Remember we can make a difference.
- Avoid investment in Sinhala areas
- Avoid Air Lanka (Sri Lankan Airlines), if you can
- Buy alternate to those made in Sri Lanka
- Avoid “Made in Sri Lanka” products
- Don’t save any money in Srilankan banks [save money in foreign banks (ie.HSBC) in Colombo]
- Don’t buy any textile items that produced in SL
- Encourage buying items that produced in Tamileelam and shipped via Srilanka (Eg. Palm related products)
- Allow groceries from SL if it is cheap. Otherwise, try to get it from India especially Tamil Nada
- Discourage buying juice items (elephant brand soda), soap (lux, etc), biscuits from SL
- Ask companies not to carry “Made in Sri Lanka” textiles
- Ask Tamil stores to carry alternate, yet competitive products
The Human rights situation in Sri Lanka is getting worse with each passing day. Tamil civilians including men, women, children and the sick and elderly are being killed or seriously injured by the hundreds and thousands respectively.
Two weeks of aerial bombing in July and August of 2006 by the Sri Lanka military have left hundreds of Tamil Civilians killed in different parts of the northeast. Over 200,000 people have been displaced from their homes.
In August 2006, 17 Tamil workers with a French aid agency were killed execution style by the Sri Lanka military and its agents. And Sri Lanka aerial strikes have killed 55 people, including 51 girls in an orphanage run by Tamils.
As AFP news agency has argued, “The Government maintained it targeted an LTTE military training center but the monitors found no evidence the victims were combatants or undergoing military training.
It is very clear that the Sri Lanka government and military are guilty of war crime, crimes against peace and crimes against humanity. They should be strongly condemned by the United Nations and ordinary people. They should be tried by some war crimes tribunal.
This pre-meditated genocide against the Tamil people in Sri Lanka must be fought most vigorously on all fronts. Tamils in India and those in Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji, East Africa and other parts of the world – in short, the Tamil Diaspora in the world – must stand up to help stop this genocide. So should all other people throughout the world who love the sanctity of human life and respect human rights and peace.
Take Action and Boycott
Join with people around the world who have decided not to allow their money to help maintain the world’s most violent and abusive regime – Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s myriad human rights abuses against Tamil people and its repression in Eelam.
Do consumers have a moral responsibility to boycott ‘Made in Sri Lanka products and services? And, if so, why should consumers care about how their purchase money is used by the Sri Lanka’s government? Here’s why:
Probably one of the most underused but powerful weapons individuals have to effect political and social change in our consumer-driven world is their purchasing power. It has been underused because the correlation between “shopping” and political freedom is not an immediate one to most people.
Yet, economic boycotts have, on the whole, an impressive success record: Gandhi’s Swadeshi campaign to rid India of British colonial rule; the boycott and international sanctions against the white South African regime to end apartheid; the imposition of economic sanctions and penalties on Poland by the West that contributed to the downfall of the Communist regime; and the worldwide campaign for shareholder pressure that forced a number of Western companies to withdraw from Burma.
Do we really have a moral responsibility towards the Tamil people of Eelam who live under Sri Lanka’s military occupation?
Even a partial review of Sri Lanka’s myriad crimes against humanity provides sufficient reason for any morally conscious person not to buy ‘Made in Sri Lanka.’ For example, for each purchase that you make, you are funding, promoting or endorsing:
§ the suppression of democracy and freedom
§ Extrajudicial killing and disappearances
§ denial of basic rights to Tamil workers, fishermen and farmers
§ sweeping and brutal repression of all religions
§ criminal psychiatric abuse of Tamil prisoners
§ routine torture of Tamil prisoners
§ military occupation and genocide in Eelam
§ military expansion and aggression
Canada and Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s bilateral trade with Canada being the balance of trade between two countries to remain in favour of Sri Lanka, meaning more imports from Sri Lanka than export from Canada.
Clothing and textiles continued to dominate over 50 per cent in the composition of Sri Lanka’s exports to Canada with most popular categories being shirts, blouses, athletic wear, knitted and crocheted overcoats, anorakes, outerwear, trousers and gloves. The contribution from rubber and rubber products amounted to 15 per cent of total earnings.
Tea is the third important export item to Canada. Exports of tea to Canada amounted to 7 per cent of total earnings, Sri Lanka was able to maintain her market share of 10 per cent in the Canadian tea market in 2000 as well. Sri Lanka is the largest supplier of tea to Canada out of producing countries and it is evident from the figures set out below.
Sri Lankan tea exporters have been successful in establishing few brand names in the Canadian market such as Mlesna, Dilmah etc. Sri Lanka tea bags are making a strong presence in the tea bags sector in the recent years. With more advertisement and brand promotion, Sri Lanka will be able to increase her market share in the tea bag sector, as well.
Other items that feature among the exports from Sri Lanka to Canada include mainly leather products, footwear, ceramic and porcelain products, toys, sports goods spices, gems and jewellery and coconut products. The main items of imports from Canada to Sri Lanka are wheat, fertilizer, paper & paper board, chemicals, lentils, printed books, electrical machinery and parts, asbestos pharmaceutical products.
Canadian companies have invested in Sri Lanka in the areas of telecommunications (Lanka Bell; joint venture with Bell Canada), satellite projects, mini hydro power generators and housing projects and manufacture of treted rubber wood, with a total investment of approximately US $ 140 million in the recent past. In addition to the above, Canada Sri Lanka Capital Corporation in Vancouver has signed an MOU with Southern Development Authority to form a joint venture partnership in the field of agro-forestry. The other possible areas for Canadian investments in Sri Lanka include, infrastructure development, the construction of roads, bridges etc, thrust industry sectors such as ceramics and glassware, rubber based products, light and heavy engineering and computer engineering.
Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotia Bank), a leading Canadian Bank has opened a branch in Colombo.