I doubt it will have any impact really. He’s known as quite a Tamil-friendly politician. On the other hand, Sri Lanka needs aid right now to rebuild the country and to provide for the displaced Tamils. So I really don’t think a boycott would help.
No doubt some will be annoyed that a politician has actually called for a boycott of Sri Lanka – since it was a good argument to use over Israel/Palestine!
Leading Euro-MP Robert Evans has called for an immediate ban on travel to Sri Lanka for tourists and cricket teams.
As the UN Human Rights Council plans to investigate the Sri Lankan Government for war crimes, Robert Evans, Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with South Asia and a keen cricketer, said there was no justification for encouraging tourists and cricket teams to go to the country.
Robert Evans said, â€œWhile the Government of Sri Lanka faces allegations of war crimes and human rights abuses, it markets itself to tourists as the â€˜Pearl of the Indian Oceanâ€™. This cannot continue. As long as these allegations remain unaddressed, travel agents and tour companies should cross Sri Lanka off their list of acceptable destinations.â€
Robert Evans added, â€œI also call on the England and Wales Cricket Board to suspend bilateral arrangements with Sri Lanka Cricket. We did this with Zimbabwe and we must now do the same with Sri Lanka. Such relationships give the Government of Sri Lanka a cloak of respectability it does not deserve.â€
Robert Evans consistently called for a ceasefire by both sides during the recent escalation of fighting in Sri Lanka. Although the Sri Lankan Government is now celebrating victory over the LTTE (Tamil Tigers), many grievances remain unresolved.
Robert Evans said, â€œUnless and until, all questions regarding democracy and human rights can be satisfactorily answered, the rest of the world should not be encouraging tourists or cricket teams to visit Sri Lanka .â€
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