Tamils - a Trans State Nation..

"To us all towns are one, all men our kin.
Life's good comes not from others' gift, nor ill
Man's pains and pains' relief are from within.
Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !."
Tamil Poem in Purananuru, circa 500 B.C 

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The Charge is Ethnic Cleansing

Sri Lanka's Undeclared War on Eelam Tamils
...in the Shadow of the Ceasefire: 2002 - 2007

  • International human rights panel accuses Sri Lanka of interference in human rights investigation, 19 December 2007
    [see also Sri Lanka Response ]

Associated Press, Wed December 19, 2007 09:03 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An international human rights panel on Wednesday accused Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's office of interfering with an investigation into alleged rights abuses and a series of unresolved killings in this war-torn nation.

The government came under increasing international pressure following a series of high-profile killings that occurred over the last two years as fighting flared between government troops and Tamil separatists. The killings included the execution-style slaying last year of 17 local workers from the aid group Action Against Hunger in eastern Sri Lanka.

In an effort to blunt the criticism, Rajapakse appointed an international panel of ``eminent persons'' last year to oversee a government commission investigating that incident and 15 others, including a 2006 airstrike that reportedly killed 51 school girls and the 2005 assassination of former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, allegedly by Tamil rebels.

The panel, known as the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons, said Wednesday a letter sent from the president's office last month said the government commission should no longer ``consider, scrutinize, monitor, investigate or inquire into the conduct'' of the attorney general or his officers.

``This statement at the very least constitutes an interference in the independence of the commission,'' the panel said in its release Wednesday.

The group also said the commission process ``falls short of international norms and standards'' and is not transparent.

There was no immediate comment from the president's office.

The panel also criticized the commission for keeping the public out of the inquiries, barring even the victims' families. ``The IIGEP reiterates its concerns regarding the commission's lack of independence, ineffective witness protection measures and shortcomings in the investigations,'' the statement said.

Hundreds of civilians have been killed and many more remain unaccounted for after being arrested by government forces or abducted by unknown parties in a new wave of violence over the last two years.



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