Sri Lanka's Genocidal War '08 -'09
...after Abrogation of Ceasefire
Thousands of Tamil Civilians Killed and Wounded - United Nations
Aid agencies fear a humanitarian disaster in the north-east.
Anbarasan Ethirajan, BBC News, Colombo, 6 March 2009
Politics of Humanitarian Intervention - Nadesan Satyendra, 24
February 2009 "The
Tamil people are being taught on the hard anvil of death and
suffering appropriately enough in Buddhist Sri Lanka that human
rights and humanitarian laws are more often than not, political
instruments - instruments which States use selectively so that they
may intervene to advance their own perceived strategic interests.
After all the simplest thing that the
international actors could have done to protect the Tamil people
would have been to remove the ban on the LTTE so that the capacity
of the people of Tamil Eelam to resist the genocidal onslaught
launched on them by Sinhala Sri Lanka may have been strengthened.
The simple and humane thing that the international actors could have
not to taunt the struggles against terrorism with the label
but to adopt a principle centered approach which liberated
political language and also helped to liberate a people who have
taken up arms as
a last resort in their
struggle for freedom from oppressive alien Sinhala rule.
The UN says that it estimates that thousands of
civilians have been killed and wounded in the conflict in the north-east
of Sri Lanka. The UN's US-based Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says civilians continue to lose their lives
within the war zone. It says that they are also being killed in the
no-fire area which has been hit by artillery attacks.
says the UN's figures are "irresponsible and sensationalist".
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly deplored the mounting
civilian death toll - which he said included children - and appealed to
both the army and Tamil Tiger rebels to suspend hostilities to allow
time for civilians to safely leave the conflict zone.
"The world body has no verifiable numbers due to lack of access for
relief workers, but estimates that thousands have been killed and
wounded," the UN News Centre said.
no-fire zone is believed to be very squalid and overcrowded and the UN
has received information that people are dying from lack of food. "The
conditions there could lead to outbreaks of malaria, dengue fever and
measles, and a chicken pox outbreak has already been reported."
the first time in the current round of conflict that the UN has talked
about thousands of civilian casualties. But the Sri Lankan foreign
secretary Palitha Kohona told the BBC that it was irresponsible to make
statements of this nature when the OCHA admitted that it had no access
to the area.
It is estimated that between 70,000 and 200,000
civilians are caught up in the conflict in the north-east. Meanwhile
India has announced that it is to send a medical team to aid
north-eastern Sri Lanka's conflict zone, providing humanitarian relief
and emergency care to displaced civilians. It is the first time there
has been an Indian presence at the war zone since a peacekeeping mission
pulled out of Sri Lanka in 1990. India says that the team will arrive on
9 March. The medical team will consist of eight physicians and surgeons
as well as paramedic and technical staff.
Correspondents say India's
three-year peacekeeping mission to the island is widely regarded to be
disaster, coming to an end with the loss of about 1,200 Indian troops.
The government said on Thursday that it was planning to open two new
safe routes in the north-east for civilians to leave the conflict zone.
The Tigers have not yet reacted to the government's announcement and
there is scepticism over the plan.