27 November, 2020

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Rights Activists Condemn The Use Of Vulgar Language Against The CJ

By Colombo Telegraph

“We wish to remind the Sri Lankan government of its international obligations under CEDAW(Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women) ratified by the government in 1981. We vehemently condemn the use of vulgar, sexist and derogatory expressions by politicians and state media against the Chief Justice Dr Shirani Banadaranaike especially during the conduct of proceedings and also at other fora outside of the proceedings.” says a group of rights activists.

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“Indeed, the Chief Justice is not the only victim of such degenerative sexism. Electronic and print media have continued to report vulgar and sexist statements being made against women parliamentarians, women Ministers and women activists. ” issuing a statement they further say.

We publish below the statement in full;

We, the undersigned note with extreme concern, the proceedings related to the impeachment hearing of the first woman Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Banadaranayake by the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC). Any hearing, regardless of the person, must adhere to principles of natural justice and rule of law. In the case of the Chief Justice all those norms and practices have been violated.

On 6th December 2012, when she appeared before the PSC, its members have used abusive and derogatory language tantamount to sexual harassment. It is reported that at various stages of the proceedings of the PSC two members have hurled abuse at the CJ. The harassment experienced by her was so traumatic that she was made to walk out of the proceedings.

Furthermore, responsible Ministers of the government and the state media have continued to engage in character assassination of the Chief Justice, since the commencement of the impeachment process. The sad fact is that she is the target of this type of slander, only because she is a woman.

Indeed, the Chief Justice is not the only victim of such degenerative sexism. Electronic and print media have continued to report vulgar and sexist statements being made against women parliamentarians, women Ministers and women activists. One example is where the Hon Kumara Welgama made sexist comments on Hon Rosie Senanayake. Hon Mervyn Silva continues to use vulgar language regarding the Chief Justice in his public pronouncements. Women who hold public positions have been called vagrants, mad women and allegations are made on their sexual conduct. This reflects institutional sexism in the political system.

Such appalling behaviour of politicians contributes an environment of spiraling violence against women and girls in our society.

We wish to remind the Sri Lankan government of its international obligations under CEDAW(Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women) ratified by the government in 1981.
We vehemently condemn the use of vulgar, sexist and derogatory expressions by politicians and state media against the Chief Justice Dr Shirani Banadaranaike especially during the conduct of proceedings and also at other fora outside of the proceedings.

Sgd:

Ms Shanthini Sachithanadam – Viluthu Organisation
Ms Visaka Tillekerathna – Justice for Victims.
Dr Nimalka Fernando – Women’s Political Academy (Sri Lanka)
Dr Sepalika Kottegoda – Women and Media Collective
Ms Selvi Sachithanandam – Poornam Foundation
Ms Padmini Weerasooriya – Mothers and Daughters of Lanka
Ms Saroja Sivachandran – Centre for Women and Development
Ms Sherine Xavier – Home for Human Rights
Ms Sriya Ahangama – Women’s Centre
Ms Samanmalie – Dabindu Collective
Ms Visaka Dharmadasa – Women Affected by War
Ms Sunila Abeysekera – INFORM
Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamutt – Centre for Policy Alternative

Individual Activists:

Ms Janakie Senevirathne
Ms Anberiya Hanifa
Ms Chulani Kodikara
Sr Helen Fernando
Sr Angela Fernando
Ms Leela Issac
Ms Priyadarshini Ariyaratne
Ms Madhu Dissanaike
Ms Anoma Rajakaruna
Ms Chandini Rajaratnam
Mr C.J Weliamuna
Ms Ranee Rathnayake
Ms Dorren Fernando
Mr Hans Billimoira
Ms Chandini Rajaratnam
Ms Sonali Gunasekera
Mr Ranjith Cabral
Ms. Seetha Ranjani
Mr Mahim Mendis

 

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    I strongly support your movement.

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    Hoorah! Finally the Colombo NGO babes and hags, who collect big bucks from EU, UN, AUSaid, Japanese NGOs etc. for their Human Rights jaunts to Geneva have found the courage and spoken up in defense of the first woman CJ of Lanka – after much prodding from here!

    Hey NOG babes and hags, good idea but really please stop being so obsequious and start calling Dilan Perera, Wlagama and Weerawansa “DIS-HONORABLE” rather than “honourable”.
    For gods sakes take the initiative and lead from the front or stop pretending to be activist – call a spade a spade!
    You wanna me bourgeois feminist activists are nauseating – influenced by a generation of double dealing dead leftists who you are bedding..!

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      Agreed China doll!
      1.Self-styled ‘activists’ are pathetic excuse for non-radical civil society — given to legalese, rather than educating the people on issues of sexual harassment and politics!
      2. These NGO ladies should demand the resignation of Weerawansa and Perera for the nasty things said to the CJ rather than politely invoking CEDAW which most people have not heard of!
      3.”We wish to remind the Sri Lankan government of its international obligations under CEDAW”. NGO babes and hags, get with the plot! Please specify what the hell CEDAW and these obligations are and EDUCATE the people on issues of sexual harassment and sexism in governance – bring out the research reports and make a god damned argument?!
      4. Self styled activists, desperate to be polite to keep milking aid donors are a pathetic species who are a mockery of civil society!

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        Yes, Thanks god the NGO ladies have woken up!
        This is paltry little statement that smacks of lip-service – a beginning..?
        NGO ladies, if really activists, must stop being ELITIST and do job of EDUCATING people on sexism and sexual harassment. Merely talk about international conventions like CEDAW Xct is no use to educate folk and change attitudes.. since NGOs get big bucks claiming to do research on GBV etc.

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      Hay doll
      Have you not noticed that the very Sinhalese who assisted Rajapakses to kill our beloved Eelam leader Pirabaharan are today fighting each other. And, that’s only a starter. Very soon our boys that masquerade as students of Jaffna University will take to streets. And our JVP brothers would run riots in the streets of the south. Thereafter, our valiant LTTE cadres who Sinhalese think as being rehabilitated will dig out all the arms that our thalaivar hid ten feet below ground to join the said University students to reach our Eelam and send Rajapakses to hell. Sweet dreams to our Eelam brothers till then. Tata Doll

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    This is a very timely and approprite cause. Some uneducated politicians try to be macho guys and harrass officials especially women. If such remarks were made to a male they may have got a fitting reply to make them shut up. Bigamist like Dilan P have no right to talk the way he did.

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    People are to be blamed for electing some mentally affected persons to Parliament. It is time to send these persons to Angoda Hospital for rehabilitation.

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    Dear,
    What do you expect from the mafia thugs in the name of the member of Sri Lankan parliament?

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    WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM PIGS IN THEIR STY, BUT GRUNTS!!!!!!

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    WALLOWING IN AND EATING THEIR OWN SHIT!!!!

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    Felix Homogratus, Dimitri Chavkerov Rules! You pay us we post good about us!!

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