Tuesday, 13 March 2012

ARE THE LTTE TERRORISTS FREE AT LAST IN GENEVA?

 


S.M.M.Bazeer

“Fighting terrorism is like being a goalkeeper. You can make a hundred brilliant saves but the only shot that people remember is the one that gets past you.”
PAUL WILKINSON, London Daily Telegraph, Sep. 1, 1992


It is ironic that the rumps of the LTTE, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization by the European Union and the USA, have staged a protest against Sri Lanka on 5th March 2012 at the precincts of the UN Office in Geneva.  The tiger protesters called for an international intervention by passing the USA initiated resolution against Sri Lanka and handed in a memorandum to Ms Navaneetham Pillai , The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The  LTTE ‘s Geneva Protest was ignited by a  long walk by  three Tamil youths and  sent out a message to the  LTTE and it's supporters  that it was the gathering of the LTTE .  The three Tamil youths who ventured a long walk from Belgium to Geneva praised their leader,  Pirabkaran  all along their way to Geneva.


Those who gathered in Geneva waved Tiger flags and the portraits of their perished leader Pirabakaran   , chanting that the flag is their national flag, their leader is Pirabakaran , their country is Tamil Eelam and at the end of their demonstration they acknowledged that they ventured to take the LTTE flag and their leaders' portraits despite being advised of adverse consequences by a section of other Tamils. It was not a protest by the Tamils as envisaged by many but a protest of the LTTE which organized such a protest with the mercy of those who have recognized them as refugees under the UN Convention of Refugees which ironically came into being in Geneva in 1957.

The land that set down criteria for genuine refugees made way for the LTTE  who do not fall within the criteria of convention to stand for human rights.  The three youths who walked from Belgium to Geneva publicized that they walk for Justice through a London based pro LTTE propaganda media ILC Tamil on a daily basis and incited people who support the LTTE,  a designated terrorist organization in the UK , to participate  in the final day of  demonstration of the Walk.

The youths who identified themselves as “black force protecting the nation “ in their email messages and thus inherently indicated their association with the alleged LTTE organization and their blind commitment to Tamil Eelam.  The phrase in itself is reminiscent  of the suicide squad of the Black tigers of  the LTTE.  “The black Force “   circulated their e- news bulletin prior to their Walk and invited the LTTE Tamils to rally round them in Geneva. It is said that the black Force that dressed in black stood out among the protesters in Geneva to be counted as the members of the LTTE.  Those who were at large for breach of human rights of thousands of Sri Lankans of all ethnic groups are now free in Geneva and able to fight for human rights with the support of the human right defenders. !

Panel on the human rights of victims of terrorism 2011 –v- Panel on War Crimes 2012 ?



The Geneva protesters asserted that it was the protest of the LTTE that wanted revenge against the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Whilst identifying themselves with the LTTE by holding portrait and cut out of Pirabakaran , the protesters also held a picture of Mahinda Rajapaksa, to display their hatred.

The emotive LTTE song was played all through their protest, with lyrics such as;  “wake up the  tigers “ and assured the return of their heroic (sic) leader ( Not from death –like Jesus) , For them their leader is still alive and this showed their degree of sanity. and the UNHRC  may not have taken into account of the madness of those protesters. 

It is distressing that the USA and its western allies are up in arms against Sri Lanka for its geopolitical interest and stratagem. Around this time last year a more affable resolution on the human rights of victims of terrorism (  A/HRC/DEC/16/116 ) was passed by the  United nations General assembly on 24th March 2011. Despite the resolution on the human rights of victims of terrorism being passed without votes it recalled previous resolutions and reaffirmed its commitments against terrorism.

“ Its unequivocal condemnation of all acts, methods and practices  of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, wherever and by whomever committed, regardless of their motivation, as criminal and unjustifiable, and renewing its commitment to strengthen international cooperation to prevent and combat terrorism, Reaffirming also that acts, methods and practices of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations are activities aimed at the destruction of human rights,”

Just one year after the resolution against the victims of terrorism, the LTTE terrorists and their supporters have toiled hard to confirm that their voice is heard by the Commissioner for Human Rights of The United Nations,, thus reaffirming terrorist practices aimed at destruction of human rights (given the history of the LTTE)  and the LTTE terrorism as a reincarnated democratic organization.

It is time to reaffirm to the international communities that this is Sri Lankan ‘s  domestic problem and the extinction  of the LTTE terrorism in Sri Lanka should not be revived in the name of UNHR resolution. In spite of the LTTE and Tamil ultra nationalist campaign for a UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka , the peace loving Sri Lankan have registered their clear message by mass demonstrations and petitions that reconciliation is the only way forward and it is up to the people of the nation and not the business of the West. 

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