25 October, 2020

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Sumanthiran Lobbies Support For UNHRC Resolution In Australia

Representatives of the Tamil National Alliance, now on a mission to Australia, have urged the Australian Government to consider co-sponsor the resolution at the UN Human Rights Council and back an international inquiry into the final phase of the war in Sri Lanka.

Sumanthiran

Sumanthiran

TNA National List Legislator M.A. Sumanthiran is currently in Australia, where he has met with parliamentarians and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to lobby support for the resolution which the Tamil party claims seeks to alleviate the problems faced by Sri Lanka’s ethnic Tamil minority.

“There is wide consensus that Sri Lanka hasn’t delivered and hasn’t made headway in accountability,” Mr Sumanthiran told Australia Network after his meetings at Parliament House.

“The United Nations Human Rights Council now has a resolution that calls on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate atrocities said to have taken place in the last days of the civil war.

“We have called consistently for a international commission of inquiry. This present draft that we have seen doesn’t call for an independent inquiry to be set up through the resolution.

“We are a bit disappointed, yet we recognise we are making progress with the resolution. We are hopeful that US, Britain and a few other countries will take it forward, acquire the necessary vote then it will be passed and implemented.”

Australia’s Abbot administration has cosied up the Rajapaksa Government in Colombo and has shown willingness to overlook major human rights issues in the island in exchange for Sri Lanka’s support for stopping illegal immigrants arriving on Australian shores.

Australia is a major stumbling block in ongoing efforts to lobby UN member states to support the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka, diplomatic sources say, with Canberra attempting to curry favour with Colombo with attempts to soften the tone of the resolution. Australia has co-sponsored US resolutions on Sri Lanka in previous years, but is unlikely to do so in 2014, due to the overwhelmingly close relationship between Prime Minister Tony Abbot and the Rajapaksa ruling dynasty in Colombo.

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    Bound to fail, unfortunately the boat issue is big vote getter in Australia.

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      This guy would have a made a better hard hitting speech on behalf of the GOSL

      All GLP could do was read out nervously the “lies agreed upon” from a piece of paper

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    In any other country this shameless clown would have been locked away in a dark hole a long time ago for treason and/or sedition.
    But in Sri Lanka he’s an MP :D And they say Tamils have no freedom :D

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      So why is he not being arrested? is the government scared of him?

      Could you please explain?

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        “Could you please explain?”

        That is not his strength.

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        Tamils are congenital idiots.

        What happened at UNHRC?

        Now cowards run away. Where is international investigation losers?

        Where the hell is referendum?

        Tamils have been humiliated by the UNHRC by Tamil Pilley.

        Bloody damn losers AGAIN!

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        He is a govt. agent.

        Poor loser is trying to make ends meet.

        An useful idiot.

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      So from your post we can conclude that treason = opposing Sinhala supremacy.

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        Is the UN resolution against Sinhala supremacy? What institutionalized Sinhala supremacy does Sri Lanka has? Face the facts mate, any able country would have dissolved the northern provincial council by now and positioned some extra army battalions in north.

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          The UN resolution is against the GOSL and its armed forces for what they did to tens of thousands of Tamil civilains. Don’t act like GOSL and the Armed forces are anything but Sinhala entities pushing a Sinhala Nationalist agenda.

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            What is the Sinhala Nationalist agenda exactly? and what institutionalized Sinhala supremacy does Sri Lanka has?

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              The Sinhala Nationalist agenda is to reduce the Tamil population and suppress the remaining ones. The agenda is total island wide Sinhala hegemony over land , economy , political power and push to assimilate Tamils into the Sinhala fold.

              Sinhala supremacy is best seen in the Armed forces and how they behave towards Tamils. It is also seen in how Sinhalese control all the levers of power in government , which matters because there is no rule of law. The pushing of Sinhala in the North and East , the building of Buddhist statues and government sponsered programs to settle Sinhalese in the North and East are all signs of Sinhala supremacy.

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            so what praba did was excusable and all is SL gov’s fault ? get rid of the blinkers man – who kept civilian hostages just to protect his own life ?

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              How is it possible to keep over 40,000 civilian hostages, because the number Tamils deliberately slaughtered is 40,000+. No body forced the GOSL to slaughter soo many Tamils, it was GOSL’s genocidal mentality that made them do it.

              The war was effectively over so no amount of civilian shields would have posed a threat to the government.

              What excuse do you have for all rapes, murder, torture, disappearances and intimidation by GOSL against Tamils after VP’s death, are you going to blame VP’s ghost for those.

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          Illiberal,

          To start with can you withdraw the primacy given to Buddhism in the Constitution? Can you also reinstate the clause 29 that offered protection for the minorities? Give parity to the Tamil Language; allow the Tamils to sing the National Anthem in Tamil. The flag can wait; do these and see reactions from the minorities!

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      Siva Sankaran Sarma….

      This is the trick…..

      LTTE killed some sinhalese, but helped few sinhalese too, remember relief supplies sent to sinhalese areas affected by tsunami.

      SL Military saved over 100,000 tamils during their ‘humanitarian’ operation, but killed over 40,000 civilians with the terrorists.

      Got it?

      :-)

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      Ha,david you have come back at last after a long time.This comment reminds me of one of your previous ones where you said during the siege of the welikada prison that it should have been razed to the ground and relocated in a remote area.

      Are you sure you are sane after being wounded?Mentally also you have been wounded it seems. PTSD,better see a psychiatrist.Do a favour for the people of the country and take gota with you. PTSD due to fighting with valour during the retake jaffna operation and running off to US.

      Drop all this sankaran sarma nonsense and come in your real name machan.

      native veddha is dying to resume his verbal duels with you.

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      Just imagine a US senator or a British MP doing the equivalent.

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        One other Sri Lankan did. His name is…. Mahendra Percy Rajapakse. He went to Geneva for this.

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      Arahara Siva Siva Sarma

      In Sri Lanka Doglas Devanada is a Minister.
      In another country he would have been away in a dark hole
      In Sri Lanka BBS is patronaged
      In another country they would have been away in a dark hole

      we can go on and on

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      Siva,

      Remember when MR went to Geneva as the champion of Human Rights during the time when UNP was at the helm. Do you see any difference between what MR did to what Sumanthiran is doing now? Please think before you rush to make a comment! I am sure Sumanthiran would welcome a legal battle if you want to arrest him!

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      I could not agree more. He should be jailed.

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      @sivasankaran sarma, In any other country you will not have a computer. With your intelligence, you may have a job where you could barely survive. Idiot, at least MA Suma has the courage to stand up not only for the Tamils, but all who have been put down by this rogue regime.

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    Australians are one of the most clever people among the Westerners, especially the English speaking ones.

    One good example is how they managed the LTTE problem both under Liberal and Labour, although the Labour had a soft spot for them.

    Another example is how well most migrants from South Asian countries do in Australia in comparison, to the current anti Sinhala, anti Lankan coalition which is propping up the LTTE rump and driving a political agenda to instigate Regime change under the pretext of Human Rights.

    Sumanathiran ain’t going to get any help from the current Aussie Govt to the LTTE proxy TNA to create a mini Eelaam by separating the North from the rest.

    Reasonable requests like help to develop the North, any assistance to promote understanding between different ethnic groups ,and to make all ethnics groups live in peace and harmony will be entertained.

    Cameron and Harper type demands will be in the waste paper basket for sure because Abbot doesn’t need Tiger supporters.

    if anything Sumanthiran should be spending time in Colombo telling his buddies in Ranil’s Christian Faction to stop that idiotic opposition to Australian Casino in Colombo, which benefits the UNP supporters and the Vellalas more than the Sinhala Buddhists,

    Even Vellala CM would agree after his frank interview with the Japanese Ambassador in Colombo.

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      “Australians are one of the most clever people among the Westerners, especially the English speaking ones. “

      They are very clever to take over the land that belonged to some one else and wiped them out!!!!

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        Hello Anpu

        Australia is well civilised country, they are not listening to any terrorist or terrorist supporters.

        People here live very peacefully , and no issues from tamils like UK closing roads, spending million dollars of tax payers

        Australia has seen how tamil people are troubling other countries in the world including Sri lanka , controlling their votes, therefore Aussies want to cut down boat people bring the pest here therefore Tony Abbott is not going to listen to this [Edited out] Sumatrhiran

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          Australian treatment of refugees is hardly civilized. They have come in for strong condemnation from human rights group in Australia.

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          Kris,

          “Australia is well civilised country” !!!!!!

          I am not telling this.

          “Australian education minister admits Aboriginal children ‘treated like rubbish'” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/10335584/Australian-education-minister-admits-Aboriginal-children-treated-like-rubbish.html

          Few years ago I have been in Sydney & Brisbane & I did not see any aborigines . Except one infront of the Sydney railway station playing that musical instrument(Sorry I do not know the name – long tube)

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            Anpu ,

            that long tube is called ” Didjeridoo” .

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              Don’t worry mate,

              How would Anpu know about Didjeridoos.

              Al least he didn’t say these are sort of Kangaroos….

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                Now we know the difference between you and Srilal. You are a Kangaroo and he is a human.

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              Thank you Srilal. Now I remember Didjeridoo.

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        “Australians are one of the most clever people among the Westerners, especially the English speaking ones. ”

        what a complimentary , if for some reasons Ausis change their tactics tomorrow and reverse their policy towards SL and behaves as the Brits or Canadians , what would be the response ? Tiger abbot !

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      This person has a grudge or some sort of preocupation with Velalas!! In every single comment he makes, he has to mention the word vellala even if there is no connection or need for that word!!!I think he needs medical help desperately!!!

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        Yup, almost every post that Sumansekera makes includes mention of Vellala, despite the fact that it is not relevant to the thread.

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          [Edited out]

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    Australia Government is contravening UN Conventions for which they are signatories in order to curry faavour with a racist tinpot dictator of a banana republic just to prevent people, coming by boat, from claiming asylum .Can not blame their thinking as the British used Australia as a penal colony where murderers were sent. The present Australians (not the new immigrants)are their progenitors. (There are exceptions of course),

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    Beggars!If not belly-achers! Cannot take the fact that the terrorists were anihilated.

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      Do you realise that the situation is even worse- a new breed of TERRORISTS are in power now!!!

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    Doesn’t Sumanthiran realise that, the more the International Community tries to harass the Rajapakses, the more hardened they become towards the Tamil Minority in the North.

    The Tamils in the South of whom Sumanthiran is One, are no worse off than the Majority Sinhalese, and the International Community are not aware of this. They do not understand that there are Tamils living peacefully in the South.

    Foreigners see no difference between Sinhalese and Tamils
    It is like for example, that we Sri Lankans see no difference between Ukranians and Russians and what they are fighting about!

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      Rajapaksa already makes life as bad as possible for Tamils , so your excuse to lighten up on the critisim on Rajapaksa will not make things better for Tamils .

      You are also in denial or lying about how Tamils in the South are no worse off than the majority Sinhalese, because Tamils will always be discriminated against and abused by the authorities for being Tamils while Sinhalese are never going to expereince the same ethnic prejudice since the authorities too are Sinhalese.

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        Palmsquirrel, this is where you are wrong.

        “Sinhalese are never going to expereince the same ethnic prejudice since the authorities too are Sinhalese.”

        What about Prejudice against non-Buddhist, non-Govigama Sinhalese?
        They are also minorities.

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          Ofcourse there is prejudice against the groups you mention but it is not prejudice for being Sinhalese, it is prejudice for not being Govigama or Buddhist.

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    I don’t think sumanthiran will succeed.Only the US can pressure australia.Weeping about the civilian deaths on the shoulders of Tony Abbott will be like water going down a ducks back.Tony Abbott coudn’t care a shit about human rights abuse and would have happily become another mahinda if not for the checks and balances that the founding fathers of australia put in the constitution to stop abuse of rights.

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    Our tax money working against us!

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      And the Tamil tax money supporting a regime that wants to destroy Tamils.

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        The armed tamils. Not the decent law abiding tamils.

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          Liberal One & Liberal One

          Where on earth did you both get this ridiculous idea that Tamils and Sinhalese pay income tax?

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          Tamils took up arms for self defense , because of Sinhala nationalist attacks. Your comment reinforces the opinion that Sinhala Chauvinists think Tamils should just accept oppression from Sinhalese and have no right to defend themselves.

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    Tony Abbot led liberal government’s least concerns are Human rights and its related work and they will not have any time for such nonsense, their top priorities are trade & commerce !at the moment their main headache is to put a full stop to the SL Boat arrivals henceforth they would not give a monkey about SL human right violations or any of those irrelevant topics , Mr Sumanthiran is just wasting his time on something which he will never succeed , instead Mr Sumanthiran must be spending his time & effort of getting another gunboat to SL regime.

    classic case in point of Abbots Human right concern is the recent renewed diplomatic ties with Fijian Military dictator Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

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    Tamil politician are big traitors to sri Lanka. They underhand LTTE (terrorist group) supporters. As long as they try to divide the country by influencing India and try to get international sympathy using minnow card, it well be easy to Rajapakse government to be in power. Only reason Sinhalese people vote for Rajapakse is they are scared some softies like Ranil will let the country be divided and leads us to eternal ethnic war.

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      As long as you Sinhalese support Sinhala Chauvinist politicians and think SL belongs to Sinhalese only, Tamils will elect politicians who will stand up for Tamils. It is the genocidal mentality of the Sinhala establishment and the Sinhala masses that forces Tamil politicians to be critical of GOSL.

      Don’t forget that the Tamil armed struggle for a separate state came AFTER Sinhala masses repeatedly kept electing Sinhala Chauvinist politicians.

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    What a defeat for Tamils in UNHRC!!

    US resolution is like a cricket ball from a match fixing bowler.

    No INTERNATIONAL investigation!!

    No GENOCIDE!!

    No REFERENDUM.

    Damn losers. Now Tamils can get back to howling and weeping.

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    Abbott seems to be nothing short of a dim wit. Surely, even an imbecile
    knows that the lucrative business of people-smuggling from here to Australia is controlled and financially benefitting a young man in the Rajapakse galaxy. And this Abbot presents a sailing craft to them
    to prevent people-smuggling. It is like the old Sinhala saying of horage ammageng hora koi giyada kiyala anawa (the Police asking the mother of thief where he is hiding) Abbot should know at Rs.2-3 million per person it is difficult to stop the racket from here. Why doesn’t this man use the good offices of his diplomats here – who know exactly what is happening here and those behind the juicy racket where now more Sinhalese than Tamils are escaping.

    Australian PMs of recent vintage have enjoyed a reputation as liberals and in sympathetic to the down-trodden and minorities made to suffer by a regime notorious for all the viles of majoritarianism.
    It is time this PM, very unpopular and struggling with his ratings in his home country, see the point and do what is right. After all, Australia’s exports to Sri Lanka are only a very small fraction -and that too, in products the Sri Lankan market cannot do without.
    It is time Mr. Abbott got his act together.

    Carol A. Teldala

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    Sumanthiran is a[Edited out]. If he wants to prove otherwise he should first urge the Tamil community to consider setting up its own commission of inquiry to account for the war crimes committed by the LTTE. And if he has any decency, he should get his TNA colleague the [Edited out] Saravanabhavan to stop publishing lies in the Jaffna Uthayan “newspaper” and misleading the Tamil people. The [Edited out] Sumanthiran shouldn’t think others are fools.

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      OutRider

      “If he wants to prove otherwise he should first urge the Tamil community to consider setting up its own commission of inquiry to account for the war crimes committed by the LTTE.”

      Its a novel idea.

      If your point is accepted, there would be a need to set up countless commissions to investigate all war crimes committed by

      Members of UNP
      Members of SLFP
      Deshapremi Janatha Viyaparaya (DJV)
      Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)(Somawansa, Weerawansa………….)
      LTTE (Karuna, KP, Pillyan…….)
      EPRLF (Premachandra, Dayan, ……………………………
      TELO
      IPKF
      Armed forces
      Muslim Home Guards
      ……….
      ………
      ………

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      Dear CT

      Thanks for adding emphasis and making my writing sharp by editing out the ineffectual words.

      OutRider

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      ” And if he has any decency, he should get his TNA colleague the [Edited out] Saravanabhavan to stop publishing lies in the Jaffna Uthayan “newspaper” and misleading the Tamil people. The [Edited out] Sumanthiran shouldn’t think others are fools. “

      And you think most Tamils are foolish enough to buy your Sinhala propaghanda ? TNA and Uthayan are respected because they stand up for the Tamils against Sinhala brutality. You and GOSL’s attempt at conveying faux concern for Tamils and claims of Tamils being mislead isn’t convincing anyone.

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    Dissapointed act of a navive young politian to argue on moral ground.Had he scared the the kindom to come wood create more boat loads – they would have been guided with feer to act.

    Australia is SL’s only ally and only for one reason. They dont want more of y yakkos to arrive there.

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