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Sri Lanka Responds To The UN Human Rights Chief

Following the News Release yesterday (7 November 2014) by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights condemning disinformation designed to discredit the UN investigation on Sri Lanka, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva has sent the statement below to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Ravinatha Aryasinha

Ravinatha Aryasinha

We publish below the statement in full;

8th November 2014

Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

High Commissioner for Human Rights

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Geneva

Dear High Commissioner,

I write with reference to the News Release by your office dated 7 November 2014 titled ‘Zeid condemns persistent disinformation designed to discredit UN Investigation on Sri Lanka’.

It is extremely regrettable that a News Release should have been issued on this matter attributed personally to you questioning the integrity of the Government of a sovereign nation which has been a member of the United Nations since 1955. As you would be aware, Sri Lanka has contributed consistently to the United Nations system in numerous capacities by taking a lead in norm setting processes including the Law of the Sea Conference, disarmament and human rights.

It is unfortunate that your News Release has been issued without making any attempt to understand the context or content apparent from the Media Release of the Ministry of External Affairs dated 5th November 2014.

In fact, the OHCHR has been inept in comprehending for reasons best known to it that the thrust of the concerns expressed by the Government of Sri Lanka related to the flawed procedure of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL).

The Government of Sri Lanka, its departments and agencies made no attempt whatsoever to prevent bona fide witnesses from submitting information to the investigation team. Neither was any attempt made to deter and intimidate individuals from submitting evidence. The submissions that the Investigation would have received by now would stand to prove this fact.

The Government of Sri Lanka informed a selected group of Ambassadors and Representatives based in Colombo, about the revelations made by an individual who was apprehended on the grounds of being a non-rehabilitated LTTE cadre. These revelations included him being employed to collect signatures of persons affected by the conflict on blank forms by deceiving them into believing that they would be granted monetary compensation by the UN. The forms were to then be used to submit false and fabricated information to the OISL. This information was shared by the Government in order to caution the interlocutors on attempts being made at manipulating the investigation process.

Connected to this issue was the Government’s concern regarding the response of the OHCHR Spokesperson to a Sri Lankan newspaper that although officially the deadline for submissions was October 30th and will not be extended, submissions arriving late would not be necessarily  refused as some material may take time to arrive. This is in contravention of the original deadline established in the OISL announcement. This statement by the Spokesperson implies that only some material arriving late would be admitted, the basis for which is unknown. However, it is astonishing that your News Release at this juncture seeks to confirm the said deadline for submissions and the closure of the e-mail address. Such conflicting positions only serve to call into question the integrity of the OISL process.

As the OHCHR is well aware, when the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) was in session, the venues and dates of hearings were made known to the public. This was to ensure that no individual or organization, local or foreign, would be excluded from accessing the Commission. The Commission to Investigate Complaints Regarding Missing Persons in the Northern and Eastern Provinces whose mandate was expanded in July 2014 operates on the same basis. It is in this context that the Government of Sri Lanka expected the OISL which claims to be the embodiment of best practices with regard to conducting investigations to at least maintain the same level of transparency to facilitate access to the public.

With regard to your position on trained investigators, it is only reasonable for the OHCHR to have explained this fact in a professional manner while assuring the Government that the Investigation will exercise vigilance regarding attempts by parties to manipulate the system. Instead, you have challenged the right of a sovereign State to raise concerns regarding procedural aspects of an Investigation which impacts its people and their future in the context of the ongoing sensitive reconciliation process.

The Government’s categorical rejection of the investigation established by the Human Rights Council is not tantamount to concealing information. The Government of Sri Lanka has steadfastly maintained that it owes to the country’s dignity not to subject its people to an investigation that does not conform to even the minimum requisites of justice and fairplay. This position has been overwhelmingly endorsed by the national Parliament. It is a principled position which the Government chose to take that was supported by many countries in the Council.

The OHCHR would recall that the Government of Sri Lanka was not alone in raising concerns regarding the Investigation mandated by Resolution 25/1. While the Resolution itself saw a divided Council in March 2014, several countries voiced grave concern regarding the Investigation not only then but in September 2014 as well.

It is a matter of deep concern to note that you, as a high official of the UN system, have resorted to the use of intemperate language to attack and vilify a sovereign member of the United Nations. Further, you have chosen to cast aspersions and denigrate a democratically elected Government. In fact, some countries have, on extremely cogent grounds, rejected mandates of the Council previously in much stronger ways, and have not been censured in the manner as in this instance.  This undoubtedly confirms the double standards being applied. This type of action on your part would regrettably constrain constructive engagement which the Government of Sri Lanka has consistently sought to pursue.

Since you have released your comments to the public domain, I am compelled to make the text of this letter available to the membership of the Council and the people of Sri Lanka who deserve to be aware of the facts pertaining to this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Ravinatha Aryasinha

Ambassador

Permanent Representative

cc. H.E. Baudelaire Ndong Ella, President of the Human Rights Council

 

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  • 36
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    More lies and deception from this liar. Why then has the government prohibited foreigners and the Tamil diaspora from going to the north?? Take heed, you are going to be accountable – the recent warning from the USA on intimidation and driving fear into the people is not going to work you sycophant ambassador earning your crumbs working for these corrupt guys. Laughable to hear you talk about integrity!!!! Keep churning the lies until Vas Gunawardene does a Nonis on you. Remember when you lie with dogs you will be infected with fleas.

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      Ravinatha Aryasinha,

      Lying, Lying and More lying.

      Is this Sinhala “Buddhist” Trait due to too much in-breeding? Or, is it only restricted to Mahinda Rajapaksa, His cronies and Shills?

      Nobody believes you and Sri Lanka anymore. Good news is that now you have joined the american and many others..in lying…

    • 14
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      Ravinatha Aryasinha

      We all know you Shills and white washers are good at lying.

      Can you comment on Dr. Noonis?

      Video: Truth regarding attack on Chris Nonis revealed

      FRIDAY, 07 NOVEMBER 2014

      http://www.lankatruth.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7757:video-truth-regarding-attack-on-chris-nonis-revealed-&catid=42:smartphones&Itemid=74

      inister Mahinda Aluthgamage had proposed that Dr. Chris Nonis should be appointed the Minister of External Affairs as he had been an exemplary diplomat and had executed his duties excellently. At this Minister G.L. Peiris and External Affairs Ministry Monitoring MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena had got excited and had carried out the attack on him by Sajin Vaas says UPFA Parliamentarian Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe.

      Prof. Wijesinghe also expressed his concern regarding the failure to hold any inquiry regarding the audit report that has been presented on the LTTE dealings of the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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      Ravinatha Aryasinha

      Your Boss lies to protect other shills..

      Video: G.L. lies to protect Thurairaja
      SATURDAY, 08 NOVEMBER 2014 10:44

      It has been revealed that the current Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who was the envoy at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva had taken steps to handover the repairs to the official residence to one Thurairaja who has been found to have connections with the LTTE. It has been revealed that this person had been arrested by the security sections in Geneva for collecting funds for the LTTE.

      The statement made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs G.L. Peiris in Parliament that security sections in Switzerland had confirmed that Thurairaja had had no connections with the LTTE has created serious issues says the JVP Member of the North-Central PC Wasantha Samarasinghe.

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      this is the regime who came up with an astonishing invention of ” Zero civilian casualty ” after a bloody battle with a ruthless terrorist organization , then it was forced to change to a face saving “zero civilian causality policy” , who will believe MR regime now ? may be his buddies Burma , Iran , Swaziland, China et al will take MR regime seriously and the rest will put SL in to Zimbabwe , N korean category.

  • 25
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    Written by one of the highly paid PR company?

  • 16
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    The UN human rights chief has clearly stated that they did not distribute forms for collection of evidence?
    Sampanthan has clearly stated that the arrested person has nothing to do worth the TNA.
    So if a person was indeed arrested with an alleged form with UN letter head , is the govt itself using forged UN letter heads and creating a forgery? How did they get the UN letter heads?
    The UN should dig deeper in to this.

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      The record of multiple telephone conversations between the named perp and the named TNA apparatchik put paid to Samabandan’s lies.

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        But but but – the pathological liar said he had nothing to do with it :D

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        Did Gota come and whisper this in your ear?

        LOL so why not arrest old man Sambanthan ? LOL

    • 8
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      ” How did they get the UN letter heads?”

      LTTE!

      Diaspora printing and sending it to Lankave’s north.

      But don’t worry. Fast acting police has arrested that LTTEr. King’s court has already issued its verdict, as per the ambassador Nonis-2, that LTTEr has confessed everything at the court where his case took place.

  • 21
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    Dear Ravinatha Aryasinha,

    Thank you for your letter. As usual I read your lies, threats and usual vulgar. I know it is hard to absorb the “TRUTH” but the fact is there is reliable evidence to proof that there was genocide and your bosses have to face the justice one day. At that point I am sure you will be there to witness the fate of your masters. You may also have to take some responsibility for hiding the truth.

    with regrets,

    Sri Lankan People.

  • 3
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    An excellent response to the OISL puff piece by Ra’s Al Ghul or whatever his name is :D

    • 7
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      Menan Nambhodri,

      or Whatever the name is….

      What Prince Zeid did not understand is, if you beat a tied up bitch dog complaining it is baking, it is going to bark more. If Prince Zeid blame the bitch Lankave that it is always being dubious in its talk, the corned bitch is only going to do more of it. If the Nonis-2 can realize that the Prince Zeid is criticizing the Lanka’s foul talk, he would not have doubled it with this rubbish. No way Nonis-2 can realize it, but Prince can stay silent so that OISL can finish the investigation and produce the report. Prince knows the UNHRC procedure, that is, after the inquiry, Lanka will be given a copy to comment, before it is officially produced in the sitting of UNHRC for actions.

  • 6
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    All politicians and High Commissioners are liars and dealers in half-truths and spin. That is their job. What are you complaining about? Did you expect honesty from either side? The war continues….

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      “Did you expect honesty from either side?”

      I think that maxim has already failed. Reviving that may not reverse the inquiry. Royal Government did it’s ….best beating the innocents to witness against LTTE in the commission RGSL installed, Paraded with LTTE POWs all over Jaffna against the LTTE’s war crime, held Widowed women at gun point to carry placard to demand release the Child Solders Ananathi had kidnapped, black mailed India to vote against UN resolutions otherwise to carry war crime investigation against IPKF in Lanka……..

      There is always some others too come and commit war crimes, every time when Lanka commit it. But those have not been that good and effective arms, at least, so far. Invent something else to save the childish face of the Nonis – 2.

      But Lanka welcome Zeid him with good heart, but to spoil it, some Muslim youths beat a religious guru of Sinhala Buddhist. The innocent, pious, non-violent Sinhala Buddhist reacted mildly with civilian clothed Army and police in Aluthgama. Because of this minor incident, Prince Zeid has turned dead against the Lanka.

      Best thing for RGSL is to conduct the election in March 2015. Last time we had an election in the south and in Colombo during the March resolution. It was an amazingly good harvest. Even the UNP fortress, Colombo relented to this planing. In contract, the normal time UVA did not work out that successful. We have Pope on hand. We can let him to win in January and we the Sinhala Buddhist can win in March.

  • 14
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    This is how the Rajapaksa’s operate. They try to silence critiques, by attacking them, and trying to keep them quiet by lobbing insults, trying to discredit their accusers. Israel does the same thing. The Rajapaksas must have been advised by his friends in Israel. We will soon become one of the most disliked nations in the world and join other nations like North Korea and Israel.

    Rajapaksa has been stalling, bluffing, attacking UN officials, and discrediting other nations.
    It does not seem to be working.

  • 7
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    “His master`s voice”!

  • 15
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    Sri Lanka is trying to bully the UN like it bullies its people. SL earlier had a problem with Pillai. Now they seem to have a problem with Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, after giving him a warm welcome which trickery he didn’t fall for. The Fact is MR, Gota and Sarath massacred innocent civilian in their quest to wipe out the LTTE. The massacring of the latter was welcome but not what they did to innocent people. They will only welcome people in the UN who will bum suck them the way Mohan Peries and the likes do, In the international arena you will hardly find people who MR & Co are used to.

  • 14
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    Come back Navi Pillai, all is forgiven. Our government had the habit of shifting the blame to the messenger instead of investigating legitimate complaints. They hoped it would be different with the departure of Navi Pillai, but alas, the truth prevails. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, High Commissioner for Human Rights appears made of sterner stuff and it looks like the Rajapakse regime is truly stuffed.

  • 18
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    In my opinion Dr. Mervin Silva has more important role to play here. Like he proposed himself to Madam Pillay last time he can offer his wife to Prince Zeid Al Hussain. I am sure it will work instead of tons of lies.

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      Rumour has it that Hon Dr Prof Vermyn Silva has done that before, to another (hora) prince-in-waiting at the time… and the result of that encounter is the rascal who got beat up by a kilted man recently!!!

  • 9
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    When the Govt of SL does not allow UN investigators to visit SL and conduct their investigation, there is no doubt that there will be bogus documents that will be presented. Its not the mistake of the people who do so but the error of the Govt of SL for not allowing the UN investigators to visit SL. Not allowing UN investigators is the stupid decision of the Govt to protect Rajapakses’.

  • 10
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    At this point everyone could realise that the war in Sri Lanka has been against the unarmed Tamil civilians as it was declared by JR in 1977. It continues unabated even after 2009. It continues in all facets of the society, in all possible forms. There is no rules of engagement to follow. Anything is correct, heroic and sacred for them to kill a Tamil= Terrorist like you name Naragasuran as Asusran and Ravana as a wife theif.

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      The reason I believe the Rajapakse regime has shot itself in the foot by refusing the UN Investigators access, is because I, along with numerous others here and elsewhere, never for a moment believed they would wage war on the innocent unarmed Tamils. I found the accusations far fetched. But now, I am beginning to think it is plausible, they did wage war on the innocent Tamils. The gullible southerners had been brainwashed into presuming all Tamils were LTTEers. Otherwise why are they so adamantly not allowing access to the UN Investigators and attracting the wrath from our friends and foes from all over.

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    A country suspected of genocide of its own people or any people should not be considered or treated as a sovereign nation.

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    When there are very easier ways to deal with a country which violates the UN Charter, it is not understood why the UN is keeping quiet. Remove that country from UN membership, impose severe economic sanctions, Regime change and there are many other ways. Why cannot India or Britain for that matter make North and East of Sri Lanka its protectorate. The UN failed once in Sri Lanka and it is failing again. No country has the right to block an International investigation.

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      Sellam
      The UN cannot do what the current GOSL does to its people and to other who challenge its now well-known record…. what you are suggesting requires due process, and the current investigation by UNHRC would seem to be very much a part of that process…. the impact on the current rulers (whether adverse or not) should become evident soon after the results of the investigation are presented at the UNHRC sessions in March of 2015.

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    A neutral , impartial and unbiased in-depth analysis is needed about the LTTE organization. each and every writers blaming the LTTE for each and every bad things is not fair. They just repeat like a parrot and pass the blame on LTTE for every thing. This dent the reliability of the Journalism in total. The UN must undertake this analysis.

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    Both the sides of the divide
    Have a lot of things to hide
    I have not come here to chide
    The path which the egregious stride.

    In the name of the national pride
    The history twisted to suit the side
    The need for a harmonious stride
    Is thrown to the bin by the side.

  • 3
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    Hey Ravinatha,
    I suppose you are waiting for another party where our good friend
    Sajin Vaas is waiting to give one his loving kisses to you.!!
    Either you guys are stupid or you are shit scared of your mentors.

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    Sri Lanka existed as a Sovereign nation for a long time from 1948 even after so many crimes committed successfully without any interference from UN. Fortunately for Sri Lanka the Delhi Government gave an effective shield to prevent any part of the world or the Civil Society from interfering with Sri Lanka. The present regime soaked with past experience committed the extreme crime very boldly in 2008 following the US reaction for 9/11. It is not a new thing for the Sri Lankan regime to go ahead and do the usual crime in the open expecting nothing bad to happen as usual.

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