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Accountability Remains An International Priority

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

The speech by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon when he was in Sri Lanka that referred to Sri Lanka along with Rwanda and Srebrenica has created political controversy. In remarks that deviated from the prepared text of his speech, the UNSG said “…something more terrible, serious happened in the past. In 1994 in Rwanda there was a massacre. More than one million people were massacred. The UN felt responsible for that…We said repeatedly ‘Never again, Never again’…It happened just one year after in Srebrenica… We did it again in Sri Lanka…” The opposition has made this into one of their key issues against the government. They have alleged that the references to Rwanda and Srebrenica are indicators that the UN system is pushing ahead with its agenda of labeling Sri Lanka as guilty of the international crime of genocide and punishing those who ensured the military victory over the LTTE.

Section in the Tamil polity and Diaspora also make the same argument. The Northern Provincial Council which is headed by Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran, a former judge of the Supreme Court, passed a resolution calling for an international investigation into genocide in Sri Lanka. It accused successive Sri Lankan governments of committing acts of genocide against the Tamil people just before the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva in March last year. It asked the UN to set up an investigation into genocide in various forms alleged to have been perpetrated on the Tamil people from the time of Independence. The resolution also called upon the UN to set up an international process to ensure accountability for those crimes.

Even at the height of the war, Tamil people were able to live with reasonable safety in government held areas. It was in the war zones that were controlled by the LTTE that civilians died in large numbers as the military sought to wrest control of the territory from the LTTE and to defeat them in battle. Unless there is an intention to destroy an entire population, the claim of genocide cannot be sustained. However, the deliberate killing of civilians or those who are no longer involved in combat or have surrendered is a war crime. What has been noted by human rights groups and activists is the lack of remorse manifested within Sri Lanka of the large scale deaths of the civilian population and the preference to sweep them under the carpet and move ahead. The previous government’s rhetoric of “zero civilian casualties” epitomized this attitude.

Credible Military 

There is much that is positive that is happening in Sri Lanka today. Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary for the office of democracy, human rights and Labour in the United States who visited Sri Lanka at the time of the genocide resolution by the Northern Provincial Council went out of his way to show support for the course of action being followed by the new government. He wrote an article to the Sri Lankan press stating that “All around the world, there are countries that are going through, in their own ways, what Sri Lankans went through here. Read the headlines from Yemen to Iraq to Afghanistan to Burma, and you will see why the international community wants Sri Lanka to succeed. Not just for the country’s sake, but for all our sakes: The world needs Sri Lanka to keep showing that a society divided by ethnicity and faith can find peace through democracy and dialogue.”

In addition, the Sri Lankan military continues to be taken on international peace keeping missions. The UN Secretary-General welcomed the commitment made by Sri Lanka, among other countries, to the UN Peacekeeping at the United Nations Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in London last week. He said he was particularly encouraged by the pledges related to rapid deployment, including commitments by Sri Lanka to maintain units at a high level of readiness. It was reported recently that Sri Lankan troops are on peacekeeping missions in seven countries and that a battalion of officers and men from the Sri Lanka Army have been invited to join the United Nations Peacekeeping Force for operations in the northern areas of the West African nation of Mali. A military that is charged for genocide would not be invited to be UN peacekeepers.

There have also been steps taken by both the UN Secretary General’s office and the government to engage in damage control about the references to Rwanda, Srebrenica while he was in Sri Lanka. At the annual convention of the ruling party, the UNP, there was the passage of a resolution not to allow any foreign force to threaten the country’s independence, undermine or ridicule it or exert pressure on the country’s sovereignty. This was also echoed by President Maithripala Sirisena in his speech at the UNP convention as well as earlier at the SLFP convention. In addition, the UN clarified the remarks by saying that Mr Ban Ki-moon was only engaging in self-criticism of the UN in protecting vulnerable people and saying that the UN as a whole had failed to protect those who it was meant to protect. The UN’s official spokesperson also said that the UN Secretary General “was not making a direct comparison between those situations.”

Accountability Important 

Apart from the Office of Missing Persons that the government has legislated into law, there are three other specific mechanisms that the government has promised, which are the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Office of Reparations and the Judicial Accountability mechanism. It is reported that the government has proceeded far with these also. The real challenge will come at the next stage—that of implementation. When it comes to implementation there will be a need for campaigning to create empathy amongst the general population to deal with the hard issues of the past. Addressing the Annual Convention of the UNP last week, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe apologised for any mistakes the party may have made during its many years of rule. This acknowledgement and apology on behalf of the party is an important step on the road to accountability, the lack of which has been a hallmark of Sri Lankan politics for many decades.

In October 2015, the government co-sponsored the UN Human Rights Council resolution in Geneva that called for promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights. The UN Secretary General’s references to the war in Sri Lanka in the same speech that he referred to the UN failures in Rwanda and Srebrenica are indicative that the UN system is keen to see that Sri Lanka fulfils the promises it has made to the international community. It is necessary that the government should fulfill the commitments it made in that resolution. These are for the release of civilian land held by the military, release of prisoners held without charge for years, demilitarization, removal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and establishing a truth seeking and accountability mechanism to investigate and prosecute violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law.

There is also awareness that those from the former government who denied that large numbers of civilians died in the war, and who even claimed initially that there were “zero civilians casualties” are waiting in the wings to take over the reins of governance if the opportunity presents itself. In which case, many of the gains achieved by the post-2015 government will be put into jeopardy. The comments of the UN Secretary General during his visit and his observations about the improvements he saw are indications that the international community will be prepared to give Sri Lanka the time and space to grapple with the politically difficult issues of truth and accountability with regard to the war, and devolution and sharing of power with regard to a lasting political solution. But it will also continue to insist that Sri Lanka accounts for the past, both to its own people and to the international community.

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    “Accountability Remains An International Priority”.
    You can add your own name too.

    But it is not the nation’s priority.
    We are up to our necks in debt and the poor are going hungry.

    So you and rour friends from Rome (and Geneva) can work your schemes, but we DO NOT CARE.

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      Because of the lack of accountability of the former leaders of the country, it is in massive debt today. If they were convicted for embezzling money like what they do in China and condemned to death, Sri Lanka won’t be in this stage.

      Accountability of leaders in all matters is crucial to good governance and prosperity of the people.

      Your bird brain cannot conceive this basic truth.

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        It is the role unpatriotic Tamilians like you played in collaborating with foreign colonisers to get freebies (by taking their names, converting to their religions and by spying for them) that put our proud Sinhala nation to this sad state.

        Of course you will like foreigners to come in with accountability and other such issues because you think they owe you a debt for past “pakkali” services you delivered to them.

        But we don’t need a bar of it.

        You are dreaming, Buru.

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          Kakka,
          I thought you are a so brave Sinhalian who fought against foregin colonisers. You saved the country from colonisers between 1500 to 1948. You cowardly surrendered when Indian army droppedc food bags and brought its military in this land. Why couldn’t you fight with Indian army. You Sinhalese surrendered to Chinese and now every inch od land is under the control of China and India. Kakka go back to jungles of Orisa.

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          Kakka,

          Whether you like it or not you are going to get it mate; you might as well get used to the idea! It is a pity that foreigners had to teach Sri Lankans about the importances of Accountability! This is the legacy of your failed leaders who are still endeavouring to re-gain power!

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            BI,

            Sinhalese Buddhists (not all of them) does not account to Buddha. Would they be worried about IC or Tamils.

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            Burning issue.

            It is a pity that foreigners had to teach Sri Lankans about the importances of Accountability!

            Sri lankan di dnot eat Meet or drink alcohol.

            Accountability ?

            what accountability.

            Invade countries and loo them. they were the people who introduced their religions, culture and everything and now their descendants talk about genocide and acco8ntability.

            Jehan perera is born in Sri lanka. Otherwise, name, education, mentality and his culture is colonial.

        • 3
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          Don’t read write history on Jaffnahistory.com

          For change, it may not very accurate, but read it from Wikipedia too.

          Read about the most infamous traitors of Lankawe’s history, Pilimatalawwe and Ehelepola

        • 8
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          He He He Proud Sinhala Nation my foot…

          Sunday SIL Monday KILL

          Proud Sinhala nation people send their mothers..wives..sisters to Arabs for special services

          Cheers

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    The presence of military and their brutal activities caused the 83-2009 war. Maintaining a hostile military and occupying land will not solve the problem. The north east must change as Singapore and the Jaffna Penisula as Venice. The merchant ships should pass through the Elephant pass and both side the lagoon must stand international trading centers as in the past Eelam.

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    The speech by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon when he was in Sri Lanka that referred to Sri Lanka along with Rwanda and Srebrenica has created political controversy.

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    The Tamils involved habitually and consistently lie and spread canards.

    Its so effortless sometimes when you look in the eye the Tamil seems to have conned himself to believe his own hoax.

    The Tamils were traditionally known as “Hadi Demala” i.e. dishonest Tamil for precisely this reason.

    So as a human rights guy its your responsibility to correct them. That is why you exist isn’t it? Use the time you have productively than twiddling thumbs.

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      De Silva,

      Thanks mate!

      “The Tamils involved habitually and consistently lie and spread canards.”

      This should be written like this: “the past and present Sinhala regimes habitually and consistently lie and spread canards”

      This is more fitting!

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    “Unless there is an intention to destroy an entire population, the claim of genocide cannot be sustained. ”

    The above is bull shit, Jehan Perera go and read how genocide is defined in the UN. You don’t have to kill the whole population to cal it genocide, you dim witted writer.

    In the government controlled areas the military can’t kill the Tamils because tourists and others of international origin were not barred from these areas. Only in the war zone all international players except the Red Cross (who can’t open their mouths about massacres) were exclude cunningly by the government so that news of genocide was prevented from reaching the outside world.

    Hower the US and other major international powers have satellite pictures which can confirm the genocide of Tamils that happened in an appropriate forum.

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      The the Vanni civilians were forced to retreat with the LTTE as a human shield and then held against their will in the battleground purely as a human shield for the LTTE to hide behind, without any consideration for their safety and welfare.. THAT was genocide.

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      If they have satellite imagery, why has it not been presented at the UN in Geneva? Your false claims of 40,000 deaths CANNOT be hidden from the sky in open areas of the last days of war. The LTTE hid behind civilians. Yes people died, and the estimate is 7,000 as for most real evaluators. That is still a high number but it is not the same as 40,000. LTTE used human shields. If we want an honest discussion, let us start with that too. Yes I support an international investigation but you must stop denying yourselves the ugly truth about the LTTE.

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        CT has published large tracts on Genocide – re-reading here:
        The genocidal imperative by Mr.A.Pararajasingham – C.T of 5-6-13
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lanka-the-genocidal-imperative-causes-and-consequences/

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        It was the Tamil terrorists who killed Tamils during the last days of the war. Besides, Tamils went to war claiming that they will fight unto the last man. Now they moan about an exaggerated figure of 40,000 deaths, which is only a drop in the bucket. What is bothering the lunatics is that they lost the war they started and, lost badly. Perhaps for the sake of so called reconciliation to proceed we should say Sri Lankan military came first and the Terrorists came second.

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          lal loo

          “Perhaps for the sake of so called reconciliation to proceed we should say Sri Lankan military came first and the Terrorists came second.”

          Its a good idea, however you didn’t bother to mention the place for Muslims.

          Whoever came first or last, you have confined yourself to ranking them according to military victory.

          On the whole this country lost its morale high ground when it decided to disenfranchise and send the hard working upcountry people.

          Since then its been a slippery slope, speeding to hit the bottom as quickly as possible, as if it was an achievement.

          Congratulations.

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          dont persuade me to add the truth..

          it was the sinhalse terrorist who killed many of the innocient in 1983.

          We the sinhalese cant point the finger at others knowing that we went wrong there..

          Even in 89 insurgencies sinhala youth were killed by facists groups… all these are the truths.

          Why so called reconciliaton ?

          Why you buggers cant grasp it yet let alone after 30 long years of war.. by which we all lost anything and everything.. we are now 30 years back due to the donkey mind sets the kind of yours basta

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      This is where Rohan Guneratne, Gotas Defence Consultant slipped , in the war-
      without-witnesses he overlooked the use of phone-cameras, which digitalized
      images say a lot. The State had to deny every photo so produced, led by
      Peace Coordinator Wijesinghe. The forum to place the evidence has yet to be
      created – a long way to go.

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    Jehan Perera,

    “Unless there is an intention to destroy an entire population, the claim of genocide cannot be sustained. “

    Genocide does not happen overnight.

    It involves certain processes that take time. Those concerned about the occurrence and re-occurrence of genocide and seriously committed to its prevention, analysed ten stages[i]. These unfold one after another, unless preventative measures possible at each stage are not put in place. As the stages develop they presuppose that the previous ones have happened. However, they can happen simultaneously. The process can be described as cyclical rather than linear, depending on the situation. The final stage is denial, the surest indicator of further genocidal intent and massacres.
    more from https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lankas-denial-surest-guarantee-of-further-genocide/

    This book painstakingly records massacres that occurred between 1956 – 2008 from first hand information. Although the book is by no means complete the compilers have done a commendable job recording part of contemporary history without leaving it to future historians. Our gratitude is due to all individuals and institutions who laboured hard under trying conditions to compile this book.

    These massacres were carried out by the Sinhala armed forces ably aided and abetted by racist Sinhala politicians. The genocidal war against the Thamil people has killed more than 100,000 Thamils since 1956. In the last phase of the Eelam War IV (May, 2009) 25,000 civilians died and twice that number were seriously injured. Sadly some among them are some of those who worked on this project. http://www.sangam.org/2010/02/Tamil_Massacres.php?uid=3824

    The Preamble to the Rome Statute provides that one of the core goals of the Statute is to end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole, which “must not go unpunished.”[92] The post-war situation in Sri Lanka cannot be called ‘post-conflict,’ as it reflects a deteriorating human rights situation with rampant government abuses. The very purpose of the Genocide Convention and later efforts after the Rwandan Genocide, are under threat so long as the international community fails to hold the perpetrators accountable for the bloody armed conflict in Sri Lanka. Impunity will inevitably breed further injustice, which has been demonstrated by recent assaults to the remaining Tamil population.

    Members of the international community have acknowledged that genocide took place in Sri Lanka and several have called for an independent investigation. Government officials from Australia,[93] Canada,[94] the United Kingdom,[95] and India,[96] as well as Tamil MPs in Sri Lanka[97] have requested an investigation into Sri Lanka’s genocide. International human rights advocates[98] and organizations[99] have similarly called for such an investigation.

    The obligation to prevent and punish genocide under the Genocide Convention is not a matter of political choice or calculation, but one of binding customary international law. The Office of the High Commission on Human Rights’ Investigation on Sri Lanka (OSIL) should investigate and report on the charge of genocide in its submission to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2015. The UN Security Council should refer the situation in Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court for prosecutions based on war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Alternatively or concurrently, domestic courts in countries that may exercise universal jurisdiction over the alleged events and perpetrators, including but not limited to the United States, should prosecute these crimes. Top Sri Lankan officials, starting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, must be brought to justice.

    http://hrbrief.org/2015/01/the-legal-case-of-the-tamil-genocide/

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      Perhaps this may be eloborated hereunder for arugument sake?
      Peoples Tribunal on SL Genocide, in Germany Dec. 2013

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      If you are concerned you should abide by civic rules and ethics. You are showing who you are with what you write. Your participating here is sure to instigate more hatred between the major and minor ethnic people of Sri Lanka and those worldwide.

      Are you brain washing people. You are using manipulation promote your ideas.

      what about freedom of expression.

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        “what about freedom of expression. “

        Is to tell the truth. Not to twist and lie

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        jim softy Dimwit

        “what about freedom of expression.”

        What has freedom of expression got to do with you?

        But then it is not being used wisely by many, of course I am talking about you.

        Don’t you enjoy full freedom of expression to display your ignorance, stupidity, racism, ….. ?

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    This was just one example of massacre of civilians by the USA. No Accountability. Norway was silent. Jehan your thoughts? have you investigated accountability for effects of Agent Orange now giving rise to deformed babies in Vietnam? or the UXOs in Laos? War is hell. Those who hold civilians as human shields and fire from them are equally liable as the Government forces.

    In 1968 US soldiers murdered several hundred Vietnamese civilians in the single most infamous incident of the Vietnam War. The My Lai massacre is often held to have been an aberration but investigative journalist Nick Turse has uncovered evidence that war crimes were committed by the US military on a far bigger scale.
    In a war in which lip service was often paid to winning “hearts and minds”, the US military had an almost singular focus on one defining measure of success in Vietnam: the body count – the number of enemy killed in action.

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    Tom Malinoswki and Rivkin are BOTH Obama political appointees. They will not survive a Trump administration. Biswal the Hindian is also a political appointee. Keshap is a Government professional career Diplomat. But when he was appointed to SL (his first ever Ambassadorship) Indians were so excited because his father was an Indian; funny how Indians claim ownership of a man who became an American citizen via migration. So we have to wonder where his cultural leanings and biases are. A lot of Indians never change and talk abig about their slumland even if they are american.

    Rivkin got his job because he excelled as a banker investor and collected BAGS OF CASH for Obama’s campaign in 2008. Samantha Power is a political appointee but probably will not last a Hillary administration either. Biswal will probably stay. The democratic party gets lots of money from the Hindian American lobby. Indians form the largest group of legal immigrants per annum. 145,000 in 2015 while only 137,000 chinese legally emigrated. Lot of Indians stick to their communities and lack culture to integrate and intermarry. They are very successful. States like Virginia went to Obama because of successful and fast breeding Indian Americans whose per capita income is the highest for any group. They love money and they love ability to make money either as stock brokers or as doctors and are very hardworking. So their money speaks. Sinhala fellows are also successful as doctors, engineers and scientists but are very small in number and heavily disunited. In CA, they are so stupid they have UNP SLFP party branches and JVP too. and they are split as Tamil and Sinhala. Tamils have the ears of Obama Hillary via donations.

    Accountability will be the noose. You Fellows can keep shouting but the USA is the world leader and will make sure to punish you all for war crimes under a Hillary regime. Quick, if you want to be saved send bags of cash to her campaign.

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    How does UN allow Sri Lanka military to undertake peacekeeping missions when such a mission of 114 soldiers were expelled by UN from Haiti for human rights violations ?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_abuse_scandal_in_Haiti

    A female Major General went to Haiti to inquire, but the result of the inquiry is not known.

    This is the same military which functions in the north and east of Sri Lanka.

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    Organic farming, is so successful in Canada that much produce is exported.

    http://www.lop.parl.gc.ca/content/lop/researchpublications/prb0029-e.htm

    Sri Lanka can emulate.
    Deaths by pesticides can be prevented forever, and the nation will benefit.

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    Mr Moon mentioned Bosnia, Ruwanda and Sri Lanka as places where the UN failed to act. However, he failed to mention Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria where UN dared not interevene when US and her allies went about and/or oversaw the buthering of civilians. It is something UN and some cowardly NGOs wish not to be reminded. Is pocketing funding more important than priciples of human rights for them? UN is a failed entity. They have worked overtime to fail and, sooner they shut down the place, better for all!

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    There is a similarity between Hitler and Prabhakaran. Hitler wanted to eliminate Jews from Germany. Prabhakaran wanted to eliminate Sinhalese from Sri Lanka and change Sri Lanka to Eelam.

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      SLCitizen

      “There is a similarity between Hitler and Prabhakaran. Hitler wanted to eliminate Jews from Germany. Prabhakaran wanted to eliminate Sinhalese from Sri Lanka and change Sri Lanka to Eelam.”

      And Premadasa, his armed forces, MR,….. helped VP to do exactly that.

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    Accountability, release of political prisoners, releasing of private lands by the armed forces and now Investigation of alleged poisoning of those who were held for rehabilitation and are dying one by one are the demands met by the Tamil people with the so called yahaparnaya government.
    The TNA is supporting the Government instead of all these failures on the part of the government. There should be an alternative for the Tamils for redress. What will it be Mr.Sambanthan? What will it be Mr.Presient?

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    Dr. Jehan Perera:

    There are some NGOs who are worse that the butchers working in a salughterhouse. What is the use of their education they worse than unemployed graduates. Apparently, they have family connections. Because of that, they are gangsters with uppity life styles and live the wrong way.

    Did you here about Phillipine president. See a man with with vision. He knows he is writes. He did not care whether Obama wanted to preach bullshit or whether UNO wanted to preach crap. He told both of them to FkOff and he is whitevanning the drug dealers.

    In that sense, Sri lanka does not have any leaders except chickens who are used to rob the country. It is the same with your education. It is just wasted money.

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    Dear forum participants,
    If you are concerned you should abide by civic rules and ethics. You are showing who you are with what you write. Your participating here is sure to instigate more hatred between the major and minor ethnic people of Sri Lanka and those worldwide. Bad history has been made not by you but by the bad politicians from the time Ceylon was given independence. But now why don’t you give a chance for the new Governance to reverse the history for all the people to enjoy prosperity and a good friendly life. Show friendship and not animosity. Show friendship even bad words are used against you as friendship will rejuvenate wisdom. There is a lakh of wisdom that got destroyed from citizens during the time bad politicians cultivated the communal feeling and motivated the killing of geese that lay the golden eggs. You all try to encourage the new Governance and the UN to usher good Governance to give a chance for changing the recent bad history for good. Please write somewhat like the author using civilized language for criticizing his points and not with personal harassment.

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    “Even at the height of the war, Tamil people were able to live with reasonable safety in government held areas. “

    After capturing Kudummpimalai Brother Prince arranged buses to send Tamils to unidentified concentration camps in North. Many Tamil youths captured in Colombo area just because of the wealth of their parent, they were sent to torture chambers in Trinco and other areas. Ambassador Blake, as he was involved in the war heavily, had some send of the existence of torture chambers. He was one of the prominent people insisted on investigation 17 NGOs death in Sampoor and 5 Students death in Trinco. He must has guessed Brother Price’s intention of loading the Tamils of Colombo in Buses. He got involved in that and had stopped of sending Colombo Tamils to North and East to torture chambers and Internment camps.

    NPC’s resolution is not about “Even at the height of the war”, instead it is starting from deportation of Tamils by Don Stephen, Sinhala only, 1956, 1958,1961,1971, standardization, Colvin-N.M constitutions 1977,1978, 6th amendment, Jaffna library, Chavakachcheri Carnival, Tamil Aarachchi Mahanadu, Bastiampillai….. …… Even Dhuraiappa bringing Anura to North to forcefully prey on respectable family girls is a genocide. One million Tamils left to foreign countries as refugees just only because in a war time LTTE killed 13 rapist army. JR said if he starve Tamils only Sinhalese would feel better. It is unlimited.

    Koolukkumpaddi Kanchikkumpaadi, Jehan the PhD, convoluted all the truth.

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    “Hower the US and other major international powers have satellite pictures which can confirm the genocide of Tamils that happened in an appropriate forum.”

    It is not only satellite pictures But The Hubble Telescope would had been focusing Mullivaaikaal.

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    “The the Vanni civilians were forced to retreat with the LTTE as a human shield and then held against their will in the battleground purely as a human shield for the LTTE to hide behind, without any consideration for their safety and welfare.. THAT was genocide.
    dingiri
    September 12, 2016 at 2:57 pm
    Reply”
    Dingiri
    Do you have any evidence that SL Military and others assured reliable safety exit for the vanni people to exit from Vanni War zone. What Happened at St Pattricks and ALvai Amman temple and Naval church. SL govt announced the places as safe refuge and then shelled and bombed. I have personal experience as evidence.

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    “JR said if he starve Tamils only Sinhalese would feel better.” It is unlimited.
    The unkindest culture in the modern world. Can the humanity approve it.?

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    Ban Ki-Moon knows he and the UN failed miserably in protecting innocent Tamils during the last months of the war. He also knows that 7 years on, he and the UN have done nothing to bring justice for those civilians who were slaughtered by the Sri Lankan military. Admissions and regrets months before he leaves office will not change the fact that Ban Ki-Moon is a sad and ineffective UNSG who failed the most vulnerable in the world. He could have used the little power he had to make a difference, he didn’t.

    To those elites in the west who want Sri Lanka to go through a credible accountability mechanism, do they know how the Sri Lankan state operates? Tamils have been killed by the state and state sponsored pogroms since the 1950s and not a single person has been held accountable. Do they seriously expect it to be any different this time? For the Sri Lankan state, Tamil lives are cheap and expendable.

    As for the comments about the credibility of the Sri Lankan military and their contributions to UN Peacekeeping missions, I suspect they will probably do a credible job as these missions do not have Tamils for the Sri Lankan military to dominate, abuse and slaughter.

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    Why proud Sinhalese great-great -great grand children of a Lion piss when they hear UN inquiry?
    Cheers

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      Tamils need to understand that Jehan perera is writing for the upcoming UNHCR to make his fund providers happy.

      Soon after that his BS will change.

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        jim softy Dimwit

        “Soon after that, his BS will change.”

        In the meantime you will continue with yours, blabbering as usual. What can we do to stop you? We just put up with you simply we tolerate grumpy old male bag.

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    Why proud Sinhalese great-great -great grand children of a Lion piss when they hear UN inquiry?

    Present Phillipine president Daniel duarte should be a former sinhala -lion.

    Most leaders in Sri lanka are former Tamils. They are weak.

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