LTTE committed HR abuses - US

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The latest cables published by WikiLeaks website highlight human rights abuses committed by the LTTE and the SLMM of turning a blind eye to LTTE forced conscription.

Sources told representatives of the US embassy to Sri Lanka that the LTTE regularly demanded a cut of international NGOs' spending in the areas they controlled. Other sources described a harsh regime of compulsory conscription into fighting forces. "If they fail to report, they are taken forcibly, often at night," one said.

"The Tigers require at least one person between the ages of 18 and 35 per family to fight for the LTTE, apparently believing that if the "draftees" are at least 18 years old, the international community cannot criticize the Tigers for requiring military service. The LTTE provides written notice to draftees with orders to report to a particular military office for service. If they fail to report, they are taken forcibly, often at night."

Cables from early this year referred to "progress" by the Government of Sri Lanka on a range of human rights issues in recent months.
"There has been a dramatic improvement in the treatment of IDPs and their living conditions … [and] numbers of disappearances have experienced a steady and significant decline across the island since the end of the war," one dispatch said.

Another cable released in 207 said that Indian officials warn US the situation in Sri lanka is ‘beyond bleak’ and that neither the government nor Tamil separatists fighting in the island nation's north have any ‘regard’ for the international community ... and request a briefing on China's aid to Colombo.
Another affirmed that "child soldiers affiliated with the [paramilitaries] have been significantly reduced over the past year, with just five reportedly remaining at the end of 2009."

One senior journalist had been released from detention, the cable added, and diplomats were "not aware of any additional physical attacks on journalists since June [2009]".

There was even some tentative steps" on "accountability" for human rights abuses during the civil war, Washington was told.

"Accountability for alleged crimes committed by [government of Sri lanka] troops and officials during the war is the most difficult issue on our bilateral agenda, and the one we believe has the lowest prospect for forward movement," a cable sent in late January said. "In Sri Lanka this is further complicated by the fact that responsibility for many of the alleged crimes rests with the country's senior civilian and military leadership, including President Rajapaksa and his brothers and opposition candidate [and former military commander] General Fonseka."

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  Comments - 20

  • Viraj Friday, 17 December 2010 07:17 AM

    We don't need Wikileaks to say these. We were in SL and all these things happened in Public.

    In another note, I guess you exclude suicide bombing the innocent civilians is a not a rights abuse.

    Sam Friday, 17 December 2010 07:46 AM

    May open the eyes of so called pro-LTTE supporting bodies like Huwaman Right Watch, Amnesty Internal, who shed crocodile tears.

    Sam Friday, 17 December 2010 07:50 AM

    May open the eyes Pro-LTTE bodies like Amnest International, Human Right Watch who shed the crocodile tears

    Freelanced Friday, 17 December 2010 08:22 AM

    Its better late (to realize) than never.
    Eureka !! A great discovery :)

    Vision8 Friday, 17 December 2010 06:10 PM

    The truth is coming out slowly, but surely. The ltte sore-losers' lies will die soon enough.

    nagu Friday, 17 December 2010 08:39 AM

    You mean crimes like killing Prabakaran?

    channa Friday, 17 December 2010 08:40 AM

    these NGO's should be kicked out of SL.....

    pasel Friday, 17 December 2010 09:49 PM

    Now Let the Karuna,KP and ,Pillaian to the UN to investigat then let the rest of them follow same tell what they know there are no angels in sri lanks

    ila Friday, 17 December 2010 03:56 AM

    thanks for God for the WikiLeaks that gives us this opportunity to learn about manything that we would have never learned.

    xlntgson Friday, 17 December 2010 09:42 AM

    Everybody lies, who is that saint who won't lie, even Julian Assange lies a lot, ask his colleagues!

    cockroch man Friday, 17 December 2010 04:00 AM

    atleast now stupid so called patriots please wake up...

    LTTE has done lot of HR violations. They have been punished bu GOSL.

    In the name of punishing LTTE GOSL also did war crimes and HR violations.

    Ranil Friday, 17 December 2010 09:58 AM

    For what? For telling stories we didnt want told?

    Upul Karu Friday, 17 December 2010 04:22 AM

    Very correct but do'nt entertain Sarath Fonseka's utterance.

    Ryan Friday, 17 December 2010 10:10 AM

    Thats why US army tried to rescue Prabhakaran, to punish the guy later.

    sltk2004 Friday, 17 December 2010 04:27 AM

    Some 'patriots' maintain that US is lying. So are these also lies? Are we going to deny these also?

    alex Friday, 17 December 2010 05:05 AM

    So what about another report released by Wikileaks about government and paramilitary operations in north and east.

    sltk2004 Friday, 17 December 2010 11:39 AM

    They are saying 'LTTE committed HR abuses". Should they be kicked out of SL for saying that ?

    Haramanis Friday, 17 December 2010 12:00 PM


    nn Friday, 17 December 2010 12:19 PM

    I bet they knew. It is all about money and long term survival. Nothing else. Otherwise these guys AI etc would be all over Gitmo. Why aren't they?

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