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Sri Lankan justice plays out in foreign courtrooms

Published on : 27 September 2011 - 1:34pm | By Richard Walker (Photo: Major General Shavendra Silva)
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Three cases around the world reflect a new trend in international justice – while Sri Lanka shows no intention of properly dealing with accusations its military committed atrocities in the closing months of the civil war in 2009, cases have opened in the Netherlands, Switzerland and the U.S. against both the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan military.

By Richard Walker in The Hague

On Monday two ethnic Tamils filed a case in New York against a Sri Lankan general now serving as a UN diplomat. They claim Major General Shavendra Silva was commanding officer of the army’s 58th Division which helped crush the Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009 – and claim in so doing killed thousands of civilians through the shelling of no-fire zones and hospitals. The case is using the US’s universal jurisdiction to prosecute war crimes outside of its territory.

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Last week in Switzerland, prosecutors took the unprecedented step of declaring that if the Sri Lankan diplomat and former army General Jagath Dias returns to the country they will have him arrested and prosecuted for alleged war crimes, also relating to the end of the civil war in 2009. Mr Dias had been in Switzerland serving as a Deputy Ambassador until recently and is now believed to have left the country.
And currently in the Netherlands, five alleged supporters of the LTTE or Tamil Tigers rebel group are on trial for supporting a terrorist organization. Their case raises the question: what makes an organization terrorist in nature under Dutch criminal law? The hearing will continue until the end of next week.

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All lawyers and experts agree, where a state’s judicial structure is strong enough it should prosecute its own war crimes cases. In Sri Lanka there is little international credibility given to the state’s Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission, which has been criticised widely for not addressing questions of justice and for brushing claims of military atrocities under the carpet.

Mounting pressure from the UN and international media this year has led many to call for a full and independent investigation into claims of war crimes in 2009, and the establishment of a tribunal to hold major players in the bloody denouement to the conflict accountable. The problem is that this is the last thing the current Sri Lankan government wants as it basks in the popularity it gained by ending the 30 year conflict.

Who needs international courts?

The fact that there are now three separate prosecutions in motion dealing with war crimes in Sri Lanka, thousands of miles away from the tiny island nation, is a very positive development for International Criminal lawyer Goran Sluiter. “These (international) tribunals are extremely costly, often quite inefficient, slow and bureaucratic. We should be very careful in setting up something new or using the ICC. So if at the national level you have all these cases there’s even less need to go to the ICC to set up a new tribunal - it’s only when at the national level nothing is happening that it’s important to go the ICC,” he said.

Does this mean that national courts stepping in and using their own Universal jurisdiction to pursue war criminals from other countries is the way forward?  “Yes of course that’s wonderful, but maybe not as much as one would hope, and national courts are dependent on the accused happening to be on their territory - and the big fish may not be on their territory, so then (prosecutions) may be fragmented”.

Courts like the International Criminal Court are keen to stress they are courts of last resort and wherever possible will try to help national prosecutors achieve high standards of justice. These principles are widely held to be sound, but in the absence of a nation’s political will to pursue justice there is perhaps an ever expanding moral imperative for other states to pursue war criminals through their own courts.

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vijith arunasiri bandulahewa 16 October 2011 - 10:46pm / srilanka

vijith arunasiri bandulahewa
9 October 2011 - 10:36pm / srilanka
reply
as we know India divided by the British in 1947. as well as they wanted to divide the Srilanka. they firstly ( up to 1995 chief of the Srilanka government intelligence was British officer (MI6) and most of other officers are Catholics which hate the Buddhist and the country) create a clash between Sinhalese and Tamils in July 1983,after that Tamils got the sympathy of the entire world,as well as Tamil youth formed the several armed groups like EROS,PLOT.. etc against the government. after destroying the every Tamil guerrilla organisations other than LTTE and continue war about 30 years the reason for this was govt intelligence give each and every support to the LTTE not to the srilankan forces.as well as each and every bomb blast and killings done by the LTTE with the help of government intelligence service. after come in to the power (bodujaya sena party) we claim the cost of the war (2300 billion rupees, the government estimate)and cost of the damage to the economy of the country and people of the forces as well as north and east Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims from the BRITISH GOVERNMENT.
Vijith Arunasiri Bandulahewa,leader and secretary of the bodujaya sena party www.sinhalayani.com

RonS5 14 October 2011 - 6:54pm

You need to update this more often i love your site but its never updated :( Please?! car games

Off the Cuff 12 October 2011 - 7:12pm

Prove your Honesty and commitment to PEACE and JUSTICE by prosecuting the following War Criminals


ALL of them have PROVEN links to the mass murderer Prabahkaran and the LTTE, including Photographs taken with the sadist Prabahkaran.


Adele Balasingham Founding Commander LTTE Child Brigade and Female Tigers
Nediyavan of the Tamil Eelam Peoples Alliance of Norway
V Rudrakumaran of the TGTE
Suren Surendiran of the BTF
Fr Emanuel of the GTF
Vinayagam (International Intelligence)


So why the Pin drop Silence about them?


Your Tiger Tail is showing

Anonymous 12 October 2011 - 1:35pm

Read the latest Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace Justice blog on this issue.

http://blog.srilankacampaign.org/2011/10/jageth-dias-war-crime-commander...

Off the Cuff 12 October 2011 - 6:48pm

Peace and Justice are words foreign to the LTTE. Using them or Hiding behind such words does not cover your nudity especially when Tamils of repute (Dr Noel Nadesan) and those who were directly involved such as Sathasivam Kanagaratnam Tamil National Alliance MP (2004-2009) who was in the war zone throughout and LTTE Combatants and Civilians of the Wanni, say otherwise.
It was your money that sent thousands of Tamil Children to their Death while you kept your siblings safe in the West.
The question arises why several hundred thousand sought safety in culturally and religiously disparate West thousands of miles away, when safety was available just next door less than 30 Miles across the Palk Straits, amongst an Ethnically, culturally and religiously identical community.


Was it fear of Life or Economic opportunism?


The OPPRESSORS in Sri Lanka were the Tamil Vellala High Casts.
The Vellala who oppressed even fellow Tamils of lower Casts. The Vellala who robbed the right to practice the Hindu Religion from Low Cast Tamils. Follow the links to learn more. Unlike yours the contents are not fabricated and includes Privy Council of UK determinations.

Open Letter by Dr Noel Nadesan Ph.D. an Ethnic Tamil himself http://print.dailymirror.lk/opinion1/49984.html


Evidence from Tamil National Alliance MP who was in the war zone throughout and ex combatants, LTTE big wigs, Spouses of LTTE Big Wigs and ordinary Tamil Civilians of the Wanni who unlike you, experienced the war in the war zone first hand.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5O1JAfRXew


Determination of the Privy Council UK regarding Religious Oppression of Low Cast Tamils by the High Cast Vellala Tamils
(http://www.lawnet.lk/docs/case_law/nlr/common/html/NLR74V457.htm)


Are you a Vellala Tamil?
Hope you enjoy the further reading provided.

vijith arunasiri bandulahewa 9 October 2011 - 9:42pm / srilanka

as we know India divided by the British in 1947. as well as they wanted to divide the Srilanka. they firstly ( up to 1995 chief of the Srilanka government intelligence was British officer (MI6) and most of other officers are Catholics which hate the Buddhist and the country) create a clash between Sinhalese and Tamils in July 1983,after that Tamils got the sympathy of the entire world,as well as Tamil youth formed the several armed groups like EROS,PLOT.. etc against the government. after destroying the every Tamil guerrilla organisations other than LTTE and continue war about 30 years the reason for this was govt intelligence give each and every support to the LTTE not to the srilankan forces.as well as each and every bomb blast and killings done by the LTTE with the help of government intelligence service. after come in to the power (bodujaya sena party) we claim the cost of the war (2300 billion rupees, the government estimate)and cost of the damage to the economy of the country and people of the forces as well as north and east Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims from the BRITISH GOVERNMENT.
Vijith Arunasiri Bandulahewa,leader and secretary of the bodujaya sena party www.sinhalayani.com

Off the Cuff 8 October 2011 - 7:40pm

There is a lot of misinformation on this site.
Most of this misinformation is spread by Tamil LTTE Sympathisers.
The uninformed western mind would not know who to believe and who not to believe. Especially when the refutal and attempts at putting the record straight comes from the Sinhalese. The westerners would tend to believe in the underdog, the minority Tamils.

Hence I place before you here, an Ethnic Tamil view.
He is a PhD and was domiciled in Australia and Edited the only Tamil Newspaper in Australia for 14 years.

Before that I would like to place the following facts for intelligent assessment.

Sri Lanka was ruled by the British before she gained Independence in 1948. The Bureaucracy that administered the country for 200 years under the British was Dominated by the Tamil community. To be more specific it was Dominated by the Tamil High Casts known as the Vellala.

During that period not even 1% of the Population (Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and others) knew English, the language of Administration and Justice. The Peasantry (Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and others) were incarcerated without ever knowing why they were being punished. The High Cast Tamil Vellala's were the middlemen who dispensed this "Justice" to the peasantry. For decades after Independence these Vellala Tamil High casts, who were solely from the North, attempted to perpetuate the control they had over the rest of the Population.

There are two groups of Tamils in Lanka. Lankan Tamils and Indian origin Tamils. Lankan Tamils live in the North, East and the South of the country and consists of less than 10% of the Population. Half of that live in the South amongst the Sinhalese. The Indian Origin Tamils Live amongst the Sinhalese in the Hill country on Land Dispossessed from the Sinhalese by the British. Over 80% of all land in Lanka are Publicly owned. The Dispossessed Sinhalese are still Landless even after 200 years.

The mindset of the Tamil Vellal's were such that they would not even allow Low cast Tamils belonging to the Palla cast to attend Hindu Temples even for prayer.

There is a very famous case in which A Tamil Member of Parliament was fined by the Supreme Court under the Prevention of Social Disabilities Act No. 21 of 1957. (http://www.lawnet.lk/docs/case_law/nlr/common/html/NLR74V457.htm)

The case even went up to the Privy Council in the UK

October 6, 1971. [Delivered by LORD WILBERFORCE]-

The appellant, by special leave, appeals against his conviction of an offence under section 2 (read with section 3 (b)) of the Prevention of Social Disabilities Act 1957 in respect of which he was sentenced to a fine of Rs. 50. His appeal from the Magistrate's Court of Mallakam to the Supreme Court was dismissed.

The facts are that the appellant, a Hindu by religion, on 1st July 1968 prevented one Murugesu Sinniah, also a Hindu by religion but socially of a lower caste, from entering the inner courtyard of the Maviddapuram Temple for the purpose of worshipping.

The appellant, who acted with the authority of the High Priest of the Temple, used no force: the Magistrate accepted his evidence that he excluded Sinniah in order to prevent bloodshed and held that his presence prevented an ugly situation erupting with violence. He found however that the appellant prevented Sinniah from entering the inner courtyard by reason of his caste : Sinniah belonged to the Palla caste which, as the Magistrate found, worshipped from outside, this being the religious usage and custom of the people of his caste.

....... the appeal was dismissed by the Privy Council.

That is the Mindset of those who Administered Ceylon (Sri Lanka) for 200 years before Independence and decades after independence.

They were Inhuman even to their own people and how the Sinhalese and the Indian origin Tamils were treated needs no further description. The minority Tamil Vellala High Cast Ruled Ceylon with this same inhumanity.

Here is what Dr. Noel Nadeson, an Ethnic Tamil himself has to say. This letter was addressed to ABC of Australia

As a Tamil domiciled in Australia I served the Tamil community by editing the only Tamil community newspaper, UTHAYAM. I ran it for 14 years My experiences in dealing with the Tamil community, both in Australia and in Sri Lanka, make me feel sad about the callous way in which the media is exploiting the suffering of our Tamil people for self-serving ends. I think I could speak as an independent voice with no allegiances to the politics of either community or political parties. My main concern has been to help our Tamils in Sri Lanka who had to face the brunt of all attacks from the Indians soldiers, Sri Lankan forces and, above all, the so-called Tamil liberators, the LTTE. I have just completed building a small hospital in the island of Eluvaitivu, in which I grew up and, sooner or later, I plan to go back to serve our Tamil people who are desperately in need of help.

It is against this background that I thought of forwarding my comments to you after viewing the re-broadcast of Channel 4 programme, The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka. I must confess I felt depressed and I could not sleep that night. I have recovered since then and I feel I must send you my comments for your consideration because I feel that you aired it to exploit the suffering of our people whose need of the hour is not to rake up the bloody past but to find a way out of the past.

I fail to see how your programme could help the victims of the war – if that was your intention – when their immediate and long-term needs are to regain a future free from these. The sensationalism certainly may help the ratings of Channel 4 and ABC but how will it help our people?

Our people who lived through the horrors of the futile war know that this is only one side of the story. Our Tamil leaders have informed the world that the LTTE has killed more Tamils than all the other forces – Indian, Sri Lankan and rival Tamil parties – put together. The moralizings of the media lacks credibility because our people who lived through the horrors of the war know who killed whom in what manner. Leaving aside the die-hard partisans, our people know that the LTTE was a cruel and beastly outfit they had never encountered in living memory – and do not want to encounter in all their lives to come.

Undoubtedly, there are Tamils who are jubilant about this broadcast because they are aligned politically to the side (i.e., the LTTE) that perpetrated the worst crimes against the Tamils. If Channel 4 produced a film of the atrocities committed by the LTTE against their own people and the other communities throughout the 33-year-old war – the longest running in Asia – it would shock the world beyond belief.

Then there is the documented story of Velupillai Prabhakaran herding nearly 300,000 Tamil civilians to serve as his human shield when he was retreating. In the last stages he shot the Tamils who were running away from him into the arms of the Sri Lankan forces who were commended or their humanitarian services by the Ban Ki-moon’s expert panel and even by Gordon Weiss. Any Tamil who was in Prabhakaran’s human shield will tell you that the Sri Lankan force treated them humanely than the LTTE cadres.

The atrocities committed by the LTTE are numerous. Why didn’t Channel 4 balance their story with the other side? Yes, there were passing references to LTTE atrocities but you will agree that the blame was put entirely on the Sri Lankan government. Is this fair journalism?

It was a controversial document in which the best of experts disagreed on the authenticity and the accuracy of the contents. For instance, Channel 4 showed images of a young man who was tied to a tree, threatened with a knife and subsequently killed. I was told by sources in the Wanni that this was an LTTE operation and pictures were taken for propaganda purposes by LTTE. Have a close look and you will find among the so-called soldiers a man in slippers. Sri Lankan soldiers never go about in slippers when they go out on operations.

Those who know both sides of the story were appalled by your decision to air a partisan video. Despite occasional references to the LTTE the main thrust of the video was to blame the Sri Lankan government. You were aware of this gross distortion and you went ahead because it fitted into your biased political agenda. As stated by the London Sunday Times, it was shoddy journalism unworthy of a reputed media institution like the ABC.

Take the case of Suthanthirapuram which was declared as the first No-Fire Zone for the civilians. The LTTE moved their radio station and artillery unit to fire at Army points from NFZ. They were also firing at the advancing army from close proximity to the hospital or make-shift hospital. The AGA Parthipan and Dr Shanmugaraja can confirm this. I will quote another incident. When former EROS leader Balakumar and his family , who worked with LTTE for many years, tried to flee in a boat in Mullaitivu in 29th April 2009, the LTTE, knowing very well who he was, fired at them. His young daughter was critically injured and the bullets tore her forearm. Her hand is yet to heal.

These are facts
How do I know all this? I travelled Sri Lanka seven times last two years widely in war zones in Wanni and talked to the victims who were trapped in the war zones. They knew that they were targeted both sides and they could not comprehend why the LTTE should expose to retaliatory fire in the NFZ. They could not understand why the LTTE turned the NFZ into a war zone.

The agents of LTTE in the Tamil diaspora also shed a lot of crocodile tears about the 300,000 IDPs. They described the IDP camps as concentration camps. Knowing the general conditions under which Sri Lankans live I can assure you that the conditions of the Tamils, particularly in the in the IDP camps, were far superior to the slums of Colombo or even the conditions of the Sinhala villagers and hill country Tamils in remote areas.

Even the Tamil MPs of Tamil Nadu and Indian journalists who visited the camps were convinced that the Sri Lankan authorities had done a very good job under trying conditions. Besides a comparison with the manner in which the government treated the Sinhala JVP rebels who took up arms in 1971 will reveal that the LTTErs received far better treatment than the JVPers. Most of them were incarcerated for more than four years.

However, I wish to emphasize that at this stage the government has to accept responsibility for their share of the civilian casualties and apologise for that and compensate the next of kin. In calling for justice it is fair and just to hold the leaders in the Tamil expatriate groups who financed, lobbied, and gave moral and material support to the LTTE to prolong their futile war. They too are liable for aiding and abetting a banned terrorist group. Justice demands that these leaders, posing as human rights activists in Western bases, too should be tried for the crimes committed by the LTTE against their own people.

On balance, it must be conceded that the elimination of the ruthless LTTE outfit was commendable. What Prabhakaran did to Sri Lanka was 100 time worse that Al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden did to America. Like America any democratic country had the right to eliminate threats to its sovereignty, peace and stability, transgressing, if necessary, international humanitarian law and international law.

India did it in Punjab and continues to do so in Kashmir. Russians did it in Chechnya. NATO allies are doing the same thing in Libya. America has done it in their war against Al Quaeda since 9/11.

At the end of it all Sri Lankan Tamils now realise that their destiny is inextricably linked with Sri Lanka and Sinhala people. Violence is not the way out. It was the LTTE who sought the military solution and started the war- they have reaped the bloody harvest they sowed. Now we must genuinely commit themselves to the paths of peace, reconstruction and rehabilitation because violence will not lead anywhere except to the destruction of the remaining Tamils in the north and the east.

Dr. Noel Nadesan is Editor,of the UTHAYAM
http://print.dailymirror.lk/opinion1/49984.html

vijith arunasiri bandulahewa 9 October 2011 - 11:12pm / srilanka

dear Dr.Noel Nadesan
this is a good article,
BUDUSARNAI
Vijith Arunasiri Bandulahewa,
leader and secretary,
BODUJAYA SENA PARTY,
www.sinhalayani.com

Shiva 6 October 2011 - 6:25pm

The Sinhala people's writings show that they support the war Criminal Rajapakse rgeime's Sinhala Buddhist Apartheid agenda and ethnic cleansing of Tamils.

The world leaders will come to senses and take action against this regime sooner than later. Indian Congress regime that has collaborated with the Sri Lankan Rajkapakse regime in committing war crimes and human rights abuses in Sri lankan against the Tamils.

Tamil Nadu should start their Tamils Spring soon.

Prabakaran 5 October 2011 - 2:18pm / From my grave

I think the separatist Tamils should be given their own state in Canada.

Shiva 6 October 2011 - 6:32pm

Tamils are living happily in Canada with human rights, rule of law and freedom.

Whereas Tamils are discreminated and denied rights in Sri Lanka by the Racist Apartheid Sinhala Buddhist blood thisty Rajapakse regime.

Off the Cuff 10 October 2011 - 10:06am

Hi Shiva,

You wrote “Tamils are discreminated and denied rights.....”

By whom, may I ask?

Even as recently as 1968 the Vellala High Cast Tamils Violated the Religious Freedom of the LOW CAST TAMILS.

That Shiva is the Truth and here is the evidence from the Privy Council of the UK.

October 6, 1971. [Delivered by LORD WILBERFORCE]-
The appellant, by special leave, appeals against his conviction of an offence under section 2 (read with section 3 (b)) of the Prevention of Social Disabilities Act 1957 in respect of which he was sentenced to a fine of Rs. 50. His appeal from the Magistrate's Court of Mallakam to the Supreme Court was dismissed.

The facts are that the appellant, a Hindu by religion, on 1st July 1968 prevented one Murugesu Sinniah, also a Hindu by religion but socially of a lower caste, from entering the inner courtyard of the Maviddapuram Temple for the purpose of worshipping.
(http://www.lawnet.lk/docs/case_law/nlr/common/html/NLR74V457.htm)

That was just ONE example of Vellala Tamils Violating Human Rights of the rest of the Tamils.

The Vellala Hindu Tamils dominated the Sinhala, Tamil & Muslim population for 200 years before Independence and decades after independence. The selfishness and inhumanity of the Vellala Hindu Tamils in attempting to perpetuate their control over the REST of Sri Lanka is the ROOT cause of the ethnic divide.

Are you a Hindu Vellala Tamil Shiva?

THUSANTH 3 October 2011 - 6:20pm / France

IF WE TAKE OVER ALL, WHAT LTTE HAS DONE IS TERROR. THEY KILLED MANY PEOPLE. INNOCENT PEOPLE. I TOO TAMIL, BUT I HATE LTTE.

Shiva 6 October 2011 - 6:34pm

Thusanth, you tell your blood thirsty Rajapakse regime to allow international independent war crimes and human rights investigators to investigate and release their report. Your information is a propaganda and the world knows about this.

That's why court cases are filed against the Rajapakse and his officials in courts in many nations for justice as there is not rule of law and justice in Sri Lanka.

Off the Cuff 10 October 2011 - 11:31am

Shiva, Did you say …... information is a propaganda?

Not according to a respected Ethnic Tamil, Dr Noel Nadesan Ph.D, Editor, Tamil Newspaper Uthayam, Australia.

This is what he says,

“Our people who lived through the horrors of the futile war know that this is only one side of the story. Our Tamil leaders have informed the world that the LTTE has killed more Tamils than all the other forces – Indian, Sri Lankan and rival Tamil parties – put together. The moralizings of the media lacks credibility because our people who lived through the horrors of the war know who killed whom in what manner. Leaving aside the die-hard partisans, our people know that the LTTE was a cruel and beastly outfit they had never encountered in living memory – and do not want to encounter in all their lives to come.

Did you help fund the terrorist LTTE?

THUSANTH 3 October 2011 - 6:20pm / France

IF WE TAKE OVER ALL, WHAT LTTE HAS DONE IS TERROR. THEY KILLED MANY PEOPLE. INNOCENT PEOPLE. I TOO TAMIL, BUT I HATE LTTE.

Shiva 6 October 2011 - 6:36pm

Thusanth, you tell your blood thirsty Rajapakse regime to allow international independent war crimes and human rights investigators to investigate and release their report. Your information is a propaganda and the world knows about this.

That's why court cases are filed against the Rajapakse and his officials in courts in many nations for justice as there is no rule of law and justice in Sri Lanka.
Sinhala leaders and hooligans have showed the world their criminal mentality to the world.

Off the Cuff 10 October 2011 - 11:38am

Shiva,

Why dont you set an example and prosecute Adele Balasingham. She is living in London. Did you forget that she founded and is the Head of the Women Tigers and the Child Brigade?

How about the WTM officials of Canada who funded the LTTE?

welu 2 October 2011 - 11:07am / Norway

This is a LTTE web site, look below

http://www.hichchi.com

Sumo 2 October 2011 - 11:12am / Japan

yes yes i saw that what a nice cool chat

Krish 2 October 2011 - 11:09am / india

wow nice web site for LTTEs

Anonymous 2 October 2011 - 2:22am / CEYLON

Do not blame the Western Media...Blame the Criminals RAJAPKSES's
They will have to face the WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL.
THEY HAVE ALREADY RANSACKED THE COUNTRY.
THEY CANNOT HIDE THEIR FACES FROM THE INTERNATIONAL LAW OF OF JUSTICE.
THESE ARE VERY CUNNING BUNCH OF CRIMINALS - RAJAAPKSE FAMILY.
TAKE THEM TO WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL NOW!
THEY HAVE RUINED THE IMAGE OF SRI LANKA WHICH HAS BECOME shit lanka.
I PRAY EVERY DAY THAT THESE WILD BUNCH OF CRIMINALS SHOULD BE PUNISHED AND LET THEM BURN IN HELL!

Anonymous 2 October 2011 - 2:13am / singapore

Rajapakse family should be punished by hanging them in their balls. They are undemocratically appointed bunch of Criminals. Thugs, Murderers and Crooks who have gone against and killed and raped innocent human beings. Killed innocent intelligent journalists like Lasantha Wickrematunge, and where is justice? No Freedom of the Press. Madia has no FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Rajapakses are bunch of WAR CRIMINALS who are so UNGRATEFUL and they even put their own General SARATH FONSEKA in prison. These Rajapkses even paved the way the LTTE Criminals who massacred innocent Buddhist monks by appointing them as CHIF Ministers in their Puppet Govt. We are talking about WAR CRIMANLS here RAJAPAKKSa THE BLOODY WAR CRIMINALS. TAKE ACTON NOW PLEASE !

Anonymous 2 October 2011 - 2:13am / singapore

Rajapakse family should be punished by hanging them in their balls. They are undemocratically appointed bunch of Criminals. Thugs, Murderers and Crooks who have gone against and killed and raped innocent human beings. Killed innocent intelligent journalists like Lasantha Wickrematunge, and where is justice? No Freedom of the Press. Madia has no FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Rajapakses are bunch of WAR CRIMINALS who are so UNGRATEFUL and they even put their own General SARATH FONSEKA in prison. These Rajapkses even paved the way the LTTE Criminals who massacred innocent Buddhist monks by appointing them as CHIF Ministers in their Puppet Govt. We are talking about WAR CRIMANLS here RAJAPAKKSa THE BLOODY WAR CRIMINALS. TAKE ACTON NOW PLEASE !

Anonymous 2 October 2011 - 1:59am / Singapore

There is NO JUSTICE in Sri Lanka and we all are human beings irrespective of branding man created names as Sinhalese or Tamil or Muslims or whatever. For WAR CRIMES all these criminals specially in the political field should face the WAR CRIME TRIBUNAL without ant delay. If you guys delay this the POLITICIAN DOGS will change their stories and they will try to create more stories with their cunning theories to delay these charges and try to
slip away from the ATROCITIES they have done. They all should be punished and ask the them to prove their innocence in front of the WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL. Any way, they will have to pay their price what they have done for Tamil community and also for their own Sinhala race by killing journalists and anyone who goes agaist this cruel Famil Politicians. Please take action against these monsters who have threatened media and creating misery for all Sri Lankans. These are criminals, thugs, liars, rapists, rogues, and undemocratically appointed bunch of Criminals who hace done so much of crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka. They deserve to be punished immediately. Take every single person who are responsible in this genocide and crimes against humanity to face the WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL please! Rajapakses have ruined the country and take action immediately. They have even tried to bribe UN officials and so be careful. You are dealing with CRIMINALS.

Off the Cuff 10 October 2011 - 11:48am

Hi Singaporean,
You wrote “There is NO JUSTICE in Sri Lanka …. “
And you have it in Singapore, the Police State????




You wrote “They all should be punished and ask the them to prove their innocence …...”
That may be how it is done in Singapore but in the civilised world, the accused is INNOCENT till proven guilty.

Anonymous 29 September 2011 - 10:08am / Sri Lanka

The bumptious bureaucrat Blake of the American State Department is reported to have made various comments and observations about the internal administration of this Country. He has, for example, actually had the arrogance and impertinence to announce with apparent glee, the alleged forthcoming resumption of `Talks’ between the Government and those erstwhile lackeys of the LTTE who call themselves the TNA, expressed dismay about what he terms the paramilitary activities of Douglas Devananda’s EPDP, and expressed the view that there is a need for Tamil policemen in Jaffna.
With which party, person or group in our Country our Government holds `talks’ is none of Blake’s business. He is evidently suffering from a severe attack of amnesia about the proven and unbelievable stupidity of his Country’s insistence on our Government holding `talks’ with the then patrons of the TNA, the LTTE.
While I hold no brief of whatever nature for Devananda or his party, which, like that other mockery of a party, the SLMC, has been jumping from side to side in search of jobs in the form of Ministerial portfolios etc. throughout its existence, the character and the conduct of the EPDP are entirely matters for Sri Lankans and not a matters for any foreigner whomsoever. The fact that Blake is a paid functionary of a Government Department of a foreign Country [the USA] does not and cannot vest him with any semblance of a right in that regard that is over and above the `right’ enjoyed by any other foreigner, which is NONE .
It is more than passing strange that that while the United States has not paramilitary forces but its armed forces terrorizing and murdering Afghans in Afghanistan and Pakistanis in Pakistan, among others, Blake ignores all that and has the impertinence to comment about Devananda and his paramilitaries.
As regards Blake’s unsolicited views about the need for Tamil policemen in the North, how many members of the American forces in Afghanistan are Afghans or are even able to speak the language of the Afghans ? These, are matters that do not appear to trouble Blake in his unbearable arrogance.
What I cannot understand is why do we, both the Government and the Opposition, tolerate clowns like Blake coming here and singing for their supper – perhaps to impress his boss, the Ugly American at the helm of the State Department.
What, one wonders, would the reaction of the United States have been had one of the Assistant Secretaries of our Ministry of External Affairs or even the Secretary to that Ministry gone to the United States and made observations about the internal administration of that Country and the proved violations of “International Humanitarian Law” [to which Blake pompously refers] by the American government in respect even of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay ? Has Blake expressed any kind of dismay or made any of his suggestions about such breaches ? Surely he would have cast his `pearls’ before the Americans by now had he had an iota of sincere concern for fairplay, justice or . “International Humanitarian Law”.
All this goes to show the looming danger of the United States assuming to itself the role of the global policeman; the global arbiter of what is `right’ and what is `wrong’; and how other Countries should be governed; and, in short becoming the global ruler, dictating to independent and sovereign countries like Sri Lanka which are small and impoverished about how we should run our affairs.
If the USA has the right to dictate to us how we should run our affairs because it is richer and more powerful than we, it must follow of necessity that if China which is already richer than the USA becomes more powerful as well, China should have the right to dictate to the USA how it should rum its internal affairs and the USA would have the duty to obey. Would Blake and his superiors agree ???
Unless all small countries such as Sri Lanka unite to oppose this kind of arrogant meddling in their internal affairs by the minions of Obama and his elderly subordinate in the State Department, we the small and independent countries are in real danger of being submerged by American imperialism.

mpkandy 29 September 2011 - 7:45am / sri lanka

U.S is been hypocritical yet again which comes as no surprise!! It is only U.S and the mighty U.S alone who can enter other nations,create war and destroy innocent lives in masses without purpose but when a country which has suffered tragedy and consequences of war for decades finally finds peace in its own homeland the U.S wants to probe as to how this was possible.

I'm not trying to justify the decisions or actions taken by either Sri Lankan military or the LTTE during the course of war, however today we have a peaceful nation with no fear and is it not better than been in a continuous war for yet more decades with yet more blood sheds??

As for the many men,women and children who lost their lives during the many years of war, let them rest in peace for a fulfilled purpose...PEACE!!

vijith arunasiri bandulahewa 29 September 2011 - 7:42am / srilanka

each and every bombblast are planned by the srilanka government intelligence service which is controlled by catholics pl go through www.sinhalayani.com

Pirabaharan 29 September 2011 - 3:17am / Hell

I Am A fool. my followers are fools also.

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