Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields

August 1, 2012 — 3 Comments

A government shelling civilian hospitals, providing the false hope of ‘No Fire Zones’, and corralling 130,000 people in one square mile.

I’ve just finished watching Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, and am in a state of shock. This documentary sheds light on the final weeks of Sri Lanka’s Civil War – as the Government crushed the Tamil Tigers (LTTE).

A UN Panel believes that at least 40,000 civilians were killed in the final weeks of Sri Lanka’s civil war. International observers were forced to leave the Tamil occupied regions of the country, while civilians were deliberatley targeted by both the Government and Opposition forces.

The LTTE are the pioneers of the suicide bomb, and the nations of Sri Lanka was plagued by civil war for a quarter century. It is difficult for me to fully judge the government’s actions  when contextualized – though nothing can justify the bombing of civilian hospitals in a designated no fire zone.

I am thrilled to find that on July 27, 2012 the Sri Lankan Government announced it will begin conducting formal investigations into alleged human right violations (Indian Express). This is due to pressure on the Government from the international community, and it is expected that their report will be filed within 6 to 18 months.

With this investigation, I hope the nation of Sri Lanka will take another crucial step towards resolving this conflict.

Update: Thanks to a reader for sharing the Sri Lankan Government response to this documentary:

Sean

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  • SBG

    I hope that you’ll take the time to watch the Government of Sri Lanka’s video response to the UK’s Channel 4 video, “Lies Agreed Upon”. The film casts an interesting shadow on the Channel 4 film, and I believe this is an incredibly important component of the story. There are links to the video found at the Embassy of Sri Lanka website here: http://slembassyusa.org/video/lies-agreed-upon/

    Like you, I’m pleased that Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved the National Action Plan on the implementation of recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). I am confident that the steps they are taking today will bring Sri Lanka into brighter, peaceful future.

    • Sean

      First of all, thank you for reading and taking the time to respond.

      I really appreciate you sending me the link to Lies Agreed Upon; I’ve watched the first part of the documentary and I’m glad that I get to hear the Government’s response.

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