New Killings Threaten Ceasefire- HRW

[TamilNet, Thursday, 29 July 2004, 03:01 GMT]
Human Rights Watch, a U.S. based independent nongovernmental organization said in a media release Wednesday, "A spate of killings between factions of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) threatens Sri Lanka’s ceasefire...More than a dozen people have been murdered over the last month in apparently politically motivated killings attributed either to the LTTE or a faction led by the LTTE’s former eastern commander, Colonel Karuna, who broke away from the LTTE in March 2004."

HRW's release further referred to the recent killlings in Colombo of renegade leader Karuna's associates saying that, "Even before the police were notified of the killings, the LTTE announced that these victims had been killed by “dissidents” within Karuna’s own faction, and stated further that the killers had sought and received refuge with the LTTE."

Sri Lanka Government's press release soon after the Colombo incident did not go as far as to accuse the "LTTE of announcing the killings," but said the Government will investigate how some web sites broke the story before the Sri Lanka police knew of the incident.

Liberation Tigers, refering to the incident, said in their peace secretariat website that "dissidents within the renegade Karuna group killed seven associates of Mr. Vinyagamoorthy Muraleetharan (“Karuna”) because of differences within the group." LTTE also said that Karuna associates "were accommodated at a military intelligence safe house in Kottawa, in the outskirts of Colombo."

“These targeted killings sadly show that the ceasefire has not meant an end to the violence that has plagued Sri Lanka,” said James Ross, senior legal advisor for Human Rights Watch. “The LTTE and pro-Karuna forces should immediately halt these killings," the HRW website said.

However, the LTTE has repeatedly accused the Sri Lanka Government of its complicity in the killings in the east. Although the SL Government has denied any involvement, there have been several reports of Sri Lanka Army intelligence operatives' collusion in the east killings, and of high level Sri Lanka Government officials providing support and security to renegade leader Karuna.


Related Articles:
25.07.04   Dissidents within Karuna group killed associates –LTTE
25.07.04   Karuna meets with Sri Lankan ministers, US officials- paper
22.07.04   Curb activities of paramilitaries, SLMM urges SL Government
20.07.04   Tamil MPs slam SLA, paramilitaries for threats to media
14.07.04   Colombo promoting Karuna to destroy LTTE – US think tank
13.07.04   Peace process in great crisis- Thamilchelvan
13.07.04   CFA is in jeopardy- Gajendrakumar
11.07.04   LTTE slams Colombo for open support to renegade
06.07.04   Suspected Karuna cadres released on bail
05.07.04   LTTE warns Security Forces to stop East killings
05.07.04   Armed Tamil youth arrested in Buddhist temple
04.07.04   ‘Jailed Karuna associate in SLA psy-ops’ - LTTE
28.06.04   ‘SLA intelligence behind Batticaloa murders, confusion’ - LT..


External Links:
HRW: Sri Lanka: New Killings Threaten Ceasefire

 

Latest 15 Reports
16.08.19 13:25   Photo
SL Archaeology Department resumes plans to construct controversial ‘chaitya’ at Koonith-theevu
15.08.19 21:39  
Wickramasinghe lacks courage to meet protesting Tamil mothers in North
14.08.19 23:31   Photo
2006 genocidal massacre at Chengchoalai campus marked in Vanni, Jaffna amidst PTA-threats
13.08.19 17:45   Photo
Tamil awareness urged on geopolitics-driven genocidal ‘development’ in Mannaar
12.08.19 20:04   Photo
Percival's 19th century Tamil proverb compilations collated and sorted in new publication
11.08.19 20:32   Photo
PTA-threats against constructing memorial arch for student victims of 2006 aerial massacre
10.08.19 22:49   Photo
Sinhala encroachers storm into 100 acres of lands at Kanneeraavi in Pulmoaddai
09.08.19 14:28  
SL Forest Department retains 8,034 hectares of pasturelands in Paduvaan-karai, Batticaloa
08.08.19 20:05   Photo
Colombo converts 2000 acres of ex-HSZ lands citing India-assisted airport expansion in Jaffna
07.08.19 23:28   Photo
Book on Santhiya becomes narration of Tamil struggle incorporating Marxist ideas in early 80s
06.08.19 23:27   Photo
State discrimination causes death of 1000 cows, milk production drops by 5,500 litres in Batticaloa
05.08.19 23:55   Photo
Pirapaharan’s statements between 1984 and 1993 reproduced in book form in Europe
04.08.19 23:47   Photo
Threatened female activist suffers injuries in suspicious ‘accident’ in Batticaloa
03.08.19 23:55  
SL Army puts up military post, Buddhist chanting dominates Kanniyaa
02.08.19 21:18  
Tamils must fight back against illegal seizure of lands by SL Forest Department: Kurunathan
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=12545