24 October, 2020

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Five Years On Tamils Still Under Siege

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah –

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Time not Ripe for Truth and Reconciliation, Rather for Justice and A Referendum on Eelam.

Five years on after the end of the war, Tamils in the North and East are still “under siege”. This is a clear indication that the prevailing climate is not conducive, either for achieving peace, truth and reconciliation or for obtaining justice and reaching a political settlement. The only redeeming feature in a hopeless situation is the prospect of an international independent inquiry soon to be underway that could lead to ending impunity in Sri Lanka  – When the search for justice begins.

Whilst the end goals mentioned here continue to remain elusive, common sense would show that without the latter i.e. remedial justice and a satisfactory political settlement, it would surely not be possible to have the former i.e. peace, truth and reconciliation. It is perfectly clear the Sri Lankan government hasn’t got the political will or the decency to do the right thing by the Tamil people, by allowing them to exercise their right to self determination and have control over their affairs. Whilst the time may not be ripe for peace, truth and reconciliation, a referendum on Eelam could however pave the way for peace, truth and reconciliation.

Accountability, Justice and Political Settlement High Priority

To this end, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), feels strongly that any ‘truth and reconciliation’ mechanism must come only after justice is served and a political settlement is achieved. TGTE’s Prime Minister, Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, in paying tribute to Nelson Mandela at the time of his passing, reflecting on the resolution the TGTE had passed in December 2013 just as it became public knowledge that Sri Lanka was looking to getting South Africa’s help to setup a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission”, wrote in an article: Reconciliation Is Not A Matter of Ignoring the Past, that “truth and reconciliation” must come only after “accountability and the birth of an independent and sovereign State of Tamil Eelam”:

“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) set up by President Nelson Mandela in South Africa under the chairmanship of Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a mechanism to achieve a peaceful transition towards a race neutral democracy. However, as US President Obama mentioned in his eulogy, “reconciliation is not a matter of ignoring a cruel past”, we firmly believe that TRC should not serve as an escape mechanism for accountability. With this in mind, the TGTE passed a resolution in its Parliament on Sunday 8th December, stating that ‘in view of the primacy of accountability under International Law espoused by the International Criminal Court, calling for the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Sri Lanka should come after the birth of an independent and sovereign State of Tamil Eelam,” [1] he wrote.

An Unfinished War: Torture and Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka 2009-2014 – A Documentation of Post-War Atrocities

Anyone reading the authoritative report, documenting human rights abuses in post- war Sri Lanka published in March 2014 titled: An Unfinished War: Torture and Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka 2009-2014, (The Report) made possible by the combined effort of Ms Yasmin Sooka, The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) and The International Truth and Justice Project Sri Lanka, would get a sense of what is truly happening to Tamils in Sri Lanka, five years after the war ended in which a reported 40,000 – 70,000 Tamil civilians were killed by Sri Lankan government forces; authentic census reports at the time revealing the number of people unaccounted for, were in excess of 146,000.

Tamils Still Under Siege

What was not surprising, but yet alarming was the revelation in The Report that post-war conditions in the North and East of Sri Lanka is such, that the, “Tamil community there is under siege”, a concern, voiced repeatedly by the Tamil Diaspora which The Report validates.

“It is probable that the Government of Sri Lanka needs to maintain the idea of a possible threat of an LTTE resurgence in order to justify the continued use of pernicious emergency regulations and terrorism legislation so as to maintain the intense securitisation of the North and East and the High Security Zones which effectively place the Tamil community there under siege,” The Report states.

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Yasmin Sooka’s Commitment Laudable

Yasmin Sooka was recently in Toronto at the invitation of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, giving a talk on The Report she helped produce, an expose on Sri Lanka, at UFT’s Hart House. Keeping her audience and me spell bound, she impressed me by her commitment to human rights which is laudable and by her in-depth knowledge and experience in the field, sitting on many esteemed commissions and panels.

Witness Testimonies Made Stomach Churn

Having listened to Ms Sooka made me go back and read The Report in full, word to word and the harrowing testimonies of the victims that made one’s stomach churn. Contained in it are revelations of a detailed and vivid nature of the cruelty inflicted on Tamils, including an account on prevailing conditions that illustrate that five years on, the situation for Tamils in the North and East has got worse not better, in fact the situation is dire: [2]

The Report A Portrayal of Situation in Post-War Period  

The Report is an accurate portrayal of the situation in post-war Sri Lanka and needs to be read in total and retold as we draw closer to May 18th, the commemoration of the national day of mourning for Tamils. As we feel an outrage over the deliberate closure of the University of Jaffna, preventing any national observance of what Tamils consider to be a, “very sad and traumatic day”, it’s somewhat heartening to note that there are indeed people and organisations like the authors of The Report who are interested in the truth being told.

The Report Excellent Point of Reference

In looking back over the five years that have passed, I feel The Report is an excellent point of reference:

“This investigation into the violations committed in the post-war period paints a chilling picture of the continuation of the conflict against the ethnic Tamil Community with the purpose of sowing terror and destabilising community members who remain in the country. The violations documented include abductions, arbitrary detention, torture, rape and sexual violence”.

An Island Where the War is Clearly Not Over – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The particular crimes documented in The Report occurred between 2009, almost all after 2011, half of them in 2013 and one even in February 2014. So much so the title suggests the war is “unfinished”, that prompted Archbishop Desmond Tutu to give this foreword:

And I quote:

“The evidence presented in this report gives the lie to the Sri Lankan government’s propaganda that it is reconciling with its former enemies. It shows how anyone remotely connected with the losing side in the civil war is being hunted down, tortured and raped, five years after the guns fell silent. Shockingly, more than half of the abductions in the report took place as recently as 2013- 2014. The testimony collected here comes from 40 witnesses, almost all of whose families could afford to pay a bribe for their release; one wonders what happened to those whose relatives could not afford to pay and to those without relatives. The sheer viciousness and brutality of the sexual violence is staggering; as is the racist verbal abuse by the torturers and rapists in the Sri Lankan security forces. Thirty-five of these witnesses were forced to sign confessions in Sinhala; a language they do not understand. In some cases people were forced to turn informer as well as to betray innocent bystanders in order to survive and left to bear the subsequent terrible burden of guilt.

I find it horrifying that almost half the witnesses interviewed for this report attempted to kill themselves after reaching safety outside Sri Lanka. This indicates the Sri Lankan government has achieved its aim in destroying these souls, who are unlikely to regain happiness and peace in their lives. My deepest hope is that the cycle of revenge will be broken. In order for this to happen, the international community must intervene. It is imperative to pierce the skein of impunity that surrounds Sri Lanka – an island where the war is clearly not yet over.”

Signed: Archbishop Desmond Tutu

End quote.

Emerging Pattern of Persecution

From my own understanding of The Report, running over some aspects, one could see an emerging pattern of persecution and violence against Tamils which I have described in my own words and sometimes paraphrased here below. In the following bullet points I have listed some facts and events between 2009 and 2014 extracted from The Report with apologies to the authors for trying to condense their findings from which I conclude:

  • That grave, “prohibited acts of abductions, arbitrary detention, torture, rape and sexual violence” against Tamils, connected with the LTTE in some way, perpetrated by the Sri Lankan armed forces, some who were, “high ranking officers openly wearing their medals, constituting in the minimum, “crime against humanity” in international law, still PERSIST with “impunity” committed with the knowledge that “no action will be taken against” the perpetrators, all part of a “systematic plan” approved by “the highest levels of government”.
  • That “Impunity and authoritarianism has deepened and the rule of law dangerously undermined”, in Sri Lanka, that the President, a member of the ruling “family dynasty” has wide ranging powers “under the 18th amendment” over the “Attorney General, the Judiciary” and over powers relating to “appointments” including “appointments to the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission” thereby “compromising its independence”.
  • That some emergency regulations have been re-imposed contrary to the promise made by the President to the international community that the state of emergency was lifted. This together with the all too familiar draconian laws under the Prevention of Terrorism Act that permit indefinite detention and interrogation without charge, with no access to counsel, applied arbitrarily against Tamils, has made obtaining justice remote for Tamils in an environment where the judicial system is “politicized” and in shambles
  • That since the war, “no domestic investigation into multiple allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity” has taken place except for a “military court of inquiry that has not released its deliberations or findings” officially and that according to the “Defence Ministry, the inquiry exonerated the security forces, who had strictly adhered to the President’s ‘zero civilian casualty directive’ and that, “none of the key LLRC recommendations for curbing impunity and restoring the rule of law has been implemented.”
  • That no meaningful progress has been made into the cases of the killings of the five Trinco students or of the executions of the seventeen staff members of the French charity, Action Contre La Faim (ACF).
  • That the International Crisis Group is concerned that the Sri Lankan government’s surrendee and rehabilitation regime fails to adhere to international law and standards.

Five Years On, No Political Settlement

  • That contrary to President Rajapaksa’s undertaking to Ban Ki-moon “to seek a political solution” the newly elected Northern Provincial Council lacks any real powers or resources:

“In a commitment given to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in May 2009, President Rajapaksa vowed to ensure accountability and seek a political solution to the conflict with Tamil Sri Lankans. The UN communiqué at the time said, “President Rajapaksa expressed his firm resolve to proceed with the implementation of the 13th Amendment”, which had established the recognition of the Tamil minority by accepting Sinhala and Tamil as official languages and devolved power to provincial councils. This was reaffirmed in the 2009 UNHRC Resolution drafted by Sri Lanka. Five years later the commitment has not been realised. Indeed the government has made it clear it does not believe in equal status for minorities. Elections were held in 2013 to the Northern Provincial Council, whose powers and resources are already limited. The President and his brothers have made it clear they oppose any council control over policing or land and have to date blocked the chief minister and council members from operating effectively even within their limited mandate.”

Military Effectively A Force of Occupation

  • That the North and East is “occupied” and described as such in The Report, echoes that of the Tamil Diaspora’s view of the ground situation:

“Militarisation of the north and east continues at unacceptably high levels, with soldiers and police engaged in the monitoring of the civilian population. The Sinhalese dominated military is effectively acting as a force of occupation in the predominately Tamil areas of the north. Tamil civilians have been forcibly registered with the police. The security forces maintain an extensive network of informers in every village creating an atmosphere of fear. Furthermore the military controls virtually all aspects of life, including a large part of the economy. After her 2013 visit to Sri Lanka, Ms. Pillay noted that, “the prevalence and level of involvement of soldiers in the community seem much greater than is needed for strictly military or reconstruction purposes”. She said the high militarization was, “seen by many as oppressive and intrusive, with the continuing high level of surveillance of former combatants and returnees at times verging on harassment”.

Lest We Forget

Lest we forget, it is important to note that this military “occupation” of the North and East began as far back in 1958 with the appointment of military governors one for the North and another for East by the then Prime Minister of Ceylon, SWRD Bandaranaike as a response to allegations by JR Jayewardene, the mastermind behind the Sinhala opposition’s objection to “the reasonable use of the Tamil language in the North and East” and the instigator of violence against Tamils that led to the 1958 pogrom against Tamils.

Having sent Sinhala troops to the North and East, with a view to silencing his Sinhala critics and opponents, Bandaranaike made this announcement of an utterly divisive nature in parliament:

“Certainly, Federalists [ITAK] and other forces have planned to overthrow the Central Government to set up a separate administration in the North and East. But I have thwarted that. Their attempts have been quelled. My military forces are now in the north and in the east. There is military rule in these two provinces, each with a military governor. Yes, I say they are military governors. With my army, I will see that there is no repeated attempt to set up a different administration in those provinces”.[3]

Surveillance, White Vans, Land Grab, Sinhalisation

  • Coming back to the report, it’s also clear that The Report drew attention to the “surveillance” tactics of the government, the “White Vanning” of Tamils, implicating Gotabaya Rajapaksa as running these white van operations, the “land-grabbing by the army for the purpose of building security camps, holiday resorts and farms, that has resulted in more than two thousand legal challenges pending in the Jaffna courts”, the “poverty levels in the former conflict zones”, more “allegations of rape and sexual violence published in the international media” and in other reports, namely the “HRW report”, and “Sri Lankan government’s  response” to same, the “curtailment of freedom of expression”, the “sustained assault on press freedom”, the “violence directed at journalists”, the cases of “enforced disappearances”, the need to “protect religious minorities” against “Buddhist extremism”, reported “threats made against those reporting events running up to CHOGM and HRC 25, the plight of asylum seekers, the involvement of the CID, TID and the Police in abductions, the involvement of Immigration officials in bribery and corruptions, of how some people bribed their way out of IDP camps, the separation of LTTE suspects from the civilian population and the involvement of members of the paramilitary such as the Karuna faction, the EPDP and LTTE informants in pointing out LTTE suspects, the supply of intelligence by Karuna faction and embassy officials of members of the Tamil Diaspora involved in protests and of the admission that “rehabilitation was a facade”.
  • The Report talks of, ” a Sinhalisation process that’s underway  in the north in terms of culture and demography. Sinhalese are moving into the area and the Sri Lanka Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said it is ‘unnatural’ for the North to be predominately Tamil. Sinhalese officials are increasingly becoming the decision makers in the administration. Scores of Buddhist temples have been erected in the former conflict areas as well as war monuments glorifying the army, while street names are being changed from Tamil to Sinhala. This is a deliberate erosion of Tamil culture.”

Torture and Sexual Violence of the Worst Kind

  • In most part, the abduction, arbitrary detention, torture, as well as cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment including rape and sexual violence perpetrated on witnesses to this report, who were first abducted,  forty of them, half of them men and half women and forced to identify others with LTTE connections  or forced to confess their own connection, have been painstakingly documented in The Report. Read pages 22 – 44 to know the details of the nature of their torture and sexual violence at the hands of Sri Lankan security forces to know the extent of their trauma.
  • The witnesses who testified in The Report  bribed their way out of Sri Lanka to tell their stories. All witnesses said their families, “paid large sums of money to agents to get them out of the country safely.”
  • The Government’s response to allegations was outright denial: “In the autumn of 2009, the first eyewitness escaped abroad and described personally seeing sexual abuse in Manik Farm camp. The Sri Lankan Defence Secretary responded by asking why she hadn’t been raped or killed given how attractive she was. “

Members of the Tamil Diaspora Monitored

  • The acute “surveillance operations and monitoring” of both Tamils in the island and members of the Tamil Diaspora in their country of residence, involved in protests or activism and those Tamils merely visiting Sri Lanka, are carried out, with the gathering of data collection in a data base maintained by the authorities  making Tamils vulnerable to the above crimes being committed against them if they returned to Sri Lanka:

“There is evidence that Tamil protests in the Diaspora have been monitored. In London, Sri Lankan embassy staff were observed photographing protestors. It is not known what happens to the photographs but it is probably reasonable to assume that they are sent to the relevant intelligence section of the State Intelligence Service (SIS). Research on human face detection and research is reportedly underway within the Department of Statistics and Computer Science at the University of Colombo. From a witness protection point of view, there are reasonable grounds to believe that Sri Lanka intelligence is using highly sophisticated facial recognition software to identify protesters from abroad if they return home.”

Surveillance Taken to a New Level, Attack on Tamil Population

The following two passages in The Report further illustrate how “the post 2009 period has seen the Sri Lankan government take, “comprehensive surveillance” of Tamil citizens and the Diaspora, “to a new level” and how acts committed between 2009 and 2014 constitute “an attack on the Tamil population designed.. to weaken it and prevent it from achieving a political settlement..”:

“Since 2009, the Sri Lankan government’s security policy has become increasingly sophisticated and is based on intelligence and the comprehensive surveillance of its Tamil citizens as well as the monitoring of the Tamil Diaspora. While the Sri Lankan government is entitled in the interests of national security to put measures in place to prevent a possible resurgence of the conflict by remnants of the LTTE, the post-2009 period has seen the government take this to new levels; Tamil citizens particularly in the North and East are under scrutiny in a way in which they were never before.”

“Credible allegations in this report point to the Government of Sri Lanka and the security forces committing a number of acts between May 2009 and February 2014 which constitute an attack on the Tamil population in the North and East of Sri Lanka. They are designed to weaken the Tamil community and to prevent it from achieving a political solution based on regional autonomy. The “Sinhalisation” policy on the part of the Government of Sri Lanka, its intelligence network and the military occupation of the Northern Province are also part of the strategy to maintain control of the Tamil community.”

UN Monitored Protection Mechanism

Similar concerns have been raised by the members of the Tamil Diaspora after the end of the war, with TGTE calling for a UN sponsored “protection mechanism” and for the possible opening of UN offices in Tamil areas to prevent the continuing structural genocide of the Tamil Nation in the North and East [4]. In a paper titled: Establishing a UN Monitored Protection Mechanism I made a compelling case for such a mechanism.

Campaign to Free Jeyakumari and All Those in Detention

The findings from The Report reinforces the need to persuade the international community to put pressure to bear to help free activist Jeyakumari and her daughter Vibushika and all others who are locked up without charge under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Hugo Swire UK Foreign Office Minister has lent his strong voice in support of Jeyakumari – actually mentioning her name, he criticised her indefinite detention without charge under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. [5]

Vulnerability of Tamils in the North and East and the Dangers they Face

It’s frightening to think that the fears raised in The report about the vulnerability of Tamils living in the North and East to “white van” abductions and subject to torture, rape and sexual violence, is real and could be happening as we write this. It is a probability that this government actually shot and killed ex-detainees Gobi and Co to give credibility to its story that the LTTE was re-grouping.

The Bogey of the Reincarnation of the Tiger Demolished

Further as we worry about the stupidity of some to engage in violence or even contemplate it on the Tamil side, it was a relief to find Dr Muttukrishna Sarvananthan demolishing in a two part op-ed, the Sri Lankan government’s and DBS Jeyaraj’s Bogey of the Reincarnation of the Tiger, that hopefully would lay to rest the possible re-launching of the Tiger Bogey by the government to cover-up its own misdeeds:

“The spectacular claims of the reincarnation of the Tiger five years after the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka is not only an overtly politico-military retaliation to the resolution passed against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva and aimed at warding-off potential witnesses to the impending international inquiry into allegations of war crimes and human rights violations committed by both sides of the civil war, it is also a strategically orchestrated commencement of the campaign to re-elect the incumbent President and the Government at the upcoming elections due within the next twenty-months…It appears the magic wand of Rajapaksa cannot continue to perform without the re-invention of the Tigers,” says Dr Sarvananthan. [6]  [7]

Sri Lankan Government Ban on Diaspora Civil Society Members and Individuals Backfires

Call Made for Targeted Sanctions Against Sri Lanka

It now evident that the Rajapaksa Government’s move without cause to proscribe certain Tamil Diaspora organisations and individuals has backfired: Hugo Swire, UK Foreign Office Minister, Paul Dewar Canadian Foreign Affairs Critic and John Baird Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs have all been speaking in support of the Civil Society and individuals on whom the ban has been imposed. Paul Dewar called , “for targeted sanctions against those responsible for abuses and repression, as was recommended by the foreign affairs committee in 2009.” [8] John Baird, promising to work together said, “he would  build on their strong record – to stand up against war crimes, to call for accountability and to stand up against a growing authoritarian trend across Sri Lanka.”

Wait in Hope

Five years on as Tamils all over the world mark May 18th as a day of remembrance and mourning for those who died for freedom, we wait in hope for the long awaited  international independent investigation, remedial justice for our people and a referendum on Eelam, paving the way for peace and reconciliation in the island.

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Paul Dewar 

“Mr. Speaker Sri Lankan government launched a smear campaign against international civil society groups, including ones right here in Canada. These groups helped lead the successful push for an international independent investigation into the atrocities committed during the Sri Lankan civil war. What actions is the government taking to protect peaceful Canadian citizens against the Sri Lankan ban? Will the Minister consider targeted sanctions against those responsible for abuses and repression, as was recommended by the foreign affairs committee in 2009?”

Hon. John Baird (Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, no government anywhere in the world and no leader of any government in the world has stood up more strongly and loudly than the Prime Minister of Canada when it comes to the challenges facing the people of Sri Lanka.

I want to tell the member opposite that we are certainly very pleased to continue our strong leadership on Sri Lanka. We are pleased to work with him and his ideas and suggestions on how we can build on the strong record that we have taken to stand up against war crimes, to call for accountability and to stand up against a growing authoritarian trend across Sri Lanka.


[1] https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/reconciliation-is-not-a-matter-of-ignoring-a-cruel-past/

[2]https://www.colombotelegraph.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/STOP_report.pdf

[3] http://www.lankalibrary.com/pol/swrd.htm

[4] https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/establishing-a-un-monitored-protection-mechanism-in-northeast/comment-page-1/

[5] http://colombogazette.com/2014/05/13/uk-not-happy-with-ban-by-sri-lanka/

[6] https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/d-b-s-jeyaraj-and-the-bogey-of-the-reincarnation-of-the-tiger/

[7] https://www.colombotelegraph.com/?s=Muttukrishna+Sarvananthan&x=9&y=4

[8] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAizzieEocs 

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    A friend of mine just returned from North….his words ” situation in north is what was back in late 70’s and early 80’s “.

    Scary… we know what happened after.

    :-)

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      TAMIL GENOCIDE!

      And wild celebrations!

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        Tamodaya you idiot:

        Our time has arrived. Have you noticed that even Sinhalese are celebrating the arrival of Modi because they know that Thug Mahintha cannot carry on the way he used to. He will be taken to the HAGUE.

        NO MORE TAMIL BLOOD. The Iron lady will be assigned to deal with Criminal MR what a mouth watering prospect.

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          [Edited out] Kali you idiot!

          Welcome to Tamil Genocide and Tamils getting Genital-o-cide!!

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            Tamodaya: you fool

            From the number of edired oiut it is obvious you are ela kolla mark2. You can bark but you cant bite anymore. We have reached our promised land. So tighten you seat bet forv a CRASH LANDING.

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              Crash landing like the LTTE terror group?

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                Nonsense:

                Thug Mahintha cant even take off let alone Land. He paid a lot of money to Sharma to get elected to the cmmonwealth Chair. Having been elected he is grounded. He has been humiliated by being asked not to attend the last two meeting. He was due to attend the Commonwealth games but was advised not to attend in other words forced to cancel. The meeting goes ahead without the elected head. What a waste of money but then again you lot dont have any self respect do you.

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              kalistani

              Countdown 91 days for the big day.

              Remember 16 August 2014, arrival of your Amma’s Tamil National Army from Tamilnadu.

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                Foreign:

                Dont have nightmares. TNA wont incur into Wilpathu Jungle where you live. It will only be depolyed in the North & East.

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                  kali

                  “It will only be depolyed in the North & East.”

                  Why not in Malayaham and coastal areas where most Sinhala speaking Demela’s reside?

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                    Sorry Foreign:

                    We dont have 20 million cages to put the vicious animals in.

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                  !It will only be depolyed in the North & East. !

                  kaliban you are spreading the stupidity at will.

                  When the drone technology is available why do you want Indians to shed blood for you- like Ipkf who are still furious with you folk??

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        This president will do anything nasty:
        1.Report of the investigation of Weliweriya incident by the militaryis not yet published but four officers were ”dismissed” but have been given lucrative jobs elsewhere.
        2. Reports in the following not published yet:
        List of Commissions of Inquiry and Committees Appointed by the Government of Sri Lanka (2006 – November 2013), Centre for Policy Alternatives, January 2014, http://f.cl.ly/items/2c0m2i0Y3V2A2D2X052C/A%20list%20of%20Commissions%20and%20Committees%20appointed%20by%20GoSL%20since%202005%20_December%202013.pdf

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          It is like the bad soldier is armed by heavy weapons.

          He has proved enough the way how he handles – very sensitive isses. Analysts discuss whether LATE Gadafi or Sadam ´s regimes were this cruel. To this day, nothing is democratic in SL. See, what happened to those educated MPs (UNP) paid a visit to Hambantota port/Airport. They were harmed both physically and mentally by using all kind of their thugs from the areas. Not a day was passed after the brutal incident, MR himself made it a joke saying that the visitors had verbally attacked the villagers and that was the reason them to become violent. See, if this had been a statement by civilized state man in the Europe, they would have been created an UPROAR against the man. But nothing was the case in our beloved country. That proves the levels of the state – though it is said to be a state with much higher literacy rate which is comparable to that of Singpore ( over 91%). This is saddly a brutal situation that people cant react adequately. The man who s been given the power is a criminal by all nature. Before long all these will surface. Let s hope the best. Paris – Leelawathie

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      Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah –

      “Time not Ripe for Truth and Reconciliation, Rather for Justice and A Referendum on Eelam.”

      Rather for Justice and A Referendum on Kashmir, waiting since 1947.

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        Referendum on Kashmir is India’s business.

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        They were certainly displeased with the LTTE but much more with the successive governments.
        50s/60s/70s pogroms? Political/economic oppression?
        They were struggling non-violently.
        Perhaps many didn’t notice it or ignored it.
        Result ???????

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      My friend just returned from North too.

      He said most he met were happy that LTTE were defeated and now they can live in peace.

      I guess it would be like late 70s and early 80s where Jaffna citizens enjoyed peace and happiness, before Prabhakaran started terrorism campaign.

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        They were certainly displeased with the LTTE but much more with the successive governments.
        50s/60s/70s pogroms? Political/economic oppression?
        They were struggling non-violently.
        Perhaps many didn’t notice it or ignored it.
        Result ???????

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        Are you joking. more fear, suspicion of each other, there is more crime, more bootlegs like stray dogs sniffing around. we had no problems when LTTE ruled in the early 90’s. young girls could walk at any time of day or night without fear of any one. Hardship imposed by government on preventing essential items for survival. now what you see is new broad roads and hotels for the armies reckless driving and their enjoyment. people from south come to flog their unwanted things cheap do not pay any money for rented buildings or use the pavement to sell or take around lanes and force it on households. They are assisted and entertained by the Army. Is this what you call enjoying peace and happiness? Have you then forgotten the human feelings or you don’t care but repeat the lies propagated by your government. they have fooled the innocent Sinhala masses in the past six decades,have ruined the country with their bigotry.

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        Yeah that is why they all defeated your genocidal sinhala government last year in northern PC elections by a huge margin. LMAO.

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      Sri Lanka Lies, lies, lies
      ‘’Indeed, these activities are in contradiction with the LLRC recommendations, which called for the military to reduce its presence and stop carrying out economic activities. Unbelievably, while the military continues with such activities regardless, the respective LLRC recommendation is marked as ‘completed’ on the government’s website’’ – Can the UN Human Rights Council get Sri Lanka to take its commitments to its citizens seriously? International Displacement Monitoring Centre, 25 March 2014, http://www.internal-displacement.org/blog/2014/can-the-un-human-rights-council-get-sri-lanka-to-take-its-commitments-to-its-citizens-seriously

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      Aratai,
      That is the problem here. Lot of people depend on 2nd and 3rd hand information.

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      Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah –

      “Time not Ripe for Truth and Reconciliation, Rather for Justice and A Referendum on Eelam.”

      Tell that to Jayalalitha of Tamil Nadu. She won with a landslide on Tamil Nadu, sweeping 37 of the 39 Lok Sabbha seats.

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    Tamils in SL are always getting hammered. So why not LEAVE SL and go to a country where Tamils can live like FIRST CLASS CITIZENS?

    Where is Tamil DIGNITY?

    Or am I asking too much from tobacco laborers?

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      [So why not LEAVE SL and go to a country where Tamils can live like FIRST CLASS CITIZENS?]

      Many who could already did that and they are first class citizens of civilized nations and this was not limited only to the Tamils, most left behind irrespective of race will take the first flight out if the opportunity presents itself.

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      Ta Modaya,
      I am Sinhalese-Tamil and whether I live their or abroad, I am getting human instincts/emotions indicating that you lazy MODAYA must suffer too, you MODAYA not even know how to be a good tobacco or paddy farmer … Since I am away, I know my children are safe and be okay like other average human in west, but I know it is unfair for your children and all children grow up in Lanka to suffer in the future because of your MODAKAMA -foolishness..
      Anura

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      I have a list of more than one thousand Tamils whose desire is to settle down in some civilized foreign country. Can you please make arrangements to secure permanent residence visas for them?

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        Tamil nadu fits your criteria well and they have open arms for Tamils. Ask Jayalalitha or karunanidhi for more details and where to apply.

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          eusense and Avtars,

          “Tamil nadu fits your criteria well and they have open arms for Tamils. Ask Jayalalitha or karunanidhi for more details and where to apply.”

          Yes, Yes and Yes. The DNA of the Tamils in Sri Lank and Tamil Nadu matches, along with the DNA of Sinhala.

          Yes, Para-Tamils and Para-Sinhala, please go back to Tamil Nadu and South India, and leave the Native Land of native Veddha.

          Buddha, Rama, Sita, Vishnu, Ganeshan, and many others will bless you.

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      Tamodaya

      Lot of Tamils left for Australia in the 80s & 90s due to fear of death and genocide happening at the time in Colombo. After many attempts they obtained PR in Australia at Australian taxpayers expense.

      Strange part was, do you know the first thing most of them did soon after getting permanent residency stamped on their passports? They ran to a travel agency to book a holiday in Colombo. I asked this question from Australian High Commissioner at the time. He laughed.

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        Yakko the ambassador is another square head. Gaas Gembo JVP were the first to go down under via a welcome stay at tamil nadu.
        Go check how many sihala and tamil live in Australia- so Abbot gave 3 boats to keep the steady sihala influx off the shores.
        If one studies in the west and the west is impressed then they offer permanent residency to Japanese, Russians, chinese to Afghans and they all run to the travel agency. When the SL ambassador in Italy encouraged sihala servants in hora oru via middle east to Spain and Italy they all subsequently got permanent residency and nationality- and they all run to the travel agency.
        It seems the Indian elections has bought out the excreta in you.
        Don’t worry all islanders are destined to suffer because you folk are evil like the Taliban.

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          Javi

          “When the SL ambassador in Italy encouraged sihala servants in hora oru via middle east to Spain and Italy they all subsequently got permanent residency and nationality- and they all run to the travel agency.”

          Hold on a second, Sinhala/Buddhists parents tell me that their children went to Italy on

          ” Highly skilled employees visa” – (This visa is intended for highly skilled employees with managerial position seconded from the home company to the host company for a renewable middle/long-term.)

          Now you are telling us they are not legal migrants. This is a malicious attack on Sinhala/Buddhists, implying that they were dishonest. I don’t believe you.

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            Both Spain and Italy are still being paid billions by Germany and UK via the EU to keep the influx of drugs and illegals away from the north. Border security and police are corrupt and top most blokes in this have gone to jail for corruption. The SL embassy in Italy (SL does not have an embassy in spain (just an American businessman like at Kathmandu) used the terror proscription to get to know these corrupt officers.
            Most officers of the home office, social services and judiciary employ these servants from SL because they are cheap and can be hidden as tamil refugees. I have friends and business associates in the defence ministry of spain so I have seen. You can go to spain and Italy and observe one of their “rasveema” just before new year.
            From way back in the 80 to 90’s every 3 years spain Italy had amnesty and that is how these servants got residency like the Bengali pavement hawkers. Their only skill was run when you see the municipal police. These residents have been able to bring over their family too who work in other homes- they are cheaper then the cheapest south American/Pilipino and added to it they stay servant class for always.
            I only write what I have seen and touched and don’t get paid to write but write/read CT when I get bored. SL needs to end up like Libya bombed but its the stupid tamil diaspora that is holding it from taking place.
            Max H1B visa USA goes from Chennai not Delhi because of the English language so if Italy and spain were interested they have their own cheap labour colonies in Africa and south America. Abbey and Santander banks owned by spain are run by south americans in the UK because blood is thicker than water or change in name to Peiris or Fernando etc.
            With 20% unemployment there is no dearth of highly skilled labour but the no fiscal policy that the british forced down the throats of the PIGS that put them in a soup. The money is not lost but in the hands of the Jewish banksters- the money has just gone missing.

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            Native,

            Hold on a second, Sinhala/Buddhists parents tell me that their children went to Italy on ” Highly skilled employees visa”

            Why did the UK government clamp on student visas??

            Here is a Chinese and Lankan example linked to the garments trade and the middle class departmental stores of high street London.
            The Asian parties have a large home/guest house they release it to this store on lease without local papers (payment and agreement in London,) a child is admitted to study medicine at a leading college UCL so the whole family gets the visa but the head of the family also gets employment as a supervisor in the salesman section which even the local trainees are not aware of because its a local job that cannot be advertised- they end up buying property and get nationality too. Its what multinationals can do to ruin a system and add chaos. I have spoken to both while on holiday a couple of years ago so I got to know.
            The Indian corner shops which are less now also apply the student visa for 2 years and work 7 days a week but rarely bring in family like the main garment buyer over stepping ( its common for them to overstep the tax laws so why not this to secure promptness at manufacturing site) Hora Oru is infectious.

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        “fear of death and genocide happening at the time in Colombo” was due to suicide bombings by the LTTE terrorists.

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      Tamodaya you fool:

      You cant ask anything anymore. You just take the Bread Crumps that we give you. May 16th has come and gone and the next date to watch for is 1st June and the one after that just keep reading my comments I will let you know.
      MRs dream of SINHALA LANKA has gone up in flames.
      MR rang Modi yesterday but he was not available to take the call so the Telephonist took the message. MR invited Modi to come no doubt he also wanted to discuss any financial rewards for saving him from the Clutches of the HAGUE.

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          Hi ela kola Mark2 . Edited out again. How sad.

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        Kali,

        Guess what? Modi had phoned your Iron Lady soon after MR spoke to him. They agreed to meet up this weekend for few one on one meetings. When the reporter asked him about the outcome of the call, Modi told then that he liked to ” strike while the iron (rod) is hot” .

        One thing about Mahinda Rajapaksa you got to admire. He knows how to give advise to less experienced.

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          Malaka:

          If you beileve MR and Sinhala paers you will belive anything. There were so many false claims my MR and everthing turned out to be HOAX and this one is no different.

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          Tamils who follow Isaipriya will end up like Isaipriya.

          LOVELY!

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            Tam ( Madaiya )

            See where the killers of people like Isapriya ended up.

            1) Milosevic died in the Dock
            2) Rahko Miladic behind bars after being on the Run for years.
            3) Radavan Karadiz in the cell.
            4) Sadam was in a disused Bunker

            MR will hide inn a diused Bunker in Wilpathu for a while but TNA will catch by his scrotum.

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    “ Tamils in the North and East are still “under siege” “, while the majority of the Sri Lankan Tamils living amongst the rest are enjoying peace and tranquillity. Something does not add up here. LTTE in drag, the TGTE still retains the end goals even after Nandikadal, as the writer freely admits. ‘TGTE Commonwealth Secretariat’ and ‘TGTE International Secretariat’ have been acive in the UK, to the extent of misinforming that Mahinda Rajapakse will not be attending the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Google ‘Exclusive: Sri Lankan President set not to attend Glasgow … ‘ for details
    It is interesting that one of names, ThayaParaRajah paraded around the world by the LTTE-loving human rights ‘iNGOs’ as one of the disappeared has made an accidental appearance in India along with his wife, and the Indians not knowing what to do with a resurrected person have arrested both. One in the eye for Navi Pillay.!!!!
    The loud-mouth Canadian PM’s humanity, hailed by the LTTE drag queens, unfortunately does not extend to the Aboriginals in his own country. 50,000 children are missing from ‘religious’ institutions and now the UN points out that thousands of aboriginal women are missing too, and all this while there is no ongoing war. What better way to deflect criticism than by pointing fingers elsewhere.

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      Ram,
      “………………..while the majority of the Sri Lankan tamils living among the rest are enjoying peace and tranquillity”
      Are you sure?
      Last year,just because a tamil failed to address a soldier as “Sir”,seven houses of tamils were torched in Galle.
      Many tamils upcountry & elsewhere have been assaulted without provocation.
      Tamils in the south maintain a ‘low profile’ to avoid inviting attention to themselves, knowing that the heavy hand of the PTA will descend on them.
      A tamil prisoner was beaten to death in vavuniya prison and the CJ pronounced him a ‘terrorist’ from his “personal knowledge”.

      President Rajapakse should attend the Glasgow games.The report that he will not attend,was by a newspaper – quoted by TGTE.

      Thayapararaja and wife appear to have falsely spread the story of their demise to escape from debters. Is it the fault of all tamils?
      Hundreds have vanished after arrest by the army at the end of the war.

      The First Nations of Canada have certainly suffered,and this is under investigation.They are being given all health and social assistance.

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        Thayapararajah was an employee of a US NGO while ‘disappeared’ according to another columnist, a fact that must have been known well known to the funding entity, the US State Dept. What game was the latter playing ? Thayapararaja could NOT been indebted as he was employed and must have been living very well on the NGO pay. How many Thayapararajas are in Canada, Australia and Britain, who have gone there for the rich easy pickings, denying poor Rayappu Yousuf his livelihood.

        The Glasgowgames ‘newspaper’ was NOT being quoted by the TGTE. It was the reverse.

        How dare the Canadian PM pontificate to the world while the indigent were still being murdered in their thousands in his backyard after being dispossessed of the land of their fathers. His feigned concern for the the welfare of the Tamils lays exposed.

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      Ram you Sinkalam:

      Tamils living amongst the Sinkalams face a life of misery. If in doubt ask the Muslims. Their Mosques are destroyed , shops burnt and beaten up by BBS thugs. What do you call this answer it man.

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        Should I ask Prabhakaran’s Muslim victims, who were cleansed from the North with only the clothes on their backs and yet found safe haven among the Sinhala in the Puttalam-Chilaw area.? May they long remember their plight under the self-appointed ‘sole representative of the Tamil speaking peoples’.

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          Ram,

          Kali is a living Tamil/Christian SAINT and Velu Baba is his dead guru Saint. When Kali the saint speaks he speaks for all Lankans irrespective of cast,creed and ethnicity. Kali promotes equal rights and communal harmony in his dead Guru Saint Velu Baba’s philosophy.
          RIP Saint Velu Baba in an unknown kadal or land.

          Nothing but respect to the sane people who put Velu Baba to rest.

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            How nice one Sinkalam talking to another Sinkalam in TAMIL. Times have changed.

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              kali

              “How nice one Sinkalam talking to another Sinkalam in TAMIL. Times have changed.”

              They are your people, Sinhala speaking Demelas.

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                Foreign:

                Whatb are you talking about half Animal half Human

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                  oi, mermaids are prettier than terrorist isn’t it so??

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          Ram you Sinkalam:

          Correction ask BBS

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    Ram the Sinhala signing off with a Tamil name ……”Tamils in the North and East are still “under siege” “, while the majority of the Sri Lankan Tamils living amongst the rest are enjoying peace and tranquillity”….

    your words not the Tamils word.

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    Poor Ms Skatharaja now can’t get even a USD 30 Visa…

    If she could she would have seen how these so called under siege mates of hers live in Jaffna and even Killinochc now

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      Oi Sevela,

      I am right here at Maryland visa is your problem you buurva.
      She is a Canadian national as such they don’t even need a stamp on passport.

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    If you want to understand the blatant lack of integrity on the part of most hysterical Tamil propaganda this is the best proof.What was the situation for Tamils when the Tigers were in the picture ? Even leaders like Amithalingam and Tiruchelvam who were blowing hot and cold about the “boys” got the works from them in the streets of Colombo. Those living in Tiger territory had no hope at all. I feel sorry for the European countries who have given a home and a citizenship to people like Usha Rajah !Gradually these people will destroy the moral standards of their adopted country

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      Oppressed people become immoral?
      ”Those living in Tiger territory had no hope at all. I feel sorry for the European countries who have given a home and a citizenship to people like Usha Rajah !Gradually these people will destroy the moral standards of their adopted country.”

      Those who remain in the island will have to keep their morals above the polluted morals of the Rajapakses:
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/namal-rajapaksa-building-a-cult-of-personality-in-the-north/

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    Hallo Ram.I don’t know whether you are an Indian or sinhalese,but to reply to your comments.Not a single Tamil wants to leave their country and go to other countries.They had to go because of the killings.Anyone will do that.Canada is the only country in the World that respects Human Rights.The notice on Human Rights can be seen pasted in public all over the country.There is no other country which does this.This is the only country which has given refugee to 100 thousands of people.Such a great country .You are saying bad about it may be due to jealousy.May God Bless the Canadian People and Canadian Govt.

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      I agree that some of the free-educated Tamils left the country because of the activities of the Sri Lankan Pol Pot, Prabhakaran. Others left for greener pastures, but had to lie to gain refugee status.

      How blind can you be to say that Canada is the ONLY country in the world that respects human rights? Are the indigent non-human ? Read the recent UN reports about missing indigent women and the 50,000 missing indigent young from ‘religious institutions’. Did you miss the report in Toronto Star 4 days ago? “UN urges Canada to hold national inquiry on missing aboriginal women and girls” and all this was during peace time.

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        free-educated Tamils!!

        So Lankians decided to have standardization and do specialize in sending Sihala servants to medieval middle east as S** slaves- way to go!!

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    Hallo Ram,
    Tamils never like to go out of their country to other countries.They were forced to go due to fear.There is no country like Canada to help the refugees.May God Bless the Canadian People and Canadian Govt.

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      God didn’t help all native Canadians alas, when they were butchered by grand fathers of presentday canadians

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      Dear Subramaniam Rhiagarajah,

      Fear of what?

      Kind Regards,
      OTC

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        OTC( History expert????).
        1958,… 1983, rape, murder, torching Tamils businesses

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    Dear Usha Sri Skanda Raja,

    Re “Yasmin Sooka was recently in Toronto at the invitation of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, giving a talk on The Report she helped produce, an expose on Sri Lanka, at UFT’s Hart House. Keeping her audience and me spell bound, she impressed me by her commitment to human rights which is laudable and by her in-depth knowledge and experience in the field, sitting on many esteemed commissions and panels.”

    Yasmin Sooka as a member of the UN’s Darusman Panel put hr signature to the UN’s Darusman Report.

    The following extract from the Darusman Report is does not agree with the ICRC IHL, which she as a signatory, connived to bent the law, to exonerate the Guilty. Amongst the Guilty are those who financed the LTTE and we all know that at least some of the prominent members of the TGTE would be at the forefront.

    Now why would Darusman and Yasmin Sooka do that? Money?

    Compare the the Darusman interpretation with the actual ICRC definition.

    Darusman states

    1. Using civilians as a human buffer

    237. Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions: Credible allegations point to a violation of Common Article 3’s ban on the taking of hostages insofar as they forced thousands of civilians, often under threat of death, to remain in areas under their control during the last stages of the war and enforced this control by killing persons who attempted to leave that area. (With respect to the credible allegations of the LTTE’s refusal to allow civilians to leave the combat zone, the Panel believes that these actions did not, in law, amount to the use of human shields insofar as it did not find credible evidence of the LTTE deliberately moving civilians towards military targets to protect the latter from attacks as is required by the customary definition of that war crime (Rule 97, ICRC Study)

    The Actual IHL of the ICRC is as follows

    The ICRC states

    1. the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia qualified physically securing or otherwise holding peacekeeping forces against their will at potential NATO air targets, including ammunition bunkers, a radar site and a communications center, as using “human shields”

    The ICRC further states

    2. It can be concluded that use of human shields requires an intentional co-location of military objectives and civilians or persons hors de combat with the specific intent of trying to prevent the targeting of those military objectives. (http://www.icrc.org/customary-ihl/eng/docs/v1_cha_chapter32_rule97)

    According to the ICRC Colocation of civilians and military targets is key, in determining the War Crime of a Humans Shield. But Darusman and Yasmin Sooka disagrees!

    I hope you as a learned Senator of the TGTE and an accomplished propagandist can shed some light on the matter.

    Kind Regards,
    OTC

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    This is very strange as where I come from Kandy area the Tamils live with no issues and most of the Tamil people are better-off and have higher quality of life than the majority of the Sinhalese. Sinhala people buy things from them and interact with them. I was told and seen around the country whenever I travel I see the same. These people who talks about Tamil problems why not talk about the Sinhala problems as well or better if they talk about the majority of the Sri Lankan people’s suffering. Then we all will support to illuminate the problem as a united front not as individual races. Politicians including Tamil and Muslim are having the greatest time of their lives as long as we are divided along the line of race. So lets stop been silly and racists and work to help the poor Sri Lankans as best as we can. That is the only way to get these politicians to open their eyes. Can anyone tell me what are the things that Tamils don’t have that Sinhalese have? Name at least 5 items please anyone. Stop being Bloody Racists.

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      We Tamils are RACISTS.

      We Tamils didn’t even vote for BJP.

      Tamils in Kandy too? es-hech-ai-tee!!

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        Tamodaya you fool:

        It shows how ignorant you are. There were two BJP MPs from Tamil Nadu. For you the fact that the Tamils overwhelmingly voted for AIDMK amounts to Tamils being RACIST. So on the token any one who exercises his a her right in a Democracy is a RACIST.
        So those who voted for Thug Mahintha are Sinkala Racist.
        Explain it to me man in simple language. IDIOT

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      Rohana,
      This is the same observation I made at a recent visit to SL including the north. Only the diaspora are talking about Tamil problems without any substantial evidence. I have asked more than 10 times in this forum of the rights Sinhalese have but not Tamils. Until today I haven’t received a single answer except singing the national anthem in Tamil!

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    Here is a true statement, ultimate goal is “Elam”

    The problem is if they get the Elam, then they will still want more as for them it’s never enough.

    It took 30 years to squash a bunch of mindless murdering hoard. By that time 100’s of thousands of lives lost from every corner of country, so many families decimated.

    Surely it will take more than 5 years to find a accept able solution. Corrupt rulers in the south is not helping the cause. But surely if Tamil diaspora’s final destination is T Elam, it will remain a illusion a pipe dream indeed.

    I wonder how many % of Tamils are still hindus ?

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      Afzal you Sinkalam:

      You are spot on. We need more Land to receive theNEW ARRIVALS from Tamilnadu. I know the feeling and this is how Gemunu felt. Tamils to the North and the Sea to the South. At least we have the ocean to push you.

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        Stateless fool, you follow Isipriya and you will end up like Isaipriya.

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    Usha:

    I disagree with you and would say the following.
    5 Years on we are free at last and this is how I read the results.

    The Iron Lady may not have the King Making role but consider the following. BJP is a loose aliance and there is going to a lot of bickering and there are already tell tale signs with Susma Swaraj already threatening to stay out.
    Modi has alraedy said that he wants to bring AIADMK in and that is for the following reasons.

    1) The two are best of friends.
    2) Modi would like to keep such a dependable ally with the third largest number of MPs as a Check mate to warn any trouble makers.
    3) He needs the support of AIADMK to push through urgent and important Legislations for which he needs 2/3 majority and with her suppor the arithmatics works.

    More importantly to make sure MR is not going to pose any threat to India through the back door.

    Sleep tight as the Tamils will get what they want and the Tamil Kingdom ( Despite Dayans utterances ) will live for another 1000 years of which I have no doubt.

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      Kali Mann (mud used for pottery) is so high after the BJP win he has forgotten reality. I am sure they lit fire crackers ! fly the Indian flag along with Tiger Flag in their attic’s!

      Writing insane stuff like a imaginary character in “Jack the Giant Slayer”

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        Afzal you Sinkalam:

        That is the difference. We have the Luxury of flying two flags and you fly the Kite.

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      !!Five Years On Tamils Still Under Siege!!

      kaliban my friend it especially the JT’s own seeking that you are under siege – you make more enemies than friends because you think that you are intellects like the Jews- but the Jews received refuge at cochin and from there some came over to Ceylon/Colombo.
      Tamil is not the only language but in practice Susma Swaraj the Haryana civil servants daughter who graduated from a Delhi Girls college did make Tamil language a toy to play with- first with adjoining Punjabi then with TN Vaiko- kali you have not lived or read/write hindi to understand how deep it runs to win power.

      From 47 any party that won the 2 largest states have always stood in power- UP, Bihar. Namo got 78 of 80 at UP and no woman in India is going to mess around with him especially he has always been fine without wife.

      You should learn to see the strength of your enemy. The sihalam has an upper hand over you because they use Sanskrit Synonyms which makes the Brahmins of India happy (they fought all invaders to retain Sanskrit and Hinduism-) when they see schedule caste Buddhist usage of Sanskrit but Indian SC not using it the Sihalam are liked/preferred to the Tamils of Ceylon – sushima stand is reality of India. Do you know how many sihala women in Europe are marrying north Indians??

      Fatty VP ran a Chinese opera for whose benefit?? You may end up like the low class estate labour of malayasia if you don’t learn at least to communicate a bit in hindi.
      Even Obama selection of Chandigarh born (Tirnavalli Brahmin boy) Sri Sri as Judge and a near future SC judge is Hindi/tamil/Punjabi speaking- ManMohans daughter and wife were the first to greet and meet him at the ceremony. Obamas Honduras diplomat selection of Andhra room mate at college Hindi/Telugu.

      Bolo Hanuman ki Jai

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      Dear Kali
      I think you could be right.
      Thank you for standing up in this forum and countering inappropriate criticisms.
      Warm regards
      Usha

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        Ai Ai yo

        The land does not belong to JT’s it is the property of Baharat.

        Beti hindi bolo. tu nehi bolaega then you can keep on dreaming.

        bolo hanuman ki jai.

        Maratha force.

        Javi/Maryland

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    A person who sponsored terrorism for 3 decades is saying there should be referendum after the other party beat them. Should we take her seriously?

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      She is also supporting the idea that a small minority is entitled to exclusive ownership of 2/3 of the coastline and 1/3 of the land mass. What a bunch of clowns!

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      Sach:

      You mean STATE terrorism practised by MR and his predecessors for the last 64 LONG years. Good news is it has come to an end and MR is shitting in his pants. Even I can smell the horrible smell.

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        Kali smells shit ! is that something new ?

        Kali has mud in his head and smells shit

        His favorite words are “Idiot” and “Fool”

        Saintly (smelly) words indeed. Kali the Saint, disciple of Saint V. Baba

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          Afzal you fool:

          I knew you had limited vocabulary. You are repeating the same thing again and agin. Alampal.

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    I can just picture this lady raving away like our BBS hamuduwo. they would be the best of friends if only belonged to same ethnicity.

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      That my friend, is a gem.

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    Kalli,

    “Sleep tight as the Tamils will get what they want and the Tamil Kingdom ( Despite Dayans utterances ) will live for another 1000 years of which I have no doubt.”

    So your Sun God thought too. Finally the kingdom ended at Nanthikadal.
    I think Usha and you both will have to tighten up to prevent the next
    nanthikadal

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    Ha haa.. It makes me laugh to read reader comments. Eeelamists getting hammered by Sri Lankans like no tomorrow. Bogus claims are exposed. LOL

    Soon the Colombo Telegraph will be the main online newspaper in Sri Lanka open to all.

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    Riot: Ravi you Idiot

    There will be no more TAMIL BLOOD.

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    All that idiots like this woman are ensuring is that MR stays in power for another 6+ years. He wont even need to canvas to win. Perhaps that’s what the diaspora really want. The more dictatorial the government, the greater the ‘justification’ for Eelam.

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    Kalli,

    “Riot: Ravi you Idiot”

    With your intelligence are you also contributing to the creation of the nuclear bomb by TAMILS or ARE YOU ALSO A REFUGEE in Toronto living off the government welfare like a scavenger

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      Ravi Perera

      Sinhala speaking Demela

      You are back again.

      Good to see you.

      Aren’t you going to remember your brethren who were killed in the North? I would have expected you to be with Sivajilingam when he lit the lamp in Jaffna.

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      Ravi you Idiot:

      You are now begining to crack up. There is a saying Adika Adika Ammium Nakarum. You have cracked ( Fire Crackers not Nukes). If youn eat enough EGGS you will produce more gas through your backside.

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    Tamils are now useless for the Indian govt.

    ALL Indian govt.s so far had to rely on Tamilians to keep the majority. Not any more!

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    I am laughing at the LTTE idiots who think MODI will come for their rescue. Modi never salvage the slaves of the Catholic Church.

    Hindu card is useless in the case of LTTE.

    That is why MODI extended the ban on LTTE for another five years even before he assume duties.

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      Sivananthan you Muslim:

      Where have you been man. You have now surfaced from Toronto after the Tigers drove you out from Kolumbuthurai and are back in the Wilpathu Jungle cleard by your Minister Bathiudin.

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        Kali Mann (Mud used for pottery)

        has his/her/??? wires crossed, for him/her/??? tamulan is muslim, a muslim is sinkalam then what is he ? is it ???

        Kali Maan get one “ding” vote for all his/her/??? posts only his/her/??? “Ding”

        This is the plight of cry baby stateless refugees ! they just run around like a headless chicken.

        Their Amma is also like the headless chicken now with whole TN state for herself but just another state in India without any bargaining power.

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    ‘Time not Ripe for Truth and Reconciliation, Rather for Justice and A Referendum on Eelam’

    I totally agree with this statement. First, I could not find a single Tamil terrorist to reconcile with and tell them the truth that raising arms against a legitimate gov is stupid.

    Second, a referendum on Elam is essential with all citizens of SL participating to decide.

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    I have news for all the Sinhalese Idiots and Muslim Pretenders like ” Sivananthan ”

    ****Colombo, May 17 (IANS) Sri Lankan leaders need to frame a clear-cut strategy before India’s new government headed by Narendra Modi acts tough against the island nation, a newspaper warned Saturday.

    “Sri Lankan leaders need to get their act together and work out a clear-cut strategy before Modi and (Tamil Nadu Chief Minister) J. Jayalalithaa start pushing and poaching or even think of doing what Russian President Vladimir Putin is doing in Crimea,” the Daily Mirror said.

    The editorial quoted most observers as saying that “there may be a honeymoon period of a few months” between New Delhi and Colombo after Modi takes office this month.

    It said “the hardliner Modi” was reported to have made “dangerous claims that Tamils living in any part of the world, including Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Fiji, are part of India”.

    Modi led the BJP to a fascinating victory in the Lok Sabha election and is set to take office next week.

    Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK has taken a tough stand against the killing of thousands of Tamils in Sri Lanka during the end stages of the war against the Tamil Tigers that ended in 2009.

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    Ugly Kalli,

    “You have cracked ( Fire Crackers not Nukes). If youn eat enough EGGS you will produce more gas through your backside. “

    Your Sun God produced enough Gas during Nanthikadal days with no EGGS.

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      Ravi you Idiot:

      This is what you call boomerang. But then again who can blame you for embarking on self destruction.

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    Native Vedda,

    You are starving for replies right ?

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      Ravi Perera

      “You are starving for replies right?”

      Why would I yearn to read something stupid from a Sinhala speaking Demela.

      In fact I wanted to make sure you have indeed gone back to your mother country, India.

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    Dear Ms Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah,

    Your essay has attempted to put Ms Yasmin Sooka on a pedestal of integrity that she does not posses.

    She along with Mr Darusman and Mr Steven Ratner have apparently connived to misinterpret a very clearly defined International Human Rights Law (IHL), Rule 97 in order to exonerate the LTTE of the war crime of using a Human Shield (http://www.icrc.org/customary-ihl/eng/docs/v1_cha_chapter32_rule97). More details are available in my comment here that neither you nor anyone else has dared to explain (https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/five-years-on-tamils-still-under-siege/comment-page-1/#comment-1269953)

    This AUTOMATICALLY absolves those who Financed the LTTE of complicity in that war crime. Investigations in to the monetary transactions of the LTTE would reveal the major financiers which may include the leading lights of the TGTE itself. No wonder you are jittery.

    The beneficiaries of that FRAUDULENT interpretation of IHL Rule 97 are the Terrorists and the separatists who financed the LTTE.

    It is inconceivable that a panel headed by an Attorney General of Indonesia could make such an error inadvertently. The 64 million dollar question is why?

    The LTTE had a $300 million annual income. The collectors were all based overseas. When Prabahkaran and his senior leaders died in Sri Lanka, the money collected remained with the collectors.

    Ms Yasmin Sooka has been involved with War Crimes Propaganda against Sri Lanka. She wrote an article to Groundviews, titled The Empty Findings of Sri Lankas Military Court of Inquiry, on 4 November 2013. At that time I posed this same question to her and to you (who came to her defense). Neither she nor you had an answer.

    (http://groundviews.org/2013/04/11/the-empty-findings-of-sri-lankas-military-court-of-inquiry/#comment-1002155040).

    Her essay is also carried by the separatist propaganda website Sangam.org (sans the comments)

    The Darusman report and the ICRC IHL Rule 97 is now set in rock and no one can alter it. Simply referring to the wording of the Darusman Report and comparing it to the ICRC’s IHL Rule 97 will be damning to the integrity of Mr Darusman, Ms Yasmin Sooka and Mr Steven Ratner.

    Re “Anyone reading the authoritative report, documenting human rights abuses in post- war Sri Lanka published in March 2014 titled: An Unfinished War: Torture and Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka 2009-2014, (The Report) made possible by the combined effort of Ms Yasmin Sooka, The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) and The International Truth and Justice Project Sri Lanka,..”

    Due to the involvement of Ms Yasmin Sooka that report is not authoritative anymore. Not unless she can clear her name to the Charge of Corrupting the ICRC IHL Rule 97 by fabricating a completely new Rule 97 definition, in order to absolve the remaining LTTE operatives and the Financiers.

    I feel sorry for Bishop Desmond Tutu and any people with integrity that became involved with Ms Yasmin Sooka without knowing the depths to which she can stoop to.

    Note.

    ‘Executed’ director of Vanni project in Indian custody: SL seeks access to him

    “….the former director of Vanni Tech funded by US based Tamil Diaspora had gone underground in September 2009. After the man’s disappearance his wife Uthayakala, foreign NGOs as well as a section of the media accused intelligence services of having executed Thayapararajah. ……The Tamilnet alleged that Thayapararajah was extra-judicially executed in Colombo in September 2009. Meanwhile, a person duped by Uthayakala told The Island that she collected several millions of rupees from nine persons, including five women promising employment in the UK.

    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=103362

    Uthayakala is Thayapararajah’s wife. She was also an LTTE Cadre.

    Thayapararajah has risen from the dead. After Jesus, the first person to do so!

    Kind Regards,
    OTC

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        Dear Anpu, Ms Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah, The TGTE and any UN or AI or HRW officials who may be monitoring the Colombo Telegraph,

        Like Usha and Yasmin Sooka herself NOT ONE of the Champions of Tamil Separatism (including you Anpu) have ventured to defend the CRIMINAL corruption of the ICRC IHL Rule 97, that I have pointed out in two of my posts under Usha’s article.

        Usha and Yasmin has not been able to explain it since 2013!

        The use of Charlatans to sling mud at my country has gone on since the first “Killing Fields” CH4 video surfaced.

        The UN’s Special Rapporteur on extra judicial killings, Philippe Alston, used a Perjurer, Dr Daniel Spitz, Forensic Pathologist and medical doctor, who covered up evidence in the execution style killing of Mr Rob Simpson in a US court.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpL56wS_qZo
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3Oy76_nICc&NR=1

        and a clueless amateur, Grant Fredericks, who gave “Expert” evidence on behalf of four RCMP policemen that tried to cover up the Tasering and killing of an unarmed civilian immigrant at the Vancouver airport, in October 2007, at the Canadian Commission that inquired in to the incident.

        Here is what the Commissioner said referring to Alston’s “Expert”.

        He has no special expertise in determining steps from shoulder movements — without the verification referred to above,Mr. Fredericks’ opinion of three distinct steps forward is based entirely on his repetitive viewing of the three-second segment of the Pritchard video and his interpretation of Mr. Dziekanski’s changing shoulder movements. I am not persuaded that his expertise as a forensic video analyst extends to this type of human body movement.

        Then we had the UN’s sacked spokesman making claims of 40,000 civilian deaths which he later withdrew (please see his book the Cage).

        Now we have Darusman, Yasmin Sooka and Steven Ratne going out on a limb trying to exonerate the LTTE and their Financiers from a War Crime that everyone knows the LTTE committed.

        What is causing all of this?

        Has the millions of dollars of amassed LTTE wealth, with which they tried bribing US officials (which is on record), have anything to do with it?

        Your attempt at deflecting a very serious possibility of corruption, by the living LTTE financiers, that like the Italian mafia, seems to be reaching the highest rungs of UN officialdom is puny and disgusting indeed.

        Isapriya is dead and I am saddened and horrified by the way she died. But that is no excuse to overlook the possible corruption at the Apex International Organisation that is expected to deliver Justice.

        I do hope that the erstwhile Senator, Ms Usha S. Sriskanderrajah or the TGTE with it’s surplus of brilliant minds or any of the brilliant Lawyers amongst the Tamil Separatists or any of the Brilliant members of the intelligentsia such as Dr Muttukrishna Sarvananthan (quoted by Usha) or the INGO’s such as AI and HRW or the trio of Mr Darusman, Ms Yasmin Sooka and Mr Steven Ratne provide the world, an explanation, as to how the Darusman Report is conflicting with the ICRC IHL Rule 97.

        And if it is indeed at variance (I believe it is), it renders the Darusman report corrupt and not worth the paper it is written on.

        This might pull the rug out from under everything that followed and was based on the Darusman Report.

        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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        Dear Anpu,

        Your attempt at deflecting a very serious possibility of corruption, by the living LTTE financiers, that like the Italian mafia, seems to be reaching the highest rungs of UN officialdom is puny and disgusting indeed.

        Isapriya is dead and I am saddened and horrified by the way she died. But that is no excuse to overlook the possible corruption at the Apex International Organisation that is expected to deliver Justice.

        A more comprehensive reply to you dastardly and disgusting attempt at ducking the question is available here.

        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/five-years-on-tamils-still-under-siege/comment-page-1/#comment-1273451

        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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          OTC,
          You are very good in twisting true history(old as well as new). Full credit to you for that. I do not need so many words to tell you that.

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            Dear Anpu,

            We were discussing the reasons that led to Darusman, Yasmin Sooka and Steven Ratne to corrupt the ICRC IHL Rule 97 and the possibility that they have been bribed in to absolving the LTTE of the war crime of using a Human Shield.

            Neither Usha nor Yasmin Sooka nor anybody from the TGTE nor anyone withing the separatist lobby will attempt to contest what I have stated about the Darusman interpretation of Rule 97 being corrupt as it is the truth. So far no one has dared.

            We were not discussing Lankan History. Hence it is advisable to re read my comment and challenge them with a logical argument.

            When I quote History I back it up with references. The propagandist find that difficult to digest. what I really do is attempt to unravel the twists that the propagandist put in to history to confuse the reader.

            Kind Regards,
            OTC

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    For all the Sinhalese Nationalists:

    ela kolla, Tamdoaya ( Sinkala Madaiyan), Nonsense, Ravi Perera , Sumanasekera a frightening piece of information.

    Modi joined the far right Hindu Organisation at the age of 10. He hates Muslims, but MR thinks he loves Buddhists and whatb else do you expect from a day dreamer.
    Modi hasnt apologised and has refused to take responsibilty for the killing of thousands of Muslims just like MR and that is all they have in common.
    But the difference is Modi has been cleared by the Courts. But MR is adamant he has not done anything wrong but will not put himself before the Courts as he has evidence to prove his innocence which he is not prepared ton show anyone. That is Jurisprudence Sinhala Lanka style.

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    For all Tamil nationalists and Tamils

    If you follow the ideology of Isaipriya, you will end up like Isaipriya.

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      Tam ( Madaiya ):

      Can you see you have run out of anything new to utter. The only Word you know not is ISAIPRIYA. We all know what happened to her and KRISHANTHI. Starting from the 1st June you alnog with thousands of your soldier brothers will be repeating the name at the inquiry when they give evidence. So here is a further suppy just in case you run out.

      ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA
      ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA
      ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA
      ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA
      ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA
      ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA ISAIPRIYA

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    And followed by a referendum in South on sending Wellawatta and Estate Tamils to Ealam.

    Staragely no one seem to speak about discriminationn they suffer in the hands of the Sinhalese, their political rights and their desire to suffur this discrimination.

    After the war I expected a lot Tamils in Wellawaatta to move back to North. A Tamil friend told me “No machang, not a single except that a few are buying properties over there while continue to live here.

    Can someone explain me this physiological desire to suffer discrimination.

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    Native Vedda

    “Why would I yearn to read something stupid from a Sinhala speaking Demela”

    Then Do not reply to me

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