Mr Poop Goes for a Walk
23/12/2011 40 Comments
Amnesty International’s attacks on Sri Lanka’s poor war-time human rights record were rebutted with a kneejerk response from nationalistic Sinhalese politicians: “Amnesty is attacking Sri Lanka because it’s in the pay of the LTTE”. Most people (myself included) scoffed at such paranoid and ridiculous attacks on Amnesty. After all, this was Amnesty International, a neutral organisation dedicated to exposing wrongdoing across on the planet, not beholden to any government and funded solely by its member’s donations.
Wrong, wrong, wrong. The paranoids have finally been proven correct. In a bizarre move, Amnesty proudly proclaimed receiving over $50,0000 from an LTTE front organisation, the Canadian Tamil Congress, which recently held fundraising ‘walk-a-thon’ in Toronto for Amnesty International.
Exhorting the walkers to ever greater heights of fundraising, Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada said (at 2min 58 secs on video):
“Every dollar you raise… is all going to go to support our ongoing crucial human rights work. Our human rights work with respect to Sri Lanka where we’ve worked for years, for decades to ensure that human rights violations against the Tamil community come to an end and that the rights of all Sri Lankans be equally upheld and protected.”
“And as you’ve heard from Priya right now, our focus of that for us is the importance of ensuring that an international enquiry be conducted so that there is truth, there is justice, there is accountability for all of the terrible violations and abuses that have occurred in the country.”
Mr Poop (aka David Poopalapillai) spokesman for the Canadian Tamil Congress must be delighted that his walk in the park has allowed Amnesty International to be inextricably linked with the pro-LTTE diaspora organisations.
“We come from a country where human rights are being violated. There’s no media freedom in Sri Lanka. There’s no big voice. Countries like Sri Lanka pay only the lip service when it comes to human rights, so Amnesty [International] stands very tall, bringing out those human rights violations to the outside world,” said Mr Poop.
A prosperous Canadian Eelamish person also spoke of his love and gratitude for Amnesty (at 4min on video).
“… and I just came back from Geneva … one thing I want to tell you is that it is the ONLY friend we have at times. Amnesty International has been the ONLY voice of reason in the international community.”
“When countries [sic] and after countries [sic] after countries [sic] turned down the plight of Tamils in 2009, Amnesty International spoke again and again and again. And today in Geneva, in New York, when countries again are turning down the report of the Secretary General and are saying ‘this is not acceptable, we will not consider the Secretary General’s panel’s report on Sri Lanka’, it is Amnesty International which is standing firm with the Tamil community and calling for justice in Sri Lanka. So, I’m not going to leave here until we raise another $10,000 to get to the [$]50,000 goal. It is ultimately our responsibility to ensure that the voice of the Tamil community is heard loud and clear.”
Many speakers at the CTC rally referred to 2011 being Amnesty’s 50th birthday and its inception in 1961 by British lawyer Peter Benenson who was appalled to read about two Portuguese students sentenced to seven years in prison for raising their glasses in a toast to freedom.
Amnesty has also associated itself with ‘Cageprisoners’, a group set up by ex Guantanamo Bay detainee, Moazzam Begg. Here Asim Qureshi of Cageprisoners demands jihad from London. Obviously Amnesty uses a special human rights translator where the phrase “. to support the jihad of our brothers and sisters in these countries (Afghanistan etc)..” is sanitised into “we demand comfortable shoes.”