Sri Lanka: SHOT IN COLD BLOOD
Umakant is a Delhi-based activist and researcher.
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The skeletons are tumbling out of graves in the northern part of Sri Lanka. The shocking and horrendous stories of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the last phase of Sri Lanka’s civil war and the atrocities committed by the military during the post war period have hogged the limelight once again. A credible Independent War Crime Tribunal is needed for upholding human rights, for securing justice and also for holding the State accountable for its acts of omission and commission in the last phase of the ‘civil war’ in Sri Lanka.
The battle waged by the Sri Lankan army against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which came to an end on May 19, 2009, led to the killing of V Prabhakaran, the LTTE chief, and absolute decimation of LTTE. That is how almost three decades of civil war came to a bloody end. However, the manner in which the war operation was conducted left many questions unanswered.