IDPs and Refugees, Jaffna, Peace and Conflict, Poetry, Post-War, Vavuniya, War Crimes

Hand Washing

Murder cannot be hidden, bodies decompose but skeletons
remain; certainly they can be washed from beach into sea

and stripped clean by carnivorous fish yet the panel requires
just a few examples, sufficient to flesh out a theory of mass

slaughter; satellite shots will be investigated abroad and
conversations conducted with survivors of precarious boats

landing on Christmas Island or dragged into Jakarta. Scale
of killing poses a serious problem for management of disaster;

appointment of soft, suave diplomat to run damage control
at foreign ministry did not succeed. Murder will be revealed.

Macbeth is read also in Sri Lanka; it landed in the culture
before the current lot of customs inspectors; am sure

Saratchchandra contemplated translating the play if it did
not circulate already in the island like monsoon wind or ethics

which exist along with denial and chutzpah among
its inhabitants; government can throw a temper tantrum

but GSP will be linked to human rights and Ban Ki Moon
advised by his own handpicked men and eventually argument

about staring blind ahead into a bright and unitary future
while keeping North and East pressed down under army boots

will appear misguided, the world will keep reminding Colombo
that Vanni cannot remain a public jail where prisoners live

in tents and beg in thoroughfares during days supervised
by soldiers in watchtowers, on foot patrol, driving past in convoys.

  • ModVoice

    They have liberated the people from the clutches of terrorism, we are told;
    Thousands flock to see the newly liberated land,
    Of the war ravage, sacred sites, and the newly built monuments,
    Yet the liberated languish in captivity.

  • Siva

    GoSL said NO to the UN Panel set to investigate Sri Lanka’s war.

    What sri lanka is afraid of?

    Too many skeletons in the closet? 🙁

  • justitia

    The worst is yet to come – when the limit on the number of terms for a president is abolished; when the purpose of the 17th Amendment is negated by the Constitutional Council being replaced by politicians; when a dud second chamber consisting of the president’s henchmen who are governers is established.
    Our children and grandchildren will live under a dictatership.

  • Vavuniya

    I think the UN should cut off all aid to Sri Lanka.

    It is obvious that this country has a lot of war crimes to hide.

    It is time the UN goes much faster on arresting nay Presidents and leaders of countries that have committed war crimes and any genocide against its people.

    We all saw the horrible pictures of bombed out hospitals, schools and civilian homes done by the Sri Lankan army on the orders of their President.

    If Western Leaders from Yugoslavia can be arrested then so too can a tin pot leader from Sri Lanka.

    The message should be loud and clear, if you’re going to do war crimes, then you cannot even hide in your own country.

  • Heshan

    The USA has satellites in space that can even read the license plate of a car. So, all the denials by GOSL are childish and an exercise in political damage control, at best. Whatever happened, happened – and records do exist. The question is why the USA does not simply reveal the satellite images and expose GOSL for the fraud that the latter is.

  • Observer

    The question is why the USA does not simply reveal the satellite images and expose GOSL for the fraud that the latter is.

    LOL because there isn’t any! You’re really running after your own tail..

  • Observer

    Vavuniya, who will arrest the Tamils who gave financial aid to a terrorist organisation that killed innocent people? They’re war criminals harboured by countries like Canada, UK, US. We seek to see them prosecuted. Will the law enforcement in the West actively track these war criminals and bring them to justice? We need to compile the names of all the donors and start taking action. They have blood on their hands.

  • Naam Thamizhar

    In Sri Lanka: first the Tamils were slaughtered now –the Tamil Identity, Tamil Culture, Tamil Language is demolished by the Brutal Colonization and Subjugation


    From the time of independence from the British in 1948 the Sinhalese who got the power , had been trying to reduce the minority Tamils by killing them of 62 yr

    This ultimately resulted in the genocide of 40000 Tamil civilians and the scorching and sacking of Vanni a part of the Tamil Homeland of its entire population. The whole world watched this happen and remained mute over this tyranny. Still the world did not understand that entire Vanni was torched and not a civilian remained when the army advanced carpet bombing by various means; multi-barrel guns, cluster bombs and fire bombs and napalm. This sort of demolishing of the entire habitation of a race never happened in history except in Alexander’s time, 100 s years ago

    Unless economic sanctions and political isolation is brought against the Sinhalese government they will not deliver a peaceful solution to the Tamils or any other minorities in Sri-Lanka. The Sinhalese had already planned colonizing the TH of Tamils and reducing their power of political representation in their parliament. They are also economically and socially reducing them to be paupers. When a race loses its language, its homeland and political representation it is bound to die.

  • Pearl Thevanayagam

    Naam Thamizar has spoken very bluntly which many including moderate Tamils do not wish to listen.

    Having said that the LTTE and other para-military groups also did not allow Tamils freedom of movement and they held civilians to ransom. In all the 38 years the LTTE and the paramilitaries killed thousands of their own people.

    Many businessmen too made fast bucks from the fleeing civilians selling items at exorbitant prices, charging through the nose for transport.

    But thegovernment should take responsibility for the mass murders because they were carried out with license. They were carried out in the name of Sinhala nationalism. They were carried out to expunge the country of Tamils.

  • longus

    Pagan poetry!

  • Observer

    People like Naam Thamizhar is the reason that no one believes this crap.

    The inescapable fact is that you simply can’t kill 40,000 people and get away with that when there are 200,000 odd witnesses. If this was the case, Sri Lanka would be in so much trouble right now. IDPs are free to speak to so many people and by now there would be thick dossier on alleged abuses very easily.

    Also like Heshan says, this day and age of hawk eyes from outer space on every inch of the world, you cannot have 40,000 bodies lying around. Sophisticated sensors on board satellites can detect fresh mass graves. Not only that you can photograph bull dozers digging mass trenches. Nothing even remotely close to like that is there.

    Most of all only one who claims 40,000 is a tabloid news paper that rational people cringe at.

    Bottom line remains there is no evidence of any abuses. If there is any, I honestly want it to be out. But the fact is there is only fanciful rhetoric and not a single shred of credible evidence which further galvanises SL’s defence and many analysts agree with that assessments.

    Only some NGOs are on board with ridiculous assessments that only helps their business model. So not very impartial is it? And how do we know for sure these guys aren’t taking bribes from LTTE sympathisers? The onus is on them to prove it. (LOL, I’m just using the same logic people used to attach corruption to Rajapaksa administration). Well the LTTE funds must go somewhere now, now that there is no LTTE.

    Tamil diaspora is doing a great job undermining their own credibility and it’s a matter of time before they too self distruct little credibility they have.

    We only have to watch this circus.

  • ModVoice


    “who will arrest the Tamils who gave financial aid to a terrorist organisation that killed innocent people?”

    We certainly know KP and Karuna are rotting in the Sri Lankan jails for their role in the terrorist organization. What is left to do is deport the remaining LTTErs, who certainly have no underhand dealings with the Rajapakse government, so that they too could be prosecuted according to Sri Lankan law.

  • Vino Gamage 2010/03/no_funds_to_meet_ needs_of_near.html/

    No funds to meet needs of nearly 200,000 Northern IDPs due to govt refusal to endorse 2010 action plan, 13 March 2010: ”The funding crisis follows the government’s refusal to endorse the 2010 Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP), authoritative sources said. Produced annually through a collaboration of all major humanitarian assistance groups in the country (including UN agencies), the CHAP is a document listing out priority areas for donor funding along with estimates.” 20100204-reporters-sri-lanka- tamil-tigers-civil-war- refugees-civilians-return- army-probation

    The journalist is prevented from going to the North at the army checkpoint; police and army in plain clothes monitor the journalists; IDPs can be interviewed only in the presence of the Army and Tamil fishermen are moved inland to let Sinhalese fishermen take their place with army camp for protection. RWFiles2010.nsf/ FilesByRWDocUnidFilename/SVAN- 843LTD-full_report.pdf/$File/ full_report.pdf
    Banking on Solutions, A real-time evaluation of UNHCR’s shelter grant programme for returning displaced people in Northern Sri Lanka, March 2010: ”The extent of shelter destruction appears to have been underestimated. The presence of international NGOs in return areas would make an important contribution to addressing such gaps. Movement along the A9 is also still restricted for international NGOs and UN agencies. …since July 2009 they(ICRC) have not had access to the 11,000 people suspected of LTTE links held in rehabilitation centres.” world-news/srilanka/The- refugees-and-resettled-Lanka- s-nowhere-people/Article1- 520268.aspx/

    The refugees and resettled Lanka’s nowhere people, Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times 17 March 2010: ‘’On the stretch of the A9 highway between Vavuniya and Jaffna, hundreds of released IDP families have put up flimsy tents or taken shelter in broken houses. After months in camps, they now have the freedom of movement. But little else.” 1-9-lakh-Tamils-resettled-yet- no-relief-in-sight/H1- Article1-524454.aspx

    1.9 lakh Tamils resettled in Lanka, yet no relief in sight, Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, 29 March 2010:

    ‘’… the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Sri Lanka has suspended the distribution of shelter cash grants to displaced returnees due to shortfalls in funding ….. The funding was suspended from March 8 …. the remaining refugees and the resettled were complaining that food and other donations had been cut.” show/2010/feb/08/slide-show-1- the-story-of-sri-lanka-then- and-now.htm

    The story of Sri Lanka, then and now, 8 February 2010:” Prof Adele Barker(University of Arizona): ”The military presence in the country is enormous, much greater than when I was there in 2006. … It took me four months to get authorisation from the Ministry of Defence to travel North. … it was easier to go there in 2005 than it was this December. ….” war_crimes_in_sri_lanka
    War Crimes in Sri Lanka, Arthur Dewey, 26 January 2010:

    ”The president hasn’t published its report and not a single person has been prosecuted because of the commission’s work. The commission, like most of the nine such commissions appointed since independence in 1948, was a failure.”

    Sri Lanka Presidential Elecion 2010 – Report by Commonwealth Team: ”Overall the 2010 Presidential elections in Sri Lanka did not fully meet key benchmarks for democratic elections.” BreakingNews/Asia/Story/ STIStory_502384.html/

    ‘No democracy’ in Sri Lanka, Sarath Silva(retired Chief Justice),15 March 2010:

    http://seattletimes.nwsource. com/html/opinion/2011202630_ guest28mountford.html

    Sri Lanka’s human-rights and free-speech problems need international attention, Peter Mountford, 26 February 2010: ‘’Since the Sri Lankan press can’t speak up for itself, it’s the duty of the international press to speak on its behalf.” 2010/05/feeling_of_ deterioration_in_ja.html

    Feeling of Deterioration in Jaffna Must Be Reversed Without Delay, Jehan Perera, Chairman, National Peace Council, 10 May 2010: ‘’After a period of improvement in the ground situation after the end of the war in May last year, there have been reports of a deterioration of conditions in the Jaffna peninsula, including threats, extortions, kidnappings and killings. The government needs to take responsibility for any concerns about crime since the Police is presently a central government function.” index.php/sri-lanka-special- report/49-news-and-features/ 358-sri-lanka-fear-and-trauma- one-year-on.html
    Sri Lanka – fear and trauma, one year on, Nina de la Preugne, 19 May 2010:
    ”… the ratio of soldiers to citizens in the area is overwhelming. Driving through the Vanni, one loses count of the number of checkpoints along the route to the Jaffna peninsula at the northernmost tip of the island. The impression of being on a military base is reinforced by the soldiers, bunkers and signs welcoming you to regiments’ buildings at every street corner…. Ministry of Defence officials told the reporter that clearance is required in order to prevent journalists from “reporting bad things on what is happening in Jaffna and Vanni”. 2010/05/07/jaffna-after-the- war-observations-by-a-visitor/
    Jaffna after the war: Observations by a visitor, Leela Issac, 7 May 2010:
    ”… A lot of building material (from China) has been unloaded on either side of the road between Murugandy and Mankulam. We stopped to ask one of the soldiers, whether there was a plan to build houses for the displaced. ‘No’ he said, it was China’s donation towards an army cantonment. The government plans to put up an army camp just like the one at Panagoda. So what is the need for this heavy military presence in the North? On the A9 road every hundred meters there is a bunker and every mile or so a major military base. It certainly does not promote peace and reconciliation. …” 2010/06/vanni_northern_sri_ lanka_where.html#more
    Vanni, northern Sri Lanka, where war has never ended, 1 June 2010:
    ”The area is still actually in the hands of the military, which allowed the return of the population but force them to live in absolute poverty. The military blocks any attempts to improve their lives, but does not stop abuse and violence.”