16 April, 2021

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How Can Sri Lanka Successfully Overcome The Challenge Of The UNHRC Resolution?

By Rohana Jayaratne

Rohana Jayaratne

The United Nations was founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries for the express purpose of maintaining international peace and security in order to save succeeding generations from the repetition of the scourge of war by facilitating conflict resolution through negotiated settlement. Additionally, the UN helps nations work together to eliminate poverty and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms and for the protection of nature essential for sustainable life on the planet.

In essence, it acts as the moral compass of the world in upholding universal values, ethics and principles which are respected by all nations and critical for the progress and survival of humanity.

In the above context, can Sri Lanka question the integrity of the UNHRC, an important arm of the UN, and thereby condemn the very foundation that it was built on?

The four largest contributors to the United Nations are the USA (22%), China (12.005%), Japan (8.564%) and Germany (6.090%) who together finance some 49% of the entire UN budget. The United States contributed roughly $10 billion in 2018, slightly less than one-fifth of the body’s collective budget. Hence, they have a strong oversight in the formulation of its budget and operations.

This is the reality that weaker membership has to collectively consent to if they wish to benefit from the safeguards to international peace and security. However, the UN General Assembly’s ‘one nation one vote’ policy strives to ensure a forum for democratic governance. 

No doubt, the UN faces serious challenges which are inevitable as a consequence of the conflict arising from the policy of self interest of individual nations versus their collective interest. It is the responsibility of nations to view the bigger picture of the UN body and all its arms in complying with its covenants and contracts of universal nature. Exiting voluntarily from UN membership or being expelled for non compliance is not an option for a weak nation in the global context of super power competition.

The Security Council

Permanent membership in the Security Council was granted to five states based on their importance in the aftermath of World War II namely the USA, China, France, Russia and the UK also referred to as the five superpowers. The council’s ten elected members, which serve two-year, nonconsecutive terms, are not afforded veto power but wield moral authority to guide decision making on enforcement of UN resolutions.

The five super powers have earned their status through economic, military, technological, political and cultural strength as well as diplomatic and soft power influence.

It is evident that the geopolitics of the world is a function of super power competition which is the overarching reality within which weaker nations like Sri Lanka have to progress and protect their individual interests.   

In keeping with the world’s status quo, it would be in Sri Lanka’s best interest to act in a manner that is non-confrontational and co-operative with the UN and its ancillary bodies. 

The Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

The Human Rights Council (HRC) is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system limited to 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year.

The HRC was established by the UN General Assembly in 2006 to replace the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) which was criticized for its ineffectiveness in addressing human rights abuses and for allowing countries with poor human rights records to be members.  It reports directly to the UN General Assembly where every nation has an equal say in decision making.

Universal Human Rights

Promoting and protecting human rights is one of the United Nation’s fundamental goals. It works actively to define, help implement, and monitor international human rights standards. The General Assembly, for example, has adopted some 80 human rights conventions and declarations since 1948.

Universal human rights are expressed and guaranteed by law, in the forms of treaties, customary international law, general principles and other sources of international law which are formulated on the basis of universal principles of justice. International human rights law lays down obligations of Governments to take positive action in certain ways or to refrain from particular acts in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.

The United Nations Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOCHR) 

The UNOCHR has the lead responsibility for the promotion and protection of human rights, and for mainstreaming human rights within the UN. It has been given a unique mandate to do so by the international community, through the General Assembly.

Hence, it is important to keep in mind that the clearly enunciated mandate is the guiding force of all HR Resolutions.

Human Rights Mechanisms

The UN has established a number of human rights mechanisms to monitor the implementation of human rights standards worldwide as follows:

* Human Rights Council, an intergovernmental body of 47 member states elected the UN General Assembly

* Ten human rights treaty bodies, which are committees of independent experts who monitor the implementation of the 10 core human rights treaties by the countries who’ve ratified them

* Independent thematic and country experts, known as the special procedures, who are appointed by the Human Rights Council to report and advise on human rights

* Judicial organs in the UN family, such as the International Criminal Court, and specialized criminal tribunals established by the Security Council, work to ensure justice in cases of gross human rights violations.

Here again, it is evident that the HRC operates within strict guidelines and procedures with critical checks and balances to ensure impartiality and independence making it virtually uncontestable by individual nations.

Consequently, the allegation that the HRC is operating on a hidden agenda to discredit and censure Sri Lanka appears very unlikely. 

In this regard, it has been recently highlighted that the UK as a major contributor with super power status is about to pass legislation to exonerate the British army from war crime charges and other war related  violations of human rights. The proposed bill was reviewed and totally condemned by JUSTICE, the UK section of the International Commission of Jurists on the grounds that it would dilute the UK’s commitment and adherence to international human rights laws and norms. They strongly urge parliamentarians to vote against the Bill, in its entirety.

It is heartening to note that the display of independent review and condemnation of the Bill by UK legal experts is commendable and indicative of its fate. 

Many such issues which display the self interest of powerful member states taking precedence over international norms of conduct are rife. However, checks and balances provided through their processes of democratic governance most often ensure that such actions do not come to fruition. 

The administrative mechanism of all UN bodies, particularly the UNHRC which addresses issues of a very sensitive nature, are often subject to intimidation by powerful nations or non compliance by authoritarian regimes. 

Consequently, it is important to understand that such issues have to be managed by them with great tact and firmness to avoid a potential collapse of its governing principles, objectives, processes and its very existence as the institution of last resort available and acceptable to the world in the face of injustice and wrong doing relating to rights and freedoms.

UNHRC Resolutions on Sri Lanka

In its first Resolution  25/1 adopted in March 2014 on “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka”, the council mandated the UN Commissioner for Human Rights to “undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), and to establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations and of the crimes perpetrated with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring accountability, with assistance from relevant experts and special procedures mandate holders”. 

It is important to note that the mandate of the OISL (Office of Commissioner’s Investigation on Sri Lanka) required it to undertake investigations into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties to the conflict. The legal framework comprises of all obligations assumed by Sri Lanka under international human rights treaties and those applicable under customary international law. With regard to LTTE accountability, although a non-state actor cannot formally become party to human rights treaties, it is accepted that non-state groups exercising de facto control over a part of the State’s territory are liable for human rights violations.  However, no action has yet been taken by the government to indict living representatives of non-state groups who are alleged to have committed human rights violations.

The second Resolution 30/1 of October 2015 was envisaged as a kind of blueprint for action by the government of Sri Lanka. It contained a range of specific commitments designed to help improve the human rights situation and to address the legacy of Sri Lanka’s war. Unfortunately, the pace of implementation has been extremely slow. Key pledges included under the umbrella of transitional justice remain outstanding  like returning all military held lands to civilian owners, setting up a mechanism to trace disappeared persons and, crucially, establishing a justice mechanism with support of international involvement to investigate alleged war crimes. 

The resolution was extended by Resolution 34/1 in March 2017 in order to grant more time to the government to fulfill its pledges followed by a second extension via Resolution 40/1 of February 2019 to renew the commitments contained in Resolution 30/1, and to ensure that international scrutiny of Sri Lanka’s efforts to deal with the past continues.

As  highlighted in the January 2021 report  by Commissioner Bachelet, she states that in the absence of “concrete results,” over the past five years, the growing “mistrust among victims”, as well as the “risk of new violations” posed by the failure to deal with past ones warrant urgent action.

OISL Investigation

During the period covered by the investigation by OISL, the application of international humanitarian law, in particular provisions of the Geneva Convention relevant to non-international armed conflicts, to measure the conduct in the conflict of both the Government and non-state armed groups were applied.  The same was applied by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. Its mandate also required the OISL to apply international criminal law to the incidents and events under investigation in determining whether crimes have been perpetrated.

In order to establish the facts and circumstances of alleged violations, abuses and crimes by both parties, the OISL conducted a desk review of all existing documents and information, including government and civil society reports, collect and document victims’ testimonies and the accounts of survivors, witnesses and alleged perpetrators, as well as seeking information from other relevant sources such as satellite images, authenticated video and photographic material and official documents.  In analyzing the information collected, it corroborated facts and accounts to meet the agreed standard of proof.

It is the responsibility of HRC to judge the authenticity and impartiality of the OISL in keeping with the highest standards of integrity espoused by the UN.

Sri Lanka’s Response

Sri Lanka has urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to reject the forthcoming draft resolution to be presented this month voicing “serious concern” over the “deteriorating” rights situation in the country.

In her January 2021report, Bachelet called for an International Criminal Court investigation into Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatist conflict and sanctions against top generals and others accused of war crimes as Sri Lanka has not implemented, over the past five years, any of the agreed mechanisms in pursuit of transitional justice.

Consequently, The United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Malawi, Montenegro and North Macedonia submitted a draft resolution for consideration by the 47-member Human Rights Council. 

The draft resolution “expresses serious concern over emerging trends over the past year, which represents clear early warning signs of a deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka”.

They include the “accelerating militarization of civilian government functions, erosion of the independence of the judiciary … ongoing impunity and political obstruction of accountability for crimes … surveillance and intimidation of civil society and shrinking democratic space, arbitrary detentions, allegations of torture”.

In view of the above very serious allegations and in consideration of the aforementioned conditions, constraints and accountability placed on Sri Lanka as a member of the UN, the following strategy maybe worthy of consideration:

1. Fast track a safe and neutral means of non confrontational engagement with the HRC in implementing transitional justice in the current context of high risk geopolitical and economic  realities and super power competition in the region.

2. Display genuine commitment and credibility to reconciliation by rapidly implementing the recommendations of the LLRC and other related local commissions on transitional justice.

3. Counter the call for an international war crimes tribunal by setting up a credible local tribunal & invite internationally recognized legal experts as observers to counter allegations of the lack of judicial independence.

4. Avoid confrontation with international media and countries supporting the resolution which can further harm Sri Lanka’s image as they are too powerful force to reckon with.

5. Avoid using LTTE atrocities as a defense mechanism as it diminishes Sri Lanka’s status &  legitimacy by continuously pointing out the obvious since the world has for long recognized the LTTE as a Terrorist organization by banning them

6. Strategically engage, as a matter of critical importance, with the powerful Tamil Diaspora with facilitation by minority Tamil parties thereby co-opting all into the process of reconciliation.

7. Enhance the government’s credibility by immediately engaging with both Tamil and Muslim parties in seeking a genuine resolution to the root cause of the ethnic conflict which will help fast track the critical problem of lagging socio-economic development.

8. Negotiate with India on the implementation of the 13th amendment on granting devolution as non-co-operation may endanger relations which are of critical importance to the socio-economic progress of Sri Lanka.

9. Formulate a comprehensive action plan to display the governments’ sincerity in pursuing a good governance strategy which assures all communities of equitable allocation of resources, upholding of the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary and most importantly by rectifying past mistakes which is a sine qua non for a successful ‘way forward’ strategy.

10. Inform and educate the citizens of the dangers of non cooperation both on the international and regional front in order to counter opposition due to ignorance of geopolitical and other realities.

11. Build awareness among citizens that; 

* International laws and Covenants reflect universal ethical principles of shared human values which reaffirm the commitment to help build a better world where peace, freedom, responsibility, justice, humanity, and morality prevail. Compliance with these laws will only serve to enhance Sri Lanka’s international image.

* The outdated concept of state sovereignty is of little or no relevance any more in a globalized and interdependent world with porous State borders due to rapidly expanding and instant communication via ICT. 

* The concept of Unitary Status in a geographically defined multi ethnic polity, by nature of its centralized control, is flawed because it tends to be detached from the interests of minorities in deference to the majority leading to inequitable socio-economic development.

* Devolution of Power for regional autonomy can better serve the interests and aspirations of minorities thereby eliminating discontent and frustration leading to renewed confrontation and conflict. Adequate evidence exists of the benefits of power devolution in the world today.

* The pursuit of a credible and genuine policy of reconciliation and resolution of the ethnic conflict will ultimately yield the expected socio-economic benefits to all citizens through equity, peace and harmony.

In realizing its vision of ‘vistas of prosperity and splendor ’ for Sri Lanka, there remains fervent hope that the government  will make a change of course, even at this late stage, to co-operate with the UNHRC in order to come to a mutually acceptable compromise in addressing issues of  transitional justice in the best interest of the nation.

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    In today’s context it s very unlikely to succeed anything in the country.
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    All good thoughtful leaders are marginalised leaving the lead to provable high criminal s to rule and ruin the nation .
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    If anyone stands against them would have to face as is the fate in Myanmar.
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    Very unfortunately No way out seen , saddest reality 😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉

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      While agreeing with the suggestions of the author of this article, I also agree, based on the ground realities in the country with your comment. If all the past and present Governments were/are serious and value Human Rights one of them would have found these suggestions and implemented them. These are not new suggestions, even I have written about exactly the same suggestions in the past.

      I observe one major lapse in the suggestions provided by the author of this section, there is no time frame that has been stated within which these suggestions should be implemented. In my view, since so much of time has lapsed with no positive action from all the Governments that is and were on power, a strict time frame of 12 months should be allowed to implement and conclude all these suggestions.

      Some one may cry that 12 m months is inadequate to even complete the Truth and Reconciliation commission, but I will not agree as not one but few regional based Truth and Reconciliation commissions can be appointed to speed up and focus on the different issues arising in different areas.

      When we have a Government which does not even trust the Attorney General as it does not even want to give the Easter Attack Presidential Commission’s reports in full, how can any sane person expect Rajapakse Family Government to act on this?

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        SL cannot succeeded by giving in. That is failure.

        SL must do nothing about UNHRC resolutions. If they want to enforce it, take it to the UN Security Council where any resolution against SL will be DEFEATED by Russia and China.

        I’m sure the pro-resolution crowd knows what defeat is if they remember that 2009 May feeling.

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          JATAM

          “If they want to enforce it, take it to the UN Security Council where any resolution against SL will be DEFEATED by Russia and China.”

          Could I have a copy of the written guarantees given to Sri Lanka by Russia and China? Do you know the nature of the guarantees?

          JATAM by the way do you know individual countries can take unilateral actions against Sri Lanka outside UN system if they so desire. Do you think Russia and China would go to war with USA, Europe, UK, Tamil Nadu, ………………. if these countries chose to on behalf of little Sri Lanka?

          Do you think ultimately when push come to shove Hindians would save Gota’s bump as they have done many times in the past?

          Why do you think Russia and China would protect this little island from western capitalists? Is it because SJ is a great defender and supporter of China through thick and thin?

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            Native,
            You are wasting your time trying to put water into leaking vessels.

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              old codger

              “You are wasting your time trying to put water into leaking vessels.”

              What else can I do?
              I am only trying to put some sense into his head.
              Well I think he is another man/woman who is also sitting on his/her head.

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                OC
                I think that you too will be if you keep insisting.

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          Gatam, look at what is happening to Iran despite support from Russia and China. Economic embargo imposed on Iran has made it to kneel. Similarly USA and west can impose sanction on Sri Lanka to bring it down. Remember the unofficial sanction that took effect between 1970 and 1977, where Sinhalayas had to search dustbin for food. If USA and west authorize India to intervene militarily to apprehend war criminals, UN security council will have to watch it helplessly. Was Iraq invaded or Syria bombed with UN approval.

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            GS
            Yet another of your fibs.
            When did Iran kneel?
            *
            Iran is still unbowed and enriching uranium above earlier agreed levels, and will proceed with it until the US comes to its senses.
            Obama knew when to yield and got a deal.
            Trump screwed it up.
            Can Biden ‘unscrew’ it?

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        Buddhist1,
        You want more commissions to find out the truth. Are Tamils willing to bear the cost?
        The whole world now know the truth that descendants of Demalu brought to Yapanaya by colonial rulers as laborers wanted to grab a part of the country of Sinhalayo who gave them asylum when they were abandoned by colonial rulers, based on a bogus claim ‘Traditional Homeland’ to create a separate State and launched a terrorist campaign targeting the members of Sri Lanka Armed Forces and Sinhala civilians. Tamil terrorists slaughtered the members of the Armed Forces and Sinhala men, women, children and even unborn babies using suicide bombers, claymore bombs, multi-barrel guns, chemical weapons and child soldiers for three decades.
        The Government of Sri Lanka made several attempt to stop Tamil terrorism through negotiations. After those attempts failed due to desire of the LTTE leader megalomaniac Prabhakaran who wanted to fight until he gets his Eelam, the Government of Sri Lanka launched a military operation, defeated LTTE Tamil terrorists and restored peace.
        That is the truth. So, Sinhalayo are not willing to spend even a single cent to take any action to please foreign hypocrites, Tamil Diaspora and racist separatist Vellala Tamil politicians who dance according to the tune of those who are keen to balkanize Sinhale/Sri Lanka.

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          Eagle Eye,

          First of all you should do a DNA test and see what percentage of “Demalu” blood you have in you. I guarantee you will at least have 20% to 25% “Demalu” blood in you.

          Which history book did you find that the colonial rulers brought “Demalu” to Sri Lanka other than plantation workers who have contributed more than any other group towards the economy of the country for years since 1900s. First of all do you know the meaning of “Yalpanam”? Let me explain, Yal – is a Tamil Musical instrument”, hence this name was there long long before the colonials came to Sri Lanka, this was at a time when Sri Lanka was under Indian King’s rule.

          Yes Govt of SL tried several times to bring peace, but I have a question for you. Even after the war is over, why then the SL repeated Governments do not give equal rights to Tamils (which includes Muslims as well as they speak Tamil – Tamil is a language)? How many in the appointments of senior Govt appointments, Army, Navy, Airforce, Police, Govt agents, Judges etc are Tamils? Why these appointments do not match the ethnic mix percentage of the country? If your argument of Govts are making attempts why we see this imbalance? Do you have an answer?

    • 16
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      No needs to talk about LTTE, their dead leaders, and followers of LTTE are now dead dogs. Gotabaya Rajapakse completely wiped out entire LTTE leaders for the sake of Sri Lanka and peace-loving Tamils. Diaspoda and PEELAM barkers just barking for nothing.

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        Perera, in law when a person dies, case against his closed. You are saying that all LTTE leaders and followers are dead. Then why are jokers among you are saying that LTTE members should also be brought before ICC for war crimes. No amount of barking and braying by Sinhala racists is going to prevent Sinhala war criminals to be punished. UN is displaying double standards when bringing Israel and Palestinian war criminals to ICC and pussy footing on Sinhala war criminals. You cannot hoodwink international community for long and very soon noose will be tightened round necks of your veerayas.

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          “…in law when a person dies, case against his (sic) closed”
          *
          Wikipedia should promptly correct its entry:
          “Posthumous trials can be held for a variety of reasons, including the legal declaration that the defendant was the one who committed the crime, to provide justice for society of family members of the victims, or to exonerate a wrongfully convicted person after their death. Due to the heavy cost, they are usually held only under extraordinary circumstances.”

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            Idiotic Sivasegaram, for a trial to begin, summons has to be served on the defendant, and the person who serves summons has to attest that he had served it on the defendant. When a person is dead, are you expecting the officer to dig the grave and keep summons on the body. In the case of miscarriage of justice in a previous trial, where new evidence has been found, case can be brought up by a motion even though the convicted person had died. Were there any case against Hitler, or were the cases against his accomplices with Hitler also as a respondent. Cambodia war crimes trial of which panel Justice Nihal Jayasinghe is a member, is against living members of Khmer Rouge and not specifically against Pol Pot who is dead. All knowing pundit, can you give examples of extraordinary circumstances under which any such trial held posthumously.

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              Dr.
              He doesn’t mean, but teach satire to Chiv, using his stupidity, come from bottom cesspool.

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          Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam: How about suggesting Karuna Amman, Pillaiyan, KP to be brought before the ICC? Then we can watch how “Rajapakse Government” is going to react.

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            Simon

            “How about suggesting Karuna Amman, Pillaiyan, KP to be brought before the ICC?”

            Rajapaksas know Karuna Amman, Pillaiyan, KP ..and …. are ba****ds, however they are their ba****ds therefore they have been immunised from any charges.

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              NV: Rajapakse has been “IMMUNIZED” by the Provisions in the S/L Constitution after getting elected as the President. He is “Immunized” even for “CRIMES” committed and charged in Courts while being an ordinary civilian. This President (GR) has been “Conferred” the “Power” to pass on that “Immunization” to any other whom he wants to “BLESS”. That is how even that “Army Man” – Ratnayake who was found guilty and convicted for “Life Sentence” for that “Murder” of youths was “Pardoned” and “Released”. Isn’t our “Constitution” such a “GODLY DOCUMENT”? Who else has such a “Constitution?

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                Dear Brother Simon,

                I am speechless.
                But the saddest reality is, people behave so indifferent.

                They dont mind even if Rajapkashes would become their family rapists. I have not lived in SL for the last few decades, so I can only easily hurt by the abusive nature of majority of people yet today in my motherland.

                GR wastes whole lot of state funds for his so called – face to face talk with villagers-ගම සමග පිලිසන්දරක් වැඩසටහනට…. as if states funds are filled by Medamulana cave. what is being provided to the poor, is much less than the funds being wasted for such media display programs. Media is highly biased and they dont care much about any injustices being deliberately made by Rajapakshe criminals to this nation. If my grannies would have been alive, they would take cynide pills not being able to bear today s obnoxiousness.

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                  Dear LL: You reminded me of a very interesting incident (discussion) that took place in the TV program. That “Dialogue with the Village”. The program was titled “Satana”. A journalist questioned the SLPP representative of the “Purpose” of this President’s “Dialogue with the Village if all the facts he must know are in the Manifesto -“Saubagye Dekma” (Vision of Prosperity). That SLPP representative, without any shame or hesitation, said: “That is to give some “Uthchedanaya” ( energy) to the villagers”. Look at how these “Goons” have assessed and rated the innocent village folks? What a country we live and what types of “Idiots” we are governed?

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                    Mr Simon,
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                    You are spot on.
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                    I think our people would never grasp it.
                    :
                    I spoke to one of my friends in Kandy today, he went on saying the prices of daily needs in SL are 50- 90% expensive today than prior to Nandasena s so called ” Saubagaya Dawn”.

                    Nevertheless people stay as if they are deaf and blind. As one good commenter added, if this would have been case in Europe, stones would have been thrown to Rajaakshes starting from dawn to dusk everyday.
                    :
                    Yes, those who behave like LIN GEMBOS – that are the majority got cheated by PANIYA syrup or the like would not see it beyond. If they would have been asked to work as SLAVEs for Mahinda and his family, they would do it until they drive away… that are because of SO CALLED JATHIWADHAYa SEEDs sowed by rascal families. Not Stimulation, but before long, NANDASENA would have been stabbed to death by a village mob… I think.. he deserves that. None of them should be left behind, then only we would finally have a land for our youth and their future. I am sorry, I am angered by today situation as nothing can help me attacking the brutal family turned out to be the blood suckers of the poor of the poor in this country.

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                    Please Simon, please also post your thoughts in Sinhala. That is very important. Not many would read CT english comments. We all want the messages to be outreached to the masses. Thank you.

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          Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
          If the hypocrites punish ‘Ranaviruwo’ who made enormous sacrifices to liberate Sinhala, Veddo, Tamil, Muslim, Malay and others from barbaric LTTE Tamil terrorists and restored peace, the Government should round up all the Tamils who advocated separatism and charge them for violating the Constitution and strip their civic rights, confiscate their movable and immovable property making them homeless and beg for food.
          This is similar to the punishment given by Sinhala Kings to traitors with a minor change. Sinhala Kings branded the traitors as outcastes (Sadol) so that no one will give shelter to them.
          —-
          “No amount of barking and braying by Sinhala racists is going to prevent Sinhala war criminals to be punished.”

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          NP had to borrow his surname from his Portugese colonial masters, who denied him the right to any intellect and his comments are a reflection of this void!

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          Not all LTTE guys are dead, there are guys in the Govt of SL and also living in various countries abroad. If they have committed Human Rights Violations irrespective of which country they live now they have to be brought before a court of law similar to armed forces guys.

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        N. Perehera, Gota is a coward instead of fighting a war, he chose to run away to the USA to pump petrol at a gas station (Petrol station) while SF fought the war. Then he returned when his brother stole the parliament as the entire family is packed with killers and eneducated low class thieves, he came into a safe job and used SF/India and China to beat the LTTE. Now coolies like you are crowing how great Gota is. If the Peelam supporters are barking for nothing, then why are you shitti*g in your sarong? Take it easy.

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          Tamil from the north,
          There is a right time and a right place for everything. Gotabhaya Rajapakshe came at the right time and fked Tamil terrorists that SF failed to do.
          Accept the defeat and keep quiet without displaying your stupidity.
          —-
          “Gota is a coward”

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            Ado Eagle ‘stupid fellow’ Eye, yes there is a right time for everything…………for Gota the right time was to escape during the height of the war, when the most celebrated army commander Kobekaduwe was fighting the war, Gota realised he was a coward in 1991, retired from the army and bolted. Soon after that Premadasa blew up Kobekaduwe and shifted the blame on the LTTE conveniently. Even the LTTE respected this great man Kobekaduwe. I have spoken to a few ex-LTTE members here and they salute this man with great respect. When I brought up Gota’s name they all started laughing. Then he realized he could not make a lot of money on minimum wage in the USA, so he ran back to SL when the older thug brother got elected. So don’t tell me how heroic this scoundrel is. LTTE gone is a good thing for all, but there is no one in the country to keep these rowdies in check. SF could not win the war? Really, you ungrateful bugger.

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          Vellali Tamil proverb “Tamilal sai Peeth Sari:

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        N. Pererass

        Are you another secret admirer of Thiruvengadam Vellupillai Prabaharan?
        Along with soma, Eagle Blind Eye, …….Ravi Perera …..you seem to keep VP’s name afloat.

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    very simple.
    stop playing games and try to hoodwink the international community.
    The Sri Lankan government thinks it can treat the International community like it treats its citizens.
    International Community is not modayas.

    One day it will catch up with the Rajapakses

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      Rajash,
      If the International Community are not ‘Modayas’ how come Tamil Diaspora and racist separatist Malabar Vellala Demala politicians managed to fool them bombarding blatant lies to get their support to the idea of creating a separate State for the descendants of Dravida slaves brought by colonial rulers to Yapanaya based on a bogus claim ‘Traditional Homeland’.
      Sinhalayo hope that this time the International Community will use their brains.

      “International Community is not modayas.”

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    “Exiting voluntarily from UN membership or being expelled for noncompliance is not an option for a weak nation in the global context of super power competition. “ Aanee Muttu…….. Perl………. Superior Perl.
    It is this type of the messages that I have been calling from those who can bravely identify them as Buddhist Sinhala Ladies and Gentlemen, for last few days. I call this class to act not because of me am a racist, but this class can by, their personality, soften the resistance to messages before they are being delivered. The message is for the benefit of the Buddhist Sinhalese, not for the proponent or to the messenger. So the proponents and the messengers have to have desirable qualities for Buddhists Sinhalese to place faith in them. Buddhist Sinhalese need understand that there is a Privy Council that they need not be shy of because it is not one they categorize as “It is Again Our Colonial Master.” This Privy Council is from where even they vote and they care. UNHRC is theirs own, as much as the Governments they select for them. Parents invite the doctor if the child is sick. But the child fears about him and resist, thinking he is going to hurt him/her or cut him/her with the legendary knife the Doc carries.

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      Mallaiyuran,
      Sinhale (now Sri Lanka) which is the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo is not a sick country. This is a proud country that defeated the Tamil Terrorist organization LTTE, considered as the deadliest terrorist organization in the world. This is also the first country in the world to wipe out terrorism that lasted for three decades.
      Some guys who are jealous of that achievement want to tarnish the image of Sinhale by bringing war crimes charges using fabricated stories narrated by Tamils suffering from ‘Defeat-Syndrome’.

      “Parents invite the doctor if the child is sick. But the child fears about him and resist, thinking he is going to hurt him/her or cut him/her with the legendary knife the Doc carries.”

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        Eagle,
        HRC of UN is not ICC. But I took the Doctor’s example, who treats the patience himself, purposely. ICC is any time accessible to Appe Aanduwa. But for Tamils or Buddhist Sinhalese, only place is UNHRC and even that is by the help of a third party, like the Western Countries, who on their own too prop Human Right Violation for victims. Germany in Russian Opposition leaders or US in some South American cases, they took the case single handed. In Afghan or Iraq, they received UN’s sanctions. In Crimea issue, NATO took action on Russia. Because only options available to Tamils or Buddhist Sinhalese is third party UNHRC that is doctor for these group. Tamils wanted ICC come in but that is only after HRC recommend that to UNSG. While Tamils working on that long path, they just want to remind Buddhist Sinhalese that is what their only path to change government structure, not the regime change by fake elections. From 1994 Buddhist Sinhalese want to get rid of the EP system, but none of the government they selected did it, though of all them asked for mandate from Sinhalese and got it.

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        Dumb Eagle, why do not you have the courage to produce an official document of evidence of the time when this island of ours was ever called Sinhale! Otherwise set your stall up somewhere else!

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          Ari I offered Eagle ‘blind’ Eye a free trip to his ancestral home in Orissa and he has flatly refused to go. Fortunately I do not have to pay for his boat trip back to Orissa.

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    Buddhist Sinhalese need to be explained, UNHRC is for to complain internal injustice; rather It is not the one the politicians, for their benefits, describing as Electric Chair carrying Hangman.

    They must understand that UNHRC would not have been formed if injustices didn’t occur ever. They should know that there is a world, far away, beyond the sea surrounding the boards of the Island, and there too the tyranny is reality.
    This is massive rock to turn, but it is not an option for Buddhist Sinhalese, it is life or death time. But they need not to turn it alone; Turn it over taking the hands of Tamils and Muslims.
    Good Luck!

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    We are not a superpower that can call the shots. We are a third world nation that has depended on aid, loans, and we keep begging for more, even giving away chunks of our small island, when we are financially strapped for money. Our progress has been hampered by corrupt politicians, would be dictators, and a ruling family, whose policies are racist, vindictive, and their main intent to cover their crimes, by appointing crooks, felons, and war criminals.

    We cannot keep denying what we have been accused of, by trying to shut down the investigations, and showing our guilt every time we do so.

    WE CANNOT DICTATE TO OTHER NATIONS WHO WE RELY ON FOR AID AND HELP.

    WE HAVE TO CHANGE OUR WAYS, AS IT IT FOOLISH TO DEMAND THEY DO. THEY NEVER WILL.

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      Ashan,
      Who said Sri Lanka is dictating to other Nations.
      What Sri Lanka doing is telling the truth on what happened in Sri Lanka as a result of an attempt by a group of Tamils who are the descendants of slaves brought to Sinhale (now Sri Lanka) by colonial rulers to grab a part of the country of Sinhalayo to create a separate State and resorted to terrorism to slaughter the members of the Armed Forces and Native Sinhalayo to achieve their objective.

      “WE CANNOT DICTATE TO OTHER NATIONS”

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        “a part of the country of Sinhalayo to create a separate State and resorted to terrorism to slaughter the members of the Armed Forces and Native Sinhalayo to achieve their objective.”

        Who is this Sinhalayo?

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    Very sensible article. as a Buddhist state, we must uphold human values which is what the UNHRC is seeking to do. No point in taking refuge under the obvious fact that the LTTE committed war crimes. Every one knows that. The government can prosecute the ones that are around. It is easy to do but it is not done. Politics has failed in Sri Lanka. We have continuously and consistently elected crooks. The cycle has to be broken. it can only be broken by foreign institutions like the UN.

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      C
      “as a Buddhist state”
      Which country are you referring to?

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      Cicero,
      More and more Sinhalese wants to be realists, especially after Ranil’s Yahapalanaya. They don’t want, using the black art called elections, then Hitler, Mussolini, Pol Pot, Stalin coming to power with different, different colors Blue, Green, Red, Pink, Yellow…. They feel they need a democratic country, so whether they have dinner or not they can go to sleep peacefully and get back in their work next morning. Like in many other world nations, they too have no idea how to get the government they want.
      The author Lady is recommending a long list for government on how to work with UNHRC. Even if Government wish to follow, You, I and she know that not even one of that the government can follow. So, all what we can do is to believing in that there is an afterlife on the 46th sitting and wait for that.
      Apparently Britain’s arrangement was not enough for Tamils or Sinhalese. British high standard democracy for Lankawe is like sending a nursery kid to Bachelor grade examination. The problem here is one or two, who Read & writing in English Media is thinking “What is there, we know all that”. But is it that the situation within the majority laymen too? It needs to be restarted all over again. UNHRC and UN need to hear Sinhalese request for them reasonable government.

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      is it at all a buddhist state or just pseudo buddhist state?

      Not few days ago, I happened to see the parties of Samantha Badra. He behaves no different to a paradise bird in European country. He does not know for what purpose he entered into SANGA LIFE. May be he and the like men suffer from testesterone problems. Many of them living as monks are not honest. I really dont know why our stupid people go after them. I stopped it myself.. now I dont offer them even a needle free.. instead, I help the poor, who are really in need:
      And the other man who is in limelight is that Pinguththaraya from Abhayaramaya who does not know what he has been talking about. What was said by him yesterday is no valid for today. The kind of so called buddhist and their buddhist fuhrers have misled low IQ dominated nation. Just interview 100 coming from various walks of life and get back to me. Even my sister who is said to have taught over 30 years for govt schools thought – building roads and construction being slaved to Chinese mafia, but filling Rajapakshes pockets was a world wonder. They dont want to think beyond what is being spread by so called NALIKA CHANNELs.

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      Cicero,
      “Politics has failed in Sri Lanka. We have continuously and consistently elected crooks. The cycle has to be broken.”

      That is the very reason why Sinhalayo put their faith on a military person and elected President Gotabhaya Rajapakshe.

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        He is the biggest crook of all as he has directly or through his proxies committed every type of high crime. The list is very long!

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      Sinhalayo descendant of RAWANA who fuc- Sita before Rama Why RAWANA kept Sita for long time?

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        I am born sinhalaya, but please Nperera, dont insult RAWANA. Tody we the sinhalayas have fallen to all depths being hoodwinked by Medamulana criminals.

        Today you the kind of MERCY COWS are totally caught by a bunch of facists born to Medamulana. Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe broke the silence yestreday, His biggest question would be – if all is right with incumbent rulers, why on earth, they fail to settle even tiny issues ? He went on saying, with a grand coalition govt, his govt achieved a lot. That we can all compare it today.
        :
        Derana Balu TV channel, coughing for RAJAPAKSHE displayed the successful projected started by previous govt. They are shameless buggers, that would do any low work but before very same STUPID people being represented by your Nperara.. please go and quickly show you in MIRROR.. thank you

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    This is one of the best articles that I’ve seen on this subject, and the author is to be congratulated for this factually accurate piece, which also offers a set of suggestions for Sri Lanka to take forward, in order to get it out of the cross-hairs of the wider world and help it to create harmony and lessen ethnic tensions.

    Sadly though, it would be a miracle if the likes of Nandasena the great, the Admiral/ Professor/ Secretary of the foreign ministry, Dinesh the Wombat from Boralugoda and all those hateful, rabid serial paedophiles in yellow robes will be able to digest the contents of this article, let alone agree to do anything to advance the suggestions therein.

    Pearls before swine? Methinks so.

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      Easton Scott,
      This is the price Native Sinhalayo have to pay for giving asylum to ungrateful people. Swines do not understand the value of what they got.
      —-
      “Pearls before swine?”

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        Eagle ‘stuid ass’ Eye, native Sinhalayo? Bloody joker. The Tamils and the Sinhalese are invaders of this country. Veddahs are the only natives of this land. Dumbo!!!

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          Mahindapala, this is the price native Dravidians have to pay for giving asylum to ungrateful bunch of Bengali Criminals 2500 years ago. Had Kuveni and her people driven these rascals out like what South Indian Dravidians did, there would have been peace.

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    Rohana Jayaratne should be commended for pleading for sanity within Sri Lanka. Outside, I hope that Laksiri Fernandos are listening.

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      Laksiri listens to mad hatters like Shenal Waduge, Malinda Seneviratne, Shamindra Ferdinando, Rajeeva Wijesinghe, Neville Ladduwahetti, Shavendra Silva, Kamal Gunaratne, Chandraprema, Manohara de Silva, Gunadasa Amarasekera, Udaya Gamanpilla, Channa Jayasumana, Mohan Pieris, Palitha Kohanna, Tamara Kunanayagam, Michael Roberts etc. By the way who is the psychiatrist who made Dayan Jayatilleke to behave in a sane manner at present.

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    Sri Lanka should not worry about any “resolutions.” The world will soon be pre-occupied with a global recession and Iranian nuclear tensions. The US military empire is collapsing and everyone is taking sides. Sri Lanka should stand with China, the next great superpower.

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    Ms. Rohana Jayaratne, Thanks for the sober presentation. Your bona fide intentions merit appreciation. But, the Rajapakses have crossed the Rubicon !.

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    Dear Rohana

    Thank you so much for a lovely write up.

    1. I will skip the issues with the “biggest contributors” and the “permanent members” of the security council members as this is a separate topic regard to human rights issues in the first place we can resolve now. It is also all the more reasons we have this issues of the “civilised world vs uncivilised”, “developing vs developed”, “poor vs rich” status on a permanent basis ever since the inception of the organisation located in the US.

    2. First 5 largest exporters of the Armes to the “donkeys” of the “developing world” killers (liberation groups/insurgencies/governments/political parties) are the permanent UN Security Council countries also happened to train the armed forces of all the third world too. It is like drug Barrons running rehab centres am sure any “idiots guide to world resource management scaling techniques” will state the same.

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      3. Now looking at it from the “victims” points of view one would imagine we would know better than anyone else as to what took place in our land. For anyone interested/skilled in conflict management/conflict resolution would have framed the investigations in Sri Lanka from 1970’s onwards (FP/TULF/Tamil Nadu Mafia Ratha Pottu Killing Fields from 1970-1977-1981 in Jaffna) to 2009 not as a war crime investigation between LTTE/GoSL event??
      4. This is critical for the victims “us” who lost everything that we had as a Nation not the beneficiaries who ended up having us washing their toilets and in the process upset a lot of local nationalists around the world too?? why?

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        5. This investigation should set an example so UN evolve to be more purposeful only if this is done in a comprehensive way where we all get to speak in front of the tribunals because it is our Land/Life they are discussing not the selected few for their continued ventures mentioned in points 1 & 2??
        6. If India,TNA and all other Nations supported this entity from various countries such Singapore/Malaysia/western Countries is not on the stand to answer questions from “us” then it is a prove we are not investigating anything period. We do not put on trial that does not exist that is LTTE for what purpose when the creators themselves the FP/TULF sitting in the parliament today alive and well????? a foreign plant embedded on the Nation?
        7. What we have seen in our Nations history is the reflection of how all the rich nations were turned into banana republics historically so the wonderful UN come to be with its generous “contributors” of funds to the few who are employed from these banana republics for the whitewash as to why UN withdrew from Rwanda and in SL in the first place…

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          8. To write so much about a “most failed institution” in the World is UN who could not even deliver justice the Palestinians is an insult to the Sri Lankans in the first place??
          9. No sanctions on India for arming and training children our Nations children to kill their citizens and leaders and no travel ban and arrest warrants on the FP/TULF thugs to date can only show you the duplicity of this organisation.

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    That is all about giving into UNHRC and outside interference! It is failure, not success.

    UNHRC is just an annual drama. Nothing happens. Don’t do anything about it. Just watch the drama unfolds.

    Whatever SL does or does not do annual UNHRC drama against SL will continue. Don’t give it a flying fartt.

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    How can you accuse Sri Lanka of war crimes all it did was eliminate a ruthless Terrorist outfit including its hierarchy. This is a futile exercise funded by the Tamil Diaspora, once they stop the funding the UN will give up.
    Spend that money in Jaffna to uplift the poor Tamil population, go open up factories and businesses, stop brain washing the poor Tamil kids and entice them into a fruitless exercise of starting another war.

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      wimal12 little Weerawansa

      “How can you accuse Sri Lanka of war crimes all it did was eliminate a ruthless Terrorist outfit including its hierarchy. “

      It is not about killing ruthless Terrorist outfit in the war. It is about killing innocent civilians and massacring the surrendered persons in some cases wife and children too.

      “Spend that money in Jaffna to uplift the poor Tamil population, go open up factories and businesses, ….”

      Good idea.
      It is their problem let them do the worrying.
      In the mean time you could stop land graping by the armed forces, department of archaeology, department of forestry, saffron thugs, politicians b***s carriers, …..

      Hope you do understand the distinctions.

      “stop brain washing the poor Tamil kids and entice them into a fruitless exercise of starting another war.”

      The recruiting sergeant was not LTTE but the Sri Lankan state and its armed forces.

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    Some of the basic facts not understood or think through is the reason for depleted HR situation in the past, now and in future too.
    1. The majority of the people forgot the fact that, Sri Lanka state hard fought an internal arm struggle with the minority group alienated and branded as Terrorist outfit. For this we are over reacting and credit the security forces thinking that it is well prepared and ready to face any external threat from any other nation. If it happens, SL within a day razed to ground and surrender to the enemy in no time. The 2000 miles away friend can’t even reach before the disaster happen.
    2. Treat SL security forces, Police and Politicians as god and exonerated them from all the investigations and crimes committed individually, as a group or on the instructions of the political masters eventually create a undisciplined members of the society or injustice social systems. Because, it will go in your head as there is a last place to join or close with to get out of all your crimes.
    3. Our land mass and ocean resources not fully utilize or develop because we tend to doubt our fellow citizens and not knowing what is equal rights, free from fear and oppression and human values.

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    Oh yes….typical White man rhetoric by the UN. And our brown fellows will actually buy it. My God! They will take the concepts directly from the Bible and twist and turn it to make themselves look very rational and holy. And they will implement systems to give fulfillment. What a gift from above! In the end, they themselves are quite assured of their Godliness; even through the Spanish Inquisition; even through the torture and death of the Native Americans; even through Slavery. Bomb ancient Iraq. Bomb ancient Libya . Bomb ancient Syria. Bomb ancient Afghanistan.

    But the WHOLE world now knows their unconscionable tricks and stratagems. So UN via White people need to change the wording of their aspirations. This is what they ACTUALLY need to say:

    1. We colonized places of the world that were happy and peaceful. SORRY!
    2. Our monetary system (the US $$) needs to be preserved. Our systems will collapse and our people will starve otherwise. We have always been suffering, even with the colonization of your peaceful lands.
    3. China! You Chinese people suffered terribly even without colonization through the fault of you own people. You are used to it. Therefore you should engage with the West and build up gradually within your own abilities without trying to copy and outdo us.

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      Dear RTF,
      .
      Come back
      to Sri Lanka and then preach.
      .
      I know that you are sincere in much of what you say, and how you happen to be in Pennsylvania, USA, could be explained by you in many convincing ways.
      .
      All beside the point. It is we who know how racist we have become as a country, and how necessary it is that the conduct of our government be thoroughly investigated.
      .
      Am I claiming that the elections held in Sri Lanka after November 2019 did not reflect the way people voted? No, I’m not.
      .
      What I am saying is that the current unprincipled regime has manipulated the population, using communalism as its principle weapon, so as to conduct its affairs with total impunity. As a person who is committed to living here for the rest of my life, and having descendants, I say that there must be objective assessment of how the Laws applying to humans are implemented in this country.

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        Dear Sinhala_Man,

        Sinhalese to me are a very inclusive people. The only “racism” I ever encountered in Sri Lanka is people shouting at me in Sinhalese because they were upset I do not speak the language too well. I understand the speech at times, but can hardly speak at all. Those who are racist see racism around every corner, and you I noted in some of your previous comments, have used the word Cockroach on others.

        My family came here on skilled immigration. So that should stop you worrying about my position here.

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    UN plea to Sri Lanka:

    1. Give up China.

    2. We will try your war crimes after we try the Western crimes against Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos. We will treat Sri Lanka the same way we judge ourselves. All is amorphous.

    3. We will safeguard your sovereignty.

    4. We know that merging Sri Lanka with India will be bad for your mindset molded by 2,500 years of Buddhistic teachings. Here we are not even pushing the EU-Britain re-merger because cultures clash (and they are all of the secular-Christian faith). We see the need to your Buddhist land to stay away from the Caste-Driven Hindus and their many gods……and you believe in no god.

    5. Give up China, but engage (not merge) with India.

    6. Or become isolationist, and rural -traditional. We will give you much money to implement Climate-Change module. We will then learn and implement from the Lankan paradigm.

    7. The main aim of the UN in the end, is to see happy and healthy people worldwide, with much faith, hope, love, and unique civilization.

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      ramona Grandma therese fernando

      “3. We will safeguard your sovereignty.”

      What is sovereignty?

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        …What is sovereignty?……………
        Very good querry.
        All words are only an approximate effort to describe feelings, ideas, concepts and beliefs. No absolutes – except Naked Truth.
        How democratic is a ‘democracy’? How democratic is a ‘democratic country’ – is US an example?
        What are ‘aspirations’ of a people collectively and who decides? What are ‘homelands’ of a people – from how far back in time?
        What are ‘human rights’ – is it really an absolute enforceable right in every situation? What is the right to life – in Nature predators kill the weak. When the right to life clashes, will you shoot some armed robber in your house and who will kill you to rob you, before he pulls the trigger? So endless are questions. ………who decides the norm or rationale?
        We all comment here. Clashes of viewpoints or expressions of one’s view, sometimes too strongly put, are seen, but has anyone convinced the other with opposite views to change his viewpoint?.Time & effort wasted?? Or just fun !
        Ideal would be when we decide to live in peace devoid of all these man-made divisions and live in tune with Nature….But that looks never !

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      Ramona Fernando, “Hindus and their many gods”. Do you know Hindu Religion so well, Think Not. There are no “Many Gods” There is only one. for your information; God Shiva. What do you mean, “Cast Driven Hindus”? The cast syndrome is widely prevalent in South Asia including the Buddhist and Christian Sri Lanka – Karawe/Durawe/Buthgama/Salagama/Wahumpura/Govigama being subjects of classification in Sinhala matrimonial notices is ample proof, that it is not confined to Hindus, but predominant in Sinhala Buddhists too, equally bad as Tamil Hindus or worse off. Before pointing the finger at others one must have an insight of their short comings and attributes.

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        Mahila,

        Ours is division of labour. It was unfortunately got corrupted to an extent with Hindu influence.

        Isn’t your main god Brahma?

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            I apologize. I misspelled a God’s name I think.

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              Ramona Therese Fernando

              is friends with Shenali Waduge.

              I do not why it rang several bells:
              Tell Me Who Your Friends Are, I’ll Tell You Who You Are.”

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          Ramona Therese Fernando,
          Before you are able to start preaching acquire sufficient Knowledge of the subject. Your comment exposes your lack of knowledge on Hinduism. Go back to school please. I think i have answered your question in my earlier comment, which if you read carefully you will unearth the truth. What you are saying is akin to saying St Joseph is the Christian main god.

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          RTF, The division in Hinduism too is basically the division of Labour in providing services to the King; Nothing different. One significant exception, is due to there being no Cinnamon plantations in the NE SL, to have a Cinnamon Peeler (Salagama) Caste, who were anyway mainly ‘imports’ from Indian Chalukian empire by the then Kings of Sri Lanka and/or Foreign Spice traders to enhance the working of the industry 600 years ago. Over a period of time became ‘Naturalised’ Sri Lankans. They are wonderful people and still provide a strong support to SL Economy.

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            Mahila,

            You need to have better analysis of what you learn. This is a link from the Khan Academy that shows the many deities or gods of Hinduism.
            https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-asia/beginners-guide-asian-culture/hindu-art-culture/a/principal-deities-of-hinduism

            Quite different from Christianity. Sr. Joseph is an actual person who lived and is, and is not a fanciful deity or god. He is a saint.

            Your caste system doesn’t give education to your low castes. Check the Shanti Bhavan school which began only recently. There is enough info. about your disgraceful caste system online and on the media, so I need not give you even more links. https://www.shantibhavanchildren.org/

            We do not have Dalits and untouchables in Lankan Buddhist society. There is a small Rodiya caste, but they came from Royalty and live disgraced in exile. They were not born in Hindu varnas that forces humans into degrading low-life. As per the cinnamon peelers you speak of, if they did come from India, most are highly educated now and hold high positions. That’s the level of our Buddhist egalitarianism.

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              Saint Joseph(St. Joseph)*

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          ramona ame, don’t worry too much about Hindu Gods, worry about the trip to the Angoda or try this website for help in PA, USA: www.https://www.ppimhs.org.

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        Just for the record……………….
        Hindus recognise three principal gods:
        Brahma, who creates the universe.
        Vishnu, who preserves the universe.
        Shiva, who destroys the universe.

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        Mahila,
        What Sinhalayo have is not a caste system but a ‘Guild System’ based on the profession people engage e.g. Durawa for toddy tappers. They specialized in their particular field.
        Hindu caste system is mainly based on from which part of Mahabrahma the person originate; from head (Brahamins), arms (Kshatriyas), thighs (Vaishyas) and leg (Shudras).

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          Eagle,
          Why is it that no Durawa toddy tappers have become Mahanayaka of Asgiriya? Not even an Ambalangoda cinnamon peeler. I am curious.

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            It is WELL known that the Asgiriya Mahanayakas comes directly from the Tamil Hindu influence, and are possibly direct descendants.

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          Bravo Eagle ‘dumbo’ Eye, has read some books and educated himself. Congrats!!!!

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    Moda Pera, only idiots like you who destoryed SL. You are the type of morons who advise the modayas in power. Blind bats living in prehistoric period. You booruwas destroyed politics, buddhism, economy, unity and now many idiots are beggars. You must be living in some other country so have enough to eat. Top class SL cricketers are driving buses in Australia I hear. Soon even mahanayakas and ministers and other top class leaders may join the cricketers. Moda Pera, just begin to think man, dont think world is like SL and its never ending comedies. We live in a borderless world and learn to lead a civilised life. Dont go back to your amude era. Look at colombo harbour issue, Muslim burial, Corona pani, breaking the monument at Jaffna and now Indians having air show in Colombo and the local fools like you are clapping without realising that it is a warning to modayas. Listen to really educated and enlightened sinhalese to understand what is happening and what is ahead. Pleaase dont go by the Maha foolish mahanayakas, Weeramonkey, Gaman Pulle and Mervin Silva. Wake up man if you can

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    Thank you, Rohana Jayaratne, for telling us how the UNHRC has evolved to the present point. that was very useful.
    .
    I share your hope that our Sri Lankan government will change its course of action, compromise where necessary, and bring about such changes as are necessary to make it possible for all Sri Lankans to live in peace and dignity.
    .
    This must be re-stated by me, unambiguously to prevent possible misrepresentation. Previous governments did not help our cause by vacillating. As things are, it is the current government that must transform its approach, or else hand over to those who will ensure that our standards of Justice and Human Rights measure up to what the World expects.

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      Sinhala_Man,
      “I share your hope that our Sri Lankan government will change its course of action, compromise where necessary, and bring about such changes as are necessary to make it possible for all Sri Lankans to live in peace and dignity.”

      Are you kidding? Compromise with ‘Para’ (foreign) Demalu who slaughtered Sinhala men, women, children and even unborn babies using suicide bombers, claymore bombs, multi-barrel guns, chemical weapons and child soldiers for three decades.
      If ‘Para’ Demalu who live in Sinhale because Sinhalayo gave them asylum want to live with Sinhalayo tell them to compromise. Tell them to:
      • Give up separatism and accept Sri Lanka as a ‘Unitary State’
      • Accept that Sri Lanka is the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo and it is a Sinhala Buddhist country.
      • Apologize for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by LTTE Tamil terrorists against Native Sinhalayo for three decades.
      Those who are not willing to live in a Sinhala Buddhist country are free to return to their ancestral homeland. Sinhalayo only helped Demalu when they were abandoned in Sinhale by colonial rulers who brought them. Sinhalayo did not invite Demalu to Sinhale.

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      Sinhala_Man,
      “ …bring about such changes as are necessary to make it possible for all Sri Lankans to live in peace and dignity.”

      By defeating Tamil terrorists that terrorized the people in this country for three decades, Rajapakshe regime brought the necessary change for all Sri Lankans (Sinhala, Veddo, Tamil, Muslim, Malay and others) to live in peace and dignity.
      Rajapakshe regime gave democracy that you talk a lot to Tamils which was denied by megalomaniac Prabhakaran who was a brutal dictator.
      Except for a tiny minority of Malabar Vellala Demala politicians who are disappointed for not having been able to get their own Kingdom, rest of the Tamil people live in peace and dignity compared to the life they had under LTTE rule.

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    Rohana Jayaratne,
    What did UN and UNHRC that you praise so much do when LTTE Tamil terrorists:
    • Slaughtered Sinhala men, women, children and even unborn babies using suicide bombers, claymore bombs, multi-barrel guns, chemical weapons and child soldiers for three decades,
    • Snatched children as young as seven years and recruited as combatants completely ruining their childhood and education,
    • used children to make bombs,
    • Forced parents to give their children to be recruited as LTTE carders who even had to carry out suicide attacks,
    • Blew up buses and trains killing innocent civilians,
    • Massacred Sinhala Buddhists worshipping at Sri Maha Bodhiya,
    • Bombed Dalada Maligawa which is a sacred place of Buddhists,
    • Killed Buddhist monks,
    • Killed all the opponents of LTTE including politicians,
    • Assassinated an Indian Prime Minister, Sri Lankan President and several Sinhala politicians,
    • Killed 600 Policemen who surrendered shooting one by one in the head,
    • Operated a Kangaroo Court and carried out summary executions.
    —-
    The list contains only a selected few.

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      EE, Did it ever occur to you that people are murdered when they are in worship of a god. The devil hates and fears worship as he knows that path leads to the devil’s own destruction. Lucifer said ‘I will ascend above the clouds and I will be like the Most High God” He wants to be worshipped like our creator God, but he cant and has been thrown out. He told Eve “You can be like God and do your own thing” and she foolishly sinned when she was already created in God’s image. All humans when they become one in the Spirit with Jesus, they can discern and not be led into satanic lies. Satan’s judgement is sealed and humans need not follow.

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    Native , Bro I got to give it you. Jatam/Jadam what an appropriate name. Where is Eagle he should be the first to respond on matters which he has no clue. Ramona, I guess there is no White people in Pittsburgh anymore. There was plenty ,years ago when I was there working at UPMC. (did your clan get rid of them , like in Lanka). As readers pointed out answer is pretty simple. Be honest, genuine, empathetic and work towards a meaningful reconciliation. Which the Lankan governments, prelates, religious fanatics and racial minded have vehemently refused until now. The current strategy is to lie, pretend, resist,deny and buy time thinking what ever they are facing will disappear.

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      chiv

      “Be honest, genuine, empathetic and work towards a meaningful reconciliation.”

      Many wise people I know have suggested in the past and continue to give their best advice to the people and their rulers, it is also known as “Healey’s first law of holes” :
      “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging”.

      There is a simple tried and tested innovative method of reconciliation. The South African model: Truth and Reconciliation Commission TRC.

      This model may not work in this island because:

      Politicians, Saffronista’s, State Functionaries, Institutions ….. continue believe in their imagined superior brains power.
      Lack of honesty and desire to solve conflicts.
      They believe they have a propensity to thrive only in conflict.
      ….
      I can go on listing the reason as to why it won’t work in this little island however it would be a futile exercise.

      One more reason the islanders are too scared of initiating any genuine reconciliation (TRC) process, as they are worried as to how SJ might react to any meaningful TRC based on western models. By the way are you aware of any socialist/Maoist TRC models?

      Take care.

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    Desperate Citizens Call on our Leaders
    =================================

    We have a new menace , we are no more safe in our homes , on the roads,
    & in all public places ..

    What use are CCTV Cameras, the facemasks have become a convenient excuse for thieves to hide their Identity.. .
    ================================
    I kindly call upon His Excellency The President and Hon.Prime Minister,
    To kindly ban all face masks , face covers and full covered helmets
    immediately.

    Kindly consider to replace it with the transparent face shields as prevention for Covid 19 , they are not expensive and can be washed and worn,
    .while motorbike helmets with transparent cover can be considered.

    Robberies are becoming a everyday thing, it is also a concern of risk to lives , as weapons are freely available with criminals, ,

    I sincerely hope this message will reach both the leaders.
    Thank you

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    A genuine appraisal of the current status of SriLanka. I don’t know whether this appraisal open the eyes of people like Prof.Laksiri or the Buddhist Monk leadership which is now smuggled by fake patriotism and racism. You cannot escape from the truth.

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    I said earlier, the purpose of the report has nothing to do with war crimes, but to embarrass Sri Lanka so that Gothabaya is removed from power. Gothabaya is obviously no saint, but I can tell you that some members of the Tamil diaspora are mentally ill. Every year, they used to host a celebration called “Maaveerar Naal” to commemorate suicide bombers. How can someone who straps bombs to their waist and blows up innocent civilians be a “hero?” If you are going to investigate GOSL for war crimes, please do a separate report on the Tamil diaspora. These people willingly funded a terrorist outfit that exploited poor Tamil children in Sri Lanka. While children of diaspora went to elite Western schools, the poor Tamil children were forced to fight grown men in bata slippers. Also, the economic damage and brain drain caused to Sri Lanka by 30 years of brutal war, who is responsible?

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