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ACT NOW’S TIM MARTIN CONFRONTS BAN KI-MOON!

[Press Release, Thursday, 3 February 2011 09:31 34 Comments]

Act Now Director Tim Martin put the UN Secretary General (SG) on the spot in Oxford Wednesday night. Ban Ki-Moon was giving this year’s Cyril Foster lecture on“Human Protection and the 21st Century United Nations”.

Act Now believes that to be ironic since he has been accused of sitting on his hands whilst innocent civilians were being killed in Sri Lanka at the beginning of 2009. Despite evidence that Government forces were indiscriminately shelling & bombing innocent civilians in a so-called ‘safe zone’, Ban Ki-moon refused to call for a ceasefire. He has since resisted demands to investigate Sri Lankan War Crimes and only set up an unofficial Advisory Panel to consider what actions should or should not be taken.

Act Now supporters went to Oxford earlier in the day and handed a thousand leaflets to students including everyone who attended and the public reminding them of the Secretary Generals inaction and calling on them to join Act Now in calling for an Independent investigation into War Crimes. A copy of the Act Now leaflet was also left on the podium for Ban Ki-moon before his speech and was not removed!

Tim Martin who had spoke earlier last year at the Oxford Union, was one of three people given a chance to ask Ban Ki Moon a question after he had finished his address.

The question he asked was "The UN has failed to ‘prevent and protect’ in such countries as Sri Lanka where up to 40,000 innocent civilians were massacred in 2009. Will you ensure during your term that those responsible are brought to justice. Will you ensure there is a proper independent investigation into war crimes and will you push for a UN referendum as the situation in Sri Lanka is the same as in south Sudan. The people have the same cultural differences, a different language and a different religion."

Notes:

The three-person Advisory Panel’s remit ceases at the end of February and their report is expected to be presented to Ban Ki-moon in the very near future. The Government Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) is regarded as a whitewash by at least two human rights bodies:  Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (HRW), and International Crisis Group (ICG) who refused to attend its’ hearings. The Advisory Panel has been refused entry to Sri Lanka. Only an official investigation commissioned by the UN Secretary General will carry sufficient weight in the International Community.

END 03/02/11

For further information, please contact:
Tim Martin, Director, Act Now
Tel: +44(0)7817 504 227
Email: info.actnow@gmail.com
Site: www.act-now.info

Graham Williamson, Director, Act Now
Tel: +44(0)7970 455 445
Email: info.actnow@gmail.com
Site: www.act-now.info
Sockalingham Yogalingam, Asst. Director, Act Now

Tel: +44(0)7948 380433

Email: info.actnow@gmail.com
Site: www.act-now.info

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Act Now Campaigners handing out leaflets in the Oxford centre.
Act Now Campaigners handing out leaflets in the Oxford centre.

Act Now campaigners handing out leaflets to attendants in the Queue.
Act Now campaigners handing out leaflets to attendants in the Queue.

Ban KI Moon Oxford.
Ban KI Moon Oxford.

Ban Ki Moon Oxford
Ban Ki Moon Oxford

Leaflet left for Ban Ki Moon
Leaflet left for Ban Ki Moon

Tim Martin question to Ban Ki Moon.
Tim Martin question to Ban Ki Moon.

Tim Martin with Act Now supporters handing out leaflets.
Tim Martin with Act Now supporters handing out leaflets.

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34 Comments »

  • Ban Ki-Moon on Human Protection « Wordcore (author) said:

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  • Arun Senathirajah said:

    Bai Ki Moon has changed the very purpose of establishing the UN by taking side of genocidal rulers like Mahinda Rajapakse, to suppress the Tamil minorities with the pressure and support of the Indian Rulers.

    He has to openly and clearly make an statement on his stand on the war crimes of the Sri Lankan rulers rather than an advisory to them. If he fails his duty, he is also responsible for the war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan racist rulers.

  • Melanie Lowndes said:

    Well done for putting Ban Ki-Moon under pressure. Thank you for standing up for the oppressed people of Sri Lanka.

  • T.Velum said:

    Hon. secretary general Ban kimoon,
    You are holding a very responsible job but not acted to keep your status.The Srilankans are much disappointed about your and your special envoy Nambiar during the highest of war he was present during the genocide was he helping his brother army colonel special adviser to Srilanka armed forces.He was aware of the people coming with white flags were killed on the orders of kothapaya Rajapaka.What was he doing in Srilanka? Why is still in U.N.to do more damages to the world nations.You cant’.

    Every now and then U.N.officials speak about child soldiers that was few hundred but now more than 80 000,children without proper food education suffered in the camps now living as destitute what is U.N.doing?How long you take to appoint the commission in war crimes on Srilanka.

  • Dr C P Thiagarajah said:

    Ban Ki Mun is the worst SG the UN ever got. What a disgrace! A fellow influenced by bribe in kind and cash. Because Mahinda supported him in the SG selection by withdrawing the Sri-Lankan contestant Jayantha Dhanapala, Ban Ki Mun allowed Mahinda go scot free after committing the worst genocide of the century; 40000 Tamils civilians in Mullivaikal. The world media speculated that prohibited weapons were used in the ‘War Without Witness’ while committing the annihilation of a group of freedom fighters with whom the US, Japan, EU and Norway brokered a ceasefire that held good for five years. The weapons used included, cluster bombs, phosphorous bombs and thermobaric bombs. War crimes were committed in spite of the Sinhala government that it would not bomb hospitals schools and declared ‘No Fire’zones. The US satellite has clear proof of the use of heavy weapons and that it was the Sri-Lankan government that shelled the hospitals and highways.

    In civil wars no government drives out the entire civilians from their towns and villages thereby spoiling the community life and their civilization. The Sinhala majority group ethnic cleansed the minority Tamils and incarcerated them in internment camps for more than one year when this would have been avoided by the UN. After all those driven out of the villages were citizens of Sri-Lanka and therefore could be called back for inquiry if necessary instead of interning them in concentration camps. The protest of NGOs and Human rights organisations were not heeded by Ban who did not enforce the Right To Protect provisions in UN charter to stop the war or the war crimes that followed the war. These are the wilful actions of a man due to undue influence. His (non)worthy advisor Vijey Nambiar was a brother of Satish Nambiar who was a military advisor to SriLanka government and made millions. Therefore Vijey Nambiar out of gratitude to the Sinhala government did not stop the genocide that was the target of the Sri-Lanka communalistic government.

    Thus UN became the Alibaba’s den for culprits like Ban and Nambiars. What a world? Britain, US and all western counties forsook their responsibility Towards the Tamils. ACT NOW had been crying halt to this madness for a long time and UN’s useless Ban did not care to take heed of their advice.

    The only remedy now is an ICC inquiry and we hope Ban will do it at least to redeem himself from Almighty’s wrath.

  • Shar* said:

    FANTASIC WORK Tim and ACT NOW, THANK U for your hard work, dedication and amaazing results in confronting those like Ban Ki-Moon who simply stand by while thousands of innocent civilians are ruthlessly murdered.

    Look past the emotionless rhetoric, The UN has always been a facade for those who in true power, and have no interest in protecting anyone’s human rights and whose greed for profit and money, does not stop at any expense…including human life. THIS MUST CHANGE – *LOVE, PEACE, COMPASSION & KINDESS* we are all one and as Gandi said, you can judge a society by how they treat their weakest members. Namaste

  • Ray said:

    Good Job Tim.
    Ban Kee Moon does not have the capability to lead a world body such as the UN. He does not deserve a second term.

  • Max said:

    F UCK you Banki moon, world worst UN secretary general

  • Noel said:

    Tim asked the question. Did Ban Ki Moon provide a reply. If so what was Moon’s reply

  • Rajcholan said:

    I appreciate Tim Martin for his deligent service to the oppressed tamil nation and sure as tamil I lost certain confident on UN secretary general who is really not interested on the population
    suffer in the world with cruel monarchy for their power hunger
    and I appeal all my blood relations like Tim Martin to work further rapidly for the dawn of our tamileelan state(birth right)to give sole protection of tamil descent in Ceylon.Society of King Chola’s,Colombo,Sri lanka.

  • Canaga said:

    The UN under Hon Banki Moon had allowed many thousands of innocent Tamil civilians to be killed by the most anti-buddhist action by Sri Lankan Government! Is this because of the Nambiars who helped him and also the SL Government during this attrocity?

    Besides, the UN under Secretary kept silent for the SL government to clean up all the attrocities it committed – took more than three months, before allowing even UN to enter the areas! What a joke for UN.

    Now the Hon Banki Moon wants an extension in UN, for his delightful service to humanity!

  • Khadhar Mohaideen S said:

    We thank Tim and ACT NOW for the outstanding efforts. We still need to go further. Thanking and appreciating Tim is not enough. We too have to contribute more towards the mission of Tim and ACT NOW. We can bring change to such War Criminals and such IRRESPONSIBLE officials like Ban-ki-moon. Ban-ki-moon too comes from a buddhist related background and I think this could be the reason.

  • Naraan said:

    Thank you TIM and ACT NOW,
    Banki Ki Moon and Nambiar both area war criminals together with Rajapaksa brothers, as failed to R2P.

  • Edwina said:

    Thank you Tim for doing what you can to give as much publicity as possible to the appalling conditions that so many Tamils are held in still in Sri Lanka.
    I do not understand why Ban Ki Moon does not feel ashamed of the lack of action he took at the time of the atrocities and since. He must not be reelected to another term as Secretary General of the UN.

  • Latha said:

    Thank YOU THANK YOU!

    Thank you for being a voice for all the innocent people who have been murdered in that miserable country Sri Lanka!

  • Ramesh said:

    Tim, thank you so much for your outstanding contribution to our cause. We all behind you to take this further.

    keep up your good work. may god bless you.

  • Kunabalasingam said:

    Its really worth of being an affiliate body with Act Now where there are some of very well worthy men like Mr Timm Martin and others.

    I am personally as well as of the my organisation -Global Peace Support Group-UK would like to send this message of Thank to Tmms for his courageous attempt in bringing a well worthy question towards an equally unworthy official of the UN.

    This unworthy individual made the whole interantional system wothless and made a history and tought those of his followers as to how to be effectively in complicity to a human catrastrphy.

    He should live long but should be out of human service.

    Kunabalasingam

  • vijay said:

    thank you Tim Martin for all your help and voice.

  • mala said:

    Tim,
    Thank you for your hard work.

    Ban -Ki- Moon tolerating so much hardships to tamil people,keeping a blind eye when tamils were killed, it is really hard to believe he will allow anything to happen against Mahinda’s will.

    Mala

  • shanth said:

    Tim, you are doing a great job.
    Ban-Ki-Moon is the worst UN Secretary General ever!!! UN is supposed to be an institution that helps people who are being undermined and treated unfairly… when tens of thousands of innocent tamil people died during the war, Ban-Ki-Moon did nothing and finally went to Sri Lanka and said everything seems to be fine and that the Srilankan government is doing a great job!! the simple truth is that UN is a puppet and Ban Ki Moon is a spineless donkey!!! in reality he should be impartial and speak the truth but we cannot expect that from him.so its a total joke that he wants a another term in the UN!!!
    we need a strong and impartial UN Secretary General who will stand up to protect human rights…

  • Nalak said:

    Why don’t Tim martin ask his country to give one county as Tamil Elam? If they so sad about Tamil problems, why they don’t act like that? US, UK, Canada,Aus have higher Tamil population than Sri Lanka. So select one country and fight to give them a one county, if you REALLY worried without doing lip-service. Talking is easy but doing is difficult. Tamils always welcome to live in SL in peace. No more violence. UN have to make decisions for better future, not for the Past.

  • c.kumaravel said:

    Hon. secretary general Ban kimoon,
    You are holding a very responsible job but not acted to keep your status.The Srilankans are much disappointed about your and your special envoy Nambiar during the highest of war he was present during the genocide was he helping his brother army colonel special adviser to Srilanka armed forces.He was aware of the people coming with white flags were killed on the orders of kothapaya Rajapaka.What was he doing in Srilanka? Why is still in U.N.to do more damages to the world nations.You cant’.

    Every now and then U.N.officials speak about child soldiers that was few hundred but now more than 80 000,children without proper food education suffered in the camps now living as destitute what is U.N.doing?How long you take to appoint the commission in war crimes on Srilanka.
    mr.Ban ki moon your speech and act is not fare so please you must resign from your job

  • SUTHA said:

    thank you Tim Martin for all your help and voice

  • Agilan said:

    Fantastic Work Tim and ACT NOW. Thank you for standing by our side and voicing for the voiceless Tamils. Like Ban Ki-Moon, other UN Special envoy (perpetrator) Vijay Nambiar whose role was well known for the killing of political Tamil Leaders should also be dealt in the same way and should be exposed to the world.

    We are thankful to Act Now for being bold and that Money & Political Power cannot buy everybody. It is sad that after provided with evidence after evidence on war crimes against Sri Lanka no visible action is taken by any Democratic country including USA.

    It is a pity that India being an Abettor to the Genocide in Sri lanka is in fact digging its own grave as China has already made a strong presence in Sri Lanka.

    Thank you Mr. Tim Martin and Act Now volunteers. We are grateful to you

    Regards
    Agilan.
    Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

  • John Warner said:

    Congratulations Tim Martin for taking a noble stand!

  • Mala Radha said:

    HiTim, THANK YOU
    God Bless you
    Mala

  • Siva Sivanu said:

    My hats off to the courageous people who speak against irresponsible dummy leaders occupyings seats at higher levels and doing nothing to justify the position. Ban Ki Moon is no exception, ’cause gutless people are at the top.

    I don’t know how much the bandit Mahinda Rajapakse and his brother clans paid him monetarily.The next tsunami is definitely will be very disastrous to the Rajapakse clan. mark my word, retribution works miracles.

  • Tamilselvan said:

    Thank you dear TIM, god bless you & your family, really appreciate your effort & beloved heart for the steps you been taking, we find no words to appriciate you and your team, hats off to you, for the bold and brave action againt who inhumhundreds,
    thanks from the tamilian,

  • Sara Kasinathan said:

    Dear Mr. Moon,
    Stop genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka. In 1994 this happened in Rwanda, the International community closed its eyes and over a million innocent people lost their lives. Why has the democratic government of Lanka refused permission for an independent international investigation? 80,000 war widows, thousands of maimed civilians, 250,000 internally displaced citizens should provide a good picture for you. Please do look into this. Thank You.

  • Karan said:

    Dear Hon. Mr Moon Stop genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

    The World Superpower’s and UNO must be open there eyes . Take action ageinst Srilanka.The International community follow the same like Sudan.Its only to posible real peace in Srilanka. This way only can stop Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Last 63 yers what going on srilanka? Please Open Your eyes. Srilanka another Ruwanda.. Sudan.. Kosovo.. Serpia.. East Timoor..

    Thank you dear Tim Martin, god bless you & your family.

  • Kariya said:

    Hay Tim why don’t you find another job instead of fingering problems and trying to make money out of it. We all know you are one of those one’s who finds out this is golden opportunity to make money and be in so called Diasporas pay packet. Any way rulers of the world cannot be fooled continuously. So only the way you can fool them by showing Srilanka has some kind of gold rush/Oil or something valuable. Fortunately Srilanka has nothing that sorts but sovereignty of the country which you all trying to destroy all this time. Srilanka belongs to Srilankans which is %78 Sinhalese %10 Muslims, %5 Tamils and 7% of others etc. Therefore your propaganda is not going to work this time unless Ban ki moon and all other rulers decide to join Diaspora’s pay packet same as you. Remember we will be watching you and your name is now registered in Srilankan Airport so that we can make sure you are not going to come in to our loving country to make problems.

  • jay said:

    thanks TIM for standing for the opressed may your flock rise in this world where leaders of powerfull nations have fallen for money and other goodies thrown by th genocidal nation
    GOD bless you

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  • solomon said:

    Dear Sir,

    I want to congratulate you on this move. People have become selfish and money centred because of persons like Ban ki Moon.Gross injustice has been done to the Tamils.They have not been heard and their utterances were twisted. The word also has conscientious people and these people will have to make bold strides. Please carry on we’ll support you. I left Kilinochi at the bidding of the cruel Government on 15 Sept 2008. And I know what went on there then and there after.

    God Bless you for this effort.

    Wish you Godspeed
    Solomon