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Learning Together From Geneva Mistakes

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

The resolution on Sri Lanka that is to be voted on this coming Friday at the UN Human Rights Council is tighter than the draft that first made its appearance two weeks ago.  This would be disappointing to the Sri Lankan government that worked hard through its friendly countries to dilute the draft resolution, if not defeat it entirely.  However, mistakes made by the government and circumstances beyond its control have worked against it.  Many of the government’s problems have arisen from the fact that important decisions are not taken by collectively by the Cabinet, or by cabinet sub-committees, but by individuals or by individual ministries.  However, matters that impact upon the entire country need to be discussed by a larger number rather than by a lesser number, as this way more points of view come across, and the best can be selected.

The arrest of two high profile human rights defenders, Ruki Fernando and Fr Praveen Mahesan, at the same time as the debate on Sri Lanka’s human rights situation was taking place in Geneva is a case in point.  They were arrested on charges of being supportive of the LTTE, of embarrassing the government and giving information detrimental to national security.   The timing of the arrests was puzzling. The sudden arrest of the two Human Rights Defenders during the UNHRC session itself could not have been worse timed.  It served to focus international attention on the unsafe human rights situation in the country at a time when the country was in the dock of the UN in Geneva.  Since the arrests took place in Kilinochchi in the North, where the military presence and domination is very high, it can be believed that the decision to arrest them was the overriding one of national security.

The arrests unleashed an unprecedented barrage of appeals on behalf of the two arrested Human Rights Defenders.  It is reported that the highest levels of the UN, foreign governments and the Catholic Church appealed on their behalf.  The problems of entrusting decision making to defense authorities in contexts that have long term consequences and international ramifications is apparent in this case.  The government needs to have a better rounded decision making system that could include the military but is controlled by civilians who have a better rounded grasp of political realities.  The government’s decision to release the two human rights defenders swiftly was a prudent one.   It appears that once the nature of the damage to the country’s reputation was seen the government was prepared to reverse itself.

Government Strategy

The charges leveled against the two Human Rights Defenders are indicative of the possible strategy to resist the resolution on Sri Lanka that is taking shape in Geneva.   The first prong of this two pronged strategy is to try and convince the countries represented in the UN Human Rights Council that Sri Lanka continues to face a severe threat to its national unity.  In the run-up to the vote in Geneva the government has been emphasizing that the LTTE is trying to revive itself with the support of the Tamil Diaspora.  This is probably seen as the best way to justify the continued large presence of the military in the North despite the five years that have elapsed since its end.  In the run up to the Geneva vote, there has also been a large scale deployment of the military to conduct search operations to find two former LTTE cadre who are suspected to be involved in resurrecting the LTTE.

The second prong of the government strategy of denying access to information to those seeking to do an investigation would be to prevent local activists from collecting and sending out information.  Those who think in the short term and without looking at the wider consequences of their repressive actions, may consider this to be sound strategy.  It is likely that the arrest of Ruki Fernando and Fr Praveen Mahesan was in pursuance of this strategy.   This has been borne out by the follow up to their release.  The police have obtained a new court order that prevents them from giving any information to the media in respect of their arrest and the ongoing investigation and going abroad without the prior permission of the magistrate.

The denial of access to information will possibly be a central part of the governmental response to the UNHRC resolution.    A likely scenario is that the government will refuse to cooperate with the international investigation that is called for by the Geneva resolution and will not permit international investigators to visit the country.  However, sealing off the flow of information in this highly interconnected world is likely to be impossible to achieve.  Nor will the international human rights community give up on persisting in their demands for truth and accountability.  It is important that the actions of the government should not serve to further justify to supporters of stronger international action on Sri Lanka the need to make the present resolution even stronger than it is.

Unfortunate Affirmation

News reports also indicate that the government is now concerned about the predicament it has got itself into and the longer term consequences in regard to its position on the Russian annexation of Crimea.  It is reported that Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry felt obliged to respond positively to Russia’s request for its support.  This shows the potential danger of asking help from friends who have problems of their own.  They too will need help and the price of that help can be very great.  Russia together with China have been staunch supporters of Sri Lanka and have given the Sri Lankan government the reassurance that they will not permit the issue of alleged human rights violations in the war to be canvassed at the UN Security Council.  It is therefore not surprising that the Sri Lankan foreign ministry felt itself obliged to give its backing to Russia, despite its annexation of Crimea and even though it was a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty.

However, the Russian intervention has served to mobilize and unify the Western bloc of countries led by the United States to show their collective strength and willingness to act in concert.  They have opposed Russia’s actions and have imposed sanctions upon its top leaders.  The sanctions placed on Russian leaders by the US and EU are personally severe and have been without obtaining UN backing.  It is these same Western countries that are the driving force behind the resolution on Sri Lanka.  The unity of purpose they have demonstrated in taking punitive action with regard to Russia is likely to carry over when it comes to dealing with Sri Lanka.  If they are prepared to deal in a severe manner with a recalcitrant Russia, they are not likely to be deterred from dealing in a severe manner with Sri Lanka.

The main argument of the Sri Lankan government is that the UN resolution is an unwarranted interference in the country’s internal affairs.  The Russian intervention in Ukraine and its incorporation into Russia undermines Sri Lanka’s defense.  The government’s support to Russia is not going to be helpful to it either when it argues on the basis of national sovereignty.  There is an unfortunate affirmation that powerful countries can interfere in the internal sovereignty of other countries.  Even if the foreign ministry due to its close relations with Russia had felt itself beholden to Russia, and for very good reasons, others from different ministries might have seen different realities, and been able to give an idea of the larger consequences.   There is a need for team work in deciding on important matters of state.  By way of contrast, deciding by oneself can lead to one-dimensional decisions that get us from the frying pan into the fire.

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    Well, you kind of added fuel to the fire isn;it? The general rule of thumb is always second guess if the news is coming from the north. Anything that involves Catholic clergy must be thrown out altogeather.

    Barking Tissranee was again wrong. The women army recruits mistreated by the army has also being staged and manufactured.

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      “Anything that involves Catholic clergy must be thrown out altogeather”

      What about if it is coming from Buddhist monk?

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        Anpuwo, Catholism was a imported material by the Imperialists to SL at gun point. The Imperialist came to SL with bible in one hand and the gun in the other.

        And the monks protesting against the threats to Buddhism in this country. While Christians convert buddhists to Christianity, while Tamils politicians trying to revive the lost revolution with the backing of super powers and Die-Ass-Pora and the Muslims sudden baby boom to increase their population, you want monks to stay in temples and mind their own business?

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          “you want monks to stay in temples and mind their own business?”

          Yes – stay in the temple and do their monks business. Not monkey business outside the temples.

          Majority of Tamil politicians with the help of good Sinhalese and international community are fighting for justice.

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            Anpu,
            What is your advice to the Catholic monks? Yes – stay in the church and do their monks business. Not monkey business outside the church? or you want them to do the monkey business to the Tamils?

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              Re:”Anpuwo, Catholism was a imported material by the Imperialists to SL at gun point”

              Budhism is also a imported material!!India where Budhism was born is more peaceful than the violent Budhism which has manifested in the Blood stained country called Sri Lanka!!

              Catholic priests are fighting for justice while The Budhist monks just wants every one in SL to be “so called (sinhala)Budhist in name only”, but not practicing Budhists!!!

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                Truth, Yes Buddhism also imported one but never forced to embrace it by using any weapon.

                Catholic priests were engage with Terrorists before 2009 and now they working for the same intention by wrap in Human Rights shawl.

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                  noel-jones

                  “Catholic priests were engage with Terrorists before 2009 and now they working for the same intention by wrap in Human Rights shawl.”

                  Sinhala/Buddhist monks supported JVP terrorists and continue to support the former terrorists.

                  Saffron clad thugs are being used by the state to terrorise innocent people.

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          Noel-Jones ,

          i’m still waiting for your reply Noel-jones ! why is the delay ? in case you forgot , here is the link !

          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lankas-national-security-silence-threat-or-defence/#comments

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            Srilal, I know you like my comments but the sad thing is I don’t have time to comment lengthy answer’s to your questions and also there are so many new articles I have to attend in this column. Sorry Pal.

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              Noel Jones ,

              Well , initially you volunteered by giving a lengthy comment on my post and in return i gave you a reasonable answer , but now you claim that you have no time to reply , that is fine but let me reproduce it for the benefit of the other readers.

              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lankas-national-security-silence-threat-or-defence/#comments

              srilal
              March 21, 2014 at 10:48 am

              talking of defense, forget the public discussion , how about Q & A session in the parliament ,as a customary practice almost every question had been ignored and conveniently swept under the carpet, or yes , that is under the guise of ” National security ” ! speaking of military , has any body questioned why the great hurry in recruiting more and more in to military ? what is the sudden rush for voluntary Army recruitment ? who is living under constant fear ? how many STF/Army camps have been mushroomed all over the country ? why did the army take over the role of police’s riot control duties? what is the role play by ( Rtd) Gen. Nanda Mallawarachhi in the police force ? why do school principles being appointed as Army colonels ? why does uni student’s military taring is mandatory ? why do private business ventures operate by military (Air, Naval, Hotels etc ) why and how the colossal amount of annual budgetary funds allocation for the military 5 years after of war ? every thing is top secret , why because every body is led to believe & ready to accept that revealing any of the information to general public may lead to destabilize the security situation of the country and as a consequence LTTE may Resurrect again ??????????????what a load of baloney !

              noel-jones
              March 21, 2014 at 12:45 am

              SRILAL,I would like to answer your questions on behalf of DS. 1. No country share their defence secrets to public. How many camps or how many soldiers in the Army or STF is a top secret. Only way you to obtain these figures is to make an appointment with DS and meet him. But you must give him explanation why you need these figures. 2.Army only Deploy it’s soldier’s to control mobs,riots or violent protestors by the request of Police. When a Police station only manned by less than 100 officer’s, how can they controll thousands of people? 3.Rtd. Army General Nanda Mallawarachchi is an excellent officer and served 36 years in the Army. He has Msc{Defence} and training in USA and India. And also war veteran. So President appoint him as a Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order. So what’s wrong appoint him to the above post. 4.School Principal’s after undergo about one month of training appoint them as Army [Civil]Colonl’s because there is an attempt to provoke school children and get them onto the streets to protest by bankrupt political parties in SL like they did in 73 and 88. So in schools there must keep strict discipline and students must guide to focus their attention only to their studies. 5.The University students training is not a military training but a leadership training. This training give them lessons how to exercise,how to eat,[using cutlery],how to study,work and stay as a group,how to face difficult situations, how to controll stress etc…These students mostly coming from villagers and they don’t have any experience about above things. Some people question why Army is giving this training? Who else can do it? Who gave accomodation to about 500 students? 6.Tri forces operate few tourist hotels and cateries in North and in Trinco[and few other locations in South]. There are no clean, well maintain hotels in Jaffna to eat for tourists and visitors going there. And on the other hand it is good idea to give our forces a chance to learn about hotel industry,catering etc.. I hope you satisfy now. If not call Defence Secretary and request for an appointment to verify these matters. I hope he consider your request.

              srilal
              March 21, 2014 at 10:48 am

              Noel-jones , i must thank you for your professional approach and courtesy shown in answering my queries , i may not agree with you explanation and same time you may not agree with my questioning , either way i humbly request you to maintain the same standard which you have displayed so far in the future as well. 1) i’ve not asked the strength (numbers)of our armed forces , even though you consider them to be a top secret , approximate figures of our 3 forces and police are publicly known facts , as to how many numbers of STF/ARMY camps mushrooming across the country at an alarming rate is a concern for general public , reasons may vary , it could be the security of our own loved ones and properties ( there are reports even current serving officers getting involved in day light bank robberies , contract killing, looting , sexual assaults etc) , environmental pollution( constant movement of motor vehicles ), will they accrue adjacent properties as it could be a genuine security threat , what impact would an army base will bring to a peaceful community etc etc ? after all haven’t we won the war by decimating LTTE from the face of the earth ?often Authorities going extra miles in describing how peaceful & calm SL now and thereby inviting foreign investors to come and invest in SL , yet the whole country seems to be under the 24×7 surveillance of military , pl tell us who you are after ? LTTE or southern terrorists or from both ? if authorities feel there is an imminent danger for the well being of the general public either from LTTE or an unknown entity , please educate the general public so the general public can help to avoid another blood bath ! as I asked earlier who lives under constant fear to have this much tight security measurements right across the country ? 2)i’m afraid your explanation is not an accurate one , under the sri lankan constitution police force does not fall under the military force ,rather it used to be a civilian/community based organization, hence police was the first to call on any riot situation and its mandate was to CONTROL the situation , IF AND ONLY police were to find that they were in a uncontrollable (vulnerable ) situation , then they would seek army’s assistance , on contrast what is happening today , the president had hurriedly issued a decree to deploy army instead of police for riot controlling purposes ( after the weliweriya massacre) 3)yes i agree Rtd. Army General Nanda Mallawarachchi is an excellent officer and a war veteran , in fact he was the acting army commander during Gen SF’s absence (medical treatments in S’pore). if you can recall , soon after the appointment of the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order , his very first statement to the media was , ” TRAIN POLICE OFFICERS TO USE ONE BULLET TO KILL ONE PERSON” , now one can ask is this the very reason he was given the new position ,were police officers wasting bullets shooting at protestors ??? frankly ,these statements are mind boggling !isn’t protecting , safe guarding and keeping law & order of the community , the mission & vision of the police ? or is to train police officers to kill the so called protestors ? 4) Again looking at every aspect of the life in military perspective is the root cause of the problem , generally speaking all school children fall under the ages of 5 to 19 , these are the most formative, delicate and challenging times for a any child has to go through and one third of the their life spending in the school, so its not an exaggeration to call the school to be his/her 2nd home and its teachers and principles to be their 2nd parents , if a school principle to govern a school as a military base , what would be the out come ?in difficult circumstances most children desperately seek a tender and a motherly/fatherly approach from their principles in resolving their embarrassing/compromising/life threatening issues , if the principle were to behave as an army officer , what would be the out come of the poor child ? haven’t we witnessed enough heart breaking stories in this regard ? 5)yet again , why is it mandatory ? are the authorities so concern of well being of the students ? if so why don’t they utilize that colossal amount of money in more urgent matters ? or is it a convenient way to control the students ? if one looks at current uni students behaviors , its obvious the desired yields are not to be seen any where closer !! 6)is it ethically & morally right to enter in to business ventures , after all business is a competition , how would other struggling business community compete with well equipped government sponsored business entities ? by the way Noel-Jones , as a citizen of srilanka i’ve asked general questions with regards to the general security situations in SL and there is no need for me to meet DS and discuss about it , if you care to read the above article carefully , author is suggesting to have a general consensus among the public in this regard !

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                This I also noticed. Though he has been telling that to your comments, but still seem to be adding his lenghthy comments. This I found somewhat strage.

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              LANKA GOVERNMENT IS TERRORIST STATE.

              DEMOCRACY: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST / VIA CHINA NEWS OF UK

              Britain unveils gender statistics in military personnel
              Mar 24,2014
              LONDON, March 23 (Xinhua) — The total number of personnel in the British forces hit 199,620 at the beginning of this year, with the female members taking up 10.1 percent to reach 20,080, the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) has announced.

              In response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, the MoD has released the figures on the percentage of female service personnel in the country’s military services.

              The regular personnel in the British forces stood at 160,650 on Jan. 1, 2014, and 15,920 of them were female, accounting for 9.9 percent of the total.

              The non-regular and reserve personnel of the British forces totaled 38,960, of which 4,150, or 10.7 percent, were female.

              In the British Naval Service, there were 38,120 personnel, including trained and untrained regular, full time and reserve personnel, and the female proportion, which was 3,530 in number, constituted 9.3 percent of the total.

              Of the 123,690 British Army Service personnel, 11,280 were female, representing 9.1 percent of all.

              The Royal Air Force service had a total of 37,810 personnel, and 5,260 of them, or 13.9 percent of all, are women.

              British regulars are full time service personnel, including nursing services, according to the MoD.

              The non-regular and reserve personnel include Gurkhas, Military Provost Guard Service, Locally Engaged Personnel, Volunteer Reserve, Active Regular Reserve Sponsored Reserve, Mobilized Reservists and full-time Reserve Service personnel.

              Since 2010, the British government has been taking steps to cut the size of its armed forces to rein in the country’s massive defense budget deficit.

              The MoD has announced to reduce its armed forces regular personnel by 33,000, about 19 percent of the total, by 2020, while increasing the trained strength of the reserve forces by 50 percent or more to about 35,000 by 2018.

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          SinGayLish,EDDU – eating drinking defecating urinating (but not much else)

          you cant even sing the first noel because you are `turtle head`

          In China back in the late 80’s toilet paper was costlier than beer. Yeah my boy.!!
          Xi is opposite of mao his sis who escaped jail is a canadian national. Jones=Dys-Synaptogenic

          Right now china has signed a MOU with UK for the training of marines.

          When the Russian Sub sunk even the yankees did not have the Robot that UK had to rescue and putin begged of Tony to sell after the rescue was made possible in 2 days flat.British Empire strength was its Navy.

          India is the 2 best Air Force in the world- You never could have defeated the rag tag army with IAF logistics from its listening post ant Andaman- WTF is Trinco?? Gaameyata magic portugese days sappatu.

          The Cowboys are training you to die for them fighting the indians and russians – IAF will do you thunepai kuudu kattia in 3 days flat.

          Today the MOD UK stats for its forces were released to the public- SL government is terrorist land like Al-Shabaab

          Colomba Choppe (^‿◕)

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          what is not imported to the island ?

          Monks protest not identifying the real problems but because not being able to live up their radical fantasies in the name gauthama buddha while real monks stay calm and quiet as had been the case with the monks in general in this island. To support the former – the unethical pseudo men in safran sanga costumes have been suffering from a kind of inferiority complex being unable to face their thoughts and minds which many find are radical – against prevail societal norms in the country. Most of them are rare criminals like Ghanasara-GAG who is proved to have learnt nothing like to be GENTLE as the basics of a sanga life. Alone listening to his voice the way how he addressed state authorities reminded me as if I went to a bazzar crowded by thugs and street workers to any kind of evil men. If a law and order system still prevail in the country, Ghanasara should have given long term jail sessions long ago. If world bodies like UN or other NGOs closely studied the man the way he has been abusing the very nation for his own narrow agenda are unethical,abusive by all means, violent and not in any civilized human nature. Him and the like to raise their heads, governing impunity of daily order has helped a lot while the fears in general public is on a rise for their lives dramatically today, while the very same government stay mum without addressing the issue properly.

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      Your “The general rule of thumb” has always been bigotry!

      “Barking Tissranee was again wrong. The women army recruits mistreated by the army has also being staged and manufactured.”

      Obviously your bigotry has no bounds!

      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2014/03/sri-lanka-army-admits-torture-women-201432212393611436.html

      “A military spokesman said it accepted the authenticity of a video, leaked on a dissident website, that appeared to show soldiers torturing women soldiers, adding instructors had overstepped their authority for an undisclosed act of violating “military discipline”

      Yet again you dropped your foot in hastily! You seek out materials to feed your bigotry; how sad!

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        Hey Burning, you need to vist the army website for an update.

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      How can we learn lessions from the past events while the government is supported by crooks sitting in the name of protection buddhist values …
      Just becasue CBK made a voice on rise of reglious violence in the country, one should not brand her being supportive to IC, but surely please non-violent buddhist and non-buddhist fractions and in the country whoever interpret them in accordance with their agendas.

      Please read below how one another radical in JHU stammered it, this particular man will never allow others to add anything against the current regime being blind though their constitutent party has not done much to the country.

      —————

      Warnasinghe says CBK fixes Mahinda in Geneva

      0 March 25, 2014 2:05 am

      By Gihan Nicholas

      The Jathika Hela Urumaya yesterday alleged that former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s report on ‘Religious Reconciliation in Sri Lanka’ has paved the way for France to make a submission against Sri Lanka at the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Council session.

      Expressing his views, during a media briefing yesterday, Western Provincial Council Election, Colombo District candidate Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe accused the former President of having emulated Minister of Justice Rauff Hakeem. He said that the successive reports published by the duo had paved a path for inciting religious violence in Sri Lanka. “The report which was secretly handed over to the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner by Minister of Justice Rauff Hakeem has already caused irrevocable damage.

      Closely following on the heels of that report, former President Kumaratunga decided to compile another report, the contents of which say that there is no religious harmony in Sri Lanka. Being a Buddhist she in her report states that the Buddhist majority of the country led by Buddhist organisations is harassing followers of other minority faiths. When the report was handed over to Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, he too quietly accepted it. His silence says that he condones the content of the report; he did not take measures to redress it. Chandrika’s report has aided to strengthen the US sponsored resolution which has been presented against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. Former President Kumaratunga has betrayed the Buddhists of the country. She together with Rauff Hakeem are colluding against the country with Western powers,” Warnasinghe added.

      Speaking further he said that the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), led by Minister Rauff Hakeem, should express their stance with regard to radical Islamic Fundamentalists who are operating in the East and are disrupting the lives of ordinary Muslims.

      “Information has come to light that a Radical Islamic Fundamentalist group named ‘Thowheed Jamat’ is causing major hindrances to ordinary Muslims in the East. They have placed severe restrictions over the lives of Muslims in the province. The outfit is attempting enforce fundamentalist Islamic ideologies on Muslims. Why is the SLMC silent on this? They accuse the Buddhists of religious harassment, but they are silent when it comes to this issue. We demand that the SLMC immediately expresses its stance in this regard,” Warnasinghe said.

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      Our people in general are idiots.
      Pleae check it out
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C07OrQ5UvUE

      Just making efforts to draw the attention of the people, this DONKEY has made a ceremony to digging his own grave. How many of our people gather there to support him ?

      This sends a message to the entire world how easy our people can be cheated. There is no basis at all, but they just follow the other. Thirisannu by all nature.

      Now the grave is made, pull the trigger is remained… ha ha..

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    We can trully learn a lot but MR and his administration would not want to do so.
    They have Rajapakshe specific agendas to deceive the gaping nation shamelessly.

    They dont even respect others views. Anyone would see their views bit differnt are branded as emperialists, LTTE rump, NGO worker, doller greedy traitors, but pleading the same rhetorics again and again to the very same audience. This has become cinama acting role, people have no idea who is real Mahinda Rajapakshe. If his rherotic are honest and dignified, why to leave things like – away from implementing rule of law and order to the system by repassing 17Amd to the constitution. With senior profesionals higly bleieve had 17AMD been there, nothing like this much of human right violations would have heard across the country.

    I really dont know on what side now Dayan Jayathilaka is standing, but from what he has been preaching, we get it clearly, that the current adminstration could have achieved a lot, had they placed right persons in right positions.

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    Russia is going to become a non-entity on the global stage in future. Even China may be forced to down grade its backing of this former super power. Only our foreign affairs pundits will be left holding on to Putins tail.

    The economic fall out of sanctions on Russia are bound to affect Sri Lanka with rising oil and gas prices. At the same time the govt wants to arouse anti western and anti indian sentiment by playing the China card. Perhaps we are heading back to the times of Batala and Manyokka?

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      MR has to realize, that china´s interest is only based on their commercial aspects. There we the lankens are just one of many partners. Chinese in general have development projects across the globe, also in increasing numbers of countries in Africa today. To interpret it as – chinese love srilanka is a stupid thing. It is even more stupid to distance India just becuase of the narrow minded thoughts based on china. Chinese interest to the region is really high to function being stationed in the country. This the governing buruwas – donkeys are getting different way can cause the county falling even deeper. Now the current leadership has already given the feeling that we the nation cant be without chinese. That the chinese seem to be abusing. Before long, these facts will come more clearer.

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        Soma,In any country in this world acting on commercial aspects when they support another country. Only China and Japan helping sincerely to develop this country. China and Japan friendship with us grew over centuries. India is not a friend of Srilanka. India only giving aids to Tamils to satisfy TN voters and politicians. And India’s motive not to support but to ruin our economy. That’s why the latest trade pact put on hold by MR.

        Even latest Sampoor Power Plant also beneficial to India. All the provisions in that agreement in favour of India. The cost of the one unit going upto between 20-24.00 rupees. What India doing is ruining our economy. They tried hard to ruin our country first by training LTTE terrorists and now they trying to rob this country in economy wise. I don’t know why present regime still kissing the ass of India after so many atrocities,irreparable damages done against Srilankans.

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          noel-jones

          “All the provisions in that agreement in favour of India.”

          Could we sight of the agreement.

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            Native Mixed Veddha, If you refer previous news papers in SL for the past two,three months you can get the idea. Former Minister of Power and Energy also critical about this agreement in a TV debate. Because the power generate in this plant need new power lines to distribute through out the island. And it costs extra millions of dollars which even not included in the agreement.

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          but strategic points India is highly important than anyone else.

          You cant say that India did not help us etc.. knowing the facts about over 80% of them are living under poverty. It is said, all these software industry is run by just less than 5% of indian population. Unlike China, Indians are far poor to help others financially.
          I dont think that you can see it equal with Japan. Japan has been a developed nation for the ages and Chinese are just raising their head now only. Thanks should go to late MrsB to have supported in Indo-chinese disputes and that was the reason them to stay close with srilanka. Nothing else. But Chinese themselves argue with me being in Europe, that they dont want their STATE to help any poor states but to them. There are some 30% of Chinese still living under poverty line. Please check it for yourself before making every effort to paint a nice picture about chinese. Chinese in general are greedy at materials. That is it. But Japanese ties with our nation have been there from the very past on.

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            Soma, Not only China but even in USA how many poor people living. About 40% of American’s living under poverty line. And the gap is widening very sharply in USA. I did not paint a nice picture of Chinese. What I’m trying to say is India always playing double game with SL while Chinese at least giving loans,grants etc..

            India never tolerate a develop nation at her southern tip. Somehow they take action to topple the economic success in SL. This time not by war but by political and economic reasons. That’s why they going to stand with USA against us in UNHCR even when USA insult,disgrace India and their citizens. It is not only just to satisfy TN politicians but to hinder the development of SL. India must think that their Duplicity also counter-productive as usual like in the past.

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            Soma, Yes we must thank late Mrs.B. to improve close ties between Srilanka and China. You know what hardline critics at that time told Mrs.B. They said there were Chinese even Under her Bed. That’s how pro-western hard liner’s criticise her at that time. The ancestor’s of that hard liners doing the same thibg to MR now.

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          I have already lived in many countries, so I should have known this. But the poverty in china is much higher than in other developed world. China does not belong to first world either.I have watched video where some regions in china are stricken with poverty, perhaps our srilankens in rural areas live better than those chinese. What matters is the percentage of them. So these percentages are much lower to those in india but still considerable percentage of chinese are under poverty lines.

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    Jehan Perera’s mind seems to be haunted by “Goni billas”. The Americans, the EU and the Russians, all coming to “get us”.

    The problem is, no one else is scared like him, or is buying his goni billa stories.

    So he can live in his imaginary scary land, alone!

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    Narendra Modi has already said that: Why Can’t India follow the US using the Monroe doctrine from the Eighteen-Thirties? This implies a sphere of Influence around it for India.

    Sri Lanka’s modus operandi from 1948 is based on the Mahanama doctrine of the Mahavamsa mythology.

    It is worth noting the contradiction that the Sri Lanakan foreign ministry goes along with the action of Russia in Crimea while claiming sovereignty to stop foreign interference in Sri Lanka.

    This clearly shows the hypocrisy and unprincipled stand of Sri Lanka.

    This year is crucial for the contest of the two doctrines, with the most recent precedent of Crimea in place, when Modi comes to power.

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    Jehan,

    A perceptive analysis, couched in very refined language. In summary, you have said the government has been stupid. You have also failed to raise the issue of Ms. Balendran and cyclone Gopi which will also have their impact in Geneva.

    We have been taught many lessons as peoples since independence and have no need to be taught more, because we simply cannot learn. WE are stupid morons. WE are proving to the world that we as a nation need the whip to learn even our alphabets.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Why do Sri Lanka and its rulers have to undergo all these humiliations from the international community if they have been fair and reasonable to the Tamil nation within since independence?

    Now, after committing genocide of Tamils Sri Lanka tries to cover up facts and its atrocities.

    Someone committing a murder has to come up with many lies to deny it and yet usually gets caught:

    Imagine the number of lies Sri Lankan rulers have to come up with to cover up more than 145,000 innocent Tamils deliberately killed during the war.

    Sri Lanka state, if it is capable of learning anything, it has to learn to treat Tamils and others as equal citizens to Sinhalese. Will they do it? I bet, they can’t.

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      Thiru,

      You ask “Why do Sri Lanka and its rulers have to undergo all these humiliations from the international community.” I think there is a simple answer.

      While MR and gang were on a run deceiving the locals, Dayan and cohorts were deceiving MR in turn, speedily trying to establish themselves as the intellects, political and international maestros — kind of the one-eyed leading the blind.

      That is what got the country into the soup – Dayan single handedly got that done in his pursuit of nothing but a wine & dine diplomatic posting. In the last five years he has been chest-thumping about the victory that he so heroically won single handedly – a victory that frankly vanished even before he packed his bags to return home from Geneva!

      Now, that things have inevitably soured, he is on a campaign to malign all of his previous co-conspirators, hoping to pass the buck and come out clean!

      The country pays for this one-horse stupidity that took the whole carriage down the garden path right to the valley.

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    Though early to predict, it is under the circumstances, quite a balanced paper by Jehan. Rajapaksa has indeed the biggest cabinet in the world if not in the Commonwealth intended to placate people, now come to haunt him. More than half do not have a clue to what is happening and many are interested in pursuing their criminal and financial interests. There is absolutely no collective responsibility. One is not quite certain whether the two LTTE cadre are mere illusions introduced into the picture to discredit the Diaspora, as an excuse to get at Jeyakumari and to have Ruki Fernado and Fr. Praveeen Mahesan arrested for human rights activists are an anathema to the Rajapaksa Regime. Bensen

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    Learning from Geneva mistakes ? They never do things correctly in the first place and they don’t want to learn anything either. Because they KNOW everything. They will continue to do blunders as usual until they are gone. No one can correct them or they will not listen to anyone. One cannot stop anyone who has determined to destroy himself, and in our case, the country.

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    Dear CT Editors ,

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    Jehan, Now you want MR to give in to UNHCR unjustified resolution and to invite international investigators to come here and start their investigation? Does so called IC [including USA,UK,EU AND Norway,] represent the world opinion? NO. You, UNHCR Navi Nazi Pillai and the above countries wants us to believe it. Because they are rich countries and they can buy and influence countries and even world bodies like UNHCR. Just because You AND the INGO’S funding you, belivev it[ because otherwise you cannot survive] don’t preach us to believe it.

    MR very clearly said recently,”.. I’m working according to the opinion of Srilankans and not by the opinion of IC”.

    And so called IC countries above can do nothing even if Russia invade Ukraine. The only thing they can do is impose economic sanctions which is counter-productive. Ukraine and the neighbouring countries cannot survive without Russia’s natural gasses. And their economies mostly depend on Russia. So impose sanctions against Russia mean these countries suffer heavily. Do you think EU already burden with their own member countries bankrupt economies vouch to help Ukraine.

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    The main reasons of the arrests are simple and straightforward. (1) For internal (Tamil)civilians and HR Activists – Intimidation & Suppression. – Do not support the resolution, Do not protest against government. (2) TO External legal bodies and International Laws implementers – Explicit warning – You can pass any resolution you want, but it will not be easy to get information from this country’s witnesses. Going beyond these and viewing them as there is some strategy, is only very light relevance.

    Basically, neither in Sri Lanka nor in Geneva anybody accepted that to contain the re-emerging LTTE, arresting Jayakkumari and Vipushika’s Balendrans will help. If government has been using it as a strategy, during the planning phase, there would have been an evaluation of the possibility of the success of it and that might have been abandoned in time. As somewhere else some other writers have pointed out, the government and and LTTE do have the confidence of those in Geneva. This should have been the finding of the GOSL strategist too, as this is overtly proclaimed in the resolution itself(or resolution is coming in because in Geneva people are not ready to believe the GOSL or LTTE. In that condition GOSL cannot arrest one more person and deter the passage of the resolution). So, arresting Balendran to show containing the re-emergence of LTTE cannot be included as a strategy here. Even if a long debate put forward to prove it, that prove will not be any use because the removal of army from North is not pressed in this resolution. The OHCHRC inquiry is the one of any serious threat to Royal family. Then, why would somebody want to come out with an strategy that jeopardize the security of the Royal family at the expense of holding the army in the North. Isn’t it the other way the strategy that should be used here should have been conceived?

    Ruki Fernando and Fr. Praveen was arrested by the consequence of the Balendras’ arrest. The terrorist tie for them with LTTE was an obvious lie and they were released by the international pressure. Here, there was no strategy but a big blunt, goofing by the Royals ended in a shameful retreat.

    Russian situation is an open dilemma situation. Here one has to take a decision of what side to support. Everybody knows that Crimea is Russia’s land, but they cannot annoy or intimidate Western countries by re annexing with military might, they should have took enough time to have negotiated with Ukraine, as India settled the Kachchativu problem with Sri Lanka. As Royal Family have no principles, they have to oppose that too. GLP has no way of knowing that. He felt Russia is important to prevent the resolution from going to the Security Council. India- Eelam connection is only imaginary and irrelevant here. There is no parallel here with Russia and Crimea. But GLP took the beating. GLP took he beating after he released a joint statement with Krishna in New Delhi. He took the beating on the 2012 resolution. He is taking the beating now. Royal has the authority to beat the slave GLP. GLP has to take it. I do not think the Royal family’s irrational things can be called in manner as strategy or on the have put a political analysis and given a explanation. It just look like giving highly intelligent explanation for a dump, barbaric act.

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