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Is the party over for The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice?

September 20, 2012

Is the party over for The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice?

It look as if all the sugar daddies for seed granters have given up on the small activist group known as the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice. The front page of their website is featuring a large green banner counting down the days, hours, minute and seconds until it is shut down. The official end date is December 14 2012. There is a link below the green Flash animation where you can donate money to breathe financial life into this dying entity.

As mentioned several months ago in my post called “Regarding the Sri Lankan Campaign for Peace and Justice – Follow the money” The Sri Lankan Campaign for Peace and Justice has been one the most partisan organization to come out since the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War. Its advisory council is an embarrassing collection of career activist, celebrity activists and people of questionable honesty like Teesta Setalvad.

You do not need to read very much to find out how partisan and agenda driven the Sri Lankan Campaign is. In the first paragraph of their “Why We Formed” statement we are presented with this discredited accusation:

“In the 5 month period between January and May 2009, it is estimated that between 20,000 – 40,000 civilians were killed in northern Sri Lanka.  Most of these deaths were by the Sri Lankan Army as it sought to eliminate the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) regardless of civilian causalities.”

It reads more like propaganda produced by the LTTE than a rational willingness to be objective and non partisan. Even the official Blog page is little more than a blame session aimed at the Sri Lankan Government. Ironically the LTTE are given a whitewash and its Diaspora support network is never called to account for their financing of terrorism.

For the Sri Lankan Campaign the problem is not just one of false credibility but also one of financial viability. In notifying their readers of their impending closure they write this:

“Our current calculations are that, unless something changes, we will run out of money and have to close our doors on the 14th of December at 9PM.

I don’t want to let that happen. That’s why I, Edward Mortimer, and a number of our advisers – including Adele Barker, Antony Loewensten, Scott Sheeran and a number of others are dipping into our own pockets to help fund the campaign.”


It shows how desperate their financial condition is when its own board of ‘advisors’ is forced to pay to be advisors. In terms of credibility this puts The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice at the hobby level.

As I had expected the seed money provided to start this partisan grumble party is running out and as a result further grumbling now has a financial cost.

Looking at The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice I cannot help but wonder where all the money has gone. Even the success stories page is an embarrassing read of vagaries, puff and non-achievements. Sadly this is the only specific item that can be directly connected with the Sri Lankan Campaign is an e-petition. An e-petition? Are they serious? Apparently so. No wonder they are having trouble raising money to keep this site going.

The real reason for the existence of the website appears to have been lost soon after it was created. How many of its board of advisors even knew what they were signing onto is still unclear. There is no indication that advisors like Noam Chomsky or Bianca Jagger contributed anything other than their names to this. For others it may have been no more that a resume building exercise where they can show any NGO on paper. Finally we have the activists who have done nothing but highlight how partisan the ‘Campaign’ is.

If in 85 odd days The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice fades away then who would really care? Other than its very self indulgent and angry bloggers I have no idea.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 21, 2012 11:34 am

    Hello Damo,

    Old Man Orgasms is back.


  2. candydman permalink
    September 21, 2012 2:49 pm

    This organisation seems to have had very little impact as people realised it’s main purpose was to deflect examination of the methods and politics of the Tamil Tigers by focusing only on the allegations against the Sri Lankan government. The organisation was also thoroughly discredited by its association with the likes of Bruce Haigh and Anthony Loewenstein, both on the Campaign’s Council and open advocates of terrorism against civilians as legitimate methods of political and military struggle. It’s also worth reading what Edward Mortimer, the organisation’s founder, has to say about his aim to be the “hard cop” in setting up this dubious organisation. Here’s the link:

    Another of it’s Council members is Lahdar Brahimi, now UN special envoy tasked with special responsibility for trying to solve the Syria conflict after Kofi Annan gave up in dispair.

    Useful idiots or devious manipulators?


    • September 21, 2012 3:39 pm

      Thanks for your comments,

      I read the interview with Edward Mortimer and i found his grip on reality to be wanting. I kept getting the impression that wants to be a man of international influence but did not know where to start.

      I was tempted to write more about Antony Loewensten but he is already in enough trouble over his recent “joke” at a book launch about killing 6 million Israelis. Also being friends with Dr Sam Pari blows away any hint of being non partisan. Other characters are just a collection of who’s who of the ‘grumble about Sri Lanka’ mob.

      There more information here:


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