“Dirty Dozen” Names of the First Lot of Sri Lankan War Criminals & Genocidaires

LETTER FROM THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE TRANSNATIONAL GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL EELAM  VISUVANATHAN RUDRAKUMAREN, ESQ.

war-criminals 1) PERCY MAHENDRA “MAHINDA” RAJAPAKSA

2) Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga

3) GOTHAMBAYA RAJAPAKSHA

4) SARATH  FONSEKA

5) JAGATH DIAS

6) SHAVENDRA SILVA

7)  NANDANA UDAWATTA

8) KAMAL  GUNERATNE

9) THISARA  SAMARASINGHE 

10) G.A. CHANDRASIRI

11)  WASANTHA  KARANNAGODA 

12) PALITHA  KOHANA 

The Government of Sri Lanka is in retreat, with its tail well between its legs. The international civil society has acknowledged the extent of the atrocities on the Tamil people leading to genocide. The Human Rights Council has called for an international investigation. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has placed Sri Lanka on a watch list for four years. Instead of pursuing remedial justice, the chauvinist mindset of the Sri Lankan Government has sought to create smokescreens to hide its multitude of sins. Its campaign against the Tamil Diaspora which it brands as consisting of “terrorists” is misplaced. The Diaspora entities, including the TGTE, operate in accordance with the laws of the states in which they function. They consist of citizens in those states who are committed to pursue their political objectives in accordance with the laws of their home states. The Sri Lankan Government commits an illegality in branding them as “terrorists” without any proof that their activities are illegal.

When the TGTE’s Centre for the Study of Genocide releases the names of those it asserts are guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, it makes no transgression of the law. Instead, it grounds its assertions built on credible evidence. Those who commit genocide are guilty under the domestic laws of many states. In addition, Genocide is a crime of universal jurisdiction. Every court of every state has a right to prosecute them. They are guilty under international law of the most heinous of crimes known to mankind, the killing of people on the basis of their ethnicity. They can be prosecuted before both domestic courts and international tribunals.

The TGTE is committed to ensuring that those guilty of genocide are punished. Though it focuses on the genocide of the Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka, it is mindful that the struggle involves other people in other lands. It fights their causes as well, so that they could live without fear of being persecuted on the basis of their ethnicity or religion.

Successive Governments of Sri Lanka have brought grief to Tamils through persecution from 1958 onwards. Brutality against the Tamils has spilled over into callous disregard of Muslims and Christians as well with their places of worship being targeted for attack and destruction.

The project of finding those guilty of Tamil genocide is being pursued by the TGTE and through lawful means. Today, we arereleasing the names of the “Dirty Dozen,” the first batch of the lot. More names of perpetrators will follow.

The purpose of releasing these names is not for simply “naming and shaming” and the Sri Lankan perpetrators seem to enjoy immunity to such naming and shaming. As former US Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson said in the opening statement for the Nuremberg Prosecution that the International Justice should be even handed. The clutches of the justice should target not only non-state entities but also the states. We believe that domestic prosecutions should be initiated in the various countries where they live and function. As a first step, we hope that this list will be the basis for smart sanctions in the form of travel bans and asset freezes of the individuals mentioned in the list. The list provides “reasonable grounds to believe”, as the standard required for inadmissibility to various countries, that the individuals whose names are on the list either committed or aided and abetted the commitment of international crimes.

The TGTE strongly believes that such actions constitute the necessary catharsis for change towards remedial justice, peace and accountability for all living in the island of Sri Lanka.

Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, Esq.

Prime Minister TGTE

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Under domestic and international law, accountability for serious violations of international humanitarian or human rights law is an obligation and a duty for every state. The credibly alleged violations that have been repeatedly shown on every media outlet and they demand a serious investigation and the prosecution of those responsible. If proven, those who are accountable, including Sri Lanka Army commanders and senior Government officials, as well as military and civilian individuals acting under their control, should bear criminal liability for international crimes.

International Criminal Law (ICL) deals with individual criminal responsibility for the most serious violations of human rights (IHRL) and international humanitarian law (IHL) violations. International crimes are defined by a certain criteria that when found will be the basis to establish individual responsibility for these crimes. What constitutes an international crime is a matter defined by treaties and customary international law (CIL). Under customary international law, torture, enforced disappearances, war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and aggression are all international crimes. International, internationalized and domestic tribunals can, and ben empowered to try individuals suspected of having committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

The purpose of this list is to inform, educate and motivate concerned citizens and humanitarians about serious and egregious violations of domestic and international law that occurred, and are occurring presently, in Sri Lanka. This list is meant to urge you to remember the victims and survivors of Sri Lanka’s genocide by participating in a process that is committed to justice and accountability for the human rights abuses that so many have and continue to endure. This list will be supplemented periodically with the names of other violators and persecutors of human rights. Hopefully, participation in this process will inspire you and others to remain vigilant and cognizant. At this very moment all concerned people must help stop the violations and assist the victims and survivors in accessing justice and the protections of human rights laws.

NAMES OF THE FIRST LOT OF SRI LANKAN WAR CRIMINALS & GENOCIDAIRES RELEASED BY TRANSNATIONAL GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL EELAM

 

This first lot includes names of current President, a former President, several diplomats and military leaders.

SRI LANKA, COLOMBO, May 18, 2014 /EINPresswire.com/ —

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) today released the names of its first lot of Sri Lanka’s War Criminals and those committed genocide against Tamils.

E- link for the Report: http://fr.calameo.com/read/00034150294a5e6d90ece

This first lot includes names of current President, a former President, several diplomats and military leaders.

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the mass killing of Tamils by the Sri Lankan security forces in the final months of the war in 2009.

These killings prompted UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to appoint a Panel of Experts to report on the scale of killings. According to the report by this UN Panel, tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed (UN Internal Review Report on Sri Lanka: over 70,000 Tamils were killed in five months in 2009).

These people were killed due to deliberate and intense shelling and bombing of areas designated by the government as “no-fire zones”’ where Tamil civilians had assembled for safety. The Sri Lankan Government also restricted food and medicine for Tamils, resulting in large numbers of people dying from starvation and many of the injured bleeding to death.

According to the UN Panel, the killings and other abuses that took place amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Independent experts believe that there are elements of these abuses that constitute an act of genocide.

Names of War Criminals & those who committed genocide against Tamils:

1) PERCY MAHENDRA “MAHINDA” RAJAPAKSA
Current President of Sri Lanka and Commander in Chief of Sri Lankan Armed Forces. (Elected 2005, Re-elected 2010)

2) Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga
Former President of Sri Lanka from November 12, 1994 to November 19, 2005.

3) GOTHAMBAYA  RAJAPAKSHA

Secretary to the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development. Appointed by his brother who was elected President.

4) SARATH  FONSEKA
Former Army Chief/Commander of Sri Lanka Army and former Chief of Defense Staff (appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa)(resigned on November 16, 2009).

5) JAGATH DIAS
Major General Commanding 57th Division of the Sri Lankan Army
NOTE: He was the Deputy Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Switzerland, Germany and the Vatican but was stripped of his diplomatic statute due to allegation of having committed war crimes in 2011.

6)  SHAVENDRA SILVA – Brigadier Major General of the 58th Division
CURRENT POSITION: Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York. He was also appointed to be on the Special Advisory Group on Peacekeeping Operations in January 2012 but was excluded from participating in the committee.

7)  NANDANA UDAWATTA
TITLE: General Officer Commanding 59th Division
CURRENT POSITION: Deputy Chief of Mission of Russia as of January 4, 2012

8) KAMAL  GUNERATNE
TITLE: Former General Officer Commanding 53rd Division and
Current Position: Deputy Head of Mission of Brazil.

9) THISARA  SAMARASINGHE 
TITLE: Former Commander of the Eastern and Northern Naval Area (2007-2009) but during the final month of war he was Navy Chief of Staff
CURRENT POSITION: High Commissioner to Australia

10) G.A. CHANDRASIRI
TITLE: Former Commander 52nd Division (2002-2003) and former Security Forces Commander – Jaffna (December 2005-2009).
CURRENT POSITION: Governor of Northern Province.

11)  WASANTHA  KARANNAGODA 
TITLE: Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy
CURRENT POSITION: Ambassador to Japan

12) PALITHA  KOHANA 
CURRENT POSITION: Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN
Here are the links for the report:

E- links for the Report: http://fr.calameo.com/read/00034150294a5e6d90ece

Report is also in these Websites: www.tgte-us.orgwww.tgte.orgwww.naathamnews.comwww.tgte-homeland.org,

http://fr.scribd.com/doc/224838453/DIRTY-DOZEN-Genocidaires-and-War-Criminals-on-Tamils-in-Sri-Lanka

ABOUT TRANSNATIONAL GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL EELAM (TGTE):

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is a democratically elected Government of Tamils (from the island of Sri Lanka) living in several countries.

It held internationally supervised elections among Tamils around the world to elect over 132 Members of Parliament and is leading a campaign to realize Tamils’ political aspirations through peaceful, diplomatic and democratic means.

TGTE has a bicameral legislature and a Cabinet and held one of its Parliamentary sittings in the British Parliament.

The Constitution of the TGTE mandates that it should realize its political objective only through peaceful means.

The Prime Minister of TGTE is Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, a New York based lawyer.

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