Sri Lanka's Continued Ethnic Cleansing ...
- after Tamil Armed Resistance Ends on 17 May 2009
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Horrors on women in Sri Lanka's internment camps - Egeland
[TamilNet, Thursday, 25 June 2009, 10:59 GMT]
Jan Egeland, the former UN Undersecretary-General for
Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Tuesday told
the press that "Sri Lanka is one of the latest examples of the World
community letting a government get away with denying access for the
international community of witnesses, of humanitarian relief and
protection for civilians," adding that world governments failed what
they swore in 2005 of the "responsibility to protect," and that "for
Tamil women" there were a "number of horrors." Egeland's comment
contrasts with the stand of his successor John Holmes who earlier
commended the Sri Lanka's treatment of the 300,000 civilians
currently being held in internment camps in Vavuniyaa.
In preparation for the September 2005 United Nations Summit of world
leaders, Kofi Annan presented a report, "In Larger Freedom," which
urged the Heads of State and Government to ”embrace the
'responsibility to protect' as a basis for collective action against
genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.“ This was
later formulated as the "R2P doctrine" of the UN.
Ex-UN HR Co-ordinator "What happened to the Tamil women in Sri
Lanka? We don't even know. Because there was no access. What we can
safely assume is that there were a number of horrors," Egeland said.
"I can also safely assume that new conflicts will brew because
injustice still prevails," Egeland added.
Last week Inner City Press asked for the UN's and Holmes' response
to the Sri Lanka government barring even UN workers from bringing
cameras into the internment camps. "There was no response, nor to
the disbanding of the investigation into killings such as that of 17
Action Contre la Faim aid workers near Kilinochchi," Inner City