24 November, 2020

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Cluster Bombs Used In Sri Lanka’s Civil War, Leaked Photos Suggest – The Guardian

Images that appear to confirm the use of cluster bombs in the end stages of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war have been uncovered as new testimony emerged suggesting the country’s armed forces may have deployed the munition against civilians, the Guardian reports.

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    Well, the Halo Trust uniform issued in Sri Lanka has text written in all 3 languages.

    Example here.

    http://tinyurl.com/halo-trust-uniform

    The person in “cluster bomb” photo only has one other language apart from English.

    The photo is from another country where Halo operates. Perhaps its Myanmar.

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      Vibushana:

      “The person in “cluster bomb” photo only has one other language apart from English. The photo is from another country where Halo operates. Perhaps its Myanmar.”

      Sorry, no thief or murderer will readily admit his guilt. Let an independent and credible investigation determine that. You may be right and you may be wrong, too. But by the look of desperation and reaction by the regime, it more looks like cluster bombs have been used, unless a donkey like does not know the difference between Myanmar and Sri Lanka. And why are so quick to jump like a monkey? Only those guilty behave in that manner. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty but it is only a due process of law can determine. The reasons why SL should not be allowed to conduct the process is because SL stands accused as one of the perpetrators of these alleged crimes. Add to this the long history of phony investigations and reports that have very much eroded the credibility of SL. You have to take one thing at heart. No matter how hard SL tries to sweep these things under the carpet, the world seems to continue to haunt it for its lies.

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        Talking of war crimes ?

        Dont see anybody talking of prosecuting those LTTErs & their supporters, who recruited child soldiers? or how about prosecuting those who forcibly held hundreds & thousands of innocent civilians as civilians t Nandaithikal?.

        Most of the current TNA leadership, who acted as the spokespersons, for the LTTE and others who were active supporters should be vigorously prosecuted & brought to trial.

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          Just correcting a typo: last line on second para should read as
          ” innocent civilians as human shields at Nandaithikal” “

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            Recruiting child soldiers is a crime. How about killing them by bombing schools such as Nagar Kovil and children homes like sencholai
            Children joined LTTE voluntarily so that they can the least defend them from the state terrorist and war criminals.
            TNA were assume spokesperson but how about Rajapakses who funded them to kill their own soldiers

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              Raja

              “Recruiting child soldiers is a crime. How about killing them by bombing schools such as Nagar Kovil and children homes like sencholai”

              I hate to agree with you.

              “Children joined LTTE voluntarily so that they can the least defend them from the state terrorist and war criminals. “

              Oh Really?

              Finally, did the baby brigades defend themselves? How effective was the baby brigade defending themselves from air attacks, multi-barrels, artillery, ……………. ?

              Weren’t the psychopaths using the baby brigade as cannon fodder?

              You have a moral deficit that cannot be fixed overnight.

              How many of your own children join the LTTE, fought effectively, killed, survived and came back to tell the full story, the horror, pain, … ?

              I am interested.

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                The least my young son died as hero not as coward tortured by state terrorist like it happened to my friends son of 12 and body found dumbed in the public lavatory in Jaffna

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                  Raja

                  I believe you!!!!!

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              Finally one guy admits that recruiting children was a crime. Only LTTE diehards maintain that children joined voluntarily. These are the same guys who bombed school buses in Wellawatte, as well as targeted the Fort Railway station to kill innocent commuters & kids

              Children all over the world (except under LTTE) are not allowed to make decisions such as joining an armed conflict, until they come of legal age.

              Coming back to the cluster bomb photo: it appears that the Guardian has got another doctored photo to support its false allegations.

              If photos are suufficent evidence, LTTE had tons of photos of Adele Balasingham recruiting kids to the ‘LTTE ARMY’, while she lived cosily in UK. She still lives in UK, & the Guardian knows it.

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                edward upali

                Brilliant.

                You have excelled yourself. Need I say more?

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                “These are the same guys who bombed school buses in Wellawatte, as well as targeted the Fort Railway station to kill innocent commuters & kids “.

                The alleged crimes committed by whoever must be independently investigated and the victims must be done justice to.

                In the parliament the then Commander in Chief said recently many bombings of civilians all over the country were committed by the military intelligence to blame the LTTE, again, only an independent investigation will establish the truth.

                Here the report is about using illegal cluster bombs that also must be investigated and culprits must be brought to book, not to punish them for the sake of it but to at least inform the general public that voting such criminals to power will ruin the country, its reputation and the people themselves.

                Political tit for tat shows MPs as fraudsters who illegally alter passports and power of attorneys and commissions from contracts to travel and rob others’ assets. These crimes are committed because the law makers can fool the public by being racists and haters of other communities and get elected. What sort of country give prominence to such destroyers and criminals. They then turn around to cheat the public into hating others but they in the meantime commit frauds, corruptions and rob the common man.

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                  The photographic evidence provided to the Guardian depicts cluster bombs uncovered by de-mining teams in parts of the country close to sites where fighting took place in late 2008 and early 2009.

                  The material is accompanied by the testimony of former de-miners, some of whom claim they identified munitions within government-declared no fire zones in which about 300,000 people were told to gather for their safety during the war’s denouement.

                  The photographs of cluster bombs were leaked to the Guardian by a former employee of the Halo Trust, the world’s largest mine clearance organisation. The images appear to show members of the trust digging out a large delivery missile as well as cluster submunitions, or bomblets, in different locations.

                  Reports produced by the United Nations and several rights groups have found that war crimes and possible crimes against humanity may have been committed by Sri Lankan forces

                  government forces are accused of relentlessly shelling the zones, leading to up to 70,000 deaths,

                  Only the Sri Lankan air force and army are believed to have had the capability to deploy cluster bombs in the no fire zone the LTTE did not undertake aerial attacks in the area.

                  The denial of the use of cluster munitions and the destruction of forensic evidence over the past seven years illustrates exactly why it is critical that international investigators and forensic experts be included in any future war crimes prosecution mechanism.

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                Why not answer killing the children by state terrorist

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              Nothing but an Impartial International Investigation only will bring the Truth out. The TNA and all the Tamil organizations around the world (80 million Tamils) should put pressure to the UN for an International Investigation.

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          Edward Upali:

          That’s why I keep on telling that you jokers are simply donkeys. The UNHRC report has implicated both the regime and the LTTE. If you had something to say or write, there was plenty of opportunity to bring it to the attention of the UNHRC appointed panel but I know you had your pants down and so missed that chance and now blabber like a bitten monkey. What is wrong with you people? Are you that dud?

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          One of the biggest errors by MR government is pardoning the current TNA leaders. He should have punished them for involvement with LTTE

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            sachooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo the stupid II

            “He should have punished them for involvement with LTTE”

            If involvement with LTTE was/is punishable who is going to punish the MR and his clan for bribing the VP, using LTTE to prevent the voters from voting, unexplained source something like 185 million rupees, money laundering, dealing with terrorists, …. ?

            Why haven’t the state punished the former head of LTTE’e weapon procurement and the chief money launderer, the one who was implicated in killing many in the east, ….

            Who is going to punish the one who pulled the trigger on Lasantha and the one who gave the order, and crooks, war criminals, …. ?

            And who is going to punish the champion who not only supported the JVP terrorists but went all the way to Geneva to protect them?

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              you seriously believe that MR bribed VP. how biased are you? lets say, MR did bribe VP. with what money? didn’t he amassed his wealth after he became president? or are you saying that helping hambanthota crap was all that was needed to bribe VP and then use for election publicity as well? and why would the tamils vote against MR anyway? at the time of the presidential election 2005 both parties (ponil and MR) promised a peaceful approach. So they had no reason to choose either party. As a matter of fact, in the 2005 election, there was huge increase in the tamil votes north central, north east, and east. And it was all in favor of the UNP. You may have been a little baby at the time, that’s why you don’t know this. But there were reports the LTTE were forcing the tamils to vote in favor of ranil. It was in the news. This was before MR allegedly started controlling the news and the ruling party was the UNP at the time. If you doubt his alliance with the LTTE, don’t look no further than the Millennium city incident. This happened before the election as well, so who do you think the LTTE were gonna support? MR or Ranil-UNP? The UNP made various slandering comments about the war to coax the people. Ravi’s “parmankada” comment, lakshman kirielle’s “one gonekta yudda karanna puluwan” comment and last and non the the least ponil’s “thoppigala kalawa” comment just to name a few. They even organized peace rally in colombo when it was clear that we were winning the war. The peace rally got beaten up by the rest of the people around. And then ranil resorted to going to Norway so that he could get a trade blockage so that, our forces would be backed into a corner. So what more proof do you need to know which side made alliances with the LTTE? the first bugger to make alliances with the LTTE was premadasa, the last president from UNP. And ranil was his prime minister. There’s proof of that. He gave guns and ammunition to the LTTE which made them a threat in the first place. And you are still content with blaming MR. Frankly, if MR managed to double cross the LTTE and win the war, that still makes him a great leader. That aside, do you even know what the JVP and the UNP government did back then to the poeple? were you even alive? He was going to geneva to protect the people. The government was killing civilians and the JVP were killing civilians, and there was no one to protect the people. So stop your bullshit slandering to people if you do not know what you are talking about. Its clear that you are a little kid.

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              We have no problem with killing Lasantha. There is no wrong in killing a RAW agent

              If MR gave money to LTTE and forced them to do a boycott then MR is a genius. He royaly fuked the LTTE twice. You dont punish a match winning team for match fixing.

              TNA has been LTTE proxies, involved with them in all terrorist activities for 30 years and should be held responsible for LTTE misdeeds along with funders in diaspora.

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                sach:

                It is news that Lasantha was a RAW agent. And there is plenty of news that your Mahinda mama used RAW to hurt the Tamils but he finally succumbed to RAW’s machinations against him. Do you have any news on that?

                “You dont punish a match winning team for match fixing.”

                Not until you get caught but once you get caught you get slapped with criminal offences and will be dragged through the mud. What really baffles me is the stupidity of you to believe that match-fixing is a right thing to do. This explains a lot about the Sinhalese mind of thought and how they do a lot of damage to themselves, their religion and the country by such plain ignorance and stupidity.

                Even before we come to that get the Ministers and then President JJ for the 1983 pogrom and those responsible for burning the Jaffna Library. Today SL has been accused of alleged war crimes. Many countries contributed to the SL efforts towards these war crimes. Pakistan, India, China, Russia, etc were partners in the crimes. Unfortunately, they left SL to face the music and during the last UNHRC session SL was a partner in cosponsoring the resolution. So, dear sach, you have to train your anger at the right object instead of barking at the wrong tree. Instead of being a dumb fool, the SL army terrorised and murdered close to 70,000 (not 700) of the sinhalese youths and I doubt you have even lifted a finger on that. Why not look at your own backside before stepping on to others toes?

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            sach:

            You really made me laugh. It is your Mahinda mam who is in the dock. Do you know what is locus standi? A murderer “pardoning” others. What a joker you must be.

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          Edward Upali

          Come on man you are looking with a jaundiced eye.

          War crimes certainly is applicable to both sides. One’s crimes does not cancel the other’s crimes!

          Certainly LTTE is responsible for their part but unfortunately your side did them a favour by killing all of them. Many were killed blind folded and shooting them at point blank range (substance of the Channel 4 documentary),another lot shot them when they came holding white flags, and by many other means all have got killed and now you have to go to heaven or Hell to charge them. So your foolish Military committed war crimes on the very people you could have anyway got them charged and suffered the same fate of death legitimately! That is you blunder and you have to live with it. The military has to face charges and prosecution for killing the very people criminally you are accusing. If you can find anyone still alive and prove their part of war crime, yes certainly.

          ” Most of the current TNA leadership, who acted as the spokespersons, for the LTTE and others who were active supporters should be vigorously prosecuted & brought to trial.”

          Sorry that is not a crime to morally support anyone. I can even support the devil and still am within the law unless I have helped materially to commit a crime. Cheering the LTTE is not a crime. Providing financial support certainly is but the onus is on you to prove it!

          You are very jealous Tamils have proved many things your side have committed but you are unable to prove anything on the Tamil side. All those whom you could prove are dead because of the blunder of the military and we have proved that!

          Again you cannot cancel one for one. Sri Lankan military is accountable for what they have committed and LTTE is accountable for their part.

          Cluster bombs used by the military is certainly a crime, it is been used over civilian areas with an intention to kill the Tamil civilians. The modus operandi of the Rajapakse Government was kill everyone in that area so the LTTE will also get killed along with the people. I am sure you will not approve such a method to be used in the South.

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            Shrikaran et al:

            Cluster Bomb story is part of the post Eelaam war fabrications by LTTE sympathisers including the Bishops of Jaffna (?) – who first came up with this story, as well as by a well known UK based LTTE activist who wears a cassock(?).

            For those who are not aware of it, please be informed cluster bomb manufacture was banned in the 1970s.

            Although the protagonists of the cluster bomb story have not come up with any credible evidence of such bombings, they have not given up their effort to manufacture such evidence. Their amateur efforts appear to continue with doctored photos such as the Guardian photo & story. No doubt they have had better success in amateur video editing – as seen by the longevity of the Channel 4 story.

            Aiding & Abetting violence, killings and murder are definitely crimes in any legal system. There is no morality in supporting or advocating such action. The support & the public defense of the LTTE and its murderous activities by the TNA for many decades would make TNA a complicit partner guilty of murder & violence that led to the death thousands of innocent civilians in SL & abroad.

            The silence of the TNA on this very issue concerning their recent history, proves TNAs tacit consent of LTTE crimes against humanity.

            To paraphrase one of the few thinking Tamils (Ananda Sangaree), there is no doubt that LTTE & the TNA were responsible for far more deaths & casualties of Tamils & SL civilians than the any activities of the SL Army.

            Following the example of Ananda Sangaree, if at least some law abiding Tamils accept that premise, it would in my view, pave the way forward to true reconciliation.

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              Edward Upali

              Brilliant

              You should try your hands at creative writing. I envy your ability to write well, without any basis.

              I wish you well in your endeavour.

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              Edward Upali

              The best way to sort these is through an independent international inquiry.

              Sri Lankan inquiry will lose credibility because of the natural issue of conflict of interests. Just because someone is a judge he yet cannot hear a case of a relative and the verdict will have no value. Similarly knowing what Sri Lankan judiciary is certainly if they handled the inquiry it is just a waste of time. Only an International independent inquiry will close the case once and for all.

              Again my point is, cheering any side does not comprise of a crime. But materially supporting them is. If you can prove TNA had materially supplied the LTTE with money or material then certainly that is a crime. Speaking for the LTTE is not a crime. Both LTTE and TNA spoke for the Tamils. Mathematics does not work here. LTTE = Tamil, TNA = Tamil and therefore TNA = LTTE is wrong! So have I committed a punishable crime for writing here what I have written?

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        Jansee if you are desperate to see a monkey go in front of a mirror.
        There is no need to throw insults at others just because they expose the fraud.
        Truth hurts but nevertheless truth is truth.
        Now who looks desperate in trying to introduce fake evidence.
        More over the writers knowledge about Sri Lanka’s case can be gauged by his statement that Present president Sirisena succeeded Gotabhaya during last days! Sirisena was acting as defence minister because president Rajapakse the defence minister at the time was out of the country.

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          So where are the photos of the victims of cluster bombs. have they vanished into thin air. Look at the photos of the victims of agent orange in the Vietnam war museum. Then we can talk.

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            Sarojini

            “Then we can talk.”

            Did anyone invite you to talk (whatever that is)?

            I don’t think so.

            “So where are the photos of the victims of cluster bombs.”

            Did you hire anyone to record and supply the photograph of these happy celebrations? It seems that the one you hired to provide you with evidence didn’t survive or just took the money and camera and did a runner, most probably to Canada.

            Is it what many call the War Without Witness?

            I never understood anything, please bear with me.

            Say hello to Nuisance the stupid I, sachooooo the stupid II, sathya, Ramuuuuuuuuuuuu, cassandra, somas, Taraki, …………

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              I was invited by the same person who invited you to talk.
              Native veddhas

              _

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                sarojini

                “I was invited by the same person who invited you to talk. Native veddhas”

                I was not invited by cassandra, Irathinavalli, Ramuuuuuu, sathya, sachooooo the stupid II, Nuisance the stupid I, ………. Double standards, …………… Roberts,

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            Sarojini:

            You are the first real Einstein of Sri Lanka. You see, you got it in your thick skull that the toys called cluster bombs were dropped for fun. My dear Sarojini, what a pathetic try or is it the case of the widespread epidemic that thrills you people?

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            Good point from Sarojini; there must be at least a few survivors of the cluster bombs. These accusations are made just prior to UNHRC gatherings and by faceless, nameless cowards. The foreign demining experts who make allegations face no danger from Sri Lanka and can make those claims openly without fear. The hard evidence could have been brought into Sri Lanka and planted by anybody and very likely by diaspora and foreigners on diaspora payroll.

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              lal loooooooooooooooo

              “Good point from Sarojini; there must be at least a few survivors of the cluster bombs.”

              Did you hire anyone to record and supply the photograph of these happy celebrations? It seems that the one you hired to provide you with evidence didn’t survive or just took the money and camera and did a runner, most probably to Canada.

              Isn’t it what many call the War Without Witness?

              Find out from Gota.

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                Natice vedda, Sarojini, Jansee, lal,

                We have come long way from ‘zero civilian casualty’, could anyone produce any civilian casualty? For certain people on one end of the political spectrum there were no evidence of bombing, shelling or killing any civilian and on the other all the evidences are obvious. Some soldiers took pictures of captured suspects, shooting, naked bodies and blind folded Tigers and so on.

                The Rajapaksas were very clever in expelling UN observers and international journalists from the war zone so that they could deny as they have tried very hard that no civilian was harmed – starved, ill treated or maimed or killed.

                Actually there was no evidence of any apple felled on the ground before Isac Newton observed the incident.

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            The victims are all burned and buried by the army. It is a War Without Witness. The army was given orders to remove all possible evidences.

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          NAK:

          First it was zero civilian deaths. Then it was some. Sri Lanka is known to play phony games and it has got high grade for that. A fraudster is one who talks of the human charter in one hand and the gun in the other. Have you heard of that? And who is running scared of the truth – co-opting resolutions and then running madly from one corner to another. You are fool indeed. If you as much want to expose and prove the fraud, whoever is the fraudster, why are shitting in your pants when all that is required to expose the fraudsters is an independent and credible investigation. There you see, that opportunity is right in front of you and you are running wild shooting blanks. Those who have lived a life of phony commissions and defrauding reports should not any shame at all.

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          NAK

          “Truth hurts but nevertheless truth is truth.”

          I agree, but what has truth got to do with you or the country?

          You believe in whatever is fed to you. On the other hand, vast number of decent secular people want to know the truth as it happened.

          You, as part of the racist noisy minority, cannot and will not understand why truth has to be dug out from constant denial and propaganda, by you and like minded people.

          I do not believe you are striving to attain Nibbana.

          “All Buddhists study, meditate, think and act in ways that are designed to help them come to a full understanding of each of these Four Noble Truths and to stay on the path the Buddha says will lead them to peace and happiness.”

          – buddhanet.net/

          The above paragraph is in fact not meant for you.

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          NAK
          Either you cannot read or you are deliberately trying to mislead the readers as to what is written in the report in guardian.
          I reproduce the para in question compare it with yours:

          Guardian version “The current president, Maithripala Sirisena, held the position of acting defence minister immediately before the war ended, taking over temporarily from Mahinda Rajapaksa who was abroad. Rajapaksa’s brother, Gotabhaya, the defence secretary, was regarded as having directed much of war strategy.

          “your version “More over the writers knowledge about Sri Lanka’s case can be gauged by his statement that Present president Sirisena succeeded Gotabhaya during last days! “
          Do ypu see the difference.

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      Vibhushana

      “Well, the Halo Trust uniform issued in Sri Lanka has text written in all 3 languages.”

      Its a great detective work on your part, we must appreciate. Didn’t the voices in your head direct you to look at other images on google? How sad.

      Now look at other images “De-mining Sri Lanka: a job for widows and survivors”:

      http://www.aljazeera.com/
      indepth/features/2016/01/
      de-mining-sri-lanka-job-
      widows-survivors-
      160111115006964.html

      Do you hear any other voices in your head now?

      I just visited jaffnahistory website and found no evidence of cluster bombs being mentioned in the Dutch map of Jaffna. Therefore there may be justifiable concern about the health of Guardian which printed these photographs, and send your Field Marshall, Generals, Gotas, Mervyns to raise objection to their false reporting.

      Please keep me informed.

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        well while you are at it why not have look into the cabithigollawa murdering by the LTTE, why not a look at the central bank bombing? or the countless other bombings the LTTE is responsible for the past 30 years. A war will always have casualties. that’s the nature of wars. thousands have died on both sides. But Sri Lanka will never be broken into two, that much you can always be sure. No matter how many dies, its gonna be one nation. If you have looked at the clinton emails that got leaked, you’d see that even the World bank and IMF knew that there’s gonna be casualties. Yet they knew the LTTE had to be stopped. Ofcourse US had other ideas and forced the IMF to stop funding the Sri Lankan government. They never wanted the war to be over.

        http://www.asiantribune.com/node/89009

        So you can shove those aljazeera videos somewhere the light don’t shine. Mate, we know the LTTE diaspora is still operative. We know how they collect 5 dollars everyday from every tamil they smuggled into UK and ausi. Maybe the rates are higher now. In anycase, little gits like you are the reason there’s never reconciliation in this country. Initially I thought you were some biased UNP political retard. But it looks like more and more that you are one of the diaspora. Or maybe you are one of those “aluth parapura” lunatics who apparently are being fraped at the moment. I dunno. But keep in mind if you are in anyways “native” to this land, you wont be talking such things. So, why not drop the native part and call yourself what you really are? just a vedda

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          woW

          “well while you are at it why not have look into the cabithigollawa murdering by the LTTE, why not a look at the central bank bombing?”

          Wow what a discovery. Thanks for letting us know what was already known to us anyway.

          Here is a list of LTTE atrocities methodically recorded by spuristas of Australia:

          Record of LTTE Tamil Tiger Atrocities Through the Years
          1984-2002

          by SPUR Australia 2012

          http://www.sangam.org/
          2012/03/Tiger_Atrocities.php

          In the same level of spirit and enthusiasm could you supply a comprehensive list of atrocities that had been committed by various arms of state since 5th April 1971.

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            i merely pointed out that wars aren’t fair. people die and armies don’t play by the rules and expect to win. What’s your point?

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              woW

              “What’s your point?”

              Sorry to disappoint you I don’t have a point.

              However, I do not believe we have to rediscover fire, wheel, zero, O2, …. etc.

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                Well.. LTTE vedda.. oh i have lost the will to argue..

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                  woW

                  “oh i have lost the will to argue..”

                  Don’t give up.

                  Keep hope alive.

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            when your argument is that you don’t have a point, well that explains your level of maturity and understanding. So why bother. Do us a favor and don’t call yourself native. call yourself what you are.. LTTE.. the vedda part is optional if you really want to stick with that, but then again it is a disgrace to the vedda’s in Sri Lanka, who i believe are more dignified and wise

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      Good find Vibhushana

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        sachooooooooooooooooooooo the stupid II

        You just confirmed what we suspected all along, you too hear voices in your head, sadly it is Vibushna’s voice, this time, around.

        Are you allowed to choose your own favorite voice?

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          cant you see what Vibhushana has written? I can see..do u need voices in head to read what is in the comment section? Are you a disabled person?

          I read and understand like a normal person

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            sachooooooooo the stupid II

            “cant you see what Vibhushana has written?”

            Sorry I am unable to hear what Vibushna hears in his head and I am also unable to eavesdrop on the conversations that he has been having with voices in his head. It is too personal for him.

            “I read and understand like a normal person”

            You are exceptional unlike the normal people. Normal people don’t stand on their head and sit on their brain.

            In what language did you read?

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              No one need to listen to any voices in anyone’s head to read a comment. The only reason is you cannot bear Vibhushana pointing at the Cambodian letters (which he identified as Burmese) as it did spoil the party for you.

              No one is hearing any voices but seeing the pics for what it really is. I know you must be angry with others identifying the cambodian letters. we cannot help with it

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      Vibhushana,

      Even the Halo Trust says zero casualties.

      The o in the Halo stands for zero casualties.

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      To me the letters look like Cambodian. Lot of mine clearance took place in Cambodia. Furthermore, Cambodia is a place that was heavily bombed by USA. This probably could be bomb dropped by USA.

      Timing of this article is also important; few days before the UNHRC session on Sri Lanka. The article repeatedly stress the need for involving foreigners.

      Greenbacks can do wonders!!

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        SLCitizen

        “To me the letters look like Cambodian.”

        To me, the letters look like English and Hebrew.

        “Lot of mine clearance took place in Cambodia. Furthermore, Cambodia is a place that was heavily bombed by USA. This probably could be bomb dropped by USA.”

        Really why weren’t we informed about it?

        Say hello to Ramuuuuuuuu, Sathya and other like-minded people.

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          Mr.know it all, whom do you think will inform you!

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        SLCitizen:

        Why play such disgraceful ignorance make a fool out of yourself. You think the whole world is sleeping. When Bush/Colin Powell team cooked up reports, they were torn to pieces in shamed in front of the Security Council. Cambodia, my foot. Proof, and there is hardly any from the SL side.

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      It is the Cambodian the language called Khemer.
      Cluster bombs were used extensively in region In Cambodia,Laos and Vietnam.

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        Looks like SL army has floated its ‘De-mining’ NGO to remove all the cluster bombs from battle scarred Tamil civilian areas & is now denying the usage of them.

        No Wonder the Tamils were calling for ‘International Impartial Investigation’ to screw up the War Criminals.

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      Guardian,

      RE: Cluster Bombs Used In Sri Lanka’s Civil War, Leaked Photos Suggest – The Guardian

      //”Images that appear to confirm the use of cluster bombs in the end stages of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war have been uncovered as new testimony emerged suggesting the country’s armed forces may have deployed the munition against civilians, the Guardian reports.’//

      Thanks for exposing the possible use of cluster bombs. There are many other war crimes committed by BOTH the Sri Lankan army and LTTE. The list is very long.

      Would you also report on he War Crimes Committed by USA and Britain by lying about Weapons of Mass Destruction, WMD, in Iraq, and report on it? What did the UN do? Nothing?

      Here is what a 11 year old Iraqi Boy Wants to know. Can you, at least, try to answer his question. Aren’t Iraqis equally “valuable” as the “Tamils”, the “Muslims” and the “Sinhala”? Just curious. Is it Double Standards?

      https://www.facebook.com/thefreethoughtprojectcom/videos/1747091785511081/

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      You cannot hide truth forever, it will come out one day. Now the use of cluster bombs has been exposed. No point in trying to cover it by making stupid arguments. What happened to the past allegations which is now proved correct, should be applied to this one also.It is well known that government used not only cluster bombs but also chemical weapons during last stages of war. One doctor who was working in the war zone who escaped and been granted asylum in USA, has testified to this effect. There will be other witnesses, who will come forward if there is witness protection and inquiry held by an international panel.

      After war was over, those who crossed over into government custody, were either not injured, walking wounded or a few moderately wounded who had some relative to carry them across. In a war there will be walking wounded, moderately wounded and badly wounded. What happened to the rest of modearately wounded and badly wounded. We are told that the badly wounded were allowed to die without medical attention, and any of the others who had injuries suggestive of burn due to chemical weapons or multiple lacerations due to cluster bombs were executed to cover up. Also dead bodies had been either taken to mid sea and dumped or dissolved in imported sulphuric acid barrels to hide evidence.

      Government never allowed any one into these areas while these were being done, and even now will not allow anyone to conduct inquiries. If the truth is to be found, government must permit an independant international panel to conduct inquiries such as exhuming dead bodies to examine for multiple injuries, taking soil samples for poisonous materials etc. Also the team must have access to registers of all imports via ships into Srilanka during this period and check with Lloyds register of ship movements. If the government refuses then it is deemed guilty. It is well known that Prageeth Eknaligoda was killed for exposing the use of chemical weapons in last stages of war.

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      Remember, the West proved to the world that Iraq had WMD to invade Iraq. The combination of the West and Tamil diaspora leaders are dangerous. They can prove not only Sri Lanka used cluster bomb, but manufacturered cluster bomb in Sri Lanka too. We must watch them very carefully.

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        Antany Peter

        “Remember, the West proved to the world that Iraq had WMD to invade Iraq”

        It was all lies, damn lies.

        2003 invasion of Iraq

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_invasion_of_Iraq

        George Bush, speaking in October 2002, said that “The stated policy of the United States is regime change. … However, if Hussein were to meet all the conditions of the United Nations, the conditions that I have described very clearly in terms that everybody can understand, that in itself will signal the regime has changed”.[69] Citing reports from certain intelligence sources, Bush stated on 6 March 2003 that he believed that Hussein was not complying with UN Resolution 1441.[70]

        In September 2002, Tony Blair stated, in an answer to a parliamentary question, that “Regime change in Iraq would be a wonderful thing. That is not the purpose of our action; our purpose is to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction…”[71] In November of that year, Blair further stated that, “So far as our objective, it is disarmament, not régime change – that is our objective. Now I happen to believe the regime of Saddam is a very brutal and repressive regime, I think it does enormous damage to the Iraqi people … so I have got no doubt Saddam is very bad for Iraq, but on the other hand I have got no doubt either that the purpose of our challenge from the United Nations is disarmament of weapons of mass destruction, it is not regime change.”

        At a press conference on 31 January 2003, Bush again reiterated that the single trigger for the invasion would be Iraq’s failure to disarm, “Saddam Hussein must understand that if he does not disarm, for the sake of peace, we, along with others, will go disarm Saddam Hussein.”[73] As late as 25 February 2003, it was still the official line that the only cause of invasion would be a failure to disarm. As Blair made clear in a statement to the House of Commons, “I detest his regime. But even now he can save it by complying with the UN’s demand. Even now, we are prepared to go the extra step to achieve disarmament peacefully.”

        Additional justifications used at various times included Iraqi violation of UN resolutions, the Iraqi government’s repression of its citizens, and Iraqi violations of the 1991 cease-fire.

        The main allegations were: that Hussein possessed or was attempting to produce weapons of mass destruction, which Saddam Hussein had used in places such as Halabja, possessed, and made efforts to acquire, particularly considering two previous attacks on Baghdad nuclear weapons production facilities by both Iran and Israel which were alleged to have postponed weapons development progress; and, further, that he had ties to terrorists, specifically al-Qaeda.

        Far from facing the truth, the US is telling new lies about Iraq

        https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/25/iraq-invasion-america-war-jeb-bush-us-election

        Trump Is Right, Bush Lied: A Little-Known Part of the Bogus Case for War

        https://theintercept.com/2016/02/18/trump-is-right-bush-lied-a-little-known-part-of-the-bogus-case-for-war/

        United States war crimes

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_war_crimes

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        Antany Peter

        “Remember, the West proved to the world that Iraq had WMD to invade Iraq. The combination of the West and Tamil diaspora leaders are dangerous.”

        Have the Tamils learned to lie from the west? WMD?

        The West will use the Tamils to their advantage just they have done with the Arabs, Africans and others.

        Trump Is Right, Bush Lied: A Little-Known Part of the Bogus Case for War

        https://theintercept.com/2016/02/18/trump-is-right-bush-lied-a-little-known-part-of-the-bogus-case-for-war/

        By Jon Schwarz

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      A few answers to a few questions can put this issue to rest.

      Does the Halo trust own up to these photographs? if not why?

      When were these Photographs taken? just after 2009 or later? why were these not exposed until now?

      If these so called cluster bombs were found in Sri Lanka where are they now? under whose custody are they now and who handed them over?

      Why is it that always important evidence is found through either leaked documents or anonymous witnesses?

      Now that Mahinda Rajapaksa is out of power and with a ‘Jahapalana’ government that is bending over backwards to please its masters,why is it still the credible allegations and not credible evidence?

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      It’s definitely from Myanmar, compare the lettering:
      https://i.imgsafe.org/22dc48d902.jpg
      https://i.imgsafe.org/22d7f85e01.jpg

      Kadavule! The We Thamizh propaganda machine has really been going downhill :D Best this for Sri Lanka is to just let We Thamizh test this kind of “evidence” in a court of law :D

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    Hilarious, either this is another joke by the terrorist to gain international support or some country is looking for an excuse to invade.

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      Patriot:

      Everyone else including the UNHRC is joking except SL with comedians and clowns like you pulling down SL. Does your list of clowns include Mangala too. After all, SL didn’t think of it as a joke when it cosponsored the UNHRC resolution that included international judges, prosecutors, etc. Don’t you people have any shame at all? Such thick-skins.

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        jansee

        Yes for the Sri Lanka to cosponsor with the UNHCR and later not to abide by it, only to buy time and make the UN to forget. That will not happen, these fool have such hopes are struggling to find even a straw to hold on to save them from sinking.

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      Patriot the Pathetic

      “Hilarious”

      Are you laughing?

      “either this is another joke by the terrorist to gain international support”

      Please appoint Dayan as the rowing ambassador and send him to fight terrorists in Europe.

      “some country is looking for an excuse to invade.”

      Other countries need not to invade once the country has been sold to foreigners.

      If and when a country decides to invade this island it does not need excuses, it can just walk in.

      Are you inviting any one in particular to invade this island and pay up all your loans to various financial institutions?

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    The writing on the back of the T-shirt (in addition to English) is neither Sinhala nor Tamil. What a pathetic attempt by the Guardian. Guardian readers must be as brainwashed or gullible as the majority of the CT readers. Yes, Patriot it IS hilarious.

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      InconvenientTruth:

      How more stupid can you get or become? Do you really don’t why the writings on the T-shirts are neither in Sinhala or Tamil? Do you know where the de-mining teams came from? Did you read the guardian article at all? And a fool like is talking about gullibility and brainwashing. Why not spare us the torture of encountering such idiosyncratic fools and revisit the guardian article?

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        Jansee,
        If you are implying that deminers were brought from Cambodia its a lie.
        Cambodia is still struggling with land mines and a UN expert who came to Cambodia in 1994 when asked by the press as to how these mines will be defused said “well some one will have to step on them”

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          NAK:

          There you see the ignorant superhero. Where did I imply that the mining team was from Cambodia? One can teach kindergarten kids but look at you flying hailstorms in wanton disgrace.

          “Cambodia is still struggling with land mines and a UN expert who came to Cambodia in 1994 when asked by the press as to how these mines will be defused said “well some one will have to step on them”.

          Off-tangent mite, it is about cluster-bombs. How easily have you strayed off from the subject.

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    The Guardian report says….

    Reports produced by the United Nations and several rights groups have found that war crimes and possible crimes against humanity MAY have been committed by Sri Lankan forces….

    In view of the fact that evidence is now available on the use of cluster bombs the word MAY above needs to be deleted from the text!

    What has the Rajapakse historian Dr.Michael Roberts[Rhodes Scholar!] got to say?
    Perhaps,planted by the LTTE eh?!

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    [Edited out]
    Please write instead of posting links – CT

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    Who manufacturers it? Is it only Israel that could use it in Lebanon? I am not justifying it’s use? But there should be transparency by those who accuses? At the same time. Why can’t it be another fabrication by ch4 and is there any authenticity of the pics?

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    [Edited out] Please write instead of posting links – CT

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    How does the Guardian know that these cluster bombs are not the property of Tamil Veddah and his LTTE?

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      Taraki

      “How does the Guardian know that these cluster bombs are not the property of Tamil Veddah and his LTTE?”

      I never thought you had a dry sense of humour.

      Thanks

      Hope one day you will be a hit standup.

      By the way, one thing that I learned from my wise Elders is that when you crack a joke people are expected to laugh with you and not at you.

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        And what makes you think I was joking?

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          Taraki

          “And what makes you think I was joking?”

          I never thought you had a dry sense of humour.

          When a person with a dry sense humour tells a joke it is not always obviously funny.

          – myenglishteacher.eu

          “And what makes you think I was joking?”

          Hope one day you will be a hit standup.

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    It takes more than 7 years to tell it.

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    I think if the originals of these photographs were produced dates they were taken can be easily found.
    None of these photographs has any detail that proves they were taken in Sri Lanka.

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      yeah yeah… are you one of these who claimed that the shooting of naked and handcuffed people were a show with actors?

      why don’t you support an open inquiry to find all answers?

      who killed thajudeen? are you one of those who believed it was an accident?

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        “yeah yeah… are you one of these who claimed that the shooting of naked and handcuffed people were a show with actors?”

        yeah..Until you can prove it otherwise!

        “why don’t you support an open inquiry to find all answers?”

        Open inquiry can be held once credible evidence is forwarded, not on animated evidence!who killed thajudeen?

        “are you one of those who believed it was an accident?”

        Yes…until a clear motive for a murder and a murderer is found!

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    That looks more like a Shell for the 155 Artillery pieces which were very effectively used against tamil tigers including the ones hiding behind women and children and firing at the Army.

    BESIDES CLUSTER bombs are dropped from Aeroplanes. So Cluster bombs(which are perfectly legal for the US to have used and it continues to use) are with SLAF and not at an army camp.

    Here are photos of Cluster bombs.Not to be mistaken for a cluster fuck, which is what SL’s economy is.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=photos+of+cluster+bombs&oq=photos+of+cluster+bombs&aqs=chrome..69i57.2950j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

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    This is an old story. If Sri Lanka used cluster bombs, they were following the example set by the USA.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17861187

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/jun/01/iraq.foreignpolicy1

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      Cluster bombs were found years ago. The left-of-centre Guardian prints this today because of the war crimes issue.

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        Taraki

        “Cluster bombs were found years ago. The left-of-centre Guardian prints this today because of the war crimes issue.”

        I take it that you are not disputing the fact, but simply questioning the timing of this article.

        I have no problem with it.

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    Why not Hon. Minister Field Marshal Saraath Fonseka come out with the whole truth because he should know everthing as he was the Army Commander at that time. Not only this the onus is on him regarding abductions and dis appearences, since in most cases uniformed persons were involved. His concisus will tell him

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    USA uses them and so does its Arab ally Saudi Arabia. Here’s a timeline on major uses.

    timeline of cluster bomb use
    Details on all instances of use are available through the Cluster Munition Monitor and in individual country profiles.

    2015 & 2016 in Yemen: The armed coalition led by Saudi Arabia used cluster bombs repeatedly in populated areas.
    Ongoing since 2012 in Syria: There has been documented and widespread use of cluster munition in Syria since 2012. The latest documented use occurred in January and February 2016 during the Russian-Syrian joint military operation.
    2015 in Sudan:
    Cluster munitions were used by the Sudanese air force in the Nuba Mountains (South Kordofan) during indiscriminate bombings on civilian areas in February and March 2015. There have been additional reports of use in May 2015. The government of Sudan should investigate and explain these incidents, as requested by the UN Security Council on 29 June 2015.
    2014 & 2015 in Libya:
    There is confirmed evidence that cluster munitions were used in at least two instances between December 2014 and March 2015, in Sirte and Bin Jawad, and additional unconfirmed reports of use on the Watiya front. The commander of the air force of the internationally recognized government of Libya has denied using cluster munitions. The Cluster Munition Coalition calls for full investigation and public reporting by Libyan authorities.
    2014 & 2015 in Ukraine:
    Cluster munitions were used by both sides to the conflict in January and February 2015. An OSCE mission documented use by Ukrainian government forces in Luhansk city in late January 2015, while Ukrainian government forces had already used cluster munitions in Donetsk city in October 2014. In August 2014, remnants of cluster munitions were documented at multiple locations in territory controlled by Ukrainian government forces and in territory controlled by armed insurgents. As early as July 2014, evidence indicated cluster munitions had been used in two separate locations.
    2014 in South Sudan:
    In February 2014 the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) found new cluster munition contamination near the town of Bor on the road to Juba. In September 2014 South Sudan reported to the 5th Meeting of States Parties to the Convention that an investigation conducted jointly with UN officials had not been able to determine who had used the weapon. Both South Sudan and Uganda have denied use.
    2012 in Sudan:
    Two allegations of cluster munition use by the armed forces of Sudan in South Kordofan. Remnants and evidence were found.
    2011 in Libya:
    Gaddafi’s forces use cluster munitions in Misrata, Libya.
    2011 in Cambodia:
    Thailand uses cluster munitions on Cambodian territory during a border conflict in February 2011.
    2008 in Georgia:
    Russia uses several types of cluster munitions, both air- and ground-launched, in a number of locations in Georgia’s Gori district. Also Georgia uses cluster munitions in the August 2008 conflict with Russia.
    2006 in Israel:
    Hezbollah fires more than 100 Chinese-produced Type-81 122mm cluster munition rockets into northern Israel.
    2006 in Lebanon:
    Israeli forces use surface-launched and air-dropped cluster munitions against Hezbollah. The UN estimates that Israel used up to 4 million submunitions.
    2003-2006 in Iraq:
    The US and UK use nearly 13,000 cluster munitions containing an estimated 1.8 to 2 million submunitions in the three weeks of major combat. A total of 63 CBU-87 bombs were dropped by US aircraft between May 1, 2003 and August 1, 2006.
    In Uganda, date of use unknown:
    RBK-250/275 bombs and AO-1SCh submunitions found in the northern district of Gulu.
    2001- 2002 in Afghanistan:
    The US drops 1,228 cluster bombs containing 248,056 bomblets.
    1999 in Yugoslavia (including Serbia, Montenegro,and Kosovo):
    The US, UK, and Netherlands drop 1,765 cluster bombs, containing 295,000 bomblets.
    1998-2003 in DR Congo:
    BL-755 bombs used by unknown forces in Kasu village in Kabalo territory.
    1998-1999 in Albania:
    Yugoslav forces launch cross-border rocket attacks and NATO forces carry out six aerial cluster munition strikes.
    1998 in Ethiopia / Eritrea:
    Ethiopia and Eritrea exchange aerial cluster munition strikes, Ethiopia attacking the Asmara airport and Eritrea attacking the Mekele airport. Ethiopia also dropped BL-755 bombs in Gash-Barka province of western Eritrea.
    1998 in Colombia:
    The Colombian Air Force used a cluster munition in SantoDomingo, a village in the department of Arauca. In 2009, Colombia disclosed that previously it had used cluster munitions on other occasions to attack airfields used by drug traffickers.
    1997 in Sierra Leone:
    Nigerian ECOMOG peacekeepers use Beluga bombs on the eastern town of Kenema.
    1996-1999 in Sudan:
    Sudanese government forces use air-dropped cluster munitions in southern Sudan, including Chilean made PM-1 submunitions.
    1995 in Croatia:
    On May 2-3, 1995, an NSAG uses Orkan M-87 multiple rocket launchers to attack civilians in Zagreb. Additionally, the Croatian government claimed that Serb forces used BL-755 bombs in Sisak, Kutina, and along the Kupa River.
    1994-1996 in Chechnya:
    Russian forces use cluster munitions against NSAG.
    1992-1997 in Tajikistan:
    Use by unknown forces in civil war. ShOAB and AO-2.5RT submunitions have been found in the town of Gharm in the Rasht Valley.
    1992-1995 in Bosnia & Herzegovina: Forces of Yugoslavia and NSAG use available stocks of cluster munitions during civil war. NATO aircraft drop two CBU-87 bombs.
    1992-1994 in Nagorno-Karabakh:
    Submunition contamination has been identified in at least 162 locations. Submunition types cleared by deminers include PTAB-1, ShOAB-0.5, AO-2.5.
    1992-1994 in Angola:
    PTAB submunitions found in various locations.
    1991 in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia:
    The US and its allies (France, Saudi Arabia, UK) drop 61,000 cluster bombs containing some 20 million submunitions. The number of cluster munitions delivered by surface-launched artillery and rocket systems during the Gulf War is not known, but an estimated 30 million or more DPICM submunitions were used in the conflict.
    1986-1987 in Chad:
    French aircraft drop cluster munitions on a Libyan airfield at Wadi Doum. Libyan forces also used AO-1SCh and PTAB-2.5 submunitions.
    1982 in Falkland Islands (Malvinas):
    UK aircraft drop cluster munitions on Argentinean infantry positions near Port Stanley, Port Howard, and Goose Green.
    1982 in Lebanon:
    Israel uses cluster munitions against Syrian forces and NSAG in Lebanon.
    1979-1989 in Afghanistan:
    Soviet forces make use of air-dropped and rocket-delivered cluster munitions. NSAG also use rocket-delivered cluster munitions on a smaller scale.
    1978 in Lebanon:
    Israel uses cluster munitions in southern Lebanon.
    1971-1973 in Syria:
    Israel uses air-dropped cluster munitions against non-state armed group (NSAG) training camps near Damascus.
    1975-1988 in Western Sahara:
    Moroccan forces use cluster munitions against NSAG.
    1960s-1970s in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam:
    US forces make extensive use of cluster munitions in bombing campaigns. The ICRC estimates that in Laos alone, 9 to 27 million unexploded submunitions remain, and some 11,000 people have been killed or injured, more than 30 percent of them children. An estimate based on US military databases states that 9,500 sorties in Cambodia delivered up to 87,000 air-dropped cluster munitions.
    1943 in United Kingdom:
    German aircraft drop more than 1,000 SD-2 butterfly bombs on the port of Grimsby.
    1943 in USSR:
    Soviet forces use air-dropped cluster munitions against German armour. German forces use SD-1 and SD-2 butterfly bombs against artillery on the Kursk salient.

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      PinkLips

      Thanks for the sad history of cluster bombing.

      Are you saying we too are keeping up with Johnsons to impress the world that we too have come to age in brutality and war crimes, therefore, we must have the rightful place at the security council as the sixth permanent member?

      Or are we racing with those countries to hit the bottom?

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        Neither, we are pointing out the hypocrisy and saying they have no right to judge us.

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          Taraki

          “Neither, we are pointing out the hypocrisy and saying they have no right to judge us.”

          I was damn sure I knew the meaning of hypocrisy until I read your typing. Hang on let me check the google dictionary.

          Oh here it is:

          The practice of claiming to have higher standards or more noble beliefs than is the case

          – Google

          My humble suggestion, you better look at your thoughts, words and actions before pointing your finger at others.

          A good yoga teacher or a enlightened Buddhist monk through meditation can lead you out of your miserable state of Dukka. Trust me it had helped many and am sure will help you too even if takes little longer than others.

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          Taraki

          “Neither, we are pointing out the hypocrisy and saying they have no right to judge us.”

          True, the Sri Lankan judiciary have been proven to be corrupt and the judges themselves deserve to be in jail. The people like Sarath Silva and Mohan Pieris who served no lesser than the position of chief justice and who are proved to be corrupt. Sarath Silva who had publicly confessed of wrong doing favouring Rajapakse in the ‘Helping Hambantota’ money robbery case.

          So why have this hypocrisy and as you said if the chief justices can be so corrupt certainly we can imagine other judges and so the Sri Lankan judiciary have no right to judge Sri Lankans and so set all people in all the jails free! That is my stand point and I agree with you.

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          Taraki

          You seem to be thoroughly devoted your life to investigating/punishing Mrs Balasingam, which I do understand. From a Sinhala/Buddhist pointless view its fine rightly so.

          However, I do not recall any occasion in which you have forcefully demanded the state to prosecute Somawansa for his major role in terrorism. He lived in Europe might have been in the UK how forcefully did you demand his extradition, investigation, and punishment?

          “Neither, we are pointing out the hypocrisy and saying they have no right to judge us.”

          Does hypocrisy mean anything to you?

          I doubt hypocrisy is well understood within your circle.

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    Vibhushana, SLCitizen, NAK:

    “Hondhing ballana fotoek! eke sinhala akuruve.” (have a good look at photo! It’s sinhala alphabets. Although the sentence in the second line on the t-shirt is illisible because of frills and jacket-holder, one can easily read sinhala alphabets like “ke” “na” “shae” etc. The second language is without doubt sinhala. At the peak of Srilanka’s armed forces usage of prohibited weapons like cluster bombs and chemical bombs (like phosphorus) was well documented in some websites at that time.

    EnAG

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      It is Cambodian language :)

      Between it is NOT illegal to use cluster bombs even if we used it. And US government recommended SLG to use it though we did not.

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        sachooooooooo the stupid II

        Can you read and translate what is printed on his uniform:

        របុសផ្លើ

        អ្នក​គឺជា​មនុស្ស​ល្ងីល្ងើ។

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          :)

          Ha ha NV… I used Google translate (as you did)

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          What do u expect with this moron? This is cambodian letters and compare it with what is in the t shirts. idiot

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    This is in Cambodia one of the most heavily mined places on earth..

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    sach.

    So this is Cambodia eh? Was it placed by the Khmer Rouge in their days of the twilight?
    Or is it possible for one of the several Tamil Diaspora organisations to have made a beeline to the North and placed these,to coincide with the UN.seesions a few days away?

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      lol what an idiot

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        sachoooooooooooooooo the stupid II

        “lol what an idiot”

        Go soft on you.

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    It sounds true because the tee shirt of the person in front reads halo …. clearly in Sinhala letters upon image magnification. Sinhala is unique to Sri Lanka so “One cannot hide a whole pumpkin in a plate of rice”.

    From 2000 we are in the millenia of human rights. Human Rights has become a mandatory component of modern education and a marker for degree recognition. All students, primary, secondary, tertiary, academics, ngo’s and civil society must ask for a probe into human rights violation in having used weapons of mass destruction on civilians.

    Our salaries, Tamils’, Sinhalese’s and Muslims’ alike in the universities and government services were deducted from every pay check to support this base and planned killing. People in the north knew of these facts and many had witnessed it. However the conscience of many of their friends in the south was never troubled.

    The younger generation needs to be sensitized against inhumanity against humans. Budhism has failed to do this for the atrocities are committed in its name.

    It is the duty of every educated person to protect the human rights of every person in the present global order.One can only hope there is fact finding and advocacy.

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      This is like Tamils’ interpretation of history in SL. Calling cambodian letters as sinhala

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        There’s whale of a difference between sinhala alphabets and that of khmer. It’s not my intention to get into dry arguments with you or any of your ilk. But I would say only this: you can wake up a man who is fast asleep, but not the one who predent to sleep.

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      What kind of Academic are you Academic, when you see non existing images in your head? There is NO Tamil or Sinhala writing in that picture, on the apparel. I do speak and write both languages!

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    my only regret is if SL Army has actually used such bombs , for not using those to completely wipe out the menace of ltte terrorism.if they did use these bombs adequately . there cannot have pockets of ltte remnants still existing in the north.

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    The text on the back of the shirt reads “MINE CLEARANCE” in English.The other language on the shirt is unclear. Thai and Khmer script resemble the Sinhala script superficially. The script does not look much like Khmer to me. Buti am no expert.
    The location is coastal and a plant that I can identify in an image is Ipomea Biloba, a common plant on the east coast. Yet, that proves nothing.

    The bomb clearing personnel need not be Sri Lankans. And mine clearing personnel shown need not be locals and they need not necessarily wear clothes supplied by the host country instead of what was issued by the parent company.

    If the location is confirmed as Mullaitivu and the devices to have been used by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, questions will also arise about the suppliers.

    A crime is a crime. The armed forces cannot be exonorated because the LTTE violated human rights and VICE VERSA.

    There is need for serious self examination by people of both communities.

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    Academic: “People in the north knew of these facts and many had witnessed it. However the conscience of many of their friends in the south was never troubled.”

    Was the conscience of many Tamils bothered by the atrocities committed by not just the LTTE but also other Tamil militants against Muslims? About the Anuradhapura massacre?…

    The Sinhalese felt threatened and saw the LTTE as absolute evil. They were wrong in their impression; but did the LTTE (or its foreign and emigre backers) do much to help change the impression?

    There is need for serous soul searching on all sides. But what we see instead is pointing fingers.

    bernardkdasa: “my only regret is if SL Army has actually used such bombs , for not using those to completely wipe out the menace of ltte terrorism”

    The last thing that cluster bombs can do is wipe out terrorism. It kills and maims hundreds of civilians for every LTTE fighter it hurts.
    If there are “pockets of ltte remnants still existing in the north”, that is because of the persistent racist attitude of the governments as well as leading political parties.

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      Though I was confining myself to the topic at hand,namely, dropping cluster bombs on Sri Lankan civilians, (Tamils seem to be considered non Sri Lankans in NEC text books) the violent acts of the LTTE are not being excused here. But the LTTE is not party to the UDHR, (universal declaration of human rights), especially civil and political rights that elected governments mus provide to its citizens:

      “Considering the obligation of States under the Charter of the United Nations to promote universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and freedoms,..”.

      The teaching of practice based human rights and HR concepts to students may not make the power crazy and money greedy politicians we repeatedly elect cultured or gentlemanly.But it would empower the more evolved but currently silent folks with a conscience to be better citizens, elect better men and women etc., to lead us, and articulate themselves better by giving them a picture of what a better world is about.

      It is the best purpose of education Prof.

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    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/20/cluster-bombs-used-sri-lanka-civil-war-leaked-photos-suggest#img-4

    After the end of war army was allowed to do the cleaning work for about a month, before UNSG visit Mullivaaikkaal. The reality is the war was completed even before the Indian election results were over. During this time the Rapist Army bulldozed and covered the savage destruction. The above photo is showing the bomb is in a sea side sandy are. The sand looks like in layers. The plants are isolated & new. The sandy land plants deep root a lot in search of water. The army bulldozed sand was not enough to hide the bomb from the bomb detectors. So the INGO has dug it out. INGO employees have started far away from the sub-munition location by fear of accidentally hitting it. All other photos are about above the ground. This is where the bulldozing efficiency of the Rapist Army too has been unearthed. The apparent explanation of for the failure is the Rapist army was enjoying the life too much.

    Chandrika used banned Thermobaric bombs in Kaithaddy, Chavakacheri, Kodikamam…… She obtained Russian made bombs through British dealers. Old King used Chemical and Cluster bombs. All these evident are long available for Western countries. For two reasons they back off from INGO’s evidences. One to help their favored governments and the other not to have the INGO involved in accusation and conviction processes as this will turn the INGO as in effect in helping the victims because of the direct or indirect retaliation of the perpetrators. So, from Chandrika time, the Lankawe Appe Anduwa has been very effective in bullying the INGOs and hiding the information.

    Unless Appe Andu call for the information to investigate, INGOs will be careful about where and when to release these information for public consumption. Whether it is to cheat or relenting to pressure and willingly or not the Appe Aanduwa has co-sponsored a resolution for investigation. This is not as effective as ICC, which Ranil showing standoff decades. Even the terms of reference is too loose like “Participation of Foreign and Commonwealth Lawyers and Judges”. It is not strictly provided what role they would be playing. Nevertheless there is an agreement to investigate according to International Standards for the victims’ satisfaction. Here, the MAP like watchers are going to release their observation in reports pointing standards applied and the cheating taking place.

    Ranil, who had promised “No Leader, No commander, no Soldier” will be investigated, is counting the milestones, like 100s days from EP election, March 2015 UNHRC sitting, 200 days from EP election, General Election, September 2015 UNHRC sitting, coming local election, Constitutional reform, Indian State elections, Secretary Kerry’s departure, New US presidents…While he is counting these milestone times to West and keep fooling them, he has strengthened the Iron Dome China is providing.

    Ranil have had an uninterrupted, steady flow of milestones times. But these days he is not comfortable of the future prospectus. Mangala and New King are these days taking their own paths. New King seems to spending more time in fooling TNA rather than comply with the resolution. Ranil is trying to fool the West, rather than implementing the resolution. Mangala is out there on delivering idealistic speeches to Keep UNHRC silent. Army is nervous of this disunity and fearing because of the leaders’ disunity UNHRC may find a way to penetrate for investigation of the War Crimes. The Chest Beaters” and Propagandist, who are seeing the payments drying out, giving up on that too,. The end for the agreed time for the National Government’s two year period also quickly coming. These are raising the hands on Joint Comedians. The embolden SLFPyers are rocking the boat. For Ranil’s disappointment, Old King is rebelling after all the promises he wanted were given by Ranil and implemented most of them already.

    As we said, there is no spoon feeding necessary for West about what happened. So far they are holding the Lankawe’ Appe Aandu by elbow. But they are watching too. The June 2016, most probably, will fizzle out in UNHRC for Tamils. But that may not the case in March 2017. Many of the mile stones will have passed by that time. By that time, Mangala will be seen as another foul liar like Dayan (in 2009) in UNHRC. He had sensed it and have criticized Secretary Kerry is not as good and Condoleezza Rice for Lankawe.

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    No one should be surprised. The Government was advised, and troops trained, by Israel.
    Israel has been condemned by the UN for using cluster bombs in Lebanon, and they killed many children even later on, when they played and came upon the unexploded ones.
    It is always a bad idea to get involved with a rogue nation that has a terrible record of human rights violations, and a history of bombing unarmed civilians.

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    The Yahapalan mates, who co sponsored the UN resolution with Batalanada Ranil, Mangalanan and Bodhis Sira , to try Sinhala Buddhists for War Crimes.apparently “nuked” Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    They are still raping and killing Japanese women in Okinawa according to the CM ( Like the Vellala CM) there.

    Wonder whether these Cluster Bombs are more Lethal?….

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      KASmaalam KA Sumanasekera

      “to try Sinhala Buddhists for War Crimes.apparently “nuked” Hiroshima and Nagasaki. “

      Were the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Sinhala/Buddhists? If not why do you care about them?

      What is your point if there is one?

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    It may or may not be a cluster bomb – possible to establish the truth provided there is a will.

    The need to use bombs at all is due to obdurate refusal of successive governments since independence to address the grievances of minorities.

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    As per the picture shown here it look like not too old material. war ended in 2009 now more than seven years. if metal buried there for such long years under sand mixed with salt condition of the the metal part can not be look like that. it should be corroded. but we can see paint still in it. as such my belief is somebody more recently brought it here purposely to despise lanken security forces and persons who led war effort like ex-defense secretory gotabhaya rajapaksha.

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    The Sinhalese champion genocide and state terrorism, responsible for brutally murdering, torturing and raping Tamil civilians including little children since the 50s. Sinhala evil will not go unpunished. They must pay the price!

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    SRI LANKAN AUTHORITY,

    NOW IT IS BEST TIME ANSWER THIS FAKE PHOTOS AND COMPLAINTS AGAINST PEACEFUL COUNTRY.JUST BE VIGILANT THAT LETTERS MENTIONED BACK SIDE OF THE T’SHIRT WHO IS DE-MINING.THOSE LETTERS ARE VERY SIMILAR TO MIANMAR ALPHEBAT.JUST CHECK THROUGH THE GOOGLE.SO DON’T MISS GUIDE MILITARY.WE ARE DISCIPLINED ARMY. just check these letters က de သတ္တုတူးဖော်ရေး

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    If the English word is MINE ARRANGE(AS I CAN READ IT)then in Myanmar word it should be သတ္တုတွင်း စီစဉ်

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    Why are people arguing about yesterday’s news? This is an old story. Cluster bombs were found in Sri Lanka years ago. The left-of-centre Guardian prints this today because of the war crimes issue.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17861187

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/jun/01/iraq.foreignpolicy1

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      Taraki

      “Why are people arguing about yesterday’s news?”

      Why are people arguing about yesterday’s history, Mahawamsa, ….. Arunacham, GG Ponnampalam, 500 years of bottled up colonial anger, VP, VP’s bum, MR’s glory, ………… 1948, only the 2500 year of Sinhala/Buddhists civilisation, …………………….. Dutta Gamini, … fear of Kallathonies swarming this island, ………… ?

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