17 October, 2021

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Geneva Saga – Solidarity Of Tribal Forces!

By  Karikalan S. Navaratnam

Karikalan S. Navaratnam

‘Fire and fury’

UNHRC – 46th session at Geneva had drawn to its close four weeks ago. Yet, the virulent attacks unleashed, initially, against the UN-HR Chief Ms. Michelle Bachelet and the UK-led sponsors, and lately, against an expanded list of ‘enemies’ (including countries which had voted for the Resolution plus others who had abstained from voting) still continue unabated with the same intensity. Apparently, the latest salvo of recriminations on the subject has been fired by Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekera ( Daily Mirror, 20 April 2021 – “Geneva -the misconceptions …….”) In the run-up to the D-day at Geneva, when discerning sections of the citizenry were despairing that this country had got to this sorry pass, frantically fishing for friends at Geneva, the ultra-nationalists, rehashing their bellicose rhetoric, had ganged up on the global West – threatening to unleash ‘fire and fury’ (Trump style, vis-à-vis North Korea).

Pseudo-patriots

Pseudo-patriots had closed ranks in a show of tribal solidarity. The most vituperative among them were the tribal journalists – viz. columnists, commentors and other nondescript scribblers. They had started trashing  Ms. Bachelet’s Report on Sri Lanka (A/HRC/46/20) even before the report officially entered the public domain. Mediascape in Sri Lanka had since been saturated with their nasty narratives on the subject, couched in ethno-fascist vocabulary vilifying the Tamil people.

Quest for Justice

In the post-Mullivaikkal milieu, aside from certain international advocacy groups, ethnic Tamils have led the collective cry and have largely been the dominant voices in the persistent quest for international justice at Geneva – although some enlightened liberals from the ethnic majority have empathized with the Tamil pursuit of justice. But happily, this time around, even some sections of the Sinhala and Muslim political activists have articulated their qualified support for the Geneva agenda on Sri Lanka. There are reasons for this change – factors which have even shifted the focus of the new Resolution: This time, the main thrust is not on war crimes; the Resolution has taken note of some ongoing abuses in Rajapaksas regime; Muslim minorities and sections of the Sinhala people also have been directly hit and hurt by an abusive/oppressive administration; small pockets of progressives from among the intelligentsia wanted to arrest this trend.

In any event, when all’s said and done, it has been business as usual for the dominant ultra-nationalists who call the shots in a depraved domain – the mediascape. Some representative samples of their discourses may be revealing:

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando’s series of articles – diatribes, discharged in rapid succession against Ms. Bachelet /UNHRC/UK-led Core Group/Amnesty International and other ‘enemies’ confirmed his credentials as a closet-racist from Down Under. His latest piece is a loser’s lamentation:  (CT, 08 April 2021 -“After Geneva Resolution: What Next? ). In fact, Geneva proceedings touching on Sri Lanka have had a laxative effect on the bowels of many a member of the SB literati. 

Lest we forget, Laksiri had been one of the fair-weather friends of the Rajapaksas. Close on the heels of the Mullivaikal massacre of Tamil civilians in May 2009, and when Rajapaksas were basking in the glory of the war victory and gloating over their triumph, it was Laksiri  who, as member of the Colombo University Senate, on 29th May 2009, initiated the move to decorate the ‘learned’ Rajapaksa brothers, Mahinda and Gotabaya, with honorary Doctorate degrees – LL.D and D.Sc degrees, respectively.

Sublime to ridiculous!

BTW: There was a time when a crème de la crème of intellectual giants and scholars par excellence of the calibre of Dr. Gamini Corea, Dr. C.G. Weeramantry, Justice Mark Fernando et al were the recipients of honorary  Doctorates from the Colombo University.!. O tempora! O mores!  From the sublime to the ridiculous. But, there is another facet of this funny story. In 2015, Laksiri sought to revoke the honorary degrees of the two Rajapaksa siblings.  (Colombo Telegraph, 11 Oct. 2015 – “I propose to revoke doctorates from GR & MR“ )

Volte-face

Interestingly, in seeking to revoke Rajapaksas’ honorary degrees, one of the reasons cited by Laksiri was as follows: “There are credible allegations of gross human rights violations at the last stages of the war under their command.”(Colombo Telegraph – ibid). Perusing his articles carrying brazen denial of the war crimes and broadsides against the HR Chief’s report and recommendations, it beg the question – what is it that this gentleman is denying and disputing now?. And why this complete volte-face?

Aberrations

Getting back to Laksiri’s aberrations, he has lunged at Ms. Michelle Bachelet snarling and breathing fire and brimstone: I can be very clear and blunt. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is going in the authoritarian and dictatorial direction preaching others to be democratic and justiciable (Sic). This is very clear from the Report……. In February 2009, Castro called her part of the ‘fascist and vengeful Chilean oligarchy’ ”(Commenting on Ms.Bachelet’s  recommendations to GoSL) “…… Who is this High Commissioner dictating terms for a ‘vision for Sri Lanka’ giving the impression that the country has no efforts to be ‘inclusive’ or ‘pluralistic’? I will explain to you who she is later.” (Sounds like goons’ gutter lingo ?)

HRCSL Chairperson

“In December 2020, the President proceeded with the appointment of new members to the HRCSL, including a former Minister as chairperson. The High Commissioner is concerned that the new appointment process undermines the credibility and independence of the Commission.”

“…. the comedy is that the High Commissioner who makes this (sic) observations or accusations herself is not just a former Minister but a former President of a country, Chile (2006-2010 and 2014-2018). (Colombo Telegraph,17 Feb.2021  Authoritarian & Hypocritical recommendations of the UN High Commissioner….”)

The comedy lies in the cockeyed ‘chalk and cheese’ comparison of this academic. Doesn’t Laksiri see the fundamental difference? Human rights issues which come within the purview of HRCSL/Chairperson Jagath Balasuriya (Rajapakses’ relative, Mahinda’s former Minister &  SLPP Organiser of Kegalle) are critical issues arising within the  territorial and jurisdictional confines of Sri Lanka. The Resolution that was under deliberation at the UNHRC 46th session was not concerned with Chile.!

Revelations!

Perhaps, the following  features about  Ms. Bachelet’s personal/public life may be the details which Laksiri offered to expose when he first said: “I will explain to you who she is later.” (Colombo Telegraph – ibid). Evidently, there is nothing particularly shocking or sensational about Ms. Bachelet’s profile. Any serious student of contemporary history would appreciate that a host of celebrated rebel leaders/revolutionaries – Yasser Arafat to Nelson Mandela included – have had traces of similar traits/track record.  Now, let’s see  Laksiri’s  ‘revelations’ ! :She is utterly political. As a Minster of Defense (2002-2004) she is known to have wearing sometimes a military cloak and a cap. In her fairly young days (1985-1987) she was alleged to have connections with the Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front, ‘an armed group that among other activities attempted to assassinate Pinochet in 1986.’ During her Presidency she was known to have tried to preach and dictate terms to other Latin American countries…”(Colombo Telegraph-ibid)

Dr. Mervyn Silva

In seeking to denigrate Madame Bachelet Dr. Laksiri Fernando’s  diction and tone are reminiscent of the crude remarks of another ‘doctoral degree-holder’ vis-à-vis a former UN Human Rights Commissioner. In August 2013 during HR Chief Navi Pillay’s official visit to Sri Lanka on the invitation of Mahinda government, Minister Mervyn Silva, addressing a public meeting at Maradana, Colombo offered to marry the visiting Human Rights Chief. Far from being indignant, the local media was quite amused at the antics of Mervyn Silva. A week later, at a press briefing Minister Alahapperuma apologized to Ms. Navi Pillay. ( DailyFT, 5 Sept.2013 – “Dulles apologises for Mervyn’s proposal to Pillay”). Such boorish behaviour by a State Minister towards a UN dignitary would not have impressed observers from civilized nations. It is in this backdrop that recently ‘Daily Mirror’ had carried a news item that the government intended to invite Ms. Bachelet for a visit to Sri Lanka. (Daily Mirror, 16 March 2021). Welcome Madame Bachelet! Stay safe in Sri Lanka !. 

But then, Laksiri Fernando prefers an aggressive approach ! : “I recommend the Sri Lanka government to completely prohibit anyone from the OHCHR to step into the country”. (per Laksiri, Colombo Telegraph, 29 March 2021 Amnesty International’s questionable approach to human rights)

Jittery about UNHRC

Is it not strange that the mere mention of the name ‘UNHRC’ has always made Sri Lankan rulers jittery. SB helmsmen have always had something to hide from the international community and have been furtively pussyfooting around accredited international fora. Ms. Bachelet is not the first and only UN-HR Chief who is anathema and a persona non grata to Sri Lankan rulers. To everyone’s knowledge, at least during the past two decades, every other HR Chief who preceded Ms. Bachelet and held that office eminently had been vilified by  Sri Lankan ruling cabal and the tribal media– whether it be Ms. Louise Arbour (2004-2008), Ms. Navi Pillay (2008-2014) or Mr. Zeid Raad Al Hussain (2014-2018), they were all excoriated and demonized by Rajapaksas and their loyal subjects. Is it not uncanny, if not outrageous? Maybe, the ruling class may not change their stance until  one of their ilk – say, Sarath  Weerasekara, Wimal Weerawanse or Udaya Gammanpila – assumes the mantle of HR High Commissioner in Geneva.

Malinda  Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne is yet another columnist – a columnist as well ! – of the Sinhala-Buddhist fascist mold, still smarting under the Geneva fiasco. Lest you may forget, Malinda was the proud recipient of a gift of (2) free laptops from President Mahinda at a public ceremony in Dec. 2013. He had ever since vowed fealty to the Rajapaksas and had remained fiercely ‘independent’ as a journalist, churning out copious stories fomenting ethnic passions and defending war crimes. Of course, the poor tax-payers paid for the laptops. To their credit, Ravaya News Editor Lasantha Ruhunage and Sunday Times Editor Sinha Ranatunge had some semblance of integrity to spurn Rajapaksa’s offer of free laptops. Freeloading fakirs are the frontline media warriors mostly fulminating against the Geneva proceedings.

“Cesspool of bias’’

Malinda’s vitriolic diatribes denouncing the Human Rights agency had ad nauseam used the ‘cesspool’ simile to buttress his arguments. Likewise, other SB journalists have cited the 2018 US pullout from the UN agency calling it “a cesspool of political bias.” Those were the words of Ms. Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump’s Ambassador to UN.  When snarling at the UNHRC and liberally using Haley’s invective, these journalists lose sight of the context in which Trump’s crazy administration pulled out of the HR body. The powerful Jewish lobby in the US, backing pro-Israel Trump, hated the Human Rights body for its pro-Palestinian stance. “Haley also pointed to the continued existence of “agenda item 7”, a permanent fixture on the schedule, exclusively devoted to the discussion of rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.” ( The Guardian, UK, 19 June 2018 –“US quits UN human rights council…..”)

Naseby brouhaha

Malinda’s latest fusillade is against the UK. (The Island, 11 April 2021 – “The British will not learn English……..”). The context?  UK had refused Sri Lanka’s request made during the Geneva session for the disclosure of wartime dispatches from the High Commission in Colombo. The dispatches were the basis of Lord Naseby’s brouhaha about the number of civilian deaths during the final stage of the war and he had disputed the casualty figures  produced by Darusman Report. Naseby had frequently visited Sri Lanka as state guest – and had enjoyed the lavish hospitality of Rajapaksas. He had thus established a close liaison with the SB lobby. What was the response of the British Foreign Office?

The FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), in its objections filed with the Information Commission, following Lord Naseby’s bid to gain dispatches from Colombo, stated; “Lt. Col. Gash was the FCO’s defense attaché at the British Commission in Colombo during the closing stages of Sri Lanka’s civil war. Many of his dispatches contain information provided directly to him by his contacts in the Sri Lankan government, the Sri Lankan Army or other military sources….” (Island, 07 April 2021 – Midweek Review by Shamindra Ferdinando). In essence, the information was not from independent sources and, therefore, was not conclusive evidence. Is it not intriguing that the same scribe Shamindra had, in his story published the next day, sanitized the narrative and supressed the material fact concerning the precise sources of the information ?:

However, when Sri Lanka made the request, the UK asserted that Gash reports couldn’t be taken seriously as he merely reported irregular information obtained from various parties at different times, sources said.” (per Shamindra, Island, 08 April 2021 – “UK rejects Lanka’s request for handing over of Gash dispatches to Geneva”)

Call for Unity

Commentator Ms. Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka has sought to subvert the very substratum of the ‘Accountability’ process. (CT, 25 March 2021 – “Who’s afraid of Accountability? …..”) Assorted authors of no fixed faith or fidelity have joined the fascist fraternity due to an instinctive urge towards tribal loyalty. It is not possible for me to delve into and dissect each of those ‘a dime a  dozen’ write-ups. After the Geneva vote, there is clarion call for unity: “Retired Maj. Gen. Chagie Gallage says the country should take a united stand at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) or face the consequences.” – (Island, 07 April 2021 –Geneva challenge: Chagie calls for united stand”). Minister Sarath Weerasekera says: “This is the time we all must shed our differences and stand together against this conspiracy.” (Daily Mirror, 20 April 2021- Ibid )In response, there is an amalgam of mutually antagonistic parties chorusing a common refrain:  We “would always defend the troops, the war heroes, who have made a great sacrifice during the separatist war…” (per SJB General Secretary, Ranjith Madduma. Sunday Times, 04 April 2021Sri Lanka shows appreciation to her ‘all weather’ friends abroad”).

Conclusion

If the military men are all sacred cows, beyond reproach and beyond the reach of the law, who will account for the multitude of civilians –  men, women and  children – massacred by the troops in the “No-fire Zones”? Who will  face the penal sanctions for the thousands of victims of abduction, torture, sexual savagery and disappearance in military-controlled internment camps ? Who will take the fall for the hundreds of captive Tamil rebels summarily executed by the armed forces? Who will be brought to justice for the slaughter of “White Flag’ surrendees? The answer is ‘NONE’.  Why? They were all Tamils. In the reckoning of the fascist fraternity, the victims are vermin. To them, (to use a Nazi phraseology, applied to the Jews), the Tamils are their misfortune – and are unworthy of life !

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    Tamil propagandists who were successful in Geneva have not been able to come up with any arguments so far to convince the +50% Tamils living outside North East.
    They are unwavering in their belief that Sinhala Buddhist environment is superior to their own.

    Soma

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      Sinhala tribalists can be counted on fingers. They are nowhere in numbers in comparison with Tamil tribalists , the author being one of them.
      In this article there is not a single occurrence of the word LTTE.
      See how clever they are.

      Soma

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        soman

        “Sinhala tribalists can be counted on fingers.”

        Thanks for your assurance.
        Could you name them.

        “They are nowhere in numbers in comparison with Tamil tribalists , “

        Thanks for your concern.
        Could you name them.

        “In this article there is not a single occurrence of the word LTTE.”

        Kamal, Shavendra, Gota, …………………… and others have already mentioned LTTE zillion times more than the Tamil Tribalists.
        Kamal and Shavendra assured us that for those Ranavirus who destroyed LTTE Corona Virus is nothing, they promised to destroy the virus in no time, that was a year ago.

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          Nihal Candappa Rodrigo the former IP has given files of crimes such as Killing of Trinco students, French Aid workers, Lasantha Wickrematunga and Colombo students and others to UNHCR, which is sufficient to indict 28 persons connected to government. He is falsely implicated in Sri Lanka, but Swiss government has refused to extradite him, and has given protection to him from harm by Sri Lankan agents. Already UNHCR has prepared charge sheet against war criminal Shavendra Silva, and others will follow.

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          Mr. Navaratnam’s analysis of Laksiri Fernando is spot on. What exactly he stands for is unknown. When I pointed out that Mahinda himself went to Geneva (when LF was there), he in effect claimed that the JVP were not terrorists! He claims to have worked on human rights at the UN, but then writes this about Ms.Bachelet :”In her fairly young days (1985-1987) she was alleged to have connections with the Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front, ‘an armed group that among other activities attempted to assassinate Pinochet in 1986.”
          I would have thought that attempting to asassinate Pinochet would be reason for praise , not condemnation!
          Perhaps LF doesn’t know who Pinochet was?

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        Soma,
        If Sinhala tribalists had got themselves a proper education…….
        What might have been? But some might say that one cannot be a Sinhala tribalist and be educated at the same time. There are no square footballs, you see.

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      Soma,

      The only progress for SL is to split the island into 3 mono ethnic nations equitably and relocate people. There will be Sinhala and Sino Only Nation, Tamil Elam and Muslim Elam. Until then this will continue. You will be harassed every year in March. You will harass Tamils and Muslims in the rest of the 11 months. This is SL. Why continue this way?

      Aren’t you happy to trade SL’s minorities for a Chinese minorities? Most Sri Lankans love that idea.

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        GATAM
        .
        Still I keep begging behind the Tamils (all Tamil speaking people) to choose the option to right to live anywhere( for which reason I am labelled as a racist on CT. ).
        While I oblige to their demand for a Homeland I am strongly opposed to this HOLIDAY RESORT MODEL OF TAMIL EALAM.

        Soma

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        “The only progress for SL is to split the island into 3 mono ethnic nations equitably and relocate people.”

        If that happens, the Muslims will try to take over the whole island. Just like, if the Tamils had gotten their Eelam, they would have tried to take over the whole island, eventually kicking out everyone else. That is the way fascism works. You cannot appeal to fascism.

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          Lester,
          “If that happens, the Muslims will try to take over the whole island. Just like, if the Tamils had gotten their Eelam, “
          Don’t you think that would be better than the idiots who ran the country since 1948?
          The minorities produce 75% of our export income already.

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      soman

      “Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardene has said that an exorbitant amount of funds incur to conduct Parliamentary sessions. “
      Daily Mirror
      23 April 2021

      What do you read between the line?

      M. A. Sumanthiran Parliamentary Speech_CoI on ‘Political Victimization’_ 22 April 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=johRKlpDDa0

      What is that Sumanthiran wants to express in his parliamentary debate?
      Being bit thick I don’t understand parliamentary debate. Being too clever you should be able to explain the core of the debate, it’s background, consequences, what lessons we should learn from this clip?

      Please take note:
      By the way Harin Fernando was summoned to the CID.
      Rishard is being arrested.
      ….
      Hope you are aware of the fact that the island is being divided into three separate states. Why are your saffron clad Sinhala/Buddhist keeping deafening silence on this matter? I am told they are the vanguard of this island.

      Gota claimed he is a Sinhala/Buddhist yet he is nothing to prevent the actual whole/part sale of this island.
      Is he scared of SJ?

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    Dear Mr Karikalan S. Navaratnam,
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    Thanks for this excellent article. By now, I have come to understand that you have been a principled and distinguished politician. Sri Lanka has too few of your ilk.
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    There are some of us from the South who have always been full of praise for Michelle Bachelet. She’s siding with the people of Sri Lanka. I’m one who, some years ago, innocently befriended Laksiri Fernando on CT, not realising what a snake-in-the-grass he appears always to have been. Never let him forget what he wrote here:
    .
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/i-propose-to-revoke-doctorates-from-gr-mr/
    .
    As for Malinda Seneviratne, I knew him as a nice young fellow who interestingly adapted a Chekov play for a Peradeniya Drama competition. I was an embarrassingly older “undergrad” who produced something much more serious. He was junior to me, as was the then happy-go-lucky J.S. Tissanayagam.
    .
    Even those were difficult times; unless Michelle Bachelet succeeds, we could plumb new lows.

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    Looks like the whole UNHRC saga was planned by China to make inroads into SL. China won. SL won. Tamils lost again.

    SL must invite China to build military bases in Colombo, Trinco and Jaffna for an annual fee. That way China will be forced to continue its support to SL at the UN Security Council and other UN agencies.

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    Mr. Navaratnam, there was an article on such( writers and commentators) the author addressed as digital sniper. Among Laksiri is one of the oldest, senile, visually impaired with unsteady hands all of which makes him very unsafe. He can blindly shoot anyone including his own foot. We also have Rusiri, Diana Gamage, late Rajeewa , Mahindapala and many more.

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      chiv

      “He can blindly shoot anyone including his own foot. “

      Was he shooting from the hip in an act of desperation?

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    Mr. Edirisinhe (Sinhala Man ):
    Thank you for the nice words. It is refreshing and reassuring to read your sober comments as much as the writings of authors like Dr. Nihal Jayawickrama, Ms. Tisaranee Gunasekara, Ms.Chamindra Weerawardena in these columns and Ms.vKishali-Pinto Jayawardena (Sunday Times). Regards.

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      Dear Mr Navaratnam,
      .
      You’ve really gone to town in looking for ways to thank me. I’m embarrassed when I see in what company you’ve placed me.
      .
      I’m glad that I’ve succeeded somewhat in what I’ve tried to do. The sincerity with which you have written is underlined by the fact that although I hadn’t written my name on this page, you got it right, down to even the idiosyncratic spelling of my name.
      .
      We have lived our lives; the least we can do is to write as honestly as we can what we see as the reality before us. Your appreciation means a lot to me, unexpected as it was.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe

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    “If the military men are all sacred cows, beyond reproach and beyond the reach of the law, who will account for the multitude of civilians – men, women and children – massacred by the troops in the “No-fire Zones”?”

    Those who sponsored the LTTE (financially, materially, politically), and told them not to surrender at the expense of holding 30K civilians hostage.

    “Who will face the penal sanctions for the thousands of victims of abduction, torture, sexual savagery and disappearance in military-controlled internment camps ?”

    People at these camps were questioned for links to the LTTE. There were no large scale HR abuses.

    “Who will be brought to justice for the slaughter of “White Flag’ surrendees?”

    Buggers had 30 years to surrender. These are the same high-ranking LTTE who shot civilians running to the government side. The same LTTE who conscripted underage children despite knowing the war was lost.

    The real question is, why did the LTTE continue fighting, despite knowing the war was lost? Who pressured them and for what reason?

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      Jester

      “Those who sponsored the LTTE (financially, materially, politically) …………………..)

      You mean Premadasa and Mahinda?

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    TAMILS PRETEND AS IF THE ARMY WAS FIGHTING INNOCENT UNARMED TAMIL CIVILIANS
     
    I read the entire article, but there is not a single mention of the LTTE. The final battle at Mullivaikkal where our army faced the world’s most ruthless terrorists is termed “Mullivaikal massacre of Tamil civilians ” , the LTTE terrorists who had terrorized the country for 3 decades are called “Tamil rebels” and their leaders who had held Tamil civilians hostage and used the civilians as a human shield and didn’t have any clear agreement to surrender are called “ ‘White Flag’ surrendees” ! FYI real rebels do not use terrorist tactics like Tamils’ sole representative the LTTE and its highly doubtful that a real surrender was ever agreed upon and even if there was an agreement whether the LTTE whose principal of suicide rather than surrender would have kept it.

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      You keep on talking about the army massacring civilians. Why don’t you show us the names of the massacred civilians? Also tell us how so many thousands of civilians came to be in that area together with the LTTE cadres and Tamil terrorist leaders, including Prabhakaran himself. Did the civilians go there by their own free will, or did the LTTE drag them there or did the LTTE come there amidst the civilians? Remember this was the last of the three No Fire Zones and heavily armed LTTE terrorists cannot be present in the NFZs. The presence of heavily armed terrorists attacking the army makes any place, including the government declared NFZ and hospitals a legitimate military target, as pr international laws. So actually no international law can be used to bring charges against our army, when it is more than very well proven, that the LTTE had taken into the NFZs each time a new NFZ was established. If the LTTE cared about the civilians the wretched terrorists would not have put the civilians at so much risk. Its just terrible to think about how those innocent people would have been feeling trapped inside there.

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        Punchi Point
        Punchi Brain
        Punchi Willi

        Who is your handler?

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      PP,
      If the army killed 60,000 Sinhalayo in 1971 and 1989, do you think they wouldn’t do the same to Tamils in 30 years? Go get a life!

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    Why? They were all Tamils. In the reckoning of the fascist fraternity, the victims are vermin. To them, (to use a Nazi phraseology, applied to the Jews), the Tamils are their misfortune – and are unworthy of life !
     
    IN JAFFNA IF YOU ARE LOW CASTE YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE WATER
    – Arun Sidddharth
    https://youtu.be/R1cgkXoqYuo?t=469
    1 minute segment
    Whole video: 9 minutes
     
    WHY?
    Worthy of life indeed!
    Look at how these people are living.
    They do not have anything.
    They do not know anything about the outside world, since they are so poor and isolated.
    They do not even know that the two persons accompanying Arun to help them, are Buddhist priests. They think that they are Muslims! So actually they do not know Muslims nor Buddhist priests. Why they do not know Muslims is because the LTTE had ethnic cleansed the Muslims from Jaffna. Long time back in the 16th century the Tamil chief Sankili ethnic cleansed the Buddhists from Jaffna. Hateful Tamils like Navaratnam who made this war, continue to write anti-Sinhalese hate propaganda, without doing anything to bring some change and help the innocent people who are in desperate need for help.

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      PP,
      The Tamils carry caste on their foreheads. But the Sinhalayo carry it in their underpants. Didn’t you hear Nandasena calling Wijedasa a fake Rajapaksa? Don’t throw stones from glass houses.

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      Punchi Point
      Punchi Brain
      Punchi Willi

      “IN JAFFNA IF YOU ARE LOW CASTE YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE WATER
      – Arun Sidddharth”

      In the North I am told when they say Thanni (water) it is euphemism for Arrack, Liqueur, Toddy, ………………etc.

      You better ask yourself a question, who is this Arun Sidddharth? I am also told former members of Pottu Amman (LTTE intelligence) department are working directly under Gota.

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    PROF. LAKSIRI FERNANDO IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT IN HIS CRITICISM OF AMNESTY AND UNHRC
     
    Naming and shaming is a despicable method of targeting nations and peoples who don’t agree with western domination. This is done in the guise of promoting human rights, which in the case of Srilanka, they have concentrated on the Tamil immigrant minority’s dubious self-proclaimed Tamil ethnic rights, while in reality human rights and basic rights of the population as a whole has been violated for decades, both by the Tamil political leadership and its military wing the LTTE and the government. No human rights group has ever taken up issues which the Sinhalese people face and have suffered both at the hands of the government and Tamil terrorists and separatists. The naming and shaming strategy of Amnesty International is nothing but anti-Sinhalese in its essence, and most of it is copied and pasted from anti-Sinhalese Tamil propaganda.
     
    According to experts the UNHRC does not have the mandate to meddle with a country’s internal affairs, as it had done in the case of Sri Lanka.
     
    TAMARA KUNANAYAKAM ON UNHRC RESOLUTIONS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rTP6zum03g
     
    SRI LANKA CANNOT COMPROMISE AT THE UNHRC SESSIONS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVXA3Z7Q-ic

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      If a crime has been committed the perpetrator must be punished, but what is happening here is, instead of going ahead with legal proceedings the whole Sinhalese nation is targeted and defamed and stigmatized for crimes unheard to them. The Amnesty International’s reports and publications sound more like hate propaganda against the Sinhalese, than reports on human rights violations.
       
      Amnesty International’s twisted idea of human rights is very evident when its Secretary General Claudio Cordone has publicly defended “jihad” – Amnesty International’s Secretary General Claudio Cordone’s exact words:
      “Defensive jihad does not contradict human rights.”
      So we can understand why Tamil suicide terrorism is accepted by Amnesty International. Amnesty International only forgets that Islamic Jihad and Tamil Jihad both kill in their thousands.
       
      THE DARK SIDE OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
      https://www.ngo-monitor.org/the_dark_side_of_amnesty_international/

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        Much like Amnesty International’s disinformation and witch-hunt on Srilanka, Amnesty International has time after time given false and exaggerated reports on Israel’s actions against the Arab terrorists. Amnesty International always side with the Arabs. Arabs in Palestine are not native to Palestine, much like the Tamils here who are not native to Srilanka. Both the Arabs in Palestine and Tamils in Srilanka have all sorts of spurious claims about ancient presence and being native to the lands they are presently occupying, while both these groups are immigrant groups occupying and laying claims to other people’s lands, Arabs being none other than immigrants from Arab countries and Tamils being recent immigrants from Tamilnadu. Both Arabs and Tamils have used suicide terrorism in their aggression against native populations, namely the Jewish people and the Sinhalese respectively. Amnesty International and its corruption and falsehoods against Israel is discussed here:
        AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: FAILED METHODOLOGY, CORRUPTION, AND ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS
        https://www.ngo-monitor.org/books/amnesty_international_failed_methodology_corruption_and_anti_israel_bias/
         
        FRAUD ALLEGATIONS LEAD TO CLOSURE OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL IN ZIMBABWE
        Police are investigating suspected misconduct involving millions of dollars of funds from donors.
        https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/jun/03/allegations-lead-to-closure-of-amnesty-international-in-zimbabwe

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          P.P,
          If Palestinians are illegitimate occupiers in Palestine, after 1000+ years, then by the same token, Sinhalayo are illegal occupiers of Veddah land. Please go away.

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          What an ignoramus!
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          Don’t you realise, you fool, that those whom you refer to as “Arabs” are descended from people who have lived in that area for a good ten thousand years.
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          Of course, not all that history has been recorded. When it began to be recorded, they would have been Jews, Philistines, Samaritans, etc. Later, most of them became Muslims by religion.
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          No point trying to teach you now!
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          Bye, I hope that I will never meet idiots like you.
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          And please don’t write until you educate yourself!

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      PP,
      The first time Amnesty investigated Sri Lanka was when thousands of Sinhalese were killed in 1971. Was that bad? Were you even born then?

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    I have never met Laksiri Fernando.
    What I heard of him from a postgraduate student at the University of Colombo some years ago was impressive.
    He agreed to take over the Master’s degree research supervision of the student who suffered academic torture under his earlier supervisor who would not read his thesis chapters or release him to another supervisor. Thankfully, the man left the island on leave and the student was salvaged by Laksiri.
    He was kind and meticulous I was told.
    His political views were not quite what I like, but tolerably liberal.
    His transformation in the past few years truly surprised me.
    There are several logically argues comments that he has yet to answer satisfactorily.
    I doubt if anyone can convince him if he has made up his mind. But to reject falsehoods and intellectual dishonesty is proper.
    There have been personal attacks on him in rather rotten taste.
    Those who praise him are just sloganeering.
    Sane comments will help all concerned.

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      SJ,
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      There are also prisoners in Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp that behave very human, caring, helping to others. They treat anyone who is in difficulties without thinking twice. The same is valid to the kind of so called mad scholars of LF nature. They may be highly biased to local politcs, but they might have treated to students like their own sons/grand sons.
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      I know few guys close to LF from WUS. He was a kind fellow according to them. Anyways, to our surprise, the manner LF has been upto now not being able to see it right, is beyond bearing. How he praised – short lived – 52 day FAKE govt headed by MaRa. Remember ?
      How LF or the like UNI dons fell down to the levels allowing HONORARY DOCTORATEs to Rajapakshes before LF left for downunder. If candidates are not basic degree holders, how can dress them in doctor titles ?
      If he is a real academic, he should not have supported his colleagues in that move. Just because MaRa s govt earned whole credit to have eleminated LTTE terror, should the UNiversities break their laws ? But LF and his men did it.
      These men are shameless. These are not personal attacks.

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