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Authoritarian & Hypocritical Recommendations Of The UN High Commissioner For Human Rights On Sri Lanka! 

By Laksiri Fernando –

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

I can be very clear and blunt. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is going in the authoritarian and dictatorial direction preaching others to be democratic and justiciable. This is very clear from the Report on the “Promotion [of] Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka” (A/HRC/46/20). In February 2009, Castro called her part of the ‘fascist and vengeful Chilean oligarchy.’ 

The time allocated for the discussion of this politically biased Report is from 3.00 to 6.00pm on 24 February 2021, just three hours. It is still not clear whether some of the UNHRC sessions starting on 22 February would be online (virtual) or with actual participation of the members. It would be grossly undemocratic if the Higher Commissioner intends to get a resolution passed on Sri Lanka without giving adequate time to the country or the other members. This is still to be seen. 

The High Commissioner has made 11 recommendations to the Government of Sri Lanka; 7 recommendations to the Human Rights Council and UN Member States; and 4 recommendations to the United Nations entities, the last ones numbered as a, b, c, and e! Of course, this is an unedited version, but this is what we can find in their website. 

To the Government?  

Let me just quote the first two recommendations aiming at the government. 

“(a) Actively promote an inclusive, pluralistic vision for Sri Lanka, based on non-discrimination and protection of human rights for all, and in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda;

(b) Ensure constitutional and legislative reforms address [sic] recommendations made by United Nations human rights mechanisms and the resolutions of the Human Rights Council;” 

A vision of a country is completely a national policy matter, in the case of Sri Lanka decided through political party politics and through competitive elections, right or wrong. Who is this High Commissioner dictating terms for a ‘vision for Sri Lanka’ giving the impression that the country has no efforts to be ‘inclusive’ or ‘pluralistic’? I will explain to you who she is later. 

Whatever the weaknesses in implementation, ‘non-discrimination and protection of human rights’ are enshrined as the fundamental rights chapter in the Constitution. Just because a governmental change has happened (2020) to the dislike of some international actors or bureaucrats at the Office of the Higher Commissioner, people’s approved policies should not be condemned in UN documents. 

Whatever the good or bad recommendations made by the UN human rights mechanisms (how many mechanisms do we have?!) or the resolutions of the Human Rights Council, without a proper understanding with the government of Sri Lanka, the High Commissioner has no right to impose them. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is not a new Colonial Office.    

To the Human Rights Council and Member States? 

Let me quote only the recommendations (c) and (d) to drive my point. 

“(c) Cooperate with victims and their representatives to investigate and prosecute international crimes committed by all parties in Sri Lanka through judicial proceedings in domestic jurisdictions, including under accepted principles of extraterritorial or universal jurisdiction;

(d) Explore possible targeted sanctions such as asset freezes and travel bans against credibly alleged perpetrators of grave human rights violations and abuses;” 

The first paragraph means bringing the Sri Lankan nationals alleged to have committed international crimes before the domestic jurisdictions in foreign countries. This is like going back to colonialism at a larger scale. The High Commissioner also asking those foreign countries (undoubtedly some Western countries) to cooperate with (alleged) ‘victims and their representatives.’ Who are these representatives? The High Commissioner should spell them out clearly. 

It appears that some conspiracy or collaboration is going on behind the scenes. In the second paragraph, targeted sanctions like ‘asset freezes’ and ‘travel bans’ are also recommended. Of course, there are no names in the recommendations. But there are some names in the body of the report. Almost all are linked to the present government. 

Have they been convicted? And in what courts of justice? Has the High Commissioner also become a Judge? Two prominent names among these are Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, the present Army Chief, and Major General (retired) Kamal Gunaratne, the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence. Is this an attempt to bring down the government of Sri Lanka? What the report says is the following.    

“The High Commissioner is particularly troubled that these appointments include senior military officials who have been alleged in United Nations reports to be implicated in alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during the final years of the conflict, including Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, as Army Chief (in August 2019) and Major General (retired) Kamal Gunaratne, as Secretary to the Ministry of Defence (in November 2019).” 

There is a saying (in Sinhala) ‘kata boru kiwwath diva boru kiyanne naha.’ It means ‘even if the mouth utters lies, the tongue doesn’t.’ Look at the second and third lines of the above paragraph. (If my English is faulty, SJ should tell me!) It says, “senior military officials who have been alleged in the United Nations reports to be implicated in alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.” What it says is that they are not convicted or proved, but they ‘will be implicated’ in war crimes. 

Conclusion: Utter Hypocrisy 

Let me finally quote what the report says about the new appoints to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL).  

In December 2020, the President proceeded with the appointment of new members to the HRCSL, including a former Minister as chairperson. The High Commissioner is concerned that the new appointment process undermines the credibility and independence of the Commission.” 

On this matter, I could agree with the High Commissioner although even the Paris Principles on national human rights institutions specify the representation of Parliament also as a category. Of course, not as the Chairperson. 

However, the comedy is that the High Commissioner who makes this observations or accusations herself is not just a former Minister but a former President of a country, Chile (2006-2010 and 2014-2018). She is utterly political. As a Minster of Defense (2002-2004) she is known to have wearing sometimes a military cloak and a cap. In her fairly young days (1985-1987) she was alleged to have connections with the Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front, ‘an armed group that among other activities attempted to assassinate Pinochet in 1986.’ During her Presidency she was known to have tried to preach and dictate terms to other Latin American countries. She visited Cuba in February 2009 to meet with Castro.  

“The meeting with Castro backfired when Castro wrote a day later that the “fascist and vengeful Chilean oligarchy is the same which more than 100 years ago robbed Bolivia of its access to the Pacific and of copper-rich lands in a humiliating war.” (Michelle Bachelet – Wikipedia). 

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  • 37
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    Come on Laksiri Fernando,

    You are a worked-up Sinhalese racist to start with.

    Cool down, Tamils know the systemic genocide the Sinhalese lead governments have been committing for 73 years and still continuing to commit. You won’t talk about it, would you?

    A government elected by the majority does not mean it is democratic: Hitler and the Nazis were elected too, and the whole world knows they committed genocide of 6 million Jews. And we know what happened to their fascist actions.

    Please don’t try to pull the wool over peoples’ eyes.

    We are not fools to believe your garbage.

    • 21
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      Thiru,
      You are right. Dr. Laksiri is a Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalist. He never worried about thousands of innocent Tamils butchered by Buddhist Sinhala fundamentalism. He is not bothered justice to the murder of his own blood Lasantha who spent most of his time for a uncorrupted nation. See the Vasudeva who was a human right activist finally turned into a blood sucking Buddhist Sinhala. This is the story for many decades in this island.

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        Laksisri id NOT a BUDDHIST but a Sri Lanken
        I am neither a Buddhist nor Sri Lanken

        • 17
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          Laksiri, how can you call a report based on truth and justice hypocritical and the recommendation made to bring Sinhala murderers to justice as authoritarian. You are a despicable person having recommended to Colombo University to grant PHD to war criminals Rajapakse brothers. Are you still dreaming of being given the post of SL High commissioner in Australia by coming out with such trash aimed at Sinhala gallery. I am a medical witness to war crimes committed by Srilanka security forces on non-combatant Tamils, and your denial of it and trying to white wash it by slinging mud on an honourable person needs condemning.

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      Thiru,
      If the Sinhala lead Government committed systemic genocide of Tamils for the past 73 years, how the hell the number of Tamils in Colombo increased during this period. Now more than 50% of North East Tamils live in the South with Sinhalayo. After the defeat of LTTE, low caste Tamils in Yapanaya who are being oppressed by Vellala Tamils are moving to the South because Sinhala Buddhists treat them as equals.
      Demalu do not feel ashamed to repeat the same lie again and again.

      “Tamils know the systemic genocide the Sinhalese lead governments have been committing for 73 years and still continuing to commit.”

      • 13
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        Mahindapala, according to archaeological findings, original people of Sri Lanka are Veddhas and Dravidians. This shows that systematic genocide has been occurring from the time those 500 criminals set foot in the island. Your hero the intellectual fraud Raj Somadeva can only convince bigoted Sinhala gallery and not international audience. Brahmi inscription was started in Tamil Nadu and spread to the north. Presence of Brahmi inscriptions in Kumana and Medagama proves that the area came under Tamil influence. This is why Veddhas worshiped Murugan the Tamil god introduced to them by Tamils. For your information only 10% of north east Tamils live in the south, rest are Tamils of recent Indian origin.

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          Dravidians, whoever they are, were not the original people here.
          There is no evidence of Tamil or Prakrit in this island before 3rd Century BC.
          There are no artifacts either to support claims of early ‘Dravidian’ presence.

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            Who were the original people then?

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      Thiru
      Tamils in Sinhala majority areas who are +50% of the total are unaware of what you are talking about.
      They consider Sinhala Buddhist environment is far superior and conducive for living than NE.

      Soma

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        Soma you are an incorrigible person not learning the truth that native Ceylon Tamils in Sinhala majority areas is only 10 %. I was one of those 10%, born and bred in Colombo and lived there for 44 years, and I am aware of all what Thiru is talking about. Not a single Tamil classmate of mine at Royal is still living in Sri Lanka which is a clear indictment of racism.

    • 21
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      This LF became a Joker. I dont trust this guy anymore. These men were the ones who sang the song in favour of Rajakshes criminals… awarding them with Dr Titles. I have no doubt, these men are just hired men, and fell into their knees to the very same manner that GLP’s destruction.
      .
      See how beautiful Australia and Newzealand contained the spread of COVID within their countries, but these men still dances for the tune of Medamulan rascals, that came to power fooling the nation.
      .
      Australia
      Coronavirus Cases:
      28,911
      Deaths:
      909
      Recovered:
      26,133

      ———-
      New Zealand
      Coronavirus Cases:
      2,340
      Deaths:
      26
      Recovered:
      2,265

      —————-

      Taiwan
      Coronavirus Cases:
      938
      Deaths:
      9
      Recovered:
      879
      ——
      Sri Lanka
      Coronavirus Cases:
      77,906
      Deaths:
      422
      Recovered:
      71,176
      —————
      Almost any island would have flatten the curve… but bitch sons ruled srilanka, they draged the nation into danger.

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        LM
        Will GB not count as an island?
        Are Vietnam and China islands?

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          Come on SJ.
          You have to ask these questions from a person who has seen a World Map.

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            Mr. eLM definitely will say GB (Gigabyte) has nothing to do with Covid.

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            Wow our Shameless virologist (Ms SCP) is back to it again.
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            UK initially focused on herd immunity and let the nation be in a lurk.. so outcome backfired.
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            UK s health care had no recognition within EU. It s the same in the US. So please it better to compare it with better countries.
            😉😉😉😉😉😉😉

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              UK s health care standards are not comparable with other grand EU nations. It s the same in the US. Free health is so as is the case in sl.
              So please compare it with better compare it with better countries.
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              My comparison was solely based on asian Pacific countries.
              .
              😎😎😎😎

  • 27
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    Laksiri, read your own article again. Who is hypocritical ??? The H.C or is it Lankawe (including you). Just a reminder. H.C was involved since 2009. There have been hundreds of hearing, visits, discussions and recommendations. 10 years have passed and Lankans have had change of governments with no concrete action. ( three hours is too much). Your only action is to create commissions. And now GR had released all who were found guilty. Didn’t he the one who said, ” country is getting out of the agreement”??? You did not offer a single evidence, other than slandering character (what position she held and what kind of dress before her appointment as H.C. You tried with Pillay, Zaid and now continuing the same with the current H.C.

    • 12
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      There was another DR and cabinet minister of yesteryear of doubtful character himself tried to ‘Propose’ matrimony to one of them to become a Portuguese Silva as a bribe. Didn’t work and now this Dr’s barrage. it’s scandalous

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    Hahahaha what are nonsense article written by a insecure racist sinhala buddhist.
    .
    The dirty extremist sinhalayo (probably including the author of this article if he’s taken any money from his sinhala honies) HAVE TO BE prosecuted, sanctioned, have their assets frozen, banned from travelling and be barred from every know financial institution on the face of this earth. There HAS TO BE an immediate and no mercy approach to dealing with these extremist sinhala buddhists.

  • 19
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    Does anybody give two hoots to Laksiri Fernando’s articles? Just a waste of time and cyber space. This fellow has lost his credibility ever since he started bum sucking the regime. Poor fellow is singing for his supper selling his good for nothing doctorate.

  • 17
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    “Have they been convicted? And in what courts of justice?”
    How can they be convicted when the ball-less Attorney-General will not file charges against them?
    Laksiri Fernando, you are talking bloody bullshit!

    • 13
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      The following crimes were committed by Sri Lanka security forces in the last stages of war.
      1. Denial of food and medicine to people quoting reduced figure of 150,00 in the war zone when after the end of war 350, 000 crossed over.
      2. Ordering humanitarian aid workers to leave the area, placing people at the mercy of army.
      3. Bombing hospitals and safe zones whose coordinates were given to government.Strangely safe zones whose coordinates were not give, escaped as government was unaware of them.
      4. Using banned chemical weapons and cluster bombs
      5. Allowing wounded people to die without medical attention, and in those cases where there was evidence of burns due to chemical weapons and shattered bones due to cluster bombs, were executed to cover up crime.
      6. Disposing dead bodies by incinerating and dissolving in acid drums, to cover up the number of those who were killed. Only walking wounded crossed over after war. What happened to those who were moderately and severely wounded.
      7. Executing those who surrendered including Catholic priest who accompanied them.
      8. Not permitting anyone to enter war zone for six months in order to clear the place of evidence of mass murder.

  • 19
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    Laksiri,

    Human Rights are universal rights, not bound by national borders.

    What you have written is not a rebuttal, but a personal attack on a human rights defender.

    When you cannot counter the arguments, you attack the author.-a cheap tactics

    My only regret is that UNHRC is not powerful enough to punish the perpetuators of massive human rights violators even after 12 long years.

  • 18
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    As long as Shits like LF are there to pelt stones /criticise on others who genuinely wants to help SL to become a multi cultural/multi ethnic country, SL is never going to be a peaceful harmonious civilised country. Even the so called Patriotic Sinhalese are migrating to other civilised countries and also some living in SL are robbing the country and depositing their wealth in other countries (Dubai/ USA/ UK/ NZ/Australia and may even in China

  • 9
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    From phone.
    .
    That the vast majority of our people duly, but foolishly, elected these people, don’t challenge. This comment of mine is going to be a personal reaction on my part.
    .
    I won’t pretend to be objective.
    .
    I think that the eleven years we’ve been given is quite enough. It is for the
    thugs in the government to climb down. I’m not advocating the execution of any War Criminal.
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    The Wikipedia entry on Bachelet is long. I have studied it more than twice. Read much more. She’s an admirable woman. Her father was tortured to death at age 55 by the horrible Pinochet. Mother died only last year aged about 93. I suggest other readers do some reading.
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    Bachelet had to allow Pinochet to die in his bed at advanced age. We have had enough of killings. This must stop.
    .
    Lots of skulduggery before our two elections. Won by appealing to racism and claims of two great victories.

  • 5
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    The UN is no longer a neutral organisation that treats all nations equally.

    After the 2nd world war the UN was formed to make sure that differences between nations could be resolved through negosiation rather than WAR.

    How ever human nature is usualy self centred – when you become rich and powerful you feel that it is OK to serve your self with what belongs to the poor and weak.

    This is what leads to strife and WAR eventually.

    • 8
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      Sinhala Man,

      We don’t have good options when it comes to electing candidates for important public office in Sri Lanka.

      All candidates are BAD the voter has a to vote for some one who is less BAD according to his or her opinion.

      According to my opinion the day is not that far when the people will just not be bothered to make an effort to go to the polling booth.

      This will be the day Democracy ends in Sri Lanka.

      War Lords will be ruling

      If we as a nation value democracy people should be committed to democracy and the political leadership should be held accountable.

      When reporters are intimidated ,harresed and eventually murded it is democracy that is murdered. There should be a greater public outcry against impunity.

  • 7
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    ”…Authoritarian & Hypocritical…’? Seems to me a true description of the current regime. Does any one actually believe there is no human rights abuse in SL?

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    Dear Laksiri,
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    PART ONE

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    You had to take a break after the November 2019 Presidential Election; when you returned, I gave you an enthusiastic welcome, on the 3rd of February 2021, because we are both teachers, albeit you are of a very much more exalted stature. That was here:
    .

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-bleak-future-for-humanity/
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    I then harked back to this article which appeared before the November 2019 Presidential Election:
    .

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/human-right-to-quality-education-eight-demands-to-all-presidential-candidates/

    There you said this on the 3rd of November 2019:
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    Dear Sinhala Man,
    .
    Please address me just as Laksiri. I think I mentioned this before. I cannot express views on all questions you have raised. Your story however is interesting.
    .
    In the case of this article, only ‘Eagle Eye’ and ‘Soma’ have desisted from being critical of what you have written. I, too, have sharply disagreed with you. I’m hoping that through the exchange of our different views we will come to understand what is happening around us.

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    PART TWO
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    I’m going to get polemical. The government’s stand here seems to be getting hypocritical. There is a lot of this sort of thing going on in the country right now. Misleading quotations out of context abound. Pseudonymous identities make it difficult for us to know if responsibility is taken for what is said. For some contributions there may be compelling reasons for writers not revealing who is writing.
    .
    In our case, both identities are known. I should like you to respond to my claim in the comment made two days ago, that President Bachelet was merciful to General Pinochet.
    .
    It is also my view that your reference to Michelle’s meeting with Fidel Castro is ‘mischievous’, although you rely on an impeccable source – Wikipedia. The quotes that you have selected don’t promote understanding of the issues before us – they distort. I don’t want to unnecessarily hurt anybody, but I’m being blunt with you in the hope that it will enable you, too, to get your points across to all readers very clearly.
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 48 3111 444V) aka Sinhala_Man

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      PART A
      .
      I’m still hoping for a response from Laksiri. Since it hasn’t appeared more than 24 hours later, let me elaborate on what I’ve already said.
      .
      The problems include reference to a cult figure like Fidel Castro, but not mentioning that when he “slated” Bachelet, he himself was around 85 years old – I’ve read it all, but I’m not aiming at writing anything scholarly.
      .
      By that time, Castro had yielded the Presidency of the country to his younger brother, Raul. He was still First Secretary of the Communist Party. So there seemed to be dynastic succession. We must not over-simplify. Castro had been great, and his overstaying was largely owing to American efforts to destabilise Castro. Nixon had done similar things in Chile:
      .
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Nixon
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      Today, we may be moving towards better times. Fidel died just a few years ago, and this year it is expected that a sixty-year-old will peacefully take over in Cuba. Efforts are being made to ensure that there will not be dynastic rule.
      .
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguel_D%C3%ADaz-Canel

      Diaz-Canel’s reforms among other things, limited the presidency to two consecutive five-year terms and banned discrimination based on disability, gender, gender identity, race or sexual orientation
      .
      Surely it is very relevant that we are discussing this in the context of the Rajapaksas attempts to establish dynastic rule in Sri Lanka “forever and ever.”

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      PART B
      .
      Allende
      was a properly elected Head of State, although the moment his election seemed likely, the Americans began interfering.
      .
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvador_Allende
      .
      Discussion of all subsequent events must take place in the context of how inexcusable that Pinochet coup was, and how nasty a ruler he was:
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augusto_Pinochet
      .
      It is a failing of legal systems that a man like that was allowed to pass from this life at the age of 91 without ever answering for his crimes. Bachelet did not try to manipulate the judiciary in attempting to “fix” Pinochet. In fact, with her as President, Pinochet was given a huge military funeral, with 60,000 present, although Bachelet chose not to attend. How different from the way the LTTE leaders (whom the Rajapaksa’s, and me, hated) was treated.
      .
      This country belongs to Tamils just as much as it belongs to me. Unless we, Sinhalese, accept that we cannot possibly move forward.

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    This is what I have been saying.

    There is no solution except Tamils accept and watch whatever Sinhalese do.

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    Thank you Sinhala Man

    Reporters should report the truth nothing less nothing more.

    The professional intergrity of reporters is very important for democracy to thrive.

    Your unbiased critique is a positive contribution.

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    Dear Sinhala Man,
    It is difficult for me to answer all questions raised by commentators. That you should understand. Anyway, it was not clear to me whether you have raised a clear question in your comment on the 17th.

    (1) If you are questioning about my raising of Michelle Bachelet’s integrity (hypocrisy!), it is related to what she has said about the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka. One cannot have double standards, one for others and one for oneself or the UN High Commissioner. It is also my strong view that the UN Higher Commissioner for Human Rights should be an independent person from politics. Perhaps a balanced minded academic. Of course, I was quoting Wikipedia to show that her past is controversial, like in many other politicians. I am very familiar with Chile. In mid 1970s I had many close friends from Chile who were refugees in Canada. When I was working in Geneva (1984-1991) I was very close to Hugo Miranda, who was a prominent Senator under Allende government. He was also the President of the Socialist International at that time. I do not have any hesitation to (critically) appreciate Michelle Bachelet’s political career or service as the President of Chile. But I cannot do so she as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. More particularly I was criticizing her Report. My criticism is also based on my experience at the UN Human Rights Commission (1984-1991), as the main representative of the World University Service. During that time, the Secretariat for Human Rights was assisted by many balanced minded experts in addition to the Sub-Commission, full of such people. I normally do not like to talk about or quote my credentials. But those are very clear, if I were to quote. Thanks Sinhala Man! I send this to the editor as for some technical reason I cannot directly post this.

    Thanks

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      Certainly, the Lady lags way behind her predecessor HE Prince Zaid in his resolution and vigor.

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      Dear Dr. LC, ( leaving your Prof. title intentionllay – since average srilankens would not understand the real meaning of a Prof. Title- and many Profs in SL politics have made them learned idiots so far).

      To tell you, many of us ( neutral commenters on CT) thought you too would have been a neural person until your reactions based on that 52-day coup, by which POLONNARUWE donkey made entire srilankens be no different to apes. And the aftermath of that mockery, people to pave the way former high criminals to return and continue loot became much easier. In today context – both voters who brought them back and us the opponents have much in commen – we see Nandasena ‘s capabilties are not its all cracked up to be. He cant even settle a tiny issue today. His 15 months in current office has proved well – no further discussions would be necessary to argue on otherway around. 37 -year old young female Premier of Kiwiland contained the COVID from its spread, as an Island nation, but LOOTERS of Nadasena, even if three forces not the MINISTRY of health were empowered to do the due, COVID containment is caught by a mess/mafia as of today.

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        Leelagemalli,
        Weather it is a Sinhala elite educated in Royal/Ananda, Vishaka/Devi Balika, Peradeniya/Colombo, Oxford/Cambridge, Harvard/Yale, etc or the uneducated Sinhala village coconut plucker/toddy taper, Vatti amma, or trishaw driver, there is hardly any difference when it comes to habits, attitude, behavior, and thinking. It is very difficult to differentiate an educated Sinhalese from an uneducated. They all have the same low mentality and narrow mindedness. Sometimes I feel that the coconut pluckers are much more intelligent than these so called ‘Educated’. It is their inherent nature.
        Prof. Laksiri Fernando is one of the Best examples of this kind (so called ‘Educated’).

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          LC.@
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          Prof GLP is on the top of that category . Glp behaves similar to rape victim.
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          Prof Nalin de Silava, even wild buffaloes would be cosistent.
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          Prof Laksiri Fernando.
          Is now spending his later day life not being caught by alzheimer.
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          Prof Vitarana is caught Rajapakshe mafia. Consequences are becoming aware to him..
          .
          This list is unfortunately really long
          But all these men have something in common which is sinhala genetics 😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉
          .

          .

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      Are you a balanced minded academic? Let us have a look at your credentials which you are reluctant to talk about

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      Dear Laksiri,
      .
      Thanks very much for having been so gracious as to respond.
      .
      However, your response is far from convincing. You have said,
      .
      “I normally do not like to talk about or quote my credentials.”
      .
      I’m afraid that all that you have done, having slandered Michelle Bachelet personally, is to tell me that you have visited many places that I haven’t, and met many people, like this man, for instance:
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      https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q5904596
      .
      Empty in English, but there is this in Spanish:
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      https://www.bcn.cl/historiapolitica/resenas_parlamentarias/wiki/Hugo_Miranda_Ram%C3%ADrez
      .
      I can understand something of this using Google Translator; however, it may be that you could put all that into English and make the Wikipedia page for your friend in English, since you’ve found time to distort totally the picture of Bachelet given by Wikipedia.
      .
      The moment I found the government distorting here:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/foreign-ministry-fumbles-playing-cheap-media-games-with-damning-and-confidential-un-report/
      .
      I made a comment
      , which included this
      .
      “she has had three children, one of them out of wedlock. So, she looks a sweet cheerful grandma, maybe, but she’s formidable.”
      .

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      That may seem to be a funny thing to have said. Well, what I was implying was that this is hardly a woman bound by conventional morality. I was also hoping that other readers would examine that Wikipedia entry in detail. A Medical Doctor, who later, as Minister of Health, distributed the “morning-after-pill” could hardly have gone through that third pregnancy (the father of the child himself a Physician) anything other than deliberately.
      .
      Will readers approve/ disapprove? – I can’t predict. However, I suggest careful re-reading of that Wikipedia entry, instead of relying on somebody else’s interpretation. The one clearly negative detail that you’ll find in that Wikipedia entry is about the serious loss of popularity that she suffered during her second term as President owing to a corruption scandal involving her daughter and her son-in-law.
      .
      I’ve relied on careful reading. I suggest other readers also do the same.
      .
      Laksiri, this is a prelude to my examining how young monolingual Sri Lankans learn about politics, and how the new Acting Minister of Medicine has been misleading them, and the World. What I have to say about Channa Jayasumana will appear at the bottom of the page.

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    Laksiri, it is difficult to answer to all questions only because you do not have the answers. You tried the same (slander) with Pillay, Zeid and others too. You working Geneva is as good as MR appearing as an activist. Now see where he is ???? That goes to show it is people like who are hypocritical who then tend to point finger at others who are just trying to do their job. As you said you loved UNHRC only until , you were a member and not put in the stand. UNHRC has maintained its impartiality ,but people like you who have made it a laughing stock.

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    Dr. Laksiri Fernando is fishing in troubled waters!

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    Yes LM

    The yahaparanaya project was a mistake although it was backed by some well meaning Sri Lankans who were led by one of the nobel sons of Sri Lanka in the recent past.

    Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero.

    As they say on the hindside all of us are wise men and women.

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    Preamble [That means that you can skip it all for now!]
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    Something that certainly troubles me is that it is almost impossible to get Sinhalese people to think rationally about solutions to the seemly unending ethnic conflicts in Sri Lanka. How effectively are the writer and the commenters doing so in this example?
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/eran-wickramaratne11-february-2021/
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    They’re trying hard, but is this how opinions are formed? “leelagmalli”, who makes all those efforts to warn of the dangers of racism, also often posts links to Youtube programmes which are giving information to Sinhalese viewers, and he gives us his evaluations. Fine, but I fear that he be missing an important point. Who listens to these Youtube programmes, and in what sort of mood?

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    PART TWO [First paragraph optional]
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    Internet providers are making huge amounts of money by offering hours and hours of Youtube at extremely low rates; by so doing for a couple of years now, they have persuaded many new customers to join their networks. Once the towers have been put up, it costs little to keep pumping out whatever material the clients want. One provider gives unlimited Youtube use for Rs 150 plus taxes per month, and thousands of persons in employment like security guards do have Youtube on for more than12 hours a day, just for entertainment. And what better entertainment than embellished political talk?
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    Please look at this (now or later):
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A7-hDHsSAI
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    Exactly 3 minutes  19th September 2018. Bilingual. We hear Professor Channa Jayasumana speaking fearlessly in English for just 98 seconds, plus some other material.
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    Now listen to, and view this:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MgLb3PqA4c
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    Just 98 seconds – the same excerpt from Jayasumana, but dubbed in Sinhalese – so that the Sinhalese audience may understand what has been said. All this is fair enough since the World Audience, including Tamils will comprehend all that is said.

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    PART THREE (Read and Listen with thinking caps on)
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    What do you make of these 40 minutes? Channa Jayasumana being interviewed on 3rd March 2020 talking a lot about Sumanthiran and Mangala Samaraweera. Sumanthiran would understand it all in the flow language, but I wonder if he ever got the subtitles on? You need to sample this for no more than 3 minutes, but have you got the subtitles?
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    If not, do this. Move your mouse-cursor to the bottom right area. In this case you will see seven control icons. Click on the “gear”. It looks like a bicycle sprocket. The pop-up will give you three options here: the middle one will give you “subtitles, English auto generated”. Click. The sub-tiles will appear and keep advancing with the speech. But can you make anything of it? Why was such rubbish put there?
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    I will be back and tell you what I think.
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    For whose benefit are those subtitles that make no sense whatever? They are there for the “average” Sinhala listener to make him think that all is fair, and that Tamils have been clearly told all that matters.

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    SM,
    I have no dispute with you about the lack of rational thinking amongst the Sinhalese.

    However it should be mentioned that I don’t see much difference amongst the Tamils too.

    I like to ask you what is the rationale in the majority of Tamils supporting a murdurus terrorist organisation such as the LTTE for 30 years.

    If you go to a Sri Lankan Tamil shop in UK today you could see their beloved leader – V Prabhakaran dispalyed prominently.

    What is the rational behind that?

    Can Sri Lanka move forward towards peace and reconciliation if that is the attidude of the Tamils?

    SM we have to think of this holistically and remember that it takes 2 to tango,

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    PART A
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    An older article
    than this, by Laksiri, has now appeared on CT. I have sent him a message there:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/what-is-art-the-meaning-to-you-me/
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    The humanities, including History, claim to use Scientific Method, but I’m sure that it must be maddening, even when used honestly. When there is deliberate distortion, History can be turned into chaos.
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    I have by now been told by reputed Medical Professionals, that even in the field of Medicine, Channa Jayasumana is a fraud. I have clearly identified myself, let me not get others involved in this. Readers, do your own probing. I have already linked you to this 98 second video, above.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MgLb3PqA4c
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    Jayasumana there quotes Professor Karthigesu Indrapala [note not “Indrapalan”, but differently pronounced from Sinhalese “Indrapala”] to say that Tamils arrived in Sri Lanka only very recently. Many commenters on CT also say it. I have now downloaded this entire 1975 thesis of almost 600 pages, available here:
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    https://www.scribd.com/doc/113992242/Dravidian-Settlements-in-Ceylon-and-the-Beginnings-of-the-Kingdom-of-Jaffna-By-Karthigesu-Indrapala-Complete-Phd-Thesis-University-of-London-1965
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    Got it free, after submitting Credit Card details, but I will be charged a huge amount in Sri Lankan rupees every month unless I cancel soon.

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    PART B

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    The distortion is this.
    Indrapala is still alive, in Australia, aged 82 (google for Wikipedia entry yourselves), but the views quoted are those he expressed at the age of 26. His mature views are to be found here:
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    Evolution Of An Ethnic Identity – The Tamils in Sri Lanka
    C 300 BCE to 1200 CE – Dr. K. Indrapala
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    I have downloaded from the site below, and read through, an eleven-page summary of this 2005 book.
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    https://tamilnation.org/books/eelam/indrapala
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    I’m just an ordinary Sinhalese (not a scholar of History) who realises that if the views expressed there are taught to all children in our schools, the politicians on both sides will have to shut up. Actually, I think that Justice C.V. Wigneswaran has been saying some of those things, but it looks as though few of us want to listen to him.
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    And a great many racist Sinhalese don’t want all this talked about. Let me give you my personal experience.

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    PART C
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    About four years ago, the small SLAAED (Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Education) had organised a discussion about how to rescue Education from the Private Tuition industry. High powered people (retired and current Commissioners of Examinations, the Principals of Royal and Visakha, etc) spoke, but could offer no solution. After lunch, the Association had its AGM, and Professor of History, W.I. Siriweera,
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    http://nec.gov.lk/previous-commissions/
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    was the Chief Guest. The public know little of the NEC, but it handles important work – in theory at least. I knew who Professor Siriweera was from my Peradeniya days, and thought this a good opportunity to link Indrapala’s views and the teaching of History in schools.
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    To be fair, in introducing the Chief Guest it had been said that he had had a throat operation a few days earlier, and couldn’t speak much. I asked my question, and was told that in his youth Indrapala had been a good, balanced Historian, but has recently been “bought over by Eelamists”.

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    PART D
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    He was able to say that! However, when asked whether it isn’t true that if some of his insights could be incorporated into the early-age teaching of History in schools, Professor Lekamge, told us that this conversation had to be closed because of Professor Siriweera’s throat.
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    This is our problem. Sinhalese Historians like Professor R.A. Leslie H. Gunewardena
    have agreed with Indrapala in most things, but then they have been harassed – even unto death.
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    Now am no more than a dilettante; serious scholarship is necessary, but please
    judge for yourself the importance of common sense. The history known to 95% or more of our citizens were little bits acquired before the age of ten. The gist of what Indrapala says – that the Sinhalese and the Tamils had common ancestors who came from Southern India, is so easy to teach, and so much accords with common sense, that it must be passed on to our little kids. Let refined versions of it be researched later.

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    Got your point SM
    This Tamil, Sinhala, Muslim thing is utter nonsense.
    The genetic make up of most Sri Lankans is quite similar.
    There are many Tamil names for tanks in the ragarata area that are still being used.

    Unless all Sri Lankans lern to appreciate and value our common heritage Sri Lanka is doomed.

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    Thanks, Whimpy Kid.
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    The common sense that the two of us have agreed upon gives some hope for the future.
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    Contrast with what gets said in relation to this other article:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/pro-forma-commitment-to-social-justice/
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