23 October, 2017

Come March 2017 UN Needs To Act On Sri Lanka

By Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Come March 2017 UN Needs To Act On Sri Lanka: An ICC Referral Or An International Special Tribunal Is Now Proven To Be Most Wanting – Part 1

Come March when the 34th session of United Nations Human Rights Council gets underway, all eyes should be on Sri Lanka, when the High Commissioner for Human Rights, will be presenting “a comprehensive written report, followed by a discussion on the implementation of the resolution,” which it co-sponsored. The resolution initiated by America, passed without a vote on 1st October 2015 at the 30th session of the UNHRC, which also got the backing of India and China – both of which otherwise hold the position that they would not support a, “country specific resolution” if it’s not, “accepted by the country concerned.”

As the world was observing International Human Rights Day, the day the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1950, for Tamils there was actual frustration and no better time to go back to what the new regime under President Sirisena co-signed in the resolution, “promoting accountability, reconciliation and human rights,” in Sri Lanka.

How far has Sri Lanka gone towards fulfilling its obligations under HRC 30, i.e. towards delivering transitional justice to victims of Mullivaiikal? Sri Lanka seems to be inching its way to nowhere as many still ponder over the question that’s been asked again and again: In the search for justice, will Sri Lanka match up to the task? Transitional justice meaning, criminal Justice, reparations, truth and memory, institutional reform, gender issues, matters pertaining to children and youth etc..

As regards even the new regime the answer still seems to be a resounding no!

An examination of a few of the key provisions would show there has been little or no genuine will on the part of the Sirisena regime to implement the resolution comprehensively as stated. While this is the reality, more evidence is emerging, that violations and abuses such as the dreaded ‘white van abductions’ are still going on.

Take for instance, Paragraph 13, whilst ratifying the ‘ international Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances’, and albeit legislating to creating an Office of Missing Persons (OMP), the regime, has still to get it operational and working. The OMP in itself is a disappointment and did not come up to expectations, the Human Rights Watch reported, because of the, “lack of consultations with the families of the disappeared.”

Moreover, Thambu Kanagasabai in his analysis, wrote the OMP was deceptive and futile, stating, although the, “OMP for its intent and purpose is a positive step to trace, search, and collect information as to the circumstances which led to disappearances, it is just an inquisitional mission without any powers on its own to prosecute those involved in the disappearances after identifying them.”

The ‘office of reparations’ called for under the resolution, is not even in the radar, a main component of transitional justice.

As per Paragraph 12, the draft to replace the much feared, ‘Prevention of Terrorism Act’ (PTA), now referred to as the ‘Counter Terrorism Act’ (CTA) has been condemned by civil society organisations as being worse than the existing one, the text of which is said to be, according to the Sri Lanka Campaign, “deeply disturbing” and quoting a commentator’s observation, “a cure far worse than the disease.” Mr. A Sumanthiran TNA MP, called the draft law, “old wine in a new bottle,” and not, “in tune with international best practices,” and, “fears that the new law will retain objectionable features of the PTA like preventive detention for indefinite periods and legal acceptance of “confessions” made to police officers in the first instance.”

As per Paragraph 17, the resolution “encourages” the Government to address all reports of sexual and gender- based violence and torture. In fact, the UN Committee against Torture (UNCAT) after its hearing on Sri Lanka concluded, according to the New York Times report, that “torture was common practice in Sri Lanka,” and routinely committed by the Criminal Investigation Department, “in a large measure of cases.” regardless of the suspected offence:

“What we saw was that the Government has not embarked on institutional reform of the security sector,” Felice D. Gaer, one of two committee experts who led the examination of Sri Lanka, told reporters in Geneva. There’s some question about their commitment to a lot of things that are needed and have been promised in that country in this difficult time.”

The New York Times itself in its last paragraph seemed to think both, “the President and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe were back pedaling on the promised institutional clean up for fear of antagonizing the country’s powerful security services.”

The New York Time’s own analysis says a lot about the situation in Sri Lanka where speculation is rife of a possible coup happening anytime – the main reason – Sri Lanka’s leading political analyst M M Nilamdeen, thinks – why renegade Karuna was arrested and put in remand.

Paragraph 17 actually expects commitment from the, “the Government to issue instructions clearly to all branches of the security forces that violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, including those involved in torture, rape and sexual violence and that those responsible will be investigated and punished.”

But Sri Lanka has so far shown scant regard for prosecuting those alleged of torture. The Minister for International relations of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), Manicka Vasagar, was scathing in his statement upon hearing the “former head of a notorious Unit involved in torture was part of the Sri Lankan delegation to UNCAT: 
”The attendance of the former head of the notorious Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) Sisira Mendis, as a representative of the Sri Lankan delegation, to the UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) meeting in Geneva, shows that Sri Lanka continues to disrespect and smacks on the integrity on the United Nation’s body…Mr. Mendis who was in Charge of the Terrorism Investigation Department, was fully responsible for the numerous torture cases on victims under his watch, as documented by the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) in their memo to UNCAT. Many are still left traumatized with injuries and some are still unaccounted for or missing…It is a body blow to the victims and families who are still waiting for justice and accountability, to see perpetrators, allowed to travel freely, when under investigation for human rights, war crimes and crimes against humanity,” the statement said.

In this regard, it’s important also to bear in mind what Paragraph 8 states:

“The Government of Sri Lanka is encouraged to introduce effective security sector reform as part of its transitional justice process, which will help to enhance the reputation and professionalism of the military and include ensuring that no scope exists for retention in or recruitment into the security forces of anyone credibly implicated through a fair administrative process in serious crimes involving human rights violations or abuses, or violations of international humanitarian law, including members of the security and intelligence units; and also to increase training and incentives focused on the promotion and protection of human rights of all Sri Lankans.”

As for Paragraph 10, the Sri Lanka army still holds thousands of acres of private land belonging to Tamils, impeding rehabilitation of displaced people for example in the Valikamam north area and is very much involved in livelihood, agricultural and commercial activities including tourism and running schools in the North and East.

While progress has been abysmal generally , not a single item in the provisions set out in Paragraph 6 and 7 which point to Sri Lanka’s foremost obligations under the resolution, (which it proposed) has so far been considered by the new regime – i.e. “to establish a judicial mechanism with a special counsel to investigate allegations of violations and abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law, with the participation in that judicial mechanism, including the special counsel’s office, of Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers and authorised prosecutors and investigators… as well as reform of its domestic law to ensure it can implement effectively its own commitments.”

In my article Sri Lanka’s ability to Deliver Transitional Justice Grim, I quoted Heather Ryan, a member of the Sri Lanka MAP initiative (Monitoring and Accountability Panel) set up by the TGTE, giving a full overview, “of its goals, the purpose behind independent monitoring, its criteria for any accountability mechanism, its concerns of what it has seen so far happen and some initial recommendations”:

Ryan explained the MAP’s goal in this way: “To take a look and help evaluate the development and implementation of transitional justice broadly and more specifically accountability mechanisms in Sri Lanka, and to bring to bear the experience we developed…to ensure any mechanism, any tribunal established in Sri Lanka is truly perceived to be independent and fair by the people, all of the people, otherwise it will be viewed as another tool of victimisation that cannot be allowed to happen to a country that’s already suffered so badly ..And so our goal is to shine a bright light as we can on the developments in this area.”

Ryan is expecting extensive, substantial and far reaching changes in the, legal and judicial systems and laws, including incorporation of the concept of “command responsibility” into its law, in order to “meet international standards”. She believes it is necessary to put in place educational and capacity building initiatives prior to any public consultations taking place. (In this regard MAP is in the process of considering if the government appointed ‘taskforce’ of exclusively civil society members is “truly representative of the variety of different views around the country.”) This is in addition to her calling for witness protection and the participation of foreign judges, prosecutors, investigators and defence counsels, in an independent and impartial victim centered accountability mechanism,” as part of the full implementation of the UNHRC resolution.

The Crisis group expert on Sri Lanka, Alan Keenan’s assessment of the progress that Sri Lanka had made since HRC 30 is a must read – in his article, Impunity and Justice: Why UN Human Rights Council Must Stay Engaged in Sri Lanka, he weighs in on the, “Government’s political will and ability to see the complex process through”: “…Progress on implementing the Council resolution has been slow and often grudging, and there are growing doubts about the government’s political will and ability to see the complex process through. For Sri Lanka to stay on the path toward recovery, it needs sustained international support and engagement.”

Up to this day, although UN special procedure mandate holders have been visiting Sri Lanka ((Paragraph 19) despite Paragraph 20, it seems Sri Lanka has consistently and out rightly rejected any technical assistance.

But with just about three months to go, everyone who has been watching Sri Lanka would know it has done nothing substantial towards realising the goals set out in the resolution especially under Paragraphs 6 and 7.

Sumanthiran in the interview he gave to the Tamil Guardian put paid to any hopes of the government doing even,” 1/6 of what they promised in the resolution when March comes around.” To quote the Tamil Guardian, according to Sumanthiran “practically speaking” the un-legislated mechanisms of a truth commission, office of reparations and judicial mechanism, “might have to be done once the constitution process is over, ” and that the TNA would be pushing for the rollover of the resolution. “

A rollover of the resolution is unconscionable – for Tamils it’s unthinkable, considering Sri Lanka has been given enough time and space to get on with the job of creating a domestic mechanism with a hybrid element as agreed- and has failed. It’s no longer Sri Lanka’s purview – surely the responsibility to put in place an international judicial mechanism come March lies with the various organs of the UN namely the General Assembly, the UN Security Council, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Commission and Secretary General .
The TGTE having collected more than 1.6million signatures for an ICC referral, now calls upon the International Community for an action plan, to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court or appoint a special tribunal for the purpose – as Manicka Vasagar reiterated as something, “similar to the UNHRC referral of North Korea to the General Assembly – if Sri Lanka fails to implement the UN resolution in full by March 2017,” believing in the adage, “consistency is essential in the integrity of the UN mechanism.”

It must not be forgotten that President Sirisena himself as acting Defence Minister oversaw the genocidal war, and has vowed to protect the members of his armed forces including senior military and political officials who were allegedly involved. He has simply rejected the idea of any foreign judges or counsel in any judicial mechanism (if ever there is one) time and time again. Adding insult to injury he now claims American, President-Elect, Donald Trump would take a softer approach and absolve Sri Lanka of blame for what many believe was genocide. “It appears,” says Taylor Dibbert for the South Asian Monitor, “Sirisena, has reached out to America’s president-elect Donald Trump. It’s not clear precisely what language was used, though it looks like Sirisena wants Trump to help him sweep allegations of abuses that occurred during the nation’s civil war under the carpet.” That sums up Sri Lanka’s commitment to the whole resolution per say period – hope the future president would respect the UN process and would give America’s full backing in the search for justice.

It’s incumbent upon the UN to step up its efforts to ensure the Tamil victims of the Mullivaikkal genocide get justice. An ICC referral or an international special tribunal is now proven to be wanting.

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    “Come March 2017 UN Needs To Act On Sri Lanka”. Keep dreaming Usha. The UN is a failed organisation. They never stopped war nor genocide. They only step in after the fact. And to use a local term ‘shape karanawa’ is what they do best – after the fact. So Sri Lanka can sit pretty and keep felicitating the mass murderers.

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      Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah

      ““Come March 2017 UN Needs To Act On Sri Lanka”.

      Please wake up from your dream.

      You haven’t commented on Ranil’s apology in Parliament. Why is the deafening silence?

      D.B.S.Jeyaraj wrote recently on Anton Stanislaus Balasingham. He wrote this in his weekly column to Daily Mirror on 2016-12-10. Here is an excerpt:
      …….
      …….
      “Balasingham was his customary jovial self with his jokes and jibes.As the conversation progressed I sensed that he was seriously worried. It was certainly not over his impending death but something else. Soon it came blurting out. “Thambikku oru Ilavum vilanguthillai. Nilaimai Padu moasamaahuthu. Muzhu Ulagamum Saernthu Puligalai Mongappoaguthu”(Younger brother is not understanding anything. The situation is becoming worse. The whole world will get together and clobber the tigers) Younger brother referred to LTTE supremo Veluppillai Prabhakaran who was known as Thamby to those of an earlier vintage.

      Balasingham went on to say that the so called international community was infuriated at the conduct of the LTTE. Unless the tigers did an urgent course correction and acted in an acceptable manner the western nations, China,Japan, Pakistan and India were going to back the Rajapaksa regime and ensure that the LTTE was militarily defeated and destroyed.I asked Balasingham as to why he was unable to make Prabhakaran see the writing on the wall and act accordingly. Bala Annai replied ruefully that he had tried and failed.

      Speaking further Balasingham said that he had in a direct one to one meeting at Kaeppaapulavu in the Northern mainland of Wanni entreated Prabhakaran to see reason and understand the situation.But Prabhakaran did not budge lamented Bala Annai. “You know how “Veeramaarthaandan”(This was how Balasingham referred to Prabhakaran when annoyed) behaved with me”? asked Bala Annai in Tamil. He then continued to elaborate-

      “When I kept on broaching the subject, Prabhakaran abruptly asked me whether I had seen the Tamil movie ‘Autograph’directed by famous Tamil Nadu film maker Cheran. When I said ‘no’ Prabhakaran said then we must watch it now. So a DVD of the film was played and we watched it on TV in silence. After it was over ,I again tried to talk about the situation. Prabhakaran said ‘let’s watch the film again’.So we watched it again. Once it was over I tried again to re-open the topic.Prabhakaran with an impish grin said ‘Innorukkaa Paarppam’ meaning ‘lets see it again. I took the hint and took Prabhakaran’s leave. When he behaves like that I know from experience that nothing would make him relent”.

      When I asked Balasingham whether he did not try to make other senior LTTE leaders understand the situation. He replied that people like Thamilselvan, Castro, Pottu Ammaan in the Wanni and Ruthirakumaaran in New York had prejudiced Prabhakaran’s mind against him after the Oslo facilitated peace talks between the Ranil Wickremesinghe Govt and LTTE. Moreover they had also misinformed Prabhakaran into believing that the Sri Lankan armed forces could be defeated and that the world would back the tigers against Rajapaksa. Balasingham also said that senior leaders like Soosai, ‘Baby’ Subramaniam, Balakumaran and Para understood the predicament but were powerless to persuade Prabhakaran to ee reality. “

      Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah

      What do you have to say about your Right Honourable Thesiath Thlavar Thiruvengadam Vellupillai Prabaharan.

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        Native
        All what you have said is incapable of registering in the boneless grey matter between USSR’s ears.
        When she believes in every illusion that Rudra in the TGTE performs, do you you really expect her to reply your question?

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          Nothing is going to happen in Geneva in March 2017, as US and western countries do not want to rock the boat of present Srilanka government and allow Mahinda to come back. Even though they and India are not happy about how the present government has failed to neutralize China, they feel that it is better than allowing Mahnda to come back. So this scenario will continue for some time.

          However, the issue of war crimes will not be swept under the carpet, but will be put on the back burner and will be taken up vigorously if Mahinda comes back. There is every possibility of Mahinda coming back as this government has not performed well on the economic to the satisfaction of Sinhalese and has not met the promised solution to Tamils on political front. Just a boycott by Tamil voters will bring Mahinda back to power.

          It is better for TGTE and other extremist Tamil groups to keep off from this matter, as the present government is faltering in its promise to come out with a political solution acceptable to Tamils in exchange of helping Srilanka to over come war crimes charges. If the government is sincere it should go back to the peace accord with LTTE arrived in 2002, which has been cited by the Colombian President as a model for his peace plan with rebels.

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            Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah has forgotten the fact that it is not Hilary Clinton but Donald Trump who won the US election. Those who supported the Tamil cause such as Hilary, Jayalalitha and so on are finished. In Sri Lanka the present Ranil-Maithree government is Pro-American. The Donald Trump supporter and former US citizen Gotabaya Rajapakshe will be the next Sri Lankan President because there is nobody in the UNP or the SLFP to come even close. Both Ranil and Maithree have become very unpopular among the majority Sinhala Buddhists. The Tamils and Muslims are also fed up of this govt. The Tamils and Muslims will refrain from voting because Ranil-Maithree is not going to give anything to the minorities. The usual trend in Sri Lanka is that the people vote in the general election for the party that wins the Presidential election. In 3 years’ time the Rajapakshes will be back in power and this time they will lean towards Donald Trump. With Gota as President and the Rajapakshes in power, the minorities will be kaput. Neither Donald Trump nor Modi or anybody else is going to help the SL minorities anymore.

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              You should be a dreamer of Rajaakshe not having the least knowledge about the ground realities of the day. Rajaapkshes and their abuses become even more clear day by day. There are 3 more years to go with the current rule, they have set numerous plans aiming at creating new jobs for the increasing numbers of unrest youth in this country. Now with reveal those who protest in Hambatota – own not even proof documents regarding their jobs, they themselves will have to be clear, they have been abused by hidden rascal forces, for their secret political agendas.

              Turning to the events of last week_ Alone the volksmord (the planned human blood bath) challenged by BBS led extreme elements caricatured by Rajapakshe kalliya ended up in vain – that was a plus plus situation for the govt and their intelligent manner to have handled it that way, not allowing any kind of blood baths. There is an increasing threat from Minority muslims – in Batticalo but the devil is no that black as assumed to be – whoever abuse them for their political gains – will have to face all charges by both Nature and Rulers like or not in the future.
              The few who were arrested proved themselves, there is no basis of those extremists in terms of getting the arrested release (Please check yourself what that Dayanpriyasad or the like uneducated blind activitists now say).

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            What was the peace accord in 2002? There was no peace accord it was the CFA…i guess you are not talking about having a CFA again.

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        Dear Native,

        So you knew Stanislaus… How cool. You read DBS J too.

        Did you read Shivashankar Menon?
        L
        He is the best, Shiva reckons all. Those chest beating Nadu Politikkas were shitting in in their pants , when Pira was around.kk

        And they privately agreed to finish him off.
        .
        BTW you should have. Asked the Senator how much the Ealamm PM pay poor old DBSJ for pain and suffering caused to him by Eelaam founder Mahaveeran Pirahabaran…

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          KASmaalam K A Sumnasekera

          “You read DBS J too. Did you read Shivashankar Menon?”

          Does it matter what I read or do not read. It matters more what exactly you read and how well informed you are.

          “And they privately agreed to finish him off.”

          I did mentioned this well before the end of war in Transcurrent, Tamilcanadian or DBS J. The story may be knew to you but one could have guessed it from pattern of their behaviour.

          I used to write

          “VP thought Vaiko was his man in RAW but he was RAW’s man in LTTE”.

          By the way, I have just finished reading Anuradhapur Ugaye Profssors Liyanagamage and Gunawardana.

          I am just name dropping.

          The stupid war cost $200 billions. I suppose more than $2 Billion came from Hindian’s treasury.

          Where do you think MR got the money to bribe VP?

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            Dear Native,

            Does that include the USD 2 Billion Surendran, and his rich mates sent alongside the collections from process workers, janitors, window cleaners and curry shop owners from Momtreal to. Melbourne and even Lourdes,

            Do you read Sandaruwan.s Rag too to be so well rounded..

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          Shivshankar Menon’s book: “India opposed US-Norway efforts to rescue LTTE leader Prabakaran…TN leaders knew Prabhakaran would kill them to rule Eelam…. “: My take 1: The Tamil leader would have taken cyanide than be rescued by India!!! India’s betrayal is hard to swallow. Rajiv’s killing wasn’t the reason – Menonite’s, known as the “Mallu Mafia’ people’s, dislike for TN Tamils dictated India’s foreign policy. TN are fantastic, have stood with us, no offense it’s just that the south block was full of Malayalees: http://www.malaysia-today.net/indian-pm-and-his-malayalee-…/ … Rajiv’s wanton killing dealt a body blow to Tamil Struggle earning India’s ire, but Centre after Indra was never with us. Let’s not forget Rajiv was preparing to decimate LTTE along with Prabakaran and condemn Eelam Tamils to Sinhala hegemony! TN leaders were for Eelam but with Rajiv’s killing their support became tepid true, Jayalalithaa especially, but became a champion of Eelam after 2009.

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            Hi Usha,

            Seems like Jayalalitha and Karunanidhi were all pretending. :) they just uses you…karapinchas…what do u call it in tamil?

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            Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

            Would you like to review your typing?

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              Native Vedda, thank you for spotting my mistake – yes it should read:

              Known as the “Mallu Mafia, the Menonite people’s dislike for TN Tamils dictated India’s foreign policy. (2006-2009)

              Thank you

              My comments were actually the sum total of ‘one liners’ I had posted on FB relating to my take on Shivshankar Menon’s book..

              Best,
              Usha

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        Bloody lies! DBS hallucinating in a drunken state, so they say and that’s true!

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      Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

      RE: Come March 2017 UN Needs To Act On Sri Lanka

      “Come March 2017 UN Needs To Act On Sri Lanka: An ICC Referral Or An International Special Tribunal Is Now Proven To Be Most Wanting – Part 1”

      “As the world was observing International Human Rights Day, the day the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1950, for Tamils there was actual frustration and no better time to go back to what the new regime under President Sirisena co-signed in the resolution, “promoting accountability, reconciliation and human rights,” in Sri Lanka.”

      Well, well, you need to face the reality.

      UN is the successor to the League of Nations.

      Italy invaded Ethiopia, and many other abuses.

      After UN, there were many abuses invading the Afganistan by the Soviets, Iraq by USA etc. and the Sri Lankan issue is small in their scheme of things. If Sri Lanka goes under water like Maldives will due to global warming, UN may care because the are affected as well, with New York and London going under water too.

      So get the best deal, and move on, until the next war, courtesy of Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, who claimed the Land initially by walking.The Paras, Paradeshis have invaded the Land of the Native Veddah Aethho and destroyed the Land and the Environment.

      References:

      1. The Vedda Tribe

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

      2. Tamil-speaking Veddas of Vaharai await war recovery support

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeFCuZwexRw

      3. Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations.

      Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

      http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

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      SL is now pro-US.

      Disturbing this is not good for the west. Remember 1983? Did the UN or the US put enough pressure on SL? NO!

      UN has bigger problems than SL!

      BTW Tamil Madu survived with a few suicides this time. MGR was way more popular than Jaya. None in SL too.

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      The UN is the only strong world organisation. Sri Lankans umder estimate things and have wrong dreams.

      SL must Wait for March 2017 to face the reality of music!!

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    Sri lanka must act to fulfil its obligations. You cannot play the politics they do locally to evade issues of public concern.
    The recognition our government received from the international community might fade away unless we act.

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      Bring credible evidence. SL will act. Otherwise the separatists has to get lost.

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        eusense:

        It is not for SL to act. SL is one of the accused parties. It should be in the dock to answer allegation and with the right to refute those allegations with “credible evidence”. Don’t be such a stupid donkey. When Sirisena and Ranil say that they will protect, whatever the circusmstances, those from the army who may be cited for alleged offences, then it would seem donkeys are not capable of conducting impartial investigations. With silly monkeys like you around, is there any wonder SL will prosper?

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          Jansee
          What a stupid statement! Every time a stupid separatist make accusations the gov. has to spend money investigate and give “credible evidence” to show those accusations are fake??? Who do you think SL citizens are? Were born yesterday?
          Yes it is the duty of our leaders to protect our troops, who got rid of a murderous terrorist group, many giving even their lives. Terrorists have no human rights. Ask Trump or Putin for more info!

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            eusense:

            Of course, donkeys need to be squared into their ears. And of course, the govt need not have to spend the money to investigate if it had kept its loud mouth lie not to conduct the investigation. It had co-sponsored a resolution. An idiot like you should ask your govt why it agreed to co-sponsor and wanted to undertake the investigation? Now a pathetic donkey is asking why the govt has to spend the money to investigate. How pathetic?

            Again you are showing your blatant stupidity. The terrorists (LTTE) have been cited for war crimes but the charge against the regime/army is for murdering civilians. Show me where Trump or Putin has said that it is ok to murder civilians in the thousands you stupid donkey? You think you can bluff your way around? Show the proof?

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              Jansee the jackass
              SL gov. Will not spend a dime to investigate fake asylum seeker accusations, period. If the UN fund such investigation the gov will buy some luxury cars for the investigators to travel. That is the best I see that can happen. How stupid are you to think cosponsoring means abide by anything! This was the idea the US gave SL to hoodvink the stupid Tamils. You imbeciles are so gullible. At least from now learn not to take things seriously. Use your brain, you think the US is shedding tears for some insignificant bunch of Tamils who are terrorists?
              Go ask Trump+Putin to punish SL for killing terrorist Tamils. You will get the answer you are waiting for.

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                eusense:

                Only a donkey like you will put the tail in the mouth as everything what you have written is exactly what a “donkey” would have written.

                Well, if you want to know the lesson on how your Mahinda got kicked out, he has plenty to tell you. A donkey like you need to hear on talking about his loss, and how and why he lost?

                “How stupid are you to think cosponsoring means abide by anything!”

                Of course, it was not yours but Mahinda’s balls that got screwed. He made a statement in front of SG Ban Ki Moon and pretended, as a donkey does, that he did not mean it and that statement turned into a nightmare. The game has not finished donkey the cosponsoring will be worst nightmare – just watch.

                Your stupidity is sky high – are you talking about Tamils or Tamil terrorists? Get your brain washed or you may enter a mental asylum. And don’t be a slippery snake. You referred to Trump/Putin – show the proof that they agreed on the killing of Tamil civilians. You can’t because like what I said earlier – you put your tail into your mouth. What a genius.

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    It is difficult times love first Hillary then Amma may be next is Sambanthan. Like how Thambi got hurried in the Nandikadal your TGTE talk shop too will be raided very soon by Sri Lankan intelligence units using international arrest warrants. Run lady before it is too late.

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      Patriot:

      You forgot to mention your uncles Mahinda, Basil and Gotabaya. A shameless creature like you and your alike are nothing without the Tamils. How do you think Sirisena and Ranil got elected? Can you say they could have won with only Sinhala votes? Or why did your uncle Mahinda lose? Is it because the Tamils largely contributed to kick his butt?

      In short, the Sinhalese have no shame at all – they have to come begging to the Tamils with their bowls with their insane blurts – vote for a known devil than an unknown angel. If you are a true patriot, challenge any of your Sinhala leader to get elected with Sinhala votes only, otherwise you are nothing more than a half-past-six rent-seeker creep.

      Do you think the Rajapaksa camp will not visit the North to fish for votes when the next election comes around? These people have no shame at all – they will go and a donkey like you cannot even persuade them not to. And how silly of you to believe in your own farce.

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        We supporters of uncle Mahinda never counted on you Tamil votes. We lost because of thoppies. Next time around you never know which way the thoppiya will turn.

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          piyal

          “We lost because of thoppies.”

          VP’s thoppi helped to elect your uncle and made his clan very rich. Be grateful to VP.

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          “We supporters of uncle Mahinda never counted on you Tamil votes”.

          But Mahendran percy Maha Jaraano bribed from stolen our money to Killer Pirabaharan and got full scale wipe of tamil votes on 2005.

          But 2015, no body is there to bribe , only white van goons with Hothambaya left out to carry out killings.

          Now going from Pansalin Pansalata ,for vote begging and pleading “”APE HAMUDURWANE mata Baley Dennda Thawatikak Hora KANda””.

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            Julampitiye:

            What a sad and miserable donkey you are. You mean to say that the rogue (Mahinda) stole right under your nose and you silly donkeys were sleeping while he was looting such money right under your noses to pay Pirapaharan? What a pathetic group of lunatics running a country to oblivion. I will share a “secret” with you. Another of your uncles, Premadasa, gave tons and tons of arms and money to “Killer Pirabaharan” to kill your kith and kin. I just can’t understand you people – sometimes not even realising that your pants had dropped without you even realising it. While foolishly trying to disrobe others don’t lose your own pants silly.

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              Hey Pony Jak Ass.
              You panam kottyas all were spending a posh life in the west while cheating Bloody killer Sun god making the Poor Tamil Buffalos herding to nandikadal giving false promises and misleading them to dream land of bloody Peelam and finally found the end of his life loosing part of the head and while swimming in the muddy lagoon near wattapalai kovil.
              At least nobody was there to give his anna daana.
              So we found you at the Colombo Telegraph wit your urinated pants down and going to swallow cyanide capsule.

              But time out for Jak Asses.
              Better swallow the Capsule and jump in to the Sea like your Brainless Killer Indian Agent piraba Jak Ass Who misled innocent Tamil fools.

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                Julampitiye:

                How Tamils did the Sun God kill and how many thousands did your sinhala leaders kill people of your own race – about 70,000. And who gave the money and arms to the Sun God – your Mahinda mama and Premadasa mama. You don’t even have the balls to question them because a chicken like you most probably would be sentenced to the white-van sanctuary. Shame on you – at the least the Tamils have the gut to push the regime to a corner but you shameless creeps have no balls to question how those 70,000 Sinhalese went missing. Now you know why you get screwed from the Tamils whenever you throw stones from a glass house?

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          piyal:

          That kind of suspense is good enough to shoot the blood up but your brain appears to have suffered fatigue. Didn’t your uncle Mahinda pleaded (would “begging” be a better word?) with the Tamils to vote for him by telling them it is better to vote a known devil (Mahinda)?

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      She is used to running. Tough talking but already run away leaving the fighting to be done by Tami Dalits. Now wants UN to carry out the racist agenda. Good luck.
      Does Colombo Telegraph have a policy to publish articles from Terrorists and/or those who fund or support terrorism?

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        Lal loo

        “Tough talking but already run away leaving the fighting to be done by Tami Dalits”

        Are there other Dalits too, Sinhala Dalit, Muslim Dalit, Burgher Dalit, Hindu Dalit, Buddhist Dalit, Rodiya Dalit, …… ?

        “Does Colombo Telegraph have a policy to publish articles from Terrorists and/or those who fund or support terrorism?”

        CT also accommodate war criminals, recently MR has contributed to CT.

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    UN was acting dumb because money came “quantitative easing” policy of USA. Now, when Trumps stops this, all these melodrana will stop. that is already proven if you notice some changes that had been already done. Who knows even TGTE – prime minister and cabinet may be deported to Sri lanka

    Another thing, African countries and Russia have left ICC. So, UN is in a difficult position of breaking down.

    I know very well, Tamils are good at hanging to sinking ships.

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    The Ball is in UN’s Court: Sri Lanka cannot expect the New SG like Ban who supported Sri Lanka during the war and got bad name for UN. This time SL being a co=sponsor cannot escape by giving false promises trying to delay, deviate and dilute the resolution that got the approval of the entire UNHRC. US,UK, Canada, Germany and other western countries will demand justice and rule of law which is lacking in Sri Lanka and take punitive measure if not fully implement the UN Resolution of October 01, 2015 soon.

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      rasingam
      Sri Lanka is playing the game like a pro. That is how things are done in the modern world. Hope you are not surprised!
      Also, Trump+Putin combination will never allow terrorism to raise its ugly head anywhere.

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        Nuisance

        Just hang on. sachoooooooooooo the stupid is looking for your spittoon.

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        eusense:

        Yes, you are right in a way, “playing the game like a pro… I know why you stopped short – you almost blurted like a professional crook. Well, thanks for letting me finish it.

        Don’t be so coy. Of course, I know that Trump is your right ear and Putin is your left ear and while I am envious and jealous of their whispers in your ears, I am also concerned and worried that if the heat gets too much they might even bite off a good chunk of both your ears. Just a kindly warning from your a dear friend.

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          jansee
          Separatists like you have been begging the West to “bite off a good chunk of ears” of SL since the humiliating lose of your terror war! 8 years have passed, what has happened? Don’t expect anything other than disappointment through your remaining life span.
          These are the consequences of opting terrorism my friend!

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            Eusense:

            The joke of the matter is both the LTTE and the Sinhala regime are now in the dock – neither the ordinary Tamils nor Sinhalese. The difference is you have dig out the LTTE (literally), the Tamils need not have to. There are consequences for using terrorism as a ploy to murder civilians. That is the reason the regime is jumping from tree to tree like a monkey but it has to come down to the ground one day.

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    The present day UN is not a serious organization. They have been waging wars lately rather than preventing them: Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, and what next, Iran? UN is a lever manipulated mainly by the US to put pressure upon those that do not do US’s bidding. HR is the topical principal soft lever, but acidic. Since US does not give a hoot to HR during their own wars, they make a big drama out of others’ wars to cover up their own crimes against other nations and ethnic groups. Staffs of the UN and NGOs (e.g. AI) are hanging on to these HR issues, keep them on the boil, so that they could justify their breadline. Sri Lanka had a war, one side managed by a ruthless criminal. People get killed in a war; the only side that ruthlessly used civilians as a protective shield and shot them on the back when they tried to escape were the LTTE terrorists. Individual criminal acts against prisoners were committed by both parties, no doubt about it. And I am sure that those that committed them are either regretting what they did for the rest of their lives, or even paid for it through their lives, sickness or psycological suffering, which they deserve. All these political posturing by UN or any other busy bodies is not going to change this reality. Both sides should simply admit that crimes had been committed sporadically and apologise to the other side, accept that all these were conditional on terrorism and counter-terrorism, and then walk away.

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    mi3 and UNN is not better enough to prevent another eelam war.

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    The New York Times has hit the nail on its head,when it says that the President and Prime Minister are back pedaling on the promised institutional clean up for fear of antagonising the powerful security forces.Perhaps,the New York Times should have included the powerful Buddhist Clergy!
    There is MaRa waiting on the wings for a take-over.
    There is this UN Resolution to surmount.

    The President and Prime Minister are indeed caught between Scylla and Charybdis as in Greek Mythology; But this is real!

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      New york times will come and do us and give peelam now!
      Sri Lanka does not have a ethnic problem, We have a ethi nathi problem!
      Christmas wishes from Canada!

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        srinath.gunaratnam the asylum seeker

        “Christmas wishes from Canada!”

        Wish you a merry Christmas.

        You are a double Kallathonie then.

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    The Lankan State wishes to escape/disregard its responsibilities to its own citizens – not only the militants – who were killed in cold blood, in batches ever since independence, & in mass killings in the latter days of the war, those arrested and “disappeared”, those arrested and even now held in detention in so-called refugee camps, and in prison (categorised as ‘political prisoners’) some without trial for up to 15 years, and some verdicts on cases heard delayed up to 14 years.

    It is also running scared of an ‘army coup’ by elements of the armed forces when the time – coming soon – is ripe.

    Justice for its citizens is a ‘distant dream’, and the UNHRC resolution could be wriggled out of, it hopes.

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    Time you give up the cause of your EELAM!!

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      moderate

      “Time you give up the cause of your EELAM!!”

      Their Tamil Eelam was dead on arrival on 14 May 1976.

      Hopefully, Eelam will live on. By the way, the entire island was known as Eelam.

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        “”Hopefully, Eelam will live on.””

        It lives with font known as Native Veddha with nadu operations- we are well aware of it.
        Modi will never stop the government of sri lanka attacking the terrorist fishermen
        there is enough fish in the south west of india and that is what reaches the west even UK. sear and sword fish.

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    The Best Way to Thank God…
    As this is true, should the sheep quarrel among themselves? …………………I seek from God everlasting glory in your behalf; therefore, this is my prayer and exhortation.
    ‘Abdu’l-Baha,

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    Native Vedda / Usha

    A genuine sincere dedicated advisor will keep on continuing his advise to his leader adopting various methods and ways until he succeeds.But here Balasingam left his leader, LTTE members and tamil people in lurch halfway through and fled to London where he lived comfortably till his death. It looks like he does not want to loose his fame and comforts given by the LTTE, by antaganising his leader. Who cares the people or fighters? Let them die so long as i do not spoil ” oru ilavum vilangatha veeramarthandan” giving me the title of ” Voice of Nation “.

    I wonder why DBS has kept his conversation with Bala to himself all these years!

    DBS may be knowing why Bala failed to take legal action against proscription of LTTE by the British govt. Surely Bala would have told something about it or as a journalist DBS would have asked about it. Please reveal the same.

    In April 2001 Bala issued a statement to Tamil Guardian, copied by Tamilnet, stating he has consulted leading lawyers in UK and very soon he will file an action. At the same time he threatened a few LTTE sympathisers living in london, who attempted to take action against the said proscription, and forced them to drop it. Up to now no one knows why Bala or LTTE did not proceed with their action after consultation

    What is required is a petition to the Home Minister for de proscription.No leading lawyers are necessary to do this, yet none of the LTTE front organisations, GTF or BTF has made an attempt so far.

    What a world of cheaters we are living in!

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    “Come March 2017 UN Needs To Act On Sri Lanka”
    USSR’s next article will be;

    “Come March 2018 UN Needs To Act On Sri Lanka” and the next article will be;

    “Come March 2019 UN Needs To Act On Sri Lanka” and the next article will be;

    “Come March 2020 UN Needs To Act On Sri Lanka” and next
    …….2021…….2022……….

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    Nuisance

    Just hang on, sachooo the stupid II is still looking for your Paddikkama.

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      Stupid vedda,
      Who cares about human rights of suicide murdering Tamil terrorists?

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        Nuisance

        Just hang on, sachooo the stupid II is still looking for your Paddikkama.

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    the Polish international jurist, Raphael Lemkin: “Generally speaking, genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate destruction of a nation, except when accomplished by mass killings of all members of a nation. It is intended rather to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aimed at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. The objectives of such a plan would be disintegration of the political and social institutions, of culture, language, national feelings, religion, and the economic existence of national groups, and the destruction of the personal security, liberty, health, dignity, and even the lives of the individuals belonging to such groups.”

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    UN is an organisation with no back bone.

    They need to act on several fronts all over the world.

    But are they?

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      rajash
      When did you wake up?

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        Nuisance

        Has sach found your paddikkama?

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    As a Tamil living in SL all I can say is this woman nut. She is on one track that has no destination. Her elusive dream of eealam and her failed leader Prabakaran are long gone. She should come and live in SL and fight her cause and not from the comfort of a western country.

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    Gunaratnam

    ” She should come and live in SL and fight her cause and not from the comfort of a western country”

    Hope you are not planning to send Gota/Vice Admiral Ravi Wijegunaratne to receive Usha at the airport?

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      stupid responses as always!
      Grow up moron!

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        Nuisance

        H L D Mahindapala might be able to find your spittoon sooner than sach. Employ him.

        Just hang on.

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    Without a dream , a dream will not come true

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    Dr.Gnana Sankaralingam.

    I am a little taken aback by your suggestion that a Political solution acceptable to Tamils in exchange of helping Srilanka to overcome war crimes charges!
    Not your usual self though!
    My God,will the Tamil Leadership agree to this horse deal?!

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      Plato. ,

      The desperate Dr S finally got his mind above his shoulders good for him- because the worse is yet to come. Be humble and you would be loved.
      you may not understand because you are catholic/christian.

      The crippling wisdom and reflection of the world in one brilliant Bertrand Russell quote: “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wise people so full of doubts.”

      War does not determine who is right – only who is left. Bertrand Russell

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      Plato:
      acceptable to Tamils in exchange of helping Srilanka to overcome war crimes charges!

      This was the deal always with Tamils.

      If they get the federal solution, all these war crimes will crap and will be neglected.

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    “”Come March 2017 UN Needs To Act On Sri Lanka””

    Your Tiger mind is twisted with age.

    you said your hubby studied at Cambridge. It was Cambridge Club of Canada that instigated the proposal to be presented and passed. The Tanzania born deputy foreign minister arranged the the African islands to second it.

    The UN resolution was first taken up because much loved by all “Bob” Rae was humiliated and deported from Air port.

    Both the tamils and sinhalese villagers are terrorist and are of no consequence.

    Dancing woman your nadu Amma passed away smooth and you are like Izeth Hussain who lives next to the Zoo at Delhiwala.
    The 32 k Syrian refugees are of concern to Canada- a Shia/ Sunni clash is about to occur according to BBC of today.
    Obama waha bee la. pissu amma.:D

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