Impact of Ontario’s Bill 104, Tamil Genocide Education Week Act, 2021 and GTA Mayoral Proclamation of Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day on May 18th
Posted on May 17th, 2021

Mahinda Gunasekera

Right Honourable Prime Minister, Honourable Ministers, Premier of Ontario, Honourable Members of the Federal Parliament/ Ontario Legislature and GTA Mayors,

A private member’s bill by one MPP Vijay Thanigasalam of the PC Party, apparently an active supporter of the internationally designated terrorist movement known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) so designated by the UNSC Resolution Number 1373 of September 2001 and proscribed by 32 countries including Canada, USA, UK, India, the EU, etc., as seen from material carried in his Facebook which he has since been deleted following exposure,  presented this Bill with a host of false statements which are unproven and unsubstantiated, which unfortunately was passed into law on May 6, 2021 without even hearing the objections presented by the public, thereby seriously affecting the integrity of the laws of this province of Canada. Furthermore, the Ontario Provincial Legislature does not have the authority to determine the actions of any party in an armed conflict anywhere as being ‘genocidal’ in nature, as this authority rests with the United Nations following the Genocide Convention held in 1948 as per the ruling given by the International Criminal Court following the adoption of the Resolution by the Member States of the UN. The UN nor any of its agencies has to date declared the military actions taken against the separatist terrorist movement, the LTTE, as being genocidal in nature.

This opens the door for an officially recognized Tamil Genocide Education Week from May 11th to May 18th each year in Ontario Schools allegedly committed by the Sri Lankan authorities during the latter stages of the armed conflict between the security forces of the Sri Lankan Government and the armed terrorist forces of the LTTE concluded on May 18, 2009 with the defeat of 30 years of terrorism and the dawn of an era of peace and the restoration of the ‘Right to Life’ which had been hijacked by the terrorists that targeted both the military and civilians in the country. This is bound to cause intense pain, and suffering among the children in Ontario schools from the rest of the constituent communities making up the Sri Lankan nation such as the Sinhalese, Muslims, Malays, Burghers, including Tamils that opposed the terrorist ways adopted by the LTTE such as suicide bombings, ethnic cleansing, night attacks on remote villages with machetes and guns, etc.. They could even become victims of harassment and violence in the school environment.

The armed conflict was thrust on the Sri Lankan state by the armed separatist terrorist group that sought 30 percent of the island’s land and 66 percent of the coastline and adjacent territorial waters of the Indian ocean in the north and east for 12.8 percent of Tamils of whom less than half lived in the region with a larger number living outside in mixed ethnic surroundings, by cutting off drinking and irrigation water at the Mavil Aru anicut in Sri Lanka to 30,000 farming families dependent on same for almost 2 weeks in July/August 2006 compelling Sri Lanka to use her Army to restore water to the affected people.  Refer the Human Rights Watch report of March 15, 2006, wherein it is stated that the LTTE extorted large sums of money from expat Tamil individuals and businesses to launch their so called final war of liberation. The LTTE forces were later forced to withdraw from their bases on the northwest coast and the Vanni to their strongholds in the northeast compelled the Tamil civilians to accompany the retreating LTTE forces to be exploited for their labour, conscripted to replace fallen cadres and used as a human shield.  Sri Lanka rescued a total of 295,873 persons including 12,600  Tamil Tiger fighters who surrendered, kept them in welfare camps in Vavunia, fed them 3 meals a day, provided medical and psychological treatment, access to education, vocational training and new livelihood skills, and resettled them in their former villages after demining the land of nearly 1.5 million landmines, restoring infrastructure including building a 1,000 schools, hospitals, roads, replacement homes, re-establishing the rail links by replacing almost 150 km of rail track destroyed by the Tamil Tigers within a space of about 1 – 3 years.

The Justice Maxwell Paranagama Commission on Missing Persons in Sri Lanka was assisted by a team of international legal and military experts in matters relating to International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and War Crimes issues in respect of the military operations against the LTTE, where they concluded that the Sri Lankan forces had not violated IHL or committed war crimes. These experts were internationally recognized authorities, many of whom had served as legal advisers or prosecutors in the International Criminal Courts.The team of experts was led by Right Honourable Sir Desmond de Silva, QC. (UK) , together with Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC. (UK), Professor David M. Crane (USA), Mr. Rodney Dixon, QC. (UK/ South Africa), Professor Michael Newton (USA) Vanderbilt University, Professor William Fenrick (Canada), Professor Nina Jorgensen of Harvard University, Mr. Paul K. Mylvaganam (UK) and Major General Sir John Holmes, DSO, OBE, MC (UK) former head of the British SAS. The ignorance inscribed within this simpleton reading is underlined when set in contrast with an assessment provided after  a careful review in 2015 by the retired SAS officer*, Major General  Sir J.T. Holmes after: the SLA did not rush in, but instead took its time to plan and adapt its tactics to take account of the civilian presence.  It was, in the view of the author, an entirely unique situation and the fact that 295,000 people escaped alive is in itself remarkable.”    Refer the blogsite of Prof. Michael Roberts of Adelaide, Australia for more pertinent information:

The Tamilnet, a propaganda arm of the LTTE reported total of 7398 being killed during the period January 1 to May 18, 2009, the UN Resident Representatives Office said that 7721 had been killed between September 2008 and May 13, 2009, the  US embassy in Colombo estimated 5,000 deaths, while Col. Anthony Gash the UK Military Attache in Colombo reported a total of between 7,000 and 8,000 to the FCO in the UK saying that about 2,000 of whom were done to death by the LTTE per Lord Naseby of UK, the Sri Lankan Government carried out a census using Tamil school teachers and public officials as enumerators to arrive at a figure of 7,432 deaths due to the conflict. The ICRC reported having ferried 18,439 injured for treatment to hospitals outside the final battle theatre, which number is usually 2 to 3 times the number killed based on global averages.  MPP Thanigasalam cites the figure of 40,000 deaths estimated by UNSG’s personally appointed panel not sanctioned by the UNGA or UNSC headed by Marzuki Darussman which later recommended that the information mainly gathered from pro-LTTE supporters be locked away for 20 years till 2031, the UN’s Charles Petrie’s internal review of the Darussman report where he estimated 70,000 deaths, the LTTE propagandist Yasmin Sooka’s estimate of 100,000 deaths, and yet others who like Darussman and the rest estimated a total of as much as 146, 679 deaths from outside Sri Lanka without visiting the country. These figures quoted by the MPP are fictitious and not proven, and therefore cannot form part of the legislation.

It has been established that half the LTTE fighters did battle in civilian attire deliberately to blur the distinction between combatant and genuine civilian.  They prevented these Tamil civilians from leaving to safety during two 48 hour ceasefires implemented by the Sri Lankan forces in February and April 2009, and in fact fired on those that attempted to flee their control killing large numbers, which was captured by UAV’s and shown to foreign diplomats based in Colombo. Nor did they agree to surrender despite numerous offers made by the state to ensure the safety of the internally displaced Tamil civilians, expecting western countries to intervene and spring them to an African country to continue their terrorist warfare in pursuit of a separate state. 

It is hoped that the political leaders of Canada will rectify this serious anomaly in the law and restore Canada’s honour and integrity.

Yours sincerely

Mahinda Gunasekera

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