To hide embarrassment to comrade Sooka/ITJPSL, LTTE diaspora campaigns against Sri Lanka’s Defense Attache in UK
Posted on September 8th, 2020

The International Truth & Justice Project (Sri Lanka) administered under EU funded Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa, has apologized to Brig. Ravindra Dias for wrongfully using his picture claiming it to be Maj. General Suresh Salley, the Director of Sri Lanka State Intelligence Service. This apology came 2 months after a letter of demand was sent by attorneys representing Brig. Dias to Sooka & ITJP(SL) on 6 July 2020. A sum of Rs.5,000,000 has also been demanded from Sooka and/or ITJP(SL). Naturally, the LTTE lobbyis embarrassed & what do they do about it – pluck out the name of Sri Lankan High Commissions defense attache & demand UK declare Brig. Bothota ‘persona non grata’ knowing he is anyway returning to Sri Lanka having completed his tenure. This they plan to turn into a major tiger achievement. Were these tiger lobbies in slumber for 2 years that Brig. Bothota was serving as defense attache in UK? How is it that after 2 years they suddenly remember Brig. Bothota is a ‘war criminal’ only after egg has got thrown at their comrade.  Sooka & ITJP(SL)’s troubles are not over. Obviously, this looks to be a shoddy damage control tactic by the tiger lobby in the light of the embarrassment Sooka has had to face and there’s more to come as well. Maj. Gen. Suresh Salley is also taking Sooka & ITJP(SL) to court.

There is nothing to be surprised about the inaccuracies & fallacious information of this tiger comrade. The Ban Ki Moon Panel of Expert Report of 2011 is littered in it.

The Sooka bandwagon gets agitated at the mention of Rajapakse’s and they must surely be having no sleep now that the Rajapakse’s are holding the top positions of Government, elected by the People to do so.

Just as Maj. Gen. Suresh Salley became a Sooka/ITJP(SL) target after his promotion, Brig. Bothota is now target after 2 years of serving as Sri Lanka’s defense attaché to UK’s Sri Lanka high commission and returning after tenure is over. In both cases, Sooka/ITJP has woken up from slumber having forgotten that Maj. Gen. Suresh Salley was in service before 2009 & after 2009 while Brig. Bothota has been in UK for the past 2 years.

There are some confusions that remain unanswered.

The Foundation for Human Rights South Africa is a EU funded entity to look into human rights issues in South Africa & South Africans.

Yasmin Sooka was Executive Director from 2001 to September 2019.

The International Truth & Justice Project has no mention in the Foundation for Human Rights website but in the ITJP(SL) website it claims ITJP(SL) is administered by FHR.

Does this mean the ITJP(SL) is also funded by EU?

If so, can EU explain why human rights funding for South Africa should have Sri Lanka project plugged into it?

Sooka was Executive Director of Foundation for Human Rights from 2001 to September 2019.

Thereafter Hanif Vally who served as Deputy Director was made Director and a facebook post on 31 August 2020 has promoted Hanif Vally as Foundation for Human Rights’ Executive Director.

31 August 2020 – Facebook post from Foundation for Human Rights mentions Hanif Vally as the FHR’s Executive Director

So the questions are

  • Who is funding ITJP(SL) which is administered within FHR – if not EU, who?

  • If Hanif Vally is new Executive Director for FHR and not Sooka, how is ITJP(SL) continuing to have Sooka as Executive Director?
  • What is the connection with EU funded FHR & ITJP(SL)
  • If ITJP(SL) is administered through FHR – how can Sooka continue as its Executive Director and why is Hanif Vally not ITJP(SL)’s Executive Director.
  • Though Sooka left FHR as its Executive Director in September 2019 there has been 13 reports since September 2019 on Sri Lanka. 9 ITJP reports in 2020 alone.
  • If Sooka has left FHR as Executive Director is she still continuing the ITJP within the FHR or has ITJP been transferred elsewhere, if so, where to? ITJP’s latest report continues to be part of the FHR so we now question whether Sooka is still part of the FHR to continue ITJP work in which case EU, South African Government & FHR would need to provide Sri Lanka an explanation.

We would like some answers, please

In the meanwhile, the UK Government should not get too excited over the recent tiger communiques, this is just a face saving exercise by them to cover up the embarrassment in having to apologize to a Sri Lankan military officer by diverting attention to demanding the declaration of persona non grata of Sri Lanka’s defense attaché who is anyway departing UK as his tenure has ended.

Shenali D Waduge

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