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November 6, 2012

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November 5, 2012

Short History of Sri Lanka State Terrorism Against Tamils:Videos

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Short History of Tamil’s Democratic and Arm Struggle in Sri Lanka

October 27, 2012

Amnesty International's Campaign on Justice in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka was locked in armed conflict for nearly three decades, a conflict that culminated in the government’s decisive victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or Tamil Tigers, in 2009. The war claimed thousands of lives, and left more than 3 lakh people displaced and confined to refugee camps. 12,000 Sri Lankans suspected of links to the Tamil Tigers were detained separately without access to legal counsel, communication with their families, or a trial. Hundreds are still detained in Sri Lanka for suspected links to the LTTE as of April 2012, in violation of international human rights law.

During the armed conflict, both the LTTE and government military forces are accused of committing gross human rights violations and crimes of war according to the United Nations. However, human rights abuses have continued although the fighting has ceased, and crimes committed during the war have not adequately been investigated and their perpetrators brought to justice. The Sri Lankan police and Sri Lankan government have continued their legacy of committing human rights violations in the pursuit of capturing and prosecuting those linked to the LTTE. In 2012, there have been a number of reports of enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrest and detention, torture and other mistreatment of those held in captivity, and a record of government pressure on political activists critical of the state, intimidation and smear campaigns that target human rights defenders and journalists in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan authorities have routinely circumvented or blatantly ignored the lawful protections built into the criminal justice system in Sri Lanka. They often disregard the laws protecting civilians and suspects, and even more often, they invoke laws such as the Prevention of Terrorism Act, laws which violate international human rights standards, to arrest suspects without evidence or warrants and hold them without charge for long periods of time.

Sri Lanka came before the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2008, while the conflict at home was still raging. It made a voluntary commitment to strengthen national human rights mechanisms and procedures by launching a National Plan of Action on human rights with targets to be achieved between 2009 and 2014.

It is 2012 and Sri Lanka has made very little progress on any of the objectives it promised to achieve in 2008. In fact, Sri Lanka made specific commitments to prevent torture, enforced disappearances, and extrajudicial killings, and to investigate, prosecute and punish perpetrators of human rights violations. Within months, Sri Lanka had broken those promises.
In October 2012, Sri Lanka will appear before the UN Human Rights Council again to make a report on its progress on the human rights situation in the country. India is one of the three countries who will oversee Sri Lanka’s progress report. Amnesty International makes several recommendations on how Sri Lanka should improve human rights at a policy, institutional and ground level. Amnesty International in India also believes that India, as a country with close ties to Sri Lanka, pressure the Sri Lankan government to implement the recommendations made to them by the UN Human Rights Council and human rights organizations such as Amnesty International.

This summary was prepared from the Amnesty International Submission to the UN Universal Periodic and a public statement by Amnesty International made on 13 June 2012.

@Amnesty International

 

September 21, 2012

Sri Lanka still unsafe:Video ABC Lateline

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A new documentary shows that Sri Lankan refugees are fleeing human rights abuses in their homeland and are not merely economic refugees, as claimed by the opposition.

Transcript

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Many of the most recent asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat are from Sri Lanka. Whilst the Federal Opposition claims they’re economic refugees and should be sent back, two Sri Lankan journalists tell a different story. In a new documentary they say Sri Lanka’s asylum seekers are escaping human rights abuses committed in the wake of their nation’s recently-ended civil war. Kerry Brewster reports.

KERRY BREWSTER, REPORTER: These two journalists have documented the bloody events of a civil war.

Lokeesan was the last Tamil reporter in Sri Lanka’s north, where up to 40,000 Tamil civilians who’d been herded into no-fire zones in 2009 are believed to have been deliberately killed by the Sri Lankan military.

Read More……….ABC Lateline

 

August 14, 2012

Remembering the 2006 Sencholai Children massacre

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Fifty three school girls were killed, along with three staff, on August 14, 2006, when Sri Lankan air force jets attacked an orphanage in Vanni. Photo TamilNet.

August 14 is the fifth anniversary of the massacre of fifty three school girls by Sri Lankan Air Force jets which bombed an orphanage in Vanni. Three staff were also killed.

Four SLAF jets dropped sixteen bombs in repeated passes over the children’s home run by the charity Sencholai.

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The children’s home had been designated a humanitarian zone and its GPS coordinates had been passed to the Sri Lankan military via the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, and the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC).

As news of the massacre broke, the Sri Lankan government claimed it had bombed a training camp of the Liberation Tigers (LTTE) and killed “50-60 terrorists.”

That claim was rejected by international ceasefire monitors of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) and UNICEF.

“These children are innocent victims of violence,” said Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF said in a statement.

UNICEF’s Colombo chief, JoAnna VanGerpen told reporters: “we don’t have any evidence that they are LTTE cadres.”

UNICEF staff from a nearby office immediately visited the compound to assess the situation and to provide fuel and supplies for the hospital as well as counselling support for the injured students and the bereaved families.

After visiting the site of the massacre, the Head of the SLMM, Ulf Henricsson said: “We couldn’t find any sign of military installations or weapons. … This was not a military installation, we can see [that].”

SLMM monitors said they found at least 10 bomb craters and an unexploded bomb at the site.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was described by a spokesman as “profoundly concerned at the rising death toll including reports of dozens of students killed in a school as a result of air strikes in the northeast.”

However, the air strike on the schoolgirls did not draw condemnation from the Co-Chairs of the peace process – US, UK, EU and Norway.

The Swiss government described the bombing as “an outrage.”

In a statement, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said:

“The heavy aerial bombardment on the premises clearly indicates that the attack was premeditated, deliberate and vicious. The heavy repeated aerial bombardment of the same premises clearly indicates the bombing was definitely not accidental. The ferocity of the attack clearly indicates that its objective was to cause the maximum possible casualties. The objective was to kill the maximum number of Tamil children.

“We appeal on behalf of the Tamil speaking civilian population to the International Community particularly to India, to take the earliest possible action to stop the Sri Lankan State from proceeding with its genocidal program.”

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61 schoolgirls killed, 129 wounded in airstrike

[TamilNet, Monday, 14 August 2006, 04:15 GMT]
At least 61 schoolgirls were killed and 129 were wounded when Sri Lankan Kfir jets bombed a children’s home compound in Mullaithivu district Monday morning where schoolgirls were attending a residential course on first aid, LTTE officials at the Peace Secretariat in Kilinochchi said. Ambulances were rushing the wounded, many of whom are bleeding badly, to hospitals, sources said. Officials of the LTTE, briefing reporters in Kilinochchi, described the attack as “a horrible act of terror” by the Sri Lankan armed forces. UN’s child agency, UNICEF, and international truce monitors have visited the scene of the carnage.

Four Kfir jet bombers of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) dropped 16 bombs on the premises of the Sencholai children’s home in Vallipunam on Paranthan-Mullaithivu road, killing at least 61 schoolgirls who were attending

33 bodies have been taken to Puthukudiyiruppu hospital. Other bodies, in severely damaged state, were being identified.

More than 400 schoolgirls were staying in Chencholai. Kfir bombers were flown to the target without circling over the attack site, civilian sources said.

schoolgirls killed

52 wounded girls were rushed to Mullaithivu hospital. 13 were admitted at Puthukudiyiruppu hospital. At least 64 wounded were taken to Kilinochchi hospital.

Girls from various schools in the Mullaitivu district were staying overnight at the compound, attending a course in first-aid, LTTE officials in Kilinochchi said.

The officials at the LTTE Peace Secretariat denounced the Sri Lankan airstrike as “a horrible act of terror.”

They condemned the “deliberate, cold-blooded and inhumane” targeting of the schoolgirls compound by the daylight air raid.

The LTTE Peace Secretariat urged representatives of international agencies in Kilinochchi, including UNICEF, to visit the site of the bombing.

They also urged the international Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission (SLMM), overseeing the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) to attend the site.

In September 1999, SLAF jets killed 21 people in a similar daylight raid.

Commenting at the time, in 1999, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said: “We can confirm that 21 civilians were killed consequent to the air strike at Manthuvil junction …The ICRC deplores the fact that the air strikes were carried out in a civilian area.”

The ICRC is yet to comment on the Sencholai bombing.

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schoolgirls killed

External Links:

BBC, September 16, 1999: Sri Lanka air raid kills 21

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Bombed compound, a well-known humanitarian zone – GS

[TamilNet, Monday, 14 August 2006, 10:43 GMT]
The Grama Sevaka (a civil servant) of Vallipunam, Mr. Sivarajah, told reporters Monday that the area around the “Sencholai” home where 61 children were killed and 129 wounded by Sri Lankan bombers Monday morning was a well identified civilian zone with other residential homes, including those for the disabled, sources in Mullaitivu said.

SLMM official at the attack site

“[The Sencholai] compound was established eight years ago and is well known to international agencies,” Mr. Sivarajah said. “Many UN seminars, including those conducted by UNICEF have been held here.”

“The Sencholai building has been for the past 8 years used to house girls who had lost one or more parents. Several other institutions providing humanitarian services are located close to Sencholai.

“”Iniya Valvu Illam,” a house for the severely disabled, “Gandhi Illam,” a children’s home for boys, “Vasantham,” another children’s home are located within 1 km from the Sencholai building that witnessed the carnage today,” Mr Sivarajah said.

“Administrators of the Iniya Valvu Illam have informed me that the disabled children in their home are severely traumatized, and their staff has been consoling and counselling the children,” Mr Sivarajah added.

The TNA, a coalition of Sri Lanka’s four largest Tamil political parties, condemned the airstrike in which four Kfir jets dropped a total of 16 bombs, and appealed to the international community to restrain Sri Lanka’s armed forces.

“This attack is not merely atrocious and inhuman – it clearly has a genocidal intent. It is yet another instance of brazen state terrorism,” the TNA said.

Shcool girls

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Bombed site ‘not military installation’ – SLMM

[TamilNet, Monday, 14 August 2006, 16:15 GMT]
International ceasefire monitors who visited the site of the Sri Lankan airstrike Monday which killed 61 school girls and wounded 129 said they couldn’t find “any evidence of military installations or weapons.” Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), Ulf Henricsson, said monitors who visited Chencholai Valaham after the airstrike said they found at least 10 bomb craters and an unexploded bomb. “It was not a military installation, we can see [that],” Mr. Henricsson told Sri Lanka’s MTV television.

Mr. Henricsson said his staff visited Chencholai Valaham at 11 a.m. Monday. They examined the site and spoke to eyewitnesses who described the raid by four jets.

He said his staff had not finished counting the dead, but said the official count of 61 killed seemed “fairly correct.”

“We couldn’t find any sign of military installations or weapons,” Mr. Henricsson said. “This was not a military installation, we can see.”

But the Sri Lankan government’s official spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, insisted the bombed site was a Tamil Tiger training camp.

“We have complete proof,” he said.

“We will show it to the relevant authorities,” Minister Rambukwella said, without elaborating.

He said the accusations that innocent schoolgirls had been killed “was purely a propaganda exercise [by the LTTE] to counter their defeats in the North and East.”

He repeated that the government would show “print proof” to “any person or organisation” But he did not elaborate what the proof was.

Meanwhile some media in Colombo began reporting that schools would be closed indefinitely from 4 p.m. Monday onwards. The reports quoted government announcements, but no official statement has been distributed yet.

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UNICEF: “Bombing of innocent girls, shocking result of violence”

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 15 August 2006, 11:12 GMT]
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Tuesday said that the bombing on Monday of a Vallipunam Sencholai compound in Mullaithivu district that reportedly killed dozens of girls and wounded many more is a “shocking result of the rising violence,” in Sri Lanka and called on all parties to respect international humanitarian law and ensure children and the places where they live, study and play are protected from harm. “These children are innocent victims of violence,” said Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director.

Full text of the UNICEF press release follows:

UNICEF: Children are victims of the conflict in Sri Lanka

Colombo, New York, Geneva, 15 August 2006 – The bombing on Monday of a Vallepuram compound in Mullaitivu district that reportedly killed dozens of girls and wounded many more is a shocking result of the rising violence in Sri Lanka, UNICEF said today.

“These children are innocent victims of violence,” said Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director. “We call on all parties to respect international humanitarian law and ensure children and the places where they live, study and play are protected from harm.”

The compound in the northern part of the country was bombed, reportedly killing as many as 40 adolescent girls. Some 100 children were wounded, many critically. Girls from various schools in the nearby district of Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi were staying overnight at the compound, attending a two-day course in first-aid.

UNICEF staff from a nearby office immediately visited the compound to assess the situation and to provide fuel and supplies for the hospital as well as counselling support for the injured students and the bereaved families.

This latest incident comes amidst escalating hostilities in Sri Lanka in recent weeks, where tens of thousands of children were displaced from their homes. Hundreds of children have been injured, lost family members, and live in constant fear of the violence and continuous shelling of their communities.

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Sencholai air-strike killed 55, details released

-TamilNet, Friday, 18 August 2006,
Director of Education for Kilinochchi district, T Kurukularaja, and Director of Education for Mullaitivu district, P Ariyaradnam, have informed their respective Government Agents the details of the 55 victims killed in the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) bombing on Sencholai campus in Vallipunam Monday.

On Thursday, Mullaithivu Principals Association and Kandavalai Principals Association, the organisors of the ten-day program, condemned the aerial bombardment that killed 55 schoolchildren and staffers.

“The residential course progressed to its fourth day, when on 14 August at 7:00 a.m the students were getting ready for the day’s program when four Sri Lankan government Kfir jets started showering the area with bombs,” the organisors said in a joint press release.

The final tally of those killed in the Vallipunam school camp aerial bombing (55 killed of which 51 are students and four are staff)

Names of students killed and the school they were attending from Mullaitivu district compiled by the Director of Education for Mullaitivu district, P Ariyaradnam, and sent to the Government Agent for Mullaitivu:

  1. School: Puthukkudiyiruppu Mahavidhyalayam
    1. Thambirasa Lakiya DOB: 26-03-89, Mullivaikal west
    2. Mahalingam Vensidiyoola DOB: 07-10-89, Mullivaikal west
    3. Thuraisingam Sutharsini DOB: 28-07-89, Ward 10, PKT
  2. School: Visuvamadu Mahavidhyalayam
    1. Nagalingam Theepa DOB: 29-03-87, Puthadi, Visuvamadu
    2. Thambirasa Theepa DOB: 07-02-87, Valluvarpuram, Redbarna
    3. Thirunavukkarasu Niranjini DOB: 29-11-88, Puthadi, Visuvamadu
    4. Raveenthirarasa Ramya DOB: 14-11-88, Thoddiyadi, V. madu
    5. Kanapathipillai Nanthini DOB: 05-10-88, Koddiyadi, Visuvamadu
    6. Vijayabavan Sinthuja DOB: 24-05-88, Koddiyadi, Visuvamadu
    7. Naguleswaran Nishanthini DOB: 11-04-89, Thoddiyadi, V.madu
    8. Tharmakulasingam Kemala DOB: 09-09-87, Kannakinagar,
    9. Arulampalam Yasothini DBO: 18-01-88, Puththadi, Visuvamadu
  3. School: Udayarkaddu Mahavidhyalayam
    1. Muthaih Indra DOB: 08-08-88, Suthanthirapuram centre
    2. Murugaiah Arulselvi DOB: 14-07-88, Suthanthirapuram centre
    3. Sivamoorthy Karthikayini DOB: 13-02-88, Vallipunam
    4. Santhanam Sathyakala DOB: 20-08-86, Vallipunam
    5. Kanagalingam Nirupa DOB: 11-02-89, Visuvamadu
    6. Kanagalingam Nirusa DOB: 11-02-89, Vallipunam
    7. Navaratnam Santhakumari DOB: 28-05-88, Kaiveli
    8. Nagalingam Kokila DOB: 12-02-87, Vallipunam
    9. Sivamayajeyam Kokila DOB: Kuravil
    10. Shanmugarasa Paventhini DOB:
    11. Balakrishnan Mathani DOB: 09-05-88, Vallipunam
  4. School: Mullaitivu Mahavidhyalayam
    1. Sivanantham Thivya DOB: 30-05-88, Vannankulam
    2. Thambirasa Suganthini DOB: 18-02-88, Alampil,
    3. S Vathsalamary DOB: 20-11-86, Manatkudiyiruppu
    4. Thanabalasingam Bakeerathy DOB: 03-02-87, Mullivaikal west
    5. Thanikasalam Thanusa DOB: 02-12-87, Kallappadu
    6. Pathmanathan Kalaipriya DOB: 23-09-88, Kovilkudiyiruppu
    7. Markupillai Kelansuthayini DOB: 14-07-88, Vannankulam
    8. Rasamohan Hamsana DOB: 29-05-87, Alampil
  5. School: Kumulamunai Mahavidhyalayam
    1. Vivekanantham Thadchayini DOB: 31-01-88, W 10, PTK
    2. Santhakumar Sukirtha DOB: 08-08-87, Ward 7, Kumulamunai
    3. Uthayakumaran Kousika DOB: 22-08-87, Kumulamunai
    4. Nallapillai Ninthija DOB: 03-03-88, Ward 6, Kumulamunai
    5. Veerasingam Rajitha DOB: 28-02-88, Ward 5, Kumulamunai
  6. School: Vidhyananda College, Mulliyavalai
    1. Thamilvasan Nivethika DOB: 02-12-88, Ward 2, Mulliyavalai
    2. Suntharam Anoja DOB: 12-09-89, Kumulamunai
    3. Puvanasekaram Puvaneswari DOB: 06-06-89, W 4, Mulliyavalai
    4. Kiritharan Thayani DOB: 28-12-89, Thannerutru, Mulliyavalai
  7. School: Chemmalai Mahavidhyalayam
    1. Mahalingam Vasantharani DOB: 23-03-88, Alampil, Chemmalai
    2. Thuraisingam Thisani DOB: 06-12-88, Alampil, Chemmalai
    3. Vairavamoorthy Kirithika DOB: 12-07-87, Alampil, Chemmalai
    4. Chandramohan Nivethika DOB: 04-01-89, Alampil, Chemmalai
  8. School: Oddusuddan Mahavidhyalayam
    1. Sellam Nirojini DOB: Koolamurippu, Oddusuddan

    Names of students killed and the school they were attending from Kilinochchi district compiled by the Director of Education for Kilinochchi district, T Kurukularaja, and sent to the Government Agent for Kilinochchi.

  9. School: Muruhananda Mahavidhyalayam
    1. Tharmarasa Brintha DOB: 06-01-89, 189/1 Visuvamadu
    2. Thevarasa Sharmini DOB: 09-03-89, 90, Periyakulam, Kandavalai
  10. School: Tharmapuram Mahavidhyalayam
    1. Varatharaja Mangaleswari DOB: 24-07-89, 577, 13 U, T.puram
    2. Rasenthiraselvam Mahilvathani DOB: 04-12-88, Tharmapuram
    3. Nilayinar Nivakini DOB: 04-04-89, Kaddakkadu, Tharmapuram
  11. School: Piramanthanaru Mahavidhyalayam
    1. Kubenthiraselvam Lihitha DOB: 05-02-87, Kalaveddithidal, Puliyampokanai
  12. Names of staff killed
    1. Chandrasekaran Vijayakumari (Age 27)
    2. Kandasamy Kumarasamy (Age 48)
    3. Solomon Singarasa (Age 65)
    4. S Jeyarubi (Age 20)

 

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Vallipunam air-strike victims photos releasedPrincipals Assocaitions of Mullaitivu and Kandavalai who organized the course for schoolgirls from 18 schools from three educational zones in Vanni released Friday names list. On Saturday, the organisors released the list of victims with photos.









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Cowardly act, says Vallipunam survivor
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 23 August 2006, 07:54 GMT]

Paranthan Hindu Mahavidyalam student, Mary Arulappan Juliet, 18, a survivor of the August 14 Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Kfir jet attack which killed 51 girls and four staff at Sencholai children’s home campus in Vallipunam in Mullaithivu district, in an interview to TamilNet Tuesday, said the attack was a “cowardly act,” and appealed to the International Community to unreservedly condemn the Sri Lanka Government for the attack on school girls.

Sencholai attack interview

Ms Mary Arulappan Juliet, the 18 year-old survivor of the August 14 SLAF Kfir jet attack Sencholai.

Speaking at the TamilNet interview, Juliet said they were on a residential course, learning the necessary skills to administer First aid to people in an emergency especially to the sick and injured IDPs, and acquiring the skills necessary to provide emergency care to suffering persons before being transported for emergency medical treatment at hospitals.

“We were into the second day of our workshop on First aid and Disaster management skills. More than 400 school girls were in attendance at the 10-day workshop,” Juliet said.

“It was 7 a.m., we were by the compound well, when we saw the Kfir jets far-away and thought that they heading to the battle theater elsewhere. Within a seconds we saw them heading directly to our centre and suddenly started bombing our premises.

“As the bombs fell, the girls ran in all directions, and took cover by lying on the ground face down, hoping that the bombers will go away after attacking once. But the Kfir jets returned firing additional munitions directed to our facility,” Juliet added.

“There was chaos within the Sencholai premises with each round of bombing, as more students were getting wounded severely and getting killed. In between air strikes, the girls changed their cover locations by running to other positions to take better cover,” said Juliet.

During lull periods in bombing, girls would run out to the aid of the wounded girls and to carry them to safer locations. Rescue efforts got interrupted several times by the sudden return of Kfir jets.

“It was on one such rescue attempt that I got injured in my hand, although slightly, when a stray shrapnel hit my hand,” said Juliet.

Vallipunam

“In the aerial strikes, many died on the spot, and many were wounded, most had multiple injuries, some lost their limbs, some had severe burns. All the girls were pleading for help, pleading to be taken to a hospital,” Juliet said.

Juliet blamed the Government of Sri Lanka(GOSL) for the attack and said that it was a “cowardly act.”

“I still have memories of the jets and the desperate calls of the girls for help. Earlier, I feared at nothing, but after witnessing this horrific masscre, even slight noises frighten me,” Juliet said.

When asked what message she would like to give to the international community, the 18 year-old, Ms Mary Arulappan Juliet, replied: “I would urge the international community to unreservedly condemn the Colombo government for the aerial attack, and to exert pressure on the GoSL to adhere to basic humanitarian principles.”

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July 17, 2012

Video:India war crimes "Kashmir's Torture Trail"-Channel 4 Documentary

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UK’s Channel 4 Documentary on Atrocities on Kashmiries – ‘Kashmir’s Torture Trail’

full video

Following on to the article that I shared on another thread. (watch this video for UK viewers only)

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/k…ture-trail/4od Channel4 has the strictest copy right policies, They are very awkward about this.

For viewers other than UK please follow this link: http://www.movshare.net/video/bcd2k49qc7c4b (made by @UKPakistani after hours of hardwork )

There you go guys: after few more hours hard work by @UKPakistani we have got this for NON-UK users.Finally!

Interview of the director of this film: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/k…-jezza-neumann

 

July 16, 2012

US Media's Role in the Silent Death of Sri Lanka's Tamils

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Political Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com

Warning: article contains Extremely Graphic images!

Age posed no boundary for Sri Lankan troops as they waged their final assault on the country's Tamil population.
Age posed no boundary for Sri Lankan troops as they waged their final assault on the country’s Tamil population.

(SALEM) – War crimes ravaged the Tamil population of Sri Lanka only three years ago as the world looked away in a grotesque type of silence.

The genocidal path of this government toward its minority culture is an extension of the crimes against Tamils that have been underway since the island nation gained independence from Great Britain in 1948.

Pre-meditated murder is among the darkest of crimes, multiply it by at least 40,000, and you begin to see that the violent acts of this government are of a particularly unthinkable nature. Look more closely and you see that 160,000 Tamil people failed to exist at the end of the war. Many are held in camps, but sources in the north say most of the missing are dead.

The tools to avoid this extraordinary loss of human life were available, but most of the American press was asleep at the wheel when it comes to this story and they have still to awaken to the reality of what happened, or their role in this unprecedented human disaster.

In an article titled Sri Lanka: Genocide of the Tamil minority in January 2009, Dr. Brian Senewiratne wrote:

    “There is a humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka, where the Tamil minority in the island’s north and east are facing annihilation at the hands of the Sinhalese-dominated government.”

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Never were so few words so true, yet a crystal ball was not required; those paying attention could see that death was calling out to the Tamils in a mocking voice. They would die in some of the most horrible ways as these photos attest.

 

Warning: Very disturbing images from April 2009
Dr Brian Senewiratne

Brian Senewiratne’s prophetic words came before the genocide’s ugliest and deadliest, final four months.

Today he lives in Australia, but this noted writer hails from Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese Buddhist majority population. He is unique for his journalistic accomplishments and for being such a tireless humanitarian activist, yet his position typifies that of many Sinhala Buddhists who decry and deplore what took place in the north under Rajapakse’s orders. This is important.

Years after it was published, Brian Senewiratne’s article is still easy to locate on Google. In fact it is the first search result under ‘Sri Lanka genocide’.

The simple point is that there were no secrets; the Sri Lankan government went to great lengths to silence its critics, but the UN was in place until the very end and their observations were public for anyone who cared to look or listen.

If we were able to cover this event as a small Internet news agency, why were those with real resources not able to do the same? There were people in the UN willing to release information; content was available then and in the ensuing time it has only grown in both volume and intensity and all of the major human rights organizations have paid attention, yet the media fails to follow their lead also.

The warnings were dire and clear; they just have not been viewed with concern from those who produce the news and make no mistake about the power of the media; these are the people who could have collectively brought the Tamils relief simply by doing their jobs.

July- the Tamil’s Black History Month

Sri Lanka’s morally bankrupt political leaders began accelerating the pace of their Tamil ethnic cleansing program from the time current President Majinda Rajapakse took office in 2005.

This state terrorism regime had the resistance force that defended Tamils, the Liberation Tiers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), declared a terrorist organization and this was the key that unlocked Sri Lanka’s final solution toward their minority Hindu and Christian ethnic enemies.

The more I study the history of this conflict, the more I see a pattern of the Tamil Tigers having attacked military installations and soldiers, and Tamil civilians being attacked in return.

Yet the LTTE is the side that was declared as a terrorist group and the dubious designation was pushed through due to the efforts of George W. Bush and Tony Blair- who were prepared to label all of their self-perceived enemies as terrorists as the record clearly shows.

One of the most unforgettable examples of Tamils being terrorized, happened in 1983 during what became known as ‘Black July’. More than 4000 Tamil civilians were murdered by angry Sinhala Buddhist mobs who raped and burned and murdered innocent civilians faster than they could escape.

No excuses exist to justify what occurred
particularly to children, during the Tamil genocide

In 2009, militants and civilians died en masse. Among the wreckage of homes and businesses were the tens of thousands of bodies of adults and children who were slaughtered like animals by the Sri Lankan Army. Bodies were burned to prevent the spread of disease, however large numbers of corpses laid in place for an extended period of time.

Sri Lanka’s government sniveled about ‘fake video’ and ‘fake photos’ and looked like fools at best; their excuses all fell short; most are not even worthy of discussion. The rest have been disproved. In the end, it was one of the most shameful military affairs carried out in modern history against a country’s own population.

Human beings were bombed after being directed into so-called ‘safe areas’ as we have revealed in past reports. The acts of horror and terror enacted upon this population are among the most barbaric on record.

The media and the politicians can offer their song and dance for missing the ball, but the truth is painfully clear; the acts of mass murder and debauchery were carried out while the world slept. If it actually was a ball game, they could at least be voted out of the league. Instead we are stuck with the members of this profit-driven industry and the results are very grim.

Today through Wikileaks and other sources, we know that American politicians were aware and tried to talk the Sri Lankan government into pulling back but they refused and the UN should have militarily intervened to stop the slaughter.

Of course they did not and then the worst possible thing happened, the last remaining handful of UN observers were removed from the area ‘for their own safety’ as the Tamils begged them to stay.

It was for so many people, a final good bye to the outside world the day the UN left. Observers on the ground in most cases, tried to avoid being pulled out.

The Tamils were failed on a human world level and their only request all along, was to live with freedom and fairness; clearly this was more than the government was ever willing to allow.

For those who are not familiar, Tamil people are an ethnic group native to three places:

    Puducherry or ‘Pondicherry'; (as it was renamed in 2006) – a Union Territory of India formed out of four enclaves of former French India. The name means “New village” in Tamil.
    Tamil Nadu; the most urbanised state in India, has been the home of the Tamil people since at least 500 BCE. Its official language Tamil has been in use for over 2000 years.
    Tamil Eelam is the independent state Tamils aspire to create in the north and east of Sri Lanka. Evidence of Tamil culture here dates as far back as 2nd century BC.

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Image by Carlos Latuff

Last weekend, our team had the pleasure of attending the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.


10 May 2009: UN Says Urgent International Scrutiny Needed in Sri Lanka

15 March 2009: Sri Lanka: Possible War Crimes

I was invited to speak to the main audience of more than 3000 Tamils, about the way media failed to cover the terrible events of 2009. I can not overemphasize how troubling this matter is to the family and friends of the victims.

In discussing our coverage of the conflict, I mistakenly stated on more than one occasion that Salem-News.com didn’t cover the events of 2009 until more than a year after they had taken place.

However I discovered today by searching our records, that we did in fact carry two reports about the deadly events in Sri Lanka in 2009; one in March and one in May.

The articles were not tagged properly and consequently failed to show up in our recent searches. As a result, I had convinced myself that we must not have carried them. Locating these articles today was a rewarding discovery.

When I gave the key note address at FeTNA, which is the largest gathering of Tamils held each year in North America, I had several images projected onto the large screen behind me.

Among them were two pieces of artwork that speak to the immense tragedy that befell the reporters and media employees in Sri Lanka who were murdered for reporting from a non-government viewpoint.

Tim King at FeTNA 2012 discussing Sri Lanka war crimes. Photo: Agron Belica

One portrays the Sri Lanka press being lured by the government with an ice cream cone that has a razor blade hidden within. Among so much significance, is the deception that the government used to take advantage of these men and women who simply relayed the news of what was taking place.

The other shows the audacity of the Government of Sri Lanka when it came to the reality for so many and that was disappearance and death. The list of these brothers and sisters slain in the name of honest journalism is long and disturbing and the names sadly, continue to mount.

Two facts trouble me greatly about this:

  • One is how the outcry against the way this government laid waste to innocents is loud around the world,
  • and the other is the fact that Americans are vastly unaware of this terrible event.

Certain Irrevocable Truths

What was gained by US media in generally ignoring this terrible saga and what was lost?

In my heart as a journalist, I can not find a justification for ignoring genocide or even the suspicion of it.

Media that ignores the worst of all international crimes; specifically those who guide these decisions to cover mindless entertainment-based garbage rather than hard news, are guilty of complicity with this crime on a moral level.

These individuals should have never entered the industry and exist within it for the wrong reasons. Their list of issues include agreeing to the wrong criteria, guiding the public in a way that keeps them unaware of the world’s most notorious events, and dismissing an otherwise indisputable obligation to guard humanity in the most general sense.

The future of the people of this planet is always in the hands of the media and when it conducts its business effectively and responsibly, we all benefit from it. Any who view areas like Sri Lanka as out of sight and out of mind, are fooling themselves as well as their audiences.

Prior to my key note address on the evening of 6 July 2012 at FeTNA, Bonnie King and I both spoke to the USTPAC (United States Tamil Political Action Council) event at an adjacent location in Baltimore, with a direct focus on our research of the war crimes in Sri Lanka.

New Song ‘Depression‘ – Graphic Truth of Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide- Song by
Agron Belica,
news article by Tim King Salem-News.com This is an extremely graphic… visual tour of the Tamil Genocide.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=A4VyeVavb1g

Just before my talk on the afternoon of 6th July was set to begin, it occurred to me that one famous saying perfectly frames what is wrong with the U.S. position toward covering what happened to the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

I asked Bonnie if she could jot it down, which she quickly did… and while we may not have had every word properly as it is listed below, the message fit perfectly into the presentation:

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.
– Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)[6]

Will ‘The Newsroom’ Examine Sri Lanka?

A new television program on cable titled ‘The Newsroom’ involves a critical review of past news events and it merges these realities into a weekly series that causes the viewer to believe there is a ray of hope in the TV broadcast world, and that Edward R. Murrow himself could potentially be reincarnated to lead us all to a new, truthful and uncompromising way.

I wonder if the Genocide of Sri Lanka will become a focus of one of their programs, it would be the best thing they could do to educate Americans about what they missed and why. This idea came up several times at FeTNA and I was happily surprised that many people there were also familiar with this new program.

HBO states this about the program by Aaron Sorkin, creator of ‘West Wing':

    “Focusing on a network anchor (played by Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), the newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel) and their boss (Sam Waterston), the series tracks their quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles-not to mention their own personal entanglements.”

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The Tamil community greatly appreciates the interest our group has shown their cause and the great hope is that other media begins to look at this event and help direct attention toward some of the worst crimes against humanity in recorded history.

References:

[1] Sri Lanka: Genocide of the Tamil minority

[2] Pondicherry – Wikipedia

[3] Tamil Nadu – Wikipedia

[4] Tamil Eelam – Wikipedia

[5] HBO The Newsroom

[6] First they came… – Wikipedia

Tim King’s previous Salem-News.com reports on Sri Lanka:

Jul-09-2012: Significant Honor With Tamils from Around the Globe for Sri Lanka War Crime Reports

Jul-01-2012: Did a Ghost Crawl Inside My Laptop?

Jun-24-2012: Sri Lanka Can’t Deny This… Disturbing Video Proves Sri Lanka Army Committed War Crimes – Tim King Salem-News.com

Jun-21-2012: New War Crime Videos Surface from Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide

Jun-10-2012: UN Targets Reporter Who Criticized Sri Lanka War Crime Suspect

Jun-08-2012: Captive, Handcuffed and Dying… ‘Brutal’ and ‘Shocking’ Describe Newly Released Sri Lanka War Crime Images

May-07-2012: Sri Lankan Buddhist Mobs Call for Mosque Demolition

Apr-27-2012: Big Trouble for Sri Lanka: UN Has Cluster Bomb Evidence from Northern Province

Apr-12-2012: Carpetbaggers in Sri Lanka: Traitors Terrorize Northern Tamils

Apr-10-2012: Sri Lanka: Genocide and Poor Toilet Training

Mar-23-2012 UN Warns Sri Lanka Against Retaliating Toward Humanitarian Activists

Mar-22-2012: White Flags, White Vans and White Lies? A Closer Look at the Death of Colonel Ramesh

Mar-18-2012: Is Google Earth Hiding Sri Lanka’s Ghosts?

Mar-15-2012: Channel-4 Documentary Proves Sri Lanka Committed War Crimes

Mar-11-2012: War Crime Court and its Conflicting Interests

Mar-08-2012: Sex Abuse and Murder in Sri Lanka- New Photos Emerge

Mar-02-2012: A Very Uncivil War – Ghastly Images- Gross Detail and Denial of Sri Lanka’s Genocide

Feb-28-2012: Americans Praise Sri Lankan Politicians who Orchestrated Genocide

Feb-28-2012: Tweets from Tamil Eelam

Feb-24-2012: Two of Sri Lanka’s Foulest War Crimes

Feb-19-2012: Will Another Documentary on Sri Lanka’s Genocide Impact the Geneva Human Rights Session?

Feb-08-2012: The Questionable Effectiveness of Lighting Yourself on Fire

Feb-03-2012: Sri Lanka’s Independence Day- a Black Day for Tamil Eelam

Jan-11-2012: While UN Claims Zero Tolerance, No Discipline of Sri Lankan Abusers in Haiti

Dec-28-2011: Why Was a Red Cross Manager on Vacation from Gaza Murdered in Sri Lanka?

Nov-24-2011: Fear, Genocide and Torture in Sri Lanka

Nov-21-2011: London Calling: Time for Sri Lanka’s Release of Post-Conflict Report

Nov-11-2011: Ode to a Humble Hero of Sri Lanka: Dr Brian Senewiratne

Oct-15-2011: Genocide 101: World and Media Apathy

Oct-08-2011: Sri Lanka Joins Israel in Naval Attacks on Unarmed Fishermen

Oct-05-2011: War and its Aftermath… a Real Killer for Tourism

Oct-01-2011: Sri Lanka in the Crosshairs of Canadian Parliament

Sep-13-2011: Sri Lanka Recalls Diplomat Accused of War Crimes

Aug-31-2011: ‘No Song and Dance’ Over Sri Lanka War Crime Admissions

Jul-25-2011: Former Sri Lanka President’s Children ‘Reacted With Anguish’ to Tamil Genocide Program

Jul-22-2011: M.I.A. – A Beautiful Reflection of the Besieged Tamils of Sri Lanka

Jul-17-2011: 44 Prisoners Join Hunger Strike at Vavuniya Prison in Sri Lanka

Jul-14-2011: The Bush Administration’s Role in Sri Lanka’s Tamil Genocide

Jul-13-2011: Fields Should be for Sports, not Genocide… Sri Lanka

Jun-29-2011: Sri Lanka Continues Genocide, Thumbing Nose at UN and World

Jun-20-2011: Sri Lanka’s Violence Toward Tamil Minority Continues

Jun-18-2011: ‘International Day in Support of Victims of Torture’Remember the Tamil Genocide

Jun-17-2011: European Tourists Waylaid in Sri Lanka, Resurgence of ‘White Van’ Crime

Jun-15-2011: Tamil Genocide Explored in Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields

Jun-02-2011: UN Experts: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide Video is Real

May-31-2011: New Song ‘Depression’ – Graphic Truth of Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide

May-31-2011: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide: Killing the Messenger

May-03-2011: Confronting the Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka

Apr-27-2011: Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka Emerges Into Public View

Apr-22-2011: World Ignores Genocide of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Population

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Tim King in 2008, covering the Iraq War

Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer

Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com’s Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine.

Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from The Associated Press the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs, Electronic Media Association and The Red Cross In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005.

Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim’s life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 20+ countries and regions.

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July 6, 2012

Sri Lanka war crime victim's spirit seems restless over involuntary death pose.

Filed under: eelamview, genocide srilanka, tamil eelam, war crime videos — Tags: , , — எல்லாளன் @ 6:17 pm

Did a Ghost Crawl Inside My Laptop?
Tim King Salem-News.com
Tamil Tiger flag

(SALEM) – Having your life and dignity ripped away by heartless militant thugs with orders to kill kill kill… it is enough to make even the toughest people cringe, and yet that is exactly what happened right
Isaipriya, dead with her hands tied

under the world’s nose, to tens of thousands of minority Tamil Hindus and Christians only three years ago in the north of Sri Lanka.

A young Tamil woman I have written about in the past, named Isaipriya Veeravanakkam, (Sometimes spelled Isaipriya, Isaippiriya and also Issa Pria) suffered this same fate, and I think she dropped by this week to confirm that we hit the war crime evidence jackpot.

Do the dead sometimes pass along messages to us? Is it really possible? There is more to Isaipriya’s visit and I will expand on that below.

I would say this much; that if anyone deserves the opportunity to reach out from the grave and make a point, it is this beautiful young woman who had nary a chance when the military force she belonged to surrendered to the Sri Lankan army.

They should have been arrested and held, instead they were abused with depravity and tortured and violated sexually and then murdered by a dishonest government intent on eliminating large numbers of people over their cultural and religious identity.

What needs to be understood by war crime investigators is that Isaipriya and her comrades were thrown to the dogs; raped and abused by immoral soldiers who could never have gotten away with so many crimes against both civilians and Prisoners of War (POW) which Isaipriya, the wife of a senior Tamil Tiger commander, was – had they not been both allowed and encouraged by their commanding officers.

It isn’t just the behavior of the field soldiers, it is the attitude of the majority Sinhalese government toward Sri Lankan Tamils.

POW’s have many rights under international law and the Geneva Convention, but Sri Lanka made a mockery of those laws with its treatment of the captured Tamil Tigers; so many of whom remain missing, their fates unknown. The story exemplifies the abuse toward humanity that accompanies the designation of ‘terrorist’ and even a cursory look at Sri Lanka’s history shows that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) spent every day of their lives battling government terrorism.

The terrorist label encourages western funded governments to commit atrocities. In case after case, the so-called terrorists are simply minority populations battling heavily funded military organizations. One side kills from miles away, the other kills by transporting bombs with their bodies.

I think it is safe to conclude that if the average suicide bombers could afford jet fighters, they would not give their lives for their cause, at least not in direct suicide missions.

Isaipriya tamilnet.tv anchor killed

www.dailymotion.com/video

Channel 4 released Srilanka war crime video

One of the women victims, stripped naked, hands tied behind back, and shot dead, as seen in the video footage that has recently reached Channel-4 has been identified as 27-year-old Shoba, with nom de plume Isaippiriya, who worked as media specialist with the LTTE, according to the TamilNet Vanni correspondent who recently reached a free country in the West.

“I am able to learn through those who have been at Mu’l’livaaykkaal in the final days of war, that Shoba remained unarmed and did not take part in combat,” the Vanni correspondent told TamilNet, adding that Shoba lost her 4-month-old baby girl, named Akal, in the last stage of the war.

TamilNet refrains from publishing the cruel video, but instead publishes a video footage of Isaippiriya as a reporter from LTTE’s O’liveechchu video magazine.

Isaippiriya was born in 1982, was educated in the Memorial School until Grade 5. She obtained a scholarship to continue her education in Veampadi Girls High School in Jaffna until 1996.With her family displaced by war to Vanni, Isaippiriya continued her studies in Vanni till she joined the movement’s media division.

Isaipriya tamilnet.tv anchor killed Channel 4 released Srilanka war crime video – Kerala365.com
It is widely believed by humanitarians around the world that Sri Lanka is trying to abscond from justice and there is no question that the government has done everything in its power to discourage and downplay war crime proceedings in this very serious matter. Its pattern involves accusing reporters of harboring personal grudges toward Sri Lanka. Their accusations against Channel-4 softened after their second edition of ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ aired, removing any sign of doubt that the Vanni became a bloody mess as Rajapakse’s forces pounded people in so-called ‘safe zones’ which were in reality, pre-made traps.

Civilians in particular areas were eliminated completely. There will never be a full accounting of Tamils killed in this war because Sri Lanka destroyed records and in many cases, bodies were burned to prevent the spread of disease.

As you will agree after seeing the evidence, there is no question that this particular incident is a war crime and that Isaipriya was staged to appear as a non combatant. It is my belief that she is not pleased with her role as a postmortem war crime ‘prop’ for Sri Lanka’s military.

The Evidence

Clearly tied hands

Homage To Isaipriya – Poem
My Sister, My Mother, My Comrade

By Karthick RM

Many a disease plagues this world
but none so devastating
as the silence of those
that can speak.
I speak today,
I cry today,
for you. My Sister,
My Mother, My Comrade.

My Sister! With music
in your name.
The ‘isai’ of your sacrifice
like that of my other sisters
Manorama, Nilofar, Phulmoni
will be sung for ages to come
in songs of our resistance
This I promise,
your brother, a sorry being
whose only weapons
are his words.

My Mother! I was born
as your son the day
the child of your womb
was killed. Mother,
I am your son.
As I am the son of the mothers
of Eelam, Kurdistan, Palestine.
A son who seeks justice
for unheard voices,
for untold horrors,
for unspoken miseries.
A sorry being, your son,
whose only weapons
are his words.

My Comrade! I claim to live
(rather shamelessly)
for the cause you died for,
a people longing for freedom,
a soil aching for peace,
a love for life,
now facing despair,
now facing death.
As my eyes see
what has been done to you
tears pour – as words.
Words. The only weapons of
a sorry being, your comrade.

Oh dove of freedom
torn apart by vultures of lust!
Oh lamb of peace
prey to jackals of power!
Oh angel of justice!
Oh goddess of liberty!
She lies there, naked
and ravaged
by creatures called ‘men’.
Disrobed was not your body,
but the farce called Lanka.
Violated was not you,
but the notion of humanity.
Raped, again and again,
was the silence
of those that can speak,
but who chose not to.

But I speak today,
I cry today.
Your sibling, your son,
your comrade.
Now a man.
Now a walking corpse.
Whose only weapons
are his words.
As of now… Original source: wavesunceasing.wordpress.com/2010/12/15/to-isaipriya-my-sister-my-mother-my-comrade/

Images of her poor body stripped and murdered, with her hands tied behind her back, have been around for months. (We have only carried them in the past out of necessity. Those who want to see the graphic images can follow the links below.)

They obviously tell us she was bound, her pants are pulled down and her shirt is lifted to expose her breasts. She was clearly a victim of sex abuse; she almost certainly was raped, yet the trail ended there with the first images, and as hideous as the images were, they did not demonstrate conclusively that she was a war crime victim.

Now nobody can dispute it.

The key point is that the young woman’s hands were tied behind her back when she was initially located and her remains recorded with a video camera and a still camera. The photos are separate items that arrived after the video. Both video and stills clearly confirm her tied hands.

The conclusive evidence surfaced several days ago: previously unseen video shot by the Sri Lankan army showing dead LTTE soldiers laid out in rows, and Isaipriya’s body is among them with her hands untied.

The video clips contain dates and the new video with her hands untied is shot after the initial recordings of her dead body.

Isaipriya was a pawn both alive and dead in a political killing game, and she was not killed as a combatant, which Sri Lanka claimed, but as a captive prisoner of war.

It is slightly ironic that Sri Lankan officials accused Channel 4, our group and others, of doctoring photos and videos and misrepresenting them to falsely vilify their military in our accusations of war crimes. Sri Lanka’s claims were all proven false; the UN confirmed that the images indeed tell a story of war crimes against Tamils. It looks like the Government of Sri Lanka is the only group doctoring evidence.

London Attorney Vasuki Muruhathas, made the clips available to Salem-News.com and other media, and it has blown the doors off Sri Lanka’s attempt to cover up these heinous and very serious barbaric crimes.

Her hands have been untied and yet they are clearly tied in the tragic photos we first published several months ago. It is also clear in the early photos that she has not been dead for very long.
Hands untied

The new video unfortunately is in black and white, however there is no question that Isaipriya’s body is among the others, and to erase any possible doubt, the person recording the video states in Sinhalese, “Tamil Tiger announcer” while taping her body, which shows that her status as a journalist with the LTTE, not a combatant, was well established.

Isaipriya, who was also known as Shoba, was tied up and murdered and then posed to appear as a combatant, this can now be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.

And while this evidence has worked its way forward, we find odd collaboration to silence these war crimes. Google Earth, YouTube; others are working apparently on behalf of the Sri Lankan government to ban images and videos that show the world what happened to the Tamils, it is nothing short of amazing that these organizations would be complicit in helping hide war crimes from the public.

In the video below, K.P. Marikumar, Director of Spark Trust, says Isaipriya was a mother and a freedom fighter.

“When this particular incident was aired by British TV Channel 4, people hear the army in the Sinhalese force speaking in native Sinhala language, making remarks on the naked dead body of this woman. They are making filthy sexual remarks.”

In the video below, he reads Homage To Isaipriya – Poem – My Sister, My Mother, My Comrade by Karthick Ramirez

Geneva Convention

The Fourth Geneva Convention (GCIV) is one of the four treaties of the Geneva Conventions. Sri Lanka became a signer of the Geneva Convention in 1959.

Adopted ten years earlier, GCIV defines humanitarian protections for civilians in a war zone, and outlaws the practice of ‘total war’ (see sidebar).

There are currently 194 countries party to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, including this fourth treaty but also including the other three.

By 1993, The Geneva Conventions passed into the body of customary international law, and it became binding on non-signatories to the Conventions whenever they engage in armed conflicts.

Article 3 states that even where there is not a conflict of international character the parties must as a minimum adhere to minimal protections described as: noncombatants, members of armed forces who have laid down their arms, and combatants who are hors de combat (out of the fight) due to wounds, detention, or any other cause shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, with the following prohibitions:

The illegal concept of ‘Total War’

Total war is a war in which a belligerent engages in the complete mobilization of fully available resources and population.

In the mid-19th century, “total war” was identified by scholars as a separate class of warfare. In a total war, there is less differentiation between combatants and civilians than in other conflicts, and sometimes no such differentiation at all, as nearly every human resource, civilians and soldiers alike, can be considered to be part of the belligerent effort.
Total war – From Wikipedia

    (a) violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;
    (b) taking of hostages;
    (c) outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment
    (d) the passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court, affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples.

Fourth Geneva Convention – From Wikipedia

According to International Humanitarian Law – Treaties & Documents Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. Geneva, 12 August 1949:

Art. 147. Grave breaches to which the preceding Article relates shall be those involving any of the following acts, if committed against persons or property protected by the present Convention: willful killing, torture or inhuman treatment, including biological experiments, willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement of a protected person, compelling a protected person to serve in the forces of a hostile Power, or willfully depriving a protected person of the rights of fair and regular trial prescribed in the present Convention, taking of hostages and extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly.
International Humanitarian Law – Treaties & Documents

Sri Lanka and World Conscience

The Sri Lankan government has consistently denied absolutely everything to do with war crimes against the Tamils, and was only drug to Geneva for war crimes charges several months ago under great protest.

They murdered journalists friendly to the wrong ’cause’ like Isaipriya, trying desperately to prevent the outside world from seeing their deeds, and for a while it looked like they would get away with it, but then Channel 4 in London released ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields‘ and the government of Majinda Rajapakse began watching the world slowly begin to realize what they had done.

The pogrom against Tamils dates back to the late 1940’s when the British occupiers finally left. For 30 years the Tamils attempted to live in peace with the Sinhala Buddhist majority but all efforts failed and legislation spelled the end of the Tamil culture and language in Sri Lanka.

This is when the Tamil Tigers were born and the war was on.

The LTTE would eventually be dubbed as a ‘terrorist’ group under the Bush and Blair timeframe and this is what Rajapakse used to commit what truly is a Genocide against these people. The government’s war on Tamils is ethnic cleansing and terrorism measured in blood trails and body counts.

But this new revelation marks a turning point for the Tamil Diaspora and the evidence is in the proper hands; we are reporting it but I think it is safe to say the U.S. government is very much up to speed and paying increasing attention to this abomination of the Rajapakse regime.

Unanticipated Showing

Three nights ago I was working late. I generally work what I call the vampire shift and often write and publish until the sun comes up in the morning. It gets quiet during these hours and I am often very productive.

Sometimes, depending on what I’m writing about, I get this odd sort of feeling that is like a wave of electricity passing through my chest, and a slight chill. It isn’t always scary, more like solemn and I do not doubt that it is connected to the constant death reporting, death photos, video clips; the friends we have lost in this fight.

If we are the journalists and human activists that we claim to be, the first thing we have to know is that shielding the public from these images of death does no service to anyone. Sure, it is offensive, now that we are clear on that… you get the idea; truth comes in harsh doses, that is why we have to clean this world up.

On this occasion I didn’t feel that ominous little chill, nor did I sense that anything was ‘wrong’. I minimized my Internet browser to look for an item in a desktop file, and the photo of Isaipriya was filling the entire background. It is the image from video, in black and white with her hands untied.

Somehow, a photo in a file that had not been looked at or used for several days, had replaced a gorgeous sunset image I had on my desktop for the last several weeks. Was it a message from Isaipriya, letting me know that the image staring back at me would represent the tipping point for justice for the people of Tamil Eelam?

I asked long time Tamil activist Donald Gnanakone what he thought of the strange appearance of Isaipriya on my computer screen. He said it certainly was a spiritual message, without question. It is true that the pain from this event, called Genocide in many circles, is a powerful commodity. Other people I have discussed it with tend to agree, that the odds of it just happening from a computer malfunction or glitch didn’t seem as likely, as something else.

I like the ‘something else’ theory, and it doesn’t matter how, who or why… because I am already in the ring for this fight and need no convincing. But it makes me believe more than ever that paying attention to the details is the only thing one has to do and in time, the real evidence will show itself, and it has.

Tim King’s previous Salem-News.com reports on Sri Lanka:

Jun-24-2012: Sri Lanka Can’t Deny This… Disturbing Video Proves Sri Lanka Army Committed War Crimes – Tim King Salem-News.com

Jun-21-2012: New War Crime Videos Surface from Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide

Jun-10-2012: UN Targets Reporter Who Criticized Sri Lanka War Crime Suspect

Jun-08-2012: Captive, Handcuffed and Dying… ‘Brutal’ and ‘Shocking’ Describe Newly Released Sri Lanka War Crime Images

May-07-2012: Sri Lankan Buddhist Mobs Call for Mosque Demolition

Apr-27-2012: Big Trouble for Sri Lanka: UN Has Cluster Bomb Evidence from Northern Province

Apr-12-2012: Carpetbaggers in Sri Lanka: Traitors Terrorize Northern Tamils

Apr-10-2012: Sri Lanka: Genocide and Poor Toilet Training

Mar-23-2012 UN Warns Sri Lanka Against Retaliating Toward Humanitarian Activists

Mar-22-2012: White Flags, White Vans and White Lies? A Closer Look at the Death of Colonel Ramesh

Mar-18-2012: Is Google Earth Hiding Sri Lanka’s Ghosts?

Mar-15-2012: Channel-4 Documentary Proves Sri Lanka Committed War Crimes

Mar-11-2012: War Crime Court and its Conflicting Interests

Mar-08-2012: Sex Abuse and Murder in Sri Lanka- New Photos Emerge

Mar-02-2012: A Very Uncivil War – Ghastly Images- Gross Detail and Denial of Sri Lanka’s Genocide

Feb-28-2012: Americans Praise Sri Lankan Politicians who Orchestrated Genocide

Feb-28-2012: Tweets from Tamil Eelam

Feb-24-2012: Two of Sri Lanka’s Foulest War Crimes

Feb-19-2012: Will Another Documentary on Sri Lanka’s Genocide Impact the Geneva Human Rights Session?

Feb-08-2012: The Questionable Effectiveness of Lighting Yourself on Fire

Feb-03-2012: Sri Lanka’s Independence Day- a Black Day for Tamil Eelam

Jan-11-2012: While UN Claims Zero Tolerance, No Discipline of Sri Lankan Abusers in Haiti

Dec-28-2011: Why Was a Red Cross Manager on Vacation from Gaza Murdered in Sri Lanka?

Nov-24-2011: Fear, Genocide and Torture in Sri Lanka

Nov-21-2011: London Calling: Time for Sri Lanka’s Release of Post-Conflict Report

Nov-11-2011: Ode to a Humble Hero of Sri Lanka: Dr Brian Senewiratne

Oct-15-2011: Genocide 101: World and Media Apathy

Oct-08-2011: Sri Lanka Joins Israel in Naval Attacks on Unarmed Fishermen

Oct-05-2011: War and its Aftermath… a Real Killer for Tourism

Oct-01-2011: Sri Lanka in the Crosshairs of Canadian Parliament

Sep-13-2011: Sri Lanka Recalls Diplomat Accused of War Crimes

Aug-31-2011: ‘No Song and Dance’ Over Sri Lanka War Crime Admissions

Jul-25-2011: Former Sri Lanka President’s Children ‘Reacted With Anguish’ to Tamil Genocide Program

Jul-22-2011: M.I.A. – A Beautiful Reflection of the Besieged Tamils of Sri Lanka

Jul-17-2011: 44 Prisoners Join Hunger Strike at Vavuniya Prison in Sri Lanka

Jul-14-2011: The Bush Administration’s Role in Sri Lanka’s Tamil Genocide

Jul-13-2011: Fields Should be for Sports, not Genocide… Sri Lanka

Jun-29-2011: Sri Lanka Continues Genocide, Thumbing Nose at UN and World

Jun-20-2011: Sri Lanka’s Violence Toward Tamil Minority Continues

Jun-18-2011: ‘International Day in Support of Victims of Torture’Remember the Tamil Genocide

Jun-17-2011: European Tourists Waylaid in Sri Lanka, Resurgence of ‘White Van’ Crime

Jun-15-2011: Tamil Genocide Explored in Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields

Jun-02-2011: UN Experts: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide Video is Real

May-31-2011: New Song ‘Depression’ – Graphic Truth of Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide

May-31-2011: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide: Killing the Messenger

May-03-2011: Confronting the Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka

Apr-27-2011: Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka Emerges Into Public View

Apr-22-2011: World Ignores Genocide of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Population

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Tim King in 2008, covering the Iraq War

Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer

Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com’s Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine.

Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from The Associated Press the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs, Electronic Media Association and The Red Cross In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005.

Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim’s life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 20+ countries and regions.

Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide with an emphasis on Palestine and Sri Lanka, Iraq and Afghanistan, and the U.S. Marines. You can write to Tim at this address: tim@salem-news.com. Visit Tim’s Facebook page (facebook.com/TimKing.Reporter)

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June 25, 2012

Sri Lanka Can’t Deny: Colombo Telegraph Revelation Turns Sri Lanka’s War Crime In To A New Chapter

Filed under: eelamview, genocide srilanka, tamil eelam, war crime videos — Tags: , , — எல்லாளன் @ 6:45 pm

The Colombo Telegraph revelation of Isapriya’s “tied and untied hands” visuals  contradicts Sri Lankan government’s claim that the broadcast Channel 4 video is fake and turns the request for “Sri Lanka’s war crime investigation” in to a new chapter.  Sri Lanka Can’t Deny ThisDisturbing Video Proves Sri Lanka Army Committed War Crimes”, Tim King wrote to  Salem-News.com. 

Below we produce Tim Kings report based on Colombo Telegraph revelation. 

I’ve written about Issapria before… she was a young reporter from Sri Lanka whose life and dignity were stripped away by government forces as they carried out a series of war crimes on the minority Tamil population.

Issapria’s body is lying in the foreground on the left.

The acts manifested particularly savagely in the Vanni during the bloody month of May 2009.

The Tamil minority of Sri Lanka waged a decades-long war for independence. This unfortunate young woman was born into her existence, she didn’t choose it. Her whole life was in front of her, when she was viciously sexually attacked and murdered. This is the only woman I ever came to know after she was already dead.

To this day, in spite of mounting evidence, the government of Sri Lanka denies that it conducted illegal war crimes against both resistance fighters and civilians in the north during the conclusion of the three-decade long civil war.

The administration of President Majinda Rajapakse refuses to acknowledge that its goal was to humiliate and eradicate these Hindu and Christian victims.

But Issapria, even in her death, is here to tell us a story that allows everyone to conclusively agree that allegations of sex abuse, murder and mass deception are part of this war and thus, a direct attribute of the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) and the Rajapakse government. Allowing Sri Lanka’s crimes against its own citizens to remain unpunished, is like issuing a license for mass murder.

It rubs salt in the wounds of all war crime victim families, and makes international law, frankly, into little more than a joke. Sri Lanka’s excuse for ethnic cleansing is that the fought terrorists, but it employed terrorism a thousand times more potent.

There are too many excuses. These are what this government offers when it is not directly accusing its critics of being blatant liars with personal agendas.

Excuses, reasons, explanations…

Also known as ‘Shoba’, Issapria was many things. She was a mother, a dancer, an actor and journalist with TamilNet, a media group we often carry. Issapria was a member of the armed resistance group LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) but she had health issues and she didn’t carry a rifle, she carried a microphone.

But even if she had been a full bore LTTE fighter, there are international laws that protect combatants after they are prisoners of war.

Sri Lanka did not follow these rules of war.

In the first photos of Issapria, she is dead, her clothes are stripped away from her body, her hands are tied behind her back and her pants are pulled down, her legs are spread. But in similar photos of her in this same place, she is alternately positioned.

Either way, dead women with their legs open and their clothing stripped away, who are bound, are generally rape victims.

She is photographed and videotaped initially it appears, where the murder likely occurred. These are the images that show her with her hands bound behind her back. They are backed up with video that Channel 4 used in ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ and it shows, very very clearly, that the girls who are recently killed, are actually covered up to some degree when the video begins, and then the clothes come off again to reveal their damaged, nude, dead bodies.

The defensive posturing of Sri Lankan nationalists is endless, as are the endless denials by a network of Sinhalese Buddhist supporters who refuse to accept evidence or even acknowledge the extremely obvious. Some, like Romesh Senewirante, claim to know all about the war, yet he was in Australia when it happened. Commenting on the new information and video, Sinewirante wrote:

Why are these videos in black and white – for dramatic effect?

A comment from another (there are many) person using the name Dissanayake in my last article about these images, suggests that these blatant photographs represent legal war conduct.

“It is an exaggeration to say that these video clips show any war crimes”, fails to hit its mark.”

In disagreement with my assessment, Dissanayake added:

It is very understandable to remove cloths of female fighters because they may be from suicide formations. It is dangerous to take all the dead bodies without through search. I can remember the cloths of the male LTTE fighter who was the pilot of the last suicide air attack near the Katunayake airport were removed for searching of similar items. It was done in front of the magistrate.

These are hard images to look at, but they tell more of a story now, than they did at first. A London attorney named Vasuki Muruhathas, who represents an unnamed Tamil war crime victim, recently acquired and released 32 new video clips of captured and dead LTTE fighters.

It is clip #28, at 2:56, that heavily indicts Sri Lanka in the death of Issapria.
This video shows her body in a row of dead fighters, presumably photographed for identification by the Sri Lankan Army.

Smoking Gun

Even in this video the photographer pauses and comments on her naked body. But the thing that sets it apart, is that the young woman is not bound in these shots. Her hands have been untied to make her appear as one more dead resistance fighter, but we know that shortly before this, she was laying in a pool of blood with her hands tied.

This is where the deception of Sri Lanka’s government clearly enters the picture. They really must have assumed their critics are dumb.

Several things become clear:

Issapria was captured alive or surrendered, or else she would not have been restrained. Nobody ties the hands of a dead person, so she was alive at first.

The positioning of her body; the nudity and seemingly depraved references to her naked form recorded on video, indicate a state of sexual interest and assault.

The fact that her hands are untied and that she is laid in a row of corpses, proves that the SLA tried to cause the viewer and consequently the world public, to believe that her death was a legal act of war when it could not possibly have been.

We have the proof and there is no need to ask about whether war crimes took place, indeed the only question left is ‘how many?’ This revelation brings hard reality to Sri Lanka.

Donald Gnanakone has been working with Vasuki Muruhathas to distribute this material into the public channels and it is working. His contributions to the Colombo Telegraph are both informative and revealing:

A new video shows the LTTE media TV announcer Issapriya’s naked body lies with the hundreds of dead bodies, but this time her hands are untied. The security forces officer speaking in Sinhala language to a female says, “here, here, Voice of Tiger announcer.” (Watch at 2.56mins in the below video) When her dead body was photographed the first time , her hands were tied behind her back and allegedly raped.  – http://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/warning-disturbing-images-issapriyas-naked-body-with-tied-and-untied-hands/”> Exclusive – Warning Disturbing Images: Issapriya’s Naked Body With Tied And Untied Hands – Colombo Telegraph The video clearly demonstrates a pattern of woeful consistency of the Sri Lankan forces.  Most of the female armed and unarmed combatants, and civilians are always stripped naked  or their underwear and down to their knees and the bras are either missing or near their neck, exposing the breast of teenage girls or young women. Only a few men are stripped naked.

I did not know before, that Issapria would speak to us from the grave and point us to irrefutable evidence, good enough to prove this point in any court. The real tragedy is that her case is only one, and we are putting this together largely because she is highly identifiable. I look at the other new video clips, and compare them to the photos of slaughtered Tamil Tigers we are all supposed to believe were “killed during combat operations” with the SLA. At this point only Issapria is showing us proof positive evidence, but I suspect there is a great deal more and it too will show itself to us eventually. At one point the world will no longer be able to ignore this painful series of international crimes and the reign of Majinda will come to a crashing close.

It absolutely can not be avoided.

Note from Colombo Telegraph: Our story ”Exclusive – Warning Disturbing Images: Issapriya’s Naked Body With Tied And Untied Hands” has nothing to do with our contributor Donald Gnanakone as the writer says. We have only linked Donal’s Colombo Telegraph article  ”Sri Lanka’s War Crimes: US Should Not Dance Around UN And UNHRC” to our revelation text.

At 4:34 in this clip, we see the body of Issapria with her hands  bound behind her back.

Issapria’s body is shown at 2:56 with her hands untied. Earlier images show her likely where she was killed, with her hands tied behind her back.

By  -Colombo Telegraph,

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Related images ;

Disturbing Images Of war Crimes: Rape And Killings

June 22, 2012

New War Crime Videos Surface from Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide

Filed under: genocide srilanka, tamil eelam, war crime videos — Tags: , — எல்லாளன் @ 5:53 pm

New evidence illustrates extreme violations of international law, yet hope remains as a voice from Canada calls the Tamil Diaspora home.

Tamil dead
Videos and photos accompanying this article are extremely graphic; those sensitive to these types of images are advised to view with extreme caution, not suggested for children.

(SALEM) – More evidence of war crimes in Sri Lanka; it is a disturbing matter and the images contained in this article are tragic and gruesome, so proceed at your own discretion.

While these images shake us to the core, it is also true that a strong voice can accomplish tremendous healing for an embattled population when inspiring people and leading them to direct action.

Tremendous devotion and passion are required when delivering people out of Genocide and back to their rightful place. This story is about death and Genocide, and also about a new voice raising hope for those living within the Tamil Diaspora.

Victims of State Terrorism

The Tamil Hindu and Christians who live in the north of Sri Lanka were slaughtered mercilessly in a military onslaught that failed to distinguish civilian from militant in the months preceding the summer of 2009.

Some say 40,000 died, but others place the number much higher. Regardless of the number that died, upwards of 160,000 Tamils ceased to exist when the war ended.

The photos of the dead and dying are so graphic and sad; they leave lasting impressions for those of us who spend time researching this subject and writing about it. We can only begin to imagine the emotional scars that exist as a result of this time period. The toll inflicted upon these people is the result of a calculated Genocide.

One of the darkest aspects for the government of Sri Lanka, is the fact that the military attacks in the north all came at a time that a cease fire between the Tigers and the SLA was in place.

Graphic Videos Offer Few Answers

From this part of this article forward, 17 video clips and one slide show containing 23 images, comprise the group of media dispatched from London to our newsroom, in hopes of identifying those shown. I do not suggest that highly sensitive people look at these, although on the other hand I think we all need to see them to comprehend the enormity of this tragedy.

www.dailymotion.com/video

Today the Tamil survivors are denied the Right of Return that is granted under international law and specifically called for under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights enacted by the United Nations in the late 1940’s.

The efforts to wipe out the Tamils began after the election of the current president of Sri Lanka, Majinda Rajapakse, in 2005. Using the assistance of George W. Bush and Tony Blair, Sri Lanka’s political planners went about having the armed resistance and political leadership of Tamil Eelam, called sometimes a ‘breakaway state’, declared a terrorist group.

The LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) lost its ability to bargain for Tamils in the world political forum with the ‘terrorist’ designation.

It was the beginning of the end.

Along with the military invasion of the north came heinous crimes against women and children. The cruelty that was recorded in many cases by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers themselves, is devastating to the viewer.

The new series of video that are making the rounds, shows Tamil Tiger prisoners being transported on a bus with the bodies of their dead, handcuffed and helpless.

We recently carried an article that showed the new photographs that were released just before these video clips sent to our newsroom by a London attorney, Vasuki Muruhathas, who represents an unnamed Tamil war crime victim. Captive, Handcuffed and Dying… ‘Brutal’ and ‘Shocking’ Describe Newly Released Sri Lanka War Crime Images, shows up close the helpless prisoners cuffed to the metal rails of the bus seats.

Their faces are forlorn and they are very, very young. Not surprisingly, their faces are painted with shades of resignation that seem inevitable. They know the hatred that the Sinhalese hold for them and with a designation of ‘terrorist’ they are regarded as non-humans.

There are several clips of them alive, many appearing to be seriously injured; we are trying along with other groups to identify these victim/prisoners and learn if any are alive or accounted for.

If you have any information of any kind regarding these captured Tigers, please contact us. The comment section is always an option, if the information is private just note this and the comment will not be published, the information will simply be put to good use to help determine identities and the status of the individuals.

A number of clips show rows and rows of dead people who appear to be Tamil Tigers as many are wearing the uniform of the LTTE. As if providing today’s investigators of this series of war crimes some type of morbid favour, the SLA photographed and videotaped a great deal of their actions against the Tamils.

More Rows of Dead Bodies

The photographers in this event from the SLA, used video cameras to document the dead and it appears that they are all recorded at a reasonably close proximity. Whether they correlate to the above images is not known; again we are seeking any information that is out there, and we will treat it carefully and properly; the ultimate goal is to be able to provide relatives with answers.

In typical fashion as you see in these images, the women are almost all exposed, their shirts missing or lifted to expose their breasts, many have had their pants removed. It is a sad fact that a a large number of Tamil women and girls were brutalized by the Sri Lankan soldiers.

Past articles have carried the grisly details and some clips even show the SLA abusing the dead and dying bodies of female prisoners. Their morbid comments are among other things, absolutely and completely remorseless.

This is the result of total indoctrination. There is little difference between the Sri Lanka conflict and others in this respect. Resistance groups and their oppressors are often raised to see their counterpart as something close to subhuman.

Hatred and constant killing compounds the bitterness and chances of peaceful co-existence fly out the window; healing from these traumatic events is very difficult for people on both sides of the conflict.

This is a killer of all hope for legal behavior and makes human rights laws become meaningless.

This is why the war crimes of Sri Lanks must not go unpunished; this government has proven to the world conclusively that it is not capable of behaving in a humane or legal manner.

There are endless examples of this taking place and there is the revolting fact that Sri Lanka went after the journalists who wrote honestly about what happened to the Tamils after Rajapakse and his brothers took over the country.

I have written about this detail of the Genocide also and the links to all of my past reports are located below this story and clearly identified.

The sad truth is that many Sinhala Buddhists are raised to hate Tamils and it is a fact that the same is true of Tamils. The divide is tragic for all of the people of this otherwise beautiful island nation.

The history of both cultures here is ancient and there is no reason that the two cultures can not live together peacefully. It is the drive to establish the ideal Sinhala nation that has driven these Buddhists to become such cold blooded killers.

As much as Lankan nationalists would like to deny it, the fact remains that its government is a conduit of state terrorism and its hands are soaked in the blood of tens of thousands of Tamils, and also many Sinhalese who support equal human rights.

There are many examples over the years; both in the time period following liberation from English colonization in the late 1940’s, and all of the following generations, of Sri Lanka removing and striking the Tamil culture from official account. This all fed the notion of separation with Tamil Eelam and only the national ego of Sri Lanka’s majority have kept this process from becoming fully implemented.

Black July in 1983 saw mobs of Sinhalese Buddhists terrorize thousands of Tamils, raping and murdering people simply because they were Tamil and burning down countless homes and businesses.

It was retaliation to the SLA casualties in a battle with the LTTE. Armed forces fought armed forces; yet the retaliation by a firebrand Buddhist monk close to the government, led to massive carnage.

Krishna Saravanamuttu, A Promising Future Diaspora Leader

Krishna Saravanamuttu, a 26 old Tamil Canadian, who is a winner of Queen’s Jubilee Medal, is a promising young Diaspora leader on the rise. In all the forums he spoke he emphasized the need for an independent international investigation into the war crimes and genocide of Eelam Tamils by Sri Lanka. Mr. Saravanamuttu called on Canada to support the eviction of Sri Lanka from the Councils of the Commonwealth. He has also also been demanding a referendum among the Eezham Tamils on the basis of historical, earned and remedial aspects of Tamil sovereignty as the only means to check the protracted genocide of the Eelam Tamil nation. This is in sharp contrast to some of the wavering stand taken by some of the older Tamil leaders.

It is about time the various Diaspora and Eelam Tamil leaders merge together and put up a common stand on the question of sovereignty and Eelam statehood. For a million Tamil Diaspora a dozen Tamil parties is just too much. It is also about time the older generation move the youth to the forefront and they take a back seat.

Mr Glen Murray, the Canadian cabinet minister in-charge of universities, who nominated him for the award, told TamilNet, “Krisna has provided outstanding leadership in Canada’s student movement, in his advocacy with the United Nations for justice for Tamils around the world and his leadership in building youth organizations committed to social justice and human equality.”

“He is one of our countries emerging leaders and demonstrates the personal integrity that has earned him the trust of so many and allowed him to accomplish so much,” Glen Murray further said. A Canadian minister cannot be far out of mark. Please listen to the tube to find out what he has to say.

- Special thanks to Noel Vethanayagam

A Light in the Darkest of Night

A young Canadian named Krishna Saravanamuttu, is speaking out for Eelam Tamils and making a number of points clear:

  • Tamils are the victims of a Genocide in Sri Lanka at the hands of the Sinhalese Buddhist government that peaked in May 2009, yet has reigned for more than sixty years.
  • The Genocide is not over, as 100,000 occupational troops remain in the north and east; Eezham Tamils are prevented from returning to their homes, and resuming ownership of property that is rightfully theirs.
  • Seeking meaningless war crime sanctions will not lead to any real results or positive lasting change for Tamils who seek to live in the Tamil homeland. The only answer is for Tamil Eelam to exist as a nation, which it has, and does still; according to previously established doctrine.
  • Tamil Eelam’s existence as a recognized sovereign government, gave it legitimate power to defend itself; therefore completely and totally legitimizing the role of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
  • The Tamil Tigers did not form, nor did any Tamils partake in any form of armed resistance, until after three decades of attempting to counter Genocide through non-violent civil disobedience. The elimination of languages and culture are indeed, also aspects of Genocide.

Krisna Saravanamuttu has the unique ability to reach Americans and Canadians in English delivered without a hint of an accent. His sincere call for a Tamil homeland to be established is logical and conforms to established international law, which Sri Lanka has violated for so many years.

The Tamil Diaspora needs a bright light to guide them through the fog; an enlightened leader who can reach the western power brokers and make them understand the fact that none of Sri Lanka’s problems would exist had the colonizing British not divided this population; giving advantages to the Tamils that Sinhalese were denied; resentment was fierce and the payback to the Tamils for a preference they received but did not ask for, has been a terrible bloody mess for too long.

Krisna Saravanamuttu on Tamil Sovereignty Cognition: Declaration on universal justice to the national question of Eelam Tamils.

Tim King Salem-News.com
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Tim King’s previous Salem-News.com reports on Sri Lanka:

Jun-10-2012: UN Targets Reporter Who Criticized Sri Lanka War Crime Suspect

Jun-08-2012: Captive, Handcuffed and Dying… ‘Brutal’ and ‘Shocking’ Describe Newly Released Sri Lanka War Crime Images

May-07-2012: Sri Lankan Buddhist Mobs Call for Mosque Demolition

Apr-27-2012: Big Trouble for Sri Lanka: UN Has Cluster Bomb Evidence from Northern Province

Apr-12-2012: Carpetbaggers in Sri Lanka: Traitors Terrorize Northern Tamils

Apr-10-2012: Sri Lanka: Genocide and Poor Toilet Training

Mar-23-2012 UN Warns Sri Lanka Against Retaliating Toward Humanitarian Activists

Mar-22-2012: White Flags, White Vans and White Lies? A Closer Look at the Death of Colonel Ramesh

Mar-18-2012: Is Google Earth Hiding Sri Lanka’s Ghosts?

Mar-15-2012: Channel-4 Documentary Proves Sri Lanka Committed War Crimes

Mar-11-2012: War Crime Court and its Conflicting Interests

Mar-08-2012: Sex Abuse and Murder in Sri Lanka- New Photos Emerge

Mar-02-2012: A Very Uncivil War – Ghastly Images- Gross Detail and Denial of Sri Lanka’s Genocide

Feb-28-2012: Americans Praise Sri Lankan Politicians who Orchestrated Genocide

Feb-28-2012: Tweets from Tamil Eelam

Feb-24-2012: Two of Sri Lanka’s Foulest War Crimes

Feb-19-2012: Will Another Documentary on Sri Lanka’s Genocide Impact the Geneva Human Rights Session?

Feb-08-2012: The Questionable Effectiveness of Lighting Yourself on Fire

Feb-03-2012: Sri Lanka’s Independence Day- a Black Day for Tamil Eelam

Jan-11-2012: While UN Claims Zero Tolerance, No Discipline of Sri Lankan Abusers in Haiti

Dec-28-2011: Why Was a Red Cross Manager on Vacation from Gaza Murdered in Sri Lanka?

Nov-24-2011: Fear, Genocide and Torture in Sri Lanka

Nov-21-2011: London Calling: Time for Sri Lanka’s Release of Post-Conflict Report

Nov-11-2011: Ode to a Humble Hero of Sri Lanka: Dr Brian Senewiratne

Oct-15-2011: Genocide 101: World and Media Apathy

Oct-08-2011: Sri Lanka Joins Israel in Naval Attacks on Unarmed Fishermen

Oct-05-2011: War and its Aftermath… a Real Killer for Tourism

Oct-01-2011: Sri Lanka in the Crosshairs of Canadian Parliament

Sep-13-2011: Sri Lanka Recalls Diplomat Accused of War Crimes

Aug-31-2011: ‘No Song and Dance’ Over Sri Lanka War Crime Admissions

Jul-25-2011: Former Sri Lanka President’s Children ‘Reacted With Anguish’ to Tamil Genocide Program

Jul-22-2011: M.I.A. – A Beautiful Reflection of the Besieged Tamils of Sri Lanka

Jul-17-2011: 44 Prisoners Join Hunger Strike at Vavuniya Prison in Sri Lanka

Jul-14-2011: The Bush Administration’s Role in Sri Lanka’s Tamil Genocide

Jul-13-2011: Fields Should be for Sports, not Genocide… Sri Lanka

Jun-29-2011: Sri Lanka Continues Genocide, Thumbing Nose at UN and World

Jun-20-2011: Sri Lanka’s Violence Toward Tamil Minority Continues

Jun-18-2011: ‘International Day in Support of Victims of Torture’Remember the Tamil Genocide

Jun-17-2011: European Tourists Waylaid in Sri Lanka, Resurgence of ‘White Van’ Crime

Jun-15-2011: Tamil Genocide Explored in Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields

Jun-02-2011: UN Experts: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide Video is Real

May-31-2011: New Song ‘Depression’ – Graphic Truth of Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide

May-31-2011: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide: Killing the Messenger

May-03-2011: Confronting the Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka

Apr-27-2011: Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka Emerges Into Public View

Apr-22-2011: World Ignores Genocide of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Population

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Tim King in 2008, covering the Iraq War

Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer

Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com’s Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine.

Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from The Associated Press the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs, Electronic Media Association and The Red Cross In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005.

Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim’s life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 20+ countries and regions.

Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide with an emphasis on Palestine and Sri Lanka, Iraq and Afghanistan, and the U.S. Marines. You can write to Tim at this address: tim@salem-news.com. Visit Tim’s Facebook page (facebook.com/TimKing.Reporter)

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