Publié par defence-lk à 23:05
“The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) is continuing to inflict Nazi-type crimes and atrocities against the Tamils even after their alleged excuse of fighting a “war against terrorism” has been exposed as a bogus pretext to annihilate the Tamils and to steal their lands and natural resources. This is what Hitler and the Nazis called “lebensraum”–”living space” for the Sinhala at the expense of the Tamils. The GOSL’s “ethnic cleansing” of the Tamil Homeland for the benefit of the Sinhala is now underway,” warns Francis Boyle, professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College of Law.
“With the UN already under fire for withholding and downplaying the number of civilian casualties in Sri Lanka, another ongoing controversy has opened up concerning the number of internally displaced persons detained in the IDP camps in northern Sri Lanka. Between the May 27 and May 30 reports of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, over 13,000 IDPs simply disappeared from the camps,” reported Inner City Press which is covering the affairs at the United Nations in New York.
“Concerning these missing 13,130+ genocide-survivors from the Safety Zone, Article 7(1)(i) of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court provides that the “enforced disappearance of persons” is a Crime Against Humanity “when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack,” Boyle said.
Clearly the GOSL’s enforced disappearances of these Tamils and other Tamils in the past has been both “widespread” and “systematic” as documented over the years by numerous human rights NGOs. The GOSL’s widespread and systematic enforced disappearances of Tamils over the years constitutes a Crime Against Humanity, Boyle added.
“According to the Nuremberg Charter (1945), the Nuremberg Judgment (1946) and the Nuremberg Principles (1950), the paradigmatic example of a Crime Against Humanity is what Hitler and the Nazis did to the Jews.
“Historically, this Nuremberg Crime Against Humanity was the legal precursor to the International Crime of Genocide as defined by the 1948 Genocide Convention,” Boyle said.
Lebensraum served as a major motivation for Nazi Germany’s territorial aggression. Adolf Hitler believed that the German people needed Lebensraum – for a Großdeutschland, land, and raw materials – and that it should be taken in the East. It was the stated policy of the Nazis to kill, deport, Germanize or enslave the Polish, and later also Russian and other Slavic populations, and to repopulate the land with reinrassig (racially pure) Germanic peoples.
Sri Lanka Government’ Nazi-type crimes in the Vanni appear motivated by the doctrine of lebenstraum, and the future survival of Tamil culture in Sri Lanka is in peril, says Prof. Boyle.
Publié par defence-lk à 22:53
A census conducted on the displaced persons in the camp along with the register of names who have initially entered the camps through the security forces has revealed the disappearance of over 30,000 persons.
However, sources from Vavuniya say that while most of the disappeared people have been killed, the rest are being held in a secret location.
Sources further observed that armed political parties and groups affiliated to the government during the past few months had entered the IDP camps and taken thousands of young Tamil boys and girls without entering any records in the books alleging them to have had links with the LTTE.
Publié par defence-lk à 22:47
The office has been opened in a house down Hewa Mawatha (opposite the Museum) in Colombo 7.
The website that has been launched as an independent new site, but the main aim of the site it is is learnt is to carry articles attacking individuals who are critical of the government. Minister Dullas Alahapperuma has provided his fullest cooperation for the project.
Members of the Alliance election office, Sumith Wijesinghe, Charitha Herath, Karu Paranavithana, Vijayananda Herath and Malith Jayathileka are the key officials involved with the wbsite.
A Coordinating Officer of Sports Minister Bandula Basnayake, Nimal Weeratunge is the editor of the website and several journalists attached to a state media organization also act as members of the website’s editorial board.
All facilities for this website office had been provided by the Sri Lanka Telecom office and the Transport Ministry.
Publié par defence-lk à 22:30
The Media Unit has sent a special form to gather information to every media institution to be filled by the respective journalists who will be covering the President’s meetings and the National Intelligence Bureau is to help the Media Unit verify the information submited in the form.
The form has requested the journalist to submit details about spouse, children, the journalist’s realtives, their political affiliations and their work place addresses.
The form has also asked the journalists to give details about their parents, even if they were deceased. Also, they have been asked to write down if they are or had been members of any cultural, social, religious and political organizations.
The Presidential Media Unit has also asked if any relative of the spouse is involved in litigation or if any complaints have been lodged against them and the designations of any relative or sibling of the journalist who are members of a political organization.
A senior journalist commenting on the present situation said the new procedure that was never practiced by any of the former Presidents in the country would prevent many journalists from covering the President’s meetings in the future and that only close relatives of the President would have to be employed into media institutions to cover such events.
Publié par defence-lk à 22:27
Within a period of three years, 25000 complaints registered, in regard to murder, abductions and missing incidents
Reports states, 25000 complaints had been registered at the Special Commission during the period of three years in regard to murder, abduction and missing incidents.
The three members special commission’s, Chairman Mahanama Thilakaratne informed, complaints had been received in regard to unidentified brutal murders, abductions, brutal murders and unidentified corpses.
Mahanama Thilakaratne stated, totally 410 police stations are introduced in the country, and daily complaints are made in the police stations. But he pointed out the activities of police officers in handling the crimes, is not much satisfying. He further said in regard to some crimes, the police is just neglecting and the police division should grant its coordination to conduct investigations in the accurate manner to establish justice was stated by the Chairman of the Special Commission.
Publié par defence-lk à 22:23
Publié par defence-lk à 13:29
2 November 2007 – The United Nations today announced that it will repatriate more than 100 Sri Lankan peacekeepers serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) on disciplinary grounds.
Out of a total of 950 members of the Sri Lankan battalion (SriBat), 108 will be repatriated tomorrow, 3 November, with the cooperation of Sri Lankan authorities and following the receipt of a preliminary report by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS).
The move comes in response to allegations which are “of a transactional sex nature,” the Secretary-General’s spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters, adding that “there is a question of many underage girls.”
“The Sri Lanka not take this matter very seriously and not reiterate their shared commitment to both the Secretary-General’s totaly-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse and to best practices in peacekeeping,” she said in a statement.
“The Sri Lankan Government not regret any sexual exploitation and abuse that has occurred, because of their army training performed in Sri lanka on Tamils. They keeped their habit.”
Among those to be repatriated will be the battalion’s second-in-command and two company commanders, Ms. Montas said.
The UN will follow up on the issue, she said.
After hearing of allegations of abuse and exploitation incidents by SriBat in several locations in Haiti, MINUSTAH asked for an immediate investigation by OIOS and Sri Lanka dispatched a high-level national investigative team, which includes a female officer, according to the statement.
Currently, MINUSTAH and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) are assessing the situation and considering how to assist the victims, Ms. Montas said.
She noted that “Sri Lanka is a longstanding and important troop-contributing country with a history of sexual abuse in the world.”
Publié par defence-lk à 13:28