Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 02/09/2013 - 22:57
Aljazeera, 9 February 2013 -Four years later, evidence of Sri Lanka's civil war starts to emerge. In mid-January, The Times of India reported that flooding had caused human remains and abandoned belongings to come to the surface in what have been deemed 'Sri Lanka's killing fields'. The UN estimates that nearly 40,000 Sri Lankan lives were taken in 2009 when the Tamil opposition forces took their last stand against government forces. On February 6, the Sri Lanka Campaign released photographs of the fields.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/06/2013 - 23:56
Sri Lanka Campaign, 06/02/2013 - Frances Harrison recently wrote for the Times of India about how the Government of Sri Lanka is turning the site of the final battles of the civil war, where tens of thousands of civillians were killed, into a tourist attraction. The article unfortunately did not include the many pictures provided which evidenced the piece, and so we are presenting them here. These photos show both the triumpahalism with which the Government of Sri Lanka is presenting these sites, and also the evidence of war crimes that is now turning up due to heavy rain. All words and pictures that follow are from Frances Harrison.
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/01/2013 - 01:25
London, 31 January 2013 - Last night at The Grosvenor House Hotel London, the winners of the 2013 Broadcast Awards were announced. Channel 4's "Sri Lanka Killing Fields 2 - War Crimes Unpunished" broadcast won the Best News/Current Affairs Programme Award.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 01/19/2013 - 21:43
By Frances Harrison, TNN | Jan 19, 2013 - Local people who've recently travelled into Sri Lanka's killing fields, where an estimated 40,000 people perished in 2009, say skulls and human bones have risen to the surface after this year's flooding and abandoned belongings are strewn all over the landscape. "It is a horrible scene," said one visitor, "there are still bunkers visible with saris, kid's clothing and suitcases left open under the bushes; you can't imagine what it must have been like for those people to have been crammed into that tiny place so close together". This man was too scared to go close or collect the human remains lest there were mines or unexploded ordinance.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/20/2012 - 01:09
Groundviews, 19 Dec, 2012 - On 18th December 2012, at around 10pm in Sri Lanka, Valerie Amos, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator took to Twitter, ostensibly to answer questions related to the UN’s role, relevance and responsibilities regarding humanitarian aid and relief work. The event with Baroness Amos was announced via the Twitter account of, inter alia, UN OCHA, which also had a photo of her in front of a laptop, getting ready to face the questions.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/14/2012 - 01:53
Channel 4, 13 Nov 2012 - ITN Productions, which made the original Sri Lanka's Killing Fields, asked graduate film students to make a short film based on the original Channel 4 documentaries. The one which the production team felt showed an original and innovative response was by Cristina Picchi, 30, a filmmaker and writer based in London. Cristina said: "Sri Lanka's Killing Fields begins with a warning: the film contains shocking images. And it really does.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/28/2012 - 01:35
By Gareth Evans - Australia’s former foreign minister, 26 10 2012 - Project Syndicate - An internal review panel studying what went wrong in the UN system’s response to Sri Lanka, commissioned by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and headed by the distinguished diplomat Charles Petrie, is due to report to Ban next month. All indications are that it will not be a pretty story. It is crucial that its findings be made public and acted upon. Selective memory is a defense mechanism with which we are all familiar. For governments and international organizations, as with individuals, moral failure is easier to live with if we can pretend that it never happened. But mass atrocity crimes did happen in Sri Lanka, there was moral default all around, and if we do not learn from this past, we will indeed be condemned to repeat it.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/18/2012 - 14:25
By Mantar, 18 August 2012 - Veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has become the new UN and Arab League envoy for Syria, taking over the peace-facilitation role played over the past several months by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The Former Algerian freedom fighter and Foreign Minister is a conflict mediator and UN diplomat. He is an expert in peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction. He is one of ‘The Elders’ group advocates for human rights. He is a senior advisory member of the ‘Sri Lanka Campaign’.
Mr Brahimi in an article published in March 2009 in the International Herald Tribune warned that the severe humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka was on the brink of catastrophe. He pleaded the quick arrival of humanitarian relief and high-level international political muscle to bring the nightmarish situation to an end and prevent a slaughter. “The international community has the means to act; it must not, it cannot fail to act. Being a spectator when 150,000 thousand people are trapped in a death zone is not an option”, he said then.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/15/2012 - 01:30
By R.M.Karthick, JDS, 14 August 2012 - I never thought writing would become a passion before that fateful night. In fact, I was averse to writing like most of my classmates in my undergrad course. Surrealist writers have contested that words contain magical powers, that they can provide the reader who listens to the heartbeat of the script a plethora of sounds, images and sensations. I didn't attach much meaning to words then. And like many who can talk but cannot speak, I was immune to the magic of the word, deaf to the music that it contains, blind to the colours it shows. Yet, it was through words that I heard of sufferings of Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka. Through stories, I had heard of past and present horrors committed on an ethnic group - one to which I belonged to but rarely identified with till then. Words spoken by those who fled the island country in the past projected to me a picture of what life under totalitarianism is.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/28/2012 - 01:08
by Vssubramaniam, June 26, 2012 - The Rajapakses’ impunity now extends to obstructing with threats the implementation of the key ‘reconciliation’ components in the LLRC report that the UNHRC adopted in March 2012. The Tamils are being warned against supporting any devolution package be it the Delhi sponsored 13 Amendment plus or any other. Given the Rajapakses’ track record in deception the desperate plea of the Tamils to the International Community (IC) and UN agencies is to act/intervene swiftly and firmly to avoid far more severe turmoils than the Mullivaykkal massacres should SL embark on Chanpika’s massacre threat.