending !! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  112. Stars may skip Bollywood awards

    Bollywood’s leading stars may skip their annual awards festival, which is being held in Sri Lanka this week, following protests from pro-Tamil rebel lobbies in India, officials said yesterday.

    The brand ambassador of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, Amitabh Bachchan, his actor son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai — Bollywood’s leading couple — have not yet confirmed their participation.

    http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=365181&version=1&template_id=44&parent_id=24

  113. Shoba

    This is does not mean there will be an investigation into the deaths of the Palestinian human rights activities caused by Israel’s raid on a flotilla

    Israel has US. Sri Lanka has China!

    BTW Sri Lanka’s commission of Inquiry will come to nothing .

    The past commissions of Inquiry which have proved a complete failure in delivering justice or their justification for wasting government funds and the valuable time spent by the commissioners.

    The Sinhala Governments have always appointed commissions only to ward off complaints and cry from the public for justice. There is an old saying among the people in Ceylon that if you don’t want to do a thing, you appoint a commission.

    The latest one is just another in the line of deceptive politics. Mrs. Clinton or for that matter any foreign dignitary can only express hopes of an utopian end to the issues. These mean nothing more than diplomatic jargon that carry no sense. Let the dogs bark and the caravan moves is the motto of the sri lankan Governments.

  114. Following the disclosure of five male corpses in a toilet pit in Ki’linochchi Monday Sri Lanka Army (SLA) had ordered all skeletal remains of persons assassinated or killed in war lying visibly in Mullaiththeevu district in Vanni, an officer of a humanitarian de-mining organization who had personally seen some skeletal remains along the roads in Mullaiththeevu and the frantic efforts of SLA soldiers to burn them without any trace, said. Colombo government has sent in a team of Sinhalese officers from Vavuniyaa to survey the areas and evaluate the extent of de-mining that has to be done, with the assistance of SLA, sources in Vavuniyaa said.

    Colombo has permitted de-mining in Mullaiththeevu district but no de-mining will be ever allowed by SLA in Mu’l’livaaikkaal and Puthukkudyiruppu area which were the places where the massacre of thousands of Tamil civilians has been systematically carried out by SLA.

    Normally, officers of the humanitarian de-mining organizations carry out the survey and evaluation before engaging in de-mining.

    The Sinhalese evaluation officers had been sent instead of the local de-mining officials in North who are Tamils in order to conceal the facts about skeletal remains of Vanni victims from being exposed to the world. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  115. Following the disclosure of five male corpses in a toilet pit in Ki’linochchi Monday Sri Lanka Army (SLA) had ordered all skeletal remains of persons assassinated or killed in war lying visibly in Mullaiththeevu district in Vanni, an officer of a humanitarian de-mining organization who had personally seen some skeletal remains along the roads in Mullaiththeevu and the frantic efforts of SLA soldiers to burn them without any trace, said. Colombo government has sent in a team of Sinhalese officers from Vavuniyaa to survey the areas and evaluate the extent of de-mining that has to be done, with the assistance of SLA, sources in Vavuniyaa said.

    Colombo has permitted de-mining in Mullaiththeevu district but no de-mining will be ever allowed by SLA in Mu’l’livaaikkaal and Puthukkudyiruppu area which were the places where the massacre of thousands of Tamil civilians has been systematically carried out by SLA.

    Normally, officers of the humanitarian de-mining organizations carry out the survey and evaluation before engaging in de-mining.

    The Sinhalese evaluation officers had been sent instead of the local de-mining officials in North who are Tamils in order to conceal the facts about skeletal remains of Vanni victims from being exposed to the world. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  116. Following the disclosure of five male corpses in a toilet pit in Ki’linochchi Monday Sri Lanka Army (SLA) had ordered all skeletal remains of persons assassinated or killed in war lying visibly in Mullaiththeevu district in Vanni, an officer of a humanitarian de-mining organization who had personally seen some skeletal remains along the roads in Mullaiththeevu and the frantic efforts of SLA soldiers to burn them without any trace, said. Colombo government has sent in a team of Sinhalese officers from Vavuniyaa to survey the areas and evaluate the extent of de-mining that has to be done, with the assistance of SLA, sources in Vavuniyaa said.

    Colombo has permitted de-mining in Mullaiththeevu district but no de-mining will be ever allowed by SLA in Mu’l’livaaikkaal and Puthukkudyiruppu area which were the places where the massacre of thousands of Tamil civilians has been systematically carried out by SLA.

    Normally, officers of the humanitarian de-mining organizations carry out the survey and evaluation before engaging in de-mining.

    The Sinhalese evaluation officers had been sent instead of the local de-mining officials in North who are Tamils in order to conceal the facts about skeletal remains of Vanni victims from being exposed to the world. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  117. Aja,

    Actually Sri Lanka has China, Russia and 29 other countries in the security counsel with 6 more on the fence. I.e. 35 out of 47 – Not bad ha ???

    http://www.slmfa.gov.lk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2402&Itemid=75

    Actually, with the USA also being on SL’s side as per the comment on above link, we might see all 47 being in favour of SL.

    Actually, what happened was that the 12 who voted against were mislead by a few NGO’s and Apes. But, now they have come to realize that it was a mistake they did and are 100% backing the legal government ahead of a mentally challenged Ape bunch of Eelam..

  118. Following the disclosure of five male corpses in a toilet pit in Ki’linochchi Monday Sri Lanka Army (SLA) had ordered all skeletal remains of persons assassinated or killed in war lying visibly in Mullaiththeevu district in Vanni, an officer of a humanitarian de-mining organization who had personally seen some skeletal remains along the roads in Mullaiththeevu and the frantic efforts of SLA soldiers to burn them without any trace, said. Colombo government has sent in a team of Sinhalese officers from Vavuniyaa to survey the areas and evaluate the extent of de-mining that has to be done, with the assistance of SLA, sources in Vavuniyaa said.

    Colombo has permitted de-mining in Mullaiththeevu district but no de-mining will be ever allowed by SLA in Mu’l’livaaikkaal and Puthukkudyiruppu area which were the places where the massacre of thousands of Tamil civilians has been systematically carried out by SLA.

    Normally, officers of the humanitarian de-mining organizations carry out the survey and evaluation before engaging in de-mining.

    The Sinhalese evaluation officers had been sent instead of the local de-mining officials in North who are Tamils in order to conceal the facts about skeletal remains of Vanni victims from being exposed to the world.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31880

  119. War Crimes Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Do you for a moment thought that the corpses belong to Sri Lanka Army personnel that were captured and shot at or murdered by the Apes of LTTE??? Or some border village innocent civilian the Apes of LTTE killed ?? It could also be innocent Sri Lankan Tamil civilians who refused to join the Mentally challenged Apes of LTTE Terrorists.

    Let's wait for the autopsy reports to come out. WE will know exactly where it would lead to. Do you for a moment thought that the GOSL would have given such incident publicity over in SL it self if there was something fishy in it ?? As usual, you have put the cart before the Bullock. Typical for a mentally challenged Ape group !!

  120. “It wasn’t just about me, and me getting to the Oscars or me going to the Grammys – that doesn’t mean anything. The whole point of that journey was so you can go ‘hey – 50 000 people are going to die next month, here’s your opportunity to help,’ and no one did, and they still died. It wasn’t about accolades or fame.”
    from M.I.A.

  121. Tamils in Sri Lanka have been subject to ethnic discrimination by successive Sri Lankan governments since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948.

    Aja Says: June 1st, 2010 at 3:14 am
    Less than 12 hours the UN is desperate to investigate the 19 Palestinian human rights activities death Israel’s raid on a flotilla but more than 12 month pass by around 40 000 deaths caused by Sri Lanka’s government are not investigated . Why?

    When sri lanka its allies tested its weapons on tamils, 200 billions dollars on war, 3000 times air strike-more than the explosive used in Hiroshima, cluster bombs, chemical bombs, 5000-6000 shelled daily, over 50,000 people were killed within three month, No security council meeting held, but when North korea tested one bomb underground, immediate meeting held. Now
    Less than 12 hours the UN is desperate to investigate the 19 Palestinian human rights activities death Israel’s raid on a flotilla.
    Why??

  122. Tham Thimithimithom
    Living we were- on Vanni soil
    Living we were
    Educating ourselves we were – Joyfully
    Educating ourselves we were
    Running around we were – with friends
    Running around we were
    Came the airplanes- on us
    Throwing bombs
    Died relations- our
    Relations fell
    Race destroyed- Tamil
    Race disappeared
    Life destroyed- our
    Life scattered
    Suffering saw- we
    Sadness imposed
    Caged by war- we were
    Trapped in suffering
    Enough the sorrow- we
    Escape to survive – Song/Poem by Vanni IDP school student

  123. Rohan Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Tamils in Sri Lanka have been subject to ethnic discrimination by successive Sri Lankan governments since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948.

    yes – totally agree – the LTTE and it's roots which started in 1948 has been discriminating not only the Tamils, but also all other ethnic groups living in Sri Lanka. Since their birth in 1978, they have killed so many and discriminated many in SL.
    For full list, click links below,
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attr

    Aja Says: June 1st, 2010 at 3:14 am
    Less than 12 hours the UN is desperate to investigate the 19 Palestinian human rights activities death Israel’s raid on a flotilla but more than 12 month pass by around 40 000 deaths caused by Sri Lanka’s government are not investigated . Why?

    Because the circumstances are different. The 40,000 deaths in Sri Lanka were cause by a mentally challenged Ape group of LTTE who are no longer functioning and Israel government is there. Also because the world know that the accusations against the GOSl are done by an uncivilized Terrorist group and not Tamils of the world.

    When sri lanka its allies tested its weapons on tamils, 200 billions dollars on war, 3000 times air strike-more than the explosive used in Hiroshima, cluster bombs, chemical bombs, 5000-6000 shelled daily, over 50,000 people were killed within three month, No security council meeting held, but when North korea tested one bomb underground, immediate meeting held. Now
    Less than 12 hours the UN is desperate to investigate the 19 Palestinian human rights activities death Israel’s raid on a flotilla.
    Why??</b<

    Because everyone know that what you mentally challenged Ape posted here is untrue !!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    If there was a remote truth in it, there would be even people in SL who would try an investigate.

  124. Mullivaikal was where the Vanni Thamilan had their hair shorn and mouth gagged while nails were driven through their hands and legs like the scene at Calvary while 80 million (world) Tamils looked on. Out of their national interest, the ruling regime washed their hands off Tamils to kill and destroy under attractive terms such as’ war for peace’ and ‘humanitarian action’. 300,000 Tamils were rained with shells causing rivers of blood to soak that land.

  125. IDP’s story

    I am a 47 year old Tamil male from Killinochchi. I was married with two female and one male child. A beautiful family. We were living with good facilities. Started the war. Continuous displacements. We had to live in Tharappan shacks and bunkers. Life became terrible. We had just reached Suthanthipuram, it was not even an hour had gone by when continuous Sri Lankan Army shelling… , one fell on our shack. In that place two of my daughters died. Son lost both his hands and a leg. I could not even properly bury my daughters. I have brought my son here. Sri Lanka Army did not allow my wife. No news. I have searched in all the IDP camps. Is this a life? Life has deteriorated, children are also gone, wife is also not to be found, what is the purpose of living?

  126. IDP’s story

    I was a 48 year old Tamil male living happily with my wife and four male children. I was a fisherman. We had no shortcomings. I educated my four sons. At this time the war started. I lost my occupation, I lost my beautiful house and property. We were displaced to three places. As we were going with what was left, there was Sri Lankan Army heavy shelling. People scattered. We became separated from my four children. Suddenly to see, I was in a vehicle with my wife, one leg and hand was not there. I suffered in that state. On the way in a bus, Sri Lanka Army separated my wife and sent me alone to the Vavuniya hospital. There is no news of my children. Are they alive or not? Where is my wife? I am trembling all alone.

  127. Rohan Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Tamils in Sri Lanka have been subject to ethnic discrimination by successive Sri Lankan governments since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948.

    yes – totally agree – the LTTE and it's roots which started in 1948 has been discriminating not only the Tamils, but also all other ethnic groups living in Sri Lanka. Since their birth in 1978, they have killed so many and discriminated many in SL.
    For full list, click links below,
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attr

    Aja Says: June 1st, 2010 at 3:14 am
    Less than 12 hours the UN is desperate to investigate the 19 Palestinian human rights activities death Israel’s raid on a flotilla but more than 12 month pass by around 40 000 deaths caused by Sri Lanka’s government are not investigated . Why?

    Because the circumstances are different. The 40,000 deaths in Sri Lanka were cause by a mentally challenged Ape group of LTTE who are no longer functioning and Israel government is there. Also because the world know that the accusations against the GOSl are done by an uncivilized Terrorist group and not Tamils of the world.

    When sri lanka its allies tested its weapons on tamils, 200 billions dollars on war, 3000 times air strike-more than the explosive used in Hiroshima, cluster bombs, chemical bombs, 5000-6000 shelled daily, over 50,000 people were killed within three month, No security council meeting held, but when North korea tested one bomb underground, immediate meeting held. Now
    Less than 12 hours the UN is desperate to investigate the 19 Palestinian human rights activities death Israel’s raid on a flotilla.
    Why??</b<

    Because everyone know that what you mentally challenged Ape posted here is untrue !!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    If there was a remote truth in it, there would be even people in SL who would try an investigate.

  128. Rohan Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Tamils in Sri Lanka have been subject to ethnic discrimination by successive Sri Lankan governments since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948.

    yes – totally agree – the LTTE and it's roots which started in 1948 has been discriminating not only the Tamils, but also all other ethnic groups living in Sri Lanka. Since their birth in 1978, they have killed so many and discriminated many in SL.
    For full list, click links below,
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attr

    Aja Says: June 1st, 2010 at 3:14 am
    Less than 12 hours the UN is desperate to investigate the 19 Palestinian human rights activities death Israel’s raid on a flotilla but more than 12 month pass by around 40 000 deaths caused by Sri Lanka’s government are not investigated . Why?

    Because the circumstances are different. The 40,000 deaths in Sri Lanka were cause by a mentally challenged Ape group of LTTE who are no longer functioning and Israel government is there. Also because the world know that the accusations against the GOSl are done by an uncivilized Terrorist group and not Tamils of the world.

    When sri lanka its allies tested its weapons on tamils, 200 billions dollars on war, 3000 times air strike-more than the explosive used in Hiroshima, cluster bombs, chemical bombs, 5000-6000 shelled daily, over 50,000 people were killed within three month, No security council meeting held, but when North korea tested one bomb underground, immediate meeting held. Now
    Less than 12 hours the UN is desperate to investigate the 19 Palestinian human rights activities death Israel’s raid on a flotilla.
    Why??</b<

    Because everyone know that what you mentally challenged Ape posted here is untrue !!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    If there was a remote truth in it, there would be even people in SL who would try an investigate.

  129. IDP’s story

    I was 27 years old Tamil woman living happily with my husband and two small children in our native village. Husband was famer with a lot of land. We were able to find enough food. The war situation made us move 3 to 4 times. We were heading for a safe place when there was heavy Sri Lankan Army shelling. I do not know what happened next. When I opened my eyes I was in hospital. My mother and daughter were by my side. I was without a leg and fingers. Daughter is also injured. I learned that my husband and 2 year old daughter had passed away. I am pregnant. I do not know how I am going to give birth to this child and then bring it up. I am troubled. There are no relations here. How is our future going to be?

  130. Shoba Says:
    June 2nd, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Escape to survive – Song/Poem by Vanni IDP school student

    Interesting to know how this student managed to escape joining the brutal force recruitment campaign of Apes. Also pretty decent English for a Vanni Student who actually were deprived of education due to the Ape menace. Surprising to see that there is no mention about the Cyanide capsule she was forced to hang around the neck by Aunty Adela Balaweda !

    Very interesting to see Shobha posting these "Sympathy Vote" Articles all the way from the jungle hide out in Europe while nibbling on a Banana, when the actual people are living in SL and has not got what so ever connection to them. These are called imaginary fairy tales. Like what the Russians write about Witch Babayaga or the little Jack's Bean Stalk or Hansel and Gretal.

    To find the actual facts of how happy these people are after 30 years of Brutality, you really need to meet them in person.

    Whom would you believe ?? The actual person who went through this irony of being held at gun point as Human shield or a mentally underdeveloped Ape nibbling on unpeeled Banana living is some European jungle hideout ???

  131. War Crimes Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Do you for a moment thought that the corpses belong to Sri Lanka Army personnel that were captured and shot at or murdered by the Apes of LTTE??? Or some border village innocent civilian the Apes of LTTE killed ?? It could also be innocent Sri Lankan Tamil civilians who refused to join the Mentally challenged Apes of LTTE Terrorists.

    Let’s wait for the autopsy reports to come out. WE will know exactly where it would lead to. Do you for a moment thought that the GOSL would have given such incident publicity over in SL it self if there was something fishy in it ?? As usual, you have put the cart before the Bullock. Typical for a mentally challenged Ape group !!

  132. “It wasn’t just about me, and me getting to the Oscars or me going to the Grammys – that doesn’t mean anything. The whole point of that journey was so you can go ‘hey – 50 000 people are going to die next month, here’s your opportunity to help,’ and no one did, and they still died. It wasn’t about accolades or fame.”
    from M.I.A.

  133. Tamils in Sri Lanka have been subject to ethnic discrimination by successive Sri Lankan governments since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948.

    Aja Says: June 1st, 2010 at 3:14 am
    Less than 12 hours the UN is desperate to investigate the 19 Palestinian human rights activities death Israel’s raid on a flotilla but more than 12 month pass by around 40 000 deaths caused by Sri Lanka’s government are not investigated . Why?

    When sri lanka its allies tested its weapons on tamils, 200 billions dollars on war, 3000 times air strike-more than the explosive used in Hiroshima, cluster bombs, chemical bombs, 5000-6000 shelled daily, over 50,000 people were killed within three month, No security council meeting held, but when North korea tested one bomb underground, immediate meeting held. Now
    Less than 12 hours the UN is desperate to investigate the 19 Palestinian human rights activities death Israel’s raid on a flotilla.
    Why??

  134. Parents appeal for daughter's release from TID detention

    Parents of Peradeniya undergraduate Rasiah Dwaraka, who is now under detention in the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID), handed over a petition Tuesday afternoon to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) requesting to take steps to obtain Dwaraka's release, sources in Colombo said. Earlier her parents visited their daughter in the TID. Inter University Students Association (IUSA) led by its organizer Udul Premaratne facilitated the visit and handing over of petition. Dwaraka was taken into custody for accepting a medal from LTTE leader Pirapaharan for her academic performance.

    Dwaraka's parents later met the media said her daughter had been arrested on allegation she had been involved with LTTE activities, and that she was not being treated well after her arrest by the TID while in detention.

    They expressed fear that the continuous ill-treatment in detention would lead to permanent injury or death, and they are appealing to human right authorities to rescue her daughter from the present plight.

    The parents further said their daughter was born in Kilinochchi and studied in Kilinochchi. LTTE leader Mr.V.Pirapaharan commended her success in education by handing over medal and certificate to her.

    Parents questioned whether it was an offence to accept medal and certificate from the Leader of the LTTE for her success in education.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  135. Tham Thimithimithom
    Living we were- on Vanni soil
    Living we were
    Educating ourselves we were – Joyfully
    Educating ourselves we were
    Running around we were – with friends
    Running around we were
    Came the airplanes- on us
    Throwing bombs
    Died relations- our
    Relations fell
    Race destroyed- Tamil
    Race disappeared
    Life destroyed- our
    Life scattered
    Suffering saw- we
    Sadness imposed
    Caged by war- we were
    Trapped in suffering
    Enough the sorrow- we
    Escape to survive – Song/Poem by Vanni IDP school student

  136. Parents appeal for daughter's release from TID detention

    Parents of Peradeniya undergraduate Rasiah Dwaraka, who is now under detention in the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID), handed over a petition Tuesday afternoon to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) requesting to take steps to obtain Dwaraka's release, sources in Colombo said. Earlier her parents visited their daughter in the TID. Inter University Students Association (IUSA) led by its organizer Udul Premaratne facilitated the visit and handing over of petition. Dwaraka was taken into custody for accepting a medal from LTTE leader Pirapaharan for her academic performance.

    Dwaraka's parents later met the media said her daughter had been arrested on allegation she had been involved with LTTE activities, and that she was not being treated well after her arrest by the TID while in detention.

    They expressed fear that the continuous ill-treatment in detention would lead to permanent injury or death, and they are appealing to human right authorities to rescue her daughter from the present plight.

    The parents further said their daughter was born in Kilinochchi and studied in Kilinochchi. LTTE leader Mr.V.Pirapaharan commended her success in education by handing over medal and certificate to her.

    Parents questioned whether it was an offence to accept medal and certificate from the Leader of the LTTE for her success in education.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  137. Parents appeal for daughter's release from TID detention

    Parents of Peradeniya undergraduate Rasiah Dwaraka, who is now under detention in the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID), handed over a petition Tuesday afternoon to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) requesting to take steps to obtain Dwaraka's release, sources in Colombo said. Earlier her parents visited their daughter in the TID. Inter University Students Association (IUSA) led by its organizer Udul Premaratne facilitated the visit and handing over of petition. Dwaraka was taken into custody for accepting a medal from LTTE leader Pirapaharan for her academic performance.

    Dwaraka's parents later met the media said her daughter had been arrested on allegation she had been involved with LTTE activities, and that she was not being treated well after her arrest by the TID while in detention.

    They expressed fear that the continuous ill-treatment in detention would lead to permanent injury or death, and they are appealing to human right authorities to rescue her daughter from the present plight.

    The parents further said their daughter was born in Kilinochchi and studied in Kilinochchi. LTTE leader Mr.V.Pirapaharan commended her success in education by handing over medal and certificate to her.

    Parents questioned whether it was an offence to accept medal and certificate from the Leader of the LTTE for her success in education.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  138. Mullivaikal was where the Vanni Thamilan had their hair shorn and mouth gagged while nails were driven through their hands and legs like the scene at Calvary while 80 million (world) Tamils looked on. Out of their national interest, the ruling regime washed their hands off Tamils to kill and destroy under attractive terms such as’ war for peace’ and ‘humanitarian action’. 300,000 Tamils were rained with shells causing rivers of blood to soak that land.

  139. IDP’s story

    I am a 47 year old Tamil male from Killinochchi. I was married with two female and one male child. A beautiful family. We were living with good facilities. Started the war. Continuous displacements. We had to live in Tharappan shacks and bunkers. Life became terrible. We had just reached Suthanthipuram, it was not even an hour had gone by when continuous Sri Lankan Army shelling… , one fell on our shack. In that place two of my daughters died. Son lost both his hands and a leg. I could not even properly bury my daughters. I have brought my son here. Sri Lanka Army did not allow my wife. No news. I have searched in all the IDP camps. Is this a life? Life has deteriorated, children are also gone, wife is also not to be found, what is the purpose of living?

  140. IDP’s story

    I was a 48 year old Tamil male living happily with my wife and four male children. I was a fisherman. We had no shortcomings. I educated my four sons. At this time the war started. I lost my occupation, I lost my beautiful house and property. We were displaced to three places. As we were going with what was left, there was Sri Lankan Army heavy shelling. People scattered. We became separated from my four children. Suddenly to see, I was in a vehicle with my wife, one leg and hand was not there. I suffered in that state. On the way in a bus, Sri Lanka Army separated my wife and sent me alone to the Vavuniya hospital. There is no news of my children. Are they alive or not? Where is my wife? I am trembling all alone.

  141. Rohan Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Tamils in Sri Lanka have been subject to ethnic discrimination by successive Sri Lankan governments since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948.

    yes – totally agree – the LTTE and it’s roots which started in 1948 has been discriminating not only the Tamils, but also all other ethnic groups living in Sri Lanka. Since their birth in 1978, they have killed so many and discriminated many in SL.
    For full list, click links below,

    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_killed.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attributed_to_the_LTTE

    Aja Says: June 1st, 2010 at 3:14 am
    Less than 12 hours the UN is desperate to investigate the 19 Palestinian human rights activities death Israel’s raid on a flotilla but more than 12 month pass by around 40 000 deaths caused by Sri Lanka’s government are not investigated . Why?

    Because the circumstances are different. The 40,000 deaths in Sri Lanka were cause by a mentally challenged Ape group of LTTE who are no longer functioning and Israel government is there. Also because the world know that the accusations against the GOSl are done by an uncivilized Terrorist group and not Tamils of the world.

    When sri lanka its allies tested its weapons on tamils, 200 billions dollars on war, 3000 times air strike-more than the explosive used in Hiroshima, cluster bombs, chemical bombs, 5000-6000 shelled daily, over 50,000 people were killed within three month, No security council meeting held, but when North korea tested one bomb underground, immediate meeting held. Now
    Less than 12 hours the UN is desperate to investigate the 19 Palestinian human rights activities death Israel’s raid on a flotilla.
    Why??</b<

    Because everyone know that what you mentally challenged Ape posted here is untrue !!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    If there was a remote truth in it, there would be even people in SL who would try an investigate.

  142. IDP’s story

    I was 27 years old Tamil woman living happily with my husband and two small children in our native village. Husband was famer with a lot of land. We were able to find enough food. The war situation made us move 3 to 4 times. We were heading for a safe place when there was heavy Sri Lankan Army shelling. I do not know what happened next. When I opened my eyes I was in hospital. My mother and daughter were by my side. I was without a leg and fingers. Daughter is also injured. I learned that my husband and 2 year old daughter had passed away. I am pregnant. I do not know how I am going to give birth to this child and then bring it up. I am troubled. There are no relations here. How is our future going to be?

  143. Shoba Says:
    June 2nd, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Escape to survive – Song/Poem by Vanni IDP school student

    Interesting to know how this student managed to escape joining the brutal force recruitment campaign of Apes. Also pretty decent English for a Vanni Student who actually were deprived of education due to the Ape menace. Surprising to see that there is no mention about the Cyanide capsule she was forced to hang around the neck by Aunty Adela Balaweda !

    Very interesting to see Shobha posting these “Sympathy Vote” Articles all the way from the jungle hide out in Europe while nibbling on a Banana, when the actual people are living in SL and has not got what so ever connection to them. These are called imaginary fairy tales. Like what the Russians write about Witch Babayaga or the little Jack’s Bean Stalk or Hansel and Gretal.

    To find the actual facts of how happy these people are after 30 years of Brutality, you really need to meet them in person.

    Whom would you believe ?? The actual person who went through this irony of being held at gun point as Human shield or a mentally underdeveloped Ape nibbling on unpeeled Banana living is some European jungle hideout ???

  144. IDP’s story 2

    Helplessness

    50 year old Vani was a shopkeeper from Tharmpuram with three children. The eldest daughter was married with two daughters. Then the fighting became severe in January, they loaded their belongings in a landmaster and with other village folk were displaced from place to place. The 13th displacement was to what had been declared a safety zone, Iranaipalam where they stayed for 10 days. People had made tents to live in. As Sri Lanka Army bombs and the shells had started falling on that day, they loaded their goods onto the landmaster and decided to move on. But her 8 year old granddaughter insisted on having fried fish, they delayed to cook a meal. Varatharany and her daughter busied themselves in cooking while her husband, son and grandchildren were sleeping in the tent. Her Son-in-law had gone to the market.

    That day, 21/2/2009, morning at 11:45 AM a shell fired by the Sri Lankan army completely buried their families happiness in a deep hole and made them nirkathy (helpless). The shell not only landed on the landmaster burning it, but also pali eduthiduthu (killed) her husband, son and two grandchildren. Varatharany and her daughter were injured. On hearing her daughter wailing “my children are dead”, she had gone slowly when she saw her husband lying dead, her grandchildren with their bodies thundikapadu (severed) and her son injured in his head, arms and legs struggling to live. She collapsed there. On hearing her distraught daughter who despite bleeding profusely had run over and was trying to pick up her kuttuyir (barely alive, process of dying) children while lamenting loudly, bystanders had come and taken them to hospital. The son-in-law had come later and buried the dead with the help of others there.

    Both of them were treated for two days at Trincomalee hospital, then sent to Vavuniya hospital and currently at the the concentration camp. For the last one month, Varatharani and her daughter have been continuously crying with constant memories of their children and re-experiencing what happened. They are disturbed by suicidal thoughts, fatigue, insomnia, and guilty feelings. Although they say that her son-in-law is their comfort, when he is alone he laments loudly saying,“we have lost our loved ones . There is no point in having come here. I am useless”(he had survival guilt, of not having been there to help his family when the deaths happened).

  145. IDP’s story 3

    13 yr Tamil boy

    As the fighting got closer and closer, we first moved from Thirunagar to Tharmapuram. We put up a tent in a small plot and stayed there. We had no toilets or clean water. In the monsoon rains our tent was blown away. We had to live in two feet deep water for two days. With all that, I somehow appeared for the “O” level (year 10 GCE national exam) held last December (2008) at the Tharmapuram school. I still hoped for good results to study “A” level science and become a doctor.

    When the Sri Lankan Army shelling passed Paranthan and came towards Tharmapuram, we moved to Visuvamadu. We put up a tent on land belonging to my father’s friend and lived there. February 10th (2009) there was heavy shelling. The Sri Lanka army was advancing towards Visuvamadu. As our bunker had filled with water we could not stay there. At about 1 PM when we had come out the bunker this horrible incident occurred. A Sri Lankan Army shell that came from nowhere landed on our tent and exploded. Everywhere there was the sound of crying. I lay in a pool of blood, moaning. I could not get up and walk. On my side was my sister without any sound. Only my father was uninjured. When he picked me up crying loudly with oppari (weiling), my two arms were not in my control. I could not move them. I was able to move only my right thumb. Amidst all this horrific carnage , I was admitted to Puthukudirrupu hospital. When I opened my eyes the next day my world was darkened. My two sisters who I had uyiruku uyirai nesitha (loved as my own life) had died in the Sri Army shelling. On my side lay my mother who had had her right leg amputated below the knee. Now my whole life has become gloomy and there is no hope for me . My life is finished

  146. IDP’s story 4

    No will to live anymore

    Somu was a 30 year old male married with a 11/2 year old son. On that day, he had left his wife and child in a safe place to go and bring his mother and sisters. Youngest sister was a final year university student while the other sisters were married. When they had started to leave with their belongings, the Sri Lanka army had seen them and started firing at my elderly mother and my sisters aged 2, 6, 11 yrs. His mother, sister and one baby died then and there. The 11 yrs sister had fled. He had run after her fearing that she would be caught by the army and raped. Bullets pierced his neck and chest. The next day he regained consciousness hearing the voice of Sri Lankan Army soldiers who had come there. They kicked him asking,“where are the others?” He said them,“you have killed the others,.” He was in a state of extreme distress and frustration as he is without knowing what had happened to his sister and without information about his wife and child. It was found that his legs and body would not function. He was unable to lift his neck due to the injury in the neck. He had repeated thoughts about his sister and what had happened that day. He had lost all hope and will to live

  147. IDP’s story 5

    Guilt

    Fifty one year old Siva was born in Killinochchi and worked as farmer. He was married with four children. The eldest was married with a child and his daughter was a school teacher. They had escaped from Sri Lanka Army shell attacks to live in bunkers at Sudanthirapuram.
    Under our Margosa tree, I had dug a bunker. As soon as I heard the sound of Sri Lankan Army Kifir (planes) We would run into the bunker. Every day we would be going inside at least five times. As soon as I heard the sound of Kifir, without realizing it I would develop palpitations and find it difficult to breathe. I would feel agitated. When it dived (high pitched sound of diving) to bomb, I would Veerudu (piercingly) scream. The Sri Lankan Army (Kifir) military plane's sound was that terrorizing. We had some relief at night.
    A Sri Lankan shell fell there killing the eldest son and daughter. A son was injured in his chest and leg while his wife escaped with minor injuries. His daughter in law and child are in a concentration camp in Vavuniya His injured son is at Mannar hospital while his wife is in another concentration camp. He is with his daughter at the Pampaimadu concentration camp unable to contact his siblings or relations and without contact with his injured son, daughter in law and child and wife. He is severely depressed with continuous crying, loss of appetite, lack of sleep, repeated memories of what happened in the Vanni, poor self-care and headache. On counseling, he cried, revealing that images of his two children dying in front of him and their leaving their bodies in the bunker without even carrying out their funeral rites keeps recurring in his mind preventing his sleep. In his nightmares the ghastly images of people killed by shells and aerial bombing come to him. His body would tremble when he would think about them. Feelings of antagonism, frustration and hatred towards the Sri Lankan government forces would arise in him without his realization.He felt especially guilty that he was not even able to arrange the customary 45 day remembrance ceremony for them

  148. Parents appeal for daughter’s release from TID detention

    Parents of Peradeniya undergraduate Rasiah Dwaraka, who is now under detention in the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID), handed over a petition Tuesday afternoon to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) requesting to take steps to obtain Dwaraka’s release, sources in Colombo said. Earlier her parents visited their daughter in the TID. Inter University Students Association (IUSA) led by its organizer Udul Premaratne facilitated the visit and handing over of petition. Dwaraka was taken into custody for accepting a medal from LTTE leader Pirapaharan for her academic performance.

    Dwaraka’s parents later met the media said her daughter had been arrested on allegation she had been involved with LTTE activities, and that she was not being treated well after her arrest by the TID while in detention.

    They expressed fear that the continuous ill-treatment in detention would lead to permanent injury or death, and they are appealing to human right authorities to rescue her daughter from the present plight.

    The parents further said their daughter was born in Kilinochchi and studied in Kilinochchi. LTTE leader Mr.V.Pirapaharan commended her success in education by handing over medal and certificate to her.

    Parents questioned whether it was an offence to accept medal and certificate from the Leader of the LTTE for her success in education.

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31882

  149. Thanks all the Stars who decided to boycott sri lanka, Please expose the war crime against Humanity which should not happen to Human anywhere in the World. War criminals are still touring the world.

    Stars pull out of Bollywood Oscars amid Sri Lanka ‘war crime’ protests http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/
    Top Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan have pulled out of the Indian equivalent of the Oscars, which begins in Colombo tomorrow, following protests over alleged war crimes during Sri Lanka’s civil war with the Tamil Tigers.

    Sri Lanka had hoped to repair its battered international image and revive its tourist industry by hosting the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, just over a year after the Tigers’ defeat last May.

    The absence of several Indian stars is now throwing a fresh spotlight on alleged rights abuses in the last stages of the war, during which rights groups estimate that tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed, many by army shelling.

    Most damaging of all is the apparent withdrawal of Amitabh Bachchan, the IIFA’s brand ambassador and patriarch of Bollywood’s first family, who met Sri Lanka’s President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, in Colombo in April to help promote the event.

    Thanks CH 4 & AI

    Sri Lanka coverage success for Channel 4 News at Amnesty Media Awards http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/arts_entert
    In the TV News Category, the team behind Channel 4 News' Sri Lanka coverage won against stiff competition from Sky's "Falujah Babies" report and another Channel 4 News piece – Nick Martin's report from Ciudad Juarez on child trafficking across the US border.

  150. Thanks all the Stars who decided to boycott sri lanka, Please expose the war crime against Humanity which should not happen to Human anywhere in the World. War criminals are still touring the world.

    Stars pull out of Bollywood Oscars amid Sri Lanka ‘war crime’ protests http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/
    Top Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan have pulled out of the Indian equivalent of the Oscars, which begins in Colombo tomorrow, following protests over alleged war crimes during Sri Lanka’s civil war with the Tamil Tigers.

    Sri Lanka had hoped to repair its battered international image and revive its tourist industry by hosting the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, just over a year after the Tigers’ defeat last May.

    The absence of several Indian stars is now throwing a fresh spotlight on alleged rights abuses in the last stages of the war, during which rights groups estimate that tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed, many by army shelling.

    Most damaging of all is the apparent withdrawal of Amitabh Bachchan, the IIFA’s brand ambassador and patriarch of Bollywood’s first family, who met Sri Lanka’s President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, in Colombo in April to help promote the event.

    Thanks CH 4 & AI

    Sri Lanka coverage success for Channel 4 News at Amnesty Media Awards http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/arts_entert
    In the TV News Category, the team behind Channel 4 News' Sri Lanka coverage won against stiff competition from Sky's "Falujah Babies" report and another Channel 4 News piece – Nick Martin's report from Ciudad Juarez on child trafficking across the US border.

  151. Thanks all the Stars who decided to boycott sri lanka, Please expose the war crime against Humanity which should not happen to Human anywhere in the World. War criminals are still touring the world.

    Stars pull out of Bollywood Oscars amid Sri Lanka ‘war crime’ protests http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/
    Top Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan have pulled out of the Indian equivalent of the Oscars, which begins in Colombo tomorrow, following protests over alleged war crimes during Sri Lanka’s civil war with the Tamil Tigers.

    Sri Lanka had hoped to repair its battered international image and revive its tourist industry by hosting the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, just over a year after the Tigers’ defeat last May.

    The absence of several Indian stars is now throwing a fresh spotlight on alleged rights abuses in the last stages of the war, during which rights groups estimate that tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed, many by army shelling.

    Most damaging of all is the apparent withdrawal of Amitabh Bachchan, the IIFA’s brand ambassador and patriarch of Bollywood’s first family, who met Sri Lanka’s President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, in Colombo in April to help promote the event.

    Thanks CH 4 & AI

    Sri Lanka coverage success for Channel 4 News at Amnesty Media Awards http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/arts_entert
    In the TV News Category, the team behind Channel 4 News' Sri Lanka coverage won against stiff competition from Sky's "Falujah Babies" report and another Channel 4 News piece – Nick Martin's report from Ciudad Juarez on child trafficking across the US border.

  152. IDP’s story 2

    Helplessness

    50 year old Vani was a shopkeeper from Tharmpuram with three children. The eldest daughter was married with two daughters. Then the fighting became severe in January, they loaded their belongings in a landmaster and with other village folk were displaced from place to place. The 13th displacement was to what had been declared a safety zone, Iranaipalam where they stayed for 10 days. People had made tents to live in. As Sri Lanka Army bombs and the shells had started falling on that day, they loaded their goods onto the landmaster and decided to move on. But her 8 year old granddaughter insisted on having fried fish, they delayed to cook a meal. Varatharany and her daughter busied themselves in cooking while her husband, son and grandchildren were sleeping in the tent. Her Son-in-law had gone to the market.

    That day, 21/2/2009, morning at 11:45 AM a shell fired by the Sri Lankan army completely buried their families happiness in a deep hole and made them nirkathy (helpless). The shell not only landed on the landmaster burning it, but also pali eduthiduthu (killed) her husband, son and two grandchildren. Varatharany and her daughter were injured. On hearing her daughter wailing “my children are dead”, she had gone slowly when she saw her husband lying dead, her grandchildren with their bodies thundikapadu (severed) and her son injured in his head, arms and legs struggling to live. She collapsed there. On hearing her distraught daughter who despite bleeding profusely had run over and was trying to pick up her kuttuyir (barely alive, process of dying) children while lamenting loudly, bystanders had come and taken them to hospital. The son-in-law had come later and buried the dead with the help of others there.

    Both of them were treated for two days at Trincomalee hospital, then sent to Vavuniya hospital and currently at the the concentration camp. For the last one month, Varatharani and her daughter have been continuously crying with constant memories of their children and re-experiencing what happened. They are disturbed by suicidal thoughts, fatigue, insomnia, and guilty feelings. Although they say that her son-in-law is their comfort, when he is alone he laments loudly saying,“we have lost our loved ones . There is no point in having come here. I am useless”(he had survival guilt, of not having been there to help his family when the deaths happened).

  153. IDP’s story 3

    13 yr Tamil boy

    As the fighting got closer and closer, we first moved from Thirunagar to Tharmapuram. We put up a tent in a small plot and stayed there. We had no toilets or clean water. In the monsoon rains our tent was blown away. We had to live in two feet deep water for two days. With all that, I somehow appeared for the “O” level (year 10 GCE national exam) held last December (2008) at the Tharmapuram school. I still hoped for good results to study “A” level science and become a doctor.

    When the Sri Lankan Army shelling passed Paranthan and came towards Tharmapuram, we moved to Visuvamadu. We put up a tent on land belonging to my father’s friend and lived there. February 10th (2009) there was heavy shelling. The Sri Lanka army was advancing towards Visuvamadu. As our bunker had filled with water we could not stay there. At about 1 PM when we had come out the bunker this horrible incident occurred. A Sri Lankan Army shell that came from nowhere landed on our tent and exploded. Everywhere there was the sound of crying. I lay in a pool of blood, moaning. I could not get up and walk. On my side was my sister without any sound. Only my father was uninjured. When he picked me up crying loudly with oppari (weiling), my two arms were not in my control. I could not move them. I was able to move only my right thumb. Amidst all this horrific carnage , I was admitted to Puthukudirrupu hospital. When I opened my eyes the next day my world was darkened. My two sisters who I had uyiruku uyirai nesitha (loved as my own life) had died in the Sri Army shelling. On my side lay my mother who had had her right leg amputated below the knee. Now my whole life has become gloomy and there is no hope for me . My life is finished

  154. IDP’s story 4

    No will to live anymore

    Somu was a 30 year old male married with a 11/2 year old son. On that day, he had left his wife and child in a safe place to go and bring his mother and sisters. Youngest sister was a final year university student while the other sisters were married. When they had started to leave with their belongings, the Sri Lanka army had seen them and started firing at my elderly mother and my sisters aged 2, 6, 11 yrs. His mother, sister and one baby died then and there. The 11 yrs sister had fled. He had run after her fearing that she would be caught by the army and raped. Bullets pierced his neck and chest. The next day he regained consciousness hearing the voice of Sri Lankan Army soldiers who had come there. They kicked him asking,“where are the others?” He said them,“you have killed the others,.” He was in a state of extreme distress and frustration as he is without knowing what had happened to his sister and without information about his wife and child. It was found that his legs and body would not function. He was unable to lift his neck due to the injury in the neck. He had repeated thoughts about his sister and what had happened that day. He had lost all hope and will to live

  155. IDP’s story 5

    Guilt

    Fifty one year old Siva was born in Killinochchi and worked as farmer. He was married with four children. The eldest was married with a child and his daughter was a school teacher. They had escaped from Sri Lanka Army shell attacks to live in bunkers at Sudanthirapuram.
    Under our Margosa tree, I had dug a bunker. As soon as I heard the sound of Sri Lankan Army Kifir (planes) We would run into the bunker. Every day we would be going inside at least five times. As soon as I heard the sound of Kifir, without realizing it I would develop palpitations and find it difficult to breathe. I would feel agitated. When it dived (high pitched sound of diving) to bomb, I would Veerudu (piercingly) scream. The Sri Lankan Army (Kifir) military plane’s sound was that terrorizing. We had some relief at night.
    A Sri Lankan shell fell there killing the eldest son and daughter. A son was injured in his chest and leg while his wife escaped with minor injuries. His daughter in law and child are in a concentration camp in Vavuniya His injured son is at Mannar hospital while his wife is in another concentration camp. He is with his daughter at the Pampaimadu concentration camp unable to contact his siblings or relations and without contact with his injured son, daughter in law and child and wife. He is severely depressed with continuous crying, loss of appetite, lack of sleep, repeated memories of what happened in the Vanni, poor self-care and headache. On counseling, he cried, revealing that images of his two children dying in front of him and their leaving their bodies in the bunker without even carrying out their funeral rites keeps recurring in his mind preventing his sleep. In his nightmares the ghastly images of people killed by shells and aerial bombing come to him. His body would tremble when he would think about them. Feelings of antagonism, frustration and hatred towards the Sri Lankan government forces would arise in him without his realization.He felt especially guilty that he was not even able to arrange the customary 45 day remembrance ceremony for them

  156. Thanks all the Stars who decided to boycott sri lanka, Please expose the war crime against Humanity which should not happen to Human anywhere in the World. War criminals are still touring the world.

    Stars pull out of Bollywood Oscars amid Sri Lanka ‘war crime’ protests
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article7142345.ece
    Top Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan have pulled out of the Indian equivalent of the Oscars, which begins in Colombo tomorrow, following protests over alleged war crimes during Sri Lanka’s civil war with the Tamil Tigers.

    Sri Lanka had hoped to repair its battered international image and revive its tourist industry by hosting the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, just over a year after the Tigers’ defeat last May.

    The absence of several Indian stars is now throwing a fresh spotlight on alleged rights abuses in the last stages of the war, during which rights groups estimate that tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed, many by army shelling.

    Most damaging of all is the apparent withdrawal of Amitabh Bachchan, the IIFA’s brand ambassador and patriarch of Bollywood’s first family, who met Sri Lanka’s President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, in Colombo in April to help promote the event.

    Thanks CH 4 & AI

    Sri Lanka coverage success for Channel 4 News at Amnesty Media Awards
    http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/arts_entertainment/sri+lanka+success+for+channel+4+news+at+amnesty+media+awards/3666637
    In the TV News Category, the team behind Channel 4 News’ Sri Lanka coverage won against stiff competition from Sky’s “Falujah Babies” report and another Channel 4 News piece – Nick Martin’s report from Ciudad Juarez on child trafficking across the US border.

  157. Lessons Learnt?

    Amnesty International lies about the Sri Lankan war.
    Human Rights Watch lies about the Sri Lankan war.
    The International Cretins Group lies about the Sri Lankan war.
    Channel 4 lies about the Sri Lankan war.
    The Times lied about the Sri Lankan war.
    The EU lies about the Sri Lankan war.
    The LTTE lies about the Sri Lankan war.
    The pro-LTTE diaspora lies about the Sri Lankan war.
    The Sri Lankan govt lies lies about the Sri Lankan war.
    Various parts of the UN lie about the Sri Lankan war.

    Yet, AI, HRW, ICG and their coolies expect to be given a respectful and diffident hearing when they pronounce on the rights and wrongs of Sri Lanka's 30 year battle against the LTTE.

  158. More problems for the Trans-Global Eelam Rabble and Lessons Learnt

    The Trans-Global Eelam Rabble (TGER) were hoping that White Madam Clinton would exert pressure on SL to toe the West's line re., investigations and the rest. Unfortunately, the US's best friend Israel just committed 'Ship Genocide' against the Gaza aid convoy.

    Mrs Clinton appears to be strangely tongue-tied about Israel's actions. Very odd. Perhaps she's too busy doing her hair. She and the West will find it even more difficult to lecture Sri Lanka.

    The leaders of the TGER will meanwhile tear out whatever hair they have left at their impotence. 🙂

    AI have also issued thundering statements, demanding international investigations etc.

    The The International Crisis Group have not yet threatened to invade Israel in an 'R-2-P' mission. I guess they're scared of the Israelis.

    As you pro-Eelam drones seem so keen to 'learn lessons', have you learnt the lesson yet?

  159. Amnesty International has submitted a statement on Sri Lanka in connection with the current session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The statement concerns the need for an international investigation into reported human rights abuses and war crimes committed by both sides during the war in Sri Lanka. The statement can be found at http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ASA37/010/

  160. Amnesty International has submitted a statement on Sri Lanka in connection with the current session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The statement concerns the need for an international investigation into reported human rights abuses and war crimes committed by both sides during the war in Sri Lanka. The statement can be found at http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ASA37/010/

  161. Amnesty International has submitted a statement on Sri Lanka in connection with the current session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The statement concerns the need for an international investigation into reported human rights abuses and war crimes committed by both sides during the war in Sri Lanka. The statement can be found at http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ASA37/010/

  162. Lessons Learnt?

    Amnesty International lies about the Sri Lankan war.
    Human Rights Watch lies about the Sri Lankan war.
    The International Cretins Group lies about the Sri Lankan war.
    Channel 4 lies about the Sri Lankan war.
    The Times lied about the Sri Lankan war.
    The EU lies about the Sri Lankan war.
    The LTTE lies about the Sri Lankan war.
    The pro-LTTE diaspora lies about the Sri Lankan war.
    The Sri Lankan govt lies lies about the Sri Lankan war.
    Various parts of the UN lie about the Sri Lankan war.

    Yet, AI, HRW, ICG and their coolies expect to be given a respectful and diffident hearing when they pronounce on the rights and wrongs of Sri Lanka’s 30 year battle against the LTTE.

  163. Hello there Jim MD,

    It is interesting to see that in your post (June 2nd, 2010 at 8:34 pm) you have mentioned under sub topic Violation of HR & HR Law, the suspected violations carried out by the GOSL (meaning the forces) and the LTTE.

    However, under Recommendations, you have only mentioned stuff that effects the GOSL. What plans for the LTTE ?? It is still active under the disguise of the Diaspora who are lying from there rear ends !!!!

  164. More problems for the Trans-Global Eelam Rabble and Lessons Learnt

    The Trans-Global Eelam Rabble (TGER) were hoping that White Madam Clinton would exert pressure on SL to toe the West’s line re., investigations and the rest. Unfortunately, the US’s best friend Israel just committed ‘Ship Genocide’ against the Gaza aid convoy.

    Mrs Clinton appears to be strangely tongue-tied about Israel’s actions. Very odd. Perhaps she’s too busy doing her hair. She and the West will find it even more difficult to lecture Sri Lanka.

    The leaders of the TGER will meanwhile tear out whatever hair they have left at their impotence. 🙂

    AI have also issued thundering statements, demanding international investigations etc.

    The The International Crisis Group have not yet threatened to invade Israel in an ‘R-2-P’ mission. I guess they’re scared of the Israelis.

    As you pro-Eelam drones seem so keen to ‘learn lessons’, have you learnt the lesson yet?

  165. A Tamil town is an open-air prison for Tamils

    The first thing that strikes you about the situation in Kilinochchi is that you find more soldiers than civilians in the town. They are in uniform and civvies, carrying weapons or just moving here and there. People can only travel to Kilinochchi, either from Jaffna to the north or from Vavuniya to the south, by passing through military camps, checkpoints and patrolling soldiers.

    Soldiers might not question you as they would have six months ago but they keep a close eye on everyone’s movements. Just after one of our correspondents went to a relative’s house in a village, soldiers arrived at the house and asked why he was there. The same thing happens whenever a new person comes to a house.

  166. Makeshift dwellings

    The buildings in Kilinochchi town were destroyed last year. Heaps of debris have since been removed about 50 metres from the main road. The traders who have returned are renovating or rebuilding their shops, which were damaged during the war, at their own expense. These are small shops and there are only a few customers. Most of the eating houses are run by the army, catering for people travelling through the town.

    People’s land and buildings that were previously occupied by the LTTE are now occupied by the military. A vast area in the southern section of the town has been fenced with barbed wire. Residents think it will be used to erect a military complex. Meanwhile, the Kilinochchi bus stand still has no any shelter. Passengers must wait for buses, sometimes for hours, under trees in the hot sun or rain. No buses are running to some places still.

    Former detainees have been sent here almost without any assistance. The government’s attitude is one expression of its communal discrimination. Displaced people spoke angrily about the government’s policy. One person explained: “We are living here abandoned by all. The government said it would provide us with houses, employment and other facilities. It has not even given us clean drinking water, apart from what the relief agencies have supplied. Nobody has come to see our plight. There is no difference between staying in the detention camps and living here. The conditions are the same in both places.”

    Many of the resettled people live in 10-by-10 feet huts with tin sheets provided by some non-government organisations. Other people are living in tents that are the same size. There are no separate rooms for sleeping or getting dressed. The floors have been leveled with mud. As there are no toilet facilities, people are using open spaces. Some families have used tin sheets to make roofs for their damaged houses.

    People have been able to survive without going hungry only because the World Food Program (WFP) is providing food. Many people don’t have even instruments like knives, equipment to clean their hands, or lamps for daily use. They have to look for bottles to make kerosene oil lamps, and search for water because the wells are not cleaned.

  167. Small tents house some resettled families

    The Kilinochchi district was famous for agriculture and fishing. The large Iranaimadu tank (artificial lake) mainly supplied irrigation for several thousand acres of agricultural land. The tank is now under the military’s control. Water has not yet been fully released for farmers. A few farmers have begun cultivation but they do not have tractors or other basic equipment. Many do not have even a mammoty (a type of spade). Fishermen are not allowed to fish in the tank.

    Poonahari village has been devastated, like other areas in the Vanni. The debris from destroyed houses, such as bricks and wood, has been used to erect military checkpoints that monitor the local coastline. One resident commented: “The military checkpoints are made out of the wood and sheets from our homes.”

    Students are generally attending schools but there is a serious lack of teachers and equipment. Teachers have to travel a long distance from Jaffna or Vavuniya. At Poonahari, the Vikneswara School, which previously conducted classes up to the advanced level, is now occupied by the military, so students must walk to another school five kilometres away.

    The military has also occupied Poonahari’s government hospital. As there are no longer any hospital facilities, people have to beg someone in the army camps to take any seriously ill patients to Kilinochchi in a military vehicle for treatment. Patients with minor illnesses simply have to suffer.

    In Vattakachchi village there is no hospital and no school, and the people live in tents. The houses were destroyed during the war. The local Vattakachchi and Ramanathapuram schools remain occupied by the military.

    Many women have lost their husbands. They are struggling to survive, facing numerous difficulties, without proper clothes and education for their children. One woman explained: “The government did not give us any help. I don’t have the money to search for my disappeared husband. Others like me face the same problems.”

    The Sri Lankan government is not interested in rebuilding the conditions of ordinary people. Its treatment of war-devastated people is a continuation of decades of discrimination against Tamils.

  168. Rajapaksa stands head and shoulders above the tin-pot dictators South Asia has seen in the recent past, and Africa and Latin America are familiar with. Whatever be the flip-side of his rule that borders on family rule, he has credibility as a leader of standing.

    The Wanni war victory has invested him with respectability, which should be the envy of his challengers. From Than Shwe (Myanmar) to Abhist Vehhajiva (Thailand) and Sheikh Hasina (Bangladesh) every one with an insurgency at home is turning to learn from his experience while the stratfors of the world have begun to study closely the indigenous model the Rajapaksa brothers have developed

    Primarily, the Rajapaksa doctrine relies on what has come to be known as scorched-earth tactics that bestow full operational freedom on the army to relentlessly pursue the guerilla. It rules out ceasefires and negotiations and treats combatants and non-combatants alike. And expects the media to behave or else face music.
    http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=961

  169. Rajapaksa stands head and shoulders above the tin-pot dictators South Asia has seen in the recent past, and Africa and Latin America are familiar with. Whatever be the flip-side of his rule that borders on family rule, he has credibility as a leader of standing.

    The Wanni war victory has invested him with respectability, which should be the envy of his challengers. From Than Shwe (Myanmar) to Abhist Vehhajiva (Thailand) and Sheikh Hasina (Bangladesh) every one with an insurgency at home is turning to learn from his experience while the stratfors of the world have begun to study closely the indigenous model the Rajapaksa brothers have developed

    Primarily, the Rajapaksa doctrine relies on what has come to be known as scorched-earth tactics that bestow full operational freedom on the army to relentlessly pursue the guerilla. It rules out ceasefires and negotiations and treats combatants and non-combatants alike. And expects the media to behave or else face music.
    http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=961

  170. Rajapaksa stands head and shoulders above the tin-pot dictators South Asia has seen in the recent past, and Africa and Latin America are familiar with. Whatever be the flip-side of his rule that borders on family rule, he has credibility as a leader of standing.

    The Wanni war victory has invested him with respectability, which should be the envy of his challengers. From Than Shwe (Myanmar) to Abhist Vehhajiva (Thailand) and Sheikh Hasina (Bangladesh) every one with an insurgency at home is turning to learn from his experience while the stratfors of the world have begun to study closely the indigenous model the Rajapaksa brothers have developed

    Primarily, the Rajapaksa doctrine relies on what has come to be known as scorched-earth tactics that bestow full operational freedom on the army to relentlessly pursue the guerilla. It rules out ceasefires and negotiations and treats combatants and non-combatants alike. And expects the media to behave or else face music.
    http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=961

  171. The Rajapaksas chained the media. Opposition is made to confine itself to hotel lounge. Even after the war ended, the media remains in ‘toxic climate for free expression’ as pointed out by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Though since November last year, the media has regained its voice, it is still feeble with the authority inventing new weapons of intimidation like annual asset statements (from every journalist).

    With nine journalists killed (since 2004), about 25 journalists living in exile out of fear, and some living at home in self-imposed house arrest, credibility and respectability remain a mirage in a world which loves free speech and freedom of religion. Monologues for action against the army for war crimes will remain as long as the media is denied peace dividend and is unable to mirror the true state of the nation freely and fearlessl

  172. Tamil is a classical language !

    Although Tamil and a few other languages such as Greek, Latin and Sanskrit enjoy the status of classical language in the academic world thanks to their antiquity and rich literary heritage, Tamil is the first living language to be given the official status of a classical language.

    Following our success in getting the rightful status of Classical Language for Tamil declared and notified by the United Progressive Alliance government – a landmark achievement in the development of Tamil and in the restoration of its prestige and glory – succeeding in our efforts to establish the Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai.

    For more than 150 years, Tamil scholars and those conscious of their Tamil heritage have been demanding that the classical character of Tamil be recognised. They claimed that Tamil has rich and hoary literary and grammatical traditions, its own script system, and an unbroken lengthy history. In addition, the language has continuously been a spoken language at least for more than 2,000 years
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/06/_world_classi

  173. Hello there Jim MD,

    It is interesting to see that in your post (June 2nd, 2010 at 8:34 pm) you have mentioned under sub topic Violation of HR & HR Law, the suspected violations carried out by the GOSL (meaning the forces) and the LTTE.

    However, under Recommendations, you have only mentioned stuff that effects the GOSL. What plans for the LTTE ?? It is still active under the disguise of the Diaspora who are lying from there rear ends !!!!

  174. Tamil is a classical language !

    Although Tamil and a few other languages such as Greek, Latin and Sanskrit enjoy the status of classical language in the academic world thanks to their antiquity and rich literary heritage, Tamil is the first living language to be given the official status of a classical language.

    Following our success in getting the rightful status of Classical Language for Tamil declared and notified by the United Progressive Alliance government – a landmark achievement in the development of Tamil and in the restoration of its prestige and glory – succeeding in our efforts to establish the Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai.

    For more than 150 years, Tamil scholars and those conscious of their Tamil heritage have been demanding that the classical character of Tamil be recognised. They claimed that Tamil has rich and hoary literary and grammatical traditions, its own script system, and an unbroken lengthy history. In addition, the language has continuously been a spoken language at least for more than 2,000 years
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/06/_world_classi

  175. Tamil is a classical language !

    Although Tamil and a few other languages such as Greek, Latin and Sanskrit enjoy the status of classical language in the academic world thanks to their antiquity and rich literary heritage, Tamil is the first living language to be given the official status of a classical language.

    Following our success in getting the rightful status of Classical Language for Tamil declared and notified by the United Progressive Alliance government – a landmark achievement in the development of Tamil and in the restoration of its prestige and glory – succeeding in our efforts to establish the Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai.

    For more than 150 years, Tamil scholars and those conscious of their Tamil heritage have been demanding that the classical character of Tamil be recognised. They claimed that Tamil has rich and hoary literary and grammatical traditions, its own script system, and an unbroken lengthy history. In addition, the language has continuously been a spoken language at least for more than 2,000 years
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/06/_world_classi

  176. Dear Jim (McDonald),

    Let's not kid ourselves about the West's new found concern about HR in SL. When in May '09, the West tried to 'get' SL (literally days after its astounding victory against the LTTE) in the UNHCR, you know and I know and anyone with a functioning brain knows that it was pure geo-politics.

    That attempt was resoundingly crushed, with the help of most of the word community. Just like the Eelam project was.

    The same applies now. It also makes the 'Human Rights' angle less palatable and effective when used as a control mechanism against governments deemed insufficiently in tune with the West's own strategic goals.

    I note that the AI's begging letter only concerns itself with 'abuses' committed "committed in the final stages of the armed conflict".

    Why? Are you deliberately trying to avoid scrutiny of the parties and the LTTE's helpers in the previous three years?

    Why no investigation into the sterling efforts by various HR organisations to keep the war going for the next three decades ?

    Why no investigations into the outrageous lies told by HR organisations which gave the LTTE further breathing space?

    Why no investigations into which countries and organisations were trying to arrange for Fat Boy to escape to Europe and thus continue his HR abusing campaign?

    I'll join you on the virtual-reality barricades demanding that SL be investigated for HR abuses, after the US, UK and NATO countries are indicted and investigated, first.

    Here's my rough reckoning of civilians killed due to Western bloc military action.

    Gulf War 1: 50,000+ civilian deaths? (4k from direct action and 45k+ from sanctions. Nice.)
    Gulf War 2: another 50,000+ civilian deaths?
    Afghanistan: 10,000+ dead civilians?

    Approx total = 110,000+ civilian deaths, plus in Iraq's case, the near complete destruction of previously functioning country. Hmmmm.

    If 'war crimes' trials & investigations are good enough for SL, they're certainly good enough for the US & NATO, first.
    Here's AI's final paragraph lecturing to SL with just ONE change. Can you spot the change?

    "Impunity in Iraq & Afghanistan, where violations were on a massive scale and yet the UN failed to act, sets dangerous precedents. It sends a message to Iraqis & Afghans that the UN was irrelevant and could re-enforce trends of impunity globally. Failure to address impunity in Iraq & Afghanistan could cement a situation where states that have not ratified the Rome Statute (e.g. the USA) would feel that they are beyond the reach of international justice and that crimes committed in the name of “combating terrorism” can simply be ignored."

  177. Even more Global Justice & Lessons Learnt from Sri Lanka.

    Northern Sinhala IDPs to be resettled in Madhu
    http://www.island.lk/2010/06/03/news11.html

    These forgotten IDPs, victims of the only genuine, certified case of ethnic cleansing in SL, carried out by the LTTE (and supported by the pro-LTTE diaspora), are being re-settled in Madhu.

    They were evicted in 1985 and most have spent over 25 years in IDP camps.

    They're not returning to their homes because of pressure from AI or HRW or the UN. They're returning because SL destroyed and crushed the LTTE.

    A useful Lesson Learnt, no?

  178. Amitabh Bachchan, IIFA’s brand ambassador, has given the extravaganza in Colombo a miss this year citing prior commitments.

    Though Big B cited work commitments to cover up for his absence from IIFA, the protests from South Indian film lobby is seen as a reason for his non-participation this year.

    http://movies.indiatimes.com/news-gossip/news/Sal

  179. Even more Global Justice & Lessons Learnt from Sri Lanka.

    Northern Sinhala IDPs to be resettled in Madhu
    http://www.island.lk/2010/06/03/news11.html

    These forgotten IDPs, victims of the only genuine, certified case of ethnic cleansing in SL, carried out by the LTTE (and supported by the pro-LTTE diaspora), are being re-settled in Madhu.

    They were evicted in 1985 and most have spent over 25 years in IDP camps.

    They're not returning to their homes because of pressure from AI or HRW or the UN. They're returning because SL destroyed and crushed the LTTE.

    A useful Lesson Learnt, no?

  180. Even more Global Justice & Lessons Learnt from Sri Lanka.

    Northern Sinhala IDPs to be resettled in Madhu
    http://www.island.lk/2010/06/03/news11.html

    These forgotten IDPs, victims of the only genuine, certified case of ethnic cleansing in SL, carried out by the LTTE (and supported by the pro-LTTE diaspora), are being re-settled in Madhu.

    They were evicted in 1985 and most have spent over 25 years in IDP camps.

    They're not returning to their homes because of pressure from AI or HRW or the UN. They're returning because SL destroyed and crushed the LTTE.

    A useful Lesson Learnt, no?

  181. ”Sivappu mazhai” Tamil film Banned in Sri Lanka

    Sivappu Mazhai, a film that was made to enter the Guinness Book of World Records, has been banned in Sri Lanka. The film, which has the distinction of being made within 12 days, deals with a youth that has been affected by the Sri Lankan army. The youth comes down to India to kidnap the young daughter of a central minister to fulfill his demands. Sivappu Mazhai is produced by Suresh Joachim, who also stars in this film with Meera Jasmine playing the leading lady. It is worth mentioning here that the movie hit the screens in Tamil Nadu a few days ago.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qdIlNVso9E

    Sivappu Mazhai, the film made with an aim to enter the World Book of Guinness Records, has finally been given a clean chit by the Censor Board. A couple of days ago the board had rejected a U certificate to the film due to a few scenes on the Sri Lankan issue. According to Sivappu Mazhai’s producer and hero, Suresh Joachim, a few scenes have been deleted as per the advice of the censor officials. With the certification process complete, Sivappu Mazhai will be released in about 23 countries worldwide. Plans are afoot to include subtitles in 30 languages. Meera Jasmine plays the female lead in Sivappu Mazhai.

  182. A Tamil town is an open-air prison for Tamils

    The first thing that strikes you about the situation in Kilinochchi is that you find more soldiers than civilians in the town. They are in uniform and civvies, carrying weapons or just moving here and there. People can only travel to Kilinochchi, either from Jaffna to the north or from Vavuniya to the south, by passing through military camps, checkpoints and patrolling soldiers.

    Soldiers might not question you as they would have six months ago but they keep a close eye on everyone’s movements. Just after one of our correspondents went to a relative’s house in a village, soldiers arrived at the house and asked why he was there. The same thing happens whenever a new person comes to a house.

  183. Makeshift dwellings

    The buildings in Kilinochchi town were destroyed last year. Heaps of debris have since been removed about 50 metres from the main road. The traders who have returned are renovating or rebuilding their shops, which were damaged during the war, at their own expense. These are small shops and there are only a few customers. Most of the eating houses are run by the army, catering for people travelling through the town.

    People’s land and buildings that were previously occupied by the LTTE are now occupied by the military. A vast area in the southern section of the town has been fenced with barbed wire. Residents think it will be used to erect a military complex. Meanwhile, the Kilinochchi bus stand still has no any shelter. Passengers must wait for buses, sometimes for hours, under trees in the hot sun or rain. No buses are running to some places still.

    Former detainees have been sent here almost without any assistance. The government’s attitude is one expression of its communal discrimination. Displaced people spoke angrily about the government’s policy. One person explained: “We are living here abandoned by all. The government said it would provide us with houses, employment and other facilities. It has not even given us clean drinking water, apart from what the relief agencies have supplied. Nobody has come to see our plight. There is no difference between staying in the detention camps and living here. The conditions are the same in both places.”

    Many of the resettled people live in 10-by-10 feet huts with tin sheets provided by some non-government organisations. Other people are living in tents that are the same size. There are no separate rooms for sleeping or getting dressed. The floors have been leveled with mud. As there are no toilet facilities, people are using open spaces. Some families have used tin sheets to make roofs for their damaged houses.

    People have been able to survive without going hungry only because the World Food Program (WFP) is providing food. Many people don’t have even instruments like knives, equipment to clean their hands, or lamps for daily use. They have to look for bottles to make kerosene oil lamps, and search for water because the wells are not cleaned.

  184. Small tents house some resettled families

    The Kilinochchi district was famous for agriculture and fishing. The large Iranaimadu tank (artificial lake) mainly supplied irrigation for several thousand acres of agricultural land. The tank is now under the military’s control. Water has not yet been fully released for farmers. A few farmers have begun cultivation but they do not have tractors or other basic equipment. Many do not have even a mammoty (a type of spade). Fishermen are not allowed to fish in the tank.

    Poonahari village has been devastated, like other areas in the Vanni. The debris from destroyed houses, such as bricks and wood, has been used to erect military checkpoints that monitor the local coastline. One resident commented: “The military checkpoints are made out of the wood and sheets from our homes.”

    Students are generally attending schools but there is a serious lack of teachers and equipment. Teachers have to travel a long distance from Jaffna or Vavuniya. At Poonahari, the Vikneswara School, which previously conducted classes up to the advanced level, is now occupied by the military, so students must walk to another school five kilometres away.

    The military has also occupied Poonahari’s government hospital. As there are no longer any hospital facilities, people have to beg someone in the army camps to take any seriously ill patients to Kilinochchi in a military vehicle for treatment. Patients with minor illnesses simply have to suffer.

    In Vattakachchi village there is no hospital and no school, and the people live in tents. The houses were destroyed during the war. The local Vattakachchi and Ramanathapuram schools remain occupied by the military.

    Many women have lost their husbands. They are struggling to survive, facing numerous difficulties, without proper clothes and education for their children. One woman explained: “The government did not give us any help. I don’t have the money to search for my disappeared husband. Others like me face the same problems.”

    The Sri Lankan government is not interested in rebuilding the conditions of ordinary people. Its treatment of war-devastated people is a continuation of decades of discrimination against Tamils.

  185. EDE

    Barbarian, child abuse, racial abuse, bribery, plot, graft, torture, espionage, defalcating, assassination and corruption are the part and parcel of your life.

    You are the one who hitch the wagon of others to the star and finally leave them in the lurch.

    It has been dominating your life and it has become ruling passion of your life as well.

    So, you must Stop blaming the strait-laced Tamils.

  186. Amitabh Bachchan, IIFA’s brand ambassador, has given the extravaganza in Colombo a miss this year citing prior commitments.

    Though Big B cited work commitments to cover up for his absence from IIFA, the protests from South Indian film lobby is seen as a reason for his non-participation this year.

    http://movies.indiatimes.com/news-gossip/news/Sal

  187. Amitabh Bachchan, IIFA’s brand ambassador, has given the extravaganza in Colombo a miss this year citing prior commitments.

    Though Big B cited work commitments to cover up for his absence from IIFA, the protests from South Indian film lobby is seen as a reason for his non-participation this year.

    http://movies.indiatimes.com/news-gossip/news/Sal

  188. ”Sivappu mazhai” Tamil film Banned in Sri Lanka

    Sivappu Mazhai, a film that was made to enter the Guinness Book of World Records, has been banned in Sri Lanka. The film, which has the distinction of being made within 12 days, deals with a youth that has been affected by the Sri Lankan army. The youth comes down to India to kidnap the young daughter of a central minister to fulfill his demands. Sivappu Mazhai is produced by Suresh Joachim, who also stars in this film with Meera Jasmine playing the leading lady. It is worth mentioning here that the movie hit the screens in Tamil Nadu a few days ago.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qdIlNVso9E

    Sivappu Mazhai, the film made with an aim to enter the World Book of Guinness Records, has finally been given a clean chit by the Censor Board. A couple of days ago the board had rejected a U certificate to the film due to a few scenes on the Sri Lankan issue. According to Sivappu Mazhai’s producer and hero, Suresh Joachim, a few scenes have been deleted as per the advice of the censor officials. With the certification process complete, Sivappu Mazhai will be released in about 23 countries worldwide. Plans are afoot to include subtitles in 30 languages. Meera Jasmine plays the female lead in Sivappu Mazhai.

  189. ”Sivappu mazhai” Tamil film Banned in Sri Lanka

    Sivappu Mazhai, a film that was made to enter the Guinness Book of World Records, has been banned in Sri Lanka. The film, which has the distinction of being made within 12 days, deals with a youth that has been affected by the Sri Lankan army. The youth comes down to India to kidnap the young daughter of a central minister to fulfill his demands. Sivappu Mazhai is produced by Suresh Joachim, who also stars in this film with Meera Jasmine playing the leading lady. It is worth mentioning here that the movie hit the screens in Tamil Nadu a few days ago.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qdIlNVso9E

    Sivappu Mazhai, the film made with an aim to enter the World Book of Guinness Records, has finally been given a clean chit by the Censor Board. A couple of days ago the board had rejected a U certificate to the film due to a few scenes on the Sri Lankan issue. According to Sivappu Mazhai’s producer and hero, Suresh Joachim, a few scenes have been deleted as per the advice of the censor officials. With the certification process complete, Sivappu Mazhai will be released in about 23 countries worldwide. Plans are afoot to include subtitles in 30 languages. Meera Jasmine plays the female lead in Sivappu Mazhai.

  190. <Dear Puli !

    re. your post, though it's not meant for me, I am very disappointing after a decent post I read from you in the morning…

    Puligal Says:
    June 3rd, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Barbarian, child abuse, racial abuse, bribery, plot, graft, torture, espionage, defalcating, assassination and corruption are the part and parcel of your life.

    This is not right for you to tell about EDE. You hardly know him for one thing and you are describing exactly what the LTTE did… Child Abuse, forcefull money collection, plotting against prominent Tamils, torture Tamils who opposed them etc..

    You are the one who hitch the wagon of others to the star and finally leave them in the lurch.

    You told this to me the other day – now I am confused whether both my self and EDE are in the same wagon… ??

    R U seriously re-posting stuff that another writes for you ?? Or do you have a set of posts that you post here from time to time… This post was directed at me exactly the same way not so long ago… ??????

    If that's the case, do you guys seriously understand what we are talking about or what AI is talking about ???????

    So, you must Stop blaming the strait-laced Tamils.
    Again, you are drafting all good Tamils to your sinful LTTE movement and using their good name in vain.

  191. Impeccable Jim Gona

    To imprison 100 000 Tamil children in the Sri Lanka concentration camps is a child abuse !!!!!

  192. Jim Gona (JG)

    JG mind is choked with odd notions and hoary beliefs.

    According to the proverb,""what's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh",

    Your inheritted characteristics can not be concealed and now they have become obvious.

    Your peevish and cavilling nature has been brought to light by your comments.

    Your weak-kneed policies can only be proclaimed in the jungle where your ancestor lion lives.

    My aim is to extirpate the evils such as plundering, theft, murder, lying, plotting and confiscating the rights, etc from SL.

    I only want to reach out a help hand towards this process.

    The weeds which are against it like you should be removed in order to reach my target.

    I want to steal a march on it through some procedures.

    It doesn't mean that I rely on Barmecide's feast.

    I have no interest to fight tooth and nail to clear the way to obtain my goal.

    Without having a bone of contention, JG jumps at me in order to cast cloud over our eyes.

    I must be very vigilant and cautious to get away with this problem and to get rid of this.

  193. Rajapaksa stands head and shoulders above the tin-pot dictators South Asia has seen in the recent past, and Africa and Latin America are familiar with. Whatever be the flip-side of his rule that borders on family rule, he has credibility as a leader of standing.

    The Wanni war victory has invested him with respectability, which should be the envy of his challengers. From Than Shwe (Myanmar) to Abhist Vehhajiva (Thailand) and Sheikh Hasina (Bangladesh) every one with an insurgency at home is turning to learn from his experience while the stratfors of the world have begun to study closely the indigenous model the Rajapaksa brothers have developed

    Primarily, the Rajapaksa doctrine relies on what has come to be known as scorched-earth tactics that bestow full operational freedom on the army to relentlessly pursue the guerilla. It rules out ceasefires and negotiations and treats combatants and non-combatants alike. And expects the media to behave or else face music.

    http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=9610

  194. Northern Sri Lanka area is still actually in the hands of the military, which allowed the return of the population but force them to live in absolute poverty.

    The military blocks any attempts to improve their lives, but does not stop abuse and violence

    Many families have returned to their homes incomplete: not only without ownership, but without family, killed, missing or detained.

    On most occasions as we turned from the A9 road or from the Mannar – Medwachiya road to go interior villages, it seemed to arouse suspicion in soldiers

    . Familiar questions of earlier years, such as “where are you going?” “why are you going?” “who are you” were thrown at us.

    Our response that we are going to visit friends didn’t appear to be a satisfactory answer.

    In the Vanni, it seems to be considered something abnormal and suspicious to visit friends!

    My Tamils friends from the North found these questions offensive. “This is our land, our people are living here, these soldiers are from outside, how dare they ask us all these questions and stop us?

    Why can’t I visit my place?

    Why can’t I visit my relatives and friends?

    Why can’t I invite friends (meaning me)?” were the angry and frustrated refrain I was to hear often from my friends

  195. The Rajapaksas chained the media. Opposition is made to confine itself to hotel lounge. Even after the war ended, the media remains in ‘toxic climate for free expression’ as pointed out by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Though since November last year, the media has regained its voice, it is still feeble with the authority inventing new weapons of intimidation like annual asset statements (from every journalist).

    With nine journalists killed (since 2004), about 25 journalists living in exile out of fear, and some living at home in self-imposed house arrest, credibility and respectability remain a mirage in a world which loves free speech and freedom of religion. Monologues for action against the army for war crimes will remain as long as the media is denied peace dividend and is unable to mirror the true state of the nation freely and fearlessl

  196. When we abandon justice to secure peace we get neither

    These terrible events in Sri Lanka are shock the world and the result is that in the face of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, the default position of the international community is no longer impunity but accountability.

    Where such serious crimes are credibly alleged, investigation will now follow unless those denying the need for international justice can demonstrate that their national judicial mechanisms are serious and credible.

    This is, by the way, something yet to be done convincingly by those involved in the intensified conflicts in Sri Lanka last year.

    The justice is not an impediment to peace but a partner. When we abandon justice to secure peace, we most likely get neither.

    Indeed, impunity can, and has, contributed to renewed conflict .

    The parallel pursuit of justice and peace does present challenges, but it can be managed.

    We must be ambitious enough to pursue both, and wise enough to recognize.

    We not allow the views of a powerful few to threaten the aspirations of many.

    The Tamils demand justice: from their own courts if possible, from international courts if no credible alternative exists.

  197. 40,000 pro-Eelam/LTTE supporters demonstrate in Washington!

    Oops. Sorry, on looking more carefully, about 20 demonstrators and I'm erring on the side of caution. Yet they claim 40,000 were killed. Idiotic doesn't even begin to describe their stance. Delusional is a better description.

    But on the positive side, Official Eelam Babe ® Janani Jananayagam was there, looking good. http://transcurrents.com/tc/IMG_07551.html

    It seems that the pro-LTTE mob still haven't absorbed the Lessons Learnt after May 2009.

  198. Jim Gona,

    I don't think Prof. Puligal is real Eelamist or pro-LTTE commenter. His comments are actually quite jokey and idiotic.

    e.g. "I must be very vigilant and cautious to get away with this problem and to get rid of this." Very funny indeed. 🙂

    To Arul,

    This sounds like special pleading and whining to me.

    "My Tamils friends from the North found these questions offensive. “This is our land, our people are living here, these soldiers are from outside, how dare they ask us all these questions and stop us?"

    This 'land' is not theirs, exclusively. It belongs to all Lankans. The soldiers may be from outside of their area, but they come from SL. The 'who are you' and 'where are you going' questions will continue for some time to come.

    That's the unfortunate post-war security environment.

  199. Tamil is a classical language !

    Although Tamil and a few other languages such as Greek, Latin and Sanskrit enjoy the status of classical language in the academic world thanks to their antiquity and rich literary heritage, Tamil is the first living language to be given the official status of a classical language.

    Following our success in getting the rightful status of Classical Language for Tamil declared and notified by the United Progressive Alliance government – a landmark achievement in the development of Tamil and in the restoration of its prestige and glory – succeeding in our efforts to establish the Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai.

    For more than 150 years, Tamil scholars and those conscious of their Tamil heritage have been demanding that the classical character of Tamil be recognised. They claimed that Tamil has rich and hoary literary and grammatical traditions, its own script system, and an unbroken lengthy history. In addition, the language has continuously been a spoken language at least for more than 2,000 years

    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/06/_world_classical_tamil_confere.html#more

  200. Dear Jim (McDonald),

    Let’s not kid ourselves about the West’s new found concern about HR in SL. When in May ’09, the West tried to ‘get’ SL (literally days after its astounding victory against the LTTE) in the UNHCR, you know and I know and anyone with a functioning brain knows that it was pure geo-politics.

    That attempt was resoundingly crushed, with the help of most of the word community. Just like the Eelam project was.

    The same applies now. It also makes the ‘Human Rights’ angle less palatable and effective when used as a control mechanism against governments deemed insufficiently in tune with the West’s own strategic goals.

    I note that the AI’s begging letter only concerns itself with ‘abuses’ committed “committed in the final stages of the armed conflict”.

    Why? Are you deliberately trying to avoid scrutiny of the parties and the LTTE’s helpers in the previous three years?

    Why no investigation into the sterling efforts by various HR organisations to keep the war going for the next three decades ?

    Why no investigations into the outrageous lies told by HR organisations which gave the LTTE further breathing space?

    Why no investigations into which countries and organisations were trying to arrange for Fat Boy to escape to Europe and thus continue his HR abusing campaign?

    I’ll join you on the virtual-reality barricades demanding that SL be investigated for HR abuses, after the US, UK and NATO countries are indicted and investigated, first.

    Here’s my rough reckoning of civilians killed due to Western bloc military action.

    Gulf War 1: 50,000+ civilian deaths? (4k from direct action and 45k+ from sanctions. Nice.)
    Gulf War 2: another 50,000+ civilian deaths?
    Afghanistan: 10,000+ dead civilians?

    Approx total = 110,000+ civilian deaths, plus in Iraq’s case, the near complete destruction of previously functioning country. Hmmmm.

    If ‘war crimes’ trials & investigations are good enough for SL, they’re certainly good enough for the US & NATO, first.
    Here’s AI’s final paragraph lecturing to SL with just ONE change. Can you spot the change?

    “Impunity in Iraq & Afghanistan, where violations were on a massive scale and yet the UN failed to act, sets dangerous precedents. It sends a message to Iraqis & Afghans that the UN was irrelevant and could re-enforce trends of impunity globally. Failure to address impunity in Iraq & Afghanistan could cement a situation where states that have not ratified the Rome Statute (e.g. the USA) would feel that they are beyond the reach of international justice and that crimes committed in the name of “combating terrorism” can simply be ignored.”

  201. 40,000 pro-Eelam/LTTE supporters demonstrate in Washington!

    Oops. Sorry, on looking more carefully, about 20 demonstrators and I'm erring on the side of caution. Yet they claim 40,000 were killed. Idiotic doesn't even begin to describe their stance. Delusional is a better description.

    But on the positive side, Official Eelam Babe ® Janani Jananayagam was there, looking good. http://transcurrents.com/tc/IMG_07551.html

    It seems that the pro-LTTE mob still haven't absorbed the Lessons Learnt after May 2009.

  202. 40,000 pro-Eelam/LTTE supporters demonstrate in Washington!

    Oops. Sorry, on looking more carefully, about 20 demonstrators and I'm erring on the side of caution. Yet they claim 40,000 were killed. Idiotic doesn't even begin to describe their stance. Delusional is a better description.

    But on the positive side, Official Eelam Babe ® Janani Jananayagam was there, looking good. http://transcurrents.com/tc/IMG_07551.html

    It seems that the pro-LTTE mob still haven't absorbed the Lessons Learnt after May 2009.

  203. Even more Global Justice & Lessons Learnt from Sri Lanka.

    Northern Sinhala IDPs to be resettled in Madhu

    http://www.island.lk/2010/06/03/news11.html

    These forgotten IDPs, victims of the only genuine, certified case of ethnic cleansing in SL, carried out by the LTTE (and supported by the pro-LTTE diaspora), are being re-settled in Madhu.

    They were evicted in 1985 and most have spent over 25 years in IDP camps.

    They’re not returning to their homes because of pressure from AI or HRW or the UN. They’re returning because SL destroyed and crushed the LTTE.

    A useful Lesson Learnt, no?

  204. The Sri Lankan government's suggestion that a newly announced commission will provide accountability for laws-of-war violations during the armed conflict with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is yet another attempt to deflect an independent international investigation

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have to take steps to ensure accountability through an independent international investigation into the alleged laws-of-war violations.

    The announcement of a commission on "lessons learnt and reconciliation" came after a months-long campaign by the Sri Lankan government to prevent Ban from establishing a panel of experts to advise him on accountability in Sri Lanka. In May 2009, after the war ended, President Mahinda Rajapaksa signed a joint communiqué with Ban promising that "the government will take measures to address allegations related to violations of international humanitarian and human-rights law." But no substantive steps have been taken.

  205. Last week, President Mahinda Rajapaksa completed 40 years in politics. But all the experience and diplomatic acumen collected over four decades could not prevent him from losing his cool in an interview, also held last week, to the television channel.

    “You don’t ask that from the Americans! You don’t go and ask that of the British about Iraq, or Afghanistan or what is happening in Pakistan? Be fair with us…be fair with us… don’t treat Sri Lanka like this because we defeated terrorism,’’ Rajapaksa said when asked uncomfortable questions on human rights violations.

    Usually, Rajapaksa is charming, even disarmingly frank with reporters during interactions. But some commentators on the web saw this chink in his armour of affability as an increasing weariness on the question of rights abuse during the last phase of the civil war.

    Interestingly, Rajapaksa was made professor emeritus at the Visva-Bharathi University in the late 1990s for his record as a human rights activist. This was after he delivered a lecture on human rights – on involuntary disappearances — at a Deharadun-based human rights organisation; the seminar was jointly organised by India’s National Human Rights Commission.

  206. Harikrishnan – Yoou idiot – this is the problem. Rajapakse kept his cool during the whole interview. He was well prepared to answer the questions. This is why we are loosing our battle. It is time we accept defeat and accept reality. The world is with Sri Lanka – we have no one… Not even the Tamils because we killed them.

  207. Below, the many inhuman practices which was carried out against the Tamil community in Sri Lanka simply because they are Tamil.

    Gal Oya (1956)
    1958 riots (1958)
    1977 riots (1977)
    Jaffna library (1981)
    Black July (1983)
    Welikada (1983)
    Kalutara (1997)
    Bindunuwewa (2000)
    Total GENOCIDE(2009)

    History speaks for itself !!

    Ignorance doesn’t !!!!!!

  208. EDE

    Barbarian, child abuse, racial abuse, bribery, plot, graft, torture, espionage, defalcating, assassination and corruption are the part and parcel of your life.

    You are the one who hitch the wagon of others to the star and finally leave them in the lurch.

    It has been dominating your life and it has become ruling passion of your life as well.

    So, you must Stop blaming the strait-laced Tamils.

  209. ”Sivappu mazhai” Tamil film Banned in Sri Lanka

    Sivappu Mazhai, a film that was made to enter the Guinness Book of World Records, has been banned in Sri Lanka. The film, which has the distinction of being made within 12 days, deals with a youth that has been affected by the Sri Lankan army. The youth comes down to India to kidnap the young daughter of a central minister to fulfill his demands. Sivappu Mazhai is produced by Suresh Joachim, who also stars in this film with Meera Jasmine playing the leading lady. It is worth mentioning here that the movie hit the screens in Tamil Nadu a few days ago.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qdIlNVso9E

    Sivappu Mazhai, the film made with an aim to enter the World Book of Guinness Records, has finally been given a clean chit by the Censor Board. A couple of days ago the board had rejected a U certificate to the film due to a few scenes on the Sri Lankan issue. According to Sivappu Mazhai’s producer and hero, Suresh Joachim, a few scenes have been deleted as per the advice of the censor officials. With the certification process complete, Sivappu Mazhai will be released in about 23 countries worldwide. Plans are afoot to include subtitles in 30 languages. Meera Jasmine plays the female lead in Sivappu Mazhai.

  210. <Dear Puli !

    re. your post, though it's not meant for me, I am very disappointing after a decent post I read from you in the morning…

    Puligal Says:
    June 3rd, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Barbarian, child abuse, racial abuse, bribery, plot, graft, torture, espionage, defalcating, assassination and corruption are the part and parcel of your life.

    This is not right for you to tell about EDE. You hardly know him for one thing and you are describing exactly what the LTTE did… Child Abuse, forcefull money collection, plotting against prominent Tamils, torture Tamils who opposed them etc..

    You are the one who hitch the wagon of others to the star and finally leave them in the lurch.

    You told this to me the other day – now I am confused whether both my self and EDE are in the same wagon… ??

    R U seriously re-posting stuff that another writes for you ?? Or do you have a set of posts that you post here from time to time… This post was directed at me exactly the same way not so long ago… ??????

    If that’s the case, do you guys seriously understand what we are talking about or what AI is talking about ???????

    So, you must Stop blaming the strait-laced Tamils.
    Again, you are drafting all good Tamils to your sinful LTTE movement and using their good name in vain.

  211. TRAMPLING weeds underfoot, a group of people bound excitedly into an abandoned cemetery for Tamil Tiger rebels, hack bricks off the once pristine tombs and throw them into a waiting van.

    They are, sighs a local Tamil autorickshaw driver resignedly, “Sinhala tourists”—members of Sri Lanka’s ethnic majority, collecting souvenirs to take back home in the south. Since the main north-south highway reopened to civilian traffic in December 2009, thousands of such visitors have been streaming to Sri Lanka’s northern peninsula. Alas, reconstruction and ethnic reconciliation are not following in their wake as quickly as people had hoped.

    A year after the war, reconstruction in Jaffna is marred by the perception that the benefits are being reaped by the government and distant companies. Chinese firms are rebuilding the north’s main road network. A state-owned bank is financing Jaffna’s first three-star hotel. Young people lack the training employers want; joblessness remains a problem.

    Nor has the end of fighting brought the lifting of military restrictions. Foreigners need defence-ministry permission to visit the peninsula. So do vehicles with commercial cargo. Far from the city centre, a local-government official laments the dashed hopes of those who had expected development to take off. The war may be over but mindsets, it seems, are slow to change

  212. Impeccable Jim Gona

    To imprison 100 000 Tamil children in the Sri Lanka concentration camps is a child abuse !!!!!

  213. Jim Gona (JG)

    JG mind is choked with odd notions and hoary beliefs.

    According to the proverb,””what’s bred in the bone will come out in the flesh”,

    Your inheritted characteristics can not be concealed and now they have become obvious.

    Your peevish and cavilling nature has been brought to light by your comments.

    Your weak-kneed policies can only be proclaimed in the jungle where your ancestor lion lives.

    My aim is to extirpate the evils such as plundering, theft, murder, lying, plotting and confiscating the rights, etc from SL.

    I only want to reach out a help hand towards this process.

    The weeds which are against it like you should be removed in order to reach my target.

    I want to steal a march on it through some procedures.

    It doesn’t mean that I rely on Barmecide’s feast.

    I have no interest to fight tooth and nail to clear the way to obtain my goal.

    Without having a bone of contention, JG jumps at me in order to cast cloud over our eyes.

    I must be very vigilant and cautious to get away with this problem and to get rid of this.

  214. Northern Sri Lanka area is still actually in the hands of the military, which allowed the return of the population but force them to live in absolute poverty.

    The military blocks any attempts to improve their lives, but does not stop abuse and violence

    Many families have returned to their homes incomplete: not only without ownership, but without family, killed, missing or detained.

    On most occasions as we turned from the A9 road or from the Mannar – Medwachiya road to go interior villages, it seemed to arouse suspicion in soldiers

    . Familiar questions of earlier years, such as “where are you going?” “why are you going?” “who are you” were thrown at us.

    Our response that we are going to visit friends didn’t appear to be a satisfactory answer.

    In the Vanni, it seems to be considered something abnormal and suspicious to visit friends!

    My Tamils friends from the North found these questions offensive. “This is our land, our people are living here, these soldiers are from outside, how dare they ask us all these questions and stop us?

    Why can’t I visit my place?

    Why can’t I visit my relatives and friends?

    Why can’t I invite friends (meaning me)?” were the angry and frustrated refrain I was to hear often from my friends

  215. When we abandon justice to secure peace we get neither

    These terrible events in Sri Lanka are shock the world and the result is that in the face of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, the default position of the international community is no longer impunity but accountability.

    Where such serious crimes are credibly alleged, investigation will now follow unless those denying the need for international justice can demonstrate that their national judicial mechanisms are serious and credible.

    This is, by the way, something yet to be done convincingly by those involved in the intensified conflicts in Sri Lanka last year.

    The justice is not an impediment to peace but a partner. When we abandon justice to secure peace, we most likely get neither.

    Indeed, impunity can, and has, contributed to renewed conflict .

    The parallel pursuit of justice and peace does present challenges, but it can be managed.

    We must be ambitious enough to pursue both, and wise enough to recognize.

    We not allow the views of a powerful few to threaten the aspirations of many.

    The Tamils demand justice: from their own courts if possible, from international courts if no credible alternative exists.

  216. Jim Gona,

    I don’t think Prof. Puligal is real Eelamist or pro-LTTE commenter. His comments are actually quite jokey and idiotic.

    e.g. “I must be very vigilant and cautious to get away with this problem and to get rid of this.” Very funny indeed. 🙂

    To Arul,

    This sounds like special pleading and whining to me.

    “My Tamils friends from the North found these questions offensive. “This is our land, our people are living here, these soldiers are from outside, how dare they ask us all these questions and stop us?”

    This ‘land’ is not theirs, exclusively. It belongs to all Lankans. The soldiers may be from outside of their area, but they come from SL. The ‘who are you’ and ‘where are you going’ questions will continue for some time to come.

    That’s the unfortunate post-war security environment.

  217. 40,000 pro-Eelam/LTTE supporters demonstrate in Washington!

    Oops. Sorry, on looking more carefully, about 20 demonstrators and I’m erring on the side of caution. Yet they claim 40,000 were killed. Idiotic doesn’t even begin to describe their stance. Delusional is a better description.

    But on the positive side, Official Eelam Babe ® Janani Jananayagam was there, looking good.
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/IMG_07551.html

    It seems that the pro-LTTE mob still haven’t absorbed the Lessons Learnt after May 2009.

  218. Indian film stars call for boycott of 'Bollywood Oscars' over Tamil deaths

    Awards begin in Sri Lanka minus some of industry's biggest stars after boycott over alleged killings of ethnic Tamil civilians

    The Indian film industry's "Bollywood Oscars" started in Sri Lanka today despite calls for a boycott over alleged killings of ethnic Tamil civilians.

    Actors and directors from India's southern states asked stars not to attend the three-day extravaganza because of the alleged deaths caused by Sri Lankan armed forces in the last days of the island's 25-year civil war last year.

    The Tamil minority have deep family and cultural links with the tens of millions of Tamils living in India, particularly in the state of Tamil Nadu.

    According to Indian media, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, his actor son Abhishek and daughter-in-law, former Miss World and actor Aishwarya Rai, have decided not to attend along with Shah Rukh Khan, the Bollywood actor who is best known internationally. All have cited work commitments.

    L Suresh, head of the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, said the call for a boycott was "about humanitarianism not politics". He said: "You can't have people performing over freshly dug graves. We are not in the era of Genghis Khan."

  219. The Sri Lankan government’s suggestion that a newly announced commission will provide accountability for laws-of-war violations during the armed conflict with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is yet another attempt to deflect an independent international investigation

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have to take steps to ensure accountability through an independent international investigation into the alleged laws-of-war violations.

    The announcement of a commission on “lessons learnt and reconciliation” came after a months-long campaign by the Sri Lankan government to prevent Ban from establishing a panel of experts to advise him on accountability in Sri Lanka. In May 2009, after the war ended, President Mahinda Rajapaksa signed a joint communiqué with Ban promising that “the government will take measures to address allegations related to violations of international humanitarian and human-rights law.” But no substantive steps have been taken.

  220. Last week, President Mahinda Rajapaksa completed 40 years in politics. But all the experience and diplomatic acumen collected over four decades could not prevent him from losing his cool in an interview, also held last week, to the television channel.

    “You don’t ask that from the Americans! You don’t go and ask that of the British about Iraq, or Afghanistan or what is happening in Pakistan? Be fair with us…be fair with us… don’t treat Sri Lanka like this because we defeated terrorism,’’ Rajapaksa said when asked uncomfortable questions on human rights violations.

    Usually, Rajapaksa is charming, even disarmingly frank with reporters during interactions. But some commentators on the web saw this chink in his armour of affability as an increasing weariness on the question of rights abuse during the last phase of the civil war.

    Interestingly, Rajapaksa was made professor emeritus at the Visva-Bharathi University in the late 1990s for his record as a human rights activist. This was after he delivered a lecture on human rights – on involuntary disappearances — at a Deharadun-based human rights organisation; the seminar was jointly organised by India’s National Human Rights Commission.

  221. Harikrishnan – Yoou idiot – this is the problem. Rajapakse kept his cool during the whole interview. He was well prepared to answer the questions. This is why we are loosing our battle. It is time we accept defeat and accept reality. The world is with Sri Lanka – we have no one… Not even the Tamils because we killed them.

  222. Below, the many inhuman practices which was carried out against the Tamil community in Sri Lanka simply because they are Tamil.

    Gal Oya (1956)
    1958 riots (1958)
    1977 riots (1977)
    Jaffna library (1981)
    Black July (1983)
    Welikada (1983)
    Kalutara (1997)
    Bindunuwewa (2000)
    Total GENOCIDE(2009)

    History speaks for itself !!

    Ignorance doesn’t !!!!!!

  223. TRAMPLING weeds underfoot, a group of people bound excitedly into an abandoned cemetery for Tamil Tiger rebels, hack bricks off the once pristine tombs and throw them into a waiting van.

    They are, sighs a local Tamil autorickshaw driver resignedly, “Sinhala tourists”—members of Sri Lanka’s ethnic majority, collecting souvenirs to take back home in the south. Since the main north-south highway reopened to civilian traffic in December 2009, thousands of such visitors have been streaming to Sri Lanka’s northern peninsula. Alas, reconstruction and ethnic reconciliation are not following in their wake as quickly as people had hoped.

    A year after the war, reconstruction in Jaffna is marred by the perception that the benefits are being reaped by the government and distant companies. Chinese firms are rebuilding the north’s main road network. A state-owned bank is financing Jaffna’s first three-star hotel. Young people lack the training employers want; joblessness remains a problem.

    Nor has the end of fighting brought the lifting of military restrictions. Foreigners need defence-ministry permission to visit the peninsula. So do vehicles with commercial cargo. Far from the city centre, a local-government official laments the dashed hopes of those who had expected development to take off. The war may be over but mindsets, it seems, are slow to change

  224. Indian film stars call for boycott of ‘Bollywood Oscars’ over Tamil deaths

    Awards begin in Sri Lanka minus some of industry’s biggest stars after boycott over alleged killings of ethnic Tamil civilians

    The Indian film industry’s “Bollywood Oscars” started in Sri Lanka today despite calls for a boycott over alleged killings of ethnic Tamil civilians.

    Actors and directors from India’s southern states asked stars not to attend the three-day extravaganza because of the alleged deaths caused by Sri Lankan armed forces in the last days of the island’s 25-year civil war last year.

    The Tamil minority have deep family and cultural links with the tens of millions of Tamils living in India, particularly in the state of Tamil Nadu.

    According to Indian media, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, his actor son Abhishek and daughter-in-law, former Miss World and actor Aishwarya Rai, have decided not to attend along with Shah Rukh Khan, the Bollywood actor who is best known internationally. All have cited work commitments.

    L Suresh, head of the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, said the call for a boycott was “about humanitarianism not politics”. He said: “You can’t have people performing over freshly dug graves. We are not in the era of Genghis Khan.”

  225. 'Lessons Learned committee announced by Rajapaksa cannot be trusted' http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

    Kandy district United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Luxman Kiriella on Wednesday said that the 8-member Commission on Lessons Learned and Reconciliation (CLLR), recently announced by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, cannot be trusted to achieve the goals it claims. Citing the fate of the earlier 8-member presidential Commission on Inquiry (CoI) to inquire human rights violations headed by a former Supreme Court judge Nissanka Udalagama, the UNP parliamentarian said the new commission also seemed to be a deceptive measure adopted by Mr. Rajapaksa to avoid implication in allegations against war crimes.

    Rajapaksa has recently announced the new commission, CLLR, to report lessons learned from the events that took place during the period between 21 February 2002 and 19 May 2009.

    Responding to Rajapaksa's announcement, UN Rights Chief Navi Pillay, who noted previous experience and new information, responded by saying that such objectives would be better served by establishing an independent international accountability mechanism that would enjoy public confidence.

    Elaine Pearson, the acting Asia director at Human Rights Watch noted: "Yet another feckless commission is a grossly inadequate response to the numerous credible allegations of war crimes."

    The previous commission by Rajapaksa came in the aftermath of international outrage over the execution-style killing of 17 aid workers from the French-based Action Contre la Faim (ACF) in eastern Moothoor, in August 2006.

    On 04 September 2006, Rajapaksa initially announced that his government would "invite an international independent commission to probe abductions, disappearances and extra-judicial killings."

    However, within two days of his announcement, he deviated from the claim saying that he would instead invite an International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) 'to act as observers' of the activities of the Commission consisting of 'Sri Lankan nationals,' which will investigate alleged abductions, disappearances and extra judicial killings.

    In November 2006, Rajapaksa set up the Commission of Inquiry (COI), which was later referred in Sri Lankan press as Udalagama Commission.

    Rights groups, such as Amnesty International, have criticized from the very beginning that the Commission of Inquiries (CoI) lacked credibility and confidence of parties to the conflict and sections of the society to be able to conduct meaningful investigations, obtain critical testimony or information from witnesses and gain the acceptance of its recommendations by all relevant parties.

    The IIGEP, consisting 11 members meant to monitor the CoI was fully formed in February 2007.

    An year later, in March 2008, the IIGEP terminated its mission reasoning that the proceedings of the CoI have not been transparent and have not satisfied basic international norms and standards, and blamed the Government of Sri Lanka for "absence of will" in the present Inquiry to "investigate cases with vigour, where the conduct of its own forces has been called into question."

    One more year passed and the Udalagama commission ceased to function without completing its mandate as its term was not extended.

  226. Former SLA Commander to be appointed as Mullaiththeevu GA http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    One of the former Commanders of Sri Lanka Army (SLA), Major Gen. C. R. de Silva, is to be appointed as the new Government Agent (GA) to Mullaiththeevu district in Vanni, sources in Vavuniyaa said. Colombo government and SLA had already begun changing Mullaiththeevu district into a Sinhalese area by declaring it as Weli Oya district consisting of Pathaviyaa, Ma’nalaa’ru, parts of Vavuniniyaa North and Anuradhapura. The appointment of a former Sinhalese military commander to Mullaiththeevu district as GA is another calculated step in making Mullaiththeevu district a Sinhalese area

  227. Hey, i’ve been reading this blog for a while and have a question, maybe you can help… it’s how do i add your feed to my rss reader as i want to follow you. Thanks.

  228. 'Lessons Learned committee announced by Rajapaksa cannot be trusted' http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

    Kandy district United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Luxman Kiriella on Wednesday said that the 8-member Commission on Lessons Learned and Reconciliation (CLLR), recently announced by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, cannot be trusted to achieve the goals it claims. Citing the fate of the earlier 8-member presidential Commission on Inquiry (CoI) to inquire human rights violations headed by a former Supreme Court judge Nissanka Udalagama, the UNP parliamentarian said the new commission also seemed to be a deceptive measure adopted by Mr. Rajapaksa to avoid implication in allegations against war crimes.

    Rajapaksa has recently announced the new commission, CLLR, to report lessons learned from the events that took place during the period between 21 February 2002 and 19 May 2009.

    Responding to Rajapaksa's announcement, UN Rights Chief Navi Pillay, who noted previous experience and new information, responded by saying that such objectives would be better served by establishing an independent international accountability mechanism that would enjoy public confidence.

    Elaine Pearson, the acting Asia director at Human Rights Watch noted: "Yet another feckless commission is a grossly inadequate response to the numerous credible allegations of war crimes."

    The previous commission by Rajapaksa came in the aftermath of international outrage over the execution-style killing of 17 aid workers from the French-based Action Contre la Faim (ACF) in eastern Moothoor, in August 2006.

    On 04 September 2006, Rajapaksa initially announced that his government would "invite an international independent commission to probe abductions, disappearances and extra-judicial killings."

    However, within two days of his announcement, he deviated from the claim saying that he would instead invite an International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) 'to act as observers' of the activities of the Commission consisting of 'Sri Lankan nationals,' which will investigate alleged abductions, disappearances and extra judicial killings.

    In November 2006, Rajapaksa set up the Commission of Inquiry (COI), which was later referred in Sri Lankan press as Udalagama Commission.

    Rights groups, such as Amnesty International, have criticized from the very beginning that the Commission of Inquiries (CoI) lacked credibility and confidence of parties to the conflict and sections of the society to be able to conduct meaningful investigations, obtain critical testimony or information from witnesses and gain the acceptance of its recommendations by all relevant parties.

    The IIGEP, consisting 11 members meant to monitor the CoI was fully formed in February 2007.

    An year later, in March 2008, the IIGEP terminated its mission reasoning that the proceedings of the CoI have not been transparent and have not satisfied basic international norms and standards, and blamed the Government of Sri Lanka for "absence of will" in the present Inquiry to "investigate cases with vigour, where the conduct of its own forces has been called into question."

    One more year passed and the Udalagama commission ceased to function without completing its mandate as its term was not extended.

  229. 'Lessons Learned committee announced by Rajapaksa cannot be trusted' http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&art

    Kandy district United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Luxman Kiriella on Wednesday said that the 8-member Commission on Lessons Learned and Reconciliation (CLLR), recently announced by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, cannot be trusted to achieve the goals it claims. Citing the fate of the earlier 8-member presidential Commission on Inquiry (CoI) to inquire human rights violations headed by a former Supreme Court judge Nissanka Udalagama, the UNP parliamentarian said the new commission also seemed to be a deceptive measure adopted by Mr. Rajapaksa to avoid implication in allegations against war crimes.

    Rajapaksa has recently announced the new commission, CLLR, to report lessons learned from the events that took place during the period between 21 February 2002 and 19 May 2009.

    Responding to Rajapaksa's announcement, UN Rights Chief Navi Pillay, who noted previous experience and new information, responded by saying that such objectives would be better served by establishing an independent international accountability mechanism that would enjoy public confidence.

    Elaine Pearson, the acting Asia director at Human Rights Watch noted: "Yet another feckless commission is a grossly inadequate response to the numerous credible allegations of war crimes."

    The previous commission by Rajapaksa came in the aftermath of international outrage over the execution-style killing of 17 aid workers from the French-based Action Contre la Faim (ACF) in eastern Moothoor, in August 2006.

    On 04 September 2006, Rajapaksa initially announced that his government would "invite an international independent commission to probe abductions, disappearances and extra-judicial killings."

    However, within two days of his announcement, he deviated from the claim saying that he would instead invite an International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) 'to act as observers' of the activities of the Commission consisting of 'Sri Lankan nationals,' which will investigate alleged abductions, disappearances and extra judicial killings.

    In November 2006, Rajapaksa set up the Commission of Inquiry (COI), which was later referred in Sri Lankan press as Udalagama Commission.

    Rights groups, such as Amnesty International, have criticized from the very beginning that the Commission of Inquiries (CoI) lacked credibility and confidence of parties to the conflict and sections of the society to be able to conduct meaningful investigations, obtain critical testimony or information from witnesses and gain the acceptance of its recommendations by all relevant parties.

    The IIGEP, consisting 11 members meant to monitor the CoI was fully formed in February 2007.

    An year later, in March 2008, the IIGEP terminated its mission reasoning that the proceedings of the CoI have not been transparent and have not satisfied basic international norms and standards, and blamed the Government of Sri Lanka for "absence of will" in the present Inquiry to "investigate cases with vigour, where the conduct of its own forces has been called into question."

    One more year passed and the Udalagama commission ceased to function without completing its mandate as its term was not extended.

  230. Former SLA Commander to be appointed as Mullaiththeevu GA http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    One of the former Commanders of Sri Lanka Army (SLA), Major Gen. C. R. de Silva, is to be appointed as the new Government Agent (GA) to Mullaiththeevu district in Vanni, sources in Vavuniyaa said. Colombo government and SLA had already begun changing Mullaiththeevu district into a Sinhalese area by declaring it as Weli Oya district consisting of Pathaviyaa, Ma’nalaa’ru, parts of Vavuniniyaa North and Anuradhapura. The appointment of a former Sinhalese military commander to Mullaiththeevu district as GA is another calculated step in making Mullaiththeevu district a Sinhalese area

  231. Former SLA Commander to be appointed as Mullaiththeevu GA http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

    One of the former Commanders of Sri Lanka Army (SLA), Major Gen. C. R. de Silva, is to be appointed as the new Government Agent (GA) to Mullaiththeevu district in Vanni, sources in Vavuniyaa said. Colombo government and SLA had already begun changing Mullaiththeevu district into a Sinhalese area by declaring it as Weli Oya district consisting of Pathaviyaa, Ma’nalaa’ru, parts of Vavuniniyaa North and Anuradhapura. The appointment of a former Sinhalese military commander to Mullaiththeevu district as GA is another calculated step in making Mullaiththeevu district a Sinhalese area

  232. Tamil political prisoners appeal to TNA seeking amnesty
    [
    Tamil political prisoners held in Welikada and Magazine prisons have appealed toTamil National Alliance (TNA) to move an adjournment motion in Parliament when it is scheduled to meet next week 8 June demanding general amnesty for them. More than one hundred and twenty Tamil political prisoners are held in these prisons and most of them are yet to be produced in court.

    The political prisoners have requested TNA leader R. Sampanthan to work for their release.

    They cited the amnesty granted to JVP suspects arrested during the first insurgency and then to Tamil prisoners under the Indo-Sri Lanka peace accord.

    Tamil political prisoners now demand that they should be granted amnesty and that TNA should take up their case with the Government of Sri Lanka and Government of India, TNA sources said.

  233. Rajapaksa extremism cannot be changed

    Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said; :”I don’t think they [Tamils] are going to be submissive or go away.” Referring to the Sri Lankan president he said: “I have read his speeches and I knew he was a Sinhala extremist. I cannot change his mind.”

    In a 2007, International Herald Tribune interview Mr Lee Kwan Yew said, “[t]he mistakes of Sri Lanka and other newly independent ‘failed states’ made Singapore go in a different direction. “When Singapore broke off from the Malayan Federation it had a hostile neighbor and a population made of Chinese, Malays and immigrants from the Indian subcontinent. The basis of a nation just was not there. But the advantage we had was that we became independent late,” Lee recalled in a wide ranging interview with the IHT.

    “In 1965, we had 20 years of examples of failed states. So, we knew what to avoid – racial conflict, linguistic strife, and religious conflict. We saw Ceylon,” Lee added.

  234. Puligal Says:
    June 3rd, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Impeccable Jim Gona

    To imprison 100 000 Tamil children in the Sri Lanka concentration camps is a child abuse !!!!!

    Who said so ?? I have not heard of such "imprisonment" of "Tamil" Children in any part of the country. Actually, it is not allowed by law here.We usually send children (immaterial of ethnicity) if they have broken to law to rehabilitation centers and not prisons. Actually, it is not allowed by international law ether.

    Also there had never been concentration camps anywhere in Sri Lanka. There have been make shift camps for IDP's of war since 1985 and they are def not concentration camps. Actually, there were and are several children in some of these camps immaterial of ethnicity. Some Muslim and Singhala children too who where chased out by the brutal LTTE Apes. – So I actually don't know what you are talking about

  235. No Tamil film personalities at IIFA Awards

    The 11th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards 2010 in Sri Lanka has lost its zest at the very outset though the island country has rolled the red carpet for the event. The Tamil film fraternity and many Bollywood actors stayed away from the festival following the Tamilians protesting against the choice of venue.

    All the Tamil film
    personalities including big names like Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Ajit, Surya, Vikram and others have decided not to attend the function. Mani Ratnam even pulled back the screening of Raavanan (Raavan in Hindi) at the festival. Even big Bollywood actors like Amitabh Bachchan, the brand ambassador of IIFA, Shahrukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Arjun Rampal, Aishwarya Bachchan and others are not attending it.

    It may be recalled that the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce (SIFCC) had earlier threatened to boycott all the actors who attend the IIFA awards which kicked off yesterday at Colombo, Sri Lanka. Tamilians alleged that holding the event in Sri Lanka, after all the atrocities meted out to the Tamilians in the country, would give out the wrong message

  236. Puligal Says:
    June 3rd, 2010 at 8:07 am

    JG mind is choked with odd notions and hoary beliefs.
    According to the proverb,”"what’s bred in the bone will come out in the flesh”,
    Your inheritted characteristics can not be concealed and now they have become obvious.

    Exactly what I say about you – R U sure that this is not a post by me to you ??? As per your peoverb, can I assume that you are bred in the bone with LTTE terrorist mentality and your flesh rot the same way too ??? With your stubborn attitude and Terrorist mentality, I feel that you have inherited these characteristics too !!! Surely, you are mentally underdeveloped and that is inherited I guess !!

    Your peevish and cavilling nature has been brought to light by your comments. Thanks – at least my comments bring light and not rotten smells like yours !! 🙂 – sorry – u asked for it !!

    Your weak-kneed policies can only be proclaimed in the jungle where your ancestor lion lives. Actually, I have been quite straight forward in my comments, so, don't relate me to your impotent friends who are weak-kneed. Indeed I would like to have some kind of DNA from a lion – I mean, who would not apart from you impotent people 🙂 !!! Heard that it's much better than Tiger DNA as tigers tend to hide out and travel only in the nights – real pussy attitude, where as Lions are out there with nothing to hide or hide from 🙂 !!

    My aim is to extirpate the evils such as plundering, theft, murder, lying, plotting and confiscating the rights, etc from SL.

    What a coincidence ?? My Aim is the same !!!!!!
    I just want to see the end of mentally challenged Terrorists like you. Normal mentally challenged people are quite peaceful, but, you guys with twisted eyes are indeed a menace to the world 🙂 !!

    I only want to reach out a help hand towards this process.
    The hand you lend rots man – that's the only issue ! You are reaching out with rotten intentions and rotten hands – false arms !!

    The weeds which are against it like you should be removed in order to reach my target.
    Going through your posts, I actually do wonder whether you are after few puffs of Weeds… Indeed remove them and you might come to your sense sooner than later !!!!

    I want to steal a march on it through some procedures.
    I have no doubt that you are good at steeling – I mean, we heard of you in the past about how you stole credit cards, card details etc. from the very people of the west who was good enough to provide you asylum in their countries noh ?

    It doesn’t mean that I rely on Barmecide’s feast.
    No I have realized it – I feel that you rely on a Banana feat – unfortunately, you don't have the mental ability to peel the banana before the feast 🙂 !!

    I have no interest to fight tooth and nail to clear the way to obtain my goal.
    No No NO – you pip squeaks are very good at hiding behind computer screens and posting rubbish. there is no requirement for any kind of physical intervention 🙂 !!

    Without having a bone of contention, JG jumps at me in order to cast cloud over our eyes.
    Hey, I don't need to do that, you are already beyond the clouds and on a D-tour around Marsh, Neftune, Urenesh and Flooto after your puffs of "Weeds"

    I must be very vigilant and cautious to get away with this problem and to get rid of this.

    As EDE mentioned – this sentence does not make any sense… So, let me not waste my humour on this and let people laugh at your original post it self !!

    Happy Banana peeling lessons – Adios !!

  237. Bad news from Sri Lanka (if you're a pro-LTTE diaspora supporter)

    Nice words from our Indian Bollywood friends ignoring the LTTE donkeys in India and the West 🙂
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RydR2OtyrmQ

    In other Eelamish News, the Tamil Nadu politicians turned away Fat Boy VP's ailing mother seeking health treatment (she's now being treated in SL) and are now trying to prove their dedication to the 'Eelam Cause' by trying and failing to organise a boycott of of a film festival designed to build bridges in SL.

    It's an insult to donkeys to call these fools 'donkeys'.

    The Delusional LTTE diaspora have still not 'learnt lessons'. Perhaps they need more time to understand the new reality. I call them the 'Special Needs Diaspora'.

    Special Needs = challenges with learning, communication challenges, emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, and developmental disorders. The pro-Eelam crowd definitely fit the description 🙂

  238. Hey, i’ve been reading this blog for a while and have a question, maybe you can help… it’s how do i add your feed to my rss reader as i want to follow you. Thanks.

  239. ‘Lessons Learned committee announced by Rajapaksa cannot be trusted’
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&artid=31886

    Kandy district United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Luxman Kiriella on Wednesday said that the 8-member Commission on Lessons Learned and Reconciliation (CLLR), recently announced by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, cannot be trusted to achieve the goals it claims. Citing the fate of the earlier 8-member presidential Commission on Inquiry (CoI) to inquire human rights violations headed by a former Supreme Court judge Nissanka Udalagama, the UNP parliamentarian said the new commission also seemed to be a deceptive measure adopted by Mr. Rajapaksa to avoid implication in allegations against war crimes.

    Rajapaksa has recently announced the new commission, CLLR, to report lessons learned from the events that took place during the period between 21 February 2002 and 19 May 2009.

    Responding to Rajapaksa’s announcement, UN Rights Chief Navi Pillay, who noted previous experience and new information, responded by saying that such objectives would be better served by establishing an independent international accountability mechanism that would enjoy public confidence.

    Elaine Pearson, the acting Asia director at Human Rights Watch noted: “Yet another feckless commission is a grossly inadequate response to the numerous credible allegations of war crimes.”

    The previous commission by Rajapaksa came in the aftermath of international outrage over the execution-style killing of 17 aid workers from the French-based Action Contre la Faim (ACF) in eastern Moothoor, in August 2006.

    On 04 September 2006, Rajapaksa initially announced that his government would “invite an international independent commission to probe abductions, disappearances and extra-judicial killings.”

    However, within two days of his announcement, he deviated from the claim saying that he would instead invite an International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) ‘to act as observers’ of the activities of the Commission consisting of ‘Sri Lankan nationals,’ which will investigate alleged abductions, disappearances and extra judicial killings.

    In November 2006, Rajapaksa set up the Commission of Inquiry (COI), which was later referred in Sri Lankan press as Udalagama Commission.

    Rights groups, such as Amnesty International, have criticized from the very beginning that the Commission of Inquiries (CoI) lacked credibility and confidence of parties to the conflict and sections of the society to be able to conduct meaningful investigations, obtain critical testimony or information from witnesses and gain the acceptance of its recommendations by all relevant parties.

    The IIGEP, consisting 11 members meant to monitor the CoI was fully formed in February 2007.

    An year later, in March 2008, the IIGEP terminated its mission reasoning that the proceedings of the CoI have not been transparent and have not satisfied basic international norms and standards, and blamed the Government of Sri Lanka for “absence of will” in the present Inquiry to “investigate cases with vigour, where the conduct of its own forces has been called into question.”

    One more year passed and the Udalagama commission ceased to function without completing its mandate as its term was not extended.

  240. Bad news from Sri Lanka (if you're a pro-LTTE diaspora supporter)

    Nice words from our Indian Bollywood friends ignoring the LTTE donkeys in India and the West 🙂
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RydR2OtyrmQ

    In other Eelamish News, the Tamil Nadu politicians turned away Fat Boy VP's ailing mother seeking health treatment (she's now being treated in SL) and are now trying to prove their dedication to the 'Eelam Cause' by trying and failing to organise a boycott of of a film festival designed to build bridges in SL.

    It's an insult to donkeys to call these fools 'donkeys'.

    The Delusional LTTE diaspora have still not 'learnt lessons'. Perhaps they need more time to understand the new reality. I call them the 'Special Needs Diaspora'.

    Special Needs = challenges with learning, communication challenges, emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, and developmental disorders. The pro-Eelam crowd definitely fit the description 🙂

  241. Bad news from Sri Lanka (if you're a pro-LTTE diaspora supporter)

    Nice words from our Indian Bollywood friends ignoring the LTTE donkeys in India and the West 🙂
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RydR2OtyrmQ

    In other Eelamish News, the Tamil Nadu politicians turned away Fat Boy VP's ailing mother seeking health treatment (she's now being treated in SL) and are now trying to prove their dedication to the 'Eelam Cause' by trying and failing to organise a boycott of of a film festival designed to build bridges in SL.

    It's an insult to donkeys to call these fools 'donkeys'.

    The Delusional LTTE diaspora have still not 'learnt lessons'. Perhaps they need more time to understand the new reality. I call them the 'Special Needs Diaspora'.

    Special Needs = challenges with learning, communication challenges, emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, and developmental disorders. The pro-Eelam crowd definitely fit the description 🙂

  242. Former SLA Commander to be appointed as Mullaiththeevu GA
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31893

    One of the former Commanders of Sri Lanka Army (SLA), Major Gen. C. R. de Silva, is to be appointed as the new Government Agent (GA) to Mullaiththeevu district in Vanni, sources in Vavuniyaa said. Colombo government and SLA had already begun changing Mullaiththeevu district into a Sinhalese area by declaring it as Weli Oya district consisting of Pathaviyaa, Ma’nalaa’ru, parts of Vavuniniyaa North and Anuradhapura. The appointment of a former Sinhalese military commander to Mullaiththeevu district as GA is another calculated step in making Mullaiththeevu district a Sinhalese area

  243. EDE !!

    My Applauds !!

    What a timely comment !

    I am watching the match and the words of Anil Kappor "We are all one. If you don't have an Indian Stand and a Sri Lankan stand, you will not find a difference. We all eat almost identical food. We are here to support a worthy cause and a country that needs peace. I Love peace and whole of Bollywood is geared to ensure that Sri Lanka has Peace"

    Also, the absent stars have sent special messages to the president and the people of the country saying that they are sorry about the absence and that they would pay separate visits in the near future to compensate.

    We need to Thank the great Amithab Bachchan who made this a reality. If not for him, IFFA would not have been possible in SL. If he was against it or was mislead as our mentally challenged Apes claim, he would not have given the OK to have it in SL.

    EDE, your special needs also should include "Brain capacity and processing development"

    As per Piribahara's Mom, his sister has also mentioned that she would prefer if her 'Amma" (mom) doesn't go to India for treatment as all the LTTE supporters would rally around just to make use of her to start some "unwanted" campaign. She want's her to get treatment in Sri Lankaand live in her house in the north of the country. She will probably come down to join her and live with her later.

    Also our "Genocide" gang needs to know that Prabaharan's mom will be treated in Sri Lanka at the government's expense at one of our better hospitals.
    I bet the Apes must be scratching their rectums to figure out the next cause of action when they run out of "false" claims to make !!

  244. EDE,

    I also missed out on a valuable point.

    Our good Apes of LTTE are trying to sabotage the event of what ??

    I am sure that they know that the monies earned from the Match and other benefits goes to development of "Jaffna"

    So, I guess the only thing these Apes wants is for Sri Lanka to stop providing any kind of support to those in Jaffna – Quite fascinating for a Ape Gang who claims to be Aping around for the benefit of the people of the north !!!

  245. Here we go again… UN HR chief Navanethem Pillay has another tantrum

    It's time for Navi Pillai (a South African Tamil) to have her annual tantrum about Lanka's 'war crimes' investigations. She was roundly slapped down by India (amongst others) in May '09 when the SL decisively defeated a geo-politically motivated attempt by Western powers and their tame NGOs to get at SL.

    India said “It would be extremely unfortunate if inter-governmental decisions adopted by the Human Rights Council were to be ignored or set aside, and the High Commissioner and/or her office were to misinterpret them or wilfully neglect them or supersede them.”

    That's diplomatic speak for "you're exceeding your authority, so watch it."

    In 2010, SL's FM, Prof. Peiris told her "We think that this course of action is unfair. It is even oppressive. It is as though some people will not rest until they are successful in harassing Sri Lanka,"

    Pillay's hysterical outbreaks are like the symptoms of Herpes Simplex. They occur annually, are extremely irritating and no known cure exists.

    But SL will get through this and all future attempts by the discredited members of the UNHCR and their allies, including AI, HRW, ICG et al to punish SL for having crushed the LTTE with the degree of violence that these moral guardians found unacceptable.

    This is of course intensely frustrating for the pro-Eelam diaspora. All the money disbursed, demonstrations attended, Big Macs consumed by the ton, traffic blocked, credit cards stolen and the end result is still the same. No Eelam.

    Another 'Lesson Learnt"? No, Eelamists and their supporters can be guaranteed to learn the false lessons from SL's victory against the LTTE.

    Impeccable Jim,

    Good point about the money raised from the IIFA event going to Jaffna and LTTE child soldier rehabilitation.

    The diaspora LTTE's child soldiers, on the other hand will never have to face any danger, other than falling over at a Pongu Thamil rally (held to glorify LTTE suicide bombers) in London. http://tinyurl.com/3xeacpo

    Look at these idiots dancing in London, but not fighting in the Vanni 🙂
    http://liammacuaid.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/ds

  246. More good news !!

    UNICEF is behind Sri Lanka and support the cause of child development.

    UNICEF just handed over a Thank You note to IFFA for bringing the event to Sri Lanka. Part of the funding goes to Child Soldiers of LTTE, now rehabilitated and are learning in schools with other children in Colombo.

    I don't know how relevant the topic "lessons Learn't (or Not) in Sri Lanka" (as in this post) is in today's context. But, I know for a fact that a lot of Hollow Brains could at least learn that there definitely are thinks to look in to beyond your nostrils.

  247. Tamil political prisoners appeal to TNA seeking amnesty
    [
    Tamil political prisoners held in Welikada and Magazine prisons have appealed toTamil National Alliance (TNA) to move an adjournment motion in Parliament when it is scheduled to meet next week 8 June demanding general amnesty for them. More than one hundred and twenty Tamil political prisoners are held in these prisons and most of them are yet to be produced in court.

    The political prisoners have requested TNA leader R. Sampanthan to work for their release.

    They cited the amnesty granted to JVP suspects arrested during the first insurgency and then to Tamil prisoners under the Indo-Sri Lanka peace accord.

    Tamil political prisoners now demand that they should be granted amnesty and that TNA should take up their case with the Government of Sri Lanka and Government of India, TNA sources said.

  248. Rajapaksa extremism cannot be changed

    Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said; :”I don’t think they [Tamils] are going to be submissive or go away.” Referring to the Sri Lankan president he said: “I have read his speeches and I knew he was a Sinhala extremist. I cannot change his mind.”

    In a 2007, International Herald Tribune interview Mr Lee Kwan Yew said, “[t]he mistakes of Sri Lanka and other newly independent ‘failed states’ made Singapore go in a different direction. “When Singapore broke off from the Malayan Federation it had a hostile neighbor and a population made of Chinese, Malays and immigrants from the Indian subcontinent. The basis of a nation just was not there. But the advantage we had was that we became independent late,” Lee recalled in a wide ranging interview with the IHT.

    “In 1965, we had 20 years of examples of failed states. So, we knew what to avoid – racial conflict, linguistic strife, and religious conflict. We saw Ceylon,” Lee added.

  249. Here we go again… UN HR chief Navanethem Pillay has another tantrum

    It's time for Navi Pillai (a South African Tamil) to have her annual tantrum about Lanka's 'war crimes' investigations. She was roundly slapped down by India (amongst others) in May '09 when the SL decisively defeated a geo-politically motivated attempt by Western powers and their tame NGOs to get at SL.

    India said “It would be extremely unfortunate if inter-governmental decisions adopted by the Human Rights Council were to be ignored or set aside, and the High Commissioner and/or her office were to misinterpret them or wilfully neglect them or supersede them.”

    That's diplomatic speak for "you're exceeding your authority, so watch it."

    In 2010, SL's FM, Prof. Peiris told her "We think that this course of action is unfair. It is even oppressive. It is as though some people will not rest until they are successful in harassing Sri Lanka,"

    Pillay's hysterical outbreaks are like the symptoms of Herpes Simplex. They occur annually, are extremely irritating and no known cure exists.

    But SL will get through this and all future attempts by the discredited members of the UNHCR and their allies, including AI, HRW, ICG et al to punish SL for having crushed the LTTE with the degree of violence that these moral guardians found unacceptable.

    This is of course intensely frustrating for the pro-Eelam diaspora. All the money disbursed, demonstrations attended, Big Macs consumed by the ton, traffic blocked, credit cards stolen and the end result is still the same. No Eelam.

    Another 'Lesson Learnt"? No, Eelamists and their supporters can be guaranteed to learn the false lessons from SL's victory against the LTTE.

    Impeccable Jim,

    Good point about the money raised from the IIFA event going to Jaffna and LTTE child soldier rehabilitation.

    The diaspora LTTE's child soldiers, on the other hand will never have to face any danger, other than falling over at a Pongu Thamil rally (held to glorify LTTE suicide bombers) in London. http://tinyurl.com/3xeacpo

    Look at these idiots dancing in London, but not fighting in the Vanni 🙂
    http://liammacuaid.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/ds

  250. Here we go again… UN HR chief Navanethem Pillay has another tantrum

    It's time for Navi Pillai (a South African Tamil) to have her annual tantrum about Lanka's 'war crimes' investigations. She was roundly slapped down by India (amongst others) in May '09 when the SL decisively defeated a geo-politically motivated attempt by Western powers and their tame NGOs to get at SL.

    India said “It would be extremely unfortunate if inter-governmental decisions adopted by the Human Rights Council were to be ignored or set aside, and the High Commissioner and/or her office were to misinterpret them or wilfully neglect them or supersede them.”

    That's diplomatic speak for "you're exceeding your authority, so watch it."

    In 2010, SL's FM, Prof. Peiris told her "We think that this course of action is unfair. It is even oppressive. It is as though some people will not rest until they are successful in harassing Sri Lanka,"

    Pillay's hysterical outbreaks are like the symptoms of Herpes Simplex. They occur annually, are extremely irritating and no known cure exists.

    But SL will get through this and all future attempts by the discredited members of the UNHCR and their allies, including AI, HRW, ICG et al to punish SL for having crushed the LTTE with the degree of violence that these moral guardians found unacceptable.

    This is of course intensely frustrating for the pro-Eelam diaspora. All the money disbursed, demonstrations attended, Big Macs consumed by the ton, traffic blocked, credit cards stolen and the end result is still the same. No Eelam.

    Another 'Lesson Learnt"? No, Eelamists and their supporters can be guaranteed to learn the false lessons from SL's victory against the LTTE.

    Impeccable Jim,

    Good point about the money raised from the IIFA event going to Jaffna and LTTE child soldier rehabilitation.

    The diaspora LTTE's child soldiers, on the other hand will never have to face any danger, other than falling over at a Pongu Thamil rally (held to glorify LTTE suicide bombers) in London. http://tinyurl.com/3xeacpo

    Look at these idiots dancing in London, but not fighting in the Vanni 🙂
    http://liammacuaid.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/ds

  251. Puligal Says:
    June 3rd, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Impeccable Jim Gona

    To imprison 100 000 Tamil children in the Sri Lanka concentration camps is a child abuse !!!!!

    Who said so ?? I have not heard of such “imprisonment” of “Tamil” Children in any part of the country. Actually, it is not allowed by law here.We usually send children (immaterial of ethnicity) if they have broken to law to rehabilitation centers and not prisons. Actually, it is not allowed by international law ether.

    Also there had never been concentration camps anywhere in Sri Lanka. There have been make shift camps for IDP’s of war since 1985 and they are def not concentration camps. Actually, there were and are several children in some of these camps immaterial of ethnicity. Some Muslim and Singhala children too who where chased out by the brutal LTTE Apes. – So I actually don’t know what you are talking about

  252. No Tamil film personalities at IIFA Awards

    The 11th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards 2010 in Sri Lanka has lost its zest at the very outset though the island country has rolled the red carpet for the event. The Tamil film fraternity and many Bollywood actors stayed away from the festival following the Tamilians protesting against the choice of venue.

    All the Tamil film
    personalities including big names like Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Ajit, Surya, Vikram and others have decided not to attend the function. Mani Ratnam even pulled back the screening of Raavanan (Raavan in Hindi) at the festival. Even big Bollywood actors like Amitabh Bachchan, the brand ambassador of IIFA, Shahrukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Arjun Rampal, Aishwarya Bachchan and others are not attending it.

    It may be recalled that the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce (SIFCC) had earlier threatened to boycott all the actors who attend the IIFA awards which kicked off yesterday at Colombo, Sri Lanka. Tamilians alleged that holding the event in Sri Lanka, after all the atrocities meted out to the Tamilians in the country, would give out the wrong message

  253. Puligal Says:
    June 3rd, 2010 at 8:07 am

    JG mind is choked with odd notions and hoary beliefs.
    According to the proverb,””what’s bred in the bone will come out in the flesh”,
    Your inheritted characteristics can not be concealed and now they have become obvious.

    Exactly what I say about you – R U sure that this is not a post by me to you ??? As per your peoverb, can I assume that you are bred in the bone with LTTE terrorist mentality and your flesh rot the same way too ??? With your stubborn attitude and Terrorist mentality, I feel that you have inherited these characteristics too !!! Surely, you are mentally underdeveloped and that is inherited I guess !!

    Your peevish and cavilling nature has been brought to light by your comments. Thanks – at least my comments bring light and not rotten smells like yours !! 🙂 – sorry – u asked for it !!

    Your weak-kneed policies can only be proclaimed in the jungle where your ancestor lion lives. Actually, I have been quite straight forward in my comments, so, don’t relate me to your impotent friends who are weak-kneed. Indeed I would like to have some kind of DNA from a lion – I mean, who would not apart from you impotent people 🙂 !!! Heard that it’s much better than Tiger DNA as tigers tend to hide out and travel only in the nights – real pussy attitude, where as Lions are out there with nothing to hide or hide from 🙂 !!

    My aim is to extirpate the evils such as plundering, theft, murder, lying, plotting and confiscating the rights, etc from SL.

    What a coincidence ?? My Aim is the same !!!!!!
    I just want to see the end of mentally challenged Terrorists like you. Normal mentally challenged people are quite peaceful, but, you guys with twisted eyes are indeed a menace to the world 🙂 !!

    I only want to reach out a help hand towards this process.
    The hand you lend rots man – that’s the only issue ! You are reaching out with rotten intentions and rotten hands – false arms !!

    The weeds which are against it like you should be removed in order to reach my target.
    Going through your posts, I actually do wonder whether you are after few puffs of Weeds… Indeed remove them and you might come to your sense sooner than later !!!!

    I want to steal a march on it through some procedures.
    I have no doubt that you are good at steeling – I mean, we heard of you in the past about how you stole credit cards, card details etc. from the very people of the west who was good enough to provide you asylum in their countries noh ?

    It doesn’t mean that I rely on Barmecide’s feast.
    No I have realized it – I feel that you rely on a Banana feat – unfortunately, you don’t have the mental ability to peel the banana before the feast 🙂 !!

    I have no interest to fight tooth and nail to clear the way to obtain my goal.
    No No NO – you pip squeaks are very good at hiding behind computer screens and posting rubbish. there is no requirement for any kind of physical intervention 🙂 !!

    Without having a bone of contention, JG jumps at me in order to cast cloud over our eyes.
    Hey, I don’t need to do that, you are already beyond the clouds and on a D-tour around Marsh, Neftune, Urenesh and Flooto after your puffs of “Weeds”

    I must be very vigilant and cautious to get away with this problem and to get rid of this.

    As EDE mentioned – this sentence does not make any sense… So, let me not waste my humour on this and let people laugh at your original post it self !!

    Happy Banana peeling lessons – Adios !!

  254. Bad news from Sri Lanka (if you’re a pro-LTTE diaspora supporter)

    Nice words from our Indian Bollywood friends ignoring the LTTE donkeys in India and the West 🙂

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RydR2OtyrmQ

    In other Eelamish News, the Tamil Nadu politicians turned away Fat Boy VP’s ailing mother seeking health treatment (she’s now being treated in SL) and are now trying to prove their dedication to the ‘Eelam Cause’ by trying and failing to organise a boycott of of a film festival designed to build bridges in SL.

    It’s an insult to donkeys to call these fools ‘donkeys’.

    The Delusional LTTE diaspora have still not ‘learnt lessons’. Perhaps they need more time to understand the new reality. I call them the ‘Special Needs Diaspora’.

    Special Needs = challenges with learning, communication challenges, emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, and developmental disorders. The pro-Eelam crowd definitely fit the description 🙂

  255. EDE !!

    My Applauds !!

    What a timely comment !

    I am watching the match and the words of Anil Kappor “We are all one. If you don’t have an Indian Stand and a Sri Lankan stand, you will not find a difference. We all eat almost identical food. We are here to support a worthy cause and a country that needs peace. I Love peace and whole of Bollywood is geared to ensure that Sri Lanka has Peace

    Also, the absent stars have sent special messages to the president and the people of the country saying that they are sorry about the absence and that they would pay separate visits in the near future to compensate.

    We need to Thank the great Amithab Bachchan who made this a reality. If not for him, IFFA would not have been possible in SL. If he was against it or was mislead as our mentally challenged Apes claim, he would not have given the OK to have it in SL.

    EDE, your special needs also should include “Brain capacity and processing development”

    As per Piribahara’s Mom, his sister has also mentioned that she would prefer if her ‘Amma” (mom) doesn’t go to India for treatment as all the LTTE supporters would rally around just to make use of her to start some “unwanted” campaign. She want’s her to get treatment in Sri Lankaand live in her house in the north of the country. She will probably come down to join her and live with her later.

    Also our “Genocide” gang needs to know that Prabaharan’s mom will be treated in Sri Lanka at the government’s expense at one of our better hospitals.
    I bet the Apes must be scratching their rectums to figure out the next cause of action when they run out of “false” claims to make !!

  256. EDE,

    I also missed out on a valuable point.

    Our good Apes of LTTE are trying to sabotage the event of what ??

    I am sure that they know that the monies earned from the Match and other benefits goes to development of “Jaffna”

    So, I guess the only thing these Apes wants is for Sri Lanka to stop providing any kind of support to those in Jaffna – Quite fascinating for a Ape Gang who claims to be Aping around for the benefit of the people of the north !!!

  257. Impeccable Jim Gona ! Says:June 4th, 2010 at 5:59 am
    More news about Ape Land supporters !! – LOL

    This sin hella racist still looking for his father ape, click on Sin Hella State Terror to find his father. sorry AI

    Sri Lanka appointed many commissions called the Presidential Commissions of Inquiry into Involuntary Removals and Disappearances of Persons, sofar no one convicted, it is an eyewash. Many people reported missing in Sri Lanka have never been located and are presumed dead.

    Philip Alston, Special UN Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions in his annual report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (HRC), has said that there is a need for an independent international inquiry in Sri Lanka.

    He was referring to the allegations that as many as 30,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka last year in the closing months of the conflict between Government forces and Tamil rebels and that grave violations of human rights and humanitarian law were committed.

    “In this case also there is a need for an independent international inquiry,” he said. “While the Council rejected this proposal a year ago, there is now a great deal of new evidence which would warrant effective action.”

    In many instances, domestic commissions of inquiry had only resulted in “comprehensive impunity,” Philip Alston said. “Overall, the track record of such inquiries is remarkably poor,” he added.

    In such cases, the international community will often need to insist that an international inquiry takes place where particularly serious allegations are made and where domestic practice has been “unconvincing.”

    To assert in such circumstances that matters should be left entirely to a domestic inquiry will generally be tantamount to an “abdication” on the part of the international community, said Mr. Alston, who cited the recent Israeli attack on the humanitarian flotilla headed for Gaza as one example of such a situation, the UN media unit reported. http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/4134-als

  258. More good news !!

    UNICEF is behind Sri Lanka and support the cause of child development.

    UNICEF just handed over a Thank You note to IFFA for bringing the event to Sri Lanka. Part of the funding goes to Child Soldiers of LTTE, now rehabilitated and are learning in schools with other children in Colombo.

    I don’t know how relevant the topic “lessons Learn’t (or Not) in Sri Lanka” (as in this post) is in today’s context. But, I know for a fact that a lot of Hollow Brains could at least learn that there definitely are thinks to look in to beyond your nostrils.

  259. As the Sri Lankan government celebrates the first anniversary of its historic triumph over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), it is increasingly clear that the battlefield victory will prove Pyrrhic unless the legitimate grievances of Sri Lanka's minority communities are recognized and addressed.

    By failing to reach out meaningfully to the Tamil-speaking minority, and by cracking down on opposition voices and any kind of dissent in Sri Lanka, the government is throwing away a once-in-a-generation opportunity. But it is not too late for President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government to change course and begin to build a truly multiethnic society. Indeed, the country's future depends on his doing so.

    The end of the civil war was an unambiguously positive development for Sri Lanka. The Tamil Tigers led a ruthless campaign for an independent territory against Sri Lanka's government for most of the past three decades. They killed not only government officials, but often Tamil leaders willing to explore compromise solutions with the government as well as civilians from all ethnic groups.

    Indeed, the LTTE has been accused of a range of human-rights violations, in addition to such killings, including abduction, child conscription and use of civilians as human shields. The Sri Lankan army, police and other state organs also perpetrated major abuses during the conflict.

    The final throes of the war last year were horrific, with 20,000 to 40,000 civilians (mostly ethnic Tamils) killed in a period of a few months by both the Sri Lankan government forces and the Tigers. We may never know the exact number of casualties during the last phase of the conflict, because the government did not allow international organizations or media into the area.

    Rajapaksa's victory in the presidential election this past January, followed in April by a win for his United People's Freedom Alliance in parliamentary elections, ensured a majority for the president and his party. These victories create an opportunity for the government to reach out to the opposition and to minority groups to build a truly inclusive and democratic Sri Lanka, but this has not yet happened.

    Instead, government policies since the end of the war have targeted opponents and critics, possibly laying the foundation for a new round of conflict. Opposition candidate General Sarath Fonseka was harassed and soon arrested after the presidential elections.

    More than 250,000 Tamil civilians were kept in virtual internment camps long after the end of hostilities and prevented from exercising their civil rights or returning to their homes. No significant special efforts have been made to reach out to the Tamil-speaking minority to understand better and address those legitimate concerns that found illegitimate expression through the LTTE. If this trend continues, Sri Lanka will be doomed to repeat its tragic history.

    Sri Lanka is blessed with brilliant people, indefatigable civil-society organizations, decent courts and infrastructure, and abundant natural resources. None of these attributes will lead to long-term stability and prosperity for the country unless the government plays a more constructive role.

    A first step in the national healing process must include exploring in a public way the grievances of the country's minorities, both Tamil and Muslim, and discussing the violations perpetrated by the LTTE and the government during the conflict. As was the case in South Africa, this approach can lay an essential foundation for a sustainable and effective reconciliation process.

    The government must open itself far more to hearing and responding to the legitimate voices of the Sri Lankan people across the country's political spectrum and ethnic divides. If these grievances cannot be addressed through legitimate means, they will find other far less healthy outlets over time.

    The government must also make every effort to establish the rule of law, including implementation of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which calls for independent judicial institutions, and of the 13th Amendment, which devolves power to the provinces. Reports of new amendments being drafted to rescind these guarantees would be extremely disturbing if confirmed.

    Sri Lanka must do far more to ensure minority rights and protections not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it is the best possible investment the country can make in its future. It is not too late to embrace this future, but soon it will be if the government does not change course immediately.
    http://search.japantimes.co.jp/rss/eo20100604a2.h

  260. Impeccable Jim Gona ! Says:June 4th, 2010 at 5:59 am
    More news about Ape Land supporters !! – LOL

    This sin hella racist still looking for his father ape, click on Sin Hella State Terror to find his father. sorry AI

    Sri Lanka appointed many commissions called the Presidential Commissions of Inquiry into Involuntary Removals and Disappearances of Persons, sofar no one convicted, it is an eyewash. Many people reported missing in Sri Lanka have never been located and are presumed dead.

    Philip Alston, Special UN Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions in his annual report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (HRC), has said that there is a need for an independent international inquiry in Sri Lanka.

    He was referring to the allegations that as many as 30,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka last year in the closing months of the conflict between Government forces and Tamil rebels and that grave violations of human rights and humanitarian law were committed.

    “In this case also there is a need for an independent international inquiry,” he said. “While the Council rejected this proposal a year ago, there is now a great deal of new evidence which would warrant effective action.”

    In many instances, domestic commissions of inquiry had only resulted in “comprehensive impunity,” Philip Alston said. “Overall, the track record of such inquiries is remarkably poor,” he added.

    In such cases, the international community will often need to insist that an international inquiry takes place where particularly serious allegations are made and where domestic practice has been “unconvincing.”

    To assert in such circumstances that matters should be left entirely to a domestic inquiry will generally be tantamount to an “abdication” on the part of the international community, said Mr. Alston, who cited the recent Israeli attack on the humanitarian flotilla headed for Gaza as one example of such a situation, the UN media unit reported. http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/4134-als

  261. Impeccable Jim Gona ! Says:June 4th, 2010 at 5:59 am
    More news about Ape Land supporters !! – LOL

    This sin hella racist still looking for his father ape, click on Sin Hella State Terror to find his father. sorry AI

    Sri Lanka appointed many commissions called the Presidential Commissions of Inquiry into Involuntary Removals and Disappearances of Persons, sofar no one convicted, it is an eyewash. Many people reported missing in Sri Lanka have never been located and are presumed dead.

    Philip Alston, Special UN Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions in his annual report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (HRC), has said that there is a need for an independent international inquiry in Sri Lanka.

    He was referring to the allegations that as many as 30,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka last year in the closing months of the conflict between Government forces and Tamil rebels and that grave violations of human rights and humanitarian law were committed.

    “In this case also there is a need for an independent international inquiry,” he said. “While the Council rejected this proposal a year ago, there is now a great deal of new evidence which would warrant effective action.”

    In many instances, domestic commissions of inquiry had only resulted in “comprehensive impunity,” Philip Alston said. “Overall, the track record of such inquiries is remarkably poor,” he added.

    In such cases, the international community will often need to insist that an international inquiry takes place where particularly serious allegations are made and where domestic practice has been “unconvincing.”

    To assert in such circumstances that matters should be left entirely to a domestic inquiry will generally be tantamount to an “abdication” on the part of the international community, said Mr. Alston, who cited the recent Israeli attack on the humanitarian flotilla headed for Gaza as one example of such a situation, the UN media unit reported. http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/4134-als

  262. Here we go again… UN HR chief Navanethem Pillay has another tantrum

    It’s time for Navi Pillai (a South African Tamil) to have her annual tantrum about Lanka’s ‘war crimes’ investigations. She was roundly slapped down by India (amongst others) in May ’09 when the SL decisively defeated a geo-politically motivated attempt by Western powers and their tame NGOs to get at SL.

    India said “It would be extremely unfortunate if inter-governmental decisions adopted by the Human Rights Council were to be ignored or set aside, and the High Commissioner and/or her office were to misinterpret them or wilfully neglect them or supersede them.”

    That’s diplomatic speak for “you’re exceeding your authority, so watch it.”

    In 2010, SL’s FM, Prof. Peiris told her “We think that this course of action is unfair. It is even oppressive. It is as though some people will not rest until they are successful in harassing Sri Lanka,”

    Pillay’s hysterical outbreaks are like the symptoms of Herpes Simplex. They occur annually, are extremely irritating and no known cure exists.

    But SL will get through this and all future attempts by the discredited members of the UNHCR and their allies, including AI, HRW, ICG et al to punish SL for having crushed the LTTE with the degree of violence that these moral guardians found unacceptable.

    This is of course intensely frustrating for the pro-Eelam diaspora. All the money disbursed, demonstrations attended, Big Macs consumed by the ton, traffic blocked, credit cards stolen and the end result is still the same. No Eelam.

    Another ‘Lesson Learnt”? No, Eelamists and their supporters can be guaranteed to learn the false lessons from SL’s victory against the LTTE.

    Impeccable Jim,

    Good point about the money raised from the IIFA event going to Jaffna and LTTE child soldier rehabilitation.

    The diaspora LTTE’s child soldiers, on the other hand will never have to face any danger, other than falling over at a Pongu Thamil rally (held to glorify LTTE suicide bombers) in London. http://tinyurl.com/3xeacpo

    Look at these idiots dancing in London, but not fighting in the Vanni 🙂

    http://liammacuaid.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/dsc01681.jpg

  263. As the Sri Lankan government celebrates the first anniversary of its historic triumph over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), it is increasingly clear that the battlefield victory will prove Pyrrhic unless the legitimate grievances of Sri Lanka's minority communities are recognized and addressed.

    By failing to reach out meaningfully to the Tamil-speaking minority, and by cracking down on opposition voices and any kind of dissent in Sri Lanka, the government is throwing away a once-in-a-generation opportunity. But it is not too late for President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government to change course and begin to build a truly multiethnic society. Indeed, the country's future depends on his doing so.

    The end of the civil war was an unambiguously positive development for Sri Lanka. The Tamil Tigers led a ruthless campaign for an independent territory against Sri Lanka's government for most of the past three decades. They killed not only government officials, but often Tamil leaders willing to explore compromise solutions with the government as well as civilians from all ethnic groups.

    Indeed, the LTTE has been accused of a range of human-rights violations, in addition to such killings, including abduction, child conscription and use of civilians as human shields. The Sri Lankan army, police and other state organs also perpetrated major abuses during the conflict.

    The final throes of the war last year were horrific, with 20,000 to 40,000 civilians (mostly ethnic Tamils) killed in a period of a few months by both the Sri Lankan government forces and the Tigers. We may never know the exact number of casualties during the last phase of the conflict, because the government did not allow international organizations or media into the area.

    Rajapaksa's victory in the presidential election this past January, followed in April by a win for his United People's Freedom Alliance in parliamentary elections, ensured a majority for the president and his party. These victories create an opportunity for the government to reach out to the opposition and to minority groups to build a truly inclusive and democratic Sri Lanka, but this has not yet happened.

    Instead, government policies since the end of the war have targeted opponents and critics, possibly laying the foundation for a new round of conflict. Opposition candidate General Sarath Fonseka was harassed and soon arrested after the presidential elections.

    More than 250,000 Tamil civilians were kept in virtual internment camps long after the end of hostilities and prevented from exercising their civil rights or returning to their homes. No significant special efforts have been made to reach out to the Tamil-speaking minority to understand better and address those legitimate concerns that found illegitimate expression through the LTTE. If this trend continues, Sri Lanka will be doomed to repeat its tragic history.

    Sri Lanka is blessed with brilliant people, indefatigable civil-society organizations, decent courts and infrastructure, and abundant natural resources. None of these attributes will lead to long-term stability and prosperity for the country unless the government plays a more constructive role.

    A first step in the national healing process must include exploring in a public way the grievances of the country's minorities, both Tamil and Muslim, and discussing the violations perpetrated by the LTTE and the government during the conflict. As was the case in South Africa, this approach can lay an essential foundation for a sustainable and effective reconciliation process.

    The government must open itself far more to hearing and responding to the legitimate voices of the Sri Lankan people across the country's political spectrum and ethnic divides. If these grievances cannot be addressed through legitimate means, they will find other far less healthy outlets over time.

    The government must also make every effort to establish the rule of law, including implementation of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which calls for independent judicial institutions, and of the 13th Amendment, which devolves power to the provinces. Reports of new amendments being drafted to rescind these guarantees would be extremely disturbing if confirmed.

    Sri Lanka must do far more to ensure minority rights and protections not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it is the best possible investment the country can make in its future. It is not too late to embrace this future, but soon it will be if the government does not change course immediately.
    http://search.japantimes.co.jp/rss/eo20100604a2.h

  264. As the Sri Lankan government celebrates the first anniversary of its historic triumph over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), it is increasingly clear that the battlefield victory will prove Pyrrhic unless the legitimate grievances of Sri Lanka's minority communities are recognized and addressed.

    By failing to reach out meaningfully to the Tamil-speaking minority, and by cracking down on opposition voices and any kind of dissent in Sri Lanka, the government is throwing away a once-in-a-generation opportunity. But it is not too late for President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government to change course and begin to build a truly multiethnic society. Indeed, the country's future depends on his doing so.

    The end of the civil war was an unambiguously positive development for Sri Lanka. The Tamil Tigers led a ruthless campaign for an independent territory against Sri Lanka's government for most of the past three decades. They killed not only government officials, but often Tamil leaders willing to explore compromise solutions with the government as well as civilians from all ethnic groups.

    Indeed, the LTTE has been accused of a range of human-rights violations, in addition to such killings, including abduction, child conscription and use of civilians as human shields. The Sri Lankan army, police and other state organs also perpetrated major abuses during the conflict.

    The final throes of the war last year were horrific, with 20,000 to 40,000 civilians (mostly ethnic Tamils) killed in a period of a few months by both the Sri Lankan government forces and the Tigers. We may never know the exact number of casualties during the last phase of the conflict, because the government did not allow international organizations or media into the area.

    Rajapaksa's victory in the presidential election this past January, followed in April by a win for his United People's Freedom Alliance in parliamentary elections, ensured a majority for the president and his party. These victories create an opportunity for the government to reach out to the opposition and to minority groups to build a truly inclusive and democratic Sri Lanka, but this has not yet happened.

    Instead, government policies since the end of the war have targeted opponents and critics, possibly laying the foundation for a new round of conflict. Opposition candidate General Sarath Fonseka was harassed and soon arrested after the presidential elections.

    More than 250,000 Tamil civilians were kept in virtual internment camps long after the end of hostilities and prevented from exercising their civil rights or returning to their homes. No significant special efforts have been made to reach out to the Tamil-speaking minority to understand better and address those legitimate concerns that found illegitimate expression through the LTTE. If this trend continues, Sri Lanka will be doomed to repeat its tragic history.

    Sri Lanka is blessed with brilliant people, indefatigable civil-society organizations, decent courts and infrastructure, and abundant natural resources. None of these attributes will lead to long-term stability and prosperity for the country unless the government plays a more constructive role.

    A first step in the national healing process must include exploring in a public way the grievances of the country's minorities, both Tamil and Muslim, and discussing the violations perpetrated by the LTTE and the government during the conflict. As was the case in South Africa, this approach can lay an essential foundation for a sustainable and effective reconciliation process.

    The government must open itself far more to hearing and responding to the legitimate voices of the Sri Lankan people across the country's political spectrum and ethnic divides. If these grievances cannot be addressed through legitimate means, they will find other far less healthy outlets over time.

    The government must also make every effort to establish the rule of law, including implementation of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which calls for independent judicial institutions, and of the 13th Amendment, which devolves power to the provinces. Reports of new amendments being drafted to rescind these guarantees would be extremely disturbing if confirmed.

    Sri Lanka must do far more to ensure minority rights and protections not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it is the best possible investment the country can make in its future. It is not too late to embrace this future, but soon it will be if the government does not change course immediately.
    http://search.japantimes.co.jp/rss/eo20100604a2.h

  265. Impeccable Jim Gona ! Says:June 4th, 2010 at 5:59 am
    More news about Ape Land supporters !! – LOL

    This sin hella racist still looking for his father ape, click on Sin Hella State Terror to find his father. sorry AI

    Sri Lanka appointed many commissions called the Presidential Commissions of Inquiry into Involuntary Removals and Disappearances of Persons, sofar no one convicted, it is an eyewash. Many people reported missing in Sri Lanka have never been located and are presumed dead.

    Philip Alston, Special UN Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions in his annual report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (HRC), has said that there is a need for an independent international inquiry in Sri Lanka.

    He was referring to the allegations that as many as 30,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka last year in the closing months of the conflict between Government forces and Tamil rebels and that grave violations of human rights and humanitarian law were committed.

    “In this case also there is a need for an independent international inquiry,” he said. “While the Council rejected this proposal a year ago, there is now a great deal of new evidence which would warrant effective action.”

    In many instances, domestic commissions of inquiry had only resulted in “comprehensive impunity,” Philip Alston said. “Overall, the track record of such inquiries is remarkably poor,” he added.

    In such cases, the international community will often need to insist that an international inquiry takes place where particularly serious allegations are made and where domestic practice has been “unconvincing.”

    To assert in such circumstances that matters should be left entirely to a domestic inquiry will generally be tantamount to an “abdication” on the part of the international community, said Mr. Alston, who cited the recent Israeli attack on the humanitarian flotilla headed for Gaza as one example of such a situation, the UN media unit reported.
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/4134-alston-wants-independent-probe.html

  266. As the Sri Lankan government celebrates the first anniversary of its historic triumph over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), it is increasingly clear that the battlefield victory will prove Pyrrhic unless the legitimate grievances of Sri Lanka’s minority communities are recognized and addressed.

    By failing to reach out meaningfully to the Tamil-speaking minority, and by cracking down on opposition voices and any kind of dissent in Sri Lanka, the government is throwing away a once-in-a-generation opportunity. But it is not too late for President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government to change course and begin to build a truly multiethnic society. Indeed, the country’s future depends on his doing so.

    The end of the civil war was an unambiguously positive development for Sri Lanka. The Tamil Tigers led a ruthless campaign for an independent territory against Sri Lanka’s government for most of the past three decades. They killed not only government officials, but often Tamil leaders willing to explore compromise solutions with the government as well as civilians from all ethnic groups.

    Indeed, the LTTE has been accused of a range of human-rights violations, in addition to such killings, including abduction, child conscription and use of civilians as human shields. The Sri Lankan army, police and other state organs also perpetrated major abuses during the conflict.

    The final throes of the war last year were horrific, with 20,000 to 40,000 civilians (mostly ethnic Tamils) killed in a period of a few months by both the Sri Lankan government forces and the Tigers. We may never know the exact number of casualties during the last phase of the conflict, because the government did not allow international organizations or media into the area.

    Rajapaksa’s victory in the presidential election this past January, followed in April by a win for his United People’s Freedom Alliance in parliamentary elections, ensured a majority for the president and his party. These victories create an opportunity for the government to reach out to the opposition and to minority groups to build a truly inclusive and democratic Sri Lanka, but this has not yet happened.

    Instead, government policies since the end of the war have targeted opponents and critics, possibly laying the foundation for a new round of conflict. Opposition candidate General Sarath Fonseka was harassed and soon arrested after the presidential elections.

    More than 250,000 Tamil civilians were kept in virtual internment camps long after the end of hostilities and prevented from exercising their civil rights or returning to their homes. No significant special efforts have been made to reach out to the Tamil-speaking minority to understand better and address those legitimate concerns that found illegitimate expression through the LTTE. If this trend continues, Sri Lanka will be doomed to repeat its tragic history.

    Sri Lanka is blessed with brilliant people, indefatigable civil-society organizations, decent courts and infrastructure, and abundant natural resources. None of these attributes will lead to long-term stability and prosperity for the country unless the government plays a more constructive role.

    A first step in the national healing process must include exploring in a public way the grievances of the country’s minorities, both Tamil and Muslim, and discussing the violations perpetrated by the LTTE and the government during the conflict. As was the case in South Africa, this approach can lay an essential foundation for a sustainable and effective reconciliation process.

    The government must open itself far more to hearing and responding to the legitimate voices of the Sri Lankan people across the country’s political spectrum and ethnic divides. If these grievances cannot be addressed through legitimate means, they will find other far less healthy outlets over time.

    The government must also make every effort to establish the rule of law, including implementation of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which calls for independent judicial institutions, and of the 13th Amendment, which devolves power to the provinces. Reports of new amendments being drafted to rescind these guarantees would be extremely disturbing if confirmed.

    Sri Lanka must do far more to ensure minority rights and protections not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it is the best possible investment the country can make in its future. It is not too late to embrace this future, but soon it will be if the government does not change course immediately.

    http://search.japantimes.co.jp/rss/eo20100604a2.html

  267. " IDP resettlement means giving them the wherewithal to live and make a living. It is in this area that the government is woefully deficient,” said S Yogeswaran, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP

    “Refugees, who were sent back to their villages , are facing a severe drinking water shortage. The wells had gone dry. There are no hospitals. Transport is yet to be restored, and this has severely hit the principal industry in the area, which is dairy farming,” Yogeswaran

    The government is committed to paying a solatium to the families of the 346 civilians dead and 394 wounded in the war. “But it has been tardy in issuing certificates to the wounded and the families of the dead,” the MP pointed out.

  268. Demo against Rajapaksa

    The Sri Lankan Tamils Movement, a group of pro-Tamil parties, including MDMK and CPI,will stage a state-wide black flag demonstration opposing the visit of Sri lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to India on June 8, MDMK general secretary Vaiko said.

    The demonstration will be held outside the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai, he said in a statement.

    Besides, black flag demonstrations would be held in district headquarters across Tamil Nadu to protest Rajapakse’s visit as well as condemn the Indian government for ‘welcoming him’, he said.

    Vaiko alleged India had assisted Colombo in the war, which had resulted in the killing of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians towards the end of the conflict last year.

    During his June 8 visit to New Delhi, Rajapakse is expected to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

  269. In the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) weekend in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The much-bandied about big names like the Bachchans, Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar are missing amidst threats of a boycott by the South film fraternity.

    The influential film industry in India's southern Tamil Nadu state, which is home to many Tamil refugees, argues that staging the event in Colombo endorses Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's government war crimes.

    Rajapakse is under pressure from the international community to submit to a probe over his controversial military strategy- the Rajapakse is under pressure from the international community to submit to a probe over his controversial military strategy – the ruthless “ scorched earth “– the annihilation of every structure and kill every person: combatants, men, women and children alike

    Up to 40 000 Tamil civilians were also killed in the final months of fighting last year.

  270. The big stars from the Indian Bollywood Cinema is boycotting this extravaganza in Sri Lanka.

    What does it show, after one year of conflict:

    1. Tamils are still kept captive in the camps
    2. Over 11,000 Tamil youth are held in undisclosed locations.
    3. Media and NGOs are expelled from the zone where evidence of war crimes lie
    4. Skeletels are unearthed and covered up in the region
    5. Settlement of majority population in the minority lands in the name of redevelopment and using humanitarian aid channelled thru Presidential fund.

    Tamils are at the mercy of the army and the police; the North and East are devastated regions; houses and land forcibly occupied by the army; the people made third-class citizens in the land of their birth

    Some are callously indifferent to the plight of the Tamils; some seek only to reassure the international community which, for its part, pretends to believe these assurances so that it’s “business as usual”.

  271. M.I.A’s, her self belong to the persecuted community, I believe M.I.A’s emotion took over momentarily, and understandably too, she decided to take the route, she took to make her point. The Sri Lankan regime without any scant regards to the suffering of women, children and elderly slaughtered at least 40,000 of them and maimed 50,000 more in a matter of few days in Last May shelling, bombing, gashing, raping, torturing and other forms of despicable violence against unarmed civilians under the name of defeating the rebels.

    M.I.A, may be, she was frustrated on, world at large did not get to see the bigger picture, deliberately so much of bloodshed, ethnic cleansing and genocide faced by her community and Sri Lanka adamantly refusing to submit the call for international independent war crimes probe as it was mounting from, UN Human Rights Chief, former UN Human Rights Chief, former UN SG. M.I.A may be in disbelieve that Sri Lankan regime, is showing the world it is their way or highway, and so far getting away with the crimes against humanity!

  272. ” IDP resettlement means giving them the wherewithal to live and make a living. It is in this area that the government is woefully deficient,” said S Yogeswaran, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP

    “Refugees, who were sent back to their villages , are facing a severe drinking water shortage. The wells had gone dry. There are no hospitals. Transport is yet to be restored, and this has severely hit the principal industry in the area, which is dairy farming,” Yogeswaran

    The government is committed to paying a solatium to the families of the 346 civilians dead and 394 wounded in the war. “But it has been tardy in issuing certificates to the wounded and the families of the dead,” the MP pointed out.

  273. Demo against Rajapaksa

    The Sri Lankan Tamils Movement, a group of pro-Tamil parties, including MDMK and CPI,will stage a state-wide black flag demonstration opposing the visit of Sri lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to India on June 8, MDMK general secretary Vaiko said.

    The demonstration will be held outside the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai, he said in a statement.

    Besides, black flag demonstrations would be held in district headquarters across Tamil Nadu to protest Rajapakse’s visit as well as condemn the Indian government for ‘welcoming him’, he said.

    Vaiko alleged India had assisted Colombo in the war, which had resulted in the killing of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians towards the end of the conflict last year.

    During his June 8 visit to New Delhi, Rajapakse is expected to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

  274. SLA deny livelihoods to Tamils

    SLA denies permission for fishing in areas allowed for resettlement in Jaffna

    The residents of the coastal villages of Jaffna town evicted by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in 1996, though permitted to resettle in their villages, complain that SLA does not allow them to engage in their livelihood of fishing, sources in Jaffna said.

    Resettlement without being allowed to engage in fishing is worthless, the civilians who appeal to allow them to fish in their seas said.

    The uprooted civilians are greatly shocked to find their lands and properties destroyed while a great part of their villages is still being occupied by SLA, the sources added.

    SLA had evicted most of the residents from the Jaffna coastal villages including Kozhumpuththu’rai, Thu’ndi and Ezhiloor when it occupied them during the military offensive in 1996.

    Hundreds of settlements in these villages had been totally destroyed during the offensive and the rest of the families who managed to remain were uprooted

  275. In the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) weekend in Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Jacqueline Fernandez is friends featuring prominently .

    Jacqueline’s uncle is Lasantha Wickrematunga ( an internationally awarded journalist killed by Sri Lankan security forces) and why would she be sponsoring this regime which killed her uncle ??

  276. In the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) weekend in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The much-bandied about big names like the Bachchans, Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar are missing amidst threats of a boycott by the South film fraternity.

    The influential film industry in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state, which is home to many Tamil refugees, argues that staging the event in Colombo endorses Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government war crimes.

    Rajapakse is under pressure from the international community to submit to a probe over his controversial military strategy- the Rajapakse is under pressure from the international community to submit to a probe over his controversial military strategy – the ruthless “ scorched earth “– the annihilation of every structure and kill every person: combatants, men, women and children alike

    Up to 40 000 Tamil civilians were also killed in the final months of fighting last year.

  277. Unintended consequences and deeper dynamic of the IIFA in Colombo

    “The decision to hold this year’s International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Colombo was clearly a political, even geopolitical, calculation. Whereas the previous award ceremonies … were meant to bring India ‘to the world’, this year’s event was intended instead to bring the world to Sri Lanka – or, more precisely, to the Sinhala south. It has done that, but in ways unintended. …The clumsy rush to whitewash the regime in Colombo has thus, perversely, served to focus attention on, and further highlight, Sri Lanka’s grotesque past and present,” the Tamil Guardian newspaper said this week. “[Moreover] the hosting of IIFA event in Colombo is symbolic of a much deeper dynamic: … while the Sinhala south is showcased and touts for economic inflows, the Northeast is isolated, hidden and scorched. This is not a mere legacy of protracted war, but of a long institutionalised, racial logic.”
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  278. The big stars from the Indian Bollywood Cinema is boycotting this extravaganza in Sri Lanka.

    What does it show, after one year of conflict:

    1. Tamils are still kept captive in the camps
    2. Over 11,000 Tamil youth are held in undisclosed locations.
    3. Media and NGOs are expelled from the zone where evidence of war crimes lie
    4. Skeletels are unearthed and covered up in the region
    5. Settlement of majority population in the minority lands in the name of redevelopment and using humanitarian aid channelled thru Presidential fund.

    Tamils are at the mercy of the army and the police; the North and East are devastated regions; houses and land forcibly occupied by the army; the people made third-class citizens in the land of their birth

    Some are callously indifferent to the plight of the Tamils; some seek only to reassure the international community which, for its part, pretends to believe these assurances so that it’s “business as usual”.

  279. M.I.A’s, her self belong to the persecuted community, I believe M.I.A’s emotion took over momentarily, and understandably too, she decided to take the route, she took to make her point. The Sri Lankan regime without any scant regards to the suffering of women, children and elderly slaughtered at least 40,000 of them and maimed 50,000 more in a matter of few days in Last May shelling, bombing, gashing, raping, torturing and other forms of despicable violence against unarmed civilians under the name of defeating the rebels.

    M.I.A, may be, she was frustrated on, world at large did not get to see the bigger picture, deliberately so much of bloodshed, ethnic cleansing and genocide faced by her community and Sri Lanka adamantly refusing to submit the call for international independent war crimes probe as it was mounting from, UN Human Rights Chief, former UN Human Rights Chief, former UN SG. M.I.A may be in disbelieve that Sri Lankan regime, is showing the world it is their way or highway, and so far getting away with the crimes against humanity!

  280. Education department relocated due to SLA occupation

    Maangku’lam Maha Viththiyaalayam (MMV) located along A9 road had to be shifted to another building in Maangku’lam as MMV has been transformed into Sri Lanka Army (SLA) base since 2008, education department sources said. MMV which had remained closed even after families had been allowed to resettle in the area began to function Thursday in the Technical College building constructed by NECORD in Maangku’lam.

    The Acting Principal of MMV, K. Sasitharan, began the school Thursday in the NECORD building in an event attended by the Officer-in Charge of Maangku’lam police station Chandrasekara, SLA officer Col. Ranasinghe and education department officials.

    Though people had been allowed to resettle around the SLA base in MMV the school had remained closed.

    Education department had organized the event to facilitate resettlement in Maangkulam area in Mullaiththeevu district in Vanni.

  281. Tamil groups boycott Indian "Oscars"

    11th award ceremony of the International Indian Film (IIFA) held today in Colombo. But Tamil groups call for a boycott in protest against the Rajapaksa government, accused of having killed thousands of Tamils.

    The 11th Columbus International Film Indian Academy (IIFA) awards ceremony is set to take place tonight in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, the largest annual event of the South Asian cinema. But the Tamil Film Fraternity Group (FFT) in India has asked everyone to boycott the event in protest against the Sri Lankan government.

    FFT, which includes artists, directors, producers, technicians, distributors and cinema owners, on May 28 in Chennai demanded a boycott of the event. The group explained that it is not against the IIFA but considers "unacceptable" that the event takes place in Colombo, giving publicity to the Government of President Rajapaksa, "the Sri Lankan Sinhala government which last year killed thousands of Tamil men, women and children and transformed Eelam into a burial ground. The death screams still echo in the ears of Tamils around the world. " The FFT statement recalls how, during the civil war, the entire Tamil film industry made several public events to seek to stop the massacre, but the government remained indifferent. The resolution has been supported by, among others, the Film Employees Association of South India, the South Indian Film Artiste’s Association, the Tamil Film Producers association, the Film Distributors Association, the Theatre Owners Association and the Television Artiste’s Association

    The boycott has received support from various persons, such as the popular songwriter Tamarai Subramaniam.

    The famous Bollywood star Amitab Bachchan, who is also IIFA (pictured) ambassador, will not attend the ceremony. Actors Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan and Arjun Rampal will also be absent, although they speak of previous work commitments. Actors Kamal Haasan and Rajanikanth and director Mani Ratnam declined the invitation.

  282. Unintended consequences and deeper dynamic of the IIFA in Colombo

    “The decision to hold this year’s International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Colombo was clearly a political, even geopolitical, calculation. Whereas the previous award ceremonies … were meant to bring India ‘to the world’, this year’s event was intended instead to bring the world to Sri Lanka – or, more precisely, to the Sinhala south. It has done that, but in ways unintended. …The clumsy rush to whitewash the regime in Colombo has thus, perversely, served to focus attention on, and further highlight, Sri Lanka’s grotesque past and present,” the Tamil Guardian newspaper said this week. “[Moreover] the hosting of IIFA event in Colombo is symbolic of a much deeper dynamic: … while the Sinhala south is showcased and touts for economic inflows, the Northeast is isolated, hidden and scorched. This is not a mere legacy of protracted war, but of a long institutionalised, racial logic.”
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  283. Unintended consequences and deeper dynamic of the IIFA in Colombo

    “The decision to hold this year’s International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Colombo was clearly a political, even geopolitical, calculation. Whereas the previous award ceremonies … were meant to bring India ‘to the world’, this year’s event was intended instead to bring the world to Sri Lanka – or, more precisely, to the Sinhala south. It has done that, but in ways unintended. …The clumsy rush to whitewash the regime in Colombo has thus, perversely, served to focus attention on, and further highlight, Sri Lanka’s grotesque past and present,” the Tamil Guardian newspaper said this week. “[Moreover] the hosting of IIFA event in Colombo is symbolic of a much deeper dynamic: … while the Sinhala south is showcased and touts for economic inflows, the Northeast is isolated, hidden and scorched. This is not a mere legacy of protracted war, but of a long institutionalised, racial logic.”
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  284. SLA deny livelihoods to Tamils

    SLA denies permission for fishing in areas allowed for resettlement in Jaffna

    The residents of the coastal villages of Jaffna town evicted by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in 1996, though permitted to resettle in their villages, complain that SLA does not allow them to engage in their livelihood of fishing, sources in Jaffna said.

    Resettlement without being allowed to engage in fishing is worthless, the civilians who appeal to allow them to fish in their seas said.

    The uprooted civilians are greatly shocked to find their lands and properties destroyed while a great part of their villages is still being occupied by SLA, the sources added.

    SLA had evicted most of the residents from the Jaffna coastal villages including Kozhumpuththu’rai, Thu’ndi and Ezhiloor when it occupied them during the military offensive in 1996.

    Hundreds of settlements in these villages had been totally destroyed during the offensive and the rest of the families who managed to remain were uprooted

  285. In the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) weekend in Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Jacqueline Fernandez is friends featuring prominently .

    Jacqueline’s uncle is Lasantha Wickrematunga ( an internationally awarded journalist killed by Sri Lankan security forces) and why would she be sponsoring this regime which killed her uncle ??

  286. Education department relocated due to SLA occupation

    Maangku’lam Maha Viththiyaalayam (MMV) located along A9 road had to be shifted to another building in Maangku’lam as MMV has been transformed into Sri Lanka Army (SLA) base since 2008, education department sources said. MMV which had remained closed even after families had been allowed to resettle in the area began to function Thursday in the Technical College building constructed by NECORD in Maangku’lam.

    The Acting Principal of MMV, K. Sasitharan, began the school Thursday in the NECORD building in an event attended by the Officer-in Charge of Maangku’lam police station Chandrasekara, SLA officer Col. Ranasinghe and education department officials.

    Though people had been allowed to resettle around the SLA base in MMV the school had remained closed.

    Education department had organized the event to facilitate resettlement in Maangkulam area in Mullaiththeevu district in Vanni.

  287. Tamil groups boycott Indian “Oscars”

    11th award ceremony of the International Indian Film (IIFA) held today in Colombo. But Tamil groups call for a boycott in protest against the Rajapaksa government, accused of having killed thousands of Tamils.

    The 11th Columbus International Film Indian Academy (IIFA) awards ceremony is set to take place tonight in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, the largest annual event of the South Asian cinema. But the Tamil Film Fraternity Group (FFT) in India has asked everyone to boycott the event in protest against the Sri Lankan government.

    FFT, which includes artists, directors, producers, technicians, distributors and cinema owners, on May 28 in Chennai demanded a boycott of the event. The group explained that it is not against the IIFA but considers “unacceptable” that the event takes place in Colombo, giving publicity to the Government of President Rajapaksa, “the Sri Lankan Sinhala government which last year killed thousands of Tamil men, women and children and transformed Eelam into a burial ground. The death screams still echo in the ears of Tamils around the world. ” The FFT statement recalls how, during the civil war, the entire Tamil film industry made several public events to seek to stop the massacre, but the government remained indifferent. The resolution has been supported by, among others, the Film Employees Association of South India, the South Indian Film Artiste’s Association, the Tamil Film Producers association, the Film Distributors Association, the Theatre Owners Association and the Television Artiste’s Association

    The boycott has received support from various persons, such as the popular songwriter Tamarai Subramaniam.

    The famous Bollywood star Amitab Bachchan, who is also IIFA (pictured) ambassador, will not attend the ceremony. Actors Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan and Arjun Rampal will also be absent, although they speak of previous work commitments. Actors Kamal Haasan and Rajanikanth and director Mani Ratnam declined the invitation.

  288. Unintended consequences and deeper dynamic of the IIFA in Colombo

    “The decision to hold this year’s International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Colombo was clearly a political, even geopolitical, calculation. Whereas the previous award ceremonies … were meant to bring India ‘to the world’, this year’s event was intended instead to bring the world to Sri Lanka – or, more precisely, to the Sinhala south. It has done that, but in ways unintended. …The clumsy rush to whitewash the regime in Colombo has thus, perversely, served to focus attention on, and further highlight, Sri Lanka’s grotesque past and present,” the Tamil Guardian newspaper said this week. “[Moreover] the hosting of IIFA event in Colombo is symbolic of a much deeper dynamic: … while the Sinhala south is showcased and touts for economic inflows, the Northeast is isolated, hidden and scorched. This is not a mere legacy of protracted war, but of a long institutionalised, racial logic.”

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31894

  289. As usual, I see that the apes are trying to see some negative of a positive situation.

    They are talking of 5 – 6 actors who could not make it for IIFA due to busy schedules and some south indian actors who have been threatened by them (that's all they know to to do – Terrorize normal people) – Anyways, IIFA says they did not invite any Kollywood guys as the event was for Bollywood.

    Why should Amithab boycott the event (As the Apes say) when he was the very person who was instrumental in bringing it to Sri Lanka ??? Of course I do not expect the pre-historic Ape brains to understand it, but, the modern humans to understand it.

    Anyways, there are more than 100 stars who are already here. We are talking of absentees of around 5%. Aamir and Katrina are releasing their new movie and Aish is not even in India – So let me get the apes to figure it out – not that it would be easier than figuring out how to peel a Banana.

    The Apes negativity is such, that they would eat dirt to avoid spending money on food – this is where I would disagree with EDE, what bloody Mc Donnalds – They eat dirt man !!! – they don't see any thing positive – Otherwise, who in the right mind would oppose an event that is done to raise money to up bring the children of the north whom they claim is their own ??

    At least Mr. Salman Khan said it right – that he and whole of Indian actors guild would continue to support the welfare of the children of north Who have gone through hell during Terrorist Era

    Now – isn't it a wise man's statement !!

  290. As usual, I see that the apes are trying to see some negative of a positive situation.

    They are talking of 5 – 6 actors who could not make it for IIFA due to busy schedules and some south indian actors who have been threatened by them (that’s all they know to to do – Terrorize normal people) – Anyways, IIFA says they did not invite any Kollywood guys as the event was for Bollywood.

    Why should Amithab boycott the event (As the Apes say) when he was the very person who was instrumental in bringing it to Sri Lanka ??? Of course I do not expect the pre-historic Ape brains to understand it, but, the modern humans to understand it.

    Anyways, there are more than 100 stars who are already here. We are talking of absentees of around 5%. Aamir and Katrina are releasing their new movie and Aish is not even in India – So let me get the apes to figure it out – not that it would be easier than figuring out how to peel a Banana.

    The Apes negativity is such, that they would eat dirt to avoid spending money on food – this is where I would disagree with EDE, what bloody Mc Donnalds – They eat dirt man !!! – they don’t see any thing positive – Otherwise, who in the right mind would oppose an event that is done to raise money to up bring the children of the north whom they claim is their own ??

    At least Mr. Salman Khan said it right – that he and whole of Indian actors guild would continue to support the welfare of the children of north Who have gone through hell during Terrorist Era

    Now – isn’t it a wise man’s statement !!

  291. In Hell !!

    U indeed are stupid !!!

    You need to read counter posts for any report prior to posting it or you are going to be smashed all over.

    Check out the counter posts for Philip Alston's reports – See how they have rubbished his claims – LOL – U indeed find way to make your selves laughing stocks… I feel sorry for you guys, but what to do, you don't seem to be using a little bit of brains you have before doing stuff – U R the best example for the opposite of "Look before you Leap" !!!

    Gee man…. I seriously wonder whether we could at least reserve "Wilpaththu Park" for you to Ape around – Now I feel sorry for you guys !!

  292. In Hell !!

    U indeed are stupid !!!

    You need to read counter posts for any report prior to posting it or you are going to be smashed all over.

    Check out the counter posts for Philip Alston’s reports – See how they have rubbished his claims – LOL – U indeed find way to make your selves laughing stocks… I feel sorry for you guys, but what to do, you don’t seem to be using a little bit of brains you have before doing stuff – U R the best example for the opposite of “Look before you Leap” !!!

    Gee man…. I seriously wonder whether we could at least reserve “Wilpaththu Park” for you to Ape around – Now I feel sorry for you guys !!

  293. More Lessons Learnt (or Bad Lessons, if you're an Eelamist)

    More Lankan Tamils in UK visit Sri Lanka
    http://www.island.lk/2010/06/06/news11.html

    "A considerable number of Tamils domiciled in the UK are now visiting Sri Lanka…. The dawn peace has given them a new opportunity to visit their relatives.

    Deputy High Commissioner in London P. M. Amza said over 30 visas are being issued per day by the mission to Tamils of Sri Lankan origin who have obtained British passports.

    "This is apart from the others who get their visas on arrival in Colombo", he noted. "But most of the visitors make sure that they get their visas from the High Commission before they leave", Amza said… the mission has launched a same day visa service for the convenience of visitors.

    "One of his doctor friends in UK went to Sri Lanka to sell his property but after seeing the peaceful situation in the country he has now decided to build a house and settle down there", he noted. "With more and more Tamil people visiting Sri Lanka, LTTE propaganda has lost its steam".

    The pro-LTTE diaspora propaganda has NOT lost its steam, merely its ability stop Sri Lankan Tamils abroad from visiting and quietly supporting the people of Sri Lanka.

    A question to the pro-LTTE diaspora. Which LTTE group is stealing your money ? It seems that the thieves are falling out amongst themselves. Wonderful! 🙂

    Tiger infighting mounts in Europe
    Two pro-LTTE activists were arrested in Paris on Friday following the death of Ramesh Sivarupan who is believed to be a member of the Ruthrakumar faction of the LTTE, according to informed sources…. Ramesh Sivarupan was kidnapped and taken in a van from his residence in Paris and was found near his house a few days ago with injuries. He succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Paris on Thursday.

    Thambiah Ganesh and Kuppilan Ravi, believed to be members of the Nediyavan group of the pro-LTTE faction have been taken into custody by the police in Paris in connection with the death of Sivarupan….early last week, the Nediyavan faction burnt thousands of copies of Thainilam, a newspaper in Paris printed by its rival Ruthrakumar faction.

    The rivalry between the two factions had spread to several parts of Europe with the members of each faction looking for each other,…..the two factions are demanding that the assets held by the LTTE abroad should be shared… Ruthrakumar, a lawyer by profession domiciled in the United States is the ‘architect’ behind the setting up of the so-called ‘Transnational Government’ of his faction.. http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2010/06/06/sec01.asp

    …and on and on about tedious infighting amongst the dregs of the LTTE.

    The pro-LTTE Diaspora's in-fighting reminds of Borge's comment of "two bald men fighting over a comb."

    A brilliant metaphor for our balding heroes of Eelam!! 🙂

    To Mugwup: Thanks for the well-meaning advice. The absence of war makes peace possible. Without the war having being fought so brilliantly and conclusively, we wouldn't even be discussing a real and lasting peace.

  294. The whole issue of Sri Lankan's role in the post war era and the role of an independent comission to examine the current situation should be focussed on getting their government to behave as an benevolent civilized government. They are learning at the moment it can be easier to win a war than to win a peace.

  295. The war in Sri Lanka was not just a war of the Sri Lankans against the Tamil people, according to writer-activist Arundhati Roy. "That was a corporate war. All the large Indian companies are now heading to Sri Lanka to make more money," Roy said on Friday. "The political parties of Tamil Nadu were the only ones who could have stopped the genocide in Sri Lanka, but they chose to stand by silently. A similar thing is happening in central India where tribals are resisting the takeover of natural resources by corporates." http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Chennai/L

  296. An independent United Nations human rights expert today stressed the need for international inquiries into serious allegations of extrajudicial executions in cases where national probes have been insufficient, citing examples relating to the Gaza Strip and Sri Lanka. In many instances, domestic commissions of inquiry had only resulted in “comprehensive impunity,” Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said as he presented his annual report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (HRC). “Overall, the track record of such inquiries is remarkably poor,” he added. In such cases, the international community will often need to insist that an international inquiry takes place where particularly serious allegations are made and where domestic practice has been “unconvincing.” http://www0.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=349

  297. Professor Francis A. Boyle, an expert in international law at the University of Illinois College of Law, said that an independent state of Tamil eelam south of the Indian border will add to India's security, and therefore, India should actively intervene in the Tamil struggle and facilitate the formation of Tamil eelam. Boyle was talking to the popular Tamil Nadu Tamil biweekly magazine Junior Vikatan in an exclusive interview given to the magazine's US correspondent Prakash M Swamy early part of May.

    Text of the translation of the interview published in Vikatan follows (Note: original interview to Vikatan was in English):

    Vikatan: One year has passed since the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Do you think birth of Tamil Eelam is still a possibility?

    Professor Francis A. Boyle, University of IllinoisBoyle: Faith propels life; in recent times, terrorism label was stamped on those who led and supported Tamil eelam struggle. Now, since Tiger leadership has disappeared, Rajapakse is on his mission to destroy the Tamil people. Sri Lanka has no respect for any international law. India [as a regional super-power] has failed to contrain Sri Lanka's conduct. Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) will reflect the conscience of Tamil people. Counselors elected for TGTE will determine their future. Many directives will be taken at their first meeting.

    Vikatan: Opponents claim that TGTE have only web presence. Can you comment?

    Boyle: After the genocide, where is the space for Tamil leadership to operate or even emerge in Sri Lanka? Surviving leadership are all outside of Sri Lanka. Can these leaders visit Sri Lanka? Under these circumstances Tamils only option is the formation of Transnational Government. The counselors are elected democratically. Liberation struggle is taking its step in an entirely new direction. Let us wait to see the impact.

    Vikatan: You support Palestinians, who have a state. Tamil people do not have a state.

    Boyle: Not quite true. Tamil homeland is occupied by Sri Lankan state. This is sad! Tamils are enslaved in their own state. Rajapakse is supported by Israel, which is occupying Palestinian land. Wars for Palestinian independence and Tamil Eelam independence are similar. Both struggles are labelled as terrorism, illegal occupation. Currently, 127 out of 195 members of the United Nation have recognized Palestine. President Obama has recently said that an independent Palestine should be allowed to exist without security threats.

    Vikatan: US, while fully engaged in Palestinian-Israel conflict refuses to play an active role in Tamil Eelam struggle. Why?

    Boyle: Israel is the reason. Israel fully supports Sri Lanka. Obama supports Rajapakse administration because of China. America is concerned by the increasing Chinese influence in Sri Lanka, and that China may even be allowed to build a military base in Sri Lanka. U.S. even supported the dud committee set up by Sri Lanka to investigate the rights violations in Sri Lanka. This committee is useless, and without teeth. This committee will not dare investigate Rajapakse brothers. What is troubling is the UN ambassador to UN [and later Secretary of State Clinton] have extended their support to this committee.

    Vikatan: What types configurations are possible for a future Tamil Eelam state?

    Boyle: First, Tamil eelam can be an independent sovereign state – this is the wish of Tamil people. Second, Tamil eelam can be similar to that of Commonwealth of Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico is a sovereign state, at the same time, comes under America’s confederation. Third, it can be an independent province within a sovereign Sri Lankan state.

    Vikatan: Could you comment on Indian government’s refusal to issue visa to Prabhakaran’s mother?

    Boyle: Your central government has directed its anger against Prapakaran on his mother. Is Ms. Parvathi an extremist? Is she scheming to over throw your government? She is eighty years old; she does not even have the strength to stand on her own. This is a serious violation of human rights. India has capable lawyers. Do you have honest and independent courts? Why have not this act been challenged in a court of justice in India? In the U.S., many lawyers and rights organizations would have immediately filed challenges in US Courts. India should not have politicized a humanitarian matter. Other than India getting a fleeting satisfaction by refusing visa to Pirapaharan's mother, no other useful purpose was served by India's act. Is India trying to punish Pirapakaran who is dead and gone..?

    Vikatan: What should be India's approach to dealing with Tamil Eelam struggle?

    Boyle: I am not qualified to advise India. As an American who loves India, I can share some thoughts. Tamils worldwide are connected culturally and emotionally to Eelam Tamils, and therefore, to their struggle. In this context, recognize that Prapakaran era is over. Do not continue to show vengeance on Tamils and their struggle. India should change the way it views struggle for Tamil independence. In the changing geo-political structure, close alliance between china and Sri Lanka will be a danger to everyone. Independent Tamil Eelam will add security, and will be a bulwark to India's security. I am not a politician; an attorney, of Irish descent. I am not even a Tamil, but I feel their pain. India should actively intervene to facilitate the birth of Tamil Eelam. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  298. More Lessons Learnt (or Bad Lessons, if you're an Eelamist)

    More Lankan Tamils in UK visit Sri Lanka
    http://www.island.lk/2010/06/06/news11.html

    "A considerable number of Tamils domiciled in the UK are now visiting Sri Lanka…. The dawn peace has given them a new opportunity to visit their relatives.

    Deputy High Commissioner in London P. M. Amza said over 30 visas are being issued per day by the mission to Tamils of Sri Lankan origin who have obtained British passports.

    "This is apart from the others who get their visas on arrival in Colombo", he noted. "But most of the visitors make sure that they get their visas from the High Commission before they leave", Amza said… the mission has launched a same day visa service for the convenience of visitors.

    "One of his doctor friends in UK went to Sri Lanka to sell his property but after seeing the peaceful situation in the country he has now decided to build a house and settle down there", he noted. "With more and more Tamil people visiting Sri Lanka, LTTE propaganda has lost its steam".

    The pro-LTTE diaspora propaganda has NOT lost its steam, merely its ability stop Sri Lankan Tamils abroad from visiting and quietly supporting the people of Sri Lanka.

    A question to the pro-LTTE diaspora. Which LTTE group is stealing your money ? It seems that the thieves are falling out amongst themselves. Wonderful! 🙂

    Tiger infighting mounts in Europe
    Two pro-LTTE activists were arrested in Paris on Friday following the death of Ramesh Sivarupan who is believed to be a member of the Ruthrakumar faction of the LTTE, according to informed sources…. Ramesh Sivarupan was kidnapped and taken in a van from his residence in Paris and was found near his house a few days ago with injuries. He succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Paris on Thursday.

    Thambiah Ganesh and Kuppilan Ravi, believed to be members of the Nediyavan group of the pro-LTTE faction have been taken into custody by the police in Paris in connection with the death of Sivarupan….early last week, the Nediyavan faction burnt thousands of copies of Thainilam, a newspaper in Paris printed by its rival Ruthrakumar faction.

    The rivalry between the two factions had spread to several parts of Europe with the members of each faction looking for each other,…..the two factions are demanding that the assets held by the LTTE abroad should be shared… Ruthrakumar, a lawyer by profession domiciled in the United States is the ‘architect’ behind the setting up of the so-called ‘Transnational Government’ of his faction.. http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2010/06/06/sec01.asp

    …and on and on about tedious infighting amongst the dregs of the LTTE.

    The pro-LTTE Diaspora's in-fighting reminds of Borge's comment of "two bald men fighting over a comb."

    A brilliant metaphor for our balding heroes of Eelam!! 🙂

    To Mugwup: Thanks for the well-meaning advice. The absence of war makes peace possible. Without the war having being fought so brilliantly and conclusively, we wouldn't even be discussing a real and lasting peace.

  299. More Lessons Learnt (or Bad Lessons, if you're an Eelamist)

    More Lankan Tamils in UK visit Sri Lanka
    http://www.island.lk/2010/06/06/news11.html

    "A considerable number of Tamils domiciled in the UK are now visiting Sri Lanka…. The dawn peace has given them a new opportunity to visit their relatives.

    Deputy High Commissioner in London P. M. Amza said over 30 visas are being issued per day by the mission to Tamils of Sri Lankan origin who have obtained British passports.

    "This is apart from the others who get their visas on arrival in Colombo", he noted. "But most of the visitors make sure that they get their visas from the High Commission before they leave", Amza said… the mission has launched a same day visa service for the convenience of visitors.

    "One of his doctor friends in UK went to Sri Lanka to sell his property but after seeing the peaceful situation in the country he has now decided to build a house and settle down there", he noted. "With more and more Tamil people visiting Sri Lanka, LTTE propaganda has lost its steam".

    The pro-LTTE diaspora propaganda has NOT lost its steam, merely its ability stop Sri Lankan Tamils abroad from visiting and quietly supporting the people of Sri Lanka.

    A question to the pro-LTTE diaspora. Which LTTE group is stealing your money ? It seems that the thieves are falling out amongst themselves. Wonderful! 🙂

    Tiger infighting mounts in Europe
    Two pro-LTTE activists were arrested in Paris on Friday following the death of Ramesh Sivarupan who is believed to be a member of the Ruthrakumar faction of the LTTE, according to informed sources…. Ramesh Sivarupan was kidnapped and taken in a van from his residence in Paris and was found near his house a few days ago with injuries. He succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Paris on Thursday.

    Thambiah Ganesh and Kuppilan Ravi, believed to be members of the Nediyavan group of the pro-LTTE faction have been taken into custody by the police in Paris in connection with the death of Sivarupan….early last week, the Nediyavan faction burnt thousands of copies of Thainilam, a newspaper in Paris printed by its rival Ruthrakumar faction.

    The rivalry between the two factions had spread to several parts of Europe with the members of each faction looking for each other,…..the two factions are demanding that the assets held by the LTTE abroad should be shared… Ruthrakumar, a lawyer by profession domiciled in the United States is the ‘architect’ behind the setting up of the so-called ‘Transnational Government’ of his faction.. http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2010/06/06/sec01.asp

    …and on and on about tedious infighting amongst the dregs of the LTTE.

    The pro-LTTE Diaspora's in-fighting reminds of Borge's comment of "two bald men fighting over a comb."

    A brilliant metaphor for our balding heroes of Eelam!! 🙂

    To Mugwup: Thanks for the well-meaning advice. The absence of war makes peace possible. Without the war having being fought so brilliantly and conclusively, we wouldn't even be discussing a real and lasting peace.

  300. The war in Sri Lanka was not just a war of the Sri Lankans against the Tamil people, according to writer-activist Arundhati Roy. "That was a corporate war. All the large Indian companies are now heading to Sri Lanka to make more money," Roy said on Friday. "The political parties of Tamil Nadu were the only ones who could have stopped the genocide in Sri Lanka, but they chose to stand by silently. A similar thing is happening in central India where tribals are resisting the takeover of natural resources by corporates." http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Chennai/L

  301. The war in Sri Lanka was not just a war of the Sri Lankans against the Tamil people, according to writer-activist Arundhati Roy. "That was a corporate war. All the large Indian companies are now heading to Sri Lanka to make more money," Roy said on Friday. "The political parties of Tamil Nadu were the only ones who could have stopped the genocide in Sri Lanka, but they chose to stand by silently. A similar thing is happening in central India where tribals are resisting the takeover of natural resources by corporates." http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Chennai/L

  302. An independent United Nations human rights expert today stressed the need for international inquiries into serious allegations of extrajudicial executions in cases where national probes have been insufficient, citing examples relating to the Gaza Strip and Sri Lanka. In many instances, domestic commissions of inquiry had only resulted in “comprehensive impunity,” Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said as he presented his annual report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (HRC). “Overall, the track record of such inquiries is remarkably poor,” he added. In such cases, the international community will often need to insist that an international inquiry takes place where particularly serious allegations are made and where domestic practice has been “unconvincing.” http://www0.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=349

  303. An independent United Nations human rights expert today stressed the need for international inquiries into serious allegations of extrajudicial executions in cases where national probes have been insufficient, citing examples relating to the Gaza Strip and Sri Lanka. In many instances, domestic commissions of inquiry had only resulted in “comprehensive impunity,” Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said as he presented his annual report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (HRC). “Overall, the track record of such inquiries is remarkably poor,” he added. In such cases, the international community will often need to insist that an international inquiry takes place where particularly serious allegations are made and where domestic practice has been “unconvincing.” http://www0.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=349

  304. Professor Francis A. Boyle, an expert in international law at the University of Illinois College of Law, said that an independent state of Tamil eelam south of the Indian border will add to India's security, and therefore, India should actively intervene in the Tamil struggle and facilitate the formation of Tamil eelam. Boyle was talking to the popular Tamil Nadu Tamil biweekly magazine Junior Vikatan in an exclusive interview given to the magazine's US correspondent Prakash M Swamy early part of May.

    Text of the translation of the interview published in Vikatan follows (Note: original interview to Vikatan was in English):

    Vikatan: One year has passed since the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Do you think birth of Tamil Eelam is still a possibility?

    Professor Francis A. Boyle, University of IllinoisBoyle: Faith propels life; in recent times, terrorism label was stamped on those who led and supported Tamil eelam struggle. Now, since Tiger leadership has disappeared, Rajapakse is on his mission to destroy the Tamil people. Sri Lanka has no respect for any international law. India [as a regional super-power] has failed to contrain Sri Lanka's conduct. Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) will reflect the conscience of Tamil people. Counselors elected for TGTE will determine their future. Many directives will be taken at their first meeting.

    Vikatan: Opponents claim that TGTE have only web presence. Can you comment?

    Boyle: After the genocide, where is the space for Tamil leadership to operate or even emerge in Sri Lanka? Surviving leadership are all outside of Sri Lanka. Can these leaders visit Sri Lanka? Under these circumstances Tamils only option is the formation of Transnational Government. The counselors are elected democratically. Liberation struggle is taking its step in an entirely new direction. Let us wait to see the impact.

    Vikatan: You support Palestinians, who have a state. Tamil people do not have a state.

    Boyle: Not quite true. Tamil homeland is occupied by Sri Lankan state. This is sad! Tamils are enslaved in their own state. Rajapakse is supported by Israel, which is occupying Palestinian land. Wars for Palestinian independence and Tamil Eelam independence are similar. Both struggles are labelled as terrorism, illegal occupation. Currently, 127 out of 195 members of the United Nation have recognized Palestine. President Obama has recently said that an independent Palestine should be allowed to exist without security threats.

    Vikatan: US, while fully engaged in Palestinian-Israel conflict refuses to play an active role in Tamil Eelam struggle. Why?

    Boyle: Israel is the reason. Israel fully supports Sri Lanka. Obama supports Rajapakse administration because of China. America is concerned by the increasing Chinese influence in Sri Lanka, and that China may even be allowed to build a military base in Sri Lanka. U.S. even supported the dud committee set up by Sri Lanka to investigate the rights violations in Sri Lanka. This committee is useless, and without teeth. This committee will not dare investigate Rajapakse brothers. What is troubling is the UN ambassador to UN [and later Secretary of State Clinton] have extended their support to this committee.

    Vikatan: What types configurations are possible for a future Tamil Eelam state?

    Boyle: First, Tamil eelam can be an independent sovereign state – this is the wish of Tamil people. Second, Tamil eelam can be similar to that of Commonwealth of Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico is a sovereign state, at the same time, comes under America’s confederation. Third, it can be an independent province within a sovereign Sri Lankan state.

    Vikatan: Could you comment on Indian government’s refusal to issue visa to Prabhakaran’s mother?

    Boyle: Your central government has directed its anger against Prapakaran on his mother. Is Ms. Parvathi an extremist? Is she scheming to over throw your government? She is eighty years old; she does not even have the strength to stand on her own. This is a serious violation of human rights. India has capable lawyers. Do you have honest and independent courts? Why have not this act been challenged in a court of justice in India? In the U.S., many lawyers and rights organizations would have immediately filed challenges in US Courts. India should not have politicized a humanitarian matter. Other than India getting a fleeting satisfaction by refusing visa to Pirapaharan's mother, no other useful purpose was served by India's act. Is India trying to punish Pirapakaran who is dead and gone..?

    Vikatan: What should be India's approach to dealing with Tamil Eelam struggle?

    Boyle: I am not qualified to advise India. As an American who loves India, I can share some thoughts. Tamils worldwide are connected culturally and emotionally to Eelam Tamils, and therefore, to their struggle. In this context, recognize that Prapakaran era is over. Do not continue to show vengeance on Tamils and their struggle. India should change the way it views struggle for Tamil independence. In the changing geo-political structure, close alliance between china and Sri Lanka will be a danger to everyone. Independent Tamil Eelam will add security, and will be a bulwark to India's security. I am not a politician; an attorney, of Irish descent. I am not even a Tamil, but I feel their pain. India should actively intervene to facilitate the birth of Tamil Eelam. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  305. Professor Francis A. Boyle, an expert in international law at the University of Illinois College of Law, said that an independent state of Tamil eelam south of the Indian border will add to India's security, and therefore, India should actively intervene in the Tamil struggle and facilitate the formation of Tamil eelam. Boyle was talking to the popular Tamil Nadu Tamil biweekly magazine Junior Vikatan in an exclusive interview given to the magazine's US correspondent Prakash M Swamy early part of May.

    Text of the translation of the interview published in Vikatan follows (Note: original interview to Vikatan was in English):

    Vikatan: One year has passed since the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Do you think birth of Tamil Eelam is still a possibility?

    Professor Francis A. Boyle, University of IllinoisBoyle: Faith propels life; in recent times, terrorism label was stamped on those who led and supported Tamil eelam struggle. Now, since Tiger leadership has disappeared, Rajapakse is on his mission to destroy the Tamil people. Sri Lanka has no respect for any international law. India [as a regional super-power] has failed to contrain Sri Lanka's conduct. Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) will reflect the conscience of Tamil people. Counselors elected for TGTE will determine their future. Many directives will be taken at their first meeting.

    Vikatan: Opponents claim that TGTE have only web presence. Can you comment?

    Boyle: After the genocide, where is the space for Tamil leadership to operate or even emerge in Sri Lanka? Surviving leadership are all outside of Sri Lanka. Can these leaders visit Sri Lanka? Under these circumstances Tamils only option is the formation of Transnational Government. The counselors are elected democratically. Liberation struggle is taking its step in an entirely new direction. Let us wait to see the impact.

    Vikatan: You support Palestinians, who have a state. Tamil people do not have a state.

    Boyle: Not quite true. Tamil homeland is occupied by Sri Lankan state. This is sad! Tamils are enslaved in their own state. Rajapakse is supported by Israel, which is occupying Palestinian land. Wars for Palestinian independence and Tamil Eelam independence are similar. Both struggles are labelled as terrorism, illegal occupation. Currently, 127 out of 195 members of the United Nation have recognized Palestine. President Obama has recently said that an independent Palestine should be allowed to exist without security threats.

    Vikatan: US, while fully engaged in Palestinian-Israel conflict refuses to play an active role in Tamil Eelam struggle. Why?

    Boyle: Israel is the reason. Israel fully supports Sri Lanka. Obama supports Rajapakse administration because of China. America is concerned by the increasing Chinese influence in Sri Lanka, and that China may even be allowed to build a military base in Sri Lanka. U.S. even supported the dud committee set up by Sri Lanka to investigate the rights violations in Sri Lanka. This committee is useless, and without teeth. This committee will not dare investigate Rajapakse brothers. What is troubling is the UN ambassador to UN [and later Secretary of State Clinton] have extended their support to this committee.

    Vikatan: What types configurations are possible for a future Tamil Eelam state?

    Boyle: First, Tamil eelam can be an independent sovereign state – this is the wish of Tamil people. Second, Tamil eelam can be similar to that of Commonwealth of Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico is a sovereign state, at the same time, comes under America’s confederation. Third, it can be an independent province within a sovereign Sri Lankan state.

    Vikatan: Could you comment on Indian government’s refusal to issue visa to Prabhakaran’s mother?

    Boyle: Your central government has directed its anger against Prapakaran on his mother. Is Ms. Parvathi an extremist? Is she scheming to over throw your government? She is eighty years old; she does not even have the strength to stand on her own. This is a serious violation of human rights. India has capable lawyers. Do you have honest and independent courts? Why have not this act been challenged in a court of justice in India? In the U.S., many lawyers and rights organizations would have immediately filed challenges in US Courts. India should not have politicized a humanitarian matter. Other than India getting a fleeting satisfaction by refusing visa to Pirapaharan's mother, no other useful purpose was served by India's act. Is India trying to punish Pirapakaran who is dead and gone..?

    Vikatan: What should be India's approach to dealing with Tamil Eelam struggle?

    Boyle: I am not qualified to advise India. As an American who loves India, I can share some thoughts. Tamils worldwide are connected culturally and emotionally to Eelam Tamils, and therefore, to their struggle. In this context, recognize that Prapakaran era is over. Do not continue to show vengeance on Tamils and their struggle. India should change the way it views struggle for Tamil independence. In the changing geo-political structure, close alliance between china and Sri Lanka will be a danger to everyone. Independent Tamil Eelam will add security, and will be a bulwark to India's security. I am not a politician; an attorney, of Irish descent. I am not even a Tamil, but I feel their pain. India should actively intervene to facilitate the birth of Tamil Eelam. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  306. Tamil Eelam now the World's Greatest Lost Cause

    Rohan,

    If I was an Eelamist, I'd be running away from Prof Boyle as fast as I could. He's the Patron Saint of Lost Causes.

    He's a fierce advocate of independence for Hawaii and is now also a a fierce advocate of the establishment of the mythical state of 'Eelam'.

    And now you've got Arundhathi Roy on your side. Are you mad? She's completely bonkers! 🙂 But then again Roy likes to defend 'primitive tribespeople' against the encroachment of advancing civilisation.

    OK. I was totally wrong about Eelamists seeking support from Arundhathi Roy. Your cause fits her favoured world-view (defending 'primitive tribespeople') perfectly. 🙂

    I must also thank Amnesty International for allowing a forum where pro-Eelam people can so clearly showcase their … umm… intelligence and tenuous grip on reality. Thank you again, AI.

  307. The whole issue of Sri Lankan’s role in the post war era and the role of an independent comission to examine the current situation should be focussed on getting their government to behave as an benevolent civilized government. They are learning at the moment it can be easier to win a war than to win a peace.

  308. More Lessons Learnt (or Bad Lessons, if you’re an Eelamist)

    More Lankan Tamils in UK visit Sri Lanka

    http://www.island.lk/2010/06/06/news11.html

    “A considerable number of Tamils domiciled in the UK are now visiting Sri Lanka…. The dawn peace has given them a new opportunity to visit their relatives.

    Deputy High Commissioner in London P. M. Amza said over 30 visas are being issued per day by the mission to Tamils of Sri Lankan origin who have obtained British passports.

    “This is apart from the others who get their visas on arrival in Colombo”, he noted. “But most of the visitors make sure that they get their visas from the High Commission before they leave”, Amza said… the mission has launched a same day visa service for the convenience of visitors.

    “One of his doctor friends in UK went to Sri Lanka to sell his property but after seeing the peaceful situation in the country he has now decided to build a house and settle down there”, he noted. “With more and more Tamil people visiting Sri Lanka, LTTE propaganda has lost its steam”.

    The pro-LTTE diaspora propaganda has NOT lost its steam, merely its ability stop Sri Lankan Tamils abroad from visiting and quietly supporting the people of Sri Lanka.

    A question to the pro-LTTE diaspora. Which LTTE group is stealing your money ? It seems that the thieves are falling out amongst themselves. Wonderful! 🙂

    Tiger infighting mounts in Europe
    Two pro-LTTE activists were arrested in Paris on Friday following the death of Ramesh Sivarupan who is believed to be a member of the Ruthrakumar faction of the LTTE, according to informed sources…. Ramesh Sivarupan was kidnapped and taken in a van from his residence in Paris and was found near his house a few days ago with injuries. He succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Paris on Thursday.

    Thambiah Ganesh and Kuppilan Ravi, believed to be members of the Nediyavan group of the pro-LTTE faction have been taken into custody by the police in Paris in connection with the death of Sivarupan….early last week, the Nediyavan faction burnt thousands of copies of Thainilam, a newspaper in Paris printed by its rival Ruthrakumar faction.

    The rivalry between the two factions had spread to several parts of Europe with the members of each faction looking for each other,…..the two factions are demanding that the assets held by the LTTE abroad should be shared… Ruthrakumar, a lawyer by profession domiciled in the United States is the ‘architect’ behind the setting up of the so-called ‘Transnational Government’ of his faction..
    http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2010/06/06/sec01.asp

    …and on and on about tedious infighting amongst the dregs of the LTTE.

    The pro-LTTE Diaspora’s in-fighting reminds of Borge’s comment of “two bald men fighting over a comb.”

    A brilliant metaphor for our balding heroes of Eelam!! 🙂

    To Mugwup: Thanks for the well-meaning advice. The absence of war makes peace possible. Without the war having being fought so brilliantly and conclusively, we wouldn’t even be discussing a real and lasting peace.

  309. The war in Sri Lanka was not just a war of the Sri Lankans against the Tamil people, according to writer-activist Arundhati Roy. “That was a corporate war. All the large Indian companies are now heading to Sri Lanka to make more money,” Roy said on Friday. “The political parties of Tamil Nadu were the only ones who could have stopped the genocide in Sri Lanka, but they chose to stand by silently. A similar thing is happening in central India where tribals are resisting the takeover of natural resources by corporates.”
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Chennai/Lankan-war-was-corporate-one-says-Arundhati-Roy/articleshow/6013029.cms

  310. An independent United Nations human rights expert today stressed the need for international inquiries into serious allegations of extrajudicial executions in cases where national probes have been insufficient, citing examples relating to the Gaza Strip and Sri Lanka. In many instances, domestic commissions of inquiry had only resulted in “comprehensive impunity,” Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said as he presented his annual report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (HRC). “Overall, the track record of such inquiries is remarkably poor,” he added. In such cases, the international community will often need to insist that an international inquiry takes place where particularly serious allegations are made and where domestic practice has been “unconvincing.”
    http://www0.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=34905&Cr=alston&Cr1

  311. Professor Francis A. Boyle, an expert in international law at the University of Illinois College of Law, said that an independent state of Tamil eelam south of the Indian border will add to India’s security, and therefore, India should actively intervene in the Tamil struggle and facilitate the formation of Tamil eelam. Boyle was talking to the popular Tamil Nadu Tamil biweekly magazine Junior Vikatan in an exclusive interview given to the magazine’s US correspondent Prakash M Swamy early part of May.

    Text of the translation of the interview published in Vikatan follows (Note: original interview to Vikatan was in English):

    Vikatan: One year has passed since the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Do you think birth of Tamil Eelam is still a possibility?

    Professor Francis A. Boyle, University of IllinoisBoyle: Faith propels life; in recent times, terrorism label was stamped on those who led and supported Tamil eelam struggle. Now, since Tiger leadership has disappeared, Rajapakse is on his mission to destroy the Tamil people. Sri Lanka has no respect for any international law. India [as a regional super-power] has failed to contrain Sri Lanka’s conduct. Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) will reflect the conscience of Tamil people. Counselors elected for TGTE will determine their future. Many directives will be taken at their first meeting.

    Vikatan: Opponents claim that TGTE have only web presence. Can you comment?

    Boyle: After the genocide, where is the space for Tamil leadership to operate or even emerge in Sri Lanka? Surviving leadership are all outside of Sri Lanka. Can these leaders visit Sri Lanka? Under these circumstances Tamils only option is the formation of Transnational Government. The counselors are elected democratically. Liberation struggle is taking its step in an entirely new direction. Let us wait to see the impact.

    Vikatan: You support Palestinians, who have a state. Tamil people do not have a state.

    Boyle: Not quite true. Tamil homeland is occupied by Sri Lankan state. This is sad! Tamils are enslaved in their own state. Rajapakse is supported by Israel, which is occupying Palestinian land. Wars for Palestinian independence and Tamil Eelam independence are similar. Both struggles are labelled as terrorism, illegal occupation. Currently, 127 out of 195 members of the United Nation have recognized Palestine. President Obama has recently said that an independent Palestine should be allowed to exist without security threats.

    Vikatan: US, while fully engaged in Palestinian-Israel conflict refuses to play an active role in Tamil Eelam struggle. Why?

    Boyle: Israel is the reason. Israel fully supports Sri Lanka. Obama supports Rajapakse administration because of China. America is concerned by the increasing Chinese influence in Sri Lanka, and that China may even be allowed to build a military base in Sri Lanka. U.S. even supported the dud committee set up by Sri Lanka to investigate the rights violations in Sri Lanka. This committee is useless, and without teeth. This committee will not dare investigate Rajapakse brothers. What is troubling is the UN ambassador to UN [and later Secretary of State Clinton] have extended their support to this committee.

    Vikatan: What types configurations are possible for a future Tamil Eelam state?

    Boyle: First, Tamil eelam can be an independent sovereign state – this is the wish of Tamil people. Second, Tamil eelam can be similar to that of Commonwealth of Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico is a sovereign state, at the same time, comes under America’s confederation. Third, it can be an independent province within a sovereign Sri Lankan state.

    Vikatan: Could you comment on Indian government’s refusal to issue visa to Prabhakaran’s mother?

    Boyle: Your central government has directed its anger against Prapakaran on his mother. Is Ms. Parvathi an extremist? Is she scheming to over throw your government? She is eighty years old; she does not even have the strength to stand on her own. This is a serious violation of human rights. India has capable lawyers. Do you have honest and independent courts? Why have not this act been challenged in a court of justice in India? In the U.S., many lawyers and rights organizations would have immediately filed challenges in US Courts. India should not have politicized a humanitarian matter. Other than India getting a fleeting satisfaction by refusing visa to Pirapaharan’s mother, no other useful purpose was served by India’s act. Is India trying to punish Pirapakaran who is dead and gone..?

    Vikatan: What should be India’s approach to dealing with Tamil Eelam struggle?

    Boyle: I am not qualified to advise India. As an American who loves India, I can share some thoughts. Tamils worldwide are connected culturally and emotionally to Eelam Tamils, and therefore, to their struggle. In this context, recognize that Prapakaran era is over. Do not continue to show vengeance on Tamils and their struggle. India should change the way it views struggle for Tamil independence. In the changing geo-political structure, close alliance between china and Sri Lanka will be a danger to everyone. Independent Tamil Eelam will add security, and will be a bulwark to India’s security. I am not a politician; an attorney, of Irish descent. I am not even a Tamil, but I feel their pain. India should actively intervene to facilitate the birth of Tamil Eelam.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31816

  312. Tamil Eelam now the World’s Greatest Lost Cause

    Rohan,

    If I was an Eelamist, I’d be running away from Prof Boyle as fast as I could. He’s the Patron Saint of Lost Causes.

    He’s a fierce advocate of independence for Hawaii and is now also a a fierce advocate of the establishment of the mythical state of ‘Eelam’.

    And now you’ve got Arundhathi Roy on your side. Are you mad? She’s completely bonkers! 🙂 But then again Roy likes to defend ‘primitive tribespeople’ against the encroachment of advancing civilisation.

    OK. I was totally wrong about Eelamists seeking support from Arundhathi Roy. Your cause fits her favoured world-view (defending ‘primitive tribespeople’) perfectly. 🙂

    I must also thank Amnesty International for allowing a forum where pro-Eelam people can so clearly showcase their … umm… intelligence and tenuous grip on reality. Thank you again, AI.

  313. International award for Lanka e news cartoonist Prageeth who went missing
    It has been decided by the International chain of cartoonists rights to present an award to Prageeth Ekneliyagoda , the Lanka e news journalist who went missing ,in recognition of his special talents as a cartoonist .

    This award is to be handed over to Prageeth Ekneliyagoda’s wife Sandya Ekneliyagoda at the ceremony to be held in America on the 18th of June for honoring cartoonists .

    Ekneliyagoda was a cartoonist attached to Lanka e news

  314. Gunalan Says:
    June 6th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Military control is deprivation of human rights… For heaven’s sake and out of reverence to Lord Buddha eliminate the militarised situation and restore freedom for every Tamil to enjoy fundamental rights….”

    You should have told this to the mentally challenged none-evolved Apes of the LTTE !!!

    If at all some party deprived Tamils of Sri Lanka of their rights, it is these sick Terrorist group. Click the links if you want evidence !!
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attr

    BTW, where were you and what were you doing when the LTTE went on this killing spree of Tamils ???

  315. Rajapakse has been distancing himself from any abiding political solution to resolve the ethnic conflict which would continue to fester. It would be illusory for any one in the island to believe that a ‘firm foundation of peace’ has been achieved. This is not possible without resolving the conflict that led to the war. The conflict was anterior to the war. The conflict that is sought to be resolved is not the war. In fact, the war itself was an attempt to resolve a conflict, which had not been amenable to resolution by peaceful means.

    To understand the core conflict in Sri Lankan polity one has to go back to the May 1976 Vaddukoddai Resolution that listed several grievances of the Tamils ~ historical, ethnic, linguistic and economic. The salient ones pertained to ‘placing the stamp of inferiority on Tamils and the Tamil language’; ‘denying to the Tamils equality of opportunity in the spheres of employment, education, land alienation and economic life in general’; ‘systematically denying them opportunities of developing their language and culture’ and ‘imposing on the Tamil nation a constitution drafted, under conditions of Emergency without opportunities for free discussion’.

    If Sri Lanka ignores the real Tamil grievances it would be at the peril of lasting peace in the ‘tear-drop island on the Indian Ocean’!

    In the event, the first and the most essential step would be to undo the ‘militarisation’ of civilian areas.

    There cannot be a better appeal to Sri Lanka on this than from the veteran jurist VR Krishna Iyer: “As a leader of a great country I entreat you to make every Tamil feel that he is a free citizen and not in thralldom with military supervision.

    Military control is deprivation of human rights… For heaven’s sake and out of reverence to Lord Buddha eliminate the militarised situation and restore freedom for every Tamil to enjoy fundamental rights….”

  316. Rohan Says:
    June 6th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    NEWS !!!!

    So Called Prof Boyle in his bum’s knowledge on current affairs and world scenario’s go straight to the dust bin with the following remark (If he made it)

    “Rajapakse is supported by Israel, which is occupying Palestinian land.

    If Prof. Boyle actually had a professori qualification and not like our good analyst professori Puligal, this idiot should know that President Rajapakse even has a street named after him in Palestine – Anyone wanna know why ?? Because he is an advocate to Palestine in UN + He heads some forum which is to do with liberation of Palestine !!

    So there we go – another lie from the Pathetic and desperate Diaspora or a “Know Nothing at All” prfessori giving false statements. This shows the low levels the Eelam struggle has stooped down to.

    In the U.S., many lawyers and rights organizations would have immediately filed challenges in US Courts

    Another comment that shows the intelligence levels or the arrogance of the idiotic Boyle in Bum. A Professor out of all should understand that everyone should not do things like the Americans do – why should we ??? The Asians are much more cultured people than Americans – at least we do not have double standards – we are with Palestine and condemn the attack on Palestine. (Wonder how LTTE had, but, then again, they are un-evolved – so we can consider them to still have Ape like behaviour) Indian or the Sri Lankan government and it’s people know the gravity of this Terrorist organization more than any 5 cent professor in USA would. India clearly stated the reason. It was for her own good as the LTTE supporters of Tamil Nadu were to grab her and make a mockery of her. Now, would Boyle in Bum say “80 year old” is being treated right by the LTTE supporters if it had happened ??? As I always say, LTTE Apes are being washed down a Raging River and would hold on to an 80 year old innocent Grandma to try get out of it !!!
    We will take more exerts from his comments !!

    I am not qualified to advise India.

    So Shut your Bum at wait !!! – It ain’t rocket science not to talk of things you do not know and make an idiot of your self !!

    Tamils worldwide are connected culturally and emotionally to Eelam

    Another Bullshit story from Boyle in Bum… Was Lakshman Kadiragamar and his followers connected ??? Was Neelan Thiruchelvan and his followers connected ?? Was Alfred Doraiappa connected ?? Is Douglas Devanandan connected ?? Are even those who were connected as Karuna, Pillayan and the last unsung hero of the race, Kumaran Padmanadan connected to the Lunetic Nonsense any more ??????????????

    close alliance between china and Sri Lanka will be a danger to everyone.

    This is typical American ‘Shit Scared of China” Mentality speaking. Boyle in Bum should realize that what ever the ties we have with China, India will always be and looked up on as the big brother. Take a logical reason, something goes wrong, it is easier for India and Pakistan to get to Sri Lanka than wait for China to come all the way from the northern hemisphere !! India and Sri Lanka are culturally similar and understand each other better, hence, easier to work together. They say that those who go on the offensive are the people who are scared the most – America has proven this point over and over !!

    Anyways, Boyle in Bum, again showcases his inability to think and his lack of knowledge on a subject matter he sucks at.

    Independent Tamil Eelam will add security, and will be a bulwark to India’s security.

    Again the Boyle in the bum seem to spread to his brain in the Bum !! – We all know the ultimate goal of Eelamist – and surely if the boyle is not hurting much, this idiot should know it too. Ultimate aim of Eelam is to Drag Tamilnadu in to the terror state and with it other independent states as Maldives and Madagascar – ya you heard me right – these Idiotic Terrorists have a delusional concept of a former Tamil state which no anthropologist has managed to prove nor any documentation or even a fairy tale or folk tale can prove. This spans from Madagascar to Indonesia – go figure out how !! Do you think giving “Terrorists” such authority would help any peace loving nation ???? This would be the future issue for Boyle in Bum’s USA – Not China !! China is a Maoist government which is far better than a Terrorist state – Try give Afghanistan back to Taliban, will you ??

    I am not a politician; an attorney, of Irish descent.

    With all due respect to the Irish, this comment definitely sound a drunken Irish comment !! But, that’s only for jokes sake, Irish are far more intelligent than Boyle in Bum could ever be !!

    I am not even a Tamil, but I feel their pain.

    Surely you don’t ???? Have you ever spoken to any Tamil Sri Lankan who was battered by 30 years of Brutality ?? Have you even stepped on to this golden soil ?? Again, if you don’t know stuff, shut up !!

    India should actively intervene to facilitate the birth of Tamil Eelam.

    One thing India will never do !!!!! Dream on you insult to Baboons !!!

  317. Gunalan Says:
    June 6th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Military control is deprivation of human rights… For heaven’s sake and out of reverence to Lord Buddha eliminate the militarised situation and restore freedom for every Tamil to enjoy fundamental rights….”

    You should have told this to the mentally challenged none-evolved Apes of the LTTE !!!

    If at all some party deprived Tamils of Sri Lanka of their rights, it is these sick Terrorist group. Click the links if you want evidence !!
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attr

    BTW, where were you and what were you doing when the LTTE went on this killing spree of Tamils ???

  318. Gunalan Says:
    June 6th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Military control is deprivation of human rights… For heaven’s sake and out of reverence to Lord Buddha eliminate the militarised situation and restore freedom for every Tamil to enjoy fundamental rights….”

    You should have told this to the mentally challenged none-evolved Apes of the LTTE !!!

    If at all some party deprived Tamils of Sri Lanka of their rights, it is these sick Terrorist group. Click the links if you want evidence !!
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attr

    BTW, where were you and what were you doing when the LTTE went on this killing spree of Tamils ???

  319. Sri Lankan government threatens to execute Sarath Fonseka

    Military commander who led the campaign recent Civil War 'is a liar and traitor', government claims

    The Sri Lankan government is threatening to execute Sarath Fonseka if he continues to suggest top officials may have ordered war crimes during the final hours of the civil war.

    The threat, issued by Sri Lanka's defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is the latest sign of a bitter feud within the Sri Lankan political establishment, little more than a year after the end of the Tamil war.

    Rajapaksa, who worked closely with Fonseka on the aggressive military strategy this Tamil War who is the brother of the president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, told the BBC's Hardtalk programme that the general had proved himself to be a liar and a traitor.

    Fonseka resigned from the military soon after the Tamil War. He is an MP and was the main opposition candidate in January's presidential election – winning 40% of the vote – but within days of his defeat he was arrested. The former war hero is in detention facing a court martial on charges of corruption and politicking while in uniform.

    Fonseka roused the fury of the ruling Rajapaksa clan when he joined the opposition, a rift which deepened when he suggested there was eyewitness evidence of the defence secretary ordering army officers to shoot and kill surrendering Tamil Tiger leaders at the end of the war. That witness is said to be a Sri Lankan embedded journalist who is in hiding overseas. In a clandestine telephone interview, Fonseka confirmed that he had heard this account. He said he would be prepared to testify to an independent investigation of alleged abuses during the Tamil war. "I will not hide anything," he said.

    Gotabaya Rajapaksa responded angrily to the prospect of Fonseka giving evidence. "He can't do that. He was the commander!" Rajapaksa said. "That's a treason. We will hang him if he does that. I'm telling you! … How can he betray the country? He is a liar, liar, liar."

  320. The Sri Lankan defence secretary also ruled out any possibility of an independent, third-party investigation of alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan army. "We are an independent country, we have the ability to investigate all these things," he said.

    Colombo insists that no civilians were killed by the army during their final assault on the Tigers' last redoubt, despite evidence from the UN and international NGOs which points to thousands of civilian deaths.

  321. Mahinda Rajapaksa seems intent on ruling postwar Sri Lanka without heed to critics. He has turned his administration into something of a family business. As well as his brother in defence, another brother is minister of economic development, another is speaker of the parliament, and his son is a newly elected MP. In all, the Rajapaksas are responsible for spending more than two-thirds of the state budget.

    Sri Lanka's budget deficit, at some 8% of GDP, is significantly above targets set by the IMF in return for a $2.6bn loan package

    The de facto internment camp at Menic Farm, which was filled with almost 300,000 Tamil civilians a year ago, is emptying . But the Tamils wait with precious little sense of expectation.

    Thambirasa Karunamurthy, a farmer with three children, said: "We came here with one plastic bag of belongings and we're going home with no money, no assets, nothing. We have to start life again in a barren land … we don't know what we are going to do."

    On every road and around every settlement, soldiers man guard posts and checkpoints. The government has promised to integrate the north into the national economy. It has ruled out significant Tamil autonomy.

    "If there is no political solution, the conclusion will be that the government wants to impose military victory on the Tamil people"

    He talks of "organising and resisting through non-violent means". But in the ruined villages of the north, resistance of any sort seems like a thing of the past.
    But my only worry is that the Tamil people will slowly died out due starvation and neglect ."

    Although the war is over, the government has not lifted the state of emergency. Authorities say Sri Lanka's security is still at risk.

  322. The South Indian cinema boycotted the IIFA en-bloc along and shun and picket South Indian screenings of films of the stars who attended the Colombo IIFA event.

    This was apparently enough to make some top rung Bollywood stars to suddenly become heavily immersed in "work" and "unable" to come. Amitabh Bachchan, the IIFA ambassador who spoke of Sri Lanka's "very large heart," instead turned faint-hearted and gave Colombo the skip as did his son Abishek, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai and super star Shahrukh Khan. Perhaps, South Indian countrymen picketing the cinemas showing their films may have caused second thoughts.

    Bravely waving the Bollywood flag were some stars — but not all that the crowd expected or was 'promised' to SL.

    The event in Colombo was supposed to be an avenue for the Sri Lankan film fraternity to fraternize and interact with their Indian counterparts, exchange thoughts, do business and talk shop.

    The event was rooted and stuck in Colombo, with Sri Lankan film makers playing no role at all. With a few days to go, they were hastily summoned to the Tourist Board auditorium where bombshell was dropped-the Sri Lankan film people had only been allocated 15 seats!

    Despite much talk of mutually beneficial 'interaction,' the Sri Lankan film industry was nowhere to be seen in the planning stage, suggesting that any inclusion attempt was an afterthought — not one of the interminable meetings to work out possible events between the Indians and Sri Lankans was held.

    Whichever way, the Sri Lankan film fraternity were not a pleased lot 🙂

  323. Vishnu Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 4:37 am

    However ‘the Sri Lankan government has not shown the smallest of intentions to ensure equality of Tamils and granting them autonomy,’ he said.

    You brainless Moron !!!!!!!!!!!

    Ensuring equality and granting Autonomy has nothing to do with each other !!

    Ensuring Equality can happen under any rule. Granting Autonomy is something that the Mentally Sick LTTE are wishing for which would never happen.

    Ensuring equality happens big time…. We don't see any occasion it is not happening. My worry is that all you mentally under developed apes who ask for Equality, What did you do to ensure equality to Tamil people ?????? Can I tell you and remind you ?? Follow the link !
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki

    In short – You killed them !! You killed all our good tamils !!

  324. International award for Lanka e news cartoonist Prageeth who went missing
    It has been decided by the International chain of cartoonists rights to present an award to Prageeth Ekneliyagoda , the Lanka e news journalist who went missing ,in recognition of his special talents as a cartoonist .

    This award is to be handed over to Prageeth Ekneliyagoda’s wife Sandya Ekneliyagoda at the ceremony to be held in America on the 18th of June for honoring cartoonists .

    Ekneliyagoda was a cartoonist attached to Lanka e news

  325. India should use clout to ensure equality to Lankan Tamils

    The CPI(M) state unit today urged the government of India to 'use its clout' to ensure among other things, equality and autonomy to the Sri Lankan Tamils in that country.

    However 'the Sri Lankan government has not shown the smallest of intentions to ensure equality of Tamils and granting them autonomy,' he said.

    He said the Sri Lankan government should hasten the rehabilitation of Tamils lodged in camps.

  326. Rajapakse has been distancing himself from any abiding political solution to resolve the ethnic conflict which would continue to fester. It would be illusory for any one in the island to believe that a ‘firm foundation of peace’ has been achieved. This is not possible without resolving the conflict that led to the war. The conflict was anterior to the war. The conflict that is sought to be resolved is not the war. In fact, the war itself was an attempt to resolve a conflict, which had not been amenable to resolution by peaceful means.

    To understand the core conflict in Sri Lankan polity one has to go back to the May 1976 Vaddukoddai Resolution that listed several grievances of the Tamils ~ historical, ethnic, linguistic and economic. The salient ones pertained to ‘placing the stamp of inferiority on Tamils and the Tamil language’; ‘denying to the Tamils equality of opportunity in the spheres of employment, education, land alienation and economic life in general’; ‘systematically denying them opportunities of developing their language and culture’ and ‘imposing on the Tamil nation a constitution drafted, under conditions of Emergency without opportunities for free discussion’.

    If Sri Lanka ignores the real Tamil grievances it would be at the peril of lasting peace in the ‘tear-drop island on the Indian Ocean’!

    In the event, the first and the most essential step would be to undo the ‘militarisation’ of civilian areas.

    There cannot be a better appeal to Sri Lanka on this than from the veteran jurist VR Krishna Iyer: “As a leader of a great country I entreat you to make every Tamil feel that he is a free citizen and not in thralldom with military supervision.

    Military control is deprivation of human rights… For heaven’s sake and out of reverence to Lord Buddha eliminate the militarised situation and restore freedom for every Tamil to enjoy fundamental rights….”

  327. Janaka Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Sri Lankan government threatens to execute Sarath Fonseka

    Sri Lanka does not have capital punishment – No one can execute anyone under the law. So, Hard Luck this time – try another lie the next time Janaka – Sarath F will live !!

    Janaka Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Sri Lanka’s budget deficit, at some 8% of GDP, is significantly above targets set by the IMF in return for a $2.6bn loan package

    With more than 300,000 mouths to fill free of Charge + their medication which happens Free of Charge, No wonder the government has a deficit. At least be thankful that the rest of the people are suffering along with the people in north (all have been suffering for the past 30 years) and the monies are spent for a good cause.

    The de facto internment camp at Menic Farm, which was filled with almost 300,000 Tamil civilians a year ago, is emptying . But the Tamils wait with precious little sense of expectation.

    What to expect after a war that hampered their growth for 30 years ??? Of course they will be happy and at least get on with their lives now.

    We have to start life again in a barren land … we don’t know what we are going to do.”

    At least now they have barren land which are De-mined. Which means they can start cultivation which they could not do for the past 30 years.

    On every road and around every settlement, soldiers man guard posts and checkpoints. The government has promised to integrate the north into the national economy. It has ruled out significant Tamil autonomy.

    What do U expect? Let (if there is) a single LTTE Ape to kill more innocent civilians ?? Eelam has been ruled out – nothing else !!

    He talks of “organising and resisting through non-violent means”. But in the ruined villages of the north, resistance of any sort seems like a thing of the past.But my only worry is that the Tamil people will slowly died out due starvation and neglect .”

    Resist what ?? Letting them live in peace and giving them free food & Medicine ??
    What made any Idiot think that a government that sent free food and medicine during war after knowing that they were being stolen by Terrorists, would stop sending food now that the war is over ?? Any body in the right mind to make such comments or is it a mentally under developed ape ?

    “If there is no political solution, the conclusion will be that the government wants to impose military victory on the Tamil people”

    There have been political solutions since 1987. Just that the Stupid Piribaharan and the monkey clan did not take them or accept to improve on them. That is you mentally sick peoples issue.

    Government did not impose, but did indeed have a victory over the Terrorist LTTE and not Tamil People. Tamil people are living happily while the Apes of LTTE are flushed down the Toilet… When I mean LTTE, it includes, Adel Balaweda and Australian, and also a few Singhalees who supported the LTTE – Not Tamil people !!

  328. Vishnu Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 4:37 am

    However ‘the Sri Lankan government has not shown the smallest of intentions to ensure equality of Tamils and granting them autonomy,’ he said.

    You brainless Moron !!!!!!!!!!!

    Ensuring equality and granting Autonomy has nothing to do with each other !!

    Ensuring Equality can happen under any rule. Granting Autonomy is something that the Mentally Sick LTTE are wishing for which would never happen.

    Ensuring equality happens big time…. We don't see any occasion it is not happening. My worry is that all you mentally under developed apes who ask for Equality, What did you do to ensure equality to Tamil people ?????? Can I tell you and remind you ?? Follow the link !
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki

    In short – You killed them !! You killed all our good tamils !!

  329. Vishnu Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 4:37 am

    However ‘the Sri Lankan government has not shown the smallest of intentions to ensure equality of Tamils and granting them autonomy,’ he said.

    You brainless Moron !!!!!!!!!!!

    Ensuring equality and granting Autonomy has nothing to do with each other !!

    Ensuring Equality can happen under any rule. Granting Autonomy is something that the Mentally Sick LTTE are wishing for which would never happen.

    Ensuring equality happens big time…. We don't see any occasion it is not happening. My worry is that all you mentally under developed apes who ask for Equality, What did you do to ensure equality to Tamil people ?????? Can I tell you and remind you ?? Follow the link !
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki

    In short – You killed them !! You killed all our good tamils !!

  330. Rohan Says:
    June 6th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    NEWS !!!!

    So Called Prof Boyle in his bum’s knowledge on current affairs and world scenario’s go straight to the dust bin with the following remark (If he made it)

    “Rajapakse is supported by Israel, which is occupying Palestinian land.

    If Prof. Boyle actually had a professori qualification and not like our good analyst professori Puligal, this idiot should know that President Rajapakse even has a street named after him in Palestine – Anyone wanna know why ?? Because he is an advocate to Palestine in UN + He heads some forum which is to do with liberation of Palestine !!

    So there we go – another lie from the Pathetic and desperate Diaspora or a “Know Nothing at All” prfessori giving false statements. This shows the low levels the Eelam struggle has stooped down to.

    In the U.S., many lawyers and rights organizations would have immediately filed challenges in US Courts

    Another comment that shows the intelligence levels or the arrogance of the idiotic Boyle in Bum. A Professor out of all should understand that everyone should not do things like the Americans do – why should we ??? The Asians are much more cultured people than Americans – at least we do not have double standards – we are with Palestine and condemn the attack on Palestine. (Wonder how LTTE had, but, then again, they are un-evolved – so we can consider them to still have Ape like behaviour) Indian or the Sri Lankan government and it’s people know the gravity of this Terrorist organization more than any 5 cent professor in USA would. India clearly stated the reason. It was for her own good as the LTTE supporters of Tamil Nadu were to grab her and make a mockery of her. Now, would Boyle in Bum say “80 year old” is being treated right by the LTTE supporters if it had happened ??? As I always say, LTTE Apes are being washed down a Raging River and would hold on to an 80 year old innocent Grandma to try get out of it !!!
    We will take more exerts from his comments !!

    I am not qualified to advise India.

    So Shut your Bum at wait !!! – It ain’t rocket science not to talk of things you do not know and make an idiot of your self !!

    Tamils worldwide are connected culturally and emotionally to Eelam

    Another Bullshit story from Boyle in Bum… Was Lakshman Kadiragamar and his followers connected ??? Was Neelan Thiruchelvan and his followers connected ?? Was Alfred Doraiappa connected ?? Is Douglas Devanandan connected ?? Are even those who were connected as Karuna, Pillayan and the last unsung hero of the race, Kumaran Padmanadan connected to the Lunetic Nonsense any more ??????????????

    close alliance between china and Sri Lanka will be a danger to everyone.

    This is typical American ‘Shit Scared of China” Mentality speaking. Boyle in Bum should realize that what ever the ties we have with China, India will always be and looked up on as the big brother. Take a logical reason, something goes wrong, it is easier for India and Pakistan to get to Sri Lanka than wait for China to come all the way from the northern hemisphere !! India and Sri Lanka are culturally similar and understand each other better, hence, easier to work together. They say that those who go on the offensive are the people who are scared the most – America has proven this point over and over !!

    Anyways, Boyle in Bum, again showcases his inability to think and his lack of knowledge on a subject matter he sucks at.

    Independent Tamil Eelam will add security, and will be a bulwark to India’s security.

    Again the Boyle in the bum seem to spread to his brain in the Bum !! – We all know the ultimate goal of Eelamist – and surely if the boyle is not hurting much, this idiot should know it too. Ultimate aim of Eelam is to Drag Tamilnadu in to the terror state and with it other independent states as Maldives and Madagascar – ya you heard me right – these Idiotic Terrorists have a delusional concept of a former Tamil state which no anthropologist has managed to prove nor any documentation or even a fairy tale or folk tale can prove. This spans from Madagascar to Indonesia – go figure out how !! Do you think giving “Terrorists” such authority would help any peace loving nation ???? This would be the future issue for Boyle in Bum’s USA – Not China !! China is a Maoist government which is far better than a Terrorist state – Try give Afghanistan back to Taliban, will you ??

    I am not a politician; an attorney, of Irish descent.

    With all due respect to the Irish, this comment definitely sound a drunken Irish comment !! But, that’s only for jokes sake, Irish are far more intelligent than Boyle in Bum could ever be !!

    I am not even a Tamil, but I feel their pain.

    Surely you don’t ???? Have you ever spoken to any Tamil Sri Lankan who was battered by 30 years of Brutality ?? Have you even stepped on to this golden soil ?? Again, if you don’t know stuff, shut up !!

    India should actively intervene to facilitate the birth of Tamil Eelam.

    One thing India will never do !!!!! Dream on you insult to Baboons !!!

  331. Gunalan Says:
    June 6th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Military control is deprivation of human rights… For heaven’s sake and out of reverence to Lord Buddha eliminate the militarised situation and restore freedom for every Tamil to enjoy fundamental rights….”

    You should have told this to the mentally challenged none-evolved Apes of the LTTE !!!

    If at all some party deprived Tamils of Sri Lanka of their rights, it is these sick Terrorist group. Click the links if you want evidence !!

    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_killed.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attributed_to_the_LTTE

    BTW, where were you and what were you doing when the LTTE went on this killing spree of Tamils ???

  332. Sri Lankan government threatens to execute Sarath Fonseka

    Military commander who led the campaign recent Civil War ‘is a liar and traitor’, government claims

    The Sri Lankan government is threatening to execute Sarath Fonseka if he continues to suggest top officials may have ordered war crimes during the final hours of the civil war.

    The threat, issued by Sri Lanka’s defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is the latest sign of a bitter feud within the Sri Lankan political establishment, little more than a year after the end of the Tamil war.

    Rajapaksa, who worked closely with Fonseka on the aggressive military strategy this Tamil War who is the brother of the president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, told the BBC’s Hardtalk programme that the general had proved himself to be a liar and a traitor.

    Fonseka resigned from the military soon after the Tamil War. He is an MP and was the main opposition candidate in January’s presidential election – winning 40% of the vote – but within days of his defeat he was arrested. The former war hero is in detention facing a court martial on charges of corruption and politicking while in uniform.

    Fonseka roused the fury of the ruling Rajapaksa clan when he joined the opposition, a rift which deepened when he suggested there was eyewitness evidence of the defence secretary ordering army officers to shoot and kill surrendering Tamil Tiger leaders at the end of the war. That witness is said to be a Sri Lankan embedded journalist who is in hiding overseas. In a clandestine telephone interview, Fonseka confirmed that he had heard this account. He said he would be prepared to testify to an independent investigation of alleged abuses during the Tamil war. “I will not hide anything,” he said.

    Gotabaya Rajapaksa responded angrily to the prospect of Fonseka giving evidence. “He can’t do that. He was the commander!” Rajapaksa said. “That’s a treason. We will hang him if he does that. I’m telling you! … How can he betray the country? He is a liar, liar, liar.”

  333. The Sri Lankan defence secretary also ruled out any possibility of an independent, third-party investigation of alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan army. “We are an independent country, we have the ability to investigate all these things,” he said.

    Colombo insists that no civilians were killed by the army during their final assault on the Tigers’ last redoubt, despite evidence from the UN and international NGOs which points to thousands of civilian deaths.

  334. Mahinda Rajapaksa seems intent on ruling postwar Sri Lanka without heed to critics. He has turned his administration into something of a family business. As well as his brother in defence, another brother is minister of economic development, another is speaker of the parliament, and his son is a newly elected MP. In all, the Rajapaksas are responsible for spending more than two-thirds of the state budget.

    Sri Lanka’s budget deficit, at some 8% of GDP, is significantly above targets set by the IMF in return for a $2.6bn loan package

    The de facto internment camp at Menic Farm, which was filled with almost 300,000 Tamil civilians a year ago, is emptying . But the Tamils wait with precious little sense of expectation.

    Thambirasa Karunamurthy, a farmer with three children, said: “We came here with one plastic bag of belongings and we’re going home with no money, no assets, nothing. We have to start life again in a barren land … we don’t know what we are going to do.”

    On every road and around every settlement, soldiers man guard posts and checkpoints. The government has promised to integrate the north into the national economy. It has ruled out significant Tamil autonomy.

    “If there is no political solution, the conclusion will be that the government wants to impose military victory on the Tamil people”

    He talks of “organising and resisting through non-violent means”. But in the ruined villages of the north, resistance of any sort seems like a thing of the past.
    But my only worry is that the Tamil people will slowly died out due starvation and neglect .”

    Although the war is over, the government has not lifted the state of emergency. Authorities say Sri Lanka’s security is still at risk.

  335. The South Indian cinema boycotted the IIFA en-bloc along and shun and picket South Indian screenings of films of the stars who attended the Colombo IIFA event.

    This was apparently enough to make some top rung Bollywood stars to suddenly become heavily immersed in “work” and “unable” to come. Amitabh Bachchan, the IIFA ambassador who spoke of Sri Lanka’s “very large heart,” instead turned faint-hearted and gave Colombo the skip as did his son Abishek, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai and super star Shahrukh Khan. Perhaps, South Indian countrymen picketing the cinemas showing their films may have caused second thoughts.

    Bravely waving the Bollywood flag were some stars — but not all that the crowd expected or was ‘promised’ to SL.

    The event in Colombo was supposed to be an avenue for the Sri Lankan film fraternity to fraternize and interact with their Indian counterparts, exchange thoughts, do business and talk shop.

    The event was rooted and stuck in Colombo, with Sri Lankan film makers playing no role at all. With a few days to go, they were hastily summoned to the Tourist Board auditorium where bombshell was dropped-the Sri Lankan film people had only been allocated 15 seats!

    Despite much talk of mutually beneficial ‘interaction,’ the Sri Lankan film industry was nowhere to be seen in the planning stage, suggesting that any inclusion attempt was an afterthought — not one of the interminable meetings to work out possible events between the Indians and Sri Lankans was held.

    Whichever way, the Sri Lankan film fraternity were not a pleased lot 🙂

  336. Shameless Bollywood !!

    To some of these artists and entertainers, “there is little nudity as objectionable as the naked truth.”

    The film industry is rife with mercenaries who’ll jump through hoops for a paycheck and an Indian Oscar than give voice to the crucial social and global issues that play out on the real screen…the life screen!

    Imagine Liam Neeson or Steven Spielberg, after having produced the epic Holocaust film Schindler’s List, then standing hand in hand in an award ceremony, decorated with laurels by the Nazi perpetrators of those same heinous crimes?

    This is the very hypocrisy of the likes of Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan & Vivek Oberoi, the main draw of the Indian contingent and circus act that’s visiting Sri Lanka at the invitation of war-criminal at large, Mahinda Rajapakse!

    Such actors and artists symbolize today’s insolent greed, decadence and moral decay that’s representative of the entertainment society at large.
    These dastardly individuals have no conscience but their own. Little do they realise they came to prominence in the first place owing to the sweat capital of not the elite but hard-working, blue collar cinema-goers (in Mumbai, Tamil Nadu etc).

    To simply boycott their films would be trivial, these artists need to be kicked out of the industry altogether! (Can maybe earn their future pay check in Colombo?).

    Will Rajapakse take them on a safari-ride of the Vanni mass graves, concentration camps and torture centers as part of the glitzy opening ceremony?

    The debauched so-called film ’stars’ and war criminals flock together. Thank you land of Ven. Mahatma Gandhi!

  337. Domestic inquiries into extrajudicial killings insufficient, UN expert stresses

    An independent United Nations human rights expert today stressed the need for international inquiries into serious allegations of extrajudicial executions in cases where national probes have been insufficient, citing examples relating to the Sri Lanka.

    In many instances, domestic commissions of inquiry had only resulted in “comprehensive impunity,” Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said as he presented his annual report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (HRC).

    “Overall, the track record of such inquiries is remarkably poor,” he added.

    In such cases, the international community will often need to insist that an international inquiry takes place where particularly serious allegations are made and where domestic practice has been “unconvincing.”

  338. Justice delayed is justice denied. : { 🙁

    Therefore the investigation should be conducted as quick as possible to mete out the justice.

  339. India should use clout to ensure equality to Lankan Tamils

    The CPI(M) state unit today urged the government of India to ‘use its clout’ to ensure among other things, equality and autonomy to the Sri Lankan Tamils in that country.

    However ‘the Sri Lankan government has not shown the smallest of intentions to ensure equality of Tamils and granting them autonomy,’ he said.

    He said the Sri Lankan government should hasten the rehabilitation of Tamils lodged in camps.

  340. Janaka Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Sri Lankan government threatens to execute Sarath Fonseka

    Sri Lanka does not have capital punishment – No one can execute anyone under the law. So, Hard Luck this time – try another lie the next time Janaka – Sarath F will live !!

    Janaka Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Sri Lanka’s budget deficit, at some 8% of GDP, is significantly above targets set by the IMF in return for a $2.6bn loan package

    With more than 300,000 mouths to fill free of Charge + their medication which happens Free of Charge, No wonder the government has a deficit. At least be thankful that the rest of the people are suffering along with the people in north (all have been suffering for the past 30 years) and the monies are spent for a good cause.

    The de facto internment camp at Menic Farm, which was filled with almost 300,000 Tamil civilians a year ago, is emptying . But the Tamils wait with precious little sense of expectation.

    What to expect after a war that hampered their growth for 30 years ??? Of course they will be happy and at least get on with their lives now.

    We have to start life again in a barren land … we don’t know what we are going to do.”

    At least now they have barren land which are De-mined. Which means they can start cultivation which they could not do for the past 30 years.

    On every road and around every settlement, soldiers man guard posts and checkpoints. The government has promised to integrate the north into the national economy. It has ruled out significant Tamil autonomy.

    What do U expect? Let (if there is) a single LTTE Ape to kill more innocent civilians ?? Eelam has been ruled out – nothing else !!

    He talks of “organising and resisting through non-violent means”. But in the ruined villages of the north, resistance of any sort seems like a thing of the past.But my only worry is that the Tamil people will slowly died out due starvation and neglect .”

    Resist what ?? Letting them live in peace and giving them free food & Medicine ??
    What made any Idiot think that a government that sent free food and medicine during war after knowing that they were being stolen by Terrorists, would stop sending food now that the war is over ?? Any body in the right mind to make such comments or is it a mentally under developed ape ?

    “If there is no political solution, the conclusion will be that the government wants to impose military victory on the Tamil people”

    There have been political solutions since 1987. Just that the Stupid Piribaharan and the monkey clan did not take them or accept to improve on them. That is you mentally sick peoples issue.

    Government did not impose, but did indeed have a victory over the Terrorist LTTE and not Tamil People. Tamil people are living happily while the Apes of LTTE are flushed down the Toilet… When I mean LTTE, it includes, Adel Balaweda and Australian, and also a few Singhalees who supported the LTTE – Not Tamil people !!

  341. Vishnu Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 4:37 am

    However ‘the Sri Lankan government has not shown the smallest of intentions to ensure equality of Tamils and granting them autonomy,’ he said.

    You brainless Moron !!!!!!!!!!!

    Ensuring equality and granting Autonomy has nothing to do with each other !!

    Ensuring Equality can happen under any rule. Granting Autonomy is something that the Mentally Sick LTTE are wishing for which would never happen.

    Ensuring equality happens big time…. We don’t see any occasion it is not happening. My worry is that all you mentally under developed apes who ask for Equality, What did you do to ensure equality to Tamil people ?????? Can I tell you and remind you ?? Follow the link !

    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_killed.htm

    In short – You killed them !! You killed all our good tamils !!

  342. The Sri Lankan government has threatened to execute Sarath Fonseka, the army commander who delivered victory over the Tamil Tigers, if he continues to suggest top officials may have ordered war crimes during the final hours of the Tamil war.

    General Fonseka wants to testify before an independent investigation
    The threat, issued by Sri Lanka's powerful defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is the latest sign of a bitter and intensifying feud within the Sri Lankan political establishment, little more than a year after the end of the Tamil war. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/hardtalk/87

  343. The Sri Lankan government has threatened to execute Sarath Fonseka, the army commander who delivered victory over the Tamil Tigers, if he continues to suggest top officials may have ordered war crimes during the final hours of the Tamil war.

    General Fonseka wants to testify before an independent investigation
    The threat, issued by Sri Lanka's powerful defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is the latest sign of a bitter and intensifying feud within the Sri Lankan political establishment, little more than a year after the end of the Tamil war. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/hardtalk/87

  344. The Sri Lankan government has threatened to execute Sarath Fonseka, the army commander who delivered victory over the Tamil Tigers, if he continues to suggest top officials may have ordered war crimes during the final hours of the Tamil war.

    General Fonseka wants to testify before an independent investigation
    The threat, issued by Sri Lanka's powerful defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is the latest sign of a bitter and intensifying feud within the Sri Lankan political establishment, little more than a year after the end of the Tamil war. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/hardtalk/87

  345. Shameless Bollywood !!

    To some of these artists and entertainers, “there is little nudity as objectionable as the naked truth.”

    The film industry is rife with mercenaries who’ll jump through hoops for a paycheck and an Indian Oscar than give voice to the crucial social and global issues that play out on the real screen…the life screen!

    Imagine Liam Neeson or Steven Spielberg, after having produced the epic Holocaust film Schindler’s List, then standing hand in hand in an award ceremony, decorated with laurels by the Nazi perpetrators of those same heinous crimes?

    This is the very hypocrisy of the likes of Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan & Vivek Oberoi, the main draw of the Indian contingent and circus act that’s visiting Sri Lanka at the invitation of war-criminal at large, Mahinda Rajapakse!

    Such actors and artists symbolize today’s insolent greed, decadence and moral decay that’s representative of the entertainment society at large.
    These dastardly individuals have no conscience but their own. Little do they realise they came to prominence in the first place owing to the sweat capital of not the elite but hard-working, blue collar cinema-goers (in Mumbai, Tamil Nadu etc).

    To simply boycott their films would be trivial, these artists need to be kicked out of the industry altogether! (Can maybe earn their future pay check in Colombo?).

    Will Rajapakse take them on a safari-ride of the Vanni mass graves, concentration camps and torture centers as part of the glitzy opening ceremony?

    The debauched so-called film ’stars’ and war criminals flock together. Thank you land of Ven. Mahatma Gandhi!

  346. Domestic inquiries into extrajudicial killings insufficient, UN expert stresses

    An independent United Nations human rights expert today stressed the need for international inquiries into serious allegations of extrajudicial executions in cases where national probes have been insufficient, citing examples relating to the Sri Lanka.

    In many instances, domestic commissions of inquiry had only resulted in “comprehensive impunity,” Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said as he presented his annual report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (HRC).

    “Overall, the track record of such inquiries is remarkably poor,” he added.

    In such cases, the international community will often need to insist that an international inquiry takes place where particularly serious allegations are made and where domestic practice has been “unconvincing.”

  347. Justice delayed is justice denied. : { 🙁

    Therefore the investigation should be conducted as quick as possible to mete out the justice.

  348. The Sri Lankan government has threatened to execute Sarath Fonseka, the army commander who delivered victory over the Tamil Tigers, if he continues to suggest top officials may have ordered war crimes during the final hours of the Tamil war.

    General Fonseka wants to testify before an independent investigation
    The threat, issued by Sri Lanka’s powerful defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is the latest sign of a bitter and intensifying feud within the Sri Lankan political establishment, little more than a year after the end of the Tamil war.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/hardtalk/8725899.stm

  349. Mass Graves: Nothing new to Sri Lanka
    The recent discovery of mass graves at Ganeshapuram in Kilinochchi and at Nachchikuda in the Mannar Districts has been very much in the news during the past weeks. Such finds need not surprise anyone. Following an analysis of satellite images taken during the height of the war, the American Association for the Advancement of Science has already reported that on 19th April , 2009the images showed the roads in the ‘Civilian Safe Zone’ to be mostly deserted. The images taken on the 24th April, 2009 showed a large grave yard in the same area. @The report adds, that

    the analysis identified three different graveyards, counting a total of 1,346 likely graves. The satellite images can neither reveal if these graves contain civilians or Tamil Tiger fighters,..

    In the circumstances, it is likely that more and more graves would be discovered, if free access to the area is available to the people and the security forces do not take any steps to obliterate the graves.

    That is however only with regard to the graves alleged to be those of the victims of the last war in the Vanni. There could be many more such mass graves in other parts where the war was fought. Many may not know that during the period from 1st January, 1988 onwards, which period the former Commissions of Inquiry into Disappearances of Persons appointed in 1994, had been mandated to conduct inquiries, evidence with regard to a large number of mass graves in several parts of the country came to light. These are graves of suspected Sinhala militant youth, who had chosen to rebel against the government of that time. I use the word ‘suspected’ because it was the finding of the said Commissions that most of those who had disappeared were youth or other persons who had been staunch supporters of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, who were suspected by the then government, to be members of the Jathika Vimukthi Peramuna. It is therefore no wonder President Rajapakse who was then, just a Member of Parliament, was in the fore front of the agitation of the parents and guardians of the disappeared youth in the Southern Province, to call for a full investigation into these incidents and the culprits brought to book ! It is estimated that nearly 60,000 Sinhala youth had disappeared during the relevant period. Hardly any of them were found. It is likely that many of their bodies are still in the several mass graves in respect of which evidence was made available to the Commissions of Inquiry. Let us see what one of the Reports of a Disappearances Commission has to say on these mass graves –

    The phenomenon of mass graves is a macabre pointer to the clandestine nature of the counter-insurgency operations carried out in this period. Their very existence and the recoveries from them bear vivid witness to a complete disregard of the constitutionally guaranteed safe-guard of the physical security of persons in detention.

    This Commission listed twelve mass graves about which evidence had been placed before it. Let us see some of the information available about these graves.

    One may recall that during the Presidential Elections of 1994, President Chandrika Bandaranaike who was then one of the candidates at the elections, went around speaking about these graves in relation to the disappearances of persons which was a widespread occurrence during those days. She was present at the time the mass grave at Sooriyakanda was exhumed, in an unconventional manner, with much publicity. It was alleged that the bodies of the abducted school children from the Embilipitiya High School were buried there. It was said that over 300 bodies had been buried at this site. The government of the time conducted a forensic analysis but the investigations were said to be unsatisfactory.

    The mass graves in Hokandara, Dikwella and Angkumbura had been located in pits carved out by bomb explosions. Some of these graves such as the ones at Wilpita, Akuressa, and others had been located near Army Camps. Others were in public places like highways, as in the case of Hokandara, in public schools as in Essella or a government farm as in Walpita.

    The mass graves at Hokandara, Essella, Wavulkelle, Walpita Farm and Ankumbura had also been disinterred on a judicial order. It was in evidence that the people of the area knew the existence of these graves even though they are not known nationally. Yet they had not been acknowledged by the authorities. When some members of the public had made attempts to report on their existence to the Police at that time, the complaints had not been recorded. The disturbing piece of evidence in this regard was that some of the graves had been kept open for a period of time as in the case of the Hokandara Mass Grave. The Judicial Medical Officer who visited the mass grave at Vavulkelle had noted that he saw the fire blazing with logs and tyres which had been used to burn the bodies. There was evidence placed before the Commission indicating that a pile of burning bodies had been displayed at the junction near the Walpita Farm mass grave. It was the same with respect to the mass grave at Essella where bullet ridden bodies of several young men and women had been found lying lined up in a drain near the home of an army officer who had suffered attack by the subversives of the time.

    It is interesting to note that several of these mass graves such as the one at Kotawakella, Yakkalumulla, Dickwella, Deniyaya and Akuressa are in the Southern Province, which is the area from which the present day rulers of Sri Lanka hail !

    The Report of the Commission referring to these mass graves stated that –

    The phenomenon of Mass Graves bears a significant correlation to the massive number of disappearances that have taken place in the period under review, independent of any identification of a corpse disinterred to a particular person who has disappeared,…

    The Commission appointed to inquire into disappearances of persons in the North and Eastern Province do not mention specifically of any mass graves. The security situation at that time in these Province was a deterrent to witnesses complaining or coming forward with evidence against security forces. However the report of that Commission speaks of mass killings at the Eastern University, at Sathurukondan and other places. A few years later, following a bomb explosion that killed a few army personnel at Kokaddicholai, almost all the villagers of Kokkaddicholai were killed and dumped into the pit created by the bomb.

    This article will be incomplete if no mention is made of the mass graves found at Jaffna in Chemmani at the Duraiappah Stadium, in the not too distant past.

    In July, 1998 a former army corporal who was charged for the rape and murder of a school girl while he was on duty at the Chemmani check point, told a High Court Judge that he knew about a mass grave where about 400 bodies of Tamils were buried. He said that the bodies of those killed by the army were brought to Chemmani, along with people who were to be executed and then buried there.

    A mass grave was found 1999 by municipal labourers at the Jaffna Stadium grounds while they were doing three excavations. On the first occasion 8 skeletons, on the next 16 and on the third 25 skeletons were found. It was suspected that those skeletons were those of Tamils killed and buried en masse during the occupation of the Northern Province by the Indian Peace Keeping Force in 1987.

    It is not intended to go into the details of all these mass graves at this juncture as it is considered sufficient just to refer to them for the purposes of the theme of this article. One also needs to remember that in the late 1995 bodies of 17 Tamils living in and around Colombo who had been abducted, were found floating in the Bolgoda Lake, the Alawwa oya and the Diyawanna Oya. Following CID investigations into these cases, 21 Special Task Force police officers were arrested along with three civilians and produced before the Chief Magistrate in Colombo and remanded in 1996. But due to reasons better known to the authorities, all but three of these police officers were released subsequently. The three who were indicted before the High Court were also released later and the proceedings against them were suspended.

    It should be noted that the mandates of the Commissions on Disappearances did not permit them to investigate into these mass graves that came to their knowledge. So they made the information about them available in their Reports and recommended that the government should investigate into them and bring those responsible to book. That recommendation was never implemented. Consequently the perpetrators became emboldened. Many of them still continue in service with impunity and they could very well be the ones responsible or at least for having played a part in the creation of the mass graves that are being discovered now.

    It is significant to note that the graves the Disappearances Commissions mentioned were those of Sinhala youth who were suspected to be militants, while the evidence of graves that are just coming up are probably those of suspected Tamil militants from the Vanni. If the perpetrators of the killings of Sinhala youth could have dealt with members of their own community so brutally, how they would have treated the suspected Tamil militants could easily imagined. The recent history of Sri Lanka has so much evidence of mass graves that one need not be surprised when more and more graves are discovered in the future. Would Sri Lanka ever acknowledge such brutal incidents of mass graves and related killings and provide solace to the to the grieving family members of the victims by way of transitional justice?

    [Editors note: M.C.M. Iqbal was secretary to two of Sri Lanka’s “truth commissions”, presidential inquiry panels into the 30,000 or more forced disappearances that took place in the late 1980s and early ’90s in the south, during a dirty war that many believe has yet to run its course. As the South China Morning Post noted in late-2009, Mr. Iqbal knows more than most about the skeletons that are locked away in the government’s closet – enough, he says, for him to no longer be safe in his home country. http://www.groundviews.org/2010/06/07/mass-graves

  350. Tamils Against Genocide (TAG), a US-based activist group, claimed in a press release issued Saturday, that it has obtained a 100-page long sworn affidavit from a senior commander of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) who has fled Sri Lanka seeking asylum for himself and his family. Noting the sensitivity of the evidence, TAG said that the affidavit was recorded by a court reporter but declined to reveal the name of the commander or the modalities used in obtaining the affidavit. The sworn testimony contains "clear and convincing evidence" that Colombo committed war crimes, and this document can be made available to "other independent organizations which can demonstrate serious intent in pursuing legal action against Colombo officials," TAG spokesperson told TamilNet.

    SLA Commander’s affidavit contains incriminating information in several areas including:
    •Description of chain of command, how documentation procedures were eliminated, and details surrounding orders to execute hardcore LTTE cadres, including those who surrendered.
    •Details of people involved in the torture and killing of LTTE leader Pirapaharan’s 12-year old son, and his five body guards who surrendered to the SLA during May 2009.
    •Order from the top to burn bodies to eliminate evidence.
    •Plans to be carried out through Sri Lanka Army in establishing Sinhala settlements in Tamil areas.
    •Details of Colombo sponsored assassination squads in Colombo, and person(s) in charge.
    TAG will be willing to provide the affidavit to other independent organizations which can demonstrate serious intent in pursuing legal action against Colombo officials. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  351. Mass Graves: Nothing new to Sri Lanka
    The recent discovery of mass graves at Ganeshapuram in Kilinochchi and at Nachchikuda in the Mannar Districts has been very much in the news during the past weeks. Such finds need not surprise anyone. Following an analysis of satellite images taken during the height of the war, the American Association for the Advancement of Science has already reported that on 19th April , 2009the images showed the roads in the ‘Civilian Safe Zone’ to be mostly deserted. The images taken on the 24th April, 2009 showed a large grave yard in the same area. @The report adds, that

    the analysis identified three different graveyards, counting a total of 1,346 likely graves. The satellite images can neither reveal if these graves contain civilians or Tamil Tiger fighters,..

    In the circumstances, it is likely that more and more graves would be discovered, if free access to the area is available to the people and the security forces do not take any steps to obliterate the graves.

    That is however only with regard to the graves alleged to be those of the victims of the last war in the Vanni. There could be many more such mass graves in other parts where the war was fought. Many may not know that during the period from 1st January, 1988 onwards, which period the former Commissions of Inquiry into Disappearances of Persons appointed in 1994, had been mandated to conduct inquiries, evidence with regard to a large number of mass graves in several parts of the country came to light. These are graves of suspected Sinhala militant youth, who had chosen to rebel against the government of that time. I use the word ‘suspected’ because it was the finding of the said Commissions that most of those who had disappeared were youth or other persons who had been staunch supporters of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, who were suspected by the then government, to be members of the Jathika Vimukthi Peramuna. It is therefore no wonder President Rajapakse who was then, just a Member of Parliament, was in the fore front of the agitation of the parents and guardians of the disappeared youth in the Southern Province, to call for a full investigation into these incidents and the culprits brought to book ! It is estimated that nearly 60,000 Sinhala youth had disappeared during the relevant period. Hardly any of them were found. It is likely that many of their bodies are still in the several mass graves in respect of which evidence was made available to the Commissions of Inquiry. Let us see what one of the Reports of a Disappearances Commission has to say on these mass graves –

    The phenomenon of mass graves is a macabre pointer to the clandestine nature of the counter-insurgency operations carried out in this period. Their very existence and the recoveries from them bear vivid witness to a complete disregard of the constitutionally guaranteed safe-guard of the physical security of persons in detention.

    This Commission listed twelve mass graves about which evidence had been placed before it. Let us see some of the information available about these graves.

    One may recall that during the Presidential Elections of 1994, President Chandrika Bandaranaike who was then one of the candidates at the elections, went around speaking about these graves in relation to the disappearances of persons which was a widespread occurrence during those days. She was present at the time the mass grave at Sooriyakanda was exhumed, in an unconventional manner, with much publicity. It was alleged that the bodies of the abducted school children from the Embilipitiya High School were buried there. It was said that over 300 bodies had been buried at this site. The government of the time conducted a forensic analysis but the investigations were said to be unsatisfactory.

    The mass graves in Hokandara, Dikwella and Angkumbura had been located in pits carved out by bomb explosions. Some of these graves such as the ones at Wilpita, Akuressa, and others had been located near Army Camps. Others were in public places like highways, as in the case of Hokandara, in public schools as in Essella or a government farm as in Walpita.

    The mass graves at Hokandara, Essella, Wavulkelle, Walpita Farm and Ankumbura had also been disinterred on a judicial order. It was in evidence that the people of the area knew the existence of these graves even though they are not known nationally. Yet they had not been acknowledged by the authorities. When some members of the public had made attempts to report on their existence to the Police at that time, the complaints had not been recorded. The disturbing piece of evidence in this regard was that some of the graves had been kept open for a period of time as in the case of the Hokandara Mass Grave. The Judicial Medical Officer who visited the mass grave at Vavulkelle had noted that he saw the fire blazing with logs and tyres which had been used to burn the bodies. There was evidence placed before the Commission indicating that a pile of burning bodies had been displayed at the junction near the Walpita Farm mass grave. It was the same with respect to the mass grave at Essella where bullet ridden bodies of several young men and women had been found lying lined up in a drain near the home of an army officer who had suffered attack by the subversives of the time.

    It is interesting to note that several of these mass graves such as the one at Kotawakella, Yakkalumulla, Dickwella, Deniyaya and Akuressa are in the Southern Province, which is the area from which the present day rulers of Sri Lanka hail !

    The Report of the Commission referring to these mass graves stated that –

    The phenomenon of Mass Graves bears a significant correlation to the massive number of disappearances that have taken place in the period under review, independent of any identification of a corpse disinterred to a particular person who has disappeared,…

    The Commission appointed to inquire into disappearances of persons in the North and Eastern Province do not mention specifically of any mass graves. The security situation at that time in these Province was a deterrent to witnesses complaining or coming forward with evidence against security forces. However the report of that Commission speaks of mass killings at the Eastern University, at Sathurukondan and other places. A few years later, following a bomb explosion that killed a few army personnel at Kokaddicholai, almost all the villagers of Kokkaddicholai were killed and dumped into the pit created by the bomb.

    This article will be incomplete if no mention is made of the mass graves found at Jaffna in Chemmani at the Duraiappah Stadium, in the not too distant past.

    In July, 1998 a former army corporal who was charged for the rape and murder of a school girl while he was on duty at the Chemmani check point, told a High Court Judge that he knew about a mass grave where about 400 bodies of Tamils were buried. He said that the bodies of those killed by the army were brought to Chemmani, along with people who were to be executed and then buried there.

    A mass grave was found 1999 by municipal labourers at the Jaffna Stadium grounds while they were doing three excavations. On the first occasion 8 skeletons, on the next 16 and on the third 25 skeletons were found. It was suspected that those skeletons were those of Tamils killed and buried en masse during the occupation of the Northern Province by the Indian Peace Keeping Force in 1987.

    It is not intended to go into the details of all these mass graves at this juncture as it is considered sufficient just to refer to them for the purposes of the theme of this article. One also needs to remember that in the late 1995 bodies of 17 Tamils living in and around Colombo who had been abducted, were found floating in the Bolgoda Lake, the Alawwa oya and the Diyawanna Oya. Following CID investigations into these cases, 21 Special Task Force police officers were arrested along with three civilians and produced before the Chief Magistrate in Colombo and remanded in 1996. But due to reasons better known to the authorities, all but three of these police officers were released subsequently. The three who were indicted before the High Court were also released later and the proceedings against them were suspended.

    It should be noted that the mandates of the Commissions on Disappearances did not permit them to investigate into these mass graves that came to their knowledge. So they made the information about them available in their Reports and recommended that the government should investigate into them and bring those responsible to book. That recommendation was never implemented. Consequently the perpetrators became emboldened. Many of them still continue in service with impunity and they could very well be the ones responsible or at least for having played a part in the creation of the mass graves that are being discovered now.

    It is significant to note that the graves the Disappearances Commissions mentioned were those of Sinhala youth who were suspected to be militants, while the evidence of graves that are just coming up are probably those of suspected Tamil militants from the Vanni. If the perpetrators of the killings of Sinhala youth could have dealt with members of their own community so brutally, how they would have treated the suspected Tamil militants could easily imagined. The recent history of Sri Lanka has so much evidence of mass graves that one need not be surprised when more and more graves are discovered in the future. Would Sri Lanka ever acknowledge such brutal incidents of mass graves and related killings and provide solace to the to the grieving family members of the victims by way of transitional justice?

    [Editors note: M.C.M. Iqbal was secretary to two of Sri Lanka’s “truth commissions”, presidential inquiry panels into the 30,000 or more forced disappearances that took place in the late 1980s and early ’90s in the south, during a dirty war that many believe has yet to run its course. As the South China Morning Post noted in late-2009, Mr. Iqbal knows more than most about the skeletons that are locked away in the government’s closet – enough, he says, for him to no longer be safe in his home country. http://www.groundviews.org/2010/06/07/mass-graves

  352. Mass Graves: Nothing new to Sri Lanka
    The recent discovery of mass graves at Ganeshapuram in Kilinochchi and at Nachchikuda in the Mannar Districts has been very much in the news during the past weeks. Such finds need not surprise anyone. Following an analysis of satellite images taken during the height of the war, the American Association for the Advancement of Science has already reported that on 19th April , 2009the images showed the roads in the ‘Civilian Safe Zone’ to be mostly deserted. The images taken on the 24th April, 2009 showed a large grave yard in the same area. @The report adds, that

    the analysis identified three different graveyards, counting a total of 1,346 likely graves. The satellite images can neither reveal if these graves contain civilians or Tamil Tiger fighters,..

    In the circumstances, it is likely that more and more graves would be discovered, if free access to the area is available to the people and the security forces do not take any steps to obliterate the graves.

    That is however only with regard to the graves alleged to be those of the victims of the last war in the Vanni. There could be many more such mass graves in other parts where the war was fought. Many may not know that during the period from 1st January, 1988 onwards, which period the former Commissions of Inquiry into Disappearances of Persons appointed in 1994, had been mandated to conduct inquiries, evidence with regard to a large number of mass graves in several parts of the country came to light. These are graves of suspected Sinhala militant youth, who had chosen to rebel against the government of that time. I use the word ‘suspected’ because it was the finding of the said Commissions that most of those who had disappeared were youth or other persons who had been staunch supporters of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, who were suspected by the then government, to be members of the Jathika Vimukthi Peramuna. It is therefore no wonder President Rajapakse who was then, just a Member of Parliament, was in the fore front of the agitation of the parents and guardians of the disappeared youth in the Southern Province, to call for a full investigation into these incidents and the culprits brought to book ! It is estimated that nearly 60,000 Sinhala youth had disappeared during the relevant period. Hardly any of them were found. It is likely that many of their bodies are still in the several mass graves in respect of which evidence was made available to the Commissions of Inquiry. Let us see what one of the Reports of a Disappearances Commission has to say on these mass graves –

    The phenomenon of mass graves is a macabre pointer to the clandestine nature of the counter-insurgency operations carried out in this period. Their very existence and the recoveries from them bear vivid witness to a complete disregard of the constitutionally guaranteed safe-guard of the physical security of persons in detention.

    This Commission listed twelve mass graves about which evidence had been placed before it. Let us see some of the information available about these graves.

    One may recall that during the Presidential Elections of 1994, President Chandrika Bandaranaike who was then one of the candidates at the elections, went around speaking about these graves in relation to the disappearances of persons which was a widespread occurrence during those days. She was present at the time the mass grave at Sooriyakanda was exhumed, in an unconventional manner, with much publicity. It was alleged that the bodies of the abducted school children from the Embilipitiya High School were buried there. It was said that over 300 bodies had been buried at this site. The government of the time conducted a forensic analysis but the investigations were said to be unsatisfactory.

    The mass graves in Hokandara, Dikwella and Angkumbura had been located in pits carved out by bomb explosions. Some of these graves such as the ones at Wilpita, Akuressa, and others had been located near Army Camps. Others were in public places like highways, as in the case of Hokandara, in public schools as in Essella or a government farm as in Walpita.

    The mass graves at Hokandara, Essella, Wavulkelle, Walpita Farm and Ankumbura had also been disinterred on a judicial order. It was in evidence that the people of the area knew the existence of these graves even though they are not known nationally. Yet they had not been acknowledged by the authorities. When some members of the public had made attempts to report on their existence to the Police at that time, the complaints had not been recorded. The disturbing piece of evidence in this regard was that some of the graves had been kept open for a period of time as in the case of the Hokandara Mass Grave. The Judicial Medical Officer who visited the mass grave at Vavulkelle had noted that he saw the fire blazing with logs and tyres which had been used to burn the bodies. There was evidence placed before the Commission indicating that a pile of burning bodies had been displayed at the junction near the Walpita Farm mass grave. It was the same with respect to the mass grave at Essella where bullet ridden bodies of several young men and women had been found lying lined up in a drain near the home of an army officer who had suffered attack by the subversives of the time.

    It is interesting to note that several of these mass graves such as the one at Kotawakella, Yakkalumulla, Dickwella, Deniyaya and Akuressa are in the Southern Province, which is the area from which the present day rulers of Sri Lanka hail !

    The Report of the Commission referring to these mass graves stated that –

    The phenomenon of Mass Graves bears a significant correlation to the massive number of disappearances that have taken place in the period under review, independent of any identification of a corpse disinterred to a particular person who has disappeared,…

    The Commission appointed to inquire into disappearances of persons in the North and Eastern Province do not mention specifically of any mass graves. The security situation at that time in these Province was a deterrent to witnesses complaining or coming forward with evidence against security forces. However the report of that Commission speaks of mass killings at the Eastern University, at Sathurukondan and other places. A few years later, following a bomb explosion that killed a few army personnel at Kokaddicholai, almost all the villagers of Kokkaddicholai were killed and dumped into the pit created by the bomb.

    This article will be incomplete if no mention is made of the mass graves found at Jaffna in Chemmani at the Duraiappah Stadium, in the not too distant past.

    In July, 1998 a former army corporal who was charged for the rape and murder of a school girl while he was on duty at the Chemmani check point, told a High Court Judge that he knew about a mass grave where about 400 bodies of Tamils were buried. He said that the bodies of those killed by the army were brought to Chemmani, along with people who were to be executed and then buried there.

    A mass grave was found 1999 by municipal labourers at the Jaffna Stadium grounds while they were doing three excavations. On the first occasion 8 skeletons, on the next 16 and on the third 25 skeletons were found. It was suspected that those skeletons were those of Tamils killed and buried en masse during the occupation of the Northern Province by the Indian Peace Keeping Force in 1987.

    It is not intended to go into the details of all these mass graves at this juncture as it is considered sufficient just to refer to them for the purposes of the theme of this article. One also needs to remember that in the late 1995 bodies of 17 Tamils living in and around Colombo who had been abducted, were found floating in the Bolgoda Lake, the Alawwa oya and the Diyawanna Oya. Following CID investigations into these cases, 21 Special Task Force police officers were arrested along with three civilians and produced before the Chief Magistrate in Colombo and remanded in 1996. But due to reasons better known to the authorities, all but three of these police officers were released subsequently. The three who were indicted before the High Court were also released later and the proceedings against them were suspended.

    It should be noted that the mandates of the Commissions on Disappearances did not permit them to investigate into these mass graves that came to their knowledge. So they made the information about them available in their Reports and recommended that the government should investigate into them and bring those responsible to book. That recommendation was never implemented. Consequently the perpetrators became emboldened. Many of them still continue in service with impunity and they could very well be the ones responsible or at least for having played a part in the creation of the mass graves that are being discovered now.

    It is significant to note that the graves the Disappearances Commissions mentioned were those of Sinhala youth who were suspected to be militants, while the evidence of graves that are just coming up are probably those of suspected Tamil militants from the Vanni. If the perpetrators of the killings of Sinhala youth could have dealt with members of their own community so brutally, how they would have treated the suspected Tamil militants could easily imagined. The recent history of Sri Lanka has so much evidence of mass graves that one need not be surprised when more and more graves are discovered in the future. Would Sri Lanka ever acknowledge such brutal incidents of mass graves and related killings and provide solace to the to the grieving family members of the victims by way of transitional justice?

    [Editors note: M.C.M. Iqbal was secretary to two of Sri Lanka’s “truth commissions”, presidential inquiry panels into the 30,000 or more forced disappearances that took place in the late 1980s and early ’90s in the south, during a dirty war that many believe has yet to run its course. As the South China Morning Post noted in late-2009, Mr. Iqbal knows more than most about the skeletons that are locked away in the government’s closet – enough, he says, for him to no longer be safe in his home country. http://www.groundviews.org/2010/06/07/mass-graves

  353. Tamils Against Genocide (TAG), a US-based activist group, claimed in a press release issued Saturday, that it has obtained a 100-page long sworn affidavit from a senior commander of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) who has fled Sri Lanka seeking asylum for himself and his family. Noting the sensitivity of the evidence, TAG said that the affidavit was recorded by a court reporter but declined to reveal the name of the commander or the modalities used in obtaining the affidavit. The sworn testimony contains "clear and convincing evidence" that Colombo committed war crimes, and this document can be made available to "other independent organizations which can demonstrate serious intent in pursuing legal action against Colombo officials," TAG spokesperson told TamilNet.

    SLA Commander’s affidavit contains incriminating information in several areas including:
    •Description of chain of command, how documentation procedures were eliminated, and details surrounding orders to execute hardcore LTTE cadres, including those who surrendered.
    •Details of people involved in the torture and killing of LTTE leader Pirapaharan’s 12-year old son, and his five body guards who surrendered to the SLA during May 2009.
    •Order from the top to burn bodies to eliminate evidence.
    •Plans to be carried out through Sri Lanka Army in establishing Sinhala settlements in Tamil areas.
    •Details of Colombo sponsored assassination squads in Colombo, and person(s) in charge.
    TAG will be willing to provide the affidavit to other independent organizations which can demonstrate serious intent in pursuing legal action against Colombo officials. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  354. Tamils Against Genocide (TAG), a US-based activist group, claimed in a press release issued Saturday, that it has obtained a 100-page long sworn affidavit from a senior commander of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) who has fled Sri Lanka seeking asylum for himself and his family. Noting the sensitivity of the evidence, TAG said that the affidavit was recorded by a court reporter but declined to reveal the name of the commander or the modalities used in obtaining the affidavit. The sworn testimony contains "clear and convincing evidence" that Colombo committed war crimes, and this document can be made available to "other independent organizations which can demonstrate serious intent in pursuing legal action against Colombo officials," TAG spokesperson told TamilNet.

    SLA Commander’s affidavit contains incriminating information in several areas including:
    •Description of chain of command, how documentation procedures were eliminated, and details surrounding orders to execute hardcore LTTE cadres, including those who surrendered.
    •Details of people involved in the torture and killing of LTTE leader Pirapaharan’s 12-year old son, and his five body guards who surrendered to the SLA during May 2009.
    •Order from the top to burn bodies to eliminate evidence.
    •Plans to be carried out through Sri Lanka Army in establishing Sinhala settlements in Tamil areas.
    •Details of Colombo sponsored assassination squads in Colombo, and person(s) in charge.
    TAG will be willing to provide the affidavit to other independent organizations which can demonstrate serious intent in pursuing legal action against Colombo officials. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  355. Rohan !!
    Great posts and helpful links .

    The SL feels to me like sinking ship.

    Everything is done there in a feverish speed by a madman Rajapaksa. The IIFA was conducted that way and The Tamil War too
    —————————————–
    The event in Colombo was supposed to be an avenue for the Sri Lankan film fraternity to fraternize and interact with their Indian counterparts, exchange thoughts, do business and talk shop.

    The event was rooted and stuck in Colombo, with Sri Lankan film makers playing no role at all. With a few days to go, they were hastily summoned to the Tourist Board auditorium where bombshell was dropped-the Sri Lankan film people had only been allocated 15 seats!

    Despite much talk of mutually beneficial ‘interaction,’ the Sri Lankan film industry was nowhere to be seen in the planning stage, suggesting that any inclusion attempt was an afterthought — not one of the interminable meetings to work out possible events between the Indians and Sri Lankans was held.

    Whichever way, the Sri Lankan film fraternity were not a pleased lot

  356. Kumudam Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Shameless Bollywood !!

    The beautiful people of Bollywood came down to Sri Lanka to support one cause !

    All here should know what the cause is !

    It is to raise funds for the welfare of the Children with collaboration with the UNICEF

    These children mainly included the rehabilitation of the Child Soldiers of LTTE

    The monies earned from the cricket carnival 100% went for their welfare which includes
    1. Funding their Education
    2. Finding them Homes
    3. Hostel Facilities
    4. Books and Stationary
    5. Vocational training needs
    6. Clothing etc.

    Indeed Shameful isn't it ???????????????

    While our mentally sick Apes of Terrorist LTTE diaspora educate their children in the western countries and provide proper living conditions for them, those innocent child soldiers were stolen of their beautiful childhood. Instead of teaching them Maths, Science and Social Education, they were told to hang a Cyanide capsule around their necks and taught how to use a T56 riffle. They could not experience the happiness of playing with children of their same age.

    A Sniper in the Army once told that the worst kill he had to made was a Child Soldier. Even after knowing that it was a kid, he had to execute his duties as this child soldier was firing at the SLA lines with his T 56. This Sniper said that he teared after the child fell down struck by the bullet he fired. He still tears when reminded of the incident.

    The impotent Ape under the handle "Kumudam" has found some malfunctioning nerve in him to cut and paste a post that says "Shame on Bollywood" for trying to help these kids.

    What can I say ??????? Is it of any use me telling a person with such low mentality that he is a curse to this world ??????

    Kumudam, let your children play and have fun in the western heavens. But, At least let these poor kids start a new life now – after all, it's they who died and lost their childhood to make you impotent Apes happy !!

  357. Mass Graves: Nothing new to Sri Lanka
    The recent discovery of mass graves at Ganeshapuram in Kilinochchi and at Nachchikuda in the Mannar Districts has been very much in the news during the past weeks. Such finds need not surprise anyone. Following an analysis of satellite images taken during the height of the war, the American Association for the Advancement of Science has already reported that on 19th April , 2009the images showed the roads in the ‘Civilian Safe Zone’ to be mostly deserted. The images taken on the 24th April, 2009 showed a large grave yard in the same area. @The report adds, that

    the analysis identified three different graveyards, counting a total of 1,346 likely graves. The satellite images can neither reveal if these graves contain civilians or Tamil Tiger fighters,..

    In the circumstances, it is likely that more and more graves would be discovered, if free access to the area is available to the people and the security forces do not take any steps to obliterate the graves.

    That is however only with regard to the graves alleged to be those of the victims of the last war in the Vanni. There could be many more such mass graves in other parts where the war was fought. Many may not know that during the period from 1st January, 1988 onwards, which period the former Commissions of Inquiry into Disappearances of Persons appointed in 1994, had been mandated to conduct inquiries, evidence with regard to a large number of mass graves in several parts of the country came to light. These are graves of suspected Sinhala militant youth, who had chosen to rebel against the government of that time. I use the word ‘suspected’ because it was the finding of the said Commissions that most of those who had disappeared were youth or other persons who had been staunch supporters of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, who were suspected by the then government, to be members of the Jathika Vimukthi Peramuna. It is therefore no wonder President Rajapakse who was then, just a Member of Parliament, was in the fore front of the agitation of the parents and guardians of the disappeared youth in the Southern Province, to call for a full investigation into these incidents and the culprits brought to book ! It is estimated that nearly 60,000 Sinhala youth had disappeared during the relevant period. Hardly any of them were found. It is likely that many of their bodies are still in the several mass graves in respect of which evidence was made available to the Commissions of Inquiry. Let us see what one of the Reports of a Disappearances Commission has to say on these mass graves –

    The phenomenon of mass graves is a macabre pointer to the clandestine nature of the counter-insurgency operations carried out in this period. Their very existence and the recoveries from them bear vivid witness to a complete disregard of the constitutionally guaranteed safe-guard of the physical security of persons in detention.

    This Commission listed twelve mass graves about which evidence had been placed before it. Let us see some of the information available about these graves.

    One may recall that during the Presidential Elections of 1994, President Chandrika Bandaranaike who was then one of the candidates at the elections, went around speaking about these graves in relation to the disappearances of persons which was a widespread occurrence during those days. She was present at the time the mass grave at Sooriyakanda was exhumed, in an unconventional manner, with much publicity. It was alleged that the bodies of the abducted school children from the Embilipitiya High School were buried there. It was said that over 300 bodies had been buried at this site. The government of the time conducted a forensic analysis but the investigations were said to be unsatisfactory.

    The mass graves in Hokandara, Dikwella and Angkumbura had been located in pits carved out by bomb explosions. Some of these graves such as the ones at Wilpita, Akuressa, and others had been located near Army Camps. Others were in public places like highways, as in the case of Hokandara, in public schools as in Essella or a government farm as in Walpita.

    The mass graves at Hokandara, Essella, Wavulkelle, Walpita Farm and Ankumbura had also been disinterred on a judicial order. It was in evidence that the people of the area knew the existence of these graves even though they are not known nationally. Yet they had not been acknowledged by the authorities. When some members of the public had made attempts to report on their existence to the Police at that time, the complaints had not been recorded. The disturbing piece of evidence in this regard was that some of the graves had been kept open for a period of time as in the case of the Hokandara Mass Grave. The Judicial Medical Officer who visited the mass grave at Vavulkelle had noted that he saw the fire blazing with logs and tyres which had been used to burn the bodies. There was evidence placed before the Commission indicating that a pile of burning bodies had been displayed at the junction near the Walpita Farm mass grave. It was the same with respect to the mass grave at Essella where bullet ridden bodies of several young men and women had been found lying lined up in a drain near the home of an army officer who had suffered attack by the subversives of the time.

    It is interesting to note that several of these mass graves such as the one at Kotawakella, Yakkalumulla, Dickwella, Deniyaya and Akuressa are in the Southern Province, which is the area from which the present day rulers of Sri Lanka hail !

    The Report of the Commission referring to these mass graves stated that –

    The phenomenon of Mass Graves bears a significant correlation to the massive number of disappearances that have taken place in the period under review, independent of any identification of a corpse disinterred to a particular person who has disappeared,…

    The Commission appointed to inquire into disappearances of persons in the North and Eastern Province do not mention specifically of any mass graves. The security situation at that time in these Province was a deterrent to witnesses complaining or coming forward with evidence against security forces. However the report of that Commission speaks of mass killings at the Eastern University, at Sathurukondan and other places. A few years later, following a bomb explosion that killed a few army personnel at Kokaddicholai, almost all the villagers of Kokkaddicholai were killed and dumped into the pit created by the bomb.

    This article will be incomplete if no mention is made of the mass graves found at Jaffna in Chemmani at the Duraiappah Stadium, in the not too distant past.

    In July, 1998 a former army corporal who was charged for the rape and murder of a school girl while he was on duty at the Chemmani check point, told a High Court Judge that he knew about a mass grave where about 400 bodies of Tamils were buried. He said that the bodies of those killed by the army were brought to Chemmani, along with people who were to be executed and then buried there.

    A mass grave was found 1999 by municipal labourers at the Jaffna Stadium grounds while they were doing three excavations. On the first occasion 8 skeletons, on the next 16 and on the third 25 skeletons were found. It was suspected that those skeletons were those of Tamils killed and buried en masse during the occupation of the Northern Province by the Indian Peace Keeping Force in 1987.

    It is not intended to go into the details of all these mass graves at this juncture as it is considered sufficient just to refer to them for the purposes of the theme of this article. One also needs to remember that in the late 1995 bodies of 17 Tamils living in and around Colombo who had been abducted, were found floating in the Bolgoda Lake, the Alawwa oya and the Diyawanna Oya. Following CID investigations into these cases, 21 Special Task Force police officers were arrested along with three civilians and produced before the Chief Magistrate in Colombo and remanded in 1996. But due to reasons better known to the authorities, all but three of these police officers were released subsequently. The three who were indicted before the High Court were also released later and the proceedings against them were suspended.

    It should be noted that the mandates of the Commissions on Disappearances did not permit them to investigate into these mass graves that came to their knowledge. So they made the information about them available in their Reports and recommended that the government should investigate into them and bring those responsible to book. That recommendation was never implemented. Consequently the perpetrators became emboldened. Many of them still continue in service with impunity and they could very well be the ones responsible or at least for having played a part in the creation of the mass graves that are being discovered now.

    It is significant to note that the graves the Disappearances Commissions mentioned were those of Sinhala youth who were suspected to be militants, while the evidence of graves that are just coming up are probably those of suspected Tamil militants from the Vanni. If the perpetrators of the killings of Sinhala youth could have dealt with members of their own community so brutally, how they would have treated the suspected Tamil militants could easily imagined. The recent history of Sri Lanka has so much evidence of mass graves that one need not be surprised when more and more graves are discovered in the future. Would Sri Lanka ever acknowledge such brutal incidents of mass graves and related killings and provide solace to the to the grieving family members of the victims by way of transitional justice?

    [Editors note: M.C.M. Iqbal was secretary to two of Sri Lanka’s “truth commissions”, presidential inquiry panels into the 30,000 or more forced disappearances that took place in the late 1980s and early ’90s in the south, during a dirty war that many believe has yet to run its course. As the South China Morning Post noted in late-2009, Mr. Iqbal knows more than most about the skeletons that are locked away in the government’s closet – enough, he says, for him to no longer be safe in his home country.
    http://www.groundviews.org/2010/06/07/mass-graves-nothing-new-to-sri-lanka/

  358. Tamils Against Genocide (TAG), a US-based activist group, claimed in a press release issued Saturday, that it has obtained a 100-page long sworn affidavit from a senior commander of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) who has fled Sri Lanka seeking asylum for himself and his family. Noting the sensitivity of the evidence, TAG said that the affidavit was recorded by a court reporter but declined to reveal the name of the commander or the modalities used in obtaining the affidavit. The sworn testimony contains “clear and convincing evidence” that Colombo committed war crimes, and this document can be made available to “other independent organizations which can demonstrate serious intent in pursuing legal action against Colombo officials,” TAG spokesperson told TamilNet.

    SLA Commander’s affidavit contains incriminating information in several areas including:
    •Description of chain of command, how documentation procedures were eliminated, and details surrounding orders to execute hardcore LTTE cadres, including those who surrendered.
    •Details of people involved in the torture and killing of LTTE leader Pirapaharan’s 12-year old son, and his five body guards who surrendered to the SLA during May 2009.
    •Order from the top to burn bodies to eliminate evidence.
    •Plans to be carried out through Sri Lanka Army in establishing Sinhala settlements in Tamil areas.
    •Details of Colombo sponsored assassination squads in Colombo, and person(s) in charge.
    TAG will be willing to provide the affidavit to other independent organizations which can demonstrate serious intent in pursuing legal action against Colombo officials.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31845

  359. Rohan Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Tamils Against Genocide (TAG), a US-based activist group, claimed in a press release issued Saturday, that it has obtained a 100-page long sworn affidavit from a senior commander of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) who has fled Sri Lanka seeking asylum for himself and his family.

    Why are we not seeing this evidence ??? If you have it, why not release it to HRW, Amnesty International, the UN (your favorite Pillai) etc… ??

    As if you guys will wait a single minute if you ever get any detail !! If you find a mole hill, you will make a mountain of it and you want the Humans with a Brain (as oppose to you) to believe that Tamils against Gooside are going to wait till someone makes a request ??? What Rubbish man ?

    You know what I think, as we all know, you do not have jack – it is quite obvious as there obviously cannot be such evidence as the stuff you mentioned never happened 🙂 ! LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE !!

  360. Rohan !!
    Great posts and helpful links .

    The SL feels to me like sinking ship.

    Everything is done there in a feverish speed by a madman Rajapaksa. The IIFA was conducted that way and The Tamil War too
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    The event in Colombo was supposed to be an avenue for the Sri Lankan film fraternity to fraternize and interact with their Indian counterparts, exchange thoughts, do business and talk shop.

    The event was rooted and stuck in Colombo, with Sri Lankan film makers playing no role at all. With a few days to go, they were hastily summoned to the Tourist Board auditorium where bombshell was dropped-the Sri Lankan film people had only been allocated 15 seats!

    Despite much talk of mutually beneficial ‘interaction,’ the Sri Lankan film industry was nowhere to be seen in the planning stage, suggesting that any inclusion attempt was an afterthought — not one of the interminable meetings to work out possible events between the Indians and Sri Lankans was held.

    Whichever way, the Sri Lankan film fraternity were not a pleased lot

  361. Kumudam Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Shameless Bollywood !!

    The beautiful people of Bollywood came down to Sri Lanka to support one cause !

    All here should know what the cause is !

    It is to raise funds for the welfare of the Children with collaboration with the UNICEF

    These children mainly included the rehabilitation of the Child Soldiers of LTTE

    The monies earned from the cricket carnival 100% went for their welfare which includes
    1. Funding their Education
    2. Finding them Homes
    3. Hostel Facilities
    4. Books and Stationary
    5. Vocational training needs
    6. Clothing etc.

    Indeed Shameful isn’t it ???????????????

    While our mentally sick Apes of Terrorist LTTE diaspora educate their children in the western countries and provide proper living conditions for them, those innocent child soldiers were stolen of their beautiful childhood. Instead of teaching them Maths, Science and Social Education, they were told to hang a Cyanide capsule around their necks and taught how to use a T56 riffle. They could not experience the happiness of playing with children of their same age.

    A Sniper in the Army once told that the worst kill he had to made was a Child Soldier. Even after knowing that it was a kid, he had to execute his duties as this child soldier was firing at the SLA lines with his T 56. This Sniper said that he teared after the child fell down struck by the bullet he fired. He still tears when reminded of the incident.

    The impotent Ape under the handle “Kumudam” has found some malfunctioning nerve in him to cut and paste a post that says “Shame on Bollywood” for trying to help these kids.

    What can I say ??????? Is it of any use me telling a person with such low mentality that he is a curse to this world ??????

    Kumudam, let your children play and have fun in the western heavens. But, At least let these poor kids start a new life now – after all, it’s they who died and lost their childhood to make you impotent Apes happy !!

  362. Rohan Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Tamils Against Genocide (TAG), a US-based activist group, claimed in a press release issued Saturday, that it has obtained a 100-page long sworn affidavit from a senior commander of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) who has fled Sri Lanka seeking asylum for himself and his family.

    Why are we not seeing this evidence ??? If you have it, why not release it to HRW, Amnesty International, the UN (your favorite Pillai) etc… ??

    As if you guys will wait a single minute if you ever get any detail !! If you find a mole hill, you will make a mountain of it and you want the Humans with a Brain (as oppose to you) to believe that Tamils against Gooside are going to wait till someone makes a request ??? What Rubbish man ?

    You know what I think, as we all know, you do not have jack – it is quite obvious as there obviously cannot be such evidence as the stuff you mentioned never happened 🙂 ! LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE !!

  363. l the district capitals and major cities of Tamil Nadu state Tuesday noon reported wide-scale protests against Mahinda Rajapaksa's visit to India. All the prominent leaders of political parties and movements, Vaiko, Pazha Nedumaran, Thirumavalavan, Seeman, Nallakannu, Mahendran, T. Rajendar, Thiyagu were arrested by Tamil Nadu police with thousands of other activists after they concluded their speeches and protests. The protests, including black flag demonstrations in front of Indian Central Government Institutions in Tamil Nadu, blocking railway and burning effigies of Sri Lankan President, have brought many Tamil parties and movements together in support of Eezham Tamils. All major media outlets operating from Tamil Nadu have given coverage to the protests. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  364. l the district capitals and major cities of Tamil Nadu state Tuesday noon reported wide-scale protests against Mahinda Rajapaksa's visit to India. All the prominent leaders of political parties and movements, Vaiko, Pazha Nedumaran, Thirumavalavan, Seeman, Nallakannu, Mahendran, T. Rajendar, Thiyagu were arrested by Tamil Nadu police with thousands of other activists after they concluded their speeches and protests. The protests, including black flag demonstrations in front of Indian Central Government Institutions in Tamil Nadu, blocking railway and burning effigies of Sri Lankan President, have brought many Tamil parties and movements together in support of Eezham Tamils. All major media outlets operating from Tamil Nadu have given coverage to the protests. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  365. l the district capitals and major cities of Tamil Nadu state Tuesday noon reported wide-scale protests against Mahinda Rajapaksa's visit to India. All the prominent leaders of political parties and movements, Vaiko, Pazha Nedumaran, Thirumavalavan, Seeman, Nallakannu, Mahendran, T. Rajendar, Thiyagu were arrested by Tamil Nadu police with thousands of other activists after they concluded their speeches and protests. The protests, including black flag demonstrations in front of Indian Central Government Institutions in Tamil Nadu, blocking railway and burning effigies of Sri Lankan President, have brought many Tamil parties and movements together in support of Eezham Tamils. All major media outlets operating from Tamil Nadu have given coverage to the protests. http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&art

  366. Many Sri Lankans are opposed the extension of emergency law, saying apart from "government terrorism" there is no terrorism in the country.

    "There is no need for the emergency law. That is my opinion. There is no terrorism. There is only government terrorism,"

  367. Over 52 % of the Tamil children are malnourished, 60 000 are not in school. The Tamils live under trees and in the flimsy tenths. But Rajapakse is spending 201 billion rupees (1.8 billion dollars) on defence for 2010, nearly the same level as in the final year of its massive military offensive against the Tamil Tiger rebels. The highest allocation within the defence ministry budget goes to the army, which will absorb just over half of the entire expenditure to maintain its 200,000 personnel.

  368. This is starting to get like the kind of arguement where people talk lounder and louder with fingers in their ears.
    The situation now is what needs to be adressed. Supporters and opponents of the Sri lankan government have to forget the past and learn to live in the now and make now work. The atrocities or terrorism of the past has to be left in ther past for progress to be made.
    As I said before the Sri Lankan government's challenge is to win the peace. The present day repression of the Tamils will only lead to a new generation of terrorists being born to avenge the past. The way to avoid this is to normalise the situation in the former Tamil controlled areas as soon as possible, and worry less initially about political normalisation but more about personal and fianacial security in an area that has been lacking both for several years.

  369. l the district capitals and major cities of Tamil Nadu state Tuesday noon reported wide-scale protests against Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to India. All the prominent leaders of political parties and movements, Vaiko, Pazha Nedumaran, Thirumavalavan, Seeman, Nallakannu, Mahendran, T. Rajendar, Thiyagu were arrested by Tamil Nadu police with thousands of other activists after they concluded their speeches and protests. The protests, including black flag demonstrations in front of Indian Central Government Institutions in Tamil Nadu, blocking railway and burning effigies of Sri Lankan President, have brought many Tamil parties and movements together in support of Eezham Tamils. All major media outlets operating from Tamil Nadu have given coverage to the protests.
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31928

  370. Many Sri Lankans are opposed the extension of emergency law, saying apart from “government terrorism” there is no terrorism in the country.

    “There is no need for the emergency law. That is my opinion. There is no terrorism. There is only government terrorism,”

  371. Over 52 % of the Tamil children are malnourished, 60 000 are not in school. The Tamils live under trees and in the flimsy tenths. But Rajapakse is spending 201 billion rupees (1.8 billion dollars) on defence for 2010, nearly the same level as in the final year of its massive military offensive against the Tamil Tiger rebels. The highest allocation within the defence ministry budget goes to the army, which will absorb just over half of the entire expenditure to maintain its 200,000 personnel.