24 September, 2020

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Subjugation Of Tamils Is Followed By Attacks On Muslims And Christians

By G K Nathan

Dr. G. K. Nathan

Dr. G. K. Nathan

Subjugation of Tamils is followed by Attacks on Muslims and Christians, What are the available Options to International Community?

Current Government of Sri Lanka (GSL) will be under intense scrutiny at the 25th session of the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at Geneva in March 2014 for alleged violations of International Humanitarian and Human Right Laws during the last stages of military conflict which ended on 18 May 2009.  Battle line has been drawn between GSL supported by their friendly countries on one side, most of them have dubious human right records in their own country, against others in the forefront  calling for  human rights in Sri Lanka and they are: International community led by the USA, former colonial power the UK, EU etc; a number of International Non-Government Organizations (INGO) which are on record challenging the human rights record of President Rajapaksa and about a million Tamil Diaspora in democratic countries of which a sizable number unwillingly abandoned their former home land caused by repeated pogroms and sought refuge. From the first GSL at the time of independence in 1948, to date we have had 15 Prime Ministers and Presidents, became the head of government after becoming a Republic, all are Sinhala Buddhists and all them have failed to find unity in diversity in a country with multiethnic, multilingual, multireligious population, instead the gap between the two major communities Sinhala and Tamil has continued to widen, even after the end of military conflict.  During that period the constitution of Sri Lanka was revised twice, both times the rights of minorities were further eroded and the power was consolidated in the hands of Sinhala Buddhist majority; only Sinhala Buddhists either born or converted from Christianity have been the head of government, contrary to practices in other countries, current head of government of India is a Sikh, many others have been head of Indian government in the past. In Sri Lanka the three major ethnic groups are: Sinhala, Tamil and Muslims (Arab descendents); speak two different languages: Sinhala and Tamil. Sri Lankan follow all four major religions: Buddhism (69.3%) mostly Sinhalese, Hinduism (15.5%) mostly Tamils, Islam (9.7%) – the Arab descendents most of them are fluent in Tamil language and the last group Christians (7.4%) is made up from both Sinhala and Tamil ethnic groups.  Military subjugation of Tamils followed by euphoria of military victory and ensuing celebrations led by the GSL, as Tamils silently watched,  turned the attention of Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists, who were responsible for the genesis of Sinhala – Tamil conflict in the post Independence era, to other religious groups. In addition, failure of GSL to address the resolutions passed at the UNHRC and the soft approach pursued by the International community made the Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists who propagate that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country to act against other religious minorities with impunity.  Failure of GSL to stop the attack on places of worships aggravated the religious harmony in the country. This dark truth was documented in ‘Restrictions on Religion 2012,’ in the January 2014 report by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre which records a 40% global increase in religious hostilities. While the countries with ‘very high religious hostilities’ rose from 14 to 20%, six countries including Sri Lanka recorded very high social hostilities in 2012. The other countries that shared this dubious honour with Sri Lanka were Syria, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Thailand and Myanmar, countries that cannot boast of political stability or civil liberties. The International community while pursuing the recent human rights record in the country must also take into consideration what has happened in the past and the constitutional structure promulgated by the UK at the time of independence, both need to be examined closely to avoid the recurrence of six decades long human rights violations, Sri Lanka is a signatory in June 11, 1980 to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Current Situation in Sri Lanka

President Rajapaksa enjoys autocratic power in the country, he and his clan have almost total power and if he wanted to bring about reconciliation he could have done it; probably he fears the fate of former Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranayake, who introduced “Sinhala only Bill of 1956”, later was murdered by a Buddhist monk for conceding very limited rights to Tamils in 1958. This quagmire, into which Sri Lanka has buried itself, makes it difficult to find an internal resolution to six decades long conflict.  He, instead of bringing reconciliation between major ethnic groups, he silently witnessing a religious war that has been unleashed, spearheaded by chauvinist Sinhala Buddhist organizations such as: Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), Sihala Ravaya (SR) and Ravana Balaya (RB) against the minority groups, to be on the same side of oppressors of minority groups. These events without any doubt justify the immediate international intervention to establish peace in the country and to prevent the repetition of the past horror events, such as pogroms. The minority religious groups: Christians and Moslems became the new target.  Increased attacks on other religions may have been given succour because of failure of the International community to bring to justice those who allegedly committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka, during the military conflict.  The current government is neither preventing nor prosecuting chauvinists in courts of law, which gives the impression of tacit approval for such acts. Unfortunately, Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists supported by hardliners at all levels of the current government propagate that “Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist Country”, contrary to historical facts,  which cast doubts whether current slow and delayed approach by the International community will ever promote an outcome to establish a constitutional structure where all citizens enjoy equal rights.  Because from the past record one can conclude that the current GSL uses their tacit support led by defence secretary to Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists to gain electoral advantages at the expense of unity between communities; this is what happened in the past.  The GSL used a strategy to exploit the war victory in 2009, to gain electoral advantage in 2010; before due date, conducted Parliamentary followed by Presidential elections to consolidated power at the helm.  A similar strategy is being pursued now, to use the attack on religious minorities and the outcome at the forthcoming UNHRC meeting to turn it to their favour and conduct Parliamentary and Presidential elections later this year.  President Rajapaksa to send a message to the International community that democracy and Tamils rights are being recognized; he held the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) election late last year.  To the President’s disappointment, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had a landslide victory confirming the division in the country between Tamils and Sinhala Buddhists and Tamils totally rejecting President Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism.  The NPC has no real power; even passing a resolution in support of the International Inquiry into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity was condemned by key people in the government and called for sacking of the NPC for such an act.   The GSL is holding two provincial council elections in the Western (populated with all three ethnic groups) and Southern (mostly Sinhala Buddhists) provinces, in the same period UNHRC March 2014 session is being held,  to assess the political support for the regime, also to exploit any adverse resolution to gain the sympathy of the Sinhala masses.  Sri Lanka has, to its credit, conducted regular election, but at the same time elections outcome are used to suppress the minority groups, as well as to consolidate power in the hands of the Sinhala people in this instance in the hands of Rajapaksa regime. The 18th amendment to constitution was passed after 2010 election, removing the two term limitation to the seat of presidency. Under the current amended constitution, President and his family can be in power emulating former North Korean leaders, father, son, grandson lineage.

There are more evidence of fresh attacks on Christians and Muslims places of worship, since the military victory; but on Hindu places of worship continues that started many decades earlier.  After the end of military conflict structural genocide of Tamils’ homeland is taking place, currently. The current regime of Sri Lanka uses these attacks to gain support of Sinhala Buddhists and there are number of media reports, a typical few are given here:

The Rajapaksa regime, neither conceding any responsibility for what happened in the country during the conflict nor willing to examine the reasons for the start of Sinhala-Tamil conflict which eventually pushed the youth to take up arms with support of India; the regime charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity is not in a position to advanced the path to reconciliation between different minority groups in Sri Lanka.  The two factors: truth of what happened during the military conflict and the cause for Sinhala – Tamil conflict have to be scrutinized in pursuit of justice and reconciliation between ethnic communities in Sri Lanka.  The GSL claims that the war was won without the breach of International humanitarian and human rights laws, then, why is the reluctance to support independent investigation?  President Rajapaksa’s claim that  the GSL won the war against “terrorists” contrary to a well quoted statement that “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” which has been quoted by well known Internationally renowned personalities, as well as there are Nobel laureates among so called “terrorists”. Rather than bring about reconciliation between victors and losers in the conflict, the religious minorities’ have come under attack. The initial support lent by some countries to conduct the war neither knowing the “reason for the conflict” nor the “atrocities committed by the combatants” and subsequent indifferent initiatives by the International community is helping the regime to continue to carry on its agenda to establish autocracy of Rajapaksa family. The regime gives a freehand to Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists to attack religious minorities and add spice to their propaganda by calling active Tamil Diaspora as “remnants of LTTE” or as “terrorists” to hide their own agenda. The current regime’s preconceived positions on the conflict influenced by their own propaganda advocated by President Rajapaksa, makes it impossible for the current regime neither to find the truth nor to advance a solution to the conflict. The only option is external intervention and establishment of an Independent International Inquiry (III) under the auspice of UN Secretary General or UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; which will lead to the truth about war crimes and crimes against humanity. Taking note of the failure of current regime, to respond to a call for accountability from world leaders and their tacit support for religious intolerance from extremists put the onus on the International community to determine a path to reconciliation to protect the rights of helpless minority groups that suffers since Independence in 1948.

International Intervention and the Military Conflict

First international intervention took place with the visit of United Nation  Secretary General (UNSG) Ban Ki-Moon to  Sri Lanka on 23rd  march 2009 and issued a joint statement with President Mahinda Rajapaksa,  a couple of months before the end of military  conflict.  The joint statement “underlined the importance of an accountability process” and President Rajapaksa agreed that he “will take measures to address those grievances” of Tamils by setting up an inquiry; subsequently, two reports were released one from UN Panel of Experts (31 March 2011) appointed by UNSG and the other LLRC (16 December 2011) appointed by the President. UN reports from Panel of Experts emphasized the need for independent inquiry into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.  On the contrary, the LLRC report failed to mention anything about civilians’ death, but the report omitting the number of civilian death supported President Rajapaksa’s claim that war was fought with “zero civilian casualties”.  The  G8  Foreign Ministers issued a joint statement  on 25 April 2009 said: “We, the Foreign Ministers of the G8, express our deep concern about the mass civilian casualties and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Northern Sri Lanka ….. It is time for the conflict to end now. The G8 Foreign Ministers support all relevant international efforts to bring about such an end and will keep on monitoring closely the situation in Sri Lanka.”  Prior to issuing of this by G8 foreign ministers,  the UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband and  Foreign Minister of France, Bernard Kouchner visited  Sri Lanka and tried to impress upon Sri Lanka President, the need for a cease fire;  after that both said their mission failed, as  GSL turned it down saying it will not serve any purpose. This conclusion again poses the question whether the GSL will sway from their own agenda, which is to establish a Sinhala Buddhist State, opptrssing all minority groups and their rights. Looking back now at events that occurred during the conflict and the number of people killed as determined in an academic type of survey by The Social Architects,   which gave the figure of 118,036 as the number of people perished during the period between September 2008 and May 2009.  The UNSG appointed two panels, the first one panel of experts and the second one was a review panel, which said about 40,000 and 70,000 people respectively, may have been killed in the last few months of the military conflict. Unless an independent study is conducted to prove otherwise, the above estimated number of people killed looks closer to the truth.  Based on circumstantial evidences, submitted by the Bishop of Mannar to LLRC, in which the number of missing people is given as 146,679 which was determined from the number at the beginning of the last phase of conflict based on data from regional secretariat and number of people who were incarcerated at the camps run by GSL.

The first public pronouncement of III was made on the shores of Sri Lanka by the Prime Minister of the UK, David Cameron, at the eve of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in November 2013; the UK will take the initiative at UNHRC, if Sri Lanka failed to act before March 2014. This was reiterated last week by the call from the Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband at the meeting he had with Tamil representatives of British Tamil Forum.  He would use his position in the UK Parliament to request the British government to take the initiative to set-up the III at the 25th session of UNHRC. The UK parliament which passed the Ceylon Independence Act of 1947  with a Unitary Constitution in a multiethnic, multilingual and multilingual population sowed the seed of conflict, the UK government has the moral responsibility for the current situation in Sri Lanka. The UK Prime Minister and the Leader of the opposition should be commended for their act for calling for III. The same parliament approved of a referendum to the people of Scotland to decide whether they wanted to be part of the British Union or not?  Having noted the oppression of the successive governments of Sri Lanka, the Britain has moral responsibility to pursue the path of self-determination for the people of Tamil homeland with the help of International community through UN Security Council. This looks the only option, based on the past records of Sinhala dominated Governments of Sri Lanka. The leader of the Opposition in the New Zealand has also endorsed the support for the III on alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity, there are more countries which support this call.

The US Ambassador at Large at the Office of Global Criminal Justice, Stephen J Rapp, made a weeklong visit to Sri Lanka last January, to hold talks with officials and leaders from the South and the North.  His second visit to the island and comes ahead of another US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in March 2014. He met with government officials, political and civil society leaders to discuss issues focusing on Sri Lanka’s justice, accountability and reconciliation.  He received specific evidence of events that occurred during the conflict from the victims in the present of political and religious leaders.  What appears to have hit the UPFA Government most during Rapp’s visit to Colombo is the tweet posted on the US Embassy’s official site. It read: “St Anthony’s Ground – site of Jan 2009 killings of hundreds of families by army shelling.” The post was accompanied by a photograph of both Stephen Rapp and Ambassador Sison standing on the same grounds, which angered Sri Lanka military, Reuter reported.  Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal visited Sri Lanka and met with leaders from the South and the North, told reporters in Colombo that U.S. to propose new UN rights resolution against Sri Lanka at the forthcoming UNHRC meeting because of “Lack of progress in Sri Lanka has led to great deal of frustration and scepticism in my government and in the international community” and added: Rights, Democracy ‘under Threat’ in Sri Lanka. Ms Nisha Biswal, assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, on conclusion of her visit to Sri Lanka said that “Colombo had failed to ensure reconciliation, justice and accountability, and pressure was building for a foreign probe.”

Immediate Action is Needed to Protect the Peoples in Sri Lanka

Minority groups, in particular, Tamils, Moslems and Christians have been deprived of their fundamental rights because government actions and lack of protections against the attacks by Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists who have taken law and order into their hands. Members of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) a number of them either experienced or witnessed atrocities that occurred in the country have supported the call by the International community for an III. It is a universally recognized democratic right of the members elected body in this case, NPC to convey their opinion which was denied to Northern Tamils for almost a quarter of a century, because the election was delayed until last year.  The Members of Sri Lanka parliament of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which represents the people of Tamil Homeland, the North East Sri Lanka, have joined the NPC members to support the call for III at the forth coming UNHRC 25th session in March 2014.  Tamil people exercise of their democratic rights for justice and reconciliation was not welcome by the GSL, as their focus is only on denial of what happened during the last phase of the military conflict. The first pogrom against Muslims by Sinhala people occurred in 1915. After independence, demand for equal rights by Tamils was met by repeated pogroms in 1956, 1958, 1961, 1977, 1981 and 1983, but the military confrontation started between Tamil militants and the Sri Lanka military which stopped the pogroms for 26 years. The future looks bleak, only International intervention can guarantee democratic rights of all peoples and prevent future pogroms in Sri Lanka. International community has to act prior to pogrom, not after.

Allegations against both combatants, Sri Lanka Armed Forces (SLAF) under the command of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and call for inquiry are based on two independent reports from panels appointed by UNSG;  photographic evidence of war presented by International media, in particular, videos from Channel 4; reports from INGOs and statements from foreign departments of Western governments; persuaded the International community led by the USA to take action at the UNHRC. The first one was at the 19th session in March 2012 and the second one at 22nd session in March 2013. The UNHRC resolutions passed called upon the GSL to implement recommendations of their own LLRC final report, but GSL has failed to respond positively, instead the GSL has chosen the path of procrastination to avoid facing the unbiased scrutiny, independently.  At the same time Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists and minor parties in GSL are calling for action against those calling for III, within the country. The GSL is only focussed on infrastructure developments, foreign dignitaries who visits Sri Lanka, positively comment on GSL’s development efforts. But, failing to take note of victims of the conflict, either missing or dead, to the family members what happened to their loved ones are important than exhibition of bricks and mortar;   justice to the victims is paramount for reconciliation to begin, which GSL has failed to recognize. To date the internal probe has not worked, but continuation of efforts along that path will assist the GSL agenda to procrastinate and continue the slow death of minority groups rights. Tamil political leaders and many International Community leaders have called for an Independent International Inquiry so that truth will be known, before healing of decades long conflict can begin.

The unitary constitution promulgated by the colonial power the UK, at the time of independence in 1948 handed power to the majority Sinhala Buddhist ethnic group; powerful chauvinists’ groups, propagated that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country, contrary to history of the Island.  The governments since Independence in 1948 have used chauvinists’ propaganda for electoral advantages, including the current regime which exploited more than others.  Unfortunately ethnicity, language and religion of both major Sinhala and Tamils groups are distinctly different, also there is no common bond between the two groups. In contrast during the colonial rule, there was a common link which was English language, brought people together on a common platform. Introduction of National languages without amenable constitutional structure led to alienation of the two language groups, from each other. The disagreement on finding a constitutional structure which began prior to independence in 1948 between Sinhala and Tamil nations led to failed political negotiations, peaceful non-violent agitations and to Tamil youth militancy which finally ended with subjugation of minority Tamil Nation by majority Sinhala Nation preceded by military victory.  Future calamity can only be avoided by taking decisive actions against the regime heading towards authoritarianism, which is also opposed by many Sinhala people. International community seeking peaceful resolution of the conflict should accept that in a multiethnic, multilingual and multireligious population, a new accommodative constitution is needed to build peace.  The International community should take into considerations the dysfunctional relationship that exists between the Sinhala and the Tamil Nations since independence in 1948.  If the Independent International Inquiry proposed by International community fails to bring about reconciliation in an amicable and meaningful way, sharing power between all groups, Tamil Nation which has lived in the Island as long as the Sinhala Nation must be allowed through the UN Security council process to exercise their Right to self determination guaranteed under ICCPR.

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    Confused elderly man.
    Not all Prime Ministers were budhists. D S, Senanayake and SWRD were Christians most of their lives. John Kotelawala was a christian throughout.

    The worst crimes against Mulims were perpetrated by Tamils, not Sinhalese. 90,000 Muslim men, women and children were forcibly driven out of their homes in Jaffna and its surrounds by gun waving Tamils.

    Countries supporting the resolution in Geneva against Sri lanka have worse human rights records than those opposing.UK has the envious record of Slave Trade killing and enslaving millions, genocidal onslaughts in Africa, drug trade in the East, massacres of thousands in the new territories, India, Sri Lanka, Africa. Only US can be a contender to UK with their own slaughterings at home and Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, Afghanistan, Iraq …

    The writer should look at failings of Tamil community for the situation they find themselves in; Tamil hatred towards the Sinhalese and Muslims, Casteism, Social backwardness in failing to communicating with the Sinhalese and Tamils.

    The ghetto mentality of the Jaffna Tamil is leading them nowhere except to other ghettos of Little Indias of Penang and Singapore, the dirtiest enclaves in otherwise modern societies. As for encroachment, the situation in Colombo is approaching a crisis situation, already much worse than the offshore Little Indias, by area, the numbers and cleanliness.

    Pull your head in before you pick up your poison pen. Never too old to learn, [Edited out]!

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      Those who committed genocide of Tamils and nearly got away with it, will be emboldened to do the same with Muslims in various ways:

      Attack their businesses, their Mosques, their culture and dress code; this how it begins. In Nazi Germany that is how they did it to the Jews ending in a climax concentration camps, death chambers and cremation in industrial scale.

      In a secret modified way they did this to 150,000 Tamils during and after the war and is continuing in covert forms.

      Now the genocidiares have embarked on new projects: Muslims, Christians an ‘others’.

      Mahvamsa brainwashing from childhood through Kumarodaya books is executed systematically to form a pure Buddha Sinhala state.

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        You are totally wrong, Tamils cannot say this.

        Tamils were the privileged blued eye boys under British divide & rule policy with overflowing numbers of Tamils (though only 12 % of country’s population) in civil service & other govt’ jobs & business, whereas 80% Sinhalese were a rare find, & Tamils expected same to continue after British left in a democratic country, so the problem & agitation, & finally terrorism.

        For Tamil problem Tamils are responsible from GG,SJV to VP, they got what they richly deserved, & now with no hope in the horizon.

        They reaped what they sow.

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          This so called “divide and rule” tale is a canard.
          Tamils valued education and government jobs and diligently pursued both under the british rule,and subsequently since independence.
          The british recognised their honesty & integrity and recruited them to public service.
          The language-wise standardisation was introduced to check recruitment of tamils to university, and entry to public service.
          “sihala proficiency” exams had to be passed by tamil aspirants to public service since 1956.
          Sirimavo abolished the holding of London University examinations by the Examinations Department which enabled bright students entry to universities abroad – but sent her children abroad for uiversity education.
          She also ivented the Exit Permit system to travel abroad,and introduced requirement of “pre-paid air tickets” from abroad.

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          John You Idiot:

          Who says that the Tamils have no hope. That is what you hope. But the only Country which has total Jurisdiction over you lot is about to have a face lift and wake up to reality man.
          You have bribed the Corrupt Politicians like Shiv Shankar Menon, Krishna, the Loony Swami who comes every October to collect his pay cheque up to now to have your way.
          When BJP take over the Iron lady will be wielding a lot of power and MR will be summoned to Chennai for the riots act to be read.
          Beggars cant be choosers and you will be given the marching orders.

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            Dream on there chump! The only marching orders are going to be given by the Chinese, not you incompetent, poor, corrupt, disorganized, donkeys over there.

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            Kali, you live on a different planet. Once you thought Chelva will save you, then VP will. Chelva hit the dust. VP ended up halucinating with eyes wide open, lying in mud,after killing his own son and 40,000 plus Tamils. Modi is of Aryan stock, will not allow a Dravidian woman to dictate to him or Sri Lanka.
            Keep dreaming!
            Refer to Wiki for photo of VP with head and eyes wide open. (No sight of brain within, like you)

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          John.

          ‘The Tamils have been favoured by the British by their divide and rule policy’ is an untruth and a figment of the imagination of the present day so called Sinhala Patriots. The British never practiced a divide and rule policy as they gave equal opportunity to all who were Qualified whether they be Sinhalese or Tamil. It was the Sinhalese after Independence that adopted a divide and rule policy to favour the majority Sinhalese, playing the Sinhalese Buddhist card for them to secure political power.

          To elaborate the issue further, there is a greater number of Tamils in the diaspora than the Sinhalese. Is it that all the countries have favoured accommodating Tamils, more than the Sinhalese or is it due to that more Tamils were English qualified who found employment easily overseas and thereafter got their kith and kin across, while the Sinhalese clamouring for Swabasha education were unable to find easy employment and further were selfish not to help their kith and kin to get across?

          When the Tamils were in greater number in the Govt Services then, they had the required qualifications and were more dedicated and did an honest job of work compared to the lazy corrupt Sinhalese of today.

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      lalu

      “Never too old to learn, [Edited out]!”

      Why have you stopped learning?

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      Lal you Idiot:

      What do you know about the Human Rights Record of countries supporting you. If you don’t know let me tell you:

      China is guilty of Tiananmen Square Massacre
      Iran Opponents jailed and killed
      Zimbabwe one party ruled and opponents silenced
      Egypt 3000 pro democracy supporters killed in one day.

      Unlike you lot the LTTE never killed the Muslims where as you killed 140,000 women and children by shelling and that is why you are scared to go the Hague. But you will be taken there kicking and screaming like Milosevic.

      So what you are saying is that you lot love Tamils ( I mean love to kill ) whereas the Tamils hate you lot and man can you blame us .

      There are Tamils living in refugee camps not Ghettos.
      The Iron Lady has just released a statement and that is as follows.
      March 2014 is just the beginning and the Tamils have to wait for a little longer until Congress is booted out to see real Change which is Eelam whether you like it or not.

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    Tamils, Muslims, Christians should learn how to live as minorities in Sinhala country , then problem is over.

    Shelve swollen headedness, it’s a mental disorder.

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      John has eloquently defined the motto of the phenomenon Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinism:

      “Tamils, Muslims, Christians should learn how to live as minorities in Sinhala country , then problem is over.”

      I take my hat off to him for being blatantly honest! It is bewildering that such a Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinist using an alias “John”!

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    Nathan is [Edited out]

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      [Edited out]

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        ela kolla

        “[Edited out]”

        Where is your ghost writer?

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    This diatribe of Tamils woes, typically contains broad based generalities, stated as inimitable truths. Amongst which are;
    -that suitably large numbers of Tamils unwillingly left their home land.
    Nearer to the truth would be that the vast majority saw an opportunity to seek greener pastures. As a result whole rural Tamil villages were transplanted to countries like Canada, UK, Australia and of course Norway.Most of these people spoke little or no English. The LTTE aided and abetted in this large scale migration and reaped the reward by demanding monthly contribution to its coffers which financed their terrorist war and sustained it for near 27 years.Admittedly some highly qualified Tamils too were among them as were Sinhalese and Muslims.
    The claim that’unfortunately there is no common bond between the Tamils and the Sinhalese due to language and religion is also a generality which hides the fact that their are very close cultural ties between the Hindus and the Buddhists. After all no one denies that both groups were migrants from India.The classic ploy of exaggerating differences with out emphasizing the larger commonality.
    There are some other statements in similar vein which must remain without comment.
    The ‘Crimes’ committed against the Tamils, is the theme of all those who for a period of over 30 years hid behind the violence and terror unleashed across the ethnic divide. The brutality with which the LTTE pursued its agenda for a separate state within Sri Lanka, the indiscriminate bombings and assassinations
    of civilians, the ethnic cleansing of the North and the terror with which it controlled its own Tamil population, gets a scares mention. Perhaps it was not the intention to present a balanced view.
    The Quest for a Home Land for the Tamils is a puerile pursuit, by an ethnic group, the majority of whose numbers are resident out side the claimed for home land.
    What this country needs is a level playing field. where all its inhabitants’irrespective ethnic or religious differences have equal rights as citizens and are not discriminated against.The language issue should now be at rest in as much both Sinhalese and Tamil are State Languages and English is recognized as a link language and this status is now embodied in the constitution. Admittedly more work has to be done here to make this a practical reality.
    The drift towards authoritarianism, has to be curtailed and reversed and that can only be done a vigorous opposition.The predominant Tamil political party should be part of this process. Just as much the discriminatory mind set of the Majority has and must change, the Tamil ethnic groupings must also change and abandon its unrealistic demand for a separate Elam.It is clear that the vast majority of the people of this country including Tamils will make sure that no separatist terror groups will be allowed to raise their heads again.

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    DIVIDE, DISTRACT, CORRUPT and RULE is the motto and practice of the Jarapassa regime and its cronies like Vasudeve Nanayakkara, the dead leftist who should have resigned and handed over party leadership to the younger generation.
    Instead, Vasudeva Nanayakkara who is in bed with NGO Human Rights so called activist queen Nimalka Fernando and the Minister of National Languages and social DISintegration is following the Jarapassa culture of nepotism and corruption has tuned his ministry into a FAMILY BUSINESS and appointed his son to run the Ministry, so we do not expect him to break ranks to abolish the executive presidency.

    Now for Vasu, its MONEY POLITICS all the way – NO principles or policies! Vasu’s son blocks any progress in the Ministry and prevents international donors helping with good programs and diverts funds for shows and hot air talk shops at LKRISS He is a clown like his father! These dead leftists are a curse on the country and a disgrace.. This ministry needs to be forced to present a BILL ON THE PREVENTION OF RACIAL HATRED AND HATE SPEECH in the Parliament of Clowns – and if not, Ministry of National Disintegration which is a waste of funds, should be shut down.

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    It took 30 years of struggle to open Jaffna Ghetto didn’t it really? The next lesson will be how to adjust to a non-ghetto civilisation. It must be scary I can imagine. But then changes are all like this. I would not worry so much.

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      “non-ghetto civilisation”

      Wow! How old are you? The Sinhala Buddhists chauvinists have been trying create the whole of Sri Lanka as a Sinhala Buddhist ghetto ever since 1948; this is why we are in this situation! This fool runs away when challenged pops up here and there writing dire drivels.

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        Runs away? When? Let see what you have again.

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      Vibhushana

      “It took 30 years of struggle to open Jaffna Ghetto didn’t it really?”

      How long it is going to take to open up Sinhala/Buddhist Ghetto?

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    “Not all Prime Ministers were budhists. D S, Senanayake and SWRD were Christians most of their lives.”

    They were Christians to get favours from Whites.
    Then they were Budhists to get votes and stay in power.

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      Chelva was a christian, Malaysian Tamil. He didn’t do any favours to anybody excspt himself. 17% of Jaffna Tamils are christian, no doubt they got favours from whites. Only 6% of Sinhalese are christian. You can deduce who got more favours from whites, Tamils or Sinhalese.

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        “Malaysian Tamil” – are you going to say Gotabaya Rajapakse is an American Sinhalese?

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          Chelva was born in Malaysia. GR was born in Sri Lanka, GR has saved Sri Lanka from scumbag, low born terrorists. Chelva did nothing for good for Sri Lanka or Tamils but encouraged terrorism, racism and violence towards Sinhalese as in 1958 and 1974.GR is a patriot Sri Lankan, Chelva was not a patriotic Malaysian Tamil.

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            lalu

            “Chelva was born in Malaysia.”

            Your ancestors were born in Bihar came to my land by Kallathoni.

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        “Though Jaffna was not the first place where Christian Missionaries landed, English education was not much resorted to in Batticaloa, Chilaw, Galle and Matara where the first contacts were made, because the soil was fertile with regular rains (except Batticaloa) and people preferred to continue with their agricultural pursuits in main.

        Because the Jaffna soil was barren, mainly rocky or stone laden, people had to toil and sweat very hard to eke out a living (In Chilaw until His Lordship Marcus Fernando became the Bishop in the seventies, the Church also did not encourage education).

        They did not want their children to toil like them. They mortgaged their farmlands or even sold them to give their children English education. Even Ivor Jennings the first Vie Chancellor also has commented on this. The most successful of those who came up in the different competitive Examinations were selected according to requirements.”

        There was no economic development in the North and East during the entire British period – not even infrastructures like Link-Roads and easing of travel and transport because the North and East did not come within the purview of the colonial economy of the British.

        It is noted that D S Senanayake advised the British to grant independence to Ceylon early, as the Tamils will be problematic as they were followers of Gandhian principles led by the Jaffna Youth League which agitated for full independence – the sign of unadulterated faithfulness of the coastal Sinhalese to the British Masters.”
        http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=36262

        “Current unrest in Sri Lanka can be traced back to the middle of the last century when Tamils were comparatively doing well in education and business. Sinhala extremists in Sri Lanka couldn’t digest the fact that Tamils still being a minority, dominating education and business. Since 1950, almost every ten years, Tamils were killed in thousands and their properties were burned to ashes. These attacks were always masterminded by the Sinhala rulers who were in power.” http://my.telegraph.co.uk/richarddixons/

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        lalu

        Here is some home truth about white man’s contribution to Buddhism, Sinhala/Buddhists’, their emancipation, English education,….. protestant Buddhism, ……..excerpts:

        “Olcott’s influence on Sri Lankan Buddhism was both immediate and long lasting. He felt it a duty to provide Sri Lankan children with a good knowledge of their religion through Buddhist schools. To do this he started an educational fund and, with the help of Buddhist monks and laity, founded vernacular schools in village areas and English schools in the cities.

        By 1898 there were 103 B.T.S. schools in Sri Lanka, many of them modeled on mission schools and some equal to the best of them in providing a modern English education to Buddhist children. These children were trained for administrative, professional, and mercantile positions under the colonial regime. It is primarily through these schools that modern Buddhism (that is, the Western conception of Buddhism) diffused into the society and became the basic religious ideology of the educated Buddhist bourgeoisie.”

        Colonel Henry Steel Olcott’s reforms of the 19th Century
        and their Cultural Significance

        By Prof. Gananath Obeyesekere
        January 11, 1992.

        http://aryasangha.org/obeye-1.htm

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          Veddah,
          Olcott did all that because the British had dicriminatory policies towards Sinhalse. To start the process to educate the disadvantaged Sinhalese, Olcott became a buddhist.Get the point now?
          Again, nobody, but the Sri Lankan govt made education available to all, including the Veddahs, free of charge.Free education was spurned by the high caste Tamils who did not want the poorer Tamil children to sit alongside their chidren.
          You have shot yourself in the foot (with bow and arrow), idiot! Make use of the education now, less of roaming around in the govt provided twin cab, and write some sense.
          Certainly, both Sinhalese and Tamils have made use of education; seems not the dumb Veddah spokesman.

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            lalu

            You type well, without substance or fact. I have no complain.

            Please refer to

            A History of Sri Lanka
            By KM de Silva

            pages 575 – 578 for information on free education.

            D S Senanayake and many of the members of State Council, almost all of them were Sinahla/Buddhists resisted the introduction of free education.

            The defense of the denominational principle came from managers and principals of schools controlled by Buddhists and Hindus.

            Please know your history before start typing your fantasies as facts.

            FYI almost all the Sinhala elites were alumni of mission schools, including the father of free education C W W kanangara.

            Be grateful to Wesleyan Missionary and Colonel Henry Steel Olcott for whatever you thing as Sinhala/Buddhist achievement in education.

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              Veddah,

              You choose your books, I’ll choose mine.Knowing a bit of history or little of anything brings the downfall of many, including you Veddah.

              As I explained to you stupid dumb wit,Olcott entered the process of providing schooling to Buddhist Sinhalese because they were being discriminated by the British. Also, the Sinhala culture had been ravaged by the by the invaders from Tamil Nadu, Portugese, the Dutch and the British. Olcott was a rarity amongst pre independance whites, a man of conscious unlike your Wesleyan heroes who grabbed whatever they could under the pretext of educating locals. Education to them was a means of dividing and brain washing locals, creating a middle class subservient to the colonial masters, who in turn will maintain the status quo. The Tamils took the bait, got the “education”, served their masters well to the detriment of the majority but, ended up being the 5th column and pariahs. Not very smart were they?

              Your little pea brain seems to have gone through the process of brainwashing without a doubt. Now go and wash your dirty “amudai”.

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                lalu

                “Also, the Sinhala culture had been ravaged by the by the invaders from Tamil Nadu, Portugese, the Dutch and the British.”

                What is this Sinhala Culture that you are boringly repeat?

                Please define and explain.

                Please keep on talking to yourself.

                “You choose your books, I’ll choose mine.”

                You swallow all your myths and I stick to my Elders.

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          Col. Olcott’s mission was so successful, even the Native Veddahs learnt to communicate in English.

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      And you know they were fooling all the time, and yet again even now !

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    “Subjugation of Tamils is followed by Attacks on Muslims and Christians, What are the available Options to International Community?” (GK Nathan)

    The international community collectively has no problems. Individually there are problems of solvency and to cover it up those countries change the policy for disbursement of aid. Now only the poorest of poor are eligible and countries are selected based on per-capita income. The rest gets soft loans or commercial loans.

    It is not a problem for SL to get commercial loans from WB, ADB, IMF or any other country. The GOSL has been borrowing from the Indian Line of Credit. When oil production in Mannar begins Indo-Lanka bridge will be a reality and SL will be an outlet for exporting produce from Eastern India and European manufacturers will come running to South India and Indian manufacturers will set up business in SL to get the fiscal benefits of SAARC FTA. Then rabble-rousers of the calibre of GK Nathan, will run to India to register companies and come to SL to start business.

    If relations between India and SL do not improve by then, a China Town in Mannar could be a reality and the alleged subjugation of Tamils would not be an issue of concern to the international community. It will be subjugation of Chinese by the West.

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    A Bribe of Rs 100,000 is being offered by the army,in the northeast to each person trying to give evidence before the Commission on Disappearances, to desist from doing so.
    Many are also being threatened.
    Many are unable to give statements as the procedure is being deliberately made complicated.
    Armymen are diverting some to wrong venues.
    Complainants are very doubtful whether their complaints are recorded correctly,as recordings are not read over and initials/signatures obtained.
    30,000 troops were busy on February 4th,removing thousands of black flags in the northeast.

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    So according to Nathan, the writer here, it is only the countries supporting SL has dubious human rights records. So i assume the USA, UK, Canada etc have a very clean record of the same right?
    This is called ” Selective Amnesia” and this syndrome seems to be prevalent only amoungst the Terrorist supporting Tamils and their white masters!

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      Senaratne,
      Not so.
      USA,UK,Canada & others do have human rights problems,but there are independent mechanisms to quickly inquire into them.
      This is the big difference.
      Any citizen can record complaints regarding HR violations without fear,at any police station.
      There are independent bodies of persons appointed by the state to record & inquire into complaints against police and armed services.
      Noone – the inquirers or complainants, are ever intimidated.
      Inquiries are diligently pursued and disposed of,within the shortest possible time frames.

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        Justice, you are in the dark.
        The US soldiers who killed an entire household in Afghanistan were discharged by US courts, since they were committed overseas and outside US jurisdiction. US soldiers cannot be charged for offences committed in Afghanistan by the Agghan government, but only by US military. The head of the US forces, The President has declared that he will not pursue charges against war crimes committed by US soldiers while in foreign countries. Where is justice?
        True, there are mechanisms in place in the West to protect their citizens by police excesses. Yet, intimidation occurs. Minorities represented in much larger percentages in Australia and the US. Washington DC has thousands of homeless sleeping in the streets in freezing weather, and they are mostly black. The aboriginals of Australia are badly off too, most live in conditions far worse than Menik farm.

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    What can i say to this mad one-eied Tamel parasit who sucked sinhala blood and Priveleged always wanted the same chank foolisch igoman menatality Psud-cunning is a continous Truble to sinhala body. Thats True. We as Sinhale need no Tamel at all at all. Leave from us get migrate as you come to sri-Lanka. Listen till this universe exploides Tamel will Never get our Chunk. You all can hench to US UK NOrway Anyway and do your slave Job as it is commen in tamel genetiks. But the nastyness of Tamel to sinhale never considerd. We do not need any terrorists and parasits. This man write and writes oh je i getting mad of what this phylosophy contains. This ugly tamel even does not know the real Histry of Old ceylon and New Sri-Lanka. We just stand in New Sri-Lanka. New Srilanka Tamel is of no use. They live from sinhala Tax Sinhala produktion and Sinhala Blood. Sri Lanka Belongs to sinhale. Not for no one. Its afakt you Old Ugly must delibratly understand.You all Tamel can use Psudo American Women and UK Punk Polititions they just see a living streem throuh Minorities. A war terror only to sri Lanka case of sl Army has liberated but not for Us Uk. Why? Why you Tamel suck the big balls of Us and Uk Faul Eggs??? Why not rotten Eggs of Indiens? You shot down Rajeew Gandhi … Why? No US Uk Protokol? You Killed Sinhala innocent. No UN Question? You Killed Muslim Brothers . No UN Tribunal. Why? No Fukin Us or UK Answered. Only Mahinda is evry bodies truble now. Why that? Has mahinda done something wrong to his country? Has sinhala Army done something wrong to their mother counry? You fuked Tamel you should Blast Bombs in Canada America Norwy Germany Specially In SWTZERLAND, Australia. Do such. You seconclass discriminated better than in Lanka. Why you do never do such? Only sucking. Man its a bulschit to Answer cause you are a fukin Tamel. A rain of blood splits if i see your ART ENTFERNUNG. Tamel Schwule Propeganda wit Homo LOby.

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      Pora Kukula

      Please bear with me, I am finding it hard to get the gist of your typing.
      Could you summarise whatever you have typed into a para in simple English.

      Thanks.

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    It is very clear that these few isolated attacks on very insignificant places of worship which is blown out of proportions, has been a well planned action by the enemies of Sri Lanka assisted and funded by the Western Embassies in the country, in order to create an issue to strengthen their position to crucify Sri Lanka at the next Human Rights conference in March. These elements never publish the killings and attacks of Buddhist Priests, and Buddhist Temples which took place at the same time, for obvious reasons.

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    The country has been fighting since the independence. Every six months the world is passing new resolution on the country at the UNHRC meetings. But they are dreaming for wonder of Asia and superior country. They have failed to acknowledge their hatred towards their fellow countrymen. They must liberate themselves from their hatred. While I was in Sri Lanka I wanted to visit few tourist places, but they refused to sell local tickets to me. As soon as they heard my Sinhala accent, they asked my identity card. I said I was born in the North. They didn’t ask ID card from Sinhalese, because they spoke perfect Sinhala. If they have hired a Tamil, he/she would have understood my Jaffna Tamil accent. I never paid foreigners’ fee, I simply walked-out.
    Recently, I saw a documentary on “reconciling and rebuilding”, in the documentary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is struggling to finish one sentence in English without stumbling for words. It is a disgraceful to the country; and shameful to the United States, because he is an American citizen too. The regime is heading to China to get help at the UNHRC meeting. I will campaign to the Chinese communist party to keep the distance from the least educated regime in the history of Sri Lanka. If the Chinese communist regime supports the Rajapaksa fools then I will tell the Asian leaders that the Chinese communist regime is undermine the Asia’s stability by backing the thugs. Do not ever think that the Chinese communist regime has the capability to fight against the West, India and Japan. I will make the Chinese communist party feel very uncomfortable in Asia and in the world. Wait and see what is about to unfold. The Rajapaksa regime thinks it is smart; wait and see how smart it is.
    The world is far smarter and talented in foreign dealings than the foolish Rajapaksas’ relatives and friends who serve as diplomats all over the world. It is over; it is just a matter of time to see the Rajapaksa brothers have been thrown out from their power. The foolish Rajapaksa regime has been dreaming to rule Sri Lanka for another twenty years. But I have a message for the Sri Lanka’s most foolish regime “it is over, pack up and leave, or we will make you to leave.”

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    Antany Peter
    are you a foolisch Sinhalese? No You are ART ENTFERNUNG person from the Country whether you are a sinhalese or Tamel or Moor or A CHristian Sinhalese. You should not nurished from lanka to write such. I belive you are a similer to a parasit who could not bare our rising success in capturing the Universe. We As Rajapakschas Serams Ranathungas Wijesuriyas, Abeysuriyas,Jayasuriyas will Herl you guys from this paradise. The days are counting to hunter you busters to cherisch. All in all Sri Lanka will be a National dominated. All Monks will lead. Not Jesus blooding to tell i m your saviour….and put all to a missary and getting every body to paradice…. oh my God. Antany are you a true christ… you are a fool to have identify such to a truth, myth, and Akt harmly silently in your innocent cracked mental device to sinhale. Buddhism is our paramount reserektion.I like to meet you where ever you rest in peace in this univerce cause you are a psudo Homo and your brain is contaminated and i can heal you in my way to Hell and Heven.

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    Antany Peter,

    “Recently, I saw a documentary on “reconciling and rebuilding”, in the documentary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is struggling to finish one sentence in English without stumbling for words. It is a disgraceful to the country; and shameful to the United States, because he is an American citizen too. “

    Not knowing English is not a shame. What this man along with Sarath Fonseka did for the country is what colorful characters like Lalith Athulathmudali could not do.
    You are smarting from defeat aren’t you.

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      Ravi Perera

      There might have been differences in their methods however their intentions the same and eventual outcome would have been same had Athulathmudali was alive, complete brutality and death of innocent civilians.

      Not knowing English is not a shame, not knowing his limitations in communicating in English is utter shame.

      He could have employed a interpreter.

      Man rages 24/7/52, words hard to come by.

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    What the Sinhalese armed forces doing in the N&E (among other things )

    Police pushing Tamil youth into drugs and prostitution says Wigneswaran

    The Chief Minister of the Northern Province CV Wigneswaran has stated that Tamil youth are being pushed into drugs and prostitution with the help of the Sri Lankan military, earlier this month.

    Addressing the ‘Southwest Youth Association’ in Maanippai, Wigneswaran told the audience that brothels were being built with Tamil women as prostitutes and youths being pushed into using cocaine and other drugs.

    Noting that problems on this scale were new to the Northern Province, he went on to add that these issues have led to Tamil youth abandoning their culture and tradition.

    See the full report from the Uthayan (in Tamil) here.
    http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=9903

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