LTTE should be subjected to international laws

Today’s wars are not between States. IHL(International Human Law) and associated treaties are meant for conventional wars and with terrorism not defined there is a big question mark as to how terrorists are to be charged for their crimes (war crimes and crimes against humanity).


The Ceylinco Building on fire following the LTTE attack on the Central Bank in 1996. File photo

The resolutions and investigation against Sri Lanka inspite of international laws in place has no scope for terrorists and given LTTE is an international proscribed terrorist organisation the question is how will an international investigation charge LTTE for its crimes? We are not satisfied to have a panel declare LTTE guilty on paper with the lame excuse that its leader is no more.

With recent concerns of LTTE raising its head in India, Australia and other parts it warrants for all the nations that continue to maintain the ban on the LTTE to apply universal jurisdiction against all individuals, organisations, fronts, campaigners ,fund raisers and even sympathisers (even foreign passport holders) to be investigated and charged for crimes that took place across three decades by the LTTE upon innocent civilians in civilian territory and to civilian installations.

Terror

Today’s ‘wars’ have been outsourced to groups of people armed to carry out terror. That outsourced terror has spread across the globe and accounts for 63 countries which are victims of 560 conflicts all involving militias, guerillas and separatist groups.

Americas: Five countries and 25 conflicts between drug cartels, militias-guerrillas, separatist groups and anarchic groups.

Middle East: Eight countries and 180 between militias-guerrillas, separatist groups and anarchic groups.

Europe: Nine countries and 71 between militias-guerrillas, separatist groups and anarchic groups.

Asia: 15 countries and 128 between militias-guerrillas, separatist groups and anarchic groups.

Africa: 26 Countries and 155 between militias-guerrillas, separatist groups and anarchic groups. Source: Wars in the world Continue reading

Tailored coercion Competition and Risk in Maritime Asia

March 2014
Tailored coercion Competition and Risk in Maritime Asia
By Patrick M. Cronin, Dr. Ely Ratner, Elbridge Colby, Zachary M. Hosford
and Alexander Sullivan
Table of Contents
I. Introduction 5
II. Introduction: The Contours of Tailored Coercion 8
in Maritime Asia
III. U.S. and its Allies’ Responses 11
IV. Responding to Tailored Coercion: 21
The Diplomatic, Institutional
and Legal Dimensions
V. Conclusion: The Agenda Ahead 24
http://www.cnas.org/sites/default/files/publications-pdf/CNAS_TailoredCoercion_report.pdf

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Israel Prepares for Possible Attack by Hijacked Malaysian Plane

As the possibility–however remote–grows that Malaysia Airlines flight 370 may have been hijacked and taken to a hidden location, Israeli authorities are preparing for the possibility that the hijackers might attempt to use the Boeing 777 to mount an attack. 

According to the Times of Israel, Israel’s Channel 2 has revealed that Israeli air defenses have been boosted, and approaching civilian aircraft will be asked to identify themselves far earlier.

Though the flight was presumed at first to have crashed, whole or in pieces, into the ocean, passive satellite transmissions from the aircraft suggest that it made a deliberate course change and may have headed north into central AsiaContinue reading

Kazakhstan & Germany strengthen cooperation in Space sector

21 January 2014, 19:40

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ASTANA. January 21. KAZINFORM – Today at the National Space Agency (NSA) the Head of Kazkosmos Talgat Musabayev has met with Joachim Klein, the Head of IABG mbH German company representative office in Kazakhstan.

IABG mbH company is one of the leading companies in Germany in the space industry and it has one of the largest testing centers for spacecraft, aircraft and vehicles. The company was established in 1961 by the Federal Republic of Germany as a central organization for testing in aerospace industry as well as analysing defense and security systems.

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Tokyo – Metro police stage counterterrorism drill for Olympics

Sep 12, 2013

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Olympic bomb squad: Members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department wearing special suits attempt Thursday to remove an unidentified object during a counterterrorism drill in the Harumi district in Chuo Ward, close to where the Olympic Village for the Tokyo 2020 Games is expected to be built. About 50 residents and police officers participated in the drill, the first in a series of exercises the metropolitan police is planning to hold during the lead-up to the Olympics. | KYODO

Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department held a counterterrorism drill Thursday as part of measures to protect the Olympic village to be built for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

About 50 people, including private security guards, took part in the drill in the Harumi district of Chuo Ward along Tokyo Bay, where the Olympic village is planned to be built. Much of it consists of landfill.

A neighboring commercial complex just a kilometer away that draws more than 20,000 office workers during weekdays, was also involved in the drill.

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From Strength to Strength: Military Exercises Bolster Sino-Thai Relations

Publication: China Brief Volume: 12 Issue: 12

June 22, 2012 04:56 PM Age: 2 days  By: Ian Storey

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Chinese and Thai Marines During the Recent Exercise

In May, as the tense face off between maritime law enforcement vessels from the Philippines and China at Scarborough Shoal entered its second month, several hundred marines from Thailand and China conducted combined military exercises in Guangdong province. The two events highlight the widening fault line within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) between those members who view Chinese assertiveness as a serious national security concern—which can only be addressed with help from the United States—and member states who do not have a direct stake in the dispute and continue to prioritize strengthening economic, political and security ties with Beijing. The Philippines falls on one side of the divide, Thailand on the other. As Sino-Philippine relations deteriorate, Sino-Thai relations move from strength to strength.

Developing Sino-Thai Relations

Thailand and China developed a close relationship in the late 1970s when threat perceptions converged in the wake of Vietnam’s invasion of Cambodia in 1978. During Hanoi’s decade-long occupation, Bangkok and Beijing forged a de facto strategic alliance. China exerted military pressure on Vietnam when the Vietnamese military violated Thai sovereignty and Thailand facilitated the delivery of Chinese weaponry to anti-Vietnamese Khmer Rouge guerrillas along the Thai-Cambodian border. When Vietnam withdrew its forces from Cambodia in the late 1980s, the focus of Sino-Thai cooperation shifted quickly and seamlessly to trade and investment, and Thailand quickly established itself as China’s most important economic partner in mainland Southeast Asia.

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Communist Insurgency Ramps Up as Manila Reaches Settlement with Muslim Militants

Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 10 Issue: 11

June 1, 2012 05:31 PM   By: Jacob Zenn

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Jose Maria Sison, Communist Party of the Philippines founder

The government of the Philippines recorded two key political and military successes in Mindanao in the first half of 2012. First, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) eliminated Abu Sayyaf leader Gumbahali Jumdail, the Malaysian and Singaporean Jemaah Islamiyah militants Zulkifli bin Hir (a.k.a. Marwan) and Abdullah Ali (a.k.a. Muawiyah) and 12 Abu Sayyaf fighters in a February 3 airstrike in Sulu Province. Second, the government agreed to the “10 Decision Points on Principles” with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on April 24, which envisions a new “substate” for Mindanao’s ethnic Moro Muslims that will replace the current Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and has been lauded as a “breakthrough” by MILF leader Murad Ibrahim (Mindanews [General Santos City], May 13). The government and military have been focused on the MILF, Abu Sayyaf and Mindanao’s other insurgent movement, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), which rebuffed Murad Ibrahim’s pleas to sign the “10 Decision Points.” However, the Communist Party of the Philippines’ military wing, known as the New People’s Army (NPA), has been intensifying its attacks.

The Commander of the Armed Forces Northern Luzon Command blamed “complacency” as the culprit after 30 to 50 NPA fighters carried out an April 25 surprise attack that killed 11 AFP soldiers and two civilians in Ifugao, Luzon Province as the soldiers were returning from a command turnover ceremony (Inquirer [Manila], April 30).

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