(The West) Eyes Wide Closed: Revisiting Tamil Tiger massacres in Sri Lanka

Washington, D.C. 01 March (Asiantribune.com): Fri, 2013-03-01 13:12 — editor

The term “ethnic cleansing”, incorporated into the English dictionary in 1990s has been extensively used by the international media in relation to the Yugoslav wars and has become a popular phrase from 1992 on-wards.LTTE Terrorists drove a lorry packed with explosives through roadblocks and set off a huge truck bomb outside the Sri Lanka’s holiest Buddhist shrine in central Kandy, killing 13 people and wounding 23. Two toddlers were among the dead. The temple, which houses a sacred tooth of Lord Buddha suffered serious damage from the bomb blast.

There is no formal legal definition of ‘ethnic cleansing’. A broad generalization, however, refers ‘ethnic cleansing’ as forcible deportation of a population and an act of crime against humanity, under the statutes of both International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Criminal Tribunal.

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