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This Is Geneva, Not Colombo: Who Makes War Against Children?

By Paul Newman

Dr. Paul Newman

On the 24th of February, 2013, a panicky letter addressed to the President of the 22nd UN Human Rights Council was sent by Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha urging him to stop the screening the of the Channel 4 documentary ‘No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka’, co-sponsored by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.  Perhaps the Sri Lankan delegation forgot that it is Geneva, where there is ‘Right to Freedom of Press’, not Colombo, where anyone speaking against the ruling class can be bumped easily. The screening of the 3rd part of the Killing Fields of Sri Lanka started as scheduled at 12.00 noon. Paul Hoffman Chair of the International Executive Committee  of Amnesty International moderated the session.

Producer of the documentary, Callum Macrae made the opening remarks calling his documentary as definitive work and hard evidence very carefully compiled, checked analyzed by forensic pathologists and digital analysts, none of the footage was fake and it was hard evidence countering the Sri Lankan government’s claim that there were no civilian casualties. He said he has no personal agenda and did his duty as a journalist as he had done in the past, it was about human rights.

Then the lights were shut out at hall no. XX111, the opening scene was the event of September 8th 2008, outside the UN office at Kilinochchi where civilians in large numbers urge the UN agencies not to abandon them. Then there are scenes of multibarrel rocket launchers firing and aerial bombings. Then Rohitha Bashana Abeywardane, a Sinhala journalist in exile spoke of the discrimination of the non Buddhists, non Sinhalese hatred in which the Tamils were victims since 1948 and traced how militancy came to the forefront after the failure of all peaceful methods for equal rights were exhausted.

The scene then shifts to London where Vani Kumar a girl born in 1984, migrated to London in 1994, got married, then separated and moves to live with her relatives in the Vanni to take a break. Then Benjamin Dix, the former UN staffer, speaks of the de facto government of the LTTE, and then speaks of Isai Priya, the LTTE Television announcer, news reader, singer, dancer and actor. Her gentle nature, her charm and how she was always respectful.

There is the narration of how LTTE had given up recruitment of child soldiers and suicide bombings from 2002-2006.

The scene shifts to the 138 most dreaded days of the Tamils in northern Sri Lanka from January 2nd 2009. There is a day to day horrific account of the civilian killings and the sight of 350,000 people fleeing in rain to save their lives from the army and airforce attacks. Then on Day 20, January 21st 2009, the No Fire Zone (NFZ) or Safe Zone was announced.  Peter Mackay, former U.N. staffer, narrates his experience of being trapped in a war zone for two weeks and witnessing first-hand the shelling of the NFZ.

“There’s a crucial point to be made on why the Sri Lankan government declared the no fire zone… There is only one intent and that is because you don’t really care you are going to kill the people that are located in that safer zone or more importantly you are actively targeting them,” Mr. Mckay says in the film. Peter tries to call the Colombo office to request the army to move the shelling though the army was aware of the positioning of his GPS. When he tries to contact them the strewn body of a girl lands on him.

There are scenes of cluster bomb destruction, children crying and withering in pain. On Day 28, the NFZ is overrun. There is continuous targeting of the Puthukudiruppu hostpital, on Day 42, a new NFZ is announced. The attacks on the NFZ continues relentlessly. At the Puthumathalan hospital, there is severe shortage of doctors, medicine and infrastructure, a choice has to be made, whom to save and whom not to. Every life is human, how do you prioritize which one is important? Everyone belongs to one or the other.

On the International arena, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner make a frantic visit to Sri Lanka to save the civilians, the Government of Sri Lanka tries to convince them that the civilians are safe, David Miliband calls the Sri Lankan’s as ‘Liars’ and has to leave the island.

In all there were 65 attacks on the hospitals alone and finally the hospital had to be abandoned and the civilians herded into a narrow strip of just 3 kilometers. Here the armed forces shell relentlessly in the middle of the crowded masses splitting the civilian population into two zones and taking over one.

Then the government declares the war was over. From here the scene shifts to the footage and photos taken by soldiers as war trophies. The cold blooded killing of Col.Ramesh, the white flag bearers Nadesan and Pulithevan and finally Balachandran, the photos examined by Prof. Derrick, Professor of Forensic Medicine, University of Dundee who clearly states that it was murder and then Prof.William Schabas claiming that these acts constitute, war crimes undoubtedly.

In Colombo, there are celebrations, where as in the Vanni there are massive clearance operations going on. There are scenes of women cadre of the LTTE taken in the army trucks, seen for the last time, nobody heard of them ever after. Those Tamils who survived had to starve for 3 days without food and water before being shunted into the Menik farm camps. At these camps, many women were raped and went missing, none of these were reported as the army controlled the camps.

Dixie then speaks of the post war militarization, Sinhalisation and the incentive given to the soldiers posted in the north when they have a third child. Bashana speaks of increased injustice and colonization. Vani has resettled in life after marrying again, yet she is unable to forget the haunting past.

The explanation of Vani on how blood was collected from the wounded civilians filtered with a piece of cloth and reinduced into the victim’s body makes one hate war. For the first time she sees blood flowing on the ground along with rain water. One wonders how can a war be described as a humanitarian operation?

After there the screening, there was a thunderous applause for the movie maker and the floor was given to the Sri Lankan ambassador. He protested the use of UN premises for a vicious campaign against Sri Lanka. He described the documentary as “distorted, dubious, cynical, concerted and orchestrated campaign that is strategically driven, and clearly motivated by collateral political considerations”.

He asked whether these human rights groups could take ownership of the documentary. He described the Journalists for Democracy as a shadowy group, which was behind the campaign. He called both Vani Kumar and Isai Priya as members of the LTTE and left the hall immediately. It is true in the case of Isai Priya, that she was a member of the LTTE, does it give the Sri Lankan soldiers the right to rape and desecrate her body? Mr.Ravinatha should answer this as a true Buddhist.

He calls all the footage as stage managed by the LTTE and sang the same old song of the army rescuing 300,000 civilians, providing food, rehabilitation etc and said that LTTE sympathizers were vote banks in the west and the Channel 4 was undermining the efforts of reconciliation.

Then it was Yasmin Sooka’s turn to speak, she spoke of denial and refusal as the strong arsenal of the Sri Lankan government. Her assessment of the key aspect of the Sri Lankan government as part of the three member UN Panel of Expert’s was the keeping out of media, NGOs, UN since September 2009.

Nowhere had she come across thousands of civilians killed in such a short period. As part of the Panel of Expert’s she had estimated about 40,000 civilian deaths, it increased to 70,000 in the Charles Petrie report submitted to the UN in November 2012, but the Bishop of Mannar is consistent about more than 100,000 civilans deaths, this is where an International Inquiry is necessary to get an independent estimate.

She spoke of the starvation of the people, bombing of the hospitals, firing at the NFZSs, violation of the International Humanitarian Law. Tamils even now lived under military control. The LLRC report was not implemented, ‘can the government be trusted to investigate themselves, the military court exonerated itself’, she said.

People were increasing targeted for speaking the truth, civilians need justice, the onus is on the International Community to get justice for the victims, the media and clergy were under threat, the triumphalism was translated into chauvinism, now the national anthem was only in Sinhalese, the Tamils were the only people who were denied even the right to mourn their dead.

She reiterated that since 2009 nothing has happened, people of Sri Lanka needs justice. This was not a Tamil issue, it is a human issue.

Gordon Weiss, the former UN Spokesperson in Colombo, spoke of Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka, who defended Sri Lanka at the UN in 2009, now speaking of quasi military occupation of the Tamil areas in the north and posed the question of Who is pulling the wool over who’s eyes?

Sumanthiran, the TNA Member of Parliament, thanked McRae on behalf of the Tamil people and demanded an Independent International Investigations, he noted that the SL government branded the Channel 4 videos as not authentic, but the LLRC wanted the videos to be investigated. He assured that TNA would cooperate with any independent investigations.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Julie de Rivero of Human Rights Watch who wanted the UN to respond to the rights of the victims and urged the diplomats present there to respond as human beings. At the end there was silence and grief.

The one sentence that echoed in everyone’s mind and heart was the question posed by Yasmin Sooka, ‘WHO MAKES WAR AGAINST CHILDREN?’, of course Sri Lanka does and continues to do as the world pretends to be blind to the plight of the Tamils.

*Dr.Paul Newman from UNHRC 22,Geneva 1st March, 2013

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    The one sentence that echoed in everyone’s mind and heart was the question posed by Yasmin Sooka, ‘WHO MAKES WAR AGAINST CHILDREN?’,

    The answer to that lies with people like Mr.Blocker.

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      Its funny when Yasmin Sooka asks this question today, 25 years after the Aranthalawa Massacre!!! I guess even 25 years is not enough for international human rights defenders to take note of it when LTTE kills 33 young Buddhist monks (all children) by chopping them with swords.

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      The actual question should be “WHO USES CHILDREN TO FIGHT WARS?” Answer: the Tamil Tigers. SL never has made war against children, and isn’t doing it, in contradiction to the lie Dr Newman sells.

      It is bad enough that the Tigers used little children as cannon fodder and human shields, but now they continue to peddle their little bodies as fodder in a media war.

      Idiots like “Namali” seem to be enjoying this use of children, unsurprisingly.

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    What was done without thought and consideration of the human suffering has now come to haunt the Sri Lankan Govt. War has to be prosecuted taking into account human suffering or not at all. To kill one innocent person is to kill the whole of humanity. The hands of guilt can only be cleansed by the waters of justice and compensation.

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      yeah this one human person can be added to the thousands of children that VP and his cronies executed in the name of Elam. In othr cases, the parents protected their children. But int his case, the father ran away through the backdoor, leaving the young son as a part of the human shield to protect him.

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    It took the Allies more than 5 years to difeat the Axis powers led by Adolf Hitler. It may take decades to defeat Hitler’s direct disciple, Mahinda Rajpakse, his government and the dehumanized Sri Lankan Armed forces, because no one – not the United Nations, not the free nations of the world – seem sufficiently concerned ! :-o

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    It took the Allies more than 5 years to defeat the Axis powers led by Adolf Hitler. It may take decades to defeat Hitler’s direct disciple, Mahinda Rajpakse, his government and the dehumanized Sri Lankan Armed forces, because no one – not the United Nations, not the free nations of the world – seem sufficiently concerned ! :-o

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    I feel sad and angry at what the Army did in these harrowing stories, and fear a repeat of the same formula would be applied to our fellow Muslim folks in time to come. (God forbid). It is quite clear they (Government) is going after the Muslims. It is just a matter of time before it could get really out of hand. Minor incidents already happened in Dickwella where 3 young girlsd forced to remove Niqab, when reported to Police, they shrugged it off saying the offenders were patients having phschological problems, another is Kegalle Mosque stoning incident.

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      @ Marwan
      You seem to have forgotten what the LTTE terrorists did to Muslim worshippers in a mosque by killing them in cold blood whilst they were in the mosque.
      What is the gravity of the ” Dickwella ” incident, even if every word of what you had said is true, compared with the cold blooded killing of Muslim worhsippers by LTTE.
      Moreover, LTTE chased away the Sinhalese and Muslim population living in the North for centuries just by givibg 24 hours notice.The attrocities commited by the LTTE has no comparison to whatever is claimed to have been done by the Army.
      Thank the Armed Forces for liberating Sri Lanka from the clutches of the world’s most ruthless terrorist organisation. Without their bravery you and I will not be able to have the liberty to live a normal life as we do today even amidst whatever other issues and difficulties that we may face.

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    ‘Who makes war against children?’ the caption to this story demands to know. Well, Dr Newman, I suggest if you take time to reflect on this – and reflect on it honestly – you will probably be surprised with the length of the list you will come up with. In there you will find the US with its appalling record in South East Asia (Remember, Vietnam with all those quantities of Agent Orange, Cambodia and Laos where the land mines are still exploding tearing out the limbs of innocent children as they walk to school) and the two wars against Iraq. Dr Newman, your list should also include the action initiated by the US to apply sanctions against Iraq after its first adventure against Sadaam Hussein, an action that resulted in thousands of children dying as a result of being denied access to life saving drugs. Now, if that was not war against children, what is? But more relevant to what is being brought up in the context of Sri Lanka, please don’t overlook the barbaric conduct of the Tamil Tigers in the way they butchered (and I use the word advisedly) little children and even sleeping infants during their periodical murderous forays.

    And here you people are going on with a great to do about alleged atrocities committed by the SL armed forces, based on unverified statements of unnamed witnesses who ostensibly remain anonymous for fear of reprisals (how convenient an excuse? Haven’t we heard this before?) and photographs and images whose authenticity is seriously in doubt.

    If you people are serious about reconciliation, genuine about healing and ensuring future peace in SL, you will do well, rather than dwelling on these things, to offer some constructive comments to help the reconciliation process along.

    It seems to me that people like you choose not to do that. I wonder whether there is some sadistic satisfaction you derive from the course of action you have chosen.

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    Yes,there is only one way to stop all these.An independent Tamil Ealam.

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      “Yes,there is only one way to stop all these.An independent Tamil Ealam.”

      I admire your honesty and guts. It is this continuing quest for Tamil Eelam, that makes everything that is being identified and presented as evidence of war crimes, suspect. The alleged cases of war crimes, are unfortunately, the new multi-barrel rocket propellers, in the hands of die hard Eelamites. They are scouring the market diligently for them. The alleged victims are being made the means to an end-Tamil Eelam at any cost. How above board are the means?

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      And who would lead this new Tamil Eelam? The LTTE? Let’s not forget the LTTE were exact ideological replicas of the current gov. They murdered Sinhala civilians and kicked out the Muslims because they wanted a ‘pure’ Eelam. I for one can’t support the authority of any with blood on their hands. If we are to have an independent state, we first need to have responsible leaders – and the same goes if we want to have a unified Sri Lanka!

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        You don’t have to worry about the leadership for Tamil Eelam. What you badly need is rational thinking, and not to swallow the Mahinda chutney (Chintana).
        Be clear in your mind that Tamils of Sri Lanka have been clamoring for their rights as citizens for the over Sixty five years since independence in 1948. Neither parliamentary representation nor alternative peaceful agitation provided them any redress. The Sinhalese-dominated government, had all along, with the help of its army, navy, air force and the police, used repressive tactics of a brutal genocide by unscrupulously bombing, shooting, destroying property, injuring, raping and killing to subjugate the Tamils, before the advent of the LTTE.
        These abuses led the Tamil youth to fight back against the state terrorism and oppression, for survival of the Tamils at a time when there was nothing else to defend the people. The war declared on the Tamils was asymmetric, in that, the Sri Lankan Government (GoSL) had a very powerful arsenal of multi-barrel rockets, helicopter gunships, and Kefir jets, piloted by Pakistanis, Ukrainians and Israelis, capable of delivering lethal bombs which indiscriminately killed innocent civilians. The resistance fighters, who did not have such powerful weaponry, had braved the onslaught on foot, and retorted through improvised anti-personal devices targeting the repressive army, or by suicide attacks on specific targets. The Government had at all times exaggerated the resistance of the Tamils by demonizing such resistance as acts of terrorism. Compared to the killings of Tamils by the Sinhala Government over the thirty year period, which number more than 400,000, the Sinhalese killed by the LTTE could be counted on ones fingertips. It is the Government propaganda that has consistently put the blame of its own killings of Tamils as Sinhalese killed by the LTTE. One should not confuse those Sinhalese Army killed in the already asymmetric war as Sinhala civilians killed. Government propaganda had it that they always brought up the Anuradhapura massacre of Sinhala Civilians by the LTTE. The fact of the matter is that the continued persecution of Tamils by the Sinhala army was on the rise and the unprecedented slaying of a boat load of innocent Tamil passengers going to Nainativu was revenged by the LTTE on the Sinhala village in Anuradhapura. Please be aware the time of the killings of the boatload of Tamils by the Sinhala Army and the Sinhalese killed in Anuradhapura by the LTTE. On the subject of evicting the Muslims out of Jaffna, despite the zero tolerance the LTTE had on any Tamil for spying, or for that matter conniving with the army, it showed leniency towards the Muslims who were informants of the LTTE hideouts and movements. They were therefore asked to vacate Jaffna for playing the role of informants for the army.

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      Yes. Have it in your dreams or in Tamil Nadu. This is Sinhala Biddhist Sri Lanka. If you want stay with what you get else Off to Tamil Nadu..

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        The Sinhalese belong to the andaman islands according to latest acheological reports saying that they have found traces of black aryans there. Now we have definite proof of Sinhala Aryan heritage in India albeit in the andaman islands….why not migrate there and leave the tamils alone with the veddas and others.

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      @ ST

      Wake up my dear,you have been having a bad dream. It is time that you face the truth and think of some other wortwhile goal to achieve.

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    The humanitarian rescue includes rape of humanity in the logic of the MRs “governance”. The LLRC wanted the Ch.4 clips investigated – and this has
    come out after interviewing SL video expert Mr.Hewavitharane “in camera” on this topic. This gives a clue to the authenticity of the clips now
    made available by the very Army that committed war crimes!

    A “pudding basin” Professor earlier denied the existence of a Mackay
    in UN operations in the front-line and surprisingly he is right there.

    Only an independent inquiry will reveal much more, failing which I
    guess a 5th film will be aired, as more Photographic evidence will be
    offered for sale to the highest bidder. Why not the soldiers make some
    money when ruling politicians do so.

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      @punchinilame , stop peddling lies.. Mr Hewaitharana was asked by the president to meet the LLRC and his reports are on public domain ( few briefs) but details ones are with relevant authorities including US defence and confidential.

      He will not hesitate to call, spade a spade and we are lucky to have a true expert in this field and also a patriot .

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    Dr. Paul Newman, your fine graphic account written with objectivity will be appreciated by the discerning readership.

    The litany of lies spewed out by RA was scripted even before the film was screened. So are all statements 2009 onwards by the retainers of the regime, a mere repetition of cheat. What is this verbiage – distorted…orchestrated – ?

    Read Straight and Crooked Thinking. Depending on one’s purpose a man’s firmness is styled with loaded words, stubborn, obdurate, pig headed. Does LTTE antecedent make one a congenital liar or a criminal in perpetuity? Is Victor Ivan any the less credible because of his antecedents? Did Kenya reject Jomo Kenyatta or did the civilised world ostracize him? To RA there is no shame about the crime. There is wrath only about the exposure. A total disinclination for correction.

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    The Chinese in Singapore have a “Chinese” name and an “English” name. So everyone has a choice in how they might like to be addressed.

    “Paul Newman” without a picture would conjure up a white face with pink nose and light blue eyes.

    However, the picture tells quite a different story about the person. Paul Newman looks like a Tamil gentleman of Sri Lankan origin.I wonder if he has a Tamil name also…

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      I think this is quite common in this part of the world; there is a Joseph Stalin in the trade union movement here in Sri Lanka and I met a George Washington in T Nadu and he looked anything but Caucasian!

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        There was even a Shakespeare family in Jaffna at one time.

        Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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      Lasantha: Why go that far to Singapore, or dig in, to salvage Joseph Stalin, or George Washington; Surely Solomon West Ridgeway Dias (without the Banda) must be rolling in his grave in Horogalla that is in your backyard. He surely would conjure up a white face with pink nose and light blue eyes in your mind’s eye. Don’t you stink with your nasty response having no sensible recourse to the human tragedy that you should be ashamed of

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    Who makes war against the Children? THE WEST…..Is it clear now?
    Marawan…. it was only 03 in Dickwella BUT in france everyone had to.

    Was it Newman’s ghost who slit the stomachs of pregnant mothers and slit the throats of unborn babies.
    For that Tamils only opened their mouths only to eat back then. WHERE WERE YOU??

    Yes Thiyaga…. Independent Tamil eelam. But the question is WHERE??

    By his narrates, Paul Newman appear to be [Edited out] tamil . [Edited out]

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    Ref. casualty figures – The government has been continuously conscious of the possibility that census statistics will provide ammunition on war casualties. They had therefore to be manipulated. What was the result? Allowing for natural increase from 1981-2011, SL population had declined by only 0.1%. It was supposed that this would disguise war depletion. But what is the boomerang effect? 30 year Tamil exodus together with natural increase is only 2 lakhs! What splendid doctoring. The last credible election was in 1977. The last credible census was in 1981.

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    A correction – 4th line-SL TAMIL population

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    “fred” suggests someone “to offer some constructive comments to help the reconciliation process along”.

    Here is a list suggested (others are welcome to add to this list)

    1) The President on behalf of the Govt. and Armed forces makes a public
    appology in Parliament, for the attrocities committed during the war and afterwards.

    2) Release all political prisoners who are detained for long periods without any charges.

    3) Compensate all those affected by this war (lost lives of loved ones, lost limbs and handicapped, lost property, land, jobs, missed education etc..

    4) Stop the military from harrasing the Tamils in the North & East.

    5)Reduce the military personnel now deployed in the North & East
    and employ them elsewhere.

    6)Remove all those who were colonised in the NorthEast with State aid and provide them suitable lands in other areas in the south.

    7) Appoint civilian administrators in the NorthEast who are fluent in the language of the local population viz Tamil.

    8) Return all the lands grabbed in the traditional Tamil areas.

    9) Hold an independent investigation of conduct of the war, monitored
    by international eminent persons acceptable to all sides.

    10) Remove executive presidency and Amendment 18 to the constitution and restore democracy.

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    Mr Thiyagarajah

    “An independent Tamil Eelam” is out of the discourse of the Tamil political formation for sometime – and, that includes the TNA. That is just as well. Just about the only who mention this today are the claimants to LTTE assets abroad and the former Collectors of Kappam, in the diaspora and within the island. And, of course, our friends
    of the known list in Tamilnadu sans a viable electorate there now that
    the DMK and AIDMK have obliterated them on the main issues there.
    Subramaniam Swamy, of course, has been auctioned and might claim dual Citizenship in SL soon in that Committee that will be chaired by GR.

    Senguttuvan

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    neutral observer

    Simple,clear,implementable suggestions for an excellent beginning.

    Three more

    1. State services of 1.2 million employees to have an equitable share of Tamils from the present iniquitous 0.9% or less.(Teachers excluded)

    2. Having redressed the balance in 40 years, now government should restore merit selection to universities. Let the Tamil students enter through hard work.

    3. Reparations on the German model under UN aegis, supervision and monitoring.

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    Are You Afraid Of tamil Names?.

    I am not, Because I have Not Done Any Wrong.

    May Be You Have Done????????????.

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    Once the war was over, the government should have apologized to the civilians in the North and East for the misery and suffering they had to undergo. I am sure that if the government did so with a genuine feeling, the Tamil leaders also would have apologized to the people in the South for the death and destruction caused by the LTTE. Was there justification for celebrating the victory given the price the people had to pay for it- the enormity of human suffering? Tamil people aspiring to have a country of their own called Thamil Eelam is justified as long as the Sinhala Buddhist majority takes up the position that Sri Lanka is a country that belongs to them where they are entitled to exclusive rights and privileges!

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    Add couple of items to the list.

    1. No official religion
    2. English becomes the official language and medium of education in Sri Lanka.
    3. All official communication and forms are in all three languages.

    If MR really wanted everyone to feel that they are sri lankans, he had a chance to do it right after the war. But, he missed it and messed it up.

    Instead of allowing people to freely go and live where ever they want, he is using the power to colonize the land.

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    What you Tamils experienced in 2009 is nothing painful yet. But you will, if you keep asking for rights and other s*** as you have been since 1948.

    True Sri Lankan!!!!

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    “Yasmin Sooka, ‘WHO MAKES WAR AGAINST CHILDREN?’)
    The question should be who used children as child soldiers and suicide bombers.

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    Paul Newman.( I did love the late actor, he was a real ‘cool hand luke’.) This Newman, i think has been drawn into be made a scapegoat by the UN bigots.
    lovely narration and a beautiful start with some equally catchy names. So, we are to believe a sworn statesman like the word of the producer and some women who were LTTE members with claim of rape and torture. No documentary proof here nor scars or expert reports of medical evidence.
    A point very conveniently stressed about the abandonment of child recruitment and suicide bombings from 2002/2006 ! (my foot!).
    Then the para,describing the massacre, the rain ( which is always a spoiler and a savior to suppress facts)the 350,000 0dd civilians running helter skelter( where no tiger terrorists were in visibility!?)Then the massacre. No, figures accounted? ( sorry else where in other related issues the accountablity was for 40,000 persons).
    No effort taken by the field reporter to get a response from an active field officer of the srilankan army during the on going conflict, even though a body lands on his self due to a blast/nor a report of any kind even after 24 hours, when a lull period in process!
    i think the kind of nadesan and pullidevan met their Waterloo with their leader. so regrets will be of minimal kind.
    What i am trying to point out here is it is a cheap bit of artistry, camera work and editing perhaps with some superb narration backed by a huge production team.
    Paul Newman, read and see the mayhem caused by Super powers by the world, in the name of preventing genocide and protecting people over the past many years. It has to be judged with the same yardstick even though it could belated,for,’Let him who has not sinned cast the first stone’ heard about it!

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    Hello,

    I am at times heartened and other times saddened by the response of neutral reporting that pointed out the brutal facts of regimes against an indigenous group of people who form the minority, in their own country. Had they been of Anglo-saxon descent or been of different faiths then their fate may also have been different. Hindus have endured attempts of genocide from the time India was invaded in 1 AD, as with the Jews, with -but how loudly is this publicised in the world that dominates us today? I am not talking about a hundred deaths every so often; I am talking of thousands of deaths in a day. If you don’t believe me read non-biased accounts of Indian history. The assault of Hindu/Tamils (as most of the people in Jaffna are)is an extension of this; and also of non-Hindu Tamils who identify strongly with their cultural way of being. All those who recognise this as an infringement of human rights are also (surprise surprise) targeted. I thought some of the comments should have been deleted because of the blatant racism that pours out from them, but then I thought better. Why not let the world (or those who are bothered) see the hate that is directed at the Tamil people- and be ashamed of the ‘democratic’worlds in action and condonement of that which is morally wrong.

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