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.
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