18 April, 2021

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Defenders Of The UK Resolution: Idealism Or Colonial Mind? 

By Laksiri Fernando –

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

There were two bizarre and ‘idealistic’ articles, to say the least, published in the Colombo Telegraph (CT), one after the other, giving some prominence, one by a gentleman (Ranjith C. Perera) and the other by a lady (Rohana Jayaratne), quite detrimental to the independence, territorial integrity, sovereignty, and interests of the common people of the country. Jayaratne’s article subsequently published in the Daily Financial Rimes.    

The timing of these two articles is rather dubious given the UK initiated draft resolution before the Human Rights Council, with intimidated economic sanctions, and threatened prosecutions against some high officials to be executed in foreign lands, if not before the International Criminal Court (ICC). 

Contempt to Home Country 

The title of the first article appears radical, “UNHCR [sic] Should Focus on the Sovereignty of the Oppressed, Not the Oppressors.” Why sic? Although he means United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), he says UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees!). The title is radical because he apparently talks on behalf of the oppressors! The general tendency of the author is to consider everything he dislikes as human rights issues! This is very clear from the following sentence. 

“Besides the human rights questions related to 30 year civil war, 2021 preliminary report sent to Sri Lanka, it is reported prominent charges have been raised on the 20th constitutional amendment, military appointments to civil administration etc. by the new government that came into power one year ago.”

The other tendency is to take all what the High Commissioner has said as the ‘gospel truth.’ It may be the case that the author is allergic to the present government and the 20th Amendment. However, that should not be a reason to believe or support what is in the High Commissioner’s Report lock, stock, and barrel. There is no critical perspective given perhaps due to his political bias. The most extreme or ‘idealistic’ is what he talks about sovereignty. 

After condemning many Asian, African, and Latin American governments, he proposes “Therefore, it is high time international organizations such as UN and UNHRC should adopt a more realistic definition to the word ‘sovereignty’ …On that basis the international organizations focus would be of the ‘sovereignty’ of the people or oppressed not of the rulers or oppressors.”

Question of Sovereignty?

Perhaps he is unaware or forgotten the Article 3 of our Constitution which says, “In the Republic of Sri Lanka sovereignty is in the People and is inalienable. Sovereignty includes the powers of government, fundamental rights and the franchise.” Of course, there can be a difference between the constitutional theory and practice in any country. But that cannot be resolved by pleading to foreign countries or the UN. What the UN defines in terms of sovereignty is the following in Article 2(1) and 2 (7). 

Article 2 (1): “The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members.” This means the countries like Sri Lanka, whether this equality principle is practiced by the UN or not. 

Article 2 (7): “Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter; but this principle shall not prejudice the application of enforcement measures under Chapter Vll.” 

Under the Charter, the UN or its agencies cannot ‘intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state.’ The exception is in the case of ‘action with respect to threats to the peace, breaches of the peace, and acts of aggression’ in Chapter VII. However, decisions in this regard should be taken not by the UNHRC but by the Security Council, when and if necessary. The author’s many references and particularly references to other Asian, African, and Latin American countries show that his views do not emerge from idealism, but outright colonial mindset.  

Second Article 

The second article by the lady is more subtle but of the same genre. It is titled “How Can Sri Lanka Successfully Overcome the Challenge of the UNHRC Resolution?” To be sure, so far there is no resolution from the UNHRC, but allegedly a draft resolution from a Core Group led by the UK, our former colonial master. I have expressed my doubts before whether any resolution at the UNHRC could be democratically approved at the current session which is conducted virtually online which gives undue advantages to rich countries against the poor countries. 

The article gives a fair description of the UN organizations and the UNHRC, but quite blind to its failures. It asks, “In the above context, can Sri Lanka question the integrity of the UNHRC, an important arm of the UN, and thereby condemn the very foundation that it was built on?” However, to the best of my knowledge, Sri Lanka or any other country has not questioned the foundations of the UN (but perhaps the UNHRC!), but validly questioned the terrible failures, partiality, and duplicity of the High Commissioner’s report and the double standards of the UK initiated draft resolution. 

The article says, “In her January 2021 report, Bachelet called for an International Criminal Court investigation into Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatist conflict…” This is simply not true. Bachelet’s report never mentions a ‘Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatist conflict’ or even I would not blame the whole Tamil community for that separatist war or separatist terrorism in the country. The problem with Bachelet’ report exactly is that she never accepts ‘separatism’ or ‘terrorism’ for Sri Lanka’s past or present problems. 

Bizarre Recommendations 

The main concerns about the article are in the 12 recommendations that it prescribes. As a way out of the UNHRC challenge, she propagates that “noncompliance is not an option for a weaker nation in the global context of superpower competition.” This is a defeatist and colonial mindset. She repeatedly talks about ‘weaker members’ and ‘weaker nations like Sri Lanka’ in her article. She admits that some of the previous UNHRC recommendations are already in operation and they could be and should be expedited. However, that should not be done just because of the pressure, bullying or threats from the superpowers on the Western side.   

Let us look at some of the controversial recommendations more specifically. Look at the number 4 which says, “Avoid confrontation with international media and countries supporting the resolution which can further harm Sri Lanka’s image as they are too powerful force to reckon with.” What is recommended here is the meekness on the part of Sri Lanka. This is the same as what some of the Colombo based NGOs propagated before May 2009 arguing that the LTTE ‘cannot be militarily defeated’ and therefore their demands should be adhered to. 

The article also questions the ‘sovereignty of the country’ like the first author in the following manner: “The outdated concept of state sovereignty is of little or no relevance any more in a globalized and interdependent world with porous State borders due to rapidly expanding and instant communication via ICT.” 

This could have been considered ‘idealism’ if it were argued separately as an opinion. But arguing for giving up sovereignty in the context of threats from the imperialist countries like Britain, USA or even Germany is quite opportunism and colonial mind set coming from an apparent Sri Lankan. The article goes on touching on another sensitive question for the Sri Lankans as below. 

“The concept of Unitary Status in a geographically defined multiethnic polity, by nature of its centralized control, is flawed because it tends to be detached from the interests of minorities in deference to the majority leading to inequitable socio-economic development.” 

This kind of an opposition to the concept of ‘unitary state’ coupled with talking about ‘porous state borders’ not only promotes the disintegration of the state, political system, and the socio-economic development of the country, but also invites foreign trained and assisted terrorism back again to the country. We have already seen some glimpses of this phenomenon reemerging in April 2019 not because of globalization, but because of the neglect of national security and people’s security on the pretext of globalization by the last government.  

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  • 18
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    Laksiri,

    “Defenders Of The UK Resolution: Idealism Or Colonial Mind? “
    The answer is: Defenders of Justice! Peace! Unity!

    What do you think of Defenders of Murders and Criminals?
    Where were you during the previous resolutions? In a colony?

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      Laksiri,
      You will never learn . You sit comfortably in Australia, but preach to us lesser mortals about protecting our “sovereignty”. Does this sovereignty include the right to be murdered for speaking one’s mind? Does it include being jailed for doing your job? Does it include being forcibly cremated? Do any of the above have anything “terrorist” about them?
      All these issues are mentioned in the resolution. Lasantha Wickremetunga was murdered 12 years ago. Isn’t that long enough to find the culprits? People like you criticize his daughter for publicising the matter. If the local judiciary had the will or the backbone, there would be no need for foreign interference. Notwithstanding your legalistic arguments, don’t forget that a Syrian murderer is on trial in Germany for crimes committed in Syria.

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      Laksiri you should word it as “Defenders Of Sinhala Criminals : Racism Or Skewed Mind?”.
      Issue here is between Sinhala criminals who are being given impunity and Tamil victims who are crying for justice. When successive governments of Sri Lanka have failed to punish Sinhala criminals and provided relief to Tamil victims, naturally those who want truth and justice to prevail will interfere to get it right, and to sling mud with your gutter journalism is not going to help. Basic pillars of reconciliation is truth and justice, both of which are being denied by Sinhala racists, who are continuing to unleash terrorism on Tamils. You are condemning fair minded Sinhalese who are trying to infuse sanity into bigoted individuals like you. It is you who is bizarre in perception, thought and expression and not them.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
        There is a short circuit in your brain that mix up things. That is the reason why you talk about Sinhala criminals and Tamil victims when you should actually talk about Tamil terrorists and Sinhala victims.
        Have you forgotten that Tamil terrorists slaughtered Sinhala men, women, children and even unborn babies using suicide bombers, claymore bombs, multi-barrel guns, chemical weapons and child soldiers for three decades?
        Typical Demalu who want to put the blame on Sinhalayo.
        ===
        “Issue here is between Sinhala criminals who are being given impunity and Tamil victims who are crying for justice.”

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          Mahindapala, Tamils who committed crimes on Sinhalese have either been killed in combat or killed after surrendering. Why bring them into the argument when they have received supreme punishment either legally in battle or illegally after surrendering. Sinhala terrorism had been unleashed on Tamils since 1956 and none of the perpetrators were punished. This is where the charge of racial discrimination comes in. When international community is trying to put an end to this culture of impunity, racists like you are crying foul.

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      Ajith,
      UNHRC is trying to defend Tamil terrorists who slaughtered Sinhala men, women, children and even unborn babies using suicide bombers, claymore bombs, multi-barrel guns, chemical weapons and child soldiers for three decades.
      I understand that they had not mentioned LTTE terrorists in their first report but added later when objections were raised. How impartial is UNHRC?
      USA and UK do not want to hand over the despatches sent by their Military Attaches to UNHRC.
      Lord Naseby says UK Foreign Office resisted to give these despatches for two years when he tried to obtain them under Freedom of Information. Why are they so scared to give these reports? Definitely there is something fishy.
      Shouldn’t they ‘Practise what they Preach’?

      • 5
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        Eagle,
        “UNHRC is trying to defend Tamil terrorists who slaughtered Sinhala men, “
        Was Lasantha Wickremetunga a Tamil terrorist? How many Sinhalayo did Dr. Shafi slaughter?

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        EE

        (1) FP/TC/TULF >>> created EPRLF/PLOTE/TELO/EPDP/LTTE.

        (2) This lot identified many people to GoSL as LTTE in their lifestyle in Colombo since early 80’s.

        (3) Not seen in the front line to save the innocent Tamils in the final battle nor to do the sacrifice themselves as human shield. Too busy making babies man.

        (4) Now they enjoy the perks a lifestyle no man has ever enjoyed fighting for a cause after having killed many Tamils in Jaffna…1970-1977-1981.

        (5) Now the UNCHR want to penalise the GoSL for what purpose and not the Indians for foreign sponsored terrorism.

        (6) Now they add LTTE for what purpose..and who is going to be answering the questions during the Investigations?? It is an Inconvenient truth that you know why the leadership got killed in the final phase otherwise LTTE would have opened up an entirely different can of worms…many geo political masters would have to be behind the bars…an action no other head of states nor groups were never allowed to do..am sure you may agree.

        The story of our planet. Hence no investigation from the 1970 a outrages violence committed on a Nation by a bunch of FP/TC lawyers responsible for all the death and destruction.

        • 0
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          The point is why you keep barking at the LTTE when you have the masterminds sitting in our Parliament as the elected from Jaffna..a part time hobby/income/lifestyle at the expense of tax payers only available to Mafias.

  • 12
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    “The dogs keep barking, but the caravan moves on” – Arabic proverb.

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      Captain Morgan,
      Dogs who should have barked did not bark when Tamil terrorists slaughtered Sinhala men, women, children and even unborn babies using suicide bombers, claymore bombs, multi-barrel guns, chemical weapons and child soldiers for three decades and allowed the caravan to move on. After the Sri Lanka Government and its Armed Forces stop the caravan moving dogs started barking.

      • 0
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        Why is this unliked. I don’t think none of that is false. Is SL full of people who hates their country so much?.

  • 12
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    We must always take the side of the oppressed, not that of the oppressors.

    Therefore, there is no alternative for the progressives, but to support the forthcoming resolution of the core group led by UK at the present UNHRC sessions.

    Our only reservation is that it may not be strong enough!

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      srikrish,
      When a barbaric terrorists group slaughter people belong to another community, who is the oppressor and who is the oppressed?
      Is UNHRC bringing the resolution against the oppressor or against the oppressed?

      “We must always take the side of the oppressed, not that of the oppressors.”

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        Eagle,
        “When a barbaric terrorists group slaughter people belong to another community, who is the oppressor and who is the oppressed?”
        Are you suggesting that Gota should be hanged for running a terrorist government?

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          I don’t about you but I am living a rather good life compared to the previous gov.

  • 18
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    Mr.Free loader, your way of doing so is by character assasination of others. The typical Lankanway. You should be thankful to Australia for providing welfare and supporting you so that you can continue with your Lankanway.

  • 15
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    Laksiri, mate, you disappoint me, and I am sure many many others with your duplicitous writing.

    What has come over you?

    Or are you deaf and blind?

    • 10
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      Es,
      Laksiri is shortly before becoming the worst ever alzheimer patient. Let the biased man continue and disappear.
      .
      His days are numbered. Karmic retribution will do the job sooner than later, god bless srilanka 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

  • 6
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    Speaking of sovereignty, there are still some parties interested in dividing the country. They are hiding behind the banner of “human rights” and “war crimes.” The UNHCR is correct about the militarization of the country, but militarization is the answer to separatism. If the UNHCR wishes to be balanced, it should condemn separatism and those who are pushing it, including the TNA and elements of the Tamil diaspora.

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      Lester,
      “militarization is the answer to separatism. “
      No it isn’t. Separatism will die a natural death when all communities and religions are absolutely equal. That’s how even countries without a “2500 years history” operate.
      Militarisation is only an excuse to employ otherwise unemployable members of the majority.

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        Old Codger,

        Tamils and Muslims will enjoy full rights when they give up all claims to separatism. Until then, the North and East will have the full Army presence. This is the best way to prevent another civil war before it begins.

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        They were equal before 1948. And look how that turned out. They just wanted more and more up-to the point of separating the country.

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          Yasiru,
          Before 1948, the trains ran on time. Before 1948, there were no DIG’s in jail. Before 1948, the judges weren’t afraid of the government. Before
          1948, the country wasn’t run by one family. Ask yourself why.
          There are worse things than separatism.

  • 14
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    The mindset of the author sounds like a terrorising genocidal one. threatening minorities.

  • 16
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    I don’t think that I have time for Laksiri Fernando or his twisted arguments. Yet, I owe it to my people to bring to fore what ails our country and Laksiri Fernandos. Ceylon strayed away from democratic principles from the word go.
    .
    Look at what Laksiri Fernando says. ‘The problem with Bachelet’ report exactly is that she never accepts ‘separatism’ or ‘terrorism’ for Sri Lanka’s past or present problems’.
    .
    Laksiri Fernando admits that Sri Lanka is full of problems; but, sees them only from the time there were calls for ‘separatism’ or cries of ‘terrorism’. That may be convenient to him and his masters but not for Tamils, who have never seen a day of democratic governance, in the country.
    .
    Our history shows that Sinhalese terrorised Tamils. Even then, Tamils never demanded separatism.
    Terror was unleashed to suppress our calls for equality and fairness. Separatism is not what what Tamils wanted until the ilks of Laksiri Fernandos swelled.

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      Nathan,
      “That may be convenient to him and his masters but not for Tamils, who have never seen a day of democratic governance, in the country.”

      If there was no democratic governance in this country how the hell racist separatist Malabar Vellala Demala politicians managed to protest and kill Sinhalayo when they introduced certain changes after becoming a free independent nation having lived under colonial rule that oppressed them for about 450 years?
      Malabar Vellala Demala politicians managed to play hell and ruined this country because of rotten democracy introduced by Brits.
      ===
      “Separatism is not what what Tamils wanted”

      You must be joking?
      Malabar Vellala Demalu talked about separatism even during the time British ruled this country and smuggled arms from India to fight against Sinhalayo.

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      Nathan,
      “Terror was unleashed to suppress our calls for equality and fairness.”

      Terror was unleashed by Malabar Vellala Demalu who were the most privileged community during British rule and in Independent Ceylon using poor Dalit Tamils to have their own Kingdom in Sri Lanka. Vellala Demalu did not do that for the benefit of majority Tamils who belong to low castes.
      Equality and fairness, My Foot! Do you know that Malabar Vellala Demala politicians went all the way to UK to beg the Privy Council to annul the Social Disabilities Act passed in 1957 by the Sinhala Government enabling low caste Tamils to enter schools for the first time?
      Do you know that Malabar Vellala Demalu opposed Standardization and Quota System introduced by Sinhala Government that benefited Demala people who lived outside Yapanaya?
      First give equality and fairness to low caste Demala people in Yapanaya who are oppressed by high caste Vellala Demalu.

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        Eagle,
        “passed in 1957 by the Sinhala Government enabling low caste Tamils to enter schools for the first time?”
        Why has the Sinhala government still not passed a law to enable low caste Sinhalayo to enter the Siam Nikaya? This is unfair to Sinhalayo like you.

  • 11
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    “The other tendency is to take all what the High Commissioner has said as the ‘gospel truth.’”
    It is sad when the report of the HC refers to ‘alleged’ crimes against Humanity and the citizenry of Sri Lanka, and the process or purpose as understood, in Geneva is to inquire, investigate and prove or reject all such allegations and deal with it, if and when, proved beyond all reasonable doubt. That’s how the judicial process works in any democracy. Nothing to do with colonialism or imperial connections. This is the concoction of the SL old left parties. In this connection, let me digress a bit, “they denounce imperialism and colonialism, but thrive on their inclusion and having drinks in “Clubs” which were the symbolism of the Imperial colonists”. You are only creating a diversion to deviate the mindset of people which doesn’t make sense.
    The citizens of Sri Lanka, Sinhalese, Tamils, Malays, Muslims and Burghers are the sovereign people of Sri Lanka, who are the entities of the Sovereignty of Sri Lanka – not the government, parliament, President or the Supreme Court – which are bodies created by the sovereign people of Sri Lanka, against whom (or part of them) these ‘alleged’ crimes have been committed and the elected duly constituted bodies named above have been “allegedly” (yet to be proven) partisan or not carried out their duty to bring the claimed culprits to “Book” thus long.

    • 8
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      Laksiri,

      I totally disagree.

      It is true that UNHRC resolutions are not legally binding, because it was felt that moral pressure is sufficient to decent democratic governments to respond positively to reason.

      However, if it does not, is there any alternative but to continue to exert more and more strong pressure until the culpable government behave.

      • 5
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        Laksiri, “Ten years is an enough time to reasonable pressure a developing country to try to implement what has been necessary”. If after pressure for ten years, Sri Lanka government has refused to comply, do you expect them to keep quiet and for you to carry on with your racist agenda. Only pressure coupled with economic embargo brought peace with justice to people of East Timor and South Sudan. This approach is necessary against intransigent Sri Lanka too. “If one feels injustice past or present, one could go before courts”. Look at how the racist Sri Lanka judiciary behaved in disenfranchisement of Tamils and Sinhala only act both of which contravened section 29 of the constitution. Look at the way racist Sinhala judiciary absolved Sinhala criminals in the few cases that came before courts. When agreements were not honoured, peaceful protests were attacked, complaints in parliament are ignored, is it wrong for Tamils to seek international intervention. (CONTD)

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          Author,
          “internal solutions” – is it ok for Rajapakse to go to geneva may years ago?
          “If Sarath Weerasekara’s notion of “not to interfere with Sri Lanka’s internal affairs” were to be taken seriously, there would be no UN Human Rights Council. Why does Sarath Weerasekara think that Mahinda Rajapaksa and Vasudeva Nanayakkara packed suitcases full of documents and headed for the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva during the Premadasa Presidency? Was their lobbying in Geneva not a call for “interference with Sri Lanka’s internal affairs”? What Weerasekara fails to recognize is the obvious: there are far worse crimes than interference in internal affairs and far more important things than absolute non-interference in internal affairs. The UNHRC is one of the places established (among the others being international courts) in which such matters can be aired which why Mahinda Rajapaksa went there as an Opposition MP. ” https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/does-sarath-know-jack-the-colossal-ignorance-of-sarath-weerasekara/

          “unity”
          What you mean by unity?

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            “there are far worse crimes than interference in internal affairs”
            You said it, Anpu

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              OC,
              I did not say it. It was Dr Dyan Jayatileka
              This is what I was trying to point out from the link “Mahinda Rajapaksa and Vasudeva Nanayakkara packed suitcases full of documents and headed for the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva during the Premadasa Presidency? “
              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/does-sarath-know-jack-the-colossal-ignorance-of-sarath-weerasekara/

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                Anpu

                “I did not say it. It was Dr Dyan Jayatileka”

                By now you would have known Dayan takes 64 positions all at the same time
                all the time and he justifies it and teaches everyone who care to listen to him how to do front bend.

                No wonder he says what he says.

                Please tell me why Ponnampalam (the second) Unique Great Leder’s (தனிப்பெரும் தலைவரின் ) grandson does not want to be part of the protest movement of Tamil speaking people? Why it is difficult for him to fit in with ordinary people?

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                  When I told late Kumar Ponnambalam, “why don’t you start non-violent campaign to get justice for Tamils”, he told me “I do not want to break the law”. This is the attitude of Ponnambalams, to get poor man to struggle and ride to glory on their suffering. Did not Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela break law. Sumanthiran also does not take part in agitations, if the going on is not conducive. The biggest crooks among Tamils at present are Gajendrakumar and Sumanthiran. When Tamils are calling for economic embargo on Sri Lanka, Sumanthiran had told British government not to withdraw GSP concession as it will affect Tamils. How many Tamils are owning or working in garment factories which is the foremost beneficiary of GSP. It is time that Tamils get rid of these crooked cowards.

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      Laksiri,
      Thanks for your reply. A rational thinking person will not accept your reasons. Whether it is legal or illegal UNHRC resolution is necessary for those regimes who destroy country, peace and unity. You may say after 2009 there is relative peace but in reality there was no peace in the regions where the war was going on for three decades. Yes there was no war, there was no gunshots and there was an opportunity to bring peace and democracy. This is what was the expectation of a rational thinking person or citizen of the country. No one can justify the murder of those who surrendered to the military whether it is an LTTE fighter, or a child who was handed over to the military by parents or those who were taken in front of people. Continued militarisation, continued land grabbing, violence against Muslims that happened after 2009. It is not a secret for you and many a number of journalists and human rights activists including Lasantha were murdered after 2009. None of the promises made to those who helped Sri Lanka such as India, UN Sec, USA to complete the war or whatever recommendation given by Commissions were not touched at all.

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          Laksiri,

          “The best solution at present is to work towards reconciliation also addressing accountability issues primarily within the country.”

          Laksiri,
          Be honest, are you serious about reconciliation and accountability can be addressed within the country? If so, what was the barrier for that didn’t happen during the past 12 years? What have changed now compared to those periods between 2009 to 2015 and 2015 to 2019? Do you think the current situation is better than the previous two regimes and peoples understanding of the problems? My understanding is that the door for reconciliation and accountability is now completely closed. If I am wrong, could you please let us know who are the reliable people you can trust in the government who are committed to reconciliation and accountability.
          I know well whether it is India or China or Western Nations or UN have no serious interest in finding the solution to the problems within Sri Lanka. They all have some interest in Sri Lanka and they need the Sri Lankans problems to be continued and Sri Lanka should always remain dependent on them. Not only The external powers but also internal powers (Rajapaksas (SLFP, SLPP) Ranils (UNP,SJB) are also need these problems to continue because they need this problems to continue to keep their power and own needs.

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      Laksiri,

      “Ajith, don’t forget that there are so many human rights issues in Sri Lanka like in any other country. We should also give some priority to economic and social rights while we stand for civil, political, and cultural rights.”

      Sri Lankan human rights violation is associated with Buddhist Fundamentalism and Family Dictatorship which targets towards other communities and focused with genocide of those communities.

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      Dear Author,

      What kind of mind you have?
      “..pressure a developing country ” who made the developed country into a developing country?
      “many human rights issues in Sri Lanka like in any other country” – This is supposed to be a “Buddhist country”. In your next article please write about the human rights issues faced by Tamils from 1948.
      “Justice is not just a slogan.” Buddhism is not a slogan. put into practice. Don’t go and demolish Hindu temples and build vihara.

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      Laksiri, UNHCR resolution is not binding, but UNHCR can recommend the case to security council for referral to ICC for war crimes investigation of Sri Lankan officials. This is where UN is unfair to Tamils. At present officials of Mali and Central African republic are on trial, and both Israel and Hamas have been referred to ICC. Then why not Sri Lanka. To say that previous governments since 2009 have done their best or possible is a blatant lie. Mahinda government did nothing to promote reconciliation, while Yahapalana government pretended by token gestures without tangible result. Still Tamils are in refugee camps in India and other parts of Sri Lanka. No effort had been made to resettle them in their original habitat, while land grabbing by Sinhalese is going on with government support. Did you hear that when there was power failure, agents of government had entered Jaffna land registry and removed all files of land registration to Anuradhpura office. Is this carrying forward what they started that you are talking about. (CONTD)

  • 15
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    “The problem with Bachelet’ report exactly is that she never accepts ‘separatism’ or ‘terrorism’ for Sri Lanka’s past or present problems.”

    Laksiri, the problem with your reports are;
    **You give no consideration to the long history of state-run-terror and state-backed pogroms, pre-civil war and during the civil war to give weighted credence to legitimacy of the civil war;
    **You have completely turned both eyes blind to the long history of political and violent persecution of the Tamils prior to the birth of the armed conflict/civil war;
    **Your obliviousness to the reality that ethnic conflicts underscored by criminally oppressive actions of the state often give rise to civil wars;
    **Your inability to acknowledge that the state committed far more terror and crimes over the course of conflict and again has that propensity;
    **Your disregard of the deep-rooted criminal workings of the state, and that it can’t be cleansed by those who were once enforcing it, and now once again reinforcing it;
    **Your failure to acknowledge that little gain made over the 10-years post-war has fast eroded since Gotabaya’s presidency;

    Repeatedly, you’ve refused to present the full picture; instead market your knit-picky semantics of academia against pragmatic resolve and actions.

  • 17
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    We need more Ranjith C. Pereras and Rohana Jayaratnes to instil sanity, unity, and stable democracy in Sri Lanka.

    Laksiri Fernandos and their calculated deception will only foster continued mayhem and bigotry.

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    We are not going to spend lot of time in analyzing Lasksiri Fernando’s essay. It is the same batter he grinds regularly; that he has ground one more time. No fresh flavor but only spoiled old smell. But, before go to that, we want take a very quick look at today media printed comment from a person who worked with Ranil and Mangala to save the Royals at UNHRC, in the last Yahapalanaya Aanduwa. The comment is reflecting both his own experience of the past in part and the current reality, part. Before Tilak challenged in March 2017 that he would pull off Lankawe altogether from UNHRC, there was a peer review of Lankawe in UNHRC. That where Harsha showed his talent to save Royals by dodging all the nations, including India, in implementing about 212 new improvements which are interesting to UNHRC. When the peer review committee gave 212 points, including India’s call to implement 13A, Harsha politely added another voluntary 40 and made it 252 and then put all back in their dustbin and came back home as hero. It is same Harsha has put out the latest consolation message. He is saying the resolution is more of General Human Rights violations of Royals Aanduwa, than about War Crime. The restless protest of Tamils this time at UNHRC is explains, how much Tamils disappointed this time and how correct Harsha in his assessment.

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    Harsha is not the only Sinhalese these days seeing the UNHRC is a place where Buddhist Sinhalese problems can be taken to. Though still small in number, there is a very talented strong team is starting to think in this way. That is the fear making Lasksiri Fernando to take personally on the two authors, whose essays in CT had received a high admiration by many color and hue of commentators. He fears that this type of writers going to dismantled the 75 years of work to institutionalize the lawlessness, corruption, human rights violation, winning elections on genocide of minorities…… & other negative developments
    Our scope here is understanding Lasksiri Fernando’s title- “Defenders of the UK Resolution: Idealism Or Colonial Mind?“ A certain number of Buddhist Sinhalese and a certain number of Tamils are supporting the resolution. Lasksiri is calling them as subservient to their old White Masters. Then he is expanding it on other side. That is Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, and Montenegro is members of the core members preparing this resolution. But, like in the fashion of “Darusman Report” Lasksiri labeling it is British Resolution. Even if it is drafted only by Britain, if it’s accepted by UNHRC only it is resolution. So, by calling it as Britain’s resolution, Lasksiri only proving what an empty vessel he is.

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    Because there is no point in talking about Lasksiri Fernando spewing poison, we can look at one or two points in why Harsha is saying that this is a resolution about the Royals government’s Human right violation. He is saying it is telling how the Rapist Army has been systematically inducted into Civil service. He is pointing it is talking about Muslims’ burial problems. Absolutely these have nothing to do with whatever UNSG agreed with Old King as “Taking responsibility and accountability” in the May 2009 joint press release. What is Harsha implying here is, the resolution, if passed in the current form, it is pertains to Buddhist Sinhalese, as much as it is to Tamils and Muslims. He didn’t put it that in explicit wording. That is understandable. He is leaving it to the Buddhist Sinhalese to feel that as UNHRC is an international body, it care them as much as it does the Tamils. If the Buddhist Sinhalese think that the UNHRC is to going to work with Tamils to redeem their distress, will there be a reason why it would not work with Buddhist Sinhalese, when they have similar type of problem Human Rights violation by their government?

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    Harsha opinion clarify what is the rush for Lasksiri to label the resolution as British’s only and label The Tamils and Buddhist Sinhalese as slaves of British masters. If these groups had accepted the Sinhala Jury only verdict as God’s ruling and Rapist Army Junta as angels came to save the Sinhala Buddhists from Sinhala and Tamil Kottiyas, he would not go to this kind of classless classification. Harsha is feeling UNHRC is treating in this Resolution Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims alike. Whether Lasksiri Fernando Like it or not and accepts it or not, Harsha’s opinion is the new emerging norm around Colombo. We already saw that in two clean, eloquent essays here
    So Harsha feels Buddhist Sinhalese should take their Human Rights violation problems too there and should have them solved.

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    UNHCR – UN refugee and destitute supply chain for the resource riched (developing poor and begging nations) countries to the Developed Nations to be beggars grovelling for a longer stay and a passport eventually/hard working/save the economies and service the industry as required (usually the toilet washers inc)/take the abuse and loose all the dignity in their life for a dollar and a passport while the UN permeant member states sell Armes for the liberators/insurgencies/freedom fighters(not sure what and who’s freedom they were fighting in a free and prosperous Sri Lankan then in the 70’s) and at the sometime train and sell Armes to the armed forced of the same nations too.

    In addition to the slavery and sacrifices some abused and played the system to their advantage not contributing to Nation building in SL a land they left nor to take the new homes countries in the right direction of better human cohabitation principles using the million men and woman connection to both the lands preparing both communities at the same time.

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    Please Laksiri,
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    I note with some concern that you’re still responding, even today, the 10th, to comments made here. I see, lament, note that the comments don’t appear welcome, and now I’ve decided to make this sincere request of you not to post anything more on this subject.
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    Please see for yourself how this other discussion about ethnic origins seems to have got mired in uncertainties.
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/those-of-mixed-race-must-not-speak-of-a-pure-race-we-are-all-mixed/
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    All that originated from this delightful interview, where there is little dogmatism or claims to a final revelation.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vgv844p3eE
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    May I humbly suggest that you savour what you have there?

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