24 November, 2017

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No Scapegoats; We Will Establish A Truth Commission And A Compassionate Council: Ranil Wickremesinghe

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says, the government will keep the ball rolling for a local judicial mechanism and will only seek foreign expert help when necessary to investigate alleged human rights abuses linked to the war.

RanilAddressing media heads in Colombo yesterday Wickremesinghe had said that the government has discussed matters with the US and it will be Sri Lanka which will create necessary laws and mechanisms with foreign expert help when needed.

However, the Premier said foreign expert help will be sought when necessary to ensure the efficient functioning of the mechanism.

The Prime Minister also confirmed that Sri Lanka will co-sponsor the resolution with the US.

The draft resolution tabled last week at the UNHRC proposed that the Lankan judicial mechanism should obtain assistance from the Special Counsel’s office, of the Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers, and prosecutors.

The Prime Minister had went on to state that repeated resolution by the US against the country was the result of previous Rajapaksa regime, which agreed to uphold international humanitarian laws at the UNHRC in 2009, failing to keep its promises.

The Premier said if President Sirisena had not triumphed at the Januaray 08 polls Sri Lanka may have faced a number of problems including possible economic sanctions.

Wickremesinghe stressed that government’s agreement in the UNHRC was not intended to make security forces members or anyone else scapegoats.

On the domestic process Wickremesinghe said the government will establish a “Truth Commission”.

He said it will have a branch named the ‘Compassionate Council’ which will include religious leaders.

He said a Missing Persons Office and a special counsel’s office too will be set up.

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  • 7
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    “Local judges only for local mechanism; foreigners only as advisors”. My3 and Ran3 can keep their ball rolling. All in all they want to ensure that Rajafucksa family and cronies are protected!

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      If Ranil & Sirisena cannot deliver , who else can ? MR ??

      Ranil does it way he can , he needs to take whole country with him, then only it will become practical, if not inviting & risking MR or another crony to run the country.

      Just let him has his way

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      mike

      “No Scapegoats; We Will Establish A Truth Commission And A Compassionate Council: Ranil Wickremesinghe”

      A good working title to bury Truth. Forget Justice and Reconciliation.

      “Foreign Minister Managla Samaraweera says that a few in the military hierarchy was responsible for crimes and human rights violations during the war against the LTTE and by and large and overwhelming majority of the country’s security forces had behaved in a very humane and responsible manner.”

      This what Mangala said.

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        “A Truth Commission And A Compassionate Council: “

        The Culture: The wisdom of the Appe Lankawa Buddhist Beast

        the gracefulness of the slow,
        the subtlety of stupidity
        the advantage of lying low.
        Blessed are the idiots for they are the happiest people on earth.

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      mike

      “All in all they want to ensure that Rajafucksa family and cronies are protected!”

      Here is the evidence:

      Those from South will look after Southerners: PM

      When asked about a notion among some people that the military would be sacrificed through these measures, the Prime Minister said yesterday said the government would not sacrifice anybody.

      2015-09-28
      Daily Mirror

      When asked whether the then president Mahinda Rajapaksa or the then defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa would be sacrificed, the Prime Minister in a lighter vein said Mangala Samaraweera and Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha, both of whom were from the South were involved in the UNHRC process and that people from the South would not sacrifice others from South. “Those from the South will look after the Southerners,” he said with a smile.

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    With USA and Sri Lanka sponsoring,with TNA stooping to the demand and India not protesting, the second draft will get support from the UNHRC.
    The process will be in effect a domestic process that will not bring justice to the raped, the dead or to the living next of kin. There will be no prosecution of the “War Heroes”.

    Tamils should not be part of this sham even if TNA bow to the present powers. Better to live with the tragedy until the International Community realises the folly in the distant future.

    Tamils Taking part in the sham proceeding couched in the term “Truth Commission or Truth and reconciliation” only pour burning oil on unhealed wounds. Shame on you Ranil, Srisena, Sumanthiran, Sambanthan, Mavai and the MPS who support such a domestic process.

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      I agree. There is a book by Jane Senanayake on Disappearances in Sri Lanka which takes into account the JVP disappearances as well. It shows how the disappeared victims get demonized. Sambanthan and Sumanthiran have now started the process. It was the same Sambanthan who was so obsequious to the LTTE. In his twilight years, it would be good if he shows some sense of shame and does not sell the Tamils down. Sumanthiran one can understand. He is a Colombo lawyer to whom selling people comes easily.

  • 9
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    The old rouge has turned into some saint higher than his god man.

    You are simply lust and your government may collapse soon like before- hoodoo ranil.

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    It will be a thorough shame if our country has to succumb to that international pressure-set that LTTE-persons give their money to. Sri Lanka must hold onto her honor, for all long as she can.

    It seems that the West is now attempting to balance out her monetary system using China as equalizer. In that case, any irritation by the West towards Rajapaksa’s pro-China stance will be soon alleviated.

    Hopefully, all will end, as a formality to make up for the money the International pressure-set accepted from LTTE–persons, to avenge Sinhalese for owning mythical Eelam.

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    First start serving justice and reparations. Stop talking about econciliation which automatically follows justice and reparations and not something we DO. Don’t bring in obfuscation like ”compassion”.

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    The Commonwealth?
    It must be ashamed of itself.
    Did CMAG ever take up Sri Lanka when so many atrocities wee going on for decades, esp during the last 10yrs?
    What has one to say about CHOGM for having had MR as its Chairman and kept listening to his blatant lies?

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    Please remember what happened to the agreement between you and LTTE.you will have to prove what you are talking.please remember that all member countries of UNHCR awaiting and watching your actions.YOU HAVE TO PROVE THAT YOU ARE NOT MR.BEAN AS ONCE CALLED BY NOW YOUR BUDDY MANGALA SAMARAWEERA.

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    Impunity for all the corrupt and criminal politicians in the Diyawenna Parliament of morons in the name of reconciliation is the Ranil-Sisisena game.
    Ranil has not right to grant impunity to Mahinda and Gotabaya Jarapassa who are common criminals and have stolen public funds, and being corrpt to the core have caused massive environmental disasters like the colombo port city having received massive Chinese bribes.

    It is the Sri Lankan citizens who are being taken for a ride with the jumbo Cabinet of clowns and now Ranil promises that there will be no chain of command responsibility for war crimes.. THe Rajapaksa are directly responsible for slaughtering people in Mulivikal and have COMMAND RESPONSIBILITY for the rapes that took place.

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    Instead of promising impunity and immunity for Mahinda Rajapaksa and Gota the white van goon, Ranil should impeach the Attorney General and so-called governor of Central Bank, the corrupt insider trader who does NOT have the qualifications for the job – Arjuna Mahendra, who must be investigated along with his son-in-law Aloysius and his firm Perpetual Traders.

    Mahendran has not got the qualifications to run the Cental Bank and hence lacks the LEGITIMACY and the respect of the CB senior professional staff.
    The Central Bank is too important an institution to be run by a corrupt bond trader who is NOT a properly qualified economist.

    The rupee is depreciating also because the CB lacks credibility and is now a tainted institution like the Judicial system which need reform. With Mahendran who is implicated in insider trading the CB is is a Crisis.
    Corruption is rife today even as the rupee is in free fall and it is the sri Lanka citizen and economy that is suffering. Please CT editors do a story on the stuggle in the CB against Mahendran and his corrupt dictatorship at that institution which is a DISGRACE to Sri Lanka and bad for the economy.

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      We have three dictators in Sri Lanka. Sirisena is dictator in the SLFP, Ranil in the Parliament and Mahendran in the CB. This is 5star democracy with yahapalanaya. No dissent is permissible in these three institutions.

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    The main reason and intention of the Sri Lankan inquiry is to exonerate the war criminals and rapist , Also to convict the already convicted , punished , remaining former LTTE cadres. But humanity will not rest until they are punished.

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    “He said it will have a branch named the ‘Compassionate Council’ which will include religious leaders.”
    All the religious leader cooperated in Tamil Genocide. Including the Pope and Rowen Williams

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    Ranil is no different from Mahinda.

    Nothing of substance will be achieved by all these commissions and inquiries under whatever name or whatever mechanism conducted by the Sri Lankan government.

    I have consistently argued in all my comments in Colombo Telegraph that Tamils should forget about war crimes trials and inquiries. No Sri Lankan government will dare to take action against those army officers accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    Tamils have no alternative but to forget what happened at Mullivaikal as an unfortunate tragedy. Tamils do not have powerful nation states to back their demand. The super powers US, Russia and China are solidly behind Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka is like the Cobra around Lord Siva’s neck enjoying absolute protection.

    Best thing for Tamils now is to insist on a solid program of rehabilitation and reconstruction and for an early political settlement.

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      Naga, believe me there are no super powers than holy nature, the justice will prevail at the end may be in different form..

  • 3
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    The TRC in South Africa worked for one main reason, the fatherly figure of Nelson Mandela. The problem and trouble with Sri Lanka is the deficit culture it has been hanging on to. There should be no surprises that even before establishing one, the covert plan will be how to chop of one of the legs to destabilise it.

    There is a fundamental difference. In the case of South Africa, the victims were in the majority and once the country ended apartheid, the majority were able to take on the reins and Mandela was magnanimous in dealing with the then recalcitrant minority. The history of SL is littered with many examples of entering through the back-door to stifle and frustrate the rights of minorities.

    At the end of the day, it is not about Ranil or Sirisena. As Sinhalese leaders, it will be at the back of the minds of minorities, particularly Tamils, whether political compulsions may weaken them to dispense the fairness and equity expected of them. Like most Tamil leaders, the TNA had been in the forefront to seek justice for the horror they suffered under the hands of the Sinhalese. The difference that allowed the TNA to emerge to this forefront among the pack is the modus it adopted, in the way it wanted to achieve that justice. But it will be foolish to assume that the Tamils keep the TNA in their laps if they realise that the TNA diverts this course. With R Sampanthan’s statement to seek to “apologise” for not getting things he originally promised will have undercurrents.

    At the end of the day, whether SL and its leaders will foster a future that takes stock of the past failures and their reasons therefor, only time will tell. We all want the country to succeed as a nation. Even now there are talks that the victims should forget the past and move on with the future. What transpired between Ranil and CVW that now has caused ill-feelings between the two is only a reflection of the larger picture. Sri Lanka cannot afford to make mistakes in this endeavour. It does not have the luxury of a trial-period even. It needs to show that the present leaders are not in the mould of its past leaders.

    Even before the ink dried, so to speak, of what Mangala asserted to the whole world, there were already stooges right under his nose tho scuttle just what he promised and this from its own ambassador, supposedly representing the govt. Or is Lanka is up to its old tricks, quite a master in the game of promises, promise and promises but…Need I say it?

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    Any inquiry without Commonwealth judges and lawyers as said clearly in the resolution, will be a sham.
    Now Ranil W too wants to whitewash crimes of the armed forces and their commanders, both military and civilian.
    No word yet about the Witness Protection mechanism.

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      justice:

      It is quite natural to feel incensed at the apparent disregard or importance of dealing with the grievances of the victims. It is not just Ranil or Sirisena, even Rajapakse understood the gravity of the international loop that was encircling SL. The odds of getting the perpetrators to be charged for war crimes in an international arena are stacked against the victims, or those who are leading on their behalf.

      I belief the UNHRC Chief had this in mind when he recommended a hybrid mechanism. Although the SL govt seems to be allergic to such a word/phrase, it may have boiled down to the notion of “playing” with the words but maintain the essence of what needs to be done. The present govt knows well what are the stakes, especially with an international community breathing over it. Surely it cannot forget the drama staged by Dayan in 2009 and Mahinda Samarasinghe lying through his teeth with tons of promises in that world forum. Eventually, they pushed themselves to a corner. Whether this govt will finally believe in building a nation for ALL its citizens or go the way of its predecessors, we have to wait and see. Ranking in importance in this nation building is to address the crimes the regime inflicted on its own citizens.

      I have the same anxiety as you do. We thought that with the end of the war, MR had this rare and unique opportunity to heal a bleeding nation but the thug in him took the better of him and wreaked havoc and the price he paid for his lapses was not small at all. His brave front in public deceives the torment and turmoil he is undergoing, not for want of remorse but for having been dumped unceremoniously. The loss of pride and power will be haunting him.

      We have to wait and see how their promise meets the day.

  • 1
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    How cool!!!

    Just imagine Batalanda Ranil [edited out]

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    Its good to know that PM Ranil knows that the Tamils don’t trust the ‘Domestic Investigation’ as this will only bring few ‘Scapegoats’ to protect Rajapaksha family.

    Only an International Investigations will bring the truth to the world.

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    We do not have goats. There fore there will be scape buffaloes.

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