Irene Khan and Amnesty International
Posted on November 14th, 2009

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada

November 14, 2009

The Editor (Letters)


“ƒ”¹…”Human rights, Irene Khan is dedicated but that isn’t enough‘ (The hijacking of human rights), your Leonard Stern said.  Correct.  Khan, the Secretary General of Amnesty International also needs to be an intelligent strategist to over-ride her over-zealous intentions to identify country human rights violators.

One such faux pas was her targeting Sri Lanka’s alleged human rights violations when she entered the arena of sports and trying to vilify and embarrass the world class Sri Lanka’s National Cricket Team during the 2007 Cricket World Cup tournament in the West Indies with her “ƒ”¹…”Play by the Rules” cricket ball campaign.

Irene Khan being a Bangladeshi should have known that cricket is a religion in the Asian continent, and AI picked up three million enemies among the cricket enthusiasts the very moment AI brought out the first fluffy cricket ball to be signed by human rights supporters against Sri Lanka.  That was absolutely silly and was counter productive.

This incident also encouraged me to write the lyrics to be sung to the tune of the Banana Boat calypso folk song during the tournament:

“ƒ”¹…”Day O, Day O, AI has gone bananas and they better go home,

Day O, Day O, AI has gone bananas and they wanna go home.

Loading soft balls in banana boats all night long (all night long)

When daylight comes they should have stayed home

Hey World Cup cricketers sing this song (sing this song)

AI has gone bananas and they better go home.

Day O, Day O when daylight comes AI should be sent home

Day O, Day O, AI has gone bananas and they better go home.

Sanath is hitting their soft-balls for a six It hurts AI butts when they get hit.

Sleeping in the sun and AI work like goons (work like goons)

When daylight comes AI better go home”¦”¦.”

Asoka Weerasinghe

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