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Radhika Coomaraswamy Receives Fondation Chirac Special Jury Prize 2012 In Paris

By Colombo Telegraph

On November 22nd, 2012, Radhika Coomaraswamy, former Under Secretary General of the United Nations/Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, was awarded the Special Jury Prize 2012 by the Fondation Chirac for her actions in favor of the protection of children during armed conflict in the presence of Bernadette Chiracwife of the former French president Jacques Chirac.

Radhika Coomaraswamy

Presenting the Special Jury Prize, former President of Senegal and Secretary General of La Francophonie, H.E. Abdou Diouf highlighted Coomaraswamy’s contributions to the protection of children during armed conflict “Dear Radhika Coomaraswamy, you appear in the same rank as these courageous womenwho devote their talent and energy to help the victims while making sure that their social rights are better protected both normatively and institutionally.

In her acceptance speech, Coomaraswamy thanked those who had inspired her throughout her career. “I must thank my mentor, Dr. Neelan Thiruchelvam, who inspired a generation of Sri Lankans to work for the values of peace, truth and justice until he was cruelly assassinated in 1999. I must also thank the peace and human rights community in Sri Lanka and South Asia in general for making me understand the importance of struggle and for fighting fearlessly for humanity and human rights despite difficult circumstances. […] Finally I would like to thank my family, my father, my brother and my mother. I dedicate this prize to her, to my mother and mothers everywhere who encourage their daughters to defy conventions, reach for the stars, to pursue their dreams so as to make the world a better place.” she said.

Dayan Jayatilleka and Sanja Jayatilleka with Radhika Coomaraswamy

The Foundation also awarded Father Francisco De Roux, s.j. Provincial of the Jesuits of Colombia, the prestigious Prize for Conflict Prevention for his action in favor of development and democracy in the Magdalena Medio area, in Colombia.

The laureates were selected by an international jury and a committee of experts. This year’s jury, presided by Jacques Chirac, was composed of leading peacemakers: Boutros Boutros-Ghali (former Secretary-General of the United Nations), Michel Camdessus (former Director-General of the International Monetary Fund), Joaquim Alberto Chissano (former President of Mozambique), Vaira Vike Freiberga (former President of Latvia), Federico Mayor (former Director-General of UNESCO), Andrea Riccardi (Minister for International Cooperation/Italy), Jean-Pierre Landau (Inspector-General of Finances), Ismaïl Serageldin (Director of the Library of Alexandria) and Simone Veil (former State Minister/France).

“The event was also attended by former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former Minister of Economy, François Baroin, French politicians and Ambassadors. Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka and Madam Sanja Jayatilleka were also present on this occasion.” says Sri Lankan embassy in Paris.

 

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    Well Done! Proud of you Madam!

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      Oh Oh, its wheels within wheels, as the attention seekers give and take awards: Dayan Jayatilleka is wooing Radihika Coomaraswamy the former NGO lady of Colombo.. after a frontal attack on the ICES that buried one of the country’s best research institutions..
      Another NGO lady who goes on Human Rights jaunts to Geneva is in bed with the dead leftist Vasu. The other fake feminist is Ranil Wickramasinghes wife.. Mahinda Rajapakse the great defender of Human Rights yesterday is the GREAT DICTATOR TODAY! All things change!

      Meanwhile as the Colombo NGO Feminists are silent on the impeachment of the first woman CJ of Sri Lanka!

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        Kindly cite a SINGLE attack on the ICES by me …:)

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          ;)~) ;) Zombies are looking for brains. Don’t worry. You’re safe.

          :) Comment dites-vous cela?

          Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell no lie…

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          We know of plenty of covert and overt attacks on intellectuals who have far more intellectual and moral integrity that you can dream of – particularly women academics, by you and your co-conspirator Rajiva Wijesinghe on ICES and in Singapore too!

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        “Mahinda Rajapakse the great defender of Human Rights yesterday is the GREAT DICTATOR TODAY!” ???

        Well if this is so, then it is at the pleasure of LANDSLIDE OF VOTERS IN SRI LANKA so I don’t think you as just one-puny-woony individual can be the judge uh? LOL

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      Victimology is good business in the Human Rights and NGO industry!
      Madam Radhika seems to have go fat playing the tune and singing the song of the victims..

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      Radhika and Chandrika Bandaranayake should get on the streets and rally the women of Lanka in defense of the country’s first woman Chief Justice in stead of running after fake awards..!

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    One more of the soil of Mother Lanka whose learning, capacity to teach and contributions have failed to impress the ruling elite. Years ago she was part of the Youth Commission – that produced a good report,copies of which we are unable to get for many years now.
    Her contributions to the growth and stature of ICES – identified with the fond memory of Neelan Tiruchelvam – is well known. ICES is a favourite stop of visiting internationally known academics and scholars
    due to the work of Neelan, Radhika and the late Reggie Siriwardena – among others.

    Senguttuvan

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    Dayan

    This is cheap politics.

    What Radhika got to do with you?

    You are becoming a bankrupt person of non-grata.

    Stop these sort of mean publicity.

    When Radhika was the under Secretary General of the United Nations/Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, she blamed your excellency’s government, especially Karuna and Dauglas as well.

    We didnt know that you are such a cheap character.

    Dont worry you next appoint will be to Cuba as you wish.

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      Both politicians missed the bus so
      they are running for the ambulance ;)

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      “What Radhika got to do with you?”

      Er…well, let’s see: quite apart from the fact that I am the Ambasssador of Sri Lanka to France and she’s won an award in Paris to which event the organisers invited me, we’ve been personal friends for almost three decades.

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        Good

        If the organisers has invited Dayan, did they ask ask him to take a photograph with Radhika and publish it in electronic media?

        Shame on you Dayan.

        You say that you know Radhika for almost three decades.

        Thank god, Radhika is still alive. Certainly she is not a member of JVP.

        You say that you are an Ambassador in France.

        Did you read the French news papers about the murder of a Tamil leader in Paris.

        Do you know the Prison conditions in France? If not, do read about it.

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          “murder of a Tamil leader in Paris” ???

          Oh dear really?

          We only read that it was – a LTTE LEADER in Paris! LMSSAO!!!

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          Dilan you are insulting our Ambassador in France.

          Didnt you read the statement by SL Ambassador in France that they have nothing to do with any crime committeed in Paris.

          Of course Dayan was a mischives boy in the past, but presently he is with our popular President Rajapaksa.

          It is better to say that Premadasa and Chandrika made use of Dayan rather than to Dayan was responsible for those attrocities.

          Dayan is a Catholic had his confession many times in past.

          Now he is even qualify to be a Pope in Vatican.

          Such a holy, sinless man

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        OaO :Quote”so I don’t think you as just one-puny-woony individual can be the judge uh?”Unquote …….WooHooo!

        I am so talented. I can listen to music and ignore you at the same time.

        Even if he is a minority of One, Truth is the Truth :)

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          Hi if Truth is the Truth

          Does this mean that you justified all killings of the JVPers in late 80s in the South.

          Did you take Chief Minister of then North East for a ride. Did you fool, Perumal?

          Paris killing is the work of the SL military intelligence.

          If you are too much, we will report to former Minister of Foreign Affairs of SL.

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        Quote” we’ve been personal friends for almost three decades.” Unquote

        Is the Sri Lankan, judicial system switching to “guilty until proven innocent”?!! Too funny!!

        JD the School teacher turned Demagogue running behind ambulances.

        :) :) :)

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      Dilan it is obvious that you are refering to Dayan Jayatilake.

      In future you mention his name Dayan Jayatilake in your comment.

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    congratulations Ms Koomaraswami, we really appreciate your lifelong crusades!!

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    “Former Under Secretary General of the United Nations/Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, was awarded the Special Jury Prize 2012 by the Foundation Chirac for her actions in favour of the protection of children during armed conflict in the presence of Bernadette Chirac, wife of the former French president Jacques Chirac.”
    Does anyone know what this lady did for the innocent Tamil children who perished in the mass slaughter that took place in the Vanni in 2009?

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      Of course even when her UN agency had enough – and more – documented cases of horrific LTTE chil-soldier recruitment, they did nothing other than to make a few statements of feeble-protest! So, in essence, I agree with you that this woman and her UN agency must be asked for accountability for what they did to stop the LTTE’s child-soldier programs – the programs that often saw Tamil kids, some as young as age 10, being forcibly removed from parents and if any parents protested, they being severely assaulted, or even summarily shot – as a lesson to other Tamil parents who “refused to donate at least one child from each family to the ‘Tamil national’ struggle”!!!

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    Best of luck to Radhika, Why lot of former head’s of states and leaders there?. Why the current leaders not happy for this event? or they busy working.

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    Talking about Madam Coomaraswamy’s contributions as the Under Secretary General of the United Nations/Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict for protecting children, and etc, etc, I wish someone here elucidate us of her success on getting LTTE to do away with child soldiers. All anecdotes that we read show, LTTE had used children as sentries and in front line in their fight with Sri Lanka defence forces till the last date. Coomaraswamy couldn’t even reduce child recruitment by LTTE. She may have got them to send them home for a ‘vacation’ for a few days. So, this is another ‘boru’ show by NGOs.

    Let’s speak the truth. It is not because of Madam Coomaraswamy that there are no child soldiers in Sri Lanka now. It is because there are no LTTE goons around. President Rajapakse finished them in toto. Even LTTE rumps like Nediavans and Emanuals are confined to Europe and Americas. They cannot think of even put an anchor in Sri Lanka now. Otherwise they would sure start recruitment of Tamil children once again to fulfill their pipedreams.

    So, thanks for President Rajapakse’s effort, today Tamil children of the North and the East can walk to any schools without fear of abduction. It is he who relieved Tamil children from LTTE clutches and paved a way for them to return to studies. One such LTTE child soldier is now a medical student. So, just let bygones be bygones.
    Leela

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      what a load of rubbish you are talking about. how can the tamil kids walk to school when they are sexually harassed by the occupying baboon forces. baboon forces are offering ” buns ” to school kids in exchange for sex. baboons are also pestering the school kids for their mobile numbers. if tamil kids have to walk to school freely you have to get rid of these perverts. perverts either have to withdraw of their own accord or forceful eviction will become necessary.

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        Rama,
        Do you know that more than !00 Tamil girls joined the army last week as the first batch. What do you say, eh.
        Leela

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          And Leela…

          I hear many of ’em Tamil girls are quite the good looking type…so there is a good chance while being in the SL Army, they will marry a fairer, handsome “Chingalaya” as when LOVE strikes, we all know it has no barrier and that not even 100,000 bogus refugees storming the streets of Toronto in protest can stop that!!! LMSSAO!!! What say Rama??? If you are even average-looking and looking for a hubby, I suggest you too should join the SL Army! :)) :)) :))

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          Leelo: Quote” What do you say, eh?Unquote.

          Bom! bom, bom, Bombai Lunu that’s more like it. Leelooo.

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          leela, under normal circumstances these girls wouldn’t have joined the army at all like their male counterparts who never wanted to join the army when things were normal in the northeast. however, there are compelling reasons for these girls to join the army now and i imagine the same applies to their male counterparts. northeast i believe never had a history of full employment before or after the war. i am not saying it’s peculiar to the northeast only but youth unemployment had been running at very very high levels in these regions. with such a high level of unemployment and lack of employment opportunities are the underlying factors for these girls to join the army. if they don’t grab what’s being offered to them you know as well as i do the consequences. absolute poverty , starvation , depression , suicidal tendencies and not to mention selling their bodies for a few rupees. i think they have done the right thing but let’s hope they are not sexually exploited by the notorious army.

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    Congratulations Dear Lady !
    Keep up your Good Work !

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    Dayan Jayatilake

    Don’t arrange white-van people to abduct Radhika Coomaraswamy

    Sorry to hear that Radhika in a wrong city with wrong couple.

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      Racism is the root of most evils on planet Earth! In this case, Tamil racist-separatism was to root cause of all of Sri Lanka’s misery of yester-year. If Radhika has seen the “light” and now wants to mingle with those “loathsome Chingalayas” to help usher-in an era of peace and prosperity to Sri Lanka, I don’t think petty, uneducated racism should be allowed to get in its way.

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    Rathika Coomaraswamy,

    Congratulations

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    Whatever differences one may have on details of Radhika’s international role over quarter of a century -I remember her appearances on the UNESCO forums from late 1970s – and I remember writing an article in The Island newspaper when she assumed her last job at UN warning her about the advice offered by my old friend, the late Prof. Suriyakumaran about child soldiers. I called it “Advice to Radhika from Guru.” Suri held a different view on child soldiers and we battled it out in the printed media, with Suri using his soft manner and language.A detractor pointed out that I was spoiling Radhika’s chances of going up the ladder but I meant no such thing.

    Radhika has worked hard on her brief but how much the UN benefited is the question, as far as the LTTE’s dastadrdly forcible recruitment of children and using them as cannon fodder, which figure less prominently against the accusations against the government. That is clear frm UN reports both darusselam Report and the recent report.

    One must be proud that Radhika has brought credit to Sri Lanka to be recognised for the Chirac Fondation award.Let me congratulate her on this high honour.In doing so, I recall Mr Chirac whom I knew from his days as Paris Mayor, who never failed to send a high representative to the modest National Day Receptions I held and the presents we exchanged annually.I also recall Radhika more as the daughter of Raju, the former International Civil Servant and later Adviser to the Finance Ministry under Minister Ronnie de Mel.Radhika may not like that reference as she has dedicated the Award to her mother more, who taught her to brake the feminine shackles and go forward.Anyway, well done Radhika!

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    B de S:Quote” Award to her mother more, who taught her to break the feminine shackles and go forward.” Unquote

    There is nothing like it. Her mouth is where the kitty is.

    The two are continuously chasing ambulances.

    One person’s Truth is also the Truth.

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    Huh! Looks like the Tamil Terrorist Diaspora parasites just cannot even look at this photo! LOL!

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      sewer rat, dayan is an extremly good looking man and radhika is so hot and you expect me to admire the photo.

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