17 September, 2021

Blog

Consensus Internationally Is Not Possible When There Is None At Home

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

A book titled Geneva Crisis – The Way Forward compiled by the Ambassadors’ Forum of Sri Lanka was launched at the Foreign Ministry. The inspiration behind the book was Sarath Wijesinghe, PC and former Ambassador to Israel. The collection of articles, interviews and speeches represents a wide range of views, which gives a holistic view of the problem which is what Ambassador Wijesinghe sought to do. He said the book was conceptualised as a solution to the entire future of the Geneva issue, not as a temporary measure to address the upcoming UNHRC resolution. Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and Foreign Secretary Admiral Professor Jayanath Colombage participated at this event. This suggests that within the government there is an appreciation of the importance of different perspectives as befits a plural, multi ethnic, multi religious and multilingual country.

When Sri Lanka withdrew from the previous UNHRC resolution in February last year, Foreign Minister Gunawardena was bold enough to say that Sri Lanka was indeed such a country and that the government cared about it very much. At this book launch, Minister Gunawardena affirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment to uphold democratic principles. Commenting on the UNHRC resolution, the Minister further stated that the priority must be given to every human being of the world at present, in view of the prevailing pandemic situation. He added that targeting certain countries should not be a priority of the world at present. Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has been optimistic that support of member countries of the UNHRC will be turning in Sri Lanka’s favour. However, it appears that the drafters of the resolution on Sri Lanka have strengthened their strictures and are getting more confident that they can prevail in a vote.

It is reported that none of the changes offered by Sri Lanka were accepted during the informal consultations and the wording has been tightened to give less room to manoeuver. Speaking at the launch of the book, Foreign Secretary Admiral Professor Jayanath Colombage said that Sri Lanka would fight to protect its sovereignty, but there was no assurance that Sri Lanka would win the vote. Commenting on the book that was being release, the Foreign Security made the observation that it contained writings by him on the possibility of arriving at a consensus on the resolution, but now he was seeing a consensus among the drafters that excluded Sri Lanka. With the countries of Europe set to vote in favour of the resolution, Sri Lanka will need to rely on Asian and African countries if it wishes to obtain majority support within the member country of the UNHRC. But the better course of action would be for the government to obtain the support of all sections of its own people, and be able to be confident that they are united behind the government.

Unexpected Setback 

Most countries, except for those with a political axe to grind or who believe in international human rights standards above all other considerations, would be sympathetic to Sri Lanka’s requests for support. Asian and African countries in particular who have been colonized by the Western powers, and who have multi ethnic and multi religious populations to govern, will understand the problems of governance when faced with internal political competition and external big power pressures. For the average citizen or foreign visitor to Sri Lanka much has improved in comparison to the days of war. This sentiment was articulated by Foreign Secretary Colombage when he said that Sri Lanka was more peaceful than some of the countries that were sponsoring the resolution on Sri Lanka. This peace will be best preserved if the government’s decisionmaking is fair by all communities and taken consensually with all communities, just as Foreign Secretary Colombage was expecting from the international community.

In this context, when the government should be busy wooing allies in the Asian and African countries to support it, some unexpected actions of the government are going to make it more difficult to obtain such support. The sudden announcement that the government is proposing to ban the burka worn by Muslim women and to close down a thousand Madrasas which are Sunday Schools to the Muslim population has attracted worldwide attention. Instead of shutting so many down they need to be supported to fulfill whatever legitimate safeguards the government expects, such as to have their teaching syllabus and course materials vetted by non -partisan Muslim religious scholars who work for the state. On Saturday I received a phone call from Turkish National Television asking me about the proposed ban. This was even before most Sri Lankans knew about it. The journalist who called me sent me an international news report when I said I could not answer his questions as I did not know about the government’s proposals which had been made earlier that very day.

Many if not most of the Asian and African countries have Muslim majority populations and can hardly be happy with a country that is taking culturally and religiously severe actions against their co-religionists. This is especially true of the worldwide Muslim community where the bonds of brotherhood are extremely high. Only a few weeks ago, Sri Lanka overcame another cause for distress amongst Muslims by ending the enforced cremation of Covid victims. This followed the pressures that came from the international community including from Pakistan and its iconic president Imran Khan who urged the government to be respectful of the religious right of the Muslim people to be buried. Most international reports give the fact that Sri Lanka refused to permit Muslims to bury their Covid dead and is now banning the burka and along with it a thousand madrasas, which gives the impression that there is anti-Muslim sentiment in the government.

It is puzzling as to why the government would choose this particular time to make the decision to ban the burka and close down madrasas. The minister who is proposing the law has said that it is due to national security concerns. Indeed, the burka was banned in the immediate aftermath of the Easter bombing in April 2019. At that time even full face motor bicycle helmets were banned due to difficulties of identifying people. There would be no objections from right thinking people including the Muslim community if the wearers of burkas were obliged under law to show their faces to prove their identity in sensitive places such as when getting entry to government buildings. It may not be coincidence that the issue of national security should arise at this particular time when queries are being raised about the report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Easter bombing which has serious gaps in it especially in its failure to identify the possible masterminds behind the well planned and synchronised attack that took place.

Centre Stage 

According to social media commentary, which demonstrates a cynicism that is new and seems to be fast spreading where the present government is concerned, the issue of the banning of the burka and the closing of the madrasas will take the centre stage in the coming weeks and push out other embarrassments to the government such as multi billion rupee sugar tax scam, the Easter Commission report and environmental pillage. But the costs to the country will be high. If approved by the cabinet of ministers, and subsequently by parliament, these laws will violate the cultural and religious freedom rights of the Muslim community. As the Muslim representatives in parliament are a minority, they will be likely to lose the vote in parliament unless non-Muslim parliamentarians decide to vote against the laws. The internal divisions within the country will grow either way. So far the ban is only a proposal and it needs to obtain the assent of both the cabinet and parliament where it may be reconsidered.

Unless the call for the ban on the burka and the proposal to close down a thousand Muslim madrasas are reconsidered, the country may be called upon to pay a high price in the form of further loss of support internationally. The Muslim countries have traditionally supported Sri Lanka in international forums. Asian Muslim countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh have always been supportive of Sri Lanka. They will find it harder to be supportive of a country that is treating fellow Muslims harshly. Ironically, Sri Lanka will be finding itself in the company of some of the European countries that are so resolute in pursuing it on the basis that human rights violations took place during the war and in the post-war period. Several of the European countries which have faced Islamic terrorist attacks have also banned the burka on national security grounds. The banning countries include Austria, Denmark, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Latvia, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Non-European countries that have imposed bans include China, Cameroon, Chad, the Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

The European country that has most recently banned the burka is Switzerland. It even conducted a referendum on the issue which passed with a 51 percent majority. However, Switzerland’s parliament and the seven-member executive council (collective presidency) that constitutes the country’s federal government opposed the referendum proposal. They argued that full facial veils represented a “fringe phenomenon”, and instead proposed an initiative that would require people to lift their facial coverings when asked to confirm their identity to officials. What is admirable in Switzerland is that the country’s political leadership, even at the cost of their own personal popularity, stood up for liberal values that gives respect to the cultures and beliefs of others so long as they do not intrude on to the rights of others. It is to be hoped that Sri Lanka’s political leaders will give that same leadership and assure to all citizens their equal rights to their cultures and to their religious beliefs. It is not enough for political leaders to say in words that everyone has equal rights but it must be so in their stances and practices also.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 18
    9

    Now all these Chingkalla racists including Laksiri and this creature are now coming out the woodwork to show their true racist Chingkalla colours. Scratch 99% Chingkallams and their true racist, brainwashed colours immediately shows out. You do not have scratch hard, it is just below the surface. Even the recently Chingkalized South Indian Dalit origin majority

    • 3
      3

      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.

      For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2

    • 6
      4

      Dr. Jehan: Thanks but, playing identity politics with Muslim Women’s dress is an old strategy to distract from far more important questions, such as, who Staged the Islamophobic, ISIS claimed Easter Sunday crime in Sri Lanka?
      Who’s gaming the narrative to ensure that innocent Muslims come under attack while corrupt Muslim Politicians who got billions of Saudi funds to protect and nurture Zaharan in Kathankudi are scot free? There is a tale of 2 Hizbullahs too – with the big time criminal M.L.M Hizbullah who got billions from Saudi, and protected Kathankudi Zaharan free and Hejaz Hizbullah in prison. What’s going on?
      Dr. JP: is NPC paid to further whip up such inter-religious identity politics narratives by USAiD funders who love to talk about Muslim ‘Women’s Rights’ while destroying whole Muslim countries and societies as Iraq and Syria which ISIS was set up to do by the CIA?!

      • 6
        3

        For non-recurrence of a crime we need to know who did it??! So, it’s time for NPC to drop the diplomatic niceities and tears about Muslim women’s Burquas and focus on REAL problems, like truth telling and justice for the Easter 2019 crime.
        At this time questions arise, is NPC funded by USAID to game the narrative and cover up the truth about inter-religious relations in Sri Lanka and the ISIS claimed Easter attacks! Why is NPC not doing real research and asking who was behind the anti-Muslim Easter carnage? What is your NPC intelligence on the 2019 Easter Attacks Dr. JP? It is increasingly clear that the real motive for the crime was Indian Ocean Geopolitics. After all, Zaharan died at Chinese owned Shangri La Hotel, along with a 2nd Suicide bomber –which tells us that was the main target, rather than churches, although the crime was claimed by ISIS. ISIS was set up after the US invasion of Iraq and disbanding of Sadaam Hussein Sunni Dominated army to do regime chance in Syria! This is why it is called ISIS! ISIS was also set up to attack Iran which is a Shia country. The second reason that CIA set up ISIS to weaponize differences among Muslim countries to divide and loot their oil! Saudi has always been the funder and cat’s paw of the CIA’s ISIS terrorism.

    • 19
      0

      So long Rajapakshes are in srilanken politics, building a consensus in any matter regardless of its size/cruciality would be a dream. They twist it for their political survival. Like for example, MaRa is addressing a gathering yestreday, resounding that children should all go to daham schools. But the bugger and his 3 sons are raised not giving the little knowledge about the “dahama way of life”. That was the reason behind his sons (Yoshitha and Namal donkey) to be complicit in the Jamal Khashogi style killing of young Rugby player, Wasim Thadjudeen. Remember ? NOt just murdreed, but body parts were looted and hidden in SAITEM freezing labs. …. how mlechccha these criminals should be ????? Why these mlechcha perpetrators are not even caught by lightening yet today ? Those mothers whose only sons were abducted and went missing to date, are set in a tantalus of tormuents in terms of their hopes about the lovely sons might come back to them in this life…… why on earth not even a single son of those high criminals went missing instead ? Is there an aberation of the karmic retribution ?

      My wish is DIVINE forces to punish them if highly corrupted judiciary constantly failes to fulfil their duties. How many more days months to wait, in order these high criminals be taken out of sights ?

      Abasranayi to SRILANKENs !

      • 4
        1

        What a mess srilanken s are in? Great man who spoke the truth but truth Ranjan Ramanayaka is jailed but high criminals , looters , rapists , murderes and all rule this nation. All these men are in nobody else in that brutal family,.So can we the srilanken s ever make slightest
        hopes about a better future ? 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎 people are forced to believe what uncultured rascals have to say,.
        .
        curse should go to that pseudo Buddhist monks (muruthetuwe meeharaka and Alle baluwansa, and all other pinguththara pimpi s and Ranjith malcom and all). 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎
        .
        Srilankens remain like garbage dumps if international community would nt put them in place.😌😌😌😌😌😌😌

    • 5
      3

      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.

      For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2

    • 6
      2

      Sarath Wijesinghe is trying to impress government in order to get the post of SL High Commissioner in UK which he tried hard during Mahinda regime and failed. He is on the same boat as Laksiri Fernando who is trying to get the post of SL High Commissioner in Australia.

    • 1
      3

      Moderators deleted Svenson‘s and Eagle eye’s racist comments but somehow always fail to delete Pundi Kutti’s racist comments. Talk about biased moderators!.

  • 4
    4

    This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.

    For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2

    • 10
      1

      Thanks for making it short EE; you now need to get ready for karmic retribution. I hope you end would not be nice.
      :
      God is the greatest !

    • 5
      2

      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.

      For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2

  • 4
    13

    Sorry Lanka will never have unity.

    Divide the island into 3 mono ethnic nations equitably and relocate people. Sinhala Only nation, Tamil Elam and Muslim Elam.

    No other future for Sorry Lanka.

    Immediately after the UNHRC session closes SL will give the return to minorities. This is the 73 year cycle.

    • 5
      3

      Fathima,

      “Immediately after the UNHRC session closes SL will give the return to minorities. This is the 73 year cycle.
      You understand the situation much better than many PhDs here, including Jehan PhD. Then why do you write cranky things.

      Remember, Jehan PhD’s question is “Why Burka ban at this time?” He is pointing out the better time is as what you are refereeing as celebration time.
      Appe Aanduwa collected all women and men, (including a child) who were the secrets holders of the 4/21, into a past government property and bombed them to wipe out the witnesses. But Rapist Army reserved the only Tamil women in that clique for them. So they saved her without Aanduwa knowing. Modaya Aanduwa just released a list that was prepared probably weeks ago for 4/21 as Sainthamaruthu house deaths. Now Rapist Army did something to Pulasthini so she listed as Indian spy, ran back to India. But India had its real mole in that and he was the one caught the Aanduwa’s secret plot of 4/21. So, now India,, US, UK, Aussie, Newzzie, Saudiii, who all had internal info know how the 4/21 took place. Of cause US navy was watching in Hangbangtota hoping for Chinese navy to come. Jehan PhD hoping he can cover all these for Aanduwa. Comedy Thamai!

    • 5
      3

      Further interesting is that Indian mole got access to Sainthamaruthu victims with ISIS. Then the call was watched and traced by America, probably. That is how ISIS’s boss bit dust. You know the story of the swan lived on a high mountain so no preying animals can touch it. For a rainy day it allowed a crow to stay in its nest. The crow dropped in the nest and massive Banyan tree grow out of the dropping. Its hanging roots came dome far below to the mountain base. A Hunter saw the setup, climbed on those roots and brought the sawn for his wife to cook. Swan was cursing its foolishness of allowing the dirty crow in its nest when she cut off its head. Whatever, ISIS gone and it changed even its name.

      Jehan PhD knows all these. But just for formality, he is saying the PCoI did not find the Mastermind.

    • 4
      2

      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.

      For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2

      • 2
        1

        I am glad to see that you are making it that shorter.
        :
        It seems you have come to your sense now. Get well soon, thanks for giving us a break.

        We can send you Mahawansaya, Bible and Quran at least for some relief ! We know that nothing can help you though.
        You the kind of ultra racists- will have special hells created for you. Please compare it with that of MaRa’s current day suffering, with almost any visible parts turning to swell…. Karma!!!!!!.

    • 2
      1

      Keep on trying but you will never get an Islamic Fake Arab Eezham. There was never one . The island only had Chingkallam and Thamizh kingdoms and homelands . Never a Muslim kingdom or homeland. Recent immigrants, refugees and usurpers who only arrived from South India ( not from anywhere else) and are Thamizh by ethnicity and language, now strangely trying to claim a Wahhabi Islamic homeland only in the Thamizh areas , in the name of Islam and a fake Arab origin, that everyone knows is a lie will not work out, especially when they speak the same Thamizh language and share the same ethnic heritage and arrived in the Thamizh east as refugees, now trying to steal the lands of the people who gave them refuge. Strange 72% of the Thullukans live amongst the Chingkalams but no cry for an Islamic homeland there. This just a ploy the the Chingkallams and their Thulluka supporters to muddy the waters , deny justice and steal land from the Thamizh in the name of a fake Arab, Wahhabi Islamic Eezham ( which is a Thamizh word by the way ) only in Thamizh lands. Good try Jadam aka Fathima or whoever

  • 14
    3

    It is sad to watch the peace lovers of this country are not so peace loving but more interested in saving countries image in the international forum.
    Whole article is about bad timing of actions against Muslim community.
    How about the archaeological department acquiring hondu temples and Tamil agricultural land..
    Building Vihara in private land of the Tamils.
    There are countries in Asia especially Singapore with colonial past and multi ethinic communities that have done very successfully in the past 50 plus years well without any difficulty thanks to the foresight of its leaders.
    They are not in gutters like Sri Lanka. Lee Juan yu said he built Singapore with Jaffna Tamils taking key roles. We from 1956 killed them, raped them and send them to West to build West and have demonstration against our country and expose our atrocities to the whole world.
    Author’s parochial mind is well exposed in this ugar coated article.
    I think we Sinhalese should think more liberally to live with prosperity for all not just to save us from UNHRC

    • 3
      2

      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.

      For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2

    • 2
      1

      Recently the Chingkalla Archaeological Department have started to clean ,excavate and dig at another Sivan Hindu Temple site at Urithirapuram in the Killinochchi district in the north, stating that they heard rumours of a Buddha statue remained buried, within this Hindu temple site. Strange all these Buddha statues and so called ancient Buddhist monuments, that were never heard of or written in history now being discovered at all these Hindu temple premises in the north and east. Nothing in the Chingkalla south but only in the north and east. Most probably burying them and then pretend to unearth them, so that an excuse can be made to destroy the Hindu temple that has been there for thousands of years or centuries, build a Buddhist temple, then settle Sinhalese in the surrounding area, change place name from Urithirapuram to Buddhapura or something and Chingkalise the area., From there go the next Tamil village, town or area , to unearth another lot of Buddha statues and so called Buddhist artefacts , that every knows has been planted by them to deliberately change history, so that it can be used change Thamizh areas to Chingkallam. The UNHCR is bringing resolutions against Sri Lanka but these racists do not care and still are committing structural genocide on the Thamizh

  • 12
    1

    There is an unfortunate impression created that human rights are Western. People of Asia and Africa fought for self-determination which is a human right.The human rights documents of the UN are post colonial and received support from Asian and African states. They negate sovereignty. This is what the government does not understand when it, like China and other repressive states, puts forward a sovereignty argument. no government which violates human rights is entitled in the modern world to take refuge in sovereignty ,.The government probably thinks that Muslim states are like our Muslim parliamentarians who can be bought with money. It would be interesting to see how they vote at the UNHRC. you talk about the Muslims. talk also about the Tamils and the occupation of their lands, their missing persons and of the Catholics with no accountability for the destruction of their churches with their congregations.

    • 2
      1

      Lot of comments in this thread are worthy to be in text books.
      The jewel in the crown in yours, in may opinion are: ” There is an unfortunate impression created that human rights are Western……………………………….The government probably thinks that Muslim states are like our Muslim parliamentarians who can be bought with money.

    • 3
      2

      If the Modaya Sinhala Buddhists are taught that the human rights applicable only for West (or only their part of civilization) and should not be considered in Wildlife Sanctuary SinhaLE Lankawe, then the Lankaweyans are not humans, but sons and daughters of animals.

  • 4
    5

    ‘I think we Sinhalese should..’

    Congratulations Dilshan, you have died and been reborn a Sinhalese.

    • 10
      1

      I dont wish even my dogs to be reborn as sinhala race.
      :
      It was a mistake I was born to a sinhala family in this soul.

      Thanks god, I could move away from the island people, if I had been there, I have no doubt, they medamulana criminals would have taken my flesh and bones for their family soup.

      I respect Dr Ariyarathne of Servodaya campaign. He as a nonagenarian, makes it very clear, that our people are the worst with no morals and ethics. His visiting son is locked up a hotel while NAMAL BABY who life is financed by his father s loot (tax payers funds) is allowed to home quarantining. Can you imagine ? Why cant people down their file a case against the kind of injustics rapidly growing in this country ?

      • 4
        1

        LM,
        “It was a mistake I was born to a sinhala family in this soul.”
        You shouldnt leave such obvious openings for mischief makers. If Eagle was smarter, he would have jumped in already. Stay cool.

        • 3
          1

          Oc, thank u. Please open ur eyes and see who are the majority in Srilanka? Are they not all stupid racists like EE bp nature? Until Covid crisis came in I travelled back home very often. And have had the chance to talk to Uni Dons to Tuk tuk drivers so that i collect my own info not relying on abusive media. Looking back I have now the real mirror image of garbage dump like sl society . It is stinky but people are not serious. Perhaps u guys dont care much about the gravity of its appalling levels, since u know nothing helps. 😎😎😎😎😎😎

      • 5
        3

        leelagemalli,

        Don’t become a racist by saying ” I was born to a sinhala family “ The reality is you are born to a family they too speak Sinhala and Practice Buddhism.
        Stop. please, the chest beating. That will not bring no benefit for your country. Though I have long gone on the opposite direction, but I always recognize in your writing your country loving, patriotism. Like every Western country,You too have your equal right to reach to UNHRC, for your people betterment. Discuss, debate ………. your points with your intimate friends.

      • 2
        9

        LM,
        Thanks god, I could move away from the island people,

        Good Riddance!

        • 2
          1

          Eagle,
          “Thanks god, I could move away from the island people,”
          So at last you admit that your running away was the right decision? And you believe in God now, not the Buddha?

        • 1
          0

          EE

          why good riddance ?

          Let alone for this, could you kindly come back with a constructive argument ?

  • 11
    4

    Jegan Perera,
    No body whether it Tamils or Muslims or Christian wants Sri Lanka to be punished by UNHRC or any other country! But the people of this country including you should understand Why There was and there is a resolution against those who intentionally violated human rights and war crimes against humanity. Yes there was terrorism in this country but why was it there? You said LTTE terrorism was finished in 2009 and promised to go beyond 13 plus? You also promised to find out if there was any violations of law or human rights you will find them punish them.
    What is important to this country? Peace, Unity or Rajapaksa family Dictatorship? Who is disturbing the peace ? Who is refusing to implement their own recommendations? It it necessary for a Buddhist only archeology to destroy Hindu statue to replace with Buddha statue in the North East? Was it necessary to ban the burial of Corona dead Muslim bodies? We are doing everything to hurt own brothers and sisters with the help of China, Burma and North Korea and challenging the world at the time begging around the world to safe Rajapaksa family, not Sri Lanka.

    • 3
      7

      Ajith,
      “Yes there was terrorism in this country but why was it there?”

      Because racist separatist Malabar Vellala Demala politicians wanted to have their own Kingdom in Sinhale grabbing one third of the country for 11% of the population consisting of the descendants of coolies brought to Yapanaya by colonial rulers. These Vellala Tamils fooled low caste Tamils, converted them to terrorists and asked them to fight until they (Vellala Demalu) get their dreamland ‘Eelam’.

  • 5
    0

    I fail to understand how consensus internationally has to with no consensus (whatever the subject) at home. If the subject is about the burka, it is not a burning issue right now, considering the fact that almost every country is recommending face covering to minimise the spreading of the virus. As for the closing of the madrasas, a question arise as to who gave permission in the first place if these are educational establishments, & if so, don’t they have to comply with the education policy (if SL has one) & comply with the current syllabus? I suppose madrasas are classified as tutories or Sunday schools & require no registration or nobody bothers with such details, however, the manner in which these ‘reforms’ are now enforced, appears to an outsider observer as harassment of Muslims. Together, with the controversial burial ban, despite scientific evidence to the contrary & the continued practice in the rest of the world, to a liberal minder, it is an abuse of human rights & the timing, in relation to the current UNHRC sessions, couldn’t have been at a worse time. Can SL stand alone internationally & risk alienating itself? Is it arrogance or stupidity?

    • 5
      1

      Raj-UK,
      I dont think think it restricts exclusively to Burka wearing.

      Be it VACCINE or distribution other medicine, they have shown so far the levels of competencies.

      Why on earth those mafia men just because of their condom supporters be empowered to grab that huges sums from us while travelling back home amidst COVID restrictions. In fact, India, Bangaladesh and Pakistan are reported to be offering various concessions to their people relieving their long flights back home.
      :;
      But yet today, CRIMINALs led SRLANKEN govt, charge nearly 7 lacks of rupees pro person/passenger when travelling back home from Europe. Most of them intend to see their elderly parents, but heartless Rajakshes make the hay while the sun is shining… who can serve us with the justice in this regard ? Only god, divine forces should finally see it right….
      I am dreaming of travel back home in July, but I dont think I would like to fill their pockets just becasue they force us to do so ?. We can afford even to fly on business class but how many are there that cant do so ? Raj when would be your next travel to lanka ?

      • 0
        0

        leelagemalli

        I don’t intend to visit SL in the foreseeable future for reasons I high lighted in my answer to your question previously on another forum. I am disillusioned with the govt.’s incompetence & I am concerned about my friends & all those who live in SL as the future looks bleak with another Myanmar in the making. Maybe those in SL who are blind to see this are suffering from ‘frog in the well’ syndrome & live in denial but I am happy to be in UK right now. On the subject of quarantining, it will be those with no choice but to return to SL who will be undergoing the hardship & extra expense & I don’t think anybody else, including foreign tourists, will accept the govt. conditions. Despite a possible European third wave & the slow vaccination process, Europe is planning to open for tourism in the summer with discounted packages & I have bigger choice of destinations for my holiday.

        Apart from fleecing returnees, It’s outrageous that migrant workers have been left stranded & the SL govt. has avoided responsibility, even though it is these poor exploited workers who have been contributing to the FOREX coffers with their meagre savings.

  • 9
    0

    Its amazing how the author has chosen to conclude the article. He wishes that politicians in Sri Lanka, like their Swiss counterparts (that cracked me up, I’ve been in Switzerland and those people are mature, genuine, never lie to the people and far more sophisticated than the trash you get in Sri Lanka) will give similar leadership to its citizens. I wonder if he knows anything at all about how mature developed societies work. To expect or write about such an expectation seems hilarious given that the grand crooks that always prevail in our motherland will heed his softly softly words of advice. Who is he trying to fool here?

  • 3
    2

    Exactly , now look , a woman of 33 was killed , amputated the body , transported
    to the Capital and hidden the head by a very serviceman whose job is to Protect
    people from such devilish acts ! And then now, again look what’s going on in the
    Capital of UK against a Kidnap , rape and killing of a young woman of nearly the
    same age by a Cop ! People are on the streets protesting against the Killing and
    and against the insecurity of the public ! And in the same period of time , Police
    assault against a Law student in a police station , the officers involved in the
    assault still not arrested ? And where is our people ? We don’t see then on the
    streets ! For every single guidance they look to the West but why not against
    such atrocities ? Where are these social Facebook geeks who are mad taking on
    Muslims , Tamils and Catholics ? Where are the Yellow robe Patriots ?

  • 2
    0

    Jehan Perera: You say that “Muslim Burial” came about after the visit of Imran Kahan of Pakistan. That is “NEWS” to me. For us in Sri Lanka, it was a “FULFILLMENT” of a “PROMISE” given by “GR” to the “GANG” of Muslim MPs who voted to make the required “2/3rd” majority to pass the “20A” in Parliament. That was in un-no-certain terms stated in public by the Muslim MPs in giving reasons for making up their minds to vote with the Government. Now, who is telling us the “TRUTH”? You or those Muslim MPs? In my mind, that “Muslim Burial” promise was a “HUGE BRIBE” waiting to be “Picked-Up” by the Muslim MPs. Who knows what else has been on the “Table”. However, the fact remains that even the “Dead Bodies” are not spared, when it comes to achieving targets.
    Coming back to that “Launch” of “The Geneva Crisis – the Way Forward” by the Ambassadors Forum is very timely, in that, the Members of the UNHRC could take a good look at the “Contributors” who have presented articles. There are 28 of them, among whom are “Activists” like Dr. Laksiri Fernando- titled as a “World Renowned Top Academic”, Shanali Waduge – a Writer, Shamind Ferdinand – Deputy Editor of Island, Thamara Kunanayagam – ex-Ambassador. They are “Well Known” and the UNHRC also know them “WELL” for their “Past Performances” as well as at “PRESENT”..To continue…

  • 2
    0

    continued….. “The Geneva Crisis -The Way Forward”. It is known that the Report of the Commissioner, UNHRC, submitted to the Members, has devoted very many pages to deal with the “Threats” to Democracy and Human Rights posed by the present Government of “GR”. In reference, are the “20A’, “Militarization” of Civil Administration, setting up of the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Political Victimization of Public Servants and its “Recommendations”, “Interference with the Judiciary” etc. Are these “ISSUES” that are before the UNHRC addressed and “ANSWERED” by this “The Geneva Crisis- The Way Forward”? I don’t think so. It will only be a “Historical Dossier”. Would the Members, still believe in a “Way Forward”, with the NEWS channels are full of proposals by the “GR” Government (spelled out by the Ministers) to wit, Banning of Importation of Islamic Religious Books; Burqu and Niqab and Madrassas. In addition, the “GALORE” of “Court Cases Withdrawals” and “Nidoskota Nidhas” (Acquitted & Released) of “High Ranking Elites” who have been charged with “Corruption”, “Robbery” and various sorts of “Cimes”? This Government of “GR” has on a constant basis proving to the International Community, that it has a “Dictatorial Face” of “Autocracy”( non negotians, establishing a corridor for reaching out to minorities, interference with the Judiciary, militarization of Civil Administration etc) in dealing with matters of “Governance.

  • 4
    5

    Are readers aware that the USA has blocked every single resolution against Israel? That means, any time a member country of the UN wants to investigate Israel for possible war crimes, the USA will ensure any resolution is non-binding, so that Israel does not face penalties for non-cooperation. The goal of the UN is not to promote human rights, but to exert leverage. Sri Lanka can survive the UN debacle by picking the right friends. Especially China, as China is on the UN Security Council, so it has the same weight as the USA.

    • 0
      0

      Lester,
      “Are readers aware that the USA has blocked every single resolution against Israel?”
      I suppose it is out of your genuine desire not to confuse dumb readers with unnecessary details, that you left out the words “in the Security Council”.
      “…right friends. Especially China, as China is on the UN Security Council, “
      Exactly how much of our exports is China taking? Is it giving us GSP Plus?

      I wouldn’t be surprised if you were one of the advisers to Nandasena’s gang.

      • 1
        1

        Old Codger,

        USA has never sponsored a resolution against Israel, whether in the General Assembly or otherwise. Only resolutions made by the Security Council are binding.

  • 5
    1

    ‘…. targeting certain countries should not be a priority of the world at present’, – Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.
    .
    This word ‘targeting’ is quite familiar to Sri Lanka.
    Sri Lanka has been targeting its minorities, turn by turn. It began targeting the Hill-country Tamils. It progressed it towards Tamils. It modified it to include Muslims. All in a single smooth motion.
    .
    Under these circumstances, how would the better course of action – for the government to obtain the support of all sections of its own people -, as recommended by Jehan Perera would fare!

    • 5
      3

      “It began targeting the Hill-country Tamils.”

      This is LTTE propaganda. Sri Lanka did not deport the hill country Tamils in any large numbers, even though the option was there for 70 years. These Indian Tamils enjoy full rights as all other citizens of the country. On the other hand, SL Tamils who ran to India had to stay in refugee camps. They never got citizenship or enjoyed the basic rights.

      • 2
        1

        Lester,
        “Sri Lanka did not deport the hill country Tamils in any large numbers”
        Ever heard of the Sirima-Shastri pact? I suppose 525,000 is not a big number to you?
        “They never got citizenship or enjoyed the basic rights.”
        How come they don’t want to come back to paradise then?

        • 1
          2

          Old Codger,

          You are a master of half-truths. Only 280,000 Indian Tamils (out of more than 1,123,000) were repatriated by 1981. In 2003, all Indian Tamils who had been in the country since 1964 were granted Sri Lankan citizenship.

          • 0
            0

            leelagemalli

            I don’t intend to visit SL in the foreseeable future for reasons I high lighted in my answer to your question previously on another forum. I am disillusioned with the govt.’s incompetence & I am concerned about my friends & all those who live in SL as the future looks bleak with another Myanmar in the making. Maybe those in SL who are blind to see this are suffering from ‘frog in the well’ syndrome & live in denial but I am happy to be in UK right now. On the subject of quarantining, it will be those with no choice but to return to SL who will be undergoing the hardship & extra expense & I don’t think anybody else, including foreign tourists, will accept the govt. conditions. Despite a possible European third wave & the slow vaccination process, Europe is planning to open for tourism in the summer with discounted packages & I have bigger choice of destinations for my holiday.

            Apart from fleecing returnees, It’s outrageous that migrant workers have been left stranded & the SL govt. has avoided responsibility, even though it is these poor exploited workers who have been contributing to the FOREX coffers with their meagre savings.

        • 2
          0

          OC,
          .
          what is the size of hill country tamil population ? Do you know ?

          If UK living srilanken community should be much larger right ?
          .
          No country in the world would reject the wills of people after letting them live in a country . In UK if you live 8 years or longer, you are entitled to ask for citizenship… if I am not wrong. That is the same other EU countries. So Racism GOVERNING srilanka to react totally unique, breaking all ethics and morals ? to the same manner they reacted to COVID burials (introducing forced burials)… ? is that all because predominant buddhist nation is that tolerant as true teachings of buddhism describes ?

  • 2
    0

    Does Jehan Perera PhD know the difference between the burka and the niqab? I think he is confusing the two!

    • 3
      0

      “Does Jehan Perera PhD know the difference between the burka and the niqab?”
      ========
      He used to know the difference.
      But now it seems that since Rajapaksa’s bought him …..he doesn’t give a two hoot….
      Like Laksiri Fernando.
      ======
      The question is how do we stop the Rajapakse bribe wagon?
      They have billions at their disposal in some foreign country to buy out these spineless commentators
      ======

  • 2
    4

    Dear Jehan

    Thank you.

    (1) Phase 1 Investigations – We need an International International & National Investigations from 1970 onwards in Jaffna “FP/TULF/Tamil Nadu Ratha Pottu Mafia Killing Fields in Jaffna a Tamil Crime Against Tamil” need to be discussed in every household around the world. We need to publish thousand books now such every country we settled will go through page by page with our Diaspora (their fellow country men and women now with their new generations) to understand what happened in a Normal nation called Sri Lanka. This will also capture the JVP crimes on Sri Lankans and the explain to the world what does really happen in a helpless Nation when she is faced with foreign sponsored terrorism. This point nothing has to do with the LTTE. (we need to remove this flawed mindset LTTE as a terrorist outfit but reeducate how this Phase 1 activity by FP/TULF/India created this in the first place amongst many many armed outfits..some are sitting in the parliament today). We need to put the Child Training Camps in Tamil Nadu on the World Map.

    • 1
      4

      (2) Phase 2- 1981 to 2009 is just a follow up what happened thereafter – this will address the world at large and the rest of the killing fields in Sri Lanka to date includes JVP/LTTE/TNA Terrorism as well all other International participant activity to date.

      What the GOSL had to do to save guard the nation cause will also be investigated too.

      (3) The Phase 1 & 2 Investigations will also establish – Justice is for all and not for the few, International Institutions failures since 1970, Diaspora failures, how other Singaporean and Malaysian Tamil duplicity, Indian Tamil duplicity, justice for all the victims including the Armed forces and their families, all the children abused by the FP/TULF/Tamil Nadu in Sri Lanka and in Indian soil, will disclose how all these Tamils enjoyed the outcome of the war when North and East children were dying for their causes,

      • 0
        4

        how all these scums avoided including the TNA not being in the front line to protect the civilians death now we are discussing at the UN, Indian part in the final phase of the War and how they have now become the custodians of human rights?, economical sanctions and compensation from those responsible for the armed struggles in Sri Lanka from overseas. This is not limited to Indians but also to include western Nations… Singapore, Malaysia, Indian Tamils and their wealth to be shared to empower the entire Sri Lankans immediately, Phase 1 & 2 investigations also will note we had foreign boots on our soil on both occasions due to Sri Lankan children taking up arms and going around and killing their own from North to South.

        • 0
          5

          (4) This UN narrative for war investigations itself ie limited to the final phase of the war in the last few hours miss the 50 year misery of the Sri Lankans for their Nationhood and Dignity, their lost opportunities to be the leading Nation in the world where all others should be coming to our Country and work for us because we have done so well in a respectful way…not as now being sodamised by the same.

          (5) Burka and Madrases – Thousands of Madrases for a disproportionate population of Muslims need to be investigated and added value when we have National Curriculum that gives all religions their their due place? Burka is an insult to woman and human interactions..this undermines everything humans have evolved to make a better world….get some feminist groups to discuss this matter as this is a human rights issue for those who had to wear them and others who had interact with them in any progressive society and not for politicians. We love Islam as much as any other (including those who claimed to be Muslims) but will not be told what we can discuss as a Nation and her wishes by some scholars in a democracy.

          • 1
            5

            (6) We are not fools to be talked down to…just as FP/TULF thugs and JVP did in our Nation pointing guns at people and destroy our nation nor would we allow there world to burry the truth of a developing Nation. The reason why all other Nations should demand a holistic fact finding mission here is for the world peace and order but also all about human rights. We need to set president as o what is right and what is not will not have this duplicity continue forever for the human kind in opera planet…this starts here in Sri Lanka as we are going to ensure justice for all. and not for the few by the UN itself is our duty.

            We are still awaiting for the Gulf War 1,2,3…4 crimes investigations, Armes sales, toppling governments, regime changes…the real human rights crusaders the Indian continent breeding program who are around the world should focus on these for a better world will yield better results….rather than rolling on a dollar.

            • 1
              1

              There is no co senses at home because UN itself knows the “pot calling the kettle whatever” scenario more than anyone else.

              (1) We should use this opportunity make a case to shift the UN to a more accessible place…I think SL is a great location..Jaffna to be specific.

              (2) Dismantle the permeant security council set up as is not democratic.

              (3) Everyone should sign upto International Criminal Court and Land Mine treaties.

              (4) there should be a ban on proxy wars and anyone want to fight they should feel free to have direct war with each other…feel free to use nuclear weapons should they wish without involving other countries have nothing to do with their quarrels…as a respect for the right to fight etc.

              (5) UN has an opportunity to explain why they allowed a fertile land like Sri Lanka to generate economic and political refugees…based on their investigation from 1970 in Jaffna. Check the bar councils of the world where all the FP/TULF party members have membership and investigate this connection around the world….the Mafia support structure need to be taken down.

              • 1
                1

                How we going to monitor family business behind the doors and know this passion for Buarque amongst girls being brought up in each home in free and liberal country like Sri Lanka??

                So we are going to spend the next 100 years discussing religious needs in Sri Lanka of every lost soul??

                We should focus on waste management in Sri Lanka/Technology transfer to SL/how we going to address world problems by shaping Sri Lanka to be a more scientific/bio diverse space for human habitation with Nature/population control? we should all be serving in the armed forces for injection of patriotism (males and females) in our heads and healthy and fit young population making healthy babies/eating healthy food?? Buarque will not do?? talk to Muslim woman for liberation specially in we are discussing violence against woman..this comes in many forms…not just physical.

                India has something to offer..she comes in the form of Dr Vanthana Shiva

                https://www.navdanya.org/site/
                She speaks of Earth Democracy not Sinhala/Tamil/Muslim/Christian/Hindu/Pallan/parian/Para/white/yellow/black

                If muslim woman needs empowering she has a different answer too as she is a leading female in human empowerment for a better world.

                • 1
                  1

                  Should the Muslim countries want to show the same liberalism we have in Sri Lanka they are free do so and will be most welcome.

                  We need to respect the GoSL to have courage to speak for the Nation??

                  What happened to that “Truth, Peace and Reconciliation” South African South African Style from 1970 – 2009 as we were all looking forward to closure as equal stake holders of our planet. I would have had Mr Sampnathar on the docks answering me as a FP man whatever he can remember from the hay days of killing spree in Jaffna. We could have publicly brought few from around the world for this event too the docks for accounting killing/death…do you thing this would have scared the hell out of the host countries to learn who is living next door to the locals?? there would be an outcry on the UN too on this refugee gravy train slavery business where we create havoc in all the normal countries..to create destitute?? Reality is if we are from the west should be working as cleaners and maids in these countries to make a living?? our children should be doing the same is the fact?? instead they are all bumming around the world working for UN and NGO’s further propagating what created them in the first place??

                  • 0
                    1

                    Rumble Bumble listen and start singing this Oppari song for Appa with the Para Melam beat and stop boring us here with your laments about Appa , FP/TULF and TNA

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9XC322dGHs

                    • 1
                      0

                      Dear PK

                      What protection do we have against Tsunami and coastal erosion other than both will give enough mud bath.

                      Di you know the Pariar were a low caste in my village..over and above what they have to do for living……what was your experience in your village.

  • 1
    0

    ”It is not enough for the political leaders to say in words that everyone has equal rights but it must be so in their stances and practices also”—–JP
    The last sentence summarises the article. If only the Ceylonese of 1950s had treated the minorities equally and restpectfully, there would not have been any civil war involving the minorities. JVP was involved in civil war as they did not like the corrupt capitalist system. JVP at present are talking sensibly and reasonably….. Pointing out the irregularities of Government actions. Lots of SCAMS does affect the poor citizens and their future generations. It is realy sad to see the poor state of infrastructures –Transport/ sewerage/ and to see the destruction of the enviroment.

    • 0
      0

      Dear Naman

      What was the problem in 1950’s?

      • 0
        0

        Dear Naman

        I was born 1963 and studied in Tamil all the way to my A/L. Administration was in Tamil too.

        Were you able to do the same in Sinhalese I hope?

        JVP – Was fighting the Indian expansionism under the Marxism, employment issues in the rural areas including the hill country,

        We did not have Capitalism but mixed economy in SL is a form of Socialism….yes from 1977 onwards the trend was changed where UNP policies were driven towards extreme capitalism…yet again we voted for this as a Nation after the hardship socialism..1970-1977.

        We were poor and a developing country experimenting many things to get on our feet..some were good and some were bad is a journey of any Nation to date including in the Developed countries is true as well except very few is different.

        How this killing spree fit into our National need from 1970 onwards??

  • 0
    1

    The 2011 Japan Tsunami
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbvBsgoEAe0

    Ask the UN to check if our Nation has the expertise in disaster management and train/demand all the Diaspora to invest on studies for such event. Have an investigation conducted on all the villages that suffered this disaster in 2005 in SL and have them give material witness broadcasted to the world. Time well spent for human liberation.

  • 3
    0

    Evil Eagle, seems to have starting problem or is it costipation followed by verbal diarrhoea. Think before you write , if it of any help to you. Another who is not yet dead but reborn calls a sane person as dead and reborn.

  • 3
    1

    Jehan , PhD answer is pretty simple.Majority Lankans can be easily fooled, all the time but not the rest of world. Since independence our rogue politicians have made it into an art. Now the prelates, businessmen, bureaucrats and the rest have joined to make it look like science. Paniya though didnt take off is just an example.

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 200 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically disabled after 7 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.