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Mar-15-2012 05:52printcommentsVideo

Channel-4 Documentary Proves Sri Lanka Committed War Crimes

Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished - more evidence, fewer doubts about a terrible violation of people - watch it right now.

civilians in the Vanni who were bombarded after the Sri Lanka govt. directed them into so-called 'safe zones'.
The woman in this photo has part of her leg blown off, she is one of many civilians in the Vanni who were bombarded after the Sri Lanka govt. directed them into so-called 'safe zones'. ethiri.com

(SALEM / LONDON) - Did Sri Lanka send its army into the northern Tamil region to massacre people three years ago over a smoldering, protracted religious and cultural war, slaughtering countless people, particularly, by bombing them inside safe-zones?

Rajapaksa brothers, from top left:
Majinda, Chamal, Gotabhaya and Basil

Only if you believe the mounting evidence.

It couldn't come at a worse time for the Sri Lanka government led by President Majinda Rajapaksa and his brothers: Gotabhaya the Defense Secretary, Basil the Presidential Advisor, and Chamal, the nation's Ports and Aviation Minister.

They may think they have it all wrapped up and this family does in many respects, but Sri Lanka has been in Geneva facing war crime charges and this new program might push anything the Rajapaksa clan has left in its defence, right over the edge.

Their denials of well-documented facts about this period that left so many civilians dead, have shaken the nation's credibility.

It is a fact that most of the journalists who were understanding of the Tamil position, many Sinhalese included; disappeared or were murdered.

Tough to watch, this video captures the Genocide in motion,
Tamil civilians and SLA bombs, gunfire, women, children.

But the government didn't consider everything.

They didn't think about the small video and still cameras that, in the hands of the victims, and then the soldiers, tell the whole, undeniable and very ugly story.

Jon Snow reveals that a good portion of the video and early photos from the bombed 'safe zones' were taken in an area they had set up to provide UN aid.

Victims, all civilians, including women and children, were torn to pieces by shrapnel and to this day, the Sri Lankan government denies that any civilians died, making it a proof positive joke in terms of even a remote desire for honesty. They find themselves above it. The UN teams on the ground said that they were 100% certain that the Sri Lanka government forces were delivering the bombs and that is not just a war crime, but one of the worst kinds.

In a frantic state, the UN crews called officials in Colombo and their message was delivered to, among other officials, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse. Bear in mind the United Nations team was in the center of the 'safe zone'.

A short time after the calls to Colombo were placed, the shelling moved away from the UN camp and began striking targets about 100 meters away. This is proof positive that the shelling of the safe zone was utterly intentional.

Much of this material was released to Salem-News.com and published in the US, and a great deal of it was first shown by London's Channel-4 which really did usher this terrible Genocide out of the shadows.

Prof. William Schabas is a Human Rights Lawyer.

With regard to the civilians being shelled, the Channel-4 program features U.S. Professor William Schabas, a Human Rights Lawyer, who says the evidence could lead to bigger problems than Sri Lanka has now.

We know at the highest levels of government military in Sri Lanka, that they were aware of the attack" "And the military activities were adjusted, clearly in response to this. "There's no doubt they haved questions to answer, and that if that episode is properly studied, and the presumptions are borne out by more evidence, we're talking about the possibility of criminal charges

In fact Channel-4 and presenter Jon Snow were heavily criticized by the Sri Lankan government over the first program, Sri Lanka's Killing Fields, which exposed the revolting crimes of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) against the Tamil civilians in the north, enemies in an ethnic culture war that began with the country's independence in 1948, and then raged in a civil war that culminated in the Genocide of 2009.

Sri Lankan officials claimed that the photos and footage of their soldiers murdering armed captives, joking about their dead rape victims, and pounding civilians with heavy artillery in so-called safe zones that the SLA directed them into, were all fake, and that claim was disproved by investigators with the UN.

The popular line is always that the killers (in SLA uniforms) are actually resistance cadres from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and that the victims are SLA soldiers, this is not the case.

I wrote a story last week, Sex Abuse and Murder in Sri Lanka- New Photos Emerge, about newly released images showing young Tamil women who were rape victims; in the images they had already been killed. The story brought this comment; sorry for the language but I want to let the venom flow across:

    From Jeganathan March 14, 2012 9:43 am

    "Red Dye must be very expensive next time try to match color to find the real color of Red Blood you fuck off I am living in sri Lanka I have seen the fucking massacare that your mother fucker Punda prabakaran has done putting bombs in Busssess trains shops temple schools Banks channel 04 fucking bastards and Hillery cant deceive the international community like this we seen real massacare in Afgan sri lanka irq what American forces and LTTE has done.Saints are not appearing in this images All are LTTE Diaspora actress they are playing a drama our Mahinda will catch all the bastards behind this drama very soon he is most smartest guy in the world you remember that."

It is a fairly average example of what I have to put up with as a writer and news editor who engages these subjects on a daily basis, knowing that some things in life are hard to prove and understand, other cases, like this one... not so hard.

Getting under the skin of Genocide advocates is the least we can do.

It is always important to remember that many people in Sri Lanka who are Sinhalese do not in any way endorse or agree with what the government did.

In James Walton's review of the new Channel-4 documentary: Sri Lanka's Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished, Channel 4, review, in The Telegraph, the reader quickly learns that the news team covered their bases, better than before, and the evidence is tight.

Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished (Channel 4) was a follow-up to last year’s harrowing film about the end of the war against the Tamil Tigers — a film that came complete with footage of shelled hospitals and summary executions. Faced with the resulting global outrage, the Sri Lankan government promised a full inquiry. So, has it now admitted the truth?

The answer, you might not be startled to hear, is no. An official report has acknowledged for the first time that civilians died — but not that this was in any way the government’s fault. Last night, Jon Snow promised evidence both of more war crimes and of President Rajapaksa’s responsibility for them. In neither case did he break his word.

For a while, it felt as if the programme was proceeding almost too carefully. (At one point, a forensic pathologist was asked to study photographs of mutilated citizens so as to confirm that their injuries were “consistent with shelling”.) But the reason for such caution was soon clear. The original film had been denounced in Sri Lanka as a sloppy piece of reporting. Here, so little was left to chance that any similar objections will surely be impossible to sustain, although, as we saw when the Sri Lankan government was given the right to reply, that didn’t stop them trying.

Certainly by the end, there seemed no doubt that the government had indeed set up special no-fire zones for Tamil civilians — and then fired on them with heavy weaponry. According to a secret UN report, the “probability” that the government had done the shelling was “100 per cent”.

Even so, anybody hoping for the triumph of natural justice was in for a disappointment. When we last saw President Rajapaksa, he was cheerfully greeting the Queen at last year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Australia. He also looked pretty happy that the next conference will be held in Sri Lanka.

From: Sri Lanka's Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished, Channel 4, review - Telegraph

Now, with no further delay, the brand-new Channel-4 documentary, Sri Lanka's Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished:

Sri Lanka and Notorious Rajapaksa Brothers ( Mahinda, Gotabhaya,Basil & Chamal )

Tim King's previous Salem-News.com reports on Sri Lanka:

Mar-11-2012: War Crime Court and its Conflicting Interests

Mar-08-2012: Sex Abuse and Murder in Sri Lanka- New Photos Emerge

Mar-02-2012: A Very Uncivil War - Ghastly Images- Gross Detail and Denial of Sri Lanka's Genocide

Feb-28-2012: Americans Praise Sri Lankan Politicians who Orchestrated Genocide

Feb-28-2012: Tweets from Tamil Eelam

Feb-24-2012: Two of Sri Lanka's Foulest War Crimes

Feb-19-2012: Will Another Documentary on Sri Lanka's Genocide Impact the Geneva Human Rights Session?

Feb-08-2012: The Questionable Effectiveness of Lighting Yourself on Fire

Feb-03-2012: Sri Lanka's Independence Day- a Black Day for Tamil Eelam

Jan-11-2012: While UN Claims Zero Tolerance, No Discipline of Sri Lankan Abusers in Haiti

Dec-28-2011: Why Was a Red Cross Manager on Vacation from Gaza Murdered in Sri Lanka?

Nov-24-2011: Fear, Genocide and Torture in Sri Lanka

Nov-21-2011: London Calling: Time for Sri Lanka's Release of Post-Conflict Report

Nov-11-2011: Ode to a Humble Hero of Sri Lanka: Dr Brian Senewiratne

Oct-15-2011: Genocide 101: World and Media Apathy

Oct-08-2011: Sri Lanka Joins Israel in Naval Attacks on Unarmed Fishermen

Oct-05-2011: War and its Aftermath... a Real Killer for Tourism

Oct-01-2011: Sri Lanka in the Crosshairs of Canadian Parliament

Sep-13-2011: Sri Lanka Recalls Diplomat Accused of War Crimes

Aug-31-2011: 'No Song and Dance' Over Sri Lanka War Crime Admissions

Jul-25-2011: Former Sri Lanka President's Children 'Reacted With Anguish' to Tamil Genocide Program

Jul-22-2011: M.I.A. - A Beautiful Reflection of the Besieged Tamils of Sri Lanka

Jul-17-2011: 44 Prisoners Join Hunger Strike at Vavuniya Prison in Sri Lanka

Jul-14-2011: The Bush Administration's Role in Sri Lanka's Tamil Genocide

Jul-13-2011: Fields Should be for Sports, not Genocide... Sri Lanka

Jun-29-2011: Sri Lanka Continues Genocide, Thumbing Nose at UN and World

Jun-20-2011: Sri Lanka's Violence Toward Tamil Minority Continues

Jun-18-2011: 'International Day in Support of Victims of Torture'Remember the Tamil Genocide

Jun-17-2011: European Tourists Waylaid in Sri Lanka, Resurgence of 'White Van' Crime

Jun-15-2011: Tamil Genocide Explored in Sri Lanka's Killing Fields

Jun-02-2011: UN Experts: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide Video is Real

May-31-2011: New Song 'Depression' - Graphic Truth of Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide

May-31-2011: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide: Killing the Messenger

May-03-2011: Confronting the Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka

Apr-27-2011: Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka Emerges Into Public View

Apr-22-2011: World Ignores Genocide of Sri Lanka's Tamil Population

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Tim King in 2008, covering the Iraq War

Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer

Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine.

Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from The Associated Press the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs, Electronic Media Association and The Red Cross In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005.

Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim's life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 20+ countries and regions.

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Ganesan March 16, 2012 4:20 am (Pacific time)

Rajapaksa and his brothers Majinda, Chamal, Gotabhaya and Basil Raja Paksa are the worst war criminals of in the world should be brought to justice or shot dead without mercy followed by those SLA soldiers and civil servants directly involved in maiming innocent Tamils..


Geetha Iyer March 15, 2012 10:31 pm (Pacific time)

Bullshit...this is what we asking...why did srilankan government evacuate press, Redcross, UN from war zone. 3 years gone most of the evidences destroyed with help of china, pakistan, india. Now we know india is dealing with Srilanka on Mannar Oil Drilling issue instead of not supporting US resolution on UN. A Big Geopolitics game going on Indian Ocean. That is what most of the asia and african countries supporting Srilanka.


SidLiy March 15, 2012 7:06 am (Pacific time)

Two words Bull Sh!t, LTTE WAS a terrorist militia, They killed civil tamils and sinhalese alike. These articals and the Channel 4 made up "documentaries" are whats left of it. If you want to know the truth come to Sri Lanka and ask the first person you meet.

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