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February 7, 2013

"No Fire Zone" Killing Fields of Srilanka – Channel 4 Trailer

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NO FIRE ZONE: A film of record and a call to action: The true story of war crimes committed at the end of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009

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Carefully evidenced and powerfully measured, ‘No Fire Zone’ is a feature length film about the final awful months of the 26 year long Sri Lankan civil war told by the people who lived through it. It is a meticulous and chilling expose of some of the worst war crimes and crimes against humanity of recent times –  told through the extraordinary personal stories of a small group of characters and also through some of the most dramatic and disturbing video evidence ever recorded.

This footage allows us to document the day to day horror of this war in a way almost never done before: Footage recorded by both the victims and perpetrators on mobile phones and small cameras – viscerally powerful actuality from the battlefield, from inside the crudely dug civilian bunkers and over-crowded makeshift hospitals.

Footage which is nothing less than direct evidence of war crimes, summary execution, torture and sexual violence.

This was supposed to be a war conducted in secret.  The Government excluded the international press, forced the UN to leave the war zone and ruthlessly silenced the Sri Lankan media – literally dozens of media workers were killed, exiled or disappeared. While the world looked away in the first few months of 2009 around  40,000 to 70,000 civilians were massacred – mostly by Sri Lankan government shelling, though the Tamil Tigers also stand accused of war crimes.

The film starts in September 2008.  An air of deep foreboding hung over Kilinochchi– the de facto capital of the Tamil homelands of Northern Sri Lanka. The armed forces of the ultra-nationalist Sinhalese government of Sri Lanka were on the move, and the brutal secessionist army of the Tamil Tigers was on the retreat. After a twenty-six year revolt – the scene was set for the final awful endgame.

We have looked at and translated hours of raw footage which captures the day-to-day life of the people who lived and in many cases died – during the 138 days of hell which form the central narrative of our film.  This footage is an incredibly intimate account of human suffering.

But the film is also built around compelling personal stories.  There is Vany – a young British Tamil who was visiting relatives in Sri Lanka who became trapped along with hundreds of thousands of other men, women and children, desperately fleeing the government onslaught.  She had trained as a medical technician in the UK, now she found herself helping in a makeshift hospital while doctors tried to treat hundreds of desperately injured people, in some cases performing major surgery without general anaesthetic.

Other people who tell their stories include two of the last UN workers – Peter Mackay and Benjamin Dix – forced to leave on the orders of the UN which, they feel, was betraying its fundamental duty to protect.

Inevitably too, this film is the personal story of some who didn’t make it.

‘No Fire Zone’ also brings the story up to date.  The Sri Lankan government still denies this all happened in what thy describe as an “humanitarian rescue”.  The repression and ethnic restructuring of the Tamil homelands in the north of Sri Lanka continues – journalists and government critics are still disappearing. The government will tolerate no opposition and have even turned on their own judiciary, impeaching the Chief Justice of the country when she found they had acted unconstitutionally.

Without truth there can be no justice in Sri Lanka.  And without justice there can be no peace.   We hope our film can be part of that truth-telling.

We offer this film, not just as the definitive film of record, but also in the hope it will jolt the international community and audience to call for action.

[ more ] http://nofirezone.org/

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Director, Callum Macrae has been making films for 20 years in the UK and around the world, including Iraq, Japan (in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake), Haiti and several in Africa – covering wars and conflicts in Cote D’Ivoire, Uganda and Mali.

His films have ranged from observational documentaries to history documentaries, to current affairs investigations – some polemical, some light-hearted, but usually with a focus on the unheard and disenfranchised. His most recent major project was the two TV documentaries on the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka.

He’s a Bafta nominee and has won a large number of awards including two Royal Television Society awards, two One World awards, an Indie award, an Amnesty award and the Columbia DuPont Broadcast journalism award for his work in Japan after the Tsunami. As a writer he won the Campaigning Journalist Award.  This year he was named as number two in Broadcast’s 100 hottest Directors list and awarded a Scottish Bafta Special Achievement Award.

Producer, Zoe Sale is an award winning journalist and filmmaker. She worked on both previous UK TV documentaries about

Sri Lanka. For the last twelve years she has been making current affairs and factual programming for the BBC, ITV, ITN, C4, C5 and National Geographic. Before training as a journalist she worked as a political researcher and environmental lobbyist.

Editor, Michael Nollet began his career assisting in the cutting rooms of Michael Winterbottom (24-Hour Party People), Andrea

Arnold (Red Road, Fish Tank) and Ridley Scott (Kingdom of Heaven).  Since turning fully to editing he has cut BBC flagship projects from Horizon to Panorama; most notably “The Conspiracy Files: 9/11″ (Shortlisted for a European Golden Link Award, Best Factual Production) and “Travels with Vasari” (Shortlisted for BAFTA Best Documentary Production).

His work editing feature-length documentary includes “100 Doors” (Nominated for Best Feature Documentary, British Independent

Film Awards), “Moving to Mars” (Worldwide Version), “9/11: Phone Calls from the Towers” (Darlow Smithson Productions) and “Windscale: A Nuclear Disaster” (BBC) (Nominated for Best Use of Archive Footage in a Factual Documentary, Focal International Awards).

December 28, 2012

Yukio Takasu one of UN officials prevented Sri Lanka from being dragged into the UNSC

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Takasu, Tamils’ adversary in UN Security Council?
[TamilNet, Friday, 28 December 2012, 00:15 GMT]
Yukio Takasu, the 2009 President of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on the critical month of February, was one of the key UN officials who allegedly prevented Sri Lanka from being dragged into the UNSC for the unfolding mass scale killings in Mu’l’livaaykkaal, public statements made by UN officials during media stakes reveal. While some UN Security Council (UNSC) permanent members may have agreed with Takasu’a views, in a media stake out, Takasu lays out his “own” critical view of the “terrorist LTTE,” and the primacy of political and security need to “defeat” the Tigers over imminent large scale civilian casualties. Political observers believe that Japanese cultural views on refugees, asylum seekers may provide clues to Takasu’s approach and conduct in the UNSC that led to the disastrous outcome for the Tamil refugees trapped in Sri Lanka’s civil war.

Yukio Takasu was the President of the UNSC during February 2009 and later in 2010. He was also Japan’s Ambassador to the United Nations.

Yukio Takasu, President UN Security Council Feb, 2009

Yukio Takasu, President UN Security Council Feb, 2009

In the three media briefings on 9th, 20th and 27th February at the UN, Takasu, lays out the strategy adopted at the UNSC. Political observers commenting on the video pointed to the unmistakable hand of Takasu in adopting the chillingly cruel UN strategy to allow, in the name of security and politics, Colombo a free hand in the impending brutal massacre of nearly 80,000 civilians [Petrie Report: "an estimated 360,000 or more civilians were crowded into an ever smaller part of ‘the Wanni’ area of Northern Sri Lanka where many died as a result of sustained artillery shelling, illness and starvation. Almost 280,000 survivors were forcibly interned in military-run camps outside."]

To watch the UN video

In articulating first the UN’s motivations, and then responding to probing questions from a few journalists, Takasu is seen drawing his decades of experience in being a UN bureaucrat, as he switches between his three roles, the President of the UNSC, the Ambassador and as a Japanese private citizen, to deliver his message: that LTTE is the problem, and needs to be taken out. As a private citizen he confesses that no one wants to see “damage” to civilian people, but it is unfortunate [that we should allow that to happen in this instance].”

The videos and the associated news coverage by Innercity Press’s Matthew Lee during the civilian carnage at Mu’l’livaaykkaal, establishes, with reasonable certainty, Takasu’s involvement in continuing to refuse to taking up the matter at the Security Council.

Yasushi Akashi, Former Japanese Envoy to the Tokyo Co-Chairs

Yasushi Akashi, Former Japanese Envoy to the Tokyo Co-Chairs

Tamil activists also accuse another Japanese, Yasushi Akashi, the former Special Envoy of the Tokyo Co-chair to the Peace Process, for allegedly supporting US South Asia’s Secretary Blake, in architecting the defeat of Tigers. The co-chairs assembled a coalition of countries to first proscribe, then to arrest activists in the US, Australia, Canada, and in several European cities in a well-coordinated action to blunt the support from the Tamil diaspora by inculcating fear. Political observers say the Blake-led action, supported by co-chairs provided a internationally muted, clear political space for Colombo to carry out the massacre.

On Akashi’s visit in August 2012, three years after the Mu’l’livaaykkaal massacre, a Jaffna social activist commented: “Architects of the genocidal war cannot be mere listeners. They are answerable to the affected people and to the world. There is no foreign establishment involved in the island that doesn’t really know what is happening. Therefore, the boldness with which the grass-root aspirations of the nation of Eezham Tamils has to be politically translated in a befitting way should never be compromised in the island and in the diaspora.”

Observers also point out that specific to Japan-Sri Lanka relationship, the role of common bond through religion [Buddhism] and sympathetic overtures offered by Sri Lanka towards Japan following the WWII defeat, reinforce the skewed position of Japan in speaking in favor of Sinhala-centric political goals in Sri Lanka.

Research indicates that the Japanese society abhors refugees and asylum seekers to maintain a homogeneous population, and activists argue that this cultural instinct may have played a role in the Japanese officials’ mindset to allow humanitarian issues take a secondary role, and a factor behind the perceived insensitivity of the Japanese officials to the plight of Tamil civilians as hundreds of thousands were made refugees in their own homeland by deliberation action of the State. Takasu charaterizes the “impending crime-of-the-century” as “damage” to the “civilian people.”

Japan also remained the biggest donor nation to Sri Lanka for many decades as the state sponsored discrimination of Tamils and pogroms against Tamils plagued the Island- another Japanese, Colombo affiliation that may have likely played in the Takasu-Akashi involvement in the war which led to disastrous consequences to the Tamil civilians, political observes point out.

Takasu’s UN briefings, news reports on Sri Lanka, IDPs and War
Date of Briefings, News Reports Video, News Report Link [Start Time] Key Points made
February-09-2009 1. UN-Takasu Feb 09 2009 Video
2. Innercity Press Report
The 2009 President of the UN Security Council, and the Japanese Ambassador to the UN, Takasu, conducts the mediation to take up Sri Lanka for discussions in the UNSC: (First minute of the video only)
– Mexico requested discussions. Takasu says he is engaged in consultations.
– When pressed for details, says different members have different views of the conflict. Some concerned about the humanitarian aspect, some feel the war is an internal matter. Takasu says there is no UNSC agenda yet on the matter.
– British Ambassador remarked, “[t]he Tamil Tigers are a proscribed organization and the government of Sri Lanka has long been blighted by the activities of the Tamil Tigers. We want these to be brought to an end.”
Feb-20-2009 UN-Takasu Feb- 20-2009 Video [12:20]Yukio Takasu, reveals behind-the scene thinking of member countries of UN Security Council on Sri Lanka.
– Sri Lanka situation is not “just” a humanitarian issue, but involves politics and security
– LTTE is a terrorist organization that has broken several CeaseFire agreements
– LTTE is well organized, and uses CeaseFires to advance its military strategy
– LTTE uses civilians as “human shields”
Feb-27-2009 1. UN-Takasu Feb 27 2009 Video2. Innercity Press Report Important video from Takasu (Starting @00:00:35), points out the “Convergence of Views” indicating that UN will not impede in GoSL’s military action:
– Takasu says the Sri Lanka conflict will not be a Council agenda item going forward. (Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, even before the meeting began, called the briefing by UN humanitarian chief John Holmes a “one-time” event.)
– Takasu lays the blame for the catastrophe mainly on the LTTE and defends the Government while expressing serious concern on the humanitarian situation.
– Brings up terrorist LTTE exploting the IDPs for military advantage. Members have pointed out the terrorist list from US, EU. Escaping IDPs being shot by the LTTE, recruitment of child soldiers. THis is an important message from the Security Council.
– GoSL is taking precautions, and UN hopes GoSL exercises maximum restraint
– Convergence of views expect LTTE to lay down arms and participate in discussions in a political process towards “devolution” or “self-rule”…”whatever you call it”
– Says, action of the UNSC on Sudan is consistent with the UNSC refusing to take up Sri Lanka for discussions.
April-22-2009
1. ICP: Sri lanka discussions in UN Basement
2. ICP: Takasu praises his meeting innovations
- Security Council deliberation carried out off the record, came to be known as “basement briefings, as in the Innercity press report: “As the UN’s envoy to Sri Lanka Vijay Nambiar gave a begrudging basement briefing to the UN Security Council, France flexed up its humanitarian muscles while China offered unequivocal support to the government’s military crackdown in the north.”
– Takasu thinks this was an innovation: Reflecting on the changes Takasu architected to the procedures and “working methods” of the Security Council, Takasu says, “transparency to non Council members is the goal, and noted that the informal meetings on Sri Lanka, for example, were an innovation.”
Japan’s history on hostility to asylum seekers/immigrants
1. UNHCR article on Japan’s Immigration Policy
2. Japan’s policy of exclusion I
3. Japan’s policy of exclusion II
4. Waseda Research: Defying Convention
5. TamilNet: Akashi comes to ‘listen’ to people in Jaffna
Yukio Takasu and Yasushi Akashi, both UN diplomats, horned their diplomatic skills growing up in an environment that was hostile to refugees and immigrants. Popular images of refugees in Japan are dominated by media portrayals of precarious refugee camps in Africa, leading to misplaced biases that a refugee is, “poor, dirty and having a weak existence without the right of protection under international laws”:
– Japan joined the UN in 1956, it did not become party to the Refugee convention until 1981.
– Japan did accept White Russian refugees after WWI and Jewish refugees during WWII. However, those accepted tended to be the wealthy or intellectual elite.
– Japan’s restrictive immigration policy, reveals the cruel treatment Kurdish and Afghani asylum seekers received at the hands of the Ministry of Justice as they applied for refugee status.
– Japan which saw itself as ethnically, culturally and linguistically homogeneous the prospect of a mass immigration of refugees was alarming to the populace and the negative reaction of the Japanese Government reflected that concern.

Source: UN video archives, Wikileaks, ICP Reports

Chronology:

28.12.12  Takasu, Tamils’ adversary in UN Security Council?
19.12.12  Holmes, UN’s smokescreen to Mu’l’livaaykkaal killi..
17.12.12  Tamil Nadu protest calls for investigation on 3 UN..

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08.10.11   Japan’s defiance to adhere to UN Convention, leaves Tamil Re..
10.05.09   2,000 civilians feared slaughtered in a single night

External Links:

ICP: On Sri Lanka at UN, Mere “Remarks to the Press,” UK Says IMF Loan Not Relevant
JF: Open the Door– Japan ’s Policy of Exclusion of Refugees (Part 1)
ICP: To Visit Sri Lanka, Ban Ki-moon Called “Too Busy” by UN Sources, Despite Japanese Urging and Invitation
AUGov: The Problem with the 1951 Refugee Convention
ICP: Amid Death in Sri Lanka, UN Wedding in New York, Ban’s Visit Delay Questioned
ICP: UN’s and Ban’s Backing-Down to Sri Lanka Questioned by NGOs, IMF Delay Praised
Inner City Press: At UN, Sri Lanka Accused of Shelling Civilians, “Friendly Censure,” LTTE Condemned
ICP: At Sri Lanka Dialogue of UN Council, Photos on Wall, Press in the Hall
ICP: Sri Lanka Set for Security Council Dialogue in UN Basement, Beslan Analogy
ICP: In Sri Lanka 13,130 Missing IDPs Reported But Downplayed By UN
ICP: Sri Lanka Damage Satellite Photos Withheld by UNITAR
ICP: On Sri Lanka, UN Speak of Siege, Calls Cease-Fire Unrealistic, Only Private Diplomacy
Waseda: Defying Convention: Japan, National Identity and the Illegalisation of Asylum
ICP: In UN Council, Japan Works on Sri Lanka Issue
IPC: UN Still Withholds Casualty Numbers, Funds Detention Camps
Inner City Press: UN Meeting Called One-Off, UK Makes No Proposals, Holmes Differs from Ban
ICP: Mexico Invokes Responsibility to Protect, Rebukes Colombo’s “Inaccuracies”
ICP: On Sri Lanka, France Pitches Hospital Not IMF or Genocide
ICP: In N. Sri Lanka, 2,683 Civilian Killings This Year, UN Leaked Documents Show
ICP: UN’s Ban Declines To Call for Cease-Fire, Double Standard Unexplained
ICP: On Sri Lanka, UN’s Holmes Tells Council to Speak with One Voice, Envoy Request
ICP: On Sri Lanka in UN Basement, Rice of US Speaks, Libya Offers Money, and China Support
ICP: On Sri Lanka, UN Official Describes “Nightmare Scenario,” Treaty Official “Knows Better”
ICP: US’ Rice Joins Call for UN Council Briefing
JF: Open the Door– Japan ’s Policy of Exclusion of Refugees (Part 1)

 

November 14, 2012

UN Report on Sri Lanka Has Portions Blacked Out, No Nambiar, More Spin?

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No mention of Nambiar in UN report: ICP

“It is not at all clear that this long delayed Petrie report represents any more serious approach by Ban’s UN on the ongoing issues in Sri Lanka,” opined Inner City Press (ICP) on Wednesday after the UN released the Petrie report in which portions were blacked-out or redacted. The ICP said it did a fast word search and found that while the name of John Holmes – who defended his and the UN’s actions on Tuesday – appeared in the report, UN envoy Vijay Nambiar did not.

When the ICP questioned the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Martin Nesirky, he did not explain the redactions, a news report by the ICP said.

There was no answer from the UN spokesman to the question by ICP whether Mr Nambiar would be part of Ban’s new senior advisory team.

“After being excluded from a UN memorial service Wednesday morning after the Petrie photo op, Inner City Press spotted Nambiar leaving that closed session,” the ICP report further observed.

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“several USG participants and the RC did not stand by the casualty numbers, saying that the data were ‘not verified’. Participants in the meeting questioned an OHCHR proposal to release a public statement referencing the numbers and possible crimes.” says  UN  internal report into failures in Sri Lanka.

UN today released their internal report into failures in Sri Lanka.

Following are excerpts from the UN report;

Page 11

several USG participants and the RC did not stand by the casualty numbers, saying that the data were ‘not verified’. Participants in the meeting questioned an OHCHR proposal to release a public statement referencing the numbers and possible crimes.

Page 15

Several participants noted the limited support from Member States at the Human Rights Council and suggested the UN advocate instead for a domestic mechanism, although it was recognized that past domestic mechanisms in Sri Lanka had not led to genuine accountability. One participant said that “[i]t was important to maintain pressure on the Government with respect to recovery, reconciliation and returns and not to undermine this focus through unwavering calls for accountability …”

pages 66 and 67

The Policy Committee met two days later, on 12 March, to discuss Sri Lanka. Participants noted variously that “this crisis was being somewhat overlooked by the international community”, the policy “of coordinating a series of high level visits seemed to have produced some positive results”, and that the possible involvement of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide (SAPG) would not indicate a suspicion of genocide but may add to overcrowding of UN actors involved. Participants acknowledged the apparent need for a Special Envoy but noted this “did not seem politically feasible”. It was suggested that “the Secretary General’s [public] statements may have appeared a bit soft compared with recent statements on other conflict areas [and it] was suggested [he] cite the estimated number of casualty figures ….”. OHCHR said it would be issuing a “strong” statement which would include indicative casualty figures and raise the issue of possible crimes under international law by both sides.

Several participants questioned whether it was the right time for such a statement, asked to see  the draft before release and suggested it be reviewed by OLA. There was a discussion on “balancing” the High Commissioner’s mandate with other UN action in situations requiring the UN to play several different roles. The meeting led to the adoption by the Secretary-General, through the Policy Committee, of several decisions, including: continued engagement on “the immediate humanitarian, human rights and political aspects of the situation”; “system-wide advocacy” to press the LTTE to allow safe passage for civilians and UN staff; pressing the Government on protection and assistance to IDPs; inter-ethnic accommodation and
reconciliation; political advice to Sri Lanka; child protection; transitional justice; demining; reconstruction; disarmament, demobilization and rehabilitation; political solutions to the underlying causes of the conflict; and renewed efforts to establish an OHCHR field office.

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External Links:Inner City Press

UN Report on Sri Lanka Has Portions Blacked Out, No Nambiar, More Spin?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, November 14 — The UN said it would make the Petrie report into its actions and inactions in Sri Lanka public.

But when it put the report online at noon on Wednesday, portions had been blacked-out or redacted. Click here to view, for example Paragraphs 83 and 84 in the Narrative in Annex III.

Inner City Press did a fast word search and found that while “John Holmes” — who defends his and the UN’s actions on Tuesday — appeared in the report, UN envoy Vijay Nambiar did not.

Inner City Press asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Martin Nesirky who made the decision to black out portions of the report and whether Nambiar, who played a role in the White Flag Killings of surrendering Tamil Tiger leaders, would be part of Ban’s new senior advisory team.

Nesirky did not explain the redactions, repeating twice that some yet-unnamed senior UN officials will brief the press tomorrow. He did not answer on Mr. Nambiar.

Inner City Press reported and exclusively pursued that Ban accepted as a Senior Adviser on Peacekeeping Operations one of the Generals most associated with the killings in Sri Lanka in 2009, Shavendra Silva. If he accepted Silva, how not Nambiar?

Silva appeared with Kohona at a film screening in the UN’s Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium, fallout written up by the SLC, here.

After being excluded from a UN memorial service Wednesday morning after the Petrie photo op, Inner City Press spotted Nambiar leaving that closed session. So he was at the UN.

In what remained of Wednesday’s noon briefing, Inner City Press asked Nesirky if Ban has any comment on the impeachment of Sri Lanka’s chief justice by the Rajapaksa government. He does not, apparently.

Analysis: it is not at all clear that this long delayed Petrie report represents any more serious approach by Ban’s UN on the ongoing issues in Sri Lanka. Some call it a belated attempt at cover up, or covering something. But we will see, continuing to cover it.

November 13, 2012

UN failed Sri Lanka civilians UN report

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The United Nations failed in its mandate to protect civilians in the last months of Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war, a leaked draft of a highly critical internal UN report says.
“Events in Sri Lanka mark a grave failure of the UN,” it concludes.

The government and Tamil rebels are accused of war crimes in the brutal conflict which ended in May 2009.

The UN does not comment on leaked reports and says it will publish the final version.

The 26-year war left at least 100,000 people dead. There are still no confirmed figures for tens of thousands of civilian deaths in the last months of battle. An earlier UN investigation said it was possible up to 40,000 people had been killed in the final five months alone. Others suggest the number of deaths could be even higher.

Former senior UN official Charles Petrie, who headed the internal review panel, told the BBC the “penultimate” draft the BBC has seen “very much reflects the findings of the panel”. He is now in New York to present the report to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Sources say a brief executive summary, which sets out the panel’s conclusions in stark terms, has been removed in a final report which will number about 30 pages, with additional detailed annexes.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told the BBC the UN does not comment on leaked reports. He said a final version would be published once the secretary general had received and read it.

Senior UN sources say Ban Ki-moon is determined to act on its wide-ranging recommendations in order to “learn lessons” and respond more effectively to major new crises such as Syria now confronting the international community.

‘Systemic failure’

The UN’s investigation into its own conduct during the last months of the conflict says the organisation should in future “be able to meet a much higher standard in fulfilling its protection and humanitarian responsibilities”.

It points to a “systemic failure”.

The panel questions decisions such as the withdrawal of UN staff from the war zone in September 2008 after the Sri Lankan government warned it could no longer guarantee their safety.

Benjamin Dix, who was part of the UN team that left, says he disagreed with the pullout.

“I believe we should have gone further north, not evacuate south, and basically abandon the civilian population with no protection or witness,” Mr Dix told the BBC.

“As a humanitarian worker, questions were running through my mind ‘what is this all about? Isn’t this what we signed up to do?’”

Hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians remained in the war zone, exploited by both sides: forcibly recruited by Tamil Tigers or used as human shields; or under indiscriminate government fire.

“We begged them, we pleaded with them not to leave the area. They did not listen to us,” said a Tamil school teacher now seeking asylum in Britain, who did not want to be named. “If they had stayed there, and listened to us, many more people would be alive today.”

The 26-year war left at least 100,000 people dead (This report was first broadcast in May 2009)

Despite a “catastrophic” situation on the ground, this report bluntly points out that in the capital Colombo “many senior UN staff did not perceive the prevention of killing of civilians as their responsibility – and agency and department heads at UNHQ were not instructing them otherwise”.

It says there was “a sustained and institutionalised reluctance” among UN personnel in Sri Lanka “to stand up for the rights of people they were mandated to assist”.

‘Culture of trade-offs’

Citing detailed records of meetings and reports, the review highlights how the UN did not publish mounting civilian casualty figures even though a detailed annex makes clear there was a “rigorous methodology.”

Under intense pressure from the Sri Lankan government, it also did not make public that “a large majority” of deaths were caused by government shelling. The government repeatedly denied it shelled civilian areas.

How did the UN failure happen? The report explores at length how senior staff in Colombo “had insufficient political expertise and experience in armed conflicts and in human rights… to deal with the challenge that Sri Lanka presented”, and were not given “sufficient policy and political support” from headquarters. It also points to the Sri Lankan government’s “stratagem of intimidation”, including “control of visas to sanction staff critical of the state”.

The result was a UN system dominated by “a culture of trade-offs” – UN staff chose not to speak out against the government in an effort to try to improve humanitarian access.

Edward Mortimer, a former senior UN official who now chairs the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, says UN staff left when the population needed them more than ever.

“I fear this report will show the UN has not lived up to the standards we expect of it and has not behaved as the moral conscience of the world,” Mr Mortimer said.

“There was a responsibility to protect in Sri Lanka but unfortunately it didn’t get publicity like in Libya. The north of Sri Lanka was destroyed field by field, street by street, hospital by hospital but we didn’t get that kind of reaction – Sri Lanka doesn’t have much oil and isn’t situated on the Mediterranean.”

The executive summary of the draft highlights how “the UN struggled to exert influence on the government which, with the effective acquiescence of a post 9/11 world order, was determined to defeat militarily an organisation designated as terrorist”. The separatist Tamil Tigers, or LTTE, are a proscribed terrorist organisation in many capitals.

UN ‘chose silence’

There were no UN peacekeepers in Sri Lanka but this report says the UN should have told the world what was happening, and done more to try to stop it.

In New York, “engagement with member states regarding Sri Lanka was heavily influenced by what it perceived member states wanted to hear, rather than by what member states needed to know if they were to respond”.

During the last months of war, there was not a single formal meeting of the Security Council or other top UN bodies.

Frances Harrison, author of the book Still Counting the Dead on the last months of the war, told the BBC “the only way now for Ban Ki-moon to restore the UN’s tattered credibility on Sri Lanka is to call an independent international investigation into the slaughter of tens of thousands of civilians in 2009″.

“The UN chose to remain silent about potential war crimes,” says the former BBC Sri Lanka correspondent.

A former UN official said the establishment of a panel, headed by Mr Petrie who is known for his outspoken views, is a sign “at least part of the UN is very serious about dealing with its failure in Sri Lanka”.

Analysis

image of Charles Haviland Charles Haviland BBC News, Colombo

The final months of the war saw hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians – 330,000, according to the UN Panel of Experts (PoE) report of 2011 – trapped in the territory held by the Tamil Tigers (LTTE).

As the LTTE retreated from the government advance, they forced the civilians to come with them. According to the PoE most, though by no means all, of the civilian deaths were caused by government shelling. The Tigers shot people trying to escape and continued forcible conscription. The government rejected the report.

The only international organisation left in the shrinking rebel zone was the International Committee of the Red Cross. Four days before the war ended the ICRC spoke of an “unimaginable humanitarian catastrophe”.

Most of the media were completely excluded from the north. Five doctors in the rebel area who reported the casualty situation to the media were imprisoned by the government and in July 2009 paraded before the media and mysteriously recanted, saying fewer than 700 civilians died from January to May – a figure much lower than that the government this year admitted to.

(BBC)

November 6, 2012

சிந்திய குருதி சந்ததிக்கானது- காணொளி

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.

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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.

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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

 

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