13 April, 2024


An Open Letter To The Heads Of Government Of The Commonwealth

By Rev. S.J. Emmanuel

Rev. Dr S.J. Emmanuel

Open Letter

Dear Heads of Government,

I write, on behalf of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), to humbly ask you to boycott the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo.  This is not a request I make lightly, given my strong support for an association which has shown real leadership on key issues such as the end of apartheid in South Africa. However, the 2013 CHOGM will seriously weaken the Commonwealth’s commitment to core principles of human rights and democracy and will implicitly endorse the actions of President Rajapaksa’s regime – a Government accused of responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity and the on-going perpetration of egregious human right violations.

Days after the end of the country’s brutal armed conflict in May 2009, President Rajapaksa gave unequivocal commitments to the UN Secretary-General to protect the rights of citizens; ensure the economic and political empowerment of the Tamil majority areas; work towards a lasting political settlement; and take measures to address the violations of international humanitarian and human rights law during the war.

However, the recent damning critique of the ground realities in Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has exposed the emptiness of President Rajapaksa’s promises. Speaking at the end of her visit to the country in August, she expressed her grave concerns regarding the “curtailment or denial of personal freedoms and human rights […] persistent impunity and the failure of the rule of law.” Incredibly, a number of human rights defenders, journalists, citizens and relatives of those missing or disappeared, who had the chance to meet with the High Commissioner, were subsequently intimidated by the security forces.  “This type of surveillance and harassment appears to be getting worse in Sri Lanka, which is a country where critical voices are quite often attacked or even permanently silenced”, said Ms Pillay. Sri Lanka “is heading in an increasingly authoritarian direction.”

Her statement is yet more evidence of the significant international concern regarding the situation on the island. The UN Human Rights Council has adopted two resolutions on Sri Lanka, since March 2012, which have demanded accountability and reconciliation and raised a number of issues concerning the promotion and protection of human rights. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group and many others are unanimous in their condemnation of the Rajapaksa regime.

Sri Lanka’s domestic ‘Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’ failed to address the allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity. It was deemed “deeply flawed” and did “not meet international standards for an effective accountability mechanism”, according to the UN Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka. The Tamil majority, former conflict areas in Sri Lanka have been militarised. There has been no inclusive political settlement that addresses the underlying cause of the conflict – the systematic marginalisation of the Tamil people. Muslims are under increasing threat. Their businesses and mosques have been vandalised and their cultural practices insulted. Unarmed Sinhalese protestors, demonstrating against the pollution of a water supply in the town of Weliweriya in August, were killed by members of the military and police. Even powerful figures like the former military commander and 2010 Presidential candidate, Sarath Fonseka, and Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice, Shirani Bandaranayake, have been imprisoned or, in the latter case, illegally removed from office for challenging the Rajapaksa regime.

In 2009, the Commonwealth agreed to defer CHOGM in Sri Lanka until 2013, as a response to the grave allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both sides during the conflict and to act as an incentive to improve the human rights and political situation in the country. However, it is clear that these issues have not been addressed and no progress has been made.

Given the above, Sri Lanka should not have even been allowed the right to hold this year’s event, but Commonwealth Heads of Government can still send a powerful message by staying away from Colombo in November. The Canadian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister have stated that they will not attend unless there is “significant and substantial signs of human rights improvements in Sri Lanka.”

2013 is not only an important year for Sri Lanka, but a vital moment for the future credibility of the Commonwealth. What started in March with the adoption of the Commonwealth Charter – a document supposed to signify the strengthening of the association’s values – will end in November with the depressing scenes of a triumphant President Rajapaksa hosting CHOGM and Sri Lanka becoming Chair of the Commonwealth for the next two years.  It is astounding that a Government accused of involvement in war crimes and of complicity in continuing human rights abuses will then sit on bodies, such as the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, mandated to deal with serious and persistent violations of the Commonwealth’s fundamental values.

This will be a stain on the Commonwealth and will undermine efforts to improve the association’s political and diplomatic influence. The principles that the Commonwealth is meant to espouse must be upheld or they mean nothing.

Therefore, I urge all Heads of Government to:

  • Make a stand on Sri Lanka and boycott CHOGM 2013.
  • Strengthen the Commonwealth by supporting the implementation of the commitments in the new Charter and moving to bar the Government of Sri Lanka from chairing the association for the next two years.
  • Support the establishment of an independent, international investigation into the allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
  • Prevail upon the Government of Sri Lanka, in the strongest possible terms, the need to end the culture of impunity, to restore the rule of law and to comply with its international obligations to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of its people.

Yours sincerely,

Rev. Dr S.J. Emmanuel


Global Tamil Forum


Cc: His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales

Commonwealth Secretary General, HE Mr Kamalesh Sharma

*Global Tamil Forum (GTF) was established in 2009 by a number of grass-roots Tamil groups following the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka. It is the largest Tamil diaspora organisation with members drawn from across five continents. GTF is committed to a non-violent agenda and seeks a lasting peace in Sri Lanka based on justice, reconciliation and a negotiated political settlement.

Rev. Dr Emmanuel was ordained as a Catholic priest in Rome in 1966. He served the Sri Lankan and Asian churches for many years. He was a victim and witness to the armed conflict and war in Sri Lanka. He has worked tirelessly for the Tamil people and for a just and peaceful Sri Lanka.

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    Dogs can bark but it takes a lot more to move solid mountains!

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      Dude, the Commonwealth of Clowns is an IRRELEVANT and OBSOLETE British colonial relic that is now a platform of third world dictators – It is now being massaged by India a PATHETIC wanna be Super power with a largest number of poor people in the world!
      Sharma who is Indian has clearly been paid off by Rajapassa!

      So let the show begin and once Rajapassa become Head of of this UPSIDE DOWN organization it will be truly BURIED!

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        Quite right Dude! The Sri Lanka JOINT OPPOSITION and civil society groups should take a stand a call for a boycott of Rajapassa’s military dictatorship and CHOGM show!

        This letter should be sent the to clown in the opposition – Ranil Wickramasinghe who also runs behind the Commonwealth of Clowns as if it was God’s gift, rather than an irrelevant and obsolete platform for Third world Dictators.. like Mahinda Rajapakse

        Commonwealth is a true CIRCUS!

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        You are right. The extinction of this Dodo of an organization will be recognized once the Rajapassa chairing of it puts the final nail in its coffin.

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      Rotce Goonratne
      Are you for real? Dogs barking at a moutain? Who are you reffering to? You spineless dog, cant you see what the Rajapasaa government is doing? And you are supporting the murderous regime? I feel sorry for you dog.

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        (Rols) Royce Gunaratne came out of the same kennel as the rest of the pariah dogs in the Rajapassa kennel in case you didn’t notice.

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      I never heard there two kinds of mountain solid mountain and soft mountain may be you are soft enough to make this kind of comment

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      You said it!

      Tamilians can weep and howl again when Commonwealth goes ahead. They always beg for it and get it big time.

      I still hear the howling in Nanthikadal. War chimes!

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        Fathima Fukushima:
        When are you going to put the “c” back in your last name so we know what you want to “get, big time?”

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          Go howl in Nanthikadal.


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      Catholic Rev. S.J. Emmanuel –

      People like him usually becoming good priests I hope his on the way. Come on man open your mind. Think what God really is!!!

      Sam Harris on catholicism


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    Dear Commonwealth Heads of Government,

    What more do you want to boycott CHOGM please:







    A List of Commissions of Inquiry and Committees Appointed by the Government of Sri Lanka (2006 – 2012)


    Successive governments have been doing the same:
    Sri Lanka: Twenty years of make-believe. Sri Lanka’s Commissions of Inquiry, Amnesty International, 11 June 2009,
    ‘’The military leadership continued to control the approval of humanitarian projects in the north through its membership in the Presidential Task Force for Resettlement, Development and Security in the Northern Province (PTF). The PTF places particular restrictions on the provision of mental health care and psycho-social activities. Because of government restrictions, no comprehensive assessment has been conducted in conflict-affected areas, and there is no comprehensive data on the needs of the most vulnerable groups’’ – Global Overview 2012: People internally displaced by conflict and violence, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, 29 April 2013, http://www.internal-displacement.org/8025708F004BE3B1/(httpInfoFiles)/DB8A259305B071A8C1257B5C00268DDC/$file/global-overview-2012.pdf
    ”Conflict-affected areas remain highly militarised, which has made progress towards achieving durable solutions more difficult. The military has become an important economic player and a key competitor of local people including returnees in the areas of agriculture, fishing, trade, and tourism. It has also been involved in areas that would normally come under civilian administration. It continues to occupy private land, thereby impeding IDPs’ return. The government has failed to make durable solutions a priority, and humanitarian organisations have faced funding shortages and restrictions on programming and access” – Sri Lanka: A hidden displacement crisis, *Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, 31 October 2012, http://www.internal-displacement.org/8025708F004BE3B1/(httpInfoFiles)/0F7746546306FCB3C1257AA8005845A6/$file/srilanka-overview-oct2012.pdf

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    Neither S.J. Emmanuel nor the Global Tamil Forum represents the Sri Lankan Tamils. We are a pluralist community with divergent views as any community would have. Emmanuel has no right to arrogate for himself the right to speak on our behalf. While he is entitled to his views, he does not speak for most Tamils in Sri Lanka.

    This is not to deny the utter irrelevance of the Commonwealth today in 2013! But Emmanuel is no spokesman for the Tamils.

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      Fr Emmanuel means diaspora Tamils, though not all of them. Tamils in Sri Lanka have their representatives who do their own appeals mainly to President Rajapakse:



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      Well please tell KP Karuna Pilaiyan Daya master Doglas and others to write letters. They represent Tamils too. But you know what kind of Tamisl they are Demuls.

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      Sri Lankan Tamil:
      Even ;our name is a LIE so how can you talk about anyone else who clearly identifies himself, accurately at that, as a Tamil. Go ask the buggers who pay you for writing rubbish for an increase in pay for writing more and bigger rubbish.

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    Dear Re. S.J. Emmanuel,

    “I write, on behalf of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), to humbly ask you to boycott the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo.”
    Let’s see how many open letters were written ot should have been throughout history.

    1. February 1600, Dear His Holiness The Pope. Please spare the life of Giordano Bruno, you plan to burn based on your Inquisition. Please also spare the lives of countless others, until you can show equivocally your beliefs are true beyond any doubt.


    His cosmological theories went beyond the Copernican model: he proposed the Sun was essentially a star, and that the universe contained an infinite number of inhabited worlds populated by other intelligent beings.[2] The Roman Inquisition found him guilty of heresy and he was burned at the stake.[

    2. His Holiness, We also request that the Spanish Inquisition be stopped. When bother to sen people to Hell Fire now, if they are going to end up there anyway.


    was established in 1478 by Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. It was intended to maintain Catholic orthodoxy in their kingdoms, and to replace the Medieval Inquisition which was under Papal control. It became the most substantive of the three different manifestations of the wider Christian Inquisition along with the Roman Inquisition and Portuguese Inquisition.

    3. Year 1990: Mahavereran Velupillai Prabakaran we request that you not expel All Muslims living in the North of Sri Lanka, the “EElam”, as they have been living there for generations ans speaking Tamil.


    4. Year 1990; We request that you stop killing Muslims in their houses of worship in the Mosques, and request that you respect the places of religious worship.


    5. Year 1990: We request that you stop attacking places of Religious Worship of Buddhists. If you want to attack the Buddhists or the State, please attack the military installations and economic installations only.


    6. Now you have trained the Buddhists to do the same. They have the terrorist Organization BBS, Budu Balu Sena now attacking or repeating your actions of 1990’s, with State Sponsorship, instead of LTTE Mahaviran’s sponsorship.

    Buddhist Mob Attacks Mosque In Sri Lanka


    in Sri lanka , Dambulla city Muslims Mosque attacked by buddhist m


    Maha Sangratnaya? Balu Sabgaratnaya, Sadu Sadu Sa.

    DeJa Vu.

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      “Maha Sangratnaya? Balu Sabgaratnaya, Sadu Sadu Sa.

      DeJa Vu.”

      Maha Sangratnaya? Balu SNGARATNAYA, Sadu Sadu Sa.

      they follow the Mara, the Devadattas and the current Maras.

      This shows that Theravada Buddhism is the Curse of Lanka.

      They do Pan Sil, and then do the Pan- Kill.


      Buddhism The Great — Part 1


      Buddhism The Great — Part 2


      Child Abuse by a Monk in Habaraduwa


      DeJa Vu.

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      Amerasiri looks like you are a Sri Lankan Nowadays nobody takes any thing from Sri Lankan seriously. It is hard to wed out the lies from the truth. So why waste time.

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        Lanka Liar,

        1. Truth, has no nationality, and Amarasiri had been de-localized so that will not the attached to the liars and myth believers, in Sri Lanka, in the West, in the East, in the Biddle East, in the South as sell in the North.

        2. However, generally lies are associated with certain nationalities. In Sri Lanka, most Politicians lie from top to bottom. most Monks lie from top to bottom, and misinterprete the Tipitaka. The average citizen and average citizen is honorable than any of the above. In the Islamic World, it is the Mullah, the Ulama and the Clerics who are the biggest liars in the interpretation of the Quran to their advantage. In the West, this was done the Priests with the help of the rulers ( The Buddhist Monks are doing that now in Sri Lanka).

        3. Even in those nations with high percentages of liars, like many countries we all are aware of, still there are many who speak the truth and the facts. See Putin claimed Kerry is a liar. We all know about the WMD lies in Iraq, the Nazi Lies to Poland, to Russia, etc.

        5. What is different now is the globalized internet. They want their lies not challenged. They want the truth hidden.

        6. That is why in Sri Lanka they are trying to block and intimidate many web sites and other media.

        7. Has anybody achieved, Nirvana, Nibbana, Sansara, Rebirth, Hell, Heaven, Limbo, or Purgatory? NO! They are all mental states, brainwashed into the followers so that can be fooled and use that to collect money and Dana.

        7. Start a new Religion. Become a Monk , Priest and Mullah and have a good time with boys, girls, women , men and the rulers.

        Buddhism Abuse Parts 1 and 2



        Media Mayhem : Losing Faith: Abuse, Cover-Up and the Catholic Chu


        Muslim Women Abuse


        Religion is the Opium of the Masses- Karl Marx.

        DeJa Vu.

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    Rev. Dr S.J. Emmanuel,

    Do you know one of the reasons why I admire and have a high respect for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay? Because she visited Sri lanka and took the limited time she had to find out as much as she could about the corruption and human rights abuses which prevails in our country. This clearly showed she cares what happens to the citizens of the country and she gave hope to many who wants justice for the wrong committed to them and their loved ones.

    When you request all Heads of Governments to ‘make a stand on Sri Lanka and boycott CHOGM 2013’how do you think that move reflects upon the citizens in Sri lanka? You being a Catholic priest should know better than to make such a request. Is it not your duty to make requests where all human beings irrespective of their caste and religion will benefit from? Do you think that my asking the Heads of Governments to boycott the CHOGM 2013 you are helping the people of this country?

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      Excellent point. Hats off to Ms. Navi Pillai to visit Lanka and listen and hear both sides of the story.

      Those who do not show their presence means nothing.

      CHOGM should visit and find out more.

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      Would the commonwealth leaders listen to former Ltte terrorist’s request

      What a joke

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    I do not agree with Rev.

    CHOGM must held in Srilanka as planned, and leadership handed over to MaRa.
    This will make him to get out of his frog in the well mentality and rule the nation as a leader, not as a dictator.
    Also remember, every time foreigners come, we get a breathing space.

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      What kind of Reverend he is if his message is from SATAN which is REVENGE.

      Why did the GOD create SATAN ?

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        Jim Softy,

        “Why did the GOD create SATAN ?”

        Wanted Competition.

        God is Good and Satan Bad.

        Like Buddha is Good and Mara is Bad, like BBS

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        “Why did the GOD create SATAN ?”
        So that he can write bs under the name Jimsofty!

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    “I write, on behalf of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), to humbly ask you to boycott the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo. “

    This is christian Priests distribute the GOD’s MESSAGE.



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      The only “LUNATICS WOULD BARK NON-STOP” are those named JimSofty.

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    THis is politics of an intergovernmental organisation that has changed utter human rights violations in South Africa.
    Sri Lanka has been violating the basic rights of the ethnic minorities from the time of independence till today.
    Various UN bodies and international human rights organisations have been making recommendations that have been consistently ignored by successive governments, the worst being this government. How else can change be brought about?

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    These Satans preach revenge.

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      I hear a pig (Jim Softly) Grunting. This bugger commenting here for a ticket to Mecca.

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      hmmm Gautama Buddha said ‘hatred does not cease by hatred’ but then Sri Lankan monks …………………..haahhahhaahahaha

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    The Commonwealth heads of government must consider the undertaking President Rajapakse gave to UN SG Ban Ki Moon in May 2009 and what UN HRC Chief said after more than four years especially after listening to the people on the ground who have lost their loved ones before and after the war. Commonwealth SG K Sharma must be able to produce any measure that he considers as the evidence of changes for the better in Sri Lanka. Please act to restore values of Commonwealth in this country where Rajapakse family rules without the rule of law by bribing and buying unprincipled MPs of the opposition parties with perks and mnisterial portfolios.

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    Isn’t this the Reverand who blessed the Child Soldiers and the Suicide Bombers before they were dispatched on their Missions by Mr Prabkaran and consoled their Parents by helping them to read the Rosary?.

    Does he now conduct marriage celebrations for the cashed up Vellala Catholics and baptize their little one s, besides his new political position as the Head of the BTF and the sort of Chief Minister for British Diaspora in the TGTE?

    Mr Cameron and Mr Harper abided by the Reverend’s demands long before this new demand was put in place. although Mr Cameron had a change of heart later for some reason.

    But Mr Harper is sticking to his Guns, and Dr Singh, the new convert seems to be sitting on the fence.

    But the other 49 Heads of State seem not keen on Diaspora Dudes demands, because they themselves have tasted terrorism at some stage and want to know how this little Island fought the mighty Tigers backed by the Western Diaspora , and made in to the middle income Nation League in a matter of four years.

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    Dear Rev. Samuel,

    you forget what your TAMILS did to the Sinhalese………
    Warning – some of the links are graphic.

    Keep your audio on
    Sri lankan Sinhalese victims murdered by the Terrorist TAMIL LTTE the UN wants to forget
    Spare a moment in prayer and meditation during this time in Remembrance, for the following Sri Lankan victims – the UN wants to forget, but whom we Sri Lankans are forever indebted to …………..Only Some of the Bomb Blasts and innocents killed are listed…………..

    Abimanpura LTTE Terrorists attack a civilian bus 18 killed by Tamil LTTE

    Moratuwa Bomb Blast 2008.06.06 19 killed by Tamil LTTE

    Piliyandala Bus Bomb Blast on 25th April 2008 at 6.40 PM 10 killed by Tamil LTTE

    Katubedda 20 KILLED by Tamil LTTE

    Anuradhapura MORE THAN 120 KILLED by Tamil LTTE


    Polgolla, Kandy by Tamil LTTE

    Dambulla -18 killed by Tamil LTTE

    LTTE killed 9 school children in Colombo by Tamil LTTE

    LTTE Terrorist Bomb Blast in Nugegoda by Tamil LTTE – 28 Nov 2007

    Bomb Blast in Colombo by Tamil LTTE – Detail News 16/05/2008

    Colombo-Fort RailwayStation

    LTTE Terrorist Blast Another Bus Bomb – Sep 16 2008

    Social Services and Social Welfare Ministry by Tamil LTTE

    Slave Island 4 killed by Tamil LTTE

    Mt. Lavinia, Sri Lanka Bus Bomb – killed by Tamil LTTE 23-02-2008

    Bomb explosion at Dehiwela 7 killed by Tamil LTTE

    68 killed by Tamil LTTE at DEHIWELA Railway Station

    Dehiwela Zoo by Tamil LTTE

    LTTE Terrorists Bomb Kills 4 Including 2 School Children by Tamil LTTE

    LTTE Attack Kebithigollewa 26 killed by Tamil LTTE

    Escaping civilians from LTTE hostage

    See IT From Your Eyes : How LTTE Terrorists Shoot Innocent Civillians

    Minister Lalith-Athulathmudali killed by Tamil LTTE
    Minister Gamini Dissanayake Killed by Tamil LTTE

    Prime Minister Premadasa Killed by Tamil LTTE

    Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle- killed by Tamil LTTE

    General Ranjan Wijeratne -killed by Tamil LTTE
    Gen Janaka Perera- killed by Tamil LTTE
    General Denzil Kobbekaduwa -Killed by Tamil LTTE
    .……and many many others whom I may have missed.
    May they Rest in Peace – they sacrificed themselves for us and our future generations……………………………….


    James Corea

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    I don’t normally cry.

    But the High School youth lying in their coffins was too much to handle.

    Thanks Mr Corea for posting these links.

    If the Human Rights High Commissioner meant to offer a Floral Tribute to these people, Nanthikadal surely wuldn’t have been the proper place.

    Perhaps she has seen only the CH4 footage supplied by the HR Guru Mr MacCrae.

    It wouldn’t be too late even now to express her sympathies and make an apology for selecting Nanthikadal.

    As for the good Reverend Father Emmanuel, I hope he will tell a prayer for these innocents too, when he conducts Holy Mass next time. .

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      My friend Mr. Sumanasekera,

      Forgive me for barging in. It appears to many of us the ideal place to offer floral tributes to ALL WHO PERISHED during May 2009 – Tamil civilians, LTTErs, Sinhala soldiers – in our own civil war was the Nandikkal area. The UNCHR is in record of having offered such floral tributes in other theatres where she had made official visits and they
      have all been where the civilian casualties high. In fairness to her and her officials they have given notice, in advance, to the SL side. And the moment she found the sensitivities here are different and may have a fallout on political events in the horizon here and may have an impact on inter-communal relationship she had stepped back. That I think is a combination of both responsibility, good diplomacy and common decency.


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        I hardly think Navi pillay has diplomacy, responsibility and common decency. She has immensely displayed she has none of it.

        After all what prevented her from placing floral tribute in Nandikadal, the lagoon where terrorists were killed was solely government’s acute objection.

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    Is it coincidental that a local head of a friendship society, in a meeting held at the Taj Samudra in Colombo last week-end in the presence of several foreign and local VIPs, foolishly called for India’s (military?)intervention. The call is likely to heighten Indo-Lankan tensions. He embarrassed important invitees gathered that evening. One of whom, a key advisor to the President, has assured appropriate action. The State is right in taking him to task for not only endangering the security of the State but also compromising the safety of his own community spread thorough out the country. The man of rural background, invariably heading religious, legal and social organisations is not known for finesse and sophistication in language or rationale.

    This is one example those elected to high office in important social bodies should be responsible, learned and those possessed of some basic form of diplomacy.


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    Dear Rev Dr Emmanuel

    You have done what you must, writing to all who matter.

    The GTF takes its oxygen from the ‘diaspora’ Tamils, many of who have made an irrevocable choice to settle and live their lives in other countries. Notwithstanding the traumatic circumstances under which that choice was made, the christian way would be to shake the dust of your feet and depart. Not to be revengeful.

    It is up to us Sri Lankans now living our life on this island to take this chance to repair, reconcile and move forward. The bane of our times is having third parties meddling in our affairs and this applies as much to SL as it does to Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan et al.

    What happened in SL was distasteful but in the end it was six-of-one, half-a-dozen-of-the-other. The Tamils who remain here (and those who return) will be smarter and will work out a way regain the trust and respect of their fellow Sri Lankans in time to come. Send money by all means but please leave the politicking to us on the ground here.

    The Commonwealth is an archaic institution, composed of members none of whom can throw stones at any of the others for they all have their share of skeletons in cupboards. The outcome of their gathering will matter not a jot in the grand order of global events.

    The GOSL will ofcourse crow…..but only until we here get our act together, present a credible opposition and win the trust and ultimately the votes of our people.

    God Bless you and all at the GTF.

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