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Internal Political Power Bashing In The Name Of Justice For War Victims

By Rajan Hoole , N. Sivapalan, Ahilan Kadirgamar and K. Sritharan

The UN Human Rights Commission’s decision to investigate violations and the huge loss of life during the last months of the war concluded in 2009 was a significant victory for the victims. The dignity of the victims required that the truth must be told without fear or favour, and processes of justice and restoration set in motion. And the wrong was not all on one side. Dignity also demands that we await the verdict of the judges with restraint and reverence for the name of justice.

But in Jaffna, all hell broke loose over the coming UNHRC report in an orgy of mud-slinging, recrimination and effigy burning for Tamil leadership spoils. Some academics in Jaffna University led by taking on themselves the task of identifying and upbraiding ‘traitors to the race’ in a return to dangerous heroics. MPs Sampanthan and Sumanthiran were excoriated for attending the Independence Day function. The first shot in virtually christening the coming UN report a ‘genocide report’ was fired by Northern Chief Minister Justice Wigneswaran on 10th February 2015 in the Provincial Council resolution he advanced.

tamils-missing-3-630x350The opinion held by a sizeable portion of the university teachers was not to politicise the coming UN report, so as to allow Sinhalese to read it with an open mind. There was no opposition to delay, as requested by the new government. But this moderate stance got lost in the rush of events. It was presented to the media on 13th February as the University Teachers demanding the release of the report as scheduled in March. Suresh Premachandran MP, the same day, welcomed Wigneswaran’s ‘genocide resolution’ and called upon India and the US to ensure the release of the UN report. Later he supported the call of the University Teachers to undertake a march to present the demand for early release of its report to the UN.

A UN report that was meant to help the victims was getting lost amidst the extremism of pied pipers encouraging students to abandon moderation in a University that now has a large number of Sinhalese and Muslim students, and put up notices recalling the rallying cry of ‘PonguThamil’ (Arise Tamils) during the LTTE’s heyday, but over a petition for the release of a report the UN Human Rights Commissioner has assured he would.

On 21st February 2015, Mr. Sumanthiran’s effigy was burnt at a demonstration in Jaffna Town organised by the Women’s Front for Disappeared Persons, thus politicising the all-important issue in a manner very detrimental to the victims. Soon afterwards another leader, Mr.Mavai Senathirajah, perhaps to stop more effigy burning by those trying to capture the TNA leadership or its place, announced his support for the supposed University Teachers’ protest.

The pretext for the attack on Sumanthiran was his engaging with the Government on implementing a local mechanism to give effect to the coming UN report’s recommendations. This is the best we could expect from a government we helped to elect. Without a change of government the UN report would have been simply rejected, and getting any benefit out of it would have been an arduous process. To start by dismissing internal mechanisms as hopeless without engagement is to destroy any possibility of national reconciliation which is our only hope. The UN would, rightly, not recommend international prosecution until domestic mechanisms are exhausted. Engagement means for example that we must demand legislation for command responsibility.

Moreover the public is being duped by creating an expectation that the UN will charge the Government with genocide. The coming UNHRC report will build on the UN Secretary General’s advisory report of 31st March 2011, but one hardly expects any significant deviation in the conclusions. The UNSG’s report faults the Government for (i) killing civilians through widespread shelling; (ii) shelling of hospitals and humanitarian objects; (iii) denial of humanitarian assistance; (iv) human rights violations suffered by victims and survivors; and (v) human rights violations outside the conflict zone [such as persecution of the media and abductions].

It faults the LTTE for: (i) using civilians as a human buffer; (ii) killing civilians attempting to flee LTTE control; (iii) using military equipment in the proximity of civilians; (iv) forced recruitment of children; (v) forced labour (e.g. using civilians to dig bunkers); (vi) killing of civilians through suicide attacks.

The nature of the LTTE’s violations which Tamil nationalists systematically deny or obfuscate makes allegations of genocide solely against the Government hard to sustain. The propensity to lie and avoid the truths most crucial to giving the Tamil community a decisive change of direction has been the way of Tamil politics from the earliest times. Take for example Wigneswaran’s recent statement. It has listed the International Tamil Research Conference Tragedy of January 1974 under the heading of genocide.

But the facts were established by a professionally conducted citizens’ inquiry headed by Justices O.L. de Kretzer and V. Manickavasagar and Bishop S. Kulandran. Their verdict did not deny the Police’s right to arrest Janarthanan, a Tamil Nadu politician who illegally entered the country and participated in the conference, in which they failed. The judges held that knowing the probable result, i.e. a stampede, the Police should have adopted a course of ‘quieta non movere’ – leave well alone – but had instead acted recklessly. That is a far cry from genocide.

But what Tamil nationalist politics did was to, without any basis, accuse Jaffna Mayor Alfred Duraiappah who was already branded a traitor deserving death from a nationalist platform, as having instigated the police action which caused the deaths. Duraiappah was killed the following year by the incipient LTTE, which in turn branded several Tamil nationalist leaders traitors for negotiating a political settlement and killed them over the coming years. This politics of assassination inaugurated by the Tamil leadership culminated 35 years later in 2009 in the gigantic tragedy at Mullivaykkal, and continues to haunt the Tamil nationalist leadership.

The last event has been described in Wigneswaran’s statement as the ‘Vanni genocide’. However, it was the LTTE that held masses of people hostage, allowing the Government to claim its action, as in January 1974, as legitimate. The people concerned however preferred ‘quieta non movere’ on the Government’s part and rescue by a less costly international initiative. Our judgment of the Government’s military action is inevitably coloured by decades of the people’s experience of the security forces and in the run up to the finale, the wanton killing of five young Tamils in Trincomalee on 2nd January 2006 and the ACF massacre of aid workers in Mutur that followed; by its military strategy involving total displacement by shelling with a view to acquisition of lands to change their demographic composition and the relentless shelling of locations the Government itself had declared safe zones. These we trust will be dealt with by the UN report.

For the civilians caught up in the war in 2009, matters were made worse by the Tamil leadership denying that the LTTE was holding the people hostage and was shooting escapees. It is this long history of lying and refusal to examine its responsibility for the politics of assassination that makes the Tamil leadership so vulnerable today. And the madness goes on. Wigneswaran’s genocide statement has let loose demonization of those who engage with the Government, purely for political one-upmanship.

Genocide is a word loosely used for political rhetoric, too often by politicians who themselves have blood on their hands. It is a fact that the war was waged by all sides without any concern for civilian well-being. The LTTE continuously trapped the people in a destructive war and consciously worked towards scenarios where the Army would kill large numbers of civilians. It created conditions where civilians will be forced to identify with it in one form or another to make sure that when that Army enters, they will all face the wrath of the Army. That fear itself forced the people to join the movement or to move with them. Have we forgotten the Exodus of 1995, the chasing away of Muslims in 1990 and many other atrocities unleashed in the name of liberation?

Could we say that the LTTE was involved in genocide against its own people by quoting all the massive killings it carried out at various times from trapping people again and again into wars they did not want and forcing them along a suicidal route?

Could the chasing out of Muslims and massacring them in Mosques be legitimately raised as genocidal acts of the LTTE? There are many sides and narratives to the conflict. It is very sad that the University which needs to create space for people to re-evaluate the past and critically analyse what went wrong that allowed suicidal politics to ensnare the community, is now again blindly promoting the same politics which destroyed our community.

Indeed, the Sri Lankan state failed miserably in protecting the minorities and evolved as a Sinhala state. There are many Sinhalese intellectuals and politicians who recognise this, but whenever there were initiatives towards addressing the issues, extremists from both sides undermined them. It is important that Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims engage in an open manner to nullify the legacy of the past and build a wholesome political culture. That can happen only through internal processes and we need to identify resources and potential already present within each community, and work towards slowly building trust. Sri Lanka, as a UN Member, has a responsibility to respect all norms enshrined in its treaties and covenants and when it fails to protect the rights of its citizens, we would all sooner or later face the consequences. But international initiatives are often controlled by the limited vision of those in charge and have many a time failed to give priority to the internal potential, and the results had very limited impact. Our main focus must be to strengthen the democratic process and work towards building broad alliances among all communities to address the many issues facing the nation.

The president must expeditiously fulfill the just demands of the Tamil peoples, who in trust and goodwill gave him an overwhelming mandate. The large numbers of people who are internal refugees owing to the war, now ended, should be urgently resettled in their former homes. The persons, who have long languished in detention on mere suspicion without charges being filed, should be released without delay. In order that all communities could live together in understanding and goodwill, moves should be set in motion without delay, to resolve the national question.

We have a responsibility to engage with the government, we helped to elect and make a start on what is best for the people – not just the Tamil people but for all the people in the country. Our name calling of opponents and the government is only helping the Sinhalese extremists who do not want any solution to the national question and we need not spell out the consequences, especially when political conditions in the South are also unstable.The Tamil leadership has a major responsibility in addressing the fears of the ordinary Sinhalese people and to be open about their failures in the past. There are many Sinhalese who are ashamed of the way the Sri Lankan Army carried out operations where large numbers of innocent civilians were killed and many surrendered persons were massacred. Tamil politics can either strengthen them or isolate them. The LTTE continued to undermine the peace constituency in the South by sticking to its maximalist position but opportunistically demanded addressing immediate issues to buy time and materials to strengthen its military capability. The peace lobby in the South tried to justify the LTTE’s position genuinely hoping that it may transform, but the resulting ground reality gave opportunity to the Sinhalese extremists who argued that only a military solution was possible and undermined the Peace Lobby with relative ease.

The situation in the South is fragile. There being Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim students in Jaffna University, it will be much more productive if the students engaged among themselves to understand each other rather than wallow in a bankrupt political discourse that destroys all hope. And Tamil politics would remain, as the left leader V. Karalasingam said in 1963, in the wasteland of ‘burning itself out in impotent rage and despair against the government than permit a critical re-examination of its politics’.

Those trying to edge out the present Tamil leadership with hysterics of betrayal over the UN report are certainly marginal elements. Their barely hidden rhetorical demand for Tamil Eelam recalls Marx’s aphorism that events in history occur first as a tragedy and for the second time as a farce. The elements carrying us through the farce today could easily be tackled if the Tamil leadership would apologise to the public openly for its Himalayan blunder of original tacit support for the politics of assassination against opponents, and explain the grim choices confronting the Tamil people today and the urgent need to advance reconciliation on equal terms.

*Rajan Hoole and N. Sivapalan, University of Jaffna, Ahilan Kadirgamar, an independent researcher in Jaffna, and K. Sritharan 

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    Great article. Timely !

    We look forward to Rajan’s next book, which I was told is coming out soon?

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      Good article. Please translate and publish in Tamil to educate the Tamil Modayas who are their own worst enemies. Just as Sinhala Modayas need to be educated about the doing of Mahinda Jarapassa so too the Tamil Modayas need education about the stupidity of Wigneshwaran, and the TNA lunatic fringe including Sasitharan, Mavei and other UNEDUCATED, Insular and jealous clowns who want to lead Tamils along the criminal Prabakaran’s path to Hell!

      Wigneshwaran with his genocide resolution has lost the plot. This old doddering men need to shove off and let younger capable folk like Sumanthiran lead the Tamil community which is insular and jealous and its own worst enemies. Sumanthiran should accept the post of Minister of National Languages and Reconciliation..

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    Rajan Hoole , N. Sivapalan, Ahilan Kadirgamar and K. Sritharan –

    RE: Internal Political Power Bashing In The Name Of Justice For War Victims

    “The UN Human Rights Commission’s decision to investigate violations and the huge loss of life during the last months of the war concluded in 2009 was a significant victory for the victims. The dignity of the victims required that the truth must be told without fear or favour, and processes of justice and restoration set in motion. And the wrong was not all on one side. Dignity also demands that we await the verdict of the judges with restraint and reverence for the name of justice.”

    Still All about the Tamils who were forcefully kept by VP as human shields, forcefully recruited to the LTTE. Of course the majority of the victims are the Victims of BOTH LTTE and the SL state.

    Why only May 2009?

    What about the yamil victims before that?

    what about the 100,000 odd Muslims who were chased out from the Northern province?

    What about the Sinhala as well?

    It has to be fair. No Double standards, the root cause of the Problem.

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      “Still All about the Tamils who were forcefully kept by VP as human shields, forcefully recruited to the LTTE. Of course the majority of the victims are the Victims of BOTH LTTE and the SL state.”

      If this was true people in the region will know and will be blaming LTTE as much as they are blaming the govt. To date there have not blamed LTTE for war crimes or holding them prisoner. Those of us who were not there nor been there after the fact can make any cock-an-bull story that does not make it true nor these people who were victimized believe anything other than they know first-.

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    So much is being written about this UNHCR report. This report will not solve our problems. If anything, it will make it more difficult to resolve our problems and for all of us to live together in one Sri Lanka.

    We should forget the past and look into the future.

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    Excellent. I hope this article is translated to Sinhala and Tamil as well. Each time there is a genuine attempt to resolve the issue, selfish extremists on all sides find ways to get “our herds” to jump on nationalist bandwagons.

    It is time for those who support true reconciliation to speak up.

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    A good analysis of controversial events with a sober perspective, in keeping firmly reconciliation in mind. To address real social issues in society affecting all communities, the Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese, and particularly the poor, we need to soon move away from acrimonious pure ethno nationalist politics. Genuine and unbiased efforts for truth and justice are very welcome and important in this path.

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      Ditto. Madmen, including academics and politicians should be marginalised in Tamil and Sinhala politics. The Jaffna University has been degraded over the decades and has failed to fulfill the dreamds of those who agitated for it. It is led and manned by mediocre persons, with few exceptions. The LTTE made it its bakery to produce half-baked academics and graduates. Douglas Devananda further degraded it post-war.

      It is indeed sad that CM Vigneswaran, despite high expectations, is occasionally prone to pandering to the lumpen and empty headed elements in Tamil society. Suresh Premachandran, Ananthi Sasitharan and Mavai Senathirajah should be sent into oblivion. Men like Gajan Ponambalam and his hangers on deserve to be ignored. Let him stop cashing on his grandfather’s name and wealth, to finally destroy the Tamil community, which has just regained its foothold on the brink of a precipice. As rightly pointed selfish, vision less and unrealistic politics of old, which depended on melodrama and rhetoric continue to haunt Tamil politics. Sambanthan and Sumanthiran who are trying to bring back sanity to Tamil politics are being burnt as effigies now! What a shame for the Tamils as a community! What an example for a war blighted society that has to regain its ethics and values, before its further eroded from WITHIN!

      The government too should act in haste, but with wisdom, to set in motion measures to resolve the festering national issues that are of concern to the minorities. The predators who thrive on the communal and social divides are re-emerging from their holes, dark caves, tree tops and forest cover, determined to create chaos and turmoil and win votes, political power and of course rule the roost, from both communities.

      Dr.Rajasngham Narendran

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        Perfectly right.
        The government should prioritise it’s agenda in dealing with IDP refugee settlement, the immediate release of those not charged but who have remained in prison for number of years with compensation, the release of land under military occupation in the N&E while at the same time fake meaningful steps to resolve the festering national question.
        If all that task is undertaken then the turf under the extremists feet on both side of the racial divide would collaspe to plunge them into oblivion and there would not be any burning of effigies.
        I fully endorse the position taken by the authors of this article.

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        Excellent comment by RN. However, I think criticizing these fools and fanatics is is a futile move. They will never learn and don’t have a capacity to think in terms of the long term welfare of the Tamil people as opposed to their own political and emotional needs.
        I also wonder from the timing of the Genocide Resolution and the subsequent antics of the fanatic fringe whether they want the Rajapakse Regime to return and continue their assault on the Tamil masses as well as the Sinhala masses.Indeed these fanatics have given a splendid gift to Sinhala chauvinist forces which they will use –pace Dayan Jayatileke’s recent writings–whip an anti-Tamil frenzy to return to power.
        Oh! the poor Tamils:There seems to be no redemption for them since they are the victims of a two pronged attack:Sinhala chauvinism and Tamil fanaticism — which feed off each other to keep the pot of ethnic conflict tensions boiling to each other’s mutual benefit.

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      Dr Laksiri Fernando

      ” Genuine and unbiased efforts for truth and justice are very welcome and important in this path. “

      Yes.

      Can you tell it is a Common Sense Phamplet, Sri Lanka 2015? The gota white Vans are not there any more, but a lot of stupid disoriented former Mahinada Rajapaksa shills, such was wimal Weerawansam Vasudeva Nanaykaram Dinesh Gooooonawardana and Udsaampila are running berserk.

      Common Sense (pamphlet)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_%28pamphlet%29

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    My Elders tell me that Liberation Leader Prabakaran eliminated the Vellala Political hierarchy lock , stock and barrel.because they ruled the Dalits in the North while residing in the South with the Elite.

    It is obvious that the NPC CM is now totally aligned with the Premachandran, Ananthi and Senathiraja Faction of the TNA.

    CM is no mug .. Right?.

    Is he trying to avoid a Duraiappa job on him?.

    Jaffna University which was the Tiger Cub Nursery for three decades is gradually being “renovated” again , according Mr Hool.

    Burning effigies of their own Leaders is serious, considering the fact that these two did the bull work to put the UNP in Govt after Ranil was in the wilderness for 2 decades.

    If Ranil and his Nephew, take the Army out of the North. who is going to take care of the Sinhala students in the Jaffna Campus?.

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      KA Sumanasekeram, “my elders”? what the hell is wrong with you? What are you a child to have elders? Grow up idiot!!!

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    These four [Edited out] They are defending Duraiappah, the former Mayor of Jaffna who colluded with the SLFP govt against the Tamil people. These ignorants are also claiming the killings of Tamils during the Tamil Research Conference in 1974 can not be a genocide.

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      All sorts of derogatory and threatening words that were bandied about by late Mayor of Jaffna were intended as an encouragement and threat to his life by irresponsible leaders of the TULF which ironically they themselves fell victims to ultimately.
      Now that is all in the past and it is history and life has to go on, but that realisation sadly seems to be utterly lacking among some people like Anandi Sasitharan and Suresh Premachandran who have taken upon the responsibility themselves to indulge in the type of irresponsible adventurism by burning effigies to resurrect and breed on the consequences of sad memories of the political blunders made by Tamil leaders during past decades.

      It is high time that the Tamil people in the N&E to come out collectively and declare their utmost condemnation of such activities if they are to not relive past history while at the same time, make every effort to reconcile mutual suspicions by ditching those those claiming leadership if they persist to spoil and cause mischief for their own selfish ends.

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        Correction
        Read ‘the’ ignore ‘by’.

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        Uthungan

        “utterly lacking among some people like Anandi Sasitharan and Suresh Premachandran who have taken upon the responsibility themselves to indulge in the type of irresponsible adventurism”

        Are they working for Gota, MR, Dayan, Weerawansa, …….. ?

        My Elders tell me Suresh Premachandran once worked for MR. Is it true?

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        Uthungan,

        Since when have the ‘collective’ voices of the Tamils been heard and respected?

        The call by the Federal Party from 1950s to the 1970’s?
        ignored

        The 1977 election results electing the TULF ?
        followed by a pogrom, burning of the public library by cabinet ministers and the unleashing of “Black July’ by the erstwhile President

        Remove the army call since 2009
        denied

        Are you threatening the Tamil people now? or telling them what is good for them?

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    Killings of batches of tamils commenced soon after independence and have been recorded by the North East Secretariat Of Human Rights.
    Rajan Hoole should be aware.
    LTTE came into existence much later, after the July 1983 island wide pogrom.
    Should these killings be included as part of so-called “genocide”?

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      justice

      “Should these killings be included as part of so-called “genocide”?”

      Include as a Preamble, Appetiser to the “genocide”, if that is what you claim it to be, which is subject to debate.

      Would you also include the Expulsion of Muslims and some Sinhala before the expulsion of the muslims, as a preamble or appetiser as well?

      Exposure is good. Lay all the marbles on the Table. This was a two-sided conflict.

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        Amarasiri,
        Thanks for your approval.

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      Justice:You say:
      “Killings of batches of tamils commenced soon after independence”
      What inflammatory rubbish are you talking?

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        Stanislaus

        Alright, alright, Killings of batches of Tamils commenced soon after 1956.

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        Stanislaus,
        The information is here – a part of it.

        http://www.nesohr.org/files/Lest_We_Forget.pdf

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    Sad to see the dynamics that led to Tamil facism rising its head again.The Tamils want only justice for themselves ingonoring their own brutal agency the LTTE.There will not be true reconciliation till Tamils accept thier own Genocides.

    Wigie will be a Piggy if he cannot do that.

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    The delay is to tackle the SL army officers turned to witness on war crimes and genocide. The south block of Colombo brought the regime change to deal with these officers who are the main witnesses of war crime.like his predecessors MR has made enough Money while in power. That is the share in the booty and not an offence. He wanted to retire That is why he brought the election forward even though he knew he had lost support. Like other Heads of sta he will be protected for ever from any punishment

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    What Sumana writes must be Taken seriously as Historical records like the Mahawamsa is a History book.

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    What is the relevance of this photo to the contents of this article. What message are you relaying or imposing on the readers by this photo.
    Making the worship into what? The photo is taken from behind the Deity, must be intentionally. Is it righteousness?

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    Now the “lamp post killings” and “white vanning” are relaxed and we can see some Jaffna academics talking sense!

    Dr jayawick

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    Effigy burning extremists are nothing but a cats-paw being used by bankrupt TNA politicos (Suresh, Anandhi, etc) against Sampanthar and Sumanthiran in an internal power struggle. If Suresh and Anandhi contest elections from outside the TNA they won’t win – they lack mass support outside hot-head and extremist circles.

    These effigy burning cowards NEVER had the guts to burn effigies of Gothabaya or Mahinda all these years! Their rowdyism proves that now there is democratic space in Tamil areas for lunatics to run around politically naked.

    However the authors are naive in asking the Tamil leaders to apologies for past blunders. If they do that they will become ineffective in BOTH the Sinhalese South and and among Tamils. TNA leaders should ignore such amateurishness advice in an otherwise fairly good (66%) piece.

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    Dear Rajan Hoole , N. Sivapalan, Ahilan Kadirgamar and K. Sritharan!

    The UNHRC and “International community” insist that the Govt. of Sri Lanka should implement the Recommendations made by the LRRC.

    However, on one hand, the Para – 8.150 of the LLRC Report says:

    “The Commission takes the view that the root cause of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka lies in the failure of successive Governments to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people. The country may not have been confronted with a violent separatist agenda, if the political consensus at the time of independence had been sustained and if policies had been implemented to build up and strengthen the confidence of the minorities around the system which had gained a reasonable measure of acceptance.”

    It is important to note here that the LLRC says that “the country may not have been confronted with a violent separatist agenda, if the political consensus at the time of independence had been sustained and if policies had been implemented to build up and strengthen the confidence of the minorities around the system which had gained a reasonable measure of acceptance.”

    Also, it should be noted that the method of analysis of the LLRC is wrong!

    The LLRC should have found answer to the question: What prevented the successive Governments of Sri Lanka from addressing the genuine grievances of the Tamil people?

    On the other hand,the Para – 28 of the UN Expert Panel Report gives the correct answer to this question as :

    “After independence, political elites tended to prioritize short-term political gains, appealing to communal and ethnic sentiments, over long-term policies, which could have built an inclusive state that adequately represented the multicultural nature of the citizenry. Because of these dynamics and divisions, the formation of a unifying national identity has been greatly hampered. Meanwhile, SINHALA-BUDDHIST NATIONALISM GAINED TRACTION, ASSERTING A PRIVILEGED PLACE FOR THE SINHALESE AS THE PROTECTORS OF SRI LANKA, AS THE SACRED HOME OF BUDDHISM. THESE FACTORS RESULTED IN DEVASTATING AND ENDURING CONSEQUENCES FOR THE NATURE OF THE STATE, GOVERNANCE AND INTER-ETHNIC RELATIONS IN SRI LANKA.”

    If we put this in a simple form, the ROOT CAUSE of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka is the false and imaginary Doctrine with one -to-one correspondence: Sinhala – Sinhalese – Buddhism – Lanka and the successive Governments of Sri Lanka formulating and implementing policies and plans unilaterally based on this Doctrine.

    Therefore the Recommendations made by the LLRC will not in any way solve the ethnic conflict!

    The Present Government has to find out the correctly the ROOT CAUSE of the ethnic conflict and formulate and implement appropriate Constitutional and other Legal changes.

    Why the Tamil and Sinhalese political Parties and other organisations and Groups of Tamil and Sinhalese “Intellectuals” keep silence over this important matter and speak only about “War Crime” etc?

    Are all these parties. organisations and individuals do their piping so as to safeguard the interests of the “International Community”?

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    Those all who supported the Old Royal Government changed the side and went to the New Royal government. Why Mr. Unkool should be different? Mr. Unkool ate on plate of Duryodhana. That kind of food does this kind of thing.

    “There was no opposition to delay, as requested by the new government. “What do you mean? Where, How, Who? Can you point out one single “Vetti Kaddina Thamilan” did not oppose that deferring? Can tell if anyone these missed to oppose………TNA, TNPF, TGTE, GTF, BTF…..Only one appears not opposed and accepted may you, who ate on the plate of Durodhana. You did not oppose when the Jaffna University printed flyers and issued statements supporting the Old King in the election. (That is because, you thought, like other EPDPs, the Old King may come back. Too bad luck!) Now, the university is opposing the UNHRC decision. You are saying University is organizing Ponngu Tamil. Still the the entire university administration is Mr.Unkool’s gangs, EDDP’s “Eeval Pays”. You are talking about the university’s politics. Probably still has some dream to return by taking Kavady to the New Royals.

    This guy who writes corrupted history seems not to have read Sampanthar’s requests not to delay the report at UNHRC.

    Let me ask Mr.Unkool a question! How is he connecting the UNHRC’s report’s delay and Tamils opposing to Sampanthar’s participation on the Tamils’ Slavery Day Feb 4th? If everything is ok in Lanka, why the Mr.Unkool could not hold on to his VC post? If things are not ok, why should not people democratically protest? Aren’t this guy was(is) ardent supporter of the Old Kings’ no freedom of speech?

    Are you trying to cover up your defat of opposing the investigation or Are you honestly tying to point the victory to the victims? Who are the victims in your guy’s definition? Is Jeyakumari a victim? Is Ananthi not a victim? Can you challenge Ananthi in an election? Whom you are teaching your university PhD? Douglas may get 4 mor5 votes and would come to Minister Post; but can you too? Can Mr.Unkool take up this challenge for the next election? Then how this comedy piece is assigning the victory to victims? Remember Dhayan still claims victory. Have you ever replied to him that he is not victorious; it is victims are the victorious at UNHRC. You are coward; you cannot meet a challenge and reply!

    UNHRC nowhere put any conditions to TNA that if it does not go the Tamils’ Slavery day, they are going to do something or not do something. Probably, it is Sumanthiran’s idea, “if you fool international community”, Lanka will give a minister post. Remember, From DS time, never Sinhala Intellectual got cheated by going for Slavery Day. But they fooled person like you with a VC post, like showing a dog a bone. DS said “If he is a Tamil, I will but him with a cup of Coffee” He kept people like you, Kathirgamar in mind. Prince Zaid said in UNHRC the countries have stop lib service and have to take action to protect the human rights. He knows what the countries politics in Human rights.

    “Could the chasing out of Muslims and massacring them in Mosques be legitimately raised as genocidal acts of the LTTE?”

    Whom do you want to ask the question? You want us to go to UN for to fulfill your service requirement so that you can get a VC post from the government? Why didn’t you try so far that? Do you have an explanation if you saw somewhere genocide took place you do not want to report to UN? Is that why you are opposing the Tamils also? I ask you a question; why, if have thought it was a genocide, you did not do anything about it? Your rascal behavior, with the name of promoting co-existence, you are inserting wedge between Tamils and Muslims, for cheap, VC post! Or you never read the UN definition on that and you looking for consultants to consult you? Is that why you are asking as “Could the chasing out of Muslims and massacring them in Mosques be legitimately raised as genocidal acts of the LTTE?”

    Don’t mix up things to show your hateful mind.

    1. May be, that could be genocide, if you understand English and know enough to know that a word ends with -cide is talking about murders. Vacating Muslims did not end up in murders like EPDP did. EPDP listed by America still a dangerous group. Mosque murders retaliation. This is because EPDP supported government divided the Muslims and Tamils. Tamil, other than inferior brains like you, never accused Muslims genocide Tamils. Both Communities revenged, retaliated.. got into fight. Even after you read CM Wigeneswaran’s resolution if you say that is the relationship existed between Muslims and Tamils from the Slavery First Slavery day, you honestly trying for another VC Post from the new Royals.
    2. Please remember, there is no Tamil organizations is asking UNHRC, if there is a complaint against LTTE, please drop the UNHRC report. It is your contention that if you threaten Tamils with a “Muslim Genocide” they will retreat from calling for investigation. Even that is not yours, it your masters, the Old Royal’s technique. But sadly, you did not yet observe, it did not work.

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      Mallaiyuran

      “Could the chasing out of Muslims and massacring them in Mosques be legitimately raised as genocidal acts of the LTTE?”

      However those acts should be considered as war crimes and crimes against humanity by whoever is going to investigate, without exception all atrocities committed against unarmed civilians, of course from 5th April 1971 to date.

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      Mallaiyuran,

      I know that it is late to comment but I only found the article today.

      Would you mind explaining who is “your” Mr Unkool the former VC and according to you supporter of EPDP?

      What does “your” Mr Unkool have to do with the authors of the article you are commenting?

      Please correct the facts. You apparently comment without even knowing the basics.

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    Thanks you sirs, for this analysis. For many decades cooler heads have in fact failed to prevail in Sri Lanka, leading to the tragedies our people have suffered.

    We now have the opportunity to be analytical and resolute in addressing the core issues of the conflict. We need to stand up against those who want to polarize our communities, and nurture those of us who want authentic reconciliation.

    The Tamil people were between a rock and a hard place for much of the past 4 decades. It’s now time to join hands to help them, and also the Sinhalese in recognizing that our fate is inter-linked and further polarization is in fact mutually suicidal.

    Peace!

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    Hear, hear!

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    “These we trust will be dealt with by the UN report”
    Still you believe that this report will be published. Has UN publish any reports in past which is not favorable for West. Go and study UN history first!

    Let’s get straight. UN has postponed this event to September that is Plan B which will be in 5 months after next election. What do u think of this 5 months time. I believe this is for a negotiation with next SLG. Plan A was already terminated since tide was reversed. Remember one thing, who ever said that there was genocide in year 2009, the same people supplied weapons for that. Will this one include in report. You kidding. On which basis you say this statement?

    Note one thing that MS never asked for Tamil vote, since he knew that Tamil votes were his.

    “Indeed, the Sri Lankan state failed miserably in protecting the minorities and evolved as a Sinhala state.”
    Have u forgotten what were happened before 1983 or u just pretend that u don’t know.

    History repeat itself!

    After 2004 Tsunami, SGL was changed and Ranil mama came to seat, what he did, nothing. But he made a split. U know.
    2015
    Now same Ranil mama came to same seat and Tamil leaders starts tumbling. Write down this, we are not far away from a day when TNA get split.

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    “Broken Palmyra’ authors and their ilk back at bashing all Tamils who don’t agree with them!

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    This is one Gem of an article that all Tamils should read and digest.
    This is particularly important to Judge turned politician who is the most dangerous man in the Country today.

    Dr. N. Satchi UK

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      Mr Satchi,

      Yes. All Tamils should read this article because there is nothing new in this article other than blaming a targetted group of people who don’t agree with them. It is true that if any one who is telling truth is dangerous because we don’t like the truth. Chief minister Wignewaran was telling the truth and it may hurt you because you may have a good relationship with those who ordered genocide.
      Rather than concentrating on LTTE and Wigneswaran, these stupid authors should have focused on how the new government and international community should do to resolve the national issue and how the state should deal to get rid of Sinhala racism from top to bottom.

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      Anyone who utters the truth is dangerous. Judge W was not the first to talk about Genocide: How about the New York based Genocide Prevention Project in late 2008, International Commission of Jurists in the 1980’s and several others.

      You may want to refer to this article in Colombo Telegraph (https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lanka-the-genocidal-imperative-causes-and-consequences/

      Please pay particular attention to the following paragraph

      “The scale and nature of the violence specifically unleashed against the civilians during the final phase of the war prompted the New York-based Genocide Prevention Project to cite Sri Lanka in December 2008 as one of the eight “red alert” countries where genocide and other mass atrocities were underway or risk breaking out. In February 2009, the Boston Globe published an article comparing the ongoing massacre in Sri Lanka to the Bosnian Srebrenica genocide and pointed out that Sri Lanka’s armed forces had in the previous month employed indiscriminate bombing and shelling to herd 350,000 Tamil civilians into a government-prescribed “safety zone,” where, more than 1,000 were slaughtered and more than 2,500 injured”

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    Sampanthan-Sumanthiran duo are del centred power hungry people who are not capable of leading people. It is not easy to defend Tamil clients against a genocidal govt.and live in a white van fear. But to part of freedom fighters family is even worse. What these University dons have been arm chair theoriticians unlike Pro Thurairajah who did a lot to the Jaffna university. Do something to the people and then talk without defending traitors. They think they know better than Wigneswaran about the definition of Genocide. Sincerity of Wigneswaran is clear. He for saw the dangers of international conspiracy behind postponement. It is of the postponement that matters but the conspiracy behind it. People like Sampanthan duo and the university trio will not understand the pain because they belong tobthevelite group and the genocide effects has not reached them. But Wigneswaran also belongs to the elites but understood it and brought the motion. People who supported genocidal government to become vice chancellors are intellectual rogues and they have no right to crtisize the leaders like Wigneswaran and Ananthi.

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    Dr Satchi appeared in LT T E meetings in U K and was close to Kiddu .This old man is one of those changed from LT T E to Government side immediately after May 2009.

    The Gang of Four ,writers of this article, are well known anti LTTErs for a long time and supported Mahinda until his departure. They will do anything to destroy Tamils.

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    I can assure all that as General Secretary of The Federation Of Tamil Association of the United Kingdom I have spoken both in international forums and in the United Kingdom on several occasions on behalf of our people, their struggle and will continue to do so.

    Kiddu was a good human being and those who had seen his paintings would know what a sensitive person he was.

    I would be happy to debate with this young gentleman at any time. If we as a people cannot respect our leader Mr. I.T. Sampanthan who lives in a very humble dwelling in Sri Lanka & who has stood firm to his principles all these years, then it speaks volumes about us and if any one think that people will be cowed after what they did to his photograph, they are sadly mistaken, even old men like us will rise.

    Let us not worry about the four people. Let us read the content and refute what is in the content rather than take cover smearing others.

    Mr. Wigneswarran was giving judgments on behalf of the regimes he now calls genocidal!! Was he condemning the burning of the photographs or was he after the leadership of the TNA??

    My village was taken over as HSZ twenty-five years ago, our villages were internal refuges now scattered from Negambo to Pt. Pedro and nearly 48% of the Tamils of Sri Lanka live in the South among the Sinhalese People

    As for the rest of the comments, let it rest where it belongs.

    DR. N. Satchi UK

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    I can assure all that as General Secretary of The Federation Of Tamil Association of the United Kingdom I have spoken both in international forums and in the United Kingdom on several occasions on behalf of our people, their struggle and will continue to do so.

    Kiddu was a good human being and those who had seen his paintings would know what a sensitive person he was.

    I would be happy to debate with this young gentleman at any time. If we as a people cannot respect our leader Mr. I.T. Sampanthan who lives in a very humble dwelling in Sri Lanka & who has stood firm to his principles all these years, then it speaks volumes about us and if any one think that people will be cowed after what they did to his photograph, they are sadly mistaken, even old men like us will rise.

    Let us not worry about the four people. Let us read the content and refute what is in the content rather than take cover smearing others.

    Mr. Wigneswarran was giving judgments on behalf of the regimes he now calls genocidal!! Was he condemning the burning of the photographs or was he after the leadership of the TNA??

    My village was taken over as HSZ twenty-five years ago, our villages were internal refuges now scattered from Colombo, Negambo to Pt. Pedro. Nearly 48% of the Tamils of Sri Lanka live in the South among the Sinhalese People

    As for the rest of the comments, let it rest where it belongs.

    Dr. N. Satchi UK

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      //Kiddu was a good human being and those who had seen his paintings would know what a sensitive person he was.//

      Please, Sir, do you remember who was in command of the Tigers in Jaffna when TELO kids were killed – several of them burnt alive at Parameswara junction? Sensitive, my foot.

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        Dear Mr. Chandra,

        Thank you for raising this. I met Kiddu in the United Kingdom. We had many exchanges and I am aware of what happened for the young men of TELO. There are many such tragedies that took place in the Land of our Birth. Many of us have been driven to ignore abuses that took place and many mistakes were made to bring the most developed country in South Asia to what it today.

        What cannot be denied is that big external forces were and are still interested in the geo-political matrix of Sri Lanka. I do believe that if we have not learnt the lessons from all what happened in the past – it will descend into more gruesome period of abuses. All Sri Lankan’s need to be mindful of what we do in future if we are to avoid the pitfalls that lie ahead.

        Regards

        Dr. N. Satchi UK

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          Dr Satchi,

          “had exchanges” “tragedies” “lessons” “geo-political” are all fancy terms that you hide behind.

          Did you ask Kiddu if he ordered the murder of those TELO kids in 1986? Did you ask him if he ordered, and/or was part of, those who burnt some of those boys when their body and soul were not yet separated? What did he say? Please share with us his sensitive thoughts.

          Or when you met Kiddu, were you discussing the British weather?

          Why not be a little honest? Instead of hiding behind fancy language, Sir, I invite you to call a spade a spade. Kiddu was a murderer. A Tamil murderer who murdered other Tamils in cold blood. Let us face it with honesty so that such things may not happen again.

          That honesty, Sir, would be in the spirit of the article above.

          Yours
          Chandra

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            Dear Mr. Chandra,

            I have said what I need to have said. It was not my intention to win your approval.

            Dr. N. Satchi

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        Every person is blessed with a talent. Hitler was a good painter too! The most violent persons can have an artistic talent. May be to become a killing machine requires a talent too!
        Dr.RN

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      Mr.I.T.Sampanthan was a trade unionist whom lives in London, perhaps you are referring to Mr. Rajavarodiam Sampanthan who occaissionally lives in Sri Lanka but spend most of his time with his family in India!

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      Mr Wigneswaran alone did not call for genocide. It is the Northern Provincial Council. It is a lie that Mr Wigneswaran burnt the photographs of Sampanthan and Sumanthiran. It is some members of elected members of NPC. Don’t connect with what he was doing as a Judge and what is he doing as a politician. You are the one who is smearing rather than arguing that it is not a genocide. It is debateable that whether the timing of the call for genocide is right or wrong but it is 100% true that there was a genocide programme since independence. If there was no such programme, then they should explain and prove that it has not happened.

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    There are victims all around the country, not only in the North. Don’t forget that – the picture you are trying to portray is only tamil lives are worth fighting for, huh? [Edited out].

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    The effigy burning was certainly a despicable act which should be condemned by all peace
    Loving moderate Tamils. But the resolution on ‘genocide’ is a matter that should not be blown out of proportion. Several Tamils who voted for the TNA believe that there was a genocide and the resolution of the CM of the NPC was simply a reflection of this concept and nothing more. Even the President seems to have understood the background to the resolution. So, why unnecessarily harp on it? Let the government for its part, release at the earliest the list of all detainees connected with the ethnic problem, release all those held on frivolous charges for several years, release all the lands unnecessarily grabbed from the people and resettle the rightful owners there, reduce the presence of the military in proportion to the population of the province in the prevailing peace situation for the past five years. If such acts of genuine reconciliation are taken in time, then this cry of ‘genocide’ will die a natural death!

    Sengodan. M

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    A balanced paper under the circumstances with the statement: “We have a responsibility to engage with the government, we helped to elect and make a start on what is best for the people – not just the Tamil people but for all the people in the country.” standing out. Both the
    Sinhalese and the Tamils have to abandon their negative views on each other.Bensen

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    Raja says Sampanthan-Sumanthiran duo is self centred power hungry people who are not capable of leading people.” This is best joke I have heard this year. What power they are after? Sampanthan is sitting as an opposition member of parliament since 1977. Did he ever accept a ministerial post? Sumanthiran was a practising lawyer with over 22 people working under him. He taking to politics is financially ruinous for him. As for leadership leave that to the people living in Ceylon. Raja is insulting those who voted for the TNA whose leader is Sampanthan. It is this type of cheap and sinister criticism that keeps educated people away from Thamil politics. By the way is Raja a Thamil living in Diaspora and writing this type of rubbish from the comfort of his living room?
    ________________________________________

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    All must be judged by the same measure. The LTTE were responsible for the death of many. The TNA has supported and encouraged the LTTE despite the death of many Tamils at there hand. They held the tamils as a shield. They sined againts there own making it more despicable. How did funds come in for the tigers. How many TNA members have blood tainted hands.The goverment has forgiven. They should be forgiven. Tigers have being rehabilated and were at the highest points of power in government and party. The same should apply to the sinhala people. Teacing funds is possible. Are you ready for the scutiny.

    Let us concentrate on the economy of the north. Let tiger funds come to build Industry and commerce, Ports and airports. May the widows and the handicapped be compensated weather they are LTTE or not.. It is for the NPC to lead the way.

    If it is to go back to the past our time and money will be concentrated on times long past. It is difficult to trace. Our Armed forces were professionals forced to obey the Leaders. The leaders took decisions while pressurised from abroad. Our sovereignty was at state. If it was not done many more people of both sides would have died. Our economy would have crashed. People would have died of hunger and disease.The decisions of TNA and government were at the spur of the moment. Pledges to the constitution is treason. Punished by death. Let us unite in diversity. Let us not be responsible for the death of the countless in the future.
    We are now signatories for human rights. Let us not make mistakes.

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