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The Truth Will Set You Free

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

There is a lot of irony in the Government mulling the setting up of a Truth Commission on the lines of the model adopted by post-apartheid South Africa just days after the Chairman of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), former Attorney General C.R. De Silva passed away.

The LLRC was maligned even before it began sittings by many who were virulently opposed to the Government.  Its independence was questioned, its mandate found fault with and the value of conclusions pre-judged. Ironically, these very same objectors praised the LLRC report and, true to form, castigated the Government for not implementing recommendations therein.  The objectors turned cheer-leaders, naturally, indulged in a pick-and-choose exercise that amounted to an affront to the Commission and the tireless and thankless work it did.

Part of the irony is Bishop Desmond Tutu’s involvement in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of South Africa.  Tutu has uttered unadulterated nonsense on Sri Lanka, regurgitating fabrications circulated by the LTTE.  That said, the TRC is still worthy of visitation by a nation facing multiple post-conflict challenges, including the unfair and pernicious attacks by outside forces that cannot stomach the fact that their outcome preferences did not materialize.

The LLRC is said to have exceeded mandate, but few if any will claim that C.R. De Silva and his fellow commissioners were moved by anything but good intention.  The proposed Commission must not only complement the LLRC but be teethed in a manner that makes implementation of recommendation a non-negotiable outcome.

Critics will no doubt scoff at this move, citing the numerous commissions that have been appointed whose reports and recommendations gather dust to this day.  They will also question the independence of such commissions.  Such commissions can only be appointed by the President, after all, and any forum set up to tackle issues pertaining to the conflict will have to contend with allegations of human rights violations which, as we know, include accusations of direct or indirect involvement by the Government.  Wild and politically motivated though these allegations are, with little evidence to warrant finger-pointing, they have acquired, as designed, lives of their own.  That’s a political reality that the Government has to contend with.

The only way that questions over independence can be met would be for President Mahinda Rajapaksa to solicit recommendations of modalities as well as composition from people conversant on the subject of justice who are also widely (locally and internationally) recognized for their impeccable integrity.   Sources close to the President indicate that the views of people such as Justice Weeramantry will be solicited.

While a document leaked to and published by Wikileaks clearly indicate that even the ICRC (which had a ‘presence’ in the conflict area right until the end) was convinced that there was no ‘policy’ of killing civilians and as such clearly absolves the central command of all operations (headed by the President and the Secretary of Defence) of any wrongdoing, wrongdoing there probably was as in the case of all conflicts.  In Sri Lanka, what was seen was a massive hostage rescue operation, indeed the biggest the world has ever known.  It is unthinkable that innocent lives were not lost.  It is also unthinkable that there were no errant soldiers who fought out-of-line, so to speak.

Cynics will pooh-pooh this move by the President, claiming that it is eye-wash timed to placate those who might give the Government a hard time during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which begins next week.  The onus then is on the President to prove them wrong.  The only way he can do this is to ‘fix’ modalities, mandates and composition by acting strictly on the recommendations of people like Justice Weeramantry.

All it will take is a single phone call followed by a public statement indicating directions and naming persons relevant to the exercise.

Not least of all, it would be fitting tribute to the late C.R. De Silva and the exhausting work he presided over.

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    Great stuff once again Malinda.. Great headline to catch the audience, thought it might be some thing even more brilliant than your last articles. And I was surprisingly surprised.. The Headline got me hook line and sinker..

    Please people if you enjoy Malindas brilliance, you should read some more of his other articles on his blog spot http://www.malindawords.blogspot.com/

    Happy reading.

    MS Please keep it coming mate, it gives CT fans a good insight into the current brilliance of Chief Editors in Sri Lanka. Pls guys, this particular statement is only referring to this particular Chief Idiot.

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      lol, for once I thought MS had a backer!

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        Yes, The Truth Will Set You Free,

        Martin Vickers, Conservative MP, UK:

        Clearly there has been genocide taken place in Sri Lanka and the International Community needs to take the issue much more seriously and investigations should take place.

        Source a video clip in English, above is a transcript by me from:

        http://www.tamilwin.com/show-RUmrzBSVMZit7.html

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    Allegations of human rights violations in Sri Lanka are “wild and politically motivated”!!! Enough said about the rest of the article if this is one of its central premises!!!

    Malinda has outdone himself this time.

    S

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    The Truth Will Set You Free? Truth and Malinda in one line?? Does someone read these articles for Rajapakses? These articles (sic) have no value for an average Banda.

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    Very nice sentiments begun with “Truth will set you free”.
    What is truth to a judicial officer?
    A new definition has been enunciated by the De Facto CJ Mohan peiris – according to him,any information in the “personal knowledge” of a judge,though not led as evidence in court and thus subjected to the challenge of cross examination,is TRUTH – irrespective of how he became aware of this information.
    People conversant with modalities and composition of justice will be surprised and shocked.
    A man tortured and beaten to death & whose body was examined by forensic experts,but the report kept a secret,is/was a ‘terrorist’ who deserved this fate,in his opinion.
    Mohan Peris also said that anyone labelled a ‘terrorist’ has no ‘human rights’.
    These are new bulwarks in the justice system of sri lanka.
    Law books will have to be re-written.
    Future Commissions of Inquiry will have to note these new parameters.

    Weeramantry will not agree.

    No government/state will ever say that it had a “policy” of killing civilians. Not having such a “policy” is definitely not proof that civilian deaths did not occur.
    The bombs alone dropped during the 25,000 bombing missions are sure to have killed civilians & LTTE in almost equal proportions – bombs are no respectors of who the human beings were,during conflicts – even the US drones have killed non-combatants.
    How come these bombs were a part of the “hostage rescue operation”?

    The three doctors of No Fire Zone who reversed their testimony later,for obvious reasons testified earlier to bombings of hospitals,and deliberate non-supply of essential drugs and dressings.

    Why were ‘white flag bearers’ killed during a “rescue operation”?
    Why did hundreds arrested and taken away by troops ‘disappear’ – also during a “rescue operation”?

    Reality is being confused with ‘cynicism’.

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    Makes a teeny bit more sense if not so monumentally late! Is Madlinda floating a trial balloon here perchance?

    “Cynics will pooh-pooh this move ….claiming that it is….. timed to placate those who might give the Government a hard time during …(CHOGM) … next week” >>>> Chee, how true!

    “Critics will no doubt scoff at this move, citing the numerous commissions that have been appointed whose reports and recommendations gather dust to this day”>>>> Chee, how true again!! (by the way, whatever happened to those reports? That brilliant scribe on many a CT forum, Mr Lapatiya, refers to a so-called ‘Hamas Pettiya’…. where these reports are being securely held… can these please be pulled out from said pettiya so the public can take a look? Please, Madlinda?

    “The only way that questions over independence can be met would be for President Mahinda Rajapaksa to solicit recommendations of modalities as well as composition from people conversant on the subject of justice who are also widely (locally and internationally) recognized for their impeccable integrity. Sources close to the President indicate that the views of people such as Justice Weeramantry will be solicited.” >>> Yeah, by gad, please encourage him to do so, Madlinda, even if four years later that he could’ve and even if catalysed by threats for calls to action by visiting dignitaries to CHOGM!!

    Way to go CHOGM; hopefully it’ll have some value for us poor taxpayers if it will have kicked off an era of sane governance.

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    A Sri Lankan talking about truth. What is tit.
    “Lie Lanka Matha.. Upe Lie Lanka….”.

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    “The onus then is on the President to prove them wrong. The only way he can do this is to ‘fix’ modalities, mandates and composition…. ” says Malinda.

    Yeah, sure – ‘fixing’ should be no problem at all – he is a genius at that, so no worries, Malinda!

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    In a parallel universe called humility, Mahinda sets up a Truth Commission on the lines of Desmond Tutus TRC of South Africa. He invites Justice Weeramantry to Chair the commission which also includes a few other members of the Friday Forum. Lalith Weeratunge goes thorugh Mahindas WPB to find out what Friday Forum has been saying all these months and years.

    Mahinda pays tribute to Bulla de Silva and says he was a fine man but his report did not suit his expectations. The man was getting to big for his rugger bbots. Better check on Dr Shiranis feet as now the swelling seems to have gone down. Maybe she too could head some commission. Then we can shape up everything up with all these ChuGum buggers.

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    MR was using the commission as a tool to prevent an independent international investigation of alleged abuses. As a consequence of this Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Crisis Group refused to appear before this LLRC commission.

    As usual incompetence of UPFA government ended up LLRC sitting on cupboard nobody doing anything about it.

    The UPFA incompetence backfired.
    Now Milinda is going shopping for his bosses criticizing LLRC which was set up by UPFA gov itself to fool the human rights groups, the UN Panel of Experts. -:)

    After reading this Milinda’s shopping list please read below the truth & background why LLRC was set up.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lessons_Learnt_and_Reconciliation_Commission

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    This guy Malinda Seneviratne is the archetype for a smiling notorious liar.

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    The fundamental questions MS, are these two; “whose truth” and as narrated by whom? Of course it has to be your kind of narrative and your kind of truth that will set YOU and ilk free. To the rest of us, well it is out there somewhere

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    The truth is that the heroic soldiers sacrificed their lives and limbs to achieve the goal of defeating terrorism. Another truth is the hostage rescue operation the ‘world has ever known’. The unascertainable truth is that it is ‘unthinkable that there were no errant soldiers who fought out-of-line’. To my mind reconciliation is a misnomer as the war was fought not against the Tamil community. Reparation seems to be in progress. Desmond Tutu should turn to his country to ascertain the truth of progress of his victimized brethren under Apartheid rule.

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    The best person ever to talk about the Truth !

    Well done Malinda, when you read the comments that follow your articles
    your love of truth comes out loud and clear. Should not the president appoint you ?

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    CT, Please make this Ediot of a leading newspaper accountable. He is the kind of parasite that destroys nations with hiw verbal diaorea… I That is not the case Malinda, please explain. Otherwise explain as the faggot you are about how you are a writer and getting paid..

    Great stuff buddy.. You are the Man.. No one else can write like you do to serve the regime.. Hip.. Hip.. Hoorayee.. You are a too smart for your own good or got your ass stuck up someones ass where the sun don’t shine. Take your pick and take your side, for sure the time is coming where everyone will have to give an an answer..Great smile buddy, And don’t worry your smile will not influence the decision.. :)

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    I know you are reading these comments cock smoker.. You know who you are, do not try and think up some excuse of the piece of filth you are. One day you will be judged. I just hope you are one of those people that actually don’t know what is going on and just spitting out what ever you are told. But being a Chief Ediot, you should know much better..

    Anyway keep up the good work for the regime, We will see you when you get there (not in this lifetime though as you should know, maybe next one once you learn something).. I’m sure your family are very very proud of what you are doing for the future generations of this world. Congratulations for the truth you are putting out there….

    A very wise man told me once, with everything you do, always ask the question “Will your Mom be happy with what you are doing??” I know my mom is not that happy with the path I’m taking because it’s a death wish.. So I hope Malinda your Mom and family (including your kids if you have any), will be happy with what you are doing at this point in time… As long as you believe you are doing the right thing, keep soldering on buddy..

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    Malinda Seneviratna,

    “There is a lot of irony in the Government mulling the setting up of a Truth Commission on the lines of the model adopted by post-apartheid South Africa just days after the Chairman of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), former Attorney General C.R. De Silva passed away.”

    The truth will set the Ghosts free.

    That is what they are afraid of.

    The post 1948 Sri Lanka events have all the truths embedded in it, and its ghosts.

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