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Sampanthan Wants Government To Release All Persons Kept In Custody Based On Their Confessions

Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan requested the government to take steps for the release of all these persons who are currently in custody based purely on their confession.

R. Sampanthan

Speaking in Parliament during the vote on the Office of Reparations on 10th October 2018, Sampanthan said, “The detainees, persons in custody, some have been convicted; some have not been charged; some have been charged and charges are pending. This matter has gone on for a long time.”

He said a number of persons were carrying out demonstrations and fasts in various prisons and various parts of the North and the East demanding the release of these people.

“Something needs to be done. A large number of people have been convicted purely on the basis of their confessions. In the case of a large number of people, the only evidence available against them is the confession they have made. There is no other evidence available against them. I have not been able to study the Counter-Terrorism law that was tabled in Parliament, yesterday, ” he said.

“But I am told that under the Counter Terrorism law, confessions can no longer be admissible at the trial of a person charged with any offence. If confessions are being completely ruled out, and even the new Counter Terrorism law accepts that position, then the Government is obviously accepting the position that there can be no conviction, not even a charge based upon the confession, ” the opposition leader explained.

“If that be so, ” he said, “the persons in custody, even persons who have been convicted, must be dealt with on the basis that they have been convicted on the confession which was the only available evidence, there being no other evidence against them, which the Government accepts now as a matter of policy is inadmissible, is invalid, is something that which Government policy would not permit to accept and is not in keeping with international norms. If that be the position Sir, I would appeal to the Government to take steps for the release of all these persons who are in custody based purely on their confession. Whether they have been convicted or charged and not convicted does not matter, but if the only evidence against them is a confession, then I would submit that they must be released and the Office for Reparations can play a role, in my view, should play a role, in ascertaining the truth in regard to this matter and taking steps with the Government to have these persons released. ”

The full text of the speech made by Sampanthan is as follows:

Thank you, Mr. Presiding Member. I would like to express a few views, Sir, on this Office for Reparations Bill which has come up somewhat belatedly. But we are all happy that it has come up. In fact, the Office on Missing Persons (Establishment, Administration and Discharge of Functions) Bill also was delayed considerably and passed but eventually not implemented for a long time even after being passed. But, subsequently, after the Office on Missing Persons was appointed, the persons handling that responsibility, I think, are doing their very best to be as effective as they can and we are grateful for that. 

I would like to make a few comments in regard to this matter because the ascertainment of truth, the delivery of justice, the issue of accountability, reparations and non-recurrence are all fundamental components of the transitional justice process; process to bring about reconciliation on the basis of truth, justice and accountability in the country which has gone through several decades of armed conflict. This Bill is a very welcome feature, Sir, but it must not be used to sideline truth and justice. Truth and justice must always prevail. Even the issue of missing persons or the issue of reparations must be dealt with on the basis of truth and justice. The Office on Reparations should be able to formulate policies based upon truth and to ensure justice to all victims. That is fundamental. 

I find certain provisions in the Bill which will enable the Government to play a role in regard to the implementation of whatever policies are formulated by the Office for Reparations. This must not be a matter that comes under the control of the Government, Sir. The Office for Reparations must have the freedom to act independently in this matter to formulate the required policies and be able to find avenues to offer reparation to persons who have been victimized.  Youth have been victimized in a very large manner. What are the reparations that can be given? They must be empowered to acquire skills that will enable them to carry on their life in the future independently and as best as they can. There will be reparation that must be given to youth.  People need to be economically empowered. People have been impoverished as a result of the war. There needs to be economic empowerment to the people to enable them to lead their life without deprivation or denial.

 Land is a fundamental issue.  Yet, land is being held by the military, by the armed forces. I know that after the present Government came into being substantial action has been taken and lands have been released in many places, but land still continues to be in the occupation of the military. People have lost their lands. People have been evicted from their lands. Displaced people, when they came back to their villages, have found that their lands are being occupied by other people or, they are unable to occupy the lands.  Those lands must be released to those people. Reparation in regard to land is one of the fundamental issues that the Office for Reparations has got to handle. People affected by the war as a result of the war taking place in some parts of the country, the North and the East, have not been able to receive state lands. There have been no land Kachcheries; there has been no action taken to give lands to landless people. That must be done. The Office for Reparations must formulate policies to ensure that all problems in regard to land that victims of the war have faced, whether it be army occupation, whether it be the issue of land being denied to them, whether they are unable to occupy land to which they want to return because somebody else is occupying it, all these matters must be addressed on the basis of policies that are drawn out and implemented to achieve these matters. 

I also want to mention one other matter, Sir.  The detainees, persons in custody, some have been convicted; some have not been charged; some have been charged and charges are pending. This matter has gone on for a long time. A number of persons are carrying out demonstrations and fasts in various prisons and various parts of the North and the East demanding the release of these people. Something needs to be done. A large number of people have been convicted purely on the basis of their confessions. In the case of a large number of people, the only evidence available against them is the confession they have made. There is no other evidence available against them. I have not been able to study the Counter Terrorism law that was tabled in Parliament, yesterday.

But I am told that under the Counter Terrorism law, confessions can no longer be admissible at the trial of a person charged with any offence. If confessions are being completely ruled out, and even the new Counter Terrorism law accepts that position, then the Government is obviously accepting the position that there can be no conviction, not even a charge based upon the confession. If that be so, the persons in custody, even persons who have been convicted, must be dealt with on the basis that they have been convicted on the confession which was the only available evidence, there being no other evidence against them, which the Government accepts now as a matter of policy is inadmissible, is invalid, is something that which Government policy would not permit to accept and is not in keeping with international norms. If that be the position Sir, I would appeal to the Government to take steps for the release of all these persons who are in custody based purely on their confession. Whether they have been convicted or charged and not convicted does not matter, but if the only evidence against them is a confession, then I would submit that they must be released and the Office for Reparations can play a role, in my view, should play a role, in ascertaining the truth in regard to this matter and taking steps with the Government to have these persons released. 

Sir, we know after the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord in 1987 and during the JVP insurrection in 1971, 1988/1989, a large number of persons were released; some may not have been released, but a large number of persons were released. So, the same rule should apply in this instance Sir.  These persons are in custody for long periods of time. Sometimes they have been in custody for periods of time longer than they would have been in custody if they were tried, convicted and sentenced.  I do not think Sir, that should continue and that is also a matter which I think would come within the purview of the Office for Reparations. 

The Office for Reparations must comprise of capable people who are able to formulate policies based upon the hardships, the denials, the deprivations that people affected by the war, victims of the war, have gone through and be in a position to address their needs and requirements, their necessities in all these areas in a comprehensive manner.     

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    “Sir, we know after the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord in 1987 and during the JVP insurrection in 1971, 1988/1989, a large number of persons were released; some may not have been released, but a large number of persons were released. So, the same rule should apply in this instance Sir.”

    A fair request considering the war ended almost ten years ago.

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      Steve
      Agree. A large number of LTTE cadre who were identified as low ranking and less harmful based on their own confessions were ALREADY released to the society after being carefully rehabilitated for years.
      Those who are in prison are all hardcore terrorists.
      LTTE is only eliminated from Sri Lanka. But the LTTE diaspora is actively persuading their Tamil Eelam dream from overseas with the help of various foreign politicians not to mention the massive funds they already have which they can utilize anytime to revive their terrorist outfit.
      Eelamists still conduct public demonstrations carrying LTTE flags and wearing t-shirts with LTTE’s symbol abusing freedom of speech and assembly in the countries where they are concentrated in hundreds of thousands.
      First they should COMPLETELY STOP LTTE activities and collections and convince the world that they no longer follow terrorist ideology. LTTE is still banned in 32 countries, don’t they?
      Mind my telling you no other country has rehabilitated and released terrorists to the society or even jail them. The other countries killed all the terrorists. Obama said “no prisoners” and his Army killed all captured or located terrorists. Even UK did the same thing. Not hardcore terrorists but even solo armed criminals who shot or injured civilians were killed on the spot. I have never heard HR groups in those countries uttering a word.
      We were the first country and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the only Head of State who showed compassion to terrorists and spared their lives. TNA is trying to abuse even such compassion at the request of LTTE diaspora who are comprised of a number of exiled LTTE terrorists and LTTE sympathizers.

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        “A large number of LTTE cadre who were identified as low ranking and less harmful based on their own confessions were ALREADY released to the society after being carefully rehabilitated for years.”

        Why don’t you expand this to say that we have also given ministerial, chief ministerial posts to former LTTE cadre Mr. Muraleetharan, Mr. Pillaiyan, and KP based on their confessions and after carefully rehabilitated for Years.
        In our law, killing of 600 Sinhalese policemen during a peace process,bombing of Dalada Maligawa are considered as less harmful and non terrorist incidents.

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          Ajith
          I already said that elsewhere that is why I didn’t repeat (reply to Richard on “human rights and Archbishop – page 1) See this.
          Quote:
          “Some LTTE provincial leaders who genuinely assisted the Army to vanquish LTTE by providing inside information were rehabilitated and absorbed to the mainstream politics.”
          Unquote:

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            Champa,
            It is no matter what you said or what is your arguement. What you are trying is to hide the truth from your own race to protect real criminals. It is not the secret they were used by Mahinda and Gota to do all the criminal works including the murder of Lasantha. It is not a secret Karuna was sent by Gota using illegal passport to UK and he was arrested and jailed for 9 months in UK jail. Even after that he was given ministerial posts. Pillaiyan is in jail now. Why? They did not genuinely assisted. Did they ever brought into courts for the attack on Daladha Maligawa? You put Sarath Fonseka who fought for this country through his life but you gave ministerail post to a criminal who attacked Daladha Maligawa? What a respect to country? What a respect To Buddhism? For you Mahinda is God, Lord Buddha is a criminal!

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          No we treat Karuna as an asset that we used.
          Did not SL release 13000+ LTTE cadres after the end of the war?

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        Champa
        LTTE is history. Get rid of the “Koti Enawa” fear. This is only a ploy by MR to come back into power. Office for Reparations must have the absolute freedom to act independently and to formulate required policies to offer reparation to those who have been victimized. It is for them to assess whether ones in prison are still hard core terrorists, and find ways to rehabilitate them as well.

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          Why should we offer reparations for the LTTE? Because they bombed us? How much should we pay to the fat pig’s sister in Canada?

          Sri Lanka must be the ONLY country in this world that pay compensation to terrorists which tried to destroy her. While intell agents who sacrificed their lives are languishing in the jails for silly things, LTTE cadres are compensated! What is this?

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      Did not SL release 13000+ LTTE cadres? Isnt this terrorist supporter asking us to release war criminals?

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    The confessions which surely were not made under duress or force have helped LTTE cadre to release the agony and guilt built in years in their hearts for being militants attached to a terrorist outfit.
    What needs to be understood is these “people” are one time hardcore terrorists who became leaderless after Prabhakaran’s death.
    The confessions were genuine as they all were recruited by LTTE without their consent.
    Given the escalating criminal activities by Aava and other terror groups in the North, these hardcore terrorists, if released without rehabilitation, will pose a serious threat to the society and political leaders.
    Releasing them will be an encouragement to terror groups already exist in the North whom I understand have now extended their violence to even Vavuniya due to inaction by the Police who work under political direction.
    All Tamil political leaders are responsible for LTTE’s atrocities. They didn’t do anything to make Prabhakaran lay down arms and utilize numerous opportunities given to him and his cadre become law abiding citizens.
    Now after all the destruction and loss of lives Tamil politicians are shedding crocodile tears while some others are trying to revive LTTE.

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      Where the LTTE is concerned, I assert that many learned people who justified the LTTE’s terror, and whose personal hatreds created the basis for it, are far guiltier than the cadres who carried guns. Most of the latter were misled, dragooned or believed that joining the LTTE was the only way to confront atrocities of the Sri Lankan forces.
      There can be no reason for holding them in custody if they have not been charged or tried all this time. It is a scandal.
      I admit there is a dilemma. Those trained in the use of weapons and have not been trained for other work, or remain unemployed, are likely to be sought by criminal networks. That has also been a problem with former soldiers of the SLA. That does not mean that those leaving the Army without civilian skills should be held in custody. It is part of a much larger problem with the economy and how those left out or left behind are being cared for by the Government.

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        Rajan Hoole again refuses to accept that Liberation movements sprouted because of three decades of pogroms directed at them for voicing grievances. Militancy was the result of disproportionate force by……………
        The extreme Hoolean insensitivity is shown in ~ “..It is part of a much larger problem with the economy and how those left out or left behind are being cared for by the Government”.
        The last bit ‘cared for by the GoSL’ – My foot.

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          Appe Aanduwa ‘s current accusations on Karuna and Pillaiyan are after they rehabilitated and released to society. This is telling it is not LTTE is criminal but only Aanduwa. There was never a case on what they did before they were rehabilitated. Kaurna’s murders, robberies and child kidnapping everything are justified by Appe Aanduwa up to UNESCO, using Tamil elite traitors. This is the only justice these call of Tamil elites are bringing to Tamils. Kaurna’s expensive car was abused and abandoned somewhere on the road. Government never cared of that. This appears to have happened within three or four years of purchase of that expensive car. I heard still there is a garage in Galle manufactures parts for A-40. That is what the real history of Lankawe. But Appe Aanduwa excused on all his crimes and arrested for only the car abuse and even on that they let him go.
          Pillaiyan is arrested and kept now like an LTTEyers. Why? Because he said that he was paid for murder New King? Now he is arrested not for LTTE activities or his party’s activities. He is arrested because he worked as a hit on MP Parajasinggam’s murder. Who wanted that murder? Why?

          That is why I have been writing to TNA lawyers to forget about ex rebels, which will not happen, nothing happened in last 70 years anyway; but try to get Pillaiyan case to Court. He is their man. Then we see what happens to him. Did Pillaiyan murder under somebody’s instruction or no? He self-confesses. There many rebels’ cases end in self confessing. Why can’t they take his witness that he murdered only to carry out the upper commands?
          Pillaiyan’s arrest is suggesting every political arrest is big night mare for government. They are carrying massive amount of secrets of the government. This is telling the Tamils who are working with government have lot of their crimes needs to be pardoned by Appe Aanduwa.

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          K.Pillai
          No one would deny that Tamil Liberation movements started due to decades and decades of ignoring the legitimate aspirations of the minority communities from-the time of the country’s independence in 1948.
          But why debunk and ignore a ignore a truthful factual, sensible view point expressed by anyone let alone Mr. Rajan Hoole?
          Don’t you think the lessons learnt from the deleterious effect of terrorist adventurism and the humiliating consequences that the Tamils now suffer is a result of ignoring the wise words of Thanthai Chelva “ . the lives of those who take the gun and resort to violence will end up being shot by the same weapon”?

          In that regard, I have no hesitation in endorsing Mr Hoole’s view point, particularly the dilemma the government is faced with in deciding the release of those Tamils held in custody without trial so far.
          Let me also take this opportunity to say that Mr.Rajan Hoole is a person who I have never met or
          know him at all, but admire him for his dedication and guts. I had no qualms about meeting him if I had an opportunity.

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            Uthungan, I step in to question your use of the phrase ‘terrorist adventurism’.
            .
            My understanding is that adventurism is experimentation, in defiance of accepted norms, plans or principles. Which acceptable avenues did Tamil youths defy? Thank you.

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              Dear Thappu,
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              Best not to split – now what’s the expression?
              .
              Ah, yes, hairs.
              .
              Pretty difficult that would be, and to what purpose?
              .
              What’s important is that no more tragedies be enacted.

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                Dear Sinhala_Man,
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                Defining Terrorism in the context of Sri Lanka is like defining a glass that is half filled.
                .
                Having had vastly diverse life experiences our interpretations of terrorism may clash with each other. For that reason and many others, I wish not to take this up further.

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        Rajan Hoole
        “There can be no reason for holding them in custody?????”
        Really?
        Our Army who rescued Tamils in the North from LTTE terrorism was accused for war crimes through deliberations and petitions made at the UNHRC. The LTTE diaspora is still carrying out a sinister campaign against them in Geneva. Our Army officials are denied visa based on bogus allegations.
        When the scenario from Tamil’s side is such, how do you expect release of LTTE terrorist in custody?
        All those hardcore terrorists in custody should be tried for war crimes. The same war crimes our Army was accused for.

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          Champa please, i am so sick of you and your army. You think you are so patriotic by defending third class war criminals. Maybe you got one (or many) of the stolen lands of Tamil people from your army.

          1. “Our Army who rescued Tamils in the North from LTTE terrorism was accused for war crimes through deliberations and petitions made at the UNHRC.”

          I repeat it, Army DID NOT rescue Tamils from North. Instead, crime in the north has increased after armed occupation, unsurprisingly committed by your army themselves. Don’t ask me why and how, because you are not a fifth grader.

          2. “Our Army officials are denied visa based on bogus allegations.”

          Bogus allegations? Aney pau! they are very innocent aren’t they?

          3 .”All those hardcore terrorists in custody should be tried for war crimes.”

          Hello, it should be applicable to your rapist army as well, you jobless racist. Hope you got the message.

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            Bingo
            Your comment proves that you were born after May 2009, once the LTTE was eliminated.
            I repeat, baby, all those hardcore terrorists who are in custody should be tried for war crimes based on their own guilt-based confessions!!!

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          Dear Champa,
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          Read more carefully. Rajan Hoole is talking about people who have not been charged for after being held for almost ten years. Aren’t you painting all Tamils with the same brush? Who is Rajan Hoole? Please spend 12 minutes on this:
          .
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2bCXoD-NEY
          .
          People like these are very responsible people. Do you not realise that he admits the dilemma? They did not encourage violence. Do you not see that he is faulted on the other side by K. Pillai? People like Hoole have suffered more than “Army officials denied visas.” Champa, it would help us all come closer to a solution if you are willing to concede that accusations against Army personnel have not been investigated. Rajan hasn’t even stridently called for such investigation.
          .
          As for Pillai, aren’t you taking that final line (may be a little less carefully written than usual by Rajan) a bit out of context? The government is still trying to take credit for giving handouts; I’ve been saying this for a long time – run the economy in such a way that people can earn with dignity, and live decent lives. Instead, we’ve seen corruption – handouts give the politicians commissions. It may now even be too late – the economy almost collapsing now.
          .
          Champa, I’ve many times told you that I don’t consider you a politician screaming out slogans. Try to be gentler. Pillai, I’ve been seeing your reasonable comments on many subjects – and I’ve begun to accept that yours is no pseudonym.
          .
          Let us at least tone down our rhetoric.

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          Champa the stupid ……………………….. profession

          If they are hard core terrorist charge them according to the law of the land or release them. The courts have not found them guilty. Any one who is not found guilty of any crime should be innocent and be freed and out in the open. .

          If they are found guilty by the courts put them in jail and throw the keys away. Some of them have been detained for more than 20 years with they being charged at the courts nor courts founding them guilty.

          It is simple.
          Don’t be stupid and pretend you don’t know the legal process.
          Some of the innocent men and women are inside while some of the criminals are free to roam around the country and carry Dr Mahinda’s b***s as if nothing has happened.

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          A negotiated settlement is requires for this problem of LTTE suspects in custody. Let charges be framed in court against whom there is evidence.Let us not incur unnecessary anger and resentment of those who are innocent or who have been tainted owing to their ignorance
          R.M.B Senanayake

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            Raja Senanayake

            This is not an political issue you need a negotiated settlement. It is as simple as A B C D, either charge them or release them on the basis of law.

            Similarly those state security forces who are free to roam around the country with impunity since 5th April 1971, should be caught and thrown into prison according to law of the land.

            This is neither rocket science nor brain surgery.

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          ‘Our Army who rescued Tamils in the North from LTTE terrorism’ ???

          My foot! LOL!

          Who the hell is this Joker? Really a good one! Keep it up…

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        Dear Rajan,
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        Would you mind terribly if I suggest to K.Pillai that he reads “the State” instead of “the Government”.
        .
        It is unfortunate that every Government that we’ve had since 1948 has been one that was forced to put Sinhalese interests first. The possible exception was Dudley’s 1965 Government.
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        It is the State that should care for all equally. To the extent possible, of course. Economics is an area neither of us would claim to expert at, is it?

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        The reason they are not released is because they are accused of heinous war crimes like suicide bombs, killing prisoners. SL never retained LTTE cadres just because they were trained at using weapons. If they did, 13000+ LTTE cadres won’t have been released.

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      In few countries are Police and Armed Forces known for gentleness. Some of our troops may have been gentle, others not.
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      I don’t want to provoke reactions by naming people or instances – I just don’t know them. Rajan Hoole does. You’ve read many installments of this book, haven’t you?
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-operation-in-jaffna-july-1979-what-was-wrong/
      .
      I tried to pick at random. Well, I did know Bull Weeratunga pretty well, although more as a family man, than as a soldier. Our family had an extra house in Bandarawela, (the one I’m now in), and he occupied it during the 1971 insurgency, so as to send his sons to school.
      .
      Let me not go in to unnecessary detail. Nice guy for me to know, but he was ruthless – I learnt all that later.

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    Torture is rampant in Sri Lanka.
    http://www.loc.gov/law/foreign-news/article/sri-lanka-criticism-of-ongoing-use-of-torture/

    Most so-called ‘confessions’ are obtained by torture and fear of death.
    http://srilankabrief.org/2018/01/death-in-police-custody-human-rights-commissions-urgent-action-call/

    Thus, so-called ‘confessions’ are illegal and inadmissible.

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      Justice,
      Torture is not rampant in Sri Lanka. It is rampant in Guantanamo Bay detention center run by the country hailed as champion of democracy and human rights protection. Even those who were released from that place are considered as ‘Enemy Combatants’. Our Army has provided jobs for former LTTE cadres in farms they operate. When NPC wanted to take over those farms, these former LTTE cadres protested against that decision. They preferred to be under Army rather than under Wellala dominated NPC.

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        Are you trying to bury your head in the sand?
        “Bury head in the sand”
        – To avoid, or try to avoid, a particular situation by pretending that it does not exist.
        Ostrich does not bury its head in the sand for the same purpose.

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          Native Vedda,
          You are right. Torture was rampant in Sri Lanka when your leader Malapaharan aka Pol Pot of Sri Lanka was alive. He and his butchers tortured Sinhala Army personnel and Police officers. Demalu used self-inflicted wounds as signs of torture to get asylum in Greener Pastures.

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            Eagle Eye
            Those who investigate asylum seekers in what you say Greener Pastures are a discerning lot FYI.
            They know very well the difference between self inflicted wounds and cruelly inflicted ones by torture.
            So dont display your ignorance in this forum.

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    Terrorists should be given maximum punishment as an example for others to not to engage in terrorism and for the reason that LTTE diaspora is STILL ACTIVE overseas.
    Any leniency will backfire on us.
    LTTE has a history of brutally assassinating their benefactors. Therefore, they should be handle with care otherwise the history will repeat.

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      Champa is either ignorant (or more likely pretending to be ignorant) of the way ‘confessions’ are obtained. Remember the September 2015 case of Seya Sadewmi, a four-year-old Sri Lankan child who was abducted, raped and murdered? The Police at one time had four different persons’ confessions to the murder!
      More recently the Army Commander Mahesh told MS that he crushes skulls in routine operational procedures.
      The Aava gang in Jaffna is said to be tentacle of N&E occupying forces.

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        K.Pillai
        Don’t mixed the LTTE cases, cadre of which received extensive training and brainwash, with other cases done by civilians.
        Your comparison is ridiculous.
        Army officers including Intelligence Officials risked their lives, some actually lost their lives when carrying out investigations to prosecute LTTE terrorists for crimes they committed against humanity.
        Investigations against LTTE were carried out for decades and after Prabhakaran was dead the cadre captured were identified as terrorists who committed various crimes from bombing to shooting. They are not innocent and it is not only their own confessions that are against them but the outcome of investigations carried out when and where those crimes were committed.
        You all accused our Army for various bogus war crimes without even having evidence or confessions.
        How could you now tell the government to release hardcore terrorists who have evidence against them in addition to their own
        guilt-based confessions?
        All hardcore terrorists in prison and their supporters outside should be tried for war crimes.

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      Terrorists now wear uniform.
      Go north and see.

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      Chimpa, then why is Buruwansa who was a hardcore JVPer in parliament? Why wasn’t he punished? Why Karuna and Pillayan who massacred 600 surrendered policemen/women are in the parliament? why weren’t they punished? Where is Daya master, KP (the main gun runner for the LTTE)? Whose mansion are they living in?

      You are simply a filthy racist scumbag. You will never see right from wrong when the crime is committed by the Parayapaksas or some racist elements of the majority. Anything you can pick on the Tamils, you will get the biggest magnifying glass and magnify it a million times. You are so stupid and racist, I hope you perish soon or disappear from this earth soon for the good of all. By the way you are spreading all kinds of venereal diseases or go and get yourself checked you filthy wh&%e!!!!

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        Tamil from the north

        Don’t forget the public racist who is now serving as the Ambassador to Russia was once a fugitive (spent some time illegally in India doing some clandestine work – he once claimed however he didn’t disclose details) who supported Eelam project along with EPRLF.

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          NV I did not know Dayan bugger’s history. Yes, he is one racist we all should avoid at any cost.

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            Oi.Oi .What do you call yourself?…
            LTTE Pacifist in Scarborough …..Or is it Kanada?….

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            Tamil from North
            Dayan bugger is SL’s version of Hindian BJP’s Subramanian Swamy Swamy. That is all.

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              Uthungan

              “Dayan bugger is SL’s version of Hindian BJP’s Subramanian Swamy Swamy. That is all.”

              Hindians Subramanian Swamy, late Cho Ramasamy, Hindu Ram, and few others do know what is in India’s interest, and they act accordingly. You may not like them from Tamils of Eelam perspective however when it comes to Hindia’s interest they complement the Hindian state with what they do.

              Please listen to Hindu Ram’s interview regarding Nakeeran Gopa’s illegal arrest:
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiD5owz4OAM

              By the way Nakeeran Gopal’s arrest was widely reported throughout the world, I mean USA, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, ………………..

              Fascists in their different shade are desperate to take control of through out South Asia.

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                NV
                Hindu Ram is a different person compared to Subramanian Swamy. I had met him in Chennai in Chennai as far back as 1978 through my good friend late Mr Yogeswaran MP who introduced . But I couldn’t keep contact with him after that.
                Cho was correct in his views about the LTTE and consistently saterised via his Thuglak magazine Tamil Nadu’s administrations irrespective of whatever shade DMK or AIDMK.
                In fact the said magazine was taboo in any Tamil news agent’s shop in Sri Lanka as well as in any country abroad where the Lankan Tamil diaspora sought refuge . Such was the LTTE’s edict.
                Ram’s stance regarding the arrest of Nakeeran Gopal was perfectly correct because that arrest was something scurrilous smell that had links to the fascistic Hindutwa Governor in the state of Tamil
                Nadu.
                The Judiciary which is independent in that state made a correct judgement following Ram’s intervention resulting in the release of Nakeeran Gopal and egg on the face of the CM and the Governor of the state of Tamil Nadu.

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                  Uthungan

                  The point I am trying to highlight here is that Ram, Cho, Swamy, and other key players exactly know what they want for India irrespective of their party affiliation, religious, ideological, regional, …………………. differences although their approaches are different.

                  Please tell me, as a Thamilan what exactly do you want for your fellow Tamilans and as Sri Lankan (I am still awaiting our fellow forum sharer Douglas to define) what exactly do you want for rest of the Tamilans?

                  What exactly your brethren as Sinhalavan wants for his fellow Sinhalavans and as Sri Lankan (I am still awaiting our fellow forum sharer Douglas to define) what exactly Sinhalavan wants for his fellow Sinhalavans?

                  I am not sure what they exactly want either as Tamilan or Sinhalavan or as Sri Lankan (I am still awaiting our fellow forum sharer Douglas to define).

                  However, Swamy, Ram, Cho, …………………. knew/know what exactly they want for Tamilans, India, Hindia …………. . and Sri Lanka.

                  They have played vital role in the past despite the fact that their role has for better or worse directly or indirectly affected this island from time to time.
                  However they play a vital role in the interest of India/Hindia although they are from South India.

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                Native Vedda
                Thank you very much for providing the link.

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        Because unlike the LTTE terrorists in jail, Wimal was NOT caught for any act of terrorism…simple stuff….

        These terrorists are not kept inside the jail simply because they filled the membership forms of the LTTE. They are accused of heinous war crimes. Remember MR released 13000+ LTTE cadres back to society.

        Arent Tamils clamoring for punishing so called war crimes? Are they ok with war crimes if the criminals happened to be Tamil?

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      So, you should give maximum punishment to terrorists like Mahinda, and Gota.

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      Champa,
      State Terrorism existed long before the war.

      file:///C:/Users/dr.s/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/IE/6HJYDYZ4/Lest_We_Forget_p1.pdf

      Groups of Tamils were ruthlessly murdered by Police and armed forces. This forced Tamils to take up arms.

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    We must listen to Mr Sampanthan who represents the Tamil people and he is a moderate leader. We must not leave the so-called Tamil problem to drag on indefinitely. Let the government undertake serious discussions with the TNA and the other Tamil parties and sign an Agreement incorporating the demands of the Tamil people. Do they want greater control of governance in the North and East? Let these issues be discussed. We must not allow the problem to be used or misused like the beggar’s wound.a Concordat must be signed to end the problem.
    R.M.B Senanayake

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      Raja Senananyake
      There is nothing to discuss.
      The solution is simple.
      If TNA and other Tamils want “greater control of governance” in the North and East (really, East too?), the solution is simple.
      Take all the Tamils live in Sinhalese areas to North where Tamils are supposed to govern. They should leave all businesses, lands and jobs in the South and move to North. All of them. END OF THE STORY.

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        Champa …………………………………… prfession

        “There is nothing to discuss. The solution is simple.”

        How about the final solution?
        Throw all of them in a gas chamber and burn them alive as your lover and pimp suggested carpet bomb them.

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        You are advocating Eelam aren’t you? If you want a single Sri Lankan State then accept that the Tamils must have the same rights as the Sinhala Buddhists.Greater control for the Tamil community within the same unitary State is not Eelaam.
        If you want the Tamils in the South to go back to the North then prepare to accept two States in Sri Lanka with eventual union of some sort of the North and East with South India.
        R.M.B Senanayake

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          Many thanks, Raja Senanayake,
          .
          This is the message that I’d also like to get across to all Sri Lankans. We, Sinhalese, must deal with Tamil leaders who are neither terrorists nor Quislings.
          .
          Champa gets called all sorts of things for the things he says. I wonder if his/her gender has been properly established. The writing sounds masculine.
          .
          Be that as it may, he and I don’t rail at each other. To me he has represented a person who seems to exemplifies the honest fears that many Sinhalese have. However, he doesn’t seem to be saying anything to get a personal political following.
          .
          We’ve got to get such people aboard if we are to solve the issues that we are faced with.
          .
          Sambanthan is the last of that generation. That doesn’t mean there won’t be others- but they will be those whose youthful memories would be different. We would do well to respond warmly to any overtures from him.

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          Many thanks, Raja Senanayake,
          .
          This is the message that I’d also like to get across to all Sri Lankans. We, Sinhalese, must deal with Tamil leaders who are neither terrorists nor Quislings.
          .
          Champa gets called all sorts of things for the things he says. I wonder if his/her gender has been properly established. The writing sounds masculine.
          .
          Be that as it may, he and I don’t rail at each other. To me he has represented a person who seems to exemplifies the honest fears that many Sinhalese have. However, he doesn’t seem to be saying anything to get a personal political following.
          .
          We’ve got to get such people aboard if we are to solve the issues that we are faced with.
          .
          Sambanthan is the last of that generation. That doesn’t mean there won’t be others- but they will be those whose youthful memories would be different. We would do well to respond warmly to any overtures from him.

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          Raja Senanayake, all respects to you my friend. People like you should be leaders of this nation as opposed to the present garbage that is in parliament.

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          Mr Senanayake
          What your are suggesting here will in no time lead to Ealam AND the Tamils(Tamil speaking people). living freely everywhere. Not a single Tamil family will move into Ealam. What kind of conflict that will lead to only God knows. Tamil commentators on this forum who write endlessly about murderous, genocidal, vicious Sinhalese become histerical when I suggest that Tamil speaking people will be compelled to move into Ealam. While they are demanding an Ealam for Tamils they are equally forceful in demanding the right to live in Sinhala majority areas at the same time. Such is their shameless hypocrisy. I am not worried about Ealam. In fact the main theme of my comments here is reminding the Tamils that they have to choose between a separate Homeland OR the right to live anywhere, WHILE BEGGING THEM TO CHOOSE THE OPTION OF LIVING ANYWHERE. My worry is that they will not move into Ealam. Sampanthan may be a good man, a gentle old man . You are being utterly naive if you believe that any agreement with him will hold after him . Potential Perumals are waiting in the wings. NEVER FORGET THAT EVEN AFTER WICKRAMASINGHE-PRABAKARAN AGREEMENT WHICH HANDED OVER NORTH EAST ON A PLATTER THE TAMIL POLITICAL CLASS DECIDED TO GO FOR THE FINAL VADUCKODAI OBJECTIVE SUPREMELY CONFIDENT OF THIER MILITARILY ARM, BUTTRESSED BY THE NORWEGIANS OF ITS INVINCIBILITY. There is no solution other than forceful laws , strictly implemented against any kind discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, religion or caste. Talking about ethnic and religion based enclaves within this small island is going backwards.

          Mr. Senanayake, you are a good hearted man, but who will pay for your naivety?

          Soma

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        Chimpa, who gives a sh&t what you are thinking? You could cry all you want, nothing is going to happen in your favor.

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        Then we Sinhalese may have to accept Tamil Eelaam as well. and later perhaps Tamil Eelaam may even join up with South India to be economically sustainable.Is that what we Sinhalese want- an Indian presence in our island.

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      Mr. Senanayake,

      On the issue of these prisoners, even hardcore LTTE people would have been in prison for 15 to 20, or even more years in prison, and consider that it is nearly 10 years since the war ended. That there has been no armed violence after the war, shows that, outside the LTTE leadership that is no more, there is no support for any violence anymore.

      Of course people still want to fight for their rights politically and through civil protests, but there is no support for any violence.

      So the right thing got the GoSL to do is to release them, on the condition that with the support of their families, they will be enrolled in some training programs for learning useful skills and getting back to normal life.

      Sinhalese hardliners like should show some rationality. In many Western countries, even life sentences for murder charges often result in no more than 15 –20 years of prison. In Sri Lanka there was the additional context of a political struggle, so the right thing is to release them all. If people like Karuna Amman and KP can live free lives, then why not these long-suffering prisoners?

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      Mr Senanayake
      When you say ‘Tamil people’ you mean all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or those arrived during the British, scattered across the island or only Hindu and Christian Tamil speakers in Jaffna?

      Soma

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    Sambandhan the racist has not given up the Eelam

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      Hussain Al Shibrey

      “Sambandhan the racist has not given up the Eelam”

      What shall we do?
      Do you want to hang him by his clanking b***s along with Dr Mahinda, Dr Go, …all the single handed army commanders?

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    Sambanthan don’t say the National List. What they is sumular to “INDEPENENDENTS LIST”. TNA knows they lose definitely. So, they need something to talk. So release Suicide bombers, black tigers saved from the Cynanide capsule. How about the released 12,000. =Did TNA help them. IT is the Army providing employent and helping their parents. .Sambanthan and the TNA as the OPPOSITION PAID FOR DOING NOTHING ezcept talking for Tamil homeland. They di dnot do anything to Tamils and they di dnot do anything to Sri lanka as a whole. but, profitted very well from importing cars.

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    I fully endorse what RMB says.,Do our leaders have the political will?
    Let us aim at an all inclusive solution..

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      To release war criminals?

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    SL government started rehabilitating & releasing non-hard core youth but those made confessions must be considered according to the gravity of their engagement in terrorist activities as per the confessions.

    If counter terrorism law doesn’t have that provision it’s a serious fault.

    The biggest trouble maker is diaspora that hinder the progress of activities for the betterment of Tamil people.

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    Champa: You said: ” Those who are in prison are hardcore terrorists”. Then where are “KP” and “KARUNA” and WHERE they and “Such Others” MUST be? I raised this question relying on your above quoted statement. Do I have to remind you of our village story: Gamarala who beat the dog that barked to awaken him at the arrival of the fox to drag the chicken from the cage.

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      Douglas

      By the way you are yet to define your ideas of Integration, “ONE COUNTRY”, “ONE NATION”, “STATE”, “GOVERNMENT”, …………………..

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        Hi friend,
        A certain amount of independence to carry out theirs in that particular social, cultural, religious context will make matters more easy and peaceful rather than treating them as second class citizens by the Colombo Sinhala supremacist attitude and governance. we, Sinhala guys can not put right our own politics. BAlla piduru kanneth nehe kana gonata denneth nehe.

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    The key word here is confession. Confessions made to whom?. I believe that even in Britain, the position regarding the acceptability of confessions made to a police officer is still not fully ruled out as per PACE act. In Sri Lanka, a confession recorded before a magistrate is admissible in law and that is so, I believe even in the Counter Terrorism Act. Under regulations that were made from time to time in terms of the Public Security Ordinance, confessions made to Police Officers of rank of ASP and above were made admissible. On principle, issues should not drag on. I understand that a woman is still on remand since 1990’s because she has “admitted” to the killing of her husband but the case cannot proceed because all the connected documents have vanished to the thin air. Obviously the machinery is in a mess and a decision made in whichever way is going to boomerang on the decision maker.

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    Looks like Mr Sampathar has finally realized there are poor people in the North specially the Youth.
    But Mr Sampathar never says how they became poor, when the Youth in Jaffna those days ,went to Uni, came to Colombo and became rich..

    Mr Sampathar was happy to use these youth to expand his TNA in the North with the help of Mr Pirahaparan.
    Now Mr Sampathar seems to have lost the Clout which he had in the North, while Mr Pirahaparan was calling the shots . ( pardon the pun)..

    Will Releasing the Land make these Youth, Rich?..
    Why did they abandon their Lands to join Mr Pirahaparan?.
    Do they have Titles to these Lands, which Mr Sampathar is demanding?

    There are Millions of Inhabitants in Lankawe who do not have any land….
    Mr Sampathar’s Chief Minister in the North says all Land from Jaffna to Pasikuda must be handed back to them.
    Mr Sampathar’s Deputy Mr Abram says no Sinhala Inhabitants can get land even close to Killinochchi..

    Are these part and parcel of the Reconciliation and Reparations which Mr Sampathar is talking about?……

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      KASmaalam

      “There are Millions of Inhabitants in Lankawe who do not have any land….”

      There are lands but owned by landed gentry. There are land where the colonial powers planted Tea, Coffee, Rubber, ………. There are land owned by illegal land grabbers, There are plenty of land once owned by the weeping widow who somehow saved her own land from land reform act.
      There are state owned land in the south awaiting to be grabbed by the Souther thieves.

      Let the landless share the land where their natural habitat is. Rather than moving them from where they are to a new place and make them permanently dependent on state handouts for their subsistence and eventual death by committing suicide let them live where they are comfortable and train them in new skills, provide them with an opportunity be part of startups…………. Let them find their own foot in new enterprises.
      Because of their poverty they become part of a vote bank for the liars, crooks, ……………………….. and you want them to be smart ass patriots.

      Why don’t you use your brain (if you have one) rather than shoving Trinco Sam in his back.

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        Dear Native,
        Sampthar’s apprentice Abraham said he wouldn’t let any Sinhala Buddhist any where near Mahaveli Catchments …

        I know Cinnamon Gardens is the Natural Habitat of Abrahamm and his Vellala Clan..
        But ,Mahaveli I thought was the Natural Habitat of Sinhala Buddhists from the time of Balangoda man…

        Buddha must have come to Naga Deepa to say Hello to Aiyars…..

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          “Sampthar’s apprentice Abraham said he wouldn’t let any Sinhala Buddhist any where near Mahaveli Catchments …”

          If he is a self respecting Tamil politician he should not only prevent them from occupying further in and around Mahaweli area but reverse all previous colonisation, remove them and put them in boats back to their ancestral homeland.

          Excerpt:
          The relentless assault on the Veddahs that had been taking place for over half a century with colonization of their historical habitats, seems not to have been confined to their livelihood, but also spread to their food (and nutritional) access routes.

          Undoubtedly, further limiting their access to their avenues of food will amount to a blatant violation of their human rights as well as their chances for good health, which they are quite capable of achieving themselves without external influence. Thus, making amends to these unsavoury situations alone will ensure reinforcing good health for them.

          Healthy life: Let’s learn from Veddahs
          by Dr. Prasanna Cooray
          http://www.island.lk/2009/03/19/features2.html

          By the way your hora clan chief once promised to protect Vedda habitat. That hora clan was only interested in family’s fortunes.

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            Dear Native,
            Did you get an invite for that Wedding in Negambo, where My3 Sira and Mahinda were the attesting witnesses?….

            How cool was that Vedda Chief with the Axe ,sitting between those Two Dignitaries?
            Will your Idol Dr Ranil with his Wool Blend Suit ever sit next to a Vedda even if the Vedda is a Chief?.
            Will Dr Ranil’s Elite Ladies and Gents ever go near a Vedda even after wearing their Chanel or Jimmy Shu ……

            Talking about your Healthy Vedda Life and Protecting our Flora & Fauna, Dr Rail’s Yahplana Rogue Brigades s have now given permission to kill our Native Protein feed, Wild Boar.

            How cool is that.

            UNPers in the Villages will be thrilled to bits.
            Imagine Devilled Wild Boar with Aloysiou’s Gal, which is now freely available in UNP Election Bars……
            Did you eat wild Boar when you were in our Batalanda Land?….

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    President Sillysena went to the UN and begged the world to pardon show mercy towards the Sinhalese armed forces ( now fondly called golden heroes by most Sinhalese ) who had committed horrible war crimes, rape and torture on the civilian Tamil population in the Vanni and still continue to do so to a lesser extent in the north and east.. However when it comes to Tamil political prisoners , he and the government sing to another tune to pander the largely racist Sinhalese population. They do not want to release them , for the sole reason that they are Tamils and not Sinhalese war criminals belonging to armed forces. Many of them are very low level LTTE or not even LTTE . This shows the hypocrisy of this government, they talk of reconciliation but this means only pardon for war criminals , rapists and people who committed genocide on the Tamils and are now trying to bring a clause only if these Sinhalese army war criminals thugs and rapists are released then they will consider the release of Tamil political prisoners 90% of whom are very low key LTTE or not even LTTE , with no charges brought against them so far. They are trying to blackmail and bargain with the life of Tamil youths to let Sinhalese war criminals escape. Shows the racist mindset of this government. On Ranil’s recent to the UK , when questioned , he stated that the Tamil population in the north and east welcome the occupation of the racist Sinhalese armed forces and want them to stay. What an idiot , he thinks people are idiotic like him to believe this lie.

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    Darusman report was based on evidence locked for 30 years , unavailable for cross examination based on the assumption that a Tamil never tells lie. OMP accepts video evidence which allows a Tamil to safely lie from far. Now new Terror laws says a Tamil never commits a crime even if he/admits it – truth is a lie.
    Interesting, isn’t it?

    Soma

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      soma

      “Darusman report was based on evidence locked for 30 years , unavailable for cross examination based on the assumption that a Tamil never tells lie.”

      1. It was not Darusman report. Did Darusman wake up one morning and was bored and wanted to do something. Perhaps his wife suggested him he wrote a report on Sri Lankan war crimes. It was the “REPORT OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL’S PANEL OF EXPERTS ON ACCOUNTABILITY IN SRI LANKA”.

      2. If the evidence was locked up for thirty years perhaps the UN is following the practice of the Lankies. Now will you please let us have the evidences, names of the accused and final recommendations of the three “Commissions of Inquiry into Involuntary Removal or Disappearance of Persons” – 1987-1990? Funny enough these three reports have been gathering dust since say late 1990s and will never be disclosed in the future. Not a single known accused was charged at the courts in nearly 30,000 cases of involuntary disappearances.

      “OMP accepts video evidence which allows a Tamil to safely lie from far.”

      No doubt the victims relatives may lie, may not lie, may tell the truth, ……………….. However you seem to believe that the members of armed forces, police, state functionaries, and the southern politicians especially the clan and his cronies are whiter than white saints for simple reason they killed unprecedented number of Demelas, and crushed their demand for their democratic rights to restored. .

      Why are you being an a******e all the time?
      I am sure you are going to raise this same question in a few weeks time as you have been doing it for a number of years.

      Is there any doctor in this forum? Please tell us if gene editing will cure this …………… ?

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        Ability to see plain truth is in my genes.

        Soma

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          somass

          “Ability to see plain truth is in my genes.”

          You see truth as you perceive, not as it is and you have great ability to see events and history selectively with a fascist twist.

          You should take it easy until your Sinhala/Buddhist fascist mutant homeland is ready.

          When are you planning to start your next mutant riots against the people?

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    The racists Sambandhan, Sumanthiran and Wigneswaran are destroying mother lanka

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    Almost all LTTE cadres came from low caste poor families. They were brain washed portraying Sinhalayo as their enemy and by establishing a separate state called Thamil Eelam their lives will be better. LTTE cadres were taken for a ride by their leaders. The real enemy of low caste Demalu is not Sinhalayo but high caste Wellala elites who have oppressed low caste Demalu. They deprived low caste Demalu acquiring land using Thesawalamai law. Now a large number of low caste Demalu have moved to Sinhala majority areas and work without facing any discrimination based on race or caste. My Sinhala carpenter has hired two low caste Demalu from Yapanaya. So, it is a good idea to release LTTE cadres after convincing them that Sinhalayo are not their enemy but their real enemy is high caste Wellala elites. Sinhalayo should give their full support to former LTTE cadres to launch their freedom struggle against their real enemy. Low caste Demalu who moved to Greener Pastures using ‘Discrimination Card’ should provide financial support to their brothers and sisters instead of fattening the coppers of Tamil Diaspora that does not spend even a Penny for the betterment of lives of low caste Demalu who are oppressed by High Caste Demalu. Western countries who are so concerned about Human Rights also should extend their support to low caste Demala freedom fighters. In India, Black Americans have launched such a program for untouchables.

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    Ava group continues to operate because the courts grant them bail. So they go back and continue violence. Sambandhan likes this. He wants all Tamils to be free from prisons. How’s that?

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      Mrs Udubaddewa

      “Ava group continues to operate because the courts grant them bail. So they go back and continue violence.”

      All because they still take orders from the former National Hangman, Dr Go.

      If pain in the a***s like you are free to roam around, why should the innocent languish in the prison?

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    Dear Author and all participants,
    Here again is a good forum to proof Sri Lanka has missed a golden opportunity for the impartial war crimes inquiry which would have brought back the Country and its Leaders integrity that is the first requirement for convincing one and all. But if the Leaders are not serious then it bounce back every time a dispute like this occur and bring down the Country further. If it is not enough for the Country having gone down from its prestigious position at independence, the rulers need to be overhauled wholesale as the proof of their involvement and hiding their neck in the sand is becoming very public.

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    I think Mr.Sampanthan should be asked to CONFESS under PTA , given rehabilitation treatment just like other detainees and cleanse him of his shady past.

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    Do Tamils have a grievance? It has taken nearly seventy years to accept that they do. Yet there are some feel that the grievance will go away. It will not. We must get out of this state of denial.
    International community often refer to SL as the ‘Land of the disappeared’. Should we get out of this stigma?
    ‘The Guardian’ of 13 October 2018 had this.
    Sri Lanka, the land of the disappeared – a photo essay. Photographs by Moises Saman and essay by Tim Adams. Link
    https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/oct/13/moises-saman-interview-sri-lanka-tamil-minority-aftermath-war
    Or go guardian/world/asia/se asia

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    Do Tamils have a grievance? not at all

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    Rohana Wijeweera can even contest for ptez would Priba have a chance still looking after wife and the children
    Rules are different

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    Sri lankan army should be prosecuted for war crimes for saving these CYANIDE CAPSULE bearing political prisoners. TNA was travelling on LTTE – Rump money to overseas to ask the development plan for EELAM. That did not work. Modi had sais, hereafter not to go behind foreign countries or come to india asking help. MAvai Senathirajah says voters do not like me. TNA also says do not come with us. So his only help Anandasayanan has said staly silent we will get a National list post for you. but, in his heart he knows they are from two different castes and won’t be together. Anyway, Politicians need something to fight for.

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    Successive GoSLs changed hands but had the hidden understanding to have this separate ‘Land of Buddhist-Sinhalese’.
    Now the aim seems to be a Pakistan/India partition type separation. This is openly talked about.

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    As Democratic nation of Sri lanka that 70 years of existence of Parliamentary politics that current TNA has be fulfill following conditions .

    These are basic of norms democracy that governance in order of democracy led by and accepts USA and UK which is denied by leadership of Tamil chauvinist and politics of Racism by TNA.
    1 Accepts Right to vote by ballots not by LTTE mode of struggle by gun Point…
    has directly or indirectly encouraged by TNA leadership.

    2 Accepts sovereignty of People of Sri Lankan by themselves not by USA UK Indian
    or EU countries direct dictated term against sovergerity of People of Lankan….
    Which is political support by TNA leadership by so-called covered operation of
    Tamil Diaspora of GTF and WTC agitation in world wide;by that blame and
    claimed of Tamil Eealm in our soil has be publicly need to rejected by TNA .

    3 Country Territorial Integrity is key principle of ours Democracy has to accepted
    by TNA leadership unconditionally.

    4 On the question Land no weaving on issue of Sri Lank 25000 Square Miles as one entity that belongs people Lankan who are living this land almost 2600 years. Which has to accpaects by TNA political class of Tamils and their party.

    Therefor of TNA has to be shafted a Democracy order of that is working on democratic frame be represtanative as our nation aspiration.

    TNA political and democratic credentials are at suspesision by 80% percent majority community time being……..Sri Lankan.

    If TNA do not look at this simple political truth of facts without correct approach by Tamils until that majority has no faith as leader of Opposition.???

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    It is a good idea to release some of the LTTERS if they have been of good behaviour while in prison. That will certainly open up spotsin the jail for guys like Sampanthan, Wigneswaran, Vijayakala et al.

    These guys in the current leadership of the Tamils have been protected throughout the last 35 years or so by Cingala soldier, while they weree and still are stalking horses for the LTTE terrorists. Sampanthan was the unabashed LTTE spokesman in Parliament, paid by Cingalese taxpayers !

    Both still visit Toronto, London, NY, Paris and make inflammatory speeches, denigrating the country and biting the hand that pays their salaries & pensions. Time we put them in jail.

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    Nothing exposes Sampandan and the like’s double standards like this threat.
    The arrested LTTE cadres are accused of grave war crimes. But the Tamil political leadership and Tamils in general call these war criminals as political prisoners while demanding the government to release them. At the same time they need to punish the war winning army thanks to whom they now lead a normal life for alleged war crimes without any substantial evidences……

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    Sampandan can act tough by voting against the next budget………lets see whether Sampa has the guts!

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    He is riling up the Tamil youth for another war. But it will backfire on him very badly. Sampanthan,Sumanthiran and Wigneswaran need to understand that if they keep spreading lies another LTTE will be born and they will be the first ones to die .That’s how all the other Tamil leaders in the past died. Years of lies about a non existent Tamil homeland paved the way to the LTTE. Dump the fake homeland now or there will never be a true reconciliation.

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    We first and foremost we want TNA Leader of Opposition could and should be release HIMSELF from LTTE political bondage of GUN Rule politics.

    Until reached to that turning -point moving that norms Global values of democracy, there is no possibility that leader claim of release of prisoners of Tamil terrorist .
    The critics of TNA that claim and blame is illigimated ; well according to the values of accept democracy governances in Globally is not that an Opposition Leaders and TNA is not an eligible to enter in politics of Democracy….Island of Sri lanka.

    Leader of Opposition is still has not proved beyond doubt that is their political credential in which that are far beyond to reached to mainstream of politics of Democracy.
    The clouds of Tamil Terrorism began to loom over the North-east in Lankan even after defeated of LTTE 2009 May 19th@

    The TNA incorrect politics of separatism by partition of Island for Tamil Eealm for Tamil speaking people living out of Tamil Nadu, they are claim and demand that “Tamil Home Land” in Island of Sri lanka?

    That is not possible at any cost of our majority nation want to divided in Lanka?
    This political theories of Separatism in inevitability leads incorrect politics of Tamil terrorism ,but, obviously those TNA LTTE, GTF and WTC who advocated them though they would work by blessing of TNA leadership $$$.

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