GENOCIDE OF THAMILS
(Copy of the lengthy letter Dravida Peravai today started to email to Prime Ministers and Presidents of all Member Nations of UN. Mail by post also will be made for those mails that gets bounced or for leaders not available through email. The purpose of this mail campaign is to initiate a open debate among nations which is borrowing the oft repeated phrase of resolving Thamil issue within the framework of unitary Srilanka. Driving home that this solution will not work, Dravida Peravai argues for exploring other options to settle Thamils grievances apart from punishing the guilty of Thamil Genocide..... 25.05.2009 )
Subject: Appeal to Member Nations of UN to punish guilty over Thamil Genocide and to evaluate various options and then support Thamil Eelam liberation which is inevitable -regarding...
World has to wake up to the war crimes of Srilankan President Mr.Mahinda Rajapakshe. The war had been a war without witnesses but the Western nations and United Nations have in their possession satellite pictures which will go a long way to establish the war crimes. Even after declaring victory, the Srilankan Government adamantly refuses access to international media and non-government organizations with the sole motive to destroy whatever evidences remain in the theatre of war.
Report of the International Law Commission had defined war crimes under Principle IV as early as 1950. Every word of that definition suitably fits into the charges against Srilankan President Mr.Mahinda Rajapakshe. War crimes are violations of the laws and customs of war which include but are not limited to murder, ill treatment or depredation to forced labour or for any other purpose of civilian population or in the occupied territory murder or ill treatment of the prisoners of war or persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public property, wanton destruction of cities, towns or villages or devastation not justified by military necessity.
The elected representatives of Thamil people, members of parliament had been murdered in Srilanka. Within four walls of the well protected prisons, political prisoners were assaulted by fellow prisoners instigated on racial grounds to pluck the eyes of Thamil leaders, and such barbarian acts is a continuous process for 5 decades and more. Journalists who do not hide the crimes of the government were murdered. Indian Thamil fishermen, who for centuries pursuing their profession were killed not by thugs but by Srilankan navy, just because Sinhalese nurture hatred towards Thamils. They have killed not only freedom fighters, but fishermen of a neighboring country, India, just because of ethnicity. The wanton destruction of Thamil properties and Thamil massacres were a regular feature from 1956 to 2009. In the last 5 months on the pretext of targeting terrorists, Srilankan army had brought heavy destruction of Thamil villages and towns. The uncivilized savages in Srilankan army had bombed hospitals schools and no fire zones. In the concluding hours, the Srilankan army had killed freedom fighters who came with white flags to surrender, as advised by neutral nations to conflict. These are the war crimes committed by Srilankan President Mahinda Rajapakshe, Defense Minister and Army, Naval Chiefs of Srilanka.
Nuremberg Charter describes crimes against humanity as crimes such as murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhumane acts committed against any civilian population, before or during the war or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds.
The nations of the world are not aware of the root causes that led to the civil war. Now everyone talks that devolution of powers and equal treatment to all is within reach, forgetting the fact that Thamils have been chasing this mirage for past 5 decades. To drive home our charges of genocide we begin with seeking justice for the genocide of elected Members of Parliament of Srilanka.
Thamil National Alliance parliamentarian for National List, Joseph Pararajasingham, 70, was shot and killed by two gunmen belonging to a paramilitary group operated by Sri Lankan Government in the St. Mary's Cathedral in Batticaloa town while he was attending the Christmas Eve mass of 24th December 2005.
Parliamentarian for Jaffna District, Nadarajah Raviraj, 44, was shot and killed in Colombo on 10/11/2006 around 8:30am by Paramilitary group operated by the Srilankan Government.
Thamil National Alliance parliamentarian of Jaffna District, Kiddinan Sivanesan, 50, was killed on 06/03/2008 in a Claymore attack carried out by the Sri Lanka Army Deep Penetration Unit on A-9 road.30 minutes after he crossed into Vanni through Omanthai/ Puliyamkulam entry/exit point. Claymore attack took place at Kollarpuliyamkulam 1:20pm.
Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah assassinated, by Mahindarajapakse Government August 21, 2006
Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah, 68, was shot and killed at his temporary residence inside the High Security Zone of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in Tellippalai Sunday night around 7:20 p.m. He was the Managing Director of Jaffna Thamil daily "Namathu Eelanadu" and the veteran chairman of Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society (MPCS) in Tellippalai, Jaffna, Mr. Sivamaharajah is a former parliamentarian (TULF) and a senior member of Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), the main constituent party of the Thamil National Alliance (TNA). Velupillai Pirapaharan, leader of Thamil Nation, awarded the 'Maamanithar' meda.
Vanniasingham Vigneswaran assassinated, by Mahindarajapakse Government Friday, 7 April 2006 around 9.30 a.m
Mr.Vanniasingham Vigneswaran, President of the Trincomalee District Thamil Peoples' Forum (TDTPF) was shot dead Friday, 7 April 2006 around 9.30 a.m. by the SriLankan Military intelligentsia when he was about to enter the main branch of the Bank of Ceylon (BoC) located along Inner Harbor Road between the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police and Trincomalee Harbor Police. The assassination of the key Thamil activist has taken place when the Thamil National Alliance (TNA) was about to announce the appointment of Mr. Vigneswaran as the national list Parliamentarian to fill the position held by Joseph Pararajasingham MP who was slain in Batticaloa on Christmas eve.
Mr.Gumar Ponnambalam murdered by Chandrika`s Government on 5th January 2000
Mr. Kumar Ponnambalam, president of the All Ceylon Thamil Congress, was shot dead by SriLankan government sponsored gunmen at Wellawatte, suburb of the capital Colombo on 05th January 2000, around 11.15 a.m. The attack took place at Ramakrishna road, near a by lane known as 'Muhamthiram lane'. He was born on 12 August 1938; Ponnambalam entered the Sri Lankan politics in the early 60's. In 1966 he became the president of the Thamil Congress' Youth Wing.
Velupillai Pirapaharan, leader of Thamil Nation, awarded the 'Maamanithar' medal, to Yogaluxmi Ponnambalam, wife of late Kumar Ponnambalam, in honor of her husband in a special function held in Kilinochchi, Sunday 11May 2003
We could also give statistics of journalists killed in Srilanka, but that will be done in our complaints to UN Human Rights Council. Now we are taking back to the past to trace the root causes of the conflict and to tell you in brief about the various initiatives that failed to yield fruits.
.Federalism is buried: 'sAfter the UNP Government of 1977-1989 adopted its 1978 Constitution, political devolution and the establishments of a federal system of government were precluded by Article 2, which declared 'sThe Republic of Srilanka is a unitary state. The remaining scope for political decentralization was eliminated by Article 76 which specified that the Parliament shall not abdicate or in any manner alienate its legislative power and shall not set up any authority with legislative power. The two articles were incorporated explicitly to forbid devolution. Indeed when the Constitution was adopted, then President J.R.Jayawardene confidently claimed to have all but closed the door on federalism¡±. These observations in the Assessment of conflict resolution initiatives in Srilanka from 1957 to 1996, reveals that unless these two provisions in the Constitution is removed no federalism can come into existence.
Official language status is deprived: Till 1956 Thamil and Sinhalese languages enjoyed equal status. India which always boasts of the 13th Amendment of 1987 to the Srilankan Constitution as a fruit of its intervention conveniently closes its eyes to the article 18, which had taken the life out of the amendment. The article states that official language of Srilanka shall be Sinhala. Thamil shall also be an official language. English shall be link language. Neither India then nor the other nations that sermonize the need to resolve issues within Srilanka are going to get the Constitution amended to read The official languages of Srilanka shall be Sinhala and Thamil. This alone is equality, which Srilanka will never concede, that too when it is in a position of strength.
Dictatorship in garb of Democracy: The UNP Government creation of Executive Presidency dealt a death knell to the Cabinet system of governance, devalued the office of the Prime Minister, and by 1981 Parliament was reduced to silent spectator with no powers. Unless Executive Presidency is done away and Parliament regains its supremacy, there can neither be democracy for Sinhalese or Thamils.
Under Occupation forces safety in peril: Preferential recruitment of Sinhalese only in army and police force starting from sixties had led to a situation where Thamils does not even constitute one percent of the armed forces. Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi'semissary Mr.G.Parthasarathy who drafted the Annexure C proposals was aware of this imbalance and made first effort to address the issue of security forces remaining foreign forces in the eyes of Thamils. Till date the security and police forces have no space for Thamils, which makes Thamils insecure in the unitary Srilankan state. After defeating the so called terrorists, if the Srilankan Government had given General Amnesty to the Thamil forces, and had absorbed them, some degree of trust towards government would have reared its head in Thamil hearts. But it is not so. We once heard US President calling for General Amnesty, but now no such voice is heard in international arena. All the civilians uprooted from their villages due to war will not be immediately resettled, but they have to remain in concentration camps, till all physically able young boys and children are taken away for screening and killed so that not a single young men with able bodies will be allowed to resettle, seems to be the order of the Srilankan Government, and this act falls under the criteria of crimes against humanity. Hence along with Srilankan President, Defense Minister and Army Chief, Naval Chief, Air Chief of the Srilankan Government and the Para-military forces patronized by Srilankan Government should be charged with war crimes and brought to book.
Theocratic state that buries Secularism: India prides itself to be secular state, but it patronizes a theocratic state, just because the Sinhalese call themselves Aryan. Racial affinity blinds some of the Aryans who consider indigenous Dravidian people as their eternal enemy. There cannot be any common ground between the rulers of India and Srilanka on secularism. There cannot be common ground with the geo-political interests of China and Pakistan, but the racial affinity makes the rulers of India remain adamant with like rock like stubbornness, with no prick from conscience unmovable by the protests, self immolations, and cries of help from Indian Thamils, who are Dravidians. Racial common thread between so called secularists of India and theocrats of Srilanka blinds Indian vision towards Thamil genocide.
The 1978 constitution reserved for Buddhism the foremost place [art.9] in contrast to other religions, a provision which was introduced in the 1972 Republican Constitution with the motive to make Buddhism the State Religion. The January 1996 Draft Provisions by Art 7 strived to entrench Buddhism and create a Supreme Council of the Buddhist clergy to advise the Government elected by various religious communities, on the process of fostering only one religion, Buddhism. The Indian brains which remains in paralysis, will never seek amendment to make Srilanka a secular state. They will advise all religions to dismantle their structures in Srilanka and get assimilated by Sinhala language, religion, and authority. Such unitary state will be an open air concentration camp for people of other religions. Now Thamils, within them considerable amount of Christians live in concentration camps allowing breathing time for Sinhalese Government to nip in bud all young boys and girls, so that a physically handicapped Thamil people'sstate can be established as vassal state of Srilanka.
Broken Pacts of Past and to be Broken promises to Donor Nations now: The countries that had borrowed the Indian formula to solve the aspirations of the Thamil people are not aware that both India and Srilanka are hiding the hidden truths about so many pacts and initiatives of the past in this direction ended in a fiasco. If democratically mandated Thamil parties from 1957 failed to realize federalism and equal rights by pacts with Srilankan Governments of all times, now India wants Thamils to expect the victor who had crushed a freedom struggle to offer better panacea to the vanquished, is totally foolish. Indian Governments pact with Srilanka itself is broken to pieces, and now India wants Thamils to pick the rags of that agreement from the dustbins of Srilankan President. This is to fool the world and Indian Thamils urge the nations with conscience not to buy the Indian argument but to individually evaluate the solutions that they can offer to people of Thamil Eelam.
A] Pact between Prime Minister S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Srilanka and Leader of the Federal Party Mr.S.V.J.Selvanayagam signed in July 1957 and abrogated unilaterally by the Prime Minister in May 1958, stands for scrutiny here, to remind the nations that preach a solution within Srilanka, that however they may wish, it won¡¯t get fulfilled. The Federal party agreed to abandon its demand for a federal system, and agreed to regionalism, which means political decentralization within the unitary framework of governance. Srilanka that did not accept this compromise in 1958 but now after vanquishing the freedom struggle, it will only offer slavery.
1] The Pact agreed that in Regional Councils Members of Parliament representing the Central Government can preside, which gave room for Parliament to directly control these regional councils. Instead of seeking powers for the Ministers in the Regional Council, the pact paved way to reduce powers and to vest some powers to Parliament.
2] The Pact agreed that regional councils should have powers for subjects including agriculture, cooperatives, lands and land development, colonization, education, health, industries and fisheries, housing and social services, electricity, water schemes and roads. The flaw in this pact is it did not delineate the legislative powers of the regional councils.
3] The Pact did not specify the Executive powers of the proposed regional councils. The powers of Regional Council would not be greater than that of municipalities.
4] The Pact reiterated Sinhala as the sole official language of Srilanka. The Federal Party accepted the secondary status given to Thamil language but the Pact remained silent on non-sinhalese speaking peoples living outside the Northern and Eastern Provinces.
5] The Federal party, commentators say failed to vigorously defend the rights of Thamils and Muslims over land distribution in the Gal Oya scheme.
6] The 1957 Pact did not address the law and order issue
7] The 1957 Pact states that the Government will provide grants to regional councils and the regional councils will have powers to taxation and borrowing.
8] The 1957 Pact totally remained silent on economic resources but under infrastructure subject'selectricity, water schemes and roads were for regional councils.
9] The 1957 Pact conceded that over education Regional Councils will exercise controls.
10] The 1957 Pact kept silence over employment.
11] Linking citizenship to ethnicity that too the majority and relegating other ethnic groups lead to new class of Thamils called stateless Thamils being created to brand Thamils of Indian origin, the up-country Thamils. The Federal party prayed for the abolition of discriminatory classification of citizens of Registration.
12] The 1957 pact recognized Ceylon as a Sinhalese state, where Sinhala would be sole official language of the country and Thamil to be made as the language of administration of the North and Eastern provinces without infringing the position of official language.
This was the pact of 1957 when Thamils backed the Federal Party and even these concessions were not given and pact abrogated in May 1958. Then so many pacts, promises and initiatives, which did don't give the minimum requirement of Thamils, the nations of the world must bear in mind.
B] Senanayake-Chelvanayakam Pact of 1965. After the Parliamentary elections of 1965 the UNP lead by Mr.Dudley Senanayake did not have majority and it needed the support of the Federal Party of Thamils led by Mr.Selvanayagam. The Senanayake-Selvanayagam Pact of 1965, which Thamils pinned hopes will get them regionalism was not fulfilled by a national government in coalition with Federal Party. This show how treacherous the Sinhalese leaders and political parties have been in past, and they have changed names but not stance.
C] Model Constitution for the Federal Republic of Srilanka: The constituent assembly met to draft the first Republican constitution in 1972; Federal party tabled a model constitution which was rejected by the steering committee of the constituent assembly.
D] Presidential Commission on Development Councils 1979:Dr. Neelan Thiruchelvan Report of 1980 went to dustbin.
E] INDIAN INTERVENTION: Annexure C proposals: The holocaust of July 1983, which marks the daylight state terrorism without any sense of shame made then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to intervene. India initiated talks with Srilankan Government and Thamil United Liberation Front, a political party pursuing democratic path to fight for Thamils rights. This led to Annexure C proposals master minded by Mr.G.Parthsarathy, which could have formed the basis of further talks in the All Party Conference.
1] Annexure C failed to demand repeal of Article 76 thereby making the promise to transfer powers an empty promise. It neither urged to repeal Article 2 thereby accepting the unitary system nor does not pave way for regionalism.
2] The Annexure did not indicate whether Regional Councils would exercise control over Regional Public Service Commission and Regional Public Service. No provision was made to create Regional Judicial Service Commission.
3] The Annexure C confirmed the discriminatory treatment of Thamil language in 1978 Constitution.
4] Annexure C did not envisage transfer of the subject of land to councils.
5] The Annexure C did not even suggest placing Regional Police Service under the Regional Councils. The wanton exclusion of Thamils from employment in armed forces was not addressed to instill a sense of security for Thamils, and also to give them equal rights as citizens to join armed forces.
6] The 1983 Annexure C proposals addressed India'sconcerns by suggesting creation of a Port Authority under Central Government for administering Trincomalae Port.
7] Though Annexure C allocated culture as subject allocated to Regional Council, it did not define culture.
8] The Ceylon Thamils objected to the design of the National flag and anthem which did not reflect the multi national and multi cultural society of the country. Annexure C did not find remedy for this grievance but first time this issue was subjected to debate.
Having dealt what little was offered when India brokered peace in 1983 that too when the Iron lady Ms.Indira Gandhi was Indian Prime Minister, it will be wild goose chase again to seek for Thamils rights under unitary Srilankan State of Theocratic Dictatorship which had been a terrorist state to Thamils since 1956 till date.
F] District-Provincial Councils Bill of 1984: All Party Conference in August 1984 created a Working Group of Officials and Experts which submitted its report to the plenary sessions of the All Party Conference in September 1984. President submitted his statement to the All Party Conference in December 1984. A draft bill for District and Provincial Council was adopted in the conference, which did not satisfy Thamil aspirations or meet Thamils demand. Thamil United Liberation Front, the political party with majority representation of Thamils in Parliament expressed unhappiness which was a good excuse to President J.R.Jayawardene to shelve the bill in cold storage.
G] Thimpu Talks 1985 and after : Government of India brought Srilankan Government and Thamil militant groups LTTE, TELO, PLOTE, EROS, and EPRLF to negotiating table in Thimpu, capital of Bhutan, a Himalayan country. Talks failed. But Indian External Affairs Ministry continued its dialogue with the Srilankan President and a Draft Framework of Terms of Accord and Understanding was arrived at in August 1985. President J.R.Jayawardane should have submitted that draft to Srilankan cabinet, but he chose not to do, lapsing the agreement.
H] Rajiv Gandhi's Initiatives: Thamil United Liberation Front presented few proposals to Indian Prime Minister Mr.Rajiv Gandhi in December 1985, and India sought the opinion of Srilankan Government which rejected the demand of federalism. Then Indian Minister Mr.P.Chidambaram led a delegation to Srilanka and discussed with the Government of India and Thamil United Liberation Front. Government of Srilanka as a follow up sent its proposals to Government of India. Government of Srilanka prepared a Draft Amendment to the Constitution of Srilanka to provide legal sanction to Chidambaram proposals in September 1986. Subsequently discussions took place in Bangalore between Indian Prime Minister Mr.Rajiv Gandhi and Srilankan President Mr.J.R.Jayawardane and a working paper emerged on 18th November 1986. This paved way for proposals of 19th December 1986.
I] Indo-Srilankan Accord of 1987: It should be noted that while Srilanka was discussing ways and means to solve the Thamil conflict between 30th August 1985 to 19th December 1986 it was continuing its genocidal war. India then had a wise leader Mr.Rajiv Gandhi who provided all material and moral support to militants in the field while bringing diplomatic pressure on Srilanka to fix it for violation of human rights.
Unlike the whole world that watched helplessly without coming to the rescue of starving civilians in recent genocidal war, India headed by Mr.Rajiv Gandhi did not remain with lip service. It intervened to airdrop food and medicines to the war zones of Srilanka. This act forced Srilanka, which understands only the voice of the might, agreed to sign the Indo-Srilankan Agreement to establish peace and normalcy in Srilanka in July 1987.
The traditional Thamil homelands which were infiltrated by Sinhalese colonization were merged into a single North-Eastern province. The merger should be confirmed by referendum before end of 1988, thereafter it will be permanent. We all know how this promise was broken using Courts, and Indian leaders who swear by the name of Rajiv Gandhi have completely forgotten the longstanding demand of Thamils which Rajiv Gandhi obtained for Thamils after so much efforts.
To implement the accord Indian Peace Keeping Force was sent. LTTE agreed for cessation of hostilities and token surrender of arms and started handing to IPKF. The same accord contains a general amnesty clause. The general amnesty to political and other prisoners now held in the custody under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and other emergency laws, and to combatants, as well as those persons accused, charged and or convicted under these laws.
After signing the accord Government of Srilanka went back saying that amnesty does not apply to persons who have committed offences outside the North Eastern provinces and withheld amnesty to 1250 political prisoners. The LTTE retaliated by suspending surrender of arms.
Recently in May of 2009, the USA President Mr. Barrack Obama called for grant of General Amnesty to the freedom fighters of Thamil Eelam. If Srilanka in past had gone back on general amnesty agreed in a pact between India and Srilanka, how can United Nations or all civilized nations on Earth except those who condone the Thamil genocide by Srilanka, are going to get general amnesty to the 4000 LTTE fighters claimed by Srilanka to have surrendered. If the UN Secretary General had to go all the way praying for free access to humanitarian agencies to help Thamil civilians in concentration camps, who is going to pray for general amnesty for the LTTE fighters who have surrendered. They will not be treated as prisoners of war; all canons of international law will be thrown into winds. These 4000 fighters and all able bodied young men and girls among the Thamil civilians will be annihilated, Thamil villages and towns will be implanted with Sinhalese colonization, then the physically incapacitated, mentally derailed slaves now who remain behind barbed wires, may be allowed to go back to their original places. The time needed till year end is not to de-mine the areas but to de-Thamilize these places and to break down the will power of those who bore the brunt of the civil war, but somehow survived to become slaves.
J] The IPKF did not act in neutrality, here some bureaucrats or army officers derailed the purposes for which IPKF was sent to Srilanka. Let me quote few pages from Prof Daya Somasundaram`s book Scarred Minds The Psychological Impact of War on Sri Lankan Thamils. Professor Daya Somasundaram is the Professor of Psychiatry in the University of Jaffna and concurrently Consultant Psychiatrist, General (Teaching Hospital) Jaffna. He was one of the four authors of the book, Broken Palmyra, which was critical of the LTTE, a co-author of Mental Health in Cambodia, where he served as a Consultant Psychiatrist]
If American forces during Bush era indulge in excesses, America under President Barrack Obama makes amends and civilized democracy condemns such acts. India we have democracy but we are ashamed to wash our dirty linen in public. Anyhow as we look back at history we have to see the reasons behind LTTE and IPKF clashes culminating in the Rajiv Gandhi's murder.
Civilians Massacred by IPKF
Jaffna Hospital: - Doctors, Nurses and Patients inside the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, numbering 68 in all. .Their names are:- Dr A. Sivapathasuntheram, Dr M.K. Ganesharatnam (St.John`s College,Jaffna), Dr Parimelazhahar, Mrs. Vadivelu, Matron, Mrs. Leelawathie, Nurse, Mrs. Sivapakiam, Nurse, Mrs. Ramanathan, Nurse, Mr. Shanmugalingam, Ambulance Driver, Mr. Kanagalingam, Telephone Operator, Mr. Krishnarajah, Works Supervisor, Mr. Selvarajah, Works Supervisor, Eleven (11) Minor employees and forty six (46) patients .Duraiswamy brothers :- Two sons of late Sir Waithialingam Duraiswamy, Speaker of the State Council, residing in their ancestral home next to the Jaffna Clock Tower. One was R. Duraiswamy (SLAS) Retd. Secretary. Ministry of Local Government and M. Duraiwswamy Retd. Staff Officer Bank of Ceylon.
Retd Director of Irrigation Mr. S. Sivasubramaniam, retired Director of Irrigation, Mrs. Sivasubramaniam, his retired teacher wife and their only son, a brilliant boy who had studied at St. John'sCollege, Jaffna, scored 4A`s in the GCE(Al) and was in the second year of Medical College. Other Civilians Killed in Jaffna:- Prof. P. Chandrasekeram, University of Jaffna, Dr R.W. Crossett Thambiah, Dr Selvaratnam Former DMO Maskeliya, Dr S. Pararajasingham J.M.O, L.F.M. Samuel Rtd. Teacher (St. Thomas College, Mt. Lavinia & Royal College), K.J. Sambanthar Retd. DLO & Asst. Land Commissioner, Jaffna, Mrs. S. Sivanandaraja (mother), Mohanraj (son) (St.John`s College, Jaffna- 81 Batch) Technical Officer, Irrigation .Dept, Mrs. Kishnam, Mrs. M. Sebastiampillai, Mrs. N.R. Thuriappa, Mrs. V. Ruthiralingam, C.S. Aaron . Urumpirai: - A. Subramanian Attorney at Law, Mr. & Mrs. Pancharatnam, Rtd. Teachers, K. Navaratnam Rtd. Divisional Supdt. of Post Offices, S. Nadarajah, Formerly SLBC, Thamil Service, P. Arooran, M. Nadaraja, S. Rasanayagam Rtd. Credit Controller CCC Ltd. Anaikoddai: - Mrs. M. Weerasegaram Pillai, (Mother), Pillai Yasotha Weerasegaram (Daughter), Mrs. S. Thanapalasingham (Mother) Miss N. Thanapalasingham (Daughter) S. Kulasegerampillai, Retd. Station Master, Mrs. M. Arumugam .Mrs. R. Gnanamuttu, A. Candappu Rtd. State Officer, S. Selvaranee .Pirampadi, Kokuvil etc: - A large number of civilians were killed in Pirampadi and Kokuvil and buried in mass graves. The whole matter requires a book to do full justice. Ariyalai (my village) Ariyalai is at the eastern end of Jaffna town and the A9highway passes through it. This was one of the four routes the Indian Army took to enter and capture Jaffna. From Oct 10, 1987, we, living in Dehiwala, lost all contact with our relatives who lived in Ariyalai, among them my wife's71 year old mother, her sisters and their children, my close friends from my boyhood days in Jaffna. For twenty one (21) days, there was a continuous curfew imposed by the IPKF with half an hours notice. The local and foreign media were completely cut off from the scene of operations and terrible things yes, I use words carefully, TERRIBLE THINGS, were done to the Thamils in Jaffna. Rumors were rife. The militants said 30,000 civilians were killed. But I searched for reliable evidence, and these started trickling in, from late October 1987. One reliable class of evidence is the number of persons known to me personally, quite a number are blood relatives, who were killed. Among those killed was a 45 year old cousin brother, S. Shanmugasuntharam, Electrician, Jaffna Municipal Council, married, with two children, shot while going to his paddy field in East Ariyalai. No one could reach the body jackals and dogs ate the flesh and his brother Sinnathurai told me that the limbs and other parts were in different part of the paddy field and he gathered them and buried them in the paddy field. Sinnathurai had wept tears of a different sort in 1981 when he told me what he found on the day following the burning of the Jaffna Library, where he worked as an Assistant Librarian. But let us remain focused on the IPKF in this article.
An 84 year old uncle, S. Thambiah, father of the well known Journalist T. Sabaratnam, was killed inside his home by an Indian artillery shell. His daughter Pathma and grandchildren had taken refuge inside Ariyalai Sri Sithivinayagar temple and were unaware of what had happened. One of my childhood classmates, Poologasingam, who lived nearby and had also not gone to the temple as a refugee, discovered what had happened, cut a pit in the garden, put my uncle in a sack and buried him there. No last rites no cremation. Poologasingam went near the temple and shouted, `Pillai Pathma, Appah Vaikundam poddar naan thevai yathanich seythu poddan` (Child Pathma, your father has gone to heaven I have done what was necessary). My cousin Sabaratnam`s loss did not stop with his father. His mother in law, 80 year old Mrs. Thambimuttu was a refugee inside the temple. But an old lady cannot easily adjust to conditions inside a tightly packed temple and Hindu temples do not have toilet facilities, as devotees are expected to come in a `clean` state. So she went to her home within 250 meters of the temple for her morning ablutions. She was walking back feebly, with the aid of a walking stick and holding a flickering lamp, and was within 50 meters of the temple when she was shot dead by the Indian soldiers, from Sri Parwathi Vidyasalai which they were occupying. They discovered who they had killed and set fire to the body where it lay, using a tyre. She and my late mother Mrs. Saraswathy Thamotharam had been classmates in Chundikuli Girls College, Jaffna. She had been a source of comfort to my mother when we lost our father when mother was 28 years old and had to face the grim prospect of feeding, clothing and educating my brother (7 yrs) and myself (2 yrs), with not even a pension as father had served for less than 10 years. What burning pain,
More than our relatives, we mourn the death of the elder son of the chief priest of our temple, Subramaniya Kurukkal. Young Kannan Iyer, 24 years old, very fair, very handsome, well versed in Hindu neethi and also a fully qualified Accountant, was managing his own Accounting firm in Jaffna and assisting his father in carrying out the temple duties. He told his father on Deepavali Day in Oct 1987, when the father was getting ready to go to the temple to open the inner sanctum and light the lamps inside, to stay at home and that he would go by bicycle by a circuitous route to the temple to light the lamps. The inner sanctum had not been opened or lit after the influx of refugees. Only Brahmin priests can enter the inner sanctum. Instead of going to the temple, he went to heaven.
If anyone is interested, I shall take him or her to speak to Kannan Iyer`s mother. His father, the chief priest of our temple, performed the ancient Hindu marriage ceremony for me and my wife in 1962. He repeated it for our elder daughter and son-in-law in 1982. He is a learned and pious man and he has the spiritual resources to withstand the loss of his elder son. But tears flowed down the cheeks of his wife for the entire 45 minutes we spent with them in March 1988, five months after the joy of their life was snuffed out by the Indian army. To me, this is the worst crime of the IPKF assault on Jaffna. The life of a young and brilliant Brahmin priest, who would have risen to great heights promoting Saivaism, was snuffed out wantonly and this on Deepavali day when he set out to open the sanctum sanctorum and light a lamp inside the temple. Twenty six persons lost their lives in my village alone, during the Indian army'scampaign to gain control of Jaffna Peninsula in October-November 1987. The IPKF Operation in Jaffna did not stop with massacres of civilians. A large number of women were raped.
K] Other Initiatives that failed: After the 13 th Amendment of 1987, the Democratic People's Alliance came out with proposals in 1988. The drafting committee of the All Party of Conference was given with proposals by participating Thamil parties. Thondaman proposals were handed over in 1991. UNP party's Presidential candidate Mr.Gamini Thissanayake came out with a vision for 21 st century. The Up-Country People'sFront in December 1994 submitted its peace formula to the Parliamentary Select Committee. Then Srilankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga came out with Basic Ideas on 3 rd August 1995. These basic ideas were formulated into draft proposals on January 1996.
L] India is not in a position to intervene or influence as it did during the times of Rajiv Gandhi. The unfortunate murder of Rajiv Gandhi had thrust one point Agenda on the ruling party of India to take revenge on LTTE. Now that revenge had been accomplished, it is high time for India to evaluate its foreign policies. In recent months overnight so many retired army men from IPKF turned into columnists occupying media space to support the Agenda for Revenge, unfortunately forgetting that what their army did in Srilanka brought about the turn of events and agendas for revenge.
To err is human but to kill our conscience and supporting Thamil Genocide is behavior of brutes. We appeal to all nations to look at the list of massacres from 1956 to 2001 till the Norway brokered peace dawned in Srilanka.
1. Inginiyakala massacre [05.06.1956]
2. 1958 pogrom
3. Thamil research conference massacre ©\10.01.1974
4. 1977 communal pogrom
5. 1981 communal pogrom
6. Burning of the Jaffna library ©\01.06.1981
7. 1983 communal pogrom
8. Thirunelveli massacre ©\ 24, 25.07.1983
9. Sampalthoddam massacre ©\ 1984
10. Chunnakam Police station massacre ©\08.01.1984
11. Chunnakam market massacre ©\ 28.03.1984
12. Mathawachchi ¨C Rampawa ©\ September 1984
13. Point Pedro ¨C Thikkam massacre ©\ 16.09.1984
14. Othiyamalai massacre ©\ 01.12.1984
15. Kumulamunai massacre ©\ 02.12.1984
16. Cheddikulam massacre ©\ 02.12.1984
17. Manalaru massacre ©\ 03.12.1984
18. Blood soaked Mannar ©\ 04.12.1984
19. Kokkilai©\Kokkuthoduvai massacre ©\ 15.12.1984
20. Vankalai church massacre ©\ 06.01.1986
21. Mulliyavalai massacre ©\ 16.01.1985
22. Vaddakandal massacre ©\ 30.01.1985
23. Puthukkidiyiruppu Iyankovilady massacre 21.04.1985
24. Trincomalee massacres in 1985
25. Valvai©\85 massacre 10.05.1985
26. Kumuthini Boat massacre 15.05.1985
27. Kiliveddi massacre in 1985
28. Thiriyai massacre ©\ 08.06.1985
29. Sampaltivu ©\ 04 to 09.08.1985
30. Veeramunai massacre ©\ 20.06.1990
31. Nilaveli massacre 16.09.1985
32. Piramanthanaru massacre ©\ 02.10.1985
33. Kanthalai©\85 massacre ©\ 09.11.1985
34. Muthur Kadatkaraichenai ©\ 08, 09, 10.11.1985
35. Periyapullumalai massacre in 1986
36. Kilinochchi Railway Station massacre ©\ 25.01.1986
37. Udumbankulam massacre ©\ 19.02.1985
38. Vayaloor massacre ©\ 24.08.1985
39. Eeddimurinchan massacre ©\ 19, 20.03.1986
40. Anandapuram shelling ©\ 04.06.1986
41. Kanthalai©\86 massacre ©\ 04, 05.06. 1986
42. Mandaithivu sea massacre ©\ 10.06.1986
43. Seruvila massacre ©\ 12.06.1986
44. Thambalakamam massacres ©\ 1985, 1986
45. Paranthan farmer'smassacre ©\ 28.06.1986
46. Peruveli refugee camp massacre ©\ 15.07.1986
47. Thanduvan bus massacre ©\ 17.07.1986
48. Mutur Manalchenai massacre ©\ 18.07. 1986
49. Adampan massacre ©\ 12.10.1986
50. Periyapandivrichchan massacre ©\ 15.10.1986
51. Kokkadichcholai©\87 massacre ©\ 28.01.1987
52. Paddithidal massacre ©\ 26.04.1987
53. Thonithiddamadu massacre ©\ 27.05.1987
54. Alvai temple shelling ©\ 29.05.1987
55. Eastern University massacre ©\ 23.05.1990
56. Sammanthurai massacre ©\ 10.06.1990
57. Xavierpuram massacre ©\ 07.08.1990
58. Siththandy massacre ©\ 20, 27.07.1990
59. Paranthan junction massacre ©\ 24.07.1990
60. Poththuvil massacre ©\ 30.07.1990
61. Tiraikerny massacre ©\ 06.08.1990
62. Kalmunai massacre ©\ 11.08.1990
63. Thuranilavani massacre ©\ 12.08.1990
64. Eravur hospital massacre ©\ 12.08.1990
65. Koraveli massacre 14.08.1990
66. Nelliyadi market bombing ©\ 29.08.1990
67. Eravur massacre ©\ 10.10.1990
68. Saththurukkondan massacre ©\ 09.09.1990
69. Natpiddymunai massacre ©\ 10.09.1990
70. Vantharamullai©\90 massacre ©\ 05, 23,09,1990
71. Mandaithivu disappearances ©\ 23.08.1990, 25.09.1990
72. Oddisuddan bombing ©\ 27.11.1990
73. Puthukkudiyiruppu junction bombing
74. Vankalai massacre ©\ 17.02.1991
75. Vaddakkachchi bombing ©\ 28.02.1991
76. Vantharumoolai ©\ 09.06.1991
77. Kokkadichcholai©\91 massacre ©\ 12.06.1991
78. Pullumalai massacre ©\ 1983©\1990
79. Kinniyadi massacre ©\ 12.07.1991
80. Akkarayan hospital massacre ©\ 15.07.1997
81. Uruthrapuram bombing ©\ 04.02.1991
82. Karapolla©\Muthgalla massacre ©\ 29.04.1992
83. Vattrapalai shelling ©\ 18.05.1992
84. Thellipalai temple bombing ©\ 30.05.1992
85. Mailanthai massacre ©\ 09.08.1992
86. Kilali massacre ©\1992, 1993
87. Maaththalan bombing ©\ 18.09.1993
88. Chavakachcheri©\Sangaththanai bombing ©\ 28.09.1993
89. Kokuvil temple massacre & bombing ©\ 29.09.1993
90. Kurunagar church bombing ©\ 13.11.1993
91. Chundikulam©\94 massacre ©\ 18.02.1994
92. Navali church massacre ©\ 09.07.1995
93. Nagarkovil bombing ©\ 22.05.1995
94. Chemmani mass graves in 1996
95. Kilinochchi town massacre ©\ 1996©\1998
96. Kumarapuram massacre ©\ 11.02.1996
97. Nachchikuda strafing ©\ 16.03.1996
98. Thambirai market bombing ©\ 17.05.1996
99. Mallavi bombing ©\ 24.07.1996
100. Pannankandy massacre ©\ 05.07.1997
101. Kaithady Krishanthi massacre ©\ 07.09.1996
102. Vavunikulam massacre ©\ 26©\09©\1996, 15©\08©\1997
103. Konavil bombing ©\ 27.09.1996
104. Mullivaikal bombing ©\ 13.05.1997
105. Mankulam shelling ©\ 08.06.1997
106. Thampalakamam massacre ©\ 01.02.1998
107. Old Vaddakachchi bombing ©\ 26.03.1998
108. Suthanthirapuram massacre ©\ 10.06.1998
109. Visuvamadhu shelling ©\ 25.11.1998
110. Chundikulam©\98 bombing 02.12.1998
111. Manthuvil bombing ©\ 15.09.1999
112. Palinagar bombing and shelling ©\ 03.09.1999
113. Madhu church massacre ©\ 20.11.1999
114. Bindunuwewa massacre
115. Mirusuvil massacre ©\ 19.12.2000
Appeal to the Conscience of Leaders of the Nations under UN:
Having seen the list, and now Thamils having lost the freedom struggle, would you say that Thamils will be treated as human beings within unitary Srilankan State? Whether UN will stand guarantee, or which nation on Earth can assure Thamils a life with dignity within unitary Srilanka.
We Indian Thamils urge United Nations to constitute a Tribunal on War Crimes for Genocide of Eelam Thamils, on the lines of Nuremburg Tribunal constituted the war criminals of Nazi-Germany after the II nd World War ended. Nuremburg Tribunal had laid down certain principles which are relevant to the war crimes on Eelam Thamils. i] The crimes against international law are committed by men not by abstract entities and only by punishing individuals who commit such crimes can the provisions of international law be enforced. ii] Report of the International Law Commission of 1950 states The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as Head of State or responsible government official does not relieve him from responsibility under International law.
Having stated the position of International law, we Indian Thamils urge the nations in Security Council and if roadblocks caused by veto hinder then the general assembly of the United Nations to constitute International Tribunal for Srilanka for violation of International humanitarian law and Genocide committed in the traditional homeland of Eelam Thamils acting under the Chapter VII of the UN charter.
Srilankan President Mr.Mahinda Rajapakshe had committed war crimes. It would be appropriate to remind the Member Nations of the United Nations that the General Assembly Resolution 3074 [XXVIII] dated 3rd December 1973 declaring Principles of International Co-operation in the detention, arrest, extradition and punishment of persons guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity must be borne in mind and all nations, Indian Thamils urged must cooperate in bringing to book the Srilankan President Mr.Mahinda Rajapakshe for war crimes and genocide.
War crimes and crimes against humanity whenever or wherever they are committed, shall be subjected to investigation and the persons against whom there is evidence that they have committed such crimes shall be subject to tracing, arrest, trial and if found guilty to punishment. According to this we urge Srilankan President to be fixed for his war crimes.
The Nuremburg charter describes crimes against humanity as the crimes such as murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhumane acts committed against any civilian population, before or during the war or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, in execution of or in connection with any crime.
Though Nuremburg Trial, Tokyo Trial , Eichmann case, Chernigov Trial, UN War Crimes Commission to investigate war crimes committed in former Yugoslavia, Milosevic War Crimes Trial, International Tribunal for Rwanda etc may be there, the one that stands apart is the Mai Lai Trial. Mai lai is a village in Vietnam whole population of which was killed by American personnel. American citizens proved to be worthy citizens of humanism and condemned their own military officers committing war crimes. International community brought pressure. It is a landmark in the history of trials on war crimes. Mai Lai Trial marks the new trend where reaction of the international community and the pressure of its own citizens compelled to hold trial. This example of the greatest democracy of America makes every citizen on earth bow their head to salute the humanness of American people. Such a state, which does not even spare its officers, is now urging the United Nations Human Rights Council to initiate action on Srilankan President for Thamil Genocide. The Indian state of Thamilnadu in one voice is demanding India to back the countries that are moving resolution to charge Srilankan President Mahinda Rajapakshe for Thamil genocide. Unfortunately along with China and Pakistan, India is to give a clean chit to Srilankan President. India must hold a referendum In Thamilnadu, and if its own citizens give clean chit to Srilankan President, then India can whitewash the crimes committed by Srilankan President. Like America, India should have put its own IPKF officers for trial in war crimes. It missed that chance to prove that Gandhian India will not tolerate crimes against humanity. Now when Indian satellites would have given more evidences of genocide, India is morally bound to share those evidences with international community that is seeking justice for Thamils butchered under genocide.
India had followed the policy of appeasing Srilanka to prevent it from falling totally into the kitty of China. In pursuit of this illogical foreign policy, India had turned a blind eye towards frequent killing of Indian Thamil fishermen in Palk Straits by the Srilankan army.
The international community that seeks action against Srilankan President must also seek action against Srilankan President and Srilankan naval chief for their genocide of Indian Thamil fishermen in the Palk Straits.
The International Court of Justice in Cu Channel case  had conceded that in times of peace states has the right to send their ships through straits provided that passage is innocent. The same had been incorporated in UN Convention on Law of the Sea, 1982. When innocent passage is permissible to ships it also must apply to fishing craft. There has been no war between India and Srilanka, and there is no reason for Srilankan navy to continuously resort to killing of Indian Thamil for decades. India and Pakistan are enemy nations but if Indian fishermen stray into Pakistan waters, Pakistan arrests them and releases. But India and Srilanka are friendly nations, yet Indian fishermen are killed. It has become a regular occurrence periodically reported in media leading to fishermen protests. Srilanka resorts to indiscriminate firing on Indian fishermen just because they are Thamils by ethnicity. Dravida Peravai had collected information on the lives lost under the Right to Information Act of India. We will be sending those details to the UN Human Rights Council and to the Public Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court of Justice, urging that the Genocide of Thamils committed by Srilankan President is not confined to Srilankan soil, but it is pursued in international waters, as well as Indian waters. Hence we urge upon the nations in United Nations to request India to deliver the list of Indian fishermen killed by Srilankan navy, so that the Genocide of Indian Thamils also could be included in the genocide charges against Srilankan President.
Indian Government or other Nations that show adamancy to accept the separate state demand of Thamils must re-evaluate their policies in the light of the genocidal war unleashed by Srilanka aimed at ethnic cleansing. This ethnic cleansing had been the single goal pursued by various Srilankan governments and political parties for nearly half a century.
Let the civilized democracies of this earth touch their conscience and say whether they have forgotten the Nazi persecution of the Jews. Now let them read what Sinhalese Members of Parliament had spoken in their country'sParliament. Can any Parliamentarian speak openly with impunity in any of the Parliaments or Senates of this Earth, in the manner in which Sinhalese Members of Parliament had spoken in past?
Sinhalese Buddhist Member of Parliament from Kundasale Mr.D.M.Chandrapala spoke in July 1981 in Srilankan Parliament: Quote 'sNow Sir¡. What should we do to this so called leader of Thamils? If I were given powers, I would tie him to the nearest concrete post in this building and horses whip him till I raise him to his wits. Thereafter let anybody do anything he likes, throw him into the Biere[lake] or into the sea, because he will be so mutilated that I do not think there will be life in him.
Mr.G.V.Punchinilame, Sinhalese Buddhist Member of Parliament from Ratnapura to explain in Parliament on how cruelly Thamils should be tortured. Quote: Since yesterday morning, we have heard in this honorable house about the various types of punishment that should be meted out to them. [Thamil Parliamentary leaders]. The M.P for Panadura, Dr.Neville Fernando said that there was a punishment during the regime of Sinhalese kings, namely two areca nut posts are erected, the two posts are then drawn towards each other with a rope, then tie the each feet of the offender to each post and then cut the rope which will result in tearing apart the body. These people [Thamil M.Ps] should be punished that way.
Some members suggested that they should be put to death on the stake, some other members said their passports should be confiscated, still other members said they should be made to stand at Galle Face and shot. The people of this country want and the government is prepared to inflict these punishments on these people.
Before violence erupted or militarist movements took inception, when purely Thamils were pursuing democratic path demanding state autonomy through peaceful means, Srilankan Parliament had debated on how Thamil Members of Parliament should be killed and tortured.
Such hatred possessed only by their predecessors, the Aryan Nazis, is inbuilt in the minds of Aryan Sinhalese. Cruelty is their creed. Barbarianism is their gospel. To teach cannibals to behave in civilized manner if efforts are put, it will yield results. But the Sinhalese who inscribed their language letter Sri with hot irons in the forcibly exposed bare chests of Thamil women in fifties, Sinhalese who could pluck the eyes of freedom fighters within their prison and to crush it with their boots in sadistic arrogance, will torture the entire Thamil race. World watched helplessly when civilians are killed in so called safe zones. World watched while international agencies could not reach Thamils with medicines and food for internally displaced peoples.
If under unitary Srilanka, Thamils are forced to live it will only be a life worse than a slave, and whoever moots that idea for whatever geo-political compulsion, will be placed as abettors of genocide before future generations and in history.
Before concluding, it is my duty to recall the words of then Srilankan President as published in Daily Telegraph of Srilanka on 11th July 1983. Mr.J.R.Jayawardane with whom innocent political novice Mr. Rajiv Gandhi inked an accord in 1987 had spoken in 1983, as follows: I am not worried about the opinion of the Thamil people, now we cannot think of them, not about their lives or opinion. The more you put pressure in the North, the happier will the Sinhalese people be here. Really if I starve the Thamils out, the Sinhalese people will be happy.
We urge the United Nations that seeking punishment for war crimes and genocide is not enough. They must realize that Thamils and Sinhalese cannot co-exist in unitary Srilankan State. In order to drive home Dravida Peravai had quoted from fiery speeches in Parliament.
UN Secretary General Mr.Banki Moon after meeting Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa and other top officials in Kandy warned during a news conference with Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama that unless the government can reconcile with the country's Thamil minority, "history could repeat itself." It shows the concern of the UN Secretary General for Thamil cause, but Thamils know from experience that his warning will fall on deaf years.
We, Indian Thamils appeal to world nations to send UN Peace Keeping Force to Srilanka, to supervise the rehabilitation and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons. Srilanka only wants funds but it will not use for resettlement or rehabilitation. It will use to colonize Thamil villages and towns with Sinhalese that is why it is keeping IDPs in barbed wire camps preventing them from going back to their traditional homes even after declaration of success in war by the Srilankan Government.
The adamancy shown by Srilankan Government to grant free access to international media and non governmental organization is not only aimed at concealing the usage of banned and chemical weapons used to inflict genocide but it needs time to erase all traces of brutality by its security forces in the final phase of the Thamil Eelam war. UN and Member Nations must impose economic sanctions on Srilanka unless it opens its war zones and concentration camps to international media.
We remind the suggestion of General Amnesty made by US President Mr.Barrack Obama. The fate of 4000 LTTE cadres who had supposed to have surrendered is at peril. Though actual figures are not available, the process of screening conducted by Srilanka is to eliminate these LTTE cadres who should be treated as Prisoners of War in accordance with the tenets of international law. UN must exert diplomatic pressure on Srilanka to grant general amnesty to the LTTE cadres, and these cadres must be absorbed into the Srilankan army, since Thamil representation in army is almost nil. Thamil regiment in Srilanka cannot emerge in near future, the only way is to give employment to the freedom fighters in the army thereby assuring Thamils that the phobia of Sinhala dominated army need not exist, and safety of Thamils can be left in the hands of Thamil army. Unless General Amnesty is granted world is going to witness mass killings of all able bodied youth in Srilanka, any time in next few weeks.
Thamil struggle in fifties started with demand for a federal state. If like USA, a federal model is brought in Srilanka that could be considered by Thamils of Eelam and not the Indian model, which in name only is Union but in reality a unitary state.
To ensure the safety of Thamils Srilanka must be forced to allow Condominium .Condominium exists when over a particular territory joint dominion is exercised by two or more external powers. In past England and France exercised control and had rights over the territory of New Hebrides between 1914 and 1980. This gave joint sovereignty of France and Britain over New Hebrides. Historically in British India, India had condominium over Srilanka, and to assure Thamils till the historical wounds are healed and unity emerges, India can exercise condominium over the North Eastern Provinces, which will act as guarantee for Thamil lives against future genocide of Thamils. If not India, UN can have condominium along with Srilanka.
India wants to safeguard its geo-political interests, and USA accepts India as regional power in this region. In these circumstances, we urge USA and Nations of the European Union, and Democracies all over the world, member nations of United Nations to help Thamils gain Thamil Eelam, which can be a Protectorate State under India'shegemony.
The twin objectives to support Thamil Eelam Government in Exile, while pursuing to prosecute Srilankan President Mahinda Rajapakshe for crimes against humanity and genocide, needs the support of all Member Nations of UN. Dravida Peravai, a political party of Indian Thamils shares with you its views to generate awareness and also initiate a global debate on how to resolve the Thamil Eelam conflict. Mere lip services for equal rights within Srilanka will not resolve anything, as day be day world comes to know by the adamancy shown by Srilanka to starve Thamils to death during war, to keep Thamils in concentration camps in post war phase, to have kept international media in war to hide its chemical weaponry or brutality and now too to keep them at bay to erase all traces of evidences amount the large scale massacre of Thamils.With Regards.
Dear Representative Levin,
It was reported that you recently met with Prof. G. L. Peiris, Minister of Export Development and International Trade and Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya from Sri Lanka. You were quoted as saying that Sri Lanka would be considered for future trade agreements during your subcommittee’s examination
Minister Peiris was quoted as saying that this is the time for renewed investment in Sri Lanka, as the country resettles those displaced by the 25-year-long conflict, rebuilds the north and launches a political process that will give the Tamil population a new voice.
I am shocked at the above lies. The government of Sri Lanka has launched a despicable campaign of genocide and ethnic cleansing against the Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka. At the end of the military offensive against the Tamil Tigers, they killed over 25,000 civilians on the beach. There have been international demands for war crime investigations of this fascist government.
This was never a "war on terror" it has been a systematic ongoing genocide of the Tamil civilians, who have been persecuted and murdered for the last 60 years. The culmination of this persecution is the present ethnic cleansing of the Tamil people. The government of Sri Lanka has a policy of ongoing violence against this helpless civilian population. . Since the Tigers have been militarily defeated, there is no protection for the Tamils from their own government. Now the Tamil culture and civilians are facing annihilation.
There are 300,000 Tamil civilians in concentration camps. There is no access to journalists. There is no freedom for Tamils held hostage inside the camps. There is filthy water, little food, little medicine, few doctors., rampant chicken pox and hepatitis, frequent kidnappings of youth for torture and rapes, and no contact with the outside world. War crimes inquiries should be initiated, but the government of Sri Lanka has powerful friends and is protected. They refuse to acknowledge that the Tamils are entitled to equal treatment, and a safe and separate homeland.
I am attaching an article summarizing the horrific lies and mistreatment of the Tamil civilians.
In addition, Professor Elie Wiesel , after reviewing the situation, recently released a statement in favor of stopping this injustice
TAMIL PEOPLE STATEMENT:
Wherever minorities are being persecuted we must raise our voices to protest. According to reliable sources, the Tamil people are being disenfranchised and victimized by the Sri Lanka authorities. This injustice must stop. The Tamil people must be allowed to live in peace and flourish in their homeland.
- Elie Wiesel, June 30th 2009
When a Noble peace prize laureate and man if impeccable integrity evaluates this situation and releases a clear statement like this, I would assume you would agree to revaluate your position.
Please Rep Levin, the Sri Lanka government must not be allowed to go about " business as usual" and continue to spread their lies and cover up their human rights violations. This scale of genocide is overwhelming. The United Stages of America must make decisions based on morality, integrity and a commitment to not aiding and abetting a known fascist government who kills their own citizens and then covers it up. We are pleading with you, NOT to help this regime and join us in sending a clear message to the government of Sri Lanka.
The government of Sri Lanka is guilty of genocide. As president Obama stated, they are on the “wrong side of history”. Please stop all trade with them and ask that sanctions be imposed until they release all the Tamil hostages and resettle them back on their own lands.
I am enclosing 2 internet links proving the existence of the camps and the disgusting conditions that the government of Sri Lanka is forcing the Tamils to live in. Reports of 10 to 15 Tamils dying a day is probably a low estimate. I am devastated that we have done nothing about it. .
1. “If reports of violence and disappearances are added to this, the situation of the interned Tamils appears dire. “ http://www.opendemocracy.net/article/sri-lanka-camps-media-genocide
2. Eyewitness report on the camps http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/841
3. Article below: No welfare for Sri Lanka's Tamils
Dr Ellyn Shander MD Stamford, CT
No welfare for Sri Lanka's Tamils
By Tony Birtley, Asia correspondent
The latter stages of the war in Sri Lanka have been carefully
choreographed and hidden from the outside world, with the voices of
victims silenced through fear and insecurity.
There are allegations of war crimes, rape and torture, summary executions and prolonged bombardments by a government which, it is believed by human rights organisations, killed thousands of its own civilian citizens.
Al Jazeera has conducted its own investigation into the conflict and spoken to Tamils who have suffered and aid workers who have remained silent until now, revealing testimonies that call into question the version of events Sri Lanka's government wants the world to believe.
After enduring months of appalling conditions in the final stages of the war between the Sri Lankan military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the suffering continues for the Tamils displaced by the fighting.
One month after the government declared victory in the war, Tamils continue living in what the government calls "welfare" camps but what critics claim are little short of the world's biggest open air prisons.
It is almost impossible for journalists to get into the camps except for strictly controlled government tours such as the one given to Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, in May.
But these visits do not show the reality of life in the camps.
Crammed into camps
More than 250,000 men, women and children are crammed into conditions human rights groups call a disgrace, with as many as 15 people living in tents designed for five.
Focus: Sri Lanka
Contrary to international law there is no freedom of movement for the displaced, and no transparency in registration and interview processes.
The standards and amounts of water, food and sanitation
are well below what they should be and half of the children under age
five are suffering from malnutrition.
There have been outbreaks of diseases such as Hepatitis A, chicken pox and skin ailments, and there are fears that cholera may develop.
There have already been protests in some of the camps.
Menik farm, one of the biggest camps, was supposed to cater for 100,000 people but is home to 180,000.
"We are now in refugee centres and there is no proper water, food or sanitation for us," one Tamil refugee says.
"For the past three days we have not taken a bath. We are
only getting one meal a day in the night. We have been living in dirt
and there is a bad odour in the air everywhere."
The refugees, who are guarded by armed security services, are scared to speak out for fear of reprisals.
Even international aid workers are scared.
"The conditions are very poor, shelters are inadequate, the water and sanitation is extremely inadequate, they are extremely overcrowded," one aid worker says.
"And what they all share in common are the IDPs [internally displaced persons] are detained within the camps, they are surrounded by razor wire and no one's allowed out so, yes, I think I would call them prison camps."
There are also increasing allegations of sexual and physical abuse, impossible to prove conclusively without independent investigation which the government refuses.
"There are cases of abuse by the army, some of the cases include girls and women who have become pregnant," the aid worker says.
"I couldn't say who the perpetrators were … there's also harassment and inappropriate behaviour among the IDPs, and because of the frustration those incidents are growing, but I think the more serious incidents have tended to be from the army."
The government rejects all allegations, maintaining that it has liberated the Tamil civilians from the tyranny of the LTTE and saying the accusations are part of a propaganda campaign.
"At one time it was murder. Other times it was killings. And now it has come to the extent of rape and other sexual abuses," says Rohita Bogollagama, Sri Lanka's foreign minister.
"These are all made up. And in the event any such abuses is there, we have had the most disciplined administration in taking care of the IDPs all this time. Why is it surfacing now? And why is it being planted like this? Because they want to discredit every effort of the government of Sri Lanka."
Those who are criticising the government have little power or influence.
The UN voted against pushing for a war crimes investigation, mainly because countries such as China and Russia, which supported Sri Lanka in the war, were against the move.
But the strenuous denials that the Sri Lankan military continually shelled and bombed the so-called safe zones during the war do not convince everyone, especially those who say they endured it.
One man who was in the conflict area until May 16 - just days before the war ended - says he knows the Sri Lankan military was shelling them during the final assault despite government claims all civilians were out of the zone.
"The rounds of gunfire were by the Sri Lankan army [SLA].
We know for sure it is the SLA because of the sound. We had difficulty
in moving and running as there were people falling dead and lying all
over the place and we tripping on dead bodies as we ran for our lives.
"The people died in buses, bunkers and open spaces as they were hit by bombs landing in areas wherever they were. We also saw people being shot at close range by the Sri Lankan army."
The Sri Lankan government is refusing to allow neutral observers to examine the combat zone which gives ammunition to those who claim a clean-up operation is being carried out to hide evidence.
John Holmes, the UN's humanitarian chief, says it is "the primary responsibility of any government to establish accountability".
"If you look at the record of the Sri Lankan government … if you look at its records on impunity … records as one of the top countries in the world with the highest number of disappearance, you may appreciate that we would like this to be an international, as opposed to a national, investigation."
The UN is co-operating with the Sri Lankan government in developing zone five at Menik farm even though its own guidelines state displaced people should not be put in camps with more than 20,000 people.
Assurances have been given by the government that 80 per cent of the civilians will be able to return to their homes within 180 days but critics feel this is an unrealistic pledge.
The building of banks, a post office and stores lead some to believe that this is the start of a semi permanent settlement.
The government also promises peace and reconciliation, a fair political process and a life for the Tamils free from tyranny.
But there questions about who will keep the government accountable since international criticism and action have so far been insignificant at best.
Governments and aid organisations have remained silent for a variety of reasons and the people living in the squlid camps of Sri Lanka have paid the price for that silence.