21 July, 2019

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Radhika Coomaraswamy Gets Her Brother Indrajit’s Previous Job At John Keells Holdings 

In an interesting move, international human rights activist Radhika Coomaraswamy has been appointed a non-Executive Director of John Keells Holdings, one of largest blue-chip conglomerates in Sri Lanka.

Radhika Coomaraswamy is the sister of Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy, a man in the driving seat of the Sri Lankan economy.

Indrajit Coomaraswamy too held the same position before he became the Central Bank Governor. After his Central Bank appointment, however, Coomaraswamy stepped down from the JKH hob as his continuation as a non-Executive Director would amount to conflict of interest.

Radhika Coomaraswamy functioned as a member of the Constitutional Council for three years. Although her term came to an end recently, there were speculations that she would be re-appointed for another term. However, JKH appointment confirms that Coomaraswamy will not seek a fresh term as a member of the Constitutional Council.

Despite her seemingly unimpeachable stature as the former Under Secretary General of the United Nations and Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict (2006-2012), Radhika Coomaraswamy does not possess an impeccable track record. She had been caught redhanded trying to suppress a report on human rights violations in order to get the Government go-ahead necessary to secure the plum UN post and thereafter lying about it.

Coomaraswamy stirred much controversy towards the end of her tenure as the Chairperson of Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Council over an unpublished report on human rights violations that were widely condemned. The said report was commissioned during the time she sat on the Council. The report, put together by T. Suntheralingam, a retired judge, who acted as the Special Rapporteur of an inquiry into high profile violations including the killing of five students in Trincomalee in January 2006.

That report was never made public by the Human Rights Commission or the then Government. It finally entered the public domain when Colombo Telegraph published it in January 2014.

The controversy over the report stemmed from Coomaraswamy’s statements to Colombo Telegraph at the time the Colombo telegraph published the report. She insisted in the first instance that the report had not been finalised. She said that neither she nor Dr Deepika Udagama (also a member of the Council) had seen a finalised report before they left the Council. She said “Neither she nor I can remember the contents and if it had been finalized we would surely have remembered.”

However, after we published the story quoting an investigator who insisted that the report had been finalised PRIOR to Dr Coomaraswamy’s departure to the UN, she changed her position, Coomaraswamy was forced to acknowledge that she was aware that the report had been finalised and that she had even received it and ordered it to be published. She said however that she didn’t have the time to read the report.

These circumstances indicate irresponsibility or incompetence or both on her part considering the enormity of the allegations and as importantly the seriousness of the findings. The report revealed the involvement of security forces in the said violations. Had the findings been published or been discussed it would have in the very least put pressure on the security forces to be more disciplined in the execution of operations against the LTTE, human rights activists who wish to remain anonymous say.

Strangely, Sri Lanka’s articulate human rights advocates as well as INGOs which profess a keen interest in rights issues never thought fit to question Coomaraswamy over this glaring act of negligence. As strange is the fact that this lobby did not take up the report when Colombo Telegraph finally published it in January 2014, giving rise to the view that they would sideline an important discussion and with it sweep aside notions of justice, truth and retribution rather than cause embarrassment to Coomaraswamy.

Incidentally Dr Coomaraswamy was appointed to the Human Rights Commission when Ranil Wickremesinghe became Prime Minister in 2001.

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    With her Academic credentials and class coupled with her past HOLDINGS as Under-Secretary General-United Nations and Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict, Chairman Human Rights Council Srilanka, Constitutional Council etc etc is it not Infra dig for her to move into John Keels HOLDINGS?
    JKH is for for folks like Ken Balendra and Susantha Ratnayake!
    Anyway, this is not a high profile posting; Mostly about Sausages,Bacon and that sort of thing!

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      Agreed. She can await a pampered allowance from the tobacco company as well. The joint operation to kill the youth using the might of the largest company with capital assets and the largest of the capital market
      Cheers

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    Radhika Coomaraswamy should be REMOVED FROM THE CONSTITUTIONAL COUNCIL forthwith. When she was arbitrarily appointed, many opposed to her appointment at the time.
    Indrajit Coomaraswamy who was a complete outsider was appointed as the Governor, Central Bank by the President. After how many years now, he has proved that he knows nothing about financial or fiscal policies. He should be replaced with a senior official in the Central Bank.

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      Idiot Champa,
      Did you protest when that complete outsider Cabraal was appointed to the CB?

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        Raman, Whether he knows the job or not, it is okay as long as a Tamil is in place?

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          Very lowly mohamed, very lowly indeed.

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      What about your through business and financial knowledge as you to appoint to the Crown of Central Bank.

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      Champa, you prefer to replace him with a Singla Mahatheyek?

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      Champagne are you serious about what you have said about indrajit coomaraswamy and his knowledge of fiscal policies? If not would it have been nicer if you remained silent.

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    Vellala nepotism at it’s best. They have held many important positions in the government and private sector in the past. And yet somehow they have become “victims”.

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    Comment by dr.. Hoola,
    The man or women merits or demerits depend on his or her that Ethnic background while commenter said by of Hoola?
    Needless to say according to reading of that by Hoola ….say Radika…C….. and Indrajith C… both of them are Tamil-origin by birth ; their were perfect that every sphere of life which … that Role Played in World organization.
    Indeed that Hools count on that background of their Tamil-Origin in without any deficit of their deeds their past present and future.

    That is another myth Hooal had been denied by Injrath Coomarasamy had been an involved of Rajatham of Inside Trading Wall street stock market that company affiliated to LTTE hard line politics.. IC was leading members of Director such organization….working in New York some time back since 2008!

    We feel that both them are an ideologically belongs to anti-establishments -politics by covered operation of “Human Rights” manipulations through out the world!!!.

    They (RC+IC) both were belongs to think-tank of Tamil school of separatism .
    These truth of fact of which that cannot denied by their are of (RC+IC) historical deeds and role played from the very inceptions of LTTE Tamil-Terrorism when came into being.

    Undoubtedly their (RC+IC) international role of that US=UK so-called “Human Rights” covered operation under the privileges of UNO various Commissions>
    This mask has been an unveiled by right-thinking people of world?

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      Instead of this harangue why not simply say, “Indrajit and Radhika have surnames which sounds Tamilish.

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    This is all a non issue and for what we wonder. She is a NON executive director, boards meet once or twice a month, JKH is not a financial institution, it is not a human rights body, All this venom for what reason. Women in positions of power attract so much anger and hatred.?

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      Well said P.Thomas.

      The condition you refer to is called JEALOUSY, the single most damning mental illness among most Sri Lankans.

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    sinhala_man

    how about radika as the common presidential candidate of yahapalanaya.With her UN experience she will know how to tackle the UN too.Also for those who say that sinhalese discriminate against tamils,it will be a fitting reply.Only problem is how to make sira to step aside .He should be reminded again and again his pledge to run only for one term before he was elected.

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      shankar, Your comments are consistently wayward. You seem to be from another planet. What is your agenda … ?

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        thappu

        no agenda mate.I have a gut feeling that she will be a wonderful president.It is worth trying out even if it means reducing the presidents powers some more in order to placate the sinhalese.The president should be a person who is a non politician.

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    This article and comment thread disgust me and remind me why I left Sri Lanka

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      Bye bye. No will miss you.

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    John Keells has borrowed massive loans for the non-casino project in slave island. This project is a massive dud by Susantha ratnayake and his Uncle pb Jaya Sundera. Now balendra family has to save John Keells and buy time from banks using Coomaraswamy and Sister. Long live nepotism!

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      John Keells also posted massive profits for many years running

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    John Keels is again in Tamil hands. Like father Balendran jr will stack the board and senior management with Tamils. Cargills food city is also 100% Tamil owned. Indrajit Coomaraswamy sees into everything – Tamilisation of Sri Lanka’s business.

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    We want women on corporate boards and no-one is better suited than her.

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    Do men and women work on corporate boards with their genitals or private parts? What Sri Lanka badly needs is s MERITOCRACY! Whether some one is A man or woman is not the issue.

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      T.Ruth ~ ” ………What Sri Lanka badly needs is s MERITOCRACY!…….”.
      Meritocracy cannot sprout in the soil of the culture of corruption/nepotism/impunity

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        Have you seen her CV- what greater meritocracy than that idiot

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    Very pretty woman. She will beat our Rosy S by 1 mile

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      She could have picked a less owlish pair of glasses.

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    Radhika is filling the chair of Indrajit as long as he is the governor.

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    Sigmy

    Like you lot think Rosy S is the prettiest woman Sri Lanka has ever produced. While her beauty is unquestioned I think Shiranthi Raja, Paba, Geetha, Sabitha and Jacqueline F and (A)pavithra are more pretty.

    May be I’m wrong, you tell me

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    What you need for High Posts, is connection and ability to cover up frauds , corruption, and violations. If I can remember well, Radhika abstained from the Constitutional Council when the selection of current Inspector General took place. It is a strategy of cunning fox, but betrayed Civil Society’s vision. For people like her, Human rights is a business of living and global glory and not the rights of affected parties.

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      She was not in the country know it all it was in the papers.

    • 0
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      Raza- and your business is?

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    I’m so glad she has gotten rid of her pottu

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      she got disgusted after meeting wiggie one day.Only women are supposed to put it.From that day onwards she said i’am not going to put it.He has made it a joke.

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    Minoli Yes, but our former first lady the Catholic woman has taken up the pottu instead. Saw photos of her at a beauty pagent recently?

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    The title of this article is wrong as Indrajit resigned from JK over 2 years ago and she is appointed now.
    To best of my information- E & O. E.
    1. JK requested her years ago to take Sithy Thiruchelvam’s place to develop JK’s their CSR portfolio
    2. The said report was handed in on the final day of the term of the HR commission and she gave an order to publish same
    3, The head of the civil rights commission confirmed that Suntheralingam informed her that she left an order that it be published but which her successor would have to implement
    However to say that Radhika does not posses an impeccable record appears to be fallacious if not a ” hatchet job”

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      Mithila,

      You are smart, not unlike Radhika – in double-tongue!

      In your statement “to say that Radhika does not posses an impeccable record appears to be fallacious” , the phrase “appears to be” is the critical, operational qualifier – meaning your conclusion is in fact “neither here nor there!” Another slime-ball attempt to shield an old pal?

      Here is the test of professional integrity needed for an impeccable record. Is it acceptable that after signing off on a Report one would claim that one was unaware of its contents, and would not take responsibility for the accuracy of the Report’s contents? What is the integrity when an educated and experienced legal expert chooses to do that? In my book, it is unacceptable deceipt, cowardice and utterly selfish and borders on betrayal of an affected community for personal bread crumbs!

      Nothing “impeccable” about that.

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        This is quite stupid for some reason Kumar you really have it in for her.

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          Thushara, Thomas,

          You got it wrong sonny boys.

          I have a thing for educated, highly educated, people misbehaving for personal benefits without due consideration to the implications to society — Dayan, Rajiva, Tamara, GL, Jeevan, Radhika… Sri Lanka’s cream of the crop!

          And then, I also have a thing for those who readily move to whitewash them!!

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            How does Radhika fit in with that motley crew. How can you place our Rohingya and child crusader with those who justified the worst crimes. In fact the motley crew accused of Radhika trying to use responsibility to protect in Sri Lanka. You are truly bonkers.

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              Thushara,

              Perhaps you have overlooked the following statement in the article. “She had been caught redhanded trying to suppress a report on human rights violations in order to get the Government go-ahead necessary to secure the plum UN post and thereafter lying about it.” Do you know what she lied about, and why she lied?

              Or perhaps you are still to get a firmer grip on what “impeccable” means!

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      If it was an independent report she is not supposed to edit it. If she had looked at it and edited you would screamed foul. Either way you have screamed foul because for some reason you have it in for her.

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    Bimal Manoda Godahewa,.

    Thanks

    I d rather like if you call me Minolika, noone calss me Minoli except one person

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    Raju Cumaraswamy who was just nobody (known to this writer) would never have dreamat that his son and daughter will hold such high most esteemed jobs in this country one day

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    Is she still single. I’m interested

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      over the hill but still able to thrill.

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      I have nothing to do with this self-styled Jeevan Hoot or his comment. These CT comments are getting crazier by the day.

      S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole
      a.k.a.Jeevan Hoole

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    Yes, Raju Cumaraswamy was ordinary. The two kids have done remarkably well. I think its their contacts and art of survival. Being Tamil helps you immensely these days.

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    104 comments on a non-issue
    Sri Lankan are motivated to attack only good and successful people

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