LTTE is running a torture
chamber in Batticaloa - SriLanka
Tamil Broadcasting Corporation
16 December 2005
LTTE, the Sri Lankan terrorist organisation, is running a torture chamber
at Veppavedduvan in the Batticaloa district where more than 160 Tamils
are detained for various reasons. According to reliable information
obtained by TBC, this torture chamber is well hidden from public view
and consists of more than 15 underground cells constructed within the
LTTE Camp premises situated near the Veppaveduvan Government School.
These underground cells are well camouflaged and the construction is
covered with sand.
A senior LTTE cadre Eelaventhan is in charge of the LTTE Camp and the
torture chamber is controlled by Praba, who is deputy to Keerthi, LTTEs
Intelligence Chief for Batticaloa. Detainees are chained all the time
except when they are allowed to use the toilets. LTTE intelligence operatives
routinely torture the inmates. The detainees are not allowed to see
anyone and are not even permitted to talk to each other.
Relatives of the detaines have made complaints to the International
Red Cross Society members who are stationed in Batticaloa and to members
of the Norwegian Ceasefire Monitoring Mission, but they say their complaints
were not seriously considered by these international agencies.
The pathetic story of an elderly retired public servant from Batticaloa
whose son was taken into custody by the LTTE in March this year is well
known to the International Red Cross Society and the Norwegian Monitoring
Mission. He had made repeated complaints to these international agencies
and had even written to the Amnesty International and Office of the
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. But none were able to secure
the release of his 32-year-old son, an employee of a private Courier
Service. Though the LTTE has denied taking the old mans son into
custody, LTTE insiders have confirmed that his son is one of the 160
or more men kept chained in LTTEs torture chamber at Veppavedduvan.
Torture is prohibited absolutely under the international criminal law
in peace time as well as war time. It is a crime against humanity, a
well established offence under customary international law as well as
in numerous international treaties including the UN Convention against
Torture. However, the LTTE which is accorded a quasi-diplomatic status
by Norway, Japan and the European Union has so far gone unpunished for
serious breaches of the conventions and treaties against torture and
international criminal law which absolutely prohibits torture.
Even though the Tamil Broadcasting Corporation has detailed information
of people who have intimate knowledge of the LTTE torture camp at Veppavedduvan,
in order to protect the identity of these persons we cannot disclose
this information publicly. However, it is time for the international
community and international human rights agencies to act against the
LTTE, which has, time and again, demonstrated that it has no respect
for international law or the concerns of the international community.
LTTEs well recorded massacres of Muslims at the Kattankudy and
Eravur mosques and the 48 hour evacuation of Muslims from the Jaffna
district which are nothing but crimes against humanity and the thousands
of massacres and assassinations of innocent Sinhalese civilians, members
of rival Tamil parties, Tamil politicians and innocent Tamils who for
one reason or other angered the LTTE or its cadres have so far gone
unpunished. The irony is that despite these recorded atrocities, war
crimes and crimes against humanity, international community, in particular
such countries as Norway and its Nordic neigbours, are laying red carpet
welcome to the LTTE and its politician wing members who present a smiling
face masking their Fascist nature.