Execution Video Shows Need for International Inquiry, HRW
The need for an international inquiry into the war crimes of the bloody war of Sri Lanka is more than ever now, urged Human Rights Watch after the release of a disturbing video by Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka.
A disturbing video recently provided to the media showing the apparent summary execution of prisoners by Sri Lankan soldiers underscores the need for an international commission of inquiry into possible war crimes committed by both sides during the armed conflict in Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch said today.
The video details has spine chilling version of execution style, appearantly by Sri Lanka Security Forces of prisioners.
The video shows men in Sri Lankan army uniforms firing assault rifles point-blank at two naked, blindfolded, and bound men sitting on the ground. Eight other bodies are visible on the ground nearby, all but one unclothed. According to Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka, a multiethnic exile organization, the video was taken by a soldier with a cell phone in January 2009. While Human Rights Watch could not confirm the video's authenticity, an independent expert consulted found nothing in the video that would dispute its authenticity. The summary execution of prisoners is a violation of Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and a war crime.
Sri Lankan Security forces currently have close to 300,000 Tamil IDPs under detention in barbed wire camps. These detention camps of 300,000 Tamil IDPs are strictly prohibited of journalists too.
Channel 4 News has released a report about "shocking claims" of rape, sexual abuse, and torture in these IDP camps.