15 October, 2019

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Added Dimension To Tamil Hartal In North & East 

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

Sri Lanka secured a timely victory in the European Parliament when a motion to deny the country of the benefit of the GSP Plus tariff concession was defeated by a large majority of 436 to 119.  There were doubts about the outcome of the vote as a visiting EU delegation last month issued a critical report on the country situation. The delegation had focused on economic and labour issues and found there were many deficiencies in the law and in its implementation on the ground. They reported that they had found a number of workers who have been objects of labour rights violations, including harassment to trade unions, illegal dismissal of trade union leaders, sexual harassment and labour rights violations within the free trade zones. The report has also touched on shortcomings on the enforcement on other human rights issues, in particular the use of torture and the rights of ethnic, religious and sexual minorities.

Due to its victory in the international arena, the government will be able to go into its May Day event with a greater confidence and ability to show its strength. It will be able to argue that the economic situation is improving even if the visible signs of development are yet to manifest themselves. The loss of the GSP Plus concession in 2011, due to the previous government’s inability and refusal to meet the EU’s human rights requirements struck a significant blow to the economy. Many smaller factories, especially in the apparel manufacturing sector, had to close down leading to economic dislocation for small and middle level entrepreneurs and their workers. During discussions with the EU the government has assured that 50 percent of the money received through the GSP Plus would be spent on the 2.4 million strong labour force.

It is reported that the EU will impose conditions on the grant of GSP Plus even as it awards the tariff concession once again to Sri Lanka. The conditions imposed by the EU reportedly include reducing the number of deviations from the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR); repealing those sections of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, the Public Security Ordinance which are incompatible with it or amending them so that they become compatible with the international covenant; and amending the Code of Criminal Procedure providing for the right of a suspect to see a lawyer immediately following arrest; publishing or making available to family members of a list of former LTTE combatants currently held in detention as well as all other persons detained under Emergency Regulations; and granting of access to all places of detention for monitoring purposes to an independent humanitarian organisation, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Increasing Pressure 

As in the case of the resolution of the UN Human Rights Council for which the government got an additional two years of implementation time, the implementation of the government’s pledges to regain the GSP Plus concession has been slow. Even changing laws has become difficult for the government. One of the key requirements for regaining the EU tariff concession is to replace or amend the Prevention of Terrorism Act with an alternative national security law which gives improved protection for human rights. The proposed Counter Terrorism Act which is the alternative to the PTA has been on the drawing board for about a year but is still far from being finalized for ratification by Parliament. An early version of the draft law was widely criticized by human rights organizations for being even more restrictive of civil liberties and human rights in some aspects than the PTA.

At the root of the problem of implementation and weakness of political will to engage in reforms that involve   questions of human rights and national security is the reality of a government that is a coalition of two parties which are headed by two leaders.  It is nothing to be surprised that these two leaders have visions that are different and cater differently to the prejudices and sympathies of the larger population. On the positive side, both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe believe in non violent conflict resolution.  On the other hand, they both need to find ways to deal with ethnic fears and prejudices without giving in to them, while making every effort to reassure the communities that they themselves are not hopelessly biased one way or the other.

Unless the government engages in course correction it is likely that it will come under increasing pressure from the ethnic and religious ethnic and religious communities who constitute 30 percent of the country’s population. The recent hartal in the North and East that was led by civil society groups and the Tamil People’s Council (TPC) was no longer a fringe manifestation organized on the margin.  In the past the TNA distanced itself from the activities of the TPC and even criticized them.  On this occasion, however, the TNA has given support to the protest.  The one day hartal in which shops closed all day and transport services did not operate followed weeks of protests by families of the missing and also by unemployed graduates in the North which had not yielded any positive result.

Muslim Dimension 

Apart from the support from mainstream Tamil political parties for the hartal, the other new element on this occasion was the support given to the hartal by Muslim political parties. Muslim public opinion is increasingly questioning the government for supporting Buddhist nationalists in their campaigns against the Muslims. They point out that leading members of the SLFP component of the government are now accommodating the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) which has attacked Muslim mosques and properties in the past, and which carries out a strident campaign against Muslim expansion. Last month a total of 38 mostly Muslim organizations and 2680 individuals endorsed a statement that called on President Maithripala Sirisena to review and revoke the gazette notification no. 2011/34 declaring vast tracts of lands owned by the people of Musali division in the Mannar District as a forest reserve.

The petition also stated that as a result of the gazette notification a number of villages in Musali inhabited by Muslims would be seriously affected. The mounting grievances of the ethnic and religious minorities who were strongly in support of the government and helped to bring it to power by their votes at the elections in 2015, induced them to join the protest in defence of their rights. Apart from the problem of missing persons which mainly affects the Tamil community, both Tamils and Muslims in the North and East have felt under siege as land that they inhabit is being claimed by Sinhalese nationalists. Buddhist temples and statues are now sought to be put up on these lands even though they are currently owned by Tamils and Muslims.

Due to the slow implementation of its commitments to the international community, and inaction in resolving the problems of the ethnic and religious minorities who voted for it, the government is going to face increased pressure from both international and domestic actors. The government would do well not to repeat the mistake of the previous government, headed by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, which held to the theory that resolving economic problems and assuaging ethnic majority nationalism was the way to remain in power. The joint Tamil-Muslim hartal in the North and East is an incipient sign that the grievances of the ethnic and religious minorities are getting merged together. Economic and ethnic problems need to be resolved together, in tandem, and not one after the other, so that all communities feel that they are being treated fairly as equal citizens of one country.

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    As long as Tamil Diaspora, TGTE and Tamil politicians keep on insisting on prosecuting Sri Lankan Armed Forces for war crimes, Sinhalese will not be interested in reconciliation. What the Sinhalese think, for very good reasons, is that Tamils are after Mahinda Rajapakse, Gotabhaya Rajapakse and Sri Lankan Armed Forces to take revenge for killing Prabhakaran and giving a humiliating defeat to LTTE.

    One thing that Tamils have to remember is that their economy is highly dependent on Sinhala customers and consumers. If the Tamils keep on pushing Sinhalese against the wall, Sinhalese can adopt a strategy of ‘Nomara Maranawa’ by targeting their economy. If Sinhalese start boycotting Tamil shops and businesses and products and produce coming from the North, Tamil economy cannot survive. Jaffna Tamils should remember what happened to their economy when JRJ opened the economy and flooded the market with onions and chillies from India.

    Sinhalese people have no problem in living with Tamil people. At present nearly 50% of the Tamils live in the south with Sinhalese. After the war Sinhalese did not demand that the LTTE terrorists should be hanged. The reality is that Sinhalese have accepted what happened and leading their lives without digging in to the past. I am pretty sure that is the thinking of the ordinary Tamil folks as well. The problem is created by Tamil Diaspora, TGTE, some NGOs funded by Western countries and some Tamil politicians who want to capitalize by keeping the issue afloat. For these guys the war crimes issue is like what we call in Sinhala ‘Higannage thuwale wage’.

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      Eagle Eye,
      It was Sri Lanka together with USA, which proposed the 1915 UNHRC resolution, which was passed by a majority, requiring international tribunals for war crimes.
      The implementation of the resolution has been postponed – not cancelled – for two years as requested by Sri Lanka.

      You should take up the matter with the government and the UN.

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      First of all 50% of the Tamils do not live in the South around 53% of the island’s Tamils live in the north and east ( this includes all Tamils, Indigenous and Indian origin). 70% of the indigenous Tamils live in the north and east and the 90% of the rest live in the greater Colombo area. The vast majority of the Tamils living in the Sinhalese south are Indian origin estate Tamils who have been living there for the past 170 years. Get your fact correct and do not distort.
      Yes the Sinhalese have no problems with Tamils living amongst them as second or third rates, where they can be kept in check and beaten up by government goons and the Sinhalese police and armed forces if they ask for anything. If all the Tamils in the island abandon the north and east and become a minority living in fear amongst the Sinhalese, the Sinhalese will be even more happy.
      The present problem in the country is not the creation of the Tamils. Asking for your just rights in your own land is not creating problems. May be in Sinhalese eyes. It is due to Sinhalese racism and Muslim opportunism

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    Apart from the problem of missing persons which mainly affects the Tamil community, both Tamils and Muslims in the North and East have felt under siege as land that they inhabit is being claimed by Sinhalese nationalists. Buddhist temples and statues are now sought to be put up on these lands even though they are currently owned by Tamils and Muslims.///

    Muslims have encroached the land areas which have been demarcated by the archeological dept as ancient viharas. The muslims have ( just like they do in other parts of the world) encroached the Diga vaapi temple land and built houses in them. It was the racist Muslim politician Ashroff who started this.

    And interestingly it is ONLY the Sinhalese who come to defend these archaeological treasures. Now look at what tamil nationalists say, they say East was their homeland for thousands of years….

    But when it comes to archaeological sites the Tamil want to side with the destroyers….see…even in their hearts Tamils know that bogus Tamil homeland in SL is truly bogus.

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    After traveling from Mannar to Mullative via Jaffna all the way along the coast,I can assure you that nothing has changed for the dalits there, despite two years of Yahapalanaya and bullshit promises of the Tamil Diaspora.

    These NGO bosses in contrast seem to be doing well , drinking cocktails at posh harbour City bars and eating Sushi and Thai Green curry at expensive restaurants.

    After promising Million Assembly Jobs , Dr Ranil of Batalanda has delivered nothing.

    In fact he has made the manual labour redundant by stopping all Infrastructure Development.

    GSP Plus is not going to change that. But the LTTE can prop up with this watered down anti Terrorist Act.

    But the Muslim youth are not going to join them for sure ,despite Dr Jehan’s hopes that the Muslim support for Vellala Hartals are a good omen.

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    “After traveling from Mannar to Mullative via Jaffna all the way along the coast,I can assure you that nothing has changed for the dalits there”

    Did you ever consider doing social research? Your main methodology would be go around in a AC car to explore the complexities of social issues. I wonder whether Emil Durkheim came up with his theories using similar methodology

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    “……………………………….both Tamils and Muslims living in the North have felt under siege as land they inhabit is being claimed by Sinhala Nationalists.”

    The writer does not wish to say that the armed forces have forcibly claimed lands and homes – in addition to businesses and livelihoods – and blames “Sinhala Nationalists”

    Nor does he mention that even seven years after the war ended, refugee camps still exist and Internally Displaced Persons are living in jungles and are protesting the Army takeover.
    And, that a “Missing Persons list” is yet to be finalised.

    Why this purposeful omission/inaccuracy?
    Is he under intimidation by the army?

    He also carefully avoids reference to the 2015 UNHRC Resolution requiring the government establishing Hybrid Courts to conduct War Crimes trials.

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      Justice:

      What do you have Keneda ?

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        Jimsofty you numb scull learn to spell Canada properly, then you and I can have a conversation and then a beat down of your stupidity with my intelligence.

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          Haha welcome to the world of Jim: where everything is possible by verbal vomit

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          Tamil from the north:

          YOu were kallathoni In Sri lanka and you are kallathoni in Keneda.

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            jimsofty the dimwit

            “YOu were kallathoni In Sri lanka and you are kallathoni in Keneda.”

            Your ancestors were Kallathonies from Tamil Nadu.

            By the way what/where is Keneda?

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      Justice-Is This what you call justice?Do you Know that The People Whom You Are reffering to the Tamils(Malabers) Have been Brought and Dumped In this Country By the Dutch to Grow Tobbaco and The Muslims Who were called Moors,Mattayas,Thambis’,Marakkalas came here as traders and married sinhalese women and One King Senerath Settled them in the Eastern province on the understanding that they be assimilated to the sinhalese society gradually,which had not happened…If these people are living in this country peacefully why are they destroying the Historical archealogical Sites Of the Ancestors of the Sinhalese people….Should not it be a pride for them to share with the sinhalese people that the country they are now living has a proud historical background to talk to the world ……Muslims from a long time has been destroying these historical sites and the tamils also has joined……But what ever said and done you cannot erase the history as all these has gone in to world records….only thing it will make the matters worse as there would be Buddhist Religious constructions erected to safe guard these sites in future as all these sites are in records and these has to be safe guarded for future generations and this is a treasure of our country…….I cannot understand as to why these people take mean advantage of the patience and kindness of the BUMIPUTRAS -the Sinhalese peoples who has the inheritance of this country….Sinhale….It Is High Time that a Citizenship Bill has to be proposed to the government so that each and every one who is a citizen in this country is aware of the History of this country and respect it to the maximum as in the United states and elsewhere……ANY PERSON WHO LOVES PEACE AND LOVES THE MOTHERLAND SHALL NOT DO THINGS THAT WOULD HARM THE IMAGE OF ITS ANCESTORS AND THEIR HERITAGE

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    Leave alone the ethnic issues. Look at the misuse of power in the garment industry. Women are abused on a daily basis paid minimum wages – price of a shirt or underwear as a months wage. I have worked in an organisation which helped these young women who left school from village to come and work in cities.

    Sexual molestation by managers happened on a daily basis. Girls were raped on a weekly basis. No human rights leave alone labour laws. Will any civilised country want to do business with SriLanka. No way, get your act together. Look at ways of changing culture at the work place. Protect women at the work place.

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      NAMAL:

      Why you are like an diot just write here. Publish it case by case in Sri lankan sinhala newspapers. Sedn it to more than one paper.

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      Not for long- the One size fits all is going out of trend in the west and AI (Artificial Intelligence) for taking accurate measurements of online purchaser and 3D printing of Apparel in the west is taking shape – The market leaders are Amazon (they are 4 times as big as HSBA)

      SL’s Bengalis etc have to go back from sewing to sowing the fields like all in the 3rd world. nothing to cry about because 2008 financial many qualified professionals lost their jobs and changed to lower jobs like nursing etc to keep the family going. Even today many are changing every 2 to 3 years- survival of fittest.- Charity is a Christian/Catholic thief and if you did not know that you are an idiot.

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    NOw, I think, all these Trade union actions are influenced by some foreign forces, most probably NGOs.

    That is why Kinya banned all NGO activities.

    there was an article written by Shenali waduge which explained how EU has sided with UNHCR by not signing most of the international alws.

    Why should sri lanka bend to EU fof just $ 1.3 billion. It is better to stop over $ 2,0 billion imports from europe.

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      jimsofty the dimwit

      “Why should sri lanka bend to EU fof just $ 1.3 billion. It is better to stop over $ 2,0 billion imports from europe.”

      Both are sound ideas. You must immediately force the government to implement your brilliant ideas.

      ” there was an article written by Shenali waduge which explained how EU has sided with UNHCR by not signing most of the international alws.”

      Was it written by Shenali Vaduge? Then must be good. Read it.

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    With all this line up By This EXTREMIST Man Jehan , it is truly to be understood Both These communities who have been Imported To This Country By The Dutch and British Invaders Are Now Claiming some extraordinary things to get this country to pieces.But It Is Not What The Common Mans Agenda………..But These Extremists Agenda they are claiming with Human Rights Under Cover And It Is Sheer violation of the Sinhalese peoples’ rights they are trying to corner…….what they could not get from Force they are ASKING to give in a Plate at the common mans cost…..So It would be of much value for us to what amount of war crimes that the Sinhalese would have to file at the first instance towards the invaders of their Country SINHALE as From 1505 Portugese The 16th Century The Dutch (who Imported Malabars .now being called Tamils claiming a bogus hg to grab the lands using the Comeland) and Then The British (who also got Down the ‘Coolies’ for estates which should have sent back to India)Muslims now trying to grab the land by using corrupted Sinhalese politicians power……..And As Such IT IS HIGH TIME FOR THE SINHALESE TO RISE UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS…..Come On All People Do You Know that The Name OF this Country Should Be SINHALE And The National Flag Under Which All Citizens Should Be Is The ROYAL SINHALE LION FLAG….Going Back To The Year 1815 Under The UDARATA GIVISUMA The Sinhalese Handed Over The Country To The British….There was no Tamil Or Muslim ruling the country any where other than the invaders ….So When The British Handed Over The Country Back In The Year 1948 You Should Get Back Our Country As SINHALE Under The ROYAL SINHALE LION FLAG……So Both these Matters Has To Be Re-Instated for all the people of this country to Live in Peace……..So there will be in this country Sinhalese -Buddhist,Sinhalese-Roman Catholics or Christians,Sinhalese-Hindus and Sinhalese-Islamists …And That Is What you call reconciliation

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      Sinhale someone or some people should start a campigan to force the politicians.

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      The so called Malabars that the Portuguese and Dutch imported from then Tamil Kerala and Tamil Nadu have all become Sinhalese and now make up 50% of the present day Sinhalese population. May be even your ancestors. It is these recently Sinhalised Indian Tamil imports who made the Sinhalese a 74% majority in the island by doubling their population in the last few centuries. They are also now the biggest anti Tamils touting the Sinhalese Aryan myth and Mahavamsa. May be hide their lowly low caste Indian Tamil origin. Just like the Arab origin myth touted by the so called Sri Lankan Moors, who are 98% descended from largely low caste immigrant Indian Tamil converts.
      The North and East has always been Tamil, lived and continuously occupied by Tamils and ruled by them. Even your Mahavamsa fable discusses about Tamil lands in the north and east.
      All your so called Sinhalese kings and aristocracy are all from Tamil Nadu, Kerala Andhra and some from Orissa/Kalinga. basically Tamils from India. The king who converted to Buddhism was a Tamil Naga whose father was MuttaSivan meaning the Great or venerated Siva in pure Tamil. Meaning he had a Tamil Naga Hindu father. The so called Sinhalese hero Dutgemmunu( how can he be a Sinhalese when there was no such people called Sinhalese or a Sinhalese language 2300 years ago) was again a Naga who was a Buddhist. Naga in the island were Tamil speaking Hindu and later Buddhist Dravidians. His father’s name was King Kakkai Vanna Theesan meaning in Tamil the Black king or the king the colour of the crow. I have never heard of Aryans being black of the colour of the crow.
      Go and tell your lies and myths to the patrons of Lankaweb, an extremist rag largely patronised by recently Sinhalised South Indian immigrant imports.
      Lastly Sinhale is the Pali version of the ancient Tamil word for the island Chingkalam or Chenkalam meaning the land of red( soil) or copper. got it and has nothing to with any lion

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        Real Siva Sankaran Sarma or R-SSS………You Do Not Think That People Will NOw Think What A Clever Guy Or Gal Real SSS is…Ha Ha…….THIS IS THE VERY PARTICULAR THING THAT HAS BEEN TAKING PLACE IN THIS COUNTRY AND OUTSIDE IN FOREIGN LANDS THESE EXTREMISTS AND RACIALIST TAMILS ,TAMIL POLITICIANS ,THE LTTE AND THE LTTE DIE-ASS-PORAS’ CREATING BOGUS THEORIES AS OF THEIR HISTORY To Achieve Their Goals…..It would be As A Curse To Them As They Got A Set Of Roman Catholic Preists Also To Join Them For Their CON MOVEMENT To Tell Lies To The World………What a Crime to Get the chrsitian clergy for their con works But They Do Not Care Too Hoots……ALL PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF THAT YOU HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP as ‘COOLIES’FROm MALABAR AND DUMPED IN THIS ISLAND NATION OF SINHALE BY THE DUTCH TO GROW TOBBACO…So You Have Been Very Very Clever In That Point To Create A Typical BOGUS History Line Up Regarding The Sinhalese………So Sorry Bro All Including The International Community Has Identified YOUR BOGUS CUNNING IDEOLOGIES ….SO IT SHOULD BE UNDERSTOOD that EVERYWHERE these extremists TAMILS GO THEY SPREAD LIES TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS……more over There is a proud history Of more than 60000 Sixty Thousand years for the Sinhalese people from King Vijaya to King Ravana and So forth..Its A Golden written history with Archeological proof certified by local and foreign scientists and scholars……Isn’t It Better If You try To Share This Golden History With Your Sinhalese Brotheren to show the world our strength as SINHALE NATION ……You Being A citizen Of this Country Do Not Try To Distort The History Of The Country.. your Mother Land Which Will Give You Bad Returns… Otherwise Real SSS will go as Bogus SSS…Just As THe Bogus Asylum Seekers The LTTE Die-Ass-Poras’…VERY RECENTLY YOUR VIGNESHWARAN AIYYA LEARNED SOME GOOD LESSONS OF THE SINHALE HISTORY BY OUR NATIONALIST SCHOLAR DR>SOORIYA GUNASEKARA…I THINK IF YOU COULD VISIT HIM YOU COULD VERIFY What I HAve Briefed you here

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          Mad foul mouthed creature, has nothing else to state other than post abuse and insults. Thinking this will silence the truth

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    Thanks Jehan for bringing the recent N&E hartal to CT Forum. To the best of my knowledge the media ignored this. Self-censorship is censorship in its worst form.

    Successive GoSL hoped the grievances of the minorities will go away. The present GoSL is under the same impression. Jehan points out that the hartal is an expression of discontent.

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    Its time for the International community to act swiftly, decisively, forcefully to act to start the process to deliver Justice to victims, end of torture, illegal occupation, illegal detention of Tamils, human rights abuses including rape and murder by the armed forces and government gangs and bring Sri Lanka and its notorious forces that are alleged to have committed genocide to face ICC without further delay.

    One of the US Human rights and War Crimes expert recently said that there is no political will in Sri Lanka and sexual abuses by UN peacekeepers of Sri Lankan forces is a classic example of how these forces accustomed to heinous crimes. As not a single Sinhala security personnel is punished by Sri Lankan regime to date, world and the international community be aware of Sinhala leaders mindset and their DNA towards heinous crimes and they always apply impunity to Sinhala hardcore criminals.

    Sri Lanka continues to fail to fulfill international obligations, appointed an alleged war criminal to a senior position in Army and UN continues to fail the victims of war crimes and genocide seeking Justice.

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    K.Pillai…Can You Please Identify The So Called Your ‘Greviences Of The Minorities’………..IN SHORT WHAT THE SPECIAL FACILITIES THAT THE SINHALESE PEOPLE HAVE AND THAT YOU PEOPLE , SO CALLED MINORITIES DOES NOT HAVE….PLEASE TELL TO THE WORLD OPENLY………….Please do not be con men…..WE ALL KNOW NOW FOR YOU PEOPLE ENOUGH IS NOT ENOUGH……..ALL PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE ALL COMMON ISSUES Other than the RACIALISTS,EXTREMISTS..TERRORISTS AND CORRUPTED POLITICOS ………What a Plight This Man Jehan Is Leading some people like k.Pillai….Do Not These people realize what A dark Era This country was In…..Just For The Sake Of DOLLARS being pumped to them Hartals are being created…Do not they realize ….That SO LONG HATARLS ARE THERE DIE-ASS-PORAS LIFE GOES ON HAPPILY IN FOREIGN LANDS…..do not they realize in what a misery they were in for the past where their babies ..So Long People Like K.Pillai And Jehan Exist This Will Be A Never Ending Story…The Best Examples WE Have….WHAT CAN YOU CALL THESE PEOPLE?OPPORTUNISTS? Or Rather Traitors Of The Motherland?

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      You remind me of the person who is at a night of Poya-pirith and in the morning asks “Who is Gautama?”

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        K.Pillai—You Thoththa Bababas’…What Is This Undera-Demala Apabransa Katha,So Sorry To Hear…You And Jehan Perfect matches for the NGO kakkas’ and The Traitors Die-Ass-Poras the Foreign LTTE outfit…For these Out -Fits Time will sort out the issues…..After the clearing of the Brutal-Terrorism all people in this country has been breathing fresh Air …Of Which You People Are Allergic To …So Nothing could be done you will get what you are asking for in the near future…..But we Advice you Not To Play the fool with the normal civilians life….you will have to suffer for generations….we could sense very well what you are after…..but the luxury and dollars you people are getting will not be there for long…..Better Learn what happened to THAMBI And His MURDER Inc Gang In NANDIKADAL…If you people also want to go there you play the fool with the normal civilians…now the heaven and hell all is here in this world..PLEASE DO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS NO SUCH THING CALLED AN ETHINIC ISSUE IN THIS COUNTRY…….It Is Only THe Extremism,Racialism,Terrorism and Corrupted Political Issues that is been created Against The Sinhalese people The Bhoomiputras’ of this country With The Joint Assistance Of These Corrupted Political Out-fits To Divide This Country and Divide the communities for their mutual benefit….No common man of any community is with these lot….as they have all their day to day issues to earn their bread and butter….If the common man put a hartal these people will have no where to go ….So You all better keep away from taking fire under the water for the benefit of the mankind

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          You have answered albeit foul-mouthing.

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    “”The loss of the GSP Plus concession in 2011, due to the previous government’s inability and refusal to meet the EU’s human rights requirements struck a significant blow to the economy. Many smaller factories, especially in the apparel manufacturing sector, had to close down leading to economic dislocation for small and middle level entrepreneurs and their workers. “”

    The new friend of the people of the west is not political ass_holes , self service charity ass_holes but AMAZON- at present 4 times as big as HSBC.

    2020 we won’t need apparel from 3rd world nations.

    Amazon is today’s largest retailer of Apparel in the USA and by next they would be custom tailored at USA- Make America Great Again better than Trum of Doom.

    Detailing Amazon’s Custom-Clothing Patent

    In April, Amazon received an intriguing patent for an “on demand” apparel manufacturing system, which can quickly fill online orders for suits, dresses and other garments.
    Amazon is by far the biggest beneficiary of e-commerce growth, accounting for 43 cents of every dollar spent online in the USA last year, estimated Slice Intelligence, a company that measures online shopping.
    By 2021, the firm has forecast, Amazon will account for just over 16 percent of apparel sales.- We estimate with AI and 3D printing Amazon would take more than 50 %
    The world of arts graduates spin doctors is coming to an end- soylent green.

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    To Justice,
    When you say “SL together with USA …”, what comes to my mind is not Sri Lanka or USA but Mangala Samaraweera (supported by Ranil W), and Hilary Clinton (supported by Tamil diaspora). These two characters have dubious international dealings (to tell the least)!
    The people of Sri Lanka never supported it; it was not in the Yahapalana mandate either. Therefore, it is neither correct nor practical to talk about a UN resolution adopted by SL and USA.
    My understanding is that this UN thing was a cunning plan to hoodwink the Tamils in Sri Lanka. However, it will remain as an official UNHCR resolution for a while and then start fading away due to burning issues the world is facing today and tomorrow!

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