20 July, 2019

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Commonwealth Has Made Better Progress With Sri Lanka Than Any Other International Org: Director

The Commonwealth has made better progress on helping Sri Lanka to improve its human rights record than any other international organisations, says a top official of the organisation, even as the Commonwealth Secretariat comes in for major criticism on its capacity building for local human rights bodies that has resulted in no real changes whatsoever.

Sharma and Gimson/ photo/ Commonwealth Secretariat

In an interview with Channel 4 News’ Jonathan Snow, Director of the Commonwealth Secretary General’s Office Simon Gimson said the Commonwealth tried to tackle issues with its member states in a ‘practical and focused way’.

“Has the Commonwealth made better progress than any other international organisation? The answer is yes,” said Gimson during the interview.

“When the Commonwealth sees a country in need of help, it doesn’t wag the finger, it helps,” Gimson told Snow.

“Our perspective is let’s try and improve what we have,” he said.

Gimson’s remarks come as the Commonwealth Secretariat is under heavy fire for failing to act against Sri Lanka and take a stronger position on the country’s need to address allegations of major rights abuses ahead of the CHOGM in November. The Secretariat has made much of its support and capacity building of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission, which has failed to act decisively or with any real impact on major post war rights abuses even this past year. On the Weliweriya shootings, Grandpass mosque attacks and countless other issues the Human Rights Commission has been impotent in its investigations and remedial measures. Furthermore the Commission’s Chairman was handpicked by the country’s Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa who is strongly implicated in many abuses both during and after the war.

 

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    Yes you are 100 % correct the Sri Lankan regime is living off like Queen of England with the Common- Wealth and not their own Wealth

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    The difference between these two flea bitten Sharma and a bored spectator Simon.

    One is going to itch and the other is itching to go.

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      good one !

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    SIMON GIMSON IS ANOTHER WAR CRIMINAL

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      Hah Ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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    The position Kenya has taken is right..their President..Deputy President is being hauled before ICC …why did’nt Commonwealth approach them in the same manner…? ..THE NATURAL RESOURCES….!

    The stance of Kenya has taken up ..takes us to a new dimension of thinking… Could it be that the UK..AUS..NZ.. CAN had been directly involved with Govt of Sri Lanka in annihilating the LTTE as it was directly affecting them with the influx of Refugees who are now gradually turning out to be a mighty Political Force in those Countries that posses the power to change the political structure…Governments..? and the Commonwealth Chair that was to be handed over in 2009 -2011 …2011-2013 in aporeciation was held back due to pressure of the Diaspora ..Is now being handed over ?

    Hypocrisy at the highest level …!!!

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    This must be another Commonwealth official who has been bribed. Can he mention one thing that Commonwealth has been able to get the regime to do?
    None. No confidence motion against Kamalesh Sharma must be proposed!

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      I agree wholeheartedly ! but, it’s too late my friend ! The Rajapakayas have got SL by it’s ba_ls !

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    you are absolutely right , commonwealth has made BETTER Progress than any other countries, as other countries have made zero progress.
    So holding CHOGAM in Sri Lanka is some progress for Commonwealth

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    FYI for what it’s worth….Gimson is an ex- British army officer ! Irony,
    Ghota SLkan army, they are running CHOGAM like another military exercise !
    Since when did the Commonwealth take that kind of turn ? !

    just venting !

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    Kenyan President …Deputy President is being hauled up by ICC in Hague for crimes committed in 2008…. there had been 500,000 people displaced…1,200 dead or killed…..

    Sri Lanka …over a million People were displaced on all the Communities….unaccountable number had been killed in the final phase of War…even the Government cannot account after 4 years…..

    IF Kenya has committed Crimes against Humanity and the ICC indentifies it as Genocide…then WHAT CAN WE CALL ABOUT KILLING OF THOUSANDS IN THIS COUNTRY…? IF IT IS NOT GENOCIDE THEN WHAT IT IS…?

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    Can any one mention one thing that Commonwealth was able to do in Sri Lanka?

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    Prof. GLP was trapped by BBC yesterday to confirm the Rajapakse GoSL
    will not allow independent enquiries from “the outside” on alleged multiple HR and War Crimes accusation against the regime. The ruling clique’s arrogant position continues to be “our own enquiries are adequate” Imagine Hitler’s colleagues assuring the world they will conduct their “own and independent enquiries” against themselves on the Holocaust and other War Crimes on grounds of sovreignty. And this by our Govt that told the world of Zero casualties during May 2009 and changed course several times.

    Do watchers within the regime see the significance of the BBC locating a special unit here from last week, in addition to their man Charles Havilland, to monitor and air to the world of the country, its main actors and its recent abysmal HR record. The Brits are under pressure to come clean. Even now it is not late for Cameron and
    Abbott to change their minds in view of the Rajapakse’s obstinacy.

    Varathan

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