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November 13, 2009

Tamil refugee boats sunk by Sri Lankan navy

Kohona’s argument is “bizarre”, according to Brahma Chellaney, professor of strategic studies at the Delhi-based Centre for Policy Research and a commentator on Sri Lanka. See Tamils could volunteer as sitting ducks for the Sri Lankan navy: Dr Kohona

The Australian reports today that Professor Chellaney says that the boat journey to India was “far more dangerous than Southeast Asia”. Sri Lankan navy ‘forcing refugees further afield’

“The Sri Lankan navy has been intercepting boats trying to cross the Palk Strait to India,” Professor Chellaney said.

“In the name of fighting remnant Tamil Tigers they attack boats of refugees; they have arrested people and sunk boats.

“That’s the reason why you’re getting boatpeople through Indonesia and other points; otherwise these guys would all be coming to India.”



  1. Thats a load of “you know what”..

    Who is Brahma Chellaney?? Do you not think that the Indian press, navy and government would report such an atrocity?

    I would read this and end the ignorance: http://bailaman.blogspot.com/2009/11/amanda-hodge-thinks-sri-lanka-navy-is.html

    Comment by Pradeepan Jeyaraj (Toronto) — November 13, 2009 @ 10:31 am | Reply

    • Hi Pradeepan
      Thanks for your comment.
      I had a look at the website, but couldn’t find much about Tamil asylum seekers there , except that some of the recent arrivals in Canada had tested positive for traces of explosives, that Tamil Tigers during the fighting have been accused of using human shields, and Kohona’s comments (any many people seem to find Kohona quite a controversial figure).
      I am still wondering why the Tamils are not taking boats the much shorter distance to Tamil Nadu in India, where they have their ethnic roots, and instead coming a much longer way to Australia. Could you possibly explain that for us?

      Comment by nayano — November 14, 2009 @ 8:00 am | Reply

      • Tamils don’t go to the Tamil Nadu because it’s overcrowded and there is little opportunity to get ahead economically.. The ones currently trying to get into Australia set sail from Malaysia (and regions nearby) not Sri Lanka. If the only thing they wanted was to escape “persecution” they would have stayed in those countries.

        Comment by HumanFrailty — November 14, 2009 @ 11:46 am

      • Hi
        Thanks for your comment.
        If only one could escape persecution by arriving in Malaysia!
        Unfortunately Malaysia does not recognise refugees, and indeed if one did try to claim asylum there, the treatment given would be yet more persecution!

        Comment by nayano — November 14, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

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