Although the International Community, despite continuing media exposure of the Sri Lankan government’s atrocities against the Tamils in Sri Lanka, appeases the Sri Lankan regime for economic and commercial reasons some highly influential European, US and Canadian Human Rights Organizations have refused to give respectability to one of the most reprehensible genocidal regimes in modern history.
To its credit Canada has consistently opposed the oppression of minorities just as it sided with those nations, Black, Brown and Yellow and demanded the expulsion of the notorious apartheid regime from the Commonwealth while in contrast, the white members like Australia and New Zealand continued to give comfort to the apartheid regime.
Rathika Sitsabaiesan who is not a partisan of any group is however uncompromisingly opposed to the persecution of minorities including her fellow Tamils in Sri Lanka. This award is in recognition of the huge contribution made by Rathika to the advancement of Human Rights.
Dr. Cyriac Maprayil, Director of the Institute stated: “The V.K.Krishna Menon Institute salutes this courageous young lady, not only for her Human Rights activities, but also for the able way in which she represents her constituency of all races and creeds. We will present the Award to Rathika at an appropriate and convenient time”. The Press will be given more details in due course.
Rathika was born in Sri Lanka. At the age of five she immigrated with her parents to Canada in the face of the most intense persecution of the Tamils by the fundamentalist Anti-Tamil zealots of the country backed and supported by the Sri Lankan government.
The V.K.Krishna Menon Institute was launched in early 2006 to celebrate and commemorate the life, times and achievements of a prodigiously talented statesman, Indian government minister and a pioneering London councillor. Menon founded the India League which became a powerful force in the overseas movement to help liberate India.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister on his visit to London, became aware of Krishna Menon’s activities and they quickly became close friends and political collaborators. It was a friendship that lasted until Nehru’s death.
One of the V.K.Krishna Menon Institute’s objectives is to present awards to individuals in India and the Asian Diaspora for outstanding achievements in various fields including science, literature, economics, politics, diplomacy, and human rights.