1 October, 2020

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Nothing Was Done About The LLRC Action Plan

By Rajiva Wijesinha –

Prof Rajiva Wijesinha

Reconciliation: Looking Forward xv – A Silver Lining?

I have discussed previously the different motivations of those criticize us internationally, and in particular at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The first motive is devious, and involves claiming that we have committed War Crimes. The second is in essence laudable, since it is designed to push us towards greater pluralism and political equity. This is essential for Reconciliation, and is bound up with implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. However, concentrating on that would I think yield better results, whereas the strategy now employed simply increases the influence of those who have no desire to move in such directions.

The third motive is the one expressed by the Americans, and others in recent times, namely worries caused by the impeachment of the Chief Justice. While I can understand such worries, they have little connection with either the issue of War Crimes or the need for greater pluralism. Though confusion has been caused by the irritation caused by the judgment delivered by Shirani Bandaranayaka with regard to the Divineguma Bill, it was not at all difficult for government to overcome the problems raised, by following the line the Supreme Court had in fact indicated.

Though I was sorry about the manner of the impeachment, I believe that there is a particularly welcome silver lining in this particular cloud, and it should help us to move forward on the most important issue that agitates our critics both here and abroad. I refer to progress on Reconciliation, which is painfully slow.

One reason for this is the lack of coherence with regard to implementation of the Action Plan based on the LLRC Recommendations. Designing such a plan was initially entrusted to the Ministry of External Affairs under the guidance of Mohan Peiris, but unfortunately nothing was done about this, contrary to the impression given to the President. As with implementation of the Interim Recommendations of the LLRC, he was assured that all was going well, whereas in fact progress was minimal, and the structures he thought had been put in place were not functioning. That is why, after the Geneva Resolution last year, preparation of an Action Plan was entrusted to Lalith Weeratunge, who turned up trumps, with the assistance of several efficient bureaucrats, including his Deputy.

I do not think it is fair to blame Mohan Pieris alone for all this. The man was simply overwhelmed with work, and it was foolish of government to thrust so much upon someone with little previous experience of government mechanisms, especially at a stage when he had difficulties with senior members of the Attorney General’s Department which he had been appointed to head from outside. I said as much to the Minister of External Affairs, who was critical of Mohan’s failure in New York to handle the impending Darusman Report satisfactorily, even though it was quite unfair to have expected him to achieve anything when our policy in that regard was incoherent.

When I told the Minister that Mohan should not have been asked to do so much, his response was that he should not have undertaken the task if he could not do it. That was the first occasion on which I was critical of the Minister, having previously assumed that he was the right man for the job. I told him that people were saying the same about him, which I do not think pleased him, but I fear that with every day that passes I am conscious that untold damage is being done to the country by the Minister taking on much more than he can chew. The latest confusion about whether Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe will lead the delegation to Geneva or not, combined with him not being kept informed about the High Commissioner’s communiqués, is symptomatic of the incapacity to build up a team that will probably destroy us.

For the moment though, with Mohan Pieris elevated to a position in which he  cannot undertake other responsibilities, perhaps implementation of the Action Plan will be entrusted to a more dedicated team which is able to ensure cooperation, communication and productive team work. If that happens, perhaps Shirani Bandaranayake would not have been impeached in vain.  

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    God Rajiva, aren’t we desperate for “silver linings” in the deep dark clouds swallowing us up..?! Please stop talking drivel!
    The appointment of Mohan Peris after impeachment of the real CJ MUST be the down fall of the Rajapase regime dictatorship. Professionals, Civil society, and citizens must and will continue to resist.
    The bar, lawyers, professionals, have not, and will not accept the absolutely corrupt Mohan Peris as the new CJ appointed by the Mahinder Rajapakse the dictator who is increasingly nervous, and the resistance to this appointment will mount slowly, hidden from view, and like a giant Tsunami which explodes when it hits land will one day sweep the corrupt Rajapakse brothers all the way to the Hague for a war crimes trial!
    This will happen despite the other corrupt crook and dictator Ranil Wickramasinghe who should be expelled from the UNP for his filthy underhand politics that mimics the Rajapassa brand of dictatorial politics

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      James Bond,

      I fully agree with you. People would have not suffered if we had a strong, honest and manly opposition leader. Unfortunately it was not. The latest news is Ranil is trying hard to keep Rajapakses in power so that the parliament as well as his position as opp.leader is saved……fearing of a public uprisal.

      Also president is planning to hire top British and International Law firms, private Lobbying, advocacy and legal groups,advertising and media outlets (similar to Bell Potinger)spending millions of foreign exchange to face next March UNHR resolution against Sri Lanka.

      These situations could have been avoided if MR would have followed last years simple LLRC recommendations.

      Utter waste of country’s resources and reputation.

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    How this [Edited out] can Chew Much Untanned Leather Of Unfaithful Governance of MADA MULAANA.

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    Just read a piece by Dayan J. At least he has the brains to see it as it is after he got the kick. Might not say much about the man’s integrity since he was defending the family and the regime as long as he was getting big fat euros (out of our pockets) but at least you can see there’s a brain behind all that ego.

    What a sad joke this Rajiva is in comparison? His diatribes add nothing to the discussion but is a waste of our time and energy. Mostly it’s about his personal agenda and his personal likes and dislikes of individuals. Do we really need to know what Rajiva thinks of X Y or Z?. Who the F cares..the poor sod he refers to not having government experience is now the Chief Justice..so clearly whatever Rajiva thinks his master thought otherwise.

    Any ways all I can request of this soon to be jobless looser is at least hangout with your mentor DJ, learn something without just exposing your ignorance. Come up with an argument (possibly backed up with facts) before you torture the readers with crap.

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    The government should hand over the implementation of the LLRC to someone like the writer of this article – Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, who did an excellent job after the last phase of the war in 2009/10 as Secretary of that relevant Ministry and also as head of the Peace Secretariat. Whatever brickbats people like to throw at Rajiva, his sincerity and intelligence cannot be doubted.

    Come on government act now!

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    When will you learn that you can’t have your cake and eat it ? If you opposed the impeachment don’t try to find excuses for it.

    BTW ever heard of resigning if you don’t agree with what you masters are doing ? I know you did it in the past, what’s the difference now ?

    Is it just Ranil who is clinging to a post to enjoy luxury travel around the world ?

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    ”contrary to the impression given to the President” ?

    Rajapakses know every nook and corner of the government action because they determine every nook and corner of govt action.

    Please stop trying to shift the blame from the President who has the inhumanity to stop investigation into murders (Judge Udalagama offered to carry on investigations when the Commission was ordered to wind up after May 2009)

    Pl say in plain English that LLRC is not being implemented.

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    Great critics from Rajiva. I like them. They are hard but focusing at least on part of the plain truth. Not that biased as from the other ministers in the ruling bunch. That distinguishes him from the average predominant inefficient and incapable cabinet. I dont think that the readers got to read anything other than LLRC initiatives related portfolios when it was mentioned on Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe since last session- which was a year ago. He should be the one according to many who has to build up a team that have to work for the checks and implementations of the LLRC recommendations. Shortly after last sessions, it was reported that collegiality between GLP and MS was not the best in the held session. However, having read the current article, I feel this time it will be much harder – with not even 3 weeks ahead of the meeting, they seem to have no final decisions made yet who would lead the delegation. What all these ministers have been doing through out the year should be closely observed – making hopes before the president then again fulfilling only the little – will no means bring anything- neither to IC or people of the country. In making all these clear in the coming session will be MUCH harder than any previous sessions. What is becoming more clearer – there is not at all peace within the regime. Nor has the president – let alone the overview of entire LLRC implementations – UNSCRC sessions will be in 3 weeks.

    In the days to come, much more will come to surface.This is just one of the hard critics only, the explosions will for sure come consecutive manner – however, Coming color is not at all fine. LLRC recommendations were accepted as fine on theoretical level but implementations are beyond the margins of happening so long there is no efficiency in the regime.

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    Oh God save us from this daily load of venom from an irrelevant lost cause. Why do you make us suffer fools?

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    Thanks to the vastness of the English vocabulary, of which the Professor possess a good knowledge, that he is able to turn and twist issues in words in attempting to save his present designation by taking a position of ‘criticising’ and ‘not criticising’. But readers have now got used to such wavering stands and now take the views of those such as the Professor for ‘a pinch of salt’ now worth tasting it.

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      The last line of my comment should end thus……not worth tasting it.

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    The President has no work-plan re Geneva Issues it appears and since
    the last Resolution everything related to UNHRC/LLRC was treated as left- overs. It is always his Plan to make dicesion at the last moment,
    having waited for something “rich” to turn up. The most he can
    do now is to give-in willy-nilly to the last man who held the Post.
    This is a tendency of his no-care dictatorial governance. The results will be dismal. Watch out for March 2013.

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    Rajeeve’s whitewashing Mohan Peiris for not implementing the LLRC report is laughable.
    GLPeiris did not want it done – on orders of MR,who has hidden reports of many ‘Commissions’.
    The Chief Justice is now replaced by a Chief Injustice – corrupt to the core and a sycophant of MR.

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    Do not try to shift the balme from the War criminals the Rajapkases, Gota leading

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    RW concludes his article with the observation that, if as a result of Mohan Pieris being made CJ, responsibility for implementing the Action Plan is entrusted to more efficient hands, the impeachment of Shirani Bandaranayake would not have been in vain.

    What an extraordinary statement to make! I am surprised that RW, an otherwise sensible man, could have said this. He is saying in effect that it is worth sacrificing an innocent person, totally unconnected with the matter, if as a consequence responsibility for implementing the Action Plan, results in being moved and things now get done. Where is the justice, where is the equity, where is the logic in all this?

    Surely, there was no need for an innocent person to be sacrificed for the Action Plan to be implemented. If Mohan Pieris was unwilling or unable to implement the Action Plan the responsibility should have been taken away from him and given to someone capable of handling the task. You did not need to unfairly impeach the CJ so that in a convoluted sort of way, you achieved that objective.

    You do wonder how really convinced RW is that the impeachment of the CJ was not correct.

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    Rajiva, Rajiva, do you change your mind depending on what curry you had for dinner? Once again you are jumping to the other side (thoppi peralanawa), may be to protect your ministerial position. At least at this stage learn from your friend Dayan J how to stay focused. You are a disgrace to the Liberal Party and above all the educated masses of Sri Lanka. Please stop writing stupid articles and think we Sri Lankans will accept what you write. You are following the foot steps of GL -” yes sir no sir three bags full sir group”.

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      I thought ‘thoppi peralenawa’ is a term only used to refer to Muslims who change sides. Now it is clear that it is a general term used on anyone. So let us remember that there are ‘thoppi peralana’ characters in other communities as well. That is a relief. But such people are the ones who betray the interests of the people by their dubious act claiming to working on the interests of the people but only work to safeguard their self-interest. Of course that could be a liberal policy.

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    We have Modawansa – what do we have now?

    Gonsinghe?

    What a pathetic, cringing, my bread is buttered on both sides drivel.

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    Prof looks like something wrong with your meta data isn’t it?

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