"...Against partisans backed by the entire
population, (occupying) colonial armies have only one way of
escaping from the harassment which demoralizes them.... This is to
eliminate the civilian population. As it is the unity of a whole
people that is containing the conventional army, the only
anti-guerrilla strategy which will be effective is the destruction
of that people, in other words, the civilians, women and
Jean Paul Sartre 'On Genocide'
have been struggling in my mind against the conclusion that the
SL government is trying to kill or terrorize as many Tamil people as
possible; that the government is trying to keep the conditions of
the war unreported internationally, because if those conditions were
reported, the actions of the military would be perceived as so
deplorable that foreign nations would have no choice but to condemn
them. And this would be embarrassing to everybody. But it seems now
that no other conclusion is possible... "
Professor Margaret Trawick . 1995
How long will you bomb us?
And try your best to destroy us?
Yet in the rubbles
And in the stench of death
You have created for us
We will quietly stand
We will rise up
Raise our heads to the sky
And shout Freedom
How long will you shackle us?
With your immoral laws based on apartheid views?
How long will you present us to the world
As ruthless terrorists and wild mannered beasts?
O, Cinhala friends, we don�t hate you
But it�s your hatred that has made us strong
Don�t get us wrong;
you will never break our spirit.
We will quietly stand
We will rise up
Raise our hands to the sky
And cry Freedom
How long will you rape us?
Our land and the sea, our women and children?
Katpu is something that we guard with honour
Yet with your terror you want to humiliate us�
How long will you intimidate us; shoot
and kill us
Like stray dogs in our homeland?
How long will you make us to
fight for our survival?
How often will you forget that we too are a proud nation?
How many times you want us to tell you?
That we too are human beings
Yet you constantly ask us
To prove our humanity!
That�s simply a proof of your arrogant vanity
We will quietly stand
We will rise up Raise our being to the sky
And whisper Thamil Eelam!
2 (c) In the case of an armed conflict not of an
international character, serious violations of
article 3 common to the four Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949,
namely, any of the following acts committed against persons taking no
active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who
have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness,
wounds, detention or any other cause:
(iv) Intentionally directing attacks against
buildings dedicated to
art, science or charitable purposes, historic monuments, hospitals and
places where the sick and wounded are collected, provided they are not
(v) Pillaging a town or place, even when taken by
Committing rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced
pregnancy, ... enforced sterilization, and any other form of sexual
violence also constituting a serious violation of article 3 common to
the four Geneva Conventions; ....
(x) Declaring that no quarter will be given; ...
INDICTMENT AGAINST SRI
LANKA Sinhala Sri Lanka's War Crimes: Genocide &
"...The plan is to destabilize the
Tigers, bait the group into confrontation and ultimately
launch an offensive aimed at destroying the fractured
Tamil movement once and for all," the analysts at
Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor) said quoting unnamed
sources inside the Sri Lankan government....Colombo
probably hopes a renewed guerrilla war will be tempered
by internal struggles and that, once weakened, the
Tigers can be destroyed, the US analysts
said....According to the US analysts, in the event of a
renewed war �the Tigers will likely end up weaker -
perhaps no longer in a position to make the demands for
autonomy that helped cause the internal strife in the
first place. 'On the other hand, baiting a wounded tiger
could be a dangerous game', they cautioned.
Colombo promoting Karuna to destroy LTTE with tacit
approval of US says US based think tank
violation of International Humanitarian
Law (IDL) and International Human Rights
Law (IHRL) the Government of Sri Lanka
(GoSL) continues to deny Humanitarian
Agencies, including the UN and ICRC,
access to the 15,000 Internally
Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Vaharai
Division of Batticaloa District in the
NorthEast. These IDPs were
displaced from the Muttur, Sampoor, and
Eachchilampattu Divisions of the
Trincomalee District beginning in August
"One may wonder whether this indiscriminate
killings of innocent people is the will of God. Man was created
by God to live in peace, happiness and freedom. Denying freedom
to anyone cannot be the will of God. To survive in this world
one has to be strong. We must learn to strengthen ourselves in
unity and face any hardships to gain our freedom. Let us pledge
ourselves to fight for our freedom and happiness as we pay our
deepest love and respect for the innocent lives robbed so
Rev. Fr. James Pathinathar in his address at the
funeral of the Padahuthurai victims of Sri Lanka's crime against
human rights law, there is a recognised right to adequate and
available food......whatever the full contours and permeations
of the right to food might be, it is clear that it constitutes a
violation of the human rights law to deny adequate food to a
given population. Moreover, it would be especially unlawful and
egregious to deny the right to adequate food as government
tactic to control certain persons or as a weapon of war. The
most egregious violations include denials of food and medicine
or medical supplies, especially for children.� If food
is likely to be used by both the general population and enemy
combatants, the destruction or denial of food, in circumstances
where one can reasonably foresee that the general population
will suffer, will necessarily involve the indiscriminate use of
food as a weapon. [these] denials also violate related
prohibitions under the laws of war, and constitute
serious war crimes... Fear of food falling into the
hands of enemy combatants is not an excuse for denying food to
It is time for the international community to recognise that, in
addition to medicine and medical supplies, food should always be
treated as neutral property during an armed conflict. Because of
highly predictable consequences, both short term and long term,
food should never be used as a weapon of war.
Professor Jordan J. Paust,
Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, May �98
"scores of civilians were killed
Wednesday around 11:35 a.m. when Sri Lanka Army fired Multi-Barrel
Rockets and artillery shells targeting Kathiraveli, a coastal hamlet 15
km north of Vaaharai, hit a school where five thousand Internally
Displaced People had sought refuge. 40 dead bodies have been recovered.
Six babies below 6-month were killed, said medical sources stating that
30 dead bodies had been brought to Vaaharai hospital. SLMM officials and
the ICRC visited the area where more than 120 houses were severely
damaged. An area with 2 km perimeter was indiscriminately bombed. 60
severely wounded civilians were brought to Valaichenai hospital. 2
civilians succumbed to their wounds while being transferred to
Lanka Para militaries abduct 7 Staff Members of the Tamils
Rehabilitation Organisation, a Registered Charity and 8 months
Sinhala Sri Lanka government freezes its bank accounts
"Humanitarian assistance to the recently displaced people of the
NorthEast by local NGOs, INGOs and even UN agencies has now been
effectively shut down by the actions of members of the Sri Lankan
security forces. Currently, due to the pullout of most international
agencies from the NorthEast, TRO is one of a handful of
organizations assisting those recently displaced by war. TRO wishes
to categorically state that the current humanitarian situation in
the NorthEast of Sri Lanka is reaching a critical stage. There is a
desperate need, recognized by all who are involved in humanitarian
work, which the international community is being prevented from
responding to effectively. The timing of this action by the Central
Bank of Sri Lanka with callous disregard to its consequences truly
shocks not only the TRO staff but also the Tamil Diaspora
"Sixty-three schoolgirls in
children's home, killed in airstrike, screamed headlines on
websites, mind goes numb and blank and suddenly the world
makes no sense when children's lives are snuffed out with
such cruelty and ease..."
"...security forces had been present in
Muttur at the time of the killings... the government had prevented the
truce monitors from going to the crime scene to investigate immediately
after the discovery of the bodies and ...confidential conversations with
highly reliable sources had pointed to the culpability of security
forces... The Security Forces of Sri Lanka are widely and consistently
deemed to be responsible for the incident... the killings are one of
the most serious recent crimes against humanitarian aid workers
Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, 30 August 2006
" Today we buried the six Tamil
civilians [Manaval Claramma Leela (75, Jesuthasan Jude Nixon (23),
Cyrilappar St.Jude (22) Turairaja Vijekumar (39), Kodalingham
Linganathan (20), Abdul Raheem Latheep (28) Mary Medaline (27)] murdered
by the (Sri Lanka) Navy at Pesalai yesterday by shooting them
through their mouths and blowing off their heads and I spoke of Jesus
Christ cruelly crucified and his Eternal words �Father forgive them for
they do not know what they do�.
"SLA soldiers armed with bayonets and
knives entered the house of a family of four and slaughtered 35-year-old
father, 27-year-old mother, 9-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son
Thursday midnight in Vankalai, 12 km southeast of Mannar."
"This is not an Appeal, nor a Plea � humanitarian or
otherwise. It is to apprise foreign Governments, the international media,
religious leaders, NGOs, leaders of civic society and people outside Sri
Lanka, of what is going on in that country. It is not a request for
help or intervention. I am merely presenting the facts to the outside world
and my sympathy to a devastated people
in Trincomalee... I am attaching some photographs mailed from
Trincomalee on 26 April 2006. If you find them shocking, I tender no
apology. It is time the world was shocked by what is going on behind the
closed doors of Sri Lanka. "
"..Neither party to the CFA has a right to adopt
retaliatory measures. The parties must report any violation to the SLMM
for appropriate action or give two weeks' notice to terminate the
agreement. Defying this stipulation, unilaterally commencing a
retaliatory attack is a gross breach of the CFA. In addition, the attack
by government forces on civilian targets, causing death and extensive
damage to civilian property, making people destitute is a humanitarian
violation and is a war crime under Rome Statute of the International
Criminal Court Article 2 ( c ) and 2(e). International Humanitarian Law
does not permit warring parties to attack civilian targets and civilian
lives. The "retaliatory action" directed on civilian targets in
Trincomalee-Batticaloa areas on 25-26 April are the actions of a
terrorist state intent on terrorising the Tamil people into
"..Many areas in the region are virtually a sea of
rubble after the intensive attack. Apart from bombs dropped in six
different air force sorties, there were at least 80 shells by the Navy
and over 160 shells by the Army. Rescue work is currently underway and
many of the affected houses, dwellings and other buildings are yet to be
cleared. The casualty toll may go up when all the debris and rubble are
cleared.The areas affected are Sampur. Muthur, Senaiyoor,
Kadatkaraichenai, Kattaiparichhaan, Iraalkuli, Soodaikkudaa,
Ilakkanthai, Santhoshapuram, Paattaalipuram, Koonitheevu and Uppaaru.
These villages are in Muthur East and largely adjacent to the
coast.People have fled their homes and sought refuge in the Muthur
division interior areas after the attack. Massive displacement has
occurred. 43, 158 people from 10, 718 families are currently displaced
in Trincomalee district. The bulk of these are from the Muthur region..
A human tragedy may occur if their needs are not met on time..."
"..Thousands of persons from Ralkuli,
Kadakaraichchenai, Senaiyoor, Sampoor, Ilakkanthai, Sudaikuda,
Paddalipuram and Upparu in the Trincomalee district have been displaced
due to the ongoing air, sea, and ground attacks by the Security Forces
of Government of Sri Lanka. The IDPs affected by the previous week�s
communal violence are also streaming into LTTE controlled areas from the
government controlled areas. The number of IDPs has passed the 30,000
mark and continues to rise. Due to extensive and continuous shelling and
bombing the relief and rescue efforts are being severely hampered and
travel to the affected areas to carry out humanitarian work has been
"..More than fifteen thousand Tamil people of about
four thousand and five hundred families from Chenaiyoor,
Kaddaiparichchan, Koonitheivu, Soodaikuda, Kadatkaraichenai,
Santhoshapuram and several hamlets in the Muttur east Wednesday morning
gathered in the village Pattalipuram in Muttur east fearing of more air
strike and artillery fire. These families started walking toward
Pattalipuram while SLAF Kfir jet resumed its bombing 26 April,
Wednesday early morning.." more
reports from Muttur east in Trincomalee district 26 April, Wednesday
morning said at least twelve bodies of Tamil civilians including men,
women and children killed in Tuesday evening air strike by Kfir jets,
and artillery attack by Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) and Sri Lanka Army (SLA)
were recovered from Muttur east area. More casualties are expected from
Tuesday attack by government troops, a NGO source in the affected area
said. Five bodies have been identified as belonging to K. Meiyan and his
two year old son Meiyan Kishanthan, Ms Nagiah Rukmani, Ms Pathiniyan
Nagamma and Ms Veerapathiran Pagawathipillai. All were from Sampoor,
Muttur east, according to civil sources.
The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) launched air strike on several villages
in the LTTE held Muttur east village Tuesday evening following the bomb
attack on Lt.General Sarath Fonseka, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army
(SLA) in Colombo.
Three-pronged attack launched by the SLA, SLAF and Sri Lanka Navy on
Muttur east villages commenced around 5.30 evening Tuesday ceased around
10 p.m. in the night. But the attack resumed around midnight Tuesday for
about an hour, civil sources said.
Groups of people searching for causalities in the Tuesday attacks said
at least twelve bodies of Tamil civilians were recovered so far. The
death toll is expected to increase. Large number of injured is seeking
treatment in Sampoor government hospital where acute shortage medical
facilities prevail, sources said."
"Bodies of 12 victims, all
Tamils were counted so far in Kadatkaraichenai, Kaddaiparichaan,
Senaiyoor and Eachilampatrai. Bodies of women and children were also
found among the dead. Many are wounded. Damage to property is extensive.
In the air-attack on a Muslim village in Muthur, a Muslim was killed and
9 wounded. On Tuesday alone, the SL Forces had bombed at least in 150
"The armed Forces of Sri Lanka
- Army, Navy and Air Force are conducting a joint-non-stop attack on
Tamil civilian areas in Trincomalee. Dr. Kohona, the Director-General of
the Sri Lanka government Peace Secretariat said the navy shelling and
air strikes should not be counted as violation of CFA. He called it a
fair reply to the suicide bomb blast earlier in the day in Colombo
(on a military target). Condoning the attack on Sampur and adjoining
villages in Trincomalee... the Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat boss
called the attack by state armed forces on its unarmed civilians,
justifiable... The International community, neighbouring India
and the so-called Co-Chairs and the Diplomatic community in Colombo have
not thundered "Halt!" nor denounced the violation of the humanitarian
laws of armed conflict by the Sri Lanka State."
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers
shot and killed five Tamil civilians Tuesday night close to an SLA 51-1
Division camp located at Vatharavathai, 13 km north-east of Jaffna. The
soldiers took the five civilians, a Municipal Council official, an
electrical mechanic, a farmer and two auto-rikshaw drivers, into their
camp and later brought them out to an open terrain and gunned them down,
villagers said. A terror-campaign, let loose on the civilians in Puthur
in October 2005, when the villagers spoiled a rape attempt by the
soldiers, triggered a series of Claymore attacks in Jaffna. Tuesday's
killings come a few hours after Australia commending Colombo for "not
retaliating in kind."
Development/Humanitarian Law Project requests that the
Commission take immediate steps to secure the release of
5114 Tamil women, children and elderly who are trapped
in St. Mary�s Church and school at Kilali near the Sri
Lankan Army�s (the SLA) Elephant Pass military base.
..We fear that the SLA is trying to use them as human
We consider this action by the SLA to be
"hostage-taking" under the Geneva Conventions and hence
a serious violation of humanitarian law. If
they are killed in the course of the armed conflict, the
SLA would be the chargeable party based on its refusal
to let them flee..."
"..Twenty one Tamil civilians were killed
and 35 wounded when the air force carried out a bombing
raid in northeastern Sri Lanka, the International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Thursday (16
September 1999). Fifteen civilians, including women and
children, died during the attack while another six died
in hospital in the district of Mullaitivu on Wednesday,
an ICRC spokesman in Colombo said. He said the bombs
fell just two kilometres away from the ICRC office in
the district of Mullaitivu. "We can confirm that 21
civilians were killed consequent to the air strike at
Manthuvil junction," the spokesman said. "The ICRC
deplores the fact that the air strikes were carried out
in a civilian area."
In a letter to
President Chandrika, Batticaloa MP Joseph
Pararajasingham says, "despite many written complaints
to her, indiscriminate shelling of populated areas
According to reports, 75 civilians were killed and over
185 were injured in 1998 in security force attacks."
"Sri Lanka is using
civilians as a human shield for transporting troops
and materials to and from the war zone, a Tamil
parliamentarian alleged ... The government thinks
security personnel may have more cover if they are
transported with civilians in the same ship or aircraft.
"On 9 June, under cover of the
press censorship, Sri Lanka launched a calculated
bombing raid on Tamil villages in the Mullaitivu
District... The attack
launched by Sri Lanka follows an earlier pattern. On 22
the Sri Lanka airforce bombed the Nagar Kovil school
within hours of Sri Lanka imposing a Press Censorship.
The British Refugee Council,
Sri Lanka Monitor
commented on that occasion: "Hours after the Sri Lanka
government imposed military censorship on press
reporting ... on 21 September, aircraft bombed a Jaffna
school yard crammed with 750 children on their lunch
break, killing 34 and seriously injuring over 150
"Are the denial of adequate and
available food and the denial of adequate and available
medicine and medical supplies violations of human rights
law? This Essay demonstrates that such denials are not
only violations, but are quite serious violations of
basic human rights. Such denials of food or medicine and
medical supplies tend to be among the most egregious
types of human rights violations, since those who can
least afford to suffer tend to be victims... As the
authoritative commentary by the International Committee
of the Red Cross (ICRC} adds, the duty to respect and
protect the wounded and sick is "a categorical
imperative which cannot be restricted.
Therefore, the intentional withholding of medicine and
medical supplies from LTTE controlled areas, as
recognised by the State Department, is a clear violation
of common Article 3 and a war
"..Military operations have damaged 80%
of the 176,300 houses in the peninsula. Over 17,000
houses have been completely destroyed.... A number of
houses and schools are occupied by the Army. People
complain that a large number of trees, including coconut
and palmyrah trees providing livelihood, are being cut
down for military use..."
"Another humanitarian crisis is
looming as Sri Lankan forces shell and aerial-bomb Tamil
border villages on the edges of Vavuniya and Mannar
districts in their latest offensive. Heavy artillery
fire is raining down on a number of villages causing
civilians to flee in massive waves.."
" I have been
struggling in my mind against the conclusion that
the SL government is trying to kill or terrorize as many
Tamil people as possible; that the government is trying
to keep the conditions of the war
unreported internationally, because if those conditions
were reported, the actions of the military would be
perceived as so deplorable that foreign nations would
have no choice but to condemn them. And this would be
embarrassing to everybody. But it seems now that no
other conclusion is possible... "
"When we first head the noise of the
jets, we ran into the air-raid shelters which had been
dug into the ground. Two bombs exploded near our bunker.
I fainted. When I regained consciousness, I found my
father had had his head blown off. My sister's body had
been torn apart and pieces of her child were near by. "
"...you are actually steamrollering
through the area. Step by step. Do a certain distance
first, then clean up, converge on the next one. Any
building from which resistance comes or where there is
likely to be resistance, bring it down with air bombing
or with tank fire. You clean up. But then as you pass --
you're leaving behind rubble as you go. So that was the
other problem for which they have resorted to
censorship so that this doesn't come out. .. they
have made sure that there is no adverse publicity (world
opinion, the press, doesn't know what is happening
there, because it's all controlled). .."
"The military's artillery shell machine
at Neerveli was switched on at 3.00 AM. on the 29th, and
the frequency of shelling (sometimes four to six shells
were blasted within a single minute) was so frightening
that most of the staff ran for its safety to the
University that was already crowded with people rushing
from Uduvil, Marutanamadam, Enuvil, Urumpurai, Urelu,
Kokkuvil, Kondavil, Kulappiddy and other villages of the
Valigamam area. A Supersonic and two Puccara bombers
began encircling the Tirunelveli-Kondavil area and
suddenly began to fire rockets, the impact of which was
like a powerful strike of lightening and thunder.More
than ten persons died in and around Tirunelveli, among
them three children belonging to one family..."
"Hours after the Sri Lanka government
imposed military censorship on press reporting of its
bitter and unpredictable war... on 21 September,
aircraft bombed a Jaffna school yard crammed with 750
children on their lunch break, killing 34 and seriously
injuring over 150 others. Two surgeons from French
medical agency Medecins Sans Frontierers (MSF) worked
through the night at Point Pedro's Manthikai hospital
carrying out 22 amputations, four cases of both legs.
Ten of the amputees were under 12. The LTTe says 71
Tamil civilians were killed in bombing raids in
Nagarkoil and Vadamaratchy areas in a 24 hour period.
Military sources first denied the attack then claimed
Nagaroil was a Sea Tiger base where LTTE cadre had
gathered to honour Tiger martyr Thileepan..
Civilians are unidentifiable from the air - unless
perhaps there are 750 of them all dressed in spotless
white school uniforms."
"..Bombing by high flying supersonic
jets continue to cause considerable civilian casualties�
Sustained shelling from the Palaly army camp has
compelled tens of thousands of Tamils to leave their
homes. Several houses have been flattened. At the
sametime the Sri Lanka Government has imposed an
economic blockade on the transport of goods to the Tamil
homeland including essential food items and medical
supplies.The actions of the Sri Lanka armed forces are a
clear contravention of the Geneva Convention relating to
non international armed conflicts.."
"Having dropped leaflets asking the
people to move to places of worship the Sri Lanka air
force there after attacked the places of worship where
Tamil civilians had sought refuge. St.Peters Church and
St.Peters School in Navaly at a great distance away from
the line of battle and where hundreds had sought shelter
was deliberately bombed on 9 July 1995."
"Thirteen babies were among the 65 dead found under the
rubble of a Catholic church bombed by the Sri Lankan air
force, an International Committee of the Red Cross
(ICRC) official said.."
"Indiscriminate and continual night
shelling on 9, 10 and 11 July of Kokuvil, Thalayady,
Maruthanamadam, Thavadi, Uduvil, Manipay, Anaicottai,
Sangarathai, Vaddukodai, and Navaly areas led tens of
thousands of Tamil civilians to evacuate their homes.
During certain periods shells were fired at the rate of
almost one per minute... During the first six days of
the onslaught, 245 Tamil civilians including almost one
hundred women and children were killed"
"The Batticaloa (Tamil) civilians are
being used as Claymore mine detectors by the (Sri Lanka)
forces. The farmers in the Vantharamulla area are being
forced to walk ahead of the soldiers and sometimes even
asked to dig with bare hands for buried mines, the
Batticaloa TULF M.P. K.Thuraisingham told the 'Sunday
Leader'. "On the
2nd of May I complained to Brigadier Igadagolla who is in charge of
the Kalkudah district about these human rights
Also some farmers reported to me that
they were forced to feel the ground for hidden mines
through a hooked wire, a routine task for the
"Reports say 116 people died in the
Jaffna hospital in the Jaffna Hospital, the majority of
septicaemia. Only a fraction of the 300 lorry loads of
food required for 200,000 people has reached
Killinochchi District and reports say the GA has no
reserve food stocks. Kerosene is hard to obtain even at
a high price." - British
Refugee Council Publication, Sri Lanka Monitor
"Sustained shelling from Sri Lanka
Army Camps in the North has compelled over 5000 Tamil
civilians to evacuate from their homes in Panipulam and
Chulipuram. In these areas many houses have been badly
"..On 12 November 1993, at about 2.30
p.m. Sri Lankan supersonic jets bombed the safety zone
around the Jaffna Hospital. The bombs were dropped
within 50 yards of the main entrance to the Hospital.
This area is under ICRC control. Doors, windows and
tiles of the Hospital were broken and fell in pieces.
The outer wall of the OPD came tumbling down. Glass
shutters of some vehicles within the hospital were
shattered. Two security guards of the hospital, a Red
Cross volunteer worker, and an infant in the hands of a
woman who rushed into the hospital for safety were
"Following the overrunning of the
Pooneryn camp by the LTTE on 11 November 1993, on the
morning of 12 November at about 8.30 a.m. Sri Lanka
supersonic planes bombed the Jaffna Secretariat
premises. The first bomb hit the Kacheri and splinters
caused injury to Mr.K.Manickavasagar, the Government
Agent who was at his desk attending to his duties. As
the shrapnel hit Mr.Manickavasagar he ran out of his
room and down the stairs to reach the lower floor..."
"..On Friday, 26 November Sri Lanka
Airforce jet dropped two bombs at Kalasalai Road in
Thirunelvely. The houses of Sivapatham and Vijayaratnam
were badly damaged. Immediately after this attack the
supersonic jet targeted the Sri Ramakrishna Saratha
Ladies College in Kokuvil. The Vice Principal of the
school , Mrs. T.Sri Pathmanathan, a teacher and some
students, six in all, were injured. The Science
laboratory was damaged..."
"..At about 8.40 a.m on Monday, 28
December 1993, two Sri Lanka Airforce bombers dropped
five bombs in Alampil, a village in the Manal Aru area.
Five houses were damaged. The Multi Purpose Coop Society
building was completely destroyed. Siyamani Komala (aged
4) and her brother Siyamani Theepan (aged 12) were
killed. Another young girl Priya (aged 18) was also
killed by the attack. Siyamani Jayaranjani (aged 8), a
sister of the deceased Komala and Theepan, and who was
taken to the Killinochchi Hospital, later succumbed to
her injuries and died..."
"On 13 November , Sri Lankan supersonic
bombers attacked St.James Church at Gurunagar at about
7.30 a.m. St.James is one of the largest and oldest
Roman Catholic churches in Jaffna. The church was
completely destroyed. A nursery school nearby, two shops
and ten houses in the neighbourhood were also destroyed.
Ten persons were killed and over 30 injured. Of the dead
three belonged to the same family. The bodies of the
dead were torn and charred. The blown up parts of all
the bodies were collected and buried together. "
religious leaders from the North, belonging to the
Hindu, Christian and Catholic religions... strongly
protest against the actions of the Sri Lankan Air Force
which seems guided by the sole motive of revenge and
striking terror among the Tamil people.Following on the
recent Pooneryn operations, the Air Force has used its
supersonic bombers to bomb the Jaffna Secretariat
killing and injuring several. The Government Agent of
Jaffna, Mr.K.Manickavasagar being one of those injured.
It has bombed a place of worship, the St.James Catholic
Church in Main Street, Jaffna destroying that large and
venerated house of God and killing and injuring several
innocent citizens. It has dropped its bombs within the
protected zone around the Jaffna General Hospital
damaging the hospital and striking panic among the
patients and the public. We have reports that the
hospitals in Killinochchi and Mulaitivu have also been
bombed. The market block in Chavakachcheri has also been
bombed and destroyed..."
"... Over 200 have been killed in air
and navy attacks this year. In one attack in January
which killed 50, a man feigned death while sailors
boarded boats mutilating dead bodies to steal jewellery.
Another 17 people drowned in August when their boat
capsized during shelling. Defence sources in Colombo
usually describe the attacks as clashes with the LTTE.''
'"Daily life in Jaffna is conditioned
by the distant drone of aircraft engines and the run to
the bunkers behind almost every house...Over 1,000
civilians have been killed in the three years bombing of
Jaffna and almost 1,500 have died from gruesome
injuries. Another 1,000 children died needlessly in 1992
because Jaffna hospitals lack basic drugs and medical
equipment to save them� "
"..Last summer (1990), I spent five weeks in Sri
Lanka reporting on the civil war in the North and East.
I am not a scholar of Sub continental politics or
history, nor am I a think tank or development agency
intellectual -- my work is more a glorified form of
visiting with people than anything so respectable. When
in Afghanistan, Kashmir, Amritsar and the Middle East,
my job description has been amended to visiting with
people who are fighting for independence. In my work, I
have seen horrific torture, beatings, bombings and
shootings, but nothing so terrible as I witnessed in Sri
Lanka last year. "
"The Sri Lankan government has begun
bombing and machine gunning civilians in Jaffna and
other cities in the Tamil dominated north after its
failure to contain the rebels from the ground. The
attacks began before dawn on Monday, a day of intensive
fighting. Bombers and Bell helicopter gunships flew
sorties of and on throught the day until 9 p.m. The
government forces have been sporadically bombing the
outskirts of the city for several days but Monday was
the first time the centre was the target .."
Christopher Lockwood, reporting in the
"Fifty two villages have been
destroyed in the Trincomalee district in the last two
months by the Sri Lankan armed forces according to an
eyewitness who fled the country. The middle aged person
who claims that he was helped by the Sri Lankan
Government to escape from Trincomalee, told PTI many
shops and houses in the district had been razed to the
ground rendering thousands of Tamils homeless in the
Government's bid to "drive away Tamils from the
strategic port town of Trincomalee". The person, a non
Tamil belonging to a group settled in Trincomalee for
generations who wanted to be anonymous said he fled from
the town following the ghastly attack by the Sri Lankan
Home Guards on September 4 in Trincomalee town.
Virtually, the entire town was wiped out in the attack