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Sri Lanka Is Not Yet The Success Story That Many Claim It To Be: International Crisis Group

The International Crisis Group has claimed that Sri Lanka is not yet the success story that many in the international community claim it to be.

Citing reasons for the claim, Alan Keenan, the Group’s Sri Lanka Senior Analyst noted that the progress on implementing the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution has been slow and often grudging, and there are growing doubts about the government’s political will and ability to see the complex process through.

Alan Keenan

Alan Keenan

“For Sri Lanka to stay on the path toward recovery, it needs sustained international support and engagement,” he said.

Keenan noted that although the government has adopted an ambitious reform agenda to address the many challenges the country faces: keeping a beleaguered economy afloat, strengthening the rule of law, tackling corruption, drafting a new constitution, promoting reconciliation efforts with the Tamil population in the north and east, and establishing a multi-pronged set of transitional justice mechanisms agreed with the Council.

“Unfortunately, the entire program risks collapse unless new energy, focus and resources are brought to bear. A weakening economy and slow going on most other fronts have led to waning support from the key constituencies that brought the government to power – Tamils, Muslims and reform-minded Sinhalese. Belief in the possibility of meaningful progress is fading across the board,” he said.

According to him, efforts of the national unity government – a coalition between President Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) – have been weakened by a variety of factors. “First, the government lacks technical capacity and trained personnel on key issues. Second, there is no unified strategy for advancing reforms – with the SLFP split between Sirisena’s wing and supporters of ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and often at odds with the UNP, particularly on economic policy. Third, the administration has not mounted a coherent public relations campaign to sell its successes and build support for the more politically controversial aspects of its program, including transitional justice,” he said.

Keenan also said that Council members should press the government to begin building the legal, institutional and staffing capacity needed for all the promised transitional justice mechanisms. “The High Commissioner should insist that legislation needed to establish these mechanisms must be on the books by March 2017, in advance of that month’s Human Rights Council session. These measures should include legislation to criminalise war crimes and crimes against humanity, and to establish command responsibility as a mode of criminal liability,” he said.

He also said that the government must take steps to dismiss or discipline obstructionists. “Officials who lobbied to undermine UN efforts to support justice and accountability under the Rajapaksa regime should also be removed from policymaking positions. In order to address long-criticised conflicts of interest in the Attorney General’s department, it is necessary to establish a permanent, independent special prosecutor for serious human rights cases in which state officials are alleged perpetrators,” Keenan said.

According to him there were also credible reports that indicate that witnesses in criminal cases implicating the security forces are facing serious threats. “The government has yet to establish an effective witness protection program or revise its weak witness protection law, in compliance with a clause in last year’s Council resolution promising to do so,” he added.

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    Bang , bang…..you said it perfectly.

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      Oh dear! There we go again.

      I would buy this Alan Keenan & Erik Solheim 2 gigantic jars of home-brewed craft beer, if they could just shut up. For one whole year.

      Yes, Sri Lanka has many challenges. What’s new about that?

      What makes these unrepresentative, unaccountable dudes believe, they have the prescription to fix all of Sri Lanka’s ills?

      Who invited these dudes to prescribe meds to us anyway? Just who are these people? Why are they meddling in all affairs Sri Lankan with or without an invitation.

      Do not forget Sri Lankans overthrew a man who was about to cement yet another Asian dictatorship in Colombo. Not a shot fired. All on their own. That was not done according to Alan Keenan’s prescription.

      Compare that record with what Keenan’s & Solheim’s ilk have achieved in Libya, Iraq, Syria or Palestine. Oh, what a bloody mess?

      Let us give these international pundits a lesson in humility. Stop treating these people with such venerration.

      Let us solve our problems ourselves. With a little nudge from well-meaning friends. We have many.

      Cheers!

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        Ben Hurling

        “What makes these unrepresentative, unaccountable dudes believe, they have the prescription to fix all of Sri Lanka’s ills? “

        As I have always said, if the country does not treat its own people well the neighbors and strangers are ever ready to move in and grope your women folks. Eventually of course your women folks get used the idea of cohabiting with outsiders, in fact they will feel enlightened and free from their abusive men folks.

        “Yes, Sri Lanka has many challenges. What’s new about that?”

        The country suffered because of the tendency to self destruct. If there is semblance of peace, a few cannot live with it, but come up with more creative ideas to create new forms of self destruction.

        I think you have a selective or short memory span.

        The persistent problem with the so called nationalist on all sides of the divide is that a genuinely concerned citizen of this island cannot and will not be allowed to express their genuine opinion, branding them being traitors, terrorists, NGO scums, ….. Therefore outsiders’ constant interference is inevitable.

        Why does this country deliberately chose the wrong turning at every opportunity presented to it?

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          Correction

          Please read as ICG ( international Crisis Group)
          Not ICC

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            Why does the ICG not talk about CORRUPTION? – the Panama Papers and how economic inequality and political corruption go hand in hand in the global south – with the approval of the IMF?!

            Investigations into Financial corruption need to go hand in hand with addressing the Human Rights and Tamil National question, but ICG and AK are all part of the global Human Rights to promote civil and political rights but shove economic inequality, poverty and financial corruption under the carpet, racket!

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              Hi Laxmi.

              Thanks for your comment. In fact, Crisis Group has been reporting on corruption – and the need for effective investigations and prosecutions – and its link to economic unfairness in a number of our recent reports. In our 18 May 2016 report on “Jumpstarting the Reform Process”, pp. 8-11 discuss the progress of corruptio investigations and the criticisms of the government’s slow progress. See: http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka/278-sri-lanka-jumpstarting-the-reform-process.pdf

              We discuss the Central Bank bond controversy and corruption issues in our August 2015 report, on pp. 2-5:

              http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka/272-sri-lanka-between-elections.pdf

              And in reports during the Rajapkasas’ reign, we also noted corruption allegations and their links to economic hardships and unequal development, as on pp. 21-3 of our November 2013 report, here:

              http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka/253-sri-lankas-potemkin-peace-democracy-under-fire.pdf

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                oh wow….how compassionate these people! spending all their days thinking about the good and the well being of the people in this country. I wonder these people think abt their own countries like that…

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                  Why so negative.

                  can srilanken be away from them ? Are we that powerful as Stupid Rajapakshes thought… can srilankens live on their own – what kind of sources they got to give a life to the nation ? For me I was born lanken, but moved later to the EU – and I know my home country is an another hungry nation of the earth. All the namings about being midincome need to double check..
                  Just at the recent disasters, we all saw how poor the lives of majorites have been…
                  Why is that you still bear the superiority above you – not shining a light those who are in need to get them… let DEELOPED nations help our folks man – not being stuck to Parnoid theroies of the kind of most known fool of the nation – Weerawanse buruwanse.

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                  Sach… give me answers, but not from your other end, please in a constructive manner

                  a) Can lankens afford – the ban fish export ?

                  b) Can lankens afford without GSP plus ?

                  c) Can lankens run the life without first world ?

                  d) Can lankens run without selling the mothers, sisters , daughers as labor force to Middle east countries ?

                  e) Why you guys behave as if you are not part of lankens ?

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            first check who finances the International Crisis group.

            George Zorro in Action.

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          Native,

          Your point about outsiders groping our women, when we neglect them ourselves is very valid.

          However, have you ever noticed Mr. Keenan or Mr. Solheim trying to grope British women?

          Despite the fact Mr. Blair is about to be cleared with a minor damage to his non-existent reputation. After having engineered the massacre of nearly a million people in Iraq. In an illegal war.

          Do you know why these self-appointed, non-transparent, international think-tank pundits used to call LTTE terrorists rebels? While calling Jihadists who are after Western targets terrorists?

          Please clarify with Mr. Keenan first. Otherwise he might grope women in your own family.

          Cheers!

          PS: Mr. Keenan does not grope women American, French or Australian chicks. Do they have a license to neglect their women that we don’t?

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            Ben,

            Do not worry about Britain or any other country for that matter. Make sure you put your country in order!

            “However, have you ever noticed Mr. Keenan or Mr. Solheim trying to grope British women?”

            I am very sorry to say that you sound like one of those debunked Sinhala Buddhist chauvinist!

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              Burning Issue,

              I am sorry you have thorughly misunderstood my point.

              Wanting to put our country in order is one thing.

              Worshipping all sorts of punditry coming from foreign individuals and orgnanisations is another. Without any critical thinking.

              Frankly most of these so called Think Tanks are in reality fronts for some sort of an external agenda. They are not research groups that produce apolitical reports. Keep that in mind my friend.

              They are unacccountable, unpresentative and non-transparent.

              Fight Chauvnism & injustice. Sinhalese, Tamil, Islamic or Western. Not just the Sinahala Buddhist version as bad as it is, the others are not far behind.

              Cheers!

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        B H blah blah blah

        Yes you have curry loving so called Old Muppets from the Westminster, who pretends to be ” Srilanka Lovers” . All because they’re there for the Beer not because they love you and Srilanka.
        These old senile men and women have one hand in Weapons sale another hand in deception.

        MR was cheated by them before the Topple , who spent Millions of Rupees of Srilankan Tax Payers money on Fees and FREE FOOD and SL Luxury holiday.
        They love eating Srilankan Money and eat Srilankan hot curries dribbling down their mouths.

        Shame on you.
        Read what ICC ( not cricket) says!!
        All humbugs!!! You keep on deceive the Educated Modayas and the Uneducated Modayas.
        Good Luck

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        Ben Hurling

        Why are you keeping mum on Chinese interference in this island’s domestic affairs, and who is actively seeking their advice as to how best to deal with national question and the process of reconciliation?

        By the way, as we have seen in the past decades strangers and neighbours want a piece of your women folks’ a***e. Please advise your so called patriotic national leaders to make this country a large open brothel. The leaders will be remembered as the great pimps of the nation.

        Read this news item:

        China Sheds Reserve Over Lankan Domestic Issues

        By P.K.Balachandran Published: 16th June 2016 09:06 PM

        COLOMBO: China, which had a policy of turning a blind eye to Sri Lanka’s domestic issues, whether it was the ethnic issue or that of governance, has now shed its reserve and has started commenting on them.

        The change has come about following the exit of the pro-China Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in January 2015. While under Rajapaksa, China had a free run of the island nation, it has been facing competition from the West and India which have become the dominant players since the change of regime. Sino-Lankan agreements, signed and sealed during the Rajapaksa regime, have been reviewed and even stalled. The plight of the Chinese-funded projects prompted Chinese commentators to urge Beijing not to be oblivious to political currents in counties in which China had sunk billions of dollars.

        “China too wants to play a political role in Lanka,” said CVK. Sivagnanam, Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council and a top leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) after Ambassador Yi Xianliang’s visit to Jaffna earlier this week. His visit to Delft Island, not far from Kachchativu, raised eyebrows.

        Ambassador Yi Xianliang thus joined the ranks of Western and Indian diplomats and leaders who consider visits to the Tamil-majority Northern Province a must, given the fact that under Chief Minister Wigneswaran it is fighting for a federal Lankan constitution with substantial autonomy for the provinces.

        But the Chinese envoy did not say what Western and Indian leaders and diplomats do. According to a report in Daily Mirror on the meeting with Wigneswaran on Wednesday, the envoy stressed the need for maintaining Lanka’s unitary constitution without any divisions, for the sake of rapid economic development. The constitution that is now being drafted through an elaborate consultative process should be realistic and based on the political and economic conditions prevailing in Lanka, the envoy said.

        But the Chinese envoy’s stand did not go down well with Wigneswaran, who told him that peace and harmony cannot be achieved in the Tamil areas so long as the Tamils are denied their rights and 150,000 Lankan troops are stationed amidst them.

        Critical Of Lankan Systems

        Prior to his foray into Lanka’ Tamil North, the Chinese envoy had given a very forthright talk at the Regional Center for Strategic Studies (RCSS). He spoke about political and economic conditions in Lanka and where Lanka might be heading. He said that economic development should be given priority over ethnic reconciliation because the ultimate guarantee of peace and understanding comes from rapid and equitable economic development.

        China is looking with skepticism the prospects of the multifaceted and controversial reconciliation process Lanka is engaged in at the prodding of the West and the UNHRC. Ambassador Yi Xianliang deprecated foreign intervention and said that it can delay the restoration of normalcy and development. In support he cited the case of the International Criminal Tribunal on Former Yugoslavia, which has been functioning without an end in sight since 1993. Yugoslavia continues to be in a shambles.

        The envoy criticized the lack of policy stability in Lanka and the existence of a multiplicity of ministries and agencies with overlapping authority, and said that these stall development and FDIs. He even went to the extent of supporting the much reviled proposal for an Indo-Lanka Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) saying that Lanka needs to come out its cocoon and enter into regional and international agreements and supply chains. Such pacts are needed to spur development and usher in all round prosperity, which will eventually lead to ethnic reconciliation, he said.

        newindianexpress.com

        China to help developing northern Sri Lanka
        (Xinhua) 20:34, June 17, 2016

        JAFFNA , Sri Lanka, June 17 ( Xinhua ) — Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang pledged to push forward ties with Sri Lanka by assisting development of the former war zone in the Tamil-dominated north , a Chinese Embassy official said on Friday .
        During a four-day visit to Northern Province , the ambassador met with Chief Minister Wigneswaran and Northern Governor Reginald Cooray , saying that China stood ready to offer assistance to Sri Lanka and the province .
        Ambassador Yi noted that China and Sri Lanka enjoyed strong historical ties and that the relationship must be taken forward .
        China was glad to see the political and economical achievement made by Northern Province after the war ended in 2009, and wished Sri Lankan people could share the fruit of peace and development as soon as possible .
        The ambassador said China would encourage Chinese companies or investors to come and assist the reconstruction of Northern Province in infrastructure , technology , medicine among others .
        During his visit to Jaffna University , Yi also announced the ” Chinese Ambassador Scholarship ” for 10 students of the university this year , and expressed China ‘ s willingness to offer assistance to boost the education through joint training , students exchange and campus construction .

        The ambassador donated 1 million rupees and a batch of books to Jaffna Library to help it regain glory as the largest library in South Asia before damaged by the civil war .

        This is the first trip of Ambassador Yi to Sri Lanka ‘ s Northern Province .

        http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/0617/c90883-9073929.html

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          Native,

          It is not very often our women find the Chinese so attractive.

          Despite them trying to change their advance from flirting to unwanted attention.

          Cheers!

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        Ben Hurling:

        You are real dud.

        “Do not forget Sri Lankans overthrew a man who was about to cement yet another Asian dictatorship in Colombo. Not a shot fired. All on their own. That was not done according to Alan Keenan’s prescription.”

        You ask your uncle Mahinda mama, and he will tell you who burnt his backside.

        “Who invited these dudes to prescribe meds to us anyway? Just who are these people? Why are they meddling in all affairs Sri Lankan with or without an invitation.”

        You are such a donkey. Did you ask your cousin Mangala why SL co-sponsored the UNHRC resolution?

        “Let us solve our problems ourselves. With a little nudge from well-meaning friends. We have many.”

        Does it look like that this banana republic has come out of its doldrums. Hope in SL means just the opposite. Just do me a small favour. Just rein in the politicians. If you can’t do that just stop lecturing that others are interfering.

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      Like a wise person replied here before. i will use the same to describe this article

      As Aunty said ‘there’s nothing new, just the old recycled’

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      I heard one sinala educated Jpaanse national saying – srilankens can easily become a progressive nation, if they could be away from their thinking nature….. they cant afford many things but they have MANAYA – complex.. actually superiority instead of inferiority.. The swiss before other nations have their inferiority complex for some reasons – but our grass eating men and women have superiority… Sach is one ofthe good examples if anyone has not got it yet.

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    … the progress on implementing the UNHRC resolution has been slow and often grudging, and there are growing doubts about the government’s political will and ability to see the complex process through.

    Alan Keenan, has put it as gently as he could.

    I take the liberty to rearrange Alan’s statement, for its full thrust:

    There is no political will on the part of the government, even though it has the ability to see through the complex process of implementing the UNHRC resolution.

    Who brought the government to power? It is not the Tamils or the Muslims but the reform-minded Sinhalese. However, they couldn’t have done it all by themselves. The strength of minorities tilted the outcome in their favour.

    Even though MS & RW are at the yoke, there is no common intent to make the cart move in the right direction. That explains the slow and often grudging pull.

    Understanding why the administration has not mounted a coherent public relations campaign to sell the aspects of its program, including transitional justice, is not difficult. The simple answer is that the administration has not been truthful about ‘their’ pursuits.

    This untruthfulness is not uncommon in Sri Lanka. The only difference this time is that the undertaking is given to the UNHRC, and not the Tamils.

    Bringing about the radical changes required for transitional justice is a tall order even for IC. Not that Alan Keenan doesn’t know this, but he cannot tell it to us, from the chair he occupies!

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      Mr Nathan,

      I can’t fault the thrust of your main points but one has to look at the ground reality of the current SL political situation.

      “Even though MS & RW are at the yoke, there is no common intent to make the cart move in the right direction. That explains the slow and often grudging pull.”

      Do you really believe that MS & RW can give the Tamils Justice and even a simple form of self-governance and still remain in power? To hell with all the fancy analyses and sweet-worded hoopla, the choice for MS & RW is very simple, stark and clear – Do MS & RW want to give the Tamils even a modicum of justice and self-governance or do they want to remain in power? You know the answer. If they touch even a single soldier for killing a Tamil (killing a Sinhalese is a different kettle of fish) during the last stages of the war or give the Tamils any meaningful form of self-governance it’ll be curtains for them. The opposition won’t come just from the hardline-Sinhalese but from almost all of the Sinhalese.

      Unfortunately for the Tamils, the choice is between a rock and a hard place; do they live with the milder form of MS & RW discrimination due to their inaction or do you agitate for justice and self-governance and bring back the Rajapakses?

      I wish I am wrong, but the reality is, it’s very bleak for the Tamils. You can always live in hope, but it’s well-nigh futile to expect something good to come out of something bad.

      The only “Sinhalese” who could have given the Tamils justice and meaningful self-governance was Mahinda Rajapakse after winning the war. And he chose not to. That was the only window of opportunity.

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    Alan Keenan

    RE: Sri Lanka Is Not Yet The Success Story That Many Claim It To Be: International Crisis Group

    //”Citing reasons for the claim, Alan Keenan, the Group’s Sri Lanka Senior Analyst noted that the progress on implementing the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution has been slow and often grudging, and there are growing doubts about the government’s political will and ability to see the complex process through.”//

    Now you are beginning to understand Sinhala “Buddhism” and the Sinhala “Buddhists” and mixing them up with the Enlightened Buddha’s Pristine Buddhism.

    There was no will on the part of the Sinhala “Buddhist: Politicians and leaders to address this issue head on.

    //“For Sri Lanka to stay on the path toward recovery, it needs sustained international support and engagement,” he said.//

    Do you think that the Sinhala “Buddhists” and the Sinhala “Buddhist” Politicians Care?

    How does the War crimes by Sri Lanka compare with the War Crimes by the USA and Britain in Iraq and Syria, with its proxies? Just curious.

    What about Palestine?

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    Mr Keenan ( or is it Dr), identifies many core items which are lacking in Yahapalanaya to give the UN HR boss a happy ending.

    Poor PR, Inability to fight Corruption, and lack of resources are among them..

    Mr Keenan must have seen , the footage of the reaction of our Mud Slide victims to the Turn Coat Yahapalana Minister Priyadaharasahana.

    And the Hartal in Galle ,where the Wahabi Merchants fed Kiribath ( Milk Rice )to our poor Sinhala Buddhist inhabitants, when Batalanada Ranil and Bodhi Sira brought in Yahapalanaya.

    He must have read about the Civil Do Gooders big meet about the Singaporean with the Yahapalana Batalanada and Bodhi Sira in Temple Trees.

    And glanced through our CB monthly statement on the FX account.

    Wonder whether the Bedouin Prince consider these pressing issues when he gives his Oral to Batalanada Ranil, Bodhi Sira and Mangalan next week..

    And extend the deadlines for the Colombo Vellalas to get the titles to Jaffna inhabitants land.

    And remove the Army Camps not only from the North, but also from the East as the most recent demad of the boss of the CM, who openly told the Navy dude to F*** O**in public.

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    The racist Sinhalese of Rajapaksa regime are kept by the new Regime in Parliament and they are split in both Government side and opposition side. The excuse by the Government is it will prevent Rajapksa coming to power again. The new Government is formed just to get over a situation and save Rajapaksa from war crimes. The war criminals and those responsible for decision making for the killings are the war heroes for the racist Sinhalese and are criminals for the international community. The UN is vainly hoping Sri Lanka can be persuaded to bring justice for the victims. Looks like both Sri Lanka and the UN are trying to satisfy the victims otherwise. If the International community is serious in bringing justice to the world, there has to be a stronger showdown with Sri Lanka to make it happen.

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    On no! We don’t measure our success story based on the Western- Imperialist Stratagem.

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      There is a reason western countries are much more developed and we have to look for their aid and loan.

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        Oh No….we don’t want much part of that Western-Imperialist development drive.

        Western-Imperialist strives to replace ancient and enduring heritage with e.g. LGBT (Modern Western-style), and destroys heritage agrarian lifestyles with short-term lab-produced technology that goes hand-in-hand with the international monetary exchange to keep the West afloat.

        Some of it that is forced down on us, we will take with good measure, but in the end, our honorable heritage rights will prevail.

        Ps. Sri Lanka has her own LGBT culture, and we want none of the hyped up Western style to dumb us down.

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          HA, HA, HA… Absolutely hilarious!

          A Parangi married to a fishing caste Sinhala Buddhist and living/slaving in the white man’s west talking about LGBT culture, this is nothing but comedy. There are many such hypocrites in SL and someone should expose them.

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            [Edited out]

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            @sekara, Thank you! – CT

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            My heritage is one of great pride. And not slaving at all in America.

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        Because western countries are not destabilized by American embassy?

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    Alan Keenan

    Sri Lanka Is Not Yet The Success Story That Many Claim It To Be: International Crisis Group

    Interesting. Double Standards.By the West and by the Sinhala “Buddhists”

    WMD, Iraq Invasion, lies ignored? Double standards.

    Rabbi Michael Lerner Rips Donald Trump At Muhammad Ali Memorial Service FULL Speech

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cza0IY1h6VI

    Published on Jun 10, 2016
    Rabbi Michael Lerner, the editor of Tikkun Magazine, is next to speak. The two were indicted alongside one another years ago for their non-violent actions against the Vietnam War. “We stand in solidarity with the Islamic community around the world,” he says in opening. A standing ovation for Michael Lerner, whose impassioned remarks spanned took aim at everything from drone warfare to income inequality to mass incarceration. One particular subordinate clause – “Tell the next President of the United States that she” – prompts wild applause and makes Bill Clinton chuckle in his seat. Rabbi Michael Lerner, who supported Muhammad Ali in his opposition to the Vietnam War, drew multiple standing ovations on Friday as he spoke at the legendary boxer’s funeral. “We will not tolerate politicians or anyone else putting down Muslims and blaming Muslims for a few people,” said Lerner, in a thinly-veiled criticism of Republican Donald Trump, who has openly called for a ban on Muslim immigration into the US. “We know what it’s like to be demeaned. We know what it’s like to have a few people who act against the highest vision of our tradition to then be identified as the value of the entire tradition.” Lerner opened his remarks by saying he attended the service as “a representative of American Jews,” and expressed his solidarity with Islamic communities worldwide. Later in the service, he issued a sweeping call for social justice, including a call for a universal basic income and an end to mass incarceration. He drew another ovation when he predicted victory for Hillary Clinton in this year’s presidential election without mentioning her by name. “Tell the next president of the United States that she should seek a constitutional amendment to make all national and state elections funded by Congress and the state legislatures, and all other sources of money be banned — including money from corporations, from individuals. Make it all public funding,” he said. “Tell her that the way to achieve homeland security is not for us to try new ways of domination. The strategy of domination of The world of ‘the other’ to get security has been tried for the last 10,000 years and it doesn’t work. The way to get security is for the United States to become Known as the most generous and caring country in the world, not the most powerful.” Lerner, who founded the progressive magazine Tikkun, was a leader in the Free Speech Movement and was arrested as part of the “Seattle Seven” in 1970 for allegedly inciting a riot. Lerner and Ali met as part of the anti-war movement. Though they did not keep in contact since 1995, Ali’s family invited the rabbi to speak at the memorial.

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    SPOT ON !!

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    What a diagnosis and a prognosis or prognostication.
    Is there a team of patriotic political surgeons and physicans who can perform the surgery in time and save mother Lanka. Mother Lanka has not been given the right care by her well educated and well to do big children.

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    Bang on target.
    All in nutshell, it is b’cos power struggle in one of the main political parties in the government.

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    This guy has to write something to get his pay cheque from his Diaspora masters.

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      Patriot
      Like your MARAPUSSA wasted Millions of Srilankan Tax payers money Until 2015,
      Now you say you have good friends to pull you and your Plundering family out from the Oblivion??

      Keep on deceiving the Fools of the Past Regime.

      It looks the present Regime too will go down the same path until they too get hauled in front of the ICG AND UNHRC.

      Srilanka is a CURSED COUNTRY . CURSE OF PRINCESS KUVENI.

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      Patriot a.k.a. DJ,

      You know best — after all it was you who MR called out for your “professional prostitution” in an AlJazeera interview – didn’t he?

      Would you like to switch sides and get paid by the Diaspora maters now? I am sure the Diaspora masters would find you incredibly cheaper – remember you were called the “Rupiale Pottinger” at one point in time?!

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    The international community has reason to be concerned when any human being is subjected to violations of his rights by his state. Sri Lanka will not escape this. Only last week a Nazi soldier was sentenced for his liability for guarding a concentration camp in Germany. Rajapakse and his lackeys will have to pay for their sins.

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    DR Keenan

    Thank you!! Catch them all with your NET !

    PRESENT CROOKS AND THE PAST CROOKS OF GENOCIDE DENIERS.

    As said above comment a German Holocaust Guard had been charged 2 days ago.

    Well done and congratulations for HUMANITY .

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    Well if ICG fellow says this, SL is not lost yet

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    Alan, the Western leaders are failing on the Tamils as no are unable to study, understand and values of the Sinhala Buddhist leaders that is full of historical hate, crimes, abuses and denial of fundamental rights to other races and religions.

    Sinhala Buddhist Apartheid and racism is not new and that has been exposed since 1924 in Sri Lanka and the West continues to fail to deal firmly to put an end to this barbaric madness against humanity.

    Western colonialism that is responsible to merge Eelam with Sinhala land and now Britain is calling for a referendum whether to stay with EU or not but not did the same from Eelam citizens.

    Unless a powerful nation invade and separate Eelam, Sri Lankan Sinhala Buddhist Apartheid leaders will continue with mass abuses, atrocities and war crimes as it is their DNA. It is time to tear off the mask of the new Sri Lankan regime and investigate and expose all atrocities committed under the new and old regimes and put an end to abuses by giving freedom to Eelam citizens.

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      So you mean SL is right in having army camps in North and East?

      Between the tamils living in LTTE held areas for 30 years had to be fed, educated and paid salaries by the so called ‘aparthied regime’. LOL

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    For readers who may not have realized, what is above is a small paraphras/excerpt of a longer commentary – directed principally at member states of the Human Rights Council – that was published 17 June here:

    http://blog.crisisgroup.org/asia/2016/06/17/impunity-and-justice-why-the-un-human-rights-council-must-stay-engaged-in-sri-lanka/

    Readers might also be interested in our longer report, published on 18 May, and available here:

    http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka/278-sri-lanka-jumpstarting-the-reform-process.pdf

    Thanks.

    AK

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      Alan,

      You are doing a great job. very much appreciated.

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    These “diplomats” see only one side. Prince Zeid was also biased. I am not suggesting that everything is perfect in Sri Lanka but trying to force changes will never work. There were several protests when the prince was in Colombo but for Zeid, that was a reason to merely ridicule the protesters, without trying to find out what it was all about. Diplomacy is to look closely at every side not force a unrealistic resolution on a deeply divided situation.

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    This guy alan keenan[Edited out]

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    Dear Mr. Keenan

    I was interested in the title of the article, and I thought, ok, let’s see what can be done to helps Sri Lanka progress.

    Yours is a surprisingly fair minded view for a westerner, which I welcome. A more objective, UN-like (United Nations – like) view is needed here.

    You identifiy the barriers to progress:

    “First, the government lacks technical capacity and trained personnel on key issues. Second, there is no unified strategy for advancing reforms – with the SLFP split between Sirisena’s wing and supporters of ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and often at odds with the UNP, particularly on economic policy. Third, the administration has not mounted a coherent public relations campaign to sell its successes and build support for the more politically controversial aspects of its program, including transitional justice,” he said.”

    I am usually wary of those who try to mold Sri Lanka into a cosmopolitan western democracy, I personally believe the west saw its moral sunset in the late 1960s, and now the sun is rising in the east. We can keep our values, and progress, but we need good leadership, but having said that, I am at odds to know how the barriers you mention are due to Sinhala hardliners.

    Do Sinhala hardliners oppose:

    1. Technical Capacity and trained personell?
    2. An unified strategy ? How is this to be solved – elections?
    3. A coherent public relations campaign?

    I know you have suggested some measures – but the only conclusion I can make is that the government is either incompetent or does not have the wide support of the population, which can only be solved through a change in government.

    Of course you cannot comment on your desire – or lack of it – for regime change.

    But thanks for being nice.

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