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Aug 4, 2011

War crimes in Sri Lanka and political options for Australia

Why is no one in the international community doing anything decisive to meet the challenges to human rights and humanitarian law from the bloody end to Sri Lanka’s civil war? asks Jake Lynch, director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney.

Why is no one in the international community doing anything decisive to meet the challenges to human rights and humanitarian law from the bloody end to Sri Lanka’s civil war?

A preliminary report by a UN panel of experts supported claims that up to 40,000 civilians were massacred by the Sri Lankan army. Grave allegations are outstanding against the defeated Tamil Tigers as well, in particular their use of civilians as “human shields”.

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  1. michael crook

    Strangely, no comments as of 7.30, how tragic is that. We just dont want to talk about any war do we. Our support for the Sri lankan government even extends to sending Tamil refugees back to certain death. The world has taken a lurch back to the 1930’s and we are in the vanguard.

  2. Bellistner

    Why is no one in the international community doing anything decisive to meet the challenges to human rights and humanitarian law from the bloody end to Sri Lanka’s civil war?

    That’s easy: 1) they’re ‘black’, and 2) they’re far away.

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