22 April, 2021

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Adoption Of UNHRC Resolution With Minimal Opposition Is An Encouraging Sign To Promote Human Rights & Accountability: GTF

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) wholeheartedly welcomes the adoption of resolution 46/1 at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The Government of Sri Lanka rejected this resolution, however even all the neighbouring countries did not support that position.

It is significant that the majority of the Latin American countries and all of the European countries voted in favour of the resolution. Majority of the African countries, the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) and the Asian countries did not support the position taken by the Government of Sri Lanka.

It is particularly pleasing that the countries voted in favour cover all regions across the globe and several countries who would have traditionally voted against such a resolution recognised the criticality of the situation in Sri Lanka and decided to abstain. It is indeed encouraging for victims of human rights abuses across the world that UNHRC continues to offer hope, even if the process of seeking justice is painstaking and arduous.

The current process towards this important outcome commenced with the report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, which powerfully articulated that ‘Sri Lanka is on an alarming path towards recurrence of human rights violations’ and called for urgent action from the international community. The High Commissioner’s call was ably converted into resolution 46/1 by the core group of countries under the leadership of the UK, which in fact is a pragmatic outcome balancing the highly concerning developments in Sri Lanka with challenging geopolitical reality. Strengthening OHCHR’s capacity to collect, consolidate, analyse, and preserve information and evidence, and to develop possible strategies for future accountability processes, with sufficient budgetary and manpower support is a critical and welcoming new dimension in this resolution.

Tamils are grateful to the US Administration that initiated the original process of promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka in 2012.

GTF would like to express its appreciation and gratitude to all progressive forces that made this current outcome possible – the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, the core group of countries, all countries who voted for and/or co-sponsored the resolution, the countries that abstained without voting against the resolution, eminent persons and dedicated human rights organisations who championed the cause, and more importantly the victims of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka who despite the time elapsed and the risks involved, continue to provide inspiration by bravely fighting for human rights and accountability.

Tamils are grateful to the Government of India for supporting an escalation of the Tamil demand for equality, justice (accountability), dignity and peace at a multilateral international forum like the UNHRC. By specifying India’s support to the international community calling on the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfil its commitments to devolve political power to the Tamils and to allow those devolved powers to be operationalised effectively according to the 13th amendment of the constitution is very significant.

By making a public statement before the vote and by abstaining, India has clearly shown its displeasure with the lack of progress on addressing the alleged violations of human rights and international laws and the non-implementation of Sri Lanka’s numerous public commitments of the past in addressing the grievances of the Tamil people.

Tamils are grateful to the Tamil Nadu political parties particularly the DMK president M.K. Stalin for the recent statement calling on the Government of India not to support the Government of Sri Lanka by voting against the resolution.

Unlike in the previous years when the outcome at the UNHRC was eagerly sought by the Tamil community, the interests and expectations this year were much more widespread. The Muslim community, which was openly victimised through forced cremations and expected burqa ban; the Christian community which is highly disappointed with the dishonest approach towards Easter bombing investigations, and indeed the majority community which is increasingly becoming unsettled with the authoritarian and militarised trajectory the country is adopting.

GTF believes this convergence of concerns, fears and apprehensions offer hope for all the people of Sri Lanka to come together as equal citizens and communities. Such progress is possible only when all communities stop living a lie based on denial but come to terms with the truth based on evidence. The UNHRC resolution just passed provides a useful framework to work towards such an outcome. We call upon people from all communities, important stakeholders of the country including the leaders of the government and opposition, to stop using the UNHRC initiative for short term political gains, but rather listen to the coherent and powerful voice of the international community, and adopt the parameters of this resolution willingly for the betterment of the country and its people. Government of Sri Lanka, by rejecting this resolution, is undoubtedly isolating itself from the international community.

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    The time has come for the rest of us to join up with the 6.9 million herd and share with them their staple diet of straw. On a reality check we must collectively send a loud and clear message to evil China that their behaviour by exploitation of corrupt dictatorships in Myanmar, Srilanka and many African States to enrich themselves is not acceptable. Boycott is a double edge sword. If we do not resolutely fight back evil it will only get worse. No doubt it will hurt us but if all of us decide not to buy Chinese products that sure will force them to change. We need to rise up in support of Tibet, Zinjiang, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong to regain their freedom and human rights.

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      Hanchopancha,
      “No doubt it will hurt us but if all of us decide not to buy Chinese products that sure will force them to change.”
      —-
      You want to punish China for supporting Sri Lanka.
      Tamils are responsible for putting Sri Lanka and Sinhalayo into a highly embarrassing situation in front of the International Community for crimes that they did not commit. So, what do you think if Sinhalayo decide to boycott Tamil shops, not to buy products from Yapanaya and not to give jobs to Tamils in the South to force Tamils to change?

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        Tamils abroad should work on following lines to bring Sri Lanka down to earth:
        1. Lobby UK, USA and western countries to enforce an economic embargo on Sri Lanka.
        2. Force India to implement 13th amendment in full including north east merger and go beyond taking into consideration TULF rejoinder and Perumal’s observations.
        3. Request UN to set up offices in north and east to monitor Sinhala racism and state terrorism, and if needed station UN troops to save Tamils from these marauding elements.
        Tamils in Sri Lanka should work on the following lines to win their rights :
        1. Continue peaceful agitations to highlight Sinhala racism and state terrorism.
        2. Never give support to toppling of present anti West and pro Chinese government.
        3. Do not agree to any suggestion to barter war crimes with police and land powers.

        • 4
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          3+1.
          Tamils abroad must send Dr GS to his former country and let him enjoy the sanctions.
          *
          3+1.
          I have a sneaking suspicion that GS is a Chinese double agent who is working to keep the Rajapaksas in power.

          • 12
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            I too have the doubts you the prof know it all is actually under aged child who make such comments ” will you be alive next week” ?? You have nothing to provide of your own. Whether practical or not GS seems to have some reasonable suggestions which is beyond your capacity to understand.

            • 2
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              “will you be alive next week”
              That was in response to the commentator saying that the writers’ humor was killing him by laughter, and followed it with his waiting for the next installment.
              *
              Ones who read in context understood, and I am sure that the party concerned did, and did not accuse me of a death threat.
              *
              I stop here as I do not want to risk being charged with attempting the unenviable task of trying to teach you language and humor.

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                SJ, May be the party concerned , did not think of reacting to underaged child’s prank. What were you attempting , was it Black / Slap Stick comedy or just plain childish. By the way I also read your comment accusing many of us here as racist. Just because people dosent agree with your rambling dosent make us racist. As I mentioned, you accuse others for your own behaviors (abuse, pick, make fun, call names , play doctor, ridicule) and play the “victim role”. Grow up.

        • 16
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          I am not any supporter of GTF but I believe there is no better way to say the real issues of Lanka. Well said with no bias calling all communities especially the majority to come out of their DENIAL , if they really do want to save this country. Many comments what is being said in CT are the same bluff which is being told for years and now 24/7 by Rajapaksas. You can continue but will not take you that far.

          • 4
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            There will be progress only when a national consensus is reached among ALL parties on how to proceed. We need a government that takes decisions base on national interest, not vague ideas about a glorious past. Extremism has to be dumped, no matter what robes it wears.
            The boss himself is only good at shouting orders at people. More and more, he seems to be an adherent of intolerant variant of Buddhism, egged on by its ignorant clergy.
            Then, there are the movers and shakers, like homeguard Weerasekara, the Admiral Professori, Channa Jayasumana the confidant of Natha Deviyo, Wimal W, all with their own ideas on domestic and foreign policy. There is absolutely no coordination from the top to keep these loose cannons in check. Chandraprema is bad enough, but
            it is a good thing that Weerasekara and Jayasumana were not sent to Geneva. Three minutes of their Stone Age thinking would have converted all the abstentions to Yes votes.

        • 2
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          Dr.G.S.
          .
          “2. Force India to implement 13th amendment in full including north east merger and go beyond taking into consideration TULF rejoinder and Perumal’s observations.”
          .
          2.1
          Carry out a propaganda campaign among Tamils (Tamil speaking people) scattered across the island asking to relocate themselves to the merged North and East as they are one day or the likely to face the same fate as that of Rohingyas.


          Soma

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            Soma, if Tamils in south are touched, you will lose upcountry also. When you say Rohingyas are you thinking of Gajendrakumar, Sumanthiran, Sivasegaram etc.

        • 5
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          Sir how and where did you got your doctorate with who’s expenses

          • 4
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            Hi Cugan, Everyone got the education the same way. Tax payers or their own money. I am sure definitely not educated by, “Hora Salli” (stolen money or money obtained by corruption), as it happens in recent times and to sit exams in secluded A/C rooms with access to internet to boot or “text books permitted” situations and obtain degrees. Anyway, that is immaterial, irrelevant and non consequential, to opinion expressed by a person on a specific issue. It is important to focus on issues. That’s why we have so many confused minds expressing all sorts of matters, who cannot Focus and debate on an issue and conclude or bring closure to the matter. jumping from one to the other.

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          Sinhalese abroad should work on following lines to bring Tamils down to earth:

          1. Lobby GOSL to enforce an economic embargo on separatists in and out of SL. Most of them have land, business, etc. in SL.

          2. Hold an island-wide referendum on 13th amendment. If most say NO, scrap it.

          3. Request China and Pakistan to set up offices in north and east to monitor Tamil racism and terrorism, and if needed station Chinese and Pakistani troops in the north.

          Sinhalese in Sri Lanka should work on the following lines to win their rights :

          1. Continue peaceful agitations to highlight Tamil racism, terrorism and Tamil colonization of Colombo.

          2. Never support devolution.

          3. Do not agree to any suggestion to barter Tamil colonization with reconciliation.

          • 8
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            GATAM,
            1. SL for the past 30 years had enforced economic embargo on Tamil activists abroad, which has not produced any effect other than Sri Lanka bashing.
            2. Go ahead and hold a referendum on 13th amendment. When government is shit scared of abolishing it, what effect will the result have.
            3. When China is unable to go ahead with power generation projects in the islands off Jaffna when authorized by SL government, how can they have offices or troops. Pakistan a pariah state of beggars will be kicked out.
            For your information Sinhala racists abroad are living like dogs with their tails tucked between their legs. What happened to the asinine exercise of producing videos and arranging conferences against Tamils. Can those who hide under beds when they hear LTTE supporters are around, bring Tamils down to earth.

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              GS,

              1. Yes it did. How do you think May 2009 happened?
              2. So you agree.
              3. Power generation projects do not benefit China so why bother. But military bases benefit China. They already have 3 unofficial military bases in SL.

              You described Tamil racists very well.

              How many resolutions were passed (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). Did anything happen?

              Also what happened to genocide? The resolution drops genocide!

          • 5
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            Gatam, “Hold an island-wide referendum on 13th amendment. If most say NO, scrap it.”.
            How will an all island referendum help.
            It will be the same result as the last G. Elections, nothing different. 2/3rd Majority by chauvinists, who do no understand basic ‘Equality’. Outcome will be the same and nothing different.
            Why throw good money after bad, when you are begging for funds to get the much needed vaccines for the citizens (Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Malays et all ), whom you have to protect, and are unable to.

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              Referendums are held nationwide according to SL’s constitution. If people want 13A out, it will be scrapped. That is an internal decision.

              After that no one will be able to demand devolution. If you read the UNHRC resolution, it starts by saying respecting SL’s sovereignty foremost before going down to human rights issues. Did you read it?

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        • 1
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          To put embargo for whole population of SL you may be living and serving with masters but think about ordinary

          • 7
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            Where were you when Tamils in northern and parts of eastern province were subjected to economic embargo imposed by government during war. Did you think about those people, when you were living and serving your masters. It is the Sinhalese who never experienced it before, who will feel it badly.

            • 0
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              Can’t we move on and bring good progress for our future generations

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              GS,

              Do you like to have it again? You must be living comfortably abroad but think about Tamils living in SL. How will they face it? At least then they had some industries in the north. Now nothing!

              Sanctions have a ripple effect.

          • 0
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            c
            Very much true.
            *
            Those who most promoted war here (both Sinhalese and Tamils) had moved their families abroad.
            Whatever they wanted, be it Eelam liberation or freedom from terror, the most they had to lose was cash worth a family dinner out. It was a bloodless affair for them, and even entertainment when the ‘other’ is killed.
            *
            The same mentality prevails still. The issue posed is ‘crime & punishment’. One group wants to punish the offenders even at the expense of the whole country the other wants to save the offenders even at the expense of the whole country.
            *
            Does anyone care for the war affected, except propaganda value?

      • 5
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        Eagle,
        “putting Sri Lanka and Sinhalayo into a highly embarrassing situation in front of the International Community”
        Oh, so even you do admit that? I don’t know about Sri Lanka , but Sinhalayo got what they deserved.

      • 4
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        Criminal cannot blame the victim for being on the dock, Dumb Eagle! We know you lack intelligence, and we know all too well that you would not boycott Tamil businesses, you would rather loot them and then burn the Tamil owned business establishments down, just as you have been doing in all anti Tamil riots since independence!

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          Loser!

    • 1
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      Once again you have proven the rule of thumb is correct.

      Whatever is good for SL is bad for Tamils.
      Whatever is good for Tamils is bad for SL.

      Holds true always.

      China, Russia and Pakistan proved to be SL’s friends. SL must increase their involvement in SL especially in the north.

    • 4
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      Please share this. Dont let uniform wearing male prostitutes to breed and destroy this nation.

      .
      Normally police or anyone work for courts and the like institutions have no right to openly say ” this is our govt”: My gosh, what happened to SRILANKEN polics whose structure was well set during the good governance period.
      :
      If a GERMAN or any other policeman would react so, he would lose his job within ours, but Rajapakshes led srilanken HELL they let POLICE to clean their overflowing toilets – wait and see how long these buggers would do the kind of backlicking services.

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        Lella,

        They are the clients, you are the Ps.

    • 4
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      Hello Friends,
      .
      Good news for
      .
      1) Vicitmized Lasantha Wickramathunga family
      .
      2)Thajdudeen Rugby Player – Jamal Khashogi brutal murder
      .
      3)Youth – abuduction case -by which colombo mothers lost their own sons.

      4)Federika Janzi and all the like minded Journalists that left the country
      .
      5) Twenty three or more unarmed PRISONERs killing- in welikada Prison
      .
      6) This list would not cease….

      • 4
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        Since entire world is against Srilanka – even those crime investigations can also take place in abroad. This is what DJ explained it very clearly.

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    Nothing to worry much so long as +50% of Tamils consider Sinhala Buddhist society is superior to their own.
    .
    This is the most valuable trump in the suit of the Sinhalese.
    .
    Play it when push comes to shove.

    Soma

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      Soma,

      SL lost because of people like you. Deserve it. Too greedy.

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        Your priority must be to reverse Tamil colonization of Colombo. Otherwise the next Elam war will be fought in Colombo.

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          Their fate will depend on guys in NE. If they are going to say ‘self-rule’ guys in Colom

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            Their fate will depend on the guys in NE. If they are going to say ‘self-rule’ guys in Colombo will be saying goodbye to us. UN and India will bear the cost of transportation.
            As I always say Tamils have to choose between a Homeland ‘OR’ the right to live anywhere. I keep on begging behind them to go for the latter option.

            Soma

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              soman

              Don’t worry about the Colombo Tamils, like you (Udhaya, Wimal, ……) some of them will convert to extreme form of Sinhala/Buddhism and replace you lot at a later date. You may lose all your benefits being noisy Sinhala/Buddhists.

              I am sure Hindians will look after you forever.

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              S
              Yours is an uncalled for negative response to a daft comment by one who does not care for any ethnic group.

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              Soma,
              “As I always say Tamils have to choose between a Homeland ‘OR’ the right to live anywhere. I keep on begging behind them to go for the latter option.”
              Very good proposition and would become ideal and acceptable when you add the words, “with equal rights and recognition, not only by Tamils, but by all”, after the words “anywhere”.
              You will have it on a platter boy, because that is what is lacking, and must be remedied forthwith. I am sure you will certainly, agree, without doubt

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                Mahila
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                Most certainly.

                Soma

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              Soma,

              That’s OK. In 1983 Indian ships transported all Tamils in Colombo to Jaffna. One off transportation cost is worth over decades of bloodshed, discrimination, war crimes, riots, etc. Isn’t it?

              If you do not dream of a Sinhala Only Nation, you are a slave Soma.

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            GATAM, “Otherwise the next Eelam war will be fought in Colombo”. You are absolutely right. Expect Kevung drop in Colombo soon, if you try to be funny.

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              GN,

              Ineffective and not funny. What worked for Jaffna does not work for Colombo. The army was a very small minority in Jaffna in 1987. Look at a map if you can.

              Why do you think India gave up on a masaala wada drop in May 2009? Ever heard of Menik Farm and human shields?

              (Government very cunningly blamed the LTTE for a human shield to cover up the army holding 300,000 people as a human shield. By that time LTTE held no one as a human shield!!! But who did!!)

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          So, when was Colombo colonised by Tamils for it to be reversed? Tamils paid for whatever properties that they own in Colombo, unlike the Sinhalese colonised in the North and East since the 1960s.

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            They paid dirt cheap prices only a fraction of the true value. Sinhalese were scared to live in Colombo after LTTE bombed Colombo City 60 times. So they sold off their properties for dirt cheap prices and ran away.

            Sinhalese in Jaffna until 1977 also paid for their properties. Muslims in Jaffna until 1990 also paid for their properties. But, but, but, what happened?

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              Nobody in their ‘right mind’ would part with their properties for less than their market value, obviously you are an exception to the rule!

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            Ari
            Until Homeland issue is settled one way or the other they shouldn’t have wasted their money.

            Soma

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              Your diaspora, while financing separatism in Jaffna, are still buying properties in Colombo.
              Nothing terrifies a Tamil than the thought of living iin a Tamil only enclave.

              Soma

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                It is inadvisable to make sweeping statements of the kind that you make here, not everyone is a separatist! If you have spoken to the Tamils who fled Sinhalese areas during ritualistic anti Tamil riots, carried out in quite some regularity with the full blessings of the state post independence, you would have heard what actually did terrify them! You should strive a bit more to be objective and keep to the facts!

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                  Ari
                  I like the way you present your view point and counter argue.
                  You refrain from throwing personal venom while speaking to the point
                  On this column I have been trying my utmost to engage in logical exchange but to end up in with utter frustration.

                  Soma

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                    soman

                    “On this column I have been trying my utmost to engage in logical exchange but to end up in with utter frustration.”

                    Not so fast soman.

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                      So long as you are there.

                      Soma

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              Your point is valid as regards properties bought post independence by the Tamils, but with regard to those acquired during the time of colonial periods, it does not hold water!

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            Ari
            .
            State owned those lands and decided to equalise the population distribution.

            Soma

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              What population distribution and why did this only surface post independence! If the Sinhalese leaders were so sincere and genuine they should have laid bare their agenda pre independence and the Brits would have seen through the hidden motives and settled the matter equitably at the time of their departure!

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                The British brought in millions of Tamils and displaced the local peasantry.
                In the meantime Tamils who practised Islam moved into various pockets and expanded their numbers.
                So the colonials left with a different demography.
                Tamil nationalists demand we want pre colonial era with our own Tamil kingdoms.
                I say yes, let us go back to the pre colonial set up and sit around the drawing table to discuss. When you do you will realise that you will have to call in Einstein to help BECAUSE +50 Tamils live OUTSIDE North East and they wouldn’t budge.
                So I have come to the conclusion :
                In view of existing demographic distribution in the island there is no way a geographic devolution model can be drawn up which can encompass at least 90% of Tamils(Tamil speaking people) without relocation.

                Soma

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                  soman

                  “The British brought in millions of Tamils and displaced the local peasantry.”

                  By early 1980s nearly 600,000 hardworking up country Tamils had been expatriated to India.
                  Can you vouch those vacancies were filled by lazy Bumiputeras?
                  Why does not the state privatise the entire plantation and distribute the land to the lazy bums Bumiputeras?

                  The so called Bumiputeras refused to work.

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              soman

              “State owned those lands and decided to equalise the population distribution.”

              Another fast one, to justify favouritism, discrimination, blatant racism, ………….

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      soman

      “Play it when push comes to shove.”

      Whatever happens I will be right behind you.

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        The economic calamity only helps!!!

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    GTF: You forgot to thank few others from Sri Lanka who rendered a yeoman service to “Adopt” this Resolution. Here are they: (1) Our Minister of Foreign Affairs -Dinesh Gunawardena (2) His Ministry Secretary – Admiral “Dr?” Jayantha Colombage (3) Our Permanent Representative to UNHRC – the Most Notable – “Thadi” (Periya) Chandraprema. (4) Our Minister of Public Security- another “Achariya” Sarath Weerasekera who “Misled” us that India would vote “against” but really worked hard to get that neighbor to remain “Silent”. Never mind, we have already “THANKED” them. Already our Minister of Foreign Affairs said: “We have “WON”. That “6.9 million” too, are happy.

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      Simon, got to give it to you. Goon one bro.

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    Sorry good one bro

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    How lame!

    Nothing will happen. UNHRC cannot enforce any resolution. End of story.

    Now SL will tighten screws on minorities even further on other grounds like business, education, healthcare, industry, tax, tribal laws, etc.

    SL has a history of taking more than giving.

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      Sri Lanka is an island.
      Poor knowledge on geography and demography is the root cause of all the mayhem throughout.

      Soma

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        soman

        “Sri Lanka is an island.”-
        _
        Only in the past 10,000 to 12,000 years.
        What would you and your inapt patriots do if Hindia unilaterally decides to build a 16 lane bridge across Palk Strait?

        Will all those patriots go to war with Hindia?

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          NV
          I thought your TN bros will swim over diaspora patriots will fly in when the genocide was going on.

          Soma

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            soman

            “I thought your TN bros will swim over diaspora patriots will fly in when the genocide was going on.”

            Are you gone fully Ga Ga?
            Answer my question.

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        Do not state the obvious about Sri Lanka being an island, just ask prince Vijaya if in doubt!

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          Vijaya story is a myth. So is the Rama story.

          Ghenghis Khan story is a fact.

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          Ari
          Not so obvious to those who believe that Sinhalese can be punished without Tamils facing a deadlier backlash.

          Soma

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            That sort of threat will not wash any longer with the civilised world community, but even if such a dreadful backlash were to be unleashed on Tamils, that would more likely spell an end to the country as we know it, which incidentally fits in well with ‘your’ solution proposal!

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              Ari
              I am not threatening anybody. Who am I?
              I projected the future scenario based on what happened during my life time. I may be dead and gone by the time next phase appears.
              Relocation of people must be NEGOTIATED in concurrence with Homeland in order to avoid a Rohingya type situation.
              .
              My dear Ari, if people were sensible as you would expect them to be and concious of the the country and their children you and I would be living in a paradise today.

              Soma

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            soman

            “Not so obvious to those who believe that Sinhalese can be punished without Tamils facing a deadlier backlash.”

            It can be done.
            Sinhala/Buddhist can be subjected to targeted sanctions, without punishing the Sinhalese or Buddhists.
            You will ensure the bloodless divorce settlement of this island with your stupid fantasies of Tamils facing deadlier backlash.

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        So what? Japan is also an island. Taiwan is also an island.

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      Gatam,
      “Now SL will tighten screws on minorities even further on other grounds like business, education, healthcare, industry, tax, tribal laws, etc. SL has a history of taking more than giving”
      You will prove beyond all reasonable doubt, any body has now (UNHRC vote abstainers) that SL state is a group of Chauvinists. That is all you would achieve by it. (even if you stand on Pidurutalagala mountain and shout that Michelle B’s report is erroneous).

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        I agree SL is made up of groups (plural) of chauvinists. There are Tamil chauvinists, Sinhala chauvinists and Muslim chauvinists. They run the show since 1931. It is a fact.

        The only solution is to split the island into 3 mono ethnic nations equitably. Sinhala Only Elam, Tamil Elam and Muslim Elam. Thereafter they can merge as they wish with dignity or come to a EU like deal. Or they can remain separate. India, China, Saudi, USA, Pakistan, etc. will be happy too. They too want to share the island between them and do not want spies in the backyard of their bases.

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    UNHRC has proposed to allocate US$2million to run an office to collect evidences from ‘GHOSTS’ whose identity will not be revealed for 20 years. But the person in-charge of finance says UNHRC does not have money. Several representatives raised this issue and asked from where this money is coming. Is it Tamil Diaspora money earned from money laundering, human trafficking, drug business and credit card scams?

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      Dumb Eagle, you can rest assured that the money will not be from Sri Lanka! Good deal hey!

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        Mahindapala, UN should stop all aid to Sri Lanka and from money saved, establish the offices.

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          Dr Gnana,
          Sadly the UN dosen;t work like that.
          Why don’t you get the GTF to fund the UN?
          It would yeild better results than previous investments such as the LTTE.

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      Eagle ‘mutt’ Eye, your retardation has gone beyond repair. Absolute IDIOT!!!

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      EE,

      Look at the strategic side. Why did the UNHRC deliberately delay it for 12 years? They know justice delayed is justice denied. (They did not delay to start collecting evidence for Seira Leon, etc.).

      In 2011 they had another round of evidence gathering. We gave evidence too!! You can imagine the accuracy of that evidence!! Imagine what happens when a court trial presents my evidence!! If the defence can prove lack of credibility of presented evidence, it collapses the case entirely. On the other hand the mechanism cannot discriminate against my evidence. They must accept it.

      So EE please give evidence. I have templates.

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    GTF has advertised calling for volunteers to give evidence. They have a large number of scripts to choose from. In collaboration with UN high tech video arrangements will be in place to cover identity.
    If you are in Sri Lanka here is a once-in-life-time opportunity to migrate to Canada.

    Soma

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      Soma,

      Why not you too give evidence. Just make them up. They cannot reject your evidence. UNHRC is totally against discrimination. Your evidence will also be taken. Make sure your evidence is wrong so the credibility of the prosecution can be busted.

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        Food for thought.

        Soma

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    GTF is a bunch of hypocrites who aided and abetted the LTTE to carry out unprecidented human rights violations in Sri Lanka.

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      Whimpy Kid, you are an interesting character, the mass murderers of the LTTE are working for the Rajapaksas. The only illegal arms dealer the LTTE ever had KP Pathmanathan who is on the Interpol’s most wanted list and the weapons he purchased for the LTTE killed thousands of Sri Lankans is also in Colombo working for the Rajapaksas. Would you care to explain this lovely relationship these fellows have with the Ali Baba (Mahinda) and his 40 thieves (his family and friends)?

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        Tamil from the north,
        KP is only one man,
        And he may be the only armes dealer, (this also cannot be true)

        However there were many organistions such as the GTF keeping the LTTE
        killing machine well oiled while doing LTTE properganda and collecting funds from the Tamil diaspora.

        Hope the GTF does some thing tangible for the Tamils in the North and East.
        And lift their living standard rather than turning the traditional Tamil speaking areas into no go zones as in the past.

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    India is not a friend of anyone other than themselves.

    It is time for the TUs to start Action against the WCT and kick these fools out of any and all major projects.

    The RAW cannot be trusted .

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      Very good thinking a14455, if I may say. When are you starting the campaign or project. also remember that Indian government is not involved in this WCT project (in difference to the ECT), but Adani group. Clever boy. So you wont affect the Indian government or RAW. You will only anger/annoy the leading port operator in the indian subcontinent. You think it is good reference for FDI and economic relationship, then you should do that and I encourage you, if your considered opinion is such, as you seem to be Whiz Kid out of the lot hiding behind numbers. My view is that one must desist all actions inimical to Sri Lanka economically and prosperity.

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    Tamil from the north,
    KP is only one man,
    And he may be the only armes dealer, (this also cannot be true)

    However there were many organistions such as the GTF keeping the LTTE
    killing machine well oiled while doing LTTE properganda and collecting funds from the Tamil diaspora.

    Hope the GTF does some thing tangible for the Tamils in the North and East.
    And lift their living standard rather than turning the traditional Tamil speaking areas into no go zones as in the past.

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    SJ, May be the party concerned , did not think of reacting to underaged child’s prank. What were you attempting , was it Black / Slap Stick comedy or just plain childish. By the way I also read your comment accusing many of us here as racist. Just because people dosent agree with your rambling dosent make us racist. As I mentioned, you accuse others for your own behaviors (abuse, pick, make fun, call names , play doctor, ridicule) and play the “victim role”. Grow up.

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      A majority here take strongly communal and/or racist stands in their comments on these pages, to the point of insulting communities as a whole.
      If one finds hateful comments unobjectionable, I will not push my point further with him/her.
      *
      If one thinks that one is made to look racist without being accused, it is time for introspection.

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    Prof KIA, were you attempting to make another of your speciality(black/slapstick/comedy) ??? Try again.

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      SJ,
      I fully agree with you.

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        “I fully agree with you.”

        Do you think CT is bound by its readership loyalty and publish all your gibberish?

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    Thank you Dr. Laksiri Fernando for an enlightening article. Amnesty International is the extended arm of western imperialism. If fighting terrorists who had taken possession of our country and killing us in the thousands is a violation of human rights, then we must question the definition of human rights. In end of January 2009 when the government gave an 48 hour humanitarian ceasefire for the LTTE to let the civilians they were keeping as a human shield to go, LTTE didn’t let them go and Amnesty-International came out saying that it was not enough time! Then the government again gave another humanitarian ceasefire of 48 hours in 13th-14th April 2009 to let the civilians go. But LTTE didn’t let them go. Then again Amnesty International came out with the same thing, namely that it was not enough time! A few days later the army broke the sand bund LTTE had made to prevent the civilians escaping and over 100,000 civilians poured out of it and was taken to safety by the army. That didn’t take 48 hours. If the LTTE had let the civilians go at least in the January 2009 ceasefire, then many deaths could have been avoided.

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