The UK Green Party: Promoters of International Terrorism?
Posted on February 27th, 2010

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The LTTE, categorised by the FBI as the “the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world”, has another supporter in the European Union Parliament.

Step forward Jean Lambert, Green Party MEP (Member of European Parliament) for London and a member of the its Human Rights Sub-Committee and Delegation to South Asia (SAARC).

Jean petitioned for a ceasefire during the final battles in Northern Sri Lanka as the LTTE held 100,000+ civilians hostage as protection against the advancing Sri Lanka Army. She was unaware that the LTTE had not released any civilians during previous ceasefires, initiated by the Sri Lanka Army to let civilians escape the combat zone.

On Saturday 2nd May 2009, she spoke movingly at the Sivan Kovil Temple in a meeting organized by the British Tamils Forum (BTF). The meeting supported calls for a ceasefire in Northern Sri Lanka and highlighted the desperate situation of the Tamil civilians in the war-zone. Neither the petition nor the meeting made any mention of the LTTE’s culpability in holding civilians against their wishes in the combat zone.

Jean Lambert has offices and staff in London and Brussels. Despite having these resources at her command, she missed certain basic facts about the Sivan Kovil or the BTF.

The Sivan Kovil Temple is an LTTE controlled Hindu temple. In May 2008, the temple’s pro-LTTE trustees cancelled a memorial event for Mrs Maheswary Velutham (an adviser to an anti-LTTE political party) murdered by the LTTE in Jaffna, Sri Lanka in May 2008.

The BTF is the LTTE’s front organization in the UK. In July 2008, The BTF organized a tribute (Pongu Thamil) to the Black Tigers “”…” the LTTE’s elite corp of suicide bombers “”…” in London.

Despite reams of allegations of human rights abuses against the Sri Lankan government, 5,000 miles away, Jean Lambert practices an “ƒ”¹…”ask me no questions and I’ll you no lies’ policy about LTTE’s activities and sympathisers in London.

“ƒ”¹…”Both sides are to blame’ is Jean’s preferred response to the question of whom to support in Sri Lanka’s war against separatist terrorism.

Savour these fine sentiments from Jean Lambert:

“We must not lose sight of the fact that eternal vigilance is indeed the price of liberty. At a time when human rights and democratic development hang in the balance in so many countries, the media, politicians and citizens have a duty to recognise that we owe our security and democracy in large part to those fighting for and defending freedom of the press.”

She failed note that most implacable enemy of human rights and democratic development is not the imperfect Government of Sri Lanka, but the perfectly formed racist terrorists, the LTTE.

Whilst the Sri Lankan government may be culpable in misdeeds against the press in Sri Lanka, the LTTE’s treatment of its’ press critics miraculously escape Jean’s censure. DBS Jeyraj, a well-respected Tamil journalist living in exile in Canada, had his legs broken by LTTE thugs for daring to criticize the terror group. Sinna Bala, a Tamil journalist critical of the LTTE, was murdered in Colombo by the LTTE. No words of condemnation issued from Jean about these LTTE-inspired attacks on journalists and press freedom.

 In 2004, the EU arrested Hans-Martin Tillack, a German journalist who dared to publish details of corrupt practices in the EU’s own anti-fraud organization. They also demanded Tillack’s list of contacts. This shocking attack on press freedom in the heart of civilized Europe, from whom Sri Lanka has so much to learn, appears to have escaped Jean Lambert’s penetrating gaze.

Until the SAARC’s membership is amended to remove pro-LTTE partisans like Jean Lambert, their pronouncements on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka must be treated with the contempt they deserve.

References:

Jean Lambert speaks at LTTE-controlled Hindu temple
http://tinyurl.com/ch33e6

UK Green Party & British Tamils Forum petitioning for ceasefire in Sri Lanka
http://tinyurl.com/c7vasj

British Tamils Forum “”…” a Tribute to LTTE & Black Tigers
http://www.asiantribune.com/?q=node/12131

Sivan Temple, LTTE controlled front
http://tinyurl.com/r66oqb

British Tamils Organisation as LTTE front
http://tinyurl.com/nhvlb5

Murder of Sinna Balla
http://www.tamilweek.com/sinna_bala.html

EU arrest German journalist:
http://www.openeurope.org.uk/media-centre/article.aspx?newsid=124

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