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Australian political analyst casts spotlight on Rudd's duplicity

Silence on Sri Lanka screams of duplicity

Cynthia Banham

This week Sri Lanka celebrated the second anniversary of the end of its 26-year civil war by holding an international ''defeating terrorism'' conference. It is a kind of brag-fest, to talk about the lessons learnt in its brutal victory over the insurgent group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

There's one aspect, however, of the protracted battle that the Sri Lankan government does not like to talk about, how in the final stages - a United Nations ''panel of experts'' says - up to 40,000 civilians may have been massacred.

Pressure Mounts on Labor gov't as Australian of the Year also backs calls

26th May 2011

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

“For over ten years I have been involved in the mental health care of very many Sri Lankans who have come to Australia seeking asylum from the civil war and the extensive use of torture and other human rights abuses that have occurred there. Most of my patients have been Tamil, however some have been Sinhalese or Muslim. Based on this knowledge of the situation in Sri Lanka in recent years, as seen through the eyes of my patients, all of whom have been granted asylum in Australia. I fully support the recent call from the UN Expert Panel for an independent investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka, and respectfully urge the Australian government to support this call.”

Yours sincerely

Professor Patrick D McGorry AO

Rudd's stays silent as Liberals and Greens speak up on war crimes in Sri Lanka

THE Tamil community has called on Kevin Rudd to reject the credentials of Sri Lanka's new high commissioner and warned the Foreign Minister's silence on UN war crimes allegations will worsen Australia's asylum-seeker problem.

Confirmation Canberra has accepted Vice-Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe's credentials has “shocked” the Tamil community, spokeswoman Dr Sam Pari said...

...Dr Pari said Mr Rudd's silence on the report's call for a war crimes probe was worrying.

“Sri Lanka is using diplomatic posts to sanitise their image after the war.

“The influx of asylum-seekers into Australia will only be perpetuated by Mr Rudd's silence on the issue of war crimes in Sri Lanka.

“If his (Rudd) silence reflects Australia's asylum policy, it will only exacerbate the refugee crisis,” she said...

...Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman, Julie Bishop, said claims of war crimes need to be investigated.

“The UN report raises very serious allegations about the conduct of both the Sri Lankan government forces and the Tamil Tigers in 2009.

“The Gillard government should be raising concerns about the events in 2009 and urging all parties to fully cooperate with any investigation.”

...BANDT: We trade with them we have negotiating and dipolomatic influence with them. And I think perhaps in a country closer to home or pehaps in a country where they were a group that had a louder voice, we would be jumping up and down saying this is unacceptable treatment.

MISTRY: Sri Lankan MP Rajiva Wijesingha says the government is working to engage more Tamils in the reconciliation process. But Tamils say there can be no reconciliation without an independant examination of the past. Adrian Sinnappu again.

SINNAPPU: Without justice there cannot be true reconciliation. They can continue to subjugate and threaten the community but without an international investigation and trying to find the truth and then the perpetrators on both

Tamil anger at new envoy

Since learning of his nomination for the role earlier this year, Australia's Tamil community has lobbied the Gillard government to reject Admiral Samarasinghe in response to Sri Lanka's refusal to allow an international war crimes tribunal. Australian Tamil Congress spokeswoman Sam Pari said the Tamil community felt betrayed and disappointed as the appointment would give an accused war criminal diplomatic immunity.

ATC in the media - UN report on war crimes in SL

The Wire - Leaked UN report details Sri Lankan war crimes

Produced by Emma Davis

A UN report detailing the crimes committed by both sides of the Sri Lankan civil war has been leaked to the public. The report examined the operations of the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebel group, and found both sides were guilty of exploiting refugees. The UN also found claims that war crimes committed in Sri Lanka were credible and needed to be investigated further. Story Features: Doctor Sam Pari, spokesperson for the Australian Tamil Congress; John Whitehall, Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Western Sydney.

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