submitted by International Human Rights Association Bremen
The peace process that started with the signing of the ceasefire agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in February 2002 effectively brought the Genocide to a halt. It was a unique moment in the history of the Gencoide against the Tamils. As a matter of fact, it were the Tamils themselves who achieved this. The real chance for a definite stop of the Genocide arose out of the fact that major European countries, specially Germany, put their weight behind the peace process and defended it against those countries who would benefit from a return to war. This paper analyses in brief the positive role played specially by Germany - as the leading power inside the EU- and its futile attempt to prevent the breakdown of the peace process.
You can download the paper here:
In English: The Peace Process calls a halt to the Genocide [pdf: 88kb]
In German: Der Friedensprozess stoppt den Völkermord [pdf: 93kb]
Verdict released in Korean language
The verdict of Tribunal's session in Bremen has now been released in Korean language. The document can be downloaded here:
The Final Report of the PPT [pdf: 4MB] [Korean version]
Exporting Police Death Squads
EXPORTING POLICE DEATH SQUADS: From Armagh to Trincomalee is meant as a supplement to the report BRITAIN'S DIRTY WAR against the Tamil people (1979-2009). Both documents are authored by Phil Miller and are based on his evidence given at the Tribunal in Bremen on Britain's complicity in Genocide.
The web version of the document can be be downloaded here: Exporting Police Death Squads: From Armagh to Trincomalee [pdf: 649 kb]
Official release of the Verdict in Tamil
The verdict of the Peoples' Tribunal has been officially released in Tamil language. It is available as a download in pdf-format:
Britain's dirty war against the Tamil people
In Tamil and English language
The report 'BRITAIN'S DIRTY WAR' against the Tamil people (1979-2009)' has been officially released. The research document by Phil Miller is based on a presentation on British complicity in Genocide, that he has given at the Tribunal in Bremen. The document is available in Tamil and English language and can be downloaded here:
In Tamil: Britain's dirty war on the Tamil people (1979-2009) [pdf: 1,7 MB]
In English: Britain's dirty war on the Tamil people (1979-2009) [pdf: 2,4 MB]
Official Release of the Final Report in Geneva
The 'Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal' has officially release the Judgement of its investigations against the Sri Lankan State and its accomplices on the charge of Genocide against the Tamil people. The document was presented on a press conference in the Geneva Press Club on January 22nd, 2014.
According to the UN’s Petrie Report the final weeks of the war in Sri Lanka in early 2009 left an estimated 70.000 Tamils unaccounted for. The thorough investigation by the Tribunal into the history of the Sri Lankan conflict has established that the Sri Lankan military’s conduct during this period constitute not only war crimes but are ‘part of a coordinated plan whose different components aim at the physical destruction’ of the Tamil people ‘in whole or in part.’ Further, it was found that without the substantial political and military assistance by its external accomplices the Sri Lankan State would not have had the capacity to conduct its extermination campaign. The reputed jury of eleven genocide experts, experts on international law and human rights defenders examined several studies and background papers on the charges and heard evidence from more than 30 witnesses and analysts, before reaching the verdict. The text of the judgement will be made available to those attending, and the following representatives of the panel of jurors will be present to answer questions and to elaborate on the points raised by the verdict.
The press conference was led by three jurors of the panel: Dr. Denis Halliday, former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Laureate of the Gandhi International Peace Award, Dr. Haluk Gerger, a renowned Turkish academic and middle east analyst, as well as Dr. Gianni Tognoni, Secretary General of the Permanent People’s Tribunal in Rome.
You can download the Final Report here: Final Report of the Peoples' Tribunal on Sri Lanka - Session II [pdf: 1mb]
The Final Report is also available as a printed version. The report can be ordered from the organisations that prepared the accusations. For more information please feel free to contact
International Human Rights Association: imrvbremen (at) gmail.com
Irish Forum for Peace in Sri Lanka: irishpeaceforum [at] gmail.com