15 December, 2019

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Sri Lanka’s Co-Sponsorship Facilitates Cooperation: Kerry

The Sri Lankan government’s decision to join as a co-sponsor paves the way for all of us to work together to deliver the commitments reflected in the resolution, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement today.

We publish below the statement in full;

Resolution on Sri Lanka at the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

John Kerry

John Kerry

Today the United States, Sri Lanka, and our partners tabled a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that represents a landmark shared recognition of the critical importance of truth, justice, reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence in promoting reconciliation and ensuring an enduring peace and prosperity for all Sri Lankans.

The Sri Lankan government’s decision to join as a co-sponsor paves the way for all of us to work together to deliver the commitments reflected in the resolution.

In the past year, the Sri Lankan people have twice voted to put Sri Lanka on the path to peace and turned their country away from a divisive approach that for too long sapped Sri Lanka’s strength. This resolution demonstrates our support for Sri Lanka as it takes courageous steps to strengthen its democracy and restore civil liberties for all Sri Lankans, while also addressing the painful experiences of the past to ensure they never recur.

This resolution marks an important step toward a credible transitional justice process, owned by Sri Lankans and with the support and involvement of the international community. The resolution will help families of the missing find answers about their loved ones. And it lays out a path to provide truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-recurrence that the Sri Lankan people deserve while safeguarding the reputation of those, including within the military, who conducted themselves with honor and professionalism.

As I promised in Colombo earlier this year, the United States will remain steadfast in our commitment to walk with Sri Lanka as it takes these important but challenging steps.

Read the draft resolution here

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    Our big ass Nationalist PM Batalanada Ranil was boasting that he managed to twist his mate Kerry’s arm and get rid of Zeid’s International Hybrid to punish our brave Soldiers who eliminated Tamil Terrorists.

    Instead Batalanda is bringing Foreign Judges and Lawyers to try them..

    HeHeHeHeeeeee…

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      There is no one ‘to punish our brave Soldiers who eliminated Tamil Terrorists’.

      The truth about starvation of civilians including babies, raping of women and indiscriminate killing of Tamil civilians must be known and justice must be done to the victims. Punishment won’t bring back the dead but those who gave orders to commit war crimes and violations of human rights must be made to realise that crimes against humanity is barbaric and must be stopped. Otherwise they will commit the same again and gain.

      Are we going to live as civilised humans with respect towards other communities or continue on the path of undemocratic barbarism with looting of public money and unpaid election expenses of millions to public bodies such as ITN and SLTB must be found out by reforms that will be brought about by these investigations.

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        Saro,
        After all investigations, finding guilty and punishing a few, what is next for the Tamil people?

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          Nuisance

          “After all investigations, finding guilty and punishing a few, what is next for the Tamil people?”

          I did learn recently that crocodiles too shed tears.

          Leave the worrying to the Tamils.

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            “After all investigations, finding guilty and punishing a few, what is next for the Tamil people?”

            May be you are right advicing to leave the worrying to the Tamils. That is what the Tamils told us in elections.

            Now if anyone is worried about the justice to the other side I would say leave it to the Sinhalese. They have better things to worry about than ‘reconciliation’. Let the international community worry about that.

            Soma

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          euse,

          stop uttering moronic nonsense! Truth and nothing but the Truth should be established to move forward. This is the way a civilised country should handle past injustices. Punishing the perpetrators is secondary to establishing the Truth. It seems that your pea brain cannot handle this noble concept!

          Get a grip and watch as to how the innocent Tamils were slaughtered unfold; how the surrendered were summarily executed; listen to the harrowing stories of the women who were repeatedly raped and mutilated. Buy a box of tissues in case you have an ounce of sensibility!

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            BI
            The truth is separatist Tamils unleashed a terror war on all citizens of Sri Lanka. The perpetrators were annihilated by the DFSL and brought freedom and liberty to all Sri Lankans.
            No innocent Tamils were killed other than the human shields the terrorists used. There is no reason to wait till the end of war to slaughter Tamils. SLDF could do that even before the war ended. If Tamils are slaughterd how are you living? There will be no Tamils in SL if that happened! Have you ever heard a single terrorist killed or missing? Why no family is coming forward to claim the killed or missing were terrorists. Did all terrorist escaped from Sri Lanka???

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              euse,

              It is very nice of you to show the people in this forum that you have indeed have a pea brain!

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                Bi
                Explain why the pea brain??

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                  euse,

                  Explain your pea brain! That is exactly the point you will not understand!

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      Who are those foreign Judges?

      Under the Leadership of Defense Lawyer Desmond De Silva? In other words the lawyers and Judges in other countries with a foreign passport?

      The Old Royal Family is also sitting as judges and lawyers with American Passports to investigate their Genocide?

      The comedy of the century!

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    A historic moment in the evolution of the Sri Lankan state. This is a clear signal that the international community has accepted Sri Lanka is a viable legitimate sovereign entity, rejecting decades-old sinister campaign by Tamil separatists to the contrary. The vicious campaign of misinformation unleashed by the Tamil extremists went through several thematic stages as the fortunes of their terrorist war ebbed and flowed. They ranged from characterizing Sri Lanka as an apartheid state, rogue state, failed state, genocidal state…to calls for humanitarian intervention invoking the R2P. All these deceits and frauds have bitten the dust. The whole world has finally realized the claim of genocide is as preposterous as the project of Tamil Eelam. The way forward now is reconciliation through transitional justice and working towards democracy and civil liberties for all citizens in a pluralist Sri Lanka.

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    KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera

    My Elders tell me that an American man who lost the use of his legs due to spinal cord injury has walked again after five years. They tell me that an electrode cap picks signals from his brain waves which then are sent to microcontroller that is attached to the man’s belt via a computer.

    I was just wondering if that was possible, why cannot the scientists attach an external drive containing artificial intelligence to each one of you in this island. It could solve their genetic defects, – their born stupidity, arrested development, self destruction, ….. by mimicking real productive functions of brain.

    Would you like to volunteer for experiments? Please find more volunteers, Dayan, Weera, Dinesh, Vasu, Udhaya, Gunadasa, Nalin, Sivajilingam, ……………….

    Might even stop you from your crab walk, being b***s carrier, a bigot, …

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    This is an incredible milestone in the Tamil people’s long march to freedom. Having the justice process “owned” by the state was crucial. It was also crucial that India, China and Russia consented to this process. They are now committed and cannot backtrack when the matter inevitably reaches the UN Security Council. Like many people, I have offered Kosovo and South Sudan as model solutions to the Tamil national question. However, I’m acutely aware that Kosovo and South Sudan are completely different. Kosovo’s separation from Serbia was done without the participation of the Serbians. Because of this, to this day, Kosovo does not enjoy full recognition from a number of UN members notably Russia. What I want for the Tamil people is the fairytale ending, the South Sudan ending where they get everything they have earned and deserve including a seat at the UN general assembly; to be accepted with open arms by everyone, and with no one in the world challenging their legitimacy. I agree with Mr. Kerry that people with honor and professionalism in the GOSL/SLA need to be safeguarded, because there is one more event that will take place in the not too distant future in the NE that the SLA needs to participate in: They have to lower the Lion flag and hand it over to their president at McHeyzer stadium in Trincomalee, before the flag of a free nation is raised over the NE for the first time.

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    Cooperation = Full and Satisfactory Implementation of Para 7 meaning The full range of crimes should be drafted to allow for a finding of Genocide!

    Pars 7: Encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to reform its domestic law to ensure that it can effectively…implement in a manner consistent with its international obligations, the trial and punishment of those most responsible for the full range of crimes under the general principles of law recognized by the community of nations relevant to violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law…”

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      Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

      It is going to be an internal investigation on war crimes.

      There is no point in demanding genocide to be included.

      It is better to present the case of genocide (if there is one) during the hearing and pursue the matter further.

      With the judicial process under the watchful eyes of the international community, there will be an opportunity for a fair hearing.

      I am very keen to appear and present my case.

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    As Sri lankans who has enough experience with western..we can see the agenda which panned several years back. this is the out come of the agenda..if in real terms the needed to investigate human right validations they would have start at least from “Iraq” where half a million of unarmed civilians were killed..still not even a discussion. This is obviously targeting “MAHINDA RAAJAPAKSH ” Who didn’t cared about dummy international which included USA,Canda and western European country.

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      what are you lecturing pirates for?
      When Elizabethan England needed pirates to protect the Empire she was able to produce enough pirates to meet the situation and glorified them.
      Who are these Lankans? their DNA proves they just came across the straits mainly after the Portuguese came for trade in spices, slavery etc – that is where the sinhala language begins the rest about 2500years is about boogeyman woman and animal copulating masturbated by baldies.
      SL have displayed their beast instinct by killing its own people. While US has mismanaged but not killed its own- there lies the animal in you and you don’t belong to the civilized world.

      If Donald Trump wins there wont be an Iraq and that is his promise. I like that because its the civilized world calling the shots.

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        You have quite obviously studied Fantasy under the fake Veddah, who pretends it is history.

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