One moment please..
 
Article
Sri Lanka 'war crimes' soldiers ordered to 'finish the job' - Channel4
[ Wednesday, 27 July 2011, 07:58.44 PM GMT +05:30 ]
two Sri Lankans who witnessed the violent final showdown of the country's 26-year civil war claim a top military commander and Sri Lanka's defence secretary ordered war crimes.

One of these eyewitnesses, an army officer, accuses Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa - the president's brother - of ordering Brigadier Shavendra Silva to execute Tamil rebel leaders, whose safe surrender had been guaranteed by the president.
The other new witness, who was also operating with Brigadier Shavendra Silva's 58 Division on the front line during the final assault, claims the Brigadier was ordered by the defence secretary "to finish the job by whatever means necessary."
'Licence to kill'

He said this was interpreted by the soldiers as a licence to kill. He described how he had watched as Sri Lankan forces shot dead unarmed Tamil women and children. It is the first time this allegation has been made.

The war was won by Sri Lankan government soldiers two years ago. The rebel leadership was virtually wiped out.

As the army closed in, around 130,000 Tamil civilians had been trapped on an ever-shrinking shard of land on the north-east of the island alongside the besieged rebel fighters, who are accused of using them as human shields.

The Sri Lankan president said no civilians were killed by the army during the final assault. But the United Nations now believes that up 40,000 civilians were killed during the last few weeks of the conflict. Others estimate the toll to be higher.

Most are thought to have died as a result of gun and mortar fire allegedly directed on them deliberately by government forces.

After repeated requests for an interview with Shavendra Silva - now retired and promoted to the rank of major-general - Channel 4 News went to confront him with these allegations in New York, where he serves as Sri Lanka's deputy ambassador to the UN.

Advertisements
UNHRC Commissioner met Ranil
[ Tuesday, 09 February 2016, 07:07.28 AM ] []
UNHRC Commissioner Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Husseine schedule to meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday. [More]
Within Two Weeks Mahinda Rajapaksa's New Front Likely to Be Launched
[ Tuesday, 09 February 2016, 05:51.12 AM ]
Rajapaksa's New Front Likely To Be Launched Within Two Weeks. According to the Political Sources, The new political party to be formed by the 'Joint Opposition' could be registered within two weeks, political sources said. [More]
UN Human Rights Commissioner rejects Wigneswaran's request
[ Monday, 08 February 2016, 11:22.15 AM ] []
The UNHRC Chief Rejects the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran's Request On the LTTE Prisoners. [More]
Four more arrests imminent
[ Sunday, 07 February 2016, 07:43.05 AM ]
The Criminal investigation Department(CID) investigating journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda’s disappearance, is set to arrest four more Army intelligence personnel connected to the incident in the coming days, authoritative CID sources told to Colombo Midea. [More]
TNA’s promise to Swaraj
[ Sunday, 07 February 2016, 07:37.52 AM ]
TNA leaders promised to work with the government to find a political solution acceptable to all communities in Sri Lanka, when they met the vising Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj yesterday. [More]
Gnanasara Thera writes letter from Welikada prison
[ Sunday, 07 February 2016, 07:27.28 AM ]
Bodu Bala Sena general secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera has written a letter from Welikada prison to the Mahanayake Thera, president, prime minister and the cabinet ministers. [More]
Sushma assures Sirisena India’s support for his policies
[ Saturday, 06 February 2016, 10:12.10 AM ] []
Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has told President Maithripala Sirisena the Government of India supports Sri Lanka’s policies on reconciliation and development, the President’s office said today. [More]
Wigneswaran Visits Buddhist Temple In Jaffna
[ Saturday, 06 February 2016, 06:19.44 AM ] []
Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran visited the Naga Viharaya in Jaffna yesterday and met with the Chief Monk at the temple. [More]
US slams human rights violations in SriLanka
[ Friday, 26 June 2015, 08:03.21 AM ]
Several human rights violations had taken place last year in Sri Lanka , according to the annual human rights report of the US State Department released yesterday (Thursday). [More]