17 November, 2018

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ITAK Welcomes UNHRC Report On Sri Lanka

The Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) has announced that the report of the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.

The ITAK, in a media release following a meeting of the Central Committee has ‘urged the Government of Sri Lanka to strictly adhere to the commitments it has made to the International community in bringing lasting peace and political solution to the national question’.

They have also appealed to the UNHRC and other international agencies to ensure that the UNHRC recommendations are taken seriously and implemented by the Government of Sri Lanka, as per its commitments.‘

The following is the full text of the media release:

The Central Committee of the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi which met today (24.02.2018) in Colombo welcomes the report of the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.

We urge the Government of Sri Lanka to strictly adhere to the commitments it has made to the International community in bringing lasting peace and political solution to the national question. Furthermore, we appeal to the Government of Sri Lanka not to deviate from these commitments and deliver on the promises that the Government has made to both of the people of Sri Lanka and to the International Community.

We strongly endorse the recommendations made by the High Commissioner of the United Nations Human Rights Council and urge upon the member states to ensure a close and constructive engagement with the Sri Lankan Government. The ITAK/and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has constantly raised the issues pertaining to the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, release of lands belonging to civilians, the issue of missing persons, release of political prisoners. The lethargic progress in addressing these issues has raised  serious concern about the genuineness of government’s actions among the Tamil People.

We strongly urge the International community to hold the Government of Sri Lanka accountable for the above-mentioned matters and to the recommendations made by the High Commissioner for United Nations Human Rights Council. In addition, we appeal to the Government of Sri Lanka to expedite its actions and to fully implement the cosponsored resolution without undue delay.

While expressing our appreciation to the High Commissioner of United Nations Human Rights Council, on behalf of the most affected Tamil community we urge that the office of the UNHRC and other International agencies and member states to ensure that these recommendations are taken seriously and implemented by the Government of Sri Lanka, as per its commitments. 

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    Keep welcoming until the cows come home AKA until entire NE is colonised with the Sinhala people by the Govt.

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      100% in agreement.

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      Rajesh
      That would be a fair deal. After all many areas outside the North has been colonised by Tamil speaking people i. e. Colombo municipality area 40% Sinhalese, 60% Tamil speaking people.

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        Eagle Eye,

        Do you know the colombo district ethnic distribution of Tamils is in 1948 is same as (10%)2016?

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          Ajith,

          Your figure shows that the Sinhala discrimination & genocide of the Tamils to be a lie.

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      Rajash, it’s what we all hope for. Not only the NE but the N and the other ‘traditional homeland’ the up-country.

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        Taraki

        Its a good idea.
        When troubles erupt next time around your armed forces will have to bomb/shell the s**t out of the colonizers as well. What a brilliant idea.

        Are you inviting strangers and neighbours to visit this island to grope the women folks? They would love it.

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          I invited strangers and neighbours to grope you but they refused. They said there was no point in clutching at straws.

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            Taraki

            “I invited strangers and neighbours to grope you but they refused. They said there was no point in clutching at straws.”

            And then they went on to grope you and your women folks.

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              Native you brought up this groping business not me. Why are you obsessed with it?

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                Taraki

                I have a duty to point out to or remind you that you invite every Tom, Dick , Harry and time lords Naseby to grope your own people all because you are unable to manage your own domestic affairs.

                Treat all the people well you can keep all your foreign gropers away from your own women folks. However being an arrogant member of majoritarian mindset club I know its very difficult for you to know right from wrong and think responsibly and act accordingly.

                Bigots like you do not seem to get it.

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        No one is stopping preventing Sinhalese paying fair market value buying real estate and moving. What people are against is bringing thieves, rapists and village idiots that don’t bring any value.
        Tamils have moved into Colombo and other areas but they have enriched where ever they moved economically or by knowledge.
        Only thing I can tell the idiots is bring it on. You know what happened when you cut Tamils off public service it went to the dogs but the Tamils moved to the private sector or left the country and thrived. Tamils generally rely on their ability not the state.

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          Burt,

          If no one objects to Sinhalese paying fair market value and buying up the so called “Tamil” lands then first off the Thesavalamai law should be abolished for good.

          Moreover, how have Tamils enriched Colombo economically or by knowledge? I would love to know about it.

          Public service went to dogs not because Tamils were cut off from it. Rather it was by the enrolling of village idiots who had no knowledge of English or any contemporary affairs.

          If Tamils were so good as you portray then there was no issue of them to be part of India. They should have out done almost every North Indian in every aspect of life. But as we know now that it is not the case.

          Therefore, please Burt do not try to shove us the Tamil superiority crap. We don’t care if Tamils could turn iron to gold. All we have is a country which we try to improve the lives of it’s citizens by democratic means. If Tamils do not like to be part of that process they can leave us for good for any other country where they can “thrive”.

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            Shenali

            “Sinhalese want Sri Lanka exclusively because their ancestors have made this island to be what it is today.”

            The problem is not with Sinhalese who are just like their fellow Tamil kallathonies from south India. Please tell us about the island, what it is now and how you managed to arrive there.

            ” From Anuradhapura to Colombo you can see the handy work of the Sinhalayas to prove it.”

            Mostly artisans were brought from South India.
            Even as recently as in 2013 the rock-cut Samadhi Buddha statue at Rambadagalla was carved out of rock by South Indian team of Sculptures, under the guidance of Master sculptor Muthiah Sthapathi.
            Read the article:

            A lasting symbol of communal harmony
            Wednesday, 1 July 2015
            http://www.ft.lk/article/439491/Www.aquavista.lk

            Go thank Master sculptor Muthiah Sthapathi and his crew. Go thank late Deivanayagam Eassuwaren who facilitated the entire project.

            Why are you so stupid, ignorant, dumb ass?
            We know why, you don’t have to explain.

            Remember “You can run, but you can’t hide”

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            Shenali

            “If no one objects to Sinhalese paying fair market value and buying up the so called “Tamil” lands then first off the Thesavalamai law should be abolished for good.”

            1. What is Thesawalamai? Tell us about its history. How did it stop Sinhalese or that matter others buying land? What are the principles attached to Thesawalamai law?

            2. When was the last time it was cited by anyone who thought Thesawalamai laws were relevant to their case?

            3. What are you going to do with Kandyan law?

            4. An old friend of mine from Jaffna tells me his land which is in a prominent part of Jaffna was once owned by Panditha Dharmakeerthi Tissa Thero of Nagavihare, Nainative from 1954 to 1956. Probably the thero would have made a neat profit from the land, owning it for just over two years.

            Don’t bull all the time.
            If you haven’t got a clue just ask people who know the subject well.
            Remember you can run now you are hide your ignorance and stupidity.

            Please feel free to come back in a weeks time and type the same stuff again.

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              Native Veddha,

              1) Thesawalamai law is applicable on the “Malabar” Tamil inhabitants of the Jaffna peninsula and their descendants. Can’t you explain why did the Dutch added the prefix “Malabar” there? The prohibits anyone other than the descendants of the Malabar Tamils in Jaffna from buying up lands there. Why do we have to keep this 17th century law in the modern 21st century?

              2) To whose case?

              3) Kandyan law does not bar any individual from buying up country lands.

              4) Yes Probably. You should ask that from your friend. Moreover, if the Thesawalamai law is not practically applicable in current affairs there should be no problem in abolishing it.

              I have counter questioned you. Hope you can answer these question with out side stepping. I need direct answers and no Bullshit as before.

              Also go and check my reply to your question that you are posting every where.

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                Shenali the stupid

                Before you start talking bull let me direct you to the bible of Thesawalamai:

                The Laws and Customs of the Tamils of Jaffna By H W Thambiah.
                Please read the whole damn book, learn and then type your nonsense.

                The Laws and Customs of the Sri Lankan Tamils (Tamil) (2001, Kumaran Press) by Prof S Pathmanathan

                I have access to both books. So don’t bull.

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                  Native Veddha,

                  I don’t need to read the entire book. It is your duty to bring here the information that book contains. So I you can’t do it. Just accept that you lied to the community.

                  By the way, I don’t know why a person who calls himself a native veddha needs to refer books about a law which only applicable to a part of a country that he has no connection what so ever.

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                    Shenal you lazy bum

                    I know books are to you as garlic is to Dracula.

                    I have given you the reading list. Go and read it then type your understanding or lack of it here so that we can have a informed discussion. I am not willing to waste my time and energy educating lazy bums who could only ask time wasting silly stupid question. Get on with your home work.

                    By the way I don’t live in or near Black Hole and have no direct connection to it, does that mean I should not retain books/information on Gravitational collapse?

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            Shenal,
            You say: “If Tamils were so good as you portray then there was no issue of them to be part of India. They should have out done almost every North Indian in every aspect of life.”
            Don’t display your ignorance in public. Tamil Nadu has a higher standard of living AND contributes more to the Indian econonomy than many North Indian states. For its 60 million or so population, it has a disproportionate number of car factories and other heavy industry, in addition to efficient agriculture. Why not go there and see with your own eyes instead of relying on info from the 1970 Lankadeepa?

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          Burt

          Its about how a habitat is being destroyed by unwelcome irrigation projects and politically motivated colonization schemes. If you care to look at the Mahaweli closely my people had been displaced and habitats destroyed together with the environment all because some clever dick Sinhala/Buddhists decided the entire island belongs to them. Most farms run by dispersed unemployed people were loss making, chemically polluted and source of many diseases, …. Without government subsidies none will survive.

          The government continues to subsidize its colonies. On the other hand the cost of destruction to the environment and people is considered as a worthy expenditure for their short term parochial agenda.

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    What about other parties in TNA? Are not they welcoming?

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    Just now got off the bed ?

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    Sri Lankan Government should ask the UNHRC to provide concrete evidence to prove 40,000 civilians died during the last stage of the war against Demala terrorists. They will not be able to fool the international community forever. Truth will prevail!

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      Isn’t that why they want to have an impartial investigation with international involvement because they cannot trust the state.
      Cant you understand this simple fact? What are you stupid?

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      “Sri Lankan Government should ask the UNHRC to provide concrete evidence to prove 40,000 civilians died during the last stage of the war against Demala terrorists.”

      The Sri Lankan government/State should allow the UNHRC to set up its stalls in the country, to investigate, collect evidence, record/document, interview witnesses, interview/interrogate the perpetrators, stop the perpetrators nobbling witnesses, ………………………………..

      Even 5 year olds understand the process.

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        Native Veddha,

        Would that mean UNHRC has no evidence as yet to prove their claim of 40,000 people being killed? This is a serious allegation. How can a international legal body accuse a legal government of killing 40,000 of it’s own citizens without hard evidence?

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          Shenal

          How do I know what evidence the UNHRC have on war crimes? Though numbers are important finding truth should be the ultimate aim far more important.

          Say for instance if I agree/disagree on the stated figure would it in any make difference? However don’t underestimate the reach and resources of International Organisations and International Community, unlike the stupid people like you they have spy in the sky as well as spy on the ground.

          Please go away for now and come back when time lord has gone back on his statement.

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            Native Veddha,

            If you don’t know what evidence UNHRC have on war crimes and you also believes that they have superior reach and resources. Why the hell you still want the UNHRC in Sri Lanka?

            Can’t UNHRC produce their irrefutable evidences so that Sri Lankan government will have no option other than accepting they have done war crimes?

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              Shenal

              Unlike you they cannot simply sling mud at every country and cannot carter to “whims and fancies” of everyone who want to punish the war criminals. Further they may want to confirm what information they have on file and search comprehensively to add more cases if they were not recorded.

              Don’t waste your time asking these silly questions.

              It also depends on their current position on Sri Lanka, in that respect Sirisena, UNP and Mangla have done a great job assuaging the intensity of demand for independent investigation. Dr Gota and and Dr Mahinda do understand and appreciate the three.

              Remember in 1971 a large scale war crimes was committed during Bangladesh war of independence. In recent years many have been charged, found guilty and punished including by execution, this is after 45 years.

              Therefore the actual war criminals cannot sleep peacefully.

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                Shenal 10
                Stupid Vedda 0

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    Does anyone expect ITAK to do anything other than what they did?
    Like for example the photograph is a fake because as Gota said there were no disappearances?

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    Can some Tamil (preferably that all-knowing Veddah) please tell me where the ‘traditional homeland’ of the up-country Tamils is?

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      After the Sirima / Shasthri pact Up Country Tamils traditional home land became where their had worked and lived for generations the Up-Country.

      If you did not want it you should not have been stupid enough to sign a pact.

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    Taraki

    “Can some Tamil (preferably that all-knowing Veddah) please tell me where the ‘traditional homeland’ of the up-country Tamils is?”

    Unlike many in this forum particularly you, I don’t want to talk about what I do not know. Ask me anything about Habitat which resonate with my life experience, I can go on and on for hours until the cos come home. And if you want I can throw in a sermon on Sinhala/Buddhis ghetto for free.

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      Native Veddha,

      I am rather curious to know about your where abouts. Where are you from exactly? I also happened to know somethings about Veddha people. In this same comment section you have said that your people’s habitats were destroyed by Sinhalese governments. I want to know where was that place be?

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        Shenali

        “I am rather curious to know about your where abouts.”

        I am married and not available.

        “Where are you from exactly?”

        From Sri Lanka.

        “I also happened to know somethings about Veddha people. “

        No you don’t and don’t push your luck.

        “In this same comment section you have said that your people’s habitats were destroyed by Sinhalese governments. “

        If you knew my people you would have known what I am talking about.

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          Native Veddha,

          I didn’t say I knew everything about Veddhas. So tell us where did your people’s habitats were destroyed? Infact you cannot lay claim to the entire island as your people has not colonized the entire island one time or the other. So don’t bull again.

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            Shenali the clever dick

            “So tell us where did your people’s habitats were destroyed? “

            Its a long shot. Just forget it.

            ” Infact you cannot lay claim to the entire island as your people has not colonized the entire island one time or the other. “

            We didn’t have to colonise the island simply because we have been living all over the island even 100,000 years ago. Read ” The prehistory of Sri Lanka: An ecological perspective (Memoir)1 Jan 1992″ a tome by S. U Deraniyagala

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              Native Veddha,

              There were no Veddhas’ during 100,000 years ago. You cannot simply name tag the pre historic hominids as Veddhas just because Veddhas’ have become an offshoot of the early hominids. Even Sinhalese ancestors were the pre historic hominids.

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    The commitments made by the Government of Sri Lanka are like the promises made by a man coming out of a bar after having had one too many.

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    …….The ITAK has urged the Govt:of Srilanka to strictly adhere to the commitments it has made to the International community…..
    The ITAK is being rather naive!
    Take a walk along the corridors of History.
    The B-C Pact; The Dudley -Chelva Pact etc etc; They were also commitments in peaceful times; Were they honoured? But of-course both SWRD and Dudley did make a try.
    Now we are in the era of Hoppers!

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    ITAK,
    Enough of welcomes, appeals, and urging the GoSL for their commitments for a lasting peace and political solution to the national question.

    While expressing your appreciation to the High Commissioner of United Nations Human Rights Council, on behalf of the most affected Tamil community and urging that the office of the UNHRC and other International agencies and member states to ensure that these recommendations are taken seriously and implemented by the Government of Sri Lanka, as per its commitments. Are you now talking about beyond March 2019?

    But the HC has also repeated his call upon Member States to explore other avenues, including the application on universal jurisdiction that could foster accountability.

    Why not ITAK call upon the Member States and to the HC to refer Sri Lanka to the ICC and or to a special tribunal?
    Why not tell the international community, now nine long years after the war, that a home grown solution to this long drawn ethnic issues will never ever be possible under a majoritarian, chauvinistic Buddhist regimes, and that the only option is for the UN to conduct a referendum for the Tamils to decide their future destiny.

    Please be honest to yourselves.

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