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UN report: 1,00,000 Tamilians killed in war

[TOI, Sunday, 3 July 2011 08:01 No Comment]

Nearly 1,00,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the war in Sri Lanka during the final stages of civil war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a report by a committee of the United Nations said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross ( ICRC) has estimated that nearly 14,000 wounded Tamil civilians were evacuated by ship from a no-fire zone in Sri Lanka during the end of war. Of which, the Committee said, 5,000 civilians were amputated and nearly 70,000 children died of starvation during the war in 2008.

Political Science professor Paul Newman from Bangalore University on Saturday presented these statistics quoting from a UN panel report headed by Marzuki Darusman, Steven Ratner and Yasmin Sooka.

In his presentation on the War Crimes and Genocide Investigation: Brief on Permanent People’s Tribunal report and UN Experts Panel Report on Sri Lanka, Paul Newman underlined that reports show hospitals and schools were targeted by the military. Besides, even the LTTE had used civilians as human shields.

During the seminar on war crimes and genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka organized by Forum Against War Crimes and Genocide, human rights activists in the city called on the international community to act swiftly and protect the rights of people.

Nagaragare Ramesh of People’s Democratic Forum emphasized the need for an independent enquiry by UN. "The human rights abuse during the war is disturbing. It is not just the Tamils but everyone should raise their voice against the human rights violation in Sri Lanka," he said.

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