20 October, 2017

Human Rights Should Not Be Utilised Any Longer To Recreate A New Violent Conflict

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

Commonwealth, Member Responsibilities and Human Rights  

“While people talk of a commonwealth, every man seeks only his own wealth” – Thomas More (Utopia, 1516)

It is always easy to criticise, but difficult to be relevant and responsible. This applies not only to human rights but also to all facets of governance or more pertinently to ‘good governance.’ Didn’t the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth unaware of the ‘human rights record’ of Sri Lanka when they decided to have the next summit in Colombo at the last summit held in Perth in 2011? They did.

Of course people are free to change their minds on any matter on earth, but could that be considered responsible when it comes to international relations and diplomacy of the highest order? It could hardly be the case if and when facts were clear from the beginning, however controversial. Sri Lanka should have a fair go, whatever the weaknesses or violations of the present regime and the government, because the matters pertinent to the Commonwealth are supposed to be the matters of the common people more than of the government.

If the present summit decides not to handover the leadership of the CHOGM to Sri Lanka for the next two years, it would be a slap on the face of the people of the country more than the government. It is also not the politically correct policy for a multilateral organization like the Commonwealth. Not that I am speculating that it would be the case, or would happen even by accident, but that is what some of the agitators are furiously advocating even at this last moment.

I saw this morning on ABC TV (Australia) Gordon Weiss, author of The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers, exactly doing the same and even distorting some facts for that advocacy in the name of investigating war crimes. If any international investigations are conducted on the last stages the war, in my opinion, Weiss should be on the dock and not a ‘state witness’ as he has appointed himself to be at present. I had occasion to criticise him during his UN tenure in Sri Lanka at the last stages of the war and in fact pointed out his irresponsible behaviour that eventually led to the innocent Tamil civilians becoming human shields of the LTTE and targets of the military bombardments, conducted purposely or otherwise.

When the government announced its intentions to siege the LTTE stronghold in Kilinochchi and asked the civilians to move to the government held areas, as the most responsible officer of the UN on the ground at that time not only Weiss didn’t support the move, but on the contrary, he very clearly expressed that it is up to the civilians to decide. If the UN, its agencies and the NGOs had taken a firm decision to ask the civilians to move into the government held areas at that juncture, in my opinion, many of the civilian casualties that claimed to have occurred could have been avoided.

Whatever we say and do about human rights, primary responsibility is to save lives and not to score points for this or that cause of ideology or self-preservation/promotion.

There is no question that obvious violations have happened during the last stages of the war. This is common sense to believe. But those have nothing much to do with the scheduled CHOGM summit in Colombo, except for those who don’t make a distinction between ‘head and tail.’ It is also Thomas More who said that “while you are intent upon the cure of one part, you may make worse the malady of the other parts.” There are different mechanisms to address human rights violations nationally and internationally. No multilateral organization would come to a country to castigate the host country. If those could be raised with the host country at the summit, and castigate the country thereof, then the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper should have been the first to come for the Colombo meeting.

Indiscriminate castigation of Sri Lanka in all international forums particularly by some Western advocates, knowingly or unknowingly, has serious implications of hangovers from colonialism and even ‘racism’ that the Commonwealth has opted to denounce very strongly in the Harare Declaration (1991) as well the previous Singapore Declaration (1971). Of course human rights, good governance and independence of the judiciary and such noble principles are fundamental beliefs in the Commonwealth fraternity. But they are always dealt with proportionality unless a country steps outside those norms completely.

There are many other matters on the agenda and the CHOGM meeting is supposed to address them with understanding, cooperation and solidarity. Commonwealth is in fact a very slow moving animal and there is no point in browbeating without understanding the realistic situation. It is true that in the past, the Commonwealth has taken some ‘brave steps’ in criticising Apartheid (but not imposing sanctions), military coups in Pakistan and Fiji and alleged electoral fraud in Zimbabwe. But those steps were taken not by going to their own countries and castigating them. The opposite possibility defies the common sense.

There is no question that Sri Lanka should be accountable for its human rights record both nationally and internationally. But the Commonwealth is not the forum to get it done and human rights should not be a panacea slogan for all grievances and/or criticisms. From what the Channel 4 and other sources have revealed, however distorted or exaggerated they may be, at least there are very clear prima farcie (at first sight) cases, for example, of the killing of Velupillai Prabhakaran’s young son, one of the eastern LTTE commanders, ‘Colonel’ Ramesh, and the LTTE TV announcer Isaipriya, among possible others, after they became the prisoners of war (POWs). If the facts are correct, these are blatant violations amounts to war crimes. But who is responsible is yet unknown.

But from a broader perspective, and also to learn correct long term lessons for the country and for its future generations, I may agree with the President Mahinda Rajapaksa who has stated, “Let’s discuss all 30 years of war and not just 2009” (The Island, 14 November 2013) in terms of human rights violations, war crimes or crimes against ‘humanity’ or more precisely, crimes against the Sri Lankan people. But the question is how to go about it?

If any balance sheet is drawn for the period, in my dispassionate opinion, the LTTE atrocities might loom larger than what the government or the armed forces have committed. There were constraints for the government or the armed forces in indulging in violations, but in the case of the LTTE, there were almost none at all, and not even rudiments of common moral imperatives. This has nothing to do with the Tamil people or their legitimate rights. Human rights violations, the most horrendous ones in this case, cannot be justified on the basis of a ‘liberation struggle’ or any such ideological basis. This is something that many of the human rights advocates at present, both local and international, do not admit or address as if the past and, in this case, the sequentially relevant recent past, has no relevance.

The above should not absolve the government, however, from its human rights responsibilities for the present or for the past. As the Associated Press has reported (13 November 2013), the President has stated at the eve of the CHOGM summit that “If anyone who wants to complain about human rights violations in Sri Lanka, whether its torture, whether it is rape, we have a system.”

There is of course a system composed of the National Human Rights Commission and the Supreme Court based on the Fundamental Rights Chapter of the Constitution and other Enactments. In addition, Sri Lanka is party to a number of UN human rights instruments. But it is doubtful whether that system is completely operational and competent given the executive encroachments to the judicial system damaging its independence as recently evident by the impeachment saga.

The President has also stated that “If there is any violations, we will take actions against anybody, anybody. I am ready to do that.” If the President is truthful of what he has said about the possibility of complaining about human rights violations and also punishing the perpetrators, then there are two possibilities or avenues open in the country on this matter.

First is the government initiating its own inquiries against the alleged violations impartially and independently to punish the perpetrators. Army inquiries so far conducted are not sufficient or credible on these matters. As I have highlighted before, the killing of Prabhakaran’s son, ‘Colonel’ Ramesh and Isaipriya are, in my concerned opinion, prima farcie cases. As these have allegedly happened within the army, the rooting out of those violators is important to maintain a disciplined army in the country. It is obvious from the Channel 4 and other videos that those have been given or even sold by some of the army personnel themselves. Otherwise Channel 4 didn’t come to shoot them. It is quite possible that these must be the same persons who perpetrated the alleged crimes.

Second possibility is the human rights organizations making the complaints to the Human Rights Commission or the Supreme Court or both regarding the above and other violations. It is unfortunate in Sri Lanka that people hardly make formal human rights complaints as much as they make allegations, criticisms or agitations on those matters. When the President highlighted the availability of human rights systems, he was possibly referring to the alleged violations by the army in the North aftermath of the end of the war or recent past. Not only the formal human rights organizations but also the Tamil political parties i.e. the TNA should seize the opportunity of what President has said and make the formal complaints. Otherwise, their allegations are not worth the salt. If proper investigations or inquiries are not conducted, then that is a subsequent matter to deal with.

To make my main point and approach clear in this article, human rights should not be utilized any longer to recreate a new violent conflict in the country on ethnic lines or even otherwise. The country also should beware of those international agitators who would consciously or unconsciously exacerbate the already existing ethnic divergence between the Sinhalese, the Tamils and the Muslims and religious communities.

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      Laksiri this is shocking indeed!

      “If the present summit decides not to handover the leadership of the CHOGM to Sri Lanka for the next two years, it would be a slap on the face of the people of the country more than the government”.

      This statement of yours is TOTAL BULLSHIT!
      It is ironic that a so-called academic is incapable of distinguishing between a corrupt and criminal Rajapassa regime and ordinary citizens and peoples of a country! This is the Sinhala “lajja baya (shame and inferiority complex) of the black man subject to Aussi white racism, speaking..

      Instead as friend Sid write: Lankan civil society MUST demand a REVIEW of Mahinda Rajapakse’s appointment as Head of the CHOGM circus, and ensure that benchmarks are set for democratization in Sri Lanka, so that he is required to demonstrate progress on CORE VALUED OF DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS by restoring the proper Chief Justice, the 17 Amendment to the Constitutions, Right to information and pass a bill against Hate speech and return of lands and demilitarization of north – or otherwise Rajapassa should be stripped of being head of CHOGM circus. And if not the Common Poverty of Nations which violates its own CORE VALUES by supporting Human rights violators, should be shut down for good!

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        Incapable was you, incapable to comprehend what he is saying. If there are grave HR concerns they should have rejected Sri Lankas call go host GHOCM in 2011 without boycotting in 2013. Nobody opposed the move in 2011, that is what is insulting. Otherwise it is perfectly ok for anyone to boycott us if they don’t see us as fit.

        It is insulting to us bc they didn’t boycott Rajapakshe but Sri Lanka.

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        Hey Stanley..

        This is Laksiri’s [Edited out]….
        to him the people of Sri Lanka is the Regime…
        The Regime Boss too said this morning..
        ” the people in this Country need freedom ..
        Not punitive action…” ..,

        who are these people who will suffer because of judgmental Brits..?
        It is the Regime….The boss considers HIM as the People…
        It is he who wants freedom…to walk on red carpet in London..
        Dine with British Raj…hik…hik…hik…

        without CHOGM people have lived in this Country for 65 years..
        People have gone through immense hardships….
        with CHOGM..Beggars were rounded up and sent to a Camp ..
        But they never begged from the Brits..!!! but from the Sri Lankans..
        So what is the fuss…when no one complained..?
        BECAUSE IT IS ONLY THE REGIME CAN BEG..

        It is the Govts that came to power needed the Britisher..
        At that time it was understood..
        because those who were in power were their own products…Brands
        But …today….alas..! …The Patrots ” Gan Kabarayas ” ..
        now they too want Brits..

        So Mr Laksiri [Edited out].if the chair was either handed over to Sri Lanka or not
        Our lives will remain unchanged…we will continue to live under suttle oppresdion..
        Gas will sky rocket next week…already potatoe..Onions over Rs. 230.0…
        Fuel will be increased by 30%…

        THE SLAP IS ON THEIR FACE NOT OURS…

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        “The killing of Prabhakaran’s son, ‘Colonel’ Ramesh and Isaipriya are, in my concerned opinion, prima farcie cases.”

        Indeed, please do not be naive, sir, once you investigate these cases – the can of worms, the killing fields will be opened and exposed and there will be no stopping ALL the Rajapassa and Sarath Fonseka filth and crime pouring out – all the other murders including Lasantha Wickramatunge – the white vans etc. It will be straight to the Hague for a war crimes trial..
        Why do you thing Sarath Fonseka the great leader of the joint opposition has been so silent during CHOGM show?
        As for going to the HRC – or the legal system haven’t you heard that it is full of regime stooges who jump for Rajapassa only!

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        Exactly true I agree with Don Stanley.

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    At last, a voice of reason.

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    Dr.Lakshiri,

    SC, are n’t you kidding?

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    Torture, Rape, Murder, Disappearances, Impunity, Subversion of the independence of the judiciary, ideological collusion of the ruling party and opposition. All this has nothing to do with human rights.

    Manisekeran, soon you will see me also writing stuff like this. And when that happens you will know that even mental patients are not safe from threats and intimidation.

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    Laksiri makes a relevant point as far as CHOGM is concerned but the reason why many support a boycott or demand an international enquiry is that Mahinda Rajapaksa’s assurances are not credible. The killing of ACF workers and the Trinco students should have been enquired in to, culprits prosecuted, and court marshalled many years ago. What about the many other killings including Lasantha Wickremetunge’s? What Mahinda Rajapaksa says is not believable. There-in lies the problem.

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    Dr Laxiri Fernando,

    Why you are talking about human right violations in Sri Lanka? We know about this country. Our culture is killing and our Supreme courts are to protect criminals. You have lot doubts and it is better you consult Mahinda or Gota.

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    Well said Laksiri! You have been an adviser to the Govt of East Timor and especially to Jose Ramos Horta and know more about the complexity of these issues than most do. You are I am sure, also concerned about the popular nationalist backlash that could arise from 75% of the island’s populace in the face of unreasonable Western, Tamil nadu and Diaspora driven pressure and interference. That backlash could even sweep away civilian rule, as it has done in many countries. It is only the personality, authority and popularity of Mahinda Rajapaksa that prevents such an outcome. As it is, opinions are hardening in Southern society. The majority of the citizens will do whatever is necessary to defend the legitimacy of the war and the armed forces– which does not rule out punishment of the individuals guilty of crimes– with or without the regime. Just as this government was elected to win the hot war, another will replace it if in cannot win the cold war.

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      DJ@

      HOW CAN YOU BE THAT SURE THAT “It is only the personality, authority and popularity of Mahinda Rajapaksa that prevents such an outcome”

      No other leaders had the same circumstances to compare with.

      Why not you focus on – rule of law in current situation ? Why not you feel that the current regime has been on a snail move with LLRC implementations ? Why dont you seem not supporting them with reenforcement of law and order ?

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      DJ @,
      having watched the following video,
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0OHm8ak3oo
      I know how difficult it was you to leave good arguments why the MR regime failed to do going through LLRC implementations during last 4 years.
      This newshour was comparable to MALUKADE type discussion, anyway that is the indian standards.

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      “the popular nationalist backlash that could arise from 75% of the island’s populace in the face of unreasonable Western, Tamil nadu and Diaspora driven pressure and interference.”

      You can as well say “100% of the Sinhala populace want …. to give any rights to Tamils. JRJ summarized it lucidly: “If I starve the Tamils Sinhala people will be happy …”.

      Or you can also say 90% of the Germans wanted the Jews exterminated in the forties.

      “That backlash could even sweep away civilian rule, as it has done in many countries.”

      Is it a disguised threat to Tamils by saying the above. This is what Sinhala states have been doing since 1956, think of all the anti-Tamils pogroms.

      Tamils have been undergoing the ultimate threat of genocide which climaxed in 2009, and still continuing in covert forms.

      “It is only the personality, authority and popularity of Mahinda Rajapaksa that prevents such an outcome.”

      “As it is, opinions are hardening in Southern society. It has nothing more to harden – it has already celebrated the genocide of Tamils with crackers

      I ask you what is this “personal authority of Mahinda doing about attacks on temples, Mosques and Churches? You mean if the minorities don’t accept the majoritarian hegemony Sinhalese will do worse things – genocide of all the minorities?

      DJ,
      please don’t come down to such low levels to threaten the minority nations in the island. Enough is enough – 65 years of oppression by the majoritarian mind set of the rulers.

      We need international investigation to establish the truth first.

      Remember these words:

      Peters on Veracity
      Truth can be costly, but in the end it never falls short of value for the price paid.
      Ellis Peters, author

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      Here comes the deep states spokesman and chief ideologue of the regime with the threat of the backlash. A backlash is exactly what may be required to trigger a complete clean up so go ahead and backlash has hard as you can and in fact the harder the better so that we can be done with it and move on.

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      Dr.Jeyatilake

      Would you mean to say that there should not be an International inquiry as to what happened during the last days of the war or even before. You also say without saying that there should not be a body such as UN. When you say that the International Community has no say because of backlash in Sri Lanka, I never expected a comment as such from you. There should be an international inquiry as to what happened in the Eastern part of Sri Lanka and in opther parts inclusive of the LTTE as the people do not know much as to what they did. The inquiry should be mainly for reconcilliation.If you go to say that the 25% of the people in Sri Lanka are no people, then I am sorry to say that you are out of your mind.

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      Dayan,

      The Backlash is nothing new in Sinhala Lanka. In the last 63 years since independance we have had so many race riots and in 1958 what brought about the backlash.
      If the Tamils asking for their God Given Rights could act as a trigger for backlash then at least this time the World will see it for waht it is.
      Frankly you are running out of Ideas to carry on you killing spree but this time it wont Work. Even the Current Corrupt Indian Government cannot come to your rescue and not even the Greatest power China.
      By the way you must have heard that China has told GOSL to improve its Human Rughts Record supprting Britain and India so come March who is going to Veto a UN decision to order an International Inquiry. I know you have a hot line to MR why dont you alert him to the impending disaster.

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    ” I may agree with the President Mahinda Rajapaksa who has stated, “Let’s discuss all 30 years of war and not just 2009”

    Why only 30 years? What about the STATE ORGANISED pogroms of starting from 1956 to date? Were anyone punished or inquired into for several massacres including the one in Welikade prison, on the streets of Colombo in broad daylight aided and abetted by security forces and the Bikhus and ministers with voters lists. Burning of schools, churches, libraries, etc. Bombing of churches, temples, schools after asking the civilians to take shelter in the temple.

    Laksiri Fernando need not have wasted his time and paper to write this article. He simply means “this is how we sinhalese will behave towards the minorities and no one has the right to question us. He means to say What if a few thousand Tamils lost their lives?” Dayan Jayatilleka agrees with him. He may be trying to curry favour with the ruling class again at the expense of Tamil lives!!!

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      You are quite ‘untruthful’ Mr Truth.

      I have very clearly raised the issues of Prabhakaran’s son, Colonel Ramesh and Isaipriya among other violations. Very few would do that in their own name. You brand me as a ‘Sinhala mind.’ Ethnic hatred would not take the Tamils or the Sinhalese anywhere.

      You have quoted what I have said about the 30 years, yes that includes 1983. Extremism, terrorism apart, has completely distorted the human rights issues and even people’s minds like yours. I have no objection of investigating violations since 1956 or even before, but the relevant point that I raised was in respect of the war. Those who killed by the government forces or the LTTE are to me human beings. I don’t make the distinction on ethnic grounds.

      Don’t be misled by fanaticism or hatred. Have sanity of mind.

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        Please walk the talk Dr.LF.
        With your sanity of mind, can you articulate how you have come to this conclusion,

        “If any balance sheet is drawn for the period, in my dispassionate opinion, the LTTE atrocities might loom larger than what the government or the armed forces have committed”.

        Did you have any valid data to claim this? Even UN report claimed that larger civilian death was primariliy due to selective shelling of the designated “no fire zones”. The above quote of you shows that you are no different to Sinha-racist in any manner. Yes LTTE was long back deviated from its path and that’s why it is termed an terrorist groups, but equating the so called state actors alias government forces with an non-state self-armed group showing your deep hidden venom. Then what’s the difference between LTTE and GoSL?

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        Dr,

        What been the outcome as MR has denied everthing. Dont you think it was a waste of time and it has fallen on deaf years as MR is hard of hearing when it comes to Tamil suffering.

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      No he means, people with vile agendas and honest misguided idiots should not be allowed to wreck havoc on our country again in the name of justice. It is you who engage on your agendas at the expense of Sri Lankan lives.

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    Is Mr Fernando coming around too,,,,?.

    Srilanka belongs only to the current inhabitants and the inhabitants who are currently overseas to earn a living and help their relos back home,

    It is entirely up to them to decide what is good for them and select , pick or elect who they want to run their affairs.

    First and foremost the peace and harmony which is currently in place after 30 year hiatus, must be preserved at all costs.

    That means, telling the Foreigners to but out if necessary, if they want to interfere unnecessarily to drive their own agendas to satisfy the needs of non inhabitants.

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    “There is of course a system composed of the National Human Rights Commission and the Supreme Court based on the Fundamental Rights Chapter of the Constitution and other Enactments…. But it is doubtful whether that system is completely operational and competent given the executive encroachments to the judicial system damaging its independence as recently evident by the impeachment saga.”

    This is one of the biggest understatements about Sri Lanka. Ask Dr. Kasipillai Manoharan about what happened to his son Rajeevan’s case or Lal and Sonali about Lasantha W.’s case. Ask what happened to Rajapaksa’s very own IIEGP investigation and LLRC? Ask J.S. Tissainayagam about the 20 year sentence by the courts for criticizing the GoSL. Ask the family of Eastern Univ VC, Prof. Raveendranath.

    People like you and Michael Roberts joined the bandwagon with Dayan Jayatilleka and Rajiva Wijesinha in defending the regime in the last stages of the war. Little wonder that you are now underplaying a grave issue–the absence of any avenue for justice in SL, especially for Tamils, and thus trivializing the suffering of victims.

    Plaudits from a proven man of moral turpitude such as Dayan Jayatilleka only confirms what I say. Acknowledging that he was a friend of sorts, DJ went on various internet forums to say what happened to Tissainayagam was nothing bad, that it was similar to what happened to Ezra Pound who had developed Nazi sympathies. Anyone who read what the GoSL quoted from J.S. Tissainayagm’s writings would know how odious the comparison was. It can only come from a pathetic sycophant like DJ.

    And DJ would invoke the American civil war, and General Sherman’s scorched earth tactics in the South, to justify the GoSL’s mass atrocities in the Vanni. In other words, DJ thinks that people are fools, that we all live in an era when there was no UN, no Geneva conventions, no recognition of the evolution of the concept of individual and human rights, and the responsibility to protect.

    With such public “intellectuals” still around, little wonder that the country finds itself in the impasse it is today. What is more, the extent to which Sri Lanka has to progress before there will be any justice, is revealed by the fact that, within the Sinhalese society, people like you and DJ would be considered very ‘liberal.’

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      Whoever you are ‘Agnos,’ let me address what may appear as the only valid issue that you have raised out of complete jumble of accusations or outbursts: “the absence of any avenue for justice in SL, especially for Tamils and thus trivializing the suffering of victims.” Your accusation in this respect is that I am “now underplaying a grave issue.”

      If you have come to the final conclusion that ‘there is no avenue for justice in SL,’ then you are right in saying that I have a different approach on the matter. That is exactly what I raised in my article in a sober manner quite different to what you must have been advocating during the Commonwealth summit! I do believe that justice could be achieved if people have patients, determination and organize democratically. But it should not lead to creating another conflict in the North or the South. l sent my article on a rather neutral title “Commonwealth, Member Responsibilities and Human Rights” and the CT more precisely published it as “Human Rights Should Not Be Utilized Any Longer To Recreate A New Violent Conflict.” That is exactly the message that I wanted to communicate and some people like you then got angry. Who is exposed, you or me?

      It is a pity that you have dragged names of other people adversely into your response. You say “People like [me] and Michael Roberts joined the bandwagon with Dayan Jayatilleka and Rajiva Wijesinha in defending the regime in the last stages of the war.” The accusation apart, is this the way that you seek justice or approach the violations of human rights, just accusing and abusing other people? It is obvious you will not achieve ‘your interpretation’ of justice nationally or internationally.

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        Dr.LAKSIRI, I FULLY AGREE WITH THE SENTIMENTS AND OPINIONS EXPRESSED BY AGNOS. YOU SEEM TO BE RUBBED UP THE WRONG WAY BY HIS MANNER AND STYLE OF PRESENTATION WHICH I FIND MOST REFRESHING, CANDID AND HONEST WITH NO EFFORT, UNLIKE THE INTELLECTUALLY DISHONEST TO HIDE BUFFOONERY AND COWARDICE BEHIND A SICKENINGLY FRAUDULENT CLOAK OF ‘RESPECTABILITY” AND “RESPONSIBILITY” ..HAVING THE GUTS AND THE INTEGRITY TO CALL A SPADE A SPADE !

        IF A MAN HASN’T THE DEPTH OF FEELING TO STIR HIM TO HIS SOUL IN THE FACE OF THIS MURDEROUSLY RAMPANT GOVERNMENT, IN THE FACE OF INTOLERABLE SUFFERINGS IMPOSED ON THE TAMILS, HE’S A SUB-HUMAN SPECIES OF THE KIND THAT LACKS THE INTEGRITY TO POINT AN UNERRING FINGER AT CRIMINALS AND DEMAND JUSTICE.

        YOU, DAYAN, RAJIVA AND OTHERS OF YOUR ILK ARE THE VERY PEOPLE WHO HELP BUTTRESS THIS RAPACIOUS GOVERNMENT BY COUCHING YOUR STATEMENTS IN COWARDLY ‘GENTEEL’ LANGUAGE.IT’S A COP OUT USE BY MEN WHO LACK A SPINAL CHORD.

        YOU CONTEND THAT YOU “do believe that justice could be achieved if people have patients,[ I BELIEVE YOU MEAN PATIENCE!] determination and organize democratically. But it should not lead to creating another conflict in the North or the South.”

        WHAT’S BEEN THE GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE WHEN THE PEOPLE OF WELIVERIYA DID THIS ? WHAT WAS THE RESPONSE WHEN THE BASL STEPPED OUT TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST THE SACKING OF THE CJ? WHAT WAS THE RESPONSE WHEN TAMILS MOTHERS AND WIVES TRIED TO ENTER COLOMBO TO AND DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY ABOUT THEIR “MISSING” HUSBANDS , SONS AND BROTHERS ? ‘missing”. My god, what a word for vile abductions and killings.

        FOR WHAT WRONG WAS LASANTHA KILLED IN SUCH A BLOODY SANGUINARY MANNER LEAVING HIS WIFE AND KIDS UNDER AN ETERNAL CLOUD OF FEAR ?

        TAKE A LOOK AT THE LONG, LONG LIST OF SIMILAR KILLINGS AND SO-CALLED ‘ABDUCTIONS”

        JUSTINCASE YOUR MEMORY FAILS YOU,DID NOT THE TAMILS SPEAK UP ‘PEACEFULLY’ IN PARLIAMENT DEMANDING THEIR RIGHTS FOR ENDLESS DECADES, DID THEY ALSO NOT STAGE ‘PEACEFUL’ DEMONSTRATIONS FOR YEARS WITHOUT END.

        WHAT DID THAT APPROACH PRODUCE ? IT CREATED THE TIGERS, THE KILLINGS, THE MASS RAPES, MURDER AND ARSON PERPETRATED ON THE HAPLESS TAMILS WHO DID NOT TAKE TO ARMS.

        THE GOVERNMENT THEN ARMED THEMSELVES WITH A SUPERIOR MILITARY MIGHT AND BRUTALLY WIPED OUT THE TIGERS WHO WERE BIRTHED BY SINHALA=BUDDHIST EXTREMISM,

        SINHALESE , TAMIL OR MUSLIM
        .. TAKE YOUR PICK, IT’S ALL THE SAME: NO DISSENT HOWEVER PEACEFUL WILL BE TOLERATED. IT WILL BE MET WITH THE QUANTUM OF FORCE NEEDED TO ERADICATE DISSENT.UNIFORMED OR NOT THE MILITARY IS DEPLOYED AGAINST YOU. ARMED THUGS, THE WHITE VANS AND MOTORCYCLE KILLERS COME CALLING WITH THEIR DEADLY MESSENGERS OF DEATH.

        NRRD I CONTINUE WITH MORE ? I GUESS NOT.

        AND YET, WHEN THE WRITING IS SO CLEARLY ON THE WALL THAT EVEN AN IMBECILE CAN DECIPHER IT. YOU HIDE BEHIND PUERILE WORDS AND SAY

        “I do believe that justice could be achieved if people have patience, determination and organize democratically.”

        I would be willing to give you the benefit of the doubt provided you flesh that skeletal statement and define for us how you think that conviction of your can be articulated positively, successfully.

        My take on this is that fellows of your ilk, and the same goes for apologists such as Dayan and Rajiva,merely masquerade as men, hide behind a mountain of irrelevant jargon and end up shoring up the fortune of killers who’ve deceived the masses into voting for them.

        THE FACT IS THAT YOU LILY-LIVERED FELLOWS KNOW WHAT’S COMING, MESS UP YOUR PANTS IN FEAR OF BEING CAUGHT ON THE WRONG SIDE. YOU FELLOWS HOPE LIKE HELL THAT WHAT’S COMING WILL NOT COME AND SO WRITE IN SUCH A WAY THAT SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT BE LEFT STANDING YOU’RE STILL IN WITH A CHANCE AT SOME OF THE LARGESSE.

        IT’S A MOST REPULSIVE FORM OF MORAL AND INTELLECTUAL DISHONESTY.

        COWARDS AND TYRANTS FIND GLIB EXCUSES FOR NOT DOING THE GOOD THAT THEY MUST AND TO DEFEND THE EVIL THEY DO.

        NOT EVERYONE ON THIS BLOG IS HALF AS NAIVE AS YOU PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE. GO TO THE VILLAGE BUMPKINS FOR THAT.

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          What a diatribe Winston! You seem to be suffering from ‘moral constipation.’ You hate everything in Sri Lanka perhaps not so for unreasonable reasons. This was quite obvious from your rather aborted Lanka Web Leader.

          Do you write the same way as you do now condemning all who come across your path? Or do you get tantrums on and off? But I appreciate that you have guts to put down you name unlike ‘Agnos.’

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            LAKSIRI, MORAL CONSTIPATION ? I THOUGHT THIS SITE WAS ONLY MEANT FOR COMMENTS IN ENGLISH.

            SO YOU DO KNOW THAT I AM NOT IN SRI LANKA. I CAN GUESS WHO CALLED YOU AND GAVE YOU THAT BIT OF INFO.

            ABOUT THE LWL SITE,YOU OBVIOUSLY KNOW HOW ONE OF THE KILLERS YOU INDIRECTLY SHELTER WITH PASSIVE INANITIES THREATENED MY FAMILY AND FORCED ME TO ABANDON IT, AFTER CONSTANTLY HACKING IT FOR A FORTNIGHT.

            SINCE YOU HAVE READ THE LITTLE STUFF THAT DID APPEAR BRIEFLY ON THE LWL YOU ARE BEING DISHONEST IN SAYING THAT I ‘CONDEMN ALL WHO COME ACROSS MY PATH” NOT IN THE LEAST… AND YOU WELL KNOW WHAT MY COMMITMENTS ARE TO HUMAN SUFFERING, TO AMELIORATING SUFFERING AMONG THE OPPRESSED, AND MY CONSISTENCY TO THOSE CAUSES OVER THE PAST 45 YEARS IN THE MEDIA.

            BEING CRAFTY, YOU AS USUAL DRAW A RED HERRING ACROSS THE ISSUES RAISED BY ME, MORAL ISSUES TO DO WITH HUMAN SUFFERING. HOW REPULSIVE THAT YOUR RESPONSE TO THE SPIRIT IN WHICH I STRIKE A BLOW FOR THE OPPRESSED IS TO CALL IT A DIATRIBE.THAT ALONE EXPOSES THE FACT THAT MY ESTIMATE OF YOU [ VERY REGRETTABLY I MUST ADMIT]WAS SPOT ON.

            YOU DO SEEM TO BE HAVING A PERSECUTION COMPLEX JUDGING FROM YOUR COMMENTS ELSEWHERE TOO IN THIS LINK AND THAT’S A DEAD GIVE AWAY THAT THAT IT RANKLES TO BE NEGATIVELY COMMENTED ABOUT.FEELING UNCOMFORTABLE WHEN PEOPLE POINT OUT THE TRUTH IS NOT INTENDED TO RANKLE YOU. IT’S MEANT IN GOOD FAITH TO PROD YOU INTO ASSERTING YOUR BETTER JUDGEMENT AND YOUR SENSE OF MORAL INTEGRITY. AS ‘AGO’ POINT OUT BELOW, WHEN DID ALLUDING TO THE TRUTH BECOME ‘ABUSE? I FAIL TO UNDERSTAND YOUR QUEER BRAND OF LOGIC.

            IN GANDHI’S WORDS, ONE OF THE ROOTS OF VIOLENCE WAS THE POSSESSION OF KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT CHARACTER AND THAT’S THE BASIC PROBLEM WITH YOU AND YOUR FELLOW APOLOGISTS.

            I AM SURE THAT DANTE IN “INFERNO” HAD PERSONS SUCH AS YOU IN MIND WHEN HE SAID THAT “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”

            I DO FEEL SAD ABOUT THE FACT THAT I MUST POINT OUT TO YOU THAT A FALSE SENSE OF BEING NEUTRAL I NOT THE DAME AS BEING OBJECTIVE. IT NEGATES THE PURSUIT OF JUSTICE, IT HINDERS IT AND CONTRIBUTES TO THE EXTENSION OF EVIL. YOU CONTINUE DOING THAT AND YOU ONLY CONTINUE SHORT-SHRIFTING THE OPPRESSED IN SRI LANKA AND ELSEWHERE.

            AND THAT’S NOT IN ANY MANDATE TO DO WITH HUMAN SUFFERING IF AT THE END OF THE DAY YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THIS NATION HAS FAILED TO ERADICATE THE EVIL FROM OUR MIDST.

            IT’S ALL HYPE, NEGATIVE, BULLSHITTING HYPE

            LASTLY, THAT CHILDISH COMMENT OF YOURS THAT I HATE EVERYTHING IN SRI LANKA..I DID, TO BE HONEST, WHEN THE SIRIMA GOVERNMENT’S ARMY SENT MEN AT DEAD OF NIGHT TO DRAG ME AWAY IN MY PYJAMAS TO THE ROCK HOUSE LANE ARMY CAMP FOR ABUSE AND INTERROGATION. I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE TAMILS WERE NOT THE FIRST TO SUFFER DRAWERS BEING SLAMMED WITH CRUSHING EFFECT ON THEIR TESTICLES . AND THAT WAS SIMPLY BECAUSE I WROTE IN THE UNP’S “JOURNAL ” OF THE TIME AND IN THE ‘DAILY NEWS’ THAT THE MERCILESS CRACKDOWN ON THE JVP YOUTH WAS UNCONSCIONABLE IN THAT THE LANGUAGE AND INDUSTRIAL POLICY OF THE DAY HAD MESHED IN TO DEPRIVE THEM OF SUFFICIENTLY REMUNERATIVE SOURCES OF EMPLOYMENT AND WHAT THEY NEEDED WAS UNDERSTANDING AND ASSISTANCE. MANY OF THOSE BULLET RIDDEN YOUTH WERE SHOVED ALIVE INTO INCINERATOR AT THE MT.LAVINIA CEMETERY TO MY PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED ELSEWHERE. BUT THE PERPETRATORS OF THOSE POLICIES OF COURSE SENT THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS TO LONDON AND PARIS FOR ENGLISH HIGHER EDUCATION. MY SENSITIVITY TO THEIR PLIGHT WAS CONSTRUED TO MEAN THAT I SYMPATHISED AND SUPPORTED THE JVP REBELLION.

            IT’S YOUR RIGHT TO BE ON THE FENCE, IT’S MINE TO THROW IN MY LOT WITH THE DISPOSSESSED AND OPPRESSED, TO MAKE A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE SEARCH FOR JUSTICE INSTEAD OF DABBLING IN PUERILE POLEMICS.

            SRI LANKA WILL PERHAPS BE A PLEASANTER PLACE TO LIVE IN WHEN MEN SUCH AS YOU, DAYAN ET AL, FOR A CHANGE, STAND BEFORE YOUR MIRRORS AN ASK YOURSELVES WHETHER YOU ARE REALLY ON THE SIDE OF THE PEOPLE OR CHEAP MEN-PLEASERS AT WHOSE ALTARS YOU PAY OBEISANCE..AND PRETEND NOT TO BE DOING SO! YOU’RE LOST IN YOUR DELUSIONS MY FRIEND. WAKE UP TO REALITY AND REASSERT YOUR INTEGRITY INSTEAD OF BRINGING SHAME UPON YOURSELVES.

            BUT I DIGRESS. NO. EVEN THEN I DID NOT HATE EVERYTHING OR EVEN MANY THINGS IN SRI LANKA AS YOU SEEM TO HAVE PRESUMED. I JUST HATED THE EVIL THAT ABOUNDED THEN AND ABOUNDS MORE ABUNDANTLY TODAY.

            AND TO A LARGE EXTENT THESE EVIL REGIMES ARE BUTTRESSED BY THE QUEER POSITIONS ADOPTED BY PEOPLE OF YOUR ILK.

            SO WE ASK WHETHER IT IS A QUESTION OF MORAL COWARDICE THAT MAKES YOU ADOPT SUCH NIHILISTIC POSITIONS WHEN THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION ARE CRUSHED UNDERFOOT ? OR IS IT THAT YOU HIDE YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THIS EVIL WITH AMBIGUOUS HYPERBOLE ?

            I SAID IT BEFORE AND I WILL SAY IT AGAIN: DON’T BE A BLOTCH ON THE MORAL CANVASS OF THIS NATION. AND SPARE ME THE ‘PLEASURE’ OF YOUR HAIRBRAINED RESPONSES. THEY ARE NOT BECOMING OF YOU. DO SOMETHING ELSE TO FIND SOLACE IN YOUR EMBARRASSMENT AT BEING EXPOSED. I ASSURE YOU THAT I HAD NOT A JOT OF MALA FIDE OBJECTIVE IN ME WHEN I EVEN PUT DOWN MY FIRST COMMENTS. DITTO HERE TOO.

            MAY I END BY REAWAKENING SOME EMOTIONS IN YOU BY RECALLING SOME WORDS OF ALBERT EINSTEIN WHICH JEL IN WELL WITH THE SOCIO-POLITICAL SCENARIO IN SRI LANKA TODAY:
            QUOTE :

            “He who joyfully marches to music rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.”

            THINK ON THOSE WORDS MY FRIEND, THEY WILL HELP YOU REDEFINE YOUR PRIORITIES AND COMMITMENTS.

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              Winston,

              No one gave me a call to tell about you. I could simply research through internet and know. Similarly, you can do the same and know about me and see whether your personal accusations are correct. Your accusation that I indirectly shelter a killer is outrageous and shows your present type of journalism. You may change. Don’t do too much browbeating.

              Well, on the CHOGM matter, I put myself at risk of accusations from even the likeminded people to drive the point that denunciation of all ‘national’ is not the way to go about defending human rights or the rights of minorities. Sine you have revealed that you were writing to the UNP paper in the past, I also must say that it was a (tactical) mistake for the UNP to allow that exhibition at Sirikotha during CHOGM and then consequently boycott the event. That is not the way to emerge as a viable opposition to the present authoritarian regime, in my opinion. I am also critical of ‘ultra-leftism’ on human rights matters given my international experience on the subject.

              I am sorry about the threats that you and your family have encountered.

              My bit of advice to your postings is not to CAPITALISE them. It’s just an eyesore, at least for me!

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                LAKSIRI,

                “Your accusation that I indirectly shelter a killer is outrageous and shows your present type of journalism”

                mY I REPRODUCE HERE AN EXTRACT FROM ONE OF YOUR RESPONSES TO ‘AGNOS’

                “I do believe that justice could be achieved if people have patients, determination and organize democratically. But it should not lead to creating another conflict in the North or the South. l sent my article on a rather NEUTRAL TItle “Commonwealth, Member Responsibilities and Human Rights” and the CT more precisely published it as “Human Rights Should Not Be Utilized Any Longer To Recreate A New Violent Conflict.” That is exactly the message that I wanted to communicate and some people like you then got angry. Who is exposed, you or me?

                MAYBE SOME EXTERNAL FORCES WITH MALA FIDE INTENTIONS DO USE THE HR ISSUE TO RE-CREATE[ MARK THAT WORD] A NEW VIOLENT CONFLICT. BUT WHEN YOU PRESENT THOUGHTS IN THAT MANNER YOU BRING ALL OF US UNDER ITS UMBRELLA..AND I FOR ONE FIND THAT PREPOSTEROUS AND OUTRAGEOUS.

                TO BEGIN WITH , HR ISSUES WERE NOT EVEN INITIALLY ‘USED TO CREATE’ VIOLENT CONFLICT. THE ABUSES CREATED THE CONFLICT BU BIRTHING THE TIGERS AND THE JVP.
                IT IS THIS ‘NEUTRALITY’ THAT IS OFFENSIVE AND OUTRAGEOUS BECAUSE IT KEEPS MEN OF YOUR UNDOUBTED CALIBER ON THE FENCE, SO COLD AND REMOTE AND EMOTIONALLY UNINVOLVED. WHAT HAS IT EVER ACHIEVED? JUST ANOTHER PAPER IN THE ENDLESS VOLUMES OF PUERILE ACADEMIA BECAUSE VERY MANY OF US IDENTIFY IN OUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WITH THE DEGRADING METHODS OF OPPRESSION HEAPED UPON MEN AND WOMEN WHO AT ONE TIME WERE JUST LIKE YOU: NEUTRAL AND ACTING WITH THE BURDEN OF AN ERRONEOUS INTERPRETATION OF WHAT SOCIO-POLITICAL RESPONSIBILITY IS…

                THE OVERRIDING EVIDENCE IN THIS COUNTRY OVER THE PAST FIFTY YEARS IS THAT YOUR STANCES [WHICH WERE EXACTLY WHAT PEOPLE OF RESPONSIBILITY OF MY GENERATION ADOPTED 50 YEARS AGO, INCLUDING MYSELF] ARE PERCEIVED AS COWARDLY AND HENCE NONCHALANTLY BRUSHED AWAY AS OF NO CONSEQUENCE.THIS ALSO WAS THE FLAWED SENSE OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY THAT EARLIER ON DETERMINED THE POSTURES ADOPTED BY THE TULF AND OTHER TAMIL FORCE BOTH IN AND OUT OF PARLIAMENT. THEY WERE IGNORED. WERE YOU AROUND WHEN SIVASITHAMPARAM AND AMIRTHALINGAM WERE ASSAULTED BY GOVERNMENT MP’S WITH SANDALS AND TORN OUT MICROPHONES AND BUDGET BOOKS FOR ARTICULATING A DEMAND FOR AN INCREASE IN BUDGETARY ALLOCATIONS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE NORTH ?

                SUCH THINGS HELPED BIRTH THE TAMIL TIGERS.

                SO WHEN I SAY THAT YOUR STANCES INDIRECTLY SHELTER A KILLER IAY O WITH A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY AND PRECEDENTS OVER THE PAST FIVE DECADES.

                THIS PRECISELY WHY I ADDED THE PROVISO IN MY EARLIER POST,QUOTING YOUR STATEMENT, TO WIT ““I do believe that justice could be achieved if people have patience, determination and organize democratically.” ADDING THAT

                “I would be willing to give you the benefit of the doubt provided you flesh that skeletal statement and define for us how you think that conviction of your can be articulated positively, successfully.”

                THE LESS EDUCATED AND FRUSTRATED TAMIL YOUTH LANGUISHED ENDLESSLY SAND EMPLOYMENT, AND VERY LIFE ITSELF, WHILE THEIR POLITICAL LEADERS WERE MADE A MOCKERY OF IN AND OUT OF PARLIAMENT WITH THEIR ‘ACCOMODATING STANCES” WITH THEIR SENSE OF SOCIO=POLITICAL “RESPONSIBILITY”… THESE WERE FACTORS WHICH DID NOT A DAMNED THING TO DELIVER THEIR ASPIRATIONS AND RIGHTS.

                THAT INHERENTLY BUTTRESSED REGIMES WHICH CONTINUED TO OPPRESS THE MINORITIES.

                THAT APPROACH WAS BACK THEN AND TODAY, TAKEN FOR WEAKNESS. AND THAT IS WHY IS PUT IT STRONGLY THAT YOUR POSITION AND APPROACHES INDIRECTLY BOLSTER THE EVILS WHICH HAVE TAKEN CONTROL OF EVERY MECHANISM OF POWER, INCLUDING THE HIJACKING OF THE CONSTITUTION AND JUDICIARY TO SERVE IT DICTATORIAL OBJECTIVES.

                I NONETHELESS DO APOLOGISE IF THAT STATEMENT OF MINE OFFENDED YOU. WAS MEANT IN A MORE ABSTRACT SENSE AND SAID AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF EVENTS OF THE PAST IN WHICH I EXPERIENCED THE UTTERLY NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF SUCH STANCES.

                I SUPPOSE ONE EXPECTS MEN OF YOUR CALIBER TO SEE THE LIGHT MORE CLEARLY THAN THE MAN ON THE STREET DOES, TO VIEW EVENTS FROM THE STANDPOINT OF THE OPPRESSED MILLIONS.

                BY THE WAY, I AM NOT A SUPPORTER OF THE CURRENT UNP THAT HAS , IN THE PERONA OF RANIL WICKREMESINGHE, TOTALLY RENEGED ON ITS MORAL SOCIAL AND NATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES. I AGREE A HUNDRED PERCENT WITH YOU ON YOUR RELATED STATEMENTS.WHETHER I CAPITALISE OR NOT ON MY EXPERIENCES AND THOSE OF THE MINORITIES AT LARGE IS MY RIGHT AS MUCH AS YOUR CHOICE OF APPROACH IS YOURS. BUT, I DON’T CAPITALISE. THEY ARE THE UNDERPINNING OF MY STANCES , MY ARGUMENTS. ‘CAPITALISING’ IS YOUR TAKE ON IT.GOOD FOR YOU.

                wOULD YOU PLEASE PERMIT ME TO DRAW YOUR SERIOUS ATTENTION TO TWO VERSES FROM A POEM BY WYSTAN AUDEN WHICH I FEEL WILL JEL WITH YOUR INNER SELF…NOT THE LAKSIRI THAT IS PORTRAYED IN YOUR WRITINGS !!!! HERE THEY ARE :

                “Out of the air a voice without a face
                Proved by statistics that some cause was just
                In tones as dry and level as the place:
                No one was cheered and nothing was discussed; [ WAS HE REFERRING TO YOU ?]
                Column by column in a cloud of dust They marched away

                Enduring a belief Whose logic brought them, somewhere else,
                to grief !!. She looked over his shoulder For ritual pieties, White flower-garlanded heifers, Libation and sacrifice, But there on the shining metal Where the altar should have been, She saw by his flickering forge-light Quite another scene. Barbed wire enclosed an arbitrary spot Where bored officials lounged (one cracked a joke) And sentries sweated for the day was hot: A crowd of ordinary decent folk Watched from without and neither moved nor spoke
                As three pale figures were led forth and bound To three posts driven upright in the ground.
                The mass and majesty of this world,
                they were small and could not hope for help and no help came:
                What their foes like to do was done,
                their shame Was all all That carries weight
                and always weighs the same
                Lay in the hands of others; the worst could wish;
                they lost their pride.. And died, as men
                before their bodies died.[ that’s where neutrality gets us!]

                A ragged urchin, aimless and alone,
                Loitered about that vacancy;
                a bird Flew up to safety from his well-aimed stone:
                That girls are raped,
                that two boys knife a third,
                Were axioms to him, who’d never heard Of any world where promises were kept,
                Or one could weep because another wept.” –

                When another weeps, some prefer to call it ‘diatribe’. it’s amazing that their perceptions are so shallow, won’t you agree ?
                Tell me, how does one define vacuous hyperbole?

                Your stances are ok with men who can weep when another weeps.your responses would indicate that you are afraid of those who cannot weep and your neutrality is determined by your fears. i hope i’m wrong. Prove it..or be counted among the Dayan Js or Jehan Pereras or Rajiva Wijesinghes.

                Know why the Tigers killed the afable Tiruchelvam and kadirgamar? they spoke of rapproachment with racial and religious extremists. So much for the tags of ‘intellectuals” hung on them. And the Tigers made the error of resorting to terrorism in their desperation.

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                  Sorry , that should read under my name WINSTON DE VALLIERE. It inadvertently went under my pseudonym that’s reserved for the more mundane and less important subjects.

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        “… and some people like you then got angry. Who is exposed, you or me? “

        I said nothing about the Commonwealth, nor have I advocated a boycott. Show me where I did that. o you are just talking nonsense.

        “…just accusing and abusing other people?”
        Well, all four of you–that is, yourself, DJ, Michael Roberts and Rajiva Wijesinha, have a public record of writings. And you all had a decent, fairly principled outlook in your earlier years, but all of you felt you had to let go of any such principles and academic objectivity, and instead resort to spin to strengthen the murderous Rajapaksa regime, in the process defending and downplaying mass atrocities, white van abductions and torture. Why is it an ‘abuse’ to point that out?

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        I completely agree with Agnos about Laksiri Fernando.

        What justice has Sri Lankan justice system provided to the thousands of Tamils murdered, their properties destroyed and women raped in the massive anti-Tamil pogroms of 1958, 1977 and 1983?

        There are many more instances of injustice heaped on Tamils and continuing.

        Right now what justice is dished out to Hindu temples, Muslim Mosques and Churches damaged/destroyed in several parts of Sri Lanka?

        These so-called Sinhala intellectual writers gloss over or ignore all these and pretend that minorities can get justice in Sri Lanka.

        Real humbugs, aren’t they?

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          What are the alternatives Thiru? Spell them out? Destroying the middle ground? That is exactly what you are doing. Justice is a process. Struggle for justice within the existing democratic framework, however constricted, is the way to change it.

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            Dr,

            In Sinhala Lanka we have tried it for the last 63 years often paying with our lives and it hasnt worked and it will never work from within.

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    War crimes for Tamils are war chimes for the rest of SLs.

    Get a life loser Tamils.
    No one gives a flying fart about you.

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      Fat ” Mama” Fuk U Shima,

      The Frustration and Desperation is begining to take its toll. You can only Bark but cant Bite any more.

      The Only Nation that now stands between MR & the HAGUE is India and intially I had pencilled in March 2014 as the start date for the Count Down. But things are now moving at a relentless pace (just like MR is moving to complete Colonisation ) in India we could have Cogress thrown out earlier than that and MRs fate will be sealed.

      Enjoy what is left of your SAD life.

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    [1] I had a better opinion of a few of Laksiri Fernando’s earlier articles. The title of this article is atrocious! Didn’t Laksiri live in Sri Lanka during the 1971 JVP terrorist campaign? Wasn’t it partly created by the lack of human (mainly economical) rights amongst the southern Sinhala youth?

    From 1958 to 1983, during a 25 year period, Tamil civilians were at the receiving end of Sinhala Buddhist State terrorism and terrorist acts of Sinhala street thugs. Only after 1983, did the LTTE also engaged in acts of terrorism.

    But, the inevitable international war crimes investigations into Sri Lanka that will begin in 2014, will conclude that after 1983, Sinhala Buddhist state terrorism committed at least 10 (ten) times more human rights violations and terrorist acts, than those committed by the LTTE.

    I am puzzled that Laksiri’s academic colleagues have not pointed out to him, what most adults with common sense are aware of: that the lack of human rights will eventually create violent conflict!

    [2] One of the very silly and rather childish statements made by Laksiri: “If the present summit decides not to handover the leadership of the CHOGM to Sri Lanka for the next two years, it would be a slap on the face of the people of the country more than the government. “

    No! If the Sinhala electorate has enough common sense and maturity, they need to ensure that the Rajapaksa mafia is voted out of power!

    [3] Laksiri, very surprisingly, pretends that he is unaware that the GOSL and its 99% ethnic Sinhalese miltary, ordered civilians to go to “no fire zones”, and then mercilessly shelled and bombed those “no fire zones”.

    Laksiri seems to have amnesia: the GOSL and its terrorist military used food and medicines as weapons of war!

    These are some of the reasons the GOSL, racist Sinhalese, and now even Laksiri, are terrified of an international war crimes investigation! Laksiri claimes that the LTTE committed much more atrocities than the terrorist Sri Lankan military.

    Thus, they (the GOSL, Laksiri and other Sinhalese) should actually be eager to see an international war crimes inquiry taking place!

    [4] Yet another atrocious statement by Laksiri: ” When the President highlighted the availability of human rights systems, he was possibly referring to the alleged violations by the army in the North aftermath of the end of the war or recent past. Not only the formal human rights organizations but also the Tamil political parties i.e. the TNA should seize the opportunity of what President has said and make the formal complaints. Otherwise, their allegations are not worth the salt.”

    Laksiri is halucinating! Most ordinary Sri Lankans of all ethnic groups, now know that the present illegal Chief Justice, is a crook, liar and Rajapaksa stooge and puppet. I don’t see much point in informing Laksiri about this scounderal who is the current Chief Justice of Sri Lanka’s Supreme Kangaroo Court, and what lies he uttered at the UN sessions in Geneva; and numerous incidents such as The Fundamental Rights case of Ganeshan Nimalaruban.

    http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-097-2013

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/de-facto-cj-exposed-himself-in-the-worst-possible-manner-in-courts/

    Laksiri has forgotten so soon, the tragic fate of the one time Rajapaksa stooge, and former Chief Justice of Sri Lanka’s Supreme Kangaroo court, Shirani Bandaranayake.

    Sri Lanka’s sham and long drawn LLRC, has been strongly criticised by all the major international human rights orgs. The GOSL and the Sinhala racists are hoping in vain, that since they have dragged their feet for more than 4 years after the war ended, that the international community and global human rights orgs, will let them off the hook, and not hold an international war crimes investigation!

    Navi Pillay’s March 2014 deadline to the GOSL is only 4 month away!

    But, the Rajapaksa mafia will make use of the next 4 months to continue to loot and plunder Sri Lanka’s state coffers.

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      Indran,

      Let me answer your first set of questions or propositions and then it would be clear that I can still answer the rest of your questions or concerns if I wish to.

      The title of the article is not mine but CT’s out of my conclusion and I have no particular objection. My title was “Commonwealth, Member Responsibilities and Human Rights.” Yes, I was in Sri Lanka during the 1971 JVP campaign but I opposed JVP politics. I did my Master’s thesis at the UNB (Canada) on the JVP insurrection and my conclusion refuted the famous frustration-aggression theory. I came to the conclusion that while members of such movements might be motivated by economic and social factors, the leaders are mainly ideological and possibly mere power seekers.

      Yes mainly from 1958 to 1983 or even before in 1956, Tamil civilians were at the receiving end of state engineered violence and violence of street thugs (Sinhala Buddhist fanatics). I was in a MIRJE mission to Jaffna in 1981 and I have witnessed the violence against the innocent civilians by the police. There is a report available. You are however wrong to say that only after 1983 that the LTTE engaged in acts of ‘terrorism.’ The event was largely in retaliation to a ‘terrorist’ act of killing 13 soldiers. It was master minded to trigger retaliation. My analysis stated in the previous paragraph equally applies to the LTTE.

      You seem to have doubted my human rights knowledge or exposure. You probably are wrong. Yes, lack of human rights might lead to rebellion (UDHR) and at the same time conflicts are the main source of human rights violations. Accept the dialectic and act accordingly. Some of my colleagues used to say that the LTTE is undefeatable. I differed. Don’t trust the saviours too much. Locate the issue of justice within the necessary reconciliation.

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        Dear Laksiri

        Only a person at the receiving end knows the Pain.
        You have in your reply to indran conveniently forgotten the 1978 Pogram.

        1958 pogram was caused by SWRD. By his own admission when V.V.Giri tried to intervene was that the Refugees at the Royal College were his guarantee for the safety of the Sinhalese in the North. He never had time to admit and repent and apologise as he was murdered by the Buddhist Non Violent Saffron clad Murderers. They were never called Terrorists.

        During the period You Came North with merge we too were in the Field. It was just an eye wash. Nothing More at the time. Nothing Substantial was done. Only toungues wqetre wagged expressing sympathy and wanting people to live in peace.

        The 1978 was the cause for the beginning of the LTTE. after the eletriculation of peaceful worlkd Tamil Reserch Conference.

        Yes you say It was trigger retakliation by the created by the Tiger.

        Do you say that Only Sinhala Buddhists are patriots. And that they were so moved on behalf of the Sinhala Army the Carried out lots of atrocities in 1970, against the JVP.

        You mean to say sinhalayas are a such modayas and absent minded to become so patriotic to have pre collected the voters list and act of the trigger mechanism. They were definitely set of by the polititons.

        What Nonsense are you talking about a retaliation to a ‘terrorist’ act It was well and truly premeditated act by the State.

        LTTE was a terrorist outfit.
        But Sri Lanka State is not but Where were you when the Bindunuwewa took place.

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          Dear Levi,

          I do agree that ‘only a person at the receiving end know the pain.’ Tamils undoubtedly are the most suffered community in Sri Lanka both from the state (also thugs as Indran said) and in my opinion also from the LTTE. The Sinhalese and the Muslims also were at the receiving end. The most important is to work for solutions including reconciliation, justice and also social change. The important differences might be about how to do so.

          If you consider MIRJE mission to Jaffna in 1981 as an eye wash that could be your opinion. I cannot help that. That was the best we could do under the circumstances, as individuals and civil society. You ask me where I was during the Bidunuwewa attacks. Yes, I was there and I was the first to alert the Human Rights Commission as I happened to get the information from an HR activist. This is verifiable.

          You better be more careful about your dates if you argue about history. Not that I dispute some of your historical interpretations, but the fourth Tamil World Research Conference was in 1974 and not in 1978. Nine persons died due to police action. The following year was the Alfred Duraiappa killing. However, I don’t think that we should base our interpretations solely on event sequence while they are important indications. We need to analyse ideologies or politics that lead to conflicts and violations.

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        Dear Laksiri

        Only a person at the receiving end knows the Pain.
        You have in your reply to indran conveniently forgotten the 1978 Pogram.

        1958 pogram was caused by SWRD. By his own admission when V.V.Giri tried to intervene was that the Refugees at the Royal College were his guarantee for the safety of the Sinhalese in the North. He never had time to admit and repent and apologise as he was murdered by the Buddhist Non Violent Saffron clad Murderers. They were never called Terrorists.

        During the period You Came North with merge we too were in the Field. It was just an eye wash. Nothing More at the time. Nothing Substantial was done. Only toungues wqetre wagged expressing sympathy and wanting people to live in peace.

        The 1978 was the cause for the beginning of the LTTE. after the eletriculation of peaceful worlkd Tamil Reserch Conference.

        Yes you say It was trigger retakliation by the created by the Tiger.

        Do you say that Only Sinhala Buddhists are patriots. And that they were so moved on behalf of the Sinhala Army the Carried out lots of atrocities in 1970, against the JVP.

        You mean to say sinhalayas are a such modayas and absent minded to become so patriotic to have pre collected the voters list and act of the trigger mechanism. They were definitely set of by the polititons.

        What Nonsense are you talking about a retaliation to a ‘terrorist’ act It was well and truly premeditated act by the State.

        LTTE was a terrorist outfit.
        But Sri Lanka State is not but Where were you when the Bindunuwewa took place. Or where were you when Welkada took place.

        you are taking about reconciliation. To reconcile and allow the State to do the needful. The State must first begin by Acting of Reports made by Commissions from 1950’s onwards. Have ever thought it fit to ask for justice by calling you Sinhala Buddhist State Publish and implement the Reports.

        When you play Cricket for that matter any game including war with out the Umpire wicket or Goal posts etc,or by chasing Umpire and tearing away the rule book what else can you expect.

        Reconciliation requires two parties to play a Game on even Wicket. Savility can be achieved by one over the other. But that last for very short period.

        At a mammoth Cost which will eventually swallow not only the vanquished but the victor too.

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          Dear Levi, I do agree that ‘only a person at the receiving end know the pain.’ Tamils undoubtedly are the most suffered community in Sri Lanka both from the state (also thugs as Indran said) and in my opinion also from the LTTE. The Sinhalese and the Muslims also were at the receiving end. The most important is to work for solutions including reconciliation, justice and also social change. The important differences might be about how to do so.

          If you consider MIRJE mission to Jaffna in 1981 as an eye wash that could be your opinion. I cannot help that. That was the best we could do under the circumstances, as individuals and civil society. You ask me where I was during the Bidunuwewa attacks. Yes, I was there and I was the first to alert the Human Rights Commission as I happened to get the information from an HR activist. This is verifiable.

          You better be more careful about your dates if you argue about history. Not that I dispute some of your historical interpretations, but the fourth Tamil World Research Conference was in 1974 and not in 1978. Nine persons died due to police action. The following year was the Alfred Duraiappa killing. However, I don’t think that we should base our interpretations solely on event sequence while they are important indications. We need to analyse ideologies or politics that lead to conflicts and violations.

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            Dear Dr.

            Thanks for correcting.

            What I want to express was that LTTE Gathered Momentum in 1978. The Electriculation Started it but found a very few takers until ’78.

            It was J.R. who organised the riots to take revenge in 78 that helped people join it in numbers.

            By that time LTTE Founder ” UMA MAHESWARAN” has already broken away from the LTTE.

            Tamil call for some form of self determination Started as far back as the days following Ceylon getting her Dominion Status.

            When Tamils of Indian Origin were Made SAtateless and followed by Catholic Action in the 50’s.

            Then the Chasing away the Burgers to Down Under. Followed by Sinhal only Act as a rebuttal to Sir John call for parity of Status for Both Sinhala and Tamil and it goes on withh several Broken Promises and lessons taught to to one Minority or other by the Sinhala Buddhist dominated Sri Lanka Government.

            Even Now it continue by removing Hindu Temples, Mosques, Churches, by Placing Buddha Status in and around Hindu temple etc.

            Why even the pedestal of Rev Fr Legog’s Statue at Darly Road- Mc cullum Rd Junction I belive is Still adorned by A Buddha Statue I am ready to be corrected on this.

            can add on more.

            But I agree with you that the need of the Hour is Reconciliation in its true spirit, Where the Victor and the Vanquished should realise the folly of warfare and sake hands.

            They should both Join to build a better Nation and try to leave a better country for the generations to come.

            To day the Sri Lanka State is spending More per year on defence than they spent during the War Years.

            With mutual mistrust the State will have to spend even more per year in the coming year.

            Please work out the per capita expenditure on defence.

            The amount out strips the average per capita income of 99% of the population that includes all communities.

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    Laksiri Fernando is right on some grounds,very precautious article to escape from Singhala Buddhist critics.

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    Either he has been threatened and warned OR he has also seen or been told where this is all going to lead to and is just plain scared like I am. My intuition is that it is already too late and that global responses have already been set in motion.

    A small island with a small population of 20 million people is taking on the world at the urging of amongst others a cunning cuban adventurer. This is threatening to take us all to wherever Earnesto has gone.

    The entire world professes to be moving in the direction of law based governance with due process and no room for impunity, the eradication of rape and sexual offenses of all sorts and an increasing role for women in governance, the eradication of torture and murder and the institution of the kind of transparency that is being demanded.

    From the time of independence however we have been building a society where impunity rules, due process is ignored, the media is forced into submission, impunity reigns and women are under represented in governance and both legislature and the judiciary are directed by and subject to the executive. The opposition is increasingly colluding with this project so that a change in government will make no difference.

    The only way to avoid calamity is to change direction – NOT change government. The question is whether we are willing to change direction and even if we are willing to change direction whether we will be allowed to change direction or killed for advocating a change of direction.

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      crazyoldman,

      Well, well, whaddya know? not half so crazy a you try to make yourself out to be. I like your thinking, spot on stuff. No doubt about the fact that we’ve simply got to change direction AND OF COURSE THAT WILL NONETHELESS LEAD TO A CHANGE, NOT ONLY OF GOVERNMENT, BUT OF SRI LANKAN POLITIC FOR A VERY LONG TIME TO COME; THERE OF COURSE IS THE INHERENT POSSIBILITY THAT SUCH A FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE COULD LEAD TO SOME CALAMITOUS SOCIAL CONDITIONS . BUT THAT WOULD BE INEVITABLE AND A LIKELY PROSPECT FOR WHICH WE MUST BE PREPARED, A PROSPECT WE CAN SURELY FACE AND OVERCOME AS MEN OF SOME SUBSTANCE, AND NOT MERE GLIB TALKERS.

      THIS JUNCTURE IN OUR HISTORY CANNOT BE LEFT TO LILY-LIVERED NEGATIVE THEORISTS.

      THERE WELL COULD BE A HEAVY PRICE TO PAY. WHAT I SAY IS LET IT ROLL, UNLESS OF COURSE WE DESIRE TO COWER BEHIND STUPID RHETORIC.

      yOU RIGHTLY CONTEND THAT “The only way to avoid calamity is to change direction – NOT change government. The question is whether we are willing to change direction and even if we are willing to change direction whether we will be allowed to change direction or killed for advocating a change of direction.”

      yOU PUT YOUR FINGER ON THE MOST RELEVANT FACTOR..THAT OF HAVING THE WILL-INGNESS TO CHANGE DIRECTION.

      THE WILL IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. AND I CAN NOW SAY THAT INCREASINGLY AUTHORITATIVE AND EROSIVE ACTIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT ARE DRIVING SOCIETY TO THE ULTIMATE PLACE OF DESTINY THAT CHANGES THE COURSE OF A COUNTRY’S HISTORY.. AND THAT PLACE IS THE POINT IT REACHES AT WHICH A COLLECTIVE SOCIAL WILL IS BIRTHED, AN WILL GROW UNTIL IT REACHES SATURATION POINT AND IT’S THEN THAT THE NATION WILL STAND TALL AND ACT AS MEN MUST ACT. NOT LIKE MICE SHELTERING BEHIND A TORRENT OF GLIB WORDS.

      I THINK THE PITHY SINHALA QUIP ” ASAI, BAYAI” IS APT HERE.

      AND SO THEY CLAIM THAT TO QUIT OURSELVE AS MEN, NOT AS MICE, IS “DIGGING UP THE MIDDLE GROUND.”.tHEY FORGET THAT NOT ALL MEN ARE IDIOTS WHO CANNOT FATHOM THE NATURE AND END OBJECTIVE OF THE ENEMY.THEY HAVE PRETENSION TO BEING INTELLECTUALS BECAUSE SOME IMBECILES SAID SO. WELL, NOT ALL MEN ARE IMBECILES AND CAN SEE THROUGH THE HUMBUGGERY FROM THE WORD ‘GO’.

      THERE IS NO MIDDLE GROUND WITH AN ENEMY OF SOCIETY WHO’S EXCLUSIVE DESIRE IS FOR TOTAL SUBJUGATION OF SOCIETY BEHIND A MASK OF DEMOCRACY. MIDDLE GROUND DOES NOT EXIST IN THE RECKONINGS OF SUCH TYRANTS. IN FACT, THEY OCCUPY MIDDLE GROUND WITH FIFTH COLUMNISTS DEPLOYED TO ENSURE THAT SUCH A MIDDLE GROUND PROSPERS UNDER ITS CONTROL AND MANIPULATION THROUGH A SLEW OF APOLOGISTS WHO MASQUERADE AS THOSE WHO CHAMPION A MIDDLE GROUND.

      PURE HOGWASH THAT ENABLES EVIL TO ABOUND.

      I’D SAY IT; LONG PAST THE TIME WHEN WE SHOULD HAVE DUG UP THAT MIDDLE GROUND AND UNEARTH THE VERMIN DWELLING BEHIND AND UNDER EVERY STONE AND IN EVERY CREVICE, NOOK AND CORNER.IT IS THEY WHO HINDER A SOLUTION FOR THYE SOLUTION LAY IN DIGGING UP THAT NO-MAN’S LAND EUPHEMISTICALLY CALLED THE MIDDLE GROUND BECAUSE ITS INFESTED WITH THOSE WHO HAVE SOLD THEIR SOULD TO THE DEVIL.
      JUST AS MUCH AS THE MIDDLE GROUND HAD TO BE DUG UP TO EXPOSE THE LTTE FOR ITS ANNIHILATION, JUST AS THE MIDDLE GROUND AND TO BE DUG UP TO ELIMINATE SADDAM, QUADDAFI AND HITLER, HISTORY IS REPLETE WITH PROOF THAT EVIL WAS BROUGHT TO AN END WHEN THE MANIPULATED MIDDLE GROUND WAS DUG UP WITH A VENGEANCE.AMERICAN MIDDLE GROUND OPINION IN CONGRESS FOR YEARS POSTPONED THE END OF HITLER BUT NOT BEFORE IT HAD ENABLED HITLER TO ACCOMPLISH HIS MANIACAL GENOCIDAL PLANS THAT SNUFFED OUT THE LIVES OF ,MILLIONS IN THE WAR AND IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS.

      THAT’S THE HISTORICAL RECORD OF ALL THE BULLSHIT ABOUT MIDDLE GROUND. IT’S BETTER DESCRIBED AS WISHY-WASHY OPINIONS WHICH LET MASS KILLER GO FREE.THAT’S THE HISTORICAL RECORD OF MIDDLE GROUND.

      CONGRESS SUDDENLY MOVED AWAY FROM ITS MIDDLE GROUND POSITION, THE US
      PLUNGED INTO THE WAR WITH THE ALLIES AND SUDDENLY IT WAS ALL OVER.

      THE WAY TO GO HAS ALWAYS BEEN ALSO RECORDED IN HISTORY. IT’ THE ONLY ANSWER TO TYRANTS , ESPECIALLY ONES WHO KNOW THE FINE ART OF BLUFFING NATIONS AND THEIR OWN PEOPLE INTO STUPIDLY LETTING THEM USURP CONTROL OVER EVERY INDIVIDUAL’S LIFE AND FREEDOMS.

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    Dr.

    I take issue with a number of your observations under the pretext that all 20 million of you are the same except for a few like R M B

    1) It is always easy to criticise, but difficult to be relevant and responsible. This applies not only to human rights but also to all facets of governance or more pertinently to ‘good governance.’ Didn’t the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth unaware of the ‘human rights record’ of Sri Lanka when they decided to have the next summit in Colombo at the last summit held in Perth in 2011? They did.

    *** On the above the decision to hold the CHOGM was made in 2009 CHOGM is not a farce. Hosting this event is an opportunity for the host country to make a lot of money. That is why Sri Lanka lobbied so hard in 2009 at CHOGM in Trinidad and Tobago to host the 2013 meeting. What goes on in the main meeting(s) might well be a farce, but the forums that accompany CHOGM, CBF in particular, is anything but a farce.

    2) Sri Lanka should have a fair go, whatever the weaknesses or violations of the present regime and the government, because the matters pertinent to the Commonwealth are supposed to be the matters of the common people more than of the government.

    *** I totally disagree on the above and say that a Genocidal State responsible for killing 140,000 innocent civilians shoud not be allowed to benefit and that sends a wrong signal.

    3)If the present summit decides not to handover the leadership of the CHOGM to Sri Lanka for the next two years, it would be a slap on the face of the people of the country more than the government.

    *** There is no difference between a Govenment and its People in a Democracy if they are responsible for putting that Government in power.

    4)I saw this morning on ABC TV (Australia) Gordon Weiss, author of The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers, exactly doing the same and even distorting some facts for that advocacy in the name of investigating war crimes. If any international investigations are conducted on the last stages the war, in my opinion, Weiss should be on the dock and not a ‘state witness’ as he has appointed himself to be at present.

    **** You are a Dr and you should be ashamed of yourself as what you are saying is that the Prosecutor should in the Dock but the accused should be allowed to go scot free. Dont talk rubbish DR.

    5)I had occasion to criticise him during his UN tenure in Sri Lanka at the last stages of the war and in fact pointed out his irresponsible behaviour that eventually led to the innocent Tamil civilians becoming human shields of the LTTE and targets of the military bombardments, conducted purposely or otherwise.

    *** You really are a Moron for saying the above. GOSL killed with impunity and how could the UN have stopped the killing.

    6) When the government announced its intentions to siege the LTTE stronghold in Kilinochchi and asked the civilians to move to the government held areas, as the most responsible officer of the UN on the ground at that time not only Weiss didn’t support the move, but on the contrary, he very clearly expressed that it is up to the civilians to decide. If the UN, its agencies and the NGOs had taken a firm decision to ask the civilians to move into the government held areas at that juncture, in my opinion, many of the civilian casualties that claimed to have occurred could have been avoided.

    **** The above clearly shows that we cannt reason with any of you lot and it is a waste of time and the only thing that you lot understand is Bullying Tactics.

    7)Whatever we say and do about human rights, primary responsibility is to save lives and not to score points for this or that cause of ideology or self-preservation/promotion.

    *** I have had enough of your Garbage and that is where I stop in utter disgust.

    For us Tamils we cannot move on untill those who are responsible for the Genocide have been punished.

    MR might be a hero for you but for us he cannot be Judge and a Jury and he cannot be part of the Reconcilation.

    8)To make my main point and approach clear in this article, human rights should not be utilized any longer to recreate a new violent conflict in the country on ethnic lines or even otherwise. The country also should beware of those international agitators who would consciously or unconsciously exacerbate the already existing ethnic divergence between the Sinhalese, the Tamils and the Muslims and religious communities.

    *** The above is plainly Sinhalese Rhetoric and we are no longer preapared to lye down take it on the Chin. The day of Reckoning for MR
    starts after March 2014.

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    One should shut up, if one does not know what one is babbling about, Mr Fernando from far away. By the way or apropos: it’s Prima facie (Latin for: First face, on first look) not prima faRcie, like you write even twice. Hint: Just refrain from using Latin, if you don’t know it…

    Yet, a farce indeed, is what you write.

    After a lot of unsubstantiated blabber your point (finally) is: “To make my main point and approach clear in this article (You seemed to have noticed it yourself only at the very end, that you’re not really making any sense up to that point…), human rights should not be utilized any longer to recreate a new violent conflict in the country on ethnic lines or even otherwise…”

    It’s not the human rights subject that is creating a new violent conflict. It’s a gang of kleptocrats named Rajapaksa that does that.

    And if the country’s own opposition is too weak to topple this cruel regime, the world community as the obligation to help the people to do this. That is to start with, by reinforcing the respect for Human Rights.

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      BENNET…

      AT LAST A VOICE THAT’S NOT AFRAID OF POINTING A FIRM FINGER AT THE BALD TRUTH:

      ‘It’s not the human rights subject that is creating a new violent conflict. It’s a gang of kleptocrats named Rajapaksa that does that.

      And if the country’s own opposition is too weak to topple this cruel regime, the world community as the obligation to help the people to do this. That is to start with, by reinforcing the respect for Human Rights.”

      YOU’VE TAKEN THE WORD OUT OF MY MOUTH.

      I DOFF MY HAT TO YOU AND MORE STRENGTH TO YOUR WRIST.

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