3 February, 2023


Sri Lanka Branded Least Constructive Nation Ever To Appear Before The UPR

Sri Lanka branded least constructive nation ever to appear  before the Universal Periodic Review says Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice.
We publish their statement in full;
Research by the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice suggests that Sri Lanka’s appearance before last week’s Universal Periodic Review was the least constructive stance ever taken by a nation towards the process.
Sri Lanka rejected 100 of the 210 recommendations made to it. In the previous 206 reviews no country has ever rejected more than 95.[1] As well as being the largest absolute number of recommendations ever rejected outright this is also the fourth highest proportion of recommendations rejected [2].
Meanwhile further research by the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice suggests that there can be little hope for the implementation of those recommendations that they did accept. On 52 out of 71 pledges the Government of Sri Lanka accepted last time, they have done nothing whatsoever. So on past form we can expect the Government of Sri Lanka to completely fail to deliver on 73% of the pledges they made this time round.[3]
Our comprehensive report analyses each of Sri Lanka’s pledges from 2008 in detail. The Government of Sri Lanka claimed to have delivered fully on 12 of their 71 pledges but we could only find this to be true in four cases. They euphemistically described progress towards the remaining recommendations as “ongoing”, but we could only find evidence of any progress in 15 cases.
Quoting from the report, Fred Carver, Campaign Director for the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, said,
“One of the very few things we were able to give Sri Lanka top marks for was their commitment to sharing their expertise of defeating terrorism. Sri Lanka loves do this which, given their methods of doing so, is extremely worrying for the future of the world. A recent such seminar entitled ‘Towards lasting Peace and Stability’ was held in Colombo on August 8th and attended by 19 countries. Addressing this seminar Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated ‘Sri Lanka today is one of the most peaceful and stable countries in the world and is in the midst of a national revival’. If only this were true.”
1 – Burma rejected 95 recommendations in January 2011 while leaving the status of a further 25 recommendations unclear. In December 2009 the DPRK rejected 50 recommendations outright and “noted” a further 117 – a term the precise meaning of which has never been clarified.
2 – Only San Marino (61% in February 2010), Burma (58% in January 2011) and China (56%  in February 2009) have rejected a greater proportion of recommendations. A further 16 nations have accepted a smaller proportion of recommendations but recommendations for which the response is unclear or pending maintain Sri Lanka’s fourth place in terms of outright rejections.
3 – For comparison a study by UPR Info ( here) of 66 countries showed that an average of 40% of recommendations are typically wholly or partly implemented by the half way point in a UPR cycle. After a full cycle Sri Lanka had only made any measurable process on 27% of recommendations.
The complete list of accepted and rejected recommendations is available here
Notable rejected recommendations include:
129.27 Enact urgent legislative amendments to the Penal Code to ensure that the rights of women from all religious and ethnic communities are safeguarded (New Zealand)
129.96 Take immediate steps to prevent attacks on the human rights defenders and media and take action to investigate such acts (Slovenia);
129.85 Safeguard the independence of its judiciary (Slovakia);
129.80 Make every effort to ensure that those responsible for crimes against children, and in particularly concerning the recruitment of child soldiers, are brought to justice as soon as possible (Sweden)
129.76 End impunity for human rights violations and fulfill legal obligations regarding accountability (USA)
129.71 Take action to reduce and eliminate all cases of abductions and disappearances (Australia)
129.66 Take action to reduce and eliminate all cases of abuse, torture or mistreatment by police and security forces (Australia)
129.65 Publish the names and places of detention of all the imprisoned persons (France)
129.60 Take further steps  to ensure more participation of Sri Lankan Muslims in the reconciliation process and national efforts  of economic, social, and cultural integration (Egypt)
129.28 Fully implement the recommendations of the LLRC, in particular steps to ensure independent and effective investigations  into all allegations of serious human rights violations , in the context of Sri Lanka’s civil war and its aftermath (Austria)
129.25 Adopt legislation on appointments that would ensure the independence of the Human Rights Commission (New Zealand)
Read Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice  report on Sri Lanka’s response to the previous UPR here
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    Now let’s face it. Who the hell are these people to cast the first stone. Sri Lanka do not have to answer any self appointed Globo cops with horrendous HR records
    To hell with them

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    Govt seems allergic to Human Rights, Media Freedom, Freedom of Expression, Independence of the Judiciary, War Crimes Tribunals. How long will they be allowed to hoodwink the world and our own people?

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    Brian de Bois Guilbert aka Robert of Locksley aka David Blacker. Why is it that you only use your real name and picture when you are whitewashing the armed forces? Never underestimate the west or the diaspora. Mr.VP thought he was invincible and see what happened to him. Don’t think that this government will always be able to hoodwink the west. Don’t over estimate China’s and Russia’s support and don’t under estimate the diaspora or Tamil Nadu or western powers.


    Q: Does that mean that the people in Tamil Nadu were not necessarily in favour of the resolution on Sri Lanka?
    RM:Prime Minister Singh had limited choice as the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK)in the south of the country is a very important part of India’s coalition government. If the Prime Minister did not make the decision that he did, the current ruling government would have collapsed. It is in such a context that the decision to vote in favour of the United Nations Human Rights resolution in March 2012 must be viewed by Sri Lankans. Domestic pressure and what you rightly described as ‘coalition compulsions’ were what led to the vote by India in favour of the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka, but it must be made clear that this in no way means that the government of India is against Sri Lanka.The disconnection between the government of India and its southern people

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      Brian de Bois Guilbert aka Robert of Locksley aka David Blacker:
      Landa fanda ma de landa

      Modi: Ham Kisi Se Kam Nehe

      Come 2014 Modi PM of India Jai Hindustan.

      No more Graft India but an accountable and transparent India.

      Bolo Hindustan Ki Jai ; Bolo Hindustan Ki Jai; Bolo Hindustan Ki Jai;

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    Don’t count on your luck; even god cannot help SL if the west decides.If you had lived in Lanka during 70/77 you would know what is kunubakiya baath.

    The western nations are the biggest buyers. The western nations call the shots.

    It took the Russians 25 years of begging to be given membership of WTO.
    Notice China is being pushed out before the big push comes into reckoning in 2014.

    Right now unemployment in China is on the rise- it’s truly a game of chess where the west is the winner.

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    Reject all of them and make it harder for this HR merchants to operate with blood money. Ask them to fix the situation in Iraq, Afghanistan, libya first and then submit a report to the international community. US rejected all of them. So did India. Sri Lanka did the right thing. But I feel sorry for these guys who are dependent on these foreign funds.

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    This Govt though not elected by the Tamil voters in the North at the behest of Prabhakaran did not distinguish between the LTTE terror and the normal Tamil civilians who yearned for peace. With Mavil Aru the battle to destroy the LTTE began and ended within two years.There after the Govt could have easily won over the Tamil civilians if they acted sensibly with emotional intelligence. Instead with the arrogance of fools they made it compulsory for Tamil people to sing the National Anthem in Sinhala and show by every action that this country belongs to the Sinhalese.What we are reaping within the country and outside in the International Fora are the results of a foolish and arrogant Govt whose violelant actions to subdue the minorities knows no bounds.When it is time to pay it will not be only those responsible for the mayhem that will face it but all Sri lankans alike will face the imminent danger.

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    Sunila, i tend to agree with your line of expression. However there is much more to it, but on those lines.

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    If you doubt the ability of the west in inflict pain on rogue nations look at what is happening to Iran or what happened to Libya. In both cases our beloved mutt went out of his way to be-friend the leader of both nations. One of them is no more and the other is fighting for survival while all the fancy aid he promised our mutt has now vanished. The nose is also tightening on Syria the darling of the Ruskies and the Chinese. Face facts the Global cop has real muscle and he will use it. Ranting at Iraq and Afganistan will get you nowhere. Unfortunately when the bitter medicine is dished out the entire country will suffer not just the one’s who live in a delusional world of their own making.

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