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  • MEP calls for boycott of Sri Lanka

    by Sunny
    22nd May, 2009 at 12:49 am    

    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, “While the Government of Sri Lanka faces allegations of war crimes and human rights abuses, it markets itself to tourists as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’. 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.”

    Robert Evans added, “I 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.”

    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, “Unless 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 .”

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    1. pickles

      New blog post: MEP calls for boycott of Sri Lanka

    1. Katy Newton — on 22nd May, 2009 at 8:21 am  

      No doubt one day you’ll be able to post something about Sri Lanka without banging the I/P drum. We can all dream.

    2. platinum786 — on 22nd May, 2009 at 8:32 am  

      Attitudes like this are what really get on the rest of the worlds tits about Britain and America, and the white english speaking world in general.

      Just who the damned hell do they think they are to give a lesson on ethics to Sri Lanka, when Britain has just started removing troops from Iraq, a country they invaded illegally, where they have killed thousands, caused trillions of dollars worth of damage to the infrastructure, and set the stage for a civil war. That’s without even mentioning the incidents of gross human rights abuses by british and American forces there.

      If you don’t want to help anyone else, why do you want to hinder them? It’s this attitude that will lead to a bi polar world, and people will back whoever is on the other end of America and Britain, as long as the other side is not a monster. Watch in our lifetimes how we see China rise as a force to be reckoned with in this world, even bigger and stronger than the Soviet Union.

    3. justforfun — on 22nd May, 2009 at 8:45 am  

      Oh dear - he does seems a tool.

      Has he a large Tamil population in his constituency - elections are due soon I hear.


    4. Mango — on 22nd May, 2009 at 10:19 am  

      Robert Evans MEP (Labour) is an LTTE glove puppet. On a recent trip to SL as part of an EU mission, he tried to create even more bad blood by deliberately screwing up air transport arrangements from Colombo to Trinco and tried to assign blame to GOSL when the trip was cancelled.

      here’s the killer fact:

      “…Government had initially offered air-transportation but this was refused by you Mr. Chairman (Evans) on the basis of wanting to “demonstrate impartiality” (although between whom it is unclear). Nevertheless the Government did everything within its power to make the journey possible to your satisfaction. What it did not know was that, instead of flying with a local company which had earlier been booked by the EC office in Colombo (to be cancelled with a ‘cancellation fee’ of US$ 2,500/-, paid by the European taxpayer doubtless), you (Evans) decided to embark on a “UN plane” flown all the way from South Africa, arriving in Sri Lanka 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure to Trincomalee, which incidentally is only five hours by road..”

      It’s very dispiriting to see the communal-based politics of Sri Lanka (to a large measure responsible for 30+ yrs of bloodletting) now being imported into the UK, courtsey of New Labour. But, hey, Labour need those pro-LTTE Tamil votes.

      Don’t think that Sri Lankans aren’t aware of the game being played by this UK govt.

    5. Sunny — on 22nd May, 2009 at 1:58 pm  

      No doubt one day you’ll be able to post something about Sri Lanka without banging the I/P drum. We can all dream.

      I would, if it didn’t annoy me so much when others who want to bash Muslims use it for their own agenda.

    6. Sajini — on 22nd May, 2009 at 8:07 pm  

      Agreed with Mango, Evans needs re-educating.

      The GOSL’s “war crimes” aren’t really war crimes; they’re a legitimate army who fought a war against terror and completed the world’s largest hostage rescue mission (of supposedly marginalised minority groups). Civilian lives were lost in the struggle and believe it or not, all ethnic groups have suffered.

    7. douglas clark — on 22nd May, 2009 at 10:59 pm  



      I’d certainly believe that using others as war shields is a legitimate tactic.


    8. Hohum — on 23rd May, 2009 at 3:51 am  

      I would, if it didn’t annoy me so much when others who want to bash Muslims use it for their own agenda.

      So why Israel/Palestine? Doesn’t make any sense. About as valid as you bringing up I/P over the Graun publishing articles by the chair of the Green Crescent charity, Sadek Hamid. (Link.)

      Back to your post.

      Who is bashing Muslims over Sri Lanka? I see fauxcialists with impeccable anti-Zionist credentials getting smacked down over their lack of outrage regarding the treatment of Tamils in Sri Lanka c.f. their ire over Gaza, but I don’t see Muslims getting bashed per se.

      Let’s re-read your post:

      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!

      Who? Name names. Come on. Who is going to be annoyed that a politician is calling for a boycott of Sri Lanka? And not just annoyed at a boycott, but annoyed because “it was a good argument to use over Israel/Palestine“?

      You can take this as a compliment or an insult, but you and Mad Mel are to each other as an electron to a positron. Diametrically opposed but about as lightweight as you can get.

    9. Mango — on 23rd May, 2009 at 8:40 am  

      For the record, the following countries have been unstinting in their support of the Sri Lankan government’s in its war against the LTTE. Two interesting countries appear on the same side.

      Czech Republic

    10. damon — on 23rd May, 2009 at 10:17 am  

      Trying to get some wider perspective on Sri Lanka.
      A troubled and sorry history for sure.

      John Pilger and Mango obviously see things differently.

      I’m not a great fan of the Socialist Workers, but they are still worth reading on this as they have a particular way of looking at these things.

      Though the best opinion piece I have seen so far is in The Hindu.

    11. Mango — on 23rd May, 2009 at 4:35 pm  


      Pilger used to be such a good journalist.. look at him now. I was going to Fisk his article, but then, what’s the point? Nothing he says will make any difference. The LTTE is a ‘dead parrot’.

      But just to show you one of his sneaky omissions, let’s look at this sentence

      “In 2002, a ceasefire was agreed, and it held until last year, when the government decided to finish off the Tigers.”

      The ceasefire was violated 80/20 in favour of the LTTE. During the ceasefire, they murdered the SL Foreign Secretary, a Tamil. He doesn’t say why it only held until mid-2006. The reason? The LTTE blocked a vital sluice gate. They’d also tried & failed to assassinate the DefSec and Army commander.

      The SLA having rested, re-equipped and re-trained were waiting for a green light for a final, to-the-bitter-end battle of annihilation against the LTTE. The LTTE always violated ceasefires. It’s what they do.

      So, we now we have people like Pilger whining because his side miscalculated and have literally been decapitated.

      The LTTE wanted to play by big boys’ rules. They lost. Tough.

    12. damon — on 24th May, 2009 at 5:50 pm  

      I have no problem with saying ”Tough” to the LTTE Mango.
      But let’s not overlook the dreadful situation that is happening right now:
      ”Many of the quarter of a million people held in internment camps in Sri Lanka face up to two years behind razor wire, a government official said today.”

      Given the fuss that still goes on about ”a mere 240” prisoners at Guantanamo, you’d imagine that this should cause a real controversy.

      These reports are disturbing: ”Paramilitaries abducting Tamil children from Sri Lanka camps”

      So the Tigers are finished, but I don’t think anyone should gloat too much. It’s just a sorry business that this comunalism ever started in the first place.
      And this woman Tiger doesn’t seem like an evil person who deserved death, just somewhat braniwashed by a personality cult of ‘The Leader’ and the LTTE.

      I was sitting at a computor in the library yesterday, and this young guy who looked like a Tamil was loking at several Youtubes of LTTE propaganda, (about the ”Sea Tigers” and the ”Air Tigers”).
      I’ve been looking at some of them myself today.

      They certainly work as propaganda, even to someone like me who didn’t support their aims and methods.
      One of them had a bunch of Tigers on off-road motorbikes doing synchronised stunts like the British Army’s ”White Helmets”

    13. Rumbold — on 24th May, 2009 at 6:46 pm  

      Excellent points Damon. The fact that the LTTE are a bunch of violent thugs doesn’t mean that any action against civilians is justified.

    14. Mango — on 25th May, 2009 at 12:17 am  


      The situation in the IDP camps is appalling. No question. GOSL is seen by many in SL and overseas to be moving too slowly to re-settle etc. The ‘two year’ figure is pure Grauniad/Times propaganda.

      Surprisingly, the ‘War Nerd’ nails it really well with his blast against The Times’s efforts to begin a boycott against SL for its’ actual and imagined wrong-doings in the campaign against the LTTE.

      The ‘abducted children’ story is disturbing, but who’s providing AI & HRW (wholly impartial organisations regarding SL - NOT) with this info? My guess, it’s from TamilWhine (previously called or their proxies.

      The entire Western media & Establishment discounted even the possibility of the LTTE being annihilated. ‘It can’t be done’ was the mantra. So you’ll forgive me for being less than enamoured of their sudden expertise in what should happen next in SL and how the SL govt should bow to their precious advice.

      This pricklyness is further compounded by what is seen from SL as blatantly pro-LTTE UK/EU efforts to initiate ceasefires, save the LTTE and thus prolong their demise for another few years. Let’s never speak of Milliband again. :)

      The vilification campaign against SL continues unabated, as recognised by this editorial in ‘The Island’, a non-govt newspaper.

      Remember, before they re-settle the civilians, they need to screen them (“and where did you bury those weapons caches?”), de-mine their towns, villages and agricultural areas and start to repair the infrastructure and provide for their basic needs and re-start a semblance of an economy. In addition to recent monsoons (which washed away many mines), the LTTE helpfully blew up an irrigation tank during their retreat, causing even more flooding. It’s a huge, huge task.

      If they don’t do the prep work, I can give you the headlines. “Innocent civilians killed in uncleared landmine explosions. Sri Lankan govt’s incompetence to blame.”

      INGO assistance for re-settlement etc will be accepted on GOSL’s terms for a very simple reason. Past behaviour by INGOs who actively assisted the LTTE with technical help, propaganda, material assistance etc. Isn’t it strange that none of the crusading UK newspapers have yet done any hard-hitting investigations into stories about which Western bloc INGOs helped one of the worst terrorist organisations of the last 30 years?

      Sri Lanka has free education and free healthcare, but does not yet have a Western-style Welfare State. A lot is already being done within SL by the local people.

      The local press and bloggers (pro and anti-gov) give a (in my opinion), more nuanced sense of what’s actually happening without the histrionics seen in the UK press.

      And it’s very difficult to keep things quiet in Sri Lanka. Everyone gossips and everyone knows someone, who knows someone, who knows your aunty. The internet’s made secrecy (about large scale atrocities) almost impossible to hide.

      Finally, regarding the UK-based Eelamtards masturbating to their old combat videos, that’s great. They’ve gotta get their kicks somehow, now that their entire war-making capacity’s been shredded.

      Their latest tactic is to push for an economic boycott of SL, with assistance from sympathetic Western journalists. Well, guess who’ll be most affected by that? The poorest segments of society. The Sinhalese poor are having a terrible time, but the Tamil poor will be hurt even more. How will re-construction in the North and East be fast-tracked if their means of earning a living are disrupted.

      Its now apparent that the most intelligent Eelamtards have died in combat, leaving the ‘Dumb & Dumber’ Diaspora to carry on the ‘struggle’.

    15. Mango — on 25th May, 2009 at 11:34 am  

      Here you go, Damon, straight from the horse’s mouth:

    16. Humpty Dumpty — on 25th May, 2009 at 8:00 pm  

      Since when has anyone anywhere actually cared about what an MEP has to say about anything?

    17. Mango — on 27th May, 2009 at 2:32 pm  


      The MEPs are incredibly influential in pushing their agenda from inside the EU to ‘punish’ Sri Lanka for having abused human rights in a fight-to-the-death war against the LTTE. The HR-tards will do immense damage to the very people on whose behalf they claim to fight. What it really is a little bit of neo-colonialism dressed up as concern for the affected civvies.

      Anyway, GOSL is showing a big, fat middle finger to the EU/UK and their client states. Alongside Iraq & Afghanistan, notch this episode up to yet another New Labour/FO screw up. Turn a friendly, ex-colony against you with minimal effect, just to pander to the Eelamtard lobby in the UK.

      If Al-Quaeda are watching this, and I’m sure they are, they’ll emulated the LTTE’s civilian campaign. They’ve copied the LTTE in so many ways..

    18. ugk — on 4th June, 2009 at 12:05 am  

      Would like to See Sri Lankan cricket team get hammered regularly by all the other top teams. They must not succeed. Murali should stop playing for them.
      The muslims and Christians should also stop.
      Let only JHU monks play for SL cricket team.
      After all they said, non buddhists not welcome in Sri Lanka.

    19. Dr Ganda Paiya — on 5th June, 2009 at 2:48 pm  

      He has been brainwashed by the British Tamil Forum…he’s good friends with its chairman. Robert Evans MEP and Gareth Thomas MP are in a highly concentrated area of economic Tamil refugees.

    20. ugk — on 5th June, 2009 at 10:09 pm  

      Is a racist Sinhala chauvinist trying cover it up.
      Why dont you address why your president Rajapakse and his brother were members of a brutal JVP rebel group in the 80s that killed scores of innocent people? And now they are in the govt in the top seat!
      Tell me how that happens?
      And how is it that Army Commander Fonseka and Rajapakse can quote Mahavamsa and claim they are not being racist to Tamils.
      We were not born yesterday. Your attempt at eliminating tamils is already failing.

    21. ugk — on 5th June, 2009 at 10:11 pm  

      LTTE is just being used as a smokescreen by the racist sinhalese establishment to oppress Tamils. And try as they might, they cant coverup that fact.

    22. ugk — on 5th June, 2009 at 10:18 pm  

      Rajapakse is going to bring a ‘homegrown’ solution to the tamils.
      What is this ‘solution’?
      Answer: To let the 300,000 tamils in camps to starve, get raped, get diseases for the next few years.
      Remaining tamils will be given less opportunity to get jobs and so on.
      In Exams. Sinhalese can pass with 70%. Tamil will have to get 95% minimum to pass the same exam.
      Sinhalese will be forced into the tamil areas whilst the tamils are in camps. Any tamils that dont die in the camps, will not have a home to go back to, because Sinhalese will be occupying it.
      The plan is to slowly chase all the tamils out of the country (the ones still alive).
      This is ofcourse Hindu Tamils.
      AFter this the govt will target the Muslims (who are also tamils).
      JHU politician hinted at this some time back. He said that non-buddhists in SL are overstaying their welcome.
      The irony being that Hinduism was in SL before Buddhism.

    23. ugk — on 5th June, 2009 at 10:21 pm  

      The general idiocy of the Sinhalese community in foreign countries is proving the racism that is unfolding in Sri Lanka. When any tamil protests the suffering of their people, they are ‘Terrorists’
      Ha! Just like the way the brainwashed Israeli public fail to understand the reality about who Palestinians are and what is really happening.
      Same level of ignorance.

    24. ugk — on 5th June, 2009 at 10:24 pm  

      The general idiocy of the Sinhalese community in foreign countries (and in SL with computer access) is proving the racism that is unfolding in Sri Lanka. When any tamil protests the suffering of their people, they are ‘Terrorists’. Some Tamils dont support LTTE because they love terrorism. No. But they feel that only the LTTE can protect their community. LTTE might be strict on their people, but they dont commit genocide on their people like the SL govt is currently doing.
      When they interviewed suffering Palestinians, it became apparent that their support for Hamas was out of sheer desperation for their plight. Not because they love terrorising. Infact it is the terrorism they suffer.
      Ha! Just like the way the brainwashed Israeli public fail to understand the reality about who Palestinians are and what is really happening.
      Same level of ignorance.
      But as usual the global elite will orchastrate and fuel these problems in order to gain political upper hand over their target region

    25. Mango — on 16th June, 2009 at 3:33 pm  

      Hmmm.. the usual ‘genocide’ drivel being sprouted by an Eelamtard, UGK.

      The Sri Lanka Army (like the British Army and other professional armies) will kill without favour. I’ll let David Blacker (ex SLA infantry and non-Sinhalese Sri Lankan) say it better than I can.

      ..”the LTTE is racially motivated — the cleansing of the north was of all non-Tamil ethnic groups — while the SL armed forces are not — the latter will willingly kill anyone, regardless of race, if so ordered.”

      For a more nuanced look at the Tamil Diaspora demos and what the demonstrators fail to acknowledge, this piece by David Blacker is particularly good:

      An LTTE supporter, accusing me of ‘racism’ … ha ha.. You can whine as much as you like, but your Western masters have other concerns. I suggest you set up your ethnically pure Eelam in Second Life. Perhaps you could join forces with the BNP.

      Same aims, different skin colour.

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