So the question is asked by some of us, in desparation: What if you had One day left to Stop Ethnic cleansing?
Well now there is the Channel 4 report with exclusive footage (by slipping camera past tight security) of those detention camps that the diaspora has been desperately trying to let the world know really exist. They have been told "genocide" and "ethnic cleansing" are terms that are "unhelpful" by those even in the Sri Lankan intelligensia.
Now Sonali Samarasinghe, widow of Lasantha Wickramatunga, in her latest public statement has this to say:
"That this is a racist war is not a secret. I would not go so far as to use the word genocide, but it would not surprise me to see it used in future international legal action against the government. At any rate, the government itself has plastered the countryside with enormous placards lauding the military with the slogan, in Sinhala, the language of the Sinhalese majority to which I too, belong, stating: "Soldiers, our race salutes you!" Not "the people", not "the country", but the race. And all these placards exhibit the stated provenance of the Ministry of Defence or other government institutions. Interestingly, none of these hoardings are in Tamil, the language of the people the government claims it is seeking to liberate.
I make this point because it is urgent and important that the world realizes what is happening in Sri Lanka before it is too late."
So what about the Responsibility to protect (R2P)? What has Ban got to say about it? Isn't this a very obvious case in which the UN has a mandate to use R2P? Apparently not the case according to Mr. Ban:
The responsibility to protect is just "a concept" that does not yet have "an effective mechanism"
The reporter from innercity press also asks Ban for his reaction to the Channel 4 video. The reaction from Ban is...well...words fail me. Keep reading and you can make your own mind up.