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Prof. Boyle calls for humanitarian airdrop to starving civilians in ‘safety zone

[TamilNet, Thursday, 30 April 2009 20:05 One Comment]

francis_boyle Francis Boyle, professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, on Thursday called on India, the United States, Britain and France to fulfil their obligations under the Geneva Conventions and Protocol as well as under the Genocide Convention by launching an immediate humanitarian air-drop relief operation for the benefit of the starving Tamil civilians within the so-called safety zone, who are suffering without adequate humanitarian supplies for weeks. In a note sent to TamilNet, Prof. Boyle said starvation of civilians, as a method of warfare, can also constitute an act of genocide as defined by Article II (c) of the 1948 Genocide Convention.

 

"Article 54(1) of Additional Protocol I to the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949 sets forth a rule of customary international humanitarian law that obligates every state in the world: "Starvation of civilians as a method of warfare is prohibited." Starvation of civilians as a method of warfare is a war crime. Every contracting party to the Geneva Conventions and Protocol has the obligation under Common Article 1 thereof "to respect" the Conventions and Protocol themselves and "to ensure respect" for the Conventions and Protocol "in all circumstances" by other contracting parties such as Sri Lanka.

"Furthermore, starvation of civilians as a method of warfare can also constitute an act of genocide as defined by Article II (c) of the 1948 Genocide Convention: "Deliberately inflicting on the group {in this case Tamils} conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part." Every contracting state party to the Genocide Convention has the obligation "to prevent" genocide by Sri Lanka against the Tamils as required by Article I thereof.

"Therefore, every state party to the Geneva Conventions and Protocols as well as to the Genocide Convention have the solemn obligation to terminate GOSL’s starvation of Tamils as a method of warfare. Under the current "circumstances" one of the most effective means this can be done is for those states with the capability (e.g., India, United States, Britain, France) to immediately undertake an airdrop of food and other humanitarian relief supplies to the starving Tamils in Vanni. I hereby call upon these states and in particular India, the United States, Britain and France to fulfil their obligations under the Geneva Conventions and Protocol as well as under the Genocide Convention by launching an immediate humanitarian air-drop relief operation for the benefit of the starving Tamils in Vanni, Sri Lanka.

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  • fdimul said:

    Since India itself is behind in committing this Genocide it is left to other countries like U.S.A., France and England to take up the air droppings of food packets.

    Srilankan wagging tail has to be cut. India also should be threatened with dire consequences. If India is threatened then things will start moving in right direction. Alongwith India the other countries which are to be threatened by International communities are Pakistan and China which has been supporting the genocides.

    The U.N. military force should be sent to Srilanka and an independant observer of repute is to be stationed in Srilanka until a separate Tamil Eelam state is established in the North and East part of Srilanka.

    India is to be totally kept out of Srilanka’s internal affairs. India is the sole trouble monger in Srilanka since historical times, the time has come to ask India in strogest terms not to interfere in the affairs of Srilanka and perpetuate genocides.

    The International body should step in before it is too late. The U.S. President should act fast for which so much tamilians all over the world will be very thankful to him. Obama should condemn the activities of India and its involvement in the genocides in Srilanka. India should also be prosecuted for its war crimes.