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British Delegation Will Use CHOGM To Deliver Clear Message To Lanka On Human Rights: UK Foreign Office

Responding to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee’s report into the departments human rights work in 2012, the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the British Delegation to CHOGM in Colombo will deliver a clear message to Sri Lanka that it needs to make concrete progress on human rights.

William Hague

Issuing a media release in response to the report released by British MPs, a Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office shares the FAC’s wish to see substantial and sustainable improvements in human rights in Sri Lanka. “However, we do not agree with the FAC’s assessment of the FCO as ‘timid and inconsistent’ on this issue. The FCO has consistently pursued progress in Sri Lanka on human rights through high-level bilateral lobbying, support for local and international non-governmental organisations on the ground and internationally through the EU and Human Rights Council,” the Spokesman said.

The FCO Spokesman said the decision to hold CHOGM in Sri Lanka in 2013 was taken at the 2009 Port of Spain CHOGM, where all Commonwealth Heads agreed a package that included Australia’s bid to host in 2011 and Mauritius in 2015. When the issue of hosts for 2013 and 2015 was raised in the 2011 CHOGM in Perth there was no consensus amongst member states to revisit the decision made in Port of Spain for Sri Lanka to host CHOGM in 2013. “Since the decision was made the FCO has continuously urged Sri Lanka to make progress,” the FCO said.

“We see CHOGM as an opportunity to highlight the need for effective commitment to the shared values and human rights for which the Commonwealth stands. The CHOGM meeting will be a spotlight on Sri Lanka and highlight either progress or its absence. The British delegation to CHOGM will see the situation on the ground in Sri Lanka and deliver a clear message that Sri Lanka needs to make concrete progress on human rights,” the Spokesman said.

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    What double speak! This British FM, William Hague is a JOKER!
    Surely, the Human Rights message would be for more clear if The Brits stayed away from attending and BOOSTING the Rajapassa military dictatorship by their presence in Colombo?
    Today the this British Colonial relic, the Commonwealth of Nations aka. Clowns has NO RELEVANCE! It is a COLONIAL relic – set up to celebrate the British Empire once it ceased to exist and it is costing Sri Lankan people a pretty penny to host the CHOGM show!
    For a while the Commonwealth outfit pretended to be relevant by espousing Human Rights but even that is now unsustainable with a War Criminal hosting the CHOGM!
    But the British cannot boycott its own creation and celebration of its long dead EMPIRE which is irrelevant and obsolete and has has morphed into a platform for third world military dictators!

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      Quite correct – Spot on!

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        The Rajapakse regime has repeatedly asked for “time and space for reconciliation and restorative processes” but has been doing the opposite – and CHOGM is the reward? TIME HAS RUN OUT AND EITHER BRITAIN MUST NOW BOYCOTT THE COMMONWEALTH CIRCUS IN COLOMBO IN NOVEMBER OR SHUT IT DOWN!
        The Corrupt and criminal Rajapakse family has been consolidating its Military dictatorship and DEEP STATE with a show of democracy (doing “beautification” of Colombo 7 while the institutions are ROTTEN and CORRUPT internally – without qualified human resources and staffed by uneducated Rajapassa cronies). The Barbaric Rajapassa military regime has threatened to “behead” those that criticize it. It has been land grabbing and destroying democracy, human rights law and order etc by impeaching the Chief justice etc.
        Aren’t these the so-called VALUES of the irrelevant and obsolete British Commonwealth of Clowns!

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          There is a hidden hand behind all these actions which appear inconsistent and timid.

          When viewed in the right context they all fall in place like a jig saw puzzle!

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        Sid/DODO, can’t agree more with both of you.

        “The FCO has consistently pursued progress in Sri Lanka on human rights through high-level bilateral lobbying, support for local and international non-governmental organisations on the ground and internationally through the EU and Human Rights Council,” the Spokesman said.”

        Yeah ? and achieved what ? topped the media killings and disappearances, the army sent out to brutally kill and quell legitimate social action? use violence at the polls ? Threats of “beheading”…[words used with cunning intention to sustain the tenor of State terrorism]

        Hague has taken offense at the “FAC’s assessment of the FCO as ‘timid and inconsistent’.

        Let’s see how consistent and meaningful Cameron and Charles will be when they speak at CHOGM.

        Will this be yet another case of ” consistently pursuing human rights” in Sri Lanka or hopefully coming up with something justifying the very British and MACHO MEN’S suits they will be wearing at CHOGM ?

        I NOW WONDER WHETHER THE CW IS IN THE SHAMBLES IT IS IN TODAY BECAUSE OF BRITAIN’S ‘TIMID” AND WISHY-WASHY WIMPY MANNER OF DEALING WITH VERY, VERY SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS OF WAR CRIMES AND THE ARRANT CONTINUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND MEDIA RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THIS COUNTRY.

        Good grief, don’t tell me that the british pArliament NEEDS SRI LANKA TO PUT IN A WORD WITH THE CHINESE TO GO AHEAD WITH THEIR MANCHESTER PORT PROJECT AND UNDERTAKE OTHER MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS BECAUSE THE BRIT ECONOMY IS ON THE SKIDS ? [ SEE REPORT IN LONDON TELEGRAPH]

        GOD HELP SRI LANKA.

        LOOKS LIKE NO ONE ELSE GIVES A DAMN.

        IT LOOKS LIKE WE ARE HARD PUT TO IT TO DENY THE EMPIRICAL FACT THAT POLITICS IS THE LAST RESORT OF SCOUNDRELS.

        A WEEK AGO I WAS INCLINED TO BE GENEROUS TO BRITISH MOTIVES, PROBLEMS AND ACTIONS. THAT PROPENSITY IS FAST EVAPORATING.

        BUT YET, LET’S WAIT AND SEE WHETHER THE BRITISH FAC OR THE FCO IS RIGHT. WONDER IF THE BRITISH DELEGATION INCLUDES A COUPLE OF FAC CHAPS ? THAT COULD BE INTERESTING IF ONLY FROM A MEDIA POINT OF VIEW.

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          SORRY, PARA 2 SHOULD BE ‘STOPPED THE MEDIA KILLINGS…

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      I second it.

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      Rudra’s government ministers got caught in child molesting in Sudan

      Theses terrorist still live in UK and talking about human rights

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      I agree. It is time members of the Commonwealth countries held these scum bags accountable for their crimes. A boycott of CHOGM would be appropriate. Ignoring the refusals to cooperate and be accountable for unanswered crimes, directly or indirectly involving this ruthless regime, should be dealt with seriously. Any nation coming down to attend this farce of a meeting, only seems like they condone the crimes and the devious ploys to stall any investigations.

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    The English are known as crazy like the Japanese so they invent but realistic as opposed to idealistic.

    It’s like if you don’t vote at the locals you have thrown away the choice- so live with it.

    Nation/Empire built by understanding “Tragedy”

    Beware of starting a quarrel but once involved see that your opponent gets more than he bargained for.

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    Commonwealth represents a large network of ecnonomies growing at a faster pace than the first world. It will be mad for anyone to miss it really.

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      Vibhushana

      “Commonwealth represents a large network of economies growing at a faster pace than the first world.”

      Most of the fast growing countries are still at lower economic base than the others and infected with corruption, human rights violation, religious and ethnic fanaticism… and so on which not only prevents improvement but destroy quality of life in those countries.

      You should be proud that Sinhala/Buddhist Lanka is one of them, banana republic.

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        Yes Native, bring it on. Just to add to it, lest not forget nepotism (worst of its kind), favoritism, self aggrandizement, including harsh suppression of poor masses using military might. Let the world know the state of affairs or our ‘great nation’ and who our handlers are, as there is nothing common in our wealth to be identified as such, instead we suffer greater disparity in wealth than ever before.

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      “Commonwealth represents a large network of ecnonomies growing at a faster pace than the first world.”
      Henende!
      The job of King Kong’s psychologist is to deepen the economic mystery.
      The worst of us give the best advice.

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        “Commonwealth represents a large network of ecnonomies growing at a faster pace than the first world.”

        If the fiction of the imagination ”first world” is dropped and and opportunity is added in this is a perfect sentence to describe it all.

        Indian Ocean is where it is all going to happen. Perth was no accident. Mauritius where all casino and other blck money is being stashed is next. Commonwealth is expanding around the Indian ocean. I am told many others want to join. It is the business side where resources can be militarily dominated and wealth stashed safely for the rich people’s children that matters. Even Switzerland is not safe for stashing money. Go to Mauritius. It could have been Sri Lanka if some people did not get so greedy. The opportunity is still there.

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    Dear Mr. William Hague,

    “British Delegation Will Use CHOGM To Deliver Clear Message To Lanka On Human Rights: UK Foreign Office”

    “British Delegation to CHOGM in Colombo will deliver a clear message to Sri Lanka that it needs to make concrete progress on human rights.”

    What a pathetic joke. There were wimpy characters like you before, like the British Guy, some pathetic Lord, who kept issuing clear messages to Yugoslavians Dictator, in your European backyard, while thousands were killed, until the US, Bill Clinton, finally put a stop to it with action.

    Even before that, there was Neville Chamberlain.

    So, Mr. Bill Hague, learn from Bill Clinton, and use your rusting air force and navy to some good use.

    While the America are all over, there is one thing about the Americans. The will do some thing to bring things to a conclusion.

    Examples;

    WW1- Saving your asses

    WW2- Saving your Asses

    Suez Canal- Kicking your Butt

    Yugoslavia- Showing you are Wimps

    Kuwait- Kick the Dictator, etc. etc.

    Mr. Hague, you cannot even a country boy? Strange?

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      Please give the royalty that is William Hague some respect.
      He is the hidden player in changing the Admiralty Laws that remained untouched for centuries. So William Hague is the key player in shaping Sri Lanka’s future from about a decade ago.

      Also know that British Royals are really Germans and they operate from ”Amerika”.

      Buckingham Palace or House of Windsor is only a show.

      William Hague, David Cameron and George Osborne and many more in Great British politics are a new breed of blue blooded privileged businessmen.

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    uuraawatch,

    “William Hague, David Cameron and George Osborne and many more in Great British politics are a new breed of blue blooded privileged businessmen.”

    You mean the New Boston Brahmins in the World Stage?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Brahmin

    A Boston Brahmin is a member of a group of Yankee families who form Boston’s traditional upper-class. Members of this class are primarily descended from the early settlers of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, and characterized by their highly discreet and inconspicuous lifestyle. Members of Boston’s Brahmin class form an integral part of the historic core of the East Coast establishment, and are commonly associated with the distinctive Boston Brahmin accent and Harvard University.

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    what is this , full of BS …
    if Perth’s decision was the final as you claimed now , why the hell Mr Alistair burt went on firing empty PUS WEDI earlier in the year ” we will take the final decision only after carefully evaluating the ground situation bla bla “

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    “Buckingham Palace or House of Windsor is only a show.”

    Bush Jr during GW2 called over at Buckingham palace and most of London streets were blocked of vehicular traffic for a couple of hours. He wanted to be king but he went mad and forking back home not knowing what this kingdom that beat the Spanish armada is made of and therein lies it strength.

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    I’m expecting Prince Charles to make a bold and no-holes barred statement at CHOGM which will make our Top Coat and Tails UK Ambassador Nonis to cringe.

    PC has a habit of foot in mouth encounters very much like our erstwhile Minister of Public Relations.

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    I wonder if there was any occasion where the Host nation of CHOGM is not given the Chairmanship of CHOGM for two years (voted by the 53 nations) or during the 2 year tenure the Chairing Host is “kicked out” or resign from the Commonwealth.

    MR, i believe has not visited the UK since the Oxford debacle.
    His tenure as Chairman will entail many visits to UK and Commonwealth Countries at the expense of the Commonwealth with additional security provided by host nations.

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      “His tenure as Chairman will entail many visits to UK and Commonwealth”

      Many a war criminal live in England. Musharraf for one lived(at Edgeware Road W1) at a cost of £1 Million per month to the local tax payer for his security.
      Remember right and wrong are relative.

      English being their native tongue and the laws which are black and white can always be interpreted.

      The big question is would Her Majesty want to see him during the 2 year stint if he is selected.

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    For that they have to attend!

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      Good to see some sensible comment from you.

      So not to get arrested for war crimes after dutifully hosting CHOGM and saving face for Great Britain’s real rulers Rajapaksa will pull out of the Commonwealth of Nations just as done recently by the Gambian leader. The excuse will be written by the Foreign and Commonwealth office but published via the likes of Jathika Hela Urumaya or even Minister Wimal Weerawansa.
      The go between man for post CHOGM actions in Sri Lanka is Somawansa Amarasinghe. The British High Commission staff will too be rewarded with promotions to other parts of the expanding Commonwealth.

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    The message will be loud and clear if you boycott CHOGAM
    The message will be lost in the tamasha if you attend the CHOGAM

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    A quick heads up to all Sri Lankans with Foreign Passports requesting a visa to travel to SL during the month of November.
    Taboo words on the on-line visa application form- Journalist/Reporter (pretty obvious), Media Consultant, PR Consultant, Aid/Volunteer worker, English Academic, Analyst(of any kind),Bi-lingual translator,
    Purpose of visit- Not tourism or pilgrimage – Better choices are Visit relations, attend wedding, birth, anniversary, Sick relation etc.
    Address in SL- Furthest away from Colombo (Hambantota is good!)

    Unusual delays in granting visas have been noticed.

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    Dear Fathima Fakushima
    your silence is deafning so post some crap here

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    Human Rights in good old Dharmadwipa is ok.

    Even when prisoners are killed,this is justified by the ‘personal knowledge’ of the judge hearing the case.
    Though the deceased had an arm broken and wounds all over his body – these are,in the judge’s opinion,self-inflicted.

    The british will become aware of this new brand of justice soon.

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    The naked truth is the Brits, the Aussies and the Kiwis want to protect
    their entrenched businesses in the Island in a world where markets for their exports are shrinking. MR, at least, is pretty savvy about this
    and plays his cards well with able support from Kamlesh Sharma. Canada does not have much of a trade volume with Sri Lanka. The UK Delegation lead by the PM will, in all probability, say a few words in the area of censuring and nothing more. This will be more for local consumption in the UK and for the world Press. Using school-boy parlance this will be no more than a “tokka” on the head.

    Senguttuvan

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      Well said Sengu !

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      The go in between for Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain’s real rulers is Lynton Crosby.
      Lynton Crosby is unofficial governor of Mauritius too.
      So when Rajapaksa hands in the sick note for Mauritius to take over the Commonwealth leadership early it will be Lynton Crosby writing that sick note. I assume a “tokku” is the speech on human rights already prepared for secret prince David Cameron by Lynton Crosby?

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    Percy will be very glad to receive the British delegations very stern message. It will be used to wipe his rear end. The band will play on thereafter. Deals will be made to sell everything and anything Percy requires. For a nation that lied itself into a war in Iraq among many other things this thing called human rights is an amusing plaything nothing more.

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    Even Indian PM Manmohan also use this opportunity to by participating CHOGM.

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    Excellent! Then they might offer a question and answer time so that they can respond to accusations of human rights abuses in Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan and Iraq. And William Haque can explain why he closed down an inquiry into paedophilia by members of the Thatcher government.

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    People with experience like India would know that, it is nearly impossible task to get things done by Sri Lankan Government for ” DENAM KASI PASSÉ”. They ask you to fly a kite afterwards Mr Hague.

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    This is yet another one of those British hog washes. Mr. Hague let me a simple citizen give you some hard facts. This is a regime who , riding on war success commits every conceivable atrocity one can imagine. There is no pressure you or for that matter even the heir to the throne can bring on a regime that has the amazing ability of pulling wool over the people. Logically while this regime lambasts the west with the naive rural people to bolster their patriotic image, in reality they know without the west this country is doomed. A simple statistic would suffice. While more than 60% of this country’s exports are to Europe only 1% goes to China. Nonetheless our debt has reached almost half of our GDP and borrowed at ridiculous commercial rates for infrastructure projects which employ Chinese labour. To add salt to injury these are awarded to companies without a transparent tender process. The corruption alone is sufficient for this conference to have been moved to another location until proper governance is restored. The argument that if this was done the regime may have quit the common wealth is nonsense as people would starve without export earnings coming from the west. So what you and your government is essentially doing is pandering to the whims of a corrupt and brutal ruler. Your country will be answerable, take note.

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      Some very good points here.
      Addressing this to William Hague or belittling youself as simple citizen is something Sri Lankans as a nation need to break out of. Otherwise you are nothing but a colony as it continues to this day.

      There are other counter comments to our observations but refreshingly this thread is devoid of the colonial slavew mentality trolls.

      Srilal should make himself aware of the fact Alaistar Burt is a self declared neocon and naturally he will lie about everything.

      Javi should answer counter questions raised elsewhere and educate himself about the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha changing their name to House of Windsor.

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    Hello Hello Britain,

    Many strong messages were sent to the GoSL by India, the International Community, and the Tamil Diaspora from day 1, when the war ended more than 4 years ago, but human rights in Sri Lanka have gone down the drain.

    For peace, justice, reconciliation and stability,and despite recommendations from UN Panel Report, Two Resolutions from UNHRC, their own LLRC Report (a report by the murderer to investigate their own murders), conditional approval at Perth CHOGM, has never been, and will never be investigated, implemented or enforced.

    How many more have been raped, murdered, missing, tortured, lands and houses confiscated, colonisation, land grab, people leaving by boats, structural genocide taking place since the last CHOGM in Perth just under two years ago?

    Take the Harare Declaration with you, and explain to the victims of war and to the 89 000 widows, 60 000 orphans and to the 50,000 IDPs still refused entry into their own homes and lands.

    Have you investigated, and can you please explain how and why more than 70,000 people were killed in Mullaivaikal, and where are the 146 000 still unaccounted for?

    Now you want to go to CHOGM in Colombo to stress what? What again?

    You had, and now have the opportunity to correct your own past mistakes you made for the Tamils in Sri Lanka, you watched and participated in the war, it is now your obligation and responsibility to enforce a permanent peaceful political solution for the Tamils through an independent international investigation, a protection mechanism and a UN conducted referendum for an independent separate state of Tamil Eelam.

    Have a cup of Chinese tea (without sugar and milk) in Ceylon, and get back to your winter. Don’t become a third world joker.

    Manicka Vasagar

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    YES THEY WILL DELIVER THE CLEAR MESSAGE BY WORDS NOT BY DEEDS!
    AND CROWN WAR CRIMINAL AND RAJAPACKSHA AS HEAD OF COMMONWEALTH AND THIS IS A DISGRACE TO THE COMMONWEALTH CITIZENS.

    WILL THEY GO TO ZIMBABWE AND CROWN MUGABE LIKE THIS ?

    THIS PROVE THE TRUE COLOUR OF THE BRITISH ESTABLISHMENT THAT THEY DO NOT CARE OF HUMAN RIGHTS OR ANY RIGHTS ONLY WORRY ABOUT THEIR OWN POCKETS!

    I AM ASHAMED AS A BRITISH CITIZEN AND COMMONWEALTH CITIZEN THIS IN JUSTICE IS TAKING PLACE WE DO NOT HAVE A VOICE TO STOP THIS DISGRACE BY OUR GOVERNMENT AND OUR PM INCLUDING THE ROYALS !

    GOD SAVE THE QUEEN ! AND REWARD MR K SHARMA OF INDIA FOR HIS VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION IN BRINGING DISGRACE TO COMMONWEALTH !

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      I am back in Great Britain and curious if you are really an MP.
      I am told you may be a Tamil Exiled Government MP.

      When you say we do not have a voice you are comfused.
      William Hague is the voice for Great Britain.

      There is a lot of space in Great Britain for you to voice your opinion.

      Please correct me if I am wrong.

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    well agree with sid here this is totally double talking.

    “British Delegation to CHOGM in Colombo will deliver a clear message to Sri Lanka that it needs to make concrete progress on human rights”

    UK themselves helped us in the war and now teaching us Human Rights.Funny

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