23 April, 2024

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On Navi Pillay’s ‘Open-Mind’, Mildly

By Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Navanethem “Navi” Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, is due in Sri Lanka today.  Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe expects Pillay to come with an open mind.  Pillay, for her part, said on Friday (23rd) that she has an open mind and will not be pre-judging anything ahead of her visit.

Well, words are words, can be used to communicate, can be used to miscommunicate, to lie and distort, play down or exaggerate.  Pillay knows words.  Pillay employs them.  And there are times she’s silent.

Navi Pillay says she won’t pre-judge and that’s a good thing to say.  On the other hand she has pre-judged before and has shown a clear penchant to believe tall stories cooked up by pro-LTTE elements and regurgitated by the naïve or else sour-graped, i.e. those who prayed for a different military outcome in May 2009, backed a different horse or bet on a different political winner in January 2010 and April 2010.  None of the claims treated as fact by Navi Pillay are substantiated; dig from source to source and one ends up with an LTTE spokesperson or someone held hostage by the LTTE as Source No 1.

But Pillay is a human being; she can make mistakes.  There are things Pillay’s confidantes have not told her and things she is not ready to give ear to because she is not ready to believe anything contrary to what she has decided was the truth.  That’s human too.  She cannot with finger-snap divest herself of all the judge-baggage she’s accumulated over the years.  So let us not entertain any illusions about Pillay’s open-heart.

On the other hand part of being human is being able to recognize error and having the humility to acknowledge.  Pillay can compare and contrast. She must.  She can take into account context. She must.  She can be fair. She must.  She can visualize the what-might-have-been if things didn’t happen the way they did.  She must.

All this time, she’s clearly been fed by mischievous elements in the I/NGO sector that sided with the LTTE (for a variety of reasons of course, not necessary because of love for terrorism or Tiger but perhaps in accordance with the adage, ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’).  There was that infamous and laughably flawed ‘Darusman Report’.  There were scurrilous documents authored by pen-for-hire ‘scribes’ who are either utterly naïve or incompetent or else suffered traumatic childhoods,  not to mention great television productions by Channel 4 (key word: productions).  Can Pillay shed all that? Let us see.

Pillay must, most importantly, take care not to confuse issues.  This regime is not the best on earth.  It has erred horrendously on many counts.  In this, there’s very little to pick between this regime and its predecessors going all the way back to 1977 at least.  Pillay’s project however is not regime change.  That’s the business of the people of Sri Lanka.  Now there are people who want regime change (for right and wrong reasons), but it is the most pernicious and politically bankrupt among them who would deliberately tag regime-change-need to a tall, uneven and politically tainted narrative about the last stages of the struggle against terrorism.

Pillay is going to be here for a week. That’s a short time to walk the length, breadth and depth of thirty years of a nation, so it would suffice for her to acknowledge that she is but tiptoeing on the corner of a territory that is mapped out according to cartographer’s political preferences.  But blood is blood, terror is terror.  Even Pillay won’t find it impossible to imagine a 2013 with the LTTE (by briefing herself about a Sri Lanka that had to contend with the LTTE) and contrast it to the LTTE-less Sri Lanka she is visiting.

She can think ‘resettlement’ and think of IDP camps she’s known and re-settlement programs that haven’t got off the ground in countries with immense resources. She can think rehabilitation and integration and ask herself which country held to ransom by terrorists and terrorism rehabilitated and reintegrated into society more than 10,000 terrorists and terrorist suspects, against whom there hasn’t been even a single police complaint since.  She can walk around Colombo and imagine a city that had roadblocks and checkpoints at almost every junction, and get a rough idea of freedoms gained.

There are a lot of things Pillay can do.  If she can open her mind (yes, she can say she is coming with an open mind, but few will buy that).

One thing she can be assured about is that whether she comes with open or closed mind, whether she sheds her biases or not, she will see a lot of smiles.  From total strangers, especially those who don’t know what on earth she’s doing in Sri Lanka.  That smile has a name: Resilience.  We have survived all kinds of invasions.  We will not be deterred by judgment, especially by the partial (even if they tell themselves ‘We are fair’).

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    What open mind is needed when

    i. ICRC is prevented from going into a battlezone bombed and shelled like hell for months (no journalists allowed , no UN allowed …) but quickly builds an oppressive monument and unveils it while keeping 300,000 people inside camps guarded by barbed wire and military troops with restricted access for aid agents:
    President unveiled monument on 9 December 2009, http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20091209_06

    ii. a psychologically oppressive ”monument” is installed when IDPs were released to go to their lands where their houses have been badly damaged but aid agents were restricted from helping them – they didn’t have even drinking water but the grass is watered here:
    Defence Secretary unveiled war memorial on 9 May 2010, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEes9C-TB00

    iii. one more monstrous monument:
    Defence Secretary unveiled monument on 30 April 2010, http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20100430_09

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      Ha…. Malinda described himself well….. “There were scurrilous documents authored by pen-for-hire ‘scribes’ who are either utterly naïve or incompetent or else suffered traumatic childhoods”

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    Which pro-Tiger is behind this which leaves nothing covered in the first six decades of post-independence Sri Lanka:

    ‘’Paradise Poisoned is the principal product of a seventeen year project, devoted to understanding linkages between deadly conflict, terrorism and development, by viewing them through the lens of Sri Lanka’s post-independence history, from 1948 through 1988. ….. Sri Lanka provides a lens for viewing many challenges with which development practitioners and leaders of developing nations have grappled in the post-World war II era – and for learning from them. My intention is to provide answers to the question, ‘how did we come to this’ that will help craft more humane, peaceable, sustainable future development scenarios. Such scenarios could make it unnecessary for future generations to contemplate protracted deadly conflict’s legacies – suffering, devastation and hopelessness – as Sri Lankans, Rwandians, Bosnians, Ahghanis and many others have had to do. My vision is of a day when no citizens in today’s developing nations will have to ask ‘how did we come to this? …..‘’My vision is of a day when no citizens in today’s developing nations will have to ask ‘how did we come to this?’ Paradise Poisoned will have achieved its purpose when that day comes” – Paradise Poisoned: Learning about Conflict, Terrorism and Development from Sri Lanka ‘s Civil Wars by John Richardson, American University(2005)

    ” …In each, the party previously in opposition gained decisive power on a platform that promised fundamental change. After each election, there were missed opportunities for initiatives that could have addressed many concerns of Tamil community members, while simultaneously respecting the concerns of all but the most radical Sinhalese nationalists. In each instance, however, Sri Lanka’s political leaders chose not to expend their political capital in this way but instead, to accede to demands of the radicals. … it will be useful to seek lessons from periods when Sri Lankan political leaders, like President Mahinda Rajapaksa, had such overwhelming political support that they were in a position, if they chose, to expend political capital by taking concrete steps toward communal reconciliation. …” – Prospects For Post Conflict Reconciliation And Development In Sri Lanka: Can Singapore Be Used As A Model? Prof John Richardson, http://groundviews.org/2010/11/05/prospects-for-post-conflict-reconciliation-and-development-in-sri-lanka-can-singapore-be-used-as-a-model/

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    Navi Pillay should have refused to visit Sri Lanka when 10 UN Special Post Holders are denied entry – she cannot certainly cover what 10 UNSRs should have been covering,

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    oi ignorant fool malindaaaa, what are you on about. open mind for what.
    so you expect ms pillai to come to shit lanka with an open mind. i don’t think i will be able to come to that shit hole knowing sinhala [Edited out] like you have killed over 40,000 innocent tamils and raped thosands of tamil women. your tribe even tried to penetrate their willy into dead girls vaginas. by the way with open mind or without i will never st foot on that filthy soil.in my opinion sinhalas are dirty pariahs and shit lanka is a pariah country.

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    She can walk around the South and the West and imagine that the North and the East could be like that too.

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    ”She can think ‘resettlement’ and think of IDP camps she’s known and re-settlement programs that haven’t got off the ground in countries with immense resources. She can think rehabilitation and integration and ask herself which country held to ransom by terrorists and terrorism rehabilitated and reintegrated into society more than 10,000 terrorists and terrorist suspects, against whom there hasn’t been even a single police complaint since” is the wish of many in the North and the East as reported by many conscientious Sinhalese visitors and journalists as well as non-Sinhalese visitors and journalists.

    This author contradicts so many other Sinhalese authors on this page, but hopes the Rajapakses will read his article and award him duly.

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    This donkey writer is again on his mission.

    He is an another example degrees cant make SINHALAYA capable for good work for the nation.

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    Pillay will see only what she will be allowed to see, and hear only what she will be allowed to hear,and speak only with those ‘approved’ by the government.
    Her predecessor Louise Arbour watched as the army beat back civilians in jaffna who wanted to hand over writen submissions to her.
    Now the government is jittery that Ananthi Sasitharan a TNA candidate may tell her how her husband along with hundreds of others ‘disappeared’ after beng seen surrendering to the army.
    Suddenly the president has established the usual ‘dummy’ commission to look into this – four years after it happened.
    The army wants war widows to come all the way to colombo to meet Pillay (!) – knowing that they cannot do so.

    If Malinda thinks that Pillay is a fool,he should think again.
    He is worried and is trying to cover up what may happen – Pillay discovering the truth about Malinda’s boss and what his army & police did & are doing.

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      who the president the idiot and his media men are going to deceive, and for how long ?

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    She is a Tamil woman. How can she have an open mind?

    Being Tamil she is part of the damn problem.

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      if she is a sinhala woman she will have an enlarged opening elsewhere.

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      Oh Yes Leela..
      *) Pilay, UN High Commissioner HR is bias, Tamil (getting bribes from LTTE & TN) .. bad women..
      *)Eric Solheim is a womanizer … bad man
      *)All UN officers who were in SL (Gordon Weiss) told lies for money paid by LTTE. .. Cheap people
      *)Darusman and Judge Sooka (SA) wrote bias report after taking kickbacks.. .. Cheap people..
      Ha ha …..

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      Fathima Fukushima

      “She is a Tamil woman. How can she have an open mind? Being Tamil she is part of the damn problem.”

      The president,
      The Prime minister
      Almost all ministers,
      Army, Navy, Airforce commanders,
      IGP,
      All Secretaries to Ministries including MOD,
      Chief justice,
      North East Governors,
      Head of Sanghas,
      Central Bank Governor,
      ……

      All of the above are Sinhala/Buddhists.

      They being Sinhala/Buddhist is the whole problem.

      There is solution for the Sinhala/Buddhist problem. Convert all of them to Buddhism, though easier said than done.

      No harm in trying.

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      Of all the 7 billion people in the world, UN found a Tamil woman to check on Moda Singalayas.

      Karma at work – you reap what you sow.

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        That is the exact problem, there are 7 billion people live in the world but only few thousand tamil LTTE terrorist were the most brutal terrorist and inhumane group in the world

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    “One thing she can be assured about is that whether she comes with open or closed mind, whether she sheds her biases or not, she will see a lot of smiles. From total strangers, especially those who don’t know what on earth she’s doing in Sri Lanka. That smile has a name: Resilience. We have survived all kinds of invasions. We will not be deterred by judgment, especially by the partial (even if they tell themselves ‘We are fair’).”

    Well said.

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      What you are trying to say is, you have undergone all kinds of suffering that suffering has become normal. So, it is a never ending resilience.

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    “My enemy’s enemy, is my friend.’

    What a gem of a quote to describe our current “Opposition”

    Jaffna is growing at 20 % plus per annum.

    Batti is becoming a vibrant city and a major agri centre.

    Not a single suicide bomb, or a roadside bomb.

    No Child Soldiers for over four years perhaps forcing the UN to close their Srilankan desk.

    What has the UNP lead by Ranil contributed to this outcome?.

    Teaming up with the TNA, Mangala Samaraweera and have taken on board even Drunks Monks,

    Ms Pillai has not divulged any of the sources , let alone names of the people who helped her to make the list of the victims whom she allege were killed by the Srilankan Govt in Nanthikadal..

    And it ranges from her own 40thou, to 100,thou from Mr MacCrae.

    Hope Ms Pillai will at least keep her Eyes open when walking around.

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      K A SUMANAWATHIE

      Jaffna is growing at 20 % plus per annum?????.

      With the Dowry money from RajaPassa??????.
      ANd 20 % commission from all projects?.
      Do not Touch Foreign Remittances.

      Batti is becoming a vibrant city and a major agri centre?????.

      Water and fertiliser delivered free from Rajapassa Coffers???.
      Laboured by Killer Gangs. Or RANAVIRUWO??.

      Some says at Gampaha, “WHY WE GAVE BLOOD FOr THE KILLERS.”

      ISN@T IT A SHAME FOR US SINHALESE,
      BECAUSE THIS THUG CLAN OF RAJAPASSA Ordered them to kill wantonly.

      Not a single suicide bomb, or a roadside bomb?????????.
      But Killings and arsons Spree is going on with white vans and Police Contractors.

      No Child Soldiers for over four years perhaps forcing the UN to close their Srilankan desk?????????.

      But UPFA Child rapists with Rajapassa’s clans and goons patronage is every where.

      What has the UNP lead by Ranil contributed to this outcome??????.
      RANIL W IS a collaborator with Rajapassa.
      So are The J V P.
      So What more Contributions asking So called patriots,

      Teaming up with the TNA, Mangala Samaraweera and have taken on board even Drunks Monks????????,

      Rajapassa Was On Board with LTTE, and gave the MOKSHA pill to Pirabaharan clan and family
      AND NOW All the killers K P, KARUNA, PILLAYAN, DOGIYA,DUMIYA, MARWIYA are Hanging On the SAATAKAYA and become YAKUSA Contractors.
      so all the Business with Medamulana.

      People’s bank, Sugar company, Sampoor, C E B. Petroleum crop are on the way to 20% Commission and all going to Indians.

      Now days, NOT ONLY MS Pillai but also SRI LANKANS are keeping their Eyes open when walking around.
      So do not think All the Sri lankans are not Morons And Looters Like Your pay master.

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        Mistake On typo,
        It should read as
        So do not think All the Sri lankans are
        Morons And Looters Like Your pay master.

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      Leelo,
      you are now nearly 70.
      So why not you try to learn to see things with much more neutral ? What brings you if your conscience disagrees you but you have to stay cover up for the survival of others ?

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        Dan, this Leela and his pay masters Gota, MaRa, Gunadasa Amarasekara, Nalin de Silva, Hasanthamahaththayo Suriyapperuwa, all will be gone for good soon as they all are in 60s and seventies. Champika and Gnanasara will be end up in mental asylum and Gammanpila, Dilantha Withanage etc are podiyens dont know they are sitting or standing.
        the rest will be vanished into thin air.
        Then the peace will prevail in this beautiful land.
        Sadu sadu….
        Om shantho om….
        Amen…..

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        leela, old bag like you shouldn’t be in this forum. you should stay in an old peoples home.

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    Navi – wrong. INGO – Wrong. Darusman – Wrong
    Great freedom with roadblocks and checkpoints at almost every junction gone, but people are now scared to go to church and mosques.Journalists are still being hounded.Some people lost the rights to their ancestral homes and lands and this trend still continues.Long live Malinda with his freedom

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    /*.This regime is not the best on earth. It has erred horrendously on many counts. In this, there’s very little to pick between this regime and its predecessors going all the way back to 1977 at least. */

    Whether it is tamil, muslims, catholics or buddhists it is all Sri Lankans. It looks bad on the leaders to admit the regime had erred on it’s people.

    Leaders 1st priority is to look after the people. ANd even worse that a 3rd party outsider have to tell us to look after our own people.

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    Ms Pillay has good credentials. She is known to be a fighter for the underdog. Whether she succeeds depends on how she perceives the Tamil nazi’s in the region. For this she needs to rise above her tribal conscience.

    As Tamil nazi would have it, the army killing surrendering LTTE leadership tantamount to a “war crime”. Keeping to contemporary laws and values governing war this would be a crime.

    Although LTTE policy was no surrender under any circumstances. The LTTE leadership violated their own code of conduct by surrendering. They forced others in lower ranks to commit suicide without surrendering for almost 3 decades. When its their turn they come out waving the white flag embarrassingly. What the army did was in fact ensuring LTTE leadership follow its own code of conduct. Therefore there is no standpoint from a moral standpoint.

    Secondly, the constitution only affords protection to those who obey the 6th amendment. There is no constitutional obligation to follow due process to anyone who do not accept sovereignty of the Sri Lankan republic. They can certainly take it to ICC although Sri Lanka is not a signatory. Therefore from a legal standpoint there is no case worthwhile to pursue either.

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      Vibhushana

      I see few words sprinkling from your key board which means nothing to me but seems far more important to you. Therefore I am curious to learn the reason as to why you have attached unnecessary importance though they are ordinary words, for eample:

      Tamil nazi
      her tribal conscience.
      no standpoint from a moral standpoint.
      sovereignty of the Sri Lankan republic
      legal standpoint

      Could you define the above phrases so as to establish consensus ad idem. We don’t want any confusion, then explain to me in Sri Lankan context.

      I would be most grateful.

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    I am glad that Navi Pillay was even conscious enough to say I come with an open mind, when her mind really should be pretty closed up about a seemingly civilised but violent set of rulers. Forget the war for a moment, what have we Sri Lankans seen since the war? FTZ furore, Prison bloodshed, FUTA, Rathupaswela, intelligence personnel hovering around every lane and culvert, UDA developing cities sweeping aside and bulldozing buildings with no advanced warning, useless white elephants being built, corruption, media clampdown,religious hate and extremism, Violence against women and children reaching unprecendented levels, local government politicians on the rampage every day.

    I wonder how she can open her mind being weighed down by all these. Paradise Poisoned, Governance Disappeared. We might have to use forceps to keep her mind open.

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      Well said Kala, after all he is writing for his masters in the junta.

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    “Well, words are words, can be used to communicate, can be used to miscommunicate, to lie and distort, play down or exaggerate.”
    You must have been looking in the mirror, you …., when you wrote this. But then, being as TOTALLY without shame as you are, maybe you weren’t!
    [Edited out]

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    Malinda…if I wanted to hear an [Edited out] speak – I would’ve farted.

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    You people are just talking BS.

    I think, NAvi pilley will be looking around for her safety because she knows that she is not popular at all among Sri Lankans and she is not going to be a superstar when she arrives in Sri Lanka. It is completely a completely a political maneuver.

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      Sri Lanka is feeling the heat (shiting) after arm twisted to allow Ms Navi Pillai to meet war victims in Jaffna. It is all about finding how the investigations are ‘Progressing’ & ‘Accountability’ fixed on the Sinhala Murderers & Sri Lanka has been forced to co-operate in her ‘Investigations’.

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    How much more maligned can this this Maligned Seneviratne be?

    Navi Pillai was a highly respected Judge in South Africa who dished out justice against gross abuses by the Apartheid regime for people of all walks of life.

    The attitude of the author shows how the so-called writers in Sri Lanka value judges with integrity both inside and outside Sri Lanka.

    She has discharged strikingly her duties as prosecutor of war crimes and genocide in former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda.

    The author nakedly exposes his warped majoritarian mind set.

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    “Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor”

    Sholom Aleichem

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    Malinda, the mentally retarded needed an open mind first.You bloody racist. UN high commissioner is not your srilankan government high post where petrol station employee can be hired.

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    If this author Malinda Seneviratne has any integrity or honesty, he won’t write such a nasty article about a well respected judge in South Africa, and a highly respected international war crimes prosecutor. This shows his cheapskate venomous writing in support of the ruling junta.

    It’s not the Tamils who appointed her as the UNHRC chief, it’s the nations of the UN. Still he goes on questioning her impartiality, just like MARA questioned the former Chief Justice and disgraced her because she was trying to be impartial. Mr M S, you on behalf of the junta can’t fool people all the time. This man has has no respect for justice just like his masters.

    “Well, words are words, can be used to communicate, can be used to miscommunicate, to lie and distort, play down or exaggerate.”:
    Says M S, well you are the master of words to twist facts to suit your masters whims and fancies. Judges are not used to such twisting of words, but opinion vendors like you do for a living!

    He claims: ” None of the claims treated as fact by Navi Pillay are substantiated; dig from source to source and one ends up with an LTTE spokesperson or someone held hostage by the LTTE as Source No 1.

    Will someone held hostage by the LTTE give evidence against the govt. or against the LTTE, I ask his warped mind?

    This idiotic author talks about “judge-baggage”: What is judge-baggage – it’s justice. Does he want justice or favor for his Sihalese extremist masters.

    This state terrorist author, like many Sinhlese etremists, can’t imagine an open mind or an open heart from a Tamil woman, except open legs!

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    Has Malinda Seneviratne any integrity to write such a nasty article about a well respected judge in South Africa, and a highly respected international war crimes prosecutor? This shows his cheapskate venomous writing in support of the ruling junta.

    It’s not the Tamils who appointed her as the UNHRC chief; it’s the nations of the UN. Still he goes on questioning her impartiality, just like MARA questioned the former Chief Justice and disgraced her because she was trying to be impartial. Mr M S, you on behalf of the junta can’t fool people all the time. This man has has no respect for justice just like his masters.

    “Well, words are words, can be used to communicate, can be used to miscommunicate, to lie and distort, play down or exaggerate.”:
    Says M S, well you are the master of words to twist facts to suit your masters whims and fancies. Judges are not used to such twisting of words, but opinion vendors like you do for a living!

    He claims: “None of the claims treated as fact by Navi Pillay are substantiated; dig from source to source and one ends up with an LTTE spokesperson or someone held hostage by the LTTE as Source No 1.”
    Does he want the war-crime accused Sri Lanka to substantiate the claims? Furthermore, he conveniently forgets that SL armed forces personnel sold video clips they took during the war to Channel 4 documentary.

    Will someone held hostage by the LTTE give evidence against the govt. or against the LTTE, I ask his warped mind?

    This idiotic author talks about “judge-baggage”: What is judge-baggage – it’s justice. Does he want justice or favour for his Sinhalese extremist masters.

    This state terrorist author, like many Sinhalese extremists, can’t imagine an open mind or an open heart from a Tamil woman, except open legs!

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    This Malinda is prostituting what ever English language and journalistic skills he has, ever since he obtained a virtually free education at Harvard University, USA. He was part of various extreme left and Sinhala Buddhist supremist organizations when he was a student at Peradeniya in mid or late 1980s.

    The ultra useful internet has details about this Malinda’s past escapades – there are reports, affidavits, and documents about him hiding in a Sinhala Buddhist temple with a Sinhala terrorist group during the brainless JVP’s Sinhala terrorism in the late 1980s. Malinda had been tipped off that the Sinhala terrorist Sri Lanka army was going to raid the hideout in the Buddhist temple. This Malinda’s Extreme Left Sinhala Buddhist comrades fume and froth that Nalin Seneviratne Commander of the SLA from 1985 to 1988 was probably the one who tipped off Malinda about the impending raid. This Nalin is Malinda’s father, diplomat Gamini’s brother.

    So he had abandoned his fellow JVP terrorists and fled! The remaining pathetic JVP terrorists hiding in the Sinhala Buddhist temple of all places (and using the Sinhala bikkus as a human shield), had to face the terrorist Sinhala Buddhist army after Malinda bolted! I advice CT readers to research this eppisode to find out for themselves the calibre of this Malinda’s character.

    This hypocritical Malinda abondoned his studies at Peradeniya (I am not sure of dates and details), and greedily grabbed a huge scholarship award to do a Bachelor’s degree at Harvard Univesity in the Ultra Capitalist USA – without practicing the extreme leftism, JVP terrorism he was preaching to other Swabasha (Sinhala language) educated JVP terrorists. The groups of Sinhala Buddhists Malinda belongs to, were the ones who turn ultra green with envy and ultra jealous of the Tamils and Burgers (Sinhalese with Portugese or Dutch mixture) who worked hard to study English and obtained jobs in Ceylon and Sri Lanka through merit.

    The groups of Sinhala Buddhists this Malinda belongs to, were the ones who hysterically egged on SWRD to introduce the disasterous Sinhala only act in 1956. But this hypocritical Malinda ran away to the Ultra Capitalist USA and had no qualms accepting a huge scholarship from Harvard – out of his pocket he would have spent only around $10 thousand over 4 years for the extremely expensive Harvard bachelor degree.

    This hypocritical and ungrateful Malinda then came back to Sinhala Buddhist Lanka and rarely misses a chance in his warped English articles to denigerate the USA! He cunningly obtained his Harvard education by going against whatever Marxist principles he has. Ever since then he keeps constantly winding up his stupid and lazy Sinhala extremist comrades (who don’t speak or understand any English). These lazy Sinhala Buddhist masses then turn ultra green with envy when they see hard working Tamils or Muslims doing well in life (90% of the Burgers have been successfully chased out of Shri Lanka).

    So from 1958 to 2009 these lazy Sinhala Buddhist masses looted and stole from Tamils with the blessings of their governments and Sinhala Buddhist police and army who cheered them on. Now these lazy Sinhala Buddhist masses want to loot and steal from Muslims and their goverment is delighted abouth their plans!

    I was a student at S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia, the same time this Malinda (1983 A Level Class) was a student at the rival school Royal College. Vasee Nesiah knew me at STC. Most of my family studied at STC, but we had had many Royalist friends.

    I was very surprised to hear that this Malinda’s mother, the Royal College English teacher Mrs. Indrani Seneviratne, was a decent and respected lady who even treated quite well, the Tamil students in the racially segregated (thanks to SWRD) Tamil medium class!

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      This gets an A++ from me for ignorance. A++ for analytical inability. A++ for getting facts all wrong. I will leave out the ‘opinion’ parts and comment on the rest. I was not a member of any organization, Sinhala Buddhist Supremist or otherwise, when I was at Peradeniya. Internet: be careful where you go and what you take, there’s as much crap as there is useful content. If you don’t have brains, you could get it all wrong and sound a perfect idiot. That’s what has happened to you, unfortunately. I was never in a temple, ‘Sinhala Buddhist’ (sic) or otherwise, in the 1980s. In the late 1980s I was in Boston, MA, on a full scholarship from Harvard University, the political economy of which I wouldn’t waste time explaining to an ace moron. My father’s name is Gamini Seneviratne. He was in the administrative service. He was not a diplomat. His brother’s name is Upali Seneviratne, formerly of the Police, retired in the early 1980s. See what happens when idiocy mines the internet? 
      SWRD was dead before I was born! 

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        I will be posting a detailed reply to Malinda, at the end of this Comments section.

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    The writer writes about Navi Pillay’s statement about being open minded, with some denial and blindness.
    He writes as if he is unaware that Navi Pillay has been demonized, insulted, and accused of being in the payroll of Tamil lobbies, even before she decided to make this short trip. Talk of pre judge! As if the Sri Lankan regime, has been straightforward and welcoming of investigations, regarding the horrible atrocities someone had authorised in the North. How can ANY international official NOT have doubts about a government that stalls, avoids, lies, and dismisses any credible proof, that pertains to said atrocities? The Rajapaksa regime has earned for itself the dubious reputation of being guilty of crimes accused of, by their OWN responses and actions. The writer obviously one of their faithful supporters, has already shed a negative light on an UN official, the predictable response to most UN officials who have asked the Sri Lankan regime for investigations and accountability.
    The Rajapaksa’s with the help of their merry men, seems to have mastered the art of dodging.
    As for Navi Pillay, a few days will not be sufficient to reveal all the atrocities Sri Lankans had to endure up in the North.

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    Does Pillay got an open mind in the first place???
    If she has, it must be similar to that of Darusmann.

    Then where was that open mind during 30 years when the LTTE was committing HR violations? Suffering from dimentia??

    What if a very Tamil Lady show her a Bata slipper during her travels now that 80 TNA political members have crossed over to the UPFA…
    Vgineshwaran’s position is getting weaker by the day…
    Will the Rajapashes pull off another stunner only for the TNA to yell FOUL or OFF SIDE?

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    Malinda says about Navi

    Well, words are words, can be used to communicate, can be used to miscommunicate, to lie and distort, play down or exaggerate. Pillay knows words. Pillay employs them. And there are times she’s silent.

    The same thing can be said of Malinda

    Well, words are words, can be used to communicate, can be used to miscommunicate, to lie and distort, play down or exaggerate. Malinda knows words. Malinda employs them. And there are times he’s silent.

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    I do not think casting aspersions on her is fair. Just because she is Tamil does not mean she is a LTTE-er. That is not fair by her. She was fed reports from many sources and she chose to believe the most sensational ones just like many liberal minded westerners. Lies repeated oft become truth by that repetition. However, she cannot be blamed for going by unverified and uncollated reports during a time when the fogs of war were so thick that no one knew what was going on. However she is best if she looks to the future and look at the current state of HR and plight of tamils than digging up the war;s conclusion which has brought so much relief to everyone. LTTEers pretended to be civilians and did not fight in uniforms. They conscripted thousands. A lot of those killed were LTTER fighters and their civil defence personnel. They were not civilians. Those who surrendered really did so too late and it seems they were disposed of just the way JVP leaders were disposed of and even in the way the US has disposed of terrorist leaders. Again, those people could have surrendered in January. They did so only at the last minute when they realized the US and India were not coming to bail them out. They did disappear but that was grobr. i am sadder by the tragic civilian deaths than that of surrendered terrorists. Look at how the US shot and killed hundreds of Japanese who surrendered in Okinawa and Iwo Jima. They did not know what to do with these fighters.

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    Reminds me of the BEE GEES song “its only words and words are all i have to take your heart away”.

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