Australia’s Tamil Eelam Lobby and CHOGM

Photo credit AFP via Haveeru Online

Introduction

The war on the battle field may be over, but the propaganda war is alive and well. The Australian news media, particularly the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, were in an uncontrollable frenzy two weeks before the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) by the predictable lobbying against Sri Lanka. There are legitimate issues that Australia must and did raise with Sri Lanka during CHOGM 2011. Unfortunately, these publicity stunts risked derailing and overshadowing those conversations and hardening the stance of some of the non-Western members of the Commonwealth. The first was John Dowd’s submission of a brief of evidence to the Australian Federal Police. It was timed conveniently just prior to the questioning by the Greens Senator, Lee Rhiannon, at the Senate Estimates hearings. The other was the war crimes charges by Arunachalam Jegatheeswaran, also known as Jegan Waran, against Mahinda Rajapaksa. The latter is frivolous and vexatious, but the former may be of interest to researchers, if made public.

Arunachalam Jegatheeswaran (Jegan Waran)

Arunachalam Jegatheeswaran is the father of Brami Jegatheeswaran, also known as Brami Jegan. Brami Jegatheeswaran was a NSW Green’s Senate candidate. She was placed third on the ballot behind Lee Rhiannon and Keith Mcilroy.  [1]  Brami Jegatheeswaran’s uncle is Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, a convicted criminal in the UK. He was convicted for supplying the LTTE military equipment. [2]  Brami Jegatheeswaran lived in the UK between 2004 and 2007 before returning to Australia as a radicalised Tamil Eelam lobbyist. Brami Jegatheeswaran has worked for the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and Union Aid Abroad (APHEDA) [3] . She is also linked with the Australian Tamil Congress which is a member of the Global Tamil Forum. [4]

In 2008 she was linked with Antony Loewenstein, of the ’Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice’, who also espouses Tamil Eelam lobby propaganda:

“Despite the fact that the government murdered at least 40,000 Tamil civilians during the last period of the war (a figure confirmed by then UN spokesman in Colombo, Gordon Weiss), the international community has been reluctant to hold officials to account.

A thorough UN-led investigation found overwhelming evidence of war crimes committed by both sides during the conflict and Ban Ki-Moon recently submitted this report to the UN Human Rights Council for investigation. The move was condemned by Colombo.” [5]

Interestingly, Gordon Weiss actually states the opposite of “at least 40,000”:

“We do have pretty good indications that probably somewhere between ten and forty thousand people were killed. This is not my own figure, plucked from nowhere. It’s credible enough for the UN to have used it as part of its assessment in to the available evidence.”  [6]

The UN Advisory Panel report actually refers to “credible allegations” of crimes. [7]

War Crimes charges

Arunachalam Jegatheeswaran was represented by Robert Stary Lawyers [8]  which also represented the three men who pleaded guilty in the Victorian Supreme Court in 2009/2010 for providing funds to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The media contacts for Arunachalam Jegatheeswaran’s press conference included the phone numbers of the following individuals:

“Mr. Arunachalam Jegatheeswaran – [redacted]

Lucien Richter, Lawyer, Robert Stary Lawyers – [redacted]
Dr. Sam Pari, Spokesperson, Australian Tamil Congress – [redacted]

Mr. Bruce Haigh, former Australian Diplomat – [redacted]”

Arunachalam Jegatheeswaran is described as providing assistance to the LTTE by the Sri Lankan military. [9]  Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence has gone on the offensive and asked some uncomfortable questions on whether the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is breaching its Code of Practice. [10]

Brami Jegatheeswaran is nominally a “Visiting Scholar” at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney for the “Sri Lanka Human Rights Project” [11] . The convenor for the project is Associate Professor Jake Lynch who is the Director of the ’Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies’. Bruce Haigh, a former Australian diplomat, is a patron for the project. Bruce Haigh also has a tendency to espouse rhetoric that sounds remarkably like the Tamil Eelam lobby’s hymn sheet:

“The UN report estimates 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed towards the end of the war, some, as already noted, by the navy. In addition, 4,000 Tamil soldiers (LTTE) are being held incommunicado by the government. The 500-page UN report notes that:” [12]

The 200-page UN Advisory Panel report does not estimate “40,000” Tamil civilian deaths. The Advisory Panel refers to a possible civilian death toll range comprising of a lower bound defined by the UN’s estimate, of 7,000, and an upper bound defined by non-UN estimates, of 40,000, in the final 5 months of the war. [13]  Impartial commentators do not refer to the Tamil Tigers as “Tamil soldiers”.

Bruce Haigh also claims an “ongoing genocide” of Tamil people:

“More importantly, however, the issue of the ongoing genocide of the Tamil people by the government of Sri Lanka needs to be considered urgently and CHOGM is the forum in which to do it,” Mr Haigh said in joint statement with Mr Jegatheeswaran.” [14]

USA’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Ombudsman, Michael Getler, agrees that the claim of genocide is “on the outer fringe of opinion about the conflict”. [15]

Bruce Haigh had more to say:

“BRUCE HAIGH, FORMER AUSTRALIAN DIPLOMAT: I think just because the Sri Lankan government won the PR battle. The Tamils lost that a long time ago. They’ve had three decades of being ground under by the Sinhalese. That’s why the Tamils wanted a separate state.” [16]

Perhaps Bruce Haigh feels the Tamil Eelam lobby needs a PR win!

John Dowd

The Australian Tamil Congress and Global Tamil Forum organised an event on October 20, 2011, where John Dowd and Meena Krishnamoorthy were speakers. [17]  Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence made a series of serious allegations against Meena Krishnamoorthy regarding her association with the LTTE. [18]

Like many of the other actors in this drama, it appears John Dowd is not an impartial commentator. On May 6, 2008, he conveyed his true motivations:

“Justice John Dowd, a former Chairman of the International Commission of Jurists and a former NSW Attorney General spoke of the increasing influence of China and called upon the international community to recognise that Sri Lanka needs to be transformed into two states and structures developed for these states to coexist and cooperate.” [19]

and in 2010:

“More than 10,000 registered to cast their votes in the referendum across Australia last weekend, on the creation of independent Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka, reported SBS Australia, citing organisers.

But, it won the support of John Dowd, the president of the International Commission of Jurists in Australia, SBS said, citing him saying that the referendum highlighted the aspirations as well as the plight of Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka. “Australians need to be reminded that there is a common obligation to these people who for centuries or indeed millennia have led their own lives there,” John Dowd further said.” [20]

John Dowd was sighted in the scopes of Tamil Eelam lobbyists back in 2001:

“I have written to our Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Commonwealth Secretariat in London to suggest the inclusion of Sri Lanka on the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Brisbane in October and I look forward to some sort of positive response”, the Hon. Justice John Dowd said in a letter to the MP.

Mr.Pararajasingham had met Hon. John Dowd, President of the ICJ (Australian Section) and briefed him about Sri Lanka’s ethnic problem during a recent visit to Australia. Mr. Pararajasingham brought to his notice the atrocities, human rights violations taking place in the Tamil dominated northeast province by the Sri Lankan security forces.

Mr.Pararajasingham had cited several instances where Tamil women were raped and tortured by the Sri Lankan security forces dominated by the Sinhala soldiers. He made an appeal to Justice John Dowd to use his good offices to persuade the Australian Foreign Minister to include the Sri Lankan ethnic issue in the agenda of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting to be held in Brisbane in October this year.

Hence the letter written by Justice John Dowd to the Australian Foreign Minister Mr. Alexander Downer and the Commonwealth Secretariat requesting the inclusion of the Sri Lankan ethnic issue on the agenda of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.” [21]

John Dowd retired from the NSW Supreme Court in 2004, because he felt targeted by the then Prime Minister of Australia and Premier of NSW:

“Yesterday Justice Dowd blamed Bob Carr’s and John Howard’s attacks on his stance against anti-terrorism legislation for his resignation.” [22]

The Australian anti-terror laws are over-reaching and make targeted minority communities particularly vulnerable. Public pronouncements by John Dowd related to his involvement with Tamil Eelam lobbyists began around 2004/2005:

“Justice John Dowd, president of the International Commission of Jurists and soon-to-retire member of the NSW Supreme Court, officially launched the booklet. He told the audience: “I recently went to a Tamil fundraising function. I went to a similar function a year ago, and I didn’t check that the money didn’t go directly to buying bullets. This function was to buy ambulances.”

Referring to the fact that it is an offence punishable by 15 years’ imprisonment to unknowingly give funds to a listed terrorist organisation, Dowd said: “I bought $40 worth of raffle tickets, because I wanted to make a point. I’m appalled that I have to audit my dollar back to Jaffna before I can agree to donate.”” [23]

In 2005, he was the keynote speaker at an event with a larger-than-life picture of Prabhakaran in the background. [24]  John Dowd is the President of ActionAid Australia [25] , formerly known as Austcare. [26]

Attempts to ban the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Australia

Australia stands out as an anomaly among its peers for not having banned the LTTE as a proscribed terrorist organisation. The current state of affairs is not due to a lack of trying on behalf of the Australian government.

Howard government

During the tenure of the Howard government, there were attempts to ban the LTTE around 2005/2006. This was during the post-tsunami period and the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the umbrella body for Australian international development NGOs, lobbied strongly against the banning. The practical reason was apparently because these NGOs needed to provide money to the LTTE in order to get access and they feared being prosecuted if the LTTE was banned in Australia. To be proscribed as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code requires agreement by the states. [27]  The majority of states did not agree to banning the LTTE at this time.

Rudd government

The Rudd government received agreement from the the States for the banning of the LTTE. The Rudd government explicitly indicated to the relevant State government departments of the impending banning. The States were advised to prepare to liaise with the Tamil community, but the ban never eventuated. Academics, political advisers and observers remain perplexed by the events that transpired.

Conclusion

The Australian news media has been unable to differentiate between those primarily motivated by separatism, the creation of Tamil Eelam, and those primarily motivated by human rights issues in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, the Tamil Eelam lobbyists are radicalised ’true-believers’ that shout the loudest and drown out the voice of the majority of Sri Lankans, Sinhala and Tamil. The media, with their time constraints, want a quick and controversial story. Hence it is unlikely the Australian media even knew of Arunachalam Jegatheeswaran’s background or John Dowd’s political views. Ignorance rather than malice is the likely reason for the omission of material facts.

One definite outcome of the propaganda campaign in Australia is that it solidifies the support for Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka.

Footnotes

[1] http://www.abc.net.au/elections/federal/2010/guide/snsw.htm

[2] http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/british-tamil-leader-convicted-20090418-aaf3.html

[3] http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/tamil-refugee-seeks-senate-seat/story-e 6frgczf-1225890477817

[4] http://jayasolutions.com/slreport/sl-Australia-Tamil-Eelam-lobby.html

[5] http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3553286.html

[6] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uzRNl8NByo

[7] http://jayasolutions.com/slreport/sl-Darusman-report-media-reaction.html

[8] http://www.robertstary.com.au/

[9] http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/presidents-accuser-criticised/story-fnapmixa-1226177734427

[10] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCxh_jynzhg

[11] http://sydney.edu.au/arts/peace_conflict/research/sri_lanka_human_rights_project.shtml

[12] http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3577470.html

[13] http://jayasolutions.com/slreport/sl-Darusman-report-media-reaction.html

[14] http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/arunachalam-jegatheeswaran-files-war-crimes-indictment-against-sri-lankan-president-mahinda-rajapaksa/story-fn3dxity-1226175920930

[15] http://www.pbs.org/ombudsman/2009/02/rapping_about_genocide_1.html

[16] http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2011/s3347070.htm

[17] http://www.eventzilla.net/web/event?EventID=201109294047

[18] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCxh_jynzhg

[19] http://www.cjpdonline.org/cj/en/page/66/Book%20Launch

[20] http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31572

[21] http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=6081

[22] http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/07/26/1090693902143.html

[23] http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/31655

[24] http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=16002

[25] http://www.actionaid.org.au/learn/about-actionaid/our-board-and-ceo

[26] http://www.actionaid.org.au/learn/about-actionaid

[27] http://www.coag.gov.au/coag_meeting_outcomes/2004-06-25/docs/iga_counter_terrorism.pdf

  • Laz

    This is Meena’s Resume .Quite Impressive

    Meena Krishnamoorthy – who was used in Australia to level baseless allegations against President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Security Forces – has been found to be a second rung commander of the LTTE’s ‘Malathi’ brigade.

    The Army intelligence has uncovered that she had joined the LTTE international operations wing in December, 2003. She had subsequently traveled to a number of countries to promote LTTE activities. She at present acts as the chairperson of an LTTE supportive organization in Australia.

    • Common sense

      She may be from LTTE or even AL-Queida, but that does not prove in anyway that innocent Tamils were not killed deliberately and war crimes did not take place..

      And how strange is it that all people who charge GOSL with war crimes turn out to be from LTTE and what is the evidence does GOSL show to prove that??some photographs and eye witness from detainees under gosl CONTROL.!!

      • Hikz

        It’s not up to the government to ‘prove war crimes didn’t take place’.

        I’d say photographs and eye witness accounts from ex terrorists are a little better than ‘eye witness’ accounts from escaped terrorists.

  • Nikhil

    Brilliant write up – many interesting hidden facts revealed. Thank you for sharing.

  • Off the Cuff

    Dowd said: “I bought $40 worth of raffle tickets, because I wanted to make a point. I’m appalled that I have to audit my dollar back to Jaffna before I can agree to donate.”

    Is Justice Dowd a self confessed criminal?

    • Harshula

      @Off the Cuff, not according to Australian Laws. Even providing $1 million “directly or indirectly” “available to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam” did not warrant a custodial sentence according to the Supreme Court of Victoria.

      • Off the Cuff

        Thank you Harshula.
        Just goes to show how lopsided their laws are.

        Funding the destruction of Tamil Children in the Vanni is ok.
        It was Adele Balasingham, their own citizen, who trained them to kill.
        It was she who tied a Cyanide capsule around their necks to commit suicide, in so called graduation ceremonies.

        Yet they talk of Human Rights.

  • HAIGHWATCH

    Latest from Bruce:

    “Given that LTTE acts of terror over three decades were carried out inside the country, with the exception of the politically stupid murder of Rajiv Ghandi in India in 1991, and that the war is now over, it is probably time to drop the single source vetting of former members and associates of the LTTE as terrorists”

    http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3617386.html?WT.svl=theDrum

    • Hikz

      And just when you thought Bruce couldn’t possibly top the howlers in his last article.

      “all members of the Tamil community in the north of Sri Lanka were associates of the LTTE”

      Yes indeed Bruce, yes indeed.

  • Merlin Van Tweest

    This is an excellent article depicting the intricacies of the desperation of the LTTE supporting Diaspora and their allies in trying to discredit Sri Lanka. Unfortunately for them Sri Lanka has immense expertise in counteracting this propaganda as it is evident from the final communiqué issued by the end of the CHOGM.

    The LTTE supporting Diaspora’s only aim is to wreak revenge the GOSL for the utter vanquishing of the LTTE. The likes of John Dowd, Bruce Haigh and many of the LTTE supporting Diaspora believed in the propaganda of the LTTE and their mouthpiece ‘Tamilnet’ about the invincibility of the LTTE. It came as earth shattering shock when the LTTE and its cohorts were comprehensively beaten and their hopes and dreams of an ethnic enclave ended on the banks of ‘Nandikadal’ lagoon on May 19th 2009.

    As the economic progress in Sri Lanka and the staggering economic growth of seventeen percent in the North and the East continues the LTTE supporting Diaspora are banging their heads against the proverbial brick wall and are only impeding the well being of their kith and kin still in Sri Lanka by their negative propaganda.

    • http://gmail.com Suresh

      Merlin Van Twist,
      I wonder how you worked out the 17% economic growth in the North East?
      Is the SL government capable of maintaining updated statistics on a province/District basis?
      What do you consider as economic growth?
      The fact is that Army in large numbers with their families are planted there and are paid by the Govt. And Sinhalese from the south are settled in the traditional Tamil homeland with state sponsorship.
      Even agriculture and fsheries are restricted for the Tamils in their
      former areas, and those from the south are taking over in these fields.

      • Off the Cuff

        Dear Suresh,

        You wrote “The fact is that Army in large numbers with their families are planted there and are paid by the Govt”

        “Planting” would not have been necessary had the Terrorist supporters stopped funding a futile war that saw Tamil Children in the Vanni being sent to the war front as cannon fodder to achieve the “Aspirations” of cowards who fled the war to keep themselves and their own children out of reach of the megalomaniac murderer Prabahkaran and his gang of thugs.

        You wrote “And Sinhalese from the south are settled in the traditional Tamil homeland with state sponsorship”

        84% of Land in Sri Lanka is Public Land owned by ALL her Citizens.
        Over 50% of that Land is situated in the North and East. Most of it is forest and uninhabited.

        The whole Mainland up to Elephant pass at which the Jaffna Peninsula is connected to the Mainland was under the Kandyan Kingdom of the Sinhalese even during Dutch occupation. The proof of that is in the Dutch National Archive records
        http://www.atlasofmutualheritage.nl/detail.aspx?page=dpost&lang=en&id=682#tab2

        So where is this exclusive “Tamil Homeland” ?

        The problem with the Tamils who support Terrorism is their inability to share EQUALY the resources of the land called Sri Lanka.

        You have been hoodwinking foreigners for too long.

  • Post DJBS Scenario

    Harshula, your argument and the “evidence” you have referenced doesn’t support your conclusion at all.

    Groundviews, have you thought of creating a unique tag (category) for the young batch of writers you are publishing lately? It would help draw attention to their work. Something catchy.

    • Sajana Kalansooriya

      Post DJBS Scenario

      who are these young writers you are referring to ???
      interested to know :)

    • Harshula

      @Post DJBS Scenario, Please feel free to elaborate if you have a comment/criticism of substance.

  • kris

    Excellent artcle should send copies to Australian federal police,ABC and SBS channel and australian parliment

  • Dam

    This is a great article. Exposing the ones who cry for terrorist to make them seen/read as true fighter for justice by Australian public. While questions do remain over conduct of both parties during the last phase of the battle, Australian public must not be fooled by pathetic lobbyist who cry on behalf of separatist terrorist.

    Australian general public may know very little about Sri Lanka or it’s ethnic troubles… few people are trying to portray Sri Lanka as a country full of haters who has no respect to minority ethnic groups. Reality is all the ethnic groups have similar opportunities / facilities such as free education healthcare without a doubt… if you take the top CEO’s, academics in Colombo – most of them are Tamil. It is not a country that consider anyone inferior… In fact, in relative terms, Sri Lanka has treated it’s minorities much better than Australia used to treat it’s indigenous people in the past.

    News organisations should research little bit more about the truth before they broadcast fabricated stories/campaigns developed by few people with link to terrorists with separatist intentions. Classic example is the channel 4 documentary.

  • http://thecarthaginiansolution.wordpress.com Mango

    Excellent piece with some damning comments made by LTTE stooges.. :) Loewenstein, a self-proclaimed ‘best-selling’ author (without any sales figures to validate that claim) was a key proponent trying to boycott the Galle Literary Festival. He got the “50,000 dead Tamil civilians” figure from his Tamil girlfriend’s (partner) father. A semi-knowledgeable clown repeating untruths without proof – sounds just like GoSL’s own behaviour. :)

    http://thecarthaginiansolution.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/antony-loewenstein-–-master-of-doublethink/

    Defence.lk’s even produced Dr Sam Pari’s application to do good work for Eelam. Hilarious. I expect GoSL to lie and exaggerate to buttress their own position regarding ‘war crimes’ nonsense. That ‘concerned humanitarians’ are doing the same is the perfect Christmas gift to MR & Co.

    • http://gmail.com Tamil

      SL regime’s supporters invariably pick on the accuracy of numbers ignoring the charges that innocent civilians were killed in the war.
      They are afraid of an independent investigation as demanded by Human Rights organisations and those Aid providing nations, citing “soverignity”. SL regime employs PR firms like Bell Potinger of UK to white-wash their image.and invites some VIP’s { Liam Fox from UK, Shuler from USA etc..)at their own expense, entertaining them in every field and taking them on tours to selected spots for these men to return and declare that things are now normal.
      If things are really normal why not allow independent
      media to visit SL and confirm to the world at large?

      • Off the Cuff

        Dear Tamil,

        You wrote “SL regime’s supporters invariably pick on the accuracy of numbers ignoring the charges that innocent civilians were killed in the war”

        When those who make charges about “innocent” civilian deaths invariably resort to fictitious numbers what do you expect? Not only are those numbers inflated but includes combatants masquerading as civilians in civilian clothing. How else do you explain the absence of Terrorist Combatants (injured or dead) within the ONLY hospital available to the LTTE as depicted in the CH4?

        You wrote “They are afraid of an independent investigation as demanded by Human Rights organisations and those Aid providing nations, citing “soverignity”.“

        Afraid?
        Did you listen to Dr Dayan Jayathilake’s speech at UNHRC? It’s still available at the UN web site. Please visit it and listen before making a clown of yourself.

        Sri Lanka has already offered to be investigated but not Singled Out to satisfy a Pro LTTE Tamil Diaspora driven campaign for investigations.

        Investigate by all means but be prepared to be simultaneously investigated in return.

        The fear of being SIMULTANEOUSLY investigated by those who used Civilians of defeated nations, for Forced Mine Clearing, amongst other War Crimes and HR Violations, is what is stalling investigations.

      • Human

        lol, wut? Government is willing to be investigated? Since when? They have refused the UN entrance (the government refused to let the UN come in for the report they did sometime ago) and the scant few reporters who are allowed in to the North are followed everywhere by army men.

      • Off the Cuff

        Human ?

        You wrote “lol, wut? Government is willing to be investigated? Since when? They have refused the UN entrance (the government refused to let the UN come in for the report they did sometime ago) and the scant few reporters who are allowed in to the North are followed everywhere by army men. “

        Apparently you are unable to read English let alone write it.
        Looks like there are more of you who are prepared to be clowns.

        Trust that you will get some help to read the following paragraph from my post that you responded to. Sri Lanka has offered to be investigated but not singled out. It is on Public Record in the UN.

        Extract
        Afraid?
        Did you listen to Dr Dayan Jayathilake’s speech at UNHRC? It’s still available at the UN web site. Please visit it and listen before making a clown of yourself.
        End Extract

    • Harshula

      @Mango, Thanks! I didn’t realise their relationship status was in the public domain. Now I can state it explicitly in my report.

  • Candidly

    Excellent research here, Harshula. Keep digging, I’m sure a lot more is to be found.

    It’s significant that the one person not mentioned by Messrs Dowd, Frazer & Loewnstein, or the Autralian LTTE supporters, is Australia’s most notorious terrorist leader and apologist for terrorism Adele Balasingham. See her book “The Will to Freedom” for a no-holds-barred justification for terrorism and hero-worship of the serial killer Prabhakaran. Ms Balasingham is currently in political exile in the UK where she seems to be be being protected by certain members of the British establishment.

    • Harshula

      @Candidly, Thanks, I’d forgotten about Adele Balasingham. I’ll add that to my todo list.

  • Human

    It is irrelevant whether these individuals have association with the LTTE. Face it — Tamils who are concerned about the plight of their people in Sri Lanka are drawn to the LTTE because it’s the only force that seeks to represent their interests that ever had power. Also, these individuals are more committed and less likely to fear identification and possible harassment from the Sri Lankan government due to this. (kisi wadak na mey minisu ltte hitiya kiyala kima. demala minisu eygologey minisu gana dukak thiyenawanan ltte’kth ekka wadakarana ekka aiy gollota thiyana ekama widiya; ai ltte ara venna katada “power” ekak thiyeney lankavey? Uy, mey ltte wedakarayo kisi bayak na mahinda gey golayange wada walata — ey nisa un isarahatama enawaya baya nathuwa)

    I am a Sinhala person btw — (mama sinhalayek, therunganin). It’s time we stop lumping Tamil desires into the political violence of the LTTE and properly address them. For all the LTTE’s faults, it can’t hold a candle to the terror caused by the Sri Lankan government. If we do not change now and continue to blame third parties (LTTE, UN, Channel 4) we are doomed. (velawa awilla dan api demulunge uwamanwe pathakata damile LTTE name damin unge vada mathak karamin nawathana. LTTe monawa karath ape government ekey balu vadey eva okatama wada narakai. dan tama wenaswimmata welava)

    • http://aboutsrilanka.wordpress.com AboutSriLanka.WordPress.com

      well said ‘Human’ and ‘Shiva’.

      no matter what all these apologists for these cruel murderers(GoSL/Sinhala Sri Lanka Army) say the truth is thousands of innocent Tamils were killed, raped and thousands more injured. Tamil culture has been destroyed.

      Everyone knows the GoSL/Army didn’t let any international media/NGO’s/third-party/independent people in during 2008/2009 because they wanted to hide all the dead bodies of the innocent Children, Women and men they killed.

      The Sinhalese Army who murdered and raped so many civilians should not be allowed to get away with their crimes. Once they are finished with the Tamils they’ll turn on their own!

      • wijayapala

        Once they are finished with the Tamils they’ll turn on their own!

        You mean the same way that the LTTE turned on Tamil civilians?

    • wijayapala

      Dear “Human”

      I am a Sinhala person btw — (mama sinhalayek, therunganin).

      Thank you for sharing this illuminating detail. So in other words, are you saying that as a Sinhala, you support the LTTE for how they dragged the Tamils into a war that killed and displaced thousands of them, and decimated the youth in particular by forcing them to fight? You are happy now that because of the LTTE, the Tamils have no leaders and are now struggling to survive??

      You are a real racist!

      • Human

        Dear Wijeypala,

        There was a time before the LTTE when the desires of the Tamils were ignored and slowly eroded. 1956-1958 saw large-scale pograms against Tamils after they expressed their dissatisfaction with the Sinhala Only bill. Peaceful protests were ignored or attacked. In 1971, standardization was put in place to reduce Tamil presence in universities. No Sinhala politicians nor Sinhala civil society in general expressed any desire to address these discriminatory actions. This all happened before the LTTE formed around 1975.

        When the LTTE formed, they were a small-time criminal gang robbing banks to support their extremist ideology (developed as a counterpoint to the government’s extremist stands). They didn’t have the widespread support of Tamils still. The community seemed to be still committed to non-violence. 1977, after Tamils passed a resolution addressing their grievances their politicians were attacked along with civilians. Sinhala civil society was quiet or ignorant and Sinhala politicians including JR expressed no sympathy blaming the leading Tamil party for the violence.

        “People become restive when they hear that a separate state is to be formed. Whatever it is, when statements of that type are made, the newspapers carry them throughout the island, and when you say that you are not violent, but that violence may be used in time to come, what do you think the other people in Sri Lanka will do? How will they react? If you want to fight, let there be a fight; if it is peace, let there be peace; that is what they will say. It is not what I am saying. The people of Sri Lanka say that.” – JR

        In 1981, the major library of the North — the Jaffna Library was burned by angry Sinhalese policeman. Again Sinhala civil society was quiet or ignorant and Sinhala politicians expressed no sympathy telling Tamils to get lost.

        “If there is discrimination in this land which is not their (Tamil) homeland, then why try to stay here. Why not go back home (India) where there would be no discrimination. There are your kovils and Gods. There you have your culture, education, universities etc. There you are masters of your own fate” – Loku Banda, MP

        Finally in 1983, Colombo erupted with Sinhala people killing any Tamil they could find resulting in over 3000 deaths and thousands of homes being destroyed.

        “I am not worried about the opinion of the Jaffna people… now we cannot think of them, not about their lives or their opinion…Really if I starve the Tamils out, the Sinhala people will be happy.”
        [J.R.Jayawardene, President of Sri Lanka, Daily Telegraph, July 1983]

        “Tourists fleeing Sri Lanka tell of Sinhalese boasting of how many Tamils they have killed. One tourist was reported as saying that her hotel room attendant boasted of killing a couple of Tamils.”
        [Sydney Morning Herald, 30 July 1983]

        This was when the Tamils started turning to the LTTE. Now tell me who dragged the Tamils into war… From what I see the Sri Lankan government has done everything it can to push Tamils into war and Sinhala people in general have just been ignorant or supportive of such actions.

  • Shiva

    If the cases are just farce, why can’t the alleged war criminal Rajapakse face the trial?

    Tamils and the International Community are demdning for accountability and justice to the victims and their families.

    Rajapakse regime undoubtedly committed war crimes due to the following:

    a. deny unrestricted access to media, journalists, NGOs and human rights groups to Tamils areas
    b. Murder of 34 Journalists
    c. Cold blooded killings of 17 French Charity workers
    d. No new sabout the surrendered POWS
    e. murder of 5 students in Trincomalee
    f. White Van abductions and disappearences
    g. Grease Devil attacks on the civilians
    h. detained hundreds of thousands of innocent Tamils without any charge
    i. Killings of leading Tamils and politicians

    Thanks to AI, HRW, ICG, Channel 4 TV, Indian Prime TV and other for exposing human rights abuses to the world.

    Rajapakse regime cannot escape and keep on running like a rat until gets caught. It was a fascinating experience for Rajapakse in the UK.

    Tamils and human rights activists will continue their demdn for accountability and justice.

  • Leon

    The writer is quibbling with numbers. Does it matter whether 7000 or 400000 died? The fact of the matter is innocent Tamil civilians died. No one will ever know how many died. It was a war without witnesses, and this was deliberately done. It is for this reason that we need an independent international investigation of BOTH parties to the conflict.If this was done there will not be any need for such discussions.

    • http://gmail.com Peter

      Leon,
      You have correctly stated in your short comment.
      Well said.

    • Harshula

      @Leon, You said: “Does it matter whether 7000 or 400000 died?”. A reasonable person would find the difference between 7,000 and 400,000 to be significant.

  • Pandukabaya de Silva

    This is an excellent article. The actvities of these LTTE plants actually help this anti democratic GOSL and they diver attention away from the actual issues. CHOGM 2011 was a good example. The hysteria of Dowd and his ilk together with the ABC (handsomely paid, I would suppose by their backers) was actually one of the reasons why GOSL was not brought to a stronger reckoning of its responsibilities. Faced with this relentless onslaught of the LTTE lobby, the non Western nations exprssed strong suport for GOSL. A threat by the Canadian PM that he will boycott the next CHOGM was just laughed at by these countries.

    As long as we are caught in this vicious circle, this will never stop. And the ignorance/arrogance of people like Dowd makes it worse. Please see below for a summary of an incredible conversation that I had with hm recently which shows the extent of this arrogance. I felt it was important to bring this out to the public given what the conversationn revealed.

    Wither Justice: Lion, Tiger & Kangaroo,
    Posted: 26 Oct 2011 12:45 AM PDT
    So now that the Australian Attorney General will not prosecute, what will John Dowd do?

    | by Pandukabaya de Silva

    (October 26, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) In a correspondence with the Hon. Mr John Dowd, AO QC, President, International Commission of Jurists, Australia initiated by me on 4th August 2011, I was forcibly reminded of the arrogance of the white man who continues to think that he knows more about the countries of the ‘brown peoples’ than those people themselves. When this maxim is applied to retired individuals who ought to be tending to their roses rather than getting involved in countries about which they know nothing of, the simile is very much relevant.

    For those who are curious, I started this correspondence since I wished to ascertain if this Mr Dowd was acting out of sheer naivete or whether his actions had a deeper sinister motive. I would conclude that this is a mixture of both. For naivete, if not confused language, let me give a sample as follows. During this correspondence, I happened to mention that my aunt and uncle (since I come from a mixed family) were prevented from voting in the 2005 elections by the LTTE since they wanted to prevent Ranil Wickremesinghe coming to power in perhaps the biggest miscalculation since their assassination of Rajiv Ghandhi. His response was that my statement that ’brute force was used by the LTTE in the 2005 election is similarly disingenuous. That could only be part of the cause of people voting.’ (email message sent by him on 15th September 2011).

    My answer to him was brutal and direct ‘Who are you to tell me what my people have suffered?”. I also added that I found it laughable that he would try and deny that the LTTE prevented Tamil civilians from voting in the 2005 elections thus inadvertently bringing Mahinda Rajapakse – possibly one of our most brutal Presidents – to power. To say this shows his total lack of knowledge about the Sri Lankan reality.

    With that, the correspondence not unnaturally ended. However, there were some interesting points that came out. Earlier, I had asked him to refer me to just one instance where he had criticized the actions of the LTTE similar to his almost daily barrages against the Sinhalese government. He was unable to do so, saying only that to suggest that his statements are characterised by a silence in relation to the LTTE is ‘nonsense’. But all that he could say was that its the media that decide what gets published. He then went on to say that he had made comments on radio but did not keep copies or receive copies of what he had necessarily said.

    Interestingly, he said ‘the chance of me getting published having said something negative about the LTTE is less than zero’ and went on to say that there is no point about saying what the LTTE had done as this is quite clear.

    So this is an individual who is bold enough to assert that is chances of saying anything negative about the LTTE is ‘less than zero’! I am not sure what this shows more; his extreme arrogance or his extreme duplicity? Either way, it is quite obvious that this goes beyond mere naivete.

    I replied by saying that I could not accept his explanation that the media decides what to publish as it was a clear excuse for his partiality. My comment was that I was under the impression that Mr Dowd was a trained lawyer and if so, then he should know that individuals are condemned by their omissions as well as their acts of commission His silence about the atrocities re the LTTTE cannot be justified by saying that there is not much doubt about what they have done since that same logic applies to the Sri Lanka government since there is not much doubt about what they have done either. Yet, individuals such as Mr Dowd continue to loudly denunciate what the government does while keeping silent on the LTTE. This, to my mind, suggested partiality and bias, however he may try to justify it.

    I ended my correspondence by saying that Mr Dowd, AC QC should confine himself to commenting on human rights concerns to countries regarding which he has some knowledge rather than Sri Lanka? His actions are damaging as they strengthen the hand of Sinhala nationalists. I also suggested that suggest that he direct his energes in highlighting some of the atrocities perpetrated in the war on Iraq and Afghanistan to which Australia has also sent their troops as international ”justice” should not be seen as being enforced against (politically) ‘weaker’ states only. The principle of equality is central to the idea of justice.

    It is a shame that the International Commission of Jurists which has been an otherwise highly reputed organisation, has allowed a loose cannon like Mr Dowd to lead its Australia section.

    • Harshula

      @Pandukabaya de Silva, It appears from his public comments that he is partial, however, the media is not blameless.

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Congratulations, Harshula for a brilliant piece of investigative journalism.

    The conclusion however, is too personalised and restrictive. This hysterical Diasporic agit-prop doesn’t merely ‘solidify support for MR'; it solidifies a certain determination, hardens mindsets, which may shift support from leader to leader, all of whom however, remain on a perspecival and programmatic continuum: eg. Begin-Sharon-Netanyahu.

    • Harshula

      @Dr Dayan Jayatilleka, Point taken. The emphasis on MR was because some in the West have not grasped that negative international PR can translate to positive domestic PR.

  • Shiva

    Rajapakse may be supported by undemocratic nations, corrupt leaders and Apartheid activists including the Sinhala Buddhist Apartheid monks.

    There are several lawsuits filed against any other leader on earth and Rajapakse is running like a rat.

    The Canadian PM Harper walked out when Rajapakse got up to speak at the Commonwealth summit and it was a great insult to those who support the ruthless Rajapakse.

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      Hey Shiva, you guys must inhabit a parallel reality. No Australian news outlet reported ‘Rajapaksa running like a rat’. And how do you account for the unanimous decision that Sri Lanka remains the host of the next CHOGM summit? Was that because of the support of ‘undemocratic nations and corrupt leaders’? Is the Commonwealth comprised primarily of such? As for Canada, all news reports confirm that it was isolated on the SL issue…just as it was at UNESCO, Paris, on the Palestine issue.

      • Shiva

        Rajapakse is running [edited out] in the UK, a shameless leader and facing lawsuits in the many nations including in the US and UK. It was a previous decision made to hold the CHOGM summit in Sri Lanka in 2013 but Canada and UK are pushing for independent international war crimes investigation and may boycott if not meeting their Human rights expectations. There are several Tamils may be elected to the next UK and European parliaments who will demand for actions against alleged war criminal Rajapakse regime. Rohan Gunaratna is in hot water as a lawsuit is filed in Canada and similar lawsuits are to be filed against other alleged war criminals. Sinhalese cannot be proud to have an alleged war criminal regime that allegedly have committed gross war crimies and human rights against the Tamils and deny independent investigation on accountability and justice.

    • Harshula

      @Shiva, Filing a lawsuit does not imply that there will be a conviction. It’s not only the accused that will be tried, but in practice the witnesses. It may actually be in the best interests of the GoSL for some of the weaker cases to go to trial.

  • Off the Cuff

    Dear Shiva, Leon, Post DJBS Scenario, Common sense, Human, AboutSriLanka.WordPress.com

    In calling for justice it is fair and just to hold the leaders in the Tamil expatriate groups who financed, lobbied, and gave moral and material support to the LTTE to prolong their futile war. They too are liable for aiding and abetting a banned terrorist group. Justice demands that these leaders, posing as human rights activists in Western bases, too should be tried  for the crimes committed by the LTTE against their own people.

    On balance, it must be conceded that the elimination of the ruthless LTTE outfit was commendable. What Prabhakaran did to Sri Lanka was 100 time worse that Al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden did to America. Like America any democratic country had the right to eliminate threats to its sovereignty, peace and stability, transgressing, if necessary, international humanitarian law and international law. 

    India did it in Punjab and continues to do so in Kashmir. Russians did it in Chechnya. NATO allies are doing the same thing in Libya. America has done it in their war against Al Quaeda since 9/11.
    At the end of it all Sri Lankan Tamils now realise that their destiny is inextricably linked with Sri Lanka and Sinhala people. Violence is not the way out. It was the LTTE who sought the military solution and started the war- they have reaped the bloody harvest they sowed. Now we must genuinely commit themselves to the paths of peace, reconstruction and rehabilitation because violence will not lead anywhere except to the destruction of the remaining Tamils in the north and the east.

    Dr. Noel Nadesan Ph.D.
    Editor UTHAYAM

    Dr Nadesan is an Ethnic Tamil himself.
    He is Editor of the UTHAYAM, the ONLY Tamil Newspaper in Australia and has been Uthayam’s Editor for 14 years.

    He has made very critical remarks about the CH4 and attempts at fabrication of evidence within it. His remarks are in stark contrast to your rabid ramblings. I have reproduced a short extract the full letter is available here http://print.dailymirror.lk/opinion1/49984.html

    Can understand your frustration when a very well researched article bursts your bubble.

    • Shiva

      Hey Off the Cuff, like in every community, there are Tamils opportunists who want to benefit from other miseries, pain and crimes. LTTE terrorists KP, Karuna, Pullaiyan, Douglas and others are with the Rajapakse regime. Dr. Noel Nadesan is not exception and an agent of the Rajkapakse clan. Dr. Nadesan should respond to the following:

      Dr. Nadesan must answer why the Rajapakse regime is denying independent investigation of crimes against humanity?

      a. Why NGOs, Human Rights Groups, Media and diplomats are denied unrestricted access to Tamils areas by the Rajapakse regime?
      b. Murder of 34 Journalists
      c. Cold blooded killings of 17 French Charity workers
      d. No new sabout the surrendered POWS
      e. murder of 5 students in Trincomalee
      f. White Van abductions and disappearences
      g. Grease Devil attacks on the civilians
      h. detained hundreds of thousands of innocent Tamils without any charge
      i. Killings of leading Tamils and politicians

      Thanks to AI, HRW, ICG, Channel 4 TV, Indian Prime TV and other for exposing human rights abuses to the world.

      Tamils are demanding for accountability and Justice and no more Sinhala malicious propaganga against the Tamils.

      • Off the Cuff

        Hey Shiva,

        You wrote “like in every community, there are Tamils opportunists who want to benefit from other miseries, pain and crimes”

        If a man who has Edited the ONLY Tamil Newspaper in Australia for 14 years (a paper you would have read if you were in Australia) is an opportunist, who should the we call those who ran away thousands of miles to Australia and the affluent West, to live as refugees in a Culturally, Linguistically and Religiously disparate land when safety was available amongst 90 million identical people such as yourself, who spoke Tamil, worshipped Shiva’s Lingum, having an identical Culture and was just an hours boat ride from Lanka?

        Economic Opportunists?

        Obviously they were not looking for safety but was looking for money.

        What would you call those who want OTHER peoples children to fight a war while keeping their own safely out of reach of the Fascist murderer Prabahkaran?

        Cowards?

        Who shall we call Terrorists supporters who raise money to support a murderous gang of terrorist thugs and watch them inflicting misery, pain and untold suffering on the Vanni Tamils in silence?

        Hypocrites?
        Cowardly hypocrites?

        Who shall we call those who demand accountability when the highest ranking LTTEr who trained and led the Baby Brigade is allowed to live in comfort in the UK without being held accountable for the many children that died under her command?

        How about proving your Bona fide in asking for accountability by calling for the prosecution of Nediyavan of the Tamil Eelam Peoples Aliance of Norway
        V Rudrakumaran of the TGTE
        Suren Surendiran of the BTF
        Fr. Emanuel of the GTF
        Inteligence Vinayagam
        Adelle Balasingham

        Or is it only when they are caught by the SL govt or go against the LTTE interests that you suddenly awaken from your slumber and realise that they are terrorists that should be prosecuted?

        The problem is that neither you nor others like you have any answer to Dr. Nadesan.

    • Human

      Dear Off the Cuff,

      Are you not satisfied with the complete slaughter of every LTTE commander and leader in Sri Lanka bar one or two kept for use that you seek to chase minor expatriate Tamil extremists who have not played any significant role in organizing or committing any of the terrorists acts that the LTTE is known for? Promoting a group is not a crime. In the West unlike Sri Lanka, there is a concept of freedom of speech that is not subject to censorship despite how awful or off-putting it is.

      You can keep going after these figureheads but more and more will just pop up to replace them as long as the major criminals like Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabhya, Shavendra, et all continue to have their way in Sri Lanka and enforce their discriminatory murderous actions on the Tamils. Till there is a system of law and order that doesn’t discriminate crimes between the Sinhalese ( as fighting terrorism) and the Tamils (as OMG, terrorism!!!!) then there will be no peace.

      • Off the Cuff

        Dear Human,

        Shiva has no answer to my post at http://groundviews.org/2011/11/03/australia%e2%80%99s-tamil-eelam-lobby-and-chogm/#comment-38486

        Are you able to answer it?

        You wrote “Promoting a group is not a crime.”

        You must be day dreaming.

        Then those groups who promote Human Smuggling, Narcotics, Organised Crime, Abducting Children and putting them on the war front as cannon fodder etc can be promoted without any fear of the Law.

        The LTTE is guilty of all these amongst others. And those who promote them are as guilty as the LTTE.

      • Human

        Dear Off The Cuff,

        Do you know what conditions await those who head to the Tamil Nadu which in addition to being overcrowded does not have a system where refugees are able to easily integrate into society. If the Tamils go there, they have to live in crowded camps a la Menik Camp.

        That is why they go to Europe instead which has a humane refugee system.

        Cowards?… they raise money to remove the army control of the North. The Tamils don’t want Sinhala army people telling them what do. Understand? Many of them headed to the North during the ceasefire.
        —-

        [cit]Then those groups who promote Human Smuggling, Narcotics, Organised Crime, Abducting Children and putting them on the war front as cannon fodder etc can be promoted without any fear of the Law.[/cit]

        Lol, you … show me where any of the people you accuse of committing “war crimes” support any such thing.

        From what I hear from them they just accuse the Sri Lankan government of its crimes and demands their own nation. That’s perfectly legal and protected in the free world (unlike in Sri Lanka). You can’t go beat and kill innocent people because they support separatism in the West. *cough, cough* 77 riots, 1983 riots…

      • Off the Cuff

        Dear Human,

        You wrote “Do you know what conditions await those who head to the Tamil Nadu which in addition to being overcrowded does not have a system where refugees are able to easily integrate into society. If the Tamils go there, they have to live in crowded camps a la Menik Camp. “

        The conditions are immaterial to a person running for Fear of Life

        You have admitted that you went to the west, to a culturally disparate foreign land where Tamil is not spoken, due to economic reasons and NOT FEAR OF DEATH.

        You are an Economic Refugee nothing else.

        You wrote “Cowards?… they raise money to remove the army control of the North. The Tamils don’t want Sinhala army people telling them what do. Understand? Many of them headed to the North during the ceasefire. “

        Of course you are a Coward because you are not putting YOUR LIFE or YOUR SIBLING’S LIVES on the line.
        You are SACRIFICING CHILDREN of poor Tamils and KEEPING YOURS SAFE.
        Is that Bravery?

        You wrote “Lol, you … show me where any of the people you accuse of committing “war crimes” support any such thing. “

        You have already admitted to raising money.
        Those who funded the LTTE are as guilty of War Crimes as the LTTE is.
        If you are trying to deny the Credit Card Scams, Rape, Murder, Extortion, Thuggery, Gang wras etc that was used to raise money for the LTTE then you should look at the convictions that took place in courts of the West.

        You wrote “From what I hear from them they just accuse the Sri Lankan government of its crimes and demands their own nation. That’s perfectly legal and protected in the free world (unlike in Sri Lanka). You can’t go beat and kill innocent people because they support separatism in the West. “

        Try placing Bombs in Public Transport, Targeting School children and bombing shopping malls, Shooting people at Prayer in Church, Gunning down Clergy, Hacking to death children and Slitting open the Wombs of pregnant women and see what the response of the Westerners will be. You and the LTTE did all that in Lanka. Perfectly legal huh?

        Where were you when a few bombs went off in London Transport and the Police went on a shooting spree?

        You wrote “ *cough, cough* 77 riots, 1983 riots… “

        Do you think the West did not have Civil wars, Ethnic Wars and Riots?

        Don’t forget that it was the Tamil Vellala High Cast lackeys of the Brits that trampled Low Cast Tamils, The Sinhalese and the Muslims for nearly 150 years. You reap what you sow but fortunately not even the LTTE could instigate any riots after 1983 even by their Brutal and Cruel methods.

    • Shiva

      Channel 4 TV of the UK is broadcasting another documentary – War Crimes Unpunished!

      We are sick of the Sinhalese and the Tamils propaganda to cover up war crimes and human rights abuses.

      If you believe in accountability, Rule of Law and Justice, you should demand for an independent international war crimes and human rights abuses of all. Let those independent investigators investigate all crimes committed by all, Sinhalese and the Tamils. The world needs to know the bottom of this crisis and bring the perpetrators to accountability and justice.

      Then the world will know loud and clear, who are cowards, hypocrites and opportunists.

      • Off the Cuff

        Dear Shiva,

        You wrote “If you believe in accountability, Rule of Law and Justice, you should demand for an independent international war crimes and human rights abuses of all.”

        Though you make Lip Service about the emphasised text you don’t have the guts to pursue it.

        The word “ALL” is inclusive not exclusive.

        Sri Lanka has already offered to be investigated but not Singled Out to satisfy a Pro LTTE Tamil Diaspora driven campaign for investigations.

        Investigate by all means but be prepared to be simultaneously investigated in return.

        The fear of being SIMULTANEOUSLY investigated by those who used Civilians of defeated nations, for Forced Mine Clearing, amongst other War Crimes and HR Violations, is what is stalling investigations.

    • Arun from Australia

      Off the Cuff,

      I challenge you to prove that Noel Nadesan is Dr with PhD as you stated. Are you lying or Nadesan? It it fraud to claim a PhD when you don’t earn it.

      Also Uthayam stopped publishing soon after May 2009 – funding stopped? Currently 4 Tamil newspapers are published in Australia so get your facts rights before you write any rubbish!

      • Off the Cuff

        Arun from Australia,

        You wrote “ I challenge you to prove that Noel Nadesan is Dr with PhD as you stated. Are you lying or Nadesan? It it fraud to claim a PhD when you don’t earn it. ”

        You are challenging the wrong person.

        I have given you the web address at which Dr Noel Nadesan Ph.D. Published his open letter to Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Why dont you challenge him directly? Too much of a coward to do that?

        You as an economic refugee in Australia would have known him and read the paper he Edited, “Uthayam” the ONLY Tamil Newspaper in Australia at that time, for 14 years.

        Amongst other things, Dr Nadesan has pointed to the presence of a person wearing SLIPPERS in SL Army look alike uniform where a youth is murdered in the CH4 film. SL Army personnel do not wear slippers in Combat.

        Hence who is truthful and who is a Liar is easily found out.

        You wrote “Also Uthayam stopped publishing soon after May 2009 – funding stopped? Currently 4 Tamil newspapers are published in Australia so get your facts rights before you write any rubbish!”

        You are now admitting that the Uthayam was published in Australia
        You have not denied that it was Edited by Dr. Noel Nadesan.
        You have not denied that He edited it for 14 years
        You have not denied that at one time Uthayam was the ONLY Tamil Newspaper in Australia
        The stopping of the publication of the Uthayam since the end of the war is understandable as no terrorist supporter will buy a paper edited by a person who opposes terrorism.

        Hence Arun I have got my facts straight but you have made a Puny attempt at discrediting Dr Noel Nadesan because he does not see eye to eye with terrorists and their supporters.

  • Leon

    Birds of a feather arn’t we Dayan

  • MV

    Harshula,

    I am pretty sure many of us are well aware of who would like to keep alive the ‘LTTE’ threat or an enemy who is always wanting to ‘destablize’ – and your piece is just falling in place.

    When you say majority of Sri Lankans, whom are you referring to?

    • Harshula

      @MV, You said: “I am pretty sure many of us are well aware of who would like to keep alive the ‘LTTE’ threat”, have you considered there maybe multiple entities that want to keep the LTTE threat alive?

      You said: “When you say majority of Sri Lankans, whom are you referring to?”, are you disagreeing with my statement?: “Unfortunately, the Tamil Eelam lobbyists are radicalised ’true-believers’ that shout the loudest and drown out the voice of the majority of Sri Lankans, Sinhala and Tamil.”

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Criticism of Sri Lanka ignores Tiger threat
    • by: Greg Sheridan, Foreign editor
    • From: The Australian
    • November 05, 2011 12:00AM

    THE criticism of Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa, when he visited Australia for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, left the key Sri Lankan villain out of the story.
    The criticism was that the Sri Lankan government engaged in serious human rights abuses, shelling areas where civilians were present, at the end of its civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in May last year.
    Both sides committed atrocities in this war, but the defeat of the Tamil Tigers was a decisive defeat of perhaps the bloodiest and most murderous terrorist group the world has seen.
    Alexander Downer, Australia’s foreign minister for 11 years of the war, tells me: “I know the Sri Lankan government played very hard ball and committed some human rights abuses, but it’s a wonderful thing the Sri Lankan government won that war. I have always regarded the Tamil Tigers as absolutely a terrorist organisation.”
    It is easy to forget how bloody the Tamil Tigers were. In their 2 1/2-decade campaign, perhaps 70,000 people died. The Tamil Tigers pioneered the suicide bomber, conducting hundreds of such attacks and using a woman with a suicide vest to murder India’s prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. They also murdered a Sri Lankan president. Rohan Gunaratna, an authority on terrorism based in Singapore, tells me the Tamil Tigers also pioneered suicide attacks at sea. The sinking of the USS Cole was an imitation of a Tiger operation.
    The Tigers were authoritarian under the leadership of Vellupillai Prabakaran. They murdered Tamil and Sinhalese civilians, within the areas they controlled and within Sri Lanka generally. They used civilians as human shields, engaged in forced recruitment, routinely bombed civilian targets, used child soldiers and refused to let civilians leave the combat zone. They also engaged in sectarian attacks against Muslims.
    They were connected with Islamist terror groups, having received early training from Palestinian extremists and became involved in the illicit arms trade.
    They got funds from Tamil Tiger support networks across the world, especially Canada, the US, Britain and Australia. Downer says: “I have no doubt the Tamil Tigers raised a lot of money in Australia.”
    Gunaratna says: “After the conflict ended and the LTTE was decimated in Sri Lanka, they still had a presence overseas. They have been involved in bank fraud and people-smuggling to get their members overseas, especially to Canada and Australia.
    “Australia should not permit anyone who is connected to any terrorist organisation to settle in Australia because that will affect Australia’s security.”
    Gunaratna stresses, no doubt rightly, that the vast majority of Tamils are law-abiding people.
    Since Labor changed border protection policy in 2008, more than 1400 Sri Lankans have arrived, unauthorised, by boat, though the rate has declined this year. There is no reason to assume any particular individual has a connection with the Tigers and each case must be judged on its merits. But membership of the Tamil Tigers is not just support for Tamil self-determination. By any measure, the Tamil Tigers were as deadly, unscrupulous, murderous and committed to terrorist attacks on innocent civilians as al-Qa’ida or the Taliban are.
    In 2007, several Sydney and Melbourne men were arrested for providing funds to the Tamil Tigers. They were charged with terrorism offences but, because Canberra had not listed the Tigers as a terrorist organisation, the charges were downgraded to supplying funds to a UN-proscribed organisation. The courts heard evidence that more than $1 million had gone to the Tigers from Australia, and electronic components that were used in terrorist bombings had also come from here.
    The men were convicted of the lesser charges and given suspended sentences. The prosecutions occurred as similar charges were laid against other men of Tamil background in several other Western nations. The Sri Lankan government in 2005 provided Western governments with intelligence and urged them to act to stop the flow of funds to the Tigers. These funds, though billed as humanitarian relief, were essential to the Tigers’ ability to continue their terrorist campaign.
    The inside story of the Howard government’s failure to get the Tigers proscribed under Australian legislation has never been told. The Tigers were on a list of terrorist organisations proscribed by the UN. It was because of this that it remained a crime to supply funds to them. More than 30 countries explicitly banned the Tigers and listed them as a terrorist organisation under their own laws. Australia failed to do this.
    This is not because the Howard government did not regard the Tigers as terrorists. But the inside bureaucratic story is complex and reflects poorly on Australia as an episode where ethnic politics impeded serious counter-terrorism.
    Initially, the bureaucracy was hesitant about designating the Tigers as a terrorist organisation because it might lead to retaliation against Australians in Sri Lanka. It was important to upgrade security for the Australian High Commission in Colombo.
    The attorney-general at the time, Philip Ruddock, declines to discuss the matter. However, sources tell Inquirer that Ruddock required the agreement of state governments to proscribe the Tigers. He wrote to state governments seeking that agreement. But within Australia the Tamils were a well-established lobby, with strong support from numerous non-government organisations and some human rights lobbies. The Sri Lankan community is politically divided: the Sinhalese vote Liberal, the Tamils vote Labor.
    Sources tell Inquirer that at least one Labor state refused to agree to the Tigers being listed as a terrorist organisation. This was against Ruddock’s assessment, the assessment of Australia’s security agencies and the assessments and actions of the UN and dozens of foreign national governments, including friends and allies of Australia. Later, the court case itself inhibited proscription.
    Gunaratna says: “Australia’s response was not very decisive.”
    The Tamil war in Sri Lanka is over for the moment. Overwhelmingly, the priority for foreign governments should be to assist Sri Lanka in economic development, which is the dynamic most likely to aid reconciliation.
    At the Perth demonstrations against Rajapaksa, some Tamil Tiger flags were displayed. It would be poor policy for Australia to allow the development of a Tamil Tiger network on its shores.

  • Candidly

    It is clear that even the remnants of the Tamil Tigers overseas are now in intensive care. But interestingly, in Asia it is mainly embittered white Australians such as Gordon Weiss, Bruce Haigh, Malcolm Fraser and John Dowd who are keeping the Tigers’ life-support systems operating.

    The reluctance shown by leading Australians (with the exception of the former Foreign Secretary, Alexander Downer) to speak out in defence of Sri Lanka is a matter of importance for other Asian nations as well. If the Australian government cannot support Sri Lanka’s right to defend itself against terrorism, then can Australia be trusted by other Asian nations who may face similar problems? Asian nations will no doubt consider this carefully when considering Australia’s attempts to get support for a place on the United Nations Security Council.

    • Harshula

      @Candidly, In my opinion, Gordon Weiss and Malcolm Fraser should not be grouped with Bruce Haigh and John Dowd. I don’t recall Malcolm Fraser saying anything particularly partial or controversial.

      • Candidly

        Harshula, I put Weiss, Fraser, Haigh & Dowd together in so far as they have all made one-sided calls for investigations into the actions of the Sri Lankan government while making no such call for investigations into the Tamil Tiger network, not even those parts of it that extend into Australia, their own country. None of them have called for a criminal investigation into the Australian female Tiger leader Adele Balasingham or other Australian supporters of the Tiger’s terrorism.

        Malcolm Fraser is quoted in The Australian as calling for postponement of Sri Lanka’s hosting rights for the 1213 CHOGM until it has answered allegations of war crimes.
        http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/fraser-backs-call-to-bar-colombo/story-fnapmixa-1226176660539

        In The Age he’s quoted as calling for an international investigation with possible action by the International Criminal Court. It’s pretty clear from the context that he’s not referring to the LTTE and its international network.
        http://www.theage.com.au/national/fraser-supports-call-for-sri-lanka-war-crimes-inquiry-20111025-1mi3w.html

  • Shiva

    Politics has no place when it comes to crimes against humanity
    National Times, Australia
    By Greg Barns
    November 2, 2011

    An attempt to bring a private case against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, above, for war crimes during the Tamil conflict was quashed by Attorney-General Robert McClelland. Photo: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS

    When General Augusto Pinochet, Chile’s iron-fisted ruler for more than 17 years, was arrested in London in October 1998 no government stood in the way of Spanish investigating judge Baltasar Garzon from obtaining a warrant to execute the arrest.

    In fact Pinochet’s arrest set a precedent and the concept of universal jurisdiction came alive. It meant that those accused of crimes against humanity could no longer hide from the law, that they ran the risk of being arrested and prosecuted for crimes against humanity in a country far from their former homeland.

    Thirteen years later the impact of Pinochet’s arrest has been undermined by governments blocking such cases for what appear to be political purposes.

    Advertisement: Story continues below Last week Attorney-General Robert McClelland halted the possibility of the arrest and charging of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and in my view undermined similar ”citizens arrests” of individuals against whom it could be said there is a prima facie case of crimes against humanity.

    Over the course of the past two months not only Australia, but Canada and Britain have stymied the progress of such arrests. McClelland took less than 24 hours to refuse to allow charges to be filed against Rajapaksa despite the fact that the person laying the charges was Jegan Waran, a 63-year-old man who claimed to have direct evidence of war crimes being committed against the Tamil people during the country’s recent civil war.

    McClelland says that Rajapaksa has diplomatic immunity. We don’t know whether there were other reasons but Australia does have an important relationship with Sri Lanka, on whom it depends for co-operation to stop asylum seekers leaving that country. That relationship may have had some impact on the decision.

    While McClelland was busy with his red pen at the same time, in the Canadian province of British Columbia, Attorney-General Shirley Bond blocked a lawsuit, brought by the Canadian Centre for International Justice and the Centre for Constitutional Rights, which sought to prosecute former US president George Bush under Canada’s criminal law for crimes of torture allegedly committed during the Iraq War.

    In the UK the coalition government led by Prime Minister David Cameron earlier this year amended the law so that arrest warrants concerning foreign citizens can only be issued with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions. This follows the issuing of warrants by the courts seeking the arrest of senior Israeli ministers and defence force officials involved in Operation Cast Lead, the Christmas 2008 offensive against Palestinians.

    What is concerning about the actions of these three governments is that they are not reacting to vexatious litigants or hopeless cases but to cases that international criminal law experts such as Rob Stary and Daniel Machover judged to have at least some prospect of success in a court of law.

    As such I can only conclude that in each case it was political interests that contributed to the actions of officials to prevent justice being allowed to take its course. Canada’s national government would not want the embarrassment of having the former president of its largest trading partner and ally arrested when he set foot in British Columbia. Similarly the British government’s strident support for Israel effectively killed off any idea that the latter’s politicians and soldiers should face crimes against humanity charges in a British court over their actions against Palestinians.

    It is doubtful that any of them would have prevented legal action against any senior member of the Gaddafi regime had they landed in their jurisdiction. That is why their actions smack of hypocrisy and blatant political self interest.

    The prosecution of crimes against humanity, however, should never be subjected to a political interest test. If there is a prima face or arguable case against Bush, Rajapaksa or Israeli government officials then governments have no business in interfering to prevent the operation of the criminal law by the independent judicial system.

    One global elder statesman who would be cheering McClelland on for his actions last week would be Henry Kissinger, an opponent of the idea of universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity. ”Universal jurisdiction risks creating universal tyranny – that of judges,” Kissinger wrote in 2001. And long may that remain the case.

    Greg Barns is a barrister and National President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/politics-has-no-place-when-it-comes-to-crimes-against-humanity-20111101-1mt63.html#ixzz1d16Bjx5b

  • Shiva

    Dr. Dayan, this is an excellent article why Sri Lanka war crimes require an independent international investigation, accountability and Justice.

    Why the Commonwealth must take action against Sri Lankan war crimes

    By Ben Saul, Professor of International Law, Sydney Centre for International Law at University of Sydney

    http://theconversation.edu.au/why-the-commonwealth-must-take-action-against-sri-lankan-war-crimes-3473

    No more LTTE or any anti-Tamil propaganda as the Tamils are demanding for an independent investigation as they have been suffering under Sinhala Apartheid rulers since independence from the British as the Tamil leaders at that time failed to request the Brtitish to separate the Tamil homeland like the Pakistan was created by Mohd Jinna, a great leader of Pakistan.

    Sinhalese and their leaders have been denying Justice, Equality, Rule of Law and other democratic values to the Tamils and hence, it is not a surprice that the Rajapakse regime denies independent investigation as well.

    The peace-loving people all over the world expect the International Community should act forcefully to bring the perpetrators to accountability and Justice.

    • Arul Somadevan

      And the pigs might fly

      • http://srilankalandoftheblind.blogspot.com/ PresiDunce Bean

        @Arul Somadevan

        One pig DID fly.
        He was flown to Singapore to undergo further treatment for head injuries resulting in a day light humanitarian gun fight.

        …and who knows, when things start really hotting up some day in the future, the two American citizens who are part of this despotic regime might also fly away… :D