Its easy to wax eloquent from the sanctuary of our perceived western democratic porcelain pinnacles, after all especially in times of economic hardship the folks at Amnesty International I am sure work extra hard to justify their existence at this organisation.
But what you bring up in this blog under the guise of human rights and international refugee welfare does create many unanswered questions.
The former reality in Sri Lanka before May 2009 for 30 years was that a majority of the Tamil populace in the North and East of Sri Lanka were forced to take up arms under the dictatorship of an egomaniac. The rest of the Tamil populace from Colombo and its suburbs enjoyed the same rights as any Sri Lankan. They still go to the best schools, have the best jobs and enjoy the same freedom as any Sri Lankan.
When the now defunct peace accord in 2001 took place, senior LTTE cadre’s finally got a chance to visit Colombo. What they found in Colombo stood against everything that was brainwashed to them in the North. They did not expect to see all Sri Lankan’s in Colombo living, working and collaborating together for the good of the country. Housed at the Hilton Residencies, meetings with successful Tamils who lived amongst all Sri Lankan’s in the city, short trips to Singapore opened the eyes of many senior cadres of the LTTE and finally the end of terrorism in Sri Lanka.
Prabakaran started a war, fuelled and financed by a opportunistic Tamil Diaspora, but fought by a bunch of innocent civilians who had no understanding of what they were fighting for. Political manipulation and war ravaged the north and east of Sri Lanka and a new hatred was created. Including the LTTE suicide cadre. International Terrorism had a new weapon.
Everyone questions equal rights, but no one questions the end to Jaffna through terrorism. Jaffna situated in the very north of Sri Lanka was second only to Sri Lanka’s commercial capital in terms of trade and wealth. The Tamil economy, both cultural and financial was destroyed by the LTTE. All of Jaffna business leaders fled to Colombo from the LTTE, not abroad.
Black July in 1983 is Sri Lanka’s biggest shame, the pinnacle of LTTE popularity and the creation of the Tamil Diaspora. As someone who lives in London, England, spent six years in USA, and still visit the US, I ask, how many Tamil refugees and asylum seekers who flee to the west now are using this situation to dupe the west to care for them?
The modern asylum seeker speaks of poverty and marginalisation, but closer scrutiny will reveal that they went to the best schools in Sri Lanka, did good jobs and lived comfortably. None of them are the real refugees who haven’t even seen an one hundred rupee currency (approx 50 pence for you and I) note? The north and east where these people live were flourishing agricultural micro economies in Sri Lanka. Just pawns of the Tamil warmongers in Colombo and the west.
This war that the Diaspora used primarily to satisfy their conscience, and gain favour from genuinely kind and concerned people in the west is over. PLEASE STOP TEACHING OUR CHILREN HATE, WAR AND VIOLENCE.
The Sri Lankan government may silence its citizens and adopt a dictator style government, but Amnesty International please wake up from your slumber. You are creating more ill will and hate amongst the children of Sri Lanka and the Diaspora all over the world. I am sure by standing up against crimes in Sri Lanka, you do not plan to create hatred and flourishing terrorist organisations in your own land. Lands of democracy and freedom. Where terrorism thrives?
Lands where what Israel does in Palestine is OK, the use of drones to bomb families in Afghanistan is OK, what happens in Iraq and the unlawful subjugation of all of Iraq is OK, the list is endless.
A young baby in London starved and tortured to death by his own mother is OK.
Please present both sides to every story and do not support hate mongering. When you do what you do, like this blog, all you do is yourselves say TERRORISM IS OK. Under the guise of democracy.
PHYSICIAN HEAL THYSELF. OR JUST PISS OFF FROM TRYING TO BULLY DEVELOPING COUNTRIES LIKE OUR OWN. THOSE DAYS ARE FINALLY OVER.
The world today is quite simple really, if you sodomise me, I will find someone stronger than you to sodomise you back. The fabulous truth is that the people who work Amnesty International enjoy being sodomised by warmongers and terrorists.