28 January, 2021

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Sri Lanka Denounces Push To Open War Inquiry

By  and Dharisha Bastians –

Sri Lanka’s government on Tuesday forcefully rejected a call for an international war crimes investigation into the country’s bloody civil war, adding to tensions with the United Nations’ human rights body.

Mahinda NaviIn its official response to a highly critical report released on Monday by the United Nations’ high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, the government said Ms. Pillay’s call for an independent international investigation “reflects the preconceived, politicized and prejudicial agenda which she has relentlessly pursued with regard to Sri Lanka.”

The government dismissed accusations that its vast military presence in the northern part of the country was responsible for a surge in sexual violence against women; that the authorities had failed to return huge swaths of land to Tamil civilians, who are an ethnic minority; and that the government had undermined the independence of Sri Lanka’s judiciary. It also said the reason it had not prosecuted anyone for massacres in which security forces are known to have taken part was that proof had been difficult to obtain.

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    Tamils are South Indians.

    Tamil Tigers and other Tamil front organizations are banned in the USA as terrorists.

    Still banned as terrorists.

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      Fuku,
      Is LTTE banned in SL :-(

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    Gotha, who said during the war that hospitals are legitimate targets for shelling and bombing and directly responsible for genocide of Tamils.

    Mahinda as commander in Chief ordered the killing of 147,000 innocent Tamils, including direct shelling of no fire zones.

    Would they have any incentive to agree for an international investigation of crimes against humanity, etc?

    Obviously they will reject it.

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    As we all know that the president and all the other senior government officers say that there were no war crimes happened during the war. If so, we should hold an independent inquiry to clear the good name of the country and its armed forces. So Mrs Pillai, please go ahead and appoint a commission to investigate any possible war crimes by GoSL & LTTE.

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    Everybody in Sri Lanka, including the Rajapaksa supporters, know that if an international inquiry were to be initiated everything that happened in the North will come out in the open. For 30 long years Sri Lankans have been turning a blind eye to the atrocities committed by their “brave soldiers” in the North and they’d gladly continue in their hallucination for the next 2500 years to come. I don’t know how many is ready to admit it but that is the hard truth.

    I for one hope this International inquiry does take place and force the Sri Lanka to finally admit to their true nature and take a good look inside as a nation.

    Admitting that there is a problem is 50% of the solution, they say. And may be, just may be, the country can toss that holier-than-thou attitude and start on the path to becoming real human beings; again as a country!

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