Backing the Wrong Side: Eva Golinger's Tamil Libel
General Fonseka quit the military after the May 2009 defeat of the Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and ran for the presidency in January, 2010. He came in second, losing to the incumbent, Rajapakse. The former war hero was then promptly arrested and remains in military detention, charged with corruption and politicking while in uniform. Mahinda Rajapakse, together with Gotbhaya and two other brothers—who also hold key government posts—are reportedly furious with Fonseka for an interview he did with The Sunday Leader, and for his assertion that two of those brothers, Gotabhaya and presidential adviser Basil, had issued the orders that “all LTTE leaders must be killed.”
Tamils claim the four brothers’ actions are just the latest chapter of a long history of Sinhalese government-sponsored genocide against them.
The organization Tamils Against Genocide in February 2009 filed a case in a U.S. District Court in California charging genocide under the Geneva Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
The case can be brought in the US because G. Rajapakse is a naturalized citizen and because Fonseka holds a US green card.
Since shortly after gaining independence from Britain, in 1948, Sinhalese governments have been restricting Tamils rights and privileges through laws and through street purges.
In May 2009, the Rajapakse government forced Tamil civilian survivors of the civil war into concentration “welfare” camps, much like those the US used in Vietnam, where they were euphemistically called “strategic hamlets.” In violation of the UN Charter, between 280,000 and half million people were forcibly interned. Today, 100,000 remain incarcerated. One million of Sri Lanka’s three million Tamils have fled the country’s campaign of genocide.
This May 17, the International Crisis Group released its report, “War Crimes in Sri Lanka”. It states:
...Evidence gathered by the International Crisis Group suggests that these [last war] months saw tens of thousands of Tamil civilian men, women, children and elderly killed, countless more wounded, and hundreds of thousands deprived of adequate food and medical care, resulting in more deaths...This evidence also provides reasonable grounds to believe the Sri Lanka security forces committed war crimes with top government and military leaders potentially responsible.
As an example of the crimes being committed, on August 25, 2009, Channel 4 News (UK) broadcast raw footage showing government soldiers casually executing eight captured Tamil men accused of being former LTTE combatants. The act is a war crime. The photos were taken by a government soldier and provided to Channel 4 through the exiled group of Sinhalese and Tamil journalists, Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka. Internationally renowned forensic experts have validated its authenticity.