Sunday May 19, 2013
Fear, Genocide and Torture in Sri LankaPolitical Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com
Survivors' well-founded fear of speaking out about torture in Sri Lanka is just one of the reasons that little information on the practice has been released.
(SALEM) - Freedom from Torture in the UK, one of the world's leading anti-human torture groups, published a shocking report this month with new evidence of continuing torture in Sri Lanka.
It's bad news and tragically, demonstrates that the practice of illegal human torture is continuing long after the end of the civil war in May 2009.
The torture methods described by surviving victims are enough to make your skin crawl. Americans have little to nothing to say as their own country has embraced the medieval concept of human torture, which morally, sends us centuries back in time.
The United States migrated from being a country that abhorred such behavior, to become one under Republican leadership that gladly and happily embraces the idea.
None of this helps the people of Sri Lanka. In fact, it was the United States President G.W. Bush who made arrangements to block the leadership of the Tamil population from advocating for itself in world politics. All it takes is a 'terrorist' designation and all political negotiating power flew out the window.
Bush's decision set the stage for Rajapaksa's Genocide, so it isn't surprising that gutless coward-like torture endorsing politicians in the USA remain tight lipped. They do know what happened however.
Up to 160k people remain missing from the Tamil Genocide of 2009 and the resulting Diaspora. Official counts of the number of dead come in generally around 40k, but four times that number of people were never seen again.
The SLA (Sri Lanka Army) burned and destroyed records, in an apparent attempt to squash evidence. It only partly worked.
The research performed by Freedom from Torture ...shows that torture is perpetrated by officials within both the military and the police and that people within the Tamil population who are perceived by the authorities as having links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) remain at risk of being detained and tortured.
Quoting the words of Sri Lanka torture survivor, Saarheerthan, the report tells of forced confessions and people's bodies being taxed with the deprivations of state terrorism.
Sri Lanka President Majinda Rajapaksa and his brothers, who run Sri Lanka, have called foul during every step of the process. Credible reports from former SLA officials, state that the Genocide of Tamil civilians and members of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) 'Tamil Tigers' happened as a direct call to action from Sri Lanka's highest office.
The group contends that the survivors' well-founded fear of speaking out about torture in Sri Lanka, is just one reason accounting for the small amount of information that has been publicly released. Of courser the other very obvious reason is that Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa regime had all of the Tamil friendly journalists disappeared and killed. The stories of Murders surrounding the losses of both reporters and news editors, is mind boggling.
The Freedom from Torture report now will play an important role in breaking the silence of the last two years. The group has used forensic methods to document evidence of torture through the production of medico-legal reports (MLRs) for use in the context of asylum claims by torture survivors who have fled to the UK.
Freedom from Torture's Chief Executive Keith Best, said:
Best says the 35 individuals whose MLRs were reviewed in Freedom from Torture's study were detained in a range of facilities around Sri Lanka. They all report being targeted due to an actual or perceived association with the LTTE, often through family members, or an opposition political party. In other words, there was no proof that these individuals were connected to this band of freedom fighters who have been revered and applauded for many years for their diligence in trying to improve the situation for Tamil people in Sri Lanka.
It has been both widely reported and disputed, that the LTTE forcibly recruited Tamils into membership and other support roles during the civil war, but the premise suggests that a very large proportion of the Tamil population is at risk of being targeted on this basis. There is little to support the notion that the military group of Tamil defenders. All because the United Nations and European Union allowed the LTTE to be branded as 'terrorists' when they only wanted to provide security for the breakaway republic of Tamil Eelam. The 'terrorism' in the LTTE only began after the failure of 30 years of Gandhi-style passive, peaceful resistance.
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