4 Sri Lankan Professors gone to Britain accused of launching ‘anti-Sri Lanka activities’

August 16, 2013

The statement below was picked up from the Official Government news agency of Sri Lanka on 15 August 2013. I do not know who the professors in question are and therefore we cannot know whether they are human rights defenders, but in view of earlier retaliation by the governmental media in that country against those who testified before the UN mechanisms on human rights and the tone of the message, there is no doubt that those who speak out risk more than disagreement! 

“There is an increase in the activities aimed at tarnishing the image of Sri Lanka within the country and overseas on the eve of the Commonwealth Heads of State Summit CHOGM and the visit of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.This was stated by the Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya addressing media personnel yesterday at the CDS office at the BMICH premises. He said that four senior professors have left the country to participate in a program organized by the Transitional Government of Tamil Eelam in England, under the guise of carrying out a research study. He said that the Intelligence officials tabled a report in this regard to the Security Council which met under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday. General Jayasuriya said that these academics have obtained leave citing that they are participating in a research program from August 12 – 20. He said that these professors are from the Uva Wellassa and Peradeniya Universities, and a Sinhalese academic is also among this group. The General said that these academics had already flown out of the country, when the intelligence community received the report. The General said that the LTTE diaspora in Britain has launched a campaign to petition the British Prime Minister, calling on him not to participate in the forthcoming CHOGM in Colombo. He said that in the meantime, Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians R Sambandan and A Sumanthiran have participated in a program organized by the so-called Transitional Government of Tamil Eelam in TGTE Canada in violation of country’s Constitution. He said that these Parliamentarians who are under oath to protect the Country’s Constitution, have supported the TGTE which the LTTE rump is facilitating with the dream of establishing Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka.”

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