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Reject Outright The Rajapaksa Group: Sri Lankan Civil Society Activists

“Citizens for Justice, National Reconciliation, and Good Governance” has today called upon the people to reject outright the Rajapaksa group, and support politicians who will advance the January 8 goals.

MahindaWe publish below the statement in full;

Forthcoming Parliamentary Elections

As a group of citizens for justice, national reconciliation, and good governance, we call upon the people to reject the Rajapakse Alliance:

1)  The election of President Maithripala Sirisena on January 8, 2015, and, following that, the restoration of a high degree of independence to the judiciary and the passage of the 19th Amendment constitute significant reversals of the march towards a family dictatorship that was taking place prior to January 8. Concrete steps taken in the last six months are further strengthening the good governance movement to expose corruption under the Rajapakse regimes; the corrupt have been pursued mainly under the executive fiat of the Financial Crimes Investigations Unit( FCID) set up by the Cabinet, and the Bribery Commission (BC) under new leadership. Significant progress seen in the anti-corruption investigations is largely on account of non-interference by the Presidential Secretariat and the present leaders, and the courts being able to act independently on complaints filed before them. However, much more needs to be done on the anti-corruption front.

2) It is important to recall that the ten year Executive Presidential rule of Rajapakse was probably the worst period since Independence for misuse of power for personal gains, state-sponsored violence, loss of state resources due to corruption and mismanagement, curtailment of civil liberties including illegal detentions, and, most brutally, murder of civilians abducted in white vans. The assault and murder of Mr. Lasantha Wickremathunga, the high profile independent Editor of the Sunday Leader, in 2009, on a public highway in front of dozens of passerby, and the failure of the Rajapakse regime to arrest and imprison the killers, was a bellwether of  crimes to follow.

3) Since January 8, strong evidence has surfaced that during the decade under the Rajapakse presidency:

a) Billions of Rs. have been swindled from the public sector through inflated contract prices or non-competitive procurement in general;

b) There has been indiscriminate borrowing from international lenders for investment in many non-productive mega-projects, e.g., the Hambantota projects, have, firstly,  contributed to trebling the foreign debt service-to-GDP ratio; and secondly, in consequence and with some more borrowings unavoidable, made Sri Lanka vulnerable within the next 10-15 years to international financial manoeuvres, and especially to further substantial depreciation of our currency, a new financial crisis and a 20-25% lowering of wages and pensions in real terms within the next 10-15 years;

c) Tens of thousands of unarmed Tamil civilians are reported to have been killed around 2008-09, most of them preventable deaths, together with dozens of those that surrendered to Army with white flags, including women and children, and large numbers of combatants captured by the Army, so much so that senior leaders of the Rajapakse Administration are likely to face criminal charges before a local and/ or an international tribunal.

d) The minorities including the Muslims and Christians have been subjected to sectarian violence, humiliating them and placing their lives in despair.

Under the new dispensations, every allegation of corruption can be duly investigated and corrective action taken.

4) The group built around former President Rajapakse in the just-dissolved Parliament had the support of the majority of its 225 members. What did they do in the post-January 8 period within and outside Parliament?
Except for the single act of supporting the passage of the 19th Amendment, that too under considerable duress from President Sirisena, and after substantial mutilation of the original bill, they were mostly engaged on propagating against, engineering delays in, and sabotaging the implementation of key features of the Good Governance 100 day programme that the people approved on January 8, within and outside Parliament.

5) Their total opposition to the Good Governance programme, especially to its anti-corruption goals, has to be understood in terms of the following:
a)  many of the Rajapakse group, and others too, are likely to be arraigned before the courts on charges of political or financial corruption if the Good Governance programme were fully implemented, and already a few of them have been sent to remand jail;
b) many amongst these stand to lose their ill-gotten assets if convicted;
c) top leaders face war crime charges.
They see re-acquisition of state power which they lost on January 9 as a safety net of defense against above charges.
The people of Sri Lanka must resist these selfish manipulations.

6) What  are the important goals that people seek through their franchise in this election? Economic development, greater democratic governance and national ethnic reconciliation are three important issues.
We support parties and policies that take a concrete approach to economic and infrastructure development that minimises harrowing inequalities in our society, promote foreign direct investment instead of foreign debt, raise the investment in education to 6% of GDP,  adding up both state and private investment, and support a strong national health service. In a society at the level of GDP per capita of around $3000 or below that in many hinterland provinces of the country, a welfare state is essential to minimise inequalities. Increasing state revenue is an important determinant of the ability to maintain welfare without a high level of sovereign debt. An active role of the state, not just regulatory, but in investment and economic management and in partnerships with the private sector, is essential to raise and sustain state revenues in a mixed economy, since direct and indirect taxes have political limitations.

7) There is little doubt that people wish to pursue the goals of democratic governance they voted for on January 8. The minorities, Tamils, Muslims, and others, continually demand concrete steps towards maximum devolution with a United Sri Lanka to move the country towards genuine and permanent reconciliation. We recognise measures taken towards devolution and reconciliation as an integral part of  democratic governance. The huge financial losses and the exodus of over 100,000 skilled workers on account of the war have contributed to the slow growth of the GDP per capita and underdevelopment of the hinterland provinces. The resolution of the national question is a priority for the new Parliament.

8) Considering the electorally more important political groups, the sympathies of those who stand for national unity and reconciliation are with the JVP, JHU, and the Maithripala Sirisena wing of the SLFP, the latter including sections of the LSSP and the CP that were earlier suspended. Though these groups have no categorical position on the national question especially on devolution of power that the minority communities are able to embrace readily, nevertheless they stand firmly for reconciliation.

The SLFP is clearly divided in this election as seen from the public call of President Sirisena to reject former President Rajapakse. The UNP in its manifesto has promised maximum devolution to the regions within a unitary constitution. The UNP has been strongly arguing for national reconciliation both within and outside the country.
Amongst the parties in the North and East, the TNA has called for a federal solution within a united Sri Lanka. The TNA is the only major political group that has consistently sought a negotiated solution. It is noteworthy that the TNA was a source of decisive support to President Sirisena on January 8 and can be expected to support actively measures for strengthening democratic governance and national unity.

9) Finally we call upon the people to reject outright the Rajapakse group, and support politicians who will advance the January 8 goals, and follow social and economic policies outlined above.

Prof. Arjuan Aluwihare
Danesh Casie Chetty
Prof. Kumar David
Faiz-Ur-Rahuman
Prof. Sivaguru Ganesan
Dr.Camena Guneratne
Sanjana Hattotuwa
Pulasthi Hewamanna
Kirupa Hoole
Dr.Rajan Hoole
Chandra Jayaratne
Edmond Jayesinghe
Tissa Jayatilaka
N.Kanesu
S.Nagendra
Dr. Devanesan Nesiah
Rev. Jayasiri Peiris
S. Sivagurunathan
Prof. T.Thanaraja
Jeremiah Thiruchandran
Dr. Selvy Thiruchandran
T. Thirunavukarasu
A.C. Visvalingam
Damaris Wickremesecera

Emil van der Poorten

Citizens for Justice, National Reconciliation, and Good Governance

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    which country does this NGO get $$ from??

    $$+NGO+English = Civil Society ???

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      It is not about $$ or Chinese currency or Indian currency. The group has spoken the truth about Mahinda Regime’s governance and their motives. Mahinda himself acknowledged that his greediness made him to have an early election. Mahinda failed to built on good governance at the end of the war because he himself feared about the way he ran the administration. He would have become a great leader in and out of the country like Nelson Mandela or Gandhi but his greediness and his alliance with bad people. He misjudged that Sinhalese have no brain or humane characters. He assumed that Sinhalese will be happy when they see violence against Other faith & language people. He assumed killing a Tamil or Muslim will increase his time in power. The people gave the power to run the nation according to law and to provide equal justice to all. He should face the same fate as other dictators had.

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      Jangi Hora Mahinda Shill and Maha Mefamulana Hora

      “which country does this NGO get $$ from?? $$+NGO+English = Civil Society ???”

      Lanka, from Medamulana Mahinda Rajapaksa Clan from Stolen Billions

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-new-twist-to-thajudeens-death/

      “The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has seized a vehicle belonging to a non-governmental organization involved in the alleged abduction of the slain national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen, according to Police sources.”

      “This NGO is said to have handed over this vehicle to another NGO run by Shiranthi Rajapaksa. At the time of Thajudeen’s death the said vehicle had been in the possession of the NGO run by her.”

      “Meanwhile adding a new twist to the Thajudeen killing, Cabinet Spokesperson Dr. Rajitha Senaratne on Thursday said that three officials attached to the Presidential Security Division (PSD) were
      allegedly involved in the murder of Thajudeen. The courts on Thursday granted permission to exhume Thajudeen’s body. The exhumation will take place on August 10.”

      “Meanwhile issuing a statement the Asian Human Rights Commission said; “one of the primary aims of political change in the country, therefore, has to be the restoration of its criminal justice apparatus – to the point that the relevant operators in these institutions will dare to perform their duty without fear of consequences and irrespective of whatever class, caste, ethnicity, and other considerations.”

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      If Mahinda Jarapakshe should be reelected to lead the nation, any LTTE predecessors should be given their chance too. As Prabakaran did it, even in a worst form, Rajapakshes destroyed the nation. We as sinhalese would never want to crush innocient civilians in the war end, but MR mechanisms allowed that happeneed. At the begining I never thought that any leader would do so, but looking at the manner MR et al behaved in the post war sessions against the humanity regardless of race religion across the nation – proves his ultradangerous nature. So today, we dont need to gather any other information about the man s nature, we ourselves know how rhythless the bugger and his et al has been when it goes against own people.

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      If you haven’t got an analytical mind , please keep quiet until 17th Aug 2015

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      It is obvious that that you are unable to understand what decency and integrity mean. Your pseudonym is indicative of your hora background and you fit in well with the thieves and rapists who pillaged the country and are now trying by hook and crook to come back to power to rob more and prevent justice from being meted out. Scumbags of your ilk are the reason why sri lanka has degenerated into a pariah state.

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      The feeling that Rajapakshes are the only men could give a life to the nation should be defeated. Only rural folks that cant see beyond will stay bound to the views that spread by Raja for their political surviival, all others across the country will think twice before using their universal franchise this time than any previous times.

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    OMG Prof Aluvihare !! How come this Sanjana Hattotuwa signing this kind of statement?

    “The election of President Maithripala Sirisena on January 8, 2015, and, following that, the restoration of a high degree of independence to the judiciary and the passage of the 19th Amendment constitute significant reversals of the march towards a family dictatorship that was taking place prior to January 8. Concrete steps taken in the last six months are further strengthening the good governance movement to expose corruption under the Rajapakse regimes; the corrupt have been pursued mainly under the executive fiat of the Financial Crimes Investigations Unit( FCID) set up by the Cabinet, and the Bribery Commission (BC) under new leadership. Significant progress seen in the anti-corruption investigations is largely on account of non-interference by the Presidential Secretariat and the present leaders, and the courts being able to act independently on complaints filed before them. However, much more needs to be done on the anti-corruption front.”

    Read this links prof;
    Hotta has been removed from the ‘Senior Staff’ of Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA). “Hattotuwa had abused in foul language the Administrative Officer of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), a female, in the presence of other members of the staff. According to our sources CPA first decided to sack Hattotuwa, but hesitated to implement the decision due to intervention by the Executive Director of CPA Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu. “
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/cpa-removes-groundviews-editor-from-senior-staff

    Exposed: Rights Advocacy A Gateway To Lavish Lifestyles

    “Evidence has surfaced that Sanjana Hattotuwa, an employee of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and the Editor of CPA-funded website Groundviews, has asked the coordinator of CPA’s Media Unit to put down expenses incurred at the Gallery Cafe of Paradise Road Galleries as ‘travel expenses’.”

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/exposed-rights-advocacy-a-gateway-to-lavish-lifestyles/

    Fist sack this Hotta from this group before you preach !!

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    We need not have activists to tell us this fact. The people of Sri Lanka are now more literal in politics than in those olden days. The people are very well aware and have experienced the activities of MR & CO. (unlimited)during the period from 2010 t0 2015. I was surprised as to how an ex President, ex Prime Minister could appear in a TV interview on 5th August and tell us a “Load of BS” and wanted us to believe him and his cronies who ruined this country. He also said and regretted for not going through the balance period of two years left for him and calling an election during which period he could have “achieved” what he wanted. We know what he did from 2010 to 2015 and he must be thinking us to be “dumb” and “deaf” set of voters who cannot make a reasonable assessment of what would have happened for the balance period of two years if he continued. Isn’t it “Lunatic” on his part to ask: “why UNP is not investigating Lasantha Wickramatunga killing” and further said: “Is it because UNP is involved in that killing?” Is this the type of Prime Minister who also said in that interview that he is prepared to work with the present President, because he would be the “Executive Prime Minister”. What does that mean? You can very well IMAGINE what “HE” is WAITING FOR. That interview gave us an insight to his mind set and what he is planning to “GRAB” and the type of rule that will be installed for us after 17th August, 2015. That is why we MUST get together and make a TOTAL ERADICATION of this WOLF & HIS TEAM in SHEEP CLOTHES on 17th August 2015. One thing of that INTERVIEW. The “Interviewer” and the particular TV channel must fell ashamed of not questioning this man in the appropriate manner to get correct facts out of this man for the benefit of the viewers.

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      Please post a link to this interview if you could. The other day CT blared to the world about another similar interview insinuating that Victor Ivan soft balled the present PM. But the one you refer to CT has nothing to say about it.

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    It should be appreciated that someone has come out and said this in plain English.

    Usually academics and activists shroud their opinions in gobbledegook and jargon and end up saying nothing.

    Just look at most of the columns featured in this site !

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    Professor aluvihare and yahapalanaya?? sir i beg to differ and even though you have a short memory span, we do not, we know how autocratic you were just two decades ago when Premadasa was at the helm.

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      I agree with you Herath. Our Prof. has a short memory. Mahinda Rajapakse and his clan should be ousted. No argument about it. What is the alternative? Ranil/Ravi and the clan? Prof. you have forgotten the Premadasa and UNP regime. Robbing public funds, abductions and Killings? How many University students were killed during that period? You know it very well. How can you actually support UNP? Are you reborn?
      The truth is that you and your group need power. You all were starving and waiting to get into positions. Now that it took place. After 08th January victory, your Ranil’s group positions and now it’s your responsibility to secure those positions. If not you will be out and other group will come into power. For example, Selvi Thiruchandran, who is in the Peradeniya University Council without knowing A-Z about that University will be out if you guys (UNP) loose elections again on 17th August. The entire council was appointed from among UNP’ers to vote for their party (UNP) candidate, who is now the Vice Chancellor. Take individual party politics of each council member and the Vice Chancellor? They all are UNP’ers or those who are connected to “Yahapalanaya”. Why did they remove respected council members such as Prof. Gerald Peiris and replace him with Prof. KNO Dharmadasa? Not due to party politics? Prof. I challenge you to respond!

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    This group is equally represented 50/50 by both major ethnic groups, I see, which is a good thing.

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    MR has paid a hefty price for liberating the nation by defeating the Tamil Terrorists. So many allegations but nothing proven to date. I hope there are enough patriots to vote to reinstate the man who delivered the humiliating defeat to the Terrorists and put the country on the path to prosperity.

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      lal loo

      MR must be kicking and screaming since he ordered his brutal army to chop and kill VP.

      Now VP is no longer alive to win him elections.

      “put the country on the path to prosperity.”

      You are confused, you haven’t understood the difference between this island and his family.

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        I don’t know which island you are talking about vedda but Sri Lanka was better off in leaps and bounds in 2015 than 2005.
        His family may too have gained and its only natural as when vedda gets to kill an animal his family gets to fill their belly!!!

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          NAK

          Veddah hunt just enough to feed, not for greed.

          Veddah does not hunt the animals to extinction. Veddah knows when to hunt and when not to hunt.

          Veddah hunts and share the animals with rest of the community and does not deposit in foreign banks.

          Veddah lives, cares and hunts within his habitat not grabs land belonging to others.

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    Reject Outright The Rajapaksa Group: Sri Lankan Civil Society Activists

    But what will be the decision of the Public or the Voter..?
    BTW who are these SLCSA?
    How do they qualify to make such a statement?
    Is it a Voluntary organisation? What voluntary work have they engaged in onbehalf of the Country & her People OR are they another load of Armchair warmers or Cyber warriors?
    What is Sanjana .H role there? He was a CPA $$ vagrant intoxicated with $$ arrogance hired by [Edited out] Saravanamuththu.

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      This is another incarnation of the friday forum sans Dhanapala and savi3.

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    Broken English;disjointed sentences; Murder of Queen’s language.
    Arjun Aluvihare the first signatory identifying himself as a Professor is a disgrace to he academic institution which employs him and an affront to the intelligence of the students this institution, if there are any.

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    Another FRIDAY FORUM.

    Prof. Arjuan Aluwihare
    Danesh Casie Chetty
    Prof. Kumar David
    Faiz-Ur-Rahuman
    Prof. Sivaguru Ganesan
    Dr.Camena Guneratne
    Sanjana Hattotuwa
    Pulasthi Hewamanna
    Kirupa Hoole
    Dr.Rajan Hoole
    Chandra Jayaratne
    Edmond Jayesinghe
    Tissa Jayatilaka
    N.Kanesu
    S.Nagendra
    Dr. Devanesan Nesiah
    Rev. Jayasiri Peiris
    S. Sivagurunathan
    Prof. T.Thanaraja
    Jeremiah Thiruchandran
    Dr. Selvy Thiruchandran
    T. Thirunavukarasu
    A.C. Visvalingam
    Damaris Wickremesecera

    Citizens for Justice, National Reconciliation, and Good Governance

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    You have no alternative.Name a group of politicians who possess clean hands like those of A.Ratnayake, M.D.Banda , U.B. Wanninayake and Gamini Jayasuriya. The Bandaranaike Govts (Of Course not Chandrika’s…she was corrupt)punished Ministers like Marikkar and Monnekulama, and Felix Dias as Minister of Justice or M. of Finance even nabbed the former GG, Sir Oliver Goonetilleke. His Bribery Commissioner Wickramanayake and Nelum Gamage nabbed many doctors and Govt officers who took bribes.
    I hope at least one Civil Society Activist will reply my modest challenge with an alternartive. We have seen JRJ+R. Premadasa and MR corruption. Some even allege that like Donald Trump giving money to Mrs Clinton, Kudukarayas gave money even to MS campaign of January 8th …allegedly via the M. of Finance. Is it Gossip and why is C. Jayaratne et al now signing up again after knowing what RW+Arjun Mahendran did? Is it true that within a few months the loss from the BONDS scam will be the cost of 2 Mattala Air Ports’ Cost.

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    This is not an election where you reject one party and go home. You have to elect some one to govern this country.
    if these good citizens were kind enough to provide us with list of those, they believe are the candidates that will advance the Jan 8th goals,instead of publishing their membership,would have been helpful.

    Also important is that they forward a certificate for each candidate that they will not jump once elected!!!

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    This is another avatar of Friday Forum written by the biggest of all frauds– chandra jayaratne; [Edited out] Where did this self-proclaimed “good governance activist” pick up “social justice” and “reconciliation”? The earlier friday forum bunch must have seen wisened up to the humbug he is.

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    Reject outright the Rajapaksa Group So that we can User in the Batalanda Murder gang.You must be Joking.We lived in Srilanka late 80’s and early ninetees.The most violent period in the History of Sri lanka.At that time all we saw were burnt out tortured dead bodies lying on main roads Sanctioned by Batalanda Ranil the main Architect of
    Batalande torture chambers.Last time UNP was in power all we saw were
    stuffing up ballot boxes ,Burnt out Bodies.And by the way July 83
    rights did not happen under UPFA.It happened under UNP when RW was a
    senior minister.We do not want unp goons to come to power

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    CBK, JR and RW tried to fight LTTE. RW gave up and said “tigers”were unbeatable. Finally MR did it. We spent over 20% of GDP on this war. Then a massive infrastructure development took place. Granted,some projects were not the best. Centre for Policy Alternatives in particular should look at the alternatives in the past.

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