19 July, 2024

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Amateur Poem On Human Rights?

By Laksiri Fernando

Nearly eight decades ago

UN declared universal human rights

But do we have them?

In Palestine, people die and suffer

In Ukraine, people die and suffer

There are many other places

 

In our own country, people suffer

If not die

 

Who is responsible?

In Palestine,

US is behind Israel

In Ukraine,

Russia is directly the culprit

In our country,

Many leaders and parties are responsible

 

UDHR says,

All human beings

Are born free and equal

In what?

In dignity and rights

 

Is this correct?

Not really

Do we have a role to play

Yes, absolutely

 

UDHR says,

We are endowed with reason

And conscience

Do we know about it?

If not, think about it

 

UDHR also says,

We should act towards one another

In a spirit of brotherhood

Do we do that?

If not, start today

 

Rulers should be changed

We also should change

Let us look forward

To a system of rights and responsibilities

 

What is this UDHR?

It is the Universal Declaration of

Human Rights

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    One can only ponder on the lofty ideals, only to be disillusioned by their unattainability.

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      Thank you for that insightful words of wisdom ramona. Been thinking about the same lately. Ideals exist in documents, on paper, written, and printed often in black and white. The people are of course a different matter. It is hard to come by at least couple of individuals who could keep their heads high. In a world full of people to meet a human is in fact a priviledge. Hope you are fine!

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          LF,
          At least today, you are turning to wake up with a revival. You who claim to be professors of the Sri Lankan universities shamelessly supported the Mahinda Chinthana which brought down the Sri Lankan society.
          .
          Having lived in Australia and Europe in your life, the civilized countries you know have some level of human rights.

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              LF,
              .
              thank you nevertheless.
              .
              I have never supported any rascal in plain sight. Those who call themselves professors, however, clothed them in doctor’s robes. Shame on you, at least in retrospect!
              :
              If you can’t confess that your attitude towards the Rajapaksas is mad as dogs, you must be really sick.
              :
              When the madman Sirisena (uneducated than others) was destroyed in the 52-day coup, you were one of the few who once again praised Rajapaksa.

              Not a single person with some knowledge of the ground realities of Sri Lanka would praise such RODIA LIKE/cruel politicians.
              MaRa was given many opportunities to bring reforms and harsher laws and adjust the society, but the dogs never took advantage of the opportunity.
              :
              My education is post doc level but not from Sri Lankan universities. I did not live in that country except for my first two decades. However, I observe you in the form of vagabonds, but vagabonds inflated as gods with academic titles. I have not the least respect for the individuals of your type.
              :
              I supported CBK after 1994 and I also supported late Mr. Kadiragamar. I even met him in Berlin once. I am now supporting the current President R.W.
              I don’t respect party politics in Sri Lanka, if someone does their job properly I support them.

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          Laksiri Fernando – You have a long way to go my friend. You speak as if you know me. I’m assuming you are Dr. Laksiri Fernando that I once unleashed a heavy load of critisims on? For you to comment as if you know me, though this account seems to be a different one with no profile picture attached. I don’t know ramona much, but I’ve exchanged we comments with her and have found her to be a kind hearted person. Her comment reflects and corroborate my sentiments. Hence my above response. As per your question – No I don’t believe human rights exist in Sri Lanka. Whether I believe in human rights? How can you believe in something that doesn’t exist? As far as surprises are concerned you are just begining…

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            he, he 😊 ….me kind hearted?….maybe a little. But thanks Ruchira. 🙇‍♀️

            • 0
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              Well… flutter has its own place. 🤷‍♂️

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              Ramona,
              .
              You are kind, but you don’t see it in the big picture. That is your problem. May be that is pathological as is the case with Prof. Laksiri Fernando.

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              Laksiri Fernando – You made reference to the situation in Sri Lanka. Hence I responded about the situation in Sri Lanka. Besides that’s where I live. I may have read parts of the UDHR, but can’t recall reading it entirely. But it’s possible that I read it too for work related purposes. Not sure what you meant by “Don’t go to an extreme”? Did I say human rights should be promoted… not that I disagree with such a statement – which could be interpreted as a suggestion to make people more aware of and educate about human rights. What do you mean by this? 👉 “You don’t seem to have any idea except just write criticisms….” About what do I do not have an idea of? And what criticisms are you referring to? My last sentence is incomplete because I didn’t want to state the obvious… so you could fill in the blanks…

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          Thanks for the poetic reminder for Universal Human Rights, Laksiri. One just gets a bit put out when the strong continually oppress the weak in spite of the Declarations for Human Rights. In Sri Lanka’s case, our leaders who need to secure their money and assets are going to delay the mandated elections. They have bought up the armed forces to suppress, torture, and kill the dissenting people. In Ukraine and Palestine, it is expansionism for power and money by their strongmen. The suffering of their people is terrible to see. Even appealing to the higher powers does not work for many in these terrible situations. But we must keep reminding ourselves and work towards justice.

      • 3
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        Hey, thanks Ruchira. I am fine. Hope you are too. Laksiri gives us a good poem appealing to our better selves

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          Most welcome ramona.
          .
          I’m better compared to the state I was in a day or two ago, please refer to mu comments made addresing leelagemalli. Laksiri seems to be surprised that you and I agreed.

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    Laksiri Fernando, this country does not need lofty ideals, but citizen equality, without trying to elevate SB above the rest in order to collect the votes. When we got independence in 1948, that was the state of affairs and it worked well. Tamils were treated equally, and they did not try to have a separate Eelam. After July 1983, things turned sour, and a new constitution followed. Difficult now to come out of hell.

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        Laksiri Fernando, we had english education in school then, and sinhala and tamil had no issues till swabasha switch came in 1956. Gender issues and religion are difficult areas to promote equality obviously. Where caste is concerned, as long as living Buddhist priests have a say, they will keep their Asgiri/Malwathu above the low country Siyam nikaya and these too will separate the Amarapura nikaya and a couple of job related other castes as well. Surely all can see how Ranil has mania to block Sajith, just like how former president Premadasa was treated by JRJ. Only a fool will try to erase caste in this land.

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            Laksiri Fernando, the task to eliminate caste discrimination is not possible as every birth comes from the father’s caste and no way that the nikayas will accept the others. I agree it is good to erase but it will never happen through people alone.

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      David,
      “Tamils were treated equally” – not true
      “After July 1983” – it all started before independence and definitely after 1958 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1958_anti-Tamil_pogrom

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        Anpu, in my school days, education was in English and we had no problem.

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    Laksiri Fernando,

    Surely you know that the UN is a business. Yemen is the equivalent of 20 Gaza’s, but since Head Chopper Bin Salman was leading the operation, the UN looks the other way. Ukraine? How did their weapons end up in Gaza, someone is skimming on commissions.

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    “I am however not surprised why human rights are not respected or hardly respected in the country”.
    Laksiri admits that human rights IS NOT respected in Sri Lanka.
    When did you begin forming this opinion, Laksiri?
    When I get a response, I promise to comeback.

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        Laksiri,
        I didn’t drop anything that would have altered my observation. I drop any portion that is of no material value, for sake of brevity.
        You have not responded to my Q. When you do do I’ll proceed.

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            Nathan,

            What Prof Fernando think of 1958, .. 1983 pogroms 2009, … ????
            Perhaps he can add to his reading list. to find more about …
            https://itjpsl.com/
            http://white-flags.org/
            https://srilankacampaign.org/

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            Thank you for your confession, Laksiri Fernando.
            Human rights must emanate from within us. I adhere to this maxim.
            Ask yourself if you do live up to your notion of human rights.
            If your answer is a NO, I am sorry for you.
            If your answer is a YES, I worry about you.

  • 4
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    Thank you Prof Fernando.
    “In our country,
    Many leaders and parties are responsible ” for Tamil Genocide https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_genocide

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