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Sri Lanka's Genocidal War - '95 to '01
Military backed death squads in Colombo...
[see also Tortured Tamil bodies float in Bolgoda Lake]
"Many Tamils in Colombo have expressed fear that military-backed death squads may have returned....
The killing of EPDP MP Atputharajah Nadarajah in November and All Ceylon Tamil Congress leader Kumar Ponnambalam in January have heightened fears. According to sources, the police have stated that they would not investigate the murder of Mr Nadarajah whose writings in the Tamil journal Thinamurasu led to accusations that he supported the LTTE despite being a member of government ally, the EPDP. Two other EPDP MPs who voted in Parliament against the extension of Emergency have fled the country and sought asylum in Britain.
UNP MP Jayalath Jayawardena, an active campaigner for the rights of Tamil refugees in the Vanni, has received death threats. In January, the International Commission of Jurists expressed concern in a letter to Parliament Speaker KB Ratnayake over the threats to Mr Jayawardena. According to reports, former head of Rupawahini TV Corporation and LTTE campaigner, M Vasantharajah has gone into hiding following threats on his life. His wife says that their home in Mt Lavinia is under constant surveillance by unidentified persons.
In the past two months, other outspoken Tamil activists have received threats by telephone and letters, some signed in blood. Activists who have fled the island told the Sri Lanka Monitor that there is an attempt to silence people who speak out about Tamil rights. ...."
(British Refugee Council publication Sri Lanka Monitor, January 2000)