19 October, 2021

Blog

January 8th Revolution Betrayed

By Veluppillai Thangavelu

Veluppillai Thangavelu

President Sirisena Is Repudiating His Own Promise Not to Allow the January 8th Revolution Revoked

The curtain fell on United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) 34th sessions on March 24th, 2017. On the previous day the UNHRC adopted a consensus resolution 34/1 on Sri Lanka without a vote. The resolution 34/1 gave Sri Lanka 2 more years to fulfil its commitments for reconciliation and transnational justice.

Resolution 34/1 in effect is a roll-over which asked Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to implement UNHRC resolution 30/1, and the need for further significant progress. The Council identified many measures that are still outstanding;

Earlier, during the Interactive Dialogue, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein expressed concern over Sri Lanka’s slow progress in establishing transitional justice mechanisms to address accountability and emphasized the need of an agreement on a comprehensive strategy, with a time-line and detailed benchmarks, to address all the transitional justice pillars identified in resolution 30/1 of 2015, which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka, calling for “full implementation”.

 

Resolution  34/1 requested the Office of the High Commissioner (OHC)  and relevant special procedure mandate holders, in consultation with and with the concurrence of the GoSL, to strengthen their advice and technical assistance on the promotion and protection of human rights and truth, justice, reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.

The resolution also requested the OHC to continue to assess progress on the implementation of its recommendations and other relevant processes related to reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, and to present a written update to the Human Rights Council (HRC) at its 37th session, and a comprehensive report, followed by a discussion on the implementation of Council resolution 30/1, at its 40th session. Thus, Sri Lanka has been given a further period of two years to implement resolution 30/1.

Tamil Diaspora groups expressed opposition to give any extension to Sri Lanka, but to refer Sri Lanka to the UN General Assembly/UNSC. Referring Sri Lanka as suggested is not easy. Even if a majority of countries vote for a resolution, it is not binding on the UNSC. The General Assembly has a total of 193 countries and not one member is likely to move a resolution against Sri Lanka.
Further more, if UN Assembly is approached, then the process in UNHRC comes to a halt. The High Commissioner will cease to submit any reports on Sri Lanka as stated in resolution 34/1.  Generally speaking to take a country to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that country must be a global threat to peace and security. Obviously, Sri Lanka is not a country threatening peace and security. The only cases now before the UNSG based on threat to peace and security is Libya and Sudan. North Korea is one country that is issuing threats to neighbouring countries, including US. It is threatening an all out nuclear war with the US and claims its deadly inter-continental missiles can hit US and kill millions. Japan is calling for new laws to allow Tokyo to launch pre-emptive strikes against an increasingly aggressive North Korea.

When the maverick Republican nominee Donald Trump triumphed at the polls to emerge as the US 45 th President many thought he will go easy with troubles in small countries like Sri Lanka. To confirm such speculation President Trump has proposed cutting   funds for   State Department   by  30% while increasing defence spending by another US$ 64 billion taking the total to US$ 610 billion. Second place China’s defence budget is just US$ 216.4 billion.

As soon as Donald Trump won the election, President Maithripala Sirisena told SLFP membership in Galle on November 28, 2016 that he will write to Trump asking his administration to drop the war crime allegations against Sri Lanka. “I will write to President Donald Trump to ask him to free us from these accusations, I was able to save the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and our valiant soldiers by giving the UNHRC the necessary messages.” Sirisena was referring to the leniency shown by the US and the international community after he came to power in January 2015.

July 8, 2016 (Panadura) – President asserts he will not agree to foreign judges

President Maithripala Sirisena today emphasized that he will not allow any foreign court, judge or organization to interfere in the internal administration and judiciary in the country. President was speaking at the 70th National Upasampada Vinayakarma (Higher Ordination) ceremony of the Sri Lanka Ramanna Maha Nikaya, held today (July 8) at the Town Hall Playground in Panadura. He said he will not allow any national or international activity to take place which challenges the freedom, independence and the territorial integrity of the country. It is the policy of the current Government to act according to the advice and guidance of the venerable Maha Sanga in its every activity related to national security and other matters, he said.

February 26, 2017 (Polonnaruwa) – No room for foreign judges says President Sirisena

President Maithripala Sirisena reiterated that he has put an end to the arguments and discussions over the issue of bringing foreign judges for the proposed judicial mechanism to investigate the allegations of war crime and human rights violations by convincing the international authorities and its leaders that such process is not needed in Sri Lanka.

Addressing a ceremony in Polonnaruwa new town after laying the foundation stone for a court complex in Polonnaruwa, President Sirisena pointed out that he had conveyed this message to UN Secretary General, High Commissioner of the UNHRC and also to the leaders of the powerful nations in the West.

“According to the legal framework of the country and constitution of our country there is no room to bring any foreign judges to Sri Lanka to hear any case. If we are to bring them here we need to change the laws and also the Constitution of the country,” he added. The President said that the judges of Sri Lanka in terms of education, intelligence, knowledge and experience are not second to other judges in the world and they are capable of handling any issue locally or internationally. Therefore, there is no necessity to obtain the service of foreign judges to hear the cases about Sri Lanka he added. He said the Government will improve the standards of the judiciary and the judges of the country.

Unfortunately, Tamil leaders and people do not share the trust and confidence President has about the judiciary. On 27 July, 2016   the court acquitted six former army Corporals who were accused over the massacre of Tamil civilians including 13 women and 9 children below the age of 12 allegedly by the Sri Lankan army in a village called Kumarapuram. The massacre took place on February 11, 1996. The accused were tried before a pan Sinhala jury. Similarly, all 5 accused, including three navy intelligence officials and two members of the paramilitary Karuna group, in the assassination of former MP Nadarajah Raviraj and his body-guard driver were acquitted on December 24. 2016.  Raviraj was assassinated on November 10, 2006 in Colombo.

Major advances in enforcing the rule of law through the 19th  Amendment were undermined when President Sirisena forced the head of the bribery commission, Dilrukshi Dias Wickremasinghe, to resign, saying he publicly condemned her for the prosecution of three retired admirals and the former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. He felt ‘disgust’ that ‘military commanders who led the successful campaign to crush separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009 should not be humiliated by bringing them to court’ he said. (EconomyNext, 17.10.2016.)

President Sirisena blasted those who took the former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and three former Navy Commanders for taking them to court. “I totally condemn the action of taking the Navy Commanders who fought the war to courts,” the President said at a function at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo. He described on the ongoing bribery and corruption probe that they were “politically motivated”.

“I condemn the actions of FCID (Financial Crimes Investigations Division), the CID (Criminal Investigations Division) and the Bribery Commission. They should not work according to political agendas, if they do, I will have to take stern action against them. I deplore their recent actions and I want to express my disgust,” Sirisena said, stressing that the Independent Commissions established under the 19 th Amendment should keep him informed about their actions. He also berated the FCID, CID and the Independent Commissions for acting beyond their mandate and humiliating the war heroes by taking actions against them.  (President official website)

This is a far cry from the lofty statements President made to mark the completion of 100 days in office in March. 2015.  “Let us take the Judiciary. You are aware of how the rule of law was so badly damaged. Did the people have confidence in the Judiciary? The Commission on Bribery or Corruption, the Supreme Court and all these institutions were subjected to telephone calls of those who were in power. You know very well how persons associated with various crimes obtained freedom at that time; how judgments in cases were obtained. Did the Attorney General have the power at the time to act according to his office? Today, with the appointment of the Chief Justice, the Commander of Army, all who serve in those sections have a clear acceptance that these appointments had been made on seniority and suitability for such positions. Therefore, we have strengthened the Rule of Law, which is essential for freedom and democracy” said President Sirisena. He also used to say that he will not allow the gains from the January 8th revolution to be reversed.

As late as March 02, 2017 President Sirisena claimed he has guts to dismiss a United Nations demand for foreign judges to probe the alleged war crimes committed during the conflict with the LTTE. “I have shown the strength of my backbone,” President Sirisena said while addressing the executive committee meeting of his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).  His comments were seen as a response to criticism by his own SLFP party members. President went on to state “Two weeks ago, the UN Human Rights chief had said Sri Lanka must have international judges in the accountability mechanism. The following day, I had the guts to dismiss it,”

What makes President Sirisena to lose sleep is UNHRC resolution 30/1 together with UNHRC resolution 34/1 which calls for the creation of an international hybrid mechanism to try those accused of war crimes.  Operative clause 6 of resolution 30/1 which reads as follows:

6. Welcomes the recognition by the Government of Sri Lanka that accountability is essential to uphold the rule of law and to build confidence in the people of all communities of Sri Lanka in the justice system, notes with appreciation the proposal of the Government of Sri Lanka to establish a judicial mechanism with a special counsel to investigate allegations of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, as applicable; affirms that a credible justice process should include independent judicial and prosecutorial institutions led by individuals known for their integrity and impartiality; and also affirms in this regard the importance of participation in a Sri Lankan judicial mechanism, including the special counsel’s office, of Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers, authorized prosecutors and investigators..

Unfortunately, President Sirisena cannot indulge in cherry picking. Having co-sponsored resolution 30/1 in 2015 and 34/1 in 2017 he cannot go back on it now.  If he did not agree with the resolutions, he should have declined to co-sponsor the resolutions or took action to remove or amend Operative Clause 6 of resolution 30/1.  President Sirisena cannot eat the cake and have the cake. He cannot dodge the implementation of the resolutions fully. The inclusion of a hybrid judicial mechanism is the outcome of a tripartite agreement reached between Sri Lanka, US and TNA in 2015.

Since 2011, the US has moved 5 Resolutions that calls for civil war accountability, transitional justice, The UNHRC took a 180 degree turn in 2015 compared to 2009 -2014.

“Sirisena’s remarks are worrisome and alarmingly reminiscent of speeches by his rival and predecessor Mahinda Rajapakse,” the International Crisis Group’s Alan Keenan told AFP.  Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said it will back the resolution on Sri Lanka calling for the participation of foreign judges and prosecutors because of a history of failure by local judges and prosecutors, particularly in dealing with sensitive war crimes allegations.

Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty had called the Government to deliver on the commitments made on accountability while appreciating the positive improvements made with the human rights situation over the last two years. Highlighting that the Government had given a commitment to the UNHRC to bring accountability for past human rights abuses, Shetty said the Government was now “running out of time.” “Based on the human rights analysis, we are now calling on the Government to say that we are now running out of time. The UN HRC has given two years and now is the time for action. The GoSL must publish a timetable of action for delivering accountability.

Now President Sirisena not only remains adamant, but also has upped the ante many notches. He is speaking the language of his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa, strongly rejecting the proposal made by the UNHRC to bring foreign judges. The President stressed that the present government will not bow down to the whims and fancies of Non-Governmental Organizations functioning under the foreign influence and charges the members of the three armed-forces. The President emphasized that the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are his priority and he will always appear responsibly on behalf of the war heroes to protect their honour and safety during his tenure as commander-in-chief.

An English translation from his speech posted on the President’s website said; “Whatever allegations are made, we will reject them. There was a proposal made demanding that Sri Lanka must have foreign judges to investigate allegations against the war heroes. I clearly said that I am not ready to accept that. There are some Sri Lankans who work through NGOs and reach wrong conclusions for the sake of money. They carry out wrong campaigns against the armed forces. I am not ready to govern the country in accordance with their wishes. I am not prepared to bring allegations against the armed forces in accordance with their wishes. I am not willing to hear cases according to their wishes.”

Falling in line with President, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is also singing a different tune now. He has publicly acknowledged not only that having foreign judges in a hybrid court was impossible under the present constitution, but that a constitutional amendment to make way for it was not acceptable either. Addressing Buddhist monks at a religious ceremony in Weeraketiya he said “Our judges have taken oaths (prathignawa) in this country, foreign judges have not. There is no provision for it. If the constitution is amended what happens? There would have to be a referendum. Then what would happen is that we will lose the referendum like David Cameron. If we take the constitutional route we will lose in a referendum. So we have said this cannot be done either.” Wickremesinghe went on to say that if any in the tri-forces have broken the law, action could be taken under the tri-forces law or national law, and stressed that the need of the hour was to reach a settlement (rata samathayakata path kireemai). So the prime minister has realized the futility of expecting reconciliation to come about through this path. He reiterated these points in parliament.

Not willing to be left behind, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera finally decided to march to the drums of his masters. In his speech to the UNHRC 34th sessions, he sheepishly avoided any reference to foreign judges, defence lawyers, authorized prosecutors and investigators. Such arguments are ridiculous and bordering on idiocy. This despite the fact the   Consultative Task Force on Reconciliation (CTF) has in its report dated January 3, 2017 after public hearings and discussions across Sri Lanka, recommended a “hybrid court” with both local and foreign judges to prosecute war crimes. However, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga who is the Chair of the Consultative Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTFRM) has also repudiated this key recommendation of the Task Force she appointed. Tamils must be wondering whether history is repeating itself.

In regard to progress in releasing both state and private lands to the rightful owners, Mangala Samaraweera had a sorry tale to tell the Council. He said 5,515.98 acres of state land and 2,090.03 acres of private land were released in 2016; and 1,383.51 acres of state land and 30.54 acres of private land were released in January 2017. What he failed to inform the Council is that according to statistics compiled by the CTF 21,349.69 acres of state land and 5,880.78 acres of private land totalling 27,230.47 acres of land remain occupied by the armed forces in the North. To this figure another 24,000 acres of land belonging to the Forest and Wild Life department and occupied by armed forces should be added.

What all these mean is the government of Yahapalanaya is displaying lack of back bone to bring in reconciliation as pledged during the presidential and parliamentary elections. Government is dilly dallying not only in regard to creating  a Hybrid Court to try those accused of committing war crimes, but also in regard to investigations into fraud,  financial corruption, waste and mismanagement. Two years have elapsed but not one person has been convicted and sent to jail so far. The Government, especially the President and Prime Minister have no stomach  “dismantle the repressive structures, institutional culture of impunity, full restoration of rule of law and a solution to the national question through extensive devolution of power  and deeply entrenched decades of erosion of human rights.”

In the meantime, Mahinda Rajapaksa who was responsible for several murders, involuntary disappearances, misappropriation of state property, and misuse of office threatens to topple the government very soon. With the government in disarray, Ministers fighting among themselves, bonds scam, openly  challenging the UNGRC that it will not  implement the key Operative Clause 6 of  resolution 30/1 Mahinda Rajapaksa’ may have the last laugh.

Sadly, President Sirisena has ceased reminding people about the ‘silent revolution’ of January 8 that swept a dictatorial and corrupt regime out of power. In his own words he said “I did not enter politics randomly or abruptly – my experiences in politics spans close to 49 years. I will not let any party decision tarnish or harm the transformations that occurred in this country after January 8 – I will protect it.” Despite brave words there is mounting criticism as the country is sliding back to the dark era under Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The UNHRC resolutions of 30/1 and 34/1 are not pieces of paper; they are solemn commitments by the GoSL to take the country on the path of reconciliation and transitional justice. There are dire consequences and no escape if the government fails to comply with UNHRC resolutions.

Unfortunately, President Sirisena himself is repudiating his own resolve not to allow the January 8th Revolution revoked.

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 2
    2

    Thangavelu Aiya

    Why can’t you keep quite like your leaders Sampanthan and Abraham Sumanthiran. Government has given tax free luxury cars and houses to the parliamentarians of your party in addition to increased salary and attendance allowance for them to sleep and snore. Why do you disturb them. Wake them up just before the next election. It is too early sir.

  • 3
    2

    Conclusion: Sinhalese are no longer pushovers.

  • 2
    1

    Tamil demands are based on lies, myths, and fantasies which were fed by their colonial slave masters.

  • 5
    0

    “January 8th Revolution Betrayed”

    Mr Veluppillai Thangavelu,

    What I find incredulous is that grown men with full of life-experience expecting something other than what has transpired in SL would happen!

    Mr Thangavelu with all your life-experience and in your right mind did you really believe that something else other than what has happen would happen?

    The fault is not theirs but ours, for our inability to use our past experience to gauge/predict the future.

    All of us live in hope, although living in hope is what kills us all in the end. That’s life!

  • 2
    0

    MS is lacking in leadership qualities & integrity. His level of education is obvious when it comes to international affairs, just another frog in he well. He is spineless & like most politicians, past & present, plays to the gallery, contradicting himself in the process. Just shows how unsuitable he is as the President.

    • 0
      0

      He has a wonderfully clever,handsome son doing the rounds (Moscow, NY, London to date)at his own expense. Give him 2 more months and he’ll be an expert in International Affairs and adviser to the ministry.

  • 1
    0

    OK. UNHCR granted two years for GoSL to implement resolution. Tell me what shall we do with people like you who financed and supported LTTE to do crime against humanity.you are not talking on that part. talk only on one side. your PETs LTTE did not act as saints committed very brutal crimes. you people supported and financed them.advised them how to commit those crimes or how to make young carders to do that. is it not true Mr. Thanga valu.As such you should be punish as well.

  • 0
    0

    (As there are a few segments in your article, I wish to take them one by one).

    January 8 Revolution? What a joke! Do you call it Revolution? Then it should be the world’s shortest survived Revolution which was based on short term factors. Revolutions are brought to build countries, strengthen nations, not to destroy both. January 8 was a disaster. It brought the present turmoil introduced by Ranil that destroyed the country. The true Revolution occurred on February 18, not January 8.

    I was tossing your words and this is the result. “President Sirisena was forced to alter his resolve not to revoke January 8 ‘Revolution” due to February 18 “Counter Revolution” that saw a sea-change in the country.

    The majority who were instrumental in bringing your January 8 ‘Revolution’ including those who voted are no longer there to protect their own ‘Revolution’. They are now a part of the ‘Counter Revolution’. In other words, President Sirisena was not in a position to maintain his ‘resolve’. He was compelled to listen to the strongest voice in the recent history – the “Counter Revolution” – that was built on February 18. It still remains, waiting for a ‘new impetus’.

  • 0
    0

    Dear Thangavelu, if you are worried that a dark era will engulfed our country, have no worries. We, Sinhalese never let that happen. As you have mentioned Mahinda’s name, I wish to say a few words.
     
    The “then Mahinda Rajapaksa” was a strong leader whom we Sinhalese loved, respected and cherish. His political leadership was instrumental to eradicate terrorism that brought relief to Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese, in that order. He rebuilt a war torn country and brought a huge change to the lives of the people in the North and the East, in every aspect. There were certain ‘mishaps’ during his era, however, they were not monumental. They have to be addressed separately and bring the culprits before the Courts. With much respect to Mahinda, I would like say that we, Sinhalese, are seeking new leaders to take the country forward. I mean, someone out of Rajapaksa dynasty.

    I support President Sirisena’s reconciliation effort, though he started and chose to remain in the wrong foot. I support retaining Executive Presidency which is the most significant factor in Sri Lanka’s politics at present.

    However, he is not strong enough to bring drastic changes to save the country from the present political, economical and societal catastrophe. He is a weak President with strong words who is in need of a significant support from the masses.

    The masses need to be guided, motivated and inspired by a strong Sinhalese leader who could easily mobilise them to rise against Ranil’s Federal Constitution, ETCA, PPP, New Land Act and the Systematic disbanding, demoralizing and fabricated allegations levelled at our Armed Forces and rebuild Sri Lanka as a united, reconciled and developed, unitary country based on concrete national policies that are applicable to entire nation, irrespective of ethnicity, party, colour or class.

  • 1
    0

    Comrade Nimal Fernando,
    I aggree with you. That’s life.
    Good example is how a self claimed smart patriot of sovereign SriLanka Dr.DJ will not criticise China for not protesting against US missile strike on Syria. The rationale for this is US -China relationship is more important to China and China lovers like DJ and MaRa & brothers.
    So minorities within sovereign SL too will never get any sort of justice they deserve. UN permanent members and neighbour India will have their own agenda. That’s life.
    Nimal you are right it is the fault of the citizens for changing the political culture in sovereign SL with 60 over years of experience.

  • 3
    1

    Velupillai Thngavelu,

    “In the meantime, Mahinda Rajapaksa who was responsible for several murders, involuntary disappearances, misappropriation of state property, and misuse of office threatens to topple the government very soon.”

    You use the words “who was responsible”. Man, this is a very serious statement. Can you give evidences to support these charges. I am not a lawyer but I think President Rajapakse should be able to file a case for defamation.

    “Despite brave words there is mounting criticism as the country is sliding back to the dark era under Mahinda Rajapaksa.”

    I do not know where the hell you live. For the people who lived in Sri Lanka, Rajapakse era was a ‘Golden Era’, particularly after the Rajapakse regime killed that Jack Ass megalomaniac and crushed LTTE. There is one intangible benefit which has not received enough attention. That is ‘Mental Peace’ of the people. Some people died because of Tamil terrorist activities and some people, according to a Sinhala saying ‘Nomeri Meruna’ (died without dying). So far to my knowledge, no one has studied the impact of stress caused by Tamil Terrorist activities on health of the people in terms of increased cases of diabetes and heart problems which have direct link to stress. I would say that eradication of terrorist activities could have had a significant positive impact on ‘Mental Peace’ of the people and general health. I hope some one will take this as a research topic for post-graduate studies.

  • 3
    1

    “Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty had called the Government to deliver on the commitments made on accountability while appreciating the positive improvements made with the human rights situation over the last two years.”

    Who the hell is Salil Shetty to tell the government. An NGO crook. Amnesty International’s reports are highly biased. Of course when Tamil Diaspora is feeding ‘very expensive’ pet food, have to make some noise to please the master.

  • 2
    0

    Mr. Thangavelu should not misinterpret the President and the PM being turn-coats. They firstly have to comply with the Constitution. Practically they know that if they push too much the back-lash from the military will not be good for them. Clearly my vote on Jan 2015 voting MR out should not ultimately result in a waste if it were to result in a military take over of government. In that event I need not tell Mr. Thangavelu what the outcome is.

    Now, I believe the TULF or whosoever representing the interests of seeking justice to alleged attrocities in the North can think and come up with a near perfect solution that permits foreign participation within the Constitution. It is the TULF that suggested to President CBK to constitute a High Court-at-Bar for the Krishanthi Kumaraswamy murder. So they have the solution.

    Instead of politicizing the issue think of legalistic way to permit adequate foreign participation.

  • 1
    1

    On 08 January 2015 Lankans for the first time ever, set aside the language/religion divide and mandated the GoSL to bridle corruption, nepotism, culture of impunity. Lankans have been taught to accept that these are part of life. SB as Minister of Higher Education? My foot!

    If at all the Lankan politicians learned that the language/religion divide can be exploited and preparations are in this direction.

    Can we ever expect a revolution?

    • 0
      0

      Mr Pilei

      SB Disanayake beats them all to be apointed as the minister of ‘Higher Education:
      https://youtu.be/oGXjzY9cIuc

      Soma

  • 2
    0

    Are we yet to study the minds of the Sinhalese politicians? The Tamils have studied the minds of the Sinhalese for a long time. There are good minds and bad minds among the Sinhalese. but they all look for power, hence they do not weigh the good and the bad. The Sri Lankan government had the opportunity to destroy the Tamils with the participation of the International Community. That is the end of it. The Tamils have no place in Sri lanka as many of the Tamil leaders are not worthy of leading the Tamils.

  • 3
    1

    ATTN,There isca Tamil Fraudster by the name Calais aka Shaker ,claims his Nephew is one of the Coordinating Secretary’s of Hon.Min.Manoganeshan and he can help ypubto get any export or import approvals using his influence on restricted goods. He ran away with someone’s fine today Worth Ra.35,000.00 ,he hangs around mostly in Majestic City Food Court and Coffee been Liberty plaza. He is about 5ft tall Age between 62 to 68 .dark ,slightly bald ,loves to drink , if anybody has any info pls contact ..the nearest police station.,

  • 0
    0

    Mr Tangavelu

    Ponder over what commentator Nimal Fernando above has posed to you:

    “Mr Thangavelu with all your life-experience and in your right mind did you really believe that something else other than what has happened would happen?”

    Soma

  • 1
    0

    Attention: Citizens who sincerely want the nation to prosper and be internationally respected. There is only a few things to get this government to do and only we the Citizens can move mountains. Remember who toppled the most powerful Armed regime with many nations together ? The USSR ? The removal of The Berlin wall& our own the Rajapajshes

    Continued

  • 1
    0

    Peoples power call continued.
    Why do Corruption flourish ? The politicians &their cronies enjoy the max while the civil servants& their families live a miserable life,due to this law is not exercised people break the law most of the time intentionally ,because they know they can get away by bribing. Cont.

  • 1
    0

    Peoples Power cont.
    Sane with the Law enforcement ,most of the time the bad guys get away look at Wimal he and his co partner have even openly robbed poor people using the big time crook like Duminda Liyanage an approximately 6 billion rupees &see how arrogantly sure he is of himself. Whoz faul? Us the selfish citizens of this nation.period.

  • 1
    0

    Peoples power cont. Why do the under world hit Squad thrive? Because the law enforcement bus slack by the time they try to even consider saddling the horse has run away. So people prefer to approach the illegal police ,the under world ,most if them are ex security forces with good experience. They work for what they are paid the job is done quickly and perfectly. Who’s fault again us the Citizens. Cont

  • 1
    0

    Peoples power Conclusion & Solutions.
    One give the present President and Prime Minister your fullest cooperation and power, to replace the present government will mean allowing a few crooks among the Citizens to live and to place the majority to decide to die. The Ball is in our court. Cont…

  • 1
    0

    Peoples power Conclusion & Solutions.
    One give the present President and Prime Minister your fullest cooperation and power, to replace the present government will mean allowing a few crooks among the Citizens to live and to place the majority to decide to die. The Ball is in our court. Cont…

  • 1
    0

    Peoples power
    We the people need to pressure the present government, by voting a landslide victory in the coming local government election. Then force them to revamp the country’s entire law enforcement, judiciary, the municipalities, give undue powers to the UDA and appointed a hardheaded chairman to implement the laws , remove from The min.if defence ,no matter how senior they are, but if they have a bad reputation internationally. Appoint true commission s where people can take instant action. Make all public services available online and payments, permit private firms to be proxies to help with this. Do not let any construction work without a qualified consultant. This us causing a lot of problems. Cont

  • 1
    0

    Peoples Power Conclusion & Solutions cont.
    Handover the Ministery of Policing to a person who will have the guts to excerise it without fear ,prejudice or favouritism. Stop all pensions convert to CPF, stop all subsidiaries.change the higher education free bees ,to grants of up to 60 to 70 % only to the most talented students, let the rest take a bank loan with Zero interest and pay back start only when they start work.let’s do our part first

  • 1
    0

    We feel sorry for you, Custodian of the TNA, His Excellency Thangavelu.

    In age, you may be old, in prediction of Tamil’s future; you are still in the Nursery.

    What happened to your TNA and the deputy speaker Adaikalanathan?

    Do they still want to hold the post like GG Ponnambalam and Thiruchelvam?

    In another few months, be prepared to write an article, even to criticize the TNA.

    You better stop finding fault with the people who criticizes the TNA.

    TNA has gone to dogs.

    In few months, they may have to hide in a bunger to protect them from the people who voted for them.

    It doesn’t mean that Gajan Ponnamblam and his foolish followers are going to bring Tamil Eelam.

    Today the situation is the worst in the Tamil history.

    You all leave a side to the Academics and intellectuals.

    They will find a way to sort out this mess.

    Before everything, you better resign from your Custodian job of the TNA.

    Everyone says that you bark, that’s it.

  • 1
    0

    Peoples power … Additional suggestions
    Leave the pension of the pensioners who have already retired intact and convert the future ones, same with education and subsidiary ,but allow subsidiary cards for essential food for those who are extremely poor ,and free housing. Convert all trade Unions to tri-party. Enhance the public transport to the extreme best with comfort, bring in all transports including taxies ,private busses etc to a public shareholding corporation,make the private owners,drivers and the public share holders along with a Stake for the government. Encourage work from home and self employment,open the market carefully without harming the local produces. And have a GPRS or satellite eprs to charge users of heavy traffic areas, give policeman and their families more intecive s, share the revenues from road taxes and fines with them, convert all police stations with 100% Solar power and provide Air-conditioning and throw away the age old time waste typewriters and give them all computers. Take very good care of the Policeman and Hus family welfare and see how super they respond and work. Take special care of Trafic police man who virtually are killing themselves on the road ,in the heat and pollutions. And firvthe sake of God and human rationales, please we beg you to stop all heavy vehicles on the road in the morning and evening office hours and afternoon school times. Sri Lanka is possibly the only Country that let these crazy huge vehicles with mad drivers who are suppose to not speed more than 40 Km but freely drive like maniac s at almost 100km. The frequent toppling of Containers would endorse it,what happens if these containerz fall on School children’s van (God forbid) don’t parents ever think of i? People need to ask the government to provide a space online so we can form our concerns and requests for politician s to oblige in writing to implement it in a specific period and also in case they don’t they should resign or dissolve the local government birvtge main government itself. Thuscus True peoples power. Let’s see how they respond to this. And also v.importantly The Government &UDA should bring in immediately a relief to people who may have to build their homes,building, apartment s etc within stipulation s,as there were never proper law and the common people did not understand the health risk etc that is really the reason for open spaces etc.so We appeal to the government and the UDA not legislatate any distructive orders or impose unbearable fines on a population already struggling just for their daily meal. Instead provide a relax alternative and also where they can pay their fines in installment s and then with new construction to fix a date and month and introduce the strictest legislation. ( hope have not gone above the allowed words by CT

  • 1
    0

    corrections ;peoples power on new regulation The UDA is now introducing
    ————————————————————————-

    v.importantly The Government &UDA should bring in immediately a relief to people who may have to build their homes,building, apartment s etc not according to the stipulated regulations of the UDA and other councils ,as there were never proper regulatory or persons to advice the homes owners who are unaware of the rules the common people did not understand the health risk etc that is really the reason for open spaces etc.so We appeal to the government and the UDA not legislate any destructive orders or impose unbearable fines on a population already struggling just for their daily meal. Instead provide a relax alternative and also where they can pay their fines in installment s and then with new construction to fix a date and month and introduce the strictest legislation.

  • 1
    0

    You don’t even live in Ceylon. You will never come back because the Dole and good material conditions are hard to sacrifice even for a Sinhala person whou shouts patriotism from Australia. So shut up and run your LTTE store or raise funds for the LTTE and keep dreaming of another war where Ceylon tamils still living in Ceylon get sacrificed.

  • 0
    0

    WHAT MATTERS IS NOT THE UN OR ANY ORGANIZATIONS OR NATIONS TELLING US WHAT TO DO. The urgent requirement today is, before the entire Country collapse for the entire people to first think as one people and one nation ,forgive ,let go , be genuinely interested in your fellow Countryman, leave race and religion and past hate aside .

    This is more than enough for Sri Lanka to rise like a Phoenix from ashes.

    The problem is everyone wants an eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth ,but wont admit it, but are willing to go to any extent to achieve it ,even if it meant a total destruction of the country.

    The people have an obligation to give the present government all the support to do the best it can , I feel the President and PM and the other Ministers are doing a good job at this moment ,this is one of the worse periods The world is facing.

    If The present government is not supported by achieving control of all the local governments, then they need not to be held responsible for whatever disaster that happens ,especially if even a few or more go to the wrong hands- which are not under the control of The President, Then the country may collapse totally.

    Of-cause a small segment will thrive easy money lovers .

    The Tamils should change their attitude ,learn to compromise and stop dragging the country down and while asking for your rights support the government to rebuild the country ,we really do not need the UN, sorry to say this, UN has failed many poor nations.

  • 0
    0

    “The Tamils should change their attitude ,learn to compromise and stop dragging the country down and while asking for your rights support the government to rebuild the country ,we really do not need the UN, sorry to say this, UN has failed many poor nations.”

    The Tamils did change their mind when they supported Sarath Fonseka at the presidential election held in 2010. This despite the fact thousands disappeared when he was the Commander of the Jaffna district about 500 youths ended in Chemmani graves. About 75% of the Tamils supported Sirisena at the 2015 presidential elections. The Tamils have been extended the hands of friendship from State Council days. It is the Sinhalese leaders who conspired to deny their language and land rights. The state aided Sinhala colonization schemes in the East and north was a master plan to reduce the Tamils to a minority status in the East. In 1946 the Sinhalese population in the Eastern Province was only 8.4%. In 2012 the population tripled to 23.15%. This is subtle ethnic cleansing. Historically the two Sinhalese Kingdoms in the south co-existed with the Jaffna kingdom in the north. All should be able to live their lives in the manner they want to, regardless of what others may think. Provincial Council system is not for the Tamils alone, it is for all the people. As I have stated right now 21,349.69 acres of state land and 5,880.78 acres of private land totalling 27,230.47 acres of land remain occupied by the armed forces (16 Divisions) in the North. To this figure another 24,000 acres of land belonging to the Forest and Wild Life departments and occupied by armed forces should be added. Suppose the role is reversed, will the Sinhalese be happy to live under foreign occupation?

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 200 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically disabled after 7 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.