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Legal bids fail to halt Sri Lanka deportee flight-Channel 4

by Jonathan Miller

A plane chartered by the British Government to return failed asylum seekers to Sri Lanka has landed in Colombo following the failure of last-minute legal efforts to prevent it leaving.

Frantic efforts by lawyers in London succeeded in delaying the plane’s scheduled departure but it eventually left late on Wednesday night.

Immigration lawyers had been seeking last-minute stays on the grounds that returnees – many of whom have claimed past links with the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – risked interrogation and torture on arrival back in Sri Lanka.

An unknown number of Tamils who were to have been on the flight and who had appealed for judicial review of their cases had their High Court removal orders overturned in the Court of Appeal.

On Wednesday evening, one appeal court judge went so far as to overturn one Tamil woman’s removal orders on the grounds that the UK Border Agency had breached British and European law by disclosing potentially sensitive information on the individual to the Sri Lankan authorities, thus placing her at greater risk upon her return.

Offical government correspondence relating to the scheduled removal flight which was obtained by Channel 4 News contains a remarkable admission.

In separate letters, two government departments concede that the UKBA had “inadvertently” disclosed potentially sensitive information to the Sri Lankan authorities on 14 individuals – although none, it insists, were to have been deported on Wednesday.

Since the end of a brutal civil war in Sri Lanka in May 2009, human rights groups have repeatedly highlighted serious concerns over the safety of members of the island’s Tamil minority.

Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the British-based charity Freedom from Torture cite continued credible evidence of physical abuse, disappearances, rape and detention without trial.

“The position of the present government is untenable. We have documented evidence that torture is continuing in Sri Lanka,” says Keith Best, Chief Executive of Freedom from Torture (formerly known as the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture).

“The UK is leaving itself wide open to allegations of turning a blind eye to torture by removing people in this manner,” said Mr Best. “There is no evidence that the British government is attempting to monitor what happens to them on their return.”

Official documents obtained by Channel 4 News indicated that Flight PV030 was scheduled to depart for Sri Lanka with “up to 50 returnees” at 1500hrs on Wednesday, 28 September. The documents revealed the passengers would comprise a mixture of failed asyslum-seekers, foreign national prisoners and other immigration offenders.

It has been impossible to establish exactly how many were failed asylum-seekers or how many removal orders have now been overturned by the courts.

We have learned that two Tamils who were to have been on the flight and whose judicial appeals were rejected on Tuesday as “an opportunistic last-ditch attempt to prevent removal” have been taken off the passenger list by the UKBA.

The solicitor acting for one of them, Karim Assaad, of Ravi Solicitors, said: “The fact that my client has been taken off the flight despite the judicial decision suggests that the UKBA considers it unsafe to remove him.”

This is not, however, the official position of the UKBA.

In response to an urgent request by Freedom from Torture for the government “to call off this flight” until the fate of returnees can be monitored, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) said: “We do not accept that all Tamil asylum seekers are in need of international protection.”

The response, from the UKBA’s Chief Executive, Rob Whiteman – on behalf of Immigration Minister Damian Green – states that: “The return of individuals is not enforced unless we and the courts consider that it is safe to do so.”

And in response to a question from Channel 4 News regarding the monitoring of returnees following their return to Sri Lanka, a UKBA spokesperson said: “There have been no substantiated reports of mistreatment on return, nor difficulties encountered by returnees to Sri Lanka.”

Human Rights groups disagree and cite a number of documented examples of failed asylum-seekers from other countries being tortured on return to Sri Lanka. It is believed that those who are forcibly returned from abroad, having failed in their applications for asylum, are at particular risk.

At the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander said he had written to William Hague asking for assurances that 50 Tamils returned to Sri Lanka would not be tortured. Mr Alexander said: “We need to be clear that the British government has done its job in ensuring that these people are not going to be tortured.”

“I will be seeking assurances from William Hague that he has personally looked into the matter and is sure that torture is not going to be perpetrated and human rights abuses are not going to be committed.” Courtesy: Channel 4 UK

28 Comments

  1. silva says:

    Dear Mr Miller

    When a country refuses to admit UN Special Rapporteurs, how can the UK send back asylum=seekers please?

    No justice for the oppressed in Sri Lanka not even after 63 years of oppression:

    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/08/outline_of_submission_made_to.html
    Jayantha Dhanapala’s written submission to Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation
    Commission(LLRC), August 2010: ‘’The lessons we have to learn go back to the past – certainly from the time that we had responsibility for our own governance on 4 February 1948 . Each and every Government which held office from 1948 till the present bear culpability for the failure to achieve good governance, national unity and a framework of peace, stability and economic development in which all ethnic, religious and other groups could live in security and equality. Our inability to manage our own internal affairs has led to foreign intervention but more seriously has led to the taking of arms by a desperate group of our citizens’’. (Dhanapala was formerly UN Under-Secretary Generak for Disarmament)

    http://www.minorityrights.org/10458/reports/no-war-no-peace-the-denial-of-minority-rights-and-justice-in-sri-lanka.html
    No war, no peace: the denial of minority rights and justice in Sri Lanka, Report by Minority Rights Group International, 19 January 2011:
    With the end of the conflict between Sri Lankan government forces and the Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eelam (LTTE or ‘Tamil Tigers’) in 2009, normality has returned for much of the population of Sri Lanka. But for members of the country’s two main minority groups – Tamils and Muslims – living in the north and east of the country, harsh material conditions, economic marginalisation, and militarism remain prevalent. Drawing on interviews with activists, religious and political leaders, and ordinary people living in these areas of the country, MRG found a picture very much at odds with the official image of peace and prosperity following the end of armed conflict. …. ”The UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues should be granted an invitation by the government to visit the country in order to report to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the situation of minorities in Sri Lanka. …. In light of the findings of this report MRG calls on the government of Sri Lanka to respect the economic, cultural and political rights of minorities living in Sri Lanka and to ensure that they gain from post-conflict reconstruction and development projects in the areas where they live.’’

  2. Leela says:

    Ever since Velu and his terror gangs had been eradicated from Sri Lanka two and a half years back, no human bombs or cluster bombs exploded anywhere Sri Lanka. However, if we go by the news of the western media houses that sympathise with Tamil separatists, LTTE rump has been incessantly trying their best to setup a terror base in Sri Lanka for its guerrillas to train and revive their besieged suicide bombing cadres. They wanted to bomb our trains, buses and public places once again to kill and maim the young, old and the sick just like the old days. Parallel to such frightening efforts, the so-called human face of the LTTE rump, TGTE, Tamil Diaspora and etc had started many a new roadmap to help themselves to reach their common pipe dream – Eelam. Allegations of war crimes and torture of innocent Tamils by Sri Lanka war heroes are just two such drudgery in their new road map.

    It is a fact that more than two million Tamils live in Sri Lanka. And by far most of them live outside the North and East or the so called traditional Tamil areas meaning among the Sinhalese in the south of Sri Lanka. We do not hear any media house reporting that Sri Lankan authorities or Sinhalese ill-treat, persecute, or treat those Tamils unequally.

    So, to say the least, this episode of deportation order of bogus Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers, and then trying to restrain it by legal appeal on a pseudo claim of Tamils being tortured in Sri Lanka is a publicity game of the Eelamist league to discredit Sri Lankans and their popularly elected government.

    If British politicians were true humanitarians as they pretends to be, they should have retained all the asylum seeking Tamils and make them British. Alas! I say, the fact that they are darkies had sent them packing home after much funfair. Doesn’t this event show the real aim, true colours and tells us the untold story by the British?
    Leela

  3. silva says:

    Leela
    1.LTTE was created by political and economic oppression of successive governments
    2.Many Tamils began to move out of the Northeast to escape political and economic oppression at least to some extent
    3.The oppression continues unabated; wiping out LTTE removed discomfort to the Sinhalese only:

    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/08/outline_of_submission_made_to.html
    Jayantha Dhanapala’s written submission to Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation
    Commission(LLRC), August 2010: ‘’The lessons we have to learn go back to the past – certainly from the time that we had responsibility for our own governance on 4 February 1948 . Each and every Government which held office from 1948 till the present bear culpability for the failure to achieve good governance, national unity and a framework of peace, stability and economic development in which all ethnic, religious and other groups could live in security and equality. Our inability to manage our own internal affairs has led to foreign intervention but more seriously has led to the taking of arms by a desperate group of our citizens’’
    http://www.llrc.lk/images/stories/docs/August2010/LLRC-JD-Transcript.pdf
    Oral submission, Jayantha Dhanapala to LLRC, 25 August 2010:’’I think we need to rectify this bad governance and the first and foremost task before us is to undertake constitutional reform in order to ensure that we have adequate devolution of power. We have already missed several opportunities in the past; we have had an APRC functioning for quite some time but its report is still languishing in obscurity and needs to be presented to the public of Sri Lanka for discussion. We need to have State reform; we need to have rule of law established; we need to ensure non discrimination amongst our citizens; we need to have – as I said before – devolution of power and a tolerance of dissent and a strengthening of democratic institutions.’’

  4. silva says:

    Leela
    1.LTTE was created by political and economic oppression of successive governments
    2.Many Tamils began to move out of the Northeast to escape political and economic oppression at least to some extent
    3.The oppression continues unabated; wiping out LTTE removed discomfort to the Sinhalese only:

    OUT OF HURTING STALEMATE, National Peace Council, 18 September 2011:
    ‘’On the surface it appears that the concerns about human rights in Sri Lanka are both unfair and exaggerated. …. Those who visit the north and east of the country where the war was fought most ferociously, and talk to the people, come away appalled at the continuing plight of those who suffered so terribly during the war. The misallocation of resources to the electorates of government leaders is grotesque. The continuation of militarized governance in the north and east, regardless of the lifting of the State of Emergency, undermines the promise of normalcy there. Election results from that part of the country bear out the disenchantment with the government. But criticism of the government is muted. Much of the media engages in self censorship not wishing to be overly critical of the government. The memory of white van abductions is still alive and the association of grease devil attacks with the government continues to perpetuate a culture of fear at all levels.’’

  5. silva says:

    A lot more Tamils would have fled Sri Lanka in 50s/60s if Sri Lanka were attached to another country by land:

    CEYLON : A DIVIDED NATION, B H Farmer(1963):
    Since those saddening days of 1958 Ceylon has had its share of trouble. The truth, though unpalatable may be to some, is simply that nobody unacceptable to the present Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism has any chance of constitutional power in contemporary Ceylon.

  6. silva says:

    At least some would not want to live here:

    1. http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/3228
    ‘I want to continue to highlight the activities against the humanity’ ~ Gnanasundaram Kuganathan, 19 August 2011:

    2. http://groundviews.org/2011/08/25/jaffna-brutal-assault-of-civilians-in-navanthurai/
    JAFFNA: BRUTAL ASSAULT OF CIVILIANS IN NAVANTHURAI, 25 August 2011:

  7. Soma says:

    Silva, you are, like many others, making a fundamental mistake that Tamil separatist movement was created by maltreatment of Tamils by the Sinhala governments. No, separatism is rooted in the Tamil consciousness irrespective of whether they are treated fairly or not. An effort was made by Ranil Wickramsinghe to address the issue by offering a substantial level of autonomy. Did the struggle for total separation end there? Prabakaran is insignificant to me. What is fundamentally important is the support base behind the fight for a totally separate unit carved out for Tamils and only for the Tamils pushing the Muslims downwards.

    Confrontation of invading Tamils from South India and the Sinhalese is a part and parcel of our history. It is childish and naive to think that all began with Bandaranayake. In fact if Bandaranayake did not leave some kind of dominance in the hands of the majority Sinhalese over assertiveness of the TAmils would have led to a greater conflict. Remember they started with 50-50?

    Who said , after a thirty years of one of the most brutal wars, everything should be fine the very next day?

    Let us also not forget that “discrimination” by the Sinhalese was exaggerated to giddy heights in order to deceive outsiders and gain immigration to western countries. I call this the ’20th century lie’.

    The Sinhalese should be mindful of the fact that this push for a ‘Tamil homeland’ is nothing but a ‘vacation resort for Tamils’. There is no discussion on ” discrimination, harassment and persecution ” of the Tamils living in Colombo, tea estates and Tamil speaking Muslims. It is presently used only for gaining immigration to western countries.

    The fact is the ambition of every Tamil is to migrate to a western country failing which to live among the Sinhalese.

  8. Rana says:

    Silva, What is the political oppression done to tamils by SL governments? I don’t think you mean that like giving status to Tamil language[as state language],or giving equal opportunities to university and medical college entrance, giving citizen to thousands of indian origin estate tamils, allow tamils in north to implement their own land policy like “thesavalame” etc..?
    Several times I request from tamil viewers to tell us what are the grievences tamils have in SL unlike Sinhalese. The common problem facing both ethnic groups in SL are Poverty and an unemployment. Maybe unable to establish a Tamil Ealaam would be the meaning of so called Political Oppression.

    The so called political and economical oppression is a lie and it is a myth created by LTTE,TULF at that time to get the visas from UK,CANADA,AUSTRALIA high commissions and US embassy in Colombo, so that they can go to western countries as refugees or asylum seekers. Even today in UK,Canada and US Pro-LTTE tamil diaspora use the word “Oppression” to keep their carders in these countries.

    Oppression is a ideal word for diaspora to keep their Pro-Ltte carders in western countries to collect their monthly contribution to propagand lies and buy influential people such as lawyers,politicians,UN officials etc.. The thousands of tamils living among Sinhalese in SL in colombo and other cities, live without any fear and never heard say oppression.

  9. Rodger says:

    1. How many centuries ago did ”invading Tamils from South India” occur?
    What had been happening in the last half a century – Portugese, Dutch and Dutch invasions …
    How long back do you want to go?
    What has been happening in the world in the last half a century?
    If you go back even two centuries what would happen to many countries in the world?

    Many INDIVIDUALS are still changing their citizenship including Sinhalese.

    What has been happening in the world in the last 60yrs or so?

    World order had changed – many had accepted – after WW2 that we would accept UN Charter …..

    2. 50/50 was one of SEVERAL proposals. The oppressed try all sorts of things depending on the oppression(B-C pact, D-C pact, etc). What is the number discarded by this President alone?
    Where is APRC? where is APCRD?
    A President who refuses to investigate crimes and aborted Udalagama commission in addition to hiding the report on the six cases concluded> Hope Sinhalese learn what it means in this world order.

    M. Rajapakse, 15 June 2011: ”If I make any devolutionary concessions to the Tamils, it will be curtains for me”

    L. Athulathmudali, 4 Feb 1985: ‘’Proposing a federal constitution will be political suicide.”

    R. Wickremasinghe, 13 May 1997: “We are a political party. Like any other political party, we will not do anything that will not get us into power, nor would we do anything when we are in power to lose power.”

    3. Oppression of ethnic minorities go on unabated, though armed struggle came and went:
    Jayantha Dhanapala’s written submission to Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation
    Commission(LLRC), August 2010: ‘’The lessons we have to learn go back to the past – certainly from the time that we had responsibility for our own governance on 4 February 1948 . Each and every Government which held office from 1948 till the present bear culpability for the failure to achieve good governance, national unity and a framework of peace, stability and economic development in which all ethnic, religious and other groups could live in security and equality. Our inability to manage our own internal affairs has led to foreign intervention but more seriously has led to the taking of arms by a desperate group of our citizens’’
    No war, no peace: the denial of minority rights and justice in Sri Lanka, Report by Minority Rights Group International, 19 January 2011:
    With the end of the conflict between Sri Lankan government forces and the Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eelam (LTTE or ‘Tamil Tigers’) in 2009, normality has returned for much of the population of Sri Lanka. But for members of the country’s two main minority groups – Tamils and Muslims – living in the north and east of the country, harsh material conditions, economic marginalisation, and militarism remain prevalent. Drawing on interviews with activists, religious and political leaders, and ordinary people living in these areas of the country, MRG found a picture very much at odds with the official image of peace and prosperity following the end of armed conflict”

    Tamils are unfortunate to have been lumped with the inhuman Sinhalese by History and Geography.

  10. In spite of all the smoke and mirrors created to give the impression that SL is a pariah state, actions such as these speak loud and clear as to what western governments really perceive SL to be. The British judicial system will NOT ignore credible evidence, and if they believe there is no such evidence of persecution, you can be sure there isn’t any, regardless of what all the Chicken Littles as AI, etc say.

  11. SriLankan says:

    The act by UKBA to deport only Tamils stinks of racial profiling and discrimination. It is surprising that the so called civilised UK Govt takes action against people based on race.

  12. Rodger says:

    ”What is the political oppression done to tamils by SL governments”:

    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/08/outline_of_submission_made_to.html
    Jayantha Dhanapala’s written submission to Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation
    Commission(LLRC), August 2010: ‘’The lessons we have to learn go back to the past – certainly from the time that we had responsibility for our own governance on 4 February 1948 . Each and every Government which held office from 1948 till the present bear culpability for the failure to achieve good governance, national unity and a framework of peace, stability and economic development in which all ethnic, religious and other groups could live in security and equality. Our inability to manage our own internal affairs has led to foreign intervention but more seriously has led to the taking of arms by a desperate group of our citizens’’. (Dhanapala was formerly UN Under-Secretary Generak for Disarmament)

  13. Navin says:

    Immigration lawyers had been seeking last-minute stays on the grounds that returnees – many of whom have claimed past links with the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – risked interrogation and torture on arrival back in Sri Lanka.

    If it is clearly known that these people have had links with LTTE, what is UKBA doing with them? Why is UKBA helping them avoid prosecution in SL by allowing them to live a free life in UK?

  14. Sellam says:

    I would like as many Tamils or the whole Tamil Community from Europe,Canada and Australia and other parts of world to go back to Sri Lanka and settle in the North and East where the Tamil population has been reduced. Then you have a voice but not from where you are now. Send your children, Doctors, Accountants and Engineers to go and serve the down trodden people of the North and East.
    Would anybody willing to go back?.

  15. Sonia says:

    Leela,
    Did you get the news correctly?
    There were Tamils, Muslims as well as Sinhalese among the 50 deported yesterday.
    But you thought you got another chance to vent your anger at the Tamils.
    Why do you so detest them?
    Were you affected personally? or are you portraying yourself as a patriot for some gains?

  16. Soma says:

    “Tamils are unfortunate to have been lumped with the inhuman Sinhalese by History and Geography.”

    Who did that? Who is responsible?

    Mr. Rodger, does your “Tamils” include Tamils in Colombo district, Tamils in the tea estates and Tamil speaking Muslims? If so could you enlighten the readers on the TNA proposal to relieve them from oppression by inhuman Siinhalese.

  17. Wijaya says:

    David,
    You are back to this forum with your legal knowledge though you were essentially an army man.
    I thought you lost your arguements earlier and have accepted that you were defeated!

  18. Thavaratnam says:

    I would say that the british governement is failed to recognize the real asylam seekers and economical migrants since in 1980s. There are lot oftamils in UK that really they don’t have any threat at the ground and move to mkae money on the other hand there are people really facing death threat from the SL government and the para militaries(Douglas, Karuna, Pillaian….). I will pray that those depoted from UK are not facing any real threat.. but the issue is they have lost their lives and their families as well.

    I shall say that the UK goverment is giving clear message that they not going to take any more tamils from Sri Lanka. We also should consider about the current phase of europe.. economic crisis.. job cuts and so on..

    What we can predict here from that in Sri Lanka there will be political people may be leaving from the ground as result of life threat.

    We also shoul urge the commomwelth countries to expell the Sri Lanka from the union until they reach the fair solution and justice for tamil who have encountered arocities.

    Regards,
    Ratnam.

  19. Saj says:

    50 failed and deported asylum seekers mean 50 UK immigration lawyers who can no longer collect public funds from legal aid fees. What a sad, sad day for those lawyers. They tried so hard – up to the last minute. Mercedes-Benz cost money – you know.

  20. Aravinda L says:

    Those who are supporting terrorism, and have taken part in terrorism in various ways including funding, please read the following. These events are now unfolding in Holland.

    The prosecutors argued in a trial against five Tamils living in the Netherlands who were arrested in 2010.

    According to the prosecutors, the suspects have been operating a base in the Netherlands for Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers (LTTE). The prosecution showed the defendants have overseen an international criminal and terrorist organisation involved in arson, bombings, murder, manslaughter and aggravated assault.

    According to Prosecution, the suspect, 52-year-old Tamil resident in Holland, Ramaschandran was the international accountant for the LTTE. He is suspected of sending couriers around the world with cash to buy weapons for the Tigers. The prosecution is seeking a 16 year prison sentence for his crimes, his part in arson, bombings, murder, manslaughter and aggravated assault.

    The prosecution. Ten year sentences were demanded for three other Dutch Tamil Tigers, as well as a 12 year term for the alleged leader of the Dutch branch, 46-year-old Srirangam.

    Since 1983, the Tamil Tigers have been fighting against the Sri Lanka carve out a terrorist state in the north of the island. Because of the LTTE’s frequent attacks on civilian targets and their use of suicide bombers and child soldiers, the European Union had to list the group as a terrorist organisation. Two years ago, the Tiger terrorist were vanquished by the Sri Lanka. “But here in Europe, the LTTE is alive and well,” said the Persecutor.

    The Prosecutors called it “shocking” that Tamil children in Holland “from their youngest years are brainwashed with the violent ideology of the LTTE.” In Holland, the Tigers have 20 classrooms where children are bombarded during the weekend with propaganda. They make pictures of bombs and grenades. “They are told from childhood that their future lies not in the Netherlands, but in an independent Tamil state and that suicide bombers are heroes.”

    According to the Dutch prosecutors, the Tamil Tigers were busy raising funds for the conflict 8,500 kilometres away. In Holland, they run organisations like the Tamil Youth Organisation and the Dutch Tamil Arts and Culture Organisation, which seek municipal subsidies. It is money that, according to the prosecutors, was used to lubricate the war machine. For example, the prosecutor found that the municipality of Zeist financed a sporting day for the Tamils with 2,000 euros. The money ended up going to the LTTE.

    The suspects also demanded war taxes for the Tamils in the Netherlands. But if they could not pay, their family in Sri Lanka was forbidden to visit and they could not travel to the island.

    Ramachandran, who has lived in the Netherlands since 1985, sat motionless at the hearing, muscular arms folded across his chest. He allowed only a glance at images prosecutors showed on a screen in the courtroom. Among other things, they depicted recordings of marching Tamil child soldiers in Sri Lanka, an “inflammatory speech” commemorating a fallen comrade from defendant Srirangam in 2007 and a photograph of Ramachandran posing with LTTE founder, Velupillai Prabhakaran in Sri Lanka.

    Prosecutors said the defendant’s attitude in court matches the descriptions of the charges against him.

    According to Prosecutor, “the defendants lack regret, guilt or any opinion of the punishable character of their acts.” As he put it, they were “happy to point the finger at the alleged crimes of the Sri Lanka which was doing its duty to safe guard the nation from terrorism of LTTE, but lack self-reflection over their own crimes.”

    The prosecution is seeking long prison sentences over suspicions the suspects will commit crimes again. “Given the conscious, ideological and stubborn character of the criminal acts of the suspects and their complete lack of guilt, we should fear they will be repeated.” the prosecutor said.

    (From Radio Netherlands World wide 01/10/2011)

  21. srilal says:

    Dear Wijaya ,

    no, no its a big NO , this David Blacker will never ever accept “that he was defeated “, earlier he was challenging Gehan, archarya and all the other legal professionals in typical SL politicians style without any success in Ground views , so don’t waste your time with this legal angel.

  22. Leela says:

    Sonia,
    You have got me wrong. I have never had anything against Tamils and never will. I only despise the terrorists and the separatists. Besides, everything I have been writing about LTTE, Velu and his terrorist gang has been absolutely true.

    Remember, what Father Harry Miller, 78, an American Jesuit priest who has made Batticaloa his home for fifty years had said about Velu and his outfit, the LTTE on child abduction. He said; “It is like an ogre that descends from the hills in a while and takes children away.” Needless to say most parents where Velu was controlling had not sent their children to school because of LTTE abductors were on the prowl. Remember, those extortions by Velu under the guise of taxation.

    And in the south, we only heard bombs, bombs and nothing but bombs. No wonder parents of the same family chose to travel separately so that their children would not be orphaned in case of a bomb attack by Velu and his gang.

    I do not know where you live, But let me enlighten you that all such dastardly and vicious acts have come to an end on 18th May 2008 all over Sri Lanka. And all those extortion under the guise of taxation has come to be a thing of the past in the North and the East. Tamil Teenagers no longer have to get married and produce children to avoid forcible conscription by the LTTE. Tamil mainstream political parties can engage in political activity in the areas the LTTE once controlled. Most of all, children of the North and East are free to go to school without fear of being abducted on the way by LTTE child recruiters.

    I cannot understand what kind of human rights that the so-called Human Rights activists talk about. I say, Tamils have all the rights that Sinhalese have. The only right they do not have is the right to consider the North and East as a separate entity and be unequal citizens.
    Leela

  23. Theja says:

    Leela,

    Well said.

  24. Soma says:

    Silva,
    Please consider this>

    1.LTTE was created by TAMIL NATIONALISM. They used the all condistions (which are common to all rural areas of Sri Lanka) to justify their actions.
    The worst Tamil separatists and nationalists are still living in Colombo. They are the TAMILS Elite who have established in Colombo. They instigate the poor Tamils to rebel against the government.

    2.Those who had means to move out of LTTE strong areas left the country as refugees. Some are genuine refugees, some are economic refugees who used the LTTE syndrome to gain refugee status.

    3.There is no oppression going on in Sri Lanka. Since May 2009, NO SINGLE TAMIL was killed. A lot of Sri Lankans died when the LTTE was in power.

  25. Rohan says:

    You are right. It all boils down to Tamil Nationalism and Superiority.

  26. Danapala says:

    Rodger,

    A clarification……. Do not forget, I belong to the Sri Lankan, english-speaking elite.

    People in my background, our Tamils and Sinhalese elite, hate the fact that rural Sri lankans (Haramanis) are taking prominent jobs. Now, we cannot compete with them. It all happend since Ceylon got independence and SWRD made Sinhala and Tamil as Language of instruction.

    We lost our “trump card”, English, to keep the “haramanis” in bay.

    So, do not quote what I said to the LLRC. I am on your side, but with a dofferent objective.

  27. Wijaya, you seem to mistake common sense for legal knowledge, just as you mistake fantasy for reality. Instead of commenting on my motivations, why don’t you comment on what I have said.

    Perhaps you guys think this forum should be Tamil only like your fantasy Tamil state. Sorry to disappoint you, but us who live in the real world will have our say.

    Srilal, it was you that ran away when I asked you to point out where my challenges had been parried. Now once more you make vague and insubstantial personal attacks in the face of your lack of actual argument.

    I understand your bitterness that the actual actions of foreign governments don’t tally with their words, but that is reality, and you should face it. Actions speak the loudest.

  28. I don’t think there are any Sinhalese asking for asylum on the grounds of links to the Tigers which would result in persecution at home.

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