15 August, 2020

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GTF Has Lost Their Way, No Transparent And No Democratic Governance – British Tamils Breakaway

“Despite some initial successes, GTF and its leadership have gradually lost their way – principally because they have turned their back on GTF’s founding values, such as collective decision-making, democratic governance, transparency, inclusiveness and grassroots activism.” says the British Tamils Forum.

Issuing a statement on BTF’s relationship with Global Tamil Forum the BTF says that the GTF has failed to articulate the ongoing structural genocide of the Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka and the BTF distance itself from any of GTF’s initiatives or actions.

We publish below the statement in full

Suren Surendiran -Spokesperson GTF

Suren Surendiran -Spokesperson GTF

We are aware that there is some confusion among Tamils regarding British Tamils Forum’s participation in Global Tamil Forum (GTF). By releasing this statement, we hope to fulfil our duty towards the Tamil people by clarifying the facts.

When the war in the island of Sri Lanka came to a bloody end in 2009, there was an urgent need to unite Tamils around the world and give collective voice to their aspirations. British Tamils Forum, along with a number of other country organisations, played a pivotal role in facilitating and setting up the entity Global Tamil Forum, basing it on clear founding values and principles that are enshrined in its constitution.

The vision of GTF’s founding organisations was to take on board all diaspora Tamils and representative organisations across the world who seek justice and freedom – to give Tamils across the world a collective voice and representation. With this vision in mind, GTF was founded by 14 country organisations, which took the role of Founding Member Organisations. It was envisaged that, with time, other organisations would join – strengthening both GTF and the international Tamil diaspora. At its inception, GTF inherited the collective leadership of the Founding Member Country Organisations to spearhead the struggle globally.

Despite some initial successes, GTF and its leadership have gradually lost their way – principally because they have turned their back on GTF’s founding values, such as collective decision-making, democratic governance, transparency, inclusiveness and grassroots activism. Office bearers have neither displayed the leadership required to keep founding member organisations within GTF, nor have they undertaken the effort to expand GTF to include currently unrepresented Tamils across the world. Furthermore, GTF’s Annual General Meeting has been overdue since 2010. Therefore, it is of little surprise that GTF’s support base has dwindled and many country organisations have left.

With regard to the international struggle for Tamil justice and freedom – the raison d’être of GTF – the organisation has failed to articulate the ongoing structural genocide of the Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka. Indeed, it has at times even appeared to welcome initiatives undertaken by the Sri Lankan government that are plainly intended to thwart the international campaign for accountability and justice for Tamils in Sri Lanka.

British Tamils Forum is a grassroots organisation that has to act transparently and in accordance with the wishes of its constituents; we expect the same of GTF and any other grassroots organisation claiming to represent the Tamil people. Our consistent call for accountability, justice and freedom simply represents the wishes of British Tamils; it dismays us deeply that the Global Tamil Forum – which purports to represent Tamils across the world – sends such mixed, and unrepresentative, messages to the international community about the Tamil people’s aspirations.

British Tamils Forum believes that only wider participation in the decision making process can restore the trust of the Tamil diaspora in any entity – be it global, national or local. As our protracted and well-intended efforts to resolve the above issues with GTF have not been acknowledged, let alone reciprocated, we hereby declare openly that we have been denied any representation on the GTF Board – i.e. that we play no part in the decision-making process at GTF; hence we publicly distance ourselves from any of GTF’s initiatives or actions.

We have taken a principled decision on this matter after much careful deliberation, and in accordance with the wishes of the Tamil people. As always, British Tamils Forum will continue to work towards the unity of Tamils across the world and will aim to forge a strong alliance of representative Tamil organisations that are based on the fundamental values and aspirations of the Tamil people.

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    Whoa! What a surprise!

    Perhaps these BTF & GTF guys need a re-incarnation of VP “The Sun God”.

    To be their supreme leader. And sole representative of Tamils worldwide.

    Under his “able leadership” such petty division and discord will be unimagianble.

    Coz’ VP would whip both BTF, GTF & their racist asses thoroughly into compliance.

    Cheers!

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      Perhaps this reincarnation could also recruit child members for both the GTF and BTF. A bit of propaganda put into their heads is better than an AK-47 in their hands.

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      Actually the issue is that they have no presence on the ground, here in SL. The TGTE will go the same way, like the Friday Forum they will be reduced to making statements, from time to time, that no one gives a hoot about.

      The day one of these organizations realize the importance of working with the GOSL(however corrupt it may be) they have a chance of making some impact. If not, they might as well join all of us here .in comment section.

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        No Way.We want our Tamil Kingdom back from the Sinhalese.

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      Not a surprise at all. It is a replay from late 80s – early 90s, LTTE vs the Rest (TELO, XXXX, YYYY). This time the competitors are GTF, BTF and TGTE, the match referee is TNA, for World Series Massacre Expo of Tamil Collectives for Supremacy. Winner takes all. Sponsors are CH4. Watch out for the schedule on CT. All blame, 100% to be credited to GOSL. (poison darts have kindly been offered by Native Vedda)

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    who are these self appointed so called spokesman of Tamils ….GTF BTF etc…..

  • 7
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    First of BTF should say what they want? then blame them? The problem with so many Tamil outfits is they don’t know what they want?. But they all know what they dont want?
    If you cant amicably settle your differences and exixt as one body forget about your slogans close the shops and allow the Tamils in Sri Lanka to decide their future. This is a pastime for you. Do you want to do another experiment and watch from far.
    or tell us what do you want ?

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      We know what we want.We have told the Sinhalese way back.The Vaddukkoddai Resolution is one .We want our Tamil Kingdom back from the Sinhalese who took over in 1940s.

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        Vaddukkoddai Resolution was put together by BTF?

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        You can have the Tamil Kingdom in United Kingdom. But not in Sri Lanka or India.

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        You think you know. Chandrika Bandaranayake got almost 90% of the votes from the north and east under a united Sri Lanka ticket. Can she tell this is also a resolution. Times have changed world is moving. If you have the guts get a resolution from the Tamils as to who should represent the Tamils in the world. That is the first step. Can you do that. How many TFs are there how many Tamil org are there. How many are democratic. A golden opportunity, take a resolution from the Tamils who should represent the Tamils once and for all.Then close down all the mushrooms We shall see. When you have thousand of organizations how can you get a single Tamil Kindom. Better ask for thousand Tamil Kindoms and you will have 100000 maharajahs 1000000 ministers and 100 citizens. You have become the joke of the world.

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    How many of them came down and joined the ‘struggle’? How many Tamils from the south went on to take up arms? How many care more than meetings and protests? Without the ‘hit-man’ on the ground, the movement is toothless and ineffectual.

    The will be no more ‘hit men’ and there will be no more ‘separate states’ It is the reality – get used to it.

    For those who barrack MR, they should realise why he gets voted in again and again – it is the irradiation of a cancer that would have destroyed us all.

  • 8
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    Let the infighting begin – I mean continue LOL

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    Oh you are awake I see ROFL

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      Just because the wifi signal from Starbucks reaches the public toilet doesn’t mean it’s ok for you to use it while at work LOL It’s for their customers only LOL

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        what is the relevance of this comment to the topic at hand?

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          Was Dev’s comment too subtle for you? Stop abusing the customer wifi and get back to work. That floor isn’t going to mop itself !

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            LOL talking off topics seems to be the tactic of some on these forums without focussing on the topic being discussed.
            With a country like ours I guess anything to distant ourselves from realizing that we really are the scum of the earth

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              LOL don’t put yourself down Siva, you’re just the scum of La La Land – since your country “Thamil Eelam” doesn’t exist on earth !

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    .
    Who are these people?
    :-)

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    BTF chased out the Srilankan Prez from London, threatening violence.

    Even Scotland Yard and Cameron couldn’t do a thing about the power of the Emmanuel Brigade.

    Has the GTF jettisoned this Militant Mob?.

    Has this got to do something with the new CM taking the TNA’s new kid on the block Sumnathiran to ask the Prez to allow Diaspora Funds to the North.. instead of tagging behind the LTTE proxy Sambandan?…

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    I only see this BTF is trying to make things right and put a fullstop before further damages caused by GTF’s one man shows as the Tamils saccrified enough for their Freedom, ages over 65 years with all the successive Goverment of Sri Lanka. GTF must come out clean and work with BTF & other Diaspora Organisatios and seek justice for Genocide of Tamils.

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      We know what we want.We have told the Sinhalese way back.The Vaddukkoddai Resolution is one .We want our Tamil Kingdom back from the Sinhalese who took over in 1940s.

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        You record is repeating, must be cracked

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    Tamils cracking along caste lines.

    BTF fishing caste people.
    GTF Vallala caste people.
    TAG Tamil Christians in US.
    FAG Tamil Muslims in UK.

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      Tamil for Justice is a FOX caste.

      Manager of all post of the Tamil for Justice is a fraudelent Pilot residing in US

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      FF

      But you belong to Foolish Foolish isnt isnt it

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    Suicide bombing is not self determination.
    Suicide bombing is terrorism.

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      Rambuka

      Killing terrorists is no crime.

      Killing unarmed civilian is war crime.

      Shelling your own people is crime against humanity.

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    TGTE, BTF , GTF, WTF …

    Join us.

    Thalaiva – UTF

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      UTF,

      I am in.

      Cheers!

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      ATF BTF CTF DTF ETF FTF GTF HTF ITF JTF KTF …………………..ZTF
      AATF BBTF CCTF DDTF ………………………………………..ZZTF
      AATTF BBTTF ……………………………………………….ZZTTF
      ………………….
      …………………
      .

      …………………..

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    When will the stupid Tamils in Sri Lanka and overseas realize that as long as they are divided they will never be able to get anything for their people? They spend their time and energy killing each other…betraying each other and focussing on their petty divisions like Jaffna Tamil, Batticaloa Tamil, Estate Tamil… then according to caste, arrogant, stupid morons, they deserve what they get. Israel was able to achieve a state of their own because, they buried their differences, to work for one purpose, a homeland for their people.

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    Well, writing bulk emails to all and sundry has certain limits doesn’t it really?

    Emailing barefaced lies once or twice its ok. But this many times? c’mon now. I suspect the genocide hoax has run of steam. I suspect many people now have setup their email virus scanners to automatically throw email with words “structural genocide” directly into their rubbish bin.

    Who knows! structural genocide may even find itself into the Oxford Dictionary one day. On the positive side I suppose GTF can say they actually contributed to English.

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      Vibhushana

      “Who knows! structural genocide may even find itself into the Oxford Dictionary one day.”

      Isn’t that what hppened to my people?

      Garry Leach wrote a book on “Capitalism: A Structural Genocide”

      Therefore GTF has no legitimate claim over the phrase, probably copied it from Garry Leach.

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    BTF, GTF, STF, TGTF, LTTF, XXXXF

    You Tamils allege lack of democracy, transparency, etc in Sri Lanka, but you cannot practice what you preach though you live in democratic countries in the diaspora. You guys cannot get along in the first place. The problem with the Jaffna Tamils is, I’m told, everyone is a leader without any followers. No wonder all pro LTTE organizations in the diaspora are fast approaching extinction. Grass roots organization, my foot! The grass roots are in Sri Lanka and they don’t want anything to do with you, the self-elected saviours.

    In fact at present they enjoy better democratic environment than you guys in the diaspora still controlled by Tamil fascists. First re-examine the so called Tamil cause, review your role in the rise and fall of LTTE fascism, and accept some responsibility for the tragedy of Mullivaikkal, and accept some accountability for the human rights violations and war crimes committed the Tigers.

    Without such a re-evaluation it’s futile to think you can achieve unity or democracy in the Tamil Diaspora. Or is it too much to ask you who cowardly accepted the brutal, fascist LTTE as your sole representative?

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      and accept some accountability for the human rights violations and war crimes committed by the Tigers.

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    However, all GTF, BTF, etc. come under the umbrella organization of Tamil Organizationa Internationale Liberatio Elam Tamils (TOILET) based in Geneva.

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    The GTF has lost its way, because its destination was never clear to those who constituted it and the Tamils who have to live in Sri Lanka, both by choice and by circumstances . The same fate awaits the BTF and other such formations around the world. They have been also rendered irrelevant by their failure to come to assistance of the Tamils ion their hour of need soon after the war.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dear Dr RN,
      You know what David Cameron said in Jaffna. It is because of GTF, BTF, etc
      Who is assisting people in need in the N&E? Would the govt let GTF, BTF,….to help directly?

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        Dear Anpu,

        If there was a will, there were many ways.

        Soon after the Tsunami, there was a will to smuggle in ball bearings and other items to pursue the war, and the way was found to do it quite successfully.

        Dr. RN

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          Dear Dr RN,
          Thanks for your response. But you have not responded to my comments.
          Anpu

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            Dear Anpu,

            I yet wonder whether these organisations were/are being used as a catspaw or prop by the British government ,in pursuit if its own objectives. Only time will tell how altruistic their interest is in our affairs is. I am of the opinion that the British government and the West are pursuing their geo-political objectives in the region and their interest in Sri Lanka is a part of a grand design. The utter stupidity of the Sri Lankan government has no doubt provided them this opportunity. I pray I am wrong in my assessment !

            Dr.RN

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        Anpu,

        Why oh! Why?

        Cameron said what he said to help himself at the next UK election. Just like Miliband said what he said. Thank you Wikileaks.

        Both BTF & GTF are welcome to help rebuild the north Anpu. But, they must follow legal channels in Sri Lanka in doing so.

        If people forgot crimes of Karuna and KP. Why not embrace BTF & GTF as well? In a true spirit of reconciliation.

        Worshipping powerful Western rulers is fine.

        But, please do not underestimate the power of fellow citizens in Sri Lanka. When seeking Justice.

        They are on the ground. Millions have understood the nightmare fellow Tamils in the north and elsewhere have undergone. They are very sympathetic.

        Reach out to fellow Sri Lankan first. Build solidarity, friendship & understanding for your cuase with them. If you wanna get anywhere. Ever!

        Cameron cannot do that for you. Only you can.

        Cheers!

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          Ben –
          You are saying, “Both BTF & GTF are welcome to help rebuild the north Anpu. But, they must follow legal channels in Sri Lanka in doing so.” what are these legal channels? Do they lead to Medamulana bank accounts and are they for Helping Hambantota? What is your cut?

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    Well, all these GTF, BTF, TGTE that forum and this forum will be nobodies if not for the prop up they get from some British politicians and the US state Dept.
    All these busy bodies we know are there for some dough and nothing else.

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    Hmm… the UK experts on the blog are unusually quiet regarding this news, are they all doing their Saturday shopping in Wembley?

    Or could it be…

    The UK general elections are due to be held in May 2015. With UKIP in the picture, it’s a four horse race now, and it’s not easy to back a sure horse as before.

    Doesn’t it make sense to split, back a winner or two and get together after the elections in Committee Room 14 as XX Tamils or Tamils for XX?

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    It is time that all these GTF;BTF;TGTE; etc turn their attention to Tamil Nadu to establish their “Kingdom” in the land of India. After all that place houses the largest number of Tamils comparable to any other place in the world. Sri Lanka has now less than 7% of the total population of the country. Compare that with the GLOBAL TAMIL POPULATION. Why try on something that you will never get?. Isn’t it a waste of time, effort and money?

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      Douglas W

      If you want to know more about GTF, BTF, TGTE, etc do come to Geneva AGAIN.

      You are a coward living on charity of the Sinhala Buddhist chuvanist government

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    As Geneva approaches it is perfectly natural for the State to take whatever it thinks to weaken the other side – that will include a
    highly expensive campaign of dis-information against the more effective components of the Tamil diaspora. An important objective to achieve this will be to divide existing Tamil organisations in the West – greatly feared by the Rajapakses.

    This is once more the time for the Tamil people, both within and outside, to close ranks and speak in one voice as they
    did last September in voting the TNA in at the NPC with such a convincing mandate. The message should be we have nothing but friendship with the Sinhala people. What we are lining up to resist
    is the racist Rajapakse regime and the Sinhala supremacist cabal.
    The Tamil focus is to engage their total unwillingness to provide
    justice to the Tamil people – Tamil Nation in the Island, if you like.
    If the Rajapakse problem is the obstinate and violent priesthood in the country, as the President often complains to close friends, it is a Sinhala problem to be solved by the Sinhala people. That is now long overdue.

    Kettikaran

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    Silva: Thank you for the invitation. This time I am unable to do so, because presently my assignment is to supervise how the Prime Minister of TGTE is following the Law Classes in USA that was imposed by the Courts.

    That remark on me “You are a coward living on charity…….”. This is more appropriate on your TGTE Prime Minister. IF you have followed the case against him you will know how he lived on money extracted from the failed asylum seekers. Please send it to him. He will appreciate you more. Bye now.

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    Maybe the BTF and GTF should unite under World Tamil Forum.
    That way the new acronym would be WTF.

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