21 September, 2018

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Claims About The ‘Gash Despatches’ Exposed

At the end of last year, the Sri Lanka Campaign published a critique of an intervention in the House of Lords by Lord Naseby. In that intervention, Lord Naseby sought to discredit prevailing UN accounts about the nature and extent of atrocities committed during the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka, and urged members of the international community to row back pressure on bringing perpetrators to justice.[1]These arguments were based on what he referred to as “real gems”of fresh evidence contained in 39-pages of war-time diplomatic despatches from UK Military Attaché Colonel Anton Gash, obtained through a Freedom of Information request to the UK Foreign Office.

Naseby And Mahinda Rajapaksa

Prior to the publication of our critique, the Sri Lanka Campaign made multiple written requests to Lord Naseby to share the entirety of the despatches with us, in order that we could properly verify and scrutinise the limited extracts that he had disclosed in Parliament. Those requests were repeatedly refused, amid a series of evasive and at times farcical responses.

Initially the Sri Lanka Campaign was told that we should try and locate the documents online, despite the fact that they had not been published to the web by the FCO or anyone else. Then we were told that the files were in hard-copy only, and that since Lord Naseby did not have a personal secretary, it would not be possible for us to receive duplicates or an electronic version. Our offer to meet Lord Naseby in person so that we could scan the documents for him was flatly ignored.

Later, we made multiple requests for the release of the despatches to the head of a UK-based advocacy group, named by Naseby in Parliament as having assisted his FOI request and engaged in circulating press releases from Naseby’s office to Sri Lankan journalists.[2]Those too were not taken up, and it was again suggested that we contact the FCO.

One of our colleagues did just that, and earlier this year we received the documents in full.

Their contents make clear why those in possession of them may have been so unwilling to release them: they expose many of the citations provided by Naseby in the House of Lords as both selective and misrepresentative of the source material. We are pleased to finally be able to publish the despatches here, along with some (non-exhaustive) analysis below. [3]

Civilian casualty figures

In our critique of Naseby’s statement to the House of Lords, we began by taking issue with the following quote from the despatches on the issue of civilian casualty figures:

  • “Civilians killed Feb 1-Apr 26 – 6432” (26 April 2009)

We speculated that this figure did not derive from any independent assessment by Gash, but rather was an estimate that had been produced by the UN Country Team (UNCT) in Sri Lanka. The full email excerpt from the despatches (below) finally confirms this. As we pointed out in our earlier piece, the casualty figures cited by Naseby do not therefore represent a new and independent source of information, as appears to have been implied by him in Parliament.

Indeed, the figure of 6,432 had even been published in the Guardian newspaper on 24 April 2009, two days before Gash’s email.

Later, in 2011, the UNCT civilian casualty figures were evaluated on their own merits by a UN Panel of Experts. Highlighting the “quite conservative” nature of the methodology deployed,[4]the Panel concluded UNCT’s subsequent figure of 7,721[5]as “likely to be too low,” stating that, “in reality, the total number could easily be several times that of the United Nations figure.” The report went on to conclude that “a range of up to 40,000 civilian deaths cannot be ruled out at this stage.”[6]

This is consistent with subsequent post-war evidence about the intense nature of the violence that occurred during the very final weeks of the war, with eyewitness accounts attesting to much higher rates of death, and which itself made gathering accurate reports more difficult.[7]Notwithstanding the concerns around the methodology behind the UNCT figures, this is something which Naseby’s total of 6,432 from 26thApril – with more than three weeks of ferocious fighting still to go before the war’s end – fails to account for entirely.[8]

At no point in the despatches is any precise independent estimate of civilian casualties, covering the whole period of the war, ventured by Gash.[9]Indeed, at several points the despatches reveal just how reluctant he was to offer an assessment. For example, writing on 6 February 2009 – more than three months prior to the war’s end – he wrote:

Therefore, the argument – made by Naseby and many of those who have endorsed his intervention – that the despatches offer the new and concrete evidence that should prompt us to radically revise prevailing UN estimates of the scale of civilian casualties is nonsensical. The figures in the Gash despatches must be read as what they really are: as based on second-hand, partial and uncertain information, the gaps in which have largely been filled in the 9 years that the UNCT data has been in the public domain.

Cluster munitions

Another issue we raised in our critique concerned this quote from the despatches provided by Naseby:

  • “No cluster munitions were used”. (20 January 2009)

We argued that the principal problem with this small excerpt, so provided, was its failure to mention, much less engage with, the credible evidence from various sources – including UN experts and NGO whistle-blowers– suggesting that cluster munitions may have in fact have been used against civilians during the war.

But an analysis of the despatches reveals something even more troubling about Naseby’s presentation of the quote from Gash. On any reasonable interpretation of Naseby’s statement to the House of Lords, an individual would rightly conclude that the phrase quoted from Gash represented the independent assessment of the Military Attaché himself. The truth, however, is quite different.

A closer inspection of the despatches reveals that the quote was not the Military Attaché’s own observation, but rather that of another person altogether: Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

While it barely requires saying that the Sri Lankan Defence Secretary, an alleged perpetrator of serious human rights violations, is not a credible authority on whether cluster munitions were used by the Sri Lankan armed forces – it is worth highlighting the fact that at no point does the Military Attaché actuallyendorsehis statement. Gash merely reports as fact that the statement has been made; not that the contents of the statement are factual. Whether Naseby’s presentation of the despatches constitutes an accidental, negligent, or wilful misrepresentation of the evidence, we leave it to readers to form their own opinions.

Why does this all matter?

 For many Sri Lanka watchers familiar with Naseby’s long-standing support[10]for members of the Rajapaksa regime – and his consistent opposition to a credible mechanism to investigate human rights violations allegedly committed by them – the exposure of his “real gems” of evidence as selective and misrepresentative of the source material may come as no surprise. Equally, the publication of full despatches here is unlikely to change the minds of those who have already chosen to embrace his claims whilst closing their eyes to credibly established accounts of how Sri Lanka’s civil war ended.

But Naseby’s recent attempt to re-mould widely accepted truths lies at the heart of a growing constellation of forces and actors currently seeking to ensure that no one responsible for atrocity crimes in Sri Lanka is brought to book. It is a constellation that now includes many senior figures in the current regime, including the President himself, as well as influential figures in the Sri Lankan press. Unopposed, the risk is that the revisionism they peddle ends up hollowing out, or completely undoing, the promised agenda for dealing with the legacy of mass atrocities in Sri Lanka – an agenda that is already seriously struggling, as our recent research shows.

Members of the international community have a vital role to play in stopping this from happening. But unless they stand with war survivors – by acknowledging much more vocally the crimes committed at the end of the war, and the need to bring perpetrators before credible trials – they stand little chance. If they fail to speak the truth about what happened to civilians during the final stages of the war, others will surely succeed in filling the silence with noise.

A final point remains. What ongoing debate around ‘best estimates’ tend to obscure is the fact that the government has both the information and authority needed to form a true picture about how many civilians were killed during the war and the nature of their deaths. In addition to establishing the pledged institutions – including a Special Court and a Truth Commission – capable of doing this, the government could begin by conducting a proper demographic survey of war-affected areas and ensuring the release of relevant population records taken from 2006 onwards.[11]The continued failure to take even these most basic of steps represents a shocking lack of concern on the part of the state for the fate of so many of its citizens. Whatever the true scale and nature of civilian deaths, the very fact that there is still a debate is a stain on Sri Lanka’s international reputation.

[1]“I hope and pray that, as a result of this debate, the UK will recognise the truth that no one in the Sri Lankan Government ever wanted to kill Tamil civilians. Furthermore, the UK must now get the UN and the UNHCR in Geneva to accept a civilian casualty level of 7,000 to 8,000, not 40,000. On top of that, the UK must recognise that this was a war against terrorism, so the rules of engagement are based on international humanitarian law, not the European Convention on Human Rights. The West, and in particular the US and UK, must remove the threat of war crimes and foreign judges that overhangs and overshadows all Sri Lankans, especially their leaders.” Lord Naseby, Hansard, 12 October 2017.

[2]As confirmed in emails shared with us.

[3]The files released to us included nine separate PDF documents, containing multiple emails arranged non-chronologically and in some cases in duplicate. In order to make them more accessible, we have split the documents into separate files, corresponding to individual email chains and documents, and arranged them chronologically in this online folder. An index of the re-organised folder can be read here. In the interests of transparency, a folder containing the original files can be accessed here.

[4]“In early February 2009, the United Nations started a process of compiling casualty figures, although efforts were hindered by lack of access … In order to calculate a total casualty figure, the [Crisis Operations Group] took figures from the RDHS [Regional Directors of Health Services] as the baseline, using reports from national staff of the United Nations and NGOs, inside the Vanni, the ICRC, religious authorities and other sources to cross-check and verify the baseline. The methodology was quite conservative: if an incident could not be verified by three sources or could have been double-counted, it was dismissed. Figures emanating from sources that could be perceived as biased, such as Tamil Net, were dismissed, as were Government sources outside the Vanni. […] The number calculated by the United Nations Country Team provides a starting point, but is likely to be too low, for several reasons. First, it only accounts for the casualties that were actually observed by the networks of observers who were operational in LTTE-controlled areas. Many casualties may not have been observed at all. Second, after the United Nations stopped counting on 13 May, the number of civilian casualties likely grew rapidly. Due to the intensity of the shelling, many civilians were left where they died and were never registered, brought to a hospital or even buried.” Report of the [UN] Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka, 31 March 2011 [emphasis added].

[5]A figure covering an even wider period, between August 2008 and 13 May 2009.

[6]In 2012, a UN reportconcluded that there was “credible information indicating that over 70,000 people are unaccounted for”. Leaked World Bank population statistics suggestthat the figure could be over 100,000.

[7]See, for example:  Let Them Speak: Truth About Victims of Sri Lanka’s Civil War, University Teachers for Human Rights – Jaffna (UTHR), 13 December 2009; Sri Lanka’s dead and missing: the need for an accounting, International Crisis Group, February 2012; Still Counting the Dead,Frances Harrison, September 2012; and Report of the [UN] Secretary-General’s Internal Review Panel on United Nations Action in Sri Lanka, November 2012.

[8]Sri Lankan government forces declared victory on 18 May 2009.

[9]Or at least, any unredacted estimate.

[10]See footnote 3 within the hyperlink.

[11]Including, for example, those collected by the Grama Niladhari Administrative Divisions and the Divisional Secretariats.

By the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice –

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  • 22
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    “Not the tens of thousands or genocide that appears on tamilnet.”
    So whats all the hullabaloo?
    SINGING FOR YR SUPPER? more like it.

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    The truth of the matter is the Lankan govt it self could have come up with the true figure,Obviously the previous govt did not want it after claiming zero casualty/tolerance, .The current govt dose not want it because it was never a priority. We really do not need any Arseby or others. Do you really mean there are outside source which can give this figure when our own govt failed, almost 8 years post war.How do our govt (if at all) make plans with out knowing the census of a country.If Govt can not figure the loss of own citizens how others can.

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      chiv,

      How can Sri Lanka government come up with true figure? No one killed LTTE cadres while counting. How can be sure who killed who? How many civilians did LTTE kill? Can we just neglect the possibility that LTTE could have killed Tamil civilians purposefully to defame Sri Lankan government?

      How can you all be this naive?

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        Shenal,
        There is one undeniable fact you can look up.
        At the end of the war, there were 80,000 young widows (by govt. records) in the NE. Go figure.

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          Raman,

          Please provide the source of 80k widows. Has that been verified they are all war widows? How many are a) Widows of LTTE members? b) Widows of people killed by LTTE? c) Widows of civilians killed due to SF action? Assume the number relates to the whole 25 years of violence……

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          RAMAN NOODLES: So what it is you LTTE rumpe wanted. LTTE killed even EASTERN CADRES when KAruna Fled from LTTE. What about to those wives ?

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        Dear Shenal,
        let the tamil civilians from that area say LTTE killed them.Last time I checked they all blamed the army and reported this to the UN officials. Maybe you shouldnt be naive and assume things?Like SL Army is kind and stuff..

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      MODA CHIV: Hundreds of Brigadiers Ran away during the war. It is well known LTTE itself slaughtered some of their high profile caders, probably, in fear of getting information leaked. I don’t think Pabakaran was that much smart.

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    It has been patently obvious that Naseby has been, consistently, an apologist for the Rajapaksas and those who should have been taken to task for their totally unprincipled conduct during the “was.” It is still not too late to expose this “banquet beggar” for the liar he has been and salvage some respectability for Sri Lanka a majority of whose citizens would never consciously support or seek to conceal atrocities.
    Isn’t it time we stopped spouting “war hero” sentiments at the drop of a hat and returned to the Buddhist precepts that most of our people claim guide us?

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      EMIL VANDER POOTEN: Second world war did not happenfor thirty years. Even then Allied forces still celebrate the win and commomorate the war dead. Why not us.

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        There was no war here in Sri Lanka….few people in the North began terrorizing first the community that they belonged to with the intention of taming them for their intentions… secondly they unleashed terror in rest of the Country ….Govt..of the majority community, the Sinhalese , deployed the military to control the terror in the North….it escalated and remained for 30 years purely due to the lack of knowledge of the terrain they were operating…. Due of the enormity of the destruction to both civilians ..property…with the fierce determined strikes with limited crude weapons and the inability of the 3 forces of the Country to control it identified it as a war…

        As such it cannot be compared with the World war that ended up within 5 years… the LTTE never had Fighter planes…war ships….battle tanks…

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          Lion
          You are absolutely right! There was no war and the so-called ‘Black July’ was some 3,000 Tamils killing themselves, setting fire to their own homes and blaming the government. I also reliably understand that International Truth and Justice Commission has been lied to by several hundred Tamils who had got themselves tortured and raped by fellow Tamil just in order to tarnish the good name of our fair country. The 40,000 to 140, 000 so-called civilians who were killed after supposedly being lured into ‘safety zones’ were really part of a suicide cult that the Tamils had secretly joined during those 30 odd years that Sri Lanka was not fighting a war.

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        Jim Soft in the Head:
        I don’t recall “the allied forces” celebrating war atrocities of any kind at the end of World War II.
        Even though you might be CT’s designated village idiot, can’t you understand the difference between casualties and atrocities, irrespective of who inflicted them? Or does your sub-humanity prevent you from such considerations?
        CT should seriously consider preventing war crimes being committed on it and consign you to the dustbin where you belong.

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      Emil van der Poorten

      “Isn’t it time we stopped spouting “war hero” sentiments at the drop of a hat and returned to the Buddhist precepts that most of our people claim guide us?”

      Yes you are right. However we must first liberate Buddhism from Sinhala/Buddhism and Sinhalese from Sinhala/Buddhists.

      Sinhala/Buddhism and Sinhala/Buddhists are two relatively new identities forged by crooks, fascists, …. to capture and retain absolute power from the ordinary people. You know people are simply stupid otherwise they would not elect the same crooks and murderers elections after elections.

      If a religion or a faith cannot be sustained without the state patronage the particular religion should be let to die a natural death.

      What good has the special status of Buddhism in the constitution has done to this island and people. It has provided good hiding place or cover for the crooks and murderers. If they are in trouble all they have to do is invoke Sinhala/Buddhism. Everything will be sorted out with great support of Mahasangha and President.

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      Mr. Pootan, Can’t you read? The article itself has an image of a dispatch which says “Not the tens of thousands or genocide that appears on tamilnet.”..And you are just spewing nonsense about Rajapakshas.

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    Lord Naseby was requested to convince his colleagues in the House of Commons to follow up. He never did. He never contacted UNHRC.
    Ai home here, ardent supporters of Lord Naseby are Dayan & Sanja Jayatillaka? They are quiet!
    Looks like the diplomatic despatches from UK Military Attaché in Colombo, Colonel Anton Gash were no more than hear-say in this War without Witnesses.

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      K. Pillai,

      On the same token, PoE assessment was also hearsay. At least Gash was in Colombo when this happened. The PoE used information from people who were not in the country at the time.
      In the name of justice, why dont we put out the information of these ‘witnesses” who are protected for 20 years? I am for a full investigation of both sides. Both sides are hiding behind a cloak of secrecy.

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    Rajapakse regime spent billions to buy politicians and officials internationally for their propaganda. The Naseby could be one of them.Who know?

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      Ajith,
      Kallathoni Eelamist diaspora is said to be worth more than US$ 100 billion( liquid cash).
      And how about Sooka, Macrae, C4, Pillay, Jayalalitha, Harper, Milliband, etc, etc?

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        Johnny Baby Doc

        “Kallathoni Eelamist diaspora is said to be worth more than US$ 100 billion( liquid cash).”

        How did you obtain this confidential record.
        The respective Tax authorities should come after you for leaking confidential information.

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      AJITH: You had so many american and Tamilnadu professors helping what happened to those. Even Philline woman and the South African woman whose husband was a Terrorist could not do it.

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    Ajith,

    And, the Tiger rump and apologists didnt do that? what about all those British and Canadian politicians in their pocket? Still after all these years.
    Seriously, both sides did propaganda but you have to admit, the Tigers were far better at it and had a 100 times more money to do it and they still continue to do.

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      Mahinda not only bribed international people but also bribed LTTE to come to power in 2005. You all accept that Mahinda bribed and he is nothing different to LTTE. In other words you all prove Mahinda was a terrorist.

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        Mahinda is LTTE terrorist and the foolish Sri Lankan people are still voting for him .

  • 15
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    Great expose of Naseby’s nasty work of distortions and false quotes. The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice should be commended for bringing this out. There should be no let up in the search for truth and justice.

    Rajiva Jayaweera and Sanja de Silva rushed to use Naseby’s words in their strenuous efforts to defend the military and the Rajapaksa regime. Now they should stand in front of a mirror and reflect on the ugliness of it all.

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      Agnos

      There was another song and dance man, Sir Desmond de Silva, colourful QC and scourge of war criminals –( His greatest legal achievement was the role he played in the prosecution of Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia, who in 2012 became the first head of state to be convicted of war crimes since Grand Admiral Doenitz at Nuremberg. – obituary – Telegraph) who passed away early this month.

      He too provided yeoman service to this island from Hela’s colonial mother country the United Kingdom. He defended the war records of Gota.

  • 14
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    Lord Naseby’s source is more authentic than the bull shit of Darusman.

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      Helass

      “Lord Naseby’s source is more authentic than the bull shit of Darusman.”

      Is he still your lord?
      Well you are still mentally living in Colonial rule.
      You got to be ashamed of yourself.

      You stupid pleb explain to us what was Michael Wolfgang Laurence Morris’s source and why his was not another of your bull?

  • 4
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    Alright. This is a Sinhala/demala conflict between Karunanayake kana modayas and thosai munching parayas. We do not require others from assorted,half baked and half caste ethnicity to throw in their two cents worth into already troubled waters.

    • 4
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      Pervy the pathetic

      If you don’t treat your family well strangers and neighbours will grope your wife, mother, daughters, grand daughters, great grand daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmas, ………………………

      You don’t mind do you?
      Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.

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    The Britain is fully responsible for this so called ethinic conflict. It was Britain who promoted Tamil vellalas to a influential political/economical group in the society. Vellala is a lower caste in the Tamil Nadu society. Vellalas were first imported here by Dutch colonialists.It was because of British, these low caste Vellalas got to where they are in the Sri lankan society today. They wanted to make vellalas the the ruling class. Ponnambalam brothers are a good example for this. They thought one day they would become the Sri Lankan leaders.

    But the vellala project didn’t succeed because of the universal suffrage. Singhalese didn’t want to vote for these arrogant vellalas. Why would they ? Singhalese were 80% of the population back then and they deserved to have their own leaders. So Vellalas had to drop their fantasy of becoming the ruling dynasty and instead they started a separatist movement so at least they would keep their power in the north and east. Later on this vellala leadership dream was transformed in to a tamil/singhala ethinic conflict.

    As you can see our problem is that the minorities are trying to control the majority with overseas help.

    • 6
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      Your mad ranting prove that you indeed are Pissu( Mad)

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    These Kallathoni Eelamists are sour-losers. They are still struggling to come to terms with the FACT that they were beaten in their own game with their very own rules. LTTE brought 80% of its terrorists to Sri Lanka from Tamil Nadu. Even the so called civilians who had escaped from absolute poverty, droughts, and caste discrimination, sneaked in illegally to Sri Lanka from Tamil Nadu.
    /
    Lord Naseby has been very generous to Eelamists with ‘the 7000’ figure. According to Western intelligence agencies who are very active in Sri Lanka, the casualty figures are about 4000. So, why doestn’t the so called ‘the Sri Lanka campaign’ ask Western intelligence agencies for the facts????
    /
    How come the so called ‘the Sri Lanka campaign’ has no interest in native SINHALESE who were killed, injured, and are missing???? So it’s obvious their interest in ‘kallathoni Eelamist terrorists’, that they get paid for their crocodile tears.

    Notice how these ‘crocodile tear criers’ are being careful with their false allegations. CROOKS!!!!!!

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      We know that so called mythical founder of the Sinhalese, Vijaya was a Kallothoni, who was banished from some La La land in some part of North East India and so are the ancestors of most of the present day Sinhalese. Low caste Kallathonis from Tamil Nadu and Kerala, imported into the island by the Dutch and the Portuguese as slave labour. May be your own ancestors. This is why you and most Sinhalese are obsessed with low caste starving Kallathonis from South India, as most of them were your ancestors. Thankyou CT and the Sri Lankan Campaign for Peace and Justice and all right minded Sinhalese.

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      Johnny Baby Doc

      “How come the so called ‘the Sri Lanka campaign’ has no interest in native SINHALESE “

      There is no such people as Native Sinhalese, Native Tamils, Native Muslims, Native Malay, Native Kifir, Native Burgher, ………………………… Remember they are the descendants of Kallathonies.

  • 6
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    Towards the end of the War the people stranded in Mulaitivu waded the waters of Nandikadal lagoon towards the Govt military controlled area. The papers, military said only 35,000 were trapped… However the military & Govt were surprised of the final figure of 375,000 people….This was because the Govt never had statistics of the population in the North for 25 years…1983-2009 …

    Then how is it that Lord Neasby confirm a lower figure of civilian deaths when the Govt did not know of the total population trapped in the LTTE controlled area in 2009….? Certainly there would have been 40,000 deaths….Oiled Palms..

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      There was a Austrlian UN guy. His estimate was around 7000. Sri lankan Army fellows died by trying to save Civilians. I say, they should have first save themselves andnot the civilians. Because Tamils are known to be ungrateful lot.

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    Lord Nasty Naseby….does any one know how (Native Vedda?)and when and by whom he was made a Lord.
    UK House of Lords is littered with undesrving buggers like Lord Nasty Nseby

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      Rajash

      Michael Wolfgang Laurence Morris lost his parliamentary seat in the Labour avalanche of 1997. He was made a conservative life peer as Baron Naseby in the same year.

      Helass trust him more than any other person simply because Michael comes from a master race and descendant of Helass former lords. It appears granting independence to Helass is meaningless.

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        Thanks Native for the info

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    Lord Naseby’s enthusiasm for SL are in spurts and flashes. This is why he is not able to get the attention of his peers in UK
    It is wrong to attribute each and every person who does not do “Lord Naseby” as being in the ‘pockets of Eelam Diaspora’.

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    Around 6500 death is correct and being validated by census that went after every household in North/East to verify missing/dead relatives. This was a independent census done by the census dept after the war.
    No one mention this census since this is the proof that SL govt. to show the world that we have complete data of missing/dead after the war, verified by the each household in North/East.

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    Educated Sinhalese hate Rajapakses but come to defend their actions in Mullivaikal, as long the victims are Tamils and not them. Stupid Tamils also don’t know who their real enemy is.
    Let these educated Sinhalese suffer under the rule of Mahinda, let them get their own medicine after 2020.

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    Wonder how much Naseby was paid by the Sri Lankan Government? Desmond de Silva was paid a huge sum. Simply have war crimes trials. You cannot escape it. If no one was killed, why the fear?

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    Crimes were committed in Sri Lanka during the war and afterwards by the armed forces. It is an offence under Sri Lankan law to deny that offences were committed if they were. At least, people were killed. The law requires that every person’s death is inquired into and the cause ascertained. It is no good for the moron who is President to agree with an idiot who has strayed into the House of Lords and deny any liability. The President was Minister for Defence at the time and bears command responsibility. The extent of his responsibility also has to be inquired into. Can a person who is a suspect arrange for the trials of his fellow suspects? In Sri Lanka, there is no rule of law. The judges have to recuse themselves from trying Gottapaiya. How can such judges bring justice to Sri Lanka? The whole shoot of them should be asked to quit.

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    Lord Arseby has been exposed here as a liar and fraud in the pockets of the Rajapakses. Wonder how much of the loot was given to him for his fraudulent supporting statements which are a disgrace. Time for the queen to revoke the desecration of the title Lord as he is anything but a lord and certainly a fraud. Shits like arseby need to be investigated and locked up.

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    The kindest thing we could do for the wannabe revisionist of the unfinished story Lord Naseby is to ignore him and hope he will go away.

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    There is nothing in the article or attached links to say that tens of thousands died, instead article itself shows an image of a dispatch which says “Not the tens of thousands or genocide that appears on tamilnet.”
    And the article is flagging a section (the second image) the context of which is not clear because part of the section is blacked out.
    Colombo Telegraph is clutching at the last straws of desperately trying to denigrate Gota, hilarious.

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      wannihami

      “There is nothing in the article or attached links to say that tens of thousands died, instead article itself shows an image of a dispatch which says “Not the tens of thousands or genocide that appears on tamilnet.”

      Alright, tell us what was the final score?
      Give us the number of innocent people who died in the last 12 months of the war that you are comfortably certain.

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    Lies and damn lies spread over the years on unimaginable death toll including by that Catholic Church’s Rayappu and the continuous propaganda is making life difficult for the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

    Diaspora on behalf of the innocent Tamils living in Sri Lanka are shattering the peace to their own ends.

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      Thondamany

      “Lies and damn lies spread over the years on unimaginable death toll ……………….”

      True Lies and damn Lies without the video tapes a war without witness, …………… and you are making every effort to bury justice along with truth.

      Sorry do you share your bed with war criminals, Gota, Fonseka, Svendra, Dias, Kamal, ……………………….?

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    Sanja Jayatilleka, Michael Roberts, Rajeewa Jayaweera,

    Where art thee?

    I hope the three-headed donkey will come to its senses!

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    Sri Lanka Campaign cannot be anything more than another NGO set up to milk money from gullible western donors.
    The dispatched repeatedly emphasize that if it’s not for the trapped IDPs SL Army would have subjected LTTE to a barrage of artillery and would have won within days. But SLA is showing a lot of restraint (while suffering casualties)
    Isn’t this proof that SL Government was not interested in a genocide of Tamil people
    Of course those who got their grey matter in the arse like Native Vedda would say other wise

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