300,000 Tamils held in Nazi-style concentration camps, says Prof. Boyle

[TamilNet, Friday, 22 May 2009, 12:30 GMT]
"These Nazi-style concentration camps that the Government of Sri Lanka is now forcibly imposing on at least 300,000 completely innocent Tamil civilians constitute acts of genocide within the meaning of Article II(c) of the 1948 Genocide Convention, to which Sri Lanka is a contracting party," Professor Boyle who is an expert international law and teaches at the University of Illinois College of Law said.

Article II(c) of the 1948 Genocide Convention: "c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part."

All other contracting parties to the Genocide Convention such as the United States, Britain, France and India have an absolute obligation under Article I of the Genocide Convention "to prevent" these acts of genocide against Tamils perpetrated by the GOSL under the guise of concentration camps, Professor Boyle said.

"Yet so far these other States have done nothing to alleviate the genocidal plight of the Tamils in Vanni.

"Unless these other states act immediately to rectify the genocidal humanitarian situation for the Tamils in Vanni, they will all become "complicit" in these the GOSL's latest acts of genocide against the Tamils in violation of Genocide Convention Article III(e) that prohibits, condemns and criminalizes: "(e)Complicity in genocide," Boyle added.

"These states have already made a mockery out of history's post World War II emphatic injunction that motivated the drafting of the Genocide Convention: Never again!" Boyle said in a note to TamilNet.


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wsws: Eyewitness account of Sri Lankan detention camps

 

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