A Harrow Tamil martyrs himself to protest against the Sri Lanka government

His family have set up a vigil in his memory

Murukathasan's family say they are proud of what he has done

Murukathasan Vanakulasingam burned himself to death in Geneva

First published in News Harrow Times: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by

A TAMIL from Harrow poured petrol over his head and burned himself to death in protest at the civil war which is devastating large parts of the population of Sri Lanka.

Murukathasan Vanakulasingam left his family last Tuesday to fly to Switzerland and take part in a mass protest against the attacks on Tamils by the Sri Lankan government.

But on Thursday night, hours before he was expected to fly home and return to his job, the 27-year-old computer science graduate set fire to himself outside the gates of the United Nations headquarters in Geneva.

He left a letter ten metres away, explaining he had sacrificed his life to draw attention to the plight of his fellow Tamils who are caught up in an increasingly bloody civil war.

Murukathasan's family found out about his death when it was reported on websites, and they spoke to the Harrow Times about the anguish of finding out he had taken his own life.

His sister Arumdevi, 24, said: “All he did for the last few weeks was watch television and get angrier and angrier that nobody was doing anything about how many people are dying. He was very sad.

“Everyone is calling and saying he is equal to gold, they are praising what he has done.”

Murukathasan lived with his family in Grange Avenue, in Belmont, since 2000, and had been working for the last few months as a cashier at the local Sainsburys.

He was expected back at work on Friday, but when he did not return, his family started scouring the Internet for any news of him.

The protest Murukathasan went to join was sparked by reports 120 Tamil women were forced by Sri Lankan soldiers to abort their children.

The government and Tamil Tigers, a separatist guerilla organisation, have been embroiled in a 25-year civil war, with the Tigers fighting for an independent state in north and east Sri Lanka.

In recent months, the country's government has started an aggressive crackdown to try to win the war, but this has led to the deaths of many Tamils.

His brother Velmurugam, 24, said his brother should be remembered as a martyr who died for the people of his country.

He said: “He wanted to protest about what he was seeing happen in Sri Lanka, but nobody knew he was going to do this.

“We are sad because we have lost a life, but we are very proud of what my brother has done.

“There is a genocide going on, 100 people are dying every day. But the international community doesn't want to do anything about it.

“We want there to be freedom for the people of Sri Lanka because that will be the price of his sacrifice.”

Murukathasan's father has flown out to Geneva to identify the body and bring his son home to Harrow, and his mother Puveneswary has been inconsolable since hearing of her son's death.

The Tamil community is planning a memorial service and funeral in Harrow, when it is thought as many as 50,000 could come to pay their last respects.

Councillor Thaya Idaikaddar, who represents Roxeth ward and is a leader in the international Tamil community, said: “Even though I appreciate and admire his courage and what he has done, I am pleading with people not to do it.

“We don't want any further incidents like this, we don't want any more loss of human life.”

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3:44pm Wed 18 Feb 09

kunaes says...

Although I understand how Murukathasan pushed himself to take this extreme level of self punishment on the in-action of the international community and draw its urgent attention on the worst ever in-human atrocities against Tamils in Sri Lanka by the Singhalese lead army for so long. I pay my unconditional respect to this young man who had full life in front of him but he scarified his lives to save more lives in Vanni.

Over 2000 people killed and over 4000 injured including infants, children, women and elderly within mere past four weeks. Thousands of women sought refuge in the government controlled area forced to go under abortion to kill their babies by the Sri Lankan forces, hundreds of young female taken away for the sexual abuses by the army, and hundreds of young men were massacred by the Sri Lankan army, and people are being killed daily, day and night in artillery shells, multi barrel shells, cluster bombs, ‘white phosphorous’ shells attacks on them by Sri Lankan forces.

These horrendous crimes against humanity are sure to have short term and very long term consequences to the society and unimaginable psychological effects on all of us. We are not able to go to work, eat, sleep or do our daily routine as news emanating from Vanni and images are eating into our inner selves. I beg our people all over the world to not to go the extent of what Murukathasan did. We are seeing loss of lives among our community every minute.

It is a human tragedy at its worst order to witness what is happening to the Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka where innocent Tamil children, infants, and women are taking the brunt of the enforced violence by the state without any witnesses.

As you are already aware biggest, bloody and worst ever humanitarian catastrophe amounting to ‘Genocides of Tamils’ are unfolding in Sri Lanka. Our government which stands for the better world order cannot allow ourselves to talk about similar to post ‘Genocides’ in RWANDA like situation in north of Sri Lanka where ‘Genocides of Tamils’ are well underway without any witnesses as Sri Lankan government expelled or banned independent journalists, local and international aid workers and rights groups from Vanni, northern Sri Lanka.

Major problem here in Sri Lanka, government openly and explicitly expelled (even massacred and assassinated) independent journalists, local and international aid agencies’ representatives including Red Cross and UN agencies, health workers and religious leaders and prosecuting the genocidal war against Tamils without any witness while the world silently watching the proceeding of the so called ‘Democratic country of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka completely and openly severed all forms of communication from the rest of the world to the hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians who are entrapped in their normal homes in Vanni, northern Sri Lanka prosecuting dangerous, in-humane and destructive war with impunity against Tamils without any witnesses.

I am so saddened by the fact that, not a single media personals in the world asking the very pertinent question of why Sri Lanka is not allowing the international observers, independent journalists and aid agencies to operate in the Vanni area to monitor, report and provide assistances to the needy people in the area. Even worse, how one can report info rmation disseminating from the very people (Sri Lankan Government) banned independent observes, journalists, and aid agencies.

Sri Lanka clearly and explicitly violating all the norms of the international laws of war situation as it is shelling, bombing, attacking and killing civilians in hospitals, schools, religious places even self designated ‘safe zone’. Extensively uses even internationally banned ‘Cluster Bombs’& 'White Phosphorous shells' against civilians according to UN agencies maiming even children, infants, elderly and women. Still and video images emerging from battle zone too much bear as even a fellow human being let alone as their brethren.

I am also saddened by the very fact that, Sri Lanka’s current regime doesn’t even allow any critics from Singhalese area (Classic Example was Mr. Lassantha Wikramatunga’ assassination where he clearly pointed out that current regime was responsible for his untimely death) while our government to stop the killing of civilians for the past three weeks in Vanni in so called ‘safe zone’ where over 2000 were killed and over 5000 injured including hundreds of children, infants, elderly and women and bled to deaths without any medical helps and still dying in the hands of Security Forces of Sri Lanka.

Please see this clip: http://www.yarl.com/
forum3/index.php?s=7
33dea10cbcb09ad26ca0
96effcc3053&showtopi
c=50953

I urge people to push their respective governments to push the UN sponsored ceasefire to halt the ‘genocides of Tamils’ without further delay.

Finally people must push their respective governments both warring parties in Sri Lanka towards a political solution based on Tamils right to Self-determination to end this genocidal war against Tamils as this is the only meaningful solution will permanently end this long conflict in Sri Lanka.
Although I understand how Murukathasan pushed himself to take this extreme level of self punishment on the in-action of the international community and draw its urgent attention on the worst ever in-human atrocities against Tamils in Sri Lanka by the Singhalese lead army for so long. I pay my unconditional respect to this young man who had full life in front of him but he scarified his lives to save more lives in Vanni. Over 2000 people killed and over 4000 injured including infants, children, women and elderly within mere past four weeks. Thousands of women sought refuge in the government controlled area forced to go under abortion to kill their babies by the Sri Lankan forces, hundreds of young female taken away for the sexual abuses by the army, and hundreds of young men were massacred by the Sri Lankan army, and people are being killed daily, day and night in artillery shells, multi barrel shells, cluster bombs, ‘white phosphorous’ shells attacks on them by Sri Lankan forces. These horrendous crimes against humanity are sure to have short term and very long term consequences to the society and unimaginable psychological effects on all of us. We are not able to go to work, eat, sleep or do our daily routine as news emanating from Vanni and images are eating into our inner selves. I beg our people all over the world to not to go the extent of what Murukathasan did. We are seeing loss of lives among our community every minute. It is a human tragedy at its worst order to witness what is happening to the Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka where innocent Tamil children, infants, and women are taking the brunt of the enforced violence by the state without any witnesses. As you are already aware biggest, bloody and worst ever humanitarian catastrophe amounting to ‘Genocides of Tamils’ are unfolding in Sri Lanka. Our government which stands for the better world order cannot allow ourselves to talk about similar to post ‘Genocides’ in RWANDA like situation in north of Sri Lanka where ‘Genocides of Tamils’ are well underway without any witnesses as Sri Lankan government expelled or banned independent journalists, local and international aid workers and rights groups from Vanni, northern Sri Lanka. Major problem here in Sri Lanka, government openly and explicitly expelled (even massacred and assassinated) independent journalists, local and international aid agencies’ representatives including Red Cross and UN agencies, health workers and religious leaders and prosecuting the genocidal war against Tamils without any witness while the world silently watching the proceeding of the so called ‘Democratic country of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka completely and openly severed all forms of communication from the rest of the world to the hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians who are entrapped in their normal homes in Vanni, northern Sri Lanka prosecuting dangerous, in-humane and destructive war with impunity against Tamils without any witnesses. I am so saddened by the fact that, not a single media personals in the world asking the very pertinent question of why Sri Lanka is not allowing the international observers, independent journalists and aid agencies to operate in the Vanni area to monitor, report and provide assistances to the needy people in the area. Even worse, how one can report info rmation disseminating from the very people (Sri Lankan Government) banned independent observes, journalists, and aid agencies. Sri Lanka clearly and explicitly violating all the norms of the international laws of war situation as it is shelling, bombing, attacking and killing civilians in hospitals, schools, religious places even self designated ‘safe zone’. Extensively uses even internationally banned ‘Cluster Bombs’& 'White Phosphorous shells' against civilians according to UN agencies maiming even children, infants, elderly and women. Still and video images emerging from battle zone too much bear as even a fellow human being let alone as their brethren. I am also saddened by the very fact that, Sri Lanka’s current regime doesn’t even allow any critics from Singhalese area (Classic Example was Mr. Lassantha Wikramatunga’ assassination where he clearly pointed out that current regime was responsible for his untimely death) while our government to stop the killing of civilians for the past three weeks in Vanni in so called ‘safe zone’ where over 2000 were killed and over 5000 injured including hundreds of children, infants, elderly and women and bled to deaths without any medical helps and still dying in the hands of Security Forces of Sri Lanka. Please see this clip: http://www.yarl.com/ forum3/index.php?s=7 33dea10cbcb09ad26ca0 96effcc3053&showtopi c=50953 I urge people to push their respective governments to push the UN sponsored ceasefire to halt the ‘genocides of Tamils’ without further delay. Finally people must push their respective governments both warring parties in Sri Lanka towards a political solution based on Tamils right to Self-determination to end this genocidal war against Tamils as this is the only meaningful solution will permanently end this long conflict in Sri Lanka. kunaes
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5:43pm Wed 18 Feb 09

Manivannan says...

International Community please let this martyrs soul est in peace. Taking the big silense of the International Community and the lip services of the UN bodies as green light to the Tamil GENOCIDE, the Srilanka government has intensified the killing. Today (Wednesday, 17th February) alone around 250 Tamils civilians have been killed by the Lanka shelling and cluster bombing. Around 2000 Tamil civlians have been killed in 2009 alone. STILL THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IS MAINTAING SILENSE. Please ACT to bring the carnage to an end.
International Community please let this martyrs soul est in peace. Taking the big silense of the International Community and the lip services of the UN bodies as green light to the Tamil GENOCIDE, the Srilanka government has intensified the killing. Today (Wednesday, 17th February) alone around 250 Tamils civilians have been killed by the Lanka shelling and cluster bombing. Around 2000 Tamil civlians have been killed in 2009 alone. STILL THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IS MAINTAING SILENSE. Please ACT to bring the carnage to an end. Manivannan
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2:58am Thu 19 Feb 09

Thusha says...

A Salute to this martyr! He has taken his life for a reason (to raise awareness of genocide of tamils by the Sri Lankan government and without fullfiling it his soul won't be rest if peace.

I do agree with Mr Thaya Idaikadaar, that we are loosing our people everyday and we don't want any one of our brothers or sisters to loose thier life. Everybody can help in away to raise awareness of the genocide and get involve in projects to save our people back home.

International community should take urgent action to prevent the Tamil civilians who are trapped and killed by Sri Lankan Army forces by shelling and bombing. Even yesterday (18.02.09) SLA artillery fire reached so called new "safety zone" and killed 108 civilians including childrens. Also massive air attacks were on fleeing civilians and killed many of them.
Why this international community is being blind eye?? What is the UNICEF doing in terms of killing of innocent children? Are they also terrorists?? The UNICEF itself says “The Convention has several "foundation principles" that underpin all other children's rights. These include: non-discrimination; best interests of the child; right to survival and development; and views of the child. Non-discrimination means that all children have the same right to develop their potential all children, in all situations, all of the time, everywhere,”. How come the UN organisation claims to be the survivor of the children totally abandon the Tamil children in the conflict area and expose them to all sort of abuses in Sri Lanka?

Despite all these we are still believing the international community can save our rest of the people and bring peace to this and next generation.
A Salute to this martyr! He has taken his life for a reason (to raise awareness of genocide of tamils by the Sri Lankan government and without fullfiling it his soul won't be rest if peace. I do agree with Mr Thaya Idaikadaar, that we are loosing our people everyday and we don't want any one of our brothers or sisters to loose thier life. Everybody can help in away to raise awareness of the genocide and get involve in projects to save our people back home. International community should take urgent action to prevent the Tamil civilians who are trapped and killed by Sri Lankan Army forces by shelling and bombing. Even yesterday (18.02.09) SLA artillery fire reached so called new "safety zone" and killed 108 civilians including childrens. Also massive air attacks were on fleeing civilians and killed many of them. Why this international community is being blind eye?? What is the UNICEF doing in terms of killing of innocent children? Are they also terrorists?? The UNICEF itself says “The Convention has several "foundation principles" that underpin all other children's rights. These include: non-discrimination; best interests of the child; right to survival and development; and views of the child. Non-discrimination means that all children have the same right to develop their potential all children, in all situations, all of the time, everywhere,”. How come the UN organisation claims to be the survivor of the children totally abandon the Tamil children in the conflict area and expose them to all sort of abuses in Sri Lanka? Despite all these we are still believing the international community can save our rest of the people and bring peace to this and next generation. Thusha
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4:07am Thu 19 Feb 09

gmb says...

Poor misguided soul, deceived again by the murderous LTTE power hungry thieves! And to think that Tamils aren’t even native to Sri Lanka! They were brought by the British from Tamil Nadu to be slaves on plantations! I wonder If Canada would allow the Tamil refugees to carve out a piece of Toronto to call their Eelam? I DON’T THINK SO!
Poor misguided soul, deceived again by the murderous LTTE power hungry thieves! And to think that Tamils aren’t even native to Sri Lanka! They were brought by the British from Tamil Nadu to be slaves on plantations! I wonder If Canada would allow the Tamil refugees to carve out a piece of Toronto to call their Eelam? I DON’T THINK SO! gmb
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8:05am Thu 19 Feb 09

s.santhiramoulesan says...

sINHALA QUUEN HAD A PECULIER URGE "including the urge to sleep on a pillow made of honeycombs. In particular her urge to drink the water used to wash a sword that had cleaved the head of a warrior of Elara, whilst standing on that same head, raised the interest of the soothsayers at court, who predicted that 'The queen's son, when he has vanquished the Damilas " as per Mahavamsa chapter 22 para 14 THEN THE KING WENT TO KILL TAMILS WITH SWORD CARRYING LION FLAG so the srilankan goverment Flag emanates.
sINHALA QUUEN HAD A PECULIER URGE "including the urge to sleep on a pillow made of honeycombs. In particular her urge to drink the water used to wash a sword that had cleaved the head of a warrior of Elara, whilst standing on that same head, raised the interest of the soothsayers at court, who predicted that 'The queen's son, when he has vanquished the Damilas " as per Mahavamsa chapter 22 para 14 THEN THE KING WENT TO KILL TAMILS WITH SWORD CARRYING LION FLAG so the srilankan goverment Flag emanates. s.santhiramoulesan
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8:53am Thu 19 Feb 09

Rupan Ananthan says...

I salute to Martyr Murugathasan.

How many more life Tamils need to loose to get the international community.

International community must take the responsible for all of these lost live.

Are they having United Nation for the secured arm supplies for the GENOCIDE.

If the mandate of the UN which is say United Nation is the bi-product of the WWII to protect the peoples' and ethnics' right, WHY THEY NOT ACT TO STOP THE GENOCIDE AGAINST TAMILS IN SRI LANKA. Rather then act against GENOCIDE the UN countries supply war equipment and the such as CLUSTER booms, which banned on more than 92 countries and has a sanction to produce it, multi barrel rockets and the flammable booms.

Martyr Murugathasan REST IN PEACE, Your thirst will come to true. Tamils Will live with peace in their own country!!
I salute to Martyr Murugathasan. How many more life Tamils need to loose to get the international community. International community must take the responsible for all of these lost live. Are they having United Nation for the secured arm supplies for the GENOCIDE. If the mandate of the UN which is say United Nation is the bi-product of the WWII to protect the peoples' and ethnics' right, WHY THEY NOT ACT TO STOP THE GENOCIDE AGAINST TAMILS IN SRI LANKA. Rather then act against GENOCIDE the UN countries supply war equipment and the such as CLUSTER booms, which banned on more than 92 countries and has a sanction to produce it, multi barrel rockets and the flammable booms. Martyr Murugathasan REST IN PEACE, Your thirst will come to true. Tamils Will live with peace in their own country!! Rupan Ananthan
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8:56am Thu 19 Feb 09

Lakshi says...

Mr/Ms.gmb,
Either you were not born in SL or educated in Sri Lankan education system. If not you would have known the Sri Lankan history. Kindly don't bluff in a reputable newspaper and degrade yourself. Shame for yourself. thanks anyway.. You proved the injustice happening to Tamils in Sri Lanka yourself. The step-motherly treatment given to them. If lord Buddha is alive today he will kill himself also seeing the crimes of so called followers of buddhism .
Mr/Ms.gmb, Either you were not born in SL or educated in Sri Lankan education system. If not you would have known the Sri Lankan history. Kindly don't bluff in a reputable newspaper and degrade yourself. Shame for yourself. thanks anyway.. You proved the injustice happening to Tamils in Sri Lanka yourself. The step-motherly treatment given to them. If lord Buddha is alive today he will kill himself also seeing the crimes of so called followers of buddhism . Lakshi
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9:01am Thu 19 Feb 09

Gobi says...

I am saluting to my friend Murukathasan. I am really worried of your precious live.

How many Tamils need to die to pay attention by International Community? May be all Tamils...

Don't you feel Tamils are human beings? IC is allowing genocide by its silence. What wrong we did for you.

Please voice for us and bring peace in Sri Lanka. And recognize the Tamils self-determination.
I am saluting to my friend Murukathasan. I am really worried of your precious live. How many Tamils need to die to pay attention by International Community? May be all Tamils... Don't you feel Tamils are human beings? IC is allowing genocide by its silence. What wrong we did for you. Please voice for us and bring peace in Sri Lanka. And recognize the Tamils self-determination. Gobi
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9:37am Thu 19 Feb 09

Wijenayake says...

Supreme sacrifice is possible only when life or feeling, selfish or for others, becomes intolerable. Tamils have suffered enough in Sri Lanka because of the failures of Sri Lankan leaders of all communities. Minority leaders from GG Ponnampalam onwards are prepared to betray their community just for ministerial posts or perks. Sinhalese leaders are blind to the sufferings of all communities. They are led to believe Mahavamsa and are prepared to destroy the country to make it mono-ethnic. Mr Murugathan's sacrifice which should have been avoided is better served if progressive people of all communities work towards equality of all races.
Supreme sacrifice is possible only when life or feeling, selfish or for others, becomes intolerable. Tamils have suffered enough in Sri Lanka because of the failures of Sri Lankan leaders of all communities. Minority leaders from GG Ponnampalam onwards are prepared to betray their community just for ministerial posts or perks. Sinhalese leaders are blind to the sufferings of all communities. They are led to believe Mahavamsa and are prepared to destroy the country to make it mono-ethnic. Mr Murugathan's sacrifice which should have been avoided is better served if progressive people of all communities work towards equality of all races. Wijenayake
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10:19am Thu 19 Feb 09

Wijenayake says...

UN must address to the unabated human rights violations. Have Tamils got rights to eat, shelter, medicine, move freely? If so why aren't anyone there in Tamil areas to guarantee these basic rights? Why cannot the journalists be allowed to report on what is going on in the conflict zone and army and LTTE controlled areas? Why no one bothers about the journalists murdered or assaulted? Why hasn't any killer brought to justice? Can a government kill its citizens? Is there no way out of this jungle law?
UN must address to the unabated human rights violations. Have Tamils got rights to eat, shelter, medicine, move freely? If so why aren't anyone there in Tamil areas to guarantee these basic rights? Why cannot the journalists be allowed to report on what is going on in the conflict zone and army and LTTE controlled areas? Why no one bothers about the journalists murdered or assaulted? Why hasn't any killer brought to justice? Can a government kill its citizens? Is there no way out of this jungle law? Wijenayake
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8:51pm Fri 20 Feb 09

M. Mayavan says...

A Big Salute to you my dear Murukathasan anna(brother)! you are one of my Dearest eelam brother from another mother.! I cant find any words to say about you anna, and feels very proud of you anna(brother).! We will get our freedom very soon, you will lives in all our tamil hearts forever.! - rest in peace ஆத்மா சாந்தி
டையட்ட
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''INFORMATION ABOUT GENOCIDE OF TAMILS IN SRILANKA''

Rajapaksa and Fonseka assumed their current offices in December 2005. They exercise command responsibility over Sri Lanka’s mono-ethnic Sinhalese security forces. On their watch, they have attempted to physically destroy Tamils in whole or in substantial part through more than 3,800 extrajudicial killings or disappearances; the infliction of serious bodily injury on tens of thousands; the creation of punishing conditions of life, including starvation, withholding medicines and hospital care, humanitarian aid embargoes, bombing and artillery shelling of schools, hospitals, churches, temples; and the displacements of more than 1.3 million civilians into camps, which were then bombed and shelled. This degree of mayhem inflicted on the Tamil civilian population because of ethnicity or religion ranks with the atrocities in Bosnia and Kosovo that occasioned genocide indictments against Serbs by the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

During the past month, a virtual reenactment of the Bosnian Srebrenica genocide of more than 7,000 Muslims has unfolded. Sri Lanka’s armed forces employed indiscriminate bombing and shelling to herd 350,000 Tamil civilians into a government-prescribe
d “safety zone,” a euphemism for Tamil killing fields. There, more than 1,000 have been slaughtered and more than 2,500 have been injured by continued bombing and shelling.

As a preliminary to the horror, roads and medical aid were blocked, and humanitarian workers and all media were expelled. During a BBC radio interview on Feb. 2, Rajapaksa declared that outside the “safety zone” nothing should “exist.” Accordingly, a hospital has been repeatedly bombed, killing scores of patients. Rajapaksa further proclaimed that in Sri Lanka, any person not involved in fighting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is a terrorist.

The United States assailed and sanctioned Serbia for noncooperation in apprehending genocide defendants Slobodan Milosevic, Radovan Karadzic, and Ratko Mladic. The United States should be no less scrupulous in prosecuting suspected genocide by its own citizens or permanent residents. Further, under Article 5 of the Genocide Convention of 1948, ratified by the United States Senate in 1986, the United States is obligated to provide “effective penalties” for genocide. That imposes an obligation on signatory parties to investigate and to prosecute credible charges - a benchmark that has been satisfied by TAG’s 1,000-page model 12-count indictment of Rajapaksa and Fonseka.

The predictable defense of counter-terrorism will not wash. Not a single Tamil victim identified in the model indictment was involved in the war between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The lame excuse of defeating terrorism was advanced by Sudanese President Omar Bashir to a genocide arrest warrant over Darfur issued by chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo of the International Criminal Court. The chief prosecutor retorted that although Bashir’s pretense was counterterrorism, his intent was genocide.

The State Department lists Sri Lanka as an investigatory target in the Office of War Crimes. The New York-based Genocide Prevention Project last December labeled Sri Lanka as a country of “highest concern.” President Barack Obama has made the case for military intervention in Sudan or elsewhere to stop genocide. All the more justification for the United States to open an investigation of the voluminous and credible 12 counts of genocide against a United States citizen and permanent resident alien assembled by Tamils Against Genocide.

A genocide indictment would probably deter Rajapaksa and Fonseka from their ongoing atrocities against Tamil civilians. There is no time to tarry.
(more about this on: www.sibernews.com/20
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## ## B R I T A I N ## ##

As a British Tamil we request you:

+ BRITAIN PLEASE STOP GENOCIDE OF TAMILS IN SRILANKA
+ WE NEED FREEDOM (TAMIL EELAM)
+ BREAK BANDS ON LTTE'S
+ OUR LEADER IS VELUPPILLAI PRABHAKARAN (NATIONAL LEADER OF TAMIL EELAM)
+ STOP KILLING TAMIL PEOPLES
+ IMMEDIATE ACTIONS NEEDED
+ PLEASE HELP TAMIL PEOPLEs


TO: Harrow Times News editor

I Thank you very much for publish this news at your web-site, also i request you to publish about SRILANKA'S GENOCIDE''
you can get everyday genocide deatils form following websites -
www.tamilnet.com
www.tamilwin.com (english version)
www.sibernews.com/20
0902151920
hope you will fullfil TAMILS request, once again thanking you..!
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A Big Salute to you my dear Murukathasan anna(brother)! you are one of my Dearest eelam brother from another mother.! I cant find any words to say about you anna, and feels very proud of you anna(brother).! We will get our freedom very soon, you will lives in all our tamil hearts forever.! - rest in peace ஆத்மா சாந்தி டையட்ட ம் xx xx xx ''INFORMATION ABOUT GENOCIDE OF TAMILS IN SRILANKA'' Rajapaksa and Fonseka assumed their current offices in December 2005. They exercise command responsibility over Sri Lanka’s mono-ethnic Sinhalese security forces. On their watch, they have attempted to physically destroy Tamils in whole or in substantial part through more than 3,800 extrajudicial killings or disappearances; the infliction of serious bodily injury on tens of thousands; the creation of punishing conditions of life, including starvation, withholding medicines and hospital care, humanitarian aid embargoes, bombing and artillery shelling of schools, hospitals, churches, temples; and the displacements of more than 1.3 million civilians into camps, which were then bombed and shelled. This degree of mayhem inflicted on the Tamil civilian population because of ethnicity or religion ranks with the atrocities in Bosnia and Kosovo that occasioned genocide indictments against Serbs by the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. During the past month, a virtual reenactment of the Bosnian Srebrenica genocide of more than 7,000 Muslims has unfolded. Sri Lanka’s armed forces employed indiscriminate bombing and shelling to herd 350,000 Tamil civilians into a government-prescribe d “safety zone,” a euphemism for Tamil killing fields. There, more than 1,000 have been slaughtered and more than 2,500 have been injured by continued bombing and shelling. As a preliminary to the horror, roads and medical aid were blocked, and humanitarian workers and all media were expelled. During a BBC radio interview on Feb. 2, Rajapaksa declared that outside the “safety zone” nothing should “exist.” Accordingly, a hospital has been repeatedly bombed, killing scores of patients. Rajapaksa further proclaimed that in Sri Lanka, any person not involved in fighting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is a terrorist. The United States assailed and sanctioned Serbia for noncooperation in apprehending genocide defendants Slobodan Milosevic, Radovan Karadzic, and Ratko Mladic. The United States should be no less scrupulous in prosecuting suspected genocide by its own citizens or permanent residents. Further, under Article 5 of the Genocide Convention of 1948, ratified by the United States Senate in 1986, the United States is obligated to provide “effective penalties” for genocide. That imposes an obligation on signatory parties to investigate and to prosecute credible charges - a benchmark that has been satisfied by TAG’s 1,000-page model 12-count indictment of Rajapaksa and Fonseka. The predictable defense of counter-terrorism will not wash. Not a single Tamil victim identified in the model indictment was involved in the war between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The lame excuse of defeating terrorism was advanced by Sudanese President Omar Bashir to a genocide arrest warrant over Darfur issued by chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo of the International Criminal Court. The chief prosecutor retorted that although Bashir’s pretense was counterterrorism, his intent was genocide. The State Department lists Sri Lanka as an investigatory target in the Office of War Crimes. The New York-based Genocide Prevention Project last December labeled Sri Lanka as a country of “highest concern.” President Barack Obama has made the case for military intervention in Sudan or elsewhere to stop genocide. All the more justification for the United States to open an investigation of the voluminous and credible 12 counts of genocide against a United States citizen and permanent resident alien assembled by Tamils Against Genocide. A genocide indictment would probably deter Rajapaksa and Fonseka from their ongoing atrocities against Tamil civilians. There is no time to tarry. (more about this on: www.sibernews.com/20 0902151920) ## ## B R I T A I N ## ## As a British Tamil we request you: + BRITAIN PLEASE STOP GENOCIDE OF TAMILS IN SRILANKA + WE NEED FREEDOM (TAMIL EELAM) + BREAK BANDS ON LTTE'S + OUR LEADER IS VELUPPILLAI PRABHAKARAN (NATIONAL LEADER OF TAMIL EELAM) + STOP KILLING TAMIL PEOPLES + IMMEDIATE ACTIONS NEEDED + PLEASE HELP TAMIL PEOPLEs TO: Harrow Times News editor I Thank you very much for publish this news at your web-site, also i request you to publish about SRILANKA'S GENOCIDE'' you can get everyday genocide deatils form following websites - www.tamilnet.com www.tamilwin.com (english version) www.sibernews.com/20 0902151920 hope you will fullfil TAMILS request, once again thanking you..! xx xx xx M. Mayavan
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