17 April, 2024


‘I Give Dhanapala The Benefit Of The Doubt’ Says Radhika

“I have known Mr. Dhanapala for many years. I have always known him as a man of great integrity and independence. I would therefore give him the benefit of the doubt and would not want to make any judgment until I know all the facts and have heard his version of this whole dilemma,” wrote Radhika Coomaraswamy, in response to a request for comment, from Colombo Telegraph, on what has been characterized by others, as an “ethically untenable” position Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala is in, as a director of Dialog Axiata PLC and a member of the Friday Forum.

Radhika Coomaraswamy

Radhika Coomaraswamy

Friday Forum member Coomaraswamy’s position is that, “The only facts we know have been presented by CT and of course you are a party to the conflict.”

There are, however, no facts that are in dispute. There is no dispute that Ambasidor Dhanapala is a director of Dialog Axiata PLC. Neither is there a dispute that he is a key member of Friday Forum.

A few days ago, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu said,  “Given the information now in the public realm,  I believe that the two positions – one within Dialog which blocks Colombo Telegraph and the other within Friday Forum which champions democratic governance – are incompatible. In that position, I would choose between them.”

“I am at the moment in New York teaching at NYU and have not met Mr. Dhanapala. However I completely agree that the blocking of your website is a complete violation of freedom of expression and a denial of the public’s right to know.” Coomaraswamy further said.

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Sri Lankan Govt. Periodically Blocked Colombo Telegraph In 2013: US Human Rights Report

History of Colombo Telegraph blocking

First -December 26, 2011 – We are blocked but we will not be stopped

Second – May 8, 2012 – Colombo Telegraph Blocked Again

Third – March 29, 2013  – Sri Lanka Blocks Colombo Telegraph and Selected Tweets: Colombo Telegraph Unblocked

Fourth – August 23, 2013 – Colombo Telegraph Blocked, How To Reach Us Now: Sri Lanka Telecom And Mobitel Joins The DPI Club!

Other attempts 

October 26, 2012 – Colombo Telegraph Was Hacked

August 9, 2012 ColomboTelegraph Password Cracking Attempt Blocked

Freedom House Report: Freedom On The Net 2012, Sri Lanka Is A Country At Risk

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  • 1

    Centaur thank you for that laborious search. I am impressed that you have access to UN personal records, specially since Radhika joined the UN about 25 years ago and left it about 10 years back ( so I have been informed).Did you see these records in the wiki-leaks? Please also check her returns with the Inland Revenue Department in Sri Lanka and also her foreign earnings and assets. Please enlighten us on all her incomes and holdings so that we can accept her unsullied integrity.

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