Open Letter to Sinhala President Mahinda Rajapakse
Mr. Sinhala President,
to news reports you have warned the Liberation Tigers of Thamil Eelam (LTTE)
that they would face proscription unless they released all civilians who are
kept against their will. Since you have vowed to “destroy” the LTTE, it is
not understand why you are talking about proscribing the LTTE? It is
unnecessary to impose a ban when the LTTE faces destruction soon by the
Sinhala armed forces. It is clear you have beginning
to soar into the realms of fantasies.
numerous occasions you have made claim that you have been elected by the
Sinhalese – Buddhist constituency and, therefore, you will not betray their
mandate. In keeping with your “Mahintha
Chinthana” you have said No
to Thamil Homeland, No to Thamil people’s right to self determination and No
to Thamil Nation.
Hence, your political
philosophy is no different from
of White supremacist leaders of Apartheid South
long ago your IGP singled out
Constitution of Sri Lanka guarantees all citizens the right to choose their
residence, temporary or permanent, and freedom of movement. However, the IGP
Victor Perera in a statement on June 01, 2008 said that Thamil people could
not remain in
the same time by attempting to banish Thamils from
have been barred from the Northeast for more than thirty months. Thamils live
in fear and hopelessness under the Sinhala occupation army. The EU
parliamentary delegation visiting
The New York based Genocide Prevention Project issued a damning new report released to mark World Human Rights Day on December 10 listed Sri Lanka among top eight Red Alert regions including Darfur, Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia as engaged in GENOCIDAL conflict.
report combined the findings of five leading independent watch lists.
Alert countries include
have boasted ad
nauseam that you have liberated the people of the eastern province and
restored democracy. But your own puppet Chief Minister says he has no power to
even appoint a peon. He says no funds have been provided to carry out
development work. He is comparing
himself to the erstwhile Chief Minister Varadaraja Perumal who fled to
"The Sri Lankan government says that the liberated east is an example of democracy in action and a model for areas recaptured from the LTTE, but killings and abductions are rife, and there is total impunity for horrific abuses" says Asia Director, Human Rights Watch, Brad Adams. You can disagree with them but cannot belittle their feelings.
Bishop for Batticaloa and Trincomalee Rev. Kingsley Swamipillai in his
Christmas message says that the escalating violence is destroying the
humanity. He says that the people caught in conflict are struggling for a
living while thousands have lost their livelihood. The bishop said that in the
East, abductions and killings are still taking place despite government’s
claim it has been liberated. “It’s unfortunate that some of the people who
were displaced two years ago have still not been settled,” said Bishop
The Sri Lankan Commissioner General of Essential Services, S.B. Divaratne, in a letter issued to the Government Agents of Vavuniya, Mullaiththeevu and Kilinochchi last month has instructed the GAs to refrain from making any requests for food and non food assistance from INGOs and UN Agencies. "All your requirements should be processed through the Commissioner General of Essential Services, even in the event of any urgent necessity," the letter states. The content of the letter which is interpreted as a threat to the Thamil GAs is also evidence of a structural genocide inflicted upon the Tamil people.
Therefore, your dubious concern for the Thamil civilians in Vanni flies in the face of how shabbily they are treated by your government. It is worse in regard to Thamil civilians living in Vanni. You are not even allowing cloths to be taken to Vanni!
HRW in a damning report says that “people
who have fled areas under control of the LTTE to seek safety in
government-controlled regions are detained in army-run camps.” The
report continues “Civilians
are trapped in a war zone with limited aid because the government ordered the
U.N. and other aid workers out. To add insult to injury, people who manage to
flee the fighting end up being held indefinitely in army-run prison camps. The
camps were short of shelter and sanitation.”
this apart, your threat to ban the LTTE unless they released all Thamils
living in Vanni is highly hilarious. It is akin to the invitation by the
spider to the fly to “Come
into my parlour for a meal!”
the brave people of Vanni are wise and resourceful. They know well what
is in store for them if they move into Sinhala army controlled areas.
They know for a fact that
is no surprise then that
People's liberation struggle is a movement that encompasses every Thamil man,
woman and children barring Quislings. The LTTE whether you like it or not are
the sole and authentic representatives of the Thamil people.
Your attempt to drive a wedge between the LTTE and the Thamils is
doomed to failure. More powerful Sinhalese racist presidents before you
resorted to the same subterfuge but
course, I admire your guts to make such an audacious call in the background of
Thamil civilians in Vanni getting daily killed, maimed and terrorised by indiscriminate
aerial bombing and artillery barrages.
of Thamils is continuing unabated in a war without witnesses.
December 25, the only main hospital
Kilinochchi was damaged when Sinhala army fired artillery shells at 7.30 p.m.
The hospital staff narrowly missed being hit by artillery shells.
bombed Paranthan three times on December 23 and
twice next day. On 23rd
at 10.30 pm cluster bombs
were deployed in which the Holy Cross Convent,
to residents who fled Paranthan the SLAF deployed cluster bombs in the
has been bombed in more than five sorties by the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF)
bombers causing civilians living near the convent to flee the area. The
indiscriminate bombardment has also targeted shops and other commercial
establishment in Paranthan and Kumarapuram.
On December 22, one civilian was killed and ten children injured in aerial bombardment. At Vaddakkachchi 2 five months old babies and a 6 year old girl returning from school were killed.
On December 20, Pasupathy Gnanachandran (20) was killed and two civilians including an eight year old boy Sivaraja Sanjeevan were injured. Aerial bombing in Maththalan in Mullaithivu district near the shores injured three fishermen. Aerial bombing on the same day in Mullivaikal Tsunami settlement in Mullaithivu injured three more people. On the same day shelling over this area injured two civilians, a female teacher Muhunthan Pushpakumari aged 34.
December 17, a 5-month-old child and a 25-year-old male were killed and 13
other refugees including three children were wounded when Sri Lanka Air Force
(SLAF) fighter jets bombed refugee settlements in Vaddakkachchi four times on
each sorties bombing the refugees twice. The second attack was reported 250
meters near the hospital in Vaddakkachchi.
December 23, at 7.10 am a 45-year-old staff attached to the
toll for the month of November, 2008 in the Northeast are: 68 killed, 46
disappeared and 73 sought refuge at the Human Rights Commission (
On October 30, 2008 Vallipunam in Puthukkudiyiruppu in Mullaiththeevu district a civilian settlement area came under aerial attacks from the Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) in which a 15 years old boy from a school in that area and 17 years old girl were killed.
to Gottbhaya Rajapakse, defense secretary
government enjoys the dubious distinction of compelling civilians reeling
under the jackboot of the Sinhala army in
obduracy of your leadership has brought nothing but death, destruction,
misery, penury, violence, tears and blood-letting to the Thamils.
You are not ashamed of the contentious, acrimonious, divisive and
racist politics you and your army chief Sarath Fonseka advocate quite openly
and publicly. No doubt your
government has become notorious for the gigantic scale of corruption, abuse of
power, mounting cost of living and flagrant cronyism.
pursuit of a puerile military victory and to establish Sinhalese – Buddhist
hegemony over the Thamils you are sending thousands of unemployed and
unemployable Sinhalese village youths to their death beds in Vanni. They
are sent as sacrificial lambs with only 3 months training while you sit
in the lap of luxury
have a firm belief that if a
man inflict sorrow upon others in the morning, it will come upon him unsought
in the very evening. You too Mr. Sinhala President will rue the day when
nemesis catch up with you!
'It is essential if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the Rule of Law' - Affirmation by the United Nations, in the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
(Tamil Canadian December 28,2008)