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INDICTMENT AGAINST SRI LANKA
The Charge is Ethnic Cleansing
Sri Lanka's Undeclared War on Eelam Tamils
...in the Shadow of the Ceasefire: 2002 - 2007
|Sri Lanka State Orchestrated Attack on Tamils in Trincomalee - the Facts, Tamil Insight, 12 April 2006|
The Sinhalese thugs who hacked and burnt Tamils on Wednesday, 12 April in Trincomalee were brought in Sri Lanka army trucks from outside and held ready for the signal before they went on rampage, sources from Trincomalee reveal. As soon as the bomb blast at the central market area was heard, the Sinhala thugs were released from the trucks to swing their machetes in the midst of Tamils, a radio in Sri Lanka said.12 were killed and more than 45 injured, 15 seriously, the report says.
Even after the curfew was declared, the Sinhala thugs were seen,
weapons in hand, roaming the streets, the report from Colombo says.
With the murder of Maa Manithar Vigneswaran last week, many more
Army and Navy personnel were brought into Trincomalee for his
funeral on Tuesday. . For the culprits involved with his murder
escaping and the thugs involved with the carnage on Wednesday in
Trincomalee, going free is not possible without the connivance of
the armed forces. These have taken place in Government Controlled
area. Riot police arriving at the scene waited till the thugs on
Wednesday had caused sufficient damage. No one has been arrested as
yet regarding the carnage on Wednesday. Regional leaders of the JVP
were seen in the company of the thugs when the attack was taking
The SLMM in Colombo has confirmed serious trouble and riots in
Trincomalee. The SLMM officers in Trincomalee had not been able to
go to the spot because of the violent appearance of the riotous
situation. The Sri Lankan Security Force instigated mob violence,
Sinhala thugs ran amok the streets of Trincomalee gloating in
butchering, shooting and attacking Tamils. It appears there was a
bomb explosion on the Main Street in Trincomalee around 4.00 pm.,
and a Sri Lankan army trooper had died in it. This had sparked off
the Sinhala thugs to take the law into their hands and with the
support of the Sri Lanka army and navy they ran riot.
|Trincomalee, suburbs under dusk to dawn curfew, violence widespread, 14 April 2006|
Dusk to dawn curfew has been enforced in
Trincomalee town and its suburbs Varothianagar, Kanniya, Mihindupura
Friday evening following the escalation of violence that erupted in
Mihindapura, a suburb about five km off Trincomalee on
Trincomalee-Anuradhapura road as a group of persons attacked houses
of Tamil residents in the area following the discovery of a body of
Sinhalese youth Nissanka who was reported missing from Thursday. The
Police rushed more personnel to Mihindapura and other areas in
Kanniya village where also several houses are reported burnt down by
unruly mobs. Initial reports said a Hindu Nadesar temple and an NGO
office, Aham, were burnt down in Mihindapura.
|LTTE warns forces engaged in "genocidal attacks" in Trincomalee, 14 April 2006|
"If the genocide attacks by State armed forces with the
connivance of Sinhalese hoodlums continue in the Trincomalee
district we would be forced to take steps to safeguard the lives and
properties of innocent Tamil people in the district and that would
lead to undesirable serious consequence on the current peace
process," warned Mr.S.Elilan, LTTE district political head in a
statement on the afresh violence against Tamil people in the suburbs
of Trincomalee town since Friday afternoon.
|Tamil woman knifed to death in Trincomalee, 15 April 2006|
A 60 year old woman was knifed to death in violence which erupted in
the suburbs of the Trincomalee town Friday afternoon, police sources
said. Somasuntharam Maheswary was attending religious duties at
Nadesar Temple when a group of thugs had dragged her from the temple
premises and cut her. Her body was latter found on the road and
handed over to the mortuary of the Trincomalee general hospital
Friday night, sources said.
Violence erupted in the suburbs of Trincomalee when thugs armed
with knives and clubs started attacking Tamil residents and set fire
to their houses and properties following the killing of a Sinhalese
|State forces watched as thugs attacked, charge Trinco victims, 15 April 2006|
"Our houses were burnt, properties were destroyed and we were attacked by thugs with knives and clubs while the State armed forces and police looked on. No one came to our rescue. We fled from our houses and sought refuge elsewhere to save our lives," several Tamil families sheltered in Varothiayanagar Bharathi Vidiyalam following fresh violence erupted Friday afternoon told Mr.K.Thurairatnasingham, Trincomalee district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian when he visited them Saturday morning.
Mr.Thurairatnasingham made arrangements with the assistance of several non-governmental organizations to supply meals and other relief to the affected families.
One victim said thugs in front of the police sentry at Mihindapura had assaulted him but policemen on duty did not come to his rescue and he had to flee from the area to safe his life.
The office and other properties of Trincomalee District Youth Development Aham (TDYHD) were burnt down.
In the Friday violence more than fifty houses were set on fire and about one thousand Tamil civilians sought refuge in Varothiayanagar School and public buildings, sources said.
|State orchestrated violence in Trincomalee raises spectre of 1983 pogrom - Tamil National Alliance, 15 April 2006|
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentary group in a press release
issued on 15 April 2006 accused the Sri Lanka Government of
unleashing "State Terror" on Tamil speaking people with the
intention of "ethnically
cleansing" the Tamil dominated Trincomalee town
|Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation: Urgent Appeal for Tamils Displaced in Trincomalee, 20 April 2006|
Temporary Shelter materials and other items for required for immediate relief for IDPs from Trinco Riots
TRO is making an “URGENT APPEAL” for monetary assistance for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have been displaced beginning 12 April 2006 in the Trincomalee Town and District due to anti-Tamil rioting. Thus far TRO and Local NGOO are caring for 998 families which have been displaced to IDP camps due to the fear of being targeted in the continuing communal violence. The security situation continues to deteriorate and more individuals are displaced every day. Some of these families are staying in the homes of friends and relatives and thus not being counted or provided with relief.
Many of these IDPs have had their homes and businesses burned to the ground and had to leave with only the items they could carry, often this was only the clothes on their backs. TRO is making this URGENT APPEAL due to the lack of any response from the authorities and humanitarian agencies. Funds are urgently required to purchase tents, food, and non-food relief (kitchen items, clothes, sleeping mats… etc)
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