Friday May 24, 2013
New War Crime Videos Surface from Sri Lanka Tamil GenocideTim King Salem-News.com
New evidence illustrates extreme violations of international law, yet hope remains as a voice from Canada calls the Tamil Diaspora home.
(SALEM) - More evidence of war crimes in Sri Lanka; it is a disturbing matter and the images contained in this article are tragic and gruesome, so proceed at your own discretion.
While these images shake us to the core, it is also true that a strong voice can accomplish tremendous healing for an embattled population when inspiring people and leading them to direct action.
Tremendous devotion and passion are required when delivering people out of Genocide and back to their rightful place. This story is about death and Genocide, and also about a new voice raising hope for those living within the Tamil Diaspora.
Victims of State Terrorism
The Tamil Hindu and Christians who live in the north of Sri Lanka were slaughtered mercilessly in a military onslaught that failed to distinguish civilian from militant in the months preceding the summer of 2009.
Some say 40,000 died, but others place the number much higher. Regardless of the number that died, upwards of 160,000 Tamils ceased to exist when the war ended.
The photos of the dead and dying are so graphic and sad; they leave lasting impressions for those of us who spend time researching this subject and writing about it. We can only begin to imagine the emotional scars that exist as a result of this time period. The toll inflicted upon these people is the result of a calculated Genocide.
One of the darkest aspects for the government of Sri Lanka, is the fact that the military attacks in the north all came at a time that a cease fire between the Tigers and the SLA was in place.
Graphic Videos Offer Few Answers
From this part of this article forward, 17 video clips and one slide show containing 23 images, comprise the group of media dispatched from London to our newsroom, in hopes of identifying those shown. I do not suggest that highly sensitive people look at these, although on the other hand I think we all need to see them to comprehend the enormity of this tragedy.
Today the Tamil survivors are denied the Right of Return that is granted under international law and specifically called for under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights enacted by the United Nations in the late 1940's.
The efforts to wipe out the Tamils began after the election of the current president of Sri Lanka, Majinda Rajapakse, in 2005. Using the assistance of George W. Bush and Tony Blair, Sri Lanka's political planners went about having the armed resistance and political leadership of Tamil Eelam, called sometimes a 'breakaway state', declared a terrorist group.
The LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) lost its ability to bargain for Tamils in the world political forum with the 'terrorist' designation.
It was the beginning of the end.
Along with the military invasion of the north came heinous crimes against women and children. The cruelty that was recorded in many cases by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers themselves, is devastating to the viewer.
The new series of video that are making the rounds, shows Tamil Tiger prisoners being transported on a bus with the bodies of their dead, handcuffed and helpless.
We recently carried an article that showed the new photographs that were released just before these video clips sent to our newsroom by a London attorney, Vasuki Muruhathas, who represents an unnamed Tamil war crime victim. Captive, Handcuffed and Dying... 'Brutal' and 'Shocking' Describe Newly Released Sri Lanka War Crime Images, shows up close the helpless prisoners cuffed to the metal rails of the bus seats.
Their faces are forlorn and they are very, very young. Not surprisingly, their faces are painted with shades of resignation that seem inevitable. They know the hatred that the Sinhalese hold for them and with a designation of 'terrorist' they are regarded as non-humans.
There are several clips of them alive, many appearing to be seriously injured; we are trying along with other groups to identify these victim/prisoners and learn if any are alive or accounted for.
If you have any information of any kind regarding these captured Tigers, please contact us. The comment section is always an option, if the information is private just note this and the comment will not be published, the information will simply be put to good use to help determine identities and the status of the individuals.
A number of clips show rows and rows of dead people who appear to be Tamil Tigers as many are wearing the uniform of the LTTE. As if providing today's investigators of this series of war crimes some type of morbid favour, the SLA photographed and videotaped a great deal of their actions against the Tamils.
More Rows of Dead Bodies
The photographers in this event from the SLA, used video cameras to document the dead and it appears that they are all recorded at a reasonably close proximity. Whether they correlate to the above images is not known; again we are seeking any information that is out there, and we will treat it carefully and properly; the ultimate goal is to be able to provide relatives with answers.
In typical fashion as you see in these images, the women are almost all exposed, their shirts missing or lifted to expose their breasts, many have had their pants removed. It is a sad fact that a a large number of Tamil women and girls were brutalized by the Sri Lankan soldiers.
Past articles have carried the grisly details and some clips even show the SLA abusing the dead and dying bodies of female prisoners. Their morbid comments are among other things, absolutely and completely remorseless.
This is the result of total indoctrination. There is little difference between the Sri Lanka conflict and others in this respect. Resistance groups and their oppressors are often raised to see their counterpart as something close to subhuman.
Hatred and constant killing compounds the bitterness and chances of peaceful co-existence fly out the window; healing from these traumatic events is very difficult for people on both sides of the conflict.
This is a killer of all hope for legal behavior and makes human rights laws become meaningless.
This is why the war crimes of Sri Lanks must not go unpunished; this government has proven to the world conclusively that it is not capable of behaving in a humane or legal manner.
There are endless examples of this taking place and there is the revolting fact that Sri Lanka went after the journalists who wrote honestly about what happened to the Tamils after Rajapakse and his brothers took over the country.
I have written about this detail of the Genocide also and the links to all of my past reports are located below this story and clearly identified.
The sad truth is that many Sinhala Buddhists are raised to hate Tamils and it is a fact that the same is true of Tamils. The divide is tragic for all of the people of this otherwise beautiful island nation.
The history of both cultures here is ancient and there is no reason that the two cultures can not live together peacefully. It is the drive to establish the ideal Sinhala nation that has driven these Buddhists to become such cold blooded killers.
As much as Lankan nationalists would like to deny it, the fact remains that its government is a conduit of state terrorism and its hands are soaked in the blood of tens of thousands of Tamils, and also many Sinhalese who support equal human rights.
There are many examples over the years; both in the time period following liberation from English colonization in the late 1940's, and all of the following generations, of Sri Lanka removing and striking the Tamil culture from official account. This all fed the notion of separation with Tamil Eelam and only the national ego of Sri Lanka's majority have kept this process from becoming fully implemented.
Black July in 1983 saw mobs of Sinhalese Buddhists terrorize thousands of Tamils, raping and murdering people simply because they were Tamil and burning down countless homes and businesses.
It was retaliation to the SLA casualties in a battle with the LTTE. Armed forces fought armed forces; yet the retaliation by a firebrand Buddhist monk close to the government, led to massive carnage.
A Light in the Darkest of Night
A young Canadian named Krishna Saravanamuttu, is speaking out for Eelam Tamils and making a number of points clear:
Krisna Saravanamuttu has the unique ability to reach Americans and Canadians in English delivered without a hint of an accent. His sincere call for a Tamil homeland to be established is logical and conforms to established international law, which Sri Lanka has violated for so many years.
The Tamil Diaspora needs a bright light to guide them through the fog; an enlightened leader who can reach the western power brokers and make them understand the fact that none of Sri Lanka's problems would exist had the colonizing British not divided this population; giving advantages to the Tamils that Sinhalese were denied; resentment was fierce and the payback to the Tamils for a preference they received but did not ask for, has been a terrible bloody mess for too long.
Krisna Saravanamuttu on Tamil Sovereignty Cognition: Declaration on universal justice to the national question of Eelam Tamils.
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Mar-11-2012: War Crime Court and its Conflicting Interests
Mar-08-2012: Sex Abuse and Murder in Sri Lanka- New Photos Emerge
Feb-28-2012: Tweets from Tamil Eelam
Feb-24-2012: Two of Sri Lanka's Foulest War Crimes
Nov-24-2011: Fear, Genocide and Torture in Sri Lanka
Oct-15-2011: Genocide 101: World and Media Apathy
Oct-05-2011: War and its Aftermath... a Real Killer for Tourism
Oct-01-2011: Sri Lanka in the Crosshairs of Canadian Parliament
Sep-13-2011: Sri Lanka Recalls Diplomat Accused of War Crimes
Jun-20-2011: Sri Lanka's Violence Toward Tamil Minority Continues
Jun-02-2011: UN Experts: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide Video is Real
May-31-2011: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide: Killing the Messenger
May-03-2011: Confronting the Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka
Apr-27-2011: Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka Emerges Into Public View
Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine.
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