22 April, 2021

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Hypocrisy Of Britain & Class Differences In Human Rights Council Voting

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

It cannot be just an accident that the main drafter and the promoter of the UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka was Britain, the country’s colonial master from 1802 to 1948, and even thereafter until 1972. It appears that neocolonialism still prevails. Introducing the draft resolution, the British representative Julian Braithwaite has said, “Our Core Group is not anti-Sri Lanka. We are friends of Sri Lanka.” This is his guilty consciousness. 

We do not know about him much. But we know about Britain’s atrocities in Sri Lanka and other colonies (see British War Crimes – Wikipedia). After taking over the maritime provinces from the Dutch, they invaded and destroyed the multi-lingual Kandyan kingdom. Was it done in the name of human rights? Those days the nomenclature was ‘civilizational mission’ or ‘white man’s burden.’ 

British Crimes Against Humanity

Let me quote from Sydney Criminal Lawyers under the titled “Crimes Against Humanity: The British Empire.”

“It was the largest empire ever to have existed. And as the saying used to go, the sun never sets on the British Empire. At its height in 1922, the colonial power was lording it over a fifth of the world’s population and for many of them, the sun never rose again. Under the policies of British colonialism, people around the globe were subjected to mass famines, atrocious conditions in concentration camps, and brutal massacres at the hands of imperialist troops. The Brits also played an integral role in the transatlantic slave trade.”

Where was the accountability? When the UN was formed in 1945, the Fascist atrocities were correctly punished. But the British and other colonial atrocities were completely spared. When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted in 1948, still there were many colonies under the British and others perpetrating henious crimes. What a hypocrisy and double standards! This is the same today.

Most of the roots of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka goes back to the policies and practices of the British. Divide and rule, encouraging the minorities against the majority, 50-50 policies, the brining of Indian labor as slaves to the plantations, and the imposition of English only against Sinhala and Tamil are only some.    

Some Current Violations

Britain is preaching Sri Lanka about human rights. But even at present gross violations are happening in Britain. Sarah Everard’s case and the police handling of the protesters is one. Now the police powers have been expanded by legislation. Britain preaches the freedom of journalists to Sri Lanka and other countries. But the way Julian Assange was treated is completely despicable.

Now through the UNHRC resolution, Britain and others want justice to the victims of the past civil war in Sri Lanka (1983-2009) on their terms and dictates. Undue pressure has been the main stumbling block in investigations, accountability, and reconciliation during the last 12 years in Sri Lanka.

The Brits were directly involved in supporting and harboring the LTTE terrorist operatives from the beginning. Anton Balasingham was operating from there and Adele Balasingham is still living in Britain. Our colonial master has also allowed the Transitional Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) to freely operate in Britain. If they do not support separatism, why should they allow the TGTE to operate in Britain?

The above are some circumstances under which hypocritical British resolution was rejected by Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. And there are clear indications that the main purpose of the British promoted resolution is to overthrow the present government (1) through international pressure, (2) sanctions against those who defeated the LTTE in 2009, and (3) discrediting Sri Lanka as a gross human rights violator to keep it under their hegemony and control. Be sure that neo colonialism is still operating in the world and neocolonialism is the main violator of human rights even today. For their purposes, a divided country and a separate state is the most useful.

Voting at the UNHRC 

It is true that the UNHRC resolution was formally approved with 22 countries in favor, 11 countries against, and 14 countries abstaining. There are many interpretations given why Sri Lanka failed to defeat the resolution. Some are about the failures of the foreign policy and diplomacy. Antagonizing some Muslim countries through short sighted policies is another explanation. And some others are about getting caught up in international power struggles (between US, China, and Russia). 

All may be true to different extents. It is also obvious that under the circumstances of Covid-19, a poor country like Sri Lanka was greatly disadvantaged in campaigning among 47 countries, scattered around the world, particularly in Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe. It was obvious, that European and Western countries were the main culprits against Sri Lanka.

The attached is a Table where the list of 47 member countries of the UNHRC are given with their respective per capita GDPs. The figures are in US$ terms. The reason to relate the economic status is to see whether there has been a division between the rich (high income) and poor (low income) countries in this voting.

From these figures, it is very clear that the very rich Western countries were overwhelmingly behind the resolution against Sri Lanka. While the average per capita $GDP of those who voted against Sri Lanka was 21,791, just look at the per capita GDPs of countries like UK (39,229), Netherlands (51,290), Germany (45,466), France (39,257), Denmark (58,439), Austria (48,634), and Italy (30,657). 

As we know, Sri Lanka’s per capita GDP is around $3,373. This is very much similar to the average GDP ($3,996) of the countries who voted against the anti-Sri Lanka resolution on behalf of Sri Lanka. These are mainly the poor countries in the global context with enormous socio-economic and thus political problems. The 14 countries who abstained from voting for various reasons have slightly a higher average income but in general terms are the same as who voted for Sri Lanka, except Japan and Bahrain. The India’s position is dubious to say the least. 

Conclusion

What does this show? There are enormous economic disparities in the world today impinging on human rights, differently and paradoxically. One thing clear is that the rich Western countries are ‘weaponizing human rights’ to keep the poor countries continuously poor, through international pressure, engineering conflicts, and even directly and indirectly supporting terrorism. Although rich, the countries like Japan obviously have a different and a compassionate attitude. It is unfortunate that poor countries like Malawi or some other middle-income countries go behind rich countries for various perks or because of misinformation.

The way forward for Sri Lanka might be difficult. The main resolve however should be to develop the country economically on a sustainable and an equitable basis for all communities without distinction to ethnicity, region, religion, or gender. Both the government and the opposition should get together for this task as much as possible. The accountability process has continuously been sabotaged by the international community through unreasonable and unrealistic demands perhaps for the purposes of separatism. In this context, any external mechanisms for so-called accountability should be strongly opposed and resisted.

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    Laksiri,
    I know you may have to convince Rajapaksas by writing articles in CT for the commitments you made to them about UNHRC resolution which was claimed a victory by the foreign minister Dinesh Gunawardena who is a mathematical professor. It is nothing new that Sri Lanka was a colony of British and now it is a colony of China under your masters. You honoured double doctorate for massacring thousands of Tamil Civilians and you never considered any sympathy about them. Your never utter a word against those killed Lasantha or Raviraj by the same masters. I know your angry not about Sri lanka as a country but about Rajapaksas as a paymasters.

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      If Laksiri also meticulously set out those “British Crimes Against Humanity” together with Rajapakse crimes against their country and countrymen and women it will then be a balanced article. People like Laksiri are only hell bent on licking the crap from their “master’s” undies.

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        At the time, srilanka was hit by Tsunami, not japan, but US, EU and Australia donated millions of dollars. All because CBK external affairs under late Mr Kadirgamar was at it best, so that her adminstration could balance all these issues. After her terms, barbarians came to power; they never thought a future without China and their so called development projects. Chinese was all time clever to fish on muddy waters. Previoius govt balanced it to some extent, however, the huge loads of debts made by Medamulana rascals, stood on their way. As a result, lease of Hambanta harbour to them was invitable. Today, bitch s sons are made eternal servile men to the chinese but misleading the easy targets back in home country. Today, SO CALLED powerful Gota has become to a mice, not being able to settle even small issues such as import of healthy coconut oil and the like food items, that would otherwise, create lot more unexpected health hazaards in the country. THeir previous imports of world banned agro chemicals, created UKKD diseases in far poor farming community killing those young farmers, but making fake professors, that abused the data for their rises. Jayasumana or the kind of low lives stood out, thanks to those deaths through UKKD diseases in Rajarata.

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      Laksiri,
      You write in your holier-than-thou tirade that “After taking over the maritime provinces from the Dutch, they invaded and destroyed the multi-lingual Kandyan kingdom. Was it done in the name of human rights? “
      A man of your education (??) should know that human rights is a 20th century concept which existed neither in 19th century Britain or SL. And you also ought to remember that Sinhala chiefs aided the British.
      A closer look at the Mahavamsa will also tell you that in the opinion of Dutugemunu’s advisers, non-Buddhists are “less than human”.
      Juvenile semantics don’t convince anyone. It’s time for serious introspection, not messenger- shooting.

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        old codger

        “Juvenile semantics don’t convince anyone. It’s time for serious introspection, not messenger- shooting.”

        Seriously are you saying instead of juvenile semantics or throwing tantrums Laksiri should urge Patriotic Nandasena (DSc) to send in his victorious armed forces (400,000) to British isles to vend his bottled up colonial anger towards the British?

        Sounds pretty good.

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          Native,
          “send in his victorious armed forces (400,000) to British isles to vend his bottled up colonial anger”
          I hear, strangely enough, that the British Army is smaller than ours. Why aren’t our brilliant generals claiming superpower status?

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            old codger

            Total number is about 144,000, including, army, navy, air force, marine, ….

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          Native, old codger
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          Didn’t you guys once boast of the largest suicide brigade in history shaming all Islsmists across the world put together to this day?.
          .
          If my memory serves right you guys even invaded Maldives once, only to be kicked out by India.

          Tamil political class cannot be accused of not trying all options from terrorism to human rights except trying to rid of this inferiority complex of their majority – desire to live in Sinhala areas.

          Soma

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            soman

            Any chance you are going ga ga?

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            Soma,
            “Didn’t you guys once boast of the largest suicide brigade in history shaming all Islsmists”
            No, I didn’t. You don’t have to make up facts to sound convincing.

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            Dear Native and oc,
            .
            Please try asking Soma why he totally avoided commenting on an article on Avant-Garde. This guy, who goes by the name “soma” here is actually Gamini Somaratne and used to work for Senadhipathi & Co.
            .
            I think that I can claim to know more than him about the Maldives:
            .
            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-maldivian-parliamentary-elections-2019-where-a-happy-result-can-be-predicted/
            .
            If you actually go there, don’t forget to note what Jeevan Hoole says about the Presidential Elections in the Maldives. Although it is actually available from within the article, let me make it even easier for you:
            .
            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Report-of-the-Sri-Lankan-Observer-Mission-to-the-Maldivian-Presidential-Election-of-23-Sept.-2018.pdf
            .
            That report was so independent that they wanted nobody to come from Sri Lanka for the Parliamentary Elections a few months later. It was held under the same Elections Commissioner.
            .
            Nasheed and Solih had not changed the fellow although he had been then-President Yameen’s faithful henchman.
            .
            But please keep asking “soma” about Avant-Garde. He’s recently been issuing veiled threats against me. If you find my corpse one of these days “with twenty trenched gashes on it” you should know where to start your inquiries.

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              Sinhala_man (Attn. Native and old codger)
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              You are an amateur hacker. Long way to go.
              .
              Identity theft is bad enough, releasing stolen information on public domain is far worse while affixing wrong identities on unrelated people (damaging TWO parties) is an absolutely disgusting habit. If an innocent guy named Somaratna who hasn’t seen the colour of Colombo Telegraph gets beaten up or fired by his employer would you bear the responsibility?
              .
              Native and oc
              Please ask this Sinhala man to
              STOP THIS DIRTY HABIT, AT LEAST UNTIL HE BECOMES AS SMART AS HE THINKS.

              Soma

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                soman

                You haven’t answered Sinhala_Man.
                You never answered us our queries anyway.

                Are you Gamini Somaratne who worked for Senadhipathi & Co?

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        OC,
        Even Dinesh who was once known as Boralugoda Singhaya (lion) is today known as Boralugoda Booruwa (donkey). You should be able to imagine this Laksiri fellow’s status. PhD has gone to dogs.

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      Laksiri

      Please ignore my comment if you really think what you have typed above worth anything.

      “Hypocrisy Of Britain & Class Differences In Human Rights Council Voting”

      By now you should have known if you don’t treat your family well strangers and neighbours will grope your woman folks.

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

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

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          Reginald Shameless Pererass

          Are you suffering from writers block?
          It’s okay we are not missing anything.

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      Dear Gotabaya, please save the readers of CT from this rubbish strewn by Laksiri. Are you not aware that he is trying hard to be Sri Lanka High Commissioner to Australia. Kindly as soon as possible appoint him to that post and spare us from this agony.

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      Dear LF,
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      The way forward for Sri Lanka might be difficult. The main resolve however should be to develop the country economically on a sustainable and an equitable basis for all communities without distinction to ethnicity, region, religion, or gender. Both the government and the opposition should get together for this task as much as possible. The accountability process has continuously been sabotaged by the international community through unreasonable and unrealistic demands perhaps for the purposes of separatism. In this context, any external mechanisms for so-called accountability should be strongly opposed and resisted.
      Unquote

      Dr Jayathilaka, might be he is not consistent with his behaviours in recent politics, but he knows how to get on with those countries going by his years long experience. We agree with him, that GOSL could win lot more good countries from the “list of abstainers” if foreign affairs did their job well. How can we ever expect to win a single country, while spreading hatreds and anti-islamic propaganda for no reasons. I think current men in leadership are just idiots, that proved to even school going children, that they cant manage let alone, tiny issues sofar. Their capacities are not its all cracked up to be. They grabed power by misleading the gawky, gullible people once again.

  • 26
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    Why do all the Sinhalese writers including Laksri, Sinhalese parliamentarians, Sinhalese people and the government leaders sweat about the UNHRC resolution and protest vehemently?

    What is at stake for them if they the soldiers and the rulers are innocent? Nothing.

    Is it mere pride or knowledge of guilt that makes them angry about the resolution passed at the UNHRC?

    An impartial intelligent observer will conclude it’s collective knowledge of guilt that is causing the unease, to put it mildly.

    If there is no guilt what is wrong in an impartial investigation? Truth will st the Sinhalese free!

    If the Sinhalese think collectively that international investigation will be impartial to them, how can Tamils expect justice from the Sinhalese majoritarian Sri Lankan state after it committing atrocities for several decades.

    Sinhalese may be cunning but the world has lots of intelligent people to see through the Sinhalese pretenses.

  • 17
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    Rajapakshe hired man Laksiri Fernando is back to his next article.
    This is purely shooting the the messenger. DJ made it very clear, that many countries that defended srilanka in 2009 have turned back. Who does Laksiri thinks he is.. we are all not MODAYAs. As of today, almost many that voted for Rajapakshes have lost their hopes. Srilanken expatriates are fed up of GOSL as of today.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oEuPFQeolM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wyib_ZLn8vA

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    When people argue sitting on their brains it can only be absorbed by the same ilk. Srilankans have and are suffering from the humongous atrocities and crimes committed by their own kind by several times compared greater than to what Britain inflicted on us. They never used white vans nor bludgeoned innocent citizens to death in broad daylight. Every citizen was assured that justice would be done and also seem to be done. Under the locals the judiciary has become utterly corrupt. During British rule Srilanka was a prosperous country which was called the Pearl of the East. Now they call it the Tear Drop of India. British were very generous in passing on their expert knowledge on education in areas of Medicine, Sciences and Technology. The Singhalese Buddhist Government under pressure from Communist China which decimated the Tibetan Buddhist Culture to which Srilanka is akin to would not let Ven. Dalai Lama to visit Srilanka who indeed as a pillar of the Buddhist faith to pay homage to the Sacred Relic of the Tooth. The greatest comedy is, the President is being advised by Mahanayakas on the principles of good government.

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      Ven. Dalai Lama should lodge a complaint with the UNHRC that his right to enter his place of worship which is guaranteed by the UN Charter has been violated by having been denied to him his right of access to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth by the Government of Srilanka. It is beyond comprehension why the vociferous Maha Sanga is silent as a dead mule.

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    Ruling Sinhalese politicians and opposition Sinhalese politicians should stop blaming each other for the predicament for Sri Lanka in the UNHRC. Opposition should also stop blaming Mahinda Rajapakse for signing an agreement with the UN at the end of the war. It’s doubly cruel to put the blame on Tamil politicians for bringing disrepute on Sri Lanka that is unjust to them.

    Laksri should not be agitated either. Truth shall set Sinhalese people free of guilt

    It’s the truth stupid.

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    Laksiri, you the freeloader , after population statistics, number games decided to spin a tale around income disparity. Do you realize once upon a time, you were in a much higher position in that list. Nice try. When your own President claims in conference call “I killed them”, recently told media “I know how to teach a lesson”, threatened colleague with the same consequence as Prabha, brother BR sending multiple E-mails admitting to kidnapping and murder by security, does it matter what U.K or anyone else did. Truth is your own government was behind atrocities which are of no comparison to what others did. Why dont you take your case to Geneva, instead of amusing few locals. First it was U.S and now it is U.K, next time it may be E.U or Canada and what may be the excuse then . By the way where is Rusiri your counter part in story telling.. Must be drafting his own version. Next time around you may not even have two digits to support you. Get a life.

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    Laksiri, today Kumara Welgama, told parliament it is a lie that govt was not warned about Easter . He also said most of the parliamentarians were warned in advance including him and he had said the same in the parliament, just few days after attack. PhD is there anything worse than this ???

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      Chiv,
      Not anyone else, but srilanken sinhalese men that are easily hired men to the high criminals would do any low jobs. That should be the way how they got SAHARANA et al do the job, no matter few hundreds of innocient WORSHIPers got killed. I told you guys, Rajakshes would not care much about killings. They though wear SATAKAYA around their neck, but always behave other way around – knowing that srilanken majority is born fools.

      There some forget their academic titles. GLP is the most known man on that top list. These men would find it hard to shed their last breath for sure, because the loads of their biased services delivered on perks would not give them a relief at all.
      .
      Then this Fernando guy…. he though collected experience in srilanken foreign affairs, hadly see it beyond. This they have in their blood. Only a full blood tansfusion could help them getting reverse. They dont care much about their SHAME or DIGNITY. Look at that man so called Boralugoda SINHAYA s son, today minister of foreign affairs, shamelessly repeats about a victory… how would he or the like respond to their young ones. “shame ” gene is taken away from their genome long ago.

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    It has become customary for the Sinhalese writers speak about the atrocities committed by the British rulers about 300 years ago. While I do not want to comment on those ‘atrocities”, I would like to comment only on one ‘atrocity’ by Britain in not restoring the Status quo of the Tamils of the North and East prior to 1833. Britain left the shores of Ceylon, without adequate safeguards for the Tamils . They are the cause of the Tamil problem in Srilanka today. Further, they also Supported the the Srilankan government’s war against Tamils. At least now they seem to have partially realized their folly and sphere headed the resolution at the UN. It is their responsibility to ensure that the resolution is adhered to in full, despite the fact, It is ‘Too Little and Too Late’.

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    Earlier, you kept raving and ranting. Now you can cry baby, cry! Keep crying your heart out.

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    Dr. Laksiri Fernando

    Tamils and anyone are NOT denying the Government of Sri Lanka have every right to safeguard its territory.

    No one is denying the right of the Government to wage a war against the LTTE or anyone who poses a proven threat.

    No one is denying to accept reasonable collateral damage that does occur in a war.
    The Tamils are NOT denying the Government’s so-called ‘humanitarian war’ saving Tamils from ‘the clutches of the LTTE’. So says the Government, nice joke. Alright, Tamils will give a trophy for this.

    Do not purposely confuse everyone to escape. You are an educated person. The government is not charged for the rights for conducting the war with the LTTE. The government is charged for the WAR CRIMES the soldiers committed The good acts cannot negate the bad acts one commits. LTTE’s war crimes cannot negate the soldiers’ war crimes. It is for the war crimes you are charged. Not for eliminating ‘terrorism’. If you cannot understand this simple thing how did you pass your exams? You are cheating everyone be honest to yourself as Karma will act on you.
    Continued……

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      They saved the Tamils from the LTTE by killing them?

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    continued…..

    During the war lot of bad things happened. The government claims a lot of good things happen. OK, maybe. We will accept.

    But sandwiched between the good deeds were very bad things that happened. We feel the reason for the good deeds was to hide the bad deeds like a sandwich!

    Serious war crimes did occur. Accept it. LTTE also committed war crimes. Tamils accepted.
    1. Young men were taken away from their homes in front of their parents by the Sri Lankan military, promising to release once they had checked. None of them came back home.

    2. Government declared safe areas in Mullaitivu and for civilians to collect within the demarcated areas as ‘safe’. People faithfully obeyed and moved into these ‘safe areas’.
    Those safe areas were bombed killing and maiming many. This was an attempt to make it as easy to kill many as possible without any effort. Cheated the people for them to prepare for their own deaths. (Like the Jews digging their own grave).

    3. White flag incident. This was an arranged agreed surrender. Almost the entire LTTE cader was finished off cheating them to surrender. Another way to kill them all effortlessly.
    —continued

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      Blabla,
      Even UNHRC has sidelined war crimes charges because they know very well that there are no credible evidences to prove such charges. But there are solid evidences to charge LTTE Tamil terrorists for committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, e.g. using child soldiers, using civilians as a human shield. Not all LTTE cadres were killed. Some leaders escaped and hiding in safe heavens under new identities. Those guys should be rounded up and punished.

      “But thanks to the Government of that time killing all of them so you have to go to heaven or hell to serve their charges!”

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    continued
    These are a few I can tell. What justice is given to the affected?

    I agree LTTE also committed war crimes. You very well charge them. Tamils are not stopping. But thanks to the Government of that time killing all of them so you have to go to heaven or hell to serve their charges!

    It is for these Tamils want justice. you cannot cancel the ‘bad’ by the ‘good’! Good deeds and humanitarian efforts cannot cancel off the calculated premeditated war crimes.

    Sri Lanka should have tried their war crimes by independent lawyers and possibly foreign observers. But it did not do and refused to comply. So now Sri Lanka has to pay the price for international inquiry and punishment.

    Those who died from war crimes must be compensated, from both sides of course but the soldiers killed all the LTTE and so they are not living to compensate for their crimes.

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    Aiyo Laksiri,
    Adele is a nice Aussie girl aney.
    She has lost her hubby Anton also no?
    So just let her spend the rest of her life at peace in the UK.
    What has been done has been done no?

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    Is this man thinking that this essay need to be considered to be an output of PhD holder and it has to be taken seriously at the height of world’s top most levels diplomatic conferences ? As some commentators have pointed out, this will not even convince the base level Sinhala Modayas, but certainly will please his War Criminal bosses. They can call back Chandra Peruma and send Laksiri there. That is not going to improve the situation in Geneva, but will reward handsomely Laksiri for his servitude. That is how all other Laksiri class Sinhala Intellectuals bankrupted Ceylon and ran it to aground.

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    This Laksiri fellow is a mad hatter. Stop talking about what happened 150 or more years ago. Try and fix what happened recently. If you don’t fix this problem, maybe in another 150 years later, people will be talking about what happened between 1984-2009. Hey Laksiri why the heck do you talk about Adele Balasingam when your master Ali Baba and his 40 thieves are protecting the serial killers of the LTTE in Colombo? KP Pathmanathan who purchased illegal weapons for the LTTE for decades is a bosom buddy of the Rajapaksas. Without KP, the LTTE would have had only rocks to throw at the army. So can you explain this to me? When you have the LTTE killers in Colombo why are you diverting attention to somewhere else. Laksiri if you have an ounce of intelligence you will be able to provide a decent response.

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    Laksiri Fernando says, “The accountability process has continuously been sabotaged by the international community through unreasonable and unrealistic demands perhaps for the purposes of separatism”.

    Why don’t you be much more specific as to how the international community had been sabotaging through unreasonable and unrealistic demands?

    And do you mean to say that International Communities promote separatism in Sri Lanka
    And also you- Laksiri Fernando define class in terms of rich and poor?

    Is it Neo Marxist contribution ?

    When you start supporting the “oppressor” you have to somersault your progressive past pathetically!

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    Dr. Laksiri Fernando
    So your tactic is you want to hide behind the past mistake of great great …. great grand fathers of the British and so let you go.

    Why should in Sri Lanka anybody go to jail when everybody has committed mistakes nobody should judge anybody and let the rule of the jungle prevail?

    If somebody invades Sri Lanka and you go to the UN then the conquering country also can say Britain had invaded the USA had invaded everyone has invaded somewhere, so nobody is fit to punish the country that has now invaded Sri Lanka.

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    Dr. (?) Laksiri F: You were one of the 28 who put out a “Dosier” in defense of S/L just before the voting took place. What happened? All that effort was washed away. Why? Some “Inner Circle” delegates actually started perusing it, but the moment your Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dinesh Gunawardane, his Secretary “Dr.(?) Colombage, the Minister of Security “Dr(?) Sarath Weerasekera, the Permanent Representative to UNHRC – “Thadi” Premachandra started making all sorts of utterances, they found out you are not “RELIABLE” and must NOT be “TRUSTED” to adhere to a set work schedule. That was the reason for most others who abstained from voting were “Advised” and,”Guided” by their “Inner Circle”. Just take a little of your time to read the presentation made by the “Spokesman” for the Muslim countries. Dr. Laksiri: Please tell your “Pay Masters” in S/L to put the house in order and start “JENUINLY” to address the “Human Rights” in all aspects of public life. Have you taken a keen interest in reading through the “Bulk” (12 pages) of the report that deals with what the present Government of “GR” has done? Now to make matters worse, your Minister of Foreign Affairs has become a “Par-Excellence” Mathematician to calculate and declare S/L has “WON” the vote.

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    After reading through the comments above it becomes obvious that asinine Laksiri has rotten eggs covering all over his usual brownie face. If he has any self respect he should hang his writing career to avoid obvious brick-bats.

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      hanchopancha
      “Laksiri has rotten eggs covering all over his usual brownie face.”

      Rotten eggs thrown by guys suffering from ‘Defeat-Syndrome’.

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        Eagle ‘mutt’ Eye, defeat syndrome? All Tamils are not supporters of the LTTE idiot. Also if the LTTE was not a formidable enemy, then why did it take your brave ranavirus 30 (40,000 LTTE Vs., 400,000 Ranavirus) odd years and help from Pakistan, India, China to defeat them? I am for peace and harmony, but you are a vile bugger who loves to instigate racial hatred between communities, then why didn’t you pick up an AK-47 and fight alongside the ranavirus? Maybe you would have been matryed and CT readers would have read more intelligent comments from others, rather than sit here and read the garbage you write.

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    “The Brits were directly involved in supporting and harboring the LTTE terrorist operatives from the beginning. Anton Balasingham was operating from there and Adele Balasingham is still living in Britain. Our colonial master has also allowed the Transitional Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) to freely operate in Britain. If they do not support separatism, why should they allow the TGTE to operate in Britain?”
    Laksiri,
    Can you explain how do you (Sri Lanka) allow one and only high profile international armed dealer for LTTE Terrorist who was arrested at the end of the war in Malaysia by your hero’s Rajapaksas but allowed to go free without any investigations or charges against him in Sri Lankan courts for the past 12 years?

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      Ajith,
      That international arms dealer agreed to give up terrorism and co-operate with the Government to defeat LTTE Tamil terrorists. Rajapakshes pardoned about 12,000 LTTE carders who had killed Sinhalayo, rehabilitated and released them. Do you think that also is not right?
      Sinhalayo are grateful to people who helped them unlike Tamils who slaughtered Sinhalayo who accommodated them in their country when colonial rulers who brought them to Sinhale as coolies abandoned them in Sinhale and ran away.

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        Eagle ‘jackass’ Eye, oh after killing hundreds of thousands of people (soldiers, civilians) KP Pathmanathan said sorry so you forgave him, eh? But the low ranking LTTE members who were forced to fight were captured and eliminated? Who are you bluffing fool? Karuna amman and that short circus clown Pillayan murdered 600 surrendered cops and you forgave them because they just said sorry? What a loser. Why don’t you go and tell this to the families of those poor cops who were murdered what you just said to us. Check the Interpol website and he is on the most wanted list, so the criminal family in Colombo (Ali Baba abd 40 thieves) are harboring a fugitive? How lovely.

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    I agree with you Dr Laksiri.

    It is incumbent upon the govt to stand up to this hypocrisy instead of playing the stupid game yeah sure we will appoint commissions and come up with recommendations and then throw a few underlings into prison on trumped-up charges. It is time to take a principled stand Despite possible sanctions. Thank you Hon Gotabaya Nandasena Rajapakse . It is important to learn from the mistakes of the past. We all know nothing will satisfy the Wiggys Sumathirans or any of the Diaspora. Take action and stick to it . You saved our country once with your leadership once , I I hope you see this battle through . The people are with you.

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    Whataboutism is actually an admission of guilt.
    Its basically like saying ‘i am guilty of the crime, but the people accusing me are guilty of crimes also’.

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      H
      Good point.
      That tells us why when finger is pointed at the US and allies, several people jump up with “What about Russia? What about China? etc.

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    Laksiri,
    your comment, “the brining of Indian labor as slaves to the plantations”.
    What do you imply. It may be a human right violation to displace population, on the other hand, it provided employment opportunity to an unemployed sect.
    Perhaps, there would have been no necessity to bring the labour from neighbouring India, if the natives were satisfactorily cooperative in working in the plantations – “Waking early in the morning and report to point of Muster on Chilly mornings in SL highlands”. Definitely, they were not inclined to such work ethics.
    Just imagine, what would be the position of “Ceylon Tea” today, if the indentured labour was not available. Atleast be thankful for the good yield , we have a solid foreign exchange earner and product unmatched by any other the world over.

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      Mahila,
      Sinhalayo did not want to work as slaves to colonial rulers.
      Tea is a curse that Brits brought to Sinhale. It brought two disasters to this country; environmental and social.
      Sinhale was famous for spices and gems before tea was introduced.

      “Just imagine, what would be the position of “Ceylon Tea” today, if the indentured labour was not available.”

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        Eagle ‘donkey brain’ Eye, were the colonial rulers there in Sri Lanka 3000 odd years ago? Hey mutt, you don’t even know the history of this country?

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        Eagle,
        “Sinhale was famous for spices and gems before tea was introduced.”
        Don’t you know that labour was imported to grow these spices? They were your ancestors.

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      M
      “It may be a human right violation to displace population, on the other hand, it provided employment opportunity to an unemployed sect.”
      *
      Do you know the history of indentured labour and the cunning and cruelty involved in taking impoverished Indians to toil in plantations (as far as Fiji and Trinidad).
      If you think that was an act of charity, the Slave Trade too will qualify as one.
      *
      Do you also think that colonial conquest of the island was a blessing? You may have some company here.

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      M
      “Perhaps, there would have been no necessity to bring the labour from neighbouring India, if the natives were satisfactorily cooperative in working in the plantations”
      *
      What kind of insensitive thinking is this?
      What seems to matter to you is the foreign occupier of stolen land having cheap obedient labour as well?
      Do you know what life was like in the ‘line rooms’?

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    “Britain is preaching Sri Lanka about human rights.”

    Not only Britain, but France, Germany, and USA are selling billions worth of arms to fuel conflicts in high-tension zones. Refer to the Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arms_industry for exact data. It is relatively easy to stop these conflicts by simply stopping the sale of arms, but the loss of ensuing revenue would be massive. By selling arms, these countries are directly aiding and abetting genocide in places like Yemen.

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    poor Dr. Laksiri Fernando what happened to you?
    Dinesh Gunawardena says 2+2 is 5
    Ajith Nivard Cabraal says majority of the people in the world are in favour of Sri Lanka
    and now your Doctorate brain is calculating per capita GDP of the countries voted ofr and against and then you go bla bla bla

    and here is the funny bit
    Chair National Institute of Language Education Jayampathi Heenkenda: easier to teach Tamils Sinhala. since Sinhala is main ethnic group. If we encourage Tamils to learn Sinhala reconciliation can be achieved.

    I mean where and when will this stupidity of people like you stop?

    The Sinhala people you are fooling are more stupid than you
    well not true
    Sri Lanka was once a well admired country all over the world
    I immigrated to UK long ago. There was not a single Sri Lankan grocery shop.
    I did my grocery shopping at an Indian shop owned a young Indian entrepreneur
    now he owns a chain of retail store in his 80s
    he asked me the other day what happened to Ceylon?

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      for him Ceylon was not just a country …but something different in his views a country far ahead culturally , economically intellectually…from where he came from. And he asked me why are you in this cold and miserable country when Ceylon can offer you so much

      there was so much sex in the word Ceylon
      but the orgasm was violent

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    Humble whataboutism is part of our Lankan culture. They love discussing who is worse . Who killed most
    Who is less corrupt and never ask for that good or better person
    Hence we had family dynasties as in senanayakas
    Bandas. Rw/ JR . Premadasas and now the worst of all Rajapaksas. Did you hear minister Namal stating he is a critic of dynasty. I guess he didn’t know the meaning of HYPOCRISY.

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    Income disparity will always be there as long as people are self centred.
    Usually poor people care and share with each other more than rich people.
    The poor depend on sharing for survival.

    The supreme court in UK has made a ruling against ASDA the supermarket giant chain for eaqual pay for men and women if they are doing similar jobs.

    It is not a secret that few rich people own the lion share of the national wealth in many countries.

    I am thankful to Dr L Fernando for shedding some light on the Issue of income disparity with relation to the voting pattern at the UNHRC.

    With reference to the LTTE terrorism and resulting armed conflict in the Northern and Eastern parts of Sri Lanka – the rich were able to migrate to better and safer areas within Sri Lanka and also other countries in the west.

    The poor were left behind to face the violence and hardships of a conflict zone.
    So it is apparent that the level of income is a basic human right.

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    The rich and poor argument is rather puerile.
    True that the voting represents a global political divide.
    True that the concerns of the authors of the resolution transcend HR violations concerns.
    True that if Sri Lanka had a different foreign policy the resolution and voting would have also been different as in the earlier few years.
    But none of these take away answerability of governments.
    *
    Had the government, even as a gesture, expressed regret about the sufferings of the casualties of war and a will to repair their losses, it would have won the support even of many defeated LTTE cadres.
    Offering an impartial inquiry into crimes against civilians by a multi-ethnic team comprising eminent citizens could have worked miracles.
    *
    An inquiry is not mainly about punishment, but more about knowing the truth, coming to terms with it, and repairing damages.
    I was disappointed that the Tamil parties did not demand one, and even more disappointed that the initiative did not come from Sinhalese liberals.
    *
    Denouncing vested interests involved in the resolution is fine, if one first admits that there could have been serious wrongdoing that needed to be addressed promptly.

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      S.J.
      At the very least, the govt could have sent a team which included a few Tamils/Muslims. But Sinhala Buddhist egoism took over.
      Even the chairperson of the Council was a Fijian Indian, despite Fiji having had its problems with minorities.

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        OC
        Fiji had a problem of settler Indian domination resented by the indigenous. It sorted out quarrels on ‘Indian’ dominance in parliament, but not without some violence and coups in between.
        While Fiji has found some stability, communalism is still alive.
        The government is ethnically mixed with substantial Indian presence.
        Rabuka, the coup leader of 1987 was leader of opposition until last year.
        We can only hope for sense to prevail.
        Interestingly, Tamils in Fiji have mostly accepted Fijian Hindi as their language.

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    Laksiri,
    .
    We know that many horrible things happened in history.
    .
    The social ills that operated in Britain were exposed almost two hundred years ago by Charles Dickens. Laksiri, you speak of the abuses in overseas territories by the British Colonial Adminstrations. We know. What we may not know are some aspects of history that are discussed in the Youtube programmes to which I will provide links below, and which readers may find most interesting. Most are about 30 minutes each, but each section on the Afghans is about half that. Some listeners had found the speech too fast; try adjusting the speed by clicking on settings (the gear symbol).
    .
    The Muslim speaker here acknowledges some of the horrible things that happened, but essentially he draws attention to what we can learn from it all, we can thereby approach all these events constructively, so that we, in Sri Lanka, will be able to live in harmony.
    .

    Jews
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZ80_4p6uFQ

    .
    Afghans – Part 1
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhWNkSi05-Q&list=PLwBEINflt3JHMMpt_GPzf-wKWme9Ln4Jf&index=1
    .
    Afghans  Part 2
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nt7gNoo0Uo&list=PLwBEINflt3JHMMpt_GPzf-wKWme9Ln4Jf&index=2
    .
    Afghans Part 3
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk00Mi4gJDI&list=PLwBEINflt3JHMMpt_GPzf-wKWme9Ln4Jf&index=3

    Malays
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vgv844p3eE&list=PLwBEINflt3JHMMpt_GPzf-wKWme9Ln4Jf&index=4
    .
    Parsis
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcKEdPyCVhE&list=PLwBEINflt3JHMMpt_GPzf-wKWme9Ln4Jf&index=5
    .
    Portuguese
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLZsQPea2Kg&t=216s
    .
    Learn from all this, Laksiri.

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      See if this link gets you to the programme on the Sindhi:
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub0eqKDjkyk&t=516s
      .
      Zameer has successfully avoided observations on our current political regime. Some of these better-off minority members may have been involved in financial irregularities – well the Sinhalese politicians as well.
      .
      Anyway, in the late 1970s and the early 1980s there was a lot of antagonism against those who were controlling the clothing industry. I suppose that Premadasa allowed the Sinhalese to get into the trade in a big way, and,if yet, some of the Sindhis and Parsis manage to hold their own it is owing to “business acumen”. The inefficiency of the Sinhalese at business – . . . it’s an endless debate.
      .
      All of which emphasises that learning History is important, but we’ve got to take it from where we are to build a more harmonious future.

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        S.M,
        Mrs B was quite inimical towards Sindhi/ Bohra businesses, even locking up some owners. There was talk about the “commanding heights of the economy”. Still, it all came to nothing and the same people control the export economy now. Business acumen is not something you can teach.

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          OC
          I am not sure if locking up of Sindhi/Bohra business people had much to do with ethnic considerations.
          Many people were jailed for illegal foreign currency dealings in the 1970s.
          All of them were release by JRJ.

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          S.J,
          No it wasn’t to do with anything ethnic. But underlying it was a desire to remove “registered citizens” from control of the economy. Still, it failed completely, leaving the same people (who have now learnt to play both sides) in control. Rather like what happened in Uganda under Idi Amin.Very few Sinhala businessmen have learnt how to flourish without govt support.

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      Dear S_M, appreciating the Lost & Forgotten series on News1st Sri Lanka. Most of it is new discovery for me. I have heard of African SriLankans from the time of Portuguese influence.
      This level of diversity here is rather exciting, though has dwindled.

      And I am not paying any attention to LF’s article here!

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        Dear oc and SJ,
        .
        How I wish life could be simpler, and I think that what must be investigated as impartially as possible is what is happening here and now. My memory of what happened about “breaking foreigner monopolies goes like this:
        .
        A brilliant, well-intentioned, surgeon, Dr M.V.P. Peiris, tried to get textiles sold at what he thought were reasonable prices after he was made Trade Minister in 1965. He was outwitted by the traders.
        .
        As SJ says the second Sirima Government prosecuted foreign currency violators. Sir Oliver Goonetillke and E.G. Wikramanayake? This makes interesting reading:
        ,
        https://www.afr.com/world/asia/the-rise-fall-and-rise-of-macquarie-banks-first-family-20180904-h14wqu
        .
        After 1977 wasn’t it JRJ who got Bunty Soysa prosecuting some others? Felix Dias B.’s associates.
        .
        We remember bits and pieces of this sort. The average voter wouldn’t know what to make of all this! But up to that time, I don’t think that there was an ethnic dimension to it.

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    RJ,

    Sadly I dont see any truth and reconcilliation process happenning in Sri Lanka in the future.
    The GOSL as well as former LTTE supporters have dug in to positions were no one admits any wrong doing.
    Blaming the other is the main stratergy adopted – Typical Sri Lanka style

    As a Sri Lankan my only hope is that we make sure that there will never be an amed conflict in Sri Lanka in the future.

    We all know too well what happens during an armed conflict.

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      I mean any type of violence, racial abuse, verbal abuse shoud be compleatly rejected by society.

      These are the things that lead to armed conflict.

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