Lanka troops executed Prabhakaran’s son



AGENCIES

Published — Wednesday 20 February 2013

Last update 19 February 2013 8:46 pm

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

NEW DELHI: Photos released yesterday to publicize a new documentary on Sri Lanka show that government soldiers executed the 12-year-old son of separatist chief Velupillai Prabhakaran in 2009, its director claimed.
The photos, part of a documentary for Britain’s Channel 4, prove the Sri Lankan Army’s involvement in war crimes including summary execution and torture during the island’s 37-year-long civil war, according to director Callum Macrae. The pictures “tell a chilling story,” Macrae wrote in an article published in Indian newspaper The Hindu.
In one, Balachandran, the youngest son of the slain Tamil Tiger leader, is seen eating a snack while sitting in a green sandbag bunker guarded by a soldier. A second image shows his bullet-riddled bare-chested body.
The documentary alleges that Balachandran was executed two hours after the first photo was taken. The images have been scrutinized by digital image analysts, who concluded they came from the same camera, and support video footage of the boy’s body uncovered last year, Macrae said. The Sri Lankan government has maintained that Prabhakaran’s family were killed in fighting. The bodies of his wife and daughter have never been found.
“The new photographs are particularly important evidentially, because they prove that Balachandran was not killed in crossfire, or in a battle. His death was deliberate and calculated,” Macrae wrote.
“It is difficult to imagine the mindset of an army in which a child can be executed in cold blood with apparent impunity.” “No War Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka” will be released in March in Geneva to coincide with a UN Human Rights Council discussion on the country, currently facing censure by the US over its failure to probe war crimes. Sri Lanka’s military denied executing prisoners and accused the British network of engaging in a campaign to tar the country’s reputation.

“These pictures come out in time for the UN Human Rights Council meetings. They want to discredit us,” Sri Lankan military spokesman Brig. Ruwan Wanisasooriya said. “No evidence has been presented to us to investigate.” Macrae asked India to support calls for an independent probe and said that Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse and his brother, defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse, should be made to answer for alleged war crimes.
Rights groups say up to 40,000 civilians were killed by security forces in the final months of a no-holds-barred offensive in 2009 that ended Sri Lanka’s decades-long fight against Tamil separatists.
Sri Lanka denies causing civilian deaths and President Rajapakse sees himself as having brought peace to the Indian Ocean island.

Clergy wants probe
Christian clergy from Sri Lanka’s ethnic Tamil-majority north have asked the UN Human Rights Council to push for an independent international inquiry into alleged atrocities in Sri Lanka’s civil war.
A letter dated Monday and signed by 133 Roman Catholic, Anglican and Methodist pastors and nuns said the government lacks the will to resolve causes of the conflict on its own.
Both the government and the now-defeated Tamil Tiger rebels have been accused of serious human rights violations during the quarter-century-long war, especially its final stages. According to a UN report, tens of thousands of civilians were killed in just the five months before fighting ended in 2009.
Last week, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Sri Lanka has failed to investigate reports of atrocities, and that opposition leaders are still being killed or abducted.
“We are convinced that the root cause of these problems is a lack of political will,” the letter from the clergy said.
“Hence, it is our firm conviction that technical assistance from the UN in the form of training, advice, financial and material support will not suffice.” They called for an international, independent commission of inquiry.
The UN rights council last year passed a resolution urging Sri Lanka to investigate human rights abuses, as the country’s own war commission had recommended. The clergy asked the council to pass a new resolution noting a lack of progress by the government.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: No date has been set so far for the visit of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to Moscow, the Saudi Press Agency said on Sunday, quoting a source at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Russia’s RIA news agency reported on Thursd...
JEDDAH: Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir says if the Syrian political process fails, Bashar Assad will have to be removed “by force.”“I believe Assad is weak and I believe Assad is finished,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview...
JAZAN: Saudi defense forces at the southern border shot down on Saturday a Scud missile that originated from Yemen and targeted Khamis Mushait where a major airbase is located, Al-Arabiya reported.Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told a sec...
JEDDAH: Employees of the Education Office in Al-Daer governorate, Jazan, where seven people were gunned down on Thursday are in a state of shock and perplexed as to what prompted the attacker — a teacher — to take such an extreme step.The teacher, id...
JEDDAH: The campaign to support Syrian refugees with all their needs is being carried out effectively, as per the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman....
RIYADH: The Ministry of Municipalities and Rural Affairs has ordered the allocation of separate sections for female members of municipal councils.This was announced by Jedaie Al-Qahtani of the ministry. “This is in implementation of Clause 107 of the...
DAMMAM: The 9th Saudi Student Conference which is being held on Feb. 13-14 is sponsored by Umm Al-Qura University and hosted by the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. It was organized by the Scientific Society for Saudi Students in the...
RIYADH: Over the past 10 years, begging in the Kingdom has increased substantially, with the number of organized gangs of expatriate beggars increasing to 85 percent of the total number of beggars, according to Social Affairs Ministry Majed Al-Qassab...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Health said it expects its blood donation drive will received 450,000 milliliters (ml) of blood when the Janadriyah festival ends on Feb. 19.Khalid Ibrahim Zobaie, who supervises the blood donation project, said the drive is i...
JEDDAH: The Shoura Council’s decision to reduce working hours in the private sector from 48 hours to 40 hours per week would result in additional operational costs in the sector due to 30 percent higher wages for expat workers, according to Mansour b...
MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman recently visited a number of ongoing developmental project sites in the Holy City, as part of his efforts to ensure that they meet the set standards and deadlines.During the visit, he said that all the s...
RIYADH: The National Guard Ministry is studying the possibility of having two countries as guests of honor each year instead of one at the Janadriyah festival for culture and heritage, the Kingdom’s most prestigious annual festival.This was revealed...
DAMMAM: The Pakistan International School in Alkhobar hosted their 49th annual prize distribution ceremony to honor outstanding students in the presence of Pakistani Ambassador Manzoor Ul Haq and his wife, Nighat Manzoor.Haq appreciated the efforts o...
DAMMAM: The Weaam Association for Family Care in the Eastern Province has succeeded in addressing more than 700 cases of family disputes during the last one year.Abdulrahman Al-Khudair, Weaam’s director of public delations, said: “The association off...
JEDDAH: The Nakheel mall case has continued to grab the limelight, with a number of lawyers now offering their services to the girl who was roughed up by some Haia members in Riyadh. Some people also expressed, through social media, their support to...

Stay Connected

Facebook