18 September, 2021

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Major Powers Assisted Sri Lanka In Its Crackdown On Dissidents

Assistance lent by several major powers to the Rajapaksa regime as well as previous Sri Lankan governments to continue the brutal crackdown on dissenting elements including the Tamils, have been summed up in an article published in today’s Guardian website.

A Sri Lankan Tamil woman holds a portrait of a missing relativeIn the piece titled ‘When it comes to persecution, we’ve given Sri Lanka plenty of help’, its writer Antony Loewenstein has listed out specific details where assistance had been provided mainly by Australia and Britain in the forms of training and sharing intelligence with the Sri Lankan military and Police, despite mounting allegations of human rights abuses in the country.

Loewenstein alleges the Australian Federal Police (AFP) that works closely with its Sri Lankan counterparts providing training, intelligence, vehicles and surveillance equipment, of having being present during Sri Lankan police beatings and interrogations of returned asylum seekers.

Meanwhile, he has quoted a recent report by British researcher and journalist Phil Miller of London-based Corporate Watch who has exposed details of how brutal tactics utilized in Northern Ireland were brought to Sri Lanka during the conflict period to be used against dissidents and Tamils.

Despite Britain’s present calls to bring justice to those who have been subjected to violations of human rights and international humanitarian law during the final phase of the conflict in Sri Lanka, Loewenstein has quoted parts of Miller’s report that has uncovered new evidence on how the British had been working closely with Colombo to eradicate the Tamil Tigers from early 1980s onwards.

The article states that although London has denied any official involvement in training Sri Lankan ‘para-military [forces] for counter-insurgency operations’ over the years, Britain has continued to provide assistance to aid in the Sri Lankan government’s crackdown against dissidents as they saw a unique opportunity to maintain influence with Colombo owing to its pivotal geographic positioning.

The piece points out the British assistance had ranged from training a generation of Sri Lankan officers through establishing a military academy in Sri Lanka in 1997 and thereafter supplying a range of weapons to the military and assisting Sri Lankan intelligence agencies, to the most recent of such aid lent in 2009 to assist in the growth of the Sri Lankan Police Department.

Furthermore in his piece Loewenstein has accused Russia, China, Israel as well as America of selling military hardware to Colombo both before and after 2009, quoting Wikileaks cables as evidence of the US government recognising Sri Lankan military’s role in atrocities during the civil war.

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    So what’s new about this – simply restating very well known facts.

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      Australia is sort of being blackmailed by Jarapassa.
      Jarapasse will keep on sending boats to Australia and refuse to take them back if Australia wont dance to Jarapasse tune.

      Jarapasse twisted NewZealand arms by refusing to import NewZealand milk powder.

      Jarapasse can do medulmulane thuggery to some of these countries.

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      Joke of the day (year)

      “MR names foreign experts for probe”

      http://colombogazette.com/2014/07/17/mr-names-foreign-experts-for-probe/

      first it was LLRC to match PoE and now this latest drama to hide under UNHRC war crime investigation.

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        srilal,
        Did you read and understand the article? For what was these “foreign experts” named? To probe what?

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          “Did you read and understand the article? For what was these “foreign experts” named? To probe what? “

          nop , i didn’t understand the article , neither i’ve a clue as to what is going on , just wasting my time by posting useless comments , here ! hope my answer satisfied your wisdom !

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    Australia is a nation built by CRIMINALS, what else can we expect?

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      Lankan

      “Australia is a nation built by CRIMINALS, what else can we expect?”

      Of course the British Criminals built Australia whereas the criminals of this island continue to ruin this island starting with those Kallthoni Vijaya and his thugs.

      The only difference is Australians have improved their quality of life in the past 220 years whereas the descendants of Criminal Vijaya keep ruining this island.

      The Criminal Lankies have one or two things to learn from the British Criminals.

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    See the photo of a dead Suicide bomber

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      JimSoftly:

      Well, if you like, you can hold the photo of Premadasa. After all, information is in the public domain that he (Premadasa) fed the LTTE with money and guns. Is it laughable or ironical?

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    Sri Lanka should be encouraging more loons like Lowenstein to come out of the woodwork – what better way to discredit the Tamil terrorist ’cause’ than to get nutjobs like him backing it :D

    By the way has Lowenstein thambi found himself another Tamil thangachie? It looked like he forgot all about Sri Lanka and crawled back under his rock after the last one dumped him :D

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