20 September, 2020

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Rajapaksa’s Crimes And Complicity Of The International Community

By Kumbakarna

Mahinda Rajapaksa

Rajapakse’s  illegal impeachment by Parliament of the Chief Justice, against the ruling of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal , and his subsequent campaign of intimidation and violence have brought Sri Lanka to a more new low. The truth of course is that it is a continuation of a process that has been in the making over many years, and could have been easily foreseen by anyone —- except by the so called International Community, especially the hypocritical UN, Western democracies , India and Japan, who did not want to see it coming , because they would then have had to acknowledge their own  “accountability” for Sri Lanka’s descent into a failed  terror state and into genocide. And the worst is yet to come.

At the same time, the courage and commitment to justice now displayed by judges of the Supreme Court and High Court, and the expressions of support for them, especially from the legal community and political and civic leaders crossing ethnic divisions, give reason for hope in the otherwise dismal Sri Lankan landscape.

It is now a matter of absolute urgency , and at a minimum an act of self preservation, for the leaders of the protest movement against the illegal impeachment of the chief justice , especially the organizations  of the legal profession, like the Lawyers Collective, to send a public letter to leaders of the International Community, especially the UN Secretary General, UN high Commissioner for Human Rights and President Obama, holding them to account for their support for Rajapakse — despite credible allegations of his serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, subversion of democracy , rule of law, human rights and national reconciliation in contradiction of his solemn commitments to the UN Secretary General and the UN Human Rights Council ( UNHRC)  in May 2009— and requesting them to  support  an  independent international investigation of Rajapakse Government’s actions during and after the war. President Obama bears a special responsibility, not least because key members  of the top  Government leadership  responsible for the alleged violations are either US citizens or Permanent Residents.

The protest leaders cannot be easily dismissed by the International Community (IC) as proxy for the dead LTTE. This is not to excuse the responsibility of the LTTE for their huge blunders , crimes against civilians, and their misguided role in helping elect Rajapaksa, which Mr. Sampanthan has courageously acknowledged.

This is now an opportunity for all everyone involved —  including the international community — to seriously and honestly acknowledge and redress their mistakes  — and to bring those responsible to justice There is a general consensus that the Rajapaksas will not participate in such an effort, and that their promises are meaningless. Therefore the initiative must come from the Sinhala polity, and more importantly and urgently from the so called International Community  in accordance with their responsibilities under international human rights and humanitarian law. The IC has been  complicit   in Rajapksa’s crimes without accountability, not only in the final months of the war, but also for years before and after ward – in the latter instance even after the LTTE had been decisively vanquished.

The Rajapksas have reacted  to the protests against the illegal impeachment of the chief justice  with their characteristic  brutality. They will use every means possible   to retain their authoritarian hold on power, through the usual  mix of terror, guile,  barefaced lies, corruption  and patronage , while  maintaining a false  façade of a democracy  and its trappings  to fool the  International Community.

What better example of their success does one need  than the  spectacle of Catholic Cardinal Malcom Ranjith  singing the praise of Gotabhaya, the executioner in chief of  thousands of Tamils in his  own flock, at a public meeting in Mannar to announce the forced expropriation of land  belonging to impoverished and cast out  Tamil Catholic villagers. It was not too long ago when the same Cardinal appearing before the LLRC, cautioned   the Rajapksa government  against “mass colonization”  and forced “change in the ethnic ratio of the Northern and Eastern Provinces”. Clearly the Rajapksas have the ability to perform miracles even with a Prince of St Peter’s Church !

Complicit International Community (IC)

The truth, which has not been recognized  in  current commentaries,  is that the Rajapakses’  success  so far has been due   not only  to their total  control of all  internal  levers  of power  untrammeled  by  considerations  such as  of rule of law, the Constitution  and natural justice, but also, perhaps even more importantly, to  the  support  and protection  provided  by  the so called International Community, even after the demise of the LTTE.

The following quote from the former foreign minister of Australia sums  up the  failure of the  IC.

“One of the worst atrocity crime stories of recent decades has barely registered in the world’s collective conscience. We remember and acknowledge the shame of Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. We agonize about the failure to halt the atrocities being committed almost daily in Syria. But, at least until now, the world has paid almost no attention to war crimes and crimes against humanity comparable in their savagery to any of these: the killing fields Sri Lanka in 2009” — Gareth Evans— Remembering Sri Lanka’s Killing fields” -October 26, 2012.Project Syndicate

In fact,  comprehensive  evidence of  Rajapaksas’  war and other  crimes and   IC’s complicity  is readily   available  in the reports of the UN Panel of Experts on Accountability, the UN Internal Review of UN Actions in Sri Lanka, and in the WikiLeak US embassy cables compiled by  in the Colombo Telegraph and other sources.

It is  now also   imperative  that   commentators  and activists  of the standing of Dr. SaravanamuttuTisaranee Gunasekara and others  s use these sources   to draw public attention  to  Rajapksa’s crimes and  to  the complicit actions of the IC , especially those  governments with democratic credentials , and ask them   to take  urgent  and specific remedial  actions  on Sri Lanka during the forthcoming meeting of the UN Human Rights Council,  as they have done in all other recent cases of mass atrocities against civilians

Perhaps those in Colombo Telegraph who have been compiling the WikiLeak cables  will do a serious analysis of them. It will be an important complement to the UN’s internal  review of UN actions in Sri Lanka which exposed the concurrent failures of the UN. Such a study  will  also doubtless reveal  the malign role played  particularly by Mr. Robert Blake as  the pivotal figure in US policy on Sri Lanka, as Ambassador and as Assistant Secretary  for South Asia, for  almost  the entire eight year period of  the Rajapaksa presidency to date. Accountability never had a chance.

The UN Internal review  has spelled out in detail the grave and deliberate failures of the UN, (including senior officials close to the Secretary General)   and its Member States to protect “hundreds of thousands of civilians and in contradiction with the principles and responsibilities adopted by Member States and the Secretariat, agencies and programs.”   The UN review Panel has also noted that the UN’s failures in Sri Lanka reflected effective control exercised  over UN actions  by major Member States, including their  overriding concern  to avoid any mention of potential  war crimes and other violations of international human rights and humanitarian law by the Sri Lankan Government.

This would not be  news as far  as China and Russia are concerned, but the same pattern has been followed by other countries with democratic credentials  in other contexts as well,  , as is evident  from   wikileak  US  cables,   past  statements by the Co Chairs, and infrequent public statements by US officials, —  at least since 2006 when Rajapakses  assumed  control of Sri Lanka.

Anyone who needs convincing  should  read  at least Mr.Blake’s  horrific WikiLeak cable of May 18, 2007, (WikiLeaks – US embassy cable (18 May 2007) : Sri Lankan government accused of complicity in human rights abuses  The Guardian ) about grave  crimes committed  with impunity and with the complicity of the Defense Secretary ,  against civilians in the North East , including systematic use of sexual abuse and rape. Blake’s cables during the months long  massacre of civilians in 2009, show that the   Sri Lanka Co- Chairs deliberately chose not to make public, even at the UN,  their knowledge, including satellite imagery, of the ongoing massacre of Tamil civilians and the repeatedly failed promises of the Rajapaksa  Government  that heavy weapons will not be used and that an adequate supply of food and medicines would be delivered.

The International community was complicit in Rajapksa’s crimes not only during the war but also in the four years after,   in his flagrant failure to meet his commitments to the international Community in May 2009 on accountability , human rights, democracy, rule of law and reconciliation,  resulting in serious and ever widening violations with  impunity and consequent destruction of democratic institutions, rule of law , and of judicial independence, inevitably leading to the present crisis. Unfortunately, IC’s  complicity was helped by the Sinhala polity’s silence, as long as the victims of  Rajapaksa’s genocidal policies were the Tamil or Muslim minorities.

Not surprisingly, therefore, the  Rajapkses  have been emboldened to present  a so called “ Action Plan”  to UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) , which, as noted by the Center for Policy Alternatives and the International crisis Group,  make  clear that the Government  has  no intention of taking credible and concrete actions to enforce accountability for the alleged war crimes or to implement the recommendations of the LLRC.

If the IC, and especially the US, is to retain any shred of credibility of their own, they must, in the context of the forthcoming meeting of the UNHRC,  finally and firmly establish  an appropriate international process to make the Government accountable for its alleged crimes, and to implement its commitments made to IC in May 2009 as well as the  LLRC’s recommendations.

The reality is that what happens next will depend  almost entirely  on what the US does to redress  the damage  it has  done  to Sri Lanka through its  complicit relationship with the Rajapakse  Government. The Rajapakses,  for all their bluster,  have  a healthy concern  about  what the US could do to them  if it really wanted to,  having given them more than enough rope to hang  themselves — especially with Gotabhaya and Basil Rajapaksa  being  either  US citizens  or Permanent Residents. They  also  know too well that  the  US war Crimes Office almost certainly  has heavy dossiers on them and  others in the Sri Lankan Government and military.

It is  now long past time for the US to do the right thing and bring the  the Rajapakses to  justice , taking into account   Sri Lankan pleas for relief from  Rajapaksa’s  failed terror state, and in  accordance with US responsibilities  under  US law and international human rights and humanitarian law.

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    Excellent analysis! We can only live in hope that somehow, something will occur to turn the tables on the malfeasance that has infected our society.

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    THE ASSHOLES WEARING THE KURAKKAN SHAWLS WILL HAVE TO USE THEIR SHAWLS TO HANG THEMSELVES AND END THEIR LIVES.

    THIS SHOULD TAKE PLACE BEFORE THE DECENT CITIZENS OF SRI LANKA TAKE OVER AND START ASSAULTING THE GOONS, ABDUCTORS, RAPISTS, CHILD MOLESTERS, MURDERERS, DRUG DEALERS, LIARS, CHEATERS.

    BRING THEM ALL TO THEIR KNEES AT THE SUPREME COURT UNDER THE HONEST CHIEF JUSTICE WHOEVER IT MAY BE.

    NOW THAT THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH WILL BE EXPOSED WITH THE DISCLOSURE OF FREDERICA JANZ, AS TO WHO GAVE THE ORDERS TO SHOOT TO KILL ALL THE WHITE FLAG WAVING AND SURRENDERING INNOCENT TAMIL CITIZENS OF SRI LANKA, THESE PERSONS HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO FACE THE CONSEQUENCES WHEN THEY ARE DRAGGED TO THE HAGUE.

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    This self assertive President who has so much of blood in his hands along with the goons will eventually meet their fate according to the decreed laws of retribution and the sufferers will only have to wait in silence for that great day to arrive when they will be able to sleep in peace.My predictions are that he and his family and all those people who have joined the gravy train will be brought to justice soon.The begining of the end has just dawned.The appointment of a Fradulent CJ well known as an international crook to safeguard the family interests of this Idi Mahin regardless of the interests of a Nation is a clear example of which way things are going.It is time for you Mahinda, Amarican Gota,Basil,Policeman Chamal and the Lambroginie Namal to start packing your bags as there has never been such family cronyism as this before.

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    Family Dynasties never survived in Sri Lanka……nor will survive in he Future.

    Banda, DS, JR, Wijetunge say it all.

    So how come Rajapakse now…….

    It’s a dream with a vicious shadow following behind.

    Beware.

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    All opposition Parliament Members should isolate MARA and his Goons……..
    Boycott Parliament and boycott visiting Araliya gaha medura.

    Lawyers anjd Judges should boycott and isolate Mohan Peiris…..and MARA by boycotting meetings at Araliya Gaha Mandiriya. Also Business community should isolate Govt. and boycott meetings with Basil.

    International community should boycott MARA regime and Isolate Sri Lanka in world affairs.

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    CJ Dr.Shiranee Bandaranayake could not have impeached by MARA, if UNP would have stand strong.

    Mr. Attanayake, you and your boss RW have hijacked UNP party. You talk only after lettihg the wolf to eat the chicken. Why you and Ranil did not attend CJ appeal’s court hearing, and also did not allow UNP 2 PSC’s to attend it. While Ranil did not allow Sajith to speak for CJ in parliament debate…..now RW plan to take action against him for taking TNA time. What a hyypocrit.

    What Ranil said about parliament is Supreme when it has the most corrupt crooks, Murderers, thugs, rapists and Kappan karayas representing people in Sri Lanka.. Who is Anura Bandaranayake….the 10th grade drop out to analyse Constitution.

    You are good at giving talk shows in AC rooms while RW tours abroad with 87 million Parliament Pin Padi. If RW likes to Tour abroad without serving people, why he not talk to his friend MARA and ask for a Diplomatic Posting. It’s better to be honest and do what he like most than deceiving both UNP supporters and deceiving his own self.

    How come RW got 4500 votes against his rival’s 500 during last UNP party head vote count. It still baffle all of us UNPers about this mystry high vote for RW.

    I did not see either you or Ranil participating or giving any releaf parcels to Flood victims., while all other senior UNP’s did so.

    Don’t play double game….get back to business and start meeting people in the villages and help them to survive like what JVP do.

    Boycott Parliament….no point going to parliament when there is no constitution and since MR is a dictator. Anymore discussions with MARA won’t help…..other than MARA highjack all of you.

    Plan to chase him by goingt to villages and by meeting people. Only mud slinging against MARA won’t help…..but only a part of the strategy.

    Good Luck.

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    THESE KURAKAN SHAWL BASTARDS NUST BE CHARGED IN INTERNATIONAL COURTS FOR THE CRIMES COMMITED BY THEM THE HANMANS NOOSE IS ALL THEY DESERVE PLEASE DO IT USA

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    [Edited out] Rajapakse licked the feets of strong nation leaders to get assistance ( both military and equipments0 to fight with a small group LTTE, dont feel shame for u pimpe rajapkse about ur lazy and fool army, dont have daring to fight with a small group dont have daring to demolish them before 2 decades then with all the fuckers support u have won the war and ur soldires had shown their strenght to the tamil girls in raping do u think it is a great victory i thibk u have licked the cunt of sonia to get indian army right sonia [Edited out] count ur days u will be [Edited out]in the next coming parliament election ur immoral husband had been died due to his own mistake in 90’s ur immoral husband sent IPKF to rape our tamil girls now u had [Edited out] ok good performance……….. well done……..

    Is this the way u are treating with human beings.. u are a role model for betrayal……..Ur party people will be saying thousand times about ahimsaaaaaaaa what fucking ahimsaaaaa u have did sonia [Edited out]

    [edited out] rajapakse [ Eited out]

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