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War crimes: Allegations and wasted opportunities

A two-day defence seminar, the fifth of an ongoing series, commenced at Galadari Hotel yesterday. This year’s sessions, themed on ‘National Security in the Context of Emerging Global Threats’, were segmented into a range of related issues, including ‘Terrorism and Challenges to National Security.’

 

The first three-day defence seminar was held on May 31, to June 2, 2011, two years after the conclusion of the war. The seminar dealt with Defeating Terrorism: Sri Lankan Experience.

 

The seminar series was the brainchild of the then Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, whose contribution to Sri Lanka’s triumph over terrorism could never be matched under any circumstances. The Gajaba Regiment veteran ensured the largest ever combined security forces offensive, undertaken by the military, on track, until troops wiped the last organized LTTE resistance, on the banks of the Nanthikadal lagoon, in May, 2009.

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Govt. proposal for a domestic inquiry

It is reported that the US Assistant Secretary of State, Nisha Biswal, is so ‘upbeat’ about the mechanism adopted by the Government for a Domestic Inquiry Mechanism into accountability and reconciliation issues relating to the final phases of the conflict, that the US would sponsor a resolution supporting the Domestic Inquiry Mechanism at the next session of the UN Human Rights Council. (The Daily News. August 28. 2015). The report also states that Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tom Malinowski, speaking to reporters had stated: “The United States will sponsor another resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in September and we are not going to walk away from this process of encouraging reform and change after September. We very much hope that with the changes after January 8, the new government will work with us and work with the United Nations on a real process of accountability and reconciliation. The international community will remain involved in that process. It will continue to monitor that process. And as much as we are hopeful about the promises that the new government had made,we will judge it not by its promises but by its actions and achievements”.

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REPLY TO SENATOR LEE RHIANON

Senator Lee Rhiannon   the Green Party Parliament of Australia  Dear Senator Rhiannon,  Just saw your Twitter message claiming to be a step closer to having Sri Lanka's former President Mahinda Rajapakse and his brothers tried in the Hague for "war crimes".  Please note that no 'war crimes' have been proven against any member of Sri Lanka's government or her armed forces.  There are such allegations being made by the pro-Tamil Tiger groups living in Australia and western countries.  Do not jump to conclusions based on one sided allegations and propaganda coming from those who funded and backed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), aka Tamil Tigers, who were designated as an international terrorist movement by the UN Security Council per Resolution Number 1373 of September 2001.  The FBI described the LTTE as the most brutal terrorist group operating any where in the world.  In the war that was thrust on Sri Lanka by the Tamil Tigers at the end of 2005 (refer HRW report of March 2006 wherein they detailed the large scale extortion of the Tamil expatriate community to raise funds for the purpose of launching their so called final war of liberation), which they started without any provocation whatsoever.  The LTTE not only forced the resident Tamil civilian population living in the Vanni region to move with the retreating Tamil Tiger fighting forces, to be exploited for their labour, conscripted to replace fallen cadre and to finally form a human shield to protect the LTTE fighters from harm as they engaged the Sri Lankan armed forces.  The Sri Lankan Armed Forces not only had to do battle against the armed Tamil Tiger fighting units, but they also had to devise ways of extricating the trapped Tamil civilians from the clutches of the LTTE terrorists with minimum harm to them, thereafter move them to safety in the special welfare camps that were set up in the Vavunia area, till such time as the region extending to 6,000 sq. km. could be de-mined of over 1.5 million landmines that had been planted by the Tamil Tigers, homes repaired or rebuilt, infrastructure put in place and re-settle in their former places of residence with new life skills and livelihood assistance.  This was achieved within a short space of a little over three years.
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Canberra Sri Lanka HC mum about the crap dished out on ABC’s 7.30

Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka (SPUR) NSW Inc. Media Release  As reported by Australia’s ABC’s 7.30 report of today, Canberra’s  Sri Lanka High Commission has declined the opportunity to comment on the crap and canards dished out by two Sri Lankan boat people Tamil refugees,...