Updated: Oct. 20, 2010
New Sri Lankan civil war photos threaten to overshadow Britain visit
By Dean Nelson, South Asia Editor
18 Oct 2010
The campaign for a war-crimes tribunal to investigate alleged atrocities in the Sri Lankan civil war has intensified following the release of photographs which appeared to show a massacre of Tamils.
The photographs, which showed blood stained bodies of young men and women who had been blindfolded and had their hands tied behind their backs, were released by the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a group which includes former supporters of the Tamil Tiger rebels.
Britain to support call for investigation into Sri Lanka war deaths
by Rhys Blakely
October 19 2010
Britain will add its weight to calls for an independent investigation into alleged war crimes by Sri Lankan troops against Tamil civilians and rebels when William Hague meets the country’s foreign minister tomorrow.
The Foreign Secretary’s talks with Gamini Lakshman Peiris will be the first high-level meeting between Sri Lanka and Britain’s coalition Government. It will take place in London after new photographs of alleged battlefield executions by Sri Lankan troops — said to have been committed in the final phase of the brutal 26-year civil war that ended last year — were circulated by pro-Tamil activists yesterday.
via http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/asia/article2772470.ece (subscription required)
Sri Lanka Abuse Photos – Militray Officers Identified
Lanka News Web has obtained exclusive photos which clearly show men with hands tied behind their back being taken by armed men in military uniform. As the uniformed men can clearly be identifiable in these photographs and others which haven’t been published, Rights Groups are to demand the government to act to maintain credibility. They say the government should get their Army Commander to verify whether these are serving soldiers and conduct a transparent inquiry to find out what happened to these men who appear to be Tamils who have surrendered to the Army on 18 May 2009 early morning.
Tamil Groups are requesting their community to identify the men in the photo whose hands are tied. They want relatives to contact them.