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Civil Society Disgraced By Choice Of CC Nominees

Several human rights activists have condemned the ‘Civil Society’ representatives whose nominations to the Constitutional Council were approved by Parliament yesterday (September 22nd).

Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy and President’s Council Shibly Aziz who will represent the civil society in the Constitutional Council have a lot of baggage that have raised questions over their suitability, good governance activists allege.

nominations to the Constitutional CouncilThe 83 year old Dr Ariyaratne, Leader of the Sarvodaya Movement, has been charged with nepotism, considering that close relatives have been appointed to key positions in his NGO Sarvodaya, the kind of practice that the Government strongly condemned the Rajapaksa regime for promoting

The charges against Dr Coomaraswamy are far more serious. She stands accused of sitting on a key report of an investigation into high profile human rights violations including the killing of five students in Trincomalee in January 2006, purportedly in order to secure Government clearance to take on a top UN post. Ironically she was the UN’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.

The said report was commissioned during the time she sat on the Council. The report, put together by T. Suntheralingam, a retired judge, who acted as the Special Rapporteur of an inquiry into high profile human rights violations.

That report was never made public by the Human Rights Commission or the then Government. It finally entered the public domain when Colombo Telegraph published it in January 2014.

The controversy over the report stemmed from Coomaraswamy’s statements to Colombo Telegraph at the time the website published the report. She insisted in the first instance that the report had not been finalised. She said that neither she nor Dr Deepika Udagama (also a member of the Council) had seen a finalised report before they left the Council. She said “Neither she nor I can remember the contents and if it had been finalized we would surely have remembered.”

However, after we published the story quoting an investigator who insisted that the report had been finalised PRIOR to Dr Coomaraswamy’s departure to the UN, she changed her position, Coomaraswamy was forced to acknowledge that she was aware that the report had been finalised and that she had even received it and ordered it to be published. She said however that she didn’t have the time to read the report.

These circumstances indicate irresponsibility or incompetence or both on her part considering the enormity of the allegations and as importantly the seriousness of the findings. The report revealed the involvement of security forces in the said violations. Had the findings been published or been discussed it would have in the very least put pressure on the security forces to be more disciplined in the execution of operations against the LTTE, human rights activists who wish to remain anonymous say.

Strangely, Sri Lanka’s articulate human rights advocates as well as INGOs which profess a keen interest in rights issues never thought fit to question Coomaraswamy over this glaring act of negligence. As strange is the fact that this lobby did not take up the report when Colombo Telegraph finally published it in January 2014, giving rise to the view that they would sideline an important discussion and with it sweep aside notions of justice, truth and retribution rather than cause embarrassment to Coomaraswamy.

‘Had she acted with integrity at the time, perhaps it would have forced the Government to take more seriously relevant international conventions related to conducting military offensives and thus prevented the kind of rights violations said to have taken place towards the end of the war,’ Siritunga Rajakaruna an activist hailing from Kebitigollewa told Colombo Telegraph.

The third ‘civil society’ representative appointed to the CC, Shibly Aziz is a card-carrying member of the United National Party.

‘How can a person who is closely aligned with a political party represent civil society?’ Kumari Siriwardena, a veteran activist in initiatives seeking Good Governance asked. Siriwardena, writing to Colombo Telegraph said ‘These appointments make mockery of the whole concept of independence envisaged by the appointment of civil society representatives to the Constitutional Council’.

The Constitutional Council is mandated to appoint members to several independent commissions in accordance with the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

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    There are no perfect men or women in our public life. Arguably, is there any such anywhere? Drs. Ariyaratne and Coomaraswamy have brought much credit to the country by their work. Aziz is a leading Lawyer with decades of experience working for the State at higher levels. I believe he now enjoys a lucrative private practise. Dr. (Miss) C can be considered the representative of Tamils and women’s interests whereas Aziz as representative of the Muslim community.
    Dr. A can be seen as representing the non-political Sinhala civil society.

    Like many, I believe the choice of this trio is an eminently good one.
    I hope many in the readership will chose to comment.

    “Let he amongst us without sin cast the first stone”

    Kettikaran

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      The more things change the more they remain the same in the miracle of modayas! This is true about politics in Sri Lanka and at the United Nations.

      AVVAZ has advertised for a new UN Secretary General and the only qualification you need is knowing the right people in high places.
      Radhika C who was part of the UN outfit is a number one influence peddler and narcissist – loves power, money, name dropping and the good life and of course she thought that Ranil would marry her once!

      Shibly Azis is famous for turning a blind eye on corruption and is doddering just like Ariyaratne. These three are an insult to civil society in Sri Lanka!
      Prof. Savirti Goonesekera and Kishali Pinto Jayawardene would have been far better!

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        With respect I wish to say this is poor and tasteless comment.

        Saddened really, by the fact.

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      “”have brought much credit to the country by their work. “
      boa constrictor at the north,
      why don’t you carry Premadasa and then Mahinda on your head stupid tamil?

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        salam

        Say hello to Javi.

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          stupid ambude going senile.

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      Kettikaran:
      Given the FACTS about each of these people, NONE OF WHICH YOU HAVE CONTESTED, how on earth can you deem them as “suitable?”
      Given that kind of “logic” it is understandable why you choose to use to express your opinions under a pseudonym!
      These choices are a continuation of the “same old, same old” practiced by two men (MS and RW) instead of one man (MR).

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        K is just another village academic.

        These village tamils want a country of their own like the Punjabi’s.
        Their main qualification is terrorism which they blame the Sinhalese and Muslims.
        However, world record holders Emil Soundranayagam, Raj Rajaratnam blame the Tamil culture for their downfall/exposure.- secrecy!

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      RE: Civil Society Disgraced By Choice Of CC Nominees

      “The third ‘civil society’ representative appointed to the CC, Shibly Aziz is a card-carrying member of the United National Party.”

      Is this the only reason? Is the candidate Competent?

      Looks like all 3 may be manipulated by the Politicians.

      Even if newly elected who was not manipulated before, it will not stop them being inoculated and manipulated by the politicians, but will take some time.

      Is this a question of the known Devil vs. the unknown Angel?

      The unknown Angel Satan, Iblis, Shaitan, Lucifer turning into the known Devil, Satan, Iblis, Shaitan, Lucifer or Mara, MaRa.

      Even Almighty God got deceived by the former Angels, Satan, Iblis, Shaitan, Lucifer.

      References: The Holy Bible and the Holy Quran.

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    Civil Society Disgraced By Choice Of CC Nominees

    It is just another matter, politicians rules the roost, as always, so why worry!

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      check she might [Edited out]

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    Get off it CT, these three persons are very well qualified for the job.

    No one will believe one word of yours against Dr Coomaraswamy. Not one, who knows her.

    As for appointing relatives into Sarvodaya, what harm does it do, if they are qualified and could be trusted to do the right thing? The issue at hand with the Rajapakses is that all Mahinda R’s relatives simply went to town in their new positions and therefore needed weeding out.

    I think CT should concentrate on major issues such as the former Sri Lankan chairman’s behavioural patters and so many other issues which have a direct relevance to today’s issues. In comparison this is mere sensationalism that will lower the prestige of CT, not elevate it, in the public eye.

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      No one believe one word? So read what Dr Coomaraswamy said;

      “I had only one term as the Chair of the HRC 2003-2006 and joined the UN in early 2006. I commissioned the report because it was clearly a situation that required an inquiry and we tried to be proactive. But I do not think I was there when the report was finalized or it was finalized as I was leaving. There was no pressure brought on me to either commission the report or not to release the report. As you know my Commission was appointed under the seventeenth amendment and was quite independent- including people like Dr. Deepika Udagama. But after us the President bypassed the procedure and appointed commissioners directly and the Commission lost its international status as a result,” Dr. Coomaraswamy told Colombo Telegraph.

      However one investigator familiar with the commissioned report told Colombo Telegraph that it had been finalised prior to Dr. Coomaraswamy’s departure for the UN.

      However both Dr. Coomaraswamy and her HRC colleague Dr. Deepika Udagama deny the allegation.

      Dr. Coomaraswamy clarified later to Colombo Telegraph that Dr. Deepika (Udagama) had also confirmed that the report was not finalized when they left the HRC.

      “Neither she nor I can remember the contents and if it had been finalized we would surely have remembered,” Dr. Coomaraswamy said.

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/security-forces-involved-in-high-profile-human-rights-violations-sri-lanka-human-rights-commissions-unpublished-report/

      Then read what she said later;

      We publish below our correspondence with Dr Coomaraswamy;

      From Dr Coomaraswamy to Colombo Telegraph;

      After your email I researched this matter of the Special rapporteur’s report of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka on the killing of the Trincomalee five. Suriya Wickremesinghe in her tribute to Mr. Suntheralingam which actually can be found on your website (November 7th 2013) had this to say- taken from what Mr. Suntheralingam told her
      ‘In January 2006 Suntheralingam was, with MCM Iqbal and Visakha Dharmadasa assisting, appointed by the Human Right Commission of Sri Lanka to look into conflict related killings taking place during the ceasefire. High profile cases so examined into were the abduction of the Tamil rehabilitation Organisation staff, the killing of five students at Trincomalee, the rape and murder of Elyathambi Tharshini, the killing of Kattankudy Divisional Secretary ALM Faleel and the killings at the Akkaraipathu Mosque. The report which had important conclusions and recommendations was HANDED OVER TO THE CHAIRPERSON ON HER LAST DAY OF OFFICE AND ORDERED TO BE PUBLISHED’
      As you know I left for New York that night. I did not have time to review the contents nor did the rest of the Commission. We expected the Commission that followed to do the right thing. Please also note that contrary to the suggestions made in the comments at no time did I seek or receive endorsement from the Sri Lankan government for any of my UN appointments. Please publish this as your report has done unnecessary damage since it seems to imply that we were pressurized to suppress the report and that we succumbed to that pressure. I am sorry I did not bring this to your attention earlier-RC”
      From Colombo Telegraph to Dr Coomaraswamy;

      To the best of your recollection, when did you resign as Chairperson of the SL HRC. Was it on or about the 15th April, 2006?
      In Suriya Wickramasinge’s account of the matter, in her obituatary for Mr. Sundaralingam, she writes, the report was, “ORDERED TO BE PUBLISHED”. Did you, as Chairperson order its publication? Who ordered its publication? Would Mr. Sundaralingam have the authority to order its publication? If indeed, you “As you know I left for New York that night. I did not have time to review the contents nor did the rest of the Commission,” how could it be that you ordered its publication?
      The public record indicates that Justice P Ramanathan was appointed commissioner after your resignation. After his death in Dec. 2006, Justice Anandacoomarasway was appointed commissioner. Are you aware the report of the SL HRC for 2006 (http://hrcsl.lk/PFF/2006%20&%202007%20%20HRC%20Annual%20Report.pdf), makes no mention of the Sundaralingam report. Would you comment on this omission, even if you were unaware of the omission up until now?
      To the best of your knowledge did other sitting commissioners, including Dr. Udugama, who you have cited in the previous email, protest the omission of the Sundaraligam report in the annual report of 2006?
      Quite apart from its mention or omission in an annual report, would you comment on the non publication of the report?
      From Dr Coomaraswamy to Colombo Telegraph;

      The term of my Human Rights Commission ended on the 31st of March 2006. The term for all the Commissioners ended up on that date, including Ms. Udagama. I left for New York that night and took up my posting on the 15th of April at the United Nations.
      I have now spoken to individuals both at HRC and some of the investigator team and they confirm that all the members of the suntheralingam investigation came to see me on the 31st and handed over the report. I said I had no time to read it but given its importance called the secretary to the Commission and in the presence of the investigators ordered him to have it published.
      It is not proper to comment on the actions of the HRC Commissions that came after me.

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/radhika-now-says-she-received-the-suntheralingam-report-and-ordered-to-release-it/

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      Justice & Fairplay:
      I am really amused by the pseudonym you have chosen given the content of your contribution.
      Is this some kind of game you are indulging in?

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        Emil,

        Please read what I wrote and make sure you are not confusing me with someone else.

        What I did say was that the choices made were eminently well qualified for the job. That does not mea they are the best of course, but that they are qualified for the job at hand, going by their track record.

        I will be interested to hear which part of my contribution you find amusing?

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    We had personalities of the calibre of Prof.K.M.de Silva to be considered. Sad!The opportunity was lost.
    Bandu

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      Bandu, what is wrong with the three names suggested? Why not allow them to get started and do their bit?

      I am amazed so much has been made of three very eminent persons, before they could even draw breath!!

      Suggest people encourage CT to go after the horrendous crime perpetrators in this country, plain robbers, and others who have ruined this country’s name in the international arena and driven this country to a near shambles. The three names discussed have only added a lot of lustre to the name of this country, not deflected it.

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        “CT to go after the horrendous crime perpetrators in this country”

        Is not hiding that human rights violation is a horrendous crime?

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      This K.M.de Siva wrote JRJ’s biography , is it okay ?

      JRJ’s politics gave birth to 02 terror uprisings, LTTE ,JVP & rest is history now.

      Further if you read this Silva’s book “A History of Sri Lanka” you would find how biased he was favoring his own caste & added to that many,many pages ,something like one chapter was dedicated to promote JRJ’s 1978 constitutional provisions.

      Certainly these 03 guys look much better than Silva.

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      Bandu de Silva

      “We had personalities of the calibre of Prof.K.M.de Silva to be considered. Sad!The opportunity was lost.”

      The good professor still believe in Vijaya myth as authentic history. More over he also believed that Tamil student were not required to score more marks than their Sinhalese counter part at A/L examinations to secure a seat at the university.

      Affirmative Action Policies The Sri Lankan Experience
      K M de Silva

      He has way of justifying all forms of discrimination including institutionalised ones, against minorities which you failed to grasp.

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      In addition to his suspect health, Prof. KM de Silva was in many instances found to “manufacture” history to his own personal preferences – not to mention to please his political patrons like
      JRJ and the mentally unstable Cyril Mathew. In particular, he is alleged to have “bent” Sri Lankan history in favour of the Sinhalese Vs the Tamils ignoring historical and archeological evidence.

      Those who chose the three nominated have done a fine job –
      an objective one avoiding prejudices.

      Nettabomman

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    I found my own organisation, and appoint members of my family to high posts. This organisation is not owned by the public, nor is it someone else’s property I’ve stolen. According to CT, this is nepotism. When will it dawn on you that Sarvodaya is a private organisation founded by one man?

    This is getting increasingly tedious. Either Uvindu and his lot can’t differentiate between a family run private entity and nepotism. In the absence of any real issues, one must manufacture them.

    I can now see why Rajapakse cracked down on people like this. Make up lies, then when someone calls them out, whine about media something or other and get the white man to defend you.

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      ” In the absence of any real issues, one must manufacture them. “

      Kp, you’ve said a mouthful!

      There are SO MANY important and pressing issues CT should be hollering at, this is plain piffle; a damp squib.

      Suggest the author gets the help of a shrink!

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        Yes, seeing many crocodiles in a tea cup

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      you say; I found my own organisation, and appoint members of my family to high posts. This organisation is not owned by the public, nor is it someone else’s property I’ve stolen. According to CT, this is nepotism. When will it dawn on you that Sarvodaya is a private organisation founded by one man?

      [Edited out] This is organisation is not a private property men, it is donor money, donor money means public money. Don’t talk like an idiot [Edited out]

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        in reality it is not public or government tax office controlled.
        The public pay into charity and that is their cut off point.

        from then on and once the workers mature into a form of INGO they become the unknown public unchecked private property of the CEO (most with time make a life for life by installing a trust that controls the INGO.
        they are not stupid but grass root gutter snakes from below who steal their way forward as some sort of god man.
        Today in the UK many questios are being asked about these charities which are well protected by law and are worse than a church which it tried to replace.- its a fraud coming to light and new laws would come in soon (5 years)to declare it all.
        The largest child charity in the UK had to shut down a couple of months ago for being private property of the CEO.(monies just vanish because they are non taxpaying non accountable in practice)

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    Finanly, finalized with Elephant block , so there won’t be any shortage for Personal and political bias

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    I am quite surprised to hear of Mr Aziz as a card carrying member of the UNP. Yes, he was an active member of the UNP, but during the last years I have known him, he has moved away from political affiliations and has been a strong advocate of civil society initiatives with unwavering support for recconsiliation and peace. Both Dr Ariyaratne and Dr Coomarasamy are eminent enough to be the civil society representative. Can anyone name a Perfect Sri Lankan>

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    While you can charge and alledge, you must remember people are innocent until proven guilty.

    It is so easy to make these remarks without revealing yourself – anonymous CT author.

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    Picking 3 people off the street would have been better.

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    John.

    I am with you on your view of Prof;K.M.De SILVA.He is JRJs historian,and as such he will be disqualified.As to that tendency to promote his caste,he is not alone.Dr.Colvin R.De SILVA too was a fellow traveler.

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    I must render an apology to Prof.K.M.de Silva for dragging his name into this discussion which he may not have ever dreamt of.That he is a fitting person when considered against some of those appointed is my personal opinion. I have said enough about Radhika when she was appointed to the UN job. Others have said of Ariyaratna. So let us not talk about K.M.de Silva in isolation. I can even think of another person like Mr.Somapala Gunadheera.

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      Bandu de Silva

      Why have you refrained from recommending Prof Gananath Obeyesekere?

      He is intellectually very honest, he is well known within this island and abroad, a body of work one would envy of, still academically active, sound mind, ….. and a native anthropologist.

      Probably you don’t like him, because he is intellectually honest.

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      Somapala Gunadeera is a perfect fit for this position

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    Don’t expect feathers from tortoise.

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    Who is this Kapila who hatesRadhika so much. A rejected lover? All of us who know her know how lovable and generous she is especially with young people. My daughter!s career took off because of her. She is one of the warmest kindest people I know it is terribly shocking to read these things about her. Her explanation on this report is perfectly reasonable so I really do not understand the fuss. There is somebody with some perversion here and CT should not encourage it.

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      Well said Balan, you gutsy man!

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    I worked for Sarvodaya in Menik Farm. Dr A.T. Ariyaratne and family [Edited out] contracting to refugee camps in Vavuniya after the humanitarian rescue mission. The great victory by our war heroes was wasted because of greed of people like Dr A.T. Ariyaratne.

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    These comments are made in a silly and envious manner. Why has CT failed to ask who is in the jumbo cabinet and how many deputy ministers who are rogues appointed by President Sirisena. The real questions are there.
    We cal all cast aspersions that are personal. If we go along that path there will be no one for CC. Few names have been mentioned as possible so called independent candidates. If they were appointed there would also have been so much to say about them. Just because one can write good English in a daily newspaper does not make one a prominent person. What are your indicators for selection. Show us your list for this heaven made candidates.

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      even bush went to Harvard the same way the woman slipped through.
      Just another flamboyant ambulance chasers daughter.

      Go hug Vas he did it better from baggage boy to top cat – he would be out soon so get your sibling a job in FO.

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    Native,
    You think I do not like Gananath because he is intellectually honest.That comment can have implications on the reverse. As for Gananath, we were University colleagues,he being a year senior. We held him in high regard then as much as we do now.I have read most of what he has written on anthropology, his work on Pattini cult, many times.I attend his lectures even now whenever I can.So no fear. There is no dislike. But on some details I may not agree with all what he says.That s a different thing. The other two I mentioned, were my colleagues and batch-mate, Kingsley, in the University, and Some in School.So I know about their intrinsic qualities from those days.
    Regards,
    Bandu

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    Bandu de Silva

    Thanks for your insight into your relationship with high and mighty.

    “But on some details I may not agree with all what he says.”

    Do you agree with yourself all what you think, say, write and your actions. In fact I don’t agree with myself all the time on all what I think, say, write and all my actions. Hence how could one expect to agree on others’ opinion?

    The differences in opinion arises not from facts but perception driven by ignorance and arrogance.

    As an likable old codger we the young generation would have expected you to throw few more names. The issue here is that you have suggested only one, instead a few.

    Also people change over time. We need wise people to draft the constitution who will put the people first, and not the corrupt and racist politicians, bureaucrats, the so called legal experts. New constitution should be subjected to a nationwide referendum.

    My vote is for Prof Gananath Obeysekere or Sudharshan Seneviratne.

    Since you have plenty of time in your hand don’t you think you should use it effectively to enlighten the forum sharers? For instance you could consider writting on topics such as:

    The close ancient and medieval relation between South India and this island.

    The sovereignty of this island, perception, ignorance, and reality in the context of globalising world.

    Why this island does not produce intellectually honest or wise people anymore?

    Why corruption, war crimes, nepotism, rape, drug dealing, abuse of power, …………… are tolerated, encouraged and rewarded in this thrice blessed island?

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    Balan I want to ditto “warmest and kindest” – she helped me a lot in time of need. Ask Sonali Derniyagala who thanks Radhika in her book The Wave. People should know the good side of people.

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      like DJ she practiced chasing ambulances- what kind of scum are they?? Like CBK?

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    Native.

    Prof:Gananath Obeysekera has a first degree in English.First class Honours.It is only later on that he took to Anthropology.Prof:S.J.Tambiah at Harvard and Prof:G.O.at Princeton.
    Frankly,the C.C. is for folks like Dr.Ariyaratne et al.

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      Lots of Money or clout takes you to Harvard (unless you are an illicit immigrant who would study for free) and that means you sit on your brains as most from lanka do.
      Its the chaos/genocide created solely of the oxford harvard in the island that lost a vote.

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    Why waist your precious time and energy trying to pass judgment on philanthropists and intellectuals even before they start doing a job of work. They certainly better than members under the council functioned during the 18th amendment. Ha ha ha

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    All three are not fully suitable to be members of the CC.
    Are there no educated intellectuals among Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims?
    Ho about retired members of the judiciary/public service, from all three communities.

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    AT Ariyarathne is redundant because already there are several sinhala leaders in the CC to look after their interests. that place should have been reasonably given to poor upcountry tamils who are always neglected and discriminated. this applies to srilankan tamils who have three slots(opposition leader sampanthan, sumanthiran and rathika).
    -dayal

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    Remember that there was a need for a Tamil from civil society. Radhika is well qualified. Other good Tamils there are, but they do not live in Sri Lanka,even if they are qualified.

    There are worrisome details in the human rights commission not publishing the Suntharalingam report. But Radhika must be judged for her total contributions — work at ICES in difficult times, her helpfulness to young people, prestige internationally, legal qualifications, etc.

    Most important, the TNA advanced her candidature. Obviously Mr. Sampanthan thinks she is good. That is good enough for me from people overwhelmingly elected by the Tamil people as their representatives.

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    Radhika has [Edited out], that she would not have realised that she was sitting on the report.
    Radhika is[Edited out]

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    Every human being commits some sin in his or her life. We all have some skeletons in our cupboards, even if others do not see it.

    So let these 3 imperfect nominees stand. CT wants 3 other imperfect nominess, it looks!

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    I am sure there are better persons that these three so called civil society representatives. Dr. Ariyaratne never involved in political or state administration in the country. If Pres. sirisena feels of honouring him for some thing, he should have appoted him as his senior advisor. That will be a perfect fit as he claimed as a Sinhala Buddhist.

    Dr. Coomaraswamy do enjoy high reputation internationally and I don’t think that she is fit to perform the responsibilities with the bunch of politicians, some of them are known for their racial biased. She could not do any thing to reform the Human Rights Commission, only survived as a HR Commissioner for all four years entrusted to her. She is well known to co-opting with the establishment and this post is not for that purpose.

    Shibly Aziz is known for his biased with the UNP. After all which civil society approved their nominations to represent them. Can the government have moral responsibilities to appoint CS representatives.

    Constitutional Council need independent civil society representatives who could food their foot down and commit to resist political or partisan interest and to ensure independent functioning of the Council. Civil society representatives should have been selected among high caliber parsons who were involved in advocating such mechanism. Vimukthi

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      Aziz id wolf in sheeps clothing

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    The three persons – one from Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim Community – have, like some one commented, carry baggage. They also are favourites of Chandrika, Srisena and Ranil as they have served their agenda well. The membership is a reward to fading personalities.

    As the membership of the CC is an important Council, membership need to be not by appointment but by a process of nomination and finally an election for a 2 year Term.

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