Massive slaughter of citizens in final days of Sri Lanka battle

May 29, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A massive slaughter of Tamil civilians occurred in the final days of Sri Lanka’s military operation to defeat Tamil Tigers rebels according to a new report. Citing confidential U.N. documents it acquired, The Times newspaper reports that Sri Lanka forces killed more than 20,000 civilians total and 1,000 a day in the latter stages of the war against the Tamil Tigers, three times the official figure.

Overall the United Nations estimates that between 80,000 and 100,000 people died in what was one of Asia’s longest modern wars, erupting in earnest in 1983 when the Tigers began to fight for a separate state for Sri Lanka’s minority Tamils. Sri Lanka’s authorities claim their forces stopped using heavy weapons on April 27 in a no-fire zone where an estimated 100,000 Tamil civilians were sheltered and blame civilian casualties on rebels hiding among the civilians, the paper said. Backed by the gruesome twosome of China, Russia and other countries, Sri Lanka easily defeated a proposal for a war crimes inquiry at a special session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday and Wednesday.


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