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Sri Lanka Uses Pandemic To Curtail Free Expression

By Meenakshi Ganguly

Meenakshi Ganguly

Sri Lanka’s inspector general has ordered police to arrest those who “criticize” officials involved in the coronavirus response, or share “fake” or “malicious” messages about the pandemic.

According to the order, issued on April 1, officials “are doing their utmost with much dedication to stop the spread of COVID 19,” but “those officials’ duties are being criticized, minor issues are being pointed out,” and messages are being posted that “scold” officials, thus “severely hindering” their duties.

As of April 2, Sri Lanka had 151 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths. So far, more than 10,000 people have been arrested since a curfew intended to slow the spread of the virus was imposed on March 20.

The global pandemic is a challenge for authorities as they try to protect the population with necessary public health measures. However, criticism will not hinder their work, even if some find it aggravating or unjustified. Blanket censorship and threats of arrest for speech not only violate Sri Lanka’s obligations under international human rights law, but are counter-productive. Officials who need to know of shortcomings to address gaps in their response will not be helped by the withholding and censoring of information. During curfews and lockdowns, many citizens will need help obtaining basic necessities, and they should be able to share their views and exchange information.

Sri Lankans’ concerns that their rights will be respected are particularly crucial since President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has assigned the army chief to lead Sri Lanka’s coronavirus response. Gen. Shavendra Silva, who heads the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak, faces credible allegations of war crimes during the final months of Sri Lanka’s long civil war. Ethnic Tamils, Muslims, and critics of the government, who have long borne the brunt of security force abuses, will be especially concerned that their civil and political rights will not be respected.

A rights-respecting response to COVID-19 needs to ensure that accurate and up-to-date information about the virus, access to services, service disruptions, and other aspects of the response to the outbreak is accessible to all. A failure to uphold the right to freedom of expression during the pandemic undermines basic human rights and could undermine trust in government actions.

*Meenakshi Ganguly – South Asia Director of Human Rights Watch 

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    There are nine thousand in the prisson this causes another problem, for petty reason such conjestion
    an outbreak could not only infect and more contagious than. there maitanance could be diverted to there health care if they were out and it is not a mudered case it is to avoid coronavirus risk worse.

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      I suppose this Draconian measure is in response to the famous post by a Sri Lankan woman living in Italy who abused the Police spokesman, Ajith Rohana, for spreading untruths about the situation in Italy. There are two sides to this. First, the woman was wrong to use abusive language. But then, perhaps she would not have got that much attention if she used normal language. Secondly, the gist of what she said was true. Ajit Rohana himself appears to have been repeating fake news from local social media, such as that bodies are being dumped in mass graves by bulldozers. There is in fact a sustained propaganda campaign to show our govt , forces, health system, etc in a good light vis-a-vis other countries.
      Ajith Rohana has a tendency to pontificate about things he knows nothing about. Recently he was interviewed saying that Arthur C Clarke was one of the world’s greatest scientists, and the fact that he lived in Sri Lanka proves that SL is the best country in the world! Now, I have the greatest respect for Sir Arthur, having read all his excellent writings. He had a great knowledge of science, but was certainly NOT a scientist. Also, I believe it is an open secret why he chose to live here. That a senior police officer is unaware of this does cast doubt on his credibility.

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        Good response from old codger.
        I am not aware of the incident with the woman living in Italy but the recent exposure by an ex GMOA president, Dr Janapriya, accusing the current GMOA of spreading fake news, enabled me to view the somewhat hilarious TV discussion in question. Apart from providing misinformation & patting themselves on the back for how brilliantly the epidemic is being controlled in the hands of the GMOA, which, incidentally, is a politically biased militant trade union, the fact that people are begging to return to SL is a myth. I returned to UK from a brief holiday in SL last week & I, for one, is happy to be back in UK. Having experienced the situation in SL & now seeing the same problem being tackled in developed countries, all I can say is that people in SL are being misinformed, giving a false sense of security from the actual situation. SL tests only about 100 suspected cases a day while UK tests 20,000 a day & with a target of 250,000 a week by the end of April. Therefore, there maybe many infected cases in SL that is off the radar, particularly, when a panellist suggested people should drink kothamlli to boost the immune system, which probably has a only placebo effect & not scientifically proven. This is probably an indication how backward the thinking is & a typical ‘frog in the well’ syndrome of the pundits.

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          There are 100,000 Chinese working in Iran, and Corona virus is rampant with second largest deaths in the world, and people of Iran are accusing Chinese of spreading it there. There are 100,000 Chinese working in Italy, and Corona virus is rampant with highest number of deaths in the world, and people of Italy are accusing Chinese of spreading it there. How come when there are 50,000 Chinese working in Sri Lanka, there is not a single death. Does government of Sri Lanka expects a person with even an iota of intelligence to believe it. I am sure this action is to suppress the fact that dead Chinese are being secretly incinerated. Instead of curtailing free expression, Government must raid Hambantota Harbour premises to demand to inspect for signs of cover up. I am sure big talking but bull shitting Co-Ranaviru-s have the guts to do it.

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            Dr GS you forgot to include the mandatory references to rapist army, racist Singalese etc etc.

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          This chap from UK is a frog in the well. We all know that UK doesn’t even want patients with cough to come to hospital

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        Good response from old codger.
        I am not aware of the incident with the woman living in Italy but the recent exposure by an ex GMOA president, Dr Janapriya, exposing the current GMOA of spreading fake news, enabled me to view the somewhat hilarious TV discussion in question. Apart from providing misinformation & patting themselves on the back for brilliantly controlling the epidemic by the GMOA, which, incidentally, is a politically biased militant trade union, the fact that people are begging to return to SL is a myth. I returned to UK from a brief holiday in SL last week & I, for one, is happy to be back in UK. Having experienced the situation in SL & now seeing the same problem being tackled in developed countries, all I can say is that people in SL are being misinformed, giving a false sense of security from the actual situation. SL tests only about 100 suspected cases a day while UK tests 20,000 a day & with a target of 250,000 a week by the end of April. Therefore, there maybe many infected cases in SL that is off the radar, particularly, when a panellist suggested drinking kothamlli at the first sign of virus symptoms. This is probably an indication how backward the thinking is & a typical ‘frog in the well’ syndrome of the pundits.

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        Rajapakse fellows know nothing about pandemics. They only know pandam-mix.

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        This is Srilanka where untruths are sold as truth from history to social media. He is neither a doctor not a scientist but he has a big mouth. Good he cannot speak in Tamil Nadu language.

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        Old codger ,

        “I believe it is an open secret why he chose to live here. That a senior police officer is unaware of this does cast doubt on his credibility.”

        Boys. Ask the saffron clad monks.

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          Amarasiri,
          You are a mind-reader.

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      UK, Australia, USA and most developed countries have allowed the following during the lock down periods:

      1.Going out to buy provisions from a super market
      2.Going out to buy medicine from a pharmacy
      3.Going out to exercise for one hour a day
      4.Going out to look into the well being of your ageing parents who are living alone
      5.Going out for any other emergency

      There is a big difference between a lock down and curfew.

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        This article and some comments those those selves are mis information. Some news say whole New Zealand is lock down.
        Stupid comments. You think, why everybody has to make the same stupid mistakes. Now they are panicking.
        They all knew but were not getting ready. What happened it blew up in front of them ?

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        Please compare apples with apples……….Sri Lanka is a small island that is densely populated. Cannot have the measures taken by these nations. As for USA, it is loosing the battle against the virus- over 600 deaths today. UK is not doing any better. And Australia is a large island / continent actually.

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          How much did you get paid from NGO slave masters and Tamil diaspora for writing this article Ms. Gangully? People like you are menace to this world. Why don’t you mind your own business without poking your ugly nose in to our business in Sri Lanka. We are in good hands. Thank you very much!
          Your doctors in India are warning that you must prepare to face an onslaught of cases that could cripple your health system to levels far beyond what Europe and the US are experiencing. If you are true patriot why don’t you be productive and ask your NGO slave masters and Tamil diaspora to assist your country??

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      Inability of the people and certain communities blatanyly disregarding govt set guidelines has made matters worse in this little island but we find the same in India too where battons are used to curtail curfew breakers, you know nothing about what is currently going on but trying to Create a wrong imprrssion when the country is doing so well managing the Corona outbreak as indicated by WHO.

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    While citizens must be responsible in communicating their views and not spread false, misleading or harmful propaganda with hidden agendas, the governments should also act with the welfare of citizens uppermost, not their own political survival or advancement. Unfortunately government after government in SL as well as those in many poor countries have always and invariably acted only in self-interest. Those governments that did in fact act in the people’s interest have developed into flourishing, wealthy and safe countries for all their citizens. Where does Sri Lanka stand? Its anyone’s easy guess..!

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    Idiot writer actually believes that Lanka is a democracy. Since when was this?

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      @Steven. You panty wearing sissy fagot. Why are you hiding behind someone’s genuine identity. You are a dusgrace to humanity, whoever street tart who gave birth to you should have smothered you with her unwash butt.

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        @The real Steven. Major Steven Sagittarius.

        At least I have a mother whereas you were shagged up against a wall and hatched by the sun.

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    Nothing can be more worse than Government controlled media , Derena, Ada Derena and the rest provide fake news 24/7. To make things worse the participants in these shows are SLPP members with multiple criminal records. Silly Lanka is the only country which exploits any human tragedy. They did it during Easter Tragedy, Tsunami, throughout 30 years of war, and now during pandemic.

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      Read Tamil Net to get true News!!!!!!

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    Bull shit human rights when there is a desperate situation. Sri Lanka is very lucky to take it under control. Now you want to destroy that situation. Why you can not find another way of income instead of screwing up countries. See how Neo Liberalism has failed. They can not look after their people. One country is furious that face masks were not allowed to come to their country. Another country is accusing that a ship load of masks coming to their country was Pirated while on the half way.

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    Talk about why people are this ignorant, selfish and self-centered when the situation us critical. Why some people can not think about other people ?

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    Patriotic Tamils of Tamil Eelam.
    I am saddened to inform all of you , the heroic fighter of Tamil Eelam, Eelam Tamil Patriot has found Coronavirus positive and is receiving treatment in hospital . Prime minister Justin Trudueu called Eelam Tamil Patriot and assured best health care. Mr prime minister also thanked Eelam Tamil patriot for his service to Eelam Tamils in Canada.

    As a close associate of Thalaivar Pirabhakaran, Eelam Tamil Patriot is the oldest and most senior member Eelam liberation fighter still living.
    Eelam Tamil Patriot mentored generations of Eelam Tamil freedom fighters.
    Prime minister of transnational government of Tamil Eelam, V Rudrakumar stayed ;
    “Eelam Tamils , please spare a thought for Eelam Tamil Patriot and pray for his good health”

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      Dear Eelam Patriot!
      We know that you guys had been collecting $2 million+ a month for your Eelam war from Canada before your patriots were annihilated and brought to knees by the Sri Lankan armed forces in 2009.
      I think that you lost the fight completely and decisively. Many foreign governments helped you directly or indirectly but you guys lost it and your loss is a fact now.
      Can you do a favour to your adopted country now. Can you collect at least half of that money and donate it to Trudeau’s government to fight the war against Covid-19?
      Tamils in other wealthy countries should do the same.
      This is the time to return the favour!

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        Richmond or your information Tamils is wealthy countries are collecting money to buy Sam missiles to shoot down Corona-virus in those countries as it flies faster than a jet. After they succeed, they will use these same Sam missiles to shoot down Co-Ranaviru-s in Sri Lanka. This is the time to win the fight completely and decisively.

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          Dream on killer terrorist…..dream on!!

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      I support eelam whole heartedly.

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      Best news I’ve had this year. I hope ETP and other funders of death rot in hell.

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    This is typical Indians. They do not talk about injustice among their people. See how the SO-CALLED developed world disappointed their citizens. They are the human right gods. Why did they disappoint their citizens. Are all these those in their welfare role. Some say lot of anti – immigrant sentiment and says ” You all die and then we can have our jobs back”.
    On the other hand, Indians kill because of the caste, women are gang raped and kill, may be low caste, people in a country with such mentality can definitely argue saying human rights and NOT RESPECT TO HUMANS are superior because WE SAY SO.

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      When you read the other articles written by this person it is quite clear what her agenda is. My guess is that she probably has not set her foot in sri lanka recently to know the ground situation. so far i think we in sri lanka can be happy how the situation is handled over here compared to other south asian countries

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      J.D,
      Do you know that India is now in 4th place in foreign remittances to Sri Lanka, above Kuwait and Qatar?
      Have your female relatives moved to Chennai yet?

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    Miss Ganguli, sorry if you feel this way but radical times call for radical measures. As a citizen and a medical professional in Sri Lanka I m quite happy for the moment whats been happening over here. if you compare the statistics of most other south asian countries you will notice this. Please stop fishing in troubled waters and crying crocodile tears. go checkout the potential for the epidemic in Dharavi if you have nothing better to do.

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    Ms.Ganguly, Seriously?? This Global Pandemic is running circles round us and leaving death in its wake but you have the audacity to criticize how an independent, sovereign nation conducts its business? We are all trying to stay alive! There is enough misinformation, panic mongering, armchair medics around doing nothing but making life more difficult for us and certainly they do more harm because there stupid segments of the population who are conducting themselves in anti-national ways. I suggest you please worry about the rising death toll n your country and whether your government is doing a good job or not. Mr.Modhi is probably waiting for your critique but stay out of our business. Wear a mask. Stay safe.

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    Sri Lanka is doing a great job. Anyone who try to geopardize the operations should be apprehended. This includes, people breaking the law in any way.
    The writer should get the f$#k out if Sri Lanka if she doesn’t like it.

    The negative comments in this thread about the leadership of Sri Lanka are treacherous.
    What I have observed is that the same traitors who nearly done ld Sri Lanka cheap are at it again in their NGO outfits.

    Gotabaya will take care if Sri Lanka.

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    Sri Lanka is doing a great job. Anyone who try to geopardize the operations should be apprehended. This includes, people breaking the law in any way.

    The writer should get the f$#k out of Sri Lanka if she doesn’t like it.

    The negative comments in this thread about the leadership of Sri Lanka are treacherous.

    What I have observed is that the same traitors who nearly sold Sri Lanka cheap are at it again in their NGO outfits.

    Gotabaya will take care of Sri Lanka.

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      Damith – a rodiyek you should be. What a fool you should be.. Gotabaya the blood sucker will take care of Rajakshe not of srilankens. Had he been that a leader he should have started with passenger control as of EARLY march. not allowing those returnees preventing them mixing up with the general public. Ballige puthas never thought of the nation and nor were there aware of the very danger of COVID -19. How could they, the buggers that have not proper schooling be aware of as such.
      Now the entire nation is in dark because of their total ignorance. If Vietnam and Nepal could contain it why not srilanka. Tourist arrivals to Nepal is twice more than we annually get. Besides Nepal is far poor than srilanka. Brother du hooked up being that ignorant, leaving the danger of the nation aside. You the kind of dimwits cant know the danger of COVID-19 either because Rajapakshes have f++ked you guys as nothing can help you reverse.

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    This writer, on a previous occasion, wrote “A golden future will need more than triumphalist statements of victory. The cost of the war to Sri Lankan society was huge. More than 100,000 civilians died in the long conflict and nearly 40,000 in the final months. According to the government, over 24,000 Sri Lankan soldiers lost their lives and many more were wounded or maimed. Over half a million Sri Lankans were forced to flee their homes, either because of the fighting or ethnic cleansing. Many more moved to other countries, including India”.

    So, according to her 140,000 people have died. The LTTE rump, Bishop Rayappu Joseph and crazy people who have no idea of numbers or facts write this sort of thing. The Jaffna teachers for Human rights, and many other independent groups,
    and more recently Lode Naseby have analyzed the death toll and this is complete nonsense. Every thing she has written about Sri Lanka (and also about Muslims) is false and biased.
    She is a reporter who is (i) either unable to exercise good judgment (ii) or paid to play the tune of some pay master.

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      “Lord Naseby has analysed the death toll”. When did that Lout Noseyboy analyse the death toll. He merely picked up a document from UK foreign ministry and tabled it in house of lords. He is dishonest in not telling Sinhala fools that UK government had told him that the figure of 7000 was got from SL government and not from independent sources, as no one was allowed to enter the war zone. This is why UK government is ignoring that fellow who is regarded as a joker by his party. The figure 140,000 is the death toll in the entire operation and not only last stages of war in Mullaitivu. For your information, this figure corroborates with the following statistics :
      1. In 2001 census, the population in the war zone was about 500,000 and after the war ended about 360,000 people crossed over, which means 140,000 have died.
      2. In the statistics provided by Government agent Killinochchi about 80,000 people are reported missing and the statistics provided by Government agent of Mullaitivu about 60, 000 people are missing, which means that in total 140,000 have died.
      3. Soon after the war, SL government reduced the number of MPs in Jaffna electorate by two seats. Average population for a seat is 70,000, making it 140,000.
      These are three substantial circumstantial evidence to say that 140, 000 Tamils have been killed. It is crazy people who do not have the facts or idea deny this and unleash a barrage of insults on those speaking out the truth. Ask for yourself why government did not permit anyone into war zone when the final assault was made and for more than three months after the end of war. Is this not to cover up crimes committed and underplay number of the dead. Even when UN team wanted to come to SL to ascertain the truth, they were denied visas. If SL government was not guilty, they would not have behaved like this. All the injured were allowed to die without medical aid, incinerating dead bodies. Deaths in last stage could be 40,000, but certainly not 7,000.

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    Fishing in coved trouble waters to push points about the Army commander who is carrying out mission impossible and succeeding.
    The reason for the clam down is that there are the foolish who watch the ants and let the elephants go by, at this moment in time it’s best for our citizens to be focused on the elephants and appreciate task at hand and ahead, that needs to be accomplished.
    People who seek to highlight the ants in order to sideline the efforts made should look inwards as to their own motive.
    Remember Covid 19 has come for a purpose its better to reflect and on why rather than get involved in petty commentary.

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    Why don’t you mind your business and leave Sri Lanka to mind its own. At a time like this your attempts to undermine what the Sri Lankan government is doing in the interest of its citizens is despicable . Just get a life

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    It is evident that someone is fishing in waters muddied by the Covid 19 virus to bring down the Army Commander and those who appointed him to head the Covid 19 taskforce.
    It is a clearly accepted norm innocent until proven guilty, so why the sniper shot, because a job is being done well and even the critics are endorsing the efficient humane manner in which things are being handled.
    Some foolish people love to focus on the ants while the elephants are left to roam. In the case of SL the Nation is doing well with its efforts to cope and those who have not achieved anything politically or suffering from boredom climbing walls in their homes may find it necessary to focus on the ants.
    Clearly the reason for Covid 19 has not dawned. Focus within and see the elephant in the room rather than the ant on the floor.

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      All three comments above are from the same “patriot”.
      Wow, Gota’s propaganda machine is on overdrive !!!

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    King has practically brought the North under Army Jackboot using the windfall of Coronavirus. Western countries which are heavy infected have not used this type harassment. This many thousand times worse than communist China which used fishing nets to capture patients. There are many complains about food shortage in the North But Rapist Army carrying bats in motorbikes and beating the travelers without checking why were they out. If one beaten with bat from a motorbike, they have to go Pain Oil treatment for 6 months, provided they didn’t become invalids with that beat. I know people permanently become unusable to their limbs when they beaten by Rapist Army from motorbikes during the war. Further, they are not allowed to go even hospitals for Rapist Army beating, because of the continuous the curfew.

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      Mallaiyuran:
      Just stop your tribalism. If Sri lanka allowed same rule as in the USA, by now evangelist priest THAYAGARAJAH of the Philadelphia church would have made all you Tamils to be cremated.

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      Yes, Mallaiyuran./ Thanks to a Jaffna Tamil Pastor brought down to Sri Lanka from Switzerland by the Rajapakshes at the request of Eelamists.

      All this is in punishment as the Jaffnians refuse to tow the Diaspora line.
      Leave us alone. The North was free from COVID untill the curse was imported.

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    For fake people fake news is good enough to be in bliss. For people to manage a pandemic need facts and genuine leaders.

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    And so we have another foreigner who cares more for the human rights of Sri Lankans than the leadership of the country. She’s so right: Sri Lankans MUST have the right to
    1. wander around freely and get infected and sick and die and anyone who takes it away from us by curfew should be shot;
    2. shoot our mouths off like this foreigner and claim that right is wrong, good is bad and all criminals are actually saints and anyone who limits that right should be shot;
    3. abuse the police for insisting that we should toe the line and stay indoors – someone has actually claimed human rights abuse when the police asked him to go home rather than wander around: how DARE they limit his right to risk infection!

    Sri Lankans do NOT have the right to
    a) protection by our government from our own foolishness;
    b) planning and structuring of the response to the virus by the government;
    c) being asked to shut up and listen when the government asks us to pay heed, stay calm, be cooperative and be considerate for the sake of our own future.

    Madamme, why did you and your ilk keep your mouths shut when a president obliged a parliament to pass a dictator’s constitution in the ’80’s? The government can quite legally do rather more than one would expect in a democracy. That makes your expectations a violation of our constitution. You are in danger of the lockups!

    Why have you not noted that the government has actually taken advantage of the curfew to conduct major drug busts? Or is that also an abuse of fundamental human rights: the right to criminal activity that screws up society? Or just an abuse of your right to be abusive of our government?

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    We have just curtailed the right to lie in a time of crisis, Ms. Ganguly; had we been curtailing the freedom of the press and freedom speech, here in Sri Lanka, you wouldn’t be writing this article.

    I think Sri Lankans are intelligent enough to differentiate between what is an outright lie intended to drive needless fear and panic in order to destabilize society and what constitutes legitimate criticism and opinion. Don’t measure Sri Lanka by the Indian standards to which you are more likely to be accustomed.

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    Let the pharmacies and other offices required to carry out urgent work be opened daily from8..30AM to- 12.30 AM. or at least 3 days a week. This will reduce the rush, thus mitigating the possible spread of the virus.

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    How much did you get paid from NGO slave masters and Tamil diaspora for writing this this article Ms. Gangully? People like you are menace to this world. Why don’t you mind your own business without poking your ugly nose in to our business in Sri Lanka. We are in good hands. Thank you very much!
    Your doctors in India are warning that you must prepare to face an onslaught of cases that could cripple your health system to levels far beyond what Europe and the US are experiencing. If you are true patriot why don’t you be productive and ask your NGO slave masters and Tamil diaspora to assist your country??

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    All Sri Lankans, especially those privileged and pampered living in Colombo, should open their eyes and see what is happening globally. Most South American nations, especially those that had US made regime changes, are sinking in face of Corvid-19. Dead Corona virus victims left on the street and the governments unable to control the pandemic. This would have been Sri Lanka’s news / situation if the US backed previous regime was in power. Count your blessings that you are not in the same situation.
    And please do not think we cannot be compared to South American nations. We are better because we speak English. If we want to compare us to another former English speaking colony of the British- look at India. Yes the writer of this article should have taken a look there first- they look like monkeys in their response.

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    Nothing much to say about how the pandemic is going in Dharavi? 2 million people living in a space of the size of a car park should be your concern, Meenachchi! Sri Lanka is fine! We can take care of ourselves.

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    Sad part further is now using the emergency and curfew, Royal Aanduwa passed a new law that anybody can send any money to Lankawe. Don’t blame Central Bank Ex Cabal for this pus tripping damaged brain idea. This precedent of this was conceived by Mangala, Ranil & Nagananda’s case arguments, to save Old Royals.
    Lankawe Rupeyal started to fall when Mangala introduced the Foreign Exchange Fraud Amnesty Act 2017. The main purpose of that Act was to allow Old Royals to transfer the $18B back country to make it black to white. Because of Lankawe was listed as one the safe haven to money launderers by FIFA. This is one of the reasons Rupee lost market as a legal tender of a UN accepted nation. In that circumstance, none of the money market investors would like to buy and keep Rupee for investment purpose. Otherwise, it would sound like somebody accepting Escobar’s own currency for international trading.

    Moda Cabal said in the press interview” Let us have the power we will manage the Exchange rate” . There is limit how much you can depends on foreign savings of the thieves and crooks to manage the country’s currency. This is mere expression of the inability of the country’s financial managers and the indebt expression of the weakness of the rupee. International money managers who are aided with calculus and other advanced statistical methods on computers are not going put any confidence in Rupee by this fraudulent act. This may help the burglars not he Wildlife Sanctuary SinhaLE, Lankawe
    This new fraud will kill the exchange rate completely. International countries are not going to wait and watch while Wildlife Sanctuary Sinhala Intellectual Species Buglers robs the money in their countries and bring it to Lankawe and escape all criminal and tax laws of their countries.

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    Wow, The name, gender and country of birth of the writer seems to have pissed a lot of Silly Lankans. But does it matter ???? The same with China too . They tried to suppress facts and ended up no where. Good Luck . Jeyawewa. Does Covid carry a special SB novel types ??? Fake people thriving on fake news and living in their fake worlds.

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      “The same with China too . They tried to suppress facts and ended up no where.”
      You mean China did not let the virus blossom and bloom like in the USA?
      *
      The author says:
      “So far, more than 10,000 people have been arrested since a curfew intended to slow the spread of the virus was imposed on March 20.”
      This is faking the news by omission of important detail.
      The arrests were of curfew violators. The police have been soft on pedestrians who step out for some urgent need. It is drivers of vehicles without passes that they have been hard on.
      There is much to criticize about the poor handling of essentials and the attitude of many private hospitals.
      The rate of spread is not bad, and will probably level off soon, unless there is a major mess-up.

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    Today EC has written a letter to MR, urging to stop politicians from abusing contingency measure for their own political gain. Our silly Lankans have now found a way to bribe the voters instead of helping real victims. Why shoot the messenger , when your own politicians are exploiting a human tragedy ????? People living abroad should make sure their donations reaches the victims and not used for elections.

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    Madam, I thank you and your country for helping us, with ten tonnes worth of medical supply which was donated today to our Sorry Lanka. Even though our stupid Lankans have been hurling abuses at you and your country, please consider not cutting down Chloroquine supply, when push comes to shove. Sorry our empty handed Lankans are not in any position to reciprocate in kind.

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    SJ, even the Chinese do not believe the numbers quoted by their own Govt. Are you expecting a Thank You note from the first lady ??? beware , Chinese are sanitizing only the internal mails.

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