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The Tamil Genocide by Sri Lanka: The Global Failure to Protect Tamil Rights Under International Law [Paperback]

Francis A. Boyle

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8 Dec 2009
Sri Lanka’s government declared victory in May, 2009, in one of the world’s most intractable wars after a series of battles in which it killed the leader of the Tamil Tigers, who had been fighting to create a separate homeland for the country’s ethnic Tamil minority. The United Nations said the conflict had killed between 80,000 and 100,000 people in Sri Lanka since full-scale civil war broke out in 1983. A US State Department report offered a grisly catalogue of alleged abuses, including the killing of captives or combatants seeking surrender, the abduction and in some cases murder of Tamil civilians, and dismal humanitarian conditions in camps for displaced persons. Human Rights Watch said the U.S. report should dispel any doubts that serious abuses were committed during the final months of the 26-year civil war. The report gains added significance since, during these five months, the Sri Lankan Government denied independent observers, including the media and human rights organizations, access to the war zone, and conducted a “war without witnesses.” This book traces the ongoing engagement of international lawyer Francis A. Boyle during the last years of the conflict. Boyle was among the very few addressing the international legal implications of the Sri Lankan Government’s grave and systematic violations of Tamil human rights while the conflict was taking place. This is the first book to develop an authoritative case for genocide against the Government of Sri Lanka under international law.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An accurate assesment 19 April 2013
By Jacob Esau - Published on
A book which chronicles the machinations of the ultra-nationalist Sinhalese state and its friends. A genocide was perpetuated on the Tamils of Northern Sri Lanka and almost none of it was mentioned on the main stream media. This book does a decent job on attributing factors on the lead up to the genocide and its aftermath. Commentators quibbling on 'collateral damage' should merely search for evidence on the Sri Lankan army 'kill' squads on the internet. Time for a War Crimes Tribunal and packing off most of the Sri Lankan government off for long incarcerations.
11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Excellant collection of news items that tells why tamils need Tamil Eelam 11 Sep 2011
By Senthilkumar Chinnaiah - Published on
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Francis is a professor from Illinois university. He has been following the civil war since the start in 1980s.
In this book, Francis particularly focused Sri lanka govt's genocide of tamils between 2006 to 2009 and how global silence helped Sri lanka to carry out the genocide of tamils. He elaborates every incidents during the war.
It is a must read book if you want to know the history of Tamil Eelam and Sri lanka.
8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a book that looks at the ROOT of the problem! 21 April 2012
By Lotus - Published on
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Finally, a book that looks at the ROOT of the problem!
Mr. Francis Boyle is a leading American expert in international law. He was responsible for drafting the Biological
Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, the American implementing legislation for the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention. He served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International (1988-1992), and represented Bosnia-Herzegovina at the World Court.

This is a MUST read for anyone truly trying to understand 1. Tamil ethnic conflict 2. The Tamil Genocide of 2009 in spite of the successive regimes trying to "fool ALL the people All the time" including killing Sinhalese Journalists for speaking out Justice.

When reading former BBC corresp. Frances Harrison's website [...] I found a reference to another brilliantly written book 'Fleeting moment in my country...' by N. Malathy which described what REALLY happened in N. Sri Lanka between 2002-2009. It gives both the positive and negative sides, thus, staying with facts and observations, rather than judgmental. Hence a recommended read!
A Fleeting Moment in My Country: The Last Years of the LTTE De-Facto State

If you wanted to see an *independent* Award-winning BRITISH CHANNEL 4 News DOCUMENTARY, Google: "Sri Lanka Killing fields" and you can see it online, both parts 1 & 2.
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 24 April 2012
By Lorraine - Published on
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I am sure the book is extremely interesting to students of politics, but I was expecting a narrative of the Tamil Genocide situation. A history easily readable. But this book in fact was more about international law etc. Next time I had better open a book and read the preview more thoroughly.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Travesty of a Book 13 Oct 2012
By Indopithecus - Published on
This doorstop is the latest part of a campaign of disinformation by Tamil ultras to punish those who ended their dream of establishing a racially pure statelet in northern Sri Lanka. Boyle is evidently an intelligent man, so I cannot fathom his role in this charade. Boyle is utterly misguided. His focus on the last days of the war is self-serving; for thirty years his heroes bombed, assassinated, and decapitated men, women, and children of all ethnic groups in Sri Lanka. Close to 100,000 had been killed by the end of the war by the Tamil Tigers. That's equivalent to 1,500,000 Americans if we compare populations. What would America do if 1.5 million of its citizens were killed by al-Quaeda? Where's the accountability for those acts by Boyle's pals? All of the author's legalisms and prevarications will not alter the fact that the Sri Lankan state HAD to destroy the terrorists just as America has to fight to get rid of al-Quaeda and its affiliates. The Tigers victimised Tamils to the last, herding 300,000 innocents as human shields for their monomaniacal head honcho Prabhakaran.

Yes, a few thousand of those innocent human shields died --- most regrettably --- during the fight to get at the Tamil Tiger leadership, some killed by the Tamil Tigers and others by Sri Lanka government forces. But Sri Lanka did not target them; it was collateral damage and certainly not deliberate policy by the Sri Lankan government to kill its own citizens! To allege otherwise is to be disingenuous. The funny thing is, that woman Boyle has on his cover was probably fleeing from Tamil Tiger gunmen who tried to stop Tamils from seeking shelter with government forces! Now, after three decades of sudden death, Sri Lanka is at complete peace. Sure, some of its rulers are rogues but democracy will eventually take care of that. Instead of vengeance, Boyle and his Tamil ultra paymasters should look at furthering an already-impressive reconciliation process that's ongoing in Sri Lanka. Would Boyle donate profits from the book to improve medical facilities in Sri Lanka? And why not give away his legal fees, if he cares that much, to build a school in northern Sri Lanka? In closing, I would ask readers of this book to be aware of Boyle's biases and be very skeptical of his 'facts'.
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