Why is The Sri Lanka Campaign is Still Going? Obviously to Run Smear Campaigns.
Why is The Sri Lanka Campaign is Still Going?
The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace & Justice should really be seen as the useful idiots of a one-sided designed to condemn the Sri Lankan Government as human rights abusers. Thus the Sri Lankan Campaign spend much of their time and considerable financial resources engaging in partisan politics over the results of a Civil War that is well and truly over. In 2009 the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) terrorist organization lost the war and the Sri Lankan Government Forces won. It was a hard and costly war where the civilian population took the brunt of the carnage, but the fact that the war is over is the most important factor. This factor does not seem to matter to members of The Sri Lanka Campaign as they continue with a pointless propaganda war.
Almost every article that comes out of the Sri Lanka Campaign’s website is a petition against the victors of the Civil War and a whitewash of the terrorist organization that had lost. For an organization that claims to be ‘a global non-partisan movement’, it has a very loose definition of the term ‘non-partisan’.
Here is a list of their recent campaigns:
Recent campaigns and successes
Over the past few years we have:
- Gathered thousands of signatures to help amplify the voices of war survivors.
- Helped secure a UN Human Rights Council mandated international investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka.
- Published a major opinion-forming report featuring allegations of ongoing crimes against humanity in the North of Sri Lanka, and another putting the wishes of victims at the heart of the accountability process.
- Commissioned a report using cutting-edge satellite image analysis to challenge the Sri Lankan army’s lies about how stolen land in the North is being used.
- Helped secure the release of detained human rights activist Ruki Fernando and Fr Praveen, and – finally – that of jailed mother of the disappeared Jeyakumary Balendran.
- Launched a major campaign around the UK Sexual Violence Conference which forced the British Foreign Secretary to commit to taking action on Sri Lankan asylum seekers
Any intellectually honest reading of the organization’s campaign shows the obvious omissions: The LTTE’s own War Crimes.
- The recruitment of child soldiers is glossed over;
- Suicide Bombers are never mentioned in the negative;
- The bombing campaigns of civilians;
- The Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi;
- The Assassination President Premadasa;
- The Assassination of Tamil Leaders;
- Hacking to death of villages and
- The expulsion of Muslims from LTTE controlled lands etc…
The list of omissions reads more like a front organization than one that is genuinely dedicated to human rights.
Like many extremely partisan activist, the Sri Lankan Campaign might normally be considered mostly another boring group of preachy ill-informed elitists. Unfortunately, this group of ill-informed elitists is anything but mostly harmless. In fact, they are trying to do as much harm as they possibly can to Sri Lanka’s reputation, travel industry and economy.
Here is one of the most prominent lies published on their website:
In the 5 month period between January and May 2009, it is estimated that between 40,000 – 90,000 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.
The 40,000 dead civilians figure has been debunked many times over, but to claim up to 90,000 dead is just pure fantasy. Even the highly imaginative Gorden Weiss never dared claim a figure higher than 40,000 before scaling his guestimate back to 10,000 after his book called ‘The Cage‘ was published.
The information on the Sri Lankan Campaign website is often so misleading that it is hard to see why it exists at all.
Their campaigns vary between noble and grandstanding to cynical virtue signaling. Take for instance the ‘Ethical Alternatives’ for travel they say that:
There are five ways in which you can help make your visit to Sri Lanka more ethical:
- Know Who to Avoid
- Understand the Supply Chain
- Use Ethical Alternatives
- Get Informed
Any potential tourist who follows the advice from the Sri Lankan Campaign would have jump through hoops just get around the island. Just imagine trying to work out how to ‘ensure that local people get a fair share of the economic benefits‘ in any place in Sri Lanka. Or even go so far as to be certain that ‘our holiday spending goes to help local communities‘. And ‘If you want to visit a tea plantation while in the hill country, try to find one that operates to Fairtrade standards, and ask about the working conditions for tea pickers.’ Really, a tourist has to investigate the local labor conditions of tea pluckers in a developing nation?
The Sri Lankan Campaign are so detached from reality that they give this stupid a condescending advice:
But do be aware that signing up to a package means that the package operator may be making some of your ethical decisions for you
Why not get informed and read their hardcore propaganda list?
And the best thing you can do in Sri Lanka is:
The most powerful thing you can do as a tourist to Sri Lanka is to just talk to people about their situation. Ask them how they feel about the war, about the former President, about the media, or about corruption.
I never thought of that. Go to developing nation, that is highly politicized and asked the most politically volatile questions you possibly can, then listen as the love just pours out. Get it? The Sri Lankan Campaign wants you to stir the pot of local partisan politics.
It is hard not to laugh when you consider how openly partisan and opinionated people are about politics in Sri Lanka.
Of course, if you are still up for more brainwashing try this:
Finally, some organisations sometimes offer homestays with human rights defenders
There is no sense of balance or perspective about the nation, the culture and day to day running of Sri Lanka in these suggestions. Any intelligent tourist with the maturity of an adult would understand that what The Sri Lankan Campaign are offering is little more than a radicalization program. Novice Human Rights activists would be wise to avoid falling into their trap.
BDS Sri Lanka Style
There is something else that The Sri Lankan Campaign is doing that shows how belligerent they are. And that is their campaign targeting private companies and businesses in Sri Lanka.
Under the heading of ‘Who to Avoid‘ we are given this information:
Many companies are associated with individuals and organizations implicated in war crimes or human rights abuses. Please explore this map and have a read of the information below to find out more about the companies with which we have concerns. These include the following:
They go on to list hotels, resorts, restaurants, and even tourist attractions that should be boycotted.
You can find their Google Map here.
One such place they have called:
The “Killing Fields” Resorts
The “Killing Fields” Resorts – Lagoon’s Edge Resort & Nandikadal Rest House Mullaitivu
The Government of Sri Lanka built a series of triumphalist attractions on the site of the last battles of Sri Lanka’s civil war. Tens of thousands of civilians were killed in this spot, and yet developments at the site demonstrate the extent to which their suffering is ignored and history re-written. The local “War museum” allows visitors to see a “terrorist swimming pool” and a crass war memorial adorned with statues of celebrating soldiers. Yet all attempts by local residents to grieve for dead are brutally suppressed by the military. The Army run two hotels in the area, the Lagoon’s Edge Resort & Nandikadal rest house. They also occupy much of the surrounding land. Meanwhile local residents are reduced to foraging though the belongings of the many people who died in the area, looking for valuables to resell.
I have personally visited this specific area in Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka. Including the war monument, the LTTE swimming pool where suicide bombers were trained; Prabhakaran’s personal underground bunker and Soosai‘s (Head of the Sea Tigers) luxurious home that was surrounded by poverty stricken Tamil’s. There was no sign of ‘local residents foraging through the belongings of the many people who died in the area, looking for valuables to resell.’ Such a description is a complete lie. What I did see was how the LTTE had planted landmines in every possible place they could find, including inside private houses owned by the locals. In 2012, when I visited, this was the main reason why thousands of local Tamils could not return home.
Just by the war monument is a large collection of captured weaponry and equipment, including two torture cages use by the LTTE. (I will be producing a video on this in the future so that you can see for yourself the threat that the LTTE posed to the Sri Lanka. Emotive accusations are one thing, but cold, hard evidence is another. What The Sri Lankan Campaign have failed to do is produce any evidence to support their allegations.
Two private companies that have been targeted by The Sri Lankan Campaign are John Keells and Hayleys. These are two of the largest corporations in Sri Lanka and employ thousands of people across the island. John Keells boasts that it is Sri Lanka’s largest conglomerate of 70 companies in areas of: IT, Food Production, Hotels and Property. Hayleys has been in business since 1878 and is equally diverse with involvements in: manufacturing, power generation, tea factories, logistics, and transport. It is difficult to understand why The Sri Lankan Campaign would imagine that could have any influence over conglomerates that employ thousands of people, including many Tamil professionals.
Other Government-Run Attractions they want you to avoid are internationally famous tourist sites and basic transport:
- Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage
- Laksala arts and crafts shop
- Ceylon Transport Board (CTB) buses
- Department of Wildlife Conservation
- Central Cultural Fund
- Matale Rest House
- Pigeon Island National Park
Pinnewalla is one of the most memorable places I have ever visited in my life (I plan to release a video on this sanctuary in the future). Pinnewalla is a conservation sanctuary set up to prevent the extinction of wild elephants in Sri Lanka.
Laksala has been running for decades as the tourist gift shop that certifies that all its items are legal to export. It has been running for decades.
The CBT buses are everywhere and are the main essential transport service on the island. Do they want a boycott of the public transport system?
Depart of Wildlife and Conservation? This has to be a joke.
What about the Central Cultural Fund that preserves all those UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka? Many historic sites would fall into disrepair if we were to satisfy the ill-conceived campaign of a group of partisan activists. Is that that what they really want?
All the suggestions read like some ill-conceived publicity stunt. So little thought and research has been put into their ideas that they are destined to fail.
Why Are They Doing This?
There is nothing new about partisan politics in Sri Lanka. Nor is the island a stranger to the foreign interference by professional agitators. In fact, many of the Civil War disasters can be attributed to foreign interference such: as the IPKF failure. Just because Sri Lanka is not Eutopia it does not mean that it should be held up to such impossible standards.
What The Sri Lankan Campaign are doing makes little sense to anyone who genuinely wants to see peace flourish in Sri Lanka. However, their campaigns make perfect sense of the so-called ‘Non-partisans’ are running partisan pro-Eelamist agenda.
Take for instance their blogs. Several use the pro-LTTE website ‘Tamilnet’ as a primary source of evidence.
The following article appeared in TamilNet and has been republished below.
TamilNet released the following news item on Wednesday, 15 September
For those who do not know, Tamilnet can best be described as a propaganda front for the LTTE terrorist organization. It was set by LTTE cadres in England and was instrumental in pumping out hardcore propaganda during the war. To use Tamilnet as a legitimate site is like using an ISIS front to tell you about virtues of beheadings.
The credibility of The Sri Lankan Campaign relies heavily on the notoriety of its celebrity members. Some of whom, like Bianca Jagger, are little more than washed up celebrities with no connection to Sri Lanka. We also have the blogger, Nirmanusan Balasundaram, who describes Sri Lanka as a ‘Kingdom of Vultures‘. The ex-diplomat, Bruce Haig, who was dismissed from his diplomatic position in Sri Lanka in the 1990’s for trying to take sides in the conflict.
There are members whose backgrounds are even more questionable:
Beate Arnestad, the Norwegian filmmaker of the suicide bomber documentary, ‘My Daughter the Terrorist‘. The film is so close to glorifying ‘Black Tiger’ suicide bombers that it has been used at fundraising nights for western LTTE fronts.
Antony Loewenstein whose shadowy background could be the subject of an entire book. He is a regular keynote speaker at the annual ‘Rise of Marxism‘ conference in Australia. In 2016 he lost his press credentials in Israel after it was revealed that he was involved in the anti-Israel BDS campaigns. Loewenstein’s main connection to Sri Lanka was through his intimate relationship with Dr Sam Pari (alias Sampavi or Sham) who just happens to be a signed up member of the LTTE and the public face for the Australia Tamils Congress.
This is Dr Sam Pari’s LTTE membership form in her own handwriting
Teesta Setalvad, who in 2002 fabricated evidence of abuse to support a protest in India. Credibility Zero.
We also have Yasmin Sooka, who was a panel member of the 2011 Darusman Report that largely accuses Sri Lanka forces of widespread war crimes whilst treating the LTTE with kid gloves. The report made several allegations that had no supporting evidence, such as the figure of 40,000 dead civilians, and cited Tamilnet as an accurate source of evidence. The report was not an official UN report, despite its misleading title, and was sponsored by the George Soros empire through his ‘Open Society Foundation‘. Yasmin has now been appointed as the inaugural George Soros Chair at the School of Public Policy.
“I am especially pleased with this appointment,” George Soros.
In every way, The Sri Lankan Campaign appears to be either infiltrated with people who are so rabidly against the government that could not be by accident. The ongoing theme of the website is that of ethnic separatism with giant hints toward legitimizing Tamil Eelam. An idea that was defeated in 2009.
Who is Paying the Bills?
The Financial Report for 2015 explains where the money has come from this year.
In the 2015 financial report, The Sri Lankan Campaign was able to raise £46,000+ income.
- £18,500 came from the Institute of War and Peace Reporting.
- £11,000 from personal donations.
- £5,000 come from direct debit contributions
- The remaining funding sources are in the report.
The Sri Lankan Campaign membership is so stacked against the democratically elected government of Sri Lanka that is a farce to call them non-partisan. Instead, we have a collection of radicals, Marxists, activists and failed international social justice warriors who seem hellbent on punishing Sri Lanka for defeating the terrorist organization known as the LTTE.
This article is biased against terrorism and their useful idiots.