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The Pending UN Resolution On Sri Lanka

By S. V. Kirubaharan

S. V. Kirubaharan

S. V. Kirubaharan

Since the end of the war in Sri Lanka, there have been four resolutions passed in the UN Human Rights Council – UN HRC. The first of these resolutions was initiated soon after the ‘end of the war’ on 26 May 2009, by Sri Lanka itself with the help of India. This resolution was described as ‘Machiavellian’ by diplomats and civil society. Sri Lanka implemented none of its recommendations. At the time when it was passed in the HRC, the US was not a member.

Since the US became a member of the HRC in June 2009, matters concerning Sri Lanka began moving in the right direction. This resulted in three consecutive resolutions – in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Ample time and space was given, therefore, by the international community or the members of the HRC, for Sri Lanka to set up and conduct a domestic inquiry into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Also, there has been plenty of time to implement their own recommendations of the so-called ‘Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’ – LLRC.

As we consider the content of these resolutions, we recall how India, which is part of the international community, signed an accord with Sri Lanka in 1987 (Indo-Lanka accord), and that this was purely due to the burning ethnic conflict. While China, Pakistan, Russia and Cuba actively harm the victims in Sri Lanka, the country which signed an accord to maintain peace and security is mute! The fact that a country which claims to be a regional super-power allows China and Pakistan to be more active in affairs concerning Sri Lanka, especially the Tamils, is not acceptable. We hope India does not expect victims to line up behind either China or Pakistan!

Indian decision-makers should be courageous enough to break their long silence on Sri Lanka.

Mangala 2015 Sep UNHRCSri Lanka is a co-sponsor!

After the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights-cum-OISL released a comprehensive report on Sri Lanka on 16th September, all countries in favour of human rights, democracy and good governance cannot possible let Sri Lanka off the hook any longer. Nevertheless, the pending resolution has gone through many difficulties and criticisms before taking its shape!

The way China and Pakistan are taking initiative on Sri Lanka, the international community must think twice whether there has been any change in the foreign policy of the new government. It cannot be denied that, from the President to the Cabinet,, it is old wine in a new bottle.

Anyhow since 2012, three consecutive resolutions have been successfully passed with the initiative of the US. When we compare the 4th resolution with the previous three, it is clear that Sri Lanka has a better say in the pending one, because of US and Indian interest in Sri Lanka. Even though the present government is amenable to US and India, it has not completely isolated China and Pakistan. Counties like China, Cuba, Pakistan and Russia maintain the same position as they did when earlier resolutions were being passed on Sri Lanka. During the informal discussions on the draft resolution, Sri Lankan representatives were adamant about deleting almost fifteen paragraphs and they persuaded amendments to paragraphs wherever there were terminologies like ‘accountability’, ‘implementation’, ‘investigate’, ‘violation’, etc. This surprised many including the group of co-sponsors – US, UK, Macedonia and Montenegro.

Concern to protect the military

Surprising in itself, is the fact that Sri Lanka is a co-sponsor of a resolution that is meant to be addressing its own serious human rights violations and war crimes! No wonder that it has been watered down, and there even seems more concern about protecting the reputation of the military than of identifying and indicting the perpetrators.

Countries like Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland did not agree with the Sri Lankan position. These countries were for a hybrid court. Switzerland repeatedly insisted that ‘hybrid’ should be mentioned in the resolution.

The US ambassador’s point was that they found it difficult to accommodate ‘hybrid’ because many have not understood the term. Therefore his suggestion was to use ‘international investigators’. We can see something of this with ‘Commonwealth Judges, Lawyers and Prosecutors’. But this has not satisfied some legal experts who say this still is a ‘domestic’ process.

Those who are critical of the present draft should attend future sessions of the HRC to learn and understand the pulse, politics, and approach of the members. They would also be very welcome to counter the position of China, Pakistan, Russia and Cuba.

To be frank, the present draft is not satisfactory, it doesn’t go far enough. But there is no other way forward. The investigation has to start somewhere. If there is no resolution on Sri Lanka in this 30th session, there may not be any until March 2017.

Until last Tuesday, Sri Lanka’s position regarding the draft resolution was very confusing. The proposed amendments by Sri Lanka’s representatives have no connection to the speech made by Sri Lanka Minister of External Affairs in the Council on 14th September. Anyone who listened to his speech might well have thought that in weeks or months, Sri Lanka will be ‘Heaven for human rights’. Let Sri Lanka show this through genuine and honest practice. Not empty words.

Government of National Unity!

Last week, the way Sri Lanka was looking at the first draft of the resolution, many presumed that one regime violates and the next regime justifies – in order to protect the perpetrators! We learned that Sri Lanka deliberately brought those deletions and amendments with ulterior motives in the informal meetings.

It is truly laughable that Sri Lankan representatives were informing other states in the HRC that the pending resolution may harm reconciliation! Can Sri Lanka give a single example of concrete steps taken since last January, on reconciliation? The 19th amendment is not a good example because the continuation of the present Government of national unity is at stake.

One cannot ignore the fact that many MPs are crossing over from the so-called Government of national unity to the opposition. This will undermine the boasting by the Sri Lanka Minister in the HRC that they appointed the Tamil National Alliance – TNA as the leader of the opposition. It looks like this is going to come to an end in the near future.

According to one of the MPs, from the South, this opposition leadership was given to the TNA precisely so the government could make use of it for their international propaganda. Let us wait and see the reality in a few weeks or months.

Those who say that the resolution on Sri Lanka is too long and therefore the government wants to shorten it have not seen other resolutions on different situations. This pretext to remove references to High Security Zones, reduction of military from the North and East, the attackers of religious place to be investigated, etc. is deplorable.

No-one can deny the fact that the resolutions on Sri Lanka came out of the ashes of Mullivaigzhal and the North and East.

We all know that geo-politics and economic interests play games in all situations including from Afghanistan to Libya and Syria!

Diaspora organisations

Sri Lanka’s claims that they are working with Diaspora organisations is not true!

I am not denying that they work with a few individuals and a diaspora organisation which doesn’t work with the masses. In fact, this is a drop in the ocean. This is where countries like Switzerland, Norway and South Africa are making mistakes. These countries fail to consider the realities of diaspora organisations.

For example organisations like the Tamil Centre for Human Rights – TCHR which has been in existence for more than two decades and works purely on human rights, has been side-lined by these countries. Some say that a newcomer has set the scene in a few countries that they are the ones who should be consulted by countries promoting reconciliation in Sri Lanka! If anyone believes this and works in this way, there will be no acceptable and durable solution to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.

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    We, the Tamils cannot expect too much too soon. Suppose the SLFP had come to power, with or without Mahinda, what would have been the position? We couldn’t have even reached thus far where the government of Sri Lanka has become a co sponsor for a domestic inquiry with international participation!
    Any number of resolutions could be passed at the UNHRC, one after another. But how far have these resolutions helped to advance our plight since the end of the war?
    In any even the real solution has to be found domestically with support from the international community. We may have to inch towards that and that cannot be helped.
    Sengodan. M

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    I fully agree with you mr.kirubaharan. The TNA and the global Tamil Forum too accepts the co-sponsored resolution to be presented on the 30th. Shame! The domestic investigation would be against the LTTEand not against the armed forces or the superior officers who ordered the mass killings. There was not much in the LLRC report .Yet most of the recommendations were not implemented. It is shocking if anyone knows the areas in valid north , the Army has occupied. It is 10 villages from keerimalai to thondaminar , almost 7 miles along the coastal belt and 2 to 3miles interior. So just estimate how large extent the Army has declared this area as High Security Zone depriving nearly 25,000 to 30,000 people homeless. Few extent of lands supposed to be released in Vasavilan area, the army has put up barbed wire fences blocking the passage for the people unable to go into the released lands. These are deliberate acts of vengeance and intimidation towards the Tamil people, and possibly in time , the government’s idea to colonise the Sinhalese in those areas. This is a serious situation the Tamil leaders too have failed to address.

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    mr.Kirub,
    You say “Can Sri Lanka give a single example of concrete steps taken since last January, on reconciliation?”
    Can you explain with whom Sri Lanka should reconcile with? Is it with the LTTE terrorists or the innocent Tamil civilians who were lucky enough to escape either suicide bombings or death after being used as human shields?

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      Terrorist Srilanka should reconcile with LTTE terrorists. There is no doubt there was state terrorism against innocent Tamils since 1956 that gave birth to LTTE. There is valid reason for LTTE terrorism. It has two dimensions. One is rights of the Tamils for self-determination and resist state terrorism. UN found both Srilanka & LTTE violated human rights and committed war crimes. Srilanka govt represent Sinhalese and LTTE represent Tamils. Both are within island of Srilanka. Both are equals.

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        Ajith, can you write an article on the present resolution.

        People like Racist Dayan, Facist Thamara are giving wrong information to readers. Both are failed Lankan reps in Geneva.

        Leftist wrong views should be countered with left right views.

        You will be the right person for this job.

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        ajit,
        When did this “reconciliation” garbage start? Isn’t it after the end of LTTE terrorist war? Why didn’t you ask for reconciliation since 1956?
        If you really use your brain the birth of LTTE was a disaster for all Tamils. It killed many Tamils and wiped out an entire generation of Tamils. What did the LTTE and people like you think? By suicide bombing SL citizens you can have self-determination?? Did you think the gov. will just sit back and let the LTTE suicide slaughter it’s citizens? I always wanted the gov. to spring into action and kill every suspected terrorist. The LTTE cowards suicide bombed us in civilian clothes so that reprisal will involve innocent Tamils. You have no right to call my gov. “terrorist”.
        How did the UN found both Srilanka & LTTE violated human rights and committed war crimes? Did they interview a single soldier, politician, a Sinhalese citizen or for that matter anybody from the south? How stupid are you to assume that their findings are legitimate?

        • 14
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          nonsense the `old rouge` boa constrictor-

          blessed are the idiots for they are the happiest people on earth.

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            wal,
            Go see a psychiatrist. You need urgent medical help.

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              nonsense the `old rouge` sinhala speaking Buddhist,

              then listen to the sermon on the mount `adams peak`

              Appe lankawe Wisdom of the stupid buddha- shape shape shape- boa constrictor.

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              and what about you.. do you think are u keeping well ?

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              Eusense you Nonsense:

              Has it ever occured to you that you are never going to win a beauty contest just like Jim Sooty. So why dont you hang youself and end your misery as you have got nothing to live for.

              Your

              DIGNITY
              SOVEREIGNTY.

              What have you got to live for other than Total HUMILIATION

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          Eusense

          Quoting “You have no right to call my gov. “terrorist”.”

          What SL Government practiced since 1956 on the Tamils, you can call it any name you like but it was terrorism. Tamils suffered systematic terror and that is terrorism. Tamils were then defenseless.

          LTTE only came in the 70’s to match the Government terrorism. Certainly LTTE also did practice ‘terrorism’. It is ‘kettle calling the pot black’.

          Tamils before until the 70’s were a decent, god fearing, non violent people. Their sole interests were in education and agriculture. The Government was jealous of their determination and educational achievement introduced media-wise standardization causing a sense of severe frustration leading to the youth unrest culminating in the armed struggle.

          I agree LTTE did wrong things but it all was due to the unfairness heaped on the Tamils by the Government and particularly by the SLFP Government. Please go into the origins of the problems to find the cause. Both sides did wrong things. Seeing the problems with a tunnel vision will never identify the cause and never can be put behind us.

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            Trik,
            What gov practice since it exsisted is To protect its citizens and maintain law and order. Not only tamils any group that break the law wouldn’t be tolarated. This happened to the sinhalese jvp too.
            You cant call every protective action of any gov terrorism. It is stupid to do so. Under your definition USA is the most terrorist gov in the world where blacks are shot by the police almost every day somewhere in the ccountro.
            Tamils were not a special group to feel jealous about. They had good schools in jaffna while in the south it was in colombo and kandy only. Standardisation affected not only tamils but Sinhalese of colombo and kandy too. Also, in my university experience I saw more sinhalese ending their studies with better results.

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              nonsense the `old rouge` sinhala speaking Buddhist,

              we observe the Yakko island bestiality breed Buddhist with a telescopic view from the west

              Don’t be too smart`!!

              Too, to be human is to have bad logic but lots of insight-

              passion rules the world.

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              Eusense
              You are confusing Media-wise standardization and district Quota system. Media-wise standardization (underline the word media wise) was introduced in 1970 and District quota system in 1974 admission onwards.

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                shrik,
                whatever method that was used Sinhalese were also affected. If you do a search on outcome analysis of the media wise standardization you will find that it did not have a significant effect on admission of Tamils.

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          Eusense,

          Don’t think that we asked for reconciliation. I think that you don’t have the brain to understand the meaning and the purpose of reconciliation.Reconciliation is a process between two parties to mend their differences.

          My brain is in very good condition. Whether the birth of LTTE is a disaster or not is a matter for Tamils, you don’t need to worry too much about this. It is not LTTE that asked for self-determination. Tamils have self determination long time back even before this island became a colony of European invaders. Why you are trying to avoid talking about what happened to Tamils between 1956 to 1987 before first LTTE suicide attack on a military camp? why don’t you talk about buring of Jaffna library. burning of civilian Tamils in colombo streets, drilling of eyes of Tamil prisoners, Bombing of Naavali church, Bombing of schools, butchering of civilians in a boat by your Navy, …. etc. As a citizen of Srilanka, don’t I have the right to call those who responsible for these crimes as a Terrorist”. I think your govt is not different from my government. I expect my govt to treat me and you as equals.

          Regarding your query about how UN found your govt committed war crimes, you may not know the truth that there are number of Sinhalese citizens including military personal also gave evidence to UN. You are trying to hide in a dark but it is sad you don’t have the brain to undestand that you are a blind person.

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            ajit,
            Now, are you trying to teach me what ‘reconciliation” is?? What are the two parties you are talking about? Didn’t I ask you and others this question million times? Why don’t you answer? Is reconciliation you seek is with the terrorists or the innocent Tamil civilians who had nothing to do with terrorism?.
            All citizens are under the same law of the land. If you know any laws the gov. has enacted against the Tamils let the readers know. That is why I say the gov. has done everything it can do. No racial group is discriminated and laws applied equally to all citizens. There is no reason for the gov. to re-conciliate with either Tamils or any other group.
            If you as a Tamil think the birth of LTTE was a good thing so be it. I don’t care what you think. I said what I think. You don’t have to agree with me. Do you think another terrorist uprising similar to the LTTE is a good thing also?
            Now you say that “It is not LTTE that asked for self-determination”?? Then why do you think they suicide slaughtered innocent civilians and try to establish an illegal administration in the north? You need to examine your brain!
            Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims, short people, tall people, fat people, stupid people and anybody else can have or like to have self determination long time back or short time back. But they can’t attain this through suicide bombing innocent civilians of a country.
            I am not trying to avoid talking about any violence that happened against Tamils in the past. As a Sinhalese I feel embarrassed by these activities and put my blame on our narrow minded politicians who try to gain votes. At the mean time the Tamils provoked the gov. by civil disobedience, satyagraha, hartal, bombing Army camps, attacking Buddhist temples etc. etc. Most of these anti-tamil violence happened as a consequence to such activities. So remember Tamils are also to be blamed for this.
            How, when and where did you get to know about Sinhalese citizens/military personnel who gave evidence to the UN? It is the duty of the UN to release their sources of information if their evidence is to be taken seriously. I would like you to give me links to where you got this information!

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              Eusense@ even before MY3 came in, I thought you needed a set of therapies to see it right. Rehab could have been a better place actually if you cant yet see it right. Until then please be away not wasting the valuable times of the good guys keep additing their bits on this valuable platform.

              You always spoke about you high -your alma mater has been pera bla bla and in the end behave as if you are no different to the offspring or Raja or Mervin- or any other folks that nevertheless supported Gomanpilla or Buruwanse even if their wives would have been abducted by underground forces run by Rajapakshe supporters. Today, so we no doubt,
              my question would be why you have been behaving so ?

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                Educated crooks like eusense or nonsense who defends killing of innocent in war in the name of fighting against terrorism has no right to call others terrorist.worst he defends even killinghis own people by state as if the people in army are all saints. An open secrets all army men across the world are beasts given the chance they jump to fulfill their underwear pleasures. Anyone is thinking my army is good and disciplined is fools.All armies across the world dunce world war I is cruel..and brainwashed idiots to do atrocities in the name of new bullshit called Sovereignty. In the past, in monarchy kings used to brainwash their army, now politicians in the name of country.. What all peaceful loving world need is end of army, wesponary.

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                leela,
                If I have written anything that you don’t agree with explain why I am wrong. What part of my behavior you don’t agree with? Calling a spade a spade?
                I don’t need your useless rhetoric about peradeniya, Marvin, Rajapakse or any other. Keep that for your self!

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              Eusense,
              Nothing wrong with educating those who cannot understand the subject. My answer was very clear. There is no reconciliation between two terrorists parties.
              You can keep all laws in books. What is the purpose of law if that is not implemented. It is the same law sent Chief justice out of power and the same law reinstated her power back. which law is right? You think others are fool like you.

              You should understand that State terrorism precedes LTTE terrorism. As long as state terrorism remains active you cannot prevent another uprising is unvoidable. Sucide bombing is nothing to do with self determination. self determination is a mechanism to protect people from oppression, discrimination and genocide.

              Do you think Satyagraha, civil obedience are illegal methods against state terrorism? So you say killing of innocent civilian by state is civilian disobedience. What you are saying is if your brother ask for equal share you will kill him. That is what your law works. Well done!

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                ajit,
                How many times I have to tell you that Military/police protecting its citizens from harm does not mean terrorism? If you behave violently you will be disciplined: that is not terrorism.
                Removing the CJ has nothing to do with anything against the Tamils.
                Self determination comes with negotiations with good will not terrorism and uprising.
                You still haven’t given me a list of Tamils killed by the gov. after the end of war.
                “What you are saying is if your brother ask for equal share you will kill him. That is what your law works.” This shows your intellectual capacity and what a distorted mind you have.
                I am done with you. Good luck with your future endeavors!

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                  “”I am done with you.”

                  You have been `ratted upon` and rattled to be a sour_puss.

                  “”and what a distorted mind you have.”

                  Don’t be too smart`…deal with it.

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                  Even if you tell million times, Sinhala military and Sinhala state are terrorists. Who cares about you? I know the removing the CJ has nothing to do with Tamils but it is to do with Law. Blind people like you don’t see the facts. Law is not practiced equally. If negotiations fail because the state terrorism uprising is justified. It is good that you accept that Truth always succeed.
                  Best Wishes.

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        There was a valid reason to wipe them out too.

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      The great omission in all immature countries is the neglect to
      provide for a je ne sais quoi factor in national affairs.

      Yakko island is still the `born beast biped` mentality in action and deed of the `old rouge` so reconciliation has no meaning in baldie beast yakkos wavelength.

      To be human one has to be `reasonable` that differentiates Yakko’s from the Beast
      In the contented west equality of opportunity is utopia but reasonableness is a way of life so it makes the westerner civilized.

      Both Russia and China are the parasite nations of dictatorship- Stalin and Mao misused the billions sent by USA to fight the Japenese who had bombed the poor bas*ards. Yakkos doing the same with western aid.

      The Yakko beast needs to be pegged with darts like Gulliver in the land of Lilliputs.- its simple economics that tames the beast who sits like a fool all day.

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      Excellent response by Eusense:

      Terrorists sacrifice all these investigations for a political solution.

      that is their stand from the beginning.

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        Jim Sooty:

        There are more important things to worry about than the Rubbish from Nonsense another Sinkalam.

        India’s new 5-billion-dollar one-way Hanuman Bridge to Lanka

        Ranil Wickremesinghe, however, on Wednesday denied that any discussion had been held regarding building a bridge. Briefing parliament on his recent visit to India, he stated, “There were no such talks. These reports are meant to mislead the people.”

        But India has already done her groundwork. She has already laid out the engineering plans for the bridge. She has already held discussions with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to raise the 5.19 billion dollar loan for the ambitious project. Indian officials say ADB has already expressed interest, having already agreed to finance infra structural projects worth $8 billion under Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement. In short, the entire gamut of the whole project has been finalised by India, It has been wrapped lock, stock and barrel; and is now ready to be presented to Lanka as a fait acommpli.

        **** India decides what she wants to do to Keep China at Bay.
        Sinhlala Lanka has NO SAY whatsoever.

        1.1 Billion are coming man bringing Mad Cow disease.

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    Dear Kirubaharan,

    The Pending UN Resolution On Sri Lanka,

    This article reflects the concerns on the final UN-OHCHR Resolution and the way the Government of Sri Lanka would respond in action.
    The concern you showed on Indian silence, shows you are in total darkness of Indian attitude regarding Sri Lanka, since the day an Indian Helicopter dropped back Vellupillai Prabaharan at Suthumalai Amman Kovil Grounds(your home ground), after few days in captivity of Rajiv Gandhi in Delhi totally indifferent. India was (is) only interested on a pretext to interfere, that is unfortunately our ethnic problem, and that is all. You may enlighten your self (your home ground became center stage of few events during Indian Peace Keeping Forces’ occupation of North and East of Sri Lanka) by referring to
    an article by Usha Sri-Skanda-Rajah in Colombo Telegraph, 26th Sept 2015 “Thileepan: The Reckoning That Non-Violence Didn’t Stand A Chanceon” on the commemoration day of Thileepan, died fasting unto death, which was also commemoration day for SWRD, a “co-founder” of our ethnic problem.
    You are pointing fingers at International Community, our born syndrome of pathology, regarding International Community not looking at proper, Kiruba you are capable of correcting this, It is you and your office or the Diaspora to correct this, act on now as you were active 3 decades ago in Suthumalai!

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    Kirubaharan

    The pending UN resolution on Sri Lanka:

    To kick out from Geneva all those parasites who have been free-loading there for the last 30 years by fooling the naive Suddhas with their fabricated sob stories.

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    We have no problem about 2009. Even today all the people are afraid o Mahinda and Gotabhaya. I responsibly say I served as an Engineer successfully for 27 years I did the right job I talk openly on current issues wilt positive mind. Today I lost even my basic democraic rights. Health and education of my family is affected. I was isolated by all without reason, Really we are at a risk after doing great sevic. No one could help when MR and GR harassing people . They are shrewd, They are planning to come to power some how. We are helpless. Really nowhere to tall

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      Sriyani we appreciate the suffering caused by the northern village because they were victimised.

      Now there was murder and it continues (individuals make a culture) with disregard by holding a sovereign shield the national art- shape shape society. It must stop in a civilized world.the winner does not own the people as at SL democracy/dictatorship

      Whats going to happen is short of a watershed with GTF and SL politicians cuddling up to carry the pickle of western funding for positions of diplomacy etc.

      As a citizen you have a bigger problem that is about to be solved. In today’s world holding the feet and worshiping for the beast.that is where the dictatorship sucks the blood- they sit like fools all day- the old rouges.

      If you are human you are `reasonable`(must show it to be human) then reconciliation and passion follows.
      What is taking place is the shock women of the west have seen in the handling of women and children by the state and it continues to be so barbaric to your claim of 2500 years civilized. Irrespective of ethnicity it is shameful even selling your women to the medieval middle east- politicians of all colours will not give you women the chance even the banda women or rosy- take it with open arms and defend yourselves, live with respect do well increase your income live without fear.
      The law has to be pegged in remember how JVP was shot like dogs? they are people too.
      If you have respect for the future generations let the former raj cleanse it for all- there is no logic in the world but passion. Logic is for dictators who create race religion like Russia and China the one culture communist state where women want to sell their bodies to the west.

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    S. V. Kirubaharan,

    “Sri Lanka’s claims that they are working with Diaspora organisations is not true!”

    Poor boy! Have you not been invited to play with the others?

    “I am not denying that they work with a few individuals and a diaspora organisation which doesn’t work with the masses.”

    And you are of course the one who works with and represents the masses?

    Who is the next Key Board Warrior to complain?

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      “I am not denying that SL work with a few individuals and a diaspora organisation which doesn’t work with the masses. “

      There is no doubt that you are refering the GTF and Suren Surendran

      Sir, why you want to destroy the ambition of Suren Surendran?

      There is no doubt that Suren build up his image through lies, deception and help MP Sumanthiran.

      Suren with the help of Sumanthira is fooling Managala Samaraweera giving an opinion that GTF is very popular among the diaspora.

      Ranil, Mangala and Sirisena are going to regreat about their connection with GTF. Let’s every diaspora bring this matter to Switzerland, Norway, South Afica in including Sri Lanka.

      The GTF is a fictional organisation.

      According to reliable sources, they are waiting to open a branch in Colombo.

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        Typical Tamil Style which shows they are indians.

        they always screw their own.

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          bestiality Jim softy on all 4’s says
          “they always screw their own.”
          try a mermaid.

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          Hey Jim Shitty, you are nothing but a racist pariah from the south. So go and f&*^ off.

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      Can undderstand that you are highly worried about the complaint made by Kirubaharan about some individuals and a organisation.

      By any chance are you the one and the onlw member, spokesperson, chairperson, secretary, office bearer of that particular organisation?

      Do worked hard continuously to keep away all other diaspora organisations. Wish you all the best.

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    We, the Tamils cannot expect too much too soon. Say we tamils can not expect anything fair and just.
    The mechanism will drag on for decades until all the culprits die of old age. It will drag-on, on legal and technical issues.

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      Is it not plain that `passion` rather than reason rules the world at large??

      While the classic Tamils keep quarreling themselves. learn respect before logic because you are dealing with the `old rouge` shape shape shape SB appe ratte a powerful tool of stupidity.

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    [Edited out] Please avoid typing all capitalized comments – CT

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    The TNA seems to have taken so many different positions within a short time. Its spokesperson, Mr Sumanthiran, has ranged over every possible position on this matter. He sounds pompous but doe not understand the difference in the positions that the resolution seems to have moved through. He seems programmed to support whatever view the United States takes. In this he gets the support of BTF, at best a fringe organization within the Tamil diaspora that does not have widespread support except the so called “silent majority” whom the pontiff Surendran doles out. Political expediency seems to dictate the position of the TNA. They must make a sound explanation of their position to the Tamil public. They are assisting the whole matter being swept under the carpet. Sumanthiran has not disclosed what the pact at his Singapore meetings with Mangala was or what the need for the meeting is and the purpose of his oft touted travels to the US.

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      Poncho,
      Just imagine the plight of the Tamils had the SLFP come to power instead of the UNP coalition. We wouldn’t have advanced even thus far where the GoSL has agreed to a hybrid court and even become a co sponsor of the resolution. We cannot hope for full fledged solutions to get hatched overnight.
      Sengodan. M

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    Why don’t all Sri Lankans agree both Sinhalese and Tamil. we didnt in 1948 and we don’t to this day have one iota of how we can govern ourselves.

    We worry about our sovereignty and how we maintain it.

    lets be honest we Sri Lankans never had our own true sovereignty.

    We owe our Independence from Colonial rule of the British to India.

    It was through the likes of Ghandi and Neru, that openly agitated independence from British rule through the 1920s, 30s & 40s and the fact that Britain was bankrupt after the second world war. So broke were the British they couldn’t wait to ditch the Empire.

    Without India there was no point in having a British presence in Sri Lanka. Lest not forget the Portuguese virtually handed without a fight Sri Lanka to the Dutch because they could not make it pay for itself! Then the Dutch took over and they found it was too far from Java the capital of the Dutch East Indies and they too couldn’t make it pay for itself.

    Finally the British, realizing that Sri Lanka was an Ideal invasion platform for a fellow European rival to contest British Colonial rule in India.

    We Sri Lankans need to realise that in the great scheme of Geo-politics we are infinitesimal in size ,might and economic influence.

    We are strategically in relation to India, what Luxembourg is to Germany and France. Politically, Economically and Socially insignificant. Until we throw off this Idea that the world revolves around this small Island and realise how Economically and Politically vulnerable we are too outside influences we are, we will always, using a boxing metaphor, be the be the ego inflated featherweight, against the seasoned experienced heavy weights of the World.

    In a word we are utterly and completely self delusional as a race.

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      What you say is very true. But, how is one to get rid of the ingrained Mahavamsa mentality that the Sinhalese are the greatest? You must have a formula for that first. Too many kids have been brainwashed into believing that load of bull.

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    `utterly and completely self delusional as a race. `

    there is the wisdom of the foolish,

    shape shape shape culture of the beast.

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    Sri Lanka is well armed with more than needed commentator, writers to post 3rd grade , and anti Tamil sarcastic comments and article. They are well trained on writing anti Tamil lies and illogical insensible phrases. They are rewarded for their anti Tamils, degrading writings.

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    Hmmm.. Still ignored, even by the likes of Mangala Samaraweera.

    Russia and China can do absolutely NOTHING to protect Sri Lanka when it’s own FM has waved the white flag and surrendered unconditionally. The article means absolutely nothing, a waste of space in fact.

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    Sri Lanka is using the tactic of having Ten heads. That is the reason there are many demi Gods with multiple heads and it is on show in all the temples. That means showing many faces is justified by the religions. A form of lies? And it is not a sin. The big artful dodger with many faces. Expert diplomacy in highlighting appropriate face according to the place and time. Not only that the faces will act and show the exemplary expressions. What I observed is Sri Lankans are very skilful in acting as compassionate, truthful and kind.

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      the whole world is a stage.
      lankans are the shape shape lot culturally – you see insight? So where is the poetry or a Banksy– Detective stories are great logic but alone its not human.

      you have to outsmart the wisdom of stupidity- that’s the goal but not being introverts to other races.

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    By S. V. Kirubaharan

    The Pending UN Resolution On Sri Lanka:

    *** It is a fudge for a variety of reasons. What happend in Sri Lanka was a Genocide but despite all the pretences there is no apetite by the International Coomunity to take Sri Lanka to ICC for two reasons.

    1) The promise by the current GOSL to find the perperators and punish them with the sole intention hoodwinking the World and they have succeeded .
    2) The Indian hand in trying to extricate herself from being found out their crucial role she played in defeating Freedom Struggle with men and equipment including Chemical weapons.

    As for the promise by GOSL one only has look at the following.

    a) The promise by MS during elections that he will protect MR from being charged for Genicide.
    b) SFs assertion despite being incarcerated by MR & Gotha that the Army was never involved in killing and rape. The funny thing is that the UN has already laid these charges but is happy to let Sri Lanka be the Judge and Jury which amounts to Hitler inquiring into the Holocaust.
    c) There are already mutterings from GOSL that if Sinhala Lanka mangages to give the Tamils a little here and little there they can keep the FLAME of SINHALAMISATION alive and more importantly save the War winning CRIMINAL. In the end it is all about saving MR and I hope I am wrong but it looks like GOSL has already bought the Services of Sumanthiran to argue their case at the UN.

    I hope I am wrong and justice will prevail so the 140,000 souls can rest in peace.

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    By S. V. Kirubaharan

    The Pending UN Resolution On Sri Lanka:

    *** It is a fudge for a variety of reasons. What happend in Sri Lanka was a Genocide but despite all the pretences there is no apetite by the International Coomunity to take Sri Lanka to ICC for two reasons.

    1) The promise by the current GOSL to find the perperators and punish them with the sole intention hoodwinking the World and they have succeeded .
    2) The Indian hand in trying to extricate herself from being found out their crucial role she played in defeating Freedom Struggle with men and equipment including Chemical weapons.

    As for the promise by GOSL one only has look at the following.

    a) The promise by MS during elections that he will protect MR from being charged for Genicide.
    b) SFs assertion despite being incarcerated by MR & Gotha that the Army was never involved in killing and rape. The funny thing is that the UN has already laid these charges but is happy to let Sri Lanka be the Judge and Jury which amounts to Hitler inquiring into the Holocaust.
    c) There are already mutterings from GOSL that if Sinhala Lanka mangages to give the Tamils a little here and little there they can keep the FLAME of SINHALAMISATION alive and more importantly save the War winning CRIMINAL. In the end it is all about saving MR and I hope I am wrong but it looks like GOSL has already bought the Services of Sumanthiran to argue their case at the UN.

    I hope I am wrong and justice will prevail so the 140,000 souls can rest in peace.

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    Sri Lanka Campaign for peace and justice says
    https://www.srilankacampaign.org/a-hybrid-court-but-how-strong-will-it-be/
    ….
    The language around the mechanism is so vague that it gives the Government of Sri Lanka a lot of freedom to design the mechanism in such a way as to make the involvement if the international community peripheral. Worse still, they could appoint international lawyers of ill repute who would perform no other role than to provide cover for an otherwise domestic process.

    Sri Lanka is on the verge of adopting a hybrid justice mechanism. This is something which was well beyond the expectations of many people who have been working towards accountability in Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, this process will fail, and people will get hurt, unless witness protection is suitably robust, unless the involvement of the international community is suitably strong, and unless this process has the confidence and involvement of war survivors. We will end up back here in ten years’ time with even less trust and many more victims.

    The international community now has a duty to finish what it started, and ensure that this does not happen.

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      Anpu:

      I understand and share your concerns but take comfort from the following and let me assure you Sinhala Lanka will not be allowed to get away with impunity and this is not similar to the Impeachment of Dr.Shirani. Sinhala Lanka will be called to account for all her Actions and Inactions.

      UN will be final arbitrator and Monitor.

      Sri Lanka’s proposal to establish a Judicial Mechanism with a Special Counsel to investigate allegations of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, as applicable; and affirms that a credible justice process should include independent judicial and prosecutorial institutions led by individuals known for integrity and impartiality; and further affirms in this regard the importance of participation in a Sri Lankan judicial mechanism, including the Special Counsel’s office, of Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers, and authorized prosecutors and investigators;

      International law will be interpreted by International Jurors:

      which include Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers, and authorized prosecutors and investigators;.

      These are early days and I can wait for MR to be put behind Bars.

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    Mr.S.V.Kirubaharan.

    A comprehensive essay.
    Your line…..
    Indian decision makers should be courageous enough to break their long silence on Srilanka…..

    The silence is not only long it is loud as well!
    Perhaps,an Independent,Investigative International mechanism will find out Indias role especially the chemical weapons used in the last stages of the War.

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