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Foreign Ministry Fumbles Playing Cheap Media Games With Damning And Confidential UN Report

In an unprecedented move, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has openly leaked a version of a scathing report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights sent confidentially to the Government of Sri Lanka for comments ahead of its release just before the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council Session in Geneva, Switzerland.

Michelle Bachelet, the HCHR transferred her ‘draft’ report on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka to the government on 12 January 2021 for comments on any errors in fact or law.

The High Commissioner is mandated by a Human Rights Council Resolution in 2017 to report on the progress made by Sri Lanka on post war reconciliation efforts. Customarily, the High Commissioner schedules the release of country reports just ahead of the UNHRC Session. It is usual diplomatic practice and courtesy to send such draft reports to the country concerned to provide an opportunity for the concerned state to address and point out errors in facts or law. Never before has the confidential copy released to the Government of Sri Lanka been leaked to the media by a ruling administration. It was unheard of even during the tenure of President Mahinda Rajapaksa who had his own battles with the UNHRC and the High Commissioners for Human Rights, diplomatic sources who were part of the process during that time told Colombo Telegraph. The move could seriously jeopardise an already highly tenuous relationship between the Sri Lankan Government and the United Nations, the diplomats warned.

The contents and recommendations of the confidential version of the report appeared in a Sunday newspaper printed in Colombo on the 24th of January. Foreign Ministry sources confirmed that the Secretary to the Ministry Admiral Jayanath Colambage had decided to use the advance copy of the High Commissioner’s report to score points in the local press before Sri Lanka faces its challenges in Geneva in February-March. Colambage, a former commander of the Sri Lanka Navy has no previous experience with diplomacy and international relations but was appointed to lead the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after parliamentary elections in August 2020. “The objective is to try and minimize the political fallout of the damning report when its officially published later this month,” Ministry sources said. The decision to leak the report has dismayed professionals in the Ministry who realize the implications of the move.

The previous Yahapalana government cooperated with the UN human rights system and prevented an international investigation into the Sri Lankan military. By cooperating and co-sponsoring a resolution at the UNHRC in 2015 the then government was able to reverse the international processes that were already under way. In 2014 the Human Rights Council had for the first time mandated the High Commissioner to carry out an investigation into human rights and humanitarian law violations in Sri Lanka. The resulting report which was presented in October 2015 recommended stringent action against perpetrators.

But when the Sri Lankan Government decided to cooperate with the UN and set some processes in motion to bring perpetrators to justice and closure to the victims through a complicated transitional justice mechanism that adhered to international standards, the UN agreed to allow Sri Lanka to lead this process. The actions of the Gotabaya Rajapaksa Government which has pulled out of its justice and reconciliation commitments in the HRC 30/1 resolution, coupled with the regime’s gross disregard for human rights and deliberate abolition of democratic and human rights processes and instruments in the state sector has virtually turned the clock back to 2014 in Geneva, diplomats and rights advocates explained.

“President Gotabaya Rajapaksas decision to withdraw from the co-sponsorship of HRC 30/1 was nothing but a political gimmick – but he was playing with fire because there is a way the international system works and how it kicks into gear when states get reckless about its commitments and couple that with more human rights violations and crackdowns on freedom” the international diplomats said.

“In fact Gota’s decision to withdraw from co-sponsorship made zero impact on the High Commissioner’s report due in February 2021 and when the resolution on Sri Lanka happens at this session, on the contents of that resolution” they added.

According to the leaked information by the Foreign Ministry, High Commissioner Bachelet’s report on Sri Lanka is scathing. It highlights the serious deterioration of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka since Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa assumed office in November 2019.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights warns the international community of an impending human rights disaster in Sri Lanka unless corrective measures are taken. Intimidation, arbitrary arrests, discrimination against minorities, the erosion of independence of the judiciary and the independent commissions through the 20th amendment are some of the points made in the report. More significantly the High Commissioner notes that there is simply no political will in the current administration to address the serious allegations of human rights and violations of humanitarian law during the ethnic conflict.

Therefore Bachelet is now formally recommending international action. For the first time in Sri Lanka’s history of engagement with the UN Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, High Commissioner Blanchet is recommending Sri Lanka’s referral to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the permanent tribunal tasked with dealing with grave international crimes such as war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The report also calls on countries to take targeted actions against individuals involved in serious human rights violations. These targeted sanctions can be in the form of travel bans, as already imposed on General Shavindra Silva or asset freezes.

In response to the incoming international storm, which could spell doom for members of the administration who have been identified as war criminals and human rights violators, Secretary Colambage has assembled his own “Core Group” of local experts.

Initially Colambage decided that Sri Lanka would not respond to High Commissioner Blanchet’s report, not realising its damning nature and the gravity of her recommendations. It was Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunewardane who intervened to instruct MFA officials to draft a reply. Despite Colambage’s attempts to put a positive spin on the issues facing Sri Lanka in Geneva next month through friendly journalists, it is reliably learnt that there was hardly any preparation for any response.

Foreign Ministry officials scrambled to draft a response together with Minister Dinesh Gunawardena’s ‘core group’ consisting of Mohan Pieris, disgraced former Chief Justice and current Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, the daughter of a former Chief Justice and personal lawyer to President Nadasena Rajapaksa who currently works at the Attorney Generals Department and Chamindry Saparamadu a lawyer known to Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena. Colambage has sidelined several senior officials with intimate knowledge and experience on the workings of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Colombo Telegraph learns. A former deputy Permanent Representaitve to UN in Geneva with vast experience in handling the Human Rights Council was recently forced into early retirement after Colambage refused to grant her no pay leave.

Instead of experienced hands the ‘core group’ dealing with this vital issue are augmented by a few mid level officials from the Ministry of Defence, Kotelawala Defence University, the Attorney General’s Department and the Foreign Ministry. It is expected that the response will highlight many of the atrocities of the LTTE instead of answering the allegations against the Sri Lankan officials. Particular concern will be shown to cases which have a direct involvement with President Nandasena Rajapaksa such as the Lasantha Wickremetunge murder case and the abduction and murder of 11 Tamil men by the Sri Lanka Navy. The alarming militarisation of all spheres of administration is another element to be addressed in the response.

Colombo Telegraph has also confirmed that a key ‘advisor’ in this process is a former secretary to the Foreign Ministry who was also a Governor of a Province under the Yahapalana government and currently a member of the progressive group of academics and public servants the Friday Forum.

A very senior official with knowledge of Human Rights Council workings told the Colombo Telegraph that Admiral Colombage through his amateur approach to the UNHRC is going to jeopardise Sri Lanka, its military and political leaders. “Through such juvenile gimmicks like leaking a sensitive and confidential report just to get ahead in the media narrative, Colombage has destroyed any good will of the office of the High Commissioner. This time the Kegalle Vidayalaya alumni has bitten off more than he can chew,” said the disgruntled senior diplomat. (By Janakie Mediwake)

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  • 12
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    UNHRC =United Nations Hilarious Ruckus Comedy

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      UNHRC may a be a commedy body, but it is no wise to always shoot the messenger right.
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      Those HIGH criminals in power would continue ruining this country from where they stopped it by 2015.

      Even domestic animals would nod their head, proving that MAHINDA RAJAKSHE s so called gigantic projects such as Hambantota port and Mattala Airport became white elephants only because they were not subjected to proper feasibilities studies before them being introduced.
      .
      The very same men to SELL OUT east terminal of COLOMBO port would be an another disaster, since these are being decided by drug kin pins like NIMAL LANZA or the like most known uneducated JUNKEES… Rohitha as Port minister would not know the basics of colombo port, if Journos would interview about it sooner than later.
      Nimal Lanza would be well aware of his former JOB – Beachboy/Male Prostitution in Negambo but an abcdcian of any kind of PORT or Airport authorties. Rajakshes would fall on their noses again because they dont know how to get on with EXPERTs for the development project. My wish these men should be PUNISHED by Karma sooner than and drive away from our sight so that SRILANKENS could sooner be suerved by capable leaders.

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        Dear LM,
        The principle should be is either you do a perfect job or do not even attempt it if you cannot do it right. If UN cannot cut the mustard it should admit it and get out of the way instead of making a bad situation worse. When they post individuals costing UN an arm and a leg, it becomes a double whammy for the unassuming man in the street for naively believing that they are there to protect his rights to discover it is only a mirage. It is a very time consuming and a costly exercise especially for a poor man to seek justice from so called courts of law. When the guardians of the law treat him like a floating carcass down the river by the vultures the cruelty and wickedness thus inflicted is stratospheric.

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      “UNHRC =United Nations Hilarious Ruckus Comedy”

      Now we know why the Sinhala Buddhists are confused. Can we blame them if this is what the temple taught them.

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        Burt

        You know Tamils and Sinhalese famous for digging their own grave, deeper and deeper. It saves lot of time for UNHRC.

        The activities of Saffron brigade in the North East supported by Department of Archaeology, police, STF, Army, Department of Forestry, ……………….during the past 14 months is mind boggling.

        The Sinhala/Buddhists lead by the thieving family, the saffron brigade and the stupid people are determined to divide the island.

        V Prabaharan is going to have the last laugh.

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

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

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    There is nothing to hide in UNHRC commissioners. The entire world is a war of violations. These HR violations are going on the ethnic line after the Presidential election and getting two hird majority by buying some MPs

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      Kuviyam,
      LTTE Tamil terrorists are the people who committed war crimes and HR violations. The Government of Sri Lanka stopped that in 2009. However, the Government has failed to stop HR violations and oppression committed by High Caste Tamils against their own Tamils who are considered as ‘Low Caste’. Vellala Tamil politicians who talk about ‘equality, justice, peace and dignity’ deny ‘equality, justice, peace and dignity’ to low caste Tamils (Dalits) in Yapanaya.

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    How long can the Racist Sri Lankan State and its agents hide their heinous crimes against Tamils?

    Truth always catches up as day follows night.

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      “How long can the Racist Sri Lankan State and its agents hide their heinous crimes against Tamils?”
      Until China decides it has looted enough of Sri Lanka and has an iron grip of he country. By that time most of these leaders are bought and paid for 10 times over and would be theirs to sell for China’s interest.

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      Thiru,
      “How long can the Racist Sri Lankan State and its agents hide their heinous crimes against Tamils?”
      —-
      Government of Sri Lanka has nothing to hide. Sooka is still struggling to find concrete evidences to alleged war crimes and human rights violations. It is Tamil Diaspora and racist separatist TNA politicians trying to hide war crimes and human rights violations committed by their buddies LTTE Tamil terrorists.
      The Government should insist to conduct an investigation to war crimes and human rights violations committed by LTTE Tamil terrorists over a period of three decades. There are solid evidences to prove these crimes e.g. recruiting child soldiers and shooting civilians by LTTE who tried to escape from the human shield formed by terrorists. LTTE cadres who committed war crimes and human rights violations are hiding in foreign countries under new identities. They too should be brought to justice.

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      Thiru
      Tell me honestly why did India turn a blind eye to a genocide of relatives of a section of her own people? With that kind of military power why didn’t India put a stop to it?
      .
      Did the Tamils discover that they have been subjected to a genocide after the event? I mean even after they voted for Sarath Fonseka?

      Soma

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        soman

        “With that kind of military power why didn’t India put a stop to it?”

        What are you talking about?
        Hindians aided and abetted Mahinda and Gota along with their Goons when they committed war crimes and crime against humanity (I doubt you or your bigoted masters understood these legal concepts)

        By the way why is the government holding 106 prisoners without any charges say for more than 15 years?

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    Time, and time again, our government has under-estimated the persons who were the UN Commissioners for Human Rights. This time it is Dr Michelle_Bachelet;
    .
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Bachelet
    .
    I had read this up about a year ago and refreshed my memory after seeing this article. The details in that ought to stun any reader.
    .
    Firstly, these are people closely associated with good President Allende of Chile. He father was tortured to death by the subsequent monster, General Pinochet. Michelle herself is a medical specialist, a Paediatrician, who was Minister of Health. She’s committed, she had taken to medicine as a vocation.
    .
    Her mother was an archaeologist who had died only a few months ago, aged 94, and there’s a separate Wikipedia entry on her. Maternal grandmother also a doctor – an Englishwoman!
    .
    Michelle has more recently been twice elected (Executive!)President of Chile. Before that, Minister of Defence AND she has had three children, one of them out of wedlock. So, she looks a sweet cheerful grandma, maybe, but she’s formidable.
    .
    Will make minced-meat out of Jayanath Colombage.
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayanath_Colombage

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      Sinhala_Man: “Will make minced-meat out of Jayantha Colombage”. Your learning is par-excellence. The other who will be into that “Minced-Meat” factory will be our newly appointed “Permanent Representative”, the “MAN” (Huge in the physical structure and well known during “Black Cat Brigade” days) who wrote the Book – “Gota’s War”. With the “Appointment” of that “New Commission” by our President, this lady with such great learning and twice the President of Chile must be having a hearty laugh with a scornful remark saying “What an Idiot of a President” Sri Lanka has.

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        ““What an Idiot of a President” Sri Lanka has.”
        What did you expect?
        Other than the time in military and the many crimes he’s accused of, what other qualifications does he have to run a country either through education or experience . . Still the Sinhala Buddhist elected him. Blame the guys who put him on the gravy train, he is just riding it .

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          Burt: Thanks. I KNEW and as EXPECTED he proved to be a “DUMB ASS” in Governing a country. As Joe Baiden said: “There are politicians who tell lies to get into power and make profits”. The voter population of our country (another set of Dumb Asses) fell for it to make “PROFITS”.

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            Simon,
            “As Joe Baiden said: “There are politicians who tell lies to get into power and make profits”.

            This statement applies to Dr. Wikunana Singham very well. ‘Jadapalana’ Government came to power bombarding lies. After coming to power those dong keys robbed the Central Bank not once but twice.

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            Simon

            While we are on the subject of dumb asses could you tell me why Gota, Kamal, Channa, ….. and their fellow anti Hindians are begging Hindia to supply them with COVID19 vaccines while claiming to possess the ability to produce panacea given that Shavendra the top medical mind in this island stated that he has discovered an island in the North where he could detain kallathonies from India during the peak of COVID pandemic a few months ago.

            Do you find any hypocrisy among people of this island.

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      May be.
      She too seems to believe that accounbility promotes reconciliation.
      Wrong.
      ACCOUNTABILITY IS THE VERY ANTITHESIS OF RECONCILIATION.
      It was a thirty year long war.
      Between two peoples.
      Wars are not fought between saints.
      UN may be able to secure justice to one side by punishing those accused by the Tamil side. She calls them ‘credibly’ accused. She wants to punish them BEFORE any investigation.
      Do you honestly believe they will investigate Tamil crimes in equal vigour and deliver justice to the Sinhala side? That is not easy because Sinhala side is confined within the island while the arms suppliers to the Tamil side is outside the country and the failure in being fair to both sides will ignite further hatred.
      .
      What promotes reconciliation is the truth.
      That is the only legacy we can leave behind to the posterity.
      ACCOUNTABILITY will bury the truth for ever.
      In an environment of absence of accountability participants will confess, friend will testify against friend and there is a much greater chance of truth coming out.

      Soma

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        Above addressed to Sinhla_man.

        Soma

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          soman

          Why aren’t you preventing Hindian Vaccines reaching our shore given their toilet habits?

          Make sure vaccine consignment is not another Trojan Horse as your brotheren VP is no longer alive to fight the Hindians.

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            NV
            Mother India.
            Trying to remain neutral towards all children.
            She is embarrassed by the Tamil cry “she is our mama” and pulling the saree down all the time.
            .

            Soma

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    If the murderers and crooks can’t be punished locally, let the UN impose travel restrictions and asset freezes on them. Mahinda will be quaking, because Seychelles is a tiny country unable to withstand international pressure. That is where a part of the stolen $18 billion is stashed.
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    Do we have a single lawyer or a Sri Lankan diplomat who can be effective in Geneva? Ravinatha is experienced, but he’s in Washington, where he’ll have to face the Biden/Kamala Harris administration’s wrath.

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      What happens if all the assets are in their children’s names who are not in politics or military and many residing outside the country?

      Most of these guys educated their children in the west. If will be a rude joke if you think it was with military or politicians salary. Still the dummies elect them.

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        Should read:
        “It will be a rude joke”

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      SarathP,
      “Mahinda will be quaking, because Seychelles is a tiny country unable to withstand international pressure. That is where a part of the stolen $18 billion is stashed.”

      Mangala and Rajitha said the $18 billion is stashed in Dubai. Rajitha said he saw the details of the account. They sent few of their buddies to Dubai to bring that money but after wasting a huge sum of money and having a great time there these dumbos returned empty handed.

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        “They sent few of their buddies to Dubai to bring that money but after wasting a huge sum of money and having a great time there these dumbos returned empty handed.”

        Do you know who went to Dubai to investigate Rajapaksa’s money laundering activities and what was the cost to the state?

        Is HLD M still sitting on your head?

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    After 1 year some good news for Srilanka from UN.
    Only Haque can deliver Srilanka from the clutches of street thug Nandasena.
    There is hope that the Mistake of 6.7 million fools made could be reversed sooner or later

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      I wouldn’t put too much stock on letters like this. There will be a lot of behind the scenes maneuvering by China and India, and in the end, hope will be dashed again. We have to wait and see if there is any bite with the bark in the end.

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    As explained below there is an important question to ask: Has the UN have deployed the right professionals/individuals who have the ability to hit the nail on its head so to speak without patronizing tyrant regimes? Promptly EU & UNDP upon request provided monetary and material assistance to the Ministry of Justice with the noble aim to assure that all citizens are not deprived of their fair share of justice, but not.

    Ms. Hanaa Singer is more concerned of her career advancement than standing up for the human rights of the people. She, rather not ruffle the feathers of the Golden Egg laying hen which is the host country she is serving that sustain the Behemoth, The White Elephant famously called The United Nations. I brought to her attention the criminal abuse of power by Mr. Mohan Peiris as the Chief Justice upon his acceptance as Srilankan Ambassador of UN compromising the credibility and the integrity of fellow members which must be fiercely guarded. He urged the President Elect to let him retain his defacto position as the Chief Justice assuring the former that he is fully capable to turn justice on its head if that is required of him to keep the President happy.

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      This had got left out from above:
      By right he should be behind bars for abuse of his office as the Chief Justice for prevailing upon two HC judges and three SC judges to admit a treasonable Counterclaim to save the skin of his friend from getting whipped.

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    Ha! Let us all sit back and watch the fun as the events unfold. They are sure to cause diarrhoeal attacks among those with a guilty conscience!

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    John Calvin, “When God wants to judge a nation, He gives them wicked rulers”.

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      Which planet is GOD living on? Did anyone saw GOD?

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        N. Pererass

        “Which planet is GOD living on? Did anyone saw GOD?”

        Please address your question to Assgiria, Malawatu, …. Gnanasara, Shavendra, Kamal, … Gota, Thajudeen’s murderer, etc. They will send you there in no time.
        Make sure Gota is still Nandasena or reincarnated as Got as he promised a few days ago.

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    The ethnic and power sharing or devolution of power is a national problem from the beginning of Sinhala rule or end of British rule. Still this problem continues and the islands peace, economy and rule law continue to deteriorate and its now become a playground for national political and religious opportunistic leadership and international powers. The continuation of this is a need for these players and they will not allow the island to prosper with peace and growth. Since 2005, who are the real beneficiaries of this problem are politicians and Monks and international powers but the real losers are the people and religion and country.
    Rajapakse family pretend that they are cheating international players. International players pretend they are cheating Rajapakse family. In real both are playing game with lives of Srilankans.
    It is a well known fact a thousands of Tamil civilians, LTTE fighters, Sinhala military fighters have lost their lives in this war under the direction and order of Military commanders, defence secretary, and former President. Further a thousands of people and fighters became disabled and lost their breadwinners. At the end M.Rajapakse and Sarath Fonseka fought for power and promised to bring peace but nothing changed. Recently, Gotabaya Rajapakse publicly accepted that he who ordered to kill civilians during this war.

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    Doesn’t matter what this report contains for or against anyone in SL if any idiot for one iota of a second thinks this was done in the interest of SL and her subjects should go get themselves some serious mental health help.

    Now we have a new type of “beggars in SL” facilitated by UN under various NGO grants/development work grants for various activities in SL…..and there are very many local and foreign Mafias making money out of this for some time…this is going to be the hardest one to tap into and control for any states let alone by SL?

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      Just because someone object to the UN report/purpose does not mean their allegiance to any party politics or to anyone in particular individual (those who have mastered this way of playing the game are the ones who have landed us all in a S*** to date)…..one has a right to evaluate the UN involvement and its effect in his/her land without being accused of party politics but bigger picture for the Nation to focus on issues that really matters following the a critical path to liberation of all in our Nation.

      If this report does not include anything from 1970 the FP crimes in Jaffna then we will be rewriting history regard to law and oder and all the norms known to humanity. Some of it already done.

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    Sri Lanka is known for, and has a long history of, blaming all others for the accusations of human rights abuses leveled against us by world agencies and human rights organizations. The Rajapaksa’s have accused Western nations and these World Organizations of “interference’ trying to bring down the Rajapaksa’s, or picking on poor little Sri Lanka.
    Rajapakse supporters always justify the refusal to cooperate with the investigations, as all the agencies, and organizations, out to get them. They will find some minute connection between UN officials leading the investigations, to some Tamil organization, or Western government, to magnify just how biased these UN officials are, and demonize that particular official here in Sri Lanka, poisoning naive minds, and justifying their open defiance and refusal to cooperate. They will point to other nations and ask why they have not been investigated. They will do and say anything to protect themselves from investigations, and requests of accountability, for human rights violations, and war crimes, which they insist never happened. So why are they not opening that door and inviting all investigations, that will surely exonerate them?

    Don’t we need to show good faith, when we reach out for that badly needed aid from the very same nations that we accuse of interfering and plotting to bring us down?

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    I feel sorry for the “Low Levels” that our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dinesh Gunawardena has fallen to. Once a respected “SON” of “Boralugoda Singhaya”, who could very rightly speak of an “Illustrious Career” in Parliament has by his own “Karma” has been reduced to a position of a “Coolie” of the “Rajapakse Clan”. Who does he “Agree” on the appointment of a “Commission” to look into the “Findings” of two other Commissions and Mechanisms that had already submitted reports on the question before the UNHRC? Doesn’t he realize the “Absedity” of such a move being made just at the time that the “Report” of the UNHRC Commission is “Confidentially” handed into the Government for “Observations”? To my understanding, this Minister is at the “Beck and Call” of his Secretary the Rt. Major General who has been planted by the President.

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      Simon, no doubt as nasal voice of the incumbent parliament, DG another long serving lap dog of Rajapakshes will have to face karmic retribution sooner than later. KUDU Lanza/former Male Prostitute and Dinesh behave very similar in the current parliament.
      I question myself why DG to fall the level of Lanza, if he is a clean politician representing small constituent party of UPFA ? 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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        Dear LL: Your question: “Why DG to fall…….? The answer is simple. It is in his “GENES” inherited from his Late Father and Father’s brother. Both of them, closer to their last breath, defected from the “Left Movement” and joined the “Reactionary Forces” and that was the greatest “Betrayal” in the history of the “Left Movement”. No wonder, the “SON” follows the inheritance.

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      Dear Simon,

      What good can a traitor’s son bring to the under privileged masses when his father and uncle both sold off their souls to Senanayakes for ministerial and ambassadorial positions who they publicly declared that they cannot sleep in peace until they have him skinned, to the bewilderment of their staunch supporters.

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    Well before Gota declared how he shot VP like dog,even given the warnings to india that even catch a fish from our waters you will be dead ,
    Ranjan in Pillyar out,next Duminda out
    And replace by a person who insult his name by calling
    Warnings being next super power in South East Asia is,

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    Wasn’t there a write up in CT about diplomats of other nations bowing down to GR with his ‘musclemen’ after the Swiss embassy fiasco & the UN Resident Coordinator congratulating disgraced CJ, Mohan Peris, as well as, the British High Commissioner ‘cosying up’ with her cricketing buddy, our own High Commissioner to UK, indicating everything is hunky dory in SL? I suppose in SL, personal friendships can go a long way but will it be the same when it comes to professionalism in an international arena? Shavendra Silva was promoted as the UN Representative by MR, despite his abuse of human rights allegations, & now, another publicly disgraced bum sucker is appointed to the same job, effectively showing 2 fingers to the UN once again but we are a nation of proud citizens, so who cares about sanctions, foreign aid or direct investment when we have the Chinese to give us loans at commercial rates?

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    Foreign countries are aware of Gota’s appointment. Canada is delaying in accepting the appointment of a Sri Lankan Ambassador, former Air Chief Marshal Suzanne. Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has ignored Canada’s support for the resolution against Sri Lanka and Canada’s call for security reforms in Sri Lanka. Let us wait & watch the development hereafter.

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    Well played Sri Lankan foreign ministry!!!!!

    Why should the report which is based on losers’ lies be a secret? Yahapalana regime cosponsored resolutions against Sri Lanka with UN secretly, knowing very well that Sri Lankans are against it. A treason!

    UN is bluffing. Now it has been 11 years and they can do nothing against Sri Lanka.

    Colonialist Britain, colonialist Netherlands and LTTE terrorist organisation’s creator India are strictly responsible for Sri Lanka’s endless Muslim and Tamil problems.

    UNISEF is guilty of not stopping LTTE terrorist organisation recruiting child soldiers.

    After Brixit, Britain is planning another round of ‘going global’. Ok! But as a former colonialist of Sri Lanka, their attitude at UN may not go down with young Sri Lankans.

    Make Adel Balasingam the current face of LTTE. Hers and other LTTE leaders’ names must come up at the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council.

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    The actions of the present government is based on short term political gains rather than what’s overall good for the country. Since January 2020 to January 2021 the Rupee has depreciated almost 20% +-. The Government kitty is empty, Govt bonds down graded, Govt banks down graded, the big brother China only promises loans but the money is not coming through, with the cancellation of the rapid train Japan has withdrawn from giving funds to SL, UNHCR is getting ready with a noose, all these changes have happened since January 2020. What does this show, it clearly shows that the present Govt has FAILED.

    Its not only the foreign ministry that has failed, its the entire government. I still do not believe that Gotabaya has given up his US Citizenship. If he has given up he can always get it back as his wife and son are US Citizens. Basil has not given up his US Citizenship, the constitution was changed to help him to get into the Parliament through a “Pinata Seat”. Over all Nandasena/Gotabaya or Basil will not stay one night in Sri Lanka if the Government falls. Unfortunately 99.9% of Sri Lankans who voted for the present Govt do not have the similar opportunity.

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    I mean…..at this stage….at this very late stage, one would have thought that GoSL would show some humility for the sake of the Lankan honor and unity, rather than the usual show of arrogance and unfounded power.

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      Ramona,
      Don’t you know Gota is the latest ruler of a 2500 year old civilization which , even if it didn’t use the wheel, was the greatest in the world. What humility for us?

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        old codger

        Which one are you referring to?
        Mind you he conceded he has two names Nandasena or Gota.

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      ramona grandma therese fernando

      I am sorry who are you appealing to, Gota or Mahinda?

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    Now, now, what do we have here?

    The Foreign Service chappies are whispering that if that debonair lad Ravinatha Ariyasinhe was Foreign Secretary, this would never had happened. RA is far more sophisticated than that blunt navy chappie blessed with the brains of a gnat, name of Jayanath Colombage. The same circles are regaling themselves with the news that Ravinatha is rolling on the floor laughing….. some much deserved respite after the terrible episode with that comely lass Saroja!

    Fun and games, for sure.

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    Mahinda Rajapaksa claimed his soldiers were fighting the war against the LTTE with a gun in one hand and the Charter of Human Rights on the other hand. This is a tall claim since evidence in the form of video clips and photographs showing the bullet-driven bodies of those who surrendered to the army carrying white flags on May 18, 2009.
    They were advised by Mahinda Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa to hold their white flags high so that the soldiers can see them at a distance.
    Another batch of LTTE cadres who surrendered to the army on the same day were transported away in CTB buses for a “short inquiry.” There are hundreds of eyewitnesses, including the spouses, fathers and mothers, who saw them bused away.

    A photograph appeared in the media showing Balakumar and his son seated in a bench which appeared like an army camp. A soldier is seen walking behind them.

    None of them, more than 100, ever saw them alive after that day. So, the BIG question is what happened to them? Did they all vanish into thin air? Did they commit mass suicide?
    Mahinda Rajapaksa and his coterie continue to deny any knowledge of their whereabouts. Rumour has it that some of them were placed inside cement grinders and crushed!

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    Here is a list of those LTTE cadres who surrendered to the armed forces on 17/18 May, 2009 but their whereabouts unknown.

    (1) K.V. Balakumar and his son Sooriyatheepan
    (2) V. Ilankumaran (alias Baby Subramanian) Head of the Thamil Eelam Education Department. His wife Vettrichchelvi and daughter Arivumathy.
    (3) Yogaratnam Yogi in charge of ’Institute for Conflict Research’ in Vanni
    (4) Poet Puthuvai Ratnadurai, Coordinator of LTTE Arts and Cultural Department
    (5) K. Paappa, Coordinator LTTE Sports Department
    (6) Rajah (Chempiyan) Assistant Coordinator LTTE Sports Department and his 3
    Children.
    (7) Ilanthirayan, LTTE Military spokesman
    (8) Veerathevan, Coordinator LTTE Bank
    (9) S.Thangkan, Political Wing Deputy Chief
    (10) Aruna, Thamil Eela Education Department
    (11) S. Naren, Asst. Executive Head of TRO
    (12) Kuddy, Head of the LTTE Transport Department
    (12) Piriyan, Head of Administrative Service Department and his family
    (13) V. Poovannan, Head of the Administrative Service Division of the LTTE
    (14) Thangaiah, Administrative Service Department
    (15) Malaravan, Administrative Service Department
    (16) Pakirathan, Administrative Service Department
    (17) Reha, Head of LTTE Medical Division
    (18) Selvarajah, Commander Manal Aru Head Quarters
    (19) Bhaskaran, Commander Manal Aru Head Quarters
    (20) Major Lawrance
    (21) Major Kumaran
    (22) Prabha, Batticaloa District Commander
    (24) Rupan, Coordinator of Supplies
    (25) Babu, Coordinator of Jewellery Business
    (26) Ilamparithy, Executive Head of Political Wing

    cont…

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      All are Terrorists, human butchers killed innocent well educated Tamils, and good politicians.

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        N. Pererass

        “All are Terrorists, human butchers killed innocent well educated Tamils, and good politicians.”

        You are right, I understand as to why you are blaming Gota and his goons.
        Where did you find your b***s and honesty?

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          I never ever blaming to Gota, he is the same as Eisenhower, Churchill, Stalin, and Charles De Gall

          I

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            N. Perera, yes he is just like Josef Stalin. A lovely man who murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent people.

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      Thanga


      Thanks for the list.
      Could you clarify if LTTE members named below are still alive:

      V Prabaharan
      His wife Mathivathani
      His daughter
      Pottu Amman

      If they are still alive when are they going to come out from their hideout with a bang?
      Are you expecting VP to return to this island on his presidential plane?

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    Gotha knows he is going so he wantedto go with a bing bang creating his own galaxi . But with impending travel ban for him and his racist circle of lovers he wont be able visit other planets but they are all newly formed and hardly any life so he wont miss out.

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