Amid Abuse and Fear, Tamils Continue to Flee Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan police stand outside the printing press of Uthayan, a Tamil paper, in Jaffna, 400 km (250 miles) north of Colombo, on April 13, 2013

The offices of a Tamil newspaper in northern Sri Lanka were attacked on Saturday morning, the latest in a string of outrages on the press and a fresh reminder of how the war’s end nearly four years ago did not bring peace for all in this South Asian nation. In what has been reported as the second strike on the paper’s operations in two weeks, senior staff of Uthayan, a Tamil paper that has been critical of the government and the nation’s powerful military, told reporters that three armed men broke into the paper’s headquarters in the northern city of Jaffna, setting fire to the day’s edition and to its printing presses.

No employees were hurt in the attack, but they have been in the past. In 2011, an editor and reporter were attacked, and in 2006, gunmen stormed the paper’s offices, killing two members of staff. Eswarapatham Saravanapavan, Uthayan’s owner and a parliamentarian for the Tamil National Alliance party, told the U.K.’s Independent newspaper that he believed the attack on Saturday may have been linked to the military, which a military spokesman has denied.

The tensions revealed in the incident are becoming depressingly familiar. The clouds have been darkening over this picturesque island nation in recent years as euphoria over the end of its long-running civil war has ebbed. Since its 2009 defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), an insurgency group that for decades fought for an independent homeland for the nation’s ethnic Tamils, the Sri Lankan government has not responded to increasingly vocal demands from the international community for a investigation into alleged war crimes committed in the final stages of the conflict. In March, 25 countries, including India, passed a U.S.-sponsored U.N. Human Rights Council resolution calling for a probe into those allegations and expressing concern at ongoing reports of human-rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, disappearances and torture. Colombo called the measure a threat to Sri Lanka’s domestic reconciliation efforts; Minister of Media and Information and government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told the state-run Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corp. that “the U.S. government is trying to undermine Sri Lanka’s endeavor to consolidate peace and harmony.”

(MORE: Peer Pressure: Will Another U.N. Resolution Change Sri Lanka?)

That recalcitrance — paired with an oversize army without a war to fight and the enduring distrust of some sectors in the Tamil community — has prevented a more meaningful peace from taking hold. “It was the end of a war, but not the end of conflict,” says Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, executive director of the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA), a Colombo-based research group. “There are flagrant violations of rule of law and a culture of impunity that envelop this country.”

One of the most obvious symptoms of that culture has been the near relentless siege on the nation’s press. Sri Lanka ranks 162 of 179 countries in Reporters Without Borders’ 2013 World Press Freedom Index. Tamil news outlets, particularly those with historic links to the separatist movement, have long been regular targets, but members of Sri Lanka’s Sinhala majority have not been spared either. In 2009, months before government forces defeated the LTTE, Sunday Leader editor and TIME contributor Lasantha Wickrematunge, an outspoken critic of the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was assassinated by two gunmen on the way to his office, prompting an exodus of independent-minded journalists. Wickrematunge had predicted his own demise. In a chilling posthumous editorial published days after he was murdered, he wrote: “When finally I am killed, it will be the government that kills me.”

Recently, rights groups staged a campaign to stop the United Arab Emirates from deporting a well-known Tamil television reporter back to Sri Lanka, where they feared she would be tortured. Their concerns are well founded. Reports of military and police torture and sexual violence against Tamils with alleged separatist ties were not uncommon during the 26-year civil war. Returning Tamils now appear to be facing the same abuses. A Human Rights Watch report on alleged rapes that took place between 2006 and ’12 found that sexual violence continues to be used by security forces against male and female prisoners with suspected links to the insurgency. Because the agency was unable to speak to those currently in detention in Sri Lanka, or conduct open research in the country, it believes that the 75 cases it has documented represent “a fraction” of total custodial rape cases.

(VIDEO: Civilians Caught in the Final Days in Sri Lanka’s Civil War)

To escape this climate of fear, it appears that an increasing number of Tamils are fleeing Sri Lanka, boarding barely seaworthy vessels, bound for an uncertain future as asylum seekers. This is despite the government’s official effort to reconstruct the war-torn north of the country. “You have a significant number of people leaving postwar, at a point at which the government is assuring that economic development is prioritized and reconciliation is being effected in earnest,” says the CPA’s Saravanamuttu. The fact that so many people are choosing to go “seems to suggest people in the north don’t feel that way. They are voting with their feet, so to speak, and they are paying fairly large sums of money and risking life and limb to do it.” Saravanamuttu says that official numbers of the number of people leaving are unavailable, but to give just one example, over 6,000 Tamils arrived in Australia in 2012, some 30 times higher than the 2011 figure.

Uthayan, the newspaper whose offices were attacked, had been reporting on the encroachment of the military into local businesses in the north, the paper’s owner has said. The ratio of military to civilians is exponentially higher in the region compared with the rest of the country, and now that they are not required to mop up armed insurgents, soldiers have taken on nonmilitary roles, such as farming and running small shops that compete against Tamil businesses. While new roads have been built and internationally funded efforts are under way to help the region get back to some version of its prewar self, many say that the military’s overwhelming presence stands in the way of a return to anything resembling normalcy. Saravanamuttu recalls what one man from Jaffna told him after the war: “Things might look better, but they feel a lot worse.”

MORE: Three Years After War’s End, Sri Lanka Is Only Beginning to Make Peace

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yeryuzu

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seouzmani2014
seouzmani2014

What I'm inferring- if this can happen to a prominent Sinhalese Journalist who was trying to do his job, how many other Journalists have been killed/threatened so far?  since 1948 independence? http://www.medyasafak.com


lankapatriot
lankapatriot

The PATH FORWARD ... the SRI LANKAN WAY!

Although Ambedkar was absolutely right in departing a religion that denied him and his people basic human rights, Mahatma’s warning that allocation of different special rights to different communities defined by caste would permanently embed caste divisions within India and prevent progress towards a casteless society was PROPHETIC.

Today, Indian communities compete for government benefits (aka “reservations”) on the basis of caste. Although the intention was to alleviate the historical disadvantages of different caste groups, the identification of SCHEDULED CASTES, BACKWARD CASTES, and OTHER BACKWARD CASTES, ad inifinitum, ad nauseam in India has been to create a permanent caste structure fiercely protected by caste group in their quest for
free government benefits.

As one Indian Supreme Court judge once quipped “There is no other country in the world like India, in which people compete to degrade/debase their social status just to secure government benefits”. He was DEAD RIGHT … there is NO OTHER. The path to communal hell is clearly paved with good government intentions.

The government benefits enjoyed by these “Historically Disadvantaged Communities” to the exclusion of other Indian citizens in need, has caused immense animosity and conflict among the citizens of India, in addition to the standard caste warfare between caste groups trying to preserve the hierarchical caste system of Hinduism.

For example, there are many utterly poor Brahmins … damned by the “poorna noola” they wear across their chests … pulling rickshaws, and cleaning toilets, in the New Delhi area. They are in need just like the Dalits, but are excluded from applying for government benefits because they belong to a high caste!

The SOLUTION TO THIS SELF-INFLICTED DILEMMA is SIMPLE. Give Government Assistance to people on the basis of DEMONSTRATED POVERTY and NEED ONLY … not on the basis of any other communal attribute.

But fear and greed of those who are already on the gravy train, and the political clout they wield in VOTE BANK POLITICS will never allow that. As I recall, Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, had proposed precisely this solution, but got nowhere in taking the country in that direction. The vested interests created by the caste based system enacted … and foreseen 67-odd years ago by Mahatma Gandhi … are just too entrenched. And so, India continues down the path of communal DISCORD and eventual DISINTEGRATION with its people pitted against each other trying to preserve their caste-based allocations of the pie.

That brings us to Sri Lanka. The Tamil Eelamists demand that Sri Lanka also go down a parallel path to COMMUNAL HELL by dividing Sri Lanka on the basis of another communal attribute: RACE.

This kind of Communal Division of Sri Lanka into a Patchwork Quilt of Communal Apartheid Bantustans is PRECISELY what the majority of Sri Lankans want to avoid.

We don’t view India as a success, but as a COMMUNAL HELL HOLE, A CATACLYSMIC DISASTER in the MAKING.

Instead, we Sri Lankans are headed in a FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT DIRECTION: towards a society in which the only meaningful attribute of its people is that they are Sri Lankan CITIZENS.

In such a society and system of governance, all other COMMUNAL attributes of race, religion, language, caste, and sex are unimportant and ignored. Any person’s status as a legal Sri Lankan citizen qualifies him/her to compete on the basis of the content of his/her demonstrated character, ability and merit for all the benefits Sri Lanka has to offer.

That is OUR GOAL in our drive to build ONE NATION of ONE PEOPLE sharing ONE DESTINY!

lankapatriot
lankapatriot

On Caste Divisions in Sri Lanka and India

Yes, there were strong caste divisions in Sri Lanka … related to the SERVICES the various groups performed for the king, but not embedded in the RELIGION as in India. As we well know Buddhism rejects caste distinctions as a basis for determining the worth of individuals, and fought that battle in India during the Buddha’s day as well.

That is precisely why Dr. Babasehab Ambedkar led his Dalit community to embrace Buddhism in 1955.

The majority Buddhist religion is PRECISELY the reason why caste distinctions have practically vanished among the Sinhala people since independence, irrespective of their religion (Buddhism, Christianity), whereas the Hindu majority Tamil community is STILL strongly divided along caste lines.

In fact, I remember when I was an Engineering student at the Peradeniya eFac, certain of my Tamil colleagues came all the way from Jaffna to Colombo to borrow my class notes, rather than walk to the homes of high caste Tamil students in Jaffna. At Peradeniya, we sat together in class, lived together in the residential halls, played and partied together, but yet when the Tamil students went back home, the caste distinctions were reasserted. However, our Tamil batchmates from Colombo did not do this; they were fully assimilated and integrated into the tolerant mindset of the Buddhist majority community in the South of Sri Lanka.

In every country, it is the majority community that sets the tone and mores of the society as a whole. If the majority community is tolerant, the society as a whole is tolerant. If the majority community is intolerant, the society as a whole becomes intolerant. The teachings of the RELIGION of the majority community, as it relates to differences in communal attributes such as caste, race, religion, and sex is CRITICAL to social justice.

On the eve of India’s independence, Dr. Ambedkar was trying to get Mahatma Gandhi to include in the Consitution of India a clause declaring caste discrimination as illegal. But, Mahatma encountered strong opposition from the rest of the Indian Congress. Therefore, since the Dalits were OUTSIDE the Hindu caste system, and therefore a de-facto NON-EXISTENT community, Ambedkar demanded classification of the Dalits as a unique sovereign community within India. Mahatma Gandhi opposed this also … saying that such a declaration would make PERMANENT the discrimination against Dalits … and prevent their EVER being assimilated into a caste-less future Hindu society. As it turned out, Ambedkar caved in and supported the Congress’s bid for independence from India, accepting only a promise from Mahatma that a national referendum would be held on the issue after independence. We know that in 1955 or so, frustrated with the failure to get Hindu society to accept the Dalits as equal human beings, Dr. Ambedkar left the Hindu religion and embraced the other great religion of India … Buddhism … that would accept ALL human beings as equals.

lankapatriot
lankapatriot

This is what US HR report says about India.

“The most significant human rights problems were police and security force abuses, including extrajudicial killings, torture, and rape; widespread corruption at all levels of government, leading to denial of justice; and separatist, insurgent, and societal violence.

Other human rights problems included disappearances, poor prison conditions that were frequently life-threatening, arbitrary arrest and detention, and lengthy pretrial detention. The judiciary was overburdened, and court backlogs led to lengthy delays or the denial of justice. Authorities continued to infringe on citizens’ privacy rights. The law in some states restricted religious conversion, and there were reports of arrests, but no reports of convictions under these laws. There were some limits on freedom of movement. Rape, domestic violence, dowry-related deaths, honor killings, sexual harassment, and discrimination against women remained serious problems. Child abuse and child marriage were problems. Trafficking in persons, including widespread bonded and forced labor of children and adults, child prostitution, and forced adult prostitution, were serious problems. Caste-based discrimination and violence continued, as did discrimination against persons with disabilities and indigenous persons. Discrimination against persons with HIV and discrimination and violence based on gender identity continued. Religiously based societal violence remained a concern. Forced labor and bonded labor were widespread. Child labor also was a serious problem.

Widespread impunity at all levels of government remained a serious problem. Investigations into individual cases and legal punishment for perpetrators occurred, but in many cases a lack of accountability due to weak law enforcement, a lack of trained police, and the overburdened and under-resourced court system created an atmosphere of impunity.”

-US HR report 2012

சிவாகுமரன்
சிவாகுமரன்

we need IMPARTIAL INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION to find the truth. No point bashing LTTE and Bashing Srilanka only, Let the INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION to start and find the truth, We Tamils always support any INVESTIGATION as We DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO HIDE but YOU SRILANKAN SUPPORTERS and SRILANKA are the ones REFUSING TO ALLOW ANY INVESTIHATION.. By doing so, You are accepting the GUILT by DEFAULT, Can't you understand Mr.Lankapatriot???



சிவாகுமரன்
சிவாகுமரன்

Hi, Lankapatriot, whole south Asian region have caste discrimination, Can Sinhalese - also have the CASTE DISCRIMINATION- carry out genocide of Each and every race in South Asia ?????? pathetic attempt by bankrupt SIN-HELLa racist 

சிவாகுமரன்
சிவாகுமரன்

Hi Lankapatriot  Well,  what your trying to say ??? If the Tamils use caste discrimination among them, YOU SINHALESE can kill them all, the world Must not question. Isn't it?? Pathetic logic of a RACIST whose Sinhala race also have CASTE DISCRIMINATION, so Tamils can carry out GEN-OCIDE oF SINHALESE??? Idiotic logic. When we talk about SIN-HELLa fundamentalist TERRORISM against all MINORITIES - TAMILS, MUSLIMS and CHRISTIANS, you just want to divert the issue to India to JUSTIFY the GENOCIDE of Tamils and Muslims now. Whatever you try to say ILLOGICALLY, the  IMPORTANT Question is IF SRILANKA HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE WHY SO FEARFUL OF ANY INVESTIGATION?? JUST ANSWER THIS QUESTION. COME ON MAN PUT UP OR SHUT UP YOUR INSULTS TO INTELLIGENCE OF HUMANS.

lankapatriot
lankapatriot

Here is more on the ENDEMIC DISCRIMINATION by Tamils against Other Tamils in the Festering Hell Hole of Tamil Nadu. When viewing, please activate the ENGLISH Captions!

There is NO DISCRIMINATION even REMOTELY like this in Sri Lanka.

How dare these HYPOCRITES criticize Sri Lanka; they should look at their own crumbling house and UPLIFT their own people FIRST!

Let us GET THE TRUTH OUT into the OPEN!

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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_omPflw2BI">Casteism in Tamilnadu - a discussion</a>

A discussion about caste discrimination of Dalit Christians in Tamilnadu. (English subtitles available). Director Amudhan discusses his documentary "Seruppu" which details the hardships and discrimination faced by Dalit Christians in Trichy, Tamilnadu.

சிவாகுமரன்
சிவாகுமரன்

Sri Lanka footage: behind the UN verdict  

In January 2010, the UN released a report into video shown on Channel 4 News apparently of Sri Lanka soldiers executing Tamils. Foreign Editor Ben De Pear describes the events that led to the verdict.

Ben De Pear is foreign editor for Channel 4 News. He wrote shortly after a UN report found that footage broadcast by Channel 4 News allegedly showing Sri Lankan soldiers executing Tamils "appeared authentic".

For Channel 4 Newsthe UN verdict was the last chapter in an ongoing saga that has seen the Sri Lankan government attempt to destroy the reputation of Channel 4 News journalism across the globe.http://www.channel4.com/news/sri-lanka-footage-behind-the-un-verdict

சிவாகுமரன்
சிவாகுமரன்

The STARK REALITY in the SIN-HELLa racist Srilanka by an INDIAN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST went to Srilanka as a TOURIST to compile the reality of the GENOCIDAL DESIGN by the racist Srilanka. 

No wonder the GUILTY SRILANKA now resumed CENSORSHIP by BOMBING Tamil News Paper offices, abduct, intimidate and even kill journalaists to HIDE the PAST and PRESENT GENOCIDE NEWS. and Now TRACKING TOURISTS to hide the TRUTH after these  REAL TRUTH by the TEHELKA

http://tehelka.com/the-war-may-be-over-but-the-idea-lives-on-2/?singlepage=1

lankapatriot
lankapatriot

I am tired of this ONE-SIDED DEMONIZATION of Sinhala Buddhists as RACISTS, and the GLORIFICATION of the Tamil Valhalla of Tamil Nadu by Eelamists wanting to capture and create a Tamils-Only Eelam in a large part of Sri Lanka, on behalf of 12.5% minority in Sri Lanka few of whom live in the areas claimed by for the Tamil Eelam.

We Sri Lankans KNOW that NO MINORITY .... Tamils, Muslims, Hindus, or Christians ... are EVER TREATED BADLY in Sri Lanka, and there was NO CAUSE for the attacks launched on Sinhala People and the war that followed. That was how Sri Lanka's ENEMIES exploited Sri Lanka's Military and Economic weakness. That EQUITY was achieved for ALL of Sri Lanka's People, NOT BY MINORITIES, but by the POLICIES ENACTED by SUCCESSIVE Sri Lankan governments dominated by the SINHALA BUDDHIST MAJORITY of Sri Lanka.

Our Tolerant Buddhist Ways created the Social Equity in Sri Lanka today.

So, I am going to start posting videos posted on the Web by various segments of Indian Tamils in Tamil Nadu of the ENDEMIC DISCRIMINATION they face in Tamil Nadu.

If, you won''t believe me, then listen to THEM: Tamils from Tamil Nadu waling about they VICIOUS DISCRIMINATION they face in the Tamil HELL of Tamil Nadu!

This is just the TIP OF THE ICEBERG of information that is available ... Hope you like IT!

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<b>Atrocities on Dalits in Tamil Nadu: Parts I-VI (In Tamil)</b>
By Aravindan Neelakandan

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7lOH3Jobvs">Atrocities on Dalits in Tamil Nadu-I</a> Dalit Hindus in Dindugal district are being harassed by upper castes who are Christians. Hence pseudo-Dalit movements fall silent over the atrocities. When a Dalit youth is attacked and human excreta forced into his mouth, pseudo-Dalit leaders and media turn the other way and a fact finding team exposes the truth

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l942Oe3h7sY">Atrocities on Dalits in Tamil Nadu-II</a>While caste Christians make atrocities against Dalits, the pseudo-Dalit organizations as well as media turn the other way. Movement for National Vigilance (Sri.B.Gautham, Chennai) exposes the atrocity indulged in against the Dalits through a fact finding mission.

<a href= "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEDyOqwLpwk">Atrocities on Dalits in Tamil Nadu-III</a>When Caste Christians force excreta on a Dalit youth for daring to walk the road of upper castes, pseudo-Dalit leaders and media turn a blind eye. Movement for National Vigilance (Sri. B.Gautham) exposes the inhuman atrocity and analyses the factors and offers a solution for social harmony and justice through a fact finding mission.


<a href= "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHFuMhkXRQY">Atrocities on Dalits in Tamil Nadu-IV</a>When Caste Christians force excreta on a Dalit youth for daring to walk the road of upper castes, pseudo-Dalit leaders and media turn a blind eye. Movement for National Vigilance (Sri. B.Gautham) exposes the inhuman atrocity and analyses the factors and offers a solution for social harmony and justice through a fact finding mission.

<a href="When Caste Christians force excreta on a Dalit youth for daring to walk the road of upper castes, pseudo-Dalit leaders and media turn a blind eye. Movement for National Vigilance (Sri. B.Gautham) exposes the inhuman atrocity and analyses the factors and offers a solution for social harmony and justice through a fact finding mission. This is Part-V">Atrocities on Dalits in Tamil Nadu-V</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t0XcjdiY9I">Atrocities on Dalits in Tamil Nadu-VI</a>This is part-6 of the atrocity Hindu Dalits face in Tamil Nadu, Didukkal district. When Christian upper caste Christians thrust human excreta in Hindu Dalits Mouths for walking in the street with footwear, media and pseudo-Dalit leadership look the other way. But a fact finding team exposes this here. We thank Sri. Gautham for giving permission to upload the video.

சிவாகுமரன்
சிவாகுமரன்

The REAL AGENDA of SIN-HELLa FUNDAMENTALISTS according to a SINHALA AUTHOR who wrote the ""EMERGENCY 58"" Book in 1958 after the Nationwide Srilankan state sponsored MASS KILLINGS of 1000s of Tamils and Muslims in 1958.

1) First carry out Genocide of Indeginous Tamils living in the island even before the Sinhelese came as refugees to the usland.-Since 1948 to the 2009 Genocide of Tamils and ONGOING GENOCIDE and ETHNIC CLEANSING in EELAM -North and East as I write here.

2) Secondly carry out Genocide of Muslims and chase the reamaining Muslims out of the island - NOW GOING ATROCITIES Directed against Muslims by the alleged WAR CRIMINAL Mr.GOTABAYA and HIS BBS.

3) Thirdly Carry out the Genocide of Indian Tamils surrounded by Sinhalese in Middle Srilanka

3) Finally Convert to Sinhella Buddhism or genocide all Sinhala chritians - So Many Churches already destroyed by the SIN-HELLa thugs with the help of Srilankan so called security forces.


The above agenda was stated in the book called ""EMERGENCY 58"" written by an INVESTIGATIVE SINHALA Journalaist Mr.Withachi who wrote the book in 1958 after the SIN-HELLa racists did mass killings of several 1000 Tamils, Muslims and Christians in 1958 and Srilankan BANNED the BOOK immediately to hide the truth as Srilanka now DENYING access to IMPARTIAL INVESTIGATION.


The SIN-HELLa RACISTS are like the KKK in USA  and they are well organised. They actually started MASS KILLINGS of MUSLIMS in 1915 during the British rule, the British rulers ordered to shoot on sight of the SIN-HELLa racist thugs HEADED by the so called Srilankan Buddhist monks but then Srilankan Representative a TAMIL Sir Pon. Ramanaathan went to the UK to stop the shoot on sight of the SIN-HELLa racist thugs. Then, the SIN-HELL racist thugs with the so called Srilankan Buddhist monks again MASSACRED several 100s of  Tamils in 1935 during the British rule. That is, the SIN-HELLa racist NAZI FORCES - they are in all parties and every state and private institution in Srilanka - have been carrying out atrocities SYSTEMATICALLY against all Minorities. While Tamils were armed in the form of LTTE to counter the SIN-HELLa racist TERRORISM, the Srilanka systematically separated MUSLIMS from Tamils for their benefit because IF TAMILS and MUSLIMS United and FOUGHT, the Srilanka cannot fight back and the same time cannot use the 45 MUSLIM Countries in favor of SIN-HELLa FUNDAMENTALIST Srilanka in the UN and wider world.

சிவாகுமரன்
சிவாகுமரன்

USA Citizen - Mr.Gotabaya Rajapakshe - was the mastermind behind the 2009 Genocide of Tamils and the ongoing GENOCIDE of remaining Tamils and ETHNIC CLEANSING of MUSLIMS but USA never ever arrest the alleged WAR CRIMINAL the US citizen Mr.Gotabaya who visited the USA twice after 2009. USA must be ashamed of this blunder, USA must impose travel sanctions to all accused Srilankan WAR CRIMINALS as growing evidence of systematic Genocide in 2009 and the ONGOING Genocide of remaining Tamils and also ETHNIC CLEANSING of MUSLIMS.

சிவாகுமரன்
சிவாகுமரன்

LTTE is a SYMPTOM of the cause SRILANKAN SIN-HELLa racist TERRORISM unleashed against Tamils, Muslims and Christians 30 years before the LTTE even born to counter the Srilankan state TERRORISM. Now the whole world WITNESSED the FACT. World must  ISOLATE the raict Srilanka, like SOUTH AFRICAN APARTHEID REGIME or BOMB all the MAJOR MILITARY INSTALLATIONS in Srilanka like USA and UK did to RACIST SERBIA to save KOSOVANS and hold a UN referendum in the North and East of Srilanka to know the will of the people live there.

சிவாகுமரன்
சிவாகுமரன்

Srilanka only nation not allowing any investigation, free media, independent NGOs in the island because Srilanka is SIN-HELLa NAKED racist state whose so called SECURITY FORCES and MAJORITY of so called MONKS do the TERRORISM against MINORITIES in the island,

Real_peace
Real_peace

Media Freedom in Sri Lanka: 

Article states: "In 2009, months before government forces defeated the LTTE, Sunday Leader editor and TIME contributor Lasantha Wickrematunge, an outspoken critic of the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was assassinated by two gunmen on the way to his office, prompting an exodus of independent-minded journalists."

What I'm inferring- if this can happen to a prominent Sinhalese Journalist who was trying to do his job, how many other Journalists have been killed/threatened so far?  since 1948 independence?

Question: Can you please recommend any INDEPENDENT video documentary that shows about the Media Freedom in Sri Lanka?  One recommendation was the Norwegian Director Beate Arnestad’s : “Silenced Voices”

http://tinyurl.com/Lanka-SilencedVoices


Real_peace
Real_peace

Question 2:  Memorial?

Is there any place where the names of people who died have been recorded, as a MEMORIAL?  



Real_peace
Real_peace

A revealing article addressing some ROOT causes indeed!

I have a few questions for anyone: can you recommend any ‘balanced’ books on this ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka?  I was given the following suggestions:

1. Still counting the Dead by former BBC corresp. Frances Harrison,

2. The Genocide of Tamils by Professor Francis Boyle

Thank you.


lankapatriot
lankapatriot

Why do Indian Tamil illegal immigrants still pile into Sri Lanka by night from the "perfect" Tamil Valhalla in Tamil Nadu?

Escaping endemic discrimination and abject poverty in the Tamil Valhalla to the more tolerant, more prosperous, Resplendent Land of Sri Lanka, perhaps?

No wonder the fake Sri Lankan Tamil refugees "escape" from Sri Lanka to distant Australia ignoring the nearby Tamil Heaven!!

These fake "political refugees" are really "economic refugees" looking to prosper on the Government dole as the Australians are gradually beginning to understand.

lankapatriot
lankapatriot

A TAMIL MP of Sri Lanka Castigates the US for Supporting terrorists in Sri Lanka.

MP Fernandopulle said that those who had carried out the Boston bombing would have reached their target as ordinary civilians. “May be they were there as spectators or perhaps as competitors. What we have to realise is that even the best of security measures in place can be manipulated by those masquerading as civilians. We experienced on many occasions the horrors caused by terrorists in disguise. They were never in uniform during clandestine operations in the city and its suburbs,” Dr. Fernandopulle said. Referring to the Weliweriya blast, Dr. Fernandopulle said that the suicide cadre had been in civilian attire.

Commenting on US Ambassador Michele Sison’s recent address to the Colombo based Foreign Correspondents’ Association, Dr. Fernandopulle said that the US envoy had quite rightly acknowledged that the US was suffering due to terrorism. Sison was quoted by a US embassy as having said: “We, too, have faced terror. We know how it can tear at the very fabric of state and society.” Unfortunately, the US had failed to realise that some of those demanding a war crimes inquiry against the government had been directly supportive of the LTTE throughout the terror campaign, Dr. Fernandopulle said.

lankapatriot
lankapatriot

Jeyaraj’s widow compares Weliweriya blast with Boston attack

April 16, 2013, 10:09 pm By Shamindra Ferdinando
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=77010

 UPFA MP Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, yesterday said that the terrorist attack on the Boston marathon was the first attack on a sporting event in the world since the assassination of her husband, Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, as he was about to flag off a marathon at Weliweriya, Gampaha on the morning of April 6, 2008.

The  irate MP pointed out that those demanding accountability on the part of the government for alleged atrocities committed during the conflict had been silent on sordid LTTE operations.

சிவாகுமரன்
சிவாகுமரன்

NO JUSTICE NO PEACE.


The Srilankan military always BOMB CIVILIANS in Tamil areas in the North and East during the civil war since 1978, in 1985, Srilankan military told Tamil civilians in NAVALY, JAFFNA, to shelter into a CHURCH and after the Tamil civilians went to the Church, the SIN-HELLa racist Military bombed the CHURCH ans killed 147 civilians into pieces. Srilanka bombed a school in Nagarkovil in Jaffna and killed 120 School Children while they study in the school in 1985. these are just a tip of the iceberg. 

during the ILL FATED MILITARY ONSLAUGHT against Tamils in Vanni Mainland in 90s, Srilankan military bombed Tamils more than 1000 times on Tamils while denying even basic food and medicine to Tamil civilians.


Srilanka, during the peace process,  in 2006 to 2008, Srilankan SIN-HELLa terrorist military did the same by cutting off all food and medicine to Eastern Cites and massacred several 1000 Tamils without any sort of remorse,


Due to the nature of the BARBARISM unleashed by the SIN-HELLa racist Military, as Srilankan military started MASSIVE ATTACKS in MANNAR civilians areas in the Western ciity Mannar and surrounding areas, Tamils from Mannar Western coast and other areas in the Mainland fled to the LTTE areas for safety  as the Tamils CANNOT TRUST the racist SRILANKAN MILITARY at all having witnessed sixty years of MASS killings, MASS RAPES and MASSACRES by the Srilankan military terrorists and so called Srilanka police with Navy and Air Force.


Even during the TSUNAMI and after the TSUNAMI, Srilanka even stopped the MOST AFFECTED Tamil areas in the North and East to get the International aid to reach them while helping ONLY SINHALA SOUTHERN areas where LEAST affected due to the TSUNAMI, LTTE were the only organisation helped the worst and most affected TSUNAMI Victims including SINHALA civilians in the North and East whole SIN-HELla racist Srilanka use EVEN THE NATURAL DISASTER to kill more Tamils. 


I can go on like these forever as Srilanks did more and more of these during sixty years of GENOCIDE and ETHNIC CLEANSING of Tamils and Muslims since 1948 to date,


All we want an INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION, let them find out who done which terror and punish whoever done those terror, if  LTTE  did the terrorism, let them be punished. as you always blame the LTTE for all ills, you cannot refuse to accept the INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION,  IF YOU CONTINUE TO BASH THE LTTE AND MEANTIME DENY ACCESS TO ANY INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION, YOU AND SRILANKA ARE THE ONES ACCEPTING THE GUILT OF THE GENOCIDE AND ETHNIC CLEANSING WHILE SAVING THE SO CALLED LTTE TERRORISTS, 

சிவாகுமரன்
சிவாகுமரன்

@lankapatriot Well,  what your trying to say ??? If the Tamils use caste discrimination among them, YOU SINHALESE can kill them all, the world Must not question. Isn't it?? Pathetic logic of a RACIST whose Sinhala race also have CASTE DISCRIMINATION, so Tamils can carry out GENOCIDE oF SINHALESE??? Idiotic logic. When we talk about SIN-HELLa fundamentalist TERRORISM against all MINORITIES - TAMILS, MUSLIMS and CHRISTIANS, you just want to divert the issue to India to JUSTIFY the GENOCIDE of Tamils and Muslims now. Whatever you try to say ILLOGICALLY, the  IMPORTANT Question is IF SRILANKA HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE WHY SO FEARFUL OF ANY INVESTIGATION?? JUST ANSWER THIS QUESTION. COME ON MAN PUT UP OR SHUT UP YOUR INSULTS TO INTELLIGENCE OF HUMANS.

Ramanan
Ramanan

@சிவாகுமரன் Gotabhaya has grown in confidence since organising the massacre of Tamils in 2009 and suppressing the media through his killing of Lasantha and driving his main critic Frederica Jansz abroad. This is why his new adventure is using the Bodu Sena as a vehicle to intimidate and frighten the muslims. The idiotic SL supporters used to make a big show about how barbarous the LTTE were to the muslims by forcing them from Jaffna so let us sit back and amuse ourselves as they mistreat the same muslims they claim they were protecting. The USA has started to withdraw aid from Sri Lanka and will no doubt bring more action in the UN especially after the mentally unwell Mahinda rejected the latest UN resolution against him. 

Ramanan
Ramanan

@Real_peace "if this can happen to a prominent Sinhalese Journalist who was trying to do his job, how many other Journalists have been killed/threatened so far?  since 1948 independence?"

The SL govt has engaged in so many crimes that to list all of them would take too much space. In the past, especially during the civil war, the SL govt largely escaped criticism because it could use the line 'we are a poor democratic nation facing a ruthless terrorist group therefore please forgive us if we commit any excesses'. When the western powers and India assisted the SL army in destroying the LTTE, this same govt and their supporters chose to develop selective memory loss and forget about this kind act, instead making mad remarks about Sri Lanka being the only nation to 'defeat' terrorism. 

The SL govt, led by the Rajapaksas, have continued with their crimes into the present-day but now because there is no LTTE to use as an excuse, the powerful siblings and their supporters have to employ other reasons. This is why you have idiots here making statements that the western nations favour the LTTE which is why they are harsh on Sri Lanka (without realising how dumb they sound when they say it). Another excuse is that all the reports of journalists being shot up and fleeing the country, tamils being raped and killed at leisure in military prisons and other crimes are 'fake' because the highly educated western govts are obviously a bunch of thickos that cannot comprehend facts and weight up the evidence. This of course doesn't stop Mahinda Rajapaksa from making a clown of himself by desperately going to the same western nations for speeches at the Oxford union or spending vast amounts of sums on western PR companies in order to better his battered image (without thinking that maybe a better place to start would be not sacking your chief justice or sticking your presidential rival in prison after the election)


Ramanan
Ramanan

@Real_peace "Is there any place where the names of people who died have been recorded, as a MEMORIAL?"

There are many memorials to the victims of the 2009 Vanni massacre of Tamils in the diaspora and also in Tamil Nadu state. The many crimes of the SL govt and army (which continues to the present-day) has caused much ill-feeling amongst the worldwide tamil community of 80million especially in South India. This is why the indian congress govt went from supporting the SL govt in 2009 at the UN human rights council to voting against them in the space of 3 years. The then DMK-Congress alliance which was ruling Tamil Nadu during the Vanni massacre and who were ignoring it, were brutally destroyed in the 2011 state election and the new chief minister Jayalalithaa has gone on a big anti-SL govt offensive which is why the Congress govt has started to panic and ditched their support for the Rajapaksa clan.


சிவாகுமரன்
சிவாகுமரன்

@lankapatriot It is a  GOOD QUESTION but the answer is different from yours I am afraid, India, another racist state, started CONCENTRATION CAMPS for Eelam Tamil refugees before the Srilanka even thinking about that. In a decent country, all refugees are allowed to be like citizens of the country but INDIA is not a decent country at all. India even allowing the Srilankan NAVY to SLAUGHTER her OWN CITIZENS without even condemn the Srilankan NAVY atrocities against UNARMED Tamilnadu Fishermen but the same India IMMEDIATELY condemn the BOSTON Terrorism. Then how can one EELAM Tamils expect any HUMANITY from the RACIST INDIA. No wonder they run away from the Indian racist torture camps. Eelam Tamil refugees are not allowed to free education, free medicine, etc and JOBS NO GO areas for them, also they are not allowed to start any business in India and cannot buy a HOUSE in India. Then who can blame the Poor refugees fleeing to any decent country like Australia????? India - an APARTHEID state run by BRAHMINS who hold more than 50% of  all the Indian system including MPs, Judges, collectors, Governors, SPY agencies, Military leadership, etc, etc, DESPITE the BRAHMINS are just under 3% of ENTIRE INDIAN POPULATION. NO WONDER A BRAHMIN TERRORIST KILLED THE FATHER OF INDIA RT.HON,.MAHATMA GANDHI AS SOON AS THE BRITISH LEFT. MR. GANDHI IS NOT A BRAHMIN. 

சிவாகுமரன்
சிவாகுமரன்

@lankapatriotNO SRILANKAN STATE TERRORISM unleashed in 1948 -30 years before even LTTE created by few Tanuks- NO NEED OF LTTE at all/

LTTE is Just a symptom not the cause.

USA and western countries supported and armed the rebels in Libya to stop the OPPRESSION by the  Gadaafi and his clans and rightly so, USA now supporting the Syrian rebels against the Syrian mindless dictator Azad and rightly so, the same way USA must have supported the FREEDOM FIGHTERS LTTE who did the same as LIBYAN and SYRIAN rebels do against OPPRESSING STATE.

The problem -with  the SUPPORTERS of Srilankan racist state - is this, they are very happy to blame the freedom fighters LTTE for all the ills but WHEN IT COMES to investigation, they SHY AWAY because the Srilankan military and police do all the Terrorism in the bloody island and the LTTE only did the COUNTER TERROR against the Srilankan MILITARY TERRORISTS.

LTTE DID NOT start the problem in the island otherwise, the Problem MUST HAVE ENDED WITH THE DEMISE of the LTTE in 20008 but the Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing with routine rapes, abductions, atrocities against all minorities and journalists, etc GPING ON and ON UNABATED because the PROBLEM is the RACIST SRILANKAN STATE and their 100% RACISt SIN-HELla racist military.

 Whats wrong with the Srilankan racist state SUPPORTERS here??????? We Humans WANT an Impartial International Investigations into all killings of all civilians, no mater which race belongs to them, since 1948 to date, The Srilankan state terrorism stated in 1948, that is 30 years before the LTTE even born with just few people. Since 1948 until the LTTE born to fight the SRILANKAN STATE TERRORISM, there were 20,000 Tamils, Muslims and Christians were slaughtered by the so called Srilankan Security forces with Sin-HELLa Thugs. By denying ACCESS TO ANY INVESTIGATION into ANY KILLINGS of CIVILIANS, Srilanka and the Srilankan supporters ACTUALLY ACCEPTING the GUILT of Srilankan racist state. If the Srilanka and Srilankan supported are telling truth, THEY CANNOT REFUSE to ACCEPT ANY IMPARTIAL INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION, Period.


Ramanan
Ramanan

"Indian Tamil illegal immigrants still pile into Sri Lanka by night"

These Indians are fishing lankanpatriot as opposed to looking to settle in rajapaksa family kingdom. As you are an imbecile, please read my comments carefully so you can at least be educated to a minimum standard

"ignoring the nearby Tamil Heaven!!"

There are over 1 lakh SL refugees in Tamil Nadu but expecting you to be in possession of facts is like expecting Gotabhaya not to run his mouth off when confronted by critical journalists

"fake refugees looking to prosper on Gov't dole"

The SL supporters enjoy labelling tamils abroad as idiotic refugees living on the dole then make statements like these same tamils are using their big bucks to bribe the western governments without acknowledging that these tamils must have achieved some success if they are able to influence their own govts so persuasively. These lankan patriots are so stupid that one is almost forced to feel pity for them as opposed to ridiculing them so mercilessly 

Ramanan
Ramanan

"had been directly supportive of the LTTE throughout the terror campaign"

So the Americans were supporting the LTTE were they? Are you going to deny that they designated the LTTE as a foreign terrorist organisation in 1997 and a specially designated global terrorist since 2001? Do you enjoy making a fool out of yourself lankapatriot? Please attempt to understand using that walnut you call a brain that the Americans are speaking against your useless govt because your mental president used the end of the war in 2009 to annoint himself as the king of sri lanka which is why he brutally sacked his chief justice, letting his younger brother Gotabhaya got beserk on journalists and other enemies of the state like the muslims and why Tamil newspapers and journalists get attacked constantly in front of the security services

Ramanan
Ramanan

"had been silent on sordid LTTE operations"

are the LTTE still operational and committing attacks today? I thought Prabha breathed his last in 2009? Are not the LTTE banned in western nations and India? Why are journalists threatened with death and fleeing the country in 2013 4 years after the demise of Praba? Why is Mahinda sacking the chief justice in 2013 and expanding his powers when the war ended 4 years ago? Please answer these questions before subjecting yourself to further ridicule and humiliation

Real_peace
Real_peace

@Ramanan @Real_peace

Ramanan,  it is understandably a painful experience.   what about my question:

Can you please recommend any INDEPENDENT video documentary that shows about the Media Freedom in Sri Lanka?  One recommendation was the Norwegian Director Beate Arnestad’s : “Silenced Voices"


சிவாகுமரன்
சிவாகுமரன்

@Ramanan @Real_peace well said Ramanan. LTTE is a SYMPTOM of the cause SRILANKAN SIN-HELLa racist TERRORISM unleashed against Tamils, Muslims and Christians 30 years before the LTTE even born to counter the Srilankan state TERRORISM. Now the whole world WITNESSED the FACT. World must  ISOLATE the raict Srilanka, like SOUTH AFRICAN APARTHEID REGIME or BOMB all the MAJOR MILITARY INSTALLATIONS in Srilanka like USA and UK did to RACIST SERBIA to save KOSOVANS and hold a UN referendum in the North and East of Srilanka to know the will of the people live there.

Real_peace
Real_peace

@Ramanan

OK. fine.  Can you share FACTual resource here about MEMORIALs please?  What I understand is that the any memorials in N. Sri lanka has been destroyed?  Thank you.

Ramanan
Ramanan

@Real_peace @Ramanan "This is the kind of FACTUAL references you need to produce"

The problem with Sri Lankans, whether they be Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslim is that the truth is more difficult to accept than making up nonsense, which although incorrect, gives temporary solace and peace. The Tamil struggle for self-determination was a legitimate enterprise borne out of horrendous persecution but it got hijacked by Prabhakaran who murdered everyone in his way thus causing Tamils to be in this mess. Likewise the Rajapaksas have hijacked the goodwill that came after the civil war for their own benefit, using empty nationalist rhetoric which gets devoured by angry and uneducated people. They too will lead the people to ruin. Hopefully out of all this s**t comes a time when all Sri Lankans can live together in peace, dignity and equality


Real_peace
Real_peace

@Ramanan

This is the kind of FACTUAL references you need to produce.  Otherwise it is a waste of energy.