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Sri Lanka's Genocidal War - '95 to '01
Australian Justice Enfield calls for cessation of brutality against Tamils
Justice Marcus Einfeld Q.C, of the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory delivering the 1998 Wesley College Foundation Lecture at the University of Sydney on the topic of "Rights, Obligations, Responsibilities: The Human Dimension" said:
"The lovely peaceable island of Sri Lanka continues to suffer from civil strife in which death, rape, torture, detention and disappearance of civilians, primarily Tamils, are common occurrences.
A recognition of the Tamils as a people with its own distinct ethnicity, and a cessation of brutality and a range of other serious human rights violations by security forces, and of armed and aerial attack on Tamil townships, are not too much to ask of the Sri Lankan Government.
Neither is it unreasonable to ask that the Sri Lankan Government accept third party mediation.
Neither would it be a threat to the sovereignty of Sri Lanka if journalists and other independent observers were permitted into every part of the country to examine the human rights situation of both Tamil and Sinhalese areas."