Genocide in Sri Lanka

June 4, 2009

suren surendiran- Suren Surendiran is the spokesman for the British Tamils Forum. The opinions expressed are his own. -

The news that over 20,000 innocent civilians were killed by the military onslaught of the Sri Lankan army has shocked the world, but not world leaders like President Obama, Prime Minister Brown, President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel. For, they knew exactly what was going to happen and what is happening now.

How right Albert Einstein was when he said, “The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of those who are evil but because of those who don’t do anything about it”.

“When genocide is happening,” said candidate Obama, so eloquently during the second presidential debate, “when ethnic cleansing is happening somewhere around the world and we stand idly by, that diminishes us.”

The United Nations has yet again proved under the current leadership, that it is an ineffective organisation in conflict resolution and prevention of genocide.

It is a great shame for India to have had a hand in the mass killings of Tamils. The other countries that had helped Sri Lanka militarily do not have the best human rights record in the world and their moral values proved to be questionable. India produced the greatest of men on earth, the great Mahatma Gandhi.

The politicians who do not follow Gandhian principles are not worthy to hang his photograph in their place of work. Mahinda Rajapaksa has admitted that he fought India’s war, but as the Commander in Chief of the armed forces and Executive President of the country, he is the one who would be facing the War Crimes Tribunal, even if he pleads insanity.

The U.S., the EU and other forward thinking democracies, should use their financial leverage and force an independent investigation on the Sri Lankan government for war crimes. The resolution passed in the United Nations Human Rights Council on 27 May to allow Sri Lanka to investigate itself is a laughing matter.

The Sri Lankan economy is in the doldrums because of mismanagement, disproportionate military spend and corruption after Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government came into power.

The U.S. and Western governments, having stood idly by when the massacre of innocent civilians by the Sri Lankan State took place, could now show the world that they are taking some action against the perpetrators. This should take the form of punitive economic measures.

The U.S. Secretary of State has indicated that the IMF loan for nearly $2 billion would be stopped or delayed.

The EU is known to be considering the withdrawal of GSP Plus concession worth nearly $2 billion subject to investigation into Sri Lankan government’s human rights abuses. Economic sanctions and curtailment of bi-lateral trade should also play a part. The Commonwealth should suspend Sri Lanka’s membership subject to independent international investigation into war crimes.

Tamils in Sri Lanka have been discriminated by successive governments since independence in 1948. It is widely acknowledged that what is happening in Sri Lanka is genocide. The genocide of a people means that the security of those people cannot be left to the perpetrating government itself. It then follows that some form of separation and self determination for the Tamils in the long term is unavoidable.

It is about time for those who said “never again” in Darfur, to take their “responsibility to protect” seriously and substantiate their words with immediate firm action.

Justice delayed is justice denied!

Comments

Now everybody can see that Sri Lankan conflict is an extremely vicious one and we need rigorous scientific thinking to resolve it. That means the UN should start thinking about the cause – how sixty-year state terrorism or structural violence can be brought to an end. The UN will keep going in circles if it starts with the effect – the visible violence of the rebels.

Posted by puni | Report as abusive
 

British Tamil froum is exactly right. International community could have stopped this human disaster, but not. Even now, they are reluctant to take any action against Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan government has two year plan to kill people in the ethnic cleansing camps.

Posted by Myooran | Report as abusive
 

Over 20,000 Tamils deaths’ could have been prevented. Instead, citing geopolitical reasons and the collective hatred of the West including India towards LTTE, these lives were offered as “collateral damage.” Yet, it’s not too late. India, China and the West can do soo much to alleviate the suffering of the Tamil civilians housed behind barbed wires in so called “internment camps.” Even Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva has said that the Tamil civilians are living under “pathetic situation” and “survive amid immense suffering and distress.” He said, “I cannot explain their suffering and grief in words.”

Please help these civilians – they should be allowed back in their homes in Vanni. Keeping them longer in these camps, will not help in long run for reconcilian rather it’s only fermenting resentment.

Posted by Origen | Report as abusive
 

It is not just that the genocidal war was conducted by the Sri Lankan Government, the continuing enslavement of Tamil minority in Nazi style internment camps, denying freedom of movement, limiting food and medicalsupplies, denying freedom of speech and subjecting them to abuses by military are also as grave. This should be stopped.

Posted by Sri Sridharan | Report as abusive
 

Suren Surendiran and the British Tamil Forum (aka apologists for the LTTE terrorists) must be day dreaming to think that any right thinking person would persecute the president of sri lanka for having the perseverence and determination to eliminate the threat posed by LTTE terrorists to Sri Lanka’ sovereignity. President Rajapaksa was democratically elected by the people of Sri Lanka and we stand by our president, government and the heroic armed forces for freeing our country from the deadly grip of terror. Surendiran is living in a dreamland if he thinks that sri lanka’s friends will abandon it. We dont care for the west and neither will we sri lankans be bullied by a bunch of hypocrites from the west.

Posted by Mano Sivalingam | Report as abusive
 

The whole tamil world is suspecting Mr. Vijay Nambiar, as it is told that his brother is a paid consultant to Sri Lanka. Unless or the other he is dismantled UN cannot proceed further. Indian Governement should have sent a Tamil representataive to Sri Lanka but this didnt happen, instead Mr. Shivshankar Menon & Mr. M K Narayanan were sent to Sri Lanka, who belong to the same state/language of Nambiar. From this its very clear that all three are paid consultants to Sri Lanka. Just to remind this world about Newtons 3rd Law, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. One day the same can happen for India? But there will be no one to help, as the nature whom we call it as God has a record of killing 20,000 to 50,000 innocent tamils, which is unforgivable.

Posted by lionel | Report as abusive
 

Few questions to Mano Sivalingam, first.
You seem to carry a Tamil name apprently(hope you are not a government paid agent), but cannot understand the suffering of your own people when the whole world is worried about it including the British people.

Those who perpertate genocide will be brought to justice one day,that is the truth.
If you want to stand up behind Mahinda ,you may also be hanged together for indirectly supporting Genocide of Tamils.

Pls remove your Tamil identity (if it is a true name) and then go and stand up againt Mahinda.

I am not agnist you,I am worried how much you do not understand the humanitarin crisis of the Tamils.
When the world is admitting it.

Posted by Para | Report as abusive
 

Even sri lanka chief justice said

Vanni IDPs live under appalling condition: Sri Lankan Chief Justice
[TamilNet, Thursday, 04 June 2009, 01:03 GMT]
“Vanni IDPs sheltered in transit centres in Cheddiku’lam cannot expect justice under the Sri Lanka’s law. Law of the country does not show any interest on these IDPs.

“I openly say this. The authorities can penalize me for telling this,”
said Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva when he addressed a public meeting which followed the ceremonial opening of a court complex at Marawila in Negombo district Tuesday. These transit centres are described as internment camps by human rights activists.

On President Obama may be put us (our Genocide) on the waiting list.
WE have work hard our self not to depend on others this is a good lesson for us (Tamils) in this crisis

Posted by Palani Nadarajah | Report as abusive
 

The Tamils around the world have an arrow pierced through their heart.

The callousness in which the cold blooded murders and tortures of abducted Tamils take place in Sri Lanka has made them distrust the Government and the political process. A huge change of heart and trust is needed on both sides. An inquiry into the war crimes against civilians will help mend the rift.

Just in the last year 20,000-30,000 Tamil civilians have been killed in brutal war, 13,000 IDP’s have disappeared and feared abducted by the Armed forces and paramilitaries, and a countless number injured and maimed.
How can we look past these crimes against humanity, against ordinary people eking out a living in the villages, against school going kids and infants, against the elderly who died of starvation, against the doctors who tried to stand up for the truth until the very end? How?

International efforts to stem the violent killings is absolutely essential.

Genocide is not a word used casually here.

Posted by G. Sathianathan | Report as abusive
 

1. The 20,000 (to 50,000) deaths were EASILY preventable, but IC/UN/USA didn’t bother to stop it. Unacceptable & Unforgivable!

2. 1000′s more were injured. What’s the IC/UN excuse for not helping these people?

3. 1000′s of Tamil children and pregnant mothers are held captives by the SL govt. What’s the excuse for this?

4. More than 3 weeks since the complete ‘wipeout’ of LTTE (according to SL govt), IC/UN are in a difficult position since they are no longer have a ‘scapegoat’. i.e. blame LTTE for everything!

5. Sinhala Diaspora (Sinhalese who are NOT living in SL) have not spoken a single word against their beloved GoSL & Army??? SHAME on you! instead they cheered on throughout the massacre and celebrated the end (of Tamils).

 

one final very important point another Tamil person pointed here:

We (Tamils) simply didn’t do enough!!! to stop this.

We simply watched, waited and hoped someone do something. We relied too much on ‘others’! Atleast, I feel that I didn’t enough. Atleast now, each and everyone of us have to be ‘proactive’ and do things ourselves. Each person has to take the initiative to inform the public and seek the assistance of ordinary people to help us achieve justice and freedom!

 
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