Sinhala expatriate groups and individuals in Australia, Britain, Canada, the Middle East, New Zealand and the United States say that they have “petitioned the Sri Lanka Government to seek the extradition of Adele Balasingham from the UK and put her on trial in Sri Lanka for her terrorist activity and crimes against humanity spanning three decades.”
The petitioners Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka- Victoria, Society for Peace , Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka- NSW, Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka- Queensland, Society for Peace ,Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka- New Zealand, Western Australia Society for Peace and Rehabilitation., Australian Federation of Sri Lanka Associations NSW, Lanka Friendship Forum- ME, Helabima – UAE, Sinhala Association UK, Ranviru Fund UK and United Sri Lankans UK say “Mrs Balasingham was instrumental in recruiting and training hundreds of child soldiers to sacrifice their lives for a terrorist cause and teaching them to use a cyanide capsule to kill themselves if captured. There is a huge dossier of evidence of her crimes and terrorist activity.”
The petitioners insist that, “notwithstanding Sri Lanka’s policy of restorative justice towards terrorist combatants, Mrs Balasingham be tried for the atrocities she has committed and been associated with. “
They say; “Besides bringing justice to thousands of her victims and their families, Mrs Balasingham’s extradition and trial will serve as a salutary warning to Western governments that Sri Lanka’s tolerance of threats and the disproportionate focus on human rights and alleged war crimes is not infinite while they continue to shelter terrorists and war criminals on their shores and turn a blind eye to their fund-raising and propaganda.
“It will also compel the Western media to focus on the atrocities by the LTTE over three decades rather than on allegations of Sri Lanka’s war crimes in the last stages of the conflict.
“Balasingham’s extradition and trial will also serve notice to members of organisations such as the Global Tamil Forum and the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, the kingpins of the present anti-Sri Lanka propaganda offensive, and other LTTE-rumps, that a similar fate could await them.”