Friday, June 8, 2012

Srilanka killing Tamilians - How it happened and got helped

Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said, "President Rajapaksa went out of his way to keep New Delhi briefed about all the new developments taking place in Sri Lanka. He understood that while other countries could mount pressure on us through diplomatic channels or economic means, only India could influence the military campaign. The relationship between Sri Lanka and India was managed through maintaining a clear communications line at the very highest level. "  (source)

India helped Srilanka

India knew exactly what Srilanka is doing and whats happening in the war ( the extent of knowledge about war details is not sure though). Actually Indian Government helped Lanka by keeping quiet on this issue and not speaking out with the details available to them. Indian Government used Tamilian issue as political strategy to claim votes in the 2009 Election. 

Indian Government even believed war is much needed one and only by erasing (not defeating) LTTE, Tamilian issue can be sorted out. Indian Government thought to give Political rights to Tamilians in Lanka after the end of war by pressuring Lanka Goverment. India, US, British and UN all knew about Lanka war movements but they had been kept at bay by Lankan Government and they too didn't took any evasive decision to force Lanka to pause the war. The one day (actually just couple of hours) protest by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader and  by then TN Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi in 2009 is completely scripted drama to earn votes during the election.  (source)


Puthiya Thalaimurai TV report on Srilanka War

War Training and Helping Aids to Srilanka

China provided the big helping hand for Srilanka in Training Armies with advanced weapons during the period of 2004-09. They also provided one billion dollar financial Aid to support and strengthen Lankan military. In exchange for the aid, China received development rights for port facilities and other investments. These actions enabled China to increase its influence in South Asia against its regional rival India and secure stability on its southern flank. Further, US, EU, Japan and Canada provided financial assistance to Srilanka Military.   For more, read here ( Decisive years 2004-2009).

So, India is innocent? No. India provided help in its own way. There were around Rs 30 crore were given to Srilanka Govt under "Aid to Srilanka" in 2006-07 budget. Beyond that, India has their own agreements with Srilanka like Free Trade and building Thermal Power Plant in Sampur.

Srilanka killed civilians with intentions not by accident

In a Channel 4 News broadcast by Jonathan Miller, two eyewitnesses spoke of systematic murder of all LTTE fighters caught or surrendered. One witness is a senior army commander: “Definitely, the order would have been to kill everybody and finish them off.” A frontline Sri Lankan soldier told Miller: “Yes, our commander ordered us to kill everyone. We killed everyone.

International Crisis Group war crimes report:
Starting in late January [2009], the government and security forces encouraged hundreds of thousands of civilians to move into ever smaller government-declared No Fire Zones (NFZs) and then subjected them to repeated and increasingly intense artillery and mortar barrages and other fire. This continued through May despite the government and security forces knowing the size and location of the civilian population and scale of civilian casualties.
The security forces shelled hospitals and makeshift medical centres—many overflowing with the wounded and sick—on multiple occasions even though they knew of their precise locations and functions. During these incidents, medical staff, the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and others continually informed the government and security forces of the shelling, yet they continued to strike medical facilities through May …
More complete and further details can be seen here

Defense Ministry of Srilanka report said, “Despite the clear intent of the government of Sri Lanka and the numerous precautions taken, it was impossible in the battle of this magnitude, against a ruthless opponent actively endangering civilians, for civilian casualties to be avoided.” (source)

UN the saviors? No..  UN kept quiet during the War period totally instead of taking any action against this unlawful war. UN knew exactly whats happening in Srilanka since they have their own satellite which watches over the nations specially during the war period. UN has restrained from specifying the causalities numbers during the war since it may stir the Government and may even possibly make them to escort UN out of nations. In which case, UN can't able to provide foods and other needs for people. So, UN kept quiet instead of saying against Srilanka - LTTE war to provide food for civilians. Western countries which are considered to be strong holds of UN didn't want to intervene with Human Rights issues of Srilanka. Instead those countries official statement just condemned LTTE for their action and asked Srilanka to monitor their own behaviour.

In an interview with former UN Spokesman Gordon Weiss, he revealed many facts about UN,

"I think the broader view was that if the UN used those figures it would make the UN’s position in the country untenable, and the UN mission was not a political mission or a peace-keeping mission or an observer mission, it was a humanitarian mission. So you had a lot of humanitarian agencies who were there trying to deliver the basics to those who were caught up in the siege"..  

(Interviewer) ALI MOORE: So was that in essence a judgement that it was better to be there and be silent than not be there at all?

GORDON WEISS: I think it was, yes.

ALI MOORE: Was that right, do you think, in hindsight?

GORDON WEISS: No. I didn’t believe that it was right, but I didn’t have the wherewithal to change that.

Read the full shocking revealing facts here

Finally, where is the Media and Journalism went?

If there was no Channel 4, then no one in the world not even us, tamilians in India would have known about these unethical action by Sri Lankan Govt. For that, the world needs to applaud them for their effort when even UN maintained silence in the issue. But after all videos broke through Channel 4, Srilanka has banned any coverage of external TV channels in their own land. Even the reporters of Channel 4 were deported from Srilanka in forceful manner.

Defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said “Who is this? You rang me earlier? Is this Channel 4? You have been accusing my soldiers of raping civilians? Your visa is cancelled, you will be deported. You can report what you like about this country, but from your own country, not from here.”

 Read the Media escort action report by Srilanka Govt here

This is probably one of reasons why no one, not even UN can gain access to all areas of Srilanka to get the detailed report of current situation. Because Lankan Govt has made several changes to their external policies post the war. They virtually man handling the UN or whoever comes to inquire about war by taking them to only fewer places and not to such places where the severe damages were created. This is specially the case happened when India sent their team to investigate which included ministers from Tamil Nadu to Sri lanka.

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All in All, the world power heads knew Sri lanka crossed the line of Human Rights severely. Even the India Governement which needs to be most concerned because it contains the Tamil origin people knew about this cruel events. But everyone exchanged something (small to higher) in favour to keep their mouth shut. They care for their own country people need.

The voting in UN is just a little more than an eye-washing thing. After so many revealing facts, if it all UN and other countries believe Sri lanka needs to be punished, then they should have done it by now. 3 years are nearly over already. How long the world will wait? may be till the blood smell in Sri lanka soil gets dried off.

We, the tamil people need to worry more than others. We can't do anything now rather just protesting. Because whatever happened is happened. Lives will never return. Whole world needed Srilanka not to get separated into two nations as own country for Tamil people in Srilanka. So, they all played their hand in killings of our origin peoples.

So care for what you care. The world moves on whether you fight or not. We are just an insect in these powerful world. Even if we fight united, then they wait till we itself die off and get to our livings.

Vishnu Kumar,
“Despite the clear intent of the government of Sri Lanka and the numerous precautions taken, it was impossible in the battle of this magnitude, against a ruthless opponent actively endangering civilians, for civilian casualties to be avoided.”
“Despite the clear intent of the government of Sri Lanka and the numerous precautions taken, it was impossible in the battle of this magnitude, against a ruthless opponent actively endangering civilians, for civilian casualties to be avoided.”
“Despite the clear intent of the government of Sri Lanka and the numerous precautions taken, it was impossible in the battle of this magnitude, against a ruthless opponent actively endangering civilians, for civilian casualties to be avoided.”

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