20 September, 2019

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Sri Lanka’s Highest Leadership Lacks Common Vision: UN Human Rights Commissioner

“Sri Lanka’s process of implementing human rights reforms has been delayed due to the ‘a lack of common vision among the country’s highest leadership,'” UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said today.

Michelle Bachelet

Addressing the 40th UNHRC session in Geneva Bachelet said: “A contributing factor to a lack of delays appears to be a lack of common vision among the country’s highest leaderhip, deadlock on important issues is an additon and an avoidable problem with damaging impact on victims currently from all ethnic and religious groups and society as a whole.

“I appreciate the complexity of transitional processes the events leading  to the declaration of state of emergency in March last year and the constitutional crisis in October created a political impairment not conducive to reform measures. Today my office encourages the government to implement the detail and comprehensive strategy for the transitional process with a fixed time line.

“Legislation and the establishment of an indepent and truth reconciliation commission could be an important next step. As a former minister of defence who has worked in the context of a transition I can highligh the importance of security force sectoral reform as part of the transitional justice process. Ths process should include a vetting process to remove officers with questionable HR records. The recent appointment to a senior position in the SL army of Major General Shavindra Silva implicated in alleged serious violations of national humanitarian rights law is a worrying development. There has been minimal progress on accountability.

“My report details the steps taken over a lengthy period to adddress several emblamatic cases and the lack of prgress in setting up  special juidicial mechanism to deal with the worst crimes committed in the 2009 conflct. Complete impunity could risk fuelling communal or inter-ethnic violence and stability. Resoving these cases and bring the paper trails of past crimes to justice is necessary to restore the confidence of victims from all communities.

“Replacement of the prevention of terrorism act has been on the governments agenda for four years and I encourage the completion of this process with measures to strengthen the draft laws to safeguard and oversight elements and to tighten the defintion of the terrorist act which is currently too broad.

“I know with concern that individuals continue to be held under the PTA. I’m also troubled about continuing allegation of torture another human rights violation by security forces including sexual violence. Effective transparent investigation by the government as well as measures to end such practices including the full implemetation of the 2006 recommendation of the committee against torture would be positive.

“Another step in the right direction would be an end to the surveillance of human rights defenders reprisals against them as well as against victims. Im deeply concerned by the calls to reinstate the application of the death penalty after more than 40 years of moratorium. My office highlights the critical role of Sri Lanka’s independent commissions particularly the National Human Rights Commission- respect for their independence and implementation of the commisions recommendations are needed to entrench the rule of law in Sri Lanka. Appropriate cooperation with the HR commision is also essential for the participation of Sri Lankan personnel and the UN peace keeping operation.

“This council continues to have an essential role in accompanying the people and the government of Sri Lanka in their journey towards realising the dignity and human rights of all members of society irrespective of their sex, ethnic origin, or beliefs. In closing, I emphasise that in co-sponsoring resolution 30/1 and 34/1 the government recognise the need to address the past in order to build a future securely grounded in accountability, respect for human rights and the rule of law. For victims of society this need continues.

“There is an opportunity now to leave behind a past of violence and human rights violations through bold determination and leadership at all levels of government.”

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  • 14
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    What??????
    “Sri Lanka’s process of implementing human rights reforms has been delayed due to the ‘a lack of common vision among the country’s highest leadership.’”

    UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO SRI LANKA for her PERSONAL ATTACK on country’s President!!!!!!!!

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      Truth hurts my friend. Your president is a clown, illiterate mudha cun

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        US citizen Gotabaya Rajapaksa who had command responsibility for war crimes and can and should be tried in his Homeland is free as a bird. Why?

        Bottom line is that the US-UK Human rights Endgame at UNHRC and in Sri Lanka is setting up a US military base in Trincomalee.
        Justice for Tamils is the last thing that the P3 (US, UK, France) care about, they simply use the UN-HRC to further their agenda for looting Indian Ocean resources and controlling Lanka, in their Cold War against China in the Indian Ocean.
        UNHCR is part of a long term strategy of threatening Economic Sanctions against Sri Lanka if it does not dance to US tunes. Washington is right now waging low intensity Economic War fare against Sri Lanka and has put it into IMF debt trap and bailout business.

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          Shamil, I would love to see the day that the majority in this country could understand the core of your comment.

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          Dear Shamil,
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          You’re probably right.

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      There not just you, Ms Bachelet but even majority of locals were convinced, that we can never rely on SIRISENA politics: Nor will we ever have peace in our mind, so long Rajapakshe-EXTREMISTs involve in active politics in this country. Entire world observed us closely since 26 Oct 2018 to mid December 2018.

      Entire world became clearer that lanken STRUGGLE is between two groups, which are the civilized AND the uncvicilized.

      Even if lanken people, not all but majority of the population, being caught by RAJAPKASHE mantra had been mesmerising the PARLIAMENT BRAWL, civilized world condemned it loudly as they could. The manner they demolished parliametary /speaker#s paraphernalia were brutal.Civilized people are ashamed to call them as SINHALAYA today, since all these physical attacks were made in front of former President eyes, and with the direct support of his SON Namal BABY (also a MP in parliament today).

      We the sinhala diaspora living in Europe felt that we lost fully our image earned by our politicians as one of the oldest democrasies in asian continent.
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      Prior to Presidential Election 2015
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      Rajapakshe and SIRISENA were arch political rivals prior to 2015 presidential election
      PM Wickramasinghe and SIRISENA were one camp though coming from rival political parties (Without Wickramasinghe’s direct support, Sirisena would never have become the president).

      TBC

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      Cont.

      This is Bold textAfter the Election 2015

      At the begining only, SIRISENA as the elected President worked closely with PM Wickramasinghe. However, SIRISENA stood whatever the bold action was about to be taken against former President in his crime investigations. In other words, SIRISENA stood on the way. But his media men painted the picture in favour of him and cornering PM. This game had been the case from the begining on.
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      After October 2018 SAGA, Rajapakshe +SIRISENA are now close allies.

      This is not comprehensible to anyone with SANITY but misled lanken people further support to SIRISENA +RAJAPAKSHE (This would not have been clear to Americans and Europeans, but lanken abusive politics survive from the tricks being played in that country. Extremism and inflicting riots on minorities are just like entertainment for Rajaakshes. All these were hated by Sirisena until October 2018 Saga, but today, he nods as if the would agree with Rajaakshe racial politics).
      :
      Why SIRISENA is tamed by Rajakashe is connected with the DREAM of SIRISENA, which is to get an extension after end of his last year as a President. But Sirisena s crediblity is lost to minus levels today in the country. If he would walk down the street, no doubt, mobs would easily kill him .. people s angers have reached to all unbearable levels today.
      PEOPPLE IN THIS COUNTRY – majority are misled by RAJAPAKSHE + BLACK media (media business men dont care about the truths being passed to the rural corners, who are the majority in this country, but pro-rajaakshe info only, country’s main stream pvt media are VISUAL and Printed are caught by Rajapakshe supporters).

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      Chimpa, what happened to my question about Karuna Amman, his side kicks and the lovely friendship with the Rajapaksas? Answer that clown

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      People are perpelxed today as no times in the past. As a man is standing upside down, we the folks are compelled to see things happening to the opposite direction. Chasing away former authoritarian politicians were not at all easy, since gullible mind set had been infected by the manthra they preached to them. The mantra is still being preached by the very same media men, that have been the loyalists of the previous administration. Regardless of the size of the issue, they the media would not seem to give publicity today even to good achievements such PROPER AMBULANCE SERVICE functioning across the country, huge price reductions of over 50 medical drugs and medical devices such as heart stents. Like for example, the cancer drugs and their prices have gone down so that the patients can afford them. Some therapy costs of seriously ill cancer patients have been taken by govt not limiting to few times as had been before. Whole lot of things have been made by current govt, but none ofthem have been captured by media. That says, almost everythin about the NORTH KOREAN style society run by Rajapakshe being underground yet today in SL.

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      To implement Human Rights Reforms, the government should accept the fact that there are Human beings in Srilanka.. It appears that other than the parliamentarians there are no Humans.

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        K. Anaga,

        pLEASE join hand with Mr Nagananda Kodithuwakku for a LAW BOUND future. I equally respect that ARUN SIDHDDHARTH, who is reported to be neutral and would want to do some good work for the betterment of the people. You guys may know lot more about good guys in nothern areas, meaning ones that would be honest to contribute lot more … for a better future of our srilankens. We are all srilankens, we will have no barriers if we focus only about the developement, leaving all the barriers aside. There are lot more racists, from both sides, we should not leave space them to abuse the folks and let their future be ruined. Enough is enough, we have to see it forward.

        Thanks.
        Bunjappu

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      Chimpa, your heroes Rajapaksas must apologize to all the decent people of Sri Lanka for hiring all the killers of the LTTE into his gang of murderers and thieves. Lets see whether you can counter my statement. I know you will tuck your tail between your legs and disappear to another comment to attack the Tamils. You are such a vile racist scum.

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      Champa, how many Sri Lankans have made personal attack on their President such as perethaya, patholaya, sevalaya, modaya etc. Have you ever asked them to apologize. What vision has that idiot got. Singapore government has asked him to piss off.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam
        That is different.
        This is an important Statement issued by the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet.
        With this INTENTIONAL personal attack on Sri Lanka’s President, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has violated the “Article 12” of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, which says, “No one shall be subjected to attacks on his HONOUR and REPUTATION.”
        UNHCHR, Michelle Bachelet is in the vanguard of protecting human rights.
        How could she tell Sri Lanka to promote human right when she herself violated other people’s human rights?
        Michelle Bachelet should RESIGN!

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          Champa it appears different to you because of your prejudice. There was a false allegation against Singapore government, for which they have responded to tell Sri Lanka where to get off. This is an important statement issued by the Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena. With this intentional attack on the Singapore government, Sri Lanka president has violated international protocol emphasizing sovereignty, which states that “No country shall be subjected to attacks on its honour and reputation”. Maithripala Sirisena as the president is in the vanguard to maintain governance. How could he tell Singapore to extradite someone to face trial in Sri Lanka, when he is refusing to extradite war criminals including himself to face trial in The Hague. Maithripla Sirisena should RESIGN !

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            Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam
            Why not? Under same Universal Jurisdiction Singapore can either try Mahendran in Singapore or send him back.
            Who are war criminals? Exiled LTTE cadre, right? Sri Lanka should not ask any country to extradite them but try them where they reside.

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            Dear Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
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            I appeal to you not to link any two (or more) cases.
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            Nothing gets prosecuted. Why? You start on one case, and then somebody asks why something else doesn’t take precedence.
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            I’m convinced that there were some war crimes at least, and the perpetrators should be prosecuted. I cannot conceive of any war in which there weren’t violations of Human Rights. Usually by both sides. Some people deny that all that fighting was not really a war. That is rubbish. If that wasn’t a war, I don’t know what should be considered a war. I hope that this statement of mine is quite unambiguous, although this is hardly my subject.
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            Arjuna Mahendran’s crimes were different, but they also must definitely be prosecuted. Never mind the order in which these things are done.
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            As for Champa, she gets very emotional. I don’t agree with her, but I’m not one of her critics. You’ve got to understand that when discussing these issues few Sinhalese are rational. Let’s try to have as little hot air as possible. The crooks get away by rousing communal feelings. Champa is not a crook. Please don’t carry arguments too far.

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            Dr GS You are a spin master….twisting/tuning/sliding everywhere are you not??

            I bet your doctorates is on spin……….spin……spin…………….I got to meet your MP? we should really meet up for an open discussion Dr GS.

            Did you tell the UN you killed off all others who do not agree with you?? You have a tendency to play god siting all kind of reasons why you kill them too?? were you trained in Tamil Nadu camps to think so??

            Did you tell the UN you wrote in CT it was good the entire Prbaharan family got wiped out?

            Please identify yourself……you need help.

            Did you realise it is the human rights forum..???

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          Chimpi, where is my answer about Karuna, his sidekicks and the rowdy Rajapaksas connection? Why are you always avoiding that question? Have you conceded defeat? or you are a coward like how I thought……………..get out of that hole and answer my question. I will follow you around and troll incessantly.

          Also you made the following statement above: This is an important Statement issued by the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet.

          TFN: then fool implement it.

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          Champi, He might have satisfied your secret dream ( when, where?) but facts are sacred.

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          Champs,

          Sirisena, Sevalaya, Pachaya, Mala-Perethaya. Etc. who carried out an Illegal and unconstitutional coup and said that he will resign, if Ranil W is back as PM, has no Honor, and the Aryicle you cited is not applicable. Sri Lankan’s don’t honor Sirisena, but curse him.

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      UN Human Rights Commissioner,

      Yes.

      Ever since the Paras, Foreigners, Strangers landed illegally in the Native Pristine Land of Native Veddah Aethho, the Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils have not respected much Human Rights.

      Since independence, they have commuted numerous human rights violations, and the list is too long, and you are aware of a good part of those violations.

      In every case, the respective leaders did not consider them violations, because they were committed by our
      “Own”.

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      Champss
      -.
      You are not convincing with your lies, ignorance, bigotry, racism …… hence please bring in “Lies agreed upon – an investigative documentary into the final days of the Sri Lankan conflict” presenter Minoli Ratnayake, “a trailblazer in the industry of media and journalism, editor of five magazines, Adoh!, Confetti, Homes & Property and Cars & Gadgets.” – galleliteraryfestival.com

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      President should apologize for not taking prompt action against the crime committed against the Tamils by the government and the Army.

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        K. Anaga
        What crimes?
        When did Tamils wage a war? It was terrorists who did that.
        The government and our Army fought with blood thirsty terrorists with life and Tamils were benefited from the sacrifices made by our Army.

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          Champa,
          Here is news about an ongoing crime –
          https://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=39383
          Tamils in the north are unable to complain to anyone.

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            Dear “justice”,
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            How terrible.
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            By the same token, thanks for keeping us informed.

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      Srilanka is the worst place where law and order is restrict to public statements only.
      .
      As you and the world watched it on the screen – brutal palriamentary brawl in Nov 2018 made it very clear, that lanken parliament is filled with rascals and varied kind of culprits. The man they throw heavy books, sticks, and chairs on the 79 year SPEAKER and his police guard was beyond all ethical bounderies.
      :
      But what I got to see this week, in Austraila – a angelic boy smashed an egg on the backhead of a SENATOR, who makes public anti-migtrant statements, in that incident, the senator brutally assaulted the young boy (17). However, now the parliament is making effort to expell the senator from the parliament as the due punishment.
      :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtwmWbj5KVY
      To our surprise, nothing worked against the rascals vandalized the SL parliament yet today… is caught by angers of the people.

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      Chimpa, this bugger you call president is a country buffoon and a bloody scarecrow. This filthy bugger should be tilling the fields while you engage in the oldest profession in ragama. Where is the answer to my question idiot?

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        Tamil from the north
        Chaa chaa chaa, why do you call him names now?
        Isn’t he the one who helped you guys to unseat Mahinda?
        Wasn’t he your angel 4 years ago?
        Didn’t you guys shower him with praises until he dismantle the national government?

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          Chimpi, you little weasel with your tail stuck between your hind legs, why haven’t you answered my questions about Rajapaksa friends from the Hardcore LTTE members? Why is that you always avoid this intelligent and reasonable question?

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            Tamil from the north
            Try again. Work harder.

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              Chimpi you racist low class witch, I asked you a simple question and you simply cannot answer that. What is there to try harder? It is a question based on serious facts, these are not allegations, I repeat these are facts!!! Why can’t you answer that bi^ch?

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          Champa,
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          I’m glad that you were able to make a valid point there.
          .
          However, you do have to answer his more important question.
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          Tftn, I voted for My3 in 2015. He is a disappointment, but I refuse to domonise him. Don’t you see that you are being foolish in hurling “class based ” insults at My3 who was one of the more decent politicians? Now he’s been turned in to a raving lunatic.
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          Yes, that’s what we have done. His current racist defence of the forces was not inevitable.
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          I disagree vehemently with Champa in certain matters. Could you please answer this question for me? What connection of Champa with Ragama has been established? What suggests that Champa is a prostitute? I don’t think that any of us knows for certain what gender Champa belongs to.
          .
          This is not the way to solve problems.

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            Sinhala_Man
            You should provide examples for your accusations.
            For eg: You say, “Don’t you see that you are being foolish in hurling “class based ” insults at My3 who was one of the more decent politicians?”
            Class based insults??? When did I do that? Quote and show me.
            Also, as you say, I am not “emotional.” Not at all.
            If you say, I am arrogant, yes, I am arrogantly confident and ruthlessly ambitious.

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      Champi, alive again? How did he perform? strong shooting

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      Champi; Another strong stick?

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    Look at the next one.
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    “The recent appointment to a senior position in the SL army of Major General Shavindra Silva implicated in ALLEGED serious violations of national humanitarian rights law is a worrying development.”
    By using the word ALLEGED, the UNHCHR has proved that her own assumption about Major General Shavinda Silva is prejudice.
    How could an internal appointment of the Military be a “serious violation of national human rights law?”

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      Chimpa – Get back to your cage!

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      Champi, this happewns when one ages.Anything even slightly erect is good. That is life

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    This is very right M Bachelet, we are all speechless. If we would raise our voice have to become the ones to work for the NGOs or asskisser of the west. I am sinhalaya but living in EUrope. I worked diehard to get rid of Rajapakshe from their active politics in 2015. There, we did whatever propaganda we could in the line of people’s awarness programs.
    .
    We the ones who made sacrifices to elect President in to his position – 6.2 mio of lanken voters are thrown to his thrash bucket today, by betraying us as no other predecessors ever did in this country.

    Ridiculously enough, SIRISENA makes ludicrous statements into press these days one behind the other as if the pledges made in presidential campaign were out of his focus. This is the reason some feel that this guy should IMMEDIATELY BE subjected to MENTAL CHECK. He criticises today those who brought him to power. And loudly as he can, he criticises the life styles of notherners that are divided within them by the caste system, and that is the stumbling block according to him his efforts to be ended up with snail moves -regarding the reconciliation efforts. Latter is the blatant lie, but he has been doing pinch of work pleasing his men these days, even if the man is sitting upside down today.

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    Dear Michelle Bachelet,
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    You couldn’t have spoken truer.
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    I’ll have a bit of a problem with Champa, who has got in the only two comments on display at the moment. I try to be very polite to Champa because I think that she says what she feels.
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    We rarely agree, but as rarely do I have my comments juxtaposed so dramatically as here.
    .
    I’m afraid that our politicians seem to have taken us to the point when the World Community has to intervene. Champa, if we don’t want that, we’ll have to be ready to have proper domestic inquiries.

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      Sinhala_Man,
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      thanks. Very unfortunately, We are made silent. We dont have any other choices either. See, main stream PVT media channels (the main focus of the rank and file today in the island, I mean Derana TV, Hiru TV, Sirasa TV and Swarnawahini TV) TV channels that belong to the top ones on the black media list, should each have a deal with Rajapakshe men. Just imagine, the manner those media journalists representing their channels the way they raise the questions:

      1) when Gotabaya the most abusive man just walks out the the courts having faced high profile money laundering acts (say based on the funds being abused to build up monuments for their parents), keeping him in the premises itself, the questions raised by Journos are – ” oh, Sir, .. what do you think about today s politics,will you become the president candidate.. etc)
      Why on earth these Journos cant pose GOTABAYa the questions based on the VERY TRIAL he just sat in the court in the said day ?
      .
      2) Ironically, the very same Journos, chase Ranjan Ramanayaka (ruling party minister) walking out o fthe courts, pose about his TRIAL for which matter he sat for it etc. The very same is the methods, these highly abusive media journos apply to UNP ruling MPs and ministers. Why ?
      .
      3)The very same MEDIA men, would never pose a topic-oriented questions to FORMER president, but always, let him prevaricate whatever being asked…former MAFIA boss seems to abuse the JOURNOs and make use of the time for attacking the rulers. This games works for Rajakshes for the last 4 years and ahead of us. How come ?

      4) Either these MEDIA institutions and former Men have a deal between them or, media dont want anyone else other than Rajapakshe CRIMINALS to return.

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      No,SINHALA MAN, we really cant be polite to her any more. She has been suffering from fecal incontinence. Whereever she is roaming becomes stinky. This woman has no whatsoever respect as a srilanken, but just goes on working for her pay masters.
      :
      I am very ashamed to see the kind of ones that are caught by the oldest professions this way.
      :
      Champa, let us help you. We can get you to good proctocologist that could help you with your incontinence.
      :
      I really dont think the way you ve been waging your tail is right. You guys UNFORTUNATELY betray us the good natured srilankens.

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        Dear LEELAGEMALLI,
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        I don’t think that it is really necessary for us to be rude to Champa. However, I most definitely DISagree with what she says here. These are vitally important matters, and they must be dealt with seriously.
        .
        I don’t know who started saying that she follows “the oldest profession”. On what basis do you say this? After May 2009, the conduct of all our politicians left much to be desired. My firm view is that all War Crimes must be prosecuted. Individual cases must be foresnsically proved; I’m not in a position to proclaim a person guilty. However, if I am told that there wasn’t a single crime committed during the war, I’m sorry, I’m not accepting that position.
        .
        I’m disappointed that our Courts which have not convicted a single high profile criminal, has seen fit to debar Nagananda K. from practising as a lawyer.
        .
        I’m glad to note LEELAGEMALLI that you seem to agree with me, but your statement on that is not clear enough. When I see unnecessary personal insults without clear statements on the issues that matter, I fear that those making them may retract their positions.

        .

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    C
    The wording is cautious.
    “The recent appointment to a senior position in the SL army of Major General Shavindra Silva implicated in alleged serious violations of national humanitarian rights law is a worrying development.”
    Until allegations are proven, they remain allegations. To appoint a person to a senior position when he/she is under investigation is a worrying development. This country has done it a little too often.
    *
    There is nothing personal at all in the criticism of the country’s leadership (really non-leadership).
    Do not get agitated.
    There were war crimes committed by both sides of the conflict. It is necessary to inquire, more to learn lessons than to punish people.
    The ‘leadership’ destroyed the chance for a credible internal inquiry by their obsession with avoiding an international inquiry.

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      SJ
      What are you saying???
      “To appoint a person to a senior position when he/she is under investigation….”
      Who is under investigation?
      And by whom?
      Shavendra Silva is not under investigation for anything.
      How could you say “both parties” have committed war crimes. The duty of the National Army is to protect the country and its citizens. They have a right to eliminate terrorists.
      Those who say our Military committed war crimes, are the people who think that terrorists have a right to perish civilians in their quest to acquire a separate territory for themselves.
      .
      Of course, the attack on the President is PERSONAL.
      The UNHCHR should be ashamed to stoop to that low.
      Her entire Statement lacks professionalism.

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        C
        The government may not be investigating.
        But serious charges are there in the open, and the man is under scrutiny.
        *
        Crimes have been committed. If the military did not commit any, why are you worried about an investigation.
        It need not be international, but should be credible especially to the next of kin of the victims.
        This is a matter of justice, and has nothing to do with a separatist agenda.

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          SJ
          We are not worried at all.
          We are against double standards of the world!
          All other countries have the right to perish terrorists, not Sri Lanka!
          When other countries perish terrorists, it is their sovereign right!
          When Sri Lanka perished terrorists, it is war crimes!
          When the Police and the Military of other countries caught terrorists in action, they are killed on the spot. There were no war crimes charges!
          When Sri Lanka exercised preempt self-defence in its war with terrorists, which is accepted in a war, our Military is accused for war crimes!
          When LTTE terrorists killed civilians, it is not war crimes!
          When our Military defeated terrorists in order to rescue and protect civilians, it is war crimes!
          This is pure double standards and it is unfair!
          We demand UNHRC to give the same right to Sri Lanka in terms of eradicating terrorism, which is enjoyed by all other 194 countries which are State Parties to the United Nations!!!

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            C
            What is necessary is to defeat terrorism.
            There is insurgent terror like LTTE & JVP terror.
            There is state terror on pretext of fighting terror.
            There are lawful methods of combat and unlawful methods,
            There are codes for treatment of combatants, PoWs and civilians caught in the conflict.
            We owe it to ourselves to look into these matters.
            Are we ready for a credible inquiry nationally?

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              SJ
              I can only laugh at your comment.
              Why you guys didn’t say this when Prabhakaran was alive and LTTE was intact?
              Why did you wait untill LTTE was perished?
              Terrorists followed unlawful methods while military followed lawful methods which are accepted in war.
              Civilians caught in the battle against terrorists were well looked after via military strategies such as “no-fire zones” and also by mainly carrying out the operation using” foot soldiers,” in order to maintain zero civilian casualty.
              Moreover, using “foot soldiers” were the reason for 29,000 soldiers being disabled, during the last phase of war against terrorists, itself.

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            Chimpi, the same LTTE terrorists are working for Rajapaksa, even the main gun runner is Rajapaksa’s bosom buddy. Explain that bloody witch?

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              Dear Tftn,
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              Why can’t you desist from adding meaningless insults like this:
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              “Explain that bloody witch?”
              .
              I’m sure that you share my desire to have certain decencies prevail.

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            Champa: Where were you during 1989-1990, the same guys killed Sinhalese.

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              de Choppe
              Yeah, I also wonder where was UNHRC when the UNP government killed 60,000 youth in a torture chamber in 1988/89.
              Also I wonder whether UNHRC will take any belated action against the United Kingdom for brutally massacring a large number of Sinhalese people for no reason, during their colonial period in Ceylon.

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        Champass

        “Shavendra Silva is not under investigation for anything.”

        He should be if not for war crimes, for wearing an ugly sunglasses.

        Are you applying for the B***s Carrier post to him?

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        Champi, You would have enjoyed meeting about 50 men one after the other

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          Dear CT editors,
          .
          Why wasn’t this comment censored?
          .
          Please don’t remove it and pretend that it never existed. I’d like it to be there, together with your apology to Champa for letting it in. I thought that journalistic ethics demands it.
          .
          I’m not an authority on these matters, but I find you sometimes erratic.

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    Look at this.
    .
    “This council continues to have an essential role in accompanying the people and the government of Sri Lanka in their journey towards realising the dignity and human rights of all members of society irrespective of their sex, ethnic origin, or beliefs.”
    The UNHCHR is very wrong here, AGAIN.
    The Council has NO ROLE WHATSOEVER in governing of SOVEREIGN SRI LANKA.
    Unlike the United Kingdom, we have a written Constitution which is the supreme power over and above all other powers, namely; the Judiciary, the Executive and the Legislature.
    Our country is governed by its Constitution which protects and upholds the “dignity and human rights of all members of society irrespective of their sex, ethnic origin, or beliefs.”
    Our Constitution provides necessary guidelines and set of rules stating how the government should operates.
    Therefore, UNHCHR’s above assertion that it’s INTERFERENCE in Sri Lanka’s governing process is an essential part of the Council is gross and extreme downgrading of state sovereignty.
    If the UNHRC is so anxious about Sri Lanka realizing the dignity and human rights, why didn’t the Council never come forward to protect Sri Lankan citizens from mass atrocity crimes committed by LTTE for 34 years??????
    Sri Lanka acquired peace, stability and freedom, not now, but ten years ago, in 2009.
    UNHRC’s interest in Sri Lanka began only after LTTE terrorism was wiped out. Until then the Council kept a blind eye about LTTE’s killing spree.
    Today the Council stands by terrorists and offers their fullest support to fulfill LTTE’s demands, by way of unsubstantiated human rights allegations against the Military and putting pressure on Sri Lanka to punish the Military for eliminating terrorists.

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    One only has to look at the track record of government by all parties and individuals irrespective of ethnicity from the day one of handing over of the government to the locals by the British to reveal the whole story of stoic mismanagement of the country. The cup of Ceylon Tea will tell it all. Not one single public service operates as it should. They turned the Pearl of Asia to the Tear Drop of India. The world can wait for ever but nothing will change in Srilanka for the better. There is no sense of real pride nor a real sense of shame in the Srilankan psyche.

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      Dear Hancho Pancha,
      U sound to be very pessimistic, but never forget that 6.2 mio voters stood against the most abusive politicians by end of 2014. I HAVE NOT GIVEN UP .. I still believe as some dons at the CMBO UNI do, people need lot more time for open discussions
      True, whole lot of srlankens supported anti-goodgovernance in the PS polls, and that was just a whistleblowing only. That means not the the number will also be valid for a general election.
      The fact that the ” kamba aedhima – stay grabbing the rope between two grand parties, with no consensus build” did not help much in getting the reforms passed even if few were successful. However, had not those independent commissions been passed, things towards the protection of democracy would have ended up by last december. People underestimate them, since they just focus on the surface values.

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      Champa

      “Our country is governed by its Constitution which protects and upholds the “dignity and human rights of all members of society irrespective of their sex, ethnic origin, or beliefs.”

      Then why did Mahinda Rajapakse complain to the UN?

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    Another.

    “Another step in the right direction would be an end to the surveillance of human rights defenders reprisals against them as well as against victims. Im deeply concerned by the calls to reinstate the application of the death penalty after more than 40 years of moratorium. My office highlights the critical role of Sri Lanka’s independent commissions particularly the National Human Rights Commission- respect for their independence and implementation of the commisions recommendations are needed to entrench the rule of law in Sri Lanka. Appropriate cooperation with the HR commision is also essential for the participation of Sri Lankan personnel and the UN peace keeping operation.”
    .
    For UNHCHR’s information, Sri Lanka is not governed by the Human Rights Commission, as is the case with all other sovereign countries.
    We have a set of laws stipulated in the Constitution that protects human rights of every citizen and regulates the power of the government. Every five years a President and legislators are elected by people to do this job.
    Moreover, the “National” Human Rights Commission has proved more than once that it is bias towards Tamils and LTTE terrorists.
    The Chairperson of the “National” Human Rights Commission was someone who justified erecting memorials for terrorists in the North and urged the President to allow it. Her despicable action is an open support to resurrection of LTTE terrorism. Instead of “entrenching” the rule of law, she tried to sabotage it. This is how the “National” Human Right Commission works.

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      Champa, every country which is a member of UN has to obey the rules laid down in the charter, which includes safeguarding human rights. The claim of sovereignty does not hold water. If Sri Lanka does not want to abide by UN regulation, you can leave UN. The problem is beggar states like Sri Lanka needs UN to hand out money to them. If there are no international laws by now Sri Lanka would have lost its sovereignty. Either you take the whole package and survive or reject all and face economic and political woes.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam
        Sri Lankan citizens have a RIGHT TO BE PROTECTED FROM TERRORISTS.
        UN should first accept that Sri Lankan citizens have human rights like any others nations in the world.
        UN has no regulations to protect human rights of terrorists. Show me the regulation.
        We can handle this issue easily. This is no big deal. Wait till the treacherous government goes home.

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          Champass

          “Sri Lankan citizens have a RIGHT TO BE PROTECTED FROM TERRORISTS.”

          Srti Lankan (whatever that maybe) citizens have a RIGHT TO BE PROTECTED FROM STATE TERRORISM, POGROM, GENOCIDE, ORGANISED CRIME SYNDICATES (SLFP, UNP, NFF, JHU, MEP, ARMY, NAVY, STF, AIRFORCE, POLICE, …….. STATE FUNCTIONARIES, ……………. ), SAFFRON CLAD THUGS, ………………

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            Hindian Vedda
            What State Terrorism?
            Where is Tamil Terrorism and Muslim Terrorism?
            How come you didn’t include that?
            Is it because you assume that Terrorists have a right to kill?

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              Chimpi b&tch, the LTTE terrorists are found with STF protection given by the Rajapaksas. Why do you not answer my question bi^ch?

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                Tamil from the north.
                Try again. Work harder, until you don’t have to describe yourself!

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              Chimpi Chimpi Chimpi…………..state terrorism created LTTE terrorism. But then LTTE terrorists were protected by #1 state terrorist Rajapaksa. So explain this little weasel.

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                Tamil from the north
                So close. Try again!

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          Champa, Sri Lanka citizens have a right to be protected from terrorists, which includes protection of Tamils from state terrorists. You seem to be ignorant that UN accepts human rights to all Sri Lankan citizens including rights of minorities. All governments since independence have violated the rights of Tamils to live in safety and dignity. When it is still continuing to take place, do you expect UN to turn a blind eye to these atrocities. Whatever government comes to power next will have to abide by international laws, which UN wants Sri Lanka to comply with. Do you think that Mahinda & Gotabaya can defy international norms and continue with anti-Tamil racism which they are doing now for Sinhala votes.

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            Dr.GnanaSankaralingam
            .
            There were NO state terrorists.
            There was only one terrorist outfit, LTTE.
            Of course, Tamils have a right to be protected from terrorists. That’s why Sri Lanka Army defeated LTTE terrorists and restored peace and freedom in the North.
            Why do you continue your lies?
            If all governments, since independence, violated the rights of Tamils to live in safety and dignity, how come Tamils live all over Sri Lanka?
            .
            I gave the statistics before.
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            WESTERN Province – ALL-TAMILS
            287,918 – (1981 census)
            387,043 – (2001 census)
            397,577 – (2012 census)
            *****COLOMBO itself – ALL-TAMILS
            190,414 – (1981 census)
            272,560 – (2001 census)
            258,654 – (2012 census)
            .
            As per 2012 census:-
            *CENTRAL Province
            605,383 – ALL-Tamils
            .
            *EASTERN Province
            614,184 – Tamils
            .
            *UVA Province
            186,170 – Tamils
            .
            *SABARAGAMUWA Province
            177,436 – Tamils
            .
            *NORTH WESTERN Province
            70,929 – Tamils
            .
            *SOUTHERN Province
            42,113 – Tamils
            .
            *NORTH CENTRAL Province
            12,666 – Tamils
            .
            If Sri Lankan government violates the rights of Tamils to live in peace and dignity, how come 2,106,458 Tamils live OUTSIDE Northern Province???????
            .
            In fact, it is Sinhalese who are discriminated in Sri Lanka.
            Sinhalese have no peace and freedom to live in the North.
            Although evidence of ancient Sinhalese Buddhist Civilization and Heritage that goes back to 528 BC is prominent in every inch of the Northern Province, due to systematic eviction, there are only 31,985 Sinhalese at present.
            Buddhist priests and Sinhalese live in the North are under constant threat even to-date by TNA MPs, to abandon their lands/temples.
            .
            When more Tamils live in the South than the North, there is no reason even to talk about 13A. In fact, PCs should be abolished.
            .
            It is time UNHRC and UK ACCEPT THE TRUTH and stop believing false propaganda spread by TNA, LTTE diaspora and LTTE-funded NGOS!!!!!

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          Oooooops, I can see here my avatar is of different colour…..

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            Champass

            “Oooooops, I can see here my avatar is of different colour…..”

            It is an indication that you have been lying.
            Check your e mail address before posting your prating.

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            Indeed you are an Avataraya (Ghost).

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              Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam
              Sure!

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        Dear Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
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        You have made a valid point, and made it well.
        .
        I know that you have an excellent command of English. It is a pleasure to see you using it effectively.

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    To her, common vision is diaspora vision, representatives of beaten terrorists

    What an irony.

    UN HR commission is violating HR of innocent majority community of Sri Lanka?

    Next war for SL will be with the UN.

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    One more.
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    “I appreciate the complexity of transitional processes the events leading to the declaration of state of emergency in March last year and the constitutional crisis in October created a political impairment not conducive to reform measures. Today my office encourages the government to implement the detail and comprehensive strategy for the transitional process with a fixed time line.”
    .
    Declaration of State of Emergency in MARCH last year was not a political impairment, but a timely decision to avoid a calculated racial tension created by interested parties to coincide with UNHRC meetings.
    If the UNHCHR sees changes in political arena in Sri Lanka as “political impairments,” I wish to remind her in advance that there will be two major “impairments” “orchestrated by voters” by late 2019 and early 2020 which will reverse the Geneva treachery.

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    Both, USA and Israel and USA quit UNHCR. I don’t know why Sri lanka is not quitting UNHCR. Are they getting money from UNHCR to attend it.
    UNHCR is a political entity. UNHCR is now there for the International community to bully other countries, and in Sri lanka’s case,.they bully Srilanka and get big contracts to do business. Sri lankan politicians know the game and they exploit it for their own ends. Bosses in UNHCR are all CAT PAWS of the USA.
    Chillie had a socialist President until 1973. they toppled the govt, Wikepedia says ALLANDE committed suicide. but,would have happened is they may have killed him and hanged the body. After that, USA friends were running CHILLIE. So, the retired presidents American Jobs overseas.
    Sri lanka has a former GEORGIAN PResident working inside the Finance or Economic Ministry of Ranil and paid by Sri lanka.
    This woman was until recent times running Chille.
    They bully Srilanka if we take their CRAP. What really going behind is ripping off the country economically, financially, Socially and politically. That makes the country very good for their business.
    See why UNHCR chairperson is Worried about Drug Barons life and not the many youth and low income people who are used to Narcotics.
    I think I was indirect enough as CT does not like we writing about these people. There are Prominent Srilankn politicians who would lick these Criminals.

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      Mr.JD

      Both, USA and Israel and USA quit UNHCR. I don’t know why Sri lanka is not quitting UNHCR.

      USA And Israel are answering questions, Sri lanka is creating questions

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    ‘Sri Lanka’s Highest Leadership Lacks Common Vision: UN Human Rights Commissioner’
    Well that’s something the Sri Lankan people already know about by now.
    Every time the Alzheimer president opens his mouth he shows his ignorance and has become a clown.

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    The REGULAR SHOW during the month of March every year has now become a useless drama as there is no action by either side to bring RECONCILIATION between Tamils and Sinhalese and Justice to ALL victims of war.
    Time to implement some sort of action by an international Body against the current and past rulers is needed

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    “Sri Lanka’s Highest Leadership Lacks Common Vision” : UN Human Rights Commissioner

    what is wrong with this statement?

    the statement is focusing on “lack of vision ..”

    .but the reality is

    Sri Lanka Lacks Leadership at the Highest Level

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    The way, the International community related companies, foreign companies do business is via Bribes and corruptions. On the other hand, International community is very high all over the world. Latin america is one world that will never come above all odds because the USA says it is our back yard. Sri lanka or similar countries while BEING NON-ALIGNED CAN NEVER BECOME COUNTRIES WITH OWN BACKBONE, economic, social or any other SOVEREIGNITY BECAUSE THOSE COUNTRIES HAVE TO BEND, TO SPREAD AND LICK THOSE POWERFUL NATIONS. OTHER THIRD WORLD COUNTRY LEADERS PLAY THE cat paw role. Middle east has to begin austerity measures and then Srilanka goes bankrupt because no DINARS to spend. Then these people stop becoming a nuisance.

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    ‘ The recent appointment to a senior position in the SL army of Major General Shavindra Silva implicated in alleged serious violations of national humanitarian rights law is a worrying development. There has been minimal progress on accountability.’ UNHCR Commissioner.

    It is time the UNHCR and the International Community understood , accept and Recognized the Sri Lankan interpretation of International Laws and understanding of International Human Rights laws.

    There is no equality of law and justice to any race other than the Ariya Buddhist Sinhalese in Sri Lanka. The Prevention of Terrorism Act is specially passed by the JR regime only to Make the Tamils as Terrorist and decimate enbloc.

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    The world community must tell the Srilankan Government loudly and clearly; do as what you have been told and stop playing monkey tricks. Enough of it is not just enough but too much. The process of prolonging this agony and wasting every body’s precious money and time must stop. PERIOD

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    comments above shows how is the educated sinhalese (majority ) mentality , when its come to tamil’s problems its always mixed with LTTE , When its a problem of sinhalese its mixed with patriotism and Buddhism
    Unless the root cause cured the country never going to be developed and thrive in economy.
    Root cause is there since 48, LTTE is formation of systemic ethnic bias and discrimination of minorities.
    Sinhalese (most of them) grown and brought up with racist sinhala supremacy with the help of Hardline buddhism ( not the real buddhism -still exist in certain part of the word),
    Unless these educated sinhala mentality-treated ,the southern citizens will cast their vote to the extremism in the name of buddhism, Patriotism, LTTE and further etc .
    Accept the crimes , give the answers to victims , Dissolve the power and give the dignity to the ethnic groups – problem solved .
    Other Way-> spread the hatrance and create violence ,Pick up the LTTE slogan -burn the Mosque-bring Gota -And beg money from china and USA

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      sen
      Your comment is an absolute lie.
      The TNA, the party which represents Tamils in North and East, have 16 seats in Parliament having received just 515,963 votes.
      That means every 32,247 Tamils, there is a Tamil MP to represent them in Parliament. What a bonus?
      What you say about 1948 is also wrong.
      Why 1948? Because it is the year, the British RETURNED Ceylon to its rightful owners, Sinhalese.
      British Colonial masters RETURNED the country to us which was acquired through the Kandyan Convention, amidst heavy resistance from other Sinhalese. They returned the country to Sinhalese in 1948 while retaining their dominion rule until 1972..
      Tamils who refused to learn Sinhalese, learnt English with an aim to gain favourtism from the British. The English speaking Vellalar Tamils demanded 50:50 administration rights from the British in 1948. However, their attempt was failed as the British categorically refused to grant 50:50 to Tamils who were only 11.02% of the total population (1946 statistics).
      There was no ethnic bias whatsoever. Tamils were well represented in Parliament, civil service, police service and every other service. And only two years ago, the Chief Justice was a Tamil and a year ago, the Navy Commander was a Tamil.
      Moreover, Tamils had the Northern Provincial Council for themselves for years. The entire NPC was run by Tamils.
      I pity people like you, who still try to mislead the world, when the truth is real and apparent.

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        Champa

        We regret we got played out for DS Sennanayake’s receptive pleasant words that we will looked after well. Tamil leader were fools and got cheated by this 5th standard educated PM.
        We did not have an intelligent leader like Ali Jinah of Pakistan. He argued correctly to Mahatma Gandhi that Muslims get nothing only change of rulers. Mahatma Gandhi agreed.

        We should also have done the same. This island was NEVER a single country. It was ruled by Sinhalese and Tamils before foreign invasion. It was only the British amalgamated both countries together for their administrative convenience and when they left they gave it as one land to the people of this island. They should have de-amalgamated and given the Tamil lands to Tamils and Sinhala land to the Sinhalese.

        It is now best we get conquered again by foreign country and then we all will become Sri Lankans and not like the cursed state we are in now the privileged majority Sinhalese and second class Tamils.

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          blabla
          What???????
          “This island was NEVER a single country. It was ruled by Sinhalese and Tamils before foreign invasion.”
          That is an utter lie.
          Sri Lanka ruled by Sinhalese always maintained and protected their unique independence from South India.
          Tamils never ruled Sri Lanka. We were under, not 1, not 2, but 28 foreign invasions, mainly by South Indians.
          Various South Indian sea pirates and ruthless Cholas and Cheras of South Indian origin invaded Sri Lanka and occupied some territories by assassinating ruling Sinhalese Kings and civilians. They were always defeated in battles carried out by new Sinhalese Kings. Sea pirate Arya Chakravarti was regarded as a king only because a Pandyan Minister had stolen the Sacred Tooth Relic from Yapahuwa which was regarded as the symbol of kingship.
          Sri Lanka is Sinhalese country which was protected and built by our Sinhalese Kings.
          What you say about an amalgamation is a joke.
          If the British took over two separate “kingdoms” one ruled by Sinhalese and another ruled by Tamils, then they should have signed two Conventions, one Kandyan and another Jaffian. Did they? British correctly understood that Sri Lanka was one country ruled by Sinhalese and that we have our unique language, culture, religion and values, totally different from South Indian Tamils.
          Sinhalese are not privileged because there are the majority. Sinhalese are the majority by right, as this is their country.

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            Champa, Please return to lankan History. Lanka was always ruled by kings of Indian origin ( tamils ?) Even the south had Tamil kings -Kavan Tissa.Devanampiyatissa was a Tamil.It was the safron robed guys who gave “Sinhala ” sounding names to these people.Where ever the priests got involved there was blood letting. They are blood suckers. After that man Makarios died Cyprus was peaceful. Makarios kept it on the boils. I appreciate Gen Ne Win who let 100 safron robed guys see their creator within seconds.

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              upali wickramasinghe
              Ha ha ha, now not only King DevanampitaTissa, but the Great King from Ruhuna, King KavanTissa has also become a Tamil.
              What a loser.
              Almost all invaders who captured thrones by killing Sinhalese Kings in ancient Lanka were South Indian invaders.
              To become Tamils, King DevanampitaTissa and King KavanTissa should be invaders.
              Were they?
              Which name is Tamil. Explain.
              Quote any literature which says they are Tamils.

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              Thanks, Upali, my respected friend.
              .
              We must insist on fair play. Thanks for showing so much concern for our mother country.

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            Champa

            Then where was Tamil King Ellalan? With who did Dutugemunu who murdered his own father fight with?

            Don’t rewrite history to your convenience. However we are waiting for the day we are again ruled foreign country and all will be Sri Lankans, no majority and no minority.

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              blabla
              There is no reason to rewrite our history when it was written in chronological order with undisputed evidence.
              Elara was a Tamil king?
              How did he become a king?
              Elara was not a even a king when he was in Chola Nadu (Cholapuram) when Cholas ruled Kaveri delta region in South-East side of South India.
              Like all other South Indian invaders, Elara was also a mercenary who captured Anuradhapura (Rajarata) Kingdom by brutally killing Sinhalese King Asela, who ruled from Anuradhapura at the time.
              Elara was regarded as a king, only as Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi was situated in Anuradhapura, which was regarded as the Symbol of Kingship in Lanka at the time.

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            Champa,
            There was a Jaffna kingdom.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffna_Kingdom

            The Aryacakrawarty dynasty ruled. Read this, and the references carefully.

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              justice
              I have already replied to this.
              You may read my reply to -blabla- about sea pirate Arya Chakravarti.

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              justice
              Arya Chakravarti was not even a king in India. He was the Commander of the Pandyan Army of sea pirates who invaded the Northern parts of Lanka when the Pandyan Kingdom collapsed as a result of Muslim conquest in South India from 12th to 16th Century.
              There was no kingdom called “Jaffna Kingdom” in ancient Lanka.
              “Jaffna” is NOT even a Tamil word or a Tamil name
              It is derived from the word “Jaava” (Malay/Indonesian people) who engaged in pearl trade in the Northern part of Lanka.
              The REAL ANCIENT NAME of modern Jaffna was “Dambakola Patuna” which was also later called “Yaapa Patuna” after Prince Sapumal was appointed as a Yaapa, a regional leader, by King ParakramaBahu VI.

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                Dear Champa,
                .
                I didn’t used to know Sri Lankan history well enough, but I’ve been doing some reading because details relating to it.
                .
                What you say doesn’t seem at all objective.

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                  Sinhala_Man
                  If you don’t agree, you are free to provide details to counter my evidence-based comments.

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                    Champa, evidenced based comments?…………………what evidence have you ever provided? You cook up and fabricate racist nonsense in that puny head of yours and spit them all out the next day and call it evidence? Where is my answer to my question about Karuna Amman and LTTE weapons dealer?

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        Champass

        “Why 1948? Because it is the year, the British RETURNED Ceylon to its rightful owners, Sinhalese.”

        No kidding.
        Who are these Sinhalese?
        Please claim your plot back in your ancestral homeland which right across the Sethu Samudram (Palk Strait) in South India.

        You are the descendants of those mercenaries who came from Kerala/Andhra, Tamil Nadu, ….to fight for various Tribal lords in this island and overstayed.

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          Hindian Vedda
          I have replied to this umpteenth times supported by clear facts, not only from Mahawamsa, but also from Indian and Tamil history books.
          Clearly, 99% of Sinhalese are descendants of Lanka’s first inhabitants Yakka people who ruled the country when Vijaya Hora arrived.
          Only 1% of Sinhalese are mixed descendants of Vijaya Hora’s Vangar people..
          If we are from Kerala, Andhra or Tamils Nadu, we should look like them and talk Tamil language. Do we? Not at all, from our appearance to our unique culture, language, habits and values.
          It is Tamils who are descendants of modern Tamil Nadu. There is no difference between the two.

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            Champass

            “I have replied to this umpteenth times supported by clear facts, not only from Mahawamsa, but also from Indian and Tamil history books.”

            It’s a blatant lie.
            You never answered any of my main or follow up question.
            If you haven’t got any idea please say so.
            It’s alright.
            Please stop pretending you have answers to every question we raise in this forum.

            “Clearly, 99% of Sinhalese are descendants of Lanka’s first inhabitants Yakka people who ruled the country when Vijaya Hora arrived.”
            -.
            Give us some evidence of earlier existence of Yakka people and evidence of Vijaya Hora.

            “If we are from Kerala, Andhra or Tamils Nadu, we should look like them and talk Tamil language. “

            What nonsense.
            You do look exactly like them, behave exactly like them, share the same self destructive gene, as stupid as they are, rage 24/7/52 basis, …………. corrupted exactly like them, ………… you cook and eat same stuff with minor variations, wear saree, believe in Astrology, pray to almost the same gods, caste conscious, Sinhala is a manufactured language of Sanskrit, Pali, Tamil, ….. based on Tamil grammatical structure, ……………

            Please don’t waste time arguing matters of which you have no idea at all.

            I agree, so were your ancestors.
            Now it appears your ancestors have converted to Buddhism earlier on, and then to Sinhala/Buddhism and now you lot are being converted to Sinhala/Buddhist Fascism.

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      Dear sen,
      .
      I agree with all that you have said. There’s no point arguing with people who pretend that they don’t understand.
      .
      What I’d like you to do is to look at all the blogs involving Nagananda. Vote number one for him. Write clearly that your Third Preference is the UNP candidate. Let us hope it isn’t Ranil. The Rajapaksas must be kept out at all cost.

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    She should mention clearly who is the highest leader in Sri Lanka. We Sri Lankan do not see any leader ruling this country except a few rascals have been looting the entire resources of the country in the name of de-mock-crazy.

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    Sri Lanka’s Highest Leadership Lacks Common Vision! A idiot a nincompoop a sevalya, patholaya, kebaraya.

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    Reading all the comments I think we all have become too imotional and not thinking straight. Our President and Nationalistic Majority say there were no war crimes committed. At the same time the civil society, foreign governments and the minorites (collectively “interested parties”) say there were war crimes. Well there is a very simple solution, lets have a setup established to investigate what actually happened. All the “interested parties” can submit their own findings and then we all can accept the outcome. Will this be not the best answer to keep our heads above water and prove as the Nationalistic Majority say that there were no war crimes.
    P.S; Keyboard worriers please don’t jump on me I truly do not know if there were war crimes committed by both sides or not, but I have seen arguments and video clips to prove and disprove war crimes. Let us all behave like decent humanbeings.

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    The country’s Political leaders have no vision other than a communal vision . The are not sure of the path taken by the country. How can you expect a vision on Human Rights. Politician like Mahinda and Gota who commuted HR violations are trying to lead the country and push the island into a well

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      Pon Kulendiren
      Mahinda or Gotabhaya did not commit any HR violations.
      How could eradicating terrorism to save 21 million innocent Sri Lankan civilians be a HR violation?????
      The UNHCHR called Sri Lankan President a “patholaya” for not implementing treacherous 2015 Geneva Resolution drafted by USA and co-sponsored by Ranil and Mangala. She has no right to dishonour the Sri Lankan President. She should apologize and resign.

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    UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, you are right, Our top leaders lack vision. they never had, their vision was only focused at the treasury all this long.

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    “Sri Lanka’s Highest Leadership Lacks Common Vision.”

    I suppose that includes Ranil Wickremasinghe also. All I can say is that as a product of Royal College, R.W. is a disgrace to that educational institution. He is actually another ‘Patholaya’ I tell you!

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      Estate Labourer, what has he done to you the abusive man to call him too a patholaya. He is more decent than any other politicians inthe country today. This was not overlooked in the recent CONSTITUTIONAL coup. He would never abuse his mouth attacking as the BP SIRISENA and murderous Rajakashe would do. Dont you think so culprit mind ?

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        Just being a ‘Good Boy’ won’t do. He must do something constructive in his capacity as prime minister. Has he done anything notable? List his accomplishments, please!

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    UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet is right is saying that Sri Lankan leadership lacks vision and sincereness. It is alleged that both sides committed atrocities during the civil war over a period of 30 years, which has resulted in civilian deaths. Various numbers of casualties are touted about from 23,000 to 100,000. Sri Lanka, as democratic sovereign nation need to act by implementation of a truth and reconciliation mechanism to satisfy itself the lessons have been learnt and the grievances of the affected, whether be Sinhalese, Tamils or Moors are addressed, without anymore delays.

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      Soam
      There was NO CIVIL WAR. It was terrorism that plagued the country for 34 years.
      LTTE killed over 100,000 civilians and 28,708 servicemen and permanently disabled 40,107 servicemen.
      The noble sacrifices made by our Tri Forces, mostly brave young soldiers, is what made Sri Lanka a peaceful country today. They willingly sacrificed their lives to give life to other citizens.
      What is hilarious here is, UNHCHR’s, UNHRC’s and the UK’s hesitance to accept that Sri Lanka eradicated LTTE terrorism. Their bias towards LTTE diaspora is obvious for not containing the word terrorism or LTTE in any of their reports.

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        Champa!
        All your allegations could have been avoided if you would have treated the Tamils as human.

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          K. Anaga
          First of all, we cannot be intimidated by unsubstantiated allegations.
          Pl. see my reply to Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam with statistical evidence.
          If Sinhalese don’t treat Tamils as human, how could there be over 2 million Tamils live among Sinhalese in all parts of Sri Lanka?
          You Tamils who migrated from South India are trying to acquire part of our country by intentionally distorting our ancient history and generating false allegations against Sinhalese.
          Tamils got mileage due to our silence.
          Now Sinhalese are talking. The world is listening.

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        Champa,
        Yes there was no civil war or terrorism. It is the Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism that caused all ills to this land since 1948. The brutal genocide of Tamils in 1958 followed by the assasination of SWRD followed by continuos butcherism, rowdism, thuggerism throughout the seven decades with lies and cheats continues even now with bloddthirsty people like. You may have ignore the massacre of thousands ofSinhalese by the TriForces and serviceman by the Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalist brutalism. If you are a true Sinhalese you should ask Why Mahinda illegally went to UN help in 1989 against Srilankan military? Did you ask for any investigation in your high class Srilankan courts? You have no rights to speak for Srilankans? You are a bloodthirsty Fundamentalist of Burmese Buddhism.

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          Ajith
          Your comment shows who is bloodthirsty.
          You are not happy about Sri Lanka eradicating terrorism. You wish innocent civilians being massacred by LTTE terrorists be continued.
          Moreover, you have built-in hatred against Sinhalese Buddhists.
          I pity people like you.
          Meditating 15 minutes a day will help you to overcome hatred and be happy for over 21 million people who are living in peace and harmony in Sri Lanka after LTTE was defeated by our valiant Army in 2009.

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            Champa,
            Every one in this forum knew that you are a bloodthirsty Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalist. I do not hate true Buddhism or true Buddhists in Srilanka. I hate only blood thirsty Buddhist Sinhalist like you. You may not understand the differnce between true Buddhism and fake Buddhists. Preaching one thing and doing one thing is only suited to BuddhistSinhala Fundamentalists. That is why the attack on Muslims after 2009 happened in the peaceful harmory Buddhist country?

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              Ajith
              There is only one Buddhism. There are no true or fake Buddhisms.
              What Buddhist fundamentalists are you talking about?
              Fundamentalism applies to “religions” like, Christianity and Islam.
              There are no fundamentalists in Buddhism as Buddhism is not a religion, but a philosophy.
              Don’t talk about things you don’t know.

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            Dear Champa

            correction……….LTTE to do the sacrifice and TNA to loiter around world and make a living doing nothing. The so called Tamil cause crusaders who killed others and sought refugee elsewhere I know them all personally who prostituted their ‘children’ to foreign countries for their ventures…………Maldives/Sri Lanka……..and now the entire Indian Ocean is doomed soon. We are going to ship them back home with their children to be in the front line of next war and replace them with the innocent children from SL to western countries…..they can start their training in Tamil Nadu camps now from all around the world……UN going to facilitate this event that GOSL should negotiate immediately during the investigations.

            Did you know that was the last referendum held by Global Tamil Forum asked this question to all Tamil families from Singapore/Malaysia/Fiji/India/South Africa/Europe/Canada/America and all overwhelmingly enlisted themselves with their children for recruitment for the next war immediately. Happy to exchange their place with our SL children to safety too and all the respective governments accepted this immediately.

            Did you see Ajith good friend Dr GS the medical doctor saved the life of people in the war zone stated it was good the entire family of Prabaharan killed was good. Now we going somewhere.

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    The war in 2009 had half solved the ethnic problems. Now is the time to start the other half and finish it totally forever. Let the UNHRC go and hang. It is Appey Rata, Appey Anduwa , Appey Yaluwo.

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    Ms. HC,
    You should have said this to the President of the Philippines, Mr. Rodrigo Duterte! He would have then remind you with no uncertain terms, that you are just a servant paid by member countries of the UN and you cannot make derogatory comments on them. When he reminded to the Prince, the ex-HC , of the self same principal, that poor prince packed up his back pack and left after his first term of office.
    Ms. HC,
    There are a lot of allegations of political bias against your office! Please rectify the situation and we are then ready to pay attention to what you are uttering!

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    Champa

    Sri Lanka has the right to protect from terrorists, but has no right to kill civilians and the ‘terrorists’ surrendered to the security forces. There are enough evidence to show war crimes were committed. I am not telling the war is illegal people die in war and there could be collateral damage and I accept, but war crimes are illegal.

    If you say no war crimes happened then why is Government reluctant allowing military to appear in a war crime tribunal. That is the best chance to clear your name certainly if they are innocent. I know, they know very well they committed war crimes and a war crimes tribunal will expose them.

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      blabla
      Ha ha ha ha ….. surrendered?
      I can see that you have conveniently forgotten that your Sun-god Prabhakaran tied cyanide capsules around the necks of LTTE cadre ordering them to swallow the cyanide and kill themselves to avoid getting caught to security forces. Not a single terrorist, even child soldiers were allowed to surrender.
      In 1987, all the 12 LTTE terrorists committed suicide by swallowing cyanide capsules when they were caught during IPKF time.
      No terrorist was surrendered to security forces or no civilians were killed by our Army.
      Perishing terrorists is not a war crime.
      Every country has a right to protect its men, women and children from terrorists.
      There is no reason to go before a war crimes tribunal when Sri Lankan government or our Army didn’t engage in war crimes.
      Anti-terrorism measures are adopted by every country in the world including Sri Lanka.
      If we are to go before a war crimes tribunal, the United Nations should first LEGALIZE TERRORISM, make that decision backdated banning any country from fighting against terrorists while allowing terrorists to commit crimes against humanity.

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        Champa

        What about the photos that show captured LTTE cadres blindfolded and shot in point blank range. It is then your word against mine. Your word is not superior to mine. Many on the Tamil side are telling military did commit war crimes (while fighting a legitimate war), and you are refuting that and only way to find the truth is a war crimes tribunal with independent judges that should be foreign judges, if not it would affect its credibility.

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          blabla
          What is the proof that they are Sri Lankan Army?
          Sometime ago some Israli people said that they sold weapons to Sri Lankan Army in Jaffna, who looked like monkeys. Some people believed this story. However, in the same story, the Israelis said that they went to the mountain to meet the “Sri Lankan Army.” This was the turning point, as there are no mountains in Jaffna. Israelis have met LTTE terrorists who were on training in mountainous areas in Tamil Nadu and mistaken them as Sri Lanka Army.
          My word is always supported by facts.
          Yours is just parroting what LTTE diaspora and their political proxy, TNA says.
          Sri Lanka Army was a professional army led by Commanders in the battlefield. Our Commanders were on the battlefield along with soldiers. There was no room for our soldiers to go astray and kill people as and when they want. If they went astray they could have been an easy target for LTTE terrorists.
          Sri Lanka Army was a professional army while LTTE army was a guerrilla army.
          There are thousands of photos which show how our Army protected civilians, even carrying them in their arms, in the midst of heavy fighting. All injured LTTE cadre were promptly given medical treatment. Even in the midst of fighting, once, Shavendra Silva sent an injured LTTE woman-soldier to hospital for immediate medical treatment BY HELICOPTER. (I don’t remember her name now, though I remember the photos. ) That was how compassionate were our Army even towards terrorists.
          On the contrary, LTTE was comprised of merciless barbarians who killed people in border villages with swords, cut open bellies of pregnant women and even pulled out babies from pregnant women’s uterus and killed. They killed 33 young Buddhist Samaneras in Aranthalawa by chopping their heads with swords. They blasted a bus full of school children in Anuradhapura.

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            Champa, there is no point talking to you and wasting time. It is sad Sri Lanka also should have gone like Australia and New Zealand and we would be a prosperous nation today! People from Sri Lanka are migrating to Austalia and New Zealand to live respectfully and comfortably but had British also had done the same to this wretched land we would be while in Sri Lanka living in the developed world as in New Zealand or Australia, traveling around the globe without any need to migrate to such British colonies. Only hope the Chinese take over. We all will be EQUAL Sri Lankans. People like Champa will have no place intimidating people on racial lines.

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              Dear blabla,
              .
              You have made many comments. All of them are serious and responsibly worded. Thanks.
              .
              I’m sorry to tell you that you have come to the right conclusion when you say: “Champa, there is no point talking to you and wasting time”.
              .
              I don’t think that Champa is a bad person, but on the ethnic front, there’s no way that you can discuss the issues.
              .

              .

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                Sinhala_Man
                You say “on the ethnic front, there’s no way that you can discuss the issues.”
                What you say is not correct.
                CT is a forum that is open for people of every ethnicity, every religion and every sector.
                The only difference is, now Sinhalese use CT to counter Tamils and Muslims. Earlier CT was only their property.
                Too bad, I wasn’t aware of the existence of CT until early 2015.

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                So long unconvincing Champas and Weerawansas are dominating in this island, no efforts would bring you forward. We need people of our nature, that would not hang on with hatreds, racism, extremism or other barriers, but fighting constantly for a better future where all are treated equally. Unfortunatley, the goal is far from achieve. Very saddly, I dont see the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of sustainable peace and harmony within this nation.
                :
                So BLA BLA, and my dear Mr SINHALA MAN, and all others that may think it is easy a nation of our sort to become Downunder and Kiwi lands, had not there been a CIVIL war…
                .
                They are more into violence/hatreds/revenges/spite/killings. They have much in common with various afro countries whose leaders would never achieve anything for the masses of their people.
                :
                I have no idea, even if they the majority of lankens are bragging to be buddhists, ironically, whole lot of people to behave the other way around – promoting violence instead non-violence…. it is paradoxal actually.
                They may have that in their blood as is the ones in Guanthanmbe high criminal.

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              blabla
              It is not my fault if you are unable to come up with logical points to counter my comments.
              What racial lines are you talking about?
              The world should know the truth, especially the history of Sinhalese.
              Freedom of expression is not an exclusive right of the minorities.
              The majority should also have the same right to talk.

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    Sri Lanka’s leadership always lacked vision since independence and because of that lack of leadership Sri lanka and Sri lankans have found themselves where they are at present.

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