Colombo Being Cleansed by the Filthy??

Opening Kottu this morning, I come across no less than 8 posts about the eviction of Tamils from Colombo, besides the emails i receive. Clearly it has upset a lot of people and quite understandably at that. The question on all of our minds now, is “bloody hell, what’s next?”  Burghers next maybe? You got to speak the language to live in Colombo? You have to have the right skin tone? Maybe scratch your groin and laugh a certain way? I wouldn’t go so far as Ranil and liken this situation to the one that effected the Jews in WW2, but it is an exceedingly stupid move. (Did I say exceedingly?)

As Indi.ca puts it,

This government is corrupt, inept, and mindless.

The government’s ineptitude maybe debated by nationalists and certain individuals may state that it is logistically impossible  to properly secure Colombo, yet I wonder what sense such persons could make out of such an inhumane move. It is such an obvious move of desperation that I wonder if we might have to conduct tuition classes in diplomacy for our politicians. It is like stubbing your toe on a rock and then kicking the rock because you are mad at it. No terrorist is going to base himself in such obvious locations for instance, and you can’t abuse bus loads of people solely because you might assume one of them is dangerous.

A lot of you bloggers are upset about this incident. And it is a scary situation. Respected Tamil families are selling  their property and leaving the country in fear of the government. I used to think we could do something about the situation in this country. I no longer think so. The PM himself states that military operations will continue till the LTTE is wiped out. And in addition to that, comes the statement:

Prime Minister Wickramanyake also said the government will continue the peace process together with the military operations. 

Now I wonder just how you carry on a peace process while actively attacking the other party. It’s like peeing with your zipper closed (pardon the expression), all you do is cause damage.

Living here saddens me now. Selfishness ruins our country and there is nothing that we could do about it. All that remains of our serendipity is simply… pity.

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27 comments
  1. “bloody hell, what’s next?”… “Yeah, we are a divided nation, divided, not only between the Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims, but also divided among the Sinhalese.

  2. Puligal said:

    Can you spare some tears and angry rants for the Sinhalese and Muslims who cannot live wherever they want in the island of Sri Lanka? They have been denied this right for decades. Will you weep for them too, or do you only like to show yourself off as a “moderate” by your shrill cries when Tamils are targeted?

  3. David said:

    The root cause of all this misery is the LTTE.

  4. JESEN said:

    What is the guarantee of Tamils’ security?

    Asking “if the international community is refusing to make the slightest effort to restrain the Sri Lanka state today, when vicious violence against Tamils is no longer even disguised, then on what basis are we to expect it to do so in future?” the Tamil Guardian newspaper this week argued: “the Rajapakse administration and the international community are together providing the strongest reason as to why Tamils cannot live safely in a Sinhala-dominated Sri Lanka.”
    The text of the Tamil Guardian’s editorial, titled ‘On Our Own’ follows:

    Despite the intense internationalization of Sri Lanka’s conflict in the past few years, the ongoing deterioration of the human rights situation in the island seems inexorable. For decades international human rights organizations have lamented the culture of impunity that has allowed disappearances, extra-judicial killings, torture and sometimes rape to become a matter of routine in the island state. But the massive international intervention that accompanied the Norwegian peace initiative since 2001 promised implicitly, and sometimes explicitly, that such abuse was in Sri Lanka’s sordid past. However the past 18 months have amply demonstrated that human rights is a meaningless concept in this bloody island. Instead it is defence of the Dharma that remains the Sinhala state’s raison d’etre.

    Some argue that today sovereignty is not a state’s absolute right, but conditional on its responsibility. It is international pressure – either moral or tangible in the form of sanctions – that is the guarantee of a state’s respect of human rights. This implies a responsibility on the international community to ensure abusive states are held to account. But leading members of the international community involved in Sri Lanka are doing precisely the opposite: funding, arming, advising and supporting the Rajapakse regime’s brutality. The logic of the ‘war on terror’ is being prioritized over protection of international humanitarian and human rights norms. In other words, in the interests of destroying the Liberation Tigers, anything goes.

    Of course each international actor vehemently rejects it is condoning or encouraging the Rajapakse administration’s violence. The Western states seek cover behind the logic of sovereignty and blame the ‘unlikeminded’ states for the supposed impossibility of restraining Sri Lanka by sanctions. In the meantime, countries like US and UK use the opportunity provided by renewed high-intensity conflict in Sri Lanka to sell arms.

    This week two Red Cross workers were murdered. The killers picked the victims up from the middle of Colombo city and dumped their bodies elsewhere. At the same time, in the interests of ‘national security’ Tamil neighbourhoods and houses in the sealed capital are being turned over by the security forces. The Police Chief has ordered Tamils who ‘have no reason’ to be in Colombo to get back to the Northeast or Upcountry areas. Bodies are dumped daily by roads and villages across the government-controlled Northeast and in parts of the South. The international community is not only aware of all this, they have a grandstand seat from which to view the bloodletting.

    This contradiction has important lessons for the Tamil people. Since 2001, the panacea for Sri Lanka’s ills has been ‘federalism.’ There is, of course, no body for this shell concept. But we are told that we will not be ‘allowed’ to have an independent state, so we’d better settle for something short. The Sinhalese are told they have to ‘share power’ but are to be assured the Tamils will be contained. We have ‘grievances’ and ‘aspirations’ the Sinhalese are told. But the core problem – the Sinhala dominated state is brutalizing and scattering our people, dismembering and colonizing our homeland and erasing our community’s cohesiveness – is reduced to one of ‘unresolved conflict.’

    The question now for the Tamils is a simple one: what is the guarantee of our security in the future? If the international community is refusing to make the slightest effort to restrain the Sri Lanka state today, when vicious violence against Tamils is no longer even disguised, then on what basis are we to expect it to do so in future? The present Sri Lankan state is frail and utterly dependent on foreign aid for its very functioning. Yet we are expected to believe that a Sri Lankan state reinvigorated by the kind of international aid that a peace process alone will bring will be more likely to be responsive to international counsel. That is the basis on which we are to accept a federal solution – i.e. accept the disarming of the LTTE.

    In short, the Rajapakse administration and the international community are together providing the strongest reason – beyond the question of the right to self-determination – as to why Tamils cannot live safely in a Sinhala-dominated Sri Lanka. There will always be the possibility of vicious rulers like Rajapakse – and the President’s steadily rising popularity amongst the Sinhalese is a solid indicator of the state of ethnic relations today. And international interests will always favour the state over the Tamils. The case for international intervention to restrain the Sri Lankan state cannot be made more clearly than by today’s developments. Therefore, the question now is: in the face of international indifference, what options are the beleaguered Tamils left with?

  5. Deane said:

    dont be stupid puligal, this is the government we are talking about. the supposed democratic government, not some terror organisation. or is there no difference now?

  6. JESEN said:

    SINHALA FUNDAMENTALIST TERRORISTS’ FIRST ETHNIC CLEANSING STARTED IN 1915 AGAINST MUSLIMS IN KANDY.
    PLEASE READ THE NEWS.

    http://www.nitharsanam.com/?page=riot_1915

    1915 Major Sinhala-Muslim riot took place. In June, Sinhala Budhist-Muslim riots in Ceylon. Riots spread from the central province to the western and northwestern provinces.

    There were heavy casualities amongst the Muslims. According to available records, 146 Muslims were killed and 405 Muslims were injured and 62 Muslims women have been raped by major Sinhalese. Nearly 85 mosques were damaged and more than 4,075 Muslin-owned shops were looted by the Sinhala rioters.

    THEN THE SINHALA FUNDAMENTALIST NAZI SRILANKA RESUMED THEIR ETHNIC CLEANSING OF TAMILS AND MUSLIMS IN 1948 AS SOON AS THE BRITISH LEFT THE ISLAND AND IN 1998, IN KALLOYA IN THE EAST WHERE FIRST POST-INDEPENDENCE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF TAMILS AND MUSLIMS CARRIED OUT BY THE SRILANKAN GOVERNMENT, ALL THE SRILANKAN SINHALA POLITICAL PARTIES WITH THE MEDIEVIL SO CALLED BUDDHIST MONKS WERE ON THE SAME PLATFORM TO CELEBERATE THE 50 YEARS ANNIVERSARY OF ETHNIC CLEANSING OF TAMILS AND MUSLIMS.

    PLEASE REFER THE SRILANKAN CENSUS SINCE 1948 TO DATE TO SEE THE HORRIFIC SYATEAMTIC PATTERN OF ETHNIC CLEANSING OF MAINLY TAMILS AND MUSLIMS FROM NORTH WEST(PUTTALAM AND CHILABAM), NORTH EAST(KOKILLAI, MANAL AARU AND NAYAARU), EAST(TRINCOMALLEE, KANTHALAI, SERUVIL, THIRIYAI, SAMPOOR, AMPARAI, BATTICOLA, ETC) AND THE NORTH CENTRAL(MATHAVACHI AND SOME PARTS OF VAVUNIYA).

    IN 1948, JUST UNDER 0.5% SINHALESE IN THE EAST ALONE BUT NOW GROWN TO MASSIVE 40% WHILE TAMILS SHRINKED FROM 89% TO 33% IN TH EAST ALONE.

    SRILANKA IS THE NAZI SINHALA FUNDAMENTALIST TERRORIST STATE WHERE ALMOST ALL THE SINHALA POLITICIANS COMMITTING CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY AND MUST BE TRIED FOR GENOCIDE LIKE SERBIAN POLITICIANS UNDER MILLOSOVIC ASAP TO SAVE THE HUMANITY.

  7. JESEN said:

    Tamils Evicted: By Professor Aaron Rajah, San Diego, California.

    http://www.tamilinsight.com/index.php?news=3522

    The Gestapo regime, with their ruthless evictions of the Jewish in Germany, inspired some modern day dictators and police forces throughout world history. In the context of Sri Lanka ethnic cleansing the Gestapo regime looked like boy scouts as the organized killing fields of ethnic Tamil minorities continued unabated. Leading up to the killings, the mass eviction took place, thus Sri Lanka had now become the poster child for the new world to follow in the quest of ethnic cleansing. In this article we have compiled some striking similarities and differences between the Gestapo regime and the current armed forces of Sri Lanka, as well as, a much-needed warning to the Colombo based Tamils.

  8. Rohan said:

    I think Ranjith Wijewardene’s point about a divided Sri Lanka is true, and this is something that is very serious. A country divided in its moral image and in its resolution is not a strong country. A lot of things don’t make sense to me in this Government. A lot of things contradict and I can’t stand it. This is not the Sri Lanka I know…

  9. Puligal said:

    Well Deane the UNP signed a ceasefire with the LTTE on equal terms. There was no distinguishing there and that still stands. I find it amusing how people are screaming about this eviction of 300 Tamils but no one has said anything about the thousands upon thousands of Muslims evicted from Jaffna or the fact that large parts of Sri Lanka have been out of bounds for the Sinhalese and Muslims simply because they are not Tamil.

  10. Deshaya said:

    The act of murder is rampant in the Bible. In much of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, there are laws that command that people be killed for absurd reasons such as working on the Sabbath, being gay, cursing your parents, or not being a virgin on your wedding night. In addition to these crazy and immoral laws, there are plenty of examples of the Christian God’s irrationality by his direct killing of many people for reasons that defy any rational explanation such as killing children who make fun of bald people, and the killing of a man who tried to keep the ark of God from falling during transport.

    There are also countless examples of mass murders commanded by God, including the murder of women, infants, and children. Yet millions and millions of people follow this God, including in Sri Lanka.

    Are you going to call them “filthy” too, aljuhara?

  11. Ryan said:

    OMG stop promoting yourself comment! For shame! Just start your own blog already.

  12. rohan said:

    This is the Justification for Tamil Eelam. For the sake of peace lets go for a split.

  13. JESEN said:

    Tamil Nation and Sinhala Nation only UNITED UNDER ONE ADMINISTRATION by the British just 163 years ago and before the British both nations existed separately for more than 2500 years.
    After Independence in 1948 to date, the Sinhala majority shown their lack of governing both nations equally and We Tamils cannot wait another 50 years to lose our people until the Sinhala majority became even handed
    Srilanka already killed more than 120,000 tamils in cold blood and contiuning with impunity. not even one sinhalese punished for those GENOCIDE.

  14. JESEN said:

    SRILANKA DECLARED TAMILEELAM RATHER THAN TAMILS AND LTTE.

    LIKE OUR TAMIL NATIONAL LEADER RT.HON. V.PIRAPAKARAN ONCE SAID THAT TAMILEELAM WILL BE POSSIBLE AND REGAINED BY TAMILS NOT BECAUSE OF TAMILS BUT BECUASE OF SINHALA FUNDAMENTALIST TERRORISTS WHO RUN THE NAZI SRILANKA.

    How to tell Tamils they don’t belong to Sri Lanka?

    Any government in any country can err. But some errors can turn out to be political blunders. Sri Lanka’s startling move to throw out Tamils from numerous lodges in the capital Colombo falls in that category.

    For too long it has been claimed by Sri Lanka’s ruling elite that there cannot be a concept of ‘Tamil homeland’ because more Tamils now live outside of the war zone that is the northeastern province, which was once overwhelmingly Tamil.

    Government leaders would point this out to outsiders gleefully.

    On Thursday, the Sri Lankan police’s high-handed action seemed to prove that the ‘Tamil homeland’ does exist and it does constitute precisely that region the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) wants to secede.

    Citing security reasons, some 500 Tamils staying in the many small lodges in Colombo’s predominantly Tamil areas were ordered to pack up their bags – never mind why they were in the city – and get into buses that took them to Vavuniya in Sri Lanka’s north and Batticaloa in the east.

    Vavuniya and Batticaloa are among the major towns in the island’s northeast, which the Tamils describe as the ‘Tamil homeland’.

    In one stroke, Colombo appeared to prove right the LTTE argument that Sri Lanka is made up of two nations – the Sinhala nation and Tamil nation – and that these two nations can never co-exist.

    No wonder, then, the mass expulsion ignited widespread condemnation, from within and outside Sri Lanka. Mercifully, the Supreme Court ordered a halt to it.

    But the damage has been done – in the minds of ordinary Tamils at least.

    The police argue there may be LTTE agents – even potential suicide bombers – among the Tamils in the lodges. That may well be true. But what is the guarantee that LTTE sleeper agents don’t live elsewhere in Colombo, pretending to be normal law-abiding residents?

    So will all Tamils be made to quit Colombo – as a precaution against terror attacks?

    In the 1980s, as Tamil militancy took root in Jaffna, the authorities decided to ban cycling because Tamil guerrillas were using them to bump off unsuspecting security personnel and pedal away.

    Saturday Review, the now-defunct outspoken Jaffna weekly, had asked: What will happen if the militants take to tri-cycles, will they too be banned?

    And it went on: Should sex be banned because some cheat their spouses?

    Those of us who have lived in Colombo for short and longer durations know that a deep though unfortunate Tamil-Sinhala divide very much exists.

    Indian families who employ Tamils as domestic help intervene occasionally when these men and women get picked up from buses and streets on suspicion of being linked to Tigers and at times end up spending a night or two in police custody.

    Tamil Hindu women are known to take off their ‘bindi’ when they step on to the streets so that it doesn’t mark them out as Tamils.

    I have travelled many times in three-wheeled autos in Colombo whose Tamil drivers would promptly switch off Tamil radios when they near police or military checkpoints. And they would whisper: ‘If they ask who you are, don’t say you are a Tamil. Say you are an Indian, from Delhi.’

    A Sri Lankan army major who ‘raided’ the Colombo house of Indian journalist Nirupama Subramanian asked her, after viewing a photograph of her standing by a LTTE signboard in Batticaloa: ‘So you have been to Tamil Eelam?’ ‘Sorry major,’ she replied, ‘we call it Batticaloa.’

    Sri Lanka is no doubt fighting a very difficult war, and against a very determined and sophisticated enemy. But throwing out Tamils from Colombo lodges, even if the number is only 500, reflects poorly on a society and a government who are expected to prove wrong the LTTE ideology.

    On Thursday, however, as they were forced out of Colombo, many of the Tamils may have asked if they were citizens of Sri Lanka or Tamil Eelam.

  15. curious how some ppl get into hysterical exaggerations when dealing with this.
    sri lanka is at war, accumulation of large number of ppl without identification or a reason for their stay is a security risk. they may not be terrorists, but they are a good cover under which ltte can infiltrate the city, to deny that is to live in a fantasy world.

    you may have your own ideas about that but do you have right to stop anyone from doing something that may save lives? after all police will know more about terrorists than you do. do you agree?

    its is duty of the police to prevent terrorist attacks, and prevent loss of life . as such they have to deal with above situation according to law

    as this is a new measure, law will have to be determined by the court ( as it is now in the process of doing )

    this sort of pushing the boundary of law is common with security apparatus in most democratic countries ( whether it be wire tapping , period of detention, cc tv etc ). so is the appeal to courts to clarify the law.

    to go from this not so extraordinary situation, to hysterical exaggerations ( including claims of ethnic cleansing) is simply absurd .

    this is after all not the first time this happened. as far as blogs go april 2006 was just such a period. too bad most of the exaggerating bloggers have dropped from the view.

    hopefully present lot will be available for ridicule when their claims prove false


    btw are you one those who believe in peace at any cost ? would deny the same justice that was available to those evicted ? as would be the case if ltte continues to rule ? are you going to completely cut off justice from those who were really ethnically cleansed from north ?

  16. JESEN said:

    ONLY LOGICAL WAY OUT BY HOLDING A UN SUPERVISED, MINUS SRILANKAN AUTHORITIES OR LTTE INVOLVEMENT, REFERENDUM AMONG THE TAMILS SUFFERING FROM THE SINHALA FUNDAMENTALIST REGIME, LIKE IN EAST TIMOR OR MONTENEGRO, TO KNOW THE WILL OF TAMIL PEOPLE THAN ALLOW SRILANKA TO CONTINUE GENOCIDE USING THE SO CALLED FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM BY TERRORISING INNOCENT TAMILS BY ETHNIC CLEANSING IN COLOMBO AND SO CALLED LIBERATING TAMILS FROM THEIR OWN COMFORTS OF HOMES IN MAINLY IN THE EAST AND THROW THEM IN THE REFUGEE CAMPS WHERE THE SRILANKAN MILITARY DELIBERATELY STARVING THEM TO DEATH WHILE KILLING THE YOUNG AND ABLE USING THE MILITARY INTELLIGENCE WING COLLUDED WITH PARAMILITARIES LIKE SUDAN DO USING JANJAVEED PARAMILITARIES IN DARFUR.
    AFTER SEVER CRITICISM, THE SRILANKA DOING THE FORCED RESETTLEMENT OF THE REFUGEES NEAR 100S OF NEWLY BUILT SRILANKAN MILITARY CAMPS TO USE THEM AS HUMAN SHIELDS AGAINST ANY LTTE COUNTER ATTACKS AS THEY HAVE ALMOST ALL THE SRILANKAN MILITARY CAMPS, IN AND AROUND NORTH AND EAST, PURPOSELY IN TAMIL OR MUSLIM OR SINHALA RESIDENTIAL AREA IN ORDER TO USE THE CIVILIANS AS HUMAN SHIELD.

  17. JESEN said:

    ETHNIC CLENSING AND THE SINHALA FUNDAMENTALIST MANIACS OF SRILANKAN GOVERNMENTS AND SO CALLED MEDI -EVIL MONKS(SUITABLE NAME -TERRORIST IN ROBES)

    Weird happenings appear to be the norm these days as far as the Sinhala government of Sri Lanka is concerned. This has become more so, ever since the Sinhala Sri Lankans decided that Mahinda Rajapakse was best suited to be their all powerful executive President. Some of them might even consider that they are very lucky, they have not only got Mahinda Rajapakse as their President but have also got his brother Basil Rajapakse as President’s special adviser and Gothabaya Rajapakse, another brother, as the Defence Secretary. One could say they have got ‘three for the price of one’. That, some of them might think is a very good bargain indeed!

    Sadly, there are a fair number of sane Sri Lankans who now think that what they have got are ‘spoilt’ goods well past their ‘sell by date’. The Rajapakse brothers have been running the island government as though it was their personal fiefdom. They have been instrumental in creating ‘war fever’, resulting in an increased purchase of weapons with money the government does not have. They and their sycophants are presiding today, over a once prosperous south Asian country that is fast becoming the Ruwanda of Asia.

    The latest in this farcical episode is the story in the western press this morning that Tamils in the capital city of Colombo are being rounded up and sent off in coaches to the Tamil North and East. Apparently, the Sinhala establishment do not want Tamils in the capital city of what they consider the ‘Sinhala south’.

    Let us examine this argument in greater detail. The world is aware that the freedom fighters of the Tamils in the Tamil country in the North and East of the island that they call Eelam have been fighting for the last 30 years to secede from the rapidly deteriorating Sinhala south of the island. They seek self determination and sovereignty on undeniable historic grounds.

    It is well known that the island was ruled by three western colonial powers from 1658 to 1946. The Portuguese, the first of the colonial powers, overthrew the kingdom of Jaffna and its king along with the Sinhala kings in the low country districts of the south. The English completed the ‘takeover’ of the island when they overcame the Kandyan kingdom of the central highlands and brought the whole island under the rule of a British governor in Colombo. These three colonial powers viz. Portugal, Holland and Britain are today, members of the European parliament. The same European Parliament that decided that the Tamil freedom fighters of the island were ‘terrorists’ for daring to fight for their sovereignty. These three countries at least, were aware when they voted to ban the LTTE, the organisation of the Tamil freedom fighters, on the grounds that they were ‘terrorists’, that this was not true.

    The Sinhala government of Sri Lanka has been waging a 35 year war against the Tamil freedom fighters using an invalid reason in history, that the whole island was Sinhala and that the Tamils were there on sufferance. The war shows no sign of ending while the whole country is down the plughole.

    The latest in this saga that one would call farcical, were it not for the fact that this war has caused terrible human suffering of innocent Tamils, is the almost comical attempt of the Sinhala government of the island to send some Tamils in the city of Colombo, ‘back’ to the north and east of the island.

    Let us examine the latest incident and the ‘reasoning’ (if indeed there was any ‘reasoning’) behind the move of the government that is almost of Gilbert and Sullivan proportions. The government is said to be rounding up Tamils in the city of Colombo, on a random basis, to be sent ‘back’ to the north and the east.

    Clearly, this move of the Sinhala government only goes to support the argument of the Tamil freedom fighters, that the Tamil homeland is in the north and the east, in area that the Tamils call Eelam, and for whose sovereignty the Tamil people have been fighting all these years.

    By their very action, the Sinhala government appear to accept the Tamils’ argument that the North and the East of the island are Tamil country or Eelam. Since this is the case, what are Sinhala soldiers doing in Tamil country? Should not the Sinhala soldiers pack up their bags and go back where they came from. I am sure their families will be happy to see them back. Perhaps, they might be able to use the same coaches that have been bringing Tamils ‘mopped’ up in Colombo, to get back home. For a country that is always on the look out for a bargain like the ‘three for the price of one Rajapaksas’ this seems to be an ideal opportunity to get out of the north and east at minimum expense.

    According to a journalist in one of the British papers this morning, 40% of Colombo’s 600.00 persons are Tamil. Perhaps, the government could start with Tamils who are in Colombo for reasons of personal safety or convenience like Douglas Devananda and his like or camp followers of the renegade Karuna who go east to fight with the Sinhala army but get back to the Sinhala south for rest and recreation (R&R).

    I think that the international community who have shown a passing interest in what is happening in Sri Lanka might encourage the Sinhala government in their ‘bloodless’ ethnic cleansing and assist the Sinhala soldiers who are presently in Tamil country in the north and east to get back home without delay.

  18. JESEN said:

    Hitler’s expulsion of the Jews in Germany and the Tamils
    Human rights activists accused Sri Lanka’s government Friday of imposing a “collective punishment” on its minority Tamil community after forcing hundreds of them out of the capital.

    Activists and opposition politicians said the expulsions from Colombo, a measure the government said was to prevent Tiger terror attacks, had added to the already serious humanitarian crisis and would fan ethnic hatred.

    “Nothing could be more inflammatory in Sri Lanka’s polarised climate than identifying people by ethnicity and kicking them out of the capital,” the New York-based Human Rights Watch said.

    The rights watchdog said Thursday’s operation — an armed police swoop in the dark on temporary lodgings in Colombo — was “blatantly discriminatory and will further fuel the conflict.”

    “Tamil Tiger crimes don’t give the government the right to engage in collective punishment. By evicting thousands of Tamils, the Sri Lankan government is sending the dangerous message that it views most of its Tamil citizens as a threat to security,” Human Rights Watch said.

    Sri Lanka’s defence ministry has insisted the move was necessary to prevent bomb attacks by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who have been fighting for separation from the Sinhalese-majority south of the island since 1972.

    Nine people were killed in and around Colombo, a city of 600,000 people, in two blasts last month. The rebel infiltrators were believed to have used cheap lodgings similar to those targetted in the police raids.

    Officials said more than 350 of the displaced Tamils had sought food and shelter at a public building in the northern town of Vavuniya, which borders rebel-held territory, after a 256 kilometre (160 mile) bus ride.

    “We are helping the new refugees in Vavuniya with food and other facilities together with humanitarian agencies,” said Tamil politician Dharmalingam Sithadthan.

    “These people have no money and nowhere to go.”

    Eight local rights groups also appealed to President Mahinda Rajapakse to immediately halt the expulsions.

    “We call on you, as our head of state, to take all steps available to call an immediate halt to this practice, and to offer facilities of return to Colombo to anyone who has been forcibly removed,” they said.

    Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has already compared the evictions to Hitler’s expulsion of the Jews in Germany

  19. JESEN said:

    How is Sri Lanka’s violence against Tamils to be stopped?

    Despite the intense internationalization of Sri Lanka’s conflict in the past few years, the ongoing deterioration of the human rights situation in the island seems inexorable. For decades international human rights organizations have lamented the culture of impunity that has allowed disappearances, extra-judicial killings, torture and sometimes rape to become a matter of routine in the island state. But the massive international intervention that accompanied the Norwegian peace initiative since 2001 promised implicitly, and sometimes explicitly, that such abuse was in Sri Lanka’s sordid past. However the past 18 months have amply demonstrated that human rights is a meaningless concept in this bloody island. Instead it is defence of the Dharma that remains the Sinhala state’s raison d’etre.

    Some argue that today sovereignty is not a state’s absolute right, but conditional on its responsibility. It is international pressure – either moral or tangible in the form of sanctions – that is the guarantee of a state’s respect of human rights. This implies a responsibility on the international community to ensure abusive states are held to account. But leading members of the international community involved in Sri Lanka are doing precisely the opposite: funding, arming, advising and supporting the Rajapakse regime’s brutality. The logic of the ‘war on terror’ is being prioritized over protection of international humanitarian and human rights norms. In other words, in the interests of destroying the Liberation Tigers, anything goes.

    Of course each international actor vehemently rejects it is condoning or encouraging the Rajapakse administration’s violence. The Western states seek cover behind the logic of sovereignty and blame the ‘unlikeminded’ states for the supposed impossibility of restraining Sri Lanka by sanctions. In the meantime, countries like US and UK use the opportunity provided by renewed high-intensity conflict in Sri Lanka to sell arms.

    This week two Red Cross workers were murdered. The killers picked the victims up from the middle of Colombo city and dumped their bodies elsewhere. At the same time, in the interests of ‘national security’ Tamil neighbourhoods and houses in the sealed capital are being turned over by the security forces. The Police Chief has ordered Tamils who ‘have no reason’ to be in Colombo to get back to the Northeast or Upcountry areas. Bodies are dumped daily by roads and villages across the government-controlled Northeast and in parts of the South. The international community is not only aware of all this, they have a grandstand seat from which to view the bloodletting.

    This contradiction has important lessons for the Tamil people. Since 2001, the panacea for Sri Lanka’s ills has been ‘federalism.’ There is, of course, no body for this shell concept. But we are told that we will not be ‘allowed’ to have an independent state, so we’d better settle for something short. The Sinhalese are told they have to ‘share power’ but are to be assured the Tamils will be contained. We have ‘grievances’ and ‘aspirations’ the Sinhalese are told. But the core problem – the Sinhala dominated state is brutalizing and scattering our people, dismembering and colonizing our homeland and erasing our community’s cohesiveness – is reduced to one of ‘unresolved conflict.’

    The question now for the Tamils is a simple one: what is the guarantee of our security in the future? If the international community is refusing to make the slightest effort to restrain the Sri Lanka state today, when vicious violence against Tamils is no longer even disguised, then on what basis are we to expect it to do so in future? The present Sri Lankan state is frail and utterly dependent on foreign aid for its very functioning. Yet we are expected to believe that a Sri Lankan state reinvigorated by the kind of international aid that a peace process alone will bring will be more likely to be responsive to international counsel. That is the basis on which we are to accept a federal solution – i.e. accept the disarming of the LTTE.

    In short, the Rajapakse administration and the international community are together providing the strongest reason – beyond the question of the right to self-determination – as to why Tamils cannot live safely in a Sinhala-dominated Sri Lanka. There will always be the possibility of vicious rulers like Rajapakse – and the President’s steadily rising popularity amongst the Sinhalese is a solid indicator of the state of ethnic relations today. And international interests will always favour the state over the Tamils. The case for international intervention to restrain the Sri Lankan state cannot be made more clearly than by today’s developments. Therefore, the question now is: in the face of international indifference, what options are the beleaguered Tamils left with?

  20. janusis said:

    Jesen, if you keep copy-pasting large quantities of text, I am going to delete them. Either give us a link to the text and a pertinent sample of text or give us a link to your own blog please..

  21. janusis said:

    @David, it takes two hands to clap. Part of this problem is because of the LTTE, but they are not the complete problem.

    @Puligal, define “large parts of Sri Lanka” Puligal. Last time I checked, The LTTE controlled part of Sri Lanka is not a large percentage. Significant, but not so much as to affect the majority of our real estate interests. It is also not a prime destination for a lot of the Sinhalese. It’s true that a lot of Muslims have been displaced too, but people are talking about it, and trying to do something about it. That is why the Muslim Peace Secretariat was formed.

    @Deshaya, why are you bringing aljuhara into this? Maybe you are mixing up your blogs as you mix up your religion. If you were to get into an Old Testament debate on judgment, this is the wrong post for you to start on. Mosaic Law has many reasons, and you’d need some theology and some history to go into it. Like we have our death penalty, are you going to argue the same points against the Buddhist doctrine of peace too?

  22. janusis said:

    @Sittingnut, for one, I didn’t refer to this incident as ‘ethnic cleansing’ but I did say it was a stupid move. As for the police knowing more about terrorists, that is relative and quite debatable. After all, this conflict has been going on for over two decades.

    “this sort of pushing the boundary of law is common with security apparatus in most democratic countries”

    What may be “common” is not not necessarily right. When security measures are inadequate or even difficult to impose, it is not right to abuse a section of the population solely out of paranoia. There are old sick men in jail right now, put there solely for not having ‘specific’ reasons for being in Colombo.

    You seem to pride your self on being ‘right’ and being around to ridicule those ‘hysterical’ bloggers. Well, glad you are around when these ‘hysterical’ bloggers are proved right. The Gvt admitted that the eviction of the Tamils were a mistake. http://www.dailymirror.lk/2007/06/11/front/1.asp

    I for one, am a person who wishes peace. The road to which, is not as simplistic as your questions, nor is it as easy as typing out your posts, but it is nonetheless preferable to killing and abusing people, whatever the ethnicity.

  23. yes you did not use the words ethnic cleansing but you implied that this was based on ethnicity and/or can become quite arbitrary. do you now think otherwise ?

    as you say, whether you or i know better than the police about the terrorist is a subjective judgment. however whether you like it or not they have caught some terrorists and bombs and saved lives even though “this conflict has been going on for over two decades”

    i do not understand what you mean by “solely out of paranoia”, have you not seen ppl killed ?

    “Well, glad you are around when these ‘hysterical’ bloggers are proved right”
    really ? quite apart from of your asking government to prove you right ( government statements does not prove anything, they merely state its opinion in the same way you state your opinion. to prove something you have to have facts ) , none of your or any others exaggerations were proved right .

    “I for one, am a person who wishes peace. The road to which, is not as simplistic as your questions, nor is it as easy as typing out your posts, but it is nonetheless preferable to killing and abusing people, whatever the ethnicity.”
    everyone wishes for peace and road to peace is difficult ( in the same way that securing colombo is difficult and not simple) , nobody disputes that .
    but that is not the point . point is whether you will buy peace at the cost of other’s rights ( whatever the road ) or what kind of peace you prefer ( do you wish a peace where innocent are killed with impunity ). and whether the kind of peace you wish for is compatible with ltte.
    it is your opinion that i ask, since you are so free with your opinion here, as you have a perfect right to be.

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