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Jun-29-2011 00:47printcomments

Sri Lanka Continues Genocide, Thumbing Nose at UN and World

Video shows man hanged by neck; executed without a trial on the side of the road.

Tamil man hanging by neck
Tamil man hanging by neck; this video was posted 3 days ago.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Even though Sri Lanka's government is suspect in a massive Genocide two years ago that left possibly one hundred thousand Tamil civilians dead, reports indicate that in spite of statements from the Rajapaksa regime to the contrary, war crimes still continue in small scale.

We're being told ex-Tamil rebels who were were previously in custody and then released, are eventually ending up raped or murdered by "unknown" men.

Who are these unknown men in a land which is occupied by Sri Lankan savages?

Could they be the same who drove the notorious 'white vans' that were used to disappear people like Tamil friendly journalists, for a period of time preceding the final push?

Sri Lankan intelligence has two goals to achieve ...

1) Tell the world that military presence is needed to avoid such massacres.

2) To threaten the local Tamils who know the truth.

As we reported many times in the past, the journalists were killed or simply disappeared without a trace, and the handful of United Nations observers in Tamil country; northern Sri Lanka, were told to leave for their own safety.

The only group that ever implied they were in danger was the Sri Lankan government itself. Their departure marked a nightmarish journey for hundreds of thousands of Tamils who have as much right to Sri Lanka as the majority Sinhalese Buddhists.

That is the back story, the current story is that Sri Lanka's president and his cadres are thumbing their nose at the world, continuing to commit crimes they deny. So they deny them, what war criminal does not?

As always, anyone who has additional information should contact our newsroom.

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Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer

Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.

Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Silver Spoke Award by the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (2011), Excellence in Journalism Award by the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs (2010), Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), First-place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Tim has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Tim was a member of the National Press Photographer's Association for several years and is a current member of the Orange County Press Club.

Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. As News Editor, Tim among other things, is responsible for publishing the original content of 82 Salem-News.com writers. He reminds viewers that emails are easily missed and urges those trying to reach him, to please send a second email if the first goes unanswered. You can write to Tim at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com




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jo June 29, 2011 9:25 pm (Pacific time)

quote "What's interesting is that he fled to the south of the country and lived safely among the "genocidal Sinhalese" for years; and was killed when he returned to the Tamil north. How about that eh?"

1. Tamil people are abducted and killed in south too.
2. probably he was hiding somewhere in the south; therefore military intelligence or epdp paramilitary couldn't locate him.
3. sri lankan military is more free to carry out their atrocities in north than south because of the media restrictions in the north.
4. living in the south doesn't mean he lived there happily and enjoyed freedom.


Thambi June 29, 2011 4:07 pm (Pacific time)

"i read this news item couple of days ago and learned that he left jaffna couple of years ago to escape from death threats and returned back from south of sri lanka recently. even though the government said people need not to be feared of living in jaffna, the ground reality is different and everyone lives there vulnerable for attack. as jaffna is under military rule it is hard to conduct independent investigation about this murder."

What's interesting is that he fled to the south of the country and lived safely among the "genocidal Sinhalese" for years; and was killed when he returned to the Tamil north. How about that eh?

Editor: Sri Lanka's armed forces are Sinhalese, that is a fact.  They committed the atrocities and operate with a great deal of animosity toward the Tamil population.  This does not mean all Sinhalese are Genocidal, right?  Nor does it change the fact that the people doing the killing are Sinhalese.  No, the north south thing doesn't mean squat during an occupation anyway, you really need to have that explained?  I doubt it, you are trying to throw people off and we won't let that happen.  The Tamil people deserve justice.


Anonymous June 29, 2011 2:06 pm (Pacific time)

Sri Lanka does not have good sources of water, no oil, no gold, so the western world/UN/etc, does not care. They are too busy building an oil pipeline and making tons of money off poppy fields in afghanistan, and invading libya right now. They are BUSY ok? Pay more taxes and join the military, or quit complaining ya big babies.


Iqbal June 29, 2011 11:28 am (Pacific time)

UN HRC must be reorganised in such a way that it can probe independently any allegation of war crimes and crimes against humanity irrespective of friendly countries of the accused prevent such a move. What happens now is the politicisation of humanitarian considerations of violations of international laws. The present set up is contradictory, on one hand UN HRC wants to prevent human violations of human rights of citizens by their own governments and on the other enables the friendly countries of the perpetrators of crimes to prevent any independent probe and thereby allow to continue unabated. Tim does a service to the oppressed people in their own countries.


Saro June 29, 2011 7:36 am (Pacific time)

Many Tamils including LTTE suspects who surrendered after the final massacre were taken into special camps and their legs were chained as there were no prison cells to house them. They were tortured until they 'confessed' and revealed the names of LTTE cadres. Torture methods included electric shock, beating with wooden rods and plastic balloons filled with sands, hanging upside down and cover the heads with plastic bags filled with petrol or gasoline. In many cases they were left hanged throughout the night. Those the army suspected of being hardcore LTTE cadets were taken outside the camps and shot and the bodies disposed. Those who were considered co-operated and acted as informants were were treated soft and in some cases allowed to escape after the men belonged to paramilitary EPDP got large sums of money from their relatives who live abroad.

Tim King, you are honest in your reporting of the facts as others have agendas of their own and try to be soft towards the leaders of Sri Lanka. Thank you for your honest reporting.

Tim King Thank you Saro, we humans are a single team.


jo June 29, 2011 3:27 am (Pacific time)

i read this news item couple of days ago and learned that he left jaffna couple of years ago to escape from death threats and returned back from south of sri lanka recently. even though the government said people need not to be feared of living in jaffna, the ground reality is different and everyone lives there vulnerable for attack. as jaffna is under military rule it is hard to conduct independent investigation about this murder.

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