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A Bestial Government: Plunder, Rape And Buggery

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Author’s Note: The Sunday Leader for which this article was written as part of my weekly column wanted this rewritten to be about the Federal Party or another topic because “these are yet allegations, [and] it would be unfair to print such.” However I wrote this because the army’s sexual abuse is now well beyond allegations and backed up by affidavits and medico-legal documents.  Untruthful witnesses do not scar their vaginas and anuses or their bodies with whips and cigarettes to sound credible. Indeed, The Economist in the article “Sri Lanka and its Critics: Bloody Secrets,”  of 26.02.2013 declares the HRW report to contain “clear evidence of atrocities and abuse.” I am therefore releasing this to web-newspapers. I do so with a little fear and trepidation, however, because I have been particular to have my articles printed in Sri Lanka first in the open literature (which is subject to defamation challenges) before they appear abroad so that I cannot be accused when I return home like the HRW witness YJ below of “doing propaganda against the government and security forces” abroad.

Yet I fully support the Sunday Leader editorial team as they try to say the little they can at immense bodily risk to themselves, at a time when space for a free press rapidly closes in Sri Lanka. When it is the editors who are risking death as journalists are killed and President Rajapaksa predictably goes through the motions of ordering investigations that go nowhere, the editors must not be challenged 

Omens for Geneva

The omens for accountability through Geneva are good. Navaneetham Pillay spoke of massive wartime violations. New evidence of war crimes emerged. The Indian High Commissioner, asked for a positive Geneva vote, reminded Tamils that Indians have hearts. Dr. Manmohan Singh assured coalition leaders of India’s vote for the US resolution. Cautious Indian newspapers are suddenly publishing war-crimes evidence. India took a stronger stand on Sethusamuthiram, asserting its views over Lanka’s.

HRW released its report We will Teach you a Lesson”: Sexual Violence against Tamils by Sri Lankan Security Forces, detailing 70+ victim accounts from 2006-2012. It gives substance to the numerous stories from Vanni friends of rape and disappearances by an army that systematically demanded bribes for release and coerced confessions. It is confirmed through medicolegal reports on scars, cigarette burns and psychiatric and medical exams. There is consistency with Channel 4 pictures of naked dead girls like newscaster Sivapriya being handled by soldiers.

The report gave insight into the Lankan penchant for perversion and proclivity for sodomy evident in our boarding school. This week Minister Sirisena’s son and 13 drunken friends in gay abandon exposed themselves to women and photographed themselves naked in Pasikuda.  A DIG’s son, Waidyalankara, objected to his wife appearing in photo-background and was brutally attacked by young Sirisena who claimed, said Waidyalankara, to be the next Prime Minister’s son. The Daily Mirror’s “naked,” The Island reported as “scantily clad,” showing how our press is soft on the powerful.

Murder, Rape and Buggery

HRW exposes our armed forces as beastly perverts.  ST aged 50 and her daughter surrendered in Matalan in March 2009.  With twenty women ST and daughter had to strip and walk before children and in the children’s presence were raped for over 2 hours. Then a naked boy and girl were forced to hug each other and shot dead. The remaining boys and girls were separated and taken away. ST heard “screams, wailings and shootings continuously.”

Colonel Ramesh, after being shot with a high calibre weapon on 22 May 2009 lies outside a mud wall house, viewed by a Sri Lankan army soldier, an image that forms part of the chain of custody. Supplied photo.

The testimony of ZS who was sodomized in Vavuniya and driven to Colombo after paying Rs. 200,000 bears similarities to the story of my friend who was arrested and, upon payment of Rs. 200,000, released with a letter from the Vavuniya Police saying he had been cleared and then driven to Katunayake where he was given a passport with an Indian visa and ticket to Madras. My friend was deposed for his evidence.

Such bribes, once to a brigadier, to secure release are a common feature in most accounts. TH of Kelaniya (28), the Sinhalese girlfriend of a suicide bomber, had to pay Rs. 2 mn. KN (30) got out bribing the EPDP which often liaised in bribing, and smuggled sodomized-DB out of the country. RS (27) of Vavuniya was arrested twice and got out bribing the CID twice. EN (28) bribed officials through PLOTE.

MJ was detained from May to July 2008, tortured and raped. She delivered in March 2009 making evident where she conceived. YT (22) of Vavuniya conceived but miscarried.

Former LTTE Females IR and KI (both 29) studying abroad had similar separate experiences. Arriving at Katunayake in early 2011 they were arrested and raped in custody. Obviously the army has good intelligence. YJ (36) visited the UK for a conference and on her return was questioned at the airport, subsequently white-vanned, accused of “doing propaganda against the government and security forces,” abroad and raped. TJ who finished his studies in the UK, returned to be white-vanned and sodomized, and then bribed out. There are other students abroad who visited and were white-vanned and sodomized. OP of Puthukudi-iruppu was arrested at the airport when he went to receive his uncle. He was tortured by the police but sexually abused by guards and fellow-prisoners in Boosa.

Some rapists are known but their names are withheld such as the Dehiwela Crimes Branch Officer who repeatedly took a 26 year old male to his room at the police station and raped him.

Ragging and Army Torture

Surprising are the similarities between army torture and student ragging. Is this deviant behavior then intrinsic? As Freshers at Katubedde from Dec. 1970 we underwent the following from Sinhalese raggers: minty SR toothpaste on the genitals resulting in intense burning, testicles squeezed, those wearing rings forced to place theirs on their penis resulting in erection which makes removal and micturation difficult, and all of us standing outdoors stripped in the moonlight while homosexual seniors, also naked, came and put their genitals against ours while masturbating themselves. The lightest skinned boy among us was kept in their rooms for three weeks.

Now the HRW accounts: crushing the penis with bare hands, groping during interrogation of men and women, Vicks balm on genitals, and inserting metal balls into the penis and making micturation painful (confirmed by surgery to remove the objects). Like the boy kept for three weeks, a Vavuniya Brigadier kept in his room for three months a young breast feeding mother, squeezing her lactating breasts and repeatedly raping her after tying her hands to the bed and burning her breasts and inner thighs with cigarettes.

HRW also describes anal intercourse and poking bottles into the anus, forced oral sex with and masturbating the interrogators, and having buttocks bitten.

Federal Party: Disarray?

With Geneva in backdrop the FP held its Central Committee meeting at the Bambalapitiya home of Thavarasa (23rd 9:00-3:30). Thirty-five members were sumptuously fed.  Leader Sampanthan seemed to agree that he would go to Geneva but some Federalists were taken aback to read in Suresh Premachandran’s interview in Ceylon Today that the TNA decided under Sampanthan the previous day that the delegates would be MPs Premachandran, Sumanthiran, Senathiraja and Sridharan, and had already sent letters on intended meetings to Geneva. Federalists questioning were told it is true because of Sampanathan’s eye surgery, but they took comfort that Sumanthiran and Senathirajah would be articulate and cannot have their record questioned. However, the latest Colombo reports say that MPs Sampanthan and Sumanthiran are in London at the GTF Conference on their way to Geneva and Ariyanethiran, MP, is also going. Something strange went on.

The Colombo meeting marked the transition of the FP from provincial to national party. There was a call for getting the word Eelam out of FP vocabulary, to diminish the influence of the diaspora because of its different needs, to focus on information gathering and dissemination, and to emphasize the role of the membership and the party as an organization rather than being leadership centred. Further to the latter two, it was decided to a) begin a think tank under retired northern provincial secretary Rangarajan (BCom Peradeniya, MSc from the Philippines), a non-party technocrat, who had been denied an extension because of his impartiality; and b) seek Sinhalese members in addition to Muslims who were once party stalwarts.

Regarding the registration of the TNA, the FP seemed of the view that it was a priority only for the EPRLF and PLOTE whose cadre dare not contest under their symbols because of their past. Declaration of assets and accounts need to be filed soon to avoid cancellation of FP registration. The Islands Branch, nonfunctioning because of EPDP obstruction, caused consternation. There was some sideline discord over hostess Gowri Thavarasa being the UNP Assistant Treasurer, and concern over the leadership increasingly resembling a home for the aged without new faces.

PC North Elections, government says will be advanced to August from the announced September. Douglas Devananda is confidently asserting that he will be the government’s candidate for CM. Given his unpopularity the FP, suspecting fraud in the works, wants to ask for outside observers.

PM Jayaratne: Evil Pope

As Tamils saw the importance of working with other minorities and Jehan Perera called for the disinformation campaign against Muslims to be countered, the Bodu Bala Sena claimed that  all Sri Lankans should act as “unofficial policemen” and do our part to protect and preserve the Buddha Sasana. We non-Buddhists have no choice. The Kegalle Mosque has been attacked by Sinhalese extremists. In Matara three Muslim school girls returning from evening tuition on 27.02.2013 in head-scarves were beaten up and warned not to cover themselves with Hijab or Abaya, or complain to the police.  The TNA is to take these up in Geneva in solidarity with Muslims.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Jayaratne has in Parliament described His Holiness the Pope as an “epitome of enormity” (The Island, 21.02.2013).Dictionaries define enormity as intense evil, outrageous. Assuming that a PM uses words learnedly in Parliament, this is an outrageous insult to the leader of over a billion Roman Catholics. Jayaratne could not have ignorantly used enormity for enormousness because the Pope is slim and neither a giant nor overweight.

Bad Omen for Rajapaksas

The Lankan Geneva team seems disoriented. Samarasinghe was named leader at the last minute making him ill-prepared. Team members Buwaneka Aluwihare, Janaka de Silva and Nerin Pulle are accused of violating financial regulations by pocketing their US$400 daily batta for hotel, staying instead with friends. If so they would spend time travelling instead of meeting delegates and reading for the next day. Lankan Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha objected in writing to UN plans to screen the third Channel 4 documentary. But his arguments seem weak after the way Sri Lanka screened “Lies Agreed Upon.”

The accusations against the Rajapaksas go well beyond command responsibility. US Ambassador Butenis’ cable of 14.12.2009 recounts her lunch meeting with Karu Jayasuriya and Sarath Fonseka that day where Fonseka’s accusations of orders to shoot surrendering LTTTE-ers were discussed, confirming that Fonseka did make the accusations in The Sunday Leader (13.12.2009). Since those accused tend to deny, an inquiry is appropriate – a necessity to redeem the Sinhalese’s reputation by ridding the army of brutish perverts.

The omens for the Rajapaksas seem bad indeed.

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    The verdicts of the Bangladesh War Crimes Tribunal are being delivered in 2013, almost forty years after the war from which Bangladesh was born. The convulsion beginning to grip Bangladesh even after forty years, may be a foretaste of what could happen here in Sri Lanka. Three million lives were lost and hundreds of thousands took place in the Bangladesh liberation war. Is there a lesson for us here? Should wisdom prevail over rhetoric?

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2013/03/bangladeshs-war-crimes-trials

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      read your filipin bros article, in dbsj… dont ever defend this mukkers…

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        Did you understand that I was drawing attention to a historical parallel and the results of the verdict of a war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh? Who is defending any mucker? What does my brother’s blog have anything to do with what I am saying?
        Dr. RN

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    Correction: —- hundreds of thusands of rape—

    Dr.R.N

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      Dr R N, You are deluded in your thinking.

      If you didn’t like the killings, why did you start a muderous war? Unfortunately, its too late for you to put that question to your late Terrorist Leader, V Prabhakaran!!

      Try and learn to live in peace and harmoney and learn to INTEGRATE and NOT segregate.

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        Do you problems understanding English? If you do, how did you reach your perverse conclusion, which is diametrically opposed to what I meant?

        Dr.R.N

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        Connie,

        Wars start in response to extreme positions taken by one group against another. Since you are in denial, its good to give yourself a good jolt and once you are fully awake ask others help you understand what happened in this country! Watch out for words like opportunism, racism, bigotry misguided politicians and quislings

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    “The report gave insight into the Lankan penchant for perversion and proclivity for sodomy evident in our boarding school.”

    This includes the big Christian boarding schools in Jaffna as well. As a matter of fact the kind of sexual activity labelled as “perversion” by the writer is much more rampant in Jaffna Christian boarding schools due to Jaffna society being severely sexually repressed. (This situation has led to sexual deviancy in general as a major issue in Jaffna society, but that’s a topic for another day). Why does he then characterize it is a “Lankan penchant” ? Does he admit that Sri Lankans have a homogenous (homosexual?) culture? He also depicts the raggers as “Sinhalese” once again revealing his racist hysteria.

    But overall one can sense the good professor is relishing the things he is writing about as he is keen to titillate us with all the sick details. Talk about vicarious pleasure. Maybe he still has PTSD from his Katubedde days.

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      Ajay thats being selective and its not correct at all,this has been happening in many schools all over the island and even at army recruits training centre (courtesy the sergent in charge)told by non other than our very own David Blacker some time back

      Also its a known thing that novice monks have been buggered (anal sex) in the temple by senior monks and alters boys abused by the priests in Catholic churches

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        Probono

        Your point is well taken, but that was my point too though not fully articulated. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to elucidate. I wanted to put the issue in perspective by pointing out that the type of despicable behaviour (by this I mean sexual abuse and sexual violence but not homosexuality per se as the good professor and you seems to insinuate) labelled by the good professor as a “Lankan penchant” indulged in by “Sinhala raggers” and Sri Lankan soldiers” is in fact more widespread and happens in many different settings in the country and at various levels of our society. Again this is not a “Lankan penchant” and it is found in all societies and it gets worse during political violence and wars.

        And I had to highlight that this is an even more insidious problem in Jaffna society because of its highly repressed sexuality. Anyone who has lived in Jaffna knows this. Even in such “cultured” and “Christian” enclaves (by the implied yardstick of the good professor) such as Chundikuli or Uduvul or Vaddukkoddai, no young woman could walk alone on the road or a lane even in broad daylight without being “flashed” by pervert men and subjected to the most obscene, sick comments. I am talking about those days before any ethnic conflict or civil war started. Further, I have often wondered if the spontaneous crying of “rape” by all and sundry in Jaffna at the slightest provocation by armed forces is an indication of some morbid fixation. The good professor should first see the plank in his own eye before trying to take the speck out of others’ eyes. What happened to the unfortunate victims mentioned by the good professor is abominable and should be condemned by all decent human beings. But to turn it into an opportunity to slander and vilify and defame an entire army, people and nation is not worthy of an “educated” man. That is racist hate mongering and will make the situation only more volatile. The good professor should realize it is a hate crime and a violation of every community’s HUMAN RIGHT to be treated with RESPECT. That was my point. Having said all that I’d like to categorically state:

        Sexual abuse, sexual violence and pedophilia is found in all ethnic and religious communities.

        Sexual abuse, sexual violence and pedophilia do take place in all schools whether Buddhist, Hindu, Christian or Muslim.

        Sexual abuse, sexual violence and pedophilia are committed by all clergy whether they are Buddhist, Hindu, Christian or Muslim.

        Sexual abuse and sexual violence and other forms of abuse/violence take place in all university campuses during ragging perpetrated by students of all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

        Sexual abuse and sexual violence was committed by LTTE and all other Tamil militant groups. Condoms were found in LTTE bunkers occupied by child soldiers. LTTE men raped and killed LTTE girls who defected with Karuna. LTTE raped Sinhala and Muslim women in border villages before killing them.

        IPKF soldiers raped and killed Tamil women including the very young and the old in order to terrorize the Tamil population and wean them away from the LTTE. I know several instances, one in particular was beyond imagination. IPKF soldiers killed a husband and then raped his wife, her old mother, her 10 year old daughter and the servant girl and then burnt all the bodies.

        The Sri Lankan security forces and the police have sexually abused, raped and killed Sri Lankans of all backgrounds without any discrimination over the years especially during times of political unrest (1971, 1988-89), ethnic riots and the civil war.
        There is sexual abuse and sexual violence within Sri Lankan armed forces.

        There have been also instances of JVP and the Muslim Jihadists of Eastern Province committing such crimes.

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          Ajay,thanks for getting back to what i said and your reply is quite matured and well written,I cant talk too much about how things were in Jaffna (with regards to perverts) as I was only 7 years when this wretched war started,but as far as i remember there weren’t many incidents like that in Jaffna apart from an odd one or two but that same thing is happening all over Sri Lanka just ask your wife/sis or daughter to take a rush hour crowded bus in Colombo or suburbs and you will know the amount of harassment they get termed locally as ‘jack gahanawa’so to say its only happening in Jaffna is totally wrong

          But I fully agree with the rest of your post where you mention about all armed groups using violence to the extreme on all communities and thats something that we need to stop and ensure that it does not happen in the future and for that the allegations should be fully investigated and the culprits punished,after all if there is nothing to hide let there be an investigation.

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      Yes what the author said is true and true and true. People have lived through this. There is no point in bring Christians and Buddist and Muslims and Hindus here. Try to address the main point – the crime. There is no point in hiding it. You must try to correct it. To correct it you must be courage enough to see the truth.

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    The eyes of Ajay the Tom could Peep only into Christin Schools in Jaffna!

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      Chanaky

      I think I have touched a “sore spot.” Buddy, are you one of the victims of the famous Victorian-English-Public-School-styled Jaffna Christian Boarding Schools? Jeez, some people can’t swim in rivers.

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    Good ending Mr.Hoole: “The omens for the Rajapaksas seem bad indeed” Amen.

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    Adults only details — do you need to give us these to convey any point you want to make?

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      A dog relishes the smell of dumpsters.

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    Hoole should not mix up the serious with the sensational and the trivial.

    I would think even minors below 18 would read Colombo Telegraph, so explicit details of sexual torture and ragging could have been omitted.

    Moreover, while ‘epitome of enormity’ sounds like a bad choice of words–it is not even clear if Jayaratne spoke in English or if this was a translation–, enormity is indeed used to mean ‘huge’/’enormousness’ as well, and such a definition is included in Merriam-Webster, for instance. Calling someone ‘ignorant’ for such a usage will backfire. Hoole shouldn’t get into the mode of teaching English in his columns.

    Narendran,
    On your claim that it took 40 years for justice in Bangladesh, we live in a different time now. Advances in information and communication technology have made it easier for the world to see or infer what really happened. Justice can come sooner rather than later.

    To take the pressure off now with a fatalistic shrug, saying it took so many years in other countries, would mean allowing more such atrocities to continue indefinitely. Justice may come unexpectedly from some sniper, an accident, internal splits, etc. It doesn’t necessarily have to come from formal investigations. But the pressure should be kept up for such justice to emerge. The victims’ relatives and advocates cannot sleep peacefully when the perpetrators of horrific crimes on their loved ones are still in power.

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      Agnostic,

      I was drawing attention to the passions the verdicts in the war crimes tribunal are evoking in Bangladesh, forty years after the event and what could be expected here only a few years after the war ended. Do not lose sight of the fact that many people here though sorry for those who died/ killed/murdered and suffered in the war, are yet glad the war ended. They are yet thankful to the armed forces for ending the LTTE menace and how they did it does not matter to them, as they yet remember the details of what the LTTE did. A majority of Sri Lankans will stand by their government and armed forces on this issue. Whatever the evidence that is presented and however damning it may be, will not change this pattern of thinking for a very long time. This is a reality that has to recognised and dealt with. The issue of war crimes can only polarise this country further on communal lines. The demand for investigation is yet coming from a section of Tamils and those who have taken their side. This demand has not touched a chord among the Sinhalese or Muslims. Unless that happens, there cannot be any meaningful investigation, meaningful verdict and meaningful closure. Instead of a closure, there may in fact be further exacerbation of wounds. This may serve the interests of some- both here and in the Diaspora, but will not serve the interests of the Tamils who live here.

      Dr.RN

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        The problem with your argument is that it is the truth that really matters, not what the majority thinks in a situation where that majority has always believed in false history, false notions of superiority and ownership to the island. The same holds true for some ultra-nationalistic Tamils as well. But others cannot wait until such societies see their ‘shrinks’ for collective transformation of beliefs and values.

        Nor should people’s relief that the war had ended, be confused with acceptance of the scorched-earth and bestial methods used during the war. Indeed, one reason for the IC’s continued engagement on the issue is that many people don’t want ending a war by such means to become the norm. It is not that the IC takes Tamils’ side as you assume. They have no need to do so; despite claims to the contrary, Tamil Diaspora’s power is very limited. In the US, for instance, there is no need for any Congressman or the State Dept. to listen to Tamils out of fear that not doing so would cause their opponents to win. Tamils not concentrated nor in large numbers here; nor do they have anything close to the collective financial muscle that the Jewish Diaspora has.

        Despite what you say, calls for international investigations into Sri Lankan war crimes will continue. I would bet that it comes as a surprise to the Rajapaksas that nearly 4 years after they thought they had ended the war without any witnesses, nobody has forgotten their crimes. I don’t think you can speak for all Tamils in Sri Lanka on this issue. The TNA’s elected representatives can claim to speak for a bigger segment of the Tamil community, and the Diaspora is right to listen to them. But both the TNA and the Diaspora need to be more open about the LTTE’s own atrocities, acknowledge and condemn it. That will help with the truth as well as reconciliation with the saner people among the Sinhalese.

        Even then, I don’t think there will be any real end to all conflicts as long as all societies realize that religions and nationalisms are often based on fraudulent historical claims. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that the Gods of religions exist. So from an early age, children are taught by their parents to be dishonest—that is, to claim something to be true when they know nothing about it. And when there are competing untruths about God in the form of multiple religions, people grow up with a fundamental inability to see the truth; everyone thinks he/she is entitled to his own claims of ‘truth.’ Religions obfuscate the truth and far from leading to moral clarity, act as a cover for immorality. Conflicts and polarizations can be avoided only by absolute fidelity to truth, which can only come by rejection of all religious claims, and finding moral clarity. This won’t happen anytime soon, so conflict and polarization are going to be a fact of life not only in Sri Lanka but the world over. You can’t blame the Diaspora alone for it.

        In the absence of such fundamental transformation and moral clarity, many claims of other people’s hypocrisy, etc. should be seen as in the story of the blind men and the elephant, with each describing as elephant what he knows. It is in this perspective that I have looked at Buddhists vs Christians vs Muslims issues and many claims of Hindu-Christian conflicts by Hoole, etc.

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          Correction: ‘…ownership to the island.’ should read ‘…ownership of the island.’

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            Agnos,

            Thanks for your response. While what I am expressing is largely my personal opinion, it is also shared by many. The Wikileaked US embassy reports confirm ( see the thread elsewhere in CT), accountability is not the main issue of concern to the Tamils here. Recovery, repair of communal relations and reconciliation are the priorities for Tamils here. This means that accountability issues should follow reconciliation. Time heals. The wounds of war must be helped to heal as quickly as possible and nothing should be done to retard or exacerbate it.

            In a country that yet recalls the Dutugemunu- Elara war and adds communal flavours to it, the demand for public accountability and punishment or name and shame, will do more harm than good. A large number of people, particularly the Sinhalese feel sorry for the victims, both living and dead ( including the alleged murder of Balachandran ), although they are glad the war ended the way it did. There is widespread human sympathy for the victims of war and this sentiment should be harnessed to take forward the reconciliation process.

            However, the Sinhalese will never accept the government or the armed forces being blamed for what transpired during the war. The Sinhala people, the government and the armed forces, become one, when confronted with such blame. The government knows this and will harness it to take an offensive posture. Insistence on apportioning such blame through external mechanisms, will only once again widen the communal divide and hinder or stop the slow reconciliation process.

            What is happening in Bangladesh today as a result of the verdicts of the war crimes trial are no doubt a lesson for us. There, the current events are the result of political polarisation of forces that were aligned with opposite sides of the war. The same thing in the form of communal polarisation should not be permitted to happen here. The Sinhala- Tamil political divide should be bridged and nothing should be permitted to jeopardise this. The future should receive priority over the past.

            There were no doubt a multitude of violations of human rights and war crimes, committed by both sides in the last war and in the preceding decades. They have to be no doubt verified and presented as lessons for the future. What I disagree are the attempts to brush under the carpet the offences of one party, while painting the other blacker than black. I also think this exercise should be undertaken through internal consensus. The Sinhalese too want accountability for events during the JVP insurrections, as currently highlighted by the Matale mass graves. If there is true reconciliation, there will be a national consensus and stomach for objectively studying what happened to Sri Lanka over 66 years. Including the last war.

            Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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            Agnos,

            The intentions of the international community are never altruistic. Their national interests dictate their policies and actions. They helped the GOSL defeat the LTTE , because their national interests demanded that terrorism be defeated and the evolution of a rag tag militant organisation like the LTTE into a conventionally organised army, navy and airforce, be negated. This development had serious international implications. In this instance the objectives of the GOSL coincided with that of the international community. If the intentions of the international community are altruistic, there should be a country called Palestine now.

            However, the attitude of sniggering at the international community displayed cockily by the GOSL post- war demanded that it be put back in its place. It refused to do what it had promised during and immediately after the war and even cockily started to dismantle the positives already in place. These promises were extracted not in the altruistic interests of the Tamils, but to convince them that their interests were the primary concern, although the LTTE was a problem. It was part of the game.

            The GOSL is even now claiming that it can teach the world how to fight terrorism. It had also started playing the China, Pakistan and Iran card, against its traditional allies, unmindful of its size and strategic location in the Indian ocear.The little upstart was trying to punch above its weight class and had to be taught a lesson. The international community is now mobilised to teach this lesson. Sections of the Tamil Diaspora have worked themselves into this development and are making themselves appear bigger than they are. Who is being used by whom is the big question.

            Institutions such as the AI and HRW are funded by various arms of the US government and probably by other governments as well. I am also aware that funds for the AI were collected by those who had supported the LTTE, in Canada. Further, the words of those who have written on the war and events therein are also suspect. The fact that photographs can be manufactured and cooked, further adds to the confusion. The question that haunts me is how so many photographs were taken by soldiers in the last two days of the war, as momentos, when they were in the midst of a war and in much fear in terms of their own preservation. Until Prabakaran was killed there was much fear among the forces on the ground. Even in the immediate aftermath of the war ended and the soldiers edged in to the last refuges of the LTTE , this fear was palpable.

            I am sure many serious war crimes and human rights violations were committed on the war front by both sides. The government is duplicitous in claiming that it fought a humanitarian war. The armed forces personnel were also no doubt very kind to thousands of Poole who were escaping the war front, sometimes risking their own lives.

            It is the unbalanced nature of the narrative that is being scripted that is unacceptable to me. I insist on pointing out this, because I know what is being said is not the whole truth and hence it is not the truth. There are many vested interests at play.

            Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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              Previously when the HRW exposed the LTTE’s high-handed actions in fundraising in Toronto, the GoSL and everyone lapped it up. Now that they are calling for investigations, the regime’s apologists are questioning them and raising conspiracy theories about their funding.

              Your moral silliness in raising such questions is obvious: when the GoSL has failed to complete a single inquiry into the crimes that happened outside Mullivaikal or the theater of war–Trinco-5, ACF-17, murders of Prof.Ravindranath, many Tamil MPs, TRO’s administrative personnel, journalists Lasantha W. Nimalarajan, Sivaram, Prageeth E. and many continuing atrocities, when the evidence has been plentiful, rather than look at the monsters in power who need to be slayed, you are looking at the motivations of rights advocates. To claim that the Rajapaksas who control the entire security establishment have nothing to do with such atrocities, that it should all be accepted as part of the war, is to necessarily invite international involvement and a continuation of the war by other means. I don’t have time to say more, so I will just leave it at that.

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              Agnos,

              The government stands accused of many acts of commision and omission. it does these yet. it also has to be credited for what it has done right. The HRW reports you are referring to we’re produced at a time when the LTTE behaviour was at its worst. However, these reports were also to justify what the international community intended to do to the LTTE later. How will you justify the AI and the HRW not publicising the report of the AAAS on the grave sites in the Nanthikadal area based on satellite imagery, they commissioned? I remember claims made the GOSl cannot hide any of its sins, because American satellites are observing and recording everything. Now no one talks of satellite imagery.

              Why are credible reports of injured cadres being blown up alive, after being boarded on to a bus, by the LTTE not being highlighted? There are many such instances of. LTTE war crimes related to me by the war- affected who were streaming out of the war zone in March-April’ 2009 and later in the Settikulam camps. Why are these not being highlighted, as there also credible victims and witnesses yet alive?

              There are wheels within wheels .

              Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      I found it amusing the good professor who relishes repeating all the sordid details(deviant fantasies?)in graphic language found it appropriate to use an euphemism “micturation” for urination. The naughty boy has looked up all the bad words. But he got his spelling wrong. It should be “micturition.” But it’s not a mistake of “enormity.” The good professor should first learn to pee with it before doing the real thing. I learned a new word anyway.

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    Too many details ; Too much information = lack of class

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    An interesting theory on the sexual orientation of Sinhalese as a a distinct race coming from an reputed well respected public intellectual.

    This theory cannot be rejected easily as some wanted already.A thorough scientific (to reveal the bad genes perhaps) must done on Sinhalese along with Transparency International style exposure campaign within the Sinhalese community including sexual practices of Buddhist clergy in closed temple aramayas (on samaneras), politicians, teachers,medical doctors (on patients)etc.

    Also of importance is that why is that Sinhalese women have tolerated their husbands resorting to these perverted practices for so long, as they were the silent victims( or they “liked” it ?)

    I think this perverse/repressed sexuality of Sinhalese( a result of the Buddhism)well explains the crimes they have committed on Tamils.

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    Good Professor may be having very good inside information from some of the victims. If what he write is true then it is violation of HR of those victims. Sodomy has he has experienced in boarding schools is well practice by some in the Forces, as proven by the present Army Commander getting CM for sodomizing a young Captain when he was the Wanni Commander. But the good professor exsagerate many thing to prove his point. If he can strict to his opinion without trying to canvas for support at Geneeva, he can do a better service to the Sri Lankan now trapped under Rajapaksas dictatorship. Tamils in the North and the East and Sinhalese in the South are all citizens of Sri Lanka and every one should be treated equally by any government in power. If the good professor from Katubedda can understand that North and East were inhabitant by Sinhalese also and not Tamil homelands as he suggest,his opinion may become very valuable. As a former service person if RAPE took place it is the duty of the MOD and the GOSL to clear the names of thousands of service personals not connected with all these atrocities.

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      well said Gunadeera

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    Tamils ‘sudden’ love and concern for the SL’n Muslim people is touching!! These are same Tamil people who brutally murdered innocent Muslim cilivilans simply because they happened to be living in Tamil terrorist held land.

    These Tamil sympathy towards the SL Muslim community is only skin deep, but we should learn to appreciate the thought. As they say, its the thought that counts!!

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      obviously you are a racist. all Sinhalese were not JVP Terrorists & all Tamils were not tiger terrorists. if you can get this fact into your thick skull, it’s good. you are simply following the Rajapakse scoundrels on this matter.

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    It appears that to be in the Sri Lankan military one has to have a penchant for sexual perversion against men and women. Also, the sexual assaults on the Haitian children by the so called Sri Lankan “peace keeping forces” show us that paedophilia is also a requirement if one wishes to join the Sri Lankan military. And yet they carried the human rights charter in one hand and a rifle in the other when they slaughtered the tamil civilians in 2009.

    If I remember correctly, despite the LTTE’s atrocious behaviour, there has never been an accusation of sexual violence against men or women by their cadres.

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    Sri Lanka did what India wanted.Whoever accept and helped tamils faced problems. Tamils are deserved this type of lesson.Take in Malysia how tamils are discrminated and marginalised. No one is taliking about it.

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      firstly learn how to write English without mistakes, secondly you are a racist.If you think that all Tamils are Tiger terrorists then all Sinhalese are JVP Terrorists. obviously it’s pointless talking to you.

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        Randy,
        Is this web site only for people with good English?
        There are many Sri Lankans who would like to comment but English is the obstacle.We never hear their voice.People should be allowed to express in any language.What matters is not the grammar but the content.

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    I am personally very happy for including the problems faced by Muslims nowadays in SL. Considering the fact that the government is keeping their mouth shut, dont know whats going to unfold in the future.

    A peaceful & prosperous Sri Lanka is what the minority wants but sadly the Majority of the population demands the opposite.

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    How come Sunday Leader and Colombo Telegraph invite this guy Ratnajeevan Hoole as a columnist to write this type of hotchpotch. Look at his writing and his language. There is a saying ‘dog should do the dog’s job and the donkey should do the donkey’s job’. If he is a Professor he should be teaching not writing this type of hotchpotch in the name of political commentary. What he presents in his columnn is a jumble of events annotated with his stupid comments. Is this journalism?

    Like everything else in Sri Lanka, journalism has also gone to the dogs. Sri Lanka had the likes of Mervin de Silva and Amerasingham in the past and in the recent past we had people like Lasantha Wickrematunge, Richard de Zoysa, Iqbal Athas, DBS Jeyaraj and Sivaram. Now we have to put up with stupid fellows like Ratnajeevan Hoole masquerading as a journalist and spewing religious and racial hatred.

    I would like to ask Colombo Telegraph – Don’t you have journalist standards? If you have any decent standards, you would not be publishing this type of trash from Ratnajeevan Hoole.

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      Naga,

      Prof. Hoole has a right to write, if he has something worthwhile to say and help the community and the country he belongs to heal, recover and progress. He has been exposed to the travails of Sri Lanka, enough, to learn what should be right in the present circumstances.. He has experienced the results of failures of the state,the wrath of the tigers, the wrath of Douglas Devananda and his own failures and foibles. He has also not been able to become what he wanted to be twice -VC of Jaffna University. However, these experiences have made him bitter, rather than wise and charitable. The language he has used in this blog is unbecoming of him. I am not surprised the Sunday Leader advised him to revise it. We need highly educated individuals like him to calm passions, and show the Tamils and the country, a new path. As a devoted Christian he should preach a message of forgiveness, love and hope. He should not with his words, rouse one set of people, while irritating another. He has right to point out what was and is wrong. But this should be done with decorum. He definitely should not be playing to the gallery, however much he may be enjoying the applause.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Naga, thease are true stories. Dont you know how capable of sinhala budhist barbaric army personal. Nothing to do with journalism, he used right language, nothing else…

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      Truth hurts, eh?

      Prof Hoole is exposing the terrible things that are happening to the people of Sri Lanka under the corrupt and criminal Rajapaksa rule.

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      anybody can write about SL & the sad situation that the Rajapakse scumbags have created for all communities here. looks like you like journalists who are prepared to praise Dictators like Rajapakses.

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    What is the good doctor saying to deflect things to Bangladesh! Mind you that was a war and this is things mostly after the war, but the good doctor has a habitual way of comparisons that is coming perhaps from his vetenary days of comparing cows and pigs.

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      What I was asking was to ‘REFLECT’ on the consequences of the verdicts of war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh ! It is sad you do not make the connections between the war, the war crimes tribunal verdicts and the resulting violence in Bangladesh.

      Yes, as a Veterinarian I know the four legged type and compare them. But, this ability has also permitted me to recognise the two legged types, who are worse than any four legged type ever could be. In short, the cows and pigs I have met are far better than many humans I have met and hear from.

      The Good Dr. RN

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      firstly learn how to write English without mistakes, then I will take on you from there.

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        Thanks good Englishman!!!

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    Hoole’s enormity head due to there being a hidden agenda and axe to grind.
    Jaffna man is obsessed with sexual activity that do not want to be laballed to be in complicit.
    Is Hoole attempting to hide behind the Palmyrah cadjan to cover his guilt?

    Omen for educated hooles who behave like fools leads to ???

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      The typical moral hypocrisy of the “upper class” Vellala Jaffna man is well captured by the phrase “drinking palmyrah behind the almirah.”

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    @ Dr Hoole,while these terrible crime has to be investigated fully please its not just the SL army, the Indian army (IPKF) too did commit many rapes as i was a young lad growing up in Jaffna at that time,I know 2 cases personally where they did it in affluent areas (Chundikuli and near the OLR Church where the victim was murdered as well)

    also please note that Ragging in Universities are done by all communities,remember Varapragash the medical student from St Johns who wss inhumanley ragged and died at the hands of sadistic chaps in the Uni (seniors) were also from Jaffna! i know that because im a Johnian too

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    Did not the Sri Lankan Army who are held in high esteem by the Patriotic Sinhala Buddhists of this country, display their true valour being posted to Haiti, for UN services? These brutes in the Army today are a disgrace for the calibre of individuals in the past as Denzil Kobbekaduwe et al. How can the Forces of a country be disciplined when the Head of State is a Liar, Rogue, Embezzler of Funds and a Cold Blooded Murderer, trying to act as a Dictator?

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      These are serious allegations against MR!I am surprised to hear that we have no media freedom!

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    White Vanned. Bribed out. Shall we say SriLankaned out

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    If one is looking for reasons why the Sinhalese ended up this way, it may be found in their history.
    According to Sinhala history, The “Sinhala-race” started off with the copulation of a Human and a Lion – BESTIALITY.
    The offspring copulated with each other – INCEST.
    Their offspring was banished from the country and came to these shores and RAPED the indigenous queen and other females.
    Now we have evidence that the Sinhala soldiers have sexually assaulted the dead females – NECROPHILIA.
    Also evidence of Sinhala soldiers SODOMIZING their captives.
    All sorts of “deviancies” which are not acceptable in modern society, are in the ‘Sinhala-gene’. The Sinhalese in general have evolved that way. Civilized society has no other option other than genetically engineering acceptable behaviour in to the “Sinhala-Genome”.
    We hope that Geneva would go someway towards it, so this Nation can have a promising future.

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      They (the Sinhalese people of Sri Lanka) claim that their race started when a woman Queni copulated with a lion (BESTIALITY) who then gave birth to Sinhabahu and Singha Seevali, and that is why they have Lion blood or Sinha Lay in the vernacular. This kind of lineage is now more evident than before with BBS/JHU coming in the form of rhetoric.

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      Rationalist,
      You seem to quote from ‘Mahawamsa’.I thought you people dismissed Mahawamsa as a useless script full of lies.

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        You are correct, Dubdoc.
        But the point is that the “Mahawamsa” is the history of the Sinhalese according to the SINHALESE. So what is believed by the SINHALESE is what is in the “Mahawamsa”. The “TRUTH” to the SINHALESE is just that.
        So this is how the SINHALA mind forms it’s own world-view, thus ‘their ethics’ which in turn determines their behaviour.

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    There is a News item in today’s Daily Mirror, 2nd March, page A 11 refering to a land grabbing incident in China by the Corrupt Chinese Leadership as done here by the Rajapaksas and a clash with the angry Chinese villagers and the Police. What Benefactors we have as Guardians in the new World Order. These are the buggers who are Billionaires today, who volunteered to eradicate poverty in society. Rajapaksas are no different, as fifty years ago the family had no wealth. Today the Rajapaksa family is the richest in this country.

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    I am a great fan of Prof. Hoole, but in this article he does not appear his usual self. I was in University of Peradeniya during 1999-2003 and it was a well known that Tamil students administer the most brutal forms of ragging at the university. In fact the Varapragash saga attest to this fact. The brutes who are into ragging do the most perverted things regardless of their race. Similarly the word enormity has a different meaning implying “immense” as a quick google search revealed. Unfortunaltely this article looks like a rant by his standards.

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    Agree with most parts, but to say Sinhalese raggers is too much?? Maybe because there were only Sinhala Seniors. I am really sure that whoever was ragged was ragged because they are juniors and not Tamils. Just don’t bring racism into everything.

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    The phrase “Sinhalese raggers” is completely out of order. Hoole should be ashamed of himself for such idiotic generalization.

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      yup your right we cannot term sinhalese as raggers as all communities are doing it ,its a bloody lankan disease!

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    Kovian – “Am I my Brothers keeper?”

    Senguttuvan

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    Rationalist is on the ball. The old girl Kuveni and her crowd are said to have drunk blood and cannibalised. In J.E. Fleckers poem “Iskander” he sange “In twenty days the ship had passed the Isle of Serendip …
    where men drink dead men’s blood for wine and dye their beards alizarine” … When men in the fisher community
    in the Littoral areas get real drunk, my Police friends confirmed, they threaten the wife and those who engage their ire – “thopige maalu mang kanawa” (I will eat your flesh) This is no empty threat as Sepala Ekanyake, the infamous airplane hijacker, and colleagues are said to have cut pieces of Kuttimani’s flesh and feasted upon it in the Welikade Jail break in 7/83.

    Allow me to add, most Sinhalese were both appalled and ashamed at this beastly behaviour and should not be connected to the cannibalism.

    Semguttuvan

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    Pro. Hoole says that the Sri Lankan delegates to Geneva who are State Counsel pocket their allowances and stay at houses of friends.The suggesstion is that they are cheap skates.I wonder why the learned professor is arguing on such low lines. The general view is that the Sinhalese are foolish spenders while the Tamils are extreme cheap skates.While stereo typing is bad I wonder whether the these comments of the professor are based on facts.Is he as racist and one-sided as those he so bitterlly attack ?

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    Tamils sympathised with LTTE only a very few balanced Tamils condemned the LTTE atrocities.

    There should be more balanced people in the South and North who have a vision for Sri Lanka.

    Did the LTTE ‘ our boys ‘ bring honour to Tamil Culture?

    Hate begets Hate and perversion.

    People should think clearly or else Sri Lanka will go to HELL.

    Tamil Nadu (steal our fish) ,India , America China and all the other buggers will screw us.

    Sinhala and Tamil (Sri Lankan) are related to each other.

    These bonds should be fostered and cemented beyond destruction if Sri Lanka is to survive.

    Or else we will just be another Indian/American colony without any direction or identity.

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