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Easter Sunday Attacks: Stop Illegal Arrests – Human Rights Commission Of Sri Lanka Tells Police

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has written to the Acting IGP, calling upon him, to ensure that due processes are followed in order to prevent arbitrary or illegal arrests.

Dr. Deepika Udagama -Charrperson HRCSL

The HRCSL in their letter notes that they have received a high number of complaints, particularly in the aftermath of Easter attacks on illegal or arbitrary arrests. .

Listing out a set of guidelines to be adhered to by the Police when making arrests, HRCSL stresses on the need for law enforcement agency officials to make the arrest upon thoroughly conducting an investigation into the by’s Health

We publish below the letter in full:

Mr. Chandana Wickramaratne

Acting Inspector General of Police

Police Headquarters
Colombo 01

Re: Arbitrarv Arrest

In the aftermath of the terror attacks perpetrated on April 2l, we appreciate the efforts taken by your department in the investigation process to identify persons involved. While the security measures are completely justifiable under the present circumstances, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka wishes to emphasize the need to ensure that arrests are made only on the basis of reasonable suspicion.

The Commission has recently received a number of complaints alleging illegal arrests. Some pertain to arrests made due to cultural misunderstandings or uncertairtly and others due to suspicions expressed by members of the public. For example, one woman had been arrested due to a motif on her dress assumed to be inciteful; in some other instances persons have been arrested for possessing literature in Arabic even before ascertaining the contents; arrests have been made due to public pressure such as an arrest of a trader because some persons feared he had applied a toxic substance to certain garments he was selling. It most instances, the Commission observes that police investigations are conducted after the arrest.

In light of the above, the HRCSL recommends the following guidelines in order to avoid arbitrary and illegal arrests:

1. Whenever an arrest is to be made there should be solid evidence to form a reasonable suspicion pursuant to proper investigations. Arrests should not be made merely on hearsay.

2. Where cultural issues are involved, such as the identification of religious symbols or identifying contents written in an alien language, proper expert opinion should be obtained.

3. Where identification of chemical substances or contents of computer files or video footage or the like are involved expert opinion should be obtained.

4. It is vital that the arrests are made not before, but after receiving credible information based on expert analysis and opinion, and on reasonable suspicion.

It is trite law that arbitrary arrests violate the Constitution. We wish to highlight the judgment of theSupreme Court in Naomi Michelle Coleman v. The Hon. Atnmey Gerueral S.C (FR) Application13612Aru S.C.M 15.11.2017 where Ms. Coleman’s arres! detention and deportation due to displaying a tattoo of the Buddha was held to be violative of Article 12(1) and 13(1) of the Constitution, and resulted in compensation and costs being required to be paid amounting to Rs,800,000/- . The Supreme Court found that there was no possibility of a public outcry, though thepolice so alleged, due to the display of such a tattoo.

Therefore, please be good enough to bring these guidelines to the attention of police personnel withstrict instructions requiring compliance.

Thank you,

Charrperson

Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

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    Dear Dr. Deepika Udagama,
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    Some very necessary and sensible reminders to the powers that be.
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    Thanks for writing so sanely and rationally.

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      “Stop Illegal Arrests”

      What about illegal releases? …….. Are they OK? ……… Depends on someone’s mere whims?

      Not that I’m against ol’ Ganasara’s release ……… He is a rare exemplary Buddhist, No?

      Yes, No?

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      Unfortunately, people can be arrested purely on suspicion under emergency law, but they have to be produced before a magistrate.

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    Wonder whether this HR Bosses sent a copy to the Cardinal, because he is still scared to gather his people for Sunday Mass at Kochikade..

    I don’t think these HR guidelines are complete,
    They should have told the Yahapalana Police to ask those boys with suspicious looks carrying backpacks whether they have, C4, Ball Bearing and Rusty Nails before arresting them….

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      Sumane’
      Are you suggesting that the regional Catholic bosses like Cardinal Ranjith have been given a new channel of communication? Why the traditional channel of via Vatican to the Heaven is changed? Didn’t he refused to accept a bullet proof vehicle saying he has the protection from The All Mighty? Why should anybody who has the confidence of having the protection from The Heaven be scared at all?
      Also, you must learn from tragic experiences of the death of 44 journalist during the time of your boys’ rule that HR boss can cry foul only after the tragedies occurred but doesn’t have the heavenly power of forewarning of potential dangers!

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        Dee Pee,

        I know you lot are pissed off because Rajaguru Dr Malcom Rajith has finally De Merged the Catholic Church from Dr Ranil’s Elite , Anglican and Vellala Faction.
        I can understand that not only because Dr Ranil and his UNP heavies didn’t tell the Cardinal about their “Intelligence ” .

        But the Cardinal has realized that most of his Flock are Sinhala People who have been converted to Catholicism through birth.
        And they are mainly the poor stock from the Village, as the up market Stock have moved on to Dollar Churches where cool dudes deliver” Miracles” and make them feel good.

        BTW, My Elders tell me most of those Journalists ” Disappeared ” during the last UNP Presidents Watch.. Is it true?…

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      KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

      Your new mate the Cardinal is lying low, waiting for the right opportunity to punish them(?) mercilessly, . and the medieval saffron clad Assgiria of course will supply enough stones and men to help the new equally medieval messiah.

      Being a member of Sinhala/Buddhist society of bigots you should volunteer to help the joint forces of Cardio Mahasangha. Find a good supplier of stones before you join them.

      When you have protection of the saffron armour who cares about human rights, …
      By the way is Sisira Mendis pulling the strings behind the scene, extracting teeth, applying chilli powder to the willi, waterboarding, …. Sodomising with large batton, …. or directing his understudies?
      Trust him, he has long established unblemished record on practising the finest form of torture. Man enjoys and proud of being the top most official sadist. You could learn a thing or two if you work closely with him. Does Assgiria have faith in him, has he ever tied noola for him?

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        Dear Native,

        Were you an Interrogator , Interpreter, a Guard or the Boss in Batalanda Torture Camp , when your Idol Dr Ranil was calling the shots…

        This Sodomising with a Batton, do you know whether Dr Ranil did run it past the then High Commissioner who was looking after the Human Rights of poor Wijeweera and his boys?..

        Wonder where JVP Prince Anura and his buddy Handu natta were , when Keselwatta Preme was doing an Auschwitz on them. without Gas .of course..

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        Did the Mahanayake of Asgiriya call for stoning of Mulsims?
        This innuendo is in what NativeVedda writes here.

        Very few have listened properly to Maha Nyake’s said speech. He DOES NOT AT ALL mention that the Muslims should be stoned. Instead he refers to the suspected actions of some Muslim shop owners and a doctor in Matale who are involved in questionable practices and said that some women have said that they should be stoned to death. He immediately continued his speech and said THAT HE DOES NOT AGREE WITH THE PREPOSITION.
        He also said that if some are involved in such unsavoury practices he thinks that they deserve this punishment.

        AND YET, how the Veddas and their Gobblesian cacophony have turned the facts on the head!

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          Dear D. Udawatte,
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          Your observation is correct. However, the Maha Nayake is guilty – even more guilty because of the way he said it. He was using chicanery.
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          I heard it, and what you say registered clearly in my mind. What he said reminded me of that other story – involving whom was it? – I hope that some other reader will enlighten us.
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          A fugitive prince is hiding under the bed. His pursuers want to kill him. The monk (or was it Gauthama in a previous birth?) is asked if the Prince is there. The monk replies: “The Prince is not on the bed.” That foxes the would-be assassin; the Prince lives on.
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          There is this significant difference, though: the monk’s duplicity was in the interest of saving the Prince’s life. The Asgiriya Mahanayake has so legalistically worded what he said to escape culpability – which means his cunning mind was working pretty well.
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          Verdict: guilty!
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          Sentence: Let the nasty fellow go. Let us be merciful to the evil old man but tell him that he is a disgrace to the noble Dharma.

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      Next time Madam DU feels like writing a letter she should write Alina Teblitz of the US Embassy and ask her to stop visiting monks at the Dalada Maligawa to sell SOFA, and weponize religion in Lanka. Also , ask Teb to remove US Special Op.s Forces ( SOF) which conducted the Easter carnage to destroy religious peace in Sri Lanka and bring in SOFA.

      DU should also ask the US embassy in Colombo, with letters copied to the UK and EU representatives in Sri Lanka when they plan to dismantle the Diego Garcia Military base as it is an on going HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION in a neighbouring country , as the Chagossian people have a right to return home. and the ICJ has ruled that the UK US occupation of Chagos is illegal under international law.

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      Dear K.A. Sumanasekera,
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      Although as educated people we realise the importance of arriving at firm decisions only after we have scrupulously proved a point, let me confess that, in practical terms, I act on educated prejudices.
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      The way I see it, a small band of Muslim fanatics, succeeded brilliantly in committing deeds that are abhorrent to us all. The situation is very similar to 1983. Then it was the average Tamil who was in danger, now it is the average Muslim. This is an erudite and holy monk, Ven Galkande Dhammananda Thero addressing issues in a bilingual video:
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zucSDjO6OaY
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      I don’t see Christians as being under any fresh and immediate threats. Of course, what was suffered on Easter Sunday was horrendous, but we have to be rational when thinking of the future.
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      As for Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, he’s no favourite of mine. Call it prejudice if you’d like to. For Pope Francis, I have respect.
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      As for me, I’m a born and baptised Anglican with very little respect for that church in Sri Lanka now. That is because of the way that they run their quite privileged schools – but that is a separate story.
      I’m sure that there are some good Christian clergy in Sri Lanka, but not many. In England, the church may be declining in numbers, but how can we have anything but admiration for the honesty of the current Archbishop of Canterbury:
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      https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/08/justin-welby-dna-test-reveals-my-secret-father-was-sir-winston-c/
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      His predecessor, Rowan Williams, also was a very sincere man. Too sincere, perhaps.

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        Dear Sinhala Man,
        I think finally I have come across a person who fits to a Tee in to Dr Ranil’s Elite, Anglican Vellala Faction of the UNP.
        And I am sooo happy about it.-

        What I can’t fathom is how you can have animosity to our our Rajaguru Boss Of the Catholic Church , when you and Him are following the same Jesus from Nazereth.. to end up in God’s Kingdom when the Rajaguru departs Lankawe and you leave England…

        Being a Punting Man, I always put a Bob each way..
        In fact, I go to the Catholic Church more than Bellanvilla Temple because our Catholic Priests seem to me to be more caring about the poor and the destitute among us , whom unfortunately are not much noticed by Dr Ranil’s Faction and its members.

        Anyway, what puzzles me what happened to people who were there before Jesus and Buddha and even Mohamaed the likes of Socrates, Demosthenis , Pharos, Cleopatra and even the Aboriginal Elders who were Down Under for over 40 K years before the good people from your new Land messed them up.
        Exactly the the same way Dr Ranil and his UNP Buds are trying to do to our Sinhala Buddhists now..

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          Dear K.A. Sumanasekera,
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          Thank you for defining me (and, probably, Dr. Deepika Udagama) out of existence as individuals.
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          I have nothing to do with Ranil Wickremasinghe or any faction of the UNP. But there’s little point my telling you that, is there?
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          However, I’d like you to know that I’m no simpleton. With guys like you there’s no objective truth, is there? You have much in common with Donald Trump who boasts about the American Air Force of 1775. Some of those guys have discovered that Senator Kamala Harris is NOW a millionaire. If she were actually to become POTUS, it will be the same story as with Barack Obama. You excel in putting people down, but can offer nothing but hatred of others in return.
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          The fact is that I live in a village, and have expressed unqualified praise for Ven Galkande Dhammananda Thero.
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          I have worked in the sort of school that you would consider it beneath your dignity to visit. In an article that is still accepting comments, I have deplored the fact that the most up-to-date tablets are being showered on kids who don’t know the QWERTY arrangement of the keyboard.
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          Please, when writing English, don’t break all rules by ascribing a Doctorate to Ranil Wickremasinghe (or to me!). Instead, why don’t you educate people about our system of voting allowing THREE Preferences at Presidential Elections?
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          Having said all that, Sumane, let me thank you for not casting personal aspersions on me. Actually, I find your denial of my existence more hurtful in practical terms than downright nastiness.
          .

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            Dear Sinhala Man,

            I have nothing personal against you.
            Or my mate Native Vadda, who always pick on poor Sinhala Buddhists and bashes them, even when Ibrahaims and Zaran Boys went to Kochikade on Easter Sunday, while the Catholic UNP Minister Harin Fernanado put a sickie and stayed at home..

            I am glad that you are not in Dr Ranil’s UNP Faction.
            And I am delighted to hear that you live in a Village and worked in a Village School.
            However what puzzles me is why you do not speak up for the kids and their parents who live in the Villages,
            In fact they amount to nearly 70 % of the Inhabitant Population.

            At least you can point out what impact Dr Ranil’s and his mates Yahapalana Eonomics did to the Country by dragging back that 8 % Rajapaksa Growth to less than 3% now.
            And it ain’t going to be be a pretty picture even next year , with the Tourists avoiding us like a Plague…

            And you guys never ever talk about the BS Dr Ranil and his Cohorts dished out in 2014 and even before to mislead the poor and get in to Government.

            BTW, I know Mr Ranil got a PhD from Australia, And it is from a University in Victoria according to my Elders..

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              Thanks, Sumane,
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              You sound sincere, and it may be that I could tell you many more interesting things if you keep responding.
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              Ranil was awarded an Honorary PhD from Deakin University, and Shyamon Jayasinghe (not a bad guy in my view) wrote a silly piece on it.
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              I thought you’d know that no honest person actually lists such a degree among his credentials. When I first saw it used that way about Ranil, I thought that you were mocking him, but later most readers would have thought it an irritating joke.
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              Dr Mervyn Silva (yes, the clown) has a “legal” PhD bought from this place in Dehiwela:
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              http://oiucm.net/doctoral-degree-requirements%e2%80%8b/
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              Another who bought a PhD from Dr Anton Jauasuriya (who was certainly good at Acupuncture, but was more obsessed with making money) is this man:
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              http://archives.dailynews.lk/2010/10/25/fea01.asp
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              I’m not saying that Dayananda Somasundera was an incapable man, but he was a fraud in certin respects, and was one of those who sucked up to President Ranasinghe Premadasa. Others have been appointed Associate Professors without PhDs:
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              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doric_de_Souza
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              Doric’s academic work was excellent; he was just too involved in (altruistic) politics to do his Doctorate. With his demise there is nobody in Sri Lanka who is comfortable with Old English (700 to 1100 AD – best known writing is Beowulf). None of us is born knowing anything. If you had hitherto imagined that Shakespeare (c. 1600 A.D) was Old English, that is no problem.
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              Yes, many sections of our population are neglected. What I’d like to see is a meritocracy, not the corruption that has kept me down.

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              KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

              “Or my mate Native Vadda, who always pick on poor Sinhala Buddhists and bashes them,”

              This is a blatant lie.
              I am trying to prevent rest of the Sinhala and Buddhist people further degenerating into card carrying Sinhala/Buddhist fascists.

              One day when the penny drops you will begin to understand.
              It has become very difficult to remain rational in this country where pointing out ruler’s mistakes, crookedness, wickedness, their share of human rights violation, …. undemocratic behaviour, …………. is considered treachery, anti Sinhalese, anti Buddhism, …………..

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    Dr Udagama and HRCSL where were you when the Innocent Tamils were being arrested ,tortured Physically and Psychologically and ,murdererd during the last 60 odd years?
    Certainly you were not there then but what happened then?? Were they worthless??
    They were doing sweeping arrests no one raised any doubts then.
    The country would not have faced Elam war 1,2,3 and 4 if the GOSL and the watchers like the UNHCR and
    HRCSL had been alert as they are now !! The country would not have reached to this lowest of the lowest in Humanrights?? Don’t you think madam??
    It’s admirable you’re raising questions now but why now and not then?
    The Arab money speaks now for the Muslims but your organisation was threatened and stopped by the GOSL and the Racist elements from investigating when the sweeping arrests of innocent Tamils were taking place!
    Even the UN dogooders came and went several times but they too were made to believe lies . Arms sales were a big business too then. Sophisticated weapons needed to be sold and tested on innocent Tamil people.
    That was the war game played then and now SL is certainly a PARAIYAAH STATE a state awaiting for foreign hand outs.

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    Dear Dr. Deepika Udugama, Chairperson, HRCSL,

    Yes. Arbitrarily attests of innocent citizens without reasonable evidence must stop. On the other hand, the arrests of the terrorists and The rioters must continue.

    Failing this, will certainly crated a situation where the confidence of the citizens in the law and order and fairness will decrease, and the cooperation revived by the police from the citizens will disappear.

    Can the HRCSL and the GMOA take up the case of false charges against the Muslim Surgeon at Karunegala be take up as a HR issue and pursued?

    Clearly the land is rapidly getting into chaos thanks to unequal application of law and order and constitutional rights, with the Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhist ms” and Para-Monks running amok and commuting crimes, at Digana, Kandy, which in turn have entices the Wahhabis to get radicalized and become terrorists, as was shown by the Easter attacks.

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    There is rampant discrimination against innocent Muslims now. It seems many people in Sri Lanka are unable to tell the difference between extremists and innocent people.
    There is mass hysteria in some areas, including in Kurunegala. A good man’s career and reputation has been destroyed because some people in the majority, due to envy, and hatred, spread malicious rumors, including through hate media, like Divaina, which ended up with this poor man being arrested. It seems Divaina has no credibility anymore. They joined the hysteria and fake news, to destroy a doctor from the minority.

    The majority of Muslims in this country HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH EXTREMISTS, and did not KNOW about it. THOSE WHO SUSPECTED SOMETHING HAD THE GOOD SENSE TO REPORT IT TO THE AUTHORITIES, WHO DID NOTHING. They did their duty as Sri Lankans to alert those in charge.
    The Muslims did not blame ALL Buddhists, nor treat them badly, when Sinhala Buddhists provoked by the BBS thug, charged into a Mosque in Aluthgama, attacked and killed many Muslims FOR NO REASON BUT HATRED, or had their shops, businesses, and homes attacked and burnt, so why these boycotts, hate speeches, and discrimination shown towards Muslims? Why take it out of ALL Muslims.
    It simply shows there are ignorant people in our country, who are easily provoked into lashing out against people who did nothing, all based on lies, and misinformation.
    If “goolies” and “sweets” can make people sterile or barren, we should inform the World Health Organization, about Sri Lanka’s latest contraceptives – Muslim food.

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      This arrests ,detentions,torture of Tamils of all levels with the help of Musulims in tge past ..Not a single dog bark.

      Tamils were murdered and chased from their own villages now converted to Musulim colonisation
      Neither any NGO ..Modayas politicians. Police too any actions
      Indeed police supported Musulims

      When it is for me it is blood for others it is tomato juice.

      You only reap what you sow.

      Musulims in private celebrate joker shakuran and his murder.

      Bring Mossad

      Cheers

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      To Chitra
      There was rampant discrimination against Tamils on the whole . All the Tamils were classed as terrorists. It’s just like the beliefs that ” goolies ” ” sweeties ” that makes Sinhala women sterile the new Contraceptives of ” Sinhala Modayas”
      No difference from the same hypocrites who believed in ” Sinhale’ ” the Sinhala Moda Logo that Sinhala race were the descendants of an Animal called Lion.
      They’re more like the descendants of Monkeys. Jumps from one Tree to another.
      How about the ” Grease Yakkas” can’t forget those jokers.
      Surreal claims were made every time , which no one can take it seriously except the SL Police morons who immedíately runs like headless chickens for every idiotic joke to catch a minority . We have plenty of Modawansas who creates these pathetic claims in APEH Aanduwe ….where you hear this kind no where else in the world.
      Can’t understand why there are more and more idiotic donkeys joins this group of ILLITERATES. Oh I have forgotten to mention on CT ofcourse we have K A S Sumanasekera , Eagle Eye, Champa , and few others belongs to this GOOLIE SWEETS Group or Moda Sinhale’ Group.

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      Chitra the Muslim with a fake Hindu identity. ” Chitra ” which means the person who leaves a mark derived from Chitti mark/blemish .The origin of the Hindi word for letter “Chitti’ or the commonly used word “Chit” originated , meaning a mark or something written on a piece of paper. The word for a picture Chitra/Chithiram also originates from this. Leaving your fake identity and origin., now crying about humans rights for Muslims , is a laugh, as the island’s Muslims, despite being of Tamil ethnicity and speaking Tamil , joined the Sinhalese in the name of Islam and a fake Arab origin , to deny their fellow non Muslim Tamils their human rights and committed all sorts of atrocities and acts of marginalization on them , especially in the east, south and Mannar region. This is still continuing in the east, with Sinhalese support. They killed, looted , danced , rejoiced and took part in the anti Tamil orgy and war crimes. Now crying and howling about human rights , when their former Sinhalese partners in the anti Tamil genocidal dance , have turned against them. These opportunistic nasty Muslims now expect the Tamils to support them, why should we. Be thankful that despite all the provocation by you fake Arab South Indian Dravidian Muslims , we have so far restrained from committing violence against you like the Sinhalese , have always done. Even now , despite everything many Muslim bloggers and columnists come here and on many other forums , keep on posting , about how patriotic the Muslims were and their immense contribution in the marginalization of the island’s Tamils and their structured genocide and remind the Sinhalese that they should treat them better. Patriotic indeed! Patriotic people do not partake in genocide marginalization or war crimes but stand up against it for the good of the nation.

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        ou Sri Lankan Muslims are a bunch of lying selfish opportunistic backstabbers , who saw an opportunity to establish their fake Arab South Indian origin Dravidian immigrant largely refugee community , at the expense of the indigenous Eelam Tamils from the NE , by encouraging and playing to the historical Sinhalese hatred and prejudice against the Tamils. You wanted to steal the Eelam Tamil lands to establish a fake Arab Wahhabi/Salafist Caliphate , that would have been a danger to everyone, especially to India. This was to be achieved with funds obtained from certain Gulf/Islamic states and the overt and covert support of many powerful crooked Sinhalese politicians , who have been bribed. This is why even now you people are still pandering to Sinhalese racism against the Tamils , despite all what has been done and are against the indigenous eastern Tamils from getting anything. Look at north Kalmunai. The east is Muslim , what an absurd racist claim. You arrived in the ancient Hindu Tamil east begging for refuge from Portuguese/Sinhalese persecution , a few centuries ago and will not be there if not for the generosity of the eastern Tamils, who took pity on you ungrateful creatures , as fellow Tamils and gave you land to occupy and Tamil Hindu Mukkuva women to start families, as 90% of the refugees who arrived in the east were single men. Now you ungrateful creatures have bred like rats and with certain Islamic nations and Sinhalese help want to steal our lands and making all sorts of absurd claims. Tamils are still the largest community in the east and being indigenous own most of the land. No wonder western nations are wary of Muslim refugees, as they come begging for refuge and then within a generation or two , hardly contribute anything but make all sorts absurd demands in the name of Islam.

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      You Muslims only talk about Human Rights when you are affected but go against Human Rights and join with Sinhalese racists to deny Tamil people their human rights , when it suits and is advantageous to your fake Arab largely low caste immigrant community from South India. Even now want to marginalise and steal Tamil lands in the east. Look at the North Kalmunai incident. Tamils wanting a separate division for their land but Muslims who only arrived in the east as refugees are against it , as they want to steal Tamil lands. Who are these Muslims to oppose/deny Tamils their just rights. What right do these immigrant refugee buggers have to deny us our rights. Where is this Human Rights woman when it comes to Tamil people and their denial of rights. She sits there mum not stating anything when Sinhalese and Muslims steal Tamil lands and Hindu temples and churches in the name of Sinhalese Buddhist Fascism and Fake Arab Islamic Wahhabism. but jumps up and down when something happens to the Muslims. Proving she is a racist hypocrite.

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    For human rights to be appreciated and upheld we must love and respect one another as we love ourselves.
    We must hold others in high esteem and be empathetic towards others.
    The story in Sri Lanka is different. We are all trying to constantly push others aside and rise above the rest.
    Hence most of us are oblivious to human rights.
    Though Buddhas teachings are exactly in line with todays human rights and more, and our attitudes are supposed to be shaped by muditha, karuna, upksha and maithree, even the monka don’t care or practice these.
    The last lot who understand the idea of human dignity, right to justice and fair play are the police. They will follow any dirty order given to them from above to the letter without considering to constitution or the law.
    Sri Lankan police are used like hunting dogs by their masters just as they were used by the colonial masters back in the day. Nothing has changed.
    President, AG, CJ, IG don’t care about the law or justice. They break the law at will and there are no repercussions. That is Sri Lanka. A land like no other!

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    What she says is support the Anti-Terrorism act. and make Sri lanka Police state. How ever, in that direction, Police may not be that trust worthy as higher police officials are reluctant to declare their Assets.
    Australia has a similar environment. They arrested a Sri lankan – muslim student who worked for their intelligence services. Just after that, he was arrested for writing some suspicious drawings or writings that he left on a paper. Some how he was released probably because International criticism of that case. Again, they have arrested another three muslims saying they were also planning (NOTE, not Implemented) a humongous attack which the Australian CID says they had so many things in their minds.
    When I say that, I can not understand what Deepika Udugama is saying or she just wanted to involve and say I am also important here.
    It is public news 40,000 muslims had gone to Wahhabi classes. A 1000 is supposed to be trained or educated in bomb exploding classes or as Homicide bombers.
    In brief, she is saying work according to the New anti-Terrorism act that Ranil and his gang want implemented.
    I heard Ranil is going to propose Decriminalise drugs and introduction of Ganja would take youth away from Drugs..

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    It is hated and sinahalese racism that encourage police to arrest people…Tamils in fear for 30 years and now Muslims..
    Next one is Christians..

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      Lankan

      The interrogators (torturers) are secular sadists.
      Torture as an institution is being carefully nurtured and protected Since 1970s.

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    Madame Deepika, we have PTA. We don’t mind the constitution. PTA overwrites any FR guaranteed in Constitution. Mokan Peiris said Tamils don’t have FR. Ranil refused to reverse that verdict. So we can arrest the Tamil and Muslim terrorists and keep for any amount of time.

    Anyway thanks for your consultation.

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    Dear Dr. Deepika Udagama,
    As you are well aware of the inner quality of Srilankan leaders, they do not obey and respect the Rule of Law at all.
    Their henchmen do what they are briefed by Sirisena,
    Both in the past and in the present do the same.
    Sirisena is the worst and unproductive leader in our human history.
    Now he is frustrated and deeply depressed because he did not achieve anything except overseas trips and stealing money.
    Uneducated people are governing the country and so called educated are worshiping them.

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    ALL THESE PROBLEMS ARE NOW EXPOSED UNDER THE MAHAJNAMUTHA LEADER SHIP OF POLONARUWA SEEYA. WHAT EVER SAID AND DONE HE HAS ONLY 5-6 TH MONTH TO HOLD ON TO THIS POSITION OF HEAD OF STATE WITH OUT NOTHING IN HIS HEAD.by ordering through AG to arrest PUGITHA AND HEMASRI MY3 is exposing his guilty of failing in his duty as minister of defense law and order.the case against PUJITHA AND HEAMSRI will be withdrawn no sooner new president comes to power in DECEMBER 2019.THESE TWO GUYS MAY FILE ACTION AGAINST MY3 UNDER NEW GOVERNMENT IF IT IS POSSIBLE UNDER THE LAW. MY3 IS PUTTING SRI-LANKA AS A LAW LESS COUNTRY BEFORE THE WORLD.

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    Get lost you buffon. Don’t talk about human rights when the national security is in danger. This lady does not know about realities of life. Like a frog in a well. It is because of this bodies that Sri Lanka is in this mess.

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    The letter is good and full of grammatical & spelling mistakes. In the current political climate with an erratic behaviour President and non-functioning political mechanism, the country is slipping in to a vortex of Anarchy. Yes, the suspended IGP and the Secretary are in somewhat responsible for the mishap of April 21 disaster. But, the main person is the President who is ultimately responsible. No, number excuses are going wipe away the responsibilities. The outcome of the PSC will reflect this. Even after the election of a new President, the current one must be brought to justice. Law must prevail.

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    Its most unfortunate , the norm in Sri Lanka has always been arrest and harras the Innocent while the gulity goes scotfree.

    The simple reason why a man like Sajith Premadasa has been blocked is easy to understand.

    The deciding voter base is not the muslims or any other minority by ethnicity , but minority of criminals.
    Those who engage in anything illegal , from drugs , smugģling (any commodity thus crippling the economy ), moonshine brewers , Canabis traders , illegal mining of all the country’s resources, illegal felling of trees , manipulating the entire government Tenders from purchasing the simplest requirement starting from stationery , other materials to mega deals.
    If the President executes the death penalty without offering some amensty to the present inmates and setting a period and date for the penalty to be enforced and applicable , he will throw the nation in to a teroror situation worse than Islamic Kawarijs(Islamic Terororists).
    All these criminals make sure their relatives live just a little above poverty and they control and manuplate them and their votes with their illgotten money to make sure a government and set of politicians are elected to help smooth run their ill trades not caring for the nations future , every single racist ,hate monger , and religous extremist (including Among muslims) are part of the cartel .
    we need someone daring like Sajith who will be willing to be completely be transparent.
    Some Small time real estate agents have created a false alarm not to sell lands to Muslims by which they create a dangerous property bubble , which when it burst could have the worst repercurssion , due to this the legal established local real estate companies are suffering , ultimately oneday foreign real estate companies will move in , take over our local companies and sell the lands at exobident prices to foreigners and the end result will be no Sri Lankan will be able to afford a piece of land.
    please dont cut your nose to spite your face.

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    The HRCSL should stop playing “culture war games” and ask the US Embassy that has been weaponizing Buddhism with Alina visiting monks at the Dalada Maligawa to sell SOFA, to stop its project to destroy religious peace in Sri Lanka. Alina Teblitz has violated the separation of Church and State in the US constitution and should be asked to get out and sent back to Washington.
    Also, US’ Saudi Proxy has weaponized Islam and funded and organized the Easter bombers. with the US Special Operations Forces (SOF) – the new face of the US war Machine
    https://www.mintpressnews.com/u-s-special-operations-the-new-face-of-americas-war-machine/256431/
    The root of the current religious culture wars in Sri Lanka is the US project to divide, rule, loot and set up military bases in Sri Lanka.
    Finally, madam Udugama should ask the US embassy in Colombo when it plans to dismantle the Diego Garcia Military base? Diego Garcia is a CIA black site and an on going HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION , and the Chagossian people who were forcibly displaced by US marines and the US, EU, NATO human rights violators and the IJC and UNGA has ruled against it. USA which has been weaponizing religion to divide multireligious Asia needs out of Chagos Islands and the Indian Ocean.

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    Okay madam

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    The country is a mess. It is a mess we had to have – post-War. But I think it is a lot messier than needed to be.

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    Those who serve in the Attorney Generals Department and Police must realise that as public servants whose salaries are paid by taxpayers they are the natural attorneys and protectors of the millions of ordinary people who are citizens of this country – NOT the attorneys and protectors of embittered frustrated and discredited presidents and politicians who are facing political oblivion. Their allegiance should be to the people of this country not politicians. Woe be to them when they abandon their high calling, and serve the interests of and kowtow to presidents and their political lackeys who are despised by the people.

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    “…arrests are made only on the basis of reasonable suspicion.’

    ‘REASONABLE’ is subjective. What is ‘REASONABLE’ to a Policeman may not be ‘REASONABLE’ to Dr.Udagama.

    Relatives of all the Muslims arrested on suspicion will tell Dr. Udagama that their son or daughter was arrested unreasonably or illegally. Police arrest people on suspicion, conduct a preliminary investigation and decide whether the person can be released or kept in custody. Dr.Udagama, Please mind your business and let the Police do their job..

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      “What is ‘REASONABLE’ to a Policeman may not be ‘REASONABLE’ to Dr.Udagama.”

      Of course true.
      Policemen are either trained to be professional torturers or being selected from persons who are profoundly sadist in nature. I believe you make a good candidate. You are free to practice your sexual perversions on these hapless detainees. The country needs you, join them and unleash your full potential.

      Police arrests people for many reasons.
      There are people who are still being detained in custody for 20 years.

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        NV,
        “Policemen are either trained to be professional torturers or being selected from persons who are profoundly sadist in nature.”

        That is in Tamil Nadu, not in Sri Lanka.

        “There are people who are still being detained in custody for 20 years.”

        Demala terrorists who butchered innocent Sinhalayo deserve that.

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          Eagle Blind Eye

          ??????

          Did the Tamil Nadu police ever try to stimulate you from your behind with a baton? Did you enjoy the whole experience? Did you ask for more? You would have enjoyed all their latest techniques, including b***s thrashing in a closing/sliding drawer.

          Consider yourself as one of the lucky few.

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      The police are racial, irresponsible goons who cannot recognize a ship’s steering wheel and the Dharmachakra. The situation in the country is such that if Muslim person were to carry a bicycle wheel to the repair shop can also be arrested because it is a chakra. Chakra is a mere reference like the wheels of fortune or the wheel of karma. athis shows how racial the police can be who are unable to judge what is right and wrong in spite of wearing a uniform which is to respect and uphold the law impartially without race or religion.
      80 percent of the policemen from top to the bottom ranks are a disgrace to their oath taken when they passed out of their training.

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        He He He the same racist SL Police was used in the East by Musulims to grab lands of Tamils …Killings of Tamils…chasing them from their ancestor villages.

        Any one can use Dharmachakra with good intentions ..not allowed to bomb public.

        It is clear Musulims want to hide behind other dress to blast bombs.

        Isulam and Musulim all over the world remind..killings..bomb blasts..kidnapping

        A few days ago 2 Musulims were detected among devotees who were going to Kataragama on foot ..What is the business of these 2 Musulim jokers among Hindu Tamils other than dangerous motive.

        KeKeKeKe …till recently SL Police danced for the tune of Musulims politicians simply for cash.

        You only reap what you sow …no other way.

        Now feel the pain of Tamils?

        Modayas have given too much for these musulims for their 1+5 votes still supporting them
        without an ounce of concern for public security .

        This is why Monks are on the roads now .

        Cheers

        Cheers

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    Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka tells police, A word of advice this defines the wrong or inequality or injustice happening. Whenever an arrest is to be made there should be solid evidence

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      KeKeKeKe

      SL Musulims now talk about Human Rights what a joke.

      When Tamils were butchered by Musulim home guards no Human Right talk.

      Time to taste your own medicine.

      Cheers

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        Cholan,
        “Now feel the pain of Tamils?”

        Hope Demalu feel the pain of Sinhalayo.

        When Demalu butchered Sinhalayo, where were the UN guys and NGO goons?

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    Thank you Madam.
    Our Cabinet is staying mum on this complex issue.
    So many innocents are arrested without any shred of evidence that including DR. Shafi.

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    Illegal arrests? How could they be illegal arrests woman?
    If arrests were not done in the immediate aftermath of the carnage, there could have been thousands of more deaths as they had plans to attack temples, especially Dalada Maligawa by women suicide cadres of Thawheed Jamaath.
    SLHRC and its current Chairperson has a history of supporting terrorists and constantly interfere in Sri Lankan law authorities in favour of terrorists and their accomplices. Before Tamil terrorists. Now Muslim terrorists.
    I have never seen this woman talking about the victims of bomb blasts.

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      Champa
      Plans to attack temples ?? Where did you get this information from ?? The CID should arrest you .

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        Steve
        I knew it on the day itself, April 21st.
        When I posted my comment in the afternoon on the same day of the suicide bomb attacks (21st) that it was orchestrated by USA and India with the knowledge of the slave government, I requested the authorities to close Dalada Maligawa immediately and not to let anyone enter. I posted the same in Sinhala too, to a Sinhala Daily. (Check CT archives.)
        After 2 1/2 months, investigations have revealed the same. Read newspapers. It was there two days ago.
        There were big plans to incite Sinhalese into riots against Muslims, so that USINDOPACOM who were already waiting in Trinco could enter Sri Lanka, under ACSA.
        Anyways, all plans went awry as Sinhalese remained calm and also as the Police and the Army were fast in action to raid Dematagoda House where a Muslim woman terrorist suicide bomber was waiting. She blew herself along with her children killing two Policemen. Then due to security forces operation in the North, 3 more Muslim suicide bombers blew themselves along with their children. Sahran’s wife who was only injured due to the blast, has revealed that she was also to take part in other blasts.
        Anyways, there still was tension at the time until the Army Commander made a strong statement and brought his soldiers to the street. Due to his action, all other Muslim extremists were backed down.

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      Champass

      In the aftermath of MR’s coup on 28 October 2018 Namal Baby promised to visit all those Tamil detainees who were in prison for many many years without being charged in the courts, and promised to get them released.

      How many Tamil detainees did he visit between 28 October and 4 July 2019?
      Did your pimp Wimal accompany him, carrying Namal Baby’s nappies, feeding bottles, … …. ?
      Wimal promised to evict Ranil from his official residence however Ranil is still living in Temple Trees.
      Wimal hasn’t made good of his promise so has Namal Baby.

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        Native Vedda
        My principles are totally opposite of Basil’s’ Pohottuwa. I have made it perfectly clear several times.
        You have to direct your questions to them.
        Only thing I know is, not a single person from the 52-day-government visited Army Intelligence Officers who were in prison without even a case, and promised to get them released.

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          Champass

          “Only thing I know is, not a single person from the 52-day-government visited Army Intelligence Officers who were in prison without even a case, and promised to get them released.”

          You didn’t bother to find out how many innocent people are being incarcerated through no fault of their own who continue to languish in indefinite detention.
          And you like to claim you are a compassionate Buddhist. What a bull?

          In the aftermath of MR’s coup on 28 October 2018 Namal Baby promised to visit all those Tamil detainees who were in prison for many many years without being charged in the courts, and promised to get them released.

          How many Tamil detainees did he visit between 28 October and 4 July 2019?
          Did your pimp Wimal accompany him, carrying Namal Baby’s nappies, feeding bottles, … …. ?
          Wimal promised to evict Ranil from his official residence however Ranil is still living in Temple Trees.
          Wimal hasn’t made good of his promise so has Namal Baby

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    We are having the long established tradition of Human Rights violations since Independence in 1947.The CITIZENSHIP ACT OF 1948, THE SINHALESE ONLY OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF 1956, THE 1972 CONSTITUTION OF THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA AND THE PRESENT CONSTITUTION, THE PREVENTION OF TERRORISM ACT OF 1982 ARE THE FOUNDING PILLARS OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN OUR MOTHERLAND, SO JEALOUSLY GUARDED AND DEFENDED BY OUR ONE TIME HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST OF THE GOLDEN ERA 1978 MR.MAHENDRA RAJAPAKSA.

    UNFORTUNATELY , ALL VIOLATIONS AIMED AT THE TAMILS HAVE GONE UNNOTICED AND CONTINUE UNABATED BECAUSE OF CHRONIC COLOUR AND CASTE BLINDNESS OUR HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST ARE SUFFERING AND REMAIN UNTREATED.

    BECAUSE OF THIS GENETIC ANEMIA HUNDREDS OF THOUSAND INNOCENT VICTIMS IN THE OPPOSITE CAMPS HAVE SUCCUMBED AND STILL SUFFER THE PAIN OF ENDLESS INCARCERATION DUE TO THEIR GENETIC INCOMPETENCE.

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    The shabby treatment meted out to innocent Muslims by Police and in the application of the law with delayed justice, bias of Armed force personnel in carrying out their responsibilities, vigilante thugs wrapped up as virtuous Buddhist monks, including certain miscreants in Parliament, can only mean one thing, and that is increased frustration amongst those affected, that could lead to another Prabakaran type violent leadership bound to be in the making. Why for what reason they are so keen to keep up this hatred? Don’t they (SLPP) ever realize their goal to target and win-over a majority of the Sinhala Buddhist votes is only but a dream and unattainable, since there will always be splits and divisions amongst themselves (as long as the minorities never react) into support for other popular political parties as well. The fact will always remain that their only chance of a win is only with the support of minority votes that any party could ride into power only in the wake of a minority push. Their present strategy will only diminish or even destroy their remaining chances. Or, do they have another strategy in place to come forward at the final stages (closer to election day) and fool or deceive the minority voters as their only saviors and all the harassment will stop if they are voted into power, and thus, convince them there is no other way forward. This is absolutely Rotten politics to the core. Only God knows what will happen.

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      Introduce shariah law like Brunei.

      This is the result of going against Tamils supporting Modaya governments, without realizing Musulims also speak Tamil at home and follow traditions.

      This is the result for selling own soul for money and posts, whatever the party in Power we change our color and cap.

      Enjoy.

      Cheers

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      Marwan,

      Don’t cheat the entire world. Only minorities’ leaders so far expressed support to Slap Party is Rishard and Hakeem. Hakeem announced that he is prepared to negotiate with Old Brother Prince, last month, if he is standing for EP. Rishard was the only person publicly negotiated with Old King, before coup. Ulama Party Mubarak and Rishard are the only two minority leaders met old King before the Coup. Ranil gave to Hakeem and Rishard maximum possible ministries and State Corporation in this cabinet to make sure they would not vote with Old Royals in the budget.
      Ranil advised to Muslim Ministers to resign as union and come back as union. But they are using it against Ranil and they split in returning. They individually want to see if Slap Party is putting a winnable candidate.

      Ranil fooled the 8th grade ministers as money laundered Sharia University as Foreign Investment so he will not bring it under Education Ministry. He says if he nationalize money laundering projects investors will be scared. But BoC has not publicly released the information how the money is coming into Sharia’s multiple bank accounts. Even no press has used RTI to get the bottom of it. But the Money Laundering is the one keeping rupee much below its commercial value. Once Ranil and Mangala are gone, Rupee is going to shoot up. It is during Ranil time most of the Arabian conversion of Tamils took place, in East.
      Remember, Ranil has to account to IRD from where he got the gold of his weight to donate to Ezhumalaiyan. This he did that just before Yahapalanaya Aanduwa said go ahead to ISIS to attack on Tamil Churches. These all are covered terrorism by Muslim and Sinhala Politicians.
      You are Ranil’s washing man.

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    Besides of her great talent to sing for her supper it would be very nice of her and her Commission of free loaders to list out at least a handful of tangible achievements secured for the masses to cherish to match the the economics to maintain HRCL.

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    It was depressing to read Malinda Seneviratne’s comment on Dr Shihabdeen, effectively urging his continued detention by lightly dismissing the CID’s findings (reported in some detail in the Sunday Observer of 30 June).
    The writer’s attitude seems: guilty until proved innocent. (The rule will not apply to certain categories of killers and mass murderers, I suspect.)

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      Those who supported SL FORCES to murder Tamils in the last 40 years are also mass MURDERERS.

      All arrested Musulims are innocent not the Tamils in prison for years.

      Thanks for Monks and foreign intelligence services else these Modayas wouldn`t have arrested a single Musulim.

      Why don`t you bring judges from Bedouin Arabia?
      If dress like them …if write Arab on boards all correct this is also right.

      What happened to Tamils at check points THEN, is happening to Mususlims today ..thoppi is no more helpful.like those days,what a Pity

      Cheers

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        C, you say :”Those who supported SL FORCES to murder Tamils in the last 40 years are also mass MURDERERS.”
        Will it apply to those who supported LTTE’s crimes also?

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    Arbitrary arrests are nothing new in SL. It is a known fact that criminal kingpins force helpless poor people to take the rap, admitting to crimes they have not committed or framed by the police. A grave miscarriage of justice occurred when a Muslim doctor was arrested for carrying out ‘forced’ sterilisation on the basis of a charge brought by the gutter press but even after the CID confirmed that there was no evidence, some extremists refuse to accept facts. Another case was when an author was taken to custody for tarnishing Buddhism by writing a story, apparently, about the happenings inside closed doors of a Buddhist temple, even though, it was meant to be fiction, based on monastery life. It is a known fact that these things happen, even in other religious communities, & not only in SL either, yet we want to live in denial.

    The police pander to the politicians, the rich & the powerful, even criminals, & sometimes bow down to the pressure from the Buddhist clergy, the public & the media. The bottom line is that the Police are unable to carry out their duties impartially according to the law of the country & successive Govts. have ensured that the high officials of the Police are appointed to make sure they do their bidding. So it all boils down to injustice & the breakdown of law & order. The human rights commission has no clout when it comes to voicing their concerns.

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    Ms Udugama,
    \
    Your instructions to the polica are ludicrous. Firstly because you are not entitled to instruct the police or anyone else about terrorist investigation procedure, and secondly because if such ludicrously lax approach is taken, there will be many more bomb attacks and lossof innocent life in this country.
    \
    The sad thing with NGO people is that htey are brain washed completely by the American trap value system that they can see only one side of the coin.
    \
    Shouldn’t you consider the rights of victims?
    \
    Your lack of concern for victims of terrorism simply disgusts Sri Lankans.

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      Db
      Every citizen has not just the right but also the duty to ask for the proper conduct of the police and other arms of the law.
      When did Ms Udugama said anything negative about the victims of terror?
      Here is are instances of serious abuse of power and it is time that someone spoke up.

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    Please do not advise the Sri Lankan government to the UN Human Rights Charter Sri Lankan is the worst country in the world for violating Human Rights. Although they claim to be a Buddhist country they never practice the preachings Buddhism Many Buddhism monks preach violence and getting involved. Your request will be thrown by President’s office to WPB there is no law and order in Sri Lanka

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      Pon Kulendiren,
      When ‘Para Demala’ terrorists butchered innocent Sinhala civilians for nearly four decades there wasn’t a single bugger in the International Community to talk about violation of Human Rights. Even now the two legged donkeys in UNHRC talk about human rights violations by Armed Forces and not a single word about Human Rights violations committed by Demala terrorists.

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    We are all missing the point here.
    What Human rights is saying is that police should arrest those who are directly responsible for negligence that lead to the easter attack instead of looking for scapegoats.
    Going by that they should arrest the president first.
    We all know the truth. If anyone is to be punished start from the top.

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      Next time Madam DU feels like writing a letter she should write Alina Teblitz of the US Embassy and ask her to stop visiting monks at the Dalada Maligawa to sell SOFA, and weponize religion in Lanka. Also , ask Teb to remove US Special Op.s Forces ( SOF) which conducted the Easter carnage to destroy religious peace in Sri Lanka and bring in SOFA.

      DU should also ask the US embassy in Colombo, with letters copied to the UK and EU representatives in Sri Lanka when they plan to dismantle the Diego Garcia Military base as it is an on going HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION in a neighbouring country , as the Chagossian people have a right to return home. and the ICJ has ruled that the UK US occupation of Chagos is illegal under international law.

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