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An Open Letter To The High Commissioner For Human Rights – IV

By Brian Senewiratne – 

Dr. Brian Senewiratne

The 6th Amendment to the Constitution must be scrapped

Introduced in August 1983 by Sri Lanka’s first dictator, J.R Jayawardena, the 6th Amendment states that:

No person shall directly or indirectly, in or outside Sri Lanka, support, espouse, promote, finance, encourage or advocate the establishment f a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka”.

In other words, one cannot even discuss a separate state for the Tamils.

The penalty for violating this Constitutional Amendment is severe. It includes confiscation of movable or immovable property.

While those outside Sri Lanka do not need to worry about this nonsense, those in Sri Lanka do have to worry because the full force of the law can be applied. It might, in fact, even be applied to those outside Sri Lanka who have property in Sri Lanka.

It is imperative that this absurd Constitutional Amendment is removed.

A Referendum in the North and East

It is important to have a Referendum in the North and East to ask the people what they want. Are they happy with what is going on or do they want a separate State, Tamil Eelam?  It has to be a proper Referendum. A poorly conducted Referendum could be more dangerous than no referendum. It has to be a UN conducted Referendum with UN Forces replacing the Sri Lankan Armed Forces as was done in East Timor. If the result is “We want a Separate State,” then the UN will have to deliver, as was done in East Timor.

For an effective Referendum to take place in the North and East, the Sri Lankan government will have to cooperate. I cannot see any Sri Lankan government, now or in the future, conducting a proper Referendum as set out above.

The only way an effective Referendum will take place is if there is massive pressure from other countries. I cannot see this happening. The only country that might do so is India, or to be more specific, Tamil Nadu. However, India is run from Delhi, not from Tamil Nadu. As such, hoping that India will act is a futile thought.

Tamils without a leader

 After the death of S.J.V. Chelvanayakam in the 1977, there has been no Tamil civilian leader worth talking about. The TNA (Tamil National Alliance) is a joke and the Sri Lankan government treats it as such. The TNA spokesman is effectively supporting the Sri Lankan government, not the Tamil people who elected him.

For several years the Roman Catholic Bishop of Mannar, Rt Rev Dr Rayappu Joseph was the unofficial leader of the Tamil people. I was worried about his survival and wrote an entire booklet: “Sri Lanka: Rt Rev Dr Rayappu Joseph and others in danger”.  He had a devastating stroke and is unable to speak. Whether this was due to medical causes or whether he was poisoned I do not know. What I do know is that the Tamils lost an invaluable leader,

An upcoming leader is the former Chief Minister of the Northern Province, a former Supreme Court judge, C.V. Wigneswaran.  I gather that M.A. Sumanthiran, the spokesman for the TNA, has demanded that Wigneswaran be removed from his position.

At a recent event in the Jaffna Hindu College, three young Tamil boys with exceptional courage, got on to the stage and said, “Sumanthiran must resign from Parliament since he does not represent the Tamil people any more. He is with the Government”. These are, hopefully, the future leaders of the Tamil people.

The absolute need to have human rights monitors in the Tamil areas

When there is a violation of human rights such as rape by the Armed Forces, Police or paramilitary Tamil groups working with the government, there is nowhere that the victim, a Tamil woman or girl, can lodge a complaint.  To go to the Police is not only useless but might even be dangerous. In my book on Sexual Violence of Tamils by the Armed Forces, I have said that if the victim goes to the Police station or the Army Camp, there is a risk that the victim or whoever accompanies her, getting raped or the details taken, not for any action but for a midnight ‘visit’ by the Police or the Armed Forces.

The claim that international human rights groups such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Crisis Group are allowed into the country is not good enough. For a start, if/when these organisations visit the Tamil areas they are accompanied by members of the Armed Forces or Police who take notes of who was visited and what was said.  This even happened when the former UN Human Rights High Commissioner, Navaneetham Pillay, visited the area. Before her visit, people were told that any complaints to her would be noted and the consequences could be serious.

There is no alternative to having set places manned by Tamil civilians to whom victims of human rights abuse could complain without fear.

It will take years before this serious problem is resolved and it will not be resolved until the Armed Forces are removed from the area and Sinhalese Police are replaced by Tamil Police.

The potential for development of the Tamil North and East

There are several economists who have said that the Sri Lankan North and East have the greatest potential for development. It is this that has been, to a large extent, taken over by the Armed Forces to run commercial projects.

The Sinhalese Armed Forces in the North own a 180 acre farm, many hotels and resorts, a golf course, three cricket stadiums, a ferry service, two whale watching tours, two air lines and numerous cafes that dot the roads in the North and East. These are just the ones we know about. Many have been opened after President Sirisena got into power.

Some of these can be seen in the outstanding publication by the British Tamils Forum that I have referred to.

The land for all this has been seized from the Tamil people without the payment of compensation.   

Sri Lanka is up for sale

Sri Lanka in general, the Tamil areas in particular, are up for sale. The buyers are mainly from China and India. When President Sirisena came into power some of these Chinese projects were put on hold. The Chinese government simply said that the projects were run by Chinese banks and that stopping them might result in legal action. The order was promptly withdrawn.

Today there are thousands of Chinese in Sri Lanka so much so that I gather some street signs are in Sinhalese and Chinese. Sri Lanka owes China some US$ 8 billion.

The Economy in crisis

Sri Lanka is unable to service its external debt. What it is doing is to borrow more money to service the debt. Money borrowed from the International Monetary Fund always comes with conditions which adversely affect those at the bottom of the economic ladder. Raised food prices and cutting down on subsidies (always insisted on by the IMF), have serious social and economic effects on the people. Facing a balance of payments crisis, the Government has been forced to do a U-turn on its campaign pledges and cancel what it calls “wasteful Chinese-funded infrastructure projects”.

Sri Lanka is in a serious debt crisis which will end in a Failed State.  

China

China has a stranglehold on Sri Lanka. 4 years ago Sri Lanka built Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) in Hambantota (Rajapaksa’s home area) with Chinese assistance of $190 million. Today MRIA is running at a huge loss and Sri Lanka is unable to pay China’s EXIM bank.

China will lend money to countries at high interest rates which the recipient country is unable to repay. This leads to China getting a permanent footprint in the country.

Not far from the loss-making airport is the sea port of Hambantota also built by China. China has recently got a 99-year lease for running the Hambantota port.

For the Hambantota port project, Sri Lanka borrowed US $ 300 million from China at interest rates of 6.3%. Interest rates for loans from India to neighbouring countries is as low as 1%, and even lower.

Sri Lanka is currently unable to pay its debt to China because of its slow economic growth. To resolve its debt crisis, the Sri Lankan government has agreed to convert the debt into equity. This will probably lead to Chinese ownership of the project finally.

Sri Lanka’s decision to hand over the loss-making airport to India is a move against China’s tightening noose of debt.

China’s “One Belt One Road” (OBOR) project is a global partnership of China.  OBOR is   an exploitative, colonial stratagem to gain vital assets in smaller countries.

Responsibility to Protect  (R2P)

Responsibility to Protect is a global political commitment which was endorsed by all the members of the UN at the 2005 World Summit, to prevent genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

R2P is based on the premise that sovereignty is a responsibility to protect all its population from mass atrocities and human rights violations. It is based on a respect for the norms and international law relating to sovereignty, peace and security, human rights and armed conflict.

Clearly this is applicable to the North and East of Sri Lanka where the Tamil people are in need of protection.

Anne-Marie Slaughter from Princeton University called R2P “the most important shift in our conception of sovereignty since the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648”.

Louise Arbour from International Crisis Group said that “The responsibility to protect is the most important and imaginative doctrine to emerge on the international scene for decades”.

Professor Damien Kingsbury, Deakins University, Australia, has written an entire book. Sri Lanka and the Responsibility to Protect: politics, ethnicity and genocide.

 I will leave it to lawyers to decide where we go from here. As for me, knowing the talk-shop that the UN is, I will not be surprised if the Responsibility to Protect are just three words with no meaning.

Related posts:

An Open Letter To The High Commissioner For Human Rights

An Open Letter To The High Commissioner For Human Rights – Part II

An Open Letter To The High Commissioner For Human Rights – Part III

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    Thanks a lot Brian for all your hard work.

    “I will not be surprised if the Responsibility to Protect are just three words with no meaning.”

    In Sri Lanka Sinhala Buddhist do not practice Buddhism.

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      Dear Anpu,
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      A lot of the talk here is about elections. This is the Story of Two Elections. The second of them is tomorrow.
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      The first was six months ago. There is a Report on it by Prof Jeevan Hoole. Could you please tell us whether what Prof. Hoole has done is sensible or not?
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-maldivian-parliamentary-elections-2019-where-a-happy-result-can-be-predicted/
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      One problem that you will encounter is that the author of the article has not been as expert as he should have been, so locating the article resembles a treasure hunt.
      .
      The time now is 9.30 p.m. on Friday. I will return to this site at midnight to see what you have had to say. I think you know me to be a serious-minded guy, who doesn’t play tricks on people.
      .

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      “Sri Lanka’s decision to hand over the loss-making airport to India is a move against China’s tightening noose of debt.”

      With Amerasiri’s IQ79 population and our luck …….. the next war between China and India will take place in Lanka.

      How did we get here? …………. The perennial classic question; who do we blame? Outsiders? Ourselves? ………. Anyone care to answer? ……………… Bloody Monty Python can’t write such a script!

      Then again …….. Lankans will think mushroom clouds are a better spectacle than fireworks ………. be entertained and satisfied …………

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      It is not a fight for a separate state but to bring back the status quo of the Tamils prior to 1833- before the Britishers Merged N/E with the rest of the country and the Tamils lost their freedom. PITY

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    “Today there are thousands of Chinese in Sri Lanka so much so that I gather some street signs are in Sinhalese and Chinese.”
    Great! Better than garbage from other side of the Palk Strait.

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      Yep. Sooner Sri Lanka becomes a colony of China the better. They will not discriminate between Tamils and Sinhalese, a bunch of dark skinned natives. Sinhalese are so fixated with a ‘traditional foe’ across the Palk Straits that they fail to move on with times. Now you got Indians, Chinese and Uncle Sam up your door steps. No matter whoever comes to power, it is they who will dictate the condition and terms. So much for sovereignty that you continue to deny to the Tamils.

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        I have repeatedly asked the N/E be sold/leased to the Tamil diaspora. They will be able to develop it and ensure that the area flows with adequate industries and perhaps with milk and honey too. The overflow of the milk and honey may be directed to the south so that the Sinhalese would realize that Tamils believe in sharing. All the name boards will be in Tamil/Sinhala and English and citizens could transact business in the language of their preference. We believe in the saying ” YAN PETRA INPAM PERUHA IV VAIAHAM” meaning ‘let the whole world enjoy what I enjoy’.
        Nantry, Thank You, Isthuthi.

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      you would love that as you are partially of east Asian background and have Chinky eyes.. so all your opinions are very skewered

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    Ah, this ghost is still haunting.

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    The author is making a lot of assumptions. I would like to know when he last visited the North and East of Sri Lanka.

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    Its just not the Tamils; The Sinhalese are also in deep trouble with the Southernmost part of the country, the deep Sinhala South which would eventually be engulfed by the Chinese.
    As they ascend upwards,the Indians will descend downwards [from the North]. Goodness knows where they would meet!
    There is an inscription within the precincts of the Thirukoneswaram Temple @ Trincomalee which predicts the future destiny of Srilanka.

    I am sure the UNHCR commissioner will have a better picture of the Srilankan scenario,thanks to Dr.Brian..

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    Cancelbold.
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    I’m sorry.

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    The author either suffers from chronic sinophobia (a serious Tamil nationalist ailment dating back to the 1950s) or imagines that having a go at the Chinese will somehow help the cause that he is fighting.
    Has he any idea of who the biggest lender to Sri Lanka is?
    Has he any idea of who dictates the national budget?
    Chinese expansion can only be as bad as any other expansion.
    Somehow, some of us are more at home with masters who speak English.
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    He seems most approving of R2P. I wonder if he is aware of where it has been used and with what outcome!
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    Can he name a street in SL with a Chinese street name board?
    There is a part of Melbourne where nearly all signboards are in Chinese. In Soho (London) street names are in English and Chinese (like parts of Southall having street names in Punjabi and English).
    The good doctor should warn them as well.

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    I agree with the author’s demand for a separate Homeland for Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival scattered across the island). I tell my Sinhala friends let them have a separate Homeland and here is a solution to your problem of Tamils living in Sinhala majority areas. (We don’t want them, do we?)
    I tell my Tamil brothers and sisters to give up your differences among yourselves ( religion-Christian/Hindu/Islam, caste -high/low or the date of arrival- pre colonial/ colonial/post colonial) and demand in one voice GIVE US A SEPARATE HOMELAND TO GO.

    It is the responsibility of people like Native Vedda to take the message of Brian S to the Tamils living in areas outside NE: Sinhalese are utterly discriminatory towards Tamils and their impulsive behaviour is utterly dangerous and Rohingya like situations in the future are very likely.
    Do not be deceived by Tamil racist donkeys on CT who are demanding the right to live anywhere. They are demolishing the very foundation of a separate Homeland.
    Soma

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      S
      If the Sinhalese really wanted to destroy the Tamils, they should have given Tamil Eelam irrespective of whether Tamils elsewhere want to go there.
      Based on what I have seen in Tamil politics over the past several decades, I can assure that it will not take more than a few months for them to plead to rejoin with the South.
      It was refusal by the South that united the Tamil people for a while; and we have seen enough of how that unity was handled.
      Think about it.

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        SJ, You are spot on this matter. Let Tamils have Eelam in the North, but only that part of the North at the time of the Kandyan kingdom. Whole of East was under the Sinhala ruler. Let all the Tamils in other areas be resettled in the North. The Sinhalese can live happily ever after.

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          John Silva

          Let’s agree to what you type.
          The Kandyan kingdom was ruled by Telungas and the Kotte kingdom was founded by Malayalies, Western part of the island was ruled by Aryacakravarti according to Ibn Battuta who visited this island during his travels between 1341 and 1344, prior to Kandyan kingdom was founded in 1469 Kandy and present day Sabaragamuwa Province were loosely came under the control of my people. The Chola and Pandya dynasties did control this island intermittently (according to “written” history) …..

          How do you propose to deal with the periods of foreign occupation including the first Kallathonie Vijaya?

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            NV
            “How do you propose to deal with the periods of foreign occupation including the first Kallathonie Vijaya?”
            May I answer the question on behalf of John Silva.
            Now that we can’t resurrect the dead let us start with the EXISTING demographic distribution of Tamil speaking people across the island.
            1) let us accept the status quo and move on.
            2) create a separate Homeland for all Tamil speaking people.
            I beg behind my Tamil brothers and sisters to accept the former.

            Soma

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              somass

              “May I answer the question on behalf of John Silva.”

              You may not.
              Leave the solution for the “National Question” (whatever that may be) to the ordinary people of this land, including Sinhalese, Tamils, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, ………………………
              As a fascist member of the noisy minority Sinhala/Buddhist keep out of their conversation/discussion/debate/consultation/happiness/ …………………………….

              Else people will consider deporting you back to your ancestral homeland in South India along with your fellow fascists.

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            Native Vedda, how shamelessly do you the racists distort Sri Lankan history !! This is how you distort facts and deceive the international community, even with regard to the final phase of the war. Whereas only 5000 or less were killed, that too the terrorists who took arms, you go round with many figures at your whims and fancy – 40,000? 75,000? 100,000? 150,000? With regard to Sri Lanka’s history too, same canards are being spread.

            Sinhala kings brought their consorts from Indian royalty when they could not find a suitable partner locally. That is how the Kandyan kingdom had a Madurai Nayakkar King, and he was chosen by the Sinhalese nobility. Similarly, British royalty married into the Russian, Spanish, French and German royal houses. Russia, Germany or any such country did not claim that they ruled Great Britain. Hope you understand this basic difference. If you are not sure, please read “A History of Sri Lanka” by internationally renown historian Emeritus Prof. K.M.de Silva. Also consult the thesis produced by Prof. K.Indrapala, former head of the History Department in the Jaffna University, who had confirmed that the Sinhala kings ruled the entire Sri Lanka including Jaffna. The latter is a member of your community, a fine lecturer who had no communal bias.

            Yes, Aryacakravarti invaded my country in the 14th century and occupied Sinhalese areas up to Negombo for a brief period until he was chased away. Not only him, there were many more South Indian invaders and they invaded this country in the annals of our glorious history not once or twice, but 24 times. These invaders destroyed our civilization, economy, magnificent cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa and everything that they could lay their hands on. Plundered our wealth and rendered this a poor and weak state. These ‘ghosts’ still haunts my nation.

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              Jolly John Silva

              “Yes, Aryacakravarti invaded my country in the 14th century and occupied Sinhalese areas up to Negombo for a brief period until he was chased away. “

              There was no single country in this island until 1948, previously known by different kingdoms. You bloody kallathonie converts of South India has no right to claim ownership of any part of this island.

              Go beg a piece of land from Modi, Edappadi K. Palaniswami, M. K. Stalin, Viko, Seeman, O Paneer, S K Sasikala, …. ghosts of Veerapandya Kattaboman, C Annadurai, MGR, Evera, M Karunanithy, J Jayalalitha, ……

              “History of Sri Lanka” by internationally renown historian Emeritus Prof. K.M.de Silva.”

              Although he is Sinhala/Buddhist he also believe in Kallthonies coming from North India. The eminent well respected scholar Gananath Obeyesekere believes and says with evidence that you are essentially a descendant of kallathonies from South India.

              “Also consult the thesis produced by Prof. K.Indrapala, former head of the History Department in the Jaffna University, who had confirmed that the Sinhala kings ruled the entire Sri Lanka including Jaffna.”

              Tell us what he says in his 1965 thesis and cite the page and para that excited you. By the way since then many archaeological discoveries have taken place.

              You should start looking for facts and updates by yourself rather than depending on old public racist’s propaganda.

              Go read:
              The Evolution of an Ethnic Identity: The Tamils of Sri Lanka C. 300 BCE to C. 1200 CE Paperback – 13 May 2015
              by K Indrapala
              Available at
              Kumaran Printers Private Limited
              No39 36th Ln, Colombo 00600, Sri Lanka

              Run fast.

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                Native Vedda “Tell us what he says in his 1965 thesis and cite the page and para that excited you. By the way since then many archaeological discoveries have taken place.” All archaeological discoveries have proved beyond doubt that the Sinhalese were the original settlers in this Island. There were many Buddhist religious places in Jaffna alone. All these have been destroyed by the Tamil invaders (the same Tamil kallathonis) who illegally occupied the land. Take an old map of Jaffna, all the place names were Sinhalese, because Sinhalese were the original settlers there. When the British instituted the Survey Department they employed Tamil surveyors and Tamilized the Sinhalese place names to erase any trace of Sinhala identity. Thus ‘Wavnima’ meaning that there were no irrigation tanks beyond that point was corrupted to rad as Vavnya. Jaffna s Ambakola Patuna. The list goes endless.
                Racists started destroying Sinhalee archaeological sites beginning in the 1960s and it still continues. Quoting sections from here and there from Dr. K.M. de Silva’s and Dr. K.Indrapala’s historical publications is only to mislead the reader and hiding the truth that the Sinhala rulers held sway over the entire Island.
                Pl. give me a list of Tamil Kings who you claim to have ruled this country. You cannot produce such a list, except those who controlled Jaffna region upon the Cholas destroying the Sinhala kingdom . They illegally occupied a part of the North. Many Tamils were brought here by the Dutch to work in the tobacco cultivation in the Eastern Province. And many came illegally from South India to Sri Lanka as this country was a very prosperous nation at that time having the Sinhala kings built a solid foundation for a thriving economy. The parallel is happening now as you people take the boat and set sail to lands in the West attracted by greener pastures there. Hope that in time to come you will not lay claim to a ‘homeland’ there as well.

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              Jolly Good John Silva

              “Whereas only 5000 or less were killed, that too the terrorists who took arms, you go round with many figures at your whims and fancy – 40,000? 75,000? 100,000? 150,000? With regard to Sri Lanka’s “

              Are you copying a prepared script generally available on internet?
              Was it prepared by Chana Masala Jeyasumana?
              Where have I given all those figures?
              What is your problem?
              Like a parrot/robot don’t switch your brain to your same old denial mode by accusing anyone who questions the validity of your stupid claim and denial.
              Go also look for information on the war from between 5th January 1971 and 9th January 2015.

              If I were you I will not let HLD M or anyone else sit on my head.

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              Jolly Good John Silva

              Please read excerpt from

              COLONISERS AND. SETTLERS

              “In the Mahdvamsa,^ that irreplaceable source for the reconstruction of
              the early history of the island, the story of man in Sri Lanka begins with the arrival there, sometime in the fifth century bc, of Vijaya (the legendary founding father of the Sinhalese) and his turbulent companions—700 in all—who had been banished for misconduct from the Kingdom of Sihapura in Northern India by Sihabahu, Vijaya’s father. After a long and eventful voyage they landed near the present site of Puttalam on the north-west coast, and set about the business of establishing a foothold in the island. Beneath this charming exercise in myth-making lurks a kernel of historical truth—^the colonisation of the island by Indo-Aryan tribes from Northern India.* The original home of the first Indo-Aryan immigrants to Sri Lanka was probably
              north-west India and the Indus region.”

              A HISTORY OF SRI LANKA
              by
              K. M. DE SILVA
              1981

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    The film, which the Sri Lanka Campaign helped to screen at a recent meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, provides a timely reminder of the terrible atrocities committed at the end of the war, and the government of Sri Lanka’s failure to hold those responsible to account. https://vimeo.com/319579483

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    The author needs to be checked by a psychiatric a he utters nonsense not having any idea what the post war Sri Lanka is. Living in a distant land he is not qualified to comment on Sri Lanka. He is repeating the lies of the Tamil separatists assuming these lies would become true stories. Talking of genocide of Tamil people, how come there are more than 50% of the Tamils living in the majority Sinhalese areas. It is the Sinhalese who were decimated in the North and East, where the Sinhalese lived in large numbers when the entire Island was ruled by the Sinhala kings. Then, there was no Tamil kingdom, nor was there any Tamil homeland. The Sinhalese had to flee from North and East due to the onslaught by the South Indian Cholan armies, who killed every Sinhalese, raped women, plundered the country’s wealth, destroyed the massive irrigation system and ransacked magnificent cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Thereafter in the 13th century they set up an illegal kingdom in Jaffna. That illegal kingdom did not encompass even an inch of the Eastern Province. Not even the present day Northern Province. Till the British captured the Kandyan Kingdom,entire Eastern Province was under he King of Kandy and also a part of the Northern province. Then how come there is a homeland for Tamils.

    What really happened was genocide of the Sinhalese by the Tamil invaders. Prabhakaran completed this annihilation of Sinhalese as can be seen from the figures compiled by the Census and Statistics Department. Whereas in the 12th century Sinhala king ruled the entire Jaffna patam with a large Sinhala population living there, but by the end of the 20th century, not a single Sinhalese left with the ethnic cleansing carried out by megalomaniac Prabhakaran.

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      even as per your government statistics 51% of the island’s Tamils live in the north and east and 70% of the indigenous Tamils live in the north and east. 99% of the rest in the greater Colombo area , where they are forced to live for employment opportunities, as all successive Sri Lankan governments from independence have refused to develop the Tamil areas, so that Tamils are forced to leave their lands , the few industries that were there have not been restarted , denying the population there of any employment and the armed forces have taken over all the other opportunities like farming , tourism and fishing as the local Tamil fisherman are barred from deep sea fishing whilst Sinhalese fishermen from the south are allowed. Most of the Tamils living in the Sinhalese south are Indian origin estate Tamils , who have always lived there , as they British settled them there to work on the tea and rubber plantations. You should also remember the North West coast from Puttalam to Chilaw/Negombo , were all part of the Tamil homeland and part of the Tamil kingdom of Jaffna. Chilaw or Chilapam was the summer capital of kings of Jaffna. The British took these areas from the Tamil north and east and made them part of the Sinhalese south and there are still thousands of indigenous Tamils and indigenous Tamil villages living there or still there. People who still have refused to convert to the Sinhalese identity. Stop lying and misinforming to support your racist Sinhalese Buddhist Fascist agenda, that is the cause of all the ruin in the island. Not the Muslims or the Tamils.

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        S.S.S.
        Kindly give us your definition of “Tamil Nation” you wish to present to the International Community in respect of a ‘political solution’ for the Tamil ethnic problem in Sri Lanka. You may acknowledge that this must be the first step in any meaningful discussion on the subject with the International Community.
        My definition is:
        “all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion (Hinduism/Christianity/Islam), caste (Wellala/Low cast) or the date of arrival ( pre colonial/colonial/post colonial) scattered across the island of Sri Lanka”

        What is the percentage of “Tamil Nation” out of the total population of Sri Lanka as per your definition? Is it the same definition adopted by TNA when they use various permutations and combinations of Tamils, Tamil Nation, Tamil Speaking People, Ealam Tamils, Eazam Tamils etc. etc.
        You may also acknowledge that you can’t hoodwink the International Community.

        Soma

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      Jolly John Silva

      Please visit my comment above.

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      Ananda D Jolly Good John Silva

      “Talking of genocide of Tamil people, how come there are more than 50% of the Tamils living in the majority Sinhalese areas.”

      Could you cite your evidence.

      “What really happened was genocide of the Sinhalese by the Tamil invaders. “

      Could you cite your evidence.

      ” Whereas in the 12th century Sinhala king ruled the entire Jaffna patam with a large Sinhala population living there, “

      Could you cite your evidence.

      Please don’t let HLD M sit on your head.

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    Malaysian Mahathir was praised for not to get loan from IMF. IMF loans are mainly internationally promoting Import and export. The basic theory on this one country is efficient in producing in one and another one is in another item. This could, practically recommend between two agricultural counties, one to switch over to something else and one to keep developing their specialization. They create generalized programs with Nobel Prize winning economists’ analysis. When the small countries obtain loans, it is customized to the country. Mahathir was known as Mr. 5% PM. He was known to getting 5% from FDI investors, rejecting earlier term of IMF’s less than 2% interest loans. But whatever happened, he developed Malaysia. But as soon as he became the latest PM last year, He overhauled all Malaysian deals with China. Middle East Countries and Philippines have shown Lankawe as example of Chinese loan. Philippines even sued China on the World Court for China’s sea boarder aggression and won the case.
    Chania has no World plans to develop world, comparable to World Bank or IMF. In reality a country having a plan like that is only detrimental to its own economic policy. (Sinhala Buddhist Modayas often confuse between Wall Street Bond subscriptions, FDI & Chinese loans) That is why IMF or World Bank needed with all country membership –for that. China does not drain out its economy and do social service to world. In Hangbangtota deal, China gave the high interest loan which was capable of recollecting another principal as interest, in few years. Then drew the same loan’s cash back again to its land by supplying the material and labor. But the laborers were Chinese prisoners. So it saved on its prison cost too. At the end, for the loan, it took the harbor itself, with addition of five villages land. It is only the half-baked communists promote the Chinese loans to their commission payments.

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    China has it private plan (BRI). Because of China’s internal communism bent, in China there is no famous economist on international Issues. These experts are coming from mainly Germany, America, Japan, UK…. China’s funding plan of its local economy is still at the same risk Japan faced, when it reaches Japan’s maturity. BRI is thus is only a Chinese Engineering plan, not an Economic plan. BRI can fail like Hangbangtota. I understand some Chinese experts have already rated purchase of Hangbangtota as a loss for China. A project is not profit making if it break even one day. If there is another project that would have break even earlier than that, then the loss incurred by going for the first project instead of second is the opportunity cost of the first project. Some Chinese think that the money put in Hangbangtota could have been better spent of elsewhere on the BRI.

    Ranil has hidden many things on the second $1B loan he signed with Chinese Exim bank, just the next day after he signed the Resolution 40/L/1. Apparently this is another Hangbangtota harbor and Land Deal. The complicacy exist in the Chinese Northern programs appears to be is little bit more than what Dr. Brain has said here. Because about six months ago the Media reported about 10 sites of ship landing places in North are to be leased to China for five years so China can explore what the historical connection it had with North. Interestingly, project sites are selected, but the projects are not defined. This sounds like something beyond Sinhalization or Chinesiation of North.

    They say in Tamil that Amina went home will never sprout again. First he asks the borrower to hand over his wife as a second one to him. Then hire the children as slaves. Then take the land and properties for his loan. Then throw the borrower on the road as homeless- orphan. Modayas thinks Donkey China can do Dog IMF’s job

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    Young and tender Brian Senewiratne saw the injustice in the language-divide. He read the danger in the slash and burn path. Leftists agreed with Brian but abandoned it after the pogrom of 1958. The divide became language/religion.
    For over seventy years, Brian never wavered. History will record his vision.
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    Brian has come up with way ways to address the injustice. The latest is in context of the issue ‘As is, Where is’

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      Pillai you have put it in eloquent, fervent & clear wording. (I don’t know the right word)
      Tamils can lose the fight, but cannot be ungrateful. Dr. Brian deserve his credit for his work for humanity.

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      Mr. K Pillei
      The language/religion (Hinduism/Christianity/Islam) devide is a issue among the Tamil speaking people. As far as the administration of the whole country is concerned people can be devided into two categories: those who speak Sinhala language and those who speak Tamil language.
      I always encourage all Tamil language speakers scattered across the island to give up their differences in religion, caste and the date of arrival and demand a separate Homeland.
      Given to understand that Tamils do not wish to share one country with them Sinhalese also inturn do not wish to live with any Tamils. Therefore they demand that +50% Tamil speaking people presently living among them be relocated into the envisaged Tamil Homeland.

      Soma

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    S.S.S.
    Kindly give us your definition of “Tamil Nation” you wish to present to the International Community in respect of a ‘political solution’ for the Tamil ethnic problem in Sri Lanka. You may acknowledge that this must be the first step in any meaningful discussion on the subject with the International Community.
    My definition is:
    “all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion (Hinduism/Christianity/Islam), caste (Wellala/Low cast) or the date of arrival ( pre colonial/colonial/post colonial) scattered across the island of Sri Lanka”

    What is the percentage of “Tamil Nation” out of the total population of Sri Lanka as per your definition? Is it the same definition adopted by TNA when they use various permutations and combinations of Tamils, Tamil Nation, Tamil Speaking People, Ealam Tamils, Eazam Tamils etc. etc.
    You may also acknowledge that you can’t hoodwink the International Community.

    Soma

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