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No Proven Allegations Against Individuals On War Crimes – Sri Lanka Respond To HR Chief: Full Text Of Foreign Minister’s Speech

Agenda Item 2 General Debate: Presentation of the written update on the implementation of HRC Resolution 30/1 by the High Commissioner for Human Rights pursuant to HRC resolution 40/1, OHCHR Report on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ (A/HRC/43/19)

27 February 2020

Statement by Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Foreign Relations, Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations of Sri Lanka

Madam President, 

Madam High Commissioner,

Members of the HRC and Delegates to the 43rd Session of HRC,

Ladies and gentlemen,

As this Council deliberates on the written update presented by the High Commissioner on progress regarding the implementation of HRC Resolution 30/1, I wish to reiterate that Sri Lanka remains committed to engaging with the High Commissioner and her Office in achieving sustainable development, peace and reconciliation, within the national framework overwhelmingly approved by the people of Sri Lanka during the Presidential Election last November, where President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected with an overwhelming majority. 

Yesterday, the Government of Sri Lanka, at the High Level Segment made clear it’s position with regard to HRC Resolution 30/1, particularly, its decision to withdraw from co-sponsorship of Resolution 40/1 of March 2019, which also incorporates and builds on preceding Resolutions 30/1 of October 2015 and 34/1 of March 2017.

Notwithstanding withdrawing from co-sponsorship of this Resolution, we emphasised our commitment to achieving accountability and human rights within the framework of our Constitution, towards sustainable peace and reconciliation – through the appointment of a domestic Commission of Inquiry, by implementing policies rooted in the Government’s commitments to operationalise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and by continuing to work with the assistance of the UN and its agencies. 

To those who have expressed disappointment on Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw from co-sponsorship of Resolution 40/1, despite the Government’s re-assurance to this Council of our commitment to achieving the goals set on accountability and human rights, towards sustainable pace and reconciliation, it is clear that they are privileging a superficial facade which has failed to deliver for four and half years, over the genuine possibility of reconciliation, underpinned by a people’s mandate. 

In keeping with our consistent policy of continued engagement with the Human Rights Council, Sri Lanka wishes to respond to the current Report of the High Commissioner and engage in a constructive discussion with this august assembly today, with the sincere hope that this Council would recognize the realities on the ground.

We do so conscious of the fact that, of the period of 1 year since the adoption of Resolution 40/1, and 4 ½ years since the adoption of the initial Resolution 30/1, our government has been in power for only a little over 100 days out of the said period. 

I wish to recall that, during the 40th Session of this Council, almost one year ago, the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) was represented by a  delegation headed by my predecessor, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, who, in Sri Lanka’s statement, explained at length the constitutional, legal and socio-political challenges involved in ‘fully implementing’ HRC Resolution 30/1. In this context, we consider that the High Commissioner’s insistence in the current Report on the “full implementation” of the demands made on Sri Lanka in Resolution 30/1 indicates that the OHCHR fails to recognise the rational and legitimate concerns voiced by States that are seeking, in good faith, to address issues.     

As highlighted before this Council on several occasions, Sri Lanka has consistently refuted the credibility of the false and unsubstantiated allegations leveled against Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, the present Commander of Sri Lanka Army and Actg. Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). Sri Lanka considers that the continued arbitrary accusations made against Lt. Gen. Silva in OHCHR Reports and other statements made in this Council and unilateral actions by certain countries, are unacceptable and a violation of the principles of natural justice. We also stress that there are no proven allegations against individuals on war crimes or crimes against humanity in the OISL report or in any subsequent official document. It is an injustice to deprive any serving or retired officer of the Sri Lankan security forces or the police of their due rights. 

With regard to alleged “intimidating visits”, “surveillance”, complaints of harassment” and “reprisals” referred to in the High Commissioner’s Report, The Government has already publicly refuted these allegations, and is committed to protecting and promoting freedom of expression and civil society space, and ensure that complaints received on alleged attacks against journalists, human rights defenders and civil society are investigated and prosecuted. 

With respect to references in the report to the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution that established Provincial Councils, it must be noted that, soon after the end of the conflict, the citizens in the Northern Province were able to use their franchise at a Provincial Council election after a lapse of 25 years. However, the near two year delay in holding Provincial Council elections in any part of the country, by the previous Government which co-sponsored Resolution 30/1, with the active support of Members of Parliament representing the North and East, has hampered the operationalization of devolution of power as mandated by the constitution of Sri Lanka. The new Government, is committed to holding the Provincial Council elections at the earliest possible opportunity, upon suitable amendments being made to the requirements that are needed to conduct the provincial council elections in terms of the law. 

We wish to reiterate to the Council Sri Lanka’s commitment expressed during the High-Level Segment to achieve sustainable peace through an inclusive, domestically designed and executed reconciliation and accountability process. 

The existing reconciliation mechanisms established by an Act of Parliament such as the Office on Mission Persons (OMP) and the Office of Reparations (OR) will be continued, with appropriate adaptation in line with Government policy framework. With regard to the issues on missing persons, steps would be taken, after necessary investigations, to issue death certificates or certificates of absence, while also providing livelihood and other assistance to affected families;

A Commission of Inquiry (COI), headed by a Justice of the Supreme Court, will be appointed to review the reports of previous Sri Lankan COIs which investigated alleged violations of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (IHL), to assess the status of implementation of their recommendations, and to propose deliverable measures to implement them keeping in line with the new Government’s policy;

National law enforcement systems will continue to investigate and prosecute cases on all allegations of torture and other human rights violations that are currently before the judicial processes.

We hope the Council would appreciate this approach of focusing on deliverable measures of reconciliation that are in line with the interest of Sri Lanka and its people, instead of the practice of taking on a host of undeliverable commitments with the intention of never implementing them.

Within the above parameters, we look forward to continuing our engagement with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Human Rights mechanisms and procedures, and to continue to work in close cooperation with the international community through capacity building and technical assistance in mutually agreed areas, in keeping with domestic priorities and policies.

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    People are frustrated with the Commissions in Sri Lanka. If the Foreign Minister alleges that there are no proven allegations against individuals on war crimes or crimes against humanity, then why should he drag the issue of disappeared persons who were handed over to the Security forces. Either say that they were shot dead or the place where they are kept. It is ridiculous that such persons are kept for more than 10 years for inquiry. What is Foreign Minister’s account for Channel 4 News. The Foreign Minister boasts that Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country but Buddha’s teachings of love & compassion have never been practised. Even during the Bangladesh’s independence war, the Indian Army Commander Gen.Maneksha treated the Pakistani Commander with great respect and 90,000 Pakistani soldiers were never killed but returned to Pakistan. But in Sri Lanka, there was inhuman treatment by the soldiers to those who have surrundered against Buddhist teachings. The reconciliation mechanism were only in names. The government still is reluctant to implement the 13th Amendment and not allocating adequate funds that are necessary for the economic development. On the contrary, the government appointed Governors who were an obstacle for the smooth functioning of the Provincial Council which signals the government’s motive of suppressing the Tamils. Providing livelihood to affected families have become a question mark in the Northern Province where Sinhalese (who are not affected) from other areas have been colonized & settled with facilities. Is this a reconciliation mechanism?

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      Ayathuray Rajasingam,
      “The government still is reluctant to implement the 13th Amendment and not allocating adequate funds that are necessary for the economic development.”

      The funny thing is while talking about devolution of power, these jokers want to merge North and East. People in the East, Sinhala, Muslim and Demala also should be given the opportunity to manage their affairs. Why impose Malabar Wellala rule on people in the East. If merged, Malabar Wellala Demalu will impose ‘Thesawalamei’ which is a Malabar Customary Law on people in the East.

      Don’t you know that the racist guy with a long beard returned money allotted to development in the North to the Treasury? So you guys want the Government to give more powers to such inefficient aholes. Best thing is to scrap PCs which is an utter waste of Sinhala Tax payers’ money.

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        Eagle shit, I have suggested to you keep your stupidity to yourself. Did you ever read the response from Vicki, about your stupid claim of returning the funds. You asshole go and read and brush up your fu…g mind. You fu…g asshole it is not your beggar buddhist-sinhala assholes tax payers money spent on PCs. It is the $$$$$ send from expatriate tamils as remittance if not this remittance, you will eating mud not even grass.

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          Rasiah that’s a polite comment from an overseas Tamil. How come your mother’s earnings were tax free?

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            Col, what is concern about mother’s tax free earnings. Did you know , there is tax free savings account in other countries, not in SL, where they corrupt politicians will take out even the savings. Ok.

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          Oh my my. What a gentlemen we have hear. A garland await for you in sri lanka.

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        be all of these things, but unlike hybrid Eagles, they have a language , culture, and religion they can call their own. The Sinhala Buddhists have an Indian religion, culture and language. There is no such thing as a Sinhalese. All of you are immigrants , not original natives. Even now your patriotic leaders run to India to worship better gods. If you have any guts, publish your real name and I will tell you where in India your miserable ancestors came from.

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          Potta eagle,
          You always call Tamils “para demalu” , “slaves”, “coolies”, etc. Well, they may be all of these things, but unlike hybrid Eagles, they have a language , culture, and religion they can call their own. The Sinhala Buddhists have an Indian religion, culture and language. There is no such thing as a Sinhalese. All of you are immigrants , not original natives. Even now your patriotic leaders run to India to worship better gods. If you have any guts, publish your real name and I will tell you where in India your miserable ancestors came from

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            Raman,
            are you that he eager less ? is the jokey he mounts rides s thorough Tamil she horse nymphomaniac [ over sexed ] by the name of ponna meenachi.
            Does this bugger too have Tamil roots?
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            he is nothing but a classless petty-minded racist, who at home gets screwed to high heaven by a Tamil thangakchi.?
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            out of the house when not in a vice-like lock, he is a chauvinist racist pig and he does these to appease his Yakko Klu Klux mates.
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            he’s nothing but an all fart no shit case like most of his other yak comrades.
            they also call the likes of him as a stinky wind case one who has absolutely no has no droppings which then will prove his mettle.?
            =
            he is a pussy of a vagina toting pufta coward who shows his valiant heroics on the internet but is totally afraid of the Tamil Tigers in Melbourne.
            =
            this f…..t bugger is a pus weddila and a cheap showoff right through his 80 years on this planet.
            =
            cheers, R. J.

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          Now hold your horses my love. We spared 11000 and some brothers and sisters who held slogans against us abroad.But the funny thing is we know every one.

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      The Foreign Minister lied through his teeth, He proved that he has no scruples and any standing in the society. His dirty linen might end up being washed in public. Sri Lanka is no more a Buddhist country and there is no way to lift its image as a spiritual country. It is a country ruled by the devil and his cohorts there is more blood in their hands and head and cannot be cleansed or purified. Falling at the feet of the Buddhist priests is a great drama to fool the Sinhala masses .Retribution is just around the corner, these people will not have a place to hide they are a cursed lot. They should urgently conduct a thovil and jump into the fire to be purified .This is a comedy which will have a tragic ending soon.

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      Yes you are right total cowards even when they see the pussy of their spouses. We should henceforth refer to them as Pussywallahs. I wonder if Gotta and MR are night stalkers meaow meaow !!

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      Mr. Finest Gunawardane,

      You say there are no war crimes committed by the SLSecurity forces. LTTE says there were no war crimes committed by them. Both are using different definitions. However, if one goes by the definition used by the Geneva Convention, and Sri Lanka is a signatory to, while LTTE, is not, still war crimes were committed by both.

      The available evidence, points towards that. You tried to cover up the evidence, but it was incomplete.

      Try changing the Geneva Convention war crimes definition, so that your war crimes will fall outside the Geneva Convention definition.

      Yes, the sun rises from the East and sets in the West , and tell the imbeciles, see the Sun hoes around the Earth, which about 50 percent still believe,

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      Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena says at UNHRC, “No one has the well-being of the multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious and multicultural people of Sri Lanka, closer to their heart, than the Government of Sri Lanka.”
      Sri Lankan politics is very strange. When the politicians are within the country and if the election is close, Sri Lanka turns into a Sinhala-Buddhist country. During other times and when the politicians are outside the country, Sri Lanka turns into a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious and multicultural country.

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        This is what Mangala Samaraweera said some time ago and Dinesh Gunawardana tried to slaughter him for.

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      The amount of anti-Sinhalese propaganda people like you produce and propagate amounts to crimes against humanity.
       
      Over 13,000 Tamil terrorists arrested at the end of the war have been released after undergoing a rehabilitation program. Whereas in any other country they would have been imprisoned for life without the possibility of ever being released.
       
      The 13th amendment will never be implemented with additional powers and devolution as the Tamils are demanding.
       
      What you colonisation has to happen if this country is to get developed. We cannot reserve 40% of the land area and 80% of the coastal line for a mere 11% minority and allocate disproportionate amounts of funds to a mere 11% minority. On top of everything this minority which has caused so much damage amounting to billions of dollars and hindered any economic development in the whole of the country by their undue demands and their terrorist activities and war.
       
      Tamils are like parasites wanting more and more blood of the Sinhalese. Look at what you people are writing and demanding. Is all this fair? How can we progress into a better future in this manner? You people are always whining and crying about wanting special privileges and sabotaging any development in this country.
       
      Whatever you do please leave our religion Buddhism alone. You have no idea what Buddhism is. Just be happy that the Sinhalese are Buddhists, if any other people were harassed and attacked like the way Tamils done against the Sinhalese, they would have just dropped a bomb and solved the problem. The problem with the Sinhalese is that we are too kind.

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    Dineshu

    You came, you saw and you couldn’t concur.
    UNHRC is not buying your lies.

    Alright, go for shopping, don’t forget to take your shopping list, buy as much as you can, don’t worry about the budget, state will reimburse the expenses.
    Hopefully a large number of ministers, supporters, …. will be at the airport as part of the welcoming party, ………………… Are you expecting Wimal to be at the gates with a large garland?

    Do you think your supporters will draw you on a carriage just like Sinhalese honoured Sir Pon Ramanathan in 1916?

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      Native Fake Vedda,
      “UNHRC is not buying your lies.”

      Dumbos in UNHRC buy only the lies of ‘Para’ Demalu. 40,000 dead Demalu whose skeletons disappeared in to thin air.

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        Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

        Please see the the pictures in the link.

        A Muslim was beaten mercilessly by a Hindian Mob a few days ago:
        https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-india-citizenship-protests/one-killed-dozens-injured-in-delhi-clashes-as-trump-visits-idUKKCN20I0XO

        A Tamil was stripped naked and beaten up by a Sinhala/Buddhist mob while the man was begging for his life.
        http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/1545

        Hindians are learning from you lot.

        The public racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala went all the way to India to revive Buddhism. He failed in Ceylon as well as in India. What a bunch of morons who believed Anagarika was a saint, a Sinhala/Buddhist Buddha.

        Hindians are simply following Sinhala/Buddhists.

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          It is Prabahakan who was living in Alwis Town, Wattala who paid sinhalese thugs to kill tamils who refused to pay him kappam for his war in 1983!

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        Hey Native Faker,
        The skeletons walked out of the cupboard and there were 40,002, two of them are still alive and kicking and the rest of the 40,000 are like millionaires some still living in CMb. You cannot be a native F– ker but an uneducated sarong clad idiot sipping coconut toddy from morning until evening . Get off your bum and become another Pussywallah

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        Eagle Blind eye: Read the comments of Punchinilame below as what
        was done with the remains of the 40,000 bodies and parts. The RTI
        has to be moved for further details.

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      Hey Native Faker,
      The skeletons walked out of the cupboard and there were 40,002, two of them are still alive and kicking and the rest of the 40,000 are like millionaires some still living in CMb. You cannot be a native F– ker but an uneducated sarong clad idiot sipping coconut toddy from morning until evening . Get off your bum and become another Pussywallah

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        ramass

        What is your point if there is one?

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          NV
          Unfortunately there is on point that ramass want to push forward but he seems to have a few pussy at home he cannot even give away free.
          What a loser.
          :(

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      Unfortunately the only two people who are used to pulling carts are Weerawansa( Rickshaw karaya) and Prasana ( Miriskudue man) The Karaththa karaya. They will stoop down to any level to draw the carriages of anyone who can kick them in their arse. A shameless duo

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    Are you blind Bandula Gunewardena? Have you not seen all the videos that were published and what happened to the surrendered women and men LTTE soldiers? Shame on you.

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      May be Bandula was a part of the mob that went on a rampage raping innocent women. His wide mouth and UGLY face shows that he is a born pervert and with a problem of impotence

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    Readers should watch the pro-LTTE Channel 4 documentary and decide for themselves.. The main point is that until the very end, LTTE was mixed in with more than 200,000 civilians. LTTE was using these civilians as a cover to attack the army. For example, LTTE would fire artillery or a missile from within a densely populated civilian center, then run away and hide. Of course the Army would retaliate, unintentionally killing some civilians in the process.
    Readers should also read Thamilini’s interview with “Island.” According to her, “Soon after losing Kilinochchi, in early January, 2009, Prabhakaran admitted that he couldn’t do anything to reverse the ground situation.” So LTTE knew the war was over in January, but kept fighting for 4 more months. If the LTTE had surrendered in January, there would have been no issue. The reason LTTE did not surrender? They thought India would intervene.”Thamilselvan’s successor Nadesan strongly felt that Tamil Nadu could influence New Delhi to intervene in Sri Lanka to arrange a ceasefire. According to Thamilini, Nadesan had believed in Indian intervention until the collapse of LTTE resistance, on multiple fronts, in the Vanni battlefield. Having failed to secure Indian intervention, the LTTE made a last ditch attempt to flood advancing troops by blasting the anicut of the Vishvamadu tank.” LTTE wanted the Indian intervention so badly that it fought to the last man at Nanthikadal.

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      Well said! Looks like most comments are from the ‘diaspora’ who are desperate to re-start the war so that they can resume collection of KAPPAM (to fund their parties, BMWs and houses) from the peace loving Tamils. G7 governments should take note that this is extortion and is illegal!

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        Tony D

        “Well said!”

        Bull s**t.

        “G7 governments should take note that this is extortion and is illegal!”

        If extortion racket are actively being pursued do you you think intelligence agencies of the respective countries are so dumb they aren’t aware of it?

        Are they like the Sri Lankan (equivalent) counterpart who were caught napping when suicide bombers exploded bombs during Easter Sunday prayers though they had prior tip off from Indians?

        If you have confidential information about KAPPAM karayas why don’t you pass it to G7?

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          Hello Vedda,
          the intelligence agencies of respective countries are not dumb but politicians in those countries have the final say with their manifestos. They do not want to lose their parliamentary seats especially where a large gathering of diaspora Tamils live. These are valuable votes to secure seats when faced with marginal seats. So MPs will go with Tamil demands. this is known as Lobbying. Yes monies are still being collected by diaspora Tamils to gain political favours from so called “respective countries”. It is still happening as you read now. Not only in Canada, UK, Norway, Switzerland and in many more countries. also Diaspora Tamils are known to tap into NGOs by bribing them to get their support. Sadly a handful of Srilankan politicians let the nation down big time for their personal intentions.

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            gamunu

            “They do not want to lose their parliamentary seats especially where a large gathering of diaspora Tamils live.”

            How many seats do you think depends on Tamil Diaspora votes. Mind you I understand Tamil diaspora voter loyalty is not only divided but also geographically and demographically scattered among various parties and across regions. Unlike Sri Lanka I understand people make “informed Choices”.

            “So MPs will go with Tamil demands.”

            If a handful of people demanded “We want Thamil Eelam” do you thing these foxy MPs are going to yield to their every demand, lobbying, whimp and fancies? If that was the case Tamil Diaspora could have established their Tamil Eelam ten twenty years ago.

            By the way whatever happens in this island Hindians make the final decision. Please leave the worrying to the Hindians and do your analysis based on facts and not on your long established paranoid mindset.

            “Yes monies are still being collected by diaspora Tamils to gain political favours from so called “respective countries”. “

            Please explain.

            ” also Diaspora Tamils are known to tap into NGOs by bribing them to get their support. “

            Thanks for the information. If true could you cite some evidence. Are you currently reading Crime novels?

            ” Sadly a handful of Srilankan politicians let the nation down big time for their personal intentions.”

            You mean, SWRD Bandaranayakam, SiriMao, JR, MR, …..Gota, …..minions Syril Mathew, Dutta Gamani, Weerawansa, Champika, Dinesh, ……

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    Buddy, no one in the current govt will be found guilty. We already know that. For this to say, do you have to go to Geneva with 10 other jobless people wasting our tax payers money. You sure is a new generation socialist cum communist cum capitalist cum BS artist. Silly Lankans will buy anything you say but people outside of Lanka are little bit smarter. Ask Amarasiri.

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      This guy is an A grade idiot.How much of Tamilini’s story did you know ? You he must be blind as a bat and deaf as a door post and smelly like a river Baramundi

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    ‘ Whatever is hidden away will be brought out in to the open, and whatever is covered up will be found and brought to light.’.
    ( Holy Bible)

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      This quotation from the Bible must be going over their heads,their knowledge of English is much to be desired let alone reading the Bible. They might want Weerawansa or Prsssana Ranaweera to explain to them.They work on the premise that ‘I AM THAT I AM” and with this “I ” problem they will crash with a great thud and may be who knows Coronovirus must be dwelling in their underwea,r not in their noses and throats

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        You should get Malcom Ranjith, Gota’s dog whistle carrier to explain.

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      So, will we finally get to know that it is Prabahakaran who paid Sinhalese tugs million to KILL AND INTIMIDATE TAMILS who refused to support his was in 1983?

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      Sandy

      ‘ Whatever is hidden away will be brought out in to the open, and whatever is covered up will be found and brought to light.’. ( Holy Bible)

      Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
      Buddha

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    “No Proven Allegations Against Individuals On War Crimes.”
    That is because the GoSL has both officially and unofficially prohibited any inquiries from being held in connection with war crimes.

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      …and there is nothing wrong with that. SL is a sovereign nation that defeated the LTTE TERRORISTS (aptly supported by the G7). SL does not need to answer to anybody!

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        Tony D

        “SL is a sovereign nation that defeated the LTTE TERRORISTS”

        Sovereign nation!!
        defeated the LTTE TERRORISTS !!!!!!!!!

        Oh please.

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    UNHRC is just an annual event for those privileged who in the name of representing their respective countries visit Geneva on a pre-Summer holiday at State expenses. This Organisation is just an “Eyewash” nothing meaningful will ever happen to those affected by war crimes or any other. Don’t trust the Western Nations.

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      Kawdana

      ” Don’t trust the Western Nations.”

      I agree. Which Orientals can we trust?

      The West imports more than $7.5 billion (66.66 % of total export) worth of goods services from this mighty island. Do you have any other alternative export markets for your goods and services?

      Until you find the hidden alternative market I beg you to refrain from any drastic action against the west.

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        Native Vedda,
        The point being discussed here is will there be justice for the war victims and other crimes committed, – we’re not talking about trade here – now over a decade has gone-by, did anything meaningful happen, you’re going off track by mixing apple with orange.

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    When Mahinda Samarasinghe was the Minister of Disaster Management & Human Rights and later Minister of Plantation Industries when the Rajapaksa brothers were ruling the country, he acted as the spokesman of the government, both locally and abroad for all matters relating to the war with the LTTE and the aftermath.
    He made several promises to the UNHCR and foreign governments and kept asking for “More Time and Space” to address the grievances of the Tamil people who were subject to serious human rights violations and other disabilities. He said this was a complex matter and that the government would solve it gradually and kept asking for More Time and Space but hardly anything constructive happened.
    Now the government has as usual gone back on its promises and has withdrawn unilaterally from the UNHRC Resolution!
    The Sinhalese refer to the Muslims as “Thoppi Turners” but the Sinhala Politicians are far worse Thoppi Turners than any Muslim! This is one more instance in the long history of Betrayal of the Tamils by the Sinhala Politicians!
    Another thing I wish to say is that Muslims, whatever their faults, will not renounce their religion and convert to another religion in order to grab political power like the Sinhalese.

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    for an allegation to be proven or unproven an impartial or a biased inquiry has to be held in the first instance.?
    =
    the various sad sorry Lankan governments are through fears of guilt are shielding all these yokels who have been accused of committing many a hari kiri.?
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    they are deliberately shielding those accused of performing the world’s most dastardly criminal acts from meeting their maker.?
    why I humbly ask.?
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    by the actions of their saviors, this Yakko gun-toting, when being confronted with the truth turn into the globes meekest pussy cowards.?
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    for how long are they going to able or shielded inside the loins in the panties of the amudes of their so-called body less sex dubious mongrels is the trillion-dollar query.?
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    cheers in anticipation of a dream coming true at long last.? R. J.

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      Yes you are right total cowards even when they see the pussy of their spouses. We should henceforth refer to them as Pussywallahs. I wonder if Gotta and MR are night stalkers meaow meaow !!

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    To all commentators,

    The WAR is OVER! The LTTE lost. SL knows that the UN, US, etc supported the LTTE TERRORISTS with the NGOs, ICRC, etc. Sri Lanka prevailed. SL does not need to answer to the USA or the UN. End of story!

    The only thing the USA wants is to recommence the War, sell weapons, get more coolies and make SL into an ‘Air craft/weapons carrier’ for them.

    My only problem is that if the USA does not welcome SLs Army Commander then that should be perfectly fine and SL just should announce a ‘travel advisory’ to all SLs that ‘USA IS A HOSTILE, LTTE SUPPORTER!’

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    Absolutely, no proven allegations at all. LTTE terrorist sympathizing Oxfam, the UN, Red Cross, several intelligence agencies from foreign countries, etc were present at the war zone. They were gathering information and looking after LTTE terrorists’ well being as well. That’s why amy country or official organization hasn’t made any allegation OFFICIALLY, except bitter loosers. If these counties or organizations had any evidence of war crimes or foul play which could be proven in court of law, then they would have pounced on Sri Lanka 10 year ago.
    /
    LTTE terrorist organization was an illegal and criminal organization who fought unjustified, illegal and criminal war against the sovereign and unitary state Sri Lanka.
    /
    So, reinstate war heroes’ honour!!!!

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    For a guilt to be proven, there should be a ” Just impartial Investigation”. Until now there have been no impartial investigation, even the investigation that appeared to be impartial was stopped by not providing funds to continue with it. Such a Senior Politician has made himself a “Joker” in front of the international community.

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      Buddhist,
      ‘Para’ Demala terrorists did hell of a lot damage to the economy of this country. The Government of Sri Lanka spent lot of Sinhala tax payers’ money to resettle the displayed, provide infrastructure and rehabilitate LTTE cadres and so on. Do you expect Sinhalayo to pay for investigations? Should stop paying compensation for victims and wasting money to find missing persons because all these things are the outcome of terrorist campaign carried out by LTTE barbarians.

      Native Sinhalayo gave citizenship to ‘Para’ slaves and now have to go through this bloody nonsense.

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        mahindapalan,
        From 1956 onwards when the racist to the core SLFP led by the Christian S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike strode into power the inflation-free positive looking surplus economy took a deep nose dive and till this very second is at the bottom of the sewer.
        =
        is your nation in recession with a bankruptcy to the core economy and thanks to the high interest being charged loans they are able to survive.
        this is what is meant by one saying economy in the RED.?
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        the majority of the population who are suffering from abject poverty, they just cannot afford to even have one full meal a day.
        a khatha is nothing but a wet hujah dream.
        =
        in Tamil Elelam the economy was always on the positive and if only the mighty ravishing Tamil tigers the whole of happy Sri Lanka would be continuing to sing many an alleluia.
        =
        sad but true.?

        cheers, R. J.

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    Wasting time. Initiate legal proceedings against all the accused at the tribunal.

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    According to a Lawyer who appeared in a TV discussion, UNHRC has no mandate to intervene in relation to the conflict between LTTE and the Government of Sri Lanka because LTTE is a local terrorist outfit. The Government of Sri Lanka had an obligation to eradicate terrorists and restore peace. For any deaths and disappearances, LTTE should be held responsible. So ‘Para’ Demalu should go after LTTE cadres instead of charging the Government of Sri Lanka and its Armed Forces.

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      Who is this stupid lawyer, who can only express views to audience comprising bigoted Sinhala sycophants. UN intervened in Bosnia when there was a conflict between the Government of Yugoslavia and Muslim terrorists. UN intervened in East Timor when there was a conflict between Government of Indonesia and Catholic terrorists. UN intervened in South Sudan when there was a conflict between Government of Sudan and African terrorists. So there cannot be double standards in dealing with Sri Lankan state. Again UN has intervened in Sudan an has taken the former President to ICC for war crimes in Darfur and has granted autonomy to people of Darfur. It will not be much time for UN to intervene in Sri Lanka and take former President to ICC for war crimes and install autonomy to Tamils. LTTE committed war crimes but those who committed have been killed in combat or killed after surrendering. In contrast all Sinhala murderers are walking free, some given high positions. In law a case is closed when an accused dies. So harping on LTTE crimes is not going to help. Because of incriminating evidence, the Sri Lanka government does not want to face it.

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    No one expects the GoSL to stop lying. One can hardly expect war criminals and their reps to expect telling the truth all of a sudden.

    The UNHRC process is being made a joke.

    But the fact that more than 10 years after the end of the war, the US has just imposed a travel ban, shows why the victims and their advocates should stay on the issue . This could drag on for another decade and some criminals could simply die of natural causes. But that is the way it is. The coronavirus crisis shows the unpredictability of many things.

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    After this challenge from the Lion Pup from Boralugoda . will Ms Bacheleete intervene in our Election ,with a Fatwa in the form of Sanctions to cripple the next Pohottu Government which the great majority are craving to install After Easter?.

    Will the UNP Opposition Leader who seems to be busting his ass to give Dr Rani and his new TNA, Diaspora and the new addition Muslim Alliance, another 5 year dose of the same Yahapalanya embrace Ms Bachelette and welcome her Sanctions.?.

    And send the UNP Heavy Artillary who are already in the hustings the likes of Dr Rajitha, the newly released Mr Ramanayaka , Ajith Perera , Eran Aiiya, and young Sujeevva who walked out of that Hiru Balaya with his Bond Forensic Report under his armpit , still with the binding Ribbons intact. to explain to the UNP Dalits, how bad it will be for them to turn their backs to Ms Bachellette and the Diaspora?,

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      KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

      “After this challenge from the Lion Pup from Boralugoda .”

      The lion pub should be in the zoo or sent back to Africa. What is it doing in Boralugoda?

      “with a Fatwa in the form of Sanctions to cripple the next Pohottu Government which the great majority are craving to install After Easter?.”

      Hang in there this island does not need sanctions to cripple the country the present government itself is more than enough to bankrupt morally and financially, destroy whatever is left, …………………

      The great majority are masochists, gullible, stupid, suffering from mass amnesia, and so naive it is ready to vote for any election promises, even for blatant lies knowingly, including eight measures of free rice imported the moon will stop at nothing until a fully fledged fascist state is complete. By the time the great majority realises the effect of fascist rule it would be too late.

      Gota is providing 100,000 unproductive jobs just like that even before the elections, to create a huge Sinhala/Buddhist fascist Gestapo in uniform as well as in plainclothe.

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        Dear Native,

        Our country had only one good real time Leader who happens to be a Sinhala Buddhist.

        His first term was totally spent on defeating a 30 year Tamil Terrorism which destroyed the Country Economically and . Socially and Morally.

        He helped the country to develop to an unprecedented level in his second term.,

        But he was ousted by the same Lot who helped the Terrorists for 30 years.

        Now 7 Million voting age inhabitants who realized what happened in 2015, have now restored the Leaders who will rescue the nation again from carnage of Economic Slump, Un employment,. Underworld , Drug Menace, Ethnic Clashes, and most of all,and most importantly from Muslim Terrorism which was allowed to flourish in our little patch , while the rest of the world controlled them well, after 9/11..

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          KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

          “His first term was totally spent on defeating a 30 year Tamil Terrorism which destroyed the Country Economically and . Socially and Morally.”

          I thought your admirer VP helped to create many new rupee billionaires among Sinhala/Buddhists during the corresponding period, modernise the police and armed forces, a lot of crooks, war criminals, …….. many good and able people were forced to leave this island including Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, ….

          If people never had it so good between 2005 and 2010 why didn’t they vote for crooks and war criminals in 2015? Why couldn’t your master solve unemployment by 2015?

          When do think Gota is going to forgive Duminda Silva and letting out? Is he actually in the prison serving his sentence?

          “most importantly from Muslim Terrorism which was allowed to flourish in our little patch ,”

          Your political and military readers’ hatred for Tamils were so compelling they used Muslim youth for their own purposes, training, arming and funding Muslim and time to time unleashing them on innocent Eastern Tamils became regular features while turning a blind eye on Muslim Homeguard hidden activities paid back last April.

          Hindians did give your dumasses early warning.
          However they were too busy worrying about from where their next santhosam was going to come.

          How much would Basil make out of the employment racket?

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    You party dont have a muslim or tamil to put on promiment ministry post there is non muslim You can’t just give a speech and expect people to fall down and agree with you, like you, you have proving to the world as stated in you speach, achieving the goals set on accountability and human rights, towards sustainable pace and reconciliation, it is clear that they are privileging a superficial facade which has failed to deliver for four and half years,

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    Why the SLPP did not start a campaign against the UNHRC resolutions until now? This is because Gotabaya was an American citizen? Why SLFP Sirisena did not resign his presidency when these resolutions were brought in if he thinks it is a betrayal to the country? Mahinda formed a illegal government in October 2018? Why he did not visit to UN to withdraw Srilanka’s part? Why they did not go to SriLankan courts until now if it is illegal?
    Election Gimmick??????

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    Destructive communists are over leading present War Criminal government. Sinhala Buddhist government will use community only until they can advance the Sinhala Buddhist government’s racist agenda. When they face the saturation of their effectiveness, they day they will find their end too. Until that they will continue this, the same way the Muslim leadership did it to Tamils and now got dumped. Even the 32 nations who helped to annihilate Tamils’ Freedom war, including superpowers like India, America, but no China, all received the Aappa diplomacy treatment. The rule of thumb is anybody gets caught in Aappa diplomacy will have to serve for Aanduwa to commit Tamil Genocide and then shut up and leave. From 2009’s UNSG’ visit to Lankawe UNHRC is facing this dilemma too.
    It’s a world experience that the communist sees the UN as an inconvenience truth. Again that too is a world known fact. But UN is failing to recognize that only in Lankawe. Dinesh Gunawardena, worrying his share missing in Mullaitivu, now has forced War Criminal government to withdraw the UNHRC Resolutions. Following the path of Field Castro, this racist communist sees this as his victory against America, over and above Tamils. UN& UNHRC, who failed in Mullaitivu, is failing in leading an international investigation and providing a justice for the Tamils who have suffered the time Portuguese captured their Jaffa Kingdom. UNSG went for a fact finding missing to Mullaitivu and said that he had never seen destruction in his life as what took place in Mullaitivu. UN appointed UNSG’s Expert Panel, UN Internal Investigation and the OISL. They all have said civilian deaths are from 40,000 to 100,000.If it were above 10,000 the contention is War Crime Possibility. Here, is that the hope of UN& UNHRC the forth commission investigation or another procedural meeting at Geneva is going to bring justice to Tamils? Why America, India, UN, UNHRC…. so reluctant to act on Tamils case?

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    announced the withdrawal one sided, from the two parties signed agreement, without formal consultation with UNHRC, nobody got disappointed. This is not new. Mahavamsa is saying that as soon as Wijeya came to Ceylon, married Quveni and striped everything from her. Then he killed Quveni, his wife and the mother of his two children. This is the justification of a Pundit & a Buddhist Monk for how to build a Sinhala Buddhist Nation on the demise of other communities who show faith and grace. This week GOSL’s every move was long forecasted, not just by Tamils, but even by the International Community. But if seems International Community does not want to act on this unless GOSL have successfully caused the Third World War between nations.
    When there is one year is left Ranil handed over the power to Royals. Ranil went to New York to have UNSG’s report destroyed. Ranil went Temple Tree House on day after election and promised protection for Royals. When UNHRC resolution was signed, Ranil demoted Mangala from FAM to FM. Many times Ranil openly attempted to hand over the power to Old King. Yahapalanaya governments’ Law & Oder appointment were to protect Royals. This is how Royal escaped out of Coup crime in December 2018. When the coup was unleashed, Ranil, with the help of his team, blocked “all parliamentarians’” effort to suing the coup partners. Ranil conducted LG election during UNHRC meeting to give a massive victory to Royals as a warning to UNHRC. Ranil had appointed Tilak as FAM, who was the main person defeated the Avant Garde case on Royals. Then Tilak went to UNHRC and threatened to get out of UNHRC all together. But this the Ranil IC had appointed in 2015 to deliver justice for Tamils & reorganize the country. So from 2015 Tamils and IC did know Royals to come back to power and continue where it was left.

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    Communist Gunawardena did not explain why Lankawe cannot agree for an International arbitration. He said as the resolution was against the Sinhala Buddhist constitution and the Ministers had not approved the resolution. Well nobody ever broke any element of the Sinhala Buddhist Constitution. It is only done but Communist Gunawardena to climb to power. The Coup partners broke in to parliament it with Chili Water Cannon to control it. Then they have staged a American citizen on the throne, which is specifically prohibited by 19A. The Prime Minister of the Kleptocracy has no membership in Parliament and his party has no winning Member of Parliament seat. He denounced in front of the Media though Lankawe media is ordered not to replay those clips. He has been made as PM in violation of the constitution. This is a government which no MPs, but rowdies. SLFP has only 17 members in Parliament. Communist Gunawardena became FAM and went to UNHRC to represent wildlife Sanctuary only because, there is no constitutional ruling, but only anarchy is ruling. Slap Partiers are not the one to talk about complying with constitution, even it could the 20th & 21st centuries’ most satirical scripts; probably funnier than Mahavamsa.
    We need not to talk about the legality of the binding of the resolution on Lankawe. That is obvious even to the 8the graders of the parliament. Further the care taker minority parliament is not representing the dwellers of the special spices of the Wild Life Sanctuary. All UN member countries are in agreement with UN to accept the UN conventions and resolution. If their Constitutions are not giving space for that then they need to amend their constitutions to and have to sign and ratify the conventions. If the Lankawe constitution is not accepting that Lankawe take the ruling of UNHRC Communist Gunawardena‘s minority Government has to amend the constitution, but cannot leave one sided the Resolution signed by to two parties.

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    Communist Gunawardena had only one to vote for King. He thinks he represents the whole Sinhala Buddhists so King will have to obey him and retract from UNHRC agreements. There was never any referendum was conducted in Lankawe on UNHRC resolutions. Tamils unanimously wants an International Investigation recommended and sponsored by UNHRC. The investigation is for them against the Sinhala Community’s governments which have violated their Fundamental rights to live in their land. There was no mandate for EP in the last election to abolish the resolution. Gunawardane caretaker government never received any mandate for on this subject. In 2015, September Yahapalanaya Parliament received the mandate to resolve Tamils problems and they are majority still in the parliament. In that election Sinhala Buddhists voted to Yahapalanaya Parliament abolish all Chinese contracts. But Ranil violating the constitution and the mandate added Hangbangtota sale to the ones existed.
    Before election America had asked Sinhala voters’ consent needed to be obtained. Neither party had put forward MCC for referendum in the November 2019 election. But Sinhalese selecting an American citizen, who has no legally obtained Lankawe citizenship means Sinhalese wants to work with America. Further, almost all Sinhalese longing to migrate to West, with special focus on America (Including Communists like Gunawardena, Anura Kumara et al), all are in agreement with MCC. In that case we are not sure what the substance in Communist Gunawardena explanations and reasoning is.

    Now, it is reveled, instead of just serving injustice to Tamils, the communists want to help their Royal friends to use this UNHRC drama to balance with America on MCC, SOFA & ACSA. More than these are expected because Ranil, Old King and King recently visited to India demand some new protections from. They returned failed and though they announced that Old King was negotiating with India for loan extension. These trips are just reminders of” Before coup trips” of New King, Old King and Ranil to India.

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      Mr. Foreign Minister.
      Give me an appointment and We can discus the UN Report (securitycouncil report.org) on the last six months of the war. The evidence is clearly given. It is this report that generated 30/1 which is now 40/1.
      From that report you will know that the UN satellite and another (probably the US or Indian) monitored the war during the last 3 months or more. The resolution is such that the UN could count the number of people around the tents. These satellites monitored the 58 and 59 Divisions and the 3 Or 4 Task ForceS Moving in the area.

      Then there Are the videos and photographs by persons and by Army soldiers that were released and published by Ch 4. Only some photos were published in the report. The video where two soldiers shot naked blind folded and hand tied behind their back was shot on the back of their head. The video has been in circulation soon after the war ended. This video can only be taken by another soldier (with conscience and sent it to be published) was authenticated by the UN and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
      When USA say there is irrefutable evidence they mean it. They and UN will produce those evidence to the ICC or the special mechanism that would try the accused.
      As for those who were handed to the armed forces the govt has to investigate and find out who killed them and where were they buried. Wake Up Foreign Minister.
      You know that without justice there can never be resolution or reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

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        N. Ethirveerasingam

        “Give me an appointment and We can discus the UN Report (securitycouncil report.org) on the last six months of the war. “

        The Sinhala/Buddhist establishment is still in celebrating mood and war crime denial mode.

        The Sangha should have studied the Christian inspired Truth and Reconciliation Commission (South Africa) and guided the state and the governments to adapt such a Sri Lankan model and ensured similar commission is established, properly funded, properly manned, ……………. honestly investigated, ………………… bring all the cases to closure, on the basis of confession, apology, begging for pardon, pardoned, end of the war crime issue, end of guilty consciousness, …. finally get the life back.

        Sri Lankans generally clever, they do everything possible to postpone the problem.

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    Correction in paragraph 3 of my post:

    “The video where two soldiers shot naked blind Men who were blindfolded and hand tied behind their back then shot on the back of their head was in circulation soon after the war ended. This video Probably taken by another soldier in the group. He sent it out for the world to know. He is a soldier The state should honour. “

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