Practice Relating to Rule 65. Perfidy
Section I. Simulation of civilian status
In 2011, in its Humanitarian Operation Factual Analysis July 2006–May 2009, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence stated:
At the later stages of the Wanni operation the LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] intermingled with the civilians to launch attacks, including artillery and mortar attacks, on Security Forces. LTTE cadres dressed as civilians, and fired from amongst civilians. This hampered Security Forces operations since return fire to neutralise targets had to be greatly reduced.
The Ministry of Defence further stated: “On 18 May 2009, Sri Lanka defeated the LTTE, bringing to an end three decades of conflict and suffering.”