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Sri Lanka Special Report: Failure to Investigate

By Bob Dietz
Asia Programme Coordinator
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

As the Sri Lankan government steps up its war with the LTTE, assaults on journalists are on the rise. So are suspicions that the government is complicit in these attacks.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s journalists are under intensive assault. Authorities have failed to carry out effective and credible investigations into the killings of journalists who question the government’s conduct of  war against Tamil separatists or criticise the military establishment.

Three attacks in January targeting the mainstream media drew the world’s attention to the problem, but top journalists have been killed, attacked, threatened, and harassed since the government began to pursue an all-out military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in late 2006. Many local and foreign journalists and members of the diplomatic community believe the government is complicit in the attacks.

The lack of credible investigations into these crimes is in keeping with a long history of impunity for those who attack journalists in Sri Lanka. With a failure to investigate and a realistic suspicion that government actors are complicit in the violence against journalists, the time has come for the international community to act.

Three attacks

On January 6, on a quiet road on the outskirts of Colombo, the country’s main independently owned TV station, (Sirasa TV) was raided by 15 to 20 masked armed men working with military precision, at 2:05 a.m. At 2:35:31 they detonated an explosion, possibly a claymore mine, a military-style antipersonnel mine set off by an electrical charge through wires leading to the device.

The room’s two synchronised clocks both stopped at the time of the explosion. The attackers fired the weapon after stringing the detonating wire about 200 yards (183 metres) from the control room through the station’s corridors to the driveway outside the station’s main front door, according to Sirasa staff.

Staff shied away from describing the weapon specifically to CPJ after one of them had identified it as a claymore in an internationally broadcast interview with CNN on the morning of the attack. Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse denounced that staffer as a “terrorist” during a January 7, interview with the government-run Independent Television Network (ITN).

Other knowledgeable sources with military experience who visited the station told CPJ that the damage was consistent with that of a claymore. The explosion wiped out the recently upgraded main control room that kept the broadcaster’s three TV channels and four radio stations on the air. At 6 a.m. on the day of the full attack, Sirasa was broadcasting live shots of the wreckage to early morning viewers — staff had patched together some of the old analog broadcasting equipment.

Indicative of the government’s connection

Claymores are regularly used by both sides in the country’s civil war, the government and the LTTE, but the government has denied that the weapon was a claymore mine and strongly denied involvement in the attack; the reaction has been interpreted by critics as indicative of the government’s connection. Continue reading

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March 29, 2009 Posted by | Hot News from Lanka | , | Leave a comment

An Email to Standerd Charted Bank,Sri Lanka

In the response of our article”

Standard Chartered Bank , Sri Lanka : A Bank operated by Thugs ”

Guest Post :

This an e-mail i posted to SCB today . Lets see how they respond.

I was about to open an account with SCB. My brother operates an account with SCB. He advised me SCB would be a good bank to choose.

Prior to my brother opening an account with your bank my father banked with SCB before he passed away.

However little did they know how  SCB operates. My brother certainly knows now as I advised him of your nasty methods used to chase bank debtors in Sri Lanka.

We as a family are very well connected and are very wealthy. We do have the resources to take SCB on and make sure as a bank it learns to act responsibly and with compassion.

I investigated SL SCB thoroughly and found your methods of collecting debts owed to the bank lacked candour and your operation in harassing wayward bank debtors and their innocent relatives morally repugnant and illegal.

I am about to start a campaign to stop your bank using debt collection private agencies staffed by  ex police and military cadre thugs to ruin the lives of innocent Sri Lankans by harassing innocent  individuals that owe the bank nothing.

Am in the process of writing to the CEO of Standard Chartered world-wide and will be posting him the full investigative report on clandestine operations against the poor and innocent by SCB hiring evil contracted debt collection agencies in SL to its work.

This will be widely reported shortly world-wide and Standard Chartered reputation will be ruined in every country they operate in.

Standard Chartered European operations will be picketed on a daily basis and the press will be shown the report. Think world-wide media reports from CNN to NBSC BBC will air this report and SCB will be brought to the table to answer for its transgressions in SL.

SCB have one way to redeem the situation. Immediately stop using morally repugnant methods outside the law to chase innocent people related to debtors.

The bank has one week to put this into operation by dismissing all contract debt collections agencies in SL. and stopping the harassment of innocent individuals.

It’s as simple as that.

Standard Chartered bank world -wide will suffer the consequences if the bank knowingly participated in the evil scheme .

Remember banks and bankers are now considered a lower breed of species than vermin.  People world-wide know all bankers have a disgraceful reputation SCB will top that and end up on top of the pile of rotten banks. And your bank will collapse like the proverbial house of cards. Your recent profitability will turn to dust faster than  a bankers blink .

Regards,
Riley

March 15, 2009 Posted by | Hot News from Lanka, Top news | | 7 Comments

plight of the Wanni civilians

Human Rights Watch on the pathetic plight of the Wanni civilians


War wounds, pain and hardship

The tragic plight of civilians existing in thenorthern mainland known as Wanni continues to deteriorate. While charges and counter-charges fly, the day to day life of the ordinary people worsens.

The New York-based human rights watchdog – Human Rights Watch – has in a recent 45 page report titled War On The Civilians vividly documented the various abuses perpetrated against Wanni civilians by the Sri Lankan armed forces and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

It is a powerful expose of the actual situation which currently prevails. Though exigencies of space does not permitextensive reproduction, this column will, through relevant extracts focus on salient aspects of the report.

The report summary in fullis presented here first:

Summary

After 25 years, the armed conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) may be nearing its conclusion. But for the quarter of a million civilians trapped or displaced by the fighting, the tragedy has intensified. Since the fall of the LTTE’s administrative centre, Killinochchi, in early January 2009, civilian casualties in the northern Wanni region have skyrocketed to more than 5,100, including at least a thousand deaths, based on a conservative tally by independent monitors analysed by Human Rights Watch.

More recent information places civilian casualties at 7,000, including 2,000 fatalities. Added to this are the dire hardship faced by the displaced – insufficient food, medical care, and shelter, whether in the combat zone or government-run “welfare villages.”

The Sri Lankan armed forces and the LTTE appear to be engaged in a perverse competition to demonstrate the greatest disregard for the civilian population. In the last two months alone, both sides have committed numerous violations of international humanitarian law, the laws of war. While not all loss of civilian life is a laws-of-war violation, the failure of the government forces and the LTTE to meet their international legal obligations has undoubtedly accounted for the high death tolls.

Retreating from Sri Lankan Army (SLA) advances, the LTTE has forcibly taken along all civilians under its control. As the territory held by the LTTE has shrunk – now a short, narrow strip on the northeast coast of the island – the civilian population has been dangerously forced into a smaller and smaller space. In violation of the laws of war, the LTTE has refused to allow civilians to flee the fighting, repeatedly fired on those trying to reach government-held territory, and deployed forces near densely populated areas. The civilians who remain under LTTE control, including children, are subject to forced recruitment into LTTE forces and hazardous forced labour on the battlefield.

Atrocities

The LTTE’s grim practices are being exploited by the government to justify its own atrocities. High-level statements have indicated that the ethnic Tamil population trapped in the war zone can be presumed to be siding with the LTTE and treated as combatants, effectively sanctioning unlawful attacks. Sri Lankan forces have repeatedly and indiscriminately shelled areas crowded with civilians. This includes numerous reported bombardments of government-declared “safe zones” and the remaining hospitals in the region.

The plight of displaced persons has been exacerbated by the government’s decision in September 2008 to order most humanitarian agencies out of the Wanni. The government’s own efforts to bring in food, medical supplies, and other relief with a minimal United Nations role have been insufficient. Continuing fighting, lack of oversight, and the manipulation of aid delivery by government forces and the LTTE have all contributed to the deepening humanitarian crisis.

Displaced persons are increasingly escaping from the battle zone to what they hope is safety within government-controlled areas. Instead, they are finding government internment centres masquerading as “welfare villages.” While the government for security reasons should be screening new arrivals, it is instead secretly taking away LTTE suspects to arbitrary detention or possible enforced disappearances. Continue reading

March 9, 2009 Posted by | Hot News from Lanka | , , , | Leave a comment

IDPs big business for state hangers-on: Earn money using the war and hunger people

Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) have become a lucrative income generating business for highly connected persons in the government. Disaster Relief Services Minister Rishard Badhiutheen’s younger brother has secured a money-spinning government contract to construct semi-permanent shelters in IDP villages, LAKBIMAnEWS authoritatively learns. Thousands of shelters made of tin sheets are due to be installed in sprawling “welfare villages” for civilians displaced from the Wanni.Work has already begun on the sites. Meanwhile, Northern Province Governor Dickson Sarathchandra Dela has reportedly secured another lucrative contract to clear jungles in Vavuniya so that welfare camps may be set up. Attempts to contact Minister Badhiutheen failed while Dela said a company had got the deal to clear jungle in Vavuniya and that “my son may be a director but I am not sure”.

Comment : I know this minister Rishard, I personally tel him ,”you do all the “Haram”(Prohimited thigs in izlam) but then why do you all pray 5 times ,and still carry muslim names ,change it to Johon or Johny 1.

March 9, 2009 Posted by | Hot News from Lanka | Leave a comment

Dr.Lalith Kotalavela : Swindlers list

By Eagle Eye

Priding themselves as philanthropists, espousing the word of God, the very name Deshamanya Dr. Lalith Kotelawala and Lady Dr. Sicille Kotelawala evoked respect, trust and above all a sense of security.

Which is why 9054 people in this country, trusted the duo with millions,in some cases tens of millions ofrupees in life savings.Perhaps part of those millions belonging to some depositors was black money. Perhaps some of them invested their monies to evade paying tax to the government. Perhaps they were just plain greedy or a mixture of both. After all, why did they not invest the monies in a reputable bank?

Whatever the case, they were confident their savings/loot would be safe in the hands of two human beings held in the highest esteem.

When Golden Key collapsed like a pack of cards in December last year and as the sordid details unraveled in staggered scenes of drama, horrified, dismayed depositors who had been earning as much as 30 and 32 percent on their investments at Golden Key were forced to come to grips with the fact that soon their monies would be confined to mere numbers on a piece of paper. Soon to be identified as one of the biggest white collar crimes ever committed in this country. Continue reading

March 9, 2009 Posted by | Hot News from Lanka | , , , , | 3 Comments