Open letter to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs: Hon. Lawrence Cannon Monday, Jun 1 2009 

Dear Hon. Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada.

You are one strong man, I had to admit. Canadian Tamils have been protesting since January across Canada to save minority Tamils from genocide in the hands of majority Sinhala led Sri Lanka.  We have protested in Vancouver, Ottawa,  Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, and many corners of Greater Toronto.  We have protested from the confinement of parks, and sidewalks, to open streets, and highway.

You are not even willing to listen to the genuine grievances of Canadian Tamils.  You have not even said a comforting words to the hunger strikers.  You have let down the very constituents that you claim to represent.  You are absolutely aware of the dire situation in Sri Lanka, still you kept your strong face away from Canadian Tamils!

Sri Lankan army has not spared even hospitals, as Defence Secratary Gotabaya Rajapakse confirmed in a news interview with Sky News, even hospitals were legitimate targets. Our family and friends were slaughtered barring independent journalist and non-government aid agencies from the so called “no-fire zone”, literally starving the Tamils.  The no-fire zone is actually a no-safe zone, as it was confirmed by satellite pictures from UN and US [UN Leaked - UNOSAT satellite imagery analysis implicates Sri Lankan Government of War Crimes, Satellite Imagery Offers Glimpse on Sri Lankan War Zone].  Sri Lanka did not even spare the hospitals inside the “no-fire zone” as it was witnessed by government official doctors.

While all these gross manslaughter of Tamils were happening, you – our Foreign Affairs minister – called “… LTTE lay down its arms“. The only force that has been fighting for the Tamils, while international countries maintained silence over genocide of Tamils had been called to lay down its arms and surrender.  The humanitarian crisis did not jolt the Conservative Canada to at least voice against Sri Lankan government.  Even world’s most busiest leader, USA President Hon. Barack Obama had taken the time to condemn Sri Lankan government’s indiscriminate shelling of Tamil civilians, but our Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Stephan Harper could only do, maintain his silence.  May be our Conservative Canada is trying to prove that it is not following the US at least in this matter.

Hon. Lawrence Cannon, as you called to lay down its arms, LTTE has done that.  Yes, they have done what you called on them for and look what had happened.  They were massacred when they surrendered [Tamil leaders 'killed as they tried to surrender', Tigers begged me to broker surrender].  Please Sir, you have not addressed the Canadian Tamil protesters, you have not voiced against the Sri Lanka, and when the Tamil leaders surrendered as you called for that, they were massacred.  What are you going to do for this war crime?  Where are you going to keep your face on this matter? Having successfully decimated the only force that was fighting for the Tamils, Sri Lankan government now embarks on ethinic cleansing in other Tamil areas as confirmed by aid agencies, which the Tamils were saying for few decades.

Please Sir, take some actions rather than words.

Thank you and looking forward not to your words, but actions.

National Post’s false report Monday, Dec 3 2007 

To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Date: 2007/12/03 @ 10:54 AM [GMT-5]

Dear Editors,

I have known National Post as a very aggressive media against our Tamil Freedom struggle. But I am not understanding why National Post intentionally manipulates facts against Tamil ethnicity struggle.

I was reading your article TOUGH STAND TAKEN ON SRI LANKA. You have mentioned “Last week, events were held around Toronto to mark Tamil Heroes’ Day, which commemorates the anniversary of the first Tamil Tigers suicide bombing.” This is totally untrue. The Maaveerar Naal or Tamil Heroes’ Day is to commemorate the first death occurred in our armed struggle to freedom, after so many ahimsa protests were brutally beaten and so many anti-Tamil riots. This death is not a suicide mission. You may read about it at From Death of the First Hero.

I have previously sent a letter pointing out similar false reporting. You can view my letter at National Post’s racism.

There are more than 1500 Tamils were arrested in Sri Lanka just for being born in the ethnicity. Sri Lanka imposes emergency law almost continuously last two decades. More over, the state terror Sri Lankan government openly violated human rights, sponsoring paramilitary and deadly military to kill Tamils and political enemies. There is no single ban against the state terror Sri Lankan government. As a Tamil, my only single question is that when will you advocate tangible actions against Sri Lanka to stop the state terrorism?

I have posted this letter on my blog at National Post’s false report.

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National Post’s racism Monday, Nov 12 2007 

To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

C c: [email protected]

Date: 2007/11/12 @ 8:10 am [GMT-5]

Dear Editors,

After reading Irwin Cotler MP’s letter to National Post editorial, I was shocked. I knew National Post had not so great opinion about Tamils freedom struggle, but I never knew it distors facts to tarnish our struggle.

To ask a question “Why the Canadian government had not put Tamils on the terrorist list?” is a blatant racism. A prominent media editorial board cannot be this ignorant. I have no idea why National Post delibirately twists the facts to impose a bad impression of Tamils, but to even misinform of a recorded meeting is way over the line. I am disgusted how National Post seems to be working on a political agenda to support the Sri Lankan state terrorists.

I would like to demand National Post to publish an appology for misinforming a recorded meeting and tarnishing Tamils image.

I have posted this letter on my blog at National Post’s racism

Thank you

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What was the Globe thinking? Monday, Nov 12 2007 

To:  [email protected]

Date:  2007/11/12 @ 8:10am [GMT-5]

Dear Sir McKay,

I have read your letter to the editor on Globe.  Thank you for understanding the real situation of Tamils in Sri Lanka.  The Sri Lankan government being a state actor has higher voice and hence it has influenced main media with its false propaganda.  The ethnic Tamils’ cry is slowly reaching the international grounds.

Thank you and hopefully there will be freedom.

I have posted this letter on my blog at What was the Globe thinking?

CFRB’s NewsTalk Thursday, Nov 8 2007 

To: [email protected]

Date: 2007/11/09 @ 8:10 am [GMT-5]

Dear John,

I agree with your argument that “Desperation is no excuse for murder and mayhem”. But how can a tiny minority in a tiny island could do better when the state crushed their peaceful democratic efforts, as what Mandela and Gandhi did, in 1953, 1958, 1977, and 1983 with iron hand? [1]

Unlike in China (after Tienanmen square) or recent Myanmar, the international community did not react. As a result, the state terror went into high gears. Further, Canada is now home to more than 250000; most came here as political refugees, fearing Sri Lanka’s oppression.

LTTE is not the cause of the mayhem but it’s the product of state terrorism. When Tamils realized that none is willing to help, they started to build their own armed movement. If Gandhi could free India without ‘terrorism’, then why not Americans could not free themselves without being called ‘terrorist’ by UK?

If every country believes in negotiations, we all do not have to have military.

Tamil struggle to live free has started after the British left Sri Lanka in 1948. Sri Lanka was ruled by two kingdoms before the colonial powers took control and it was British who amalgamated the two administrations. When they left, they left it at the hands of Sinhalese majority. We have tried all peaceful protests, but they were met with state terrorism.

Tamils resorted to arms liberation as the last option. If the international community has the courage to force Sri Lanka to offer an acceptable political package, say as the province of Quebec, the bloodshed will stop.

I have posted this on my blog at CFRB’s NewsTalk

[1]
http://www.tamilnation.org/books/Eelam/satchi.htm
http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=20798
http://www.sangam.org/2007/04/DeJure_State.php?uid=2322

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Sri Lanka and Monks of War Wednesday, Oct 10 2007 

To: [email protected]; [email protected]

C c: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]

Date: 2007/10/11 @ 8:04 am [GMT-5]

Dear Markham representatives,

As I am one of many Tamils from the Markham constituents, I would like to thank you for your continues sympathy and support of Tamils struggle to get freedom from the oppression of Sri Lankan state terrorist government.

Here are couple of non Sri Lankan documentary videos from YouTube to understand our reason for struggle. Buddha’s teaching of non-violence has been completely ignored by these power hungry/ racist Buddhist monks.

People & PowerMonks of War – 29 Aug 07 – Part 1 (Duration 12:29)

People & PowerMonks of War – 29 Aug 07 – Part 2 (Duration 10:28)


I have posted this letter on my blog at Sri Lanka and Monks of War

Thank you

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Praba or Piraba? Wednesday, Aug 1 2007 

To:   [email protected]

Date:  2007/07/27 @ 8:30 pm [GMT-5]

Dear D.B.S. Jeyaraj,

I have read your article titled “Trouble overseas” from Frontline.  The article is full of detailed knowledge of all detainees in overseas.

I also noticed that you have spelled the leader of LTTE as “Prabakaran”.  I think it is against the Tamil grammar to write like that.  Moreover, I did not expect a Tamil from Sri Lanka to write it like the Indians.  I would please ask you to keep the Tamil way of writing with “Pira” instead of “Pra”.

Thank you

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Thank you for your voice Thursday, Jul 26 2007 

To: [email protected]

Date: 2007/07/16 @ 4:21 pm [GMT -5]

Sir Mark Holland,

I would like to thank you for speaking for the plight of Tamil people in Sri Lanka. I came to know that you have sent a letter to our honourable prime minister on the plight of Tamil people in Sri Lanka at Another MP Calling Canadian Prime Minister to open Consulate office in Jaffna, Sri Lanka

It is with great difficulty that Tamil people have to travel to Colombo to communicate with Canadian embassy. The distance between Colombo and Jaffna are roughly 300 KM yet it takes one whole day to travel. The land route is blocked by Sri Lankan Army [SLA] even though that is a violation of the Cease Fire Agreement. People line up early as one to two days before to get on board a ship. Now that a Tamil cannot temporarily stay in Colombo more than 48 hours, it is with great financial and safety burden the Tamil people have to communicate with Canadian Embassy. It would be a great ease on Tamil people, if a branch of Canadian Embassy is opened in Jaffna.

I thank you again for your voice for a crying ethnicity in Sri Lanka.

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2007/07/16 4:30 pm

From: [email protected] on

Date: 2007/07/16 4:33 pm

Dear _________,

Thanks for your e-mail. I hope the Prime Minister does the right thing.
The situation is indeed very serious.

All the best,
Sincerely,

Mark Holland,
M.P., Ajax-Pickering
(613) 995-8042
Fax: (613) 996-1289
[email protected]

Thank you for your voice Tuesday, Jul 24 2007 

To: [email protected]

C c: [email protected]

Date: 2007/07/04 @ 10:26 am [GMT -5]

Sir Dan McTeague,

I would like to thank you for speaking for the plight of Tamil people in Sri Lanka. I came to know that you have sent a letter to our honourable prime minister on the plight of Tamil people in Sri Lanka at Harper urged to locate Canadian Embassy branch in Jaffna

It is with great difficulty that Tamil people have to travel to Colombo to communicate with Canadian embassy. The distance between Colombo and Jaffna are roughly 300 KM yet it takes one whole day to travel. The land route is blocked by Sri Lankan Army [SLA] even though that is a violation of the Cease Fire Agreement. People line up early as one to two days before to get on board a ship. Now that a Tamil cannot temporarily stay in Colombo more than 48 hours, it is with great financial and safety burden the Tamil people have to communicate with Canadian Embassy. It would be a great ease on Tamil people, if a branch of Canadian Embassy is opened in Jaffna.

I thank you again for your voice for a crying ethnicity in Sri Lanka.

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2007/07/04 10:54 am

From: [email protected]

Date: 2007/07/23 3:01 pm

 

SCARBOROUGH, July 20, 2007

__MY_NAME__

__MY_EMAIL_ADDRESS__

Dear __MY_NAME__

Thank you for your letter regarding my correspondence to Prime Minister Harper requesting that a Canadian Consulate be opened in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

It is clear to me, as well as many observers of the region, that the situation in Sri Lanka has become untenable. Contrary to the views held by some on the actions of the Sri Lankan government, I have heard enough to convince me that political efforts are being undertaken to marginalize the Tamil population.

It is my firm belief that Canada can play a role to play in helping to ease tensions and support genuine efforts aimed at bringing peace to that country. To be fair, successive Canadian governments have taken some steps but I believe Canada can do more – especially with respect to easing the suffering of innocent people on all sides. I am therefore appalled that the Government of Canada does not seem to be taking seriously the reports of violence that have been coming out of our own officials at our embassy in Colombo.

I also have had several constituents indicate to me that their loved ones in Colombo encounter considerable difficulties in accessing the services of our embassy. Ongoing immigration applicants and even people simply trying to acquire information from the embassy have been impeded by what can only be viewed as a governmental policy that seems to have been crafted to remove or make life difficult for Tamils residing in the capital area.

It is for these reasons that I feel that it is necessary for a Canadian consulate be opened in Jaffna and be able to provide Tamils with unrestricted access to Canadian immigration services.

It is time for Government of Canada to take concrete action to ease the tension and horrific outbursts of violence in Sri Lanka. While it is my belief that Canada should and could do more with its aid policy, the Sri Lankan Government cannot escape its share of responsibility. I also believe that any other party should escape responsibility for disrupting legitimate efforts designed to bring peace and security to the country. Make no mistake, any act that foments unrest and violence is simply unacceptable – whoever carries those acts out.

I am sure you would agree that those who aim to perpetuate instability, like those who perpetrate any kind of heinous act of violence, must be held fully accountable.

Once again, thank you for providing me with your views on this very serious matter.

Sincerely,

Hon. Dan McTeague, P.C., M.P.

Hon. Dan McTeague. P.C., M.P.
Pickering Scarborough-East
Official Opposition Critic for Consumer and ConsularAffairs

6758 Kingston Rd.
Unit #3
Scarborough, ON
M1B 1G8
Tel.#: (416) 287-0110
Fax #: (416) 287-6160

[email protected]
www.mcteague.ca

Date: 2007/07/24 8:03 am

Dear Hon. Dan McTeague:

Thank you for your reply. We have had the war for too long and discrimination from 1950s. I hope Canada can play a pivotal role in Sri Lankan Tamils’ life sooner than “too late”.

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TamilOne, why not coverage nimirvu 2007? Wednesday, Jul 18 2007 

To: [email protected]

Date: 2007/06/10 @ 10:32 pm [GMT-5]

Dear Sir/ Madam:

I have been to nimirvu 2007, which happened yesterday [Saturday June 10]. I noticed TamilOne did not take coverage of the event.

The event highlighted the sufferings of academic community of Tamileelam. There was a very movable speech by Neethan Shan. I was wondering why TamilOne did not take initiative to take coverage of the event. The main purpose of the event seemed at aiming younger student generation of Canada to make them understand our Tamileelam struggle and need for our unity.

If I may, I humbly ask TamilOne to be united in our Tamileelam struggle and let our Tamil Canadian understand and support the need for an independent nation.

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