Stephen Woodworth MP: Sri Lanka’s renewed human rights violations
Posted on December 11th, 2012

Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr.)ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada

11 December 2012

Stephen Woodworth, MP

Conservative MP for Kitchener Centre, Ontario

House of Commons, Ottawa

Dear Stephen:

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Re: Press Release ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” MP Stephen Woodworth expresses renewed concern over human rights violations in Sri Lanka

Having expressed your concern about the clashes at the University of Jaffna campus between Tamil students and security forces, did I miss you applauding the Sri Lanka government when they gave back 21 million of its peoples the right-to-life when they eliminated the Tamil Tigers on 19 May 2009, who had hijacked that paramount human right of any human being for 27 bloody years?

Did I miss you applauding the Sri Lanka government and patting the back of her President Mahinda Rajapaksa for liberating 295,873 Tamils who were used as a human shieldƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  for 30 months by the most ruthless terrorists in the world, the Tamil Tigers, and prepared a million meals a day to feed them three hearty meals a day ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” breakfast, lunch and dinner to keep them alive in their welfare camps, until they were sent back to their rebuilt homes standing on demined terrain?

If you havenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t Stephen then it is not too late for a Human Rights advocate like you to say ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Bravo, Sri Lanka; Bravo President Mahinda Rajapaksa for fighting all odds and international pressure to give back the dignity and human rights to your 21 million peoples who had suffered through 27 years of the Tamil terrorist war.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Way to Go Sri Lanka!ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ LetƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s have a bit of gumption Stephen, and let us hear you say just that.

Now coming to your concern about the Jaffna University students, you surely did not expect the law enforcing officers of Sri Lanka to stand at street corners and keep sucking at their thumbs when the Tamil University studentsƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  had thrown a petrol bomb at the office ofƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  the recently established pro-government Tamil group, the Sri Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (SriTELO) situated near the Jaffna University campus around 3:30 a.m. on November 29.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Come on Stephen, give me a break.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Arresting these belligerent Tamil students was not a case of a human rights violation but was a case of bringing about law and order to Jaffna before it escalated to something more nasty and violating human rights of others.

Do you know what Stephen? I suppose you still remember when the FLQ were planting bombs inƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  letter-boxes in Montreal and Quebec which escalated to more radical trouble to the point of kidnapping and killing QuebecƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Labour Minister, Pierre Laporte.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  As a response, CanadaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau invoked the War Measures Act on 16 October 1970, by an Order in Council thus suspending the civil liberties of all Canadians without reference to the people through their elected representatives and brought the army out to the streets of Montreal and Quebec and began to arrest several suspected radicals.

Do you recall what he told a reporter then when he rebuffed his critics, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-There are a lot of bleeding hearts around who just donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t like to see people with helmets and guns.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  All I say is ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Go on and bleed.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  I could well hear those very words echo through Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s President Mahinda Rajapaksa to you.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Stephen Woodworth, go on and bleed, and let me govern my countryƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚?

Surely, Stephen, what is good for ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”gooseƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ Canada., surely should be goodƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  for ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”ganderƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ Sri Lanka and there shouldnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t be any ifs and buts.

It is too easy and cheap to be critical of the Sri Lankan Government, but please be judicious as they will boomerang on you as it is happening to you right now.


Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr.) ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…”ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Conservative Sustaining Donor 11255047

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