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Killing Of Adivasis India The Silent War

In India on February 25, 2014 at 13:22

While the world is focused on the killing  elsewhere, Killing of the Tamils in Sri Lanka,Syria, the plight of the Adivasis go unnoticed.

Adivasis, the oldest inhabitants of India number 80 millions, roughly 8% of Indian Population.

They are targeted by the Maoist Group and the State government simultaneously.

Adivasis killed as Maoists

Killing by The State?

The Maoists use them as pawns in their struggle against the State, which does not case about these people.

Despite the high-sounding developmental projects on paper, these areas do not even have basic facilities like water, Schools, Hospitals or Food Distribution network.

The Government , under the guise of Liberal Economy is interested in grabbing the land and handing them over to MNCs.

No party is an exception for the MNCs fill in their coffers .

Story:

“Sri Pranab Mukherjee,
President of India,
Rashtrapati Bhavan,
New Delhi – 110004
India.

Sub: requesting for a high level judicial inquiry, legal action and
fixing accountability on the case of brutal killing of 8
Adivasis by the Security forces in an alleged encounter took
at Aarespeta village of Bijapur district in Chhatisgarh.

Dear Sir,

1. I would like to bring your kind attention on the above said subject
that eight Adivasis/Tribal people namely (1) Pandu, (2) Bahadur, (3)
Joga, (4) Komu, (5) Punam, (6) Somu, (7) Lakhmu and (8) Karam Masa
all are resident of Aaresmpeta village comes under Ganglur police
station of Bijapur district in the state of Chhatisgarh were brutally
killed by the Security Forces at 9:30 P.M. on 17 May, 2012 at
Aarespeta village in an alleged encounter took place between the
Security Forces and the Maoists.

2. The incident took place when the Tribal people were celebrating the
Seed Festival at night. All the villagers including women and children
were also present in the festival. The Security forces reached to the
spot and fired on them assuming that they were Naxals. According to
Village heads – Sri Taram Lakhmu and Taram Budhru, there was no Naxal
amongst those who have been killed by the security forces. They also
stated that the villagers were celebrating seed festival when all of
sudden without any signal, the security forces fired on them.
Consequently, 8 Adivasis/Tribals including three children got killed
in the massacre and 22 of them are missing whose whereabouts are not
known till now. In the incident, one Jawan died and two were injured,
which is result of the cross firing among the Security forces.

The killings of Mahendra Karma and his colleagues call not for retributive violence but for a deeper reflection on the discontent among the tribals of central India and their dispossession

In the summer of 2006, I had a long conversation with Mahendra Karma, the Chhattisgarh Congress leader who was killed in a terror attack by the Naxalites last week. I was not alone — with me were five other members of a citizens’ group studying the tragic fallout of the civil war in the State’s Dantewada district. This war pitted the Naxalites on the one side against a vigilante army promoted by Mr. Karma on the other. In a strange, not to say bizarre, example of bipartisan co-operation, the vigilantes (who went by the name of Salwa Judum) were supported by both Mr. Karma (then Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly) and the BJP Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh.

‘Liberated zone’

From the 1980s, Naxalites had been active in the region, asking for higher wages for tribals, harassing traders and forest contractors, and attacking policemen. In the first decade of this century their presence dramatically increased. Dantewada was now identified by Maoist ideologues as the most likely part of India where they could create a ‘liberated zone.’ Dozens of Telugu-speaking Naxalites crossed into Chhattisgarh, working assiduously to accomplish this aim.

The Naxalites are wedded to the cult of the gun. Their worship of violence is extreme. They are a grave threat to democracy and democratic values. How should the democratically elected State government of Chhattisgarh have tackled their challenge? It should have done so through a two-pronged strategy: (i) smart police work, identifying the areas where the Naxalites were active and isolating their leaders; (ii) sincerely implementing the constitutional provisions guaranteeing the land and tribal forest rights of the adivasis, and improving the delivery of health and education services to them.

The Chhattisgarh government did neither. On the one side, it granted a slew of leases to industrialists, over-riding the protests of gram panchayats and handing over large tracts of tribal land to mining companies. On the other side, it promoted a vigilante army, distributing guns to young men owing allegiance to Mahendra Karma or his associates. These goons then roamed the countryside, in search of Naxalites real or fictitious. In a series of shocking incidents, they burnt homes (sometimes entire villages), raped women, and looted granaries of those adivasis who refused to join them.

In response, the Naxalites escalated their activities. They killed Salwa Judum leaders, murdered real or alleged informers, and mounted a series of daring attacks on police and paramilitary units. The combined depredations of the Naxalites and Salwa Judum created a regime of terror and despair across the district. An estimated 150,000 adivasis fled their native villages. A large number sought refuge along the roads of the Dantewada district. Here they lived, in ramshackle tents, away from their lands, their cattle, their homes and their shrines. An equally large number fled into the neighbouring State of Andhra Pradesh, living likewise destitute and tragic lives.

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http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/the-continuing-tragedy-of-the-adivasis/article4756954.ece

http://www.countercurrents.org/jhrm250513.htm

To fight against this injustice, the Maoists have taken to arms and are fighting a grim and evenly matched battle.

In fact much of the eastern, central India is under their control.

Please read my post on this.

The Maoists have to use the terrain and us these Adivasis for their survival and for their struggle.

The State targets these people as they shelter the Maoists.

If Adivassi do not provide Shelter to Maoists, they kill them.

If they provide the State kills the Adivasi.

Despite this confusion  the MNCs are making hay by getting large chunks of land for Eco Unfriendly  projects.

 

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The LLRC Lie by Rajapakshe Sri Lanka Facts

In Sri Lanka, SriLanka on December 2, 2013 at 21:40

The Rajapakshe government has been running for cover over Human Rights abuses.

Rajapaskhe, Killer of The Tamils

Mahinda Rjapakshe,President of Sri Lanka.

Now they have come out with a strategy that od repeating untruths tirelessly and make it Truth.

On the second front they have Muttiah Muralitharan  talk that there were no killings in Sri Lanka nor were did the people disappear, David Cameron was misled( I have a post on this), with Video Clipping.

Rajapakshe brazenly stated in the CHOGM Press conference that there were no Human Rights violations during the civil war and the Human Rights violations might have existed in the past, hunting LTTE‘ pathological killing spree.

He also added that the LLRC is functioning well and its recommendations are being implemented vigorously.

The facts.

Sri Lanka has achieved considerable progress in implementing the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and ready to defend its record at the next session in Geneva, Foreign Secretary Karunathilaka Amunugama said.”

Resettlement Centers or Gulags?

“Why can’t the Army go to the jungles instead of taking our lands and sending us to jungles?”

“When will we be allowed to re-start cultivation of our lands?”

“When can we have access to the sea we were fishing before and will we get back the boats and fishing equipment we left behind in our village when we were displaced?”

“Why is there a check point at the entrance to this place?

“Why are there soldiers and intelligence officers all around us, why can’t we still have the freedom other people in this county have?”

“Why are visitors not allowed to come and freely talk to us and take photos?”

“Why have we been sent to another camp? What is different here from Menik Farm?”

“Why didn’t the authorities clean up the jungles before they sent us here?”

“When can we have a Kovil and Church?”

These were some of the questions that people who had fallen victim to the Sri Lankan Government’s latest resettlement program asked us when we visited them last Sunday 30th September 2012.

The bitter end to Manic Farm

Throughout August and September 2012, people from Puthukudiyiruppu and Maritimepattu Divisions in the Mullativu district, who had been living in Menik Farm were dumped in schools and roadsides to find their own way home[1]. “Home” was mainly shrub jungles, open air spaces under trees and destroyed houses with doors, windows, roofing, toilet equipment etc. looted. Some had to seek shelter in churches and schools, as their “home” was simply not habitable. Another group we met had been compelled to stay in a small church as the Army was occupying their land[2]. Clearly, the government which had waited for more than three years to send these people home, were now in a might hurry to send them home, without even clearing up jungles.

As news spread of imminent closure of Menik Farm at any cost, people in the Keppapilavu became apprehensive as they had heard that their lands were occupied by the Army and Air Force and they would not be allowed to go back to their own lands. On 20th Sept., about 55 families (exact number was not clear) from Manic Farm were taken to Vattrappalai school and brought to a jungle area in Seeniyamottai on 21st Sept. Amidst this uncertainty of going back home, several residents of Keppapilavu staged a protest in front of the Mullativu Government Agent’s office on 22nd Sept. There were reports of intimidation and attacks on vehicles of some politicians who attended this event[3]. Several IDPs in Manic Farm had also told that they were prevented from going for the protest.  Those who did attend the protest sent out a public appeal asking to be allowed to go back home to their own lands[4]

http://groundviews.org/2013/01/30/implementing-llrc-recommendations-in-sri-lanka-progress/

This is jus a sample.

 

Robotic Weapons Replace Drones? Human Rights Watch

In US, videos on October 26, 2013 at 10:48

Now that Drone attacks are drawing flak, there is a move to induct Fully Autonomous Robotic Weapons, which do not need any Human input are on the anvil.

Killer Robots to replace Drones.

Killer Robots/

“The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is a coalition of weapons monitors and human rights groups leading an effort, formally since April, to establish an international ban on fully autonomous lethal weapons. Dubbed (by opponents) “killer robots,” it’s a technology that can kill targets (humans) without any human input. Whereas drones today have someone somewhere remotely determining where and when to fire, a fully autonomous air, land, or sea weapon could be making the decisions on its own…

It sounds like the stuff of sci-fi, but the technology is well within reach given existing weaponry. The U.S. Navy’s X-47B, a Northrop Grumman-developed drone, has taken off and landed on an aircraft carrier—one of the hardest maneuvers in aviation—entirely on its own, and it would only be a short step to add missiles to its weapons bay. In South Korea, a Samsung subsidiary designed—several years ago already—a stationary robot sentry that sits along the demilitarized zone and can identify and fire at a target on its own. It’s linked up with a human operator for now.

Human Rights Watch has called in for a Review of this development.

All governments should support international talks to address the threat posed by fully autonomous robotic weapons, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic on October 21, 2013, issued a question-and-answer document about the legal problems posed by these weapons.

Representatives from the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, including Human Rights Watch, will present their concerns about fully autonomous weapons at a United Nations event in New York on October 21.

“Urgent international action is needed or killer robots may evolve from a science fiction nightmare to a deadly reality,” said Steve Goose, arms director at Human Rights Watch. “The US and every other country should support holding international talks aimed at ensuring that humans will retain control over decisions to target and use force against other humans.”

Fully autonomous weapons – also called “lethal autonomous robotics” or “killer robots” – have not yet been developed but technology is moving toward increasing autonomy. Such weapons would select and engage targets without further intervention by a human.

In recent months, fully autonomous weapons have gone from an obscure issue to one that is commanding the attention of many governments, international institutions, and groups around the world.”

Source:

http://world.time.com/2013/10/25/the-campaign-to-kill-killer-robots-gains-steam/

http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/10/21/un-hold-international-talks-killer-robots

‘SriLanka Torture State Policy Courts Condone’

In Uncategorized on October 10, 2013 at 17:56

Sri Lanka Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Sri lanka

That there is bound to be excesses in any State ,even in a Democracy, US India included.

But the Courts normally come down heavily on the Police and prison Authorities in cases where torture is involved.

But in Sri Lanka the State seems to assume Fear and Torture as state Policies and worse the Courts side with the establishment.

This is from an LTTE activist or Sri Lanka Tamil.

From a SrI Lanka Lawyer of 46 years standing.

It is worth mentioning that a Supreme Court Justice in Sri Lanka was tossed out by Impeachment (in land acquisition) for blocking an ordinance by the State , a new judge appointed and promptly the decks were cleared for the Bill which was passed .

Story:

Dr. Sunil Cooray is a senior lawyer who is very well known in Sri Lanka. He has been in legal practice for 46 years. He is the author of the two volumes of the authoritative text Principles of Administrative Law in Sri Lanka. Basil Fernando of the Asian Human Rights Commission interviews Dr. Sunil Cooray on practice of torture in Sri Lanka.

Basil Fernando: You have done several cases in Sri Lanka relating to torture. Could you tell us a bit about your experience?
 
Sunil Cooray: In torture cases, I have appeared for both the petitioner and, on a few occasions, the respondent police officers. My experience is that the court generally leans in favour of the respondents. That is to say, as far as possible they try to claim that the case for the petitioner has not been proved. If I am for the respondents then I am OK. But I’ve found that for the petitioner it is a slightly uphill task to convince judges that police officers and prison officers have committed torture. That has been my experience.
BF: Why do you think this is? In a courtroom, both sides must be equal and evidence must be assessed accordingly. For example, in Sri Lanka, medical evidence and similar things are used. Is the difficulty you mentioned the result of some kind of psychological bias?
 
SC: It is, I suppose, something like a psychological situation, because most of our judges in the Supreme Court – and that is where all fundamental rights cases are heard – come from the Attorney General’s Department. Throughout their lives as practicing lawyers in the department they have been in touch with police officers, and they have a tendency to believe what the police say rather than what an ordinary citizen has to say. I think that is part of the problem.
BF: Now you would have seen this book Narrative of Justice In Sri Lanka told through stories of torture victims?
 
SC: Yes I have seen it.
BF: There are 400 cases and that is a very large number of cases. Why do you think such a widespread practice exists?
 
SC: I think that there are various reasons, but I also think that there are things that can be put in place to minimise or even eliminate torture. I think there are numerous reasons why torture is committed and one reason might be that some police officers have sadistic tendencies and if they get hold of an innocent man, a defenseless man, they want to satisfy their sadism by beating him up. And it also happens that many police officers drink liquor in the evenings so they are badly under the influence of alcohol and they want to have a little fun with these defenseless people who have no one to turn at that time. Those are mainly poor people, and they are harassed and tortured.
There are other reasons as well. For instance, a person may be caught up in a case, rightly or wrongly, and the police may be under instructions from somebody else that torture should be committed by them on that man. This may be for political reasons or similar. Even a straight police officer may be under some compulsion in those circumstances because he might fear that unless he complies he may face a transfer order or some disciplinary proceedings or similar. They also resort to torture to extort money and that also depends on the wages of the police officers. So those are some aspects to be looked into. Police officers should be paid a living wage so that they can maintain themselves and their families in reasonable comfort, and lack of that may be one reason. And then of course there is a general feeling, and some judges and lawyers agree, that torture is something that should not be totally prohibited because according to them torture is an integral part of investigations. That is a completely wrong view and of course is completely against the law but unfortunately it is an embedded idea in the heads of some of our judges and lawyers. And that is one reason why they tend to side with the police officers who are accused of committing torture rather than siding with the petitioner.
BF: Would it be correct to say that at no stage, either by the government or the high ranking officers of the police, a sincere message has been given to the police that torture is wrong?
 
SC: I think that is so. I don’t think that there is any sincerity when higher ranking police officers tell their lower grades not to commit torture; it is taken with a pinch of salt. They think it is just a matter of words that torture should not be committed. I think what you said is quite right.
 
BF: So, in other words, the use of torture is a matter of accepted unofficial policy?
 
SC: Some sort of accepted unofficial policy, but I am sure that sort of policy is losing ground. I am sure this idea, which is in the back of the heads of our judges, lawyers, and senior police officers, is losing ground and I hope the day will come when the idea does not exist anymore because it is brutal. By modern standards it is brutal to commit torture and I hope the day will dawn when the idea is eliminated totally from our lawyers and judges.

Tamil Women Children Killed In Sri Lanka Gruesome Images.

In Sri Lanka, SriLanka on October 2, 2013 at 18:56

Now that the NE Provincial Elections are over, there seems to be a new -found optimism in Rajapakshe circles that the International Community would go soft on him for Genocide accusations,

Killing of the Tamils Sri Lanka. image.http://hinduworldvision.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/lanka-torturing-tamil-detainees-channel-4/

Genocide in Sri Lanka

Tamils Killed.

Rows of Tamil Corpses.
Image.Independent.

Tamil children killed.

Tamil children Killed Source,Tamil.net.

The winning Tamil party combination is more interested in running the local Government than bringing Rakapakshe to book.

I am posting some more gruesome images of the Tamils killed by Sri Lankan Army lest people forget the Genocide.

Killers must never go unpunished.

Tamils Killed Sri Lanka.

Murder of Tamils.

genocide of Tamils.

Tamil Genocide

Tamils totured

Torture of Tamil Women, Sri lanka

Tamils tortured

Tortured Mutilated Body of a woman, Sri lanka.

Naked.

Paraded Naked Photographed NGO Source:http://www.elakiri.com/forum/showthread.php?t=944015

Rape and Torture Sri Lanka.

Tamil Man Raped Tortured.

Killing of the Tamils.

Tamils Killed in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka tortures Tamils.

Torture of Tamils in Killinochi

Genocide Fact sheet.(rough estimate)

  • More than 135, 000 Tamil men, women and children has been killed or went missing.
  • More than 35, 000 Tamil were killed in 2009 alone.
  • 1.1 Million Tamils flee Sri Lanka
  • Estimated 600, 000 Tamil internal refugees
  • More than 20, 000 orphaned children
  • More than 35, 000 Tamil widows
  • Thousands of Tamil families (including children) are kept behind barb wire fenced internment camps by the Sri Lankan govenment, for several months in aftermath of war.
  • Half a million Tamils kept under military rule in Jaffna peninsula (Northern Sri Lanka) that had been described as an “open prison”.
  • Thousands in custody – detention without trial, other widespread abuses
  • Economic embargo imposed on traditional Tamil areas for more than 2 decades
  • Supply of food, medicine, fuel, electricity and other essential items controlled by the Military
  • Forced Starvation
  • Usage of banned weapons – Cluster bombs, White phosporous. Usage of heavy weapons, artillery on densely populated civilian areas. Reported usage of chemical weapons.
  • Mass Graves and systematic violations of fundamental human rights remain uninvestigated
  • No International Media allowed into conflict areas
  • State sponsored pogroms
  • Systematic destruction of Infrastructure
  • Indiscriminate and wanton air attacks on traditional Tamil areas for more than 2 decades.
  • Hundreds of thousands of livelihoods and schools, hospitals, libraries, temples, churches, houses, villages destroyed.
  • Source:
  • http://dustent.blogspot.in/2013/03/genocide-infants-in-sri-lanka.html
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