9 August, 2020

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Douglas Alexander Is wrong: Sri Lanka Does Not Deserve To Be Boycotted

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Peter Heap

Douglas Alexander, the shadow foreign secretary, urges the prime minister and foreign secretary not to attend next month’s Commonwealth heads of government meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka (David Cameron should boycott the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka, 21 October). His premises and his conclusion bear challenge.

He refers to “two decades of civil war that have seen 40,000 civilians lose their lives”. There is no accurate figure, but this is at the top end of credible estimates. During most of the conflict most casualties came from the reign of terror of the LTTE (Tamil Tigers), who destroyed trains, buses and buildings. Assassination victims included President Premadasa, India’s Rajiv Gandhi, and three Tamil mayors. At the war’s end civilian casualties were high principally because the LTTE callously used them as a human shield between themselves and advancing government forces. Sri Lanka’s critics seem to have scant understanding of what the country has gone through.

Alexander suggests Sri Lanka’s “bleak human rights record” is reason to boycott the Commonwealth summit, and even hints that Sri Lanka might be expelled: where the Commonwealth’s “basic values” (“of democracy and human rights”) “are challenged from within, it is right that members be prepared to act, as was demonstrated when the Mugabe government was suspended from the Commonwealth’s ranks”.

This view is surely unjustified. Sri Lanka has been a fully functioning democracy since independence. On human rights it is not an unblemished picture but a Royal Commonwealth Society report,Commonwealth Compared 2013, which measured 168 countries on human rights criteria such as press freedom, democracy and inequality, ranked Sri Lanka 68th in the world and 14th in the Commonwealth – comfortably in the top half of each. Would we hear similar calls to boycott a summit in the countries listed below Sri Lanka?

Alexander suggests “the remaining weeks before the summit should rightly focus our attention on the Sri Lankan government’s conduct”. Might that focus then include the considerable progress that has been made since the end of hostilities: clearing around a million landmines laid by the LTTE; massive rebuilding of infrastructure, housing and schools in wartorn areas; the acceptance of Tamil as an equal official language; the holding of elections in the north and east, giving people there their first chance to vote in 30 years; and the substantial reduction in the military presence in the north. Sri Lanka surely deserves some recognition of this progress.

Britain needs a proper presence at the coming CHOGM. The meeting is not about Sri Lanka. It uniquely brings together around 50 heads of governments. For Britain to stay away would do huge damage to the Commonwealth and to the prospects for future summits. When on the horizon lies the possibility of Britain leaving the EU, is this the time to snub the Commonwealth? Such an extreme step is surely not justified.

*Peter Heap is a former British ambassador to Brazil, whose diplomatic postings included three years in Sri Lanka. This article appeared in the Guardian on October 27.

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    Peter Heap,
    You are taking rubbish, you don’t talk about all the atrocities heaped on Tamils since independence: In fact what you say is a heap of cow dung.

    Are you on the propaganda team of Sri Lanka. Ask Sharma for advice of how to prop up Sri Lanka’s image: He is doing a good job of it, not you.

    Mr Peter Heap, do you know the genocidal acts of your full-fledged democracy doing to Tamils since independence.

    For honesty’s sake don’t grossly distort facts. LTTE came about because of all the atrocities heaped on Tamils by various ‘democratic’ governments of Sri Lanka since independence.

    If you have a conscience, please don’t write such distorted articles!

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      The author’s contentions are verifiable from published sources. They cannot be disputed.
      Whilst the Government may not be the ideal the author correctly points out that the organization it defeated was vastly more evil. The fact that Governments critical of Sri Lanka’s democracy – except Canada – have decided to attend is an indication that engagement is the correct strategy – not sulking outside the playing field. Mr. Sumanthiran has pointed out that attending the meeting does not indicate approval or disapproval of adherence to any particular values or lack of same. It is high time that the Tamilians deal with this situation in a mature fashion.

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      Well said!
      India’s Rajiv Gandhi,check with New Delhi who ordered that assassination. Initially a SL Navy tried it on him but failed due to Rajiv’s agility and his class mate body guard.
      Nevil Samarkoon (SL ambassador Delhi) was called to foreign office Delhi in 24 hrs and informed that Premadasa was responsible. Information to India did not come via normal source RAW but Karuna’s Karume.

      Pete, Stop doing the salsa as you may go preek preek instead of enjoying the piri piri with Tia.

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        Don’t talk nonsense, Javi. The Tigers killed Gandhi, and they themselves have admitted it. You can’t wriggle out of everything and blame others.

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          Foot solider sexpeeert “Doggerel” ride to the opera Der Fleadermouse!

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            clown and paid terrorist pig !

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      “Are you on the propaganda team of Sri Lanka”

      YES HE IS. Quite astonishing really. Sir Peter Heap chose to hide his true credentials. Peter Heap is the President of the Friends of Sri Lanka organisation and he along with others are active campaigners for the MR regime.

      The above article says “Peter Heap is a former British ambassador to Brazil, whose diplomatic postings included three years in Sri Lanka”. On the original source Guardian even the above description was missing. Nowhere in the article did he reveal his affiliations so that a reader could form an independent view of the arguments presented. Peter Heap sadly represents a new crop of diplomats who use their diplomatic and political credentials to cover their true allegiances and use the media to pump out their opinion to unsuspecting readers.

      Please see Peter Heap’s roles: http://www.nation.lk/edition/breaking-news/item/779-uk-mps-see-positives-in-llrc-report.html
      and http://www.srilankahighcommission.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=156:sri-lanka-high-commission-uk-screens-the-documentary-lies-agreed-upon-at-the-british-parliament&catid=1:news&Itemid=95

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    Totally Mr Heap , these critics need to really spend some time in Sri Lanka rather than getting information from the Diaspora that is the LTTE rump .

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      the art of the intelligence

      live as a poor man with lots of money.

      How about you? Ö Ö

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    Please pass this to Peter Heap.
    You are a dip low mat.

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      “dip lol mat” ;^):*

      O:-) ,

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    “ranked Sri Lanka 68th in the world and 14th in the Commonwealth ” – Sri Lankan former PMs, presidents and current one are Buddhists and majority practice “Buddhism”. Sri lanka must rank number 1. One family running the country – what kind of democrazy?

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      “majority practice “Buddhism”.”
      Anpu, What do you understand by ‘Practise Buddhism’?
      Going to the temple and offering flowers to Buddha Statues and Bo trees is not practising Buddhism.
      Do we understand why we offer flowers?
      “Just as these beautiful flowers fade and die, so this body of mine is destined to fade and die”.
      That is what the Gatha you repeat, means.
      We seem to be offering flowers to the Buddha in the same way Christians decorate their churches.
      All the other rituals too seem to be performed for the sake of the God, that we have turned the Buddha into.
      We do not follow the Dhamma of the Buddha Who is Our Great Teacher. The Dhamma is what would make us practising Buddhists.

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    Peter many thanks for having the guts to call “a spade a spade”.One thing is for sure,that is that Peter is not in the pay off of the defeated Tamil terrorists.Keep up your good work.At the end of the day,truth will prevail.

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      “At the end of the day,truth will prevail.”

      Yes like the man who finds a sling and then breaks his arm to wear it- poor sole keep chewing your amude.

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        While i am chewing my amude,you’d better keep on chewing old bag Jayalalitha’s undies.I am sure it makes you feel good!A damn Ealam dreamer!

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          “chewing old bag Jayalalitha’s undies.”

          Dogs have fleas but fleas don’t have dogs!

          Who’s a pretty boy then?

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            are you high ? your masters paying you money to post this crap ?

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              Ha ha
              Abe the Amu, Amu,

              Which one?

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      Yes he is paid from the Rajpkases Loot of the country

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    Peter Heap, your opinion is what the British government must take seriously. Despite the very serious deficiencies of the current Sri Lankan government, what we Sri Lankans require is for your government to engage our government and not ostracize us. That will not be of any use to any citizen here. Remember when you insult us by your refusal to attend the CHOGM you are not merely making a statement to the government but you are insulting the 20 million people of this country. We desire a change in the way this country is governed, the the racism, corruption, lack of the rule of law, all we abhor. But keeping away from CHOGM is childish and will not be of help to the good people of this country.

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    Peter,

    Don’t bother about comments from all the Tamil Tigers masquerading as Human Rights activists. Your comments are much appreciated by all those who are interested in peace and prosperity in Sri Lanka.

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    The killing of Journalists. The disappearances. The impunity. The subversion of democratic process. The refusal to take action against those who attack christians, hindus and muslims. The subversion of the legal system. These Mr. Peter Heap, are “Heap Big Problem”.

    Would you like to live in a country which did all this?

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    Thiru,
    Ambassdor Heap’s article is logical, factual and noteworthy. If you believe that we all have the same right to express ourselves in a free discussion what you should do is to take all his points one by one and refute them. Whenever an article appears with reasonably logical points about Sri Lanka, you guys jump out with your AK47s (abusive words and threats) and try to silence the writer. Haven’t you yet understood that this was the same destructive method used by the LTTE and that very method, indirectly and in return, silenced the LTTE permanently?

    Please read Ambassdor Heap’s article again and tell us what you’ve to say to refute it:
    1. Guesstimate bout 40,000??? civilian deaths… most casualties came from the reign of terror of the LTTE (Tamil Tigers), who destroyed trains, buses and buildings, Assassination victims included President Premadasa, India’s Rajiv Gandhi, and three Tamil mayors.
    2. At the war’s end civilian casualties were high because the LTTE callously used them as a human shield between themselves and advancing government forces.
    3. Sri Lanka’s critics seem to have scant understanding of what the country has gone through.
    4. About human rights: among 168 countries (considering press freedom, democracy and inequality), Sri Lanka ranks 68th in the world. And 14th in the Commonwealth – comfortably in the top half of each. Would we hear similar calls to boycott a summit in the countries listed below Sri Lanka?
    5. Might focus on Sri Lankan government’s conduct include the considerable progress (given below) since the end of hostilities?
    Can you deny these ‘PROGRESS’ facts?
    1. Clearing around a million landmines laid by the LTTE.
    2. Massive rebuilding of infrastructure, roads, hospitals, housing and schools in war torn areas;
    3. Acceptance of Tamil as an equal official language;
    4. Holding of elections in the north and east, giving people their first chance to vote in 30 years.
    5. Substantial reduction in the military presence in the north. Sri Lanka surely deserves some recognition of this progress.
    Do you know the LTTE’s boycott and the voter-ban at the Presidential Election of 2005 paved the easy way for President Rajapaksa to come to power? Sure, you know how he tackled the LTTE afterwards! What you may not yet understand is the direct and indirect consequences of CHOGM boycott on Sri Lankan Tamils. The hidden message in Ambassdor Heap’s article is exactly what many anti-Sri Lankan critics are trying to hide from the rest of the world.

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      Gobbledegook!

      His nose runs and his feet smell.

      He has no say in the running of the UK.

      EU nationals know better what is good for gone astray member of the EU.

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      Why not include this
      Distributing drigs by the Army for Tamil youngsters to get high and forget all problems
      Giving sexual pleasure to the young Tamil Girls unasked
      Providing pills and surgery to avoid unwanted conception
      Takin the Houses and Land of tamils to settel more army sdo that they can contunue to give sexual pleasure to Tamil women
      Reove th burden of education from the Tamil children by attracting them to other pleasures
      Placing 100,000 Army so that there enough men to go around
      Kill anyone who try to prvent these pleasures
      Demolish place of worships so that people do not waste their valuable time in the temples nd prayers and worshipping
      Make sure no tamil is in the Police and army and risk their lives.

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    Finally a positive article from the Guardian . This is a very welcome change .

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    Mr. Peter Heap,
    I applaud your courageous stand. You have at least the guts to stand for what you believe in.SL is not the only country with HR violations. The biggest HR violators are USA, UK and India. They should be investigated first if at all this is the way to go. Terrorists used Tamil inhabitants as human shields. That is the reason many people got killed. Collateral damage occurred in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, India, Bosnia and all other countries where terrorism prevailed or prevails.
    Now is the time for reconciliation. SL should go for a “Sri Lankan” identity and forget about Muslims, Sinhalese, Tamils, Buddhists, Hindus, Christians etc. We are one nation and everybody including the Tamils and Muslims should be able to proudly call Sri Lanka “home”. Forget the past and concentrate on the future. The war against terrorism is over. Now we have to concentrate on the future. If HR violations take place now, people should highlight those at the CHOGM. Boycotting the CHOGM, nothing can be accomplished.
    Hatred does not accomplish anything. It does not bring the dead back. Let’s work towards a meaningful reconciliation. Mr. Heap I salute you for your views!!!

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    Peter Heap is [Edited out] of the Srilankan Government.Inforamtion from Srilan High Commission in UK website He is the chairman of Friends of Srilanka which is a lobbyist in the UK to lobby for the interest of SL. When he says Srilanka is a democratic country he has conveniently forgotten what his paymaster Gotabaya rajapakse , the defense secretary said and I quote ” DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS ARE WESTERN VALUES AND IT IS NOT FOR US”

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    Peter Heap is simply wrong

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    Heap of trash? One gem….. “Sri Lanka has been a fully functioning democracy since independence”. Should one read further?

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      Rohan,
      You are correct.
      If this guy thinks that we have a “fully functioning democracy” with all information he can access on the web,including the reports of UN personnel who visited SL including Pillay,he has some other agenda in mind, or he is ill-informed and ‘brain-washed’ by the sri lanka high commission in UK – being a “Friend of Sri Lanka” parliamenrary group.

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    Peter Heap is the Chairman of Friends of Sri Lanka. The man [Edited out] of the Rajapaksa regime. No wonder he is blowing his trumpet for the Rajapaksa regime. Surely he can’t be blind to the massive human rights violations, brutal suppression of dissent, the attacks on the press and the judiciary. He can’t also be blind to the anti Tamil, anti Christian and anti Muslim attacks. Well, if you are paid well you play the tune your paymaster tells you to play. Shameless man.

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    “as was demonstrated when the Mugabe government was suspended from the Commonwealth’s ranks”.This view is surely unjustified. Sri Lanka has been a fully functioning”.
    It seems you are another UKIP pervert calling for a “white commonwealth” it’s not going to happen as you are not capable to live with forbearance. Enjoy your retirement with the salsa babes than trying to accommodate a fascist like Franco- do you know that Rajaporkistan has Spanish/Portuguese blood.

    “ When on the horizon lies the possibility of Britain leaving the EU, is this the time to snub the Commonwealth? “

    UK cannot afford to leave because 50% of its trade is with EU across no borders and 45% with US.
    The poorer nations in the commonwealth cannot afford to pay the UK asking prices and freight. So men like you plan to force it down their throats like the good old days of the British Raj. Pete you are going crazy!
    Yes UK has been a “Thorn” in the EU the Euro would never have been in the nude without fiscal control if UK had not stopped this from happening due to its “London as financial centre policy and links to Goldman Sac’s, Rothschild’s” flipping banksters.

    Pete it’s the extreme right wing attitude of yours which does not work in a global village. Times they are changing.

    Look at the agreements the “volume markets” India China but not your prices are making. Canada has its limits and the Australians have sold much to China and continue to flourish with that trade.

    You remind me of Dr Liam Foxy the backstage actor. Don’t hurt the UK folk please.

    It might take a few extra seconds to download please bear but is the latest and interesting for folk living in a cocoon.

    http://www.ecns.cn/2013/10-28/86070.shtml

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    The anti Sri Lankan Government bloggers have the most vivid imaginations and weirdest economic ideas one could ever hope to find.

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    So you may be bribed by MR administration to publish this article .. is not that so ?

    Let them decide by themselves whether or not to be attended in the summit presided over by a LONG AWAITED WAR CRIMINAL.. who would not distinguish killing any races. Latter was very clear when studying the RATHUPAWALA incident in which drinking water was the topic of the protest… was gunned down by MR^s command. Value of the human life under MR admin has minimised to ants. May be they the butchers would start eleminating own nation by opening butcheries across the country soon now.

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    Wanga machaa,Ö

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    We don’t grow older, we grow riper Ö Ö Ö

    Jai Hanuman Jai

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