OMP Act: Yahapalana hegemony in action
Posted on August 15th, 2016

Courtesy The Island

The passage of the Office of Missing Persons Bill in parliament once again saw the worst characteristics of the so-called yahapalana government on display last Thursday. All the decisions concerning the Bill was made by the yahapalana partners who dominate both the government and the opposition in parliament and the Bill was rammed through in just 40 minutes disregarding all the objections raised by the Joint Opposition which is the largest group in the opposition – twice as large as the TNA and the JVP put together. The JVP especially was once again confirmed at least in the eyes of the public, as a fellow traveller of the yahapalana project by the stand they took on the OMP Bill.

A little past 12 noon on Thursday, Dinesh Gunawardena the parliamentary leader of the Joint Opposition stood up and said that the party leaders’ committee of parliament had agreed that the debate on the OMP Bill would be held on Thursday 11th of August and that the vote on the Bill would be postponed to the third week of August. He also said that the JO had addressed requests to the President and the Speaker to leave more time for debate claiming that the Office of Missing Persons Bill violates the constitution and to take up the matter in the third week of August. However, on Wednesday the party leaders’ committee had convened again and changed the earlier decision and decided to schedule the OMP Bill for debate on Thursday and to take a vote on it on Friday.

Dinesh Gunawardene pointed out that the oversight committee had presented two amendments, the government had forwarded 17 amendments and in addition the JVP has also put forward some amendments. He said that in such circumstances the JO simply could not agree to take the vote on the Bill on Friday and that to restrict the time for debate in that manner was a violation of the right of parliament to debate a draft law properly. He suggested that the debate continue the whole of Friday and that the vote be taken in the third week of August as arranged earlier. Gunawardena requested that a party leader’s committee meet again and extend the time given to debate the OMP Bill.

To this the leader of the house Lakshman Kiriella said that this Bill had been presented to parliament on the 22nd of May, that it had been gazetted on the 27th of that month and that the opposition did not go the Supreme Court against the Bill either. Furthermore, he argued that a decision had been arrived at on Wednesday at the party leaders’ committee and that the debate could not be postponed. Karu Jayasuriya explained that at the party leaders’ committee Dinesh Gunawardena had asked for more time but the TNA and the JVP had agreed with the government to hold the debate on Thursday and to take the vote on Friday.

Wimal Weerawansa stood up in parliament and said that this was legislation being introduced in pursuance of the agreements reached in Geneva and that this Bill was of immense national importance because it is designed to betray the armed forces to satisfy foreign powers and the Tamil diaspora and therefore requested that this be taken up in the third week of August. The Speaker explained that the representatives of 175 MPs in parliament had agreed to hold the debate on Thursday and Friday while the representative of 50 MPs had disagreed and that he did not have the authority to change a decision made by the party leaders committee.

Steamrolling laws into place

When the Chief Government Whip Gayantha Karunatilleke proposed that the vote on the OMP Bill be taken on Friday, Joint Opposition parliamentarians invaded the well of the house. Thereupon Karu Jayasuriya suspended the sittings. Parliament met again at 1.30 pm. Dinesh Gunawardene stood up once again and reiterated the request he made earlier. JVP parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said that they had suggested that the debate on the OMP Bill be taken on Friday evening even though the government wanted to take the vote at 11 am. He said that if the VAT Bill had been taken up for debate, they could not have dealt with the OMP Bill at all.

Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that he was in the oversight committee that looked into the OMP Bill, and that three amendments had been suggested and that on Thursday morning they had received a further 17 amendments from the Government which had not been considered by the oversight committee. Wimal Weerawansa stood up again and said that they do not make such requests with regard to all Bills coming before parliament and that they are making such a request now due to the importance of this particular Bill.

Amidst much shouting and disturbances, Mangala Samaraweera began his speech to present the Bill to parliament at around ten minutes to two in the afternoon. He said that he was pleased to present to parliament a Bill of historic significance. Reading his speech was an uphill struggle for Mangala with Karu Jayasuriya speaking at the same time trying to maintain order in the house. Over Karu’s voice and the general din in the house, Mangala was heard talking about reconciliation and coming to terms with the tragedies of the past. Mangala was shouting at the top of his voice about the ‘blood of the minorities being shed’ and that the first step towards a Sri Lankan nation will be this Bill. He was surrounded by a phalanx of UNP parliamentarians as if to guard him from the Joint Opposition which was continuously disturbing his speech.

It is significant to note that the MPs giving protection to Mangala while he was speaking were all UNPer with no one from the SLFP’s Sirisena Faction present. At one point S.M.Marikkar and Ravi Karunanayake were seen saying something to Mangala who said as if in agreement with Marikkar and Karunanayake ‘Api chandayata yamu’ (Let’s put it to a vote). Unable to continue speaking, Mangala tabled the text of his speech and requested that it be recorded in Hansard. The next to speak was M.A.Sumanthiran of the TNA who thanked the government for taking this ‘baby step’ towards reconciliation. He said that ‘white vanning’ has now entered the dictionary as a verb and that this step has been taken only to ascertain the truth. Sumanthiran too spoke amidst constant disturbances and the chanting of slogans by Joint Opposition MPs. In the course of his speech Sumanthiran accused both Mahinda Rajapaksa and Vasudeva Nanayakkara of being interested only in the human rights of Sinhala youth.

The next to speak was Bimal Ratnayake who said that people had disappeared in this country in 1971, during the July riots of 1983, the JVP insurrection of 1987-90, the last few years of the war (against the LTTE) and also after 2009 when journalists and activists had disappeared. However he said that a permanent body to investigate these disappearances had not been formed. He said that the mothers in the south and the north had the same need to know what happened to their loved ones and that this was a question of justice. He said that the establishment of this body will not do justice to those who disappeared in 1971, in 1987-89 and in recent times in the South, but that they believe that this mechanism would serve such a purpose in the future.

He also said that the wars and conflicts that occurred in this country should be settled by those in the country and that international powers should have no role in it, especially those powers that went around the world igniting conflicts (which perhaps was a reference to the USA). Ratnayake then moved three amendments to the OMP Bill which related to removing the capacity of the OMP to enter into agreements with various foreign bodies and its capacity to collect funds directly from foreign sources (The JVP amendment would see the OMP obtaining foreign funds through the Department of External Resources). Furthermore, when it came to the power of designated officers of the OMP to enter any military installation without warrant, the JVP wanted such entry reported to the IGP within 48 hours so that he could take ‘judicial action’.

After Bimal Ratnayake’s speech, Karu Jayasuriya announced that the government will not be speaking on the OMP Bill and that if the Joint Opposition wanted to speak they should return to their seats and that they can be given an opportunity to address the house. The confusion in the house continued for a few more moments and suddenly people began shouting ‘aye’ and Jayasuriya said ‘sammathai’ (passed). That is how the second reading of the OMP Bill was passed by parliament. Then Karu J stepped down from the Speaker’s chair and moved onto the committee stage when he started reading out the numbers of the clauses of the Bill in rapid succession with interruptions to incorporate the amendments brought by the JVP. Having read out all the remaining clauses, Jayasuriya concluded the committee stage and recommenced sittings of parliament.

Then the third reading was announced and the OMP Bill was declared to have been passed. The entire process from the time Mangala began his speech to introduce the Bill to the point when it was declared passed into law would have taken all of 40 minutes. This marks a highpoint of the ‘good governance’ government and although not in the same league as the sacking of Chief Justice Mohan Peiris and the passing of the 19th Amendment it was nevertheless in many ways similar. To see what the government has gained (or the opposition has lost) by the passing of this draft legislation into law, it is important to know what the Office of Missing Persons seeks to achieve.

What the OMP Act is about

The Office of Missing Persons was the first of several institutions that the government undertook to set up to ‘deal with the past’ in the UN Human Rights Commission resolution it co-sponsored with the Western powers in September last year. The fact that the legal framework for this institution has now been set up is a plus point for the government in terms of the ‘commitments’ they made to their foreign allies. The reason why the Joint Opposition and Mahinda Rajapaksa himself vehemently opposed this piece of legislation is because of the following.

1.       According to Section 3(2) of the OMP Act, the Office of Missing Persons will not be a part of Sri Lanka’s state law enforcement and justice system, but an independent incorporated body which means that they will have the same freedom of action as a private foundation incorporated by Act of Parliament and they will have the power to make their own rules [Section11(b)].

2.       In recommending the seven members of the OMP, the Constitutional Council will have to ensure that the individuals they recommend will have experience in investigation, human rights law and international humanitarian law [Section 4 (2)] which makes it clear that all the appointees will be representatives of foreign funded NGOs and possibly foreigners.

3.       Section 21 gave the OMP the power to receive foreign funding directly from any foreign source. [This has now been slightly modified due to the amendments moved by the JVP. Now the OMP will still have the power to receive foreign funding from any foreign source but this will have to be channeled to them through the Department of External Resources. The Joint Opposition is fundamentally opposed to any foreign funding for the OMP whether it is channeled through the DER or not].

4.       According to Section 11(a) the OMP can enter into agreements with foreign persons or organisations concerning its work. [This too has been modified due to an amendment moved by the JVP. It is only after the Act is signed into law by the Speaker that we will know exactly what restrictions have been placed on the OMP entering into agreements with foreign organisations. The Joint Opposition is totally opposed to the OMP having the power to enter into agreements with foreign bodies].

5.       The OMP can appoint and dismiss its own staff and consultants [Sections 11 (d) and 16. (1)]. It is not specified that the staff and consultants have to be Sri Lankan or even public servants. Reading Sections 11(a) and 11(d) together makes it clear that the appointment of staff will be done in accordance with the agreements entered into by the OMP with foreign organisations.

6.       Section 11(e) empowers the OMP to establish units and divisions to which the seven members of the OMP will delegate their powers and functions.

7.       The OMP can receive complaints not only from relations and friends of missing persons but from any interested party both local and foreign. [Section 12(a)]

8.       The OMP functions as an investigative body. They can receive statements, examine witnesses in person and through videoconferencing, to summon any person to be present before the OMP or to provide a statement or produce any document or other thing in his possession. The OMP can also accept information on the condition of confidentiality [Section 12 (c)].

9.       All government bodies and officers at state, provincial, and local levels including the armed forces and intelligence services have to render fullest assistance to the OMP by producing documents and providing information [Section 12(e)]. The provisions of the Official Secrets Act No.32 of 1955 do not apply to the OMP. This is one of the provisions in the OMP Bill that had riled the Joint Opposition the most. It is significant to note that the JVP which has a history of being a terrorist organisation and the TNA which was once the proxy of the LTTE, showed no concern about this provision.

10.   According to Section 12 (c) (iii) the OMP can admit any statement or material even in contravention of the provisions of the Evidence Ordinance. This too is a matter that has earned the ire of the Joint Opposition.

11.   The OMP can authorize a ‘specified officer’ – who as we saw above could be even a foreigner – to enter without warrant and investigate, at any time of day or night, any place of detention, police station, prison, military installation or army camp in which people are suspected to be detained. This ‘specified officer’ is also empowered to seize and examine and take into his possession any document or object for the purposes of any investigation [Section 12 (f)]. According to Section 12 (g), even in instances when the OMP obtains a Magisterial warrant to search any premises for evidence, the search can be carried out by ‘specified officers’ of the OMP instead of the police. According to the tepid modification to this suggested by the JVP, if the OMP carried out a raid like this, they will have to report it to the IGP within 48 hours. It is not clear what purpose this reporting requirement suggested by the JVP is supposed to serve.

12.   According to section 13 (1) (b) if a missing person is found, his next of kin will be informed only if the missing person consents to it. So a missing person can opt to remain missing even if found and the world will be none the wiser!

13.   The provisions of the recently passed Right to Information Act will not apply to the work of the OMP and they can carry out their work without the need to maintain transparency [Section 15(1)]. No court, not even the Supreme Court can order any officer of the OMP to submit to courts any material communicated to him in confidence. [Section 15(2)]

14.   Anyone who fails or refuses to cooperate with the OMP in any investigation and is in contempt of the OMP will be punished by the Court of Appeal [Section 24 (1)].

The above are just a few of the objectionable features of the Office of Missing Persons. Needless to say, by passing this law, the government has given the opposition much grist to their mill. Every opposition needs issues to sustain their onslaught against the government. When Arjuna Mahendran was in the Central Bank, there were plenty of issues for the opposition to chew on. The moment he was removed, the opposition lost a major talking point. Now by ramming through the OMP Bill, the government has given the opposition an issue that they can take right around the country. When the OMP becomes operational, every act of that institution will come under constant media scrutiny. There will be protests and ‘voice cuts’ given to the media before hearings and after hearings. The OMP will feature often in the front pages and the headlines and none of that will be advantageous to the government.

The yahapalana government has an incredible capacity to do the wrong thing exactly at the wrong moment. The news of the passage of the OMP Bill in less than satisfactory circumstances was accompanied by news reports that the courts had given permission to the police to obtain the records of no less than sixty bank accounts belonging to army intelligence officers in relation to the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunga. All this, taking place in the backdrop where the government was being criticised for arresting and incarcerating army intelligence officers can’t possibly be to the advantage of the government. As far as the opposition is concerned, it was politically more advantageous to them to allow this to be passed into law so that they can take it right around the country instead of blocking it and saving the government from itself.

The opposition may have had an interest in blocking the VAT (Amendment) Bill because they could throw the government into disarray as a means of protesting against the tax increase. But politically speaking they had no advantage in trying to block the OMP Bill because it provides them with an issue to flog the government with. It should be remembered that the Joint Opposition did not challenge the OMP Bill in the Supreme Court even though there were good grounds for doing so. Why should they deprive themselves of a god-given opportunity to make the government drown in its own ordure?

11 Responses to “OMP Act: Yahapalana hegemony in action”

  1. Christie Says:

    Yahapalanaya; Indian Empire in action.

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    Friends,

    Even as we agonise over the misdeeds of the Yamapalanaya, our boys in the Sri Lanka cricket team are making us proud AGAIN in the 3rd Test vs Australia in Galle!

    Batting first, from a potential disaster of 29/5 SL are now 299/7 at lunch on the 2nd day, with centuries by Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal! Dinesh and Herath are still batting making the Aussies cry!

    Jayawewa, Sri Lanka! Gahapang Machang Boundary! Boundary!

  3. Ananda-USA Says:

    Oops! The match is in Colombo, not in Galle, and it’s raining cats and dogs now in Colombo!

  4. Fran Diaz Says:

    ILLEGALITY IN LANKA :

    * The OMP & the Yahap govt that created it, are both ILLEGAL.

    * The 13-A is also ILLEGAL.

    * Lanka has many many thousands of ILLEGAL MIGRANTS from Tamil Nadu.

    These are just some of the ILLEGAL aspects in Lanka.

    What have the LAW MAKERS of Lanka to say about all this ?

  5. plumblossom Says:

    The missing persons commission, the name is a misnomer. it should be called ‘those combatants on all sides who died in the war i.e. Sri Lankan Forces, Police Force. Civil Defence Forces, IPKF, Tamil Armed Groups against the LTTE and the LTTE terrorists themselves and whose bodies have not be found’. Therefore the name itself is wrong and invented by the UNHRC to tarnish the image of the armed forces of Sri Lanka.

    The missing persons commission to date has receive 24,000 complaints from 1983-2009 period. Of this number over 5,000 are regarding missing Sri Lankan Forces members, whereabouts unknown, almost certainly executed by the LTTE terrorists. Over 12,000 complaints are against the LTTE itself recruiting young persons by coercion. Therefore over 70% of complaints are against the LTTE itself which amounts to over 17,000 complaints. The rest of the complaints are I am sure about the whereabouts of LTTE combatants or terrorists who died while fighting but whose bodies have not been found.

    My question is, why cannot the UNHRC the US,UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden and India accept that Sri Lankan Forces, Police Force, Civil Defence Forces, IPKF, Tamil Armed Groups against the LTTE and the LTTE terrorists themselves died fighting in this war and leave it at that. What is the point in looking for these combatants now? Why is it that the UNHRC the US,UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden and India never ever talk about the over 35,000 Sri Lankan Forces, Police Force, civil Defence Force members who died in the war? or the 1,200 IPKF members or the over 2,000 Tamils Armed Groups against the LTTE members who died in the war? or the over 6,000-7,000 Sinhala civilians and even Muslims civilians who were massacred by the LTTE? or the around (my estimate) over 3,000 Tamil civilians massacred by the LTTE?

    Why is it that the UNHRC the US,UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden and India is not concerned about the over 10,000 Sri Lankan Forces members permanently disabled by the war, or the over 23,000 Sri Lankan Forces members both temporarily and permanently disabled by the war? or the over 136,000 Sri Lankan Forces members who were injured due to the war?

    Why is it that the UNHRC the US,UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden and India not concerned about the over 65,000 Sinhala people and over 75,000 muslims ethnically cleansed from the North?

    Why is it that the only the around 35,000 LTTE terrorists who died inclusive of Prabhakaran are the concern of the UNHRC the US,UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden and India? Perhaps this missing persons commission should answer that question first.

  6. plumblossom Says:

    The missing persons, the name itself is a misnomer. When a soldier or an LTTE terrorist died in combat and a body was not found due to let us say the other side burying the body, the combatant is considered missing in action. Therefore the name of this commission should be ‘Those who died in the war on all sides and whose bodies have not been found’. Therefore now looking for all of these combatants whether LTTE terrorists or Sri Lanka Forces members is useless since it is a complete waste of time. Also what about all the navy personnel or even LTTE terrorists who died at sea, their bodies certainly would not have been found. So all of these combatants are missing in action.

    The missing persons commission to date has receive 24,000 complaints from 1983-2009 period. Of this number over 5,000 are regarding missing Sri Lankan Forces members, whereabouts unknown, almost certainly executed by the LTTE terrorists. Over 12,000 complaints are against the LTTE itself recruiting young persons by coercion. Therefore over 70% of complaints are against the LTTE itself which amounts to over 17,000 complaints. The rest of the complaints are I am sure about the whereabouts of LTTE combatants or terrorists who died while fighting but whose bodies have not been found.

    Therefore it is extremely clear that it is the LTTE which should be questioned about these missing persons and this treacherous yahapalanaya has placed our Sri Lankan Armed Forces in deep trouble for no reason as usual.

  7. plumblossom Says:

    Mr. Udaya Gammanpila Sir,

    Apart from highly commending you for taking legal action against the treacherous CBK (Chaura Rejina) regarding the defamatory and utter lies she keeps repeating to defame her rivals, legal action should be taken against her for stating that she will definitely devolve more powers to provincial Councils within the new constitution. Does this evil woman CBK think she owns Sri Lanka and that she is the one who is going to draw up the new constitution of Sri Lanka (according to the wishes of the imperialistic US, UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden, India, the racist TNA and the separatist terrorists)? The constitution of Sri Lanka should satisfy first and foremost the majority of people of this island i.e. the Sinhala people and the Sinhala people firstly do not want to draw up a new constitution nor do they want any more powers whatsoever be provided to the provincial councils.

    Someone has to go to the supreme court and take action against treacherous CBK for suggesting that she will definitely devolve more powers to provincial councils within the yet to be drawn up constitution since this means the treacherous Ranil, Sirisena, CBK and Mangala have already drawn up a constitution to satisfy the imperialistic US, UK, EU, Canada, Norway, Sweden, India, the racist TNA and the separatist terrorists which is illegal.

    Beyond this, this yahapalanaya government, CBK, Sirisena, the JVP, the JHU, Sarath Fonseka and the like are extremely corrupt and are enjoying perks such as Pajeros, official vehicles, official residences, Rs.200 lakhs loans, doing deals such as renting buildings for example to house the agricultural ministry at very high rents, the bond scam, paying supporters very high salaries and hiring them as ‘consultants’ who are not really consultants such as at the RDA, the rice mafia of Sirisena brother making massive amounts of money at the expense of poor rice farmers, the coal deals of Champika making yet more massive amounts of money, all these corrupt deals are being done and the country is being betrayed in this way by collecting the required two thirds majority in parliament to ensure that treacherous acts such as the missing persons act are approved by parliament.

    All the while valuable infrastructure that should be marketed all over the world such as the Mattala Airport was used for storing rice rather than enticing airlines all over the world to use this airport or at least divert half the airplanes which use Katunayake to Mattala, especially tourist planes.

  8. plumblossom Says:

    In the missing persons act, a relative or a friend can make an official complaint to the OMP by e-mail the whereabouts of their relative or friend. There are over 8 lakhs to 10 lakhs Tamil diaspora asylum seekers (actually economic migrants), a majority of whom support the separatist terrorist LTTE and its aim of a separate state.

    If even 40,000 of these Tamil diaspora who support the separatist terrorist LTTE write bogus emails to the OMP inquiring the whereabouts of their friend or relative (but this friend or relative is actually living alongside them in these countries i.e. the US, UK, EU, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, India etc.) these inquiries will officially be accepted by the OMP as 40,000 missing persons.

    In the OMP Act, even if the OMP inquires after these let us say 40,000 and finds out that these are all bogus inquiries and that all these 40,000 persons are actually living alongside the inquirer i.e. their relative or friend and these complaints about these persons being missing are all bogus, the missing persons, now found by the OMP, can request that their whereabouts not be revealed to their relative or friend or be made public. So officially these 40,000 persons will still be missing!!!

    Then the OMP will use these bogus 40,000 missing persons (who are actually living comfortably in the US, UK, EU, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, India etc.) as ‘evidence’ that war crimes happened in Sri Lanka (and all these bogus inquiries will state that these persons went missing during the 2006-2009 period) and our Sri Lankan Forces will be persecuted for committing war crimes by a judicial process using these bogus email inquiries.

    The missing persons act states specifically that if the missing person who is found requests that the fact that they are found not be revealed to the public that person will remain as missing as far as the OMP is concerned. This is how the OMP will manufacture bogus evidence of 40,000 missing persons so that the Sri Lankan Armed Forces can be persecuted for committing bogus war crimes.

    The OMP emails cannot be checked by any outside body as stated in the act since all evidence (almost all bogus) gathered by the OMP remains confidential. The OMP cannot be taken to the supreme court on this issue. However OMP should be taken to the supreme court regarding what I have written above which is what would happen when this OMP is set up.

    The OMP will become a bogus evidence manufacturing machine which will gather such bogus inquiries via email from those members of the Tamil diaspora who are supportive of the LTTE terrorists and who will send bogus email inquiries in their thousands. All these bogus inquiries (of people who are actually living in in the US, UK, EU, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, India etc.) will then be used as missing persons inquiries.

    I did not realize that the Sinhalese were this stupid as to allow such a process within the missing persons act which can be blatantly misused in order to manufacture bogus evidence like this. The OMP process is not transparent, it will happen in totally secrecy, no one in Sri Lanka will be able to question it, not our police, our courts, Sri Lankan citizens, nobody. All the OMP will do is gather bogus email ‘evidence’ such as described above to try the Sri Lankan Armed Forces for bogus war crimes which they never committed.

    The OMP process as described above must be stopped immediately. If a relative or a friend really and genuinely wants to find out about their genuinely missing relative or friend, they can make a complain to the OMP in person in public. This is the only way that Sri Lanka and the world will know that this inquiry is genuine. This was the methodology followed by the earlier Paranagama Commission which then received 24,000 complaints from relatives or friends of the missing persons but they complained in public in person to the commission. Even some of these complaints may be bogus too.

    The OMP should be stopped immediately since it is not a transparent process at all as described above. If the UNHRC, the US, UK, EU, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, India, the TNA and the separatist terrorists genuinely want to find out about perished LTTE terrorists, this yahapalanaya government could expand the scope of the Paranagama Commission in order to make such inquiries. This process should be totally following Sri Lankan Law, within Sri Lankan jurisdiction, paid for totally by the Sri Lankan Government only and with only Sri Lankan citizens appointed as commission members and investigators. In fact the entire staff should be Sri Lankan citizens only. The process should be a totally domestic process with no interference or input whatsoever from foreign countries. Most importantly, all complaints should be made in person by relatives and friends in public if their complaint is genuine.

    The missing persons act as it is totally dangerous as pointed out above and should be dismissed totally as it is highly dangerous and a totally secretive process as described above to manufacture bogus evidence against the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.

  9. Fran Diaz Says:

    What about Tamil ‘Missing Persons’ who are probably in Tamil Nadu camps ?
    What about Tamil ‘Missing Persons’ who are probably in the west, who have gone as ‘Refugees’ to Canada and the rest of the west after the trumped up 1983 Riots ?

  10. Ananda-USA Says:

    Fran,

    Recently there was a Canadian newspaper report about a Tamil woman who was being deported from Canada for having been an LTTE fighter.

    She had apparently claimed asylum in Germany saying that she can no longer live in Sri Lanka because she had voluntarily joined the LTTE and fought for them, but now fears for her safety in Sri Lanka.

    She has a strong case for asylum fearing for her life as a former terrorist …. RIGHT?

    Well, she somehow ended up in Canada and is now being denied asylum and is being deported as a person who voluntarily joined a terrorist group, the LTTE.

    That is when the GUN BEGINS.

    She hired an attorney and filed a court case saying SHE LIED to make “the fear of her life” excuse stronger, but she was forcibly recruited into the LTTE and she was a VICTIM of terrorism, not a perpetrated.

    Therefore, she argues, her LIES should not be held against her to deny asylum and deport her!

    So, FIRST her own actions as a terrorist, MERIT ASYLUM.
    SECOND, her own LIES as a refuge, NOW MERIT ASYLUM!

    This STORY captures IN A NUTSHELL the DUPLICITY practiced by EELAMISTS all over the WORLD, everyday, in everyway to FOOL THE GULLIBLE!

    EVER HEAR of the case of the man who AXED both of his parents to DEATH and then pleaded with the sentencing judge for LENIENCY because he is now AN ORPHAN?

    He must have been Sri Lankan Tamil EELAMIST!

  11. Fran Diaz Says:

    Ananda,

    The lies, cheat & deceit was taught to Tamils of the North and other places mainly by Tamil Leaders.

    First the cheating at exams with the Om sign etc.
    Next, lies, & deceit and, worst, violence through the Vadukoddai Resolution (1976), yet not revoked.
    Our now power packed Yahap govt (backed by west & INDIA), never asks the Taml leaders to revoke the V’koddai Resoln !

    —————

    Question : Do Tamil leaders lead or mislead their flock ?

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