Petition to the Legal professional Common of Singapore: Arrest, Detain, Examine & Prosecute Former Sri Lanka President: TGTE

“If Gotabaya is Allowed to Go back to Sri Lanka, He is also Prosecuted for Corruption. He’ll by no means be prosecuted for Atrocity Crimes Dedicated Towards Tamils”

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, July 26, 2022 / —

We, the undersigned request the Legal professional Common of Singapore to arrest, detain, examine and prosecute Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the previous president of Sri Lanka for Genocide, Crimes Towards Humanity and Warfare Crimes underneath common jurisdiction.

1) In keeping with the 2011 Panel of Mavens on Sri Lanka appointed via the then-U.N. Secretary Common Ban Ki-moon, all over the general levels of armed battle between the state of Sri Lanka and the Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009, “a couple of resources of data point out {that a} vary of as much as 40,000 civilian deaths can’t be dominated out at this degree”.

2) In keeping with the 2012 UN Inside Overview Record headed via Charles Petrie, there’s “credible knowledge indicating that over 70,000 persons are unaccounted for” all over the general levels of the conflict.

3) The past due Reverend Dr. Rayappu Joseph, Catholic Bishop of Mannar testified to a central authority fee that all over the general levels of the conflict 146,679 Tamils will have to be unaccounted for according to the Sri Lankan govt’s personal determine of selection of citizens within the house on the early levels of hostilities and the quantity who emerged from govt internment camps on the finish of the battle.

4) In 2015, the UN Prime Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’advert Al Hussein filed a complete report back to the Human Rights Council referred to as the OISL document. In keeping with these kind of complete experiences of the UN, there are cheap grounds to consider Crimes Towards Humanity and Warfare Crimes have been dedicated. ‘Cheap grounds’ is similar same old upon which the Global Prison Court docket problems arrest warrants.

5) In 2015 the Everlasting Peoples Tribunal sitting in Bremen discovered Sri Lanka to blame of Genocide.


The armed battle between the Govt of Sri Lanka (“GOSL”) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), is of a global personality and falls inside the purview of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, the 1977 Further Protocol I and the 1998 Rome Statue.

The Geneva Conventions have attained the standing of Commonplace Global Legislation and are appropriate to Singapore.

Beneath Not unusual Article 1 to the Fourth Geneva (Civilian) Conference, it’s the accountability of the Govt of Singapore no longer handiest to recognize but additionally to make sure recognize for the phrases of the Conference events together with Sri Lanka “in all instances”.

Singapore may be celebration to the Conference at the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and the Rome Statute. Beneath Article 1 of the Genocide Conference, Singapore has a duty “to stop and to punish”.

In keeping with the home regulation of Singapore, the AGC might start up an investigation into Rajapaksa at the foundation of s. 3 of the Geneva Conventions Act (1973), which gives, in related phase:

Anyone, no matter his or her citizenship or nationality, who, whether or not in or out of doors Singapore, commits, aids, abets or procures the fee via any

different particular person of any grave breach of any scheduled Conference as is discussed within the following Articles respectively of the ones Conventions:


(c) Article 130 of the Conference set out within the 3rd Agenda [Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War]; or

(d) Article 147 of the Conference set out within the Fourth Agenda [Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War],

will be to blame of an offence and will be liable on conviction […].

The AGC may just additionally examine Rajapaksa at the foundation of the Penal Code (1871), together with, inter alia, s. 326 (Voluntarily inflicting grievous harm via unhealthy guns or method); s. 338 (Inflicting grievous harm via an act which endangers existence or the private protection of others); or s. 130D (Genocide).


Beneath world felony regulation, commanders preserving positions of accountability is also criminally responsible for:

i. ordering, facilitating, or assisting and abetting the crimes dedicated via Sri Lankan military, 6 together with crimes dedicated via Sri Lankan Air Drive (SLAF) devices, the Sri Lankan Army and the Sri Lankan Military (significantly, the 57th, 58th and 59th divisions)

ii. failing to stop or punish crimes dedicated via Sri Lankan military underneath their command,

iii. co-perpetration as a part of a broader felony plan.


Right through the general levels of conflict Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa used to be Secretary for Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Protection at a time when his brother, President Mahinda Rajapaksa used to be Minister of Protection. The world crimes famous above have been dedicated underneath his command and keep watch over. Right through the conflict, Secretary Rajapaksa boasted at the Protection Division site, now deleted, that “he at the side of [Sri Lankan armed forces] most sensible brass ‘learn’ and analyzed the conflict operations each hour, each day. … ‘My activity used to be to know the priorities, rationally arrange the ones priorities in relation to what used to be actually required for victory and flush out wishes and necessities that had 0 relevance to our targets.’”

Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa used to be in my opinion concerned within the infamous white flag incident, about which Ms. Yasmin Sooka of South Africa’s Global Reality & Justice Mission Sri Lanka mentioned,

“An research of the to be had proof issues to an organised govt plan on the very best degree to not settle for the give up of the highest civilian, administrative and political management of the LTTE – however fairly to execute them, in violation of world humanitarian regulation”.


1) Bombing an Orphanage (14 August 2006):

Sri Lankan Air Drive devices performed bombing raids on a ladies’ orphanage, killing a minimum of 60 ladies between the ages of 16-19, and injuring 60 others. The Sri Lankan Govt (SLG) alleged that the orphanage used to be an LTTE coaching camp, alternatively world army observers who visited the website online the similar day discovered no indications of LTTE installations, uniforms or guns on the location.

2) Bombing NGOs in SLG-recognized “Protected” Spaces (July – October 2008):

The 57th and 58th Divisions of the Military performed an aerial bombardment, and broken NGO compounds in a space referred to as “the Field,” in Kilinochchi. “The Field” used to be recognised via the SLG as a “secure” house, created to make sure the secure behavior of humanitarian programmes and actions within the Vanni. The SLG knew that humanitarian amenities have been within the house, however bombarded those spaces anyway.

3) Destructive UN Amenities (10 September 2008- 3 October 2008):

The SLAF broken United International locations amenities, with probably the most shells touchdown about 50 metres from a United International locations bunker. Due to this fact, round 5 civilians have been wounded when a shell landed as regards to the compound. 3 UN constructions additionally suffered vital structural harm, in spite of being positioned in “the Field”.

4) Bombing Hospitals with UN and Pink Move body of workers (21 April 2009):

Aerial bombing raids have been performed on Putumattalan clinic, which contained each native, UN, and Global Pink Move body of workers. Many of us have been killed and injured. In keeping with one witness “medical doctors have been not able to achieve the lifeless and loss of life because the shelling and the volume of gunfire made it too unhealthy for them.”

5) Bombing Hospitals serving Civilians in No-Fireplace Zone (8-12 Would possibly 2009):

SLAF devices bombarded the only well being facility to be had to tens of 1000’s of civilians, trapped in a No-Fireplace Zone. The scene used to be described as involving “such a lot of lifeless our bodies that they might no longer be separated.”


Virtually all movements carried out via the 57 th , 58 th and 59 th divisions of the Military have been supported via surveillance photos supplied via Unmanned Aerial Cars (UAVs). Because the Protection Secretary, Mr. Gotabaya had direct command over the usage of UAVs within the house, which have been piloted via No. 111 Squadron. 19 Over the process the Warfare, UAVs supported a spread of artillery bombardments within the area, ensuing within the loss of life of civilians. UAVs have been many times noticed simply previous to the start of the assaults.

a) SLAF Bombing Obviously Marked Hospitals (10 January 2009 – 6 February


PTK Health center used to be matter to heavy bombardment via the SLAF. On 13 January 2009, the clinic used to be at once hit, inflicting harm to the constructions, and seriously injuring a minimum of two sufferers. 20 Witness statements point out widespread surveillance of the clinic via UAVs. The clinic itself used to be marked on its roof with Pink Move logos, and used to be obviously visual from the air.

b) Bombing Civilians Lining up for Meals (11 March 2009):

A distribution heart with a big queue of folks looking ahead to rice and lentils in Valyarmadam used to be many times struck via artillery shell fireplace, after the reported bringing up of a UAV flying overhead. Huge numbers therefore died from the assault, together with the witness’s mom.

c) Shelling a Meals Distribution Website online (25 March 2009):

A middle distributing boiled rice to loads of folks in within reach Ampalavanpokkanai got here underneath assault. One witness mentioned that the shelling lasted for about quarter-hour and that all over this time some 50 shells fell, killing numerous folks. Aerial surveillance plane have been witnessed above the realm all over the distribution of meals.

d) Knowingly Attacking Civilian Gatherings in No-Fireplace Zone (8 April 2009):

Shells landed on a Number one Well being Sanatorium the place milk powder used to be being disbursed in Pokkanai. A unprecedented commodity, the milk powder have been introduced over a loudspeaker to the native inhabitants who have been inspired to visit the health center. The time and placement of the distribution had additionally been communicated via humanitarian businesses to the SLG, with army surveillance plane flying within the house. No less than 50 folks, together with small children and small children, have been killed within the assault.

e) Bombing a Health center in a No-Fireplace Zone (27 April 2009- 29 April 2009):

From across the 27 April 2009, Mullivaikkal clinic, positioned in a No-Fireplace Zone arrange via the SLG, got here underneath repeated artillery shelling. At the 28 April 2009, a minimum of six folks, together with ladies and kids, have been reportedly killed getting into a High Well being Care facility inside the clinic. At the 29 th , shells broken the roof of a clinic ward and 9 sufferers died whilst fifteen others have been reportedly wounded. The Sri Lankan safety forces have been noticed undertaking common aerial surveillance of the realm.


Within the island of Sri Lanka, racism is pervasive and entrenched. If truth be told, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew in an interview with the Global Bring in Tribune mentioned “In 1965, we had twenty years of examples of failed states. So, we knew what to keep away from – racial battle, linguistic strife, spiritual battle. We noticed Ceylon. Thereafter, we knew that if we launched into any of those romantic concepts, to restore a legendary previous of greatness and tradition, we’d be damned. So, there’s no go back to nativism…Had we selected Chinese language, which used to be our majority language, we might have perished, economically and politically. Riots – we’ve noticed Sri Lanka, once they switched from English to Sinhalese and disenfranchised the Tamils and so strife ever after.” (IHT interview 29 August 2007)]

Within the document of the 2011 Panel of Mavens appointed via the UN secretary normal Ban Ki-moon, it’s mentioned that the basis reason for the battle is the true or perceived exclusion of Tamils within the Sri Lankan political procedure. 26 The UN Prime Commissioner for Human Rights, in her 2021 report back to the HRC that with ’a perilous exclusionary and majoritarian discourse,’ [n]early 12 years on from the top of the conflict, home projects for responsibility and reconciliation have many times failed to provide effects, extra deeply entrenching impunity, and exacerbating sufferers’ mistrust within the device. Sri Lanka stays in a state of denial concerning the previous, with truth- in the hunt for efforts aborted and the very best State officers refusing to make any acknowledgement of

previous crimes.

In brief, the Sri Lankan state ruled via the Sinhalese, together with the judiciary, is ethnocentric and racist. Thus, Tamils do not need area for justice at the island.


All 3 UN Prime Commissioners for Human Rights because the finish of the conflict have many times known as for prosecution via states underneath common jurisdiction for the world crimes dedicated all over the general levels of the conflict.

1) In 2011 HC Navi Pillai mentioned that, “addressing violations of world humanitarian or human rights regulation isn’t an issue of selection or coverage; this is a responsibility underneath home and world regulation” and that, “Except there’s a sea-change within the Govt’s reaction, which has thus far been one in every of overall denial and blanket impunity, a full-fledged world inquiry will obviously be wanted.”

2) Addressing the HRC on 11 Sept. 2017, HC Zeid famous, “The absence of credible motion in Sri Lanka to make sure responsibility for alleged violations of world human rights regulation and world humanitarian regulation makes the workout of common jurisdiction much more important.”

4) In 2021 HC Bachelet advised ‘Member States to pursue selection world choices for making sure justice and reparations and give a boost to a devoted capability to advance those efforts.’


If Gotabaya is permitted to go back to Sri Lanka, he is also prosecuted for corruption. He’ll by no means, alternatively, be prosecuted for the Tamil genocide, crimes in opposition to humanity or conflict crimes. Given the expanding function of the Protection Leader of Workforce Primary Common Shavendra Silva, who himself is a genocidaire and a conflict felony matter to a US shuttle sanction, there’s no area in anyway for home responsibility for the crimes dedicated in opposition to Tamils.

Wherefore We, the Undersigned Request the Legal professional Common of Singapore to Arrest, Detain, Examine, and Prosecute Gotabaya Rajapaksa for

Genocide, Crimes Towards Humanity and Warfare Crimes underneath Common Jurisdiction.



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Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran
Transnational Govt of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)
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