26 October, 2020

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Rights Now Challenges HRC’s Excuses For Postponing National Torture Inquiry

The Rights Now Collective for Democracy has challenged the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) to be transparent about real reasons as to why the previously announced National Inquiry on Torture has been postponed.

Chairman HRC - Justice Priyantha Perera

Chairman HRC – Justice Priyantha Perera

Executive Director of Rights Now, Attorney-at-Law Sudarshana Gunawardana in a letter to the Chairman of the HRCSL, said that in light of the HRCSL Chair’s assertion that the term of Commissioners ending in February 2014 was one of the reasons to postpone the Inquiry, Rights Now questioned whether the dates of the end of term was not known when the initial announcement about the Inquiry was made, and discussions were held with the Commonwealth Secretariat to obtain technical assistance for the same.

“Rights Now also questioned why an Inquiry done by permanent staff of the HRCSL should be completed before the end of term of the present Commissioners, citing a media report quoting one of the Commissioners telling in November 2013 that the Inquiry would take 18 months,” the letter said.

Responding to the HRCSL’s response that “certain civil society organizations” had advised the HRCSL that this was not the time to hold such an Inquiry on Torture when the HRCSL is taking steps towards reconciliation, Rights Now questioned how a National Inquiry on Torture can negatively affect reconciliation. In its letter, Rights Now asserted that protection of human rights of all citizens of Sri Lanka is an essential component of an effective and meaningful reconciliation process and that any independent and transparent mechanism which holds perpetrators of human rights violations to account would only serve to further the cause of national reconciliation.

Rights Now also raises the question of why other civil society organizations have not been consulted before the decision to postpone the Inquiry in its letter to the HRCSL Chairman.

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    Justice V:R:Krishna Iyer once said that Indian Human Rights Commission has no teeth. With due respect to Justice P Perera,after 18A was passed HRCSL is even without a mouth.The UN Convention Against Torture and other Cruel,Inhuman or degrading Treatment or Punishment came into being on December 10, 1984. A similar Act was passed in SL a decade later in 1994. However this Act has been used very sparingly,whilst members of the Armed Forces mainly were violating the above Act with impunity.We have had a large number of Commissions,Committees and Inquiries on almost every subject but the recommendations have seldom been implemented. Even when there is no explicit provisions courageous Judges and Commissioners have in India given very wide Interpretation and found ways and means to use it for the benefit of the affected persons.

    Once a former Chairman of the Human Rights Commission of an African Country whom I met in an International Conference and who was at that time at the Woodrow Wilson Institute told me that knowing that the President of his Country was having/using a large number of very expensive automobiles sent him a Notice to give to the HR Commission, the number of vehicles used by him, the amount of Tax payer’s money spent on them etc.Later that President has told him that he appointed him as the Chairman because he belongs to the same Tribe as him and he did not expect such an epistle from him. The Commissioner has later resigned his post over that incident as the President was not ready to comply. One needs courage to clean and make Institutions work. Our Judges,Commissioners and the so called Intellectuals are mostly Teeth (courage)less and some firebrand politicians have started to use dentures.

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      HRCSL is a total farce! Do not waste anytime on them.

      As a Sri Lankan I am totally embarassed by them.

      I feel sorry for the victims who seek Justice through HRCSL.

      Cheers!

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        what committee is not farce appointed by MR administration ?

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          Remember the committee appointed to chase out former Chief Justice Dr. SB ? And how they worked on the impeachment process solely handled by MR´s malevolence:

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          Anyone recall the recent Welikada Prison massacre?

          A Commission was appointed. A report has been done. Not released yet.

          Rumoured conclusion is that “armed prisoners have shot and killed each other”.

          Ha..ha! Debacle of Asia for you!

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            Ben, you may be from the country. I add my views being out of.

            So tell me why the buggers seem to be not whole hearted with law and order. What would they loose if they reenforce law and order to the manner that a lawful countries like Spore, western european countries are ? Do you think they would only loose their popularity if they would become serious with those issues ? As one commentator added somewhere else, all constituent parties of the coalitions should be made clear that reenforcement of rule of law to the core is the most imperative today if we wanne to save human rights of the people.

            Army deserters are proved to be harm to the nation. Most of them are proved to be eqquiped with weapons. Why cant govt work on that issue without leaving any room them to mobilize further ? I think this they could start doing immediately after the war is over. Then they could achieve a lot.

            Today people seem to be very scared. That is the main reason them to stay so silent whatever injustice made to them. They dont care even if their lovely ones would have been abducted, assulatured, sent missing. This kind of cutlure was not the case a decade ago in the country even the war was to its unbearable margins.

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    Sri Lanka is an island of half-buried mass graves that are predominantly evidence of MILITARY EXCESSES and STATE TERRORISM – from Mannar, to Matale, to Embilipitiya to Nandi Kadal and Jaffna’s Duraiyappa Stadium.
    Tourists to the Debacle of Asia are likely to trip over disappeared bodies that are the hall marks of STATE TERRORISM if the wonder too far off the beaten track..Rather than focusing on reconciliation, militarization to PREVENT REGIME CHANGE is the focus of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime whose days are clearly numbered. Right now the paranoid psychopath Gotabaya Jarapassa, is in far off Brazil signing a Defense Agreement! For what pray tell, when India and China are so near with piles of arms?! Is this no wasting more funds that Sri lanka does NOT have on militarization to “fight windmills”, when the people’s priorities are JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION?
    Jarapassa regime’s notion of reconciliation is suppression of the TRUTH through militarization.

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      If you want to see mass graves, go to Afghanistan or Nicaragua. Stop watching porn and go their.

      Get advice from Dick Cheney or John Nigroponte about how to get rid of dead boyou fool.

      you ‘frogs in the well’ do their bidding in SL.
      To hell with you thieves.

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        Puththalam buruwas (nitwits of every means) of your kind would not see it beyond even if the RTajapakshes OLIGARCH would rape your own ones. That is what we the dissidents feel today.

        Get the facts straight in terms of so called initialised crime investigations about Mathale graves: what results have they brought before the victimized families yet ?

        What about the crime investigations, that they claim to have been carried out by GOSL since the war is no longer there: What is the most update about these investigaitons ? How many of the perpetrators have aleady been convicted ? Or again, lanken army soldiers are well clean ? Why do they lie to the very same nation repeatedly ?

        They can deceive local masses, but their efforts will not succeed in mainpuating international communities. That is the truth. IC is not stupid as the poor masses in the country. They compare the values.. they would not compare the numbers of roads or any other physical constructions completed by highly corrupted rulers, but what they have achieved in terms of IMPROVEMENT IN THE HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES:

        Let´s see how will it work out in the upcoming UNHRC sessions…..

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    It is time for concerned citizens and organisations to challenge the commissions, authorities and police in the courts with regard to their inaction with regard to bribery, corruption, governance, finance, economy, human rights and rule of law. Of course these may not be successful but it will expose the impotence of our judicial system. Further action can be taken by the International community.

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    The Human Rights Commission appointed by Rajapaksa is a sham, a window dressing and not accountable to the people of Sri Lanka. Reconciliation is both unreal and elusive. Torture exists and is a reality. So that whether you hold the national inquiry into torture now or later will make no difference. The outcome is known.Bensen

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    Yesterday, I myself listened to a public speech made by MR to the audience in the occasion of Thaipongal. His voice sounds very positive about their so called achievements. There, he stressed that the opposition is slinging mud at the current regime – raising the questions about crimes and corruptions; as the man is surprised by the issues. How can a leader of nation so sillly act like this while his ministries per se not reacting adequately ? What is the role of the ministry of Justice in this country today?, why do the authorities stay dead silent after the all tangible attacks exercised on few churches in Hikkaduwa few day ago? Are they not citizens of this country ? What happened to the promises made by him to the nation- that “we are all citizen of the srilanka, I am president to you all, and my responsiblity is to protect you all not only sinhalese”. How dare he even add this kind of remarks publicly while doing nothing enough in the areas of proper justice and against rocketed human rights violations ?
    Either the man should be far away from looking at the matters as they really are, or deliberatly doing so, to hoodwink the rural masses.

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    all fart & no shit

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    Human Rights Council in Sri Lanka should be named Un Human Rights Commission. Its another division of Rajapakse rule. What a shame, a country where the legal professionals have written constitutions of some African countries is today one of the worst Human Rights violators not only during the war even after the war in the running of the Human Rights Council.

    I am beginning to wonder whether we Sri Lankans have the ability, capability and above all the honesty to be an independent country and govern ourselves or are we better off as a colony of another?

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    The Democratic process in Srilanka is almost paralysed.It won’t work because the authoritarian power have the power and mechanism to turn the democratic outcome in their favour. The opposition is very weak, opportunism and corruption is very high in our politics. ethnic device and buddhist nationalism is on the side of authoritarian regime

    What is the alternative solution for this crisis of authoritarian rule where organizations, institutions, and constitution are hijacked by a regime?
    1. People revolution?

    2. Armed rebellion?
    3. A combined people and armed revolution with the international backing

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