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      Sri Lanka to be tried for genocide against Tamils: How will Cuba and its
      allies respond?

      Posted By *Circles Robinson* On November 10, 2012 @ 5:35 am In *Recent
      Posts,World* | *No
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      *By Ron Ridenour*

      <http://www.havanatimes.org/?attachment_id=81849>[1]HAVANA TIMES — An
      unprecedented move by internationalists and activists for human rights and
      justice, one that could inspire controversy among left oriented governments
      and peoples’ solidarity committees, will take place next spring.

      “In April 2013, a panel of international experts will be convened as Judges
      of the ‘Permanent People’s Tribunal’ to examine reports submitted by many
      specialized working groups on the accusation of the crime of Genocide
      against the Government of Sri Lanka and on the accusations against various
      international actors who had supported and prepared the conditions for the
      Sri Lankan Government to implement this alleged crime,” stated the
      Rome-based ‘Permanent People’s Tribunal’ (PPT) on November 3. (1)

      This decision is supported organizationally by the ‘Irish Forum for Peace
      in Sri Lanka’ (IFPSL) based in Dublin and the International Human Rights
      Association (IMRV) based in Bremen.

      In mid January 2010 the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Sri Lankan held its
      sessions in Dublin, Ireland. There were four findings:

      1: That the Sri Lankan Government and its military are guilty of War Crimes;
      2: That the Sri Lankan Government and its military are guilty of crimes
      against humanity;
      3: That the charge of genocide requires further investigation;
      4: That the international community, particularly the UK and USA, share
      responsibility for the breakdown of the peace process.(2)

      It also found that member states of the United Nations had not *“complied
      with their moral obligation to seek justice for the violations of human
      rights committed during the last period of the war”* [Sri Lanka government
      war against the Tamils].

      The PPT was referring to Human Rights Council Resolution S-11/1 of May 27,
      2009. Cuba led the majority of members to vote for the Sri Lanka government
      drafted resolution. The resolution only praised Sri Lanka government for
      ending the hostilities and for the “liberation” of tens of thousands of
      Tamils (who were, in fact, up to three hundred thousand Internally
      Displaced Persons incarcerated for many months and even years in
      concentration camps).

      It only condemned the Tamil Tiger guerrillas (Liberation Tigers for Tamil
      Eelam) for terrorism and made no mention of the long-endured suffering,
      pogroms, indiscrimination and inequality suffered by the Tamil people at
      the hands of the Sinhalese majority governments and military, and Buddhist
      monks.

      Since the time of the resolution, Cuba has stepped up closer ties with the
      Mahinda Rajapaksa family government, even inviting him to Cuba as a guest
      of honor for four days. (3)

      *The case for genocide*

      Here are excerpts of the PPT statement concerning the need to investigate
      the possibility that Sri Lankan governments have been committing genocide
      against the Tamil people for decades.

      *“This possibility has become a necessity now, due to the mass of new
      evidence (substantial, quantitative and qualitative) that has come to light
      since [2010 session]. At the time we held the ‘Dublin Tribunal’, the real
      casualty figures remained largely hidden. The official UN figure did not
      exceed 8000 civilian casualties, while some of the British and French press
      carried reports estimating the total number of casualties at ‘up to
      20,000′. In fact, the Sri Lanka Government maintained a position of ‘zero
      civilian casualties’ for the full period of the final military offensive!*

      *“However, soon after the Dublin Tribunal, like a dam bursting, details of
      terrible atrocities and a more realistic estimation of the magnitude of the
      massacre started surfacing in media.*

      *“The effective embargo in the international media that existed during the
      eight months of the military offensive – which had helped to prevent a
      humanitarian opposition to the war to emerge – was starting to break down,
      eight months after the end of the military project.*

      *“One month after the Tribunal – in February 2010 – appearing on
      Australia’s ABC Television, the former UN spokesman in Sri Lanka Gordon
      Weiss contradicted the UN estimate of ‘no more than 8,000 casualties’
      stating that ‘anything between 10,000 to 40,000’ civilians may have died
      during the final siege. Sometime later the Experts’ Panel appointed by the
      UN Secretary General used the 40,000 figure as its own estimate.*

      *“On January 2011, the Catholic Bishop of Mannar made a submission to the
      Sri Lankan Government’s own ‘Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’
      (LLRC) that according to his calculation, 146,679 people are unaccounted
      for (he used the Government’s own statistics to show this)…*

      *“The casualty figure issue is just one factor – which we have highlighted
      to emphasise our point. Various other factors – such as an examination of
      the historical background which had laid the basis to the events that led
      to the military operations in 2009, as well as, whether or not the
      continuing issues that the Tamil people in the area concerned are facing at
      the moment are related to this history, needs to be carried out properly to
      deal with the overall reality.*

      *“Due to the fact that substantial, quantitative and qualitative new
      evidence has become available, we believe that there are compelling reasons
      to organize a follow up to the ‘People’s Tribunal on Sri Lanka’ to examine
      the case of Genocide against the Tamil people.”*

      This follow up session will be held in Germany.

      *Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal* was initiated in 1979 by the left socialist
      and anti-fascist resistance fighter Senator Lelie Basso. He had been a
      judge on the International War Crimes Tribunal, also know as the Bertrand
      Russell-Sartre Tribunal, in 1966-7, concerning war crimes committed by the
      United States against Vietnam, and the 1973-6 investigations regarding war
      crimes committed by Latin American dictatorships, assisted by the USA. One
      of Cuba’s few women guerrilla fighters, Melba Hernandez, was one of the
      judges when she was chairwoman of the Cuba Committee for Solidarity with
      Viet Nam.

      PPT has held more than 40 sessions on war crimes and crimes against
      humanity, as well as genocide, in many parts of the world: US war crimes
      against Nicaragua, national dictatorship war crimes (usually with the
      assistance of US military forces and the CIA) against Argentines,
      Guatemalans, El Salvadorans, Filipinos, the Western Sahara, Eritrea…

      It has also investigated and condemned Turkey for committing genocide
      against the Armenian people. In 2006, it ethically sanctioned the economic
      neo-liberal model and multinational corporations for violations of
      international principles respecting human rights.

      Among the many prestigious PPT panelists have been Nobel Prize winners:
      Adolfo Perez, Sean MacBride and George Wald. Many judges and associates
      have either come from Latin America and/or been close to the Cuban
      revolutionary process, as well as its allies in the ALBA alliance, among
      them are: Francois Houtart and Miguel D’Escoto.
      —–

      *(1) **http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=35722 [2]***

      Gianni Tognoni, Secretary General, Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT), Rome
      Jude Lal Fernando, Irish Forum for Peace in Sri Lanka (IFPSL), Dublin
      Nicolai Jung, International Human Rights Association (IMRV), Bremen e.V
      Contact: irishpeaceforum@...
      imrvbremen@...

      *(2)*
      http://www.tamilnet.com/img/publish/2010/01/Dublin_Permanent_Peoples_Tribunal_Final__Report.pdf<http://www.tamilnet.com/img/publish/2010/01/Dublin_Permanent_Peoples_Tribunal_Final__Report.pdf>
      [3]

      *(3) *Much of my writings of late have focused on the Tamil people’s
      struggles for human rights and justice and the lack of natural solidarity
      that Cuba should be taking with them instead of the opposite: support for a
      most brutal Sri Lanka regime.

      Here are some of my articles on that issue and connection, as well as on
      how the worst terrorist states in the world—the USA and Israel—have always
      backed the Sinhalese racist governments with arms and heavy war machinery,
      intelligence and surveillance, and money. Furthermore, in this world of
      geo-politics with odd bed partners, China, Pakistan, Russia, and Iran have
      also heavily aided the Sri Lanka Sinhalese chauvinists in committing gross
      atrocities against the Tamil people. I have also written a book on the
      subject* *published in India in 2011:
      “Tamil Nation in Sri Lanka”
      http://www.ronridenour.com/books/tamil_nation_in_sri_lanka.htm<http://www.ronridenour.com/books/tamil_nation_in_sri_lanka.htm>
      [4]
      “Cuba-ALBA let down Sri Lanka Tamils” http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=56447
      [5]
      “Cuba hosted Sri Lanka Pres/War Criminal”
      http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=72890&cpage=1
      <http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=72890&cpage=1>
      [6]
      *“*Cuba’s contradictory stance on Tamils”* *
      http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=56447 [5]
      “Cuba outvoted at UN Human Rights Council over Sri Lanka-Tamils
      http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=65303 [7]
      “Sri Lanka war crimes-genocide with West complicity”
      http://dissidentvoice.org/2012/05/sri-lanka-war-crimes-genocide-with-west-complicity/<http://dissidentvoice.org/2012/05/sri-lanka-war-crimes-genocide-with-west-complicity/>
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