When it comes to getting accurate information regarding Human Rights issues, I rely on Nobel Laureate Amnesty International primarily. I'll also consider other human rights groups and even the news, if I consider the information to be accurate and complete.
I disagree with Tamils shutting down the Toronto commute for one day to raise awareness of a slaughter taking place in the Sri Lanka. They succeeded in raising awareness, but failed to gain much sympathy.
Since the Tamil Tiger resistance collapsed last year, Sri Lanka has become a slaughterhouse. I don't have to visit Sri Lanka to know this.
Sri Lanka | Amnesty International (external - login to view)
I find cold numbers and facts really don't communicate the scale of the atrocity going on here. This news report shows imagery of the atrocities and confirms what AI is saying about Sri Lanka:
YouTube - War-crime-video-footage-Sri-Lanka-Tamil-killings--We-killed-everyone-Genocide
I have no doubts that if we sent these people back to Sri Lanka they would be at a minimum, unmercilessly persecuted like the other Tamils who live under Sri Lankan domination. Most likely, a majority of these people including women and children would be executed on the spot.
So here we are again in yet another situation similar to the SS. St. Louis in 1939. This time, the Canadian government has decided not to send these people back for extermination. I believe the Canadian government going to act with compassion and let these people stay.
Regarding who is doing the heavy lifting regarding the Tamil refugee problem, I think the numbers speak for themselves:
The Tamil Diaspora
Sri Lanka: 3,600,000
Burma: 500,000
South Africa: over 1,000,000
United Kingdom: 300,000
United States: 100,000
I see the Tamil refugee problem as an international problem requiring an international response. Considering that Canada has absorbed 200,000 Tamils so far, I feel Canada has absorbed its fair share. Since the US is 10xs the size of Canada, they would have to absorb 2,000,000 Tamils to make a similar level of effort as Canada. Instead the US has only absorbed 100,000 Tamils, about half of Canada's absolute effort or 1/20 of Canada's relative effort. Europe and Australia are also slacking off about as much as the US.