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Sri Lanka Responds During Discussion On UN High Commissioner’s Report

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Leader of the Sri Lanka delegation Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha addressing 27th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday (8 September 2014), welcoming the new High Commissioner Zeid Bin Ra’ad Al-Hussein on his appointment, said, “his wide experience in diplomacy, in-depth knowledge of the UN system and understanding and respect for social and cultural characteristics are useful assets that will guide the work of the OHCHR, consistent with the IB package and based on the fundamental principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity, non‑selectivity, constructive international dialogue and cooperation”. He observed that “despite Sri Lanka’s non-recognition of the politically motivated resolution on Sri Lanka during HRC 25, Sri Lanka would continue to engage with the regular mechanisms of the Council, and looked  forward to the opportunity to engage during Sri Lanka’s fifth periodic report under the ICCPR next month -October 2014”.

Ambassador Aryasinha

Ambassador Aryasinha

Ambassador Aryasinha also reiterated “Sri Lanka’s categorical rejection of the resolution and its call for a ‘comprehensive investigation’ by the OHCHR”, and said “Sri Lanka will be addressing this issue comprehensively when the High Commissioner’s ‘oral update’ is taken up for discussion later in this Session”. The statement noted that “the Resolution and its mandate for a ‘comprehensive investigation’ challenge the sovereignty and independence of a member state of the United Nations, are based on profoundly flawed premises inimical to the interests of the people of Sri Lanka and violate a fundamental principle of international law which requires that national remedies have to be exhausted before resorting to international mechanisms. As Sri Lanka and other countries have pointed out in the Council on several previous occasions, operative paragraphs 2 and 10 of the Resolution are mutually contradictory, in calling on both the Government and the OHCHR to conduct parallel investigations. What is most regrettable is that the intrusive external investigative authority vested on the OHCHR not only exceeds its mandate, but disregards completely the domestic processes in place in the country. It disrespects the inherent social, cultural and ethnic susceptibilities of the people of the country, jeopardizes the delicate process of reconciliation that is already underway, and militates against stability and peace in the country”.

Notwithstanding the rejection of the Resolution, Sri Lanka’s comprehensive statement to the HRC detailed the manner in which Sri Lanka continues its own domestic process of reconciliation, using as a basis, the National Plan of Action to implement the recommendations of the LLRC (NPoA). Ambassador Aryasinha drew to the Council’s attention, that “in the period since HRC 26 concluded in June 2014:

a ‘Special Bureau for Reconciliation’ is being set up; the mandate of the COI on Missing Persons has been enhanced to inquire into additional matters, and through the appointment of a five-member International Advisory Council that includes internationally recognised lawyers; the Bill on “Assistance to and protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses”  is due to be presented in Parliament tomorrow; the Joint Needs Assessment on resettled IDPs supported by
UN-OCHA is nearing completion and the final report is expected by October 2014; the PSC continues to endeavour to fulfil its mandate, despite the persistent refusal of the TNA to participate”.

Ambassador Aryasinha said Sri Lanka “was deeply appreciative of all  long standing friends in the HRC and in the wider international community who have continuously and consistently kept their faith in our ability to achieve national reconciliation on our own. Sri Lanka had also been encouraged to seek to share experiences through regional and international partners, and in this regard were currently engaged in dialogue bilaterally with several countries at high level”.   “However, even as Sri Lanka perseveres on the sensitive path of reconciliation, it is unfortunate that some, refuse to acknowledge this and persist in heaping negative attention”.

The Ambassador said, “Sri Lanka rejects assertions regarding threats levelled against the human rights community in Sri Lanka. Steps will be taken at all times to investigate into complaints. In this context, it must be noted that the full gamut of constitutional guarantees including effective remedies are available to individuals or groups who wish to canvass the rights of persons”. “Sri Lanka also regrets attempts being made to portray the country as intolerant of religious minorities. For centuries, people in Sri Lanka practising different faiths and practices have coexisted peacefully and in harmony. However, like in all countries in the world composed of multi-cultural and multi-religious communities, unfortunate isolated incidents can occur. Wherever such incidents of attacks involving religious places of worship have taken place or any individual has been targeted on the basis of religion or faith, the legal process has been set in motion in respect of reported incidents and investigations have been launched. The Government expressly condemns all acts of violence against any religious or ethnic communities”.

Concluding, Ambassador Aryasinha reiterated that the Government of Sri Lanka is firm in its commitment to continue its ongoing domestic processes of accountability, justice, reconciliation and nation building and will continue to work with its international partners. He also reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s continued support to the High Commissioner; to the OHCHR; and to the work of HRC.

Read the full statement here

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    Lies, blatant lies, and more damning lies!

    The above speech is all verbosity devoid of any concrete and positive action towards reconciliation.

    The above speech is truly full of bluffing but the ground reality is exactly opposite in everything he mentioned.

    The whole regime is an embodiment of lies and deceit.

    Liars, blatant liars, and more damned liars!

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      thru,
      Can you list and explain the lies, blatant lies and damned lies contained in this speech?
      If you don’t list I will have to call you a stupid liar.

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        Stupid List Master.

      • 2
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        Nuisance,

        “Can you list and explain the lies, blatant lies and damned lies contained in this speech”

        Actually those are not lies. Those are real truth nothing but the truth. Some of the real truths are given below.

        1. Sri Lanka continues its own domestic process of reconciliation, using as a basis, the National Plan of Action to implement the recommendations of the LLRC (NPoA).

        Home Grown Madamulana kind of reconciliation.

        2. PSC continues to endeavour to fulfil its mandate.

        Joke of the century and what happened to the earlier PSC report?

        3 Special Bureau for Reconciliation’ is being set up.
        Headed by Oldest Policeman in active servise – DIG Anura Senanayaka.

        4.the Bill on “Assistance to and protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses” is due to be presented in Parliament tomorrow.

        One guy already in the Hospital as he couldn’t stop laughing after seeing this part.

        5. Sri Lanka rejects assertions regarding threats levelled against the human rights community in Sri Lanka.

        Saddarmadveepa Chakrawarthi’s trade mark.

        6. Steps will be taken at all times to investigate into complaints.

        Like we investigate Lasantha Wickramatunga, Pradeep Eknaligoda and 21 other Journalists deaths and disappearances.

        7. full gamut of constitutional guarantees including effective remedies are available to individuals or groups who wish to canvass the rights of persons.

        We have already seen this when Right groups conducted workshops in Negambo and Colombo.

        8. Wherever such incidents of attacks involving religious places of worship have taken place or any individual has been targeted on the basis of religion or faith, the legal process has been set in motion in respect of reported incidents and investigations have been launched.

        Yes very true. We have seen this when Nanasara introduced Aba Sarana theory in Aluthgama and Darga Town.

        9. The Government expressly condemns all acts of violence against any religious or ethnic communities”.

        Our Police spokesperson, SSP Ajith Rohana, Peththappy and Army Spokesperson also repeating the same thing.

        10. Government of Sri Lanka is firm in its commitment to continue its ongoing domestic processes of accountability, justice, reconciliation and nation building and will continue to work with its international partners.

        Yes we are working very closely with China, Russia, Vietnam, Uganda, Swaziland, Libya, Burma and Countries that has Saddarmadveepa Chakrawarthi kind of Democracy.

        Don’t forget to wear something while shopping for Maha Raja.

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          Lap,
          Are you always a moron, or just when I’m around?

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            Nuisance,

            Typical answer from 2.50 Rajapaksha kind Deshapremiya.

  • 5
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    Aryasinghe the former journalist now the SL mouthpiece in the UN has done his duty.
    This was expected.
    But the UN probe will grind on and, I hope that truth will prevail.
    Only now the Witness Protection mechanism is being mentioned – but will it be a ‘stillbirth’ – a bill which cannot be implemented?

    • 5
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      justice,
      “still birth” of the UNHRC investigation?

  • 5
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    Ambassador Aryasinha

    “Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Leader of the Sri Lanka delegation Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha addressing 27th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday (8 September 2014), welcoming the new High Commissioner Zeid Bin Ra’ad Al-Hussein on his appointment, said, “

    Are you a liar too , like your boss G. L . Peiris, and the President?

    Just curious.

    Why should one believe you?

    Why did you not Visa to UN investigators?

    What do you have to hide?

    Do you have no shame in lying?

    What are you?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNSC93mPs4I

  • 10
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    Absolute poppy cock. What a bloody liar. None of what he said is true. He talks of “domestic process of reconciliation”.
    Do you want the International community to believe what you are saying. Your Genocidal Govt has taken over lands in Jaffna and Trincomalee, lands that belonged to the poor innocent Tamils, colonizing them with Singhalese, leaving the evicted Tamils to live in camps. Does this sound like reconciliation you idiot?As for religious tolerance, the new High
    Commissioner has commented on the attack of the Muslims in the Kalutara district, not to mention attacks on Mosques and Hindu temples in other places Does this sound like tolerance you moron?.
    As for the non participation of the TNA, the TNA parliamentarians have indicated why they will not participate in talks with the genocidal Govt. I am sure the various embassies in SL are aware of this.
    Please don’t fool the people and the international community. You SOB’s have lost all credibility.
    If you have nothing to hide, allow the Investigators to go to SL and carry out their investigation.

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      leon,
      One question for you. Reconciliation with whom? SL defense forces fought a terror war with the LTTE terrorist who suicide murdered over 100,000 innocent Sinhalese and Tamils over a period of 30 years. In 2009 the SLDF wiped out the terrorist. Innocent Tamil civilians had nothing to do with that terror outfit. Now, with whom do you want the gov. to reconcile with? Are you saying with the Tamil diaspora who funded the terror for over 30 years?

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        You better ask your Ambassador in Geneva. He is an authority on ” on fragile reconciliation process”

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          leon,
          So, now you and the other separatists are not interested in reconciliation??

  • 5
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    Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha is a representative of Buddhist Fundamentalist of Sinhala Sri Lanka. The characteristic of this group is simply lie, cheat and commit crimes against humanity. Who cares about his bullshit speech.

  • 4
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    what a sad specimen of humanity talking gibberish and making statements that do not display an atom of intelligence. This Ariyasinghe keeps mouthing lies on behalf of his master who will soon be before the ICC for war crimes.

  • 2
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    Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha listens too much to Gota R and G L. Peiries. He must go to north and east to see how even after 5 years of end of the conflict people whose loved ones were abducted by Gota’s white vans and military intelligence are threatened and intimidated and kept in fear. Many IDPs are still languishing in tin huts and sharing in over crowded houses of relatives and friends.

    The houses and lands of many victims are still used by Gota’s military while they cannot live in their own homes and cultivate their own lands. On top of it viceroy Chandrasiri put obstacles after obstacles to make the elected NPC a dead horse.

    Military intelligence is against any reconciliation and fear psychosis is no alternative to peace.

  • 7
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    Sri Lanka’s sovereignty
    Sri Lanka’s independence
    Intrusive external investigation

    The same old accusations repeated at every HRC statement by the Regime’s rep

    domestic process
    reconciliation process
    national action plan

    The same sham claims again repeated at every HRC meeting

    “Special beaureau for reconciliation”
    “Assistance to and protection of victims of crimes and witnesses”

    These are new promises to fool the international community. The reality is totally different. How can this man guarantee protection to witnesses when the Rajapaksa regime has warned witnesses of being labelled traitors if they gave evidence. We all know what happened to those who gave evidence at the missing persons investigation conducted by the regime itself.

    Aryasinghe is a fool to think that his speech is going to fool any one. Regardless of his speech the UNHRC investigation will continue and the verdict will be damning. I can’ wait for that.

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      Not very different to what Gobbels said in Nazi Germany.

  • 3
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    Believe it or not,

    please go through all the latest statements by Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council.

    There is a change only in the date of the intervention and session (Number)

    The rest all the same! Of course the paragraph is re-written.

    This why none in the human rights council give any attention to the SL statement.

  • 0
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    Before people get their knickers wet dreaming of Geneva, International Criminal Court, Regime change etc, read what happened last Friday:

    The international criminal court case against the Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, collapsed after prosecutors admitted they lacked evidence, casting doubt on whether the decade-old court can hold the powerful to account.
    In a court filing on Friday, the ICC’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said Kenya had not handed over the bank and phone records the court was demanding, leaving it without a case before the scheduled October 7 start.

    The collapse of the case is a severe blow for the court, the first permanent war crimes tribunal, which was set up in The Hague with the aim of ensuring that people accused of the most serious international crimes face justice.
    “The accused person in this case is the head of a government that has so far failed fully to comply with its obligations to the court,” Bensouda said in a filing, asking judges to adjourn the case indefinitely.

    She accused Mr Kenyatta’s government of failing to fulfil its obligations to the court to supply information she has requested.
    She said the case should be delayed “until such time the government of Kenya executes the [prosecution’s] revised request in full.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/05/kenya-president-uhuru-kenyatta-icc-trial-collapses

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29083115

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