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Subject: AI appeal to LTTE Amnesty International appeal to LTTE I. Introduction Amnesty International is deeply concerned for the safety of 32 Muslims who were taken into custody by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Jaffna, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya Districts between 1989 and 1991. The LTTE has provided no information about where they are holding them or about their state of health. It is not known whether the 32 Muslims are still alive or not. Amnesty International has repeatedly called upon the LTTE to reveal their whereabouts and state of health and to allow them immediate access to their relatives, a doctor and members of the International Committee of the Red Cross. We will continue to do so until we are satisfied that they are being treated humanely in accordance with the Geneva Conventions. Below is some background information, details of the 32 cases, and an address of the LTTE for those who wish to join Amnesty's appeals. For more information on Amnesty's work on Sri Lanka, please visit http://www.amnesty.org/ or http://www.derechos.org/saran/lanka.html II. Background The LTTE are an armed Tamil opposition group in Sri Lanka. They are fighting for a separate Tamil state - which they call Eelam - in the northeast of the country. Between mid-1987 and March 1990, security in the northeast was the responsibility of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF), which had entered the country under the terms of the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord, signed in 1987. The IPKF came into conflict with the LTTE within a few months after their arrival. Another Tamil group, the Eelam Peoples' Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), was allied with the IPKF during their stay in the country. The 32 Muslims were reportedly taken into custody by the LTTE because they were suspected of being collaborators of the EPRLF. Between the end of 1989 and March 1990, the IPKF gradually withdrew from Sri Lanka. As they left, the LTTE took control of the areas vacated. At the time, the LTTE was engaged in a ceasefire and talks with the Sri Lankan government (both the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government wanted the IPKF to leave); the Sri Lankan government effectively allowed the LTTE to administer the vacated areas. Sri Lankan Army personnel in the northeast were confined to their barracks and the police operated in a restricted manner. During this period, the LTTE reportedly carried out widespread arrests, tortured prisoners and held them in incommunicado detention, caused prisoners to "disappear" and committed deliberate, unlawful killings. Hostilities between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government resumed in June 1990. Human rights abuses committed by the LTTE since then have included the deliberate killing of hundreds of non-combatant Muslim and Sinhalese civilians, the arbitrary killing of civilians in attacks on buses and trains, the torture and killing of prisoners and abductions for ransom. The LTTE has also executed prisoners accused of being "traitors." Amnesty International concentrates on human rights violations committed by governments, but also works against abuses of human rights committed by armed opposition groups such as the LTTE. Our work on such abuses does not imply recognition of any special legal status of the groups concerned, but is based on international humanitarian law (also known as the "laws of war"). Humanitarian law contains the minimum standards of humane behavior which all parties to an armed conflict (whether government or opposition group) must uphold. In particular, Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions requires that all parties to an armed conflict treat humanely all those taking no part in the hostilities. Such people must not be murdered, mutilated, tortured or subjected to cruel, humiliating or degrading treatment. In February 1988, the LTTE announced that it would abide by the provisions of the Geneva Conventions. It claims to comply with these standards but has consistently failed to do so. Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of the 32 Muslims because of the reports of ill-treatment and even torture of prisoners in LTTE custody. III. Details of the 32 Muslims Below are the names, ages at the time of detention, and other details concerning the 32 Muslims: 1. Naina Mohamed Roshan, 21, detained on February 3, 1990 in Jaffna District. 2. Kamal Ajmayeen, 25, detained on May 28, 1991 in Vavuniya District. 3. Sameen Niyas, 18, detained at 9:00 P.M. on July 2, 1990 in Jaffna District. 4. Abdul Wahab Ajward, 24, a tailor, detained on August 3, 1990 in Jaffna District. 5. Abdul Gafoor Nakeeb, 28, a porter, detained near Thandikulam checkpoint, Vavuniya District on May 28, 1991. 6. Jamaldeen Farook, 26, detained on May 28, 1990 in Vavuniya District. 7. Abdul Majeed Jaleese, 32, a businessman, detained on September 25, 1990 near Muslim College Road Mosque, Jaffna. 8. Mohideen Abdul Cader, 39, detained on February 17, 1990 in Vavuniya District. 9. Abdul Jabbar Subair, 39, a porter, detained on May 28, 1991 in Vavuniya District. 10. Mohideen Thamby Sabarullah, 43, a porter, detained on May 28, 1991 in Vavuniya District. 11. Hamza Nawaz, 17, a tailor, detained on July 20, 1990 while on his way home in Chavakachcheri, Jaffna District. 12. Ismail Rameeze, 22, detained on January 1, 1990 in Jaffna District. 13. Badurudheen Siraj, 16, detained on July 1, 1990 in Jaffna District. 14. Badurudheen Jaleel, 25, detained on July 1, 1990 in Jaffna District. 15. Abdul Jabbar Firooze, 20, a textile merchant, detained on February 17, 1990 opposite his house in Jaffna while returning from the mosque. 16. Abdul Latheef Mohamed Rameez, 20, a laborer and fisherman, detained on January 26, 1990 at the Velanai LTTE camp, Mankumban, Jaffna District. 17. Abdul Majeed Najeeb, 36, a porter, detained on May 28, 1991 in Vavuniya District. 18. Abdul Latheef Rajab, 19, a van assistant, detained on September 21, 1990 in Mankumban, Jaffna District. 19. Seeni Aliyar Inudeen, 27, detained on October 25, 1991 in Karaiyoor, Jaffna District. 20. Seeni Aliyar Raleezkhan, 19, detained on January 27, 1990 in Jaffna District. 21. Shahul Hameed Thanzil, 42, detained on April 20, 1991 in Vavuniya District. 22. Abdul Raheem Jabreen, 24, detained on February 15, 1990 in Mankumban, Jaffna District. 23. Neeran Mohideen Najeeb, 26, detained on December 10, 1989 in Jaffna District. 24. Badurusaman Ramzeen, 23, a student, detained on March 10, 1989 in Mullaitivu town, Mullaitivu District. 25. Jamal Mohamed Rafeek, 21, detained on February 24, 1991 in Chunnakam, Jaffna District. 26. Abdul Jabbar Sunthoos, 24, detained on July 19, 1990 in Jaffna District. 27. Ashankany Mohamed Nilan, 19, detained on July 19, 1990 in Jaffna District. 28. Mohamed Hamza, 68, detained on July 25, 1990 in Jaffna District. 29. Seinulabdeen Firudouse, 43, detained on January 24, 1990 in Mullaitivu District. 30. Vabusa Mohamed Farook, 52, detained on October 25, 1990 in Mullaitivu District. 31. Cader Mohideen Subair, 26, detained on October 8, 1989 in Mankulam, Vavuniya District. 32. Shareefdeen Baseer, 20, detained on May 28, 1991 in Vavuniya District. -------------------------------------------------------------------- IV. LTTE Address Those interested in joining Amnesty International in our appeals on behalf of the 32 people may write to the LTTE at: 211 Katherine Road, London E6 1BU, United Kingdom, tel/fax: 0181-470-8593; Read disclaimer..
Home page ==================================================================== Latest News from Island News**** 06/28 0016 Tamil Rebel Leader Attempts to Flee Sri Lanka COLOMBO (June 28,1997) - Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), is reportedly attempting to flee to another country as he is unable to face the ongoing Jaya Sikuru operation in northern Sri Lanka. The leader might escape together with his family to Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar, the newspaper The Daily News today quoted intelligence reports as saying. The original plan, according to the paper, was to first send his family abroad, but this plan had failed. Even some of his closest associates are reportedly planning to desert the leader, but they were forcibly kept by Prabhakaran to provide security until he escapes from the country with his family. A large number of LTTE cadres have been killed in the Jaya Sikuru (Certain Victory) Operation launched by government troops on May 14 and the LTTE rebels are said to be disillusioned that their leader is about to flee the country. The LTTE has been fighting a 14-year war against the government for a separate state in the north and east of the country.