24 October, 2020

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CHOGM Boycott Could Pressure Lankan Govt. To Address Abuses Against Tamils: Desmond Tutu

Boycotting the Commonwealth Summit in Colombo next week could help to pressure the Sri Lankan Government to address alleged war crimes against Tamil civilians, peace campaigner and Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu said.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“If there are enough reasons to suggest that the Sri Lanka government have not been doing things with integrity, I think the world has to apply all the screws that it can,” Reuters quoted Tutu as saying in New Delhi today.

“And a boycott of the CHOGM could be one of them.” Tutu added that it was also important to know how Tamils themselves felt about a boycott of the summit.

“I am saying ‘Yes, maybe they (the heads of governments) shouldn’t go’ and I would be guided what the Tamils there would be saying on the issue,” he was quoted as saying in the report.

Archbishop Tutu is the chairman of The Elders, a group of prominent former world leaders which was started by Nelson Mandela to advocate on humanitarian issues.

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    Way to go Respected Sir!

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      Respected Sir Manisekaran!

      Wonder what Desmond Tutu will think about your expressed view of the Rajiv Gandhi murder. By VP & LTTE. Silently approved by Tamil Nazis such as yourself.

      Please do let highly respected Tutu know that you think Rajiv deserved to get whacked. At the feet of a psychologically manipulated and exploited, poor Tamil woman. Sent by Tamil Nazis of the LTTE. As punishment for sending the IPKF to Sri Lanka’s northern province.

      I am sure Bishop Tutu will invite you for Tea.

      Cheers!

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        Ben,

        Your crude mentality is clear now. You compare Tamils to Nazis. If you put same scale, you have overtaken Nazis by defending the massacre of over 40,000 civilians by your state dictator. It is not about Rajiv and LTTE. It is about massacre of civilians by its government. You are more cruel than those criminals who drilled the eyes of a political prisoner and the Sinhala thugs who burnt children and pregnant women in the streets of Colombo. You are a Sinhala Nazi.

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          Ajith,

          LTTE stood for an ethnically cleansed, Tamils only Ealam. They went after this racist objective all guns blazing. With Nazi like brutality. Easily compatiable with German Nazis.

          If you think that meant all Tamils are Nazis, you are being a bit silly.

          Cheers!

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            Desmond tutu is very old and frail.

            I am wondering whether he remembers what he said a minute ago.

            Stupid Tamils use him too.

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            Ben hurling please stop your abuses at Tamils. You are a Sinhalese extremist, just as Lee Kwan Yew says MaRa is. What have you Sinhala racists been doing to Tamils since independence? Don’t talk about LTTE they only came after repeated Sinhala atrocities heaped on Tamils from 1948.

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              What have sinhalese been doing? Well we provided food, medicine and even education to tamils who lived under a babaric terrorist outfit and even saved them from terrorist clutches

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              Thiru,

              Worst abusers of Tamil Sri Lankans are those who backed the LTTE.

              Are you one of those?

              PS: Please note Hitler & German Nazis partly justified their racist campaign by claiming Germany was not being treated failry.

              Cheers!

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              Thiru,
              This Sinhala modaya believe Jaffna library burnt by LTTE, is it worth it answering him…..

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                Muthu, I will explain in words that even you can understand. The Jaffna library was burnt by the Sinhalese. The Sinhalese rebuilt it. It was opened at a ceremony at which two flags were flown, the national flag of Sri Lanka and the Bull flag of the Tamil kings. The flags were hoisted by a Tamil local government officer. The Nazi LTTE issued orders that nobody should attend. The Tamil Nazis murdered the local government officer. That is what happened.
                It is not worth answering a fool like you but sometimes even fools can see a glimpse of light. Here’s hoping.

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                Everyone,

                Please respond only to this highly intelligent & very polite man:
                Hon. J. Muthu. Hurray!

                Potentail Presidential material.

                PS: Can’t be much worse than the incumbant.

                Cheers!

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            Ben ,

            What is your take on Tutu’s s stand , has he been bribed by the LTTE rump or misled by LTTE affiliated NGOs ?

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              Srilal,

              Bishop Desmond Tutu is a man worthy of our respect. He is a man of his word. He cannot be bought by money or influence. When he talks, I listen. His leadership is earned by a lifetime of uncompromisng examples. In struggles against Injustice.

              I see a remarkable difference of character between Harper, Blair, Milliband, Hague, Cameron and Tutu. His position on Israel is consistent. He has long called Israel a state worse than Apartheid South Africa.

              Tutu is a man guided by his conscience. Not by political expediency or religious extremism.

              I believe Tutu’s wish for well being of Tamil Sri Lankans to be driven by true morality and empathy suffering people. Unlike agenda driven Western, Indian or LTTE die-ass-pora utterances & crocodile tears.

              I wish Bishop Tutu would engage himself more robustly in Sri Lanka. He must visit Sri Lanka. Build bridges with all in Sri Lanka. Understand the situation here in a more nuanced way.

              Currently, Sri Lankans believe South Africa to be a LTTE propaganda bastion. Their view of Tutu, The great is affected by that perception.

              I agree with Tutu the current dictatorship in Sri Lanka needs to be tackled. One way or the other. We just need to make sure cunning LTTE objectives will not be served indirectly.

              Cheers!

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                Ben ,

                Thank you for clearing the air !

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                Ben Hurling,

                I agree with your description of Bishop Tutu. He is one of the great men we have seen in our life time. He is also an extremely good man. I also agree with you that he is not fully conversant with the details of the situation in Sri Lanka and the nature of the government here. Mahinda Rajapakse has a vain side to him. He wants to be praised and held up as a man of destiny in Sri Lanka, despite the damage he has done and is doing to its political foundations. His vanity is the chink in his armour. This chink can be used to make him do what is right. The ballon should be blown enough to make it fly, but not burst. However, it should not be let to lie anchored to glass shard paved grounds any more. The CHOGM provides such an opportunity. Most times the carrot does better than the stick.

                Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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                Ben
                why you attack LTTE. Looks likes your payments are not coming nowadays.

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            Ben

            I am just wondering this Tutu fella even visited Sri Lanka to make any comments about her issues? HE must have read a lot of all second hand stories from LTTE biased news. He is another helicopter expert on issues even he has not seen in his own eyes? Well – does any body take this Tutu-Tatu serious now a day?

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              “I am just wondering this Tutu fella even visited Sri Lanka to make any comments about her issues?”

              Wow, this is a new concept, so according to your brilliant logic one must visit the country before making any public announcements ! its really interesting to see these kind of excellent , well thought arguments being made when its literally impossible to accuse him being a LTTE supporter or a NGO funded guy ! Typical srilankan well in the frog mentality!

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                Sri-a-laal

                Subject experts come from living within the situation. You Die-Ass-poo-ra guys praise OLE Brain Sen for his writings. recent medical reports confirmed Brain is having dementia. So is your Tatu-tatu. So do not carry on with his comments.

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                  its pity that Regime stooges can’t come up with a stronger counter argument on any issue , as usual hiding behind name calling and “koheda yanne malle pol ” , is there any valid point in your writing other than slander ?

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          Thanks for that kick, Ajith

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            Ouch!

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              . OH SHITS…AND i THOUGHT AJITH HAD KICKED YOUR ARSE…NO WONDER YOUR MIND IS ON ORGASMS ELSEWHERE ON THIS SITE.

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        Ben Hurling

        “I am sure Bishop Tutu will invite you for Tea.”

        and Maliban Biscuits.

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          and Masala Wadai and Ideli too mate.

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          “Maliban Biscuits”

          Better not be Halal certified. Otherwise, BBS Gnassara will start screaming again.

          Cheers!

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        Ben Hurling should be a [Edited out] Tamil.

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    Tutu and Emmanuel are like peas in the same pod.

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    Another Tamil looking African!

    Birds of a feather flock together.

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      Another great humanitarian talking about human slaughter by state.

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      bishop tutu looks more like malinga and shenali waduge. i have no doubt you, weerasinghe, mahindapara, dilrook kannangara, charles perera and the rest of lanka toilet web nut cases look like bisop tutu.

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    This [Edited out]collar will bark at any moon or a mountain. We live in a “Anyone who gets a Nobel Price is a Saint” type of world. This [Edited out] at one time accepted the post of Prime Minister of South Africa while Mandela was in prison. He is [Edited out] and a designated hypocrite.

    JP / USA

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    Sinhalese and their supporters who comment here have selective amnesia!! When the sinhalese thugs killed, burnt, raped innocents Tamils all over the island, including colombo in broad daylight aided and abetted by Bikus, police, army and prominent politicians, Pirapaharan was a toddler!!!

    Pirapaharan was the by-product of the Sinhala TERROR!!! No one talks about the attempted murder of Rajiv Gandhi in Colombo by a Sinhalese Naval rating!! He was not punished, but promoted by the SINHALESE GOVERNMENT. He is free and enjoys political patronage!!!

    No one talks about the young people who were arrested without charges and held in prisons without the knowledge of the loved ones for ages!!! No one talks about aerial bombing, shelling, abductions and rape by the security forces from 1958 on wards and the several pogroms organised by the government itself!!!

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      who says he was not punished? he was stripped off of his ranks and even sent to jails. That is how SL gov acted. It is a pity SL gov nowadays dont have that wisdom.

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      TRUTH,

      cAN’T AGREE MORE..AND SYMPATHISE WITH ALL MY HEART. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. TRUTH, AT THE END OF THE DAY, WILL TRIUMPH AND THERE SURELY WILL BE A DAY OF RECKONING.

      PITY THAT CIRCUMSTANCES, THE DESPERATE ATTEMPTS TO KEEP ALIVE THE LTTE’S FOUNDING OBJECTIVES AND THE SURVIVAL INSTINCT AGAINST TREMENDOUSLY IMPOSSIBLE ODDS DROVE pIRAPAHARAN INTO ERRONEOUS ACTIONS INCLUDING SNUFFING OUT GANDHI.

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    WELL SAID BISHOP DESMOND TUTU .

    TO THOSE WHO NOT KNOW BISHOP TUTU,WHO FOUGHT AGAINST “APARTHEID”

    “Despite all of the ghastliness in the world, human beings are made for goodness. The ones that are held in high regard are not militarily powerful, nor even economically prosperous. They have a commitment to try and make the world a better place.”

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    Ben

    Ltte was forced cleansed the north because your Government started arming the Muslims and used them for spy work by rewarding them with money ( Premadasa time ). I am not saying that it was the correct thing to do . You are an absolute jack ass to make stupid comments of this nature before knowing the facts.

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      Giving excuses for what LTTE did is whitewashing it. The reason muslims were armed was LTTE attacked muslim villages.

      between what about ethnic cleansing of Sinhalese? Murder of Sinhalese in border villages and even in Anuradhapura.

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      Genny,

      Are you sure you are being guided by facts?

      Or are you blinded by extreme Tamil ethno-nationalistic pipe dream? To justify any crime against any human being. As long as they are not ethnic Tamils.

      Cheers!

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      I do not say it was the correct thing to do but then you must be able to understand why Gota said those Tamils from the N & E who do not have a valid reason for staying in Colombo other than a job or permanent residence should leave the city? right?

      In this case of course he did not rob the Tamils and he did not chase out people who were residents of Colombo but only those who were stationed in lodges and hotels.

      Even then we saw the reaction from human rights cabal. But hey why all the noise then if it was perfectly reasonable to evict even residents of a particular part of country for security?

      Hypocrite.

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    Desmond Tutu,

    Long before GOSL committed (or not) its alleged war crimes, LTTE committed crimes beyond war crimes for 30 years. Now there is no doubt about LTTE committing these crimes. We know that, leaders around the world know that and LTTE is proud of their achievements. In fact videos of burning buses/trains collapsed buildings airports, ports and everything in between has being shown as movies to collect money in western world. Now these leaders who are very keen on seen that justice is done for Tamils saw no evil in that.

    LTTE collected money for its terrorist activities in US, UK, Canada, Australia and South Africa. People who collected money for these crimes are still around and in fact they are colluding with the present leaders of these first world countries. There are no attempts to prosecute these LTTE leaders.

    Now what do you suggest we do to bring these people to justice? You had 30 years to campaign about these crimes and thus far you have done absolutely nothing and we still do not see you doing anything. Therefore you are a yet another hypocrite worst a religious hypocrite.

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      Navin ,

      ” what could be the reason behind D.Tutu’s stance on SL Tamil issue ?

      1) LTTE rump paid him handsomely.
      2) LTTE backed NGO’s influence.
      3) doesn’t know what he is talking about.
      4) All of the above .

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        All of the above and seeking cheap publicity…

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        3) doesn’t know what he is talking about.

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    Desmond WHO? where have u been all these years, when Innocent people in SL were hunted down bombed and maimed by the LTTE? The war was NOT between teh GOVT and Tamils, but Govt and a ruthless terrorist outfit…

    Desmond… where were u when the Afghan, Iraqi and Pakistani KIDS were killed and are still being killed? in Deep slumber? You have MORE issues In your continent…. to worry about I guess than poke ur nose in matters that arent related to u… HYPOCRITS…

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    Haiel Sinhala Hail Sinhala Budhist….. heil…

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    Jim Shifty and fellow travellers,

    Bishop Desmond Tutu is as alert of mind as ever – despite his advancing years. His reputation, unlike the compromising Kamlesh Sharma’s, remains respected and impeccable. His voice and opinion listened to with seriousness by the more responsible world leaders and the media across the Globe. If you want your regular verbal diorrhea in these pages to be taken even with a modicum of seriousness, please learn to be respectful and responsible in your comments.

    Kettikaran

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      poor ela kolla you are at it again, looks like your mother’s milk is not sufficient. Try gota, he is supposed to have a lot to spare.

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    On the face of it Bishop Tutu’s comments seem anti-Sri Lankan. Bear in mind however that even Reuters is known to slightly warp the answers to give a sensational look. The whole interview needs to be seen to make a judgement.

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    Sunday Isalnd, the Sri Lankan Weekly carried an interesting editorial titled ‘CHOGM 2013 As a Gathering of War Criminals’ which is directly related to this topic. it was referring to South Africa’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission headed by Bishop TUTU. Quoted are the last 2 passages.
    ” While arguing strenuously in favour of the amnesty, Bishop Tutu even asked in his report whether South Africa wants to become another Sri Lanka! What he meant by this was that unless South Africans were willing to put aside the desire for revenge and opt for restorative (not retributive) justice,  South Africa would also end up with an interminable civil war like in Sri Lanka. Would Bishop Tutu ever have been permitted to steer matters in South Africa in that direction if interfering mechanisms like the International Criminal Court and the UN Human Rights Council and the Western calls for ‘accountability’ had existed in 1995? Today, even after the warring political factions in Kenya have united to rule their country together, the ICC is not allowing the rapprochement to take its own course.  

    In Sri Lanka’s case, we won the war against the LTTE and could have applied ‘victor’s justice’ to the vanquished but have chosen not to do so and in effect have granted a blanket amnesty to former LTTE terrorists. The government is now trying to rebuild this country but the Western powers are trying to sabotage this at every turn citing ‘human rights concerns’ and the need for accountability. As in the case of Kenya the Western powers do not want to see any issue resolved – they want to keep all conflicts going in one way or another.  This is why CHOGM 2013 should become the start of a war by underdog nations against the Western human rights yoke. There will be no peace or reconciliation in the world unless the West is comprehensively defeated on this score.”

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    RICHMOND “…. we won the war against the LTTE and could have applied ‘victor’s justice’ to the vanquished but have chosen not to do so and in effect have granted a blanket amnesty to former LTTE terrorists.

    i CAN SAY QUITE A LOT ABOUT THE SUBJECT OF “VICTOR’S JUSTICE” AND THE “bLANKET AMNESTY” TO FORMER “LTTE TERRORISTS” ON ONE CONDITION: THAT “THE ISLAND” DEFINES ITS OWN TAKE ON WHAT IS MEANT BY “VICTOR’S JUSTICE” AND PUBLISHES PROOF THAT ALL THOSE “LTTE TERRORISTS” WHO WERE ARRESTED ON EVERY WHIM AND FANCY WERE PROVEN CADRES OF THE LTTE AND HAD ACTUALLY COMMITTED PROVABLE CRIMES WHICH WOULD HAVE LEGITIMISED CONVICTION AND INCARCERATION UNDER PRISON SENTENCES.

    WHY STOP AT THAT ? WHAT ABOUT DETAILS ABOUT THOSE WHO “vANISHED” IN POLICE AND ARMY CUSTODY ? WHY WERE THEY ALSO NOT GRANTED AN AMNESTY ? HOW ABOUT THE ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS FROM THEIR LOVED ONES ? ON-SUMMARY KILLINGS ? WHY WON’T “THE ISLAND’ IN THE PURSUANCE OF OBJECTIVITY NOT EDITORIALLY “CROP THE WHOLE PICTURE” AS IT WERE AND GIVE THE READER ONLY A SELECTIVE PORTION OF IT ?

    THE PUBLIC NEEDS THE WIDE ANGLE LENS ON THESE ISSUES IF ANYONE IS TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A COMPREHENSIVE AND EQUITABLE , INTELLIGENT AND OBJECTIVE STUDY OF THESE SORDID CRIMES ON BOTH SIDE. BUT JUST DON’T RUN AWAY WITH THE ASSUMPTION THAT EVERY READER IS AS NAIVE AS YOU THINK HE/SHE IS.IT IS SUCH PUBLICATIONS ATHT HELP LEAD ASTRAY THE LESS KNOWLEDGEABLE PUBLIC INTO FORMING CONCLUSIONS WHICH CONTUE OTIVATING THEM TO VOTE FOR CRIMINAL REGIMES. ALL IN THE NAME OF PATRIOTISM..AT ANY COST!

    SHOVE IT RICHMOND. YOU SOUND LIKE A STUPID TWO-BIT JUSTIFIER OF CRIME…PURE, UNADULTERATED CRIME.

    I’D BE EXTREMELY SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT MANIK DE sILVA HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THAT LOPSIDED CRAP. STINKS OF A ‘PLANT’ BY THE MANAGEMENT.

    YE GODS, THESE CHAOS DARE TO CALL THEMSELVES JOURNALISTS.. AND THEY THRIVE PRECISELY BECAUSE THEY HAVE READER OF YOUR ILK TO SING HOSANNAS TO THE POLITICALLY PAROCHIAL TRIPE THEY WRITE.

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    Bishop Tutu has more pressing matters closer to home . South Africa has the highest incidents of rapes in the world .Joburg is one of the most dangerous places on the planet. Unemployment amongst black youth is at an all time high . Drug abuse , violence , poverty , rampant . South Africa has remained stable thanks to the great visionary Nelson Mandela – who at the risk of facing the wrath of the bigots , I would venture to say is a modern day Arahath.
    Bishop Tutu wakes up occasionally from his deep slumber , and makes an uneducated statement .He is a wonderful , compassionate , human being , but not an authority on international affairs .

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