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Sri Lanka's Genocidal War - '95 to '01
|"In July, the Supreme Court ordered the government
to pay Rs 100,000 ($1,280) compensation to Tamil traders M Sathananthan and
V Jeyaranjith for illegal arrest and detention. They were arrested in August
1998, after cargo ship Princess Kash, carrying goods to Jaffna, was
sunk by the Sri Lankan Airforce when the LTTE boarded the vessel south-east
of Mullaitivu town. The security forces alleged that the two traders and the
captain of Princess Kash were in league with the Tigers.
The Court of Appeal heard a habeas corpus application in July relating to S Nimalarajah, who disappeared following arrest at a military checkpoint in October 1990. The Army later denied his arrest. The court ordered the Sri Lankan state to pay Rs 30,000 ($385) as compensation to his mother S Nesammah." (British Refugee Council, Sri Lanka Monitor, July 2000)
" The (Sri Lanka) Army arrested six Tamils working in rice fields in Sinnawathai on Amparai-Batticaloa border, on 6 July, including P Jeyendran, 19. No receipts relating to the arrests were issued to relatives. The ICRC says that it received 131 complaints between January and June regarding people who went missing in Batticaloa and Amparai districts. The whereabouts of 18 people are still unknown. On 15 July, three Tamil youths from Karaitivu went missing. The Special Task Force denied arresting them. But later, the HRC announced that they were in STF custody.
A Vijayanandan, 20 and Thurairajah Kumar, 19, disappeared at a military checkpoint near Kalmunai two days later...
In early July, 300 Tamil pilgrims from the east to the holy city of Kataragama, 90 miles south-west of Batticaloa town, were taken into custody near Yala Sanctuary. They were released after EPDP intervened. Forty Tamils were rounded-up in Kataragama in late July and six were detained...
Local people say Muthur Kalaimagal Hindu College student N Vimaleswaran who was arrested by the Army on 11 June, suffered torture and admitted to the hospital twice. Other students began a boycott of classes on 4 July demanding his release.
....Jaffna Hindu College student Somasundaram Sanjeevan was shot dead by the Army on 13 July at Kokkuvil, two miles north of Jaffna town. All Jaffna schools were closed on 17 July, the day of the funeral, as a mark of protest. College principal Sri Kumaran met Jaffna civil administrator, Brigadier Gamini Jayasundara and demanded an investigation. Although an enquiry was promised, sources say that no one has been arrested.
Jaffna civilians are concerned over the impunity that security forces enjoy. No action appears to have been taken over the killing of another student, Gunaratnam Vinojan in May. Reports allege that two soldiers from a military camp at Alvai in north-eastern Vadamaratchy area raped a student on 14 July. In a letter to President Chandrika, TULF’s Mavai Senathirajah has urged an impartial enquiry into the incident.
According to reports, the whereabouts of R Gunaratnam, arrested in late June, are unknown. The HRC says 15 people were arrested in June and in early July three people, including Navarajah Banumathy, 41, were detained."(British Refugee Council, Sri Lanka Monitor, July 2000)