`Where national memories are concerned, griefs are of more value than triumphs, for they impose duties, and require a common effort. A nation is therefore a large-scale solidarity, constituted by the feeling of the sacrifices that one has made in the past and of those that one is prepared to make in the future. `
These are not welfare camps, they are prisoner-of-war cum concentration camps. Robert Evans, a Labour MEP who visited Sri Lanka as chairman of the European Parliament Delegation on Relations with South Asia
Former Foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera, a former close aide to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said it was part of a police to paint all Tamils, even moderate opponents of the Tamil Tigers, as potential terrorists and to silence all Tamil voices.
`It is amazing and terrible. A few months ago the government started registering all Tamils in Colombo on the grounds that they could be a security threat, but this could be exploited for other purposes like the Nazis in the 1930s. They`re basically going to label the whole civilian Tamil population as potential terrorists, and as a result we are becoming a recruitment machine for the LTTE. Instead of winning hearts and minds of the Tamil people, we`re pushing even the moderates into the arms of the LTTE by taking these horrendous steps,` he told The Daily Telegraph.
A spokesman for Britain`s Department for International Development said: `We are aware of the Government of Sri Lanka`s plans for civilians displaced by the conflict in the Vanni. We do not believe current plans represent a sufficient solution by international humanitarian standards. Prolonging the displacement of this very vulnerable group of people is not in anyone`s interests.
Each picture published here (please see the link below) speaks a thousand words and exposes not only the horrific war crimes committed by President Rajapaksa and the Sinhala forces under his command but taken together they also reflect the political reality that it is the unity of the entire population of Tamil Eelam in their struggle for freedom from alien Sinhala rule, that has led the Sinhala regime to believe that the ` only anti-guerrilla strategy which will be effective is the destruction of that people, in other words, the civilians, women and children...`
PRESIDENT RAJAPAKSA AND HIS RULING COTERIE President may believe that they are being effective but they have FANNED THE FLAMES OF AND ENDURING DEEP ROOTED ANGER AND RESENTMENT amongst more than 70 million Tamils living in many lands.
The Sinhala rulers may believe that they are clearing the `swamp` but the political reality that will confront them sooner rather than later is that they have only created additional ones. The self immolation of Muthukumar in Tamil Nadu and Murukuthasan before the UN headquarters in Geneva are proof enough of that. To imagine that peace will come to the island of SriLanka without justice is to live in cloud cuckooland. And justice demands a recognition of the truth of that which Gandhian Tamil Eelam leader S.J.V.Chelvanaygam said succintly more than 30 years ago.
Throughout the ages the Sinhalese and Tamils in the country lived as distinct sovereign people till they were brought under foreign domination. It should be remembered that the Tamils were in the vanguard of the struggle for independence in the full confidence that they also will regain their freedom. We have for the last 25 years made every effort to secure our political rights on the basis of equality with the Sinhalese in a united Ceylon.`
`It is a regrettable fact that successive Sinhalese governments have used the power that flows from independence to deny us our fundamental rights and reduce us to the position of a subject people. These governments have been able to do so only by using against the Tamils the sovereignty common to the Sinhalese and the Tamils.`
`Sinhala thesam should understand that a solution to the Tamil national question cannot be found by resort to war and by the military suppression of the Tamil people.` - BBC interview, September 1994
It is with some hesitation that we publish these photographs of Sri Lanka`s Genocidal onslaught on the people of Tamil Eelam - photographs which may offend the sensibility of many. But the brutal nature of Sinhala Sri Lanka`s continuing genocidal onslaught on the people of Tamil Eelam must be exposed.
PICTURES: MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA`s HORRIBLE WAR CRIMES: