13 June, 2021

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Hundreds Of British Tamil Organizations Unite To Bring A Resolution To Create “IIIM” On Sri Lanka At UNHRC

More than 250 Tamil Organizations based in the UK have come together in a bid to push the British Government to sponsor a Resolution in relation to Sri Lanka at the 46th UN Human Rights Council session in March 2021.

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Following a series of discussions with senior diplomats, intellectuals, prominent human rights experts, and international lawyers, it was unanimously agreed and decided by all major diaspora organizations in the UK to make a request to the UK Government to sponsor a Resolution to create an International Independent Investigative Mechanism (IIIM) to investigate and prosecute the War crimes, Crimes against Humanity and the Genocide in Sri Lanka. The demand dated 05 Jan 2021 signed by the UK based organizations and institutions had been submitted to the Rt. Hon. Dominic Rabb MP, and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth and Development Affairs and Rt. Hon. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the South Asia and the Commonwealth.

The demand starts with the introduction, “On behalf of the British Tamil community, we the undersigned, write to request you to sponsor a Resolution at the 46th UN Human Rights Council to create an International Independent Investigative Mechanism relating to Sri Lanka to investigate and prosecute for serious international crimes committed in Sri Lanka, including the crime of genocide of Tamils”.

It further goes on to set out the history of previous resolutions as, “As you will no doubt be aware, in March 2014 the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution mandating the UN Human Rights Commissioner’s Office to investigate human rights violations and war crimes which took place between 21st February 2002 and 15th November 2011. Its report was published in September 2015 and documented the international crimes committed during the war. We would note further that despite the war having ended in May 2009, the genocide of Tamils continues unabated”.

“The Sri Lankan Government has now had almost 12 years since the end of the war but has sought to prevent any meaningful investigations. The clear impression given by successive governments of Sri Lanka, including the government of the current President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is to continue to deny that any crimes were committed on the part of the Sri Lankan state and prevent any investigations from taking place, and continue with the Genocide. Sri Lanka is certain to continue its propaganda of false reconciliation and advance genocide of indigenous Tamils. British Tamils are very well aware of this advancing threat by the Sri Lankan state, having already suffered under the Sri Lankan state before fleeing to Britain and call for the British Government to act on our behalf.”

It concludes as, “In the circumstances, we respectfully ask our Government to sponsor a Resolution at the 46th UN Human Rights Council to create an International Independent Investigative Mechanism like the one established for Myanmar mandated to collect evidence of the most serious international crimes and violations of international law and prepare files for a criminal prosecution, A meaningful International Independent Investigative Mechanism should gather evidence from the Tamils affected by the genocide whilst also making use of the information and evidence contained in the OISL Report of September 2015”.

It is significant that so many Tamil Organizations have come together and expressed their demand for a III mechanism unitedly. Whilst this campaign has been initiated by the major political and human rights organizations including Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC), Word Tamil Historical Society (WTHS), Tamil Youth Organization (TYO), Tamil Information Centre (TIC), British Tamil Chamber of Commerce (BTCC), Tamils Against Genocide (TAG), International Centre for Prevention and Prosecution of Genocide (ICPPG), International Centre for Eelam Tamils Rights (ICETR), Tamil Solidarity (TS), British Tamil Conservatives (BTC), Tamils for Labour, Tamil Friends of Lib Democrats, TNA-UK, TELO-UK, Naam Thamilar Brithania, Veerathamilar Munnani-UK, Tamils for NLP, Nation Without States (NWS), Refugee Rights Campaign and others, it is fully supported and endorsed by more than 250 organizations including several University Tamil Societies, educational institutions, Tamil Schools, Sport and Recreation Centers, Community Centers, Clubs, Charities, Religious Bodies, Places of Worship, Professional Organizations, Commercial enterprises and media organizations. It is of particular note that this is also supported by the Independent non-Tamil Organizations such as Migrant Organise and Room To Heal.

The campaign is said to be on-going and a public plea had been made by the joint letter coordinators to all other organizations, institutions, and professional bodies to join and support the demand.

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    Genocite Genocite… Tamils are being genocited.. what a pity.

    Why do these clowns have a pic of Boris in the article… UNHRC should investigate

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        Thank you for your well wishes and for being brief

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        Phil Miler’s explosive new book and documentary, “Keenie Meenie: Britain’s Private Army”, reveals how the Brithsh Govt military assistance via ex-SAS mercenaries set up the STF to Divide and Rule in Sri Lanka.
        These Diaspora organizations increasingly are the colonial tentacles of the Crashing Euro-American Empire to continue Colonial DIVIDE AND RULE strategies in South Asia.
        Their resolution should also target the British Government for its military’
        services’ via the Keenie Meenie Services (KMS) to JRJ to set up the Special Task Force, to Divide and Rule in Sri Lanka..

        Also take up the Chagos Islands DIEGO GARCIA UK, US military base and crimes against Chgossian people of the Indian Ocean against which the ICJ ruled last February after which the US-CIA-MOssad and Saudi owned ISIS attacks were staged on Easter Sunday – so that the US-UK could set up a military base and “protect” Sri Lanka from the IS terror.

        Today the face of the colonial US-UK-NATO crimes are different – Cold War turned HYBRID WAR is BIO-TERRORISM- Covid-19, Fall Army Worm attacks on Crops, and Bird Flu attacks.
        As Covid-19 failed to destroy South Asia and its Farmers they are attacking Food Security in the post-colony.

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      Good timing for Gota’s PC elections or better, new constitution!

      Gota can now show the Tamil threat and win votes again.

      This is called coexistence. Rajapaksas survive thanks to them and they survive thanks to Rajapaksas.

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      This idiot does not seem to know what Genocide means. THe kind men and women are filled in our home country. He should better go back to kindergarten if not today when ?
      :
      But seems to be enjoying his greener pasture in Trump s land.
      :
      Trump behaves like a DONKEY in all times, until he is draged away from his office next day. He should be made accountable for yesterday killings in capitol….. all because of power intoxications – aboslute power makes it – like drug addiction.

      Trump should be jailed forever in that country… the very same should be applied with srilanken counter parts.
      .
      This reminded me OUR MAFIA BOSS ‘s behaviours in 2015 being hung on his own windows, sending out the message, that he would fool the nation again and come to power….. Today’s shootings in US capitol sent the message across the globe

      Trump is no different to a politician of a third world country of our nature.
      Most known third world idiots are – Mahinda Rajaakshe, Mugabe, Suhartho, Gadafi – the list can continue.

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        I see

        The German backlicker is upset about Trump.

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    It is time for Tamil speaking political leadership and civil societies unite together to demand justice for Minorities in Sri Lanka.

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      Ajith
      You mean well, but you are advising a group that has taken minimal interest in the well being of not just other oppressed nationalities but also depressed sections of the Tamil nationality.
      The Jaffna-centred leadership has alienated itself very much from Tamils in the East, Batticaloa and Amparai especially, so that pro-government parties have fared well in recent polls.
      The TNA and its rivals have no interest in the views of N&E Tamil people living in Colombo and elsewhere in the South; and have ‘leased’ them to Mano Ganesan’s vote bank.
      *
      Leave them aside and look at the nasty anti-Muslim remarks from Tamils on these pages: they will make a rabid Sinhala racist blush.
      *
      We have a long way to go before any sign of sanity.

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        SJ

        You too mean well.
        If Tamils don’t mean well what did you do to educate them apart from whinging, moaning, and lamenting ?

        It appears every-time anyone collectively take the war criminals to task you seem to suffer lot of pain.
        Have you ever thought of taking the entire state to task, demanding full accountability for the missing innocent people who were involuntarily made to disappear between 1971 and 2009 or those who were caught in many riots since 1956, or the burning of Jaffna Public library?

        What has burning libraries got to do with your selective moral crusade against a particular people, being anti Muslim, TNA, ……………

        Once one progressive Sinhala speaking intellectual told me if Tamil struggle failed that would be the end of Sinhalese aspiration to restructure the state and the country. You are one of them who is responsible for preventing real changes within the island. The Sinhala/Buddhists should be grateful to people like you.

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          War Criminals? Where Vietnam, Iraq, Libya, and Israel? Who killed Indian Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, R. Premadasa, Kadiragamar, Amirthalingam, Alfred Duraiappa , Gamini Dissanayaka, and other Tamil Politicians? Who destroyed, Srima Bodiya and massacre innocent Buddhists there and bomb Kandy Tooth Relic Temple. Better wipe out these terrorists and extremists Oriented Tamils and Muslims in this Sinhalese Ariyans Country same as LTTE and their leadership wiped out by Gotabaya.

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            N. Perera,
            You have listed a few murders but do you know who killed them? Do you know who killed SWRD? Lasantha? Raviraj?
            Do you know who bombed Kandy Tooth Relic Temple and where is he now?
            You better understand the difference between war crimes and assassinations or murders.

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            N. Perera,
            Me, once in a while spend some to wonder why the Sinhala Buddhists are like this. You are saying you the Sinhala Buddhist are the barbaric, uncivilized Arians who invaded India 3000 years ago. Champawati saying Mahanama lied to her, but she and her race the Sinhala Buddhists are Yakas whom, when Buddha saw them in Lankawe, he was crushing & annihilating. Eagle the Blind Eye is saying that you all only Balangoda Vedas who still eat raw beef. Somu says that Sinhala Buddhist are pure bred lion cubs so Tamil should not live with them, molester them, must go to North East. Why is the world, after all it is only creative story, none of you the Sinha Buddhist could not tell some beautiful story like you are from Angel world or sons and daughters of Apsaras………Or something like Cleopatra and Julius descendants….Instead of creating those pure Vampu (filth). Kotte Royals, when longed to sleep with Portuguese working girls, sent 6000 troops to capture Jaffna Kingdom. Then they wrote, free of charge, the Kingdom for Holland Royals. In Kandy the uncle and nephew tortured and killed their own daughters, wives and Children. To escape from that crime, they both sold the Kingdom and King to Britain. You call your Hero Dutugamunu(Rascal). You call your preacher Anakarigam(Uncivilized). Your own Wisemans call you Sinhala Modaya. Why all these are…………….?

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            N Perera ,

            Oh dear , you should read about Anastasio Somoza to better
            understand the difference between the “Son of a bitch” and
            “Our Son of a Bitch” theory !

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          NV: Why you stopped at “disappearance ” to ” 2009″? What about Rathupaswela, last Mascara at the prisons, FTZ killing, Thajudeen, Lasantha, Eknaligoda,…. so on till in 2020 at Mahara Prison, Madush and still in continuation then under the official status as “Secretary Defense” and now “President”. I know you would have more to add to my list. Just a reminder.

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            Simon

            Man, I have mentioned most of the victims you mentioned above many times in the past however I find it difficult to remember every victim and it is a time consuming futile exercise.

            Please let me have a comprehensive list of victims enabling me copy paste them every time I am annoyed with war crime deniers.

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        SJ,
        I am not advising but asking them to unite against injustice. I hope you will stand for justice.
        Regarding anti-Muslim comments, you just try to divide the Tamils and Muslims who are fighting for the justice.

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          A
          Thanks.
          I stand corrected if it is a call and not advise. Either way, my fear is that it will fall on deaf years.
          *
          Kindly tell me how have I intervened to divide any people’s struggle for justice?
          If my point that “…look at the nasty anti-Muslim remarks from Tamils on these pages: they will make a rabid Sinhala racist blush” bothers you, I can assure that it was not aimed at any who does not harbour anti-Muslim thoughts.
          I stand by that comment and owe no apology to anti-Muslim bigots.
          *
          Check on who is trying to divide Tamils and Muslims.
          The Tamil national parties are polls-oriented, and have invested heavily in parochial thinking.
          Just look at the comments by Tamil nationalists of all shades here. Most contributors are blatantly anti-Muslim and resent even a note of sympathy towards Muslims.
          *
          Sadly, by and large, Tamil nationalists are caught in a time warp with some locked to the heydey of the FP, some the dreamland of Tamil Eelam and LTTE supremacy, and some in the ‘good old days’ under the British empire.
          They need to wake up and learn that Muslims and Hill Country Tamils are distinct nationalities to whom they cannot talk down. They need to break out of the illusion that some foreigner is waiting to salvage them.

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            SJ,
            “Either way, my fear is that it will fall on deaf years.”
            Never mind. Unity is necessary.

            “Kindly tell me how have I intervened to divide any people’s struggle for justice?”
            What was your intention to bring that comment unnecessarily in this discussion? If you look at the comments and commentators in this forum you find there are different kind of commentators, good, bad, violent, hatred, sarcastic comments, opinions etc depending on their knowledge, experience and background.
            You have the right to have your opinion as any other commentators about Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims and Hill Country Tamils but it is not necessary that opinion is right or wrong.

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            The worlds fastest growing religion is Muslim religion including the western world for a reason.

            If all the Hindu and Christian Tamils become Muslims would resolve the Tamil bigotry issue perhaps too. All is possible? matter of time.

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      The tail cannot wag the body. The body wags the tail.

      UK will never be serious against SL. It exposes UK’s own Special Forces (they have enough problems already in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.).

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        Have you seen some tails wagging without a twitch in body muscles?

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    Great! and What about a resolution also against Britain for the Keenie Meenie Services (KMS) and the British SAS services which helped the GoSL set up the STF as a killing machine?!
    DIVIDE and RULE British colonial policies continued with Lankan collaborators and ethnic wars – JRJ’s son Ravi was in the thick of it with KMS, and Israeli MOSSAD helping from the US embassy.. to Divide Tamils from the Muslims in the Eastern Province. 1983 happened with a UNP govt. just like the Easter Sunday Crime and attacks on Muslims.. the pro-west so-called liberal UNP creamed the minorities!
    Check out Phil Miler’s explosive new book and documentary, “Keenie Meenie: Britain’s Private Army”, It was a Cold War operation..
    After chasing the Chagos Islands people from their Indian Ocean island home in the mid-60s and gassing their dogs to set up the US-UK-NATO military base in the Indian Ocean
    They still want bases in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka… Divide and Rule as the US-UK colonial empire crashes with the rise of China…

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      Dinuk

      “What about a resolution also against Britain for the Keenie Meenie Services (KMS) and the British SAS services which helped the GoSL set up the STF as a killing machine?!”

      Brilliant idea.
      Would you care to take up this issue and see to it justice is being done.

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        Vedda’s son,

        What for? KMS did a great service for SL.
        SL can only thank them.

        At the same time SL received help from Apartheid South Africa too. Remember? Apartheid South Africa too did a great service to SL. Today SL exports Unibuffel military vehicles thanks to their help. Proudly made in SL.

        The rule of thumb is:

        whatever is good for SL is bad for Tamils
        whatever is good for Tamils is bad for SL.

        Make up your mind.

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          Not if all the Hindus become Muslims then we have 2 religions in SL then your equation is not valid. Because one reference themselves as Muslims with no caste, creed and colour and never congregate under a Language in a democracy. Makes a lot of sense. Hence is becoming the most popular religion in the world…….brotherhood and no ghetto making?? make sense??

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    Not only Tamil diaspora (all human beings) but also sinhala/muslim /burgher (all srilankens)should get together to prove brutal activities of current junta Regime led by criminal family.

    Just passing 1 year, what have they addressed other than they got all the high criminals exonerated from the charges. Judges behaved not respecting the least to prevailing legal system in the country.

    World press refer srilanka today as :
    – number one country whose everything is being sold to Chinese
    – who built deserted airports and harbours being caught by debt trap to so called chinese
    investments.
    – Ukrainians are welcome as “rich tourists”, while western world call them ” a country that export
    their women to Europe for the oldest business.

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      Lella,

      What about Afghanistan, Yemen?

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        Gatam,
        .
        Good back to archives, were we the srilankens compared with Afgans and Yemense in the past ? Please add constructive arguments. Thank you.

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      I have no doubt, not only TAMIL diaspora, in and out of the country, people will get together to stand against Rajapakshes.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gKaeiPpCJg

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx4JpBiUOUM

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wby1IPpBtEg
      :
      This is what we predictred prior to THEIR COME BACK. .. but THANAKOLA eaters dominated srilanka never listened to us. The very same LABOURER community in Middle East countries, now curse Rajakashes.
      :
      Wimal Buruwasnes supporter in Italy, Korea and Japan have U-turned to the govt today.
      :
      All these stupid people, that EVEN sacrificed that much by coming to SRILANKA for the election, have now become ANTI-RAJAPKASHES.
      See, some people take that long to REALIZE truths while others like us stay unturn.
      My fight against these rascals go back to last 10 years OR more.

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    A democratically elected government put down a ruthless terrorist organization that invented suicide , bombing used child solders, killed thousands of civilians and murdered elected leaders of India and Sri Lanka. Nothing to see her. Sri Lankan’s should help Afghans, Iraqi’s and Syrians sponsor a resolution on war crimes committed by British forces during the Tony Blair years. Tamils are fools. USA runs the world not Briton. The British have no say in world affairs. And of course, Tamils have no influence in the USA.

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      Westham,

      Westham,
      You are right; Tamils don’t have that much pulling power in US. But the good thing is the needed matters automatically get US’s attention (Senate, House or White House any one of them), so Tamils need not try anything excess to influence America.
      Other than the failed one in May 2009 and the forgoing 40/1, every other resolution was American resolutions. They also American resolutions, but in those times, America was not in UNHRC, so other countries brought those resolutions, consulting with US. So far, other than the special session May 2009 resolution, all the resolutions are/were supporting Lankawe, including, the 40/1 withdrawn by Lankawe. (Let me give a consultation for the enemy: It would have been highly diplomatically allowing 40/1 to naturally die in the coming March, Instead the Cardboard Veerayas like Rear Admirable, Communist Dinesh & Lemon Puff Veeraya revoking it and earning black mark for their words. )That is the way America wanted; America wanted Lankawe to sign too. In a sense, Other than the first one all the resolutions were brought by some countries for Lankawe government’s benefits. Sadly Rear Admirable, Communist Dinesh, Lemon Puff like empty headed violent crooks manipulated the governments not to honor Lankawe Obligation on the resolution. So the whole world now recognizes the Sinhala Buddhist Thoppipiradies’ manipulations, locally & internationally.

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        Tamils do have the pulling power…..talk to Hon and the Excellency Viko of India he will explain.

        Mrs Clinton visited Amma in TN in her last post….not to ND.

        Special bond and very special events to come in the park strait. First part of the work is done that is to make North a derelict place by their own children and then the next phase will start in TN to keep the central government of India under the same spell that is war footing with China and service providers for the world at the expense of the regional development model SAARC is now dead on arrival a long time ago.

        With couple of Tamil Nadu movies things should get very action packed for a very long time..depends of nukes are used or not??

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      Get real and have some sense

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      westham

      “A democratically elected government put down a ruthless terrorist organization that invented suicide , bombing used child solders, killed thousands of civilians and murdered elected leaders of India and Sri Lanka. “

      1. It was not a democratically elected government, bribed by the Mahinda’s henchmen, LTTE prevented nearly 200,000 people in the north east from voting.

      2. The first ever recorded suicide bombing took place on 13 March 1881, by Ignaty Grinevitsky in Russia.

      3. Could you provide details of Child suicide bombers.

      4. Could you also provide details of those murdered elected leaders of India.

      5. ” Sri Lankan’s should help Afghans, Iraqi’s and Syrians sponsor a resolution on war crimes committed by British forces during the Tony Blair years. “

      You should take up the cause and sponsor a resolution on war crimes committed by British forces for the last 500 years. Don’t forget the Aborigines of Australia, Maoris of New Zealand, Native Indians of Americas, …… Don’t give up your cause, we will be right behind you.

      “Tamils are fools.”

      So are Sinhalese, I completely agree with you.

      “The British have no say in world affairs. And of course, Tamils have no influence in the USA.”

      Thats not

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        westham

        ““The British have no say in world affairs. And of course, Tamils have no influence in the USA.”

        That’s not your problem let the Brits and Tamil do the worrying.
        What is the essence of your message?

        Do you think LTTE created Corvid19?

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    Thamils in UK must come up with something show of resolution every once in a while to give legitimacy to their social networks and Tiger-party social scenes. That together with the consolidation of Tiger-money that will lose its value if the resolutions go away.

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      Thamils in UK must come up with some show* of resolution every once in a while to give legitimacy to their social networks and Tiger-party social scenes. That together with the consolidation of Tiger-money that will lose its value if the resolutions go away.

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      ramona therese fernando, the imbecile one thing you have not realized is the Tiger mass murderers are all working for the Rajapaksas. Explain that to me!!
      -Karuna amman, Pillayan and Inniyabarathy – massacred 600 surrendered cops in cold blood in the Eastern region and thousands of civilians and armed forces soldiers.

      -KP Pathmanathan – sole illegal arms dealer of the LTTE is a bosom buddy of the Rajapaksas

      -Daya Master – the advisor to Prabaharan is also a bosom buddy of the Rajapaksas.

      I am clueless of you can ignore this and still talk about dead Tigers and diaspora that supports the non-existent Tigers, while the living killers are all best friends with the Rajapaksas. Stupid woman, explain this to me.

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        TftN,
        All of them see a higher truth.

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          ramona therese fernando, all of them see a higher truth? Really? after massacring thousands of soldiers and civilians now they see a higher truth? Bloody moron, were any of these victims your family? You are not qualified to talk you twat. They all ran away to Colombo to save their lives from the LTTE from the north. They saw a higher truth, idiot!!!

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        What is there to explain, you have to be stupid to not know that the only reason they are ”bosom buddies” is because they made deals and handed over the LTTE money in exchange for their lives and high positions. Is that simple enough to understand. Self preservation not any Tamil cause.

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          Fernando20, we all know the truth. See my response to this idiot ramona therese fernando. I agree with you, but I was asking this twat who lives in the USA this simple question. Look at her answer!

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      ramona Grandma Scatter Brain therese fernando

      Please clarify.

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        NV,
        Let me clarify: Hard working Thamil masses in Western lands consolidated their wealth when Tigers demanded money from them for the Eelam project. Also high-caste rich ones gave their money (that they got from the low-caste hard work of the Lankan Motherland, and also in the West). After the death of the Tigers, money was dispersed. Assets like real estate was bought, together with Swiss Bank Accounts and channel Island things. Finally there is unity amongst Thamils. All are partying in the West. Do they want Eelam in Lankan? Are they ready to sell all their assets and move to Eelam in mother Lanka? Assets have to be legitimized by UNHRC resolutions, otherwise all will go phut when the Western governments start taxing the hell out of them and demanding recompense to further their own projects in the West.

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          ramona Grandma Scatter Brain therese fernando

          Please try rereading your typing, if you still understand please type them in English.

          “Are they ready to sell all their assets and move to Eelam in mother Lanka? “

          Have you prepared a schedule of their assets? If you have one please post it on Colombo Telegraph. I just want to expose them.

          By the way is Basil eagerly waiting to grab entire proceeds as the clan did when the war criminals walked into Vanni, looting LTTE’s bank, cash and money worth billions?

          “….. when the Western governments start taxing the hell out of them and demanding recompense to further their own projects in the West.”

          It is their problem and not yours. Therefore let them do the worrying. You start worrying about the cash, gold, land, …. which were grabbed by the clan illegally through force as well as commissions, backhanders, …. …………..

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    What is really amusing in this is that there are 250 Tamil organizations in the UK! Wow. The number of SL Tamils in the UK can’t be over 250000 (an over estimate). Then there is an organization for every 1000 Tamils. An amazing level of unity of purpose and cohesion upon which Tamil nationalism is founded. No wonder Prabhakaran was the only leader who could unite the Tamils — he knew the secret, just kill everyone who opposed him.
    Tamils certainly need to do a lot of soul searching.

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      What a simplistic assessment and comment, go look at the list of organisations again and you might want to withdraw what you wrote.

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      Singar A. Velan

      “No wonder Prabhakaran was the only leader who could unite the Tamils — he knew the secret, just kill everyone who opposed him.”

      You are wrong there were quite a few others, Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala, S W R D Pandaranayakam, SiriMao Pandaranayakam, JR, Cyril Mathew, Dutta Gamani DissaNayakar, Mahinda, Gota, minions …….. … and thanks to Sri Lankan Police and armed forces whose effort did play a major part in uniting Tamils.

      Whats wrong Tamils seeking to restore their democratic rights or for that matter Muslims and Sinhalese?

      If you believed VP was the only leader who could unite Tamils how did he miss EPDP, many Tamil informers, and other minor factions?

      Are you a secret admirer of Prabaharan?

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        Native: “Whats wrong Tamils seeking to restore their democratic rights ?”
        Absolutely nothing wrong with it. But the process by which Tamils tried to assert their rights cost them dearly and set them back a hundred years. What’s more, that process — thanks mainly to Prabhakaran, but others did well on that front too — brought out the very worst of murderous instincts in the Tamils also. So, a war was fought. That war was lost. Hence some soul searching would be good for the community to rise from the ashes. It is happening in small ways. Repeating the evils of SWRD/JR/CM/MR/GR… long list, true — as Mavai Senathirajah did in his leadership acceptance speech at Vavunia some years ago, which turned out to be so boring that not just the audience, but Mavai himself fell asleep and one of his golayas completed the ritual by reading the speech for him, as you might recall — is not going to achieve anything.

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          Dear SAV

          Now the TNA is with the PLOTE and TELO officially (trained by the Indians and saved by the GOSL..designed specifically for the killing of Tamils to facilitate TULF success and eventually become the masters at identifying the LTTE suppoters for the Indians and the GOSL for the disappearances) and for most part based in Colombo…….MS should have resorted to some “Ratha Pottu” acts on the stage and a female poet could have attracted some youngsters too.

          Need some creative PR to get things going (get some diaspora new generation input……..a International Tamil Conference just as we had in Jaffna to create a scene may bring some new events to discuss in the UN…………only difference is GOSL has mastered the art of containing matters (with the help of Indians and Israel) they could not do then in 70’s.

          Vanni is more Indians now days cause they have no part in all this cause. His crowds are living in foreign lands only make some business trips to SL/Tamil Nadu/Singapore/Malaysia but will not relocate to Vanni?

          However TNA MP’s had a great life others did not?? it pays to write bed time stories always……since independence to be specific.

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      Exactly my thought as well.

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        That was in response to SAV, not RK.

        The list seems to include little businesses, small student groups at universities, etc. It kind of distorts the reality that only a handful of the 250 have significant memberships. Why don’t they all consolidate into a maximum of 3 groups? Just like there were 40-50 militant groups in the 1980’s satisfying the egos of their leaders, these little groups serve the egos of their reps, but add nothing of real value.

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          Agnos: “Why don’t they all consolidate into a maximum of 3 groups?”
          That is a sensible question to ask. But what is the incentive for them to group like that? Just look at the Sri Lankan parliament today, three Tamil nationalist leaders elected from Jaffna — all preaching the same thing, claiming the same thing, reading from notes and speeches written in 1976 and, boy, even educated in the same school — but they are from three different parties! We have to understand why this is the case, which is what I mean by much needed soul searching.

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          All little businesses are not there, and small business consortium exits.

          Similarly, each University society is specific to a University.

          Essentially, each has its own local issues, interests, agenda, character and of course politics where appropriate, and therefore cannot be combined. This is the reality.

          The point is the issue of existential threat posed by sori Sinhala State to their own population and brethren in their land and land of of origin runs very deep.

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      SAV
      What I understood was that if there are n Tamils the number of Tamil organizations they will form is nC2 (or n * (n-1 ) / 2). So the 100,000+ Tamils (source Wikipedia) should have over ten billion organizations.
      I wonder why the remaining close to ten billion are quiet.

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        SJ: “…why the remaining close to ten billion are quiet…”
        We are the silent majority.

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        Correction
        over five billion organizations

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      Dear SAV

      The population is around 100 000 in the UK….may be slightly more now with the new generation who are Brits and has nothing to do with all the bed time stories of the FP/TULF.

      We all live in secular societies without ever having to go through the Nation Building itself.

      We yet to list all the killings/crimes/fraud/abuse we have done amongst ourselves living in foreign lands to date…..perhaps we will save to for another day………….good start would be for us to admit to all our failings/activities when we were back home is a good starting place….a bit of soul searching……even the new generation do not know their parents activities let alone the UK Government

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    The diasporas whether they be Tamils, Sinhalese, or others cannot bring about a closure. The closure has to be brought about by the government of Sri Lanka. The Government has demonstrated that it will not act on its own. Nor will it act on it even if every Tamil raises his voice.
    UK has a moral obligation to get involved in requesting for an inquiry into the loss of lives and limbs in the war in Sri Lanka.

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    What a joke – The Tamil Diaspora funded the terrorist organisation -Liberation Tigers for Tamil Elam (LTTE) for 30 long years – The British Government Should know that the same Tamil Organisations that accuse the Sri Lanka government foreces of genocide have blood on their hands for funding a ruthless terrorist organisation (the hundreds of atrocities committed by the LTTE are well documented).

    The British government has been taken for a ride by Tamil Terrorist supporters.

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    Until there is admittance, openness to investigations, accountability, and apologies to the thousands of mothers, father, brothers, and sisters, the Sri Lankan government will always be pressurized by international human rights organizations, and other nations, to give some closure to the victim’s families.

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      Ashan,
      These International Human Rights Organizations do not care damn about human rights. They just do the dong key work for their pay masters. If they have something called brain inside their heads they should not put pressure on the Sri Lankan Government that eliminated LTTE Tamil terrorists who killed innocent Sinhala men, women and children for three decades. These terrorists did not even spare the unborn babies. They slit the tummies of pregnant Sinhala women, pulled out the babies, threw them up and held the bayonet towards the falling babies. So, these Human Rights Organizations should go after LTTE Tamil terrorist barbarians who committed worst kinds of war crimes and crimes against humanity if they are serious about human rights violations instead of exerting pressure on the Government of Sri Lanka.

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        Looking at your comment it seems they care for human rights more than you do….on the other hand you don’t seem to have a clue.

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    250 Tamil organizations – whose total membership was less than 2000 at the last audit and many of whom were born in the UK and confined to Jaffna middle class origins, and who have absolutely no intention of ever returning even if Eelam is established – have given Gota a bonanza. He was desperately looking for a racist prop from the Tamil side to reignite anti-Tamil, Sinhala-Buddhist tribalism in the country. His power base was beginning to get disillusioned over his bungling of the management of the pandemic and the mounting economic burdens. These British subjects are obviously not smart people despite their claim to superior intelligence because of their Jaffna-peninsular origins. Most people in today’s northeast Sri Lanka don’t have much in common with these cyberspace aliens. Their burning issues are very different from the recreational politics of these middle class fortune seekers who escaped to the west after starting the war, leaving behind the poorer classes and castes to fight and die in the Wanni. A sizable number of people who died at Mullivaikkal were of plantation Tamil origins who had nothing to do with the cockamamie Eelam project. Actually Sri Lankan Tamils should sue these foreign, publicity-seeking rabble-rousers in the international court of justice.

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      An excellent analysis Ajay..

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      “These British subjects are obviously not smart people despite their claim to superior intelligence”

      Where or When did or do they claim this?

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      Ajay, your comment is very insulting to say the least to label those Tamils who were forced to flee as mere forture seekers. The number of likes to your comment shows the mentality of liberal readership here. Of course, accountability for Tamil genocide arouses the Sinhala buddhist, hence you want Tamils to massage Sinhalese guilt and keep quiet?
      For more than a year, Tamils living in north and east have been continuously protesting demanding international mechanism of justice and whereouts of the dissapeared. It is not their fault if the Southern media had completely blacked out their protests, undermining their struggle.

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      Dear Ajay,
      .
      I’m not going to get drawn into arguments with either Bernard or KA. They are possibly quite sincere in what they say.
      .
      Much the better responses to you have come from “nk” and “Mani”. I will say what I feel below Mani’s comment.

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    That certain Tamil Organisations should take the lead in organising protests is understandable. I have read the full document, and noted that some organisations are just shops. However, I will not nit-pick, I endorse their call; I join as an individual.
    .
    I won’t be more specific than saying that credible investigation is necessary. It has to be focussed on the role of those who are still among the living, although others, too, were to blame. Veluppillai Prabhakaran largely for this mayhem to have gone on for so long; but is dead. We want those who are among the living removed from their positions of influence.
    .
    It is important to note that there are people from all communities in Sri Lanka who want an end to injustice and violence. It is easy to inflame people by using communal rhetoric, and that, unfortunately, keeps getting done. Then the people become normal again.
    .
    When people are allowed to think dispassionately, they all want reason and harmony to prevail. That is what I say the majority of the people in this country feel.
    .
    Citizen and Permanent Resident of Sri Lanka, Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 48 3111 444V) aka Sinhala_Man

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    England is doomed, English people who changed the course of world history, now are being gradually weakened and made inferior by new immigrants.

    These unclean immigrants will use every European method( parliament, courts, media) to achieve their dubious ends.
    But do they believe in these institutions ?

    Their looks, their believes, their mannerism says they are a very different lot.

    England is in terminal decay.

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      deepthi silva: “England is doomed”. YES for all the “CRIMES” committed against “Human Beings” and their National Wealth during the “FORCED” domination of the countries that were brought under their “Iron Foot”. That is called “Ditta Dhamma Vedaniya Karma”.

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    Nathan,

    Yes the British Government has to come clean for the crimes againt humanity that were carried out by the British Government in the brutal crushing down of the “Uwa Wellassa” rebellion during the British occupation of Sri Lanka then Ceylon.

    Not so Great Britain has no moral high ground to advise the Sri Lanka government on human rights.

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      Whimpy Kid,
      I respond since you addressed your comment directly to me.
      I am not against anyone requesting for justice. If there is cause to accuse Britain do not hesitate. Go ahead and prosecute their Government.
      My comment was necessitated by the refusal of our Government to inquire into the loss of lives and limbs in the war in Sri Lanka.

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    If the Tamil diaspora is asking UK for advise on war crimes the advise they would get is:
    All investigations against military posonnel should be stopped after 10 years from the date of the purpoted crime.

    This is what is recommended by the British Government for the investigations on British armed forces personnel accused of war crimes.

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    The Sinhalese are funding continuing Tamil genocide, there is no killing because Tamils cannot resist it in anyway.

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      Continuing genocide without killings?

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        The conducive conditions for genocide does not have to be killing and killing alone.

        A genocide can be invisible, and that is the way Sori Sinhalams wanted it to happen.

        All these gradual land grabs etc will, over the time, destroy Eezham Tamil character of the North. The East is the living proof it. Yet, Sinhala character of other provinces will be, without any supportive action, will be enhanced as a result.

        One thing is even if all Tamil moves to Sinhala area, the demographic balance will not be altered.

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    The Sri Lankan electorate has immense gratitude towards the valient Sri Lankan armed forces who made immence sacrifices to end terrorism and bring peace to the country.

    Soon as the Covid 19 pandemic is controlled British tourists could visit the North and East and see for themselves. (The North and the East was infested with Tamil terrorists a decade ago)

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    War Criminals? War itself is a crime. If you don’t want war crimes, don’t take up arms against a democratically elected Government.
    .
    SL (unlike the US) is a signatory to the war crimes convention? That is because not to sign it would have brought economic sanctions. Signing under duress is meaningless.

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    Whether they have 2000 members in all or less, it is the right of these Tamil organisations in the UK to demand a credible investigation as the Sri Lankan government has not fulfilled any of its commitments to addressing war crimes or human rights generally, made locally or globally. However, Ajay has a point that this can create a backlash and help the powers-that-be to distract the Sinhala Buddhist voter base by creating an invisible enemy, at a time when the current regime is doing a disastrous job managing COVID and the economy, and could easily fall into disfavour with their voter base. The call from the Tamil organisations would have had more traction if they had made more effort to unite with Sri Lankan organisations representing all right-thinking Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and Burghers within Sri Lanka and all around the globe to join hands with them.

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    Dear Mani,
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    PART ONE
    .
    Backlashes there may be
    , and it is sensible not to provoke them. However, I think that our calls to investigate (falling short of demands for actual punishment) must be unqualified.
    .
    You, as a Tamil, have seen fit to have told the 2,000 organisations (I’m confident that they will read our comments attentively, whilst ignoring some others) that they should have roped us also in. Thanks, but I’m not going to fault those orgnisations in any way.
    .
    Some among us mean exactly what we say. I’m one of those who doesn’t know all the details of what happened, but I wish to keep my message clear and unsullied, even if lacking in certain respects. So, we are both in the category of those who make the demand for justice unconditional.
    .
    Certain others may want to palliate their conscience by saying that they made their views known. Let’s thank them.

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    PART TWO
    .
    There is a third category
    of those who make calculated statements to ensure that the status quo remains. Pious sounds made so that the world feels that there are some good fellows, nod in agreement, and turn over to sleep comfortably on the other side. They have two ploys. One: point out that the Tigers were a nasty lot – I’ve accepted that, hoping that my case will not thereby be weakened.
    .
    The other point is that ours is not the only country where these things have happened. I didn’t try to counter that point, and even now I will ignore, knowing that I would be falling for their ploy if I did.
    .
    In the responses to this article, there have been references to what is currently happening in America. There an attempt is made to say that what is happening to Trump will hopefully befall the Rajapaksas as well. That is something that gives us hope that justice will prevail. It is a view that strengthens our resolve to keep protesting.
    .
    Different from: “There’s something inexorable called retribution” OR “God/ the gods will punish.” How nice. We needn’t therefore raise our feeble voices.

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    PART THREE
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    I have already conceded the inadequacy of what I’ve said by acknowledging that I’m ignorant of details and, therefore, we need an able and intelligent investigator. I have clearly identified myself to counter what Ajay says. I’m not asking every commenter to so identify himself.
    .
    Right now I think that we are all protesting against this forced cremation of COVID patients. The heat has been turned on against Muslims. It is clear that the issue there is not Health; it is communal cussedness. Our comments have to be focussed.
    .
    It was not always so; during the Yahapalanaya regime I was asking Muslims to reconsider their attitude towards reforming MMDA. I was vague on all details except the age of child-brides, where there seemed to be a definite Human Rights issue. Some Muslims labelled me an Islamophobe. What to do?
    .
    My call to all sincere readers is to read between the dishonest lines, and add your voice, loud or feeble, so that what we say in unison cannot be ignored.

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    To pass a resolution at the UNHRC against Sri Lanka you need the votes of 24 countries out of 48 in the UNHRC. So get the support of countries like the EU, Canada, Norway etc.

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    Sinhala_Man, I always have great respect for the views you express in this forum, but you are making assumptions here about my ethnic identity – Mani can stand for Manilal or Manimekala, as much as for Manikkam or Divyamani. From my understanding of Sri Lankan society and my family background, I can say I definitely have Sinhala, Tamil and Vedda ancestry, and possibly Portuguese as well.

    I certainly am glad that the Tamil organisations are working towards a resolution at the UNHRC and all power to them but I think to be more effective, they need to unite with a wider constituency. Thanga is right that you need a majority vote at the UNHRC, and that means 25 countries need to be mobilised.

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    Who gives a rat’s a$$ what these “global” Tamil mobs doing ? They are funded and controlled by the English government any way. This is the latest sceme of the English government to take revenge on Sinhalese for defeating their beloved Tamil terrorist gang the LTTE. They will never forgive us for that. Lol.

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