Boycott Sri Lanka – Top 10 Reasons to Boycott

There is a site on the net called http://www.boycottsrilanka.com which requests everyone to refrain from buying Sri Lankan products. I’m not sure what they are trying to achieve by doing so, but if they succeed in their objective the end result

People loosing market => Financial Issues for People => People loosing jobs => Family financial and economical issues => Anger towards the people who caused them these problems => Formation of retaliation or revenge on their minds => Short-sighted will take the revenge on innocent ppl (these innocent ppl most probably might be tamils since the boycott effort is encouraged by a set of short-sighted tamils abroad) => the innocent will become no longer innocent => accusations, bloodshed will happen => some political ppl will take advantage of the situation and say mistreatement for tamil/sinhala ppl => ppl who follow these stupid politicians will get enraged and cause more harm => minority will suffer the most because of this => for political gain political nut heads will CREATE more and more arguments and clashes. => people start getting gravely injured or killed by mistake => Friends/relatives and political gainers will take advantage of the deaths to take direct revenge by murdering => in the end alot of sri lankans will die => Disregarding that all were sri lankans and that there were sinhala and muslim ppl among who died, the propagandist will announce that tamils in sri lanka is subjected to genocide => and here we go again…

Believe me, this is the start of the eelam war of prabakaran also even though the first seed was not a boycott. But a very small thing can create so much destruction to people of a country who are trying to unite.

If you’ve decided to boycott by any chance, just take a moment and think. Would the Sri Lankan government or people give an 1/3 of the country for a race of people who are less than 1/5 of the populations just because our products are boycott? We invite to share the whole 100% of the country rather than 33.3%. Thats a better bargain I say. If someone says tamil can have better rights and better life style if they had a different country, then why not just go to south india where you have more space all are tamil. if they insist on a part of sri lanka, then look at pakistan and india. pakistan got what they wanted more than 50 years ago, but still both pakistan and indian ppl are dieing not only on borders but within their countries too. Solution is never division. its combination.

Anyway my whole reason for writing this blog is to comment on the Top 10 reasons the “boycott srilanka” are advertising.

1. Sri Lanka is one of the top “red alert” countries at risk for genocide (Genocide Prevention Project)

Are you boycotting Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia…. also? They are in that list also you know. I cant find http://www.boycottpakistan.com/ on the net. If you are truly against genocide then you should carry your mission to all countries mentioned in your link. Just out of curiosity, did you start your effort only after seen the above link? or is it just a link which you found helpful to put in your site?
2. Sri Lanka was voted off United Nations Humans Rights Council in 2008 (Asian Human Rights Council)

I have nothing to say about this because I haven’t much knowledge on how UN HRC operates.
3. Sri Lanka has a history of expelling UN and human rights monitors from the country (BBC)

As far as I know no UN and human rights monitors were expelled. But UN and human rights monitors violators were expelled. They should have done what they came to do. But I’m sorry if some of them were falsely accused which I’m sure may have happened for some and I agree that it is unacceptable. But that doesn’t mean you can human rights violations are happening in every corner of the country or only to a specific race of people. In every country there is human rights violations. You just dont see them because you don’t bother to look them up. Just like you dont bother to look up the sinhalese and muslims who suffered on the hands of LTTE.
4. Sri Lanka is ranked as having the 2nd highest rate of disappearances in the world (United Nations)

An old report about 8 years ago. Even it it were true, this is no longer credible for today. So the 4th point is useless and barely applicable.
5. Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places for journalists (BBC)

I think all the facts in the article states that it is dangerous for journalists who are collaborating with the LTTE. So the 5th point is INCOMPLETE?
6. Tamils treated as second-class citizens in own country: they must carry identification cards (United Nations)

This sentence tells me that the person who created it has never set foot on sri lanka atleast during my lifetime. We singalese also cant go anywhere without an ID card. so its a common thing for every one. And as for second class accusation, in political arena only the prime minister and president positions have never been held by a tamil. Once even the Chief of Police was a tamil, not for forget our famouse beloved forign minister late Luxman Kadiragamar. My former training place CEO was a tamil. I have pretty good friends who are tamil when I was at school (and they still are). I dont know the claims are for a specific location of the country, so far I’m unable to see anything which proves the above accusation.
7. Culture of impunity: despite pervasive human rights violations, very few are ever held accountable (International Press Freedom Mission)

This is due to dirty politics in Sri Lanka. Cant argue with this. All Sinhala, Tamil, Muslims suffer equally because of this. But I’ve seen dirtier political actions in US/UK.
8. 130,000 + civilians denied access to freedom of movement in internment camps (Human Rights Watch)

no longer applicable.
9. 20,000+ civilian casualties just at the end of the war alone (Guardian UK)

the total for 30 year war is close to 80,000. this includes sinhalese, tamils and muslims. So what was your point again?
10. Continued restrictions on humanitarian aid in IDP camps (Washington Post)

no longer applicable.

I think these 10 reasons are applicable for US.

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5 Responses to “Boycott Sri Lanka – Top 10 Reasons to Boycott”

  1. kavi Says:

    SRI LANKA DENIED TO WAR CRIMES INVESTIGATION AND SIGNING IN HUMAN RIGHTS BECAUSE THEY ARE WEAK.THEY CANT PROVE IT THAT THEY DIDN’T.DON’T TRY TO JUSTIFY WITH VAGUE EXCUSE THAT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION AND DISCRIMINATION EXIST EVERYWHERE WITH TYPICAL SINHALESE THINKING!!

    TAMILS SUFFERED MORE THAN ANYONE IN WAR, BEACUSE,MAJOR WARZONE IS TAMIL AREA!TAMILS ARE VICTIMS (NOT WATCHERS) OF CRUELTY WAR IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY.

    THIS BOYCOTT IS FOR STOP MILITARY DEVELOPMENT WHICH WANT TO BE SOUTH ASIA’S BIGGEST ARMY;WHICH STILL GOING AFTER WAR TO DOMINATE NORTHEAST TAMILS WITHOUT SOLVING PROBLEM POLITICALLY. THEN WHY TAMILS NEED TO HELP THAT GOVERNMENT LIKE THIS WHO WANT CHEAT/SUPRESS TAMILS AS USUAL?

  2. samindaw Says:

    Dear Kavi,

    I’m not defending any army or any government in Sri Lanka. I’m defending the people in this country from hatred. Imagine your family dog goes and bites your neighborer. Is it justice if the neighborer decides not to talk with you and encourage others never to have any relationship with you just because your dog bit him? What will happens to your friends, what will happen to your business?

    Imagine your neighborer has a relative who is an employee of yours. What will be the fate of his relative? Would you be angry with that relative and fire him? What will happen to your neighborer’s relatives family? Who is to blame for all this? you? your neighborer? his relative? or your dog?

    Your neighborer might say the dog should die, but you might say it should only be punished and you’d do whatever you can to help heal the wounds. Look at in both perspectives please. Which one heals the wounds of hatred? and which one leaves pain in the heart? Which one would increase the friendship with your neighborer?

    I can answer with almost all of the stuff you’ve mentioned in your comment with facts and proof. But that would only trigger more arguments between us (and we’ve been arguing for close to 30 years, has it gotten us somewhere friend?).

    You cannot mend broken glasses. But you can make them harder next time so that it wont easily break.

  3. nkratnam Says:

    Dear Saminda

    I believe you hit the nail right on the head when you foretold what could happen to the Tamils living in the south when there is a pogrom again. This is precisely what the Tamil people are fighting for. Their SECURITY.

    Your government is now destroying the only safe zone the tamil people had (the N&E) to which they were deported in 1958, 1961, 1965, 1977
    and 1983. There were no “boycott Sri lanka” in those years when massacre of the Tamil people took place in the hands of the thugs, aided and abetted by the reigning Sinhala governments.

    I bet you have never been to the North or East of Sri Lanka.

    Do you consider building mammoth monuments of conquest in Elephant Pass and Nandhi Kadal, wasting billions of rupees donated by the international community to help revive the battered war zones, helps the Sri Lankan economy and saves jobs. What it does is build up resentment and drives a mammoth wedge between the Tamils and the Sinhalese. Bulldozing the cemetries of the Tamil people will create permanent scar in the minds of very single relative of the dead and the entire Tamil community. If you care about reconciling our people try and do something about these. I can’t do it because I am a Tamil and will be branded an LTTE supporter by your leadership for expressing my feelings.

    You seem to be one of those few Sinhalese (a very small minority) who really care about the land. Are you prepared to work to increase the number of the likes of you by looking at what the Sri Lankan government is doing to the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. If you really care too hoots about this country get into a Tamil persons shoes and see the situation from a Tamil perspective. Go to the North and East not just the ancient Nagadeepa but to other Buddhist temples that have mushroomed during the past 12 months across the length and bredth of North and East. These are built not because there are Buddhist people there but to destroy the Tamils history in the island. Do you really think this is the way for a future.
    Don’t get me wrong. I have no problem whatsoever if the Buddhists living in the N&E want to build their own temple to worship. That is what the Hindus did in Wellawatte & Bambalapitiya lot long ago when there was ethnic amity although no Hindu temples have been built in the south since 1948. The difference is, they were built by people for a peaceful purpose with their own money in an area where there were a lot of Hindus. It was not intended to threaten any body ar destroy a cultural lanscape of the Sinhala people nor to deny the history of the Sinhala people.

    I sincerely hope you are not one of those “Mahavamsa” people who believe this island was populated by people from North india before it was populated by those from the south. I for one believe firmly that both the Sinhalese and the Tamils share the same ancestry. Even if you believe Mahavamsa think about the coming of Vijaya. When vijaya landed in the island it was already occupied. They were our ancesters. Yours and mine.

    Now back to the present.

    Do you really believe stationing 100,000 Sinhala speaking armed forces to hold onto territory where the local population speaks only Tamil helps to reconcile people?

    Reconciliation is only possible between two people who feel free and equal. If one sees other as domineering there will be no reconcilaition.

  4. nkratnam Says:

    Dear Saminda

    I believe you hit the nail right on the head when you foretold what could happen to the Tamils living in the south when there is a pogrom again. This is precisely what we Tamil people are fighting for. Their SECURITY and our SURVIVAL in this island.

    Your government is now destroying the only safe zone the tamil people had (the N&E) to which we were deported in 1958, 1961, 1965, 1977
    and 1983. There were no “boycott Sri lanka” in those years when massacre of the Tamil people took place in the hands of the thugs, aided and abetted by the reigning Sinhala governments.

    I bet you have never come to the North or East of Sri Lanka.

    Do you consider building mammoth monuments of conquest in Elephant Pass and Nandhi Kadal, wasting billions of rupees donated by the international community to help revive the battered war zones, helps the Sri Lankan economy and saves jobs. What it does is build up resentment and drives a mammoth wedge between the Tamils and the Sinhalese. Bulldozing the cemetries of the Tamil people will create permanent scar in the minds of every single relative of the dead and the entire Tamil community. If you care about reconciling our people try and do something about these. I can’t do it because I am a Tamil and will be branded an LTTE supporter by your leadership for expressing my feelings.

    You seem to be one of those few Sinhalese (a very small minority) who really care about the land. Are you prepared to work to increase the number of the likes of you by looking at what the Sri Lankan government is doing to the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. If you really care too hoots about this country get into a Tamil persons shoes and see the situation from a Tamil perspective. Go to the North and East not just the ancient Nagadeepa but to other Buddhist temples that have mushroomed during the past 12 months across the length and bredth of North and East. These are built not because there are Buddhist people there but to destroy the Tamils history in the island. Do you really think this is the way for a future.
    Don’t get me wrong. I have no problem whatsoever if the Buddhists living in the N&E want to build their own temple to worship. That is what the Hindus did in Wellawatte & Bambalapitiya lot long ago when there was ethnic amity although no Hindu temples have been built in the south since 1948. The difference is, they were built by people for a peaceful purpose with their own money in an area where there were a lot of Hindus. It was not intended to threaten any body ar destroy a cultural lanscape of the Sinhala people nor to deny the history of the Sinhala people.

    I sincerely hope you are not one of those “Mahavamsa” people who believe this island was populated by people from North india before it was populated by those from the south. I for one believe firmly that both the Sinhalese and the Tamils share the same ancestry. Even if you believe Mahavamsa think about the coming of Vijaya. When vijaya landed in the island it was already occupied. They were our ancesters. Yours and mine.

    Now back to the present.

    I do not know where you live but if you say you have Tamil friends do a blinded survey. Ask 10 of them the follwing question.
    Do you believe that innocent civilians were killed by the Sri Lankan forces in 2009

    Do the same with 10 of you Sinhala friends. Compare these and ask yourself why is there such a contrast between the responses relating to the same event. We all know that only one of these is the correct answer. Now you will know where the problem is.

    To quote your own example. My dog bit my neigbour. My neighbour is bitterly complaining that my dog bit him. I keep telling him that my dog did not bite him. Not only do I deny my dog bit him I also refuse any third party mediator to verify my neigbour’s claim beacaue it will offend my dog and dent my reputation. Sound familiar?

    Do you really believe stationing 100,000 Sinhala speaking armed forces to hold onto territory where the local population speaks only Tamil helps to reconcile people?

    Reconciliation is only possible between two people who feel free and equal. If one sees other as domineering there will be no reconcilaition.

  5. Nishan Says:

    Ok. This is how Tamils think.

    It is always “YOUR government” –> Tamils themselves have become the minority at their own will.

    They are complaining about Buddhist temples in North and NE – at the same time claiming there are no Kovils have been built since 1948. I wonder whether this person is standing on earth.

    They care about their “innocent” people, died because of the war started by their own rebellions – they don’t care how many innocent Sinhala people died because of criminal setups by the Tamil rebellions. (They didn’t die in war zones by mistake. They were intentionally setup to death expecting what? It is just hatred). And, they never speak about the innocent Tamil people killed/betrayed by their own so called rebellions.

    They claim that their ancestors are Yakka, Naga tribes who were here when Vijaya arrives – Well, where did that come from? Then how come the majority is Sinhalees? It is very easy to say that (even by looking at them) the Sinhalees are not ancestors of Southern Indians.

    About the friends – I don’t know whether the Tamil people talking here, ever had Sinhala friends. If they had I am not sure whether they treated them as friends like we do for Tamil friends. Were Tamil students ever prohibited to come and study in universities in South? Meanwhile, how many Sinhala student could even visit a university in North and come back safe. The most annoying thing is, Tamil students study spending government money and trying to boycott it. Don’t tell me Tamil students didn’t carry bombs from north to kill Sinhala students, and they did. I wonder how they can stand as a nation.

    I wonder why these Tamils even speak about “War crimes” and “Human rights”. Why didn’t they claim regarding their so called “leader”? They never speak about how much he did. (to both Sinhalees and Tamils). And their only problem seems to be the war crimes happened(as they say) while defeating that common social threat.

    Yes Tamils suffered the most because they were in war zones. But who made it a war zone? Who expelled the Sinhalees(in 1970s) who used to live North and NE and kept those “WAR ZONES” to themselves. Keep in mind the Sinhalees still let the Tamils live in south peacefully with equal rights(If they didn’t there would be no place called Wellawatta today). They studied in Sinhala schools, the government universities and worked in government/private institutes. No one stopped them. Think a moment, would the same possible for a Sinhalees in North?

    And they never realize “Why my dog bit him”.

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