21 May, 2019

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Ten Years After A War Without Witnesses: Global Tamil Forum Calls To Ensure Sri Lanka Firmly Remains On The UNHRC Agenda

“The time is right to consider consequences – both bi-lateral and multi-lateral – if Sri Lanka continues to repudiate its commitments,” says the Global Tamil Forum.

Issuing a statement today the GTF said: “Ten years after the end of one of the most brutal wars of recent times, all victims and their families, irrespective of their background, need justice and closure. Any further delay and diversions will only perpetuate the injustice and long suffering.”

We publish below the statement in full:

It is almost ten years since the war ended in Sri Lanka. The Tamil community suffered the most devastating impact of the war. Death, enforced disappearances and displacement was the norm, literally not a single family was left unaffected. The misery reached a crescendo during the final stages of the war. Despite Sri Lanka’s attempt to conduct the war without witnesses, evidence of brutality came to light in the form of videos, photographs and victim statements after the conclusion of the war. The systematic violence – sexual abuse and cold-blooded execution of war surrenderers, indiscriminate shelling of hospitals and safe zones, and denial of desperately needed humanitarian assistance – led to the deaths of tens of thousands during the final stages of the war, mostly Tamil civilians in the hands of the country’s security forces.

Though the UN system failed miserably in 2009 to protect civilians, subsequent initiatives taken by the leading UN officials to address this failure were notable and praiseworthy. The leadership shown by these UN officials with the support of a core group of countries led to the adoption of five UNHRC resolutions on Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka itself co-sponsored the last two, 30/1 (2015) and 34/1 (2017), committing to implement transitional justice measures, including those related to truth, justice, and reparations.

Despite Sri Lanka’s public pledge, its commitment and conviction to faithfully implement the resolutions have been lacking from the word go. Merits of the accountability process and the need to end impunity for the future wellbeing of all its communities hardly entered a national dialogue. A comprehensive plan to implement all aspects of the resolutions was never developed. Instead, it was always an ad hoc, politicized process with twin objectives – a façade of actions to keep the international community at bay, while no judicial enquiries that would indict military personnel or bound to result in political fallout. Justice for the victims and their families was never a serious concern.

It is in this context that all of Sri Lanka’s diversionary tactics and half-measures should be understood – a Consultation Task Force (CTF) whose well-considered recommendations were dismissed out of hand; operationalising Office of the Missing Persons (OMP) after years of delay but with a restricted mandate to be effective; the undue delay in repealing the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and replacing it with an Act that meets international standards; and now the plan to set up Office of Reparation, without synchronising it with the judicial process. Regarding the crucial aspect of criminal accountability, Sri Lankan leaders have been consistently stating that no international judges will be incorporated into the legal process – a key requirement of the resolution, and a core demand of the Tamil victims. Sri Lanka has made zero progress on this matter.

The recent call by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe for a process of truth telling, regret and forgiveness – without the key promises of justice and accountability, and the statement by President Sirisena that discussions were going on regarding Sri Lanka withdrawing from UNHRC commitments, therefore, are astounding, sinister and dangerous. Whether these are tactics to avert judicial accountability or bargain positions to weaken international will, or truly ill-considered steps to seclude Sri Lanka from the international processes – only time will tell.

Letting Sri Lanka off the hook at this critical juncture without formal UN scrutiny will invariably result in the abandonment of its accountability commitments. No doubt it will alienate the Tamil community by failing to address longstanding grievances related to impunity, thus effectively extinguishing the prospect of reconciliation. It will also abruptly end the processes designed to mitigate the past UN failures and convey a dangerous message that accountability commitments for international crimes are expendable.

As Sri Lanka continues to squander a unique opportunity to address its tragic past, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) calls on the international community and the members of the UNHRC, to ensure that Sri Lanka firmly remains on the UNHRC agenda until all aspects of resolutions 30/1 and 34/1, are fully implemented without exceptions. The new resolution contemplated must be strengthened by time-bound action plan and be subject to more rigorous monitoring by a special country rapporteur and/or by OHCHR presence in the country or by any other suitable mechanism.

The time is right to consider consequences – both bi-lateral and multi-lateral – if Sri Lanka continues to repudiate its commitments. These include UN Member States exercising universal jurisdiction, particularly in the absence of the promised special court; adopting effective vetting procedures that would deny travel privileges to those credibly accused of international crimes; and targeted economic and military restrictions. The recent constitutional crisis and resolution offers a useful model as it amply illustrated the vulnerability of Sri Lanka to external economic pressures. Our request is that failure at UNHRC should trigger alternate UN processes involving multiples of UN organs to establish criminal accountability.

Ten years after the end of one of the most brutal wars of recent times, all victims and their families, irrespective of their background, need justice and closure. Any further delay and diversions will only perpetuate the injustice and long suffering.

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    “Sri Lanka could firmly remain in UNHRC Agenda” by submitting a NEW Resolution to punish both LTTE terrorists in local prisons and exiled in Tamil Diaspora for WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, such as;
    cannibalism,
    slaughtering of innocent civilians,
    murder based on racial and political grounds,
    dehumanization,
    executions based on jungle law,
    disappearances,
    enslavement,
    rape,
    forced abortions in LTTE camps,
    military use of children and
    using women as human bombs!!!!!
    .
    It is time Sri Lanka go for this!
    Any further delay and diversions will only perpetuate the resurrection of LTTE terrorist outfit!!

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      “Any further delay and diversions” will only ACCELERATE the resurrection of LTTE terrorist outfit!!

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        Champa did you hear the court verdict on Bella Kapilla Aandige Purnanthu, that his action threatening Tamils of bodily harm does not come within the purview of his function and as such he cannot claim diplomatic immunity. This is why I have been stressing that only an international impartial inquiry for war crimes will punish Sri Lanka security forces.

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          Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam
          To punish Sri Lankan Security Forces for fighting against terrorists, the United Nations should LEGALIZE TERRORISM, first!!!!

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        Let’s not beat around ……….. these photographs are true and the captured were shot ………. but the notion of “war-crimes” is fluid and depends on who commits them and the mind-set of the people sitting in judgement. ……… the notion of “war-crimes” in the “Sinhala-Buddhist” mind-set/psyche is completely different from that of Buddha’s; I spoke with him last night

        But more importantly what the myopic don’t realize is that the LTTE fought the “Sinhalese” fight for the “Sinhalese” ……. for 30 years keeping them relatively safe from their own “Singhalese” rulers.

        The rulers of the “Sinhalese” wanted the majority population/”Sinhalese” on-side to fight the war.

        The true-nature of the “Sinhalese” rulers towards the “Sinhalese” emerged after May 2009 with the demise of the only real patriot good ol’ Prabakaram.

        The truth is plainly there ……. if one open one’s eyes to see …………. the Sinhala-Buddhist blinkers keeps the vision on the straight and the narrow ……. that’s how the exploiters want it.

        If your outlook in life is to get exploited by others and thank them for it ……… be my guest.

        Morals, ethics, education, religions, right/wrong ………. that’s a laugh ……… it’s a primordial game of exploitation dressed in one’s latest flavour of the month ………. that’s how it’s always been …… and how it will always be.

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          nimal fernando
          I said this before too, when the other photo of boys and a girl was published.
          Where are the parents of those youth? What is the proof that they are Tamils and not other nationals in some other country?
          These photos were published for many years but no Tamil identified victims.
          Why is that?
          The only reason is those in uniforms are LTTE cadre.
          It is no secret that during the war LTTE killed those who provided information to Army, in cold blood. What is circulating is LTTE’s crimes against humanity.
          Sri Lankan Army was well trained and well disciplined and was never allowed to be in disarray. They all were under commanding officers and there was no room for them to act on their own. They were directed via carefully chosen routes under supervision.
          On the contrary, terrorists were in full disarray. The LTTE commanding officers were busy in killing Tamil spys in individual incidents. These photos depict nothing but their world famous barbarism.
          Our Security Forces were fully aware that government’s fight was only against terrorists.
          That is why there were many photos of our Army, Navy and Air Force men carrying Tamil children, elderly and the wounded in their own arms for medical treatment.
          Even today, they give food and water to misled Tamils, who protest under the hot sun against them in front of Army Camps.
          Some years ago, I was stunned to know LTTE diaspora showing photos of their own bomb blasts and dead Sinhalese people as crimes committed by our Army against Tamils. They had described dead Sinhalese as Tamils. Stupid Western countries had believed all their lies.
          Our counter propaganda mechanism against LTTE’s sophisticated propaganda machine was slow at the time. Therefore, the truth didn’t come out.

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      Champa,

      Here is the Truty …..

      Your fake heroes: Idiotic GoTAbaya Rajapukse and Shavendra and their killer squads should be tried at an international war tribunal for–

      ——rape,
      cannibalism,
      slaughtering of innocent civilians,
      murder based on racial and political grounds,
      dehumanization,
      executions based on jungle law,
      disappearances,
      enslavement,

      forced abortions in Sri Lanka Army camps.

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        Maharage,
        You can’t pour from an empty cup!!!
        A futile, copypasta comment by an LTTE supporter.

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        Maharage,
        You can’t pour from an empty cup!
        What a futile, copypasta comment!

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          Chimpa you are full of sh&t. If one is pouring from an empty cup, that is you bi&ch!! One thing for sure, you are a 3rd class Rajapaksa whore. Explain this to me you dumb slut, how did your whorehouse master employ an LTTE mass killer Karuna amman in the government? Not only Karuna, he made friends with KP Pathmanathan. The illegal weapons this monster procured killed thousands of Sri Lankans. Then your whorehouse master also befriended Pillayan, Daya master, Iniyabarathy and few other LTTE killers. If you have even an ounce of intelligence, you would be able to formulate an answer to my question………………..go ahead and try it in your pea sized brain.

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            Chimpi, I am still waiting for your response to my comment? Explain how LTTE killers were hired as government ministers in the Rajapaksa government.

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            Tamil from the north
            You LTTE paid coolie, your comment speaks about yourself, not myself.
            “When the debate is lost, SLANDER becomes the tool of the Kallathoni — Socrates.

            When did you escape from LTTE jungle bunker?
            I guess you have been there for a long time to not to know civility.
            Most of the Tamils paid by LTTE rump are like you. They cannot hold a candle to Sinhalese.

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              Chimpa, I am sure Gota was holding a candle while you carried out the oldest profession of the world. I have been living in Canada for many decades, well settled and very well paid by my Canadian employer. Every time a Rajapaksa coolie like you is challenged you throw this defunct LTTE crap in front of people to distract others. LTTE was a creation of you racists. LTTE has killed more decent ‘targeted’ Tamils than the army. You still have not answered my question about Karuna, Pillayan, Inniyabarathy, Douglas Devananda, Daya master, KP Pathmanathan, Ex-JVP terrorist Weerawansa, etc.! Answer this question bi^ch!!!! If you cannot answer, then f’off.

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              Chimpi, show me even one portion of my comment that supports the LTTE? I will show every comment of yours in support of the Rajapaksa sh&t and you are a lowlife racist scum. I know you are upset because we minorities have a mouth and we are fighting back and exposing the garbage you scum put out. 40 years ago we were subjugated by filth like you. Now you are getting exposed, so you are hurt whore?

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              Chimpi, by the way bi^ch, you keep stirring the race issue a lot. I know you want me to slip and make a racist comment against Sinhala people. That’s not going to happen because the decent Sinhalese have done no harm to me. You on the other hand, I will attack mercilessly. Keep it coming whore, I will give it back.

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              //Kallathoni //

              Really? The first well documented kallathoni is Vijaya, right?

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              Champa

              When did you participate in an informed debate?
              Revisit your old typing.

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        Sour grapes!

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      Welsaid

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      Blood thirsty Champa,
      You have listed all that is truly applicable to Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalists and Mahinda Family. You can do all this in your Sinhala courts but you can’t do it in UNHRC.
      I know you are so freightened about the true facts about war crimes committed by Mahinda Family. You may be part of it.

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        Blood thirsty Ajith
        LTTE RUMPT PAID coolie

        If anybody is frightened of war crimes, it is LTTE diaspora and their supporters.
        Mahinda or his family hasn’t done any war crimes. Leave him alone.
        War crimes should be applied to terrorists, not to national armies.
        Every country has a sovereign right to protect their citizens from terrorists.
        Mahinda exercised the same power that had been used by George Bush and Barrack Obama against terrorists.
        Bin Laden was executed live on TV while American President Barack Obama and the State Secretary Hilary Clinton looking on. Where was the UNHRC then?

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          Champa,
          Now only we see your true face. Bribe is an open fact of Mahinda regime. It is proved with 26th October plot. Fake Mahinda himself accepted that he will face electric chair for war crimes. Can you explain why he was used the electric chair fear if he has not committed war crimes?
          UNHRC did not talk about the murder of Pirabhaharan by Mahinda, they talk about the massacre of 50000 innocent Tamils and the murder of thousands of those who surrendered to the military, and use of chemical and cluster bombs.
          If you are not bothered about UNHRC or UN, why cannot Srilanka come out of UN? Why Gotapaya still hole USA citizenship if you don’t like USA?

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            Ajith
            There is nothing new to see. I was like this fighting since 2015 February. You were not there then. You can check archives.
            Mahinda said he would face electric chair to show his Army that how much he cared for them and how much he admired their bravery and that, as the Head of State, he was ready to safeguard them.
            UNHRC did not talk about Prabhakaran because he was not the first terrorist leader who was killed. UNHRC is comprised of sovereign countries not of terrorist outfits and every country make annual contributions.
            UNHRC doesn’t say 50,000 Tamils were killed as they have no evidence to prove.
            It is the LTTE diaspora who spread the lie to disorient the UNHRC to avoid them being subjected to war crimes and to protect their undisclosed LTTE black money and properties.
            Not a single terrorist cadre surrendered to Army. They were captured and the lower ranks were rehabilitated and released to the society while hardcore terrorists were sent to jail.
            You don’t even know the meaning of “chemical and cluster bombs.”
            Northern Province is a small area. If chemical and cluster bombs were used the entire province should look like Syria. Is it?
            Stop parroting lies.

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              Truth speaker Champa?????????????????????
              Were you ever been to North?
              Were you inside the war zone?
              Why you are afraid for international judges?

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                @Ajith

                Yes, this Chompa was a toilet cleaner at the SL cardboard Army camp in Mullaitheevu well participated in the massacre of Tamils and looted their belongings.
                When this criminal heard about war crime inquiries slipped to London as a Tamil refugee with a fake name now works as a cleaner under an African supervisor.
                Chompi is guilty this is why whenever she/he/transexual hear about war crime wail too much.
                Cheers

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      @ Chomapa the Coward

      I am sorry you can only bark from London shanty and continue toilet cleaning work.

      International organizations are not run by Modayas or Asgriya & Malwatte Ayotullahs.

      Try to meet a Psychiatrist before late else you will end up on London streets shouting in vulgar about Tamils then sleep on the street.

      Cheers

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      @ Chompa Coward London Coolie

      Excellent.
      First war criminals must be in the ICC dock.
      Second, sentenced and sent to ICC rot.
      Third let us inquire your suggestions since 1948 we have eyewitnesses still living who can give descriptions how did your grandfathers, father and you barbequed innocent Tamil in the South and danced while victims engulfed with fire.
      For this what Tamils gave you for 30 years is just a slight slap …there is another generation is growing asking where is my father, mother, sisters, brothers captured by SL Sinhala cardboard Army,
      Cheers

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      You know what? You people will keep licking the “you know where” of the Singhala and also some of those moderate Tamil in Sri Lanka. Your story and those fake pictures (mud covered and still too fair skinned to be Tamils who are charcoal black) cannot buy any favors from the UNHRC.

      As a great statesman once said: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time”. —
      -Abraham Lincoln.-

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    The dead may shout from their graves for justice but the government is deaf and blind to the agony of the Tamils.
    All what the parliamentarians are concerned is the next elections and how best they could hood wink the Tamils and the world.

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    Tamils and muslims have suffered a lot in the hands of the sinkhalese
    They should face justice by icc or un

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      Annesley Dias
      Really? how did they suffer in the hands of Sinhalese? Explain!!!

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        @Chimpa, you are one insensitive b*tch. You must be some evil witch and a wh&re. The innocent (Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims) have suffered in the hands of the filth in the government and you nasty witch defend that? I cannot believe humans can copulate and produce such filth like you. I only wish there was birth control when your parents decided to manufacture you. That birth control would have done a world of good for present day Lanka.

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          Tamil from the north
          You read his comment first and understand before replying to my reply to him.
          Your origin is amply described in your comment. No reply is necessary.

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          You dumb fucking idiot can not understand the truth and reality. Try to live with other communities with peace and harmony. Sri Lanka is one country and you never ever get to divide it on racist and ethinic line. You can start another fight or war and your so called tamil community will go back to primitive era by another 20-30 years just like it happened past 30-40 years. You will get nothing.

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            abe

            “You dumb fucking idiot can not understand the truth and reality.”

            First learn to mind your language.
            Secondly what is the reality?
            Can reality be stimulated?

            “Sri Lanka is one country and you never ever get to divide it on racist and ethinic line. “

            It’s up to the Hindians to teach you the reality and determine whether country stay undivided or broken into many pieces.
            Remember Bangladesh.
            Also remember IPKF invasion of this island and how Hindians helped VP to win a war against the LTTE.

            You should humbly beg your Hindian brethren to do whatever is necessary.

            By the way, if you filthy fascist lot don’t treat your family well and then of course neighbours and strangers would grope your women folks, including your wife, daughters, granddaughters, your mother mother in law, sisters , sisters in law, grandmas, aunts, ……………………. your mistress if you can afford one or two, ….

            Little islanders with little brain and little willi should know their place in the world.

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            abe

            “You can start another fight or war and your so called tamil community will go back to primitive era by another 20-30 years just like it happened past 30-40 years. You will get nothing.”

            Could you tell us as to what you have achieved in the past 71 years?

            Perhaps you landed many men on the Mars and brought them back, hundreds of Nobel Prizes won by Lankies, Advanced in Nanotechnology and Artificial Intelligence, ………………..

            Asses bought weapons from other countries and killed each other. The countries which sold weapons are sending rockets to the Moon and beyond while donkeys in this island gloating …. with empty threat.

            Now you have shown us your impotence go have a pint or two, eat, sleep, …. while your women folks toil in Medieval Middle East Kingdoms and send you to enjoy a cushy life back home.

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            abe, who are you speaking to?

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        Annesley Dias and Tamil from the north

        We know perverted Champa loves reading, watching, and listening to hard core porn materials. She is turned on by the these materials while being given Klismaphilia (arousal by enemas) or suffering from sexual disorders such as Sadomasochism or Sexual Sadism.

        Next time around she would demand to see proof of the acts being performed by the war criminals on victims.

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          Hindian Vedda and
          Tamil from the north
          .
          When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of Kallathonies. — Socrates.

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            @Chimpa, who said I lost the debate? A debate is held between two intelligent people and you are down right stupid. Hence, there was no debate!!! It was only a thrashing from humans who hate you.

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              Tamil from the north
              “I learned long ago never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, pig likes it.” — George Bernard Shaw

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          @ Native Vedda

          Also, CHOMPY gets a regular supply from Dubai Buddhist Kudu dealer^s representative in London.

          This transexual London coolie vomit here after taking a few shots.

          The right place for this CHOMPI is London Zoo must be kept with MALE CHIMPANZEE.

          Cheers

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        Champa,
        The information is here.

        http://www.nesohr.org/files/Lest_We_Forget.pdf

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      Annesley Dias, thanks my friend. But as a human, I also recognize it is not just the minorities that have suffered in this country but the Sinhalese have suffered too…………….case in point 1988-89 rural Sinhala youths.

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    The Judiciary of Srilanka Is rotten to the core, inside out and outside in. Under the present set up it is guaranteed the victims will never ever get to see justice done and delivered. Therefore, the international community must take over 100% control if justice ever to become a reality. Srilankans are the biggest liars and crooks in the world. They do not know what shame is. I know it by first hand for sure, and it is backed up by solid proof.

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      “The Judiciary of Sri Lanka Is rotten to the core, inside out and outside in.- hancho pancha”
      That includes C.V.Wigneshwaran too ?

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    Even Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan released the captured Indian pilot to India with VIP status after knowing he was engaged in a battle against Pakistan and that too after treating him well. Moreover, Imran Khan also said these helpless innocents did commit out of frustration when their rights were denied and he indirectly said to forgive. I think Imran Khan is a true religious gentleman. But in Sri Lanka while boasting of Buddhism they still continue to hunt the Tamils whoever is/are suspected. This is Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

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      Ayathuray Rajasingam
      Ah, please give me a break.
      If it was not Buddhism, not a single Tamil or Muslim were allowed to live in this Sinhalese Buddhist country. They all will be chased to where they come from.
      What you said about Imran Khan was true. However, if the situation is reversed, if India captured a Pakistani, they will release only his corpse.
      It is high time UN addresses the crimes committed by India in the Kashmir Valley on a daily basis.

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        Champa,
        Please let me know whether you all practising Buddhism. How do you interpret ‘Buddham Saranam Kachchami ….’ Can you explain what is forgiveness. Even Prabaharam paid the penalty for not forgiving.

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          Champa,
          I am sorry to ask whether this is the strategy of Sri Lanka which boasts of Buddhism.

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            Ayathurai Rasasingam, stop trolling and just leave Buddhism out of this. You wouldn’t understand forgiveness in your blood thirsty mind, even if it bit you in the a… You people are simple not capable to understand kindness. You assert your identity through violence. You live through violence. Violence is part and parcel of Tamil presence in this island.

            Just be happy that the Sinhalese are Buddhists, otherwise you would have got a treatment like you got from IPFK and Tamils would have been either wiped out of the island in Indian style or sent back to Tamilnadu.

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              Punchi Point
              Punchi Brain
              Punchi Willi

              “Ayathurai Rasasingam, stop trolling and just leave Buddhism out of this.”

              Do you want Ayathurai Rasasingam and others to sit back, sit tight, watch and do nothing while Buddhism is being destroyed by Sinhala/Buddhist mutant fascists?

              “Just be happy that the Sinhalese are Buddhists,”

              I am happy some of the Sinhalese are Buddhists. However I am sad watching you and Sinhala/Buddhist fascist destroying Buddhism, Sinhalese and the my ancestral land.

              Why don’t you go back to your ancestral land, North South India?

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            Ayathuray Rajasingam
            Our Kings and ancestors have been massacred mercilessly by invaders throughout our history.
            When our Kings defeated invaders, they didn’t kill the people who were brought by invaders. They were pardoned and allowed to stay.
            And when Dutch and the British brought down migrants from South India in large numbers and settling them in our lands in North displacing Sinhalese, our ancestors kept quiet.
            We have already paid heavily for being silent.
            Now Sinhalese Buddhists have realized that they should give priority to protect the country, in order to protect Buddhism.
            Our equanimity, kindness and hospitality have been abused over and over again since Vijaya Hora’s time.
            Now, first the country, then Buddhism.
            You can’t find fault with us for learning our lesson.

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              Ayathuray Rajasingam
              The part below was missing in my above comment.
              .
              Sinhalese were silent for over 35 years letting LTTE massacre civilians and finally we paid for our silence by losing close to 100,000 Sinhalese civilians, some Tamil civilians and politicians and close to 70,000 security forces men, either by sacrificing their lives or being wounded in their strife to protect our motherland.

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              Champa,
              Have you forgotten that most of your kings were murdered by queens.

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                Ayathuray Rajasingam
                No, I don’t know. Name them

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              @ Chompi

              and the last King of Kandy had signed in Tamil in an agreement with British.
              Kerala Malayali is wailing a lot without know the true history simply believes the con book Modavamsa.
              Even today the descendants of last Kandy King live in Tamil Nadu near Madurai and receive the pension from Britain.
              Forget a King was buried alive by his own son?
              When Modayas visited a Portugal ship they went and reported to the King
              these whites eat STONE and drink BLOOD. Thus you have an excellent intelligence.
              Cheers

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                When Modayas visited a Portugal ship they went and reported to the King
                these whites eat STONE and drink BLOOD.

                Stone meant loafs of Bread, which did not exist in South Asia and Blood is a reference to the red Wine that The Portuguese Drank such as Pinot Noir. Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Shiraz. Which are names of grapes that are not found in the south Asia

                cholan / March 3, 2019 – you an idiot.

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          Ayathuray Rajasingam
          You are asking forgiveness for what, Machang? For LTTE’s crimes against humanity? And at a time they seek the flesh of our security forces based on unsubstantiated allegations? Tell LTTE to drop their bogus allegations against our Army first.

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            Champa,
            I am sorry you misunderstood. More than you all, I was against the LTTE and openly criticized LTTE’s crude behaviour. At the same time military forces too killed innocent civilians. Besides the killing of about 70,000 innocent civilians, what about the Police firing at passenger vans where number of innocent Tamil travellers were killed which was a common occurrence at that time and no inquiry. What was most surprising was R.Premadasa joined hands with the LTTE and send arms & ammunition straight from the Colombo harbour. Even Mahinda was no exception in killing innocent people including journalists and the public is aware of what happened to the Chairman of Ceylinco. The list is long. Forgiveness is divine. The famous Buddhist teacher Dalai Lama said ‘love & kindness is his religion.’ Emperor Asoka realized the truth after witnessing the deaths at Kalinga war. First read the history properly and then come to a conclusion without being emotional. We also had Sinhalese friends who were helpful to the Tamils in time of urgency.
            Moreover Vijaya was a prince whose boat with his 700 men got drifted from Orissa.

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        Very true, Champa. How these Tamils can talk of India in this way and put down and insult the Sinhalese and Buddhism show how sick they are. They have forgotten that we have forgiven the Tamil terrorists who have killed us for decades, rehabilitated and given help to resettle etc. In any other place the whole bunch would have been imprisoned for life or hanged.
        I think the Tamils must know that if they had done the destruction they have done to the Sinhalese and our country and shamelessly continue to agitate against the Sinhalese using lowly disgusting propaganda and defamation the way they are doing in any other place they would have been wiped out the face of the earth. Its because of Buddhism and the tolerant nature of the Sinhalese that all the nonsense from the Tamils have been tolerated. The fault of the Sinhalese is taking everything too lightly and being naive and trying to listen and accommodate the Tamils. The Tamil man Ayathurai Rasasingham has forgotten IPKF and what they did here and is talking about India – the Tamils should try for a separate state in Tamilnadu which the Tamils rightfully can claim too, contrary to the situation in the Sinhalese island, and see how India will react. LMAO…

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          Punchi Point,
          I am so sorry for your lack of knowledge on the situation in Sri Lanka. Remember that Buddhism was a gift of India to Sri Lanka. Any real Buddhist would not have spoken like you. When emotion rise high, anyone be they Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslims, they should remain calm and I have seen such calmness only in a few among the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims. When it comes to Tamils it has been common to use the word terrorist and when it comes to Sinhalese the word is insurgent. As for Muslims they are cunning and resort to calculated and systematic acts. Time and again I always maintain that terrorism is evil and destruction is not the answer. Destruction was carried by the Sinhalese during the 1956, 1971 and 1983 communal riots. Thereafter the LTTE and the Military Forces engaged in destruction. Even damaging temples and vihares amount to destruction. Tolerance is what is taught by every religion. But I have seen some Buddhist monks also seen throwing objects at Muslim places and establishments.
          Champa you are speaking about the IPKF. Have you ever had any discussion with the IPKF. I have repeatedly mentioned that it was a Peace-keeping Force and not a Fighting Force. It was R.Premadasa who instigated the LTTE to provoke the LTTE which eventually converted them into a combating force. The IPKF came hereto enforce the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Agreement which was signed by J.R.Jayawardena and Rajiv Gandhi in the best interests of the people of Sri Lanka. It is sad that you are under the impression that Federalism is separation, when, in fact, it denotes expansion of democracy which is the nucleus of the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord..

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            What is your point? Buddhism was brought here from India. So what?
            What is it with the Tamils and Buddhism? I do not think you understand anything about Buddhism or for that matter anything. BTW, this island was never called Siva-pumi. Show me the references to where this island is called Siva-pumi – there must be many references if what you are saying is true, now wouldn’t it? Also remember Saivism is a relatively new religion among the Tamils. The whole corpus of the Sangam literature does not have a single mention of the word “Siva”. I am awaiting the references.

            If Lord Siva was worshiped in this island in pre-Christian times, then it was by the Sinhalese. Not the Tamils. The Tamil document Yaalpana Vaipava Malai attests to the fact that the Tamils considered that the ancient Shiva temples (the Ishwarams) were not built by Tamils but were built by Prince Vijaya.

            You Tamils took up arms and started a terrorist war killing thousands, using human-beings as living bombs, using innocent small children as soldiers, just because you felt discriminated and wanted equal status for your language in practically a foreign territory which your language does not have any history even, and you talk of being calm. Do you think you can achieve equal status for Tamil with Sinhala in this island? Even if you kill off all the Sinhalese, Tamil can achieve the status Sinhala has in this island only in Tamilnadu.

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            There were no riots in 1971. So you cannot add 1971 to your list of assets. BTW if the Sinhalese were not Buddhists there would have been many more riots than what those lists of riots you Tamils have made and keep posting often. Take a look at how the Tamils have been attacked in India several times.

            Your story about Premadasa is hilarious. It was Premedasa who saved you Tamils from the Indians. If it was not for him, the Indians would have wiped out the LTTE and wiped all you Tamils off the face of the earth in the process.

            Federalism is suitable only for countries which have a strong bond and common interests within the population. As it is evident it is most unsuitable for a highly polarized population like Srilanka, even democracy as it is practiced here is not suitable for a country like Srilanka. The type of federalism you people are asking with police and land powers is just short of a separate state. A separate state or even a federal state here is never going to happen in a peaceful manner, since the Sinhalese would never allow the Tamils to take 40% of the land mass and 80% of the coastline away from the Sinhalese. It is so totally unjust. This IS the island of the Sinhalese, and it will be the island of the Sinhalese forever. Also, I think that there should not be any more devolution either – it should be either full separation or learning to live peacefully within united Sri Lanka. Full separation should be achieved by relocating the Tamils who are not happy in the island back to Tamilnadu, so that the rest of the Tamils can live peacefully with the Sinhalese.

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        If Tamils are suppressed by Buddhists, how come Tamils become the majority in Buddhists led city in Colombo? There is no a kind of suppression among common mass. It is politicians who did and are doing everything. They are from all parties.

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      Its called Not Budhism but ” BOODHAISM ” led by Budda rowdis like gnansaraya , champikaya ..

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    We voted in January 2015 for openness, for fair play and justice. Certainly, we didn’t want kangaroo courts set up, and any person punished without following the due processes of law.
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    I wish it were true that no crimes were committed. No War Crimes, no murders, etc. Let’s say we have to forget the past. It looks as though we will have to. I’m not comfortable with that position, but let’s just say.
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    After the new government was ushered in also there were crimes committed. Well, human beings commit crimes in all societies, but there seemed to be less violent crimes committed by the State. However, there was talk of lots of financial crime – by those who ran the State. The effects are to be seen in the plunging of our currency.
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    It demands a huge effort on my part to imagine that nothing happened. This is all wrong. Almost half the comments appear to express a desire to find excuses for such a state of affairs.
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    Not one high profile case has resulted in a conviction. What that probably means is that we have to now reconcile ourselves to living in a country where, even in the future, there is no mechanism at all to deal with crimes.
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    So, we have to accept for all future time that we and our progeny will have to live in a land where lawlessness, crime and impunity are endemic. What’s the use of living at all, if we have to accept such a position?
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    One, just one credible conviction of a powerful person will give us hope.
    Will it come? Ever?

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      Machang Sinhala_Man
      “Your Man” has entered into a deal with “Our Man” and they both have extended the same deal to “Everyone’s Rival Man.”
      Now they all are at the same table sipping black coffee thinking that Sri Lankans are rice eating buffaloes.
      Now, I am trying to make some sense about it to determine how best Sinhalese could cast their votes in coming elections to “return the favour.”

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      Machang Champa,
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      You and I always seem to start with the same premisses but end up prescribing different solutions and supporting quite different people.
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      So it may seem to many who take the time to think. Obviously, neither of us is an “important person”, so not many people take what we say seriously.
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      However, I’m always serious when I say something, and let anybody who reads this understand that I claim to be honest when I post comments. That same sincerity, honesty and consistency are what I have always found in you and I respect you for that.
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      There appear to be three differences that others may think significant, but I don’t.
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      1. There seems to be some mystery as to who you are, but every regular reader knows my identity as clearly as any human being can “know” another.
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      2. To some you seem an out and out racist; I consider you to be a person who is primarily concerned about preserving your identity in a world where we Sinhalese are almost ashamed of ourselves. I tend to emphasise what we have in common with other human beings on this planet. When “intelligent life” is found on other planets, we will have to work out how we relate to those life forms.
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      3. We tend to think that all “intelligent life forms” must be treated as sacred, and nobody overtly contradicts that, but they act differently. We tend to think that we may use other living things freely, but with responsibly given that it is evolution that brought us here, and all other species of life must be so treated that they continue on this planet.

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      Closing bold fonts . . .

      BTW 10 years have gone, but the victims who can easily be identified have not been identified. Why is it? Why haven’t the Tamils bothered to find out who the victims are? Surely there must be someone who can identify even one of the victims? Given the fact that the Tigers had a massive propaganda against the Sinhalese and also the almost “broken” Sinhalese spoken by the man shooting – Until these victims are identified I think its open to speculation and a reasonable suspicion would be that these are actors. Tamils must start soon to try to identify the victims without wasting anymore time. Its also easier to bring charges with identified victims than some people falling dead in a video clip. Actually I really do not think one can even bring charges showing a video clip…. So the solution is to hurry up and identify who is being shot, and if possible who is shooting… simple.

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        Punchi Point
        I said the same thing when the other photo was published a few weeks ago.
        How come parents of the boys in the other photo never come forward to claim their children, if they are Tamils? It is because the culprits in uniforms are LTTE.
        It is the same story with this photo.

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          Champa, I am not saying that this type of executions didn’t happen. I think they might have happened, both by the army and the LTTE. But this video is very suspicious. There’s something about it that makes it look like its unauthentic. The executed guys look too well-fed to having being imprisoned and they do not look that distressed. Then there is the person who is shooting and speaking in a very funny Sinhalese, and wearing a crumpled up uniform totally out of his size and he has a very typical Tamil look, like Karuna – its as if the roles are reversed.

          Posting of these photos and all the exaggerated and made up allegations is just a part of the Tamil propaganda against the Sinhalese. Even if these photos are authentic, there is no purpose in publishing them like this constantly, instead of taking action and trying to identify the persons and bring charges. Using the photos like this is targeted malicious propaganda and defamation against a people and amounts to hate crimes against the Sinhalese as a people.

          Its high time the government takes up the issue of anti-Sinhalese propaganda, defamation and hate speech against the Sinhalese, in the UN. Also the government must ask the UN to give the Tamils a deadline and an ultimatum to identify the executed persons.

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            Punchi Point
            Our Army didn’t do any LTTE style executions.
            They fought against most savage terrorists in the world at the time who had air, navy and land power plus most sophisticated weapons and communication devices.
            Lot of people have forgotten of the untold miseries, difficulties and hardships underwent by our Army during the war.
            The soldiers in prestigious LRRP had to stay lying down in one place for a long time, sometimes months and I heard at times they had earthworms under their bellies as they were not supposed to move.
            Moreover, many soldiers had to stay in water upto hip length for a long time and also in mud and in the jungle.
            War is war. The entire country wanted our Army to perish terrorists and they did. Now people in the stupid government and some others have forgotten that our Army did what they were asked to do and eradicating terrorism is legal.

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        Dear Punchi Point,

        Thanks for closing bold fonts. I may have been the original offender. In my second comment, I tried to close bold myself, after “Machang Champa”.
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        However, on other matters, I don’t agree with you.
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        Ajith has said, below:
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        One Country One nation always be interpreted as Sinhala Country, Sinhala Nation because it is based on numbers.
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        Some Tamils who are decent enough people are saying such things out of sheer frustration. Ajith is not talking nonsense. I don’t agree with them, either.
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        It is we, the majority, who have to act in such a way as to persuade them to change their minds. As it is, many like you, are providing ammunition to the separatists.

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          Sinhala_Man, one must learn not to mix things up. Equal rights for the Tamils and fanatical Tamil nationalism are two different things. Equal rights for the Tamils are secured in the constitution, whatever the Tamils may claim. Ask the Tamils what rights they do not have in Srilanka, and then we can see from the answers they give what these rights are.

          One nation, one country is most certainly not interpreted as Sinhala nation and country. Both Tamils and Muslims are included in the Srilankan nation. Tamils want a dominant part in this nation, that is the problem. Tamils are just 11% ofthe population. Even if a separate state is made for the Tamils in the north and east as they want, this island as a whole will always have a predominantly Sinhalese identity. That cannot be changed, even if the Tamils with their extraordinarily high population growth rate, which is almost the double of the Sinhalese manage to outnumber the Sinhalese in the future. As such this has little to do with numbers but much to do with history.

          Although the Tamils complain about one nation being interpreted as Sinhala nation and country, Tamils themselves unintentionally acknowledge that the authentic and legitimate identity of the island is Sinhalese. For example when they claim that king Devanampiyatissa and all our kings were Tamils, they are actually acknowledging that these kings were the legitimate and authentic kings of the island, besides proving the absence of a historical Tamil nation here.

          One cannot persuade the Tamils to change their minds. Tamils are dead set on an identity and nation making for themselves by appropriating whatever they can and fabricating whatever they want. There is an inherent ethnic jealousy and competition in everything they say and do.
          Contd. below»

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          Contd. from above »
          I do not know how one take away the Sinhala identity from an island called Sinhala/Sinhaladvipa and give it another identity? Tamils try their best, by fabricating history and trying to come up with the most flawed etymologies and meanings for the word Sinhala itself, where it means Tamil (Ref. Sivasankaran Sarma’s posts)!

          Until quite recently I was open to establishing a separate Tamil state here, but when I hear what the Tamil claim and also read what the Tamils say especially here, I do not think that is wise. Also establishing a separate Tamil state is not going to solve anything here. It will only aggravate the situation. There’s also no natural boundaries which can serve as a border. As the area they want makes a very long border this will ultimately lead to a full scale war. I can write much more on this, but the comments will be closing anytime today, so I am going to post this as it is. What I want to say is that Tamils can’t be persuaded to change their minds because Tamil nationalism will always be mainly asserted through negative elements – that is violence, stories of imaginary losses, accusations of genocide etc. The problem started when the Tamils changed their story about who they are during the 19th century, as a reaction and result of British colonial government policies. What I can say is that, Sinhalese is a product of this island, and the relationship the Sinhalese have to island is very different than what the Tamils have. However much we want, Tamil which is a product of Tamilnadu cannot achieve that status anywhere else than in Tamilnadu. This is not the fault of the Sinhalese. There’s nothing the Sinhalese can do about it.

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    It’s always terrorism that violates or initiates violating human rights so it’s GTF, an arm of Tamil terrorism that should come under surveillance of UNHRC.

    Unless the presence of such body as UNHRC is unsought & null & void.

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    My solution to this debacle is this:

    * Provide a General amnesty to both LTTE cadres who may have committed crimes AND Security forces who may have.

    * Provide every Army soldiers compensation of 2 million rupees and a special medal to commemorate their victory.

    * Priority schooling privileges should be granted to the children of Army soldiers at the Elementary school and University level.

    * Guaranteed pensions for every Army soldier despite the tenure and despite any disciplinary action taken.

    * Immunity from any form of persecution for the entire lifetime. I think we have already have this privilege to some extent.

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      Disagree. These pictures an videos have been proved to be doctored products of the Tamil diaspora in England, France and Canada. The have had the help of Channel 4 in Britain, and people like David Miliband (who is still angry about not being able to get Pirapakaran released to ‘a third country’, and the Zooka woman of SOuth Africa.

      The civilised world should not fall in to this deception of the Tamil diaspora.

      The Tigers were killed to save the country and its people. These animals should now shut up and accept the new reality.

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      Shamal,
      That’s a nice list, bigger than what I take to the grocery. You keep dreaming!

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      Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera
      Are you out of your mind?
      What a lame suggestion to pardon.
      How could you put a national army and terrorists on the same platform?
      Besides, what logic is there to pardon our Army for UNSUBSTANTIATED allegations?
      There is no pardon to terrorist as it will be a license to resurrect.
      Terrorists can be pardoned only when terrorism is completely wiped out from the world.

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        Champa,
        Don’t you know the answer to your question?
        It is your government put your Sinhala army and our Tamil army engaged in a war. That is why LTTE and your government sit together equally to talk to find a solution with the international recognition between 2002 and 2006. Don’t you know Sinhala government gave arms to LTTE to fight against occupied Indian army to send back to India from Tamil Nation. UNHRC recognises that both Sinhala Srilanka and Tamil Srilanka military at the same level because both were committed war crimes. In otherwords both can be categorised as terrorists or states.

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          Ajith
          Tamil Army? Where was it? Tamils didn’t have an Army.
          Only “terrorists” had an Army full of child soldiers and suicide women bombers.
          Terrorists were taken to table by India as it was them who were trained, brain-washed and supplied arms to fight against Sri Lanka’s democratic government. India’s motive was to annex the Northern Province to Tamil Nadu through LTTE.
          Our Sinhalese leaders even reluctantly agreed for talks only to stop LTTE bloodbath.
          Whenever LTTE was weak, they pressed India to make the Sri Lankan government agreeing to talk with them, until they receive new consignments of weapons, medicine and trained people.

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    At the conclusion of the war, the Tamil pubic put its trust in the UNHRC and other organizations for justice, and wanted to give them enough time. 10 years is ample time. Now it is time for action. If the UNHRC proves utterly ineffective again this year, then the Tamil political leadership, locally and internationally, needs to come up with an alternative strategy. This could involve multiple fronts… nonviolent protests, engaging powerful countries directly–reminding them the victims could not give them more than 10 years for the GoSL to come up with yet another subterfuge, etc. Those who have the power to effect change need to be engaged.

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    1. The war had MANY witnesses. The army had Indian reporters, a National Post reporter (Stewart Bell), Sri Lankan observers like Tammita-Delgoda inside army ranks, and possibly others. There were acredited RAW agents with them as the Indians were secretly helping the army.
    The Red Cross and UN food Aid regularly went in. That the war had “no observers is a BIG CANARD spread by the LTTE .

    2. The pictures used to illustrate this article and the set used in Channel-4 movies were originally shown in Boston as an LTTE film with the dialogue in Tamil, with LTTE killing GOSL soldiers. Later they realized that may be they can use it for propaganda and eliminated the tamil dialogue and claimed it to be GOSL killing Tamils.

    Today, with photo-shop available to everybody, NO PICTURE IS PROOF, unless you yourself took it.
    Don’t trust the Tamil diaspora and their fellow walkers.

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    Haven’t the Sinhalese and the Muslims, suffered from the War?
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    Everyone did, including the Tamils. It’s time you focused on the motive of both parties.
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    Sri Lankan Army fought to protect the innocent public of all corners of Sri Lanka. Our Army had and have all ethnic groups of our nation.
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    What did the LTTE fight for and fighting for?
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    Firstly Prabhakaran was a known thug in Jafna, even before he killed the Mayor of Jafna, Mr duraippah, in 1975, in front of the Hindu temple.
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    He had death warrants issued against him, by the courts of Sri Lanka and India.
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    He was the father of LTTE and as we all know culture flows from the Top.
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    Brutality of LTTE is shown by the use of child soldiers and using pregnant mother’s as suicide bombers.
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    Don’t be naive to think they wanted to give up living for the greater good. They were forced through kidnapping of their loved ones.
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    LTTE thugs used to wet their pants when they saw our forces, hence they were hiding behind the pregnant women and children.
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    LTTE killed many innocent children of all ethnic groups for the monetary gains of the Diaspora and the countries benefiting from War.
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    Though Indian RAW made LTTE, they quickly found out the danger they will have in the future. Hence they stopped actively supporting extremists.
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    Most Srilankans understand the true nature of incidents happened and happening. It’s time you focused on the future and exercise forgiveness.
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    If you have no clue how to, speak to your respectful religious leaders.
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    Many thanks

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      Suranga Gunasekera

      “Haven’t the Sinhalese and the Muslims, suffered from the War?”

      Of course they suffered.
      Of course the people irrespective of their race, region, religion, gender, sexual preferences, Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims, ………..suffered from riots (1915, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1977, 1981, 1983, 2013, 2018, ..) and two JVP and state terrorism in 1971 and between 1987 and 1991, a war for 30 years, …………….. people also suffered in the hands of the state security, under many new and improved forms of torture, rape, looting, …humiliation, destruction of property and life, even before the birth of VP’s LTTE.

      Please stop telling us selective stories.
      The 70 years history is not all about VP, LTTE, …………….. its is about how a undemocratic state apparatus, killed and killed and destroyed people and the country with impunity, …. and made a few crooks and racists powerful and rich.

      You ought to be looking for justice, stolen cash, properties, ………………… and those died prematurely during the past 48 years.

      “Most Srilankans understand the true nature of incidents happened and happening.”

      If so why are you prating a selective narrative?

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        Dear Native Vedda,
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        Kindly understand that we are talking about the post war situation.
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        I don’t disagree for a second the politicians are utterly corrupt for the last 70 years.
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        It’s the fault of the people, who are voting for greedy and selfish motives, as well.
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        In a capitalist system, you cannot reach the goals, Without the help of the business community. Unfortunately most of them have greedy and selfish motives.
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        This is what JVP fought for, but our nation was not mature enough politically to understand the corruption in the system.
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        LTTE did not fight for justice. They only used the slogans of Justice, to lure you into their snare.
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        They were no different to the ways of our current, majority of politicians.
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        I agree the bottom fought, thinking this was for social justice. Unfortunately, it’s too late now for a post mortem.
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        The time has come to forgive the innocent and fight against the real enemy. I suggest they can be easily found in the form of politicians and LTTE diaspora leaders.
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        Without cleaning up these parasites, seeking for justice of a few, will give them the edge, to poison us with more hate.
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        A brighter future for everyone will definitely ease the pain of many. Ultimately this is what everyone is fighting for.

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    The root cause of this never ending issue is nothing else but due mainly to maleficent attitude and actions of politicians past and present who are shamelessly promoting the Buddhist – Sinhala slogan promising various favours to Nayaka Theros of all Chapters and making sure the message is conveyed to Buddhists. Fortunately there are many senior prelates who do not entertain these gullible promises. In this present political context we can clearly read the mind set of all politicians. Their one and only aim is to retain their positions in Parliament, but my candid opinion is that all present 225 MPP. must be shown the door. This is where the policy framework of whistle blower Mr. Nagananda Kodithuwakku will be a panacea. He deserves credit and peoples support to make it a reality. I have not yet read any politician commenting on his proposals or accusations in spite of the fact that serious allegations are made against the President and Prime Minister as well, are they with so much thick skin.? Any way my candid opinion is Sri Lanka should be one Country one Nation. Leave Religion and Sinhala to the Individuals and help them to be proficient in as many languages as possible and we will be accepted universally.

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      Henry Fernando,
      I agree with you about the root cause of this nations problems. I don’t know much about Mr. Nagananda Kodithuwakku but it impossible to break the barriers ertected with the slogan of Buddhist – Sinhala Fundamentaism. However, I don’t agree with your opinionnthat Srilanka should be one country one Nation. Srilanka is a country of diversity of people living for many centuries with two languages, three races, four religions need some form devolution of power in administration to satisfy their needs and to safeguard their identity. In an election based democracy One Country One nation always be interpreted as Sinhala Country, Sinhala Nation because it is based on numbers.

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    “The Tamil community suffered the most devastating impact of the war.”

    ——–
    These dumbidiots in GTF have forgotten who started and who directly and indirectly supported the war launched against the Government of Sri Lanka and Sinhalayo. Dravidian invasions of this country started around 3rd century BC and according to records there have been seventeen invasions before Parangi arrived. During the colonial rule of Parangi, Olanda and Ingirisi “Awajathakayo’, Dravidians were scared to invade this country. Then after the independence, the 18th Dravidian invasion was launched by Piripaharan with the support of Hindians to colonize this country. The heroic armed forces of Sri Lanka successfully defeated those invaders. You fkers lost so keep your bloody mouths shut.

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      @ eagle eye

      Still believe in Mahavamsa comic stories.?
      Imagine if India is not a single country but area consists many countries today what would have happened when your grandfathers and father and you massacred Tamil since 1948?
      70 million Tamils are in stone throwing distance.
      BTW are you not worry about the Chinese invasion now?
      Not bother your daughters and sisters are giving birth babies with a Chinese face?
      When the Port City is completed see the Chinese games.
      You. cant bark at them Chinese talk by the gun … got it?
      CHINESE RULE HERE WAS PREDICTED BY STONE INSCRIPTION IN TAMBALAGAMAM DURING THE REIGN OF KING KULAKOTTAN.
      Cheers

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    Reginald!
    LTTE fought for a cause to regain the Tamil Kingdom taken away by the Britishers and merged with a non existent Sinhala Kingdom, given away to the English on a Piece of paper signed by the King of Kotte.
    At last now Imran Khan has under stood why the Tigers organised a suicide squad against the Srilankan government according to press reports.
    I don’t think LTTE needs an amnesty as they have not Killed captured soldiers or civilians. You are trying to safeguard the army by suggesting amnesty for all to escape the wrath of the world. If LTTE has committed an offence call for foreign Judges and ascertain the facts/truth from all. The local judges are caught up in the Tentacles of the SINHALA BUDDHIST governments and the may not be able to give a free judgement. Even if they want to be real Judges. Chances are Remote.

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      K Anaga
      Hak hak ha ha ha
      “LTTE fought for a cause to regain the Tamil Kingdom taken away by the Britishers..”
      Tamil Kingdom? Ha ha ha
      Man, there was only one Kingdom in Lanka, that was Sinhalese Kingdom.
      This country was built, protected and prospered by our Sinhalese Kings.
      Your Tamil Kingdom was in South India, not in Sri Lanka.
      Ha ha ha again. LTTE have not killed soldiers? Ha ha ha,
      This guy says, LTTE is trying to safeguard the army by suggesting amnesty!!!!! Ha ha ha, in what world TERRORISTS suggest amnesty to a National Army?
      We stand by our Army.
      You are terrorists. You should be tried for war crimes and punished accordingly.

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        Champa the Sinhala-Buddhist Barbarian,

        What makes you believe that the Northern Kingdom of Anuradapura where both Sinhalese and Tamils lived and both Sinhala and Tamil kings ruled (even if they were from the Chola/Pandya dynasty) as a Sinhala Kingdom? For your information, there is no evidence to prove that the Anuradapura kingdom was a Sinhala kingdom. Prove it if you can by quoting verses from Mahawamsa, Deepawamsa,or any other wamsa. Even Dutugemunu was Never known as a Sinhala king. The Sri Lankan History books including the Mahavamsa does not say anything about a Sinhala country or a Sinhala kingdom or a Sinhala king or a Sinhala civilization. Separate Tamil (Jaffna) and Sinhala (Kandy, Kotte) kingdoms came into existence only after the 13th century AD, before that there were neither Sinhala kingdoms nor Tamil kingdoms in Sri Lanka.

        The Sinhalese are confused. Since today only the Sinhalese are Buddhists and the Sinhala-Buddhists are the majority, they wrongly believe (by default) that Sri Lanka must have been a Sinhala country with Sinhala kingdom right from the beginning. If you read your own history, it contradicts all your beliefs.

        Please don’t try to impose your Barbaric Sinhala-Buddhist ideology. It will never work.

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          Please take your stupid theories and go back to Tamilnadu. This island is the island of the Sinhalese. The Tamil territory is defined clearly in Tamil literature, and it is given as the land between Thirupati Hills in the north and Cape Comorin in the south. This island was never considered as Tamil territory by the Tamils. It is given as a non-Tamil territory in Tamil literary works.

          You want to claim Anuradhapura as a Tamil kingdom? There were no Tamil kings ruling Anuradhapura, only Tamil invaders. Chola, Chera and Pandya never considered any part of this island as theirs. Read some of the Chola inscriptions and see – this island is referred to as the island of the Sinhalese, even though the Cholas were occupying and ruling in the 11th century.

          There’s absolutely no dispute about this island being the Sinhalese people’s territory. We really do not need to prove any of this, the very existence of the Sinhalese is more than enough. All the nonsense theories you Tamils have made are from the 20th century, and contradicts with reality from ancient times. Upto the end of the 19th century Tamils always maintained that you have come from the opposite coast and settled in recent times. It was only during the last years of the 19th century that some Tamils started claiming an ancient presence here, but it was not supported by most Tamils, as Tamils always considered Tamilnadu as their home. Now the story is completely different, and the Tamils are infact claiming everything Sinhalese as Tamil. Even the ancient Sinhalese capital Anuradhapura is supposed to be Tamil. Tamils are infact trying to emulate being Sinhalese with imaginary connections to this island – even the name Sinhala is supposed to be Tamil. Tamils are crazy.

          Can you tell us what happened in the 13th century that made the establishment of 3 new kingdoms?

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            Punchi Point

            ” Tamils claiming everything Sinhalese as Tamil”

            Not only that. Their new claim is Kashmir. Tamils say Kashmir belongs to Tamils & it should be given to them. I think it is this reason as Cheers Cholan says 184 or something countries help SL to eliminate Tamil terrorism.

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              Lathass,

              “Their new claim is Kashmir. Tamils say Kashmir belongs to Tamils & it should be given to them.”

              Not only that, the Tamils also claim the right to ownership of old Sumeria, Harappa, Mohenjo-daro, Kumarik Kandam, Himalaya (bode of their Tamil god Sivan), Sri Lanka (Tamil Saiva King Ravana’s Land) , Dravidian language speaking Balochistan in Pakistan, Google (CEO Sundar Pichai, a Tamil), ……. similar to their Sinhala brethren’s sweeping claims such as the ownership of this island, Sinhapura in Bengal, Lata Land, Gujrat, ….. Mohenjo-daro (according to Ranil’s claim), Champika Ranawake’s family asset the number ZERO, Hela province of Papua New Guinea, ……………

              Whats wrong with both people?
              Actually nothing wrong with them, like you they are born stupid.

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            Punchi Point
            Punchi Brain
            Punchi Willi

            “Can you tell us what happened in the 13th century that made the establishment of 3 new kingdoms?”

            Please tell us what happened in the 13th century as I wasn’t around then.

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          Deva
          A very short reply to your comment.
          Lanka was a fully Sinhalese Kingdom.
          Capturing some areas in our country by South Indian Sea Pirates and controlling them until they were chased by our Kings neither make any Sea Pirate a King, nor the areas they controlled become Tamil Kingdoms.
          All the Sea Pirates were either killed or chased back to South India.
          The rest in you comment is too hilarious to reply.

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    Although the battle field LTTE is not there, all those who supported it by supplying guiding, funds, weapons and other paraphernalia are still alive; starting from Adele Balasingham – Global Tamil Forum, Dr.S.J.Emmanuel, Suren Surendiran, local Tamil National Alliance, M K Shivajilingam, Gajaendrakumar Ponnambalam et al.. Now they are in the good books of the world and are the main complainants against our security forces who saved about 2.5 M lives mainly in the North and East and about 18M in the entire country.
    Why is our government (and the opposition) reluctant to name these parties who still represent the LTTE although it (LTTE) is not active here – (on the surface)?

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    It is shameful that these Tamil diaspora lies are still being spread by these anti-Sinhala agents of international colonists. They betrayed the nation (and its 5000 year old civilisation) to the marauding greedy Dutch and British Jews for crumbs, taking their money and religion. Angry about losing such ill-gained privileges, their low cast recent generations started the terrorist war that lasted 30 years. The heroic Sri Lankan armed forces managed to eliminate those murderer mlechchas and they can’t take it.

    We do not need any more time wasted on this nonsense. We need to work towards strengthening the Sinhalese-Buddhist heritage of this country, keeping the minorities in their due place like the British, Americans, Australians and Canadians are doing.

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      We need a robust justice system with international reputed judges.
      The majority sinhalese will not stop attacking the minorities as long as á corrupted racist mind exists

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        Trevor Srinivasan
        Thirty years ago, if we talk about our rights the way we do now, LTTE would never have survived that long.
        If Sinhalese rose against terrorism and their right to life, we could have wiped out LTTE in 1970s itself.

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    He He He

    This Chompa.Champi ..or Chompi is an escaped creature from a London mental hospital.

    Any Tamils noticed this lunatic on London streets capture her/him and sent back to the mental hospital.

    Else soon this Lunatic will bite the Tamils on streets.

    Cheers

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    The title is misleading.
    The war never ended. The other day Commander of Lankan Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayke, proposed that arms be produced in SL. To protect us from foreign invasion? UN Peace-keeping work?
    Similar ploy was used in, the GR brainchild, Avant Garde Maritime Services.
    .
    What is wrong in GTF trying hard to raise awareness through UNHRC?
    Lankan politicians must be faulted for using the UNHRC to distract attention from CoL and the like.

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    Bull Shit !
    All including the GTF are talking bull shit about the resolutions at the UNHCR forgetting the crimes and the justice for the Victims.
    The Victims are the Tamils and they waged a Political struggle against Racism and Discriminations by all the consecutive Sinhala Majority Govts. Their political struggle was made to a military aggression by the Sirimavo Govt. in the 60s.
    The call for a separate state was made in 1976 by the Vaddukoddai Resolution , again adopted by the Leaders of the 3 main Tamil Political Parties. But the Govts. never treated as a political issue,instead declared the whole struggle a Terrorist Problem and the Prevention of Terrorism Act labeled every Tamil a Terrorist.
    The JR Govt started a full fledged military war with the 1983 July Riots. Ever since systematic Military operations including Gun Boat shelling of coastal villages air raids and Bombing of Civilian Targets injuring and Maiming in thousands and killing in hundreds have been the early morning and midnight operations of the armed Forces.
    JR said’ if it is I am ready and will make every Sinhalese happy by killing the Tamils.’ This cry of State Terrorism still ringing in the North and East even after having declared that the war was called to end on 18th May 2009.
    The agony , pain and Terror is as much alive as it was at the height of war and all Independent Reports confirm so to this very minute. Can any body in his right senses say the Problem is correctly identified by the said Resolutions, even if the Govt. complied to the very spirit and letter of those Resolutions?
    Any body who does not accept the core issue is a political one and talking about development and war crime investigation, talks anything but absolute BULL Shit.

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    @ Chompi London Coolie

    All your arguments will be thrown into the dustbin by ICC JUDGES.
    The next stop for Murderpakse & Co., and his cronies will be ICC at the Hague .
    This is just one picture there are hundreds and technicians are there to enlarge and explain the parents of these killed innocents are still living.OK?
    Plus there are Satellite photos which indicate places. date and times.
    There War Criminals should rot in ICC prison.
    Till then you can bark and vomit. All the best.
    NOW IT IS CLEAR NOT ONLY YOUR GRANDFATHER AND FATHER BUT ALSO YOU YOURSELF HAS BURNED TAMILS ALIVE AND DANCE WHILE THE VICTIMS CRIED.
    There is no Buddhism ( a philosophy ) in this cursed land but Kudusium is here and you write after few shots.

    Cheers
    Cheers
    Cheers

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      What type of comments are these? “Burning people alive and dancing while victims are screaming… ” Really disgusting. You are showing your true Tamil mentality. Utterly appalling. Your comments are like some stories in your Tamil Sangam literature, where they eat other humans etc. Normal human beings can’t even comprehend the bestiality in most of these Tamil comments. You are proving why there was a war and why Tamils resort to violence so easily.

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        Punchi Point
        Are you surprised? That is what LTTE did.
        Cholan, I guess is a hardcore terrorist escaped to London.
        He reminiscences what he did and his past is well described in his comments.
        All exiled LTTE cadre abroad should be blacklisted so that they will never be able to put their feet on our sacred soil again.

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    Vedda

    “It is up to Hindian to teach you the reality & determine whether country is stay undivided or broken in to pieces. Remember Bangladesh.”

    Tamils thought to divide Sri lanka as in the case of Bangladesh with the help of India. What happend at the end?

    ” You should humbly beg your Hindian brethren to do whatever necessary”

    It is you Tamils went around the world begging to get help to stop the war. Our leaders didn’t care. Still you go begging after NGOs, UN, UNHC etc etc.

    ” You filthy facist lot don’t treat your family bla bla ———-

    Nobody needs your advice man. Little Islanders know their place very well. Don’t bother about it so much.

    ” Could you tell us what you have achieved in the past 71 years.”

    Latest achievement was sending a bunch of terrorists with their sun goat into the hell. You may have interests about the Mars. It is much relief if Tamils can find a place in the Mars
    Good Luck

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      latha

      “Tamils thought to divide Sri lanka as in the case of Bangladesh with the help of India. What happend at the end?”

      Hindians always considered Sri Lanka as a Sinhala state of Hindia. Therefore I do not understand your question.

      “It is you Tamils went around the world begging to get help to stop the war. Our leaders didn’t care. Still you go begging after NGOs, UN, UNHC etc etc.”

      The Sinhala state of Hindia has been begging since the day it was granded independence. It is almost 10 years since the war had ended (thanks to VP, Hindia, USA) yet the Sinhala state of Hindia has not repaid a loan amounted to $2 Billion back to Hindians which they paid under export guarantee scheme.

      Even the Sinhala state of Hindia owes a lot (we will never know the total amount as to how much Mahindawamsa looted) .

      “Nobody needs your advice man. Little Islanders know their place very well. Don’t bother about it so much.”

      Please bear in mind it was not my advice to a self destructive country which is being ruled by crooks, criminals, ….. war criminals, …………. but an observation.

      By the way being a descendant of Kallthnoies what are you doing in my ancestral land? When we enforce repatriation where do you intend go, Lata land in Sinhapura?

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    Stay with dogs stand with ticks.

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    “The recent call by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe for a process of truth-telling, regret and forgiveness – without the key promises of justice and accountability, and the statement by President Sirisena that discussions were going on regarding Sri Lanka withdrawing from UNHRC commitments, therefore, are astounding, sinister and dangerous.”

    Many thanks for the editor CT placing this subject for public scrutiny. More than Ranil, it is Sirisena who is talking like a Sinhala – Buddhist supremacist unmindful of the high office he holds. As stated there is photographic and video evidence to prove how hospitals, schools etc were bombed. Ranil and Sirisena should tell the world what became of the following LTTE cadres, who surrendered with white flags on the 18th of May, 2009. They surrendered with white flags on the assurance given by President Rajapaksa. Another batch of middle-rung LTTE cadres surrendered to the army at Vadduvaakal in the presence of their spouses/relations. They were taken for a short inquiry by the army in CTB buses. To date, there is complete silence on the part of the Sri Lankan army as to their fate. It is rumoured that they were killed by placing them inside cement grinders!

    Here is the list of 41 LTTE cadres slaughtered by the Sinhala army after they surrendered on that fateful day”

    (1) K.V. Balakumar and his son Sooriyatheepan

    (2) V. Ilankumaran (alias Baby Subramanian) Head of the Thamil Eelam Education Department. His wife Vettrichchelvi and daughter Arivumathy.

    (3) Yogaratnam Yogi in charge of ’Institute for Conflict Research’ in Vanni

    (4) Poet Puthuvai Ratnadurai, Coordinator of LTTE Arts and Cultural Department

    (5) K. Paappa, Coordinator LTTE Sports Department

    (6) Rajah (Chempiyan) Assistant Coordinator LTTE Sports Department and his 3 children

    (7) Ilanthirayan, LTTE Military spokesman

    (8) Veerathevan, Coordinator LTTE Bank 1/2

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    (9) S.Thangkan, Political Wing Deputy Chief

    (10) Aruna, Thamil Eela Education Department

    (11) S. Naren, Asst. Executive Head of TRO

    (12) Kuddy, Head of the LTTE Transport Department

    (12) Piriyan, Head of Administrative Service Department and his family

    (13) V. Poovannan, Head of the Administrative Service Division of the LTTE

    (14) Thangaiah, Administrative Service Department

    (15) Malaravan, Administrative Service Department

    (16) Pakirathan, Administrative Service Department

    (17) Reha, Head of LTTE Medical Division

    (18) Selvarajah, Commander Manal Aru Head Quarters

    (19) Bhaskaran, Commander Manal Aru Head Quarters

    (20) Major Lawrance

    (21) Major Kumaran

    (22) Prabha, Batticaloa District Commander

    (24) Rupan, Coordinator of Supplies

    (25) Babu, Coordinator of Jewellery Business

    (26) Ilamparithy, Executive Head of Political Wing

    (27) Elilan, Head of Trincomalee Political Wing

    (28) Vijitharan, Executive Secretary, Political Wing

    (29) Major Veeman

    (30) Sakthy, Coordinator Forestry Division and his family

    (31) E.Ravi, Charge of Houses

    (32) Sanjai, Mulliyavalai Divisional Political Wing Coordinator

    (33) Para Ratha, Coordinator Justice Department

    (34) Kumaravel, Coordinator Air Force Security

    (35) Chithrankan Malathy, Commander Manal Aru District

    (36) Suhi, Commander

    (37) Arunan, Major Sea Tigers

    (38) Manoj – Medical Department

    (39) Lawrance, Finance Department

    (40) Lawrance Thilakar, Coordinator TRO Planning Department

    (41) Karikalan, former Commander, Eastern Province

    The above list is by no means complete.

    On May 31, 2009, Lankafirst.com website quoting Government Information Department sources, reported that some top Tiger leaders under the custody of the military were going through a series of serious investigation by the security forces.

    I fail to understand how former generals like Sarath Fonseka, Sharvendra Silva (58th Division) Colonel Ralph Nugera, Colonel Athula Kodippili are going to sleep these 10 years.

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    Why is our paradise is no longer a place to live and even majority Singelease are leaving the country as refugees,read this link:
    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/sri-lankans-risk-seek-asylum-tiny-island-africa-190301120211406.html
    I think there Must be some thing wrong ?
    I am also still hearing tamil families wanting to leave Jaffna with faulse credentials to switsland, poland, England etc with small children taking all the risk of their children and savings.
    I think Sri Lanka should look in words what is wrong and rectify and all Expats should help, no point staying in European and other well todo countries talk about old glories and continue with tribe mentality.
    Sri Lankan goverment and Sri Lankans should coperate to find What mistakes out politicians and Security institutions are doing. Even punish bad Apples and sentanced to jail.
    I realy Cannot understand people with their own willing leave Sri Lanka and get different nationalities and support the polititicans who lie, cheat and steal from ordinary working class and make them beleave they are the savears of the country.
    Why Can not Sri Lankans understand the true picture and treat all humans as equals.
    Tamils who. Talk so dirty here in this Page should understand there are decent Singelease people, Security, medical, beurocrats and priest in Sri Lanka. Speak decently and humanly as possible. The bad apples need to be removed from forces and good decent people need to be identified and promoted.
    The Singelease who support the criminals also are being partly responsible for the injustice. We should listen to Mangala jeyvera and understand no body is above the law and we should give room for the suspicians to be cleared and even purnished.
    We Shall acknowlidge that our actions in Sri Lanka will give better operchunities for future generations in Sri Lanka and our children Can live a Happy sustainable living without leaving Sri Lanka to find employment and Security.

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    This issue goes nowhere as afar as UNHRC is concerned. It has slowed down to zero speed. Those pictures prove nothing but a pile of “dirt” either doctored or pictures from elsewhere – like from Latin America. None shows the face of so called victims and a major factor is those so called victims are covered in mud and still look too fair in skin color as compared to normally dark or black complexion of a typical Sri Lankan Tamil.

    As a great statesman once said: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time”. Abraham Lincoln.

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    2009- Zero civilian deaths when liberating the people from Mullaivaikal
    2010-onwards quibble over 7000 to 70000 civilian deaths ( even one life lost is a loss)
    2009 to 2017 there were no white vans
    2018 Yes white vans were occasionally used by the security forces
    2018 Gota says “white vans were used to round up suspects” !!
    Courts told that the naval investigators used white vans , disappearances of 11 youngsters is now on the heads of navy officials – ranks are from the very top to the bottom
    So who has been spinning the yarn !!!

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    Champa!
    I am thrilled by your arguments and your display of your poor IQ. You are a great warrior and protector of the Ariya Sinhala Buddhist Supremacy. Fight to the last clean out all but the Arya Sinhala Buddhists and be a Martyr. You deserve a page in the Mahavamsa next to the Rajapaksa’s.

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    10 years have passed since this video was first made public. Tamils have not made the slightest effort to identify the victims. Instead the video has been used for anti-Sinhalese propaganda. Identifying the victims is absolutely essential to get justice for them and also to prove that the video is authentic, the victims must be identified, otherwise it could be just a staged video with actors. One cannot file murder charges against shadows in a video.

    If no effort is made to identify the victims and also the man who is shooting, then it should be assumed that this video is fake and using a fake video would indicate that it is just worthless anti-Sinhalese propaganda. Media sites should instead of posting this video try to publish it and attempt to identify the victims. Using the video like this over and over again amounts to slander, hate speech and a witch hunt against the Sinhalese people and Sri Lanka in the international arena.

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