Can Tamil National Alliance claim Genocide and Colonization
Posted on October 22nd, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

At some point in time throughout the past decade or so members of the Tamil National Alliance have been very liberal in the use of two words – Genocide and Colonization. The liberal use of the two words has naturally been picked up by media, human rights advocates and others resulting in a diatribe of allegations and hyped propaganda with none bothering to verify and validate before using the terms. Usage of the two have contributed to strong clauses in the resolutions lobbied against Sri Lanka at the UN and thankfully a commoner has come forward to seek the courts assistance as to the manner attempts are afoot to cause disunity to two communities to get one with their lives following the defeat of terrorism. Those that claim genocide by Sri Lanka must also answer why did LTTE kill Tamils? The list of Tamils killed by LTTE include the very popular Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar, entire moderate Tamil politicians, scores of Tamil police men, Tamil academicians, Tamil public servants and officials. In fact LTTE’s and Prabakaran’s first assassination was to kill a Tamil Mayor – Alfred Duraiappah.

Genocide as set out in the Convention on the Prevention of Genocide (Article 2) means any of the following acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group:

  1. Killing members of the group
  2. Causing serious bodily harm or mental harm to members of the group
  3. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part
  4. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group
  5. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group”.

Over the years reference to genocide came from multiple forces.

From overseas the usage of ‘genocide’ and ‘colonization’ have been turned into commonly used terms. Even a single death ends up referred to as ‘genocide’. The internet is full of reference to Sri Lanka’s ‘genocide’ ‘colonization’ to such an extent that even adjectives have been added to create flavour. So you will read about ‘structural genocide’ ‘systematic genocide’ ‘military colonization’ ‘development colonization’ etc. The number of websites and campaigns run against ‘genocide’ and ‘colonization’ are too many to count as are the facebook and other social media pages. Who are funding these campaigns, websites and what is being done with the money poured in as contributions and donations and have those contributing or even agreeing to make statements ever bothered to find out if there was any truth in these claims?

It is evident that a lot of people in position and holding important official titles have also used the term ‘genocide’ and ‘colonization’ thus also contributing towards a very biased, unfair and unethical scenario that tied with big dollar funded campaigns have created an impression that the Sinhalese people have killed and continue to kill Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Thus, Professor Clelila Bartoli who spoke at the Tamil Youth Organization event in Italy in 2012 and analysed the genocide on the Tamil nation must explain what type of ‘intended genocide’ took place in Sri Lanka given that she specializes in Human Rights.

Similarly Sergio Cipolla of the CISS, a development NGO and Prof Provenza of Amnesty International, should also explain how they concluded that the UN failed in their responsibility in preventing the genocide.

 A Sinhalese traveling to the North ends up with letters written to the UN complaining ‘colonization’. No one seems to take a foot back and ask some simple questions.

  • Do Tamils live ONLY in the North? No. they live all over the island. In fact they are living mostly in Sinhala-dominated areas and have been living so for most of post-independence.
  • Do Muslims live ONLY in the East? No. they too live all over the island. In fact large numbers of Muslims were living in the North, but they were given 24 hours to live or were threatened with death by the LTTE in the late 1980s.
  • Do Sinhalese live EVERYWHERE? No. The Sinhalese who were living in the North were chased out along with the Muslims by the LTTE. The Sinhalese who want to live in the North post-LTTE defeat are not been allowed to by scaring them with ‘colonization’ remarks. The Constitution of Sri Lanka guarantees equal rights to all citizens as well as freedom of movement and residence. That being the case no one can stop Sinhalese or Muslims taking up residence and living in the North. This is a fundamental right that the Sinhalese are being denied.

Increase in Tamils relocating outside of the North especially to the South of Sri Lanka – If Tamils are increasingly purchasing lands, property, building condominiums and flats that they openly and without remorse or embarrassment say is meant only to be rented to Tamils, is it not wrong for Tamils to oppose when Sinhalese wish to purchase land and start business and live in the North?

Some examples of how ‘genocide’ and ‘colonization’ has been loosely used

THIS IS THE LEADER OF THE TAMIL NATIONAL ALLIANCE – R SAMBANTHAN HOLDING A BANNER OUTSIDE THE UN OFFICE ‘GOSL STOP GENOCIDE AGAINST TAMILS’

 1 October 2014:

http://oneislandtwonationsblogspotcom.typepad.com/blog/2014/10/uk-ministers-and-mps-rally-behind-tamil-calls-for-justice.html

 Reception hosted by the British Tamil Conservatives at the Castle Fine Art Gallery in the International Convention Centre in Birmingham. Member of Parliament Robert Halfon also addressed the crowd, telling his fellow law makers that  Tamils have been victims of genocide and deserve the right to have their own nationhood.”

 17 August 2014 : 33 Members attached herewith. Joint Letter to UNHRC head Navi Pillai from the Members of the Northern Provincial Council and the Eastern Provincial Council,

The Tamil people strongly believe that they have been, and continued to be subjected to Genocide by Sri Lanka…..We request the OHCHR investigative team to look into the pattern of all the atrocities against the Tamil people, and to determine if Genocide has taken place.”

 March 2014 : Statement from Hon. M.K. Shivajilingam, Member of Northern Provincial Council, Sri Lanka to the UN Diplomats in Geneva, Switzerland on March 10, 2014 (http://www.salem-news.com/articles/march112014/hivajilingam-unhrc.php)

I plead with you to bring a Commission of Inquiry to investigate war crimes, crimes against humanity, Genocide, and all other violations and crimes against the Tamil people.

June 2014: former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalitha makes 4 demands from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The first is India should move a resolution in the United Nations calling for a probe into genocide of Tamils during the final phase of the Eelam War.”

 13 March 2013:

All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils called on the UN to create an “International Commission of Investigation into the allegations of War crimes, Crimes against Humanity and the Crime of genocide against the Tamil people in Sri Lanka” and urged the member states of the UNHRC to strengthen the current proposed draft

 June 2013 :

TNA MPs (P Ariyanenthiran, C Yogeswaran and P Selvarasa) complain Sinhalese getting India-funded houses http://www.nation.lk/edition/breaking-news/item/18555-tna-mps-complain-sinhalese-getting-india-funded-houses.html

 December 2013:

Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT) has unanimously ruled that Sri Lanka is guilty of genocide, at its second high profile session in Bremen, Germany. Member former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Dr Denis Haliday, as well as genocide scholars, international legal experts and activists. Haliday had also told TamilNet that the United Nations had failed the Tamils and noted the failure of the international community to act to prevent the genocide.

 January 2009 – TNA in India

R Sambanthan, Suresh Premachandran, Mavai Senadhiraja, MK Sivajilingam and Padmini Chidambaranathan made the remarks at a press conference held in Chennai, Tamilnadu. Suresh Premachandran told BBC Tamil Service that if India did not intervene soon, it would tantamount to being complicit in the genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils (TN Gopalan BBC Tamil Service)

 April 2009 – Tamil National Alliance in a statement released by its Foreign Relations Committee The Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka are clearly being subjected to Genocide.”

 Examples of websites:

How many have thought of double checking these accusations?

  • Who has looked at the Tamil population statistics in the years 1980s, 1990s and to the present
  • How many has looked at the migration figures of Tamils moving to live outside of the North and even going overseas legitimately as well as illegitimately.
  • How many of those claiming genocide has backed up their allegations with names of the dead and why have even international organizations and leaders not asked that those making allegations should ensure that complete details of the supposed dead are given.
  • How many have looked at the housing populations in the South especially in Colombo where Tamil population has increased considerably.
  • How many have looked at the US satellite imagery reports where they have hardly been able to report only three graveyards containing 1,346 bodies much to the dismay of the anti-Sri Lanka lobby.
  • How about the death figures, the hospital mortuary statistics… why have none of the supposed dead come to log the details of the missing to the Mission Person’s Commission of Inquiry. If people are grieving the dead and want answers for their deaths they do not require to choose who they report the dead to? For how long have we sought to find the names of the supposed dead. There is no shortage of dead numbers but none can come out with names.
  • The salaries paid to Tamil public servants will provide further evidence. In most cases LTTE members were receiving State salaries!
  • While genocide accusation does not hold water when Tamils secure economic control in key economic sectors/industries including Sri Lanka’s wholesale market, banking industry and stock exchange.
  • The colonization claim does not hold water either as sufficient historical and archaeological evidence prevails to showcase Sinhala Buddhist heritage in North Sri Lanka and Sinhalese and Muslims have every right to even without historical proof decide to reside in the North if they so wish and Tamils have no right to jump up and down claiming ‘genocide’ and ‘colonization’ as gimmicks to stop them and the GOSL should not be scared and refrain from assisting those who wish to reside in the North. In fact the GOSL is bound to help such people because of the threats they may face by quarters of the TNA who by some obnoxious logic think they can reside anywhere and everywhere in Sri Lanka while Sinhalese or Muslims cannot enter the North because it is Tamil territory. There is and was and will never be any such demarcated territory. This is such a territory demarcated and called Land of Tamils and that is found in Tamil Nadu where the state official language is Tamil too and it is from where Sri Lanka’s Tamils came from too.
  • A lot of people including LTTE supporters need to be reminded of the Tamils killed by the LTTE: http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=Tamil_Politicians_Priests_Public_Officials_and_Academics_killed_by_the_LTTE_20131103_01
    • Sri Sabaratnam – a Tamil militant who fell on his knees and pleaded for his life
    • 19 June 1990 the Tamil Tigers attacked an EPRLF meeting in Madras, murdering thirteen EPRLF members including leader K. Padmanaba, Jaffna District MP G. Yogasangari and former North Eastern Province Finance Minister P. Kirubakaran
    • IP Mr. BASTIANPILLAI Investigator into terrorist activities
    • 11 principals
    • Mr & Mrs. Sam Thambimuttu (parents of Arun Thambimuttu MP)
    • 21 Grama Sevaka officers
    • LOGANADAN ( Deputy General of Secretariat Coordinating for Peace Process) – shot dead in Colombo
    • RAJINI THIRANAGAMA – University Lecturer
    • 16 TULF moderate MPs including Amirthalingam
    • We are yet to know how many Tamils the LTTE killed over the years during its defacto rule – Tamils that didn’t listen to LTTE orders, Tamils who refused to give their children to the LTTE, Tamil children who tried to run away from the LTTE suicide ‘orphanages’, Tamil cadres who had had enough of terror killings, Tamil cadres injured and who became a headache for the LTTE to look after….how would the pro-LTTE lobby categorize these deaths?

As has been rightly pointed out the TNA members and a host of others are guilty of violating SECTION 120 OF THE PENAL CODE

Whoever by words, either spoken or intended to be read, or by signs, or by visible representations, or otherwise… attempts to raise discontent and dissatisfaction amongst the People of Sri Lanka, or to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different classes of People, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years”.

 People cannot make lose and unverifiable statements using very powerful words that are now picked up by international media and a host of others who without bothering to find out the truth are simply parroting these words and it has caused much pain of mind to the Sinhalese and it is time such ugly practices stop.

Shenali D Waduge

 

11 Responses to “Can Tamil National Alliance claim Genocide and Colonization”

  1. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    WHAT HAS MR DONE TO RESETTLE THE 10,000 Sinhalese who were ETHNICALLY CLEANSED from the North ? NOTHING
    Their LAND and possessions were occupied by the Tamils. That is why TNA wants LAND POWERS, to seal the issue.

    WHAT HAS MR DONE TO RESETTLE THE 80,000 MUSLIMS, who were ETHNICALLY CLEANSED From the North, and asked to leave within 24 hours ? NOTHING. Their LAND and VALUABLES were forcibly robbed.

    MR is appeasing the Tamils to get their vote. He will never get it. HE is in for a surprise. The whole country can see it, but HE cannot see it.

    HE SHOULD START ACTING BEFORE THE NEXT ELECTIONS. I DO HOPE HE WILL. THEN ONLY HE WILL RECEIVE VOTES FROM THE NORTH.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    The problem is NOT TNA. TNA=LTTE did only one SMALL part of the genocide.

    You can commit a crime by COMMISSION and OMISSION.

    The problem is the Rajapaksha govt. has NOT resettled displaced Sinhalese and Muslims.

    That is the genocide.

    Now genocide is happening in Colombo too. Sinhalese are chased away from Colombo by Tamils and Muslims.

    I can’t wait till the 2015 election is over to SHOW to my critics that Tamils will not even give 5% of their vote to MR.
    RUN-NIL’s lead over MR in Jaffna alone will be 200,000 votes.

    The beauty of it is NPC will spend NPC council money (which they don’t spend on development) to defeat MR. Suicide.

  3. Nanda Says:

    Susantha,
    A little mistake. Number of Sinhalese are 26000. Muslims are only 20000.

    WHAT HAS MR DONE TO RESETTLE THE 20,000 MUSLIMS, who were ETHNICALLY CLEANSED From the North, and asked to leave within 24 hours ?
    He begged Jihadist countries come and help. Jihadists are building house in thousands for the Muslims on prime land belonging to Sinhala Buddhist heritage.

  4. Nanda Says:

    Even if he settles 200 Sinhalese by January he cannot win 200 votes in the North, because they are registered in other areas.

  5. Christie Says:

    What we don’t see is the genocide of the Sinhala people. We have the lowest birth rate, highest suicide and homicide least per person land occupation. Sinhalese have to unite and their is no other solution.

  6. SA Kumar Says:

    NP (Saiva TE) vote for UNP
    EP (Muslim TE) vote for SLFP
    CP? (State TE) always vote for alia (UNP)

    but MR will win this (last) time to complete his last Mahintha sinthanai to united mother lanka that is bring Mahavali to Iranamadu kulam .

    live & lets live until Eelam war V
    let me go back to my day dream – Naalai pirakkum TE.

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    Yesterday, an Islamic terrorist dressed in black killed a military honor guard at a war memorial and attacked the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. Day before yesterday, an Islamic terrorist drove down two Canadian soldiers and killed one of them. Both terrorists were subsequently killed by Canadian security forces. This appears to be in retaliation against Canadian participation in the air-strikes against the Islamic State in the Middle East.

    Meanwhile, Canada accepts FAKE TAMIL EELAMIST REFUGEES from Sri Lanka, even grants 6-year VISAS to relatives of known terrorists RECENTLY killed in shootouts with Sri Lankan Armed Forces, helps the LTTE/EELAMIST Tamil Diaspora raise funds for more murder and mayhem in Sri Lanka, and assists in orchestrating “war crimes” witch-hunts against the GOSL elected by the vast majority of Sri Lankans.

    While I offer my condolences to the Canadian people, I would like to ask why Canada aids and abets terrorism against the people of Sri Lanka by providing a safe haven for Tamil terrorist groups?

    Should SRi Lanka offer a safe haven to the relatives of the terrorists who killed the Candien soldiers … for purely “compassionate” reasons, so dear to the hearts of Canadians, of course.

    It seems to me that Canada SOWED the WHIRLWIND in Sri Lanka, and is REAPING the WHIRLWIND in Canada. Does Canada DESERVE our sympathy while it ignores our pain and suffering and UNDERMINES our Motherland, our haven, our refuge? Is our blood less red than their own?

    ………………..
    Slain Tiger’s mother stopped from leaving for Canada; Govt. alleges diaspora-diplomatic initiative to relocate Tigers’ relatives

    Island.lk
    October 21, 2014

    By Shamindra Ferdinando

    LTTE members and supporters active overseas had launched a special project to secure asylum for close relatives of dead LTTE cadres, a senior security official alleged yesterday.

    The official was responding to a query by The Island regarding the arrest of Sundaralingam Rajithamalar (57), mother of Sundaralingam Kajeepan alias Thevihan killed during an army operation at Vedivachchikallu, south of Nedunkerni last April.

    Rajithamalar was prevented from leaving the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) yesterday morning, though she had a valid Canadian visa.

    Thevihan was involved in LTTE air attacks on the Anuradhapura air base in October 2007 and the Kolonnawa Petroleum Storage facility also in the same year. Having joined the LTTE during Eelam war III, Thevihan became a key member of Air Tigers. The incident off Nedunkerni was the first between the army and the LTTE since the LTTE was defeated on May 19, 2009. The army also shot dead Selvanayagam Kajeepan alias Gopi and Navaratnam Navaneethan alias Appan.

    The official said Rajithamalar couldn’t be allowed to leave the country as authorities were still investigating Thevihan’s involvement in an attempt to revive the LTTE. Asked whether the government was inquiring into the possibility of some Western governments cooperating with the Diaspora project, the official said: “Rajithamalar received a Canadian visa valid for six years, whereas genuine travelers are routinely refused visas by Western embassies.

    Early this month, we prevented Kajeepan Sarmila, the wife of Gopi, who died along with Thevihan, from leaving the country.”

    The official revealed that Rajithamalar had applied for Canadian visa when Sarmila got a from the Swiss embassy. Authorities at the BIA turned away Sarmila on Oct. 6, 2014. Canada issued a visa for Rajithamalar on Oct 9, 2014.

    Authoritative sources alleged that Davide Vignati, First Secretary (Political) at the Switzerland embassy here had intervened when Gopi’ wife was prevented from leaving the country.

  8. Ananda-USA Says:

    Canada PM vows crackdown after capital shocked by fatal attacks

    By David Ljunggren and Leah Schnurr
    Reuters
    October 22, 2014, 2 hours ago

    ……….My Comment at Yahoo.com on this article:………..

    Harper said Canada would now “redouble our efforts to work with our allies around the world and fight against the terrorist organizations who brutalize those in other countries with the hope of bringing their savagery to our shores”.

    How can he say that while Canada gives SAFE HAVEN to many terrorist organizations which inflict murder and mayhem in many other countries while posing as “freedom fighters”??

    For example, Canada is the MAIN BASE of the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) who murdered over 150,000 people in Sri Lanka over 30 years by every foul means imaginable in their quest for a separate state of Eelam in Sri Lanka for less than 12% of its people.. They inflicted far worse atrocities in Sri Lanka than the fiends of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq are doing today. Even today, Canada supports LTTE’s activities, and undermines the Government of Sri Lanka that crushed the military arm of the LTTE in May, 2009 including charging the heroic govt of Sri Lanka with war crimes!! At this rate, no DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED GOVERNMENT in the developing world can survive, because of Western interference.

    However, when Western nations are threatened, the gloves come off and every imaginable deadly weapon of destruction is deployed, and civilian deaths are deemed COLLATERAL DAMAGE and a natural and acceptable consequence of war. It appears to be only a case of WHOSE OX IS BEING GORED at any given time.

    Hopefully, in the aftermath of these terrorist attacks, Canada will also move to CONTROL the terrorist organizations operating on its soil against other developing nations. In the absence of abandoning the HYPOCRITICAL DOUBLE STANDARDS now being applied against other nations, Canada will not gain much sympathy around the
    world, because in effect Canada is saying that Canadian blood is redder than those of people living in developing countries. Stop the HYPOCRISY NOW!

  9. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    THANKS FOR THE CORRECTION, NANDA.

  10. Ananda-USA Says:

    That Incurable Racist Demagogue Vaiko is CONDEMNS the BJP for befriending Sri Lanka!

    NOW IS THE TIME for Sri Lanka to EXTRADITE Vaiko to face charges in Sri Lanka under the PREVENTION OF TERRORISM and IMMIGRATION & EMIIGRATION laws.

    We have VIDEOS to prove his illegal presence in the Wanni with Prabhakaran, and giving Motivational Speeches to LTTE cadre!

    INDICT him, EXTRADITE him, PROSECUTE him, CONVICT him, IMPRISON him for LIFE at HARD LABOR, and THROW AWAY THE KEY! Tens of Thousands of dead Sri Lankans are Crying Out for Justice!

    ……………………..
    Indian Tamil party leader accuses BJP government of openly aiding Sri Lanka

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    Oct 25, Chennai: A Tamil Nadu Tamil political leader today criticized the Indian government’s policy regarding Sri Lanka and charged the government of acting against the minority Tamils.

    The general secretary of the MDMK, V. Goplasamy aka Vaiko warned the BJP-led central government that its policy on Sri Lanka may have its repercussions in the future.

    The pro-Eelam Tamil Nadu political leader and MDMK founder, slammed the senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s demand that India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, be conferred on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, saying the BJP cannot ignore its responsibility by just distancing itself away from Swamy.

    “Though the previous UPA discreetly helped Sri Lanka against Tamils, it later backtracked but the BJP government is openly aiding Colombo,” PTI quoted Vaiko as saying.

    He condemned the BJP leader Swamy’s “brazen” call to award Bharat Ratna to Sri Lankan President.

    “This is infuriating. It amounts demanding Bharat Ratna for General Dyre, who led the Jalianwala Bagh massacre. Have the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) or others from BJP condemn Swamy for this? No. They cannot ignore their responsibility by saying it was his personal opinion,” he said.

    Vaiko also opposed various other steps initiated by New Delhi regarding Sri Lanka, including hosting its top defense officials.

    The NDA government though that there was none to question it and its continued ‘anti-Ealam Tamils’ stand will have its own repercussions in the future, Vaiko said even as BJP aims to put up a good show in Tamil Nadu in the 2016 Assembly polls.

  11. Lorenzo Says:

    Canada is a DEN of terrorists.

    Tamil terrorists and Muslim terrorists INTER-BREED in Canada!

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