27 October, 2020

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British Tamils Reiterate Call For UK Govt To Boycott CHOGM In Sri Lanka

British Tamils Forum will continue to engage with the UK Government and will seek justice through an International Independent Investigation into war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide in Sri Lanka, says the British Tamils Forum.

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Issuing a statement the BTF  further reasoned that this Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka would be against the fundamental political values of the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth charter signed by the Queen on Commonwealth Day this year.

We publish below the statement in full;

In a recent meeting with further reasoned that this Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka would be against the fundamental political values of the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth charter signed by the Queen on Commonwealth Day this year.Alistair Burt MP – the Foreign Office Minister responsible for South Asia, British Tamils expressed their disappointment at the Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to visit Sri Lanka in November 2013, for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

In the meeting, which was facilitated by the British Tamils Forum, Tamil representatives from a number of Tamil groups based in the UK explained to the minister the reasons why the UK Government should reconsider its decision to attend CHOGM in Sri Lanka. They further reasoned that this Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka would be against the fundamental political values of the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth charter signed by the Queen on Commonwealth Day this year.

The delegation explained the culture of impunity, lack of accountability and continuing structural genocide against Tamils in Sri Lanka – describing both historical and current events and discussing their moral and legal ramifications. They criticised the UK’s role in the failure to protect Tamils in 2009 and the failure to bring Sri Lanka to account ever since – a failure that sets the conditions for continued abuses with impunity by the Sri Lankan state. The Minister was sympathetic to the concerns expressed by the Tamil representatives but differed on the suggested course of action to address these concerns.

The delegation also pointed out to the minister the failure of the UK’s strategy: soft diplomatic engagement and influence has still not delivered justice to the victims though the war ended over four years ago.

The Minister, in his response declined the delegation’s suggestion for a boycott or venue change for CHOGM 2013 stating that the UK Government has made a decision on attendance which  reflects the importance of the Commonwealth as well as the opportunity for attendees to see the situation on the ground.  The Minister underlined that the  CHOGM meeting and attention it attracts, would shine a spotlight on Sri Lanka and highlight progress or the lack of it.  The UK Government had been clear on its concerns for example supporting the resolution at the March Human Rights Council and would remain so in the run up to CHOGM.

The delegation raised the following questions for the UK Government to consider on behalf of the British Tamils;

·      Is the Prime Minister’s decision to attend unconditional, whatever the outcome of UN High Commissioner Navi Pillay’s report in August and Northern Provisional Council Election in September?

·      What are the UK government’s plans, post-CHOGM?

·      Why doesn’t the UK include charge of genocide in their discourse?

British Tamils Forum will continue to engage with the UK Government and will seek justice through an International Independent Investigation into war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide in Sri Lanka.

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    This is a very good move by the forum.No one should attend the if they are sympathies towards the Tamils living in SL & if they have accepted that genocide during he final stages of the war no official should attend the conference.

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    Bring SL government to justice.

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      Idiot tamil diaspora and Idiot like you ,when you are going to wake up from your elam dream, this will never happen in SL, David Cameron knows exactly what you guys did to Rajive Gandhi, you can’t erase the history of your bloody violence against the human beings , now trying to cover up that history showing to the world that you are human right champions

      Too late BTF British reject your proposal to boycott CHOGM and they again confirmed their present in SL

      They will have good time at the sunny beaches in SL, You guys have to work hard to earn more money to spend in another failed project

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    So Cameron is coming!.

    Brown Sahibs in Colombo must be ecstatic.They may even bring out their little Union Jacks to wave at Cameron as well.

    Wonder how the Vellalas in Wellawatta and Kurunduwatta feeling?.

    Burt didn’t bend over to the Tiger lover, the Reverend this time.

    Is it the love of the CHOGM or the Jet Engines for the A350?.

    Either way it is good for Cameron to to have a break in our tropical paradise where thosands of Poms have taken refuge for a good life, including my own village in the South.and check on their wefare, especially any signs of descrimination.

    If he behaves himself ,he may even get a private audience with our Prez, unlike the foul mouthed MP who paid a visit only a couple of weeks ago.

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    Few years back Britishers got bloody hit from Asian in their own country. Now, it about to have a “Muslim” problem. Next would be from never satisfied, greedy Tamils…Go ahead Cameron.Help them…Good luck..But dont forget Rajiv Gandhi who helped a lot to this bloody race..

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    These foolish Sri Lankan Tamils are the best asset the government has. They are actually trying to stop the commonwealth meeting which was engineered with great effort in order to carry out a soft landing of human rights forces in Sri Lanka and establish a beach head.

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    I’M SRI LANKAN,tamil+sinhala.Lived here throughout,having had the opportunity to work and live out of SL as well, for short periods.Sure there was injustice,some of it so suttle that there was very little one could do about.Those who could have done something did not do enough.
    Legal changes is what could have avoided and dealt with several issues throughout the years.Terrorism is not an answer to problems.That we have subdued it-may not be using the normal channels-but then terrosism is not the normal channel TO SOLVE PROBLEMS although it almost came to that.
    IT WAS BECOMING A PART OF EVERYDAY LIFE BECAUSE OF THE BENEFITS IT BROUGHT TO THOSE WHO WERE OUT OF SL AND THOSE WHO WERE HERE.ETHNIC ISSUE WAS LONG LOST,IT BECAME ECONOMICS-WHO WOULD GAIN MORE BY THE ARMS DEALS?ALL COMMUNITIES ARE TO BLAME EQUALLY FOR WHAT HAPPENED IN SRI LANKA.NO ONE CAN ESCAPE RESPONSIBILITY.
    IF ARE TO MOVE FORWARD EVERY POSSIBLE AVENUE MUST BE USED-IF WE HAVE A RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT THEY MUST WITH THE OPPOSITION WORK THINGS OUT FOR OUR COUNTRY.

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    Jaffna Thamil Diaspora…come to grips with the reality.You people are not going to return to Jaffna any more.Your offspring are Britishers and who can’t speak Thamil and who are align to the Thamil culture.The Sinhalese have largely overtaken the The Jaffna Thamils inthe field of Education.Thats the reality.Peace in Srilanka is only possible with the consent of the Sinhale masses.Try to reach out to them,if you all are really interested.Finlay change your Jaffna Thamil only mentality.Encourage the present generation to do so.Consider the aspirations of the other Srilankan Thamils too.

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