13 December, 2017

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Ratko Mladić Convicted Of War Crimes And Genocide At UN Tribunal

The former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladić, nicknamed the ‘butcher of Bosnia’, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, the Guardian report.

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    When will the long arm of international law catch up with the Sri Lankan war criminals?

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      Estate Labourer

      As long as Hindians are actively protecting the war criminals nothing will happen to them. Hindians don’t want the long arm of the law coming after them for their share of war crimes being committed in this island as well as in India.

      This is Asia where if neighbours commit serious war crimes and human rights violations Hindia rather wouldn’t make a song and dance about it, remember 90,000 captive Pakistani war criminals were allowed to go scott free immediately after the 1971 war.

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        Stupid Vedda with the limited vocabulary, remember there are Tamil/TNA war criminals as well. You may have read the recent sober comments of Lord Naseby on the false propaganda spread on the number of war dead in the final days of the war in 2009.

        You seem very anti Indian, but don’t forget LTTE assassinted Rajiv Gandhi and committed terrible crimes against their own Tamils. Velu had loads of enemies amongst his own Tamils.

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          Good student with bad education or no education.

          Is Lord Naseby an expert investigator on war crimes? Was he a panel member of UN General secretary appointed to investigate war crimes in this island? If the Lord did a thorough investigation could we have a copy of his detailed documentation of the people who were killed, maimed and made to disappear.

          He is making a mockery of himself. Read his account of the Sri Lankan history in his debate on 12 October 2017. He says he had discovered an unpublished UN report which claimed the death toll amounted to 7700. This figure was already published. Rajiva Wijesinghe mentioned this figure in a BBC interview.

          Dr MR (LLD) and Dr GR (DSc) claimed it was a war won with Zero Civilian Casuality. If that was the case Sri Lanka must be the pioneering country to have invented weapons that killed only the combatants. What an interesting development.

          By the way the British Paliament has about 30 subsidized bars within its premises.

          You have once again confirmed your stupidity and that of your ignorance. There is a huge difference between an Indian and a Hindian. First find out the difference, then deal with my comment.

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          One Swallow does not make a summer.

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      The very same thing came up to my mind too…. When are they going to haul the entire Govigama led criminality conducted throughout a span of 70 years mass murdering the Tax paying citizens…. And for stealing peoples money through stupendous taxation and then murdering the very same tax payer through state sponsored pogroms, borrowing huge loans from the evil Jewish IMF/World bank and the loaned money syphoned off from the treasury through corruption….???? As long as the Govigama criminals are holding on to power, this country will be dragged through hell with their racists and their divide and rule tactics……

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      Ratko Maldic is convicted, and imprisoned, but there are at least 10,000 dead bodies.

      Is imprisonment a better punishment than the death penalty for genocide?

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        Mahinda Rajapaksa assisted by Namal Rajapaksa and GL Pieris to represent Ratkp Mladic at the appeal.

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          Burt

          GL a child minder who looks after Namal baby, changes his nappy, picks him up, sits him down on his hip and feeds him, … puts him on his lap and sings him lullaby, ……….. he is too busy acting for Dr Mahinda Rajapaksa (LL.D).

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        Death penalty saves the victims of reliving the bitter past to a certain extent and spares humanity of feeding, clothing and taking care of a creature worse than an animal.
        Imprisonment is good for people with a conscience to contemplate on what they did and have remorse not for animals.

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      Yes let’s put all the Tamils hypocrites, who supported the LTTE ( eg Fr Emmanuel, the padre to the LTTE, Sampanthan and TNA THUGS) behind bars.

      LTTE the children kidnapping party/child soldiers amongst other mass crimes against the. tamils.

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        Good student with bad education.

        Its a novel idea to put the thugs behind bar. However, what are you going to do with the clan war criminals, robber barons, murderers of sports persons, innocent civilians, white van operators, ……………………?

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      we already applied it and the war criminal was turned into ashes in 2009

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    How does Ratko differ from Mahinda & Kota?
    Mahinda & Kota – did not they do the same thing as Ratko?

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      Anpu

      Ratko does not have powerful states to protect him. In the cases of DR Mahinda (LLD) and Dr Gota …(DSc) Hindia is all out to protect them and their serving and retired members of the armed forces.

      The war crime trail will not end in Colombo rather it will continue to reach New Delhi. If you are a Hindian functionary would you want to face trial and answer charges?

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        Agree with you 100% NV

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      This took four years in court and its not still over. So things dont move as fast as we want. Justice will be served.

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      They did the same thing alright but the Rat was stupid to do it in the open, MR & GR did it without witnesses blocking reporters and aid workers from the theater and getting permission from India, China and a doz other countries.
      Kadirgama created the foundation but as they say Karma is a Bitch and he got shot like a stray dog in his own house.

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    Rajapaksas next!?

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      Anonymous

      Don’t bet on it.

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    “Ratko Mladić convicted of war crimes and genocide at UN tribunal”. The former Bosnian Serb army commander was sentenced to life imprisonment – more than 20 years after Srebrenica massacre.
    Why is the UN even more tardier when it comes to the Rohingyas?

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    Good the same thing should happen to the Sinhala war criminals Kottai and Rajapussy.

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    Dear Author and Participants,
    Many of you are right here, UN is not independent even if the war crimes are more severe than in Bosnia. Fortunately for Bosnia Western Countries stood with UN and justice was served for Serbia and Bosnia gained its former integrity. There is no way for Sri Lanka to gain its integrity without justice served for the victims. Unfortunate for Sri Lanka the politicians, the victims leaders, and the Countries that helped Sri Lanka for committing crimes against Sri Lankans don’t like Sri Lanka go free and prosper like its neighboring Countries. For some reason UN has let Sri Lanka to suffer more by motivating Sri Lanka for more violence and crime.

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    Talking of crimes against humanity, the unpublished crimes date even back to the British rule. Some mass graves were found. in the post independent history there were some in 1971. More severe activities took place in 1988. Both of them took place arising out of the uprisings of Wijeweera inspirations. It is fascinating to read the Batalanda Commission report, which is in the internet. It is revealed there that some were abducted for nothing and overtures were made to make a payment for the release. Then so many allegations in the Northern Province during the war. Although not spoken of now, the reputation of the IPKF among the Northerners was no good. Molesting by the Bushel and the quickies in make-shift places was the order of the day. It is time that Sri Lanka should decide on a code of behaviour in the event of a disturbance listed above.

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    GR and MR are much bigger war criminals than Ratco Mladic. They are not only ‘Butchers of Tamils’, they even Butchered the Sinhalese Journalists, Sinhalese prisoners, Sinhalese people who asked for drinking water, and many others. When is the UN Tribunal going to sentence these two criminals who committed Genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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      UN Tribunals are not fool proof either.

      “http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/how-did-war-criminals-become-serbia-s-heroes–10-09-2017”

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    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has hailed the conviction of former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic on multiple counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, calling it a “momentous victory for justice.”  
    “Mladic presided over some of the darkest crimes to occur in Europe since World War II, bringing terror, death and destruction to thousands of victims, and sorrow, tragedy and trauma to countless more. His conviction is a testament to the courage and determination of those victims and witnesses who never gave up hope that they would see him brought to justice,” said Zeid, who served in the UN Protection Force in the former Yugoslavia from 1994 to 1996.
    “Two of the main architects of some of the worst atrocities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the genocide of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, have now been convicted and are facing lengthy jail sentences,” he said.
    “Mladic is the epitome of evil, and the prosecution of Mladic is the epitome of what international justice is all about,” said Zeid, who shortly after experiencing the war in the former Yugoslavia first-hand, played a key role in setting up the International Criminal Court.

     “All those who question the importance of the ICC should reflect on this case. All those who are committing serious international crimes in so many situations today across the world should fear this result.”
    “Today’s verdict is a warning to the perpetrators of such crimes that they will not escape justice, no matter how powerful they may be nor how long it may take. They will be held accountable,” Zeid added.
    “The conviction of Mladic will not return loved ones to their families nor erase the past, but I fervently hope that this verdict can help to counter the voices of those who either deny these horrific crimes or glorify those who committed them,” the High Commissioner said.  
    “I would like also to recognize the extraordinary dedication of all those at the ICTY and beyond who have contributed to the delivery of justice in this and other cases brought before the Tribunal,” Zeid said.

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    It is a pity that he was not a Srilankan. If he was he would have been Saved by the Presidents as a War Hero.

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    UN’s justice is selective.
    Far worse war crimes were committed by Croat armed forces against Serbs in Bosnia as well as Croatia in the months after secession.
    But nothing was done. Nobody will even talk about it.

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      Croatia joined up with NATO Germany and so it escaped.It has become a favourite place for holidays now.

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      SJ

      In case if you have forgotten recent history let me remind you, the weeping widow was the prime minister of this island between 1971 and 1977, and between 1994 and 2000. I suppose she fought JVP and LTTE with zero civilian casuality.

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    Just like the people of Bosnia got justice , I hope we Eelam Tamils also get justice but my strong suspicion is it will not happen, as powerful vested interests will not allow it to happen, as they themselves will be implicated. However you can never say.

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      Eelam Tamil, you will get nothing.

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        Taraki

        It is conditional upon how the state and Sinhala/Buddhist fascists treat rest of the people.

        Don’t bet on your war criminal armed forces.

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        Yes Taraki( meaning star in Tamil) we all know that you Sinhalese want everything and are willing to commit genocide

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    Gotabaya travels to USA with his US passport. Since every one want to protect Sri Lankans who were involved in illegal killings, when Gota travels with US passport he is no more a SL citizen. He can be arrested at such a time and taken to courts. It would be a US citizen being arrested and presented before UN courts.

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      Sinhalaya

      When did Dr Gotabhaya Rajapaksa (D.Sc) travel to USA last?

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