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Mass Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka


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Brandy
- 3712 days ago - care2.com
Sri Lanka Army has killed 3812 Tamil citizens. 900 were children.



   

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 15, 2009, 7:46 pm
Noted with sadness. Thank you Brandy.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 15, 2009, 7:47 pm
Thank you Charles for sharing.
 

. (0)
Wednesday April 15, 2009, 7:52 pm
People like this do not need to be here. He is another Hilter. Even the pictures did not come out I know what they look like in my own mind for from history. from Custer to Hilter both were deranged men and took pleasure in killing women and childern. OH yes this man needs to be dealth with soon. Thanks Brandy.
 

JOSSIE ROSS (62)
Wednesday April 15, 2009, 7:57 pm
OUTRAGEOUS........THIS MUST STOP !!
 

Kit B (276)
Wednesday April 15, 2009, 8:45 pm
I posted a story about this about a week ago, the worst part is how few people seem to know what is going on in Sri Lanka. There is a slaughter happening and the American media is ignoring it...not bloody enough?
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 15, 2009, 9:12 pm
Noted/thanks Brandy
 

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Wednesday April 15, 2009, 10:25 pm
I believe that America is not resposible for the world.
 

Marena Chen (200)
Wednesday April 15, 2009, 11:04 pm
One must understand that the predominantly Buddhist Government and Population of Sri Lanka do not want to give up any part of their country to the Tamil speaking Hindus. The Tamils have, for decades, refused to integrate and the Government insists that they do. We here (unlike most western nations) have been seeing and reading about the atrocities committed by both sides (including the gory details) for a long time. I have tried to draw the attention of "civil rights activists" on other threads to this issue, but was ignored as all attention was focused on the Israel/Palestine conflict. Glad to see someone taking up the cudgel for this cause at last. However, the Sri Lankan Government is hell-bent on finally destroying the TAMIL TIGERS (not the Tamil Population) for starting this conflict 25+ years ago and they will not brook any outside interference. So many innocent people, on both sides of the divide, have been killed/maimed and made to suffer. Sad but true.
 

LucyKaleido S (82)
Thursday April 16, 2009, 12:11 am
I do hope that this post will make it to Front Page.
The situation of Tamil civilians trapped by & being killed off by the Sri Lankan army, as they attempt to give the 'final assault' to the Tamil Tigers, has been going on for not just for weeks but for months.

I, too, have tried to alert C2 members/opinion to this human rights disaster, but my posts have never made it to Front Page:

47 days ago: Sri Lankan Civilians Caught Between Worsening Military-Tamil Rebel Clashes (tags: Sri Lanka, military, LTTE, Liberation Tigers, Tamil, civilians, casualties, combat zone, Human Rights Watch, UN) -- 215,000 Tamil civilians trapped in north Sri Lanka as intense fighting goes on between military & Liberation Tigers. DemocracyNow! Amy Goodman's speaks to the founder of Sri Lanka Democracy Forum, Nirmala Rajasingham. In the early 80s, she was an active supporter of LTTE (the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) & was the 1st woman arrested under Prevention of Terrorism Act. She later left the LTTE over their serious human rights abuses.

I put the following link in the comments section of the above post: February 17, 2009- 'Forewarning of the perils of overkill': blog highlighting Noam Chomsky's view of the conflict: "But these (Sri Lankan military) triumphs are coming at the cost of even the most basic of human rights of large numbers of innocent Tamil people": "Commenting on the fate of the tens of thousands of people who fought with or supported the LTTE over the past three decades, Prof. Chomsky also said, “The general presumption should be that there will be a form of amnesty. It is probably not a bad idea to establish some kind of Truth Commission, without punitive powers, but with investigative powers. This could bring to light atrocities and crimes committed on all sides, as a step towards reconciliation and living together.” This statement takes on importance in the context of the stories that are filtering through word of mouth and through the internet of horrific conditions in the battle zones of the Wanni, and even in the welfare camps set up by the government.

There appears to be growing international concern about the humanitarian situation in the country. The UN Secretary General has said that Sri Lanka’s humanitarian crisis is an under reported one. The British government recently appointed a special envoy to Sri Lanka to address this crisis, which was rejected by the Sri Lankan government on the grounds that it was a unilateral action. But it shows the degree of concern amongst countries that have long been supportive of Sri Lanka’s development. In view of these pressures the government needs to reconsider its apparent policy of eliminating the last Tiger by military means even as the humanitarian cost of this strategy mounts."


79 days ago: Sri Lanka: Newspaper Editor and Wife Stabbed, Latest in String of Assaults on Journalists (tags: Sri Lanka, dissent, freedom, assault, media, press, protection, journalists, arrests, attacks, murder, Lasantha Wickramatunga, stabbing, President Rajapaksa, government) Only 2 wks ago, prominent dissident editor killed & TV station attacked by gunmen with grenades. Internat'l outcry over journalists' safety. Govt faulted for arresting journalists critical of policies & war on ethnic Tamil rebels. HumanRightsWatch calls on the Sri Lankan government to drop charges against JS Tissainayagam, an ethnic Tamil journalist, who was arrested in March and indicted five months later under an anti-terrorism law for writing two articles confronting issues involving Sri Lanka's minority Tamils.

The following 3 Human Rights Watch items are direct links in the comments section of this post:

1)Sri Lanka: Free Journalists Held Illegally

2)Letter to President Mahinda Rajapakse of Sri Lanka to Free Journalists Unfairly Held

3)The killing of a prominent newspaper editor today, January 8, and the bombing of a private television station on January 6, 2009, highlight the Sri Lankan government's failure to stop violence against the media, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said. The groups said that past investigations into attacks on journalists have led nowhere, and that the government should act quickly to bring the perpetrators of the attacks to justice. Sri Lanka prides itself as a functioning democracy. Yet media freedom, a vital pillar of democracy, has increasingly come under attack. The government should not take its recent military victories as a signal that it can stifle dissent.

Also in the comments section, the link to this post: Sri Lankan Editor Continues Fight From Grave - about Lasantha Wickrematunga, "the prominent dissident editor assassinated on Jan 8th, who was the editor-in-chief & journalist of the Sunday Leader, which, in only 15 years of existence, had come to be known as Sri Lanka's best independent newspaper.

He foresaw his own death and wrote a remarkable, tragic and accusing 2,500-word editorial, in a way his own obituary, which was published just days after his assassination. (He'd saved it on his computer, under the title, 'Final Ed.')

In it, he wrote: "When finally I am killed, it will be the government that kills me."

Addressing Sri Lanka's president, Mahinda Rajapakse - a close friend - he says: "In the wake of my death I know you will make all the usual sanctimonious noises and call upon the police to hold a swift and thorough inquiry. But LIKE ALL THE INQUIRIES YOU HAVE ORDERED IN THE PAST, NOTHING WILL COME OF THIS ONE, too. For truth be told, we both know who will be behind my death." "


Others, too, have posted on the humanitarian crises & the violence stifling voices that dare to report critically in Sri Lanka's press:

77 days ago: Tamil Tigers Hold 300 Patients Hostage in Sri Lanka Hospital - Telegraph; Ketutar Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers have prevented international aid workers from evacuating some 300 hospital patients inside rebel-held territory.

93 days ago: Sri Lankan Editor Continues Fight From Grave - Guardian; David -- A remarkable editorial written by one of Sri Lanka's best-known journalists foresees his own death and hints at the identity of the killers from within the ranks of Sri Lanka's government has been published days after he was murdered in a hail of gunfire.

From the Committee to Protect Journalists' Asia program coordinator: "The sheer brutality of the attacks in recent days is a clear indicator of how the war on the Sri Lankan media has moved far beyond the use of threats, intimidation, legal harassment, and sporadic violence to curb the media," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's Asia program coordinator.
 

LucyKaleido S (82)
Thursday April 16, 2009, 12:18 am
Forgot to say, Brandy, what a great illustration you've found !
 

LucyKaleido S (82)
Thursday April 16, 2009, 12:19 am
Sorry - link failed to materialize! This is the link to Sri Lanka: Newspaper Editor and Wife Stabbed, Latest in String of Assaults on Journalists - this is the post where the Human Rights Watch action links are in the comments section.
 

Brandy Huston (230)
Thursday April 16, 2009, 12:42 am
Thank You Allba and Others that try to draw attention to the conflict between the Sri Lanka Army and The Tamil Tigers. This has been going on for a long time and I have also tried to bring this to light here a couple of months ago. I have recieved the pictures and article in an email from a very close friend that lives in Tamil Nadu, India. He has told me that they had set up refugee camps for those that are trapped between The Sri Lankan Army and the Tamil Tigers. I really hope that this does make it to the front page because everyone needs to know about the suffering of the innocent people. I have also placed this on Myspace, Facebook, Twitter and will be adding it to every network site that I belong to. I pray that everyone will know about this by morning.
 

LucyKaleido S (82)
Thursday April 16, 2009, 4:47 am
You asked for a petition in the fwd I received:
I've found one on Avaaz, though it doesn't target the Indian govt as you wanted -

SRI LANKA NOT FORGOTTEN : http://www.avaaz.org/en/sri_lanka_civilians/?CLICKTRACK

Trapped in a deadly conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil rebels, an estimated 250,000 innocent civilians are in desperate need of help.

The U.S., Sri Lanka's biggest development and military aid donor, has called for protecting "safe zones" for civilians, and a cease-fire to allow food and medical aid--but Sri Lanka has refused, and civilians are under fire from both sides. If the U.S. turns up the pressure now, it could save lives -- and we have a chance to urge the Obama administration to do just that.

The U.S. State Department has agreed to brief Secretary Hillary Clinton on the number of messages sent about Sri Lanka. If enough of us around the world write in, we can make clear that Sri Lanka's war is no longer a "forgotten conflict," and help persuade the U.S. to take action.
Send a message now!

113,914 have sent messages. UPDATE 6 FEB: Goal of 15,000 reached in 18 hours! Help reach 120,000

 

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Thursday April 16, 2009, 5:19 am
Noted. I sent you a message Brandy, it might help you. TY kelli for the message.
 

Raj R. (0)
Thursday April 16, 2009, 9:08 am
This is most misunderstood conflict in the world.. Please stop using words such as Hitler and Genocide you really are insulting people that have suffer under a leader like Hitler and suffered from genocide.

Majority of the Tamils over 60% live in areas that is not under LTTE terrorist regime. They live in peace and and amount the other minorities and the Sinhalese majority. Take part in the democratic process taht has seen several governemtn changes over the last 25-30 years the conflict as been going on. LTTE however has ruthlessly rules the North East areas terrorizing the Tamil people and the other races that live in these areas.

the Current situation is not a good one. As a last resort to hold on to power the LTTE has corralled the innocent people to use them as human shield. I encourage you to goto the UN site and read the press releases from yesterday. Where they have finally said yes this in in fact true and during the two day cease fire the LTTE Terrorist had step up the pressure on these civilians to ensure they will not leave. Also encourage you to google for a video of young boy who was made an example by the LTTE when he tried to flee the area. I would post it but it is too graphic. The boys legs where hacked ruthlessly with axe. Mercyfuly the boy had passed away shortly after the video was shot.

Again please read the UN press release to report that exit interviews conducted by the Tamil people that are in fact leaving the conflict ridden areas are confirming that most of the people are being held in the areas by the LTTE. and are shot at if they attempt to leave.
 

. (1)
Thursday April 16, 2009, 9:53 am
Genocide is so horrific, that is it difficult to fathom any person, government, or human would mass kill people, anywhere, for anything. As being in a "civilized" nation, we probably do not often think of just out inhumane some countries are. This needs to end everywhere. This is against the law, against what is morally right, and people that participate in this kind of nightmare should not be allowed to ever walk freely again. Words cannot describe the way I feel about such an act against flesh and blood.
 

Tim Redfern (581)
Thursday April 16, 2009, 2:12 pm
I've mentioned a number of times in
the news that I'm a total junkie for
BBC World Service, so I have a pretty
good familiarization with Sri Lanka and
the trouble with the Tamils.
Raj, with all due respect to you, I do not
believe it is going too far to compare this
situation with Nazi Germany. However, the
closest paralell would be with Israel and
the Palestinians, imho. The Tamils have every
bit as much right to defend themselves as do
the Palestinian and Gazan people, and the Tamils
are also in the midst of a genocide situation.
It's past time to just stop all the killing,
to respect one another's differences, and to
just love one another! It's not difficult at all!
Bless you, Brandi!
Namaste'!
 

Samantha H (9)
Thursday April 16, 2009, 3:10 pm
How do we let this happen!!!!!!!!!!!!! These people need to be stopped!!! Mass murdering beeps!
 

Brigitte T (69)
Thursday April 16, 2009, 3:15 pm
I agree with you Tim.
Thank you Brandy.
 

David Gould (155)
Thursday April 16, 2009, 5:16 pm
There are two sides to any conflict situation...
and both sides believe they are right and are employing the right means to pursue their aims.
From the outside we can see that the use of human shields
whether by the Tigers or the Israelis
is totally reprehensible and must be condemned out of hand...
and all efforts must be made to give these people safe conduct out of the war zone.

But there are other suggestions here that seem to say that 'we' must try to put a stop to this...
and this I have major problems with...
who is the We that this refers to...
if it is the USA or the UK then...
No, No and NO!
We have between us caused enough mayhem with our interference in this world's affairs...
and we should be backing off...
There is a legitimate organisation in the UN who should be trying to elicit agreements between combatants...
they not us.

So let us help to get the human shields out and then pressurise the UN to act to bring about peace. Oh for once to have some sanity about the place.
 

Janet Solomon (231)
Thursday April 16, 2009, 7:40 pm
I have had a foster child in Sri Lanka for the last 10 years--and we've been in almost continuous contact, til this year. I thought it was simply that he was getting to be older--but when I received a drawn picture of a boy, holding a spear and a cross in the jungle, surrounded by TIGERS---I got worried and contacted the agency... they said he was fine....but there was definitely something he was trying to commmunicate to me wordlessly. MY G-D, if only I'd known the fear and horror he was going through!
 

LucyKaleido S (82)
Friday April 17, 2009, 12:59 am
Genocide Watch : International Campaign to End Genocide --
http://www.genocidewatch.org/aboutus.html

Mission Statement: Genocide Watch exists to predict, prevent, stop, and punish genocide and other forms of mass murder. We seek to raise awareness and influence public policy concerning potential and actual genocide. Our purpose is to build an international movement to prevent and stop genocide.

The International Campaign to End Genocide is an international coalition dedicated to creating the international institutions and the political will to end genocide forever.(more)


The 8 Stages of Genocide
By Gregory H. Stanton, President, Genocide Watch

Classification - Symbolization - Dehumanization - Organization - Polarization - Preparation - Extermination - Denial (more on each one on the site. -- http://www.genocidewatch.org/aboutgenocide/8stagesofgenocide.html)

Dr. Gregory Stanton: The Eight Stages of Genocide

Dr. Greg Stanton, the Founder and President of Genocide Watch, and the President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, created the Eight Stages of Genocide to provide a methodical analysis to predict, and prevent genocides. The Eight Stages of Genocide are: Classification, Symbolization, Dehumanization, Organization, Polarization, Preparation, Extermination, and Denial.

In this video, Dr. Stanton provides a summary of the Eight Stages of Genocide, and then applies this theory to the genocide in Darfur:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B70d2Z9yago


This is an incomplete list of press articles on the site about Sri Lanka.
I haven't been able to find a 'genocide alert' for Sri Lanka, however, so either they haven't issued one -they don't consider it a genocide- or else I am not looking in the right place. It is a site with a lot of resources & articles under different headings.

Press Articles/Updates on Sri Lanka:

7 April 2009 "UN calls for pause in Sri Lanka's civil war" by Scott McDonald

7 April 2009 "UN Expert Warns of Bloodbath in Sri Lanka's War" by The Associate Press

6 April 2009 "Fighting Intensifies in Sri Lanka" by Mark McDonald, The New York Times

6 April 2009 "Sri Lanka says war's end near, 453 rebels killed" by Scott McDonald

5 April 2009 "Violence Silences Voices of Sri Lankan Journalists" by Seth Mydans, The New York Times

5 April 2009 "Traumatised Tamils live in fear of new crackdown in Sri Lanka" by Annie Kelly, The Gaurdian

5 April 2009 "Sri Lanka safe zone now rebels' last stronghold" by The Associated Press

30 March 2009 "Sri Lanka 'Could Halt Fighting" by Anbarasan Ethirajan, BBC News

30 March 2009 "The Silent Horror of the War in Sri Lanka" by Arundhati Roy, The Times of India

30 March 2009 "Fierce Clashes in North Sri Lanka" by Anbarasan Ethirajan, BBC News

29 March 2009 "Sri Lanka Army 'Kills 15 Rebels' " by Anbarasan Ethirajan, BBC News

27 March 2009 "UN in Call for Sri Lanka 'Pause' " by BBC News

26 March 2009 "US Accuses Sri Lanka of Shelling Civilian Areas" by Louis Charbonneau, Reuters

14 March 2009 "U.N. Rights Official Fears War Crimes in Sri Lanka" by Seth Mydans, The New York Times

24 February 2009 "Tamil Rebels Offer Conditional Truce" by Mark McDonald, The New York Times

22 February 2009 "Sri Lanka's War On Several Fronts" by Emily Wax, The Washington Post

22 February 2009 "Price of Sri Lanka's army expansion is paid in grief" by Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times

21 February 2009 "2 Rebel Planes Shot Down Over Capital of Sri Lanka" by Somini Sengupta and Mark McDonald, The New York Times

13 February 2009 "In Sri Lanka, Tales Of Jungle Terror" by Emily Wax, The Washington Post

30 January 2009 "Sri Lanka leader vows safe passage" by BBC

28 January 2009 "Massacre in the Sri Lanka 'safe zone'" by Andrew Buncombe, Independent

17 January 2009 "Sri Lanka: Genocide against Tamils" by Green Left

23 December 2008 “Besieged, Displaced, and Detained,” by Human Rights Watch

31 October 2008 “Drop' in S Lanka press freedom,” by BBC News

15 October 2008 “Indian lawmakers threaten to resign over Sri Lanka,” by S. Murari, Reuters

15 October 2008 “Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province: Land, Development, Conflict,” by International Crisis Group

26 September 2008 “Inside Sri Lanka: An end to violence in sight,” by Stewart Bell, National Post

25 September 2008 “The last battle? Civilians in the crossfire,” by The Economist

4 September 2008 “Closing in on the Tigers' lair,” by The Economist

3 October 2008 “Army Bombs Headquarters of Rebels in Sri Lanka,” by Somini Sengupta, The New York Times

9 September 2008 “Blocking aid workers endangers trapped civilians,” by Amnesty International

14 August 2008 “A brutal military campaign threatens Sri Lanka’s exporters,” by The Economist
14 August 2008 “LTTE, government endangering lives of tens of thousands of newly displaced around Wanni,” by Amnesty International

3 July 2008 “Sri Lanka’s army chief says the government has won its 25-year war against the Tamil Tigers. This is not true,” by The Economist
2 July 2008 “End Internment of Displaced Persons,” by Human Rights Watch

21 June 2008 “Sri Lanka mounts air strikes against Tiger rebels,” by Agence France-Preese

6 June 2008 “Amnesty International calls for an immediate end to attacks on civilians,” by Amnesty International

29 May 2008 “Sri Lanka warns Western sanctions can stoke ethnic conflict,” by Agence France-Presse

22 May 2008 “Sri Lanka slams door on rights monitors after UN blow,” by Agence France-Presse

12 May 2008 “Sri Lanka opposition challenge govt poll win,” by Mel Gunasekera, Agence France-Presse

10 May 2008 “Tamil Tigers attack as Sri Lanka holds key local polls,” by Stefan Smith, Agence France-Presse

24 April 2008 “90 Killed in Fierce Fighting in Sri Lanka, Military Says,” by The Associated Press

23 April 2008 “Sri Lanka suffers bloodiest clashes since 2006,” by Hannah Strange, The Times

9 March 2008 “Take Aid From China and Take a Pass on Human Rights,” by Somini Sengupta, The New York Times

8 March 2008 “Ethnic Divide Worsens as Sri Lanka Conflict Escalates,” by Somini Sengupta, The New York Times
 

Dee C (23)
Friday April 17, 2009, 6:20 am
Thank you Brandy..
The more awareness..the better..
Noted..
 

Brenda R (6)
Friday April 17, 2009, 7:30 am
They ethnically cleansed the Tamils while the ones who had power to stop it just watched. It seems to happen in many countries already. Soon it will be at our doorstep. Hopefully we will have the means to make a difference.
 

Marena Chen (200)
Friday April 17, 2009, 9:59 am
It is the Tamil Tigers who are responsible for the start and escalation of this bloody conflict not the ordinary Tamil/Hindu people. Those poor people got sucked into a mess they did not want in the first place. They all lived together peacefully until the LTTE came up with the idea to create Tamil Elam, starting a bloody terrorist campaign against the legitimate government and non-Tamils of Sri Lanka. The Government of Sri Lanka will not rest until the Tamil Tigers (not the Tamil population) are totally and utterly destroyed. That is their policy now. It has not (as yet) been classified as genocide. I used to visit Colombo as it was then known, in the 50s to the 70s and it was a beautiful and relatively peaceful country. What a terrible shame this had to happen to those lovely, friendly people and their country.
 

sue M (184)
Friday April 17, 2009, 10:24 pm
David is correct, there are two sides to every story and every story has a 3rd instigating the fight. Wonder who that could be I wonder?
 

Marena Chen (200)
Saturday April 18, 2009, 4:08 am
Not in this case Sue. This is purely an internal conflict between the Sinhalese (Buddhist) majority and the Tamil (Hindu) minority - not instigated by a 3rd party. There is nothing to be gained by a 3rd party, except maybe "Ceylonese Tea"?

Sorry for the boobooh in my post above. I meant to type: "Ceylon" as it was then known..." not "Colombo"
 

Brandy Huston (230)
Saturday April 18, 2009, 9:44 am
The silent horror of the war in Sri Lanka
30 Mar 2009, 0027 hrs IST, Arundhati Roy
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The horror that is unfolding in Sri Lanka becomes possible because of the silence that surrounds it. There is almost no reporting in the
mainstream Indian media — or indeed in the international press — about what is happening there. Why this should be so is a matter of serious concern.

From the little information that is filtering through it looks as though the Sri Lankan government is using the propaganda of the ‘war on terror’ as a fig leaf to dismantle any semblance of democracy in the country, and commit unspeakable crimes against the Tamil people. Working on the principle that every Tamil is a terrorist unless he or she can prove otherwise, civilian areas, hospitals and shelters are being bombed and turned into a war zone. Reliable estimates put the number of civilians trapped at over 200,000. The Sri Lankan Army is advancing, armed with tanks and aircraft.

Meanwhile, there are official reports that several ‘‘welfare villages’’ have been established to house displaced
Tamils in Vavuniya and Mannar districts. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph (Feb 14, 2009), these villages ‘‘will be compulsory holding centres for all civilians fleeing the fighting’’. Is this a euphemism for concentration camps? The former foreign minister of Sri Lanka, Mangala Samaraveera, told The Daily Telegraph:
‘‘A few months ago the government started registering all Tamils in Colombo on the grounds that they could be a security threat, but this could be exploited for other purposes like the Nazis in the 1930s. They’re basically going to label the whole civilian Tamil population as potential terrorists.’’

Given its stated objective of ‘‘wiping out’’ the LTTE, this malevolent collapse of civilians and ‘‘terrorists’’ does seem to signal that the government of Sri Lanka is on the verge of committing what could end up being genocide. According to a UN estimate several thousand people have already been killed. Thousands more are critically wounded. The few eyewitness reports that have come out are descriptions of a nightmare from hell. What we are witnessing, or should we say, what is happening in Sri Lanka and is being so effectively hidden from public scrutiny, is a brazen, openly racist war. The impunity with which the Sri Lankan government is being able to commit these crimes actually unveils the deeply ingrained racist prejudice, which is precisely what led to the marginalization and alienation of the Tamils of Sri Lanka in the first place. That racism has a long history, of social ostracisation, economic blockades, pogroms and torture. The brutal nature of the decades-long civil war, which started as a peaceful, non-violent protest, has its roots in this.

Why the silence? In another interview Mangala Samaraveera says, ‘‘A free media is virtually non-existent in Sri Lanka today.’’

Samaraveera goes on to talk about death squads and ‘white van abductions’, which have made society ‘‘freeze with fear’’. Voices of dissent, including those of several journalists, have been abducted and assassinated. The International Federation of Journalists accuses the government of Sri Lanka of using a combination of anti-terrorism laws, disappearances and assassinations to silence journalists.

There are disturbing but unconfirmed reports that the Indian government is lending material and logistical support to the Sri Lankan government in these crimes against humanity. If this is true, it is outrageous. What of the governments of other countries? Pakistan? China? What are they doing to help, or harm the situation?

In Tamil Nadu the war in Sri Lanka has fuelled passions that have led to more than 10 people immolating themselves. The public anger and anguish, much of it genuine, some of it obviously cynical political manipulation, has become an election issue.

It is extraordinary that this concern has not travelled to the rest of India. Why is there silence here? There are no ‘white van abductions’ — at least not on this issue. Given the scale of what is happening in Sri Lanka, the silence is inexcusable. More so because of the Indian government’s long history of irresponsible dabbling in the conflict, first taking one side and then the other. Several of us including myself, who should have spoken out much earlier, have not done so, simply because of a lack of information about the war. So while the killing continues, while tens of thousands of people are being barricaded into concentration camps, while more than 200,000 face starvation, and a genocide waits to happen, there is dead silence from this great country.
It’s a colossal humanitarian tragedy. The world must step in. Now. Before it’s too late.
 

Brandy Huston (230)
Saturday April 18, 2009, 4:44 pm
What makes me upset about this situation is their are to many people pointing fingers at what side is at fault instead of finding solutions to getting the people out of harms way. I posted this because the people in the supposed safe zones are suffering and need to be rescued. I rather spend my energy on finding the solution to this rather than argue who is right or wrong.
 

Marena Chen (200)
Sunday April 19, 2009, 1:49 am
But that is just the point Brandy. The Sri Lankan Government considers this conflict as a internal affair and it is very difficult to get them to agree to accepting "outside" help. They are not particularily interested what the rest of the world thinks and short of "invading" Sri Lanka, outside agencies need to get the Government's express permission to enter it's territory. I pray that they will change their stance towards officially accepting help offered by many nations and NGO's. Their myopic persuit and total destruction of the Tamil Tigers seems to cloud their sense of responsibility towards their traumatized population/citizens. So, what is a viable solution to this dilemma? I'm stumped for an aswer.
 

Brandy Huston (230)
Sunday April 19, 2009, 4:49 am
http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2006/nomoretears/special_timeline.html
 

Brandy Huston (230)
Sunday April 19, 2009, 10:26 pm
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Thank you for expressing your concern regarding the situation in Sri Lanka, which we share. The United States has been at the forefront of efforts calling for a political solution to this conflict, an end to human rights abuses, and protection of the 250,000 internally displaced persons trapped by fighting in the north. The U.S. also has been the leading donor of food and other emergency humanitarian assistance to the people in northern Sri Lanka, providing over $35 million in humanitarian assistance to Sri Lanka in the last 15 months.

The United States has urged both sides in the conflict - both publicly and in meetings with the Sri Lankan government - to protect civilians and allow the United Nations, International Committee of the Red Cross, and international non-governmental organizations continued access to the conflict region in order to deliver food, shelter and other supplies in a secure manner to the internally displaced persons and other conflict victims in the North. U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake has publicly urged the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to take special care to protect civilians trapped by fighting in the north. We have also called on the LTTE to allow those trapped in the conflict area freedom of movement so they can escape the fighting. We have repeatedly urged
both sides to exercise maximum restraint to ensure civilians are not caught in crossfire. You may wish to visit the website of the US Embassy in Colombo (http://srilanka.usembassy.gov/) to see the many interviews and statements made by Ambassador Blake as well as officials at the State Department.

On February 3, the Tokyo Co-Chair countries (Norway, Japan, United States, and European Union) issued a statement calling on the LTTE to “discuss with the Government of Sri Lanka the modalities for ending hostilities, including the laying down of arms, renunciation of violence, acceptance of the Government of Sri Lanka’s offer of amnesty, and participating as a political party in a process to achieve a just and lasting political solution.” The statement also called on the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE to “declare a temporary no-fire period to allow for evacuation of sick and wounded, and provision of aid to civilians.” Secretary of State Clinton and UK Foreign Secretary Miliband issued a joint statement reiterating their support for the Co-Chairs’ statement.

We welcome the evacuation of civilians from the coast of Putthumathalan to Trincomalee and urge both sides to continue allowing sick and wounded to seek medical attention outside the conflict zone.

Let me assure you the United States Government will continue to remain engaged to help resolve this humanitarian crisis.

Thank you for contacting the U.S. Department of State.


Question Reference #090208-012825
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Date Created: 02/08/2009 07:59 PM
Last Updated: 02/18/2009 04:35 PM
Status: Solved


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Faith M (161)
Tuesday April 21, 2009, 3:00 pm
speechless and muttering darkly through tears
 

Brandy Huston (230)
Sunday December 25, 2011, 3:27 pm
http://youtu.be/TkJOR-cJ3GI This is Short History of Sri Lanka-Tamil Against State Terrorism.
 
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