21 September, 2018

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Human Rights Commission Gets An ‘A’ From GANHRI

The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) has accorded the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) an ‘A’ status.

Applications for re-accreditation to ‘A’ status have been unsuccessful in 2007 and 2009 according to a media release issued by HRCSL

GANHRI assesses compliance with the Paris Principles of 1993 when according such ‘grades’ in particular the level of political independence that a national institution has, both in law and practice.

The full statement issued by HRCSL is as follows:

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      HR Farce continues with foreign funding of course! Great work DU!

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    Congratulations but do you honestly deserve it? Can the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) enlighten me of their achievements so far?

    Correct me if I am wrong but as far as I am aware, the HRCSL exists only by name with an office & a staff (not to mention a few fat cats), perhaps, earning a good living for doing nothing, which is why I am asking.

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    Human Rights or HUMAN FRIGHTS ????????????????????????

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    Oh yeah yeah, noone is surprised to hear this.
    This is the only time in the history where human rights of Sinhalese Buddhists are aggressively violated by the HRC so much so even Army Commander is summoned to HRC for having a Buddha statue in one of the army camps in the North!!!!
    HRC has brazenly connected religion with human rights!!!! They’ve concluded that North is only belonging to Tamils.
    According to HRC, being a Buddhist is a violation of human rights of other religions!!!!!!
    Erecting a Buddha statue in the North is a violation human right of Tamil Christians/Hindus.
    Having a Buddha statue in Army Camps is a violation of human rights of Tamils in the North.
    Slave government thinks the remainder of ancient Buddhist temples/statues in the North that were not destroyed by LTTE are a threat and a violation of HR of Tamils as they are the majority there. I wonder why the same concept is not applied in areas where Sinhalese are the majority?
    All non-Buddhists are welcome for justice by HRC at the expense of Buddhists.
    HRC got the A rate by being anti-Sinhalese and anti-Buddhism.
    When ancient Buddhist ruins were bulldozed first by Muslims/then by Hindus, HRC was silent.
    When Sumanthiran removed Buddha statues in the North, HRC was silent.
    Today, a Buddhist has no right to retain a Buddha statue on the road-side in the North which had been there for decades. There is also an attempt to close down temples that had been there for thousands years in the North. There is an on-going suppression against Buddhists in Sri Lanka.
    HRC is for minority rights only.
    Today the country is governed by minorities-LTTE-diaspora-HRC.
    Therefore, Sinhalese should be united at the next election to protect the rights of the majority.

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      Champa,
      “human rights of Sinhalese Buddhists are aggressively violated by the HRC so much so even Army Commander is summoned to HRC for having a Buddha statue in one of the army camps in the North!!!!”
      What is the reason to have a Buddha statue in an Army camp? Is this a Sri Lankan army or a Buddhist army?
      Does the Army have Christian or Hindu images in its Northern camps?
      Is promoting Buddhism the Army’s job?

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        oldcodger

        “Does the Army have Christian or Hindu images in its Northern camps?
        Is promoting Buddhism the Army’s job?”

        The killing of innocent people and building of Sinhala/Buddha’s statutes are perfect complements to propagate Sinhala/Buddhist fascism.
        Forget Christian or Hindu images in its Northern camps for a second does the army has any Christian or Hindu members in its rank and file apart from those who worked for Pottu Amman.

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        oldcoder
        Why not? Buddha statues are for any Buddhist to come and worship. There is no restriction. The Army camp should facilitate their troops to practice their religion.
        You ask “Does the Army have Christian or Hindu images in its Northern camps?”
        There is no need. Unlike Christians and Hindus, Buddhists start the day by worshiping Lord Buddha. Before going to work, Buddhists worship Buddha. You should learn to respect other religions. The customs and rituals can be varied.
        You ask “Is promoting Buddhism the Army’s job?”
        Yes, it is. Read the Constitution. Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country. They are the majority. It is the duty of the State not only to protect but also foster Buddhism. Army is an State entity.

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          Champa,
          “Unlike Christians and Hindus, Buddhists start the day by worshiping Lord Buddha”.
          This shows how little you know about other religions. Christians and Hindus do worship in the morning. Then what about Muslims, who do it 5 times a day? Why is the “National” army not catering to these citizens?
          It is the Army that should respect other religions, especially in the North.
          In any case, what can we expect from a twisted form of Buddhism that does not allow even Mahayana Buddhists to openly practice their religion?

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            old codger
            “It is the Army that should respect other religions, especially in the North.”
            Give me one example where our Army disrespect other religions????
            There is a difference how people do their prayers. Buddhists do their prayers in front of a Buddha statue. It is not the same with other religions. In my case, I cant just stand up and do my prayers. I want to do it in front of a Buddha statue.

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              Champa,
              “Give me one example where our Army disrespect other religions????”
              Putting only Buddha statues in their camps is a good example.
              Not only Buddhists, Christians and Hindus too pray in front of statues. I personally think this is a stupid practice, but that is not relevant here.Ideally, the army should have NO statues at all.

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          Champa,
          “The Army camp should facilitate their troops to practice their religion.”
          So there you are! The Army IS a Buddhist army.

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      Champa

      “Erecting a Buddha statue in the North is a violation human right of Tamil Christians/Hindus.”

      Erecting Buddha statue to everywhere by the nasty little Sinhala/Buddhists and let it be covered in bird shit is not only an insult to Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims, Christians, Hindus, ………………. also to Buddhists all over the world.

      Buddha’s statute are being erected not by the the followers of the awakened one but by the war criminals partly to cover up dead bodies under the ground.

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        Pissu Vedda
        I have never seen a Buddha statue covered with bird droppings. I am sure you meant other statues.
        Dear bodies? Whose, do you think? 29,708 Army people have sacrificed their lives during the 30 year bloody war. Their bodies weren’t sent to their families. Instead of bodies, banana trunks were sent in closed coffins! 99% of dead bodies of soldiers were buried in the North and East.

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          “I have never seen a Buddha statue covered with bird droppings. I am sure you meant other statues.”
          If you want, go look at the one near the Municipal garbage depot in Borella.
          Do you think Buddha statues have some magical bird-repellent power?

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            Old codger, the Sri Lankan constitution provide a special prevision for Buddhism (even the first constitution of independent Sri Lanka drawn by the British and the Kandyan convention had that), so Army has the right to have a Buddha statue in their camps.
            Also considering the images of Buddha I see many of my Caucasian friends have Buddha statues in their homes and gardens, it is not because of they being Buddhists, instead they consider Buddha statue as a symbol of self awareness.

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              Wanni,
              I am sure that you are aware that the Buddha himself was against worship of statues and relics.
              As I said before, if staues are to be installed, they must cover all religions. Maybe the Buddha statue could be the biggest, as in private buses.

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          Cham

          The Buda Statue has become ‘ HORA BUDDA’ in sri lanka. Sin KELE Baudaya made a Budu filima and then slowly creeping into others Land specially in Muslims , tamil lands , at midnight putting this Buda staute , and then following day , they come with other kaavi reddayas to the land claiming’ see our budu hamaduru evilla . This is ape idama.. This is our land ‘ .. Shame on these type of use of your Buda statues to grab others land illegally using HORA BUDDA statue in Sri Lanka.

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            Pathetic Ceylonee
            Your comment doesn’t worth a reply.

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      Champa the …………………………..profession

      More skeletons are being unearthed in Mannar.
      Do you know anything about these skeletons that were found a few days ago.

      Human bones continue to surface in the Mannar Sathosa premises: Detected yesterday also!
      http://tamildiplomat.com/
      human-bones-continue-surface
      -mannar-sathosa-premises-
      detected-yesterday-also/

      You can chose any of the following excuses:

      Belonged to Tamils migrants brought in the 1820s and 1830s
      Belonged to Tamil Tobacco workers brought by Dutch
      Belonged to Portuguese Lascarins mercenaries brought to the north to fight Sangili.
      Belonged to Christians killed by Sangili
      Belonged the Europeans who died from Black Death in Europe between 1347 and 1351 were buried in Mannar.
      Belonged Tamils who were killed by LTTE
      Belonged to LTTE who were killed by rival Tamil gangs.
      Belonged to Sinhalese killed by LTTE
      …………
      ……….
      ……….
      Mannar was declared a no fire zone by Dr Gota hence the armed forces never killed a single soul.

      Was it Wimal Sangili Karuppan who secretly carpet bombed the people of Mannar?

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    This is like Ravi KArunanayake winning the BEST FINANACE MINISTER Award by a British Magazine. Who is funding this global allience of HUman Rights. In some countries these Human rigths grpups are not allowed.

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      There is nothing to crow about. During Rajapaksa regime the HRC was acting as an appendage of the government. Commissioners were well known lackeys of the government and complainants were intimidated by the staff of HRC. Although the HRC has not done much to deserve the upgrading, as a charitable act, GANHRI has restored HRC to A grade. HRC is flaunting it as if it is a newly acquired status awarded on merit. Rupavahini news flashed it as though it was an achievement. It is not proper. HRC has to go a long way. When even human rights activists are appointed to a state entity, they feel that they are part of and identify themselves with the regime. This has been the fate of HR activists in Srilanka all along, forgetting the fact that they are expected to be independent.

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      Jim softy dimwit

      Why have you suddenly changed your name from Jim softy dimwit to JaL?

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    Why there are no Human rigths Groups inthe Middle East ?

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    I heard this lady had said” IT is not because I Wanted it. but I also want a Job”.

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    Apparently HRCSL seems to have sent a statement of “Monkey praising Monkey Tail” to CT because there extremely few CT commentators ever accepted this commission as an Independent commission. Almost all commentators feel HRCSL is there only to justify Chitanta and Yahapalanaya governments.
    The specialty in this accreditation is it needs to be applied for and obtained. 120 applied for this review and Lankawe is one with in 70. We don’t know whether Lankawe is number one in that or Number 70 in that. There may be about 240 countries in the world, with and without membership of UN. This really making Lankawe is not one in 70, but it is one 140. Further, the main criteria needed for “A” grade accreditation is independent staff appointment. In other words, the “A” grade is not for HRCSL it is for Radhika Commission. You guys may remember Radhika commission members: The UNESCO Radhika, Secret Solution Seeker Sampanthar, Central Bank and Batalanda fame Ranil, Avante Garde Deal, Sarvodhoya fame Ariyaratne, Champika……
    It is really worth to have an “A” grade certification one like this!

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    “Human Rights Commission Gets An ‘A’ From GANHRI”.
    GANHRI is indirectly awarding themselves ‘A”. This is called projective complex.
    The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) handled the case of the village school girl stigmatised because her mother took part in educating people regarding HIV, shabbily.

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    Swiss Constitution probably the best solution to Sri Lanka ,almost the same size ,but more land than Switzerland

    The Swiss Cantonal System: A Model democracy | Liberty International

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    Well done!

    Human Rights like Law Enforcement are both expected to be ‘politically independent’.

    In Sri Lanka, are they?

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    There are large number of Low cast people in Upcountry ,those issues has not been address by Human Right Commission of Sri lanak . For example cast of Padu suppressed in Upcountry they are suffering many epochs. But Human Rights are not that looking at these cast inequalities has been ignore by even the Head of HRC!!!@
    Therefor due to the social disparities of their cast ,hence Jobs, Marriages and social status been deeply effected and impact of their daily life ? Some of them are Not marries due to low cast issues .
    We proposed that Head of HRC has to looking into these serious issues are very urgently; need to be address by Head of Human Rights Commissions ?

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        Percy the Pathetic brain dead racist

        Excellent typing.
        Thanks for keeping it brief.
        Keep up your good work.

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      Wilemada Loku Banda,

      Please write a letter to HRCSL, personally addressed to the Chief Deepika Udagama. Then, if you can, bring it to CT too. Then we can see if the HRCSL deserve the “A” grade or worse than its usual “F” grade.

      They have no results to claim for “A” grade. Their only claim is they independent from that government. But that is blatant lie and even those who gave the “A” grade know that.

      There was a question for a human right lawyer why Lankawe was given two years extension in 2017, when it was very strongly objecting that extension. The person simply said it way a way of keeping engaged. But that one refused elaborate for “Engaging Lankawe for what purpose?” That is the pathetic situation of UNHRC. If Lankawe openly says it is not in position to implement resolution 30/1 and if it says it didn’t needed the extension, then that is what it is.

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      Percy the Pathetic brain dead racist

      Excellent typing.
      Thanks for keeping it brief.
      Keep up your good work.

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    HRC, Congratulations.
    Carry on regardless and put SL on the map.

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    Human Rights ,what a waste of time on this global hypocrisy

    And Human rights in Sti Lanka.

    Well to be honest if the Tamil (Sri Lankan original Tamils before British invasion) is not addressed by a federal system ,
    There is a greater possibility of a very sophisticated return of the rebels.

    May be not soon ,not in our times .Stub Lankan Tamils are the Jews of Sri Lanka, they are extremely intelligent, hard working ,most of them are honorable in financial matters ,dedicated, patient , grateful ,but its hard for them .to forgive and forget

    But they can be persuaded to move on if you sincerely address their grievances .its been 75 years that is a long time and the War ended badly and post war has been to date bad and they been ignored .

    Well I am sure we may not have worry about it ,just like all the loans that need to be paid ,the future generations will take care if it too.

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    When a Score Card is made of the achievements of this government, the improvement in Human Rights is a major plus factor

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    I see a lot of ‘gripe’ above. Whatever the reason, the war is now over. Lets not dig up ‘skeletons in the cupboard’ but protect future humans from becoming skeletons.

    So, this is a good step in the right direction. But, seriously, what happened during the war, happened – IT WAS A WAR WHERE SRI LANKA STOOD ALONE. The HRCSL should stop what is happening TODAY!

    Lets get on with the world – again – leave the past alone – just learn from it and do not use it for ‘political/economic gains’.

    My opinion: If Buddhists want to protect Buddhism have MORE children, same goes to Christians, Muslims, Hindus, etc. and let the natural process take over. Statues, killings, etc. don’t help, actions/pro-creation does…

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