Evidence is mounting for Sri Lanka's war crimes
UN probe gathers momentum
| by Pearl Thevanayagam
(May 25 2012, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) The ICC (International Criminal Court) elected a new chief from Gambia and she is known for her candidness. US declared that it stands by its resolution presented to the UNHRC against the government. And Amnesty International issued a damning report on Sri Lanka that three years after the war ended there is a culture of impunity in unexplained disappearances, abductions and killings of dissenters, suppression of human rights, curtailment of freedom of expression and overall blatant violation of laws.
These do not bode well for the government. Most frequent flying miles earner, External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L.Peiris, was patting himself on his back that he charmed US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton into believing the government is taking concrete steps to implement LLRC recommendations during his recent visit and public speaking at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Obviously hi diplomatic tete-a tete with Clinton did not cut much ice and US is standing by its a stubborn stance taken in March at the UNHRC.
General Sarath Fonseka is equally responsible for the massacre of over 40,000 Tamil in Wanni as much as defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Neither can shed their Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism nor could the government. The lives of Tamils were sacrificed for the sovereignty of a Sinhala nation.
But the government is teetering on the brink of losing mass support since its vacuous promises even to the Sinhalese who voted it to power are but just empty rhetoric as the populace is feeling the pinch of the rising cost of living while mega showcase projects are under way; well beyond the nation's means.
I reproduce here an article I wrote to Sri Lanka Guardian in February 2011.