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Sri Lanka’s Ability To Deliver Transitional Justice Grim

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Sri Lanka’s Ability To Deliver Transitional Justice Grim – Without Fundamental Change

Experts in the field, expect fundamental change on the ground plus in the state apparatus, systems and laws if Sri Lanka is to move towards delivering transitional justice to adhere to and implement the resolution on, ‘Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka’ – one that it co-sponsored last October 2015. And more specifically, according to the member of the Sri Lanka Monitoring and Accountability Panel MAP this would also entail creating “an independent and impartial victim centered accountability mechanism.”

Invited to speak at the annual human rights conference on transitional justice convened by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) on Sunday April 3rd, 2016 at the Delta Toronto East Hotel, Canada, an esteemed panel of lawyers expressed serious concerns at the “environment that currently exists in the North and East” and the lack of progress made thus far in implementing the resolution passed at UNHRC’s 30th session – given the High Commissioner for Human Rights is scheduled “to present an oral update to the Human Rights Council at its 32nd session” on June 2016, and “a comprehensive report followed by discussion on its implementation at its thirty-fourth session” on March 2017.

The striking parallels that could be drawn from the discourse that transpired was the need for fundamental, meaningful, substantial, significant and far reaching changes on a range of issues pertaining to the delivery of transitional justice in Sri Lanka.

Among the concerns identified in this in-depth, high calibre panel discussion, which made transitional justice impossible now in Sri Lanka are:

  • The Sri Lankan military’s fierce grip on the Tamil people of the North and East in the island of Sri Lanka including its civilian and “institutionalised extortion” activities – akin to a “sophisticated” form of control over them
  • The Sinhala Buddhist nationalist nature of the state
  • The ways in which the Sri Lankan government has obfuscated the issue of accountability both internationally and domestically when speaking to the Sinhala population
  • The large discrepancy between what the Sri Lankan government is telling the international community it’s doing on accountability and rule of law initiatives and what is actually taking place on the ground
  • Government’s lack of transparency and sincerity to enact reforms – to enable trust and build confidence
  • The still ongoing human rights violations and surveillance operations in the North East
  • The absence of necessary measures for genuine reconciliation vis-a-vis the Sri Lankan government’s failure to return private lands, abolish the Prevention of Terrorism Act, review the Victims and Witness Protection Act and honour its promise to release political prisoners still languishing without charge
  • The fact that torture and sexual violence against Tamils still continue
  • The absence of answers for the families of the disappeared
  • The occupation of public land and the army’s involvement in civilian activities, such as running shops, farms, hotels and even pre-schools
  • The military’s continued distribution of goods to school children and other civilians widely regarded as its attempt to normalise its presence in the North East
  • The continued harassment and intimidation of civil society and human rights activists, of families of the disappeared and former members of the LTTE as well as other Tamils
  • The fact that testifying before any judicial mechanism would be difficult when the security forces are living next door
  • The Sri Lankan government’s lack of honesty as evidenced by its statements post resolution, inconsistent with its obligations it was committed to carry out -for international involvement in any ‘credible judicial process’
  • The fact that the Sri Lankan government has so far not demonstrated the political will to ensure an independent, impartial, victim centred accountability mechanism
  • That many people in Sri Lanka have been victimised horribly – and if impunity for those crimes continue they’re going to be victimised further

Participants at the panel discussion were, Ms. Barbara Jackman – a Canadian lawyer specialising in immigration and refugee law and US lawyers – Ms. Tasha Manoranjan, an associate in the Litigation practice in the Washington D.C. Office, Prof. Ali Beydoun, Director, UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic at the Washington College of Law and Ms. Heather Ryan, currently member of the Sri Lanka Monitoring and Accountability Panel (MAP) and also special consultant for the Open Society Justice Initiative monitoring the Extra-ordinary Chambers of the Courts in Cambodia (ECCC).

Panellists Barbara Jackman and Tasha Manoranjan, in making their observations, given the ground situation in the North and East, took a grim view on Sri Lanka’s ability to deliver transitional justice’ with Manoranjan calling for significant changes to the “Sinhala Buddhist nationalist nature of the state,” believing that: “Sustainable peace and reconciliation will require the government to act meaningfully, expeditiously and in good faith when addressing the Tamil people’s legitimate misgivings and trust, while also educating the Sinhala polity on the need for credible accountability in an inclusive pluralistic society.”

While Manoranjan was calling for concrete action towards demilitarisation and a halt to ongoing human rights violations, Jackman doubted it would happen. Representing Tamils seeking protection in Canada, she doubted ‘transitional justice’ which requires in her words, “reparations, accountability and building bridges for the future,” was at all possible right now in Sri Lanka.

Jackman making the call to the international community as well as to Canada to review its policies, thinking the terrorism “label must change”, suggested the TGTE, not merely rely on seeking accountability but “start taking other measures, like the ‘Boycott Divestment and Sanction’ (BDS) campaign against Israel by the Palestinians that’s working. ”

Recommending that, “Sri Lanka implement a comprehensive transitional justice programme in line with international best practices which include criminal prosecutions, reparations, institutional reforms and a truth commission,” Manoranjan maintained that such, “efforts must proceed with robust, meaningful consultations with the Tamil community.”

Manoranjan was emphatic about the need for, “the government to respect the right of all of its people to self-determination,” which she said, “must form the basis for any political solution,” making the point that, “before any political solution can take root the government must immediately take steps to demilitarise and stop all ongoing human rights violations.”

Heather Ryan, member of the MAP initiative made up of independent international experts laid out MAP’s primary goal, the purpose behind independent monitoring, its criteria for any accountability mechanism, its concerns of what it has seen so far happen and some initial recommendations.

Ryan explained the MAP’s goal in this way:

“To take a look and help evaluate the development and implementation of transitional justice broadly and more specifically accountability mechanisms in Sri Lanka, and to bring to bear the experience we developed…to ensure any mechanism, any tribunal established in Sri Lanka is truly perceived to be independent and fair by the people, all of the people, otherwise it will be viewed as another tool of victimisation that cannot be allowed to happen to a country that’s already suffered so badly ..And so our goal is to shine a bright light as we can on the developments in this area.”

Ryan is expecting extensive, substantial and far reaching changes in the, legal and judicial systems and laws, including incorporation of the concept of “command responsibility” into its law, in order to “meet international standards”. She believes it is necessary to put in place educational and capacity building initiatives prior to any public consultations taking place. (In this regard MAP is in the process of considering if the government appointed ‘taskforce’ of exclusively civil society members is “truly representative of the variety of different views around the country.”) This is in addition to her calling for witness protection and the participation of foreign judges, prosecutors, investigators and defence counsels, in an independent and impartial victim centered accountability mechanism,” as part of the full implementation of the UNHRC resolution.

Ryan set out MAP’s initial recommendations “at this stage” as follows:

  1. That we recommend the Sri Lankan government should adopt a victim centered approach in which victims have equal and effective access to justice regardless of what side of the conflict they were on. That they have adequate and effective reparations for the harm suffered as a part of the justice tribunal or some other transitional justice mechanism – to ensure that they have access to relevant information concerning violations and reparations.
  2. That we recommend the Sri Lankan government establish a special war crimes chamber comprised of the following general attributes: A trial and appellate chamber with a majority of international judges sitting alongside national counterparts – this is necessary given the judiciary in Sri Lanka, to ensure independence and impartiality. That a selection of all judges includes a consideration for a reasonable balance of gender and ethnicity and for the selection of international judges experienced in dealing with international crimes should be a requirement. That there should be specialised training for all the permanent judges on the aspects of international criminal law , that the prosecutor’s office responsible for gathering evidence in who to prosecute also be composed of both domestic and international players with authority to make decisions. Again this is designed to make sure impartiality and independence at the prosecutorial level; the same would apply to the staff investigating the crime, so that evidence is gathered independently of any political influence or interference.
  3. That we recommend a rigorous witness protection system is put in place, that will truly make victims of crime comfortable that they can come forward and not suffer repercussions. That victims have the right of meaningful participation in the proceedings – another aspect important to international standards and international criminal law is that suspects and accused have the right to counsel including international counsels who are experienced in international criminal law.
  4. That we recommend the application of substantive international customary law – which includes war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide as well as those recognised forms of criminal liability that will include command responsibility. Again what we are recommending is once the international law of basic crimes are established, the courts then could then apply Sri Lankan procedural law, so that to make sure the procedures that are used in the tribunal are as understandable to the people in Sri Lanka, that they have some impact on improving the general legal rule of law system in Sri Lankan courts.

The other members apart from Heather Ryan that constitute the MAP are, Marie Guiraud (France), Peter Haynes QC (UK), Richard J Rogers (UK), Justice Ajit Prakash Shah (India) with Geoffrey Robertson QC acting as consultant to the Panel, providing additional independent advice.

The proceedings also included a presentation of available alternative accountability mechanisms by Prof. Ali Beydoun who, first, speaking of how governments and UN member countries use sovereignty to create a “shield” for themselves, “not helping the purpose the UN was originally created to do, that is to protect individuals as a global community,” explored other ways of, “holding the people responsible for atrocities committed, in domestic courts outside Sri Lanka, using principles of universal jurisdiction.”

The moderator of the panel discussion, attorney Kubes Navaratnam set the stage by tracing events in Sri Lanka from, “after the 2009 massacre, after the LTTE were defeated.”

See video recording of the full panel discussion here

A fellowship dinner was held the previous evening at the Scarborough Convention Center consisting of sponsors, supporters and members of the TGTE and invited guests, NGOs and politicians.

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Some notes on what Ms Barbara Jackman and Ms Tasha Manoranjan said:

Barbara Jackman spoke of the “depressing” situation in the North, with, “the military very much in control,” where she said, “Extortion is institutionalised”:

“When people lose their refugee claim, the military finds out even before they arrive there that they’re coming, they pick them up, and may even beat them up and let them go when someone pays a bribe.”

Ms. Jackman didn’t think anything positive was happening in Sri Lanka, even under the new Sirisena government, having a sense of the ground situation, representing Tamils seeking protection in Canada, she doubted ‘transitional justice’ which requires in her words, “reparations, accountability and building bridges for the future,” was possible right now in Sri Lanka:

“I think there are fundamental reasons why in South Africa it worked because the majority changed the government; the oppressed people took power and they are the ones that motivated the reconciliation process.”

Jackman referred to the new president as a, “Sinhalese leader playing to the Sinhalese masses,” pointed to that as, “the key problem”:

“From what I know in Sri Lanka, it’s a history that goes back to the time of independence, where the Sinhalese leaders play upon Sinhalese nationalism in order to get votes, that’s what led to Sinhala being the main language of the country in the constitution and Buddhism being the main religion. It’s a constant process of who can out do the other. They must start recognising that others within Sri Lanka are equally deserving of dignity.”

Jackman thinks TGTE must take some “positive and definitive steps” not merely pushing for accountability, otherwise she feared there would be, “in the long term a militarisation of Sinhalese society, becoming, “more vicious and more poisoned” resulting in “violence”:

That’s what happens in Israel with the Palestinians, with flare-ups coming from the Palestinian youth who can’t take it…You can’t go from day to day through these check points or being stopped – it’s not just that you are going to be tortured or killed but living in fear of it, you can’t live like that…That’s going to happen in Sri Lanka, unless some efforts are made in Sri Lanka….I think it means that countries like Canada and Norway who have played a role before should be pushing the Sri Lankan government to put in real measures of accountability.”

Calling for a sea change in attitudes, Jackman talked about the widespread “suspicion” that prevails about the Tamil community:

“I mean the LTTE was defeated in 2009 and yet Tamil communities are seen as terrorists…I don’t think the LTTE itself was a terrorist organisation, it was the biggest scam on the part of the Sri Lankan government…so I think the label must change as well,” she said.

Jackman suggested the TGTE, “start taking other measures, like the ‘Boycott Divestment and Sanction’ (BDS) campaign against Israel by the Palestinians that’s working.

After Jackman, Tasha Manoranjan, spoke about how, “Sri Lanka’s heavy militarisation and continued human rights abuses preclude transitional justice and how such an environment prevents normalisation in the North and East.”

“The discussion about transitional justice now is pivotal,” she said, “given the forthcoming UNHRC session in which the High Commissioner for Human Rights will report on Sri Lanka’s progress or lack thereof in implementing the human rights resolution that was passed, co-sponsored by Sri Lanka last October.”

Giving an overview of the ground situation, she believed transitional justice was, “impossible in the environment that currently exists in the North and East.”

“The North and East still continue to see rampant human rights violations ranging from violence and harassment by the members of security forces, the occupation of traditional Tamil lands acquired illegally, torture and sexual violence against Tamils, the absence of answers for the families of the disappeared and the continued detention of Tamil political prisoners without charge.”

Drawing attention to reports released by International Non-governmental Organisations that show torture and sexual violence against Tamils is ongoing even, “after the Sirisena government has taken power,” Tasha Manoranjan raised the issue of the security forces’, “continued harassment and intimidation of civil society and human rights activists, of families of the disappeared and former members of the LTTE as well as other Tamils”:

“Indeed security forces regularly visit and question Tamil activists about their political humanitarian activities. Many former LTTE cadres still require to regularly reporting to army camps and in several cases failure to do so resulted in assault and torture as recently as January 2016. The military continues to occupy vast swathes of private and public land, leaving thousands of Tamils languishing in camps for internally displaced people nearly 7 years after the armed conflict.”

She spoke of how the, “the army is heavily involved in civilian activities such as running shops, farms, hotels, and even pre-schools,; and how they, “continue to distribute goods to school children and other civilians.”

Tasha Manoranjan pointed to the current government’s policy of continuing, “Rajapaksa’s policy of promoting military personnel suspected of being responsible for grave human rights violations of international law or appointing them as diplomats abroad.”

Manoranjan spoke of the Sirisena Government’s failure to repeal the “draconian” Prevention of Terrorism Act and review the Victim and Witness Protection Act, breaking the “pledge” it had made and also of its failure to, “take measures to engender confidence in the Tamil people, by demilitarising the North and East, returning all private land and releasing Tamil political prisoners”:

“An environment in which Tamils continue to suffer at the hands of the security forces, a state condoned apparatus, is not one in which victims and witnesses will feel safe testifying about abuses before a judicial accountability mechanism. I think that’s the crucial point, talking about transitional justice and the environment in the North East preventing any type of transitional justice being effective, Tamil victims are not going to feel confident and safe in testifying before any judicial mechanism that’s created if they know that the security forces still living next door are going to harass them and threaten their families after they testify. That’s pivotal to address if any transitional justice mechanism is to succeed,” Manoranjan said.

Manoranjan underscored the fact, ” for Sri Lanka to experience lasting reconciliation between communities in the island, the grievances of the Tamil people must be addressed, which she said, “require accountability for the mass atrocities committed during the armed conflict, significant changes to the Sinhala Buddhist nationalist nature of the state,” and that, “sustainable peace and reconciliation will require the government to act meaningfully, expeditiously and in good faith when addressing Tamils legitimate misgivings and distrust, while also educating the Sinhala polity on the need for credible accountability in an inclusive pluralistic society.”

The diametrically opposed narratives between the Sinhala community celebrating the war victory and the unimpeachable honour of the armed forces, while Tamils simultaneously consider themselves survivors of genocide and mourn tens of thousands dead must be genuinely confronted by a policy that acknowledges past and present crimes against the Tamil people,” she said.

Recommending that, “Sri Lanka implement a comprehensive transitional justice programme in line with international best practices which include criminal prosecutions, reparations, institutional reforms and a truth commission,” maintaining that such, “efforts must proceed with robust, meaningful consultations with the Tamil community.” Manoranjan was emphatic about the need for, “the government to respect the right of all of its people to self-determination,” which she said, “must form the basis for any political solution,” making the point that, “before any political solution can take root the government must immediately take steps to demilitarise and stop all ongoing human rights violations.”

Manoranjan also drew attention to a,” forthcoming report by PEARL” which will contain, “a lot of her analysis obtained from a PEARL researcher who interviewed victim groups and civil society members throughout the North and East,” one of whom she described, “As a young male person who had this to say”:

“We know these soldiers, we remember them from 2009; sometimes we recognise them; we know exactly what they did during those months and we will never forget that; they come to our schools and visit our functions; these are the soldiers that killed and raped; everywhere we see them; everywhere we see their monuments; we are reminded that we are a defeated people…”

This Manoranjan thinks, makes, “it clear that transitional justice initiatives will fail,” unless there are, “substantial changes to the Sri Lankan government’s policy and practice throughout the North and East.”

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    Omnipresent military camps are the attracting good looking places in the North. Sign of what???

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      Pacs:

      “Sign of what?”

      Rather dumb. Did you read what Usha had written? When you read with a closed mind, you brain fails you and start groping in the dark.

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      Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

      The several points you have raised can be summarised under three or four categories.

      Before you go into what Sri Lanka should do or should not do please answer few of my stupid questions:

      What has the Tamils achieved by the so called armed struggle lead by the psychopath VP? Could I have a profit and loss account and a balance sheet as at 31 May 2009.

      Why should the Sri Lankan state budge an inch from its previous racist position, since the military defeat of not just the LTTE but the Tamil people as whole?

      How/when do you want to own up, apologize, beg mercy and compensate the Muslims for LTTE’s brutal act of ethnic cleansing?

      Do you still believe LTTE’s tiger flag should be the Tamil’s national flag?

      How confident are you that the West will one day recognise Tamil Eelam as a separate country given that the inability of the west to protect your kith and kin during the war? Please give reasons.

      Do you address Visvanathan Rudrakumaran as Mr Prime Minister when you meet him? If do, do you also burst into laughter after your conversation with him?

      When/what actions should the Tamils take against those who acted as LTTE money collectors, in order to recover their entire contribution to LTTE, including their investments?

      Will you visit Sri Lanka in the near future?

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    This is akin to belling the cat in Aesop’s fables. The lawyers like the mice in council had drawn a nice scheme of action by the Sinhala government . We Tamils quite well know that the Sinhala parties whoever comes to power had now got the attitude of victor have it all.
    Tamils must not deviate from their strong position at present re war crimes and crimes against humanity and genocide. IMPARTIAL INQUIRY BY AN INTERNATIONAL PANEL WILL DEFINITELY REVEAL BEYOND DOUBT THE MACHINATION OF THE Sinhala people to obliterate the Traditional Homeland of Tamils of the North and East against all guidance of the UN on ethnic minorities and their habitat. Once the world comes to know the calculated majoritarianism stance of the Sinhalese and the vulnerability of the minorities under such a partisan government the world might decide on a way to give protection to the minorities.
    Now the Sinhalese are in a cornered position. Sinhalese will readily oblige to adopt these recommendations in order to buy time while in the meantime they will try to pass a new constitution with the help of bought over traitors who are waiting to make hay while the sun shines.

    You all know what Mahinda Rajapakshe used to advice his ministers when confronted by unfavourable situations. He used to say “Porunthu vela enda pasha balamu”. After that it is a case of procrastination and abrogations etc.

    The Tamils at this juncture must be firm on devolution of power as advised by a UN body on the recommendation of the Tamils peace council.

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    There is no way, absolutely no way of punishing Sinhala Buddhists without heavy reactive impact on the Tamils. If the Tamils are prepared to absorb it Sinhalese must be prepared to face it and organize themselves to share the load with the Tamils. Here is a classic mutual hostage situation.

    Changing the Sinhala Buddhist character of Sri Lanka is the biggest pipe dream, a feature that remained unaffected after 1000 years of recurrent Tamilnadu invasions and 500 years of colonial subjugation.

    Soma

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      soma

      Whatever you say, nobody can change the demography of North & East of Sri Lanka (Tamil Eelam). At the same time, the Tamils have no intention what so ever (they never had) to take the Sinhala-Buddhist part of Sri Lanka. The North & East of Sri Lanka was Tamil, is Tamil and will be Tamil forever. You can name your part of Sinhala-Buddhist Sri Lanka as Sinhale or whatever leaving the Tamil part (Tamil Eelam) to the Tamils.

      If the Sinhalese continue to insist that the whole of Sri Lanka belongs to them then the Tamils have no choice other than to call for a separation just like ‘Kosovo’, ‘East Timor’, ‘Montenegro’ and ‘South Sudan’ where the United Nations intervened and had a referendum.

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        Celeo,

        “The North & East of Sri Lanka was Tamil, is Tamil and will be Tamil forever.”

        North particularly Jaffna peninsula has become Tamil after many centuries. East never man never. It has never been yours, and it will never be yours.

        “If the Sinhalese continue to insist that the whole of Sri Lanka belongs to them then the Tamils have no choice other than to call for a separation just like ‘Kosovo’, ‘East Timor’, ‘Montenegro’ and ‘South Sudan’ where the United Nations intervened and had a referendum”

        This is nothing new to us, you buggers have been trying for centuries and will continue to. Rajiv Gandhis Ghost will be your biggest headache

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          ravi perera:

          Just like your uncles MR and GR, you too can scream as much as possible. Today, he is like the bugger you mentioned. So, don’t be too hasty. Incidentally, he and his cohorts have robbed the country of billions and stashed them away in foreign vaults, thanks to donkeys like you.

          As for the ghost of Rajiv, your uncle MR was one of the reasons that the party he helmed once has been buried during the last elections. May be the party needs your help now.

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            Jansee Kolluwo,

            “Just like your uncles MR and GR, you too can scream as much as possible. Today, he is like the bugger you mentioned. So, don’t be too hasty. Incidentally, he and his cohorts have robbed the country of billions and stashed them away in foreign vaults, thanks to donkeys like you”

            Part of the robbed cash was given to your uncle sun god.

            “As for the ghost of Rajiv, your uncle MR was one of the reasons that the party he helmed once has been buried during the last elections. May be the party needs your help now. “

            Oh I see, because his party has been buried, the ghost also has vanished. Thala eelam is about to be born. What rubbish are you taking you koto.

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              ravi:

              “Part of the robbed cash was given to your uncle sun god”

              You see, when I call you all donkeys, this is what I mean. He stole from you to secretly give it to the Tamils. How more ignorant and stupid you people can be to pray to a thief like MR.

              “Thala eelam is about to be born”

              So, now you are a soothsayer. After your uncle MR dumped his astrologer, the position is now vacant. You are at liberty to apply for that post. Just watch your backside.

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                “You see, when I call you all donkeys, this is what I mean. He stole from you to secretly give it to the Tamils. How more ignorant and stupid you people can be to pray to a thief like MR.”

                Bribing your uncle brought MR to power. Rest you know….

                Start another round and you monkeys can dance again in nanthikadal.

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                  “Bribing your uncle brought MR to power.”

                  Without any bribe he was dumped into the pit. There is no more round for your uncle anymore. The Tamils don’t have to bother. Your kith and kin are sharpening their knives to brandish against each other. While the Sinhalese are at it , the Tamils only have to watch the fun. Even Buddha has not been able to stop them in holding each others throats. May be you may be just the right zaviour to drive some sense into them, provided you have not become a zombie yet.

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        Celeo

        I am one Sinhalese who agree for a Tamil Homeland. What I object is this cunning strategy of “North AND East for us and the rest is for all of us.” . Tamils (Tamil speaking people ) in areas outside your Tamil Homeland will have to be physically relocated into North and East.

        Soma

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          Scotland never voted like that in the first place and if the vote had been positive it would have been the same.

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      soma,

      “Changing the Sinhala Buddhist character of Sri Lanka is the biggest pipe dream, a feature that remained unaffected after 1000 years of recurrent Tamilnadu invasions and 500 years of colonial subjugation.”

      No matter how careful you have been to disguise your real colours, they shine through your impulsive comments! How sad!

      “unaffected” You really are ignorant indeed. Buddhism, the Sinhala language, and cultures have been shaped by the constant vicissitude of events in the forms of people migration and changing empires. The Sinhala, Tamils and the Muslims are the products of such events in Sri Lanka! The colonists subjugated the Tamils and Muslims too! After the colonists, the Sinhala have replaced the British in colonising the N&E!

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        B I

        “No matter how careful you have been to disguise your real colours, they shine through your impulsive comments! How sad!”

        My dying desire is to see future generations of Sinhalese and Tamil live in this small island as one people under one law absolutely equal in all respects. It is more than obvious to me that this is the least path of hatred and bloodshed. It is not impulsive my dear BI, but my persistent effort to counter Tamil separists. I have nothing to hide or disguise.

        Soma

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          soma,

          The 1948 secular constitution was accepted by all parties. The voting pattern of the Tamils during the 1948 and subsequent general elections will show that there was no appetite for neither power devolution nor separatism among the Tamils. Things started to change only after the HWRDB’s Language Act. Hence, who is responsible for creating the Sinhala Buddhist centric governing structure? Is the Tamils? Is the Muslims? No, it is crafted by the Sinhala Buddhists themselves. You echoed the sentiments that is used to whip-up the chauvinistic outpourings; here it is I will quote again:

          “Changing the Sinhala Buddhist character of Sri Lanka is the biggest pipe dream, a feature that remained unaffected after 1000 years of recurrent Tamilnadu invasions and 500 years of colonial subjugation.”

          Please soma, we Tamils are not stupid fools to buy your ostensible position. The Sinhala language was made the official language without consultation with the Tamil speaking people. There was no choice but to toe the line! On top of it, there were systemic institutionalised discrimination to keep out the Tamils from the civil sector. State-aided pogroms and burning-down of the Jaffna library. Please soma, the Sinhala are not capable of accepting diversity this they have demonstrated in various colours. You cannot guarantee your future leaders; you want MR to scuttle the Tamils aspirations. MR will do more than that, he will build a Sinhala-Buddhist nation with no minorities, which means total assimilation!

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          somaaass

          “My dying desire is to see future generations of Sinhalese and Tamil live in this small island as one people under one law absolutely equal in all respects.”

          Are you being serious?

          Your stupid parochial desire is to see future generations of Sinhalese and Tamil live in this small Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto as one Sinhala/Buddhist people under one Sinhala/Buddhist only law absolutely equal in all respects after being converted to Sinhala/Buddhism.

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            NV

            You fortunately have a escape route out of the Sinhala Buddhist ghetto.

            Soma

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              somaass

              “You fortunately have a escape route out of the Sinhala Buddhist ghetto.”

              Well, escape route out of the Sinhala Buddhist ghetto is not a problem.

              Where the super smart ass patriot the Ghetto builders would chose to go when push comes to shove? May be to South India or chose to stay in Hambantota.

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            Native Vedda is a marakkaya.

            He wants part of the country too.

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      Well said soma.

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        ravi perera the Sinhala speaking Demela

        “Well said soma.”

        Bull s**t.

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          Hah the Tamil speaking Veddah!

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            Taraki the mother of all bigots

            “Hah the Tamil speaking Veddah!”

            Assuming that I am fluent in Esperanto, would you call me an Esperanto speaking Veddah?

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    With the military very much in control, “Extortion is institutionalised”:
    Instilling fear and terror, land grab, colonisation, Sinhanization, setting up and renaming Sinhala Villages in Tamil areas, etc, paralysing the Tamils as people and as a Nation.
    This under a national government for good governance, with an extension of time !

    The new regime has not yet indicated, nor has it made any changes on the ground situation or environment conducive to make believe, that they are honest and serious in the implementation of the UN HRC resolution.

    The hope and trust that this regime will perform a credible or conform to the resolution or to international norms and standards, is drifting away surely, as expected by the victims. We told you so, that all regimes are good at “shadow play”, on Tamil issues since 1948.

    The question now is for the so called co-sponsors and the international community, to ask and prepare themselves, what further action plan it will take if Sri Lanka fails to implement the UN HRC resolution in full come March 2017, and the relevancy of the august UN HRC assembly?

    A negotiated political solution via a UN referendum with full devolution will resolve and stop this long drawn ethnic issue in the divided island.

    Manicka Vasagar

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      Mr Manicka Vsagar

      Your “Tamil Nation” is limited only to Hindu and Christian Tamils in the North or it covers all Tamil speaking people in the island irrespective of their religion or date of arrival?

      Soma

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        Soma

        ‘Sri Lankan Tamil Nation’ includes all the Tamil Speaking Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Baha’is, and so on. It also includes the Tamil speaking Burghers, Sinhalese and Veddas of the Eastern province.

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          Celeo,

          “Sri Lankan Tamil Nation’ includes all the Tamil Speaking Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Baha’is, and so on. It also includes the Tamil speaking Burghers, Sinhalese and Veddas of the Eastern province. “

          Tamil Nation exists in TamilNadu not in Sri Lanka(Sinhale)

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            ravi perera

            ‘Indian Tamil Nation’ exists in TamilNadu whereas “Sri Lankan Tamil Nation’ exists in TamilEelam (N&E).

            You can keep your Sri Lanka(Sinhale) but NOT the Tamil Eelam (N&E). Sinhala is foreign to Tamil speaking Tamil Eelam (N&E).

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              Celeo,

              “You can keep your Sri Lanka(Sinhale) but NOT the Tamil Eelam (N&E). Sinhala is foreign to Tamil speaking Tamil Eelam (N&E). “

              Tamil is Not North East Sri Lanka. You are a migrant community in Sri Lanka. Your homeland is Tamil Nadu

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                This is the best example of a black pot calling a kettle black. ravi perera seems to have forgotten his own history, a case of selective amnesia. Read your own history book man, it very clearly says you people came to Sri Lanka in a boat from India.

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                ravi Perera

                “You are a migrant community in Sri Lanka. Your homeland is Tamil Nadu”

                This is absolutely hilarious!
                A Migrant calling others migrants… LOL!

                You are nothing but a Sinhala speaking Demala. A Sinhala speaking Demala is a Sinhala Buddhist of Tamil Origin. Between 14th to 17th Century AD, tens of thousands of Dalit (untouchables) from South India were settled in the Sinhala speaking Southern and Western provinces as menial laborers/coolies (for growing/peeling cinnamon, fishing/pearl diving, coconut planting/plucking and toddy tapping). These South Indian Dalit turned to Buddhism and eventually got naturalized (Sinhalized).

                Professor K.M. de Silva in his book `A History of Sri Lanka`, refers to the migration of the present day Sinhalese from Karawe, Salagama, and Durawe castes from Southern India to Sri Lanka between the 14th and 17th centuries AD.

                Dr. Paul E. Pieris has published extracts from the Portuguese tombo which gives the original names of the present day Sinhalese with Portuguese surnames before their conversion to Christianity and Buddhism. Dr. Pieris states: “The names deserve special attention, the majority appear to have been converted and adopted Portuguese Surnames names. For example, Fernando, Silva and Perera being the most popular surnames, but the native name is also given among them being the following: Vira Cutti, Parama Cutti, Nila Cutti, Nahepulle, Avepulle, etc. These point to recent South Indian origin.

                Professor of Anthropology Gananath Obeyesekere (in his book “Buddhism, Ethnicity, and Identity,”) states that “viewed in long term historical perspective Sinhalas have been for the most part South Indian migrants who have been sasanized,” that is, either having been converted to Buddhism or having come under the umbrella of the Buddhist “church” (śāsana). Obeyesekere further describes (in his book) a ritual that allows the “naturalization” of Tamils into the Sinhalese community.

                By the way, Tamil Nadu was created by the British whereas Tamil Eelam was created by the Chola King Raja Raja during his rule in Sri Lanka during the 10th CAD.

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        Please refer to the Tamil Eelam Freedom Charter which was declared on the 10th May 2010, by the Tamil Diaspora from Tamil Eelam and Tamils from around the world, to all whom it may concern and the world to know that: and

        Which explains, inter alia, that, Tamil Eelam belongs to all Tamils, and those living in the territories under a constitution, irrespective of race, creed or religion, and shall practice their religion, culture and maintain their heritage, language and environment with tolerance and harmony in any part of its territory, and to live in peace with dignity, and prosper as a Tamil Nation, and to maintain political and regional stability.

        TGTE will initiate and set up a committee of Tamils from various groups to draft the Tamil Eelam Constitution in May 2016, to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Vadukkottai Resolution.

        The darkness on the night maybe too long, but daylight will come for sure – The thirst of the Tamils is Tamil Eelam.

        Manicka Vasagar

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          Bollocks. The light at the end of the tunnel for you terrorists will be a train coming in the other direction.

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            Taraki the mother of all bigots

            “The light at the end of the tunnel for you terrorists will be a train coming in the other direction.”

            Could be more precise, is it from Rameshwaram to Thalai Mannar or the other way round.

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          M.V.
          An on-line Transnational Government is the way forward for the Tamil Nation. Inventer Rudrakumar should be nominated for the Noble prize in Information Technology. The government must provide free Internet access to all the Tamils.

          Soma

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    Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

    Talking about transitional justice, when the very democratic right of elections to elect the leaders of the TNG has been drowned following the first elections in the west after the defeat of the LTTE.

    There is no transitional justice for KP who founded the TGE with Rudhra.

    We all know transitional justice is much needed. TNG evolved from the LTTE and must present its interest to provide transitional justice to the very Tamils that it forcefully ruled with impunity for three decades.

    What a facade of group so remote to the deep issues affecting their brethren back home.

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    1.Usha, please snd this to groundviews.org:
    ”…. …….. ………… Transitional justice initiatives will fail unless there are substantial changes to the Sri Lankan government’s policy and practice throughout the North and East”

    2.The first step would be for
    i.the President to tell the Sinhala masses what he told the visiting IFRC Chief 40days ago (3 March): ”Those in the North and the East are victims and it’s the South that should bring about Reconciliation and it must be inculcated in their mindset” and
    ii. the Prime Minister to tell the Sinhala masses what he asks the Minister of Foreign Affairs to tell (in a muffled form) selected audience in the international community: ”.As a Government that is responsible and accountable to her people, the National Unity Government remains firm in its resolve to do right by the people of the country, not in the least because of assurances given to the international community at any point in time, but because this is the only path available to ensure justice, remove the causes of terrorism and achieve a durable peace for the long-suffering people in our country.”

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      I meant the whole article to be sent to groundviews.org for publication for widening the circulation of this very crucial article..

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    It is a reasonable paper. However, to be fair by the reader it has to be ascertained as to when any member of the esteemed panel of lawyers visited the north or the east of Sri Lanka. Further, to be fair by the government,in order to make a fair assessment, more time should be given to the new government to put their house in order.Bensen

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    There is a Military Regime firmly in place in the northeast.
    This is the reality.
    The Sirisena regime dares not tell the armed forces to end persecution of citizens.
    All Tamils who voted for this regime are realising that all majority regimes are the same.
    There are lackeys among Tamils who support this military regime, and oppose/sabotage the northern provincial council due to fear and/or to curry favour.

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    Thank you Usha Srikantharajah; for encapsulating the conference on Transitional Justice and ability of it to bring or lack of it.

    We have to remember that how the Sri Lanka has played political & Diplomatic games over the past 1000’s of years! But Tamils in Eelam has the Tamil kings from South India kings always protected Eelam Tamils from being subjugated by the shipwreck vijaya and his friends all of them males was received by the Tamil tribe the Iyakas and gave them shelter and even married them. Now this population produced out of that mixture want to racily liquidate the Tamil community who gave them the shelter in the first place by doing the Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka!

    The Transitional Mechanism will not work unless a conducive environment is created in north and east for that following practical step to be taken!

    – Demilitarization of North and East
    – Civil administration is restored
    – Secret police and army Intelligent services to be replaced by Tamil police
    Service who are trained on human right issues of policing.
    – The land occupied by military during civil war has to handed back to Tamil
    who are displaced due to the war and stop further taking over the land by
    military activities
    – Produce a list of all detainees by the government both inside the prison and
    in the Rehabilitation centers.
    – Repel the PTA and Issue directive that who ever convicted or still to be
    convicted under PTA on the evidence based only on personal testimony which
    are obtained by Torture.
    – All the Prisoners of war to be released in line with Geneva convention.
    – Stop the Government funded colonization of the North.
    – Appoint Tamil Provencal Governors to north and East.
    – Stop giving immunity to Command structure personal who are in command to the
    top by making decisions during the war up to June 2009. The person promoted
    to be taken off from the post like Gen Sarath fonsekara.
    – No farming by military personal.
    – No to Military in social activities or in schools.

    These will create some conducive environment for the Transitional JUSTICE mechanisms!

    The Civil War is over the physiological and a secret war still continues against Tamils with out a stop this no Justice Mechanism will work which will not pave the way to Genuine reconciliation.

    The constitutional change bringing solution to tamil political solution unless it move out of unitary state, secularism and recognizing the land of tamils in north and East recognized by 1987 indolanka accord an international treaty and is a gimmick by the government of Sri Lanka!

    The UNP and SLFP is doing the constitutional change to abolish the executive presidency. The MR waiting in the wing to become next PM.

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    This is ‘ Oppari’ long after the funeral. ‘Oppari’ is an old Tamil custom where hired professional lame toes beat their chests and cry aloud at funerals, to create the ‘Right’ atmosphere.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Minor correction: Oppaari is lament, sometimes sung to tune.

      What you perhaps had in mind was “maaratiththal” often done as a ritual.
      When done for a fee it is called “kuuikku maaratiththal”.

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      Dr RN

      It is not simply ‘Oppari’ it is ‘Brest Beating hauling’ by expert women of Jaffna at funerals.

      They breast beat as though they are the kith and kin of the dead.

      I really enjoy these drama queens cries at funerals in Jaffna,

      ‘Pottane, Pottane, Ennai Vittu Pottane……….

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        Dr RN

        The same tradition is followed in some Areas by the Sinhalese. They hire expert women of Negambo for crying aloud (hauling) at funerals.

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      Is it equal to the “Oppari” that your family members did it when Indian army killed your mother and others?

      Stop harsh and nasty comments at least in future.

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        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

        “Oppari” is not good term to be used by neither you nor any of your family members.

        We have a lot of sympathy for what the Indians did to your family, and we never branded them as “Oppari”.

        We wish you will be able to correct your mistake.

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          Pathy
          How dare you!
          Take a look at the thumbs down.
          Dr RN never makes mistakes.
          Not even on interpreting Manu.

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    I cannot understand why the national question is still being debated as a Sinhala-Tamil question.
    The Muslims have long since asserted that they have a distinct identity.
    The Hill Country Tamils are geographically separated from the N&E and have asserted a distinct identity for some decades.
    Tamil nationalists stubbornly refuse to acknowledge these distinct identities, and while talking of ‘Tamil speaking people’ have never bothered to address their problems.
    The Sinhala nationalists too somehow are happy to talk about the problem as Sinhala-Tamil.
    A more comprehensive approach is needed.

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      “”I cannot understand why the national question is still being debated as a Sinhala-Tamil question.””

      Because the majority are like you unable to say what you dare not say.

      Even Africans listened to Jimmy Cliff- Action speaks louder than words.
      In practice its tamil vs sinhala/muslim the rest are just political affiliations for convenience and power.

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        Gee whiz! You do have so simple answers to all the world’s problems!
        So, please tell me what I am supposed to say, or for that matter, the whole world, so that all may repeat after you.

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      Sekara

      “I cannot understand why the national question is still being debated as a Sinhala-Tamil question.”

      I cannot understand why it is not debated as a Sinhala language – Tamil language question , disregarding all ethnic and religious overtones.

      Soma

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        somaass

        “I cannot understand why it is not debated as a Sinhala language – Tamil language question , disregarding all ethnic and religious overtones.”

        You are not kidding are you?

        Surely you know the difference between Sinhala and Sinhala/Buddhist.

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        Soma
        It was presented that way since 1956 for over a decade.
        But the underlying issues go beyond language. (For instance, Tamil is now official language since 1987. Has it solved the language problem for most Tamils?)

        There are just grievances of the minorities which have been handled insensitively by successive regimes. The Tamil leadership has been as insensitive in its responses.
        Rights and wrongs apart there are problems: they need addressing to avert foreign meddling in our affairs.

        The point I raised is that there is more than the Sinhala-Tamil dimension to the problem, and that aspect is willingly avoided by key players.

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    In a democracy majority rules. Having said that, its the comfort that the majority gets from the minority that would provide the desired benefits to the minority. What I mean by this is – if by giving the rights to the minority, those rights threaten the majority, then in a democracy there is no way the minority is going to get what it deserves or wants.

    In the case of Sri Lanka the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam is made of the remnants of the LTTE. The funny thing is all those who are holding various positions in TGTE do not live in Sri Lanka, their children do not have any wish to return to Sri Lanka. By having Tamil Eelam in their name the majority Sinhalese feel threatened. Further the Unjust(ice) Chief Minister Wigneswaran has become a puppet of the Tiger left overs and is dancing to the tune of his puppet masters. When the Yahapalana Government is giving various concessions and rights to the Tamils, this “Unjust” CM passes the “Genocide Resolution”. An educated person like him should know that there is no way by presenting anything that is threatening to the majority Sinhalese the Tamils will be able to get what they want. At the end any party in Sri Lanka to form a government need the support of the majority Tamils. So its time for TGTE to “butt out”. Let Sambanthan and TNA do what they are doing now and get the rights to the Tamils.

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      It is this majority mindset that bled the country. It is this kind of donkey mindset that will lead to Eelam. The Tamils may not have to fight for it when there are stupid and illiterate donkeys parading their ignorance. You may be the right person to represent SL at the next UNHRC session to tell that body to butt out. Will you do that for me please?

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        I asked TGTE to butt out not any one else. People like you who do not understand democracy, and you are the people who have brought Sri Lanka to this state. I want the minority to have EQUAL RIGHTS, but to obtain it they have to be diplomatic and entice the majority not to threaten the majority. If you cannot understand please do not comment to display your ignorance. Yes I am prepared to go to UNHRC if I am invited.

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          Park:

          You must be joking. Isn’t it hilarious – democracy in SL. Hello, for the past 67 years, the minorities have been gradually stripped of their rights and donkeys like you still talk about equal rights.

          And this talk of being diplomatic, blah, blah, blah, that diplomacy was met with thuggery as if your dumb brain has abandoned you. After the war, and since then what kind of democracy prevailed in SL? All those years the majority allowed their politicians to run amok to grab power and position and even trampled on the Tamils and you are talking about equal rights. You have the cheek to vote for such crooks and lecture the Tamils not to threaten the majority. Are you naive or plain stupid?

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            Jansee are you living in Sri Lanka, do you know the ground condition in Sri Lanka. I do not think so. Calling me a donkey, well I can understand the state of your mind. Sorry, I am not going to comment on your comment as it shows clearly that you cannot understand what Democracy means.

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    Unless the UN report is fully complied, with a team of Foreign well respected Judges, the UN resolution will never be complied with.
    Unfortunately, the Indian direct involvement with Sri Lanka, in the 2009 war that killed many thousands of innocent Tamils, is the main trump card that SL holds and Indian Government’s reluctance in helping the Eelam Tamils.
    If the Tamils can help TGTE with the money the Tamils are spending unnecessarily, TGTE can form a forum of Judges to defend the Tamils in their appearance before the SL “tribunal” which is fake. Hope UN will stop this fake judgement.
    Only independent international team of Judges can enquire and deliver justice to the Tamils of SL.
    In the Fifties, the Northern province was 99% Tamils and the Eastern province was more than 70% Tamil speaking. What SJV Chelvanayagam (FP)suggested was a federal system of Government, had it been done Ceylon (Now Sri Lanka) would have been prosperous & peaceful country today.

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    Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

    We were told that you are a Senator in the greate TGTE.

    What does the TGTE stands for?

    Is it

    T = Trueless
    G = Group among the
    T = Truthfull
    E = Eelamists.

    I am sure His excellency Minister of Foreign Affairs Manickavaasaagar will reply this comment.

    As he has no work do on Foreign Affairs, he is doing a job of writing comments to articles and letters. Good luck with your TGTE = Trueless Group among the Truthful Eelamists.

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    Mr. Kerry says everything is hunky dory in Sri Lanka under Yahapalanaya! Tamils are happy in the North! Muslims are happy in the East! Sinhalayas are happy everywhere else! What else do you want my friends?
    You guys elected this Yahapalanaya and now what do you want?

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    Ushi writes LIES again. Tamil homeland is Tamilnadu, go there and let Sinhalese live in peace in their own country.

    Since you people already have a homeland called Tamilnadu, you invasive people should not ask for “Tamil-homeland-branches” world wide.

    Have you already thought of next Tamil homeland branch in Canada?

    if so, Have you made Toronto-resolution-equivalent to Vaddukoddai- resolution?
    if so, are you armed and formed the terrorist organization?
    if so, are you Usha Sri-Skanda-Rajah the leader of the terrorist organization?
    if so, are you ready to fight Canadian army?
    if so, are you ready to get you butt kicked into the nearest lagoon? after that, are you ready to accuse the Canadian government and the army of genocide of dumb Tamil homeland seekers?
    after that, are you ready to go to Geneva to complain? after doing all these, ARE YOU READY TO MAKE PROSPEROUS CANADA INTO A THIRD-WORLD?

    When will the London-Tamil-homeland-branch-resolution, the Paris-Tamil-homeland-branch-resolution ,etc be published?

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      When will the London-Tamil-homeland-branch-resolution, the Paris-Tamil-homeland-branch-resolution ,etc be declared?

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        David

        “When will the London-Tamil-homeland-branch-resolution, the Paris-Tamil-homeland-branch-resolution ,etc be declared?”

        When exactly do you want them to declare?

        Why not a Jaffna Tamil homeland branch resolution or Batticaloa Tamil homeland branch resolution, Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto homeland branch resolution, ……. ?

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    HOW DID THE SINHALESE PEOPLE ADOPT THE HINDU CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS WHOLESALE?

    The Theravada Buddhist calendar is a lunar one. Each month starts with the new moon, peaks at the full moon and then wanes until the next new moon which signifies the start of the succeeding month. The first month of the Buddhist lunar year is `Bak`. The first day of the lunar month of Bak never falls on the 14th of April.

    On the other hand, the Tamil Hindu solar calendar by contrast follows the signs of the traditional zodiac and commences when the sun enters the sign of Mesha or Aries on the 14th of April each year. It is ironic that the Sinhalese now observe the Tamil Hindu solar calendar where the first day of the first solar month i.e. `Chitterai` falls each year on 14 April. This is the Tamil New Year!

    The Tamil Hindu calendar is a solar one. This explains the auspicious times, the punya kala, the precise time that the traditional new year dawns, the head anointing ceremony with herbal oil, the ganu-denu/kaivishesham, etc. which have more to do with Hindu tradition than Buddhism. Auspicious times is a Hindu concept, Buddhism has no concept of auspicious times – all times in fact are auspicious for the Buddhist Dhamma.

    14 April is also observed as the traditional New Year in Assam, Bengal, Orissa, Kerala, Nepal and Punjab. This is in keeping with their Solar Hindu traditions.

    This proves that the Sinhalese were originally Hindus (probably Tamils) before converting to Buddhism and adopting a new language.

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    Usha.

    Perhaps,it is easy for you from distant Canada to split Hairs.
    Plato,prefers Terra-Firma!
    Just yesterday,I had occasion to meet a young 3rd year Medical student of the Jaffna University.I casually asked her about Life on the campus,particularly the Food.The idea was to compare life then at Peradeniya and food served in the Halls of residence[There was no cafeteria then].
    She was not happy about the food-naturally.But,I was taken aback when she told me that the Army supplies food for a fee to the fellow Sinhala students
    It is in the realms of unity that Sinhala-Tamil students sit side by side for the years that they are in UNI:
    But this issue will keep on festering relationships,in those young minds.
    When I look back,my generation forged genuine relationships[Sinhala-Tamil] at the UNI:which has withstood time,notwithstanding all the Racism by all sides!

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    64 Responses to

    Sri Lanka’s Ability To Deliver Transitional Justice Grim

    EXCELLENT but,

    Most of these comments were written b’cause Usha did an Email call demanding her contacts to write good, appreciating comments for her article.

    This practice is for every article that she writes.

    Is it democracy? None-sense.

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      Shame on you Usha.

      We thought you are an Academic but it looks like you are politician.

      Yes, you are Senator in the TGTE.

      One of your Tamil collegue has written below what is TGTE stands for.

      Anyway shame on you Usha.

      Please dont do email call for comments. It is not the work of an Academic.

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        Weerawansa
        Dispel all illusions.
        You do not know what academics will do in the cause of self advancement.

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    As usual, Usha Sriskandarajah, for the consumption of a naïve foreign audience, who have not been to Sri Lanka to know the true situation, has craftily drawn up a list of grievances that do not exist in Sri Lanka.
    It is disgraceful for these people to mislead the international community in order to carve out a state in Sri Lanka and South India, just like the ISIS is currently engaged in creating a “pure” Muslim state in the Middle East, using similar tactics. What they fail to admit is that Sri Lanka was always a Buddhist nation, just like England is a Christian nation, India a Hindu nation and Pakistan a Muslim nation.
    I do not think there is any country in the world, including Tamil Nadu, that could match the benefits and recognition the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka are enjoying, without caste and creed distinctions.
    It is a shame, that rather than be grateful to the Sinhala Buddhist majority, who bore the brunt of Colonial atrocities, this bunch of overseas separatists are still engaged in destroying the country that gave them a free education, free health care and freedom to practice their religion. May they never succeed in their disingenuous project.

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    The list of grievances highlighted in this article do not match the actual situation in Sri Lanka, where the Tamil minority is enjoying the same rights as the rest of the Sri Lankans. The attempt to slander the armed forces with allegation of rape, torture etc is obviously designed to mislead the naïve international community. On the contrary this cartel of overseas Tamil separatists should be grateful to the armed forces for rescuing the Tamils from the LTTE mob and providing a peaceful environment, free of terrorists, to re-establish their livelihood. The attempt to treat Tamil Tiger terrorists still in custody as political prisoners, itself shows the disingenuous goals of this writer, notorious for picking issues that do not exist in Sri Lanka and then arguing her fictitious points. Today the Tamils in Sri Lanka are enjoying the same rights as the majority community and in fact Tamils do not enjoy similar rights, anywhere else in the World, including in their own state Tamilnadu, where caste based discrimination is rampant.

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    We know how India looks after its minorities lady. And how you treat Dalits – like scum. So better clean up your own backyard before poking your noses into other countries’ affairs. And of course how you built up and trained LTTE to attack Sri Lanka for your own ends – not because you loved Tamils but because they were your tools to intimidate SL into India’s submission. So shut up Big Brother/Sister. Mind your own business. Don’t forget Sri Lankan Tamils have a much better standard of living than in their mother country of Tamil Nadu in India. That is why they have migrated to SL – pity they have been misled by Big Brother India.

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      mulla

      “Don’t forget Sri Lankan Tamils have a much better standard of living than in their mother country of Tamil Nadu in India.”

      Is it because the Tamils work harder than others or their children work harder than yours?

      Please tell us how your brethren in your mother country Bihar doing? Is it a better place than this island of my ancestors?

      “That is why they have migrated to SL – pity they have been misled by Big Brother India.”

      Of course, that is why they also migrated from Sinhapura in Venga Desa to this island of my ancestors.

      BTW whom are you talking to, yourself?

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    Aruna

    Being in the outside the country you all telling so many stories. Please Come to Sri Lanka and go around the Northern Province in clear mind. if not see cimicjaffna.com web site. then you can understand how Tamil people joined hands with military. I don’t know why you all try to do postmodern for past. do something for future. since you belongs to terrorist organization.. your thought not value for Jaffna People. it should necessary for only Politician.

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