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Other Lessons From The London Affair: Anti-Terror Laws & British Hypocrisy

By Sara Dissanayake

Dr. Sara Dissanayake

The recent incident involving the throat-slit gesture made by Defense Attaché Brigadier Priyanka Fernando in response to the Eelamist protesters in London has, rightly so, stirred much controversy. Developments following the incident also sparked ample debate, prompting the public to take sides under the prevailing circumstances.

Instead, this incident compels me to shed light on another grave issue that continues to undermine Sri Lanka’s national integrity: the hypocrisy of the British state and its law enforcement. Needless to state, this is nothing new. Over the years we have repeatedly encountered diplomatic hypocrisy exerted to Sri Lanka, when it comes to the Tamil cause. With the conclusion of the war, this seems to have amplified. We are all too familiar with how the West typically responds to terrorism in other parts of the world. At this point, we reluctantly accept that double-standards, political opportunism and muddled diplomacy seem to be the signature traits of a world power. Having said that, it is imperative not to shy away from vocalising the issue, in every instance reality hits our face.

In the wake of the aforesaid incident, few British Members of Parliament with vested interests were quick to issue a letter of condemnation, urging Boris Johnson, the British Foreign Secretary, to withdraw Brigadier’s diplomatic papers and expel him from the UK. I refer to the letter dated 5 February, signed by Labour Party’s Joan Ryan MP and Siobhain McDonagh MP, Vice Chair and Senior Vice Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Tamils, respectively. Conservative Party’s Paul Scully MP who is the Chairman of APPG for Tamils followed suit the next day. In the interim, the special branch of the Metropolitan Police is reportedly interviewing the complainants, with a view to press charges against the Brigadier. Furthermore, James Dauris, the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka lodged a strong official protest with Sri Lanka’s Ministry of External Affairs. The entire ‘holier than thou’ political tamasha is rather flabbergasting, albeit carried out at the expense of holding the country’s rule of law in contempt. Sadly, the involved parties are either oblivious to the existing counter-terror laws of their own land, or they have no regard for the law in general.

While it is not a criminal offense in the UK to call for the creation of an independent state, need I not remind that the LTTE has been proscribed in the UK under the Terrorism Act 2000. Section 13 clearly stipulates that “A Person in public space commits an offense if he (a) wears an item of clothing, or (b) wears, carries or displays an article, in such a way or in such circumstances as to arouse reasonable suspicion that he is a member or a supporter of a proscribed organisation”. Photographs and video footages of the protest in question depict participants brandishing the notorious LTTE flag chanting “Our Leader Prabhakaran” in the presence of police personnel. Some are seen wearing a black customised sweatshirt with the slain leader’s photo in the front, with an Eelam map printed on the back.

Apologist would argue that flying flags does not necessarily constitute as supporting and glorifying terrorist acts, but such naïve logic does not hold water. Peaceful protests demanding an end to land grab, information on the missing persons and the right to self-determination are indeed acceptable within the law. However, when that message is exemplified by voluntarily and strategically flying a designated terrorist flag, along with publically accepting a megalomania who sanctioned brutal and indiscriminate terrorist acts as their leader- this surely elevates the issue to a whole new level. If this is not called supporting a proscribed organisation, I fail to comprehend what is. It is beyond comprehension how such flagrant violation of the anti-terror law is systematically turned a blind eye. Not only is the criminal activity overlooked, but talk about the pot calling the kettle black: the focus is shifted to removing Sri Lankan diplomatic personnel for offensive behaviour.

The British law enforcement employs selective application when executing their legal provisions, as each case concerned is supposedly ‘circumstantial’. Back in 2004, a man was convicted in Scotland under Terrorism Act 2000, when he was spotted wearing the ring inscribed with the initials of the Ulster Volunteer Force on his wedding finger. In 2015, the Metropolitan police was slammed for failing to arrest a man was walking in Westminster draped in a supposed Islamic State (IS) flag, with his small child who was also waving the flag. He was questioned on the spot, but evaded arrest on the grounds that the police was not able to establish that the man was direct support of IS. Conversely, two pro-Palestinian protestors were arrested in 2015 for offenses under Section 13 of the same anti-terror act, for flying the Hezbollah flag in London. Similarly in 2017, the Metropolitan Police gave an advance warning of arrests if anyone carries the Hezbollah flag at an anti-Balfour march in central London.

Once upon a time in April 2009, the UK police issued repeated requests for LTTE flags to be removed during the protests in support of the Tamil cause. Subsequently, two protestors were held on suspicion of carrying the said flag, which was later seized by the police. Since then however, the British law enforcement seems to have conveniently forgotten that the Tigers are a proscribed terrorist organisation. The Tigers flag has been making an appearance in every anti-Sri Lanka demonstrations in the past decade, and regardless of the occasional official protests made by the Sri Lankan High Commission, there have not been any attempts by the police to arrest or convict people displaying the flags in public. Ergo, the British state is effectually aiding and abetting terrorism in her own territory by disregarding its own anti-terror laws. At the same time, such ‘à la carte’ application of the law unfortunately signifies a diplomatic defeat for the Sri Lankan state.

What we can essentially take away from this incident is that Sri Lanka needs to take a more proactive approach in engaging with the UK. The inaction of the British law enforcement against flagrant pro-LTTE activism is likely to continue, given the inherent hypocrisy of superpower politics. We cannot expect either the Eelamists or the British state to change its approach: the tiger cannot change its stripes, both literally and figuratively in this case. Nonetheless, the fact that the British government is able to brazenly ignore its own anti-terror laws vis-à-vis the LTTE speaks volumes of her regard to Sri Lanka as a sovereign nation. The recent invitation of Prince Edward to Sri Lanka for the Independence Day Celebrations may have ticked a diplomatic to-do list in an failed attempt to appease its colonial masters, but it merely served to showcase the asymmetrical dynamics of UK-Lanka relations.

Sri Lanka can benefit more from proactively shedding its colonial past and adopting an independent foreign policy that is not driven primarily by external circumstances and appeasement. Yearning for superficial recognition by the international community and excessive economic dependence on the West has stripped Sri Lanka of her independence in the truest form. While professionalism of government officials are of utmost importance, at the same time, this incident should serve as an eye-opener to realise, once again, that Sri Lanka needs to stand up more firmly to assert her integrity and national interests. Let the vision for ‘A Country Enriched’ not be limited to socio-economic growth, but also to include a reformation of its foreign policy dynamics to emerge as robust nation with dignity and self-respect.

*The author is a Research Fellow at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of National Security Studies, Sri Lanka.

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    UNP idiots should read this….this is the foreign policy, the policy of appeasing the west that we are adopting………………that mega idoit, Ben Hurling should read this

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      Sara Dissanayake

      ” While professionalism of government officials are of utmost importance, at the same time, this incident should serve as an eye-opener to realise, once again, that Sri Lanka needs to stand up more firmly to assert her integrity and national interests. “

      Tribal loyalties and potential or real self interest could blind persons attempting to analyse events objectively especially when emotionally attached to myths, lies, …. working in information vacuum or selective historical memories.

      My Elders believe they have witnessed millions of incidents of duplicitous hypocrisy of Brits. Therefore I believe this article is not meant for them (my Elders).

      “Sri Lanka’s national integrity:”

      It would have been useful if you chose to define the above often misused phrase, would help to clear any confusion, we agree on the exact meaning “ad idem”.

      While we are on the subject of national integrity I would be grateful if you could clarify the meaning and its context to Sri Lanka as you found yourself unable to avoid the phrase completely. Please bear with me for I am not educated nor intelligent, in fact I am bit thick.

      Could you tell us how would you rate Sri Lanka in your National Integrity audit on the following area of governance:

      Legislative branch of government
      Executive branch of government
      Judiciary
      Public sector
      Law enforcement
      Electoral management body
      Ombudsman
      Audit institution
      Anti-corruption agencies
      Political parties
      Media
      Civil society
      Business

      First thing first. Therefore please deal with the above then we can discuss the duplicitous hypocrisy of the Brits.

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      Sara Dissanayake

      By the way how come the former terrorists JVP twice failed miserable killers were allowed to fly their flags with alien symbols on it and display portraits of their former leader Rohana Wijeyweera immediately after the ascendancy of Chandrika Bandaranayake to the throne? Many people found the display of both offensive.

      Did it occur to you to voice your concern about JVP’s Flag waving and Rohana’s photos?

      I think you should deal with Sri Lankan hypocrisy (loads of them) first then move on to other countries.

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        Native Veddha,

        JVP waged war against the then government. LTTE waged the war against the state itself. I don’t think you can differentiate between the two.

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          LTTE was launching war against the state of Lankawe. JVP was fighting against Sirimavo, JR, Richard P. Vije,…..and 12,000 civilians whom they killed. That is why LTTE is freedom fighter not a terrorist group. Their fight might have caused death of civilians (It is said in their entire his history, less than 1000) but it cannot be interpreted as not against State but against Civilians. Interestingly(fortunately or unfortunately) IC’s action of adding LTTE to War Crime tells that they consider LTTE’s action as military level actions.

          You are right Shenal!

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            Mallaiyuran,

            Freedom fighters? Freedom for whom? The Tamils civilians? Don’t joke here mate. You among all the people must know how LTTE decimated Tamil intellectuals to safe guard their totalitarian ideology. LTTE was looking for a military dictatorship devoid of any democratic ideals. I don’t think even the countries which are trying to promote themselves as the guardians of democracy would have batted an eye for LTTE’s dictatorship if they were able to come to power.

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              You among all the people must know how LTTE decimated Tamil intellectuals to safe guard their totalitarian

              You mean Raviraj, Ekneligoda, Joseph Pararajasingham, Jeyaraj, Fernando Pillai, Kathirgamar, Justice Sriskandarajah, 42 Journalist, Lasantha…… I cannot complete it here anyway!

              Is that one of your usual lousy jokes?

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          Shenali

          Brilliant.

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        Native Vadda, this is a classic case of the blame game to avoid taking responsibility and accepting that our diplomat behaved in a deplorable manner tarnish the reputation of our country…

        Recording and defending bad behavior will only lead to more criminals and deplorable people getting into leadership positions while marginalizing the honest hard working Sri Lankans who are trying to put our country on the right track.

        People like this lady seem to want to reinforce rule of the corrupt and the criminals by defending them!

        Remember reward and acknowledge good behavior and actions that benefit our nation and give no room for deplorable behavior or actions by any Sri Lankan if you truly love your country and not this pseudo patriotism displayed by Dr. Sara Dissanayake…

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          Sunil

          Thanks for your comment.
          I agree with every word of it.
          However the increasing danger is that we face acute shortage of honest liberals to openly challenge the noisy and active right wing smart ass patriots.

          It has reached a point where the new convention “right is wrong and wrong is right”, is generally acceptable to increasing number of new recruits to fascism.
          It should worry everyone.

          Sara Dissanayake needs to learn more.

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      Hey Sach,
      Just read it. Feeling enlightened now. Thanks a lot for keeping an eye on my reading habits. Thanks, Dad. Thanks indeed!

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        welcome man,,

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      Dr. Sara Dissanayake, there is no excuse for defending bad behavior from one of our diplomats…

      It is sad to see our so called intellectuals defending such deplorable behavior!

      This speaks volumes about the quality of our intellectuals…

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    Agree that there are always two more explanations to any situation. But, in a sensitive area, when such a environment, we must be aware that we are under a mike!! We speak so glibly about our Budhist Sinhala culture going back several thousand years and then, a small and foolish thing like this raises a hornets’ nest!! Our world was turned upside down in July 1983. This is going to create further furore.

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      Sinhalese did not raised a hornets nest. If you check carefully, it was the PRO LTTE media operating from UK, stupid SLG…
      SLG should have first asked UK, their “friends” in international community not to allow LTTE rump to come close to the embassy….

      After the incident SLG should have kept their mouth shut without giving this unnessacary attention

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    You wrote all these and did you ask yourself either Government did anything for Tamils as they promised to carry out the war against LTTE almost 9 years the government didn’t released the army occupied people’s houses and land what is this show your government is not going to do anything towards to peace
    Big word they use reconciliation to fool the world
    Your government’s dam fault not to find solutions then the saffron monks come in block all moves
    Still barbaric culture still in Sri Lanka that is the proof is the brigadier’s act

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      Which world are you living in. Go to Jaffna and see the land that is released. Yes..there is more to be released..it is a process and it is slowly but surely happening. And in this barbaric country more than 50% in the commercial capital is Tamil speaking. Better come out from whichever rock you are hiding under.

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        Chatura

        I like your bull s**t.
        Can you give us both details of land released by security forces and land occupied by them, where, how many acres, owners of the land, date of occupation and date of release, ……………..?

        Could you also let me the reference for the 50% claim.

        Does perception make good facts?

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      Pasel,

      The LTTE was defeated but LTTE mentality has not been conclusively defeated as of yet. IMHO it is very much active among Northern Tamils. I have visited Wanni recently and what I heard from the village level people was that they still want their supreme leader. That of course is a once such an example of how deep the separatist mentality had run.

      SLA must occupy strategic locations in both North and East to help transfer separatist minded people to modernity.

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    British empire began to go bust in 1848 I heard. the Suez Canal conflict completed it. but, the British won’t leave it and try to review. Anyway, I think they tagught corruptions to the Indian subcontinent. Concenrvatives are dead lot now. they may try. I do not think they will resuscitate. Because, the western capitalist, imperials worlds are things in the past. Tamils good and has a pretty good history on that they always hang to sinking boats. Even Britush have left the western institutions and amidst objections by the west, they are with the chinese empire. Sri lankan politicians are really dumb, there are a few stupid ones, try to hang on to these obsolete polititicians. and kingdoms. Anyway, don’t worry about Tamils and thank you for your input. Tamils are really weak. they are only badgering the Sri lankan govt which has buddhist influence and is very patient. They are not capable of rising agan as LTTE. If they come that will be their end in that island.

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    WHEN PIGS FLY–AND SCOLD: BRITS LECTURING SRI LANKA!
    Gary Brecher

    What’s sick about this is that the British establishment destroyed the Sinhalese people completely. Completely and purposely, sadistically. Stole their land, humiliated and massacred their government, made it Imperial policy to erase every shred of self-respect the Sinhalese had left. You can talk about the Nazis all day long, but for my money nothing they did was as gross as what you find out when you actually look into the history of British-Sinhalese relations. If you can even call them “relations”; I guess a murder-rape is a relation, sort of.

    And to this day, they don’t catch even a little bit of Hell for it. Everybody thinks the Brits are all cute and harmless. You’re all a bunch of suckers for those suave accents, you suckers! The truth is that compared to the Brits, the Nazis you’re always yammering about were a gang of eighth-grade stoners who ran around spray painting swastikas on school property. The Nazis lasted one decade; the Brits quietly ran their extermination programs for three hundred years, and to this day they wouldn’t even think of feeling guilty about it. Wouldn’t cross their minds.

    That’s what made me want to puke battery acid when I read Mister Jeremy Brown’s sermon on the naughty Sinhalese: this pig Brown has no clue about why Sri Lanka is so fucked up, no hint at all that it’s the result of British Imperial policy. Not “mistakes” or “a few bad apples” or “regrettable excesses” but clear, cold, ruthless British policy.

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    Dr Sara Dissanayke -your article is asymmetrically (nice word Sara) biased against the Tamils

    oh you are a ….Senior Fellow at the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka …..says it all …

    …I see you are now in Dublin, (courtsey of MaRa&My3 )….Research Fellow at the School of Law and Government ….hope they drive some sense in to you

    I guess you doctorate is from “Hambantota International Institute of Mahinda Rajapakse.”

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      Bad mouthing the writer. Typical separatist response to anything unfavourable to separatist cause.

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        Bad Mouthing the writer?…….no exposing her….

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      assymetrically biased..puh puh puh…
      The tamils here cannot distinguish between Tamils and LTTE….LOL

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        sachooooooooooooo

        Brilliant typing

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        for Sinhalease all Tamils are LTTE

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    sachooooooooooooo the stupid should read the following:

    BRIGADIER PRIYANKA FERNANDO DEFENSE ATTACHE IN LONDON
    By Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) & the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP)
    http://itjpsl.com/assets/press/brigadier_api_fernando_final.pdf

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      who are journalists for democracy? It is made of LTTE rump and treasonous media personal from SL. That is all.

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        sachooooooooooooo

        Brilliant riposte
        Keep it up.

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    The only hypocrite here is you Sinhala racist, an apologist for state sponsored racism against the island’s Tamils. What about your state sponsored Sinhalese terrorism that killed more than 300000 innocent Tamil civilians, ethnically cleansed more than 1.2 million indigenous Tamils and made a million Indian origin Tamils who had lived in the island for over 150 years and at that time were earning most of the island’s foreign exchange. This is all fine for you and you call yourself an educated woman? If you are like this then what can we expect from the ordinary Sinhalese?

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      Sharma,

      There was no Sinhalese terrorism against Demalu that killed more than 300,000 innocent Demal civilians. There are no indigenous Tamils in Sri Lanka. What we have is ‘Demalu’. Demala is the term coined by Sinhalayo to refer to South Indian invaders. ‘Malabars’ was the term used during colonial rule to refer to ‘Demalu’ until a Demala person in-charge of the Census Department introduced the term ‘Ceylon Tamils’. During colonial rule lots of Tamils were brought to Sri Lanka as slaves. Most of the present day Demalu are the descendants of those slaves.

      Perhaps you should read captain Percival’s book on Ceylon in the early part of the 19th century when Percival spend several years in Yapanaya and recorded the life there. According to captain Percival, the majority of the people living in Yapanaya were Muslims, then came the Sinhalese and the Malabars in terms of numbers.

      You are a person who is trying hard to distort the history of Sri Lanka. Project to distort Sri Lankan history was initiated by Chelvanayakam during colonial rule. You will never succeed in this endeavour.

      “The Ceylon Tamils had no written document on the lines of the Mahavamsa to authenticate their singular and separate historical authority in Sri Lanka, a fact which Ceylon Tamil communalists found very irksome”. (Russel, Jane: Communal Politics under the Donoughmore Constitution, Tisara Prakasakayo, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka, 1982. p.131).

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      Real Sankaran sivarama: I heard teh cost of prodduction of Tea is very high. The giovt shoukd mechanize the Tea plucking and send most of Tamils to colombo. Govt should do that asap before they send the Tea plantations bankrupt.

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      Siva Sarama,
      Don’t talk cock!Read the authentic observation by Lord Naseby.Nothing more that 7000 died in last stages of conflict.90 percent of this amount died because your terrorists LTTE used innocent Tamil civilians as human shields.You ran away leaving poor Tamils to be crushed by the Tigers.Now you speak as a guilty chap ha?

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        Senaka Wijeratna

        “Don’t talk cock!”

        Can he talk cock and bull?

        “Read the authentic observation by Lord Naseby.Nothing more that 7000 died in last stages of conflict.”

        Well could you find the details (name, address, description, reason for their death, who killed them, where were they buried, subjected to acid bath, cremated, of the dead ones,….) from Time Lord Naseby.

        Time lord Naseby should be able to find the authentic list of innocent civilians who surrendered to the armed forces towards the end of the war.

        Thanks.

        It is strange people still trust the former colonial masters than the kith and kin of the victims.

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    our foreign policy is a bloody disgrace and the high commissoner should be sacked as mr did in dayans case
    as in the case of ranils other appointments this one too is a failure
    instead of protesting to the brit govt she suspends fernando .she should replaced by ravinath
    the present foreign minister is another joker
    a lawyer with no knowledge of foreign affairs like his predecessor a stop gap appointment who has failed to deliver the goods
    it is time ranil handed over his mantle to someone els
    fortunately sira stepped in and stopped the rot

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      Nalmen: Wigneswaran is a good Candidate as British High commissioner Or even Mavai Senathiraja who looks unemployed now.

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    Question is not the policies, whether east or west, what a stupid gesture to carry out in public? You are trying to justify! Some stupid will agree with you.

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      AD : The Brigadier humiliated Tamils in public. that is really disheartening to me too. Paw da Tamils.

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    If only I have the opportunity to confront the British ambassador in Colombo with the simple question ” If a foreign woman is found to have distributed Cyanide capsules among British children what would Britain do?” “If a British woman is found to have distributed Cyanide capsules among children on a foreign soil what should Britain do?”
    Soma

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      somass

      Did Dr Mahinda (LLD + PhD X 3) or Dr Gota (DS c) request/demand the Brits through Sri Lanka’s diplomatic mission to take action against not only the foreign woman but the others, including JVP terrorists, Dutta Gamini who embezzled millions, ….. Karuna ..who travelled on forged passport thanks to foreigner Dr Gota (DS c), ….

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    While “terrorists” are entitled for some humane treatment “terrorism” is not. What the good Brigadier implied I am sure was the latter. It must be nipped in the bud or we must slit its neck at the earliest opportunity. If not we may have to wage another war for another 30 years.
    Soma

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    Why do we continue with this charade with our old colonial master?

    We should have left the Commonwealth a very long time ago; instead we prop up and perpetuate this anachronistic organisation. We continue to invite and accept British royalty, for what possible reason? We allow British universities to actively recruit throughout Sri Lanka? No attempt is made to discourage studying in the home countries of our past ruler. Why do we continue to accept their largesse in the form of ‘aid’?
    At every turn we have our people, particularly our politicians, running down the British and blaming them for every conceivable ill that we can. Then hypocritically we continue with ‘business as usual’.

    Funny we don’t blame the Portuguese and Dutch as much.

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      Spring Koha: Tamils are jealous that the govt ceelebrated the Briths emoire’s achievements. Stupis Tamils are coolies there and they can not celebrate it.

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      Spring Koha

      “Why do we continue with this charade with our old colonial master?”

      Its like love hate relationship, we hate them while expecting them to love us.

      “Funny we don’t blame the Portuguese and Dutch as much.”

      Is it because the Brits didn’t forcefully convert the locals to their faith?
      Is it because Portuguese and Dutch were minor imperial powers.
      Is it because the elites benefited from the Brits, and there was no scope for advancement under Portuguese and Dutch powers.

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    Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah.
    The concocted stories are not holding because Britain has not attempted anything undiplomatic to do to Lankawe. In case if it has happened so, Lankawe never would have waited to seek international arbitration, ICC, UN or anywhere else. Any crying, saying Britain is killing them and staying in commonwealth is a dupe story. Old King one time has been trumpeting that British queen is going die and he will the next one to crown the successor. But, now, shamelessly all are crying that they not Colony Queen Appointers but the one hurt by Colony Queen. What an opportunistic Drama. None of these idiots here ever warned Old King that if queen dies, he should not participate in appointing a New Colony monarchy.
    Before we go in to Terrorism, let’s look at the Lankawe history. Don Stephen told to Tamil leaders, based on the condition appeared in the Soulbury Constitution, “Guys do you want to rule yourself or you want Colonist to rule you?” Tamils agreed and offered their signature to bring in Soulbury constitution. It is clear that at that instant, Soulbury Constitution and Don Stephen have recognized the Tamils sovereignty. But once the Tamils got closer to Don Stephen him, he shackled the Tamils with the majority dilemma and enslaved them. To control Tamils, from 1956, state terrorism has been unleashed on them by the Appe Aanduwa. In Kodeeswaran case, Privy Council, with the authority vested in it, ordered the Lankawe Supreme Court to revise the verdict. Never in the history of Lankawe, was it done. JR beat Rajiv Gandhi, because he wrongly thought Rajiv was helping Tamils. JR did not show Rajiv Gandhi the throat cutting gesture, but beat him up.

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    JR brought 6th amendment to squeeze Tamils neck, impeached a Tamil Opposition leader, Changed the constitution to enslave Tamils further with PR election system, conducted two island wide pogroms and when asked to control the pogroms, he answered if he starve Tamils more Sinhalese will be happier. Once the Supreme Court refusing to follow law and order and the State unleashes terrorism on them, there cannot be any bar can hold for how Tamils are going to have freed them. So LTTE stepped up its violence in response to all these. Though we don’t advocate violence as Tamils have switched over to diplomatic agitation, still nobody can condemn LTTE’s violence when the State had publicly confessed that it was organizing pogroms on Tamils only to make Sinhalese feel happy. Could there be worse terrorism than that in the world? If the ruling power in Tamils hand would JR have escaped life imprisonment for his terrorism? That is what todays’ situation too, when UNP was responsible to CB looting, current president arresting two Tamils hoping using this to satisfy Sinhala extremist for his sagging popularity.
    LTTE was not a terrorist organization in Lankawe, EU, Britain & Canada until Condoleezza came to power. She encouraged Sri Lankawe to ban LTTE as Terrorist organization. SLMM was monitoring the war. America forced it to leave. Then Condoleezza forced EU to designate LTTE as terrorist organization. This political manipulation has no parallel of LTTE with ISIS. EU court has declared that LTTE banning was wrong. Britain, who was a member (still) of EU, should have followed that direction. Theoretically LTTE cannot be classified as a terrorist organization in Britain, though the Appe Aanduwa political muscle is still making UK to keep LTTE in banned list.

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    Sri Lanka who refused to corporate with Privy Council has its own Sinhala Jury Verdict Law enforcement version. We are not being worried about it. Lankawe did not just ban LTTE, but Lankawe banned many diasporic organizations which are legally registered and operating in their soil. Funniest thing is it is under UN resolution 1373, for which UN has not given its consent. No country in the world has ratified it. Then Lankawe and Sara Dissanayake are creating their own version of resolution 1373 and banning Tamil Organizations. But sadly now, Sara Dissanayake is coming and crying that Britain is not taking their word.
    Let’s take step back here. Yes, whether it is political or not, whether it is because of Lankawe’s pressure or now, no European country has knocked down the ban yet. No country which has banned yet to have to officially declare as the ban is lifted. But let see what these countries doing on the other side, EU, India Canada and America are the only countries banned LTTE. But from, 2009 the 49 member UNHRC is declaring that Lankawe is a War Crime country, by their resolutions. In May 2009, under the leadership of Thero De Silva, Lankawe said to UNHRC that it will take care of it. But that did not happen. From 2012, UNHRC is demanding to take action. 2014 Resolution 30/01 is directly accusing Lankawe as a war crime country came out. In 2015, OISL listed 42 state heads and commanders as war criminals. But Britain and America pressed hard the UNHRC HC and had ir removed. But in its place, a milder resolution 30/1 came. They, in 2017, passed the resolution 34/1 in favor of Lankawe.

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      Mallaiyuran: W3ha tyou can not understand is they always played p;olitics with Tamils. You guys do not eant to understand that Tamils always get caught and become clowns.

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    Every 3 years all member of the council go renewed. So, from 2009, at least 3 times the membership has been refreshed. That means (49×3) about 150 countries has been involved in accusing Lankawe for crime at UNHRC. Because we did not really check what happened to the UNHRC membership, but tried to estimate it, let’s put a correction of -50 for 150 and say 100 counties are so far accused Lankawe as a war crime country though their UNHRC membership. Further we ignore the recent Jagath epode and will not add Columbia, Brazil and Argentina to add to the list. 28 members though EU and three additional countries have accused LTTE as terrorist in the past. But more than 100 counties accusing Lankawe as war crime country and listing 42 leaders as war criminal under UNHRC. This hundred is including in it, all the ones who accused LTTE as Terrorist organization. Could Sara Dissanayake ask Britain, first to give importance to 100 member countries’ decision instead of Britain’s deviation from EU on banning LTTE? What a convenient story telling by this author?
    Rapist Army wanted to suspend and investigate the Good showed the hand gesture in London. But The White Flag criminal lifted the suspension. Now foreign ministry is somersaulting that New King did not do that! Can Sara Dissanayake explain us then who lifted the suspension by interfering in the judicial procedure and why?

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    Two wrongs don’t make a right.

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    Sara: In India, Indian are not that licking to colonials. Sri lankan short start value what we produce and should feel disgusted for imports I think that is a goos way to leave the colonial past. Your article is very good and agreeable.

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    I heard Spring Koha – Thanga durei is a relative of the Sun gos Pabakaran.

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    The so called ‘Great Britain’ is no longer ‘Great’. But unfortunately some idiots in Sri Lanka (kalu suddas) still believe ‘Great Britain’ exist and go after them. Now UK is selling everything possible to China but they do not want Chinese to invest in Sri Lanka because they do not like to see one of their former colonies prospering. That is one of the reasons behind regime change in Sri Lanka for which UK was a contributor. Height of hypocrisy!

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    A brilliant piece! It is wonderful to read such a well argued critical intervention by a young Sri Lankan academic trained in the West. I wish there were more like her both in Sri Lanka and overseas!

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      Dayan: You may be delighted to read an article which sympathises with your thoughts.
      Both of you are wrong. Do you want to prolong the Lankan agony?

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        For that we have to find a cure for Tamils mental issue

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      Like yours idiot

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      When we have Lion mob we will have Tiger mob.
      Lion mob created Tigers
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-london-affair-the-tiger-mob-vs-brigadier-priyankara-fernando/

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      “intervention by a young Sri Lankan academic”

      You welcome Confucius, born and bred in Cuba three millenniums ago!

      I guess probably you worked at Immigration and Emigration too!

      Did Lanakwe accepted any Tiananmen Square refugees.

      Can you tell it that you were an adopted child or Mervyn Silva is the adopted Child?

      I remember the young age photo you put on CT to brag about you suggested that you might be having a step or direct sister like Sara.

      (the latest one always beating the earlier comment in stupidity)

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    Flying of the terrorist flag is a strategy act of intelligent to aggravate situation Nation
    celebration day to gain interest of tamil cause.

    The brigadier fell on this trap Effective use of skills comes from being able to sense
    accurately when the planing action when the terrorism banners is displayed
    that’s why a brigadier has been choosen to be this position to respond to avoid traps

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      RBh

      The Tiger flag should have been banned all over the world not because the flag itself is going bomb & kill civilians but because it is ugly, offensive, horrible, …………………………… and a lie.

      So should be the lion flag, it is ugly, offensive, horrible, …………………………… and a lie.

      The two animals never existed in this island.

      People are conditioned to emotionally attach to two animals both have no use in their mundane life in fact it is a burden to carry these flags. Only the emotionally impaired, mentally deranged, spiritually void, ……………….. stupid respect these flags as something god given. While flags being a symbol, being used to keep stupid people’s focus away from rulers, corrupt functionaries, ……. profiteers.

      You should campaign to ban both flags.

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    (3) Yogaratnam Yogi in charge of ’Institute for Conflict Research’ in Vanni
    (4) Poet Puthuvai Ratnadurai, Coordinator of LTTE Arts and Cultural Department
    (5) K. Paappa, Coordinator LTTE Sports Department
    (6) Rajah (Chempiyan) Assistant Coordinator LTTE Sports Department and his 3 children
    (7) Ilanthirayan, LTTE Military spokesman
    (8) Veerathevan, Coordinator LTTE Bank
    (9) S.Thangkan, Political Wing Deputy Chief
    (10) Aruna, Thamil Eela Education Department
    (11) S. Naren, Asst. Executive Head of TRO
    (12) Kuddy, Head of the LTTE Transport Department
    (12) Piriyan, Head of Administrative Service Department and his family
    (13) V. Poovannan, Head of the Administrative Service Division of the LTTE
    (14) Thangaiah, Administrative Service Department
    (15) Malaravan, Administrative Service Department
    (16) Pakirathan, Administrative Service Department
    (17) Reha, Head of LTTE Medical Division
    (18) Selvarajah, Commander Manal Aru Head Quarters
    (19) Bhaskaran, Commander Manal Aru Head Quarters
    (20) Major Lawrance
    (21) Major Kumaran
    (22) Prabha, Batticaloa District Commander
    (24) Rupan, Coordinator of Supplies
    (25) Babu, Coordinator of Jewellery Business
    (26) Ilamparithy, Executive Head of Political Wing
    (27) Elilan, Head of Trincomalee Political Wing
    (28) Vijitharan, Executive Secretary, Political Wing
    (29) Major Veeman
    (30) Sakthy, Coordinator Forestry Division and his family
    (31) E.Ravi, Charge of Houses
    (32) Sanjai, Mulliyavalai Divisional Political Wing Coordinator
    (33) Para Ratha, Coordinator Justice Department
    (34) Kumaravel, Coordinator Air Force Security
    (35) Chithrankan Malathy, Commander Manal Aru District
    (36) Suhi, Commander
    (37) Arunan, Major Sea Tigers
    (38) Manoj – Medical Department
    (39) Lawrance, Finance Department
    (40) Lawrance Thilakar, Coordinator TRO Planning Department
    (41) Karikalan, former Commander, Eastern Province
    The above list is by no means complete.
    On May 31, 2009, Lankafirst.com website quoting Government Information Department sources, reported that some top Tiger leaders under the custody of the military were going through series of serious investigation by the security forces.

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    LTTE is a product of Sinhala racism and Sinhala oppression of the Tamils. From the dawn of independence, the Sinhalese dominated government sought to destroy the Tamil people by a series of discriminatory legislation to wit, the Ceylon Citizenship Act of 1948 that deprived a million Tamils of their citizenship. It was followed up with a simple amendment to the Election Ordinance making citizenship a condition for the right to vote in elections. Then followed the large-scale Sinhala colonization schemes in traditional Tamil land that had changed the demography of both North and East. It was ethnic cleansing per se. So were the series of riots against the Tamils in 1956, 1958, 1977, 1979, 1981 and 1983. A people oppressed by a racist state have the right to revolt. That is exactly what the LTTE did. LTTE is a terrorist organization according to UK law, but supporters of LTTE are not. It is perfectly legal to carry the LTTE flag at a protest rally as long as it is peaceful. The death threat gesture by Brigadier Fernando is despicable and unwarranted. What he meant by the gesture is that like slitting the throats of hundreds of LTTE cadres who surrendered to the army on May 17th and May 18th, 2009 he will kill the protestors as well. I want to know from Dr. Sara Dissanayake who is waxing eloquence as to what happened to the following second rank LTTE cadres who surrendered to the army at Vadduvaakal on May 18th evening and taken in CTB buses? Spouses, relatives and friends who were eyewitness were told they will be released after a short inquiry.

    (1) K.V. Balakumar and his son Sooriyatheepan
    (2) V. Ilankumaran (Baby Subramanian) Head of the Thamil Eelam Education Department and his wife Vettrichchelvi and daughter Arivumathy.

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    Dr. Sara Dissanayake, your article gives interesting information which can be used by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to silence the LTTE flag carrying supporters in UK and I hope they take note of all the examples you have given of incidents where the British authorities have acted against anything related to a banned terrorist movement. But at the same time, I wish a person of your intellectual background should have also commented on the unbecoming public display of the uniformed officer representing Sri Lanka in UK. It is not what he should have done in public. It is bound to compel those moderate Tamils to think in radical terms. Don’t you think, an Army officer, who is supposed to be a “gentleman” should not have been provoked? Being the Defense Attache he should have known that reporting to the British Authorities about the public display of banned LTTE flags would have been the best course of counter action, than the emotional throat slitting display.

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      Kalu Nangi

      Is Dr. Sara Dissanayake being made/transformed into another Rohan Gunaratna another useful idiot by the British establishment ?

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    Sara Dissanayake: The Brigadier Priyankara Fernando throat-slitting gesticulation has sent us to the cleaners yet again. You call it a ‘controversy’!
    Instead of addressing the issue you are implying that UK has dirty linen in the cupboard and so must keep quiet.
    They did the minimum Sara i.e. report the unbecoming behaviour to GoSL. Priyankara was relieved of his duties and then the order was rescinded by GoSL. Who is the muddled lot here?
    Dayan calls your writing ‘brilliant piece’. Do you take this as a compliment?

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    kalu nangi
    was ranil our prime minister a gentleman when he was provoked in parliament
    no way . he kept shouting kawuda hora several times
    gentlemen are few and far between in sri lanka now

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    The British law has nice clauses that they can bend and twist them as they please!
    Excellent Article, Thank you very much!

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      Can you bend BUDDHIST principles?

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    [Edited out] Sarah’s Irish needs to be improved. She lives in a country which carried out a freedom struggle against the British and inspired the freedom struggles of other people. If the protesters were flouting English law, it is a matter for the British police. It is not for the foolish thug of a brigadier to threaten them. As Dushy Ranatunge points out, there are daily demonstrations in London with people carrying all manner of flags, including that of ISIS. As long as the protest is peaceful, the police do not interfere. Freedom of association and demonstration is a value that is adhered to. The fool stayed within a diplomatic mission and threatened protestors, not all of whom were carrying flags. They were carrying placards about missing people in Sri Lanka. So,[Edited out] should improve her Irish and get her law straight.

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