US releases photos of civilian casualties of Sri Lankan civil war

US releases photos of civilian casualties of Sri Lankan civil war[ PTI ][ Jan 10 02:50 GMT ]

In a significant move coinciding with the visit of a top US official probing war crimes, American embassy here today posted pictures of places where civilians had died allegedly during Sri Lanka’s final war against rebel Tamil Tigers four years ago. The US embassy’s official Twitter handle uploaded a photo with a caption saying, “St Anthany’s Ground-site of Jan 2009 killing of hundreds of families by (Lankan) army shelling”. [ full story |

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Stephen Rapp was briefed on structural genocide at Bishop’s House in Jaffna[ TamilNet ][ Jan 10 02:57 GMT ]

After having caused massive deaths and disappearances on the Tamil civilian population during the times of war, the Sri Lankan State now continues to commit acts of structural genocide in the Tamil land. This aims at causing demographic and identity change, ethnic subordination and dilution of Tamils political power, the Bishop of Mannaar Rt. Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph told the visiting US diplomat on Wednesday. The visiting delegation was primarily interested in the details of the ‘war crimes’ during the final months of the war, according to Mannaar Bishop. Mr Rapp was told that an international investigation was necessary, not to punish any individual, but to create a conducive environment, which would in turn cause an attitudinal change on the part of the Sri Lankan State. [ full story |

UN resolution on Lanka will seek fresh international probe: US[ PTI ][ Jan 08 22:29 GMT ]

The US will seek an international probe into alleged rights abuses in the final months of Sri Lanka’s civil war against the LTTE under a third resolution at the UNHRC, a top American diplomat said here Wednesday. The US Ambassador-at-Large at the Office of Global Criminal Justice, Stephen J Rapp, conveyed this to the main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), at a meeting, MA Sumanthiran, a senior TNA legislator, said. [ full story |

Sri Lanka Found Guilty of Genocide against Tamils[ Havana Times ][ Jan 07 18:55 GMT ]

The fact that a month ago the Permanent People’s Tribunal found Sri Lanka guilty of committing genocide against the Tamil people and so few non-Tamil media has informed us of such is unjust oversight at best. I didn’t find out about this important decision until January 4. The Rome-based Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT) is an outgrowth of the original war crimes tribunal created during the war against Southeast Asia by Bertrand Russell and Jean Paul Sartre. [ full story |

The Bishop of Mannar calls for an international investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka[ Agenzia Fides ][ Jan 08 22:27 GMT ]

“We urgently need an international investigation to ascertain the truth about alleged war crimes, given that most of the Tamils in the north and east of the country no longer have confidence in an internal process. This will contribute to reconciliation”: is what is asked, in a note sent to Fides, by the Bishop of Mannar, Mgr. Rayappu Joseph, pointing out that many priests, lawyers, journalists and activists who have tried to cooperate with the institutions on the topic of “war crimes” have been threatened and intimidated. “On many occasions, the police and the Commission for Human Rights have even refused to accept complaints”, he says. [ full story |

Sri Lanka: Bishop calls for international investigation into war crimes[ Independent Catholic News ][ Jan 07 18:46 GMT ]

The Bishop of Mannar, Mgr Rayappu Joseph has called for an international investigation to ascertain the truth about alleged war crimes. He said: “Given that most of the Tamils in the north and east of the country no longer have confidence in an internal process. This will contribute to reconciliation”. Bishop Rayappu Joseph, pointed out that many priests, lawyers, journalists and activists who have tried to cooperate with the institutions on the topic of “war crimes” have been threatened and intimidated. “On many occasions, the police and the Commission for Human Rights have even refused to accept complaints”, he said. “Thousands of cases of human rights violations, sexual abuse, murder, disappearances, extrajudicial killings remain unpunished”. [ full story |

Enforced Disappearances in Sri Lanka: 2006-2013[ Groundviews ][ Jan 09 04:31 GMT ]

According to Article 7, paragraph 2(i) of the Rome Statute[1], an Enforced disappearance is defined as “…the arrest, detention or abduction of persons by, or with the authorization, support or acquiescence of, a State or a political organization, followed by a refusal to acknowledge that deprivation of freedom or to give information on the fate or whereabouts of those persons, with the intention of removing them from the protection of the law for a prolonged period of time”. Often when addressing the issue of enforced disappearances, the focus is on either the disappeared person, or the perpetrator. [ full story |

Rathika Sitsabaiesan trying to embarrass Sri Lanka, says commission[ CBC ][ Jan 09 11:19 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s official representatives in Canada are accusing a New Democrat MP of attempting to embarrass the Asian country’s government by claiming she faced political intimidation during a visit there. Earlier this month, Rathika Sitsabaiesan said in a brief statement she was warned by Sri Lankan officials during her private visit that she could be arrested and deported.At the time, fellow New Democrat MP Paul Dewar said after speaking to Sitsabaiesan — a Sri Lankan native of Tamil heritage — that his caucus colleague had been followed and closely monitored by authorities from the moment she arrived. [ full story |

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