29 July, 2021

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Sri Lanka Receives War Crime Report; Five Days Given To Respond In Writing

The Government has received a copy of the UN report on the investigation into the alleged war crimes which happened during the last stages of the war against the LTTE, a senior official of the foreign ministry said.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

According to the official, the government has already prepared a preliminary report and will re-organize details in accordance with the issues raised in the UN report.

According to the Foreign Ministry officials, Sri Lanka which received the report on Friday night has five days to prepare the response to it in writing.

The report is slated for public release at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council which begins on Monday (September 14) in Geneva.

According to the foreign ministry official an expert team which includes both politicians and other officials are currently perusing the details in the UN report.

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have had discussions on the issue today.

Also sources said that the President has consulted Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe who has previous experience on dealing with the UNHRC as the former President’s special envoy on human rights.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne left for Geneva a couple of days back. Samaraweera is scheduled to address the Council on its opening day on 14 September.

According to the foreign ministry official Samaraweera will lay focus on the new government’s reconciliation efforts and the mechanism for domestic inquiry in his opening address.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will present his report on Sri Lanka on the 30th September. The presentation is to be followed by a discussion.

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    Wonder if CT would be able to get a scoop on it early and post it for us to read? That would be awesome.

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    Sri Lanka Receives War Crime Report; Five Days Given To Respond In Writing

    It seems by the first hand reactions of Govt.SL “You Cultivate What you Sow”

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    Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,

    RE:Sri Lanka Receives War Crime Report; Five Days Given To Respond In Writing

    “The Government has received a copy of the UN report on the investigation into the alleged war crimes which happened during the last stages of the war against the LTTE, a senior official of the foreign ministry said.”

    “According to the foreign ministry official Samaraweera will lay focus on the new government’s reconciliation efforts and the mechanism for domestic inquiry in his opening address.”

    “UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will present his report on Sri Lanka on the 30th September. The presentation is to be followed by a discussion.”

    If the UN can net 10 Rajapaksas and Cronies who are found to be guilty, and hang them or put them in Jail at Alcatraz, that will help Sri Lanka move forward.

    Can we add George Bush and Tony Blair to the same list. Their Crimes are 10 to 100 times larger.

    Will anybody have the guts? Only if Sarath Fonseka was the President.

    Do not expect that from dilly dallying President Maitripala Sirisena.

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    Government has been having the report for sometimes. Assitant SS of America Nisha came and talked with the New Royal Government. To counter her works, New Royals invited EX ASSA Richard Armitage. They have revived the Chinese 40% commission Contracts, including renovating the new Airport again which just last week turned into a paddy granary. Richard Armitage argues that “Fear Policies of Chinese ” are meaningless. Changing the International Paddy Airport as Chinese public transportation Airport could be something of his consultation.

    Britain has been with UNHRC’s initiations and supportive to it. Government had invited Ex PM Tony Blair. He came and gave speech, in Kathirgamar Memorial Hall which Old Royal Government built to cover its murde, giving a meaning that LTTE murdered Kathirgamar.

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    The report is to be shelved under the carpet.US could have shelved the report and why should the US give it to the Sri Lankan Government and they have to shelve it. Why waste time and energy regarding this report. It is also said that without the investigators visiting the place where the massacre took place, the report will be a vague one. If this report is genuine and final why should there be a Domestic investigation. Mr.Sumanthiran of the TNA who supports the Domestic investigation leading a team to Geneva. Why? Why are these humbugs fooling the Tamil people.

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      Sellam
      Tamils are fooled by many including tamils like Parabakaran who promised a tamil home land.

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    UNHRC is a joke to the world. Some powerful countries use this organization for their agendas. Rather finding Human Rights over dead bodies, inside the war batterfield some affords must be put to ensure Human Rights in living human beings. USA is doing junk politics in every UN bodies. This should be stopped completely. The war victims should tell whether it should be a international inquiry or not, not the US. What is the use of UN in Sri Lanka, Syria, Afghanisthan and Somalia war issues. How many people died in all these modern wars. Is there any single situation where war is omited by a political solution? Will the US allow people of the planet to solve their issues politically?

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      “Will the US allow people of the planet to solve their issues politically?”

      Are you on planet earth or what? Three prior resolutions giving the SL regime to conduct its own credible investigation came to nought.

      It is a well-known fact that, not only the US, but the other members of he security council, and a great deal of business in the UN and its other bodies are politically driven with the vested interests of mighty and powerful nations taking precedence over the interests of small nations. China and Russia had used their veto power to save SL’s skin a number of times in the security council, much to the aghast of those who felt that such actions were politically and economically motivated. This goes round and round.

      Sl and the nations you have mentioned are countries facing groos violations of human rights abuses. The last presidential election, and even the last parliamentary elections, were predominantly fought on the platform of abuses by the Rajapakse regime. The recalcitrant attitude along with the gleeful bluffs and lies and going on a wild goose chase in conducting local investigations rendered the US and UN the opportunity to poke their noses into SL. Not that the powerful nations do not have their share of abuses but, come on, “they are powerful”. SL deserves to be in the dock.

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    Finally the UN people including this Zeig will wipe US’ s ass nicely. Who the hell will remember the 150,000 Tamil lives which were lost under the criminal mahinda’s close supervision. Sarath Fonseka got his karma back in his jail term few years ago, Mahinda started getting from jan 8. When these sinhalese including the dog gota will get their package? Tamils are eagerly waiting.

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    JR did every thing with undated resignation letters from the MPs’. Ameri does it without it. UNHRC is= US not an org with representation of countries in the world. What is the difference between police and terrorists?

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    SL will be toed by the robes of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide for the next 100 years. Another tool for changing governments is the votes of the Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka. For that they still have to slightly increase the Tamil vote bank I mean the population. War crimes and changing the Gov travel hand in Hand. SL intelligentsia may be having a special unit to work on reducing the Tamil population. Kill young woman, sterile them. kill babies and children. put young fertile in jail, send them in boats to perish in sea. create accidents, poison water and food items. using expired medicine. Chase them away to languish in indian jails. create conducive conditions for RTA, promote abortions enhance suicides, rape for half tamils, so on

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    Sixty Million refugees in the Middle East, millions butchered, millions of kids and elders starving, Europe and M.E countries flooded with refugees and people want to hang the Rajapaksas, the Bushes, Tony Blair etc. We are all sinners and fallen short of grace. SIXTY MILLION !! Not just twelve.

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      Brothers and sisters, let us get our PRIORITIE right! Look at the foreign media and you will see the crisis in the Middle East, specially in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and parts of Pakistan. Reports say that the actual number of refugees are SIXTY MILLION, three times the total population of our own Sri Lanka. This is leading to be the greatest ever catastrophe that the world has ever known, unless the world galvanizes itself to do SOMETHING to resolve it. How do we resolve this, you may ask? There are two ways that we can consider. One is for every nation on earth to accept these desperate people based on the land mass of those nations. Canada, Australia, United States, China, Russia to accept a larger proportion and nations like Sri Lanka, new Zealand, Malaya etc to take a smaller portion. Every nation must get involved. The other option is for every nation to send troops to these parts of the Middle east and destroy and disarm the terrorists.

      Lets not worry about the present and then the past will take care of itself.

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        k.soysa

        “The other option is for every nation to send troops to these parts of the Middle east and destroy and disarm the terrorists.”

        It is a very good idea to kill innocent people in thousands. If that is what you want please send Sarath Fonseka, Jegath Dias, Svendra Silva, …………….. Gota, …..

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          I was not thinking of a Sri Lankan effort. It has to be a U.N sponsored effort similar to what they did in Kosovo and the former Czech Republic in 1997. (I am not sure of the dates) But when the killings got out of hand and the refugee problem became too big to handle, Tony Blair and Bill Clinton sent troops to restore order. They did that, and re-established good governance and their efforts now has a dividend in the form of moderate and viable nations.

          Blair and Clinton maybe chastised for many reasons but this was one good thing they did at that time.

          What is an alternative to this present problem of sixty million refugees and mass butchery? That is the serious question.

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            You should get about a bit more, read a bit more and open your eyes to see the whole picture. Don’t be dependent on FOX news only.

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            I am not sure why a few find my remarks unacceptable. I agree that sending troops is not the best but what will you do, if we are faced with sixty million refugees? Better still, if WE or our loved ones were in a situation like this, what will we do?

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    Wonder whether this Zeid dude at east made a side reference to the Kaththanakaddy massacre in Batticola where 300 dads and sons were shot while they were praying to Allah .

    Because his predecessor never mentioned about it in her many reports.

    Our loving FM then would have been able to demonstrate how the Wahabis now have pardoned the perpetrators and their supporters and financiers and even joined with them to give us Yahapalanaya.

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    Here is the result of an international inquiry on war crimes in SL and the Netherlands.

    “An international human rights campaigner who had defied intimidation to canvass against LTTE child recruitment in Sri Lanka said this week that she felt gratified her work had helped to convict five Tamil Tiger operatives in Europe. The Court of Appeal in The Hague has sentenced the five men for their membership in, and fundraising activities for, a terrorist organisation. In 2011, the District Court of the Hague court had found them guilty only of fundraising.”

    “In a judgment published in May 2015, however, the Court of Appeal decided that the LTTE existed “out of an international network of national associations” and was an organisation with “the intent of committing terrorist attacks, war crimes and crimes against humanity”—including child conscription.”

    “The Court of Appeal heard over 50 witnesses including, according to Ms. Becker, 20 Dutch Tamils who agreed to testify about the LTTE’s fundraising activities. The defendants were collecting monies in the Netherlands as well as across Europe. One had gathered over Euros 100 million in five years.”

    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/150913/news/the-hague-sentences-five-tigers-for-fundraising-164029.html

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    Kamal

    do you actually believe 2 years is good for Sarath F for what he did . He and the M. R band should spend the rest of their lives in Prison.

    I need not say more, Read the letest news …. Army run orphanage in Colombo mentally retarded children of the Soldier’s Sexually Abused by the Army workers them selves……

    I cannot imagine what would have been going on in the north and east… During the war….Can you….

    Did you see the Jeep Accident where 5 police died … The Driver was driving as he was way above the law and no police men could stop him . The armed forces all ways believe that they are above the law and get way from any thing with impunity .

    These are the things that GR and MR created during the last 10 years.

    See the Wassem , Egnaliyagod murdes involvement of the forces…..

    They have their hands in every things that was bad…..

    CAPITAL PUNISHMENT HAS TO BE SERVED or we will end worse than Somalia in a couple of years.

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    US Presidents used to say “The BUCK stops here” meaning, they are finally answerable for everything. In our case the buck seems to be running around hiding here or hiding there. But now it is the time for the buck to stop right where it should. Let us also remember that MS was in charge while MR was on an overseas jaunt during the last days of the war.

    I am glad that Mahinda Samarasinghe is also in the team. Isn’t that a good reason for taking even defeated candidates, when they really deserve it?

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    Amare.

    Pl.read NOAM CHOMSKY on FAILED STATES.
    Duplicity galore.

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    The keyboard apologists of the Rajapaksa regime will soon start to appear on CT comments pages telling al-Hussein to investigate the USA and the UK for their actions on the Middle East.

    The authors of the report will be vilified as prostitutes, USA stooges and will be called all kinds of names
    It will be interesting to see how the government ministers and MPs respond to the report now that we have a government that claims to have a different outlookWe. Will we hear similar comments to that of Mervyn the vermin from the present day government MPs and Ministers? We will have to wait and see.

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    Sri Lanka Receives War Crime Report; Five Days Given To Respond In Writing

    “You cultivate what you sow”

    Sri Lanka is a nation of multi religious, multi ethnic pluralistic society, I am saying this as a strong reminder to the ruling coalition government, in the present context of the entire country has fallen into and genuine, credible, effort that exposes truth by truth is the only way out of the mess of prolonged hegemony of one community and one theme related to same community.
    In religious perspective Karma Yoga as it does, has been befallen on the birth itself, as such on the entire population of Sri Lanka, the same Karma Yoga takes it course so virulently post independently, the same philosophy also prescribes WISDOM CAN OVERPOWER KARMA YOGA, and that WISDOM PREVAILED and PREVAILS IN by TRUE BUDDHISM, but the greed for power politics singled out the majority hegemony, and it is the basic of what has been sowed. Post independent politicians are somewhat compelled to continue that had been descended to them.
    Why I am saying this now?
    Prime Minister Modi’s last week outburst in a religious international conference in Bodhi Gaya is a reflection of what is transpiring in coming days and beneath, considering the fact that he being an ardent and strong Hindu Ideologist, would not have allowed such subordination without any purpose while Indians consider Buddha’s philosophy as an integral part of Hinduism!
    Modi is awareness of the ground situation in regard to present context, all importantly of the past of Sri Lanka that the -“ONLY A THEME OF RITUALS OF SIMILARITY PREVAILED BUT THE REAL SUBSTANCE IGNORED IN THE STATE OF AFFAIRS IN THAT QUEST FOR CONSERVING THE SAME through hegemony – that led to the present scenario”, and that awareness has led the International Community take the present latest stance of giving Sri Lanka ample time to heel its harrowing wounds.
    International Community, that includes India were not just wasting time in only digging out the last ditch of war and to be fooled further, but an excavation of reasons for confronting parties to involve a hostile confrontation for three decades. That is the language spoken now by Modi, USA, Britain and in fact whole of Middle East through Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein being the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the UN itself they all want permanent peace in this beautiful island. The outcome of PRE-INDICTMENT INQUIRY is that The Govt. Sri Lanka shall understand that language for sustaining peace and work according to that.
    The American Stance has been very clearly pronounced publicly that they are for a CREDIBLE, GENUINE RELAIBLE INTERNAL INQUIRY, WITH INTERNATIONAL EXPERTISE ON PINPOINTED INDICTMENTS ON LTTE AS WELL AS ON GOVT. of SRI LANKA, SHOULD BE THE BASIC FOR RECONCILIATION.
    As such International Inquiry and substantiating indictments personally has been absolved to facilitate the reconciliation within Sri Lanka a fair decision I recon. Will the Govt. of Sri Lanka respond with that level of inquiry that absolves the hegemonic orientation of Defense Forces, law implementations?
    International Inquiry will patch up the wounds of last ditch of war only, and thus is a Symptomatic treatment only, but what International Community has prescribed rather strongly is to heel the harrowing wounds permanently through the basics arising from last ditch of war.

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      Dear All,

      On the above comment

      Oh My God, What a crime I have committed to describe, indiscriminate shelling towards civilians, depriving food and medicines for more than 3 years shooting down of one by one of a line of surrendered people irreverent it was ordinary civilians or militants, torture the extended nudes for fun, rape for fun by many repeated rape for each gulp of arrack, killing at once many by use of cluster shelling, STERILIZATION OF MALE AND FEMALE USING BLUNT AND UNHYGIENIC WEAPONS etc. to JUST AS A WOUND OF THE LAST DITCH OF WAR, I am profusely sorry for inadvertently giving such a mere social reflect meaning for all these unimaginable crime against humanity in a Buddhist Nation by whoever it may be.
      Did I say “absolved” personal indictments, I should render my apology again
      for all the relatives and people affected by the profuse ordeal of last ditch of war, I should have typed ” avoided the personal indictments this time around for better approach for reconciliation!

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    On whose/what information is this report based on? Separatist diaspora, Channel 4, Sooka, Macrae and the clowns??? MR did not allow anybody from the UN to enter SL to investigate. There is no value to this one sided investigation. It appears this report is dead on arrival! Very reason the US is changing it’s attitude towards this fake accusation.

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      Nuisance

      There’s No Such Thing as a Perfect Crime.

      Stupid is as stupid types.

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        Vedda
        You are a genius!!

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          Nuisance

          “You are a genius!!”

          You are still a stupid.

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    In my previous comments I discussed the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court and mentioned that under Article 15 of the Rome Statute, the ICC Prosecutor can start the investigation process on his own initiative. I also mentioned that the Tamils may take up the war crimes issue with the ICC Prosecutor.

    However, the Prosecutor cannot initiate the investigation process unless the state where the war crimes were committed is a state party to the Rome Statute. Even in relation to states that have acceded to the Rome Statute, ICC can take up war crimes only when that state is unable or unwilling to prosecute those responsible.

    Since Sri Lanka has not signed or acceded to the Rome Statute the ICC Prosecutor may not be able to start the process of investigation.

    Sri Lanka is among the 42 countries that have not signed or acceded to the Rome Statute. India is another. United States is the only western nation that has not acceded to the Rome Statute. President Clinton signed it but it was never ratified. Later George Bush completely withdrew from it. US also took other measures to prevent any US soldier from being sued for war crimes or crimes against humanity.

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