22 September, 2020

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I Am Not Convinced The Appointment Of Yet Another Commission Of Inquiry: Human Rights Chief

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet today said she was troubled by the recent trend towards moving civilian functions under the Ministry of Defence or retired military officers, and renewed reports of surveillance and harassment of human rights defenders, journalists and victims.

Michelle Bachelet

In her oral updates and introduction to country reports of the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner at the UN Human Rights Council’s 43rd Session, Michelle Bachelet said, she also was not convinced with the appointment of yet another Commission of Inquiry to address Sri Lanka’s human rights issues.

High Commissioner said: “I move to our update on Sri Lanka,HRC/43/19, assessing the progress made in implementing Human Rights Council resolution 30/1. I regret that the new Government has announced a very different approach to the commitments previously made in the resolution which risks setting back efforts to advance reconciliation, accountability and human rights.

“The State must work for all its people and the needs of all communities, particularly the minorities, must be acknowledged and addressed. I urge the Government to preserve and build upon the gains which have been made over the last few years. In particular, I encourage the Government to ensure the Office on Missing Persons and the Office of Reparations are provided with political and resource support. The families of missing persons from all communities deserve justice and redress.

“Sri Lanka’s independent institutions, strengthened under the 19th Constitutional Amendment, are a key pillar in its democratic structure. And the space for civil society and independent media should be protected. I am therefore troubled by the recent trend towards moving civilian functions under the Ministry of Defence or retired military officers, and renewed reports of surveillance and harassment of human rights defenders, journalists and victims. The increasing levels of hate speech, and security and policy measures appear to be discriminately and disproportionately directed against minorities, both Tamil and Muslim.

“The fundamental problem remains that Sri Lanka has still not addressed impunity for past violations, nor undertaken the security sector reforms needed to address their drivers and enablers.  Systemic barriers that continue to exist within the criminal justice system remain an impediment to real justice. Domestic processes have consistently failed to deliver accountability in the past and I am not convinced the appointment of yet another Commission of Inquiry will advance this agenda. As a result, victims remain denied justice and Sri Lankans from all communities have no guarantee that past patterns of human rights violations will not recur.

“I urge the Council to remain alert to this situation in terms of prevention and to explore all possible avenues for advancing accountability.”

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  • 20
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    Only.option madam is to take Sri Lanka war criminal, President to Hague and hang him

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      Of course along with TNA goons and wignashwaran goons

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        Boru Kiyana Boralugoda Chikis

        “Of course along with TNA goons and wignashwaran goons”

        They can be dealt with domestically outside the justice system.
        Gota and Kamal have skills, equipments, human resources ……… white van to make them involuntarily disappeared as he did between 1987 and 1991 and between 2005 and 2015.
        Why should the state waste foreign exchange?
        By any chance you are the new Gota’s b***s carrier?

        I must warn you there are many who want the job.

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          So you want rock and role

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            Did TNA or Vigneswaran charged under Srilankan Legal Systems as Criminals to hang them?

            Did they steal any public money as many Sinhala Politicians?

            Did they alleged by anyone involve in any extra judicial killing as few Sinhala politicians

            They are far better than any of the Sinhala politicians As they are fighting for the Fundamental rights of their people who have democratically elected them to represent then in Srilankan Parliament
            Further CJV is a retired Supreme Court Judge serving Srilankan Judicial System for almost 25 years

            Sampanthan is. Veteran politician Respected by all including many Sinhala politicians
            So be mindful when making such cruel statement

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              Oh wow what a statement bravo.

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                In this General Election, any individual from Tamil and Muslim communities shouldn’t vote for any candidate who’s coming from Buddhist Sinhalese identity with any party. Same time, avoid vote for Douglas’s EPDP and Arumugam Thondaman’s party. These stupids are traitors in between us.Showing your strong displeasure and vengeance towards Rajapakse regime shall be understood the message to the international community.

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      Dilshan,
      Hang the President for what?
      Is it for sending your Sun God ‘Para’ Demala megalomaniac Piripakaran Bellige Putha who is a descendant of a slave brought to Sinhale by colonial parasites and obtained citizenship in this country thanks to the kindheartedness of Native Sinhalayo to hell to rot there for trillion years for slaughtering innocent Sinhala men, women, children and even unborn babies for three decades?

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        No for killing innocent Tamil civilians of over 40,000 after surrendering. Eagle Blind eye

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          Dilshan,
          What happened the skeletons of those 40,000? If you know where those skeletons are, tell UNHRC.

          Sri Lankan Army liberated about 300,000 Demala civilians used as a human shield by your barbaric leader. LTTE shot some of the civilians who tried to escape. Face the truth.

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          Potta eagle,
          You always call Tamils “para demalu” , “slaves”, “coolies”, etc. Well, they may be all of these things, but unlike hybrid Eagles, they have a language , culture, and religion they can call their own. The Sinhala Buddhists have an Indian religion, culture and language. There is no such thing as a Sinhalese. All of you are immigrants , not original natives. Even now your patriotic leaders run to India to worship better gods. If you have any guts, publish your real name and I will tell you where in India your miserable ancestors came from

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        By the way Rajapaksas are also, Chinese slaves brought by Portuguese, Dutch and English. Thus Christian and Tamil.

        Rajapaksas did not end Tamil tigers. It was done by western countries to popularity for Rajapaksas.
        Who is Sri Lanka forum?. Why don’t you know western countries are promoting Rajapaksas. War crime charges is just to get modayas vote for them

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        Sri Lanka foundation based in the USA and it is the clue that us and other countries in the west are promoting Rajapaksas. Why?

        Jews are supporting Rajapaksas?

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        Eagle eye stupid,
        Don’t you have a man with strong masculine to sleep with kuwaeni.. she found only a man (para) vijey the one who can satisfied herself. You bloody racists ideology vain at all.

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      In this General Election, any individual from Tamil and Muslim communities shouldn’t vote for any candidate who’s coming from Buddhist Sinhalese identity with any party. Sometime, avoid vote for Douglas’s EPDP and Arumugam Thondaman’s party. Showing your strong displeasure and vengeance towards Rajapakse regime shall be understood the message to the international community.

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      Dear Madam, with all due respect, HRC is a joke of the day. States perpetrate crimes and take cover in the name of sovereignty bypassing 1993 R2P principle. Unless more teeth is added to this failed institution even puny country like silly lanka will act with utmost impunity and disrespect. What are you or your institution going to do ? Time for arm and economic embargo on erring nations ..

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    Oh poor thing she is so worried.

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      Don’t insult motherhood.

      Michelle Bachelet

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        Well I did’nt say amma ge vagina

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    Compared to the hypocricy of militant posturing Sinhala Buddhist nationalists and slavish sycophants of the government, whose claims to patriotism are nothing but sanctimonious humbug to fool the masses – true patriots are those who have quietly rendered a lifetime of dedicated service to the nation without fear or favour and with a passion for justice, truth, and integrity in a free and righteous society.. All such true patriots ( including many like myself amongst the ethnic and religious minorities) have reason to be delighted at the excellent reaction of Michelle Bachelet the UNHRC High Comissioner in response to the foolish and arrogant decision by the government to withdraw from the Joint Resolution. One hopes the UNHRC and the international community would for the greater good of the people of Sri Lanka, take serious note of her appeal urging ” the Council to remain alert to this situation in terms of prevention and to explore all possible avenues for advancing accountability”

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      Well said Prof., an old Royalist who was two years senior to me. This is in contrast to that stupid fellow Dinesh another old royalist, who was two years junior to me.

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      Professor, this is no longer a colonial nation. Foreigners do not decide the future of the country. The majority – and not any white or kallathoni minority – are in charge of all major administrative functions. This basic right has been denied to the majority since the Portugese invaded in 1505. The right reverends, kallathonis, and the gang of human rights champions/NGO’s must come to terms with this basic fact. In any case, Sri Lanka has always been liberal, more so than the West, which used gunpowder (invented by the Chinese) to subdue native populations all over the world, killing millions in the name of their Christian god. Sri Lanka has had women’s rights, free education, and no racial discrimination for 2500 years. I don’t think these are in any danger, unless the separatists get their way. And that is rather ironic, don’t you think? When Bachelet’s fellow Europeans ruled the island for 400 odd years, segregation and discrimination were considered normal. There are still many native buggers going around chanting “sir” in exchange for 10 SLR; this is the real tragedy, not terrorists being eradicated on the beach.

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      Professor ANI Ekanayaka,
      “All such true patriots ( including many like myself amongst the ethnic and religious minorities) have reason to be delighted ..)

      Are you joking by identifying you as a PATRIOT? Sorry to say those who rejoice when our ‘Ranaviruwos’ who saved this country from ‘Para’ Demala invaders who wanted to create a separate State in the Land of Native Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo are humiliated as ‘War Criminals’ without any concrete evidences are ‘TRAITORS’. Mangala Samaraweera who cosponsored the resolution without the approval from the President and the Cabinet is the worst traitor. These traitors should be hanged in the Galle Face Greens.

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      Take a bow Professor, please come out and fight like we do here in india

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    High Commissioner Bachelet.
    Thank you for calling the Bluff of the GoSL and its statement on Commission of Inquiry. They have their head in the sand of Impunity. Cannot expect anything from those who had Command Responsibility for the Crimes. The Maha Sangah and those majority who voted for GR to be President gave immunity because of their Office. The opposition leaders are in denial also. There will be no justice for the Victims of the Crimes.
    The UNHRC need to seek Universal Jurisdiction and refer Sri Lanka to the ICC. It will not only bring justice but also ensure preventing further violence perpetrated against the Tamils, Muslims and those who defend the Rule of Law.

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    if UN does not do something after sri lanka put shit on its head,then UN will be considered a joke.

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      Sri Lanka has not put shit on UN, Sri Lanka has put shit on itself. Very soon Sri Lanka will be given a good wash by the UN.

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        dr.gnana

        when you have an agreemet with someone and pull out of it,you are not shitting on yourself,you are only shitting on the other person.It is only when the other party retaliates you will get shit on your head.The UN has not retaliated so far.India and US are mum on this.Not a word of criticism from them because they are both trying to get favours from sri lanka,tamils be damned.If sri lanka does not grant them those favours only they will start to shed crocodile tears for thetamils and ask the UN to retaliate.Until then you can have some sweet dreams as you still don’t understand geopolitical realities and the strategic location of sri lanka.

        ps.Mahinda put shit on india without implementing the indo lanka accord even after promising 13plus to india in order to wipe out the LTTE.Did india retaliate?Only by giving a loan of 50 million USD recently and putting up to their parliament a moratorium of 3 years on the paybackof their loans,tamils be damned.

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          Only fools rush to hasty conclusions. Time will tell who has put shit on whose head. Yes they are using Tamils to get what they want, but it is up to Tamil leaders to make use of it for the benefit of Tamils. UNHCR has regretted on Sri Lankan withdrawal of joint sponsorship. USA and India are watching the situation. Tamils must put Sri Lanka at loggerhead with other nations and reap the benefit. In 1987, in order to bring Sri Lanka to its knees India used Tamils. It is because JR wisely surrendered that nothing drastic happened to Sri Lanka. Unfortunately that stupid fellow Prabaharan due to his selfishness, instead of putting Sri Lanka and India to fight and get the benefit, he took money from Sri Lanka and fought India, with disastrous consequence to Tamils. What India and USA are demanding is not possible for Sri Lanka to concede, due to which there will be conflict. Both India and USA are not prepared to trust any Sri Lanka government anymore, after previous government let them down on the promise to move away from China. If Tamil leaders act wisely and sincerely, Tamils will get what they are demanding.

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    What is the UNHRC doing while thousands of refugees struggle to survive in Syria, Lebanon,Iraq, Turkey etc.
    These so called westerners are cowards and don’t give a damn about the worlds marginalised human beings.
    All they care is about filling their pockets and living the good life till their end comes along.
    Worse than the UNHRC are our politicians who are living two legged blood sucking parasites who will suck even the most tainted blood at every opportunity.
    As long as this woman has her free hotel accommodation, good food and good wine and comfortable surroundings to live in and suffering people to extend her top life style the worlds wars and violence will go on.
    Bloody Godless, atheist beings.

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      Godfrey

      Thank you for alerting us to the fact that UNHRC was not doing what you expect it to do.
      Does UNHRC’s mission statement promise/authorises it to fulfill all your ad hoc and arbitrary demands and desires?

      ” These so called westerners are cowards and don’t give a damn about the worlds marginalised human beings.”

      If the Orientals are not satisfied with Westerners all they have to do is to withdraw their support to western dominated international institutions. Simple as that.
      Why don’t you appeal to Orientals.

      “As long as this woman has her free hotel accommodation, good food and good wine and comfortable surroundings to live in and suffering people to extend her top life style the worlds wars and violence will go on.”

      How about the men who went to Geneva claiming to represent Sri Lanka. Didn’t they have comfortable, accomodations, good food, good wine, comfortable surrounding …. ?
      Are you interested in her job?
      Are you one of the jealousy prone men out there fuming and raging through their bum?

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    What Dinesh Gunewardena proposed is not a one man Commission to Investigate. All he proposed was a one man Commission to look into the previous commission reports. Why review previous reports? The reports have already been submitted.

    If SL Armed forces have not committed any atrocities why not have an Independent Public Inquiry with 5 Supreme Court Judges on the Bench and with UN as observers. Even if UN is not given observer status at least open the investigation to the local and international media.

    Its also a slap on the face of Senior Politician Dinesh Gunewardena as G L Pieris who is not a Minister and no one in the Government announced this decision of the Govt before Dinesh as Foreign Minister announced it. Shameless Dinesh Gunewardena should have resigned on this alone.

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    “The fundamental problem remains that Sri Lanka has still not addressed impunity for past violations, …..”

    Sri Lanka will never address impunity for past violations, if anything it will get worse. You have a better chance of stopping the sun from shining than getting the Sri Lankan state to address past violations. So, the UNHCHR needs to either admit that the war criminals have gotten away or establish a international war crimes tribunal to try them. Talking about it or expecting the Sri Lankan state to act is a waste of time.

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    Ms Michelle Bachelette i don’t think know much about the misdeeds of the Civil Political Leaders whom she is in love with for their obedience to the UN Human Rights Guardians.

    They ripped out the guts of the Nation under Yahapalana including its Economy and most importantly the National Security and its innocent inhabitants personal Security.

    Here is the list if Ms Bachelett’s friends here, if they want to educate her.

    Free Car Permits worth up to LKR 34 Million each, when most inhabitants live under 2 Dollars a day.
    Santhosams from every Government Deal including Import of Coal . Power Plants, Infrastructure Construction and even Alcohol.
    Bond Robbery and the massive Commissions from cancelling Aircraft Orders.

    But the saddest dastardly deed of the Yahapalana Cabinet was the import of 50 odd Turkish Terrorists who were allowed to the country to preach Radicalism in the East .
    And hiding their presence from the own Govt Intelligence Service to help the Muslim Buddies in Kotte for their Political support.

    And decimation of the Military Intelligence Apparatus which protected the Nation with 100% security since Mr Pirahaparan left Lankawe from Nanthikadal.

    And allowing the Muslim terrorists to destroy the three most important Catholic Churches with the destruction of the valuable lives of 300 innocent civilians including Foreign Citizens who had been helping our inhabitants.
    And severely wounding another 500 innocent moms dads, sisters , brothers and children some of whom are still suffering from horrific wounds.

    My be Ms Bachellette would have preferred the same lot in the Government than the new ex Military personnel who are doing a fantastic job to give the Inhabitants security ,specially y with the Easter around the corner.

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      KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

      How are you?

      “Free Car Permits worth up to LKR 34 Million each, when most inhabitants live under 2 Dollars a day. Santhosams from every Government Deal including Import of Coal . Power Plants, Infrastructure Construction and even Alcohol. Bond Robbery and the massive Commissions from cancelling Aircraft Orders.”

      Did you ask Ajith Nivard Cabraal former Governor of Central Bank, Mahinda Rajapaksa (former president and Minister of Finance and Minister of Defence), Basil (one stop clearing house 10,20,30%), ……. when these practices were actually started ……….? You don’t really want to know.

      Why are you raging through your bum?
      It’s not good for your health.

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    The UN commissioner for HR is an important role although the UN is heavily biased in favour of the US (for example) and ignores its blatant HR abuses overseas that are conducted in a far greater magnitude than can ever happen in poor Sri Lanka. However, these institutions are often the only means by which poor, marginalised sections of society can appeal to, when their national justice systems (often corrupt in South Asian countries) fail them. Most such institutions have agendas that are not publicly expressed. However, one must accept that ordinary people in SL cannot get justice when powerful, politically aligned people are their opponents. Therefore, it is in the interests of all on this forum (who I guess are “ordinary” people although perhaps not victims of war crimes etc) to support any initiative that brings criminals to justice. An independent court can always exonerate the innocent, bringing far more credibility to the nation than when actively avoiding scrutiny or investigation.

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      As always what a level headed person ..

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    Madam, please tell this to Stupid Lankan public because right now they are mesmerized by what is told to them (local Sinhala only media) by our uneducated politicians. Chamal today claimed “we escaped from international wrath”. Another states we won . Some claim nothing more to worry because we are not part of Geneva anymore ????

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    This is why America precisely called UNHCHR a cesspool, which makes theses bogus human rights officials cesspool maggots and worms. A
    /
    If Bichlet is genuinely concerned about minorities, then she should be very happy for defeating the deadliest terrorists- kallathoni LTTE terrorists who blew up 100000 innocent Sinhalese in to pieces, recruited suicide b0mbers, child soldiers, se※ slaves, etc.
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    Sinhala-Buddhist Sri Lanka’s all problems have been created by the so called international community (India and the West).
    * The Dutch and British brought Tamil and Muslim slaves from South India to the island, used them and dumped them on Sinhalese. Now theses slave descents and kallathonies who came to sri Lanka without Sinhalese’ consent want to rule over Sinhalese and carve out their own country.
    * Although LTTE was created by India, the West funded and armed the terrorists for the next 30 years.
    * The West sabotaged socialist Sri Lanka’s economy during Sirimawo’s era. That is how they helped develope Singapore.
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    The UN must know their limits and, that they are beneath the government of Sri Lanka.

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      Johnny Boy

      “Although LTTE was created by India, the West funded and armed the terrorists for the next 30 years.”

      Are you sure West funded the LTTE, at times Premadasa and Mahinda lavishly funded VP.

      ” The West sabotaged socialist Sri Lanka’s economy during Sirimawo’s era. That is how they helped develope Singapore.”

      What socialism?
      The stupid who controlled the country substituted Sinhala/Buddhism for socialism and JVP, state corruption for creativity, development, progress, free thinking, …………… now rapidly becoming a fascist state.

      Pat your back.

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    The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights system of reference by means of which will interpret having the documents of past,/historical records speeches, then get an idea what is Sri lanka upto, The growing perception put on Sri Lanka government does not seriously intend to facilitate reconciliation will be understanding of the world.

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