Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/30/2013 - 22:41
Radio Australia, 30 January 2013 - WEISS: Well, there is, of course, a divided house in the US. The US military in general have been in favour of continuing military links with Sri Lanka. But increasingly as evidence of war crimes has emerged from Sri Lanka, the Justice and State Departrments in the US have taken umbrage at cooperation, military cooperation with Sri Lanka and the refusal of the US to train a number of officers who have been linked with credible reports of human rights abuses and war crimes is, is a sign of the US changing institutionally and the administration changing its stance on Sri Lanka, towards Sri Lanka.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/22/2012 - 01:12
By Gordon Weiss, The Global Mail, March 21, 2012 - New evidence of the murder of one man is key to revealing a conspiracy behind mass murder. This evidence, shown and told in The Global Mail’s story, is graphic and confronting. The issue is now being debated by the United Nations.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/14/2012 - 01:44
By Gordon Weiss, The Global Mail, March 13, 2012 - The battlefield execution of a 12-year-old boy is fresh evidence of war crimes. Gordon Weiss was close to the drama as UN spokesperson in Sri Lanka. IN death, the boy’s face is a picture of youthful repose, lips lazily agape as though sleeping. But five neat bullet holes in his bare chest prove otherwise. One puncture is skirted by what looks like a bruise, “speckling from propellant tattooing,” an indication, according to a forensic pathologist, that his killer fired from a distance of a few feet.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/18/2012 - 02:20
By G Pramod Kumar, First Post, Jan 17, 2012 - "I think its very clear to people who were saying a year and half ago that nothing was going to happen without India or China saying so. It is now very clear to most people that those positions are subject to political evolutions. India has clearly moved its position. It has been explicit in some sense that there ought to be real progress from Sri Lanka in examining what happened. There is a lot of evolution around China as well. China expects to be taken to be a statesmanlike global player and a part of that statesmanship is its role and function in international hotspots. We have seen this evolution in its position in the Arab Spring. So China shows some considerable signs that those people who feel that its historical position of noninterference is monolithic and unmovable are mistaken because there is plenty of room for evolution in China. It will have a knock-on effect on Sri Lanka as well."
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/19/2011 - 13:20
By Gordon Weiss, The Australian, October 19, 2011 - The best evidence of what happened amid the fog of war lies with people who were there. They are beginning to talk with groups such as the commission. Don't-ask, don't-tell no longer works with war crimes. The international community has become increasingly intolerant of governments solving their internal problems with impunity. Ethical considerations aside, a secure and orderly global framework requires that international laws and treaties be respected, even when responding to an insurgency. Yet Sri Lanka's consistent response to allegations since the end of the war has been blanket denial. For years its envoys insisted their forces were not responsible for a single civilian death. As a result of pressure from emerging evidence, they now admit they may have been responsible for some civilian deaths, albeit unwittingly. Australia has a duty, under our own laws and in accordance with our international legal obligations, to investigate credible allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Julia Gillard should join Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's public commitment and boycott next year's Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting should Sri Lanka not satisfactorily account for the deaths of civilians. Incredibly, CHOGM 2013 is scheduled for Hambantota, Rajapaksa's hometown.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 09/17/2011 - 13:13
By Stewart Bell, Ntational Post, Sep 16, 2011 - “In one sense you could say that the initial grievances that gave rise to the insurgency in the first place are still there, they haven’t gone away,” he said. “They’ve not been dealt with and simply saying to people, ‘Well, we’re all one Sri Lanka now’ is not a solution.”
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/06/2011 - 02:49
By Gordon Weiss, 04 August 2011 - I gave a lecture at ANU , or The Australian National University (for the slow and ill-educated amongst us who were not schooled at St. Thomas’ in Sri Lanka). Invited by the School of Asia and the Pacific, and the very kind Bina d’Costa. My lecture followed hot-on-the-heels of Mr. Rajiva Wijesinha, who spoke to the same room some weeks before.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/26/2011 - 13:34
Green Left, July 24, 2011 - The Cage tells the horrifying story of the final months of the war in Sri Lanka, which ended with the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009.
Gordon Weiss, the former United Nations spokesperson in Sri Lanka, says the war ended in a "bloodbath", including the "wholesale bombardment by government forces of unarmed civilians".
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 07/10/2011 - 00:01
By Gordon Weiss, SMH, July 10, 2011 - Australians will not tolerate cruelty to animals. Less clearly defined is our tolerance for cruelty towards people, writes Gordon Weiss.- Pictures, however, do not lie. Our revulsion at the images from Rwanda, or East Timor, or Cambodia, or Bosnia, was real. Fellow Australians ought to tune in to Channel 4's film, and get with the picture. Our political leaders must show the kind of moral leadership they were ready to display when driven by public outrage over cattle. Let's lead on accountability for cruelty and murder, not just meekly follow in the wake of others. We did it in Libya. Why not now in Sri Lanka?
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 07/02/2011 - 12:19
By Margaret Neighbour, Scotsman, 26 June 2011 - So what does the Sri Lankan government have to hide? That's the question Gordon Weiss sets out to answer in this painstakingly researched and referenced study, and his conclusions are nothing short of horrific.