Human Rights Law Center/Australia – Your Panel are all Pro-LTTE supporters
Human Rights Law Center,
The Human Rights Law Center has invited participants to a discussion about accountability for war crimes and the current human rights situation in Sri Lanka to be held on 7th and 8th March 2013 in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. The panelists featured for this discussion are Frances Harrison, Dr. Sam Pari, Gordon Weiss and Bruce Haigh.
My question is exactly how does the Human Rights Law Center founded on the principles of “Freedom. Respect. Equality. Dignity. Action” propose to have a “discussion” when the 4 panelists who have been invited by the HRLC are openly critical of Sri Lanka and are open LTTE-sympathizers. To what extent is there fairplay? Nevertheless, whatever allegations that the 4 panelists will take pains to promote they cannot erase the fact that Sri Lanka is a democratic and sovereign nation, its military effort was against a terrorist organization banned in 32 countries and no amount of “allegations” without proof can diminish the fact that the Sri Lankan armed forces saved approximately 295,000 Tamil civilians from the LTTE sacrificing 5000 lives of soldiers and all these civilians are now resettled whilst 11770 LTTE combatants who gave themselves up are now rehabilitated and reintegrated except for a handful still undergoing rehabilitation whilst the State has pardoned all child combatants number over 500.
The Human Rights Law Center may not have done background searches on the 4 panelists:
Bruce Haigh – has been serially writing against the Government of Sri Lanka. He claims LTTE is not a terrorist organization. Haigh is the patron of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies in which his colleagues (Brahmi Jegan and Dr. Sami Pari) are proved supporters of LTTE. Haigh was serving in Sri Lanka as Deputy High Commissioner for Australia in Sri Lanka in 1994 and would have seen LTTE kill over 50 people including Presidential Candidate and Opposition Leader Gamini Dissanayake. It was in 1993 that LTTE killed Sri Lanka’s President, while in 1991 LTTE killed Rajiv Gandhi India’s former Prime Minister. He is well aware that it was only after many peace talks, negotiations and cease fires that the military option was pursued in 2006 after Sri Lanka suffered LTTE terrorism since 1983.
Frances Harrison – is a former BBC correspondent and the author of “Still Counting the Dead”. She left Sri Lanka in 2004 and bases her allegations on 10 persons living in UK with links to LTTE (one of whom is Murugan, a LTTE sea tiger who fled to France). Her civilian death estimates are far-fetched given there are only 2.4million Tamils in Sri Lanka of which 1million now reside overseas. If anyone pays enough attention one can see how Frances Harrison gets kudos from pro-LTTE Tamil diaspora groups attempting to revive the LTTE from their overseas centres.
Dr. Sam Pari –the colleague of Bruce Haigh, Dr. Sam Pari needs to be highlighted given that she is a proven LTTE cadre (her identity card is attached) http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20111103_03 / http://myapologetics.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/the-dr-sam-pari-scandal-gets-worse-alias-sampavi-alias-sham/
Dr. Sam is none other than Dr. Parimala Nathan Sampavi alias Sham is the main fund collector of the Australian based LTTE rump group Tamil Youth Organization (TYO). The link gives details of the form signed by Dr. Sam giving consent to work for the LTTE terrorists and agreeing to raise funds to this terrorist outfit through the Tamil Youth Organization. She is currently National Spokesperson for Australian Tamil Congress – we ask what type of balanced discussion Dr. Sam proposes to provide!
Gordon Weiss – was the UN Spokesman in Sri Lanka and placed the civilian deaths at approximately 7000 and that figure was soon expanded to 40,000 to release his book The Cage. At his book launch in 2011 he changed the figure to 10,000 when questioned about the 40,000 figure in the brochure. Weiss disowned responsibility and passed the blame to Deakin University which produced the brochure. This denial of the 40,000 at the launch in Australia clearly exposes the inflated figures of civilian deaths being used against Sri Lanka.
The Human Rights Law Center can go ahead with the discussion but its organizers and Board of Directors need to know that they have become gullible to the smear campaigns used by these pro-LTTE groups to tarnish a democratic Government and its Armed Forces because thirty years of terrorism in Sri Lanka provided a very lucrative means of raising funds involving a plethora of illegal activities that have made a lot of people rich and can continue so long as these groups can keep alive the possibility of resurrecting the LTTE in Sri Lanka – therefore there is likely to be no end to the propaganda unless international organizations refuse to be party to such activity.
We hope the Human Rights Law Center will learn from this present event.
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” Bruce Haigh – has been serially writing against the Government of Sri Lanka. He claims LTTE is not a terrorist organization. “”
Please check up with:
1. The 30 odd countries that banned LTTE because it is terrorist organization.
2. Count the number of Tamils, Sinhala and Muslims people killed by courtesy of LTTE, and sent to Heaven and Nirvana early since the 1980’s..
Having Said that you also need to go back to 1948, as to how well the Sinhalese have been behaving since 1948, and how the British messed up like in India and Pakistan.
So, this is the inheritance of the present generation of Sri Lankans, Sinhala, Tamil and Muslims and how Sinhala Buddhisam and Christianity got mixed in to make it a volcanic soup.
The question fot you is how can you help Sri Laaka overcome these and move on as nation?
Ms. Shenali Waduge!!!!!! Thanks so much, these remnants of LTTE past, are still tryimg so hard, to de-stablaise Sri Lanka. Even after their defeat, they contune to dream of breaking up our homeland.
I wish other interlectuals speak up for their mother country the way you do, and explain the hipocracy of some of these people who have been invited, and appeared in this law forum.
Thank you again Shenali,for your contribution.~Retd expat from Canada
Shenali, excellent expose.
However, it is unlikely the Human Rights Centre will “learn”. The Human Rights Centre has its culture which has been developed over a decades.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka is represented by an ex Navy Officer with zero public relations or communication skills. GOSL have no avenue for communicating the “truth” to policy makers and social leaders in Australia.
This is not “propoganda” Shenali, it is communication.
Insula, an alternative point of view. In your last para (Blog 1) you refer to “moving on as one nation”. Historic reality is that 2 nations located within one boundary cannot move forward as “one nation”.
hanks Shenali for your wonderful letter. I agree with all the blogs above. It is a pity that the GOSL could not send some effective spokes-person the UNHRC to counter the false allegations of the imperial West led by USA. We need good communicators like Shenali Wduge to expose the lies and reveal the truth with our own documentaies and ample evidence. Why is the GOSL so inactive? I just can’t believe it! What a waste of resources! I bet those idiots who have been sent to Geneva to represent SL wiull enjoy a nice 5 star holiday at Taxpayer’s expense. What a pity! This is where Hon President and his brothers have failed, for crying out alound.
jayasiri affected by those diasporas of sl tamil in canada. sorry to say.
Senali is doing an excellent job,I also agree with you all..we need some one like senali who can go out side the srilanka and tell all The west countries and the Usa the real present situataion in srilanka.May be senali as a Foriegn Minister.
Shenali, your truly remarkable job in exposing those terrorist wolfs like Sam Pari, Frances Harrison and Bruce Haigh in sheep skins is brilliant.
Gordon Weiss is not a wolf in a sheep’s skin, he is just a fox, looking for pray out in the open just as a fox. He (or it) changes course depending on the surrounding to catch the target.
So we have three terrorist wolfs and one fox (who is there to pick the droppings from the wolfs) hunting together for some pray. Without such shameless work or Australian government unemployment pension, those have no other way of bringing bread and butter to their table.