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DVDs on the Tamil Situation

by Brian Sevewiratne, Brisbane, Australia, March 23, 2007

What is stressed in all of them is that the war that is being waged is not just against the Tamil Tigers, but against the Tamil people. The former is to crush all resistance to Sinhala chauvinism, and the latter to force the Tamil people to accept multiethnic, multilingual, multireligious, multicultural Sri Lanka, as a Sinhala-Buddhist nation. It is an attempt to settle a political problem with military might.

 

The Tamil people are facing the worst crisis in their recorded history, at the hands of the most murderous regime ever to run Sri Lanka. The only ‘force’ that can stop the murderous attempt by the Rajapakse regime to decimate the Tamil people in the North and East of Sri Lanka, is international public opinion.

The International Community (IC) has to be targetted urgently. For this to be done, ordinary people across the world will have to be apprised of the critical situation facing the Tamil people. What the Tamils need is not an Air Force or bigger and better military hardware (neither of which are even remotely possible), but the force of international condemnation, especially the violation of human rights and the injustices done to the Tamils by a succession of Sinhala-dominated Governments.

What is urgently needed is an ‘information campaign’ to counter the ‘disinformation campaign’ launched by the Government. To achieve this, I have put together three DVDs of varying length (30, 45 and 120 minutes), which deal with the problems facing the Tamil people.

What is stressed in all of them is that the war that is being waged is not just against the Tamil Tigers, but against the Tamil people. The former is to crush all resistance to Sinhala chauvinism, and the latter to force the Tamil people to accept multiethnic, multilingual, multireligious, multicultural Sri Lanka, as a Sinhala-Buddhist nation. It is an attempt to settle a political problem with military might. This must be spelt out to the IC with documented facts which will refute the Government canard that Tamil civilians are not being targetted.

The three DVDs are

  • Sri Lanka. The human cost of a military solution.                      30 minutes
  • Sri Lanka. Humanitarian Concerns.                                           45 minutes
  • Sri Lanka. The Ethnic Problem. What the world must know.   120 minutes

What should be done?

I suggest that the 30 minute and 45 minute DVDs be duplicated and distributed to non-Sri Lankans, with a request that they pressure their politicians to act. What they have to do has been set out in all the DVDs.

I have neither the funds nor the facilities to do this. All I can do is to send the DVDs to those who feel they can help in their distribution. Permission to duplicate them is not necessary since these have been recorded by me.

A printed version

The contents of the DVDs (including the pictures) are being printed. Printing colour photographs is quite expensive and I have put this ‘on hold’ until I can get some idea of how many will be needed. It will help if you could let me know how many of which one you will be interested in.

Availability

I am hoping to have these DVDs available in California, New York, Toronto, London, and Paris. They will, of course, be available from me (in Brisbane), and perhaps in Sydney and Melbourne. For the moment, the best I can suggest is that you contact me (briansen@bigpond.net.au), call me +61 419335335 or mail me, 292 Pine Mt Rd, Mt Gravatt, Australia 4122, and I will post the DVDs or tell you where you can get them.

Payment

Frankly I have not thought about payment and I suggest we forget about it for the moment. What is important is to get the message across and do it urgently. When I send the DVD, I will let you know the cost (with the postage) and how it could be paid. I doubt if it will be much since I have only to recover the cost of copying the DVD, printing the cover and label, and the postage.

I am not sure what the printed version will cost, but I can get an estimate depending on the demand.

The major cost has been the production which fortunately has been met by a few friends of mine in the US, UK, Auckland, Brisbane and, (from someone I have never met!), in Darwin. These funds have not been enough to make these DVDs professionally, but the ones I have been able to put together do get the message across, which is what is needed in this critical time when the very survival of the Tamil civilians is being threatened.

I urge you to act now. Tomorrow may be too late for the Tamils in the North and East, at the hands of a brutal, irresponsible and barbaric regime, that has not set a limit to the suffering of the Tamil people, and has the temerity to call itself their ‘Government’.

The contents of the DVDs

Sri Lanka.    The  human cost of a military solution                  30 minutes

Introduction

The Background                                                     

             Ethno-religious mix in Sri Lanka

             Sinhala-Buddhist Ethno-religious chauvinism

             Anti-Tamil discrimination

             Tamil protests and Government response

             The Tamil armed struggle

             The Government response

             Buddhist monks

A war against the Tamil people

The spectrum of civilian structural damage

Cost

Ceasefire - February 2002

A new President

The weapons being used on the Tamil people

The Sri Lanka Armed Forces

Post-Rajapakse violence

Sri Lankan Monitoring mission data

Sencholai orphanage bombing

Slaughter in Tamil North

Sadism

Allaipiddy massacre

Rape

Landmine victims

Schools, hospitals Kovils, churches, homes  ,businesses

Fishing banned

Blocking the A9 highway

High-security zones. Blocking agriculture.

Execution of Aid workers

Mass displacement of Tamils and Muslims from the East

Refugees on the move

Plight of the elderly

Tent dwellers

Genocide

Tamil children killed (data)

Ways to achieve genocide

Mentality of suicide bombers

Child soldiers

 What keeps the conflict going?

Act we must. Act how?

The most urgent action need

Closing remarks.

 

Sri Lanka     Humanitarian concerns                 45 minutes

Introduction                                                       

Ethno-religious mix in Sri Lanka

Sinhala-Buddhist Ethno-     religious chauvinism

Anti-Tamil discrimination

Tamil protests – Sinhala politician’s answer

The Tamil armed struggle

The Government’s response to the armed struggle

A war against the Tamil people

The weapons being used

The Sri Lanka Armed Forces

The spectrum of civilian structural damage

Navaly Church bombing

Ceasefire February 2002

Election of new President

Post-Rajapakse slaughter

Politically active Buddhist monks

Nordic Monitoring Mission data of killings

Massacres of Tamil civilians

Pesalai Massacre

Killed and hanged – sadism

Allaipiddy massacre

Kill and hang

Rape

Sencholai orphanage bombing

Slaughter in Tamil North

Landmine victims

Blocking the A9 highway

Fishing and Agriculture blocked

High-security zones

Execution of Aid workers

Refugees on the move

Plight of the elderly

Tent dwellers

Genocide

Tamil children killed (data)

Ways to achieve genocide

Different types of genocide

Rights of the child and child soldiers

Mentality of suicide bombers

Tamil Tiger atrocities

                bus bombing

                Colombo Central Bank

State and non-State atrocities

My position

What keeps the conflict going?

Possible solutions

UN Referendum

Sri Lanka too small to be divided?

The cost

International concerns and fall-out

Act we must

Act how

The most urgent action need

 Becoming part of the problem

Closing remarks.

 

 

 

Sri Lanka.     The Ethnic Conflict. What the world needs to know   120 minutes

 Introduction                                                      

The world does not know

A crisis in governance and democracy

Bribery for Government political survival

Where is Sri Lanka?

The Geography of the country

The peopling of Sri Lanka

The Mahavamsa legend

The 3 Kingdoms

The Westerners arrive

The administrative changes by the British

The result of the British colonial construct

The Plantation Tamils

Ethno-religious mix in Sri Lanka

The British leave

Disenfranchisement of Plantation Tamils

Sinhala-Buddhist Ethno-religious chauvinism

The Sri Lankan Ethnic problem

Post-Independence Sinhala chauvinist demands

Political opportunism

Anti-Tamil discrimination

Tamil protests

Sri Lankan Government response to Tamil protests

Tamil requests

The Tamil armed struggle

Liberation vs Terrorism

The Government’s response to the armed struggle

Politically active Buddhist monks

The cost

International concerns and fall-out

Weapons suppliers

A war against the Tamil people

The weapons being used

The Sri Lanka Armed Forces

Sencholai orphanage bombing

Allaipiddy massacre

Kill and hang

Rape

Massacres of Tamil civilians

Landmine victims

The spectrum of civilian structural damage

High-security zones

Jaffna library destruction

Blocking the A9 highway

Mass evacuation of the Tamil and Muslim East

 Refugees on the move

Plight of the elderly

Tent dwellers

Execution of Aid workers

Nordic Monitoring Mission

Genocide

Tamil children killed (data)

Ways to achieve genocide

Different types of genocide

Post-Rajapakse slaughter

Suicide bombers

Tamil Tiger atrocities

                bus bombing

                Colombo bombing

                Colombo Central Bank

My position

Child soldiers

Mass killings of Tamil civilians since 1956

The 1983 pogrom

Tamil killings since 1983

Killing Tamil media people

Killing Tamil Parliamentarians

Colombo today

Jaffna today

Main Street Colombo

Main Street Jaffna

High-life in Colombo

Low-life in Jaffna

What keeps the conflict going?

Trincomalee

Diego Garcia

Indian possessions in Trincomalee

Solutions

                The basic requirements

                The options

UN Referendum

Sri Lanka too small to be divided?

Trincomalee- the reason

Problems in the South

Act we must

The most urgent action needed

Becoming part of the problem

Closing remarks.