WE DID IT SO CAN YOU! -Sri Lankan University Students in US respond to Amnesty’s Anti-Sri Lanka Campaign
Posted on November 26th, 2012

Sri Lankan University Students in US

Sri Lankan Students Association of the University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA organized an awareness event on Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s conflict and on post-conflict developments on November 15, 2012.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  During the event the student group screened ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Freedom SpeaksƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ an independent investigative documentary about Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s conflict to an audience of university students, lecturers, Sri Lanka community members and mediaƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  .

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ President of the Student Association Kasun Fernando said that the event was organized as a response to the malicious propaganda campaign carried out by the Amnesty International ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…”USA ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ (AI- USA) against Sri Lanka. ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ He said he and other Sri Lankan students were shocked to learn how AmnestyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s campaign has been designed to mislead unsuspecting audiences when they attended a movie screening organized by the INGO .

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Recently, Amnesty screened a movie titled ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…” The truth that wasnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t thereƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ at the university . We too attended the event as it was heavily advertised as a movie about Sri Lanka . We could not believe howƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  that documentary distorted the truth that we knew very well about our country. We questioned the authenticity of the movieƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s content from the Amnesty representatives but they were clueless and unable to answerƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ , he said.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Unfortunately, for an audience that barely knows where Sri Lanka is, this type of propaganda can be very effective .They form their opinion about our country watching these misleading documentaries and listening to the stories told to them by Amnesty reps.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  This is why we decided to screen ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Freedom SpeaksƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ during this eventƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ , he added .

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Freedom Speaks ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” The Unspoken Ground Realities of Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s ConflictƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ was produced by a team of young Sri Lankan film enthusiasts in 2011. ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The documentary was selected for the four best documentaries produced in Sri LankaƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  at the SIGNIS awards 2012.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The Sri Lankan Student organization has also released a press statementƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  urging Sri Lankan student groups in U.S. and elsewhere to organize similar events on behalf of their motherland .

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The following is the full text of the press release:


ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Amnesty international (AI-USA) in USA is seeking to mislead the public regarding events in Sri Lanka. One glaring example is the screening of a documentary entitled ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The truth that wasnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t thereƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚, in several universities in USA. When it was brought to Kentucky, some of us went to Floyd Theater of the University of the Louisville to see this film, as its theme was pertaining to Sri Lanka. We were shocked and appalled by what we saw. Camps for refugees were made to appear places fit only for animals to live in. The impression given is totally biased and prejudicial to the reputation of our country.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ During the discussion which followed the screening of the film we protested and questioned the organizers regarding the veracity and authenticity of facts and figures, and the sources on which this documentary is based. The organizers were clueless and our questions went unanswered.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Then we made a request to university authorities an obtain permission to screen another film on the same theme in order to tell the real truth to the public on November 15, 2012 on Floyd Theater ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ was the venue to the screening of a documentary named ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-freedom SpeaksƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚. Even though so many countries including the US itself have declared the LTTE as a terrorist organization the average Americans seems to be unaware of it. This became an evident at the discussion we had with some of them. Their impression is that LTTE is fighting for freedom of Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka. The strength of LTTE propaganda machine is the cause of this misconception.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ We urge all Sri Lankans living or studying in the West to unite and rise up in defense of the mother country by protesting and questioning the basis of these documentaries sponsored by AI, whenever and where ever it is screened.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ WE DID IT .SO CAN YOU.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Sri Lankan Students Association of the University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=Freedom_Speaks_nominated_for_the_Signis_awards_20121122_04



3 Responses to “WE DID IT SO CAN YOU! -Sri Lankan University Students in US respond to Amnesty’s Anti-Sri Lanka Campaign”

  1. Vis8 Says:

    Well done, youngsters. Let’s gather together to fight the ltte-terrorist funded “Amnesia International” and the equally hypocrite “Human Rights Watch”……. These losers depend on terror money supplied by Tamil “refugees” to sustain their livelihoods.

  2. Voice123 Says:

    Well done. Don’t wait for the GOSL. We need more of this type of action. Could the people now take direct action against the likes of Channel 4, BBC etc for racial vilification, I wonder? Any lawyers have any ideas?

  3. LankaLover Says:

    My hats off to you kids for standing up against unfairness and exposing the lies of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and International Committee of Jurists who are mere Economic Hitmen who have been set-up to destabilize countries that do not subservient to certain powerful countries of the West.

    They do not hear nor see the blatant gross violations of human rights of their pay-masters, but want to spend majority of their energy on destabilizing and discrediting Sri Lanka, which freed the country from 30 year LTTE terrorism and gave the right to life for 21 Million Sri Lankans.

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