28 September, 2020

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Why A War Crimes Investigation Will Have To Wait

By Kath Noble –

Kath Noble

Pressure for a war crimes investigation continues to mount. With the sessions of the UN Human Rights Council entering their second week, activists descended on key national capitals, urging governments to pass a resolution that calls for international action.

As usual, India has been the site of the most extreme interventions. As Karunanidhi’s DMK held a meeting of the Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation in Delhi and called for a general strike in Tamil Nadu, a member of Seeman’s NTK self-immolated and eight students of as yet unidentified affiliation launched a fast-unto-death in Chennai. Then a group of thugs ransacked an office of Mihin Lanka in Madurai, and Vaiko’s MDMK laid siege to the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission, burning effigies of Mahinda Rajapaksa and shouting about genocide.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International gave Manmohan Singh a petition with 14 lakh signatures.

I argued in my last column that all of these efforts to raise the issue of war crimes are targeting the wrong people – it is not the Indian government that needs to be convinced of the need for an investigation but Sri Lankans.

Predictably, a lot of readers wrote to say that the international community has to step in because there is no chance of justice being done in Sri Lanka.

I should start by saying that I believe that war crimes took place. I believe that the LTTE committed them in abundance and I believe that the Army committed some too, and I believe that one set of wrongdoings cannot be weighed up against another, especially when those wrongdoings involve a third party – the ordinary people of Sri Lanka. Readers need not bother to ask for proof, since I have already said that these are only beliefs, albeit beliefs that have been formed on the basis of experience and common sense and information that is in the public domain.

But suppose somebody in the defence establishment decided that Prabhakaran’s 12-year old son shouldn’t be left alive in case he ever decided to front what they are so fond of calling the LTTE rump. Justice would require him to be punished.

Suppose the Army deliberately shelled civilians to force them to brave LTTE reprisals and break out of the No Fire Zone. Justice would require them to be punished too.

We may understand why such things are done and even sympathise with and feel gratitude towards the people who take on the responsibility to fight on behalf of others, especially when they have to face an opponent as ruthless as Prabhakaran, but they are not right. We should not pretend otherwise.

We must be able to distinguish between war crimes and the awful consequences of war. We must recognise that war crimes do not just happen – they are the result of conscious decisions by individuals.

In the end, this is how to protect those who need protecting.

What kind of punishment those who need punishing should receive is open to discussion, but this is contingent upon them being punished at all.

As of now, very few Sri Lankans are willing to discuss even much more straightforward incidents than these two scenarios.

This brings us back to the question of how justice could possibly be done in Sri Lanka.

In fact, I believe that it is highly unlikely. And in the immediate future, there is absolutely no chance whatsoever.

That is not the point. My question to all of the people who argue that the international community must step in is why they think that their strategy has any more chance of succeeding – how exactly is India or the United States or any other country going to deliver justice?

It is my contention that the international community is even less likely to get the job done.

I am quite sure that Mahinda Rajapaksa is far too wily a politician to have ordered any war crimes, but he is not about to give up anybody who did either.

And look at what the international community has achieved in other countries.

Charles Taylor of Liberia is the only leader to have been convicted of war crimes, but these were committed in Sierra Leone not in his own country. He fled to Nigeria in 2003 when it became obvious that he was losing the second of Liberia’s civil wars, and in 2006 the newly elected president called for his extradition. The Special Court for Sierra Leone sentenced him in 2012.

Meanwhile, Muammar Gaddafi was indicted by the International Criminal Court in 2011 as NATO prepared to bomb Libya in support of a group that was waging a civil war against him. He lost and was murdered before he could be brought to a court.

Slobodan Milosevic too lost a war. He was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia in 1999 while NATO was bombing Serbia to force it to sacrifice Kosovo. They claimed that this would make Serbian troops behave better, although the exact opposite has since been discovered to have been the case. Having lost the war, he went on to lose an election, but even the man who beat him didn’t want to send him to The Hague. It was done against the wishes of the president by the cabinet in the face of threats to withhold aid, for which Serbia was heavily dependent on the West. Even then, Slobodan Milosevic died in 2006 before a verdict could be reached, and the following year the International Court of Justice concluded in a case brought by Bosnia that there was insufficient evidence to link him to war crimes, although he didn’t do enough to prevent them from happening.

Finally, there is Omar al Bashir of Sudan, who is the only incumbent to have been targeted. Hundreds of thousands of people are estimated to have died in Darfur in the violence that followed the negotiated end to Sudan’s second civil war, and a warrant for his arrest was issued by the International Criminal Court in 2009. However, this move was strongly criticised by the African Union, the Arab League and the Non-Aligned Movement, amongst others, and he remains in charge of his country to this day.

To sum up, the international community has not even been able to punish leaders who lost their wars, except in one case for war crimes that were committed in another country.

Mahinda Rajapaksa is simply beyond their reach.

Meanwhile, as I sat down to write this column, a neighbour of mine from Kenya pointed out that her country has just elected Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto as president and vice-president, both of whom have been charged by the International Criminal Court. They are accused of crimes against humanity in the aftermath of a disputed election in 2007, and even the BBC says that the indictments may actually have swung the vote in their favour.

In other words, even people who have done nothing very much in comparison with Mahinda Rajapaksa have benefited from being pursued by the international community.

And he must know it.

For these reasons, the very best that we could expect from this pressure for a war crimes investigation is that the Government decides to sacrifice a few junior officers, while heavily compensating their families. And this would really not constitute justice.

Meanwhile, the worst that we can already see happening is the ever greater polarisation of debate on the issue.

Those who dismissed the LLRC as a whitewash are now beginning to understand exactly what a whitewash looks like. It is not just a matter of the Government ignoring recommendations to investigate specific allegations, which has long been its standard operating procedure. The Army’s Court of Inqury has now also rolled back some of its conclusions, including most significantly the admission that there were ‘considerable civilian casualties’ in the final phase of the conflict, and not only at the hands of the LTTE. More extraordinarily still, various individuals are beginning to challenge well established and accepted narratives of the war, such as the burning of the Jaffna library and even the Black July riots.

Very soon we will be told that it was actually the LTTE who shot JFK.

In such circumstances, it is going to be a constant battle to prevent the cold war from getting hot again.

Of course the crazies in Tamil Nadu will not care about that. They don’t have to live in Sri Lanka, so they are free to take entirely abstract positions without cluttering their minds with anything so mundane as facts. Reality doesn’t matter to them.

I just hope that it matters to some people.

Whether the Government wins or loses the vote in Geneva is not very important. It certainly deserves censure, for all of the reasons that I have discussed in these columns over the last year. However, if this is done using the threat of a war crimes investigation, it will be to the detriment of the ordinary people of Sri Lanka – the third party in whose name all of this activism is being done.

*Kath Noble’s column may be accessed online at http://kathnoble.wordpress.com/. She may be contacted atkathnoble99@gmail.com.

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    I agree that it is not in the hands of the international community to bring justice in Sri Lanka, for a reason or the other. The question is: will Sri Lanka be able to become a unitary country, declined in accordance with different cultures, ethnicities and religions or the sectarian violence of the majority will keep to oppress the minorities forces till they can’t bear it any longer and they will explode again?

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    I see another Copy and paste with minor alterations hack job.. Another Gutter piece to show the LTTE Terrorist Group and its western Supporters and Tamil nadu backers as a Meek gandhian sort which has been sacrificed as if it were a lamb in the alter of a Brutal war.. One wonders why CMB telegraph a break away from the Notorious tamilnet minus the venom yet the demonization of a nation and its people will not carry the story form the other side.. As we all know It wasn’t just a Sinhala crusade or just a Government that crushed the weight of a world terror network backed by over 55 million Tamils from Tn and other parts.. But the Joint national effort Of muslims, Tamils, Bughres along with the sinhala that eventually manage to crush the Meek lamb as these hack jobs portray them to be.. She is so desperate to add a new narrative to the old cut and paste job by inserting JKF and LTTE.. Yet when the Flower of Tamil intellectualism and the Next first Tamil PM of sri lanka were wiped out by the LTTE how the narrative these hacks used to show it was the sinhala Racist barbarian who was responsible.. Until the truth came out.. True Maybe she should press the USA to investigate the Truth about JFK which they have whitewashed for many years.. Then she can remove the conspiracy theories assertions.. and get back to reality

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      Even Sivaram is rising from the dead! Spies are hard at work, including his former boss!

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      D.P.Sivaram:
      No self-respecting Tamil, as you pretend to be, would ever write the rubbish you do!
      The simple questions and answers related to this matter are as follows:
      1. Were war crimes committed? YES
      2. Has the Sri Lankan government lied, saying that “there were no civilian casualties?” YES
      3. Should all parties to the conflict be investigated? YES
      4.Is the Sri Lanka government capable of an honest investigation? NO
      5.In the circumstances, is it not OBVIOUS that an international tribunal is the ONLY choice to conduct appropriate investigations? YES
      What is the alternative? Having the legions of Mahinda Rajapaksa conduct an inquiry? GIVE ME A BREAK!
      End of story.

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    Kathie has finally got it.

    Having lost any Economic leverage , UK, and Canada Govts need evry possible avenue to show the Diaspora that they are with them to get them their wish list..

    Both need every single vote in the marginals.

    US has to help their coalition partners.

    Does it make sense for US asking for war crime trials?.

    This is horse trading with a new twist.

    Maximum leverage to get what ever they can for the Diaspora and their current proxy the TNA.

    Would the great majority of our inhabitants allow any one to give TNA , what they denied Prabakaran?

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      K.A. Tsunamisekra:
      Since the countries you name have lost “Economic leverage” (according to you) perhaps you should have those you serve explore the possibilities of exporting all we do to “the western world” to China, Iran, North Korea etc. Maybe you could also arrange for the slave labour that earns the bulk of our foreign exchange to work for the citizens of the countries who are going to pull the fat out of the fire (according to you) for Sri Lanka.
      Will your idiocies never cease?

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    When Malcolm Rifkind previous foreign secretary of the previous right wing conservative govt of the UK comes on channel 4 news and says sri lanka meaning the sri lankan people practice apartheid then you know it is a neo imperialist resource grab that countries like the US, UK, Canada are planning and trying to get eelam by the back door.

    As we all know the north has many mineral resources and offshore oil and in the east is the strategically located trincomalee harbour. It is these that the UK, US, Canada are after and so the efforts to get eelam by the back door.

    It is shameful that many anti govt sri lankans on this site would actually agree with this neo colonialist neo imperialist right wing resource grab from third world countries agenda and it is extremely shameful that many on this site would actually agree with the outrageous views of lunatics like malcolm rifkind that sri lankan people practise apartheid.

    It is so shameful that some ani govt sri lankans cannot but be subservient to the UK US Canada. They simply cannot get themselves to see that these imperialist countries are only after our resources just as they were after iraq’s or libya’s resources. Even right thinking people in the UK, US agree this is the case.

    Some anti govt sri lankans will even agree with these neo imperialists simply because they are western european (due to their subservient mentality) that sri lankan people practise apartheid!

    I find these utterances of malcolm rifkind and channel 4 news a gross insult and channel 4 news is a racist channel, racist towards the sri lankan people.

    I find it a personal insult the gross lie that sri lanka people practice apartheid. I have never practiced apartheid, do not intend to do so and never ever thought of doing so and even buddhism will not allow me to do so even if I wanted to! It is a gross insult this malcolm rifkind is saying. I never ever evn thought about it and was shocked to hear it on channel 4 news. It is a gross insult.

    The govt should really walk out of the UNHCR circus since I can guarantee that sri lanka will not get any fair hearing there. It would be more injustice meted out by the neo colonialist neo imperialist right wing lunatics which will be handed out there. Also ask the oommonwealth to have their meeting any place they want!

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      Your SL’s only known resources of foreign exchange are tea pluckers, sewing girls, house maids in short WOMEN who are being exploited with an undervalued dollar by the Rajaporkistan regime.

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      kautilya:
      Rifkind was far closer to the truth than you’d like to admit. How else would you explain the fact that Tamils in Sinhala areas NEEDED POLICE PERMISSION TO MOVE FROM ONE ABODE TO ANOTHER? Ever heard of the “passbook regime” in Apartheid South Africa?

      You go on to say,
      ” I have never practiced apartheid, do not intend to do so and never ever thought of doing so and even buddhism will not allow me to do so even if I wanted to! It is a gross insult this malcolm rifkind is saying. I never ever evn thought about it and was shocked to hear it on channel 4 news. It is a gross insult.”
      Who gives a toss what you claim to practice or not practice? We are talking about a racist regime who has now turned its venom on the “Thambis” after having whacked the “Demalu.” That’s whom you are, very appropriately, paying obeisance to.

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    How can the UK comment about human rights when it alongside NATO bombed Iraq and Afghanistan and Libya and killed thousands of civilians? Please get your own house in order before pointing fingers at others.

    David Milliband voted for the Iraq war and when questioned recently said that the iraqi people are better off after the war than before! These are the kind of lunatics who are now talking about human rights in other countries!

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    This is to David Milliband ..

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    I see the gradual development of a vein of sincerity in Kath Noble’s essays. While her depiction of Muammar Gaddafi is very debatable, the general tenor of foreign attitudes towards poor countries’ internal issues seems accurate.

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    Yes Yes, an investigation will have to wait until something worth exploiting is discovered in SL.

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    Don’t post web links here, if you want to comment on the article please do – CT

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    sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Palitha T. B. Kohona discloses something that Sri Lanka undertook never undertaken by any country in the Globe that faced terrorism: rehabilitation of captured suicide bombers of the vanquished separatist/terrorist movement Tamil Tigers and releasing them to the larger Sri Lankan community.
    Suicide bombers are recruited from these LTTE women fighters

    He says “Fortunately this sad period of Sri Lanka ‘s history has come to an end and most LTTE combatants including trained suicide bombers have now been rehabilitated and released to the community as part of the Government’s program to restore the lives of the people who would otherwise have been sacrificed as human cannon fodder”.

    Dr. Kohona reminds the carnage carried out by the Tamil Tiger suicide bombers. ” The Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers used suicide bombs extensively, over 230 times, killing thousands of civilians. They targeted men, women and children indiscriminately and left thousands dead and maimed. They created a massive sense of terror in the country. The bombing of the Central Bank in Colombo killed over 1400 civilians. The bombing of the Pettah bus-stand killed hundreds of civilians”.

    Well, Ambassador Kohona details the innovative nature of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers saying “The suicide vest was reportedly invented by the Tamil Tigers. The technology was later copied by terrorist groups elsewhere. It continues to cause widespread death and destruction in the Middle East. This was a cleverly designed close-fitting outfit which is stacked with steel ball bearings against the layer of plastic explosives, usually C4”.

    And it’s devastation: “It was detonated either manually or remotely. Females were recruited and deployed against targets killing not only the main target but also dozens of others standing around. The red hot pellets scattered around killed indiscriminately”.

    “Much of the information in the custody of security authorities in Sri Lanka and neighboring countries comes from the interrogation of captured suicide bombers in Sri Lanka, mainly women. Jan Goodwin, an American journalist writing in Marie Claire, traced the history of female suicide bombers in Sri Lanka. They were mostly recruited from families who were forced to give up their children for the cause and later indoctrinated to a level that they would volunteer to go on suicide missions. The volunteers were called Black Tigers. These women were conditioned to believe that their highest purpose was to sacrifice their lives for the cause. Everything else was secondary. A suicide bomber knew exactly when their mission had to be performed and they knew that there was no return. A minder always observed a suicide bomber as she stalked her victim. They were also trained to chew on a lethal cyanide capsule to avoid capture. The bomber’s family was rewarded with land, money and houses. Given the depressed social background of most volunteers, this was considered to be an adequate reward” says Sri Lanka’s envoy to the World Body.

    Dr. Kohona reminds: “Jan Goodwin interviewed a failed suicide bomber who was captured while seeking to blow up the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister of India was blown up by a LTTE female suicide bomber, Dhanu. The conspirators involved have been convicted by the Indian Courts and are now awaiting execution”.

    He concludes giving a sigh of relief: Fortunately this sad period of Sri Lanka ‘s history has come to an end and most LTTE combatants including trained suicide bombers have now been rehabilitated and released to the community as part of the Government’s program to restore the lives of the people who would otherwise have been sacrificed as human cannon fodder.

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      I am just appalled at the ignorance that some commentators have exhibited here. No one is disputing the behaviour of the LTTE. The USA, EU, India and every other country has acknowledged. Either Kohona and these writers display their utter ignorance and plain stupidity or are trying to divert the focus and attention on the atrocities of the regime itself to cover their misdeeds. Again, that the LTTE has been pinned down with terrorism and there has been rehabilitation of former LTTE cadres, point noted. In fact, every report that has chided the SL regime has also patted it for the progress it has made in certain areas, demining for one. These parties have even gone as far as recognising the importance and the salient points on a number of issues enunciated in the LLRC. Also, every single report that has taken to task the LTTE has also emphasised in no certain way that the LTTE also stand accused of atrocities.

      Never mind about the higher standards that these parties expect of the SL regime in the conduct of a war, what more, bluffing all the way to the of a humanitarian war. As much as the LTTE is accused of atrocities, so is the SL regime. And there is no other way but to pull the SL regime by the collar to answer for its alleged commission of crimes against humanity and possible genocide. There is no use running around to India, and now Japan, thinking that this will go away. If at all, it may get worse. When a man is dragged to the courts to answer for murder crimes, he is innocent until proven guilty. But when allegations surface, as is always the case, there should be an inquiry, an independent inquiry. The SL regime, which stands accused of war crimes, cannot be expected to investigate itself.

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        Jansee:
        Don’t you realise that you are addressing a bunch of deaf mutes except that they are not mute insofar as CT is concerned.
        While you have stated the obvious, all of which is a matter of record, the clowns who DELIBERATELY ignore that simple fact, do so purely to avoid the likelihood of any kind of independent investigation of what happened at Nanthikadal and before. You can’t convert a bunch of blatant liars into objective human beings, unfortunately, particularly when they have a vested interest in the truth NOT coming out!

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    It pains me to read the article “The Tamils of Sri Lanka: From Tigers Into Lambs”, which portrays one of the deadliest terrorist group in the world, proscribed by most of the world’s democracies, to be helpless and innocent. Jack Healy, the writer of the article, portrays the Sri Lankan Government as insensitive and indifferent to the many allegations of marginalization, rape, and killings. Let us look at these allegations through a factual prism, while taking the historical backdrop in to consideration, instead of spewing emotionally charged misrepresentations.
    Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah

    Throughout the colonial period (1815 – 1948) the British oppressed the majority population of Sri Lanka and favored the minorities as they sought to divide and rule. Years of manipulation took a toll on the social fabric of the country and caused serious rifts among the communities that had previously lived in relative ethnic and religious harmony. The introduction of democracy in 1948 turned things around, giving the Sinhala majority a democratic voice which they used to realign the opportunity equation. The “privileges” enjoyed by the minority, specifically the over representation of Tamils (12% population, 1946) in the government and in the civil service (50% representation: 1938) underwent change. The changes resulting from democracy caused dissatisfaction among the English educated Tamil community which feared a substantial decrease in power and influence. However, the said changes continued, including the 1956 Sinhala Only Act, which recognized Sinhala as the island’s official language.

    A response to Huffington Post’s “The Tamils in Sri Lanka: From Tigers Into Lambs” – Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN, New York
    The Tamil Tigers who evolved into a force in the 1970s under the charismatic leadership of Prabhakaran added a violent dimension to the differences. Violence sparked by the LTTE escalated with the assassination of the influential moderate Tamil political leader and Mayor of Jaffna, Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah. Since 1975 the LTTE continued to eliminate all other Tamil moderate leaders who did not fall in to line with their violent ideology. LTTE’s plans for a mono ethnic separatist state in the North and the East included the slaughter of thousands of Sinhalese and Muslim men, women, and children living in the North and the East. Otherwise forced to flee their homes. It must be noted that it was NOT the Sri Lankan government that carried out pogroms against its civilians, but the LTTE. The gross violence in the North and the East against the Sinhalese and the Muslims by the LTTE had the effect that they desired. By 1991, in an unprecedented act of ethnic cleansing, the LTTE rid the North of all other communities. Contrary to Healy’s belief, Sri Lanka’s systematic marginalization and communal genocide is reflective of the actions of the LTTE and NOT its democratically elected Government.

    Just as the Tamil community, the Sinhala community too comes from diverse faiths and cultures. Mostly Buddhist, there is a substantial Christian (mainly Roman Catholic) and Hindu population among the Sinhalese. The Muslims in Sri Lanka identify themselves separately from the Tamils and Singhalese, although depending on where they live they speak Tamil or Sinhala as their mother tongue. The Sinhalese and Tamils have much in common culturally; including the celebration of the Sri Lankan New Year and the worship of Hindu Gods in Buddhist temples. Therefore any military action taken by the Government of Sri Lanka against the LTTE was NOT based on a “peculiar Buddhist mythology”, but as an act of self-defense against a bloody terrorist group. Despite Sri Lanka being a poor third world nation, up until 2009 when the conflict ended, the Government of Sri Lanka had continued to provide essential supplies, services (education and healthcare), and billions of rupees to LTTE controlled areas in order to ensure that all its civilians had their basic needs.

    Contrary to the misinformation purveyed, various NGOs and bilateral aid donors operating in LTTE controlled territory, including the ICRC, had access to the LTTE’s final beachhead almost till the very end of the conflict. Under government protection the ICRC transported over 15,000 sick, wounded, and carers from the LTTE controlled areas to areas of safety. The Government created Safe Zones and imposed restrictions on the use of heavy weaponry and air strikes during the final stages of the conflict in order to minimize civilian casualties. These restrictions were self-imposed by the Government of Sri Lanka and should have been acknowledged as exemplary for no other country or organization, including the United States and NATO, had taken such extensive measures to protect civilians.

    The government has continued to take firm action against reported cases of violence against women and girls during the conflict and in the post conflict period. The involvement of Security Forces personnel, as a percentage of the total accused of sexual violence, stands at 5.6% (January 2007- May 2009) during the conflict period and 3.3% (2009 – 2012) in the post-conflict period for the Northern Province. Legal action has been taken by the Government through military tribunals in all of the above cases in which the Sri Lankan Security Forces personnel have been involved. Furthermore, prosecutions have been lodged in criminal courts regarding case of rape and sexual harassment. In majority of these cases, the perpetrators have been close relatives or neighbors of the victim, not strangers from the security forces. Along with the application of the law to service personnel who breach military rules, the Sri Lankan military continues to provide large scale human rights training to service personnel with the assistance of the ICRC.

    Equally, the Government has given special consideration to uplifting the social and economic status of war widows. Already bilateral assistance has been obtained to initiate a self-employment program for war widows in Batticaloa in collaboration with the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) based in India. A local NGO called the Parents of Servicemen Missing in Action and the Association of War Affected Women educates soldiers, youth, and community leaders about international standards relating to war and promotes the economic and social development of women across conflict lines.

    The scars of 27 years of violence and destruction will not disappear in three short years. However, the Government and the people have taken many positive strides. The northern Ireland Parliamentarian for North Antrim, Ian Paisley, commented that Sri Lanka has made more gains post-conflict than Northern Ireland during a UK parliamentary debate of “Sri Lanka and the UN Responsibility to Protect.” He added, he has visited Sri Lanka on a number of occasions both as a private individual and on a cross-party parliamentary trip. His experience with the people on the ground in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka (former conflict affected areas) was very different from the “out-of-touch message” he has heard from the “self-appointed diaspora in Canada and in the United Kingdom”. Australian parliamentarian and deputy opposition leader, Julie Bishop, too affirmed exactly this, and commented that “we were heartened by the steps that have been taken on the issue of reconciliation”. After a mission to Sri Lanka, OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) Director of operations, Mr. John Ging said that “the scale of what Sri Lanka has accomplished over the past three years- the pace of resettlement and development of infrastructure- is remarkable and very clearly visible”. Even UNICEF’s Executive Board concluded after a visit, that “Sri Lanka has moved from a state affected by conflict to a state deeply committed to reconstruction, reconciliation and development”. Given the positive feedback Sri Lanka has been receiving from respected leaders and professionals, on her efforts in accountability and reconciliation, Mr. Healy can rest assured that Sri Lanka is NOT systematically marginalizing, raping, or killing its citizens

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      Fair comment, fair summing up of what actually happened.

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      D.P Sivaram

      Good story. I really enjoyed it, keep writing.

      Whatever you write means nothing to the ordinary people.

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      Sivaram:

      Just another pack of lies.

      The reason why the SL regime was sending in food and medicine to the LTTE controlled area was not its benevolence. It was worried that if it stops then its writ on those areas would gradually recede. And during the final phase of the war, many civilians because of the lack of food and medicine, apart from the indiscriminate shelling.

      Four days before the war ended the ICRC spoke of an “unimaginable humanitarian catastrophe”. So, are you telling us that the ICRC is lying? The last four days were much more worse. No NGOs were allowed in the war zone. When UNSG Ban Kim Moon hovered over the affected area immediately after the war, he commented that he had never such devastation in his life. Of course, with “conducted tours” to areas where the regime wants to showcase its case, what can one expect from the likes Ian Paisley and Julie Bishop, whose only interest is only to shore up her voter base. These lies won’t work anymore. Only an independent international investigation will have to be conducted to sniff out the truth, not from Ian Paisley and Julie Bishop. Here, I wish to emphasise that both parties will have to face the music.

      Why go that far, surely you would have read the LLRC report. It was scathing in chiding the regime for not even honouring the interim report it had recommended – short of calling the regime a liar. Today, the likes of John Holmes have been criticised by no less than a UN report, the Petrie report, by a body that Holmes worked for.

      Human Rights Watch recently published a report on rapes and sexual abuse committed by the SL regime, both on men and women. Asking the perpetrator and those accused of crimes to investigate itself goes to show how far this regime and the lackeys like you go to stretch your imagination. Reports from such parties are not even worth of the paper it is written on. The attempt by you guys to hoodwink the world has not worked and will not work, as you can see now that the focus to investigate these dastardly crimes has shifted from SL to the international scene.

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      Sivaram,
      This is a good Fairy Tale. Almost as good as the Grimm Brothers.
      Unfortunately, unlike the Grimm Brothers, the Rajapakse Bros. fairy Tales which you write, involves untruthful stories about “real people”.
      In fact, I am so impressed after reading your fairy tales, I am inclined to go looking for Fairies down in the gardens of Beliatta!

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        Mirror, mirror on the wall, who conducted a humanitarian with a gun in one hand and the human charter in the other – so much so that not even a single civilian was killed.

        Enough of fairy tales? Save that this sort of paripu is not getting cooked in Geneva and is only good for clowns at home.

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    What these Int western Fools backed by LTTE funders dont see the entire picture of the war.. This was a NATIONAL PROJECT by the Lankan people. The LTTE a world wide established Terror network supported by over 55 million people in TN and Tamils around the world along with their special interest groups..was not just defeated by the sinhala race alone.. It was a joint national effort by Tamils, Muslims, and Bughers who stood up and took this Great NATIONAL PROJECT to defeat the LTTE.. Yet the TNA and LTTE funded NGOS (who mainly get their funds from Western governments) say its a Tamil and sinhala issue.. They seem to forget most of the Eastern Tamils Broke away from the LTTE during the CFA and the LTTE was fighting these Eastern Tamils more than the SLA forces during the said period.. THIS GREAT NATIONAL PROJECT was undertaken by all the People of Lanka to defeat the LTTE..not a Government.. When the Suicide Bombs exploded and when we perfromed the final rights of what body parts was left of our loved ones.. we went back to work the next day to contribute to the National Project to defeat the LTTE.. Governments came and went yet the Nations people were constant for 30 years to defeat the LTTE and were willing to forgo Justice even for the sake of peace.. Yet today we face Justice they say when the Primary Actors such as the western LTTE and Tamil Nadu groups who funded and armed terrorist now re organised as HR groups escape Justice.. WE MUST NEVER SHAME OUR SELF WHO TOOK PART AND ENGINEERED THE NATIONAL PROJECT TO DEFEAT THE BRUTAL LTTE NO MATTER WHAT.. justice should come to every one Tamil nadu politicians and also to dismantle Western LTTE groups.. This is just to punish the Lankan people.

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    What these Int western Fools backed by LTTE funders dont see the entire picture of the war.. This was a NATIONAL PROJECT by the Lankan people. The LTTE a world wide established Terror network supported by over 55 million people in TN and Tamils around the world along with their special interest groups..was not just defeated by the sinhala race alone.. It was a joint national effort by Tamils, Muslims, and Bughers who stood up and took this Great NATIONAL PROJECT to defeat the LTTE.. Yet the TNA and LTTE funded NGOS (who mainly get their funds from Western governments) say its a Tamil and sinhala issue.. They seem to forget most of the Eastern Tamils Broke away from the LTTE during the CFA and the LTTE was fighting these Eastern Tamils more than the SLA forces during the said period.. THIS GREAT NATIONAL PROJECT was undertaken by all the People of Lanka to defeat the LTTE..not a Government.. When the Suicide Bombs exploded and when we perfromed the final rights of what body parts was left of our loved ones.. we went back to work the next day to contribute to the National Project to defeat the LTTE.. Governments came and went yet the Nations people were constant for 30 years to defeat the LTTE and were willing to forgo Justice even for the sake of peace.. Yet today we face Justice they say when the Primary Actors such as the western LTTE and Tamil Nadu groups who funded and armed terrorist now re organised as HR groups escape Justice.. WE MUST NEVER SHAME OUR SELF WHO TOOK PART AND ENGINEERED THE NATIONAL PROJECT TO DEFEAT THE BRUTAL LTTE NO MATTER WHAT.. justice should come to every one Tamil nadu politicians and also to dismantle Western LTTE groups.. This is just to punish the Lankan people

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    Kath Noble:

    I am appalled at the ignorance of your understanding of the instant subject. Notwithstanding of your experience in journalism, you have not included in your equation a number of factors. Or, is it a twisted form of argument, an appeasement sort and the “BUT” type of argument, may be for sake of down-playing the effectiveness of any war crimes investigation.

    When you remark that war crimes investigation has to wait, you do not say for how long? Looks like you are bargaining for a very, very, long period or to infinity so that it will be lost and gone from the memory. There are reasons why your comparison of this with the others are fundamentally flawed. I am not going to tell you what they are as it it your work as a journalist to find them but we will work behind the scenes without the kind of your publicity to get this going.

    And, one more thing, your understanding of Tamilnadu’s influence on SL is quite shallow. Rajiv Gandhi may have had his own reasons to send the IPKF to SL, but the inertia and pressure was from Tamilnadu.

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    JFK WAS shot by the LTTE because he refused to give them weapons in 1960.

    This is on the record.

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    War crimes do indeed to be investigated. Because if they are not investigated, Mahinda Rajapakse and his associates will presume they are above the law. With the Supreme Court now dysfunctional, an international investigation and international condemnation (in the form of concrete measures such as sanctions) are the way to go.

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    Interesting how this author always mirrors moods and perspective changes of Dayan Jayathilake

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      Ranjan:
      They are cut from the same opportunistic cloth, that’s why they seem to march in lockstep!

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    THE AUTHOR HAS”NOBLE” ONLY IN HER NAME NOT IN HER WRITINGS. SHE CAN EARN HER BREAD BY SOME OTHER SOURCE THAN DOING INJUSTICE TO THE JOURNALISM ETHICS.

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