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Tamil National Alliance actions deeply disappoints the western world: congratulates Taliban in the hope of a safe haven for renewed Terrorist training
9 May, 2021
Forty-four-year-old Naguleswarakumar Subothini of Pooneri, Jaffna, is the mother of two school going daughters.
The oldest is sitting for her Ordinary Level examination and the younger daughter is in grade 8. Both children are keen students and excel at their studies as well as sports.
The same pride the mother has about her school children is reflected in the eyes of the children; their heroine is their mother.
As their mother dons her Sri Lankan Civil Security Department (CSD) uniform every morning, the two youngsters take turns to tie her shoe laces, adjust her hair and place the cap neatly on her head.
They will then straighten her collar, arrange the sleeves and smile proudly at how smart their mother looks.
This uniform is slightly similar to the attire worn by the Sri Lankan military.
One of the most valuable lessons these two children learn from her every day is to inculcate loyalty to Sri Lanka; loyalty to the unity of their motherland – the motherland of all; the Sinhalese, Tamils, Burghers and Muslims.
Although non Tamils are not frequent visitors to the interior of Pooneri where this family lives, Subothini’s husband runs a small restaurant in the nearby Palavarayan Kattu town which is about five kilometres away from their home.
Sometimes, when Sinhalese visitors from the South turn up at the restaurant, they will be hosted without charge, as happened to me during my visit.
Smilingly the restaurant owner will inform the visitor that as they are guests from Colombo that the meal is complimentary.
At Subothini’s house the conversation turns to the concept of patriotism and the importance of national security.
She speaks of some of her official duties as a Civil Security Department (CSD) member.
These include ensuring the social wellbeing of the people. At present she is part of a cultivation project initiated by the government aimed at village sustainability, two kilometres away from where she lives.
Her salary as a member of the CSD is Rs.30,500 per month and helped also by the income from the restaurant, the family prioritises the education of the two children and leads a content life.
She said CSD members are asking for an increase of Rs. 7,000 as the cost of living is high.
Hope is theirs. They work hard on their official Government assigned social projects and approach each day with a strong loyalty to the country.
Yet, 12 years ago the life Subothini currently leads with her family would have seemed an impossible fiction.
She was then courting death each day as a member of the LTTE.
She was among the thousands of young Tamil men and women indoctrinated to terrorism who were brainwashed into believing that the Sinhalese were committing ‘genocide,’ and that every Sinhalese was waiting to kill Tamils.
Although she was married and her first child was born 15 years ago at the height of hostilities between the LTTE and the government military, she was unsure whether she will get through each day alive.
Young men and women such as Subothini who had mostly joined the LTTE terrorists in their teens or early twenties, were made to understand that ‘their country’ that they were ‘fighting to safeguard’ was the fictitious mirage of ‘Tamil Eelam.’
The same mirage segments of the Tamil Diaspora and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) still seem to be dreaming of.
If the calamity of terrorism was not defeated in May 2009, lives of those such as Subothini would have perished in Vellupillai Prabhakaran’s mill of bloodshed and destruction.
Young Lankan Tamil men and women would have continued to believe the lies they were fed by the opportunists of terrorism.
The same lies that sections of the Tamil Diaspora are still telling a gullible world.
In one of the rarest decisions ever taken in the world in connection with the de-radicalisation of terrorism, the gift of forgiveness, normalcy and reconciliation was given to the entire LTTE terrorist fighting force which surrendered to the Sri Lankan military by 2009 May 18.
The Government, instead of prosecuting the terrorists for their countless crimes against humanity, (as Western nations do), created a world record by pardoning every single one of them.
The decision was taken swiftly within days after the annihilation of the LTTE.
Within three years, by 2012, almost all of the surrendered LTTEers were successfully de-radicalised, rehabilitated, re-educated and re-integrated back to their families and society.
Vocational training related knowledge was made available to them and many rehabilitated beneficiaries took up the completion of their school and university education.
The training in vocational skills they received at the rehabilitation camps ranged from driving to carpentry which helped some of them secure jobs.
Those such as Subothini rehabilitated beneficiaries who showed a high level of strength, commitment to peace and loyalty to Sri Lanka were recruited to do the opposite of their past acts.
They were recruited to the CSD to nurture the wellbeing of the country and citizens.
Alongside the pardoning of the entire LTTE terrorist force, this major trust-building challenge adopted by Sri Lanka where over 2,000 de-radicalised former members of an internationally proscribed terrorist organisation were enlisted in good faith to maintain peace and security of the very nation they were once destroying, is yet another indescribable achievement the international community has avoided hailing.
Thus failing to recognise the unparalleled acts of reconciliation and peace building of Sri Lanka, Western nations, without a single similar merit are ironically the self-appointed judges of human rights and reconciliation.
If the international community wants to genuinely learn about war crimes and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, their basic first step should be to talk to those who indulged in terrorism; those who for three decades ravaged the country but who have been granted amnesty by Sri Lanka and who have faithfully respected that gesture by being exemplary loyal citizens.
It is these people who lived through terrorism, bloodshed and suffered from it and not the pro LTTE Tamil Diaspora.
Segments of the Tamil Diaspora who funded terrorism still live in their own opportunistic fantasy, collecting enormous amounts of money in Europe and elsewhere, of which hardly even a pittance is used for the Tamil people of Lanka’s North.
“If they set foot anywhere near our village, they will never dare to show their face again. I know what to tell them. They helped to ruin our lives and have still not stopped,” said Subothini referring to the Tamil Diaspora.
Her usual calm manner of speaking is replaced with harshness and anger.
“You don’t know what we went through because of them. They still sit in comfort abroad and continue attempting to destroy the peace Sri Lanka has achieved today which is a luxury to us.
It is a luxury to our children. All we want is to be law abiding citizens of this nation – of one united nation.
We do not want to go abroad and be aliens to this country. We just want to live here and protect our country,” says Subothini emotionally.
She said, “All what we did in the past, we did then due to a false belief and out of ignorance. All we want now is to ensure no one teaches these.
Nine members of the US Congress have urged the US Secretary of State to focus on human rights in its diplomatic engagement with Sri Lanka and promote an international accountability process for the country.
Among the Congressmen is the Democratic member for Chicago, Illinois Danny K. Davis who was investigated by the FBI for his links with the LTTE in 2006. In a letter dated March 18, the Congress members called on the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to seek support from the voting members of the UN Human Rights Council for the passage of the Resolution against Sri Lanka.
The group has written that they were concerned by the government’s failure to honour commitment to truth seeking and reconciliation in the aftermath of the battle against terrorism which ended in 2009.
“We are grateful that the US has co-sponsored this Resolution,” they stated in the letter. The Resolution, co-sponsored by Britain and other countries were adopted with 22 member states of the Human Rights Council including the United States voting in favour, 11 against and 14 abstentions, on March 23 in Geneva.
The Congress members said the decision by the Sri Lankan government to withdraw from the Resolution 30/1 in March 2020 was a manifestation of poor political will for ‘domestic accountability’.
A senior diplomat commenting on the contents of the letter said it was unfortunate that the decision to withdraw from the HRC resolution by Sri Lanka government has been given wrong interpretations.
Notwithstanding the progress shown by the Government and non-endorsement by majority of member states of the actions proposed in the Resolution, the group of Congress Members have opted to put pressure on the US government to call for external mechanisms of accountability.
The Chicago Tribune in 2005 reported that Democratic member Danny K. Davis and an aide visited LTTE held areas in the North (Kilinochchi) in 2005 and the trip was paid for by the LTTE, a group designated as a terrorist organisation by the US Government for its use of ‘suicide bombers and child soldiers’.
According to the paper, the congressman’s seven-day visit came under scrutiny, after the arrest of 11 men who raised funds for the LTTE. The charges against the men were participating in a broad conspiracy to aid the terrorist group through money laundering, arms procurement and bribery of US officials to get the LTTE off the US terror list.
Davis has denied the knowledge of LTTE paying for his trip to Sri Lanka and said the expenses were borne by a Tamil cultural organisation, the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America in Hickory Hills, Illinois. During the paid trip he visited the LTTE political office and met police chief for the region appointed by the LTTE, P. Nadesan.
At the time the fighting between the separatists and the government forces had renewed after a round of another failed peace negotiations. The LTTE widely used the peace talks as a breather to regroup.
According to The Chicago Tribune, ‘Davis said he believed that the trip, from March 30 to April 5, 2005, was paid for by the Tamil Federation.’
More than US$ 7000 each for Davis and his aide, Daniel Cantrell were spent. The newspaper reported that he admitted he knew the group was associated with the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) but did not realise that the costs were covered with funds controlled by the LTTE.
The FBI investigation on the arrest of the 11 men revealed, the funds for the two persons who were taken to Sri Lanka on a paid trip were released at the ‘direction of a top guerilla leader’, the newspaper reported. He had admittedly had close interactions with at least one of the arrested men.
Govt gives reasons
When it announced the decision to withdraw from a ‘highly detrimental Resolution’ co-sponsored by the previous government, the Sri Lanka’s delegation informed the HRC that it was acting on an unprecedented people’s mandate received at the Presidential Election in November 2019 and re-affirmed at the parliamentary elections nine months later.
The Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena appearing before the Council in Geneva in March 2020, amidst a raging Covid-19 pandemic, said that the commitments in the 30/1 went beyond the Constitution of the country, hence were inconsistent with the country’s law and untenable.
The Government tabled before the Council the actions proposed and implemented from 2015 to March 2021 to fulfill obligations in investigating the alleged lapses during the final phase of the battle against terrorism as well as on other fronts including on reparation and reconciliation.
It rejected the findings in the report and argued that actions proposed based on a report full of erroneous conclusions by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is unfair and unethical.
Politics at UNHRC
While 11 member-States of the HRC voted against the Resolution on Sri Lanka, 14 countries including India and Japan abstained, recognising the progress Sri Lanka has made in meeting international obligations to protect human rights in the domestic front.
Japanese member of the delegation, speaking at the HRC vote said, ‘Japan takes note of the action by Sri Lanka such as the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry to investigate the past cases of human rights violations and the payment of reparations amounting to 142 million rupees during 2020.’
‘In order to achieve national reconciliation and improvement of human rights situation it is critical for Sri Lanka to implement its own initiatives,’ he emphasised.
India upholds state responsibility
The delegate representing India said, ‘India believes in the primary responsibility of the States for the promotion and protection of human rights and constructive international dialogue and cooperation.’
All members who voted against the country specific Resolution including China, Russia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Cuba and Philippines jointly echoed solutions to address HR challenges should take into account national context and circumstances and external accountability mechanisms are untenable and the action proposed in the ‘HRC Resolution’ are at complete variance with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.
The member of the Chinese delegation stressed that the draft resolution ‘disregards the efforts and the achievements by the Sri Lanka government to promote and protect human rights,’ while adding it ignored the wishes of the Sri Lanka people and interferes in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs under the guise of Human Rights. China pointed out that this resolution will disrupt the current ‘excellent situation of Sri Lanka’s development and stability’.
LTTE fronts at play
It has been exposed that the LTTE fronts in the West are using constituency pressure to influence their governments to lobby the HRC, the global human rights body.
In the lead up to the March 2021 HRC resolution against Sri Lanka, British politicians came under pressure from LTTE fronts operating in the guise of community organisations, to initiate action against Sri Lanka.
These organisations that raise funds mainly through methods of extortion, provide both donations and votes to politicians, a concern Sri Lanka has raised many times.
An international observer who wished to remain unnamed said the United States Tamil Political Action Council, a similar LTTE front in the US, is copying the model of Global Tamil Forum (GTF) and British Tamil Forum (BTF) to lobby Parliament members. Some of the voting members of the UNHRC expressed concerns at the March 2021 sessions that the global rights body should be protected from external interference and it becoming a battleground for international politics.
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The architects of the genocide canard: M. A. Sumanthiran TNA MP and Gary Anandasangaree, Chief of LTTE operations in Geneva
Sri Lanka won a 30 year war against a ruthless enemy and united the country. Those defeated are masquerading as champions of human rights in western capitals, Tamil Nadu and in Geneva. The LTTE headquarters group in UK organised the P2P march culminating in worshipping suicide terrorists in Jaffna.
The finger prints of the LTTE and its political wing TNA is all over the UNHRC resolution. The architects are M. A. Sumanthiran TNA (LTTE political wing) and Gary Anandasangaree, Chief of LTTE operations in Geneva. To divert attention from LTTE war crimes, Sumanthiran and Anandasangaree have been propagating the “genocide canard”. Sumanthiran’s associate Ambika Satkunanathan is under investigation by the Terrorism Investigations Division for receiving funds from the LTTE headquarters group and a diplomatic mission in Colombo.
Those who suffered from terrorism in Sri Lanka know that human rights is not about human rights. A million civilians were killed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya by the very countries that voted against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC on March 23, 2021. Politics and geopolitics determined the UNHRC vote.
The LTTE lobbied the British parliament using votes and donations. Greedy for power and funds, Europeans and Canadians turned a blind eye to the terrorist support activities.
From time to time, Sri Lanka was betrayed by those with personal and political interests. During the colonial era too we lost our country when Sri Lankans fought each other. The last time, when security was compromised by Mangala Samaraweera who delisted the LTTE fronts paving the way for cosponsorship and the resurgence of the LTTE. The Islamic State exploited the lax security environment and staged the massacre.
This should be a moment of unity for all Sri Lankans. Those who love their motherland know that it’s enemies will continue to use bogus human rights stories to weaken its security forces, the pride of Sri Lanka. This should be a moment where every Sri Lankan will stand behind its security forces that has united the Sri Lankan nation.
By: Raj Gonsalkorale
Hitler rose to power through the Nazi Party, an organisation he forged after returning as a wounded veteran from the annihilating trench warfare of World War I. He and other patriotic Germans were outraged and humiliated by the harsh terms of the Treaty of Versailles, which the Allies compelled the new German Government, the Weimar Republic, to accept along with an obligation to pay $ 33 billion in war reparations. Germany also had to give up its prized overseas colonies and surrender valued parcels of home territory to France and Poland. The German Army was radically downsized and the nation forbidden to have submarines or an air force. “We shall squeeze the German lemon until the pips squeak!” explained one British official – The National World War 11 Museum, New Orleans.
Those who still hold the view that Hitler did the Germans a lot of good probably remember the above excerpt from the National World War 11 Museum, and not what is noted below by the same entity:
“Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany in 1933 following a series of electoral victories by the Nazi Party. He ruled absolutely until his death by suicide in April 1945. Upon achieving power, Hitler smashed the nation’s democratic institutions and transformed Germany into a war state intent on conquering Europe for the benefit of the so-called Aryan race. His invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, triggered the European phase of World War II. During the course of the war, Nazi military forces rounded up and executed 11 million victims they deemed inferior or undesirable—‘life unworthy of life’—among them Jews, Slavs, homosexuals, and Jehovah’s Witnesses.”
Government in the dock despite LTTE atrocities
Reading through many articles written on the heels of the UNHRC Core Group attempt to blackmail Sri Lanka, and that is a word used by most writers, the opinion held by most Sri Lankans appears to be that despite the viciousness and brutality of the LTTE, and the thousands they killed, ordinary people, not just Sri Lankan or Indian soldiers, and politicians both Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim, and two Heads of State, and the gruesome practices they employed like using animals as fodder for their land mine target prices, it is the Sri Lankan Government that is in the dock for defending its people from these vicious monsters masquerading as freedom fighters.
No self-respecting and decent Tamil could condone the atrocities committed by the LTTE in their name, as they were not even remotely acceptable as what genuine freedom fighters would engage in. It is unlikely that most Tamils condone the activities of the LTTE, but perhaps are silent on them due to pressure exerted on them by the power groups within the diaspora, encouraged, supported and funded by some countries, and their agents in Sri Lanka. This enforced silence has contributed in a large measure to the inability of all communities to be more trusting of each other, and to engage in confidence building activities.
But SL governments cannot be excused
In saying this, Sri Lankan governments, past and present, religious leaders, civil society leaders, and the people at large, cannot be excused for not giving the empathy and the action that was needed when governments failed the Tamils, and in some instances, Muslims.
The worst mass-scale pogrom conducted against the Tamil people in 1983, planned and executed by sections of the then Government, was never investigated fully, and no one was brought to justice for that abhorrent crime against the Tamil people.
It took 21 years for a Sri Lankan Government, and finally, the one led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga to extend a long overdue apology in 2004 to the Tamil people and others who suffered on account of this horror that has blackened the name of the so called Buddhist nation. It is sickening that it took that long when it should have been done in 1983 itself. To date, no enquiry has been held and no one held accountable for this gruesome event, although many were and are aware that the planning and execution of that event was led by a senior minister in the then government who was very close to the then President himself.
Sri Lanka and its leaders failed the Tamil people
So, while it is a civic duty on the part of all Sri Lankans to defend itself against the planned UNHRC action as it is not based on facts, and it is based on innuendo and hearsay, and as it is being orchestrated to punish Sri Lanka for its friendship with China, Sri Lankans cannot overlook that its leaders and its people failed the Tamil people in 1983.
This goes for the enquiries launched after the war against the LTTE, the reports submitted and action begun in some cases, and nothing done in other cases. The LLRC report, its action plan begun during the Mahinda Rajapaksa Presidency, then aborted by the Sirisena/Wickremesinghe Government in 2015, the Paranagama report on Missing Persons, and its recommendations, again thwarted by Sirisena and Wickremesinghe, does not give confidence to the Tamil people that Sri Lankan governments are serious about addressing the trials and tribulations faced by them.
Those of us who are defending Sri Lanka’s right to defend itself against the bogus, self-serving interests of the Core Group and its sponsor, the US, cannot and should not pretend that the country has addressed the depravations heaped on the Tamil people by governments elected by the people to safeguard all people, not a section of them.
Condemning the LTTE is one thing, but not condemning Sri Lankan governments and its leaders for their inactivity is not another thing. It is the same side of the coin, not the other side of the coin.
UNHRC hell bent on punishing Sri Lanka
The Core Group of the UNHRC, directed by the US and UK, and aided and abetted by pseudo human rights champions like the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet “who has no clue of what happened in Sri Lanka and is relying on questionable ‘hearsay’ evidence” as a senior lawyer stated in an article published in the LankaWeb, are hell bent on punishing Sri Lanka for its independence and defence of its sovereignty.
The duplicity of these countries is clearly exposed when someone who was integral to the LTTE and its monstrous activity, and who led thousands of innocent Tamil children to slaughter, Adele Balasingham, roams free in the UK, protected by the UK. No charges have been laid against her by them. One wonders how Adele Balasingham sleeps in the night with such gruesome memories.
A person of eminence like Lord Naseby is not given even a scant hearing by the British Government as he has chosen to see both sides of this issue and chosen to defend Sri Lanka’s right to defend itself against vile terrorism, and against highly inaccurate and exaggerated reports authored by people who had not even set foot in Sri Lanka.
Making matter worse by turning to India
To make matters worse, Sri Lanka also appears to be heading back into a wolves’ den by calling on India to help defeat the motion before the UNHRC. India, the one country most responsible for the advent of Sri Lanka’s own Nazi party, the LTTE, and which again stood in the way of arresting LTTE Leader Prabhakaran in 1987, and calling an end to a mindless war that then went on for another 21 years, is now called upon to assist Sri Lanka. It is a black joke.
It is India which violated Sri Lanka’s sovereignty by dropping food parcels without any contact or reference or sanction from Sri Lanka in 1987.
As mentioned in Wikipedia, Steven R. Weisma, New York Times, in a report titled India airlifts aid to Tamil rebels stated that “on 5 June 1987, the Indian Air Force airdropped food parcels to Jaffna while it was under siege by Sri Lankan forces. At a time when the Sri Lankan Government stated that it was close to defeating the LTTE, India dropped 25 tons of food and medicine by parachute into areas held by the LTTE in a direct move of support toward the rebels. Further, the Sri Lanka Government accused that not only food and medicine but weapons were also supplied to the LTTE.”
Amateur foreign affairs officials and even a government that freed the country from this Nazi party and which should have learnt some lessons from the dark past, seems to be living in a cuckoo land if they seriously think India will provide support without extracting a huge price.
Sri Lanka’s future is with other countries and alliances
Sri Lanka’s future is with other countries and other alliances. It is not with the US, UK, and India. Their duplicity is surpassed only by their arrogance. Sri Lanka is vulnerable to these countries because of its geographical position. For this very reason, it should sign a defence pact with China, its friend, so that if ever threatened by this duplicitous trio, China will come to Sri Lanka’s aid. The time for pussyfooting is over, and talking nonsense like “we must be neutral” is over. No country is “neutral” in any sense of the word.
The price these three countries will extract for Sri Lanka’s “neutrality” will defeat the whole idea of neutrality. Sri Lanka will be beholden to them forever. Sri Lanka can be more neutral in reality by working with non-aligned countries and other friendly nations.
The US tried its best to intrude in Sri Lanka’s sovereignty through the MCC, ACSA and SOFA. Some are of the opinion that these are still very much alive and their objectives are being achieved by other means and with intrusive projects with other acronyms. It is an open secret that India is very much part of this trio and are doing their bidding surreptitiously and with cunningness that India is noted for. Despite the risks, it is time to end this game of poker and call their bluff.