Monday, December 27, 2010

India would have to do something if Colombo continues to encourage China and Pakistan

India would have to do something if Colombo continues to encourage China and Pakistan

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“Mahinda Rajapaksa is man who grew up getting away with violent and criminal activities”
The year was circa 1970, a wife dies or suspected murdered, and father of the suspected murderer was a prominent man at the political establishment and a parliamentarian of a remote city with very little literacy. The Law enforcement, the judiciary, the lawyers and other prominent members of the society know each other well. It was an exclusive club, which is the centre of power and control. Son got away scot-free.

Yes, The Mahinda Chinthanaya or we call it operation Mahinda, resembles such a scenario. He took control of the parliament, took control of the law enforcement, he took control of the Judiciary, he took control of the military, he took control of the press, he took control of the money printing and he finally created a paramilitary with his own thugs. Now he is the head of all. What is that he cannot do and what is that he cannot get way with? Nothing can wrong, no body to question and those who questioned were taken care by the Para-military. He was able to buy people; those who cannot be bought are summarily murdered.

Then he set out to control the world. He got India, then he got China, Pakistan is cake walk.
He got 3 billion people fooled or bought. What left is Europe, USA and the Tamil Diaspora. The center of power is England. Now you all know why England is called GREAT Britain. Mahinda Rajapaksa, like Napoleon and Hitler, met his waterloo at the Oxford at the hands of the Diaspora.

For the last several months I have been spending awful lot of hard earned money buying books to see if there is any moral justification to what was going on in Sri Lanka and the world capitals.
I just could find any evidence or justification to what was going on. Some said read about Plato and Marcus Aurealius. Still I cannot find any moral justification to the atrocities happened and the war of words going on. As I read more and more the evidence was in against what was going on.

I thought how two of the most populace countries in the world vis-à-vis India and China could go wrong. But I stood by absolute morals despite 3 billion people voted in favour of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Some one asked Einstein, how were you able to see so far into the universe, he replied I stood on the shoulders of the Giants, the giants were Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Aurelius etc. You know they were more Philosophers than scientists.

Mahinda Rajapaksa is known to have violent and criminal mindset; his idol is Yakadaya, the serial killer, then Mervin Silva another violent man and Wimal Weerawansa, a spur of the moment criminal. His brother Gothabaya is recorded in the media as “I will kill” person. There are so many others around him who are all criminals and thugs.

As far as I learned killing people is wrong, that is a universally accepted norm. But neither India nor China said anything, but the British said it. That is why it is GREAT Britain. We sat dumb founded because everything we studied and learned all of sudden look wrong. Educated people, emancipated people, and elders they all kept quite. Russia said nothing, china said nothing, India said nothing and USA the Bastian of democracy said nothing, the United Nations said nothing. Here is man gloating at the world. I lived with this injustice with impunity for 60 long years.

Freedom fighter were redefined as terrorist, people who took to the streets were called supporters of terrorists, hard working businesses were called front organizations and Mahinda Rajapaksa is finally are highly sought out speaker, mediator, diplomat, ambassador and peace maker in the world. He is the modern day Mahathanamuktha, the legendary problem solver. eHhWe were warned not to air our views. We told them at this age, what do we care? Come or go Chicago. We stood on our moral high grounds, and we kept moral compass pointing north and our moral gyroscope standing steady, our ship set out, sail up, rudder firm, we kept sailing through the tempest.

It was morality on trial, instead of serial killers. Moral compass was deflected and not pointing north any more, it was in favour of criminals and state terrorists hiding behind sovereignty, a nation’s virginity and chastity. Morality was on sale 90% off and for sale at the flea market and garage sales. People were bought and sold. I knew a Radio Station owner, a courier operator, A jeweller, I doctor, a blogg operator, all Tamils sold themselves for pittance. Mahinda became a new idol and pillar on morality. Killing is okay, that was the new morality

Here is one for Rajapaksa to think over and about. A murder suspect wanted to hire a world famous criminal lawyer.

Lawyer: What are you here for?
Defendant: I hear you are the best, will you represent me?
Lawyer: What are the charges?
Defendant: 1st Degree murder Sir.
Lawyer; I am too expensive, can you afford.
Defendant: any amount you demand sir.
Lawyer: let’s start, did you kill that person?
Defendant. NO SIR.
Lawyer: You don’t need me.
Mahinda Aiya, you are lawyer, did you get the message? You don’t need the GREAT LIAR Peiris to defend you.

Mahinda Rajapaksa is the biggest and greatest obstruction to investigations, adjudication and Justice in Sri Lanka. He is turning a blind eye to almost all crimes why? Because he is the man behind all these crimes. If he allows United Nations to investigate he will definitely be found as the root and primary cause of all murders.

As I said earlier he has every possible road leading to him closed or under his control. He wants his son to succeed him so that he will never be hauled before a criminal justice commission. He has all possible avenues worked out within Sri Lanka, like Robert Mugabe, he is safe as long he stays within Sri Lanka and stay in power. Sarath Fonseka will be dead before he comes out of jail. Thirty months is the time he needs to find way to cause “Natural death” to Fonseka. I am not doctor but fundamentally a person dies when infection over runs the immune system. So if Mahinada weakens Fonseka’s immune system, some infection will take over, it is either tuberculosis, which we all have or pneumonia which is the standard infection of weak immune system.

But the problem is Mahinda never considered the outside world; he thought China will protect him.
It appears that China is slowly distancing away from him. All evidences point toward Mahinda Rajapaksa as the prime suspect in almost all murders that happened in Sri Lanka.

The Tiger bogey perpetuates Rajapakse tyranny in the South.

The Tiger bogey perpetuates Rajapakse tyranny in the South.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The world opinion on the efficacy of the reconciliation efforts following the 30 year bloody unrest in Sri Lanka is that a lot needs to be done...!!!

Tamil version of the national anthem
December 21, 2010, 7:01 pm

By Nimal Rajapakse, Canada.

Following the recent news regarding the alleged banning of the Tamil version of the Sri Lankan National Anthem by the government, there has been a plethora of associated arguments and counter-arguments for and against such a ban. The arguments of the Sinhala hardliners expressed in support of the ban have been made purely based on their racial intolerance. They clearly demonstrate that they are ill-informed of the facts they cite as well as are not sensitive to the damage this issue can cause to the fragile restoration of the confidence of the Sri Lankan Tamil community in the country and the Diaspora. The world opinion on the efficacy of the reconciliation efforts following the 30 year bloody unrest in Sri Lanka last year is that a lot needs to be done to even begin to win the respect and commitment of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka and elsewhere.

The reason for the onset of post-independence peaceful struggles for Tamil rights in Sri Lanka and the subsequent ‘liberation terrorism’ to create a Tamil Homeland that lasted over three decades, are the results of successive majority Sinhalese governments ignoring the grievances of the Tamil community. If the Sinhalese majority genuinely desires to have a lasting peace, they must understand the fact that destroying the LTTE has merely put on hold the agenda of the separatist Tamils. Winning the war against LTTE, however remarkable it was, will only be a temporary reprieve unless winning the hearts and minds of the Tamils everywhere is realized. The majority Sinhalese must, at every occasion, go out of their way to accommodate the sentiments of the Tamil community in sincere anticipation of winning their trust.

The alleged ban on the Tamil version national anthem will quite definitely damage the most delicate and minute healing which has occurred following the defeat of the LTTE only 18 months ago.

At a moment like this, the Sinhala majority must study the issue carefully before jumping to conclusions prematurely, based on racial sentiments. It has widely been reported in the media that very responsible and highly regarded members of the Sinhala majority have categorically stated that no other country in the world has the national anthem in more than one language and ‘it is a joke’ to sing Sri Lankan national anthem in Tamil.

There are many countries in the world that has official versions of their national anthems in more than one language. For example, Canada, one of the world’s most respected democracies, have three official versions of their national anthem.

The Canadian Ministry of Heritage, which oversees the issues of national anthem, has defined the English, French and Bilingual versions as all legal. In practice, the most suitable version for the occasion at hand is used.

For example, in a region where English is the most preferred language, the English version is used whereas in the Province of Quebec in which French is the first official language, the French version is sung. However, in an occasion in which both the language groups are represented, such as a Federal Government function or a sports encounter between teams of English and French speaking regions, the Bilingual version is sung. This version begins and ends in English while the middle verse is in French.

Therefore, hopefully, the Sinhalese nationalists should realise that ‘it is not a joke’ to sing a national anthem in more than one language. There are many more examples like this in the world if anyone is eager to find out. However, the Canadian example is quite sufficient to demonstrate and justify having more than one language version of a national anthem.

To add more insight into the origin of the Canadian national anthem, it must be noted that the original versions were written and music was composed by French artistes over 100 years ago before it became official in 1980. More information on this subject is available in Ministry of Canadian Heritage website, Follow the link to Anthems and Symbols.

Another misconception given exposure in the media is that the Indian national anthem is sung only in Hindi. Of of course, in a country like India, where official business is conducted in some 60 languages, it is not practical to have versions in all recognized languages. However, the Indian national anthem was written by well known poet Rabindranath Tagore, in Bengali. It is ironic that Tagore also belonged to a minority group. Even though the words in the lyrics sound very close to being in Hindi, Bengali was the original language in which Tagore composed the original version.

Rather than banning the Tamil version of the national anthem, Sri Lanka must officially adopt Sinhala, Tamil and bilingual versions of the anthem. Or, perhaps, they can set an impressive precedence by adopting only the bilingual version as the only official version and force all Sri Lankans to learn and sing at least a few words of the other official language.


Friday, December 17, 2010

Because China invaded & occupied our country, it continues to rule it as a colonial power, & will do everything necessary to maintain its authority.!!

A Tibet of the mind
THURSDAY, 09 DECEMBER 2010 00:00
By: Tenzing Sonam

Like most Tibetans born and brought up in exile, I grew up, in India, with a certain idea of my homeland, one that was informed by two extreme but inseparable views. On the one hand was an idealised state of grace that existed before the Chinese invasion on the other, the violated and transformed land – a veritable hell on Earth – that it had since become. We were taught that we, the exiles, were the keepers of the true flame of Tibet’s national identity, the guardians of its culture and traditions, which, as far as we knew, were being destroyed in our homeland. And we were also raised to believe that one day we would triumphantly return home, that the entire raison d’etre for our displacement was to fight for that moment.

Over time, this lofty aspiration lost some of its bearings, instead becoming simply another component of our lives as refugees. Our world evolved its own particular reality; we were neither Tibetans in the way that our parents were – and Tibetans in Tibet still are – in the sense of having a physical connection to our land, nor were we truly a part of our adopted countries. Our peculiar in-between lives seemed to demand the expectation of returning to our spiritual homeland for sustenance, but not necessarily its fulfilment. As far as we knew, this was our life – being an exiled Tibetan, inhabiting an ersatz Tibetan world.

For the first two decades of exile, we had very little communication with our homeland. China, then in the throes of the Cultural Revolution, was closed to the outside world, and the ensuing shroud of silence fell even more heavily over Tibet. We had no idea what had befallen our families back home, and the occasional snippet of news only confirmed our worst fears. Tibet seemed to be undergoing horrors that we could not remotely imagine; the very fabric of its existence seemed to be in the process of being dismantled. This knowledge gave us the impetus to rebuild our lives in our new home in exile.

The preservation of Tibetan culture, especially its Buddhist traditions, and the development of a modern education system for the younger generation, became the Dalai Lama’s most pressing concerns. And in this, helped by India’s generous accommodation and the support of many international agencies, we proved remarkably proficient. Within a few years, we were able to create a parallel Tibetan world, complete with our own religious establishments, educational and cultural institutions, settlements and, most importantly, our own government, headquartered in Dharamsala. We became, in the words of one academic study, ‘one of the most resilient and successful refugee groups in the world’.

Of course, faith in Buddhism and the values it taught had always deeply influenced our way of life. But these characteristics were now being defined in starry-eyed Western terms, which allowed no room for shades of grey. Our political struggle took on a spiritual tinge, and coincided with a growing emphasis on non-violence. It also presaged a change in the goal of our struggle from total independence to one that could be accommodated within the People’s Republic of China. A curious corollary of this transformation was the belief that we were now fighting not for the freedom of a nation, but for the benefit of the entire world.

The influx of new refugees continued apace throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and by the end of the millennium they had become a significant presence in our society. No longer could we apply the distinction of their being sarjorwas with any moral authority. In our exile monasteries, for instance, the newcomers were soon in the majority. This raised the disturbing question of what would have happened to these religious establishments – one of the prime examples of our community’s successful rehabilitation – had their population not been replenished by the fresh intake of monks and nuns from Tibet.

Purpose of exile
The goals that our parents set out for themselves when they left Tibet were clear: to restore Tibet’s independence and to return with the Dalai Lama as our rightful leader. Politically, we have long since given up the goal of independence. Returning home no longer has the same immediate relevance to us as it did to our parents’ generation, nor does it seem likely to happen anytime soon. In fact, many of us would probably be ill-equipped to live in Tibet, even if we were given the chance. So, as Samdhong Rinpoche maintains, is our primary function now only to preserve and keep alive ‘the inner sciences of Tibet’? Or is there some deeper responsibility that we need to fulfil, which will continue to maintain our bond with our homeland and give our lives relevance as exiles?

To Tibetans in Tibet, Dharamsala has always been the symbol of hope and freedom. As long as this symbol remains strong, the exile Tibetan world, no matter in which direction we evolve, will remain significant in Tibet. But the moment this influence begins to fade, we will become irrelevant. The danger, of course, and one that Beijing officials are counting on, is that this is exactly what will happen as soon as the Dalai Lama passes on. Therefore, I believe our primary responsibility as exiles in the next, upcoming phase of our development is to ensure that the symbolic significance of what we have achieved survives the passing of the Dalai Lama, and remains a unifying force and a source of hope for the people of Tibet.

This can only happen if the government-in-exile, even without the Dalai Lama, continues to represent an ideal and a goal that is shared by all Tibetans. And in order to redefine this, we must remember once again the fundamental reasons why we came into exile in the first place, and why we have remained there for five decades as a distinct community: because China invaded and occupied our country, it continues to rule it as a colonial power, and will do everything necessary to maintain its authority. No matter how effective we are in preserving our own parallel world in exile, it will be the beginning of the end for us if we lose sight of these facts.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010



2010-12-07 | by V. S. Subramaniam

In a subtle master stroke Gothabhaya Rajapakse more than anyone else was the principal architect of the defeat of the Tamils in Sri Lanka in May 2009. A greater achievement was his diplomatic coup that bought Delhi’s ‘stilled silence’ on SL war crimes that included the locking away of incriminating RAW evidence on the Mullivaykkal war crimes.

Though details relating to the South Block Delhi’s involvement in theMullivaykkal massacres is in the open now, the ‘personal caprice (Bellamy) of the Sonia Delhi’s ‘in the loop’ proxies that stalled the international community’s war crimes initiatives against SL began to collapse when other (non RAW) incriminating evidence began to unravel. These pointed to SL acting as South Block Delhi’s proxy in the killings of Tamils in Mullivaykkal.

Gothabhaya had reasons to be angry over Delhi’s subtle blackmail using RAW aerial pictures of the massacres when in fact SL acted in good faith on ‘in the loop’ Narayanan-Menon’s instructions during that stage of the war. Though RAW pinpointed the presence of the core LTTE leadership in the midst of heavy civilian concentrations in Mullivaykkal, Narayanan-Menon gave Gothabhaya the go-ahead to launch the massive final assault in the ‘no fire zone’ in Mullivaykkal. The ‘no fire zone’ itself isolated and away from prying witnesses is the brain child of Narayanan.. The final assault according to Fonseka was originally planned for August to avoid heavy civilian casualties but the revengeful Narayanan-Menon (Sonia-proxies) keen on eliminating the LTTE leadership totally acted recklessly to abort the US rescue plans to save the lives of the LTTE leadership and civilians. The result was the massacres that was a precedent setting Delhi-Colombo trade off model for wiping off the entire Tamil militancy/resistance and treating the massive civilians casualties as acceptable ‘collateral’ damage. Accordingly, morally the blame for the massacre was not Gothabhaya’s alone. He acted indirectly as the Sonia Delhi’s proxy then.

Except for the‘tom-toming’ Raman, details on the massacres began to unravel fast (within days) once Delhi unfairly attempted to blame SL for the excessive civilian lives lost brandishing its RAW aerial surveillance pictures. The response of the impetuous SL was swift and smart enough to rattle Delhi that instantly caved in to comply with SL’s key demand that it observes ‘a stilled silence’ on all SL’s war crimes details. This was a diplomatic master-stroke.

The South Block mandarins had committed RAW to covertly provide critical battle front aerial intelligence for the combined Sri Lankan and covert Indian armed forces offensives that delivered SL its victory over the Tamil rebels. RAW was in the most vantage position to capture authentic aerial pictures of the heavy battle field casualties. While RAW’s aerial pictures were far too incriminating for SL’s comfort, RAW and Delhi viewed them as invaluable leverage tools to pressure SL into a more compliant stance post Tamil militancy. Colombo’s stance instead turned out to be exactly the opposite.

A Delhi stunned by an angry Gothabhaya Rajapakse took his ‘loop’ signals as lethal enough to implicate Delhi’s South Block in the war crimes should SL ever be forced to face such charges. A harried and alarmed Delhi reacted speedily to appease Colombo launching a swift diplomatic offensive to save the murderous SL regime by killing off the international community’s war crimes initiatives in the UN specifically supporting the infamous May 2009 UNHRC resolution. Colombo was now in possession of a dreaded leverage that Delhi has to live with for the longer term.

The South Block despite widespread anger in Tamil Nadu had locked Delhi into this ‘deafening silence’ predicament for SL to continue vigorously its ethnic cleansing and genocide policies further alienating TN Tamils. Delhi had no qualms in recklessly brow beating TN government (its UPA partner) into supporting its anti-Tamil SL policies, damaging the DMK’s savior of the Tamils credentials. Delhi even flaunted the CBI Spectrum scandal weapon most damaging to DMK’s image. For details on the Delhi-Chennai double crossing politics readers are referred to ‘Tamil Nadu being forced to go the Eelam way –NateriAdhigal (a revisit) in Oct 27 2010.

SL’s powerful ‘loop’ leverage weapon ensures Delhi’s silence when SL vigorously pursues a more monstrous and multi faceted genocide and Delhi funding in post LTTE, SL’s intense militarization of the North displacing more Tamils again from their homes, demographically marginalizing the Tamil homelands and facing harsher oppression. How would Tamilians and Hindus react when SL even prohibits the ringing of bells in temples in the North and East, effectively blessed by secular Sonia-Delhi in charge of a Hindu India?

Delhi partnering in the SL genocide, a horrendous crime is unlikely to improve Delhi’s moral credentials internationally when the world is seriously pursuing SL to account for its crimes. Any permanent Security Council seat aspirant will desist associating/supporting a notorious regime tainted with serious crimes and furthermore withhold crucial incriminating aerial evidence relevant for crime investigation by international tribunals. This borders on criminality. Delhi’s behavior is no different from that of other world renowned human rights offenders. Delhi’s ‘deafening silence’provoked an enlightened Obama to politely urge Delhi to be more vocal in its criticism of human rights abuses.

Sri Lanka’s latest open declaration of a fresh war on the Tamil diaspore living in the Western world poses fresh challenges to the security agencies of those countries. SL has planted intelligence agents in several countries who run parallel intelligence outfits undertaking intelligence work on the diaspora citizens of those countries. Visiting diaspora and their kin in SL are targeted based on intelligence transmitted back by these agents and there are plenty of reports of visiting diaspora going missing presumed dead, arbitrary arrests for funds and information extortion. State sponsored white van outfits commit these crimes with impunity. The activist diaspora not cowed by these risks are exposing such crimes and seeking legal redress for the genocide victims. The growing support for the diaspora’s war crimes campaign is now unstoppable in the enlightened world, the benefit for the world is arresting the growing horrific trend of state terrorists oppressing minorities by strengthening international mechanisms to enforce accountability on genocide regimes.

The Delhi led human rights abusers stalled the UNHRC crimes proceedings in May 2009 but it is heartening that there are legal regimes that permit the victims to seek redress for these crimes in the courts of countries that have extended jurisdiction to punish offenders even if the crime was committed elsewhere. President Rajapakse Oxford Union address had to be aborted and a senior army officer (Gallage) took a chartered a flight out to escape war crimes courts in London; evidence of a growing fugitive complex amongst leaders with crime records. These are products of the noble activism of the diaspora. The diaspora activism only seeks legal redress for the victims of SL crimes using mechanisms that offer some protection for minorities at least in genocide situations.

The discomfort the SL genociders face during visits overseas shows the potency of the diaspora activism in their search for justice. Before the ink dried on a pedestrian reporter’s piece ‘Will there be a violent resurgence of the LTTE soon’ 5 Nov 2010 reputable media reported over 50 000 diaspora in icy cold conditions demonstrating to bring the genociders before the jurisdictions of the courts of enlightened nations belying this reporter’s claim ‘gone are the days when the LTTE could mobilize thousands of flag waving demonstrators in important Western cities’. The theme and contents of his piece and that of the SL Ambassador to Brussels Ravinath Aryasingha ‘Countering LTTE propaganda’ 23 Nov, Daily News have much in common.They come out of the SL Intelligence production line.

Both these pieces earned derisive comments they richly deserved. Dr Victoria Sentas’ scholarly and well documented ‘Truth and Justice within and beyond,the continued repression of the Tamil diaspora’ exposes the class difference in journalistic standards. Readers benefit from pieces by journalists observing high professional standards not those authored by very pedestrian reporters. Equally professional is the piece by Lee Yu Kyung ‘Sri Lanka: Resettlement, reconciliation in limbo’ Nov 7 2010 that debunks the rosy ‘real peace’ conditions for Tamils in the North portrayed in piece and Shanika Shriyanada’s ‘President’s initiative for reconciliation, unity’ Sunday Observer 14 Nov.

On the Indian side some promising developments emerged from an Indian Intelligence think-tank proceedings in Chennai, 17 November 2010. Though not pro-Eelam the shallow quality of the debate on Indo-SL relations and the Eelam Tamil issues still persists. Some soul searching has led apologists to acknowledge that India’s foreign policy is ‘largely dominated by one or two social (sectarians) groups of Tamil Nadu and Kerala….The(ir) biased approach was largely responsible for the rift between Eelam Tamils and the Indian Establishment..; (they) masked the right perspectives reaching the masses.(and) . contributed to the genocide of Eelam Tamils..and paved the way for the China syndrome knocking the doors of South India. Now they want to discuss what to do about it and perhaps how to pawn some more Tamil interests for their mistakes….India will not like UN involvement.., (for the loop factor)…. India will oppose war crimes accusations against Rajapakse ..India faces similar accusations in Kashmir’

Is it sound logic that Delhi supports SL genocide ‘..because India faces similar accusations in Kashmir ‘ and does Delhi admit that it also committed massacres in tens of thousands as SL did in Mullivaykkal. The think tank’s logic goes awry. Most of the think tank participants are renowned tribal sectarians the exception being Brahma Chellaney whose piece ‘Behind Sri Lanka Bloodbath’ in Mainstream Weekly Oct 24 is exceptional. His ‘But India, too, contributed to the Sri Lankan bloodbath through its military aid, except that it has ended up, strangely with its leverage undermined..since 1987 Indian foreign policy is driven not by resolute long term goals but by a meandering approach influenced by the personal caprice of those in power..Another personality driven shift in India’s Sri Lanka policy came after the 2004 change of government in New Delhi, when the desire to avenge Gandhi’s assassination trumped strategic considerations with the (faked) hands-off approach being abandoned.

The message from the recent Bihar elections beacons hope for all Tamils exposing the fragility of the Sonia-Rahul hype and that their personal caprice is bound to disappear sooner than later and Delhi returns to its pre -2004 foreign policies bringing salvation for the Tamils.

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I therefore call on those governing Sri Lanka to put in place initiatives&strategies that ensure that all minority groups have equal access to choices



Ms VIRGINIA JUDGE (Strathfield—Minister for Fair Trading, Minister for the Arts) [1.39 p.m.]:
I speak in support of a small but prominent group of residents who live in my electorate but whose representation by number belies their contribution to my community in the electorate of Strathfield in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The Tamils of Strathfield are solid citizens, noted for their commitment to education, a strong work ethic and devotion to family life, as well as to the greater community in which they live. I have observed that the Tamil community in my electorate applies these principles to their business and professional practice and to their enthusiastic participation in benevolent community organisations. They also work tirelessly to integrate refugees into our society by helping to meet their physical and emotional needs. I am advised that their community work includes recently raising money for research into breast cancer and actively supporting a young Tamil gymnast, Prashanth Selladurai, from my electorate to represent Australia in the Australian gymnastic team at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, where he made a major contribution to the efforts that I believe won the team a silver medal, and then at the Commonwealth Games recently in Delhi where he won two gold medals and bronze.

In the context of these contributions, it is with great sadness that I have learnt of the alleged war crimes perpetrated against these people in their homeland, Sri Lanka. Furthermore, I am advised that after languishing in camps in the wake of the most recent phase of the war in Sri Lanka during 2009, tens of thousands of Tamils in the northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka are still living without a permanent roof over their heads and with minimal access to health care, employment, education for their children or justice. I am advised that in recognition of substantial allegations of atrocities and war crimes against the Tamil people, the United Nations Secretary General has appointed a three member panel to advise him on accountability regarding these alleged violations of internationally recognised human rights. Both the president of the Australasian Federation of Tamil Associations, Dr Victor Rajakulendran, and the president of the Australian Tamil Congress, Dr Sam Pari, have conveyed to me the dismay and deep disappointment they have felt as a result of Australia's silence on this issue.

I am therefore calling on the Australian Government to support other governments, including Britain, the United States of America and France, in writing to the United Nations declaring support for an independent inquiry into: alleged war crimes committed particularly in the last phase of the war; the treatment of more than 11,000 Tamil youth detained be in accordance with the Geneva Convention; ending militarisation and restoring law and order of the civilian areas; resettling internally displaced people in their original place of residence and compensating them for the losses they have incurred; ending planned West Bank style settlements in the Tamil homeland for Sinhala people from the south, which I am advised is aimed at further weakening Tamil representation in their Parliament; and a political solution that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Tamil people to be negotiated with the elected Tamil leadership and implemented so that true peace and reconciliation can be achieved in Sri Lanka.
In a country where a minority people, deprived of their rights and persecuted for their beliefs after enduring a long and devastating civil war, asks us in the West for our support, it is neither good nor fair to withhold our support. But these are strange times and it seems sometimes we dare not say the obvious in our luckier country, that killing innocent people is wrong and that those involved in these alleged atrocities must be called to account and brought to justice. Let us do this for our friends in need, the Tamils of Sri Lanka.

I ask myself, and indeed I ask everyone in this Chamber today, if I was a cricketer and I was aware of the mounting evidence of atrocities and war crimes allegedly perpetrated by those currently governing Sri Lanka, would I not want to reflect on the message I sent to the public if I played against their representatives in their country without comment on the plight of the Tamils? At the end of the day none of us can ever say that we are just doing our job. Whether that job is in sport, industry, commerce or indeed politics, we are human beings first. We should not just be content to leave politics to politicians. Politics is indeed involved in every facet of human existence. It is therefore very much embedded in our relationships, associations and workplace.

I therefore call on those governing Sri Lanka to put in place initiatives and strategies that ensure that all minority groups have equal access to choices, equal access to opportunities in education, whether it be at the primary, secondary or tertiary level, equal access to employment, equal access to government services and justice, and equal access to representation in those particular bodies. I will be writing directly to the Prime Minister of Australia and to the Minister for Foreign Affairs to support this call on behalf of those that have brought this to my attention, particularly those living in the Homebush area in my community of Strathfield. In conclusion, in the words of the popular Tamil proverb, popular agitation leads to justice. I pray this be the case.

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