29 September, 2020

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Mayor Patrick Brown Was Right In Recognizing The Tamil Genocide

By Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah –

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

The Sri Lankan Sinhalese community’s call to Mayor Patrick Brown to rescind Ontario Canada’s Brampton City Council’s proclamation recognizing the Tamil genocide is emblematic of the culture of impunity that prevails in Sri Lanka. Sadly the Sri Lankan state has failed to create a judicial accountability mechanism as per the many UN HRC resolutions it co-sponsored.

His Worship did right by the victims.

As a writer and activist, I want to bring to the attention of those doubters, detractors and deniers, definitive evidence from credible sources which would conclusively serve to remind and reaffirm the truth of what happened in Mullivaikkaal in 2009 – the following are essentially extracts from my writings and analysis of documentaries and UN reports:

The Channel 4 documentary, ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ and the film, ‘No Fire Zone‘, both directed by Callum Macrae show gruesome and horrific images of Sri Lankan forces knowingly bombing and shelling three ‘No Fire Zones’ which the government itself designated as “safe zones” where civilians were encouraged to congregate, attacking hospitals which were clearly marked including make shift ones, the coordinates of which were given to them by the Red Cross, that would have left no doubt in the viewer’s mind that the crimes were intentional.

There were images of terrified civilians including children and infants taking refuge in shallow bunkers to avoid fire; of doctors and medical staff trying desperately to save lives without let, performing amputations without anesthetic; of men, women, the elderly and children slaughtered indiscriminately; of others barely alive with serious injuries and body parts missing; of the obvious trauma of children seeing their loved ones dying in front of them; of the agony of those who could not leave their bunkers to grieve for the dead; of mothers and fathers losing their children; of the deprivation of food water and medicine, blood and surgical supplies; of men and women being executed; some naked with their hands bound behind their backs; others tied to trees and shot at point blank range; of more mass executions; of dead bodies of naked women being loaded in to trucks; of young people being taken away never to come back; of a man tortured in the most gruesome manner and then found dead; of LTTE members executed after they were taken prisoner or had surrendered; of Sri Lankan soldiers behaving like psychopaths.

The authoritative statements in the Killing Fields documentary more than substantiate the authenticity and accuracy of the events that took place and culpability of the perpetrators.

The findings of two UN reports by the UN Panel of Experts and UN Internal Review Panel speak for itself, calling into question the Rajapaksa government’s position that it maintained a policy of “zero civilian casualty”.

The Panel of Experts found that the Sri Lankan, “government shelled on a large scale in three consecutive No Fire Zones where it had encouraged the civilian population to concentrate, even after indicating it would cease the use of heavy weapons. It shelled United Nations hubs and food distribution lines and near the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) ships that were coming to pick up the wounded and their relatives from the beaches. It shelled in spite of its knowledge of the impact provided by its own intelligence systems and through notification by the United Nations, ICRC and others. Most civilian casualties in the final phases of the war were caused by Government shelling.”

The findings of the United Nations’s Internal Review Panel commissioned to examine the conduct of the United Nations during the final months of the war in Sri Lanka with a view to putting its house in order, headed by Charles Petrie was actually a scathing indictment on the Rajapaksa Government’s conduct of the war: “Numerous UN communications said that civilians were being killed in artillery shelling, but they failed to mention that reports most often indicated the shelling in question was from Government forces…Seen together, the failure of the UN to adequately counter the Government’s under-estimation of population numbers in the Wanni, the failure to adequately confront the Government on its obstructions to humanitarian assistance, the unwillingness of the UN in UNHQ and Colombo to address Government responsibility for attacks that were killing civilians, and the tone and content of UN communications with the Government on these issues, collectively amounted to a failure by the UN to act within the scope of institutional mandates to meet protection responsibilities.”

Mayor Patrick Brown was right in recognizing the Tamil genocide. I salute his sense of justice.

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    It’s truly sad that there is no Sinhala Statesman in SL to acknowledge the fact the Sinhala Army and rest of the Security Services were used by Sinhala Rulers of either Political parties was made to be ruthless towards the Tamils be they be fighter or not.
    One csn never achieve true reconciliation without proper Independant International judgement on war time atrocities

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    somass

    Do you see Mayor Patrick Brown’s official driver threatening the crowd with throat-slitting gesture though the mob seem to carry a horrible looking animal flag in a provoking manner?

    Read the the most stupid comments which appeared under the news item in brampton website
    https://www.inbrampton.com/patrick-brown-under-fire-for-recognizing-genocide-in-brampton

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      I wonder whether that Patrick clown will ever recognize the SINHALA GENOCIDE in uwa wellassa carried out by WHITE ANGLO SAXON ENGLAND ? Of course not. This is the latest episode of the Tamil puppet show brought to you by England and Co. This show is going on for couple of hundred years now. Puppet master England first brought us the Vellala show. In it they tried to make Vellalas the future SL ruling class. When they realized the episode was a failure they invented the Tamil discrimination storyline. It gained some success and based on that they produced the LTTE episode. LTTE episode was quite a success. It was telecasted for 30+ years but unfortunately it had to end abruptly in 2009 . And here comes the latest episode-Tamil genocide.

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    All rubbish by a Tamil Tiger activist who radicalized youth under RCMP watch

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    all is fair in love and war madam

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    PAw Da Tamils. They are still mourning. Vote him and give him a big political donation. I heard he is ready to contest the next election and he loves block votes. There will be another big election. Ask Trudeau also to declare all the homicide bombers and black tigers are innocent political prisoners and Pabakaran’s death was genocide..

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    Sri Lankan Rambos had killed lot of Tamils.

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    Usha! I read the following about Canada; have you studied this subject before writing your masterpiece!
    “The abuse, neglect, torture, medical experimentation, rapes, beatings and murders in residential schools speak of something far more sinister than an education system designed to assimilate Indians. (Canada’s native people).
    The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) explained that Canada’s Indian policy was designed to eliminate Indigenous peoples as “distinct legal, social, cultural, religious and racial entities.” After years of extensive research and interviews with residential school survivors, the TRC concluded that Canada had, in fact, engaged in cultural, physical and biological genocide against Indigenous peoples. Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada (one of the most conservative institutions in this country) called residential schools a form of “cultural genocide” and one of the worst stains on Canada’s human rights record. Even former Prime Minister Paul Martin called residential schools a form of cultural genocide …”
    What’s this mayor thinking about Tamils in SL? We all know that he is after Tamil votes in his city, and you want to support his cunning political act.

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    Miss Usha: I say, TNA should be arrested and should be questioned asking who wanted the PTA changed or abolished. Is it the Leader Sumanthiran. If the PTA was there, it is easy for Wahhabis to blow up and them Tamils would follow them.

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    The writer is an activist only for the Tamils. She has no knowledge of the victims of the Tamil Tigers. Thousands of other srilankans killed in kandy, Anuradhapura, Colombo are not getting into her radar screen. She brings some evidence in her article. There is plenty of evidence to the contrary. Go to Naseby report. The UN human rights commissioners report 2015 which clearly says they could not establish that there was a genocide. The writer and the mayor of Brampton both have not read the UN definition of Genocide. Pl do your homework first. Mayor PB is surrounded by the Tamil Eelam government members of Canada. He gets election money from them. For him to survive he has to approve their great lies. He says his proclamation was drafted by four Tamil friends. He will go into Canadian history as the pioneer of ethnic divide in this multicultural society. He is now really feeling guilty by his silence and not listening to the other side of the story. The Sinhalese and the Tamils live with trust in Toronto. But PB enjoys breaking this trust for his political gains.

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    Long Live Mayor Patrick Brown! UN, don’t be a joke, take action soon.

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      There are jokers who become presidents! Now there are Mayors too!! Welcome to democracy of the 21st century!!

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    Patrick Brown wants the Tamil vote, that’s all. And the Tamil writer wants revenge for losing the war. Genocide involves the intent to destroy part or all of a race. If the Sri Lankan Government wanted to do that they had ample opportunity at the end of the war. They didn’t need to rescue so many thousands of Tamils, they could have killed them or left them to die.

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      taraki

      “Patrick Brown wants the Tamil vote, that’s all.”

      So was the clan,
      On 29 October 2018 Namal baby said he wanted to visit Tamil detainees in various prisons and he would get his father (fake Prime Minister) to get them released. It never occured to Namal that these detainees were in the prison for more than 10 years.

      It never occured to you Namal/Mahinda/Clan too have some interest in seeking Tamil votes.

      Please make sure you limit your opinion to factual matters and avoid all selective amnesia.

  • 3
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    Ms. Usha’s consistent loveliness only matches her intellect

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      A.N. how many years ago was that photo taken?

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        taraki

        You really envy Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah don’t you?

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      A.N. Other

      “Ms. Usha’s consistent loveliness only matches her intellect”

      Alright, what about her intellectual honesty?
      She seems consistently reluctant to answer some historical questions like her Sinhala/Buddhist fascist brethren.
      It’s no surprise she still supports the Tamil fascists LTTE.

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    Thank you Mayor and Usha.

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    Usha!
    The psychical genocide appears to have been reduced. but the MENTAL and RELIGIOUS genocide are on the the rise at Mullaiteevu and Thirkunamalai.( Kinnya). AT Mullaiteevu devotees are prevented from going to Keri Pillaiyar temple to worship not only by the Buddhist Priests but supported by Government Departments and Police. Similarly at Thirukunamalai( KINNIYA) Buddhists Priests and local authority officials are destroying Pillaiyar and Sivan to make way for Buddha. a lone fight by a lady in possession of deeds of the land is fighting for her rights and rights of Hindus, while TNA Sampanthar is in deep slumber along with most of his MP’s. The keenness he displays to Safeguard Ranil’s government is not shown to words the Tamils’ Well ‘Hell has no fury than a woman scorned’.

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      K.Anaga,
      Do you want native Sinhalyo to turn a blind eye when ‘Para’ people who came from Malabar destroying their heritage.
      In a report sent to UNESCO in 1983 entitled ‘An Appeal to UNESCO to Safeguard and Preserve the Cultural Property in Sri Lanka Endangered by Racial Prejudice, Unlawful Occupation or Willful Destruction’, Cyril Mathew has provided detailed accounts on the destruction done by Demalu to archeological sites in the North and East. Even now the same thing is happening but our dumb Sinhala politicians turn a blind eye. At the next election, Sinhalayo should make sure to kick out these rotten ‘Awajathakayo’.

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    Correction of Spelling’ Physchical to Physical.

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    Some white Canadian politicians are hypocrites. Canadians have supported terrorist organizations in several countries.

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      “Canadians have supported terrorist organizations in several countries.”

      I take your point for a change.
      However, the Sri Lankan state has monopoly on terrorizing people through its security forces, party thugs, saffron clad thugs, home guards, as many have witnessed in the past 48 or so years.

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    It is conclusively proved that the Sri Lankan armed forces have not committed genocide or even an excessive number of deaths in the last stages of the war, as authentically revealed by Lord Naseby with documentary evidence. According to him the figure is only 6000, whereas the Sri Lankan security fores suffered more that number in deaths due to the latter’s efforts to avoid civilian casualties. The exaggerated figures are manufactured by the Tamil diaspora as it is their usual strategy to tell lies, and damn lies, and by that strategy they change the opinion of others successfully. While the LTTE killed their own people who tried to flee from the LTTE areas to the Government controlled areas, the Sri Lankan forces rescued more than 300,000 civilians and LTTE combatons. These hard core terrorists were rehabilitated by the Sri Lankan government and set free. Of a population of more than a million Tamils in the North and East at the time, 6000 getting killed in a ferocious battle is not genocide by any stretch of imagination. During the period of the conflict, thousands of Tamils from the North migrated to the South, the majority Sinhala area, for protection. Moreover, Tamil politicians, who now falsely accuse the government of genocide were living in Colombo under government protection. If the government had a program of commiting genocide, would it ever have allowed the Tamils to migrate to the South or provided security to the Tamil politicians?
    Contrary to this, it is the Sinhalese who have been subjected to genocide first by the South Indian Tamil invaders, and latr by the Tamil settlers who so invaded Sri Lanka after establishing a kingom in Jaffna. They successfully eliminated the Sinhalese living in Jaffna at different stages of the history since the 13th century.

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      John Silva

      “It is conclusively proved that the Sri Lankan armed forces have not committed genocide or even an excessive number of deaths in the last stages of the war, as authentically revealed by Lord Naseby with documentary evidence.”

      You rely more on Lord Naseby than the people who actually lived, suffered and saw their kith, kin and friends being killed and maimed during the war under constant bombardment.

      White man took it upon himself (white man’s burden) to civilise you lot. Then you demanded independence which was given to you on a platter yet you depend on whiteman your former colonial master to defend you , guide you, ……………
      What shame.
      What an immature lot you are. You don’t deserve independence.
      Ask Lord Naseby to impose direct rule.

      “Contrary to this, it is the Sinhalese who have been subjected to genocide first by the South Indian Tamil invaders,”

      This is serious.
      You should take the descendants of South Indian invaders to ICC. But then how could you being another branch of the same kallathoni descendant charge your long lost cousins?

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        Now that set me thinking. We should have separate state for Tamils and another for disgusting Uguduwas. That too is serious.

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    Patrick Brown is a well respected Leader and Jagmeet Singh too issued a very meaningful statement calling that the Genocide against Tamils was deliberate, sponsored by the Sri Lankan state with evidences of heinous rape of school girls, murder of family members who were seeking Justice and so on;

    Until international Community launch an attack on Sri Lanka, investigate independently war crimes and genocide with monitors on the ground, and bring the perpetrators to International Criminal Court, Sinhala leaders will never come to senses; Buddhist terror has spread to Myanmar too;

    Tamils about 100 million live in many nations including Tamil Nadu, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius, Guadeloupe, Re-Union, South Africa, Fiji, EU, UK, US and Canada are united now than ever before and it’s time to be together and demand for accountability and Justice!

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    Patrick Brown is a well respected Leader and Jagmeet Singh too issued a very meaningful statement calling that the Genocide against Tamils was deliberate, sponsored by the Sri Lankan state with evidences of heinous rape of school girls, murder of family members who were seeking Justice and so on;

    Until int’l Community launch an investigation of genocide and bring the perpetrators to International Criminal Court, Sinhala leaders will never come to senses;

    Tamils about 100 million live in many nations including Tamil Nadu, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius, Guadeloupe, Re-Union, South Africa, Fiji, EU, UK, US and Canada are united now than ever before and it’s time to be together and demand for accountability and Justice!

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    Brampton city Mayor
    Patrick Brown and his Councilors are right in proclamating Tamil Genocide. Not only Brampton, other 4 cities
    Including Toronto in Ontario Canada had proclaimed Tamil Genocide. They all have researched the facts and come to this conclusion.
    I wanted to ask the Sri Lankan supporters why Srilankan Government opposing to have a hybrid
    Investigation or International Investigation?
    World renounced lawyer Professor Francis Boyle
    who won the Genocide case in the world court for the Bosnian victims
    against Milosevic regime
    had written books and articles on Tamil Genocide.
    Title:The Tamil Genocide by Sri Lanka
    Indiscriminate bombings only happened in Tamil areas . Srilankan Government had bombed
    hospitals and no fire zones which were clearly demarcated by ICRC.
    Sinhalese government had intentionally targetted a race (in this case Tamil civilians) used cluster bombs, phosphorus, thermobaric weapons which were unconventional weapons.
    If it is not Genocide, what is it?
    These have being happening since
    1948 to now. In 1981one of the biggest libraries in Asia which was in Jaffna ( Tamil area) was burnt down by Sri Lankan Government. Two ministers were involved.
    With the help of army soldiers and police they were able to burn it. Contain More than 97,000 books, and Tamil manuscripts. There main purpose is to bring down Tamil education and the Tamil history written on the manuscripts.
    In Tamil areas srilankan Government and their thugs and military have destroyed Christian churches and hindu temples and laid Buddhist statues.This is cultural Genocide.
    Srilankan Government introduces schemes from 1961 to colonize sinhala
    criminals(from jails ) and their families in the predominantly Tamil areas to change the demography. This is anone example of structural Genocide.
    Successive Srilankan Governments from 1948 have used all kind of Genocide!!

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    Brampton city Mayor
    Patrick Brown and his Councilors are right in proclamating Tamil Genocide. Not only Brampton, other 4 cities
    Including Toronto in Ontario Canada had proclaimed Tamil Genocide. They all have researched the facts and come to this conclusion.
    I wanted to ask the Sri Lankan supporters why Srilankan Government opposing to have a hybrid
    Investigation or International Investigation?
    World renounced lawyer Professor Francis Boyle
    who won the Genocide case in the world court for the Bosnian victims
    against Milosevic regime
    had written books and articles on Tamil Genocide.
    Title:The Tamil Genocide by Sri Lanka
    Indiscriminate bombings only happened in Tamil areas . Srilankan Government had bombed
    hospitals and no fire zones which were clearly demarcated by ICRC.
    Sinhalese government had intentionally targetted a race (in this case Tamil civilians) used cluster bombs, phosphorus, thermobaric weapons which were unconventional weapons
    If it is not Genocide, what is it?
    These have being happening since
    1948 to now. In 1981one of the biggest libraries in Asia which was in Jaffna ( Tamil area) was burnt down by Sri Lankan Government. Two ministers were involved.
    With the help of army soldiers and police they were able to burn it. Contain More than 97,000 books, and Tamil manuscripts. There main purpose is to bring down Tamil education and the Tamil history written on the manuscripts.
    In Tamil areas srilankan Government and their thugs and military have destroyed Christian churches and hindu temples and laid Buddhist statues.This is cultural Genocide.
    Srilankan Government introduces schemes from 1961 to colonize sinhala
    criminals(from jails ) and
    their families in the predominantly Tamil areas to change the demography. This is an
    one example of structural Genocide.
    Successive Srilankan Governments from 1948 have used all kind of Genocide.

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    Those who used the war as an excuse to gain access to the greener pastures of the West as refugees, will surely love this ‘article’ :) All they want is to prevent getting deported back to peaceful SL.

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      Cortey, If you and your racist government believe that what you say is true, why not they deny independent international investigation of Genocide against the Tamils?

      Int’l criminal court is ready to do their job; Sinhala war criminals spends money for Lobby groups and corrupt foreign leaders to cover up genocide; But it will be in the ICC one day and war criminals will be punished like Pol Pot regime of Cambodia as already crimes against humanity are well documented, saved and Tamils will have War memorials, Genocide Museums, Killing Fields Museums all over the world;

      Why many Sinhalese are claiming refugee status in Western countries?

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      Corey

      “All they want is to prevent getting deported back to peaceful SL.”

      If that is the case why aren’t you welcoming this article?
      Seriously do you believe Sri Lanka is peaceful?

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      Corey,

      They won’t get deported. They are productive citizens who contribute towards the respective countries’ economy. All they want is justice for the war crimes. And they lead better lives than in SL. Why are you jealous about it? Didn’t you get a visa for flying?

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      Peaceful ??????? whats so peaceful about the latest bombings.?

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    I wonder whether that Patrick clown will ever recognize the SINHALA GENOCIDE in uwa wellassa carried out by WHITE ANGLO SAXON ENGLAND ? Of course not. This is the latest episode of the Tamil puppet show brought to you by England and Co. This show is going on for couple of hundred years now. Puppet master England first brought us the Vellala show. In it they tried to make Vellalas the future SL ruling class. When they realized the episode was a failure they invented the Tamil discrimination storyline. It gained some success and based on that they produced the LTTE episode. LTTE episode was quite a success. It was telecasted for 30+ years but unfortunately it had to end abruptly in 2009 . And here comes the latest episode-Tamil genocide.

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    Oh my god I am disgusted by the venomous response of fellow citizens on the recognition of grave crimes committed by the state. This records when Jeyawardene claimed in 83, if the people of the North are starved, the people of the South would be happy. This must be the southern people he was referring to. From ban ki-moon to justice navi pillay, Erik solheim,…all nuteral minds were condemned as tigers. Recognition of grave crimes by Mayor Patrick Brown cannot expect anything different for his attempt to uphold justice

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    Even the comment section below shows how racism is part of the Sinhalese culture. Tamils will never be safe and free in Sri Lanka. Two states is the only solution.

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    I hope this will encourage Canada to open unrestricted immigration to the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

    Soma

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