States financing Tamil internment, UN, complicit in Crimes against Humanity - Boyle

[TamilNet, Friday, 16 October 2009, 02:36 GMT]
United Nations Organization and other Western States financing the nazi-style concentration camps, where nearly 300,000 Tamil civilians are held against their wishes under Sri Lanka military supervision, are complicit in Sri Lanka's genocide against Tamils, and also complicit in these crimes against humanity, said Francis A. Boyle, professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, in a note sent to TamilNet Thursday.

Professor Francis A. Boyle, University of Illinois College of Law
Professor Francis A. Boyle, University of Illinois
Prof. Boyle said: "Crimes against Humanity are a precursor to genocide. In this regard, Article II of the 1948 Genocide Convention provides in relevant part:
    "In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group as such:

    ... (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;... "
"For the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to continue to imprison 300,000 Tamils "as such" within these Nazi-style concentration camps constitutes the international crime of genocide as defined by Articles II(b) and (c) of the 1948 Genocide Convention as quoted above," Boyle added.

"Furthermore, for the United Nations Organization and Western States to continue to finance these Nazi-style concentration camps renders them complicit in this instance of the GoSL's genocide against the Tamils in violation of Genocide Convention Article III(e) that criminalizes "Complicity in genocide."

"In addition, both the United Nations Organization and these financing Western States are also complicit in these Crimes against Humanity perpetrated by the GoSL against the Tamils, Professor Boyle said.


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