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SRI LANKA’s KILLING FIELDS

June 16, 2011 , , , , , ,

The Human Rights Council in Geneva convened to view a special hour long Channel 4 film, “Sri Lank’s Killing fields”. The film provided video evidence of atrocities committed by the Sri Lankan army and LTTE ( Tamil Tigers) during the final months of the Sri Lankan MIlitary Offensive in the Northern Tamil region of Sri Lanka.

Jon Snow presents an investigative documentary about events that transpired in the final weeks of the 30 year civil war between the government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tiger rebels. The film is available on online, a simple google search will lead you to one of the many uploads. Be warned the film has horrific disturbing and very distressing visuals, descriptions and inhuman executions. It is appalling and disgusting that this is happening in a land that practices buddhism.

Captured on mobile phones, both by Tamils under attack and government soldiers as war trophies, the disturbing footage shows: the extra-judicial executions of prisoners; the aftermath of targeted shelling of civilian camps; and dead female Tamil fighters who appear to have been raped or sexually assaulted, abused and murdered. Source: http://www.channel4.com

A week ago, I watched the film, “A film unfinished” . It documents some of the worst horrors of our times and exposes the efforts its perpetrators, to propel their agenda and cast their actions in a favorable light. The haunting images of helpless starving people, who were pawns in the hands of Nazi were reviewed and dissected by historians to understand the intentions behind the filming and archiving of these atrocities by the Nazis.

The United Nations was specifically created at the end of world war II precisely to prevent such inhuman treatment of powerless people by people of authority. But, we the world community continue to wait and watch the atrocities as an after thought. We let Rwanda happen, Darfur happen and have allowed the Tamil’s to perish even though they send SOS to the entire world and their diaspora stepped out and staged huge demonstrations all over the world.

Earlier in April 2011, UN appointed experts concluded that as many as 40,000 people were killed in the final weeks of the war (in Sri Lanka) but the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon refused to launch investigation into the credible allegations of war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan forces. (UN REPORT)

Channel 4 made and broadcast this film to share with the world, the presence of powerful evidence and urge the international community to act and provide long over due justice for the Tamil people of Sri Lanka.

If the UN and the international community fail to act, What will the consequences be? Do we need to have an United Nations that leaves the country at the time of crisis and fails to act even in the presence of numerous evidence? How can reconciliation happen in the absence of justice. Is it wrong for the people to find their own ways to seek justice and peace?

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  1. TRIALS AND CATHARSIS | Real Talkies reblogged this and added:

    […] the wake of Channel 4′s Sri Lanka’s killing fields will the Tamils ever see such a trial in Sri Lanka or else where to hold accountable those who […]

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