13 November, 2018

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Mullivaikal Commemoration: Growing, And Tenth Year In 2019

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Legitimacy of Commemoration

The Mullivaikal Commemoration on 18 May 2018 is touted as a memorial for all those civilians massacred there. Few can quarrel with that. The army thinks it is to honour the Tiger fighting forces that were massacred. That again is legitimate since however brutal the Tigers were, those who loved them have a right to mourn and certainly find out what happened to them.

Game of Threats and Lies

When reports initially emerged of the extent carnage and the use of cluster bombs and chemical weapons from people I know who experienced it first hand, the government tried brute force to suppress these accounts. Doctors present at the time on the ground and had testified to the atrocities were arrested by July 2009 and paraded on TV where they contradicted their earlier statements, now saying deaths were fewer than 700. We were shaken.

Following the February 2011 Census, the government “put the death toll in the north of the country during the final phase of the war at 9,000.” The Tamil doctors who deserved medals for their dedicated service under intense shelling stood vindicated. No one believed our government any more.

Then came the UN report to Ban Ki-moon by eminent authors Marzuki Darusman, Steven Ratner and Yasmin Sooka.They reported that up to 40,000 of the 330,000 Tamils trapped in a narrow strip of land in and about Mullivaikal were killed. They described the bombings of hospitals and designated refugee shelters. Even before their report reached us there was hysteria in Colombo based on leaks. The BASL Executive Committee had a resolution by Jayantha Gunasekera, PC, dated 23 May 2011 condemning a report we had not seen. At the time, Gunasekera had argued (Sunday Observer, 24April 2011) that he condemns Navaneetham Pillai on the grounds she is a Tamil who has to side with Tamils because “[a]fter all, blood is thicker than water.” After the report’s release, the BASL dutifully condemned it unanimously atmeetings on 30 April and 7 May – since blood is thicker than water, as Sinhalese, they had to condemn the report.

Instead of addressing the issues raised in the report, the state pushed back. President Mahinda Rajapaksa made the extraordinary claim that his “troops went to the battlefront carrying a gun in one hand, the Human Rights Charter in the other, food for the innocent displaced on their shoulders, and love of their children in their hearts.”

The Sinhalese communalist Juggernaut moved, driving fear into anyone who tended to believe that report.  Douglas Devananda and the army forced people going about the streets in Jaffna town to sign a statement that nothing happened in Mullivaykal.

To ward off the seemingly inevitable accountability over its murders, promises of reconciliation were liberally made in Geneva. But nothing was done. Indeed, locally these promises were denied.

Then Charles Petrie, a former UN Official, was mandated by Ban Ki-moon to review the conduct of the UN during the last days of the LTTE in May 2009. He confirmed that “Events in Sri Lanka mark a grave failure of the UN.” It accused the government and the LTTE of war crimes and according to the BBC “very much reflects the findings of the [earlier] panel.” A large majority of deaths were caused by government shelling, whereas the government has repeatedly denied shelling civilian areas.

Dead Silence: Lord Naseby Seeds Doubt

With government inaction on war crimes, prevarication on casualties, and reports of continued torture, few within Sri Lanka dared say that such crimes had occurred.

Then came along Lord Naseby.  He has compromised his own integrity by asserting “the truth that no one in the Sri Lankan Government ever wanted to kill Tamil civilians.” His tentative figures are up to April 2009 and say little of the killings in May when Channel 4 had clips of executions by Sri Lankan forces after the LTTE collapsed. His information really means little. For example, “It is not possible to distinguish civilians from LTTE cadres as few are in uniform” says nothing of the death toll; likewise “IDPs being cared for in Trincomalee. Welfare appears to be overriding security considerations.” Similarly, “Then on 20 January they say,‘no cluster munitions were used’, does not mean they were not used on other days. What he writes is for the converted.

In contrast I have met people who lived through the shellings and say all they saw was an unending series of flashes from explosions. My secretary testified how they were directed to go to a place to collect milk for her grandchild and the government then rained shells on them. I met one man whose entrails came out because of the shelling but survived. The arbitrary shelling made Rev. Anuhoolan lose his pickup although he escaped.

Despite all that, the climate of fear with continuing reports of torture has silenced most of us. Even today I received reports of three attempted hits over the past week on a former LTTE armour and weapons maker in Mannar settled in civilian life. As the press mounted its attacks on war crimes claims, even the TNA was largely silent here but went to Geneva. Two friends who were active in recording the terrible events of 2009 told me not to push the 40,000 figure. I began to wonder if Sinhalese communalist propaganda was right after all. But surely, the government would never have agreed to UNHCR Resolution 30/1 unless the atrocities really happened.

Benefit of Mullivaikal Remembrance

My friend NPC Member Thambyrajah Gurukularajah organized the 2015 anniversary. He had constructed a metallic memorial. About 200 turned up. By afternoon the police had removed his memorial. Likewise, 2016 and 2017 saw may be 300. As this Remembrance Day approached there were worries of military suppression as in the past. Already the police had told people in places such as Ilavalai that their planned celebrations will not be allowed.

Then suddenly the light shone on the truth again. Army Chief Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake completely undercut Lord Naseby’s credibility (The Hindu, 12 May, 2018) by acknowledging “there may have been individual excesses.” Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said after the last cabinet meeting “There is nothing wrong in having events to commemorate those who died during the final phase of war in the Northern Province.  [,,,] They are also our children. Sometimes, our own children were killed by the heroes. […] No war in the world had been waged with zero damage to civilians.”

It was a telling admission of murder by the so called heroes of Mullivaikal.

Claiming Communalist Leadership

That green-flagged the commemorations where the different political forces, with identity politics in mind, tried to claim the mantle of communalist supremacy.

Joint Opposition MP Dilum Amunugama found fault with Senaratne who he claimed, untruthfully, described the last phase of the war as genocidal and had declared the freedom of people “to celebrate the fallen LTTE cadres.”

In Jaffna University students had planned their celebrations and were denied permission to use the Kailasapthy Hall. For this, Tamil Congress’ K. Guruparan (Head/Law) had scathingly criticized the Senior Student Counsellor Dr. Ainkaran.

In the meantime, the NPC had asserted its authority to have all celebrations under its wing – “others may give their cooperation” insisted the Chief Minister. Today, Friday 18 2018, there will be a massive commemoration at 11:00 am. University students fell in line and promised to parade to Mullivaikal on motorbikes.

All the School Principals of the Northern Province had been requested to observe a moment of silence and hoist the Northern Provincial flag at half mast at 11.00 a.m. in commemoration of Tamil civilians who died during the war.

Leaders of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) including its leader R. Sampanthan, Gurukularajah Mavai Senathirajah, and Sritharan took part in the event in the prearrangement inspection a little earlier. As reported by Global Tamil News, Mr. Sampanthan has stated

“Mullivaikal is the soil where enormous numbers of Tamils were brutally killed by the Sri Lankan armed forces and where many of our Tamils were disappeared. This is the soil where Tamils burnt themselves for the liberation. Thousands of freedom fighters and people have sacrificed their lives with the dream of liberation. … Tamils should gather unitedly in Mullivaikal on May 18. To light the lamp of remembrance and to pay tribute to our deceased relatives.”

He had spoken up at long last asserting that murders did occur. However that part about thousands of freedom fighters and people sacrificing their lives with the dream of liberation was misleading insofar as no one volunteered to be massacred – the LTTE had corralled civilians as a shield.  As the UN and Channel 4 reports now make clear, the LTTE shot those who tried to leave and the government shelled into oblivions those who stayed. Sampanthan speaks carefully. I doubt he said this. 

The Mulivaikal Event

I decided to go with Gurukularajah today. He also gave lifts to Nimal who lost both legs when a shell landed in his bunker. He has rebuilt his life as a musician and will perform in Oslo next month. Also with us were a war-widow and Sivathasan who was Pass Officer for Kilinochchi!

The fever of excitement had caught on. We arrived by 10 am. A crowd of 2000 was there but by the scheduled 11 am it had built up to 10,000 at least. Forty buses had brought crowds. University students’ parade had perhaps 25 motorbikes. Everyone participated. Even former EPDP strongman Chandrakumar came with a large crowd.

For such a large gathering with potential crowd control issues, there were only 2 policemen who came with the Chief Minister. But the police, however irresponsible, were there. Men in civvies taking photos had their pot-bellies giving them away as policemen.

Next to the grounds are two caste-based schools, officially called Vellaam Mullivaikal and Karaiyaam Mullivaikal. The principal of the former told me that the CID had called first to ask if he was flying the flag at half-mast and then to ask if he had not gone for the event. The police seem to have painted themselves in a corner and become a joke.

The event was well organized. We were to be in sheds with chairs while at the centre of the field the lamp lighting would take place. While waiting we could see clothing, plates, and cups popping out of the ground from the massacred people. But the crowd today walked into the field and all ended up round the flame. Gurukularajah had given some light music to be played while we waited. But LTTE supporters had taken it over, and played Eelamist songs. People we could not see for the crowds gave hysterical speeches about the day that their dreams of Eelam were snuffed out.

Promptly at 11 AM the main torch was lit by Vijitha Kesavan who lost both her parents and an uncle on 15.05.2015. Then the Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran spoke.

It was politically correct. He stressed that the massacres occurred after those of Bosnia and Rwanda but unlike them after the UNHRC was established. He challenged the international community to do something and resolved that

  1. Every May 18 be Genocide Day
  2. The International Community set up a strategy mechanism to ensure justice.
  3. It ensure a sustainable political solution for us.
  4. Designate our experience as a Mass Disaster and offer recompense.
  5. Recognize the need to withdraw the army from Tamil areas and not ask for compensation from resettlement funds meant for us.

He asked that note be taken that 18.05.2019 is the tenth anniversary.

It was all over by 12:15. Efficient!

The government has to establish inquiries so we may know the truth rather than argue about it, and offer us accountability. Or next year the problem will be bigger.

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    War will come with US help this time if Gota wins.

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      So, Koitikaran, you have raised your Koti head again, after hiding from Izzeth Hussain. Welcome back to the battle field. Yes war never ends but something is going to end in the next war. Kotiyas like you.

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    May 19th should be the forces Veterans day and we should celebrate their achievements. Because there are so many sodiers who contributed but their neglected. There are families whose loved ones lost a amle or males. they should be helped both by celebrating them nd supporting them financially and should be settled in the lands they liberated. There should retired soldier/officer villages

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      There you are. This is the intention you have. You see tamils as your enemy and their land as your bouty. Then legaly they are entitled to fight for their sovereignty

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    Dr. Hoole

    You report on what survivors told you. How do you judge the veracity of those claims? The LTTE trained regular folk in the use of arms and bombs. They did not wear uniforms during fighting. The LTTE also gunners in kovils, hospitals and schools and bombed the forces from within these premises. Even the US army will fire back in such circumstances.

    So my questions to you:

    – how does one in the midst of bombardment determine who is a civilian and who is a fighter?
    -was it not a war crime for the LTTE to force the population of Vanni to dismantle their homes and relocate to Mulli vaikkal?
    -was it not a war crime to fire from within the hospitals, schools and places of worship?
    -what are the criteria for a tragedy to be classified a “genocide”?
    -what is the international mechanism to try the LTTE for war crimes?
    -what is the ultimate goal of propagating the idea that a “genocide” occured in SL?
    -how will this help the survivors of the war?
    -what do you think of the need for Tamils to have one school for Vellalas and another for Karaiyars? Is it fair?
    -do you believe one can clap with one hand?

    I await your response.

    Thank you!

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      Sinhalese Buddhist
      Only accountability and discipline differentiates an army personnel from a terrorist. They are both fighting for causes which are important to them. But what sets aside a terrorist is his scanty regard for human life.
      But what if the very people who are supposed to protect you by the law, end up torturing you, killing you, raping your women and children, destroying your livelihood and lives? But this is what happened in the north and eastern provinces during the war. The northern province was one of the most heavily militarised areas in the world, yet crimes continued unabated. Women and girls were raped. Children were killed. Men were killed. How does this happen when there were army camps every few kms in the north?
      A drop of poison is enough to contaminate a container of nectar. That might be the case with the Sri Lankan military as well. The government should have the backbone to understand that there were poisonous rogues within the military that wreaked havoc during the war. The government should prosecute them and use them as an example.
      The age old argument of who committed war crimes is a farce. Both the Sri Lankan military and the LTTE committed atrocities, beyond doubt. But as a Sri Lankan, I am more concerned about why the military committed war crimes. A terrorist unit is expected to violate human rights. But the Sri Lankan military, can never violate human laws even in its wildest nightmare. This fact must be understood by all law abiding Sri Lankans. But alas, we are humans and are prone to fault and racial issues cloud our judgement.
      The tigers were terrorists. The JVPs were terrorists as well. But we as buddhists, hindus, christians and muslims should transcend our carnal instincts and hatred and look at them as human beings. And as human beings, they too have loved ones mourning for their losses.

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      War may come and war may go but remembering the dead goes on for ever.

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    Hoole to find out what happened to them in War Orchestrated by you Diaspora and the Catholic Church?
    Better tell S.J.Emmanuel / Rayappu and the other catholic Clergy in the North to ask their MASTER as to what happened to them.
    MULLIVAIKKAL will have no answers.

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    It is always good to hear from direct participants at this event.

    While commemorating the loss of lives and not forgetting accountability for war crimes, the Tamil public and politicians should also acknowledge the LTTE’s role.

    In demanding impartial investigations ( a purely domestic mechanisms have utterly failed in the past) and truth about the last stages of the war, Tamil society should make it clear that they will accept the truth brought out by such investigations , not only of the SL military’s atrocities and war crimes, but also of the LTTE’s.

    Why is there no progress in bringing court cases or releasing those held in prisons indefinitely under PTA? Why has the OMP made no progress in tracing the missing, and if they are dead, telling the truth about the circumstances of their dead? Why is the military still not releasing private lands?

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    Thank you for this report S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole.
    SRH H ~ “………….Doctors present at the time on the ground and had testified to the atrocities were arrested by July 2009 and paraded on TV where they contradicted their earlier statements, now saying deaths were fewer than 700………”.
    Yes that was clumsy. The doctors were paraded in designer shirt, trouser and Italian shoes. They wore matching tie in Windsor knot. One of the doctors had his arm in a sling!
    SRH H observed at the ceremony ~ “………..Next to the grounds are two caste-based schools, officially called Vellaam Mullivaikal and Karaiyaam Mullivaikal……”.
    Yes, the then GoSL chose the names to denigrate the Tamils as caste-conscious savages.

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    Jeevan,

    Blowing with the wind?

    Now finally you seem prepared to call MR and Devananda’s bluff with. “President Mahinda Rajapaksa made the extraordinary claim that his “troops went to the battlefront carrying a gun in one hand, the Human Rights Charter in the other, food for the innocent displaced on their shoulders, and love of their children in their hearts.”

    Were you not seeking the support of MR and Devavanda just exactly at that time when they were doing these atrocities and possibly even helping with the cover they needed. Could you please provide us what you wrote during that time on these issues.

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    Thank you, Prof. Hoole for writing with such clarity and objectivity. The happenings in July 1983 and May 2009 were so bad that no excuse can possibly be found for them. The Tamils are quite right to say that their claims deserve investigation. I don’t think it would be realistic for you to expect all war criminals to be put on trial. But we should at least stop hailing criminals as heroes.
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    This is not to say that there weren’t dedicated, disciplined and decent persons in the Armed Forces, but it becomes difficult for us to hail the heroism of those soldiers when these silly blanket statements are put out declaring that ALL soldiers were heroes. Yes, it is just an easy declaration by us who knew nothing of the horrors of the war.
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    The parallels with the Nazi holocaust are there, but what must be remembered is that all those trials were possible because there were other things that happened – Germany lost the War. It had been the Germans who had unnecessarily tried to eliminate the hapless Jews. Those Jews didn’t deserve all the torments inflicted on them. Funny how Jews have managed to now alienate much of that sympathy owing to Zionism. Here the Tigers lost, and it seems inevitable that the victors will “have their way”.
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    On the other hand, be it noted that the German State today, 74 years after defeat at the hands of the Allies, and possessing one of the strongest economies in the world, now voluntarily and determinedly prosecutes those who deny the holocaust. For that we applaud the Germans today.
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    As for us, Sinhalese, we go round ASKING people to applaud us; they sometimes grudgingly do so.

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    The case for remembering the dead is strong and that right cannot be taken away.
    The cynicism of Tamil nationalist politicians to take advantage of the strong sentiments to prop up their rather shaky vote banks is another matter. (That was all too clear from some of the incidents that took place on the day in Mullivaikkaal.)
    If the Tamil leaders really cared for the victims of Mullivaikkaal, they would have done something for the next of kin of the victims using resources to which they had access.
    War victims are at the bottom of the pile of priorities for the Tamil ‘leaders’.

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    There is a Book by a protestant Tamil about LTTE heroine, the REgimental commander of Malathi – Suicide bomber/Balck tiger gang Dr. Malathy. she is said to be finishing 300,000 children who livedin MANIK FARM. why don’t you celelbrate those lives ?

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    Only place where HINDU MASTER AND THE PROTESTANT/CATHOLIC SLAVES BECOME FRIENDS. That is why Tamils want Tamil and all other times they fight with Hindu Tamils. As far as I know civilians never lived inside bunkers and only the LTTE caders used to live in bunkers. So, You Tamils celelbrate LTTE, come to south and ask for your privilages and a small kingdom to spread protestant christianity and the right to convert HIndus to protestants.

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    Leader of the Labour Party in UK Jeremy Corbyn’s statement on Sri Lanka shows the bankruptcy of British politics. In order to get votes they utter any kind of BS. When the British colonial parasites were ruling Sinhale, Demalu licked the ass of white men, got into powerful positions and discriminated against Sinhalayo. Now the white men are licking the ass of Demalu in UK to get their votes. Shameless Brits!

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      Eagle Eye, you are sending your village women to kiss Arab arses so that they could send their salaries home. You live on borrowed money from the Chinese and sell of the farm to them. You beg from the IMF and the ADB routinely. You pilfer state funds unashamedly. You should write a primer on how to kiss arses and suck you know whats of a diversity of people around the world. The Sinhalaya is no better off now than before. He is robbed by people like you who send your children to study in England and feed the Children of the poor Sinhala only, Pali and Buddhist Civilization. Look at the progeny of Mahinda and shudder at what is to come.

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    One reason we are called civilized is that we commemorate the dead. Those who are against this cannot be considered human. Speak nothing but good of the dead.

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    This is what you testified in front of the LLRC.
    “THE PUBLIC HAD SEVERE MISGIVINGS ABOUT MINISTER DOUGLAS DEVANANDA ONCE.BUT HE HAS WORKED HARD AND SEEMS TO HAVE EARNED A PLACE AMONG THE TAMIL PEOPLE AS JUDGED BY RECENT ELECTIONS WHERE HE HAD THE HIGHEST PREFERENTIAL VOTES IN JAFFNA” .
    I hope you still stand by what you had said.
    As per your statement, DD earned a place among the tamil people.Do you believe that DD would have been involved in forced signature?Can ,”forced people to sign ”also be considered as “severe misgivings about minister Douglas Devananda”?If not ,was your VC post more important than “forced signature”?

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    Why “Every May 18 be Genocide Day”!! How about it being the day of Human Shields? If the civilians were allowed to come out and be evacuated into the camps where there was a heavy international presence all deaths that occurred, be it casualties or deliberate killings would have been avoided. Therefore I think it is safe to say that all deaths happened because LTTE prevented the civilians to come to safety. The government gave 2 humanitarian ceasefires one in end of January 2009 and in April 2009, to let the civilians get out without being caught in any dangerous situations, but the LTTE didn’t let the people leave.
     
    Any figures exceeding 5000 deaths from January-May-2009 is an exaggeration. I think the deaths were below 5000. Take a look at the population figures and reports and press-releases from the UN immediately prior to January-2009 and compare them to the hilariously exaggerated claims Tamils came up with afterwards. Upto today the Tamils have only presented various unbelievable stories, but have failed to give a list of the people who the army supposedly “genocided” in the last months of the war. The organization “Tamils against genocide” started to make such a list 7-8 years ago, but still have not made the list. I think it stopped at about 20 “genocided” people.
     
    The government must absolutely investigate all allegations and find the guilty and punish them. I absolutely believe that there have been isolated incidents of killings of innocent Tamils by rouge elements in the army. That doesn’t mean that there has been a genocide.
     
    Tamils must stop lying and try to find livable and fair solutions. Accusing the Sinhalese of genociding the Tamils is not going to get you anywhere.

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      Punchi Point

      “I absolutely believe that there have been isolated incidents of killings of innocent Tamils by rouge elements in the army.”

      Really?
      Your dysfunctional Punchi Brain cannot grasp the gravity of war crimes. One needs a healthy, normal, ………………………. rational mind/brain to search, gather, analyse the facts.

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        Really? Here comes the Wannabe Vedda … Difference of a war crime and any other crime being…? It wouldn’t surprise me that you come back and say that a Sinhalese sneezing is also a war crime.
         
        Tamils have given a new meaning to “war crimes”, “genocide”, “discrimination”, “political refugee” and “asylum seeking” . These words are like registered trademarks for Tamils. Industrious as they are, these words are actually used quite industriously by the Tamils, making a joke of all the millions who have actually suffered crimes of genocide and war crimes and who actually have been in need of asylum.
         
        When we are into crimes, how about stopping your criminal insulting and abusing of the Veddas and finding a more appropriate username? How about “Tamil homeland is Tamilnatu”?

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        Native Veddaha thinks he has a rational brain.
        What Punchi Point said erks him. What Punchi Point should have said is:

        “I absolutely believe that there have been incidents of killings of innocent sinhalese and Muslims by rouge elements in the TULF, and the TNA.

        The TNA superseded the TULF when Prabhakaran assassinated the TULF leadership. Didn’t the TNA back Prabhakaran, the great liberator of the Tamils?

        Or else, Punchi Point should say:

        “I absolutely believe that there have been incidents of killings of innocent Tamils by rouge elements in the TULF, and the TNA – these rouge elements were encouraged by tthe Tamil leadership itself

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      As a Native Veda Mahattaya, I value life, be it Sinhala, Tamil or any other race. Anyone suspecting that there has been any genocide has go to just watch the TV clips of how the Army saved the Tamil civilians from their own ‘saviors’. If the Army was interested in committing genocide on Tamil civilians, they could have just looked the other way and allow the job to be done free of charge by the killers of LTTE.

      The SLA people even gave their own rations and provided hot meals for the escapees for which half dozen SLA men and women cooking the meals in a field kitchen were blown up by a LTTE suicide bomber.

      Why are these ‘sympathizers’ of Tamils not talking about these crimes? Genocide is defined as the “deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular nation or ethnic group”. The definition does not specify that the killers have to be of a different ethnicity. Even killing of Tamils by Tamils, the way it was done in Mullaivaikkal is Genocide.

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        Let is not split hairs on words and definitions. Whatever name by which it is called, it was a massacre of Tamils civilians and the killers were Tamils. That certainly makes the crime unimaginably brutal.

        That was not the only brutal act of the Tigers. The food and medicine sent by the Central Government throughout the conflict was confiscated by the Tigers for their own use.

        Summarizing all that, we can say that the Tigers forcibly conscripted children from Tamil families. consumed their food, grabbed their medicine, force marched them, used them as human shields, fired heavy weapons from guns located among civilians knowing that the SLA will fire back at thosepositions, allowed gleefully and purposely the civilian death toll to rise, fired at them from behind when they were fleeing form the Tiger clutches and finally blamed the SLA for genocide. Can you beat that?

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    “Douglas Devananda and the army forced people going about the streets in Jaffna town to sign a statement that nothing happened in Mullivaykal”-Why didn’t you condemn this in the UTHR reports? Didnt you go to Douglas Devananda and begged for the VC post having known the “forced signature” in Jaffna town? How do you substantiate your claim? UTHR? Do you still believe the stories and the lies of the UTHR after the “killing “ of Thayapararaja?

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    The writer Ratnajeeva Hoole who is always vocal about his education qualifications all the time gets many things wrong in trying to prove Sri Lanka committed war crimes undermining his academic credentials.

    He says with conviction that Sri Lanka used cluster bombs and chemical weapons because people who experienced them first hand told him. How do average people identify a cluster bomb or chemical weapons? How do we believe what they say? ICRC worked during the final war in the conflict zone. They did not complain such a thing. In fact the ICRC chief in SL acknowledged that Sri Lanka army attempted to minimize civilian deaths sacrificing their own soldiers. The other thing is it was perfectly legal for SL forces to use cluster bombs before 2010. So when Sri Lanka rejects that they did not use cluster bombs, there is no reason to lie.

    The doctors who worked in the LTTE controlled area were in LTTE control. No one in the LTTE held area, including the doctor can give information to outside world which LTTE did not approve of. The information that came from LTTE area was always altered to the whims of LTTE. And it was Pulidevan who said if they can cause a large number of civilian deaths they can force the international community to intervene and stop the war aka saving LTTE.

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    Darusman report has been criticized many times due to its unprofessionalism, absence of evidence to substantiate its claims and deliberately ignoring LTTE war crimes. Infact one of the panelists which prepared the Darusman report, Yasmin Zooka is a paid agent used in an INGO’s ITJP project which has focused an unbelievable amount of time and energy to prove Sri Lanka committed war crimes.

    These INGOs are financed by Norway which tried to save LTTE leadership multiple times and even attempted to drag Americans into saving Prabhakaran.

    The government did not point at Navaneetham Pillai’s behavior simply because of her ethnicity. In Norwegian publication, To end a civil war by Mark Slater it was mentioned how Vijay Nambiar and John Homes both cautioned Navaneetham Pillai for using unsubstantiated NGO reports in order to castigate the Sri Lankan government. The email in which Vijay Nambiar says that it could later give rise to legal issues because of not so professional behavior of Pillay has been released for everyone to see. Therefore doubts on the integrity of Pillay are understandable.

    What Mahinda had said was his troops cared for the civilians who came from LTTE held areas. Is there anything untrue about this statement? Did not the forces provide food, shelter and medical services to the Tamil people? Those who read Thamilini’s book can understand more about how SL government treated the Tamil civilians and even the LTTE cadres.

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    It is incorrect to state Mahinda Rajapaksa did not address the issues in the report. In fact Pillay herself acknowledged that Sri Lankan government had informed her about action government has taken and going to take about the individual excesses. And Mahinda Rajapaksa did appoint a presidential commission to look into it.

    Yet she went ahead with suggesting a international war crimes inquiry because that was the plan from the very beginning. The western world backed by Norway and USA wanted to bring war crime charges against Sri Lanka irrespective of what MR does with regards to war crime allegations. It was Robert Blake who threatened Sri Lanka’s then foreign minister Bogollagama that they will bring war crime charges against the government if the war was not stopped (Refer To End a civil war by Slater). And they did as they said.

    The war crime charge was brought simply because Mahinda did not bow down to west and did not stop the war. That is why those who come up with war crime allegations cannot find any evidence to substantiate their claims.

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    Hoole too cannot substantiate the 40,000 civilian deaths just as those who brought the accusation first cannot substantiate it. We can remember how Gordon Weiss tried to distance himself from this 40,000 figure. Hoole’s attempt to justify the figure is hilarious. He says the reason the current government agreed to UNHRC resolution is because the atrocities were really happened. The reason UNHRC resolution was co sponsored by SLG was because of friendship between Mangala S and LTTE overseas. And all of us know this government does not know whether it is coming or going. So pointing at Yahapalana government’s action is not going to help Hoole’s imagination.
    Hoole then refers to Mahesh Senanayaka’s statement that says the army is going to take action against individual excess. And Hoole then jumps up saying this itself is a proof of war crimes done by army. As an erudite person who boasts of multitude of academic qualifications should not he first check what the charges directed against the Sri Lankan army are? The charges are not about individual excesses which can be punished under Sri Lankan law, but charges like deliberate blocking of food, deliberately targeting civilians. UN or any NGO has NOT been able to substantiate these charges simply because there is no evidence for this. It can be easily broken down.
    And I do not know how a worthless minister like Rajitha can even be considered when discussing such a topic. It was Rajitha who first said Sri Lanka had given training to Boko haram which was immediately shot down by Nigerian government with a stern warning. Rajitha is a loose cannon who does not know anything.

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    Not many were killed with point target weapons in the latter stage of Wanni war. The armed forces normally keep the record on how many artillery, Mortar shells, rockets, bombs etc. they supplied to or used in different war fronts. From these figures you could roughly estimate the number of people killed and injured by the armed forces!! Did anybody demand for these figures?

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      Abimanasingham Sitthawatthai Uthayakumar,
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      You ask, ‘Did anybody demand for these figures?’.
      Inference: You yourself DO NOT KNOW the answer to that question.
      You also say, ‘From these figures you could roughly estimate the number of people killed and injured’.
      Inference: You yourself DO NOT KNOW the number of people killed and injured.
      Hence, arises my question: How did you arrive at your stand that NOT MANY WERE KILLED with point target weapons in the latter stage of Wanni war.

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        Mr. Thappu!

        I asked for the figures of the artillery, Mortar shells etc.used by the armed forces.

        The civilians who had been facing the war in Wanni could differentiate wounds from point target weapon firing from that of area weapons. Tamils have been facing war since 1984! I have spoken to about 100 of them!!

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      You have raised a pertinent question.
      But even if it was raised would there have been an answer?

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    Dr. Ratnajeevan Hoole!

    You appeared before the LLRC on the 12th of November, 2010, at the Jaffna District Secretariat sitting. The Chairman of the Commission former Attorney General late C. R. de Silva told publicly that your name was recommended by the Government and, thus, you were the first to do the presentation. I also appeared before the commission on that day (https://books.google.lk/books/about/Lessons_Learnt_and_what_Has_to_be_Done_f.html?id=USTUZwEACAAJ&redir_esc=y)

    Will you please tell everybody what you told the Commission without hiding anything?

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    During the war wherever the army advanced the Tamils fled to LTTE held areas. No Tamils went over to the army controlled areas. Why did Tamils flee if the army was real liberators as claimed by Mahinda Rajapaksa and his acolytes? The LTTE was concerned about the civilians if they allow them to go. They were prepared to let them go if the Red Cross was willing to take them in. But the government has chased the Red Cross, UN officials to flee the area since the army has told them that it cannot provide security. My concern is about the LTTE cadres who surrendered to the army on 17/18th May 2009. Over 200 surrendered at Mullivaikkal on the evening of 18th May 2009. They were taken in buses in front of their spouses, relatives and friends. Fr. Joseph Francis kept a record of all those bused away. They have not been seen since that day. The President and Prime Minister said there are no detainees in army camps. In that case what happened to these LTTE cadres who surrendered on May 18th evening at Vaduvaikkal? Who killed them and who gave the orders to execute them? Army Commander Sharvendra Silva was in charge of the 58th Division which oversaw the surrender. It is even claimed that Sharvendra Silva even shook hands with a few surrenders.

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      Thanga

      You should review what you have typed above.
      Many knew what happened to people who were trapped/caught between Devil and the Animal. No need for you to rewrite as to what happened to the Tamils.

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    Jeevan,

    You “invented” a convenient escape to avoid answering my questions with some lame if not cowardly excuse.

    Do you think you have the integrity or courage, even if not as an extreme academic, at least as a decent human being, to answer Uthayakumar or M. Maniam? When exactly did you wean off the umbilical cord of MR and Devanada? Did you not actively support MR and Devananda by providing them with the cover they needed at the international venues, despite your knowing the truth that you are willing to declare now (“President Mahinda Rajapaksa made the extraordinary claim… “; “Douglas Devananda and the army forced people going about the streets in Jaffna town…”) Were you not totally deaf to the wailing of the thousands of mothers, wives and orphans since 2010 until now. Was the VC post more important than the hundreds of thousands of Tamil lives? Now that you realize you need your community support, and so seem eager to clandestinely jump the fence, hoping no one noticed the past?!

    If I am in error on this, can you provide any evidence of any write-up you made challenging or accusing MR in the years following the Mullivaikal tragedy, up until 2017 when you finally realized your VC dream would remain just that, a dream, with or without MR’s blessings? I will then gladly apologize!

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