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“LLRC Plus” Is Only Viable Option To Overcome Mounting International Pressure

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

The government has been trying to convince itself and the general population that its position will prevail at the forthcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.  Some of this requires a stretch of the imagination and is meant to give temporary comfort.  The state media gave wide publicity to a purported decision of the Australian government not to back an independent international investigation into alleged war crimes during the Sri Lankan civil war. However Australia is not a member of the UNHRC this year, and is therefore not entitled to vote.  A reading of the text of the Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s statement conveys a different message.  She chose her words carefully to say that “Any future formal investigation would need to be agreed by the international community and would be a matter for relevant bodies at the time.”

The government has also been emphasizing the importance of the role of China and Russia in swaying the outcome of the UNHRC deliberations on Sri Lanka.  However, whether these two countries can really determine the outcome in favour of Sri Lanka is doubtful.  The vote in Geneva last year went against the Sri Lankan government by 25 to 13 with 8 abstentions.    On this occasion, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada have made it clear they are committed to a resolution that goes beyond the one that was ratified last year.  The question is whether the Sri Lankan government can convince the countries in the middle.  In attempting to win over these uncommitted countries the government is relying heavily on its implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, which was one of the two main requirements of last year’s resolution.

The government has asserted that 85 percent of the LLRC recommendations have been implemented or in the process of being implemented.  Even if the government is able to be convincing on this score, the second requirement of last year’s resolution remains unfulfilled.  This was to commence a credible and independent investigation into the allegations of serious human rights violations and war crimes that took place in the last phase of the war.  The LLRC which is what the government sought to put forward as its alternative to such an investigation, was not mandated to investigate war crimes.  It was not provided with the machinery for such an investigation.  Therefore it did not do its own investigations, but recommended that several incidents should be investigated.

Growing Pressure

In the absence of any initiative on the part of the government to investigate the allegations of war crimes though a credible and independent domestic mechanism, the demand for an international investigation grows.  The issue of war crimes committed in the closing stages of Sri Lanka’s war has been discussed internationally for the past five years.  Even before the war ended there were concerns expressed internationally about civilian casualties.  This is what prompted visits to Sri Lanka by many international leaders in the closing stages of the war in early 2009, including the Foreign Ministers of India, the United Kingdom and France.   The end phase of the war, which occurred shortly after the election of President Barack Obama in the United States, also became a test case for the new foreign policy direction of the new President.

One of President Obama’s key election pledges was that he would restore the moral standing of the United States in world affairs.  During the previous decade the moral standing of the United States, and its commitment to global human rights, had been undermined by some of the actions of his predecessor, President George Bush.  The active role of the United States in taking up the cause of international human rights in Sri Lanka is at least in part due to this background.  Today, the United States is playing the lead role in calling for a credible investigation into the allegations of human rights violations and war crimes.  It is leading the group of countries that seek to pass a resolution in the UN Human Rights Council that will compel the Sri Lankan government to investigate the past.

The decisive turning point for the Sri Lankan government was its failure to follow through on the resolution of the UN Human Rights Council in 2009.  This was an occasion, a high point in the diplomatic success of Sri Lanka, where the government turned the tables on the Western countries and appealed to the majority of third world and other uncommitted countries to give it a chance to prove itself.  In particular, the government promised to move forward without delay in healing the wounds of war in the country, specifically resettling the displaced persons and in finding a political solution to the ethnic conflict.  The implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution which established devolved provincial governments stood at the centre of this promise.  The majority of countries in the UNHRC at that time were prepared to give Sri Lanka the time and space it wanted.

The failure of the government to convince the international community that it had indeed made progress on the UNHRC resolution of 2009 is the second reason for today’s dire situation, and has led to the matter not getting off the agenda of the UN system.  In both 2012 and 2013 the UNHRC resolutions grew stronger and more adverse to the government.  Once a matter gets on the agenda of a meeting, it will come up again and again until it is dealt with to the satisfaction of the group that is meeting.  The same holds true for the UNHRC.  As a result the Sri Lankan government is left with no choice but to deal with the issue of an independent and credible investigation, as it will not go away on its own.   The government’s position has got further weakened by the resolutions passed by the Northern Provincial Council that call for international investigation into the war crimes that took place in the last phase of the war.

Proactive Approach

The Northern Provincial Council, which was recently elected in September 2013, represents the people who were caught up in the last phase of the war.  Therefore, its position would have a considerable impact in strengthening the call for an international probe.  The issue is not so much about how well the government has been caring for these war-affected people and engaging in political reform, which is what the LLRC is mostly about.  The issue is whether war crimes took place or not, and whether the government has carried out an independent and credible investigation into them.  So far the government has only ordered investigations by military tribunals which, after their investigations, have exonerated the military on all counts and blamed the LTTE for war crimes, which would certainly be the case.  But the international community is not in agreement that such investigations meet the desired standards of independence and credibility.

On the other hand, no government of any country would like foreigners to judge how they fought a war.  The practice over the centuries and globally is to judge the losers and never the winners.  In particular, the punishment of those who won a war that hardly anyone thought was winnable is anathema to the Sri Lankan government.  The government’s opposition to an international investigation is based on its apprehension that the findings will be used to punish those who fought the war against the LTTE at the risk of their lives.  But today the international demand for an independent investigation has grown too powerful to resist.  This international demand has now been supplemented by the demand from within the country, most notably from the Northern Provincial Council.  In these circumstances it is best for the government to be proactive about a credible and independent investigation.

In these circumstances, the best option is a Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the lines of the one that South African used.  It called for the full truth to be known, not with the motive of punishing wrongdoers, but with the motive of promoting healing and reconciliation. The South African government has expressed its readiness to assist in this regard, but only if some important conditions are met.  If is to be a domestic mechanism it is essential that the TNA should also agree to the mechanism, and be a part of it and formulate its mandate. The second condition is that the TRC should be part of a larger process of change envisaged by the LLRC report in which there will be a political solution to the ethnic conflict and the establishment of independent institutions, including a police and judiciary which the Tamil people, and indeed the population at large, can trust.  Such a “LLRC Plus” is the way forward, in which the government, TNA and international community can work together as partners.  This is the only viable option open to Sri Lanka.

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    “The government has asserted that 85 percent of the LLRC recommendations have been implemented or in the process of being implemented. ” – Can any one tell us how did the govt arrive at this figure 85%?

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      LLRC Plus – What does it mean? Is it LLRC + 0.01% ?

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        LLRC + a shaft to Tamils!

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          and white vans to any who dares to tell the truth.

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        Dear Jehan Please do not be so naive. TRC will be another time wasting exercise as Kishali Pinot J has shown.
        Meanwhile, Rajapaksa’s chaos specialist, Lalith Weeratunge, who promised CHAOS if anyone seeks accountability from the regime, will do everything in his power with Gota the Goon and DEEP STATE Operator to unleash CHAOS which is a CODE WORD FOR INTER-RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE.

        CHAOS = INTER RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE and is Jarapassa’s only EXIT STRATEGY FROM POWER. This is why post-war Sri Lanka has been so HIGHLY MILITARIZED.

        DISTRACT, DIVIDE AND RULE is the Rajapaksa regime’s Motto – let there be no mistake. Sri Lanka will be turned into Assad’s Syria before Rajapakse brothers, sons and cronies give up power. DIVIDE, DISTRACT and RULE as a Jarapassa regime policy for crowd control is already in place, instituted by Gota who has been patronizing and running the BALU SENA and RAVAYA Balya to attack Muslims, Christians and Tamil minorities. Sri Lanka is well on the way to be a ROGUE STATE led by Jarapassa and intelligent people need to find the quickest way to get rid of the regime and steer a course to genuine peace and reconciliation.

        Today India will not give Sri Lankans visas on arrival because Sri Lanka’s ROUGE REGIME is flirting with the Paki Military and ISI which exports terrorism all over the world..

        In the context, YOU JEHAN with Lankan civil society, academics and NGOs and opposition parties need to launch a massive (VOTER) EDUCATION campaign to prevent Lanka turning further into a Rougue State under Mahinda Rajapaksa– much like Zimbabwe under Mugabe is.

        Today Sinhala politics is CORRUPT TO THE CORE and the UNP opposition is DEAD. And Ranil Wickramasinghe the shameless UNP dictators bares MOST responsibility for the rot in POLITICAL CULTURE along with the Moron Sajith. Civil society and academics must hence fill the void. The RACIST national education system currently run by CORRUPT clowns like Bandualla Gunawardena and S. B . Dissanayake has failed in over 60 year of independence to educate the Sinhala public as to what democracy and the rule of law, need for separation of powers etc. is. The majority Sinhala public think that feudalism, cronyism, Sinhala Buddhist majoritarian racism and Jarapassa-style family business MONEY POLITICS with the elections circus is democracy. Sinhalay villages need to be taught the meaning of real democracy and to vote for honest, educated, and accountable people into office. It is because of the lack of voter education that Sinhala politics is CORRUPT TO THE CORE – both within the UNP and SLFP and only corrupt and violent fools end up in the parliament.. THERE are NO short cuts to democracy and TRC will be another wast of time. The only way is to EDUCATE the Sinhala masses on the meaning of the SPIRIT, SUBSTANCE and PRACTICE of Democracy.

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          Dear Don Stanely,

          What made possible the “Distract – Divide and Rule – Inter Religious Violence – Chaos – Corrupt and Money Politics” tactics and strategy of the “Rajapakse’s Regime” ?

          Is it the ‘Lack of knowledge on DEMOCRACY” as you tried to induce?

          No Don Stanely!

          It is the deep rooted false and imaginary Doctrine of the Sinhala nation: ‘ĀRYAN’ – SIŇHALA – SIŇHALESE – ‘THĒRAVĀDA’ BUDDHISM – LAŇKĀ Doctrine with one – to – one correspondence and the military victory with all sorts of logistic support and assistance of the International Community that crushed the armed struggle of the Tamils for their Right that made it possible for the “Rajapakse Regime” to formulate and successfully utilize the “Distract – Divide and Rule – Inter Religious Violence – Chaos – Corrupt and Money Politics” tactics and strategy!

          Please read my comments published below at 4.18 pm (But the comments you wrote at 4.57 pm is being published at the beginning of the column)!

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      13+++ -> During the Fourth Eelam War, in order to ensure India’s support to the on going military operations, Mahinda Rajapaksa used to assure New Delhi that his government would sincerely and expeditiously implement the 13th amendment, once the war was won. On few occasions he remarked that Colombo will go even beyond the 13th amendment.

      Where are we on 13th amendment?

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        Don’t criticize him, he has reached the 18th already. More to come I’m sure.

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        If the elected body of NPC cannot exercise its power, can anyone even think of reconciliation? Ooops, it has the power to pass resolutions and they’re exercising it duly.

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      Can anyone give a list of the recommendations listes or a link to a website that does.

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    Jehan Perera, Do you honestly think that there can be a TRC with the legal Chief Justice impeached and an imposter in her place and the Judicial system of Sri Lanka in ruins because of politicization by the Rajapaksa regime?

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    “In these circumstances, the best option is a Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the lines of the one that South African used”

    Says our friend Jehan:

    Can liars and practitioners of deception be entrusted with the truth? NPC has already said that they don’t trust any internal investigations, would they trust a TRC? I would say no. It is a matter of weeks before Geneva, why why should they?

    Let the truth come out first, then justice and reconciliation will follow!

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      TRC will do disservice to the citizens:

      First they mass-murdered tens of thousands of Sinhala youth in two waves; the perpetrators – political and military leaders got Scott free.

      They conducted pogroms against Tamils with impunity. Now through a TRC if they get away with mass murder of 147,000 innocent Tamil men, women and children including infants, next time it might be mass-murder of Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims. Already hatred is whipped up against Muslims and Christians.

      Sri Lanka state is lawless, at any time the powder keg may explode and the state may aid and abet it, as seen in recent attacks on mosques and churches.

      Therefore, this impunity against mass murders, pogroms, mass rapes, and mass destruction of minority property must be stopped.

      Therefore TRC is not a wise proposition.

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        Why are the Sinhalese agitated, after ill-treating Tamils for 66 years, and are trying aggressively to destroy Eelam and Tamils?

        It’s the reverting of Eelam back to its original sovereignty that existed before Britain annexed it to 2 adjoining Sinhala states in 1832 for administrative convenience to form Ceylon that is needed.

        Sinhalese have proved time and time again that they can’t live peacefully with Tamils, or Muslims either. Recollect anti-Tamil and anti-Muslim riots.

        Gracefully let them go in a civilized manner like what the Czechs and Slovaks did! Would you? I doubt it.

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    Govt lacks the credibility and ability to carry out any genuine process. LLRC was a mere exercise to fool the international community. Now it wants a TRC. Mainly it is BRC, Boru Reconcilliation Commission. Generally wake up call around February in time for breakfast at Geneva.

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    Truth and Reconciliation performance is the party like of the Jehan-Nimalka-Vasu NGO party line for more international joy rides…

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    “Obama pledged to restore the moral standing of the United in World Affairs ” says our leading activist Dr Jehan Perera to force our inhabitants to agree to hand over the Srilankan Soldiers to Cameron , Harper and Pillai Troika to face war crime trials….

    Wonder whether,killing innocent Mums and their kiddies using drone attacks come under this Moral standing?.

    Or is it just collateral damage?.

    And Is such damage exempt from the US Moral Standard because they were targeting terrorists…

    Although these mums and kids were not even standing or sitting as human shields protecting the terrorists to prevent US armed forces who are coming on foot to get them.

    Mind boggling …

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    What we need is to build TRUST in our internal and external relationships and affairs. To build trust we have to be HONEST. To be honest we have have SPiRITUAl. / MORAL strength .

    These are the only pluses we need to turn the tide. Unfortunately, these pluses are the least we care about.

    LLRC plus, will go the same way as the 13th amendment plus and many other dead ropes that were put forward before. If the new dead rope- a Truth & Reconcilation a Commission (TRC) – is accepted as solution to buy time this year, we have to propose a TRC +, ++, +++ and so on every succeeding year ad infinatum!

    Please call a spade a spade to at least force a reality check on our government and us- the people.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      What we need is to build TRUST in our internal and external relationships and affairs. To build trust we have to be HONEST. To be honest we have have SPiRITUAl. / MORAL strength .

      WHAT A JOKE.

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    Correction: to be Honest we have to have—-

    Dr.RN

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    I really don’t think any of you really understand what is about to unfold in the Indian Ocean. This is going to get ugly beyond your prediction. But the real losers are Sri Lankans. Remember, India felt threatened, and created the LTTE when J R went behind the US. Ultimately, Sri Lankans paid for it with the THIRTY years of war and losing more than 100,000 people. Now Mahinda Rajapaksa is going behind China and pushing India towards the West. India does not have a choice; it must go with the West. The West knows that Asia is getting bigger and powerful, and the West will do everything to break Asia. If the Chinese communist party really understands the West’s power and knowledge it would not go against India or Japan. Even if China, India and Japan joint together still they can’t defeat the West, because the West is so powerful. How in this earth the Chinese communist party is going to fight against the West, India and Japan?

    The Chinese communist party’s action is similar to the Japan emperor’s action who decided to attack the pearl harbour without knowing the implications of his action. Eventually, the US dropped two atomic bombs and made them to surrender unconditionally. The Japan emperor made his people, Chinese, Koreans and other Asians to suffer. Likewise, the Chinese communist party will make others to suffer in Asia. The Chinese people who have been working hard to make the Chinese communist party rich will end up in nothing, because of the Chinese communist party’s foolish actions. The Chinese communist regime and the Rajapaksa fools are playing a foolish game in the Indian Ocean. They will betray their people and undermine Asia. The ultimate losers are Sri Lankans, and other Asians, but the winners are the Westerners.

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      Antony Peter,
      Do you really believe it was India that created the LTTE? may be the other organizations, but not LTTE. If it was the Indians who created the LTTE why would JR allow July83 to take place.
      LTTE was a CIA creation that was badly in need of man power. LTTE was just a 15/20 strong bicycle gang before 83 and JR’s 83 provided VP with his full wish list, Manpower, a diaspora to provide money and weapons and international recognition as freedom fighters.
      What did JRJ get out of that except wrath of a lot of people including some of his own.
      Why would he have done such a stupid thing? unless of course, he was forced by his masters.
      JP is just looking for other ways to buy his bread now that Geneva is nearing its end. TRC is a still born as it has already been rejected by the NPC/diaspora since that too will put the issue to rest and no Eelam.

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        NAK

        LTTE was the product of Sinhala only Buddhist state. When LTTE was founded VP was unknown and didn’t even wore underpants.

        Hindians made use of him to completely destabilize this island as you know Yankee Dick JR asked for it.

        Hindians bought him underpants, provided training, arms,funds and above all propaganda.

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      UNP, SLFP & their supporters created LTTE.

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      What nonsense this Antany is talking about! Truth is, India tilted towards the US long before MR came to power in 2005. There was no Chinese project in Sri Lanka when India started tilting its foreign policy towards the the US. Rajapaksa came to power in 2005. All these Chinese projects in Sri Lanka had started long after that. So how could Rajapakse going behind Chinese would have pushed ‘India towards the west’? India changed its non-aligned policy has nothing to do with Rajapakse. Current Chinese projects have nothing to do with Indian foreign policy. Indeed Chinese helping to build harbours and many infrastructural projects in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar and in other countries is a long term Chinese policy prospective.

      This man Antany and the likes of neo colonial backers are forgetting that China today is the second largest economy and fast becoming largest economy. Neither the US nor its neo colonialist gang and their bombs can put a stop to that. If they cannot win the war in Afghanistan do we need to talk about the use of its fire power.

      Hindians live in the fear of a Chinese boggy. So, fools do not see that the aim of the neo colonialist gang is to balkanise India just the way they did to USSR. Future world has two camps: China, the largest economy to be and the largest and the naturally richest country in the world, Russia will be in one camp. And the those who wage wars to rob oil etc in resource rich countries on various pretext in the other. The former tries to win friends by helping poor countries while the latter tries to win friends by exporting Arab spring like instability and mayhem. Fortunately majority Sri Lankans by far do not fall into tricks by the neo colonialist gang.

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    LLRC+;LLRC-;Soth African T&C etc etc.

    This is all an eye wash to fool the IC and to buy time to wipe out the Tamils.

    Weerantunge says they need another 10 years, but Govt says we have implemented 85%.

    All contradictory bull shit

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    Dear Jehan Perera,

    Did you go through the LLRC Report?

    I am sure that you have not!

    Para-8.150 of the LLRC Report says:

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

    Here the Report says:

    “The Commission takes the view that the root cause of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka lies in the failure of successive Governments to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people.”

    This shows that the method of analysis of the Commission is illogical and unscientific!

    To find the ROOT CAUSE of the ethnic conflict in Lanka, the Commission should have raised the question: What caused the successive Governments of Sri Lanka to cause genuine grievances to the Tamil people!

    Answer to this question gives the ROOT CAUSE of the ethnic conflict in Lanka!

    Jehan!

    My scientific study has made me to come to the conclusion that ‘the ROOT CAUSE’ of all the problems that we have been facing in our country is the SINHALA THERAVADA BUDDHIST NATIONALISM based on the imaginary and false doctrine of the Siňhala nation, the ‘ĀRYAN’ – SIŇHALA – SIŇHALESE – ‘THĒRAVĀDA’ BUDDHISM – LAŇKĀ Doctrine with one – to – one correspondence and the successive governments of Srī Laňkā dominated by the Siňhala Buddhists formulating their policies based on this imaginary and false doctrine and unilaterally implementing them.

    Thus,

    1. as long as the Siňhala nation adheres to its imaginary and false doctrine, the country would belong only to the Siňhala ‘Thēravāda’ Buddhists, and Siňhala language and ‘‘Thēravāda’ Buddhism only could be given the foremost place in the country. Thus, citizens other than the Siňhala ‘Thēravāda’ Buddhist claiming right to the country or a particular region will not be acceptable;

    2. as long as the Siňhala nation adheres to its imaginary and false doctrine, the citizens other than the Siňhala ‘Thēravāda’ Buddhists will continue to remain as second class citizens and they have to be content with the rights and concessions given to them by the Siňhala Thēravāda Buddhists;

    3.as long as the Siňhala nation adheres to its imaginary and false doctrine, country could remain as a Unitary State only and genuine power sharing would not be possible. Thus, creation of Federal States neither be tolerated nor even be accepted;

    4.as long as the Siňhala nation adheres to its imaginary and false doctrine, the country could not be made a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious, multi-cultural country;

    5. as long as the Siňhala nation adheres to its imaginary and false doctrine, Democratic rights would be entirely enjoyed by the Siňhala ‘Thēravāda’ Buddhists. But, in the long run, even the ordinary Siňhala people would lose their democratic rights.

    THESE WOULD ULTIMATELY CAUSE THE TOTAL DENIAL OF DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS, VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, ARBITRARY ARRESTS AND EXTRA JUDICIAL KILLINGS, VIOLENCE, WAR, ‘TERRORISM,’ BRIBERY, CORRUPTION, MALPRACTICES, DETERIORATION OF ECONOMY, ACCUMULATION OF WEALTH AT THE HANDS OF SMALL GROUP OF POLITICALLY INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE, POVERTY, MALNUTRITION, SOCIAL PROBLEMS, SUICIDES AND ‘DUKKA’ IN A COUNTRY WHERE MULTI-ETHNIC, MULTI-LINGUAL, MULTI-RELIGIOUS, MULTI-CULTURAL SOCIETIES LIVE.

    Thus, formulation and implementation of major policies, enactment of laws and all the direct and indirect ‘actions’ of the Governments before the war and during and after the war would have been actually based on the ‘ĀRYAN’ – SIŇHALA – SIŇHALESE – ‘THĒRAVĀDA’ BUDDHISM – LAŇKĀ Doctrine with one – to – one correspondence.

    By keeping low the knowledge and analyzing power of the majority of the people through the educational system and media manipulation, the governments could justify their policies and actions.

    The LLRC failed to identify correctly the ROOT CAUSE of the ethnic conflict in Lanka.

    This may be because of their Ignorance or unwillingness in analyzing something scientifically!

    Under these conditions, do you think that the Recommendations of the LLRC will eradicate the ROOT CAUSE of the ethnic conflict in Lanka?

    On the other hand, appointing a new Commission with the similar people under the new name “Truth and Reconciliation” will solve the ethnic problem?

    So, What do you mean by “LLRC Plus” and what is its real purpose?

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      What ever scientific methods you apply Sinhala Buddhist will come to the fore in Sri Lanka as will Hindu’s in India and Nepal, Muslims in Pakistan and other Islamic countries, Jews in Israel and Christians in the west.
      That is the nature of this world and no law can change that. That is because they are the majority of these countries and until and unless that remains unchanged the status quo will remain the same.
      The more you try to fight it rather than learn to cohabit it life will be miserable for you and may be for them too.

      Now, why,among all the troubles around the world, that Tamil’s so called problems have taken the foremost place? Aren’t there more important issues that demand attention.
      Soon the west will find out that Tamil issue is not good enough to tame Sri Lanka and look for another issue, the moment they find that,they will dump the Tamil issue like a hot potato, because for them, taming Sri Lanka is the important and not any human rights or war crimes issues.
      Why? Take a look at the world map. From south China sea to Gibraltar all the countries that line shipping lane are either under the thumb of the west or are in deep strife. Only Sri Lanka is not on either category. Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria tried to achieve that look what happened to them. Sri Lanka and perhaps Maldives too, since they disowned the US military pact, are in danger of US led intervention in one form or another.

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    LLRC and whatever offspring it produces is useless as it was a commission created by GOSL , so it will never take GOSL to task.
    What is needed a completely independent international investigation and intervention in SL.

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    THE GOVERNMENT OF SRI-LANKA AND THE PRESIDENT IS ONLY WORRIED ABOUT NEXT ELECTION AND HOLDING ON TO POWER.BY ANY MEANS AND ROUSING HATED AGAINT AMERICA AND UK HE WILL SOME HOW WILL WIN THE ELECTION AND DISOLVE NORTHERN PC AND FACE THE NEXT PRESIDENTAL ELECTION ON COMMUNAL GROUND.ORDINRY SINGALA MASSES NEVER GET A GHANCE TO READ PEOPLE LIKE GEHAN.LORD BUDDA MUST BE RE-BORNE IN SRI-LANKA TO GETOUT THIS MESS-JAYAWEWA

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    “The majority Sinhala public think that feudalism, cronyism, Sinhala Buddhist majoritarian racism and Jarapassa-style family business MONEY POLITICS with the elections circus is democracy. Sinhala villages need to be taught the meaning of real democracy and to vote for honest, educated, and accountable people into office. It is because of the lack of voter education that Sinhala politics is CORRUPT TO THE CORE – both within the UNP and SLFP and only corrupt and violent fools end up in the parliament.. ” reads Don Stanley^s comments –

    The most convenient remedy is to upset the media-hold the Regime has over its Sinhala Voters!

    Will a “gang” of intellectuals, for once gather to Translate the various writings/essays appearing in English Web pages relating to SL into Sinhala, even as a past-time, photocopying them/stapling them into
    weekly pamphlets and distributing it via a net-work of political-cells.
    If this is done before 25th March, one WILL see a dramatic change for
    the better. The UNP to whom such a suggestion was made an year ago
    thinks it is better off being in an opposition-mode and continue enjoying its perks!

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    Mr Perera,
    Truth and reconciliation was good for South Africa because, then, there were no video cameras filming every incidents. So South Africans could only move ahead without the issue of war crimes. The question of war crimes would have dragged them back. In SL’s case, proper investigation of war crimes can ACCELERATE reconciliation.

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    You good for nothing NGO, we just waited untill you said so.

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    Unless there is Witness Protection,there can never be any credible investigation. Noone will come forward to tell what they know,without fear.
    But,legislation to enable this is being postponed each year.
    This is the government’s trump card to prevent evidence at any ‘credible’ investigation as demanded by the international community.

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    Jehan at least you are trying to be honest and tell the truth, unlike our Dr Dayan J, who spins stories. Keep up the good work.

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    No one listens to this person!

    I’m not surprised. He is divorced from reality.

    Scrap LLRC, scrap 13 amendment, that is the solution.

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    The government NEEDS to put these recommendations to the people for approval. A referendum is essential.

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    “My scientific study has made me to come to the conclusion that ‘the ROOT CAUSE’ of all the problems that we have been facing in our country is the TAMIL NATIONALISM based on the imaginary and false doctrine of the Eelam nation, the Dravidian – Hindu – Eelam – ‘Naga – Yaksha Doctrine and homeland mania with one – to – one correspondence and the successive Tamil parties in the North dominated by the Chauvinists formulating their policies based on this imaginary nation and false doctrine and unilaterally implementing them.”

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      Dear ira

      Para-8.150 of the LLRC Report says:

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

      Para-8.163 of the LLRC Report says:

      “The decisive rift in the inter-ethnic relationship came first with the riots of 1958, then in1977, and culminating in what is known as ‘Black July’ of 1983, and the heinous failure of the then Government to provide adequate protection to Tamil citizens. The problems pertaining to the Tamil Community and their grievances cannot be fully addressed without a fuller understanding of this culture of violence that marred the relationship between the Sinhala and Tamil communities.”

      Para – 28 0f the UN Panel Report:

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

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    If a TRC is to be constituted on the basis of no punishment and no reconciliation, the Tamils will never ever agree for same. On the other hand if the government proves by the measures it takes that it is genuine about reconciliation, Tamils may consider the no punishment option. But with the continuing land grab, disappearances, continuing overwhelming presence of the military, the military interventions in all civil affairs, is there even a shadow of reconciliation?

    Sengodan. M

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    This is best comedy article in CT.

    There were similar articles in Sri Lankan newspapers some long time ago by a guy called CHANDRA ANAGIRATHNE.

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    13th amendment is the major problem.

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