In response to a couple of recent comments on this blog regarding my supposed bias in favor of Tamils or seduction by LTTE propoganda, I would like to emphatically state that I take absolutely no position on the conflict. I am neutral when it comes to government or LTTE, and I am wholeheartedly in support of all of the people of Sri Lanka. I just want peace.
I am an outsider not looking at the conflict from a Sinhalese or Tamil point of view; I am only looking at human rights. Yes, my work does lead me to talk more about human rights abuses committed against Tamils. I know both the LTTE and the government have committed human rights violations against all ethnic communities, and they both have an obligation to respect Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions regarding the protection of civilians.
However, this blog is a forum for me to discuss my experiences here in Sri Lanka, not an academic paper on the conflict. Since I haven’t been able to travel to LTTE-controlled territory (not for lack of trying; security at the government checkpoint would not let me through), I haven’t seen for myself the situation there and therefore don’t feel comfortable discussing it in detail. Furthermore, I don’t agree that discussing human rights abuse of Tamils and advocating their protection means that I am taking a political stand on the LTTE or somehow against the majority Sinhalese Buddhist population.
As for LTTE propopaganda, I don’t read or listen to it. Most of my information for blogging posts comes from listening to the people who have been the targets of abuse. See my previous post.
Posted By Madeline England
Posted Aug 8th, 2007