Two days after he told the BBC that he did not believe that an international investigation into massive human rights abuses during the war in Sri Lanka would not be “practical” Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma told Channel 4 in an interview tonight that the probe was a matter for the United Nations.
Sharma insisted that the Commonwealth has been making progress to address human rights issues for the people of Sri Lanka, including addressing torture and reconciliation of the two sides in Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war.
But addressing whether or not the military committed grave human rights atrocities in the closing stages of the war, including allegations over the killing of civilians and summary executions, was a matter for the United Nations, Sharma told Channel 4’s Jonathan Snow.
“In the time to come, I trust that people will see… that indeed very significant advances have been made in the interests of the people of Sri Lanka,” Sharma, who is often optimistic about Sri Lanka said in the interview.
Thiru / November 7, 2013
He goes on like a broken record saying …. they are engaging with Sru Lankan govt, … we have advanced … big bluffer shill for Sri Lanka and whoever else, you can guess.
Facts hiding Sharma must go.
Peter / November 7, 2013
Jeeez! The guy has to stutter and stammer to answer simple questions. His “engaging” bullshit is just that – pure and unadulterated bovine excrement. What an apology for an important office-bearer of the Commonwealth. Wonder how much he was paid??!!
Patrick / November 7, 2013
The guy appears to have been bought over “Lock Stock and Barrel” – was it
LTTE gold or what that this swine is blind to ?
Chandra Seneviratne / November 7, 2013
Kamaleah Sharma, the disgraceful ex-civil servant of India now holdis the position of Secretary General of Commonwealth has been bought over by criminal stratocracy of MR and now Sharma is a tool in the hands of MR to cover up grave human right atrocities against peoples’ legitimate right to oppose, arrests and disappearances of journalists and war crimes and allegations over killings of civilians in the closing stages of civil war in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka military is undoubtedly one of the most uncultured and indiscipline militia in the world. The mass grave uncovered of Sinhalese youths killed during uprisings in 1989 , recent killings of unarmed innocent people in Weliweriya ,on -going investigations into rape of women and children by Sri Lankan military in UN peace keeping force etc demonstrate that wherever Sri Lankan militia goes it will be killing fields and looting and raping fields and other criminalities.They are a set of bloody cowards who become war-hero before the unarmed and the innocence.
There is national need to rehabilitate the ruthless militias who have increasing becoming the root cause for heinous crimes committed in the society. The criminal mind set of militia should need to indoctrinate for a peaceful, serene and composed life. MR instead uses these military to run the civil administration to consolidate his criminal stratocracy. The commonwealth nations should not directly and indirectly become party to further worsening the rotten Sri Lankan civil administration.
MR though uneducated he is cunningly and deceitfully bought over Sharma to restrain exposing Sri Lanka human rights picture to governing body of Commonwealth when the decision to hold the Summit in Colombo. This hurdle MR has cunningly cleared with the help of Sharma. Now Commonwealth will be held in Colombo with much fun and fair at the expensed of the poor in Sri Lanka which the Heads of state could much enjoy.
What is the role of Commonwealth where a member state, like Sri Lanka, falls short of the observance of fundamental commonwealth principles? This is a crucial and fundamental point in issue for the people who ultimately foot the bill for this ordeal.
Participation by a Head of state or representing in a Conference holding in such state would be completely different issue. But what the benefit the people would get in holding in Sri Lanka the Conference of the commonwealth of nations where the nation states are knitted together to uphold its principles unless a ruling is made against Sri Lanka in terms of commonwealth principles compelling Sri Lanka to espouse and advocate adherence to and necessity of restore democracy, rule of law and human rights of the society.
If no such positive action is taken it amounts to gross endorsement of the ever deteriorating societal standards, morals and civilized moral codes as far as Sri Lanka is concerned and the beginning of the end of Commonwealth.
Nevertheless the Commonwealth without being in isolation should also take note of the possible war crime allegations over the killings of civilians and summary execution by the military during final stages of civil war under international law is in the offing.
Commonwealth should also look in to the possibility of taking the matter of mass grave uncovered of Sinhalese youths killed during uprisings in 1989 as the ruling party is now making a sinister attempt to conceal with the help of Chinese who alleged used MR to rig his presidential election results.
No nation people like to safeguard criminals other than the perpetrator themselves
Saracen / November 7, 2013
“Sharma insisted that the Commonwealth has been making progress to address human rights issues for the people of Sri Lanka, including addressing torture and reconciliation of the two sides in Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war”.
Is there any actual evidence of this? Pardon me for asking…..
Ajith / November 7, 2013
You have blood on your hand! You are one of the disgrace to the humanity.
Saro / November 7, 2013
He is either dummy or dumstruck as if he is obliged to Sri Lanka. How can be a civil administrater of an organisation of 54 countries? He draws a fat salary and luxury perks but sounds useless with ‘engagement’ and no results.
hearth / November 7, 2013
We should get rid off from this biased Secy
Ravi Perera / November 7, 2013
How about replacing Sharma with Jayalalitha
Ajith / November 7, 2013
Why not Gotapaya?
Shiva / November 8, 2013
@Ravi Perera – The Sinhala [Edited out] might have raped all the Tamil women and now you want an Indian woman?
JULAMPITIYE AMARAYA / November 8, 2013
AllWAYS you guys forget the Jarapassa’s Ape Minissu, for suitable positions and places.
Why Hothmbaya, Or that Celluloid Actress.
We must post our DRRRRRR Merwin Silava for that post.
Then all the members of the commonwealths must go to him for next summit and
he will ask for Ransom or protection money from all those Africans and Pacific islanders.
Rosh / November 7, 2013
My dearest srilankan Tamil & sinhala friends.It is a curse that srilanka is situated very close to india and we are having sharmas as this kind of top jobs.I am a tamil….you know what i like to say here…..our number one enemy is Indian ruling party and people like sharmas…………..sinhalese is not our enemy.indian ruling congress party and the high cast sharma’s are the one and only enemies for the tamils.They are the ones gave the arms training to the tamil youths in 1980s.See how they end this war.india also committed WAR CRIME against the Ceylon Tamils since 1987….thats why Sharma and india is bit worried to bring srilanka into the hands of UN.Soon or later INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION IS GOING TO HAPPEN…..so that time india’s role will be black and white.All the evidence will be come to the table one by one.OK I like to go back to the history lit bit.All the Sinhala friends must Salute to PRABAHARAN AND PREMADASA.You know why? They are the HEROS KICKED THE indian army from our soil. Premadasa supplied the arms to LTTE,and LTTE Kicked the indian army hardly…..other wise there is no way to get rid of this stupid indian army…..still they could have base in JAFFNA or TRINCO.My dearest Sinhala friends you guys made a huge mistake by end of the war by committing WAR CRIME,so it is in the hands of the UN now to take action against this atrocity committed by Rajapaksha and his entire family.Ceylon TAMILS are now believing US,CANADA and EU only.Never ever they won’t believe indian rulers or people like sharmas……TAMILS AND SINHALES MUST UNITE AGAINST india.Sinhales must allow the North and East Ceylon Tamils to Rule them self.Just leave them alone to live peacefully.Tamils had their own Kingdom before the british destroy our country….that is the reality.Thank you.
gamini / November 7, 2013
Rosh, today the Indians led by Woman Mohan Singhe are Puppets in the hands of the Americans who were responsible for Rajiv Gandhi’s murder using the LTTE cadre.
Javi / November 8, 2013
Sorry mate it was preme’s order and a well known fact so they got him. Indira was the doing of AlCIAd because nobody could read her. When the heir to her place Sanjay(the master of nalli cut) died in the plane crash she just went up to his body picked up the keys tucked it in her saree did not shed a tear and walked away- that’s the leader “I” she was- its impossible to love and be wise. Not Dudley the ladies man.
Javi / November 8, 2013
Bradmen Weerakoon had it on the web that preme was not ltte doing but after RM came to power he has taken it off- his daughter is ambassador Japan. Another Banda come to town you know what I mean. Of course sajith is just another mob boy.
Park / November 7, 2013
A no confidence motion against Kamalesh Sharma should be presented at the Commonwealth conference in Colombo. He can stay at home and work with Rajapakse. This guy is a traitor to the Commonwealth Group of Countries.
Javi / November 7, 2013
“traitor to the Commonwealth Group”
It’s to be white mans commonwealth nothing more nothing less and alu porata sharma is the honorary chancellor of Irish university.His term was extended with pakistani alu porata vote.
kali / November 7, 2013
All the Indians who are elevated to High Position are corrupt to the core and Kamalesh Sharma is no different. He has been paid handsomely by MR which is Blood Money.
There are others:
Vijay Nambiar who has been paid millions is in hiding
Susma who took money and did a somersault and returned home to India with a Bagful of Bounty from MR
Who having taken money from MR helped him with the following
1) Hid the Critical report about the Impeachment of Dr.Shirani
2) Arranged the CHOGM in Genocidal Sinhala Lanka and pretends that MR should be engaged which amounts to saying Hitler should have been engaged.
Only Canada has raised concerns about his Conduct up to now and others will follow no doubt.
When MR is taken to the Hague he should also stand in the Dock for aiding and abetting.
KAMALESH SHARMA IS A DISGRACE to the Civilised World because his hand is tainted with TAMIL BLOOD.
Voice of Justise / November 7, 2013
Mara’s agents are being deployed all over the world to bribe people who talk strongly against HR violations in Sri Lanka.Mind you MARA was even able to bribe Mr. Yasusi Akashi who made several visits to Sri Lanka as a Japanese Peace envoy.He never uttered a work regarding HR violations and war crimes in Sri Lanka.Kamalesh cannot be a exemption.
Shiva / November 8, 2013
BBC Documentary of crimes against humanity is about to be broadcast in the UK; Check the dates and time in the link below:
Palayang yako! / November 8, 2013
Where are the Tsunamisekeras and the rest of the paid pandamkarayas who are always accusing critics of the government of being in the pay of the West etc. etc? When the paid crooks like Sharma are exposed they are very, very silent and with VERY GOOD reason!
Bensen Burner / November 8, 2013
Sharma keeps referring to the human Rights commission(HRC)in Sri Lanka. He should have been asked as to who in Sri Lanka appointed or appoints a Human Rights Commission. The HRC is an absolute joke. His body language itself betrays his guilt. Bensen