Bogus Tamil asylum seekers and ‘people-smugglers’
Posted on October 31st, 2009

Dr.P.A.Samaraweera, Australia

‘People-smuggling’ had been highlighted in the discussions at the formal session of the East Asia Summit held in Thailand last week. The issue came to lime light because of the influx of bogus Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka to Australia and Canada recently.
 
Back in Australia, the controversy over them between the government and the opposition reached saturating point. The opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull said, he would look at all options to stop the surge of boats including reintroducing Howard government policies or even refining them to be more effective. He had added, “…This is due to weakening of our laws against boat-people and as a result there had been a 12 fold explosion in arrivals this year…”. Asylum seekers as well have said Rudd changes lured them to boats.
 
Due to increase in asylum seekers Australia has funded $14.3 million to the International Organisation for Migration. Then another $5 million last week because of the intercepted boats in Indonesia.
 
While Australia and Indonesia are ruffling feathers with regard to human smuggling, it is reported that the boat-people in Indonesian waters are constantly in touch with the LTTE Front in Australia, which obviously funded them, and are refusing to set foot in Indonesia on their directions. There is also intelligence that the 4 vessels carrying the bogus asylum seekers  were co-ordinated by the LTTE Front. Of the 12 ships that the LTTE had for smuggling arms to the Tigers in Sri Lanka, now only 4 are left, and they are used to smuggle LTTE fighters to the West.
 
Australian Federation of Tamil Association Secretary, Dr. Victor Rajakulendran (Australian 26 Oct.) observed that the high proportion of young men on the boats clearly showed that former Tamil Tiger fighters are definitely among the asylum seekers. He had also said that their passage had been funded by Tamil Communities sympathetic to the LTTE  in the west.
 
The Australian (26th Oct.) reported that the security agencies in the Christmas Island already suspect that  a number of Tamil detainees currently in the Detention Centre are ex-LTTE fighters because of the presence of battle-style wounds.
 
The LTTE is banned in Australia as it is a terrorist organisation. Therefore, if Australia entertains LTTE fighters, obviously they will continue their terror tactics from Australian soil and will be a threat to the community. There is no doubt about this because towards the end of the Sri Lankan war, in Australia, Canada, US and Uk some Sinhalese were attacked, their shops and property damaged by certain Tamil groups supporting the LTTE. The Sri Lankans do not wish to see a repeat of this with boat loads of  ex-LTTE fighters arriving in Australia.
 
Further, if ‘bogus boat people’ are encouraged, as human smuggling is a big business, once the war with the Taliban, Al-Qaida, Hamas and so on is ended, Australia will be a safe haven for “Islamic Terrorists” as well.

One Response to “Bogus Tamil asylum seekers and ‘people-smugglers’”

  1. cassandra Says:

    One cannot help feeling that the predicament in which Australia finds itself in respect of the asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, is, at least in part, a problem of her own making. For reasons best known to the Australian government, it could not bring itself to proscribe the LTTE, despite the fact that various Australian allies in the west had already done so. And so the message sent to would be asylum seekers from SL has been been a ‘weak’ one and one that was encouraging to them – not designed to discourage them. Perhaps, even belatedly, the Rudd government should realise that it cannot afford to be ‘wishy washy’ when it comes to matters like recognising terrorist groups for what they are.

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