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The Tamil Genocide by Sri Lanka

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The engagement of Professor Francis A. Boyle, an eminent American expert in international law at the University of Illinois College of Law, during the last years of Sri Lanka's conflict is traced in a forthcoming book published by Clarity Press of Atlanta. Titled The Tamil Genocide by Sri Lanka: The Global Failure to Protect Tamil Rights Under International Law,” it is the first book to develop an authoritative case for genocide against the Government of Sri Lanka under international law. Such
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    The engagement of Professor Francis A. Boyle, an eminentAmerican expert in international law at the University of IllinoisCollege of Law, during the last years of Sri Lanka's conflict istraced in a forthcoming book published by Clarity Press of Atlanta.Titled The Tamil Genocide by Sri Lanka: The Global Failure toProtect Tamil Rights Under International Law,” it is the first book to develop an authoritative case for genocide against theGovernment of Sri Lanka under international law. Such charges by an expert like Boyleshould not be taken lightly: In 1993,Boyle took the remarkablysimilar case of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the International Court of Justice,setting a historical precedent by winning not one, but two Orders from theCourt against the rump Yugoslavia, represented by Shabtai Rosenne of Israel, on the basis    of the 1948 Genocide Convention.Prior to Boyle, no government had wontwoOrders for Provisional Measures of Protection—the international equivalentof an injunction—in one case in the history of the World Court going back to itsfoundation in 1921.Professor Boyle was among the very few to address the international legalimplications of the Sri Lankan Government’s grave and systematicviolations of Tamil human rights while the conflict was actually taking place, and to excoriate the UN and those significant states and actors in theglobal community whose failure to prevent it, Boyle charges, amounted tocomplicity in genocide.One seminal lecture in the book outlines the legal basis for the Tamils in SriLanka to exercise their right under international law to proclaim a UnilateralDeclaration of Independence and establish a Provisional Government for Tamil Eelam if that is their desire. Here Boyle draws upon his experience asthe Legal Advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization on their 15 November 1988 Declaration of Independence and their establishment of theState of Palestine, which recently announced the intention to petition for membership in the United Nations In addition to Boyle’s writings on aspects of international law related toSri Lanka's war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide againstTamils, and the international community’s failure to stop the slaughterof Tamil civilians, the book also contains relevant articles frominternational conventions directly applicable to the conflict, includingthe Geneva Conventions, the Rome Statute of the InternationalCriminal Court, and the Genocide Convention.Of equal pertinence, it includes Boyle’s detailed summation of hisactivities on behalf of Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose tragic plight hasa direct and immediate relevance for the Tamils of Sri Lanka.“The Tamil Genocide by Sri Lanka” is available from Clarity Press,Inc., Ste. 469, 3277 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA. 30305, USA or onlineat http://www.claritypress.com/Boyle-Tamil.html.  DesignerDavid Mathi From Ireland
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