As the civil war in Sri Lanka drew to its bloody end in 2009 the government of this island nation removed its protection from UN officials and employees, who, along with other international observers, were forced to leave the conflict zone. President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his inner circle wanted, it seemed, a war without witness. The end result was the deliberate slaughter of an estimated 70,000 innocent civilians. However, many survivors, and some who died, were able to capture on camera the horrifying conclusion to the war and the cruel deprivations of the internment camps that followed. Today, through their images and testimony, Rajapaksa stands accused of war crimes. In Sri Lanka’s Secrets experienced journalist Trevor Grant presents the shocking story of the final days of this war, alongside the photographs and eye-witness accounts of many Tamils, including Maravan, a social worker who fled to Australia by boat after being tortured by soldiers seeking his folio of photographs. Grant also details the continuing torture and abuse of Tamils in Sri Lanka, and some national governments’ ongoing support for a regime that has abandoned any pretense of democracy.
Foremost among these enthusiastic supporters has been the Government of Australia, cynically preoccupied with ‘stopping the boats’ fleeing Sri Lankan state terror. At any cost. ----- Amazon Reviews, 1 of 2: (5 stars) "Every page is a revelation" By George on October 7, 2014 Before I commence with my review I feel I should state that my knowledge of the Sri Lanka was limited. In 240 pages author succeeds in taking us through what happened in Sri Lanka.
The strange thing is that it is almost unknown. People know so much more about Gaza and Bosnia but not about Sri Lanka. The lives of innocent 70,000 Tamils appear worth less than the lives of other humans in the world. Well written. Every page is a revelation. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone interested of Sri Lanka. => 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful ----- Amazon Reviews, 2 of 2: (4 stars) "Brilliant - MUST read!" By Lotus on October 25, 2014 Whatever your interest Journalism, Peace-Studies, Ethnic Conflict, international relations, Humanity, Human Rights, this is a MUST read. Quite resourceful. You may ask, how come we didn't hear the full story? Well, I believe lobbying is fine, when it's ethical. But unethical, no. See, after 7 lobby firms: Oct 23 2014, Megan R. Wilson, theHill.com Sri Lanka hires up in Washington amid war crimes probe "The government of Sri Lanka has hired its eighth Washington firm this year as it awaits the results of a United Nations human rights investigation into alleged war crimes ..." If you'd rather see independent reviews, here are a few: Oct 25 2014, Martin Flanagan, The Sydney Morning Herald Our eyes are blind to Tamil torture "For the book, Grant interviewed 50 Tamil refugees. He obtained access to confidential medical reports from Sri Lankan and Australian doctors which backed up their claims ..." Oct 23 2014, Beate Arnestad, Journalists for democracy in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka's Secrets: How the Rajapaksa regime gets away with murder "Sri Lanka’s secrets solely refers to the systematic and unspeakable war crimes as well as the ongoing genocide committed by the current Rajapaksa regime towards its ethnic Tamil population. These are horrible crimes that have been committed by an elected government. This leaves the reader totally perplexed and shocked as to why and how such serious crimes can be kept in the dark ..." Also, a must read to get perspective, is a book written by a Human Rights activist from New Zealand, who volunteered during the 'cease-fire': A Fleeting Moment in My Country: The Last Years of the Ltte de-Facto State, N Malathy, Radha d'Souza On twitter, see #SriLanka