Westminster Hall debates on 6 Nov 2013 2:30 pm on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka— [Mr David Amess in the Chair]
Posted on November 8th, 2013

Stanley de Silva, UK

To: Sheryll Murray MP (South East Cornwall, Conservative)

Having personally listened to you at the Westminster Hall on 6th November, I am writing to you to sincerely and personally thank you for your supportive words on Sri Lanka at the meeting as almost a lone voice in the midst of a chorus of LTTE anti-Sri Lanka rants resembling a Kangaroo Court!

Your words outlining the shameful -ËœGreat-â„¢ Human Rights doings of the British Empire for the benefit of the audience during the Wellassa uprising (Just one of many) in Sri Lanka against the British Rule was an apt reminder for the ignorant sitting there, and now sitting in judgment on Sri Lanka!!

If Mr Cameron is hell bent on going to the CHOGM to -Ëœhector-â„¢ Sri Lanka on Human Rights, that indeed is his prerogative, but he might just get lumps bitten off him in the process in return.‚  There are no perfect rulers in this World and Rajapaksa is not one of them but Cameron should remember in his own interests that Rajapaksa and others in the cabinet with the Rajapaksa name have ALL been re-elected DEMOCRATICALLY with majorities well in excess of what Cameron ever had!

I can honestly say that Sri Lanka would be quite prepared to face a credible independent investigation on accountability (NOT by the biased Tamil Navi Pillai of the UN like no Muslim will be appointed to investigate Israel) provided ALL parties including the LTTE and their financial backers in the West are included and the investigation covers the full 30 year period of the war and NOT just the last few months for the convenience of the Tamils. (That will be a bad joke!!)

Mr Cameron and CH4 should also remember that the -Ëœword on the streets in Sri Lanka-â„¢ following the -cash for questions and the expense scandals- in the British Parliament is that all the British MP critics of Sri Lanka have been bribed by the LTTE funds, like Amnesty International caught accepting a bribe of CA$50,000 from the LTTE!

Thank you again for your words of wisdom,

Stanley de Silva, UK

7 Responses to “Westminster Hall debates on 6 Nov 2013 2:30 pm on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka— [Mr David Amess in the Chair]”

  1. Marco Says:

    Stanley, i assume you are referring to this debate given below


  2. crobe Says:

    While we add the LTTE and their financial backers in the west, let us not forget the TNA politicians that appointed the LTTE the sole representatives of the Tamils as well as the White Tigers such as David Miliband and Erik Solheim. Additionally, the British, Canadian, European and Australian politicians that got paid to play for the LTTE. If Britain is serious, they would charge and prosecute Adele Balasingham, who has been given safe haven, to begin with. These people are so disingenuous, they think us colored people are stupid.

  3. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:



  4. Nalliah Thayabharan Says:

    The 1818 Uva-Wellassa Uprising also know as the Great Rebellion and the Madulla Massacre resulted in multiple atrocities against Sri Lankans by British imperialists, including razing and annihilation of villages. The entire Uva region male population above the age of 18 years were killed in revenge for resistance against British imperialist occupation under Governor Robert Brownrigg, which had been controlling the formerly independent Udarata.
    The British confiscated the properties of the people involved in the uprising, they killed all cattle and other animals, burnt homes, property and even the salt in their possession during the repression. Paddy fields in the area of Wellassa were all destroyed. The irrigation systems of the duchies of Uva and Wellassa, hitherto the rice-bowl of Sri Lanka were systematically destroyed .
    During the rebellion a Gazette Notification was issued by Governor Robert Brownrigg to condemn all those who rebelled against British Rule in Sri Lanka. All those who participated in the uprising were condemned as “traitors” and their properties confiscated by the government under the notification. Several governments after the independence of Sri Lanka in the past wanted to revoke this ignominious Gazette Notification, however could not take action in this regard. In 2011, the Gazette Notification issued by Governor Robert Brownrigg was brought to Sri Lanka on the instruction of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It was submitted to the Parliament and was revoked with the signature of the President. This allowed all those who participated in the uprising to be recognised as National Heroes, and their label as traitors erased.
    Now British are talking about HUMAN RIGHTS in Sri Lanka
    On the Australian continent itself during the British colonial period (1788–1901), a population of 750,000 Australian Aborigines was reduced to fewer than 50,000
    The Black War was a period of conflict between the British colonists and Tasmanian Aborigines in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) in the early years of the 19th century. The conflict, in combination with introduced diseases and other factors, had such devastating impact on the Tasmanian Aboriginal population that it was reported the Tasmanian Aborigines had been exterminated

  5. S de Silva Says:

    I thank all additional contributions above. The GoSL must be ready with the knives sharpened to give a solid workout to Cameron if he embarks on lecturing SL on HR using the above background – and more. Appeasement has never worked anywhere – S de Silva

  6. Marco Says:

    I agree with crobe, action should be taken against Adele Balasingham. GOSL should seek the extradition of Adele Balasingham to stand trial in Sri Lanka where the crimes were committed.

    Lets for the time being ignore the likes of Karuna, KP & Pilliyan and their LTTE connection and crimes committed.

    Stanley thank you for referring me to this debate.
    I note with interest the hard hitting statement made by Simon Danczuk
    see below:

    [It is a delight, Mr Amess, to serve under your chairmanship. I congratulate Mr Scott on securing this important debate, and I am pleased to follow Mr Bellingham.

    My comments fall into three sections. First, I want to talk about the rule of law in Sri Lanka. Then I want to talk about my constituent, Khuram Shaikh, who was brutally murdered nearly two years ago while his girlfriend was gang-raped. Thirdly, I want to talk about the deterioration of the Commonwealth, not least because of its association with Sri Lanka and its President.

    We know from the persecution of the former Chief Justice, from the murder of and attacks on journalists, which my hon. Friend Siobhain McDonagh mentioned, and from the attacks on human rights activists that the rule of law does not often apply in Sri Lanka, even though it is a key principle of the Commonwealth. For the next two years, we will have a chairman of the Commonwealth, President Rajapaksa, who has little or no regard for the rule of law.

    We know from the case of Khuram Shaikh that the President of Sri Lanka puts political patronage and the possession of power well above the rule of law. Over the past two years, my office and I have come to understand Sri Lanka and how it works, or rather how it fails to work when it comes to Commonwealth principles. I have visited Sri Lanka twice in the past nine months. I have met Government Ministers, Opposition MPs, solicitors, senior police officers and soldiers, Sri Lankan diplomats, members of civil society and ordinary citizens. My office staff have flown to Moscow to meet Khuram’s girlfriend, who was raped. I have visited the scene of Khuram’s murder in Tangalle. We have spoken with Canadian and British witnesses who were present on the evening of the murder. We have facilitated meetings in Austria with DNA experts who are familiar with the case. We have had time to study the case in detail, and there is little we do not know.

    There is an important point to make. We know the alleged murderers were arrested soon after the murder but were then released on bail. Little has happened since. Then, just two weeks ago—nearly two years after the murder—a senior prosecutor suddenly announced that a trial would get

    “off the ground within the shortest possible time.”

    That announcement was made just two weeks before the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. I apologise for my cynicism, but one cannot help thinking that the latest announcement is window-dressing for the CHOGM.

    Let us be clear about why this is an example of the breakdown in the rule of law and why President Rajapaksa is not an appropriate person to chair the Commonwealth. One of the key murder suspects—the alleged ringleader at the murder scene—has already been connected to the murder by DNA reports. He is chairman of the local council in Tangalle and an active member of the ruling party. He was suspended from the ruling party, but he was quickly reinstated. People in the Southern province of Sri Lanka, including British nationals to whom I have spoken, will tell you that the key murder suspect is a creature of the President and delivers votes for the President’s party. Since no case has come to court, the suspect has become emboldened and, indeed, more violent in the area. He has nothing to fear, because he has the protection of the President. That is why a trial has not yet taken place.

    I conclude with this final concern: the Commonwealth cannot allow the CHOGM to become just an opportunity for President Rajapaksa to showcase Sri Lanka. It also has to be used to shine a light on the failures of his regime and to push for change. We are not only on the verge of a British Prime Minister flying over 5,000 miles to shake hands with a President who is protecting the murderer of a British national; we are on the verge of the Commonwealth being led by someone who has no regard for the rule of law. That should worry all of us.]

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    Is this a SHINING EXAMPLE of British “Democracy”?

    David Cameron’s Govt prevents Conservative MPs favoring the GOSL position from attending the CHOGM!

    Bloody Hypocrites!

    British FCO prevents group of Conservative MPs coming during CHOGM

    November 9, 2013

    By Shamindra Ferdinando

    With the 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) a few days away, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has intervened to prevent a group of dissenting Conservative MPs from attending the confab, well informed sources told The Sunday Island.

    Sources claimed that six MPs would have taken a position on Sri Lanka contrary to that of UK Premier David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague thereby undermining the overall British strategy.

    Responding to a query, sources said that as they had visited Sri Lanka previously the MPs would have been in a better position to examine the situation on the ground since the conclusion of the conflict in May 2009.

    UK based sources said that the unprecedented move had come to light in the wake of UK Premier Cameron meeting representatives of three groups, namely the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), British Tamil Forum (BTF) and Tamils against Genocide a few days ago. Sources alleged that the FCO move was meant to ensure that the UK addressed the accountability issues in one voice during Premier Cameron’s much publicized visit to Colombo.

    The British delegation is also scheduled to visit Jaffna.

    Authoritative sources pointed out that the Canadian government had taken a position contrary to that of the British. Although the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Affairs and International Human Rights Minister John Baird had boycotted the Colombo summit accusing Sri Lanka of war time atrocities, Canada would be represented by Deepak Obhrai, parliamentary secretary to Baird.

    Sources said that in spite of Obhrai being a low level representative, he would be able to examine the situation on the ground much better than the Canadian Premier and the Foreign Minister as he (Obhrai) was one of the few foreign parliamentarians to visit the Vanni shortly after the conclusion of the war. In fact, the Canadian Minister had the opportunity to meet a few Canadians nationals of Sri Lankan origin captured during the Vanni push, sources said.

    “We provided him with an SLAF chopper to visit the Vanni,” a senior official told The Sunday Island.

    Sources recalled an explosive Wiki Leaks revelation regarding the former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband playing politics with the Sri Lankan issue in the run-up to the final battle to appease the electorate comprising Tamils of Sri Lankan origin.

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