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Tamil Genocide Explored in Sri Lanka's Killing FieldsTim King Salem-News.com
Jon Snow and the Channel 4 team in London are carrying the role of all world journalists; exposing the Genocide of Tamils in Sr Lanka.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Increasing numbers of people are aware of the terrible Genocide in Sri Lanka that culminated two years ago in the deaths of as many as 40,000 or more Tamil Hindu and Christians at the hands of government forces.
Tamil supporters and humanitarian activists all over the UK were lined up last night for the highly anticipated documentary 'Sri Lanka's Killing Fields' that tells the story of ethnic cleansing and systematic human Genocide through first-hand accounts and video clips that have been verified by the United Nations as authentic.
The clips show in startling detail how Sri Lankan soldiers Murdered and executed people, leaving along the side a tangled mass of victims of sexual abuse and utter degradation. Dead bodies were everywhere.
I appreciate so many great people writing to be sure we were aware of this tragic period. As difficult as the images may be, we are happy to bring this program to you and it is downloaded and numerous parties are re-uploading it on their own YouTube sites, so if these clips disappear as Genocide-related items seem to do on YouTube, they will quickly be replaced. Just like in Palestine, in person or electronically, you can kill forever and never run out of resistance.
Channel-4's Jon Snow and others take the time to say members of the Tamil resistance, the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) are also complicit in war crimes, but the government forces' acts of depravity are highly documented and there is no visual evidence at this time of Tigers using civilians as 'human shields' as the Sri Lanka army (SLA) claims.
However Channel 4 acknowledges this side of the events.
What there is without question, is an excessive amount of footage that documents the vast Nazi-like cruelty of the forces of Majinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lanka President, who killed the peace process shortly after taking office in 2005. Time and time again Tamils were told to flee to a safe zone and then killed by government forces. They were deceived by Sri Lanka's government repeatedly.
To Rajapaksa, a united Sri Lanka formulated under the political/religious lines established by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority is priority. With regard to the mass killings of Tamil Hindus and Christians, they admit nothing. In spite of the overwhelming evidence, Sri Lanka released a statement about the Channel-4 program:
"The Government of Sri Lanka categorically denies the allegations that it has deliberately targeted its own civilians, as the Channel 4 alleges in its film “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields". (see Sri Lanka government statement)
In their extended statement, the government writes:
"The Government of Sri Lanka, having being fully cognizant of the plight of all civilians in Sri Lanka including children and women launched a humanitarian operation in 2008 to rescue its own people from the clutches of an unlawful group of terrorists, what was undoubtedly the largest hostage taking in the world. Sri Lankan citizens are only too well aware of a past of blood shed and mayhem, during which they lived in fear and suspicion. They now enjoy peace and cherish that no civilian has been affected in any manner due to any act of terrorism in the country since the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009."
The Sri Lanka embassy in the UK features a link to a government site titled: Peace and Reconcilliation. They write:
Apart from socio-economic and political initiatives, reconciliation requires the encouragement of pluralism and multi-culturalism, which will also be highlighted on this site. Efforts will also be made to counter those who promote division; though problems should be raised, and addressed, there must be balance, so as to avoid the perpetuation of bitterness.
Most people on this planet have no idea Buddhists are capable of such catastrophic levels of human atrocities, and the truth is that Sri Lanka has soiled the reputation of Buddhists by plunging this behavior in front of our vision; killing so many people in the spirit of religious hegemony. Every person, particularly those who are Buddhist, should write to the Sri Lanka government and also the United Nations and get highly involved in aiding this pursuit of justice. Don't let this terrible murderous nightmare come to represent the motivations of Buddhists who are so commonly known for peaceful pursuits.
Rajapaksa and his military officers that ordered the Genocide to take place need to be arrested and taken to the War Crime Tribunals in the Hague.
From Channel 4:
Channel 4's film addressed a crime of omission as well -- the failure of the international community to effectively protest against the treatment of civilians in the closing stages of the civil war. It began with the withdrawal of the United Nations from Kilinochchi, the Tamil capital in the north, after the Sri Lankan government had announced that it could no longer guarantee the safety of the UN mission, a move interpreted here as a premeditated plan to remove inconvenient witnesses. What followed was a lethal kind of kettling, as Tamil civilians found themselves squeezed between the ruthlessness of their own soldiers (who weren't above using them as a human shield) and the aggression of the Sri Lankan army. The "no fire zones" turned out to be a bloody joke, being repeatedly shelled. And the Tamils' makeshift hospitals were hit so frequently that they eventually asked the Red Cross not to pass on their GPS co-ordinates to the other side, fearing that they were being used for targeting rather than avoidance.
Rajapaksa's minions keep discussing 'the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC)' and they actually seem to think they can duck war crime charges by establishing such a program that half admits they have a great deal to learn about humanity.
"There is a domestic mechanism appointed by the government, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), which is similar to such mechanisms, set up elsewhere at the end of conflict. Mindful of comparative experiences elsewhere and local sensitivities both, this Commission, which reflects the pluralistic nature of Sri Lankan polity in its own composition, has held more than 200 public sittings covering former conflict areas as well. If the allegations levelled by Channel 4 or any other party are found to be genuine, the LLRC will take due note of all such cases and remedial measures will be taken by way of legal sanctions. This process will also take into consideration all matters that are important to the Sri Lankans living in Sri Lanka, and therefore, it should be allowed to continue without any hindrance or prejudice. It is recalled that reports of some well known Commissions in countries with much richer resources have taken decades to see day light".
Here is the thing; Rajapaksa's military officers intentionally and specifically told the battered civilians who had been on the move as refugees for weeks, that they needed to move into a proclaimed 'No Fire Zone' and this is where the SLA laid waste to people in even worse numbers.
The and time again, the SLA attacked clearly marked hospitals. They screwed up in a big way and if these people are allowed to get away with their crimes, it is like spitting on the graves of Hitler's Holocaust victims. It's no wonder they fear the bad press, but don't forget that in spite of this statement from the Sri Lanka government, the videos have been authenticated.
The Government of Sri Lanka is concerned about the distress the images in the Channel 4 film aired without any guarantee of their authenticity might have caused to the viewers, particularly to those belonging to different communities in Sri Lanka. This is an exercise which is carried out by a small section of international media at the behest of certain parties with vested interests and it caters only to the interests of separatist forces living outside Sri Lanka, the final objective of which is to push Sri Lanka back to war, by way of lacerating the wounds that the country is attempting to heal. The Channel 4 film has the potential to incite hatred amongst different communities in Sri Lanka, including future generations, and thereby, adversely affect the ongoing national reconciliation process. The malicious allegations in the film regarding the conduct of the Sri Lankan Army are in striking contrast to the standards maintained by the Sri Lankan Army. As the Channel 4 has continuously depended on footage already publicized by the LTTE websites and media bodies and also those claimed to have been supplied by the pro-LTTE lobby, the viewers may use caution in drawing any conclusions on the basis of this film. Channel 4’s gross simplification of sensitive matters, on face value, insinuates only a sinister motive driven by a political agenda against Sri Lanka."
What an absolute crock; at that point does the world become a group of fools? This was a murder circus of human lust and wanton slaughter. The people behind it, from Rajapaksa to the lowly army private, need to be tried and punished accordingly, or the world will never learn any lessons. The only thing worse than this Genocide is the series of Sri Lankan government likes that preceded it, accompanied it, and followed it. Of course the visit of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon competes with the worst too. Anyone who knows the story of the Red Cross tour of the Warsaw Ghetto is aware of the way governments deceive world bodies when they are committing Genocide. It is up to the world inspectors, the UN Chief in this case, to actually look at things, talk to people. Moon is an absolute failure as a world leader and I actually see him now bearing a level of complicity in regard to the events also.
The final statement in the Sri Lanka reaction press release states:
"The Government of Sri Lanka continues to remain engaged with UN agencies, INGOs and peoples representatives on improving the conditions and the rehabilitation and resettlement of the affected people. "
Here is part one of this extremely important documentary by Channel-4 in the UK:
Jon Snow presents a forensic investigation into the final weeks of the quarter-century-long civil war between the government of Sri Lanka
With disturbing and distressing descriptions and film of executions, atrocities and the shelling of civilians the programme features devastating new video evidence of war crimes - some of the most horrific footage Channel 4 has ever broadcast.
So you ask, what can I do about this? Start by writing a letter to the Embassy of Sri Lanka:
EMBASSY OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA
In the UK:
HIGH COMMISSIONER OF SRI LANKA
All correspondence should be addressed to:
H.E. the High Commissioner
Past reports on the Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka;
Mar-15-2009: Sri Lanka: Possible War Crimes - Salem-News.com
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