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The situation Monitoring Reports

The situation Monitoring Reports

The situation in Sri Lanka worsening day by day. It is the innocent civilians; mostly the Tamils living in the North & East, who are severely affected. the statistics paint a totally different picture of the reality. over 65,000 civilians, mostly Tamils, were killed since the war escalated in 1983 after the communal riots of Black July 1983 when over 3000 Tamils living were massacred, their properties worth billions were plundered and/or set on fire. It was priest was dragged out of his Temple and burnt alive.

Abductions and Extrajudicial Killings
since November 2006 the abductions and extrajudicial killings have become an aggravated phenomena. In the sri lanka militery controlled areas civilians particularly the young ones are arrested, abducted or shot dead in broad daylight. During the past 16 months a staggering number of 3000 people are killed according to Human Rights Organisations. On an average 5 to 8 such incidents take place daily particularly in Jaffna, Vavuniya and in the East. People are terrified even to see a "White Van" on the road because of the terror created by white vans used to forcibly abduct people. Most of those abducted go as "Missing Persons" but the mutilated bodies of some of them are found thrown on the roadside subsequently. The people involved in these killings are either sick or psycho cases that they resort to disgusting methods in their killings. Some bodies were found with their genital organs cut. the case of Sarathambal's death. She was the wife of a priest. One night "unidentified" persons forcibly entered their house tied up the priest and conducted serial rape in the presence of the Priest himself. Finally before they left they placed a hand grenade in her genital organ and exploded it to erase the traces of the crime committed by them.

In cities like Colombo and Vavuniya Tamil merchants are abducted in White Vans and heavy ransom is demanded from the nearest kith and kin. The Civil Monitoring Committee functioning in Colombo has reported that as many as 100 cases of abductions are remaining unresolved. This committee which met the Ambassador has stated that it had documents of 67 cases of disappearances reported within the city of Colombo alone. The members of this committee have already presented their case personally to the embassies. Representatives in the committee from the MP Lakshman Kiriella, MP Mano Ganeashan and the chairman of the committee Sirithunga Jeyasooriya have met the Ambassador.

The question is, when there are several check points for every few hundred metres, especially in the big cities how come these white Vans with or without number plates are operating freely passing these points unhindered. Isn't the answer obvious?

Personnel from the armed forces are said to break into houses in the nights and drag away girls and young women. A few of them are killed and the rest are released in the mornings. Some of these return totally mentally distorted after the nightmare that happened to them. Some unable to face their relatives resort to commit suicide. Most of these cases are not reported for the fear of social problems arising out of it.

Bombing Civilians
Fighter bombers drop their bombs often on places where there are only civilians. schools, hospitals have been bombed. The latest was two weeks back when the school at Chundikulam was bombed. A teacher and three children were hurt. Luckily there were no casualties reported. the indiscriminate bombings by the SL forces do not avoid civilian targets. I am sure your Excellency will remember the bombing of an orphanage –Sencholai – where 52 children were killed and over 100 were injured.

condemned the atrocities committed by the Sri Lanka military forces efforts to this country, endorsing the military action of the force is one fundamental reason for the Sri Lanka government to proceed with wrong path it is doing now.

humbly appeal to you to bring about pressure on the Sri Lanka government and its forcesby way of curtailing the foreign aid, the supply of arms and ammunitions and giving a warning of a possible embargo in the near future.

A Human Rights Monitoring should be placed in Sri Lanka to monitor civilians suffering incidents, is being strongly recommended .


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