19 September, 2018

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ACF Report On Muttur Aid Workers Killing Implicates Lankan Troops, Reveals Their Protectors

Seven years after their murder, the international aid organisation Action Contre Faim (Action Against Hunger – ACF) has decided to launch a report disclosing the role of the Sri Lankan security forces in the killing of 17 employees in the Eastern Town of Muttur in August 2006.

The report is being released to coincide with International Human Rights Day observed on December 10.

A member of the French aid group Action Contre La Faim places a wreath in front of the photographs of his 17 slain colleagues at their memorial in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka on August 11, 2006

A member of the French aid group Action Contre La Faim places a wreath in front of the photographs of his 17 slain colleagues at their memorial in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka on August 11, 2006

“ACF International reveals publicly for the first time who is responsible for the assassination of the 17 humanitarian aid workers killed on 4th August 2006 in the city of Muttur, Sri Lanka, and who protected the perpetrators of the crime. In one of the most serious crimes ever committed against humanitarian workers, the 17 aid workers were lined up, forced to their knees and shot in the head,” a media release by the organisation stated on its website.

Entitled The Truth about the Assassination of 17 Humanitarian Aid Workers in Sri Lanka, the report unveils that according to the information ACF holds, the aid workers were assassinated by members of the Sri Lankan security forces and the criminals were covered up by Sri Lankan top authorities.

‘Every day we and other humanitarian organisations work in war zones,’ said Mike Penrose, Executive Director of ACF-France. ‘It is paramount that those who do not respect humanitarian aid workers are brought to justice and that these crimes do not go unpunished.’

The statement said that the ACF does not seek to be or to replace a judge. “Up until now, the organisation’s position was to wait for the outcome of the official investigation. Now that relevant domestic mechanisms have been exhausted, witnesses have been silenced and the internal Sri Lankan investigation has become a farce, ACF considers it has a moral duty to denounce publicly the perpetrators of this crime,” the organisation said.

The report brings together publicly available sources**, confidential documents and witness statements obtained by Action Against Hunger from witnesses on the ground and overseas, diplomatic contacts and other sources close to the matter. These sources implicate Army, Navy and Police personnel in the killings.

ACF calls on the international community to consider seriously the arguments presented in the report and to end the impunity by conducting an independent international investigation into the massacre. If such an investigation is opened, ACF stands ready to cooperate with it in full by providing additional information in its possession.

Every day, humanitarian workers risk their lives delivering assistance in situations of armed conflicts. Respect for those who deliver humanitarian assistance is the most important condition to be observed by warring parties. Impunity for the Muttur massacre is not only an example of flagrant injustice for the deceased aid workers; it is also a brutal sign to the international community that humanitarian aid workers who work in situations of armed conflict are no longer protected nor respected.

Seventeen humanitarian aid workers working for Action Against Hunger were brutally executed on the organisation’s premises in Muttur on 4 August 2006. The aid workers were lined up and shot dead at close range. The Muttur massacre is not only a crime against humanitarian workers of unseen scale but also one of the most atrocious war crimes committed during the Sri Lankan internal armed conflict.

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    O Mi Goat! Mike, Mike, MIIIIK!!! wai u din tell this all this time man? You don like sinhala buddhist mans and womans to vin the war against black tamils?

    Y Mike you don like?

    Y u don like?

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      Not only crazy but totally stupid and retarded this guy. Couldn’t the killers choose non useful people like crazyoldman instead?

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    What are we waiting for – start the international investigation on war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

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    The Govt., ministers and all those who are benefiting from the UPFA corrupt politicians are openly defending their right to kill anyone whom they brand as unpatriotic. For MR, his personal hatred towards minorities is amply demonstrated with his many antics, like the protection given to JHU/BBS terror groups.————————————-Still, not a single person from these groups have been arrested for violating the law of the land. I think the world is giving too much time for mass murder investigations.

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    THIS COULD EASILY TRIGGER AN ENTEBBE-LIKE RESPONSE. NO EXAGGERATION. THIS IS DASTARDLY AND BROOKS NO NONSENSE AND PREVARICATION BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. CRIME BY THE STATE HAS BECOME SO THREATENINGLY OVERT NOW. THIS IS EVIDENCED BY RANAGALA’S ACTIONS LAST WEEK, THE KILLINGS OF SUSPECTS IN THE MURDER OF A COP AND HIS WIFE, WELIVERIYA, THE ARROGATION OF THE POWERS OF THE JUDICIARY TO DESTROY ANY SEMBLANCE OF INDEPENDENCE IN IT, RULE BY MILITARY AND POLICE MIGHT…. AND NOW THIS EXPOSURE OF A CRIME SO HEINOUS THAT IT MAKES ONE’S INSIDES CHURN IN ABHORRENCE.

    ALL THIS PROSPERS BECAUSE NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE A NINCOMPOOP IN THE OPPOSITION BUT HAVE NOT A SINGLE MAN OF SUBSTANCE IN THE GOVERNMENT WHO IS WILLING TO QUIT IT IN DISGUST.

    AND WE HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY THAT CHOOSES TO COHABIT WITH THOSE WHO PROTECT RABID KILLERS, REWARD THEM IN FACT, AND WINE AND DINE WITH THEM INSTEAD OF DEMANDING JUSTICE.

    IF ANYONE THINKS THIS IS JUST A CRISIS OF CIVILIZATION IN SRI LANKA ALONE, HERE’S THE PROOF THAT ITS A CRISIS OF CIVILIZATION ON A GLOBAL SCALE.

    WE NEED TO GET RID OF TIMID PEOPLE LIKE BAN KI MOON, SHARMA AND THE LIKE WHO ARE MERELY PAYING LIP SERVICE TO JUSTICE AND PROBES WHILE THE PERPETRATORS OF CRIME MERELY LAUGH AND MOVE ON TO THEIR NEXT SERIES OF CRIMES. THIS HAS TAKEN ON SUCH PROPORTIONS THAT THE FAILURE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO ACT INSTEAD OF TALKING ENDLESSLY IS TANTAMOUNT TO CONTRIBUTING TO THE PROTECTION OF CRIMINAL ADMINISTRATIONS.

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      What an imagination. Entebbe Really?????

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        No on ever imagined Entebbe.. not in their wildest dreams ! give your anus a break and think with your brain.. and keep your ear to the ground. Or, maybe simply analyzing the thought processes expressed on CT would do. the Arab spring was [ and is a continuing’is’] also never imagined.

        We’re dealing with human beings who do have a dignity albeit a badly bruised and battered one. And I said ” Entebbe-like” ..not a repetition of Entebbe…meaning that it could be a totally domestic response to restore democracy and dignity.

        Got anything against it?you knOw what STFU STANDS FOR? DO IT ! AND WHILE WE’RE AT IT WHY HIDE BEHIND SOME ASSHOLE’S NAME ? GOT NO BIRTH CERTIFICATE ? ARE ARE YOU JUST PLAIN CHICKEN ? GROW UP,PUNK.I HATE WASTING MY TIME RESPONDING TO MAGGOTS.

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          Hey ,Take it easy mate !

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    What crud level crazyold man descends to.If you look closely you will find more sinhala black people than black Tamil people. I am no supporter of the LTTE and I don’t cry ovr their demise but the savage war you engaged against innocent people should not go unpunished. If you keep silent it would create a precedent and this time Tamils,and Muslims next tim it will be against anyone opposing the Oligarchy

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    It has never been a secret among many that the SL military was responsible for the massacre. As usual the government and the military denied it and it came as no surprise to anyone.

    There were many massacres of civilians by the SL military throughout the 26 years of conflict in the North and East and none were acknowledged by the government. They only keep talking about the LTTE massacres of civilians and portray themselves as saints but the Sri Lankan military is the most indisciplined and barbaric in the world. The murders, torture and rapes they committed are very well known.

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      clearly u have not heard of My Lai, or Dresden, or Shatilla Camp, or Iraq. Go improve your eneral knowledge before you write your nonsense.

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    Ofcourse the GOSL will not ever bring those responsible to justice because to do so would be to incriminate the GOSL itself. So those Sinhala who keep insisting that no outside intervention should happen are nothing more than Sinhala Supremacists because they know full well that without outside intervention, the butchers in the GOSL will get away scot free.

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      Palm squirrel, you’re right of course and every counter crime is seemingly justified because” what about what the LTTE did, what about Mai Lai,Dresden, Shatilla, Iraq etc etc….

      And, the guy who referred to the last named inadvertently acknowledged the fact that the war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan state and its minions were in fact on par with those terriblE atrocities.

      THE TRUTH WILL OUT !!!

      bUT NO ! THE CRIMINALS WILL NOT GET AWAY SCOT FREE FOR THE SIMPLE REASON THAT THEY REVEL IN THEIR CRIMES AND ARE NOT ONE JOT OR TITTLE GRIEVED AS THY WOULD BE HAD THOSE CRIMES WERE INDEED INEVITABLE HUMAN WAR COLLATERAL AS WHEN CIVILIANS ARE UNKNOWINGLY KILLED WHEN THEIR PRESENCE WITHIN ENEMY PARAMETERS IS NOT A KNOWN FACTOR.

      THIS WAS A CLEARLY KNOWN FACTOR AS WHEN HOSPITALS WERE BOMBED BECAUSE THE LTTE HAD STACKED WEAPONS IN THEM..SO, DESTROY THE PATIENTS BECAUSE THE WEAPONS MUST BE DESTROYED. THAT’S THE BLOODIEST LOGIC I’VE EVER HEARD. BOMB THE CIVILIANS BECAUSE THE LTTE KILLERS HIDING BEHIND THEM MUST BE KILLED.HOW MANY “NEED’TO BE KILLED ? ALL OF THEM ? AND THAT’SNOT A DELIBERATE WAR CRIME? IF NOT,PRAY TELL ME WHAT IS ?

      THE IRONY IS THAT THE LTTE LEADERSHIP WAS NOT KILLED.. THEY WERE KILLED IN KANGAROO COURT FASHION, A BULLET BEHIND THE HEAD, SOME EVEN LONG AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER.

      SO THEN, HOW MANY CIVILIANS HAD TO BE KILLED SO THAT A LIMITED NUMBER OF LTTE LEADERS COULD BE KILLED? WAS THE SCALE OF KILLING JUSTIFIED, EVEN IF ONE WERE TO STRETCH A POINT TO ACCOMMODATE THE GOVERNMENT’S STATED EXCUSES?

      THE CASE CLEARLY CALLS FOR OUTSIDE INTERVENTION AS YOU PUT IT IF A REPETITION IS TO BE PREVENTED IN THE FUTURE… THOUGH JUDGING BY THE WELIVERIYA INCIDENT, THE EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS, THE KILLINGS OF JOURNALISTS AND SEVERAL OTHER SIMILAR CRIMES SINCE THE WAR’S END.

      IF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IS MERELY STRINGING THE AGGRIEVED THOUSANDS OF TAMILS WITH EMPTY RHETORIC , THEN THAT WOULD MAKE THEM EQUALLY DESPICABLE PLAYERS IN THIS FARCE.

      THE UN, INDIA,OBAMA,CAMERON, HARPER, KARUNANIDHI, JAYALALITHA ET AL WILL NEED TO PROVE TO THE WORLD THAT THEY ARE NOT A SET OF ASSHOLE WINDBAGS BY ENSURING THAT JUSTICE IS SEEN TO BE DONE.MEANINGFULLY.

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    GOSL should reward those hard working forces (Tiger rumps call those victorious soldier guys as ‘ war crime culprits’) with some diplomatic postings to nice places in Europe, UK, USA, UN and even Timbucktu, or to ‘peace keeping posts if there are no more destinations to post them. Or give them lavish state paid vacation in London, Caribbean, Chinese, Thailand, Myanmar like destinations, provided these countries give them visas. They all must be rewarded with whatever they deserve according to the latest trends and traditions of Sri Lanka. That may help them escape from the very unjust allegations and inquiries of fake war crime. Why worry ?!!

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