TAMIL CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS - TCHR/CTDH

CENTRE TAMOUL POUR LES DROITS DE L'HOMME

(Established in 1990)

Ref : MW045B/PR/2008                11 November 2008

DOES SRI LANKA'S GARMENT INDUSTRY DEPEND ON GSP PLUS?

HAVE WORKERS’ CONDITIONS CHANGED DURING 3 YEARS OF GSP?

 

 

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TAMIL CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS - TCHR/CTDH

CENTRE TAMOUL POUR LES DROITS DE L'HOMME

(Established in 1990)

Ref : MW045/PR/2008                22 October 2008

DOES SRI LANKA MEET THE CRITERIA FOR GSP PLUS?

 

 

 

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TAMIL CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS - TCHR/CTDH

CENTRE TAMOUL POUR LES DROITS DE L'HOMME

(Established in 1990)

(UN accredited NGO to the World Summit on Information Society and the Warsaw Conference)

www.tchr.net

Ref : HY021/PR/2008                                                            20 April 2008

 

 

Chairperson of the Human Rights Secretariat, Catholic Priest,

killed by Sri Lankan Army Deep Penetration Unit

 

TCHR, along with many representatives of other solidarity organisations, is shocked and appalled by the assassination of the Chairperson of the North East Secretariat on Human Rights (NESOHR), Rev. Father M X Karunaratnam today. According to the information received, the Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) of the Sri Lanka Army targeted him while going in his vehicle to his Church in Vannivilangkulam, Mallavi.

 

We strongly condemn the killing of this courageous Human rights defender and Catholic Parish Priest, who worked tirelessly to raise concerns about human rights violations and to bring peace in Sri Lanka. TCHR members have worked closely with Father Karunaratnam, and are deeply saddened by the loss of this remarkable and immensely compassionate man.

 

Father Karunaratnam is the 3rd founder member of the North East Secretariat on Human Rights (NESOHR) to have been brutally killed by Sri Lankan government-sponsored killers. Former parliamentarian, Mr Chandra Nehru of Amparai (February 2005) and senior Batticaloa Parliamentarian Mr Joseph Pararajasingam (December 2005) were also assassinated by Sri Lankan government-sponsored killers.

 

In the recent past Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government has killed several Catholic priests, human rights defenders who were very critical of Sri Lanka’s human rights record.

 

We pose the question as to whether the Mahinda Rajapaksa government knows anything other than motivating the killings of civil society members – parliamentarians, human rights and humanitarian workers, lawyers, religious leaders, academics, journalists, members of the business community and others.

 

It came as no surprise, that Sri Lanka rejected UN moves to establish an international human rights monitoring body in Sri Lanka, and also that the international community JUST WATCHES these brutal killings of human rights defenders and civilians in Sri Lanka.

 

Fr Karunaratnam visited the USA and several European countries including Switzerland to explain the human rights situation in Sri Lanka to dignitaries.

 

On a local level, he worked to support victims of human rights violations and the 2004 tsunami, through psychological help and counselling. His loss will be felt deeply by many.

 

TCHR would like to express heartfelt condolences to members of NESOHR, Father Karunaratnam’s family and friends, and his parishioners.

 

“Great people never die, they always live in the hearts and minds of the people”

 

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TAMIL CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS - TCHR/CTDH

CENTRE TAMOUL POUR LES DROITS DE L'HOMME

(Established in 1990)

 

(UN accredited NGO to the World Summit on Information Society and the Warsaw Conference)

 

www.tchr.net

Ref : EH037/PR/2007                                                                        22 February 2007

 

Massive Human Rights violations but very few complaints!

A person is abducted every five hours!

 

"……It has been reported by local and international human rights organisations that a person is abducted every five hours. Kidnapping, abductions, killings have now become common incidents. No matter who does it, as a government we are responsible for it."Letter written on 23 January 2007, by Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Port and Aviation Minister.

 

"Sri Lanka faces international isolation for failing to pay close heed to human rights issues", former foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera warned. AFP, 15 February 2007 - Mangala Samaraweera and two other Ministers were sacked by the Executive President Mahinda Rajapaksa on 9 February 2007.

 

Now it is apparent to the International Community that the Tamils will never get either political rights or justice regarding the systematic human rights violations that they have been undergoing for decades. The Sri Lankan security forces enjoy maximum impunity. The military commanders and Police officers who were responsible for torture and thousands of killings, disappearances, rapes and looted assets and properties have become Political leaders, Ambassadors and Defence Secretary. In Sri Lanka, it is the practice that those who violate human rights have been promoted and court martials have no place.

 

Except one case on High Security Zone in Sri Lanka, all other cases have not received judgement based on law, rather than ethnic identity. The law in Sri Lanka doesn’t meet the minimum international human rights standards. In many cases where security personnel were found guilty in the High court, judgements have been reversed by Sinhala judges in the Supreme Court.

 

There is an obvious problem! Massive human rights violations are taking place in the North East – more than 79,000 killed or “disappeared”; more than 12,500 women raped and killed; more than 2500 buildings of religious places of worship (Churches and Temples) have been destroyed in aerial bombings and artillery shelling and billions of rupees worth of material damage done. But until today only very few individual complaints have been made to the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies – Human Rights Committee (HRC) and Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Woman (CEDAW), to which Sri Lanka is a signatory. Human Rights Treaty bodies examine individual complaints which have not found fair justice in the member states which are signatory to relevant Human Rights instruments. These complaints could be made either by the victim or by relatives.

 

Therefore we encourage those who have been tortured and raped, and the relatives of those who have been disappeared, killed or faced any other violations, to make use of this available UN mechanism. Victims who never had a fair trial can lodge their individual complaint to these Treaty bodies. The main requirement for this individual complaint to be made is that, "The individual has exhausted all available domestic remedies. This shall not be the rule where the application of the remedies is unreasonably prolonged." In Sri Lanka, there are thousands of cases which have not even had an inquiry for years and the victims have no other judicial organ where they can file an appeal. Therefore any case that is older than a considerable period (a year), has no available domestic remedy. Also the Prevention and Terrorism Act – PTA and the Emergency Regulations – ER do not permit any remedies. Since 12 December last, it has been even worse. The elements of the PTA were incorporated into new provisions known as ” Prevention and Prohibition of Terrorism and Specified Terrorist Activities Regulations (PPTSTAR)

 

In the North East, Colombo and Up- country there are thousands of victims who have never received justice for what they have suffered and continue to suffer. They all should send their complaints to the following address with details (Full name; Address; Date of birth; Nationality; Sex; Description of the incident with dates and place of incident; Include information about the alleged perpetrators their names (if known), and an explanation of the reasons why you believe they are the perpetrators. Include information about the steps taken by the victims or their families to obtain remedies, including complaints filed with the police, other officials or independent national human rights institutions; Date, signature and contact details of the author of the communication. Also enclose copies of all relevant documentation.) If possible, this can be done through a Lawyer.

The Name of the Treaty Body

(either HRC or CEDAW)

OHCHR-UNOG

1211 Geneva 10

Switzerland

 

Fax : + 41 – 22 – 917 9006

5th year of the Ceasefire Agreement - CFA

 

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) mediated by the Royal Norwegian government and signed by the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), on 22 February 2002, includes the terms for the Ceasefire Agreement – CFA. This CFA came after twenty years of bloody conflict in the North East. Under the MoU, the Sri Lanka government accepts the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as an equal partner. Today this CFA has reached its fifth year.

 

Since the signing of the CFA, the economy took a turn for the better in the South. The concept and hope for peace, entailing a physical peace, was fulfilled. Physical peace still prevails in the South.

 

In the North East where high hopes for peace were held, a very different situation is experienced. It is true that for a while after the signing of the CFA, the aerial bombing stopped and the systematic arbitrary arrests, rapes, torture and disappearances of Tamil people decreased. The economic embargo was lifted and many including diplomats were able to visit the devastated areas in the North East.

 

However, except in the LTTE administrated areas, there was absolutely no amelioration in living conditions. Furthermore the constant threat to the people by the Sri Lankan armed police and soldiers in parts of the North East continued.

 

The situation of the people who had been Internally Displaced (IDPs) for nearly fifteen years did not change at all. It remained the same during the CFA period as it had been during the war-time. Hundreds of thousands of displaced people still remain in temporary shelters. Sri Lankan armed forces in the High Security Zones (HSZs) continue to oppress and intimidate the Tamil population. Under the pretext of HSZs, which occupy many residential areas, IDPs are prevented from returning to their villages and towns to resettle.

 

Since President Mahinda Rajapaksa came to power in November 2005, the situation has dramatically changed. Rajapaksa openly declared war on 25 April 2006 ordering deliberate military attacks by Air, Sea, and Land on the Tamil population in Trincomalee. He completely ignored the articles – 1.2 & 4.4 of the CFA.

 

Under article 2.12 of the CFA, carrying out search and arrests under the PTA were to cease. But since 6 December 2006, the Rajapaksa government re-instated the PTA.

 

Under article 1.8 of the CFA, the Tamil paramilitary forces (mercenaries) should have been disarmed. But various high profile evidence shows that the paramilitary forces continue to be armed and funded by the Sri Lankan government.

 

These three serious breaches of the CFA made it crystal clear, that the government of Sri Lanka has withdrawn from the CFA – tantamount to an official declaration of Eelam War IV.

 

The massive military onslaught on the Tamil people since Mahinda Rajapaksa came to power; the arrests, torture, rapes, abductions, disappearances, killings and displacements starting all over again, leaves no doubt that the Sri Lankan government is taking the option of a military solution to the ethnic conflict.

 

Presently thousands of Tamils have been arrested, detained and tortured in various detention centres and prisons in Colombo, Trincomalee, Amparai, Batticaloa, Vavuniya, Mannar and Jaffna.

 

Within the last fifteen months, nearly three thousand Tamils including humanitarian workers, journalists, parliamentarians, academics and others have been abducted and killed in the North East and the other parts of the Island.

 

Presently there is an economic embargo to the North East and its impact on the people in those areas, especially in Jaffna and various other places in the East is devastating, causing starvation and death.

 

Hundreds of thousands of people have been made homeless and displaced in the recent months. The killings of innocents, including children and women still continue under the leadership of President Rajapaksa.

 

In Sri Lanka, there is an Ethnic conflict which resulted in twenty years of bloody war. This still continues, even though there is a Cease-fire Agreement – (CFA). Despite the fact that the cease-fire has been in place for the last five years, many of the clauses have not been implemented. Disturbingly, no proper peace negotiations have taken place and the government’s chosen option of a military solution prevails.

 

 

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TAMIL CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS - TCHR/CTDH

CENTRE TAMOUL POUR LES DROITS DE L'HOMME

(Established in 1990)

(UN accredited NGO to the World Summit on Information Society)

 

www.tchr.net

Ref : GJ098/PR/2006                                                                                                  25 May 2006

 

Obvious discrimination by the International Community

 

"It would seem to International Educational Development that the Tamil people are not viewed as worthy of attention and this must be viewed as rank and despicable discrimination. What other conclusion is possible when in the face of this long and protracted war, neither the Commission nor the Sub-Commission has issued a resolution since 1987? Have these bodies not paid any attention to the reports of the Commission's Working Groups and Rapporteurs? Are these bodies unaware that  Sri Lanka is just behind Iraq in disappearances and that almost all the disappeared are Tamils? "

 

"Are the Tamil people not as fashionable as the Bosnians? Is the fact that the Tamil people are historically Hindu a problem, seeing that so few other countries are Hindu? Is it because certain foreign powers have such an interest in Trincomalee harbour (in the Tamil areas) for their geo political control of the region? Why is it that the international community imposes sanctions on the Republic of Yugoslavia because of the practically identical situation in Kosovo and says not a word about Sri Lanka?" (In a Statement by Karen Parker – The chief delegate of the International Educational Development/Humanitarian Law Project in the 50th session of the UN Sub Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities - 5 August 1998)

 

This was said by Karen Parker in 1998 in the United Nations Sub-Commission on Human rights, after working for more than a decade with international bodies on raising concerns regarding the human rights of Tamils, including the right to self-determination. These comments came purely from what she has witnessed happening in world bodies including in the United Nations. Karen Parker is an international lawyer, specialised in international humanitarian law. During her many years experience of the workings of international human rights mechanisms, she has raised concerns regarding many situations of armed conflict around the world.

 

Are there any further reasons for the international community to take a biased position on the conflict in Sri Lanka? Obviously, since 1983 the Sri Lanka government has been running a multi-million dollar propaganda project. But how long can lies and deceptions be acceptable to a group, society or institute of sensible people?

 

Consider a few recent conflicts (eg. Bosnia, Kosovo and others) in which the numbers of lives lost and of people displaced were comparatively lower than those of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. International bodies placed the conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo squarely on their agenda. During that time, Tamils were told that the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts were in their backyard and Tamils are geographically very far away from western countries. In addition, it has been said that there are no economic interests in the Tamil area. These are not genuine reasons for ignoring the plight of the Tamils. The conflict may be taking place far away from them but the killing and destroying of the Tamils is done with arms and ammunition given by western countries to Sri Lanka. Furthermore 500,000 Tamils sought asylum in western countries.

 

We frequently talk about the actions of the international community. First of all let us see who this international community is? There is no actual definition for "International Community". It cannot be presumed that all nations or countries other than the country in conflict under discussion could be considered as the "international community". At the moment Tamils can presume that "anyone who is ignoring the Sri Lankan atrocities and blindly blaming the Tamils" is the international community, mostly western countries.

 

As Karen Parker said in the UN in 1998, Tamil people do not appear to be viewed as worthy of attention by this international community, which completely ignores many important reports by independent experts of the UN, produced only after visiting Sri Lanka. As also stated, is the fact that Tamil people are historically Hindu a problem? Or could it be presumed that the international community is caught up with Singhalese myths and misconceptions which claim that their roots are of "Aryan race". Is this the reason why the International community is so totally biased?

 

Otherwise, how is this so-called "international community" unable to see what has been happening to the Tamils since 1948 and so willing to support an aggressor which oppresses another ethnic group mercilessly like the regime of Saddam Hussain or Milosevic. Did this International community ever think of supporting the Hutus’ who carried out genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda? Why only in Sri Lanka are they supporting the merciless Sri Lankan regime?

 

At the moment, whatever is said by the Sri Lanka government are golden words for the international community and whatever happens to the Tamils is not even considered a violation. Within the last two months the Tamils have seen the true colours of the international community.

 

On 19 November 2005, Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka's fifth executive President. Within the five months since then, he has been responsible for the killing of more than 300 innocent Tamils - Academics, educationalists, parliamentarians, journalists, businessmen and others. This was no different to what Saddam Hussain has done to the Kurdish people in Iraq

 

Mahinda Rajapaksa has breached the four years old Cease-fire agreement signed in February 2002, between the Sri Lankan government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – LTTE, especially articles – 1.2, 1.8 & 4.4. He openly declared war on 25 April 2006, ordering deliberate military attacks by Air, Sea, and Land on the Tamil population. In this operation - innocent people including children were killed and many seriously wounded. More than 40,000 people were made homeless and displaced. The killings of innocent civilians including children still continue under his leadership.

 

WHERE IS THE CONDEMNATION OR EVEN A STATEMENT BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ON SRI LANKA’S VIOLATIONS OF THE CEASE-FIRE BY ORDERING AERIAL BOMBING, ARTILLERY SHELLING, FIRING FROM GUN BOATS ON TAMIL RESIDENTIAL AREAS? In the eyes of the International community, are these not cease-fire violations?

 

In order to justify Sri Lankan atrocities against the Tamils in the island, the so called international community is looking at only a few issues, purely based on the Sri Lankan propaganda led by paid lobbyists in the western countries.

 

International institutions which are very vocal about Child soldiers and children in armed conflict, have kept silent on the killings of Tamil children within the last two months. Does the international community permit the killing of Tamil children and civilians by the Sri Lankan government?

 

The international community paid no attention to the General election which took place in July 1977, in which the Tamil people in the North East overwhelmingly voted to establish and exercise their “Right to Self-determination” in the North East. This democratic mandate was deliberately ignored by the international community.

 

Again the international community purposely ignored another democratic mandate, that of the last General election in Sri Lanka (April 2004). In this election, the political party "Tamil National Alliance (TNA)" won overwhelmingly in 22 electorates in the North East. The TNA election manifesto stated, "Accepting LTTE’s leadership as the national leadership of the Tamil Eelam Tamils and the Liberation Tigers as the sole and authentic representatives of the Tamil people, let us devote our full cooperation for the ideals of the Liberation Tigers’ struggle with honesty and steadfastness".

 

WHAT WAS THE REACTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO THESE DEMOCRATIC MANDATES OF THE TAMIL PEOPLE? A biased response. The international community which completely ignored those democratic mandates given by the Tamils, should understand why Tamil people have lost confidence in voting and did not vote in the last Presidential election. It was the international community which made the Tamils lose confidence in voting and is now pushing them to an even worse situation!

 

Very recently we have seen how the international community has taken action on the situation in Sudan. We do not think any sensible person will find many differences between the happenings in Sudan and in Sri Lanka. Yet what has been the reaction of the international community to Sri Lanka? Nothing.

 

Even while Sri Lanka ranks the second highest number of disappearances in 1998, just behind Iraq – the United Nations never took any appropriate action on Sri Lanka. We see countries which do not have half as many atrocities as Sri Lanka, assigned country rapporteurs, special representatives of the Secretary General etc. Why is this discrimination practiced by these world bodies?

 

In 1997, between 24 August to 5 September, Mr. Bacre Waly Ndiaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur, on Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions visited Sri Lanka and submitted a comprehensive report (E/CN.4/1998/68/Add.2 - 12 March 1998) on extrajudicial killings in Sri Lanka to the 54th session of the UN Commission on Human Rights. This report was deliberately ignored by the then High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson who did excellent work on certain other country situations. It should be noted that it was Mr. Bacre Waly Ndiaye who visited Rwanda before the genocide took place in that country, and raised an early warning predicting the impending genocide.

 

Tamils have been continuously massacred since 1983 by the security forces. Detail of nearly a hundred massacres have been well published with evidence. None of the culprits have been brought to justice. This impunity is also well supported by the international community. If the international community had scrutinised Sri Lanka's human rights record then Sri Lanka may have been forced to stop these killings long ago.

 

What has been the reaction of the international community to Sri Lanka’s human rights violations? Sri Lanka has been rewarded with membership in the UN Human Rights Council, is waiting for membership in the UN Human Rights Committee and is also waiting for its candidate to be voted for the post of the UN Secretary General. This is one way, the international community has found a method of encouraging state terrorism in Sri Lanka.

 

Now we are able to witness an apparent conspiracy against the Tamils in the international arena. Otherwise why does the international community punish only one party to the conflict and let the other party enjoy impunity.

 

During the 55th session of the UN Commission on Human Rights (7 April 1999) Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations stated: "….No government has the right to hide behind national sovereignty in order to violate the human rights or fundamental freedoms of its peoples. Whether a person belongs to the minority or the majority, that person's human rights and fundamental freedoms are sacred". We hope that all the Western governments will seriously consider this statement when they make their decisions regarding the situation in Sri Lanka.

 

The Singhalese leaders, whether of the JVP, JHU, SLFP or UNP never wanted the international community to help them find a peaceful solution to the island's long and bloody conflict of many years. They need the International community only for arms and ammunition and for making statements condemning the activities of their opponents. The international community goes along with this agenda and fully supports Sri Lanka.

 

Our experience with Western countries is that reports with many pages, produced by Tamils on the violations by the Sri Lanka government, go unnoticed by western governments. In the meantime, a few lines of statement containing lies and fictions against Tamils, produced by the Sri Lankan government and its propagandists are accepted without any reservation. Then the documents with lies and fiction are the ones taken for discussion by Ministry personnel in Western countries.

 

Sri Lanka government representatives and propagandists can very easily meet with all the Western officials and brief them periodically. On the other hand any Tamil or Tamil organisations are not entertained by most of the Western governments. Whenever any Tamil other than the Sri Lankan government propagandists want to meet the Western government officials, they refuse to meet them and keep them at a distance. This is pure discrimination practiced by the western governments and they are not ready to listen to anything against the Sri Lankan government. This is one of the reasons the Western governments do not understand the opinion and ground realities of the Tamils.

 

Already there are 500,000 Tamil asylum seekers in western countries. The biased attitude of the western countries is going to bring another 500,000 or more asylum seekers to the west in the near future. We hope, those countries who are supporting a military solution in Sri Lanka, will be prepared to welcome the refugees as well.

 

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TAMIL CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS - TCHR/CTDH

CENTRE TAMOUL POUR LES DROITS DE L'HOMME

 (Established in 1990)

(UN accredited NGO to the World Summit on Information Society)

www.tchr.net

            Ref : EH074/PR/2006                                                            10 May 2006

Ethnic cleansing and mass murder in the name of Buddhism and tolerance

“….. I do not want to hide the fact that I am a Buddhist and remind them the Buddha taught us tolerance of persons of other religious views”

said Sri Lanka's former Prime Minister and present President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (www.mahindarajapaksa.com - 1 October 2005)

Is it necessary for any President or even the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka to identify themselves in public or to the media as being a Buddhist? From historical evidence the world knows that only a Buddhist can be President or Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. The Late Minister of Foreign Affairs Lakshman Kathirgamar, a Tamil who dedicated his life to strengthening the Sinhala nation was shocked and disappointed in April 2004, when his candidacy for the Premiership was opposed by the present President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Today in the absence of Lakshman Kathirgamar, to gain political mileage, the Sinhala nation praises him as a National Hero and has created a Kathirgamar Charity. All this is political hypocrisy.

On 19 November 2005, Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka's fifth executive President. Now, after almost five months in office, what has been achieved by Rajapaksa in the name of Peace and Peace negotiations to end the island’s twenty years of bloody conflict? It is well known that Mahinda Rajapaksa frequently impresses the international community with the importance of Buddhism and tolerance.

"……I am a Buddhist. I believe in the importance of tolerance……" (President        Mahinda Rajapaksa in an interview with 'TIME'– 12 February 2006)

"President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said no other leader in the world in the recent past would have displayed the degree of patience that he was exercising in the face of the highest level of provocations". (http://www.peaceinsrilanka.org - 25 April 2006).

Are the international community and countries practising Buddhism duped by these sweet words of President Rajapaksa? The events which have taken place within the last five months have proved that Rajapaksa “does not practice what he preaches”. Being an Executive President, claiming to have a high degree of patience and tolerance, he has been responsible for the killing of more than 300 innocent Tamils. Academics, educationalists, parliamentarians, journalists, businessmen and others have been killed by security forces and the paramilitary forces for which President Rajapaksa is the Commander in Chief? Do Buddhism and tolerance permit these killings? (Detailed list of killings of innocent people from 19 November 2006 is given below)

If Rajapaksa were genuinely committed to patience and tolerance, then this would have to be taken seriously by members of the international community and civil society. The sweet words of a person who is responsible for more than 300 killings and various other serious violations within five months of being in office, cannot be trusted in future.

A man who claims to have a high degree of patience and tolerance has breached the four years old Cease-fire agreement signed in February 2002, between the Sri Lankan government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam - LTTE. He completely ignored the articles – 1.2 & 4.4 of the Cease-fire agreement and openly declared war on 25 April 2006, ordering deliberate military attacks by Air, Sea, and Land on the Tamil population in Trincomalee. In this operation - several innocent people including children were killed and many seriously wounded. More than 40,000 people were made homeless and displaced. The killings of innocents still continue under his leadership.

Here, the LTTE must be given credit for respecting the Cease-fire Agreement, and not retaliating after the deliberate military attacks on 25 April 2006. Otherwise, the result would have been an all out war – the beginning of Eelam War IV.

Why did Rajapaksa order Air, Sea, and Land attacks especially in the Trincomalee district? What is the strategic importance of Trincomalee? Has the illegally erected Buddha statue in Trincomalee in May last year, any connection with these attacks?

The simple answer to all these questions is, under the guidance of President Rajapaksa, well-planned ETHNIC CLEANSING OF TAMILS is in progress in the East, especially in Trincomalee.

Since the independence (1948) of this island, the Prime Ministers and the Presidents have had a secret unit for the Singhalisation of the Eastern province. This is not even known to all cabinet Ministers. Sinhala colonisation was the main agenda and in order to achieve this task - Special Task Force (STF), Home Guards, and special units with Island Reconvicted Criminals (IRCs) were created within the Sri Lanka Army. Sri Lanka's Land Development Department, Irrigation Department and Agricultural Department also play a crucial role in this process. Presently the Ethnic cleansing in the East, especially in Trincomalee is in full swing with various programmes - deliberate military attacks, mass murder and the destruction of properties. (http://www.tchr.net/reports_visite_2004.htm)
 

Below we give the official statistics until 1981 to show, how the Singhalese have conquered parts of the Tamil homeland, the Eastern province – Batticaloa and Trincomalee. Since the armed conflict started, there have been no official statistics available for the North East. However it is certain that the Sinhala population has increased massively in the Eastern province.

The statistics are for the kind consideration of UN institutions, Experts in the field of human rights, members of civil society and others. Tables are shown on language basis.

Tamil and Sinhala populations in Trincomalee District, Batticaloa District* (Until 1963 it includes Amparai within Batticaloa district) & Amparai District (created in 1963)

YEAR

Trincomalee District

Batticaloa District

Amparai District

 

Tamil

Sinhala

Tamil

Sinhala

Tamil

Sinhala

1827

98.45%

1.53%

99.62%

0.00%

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1881

90.72%

4.21%

93.27%

4.75%

---

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1891

91.44%

4.3%

93.2%

5.21%

---

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1901

89.04%

4.22%

92.34%

5.21%

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1911

90.54%

3.82%

92.95%

3.74%

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1921

92.13%

4.38%

93.12%

4.56%

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1946

75.09%

20.68%

92.55%

5.83%

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1953

78.8%

18.22%

87.64%

11.52%

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1963

79.25%

19.9%

95.6%*

3.35%

70.22%

29.34%

1971

70.2%

28.8%

94.49%

4.49%

69.47%

30.18%

1981

65.38%

33.62%

95.95%

3.21%

62.03%

37.64

In UN terms, ethnic cleansing is defined as, "a purposeful policy designed by one ethnic or religious group to remove by violent and terror-inspiring means the civilian population of another ethnic or religious group from certain geographic areas". (UN Doc S/1994/674, para. 130)

According to the think tank of the United Nations, ethnic cleansing constitutes to crime against humanity which could be compared to certain war crimes. These acts also fall within the ambit of the Genocide Convention. Ethnic cleansing has similar features to Apartheid and Nazism. The ethnic cleansing of Tamils from the Eastern part of Sri Lanka is well documented and in the recent past has been witnessed extensively by the International community.

(http://www.tchr.net/colanization.htm)

Therefore the United Nations, which has the mandate and authority to investigate, prosecute and punish those who are criminally responsible for the ethnic cleansing, should start the process of investigating the ethnic cleansing of Tamils, in the East and especially in Trincomalee. This should be done at the earliest to bring to justice the higher authorities who ordered the ethnic cleansing and in the meantime to compensate the victims.

We hope this appeal will be considered at the earliest by those responsible for this mandate in the United Nations.

Tamil Centre for Human Rights (TCHR) - France

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Killing of Tamils since Mahinda Rajapaksa became the President of Sri Lanka

(Paramilitary forces are working closely with the security forces. They are part of Sri Lankan military structure)

(The list is in date sequence – from 20 Nov 06 to 30 Apr 06)

Name

Date

Incident

Place of incident

Ahammed Lebbe

20 Nov 05

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Miravodai, Batticalo

Fowziya Lebbay

20 Nov 05

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Miravodai, Batticalo

A woman

20 Nov 05

Strangled to dead by Sri Lankan Army

Point Pedro

V Kandasamy

25 Nov 05

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Koolavady, Batticaloa

Sinnaiah Sivakaran

01 Dec 05

Shot dead by SL military intelligence

Neerveli, Jaffna

K Krishnakumar

01 Dec 05

Shot dead by SL military intelligence

Neerveli, Jaffna

Ilanko

03 Dec 05

Hacked to dead by Paramilitary

Thoppor, Trincomalee

One person

03 Dec 05

Hacked to dead by Paramilitary

Thoppor, Trincomalee

Three persons

03 Dec 05

Hacked to dead - Body found

Muttur, Trincomalee

Two persons

05 Dec 05

Hacked to dead - Body found

Muttur, Trincomalee

Nizwan

05 Dec 05

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Maruthamunai, Batticaloa

Rizwan

05 Dec 05

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Maruthamunai, Batticaloa

S Yogaputhiran

07 Dec 05

Killed in a grenade explosion

Vavuniya Town

Two sisters

07 Dec 05

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Palacholai, Batticaloa

S. Samusdeen

08 Dec 05

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Punnaikudah, Batticaloa

J Chandrasegaran

08 Dec 05

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Kiran, Batticaloa

Sasikumar Krishnapillai

08 Dec 05

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Kiran, Batticaloa

T Thambymuthu

12 Dec 05

Abducted and shot dead

Kiran, Batticaloa

Chandran Kandasamy

12 Dec 05

Abducted and shot dead

Kiran, Batticaloa

One person

15 Dec 05

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Welikandai, Batticaloa

A woman

15 Dec 05

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Nasivanthivu, Batticaloa

Ilayathambi Tharsini

16 Dec 05

Gang-raped, and killed by SL Navy

Punkuduthivu, Jaffna

K. Navaratnam

22 Dec 05

News paper distributer shot dead

Jaffna Town

V Thambirajah

22 Dec 05

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Chenkaladdy, Batticaloa

Joseph Christurajah

22 Dec 05

Fisherman – killed by SL Navy

Gurunagar coast, Mannar

Xaverian Sreesilvester

22 Dec 05

Fisherman – killed by SL Navy

Gurunagar coast, Mannar

Gajanbert Konglan

22 Dec 05

Fisherman – killed by SL Navy

Gurunagar coast, Mannar

Nadarajah Yogeswaran

23 Dec 05

Fisherman abducted by masked men

Mannar

M Pushpamalar

23 Dec 05

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Chavakachcheri, Jaffna

P Somasundaram

24 Dec 05

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Jaffna Town

T Jeyakanthan

24 Dec 05

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Jaffna Town

R Kunasegar

24 Dec 05

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Jaffna Town

K Vimaleswaran

24 Dec 05

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Jaffna Town

S Balasingham

24 Dec 05

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Jaffna Town

J Pararajasingham

25 Dec 05

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Batticaloa

Jude A Fernando

25 Dec 05

Killed in an arson attack SL Navy

Pesalai, Batticaloa

Jude S C Fernando

25 Dec 05

Killed in an arson attack SL Navy

Pesalai, Batticaloa

Emmanuel Cruz

25 Dec 05

Killed in an arson attack SL Navy

Pesalai, Batticaloa

Anthonikkam Cruz

25 Dec 05

Killed in an arson attack SL Navy

Pesalai, Batticaloa

Two people

25 Dec 05

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Near Palaly Camp, Jaffna

A Kanagarasa

25 Dec 05

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Punalaikadduvan, Jaffna

Wijeseelen

25 Dec 05

Shot dead by unidentified gunmen

Trincomalee

Ramanan

25 Dec 05

Shot dead by unidentified gunmen

Trincomalee

M Theeparooban

25 Dec 05

Arrested by SL Army – Disappeared

Nunavil, Jaffna

J Prasanth

25 Dec 05

Arrested by SL Army – Disappeared

Uduvil, Jaffna

Joseph Sutharan

25 Dec 05

Arrested by SL Army – Disappeared

Sandilipay, Jaffna

N T Vasanthakumar

26 Dec 05

Abducted by masked men

Thalaimannar, Mannar

Two youths

26 Dec 05

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Erravur, Batticaloa

Jeyaraj Terrance

28 Dec 05

Fisherman – killed by SL Navy

Pesalai, Mannar

Shanmugam Govindan

28 Dec 05

Fisherman – killed by SL Navy

Pesalai, Mannar

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Killing of Tamils since Mahinda Rajapaksa became the President of Sri Lanka

(Paramilitary forces are working closely with the security forces. They are part of Sri Lankan military structure)

(The list is in date sequence – from 20 Nov 06 to 30 Apr 06)

Name

Date

Incident

Place of incident

Yogarajah Gajendran

28 Dec 05

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Army Check point-Nallur

Paranchothy Theepan

28 Dec 05

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Army Check point-Nallur

T Arulajanthan

28 Dec 05

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Kodikamam, Jaffna

J Yogalingam

31 Dec 05

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Chunnakam, Jaffna

P Veerasingham

02 Jan 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Eravur, Batticaloa

Manoharan Rajeehar

02 Jan 06

Student – shot dead by SL forces

Trincomalee

Y Hemachandra

02 Jan 06

Student – shot dead by SL forces

Trincomalee

T Sivanantha

02 Jan 06

Student – shot dead by SL forces

Trincomalee

L Rohan

02 Jan 06

Student – shot dead by SL forces

Trincomalee

S Sajeenthiran

02 Jan 06

Student – shot dead by SL forces

Trincomalee

S Visagaratnam

02 Jan 06

Priest shot dead by unknown gunmen

Alaiyadicholai, Batticaloa

Jeyanthan

03 Jan 06

Killed in a Sri Lankan army explosion

Mannar

Vinotharan Thevarasa

03 Jan 06

Killed in a Sri Lankan army explosion

Mannar

Balenthiran

03 Jan 06

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Wellawatta, Colombo

Victoria Sepamalai

03 Jan 06

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Sethukuddu, Batticaloa

K Sivanesan

03 Jan 06

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Kayts, Jaffna

R Thevachandran

03 Jan 06

Fisherman – killed by SL Navy

Nelliaddy, Point Pedro

R Kuganenthiran

05 Jan 06

Shot dead by Sri Lanka army

Korakalimadhu,Batticaloa

Kunam Thanus

05 Jan 06

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Valaichenai, Batticaloa

One person

05 Jan 06

Hacked to dead

Vadamarachi, Jaffna

T Predeeshkumar

05 Jan 06

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Uduvil, Jaffna

Mahenthiran Kumutha

06 Jan 06

Hacked to dead by Sri Lanka Army

Batticaloa

Iyathurai Baskaran

06 Jan 06

Shot dead by Army intelligence

Point Pedro, Jaffna

K Shanmuganathan

08 Jan 06

Shot dead by Sri Lanka army

Vantharumulai, Batticaloa

Sinnarasa Rasaiah

08 Jan 06

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Point Pedro, Jaffna

Two persons

08 Jan 06

Abducted and shot dead

Skanthapuram, Vavuniya

Two persons

08 Jan 06

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Muttur, Trincomalee

P Pranavan

09 Jan 06

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Adiyapatham Rd, Jaffna

B Rajeevmohan

09 Jan 06

Abducted by masked men

Ilavalai, Jaffna

P. Sivasankar

10 Jan 06

Shot dead by Army intelligence

Dutch Rd, Jaffna

Thambu Nadesu

10 Jan 06

Shot dead by Army intelligence

Puthur East, Puthur

P Kanapathipillai

11 Jan 06

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Jaffna

Pasupathy Palani

11 Jan 06

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Kokuvil, Jaffna

Thanabalasingham

11 Jan 06

Beaten to death by Sri Lanka Army

Lingapuram, Trincomalee

Thambiah Tharmasiri

11 Jan 06

Abducted by Paramilitary

Point Pedro, Jaffna

N Kandeepan

11 Jan 06

Abducted by Paramilitary

Point Pedro, Jaffna

Kanapathy Murugesu

12 Jan 06

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Point Pedro, Jaffna

Sulaimanlebbai Esmail

12 Jan 06

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Kalmunai, Amparai

One person

13 Jan 06

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Kallady, Batticaloa

One person

14 Jan 06

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Batticaloa

T Tharmaseelan

15 Jan 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Kayts, Jaffna

Sellathurai Yogarajah

15 Jan 06

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Thenmarachi, Jaffna

Bojan Renuka

15 Jan 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Manipay, Jaffna

Bojan Shanuka

15 Jan 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Manipay, Jaffna

B Arthanageswary

15 Jan 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Manipay, Jaffna

One person

15 Jan 06

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Kodikamam Rd, Jaffna

Suppiah Murugan

16 Jan 06

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Urumpiray, Jaffna

C Sasikumar

16 Jan 06

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Akkaraipatu, Amparai

Gopalakrishnan Suresh

16 Jan 06

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Akkaraipatu, Amparai

Sellathurai Selvarajah

17 Jan 06

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Uppuveli, Trincomalee

Wilson C George

17 Jan 06

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Uppuveli, Trincomalee

Ahmedlebby A Bahir

18 Jan 06

Beaten to dead by Paramilitary

Akkaraipatu, Amparai

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Killing of Tamils since Mahinda Rajapaksa became the President of Sri Lanka

(Paramilitary forces are working closely with the security forces. They are part of Sri Lankan military structure)

(The list is in date sequence – from 20 Nov 06 to 30 Apr 06)

Name

Date

Incident

Place of incident

Thivakaran Kathamuthu

19 Jan 06

Killed in a bomb explosion

Thandavanveli, Batticaloa

T Ravichandran

20 Jan 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Kayts, Jaffna

Two person

21 Jan 06

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Police

Chettikulam, Mannar

N Yogeswararajah

21 Jan 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Puttur, Jaffna

Subramaniam Kishore

21 Jan 06

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Mamangam, Batticaloa

I Radakrishnan

21 Jan 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Tharmaraikulam, Jaffna

C Krishnagobi

23 Jan 06

Shot dead by Army intelligence

Chavakachcheri, Jaffna

K. Kamalachandran

23 Jan 06

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Goodshed Rd, Vavuniya

S. Suhirtharajan

24 Jan 06

Journalist shot dead by SL Army

Trincomalee

R Suntheralingam

24 Jan 06

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Muttur, Trincomalee

K Vaikunthan

24 Jan 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Meesalai, Jaffna

Thambipillai Selvarajah

25 Jan 06

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Muttur, Trincomalee

Thambiah Jeyarajah

28 Jan 06

Farmer shot dead

Lingapuram, Trincomalee

K Geneshalingam

29 Jan 06

TRO staff - Abducted by Paramilitary

Welikanda SL Checkpoint

K Thangarasa

29 Jan 06

TRO staff - Abducted by Paramilitary

Welikanda SL Checkpoint

Thanuskody Premini

30 Jan 06

TRO staff - Abducted by Paramilitary

Welikanda SL Checkpoint

S. Shanmuganathan

30 Jan 06

TRO staff - Abducted by Paramilitary

Welikanda SL Checkpoint

T Vasantharajan

30 Jan 06

TRO staff - Abducted by Paramilitary

Welikanda SL Checkpoint

K Ravinthran

30 Jan 06

TRO staff - Abducted by Paramilitary

Welikanda SL Checkpoint

A Satheesharan

30 Jan 06

TRO staff - Abducted by Paramilitary

Welikanda SL Checkpoint

R Ratheeskumar

30 Jan 06

Abducted by Paramilitary

Chulipuram, Jaffna

Four persons

11 Feb 06

Killed by Sri Lanka Navy

Pesalai, Mannar

James Julie Peiris

20 Feb 06

Body of fisherman washed ashore

Thalaimannar, Mannar

Mohanathu M Jarool

22 Feb 06

Shot dead by Muslim armed group

Eravur, Batticaloa

Navarasan

22 Feb 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Kiran, Batticaloa

Vadivel Perinparajah

27 Feb 06

Abducted by Paramilitary

Batticaloa

P Thushyanthan

04 Mar 06

Abducted by Paramilitary

Jaffna

Mohamed Navas

05 Mar 06

Shot by dead by Paramilitary

Valaichenai, Batticaloa

M Jawfar

06 Mar 06

Shot by dead by Paramilitary

Eravur-1 Batticaloa

Kovinthan Vijeyarasa

09 Mar 06

Shot by dead by Paramilitary

Vellaikutty, Batticaloa

S Kangeswaran

12 Mar 06

Abducted by Paramilitary

Batticaloa

S Vaneswaran

12 Mar 06

Abducted by Paramilitary

Batticaloa

S Rameswaran

12 Mar 06

Abducted by Paramilitary

Batticaloa

Siniah Rameswaran

12 Mar 06

Abducted by Paramilitary

Batticaloa

K Illaiyarajah

12 Mar 06

Abducted by Paramilitary

Batticaloa

S Thangaraja

12 Mar 06

Abducted by Paramilitary

Batticaloa

V Arulpragasam

20 Mar 06

Dead body found

Pillaiyarady Batticaloa

One civilian

20 Mar 06

Dead body found

Manresa Centre, Batticaloa

Siththiravel Selvam

20 Mar 06

Shot by dead by Paramilitary

Iyankerny,EravurBatticaloa

V Arulpragasam

20 Mar 06

Abducted by Paramilitary – Body found

Batticaloa

One civilian

20 Mar 06

Abducted by Paramilitary – Body found

Batticaloa

Jude

22 Mar 06

Shot by dead by Paramilitary

Kurumankadu Vavuniya

M. Gunaratnam

22 Mar 06

Shot by dead by Paramilitary

Kurumankadu Vavuniya

Ponniah Murugesu

24 Mar 06

Shot by dead by Paramilitary

Sasthrikulankula

Kulathunga Regikanth

25 Mar 06

Stabbed by dead by Paramilitary

Valaichenai Batticaloa

T. Thankarajah

28 Mar 06

Stabbed by dead by Paramilitary

Onthachimada,Batticaloa

V Vigneswaran

07 Apr 06

Shot by dead by Paramilitary

Habour Rd, Trincomalee

R Sutharshan

07 Apr 06

Abducted by Paramilitary

Jaffna

P Shanmugaratnam

10 Apr 06

Killed in a clymore attack

A9 Road, Mirusuvil

S. Pradeepkumar

10 Apr 06

Killed in a clymore attack

A9 Road, Mirusuvil

S Thivyathas

10 Apr 06

Abducted by Paramilitary

Uduvil, Jaffna

T Gopalasingham

12 Apr 06

Shot dead by Army

Paruthiyaddaippu, Kayts

D.M.Kasun Samantha

12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

Thavarajah Mahaluxmy

12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

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Killing of Tamils since Mahinda Rajapaksa became the President of Sri Lanka

(Paramilitary forces are working closely with the security forces. They are part of Sri Lankan military structure)

(The list is in date sequence – from 20 Nov 06 to 30 Apr 06)

Name

Date

Incident

Place of incident

Antonyraj Geethanadani 12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

 

Thavarajah Selvakumari 12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

 

Kandasamy Thiraviam

12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

A.M.Sudubanda

12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

T.H.Rashmi Dilrangi

12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

Myoora PedigeSivamani

12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

Velu Nantheswaran

12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

M.S.M.Rilvan

12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

S.M.Farook

12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

L.H.Ashanka Milan

12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

L.H.Susantha

12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

Chandra Mathiwus

12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

M.Selvarajah

12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

1 civilian

12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

Nissanka

12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

V. Venkatraman

12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

T. Namasivarajah

12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

S. Maheswary

12 Apr 06

Killed in an anti-Tamil riot

Trincomalee

S. Vijeyakumar

12 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Mirusivil, Chavakachcheri

N Sorooban

12 Apr 06

Abducted by Paramilitary

Neervely, Jaffna

Reginald Enselas Melvin

12 Apr 06

Abducted by Paramilitary

Neervely,Jaffna

One civilian

13 Apr 06

Killed in a clymore attack

Mullikulam,Vavuniya

Lakshmi

13 Apr 06

Killed in a clymore attack

Mullikulam,Vavuniya

S Nishanthan

13 Apr 06

Killed in a clymore attack

Semamadu, Vavuniya

P Kirupakaran

13 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Chavakachcheri

T Thayaparan

13 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Chavakachcheri

T Ratnasabapathy

13 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Meesalai North Jaffna

Kuhaneswaran

13 Apr 06

Shot dead by Army

Puliyankulam, Vavuniya

Nagulendrarasa

13 Apr 06

Shot dead by Army

Puliyankulam, Vavuniya

Thiraviyan

13 Apr 06

Shot dead by Army

Puliyankulam, Vavuniya

Junai Mohammed Aziz

14 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Thenmaradchi

Naguleswaran

15 Apr 06

Killed in a clymore attack

Mannar

T Mariyathas

15 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Vadamaradchy

R Sakilan

17 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Thenmaradchchi

A Sureshkumar

17 Apr 06

Killed in a clymore attack

Chavakachcheri

K Koneswaran

17 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Valaichenai, Batticaloa

Kunapal Suresh

17 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Valaichenai Batticaloa

Easan

17 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Santhiveli, Batticaloa

T Thaskumar

17 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Mavadivembu,Batticaloa

One civilian

18 Apr 06

Hacked to dead

Vavuniya

B Reginald Rosan

18 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Koyathottam, Jaffna

Kandasamy Gowribalan

18 Apr 06

Shot dead by Sri Lankan Army

Puthur East, Puthur

B Kannathasan

18 Apr 06

Shot dead by Sri Lankan Army

Puthur East, Puthur

S Kamalathasan

18 Apr 06

Shot dead by Sri Lankan Army

Puthur East, Puthur

M Kishokumar

18 Apr 06

Shot dead by Sri Lankan Army

Puthur East, Puthur

T Raveendran

18 Apr 06

Shot dead by Sri Lankan Army

Puthur East, Puthur

One Civilian

19 Apr 06

Shot dead by SL Airforce personnel

Barathipuram,Trincomalee

A Thambapillai

19 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Kondavil, Jaffna

K Vilvarasa

20 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

 

T Thavachandran,

20 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Chulipuram, Jaffna

Sivarajah Sivakumar

20 Apr 06

Shot dead by Sri Lankan Army

Kanniya, Trincomalee

S Rameshkumar

20 Apr 06

Reported missing

Trincomalee

Ilum Nizar

20 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Vavuniya

One civilian

20 Apr 06

Abducted by Paramilitary – Body found

Irambaikulam, Vavuniya

One civilian

20 Apr 06

Abducted by Paramilitary – Body found

Irambaikulam, Vavuniya

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Killing of Tamils since Mahinda Rajapaksa became the President of Sri Lanka

(Paramilitary forces are working closely with the security forces. They are part of Sri Lankan military structure)

(The list is in date sequence – from 20 Nov 06 to 30 Apr 06)

Name

Date

Incident

Place of incident

Chandran

21 Apr 06

Hacked to dead by Sinhala thugs

Seruvila, Trincomalee

K Nallammah

21 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Trincomalee

Chandrasekaran

21 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Menakam, Trincomalee

S Rajapathman

22 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Veppamkulam, Vavuniya

Pakkiaraja Baskaran

22 Apr 06

Tortured to dead by SL Army

Trincomalee

Rathinam Rasinthan

22 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Nelliady,Vadamarachchi

S Vaseekaran

22 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Nelliady, Vadamarachchi

T Gunanayagam

22 Apr 06

Killed in a clymore attack

Mannar

L Chandra Perumal

22 Apr 06

Killed in a clymore attack

Mannar

Three Civilian

23 Apr 06

Shot dead by Sri Lankan Airforce

Kantalai, Trincomalee

Kurunathan Janarthan

23 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Irupalai, Jaffna

Rasanayagam Jegan

24 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Vavuniya

Manickam Rajeevan

24 Apr 06

Shot dead by Sri Lankan Army

Kanakampuliyady

One Civilian

24 Apr 06

Shot dead by Sri Lankan Army

Kanakampuliyady

Two youths

24 Apr 06

Shot dead by Sri Lankan Army

18th Mile Post,Batticaloa

K Lingeswaran

24 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Valaichenai Batticaloa

A. Nagalingam

24 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Valaichenai Batticaloa

S. K. Raveendran

25 Apr 06

Shot dead by Sri Lankan Army

Omanthai Vavuniya

B Pathinathan

25 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Urumpirai, Jaffna

Kulathunga Regikanth

25 Mar 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Valaichenai, Batticaloa

Meiyan Kishanthan

25 Apr 06

Killed in aerial bombing and shelling

Trincomalee

K. Meiyan M

25 Apr 06

Killed in aerial bombing and shelling

Trincomalee

K. Selvarani

25 Apr 06

Killed in aerial bombing and shelling

Trincomalee

Nagiah Rukmani

25 Apr 06

Killed in aerial bombing and shelling

Trincomalee

Pathiniyan Nagamma

25 Apr 06

Killed in aerial bombing and shelling

Trincomalee

V Pagavathipillai

25 Apr 06

Killed in aerial bombing and shelling

Trincomalee

N Ranjithamalar

25 Apr 06

Killed in aerial bombing and shelling

Trincomalee

Thuraiappa Ratheesh

25 Apr 06

Killed in aerial bombing and shelling

Trincomalee

Varathan Rajkumar

25 Apr 06

Killed in aerial bombing and shelling

Trincomalee

Vilirasa Mayooran

25 Apr 06

Killed in aerial bombing and shelling

Trincomalee

T Sureshrooban

25 Apr 06

Killed in aerial bombing and shelling

Trincomalee

G Renukaran

25 Apr 06

Killed in aerial bombing and shelling

Trincomalee

Unidentified bodies(3)

25 Apr 06

Killed in aerial bombing and shelling

Trincomalee

V Pathmanathan

26 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Seruvila, Trincomalee

Rasiah Sivalingam

26 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Seruvila, Trincomalee

K Jeevarajah

26 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Seruvila, Trincomalee

Dr. S. Arulanantham

26 Apr 06

Shot dead by unknown gunmen

Colombo

A Senthilnathan

26 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Vavuniya

Zeinudeen

26 Apr 06

Killed in aerial bombing and shelling

Trincomalee

Agra Malbeeka

26 Apr 06

Killed in aerial bombing and shelling

Trincomalee

Munita Zeinudeen

26 Apr 06

Killed in aerial bombing and shelling

Trincomalee

Five bodies

27 Apr 06

Decapitated bodies of Tamils found

Kaduwela, Avisawela

Two civilians

27 Apr 06

Missing while bathing in a tank

Mannar

Gunaratnam Horton

28 Apr 06

Shot dead by unidentified gunmen

Mannar

Auto-rikshaw driver

28 Apr 06

Shot dead

Kayts, Jaffna

Vinayagam Kamalan

28 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Valaichenai,Batticaloa

Selvam Piraba

28 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Valaichenai,Batticaloa

Sellathurai Asokan

28 Apr 06

Shot dead by Sri Lanka Army

Batticaloa

M Suthaharan

29 Apr 06

Shot dead by Army intelligence

Urelu, Jaffna

M.Prakash

30 Apr 06

Shot dead by Paramilitary

Jaffna Town

(Many more to be included)

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TAMIL CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS - TCHR/CTDH

 

CENTRE TAMOUL POUR LES DROITS DE L'HOMME

 (Established in 1990)

(UN accredited NGO to the World Summit on Information Society)

 

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            Ref : DF009/PR/2006                                                                        13 April 2006

 

An Appeal to the Member States in the United Nations

 

How can UN member states vote for SRI LANKA’s

membership in the newly created UN Human Rights Council?

 

The UN General Assembly resolution adopted on 3 April 2006, in the 60th session – agenda item 46 and 120, paragraph eight (8) says :

 

"Decides that the membership in the Council shall be open to all States Members of the United Nations; when electing members of the Council, Member States shall take into account the contribution of candidates to the promotion and protection of human rights and their voluntary pledges and commitments made thereto; the General Assembly, by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting, may suspend the rights of membership in the Council of a member of the Council that commits gross and systematic violations of human rights".

 

We learned from various media that Sri Lanka is one of the candidates for membership in the newly created UN Human Rights Council and has submitted its pledge to stand for this election.

 

Š       In fact, the Sri Lanka has submitted a pledge which is a long way from addressing the deteriorating human rights record in Sri Lanka. If it were really committed to human rights, it would pledge to sign and ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court – (ICC).

 

  • UN member states should not forget that Sri Lanka was one of the countries in the forefront, as a member in the UN Commission on Human Rights – (CHR) to discredit and destroy the image and work of the CHR. Obviously the CHR has been replaced by this newly created Human Rights Council.

 

  • Sri Lanka was one of the countries which opposed a move by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human rights to publish a yearly thematic report on the World Human Rights situation.

 

  • Sri Lanka was one of the key members who always opposed NGO activities in the CHR, as well as in Sri Lanka.

 

  • In the recent past, Sri Lanka has proved in many instances that it does not fulfill any pledges, promises or agreements that it is party to.

 

  • In Sri Lanka, there is an Ethnic conflict which has resulted in twenty years of bloody war. This still continues, even though there is a Cease-fire Agreement – (CFA) in place. Even though the cease-fire has been in place for the last four years, many of the clauses in the CFA have not been implemented. On the other hand no proper peace negotiations are taking place and the government’s option of a military solution still impends.

 

  • While we write this appeal, government sponsored communal riots against the Tamils are taking place in the Eastern province – Trincomalee, in which 19 civilians have been killed, 45 injured and 20 Tamil shops burned.

 

It is crystal clear that Sri Lanka wants to be in the Human Rights Council to defend its deteriorating human rights record rather than to strengthen the UN Human Rights Council.

 

Some of the systematic human rights violations in Sri Lanka in recent years

 

  • In recent years, Sri Lanka was declared to be the country with the second highest number of Disappearances in the world, by the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. So far no proper remedies have been found for these disappearances.

 

  • More than thirty-five years of Emergency rule combined with twenty-five years of draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), allow the security forces in the Island to torture, kill and 'disappear' people, violating human rights with impunity.

 

  • Over 79,000 Tamil people have been killed or “disappeared”

 

  • More than 12,500 Tamil women raped and killed;

 

  • More than 2500 buildings of Tamils’ religious places of worship (Churches and Temples) have been destroyed in aerial bombings and artillery shelling

 

  • Billions of rupees worth of material damage has been caused to the Tamils by the State.

 

  • Nearly 800,000 Tamil people were internally displaced

 

  • More than 500,000 Tamils have sought political asylum in Europe and other countries

 

Š       High Security Zones still cruelly prevent civilians returning to their homes in breach of the Cease Fire Agreement – CFA

 

Š       More Sri Lanka army personnel are now occupying the Jaffna Peninsula than before the CFA.

 

Status of ratification of International Law by SRI LANKA

 

                                                                                                         Date signed    Date ratified

Instrument of International Law                                                      by Sri Lanka   by Sri Lanka

25 May 2000 (CRC-OPSC)

Optional Protocol to the CRC of the Child on the

sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography                   08 May 2002   Not ratified

 

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights                                                  

Optional Protocol II     (Abolition of death penalty)                            Not signed      Not ratified

 

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (1998)             Not signed      Not ratified

 

Ottawa Landmines Treaty                                                                 Not signed      Not ratified

 

In the recent past, Sri Lanka’s attitude towards the United Nations, its Secretary Generals and some International NGOs has been disturbing. We would like to quote a few incidents here which cannot easily be brushed under the carpet in a civilised world.

 

1 -        After the bombing of St Peter & St Paul's church on 9 July 1995, in which 165 people were massacred, the ICRC which had personnel on the spot issued a news release deploring the loss of life. The Minister of Foreign Affairs summoned the ICRC chief and warned him not to interfere.

 

2 -        In September 1995, “Medecins sans Frontiers - MSF”, the international NGO which works with the war-injured, issued a press release on the bombing of a school which killed 71 children and injured 100. When UNESCO took up this matter with the government based on MSF reporting, Sri Lanka castigated UNESCO.

 

3 -        In November 1995, when the UN Secretary General at that time, Dr. Boutros Boutros Ghali, called for aid on a significant scale to help 800,000 Tamil refugees, then Minister of Foreign Affairs discredited Boutros Ghali saying that the Secretary General did not know the facts, and that there were only 100,000 refugees - as if even those 100,000 refugees did not deserve help.

 

4 -        In September 1999 criticism and denigration were heaped upon the United Nations for condemning the killing of civilians. The BBC reported:

 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs was quoted by the state-run Daily News as saying the UN should be concerned with malaria and mosquitoes and should not try to expand its mandate.”

 

5 -        On 7th January 2005, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan made a humanitarian visit to Sri Lanka - a country severely affected by the devastating Tsunami on 26 December 2004. Kofi Annan requested to visit the North East, the areas in the island most affected by the tsunami. The Sri Lankan authorities prevented the UN Secretary-General from making this humanitarian visit. This is a serious violation of the UN Charter, Chapter XV Article 100.

 

6 -        BBC Sinhala news of 22 November 2004 reported, “…..Amnesty International wrote to the President in April 1999 saying that resumption of executions after 23 years of being a de facto abolitionist country would be blight on Sri Lanka's reputation and seriously undermine international confidence in the government's commitment to human rights and reform." (Excerpt)

 

We consider it appropriate here to mention an incident when Sri Lanka used the UN forum for its own propaganda purposes.

 

In 1998, Mr. Rajendra Kalidas Wimala Goonesekere and his alternate Ms Deepika Udagama from Sri Lanka were elected as members – “independent experts" - to the then UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities. Since 1999 this body was known as the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

 

When the Sub-Commission began its 50th session in 1998 in Geneva, on the very first day, the Sri Lankan mission in Geneva organised a party for all the members of the Sub-Commission. Out of twenty six experts only a few attended this party. In fact, it was considered by non attendees to be a government lobby exercise carried out by R.K.W. Gunesakara and his alternate Deepika Udagama. Those who attended the Sub-Commission between 1998 and 2001 knew how R.K.W. Gunesakara and his alternate were using the Sub-Commission to justify the government position on its bloody war – arbitrary arrests, torture, killings, 'disappearances', rape, displacement, ethnic cleansing and economic embargo.

 

We would like to ask the United Nations Member States whether you want a country with this sort of human rights record to be in the Human Rights Council that you all have worked so hard to bring into being?

 

Let all who are truly for human rights and democracy, wake-up and work on preventing Sri Lanka, with its bad record from becoming a member of the newly created Human Rights Council.

 

Are there at least 96 UN Member States ready to support Sri Lanka with its above given appalling human rights record?

 

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Press release                                                                      16 November 2005

 

 

TCHR Officially accredited to the United Nations WSIS

 

The United Nations World Summit on the Information Society – WSIS is underway in Tunisia, from 16-18 November 2005. All one hundred and ninety one member states of the UN, Inter-governmental organisations, international and regional institutions, ECOSOC as well as other officially accredited NGOs and business sector entities, are participating in this Summit.

 

Being officially accredited to the WSIS, the Tamil Centre for Human Rights – TCHR is also participating in this Summit.

 

Today, the representatives of TCHR handed over an appeal and a report to the executives of WSIS and the Secretary General Mr. Yoshio UTSUMI, in Tunisia.

 

The TCHR appeal called for increased flow of information to all regardless of political affiliation. The report covers the subjects of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Social Transformation and Gender Issues in the Information Society. Also the report states how successive Sri Lanka governments have rejected the concept of equality in education with regard to the people in the North East of the Island and the reluctance of the government to develop information and communication technology (ICT) in those areas.

 

The report gives details of how the right to freedom of expression is treated by the government of Sri Lanka in the field of mass media – newspaper; television and radio. A list of journalists harassed and killed in the recent past is attached to this report and details of an arson attack on newspapers in Sri Lanka.

In September 2001, TCHR participated in the NGO forum of the UN World Conference against Racism – WCAR in Durban, South Africa. In 1993, TCHR held an information stall and a photo exhibition on human rights violations, in the United Nations 2nd World Conference on Human Rights held in Vienna, Austria. Representatives of TCHR have been participating in the UN Commission on Human Rights, the Sub Commission on Human Rights and the Treaty bodies since it was founded in 1990.

TCHR has gone on four fact finding missions to Sri Lanka.

 

 

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Appeal of the Tamil Centre for Human Rights (TCHR) to the Chairperson of the UN Sub-Commission on Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland

 

(Last Wednesday, this appeal was handed over to Mr. Vladimir Kartashkin, the Chairperson of the UN Sub-Commission Human Rights by Ms. Deirdre McConnell, Director International Programs)

July 25 2005

The Chairperson and Members of the Sub-Commission

on Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

57th Session

United Nations 1211 Geneva 10

Switzerland

Honoured Sir / Madame,

 

After twenty years of armed conflict, hopes for permanent peace in the island of Sri Lanka flourished with the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) signed by then Prime Minister, Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Mr V Pirabakaran, on February 22nd 2002.

 

It is with great concern that we note despite more than three years of the ceasefire holding, permanent peace does not look any closer. On the contrary, there are several serious indications of the possible breakdown of the Ceasefire Agreement and the start of impending war.

 

In the wake of the devastating tsunami which struck the island on December 26 last year, taking tens of thousands of lives, the majority in the NorthEast, eyes were focussed on the situation in Sri Lanka, waiting to see if the tragedy would bring together the parties to the conflict, in joint relief and rehabilitation work. It was hoped that such co-operation would lead to the stalled peace process starting up again.

 

The international community poured generously into tsunami relief funds, and rightly insisted that there should be a joint mechanism to distribute relief and funds for reconstruction. Hopes seemed to be fulfilled when eventually on June 24th the Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS) MOU was signed by the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE. Mr Kofi Annan, said that he “hopes the agreement will help place Sri Lanka on the road to full recovery from this unparalleled tragedy."

 

However, hopes of imminent joint working were soon dashed. The Supreme Court on 15th July 2005 issued a stay order suspending four key provisions of the newly agreed P-TOMS, upholding a petition filed by Sinhala extremists in which they claimed that their fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution were infringed, and that they wanted the P-TOMS declared null and void.

 

The blatant and endemic bias in the Sri Lankan judicial system against Tamils, is a well recorded fact. Justice has been denied to Tamils systematically, over several decades, in all aspects of life. They have suffered systematic human rights violations of genocidal proportions, the perpetrators of which have not been brought to book.

 

Now, justice is denied to the Tamils even in the face of the massive suffering caused by the tsunami disaster last December 26.

 

Analysts have warned that the failure of P-TOMS will lead to a breakdown in the CFA and possible return to war.

 

Recently a statue of Buddha was erected illegally in Trincomalee, with political motivation, to cause tension among local communities, and clearly not for worship. The District court ordered the removal of the statue. However the Supreme Court has taken decisions negating the district court decision. Increased Sri Lanka armed forces have been stationed in the town. Local people feel insulted and humiliated by this unwarranted oppression. People are demanding impartial implementation in the enforcement of law and order.

Local people feel the act was part of a calculated plan to destabilize the situation in Trincomalee, and disrupt the implementation of post-tsunami activities that could help in promoting confidence amongst the people in the Northeast. Many believe the ultimate objective of this act is to impede the furtherance of the peace process.

It behoves yourselves as Members of the Sub-Commission, distinguished specialists in the promotion and protection of human rights, to take action, as an integral part of the international community’s duty to pursue peace with dignity.

 

We continue to believe that this Sub-Commission can be a vehicle to express the noble values and aspirations for humanity that underpin all true efforts to promote and protect Human Rights and thereby make a real and valuable contribution to the creation of conditions in which constructive peace talks can take place, for the good of all the peoples of the island of Sri Lanka.

 

We appeal to you to take action.

 

Thanking you.

 

Deirdre McConnell

Director – International Programme - TCHR

 

 

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Appeal to the Director General of UNESCO

 

 

                                   Paris,

                                                                                                                                  28 June 2005

 

 

 

Dear Sir / Madam,

 

Controversial statue of Buddha in Trincomalee

 

As the legal judgement, within the National law, is partial and the Sri Lankan state has deliberately ignored the court order issued twice by the district courts in Trincomalee on the illegally erected statue of Buddha, we kindly request the Tamil diaspora and all concerned groups, including members of Civil Society and individuals to send this appeal, or your own appeal to the Director General of UNESCO - requesting him to intervene immediately to remove this statue of Buddha from Trincomalee.

 

This appeal could be send by fax or post. (Fax n°. + 33 – 1 – 45685555 OR + 33 – 1 – 45685591)

 

Please send this at your earliest. 

 

Thank you.

 

Tamil Centre for Human Rights – TCHR

France

 

 

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(your address)     

(date)     

 

Mr. Koïchiro Matsuura

Director General

UNESCO
7, Place de Fontenoy
75352 PARIS 07 SP

 

Dear Sir,

 

Appeal to remove the statue of Buddha, erected with political motivation

 

On 15 May 2005, a statue of Buddha was illegally erected overnight in the Eastern town of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka by so called Buddhists. The unauthorised erection of the statue on land belonging to the Trincomalee Urban Council (UC) was immediately challenged in the courts by the Special Commissioner of the Urban Council and the President of the Trincomalee District Tamil Peoples' Forum (TDTPF). This matter has created tension between the Tamil and Singhalese people in Trincomalee. Several violent incidents have been reported all over the Trincomalee District.

 

The lawyers who appeared on behalf of the Special Commissioner of the UC and the President of the TDTPF told the court that they "revered Lord Buddha and are not against the Buddhist religion. But they said they suspected political motives behind the overnight erection of the statue and only a court order for temporary removal of the statute will lead to the restoration of peace in the town".

 

On 18 May the Trincomalee Magistrate and Additional District Judge instructed the Police to take all possible steps to temporarily remove the controversial statue and pronounced that a long term solution to the matter could be found by the Urban Council taking legal action. On 25 May, the Judge reaffirmed his earlier judgement regarding the temporary removal of this statue. Meanwhile another statue of Buddha was erected in Trincomalee close to the Hindu cemetery in Ehamparam Road in Vijithapura on May 23, 2005.

 

The court order was ignored by the law enforcement agencies and the statue has remained in the same location for one month, guarded by the Sri Lanka Army, Police and the Buddhist followers.

 

In the meantime those who erected this Buddha statue wanted to have a permanent building constructed around it. On 13 June, this idea was put on hold on the orders of the Attorney General department . This case was postponed until 3rd August as the respondent of this case has not appeared in the courts.

 

But this respondent, filed another case (became a petitioner) in the Court of Appeals, challenging the order given by the Trincomalee Magistrate on 18 May for the temporary removal of the statue of Buddha. The petitioner pleaded in his appeal to nullify the order of the Trincomalee Magistrate. On 17 June, his appeal was accepted by a Buddhist Judge in the Court of Appeals, who issued a restraining order on the Trincomalee Police and Trincomalee Urban Council preventing them from temporarily removing the controversial statue of Buddha. The decision of the Court of Appeals on 17 June was a discriminatory decision rather than based on the rule of law.

 

In Sri Lanka, the culture of impunity prevails in all affairs concerned with the grievances of Tamils. Perpetrators of violence against Tamils are not brought to book. However any judgement against a Tamil is implemented immediately after the judgement. The President who enjoys executive powers has turned a blind eye on the controversial statue of Buddha. With the court's order, being Commander in Chief of the Sri Lankan security forces, the President could have easily removed the Buddha statue on 18 May, if she were genuinely for equality and justice.

 

As the legal judgement, within the National law, is partial and the state has deliberately ignored the court order of the Trincomalee Magistrate, we kindly and urgently request the Director General of UNESCO to intervene immediately to remove the statue of Buddha which was erected with political motivation, to create tension among communities. The court order issued twice by the district courts in Trincomalee should be respected without further delay.

 

We kindly request you to intervene immediately to prevent bloodshed and war in Sri Lanka.

 

Thank you

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

(your name & signature)

 

 

 

 

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Ref : DR011A/UA/2004                                                                                 30 December 2004

 

 

North East death toll rises to 21,575

Still no International relief or assistance received

 

With reference to our Urgent action of 28 December 2004 (Ref DR011/UA/2004) on the human tragedy caused by the tsunami tidal waves, in the North East of the island of Sri Lanka, we hereby give an update on the latest statistics and information on the ground situation in the North East.

 

TCHR sources in the North East have updated the figures of those killed, missing, displaced and injured by the tsunami tidal waves as follows:

 

                                   Dead                          Missing                     Displaced                  Injured          

Amparai                      13,261                        6,350                           191,163                      Not known

Batticaloa                   2,000                         2,000                           208,803                      2,100

Trincomalee               844                         Not known                   137,000                      3,400

Mullaitivu                    3,370                         4,500                           97,000                      3,800

Vadamarachi East     2,100                         59                            61,839                      1,800

 

Total                          21,575                        12,909                         695,805                      11,100

 

 

Despite several urgent appeals made from the North East, assistance rendered to Sri Lanka by nearly twenty countries has still not reached the affected people in the North East. The death toll is increasing as the rescue and recovery operations continue.

 

News reaching from Sri Lanka indicates that relief trucks have been blocked from reaching the frontier of the Tamil region.

 

“……………..an official of an international aid agency reported today that Sinhalese mobs were blocking relief trucks from reaching the frontier, diverting the supplies to their own hard-hit communities. At least four trucks were stopped by a low-ranking government official from crossing into the Tamil zone, said the official”. (http://www.breakingnews.ie/2004/12/29/story182380.html)

 

Doctors and community workers in the North East said yesterday that no help had been given to them by any government official or by any government institutions.

 

Tamil parliamentarians from the North East have appealed to the donor countries and agencies to help directly the Tamil and Muslim people whose lives have been destroyed by the Tsunami.

 

There are about 352 Relief Centres working round the clock in the North East without any help from the government.

 

As the government help failed to reach the North East areas, the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation – TRO, which continues to help the victims is appealing for international help.

 

TRO contacts :

 

Telephone :  + 94 112 693254 (Colombo)

Telephone :  + 94 21 228 3947 (Killinochi)

Website :       www.troonline.org

Email :            cpara@hotmail.com

 

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Ref : DR011/UA/2004                                                                        28 December 2004

 

North East death toll rises to 12,200

No relief or assistance received from government or international community

 

A massive human tragedy has been caused by the tsunami tidal waves, which devastated much of the coastline of Southern and South East Asia on 26th December 2004. The media has calculated the figure of lives lost as approaching 28,000, and this is said likely to rise steeply. The tidal waves affected Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Somalia and Sri Lanka.

 

Natural disasters have taken place in many parts of the world and caused massive human tragedies. Wherever these have occurred – the international community, international aid agencies and international NGOs have acted promptly and managed to give support to the victims.

 

In this latest tragedy, the island of Sri Lanka is one of the countries worst affected. Certain media stated that more than 12,500 people were killed in the island and 800,000 have been displaced.

 

However TCHR sources have so far confirmed the death toll in the North East as 12,200 and the injured as more than 11,100. The death figure is likely to increase as the rescue and recovery operations are still underway in the affected villages in the North East. Rescue operations continue also in the Southern part of the island.

 

Seventy foreign nationals who were holidaying on the island also lost their lives in this natural disaster.

 

In the districts of Colombo, Panadura, Kalutara, Hambantotta, Galle and Matara in the South, 2000 people have died due to the tsunami.

 

In the North, in the villages of Mullaithivu District, including Thalayadi 1,700 people have been killed; 3,800 are injured; 4,500 are missing and 97,000 people are displaced. In Vadamarachi East 2,000 people have died; 1,800 are injured, however TCHR has not been able to confirm numbers of displaced in this region.

 

In the East in Amparai, 5,700 people have died; 20,000 are displaced, TCHR is unable to confirm the numbers of those injured. In Batticaloa over 2,000 have died; 2,100 are injured; 2,000 are missing and 118,000 are displaced. In Trincomalee 800 have died; 3,400 have been injured and 137,000 are displaced. More than fifty villages in the North East have been completely devastated by the tsunami tidal waves.

 

Many of the victims have been women and children. Fifty children in an orphanage in Ninthavur, Batticaloa perished instantly. 133 children in Muttur town alone were killed.

 

On 27 December 2004 the Sri Lankan government appealed through its embassies for international emergency assistance. Countries in the European Union, the USA, India, Russia, Israel and several other countries and international NGOs responded, sending assessment teams and emergency supplies.

 

According to TCHR sources in Colombo, the devastation and loss of life caused by the tidal waves in the North East have not received much media coverage. The Colombo media, especially TV and daily newspapers in English and Singhalese have failed to give a breakdown of the casualty and fatality figures, thus in effect putting a news block on the tragic reality as experienced in the North East. They also pointed out that the international help rendered to Sri Lanka has not reached the affected people in the North East.

 

A doctor in a hospital in the East said that no assistance has been received yet to cope with the disaster. He said the bodies of at least five thousand people from four villages alone, had been buried in the last two days. He urgently appealed for antibiotics, Anti-tetanus, toxides, infant food and all types of clothing. He explained that there is panic among the thousands of wounded, since the hospital is rapidly running out of first aid equipment and medicine, appealing for assistance before time runs out for the seriously injured, particularly children. The doctor further said that putrefaction of hundreds of bodies buried in the sands by the retreating tidal wave is posing a major health hazard.

 

Many Tamil parliamentarians have openly criticised the way the government is handling the situation in the North East, saying that the government is "callously ignoring the plight of thousands in the North East hit by Tsunami”.

 

According to TCHR sources in Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Amparai and the North, help from neither the government nor any international NGOs has yet reached those areas where people are in dire need of international assistance.

 

Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham, Member of Parliament who took part in a conference on Monday 27 December on urgent disaster management convened by Sri Lanka's Prime Minister stated that the nonchalant attitude of the government and Sinhala parties towards the suffering in the Northeast is "appalling".

 

Mr. Pararajasingham further said that "the devastation and destruction in the northeast was discussed for not more than five minutes during the two hour conference on the Tsunami disaster management for all Parliament parties called by the Prime Minister at his residence.

 

“In fact the situation in the Northeast was taken up only after I raised the issue. They simply were not bothered about the plight of the people in the North East.

 

"The Tamil National Alliance - TNA has therefore decided to appeal to donor countries and agencies to help directly the Tamil and Muslim people whose lives have been destroyed by the Tsunami", Mr. Pararajasingham said.

 

As the government help failed to reach the North East areas, the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation – TRO, which is presently helping the victims round the clock, is appealing for international help.

 

Their urgent requirements to attend to the immediate phase are : Food items including milk powder, precooked for 80,000 families - 3 meals for two weeks; clothing for women and children; medicine -paracetamol, anti biotics, dressings, suture material, disposable syringes etc; water purification tablets and water containers; 25,000 temporary shelters and 50 medical tents; non food items including kitchen utensils, a hundred thousand mats and portable generators.

 

TRO contacts :

 

Telephone :  + 94 112 693254 (Colombo)

Telephone :  + 94 21 228 3947 (Killinochi)

Website :       www.troonline.org

Email :            cpara@hotmail.com

 

 

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9, rue des Peupliers - 95140 Garge les Gonesse - FRANCE

Contact person : S. V. Kirubaharan – General Secretary

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TCHR-UK

Tamil Centre for Human Rights - TCHR/CTDH

PO Box 182, Manchester M16 8ED, UNITED KINGDOM

Contact person : Deirdre McConnell – Director International Programme

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TCHR-NETHERLANDS

Tamil Centrum voor Mensenrechten- TCHR  

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1703 TE Heerhugowaard, THE NETHERLANDS  

Contact person : Sinniah Indiran

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Email : tchrholland@hotmail.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TAMIL CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS - TCHR/CTDH

CENTRE TAMOUL POUR LES DROITS DE L'HOMME

 

(Established in 1990)

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Press release

Ref : A05F/UA/2004                                                                              11 February 2004

 

Hundreds of Christian Churches vandalised in Sri Lanka

 

Gautama Buddha who at birth was known as Siddharthar, was the founder of Buddhism. He was born in the year 563 B.C. in the village of Lumbini near Kapila Vastu, within the present borders of Nepal.

 

At the age of 29 Gautama Buddha gave up a life of luxury, renouncing the world after seeing the human suffering around him.

 

The four noble truths of Gautama Buddha are: “There is suffering and misery in life’’, “The cause of this suffering and misery is desire’’, “Suffering and misery can be removed by removing desire’’ and “Desire can be removed by following the eight fold path’’. The Noble Eight Fold Path consists of: right views, right thoughts, right speech, right actions, right livelihood, right efforts, right mindfulness and right meditation.

 

Unfortunately in Sri Lanka, a country that prides itself as the custodian of Buddhism, Buddha’s preaching is being abused by some of its followers! Power hungry politicians and Buddhist monks who are the “king-makers” in Sri Lanka, are influencing Buddhist followers to go against the other religions.

 

Since independence in 1948, the Sinhala numerical majority in (Ceylon) Sri Lanka, has claimed this island as a Buddhist country. In 1972, in Sri Lanka, Buddhism was constitutionally (Chapter II, 6) given a “foremost place”. Accordingly it shall be the duty of the State to protect and foster Buddhism’’, even though the constitution, “(assures) to all religions the rights granted by section 18(l) (d)’’.

 

In the recent past, attacks and vandalism against Christian Churches in Sri Lanka have intensified. Christian Churches have been stoned, burned and vandalised by mobs led by Buddhist monks. Also Pastors’ residences has been attacked and worshippers have been beaten. In one incident in Kotadeniyawa, attackers attempted to rape four women Church workers!

 

In many parts of Sri Lanka, anti-Christian demonstrations have been organised by Buddhist Monks and handbills against the Christian Churches have been distributed. Demonstrators have issued an ultimatum to the Churches to cease their activities in those areas.

 

TCHR has collected information on 89 attacks and arson attacks on Christian Churches in Sri Lanka. (List attached) These attacks on Christian Churches and worshippers were well organised by politicised Buddhist Monks. The Police and other government security forces are turning a blind eye. There have been occasions when attacks have even taken place in the presence of Police and Army personnel. There have been very few incidents where the Police have taken action against mobs and Buddhist Monks.

 

Attacks on Christian Churches and Hindu Temples are nothing new in Sri Lanka. They have been taking place for decades.

 

According to the statistics collected by TCHR, during the twenty years of bloody war in the North-East, 2076 Hindu Temples and 299 Christian churches in the North (http://www.tchr.net/religion.html) were damaged and destroyed in Aerial bombings and shelling. Also many killings and massacres have taken place in Churches, Temples and Schools.

 

It is deplorable that these attacks and arson attacks on Christian Churches and Temples have neither been investigated, nor even recorded, in the government books !

 

In vivid comparison, Buddhism and Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka are expanding with the full backing of the State. New Buddhist temples are being erected not only on government-owned land but also on privately-owned land! In war-ravaged Jaffna for example, which is now under army rule, the only reconstruction done was to renovate the sole Buddhist vihare in the town.

 

We, the TCHR along with several other international Human rights organisations, strongly condemn the attacks on Christian Churches and other religious shrines in Sri Lanka. We appeal to the Government of Sri Lanka to take action to halt these attacks and to bring the perpetuators to justice.

 

We appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance to take cognisance of the above facts and to take immediate action on this urgent and serious matter.

 

Please send your protests to the following address:

 

Thank you.

 

Mr. Abdelfattah Amor                                                       Petitions Team
Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance              Office of the High Commissioner OHCHR                                                                             for Human Rights - OHCHR
Palais Wilson                                                                      United Nations

Geneva 10, SWIZERLAND                                                   1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Fax : 00-41-22-9170000                                                       Fax : 00-41-22-9179022

Email : tb-petitions.hchr@unog.ch

 

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HEAD OFFICE:

Tamil Centre for Human Rights - TCHR/CTDH

9, rue des Peupliers - 95140 Garge les Gonesse - FRANCE

Contact person : S. V. Kirubaharan – General Secretary

Fax: + 33 1 40 38 28 74 - Email: tchrgs@hotmail.com / tchgs@tchr.net

 

TCHR-UK

Tamil Centre for Human Rights - TCHR/CTDH

PO Box 182, Manchester M16 8ED, UNITED KINGDOM

Contact person : Deirdre McConnell – Director International Programme

Fax: + 44 161 860 4609 - Email: tchrdip@hotmail.com / tchrdip@tchr.net

 

TCHR-NETHERLANDS

Tamil Centrum voor Mensenrechten- TCHR  

Steelingmolen 43  

1703 TE Heerhugowaard, THE NETHERLANDS  

Contact person : Sinniah Indiran

Fax : + 31 - 72 - 57 15 801 Email : tchrholland@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAMIL CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS - TCHR/CTDH

CENTRE TAMOUL POUR LES DROITS DE L'HOMME

(Established in 1990)

www.tchr.net

Ref : A030/APP/2003                                                                       30 November  2003

 

Appeal to Commonwealth Heads of Governments

 

TCHR learns from news paper reports published in Colombo that former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Mr Lakshman Kadirgamar will be nominated for the post of Secretary-General of the Commonwealth by the Sri Lankan government. The present Secretary-General, Rt. Hon. Donald McKinnon, will complete his term in three weeks.

 

TCHR, being an organisation working on Human rights issues in Sri Lanka, should in normal circumstances be proud and happy that a Sri Lankan is being nominated for this post.

 

Mr Lakshman Kadirgamar, a product of the University of Oxford and a President’s Counsel of Sri Lanka would appear to deserve this post.

 

After looking at Kadirgamar’s academic and professional career, if one looks at his political career as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, one sees another side of Lakshman Kadirgamar ! During his seven years as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Mr Kadirgamar’s unseemly attacks on world bodies like the United Nations were deplorable. Also he showed little respect for important humanitarian organisations like the ICRC and other International NGO ‘s.

 

When we analyse his period as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, we can see how contemptuous he was of the appalling human rights situation of the Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka.

 

In 1995, “Medecins sans Frontieres - MSF”, the international NGO which works with the war-injured, issued a press release after the horrific bombing of the Tamil school at Nagarkovil in the Jaffna peninsula.  In this bombing 71 children were killed and 100 injured. MSF which worked with the victims condemned this bombing which caused such loss of life and limb to children.  When UNESCO took up this matter with the Sri Lanka government based on MSF reporting, Mr Kadigamar’s Ministry castigated UNESCO (Daily News 12 October 1995).

 

After the bombing of Navaly church on 9th July 1995, in which 165 Tamil people were massacred, the ICRC which had personnel on the spot issued a news release deploring the loss of life. Mr Kadirgamar’s reaction was to summon the ICRC chief and warn him not to interfere. In consequence, Colombo newspapers published articles tarnishing the ICRC’s image and virtually alleging that the organisation was lying about the bombing.

 

Even though the reports of the United Nations’ Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups detailed extensive documentation criticising the Human Rights situation in Sri Lanka, Mr Kadirgamar defended all the atrocities of the Sri Lankan security forces committed against Tamil civilians.

 

Thousands were arbitrarily arrested and tortured, and hundreds were ‘disappeared’ and extra judicially killed. The rape of Tamil women by Sri Lankan security forces was systematic and horrifying. Also a draconian economic embargo was imposed which caused suffering to hundreds of thousands of Tamil people, who were denied food and medicines. All this was happened at the time when Mr Kadirgamar was officiating as Foreign Minister of the country.

 

During his period as Foreign Minister, Sri Lanka was declared to be the country with the second highest number of Forced Disappearances in the world, by the UN Working Group on Disappearances.

 

To think that a man who had such little concern for human life in his own country could be entrusted with the responsibility of an organisation that has such a wide spectrum of humanity, would be an affront to the entire civilised world.

 

We, the TCHR appeal to all Heads of Government of the Commonwealth to desist from extending support to Mr Kadirgamar’s nomination.

 

We also request all peace loving citizens of Commonwealth countries to appeal to their Heads of states as well as to the Commonwealth Secretariat, protesting Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar’s nomination to the post of the General-Secretary of the Commonwealth.

 

Please send your protests to the following address as well as to the Head of state in your country.

 

Thank you.

 

The Commonwealth Secretariat,

Marlborough House, Pall Mall,

London SW1Y 5HX, United Kingdom

 

Phone: +44 (0)20 77476500

Fax: +44 (0)20 7930 0827

 

www.tchr.net

 

HEAD OFFICE:

Tamil Centre for Human Rights - TCHR/CTDH

9, rue des Peupliers - 95140 Garge les Gonesse - FRANCE

Contact person : S. V. Kirubaharan – General Secretary

Fax: + 33 1 40 38 28 74  - Email: tchrgs@hotmail.com / tchgs@tchr.net

 

TCHR-UK

Tamil Centre for Human Rights - TCHR/CTDH

PO Box 182, Manchester M16 8ED, UNITED KINGDOM

Contact person : Deirdre McConnell – Director International Programme

Fax: + 44 161 860 4609 - Email: tchrdip@hotmail.com / tchrdip@tchr.net

 

TCHR-NETHERLANDS

Tamil Centrum voor Mensenrechten- TCHR  

Steelingmolen 43  

1703 TE Heerhugowaard, THE NETHERLANDS  

Contact person : Sinniah Indiran

Fax : + 31 - 72 - 57 15 801
Email : tchrholland@hotmail.com