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Office On Missing Persons & The Zero Policy On Justice

By Basil Fernando

Basil Fernando

One of the issues that demonstrated the approach of the Sri Lankan authorities to the problem of enforced disappearances could be discovered in a close study of the narrative of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP). In essence, what it shows is the international diplomacy of deception that Sri Lankan authorities have cleverly developed and practiced over a long period of time in dealing with the United Nations (UN) Human Rights High Commissioner’s Office and other UN agencies relating to human rights.

The diplomacy of the deception became quite blatantly manifest with the appointment of the new Commissioners to this Office very recently. Some of the names included will naturally create cynical laughter among anyone who know something about these individuals who have been appointed and their own involvements in the events relating to enforced disappearances and also in the diplomacy of deception, particularly in relation to matters relating to justice.

It is simply impossible for anyone to grasp the whole exercise relating to enforced disappearances in all parts of the country: South, North and East without touching on some of the most difficult problems relating to the administration of justice that has evolved over several decades in Sri Lanka.

The issue that the international community has found it difficult to deal with is the fact that enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka developed as a State policy. The greatest manifestation of this State policy is that the largest amount of cases of persons who had disappeared has faced that fate while they were in the custody of the security forces. Commissions on involuntary disappearances which is the only somewhat serious attempt to investigate into enforced disappearances have clearly recorded in their reports that disappearances in Sri Lanka means the abduction in place of arrests, and interrogations and torture while a person is in the Police custody and finally the causing of death and the disposal of the bodies of these persons by the security authorities. These were not accidental events for which only some errant officers were responsible.

The laws were made in order to enable enforced disappearances. The suspension of the laws relating to the disposal of bodies of suspicious deaths was done through gazette notifications which announced emergency regulations. An officer, not below the rank of an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) was allowed to decide on the disposal of the body of a person without following any procedures or without subjecting themselves to judicial scrutiny. Thus, in talking about disappearances in Sri Lanka, what we have is a situation where a policy of allowing enforced disappearances was pursued through national security laws and regulations.

It is only a government that is willing to admit that wrong policies have been adopted and allowed in the past which were of a criminal nature and is willing now to reveal this fact to their own society and to make a genuine resolve in order to end this practice, could undertake a serious investigation into enforced disappearances.

The only time that things came closer towards accepting this responsibility, was during the early period of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s Government which appointed Commissions on involuntary disappearances. The recordings were through a genuine process without overt obstructions from the Government at the time. That led to a body of information that if pursued further would have made a significant difference not only about the persons who have disappeared but also about the damage done to the legal system, particularly the criminal justice system in Sri Lanka. Due to various reasons, these Commissions reports did not lead to a healthy conclusion.

The OMP was created by the Government of former President Maithripala Sirisena and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to create the impression that the Government is not at “war” with the UN human rights bodies. It was meant to reduce tensions and to buy time to allow a slow process of undermining the demand for compliance with the State obligations to investigate and prosecute those responsible for these violations. However, the Government knew that such investigations were very problematic, as the chain of command that led to such violations, extended beyond those who carried out the actual criminal acts.

While several commissions were keenly interested in carrying out there functions, the Government’s way to undermine their efforts was by delaying processes by creating technical difficulties in setting up a functioning office. It took a considerable time in getting the computers.

However, some dedicated work was done by the Commissioners, who received floods of applications from families in the North and the East. A lot of sweat was spent to collect the tearful tales and to find the credible facts and to record them.

Change of Government

When the Government changed, the policy also changed. Zero justice is the new policy. Justice is now seen as a threat to the stability of the Government. War on justice is now the tacit policy. The OMP now must be transformed to a justice denying instrument. Therefore, those chosen to carry out this function must be those who are willing to carry out this function.

Their real tasks will be the following:

Discredit the complaints and witnesses.

Destroy the evidences of facts that have been collected.

Erase the very idea of the right to seek justice for enforced disappearances.

It brings back the original policy that made disappearances possible: In Sri Lanka, it is a right of the State to cause disappearances when the State thinks it necessary to do so. Thus, what is asserted is that Sri Lanka has its own view on the killing of human beings. These may not be the same as what is found in the law, locally or internationally. In short, the policy is ‘We decide what crimes are and what is or not a crime’. It is this policy that will determine the fate of the OMP.

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    “When the Government changed, the policy also changed. Zero justice is the new policy.”

    Zero justice is a necessity for this government because the truth is that it is not the officers decision to the death of the voluntarily surrendered persons but it is the decision made by the Rajapaksa family. So, the current President and former President and current Prime Ministers joint decision to kill them.

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      Tamil Lives matter – Few days ago a Tamil youth was beaten, trampled and kicked by police and was found dead a few hours later in custody. There are eyewitnesses to this assault, and they say that the person vomited probably due to head injury. Subsequently after the person died, they had introduced heroin packet into his gullet and taken to hospital. Is this the justice that Tamils have to face. In USA the policemen who committed crime on black men have been taken to court and punished. This will never happen to the above case of state terror.

  • 28
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    Sri Lanka is a land where state terrorism, state enforced disappearances, lack of rule of law and impunity for the rulers and their agents is well entrenched during its existence since 1948.

    It is only getting worse with time as appe aanduwa marches on!

  • 27
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    Until such time, country has leaders who are interested in making this country a paradise, none of these problems will be solved.
    Sinhala Buddhist should understand that their standard of living will improve not by deprivation of the rights of the minorities but by giving them equal status and together developing the country.
    Until such a leader explains to the masses in a way they can understand, nothing will change.
    The thieves murderers war criminals will mislead masses to continue their criminal activities to amass their own wealth.
    Thanks to arrogance, idiocity of Gota, majority of the people has understood Gota can not do a ball. Vijitha Maga and business community should have known by now what a idiot they put in power.
    Opposition is no better. Let us all start working on an alternative force with a new leader and group

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        Eagle Thattha are you aware that soon the USA congress is to pass a motion that the North and East of the island is the ancient traditional homeland of the Eezham or Sri Lankan Thamizh. Everyone has now realized that the Mahavamsa is largely a myth spewing out anti Thamizh venom against the native Thamizh from the NE who largely did not convert to Buddhism or converted and reconverted back to Hinduism and did not evolve as Chingkallams, like the rest of the island but remained Thamizh. All your fairy tales about imagined ancient Chingkallams is a joke and everyone know this. Please listed to this song about the suffering of the estate Tamils that has become a hit. Nice entertainment for you at the aged care home. Take care, Heard that the Aged Care homes in Melbourne are not Covid Safe,
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYq7WapuDLU

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      Dilshan: “Viyath Maga and Business Community should have known by now what an idiot they put in power”. You are WRONG. That “Viyathmaga” knew “WHAT” they wanted and “HOW” they could get it. So with the “Business Community”. Within a short period of a little less than two years, just “Assemble” all that they have got. I am sure you will hit the ceiling on knowing what they have got so far. This space is not enough to detail out all that. Considering what they have got, “THEY” (both Viyathmaga & Business community) are continuing in a “TRIUMPHANT” parade to have put “GR” in the “Seat” of power. So, “GR” is not an “Idiot” to them, but an “Aladin’s Lamp”. They “WISH” and “RUB”, the wishes are fulfilled.

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        I do not think all the Vijitha Maga and business community members are roques and have benefited from the government. There are quite number of genuine members who were disgusted by Ranil Srisena duo.
        Only handful of cronies closed to Gota has benefited.
        Even some of the Crooks like Tiran Alles are disappointed.
        Almost all businesses that have benefited are the ones which were Binamies of the war criminal and thief Nandasena.
        Lot of business leaders are silent now no praise for Nandasena

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          To ally with criminals and crooks cannot be excused, however one tries to dress it up! If there are any such genuine members in that cohort, who do really care for democratic governance in spirit and in deeds, then they should be brave enough to come out and call a spade a spade, anything short of it means that they are also a party to all the ails we are witnessing in the country now.

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            What is the point in shouting. It will not make a difference until such time we find a true leader who can lead the country. Our job should be to find a leader

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              Dear Dilshan,
              No doubt we need new leadership.

              More importantly new kind of leadership; a constructive, socially progressive, uniting leadership that has the courage and integrity to own the truth. A kind of leadership that we have never experienced before. Any leadership to date has been ineffective.

              We can get there only by shouting out the injustices, reckless incompetence, corruption and lawlessness of this leadership, this government, this society.

              So please I’d encourage everyone to shout and do act.

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          Dilshan: A LARGE number of “Viyathmaga” (Intellectuals & Business (Mega types) are in “Business” with GR. Of course, lesser numbers are (Small types) are not happy. All the “Viyathmaga” (those close to GR) vultures are holding high positions and they are those who are messing with the Government functions. To state a few, “Seeni (sugar)Deal”, “Oil Deal”, ( Business tycoons plus Viyaththu) and now “Laugh Gas Deal”. Very many. Please get your information verified and present to the public.

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    How many people are disappearing now, those are the statistics that matter. When there is a war, any government will take extreme measures. Most of the disappearances came from PTA, which was necessary at the time.

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        OC@
        No point of commenting on his. Lester is totally impaired persons. His senses are irreversibly manipulated by Weeraketiya cattle thieves but the stupid boy is sai6 to be living in UK?☹☹☹☹☹☹☹

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          I agree, LM.
          .
          Shall we start compiling a list of those whom we must ignore totally; don’t give them in a RedThumbs Down. Would that be a good strategy?
          .
          Those who deserve such treatment: Lester, Eagle Eye, soma, GATAM, N. Perera, et al. Can you add to that list, please.
          .
          There are people who often talk rot because they are nuts. e.g. “Dinkuk”. That’s O.K.

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      Lester
      PTA is still intact ,that’s why people are put their head down,before it was whiten van .,you exactly correct on how many disappearing they all sneaking out of from the blessed Buddha’s land,oz ,Dubai they all welcomed you all gives residency visa but comes with dollars but they don’t bother about the resources of money,
      Go and check how many notorious have residency visas,even check with the 225 yes sir buddies.VP gone almost 12 yrs where is the country now

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      Lester

      “When there is a war, any government will take extreme measures. Most of the disappearances came from PTA, which was necessary at the time..”

      The country is not at war why the hell Dim Wit thugs need PTA?

      Day before yesterday a 21 years old youth was attacked in his own house in front of his parents and killed elsewhere by 5 persons, 4 were members of CID.
      https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=314327517024471&ref=watch_permalink

      It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
      Mark Twain(?)

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      Your statement is akin to a criminal’s defence in denying his crimes, when caught! The bedrock of democracy is ‘accountability’, and accountability of those elected to public office for all acts of commissions and omissions while in office, that cannot be compromised under any pretext.

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    Disappearances took place during 1989 Bheeshanaya und

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      Disappearances took place during 1989 Bheeshanaya under President R Premadasa in an incalculable scale. Chanrika took the reins after a brief period with Wijetunga.
      Where was Basil Fernando then?
      Rather where was United Nations then?

      Soma

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        Soma,
        In 1990, Mahinda Rajapaksa went to Geneva to complain about disappearances. I suppose that means the UN existed then Ask Laksiri Fernando. The first investigation of SL was by Amnesty in 1971.
        . But the UNHRC was formed only in 2006.

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          Old Codger
          Thanks for the information that UNHRC was formed in 2006.

          Soma

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            soman

            “Thanks for the information that UNHRC was formed in 2006.”

            Do you know the difference between The United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) founded in 1946 and United Nations Human Rights Council, UNHCR founded in 2006?

            Could you confirm what Gota, Sarath, …. Perera and Thadi Priyantha were doing between 1987 and 1991?

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        Soma
        You forget whole arrays of people who pleaded on behalf of the victims.
        The UN does not take up issues until some member state takes it up on its behalf.
        AI did I think.
        Chandrika, in fairness, was in London at the time and was among a group of human and Civic rights activists taking up the cause of the JVP youth who were unduly punished. That was despite the JVP killing her husband and forcing her to flee.
        *
        Be fair. Are you suggesting that Basil F was with the UNP at the time?

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          SJ: “That was despite the JVP killing her husband………” You seem to be having very vital and strong “Evidence” of JVP killing Vijya Kumaratunga. I would appreciate it if you could provide some “evidence” that you have. For your information, during that assassination, I lived within 01 km from Vijaya K’s residence, within walking distance to Narahenpita junction. Thank you in advance.

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            Simon
            I based my statement on what Chandrika herself believed at the time.
            What I said is still pertinent in the context of her position, despite her belief that the JVP killed her husband.
            *
            Perhaps I am misled by popular belief that the JVP killed a number of left-oriented leaders and attempted on one’s life (as he too believes).
            *
            I wonder if you, living 1 km away, had identified Vijaya’s killer(s).
            Can you kindly break your silence to clear the JVP of the suspicion, as it is a serious offence to knowingly protect a killer’s identity.
            *
            Wikipedia has this:
            “On the day of Vijaya’s funeral, the Deshapremi Janatha Viyaparaya issued a leaflet discussing the reasons for his assassination.”
            Any views?

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              SJ: Thanks. Pl. don’t try to put the ball into my court. Chandrika’s “Belief” is not my “evidence”. I don’t go by “Belief”. I lived close by and you are so smart to again “believe” that the “Killers” were known to me. Of course, I saw the commotion much after the incident. For your information, that “Deshapremi Janatha Viyaparaya” was a “Black Cat” operation by “PRA”. My friend “BELIEF” is IGNORANCE. Have a nice day.

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                Simon
                Thanks and if you do not want to play ball, fine.
                I brought in Chandrika in my response to Soma to say that she was among exceptions to Soma’s charges .
                *
                Is there evidence for DJV being an Black Cat operation?
                I do not rule out its having been hijacked at somestage
                But, did the JVP ever denounce any of the many evil deeds reportedly carried out by DJV?
                Did the JVP bother to denounce the assassination, let alone paying a tribute to him?

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                  Dilshan: Thanks. Please live with your “BELIEF”. I have no intention to disrupt your way. I must say “JVP” did quite a lot of “Mistakes”; yet they also ventured into “Unknown Territories” without being able to make correct judgments. However, if not for them, there would not have been any force to stand against some of the “Dictatorial” and “Traitorous” activities of Governments in power. Isn’t that the situation even today? We had a nice cordial dialogue.

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                    Simon,
                    “However, if not for them, there would not have been any force to stand against some of the “Dictatorial” and “Traitorous” activities of Governments in power.”
                    Wouldn’t that apply to the LTTE as well? Be careful what you justify.

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                  SJ

                  “Did the JVP bother to denounce the assassination, let alone paying a tribute to him?”

                  Please read below
                  “Meanwhile, for the first time in its history, the JVP tendered an apology to the people over 6,000 deaths that occurred due to JVP activities during the 88-89 insurrection. Addressing a meeting in London recently, JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake had expressed ‘regret’ over the killings for which his party was responsible during the 1988-89.”
                  http://archives.sundayobserver.lk/2014/06/01/pol03.asp

                  However on the following Saturday (Daily Mirror – lk) a JVP old guard repudiated AKD’s apology.

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          SJ
          “Be fair. Are you suggesting that Basil F was with the UNP at the time?”
          Precisely.

          Soma

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            Soma,
            “Be fair. Are you suggesting that Basil F was with the UNP at the time?”
            You shouldn’t condemn people without researching their background. Basil isn’t a one-sided HR activist.

            “In September 1989, amid a wave of disappearances in which as many as 60,000 people may have died, Basil was informed by a family friend that his name appeared at the top of a death list. Two local politicians had Basil in their sights. He packed up his wife and infant daughter, bid farewell to his friends and relatives, and moved to Hong Kong”

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          SJ
          I expected Chandrika to appoint a highest level Royal commission sort of thing and expose the brutality in 83′ and ’89.
          Most of the youth killed were SLFP supporters suspected of JVPers.
          JVP top rank escaped while poster boys disappeared.
          Like in many other things Chandrika was guilty of omission rather than commission.

          (78′ Constitution, Referendum, Civic rights of Sirimavo, Jaffna library , 83′ Black July and 89′ Bheeshanaya made me such anti UNP never to turn back so I would vote for any other, Rajapaksa or even TNA. Devil cannot be blacker than JR and his UNP which includes R Premadasa and Ranil).

          Soma.

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            Soma,
            I apologise that I am intervening into your exchange. But, I have a purpose.
            .
            You don’t have to vote, every time. When conditions necessitate you could abstain. That is democratic as well.
            .
            When you say that you would vote for any other, Rajapaksa or … , I believe that you are directing your anger in an unproductive way.

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              Understand.

              Soma

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            soman

            Day by day you are growing into a stupid teenager.

            Chandrika established 3 commissions to Inquire into Involuntary Removal or Disappearance of Persons (between 1 Jan 1988 and 1990):

            Interim Report of the Commission of Disappearances in Western Zone

            Final Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Involuntary Removal or Disappearance of Persons in the Western, Southern and Sabaragamuwa Provinces

            Final Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Involuntary Removal or Disappearance of Persons in the Northern and Eastern Provinces

            Final Report of the Commission Of Inquiry into Involuntary Removal and Disappearance of Certain Persons (All Island)

            Available on:
            http://www.disappearances.org/news/mainfile.php/reports_srilanka/

            Search, access, download, read, come back, and tell us as to what happened between 1987 and 1991.
            I am not sure the weeping widow ever appointed a commission to investigate all atrocities committed during her reign or ever publish it for transparency.

            It does not matter under whose reign atrocities/war crimes were committed. It matters who committed them. Armed forces are in perpetual existence, Janaka Perera, Sarath Fonseka, ……………….. were in service during 1971, they served between 1988 and 1991, and they were also committing war crimes between 1971 and 2009, being part of the Armed forces, although some of the retired or died.

            We must stop educating stupid teenagers.

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              NV
              Anyone punished?

              Soma

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                soman

                “Anyone punished?”

                Did the weeping widow punish anyone for the war crimes, crimes against humanity, human rights violation, (18,000 death a conservative estimate) mainly perpetrated by police (Premawathie Manamperi – case is an exception)?

                Did her husband punish all those rioters, murderers, rapists, looters, racists, ……. who committed all sorts of crime during 1958 riots?

                Did your heroes, Gota and Mahinda punish ………?

                Soman
                Day by day you are growing into a stupid teenager and suffering from arrested development.

                You should take care of yourself as the state is being paralyse by greedy ….. dump asses.
                Where is Kamal(a)?

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        “Where was Basil Fernando then?
        Rather where was United Nations then?

        Soma, my purpose of commenting here is to overtly defend Basil and IC, the so-called UN and its division and INGO associated with them, in general terms or in colloquial manner.
        As “Old” is saying up above, it was the Old King set the precedent to seek International Justice for the internal crimes in Lankawe. But Siri Ma O brought Republican constitution only to cut off the Privy Council of the Queen. But these all are part of the Aappa Diplomacy, (in the words of Basil “diplomacy of the deception”), invented, nurtured, matured and fruiting tyranny all over land, not just for North East as you and Basil points out. At the time of Contemporary History, unlike you, Basil is more correct for not pointing the finger at one person or one group or one party. You Should accept that it has bearing, and you should buy the extract of his arguments. Let me ask you one question, where are now the 7M duds, not a single one of them who are good at making shots, voted for this government in 2019? Aren’t they now, breaking the lines, going in front with knives and demanding a Rs5,000 hand out from the government workers, after they voted for the Biryani and Arrack?

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          Yes,
          The ones who killed Premawathie Manamperi and Krishanthi Kumarasamy were punished, but not executed.
          There were various show trials in other cases, but nothing happened. It is necessary not to insult the ranaviruwos, you see, because they are the ones who can shoot you from your backup vehicle.

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        If the Ranil’s group had brought true law and order and democracy, instead of keeping doing that, why did they say they cannot continue and they resigned one year early? Let me ask you another question, why do you find fault with a political party, which resigned one year early saying that it no longer can run the government. Further the shameful part of that was that Ranil was negotiating with Royals to take over the government but to the public he was pretending that Royals’ government would hit rock at the very start of its term. He gave a cowardly advice to Vaalaiththodam not to attempt to secure the government as it would be destroying the UNP. As a Country’s leader, in order to save the UNP, Ranil was willing to hand over the country to the same group to destroy the country while he was brought in only to protect it from those devils. Further, why didn’t you ask about CBK, Sobitha Thero, Sampanthar Aiyya, Prof. Kumar, Tisaranee Gunasekara, who all sold their souls to bring Ranil and New King.

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        Please read Basil’s following words and interpret with sincere heart and see if not seeing the answer for your question of “Where.”
        It is only a government that is willing to admit that wrong policies have been adopted and allowed in the past which were of a criminal nature and is willing now to reveal this fact to their own society and to make a genuine resolve in order to end this practice, could undertake a serious investigation into enforced disappearances.

        Please read the following excerpts too. I put them here, but please do not interpret them narrowly and out of context and induce the Tamil, Sinhala Muslim communities to lose faith on IC and be withdrawn to themselves and shrink. At this time, there is nothing left for Sinhalese to do themselves alone. All communities must reach out to IC. Sluggish, slothful response of the international community is inherited behavior. It is not going to change within another 10-15 years. But it is not a reason to withdraw, as you like to show. Calf’s hungry call only makes mothers udder to secrete the milk. Knock until the door opens.

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        The diplomacy of the deception became quite blatantly manifest with the appointment of the new Commissioners to this Office very recently. Some of the names included will naturally create cynical laughter among anyone who know something about these individuals who have been appointed and their own involvements in the events relating to enforced disappearances and also in the diplomacy of deception, particularly in relation to matters relating to justice.
        ………………………….
        ………………………….
        The issue that the international community has found it difficult to deal with is the fact that enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka developed as a State policy.
        ………………………
        ……………………….
        The laws were made in order to enable enforced disappearances. The suspension of the laws relating to the disposal of bodies of suspicious deaths was done through gazette notifications which announced emergency regulations.
        ………………………
        ………………………
        The OMP was created by the Government of former President Maithripala Sirisena and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to create the impression that the Government is not at “war” with the UN human rights bodies. It was meant to reduce tensions and to buy time to allow a slow process of undermining the demand for compliance with the State obligations to investigate and prosecute those responsible for these violations.

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          Mallaiyuran
          Thanks. I am reading your response.

          Soma

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            Soma
            Is that all?
            Nice of you.

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      soman

      “Disappearances took place during 1989 Bheeshanaya und”

      Are you saying you were born after 5th April 1971?
      Most of the time you sound like as if you were born yesterday.
      Never mind.

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        NV
        I will elaborate on 1971 at a later date.
        There were no party organised vigilantes as in ’89.
        Sirimavo’s rehabilitation exercise was hailed world over.
        Suffice it to say that when the dust settled every JVP participant WITHOUT EXCEPTION joined Sirimao ‘s SLFP.
        (Remember Minister Mahinda Wijesekara who became an invalid after a LTTE bomb blast on a procession? He lost two brothers in the ’71 insurrection)


        Soma

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          soman

          “I will elaborate on 1971 at a later date.”

          Anytime at your convenience.
          Why not now and here.

          “There were no party organised vigilantes as in ’89.”

          Why don’t you look at police’s pattern of behviour in various parts of the island?
          Why don’t you look at the number of missing professional thugs in hotspots?

          “Sirimavo’s rehabilitation exercise was hailed world over.”

          Was it?
          Congratulations thanks.
          Could you support your extraordinary claim with some world class evidences.
          I also would be grateful if you could provide me with evidence of how the weeping widow dealt with torture victims.

          It was another McCarthy Era, like the one that Cry Baby Weerasekera is trying to officially enforce now in this island while Shavendra is attempting to impose himself as the competent authority for censorship.

          soman
          Are you happy with how the government/state are dealing with self made crisis after crisis, particularly the behaviour of Kamal(a), Shavendra, Cry Baby, …. Wimal(a), ………………….. ?

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        Dear NV,
        .
        In 1971, I had just begun teaching in a village school, Kandegedera M.V. in the Badulla District. The school still exists, but as an M
        M.V. A village with the same name exists in some other District, Matale, I think.
        .
        So, clearly I was an adult at that time, but not a supporter of the JVP.
        The JVP still exists but they now contest as the NPP. One of the three NPP Members of Parliament is not a member of the JVP.
        .
        Gamini Somaratne is the workaday name of soma. He would have been born by 1971, but wouldn’t have been an adult.
        .
        He is likely to again deny who he is. If he wants to falsify what I’m saying he is free to do so, by providing us with correct information.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 48 3111 444V)

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          Sinhala_Man

          Thanks.
          My point is that one doesn’t have to be born before the particular history had happened. All we have to do is read up on the subject or discuss it with those who had first hand experience.

          I have already gathered enough information to avoid my being branded as ignorant. On that basis I challenged soman.
          This is another soul that defends what SLFP, SLPP, Pandaranayakam, Sirimao, Mahinda, Gota, …………. did.

          I am also unable to understand as to why soma and his fellow racists tend to defend all their affiliated parties, and leaders while LTTE diaspora (a few Tamils) and LTTE fund Managers justify atrocities committed by VP and Pottu Amman.

          Take care.

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            NV
            If you ask me the INDIVIDUALS who contributed most to the ruin of this country they are JR Jayawardana, Rohana Wijeweera and Velupillei Prabakaran IN THAT ORDER.
            Harm caused by JR far far exceeds that of the other two put together.

            Soma

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              soman

              Contribution by JR, Rohana Wijeweera and Velupillei Prabakaran to the destruction of this island does not justify the destruction carried out by Public Racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala, Philip Gunawardena, Pandaranayagam, Weeping Widow, ………

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          Sinhala_Man: A correction to your comment. All the three members in Parliament are from NPP. They contested under NPP. This is a major problem with AKD and Vijitha Herath and most others who still don’t want to bring the NPP to the People. They too never learn, I note.

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      We all knew why such disappearance took place in late 80ties. Premadasa govt was not tolerant at all to JVPrs and their hidden programs then. University students were caught by unrest as no times in the past. JVPrs were not the same as we see them today. My friends were caught by their extra judicial killings. flesh and bones of some sons were fed to their own parents, not telling them the truth about the type of the meat they were provided by some unknown men. Later only, parents were informed, that what they happened to eat were nothing but the flesh and bones of own sons. See, all these were not from Northern soils, but from so called powerful southerners….. how brutal our sinhala race should be… .. Today, it is magnfied in hundreds and being continued by Rajaakshes. They dont know the meaning of dignity of a life. Not the least knowledge they seem to have about the value of human life. How can leaders being elected by people s votes show the posterior to the manner Rajaakshes have turned out to be ?

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          My Dear OC,
          Thank you, I am yet today traumatised when I just remind all these.

          JVPrs to have lost from 89 is well connected with their brutal past. PEOPLE ARE YET TODAY TRAUMATISED, SO AS VICITIMIZED FAMILIES KNOWN CANT MAKE ANY HOPES., lucky me I left the country for my escape, but my then mates were caught by tyre-pyre treatments of both JVP-then UNP underground networks. This means not necessarily I would always disagree with Mr SAJITH PREMADASA. If we give a chance to JVP of today, then we should also treat SJB led by SP in equal manner.

          I think SJB (moderate UNPrs) and JVP ( moderate JVPrs and NPP) should come together, if mlechcha Rajapakshe and mlechcha politics of them to be defeated in the future.

          Sinhala mlechcha nature is not much less harmful that to the nothern mlechcha groups . This alone prove that we sinhalese rebells and tamil rebells have much in commen when it goes to punish own people. They dont seem to have learned lessions from any civilized cultures.

          This further proves that we should NOT condesend TAMILS: We should all have common ancestors. we are all the same uncivilized mlechcha nation that seem struggling to become civilized. Our so called politicians poin the finger at europeans, but what we could learn from them are unestimable. And, I must not forget, that those who behave civilized in the country today have no place, they could well be branded as ” going after WESTERN nations”, or Kalusuddos etc. This is public secret.

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            L.M,
            It’s sad that it’s not a local journalist but an Indian one who is interested enough to dig up all that info.

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        Dear LLM: In the 80s, I saw how the bodies of scores of young persons were thrown into the tire fires set up along the road Galle/Baddegama at Kottawa forest reserve. I escaped because of an “Official Identity’ card issued from an “International” outfit that belonged to the Government plus the vehicle registration papers that were in the name of the same Institution. My wife and two children were lined up for identification. and in the malice, I identified “Three” of the security men who participated in the “Fire Ceremony”. I have quite a lot of “Personal Experiences” of these types and that is why I speak with “Hands-On” experiences and not what has been written in “history books”. I hated the then “JVP” for those “BLUNDERS” in the 70s & 80s and also suffered heavily. As of today, it is different and I would support a “NPP” – The Third Force.

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          LLM: A correction: That road, I mentioned was Galle to Udugama and not Baddegama. That Kottava Forest Reserve is about 10-15 km away from Galle. Hope you can identify that location.

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          My dear Simon,
          :
          These were the brutal memories in my entire life. I will add thoughts again latest by tomorrow.

          We talk about LTTERs or other melchca terrorists, but we dont see it how mlechcha some of our own race has been.

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          Dear Simon,
          It’s very much appreciated that you are sharing your firsthand experiences of the country’s violent history, and it is so very important that we do share.

          LM too has replied that he will share his harrowing experiences of the country’s violent history.

          I do wish that many more would share their firsthand experiences. Many that I know who have experienced terrible tragedies and lived to tell their experiences aren’t here raising their voices; perhaps, the remembrance is too difficult and, of which, impossible to make sense.

          This raises a very important question: How do we go about gathering these experiences, and documenting those experiences so the history is captured accurately?

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    I believe that “the devil is not all that black (bad) and the angel is not all that white (good)”. Those who are armed by law is a part of the society varying in character. However, since a person is armed the opportunities of abuse is greater. The reality is that although the high command of armed forces may concentrate on winning a war those below can be flagrant perpetrators of crimes. In Sri Lanka, Krishanthi Kumaraswamy case and others our courts convicted the accused and in US the courts convicted the perpetrators of the My Lai massacre. Just because one was in the hierarchy and did not plan/carry out crimes does not mean that everyone is innocent and consider the OMP as a “Yahapalana” instrument of insult to the forces. The bad eggs must be taken to task. The statement of a witness is published in the YouTube where he witnesses the cremation of Rohana Wijeweera alive at the bidding of the then highest in the land. If an OMP existed, then it too would have been a part of the tyre pyre. The OMP isn’t an ornament, but its activities must be transparent and accountable.

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    Political disappearances, assassinations, and journalists having to flee for their lives. This is our shameful history, and we should be ashamed that in a Buddhist nation where we are taught to respect and value life, we are no better than rogue nations who keep resorting to human rights abuses, and act like lives are cheap. How many people missing, kidnapped, or killed, and their families have no answers, nor the killers help responsible?

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    How can you expect the wolf to care about the missing sheep in its belly

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      Cicero, no better way of putting it than that!

      Gotabaya’s actions and inactions further incriminate him as that probable criminal that we knew him to be even before his presidency.

      An incompetent psychopath like Gotabaya had no business being a president of anything but to secure impunity for his and his brothers’ crimes.

      6.9million voters knowingly granted him impunity because, for bulk of those voters, the Sinhala Buddhist nationalist agenda is the utmost priority.

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        Sugandh@

        what happened to the media ? They dont bring any coverage from President .. people dont know what abusive president has to say about the sinking ship like day today life under his governance today in that island.
        .
        There are speculations that sinking ship and its containers filled with hazaardous chemicals were known to srilanken leadership, nevertheless they bugger et al let the ship entering srilanken waters. How beautiful the decisions of our megalo ? How patriotic he should be ? Now those poor folks, fishers in coastal areas would wait divine forces to cover their 3 meals…. even if the compenstations would rain… people have no doubt they would go into the pockets of criminal Rajapakshes to the very same manner the fate of tsunami funds were embezzeled. remember ?

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          Dear LM,
          It’s a very disturbing event to say the least. Yet another event that has highlighted the incompetence and reckless decision making by the double-Paksa government.

          Knowledge of the nitric acid leak was there. The two preceding ports declined off loading of the nitric acid because they weren’t equipped to handle the leakage. Why then Sri Lanka’s port authority allowed this ship with such probable event (i.e., explosion due to nitric acid leakage) to anchor near the Colombo port?

          Once the explosion happened why did the government drag its feet on getting help asap to minimize the damage?

          It was only after the explosion, there was attempt to pull the burnt down ship away to the deep sea.

          I seems rather clear that the ball was dropped many times along the way to this incredible disaster.

          If SL media was good at journalism with integrity and free of extreme political biases and influence, we wouldn’t have the double-Paksa government to put up with. You are absolutely on the mark calling out the silence of SL’s media on the government’s dire incompetence.

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    This government do not know for sure what direction they are going.even the mother nature is working against this government.COVID-19 from one side THE SINKING SHIP from other side HEAVY RAIN in the middle every thing is turning out to be a disaster for this government and the people who trusted this government.NOT ONLY THE SHIP WHICH IS SINKING BUT THE GOVERNMENT ALSO SINKING TAKING THE PEOPLE ALONG WITH THE ADMINISTRATION TO SINK.

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    In the past, many UN Rapporteurs including Manfred Novak have investigated “deaths in custody” at police stations and prisons.
    The manner of deaths were diverse.
    Arrests under the Prevention of Terrorism Act” were in the hundreds, some surviving even no
    These have continued under every successive regime, and appear to be continued even now.

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    The jewish law got the roman law to kill Jesus who was a jew. So the OMP crowd helplessly seeking disappeared loved ones, could go to a wider body like UNHRC to try to trace the disappeared. It would also seem wise to assume their deaths after these twelve years and get on with their own difficult lives, knowing that the rest of the nation too is suffering at present. Eventually the justice of our creator will prevail.

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    “The diplomacy of the deception became quite blatantly manifest with the appointment of the new Commissioners to this Office very recently.”

    This is not the first time. It is our constitution that is allowing this to happen. Some are of the opinion that amendments can resolve the issues. Definitely No. The entire structure needs re structuring. It should start from the very basics. The power of the central government have to be curtailed. Corruption starts from here. Provisional Governments needs redesigning with adequate powers to develop those areas without Central Government interfering. Above all we need a strong statutory system to ensure that justice is done to the grass root level administration. Curtail Total No. of Central Govt. MP’s to 50 – 60. and that too could be from Provisional govt. Bring down the Ministries to 14 -15. With such a structure and a efficient checklist system the citizens can cross check the Ali baba cowboy governance to an end. The like thinking professionals should come forward to form a strong forum.

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    “Zero justice is the new policy. Justice is now seen as a threat to the stability of the Government. War on justice is now the tacit policy. The OMP now must be transformed into a justice denying instrument. Therefore, those chosen to carry out this function must be those who are willing to carry out this function.”

    This is the most telling paragraph in this article. Mr. Basil Fernando has explained very clearly and explicitly the state of affairs in respect of accountability for missing persons in Sri Lanka. However, people with an IQ of 79 points or less will not be able to grasp this while cynical criminals will not agree with any of the points raised and try to carry on as before.

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      CM,
      .
      Zero justice is the new policy for the opposition. All others enjoy justice since they see it diffierent. But this was not overlooked by end of 2019. Alone that COUP at the end of 2018 should have been good enough people to see it right. For known reasons, our people never considered 52-fake govt and the saga, taking in to their hearts. The manner, POHOTTUWA men went amok in the parlament building went viral to the world. Some in EUrope questioned me why the oppostion and modest politicians stayed silent. And they went on asking me, why on earth people paid their blind eye to those criminals. I told them, .. it is the culture being enjoyed in that country. Buddhism is understood by sinhala people as it is given under ” MAHAWANSA” which was then scripted out with limited sources. And the mahanwanse is just a traslation only…. however, people are made to believe as lab rats woul dno thave any choice but to undergo the aimed lab experiments.
      You talk about IQ levels of the avearge,,, but what about the IQ levels of WIYATHMAGA and that most abusive GLP and the like men ?

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