22 April, 2021

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Sri Lanka: Landmark UN Resolution Marks Crucial Turning Point On Justice And Accountability  

A new UN resolution on Sri Lanka is an important step forward and offers renewed hope of long-awaited justice for victims of the country’s 30-year civil conflict, said Amnesty International, following its adoption by the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today. 

The resolution not only ramps up international monitoring and scrutiny of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, but also mandates the UN human rights office to collect, consolidate and preserve evidence for future prosecutions and make recommendations to the international community on steps they can make to deliver on justice and accountability.

“This is a significant move by the Human Rights Council, which signals a shift in approach by the international community. Years of support and encouragement to Sri Lanka to pursue justice at the national level achieved nothing. This resolution should send a clear message to perpetrators of past and current crimes that they cannot continue to act with impunity,” said Hilary Power, Amnesty International’s representative to the UN in Geneva.

“While an important first step, the real impact of further monitoring and reporting will rely on other UN member states using the resolution as a basis for concrete action, including investigations and prosecutions under universal jurisdiction and a possible referral to the International Criminal Court.”

The resolution was adopted in light of what the UN human rights chief described as “insurmountable barriers for victims to access justice” at national level, and the “inability and unwillingness” of the Government to prosecute and punish perpetrators of crimes under international law.

The resolution comes in the wake of damning reports by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Amnesty International and others, condemning Sri Lanka’s ongoing refusal to address historic crimes and expressing alarm over the deteriorating outlook for human rights in the country.

As the resolution was being negotiated in Geneva, Sri Lanka continued to issue blanket denials and reject the findings and legitimacy of the UN report. In the meantime, at home the authorities continued to prove the concerns valid, passing new regulations that target minorities.

“We urge Sri Lanka to engage constructively with the OHCHR, to implement the recommendations of the report and to allow full and unfettered access to the country. Failing this, the Human Rights Council may take more robust action, including the establishment of an independent accountability mechanism,” said Hilary Power.

Background 

Today’s resolution was adopted by a vote, called by China and Pakistan. The resolution was led by Canada, Germany, Malawi, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and the United Kingdom.

In February 2020, the Sri Lankan government withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council’s landmark resolution 30/1, which the previous government had co-sponsored, to promote reconciliation, accountability and human rights in the country.

Amnesty International estimates that more than 60,000 people disappeared during Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil conflict. Consecutive UN investigations have found credible allegations of violations and abuses of international human rights and international humanitarian law by both sides, particularly during the final phase of the conflict. See here for further information.

The resolution responds to an OHCHR report released in January, which warned that Sri Lanka’s persistent failure to address historic crimes is giving way to ‘clear early warning signs of a deteriorating human rights situation and a significantly heightened risk of future violations,’ and made concrete recommendations for “preventive action” for the Human Rights Council, including enhanced monitoring and reporting, and the collection and preservation of evidence, which have been mandated by this resolution.

Prior to the UNHRC session, Amnesty International published an assessment of the situation in Sri Lanka, setting out clear expectations for UNHRC action. Amnesty International also released a report in February, Old ghosts in new garb: Sri Lanka’s return to fear, which details the authorities’ renewed crackdown on dissent and obstruction of efforts to deliver justice for conflict-era crimes, and a statement in March around the worrying trend of increased marginalization and targeting of Sri Lanka’s Muslim community.

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  • 11
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    Here it says, “more than 60,000 people disappeared during Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil conflict.” Most of the “mass graves” are from CBK’s time. Go and hunt her down, Sri Lankan people will be grateful. Kindly return the billions she looted to Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

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      Dear Sensitive Readers !

      Some valuble info about the countries that voted against the resolution, meaning, supporting srilanka……today.

      1. Pakistan
      No democracy. Literacy rate is 40%. Current premier, Imran Khan is a world leader but he is at cross roads today
      2. Eritrea Eritrea
      No democracy – people are held as prisoners. Nothing much is improved recent years
      3. RUSSIA
      Opposition leader is jailed currently.
      4. Somalia
      Is known to even unborn children as real criminals/rapists/murderers.
      5. Bangladesch
      Another like minded country filled with poverty and crimes
      6. Bolivia
      Banana republic – no democracy
      7. China
      All time high criminals, that run over the deadbodies to achieve their supremacy
      8. Cuba
      No demcoracy – however some their hypocracies are known to some part of cuba as of today
      9. Usbekistan
      No demcoracy all criminals get bred in such countries today
      10. Venezuela
      If Rajapkashes were convicted, they would have been put venezulian style prison fort he loads of high crimes they deliberately commited
      11. Philippines
      Duterte has proved how MURDEROUS he could beb y killing tot he very same manner, SRILANKEN Nandasini proved it with Welikada, Rathupaswala, nothern areas, those youth abducted and gunned down, those journos got shot, those …. And the list would not cease

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        Such distinguished company that SriLanka’s government is overjoyed to have on its side!

      • 32
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        You can judge a country by the company it keeps. ALL are rogue nations, guilty of human rights violations, and with an ugly record of killing, or imprisoning activists and the opposition.

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          Why China supported SL and wanted a vote.

          “Effective March 22, 2021, Canada is imposing sanctions against Chinese officials and a Chinese entity in response to gross and systematic human rights violations that have been committed in China.

          Canadian Measures

          The Special Economic Measures (People’s Republic of China) Regulations impose on listed individuals a prohibition on any transaction (effectively, an asset freeze) by prohibiting persons in Canada, and Canadians outside Canada, from engaging in any activity related to any property of these individuals or providing financial or related services to them. The individuals listed in the schedule to the regulations are also rendered inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act”

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        Dear LM,
        .
        I am disappointed in you at this moment! This is what you have said:
        .
        “. . . the countries that voted against the resolution, meaning, supporting Sri Lanka”
        .
        They didn’t “support Sri Lanka.” They supported the “Government of Sri Lanka”.
        .
        By Sri Lanka, we mean the people of Sri Lanka. Those who supported us were Argentina, Austria, Armenia, etc
        .
        However, the list that you supplied, of countries supporting the Rajapaksa government is useful.

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          Dear Sensitive Readers, Dear Mr SM,
          .
          SM is right here, if I may say so:

          They didn’t “support Sri Lanka.” They supported the “Government of Sri Lanka run by a bunch of criminals”.

          Do you guys know how much we have to suffer, when planning back home these days ?
          .
          SLGO is run by Rajapkshes and their criminal net work, but SRILANKA belongs to us the SRILANKENS, it is not their private property.

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          Thanks, LM.
          .
          You have the sweetness of temper to listen and modify your views. How do we get other Sri Lankans to respond similarly when a change of approach is suggested is the question.

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        Leela,

        “If Rajapkashes were convicted, they would have been put venezulian style prison fort he loads of high crimes they deliberately commited…”

        Some Tamils are bitter because Rajapakse caught their main hero hiding in the mud and sent him to the Hell in an amude. They will never accept any Rajapakse as leader of Sri Lanka. That is what this “resolution” is about, not “human rights” or “genocide.” This is another failed attempt to defame Gotha. If this was a genuine resolution, Fonseka will be directly implicated. Fonseka was commanding the Army, not Gotha. Gotha was in the AC room buying weapons, while Fonseka was giving direct orders. Only “crime” of Gotha was to order the execution of high-ranking terror rats. White vans, journalist attacks, etc. this was all Fonseka. Who was paying Sunday Leader to write libel against Rajapakse? That was UNP. UNP wanted Fonseka as President; he and Traitor Ranil sleep in the same bed.

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          Lester,
          not only TAMILs and muslims but 6-7 millions of srilanken voters are against criminals and their loots. However, 6.9 millions (4 mio + floating voters) thought, NANDASINI would keep the word. As of today, he has not fulfilled anything in favour of the masses. All what the bugger et al achieved sofar is stinky… this you would see, if you are honest to you lester… CHEERS…

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          “This is another failed attempt to defame Gotha.”

          to defame one should have fame.

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        LM,
        Do you think countries that supported the resolution have a clean record on war crimes, crimes against humanity and violation of human rights?
        Some of these countries have become safe havens for LTTE cadres who have committed war crimes and human rights violations during the time they slaughtered Sinhalayo using suicide bombers, claymore bombs, multi-barrel guns and chemical weapons.
        The country that took the leading role to bring the resolution against Sri Lanka is protecting the Australian lady who recruited women suicide bombers and put cyanide capsules around their necks.
        These countries displayed their hypocrisy to rest of the world by bringing a resolution against the country that wiped out terrorism making huge sacrifices.

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        3. RUSSIA
        The opposition leader is jailed currently. lol who is this opposition leader? don’t spread lies

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          Alexei Navalny has considerable credibility as an opposition leader, and he’s been jailed.
          .
          Few of us know enough about Russia.

      • 0
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        Hi LM, Most of this tragic Drama would not have reached the stage if the Straw Man and his protege the Penthouse Ravi did not pull the CBSL Bond Stunt. The results of the 2015 GE would have given a resounding victory for the Rajapakshe Opposition. I cannot offer you any tissues to wipe your tears dry. So sorry about that.

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      Lester

      “Go and hunt her down, Sri Lankan people will be grateful.”

      Chandrika is only a politician.
      Armed forces are part of state institution, hence defense forces are in perpetual existence unless LTTE/JVP killed them or retired from service. I don’t think she went on hunting for innocent people. Janaka Perera joined armed forces in 1966, he was engaged in war with JVP 1971 and between 1987 and 1991, and with LTTE from 1983 and 2001. Shavendra joined army in 1984.

      These are the ones who stayed in the armed forces and continue to commit crime against humanity. Gota not only served and committed war crimes between 1987 and 1991, through out his army carrier and later as Defense secretary he successfully committed war crimes.

      There are about 400,000 and 15,000 generals.

      You are not smart enough to dodge your charges, so is Shavendra.
      Day by day you are becoming a Jester.

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        Vedda,

        I don’t think you know anything about SLA. During CBK’s time, some people disappeared in the areas under control of Janaka Perera. Few hundred, not thousand. Weerasooriya and Balagalle also served at this time. Anyway, LTTE blew up Janaka, so that is the end of all investigations. Unless you want to go after individual soldiers from 30 years ago. Gothabaya and Shavendra did not commit any war crimes. After 2005, Fonseka was the big shot. Human rights champions never mention him, why is that? Fonseka is the one responsible for white vans, abductions of journalists, attacks on Hiru, etc. Even Traitor Ranil said so in the Parliament. Gothabaya has a bad temper, but he is not vindictive like Fonseka. Lasantha and Mahinda were good friends. GR did not order LW to be executed. Airplane scandal was just a coincidence.

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        One of the good things about this resolution is that UNHRC gets the authority to collect and store the evidence . So war criminals will have to think twice about state funded vacations . Like for the Nazi war criminals this shadow is going to be over them until death .

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        hey I recognized your photo this is POLPOT from Cambodia!!!

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          NAKia

          “hey I recognized your photo this is POLPOT from Cambodia!!!”

          Bravo.
          You are well informed.
          Congratulations.

          I would be happy if you could educate yourself and your fellow bigots.

          Keep it up.

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      So you decided to pull a fast one. Take the 60,000 number and blame it on Chandrika? Really?. The first step has been taken. What happens next is what is important. Evidence will be gathered in the next 22 months. This evidence will be offered to anyone who is a victim of violence and torture who manages to escape the country to file legal action in any part of the world against the responsible Sri Lankan perpetrators of such crimes. Also, a set of requests have been made by the UNHRC to the Sri Lankan government. These requests were rejected off hand by the Sri Lankan government. So the next step will be taken in September. Non compliance to the requested tasks and further human rights violations which are bound to happen will be reviewed and the screws will be tightened. I look forward to enjoying the show of an absolutely inept murderous regime squirm.

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        After SLA re-captured Jaffna in 1995, there was a massive security operation to weed out LTTE informers. The operation was successful, thanks to Janaka Perera. That is why the LTTE went after him. He was a brilliant soldier who beat LTTE terror rats many times with minimal casualties. Terrorists could not touch him till 2008. No need to waste time with mass graves; they are either the graves of JVP terrorists or LTTE terrorists.

  • 28
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    This is Ajith Nivard Cabraal in his twitter message.
    what a brain he has! no wonder Sri Lanka’s finances is in a shit

    Ajith Nivard Cabraal
    · 1h
    The 11 countries that voted AGAINST the #UNHRC resolution represent 43% of the popn of the UNHRC members: 14 with 39% of the popn ABSTAINED: and 22 with only 18% of the popn said YES. #SriLanka says THANK YOU to the 25 nations with 82% of the popn who didn’t say Yes. #lka

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      Dear Rajash,

      That’s quite a pathetic and laughable comment from a State Minister of Sri Lanka. But he has his fan following.

      Equating the UNHRC member vote to the population of those countries voting against the resolution is stupendous!

      Ajith Nivard Cabraal should elaborate on which of those 11 states that voted against the resolution have a legitimate, democratically elected government, and which of those countries have decent human rights record.

      A large segment of the population in those states that voted “Nay” would jump at the chance to migrate to those countries that voted “Yay” for this UNHRC resolution.

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      And that 18% are the biggest perpetrators of crimes against humanity. Colonialism, buggering First Nation kids inside residential schools, Slavery, Mandingos, Nuclear bombs on Hiroshima/Nagasaki, Wars for oil, Buggering Islamic nations, Agent Orange, Institutionalized Police brutality and the list goes on.

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      Rajash

      Where you’ve been?
      I have been looking for you all over CT.

      There are claims on some webs and whatsapp that one Ambihai K Selvakumar was on hunger strike. Were you aware of the fast? Whats the story behind the story?

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        Native Vedda

        I am kicking and alive
        ====

        As for Ambihai K Selvakumar…I am sure you know the real story. her ex husband , apparently, is posting tearful messages on the social media. not to associate him with the fast or it a farce ..and she invited the might of the police to her drive way for a scuffle what a shame.

        Ambihai K Selvakumar is yet to claim credit for the UNHCR outcome. I am sure it will happen sooner or later…..ha ha

    • 6
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      Rajash, ANC relies too much on statistics and nothing much on reality. He is the true exponent of the saying, “Statistics, Lies and damned Lies”.
      you are correct, he relies on such things and the reason SL economically in doldrums. What an accounting professional. Inland Revenue, beware.
      Why didn’t he think for a moment the system is 1 country i vote system in UN/UNHRC. Has he ever given thought to the fact that in SL parliament each member has one vote per member and not dependent on the number of electors in the respective electorate, or change according to the number of deaths and births in that electorate. He definitely is “in the clouds”. This reminds me of another of professorial category who added the ones ‘against the resolution and abstainers’, of the resolution and came up with the answer that those opposed to the resolution “have it”, claiming victory for SL. What clever intellects we have in SL. Both probably missed their fitting profession initially and found the correct one ultimately. Good luck to both, as they have removed their masks to identify, as such deceitful individuals.
      Does SL need any more proof of intellect.
      God bless SL

    • 5
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      So you mean to say you got royally screwed by a minority group. That’s not enough your bragging about it. No wonder they were able to sell you Greek bonds and Oil Hedge at a premium when the prices were trending down.

      LOL

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      Rajash,
      .
      that is public secret, nevertheless there are masses yet today support the bugger’s thoughts. I am speechless. Yesterday, the crook has been arguing that no price hikes in daily needs irrespective of the much higher prices in the markets. There are also henchmen supported the bugger s thoughts on and on. If media would unbiasedly work on their home work, they could really prove that Ajith Cabral should not be in parliament but in a prison cell as of today. I really dont know where these buggers went to school.
      :
      And we perfectly know how much bancrupsy his mediation to MINISTRY of finance directly involved during Junta Regime 1. Nevertheless buggers to be back to power and ruin this nation ?

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    Sanctions should be fought back with similar measures at home. If there are sanctions against the country there WILL BE repercussions at home.

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      Regi Shemale Perehera, hahahahaha what are the repurcussions you are talking about?

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        Tamil from the north “…what are the repurcussions you are talking about?..”

        for starters saffron robed thugs will stone embassies of all the countries who voted against Sri Lanka including the UN offices.
        some may even fast ….
        if these doesn’t work some bombs may explode in 5star hotels where foreign dignitaries stay

        under the cover of this Sinharaja deforestation will accelerate and the Rajapakses will have their luxury hotel and water supply

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          Rajash, good one. While it is humorous what you wrote, this is reality in this circus the Rajapaksas have created.

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          R
          Do not let imagination run riot.
          The government has to explain this fiasco to the public, especially its supporters.
          Despite the joy expressed by some Sinhalese about the vote, deep down every Sinhalese is offended that the race and the country have been humiliated. Most believe that they are being unfairly punished. This is not for me to debate rights and wrongs, but to state a matter of observation.
          For example, do you think that the SJB and JVP are happy about the resolution?
          They are only happy that the government could not prevent the passage of the resolution.
          *
          I am not sure what the resolution will bring for the Tamils.
          The Muslims may at best be spared a few of the recent spate of humiliations.
          The government needs scapegoats.
          If the purpose is to replace it with something truly better, a fresh strategy is needed and a fresh secular leadership has to be built.
          Right now, I can only hope for sanity among the revelers after the party is over.
          If only wishes come true.

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            SJ I don’t think anybody in Sri Lanka will care about the resolution. There is more peace and amity in SL than there is in these columns.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R66OfW2qepA&t=42s

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              S
              It is not as simple as that. It is not the people so much. There are mischievous forces
              The government has been humiliated. All the claims it made until Monday were hopeful of a favourable vote. So there is explaining to do.
              The real outcome is not what some are gloating about or some others are fuming about.
              *
              I will wait for the’ morning after’, i.e. when people sober up.

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                SJ, I bow to your calm and sane comments.

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              S
              Your right to a certain extent as this resolution does very little to the average population. Only people that should worry are those that committed war crimes and politicians that cover up.

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            The resolution is not against this Government that is in power. The resolution on successive governments. UNP or JVP or SJB are also equally guilty.

            I agree Tamils have been badly let down by India. India should have voted for the resolution instead of abstaining

            The resolution wont bring anything to the Tamils or Muslims immediately. But its a reassurance and a long term thing.

            Only the Government of the day can bring anything to the Tamils or the Muslims.

            But I doubt the arrogant Sinhala politicians on both side of the divide will learn anything

            They will hide behind China

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        Tamil from the north,
        In the business world some people depend on others. Sri Lanka depends on other countries to sell their products. If they put trade sanctions all Sri Lankans might suffer.
        In case of Demalu and Muslims, they depend on Sinhalayo to do business. Sinhalayo can survive without Demalu and Muslims but Demalu and Muslims cannot survive without Sinhalayo.

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          Eagle,
          “If they put trade sanctions all Sri Lankans might suffer.”
          Not you in Canada of course.
          We will look after ourselves, thank you.

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          Eagle ‘dumb ass’ Eye, you are a complete nutter. Go and get some treatment maybe in Switzerland. No doctor in Lanka can treat your severe mental issues.

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          EE,
          .
          with all respect to you as a HOMO SAPIENS- please stop calling them ” Demalu”. If you attack them, that way, what would we use to refer ” Rajapakshes” – they are the pariahs that our mother land ever produced.
          :
          Now with almost defeated on world stage, we have no cards actually. Real srilankens regardless of the race or any other barriers should line up to destroy them for a better srilanka.
          :
          Gotabaya – TODAY ‘s A-N-D-R-Eeee … has failed as no any leaders in entire developing world. How the bugger would face GAMASAMAGA pilisandaraගමසමග පිලිසන්දරක්…next round. As former President CBK louded it as no others, mlechcha uncultured bastards would have no shame.

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      Regi SHEMALE,
      .
      Where had you been ? Long time no see.
      We thought you would have kicked the bucket…. Rajapakshes would be happy to hear you are back. Sanctions or not – entire world would not have good relationship with SRILANKENS anymore. To you and your master Rajapkshes, they are powerful… even FROGS in wells would not feel otherwise. Anyways, good riddance to people s total ignorance.

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        leelagemalli, Shemale Regi boy was getting treatment for his mental illness at the Toronto General hospital psychiatric ward. Finally they told him to go home as he was wetting the hospital bed too many times seeing and imagining things.

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        Is this that old shemale from Toronto?

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          Burt, yes it is that loser who amounted to nothing even in the army of jokers.

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      Reginald Shameless Perera

      “If there are sanctions against the country there WILL BE repercussions at home.”

      Gota has been begging Hindia, China, ….. loans, etc.
      The way things are Sri Lanka may end up begging from Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, …….. Haiti, ….

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      There is no way, ABSOLUTELY NO WAY, punishing only the Sinhalese without Tamils facing a deadlier backlash.
      .
      SRI LANKA IS AN ISLAND.

      . If you drop an atom bomb on Colombo more Tamils will die than the Sinhalese.
      Soma

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        Soma, finally you figured that out eh? clever boy!!!!

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        If you drop an atom bomb on Colombo more Tamils will die than the Sinhalese.
        Soma
        —————-
        Dropping a nuke on colombo?
        If this is your conclusion regarding the UN resolution on sri lanka, you need serious help!

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      What type of repercussions? Then again UN will come after you.

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    “Background: Amnesty International estimates that more than 60,000 people disappeared during Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil conflict.”
    More than 60,000 people disappeared? Disappeared???????
    .
    Ha ha ha, it seems that Amnesty International stooped its lowest for LTTE black-money and without shame distorted facts published by the only other international human rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) which stated that during the period 1983 – 2002, LTTE’s brutal war CLAIMED OVER 60,000 LIVES.
    Hello, Amnesty International, you cannot distort facts the way you want, ok!!!

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      Champa

      “Ha ha ha, it seems that Amnesty International stooped its lowest for LTTE black-money and without shame distorted facts published by the only other international human rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) which stated that during the period 1983 – 2002, LTTE’s brutal war CLAIMED OVER 60,000 LIVES.”

      Alright, what is you take on the death toll?
      If it is that easy to bribe and get favourable figures from Amnesty, HRW, …. why didn’t Sri Lanka do it in the first place?
      Are you saying Sri Lankan state and its leaders are too honest to bribe or too poor they couldn’t afford?

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      Chimpi, don’t get your jungi in a knot. Relax, war crimes took place and many Tamils and Sinhalese died. But the main killers of the LTTE are working for the Rajapaksas and the LTTE gold bars are all sitting in Mahinda Rajoo’s house with Shiranthi. Go and look there for the LTTE gold.

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    NV
    .
    In Islamic system relatives of murder victim can barter the justice for money, if they so wish.
    .
    Is the Tamil political class proposing land and police powers in lieu of punishment for perpetrators of genocide? Which obviously is the Indian recommendation for them.
    It would be interesting to see if the Sinhalese will be compelled to capitulate.
    .
    That’s the final ( semi final ) victory for you.
    That’s the demonstration of Tamil inguinity you are entitled to feel proud of.

    Soma

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      soman

      “Is the Tamil political class proposing land and police powers in lieu of punishment for perpetrators of genocide?”

      You should aim this question at Trinco Sam, Suman, Mavai, ….. Diaspora, .. Kajan, …

      “It would be interesting to see if the Sinhalese will be compelled to capitulate.”

      If Hindians dangle sufficient roles of green notes they could buy anything from Sinhala/Buddhists except their mother and father. Recently I found out even the parents are being traded if the price is right perhaps, Air display of their
      Sukhoi Su-30 might change Sinhala/Buddhist mind.

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        NV
        .
        “You should aim this question at Trinco Sam, Suman, Mavai, ….. Diaspora, .. Kajan, …”
        I thought you are here representing all of them.

        Soma

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          soman

          “I thought you are here representing all of them.”

          I am not a politician to make such an extraordinary claim. As you know I don’t give a damn about these people nor any other (Sinhala speaking) politicians (lazy thieving murderous bumps) and Saffronistas.

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    I suggest we suspend the use of the word ‘reconciliation’ UNTIL the justice is served and done with. Then we can shake hands when we come out the court room.

    Soma

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      soman

      “I suggest we suspend the use of the word ‘reconciliation’ UNTIL the justice is served and done with.”

      You carry on digging.

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    Once upon a time, a wise man in US called UNHRC a cesspool of political bias. So this time, they have proven it again. The UN is the proxy organisation of the West. Its hidden agenda is to keep their imperial grip over the world.
    /
    In the last election people of Sri Lanka rejected UNHRC resolutions based on lies. And the Yahapalana government that cosponsored UNHRC resolutions was sent packing. So this resolution is a direct threat to Sri Lanka’s democratically elected government and the sovereignty.
    /
    Definitely India is behind UNHRC’s lame pressure on Sri Lanka. After all India created the problem.

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    The voting sure proved the Axiom that Birds of the Feather Flock Together. The Evil congregates with The Evil.

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    In addition to the 22 member states of the current 47-member UNHRC that voted for the resolution, the following non-members too have co-sponsored the resolution;
    —>
    Albania, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United States of America.


    This list was up to date as of yesterday.

    Wonder what spin Foreign Minister Dinesh Jayawardene is putting on the non-member co-sponsorship.

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    “A new UN resolution on Sri Lanka is an important step forward and offers renewed hope of long-awaited justice for victims of the country’s 30-year civil conflict, said Amnesty International, following its adoption by the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today.”
    —-
    There was no ‘civil conflict’ in Sri Lanka as the dumbos in AI say. There was a military operation by the Government of Sri Lanka against a bunch of Tamil terrorists who slaughtered Sinhalayo using suicide bombers, claymore bombs, multi-barrel guns and chemical weapons to grab their land to create a separate State for the descendants of Dravidians brought to Yapanaya by Portuguese and Dutch.
    Main victims of Tamil terrorism was Native Sinhalayo. They went through hell for three decades. I am wondering how the UNHRC resolution is going to bring justice for Sinhalayo who were the main victims?

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      Eagle,
      “I am wondering how the UNHRC resolution is going to bring justice for Sinhalayo who were the main victims?”
      For a start, you could ask your grandchildren to teach you Arithmetic.

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    Blind Eagle alias HLD, first we must dispatch you to Mother Lanka to serve Nande brothers and you will be the next ambassador to the UN. Ideal fellow with a bloody foul mouth and a moron. Nande is running short of experts as brainy Sinhalese are keeping away or left the country in fear. Very likely the foul mouthed Unadmirable Weere will be kicked out because he is partly responsible for the failure. The morons think that like they talk in lanka they can also talk in front of civilised nations. Nande may be going for a podi loan from Paki wallahs and Bungle Desh because their money is much more powerful than SL paper currency. Moda Eagle, unless you fools make peace with the minorities you will perish as a nation. Mahinda Mama is having palpitation. His hidden billions may be taken away.

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    This Article makes me LMAO

    Why only Sri Lanka ?

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    LM – You have not credited the 35 countries that were co-sponsors to this
    Resolution – 46/1, viz:
    Albania,* (* No votes in UNHRC – cr.dbsj)
    Australia,* (For the attention of this Regime backers)
    Austria,
    Belgium,*
    Bulgaria,
    Canada,*
    Croatia,*
    Cyprus,*
    Czechia,
    Denmark,
    Estonia,*
    Finland,*
    France,
    Germany,
    Greece,*
    Iceland,*
    Ireland,*
    Italy,
    Latvia,*
    Liechtenstein,*
    Lithuania,*
    Luxembourg,*
    Malawi,
    Malta,*
    Marshall Islands,
    Montenegro,*
    Netherlands,
    New Zealand,*
    North Macedonia,*
    Norway,*
    Poland,
    Portugal,*
    Romania,*
    San Marino,*
    Slovakia,*
    Slovenia,*
    Spain,*
    Sweden,*
    Switzerland,*
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    United States of America*:

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    REPURCURTION is not punishing any one front of you when some one does behind you, and dont some permantly stupid because you temporaly upset, because matters did not turn out that you wanted.

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    Positivity
    Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunewardana 14 + 11 = 25 votes is a vitory

    Negativity
    Sanctions should be fought back with similar measures at home.

    Being positive is a sign of intelligence. Looking for a way to lift spirits

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      One can jump into the water to swim across; but they may not jump into the river to commit suicide. Why did Communist Denesh withdraw Lankawe’s support to Resolution 30/1, which offered an internal investigation clause? He wanted to prove the Old Communist class ideas are proven stupids or to tell to world that in the math Sinhala Buddhist Aanduwa teaches to children that 11 > 21 ?

      Buddhist Sinhalese too share this break through with Tamils and Muslims. Here the loss is only for Aanduwa. If Royals and acolytes want, they can open a few foreign labels and chat over it to comfort each other. Buddhist Sinhalese are not expecting a comfort talk from the Aanduwa they voted and elected but a hard talk on the rising cost of essentials items and the arbitrary police arrests and criminals’ violence within the societies.

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    Tamils and anyone are NOT denying the Government of Sri Lanka have every right to safeguard its territory.
    No one is denying the right of the Government to wage a war against the LTTE or anyone who poses a proven threat.
    No one is denying to accept reasonable collateral damage that does occur in a war.
    The Tamils are NOT denying the Government’s so-called ‘humanitarian war’ saving Tamils from ‘the clutches of the LTTE’. So says the Government, nice joke. Alright, Tamils will give a trophy for this.
    During the war lot of bad things happened. The government claims a lot of good things happen. OK, maybe. We will accept.
    But sandwiched between the good deeds were very bad things that happened. We feel the reason for the good deeds was to hide the bad deeds like a sandwich!
    Serious war crimes did occur. Accept it. LTTE also committed war crimes. Tamils accepted.
    1. Young men were taken away from their homes in front of their parents by the Sri Lankan military, promising to release once they had checked. None of them came back home.
    2. Government declared safe areas in Mullaitivu and for civilians to collect within the demarcated areas as ‘safe’. People faithfully obeyed and moved into these ‘safe areas’.

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      —continued
      Those safe areas were bombed killing and maiming many. This was an attempt to make it as easy to kill many as possible without any effort. Cheated the people for them to prepare for their own deaths. (Like the Jews digging their own grave).
      3. White flag incident. This was an arranged agreed surrender. Almost the entire LTTE cader was finished off cheating them to surrender. Another way to kill them all effortlessly.
      These are a few I can tell. What justice is given to the affected?
      I agree LTTE also committed war crimes. You very well charge them. Tamils are not stopping. But thanks to the Government of that time killing all of them so you have to go to heaven or hell to serve their charges!
It is to these Tamils want justice. you cannot cancel the ‘bad’ by the ‘good’! Good deeds and the humanitarian efforts cannot cancel off the calculated premeditated war crimes.
      Sri Lanka should have tried their war crimes by independent lawyers and possibly foreign observers. But it did not do and refused to comply. So now Sri Lanka has to pay the price for international inquiry and punishment. Those who died from war crimes must be compensated.

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      Blabla

      “Government declared safe areas in Mullaitivu and for civilians to collect within the demarcated areas as ‘safe’. People faithfully obeyed and moved into these ‘safe areas”

      Box them in narrow strip of land and kill them.
      Plenty of target, shelling could take out many with efficiency, ………………………….

      Very clever idea.
      Next time around the war criminals should think before killing, dumping and disposing their body (bathing the victims in chemicals), at least 10 countries had their Satellites covering/watching the Vanni area.

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        Native Vedda

        I am privileged to have a reply from you. I love your sense of humor. Thank you – Blabla

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    Good deeds and humanitarian efforts cannot cancel off the calculated premeditated war crimes. This mathematics does not work in the judiciary. Both are dealt separately. You are rewarded for the good and punished for the bad. Good cannot cancel the bad.

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    For crucial turn to happen in Sri Lankan Judicial System, the Justices in Sri Lanka courts have to be reformed. UN Resolution should have had a clause to this effect as well. Opportunity lost.

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      Buddhist,
      They didn’t tell that explicitly. There are many indicative sections for that. One, they mention about 20A, and its effect on local Judaical System by removing the Police Commission and the procedure followed by Constitutional Council to appoint the judges to apex courts. It says UNHRC ha lost the confidence in Local system. Further its recommendation of reforming the government by a constitution also in that. When they ask to implement Indian 13, this devolve the judicial system to PC. Remember right after the war Old King said the Provincial councils will never get the Judicial power because if he go to provinces he would be arrested and prosecuted for the crimes he committed. 13 A is not real provincial government. Provincial government is something similar to what you see in Canada. But even if the 13A is implemented, as UNHRC asked, not just Tamils, but many Buddhist Sinhalese will be relived from the 800,000 cases piled in the central. Whether there is any any solution or not in the Resolution for Tamils, Muslims & Sinhalese, it worth to blindly keep pushing UNHRC to implement it.

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    Tamil from North, there is nothing more vulgar than raping innocent victims. My friendly advise to you, beware of advise coming from people who spend their whole life doing so just to boost their self inflated ego. They love advising anyone and everyone without being asked. In reality they have nothing else to offer.

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      Dear Chiv:
      My thoughts for TftN;
      As long as you’re comfortable with the words that you choose to use, just do it. You decide how you want to represent yourself. Feel free to emote disdain in the way with which you’re comfortable.

      The numb-brain notion is that only the use of vulgar words communicate vulgarity. There’s much hate, disrespect, and bigotry that is expressed here without the use of vulgar words and vulgar name calling.

      These koshered-word users have proven to be quite the offensive, vulgar characters, practically trolls; targeting and harassing individuals.

      One’s truth and perspective should be welcomed in all its rawness and glory. Wasn’t it useful that “ReginaldShemalPerera” made comments about having raped people in Jaffna?… That’s truth that corroborates the atrocities of SLAF.

      Isn’t it invaluable for us to see the animosity, the hate, the vengeance, and, the misinformation and propaganda? Or do we rather have the commenters pretend otherwise?
      A window to the depth of the reality allows opportunities for realizations.

      Lecturing against use of vulgar words on this forum is fruitless and wasteful distraction. Let CT moderators do their job.

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        One can go around picking on commenters’ spelling and grammar, dropping condescending or insulting one-liners, and nit-picking on comments that are often put down casually to express thoughts/(mis)information and/or emote disdain for certain ideas/ideologies/ (mis)information, and are often not written airtightly as a piece of academic work…
        Such pesty auger behaviour is unnecessary distraction, and has no value here.

        If some folk can’t cut through the grease, digest the comments with a grain of salt, catch the humour, the sarcasm, and focus on the meat of the matter, and discuss accordingly, then better those folks get off this forum… This forum isn’t for them; no commenter is writing an academic paper here. Take the lecturing elsewhere and heed your own lectures.

        And the hypocrisy!… It’s dumbfounding when a commenter solicits violence against another community (essentially, hate speech which is a criminal offence), but one who preaches against vulgarity has no qualms engaging in discussion with such a commenter without calling out the offence!

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          Sugandh, the guy who called pandemic a western bluff admitted he is here only to have fun and needle a few. Few days ago he said he was bored with the same old abuse and wanted something new.

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    From those who are over joyed by this vote ,I ask, would there have been even a resolution of this nature if this regime agreed to sign MCC and ACSA ? the answer is No ,and then what happens to the so much hyped about human rights? the answer is nothing! It is purely using human rights to gain what the US wants. Finally are those countries voted for the resolution pure white lilies?

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    It looks like Tamils are going to be the chosen Talibans a second time around.
     
    First it was India who used the Tamils to destabilise Srilanka – to achieve this, India financed, armed and trained Tamil terrorists in their thousands in several terrorist training camps. Then later India sent the Indian army to disarm the same terrorists whom they had armed, which resulted in the Indian army practically going to war against the Tamil terrorists, and killing Tamils in their thousands. Now the US and the neocons are eyeing Srilanka for geopolitical reasons and thus this resolution in the UNHRC. If Srilanka had allowed the MCC and the Indians to so-called develop the east container terminal, then there would have been a resolution of a completely different kind.
    Good luck foolish Tamils. Sinhalese are a resilient people. We will fight for our independence and our island’s sovereignty. Like it always happens, you Tamils will be hunted down by Indians and Americans, then don’t come crying for help like last time. Whatever happens you Tamils will always be pariahs who have come here by brutal invasion and ethnic cleansing the Sinhalese and you will never belong here.

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      Punchi Point,
      .
      How much do you know about your ethnic make-up?

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        It was Premadasa who went running to your brethren VP
It was Mahinda who dispatched loads of money to VP begging for VP’s support for his election campaign, rigging the elections.
It was Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala who begged Ramanathan to safe/protect Sinhala Leaders in 1915.
It was JR who begged Kamarajar (Thamil Nadu) for kelp to set up cottage industries..
NM was hiding in South India3
Somawansa and his nationalists/racists were hiding in Tamil Nadu before they left for Europe.
It was South Indian Tamils who set up Sinhala/Film industry.
Many South Indians who helped to spread Buddhism in this island.
–
“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”
― Ambrose Bierce

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          Punchi Point
          Punchi Brain
          Punchi Willy

          “you Tamils will be hunted down by Indians and Americans, then don’t come crying for help like last time.”

          What you mean?
          It was Premadasa who went running to your brethren VP
          It was Mahinda who dispatched loads of money to VP begging for VP’s support for his election campaign, rigging the elections.
          It was Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala who begged Ramanathan to safe/protect Sinhala Leaders in 1915.
          It was JR who begged Kamarajar (Thamil Nadu) for kelp to set up cottage industries..
          NM was hiding in South India3

          Somawansa and his nationalists/racists were hiding in Tamil Nadu before they left for Europe.
          It was South Indian Tamils who set up Sinhala/Film industry.
          Many South Indians who helped to spread Buddhism in this island.

          “Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”
          ― Ambrose Bierce

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      Punchi Point
Punchi Brain
Punchi Willy
      –
“It looks like Tamils are going to be the chosen Talibans a second time around.”
–
Are they?
Didn’t you see how Saffron Thugs have been marching into villages, temples, towns, cities, hurting innocent people, grabbing their land, ………….. with the support of Archaeological Department, Department of forestry, Minister of Heritage, STF, Army, Navy, Police, ………………….. and political thugs?
–
“Sinhalese are a resilient people. “
–
Of course ordinary people are resilient, that is because they want to survive/exist, self-preservation, ………………………. and they have the ” Will to Live”.
–
According to German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, Will being an irrational “blind incessant impulse without knowledge” that drives instinctive behaviors, causing an endless insatiable striving in human existence, which Nature could not exist without.
Wikipedia.
–
It is no more than a human function. All people have this inborn function.
They also enjoy inherent ability to hurt, damage, or kill.
–
I would say in your case Sinhala/Buddhists are being blessed with too much of violence trait.
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You will fight, others will fight, you will fight, others will fight, because stupid people are resilient.
–
“you Tamils will be hunted down by Indians and Americans, then don’t come crying for help like last time.”
–
What you mean?

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      “you Tamils will always be pariahs who have come here by brutal invasion and ethnic cleansing the Sinhalese and you will never belong here.”
      Little Punchi is very upset! Look at Punchi whine! Did someone give little Punchi a kick up the backside? Is Punchi getting ready to flee to Australia?

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