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Stop Attack On Those Seen As ‘Anti-Rajapaksa’ – Dr. Sara Goes HRC-SL

Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu complain to Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka against malicious attacks through ITN On those seen as ‘Anti-Rajapaksa’ and urge for relief including steps to prevent future abuse of Channel to attack Civil Society

The Centre for Policy Alternatives and its Executive Director, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu have today (August 12, 2013) filed an official complaint in the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka against the state-owned Independent Television Network (ITN), after a news report was published in its news bulletin in a deliberate attempt to smear CPA and its Executive Director. The CPA states that ITN chairman, Rosmand Senaratne who is made a respondent should be summoned to appear and explain this state of affairs. The Colombo Telegraph is reliably informed by sources that the complaint number allocated to the complaint is HRC/3083/13.

Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

The Complainants have urged the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, to take the following measures:

a) Issue summons on the 2nd Respondent Rosmand Senarathne, Chairman of ITN to attend and appear before the Human Rights Commission to explain under oath the full circumstances of and reason for the wrongful publication;

b) Inquire into and investigate the complaint that the actions of ITN constitute infringement, continuing and imminent further infringement of Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 12(1), 12(2) and 14(1)(g) of the Constitution;

c) Make a finding and declaration that the conduct of ITN has infringed the Fundamental Rights of the Complainants guaranteed under Article 12(1), 12(2) and 14(1)(g) of the Constitution;

d) Recommend that the act of ITN which gave rise to the infringement of the Complainants’ fundamental rights guaranteed under and in terms of Article 12(1), 12(2) and 14(1)(g) of the Constitution be addressed by the following three actions:

(1) Issuing a categorical public apology from ITN to CPA and its Executive Director, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu;

(2) Rectifying the erroneous news bulletin of 14th July 2013 in its next news broadcasts in the Sinhala, Tamil and English News Bulletins giving it the same publicity as the original broadcast; and

(3) Publishing an apology on the ‘homepage’ of the ITN website: www.itnnews.lk

e) Recommend that in future, when ITN is reporting on the activities of CPA and/or its Executive Director, the prior comment of the Executive Director or any other responsible officer of CPA be ascertained;

f) Recommend that disciplinary proceedings be instituted and fully prosecuted against all persons accountable, responsible and involved in causing the publication of the said publication complained of hereby;

g) A sum of Rs. 10 million be paid to the Complainants by the Respondents as damages for damage and/or prejudice caused by the malicious, irresponsible and unprofessional reporting by ITN seeking to cause harm and prejudice to the CPA and its Executive Director through actions constituting and involving infringement of the Complainants’ fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 12(1), 12(2) and 14(1)(g) of the Constitution;

h) Inquire into and investigate this complaint that the actions of ITN as a State-owned and Government controlled institution demonstrate and/or strongly indicate and/or reflect continuing infringement and/or imminent infringement and/or further imminent infringement of Fundamental Rights guaranteed to other persons (including civil society activists and organizations) likely to be perceived as being critical and/or unsupportive of the Government under and in terms of Article 12(1), 12(2) and 14(1)(g) of the Constitution;

i) Recommend that when ITN, a State-owned entity is reporting on the activities of civil society activists and/or groups and/or organizations, it should put in place and continuously implement genuine and transparent mechanisms to ensure that their respective positions and/or views are also ascertained prior to publication of any news item(s) likely to adversely affect such activists and/or groups and/or organizations; and

j) Grant such further and other reliefs as may transpire to be necessary, which the Complainants shall request from the Human Rights Commission upon inquiry and investigation of the complaint.

Click here for the full complaint made by CPA and Dr. Saravanamuttu to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka which states the full facts.

The Rajapaksa regime has a strategy (or habit) of branding as ‘LTTE/terrorist sympathisers’, anyone who advocates civil rights, devolution of power for the Tamil minority or opposes the harsh clamping down of the right of democratic dissent/protest by the regime, as occurred recently in Weliweriya, with the army being made to file upon unarmed citizens including Buddhist monks protesting pollution of the area’s drinking water by a company controlled by casino man turned business tycoon, Dhammika Perera who is a confidante of the Rajapaksa family. According to a source very close to the government speaking on condition of anonymity, the CPA is being attacked in this way, for asserting the position that greater devolution and accountability ought to be considered as a means of nation building and ethnic reconciliation in Sri Lanka and for having challenged various abuses of executive and legislative power by the Rajapaksa regime, in the public interest and to the discomfort of the regime.

ITN is a state-owned business undertaking, but has been abused for decades by parties in government to maliciously attack, defame and intimidate those out of favour with the ruling parties. It is widely considered even worse than Rupavahini TV, which is another state-owned public corporation similarly abused.

The complaint highlights how the particular news item complained of and similar actions are aimed against those seen as being critical/unsupportive of the ruling Rajapaksa regime and asks for several reliefs, not just for the benefit of the CPA, but also all others in Sri Lanka, including civil society activists/organizations.

It remains to be seen whether the Human Rights Commission takes any genuine action. All appointments, promotions and sackings relating to key judicial and public service positions (including to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka) are fully controlled by President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the controversial 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which did away with the safeguards introduced through the 17th Amendment.

 

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    Dr. is wasting his time.Nothing will come out of his complaint.He should remember that we are now gone back 3 centuries and living in the period of the Kandyan kings

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      Lalith you are wrong. Please do not insult the Kandyan Kings. This Bugger MR is a Padda King from the South.

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        Well done Sara and CPA – time to turn the tables on the Rajapassa Brotherhood of Thieves and THUGS who are destroying Lanka and turning the cournty into a Banana Republic.

        CPA is the only organization with the courage to challenge the barbaric regime in courts and other legal mechanisms..

        Hope the cowardly Muslim leadership will find the courage to stand up to Balu Sena and take them to court – rather than letting Muslims be screwed by the Rajapakse criminals..

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    THIS IS THE TARGET HAVE TO ACHIEVE BY BLOOD SUCKERS OF BUDDHIST IN SL

    **FIRST ——–>TAMILS ERADICATED FROM THE ISLAND

    **SECOND—–> MUSLIMS NOW ONGOING WAR UNDER THE SUPPORT OF DEFENSE SECRETARY

    **THIRD—–> MY DEAR CHRISTIAN BROTHERS YOU ARE THE NEXT TARGET FOR SURE

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    Bodu bala sena, Rawaya both are Extremist and now becoming terrorist in SL. BBS is getting full of supports from Defense Secretary and President Rajapaksha…

    the land wont let the Singhala Buddhist to live peacefully due to Tamil innocent are massacred in North by the rajapaksha regime …

    Tamil target over but two more still remaining there, poor Muslims(who helped to SL government for centuries now in dilemma, specially last year Muslim countries voted to SL Government in Europe against Tamil, if they did in that time they could be live at least peacefully) target going on and once it will be over then Christians are 100%

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    More the people like Pakiyassothy carry on legal and other action against the government the better its chance of electoral successes. Average man in the street knows that all the people at NGOs are dollar sharks and anti-nationals.

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      Can you define what a dollar shark is and what is anti national without talking like a fool! What do you call these people who demand 40% commission on all investments made in the country? are they dollar sharks or anti nationals? NGOs do not run on plundered money. They run on funds that come from global programs for various activities that the whole world agrees must be engaged in such as democracy and human rights, gender, and development of under developed areas. What is anti national about that may I know?

      You sound like an uneducated fool of which there appear to be far too many in this island. It may be because only 16% pass the OLs in this country of fools. If the sinhala buddhists are the majority in this country then they must also be the majority of fools.

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    iTN peer that’s channel

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    It’s just not ITN, read the editorials on Daily Noose, its laugh a minute.
    It just shows that “they” are worried and truth hurts.

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    10 Million bucks (even in our depreciating LKR )for Sara as compo for airing the obvious?.

    You can’t be serious?.

    If BBS damaged his HQ, civil case for not protecting his property may be fair enough.

    Can you find anyone in Colombo who doesn’t know that Paikiasothy is the number one anti Sinhala , anti Buddhist and anti Rajapaksa agent, totally funded and mentored by the West,whose primary objective is to achieve the LTTE objectives which are now in the manifestos of the Diaspora and the TNA?.

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      hey dumbo sumanasekera havent you heard of the term ‘defamation suit’ anywhere? (perhaps not with your low IQ)

      we all know Pakiasothy and no one looks at him badly at all ,but tell me who the hell is Sumansekera huh? not a donkey knows him!

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      ITN is exposing the Truth and it can be painful to some people who think that they are the protectors of all that is good.

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        ITN exposes the truth is equal to Hitler talking of non-violence you imbecile!

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    This is corrupt, lawless Banana Republic that serve and protect CRIMINALS. The Country is ruled by intimidation, threat, assault, disappearances and murder. The Jokers are experts talking from both ends, and what ever the end, never reveal or talk the truth, even by mistake. The shameless Jokers are the best ever CLOWNS seen on earth.

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    It is time Human Rights organisations listened to activists like Dr. Saravanamuttu, and helped the poor people who have been targets because of having the courage to criticize the crimes of this government.
    Dr. Saravanamuttu is bringing horrendous crimes against Sri Lankan citizens, and since the opposition and other leaders seem helpless, or inept, in holding the regime accountable, we have to turn to others.

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    Dr Sarawanamuttu, Raja Passa kills their children and invites them to see the harbor and the whole shitload ,that is the population of Sri Lanka goes!!!!!

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      Yesteryear, I’ve walked right along and to the very end of the breakwater of the new Colombo South Harbor. Its massive when compared to the existing one. I bet, in a few years, it’ll be a threat to the business dominance of the Singapore harbor. With Hambantota infrastructure coming up, Sri Lanka will be the naval hub of SE Asia. Pakiyasothy can suck the white bums. Thank you MR for every thing you’re doing for us.

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    Max Silva is back,hope that it will not be a stillborn scenario.”In journalism truth is a process”.Quite right.But unfortunately such truth has no place in this racist country.Otherwise how come our departed sun god Velu never realized his pipe dream?Thank god,at least the likes of Paki are still around making quite a bit of dough in the guise of protecting human rights while giving us loads of fun.Hope that the likes of Dr Wickramabahu will take no offence.Anyway no point wasting my time,who knows what the learned moderator thinks about my unwelcome entry?Lets see how it goes!

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