22 September, 2020

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Britain Must Stand Up For Human Rights In Sri Lanka

By David Miliband

David Miliband

In early 2009, as foreign secretary, I travelled to Sri Lanka with Bernard Kouchner, the French foreign minister, so that we could see for ourselves the situation at the end of the brutal 26-year civil war. We met the president and his ministers in Colombo, and then travelled to refugee camps further north. I will never forget what I saw, and in particular the pleading of Tamil women carrying slips of paper with the names of their husbands and sons who had been taken away for “screening”.

The last phase of the government offensive involved squeezing anything up to 330,000 people into the Vanni region, south of the Jaffna peninsula. A report in March 2011 by a special UN panel laid bare the scale of human suffering. Tens of thousands had been killed by government shelling, which had targeted no-fire zones, UN food distribution lines and hospitals. The report also detailed appalling behaviour by the LTTE, the “Tamil Tigers”, alleging that civilians were prevented from escaping and used as hostages. The UN report found credible allegations of serious violations of international law by the Sri Lanka government and the LTTE, including war crimes and crimes against humanity.

An internal UN review reported last November that the government obstructed the provision of aid and assistance to civilians, did not protect humanitarian workers, and was largely to blame for the shelling of heavily populated areas and the deaths of civilians. And a further report last month, by the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, criticises the progress made on accountability and reconciliation and, significantly, the commissioner, Navi Pillay, reaffirmed her “long-standing call for an independent and credible international investigation” into alleged human rights violations “which could also monitor any domestic accountability process”.

A film, No Fire Zone, using personal testimony from civilians caught up in the latter stages of the conflict, is putting the Sri Lankan government on the spot. And this month Sri Lanka is being called to account in the UN human rights council by the United States.

The Commonwealth heads of government meeting (Chogm) is due to take place in Sri Lanka in the autumn. Canada, which is Conservative-led, has robustly called for the meeting – which the Queen would normally open – to be moved from the country. The Labour government took this course when we were planning for the 2011 meeting. It is time for the British government, which has trumpeted its priority of making the Commonwealth a model of good governance and democratic values, to make its voice heard.

The insistence on justice and accountability is not legalistic nitpicking. It’s about the message that is sent to those who violate human rights. Just think about the insouciance of President Assad and his supporters.

Nor are concerns about the actions of the Sri Lanka government merely historic. The leading opposition candidate in the 2010 presidential election was jailed soon afterwards. The chief justice of Sri Lanka has been impeached and dismissed, neutering the independence of the judiciary. The president has reneged on his pledge to expand local autonomy – a key element in post-war reconciliation.

Faraz Shaukelty, a Sri Lankan/British journalist who writes for the outspoken Sunday Leader newspaper, was shot in the neck by three gunmen last month. Human Rights Watch says that several thousand people are locked up without charge, and that state-sponsored abuse of Tamil activists is widespread. Other UN investigations record over 5,000 outstanding cases of enforced and involuntary disappearances; and nearly 100,000 internally displaced people remain without proper protection. This is not the path of reconciliation promised by the Government after the civil war.

In 2005 the whole of the UN endorsed the idea of a “responsibility to protect” – the notion that governments and the international system should take active measures to protect civilian life. That doctrine is breached by authoritarian governments, but it is no excuse for the rest of us to stay silent.

This is a moment to show that calls for justice and democracy have teeth. Britain needs to back the call for Chogm to be moved. For it to go ahead in Sri Lanka would be a mockery of Commonwealth values and UN authority, and a further invitation for its government to ignore international pleas for decency and accountability. And it would be a nail in the coffin of the vision of a pluralistic Sri Lanka, respectful of the place of all its peoples.

Sri Lanka is not being victimised or picked on. UN conventions are the civilising product of the wars – and unstopped slaughters – of the 20th century. They are a universal badge of humanity. Our government should be standing up for them.

Courtesy the Guardian.

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    The present behaviour of the so-called Coalition government of the UK in concern to events and Human Rights in Sri Lanka is nothing but appalling. It confirms the basic lack of interest amongst Cameron’s Tories for Human Rights, per se.

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      This guy couldn’t even mind his little chap.

      The Labour MP, 47, was spotted with his zip gaping open while he took an afternoon snooze on the Piccadilly Line.

      Mr Miliband — who rubbed shoulders with the likes of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in his old job — was making a 20-minute trip from Leicester Square. He got off without realising his error. Francis Janjua, 28, was sitting opposite Mr Miliband, brother of Labour leader Ed, and took a photo of the gaffe last month.

      The electrician said: “He was properly asleep. I was laughing until I noticed his fly — then it was just hilarious. It takes credibility away from him. But he’s still got more than his brother.

      FORMER Foreign Secretary David Miliband failed to mind the gap during a Tube journey when he fell asleep with his flies undone.

      Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/4784683/Mind-the-little-chap-David-Miliband-nods-off-on-Tube-with-fly-undone.html#ixzz2NFmoxsk6

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        This could happen to anyone. The Zip could open up or it may even come down when we walk if it is not locked once pulled up or he may have forgotten to close after going to a toilet. But we must not forget that this senior politician has used the PUBLIC TRANSPORT to travel without any body guards and escort vehicles. Once even an actress dropped one side of her dress from her shoulder and the left breast (no bra) was visible and she quickly pulled up the dress to cover. One Sri Lankan politician in Sri Lanka has even urinated to the swimming pool in a big hotel in Colombo but no one took photos of that!

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          In Sri Lanka the politician reserves the right to urinate to the swimming or anywhere in public but such an action is an offence only when a ordinary civilian does it and he is punished. But in the UK anyone is equal before the law.

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        fool, what has that got to do with killing, rape and child molesting by black monkey army coons. you seem to be annoyed with what he has said about pariah state of sri lanka and the sinhala pariah leaders.

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          PSYCHO RAMA

          SEEK THERAPY FOR YOUR PAITHTHIYUM.

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        And therefore your point is…..???

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          My point is that though David Miliband is such an eminent statesman and one of the greatest political leaders of modern Britain he hasn’t lost the common touch. He still takes the public transit and exhibits his humanity for all to see by inadvertently leaving his fly open. This childlike innocence, nonchalance and the whole ethos of casualness I find so endearing and charming.

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      Mr. Miliband

      How is the prosecuation of your former boss, Tony Blair for massive War Crimes in Iraq going? Update us, please. Before whining about Sri Lanka.

      War in iraq was illeagal. It was based utter trans-atlantic lies. Nearly a million people slaughtered at the end.

      Remember battle for Fallujah, Iraq? How bloody was that? How many civilans were massacred in cold blood by your forces? Where were the “Commonwealth Values”?

      Instead, you flew around the world, playing Spin Doctor-in-Chief for Blair’s crimes.

      We see you trying to rescue your career by playing with the cunning LTTE rump in the UK. You will not succeed. UK’s cunning LTTE rump will suck the best out of you. Then spit you out like a chewing gum. Nobody survives after dealings with the LTTE politically or otherwise.

      GOSL did exactly the right thing by sending both you and that other French clown home. Empty handed from Colombo, in May 2009.

      Otherwise Sri Lanka would still be under the Jackboot of VP, the tyrant for your political convinience. According to Wikileaks.

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    This fellow Milliband was one of the lower end politicians in the UK parliament with hardly any scruples about killing innocents in foreign lands (ie Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya etc). His attempt to justify his visit to Sri Lanka as a humanitarian rather than a politically induced charade, is appalling to say the least. He does not have any moral right to speak on behalf of the victimised peoples of Sri Lanka, whether Tamil or Sinhala. That should be done by people who have nobler intentions than rascals like him.

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      goda , why didn’t you send the sinhala black army coons to defend the above countries. i suppose the problem is sinhala black coon army will start raping women and molest children. mind you in those countries they would have chopped off black coons willies.

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      Unfortunately, this fellow, DM has to rely on the support of srilanken tamils living on some areas of his territories to stay in power. This is how so called western nations stand by the crises in so called developing world. That is the main reason him to shed tears for tamils´problems. Else, why does he seem tobe even interested in similar issues that have occured in Irak and Afganistan.

      This is similar to what some canadian politician also face. Just becuause of their political campaigns, they abuse issues of countries like ours.

      Ruling SLG is not a good for us, that is for sure, but this kind of westerners abuse our problems for their sake.

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    The only substance he provides as evidence is that how several women gave slips of papers giving the names of loved ones taken in for “screening”. My dear Milli, what did you do to those pieces of paper? What follow up action did you take. Can you establish and count the number of individuals taken in for screening and was never seen again! It is because of your irresponsible gab that you lost the portfolio in Britain and now you are trying to rabble rouse because you have no work to do.

    What happened here is damn side better that what happens in Afganistan at the hands of the so called coalition forces where Britain plays a leading role. So much so that President Karzai wants the very forces that put him into power out of Afganistan. Fantastic! isn’ it?

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      The evidence of human rights violations are out there in large amounts-provided by victims, perpetrators and witnesses. Mr Miliband mentioned what he witnessed on his visit but he knows what happened during the war and what has been happening since the end of the war. In one of his interviews he stated that Rajapaksa lied to him about the situation in the Vanni during the war. He was the former foreign secretary of the UK, no less, and his views carry considerable weight in the UK and Europe.

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        You overestimate Miliband’s influence and importance in the UK & EU. His intimate involvement with promoting and justifying the 2nd Gulf War leaves him with little credibility. The best way to deal with Miliband is to emulate Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister who objected to being lectured to by Miliband.

        http://tinyurl.com/5az7cd

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      are they having sex with corpses as the black monkey army coons did in sri lanka.

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        TIME FOR MEDICATION

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    When Dave Miliband and Bernard Kouchner came here in 2009 better diplomacy would have made them friends of the Rajapakses. But the regime chose the path of confrontation and denial. Both Miliband and
    Kouchner may be out of power presently but their voices carry much influence both within their countries and the EU.

    Subramaniam Swamy is a deflated ex-War Horse. Every cent spent on him is a waste. From what one gathers the highest official this so-called heavy-weight secured for his friend Mahinda R was Bob Blake. Do the Rajapakses know Swamy is now persona non-grata even at Harvard U for shooting his mouth undiplomatically. He is not safe in his own former electorate in Madurai, Tamilnadu or Delhi.

    Senguttuvan

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      Whatever MR’s many faults, he had the balls to tell Miliband to fuck off. Kouchner was more diplomatic, but Miliband behaved like a colonial Governor General, demanding ceasefires as SL was finally about to crush the LTTE.

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        mango sucker, did rajapufta really say fcuk off to milliband. i doubt it very much. i only see grin and showing all the teeth when he meets whites.

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        Mango

        “Whatever MR’s many faults, he had the balls to tell Miliband to fuck off.”

        Of course he did it in a closed door, holding Miliband’s both legs and praying to Nirubama Rao, the Indian female Governor of Sri Lanka .

        ” Miliband behaved like a colonial Governor General, demanding ceasefires as SL was finally about to crush the LTTE.”

        Did Miliband “really” demand a ceasefire? For that matter did any of the 30 countries that supported war “really” demand ceasefire, including Karunanithy?

        You need rest, please take a few days break from your mundane life. I am really worried about state of your health really am.

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          Mahinda told Miliband that he was responsible to the SL voter and the war would end when the LTTE was finished and not when a British Foreign Minister demanded it stopped. Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister really told Miliband to “fuck off”.

          [Edited out]

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            Mango

            Please learn to read between the lines and bit of real politic.

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    David Milliband is a has-been politician now attempting to be self righteous.

    We are not blind not to see his devious agenda of obviously patronising and pandering to the significant Tiger vote-base in his pathetic constituency.

    Come on you blithering idiot, why don’t you demand human rights in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine?

    Haven’t you heard of the fictitious “weapons of mass destruction” (an excuse for mass murder) and about the current real Drones haphazardly wiping out innocent victims? And for this latter atrocity we only hear watered-down apologies from the perpetrators, and the feeble excuse of “Collateral Damage”.

    Absolute cow dung! And David M does not ask for accountability there.

    What an astounding scoundrel and hypocrite! I am so glad MR & GR kicked him on his rear and told him to get lost when he came here with his sidekick Kouchner to interfere in the conduct of our war against the Tiger terrorists.

    You and your ilk are actually economic pirates (as described years ago by Robert Mugabe)who wear the mask of “human rights” robbing other nations of their riches and natural resources, while destroying innocent men, women and children.

    Hang down your head in shame stupid Milliband, and go stand in that corner wearing your Dunce Cap!

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      The heat is getting to you, it appears.
      Getting battered from all sides, eh?

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      mince meat, you must be an illiterate and a person with massive inferiority complex .

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    To David Miliband, happenings in Sri Lanka have been revolting to his sensibilities. The massacre of the Tamils and disappearances alone have not moved him. The treatment of the General with its ramifications to the electoral process too was offensive. Impeachment of the CJ and the vile manner of its execution without due process was equally repugnant to him. The venal manner in which a journalist was shot evoked his protest and condemnation. What are mentioned are just a few.

    Miliband instead of turning an easy blind eye and going to cozy slumber, made bold to urge positive, robust action. If there be not a single offence or crime, a credible inquiry will absolve SL. If that happens, DM will not have a leg to stand on for the allegations. Assassinating his character is pointless because his stature is overpowering. Even if he be at fault,anybody would choose to err with him.

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      Your paean to a mediocre and dishonest poitico David Miliband is revolting to the sensibilities of intelligent people. It’s offensive, repugnant and disgusting. (See above how he neglected his little chap.)

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    Miliband lecturing SL on human rights? Ha ha ha … In 2002, his Labour govt passed laws allowing dual national UK citizens to be stripped of their UK passport, allowing them to be killed and kidnapped when outside the UK, without any fuss being made.
    http://tinyurl.com/a6jqpsl

    Miliband’s a long-time Fluffer for Eelam, seen here basking in the glow of his adoring audience.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmiliband/4964107584/in/photostream/

    Every time Miliband pontificates about SL and human rights, Mahinda will be thanking the Gods for his help.

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      mango sucker, you sinhala people are angels. you have done nothing wrong. you are guided by mongolian buddha and mongolian buddhism.

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        Rama you poor fool, the Sinhalese are as brutal and vicious as the Tamils. Haven’t you noticed how violent the country can be? Learn how the JVP was dealt with.

        [Edited out]

        The Veddhas on the other hand have remained relatively civilised.

        @Mango – please write instead of posting web links – CT

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          Mango

          What do you mean by

          “The Veddhas on the other hand have remained relatively civilised.”?

          What is this relativity?

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            NV,
            Well, the Veddhas go about their business without engaging in wholesale violence against people on the basis of their religion, language or ethnicity. I call that relatively civilised. Don’t you?

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              Mango

              “I call that relatively civilised. Don’t you?”

              No my people are absolutely civilised.

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          Dear CT,
          Why is putting in URLs now banned? I only use them to prove a point or further information.

          @Mango – Not banned, we want our readers to discuss the content of our articles, so we find posting links form a pericular web regularly is not appropriate. Read our comment policy for more info – CT

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      Mango

      “Every time Miliband pontificates about SL and human rights, Mahinda will be thanking the Gods for his help”

      You mean MR thanks, Manmohan, Sonia, all the faceless little mandarins in the South Block and elsewhere, Karunanithy, Vaiko, Nedumaran,Seeman, Brown, Milliband, Simon Hughes, ……………..all the heads of European intelligence services and their political leaders,……………. Obama and his intelligence apparatuses. …………China, Pakistan, and finally a huge thanks to VP.

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    We Lankans should never give up.. Never.. the LTTE wiped us tamils and destroyed the Tamil people of this nation.. The Int Tamil LTTE traitors help in this mass crime and are not accounted for. When we asked them for food they sent us grenades. When we complained to them about LTTE brutality they turned us over to the LTTE.. I thank the Lankans for helping us. We are free to live and dream. And those fools Int LTTE supporters think it can go back to how it was. Never.

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    We don’t care about Milliband’s anticedents. We want MR out. If CHOGM happens, MR will use it to his advantage and it will be another (worse) 6 years of Rajapakse clan rule for us. So, come one, come all the devils and devil’s grandmothers and help us get MR out. Without MR out, we Sri Lankans have nothing but dictatorship to hope for.

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      I AM WITH YOU NAVIN.SOME SRI LANKANS STILL DONT COMPREHEND WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING TO SRI LANKA.

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      There is no way to get MR out through peaceful means, now that he has control of the Supreme Court. He can break any law, and the verdict will be in his favor. He has complete control of the budget, military and police forces. If there is an election, the “election commissioner” will be persona non grata. These are choices the (Sinhalese) community made when it chose MR to bring down the LTTE.

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    nonis the penis says to the channel4 reporter that he has to go to sri lanka and look at things. i don’t what he wants to show to the reporter. can he guarantee that the reporter will be allowed to speak to the tamil people without the black monkeys looking over their shoulders. when any foreign reporter or an official or a group of people visit north you could see they are surropunded by black monkey chandrasiri and black fat slob hathurasinghe in addition to the thousands of unwanted and undesireable black monkey army coons. anyway coming back to nonis the penis i read in a a magazine that he was blabbering about his educational qualifications and achievements. he was going on about getting a first class degree from imperial, an elective period spent in harvard and a medical degree from royal free. in my opinion he was economical with the truth. what i mean is that in the same interview he said he did his “o” and ” a ” levels in the uk.
    my question is until recently the standard entry for a med school is ” a ” levels and not a uni degree. does it mean he couldn’t get into med school with his ” a ” levels. i am sure seldom med schools admitted graduates in his time. royal free probably was an exception. i am not saying royal free was a second tier med school but it was not in the same league as ucl, imperial or king’s. anyway to cut the long story short royal free merged with ucl probably about 10 or 12 years ago.

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      TIME FOR INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT

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    correction. i don’t know, surrounded.

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      Only one correction?

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    anyone can talk about human rights , war crimes , crimes against humanity concerning sri lanka. the simple reason is sri lankla has violated all the above. rajapuftas , black army coons are all war criminals. sinhala criminals started their handiwork in 1948.

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      Rama,
      What stopped you from coming to SL in 2006-2009 to fight? Were you too busy stuffing your face with Big Macs?

      The LTTE wanted a war, they got it and got wiped out. It’s too late to complain about the outcome, now.

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    Tony Blair and George Bush are war criminals! First start your investigations there David Milliband. It is revolting for David Milliband to talk about human rights when in the Iraq war conservative estimates suggests that over 300,000 civilians and Iraqi soldiers died and almost half a million children in Iraq are said to have died due to malnutrition due to sanctions imposed on Iraq. Today children are suffering from congenital deformities due to the radioactive material in bombs used in Iraq.

    Beyond this in Libya over 50,000 bombs were dropped over Libya. Over 30,000 civilians deaths in Afghanistan to date.

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    Tamil people were devastated NOT BY THE SINGHALESE but by the TAMILS that Supported and continue to SUPPORT separatism

    Can our people wake up from their day dream.

    Eelaam is just a ploy – we should be more interested in getting our lives back in order.

    But our lives are in order – it is only the low caste Tamils kept by LTTE living in the stone ages that suffered… all other Tamils are comfortably living arent they? Yes.. we have at least one person in foreign country sending money. Sinhalese dont have that.

    So what are we complaining about?

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    Milliband:

    How is the US,UK,EU, Canada, Australia following a two tier justice system in this world?

    So when the US,UK,EU,Canada,Australia and the NATO forces commits gross crimes in the form of an endless war still ongoing and massacring human beings it is OK?

    However poor third world countries suffering from endless wars created by british colonists of the past actually ends not keep on having wars but actually ends wars in the most humane way possible it is a crime?!

    I think that Sri Lanka is scapegoated to hide gross crimes committed and being committed in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and other places.

    However since there is a two tier justice system in the world where the neo liberal imperialist forces of the West and their allies and cohorts are exempt from being scrutinised at all for example the cohort of the West the LTTE’s atrocities, its foes like Sri Lanka even a pin dropping in Sri Lanka is scrutinised!

    Another ploy of the imperialist neo colonialist Western forces is to raise the bar so high that any developing country on this earth will fail and the same neo colonialist forces then cries ‘human rights violations’!. In the case of Sri Lanka the war cry of the neo imperialist West is that police and army are not good, journalists are harrassed, judges are sacked and so on. However a quick situation report of any developing country would quickly find that most developing countries are like this. In fact most are worse than Sri Lanka in some cases by miles. Even some more developed countries are worse than Sri Lanka.

    So all this bullshit is a witch hunt. It is very obvious. I think Sri Lanka should indeed let someone else handle the CHOGM meeting why should we waste our money on this rubbish meeting? At UN if it is me, I would walk away from such a witch hunt.

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    There were allegations that the US government did not want help Tamils to have a separate country in North/East of Sri Lanka for the simple reason that it would encourage similar separatist sentiments in Tamilnadu. That could have ended up ruining US investments in India.

    But apparently, US are not worried about their investments or Tamilnadu headaches for Indian Central government now. From May 2009, they are worried the Sri Lankan government has swayed too much in China’s direction.That’s a significant change of policy.

    LTTE never had a politically astute leadership that could sense these important changes in thinking of US and other western nations who would follow wherever US goes. Their heroic fighters on ground paid the price for that.

    Post May 2009, politically Tamil leadership is in a far better position than ever before internationally. The kind of western leaders,human rights organizations,internationally reputed human rights lawyers, progressive/revolutionary/liberal/social democratic political parties and figures, trade unionists,etc that we see attending forums/meetings organized by the diaspora leaders today, would have never attended the similar forums pre-May 2009.

    The exposure in liberal international media (such as BBC, Al Jazeera, ABC, SBS in Australia,The Guardian. The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Washington Post,New york Times)of war crimes in Sri Lanka is unprecedented and great.Have we seen ever seen a mass struggle type protests/fasts we see to day in Tamilnadu, ever before ? India that coted against the resolutions in the UN could vote for the resolutions. This does not mean these resolutions only will solve the issue. But failure to understand these changes is simply silly.

    I do not think blaming (websites like World Socialist Website -WSWS) likes of Milibands that they did not do enough is fair. China,Russia, Vietnam, Cuba blocked the resolutions (that could have allowed direct interventions in Sri Lanka) in the UN May 2009.British, US and Norwegian governments were negotiating with LTTE leadership in Sri Lanka/Sinhala Army in occupation in trying their best to bring about a ceasefire that could have saved thousands of Tamil lives.

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    Decency, Democracy and nail in the Coffin of a pluralistic society.

    Pretty harsh words from a dude who was sweating in Medumulana demanding the Lankan Prez to let him take Prabakran and his murder outfit to a foreign land.

    Not sure about Canada, but Govts from Mr Milliband’s land pretty much took the whole wealth of the poor members, for a long time, and now call themselves leaders of the Common Wealth.

    It is a pity that pretty Milliband hasn’t been to Colombo aleast since 2009.

    Otherwise he would noticed how Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese are working hand in hand to build the mother of al lShangrilla’s, a stones throw away from his old friend’s house.

    He would have noticed how Regency Hyatt is working 24/7 to catch up with a 600 luxury suite pad.

    He would have noticed how the foreigners have booked out expensive eating places in the old Pommy turf in R&R even on a Monday night.

    This is not even mentioning the Mega Projects. outside Colombo and the multi million super luxury villas coming along the Kalpitiya Lagoon and built by wealthy Tamils and employing younf Tamils from Jaffna.

    And all this without a cent from Mr Milliband’s friend Mr Cameron who is leading this boycott campaign.

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    This guy DM lied then and still doing. He came to Sri Lanka before the end of fighting to save their pet VP and his goons. Behaved like thug and got told off right royally and went back with his tail between. And as the reward for his valient effort he was thrown out of the Foreign office and the government and now looking for revange.

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    The consensus from all arguments appears to be – there are human rights violations all over the world,in many countries.
    In some countries they are obvious,and in others not obvious.
    War too, is a form of human rights violation.
    Therefore,sri lanka should be allowed to carry on as of now,and Miliband or the UN have no right to censure sri lanka,for anything that is happening.
    Please,let our government of humanitarian Mahinda Rajapakse who is all powerful,and set to be president for a long time,do as he likes.

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    When Malcolm Rifkind previous foreign secretary of the previous right wing conservative govt of the UK comes on channel 4 news and says sri lanka meaning the sri lankan people practice apartheid then you know it is a neo imperialist resource grab countries like the UK, Canada are planning and trying to get eelam by the back door.

    As we all know the north has many mineral resources and offshore oil and in the east is the startegically located trincomalee harbour. It is these that the UK, US, Canada are after and so the efforts to get eelam by the back door.

    It is shameful that many anti govt sri lankans on this site would actually agree with this neo colonialist neo imperialist right wing resource grab from third world countries agenda and it is extremely shameful that many on this site would actually agree with the outrageous views of lunatics like malcolm rifkind that sri lankan people practise apartheid.

    It is so shameful that some ani govt sri lankans cannot but be subservient to the UK US Canada. They simply cannot get themselves to see that these imperialist countries are only after our resources just as they were after iraq’s or libya’s resources. Even right thinking people in the UK, US agree this is the case.

    Some anti govt sri lankans will even agree with these neo imperialists simply because they are western european (due to their subservient mentality) that sri lanka practises apartheid!

    I find these utterances of malcolm rifkind and channel 4 news a gross insult and channel 4 news is a racist channel, racist towards sri lankan people.

    The govt should really walk out of the UNHCR circus since I can guarantee that sri lanka will not get any fair hearing there. Also ask the oommonwealth to have their meeting any place they want!

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    This is the guy who voted for the Iraq war! Milliband said that the iraqis are better off after the war than before! What more proof does anyone wants that the guy is a lunatic?

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    This is what The Guardian Diplomatic Editor Julian Borger said on Dec. 1, 2010, quoting a diplomatic cable exposed by Wikileaks, about David Miliband’s visit to this country in 2009, in an article titled, Wikileaks cables: David Miliband focused on Sri Lankan war ‘to win votes’: “The diplomatic campaign by former foreign secretary David Miliband to champion aid and human rights during the Sri Lankan humanitarian crisis last year was largely driven by domestic political calculations, according to a Foreign Office official.” The Guardian reproduced the relevant section of the leaked cable: “He [Miliband] said that with UK elections on the horizon and many Tamils living in Labour constituencies with slim majorities, the government is paying particular attention to Sri Lanka, with Miliband recently remarking to Waite that he was spending 60% of his time at the moment on Sri Lanka.” So much for Miliband’s altruism and concerns about human rights! He is playing politics with the Sri Lankan issue.
    ElBaradei poses this question: “Should the United Nations request an opinion from the International Court of Justice as to the legality of the Iraq War? If the answer is that the war was in fact illegal––and moreover, if consideration is given to the massive civilian casualties incurred––should not the International Criminal Court investigate whether this constitutes a ‘war crime’ and determine who is accountable? Should Iraq request reparations at the International Court of Justice, or another forum, for the damages incurred during a war launched in violation of international law and on the basis of falsehoods?” It will be interesting to know what Miliband has got to say to this.

    However, we cannot but agree with Miliband on his call for shifting CHOGM albeit for a different reason. CHOGM in our book is an utter waste of time and resources. It is only a talk show which serves no one’s purpose save those of the rulers of the host nation and Britain, which makes use of the Commonwealth to further its neocolonialist interests and engage in self-righteous moralizing with its former victims as a captive audience.

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