Though protesting vociferously Sri Lanka has been following a Policy of Ethnic Cleansing and Killing of the Tamils in that country.
This started around 1962, during Bandaranaike Region.
The came the Agreement, Sirimavo Bandaranaike reign.
The massacre of Tamils began early.
Through twists and turns right from Bandaranaike to Jayawardene ,Chandrika Kumaratunga, Premadasa to Rakapakshe the ethnic cleansing remain unabated,
History of Ethnic cleansing.
Jayaprakash Sittampalam Tissainayagam during his arrest in 2008. Tissainayagam was a Tamil journalist and writer specialising in the longstanding conflict between the Sinhala and Tamils in Sri Lanka and was a vocal exponent against the Sri Lankan government. On March 7th 2008, he was arrested by the Terrorism Investigation Division of the Sri Lanka Police, held for 6 months without charge and finally sentenced to 20 years hard labor. Due to the international outcry over the ethnic cleansing undertaken on the island by the Rajapaksa regime, and his sentence being overturned at the court of appeal, he was released on 11th January 2010. In a move typical of the public relations element of the Rajapaksa government, the journalist was then pardoned by Rajapaksa on May 3rd 2010.
In this typical scene witnessed regularly throughout history, large migrations of civilians are seen fleeing nationalist violence in a desperate attempt to escape death. This type of migration had been a pre-planned element in the Rajapaksa nationalist doctrine and came about as a direct result of an upswing in military weapons supply and financial funding from China and the United States.
Since Sri Lanka gained independence from Britain in 1948, relations between the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamil communities have been strained. Rising ethnic and political tensions, along with ethnic riots and pogroms in 1956, 1958, 1977, 1981 and 1983, led to the formation and strengthening of militant groups advocating independence for Tamils. The ensuing Sri Lankan Civil War has resulted in the deaths of more than 70,000 people and the forced disappearance of thousands of others.
One-third of Sri Lankan Tamils now live outside Sri Lanka. While there was significant migration during the British colonial period, the civil war that began in 1983 led to more than 800,000 Tamils being forced from their homes within Sri Lanka, and many have left the country for destinations such as Canada, India and Europe.
Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka
Estimates varying from less than 10000, to 40,000 Sri Lankan Tamils were reportedly killed in the final weeks of the military victory over Tamil rebels in 2009 as the Tamil Tigers took Tamil civilians as human shields, according to the UN, but the end of the civil war has not improved conditions in Sri Lanka, with press freedom not being restored and judiciary coming under political control. Sri Lankan Tamils continue to seek refuge in countries like Canada and Australia. The International Organisation for Migration and the Australian government have declared Tamil refugees as economic migrants. Canada has tightened controls on their refugee program due to various abuses within the Canadian refugee system.. A Canadian government survey found that over 70% of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees have gone back to Sri Lanka for holidays raising concerns over the legitimacy of their refugee claims.(Wiki)
Despite denials the evidence is there for every one to see from Politicians , Bureaucrats and people on the ground.
The Rhetoric of Ethnic cleansing.
As the policy of ethnic cleansing came to its logical military conclusion, Tamils found themselves locked into concentration camps on the island and subject to sexual violence and organised abuse by prison guards. Only through the international public community were some of these people eventually allowed to leave, many having gone into crippling poverty.
Mass Killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka
The rhetoric of extremism in the globalised security environment that now exists is surprisingly malformed, and equally surprisingly influential. In Sri Lanka, the operation to bring about the ethnic cleansing of the Tamils was initially formed around a humanitarian interventionist pole8 alongside a domestic security intention. This initial rhetoric was criticised at the time as being ‘unlikely’ but due to the globalised posture of governments and media around the world in the post 9/11 event phase, the narrative unusually succeeded in its efforts.
In the 2008 video below, this rhetoric can be seen with a BBC interview carried out with a Sri Lankan government employee, Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha [Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP)]. In this interview, the scope of the nationalist policy against the Tamils can be seen in its formation alongside the belligerence of the British Broadcasting Corporation as it existed at the time.
In this second interview again for the BBC conducted in 2011 after the full weight of the ethnic cleansing had become known across the world, Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha in his capacity as government coordinator of the peace process, routinely defaults to defending the nationalist regime of Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka and further continues to disrupt and retard the interviewers questioning about the massacre in Sri Lanka. He calls into question the motives of the ‘human rights industry’, disambiguates unambiguous questioning given by the interviewer, persistently derails and deviates away from line of enquiry and promotes and demotes salient information in order to evade complicity. This approach is almost identical to his motif in the first interview and reveals persuasive evidence of government rhetoric taking on academic form.
For many around the world, the efficacy of international law is far from straightforward and given to inherent subjectivity. In an age in which human rights abuses abound throughout all the political environments of the world, justice for those who have been subject to ethnic violence is a long and arduous process with varying chance of realistic success. No matter what weight of evidence exists, no matter how clean the case for prosecution, no matter how ‘persuasive’ the charge given that evidence, international law for many abruptly halts when in collision with the largest of its sponsors. This is undoubtedly true.
For those in Rajapaksa’s regime, international law is a relative device that can be evaded, but only with considerable prior planning and foresight. For the most part, the personal ideology of Rajapaksa in the form of his own strident nationalism has simply arrived at an end point having reached its logical conclusion. There is evidence that Rajapaksa has been a long-time advocate10of nationalist ideology and his appearance at this point in time simply denotes a man who has seen his time come. It is here, that the fundamental nature of the war against the non-state actor, also known as the so called ‘War on Terror’ is revealed for what it is, a liberation for the tyrant…and a prison for his fool.
The rhetoric now engaged in by the Rajapaksa nationalists is one in which considerable faith has been placed in the United States, China and India. These three actors constitute the vast bulk of delegates to the United Nations and hold most influence at the International Criminal Court [ICC]. Rajapaksa and his brother Lieutenant Colonel Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, have clearly made a calculated appraisal about their fortunes in relation to these three nations and have clearly concluded that Sri Lanka’s geo-strategic political position will successfully renovate international public opinion leading to a general failure of accountability at the UN.
1. My blogs filed under Sri Lanka, Videos,Tamils
2. Global Terrorism: 35,000 Worldwide Convicted For Terror Offenses Since September 11 Attacks by MARTHA MENDOZA [AP] 09/03/11 Huffingdon Post
3. Sri Lanka’s Eastern Provincial Council Convenes; Muslim-tamil Tensions High. US Embassy Colombo – 5th June 2008. Classified By: Charge d’Affaires James R. Moore for reasons: 1.4(b,d). Wikileaks
4. Sri Lanka War Crimes Evidence. WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT. YouTube
5. Sri Lanka’s killing fields. Channel 4, London. Channel 4, London, UK.
6. Sri Lanka’s killing fields: War Crimes Unpunished. Channel 4, London. Channel 4, London, UK.
7. “India Worries as China Builds Ports in South Asia.” by VIKAS BAJAJ – February 15th 2010. New York Times, US. New York Times.
8. HUMANITARIAN OPERATION FACTUAL ANALYSIS JULY 2006 – MAY 2009. Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence. Published July 2011. DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA, MINISTRY OF DEFENCE. July 2011.
9.”Understanding Sri Lanka’s defeat of the Tamil Tigers” by Major Niel A. Smith, USA, Executive Officer of 5-1 Cavalry at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. “Understanding Sri Lanka’s defeat of the Tamil Tigers”
10.”Destroy India Says Rajapakse in Interview – 1988″. “Understanding Sri Lanka’s defeat of the Tamil Tigers”