20 September, 2021

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The Cost Of Not Complying Can Be High

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

So far it appears that the implications of the resolution on Sri Lanka passed at the UN Human Rights Council last week against the Sri Lankan government’s objections have been taken with a pinch of salt. Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena’s reaction to the passage of the resolution by a 22-11 margin was to take note that 14 countries had abstained and therefore a majority of countries had not given their support to the resolution. Two of the countries that abstained, India and Japan, are powerful and important ones to Sri Lanka, as indeed they are in the world, which makes them well suited to play a bridge-building role in the future within the UN Human Rights Council. The relative equanimity with which the passage of the resolution was received within the country as a whole would be on account of the upbeat assessment of the situation by the government. The majority of the population who voted the government into power continue to feel that it is looking after the national interest where this issue is concerned.

From the perspective of the general public whose attention is presently gripped by other pressing matters, such as the cost of living, the passage of the UNHRC resolution posed no significant cause for alarm especially as the government they have voted for has expressed confidence in having the support of a majority of countries. Further, the resolution itself carries no punitive sanctions. It provides recommendations about what the government should and should not do in terms of ensuring accountability for human rights abuses, preventing new ones from occurring, caring for war victims, increasing the space for civil society to work and reducing the role of the military in governance. There are no punitive measures mentioned directly in the resolution. Therefore the people believe the government when it says it can deal with the evolving situation.

However, there is a difference between domestic politics and international realities. The fact that there is no immediate adverse fallout from the resolution needs to be considered carefully. There are three serious problems that can arise in the future. First, the resolution specifies that Sri Lanka will be on the agenda of the UNHRC for the next one and a half years. As this body meets three times a year, this means that Sri Lanka be under regular scrutiny by the international community. It is liable to suffer reputational damage if critical observations against it are being constantly made which can impact negatively on the country’s attractiveness as a location for economic development projects. As the government is focused on economic development it would be in the national interest to make the Geneva process a constructive one that gives confidence to potential investors about the future of the country.

Serious Problems 

Second, the previous UNHRC resolutions on Sri Lanka were limited to getting the Sri Lankan government to act in accordance with the recommendations of the international community. Even when the last resolution, which was co-sponsored by the former government, had accepted a role for foreign judges, it was the Sri Lankan government that was to be in charge of the special courts. The onus was on Sri Lanka to be the party to act and to be in charge. However, the present resolution gives the power to act and to be in charge also to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The significance of the resolution is enhanced by the fact that it empowers the High Commissioner’s office to look also at the present and ongoing situation in the country and not limit itself to the issue of war time violations and immediate post-war violations only.

This resolution gives the High Commissioner’s office the authority to set up a special unit to gather information and evidence on human rights violations taking place in Sri Lanka. That is to “strengthen [ ] the capacity of the Office of the High Commissioner to collect, consolidate, analyse and preserve information and evidence and to develop possible strategies for future accountability processes for gross violations of human rights or serious violations of international humanitarian law in Sri Lanka, to advocate for victims and survivors, and to support relevant judicial and other proceedings, including in Member States, with competent jurisdiction” (operative clause 6) and a budget of USD 2.8 million to implement it.

The possibility of punitive action is implicit in the fact that the recently passed resolution welcomes the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet which was released in late January this year set out facts from a perspective that indicates that Sri Lanka is heading in the direction of contracting space for political freedom, weakening of checks and balances in governance and increased conflict between ethnic and religious communities. The recommendations given in the UN High Commissioner’s report range from freezing of assets, travel bans and targeted sanctions against public officials suspected of human rights violations and referral of such cases to international tribunals including the International Criminal Court and an invitation to individual countries to take action under the principle of universal jurisdiction.

Constructive Efforts 

Third, if Sri Lanka is seen as not complying with the resolution another sanction could be the loss of the European Union’s GSP Plus tariff concession currently given to Sri Lankan exporters. As the EU is Sri Lanka’s largest export market, the denial of the GSP Plus would have a negative impact on the country’s economy and on employment opportunities. When Sri Lanka lost its GSP Plus concession in 2010 due to allegations of human rights, it resulted in a loss of export revenues of an estimated Rs 150-250 billion till its reinstatement in 2017. Especially in a context in which there is an economic downturn in the aftermath of the first and second waves of the Covid pandemic, the loss of the GSP Plus needs to be strenuously resisted. One of the conditions of granting the GSP Plus concession is that human rights violations should cease and the Prevention of Terrorism Act should be replaced with a counter terrorism law that is in conformity with international standards.

None of these worst case scenarios need to come about if the government looks at the recommendations in the resolution and makes a good faith effort to implement them. In the run up to the vote on Sri Lanka in Geneva, a European ambassador said that regardless of the way the vote went, their relations with the Sri Lankan government would continue as before. This was followed by a discussion in which a balanced assessment was made of the problems of democratic politics worldwide where nationalist forces are getting increasingly powerful. In Europe, for instance, there are political parties that espouse nationalism against ethnic and religious minorities who are seen as interlopers. Those from the international community who are self-critical will have an appreciation about Sri Lanka’s own challenges of governance.

Sri Lanka’s encounter with nationalism has been central to its existence as a democratic polity. Sri Lanka has not been able to relegate nationalism to the margins as Western countries have done, and which many East European countries have still failed to do. This may explain the European ambassador’s affirmation of a continued constructive engagement with the Sri Lankan government regardless of the outcome of the UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka. But the best answer will come if the government together with the opposition meets the Geneva challenge. It is encouraging that leader of the main opposition party, Sajith Premadasa, has made this constructive offer. Similar offers by leaders of the ethnic and religious minority parties and an acceptance of the same by the government are called for. We need to reform our polity to ensure fairness in governance not so much for the sake of Geneva or future Geneva, but to be at peace with ourselves to develop our country and its people.

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    Citizens need peace in natio and not UNHRC resolution. Government priority must be to comply with that and not a war of arrogance and ignorance in a show of slavery to China which cannot save. We don’t want the post world war two Nuremberg trials on our leaders leaving behind a sick history for future generations.

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      A society cannot stand without justice, those who were wronged be it the thousands who were wrongfully killed during the war or the journalists or the 350 Muslims whose bodies were forcefully cremated.
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      For all human rights violations those responsible have to pay. Let it be a Nuremberg trial or even worse.

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        There were forty two co-sponsors to this resolution. They comprise the entire western countries and countries closely aligned with them. So there is a need to take this resolution seriously. Sri Lanka has three ethnic groups in significant numbers of which the Sinhala Buddhists have a large presence and therefore are the ruling ethnic group. Since independence the kind of governments we had under them, from the Tamil point of view, must be described as tyranny of ruling ethnic group over the others.
        We hope that this resolution will change the attitude of the rulers and consider ethnic harmony as a way to go. All political leaders must consider this as an important option. In this regard we must applaud Mr Premadasa for not using this as a political weapon to win votes. If the government believe that they can ignore this resolution by bravado and chest beating, they are making a big mistake.
        Ethno-nationalism is present in many countries. But in many civilised countries they have resolved it by promoting ethnic harmony and devolution of certain duties and powers still within one country. There need to be give and take.
        So far other countries turned a blind eye and gave all the power to the rulers of Sri Lanka. Most powerful countries even supported the rulers.

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    One big mistake in the observation , in these European countries the interlopers are considered the new non European immigrants, mainly Muslim immigrants from North Africa, Western Asia and South Asia and not others. This is because these people largely do not want to assimilate nor want to obey the local laws . They come here largely as economic immigrants and refugees and once established, demand Islamic/Sharia law and want to dress differently, especially the women folk. They are supposed to have fled from these restrictions and laws in their own country or claim to but come here and start to demand the same restrictive laws and forms of dresses, that they are supposed to have fled from, to be reestablished in their host nations. Smacks of hypocrisy. This is why there is a backlash. Not refusing to assimilate or follow the local laws and customs. Definitely not against their own fellow European and national minorities like the Scots or Welsh in Britain or other national minorities in other lands. However, in Sri Lanka it is different, the state sponsored racism, discrimination and marginalisation is not against outsiders , foreigners or recent migrants but against the island’s own indigenous Tamils, who have a far older and ancient history than the Sinhalese and have the same rights to their own land like the Sinhalese.

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      A person’s choice to follow any religion they see fit is their fundamental right. A person who chooses to follow Islam, adheres to it’s dress code however different it may be from local culture is perfectly alright. You speak of assimilation, which is an underhanded way of implying these people should give up their religion, which is absurd. Isn’t it the case with many Tamil women I know in sl who don’t “assimilate” to sinhala culture or Tamil culture but to Western culture by way of the clothes they wear the language they speak to the mannerism they observe.
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      I think your problem is specifically against Muslims. Let’s clarify a matter, the Muslim refugees in Turkey and much of Europe have gone there as they were forced to by the war not as some journey choice they casually made as you tried to imply.
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      You’re a bigot and a xenophobe towards Muslims but then have a problem when the sinhalese do it to you ? you might want to go see a psychiatrist.

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        sitrep24
        A person’s choice to follow any religion they see fit is their fundamental right.
        —————
        Does saudi arabia, dubai etc allow non-muslim migrants to eat pork? Eat non-halal meats? Build churches, viharas or hindu temples? Eat in public during ramadan?

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      There was a time when Tamils fled Sri Lanka into these countries, and gave the host nations so much of trouble, they had to put security devices on vending machines.
      In Canada the government had to deal with LTTE related threats and fund raising, and enforce laws to deal with Tamil immigrants being the target of extortion. We know that some were LTTE sympathizers.

      These Muslim refugees are also fleeing the violence as a result of western nations dropping bombs in their countries, and killing unarmed civilians. International agencies have estimated 2 – 4 million Muslims have been injured, and killed, by these western bombs, so no one can fault them for fleeing their countries.

      Here are some facts:
      “Muslim Americans appear to be highly assimilated into American society and they are largely content with their lives. More than six-in-ten do not see a conflict between being a devout Muslim and living in a modern society, and a similar number say that most Muslims coming to the U.S. today want to adopt an American way of life rather than remain distinctive from the larger society.

      By overwhelming margins, Muslim Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in their own lives and rate their local communities as good places to live. And Muslim Americans are far more likely than the general public to express satisfaction with national conditions.” Pew Research

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        In conclusion:

        “I agree with the commenter sitrep24, your problem is Islamaphobia, and ignorance.
        The majority of Muslim refugees go on to live productive lives, and try to assimilate into western society. They are also highly productive and successful. The very qualified couple who developed the Pfizer vaccine, came as refugees/immigrants with their parents to Germany from a Muslim country. They are now saving lives around the world.
        Hypocrisy is forgetting what your own people did, and ignorance is judging others.
        Stop demonizing people of one group and painting all with the same brush.

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        Ashan
        There was a time when Tamils fled Sri Lanka into these countries, and gave the host nations so much of trouble, they had to put security devices on vending machines.
        ——————–
        So tamils were causing problems with vending machines in the west
        Whereas muslims were blamed for actual terror attacks in the west

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          LTTE sympathizers seemed to be doing more than that.
          “Arms Procurement and shipping activities of LTTE were largely clandestine. Prior to 1983, it procured weapons mainly from Afghanistan via the Indo-Pakistani border. Explosives were purchased from commercial markets in India. From 1983 to 1987, LTTE acquired a substantial amount of weapons from RAW and from Lebanon, Cyprus, Singapore, and Malaysia-based arms dealers. LTTE received its first consignment of arms from Singapore in 1984 on board the MV Cholan, the first ship owned by the organisation. Funds were received and cargo cleared at Chennai Port with the assistance of M. G. Ramachandran, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.[152] In November 1994, the LTTE was able to purchase 60 tonnes of explosives (50 tonnes of TNT and 10 tonnes of RDX) from Rubezone Chemical plant in Ukraine, providing a forged Bangladeshi Ministry of Defense end-user certificate.[153] Payments for the explosives were made from a Citibank account in Singapore held by Selvarasa Pathmanathan. Consignment was transported on board MV Sewne. The same explosives were used for the Central Bank bombing in 1996. Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Indonesia remained the most trusted outposts of LTTE, after India alienated it after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.”

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      Interloper also means one who thrusts or leaps into others affairs specially for their own benefits. In Sri lanka too the ruling parties could be deemed as interlopers because they enjoy the plumps of office elected with the help of majority and with that power discriminate against the minorities.

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    Mr. Jehan Perera, from when did the island’s native Eelam Tamils become interlopers and outsiders? From 1948? When the British gave power to the Sinhalese , who had managed to successfully hoodwink everyone , the British and Tamils , that once power is transferred to them , the island will be a truly democratic, multi ethnic, multi religious nation, where all its citizens will be treated as equals but in fact were scheming otherwise. Just like now. We are no interlopers or outsiders but truly native and have the same right as the Sinhalese.

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    Considering the neighbor countries Sri lanka has the majority due Pakistan and Bangladesh bridging
    Integrity besides minority issues where Indian put sri lanka on increasing accountable remarks on front of the world but act as defenders.

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    Jehan, nothing to worry. Dinesh has told the world the UN resolution brought by UN is illegal and dosent bind Lanka. Thereby he also made sure, the 25 countries who supported and abstained were involved in an illegal act.. Mr. Sircular has promised to face the UN headon and beat them in their own game. Wimal and Gommanpilla will soon spearhead the attack. As promised by few here, small country will retaliate and push back U.S orchestrated regime change. ( I am confused, I was told one of their citizen was brought in ).China has promised to give unlimited loans but reinstaded that Lankans comply with their road to glory project. The 7 million or so are very happy with the outcome and eagerly waiting for elections to show their gratitude. Whether people like it or not Rajapaksas are here to say. Who said there is any sibling rivalry. GR told media people NO ONE should make the same mistake again of defeating big bro MR.

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    Thanks Jehan, You concluded your article with a gem of a statement.

    “We need to reform our polity to ensure fairness in governance not so much for the sake of Geneva or future Geneva, but to be at peace with ourselves to develop our country and its people”.

    If only we could practice inclusive participatory governance, it is not a dream, but a practical proposition.

  • 6
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    Cardinal Malcom Ranjith keep on insisting that those who were behind the Muslim Terrorist attack should be identified and punished.
    Instead of forgiving and forgetting, Sinhalayo should insist that the Government appoint a Commission to find out those who were behind LTTE Tamil terrorist campaign against Sinhalayo and punish them.

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      We know who was behind the ltte, it was VP.
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      And we know who was behind the easter Sunday terrorist attack, 🐐🐐🐐.

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    Not at all. Just fear mongering. UNHRC cannot enforce anything if SL refuses. It needs UN Security Council. No resolution against UN Security Council can be passed against SL thanks to China and Russia.

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    Investors do not care two hoots for democracy or human rights as long as the country has a stable Government so that they can collect their returns for the investments. What the President should do is to give the signal that Rajapakshes will be ruling this country at least for the next two decades and they will not allow minorities to play hell as happened in the past.
    Before 2015 election Harsha bragged that foreign investors are waiting in the queue to come if UNP wins. Hardly any foreign investors came because there was no political stability. Independent Commissions failed to impress foreign investors.

    “As the government is focused on economic development it would be in the national interest to make the Geneva process a constructive one that gives confidence to potential investors about the future of the country.”

  • 10
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    Foreign policy drifting rudderless like the EVERGREEN stuck in the Suez. Its better for the Govt. to set its sails right.

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    Since the majority voted for this government the punishment should be to the entire country. This is not an isolated incident. This is what has been going on in Sri Lanka for over 50 Years. The majority thinks it can go about murdering minorities burning and piledging their properties. Government after Government have managed to hoodwink and cover up the atroscites. There has never been any accountability. It is not only the minorities who get clobbered the youth also got clobbered twice. The blow back led to a genacoidal war. An entire generation of leaders were slaughtered by suicide bombers not to mention civilians. The violence and blood shed has gotten so bad that the inhabitants have become indifferent to it. The UNHCR is not actually capable of doing much. It is more akin to a toothless tiger. But this time it seems that the sheer buffoonery of the current lot of imbeciles finally made enough nations say enough is enough. It is unfortunate that all have to suffer but there has to be a reckoning.

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      Jehan “and therefore a majority of countries had not given their support to the resolution.”

      So are not the 35 co-sponsors of the Resolution, without Votes, not within the Paksa`s sight. A visible and real dictators mentality is prevailing in its external affairs too. The monthly meet-the-villagers apparently is to cool Nanadasena`s
      mental state?

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      Yep agreed.
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      When will we get a commission into the riots that were carried out against the Tamils and the Muslims to punish those extremist buddhist terrorists who were responsible for that. Mind you these extremist sinhala buddhists are still walking around free and among society after the attrocities they have committed.

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    Dear Jehan,
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    The biggest problem is SLGO reacts as if they are blind and deaf. People would not have guts to protest against the barbarians either.
    :
    How that traffic police man punished the truck driver, went viral – proviing that SRILANKEN police would not care much so as Rajapakshe Brothers in leadership.
    -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVEUkDvzWOY
    How can POLICE be better than the leadership ? is the question my colleagues from Europe questioned after watching it on the screens.
    .
    So they are all in the view, the UNHRC resolution passed on SRILANKA is not powerful enough.

    In the DAYS to come, HUMEN FLESH would be freedly available in the MARKETs – is becoming a reality under the incumbent PRESIDENCY.

    As for me, the very same policist should be punished ON THE spot, by giving him maximum possible punishment. So long nothing like that would be the case, SRILANKENs would never learn it.

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      One law to Namal Baby on his return after visiting MIDDLE east, and another law is to normal citizens and srilankens with foreign passports ?

      OCOL- is tragically violated by Rajapakashes themselves. It has turned out to be One country Rajapakshe L ( OCRL).
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      All these were very much known to the very same 69 lacks of PUNNAKKU eaters, but their total ignorance paved the way bitch s sons be back and ruin this nation.

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      The day, the people treat PRESIDENT to the manner yesterday that mad cop did it to the truck driver is nearing.
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      God bless SRILANKA. I have no doubt, to the very same manner they the LYBIAN leaders and their family ones were draged on – will exactly be the case for Rajapakshes in the days to come. People will rally round to stone them to death for sure.

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    The cost of complying with UNHRC resolution is to the country but not to the Rajapaksa regime. Rajapaksa regime is not bothered about saving the country from economic disaster or instability or isolating the country from the democratic world. At this moment they only need of Buddhist Sinhala votes to continue with the genocidal attack on Tamils and Muslims in the North East. Their fake patriotism propaganda will work until the deteriorating economy bites majority of the Buddhist Sinhala. But this will happen very soon.

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      “At this moment they only need Buddhist Sinhala votes to continue with the genocidal attack on Tamils and Muslims in the North East. Their fake patriotism propaganda will work until the deteriorating economy bites the majority of the Buddhist Sinhala. But this will happen very soon.”
      But the plan is, more accurately this factor has been taken into
      account vis-a-vis the EC and how Voting figures will be juggled –
      a common trend with any Dictatorial leader and his henchmen.

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    “Fairness in Governance”

    What does this mean to a Sensible, reasonable Law abiding Sri Lankan citizen of any race or religion?
    — Government Jobs not being given to the UNSUITABLES especially Friends, relatives, People who had carried out the illegal commands of ‘ any’pakshas.

    —Differential treatments by the Judges to those are courageous to publicise against IRREGULARIES of the GoSL actions.

    —Positioning of an enormous security and intelligence people in the North and East of SL, thereby threatening the minority existence and freedom[in effect an open prison]

    — having the Chief Executives for Northern & Eastern Provinces with Police and Land powers. No need for Governors for the two PC. We do not need any other PCs in SL for time being to reduce the expences to the National coffers.

    — Not promoting BBS/Sinhale/ wahhabism/ separatism

    —Having a UNITED & not Unitary COUNTRY

    — any others

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    “and therefore a majority of countries had not given their support to the resolution.”

    So are not the 35 co-sponsors of the Resolution, without Votes, not within the
    Paksa`s sight. A visible and real dictators mentality is prevailing in its external affairs too. The monthly meet-the-villagers apparently is to cool Nanadasena`s
    mental state?

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    EE
    How & Why the LTTE was formed ?
    Is it the result of the “STATE TERRORISM” during 60s,70s&80s?
    Is it the result of standardisation of the University Education?
    Was it the Jealousy Sinhalese who doesn’t like the THRIVING minorities?

    Had the Governments of SL practiced —SECULARISM,
    —Multi cultural & Religious
    — unbiased policing
    —unbiased developments in the Country
    we would be living better than the Singaporeans.
    EE—> Why not get a genetic test to see where you originated from?
    Is it in North or South India?

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      Why did the 1939 riot happen then?

      Whatever happened, whoever is right does not matter. Sinhalese won the war in 2009 and Tamils lost. That is an agreeable fact.

      If thriving minorities was the problem, the final phase of war would have been fought in Colombo!! Sinhalese are happy as long as they are the rulers and Tamils are the ruled.

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      It is the result of Vadukkodai resolution.

      Soma

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        soman

        “It is the result of Vadukkodai resolution.”

        Vattukottai Resolution was dead on arrival on 14 May 1976 in Pannakam (wherever it is), or northern Panandura.

        What exactly is your Vadukkodai resolution?

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    What the UNCHR via the resolution has asked is not wrong. All it says is for SL Government to take positive action to correct its Human Rights Violations. Isn’t that what every citizen of the country want?

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      Mr Buddhist 01,
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      anything that would stand against their thoughts and minds (Rajapakshes doggy doctrine) are interepreted as ” western and america/india against us”. That is the public perception made by RAJAPKSHES and their supporters. They would never see it right. Entire world is against srilanka today, with few far poor and some criminal states are on their side though. Philiphines to have voted against is very clear – so as the Paskistan stood against it. Now Ranjan Ramanayaka or the like being treated with all unexpected nature- how can they sing the very same song as ” we respect human ríghts”. We are very scared of thinking about the destiny of RR. There is no other that revealed about INJUSTICEs of Rajapkshes as RR did it. That is the reason him to be kept in jail also violating his priviledges as an elected MP. This issue will teach them a lession sooner than later.

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        Did u notice that SIRASA TV plays double games again.? That Roshan Watawala should be a dog the manner how he attacked decent Eran last night in that -Satana- program. Bond scam was louder than losses made by Sugar deal?
        .
        May be that they are bit scared to get burnt down again. Threats seem to be working ? 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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    For a week the biggest political, economic, commercial, technical ……..news is about the one of the world’s biggest ship stuck in Egyptian sand and blocking the Suez Canal. World economy became like a child swallowed a toy. The interesting part was the massive engine of the ship could not be used to pull the ship out of the sand. There were many tugboats and excavators needed to release the ship out of the sand. That is a good lesson for watch Jehan PhD and Appe Aanduwa, which for years using its cunning Aappa Diplomacy to stick the ship in the sand. Now the ship engine & Aappa diplomacy which stuck the ship are not capable of pulling the ship out of the Geneva Ice. Unless Jehan PhD is willing to bring icebreaker to release the ship, but only depending on the engine, sooner or latter the ship will be blasted off and cleaned out of the canal. Canal will remain opened irrelevant of Aanduwa and Jehan PhD’s arrogance. 1945 UN and Human rights are older than Lankawe. They will prevail.

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    “Further, the resolution itself carries no punitive sanctions.”

    Because India abstained, based on GR’s meeting with Modhi. India is under threat from radical Islamist elements funded by Pakistan, while SL is also seeing similar extremism in places like Kattankudy. Therefore, it makes no sense for India to support this resolution. Further, Japan also abstained. Japan abstaining means there is no merit to the allegations of so-called “war crimes.” This is a victory for Sri Lanka on the diplomatic front. Achieved by none other than GR.

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    One thing is very clear now after the UNHRC resolution was passed, Rajapaksas cannot embark any trip to any European Counties , U.S.A. Canada or India except to China,Russia or Cuba in the near future. Only Namal could do some short trips to Dubai to check up the dealings. The resolution on
    Human right abuses in Sri lanka had become very much debating issue in many assemblies of these countries.

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      Nonsense, there are no travel bans on Rajapakse’s. Tamil diaspora should be careful trying to return to Sri Lanka. CID/military may have collected intelligence. It is not necessarily a threat, it is my personal observation. Diaspora is doing their best to shame Sri Lanka in international circles, expect some kind of retaliation from GOSL.

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        Jester

        ” Diaspora is doing their best to shame Sri Lanka in international circles, expect some kind of retaliation from GOSL.”

        Seriously you do not need Diaspora to shame Sri Lanka in international circles, your Mandarins, saffron thugs, Rana Viruses, political leaders, ….. are doing it splendidly well. Watch:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTgd-emN17Y

        Watch out his English or lack of it.
        Whats wrong with you dimwits.

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      Pon Lanka

      “One thing is very clear now after the UNHRC resolution was passed, Rajapaksas cannot embark any trip to any European Counties , U.S.A. Canada or India except to China,Russia or Cuba in the near future. “
      -.
      Why not?
      And for what reasons.

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    Jadam, fear mongering ?? That is exactly Slobadan and Sadam thought when they were on their way to Hague. When Lankans are killed outsiders may need permission but when foreigners are killed as in Easter each country has obligation to seek justice. It is considered as crime against humanity not just Lankans. Remeber your hero who raped British citizen and his mentor thought it was just nothing. Cameron had to come all the way to lock himup.

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