15 October, 2019

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The Venue Must Be Changed If The Commonwealth Is To Retain Its Well-Earned Reputation

By James Manor –

Prof James Manor

India will soon be blamed — unjustly — for an international catastrophe. Since 1991, the Commonwealth has been a potent force behind the scenes for democracy, rights and human dignity. For example, it has persuaded the leaders of several one-party states to adopt open multi-party systems and it has ensured that leaders who have lost elections do not cling onto power. This admirable record is about to be squandered.

The next Commonwealth heads of government meeting in November is scheduled for Sri Lanka where an abusive government has committed multiple outrages. If that meeting is not moved elsewhere, the Commonwealth will abandon its enlightened commitments. Its irresolute secretary general, Kamalesh Sharma, has blocked a change of venue. Because he is a former Indian diplomat, New Delhi will be blamed.

This is already beginning to happen. Some commentators are saying that India urged Sharma to avoid offending Sri Lanka’s leaders because it is anxious about China’s growing influence there. It is true that China has invested massively in the island and that in 2011, President Mahinda Rajapaksa made a threatening telephone call to a newspaper editor in an unsuccessful attempt to suppress a report that the Chinese had given him $9 million to be used at his discretion. But India has not tried to restrain the secretary general.

Senior figures in the foreign policy establishment in New Delhi and in Commonwealth circles in London plainly state that India’s leaders are exasperated with Sri Lanka’s leaders and their brutish actions. India has privately urged the Commonwealth to take a tough line. The timid secretary general has rejected that advice.

New Delhi is especially unhappy about a decision last month by Rajapaksa to break an assurance to Indian leaders to transfer significant powers to elected regional councils, to give the island’s Tamil minority some autonomy. Instead, he announced that power would be radically centralised. After that snub to India, when Rajapaksa visited Bodh Gaya and Tirupati last month, no Central government minister met him.

Indian leaders are also well aware of the brutal approach to Tamil non-combatants in the final phase of the civil war in 2009. An investigation by a panel appointed by the UN secretary general described the actions of Sri Lanka’s army as “appalling”. More recently, an Indian TV channel aired telling evidence from Britain’s Channel Four that the 12-year-old son of LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran was shot dead at close range while in the custody of the Sri Lankan army.

The Commonwealth secretary general has meekly expressed hope that the behaviour of the island’s leaders will improve, but their actions since the civil war ended have continued to cause grave concern. In response, US President Barack Obama‘s assistant secretary of state has warned them to take note of the warrants issued by the International Criminal Court against Muammar Gaddafi‘s son for flouting international humanitarian law.

Recently, the chief justice of Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court was impeached after rulings that were inconvenient to the executive. This violated Commonwealth commitments to judicial independence. When the International Bar Association protested and tried to send the former chief justice of India, J.S. Verma, to Colombo for discussions, he was denied a visa.

Shadowy groups of armed men continue to abduct, wound and murder opponents of the government. Journalists have frequently been targets. The Sri Lankan ruling party’s chief whip told parliament in 2009 that “nine journalists have been killed since 2006, some 27 attacked while five were reported abducted”. In 2010, a government minister who had once physically attacked a BBC correspondent said at a public function that “journalists should not write in ways which would ultimately force them to be hanged”. Two weeks ago, gunmen burst into the home of a Colombo journalist who had criticised the government and shot him several times, leaving him for dead.

The president of the Commonwealth Journalists Association has stated that “any government that subjects its independent news media to such violent and arbitrary actions has no right to call itself democratic. Sri Lanka doesn’t even come close to adhering to the basic principles of the Commonwealth”. But it is not only scribes who have suffered. The secretary of the island’s Judicial Services Commission was stabbed after alleging that the government was seeking to destroy judicial independence.

Concerns expressed by many international agencies have been dismissed by Sri Lanka’s leaders as a concerted effort to spread falsehoods. But this is difficult to believe when we see how many respected institutions are supposedly involved: the Red Cross, the UN, the European Union, the US state department, the US Senate, the Australian and British parliaments, the Commonwealth Journalists Association, BBC World Service, the International Bar Association, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and several other human rights organisations.

To understand the mentality of the island’s leaders, consider the statements made by Sri Lanka’s defence secretory, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa (the president’s brother) in July 2012 on the telephone to a journalist from the Sunday Leader, an independent newspaper. When the journalist asked if the secretory had threatened her, he replied “Yes I threatened you. Your type of journalists are pigs who eat sh*t… You are a sh*t sh*t journalist. A f***ing sh*t… I will put you in jail… People will kill you…” There was much more of this. Foul words were used 22 times in two telephone conversations.

One further, hair-raising prospect should be noted. If the Commonwealth holds its heads of government meeting in Sri Lanka, the island’s leaders will coordinate the work of Commonwealth agencies for the next two years — including those that concern themselves with human rights and democracy.

The venue must be changed if the Commonwealth is to retain its well-earned reputation as a force for human decency. If it is not changed, the responsibility will lie with the secretary general and not India’s government, even though he is an Indian.

Read the Sinhala translation here.  Translation by Yahapalanaya Lanka.

The writer is professor emeritus of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, UK. This article is  first published in The Indian Express under the title ‘A message to Colombo’.

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    PROF. JAMES

    Your criticism of Rajapakse government loses all credibility when you come out of your hole only to join the chorus of those who want to prevent CHOGM happening in Colombo. Where were you all this time? And you are not worthy of the name academic when you confuse bashing with analysis. You have lost all sense of proportion, balance, objectivity and perspective in your fixation with trivial day to day governance issues in a country that has just extricated itself from a 30 year brutal war with the world’s deadliest fascist terrorists. Why don’t you ask Kamalesh Sharma to kick out Britain from the Commonwealth for going to war with Iraq on the basis of a diabolical lie instead of splitting hairs over much laboured “excesses” by GOSL. Now in this conspiracy to sabotage Colombo holding CHOGM you are the WMD: WEAPON OF MASS DECEIT. Do something more useful for the British tax payers doling you in your sunset years to let you fade out as an Emeritus Mediocre.

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      The Commonwealth is a useless British Colonial invention the panders to third world dictators and provides them with a platform to grand stand! If it were otherwise Lanka would not have been chosen as CHOGM host 2013 in the first place and we would not be debating this issue at all since the violation of HR by the Rajapassa regime is not recent!
      Your argument is flawed and a CANARD.
      The Govt. of India indulges in double speak constantly. If India took a firm stand and refused to go to Colombo for CHOGM it would send a strong signal to the Brown and Black or Asian and African nations to pull the plug.
      But the Indian Manhoman led Govt. does not know if it is coming or going in Sri Lanka and its pretty bloody useless because of its own wars in Kashmir, Maoist belt, northeast and merely doing a circus dance on the Commonwealth which is an obsolete and irrelevant institution, and NOT as you claim any great champion of Human Rights in Third World dictatorships.

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      Prof James Manor,

      First of all. CHOGM should never ever be held in the UK.

      There are many unresolved War Crimes committed by UK around the world.

      There are several prominent War Criminals roaming free in the UK. Tony Blair is the prime example.

      Take good care of your Glass House UK is Prof James Manor.

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      I fully agree with James Mannor. The venue should be changed. Sri Lankan should leave the commonwealth and be rid of this useless organization that costs so much money to be part of. This British colonial hangover holds former colonial people to standards that are not yet evolved organically. This CHOGm is going to cost between 20 to 30 million dollars with ‘tendercrats’ making the most of it. All we are going to get from this meeting is scolding.

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      “Senior figures in the foreign policy establishment in New Delhi and in Commonwealth circles in London plainly state that India’s leaders are exasperated with Sri Lanka’s leaders and their brutish actions. India has privately urged the Commonwealth to take a tough line. The timid secretary general has rejected that advice.”

      Can you name one or two of these “senior figures” Manor?

      Or you will be known as Manor idiot trying to divide and rule in 2013.

      Down with you.

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    PROF. JAMES

    I challenge you to show me a country more democratic than Sri Lanka – other than Japan, India and Malaysia – in Asia, Africa and Latin America (that is leaving out Europe and Australasia). You and your human rights charlatans have a fixation with Sri Lanka. Get out more and get a life.

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    The regime tries to conceal the fact President Rajapakse is largely isolated in the world. He hardly gets invited anywhere worth its name.
    Last week he forced his way to a “State Visit” to Japan. The truth is
    the Japanese sent a lowly Vice Minister for Parliament to receive him -a clear message – while the PM, Foreign Minister and other seniors were very much at hand . This is not just a rebuff to an individual but to an entire divided nation of 21 million.

    Is this because not long ago a Sri Lankan PM was caught at the Tokyo airport trying to smuggle in several “illicit immigrants” who carry a
    large premium in labour-short Japan. To illustrate their anger at this deception the airport authorities kept him waiting in a regular line
    at the Immigration Counter for over an hour – resisting pressure from waiting Lankan Consular staff to let him through the VIP entrance.

    Senguttuvan

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    THIS GOTABAYA IS THE PATRON OF THE EXTREMIST BUDDHIST ORGANIZATION
    WHICH IS NOW CREATING PROBLEMS FOR THE MUSLIMS, WHO HAVE LIVED PEACEFULLY. IF ONLY THE MUSLIMS HAD JOINED THE LTTE IN THE SEPARATIST EELAM WAR, WELL THE END RESULT MAY HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT. THERE IS NO
    JUSTICE,THE POLICE IS POLITICIZED.
    THEY HAVE VIOLATED THE PRINCIPLES OF THE COMMONWEALTH.
    THE VENUE SHOULD BE CHANGED. IF NOT THE COMMONWEALTH IS GIVING LEGALITY TO A PARIAH STATE.

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    Professor emeritus or whatever, have you visited SL even once . Where do you draw your inferences from . ? I have my reservations on that ghastly Channel4 where all they needed was a photograph of a little boy in a bunker munching a biscuit to come to the conclusion he was shot by the army . He could well have been ina LTTE bunker as he shows no fear in his face. All the journalists want is a photograph to let their imaginiation like yours to run riot . Have you thought why a boy shot as claimed five times allegedly by the army has no blood on his body . Did that ever enter your thick head ?The other information you have put to-gether is from the Leader paper where the editor has now fled in fear of persecution . possible given resident status and welcomed by the USA or the UK where all these drama queens survive.Next one could hear of her receivng an award for journalism .

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      Come on Sarojini, please don’t display your ignorance and weaken our case. You are absolutely right about the false propaganda and hate mongering being instigated by the LTTE AND ITS RUMP: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other paid warriors for justice. But you are wrong about Prof. James Manor. He is a well known scholar on Sri Lankan society and politics and has been to the island number of times.

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        Ajay

        Really has the professor emriticus told you that he has visited SL manytimes ? Interesting.

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          Sarojini, who knows whether he has visited SL many times but he has certainly been here more than once. SRI LANKA IN CHANGE AND CRISIS (1984), edited by Manor, is a collection of chapters by Sri Lankan and foreign scholars, as well as a Minister, Lalith Athulathmudali (writing on the 1982 Presidential election and Referendum). Manor also wrote a book about SWRD Bandaranaike, THE EXPEDIENT UTOPIAN….

          Just looked at my copy of SLCC. Gananath Obeyesekere’s chapter ‘The Origins and Institutionalisation of Political Violence’, ends thus:
          ‘Contrary to Tamil opinion, I do not believe that the government actually organised the riots [he is referring to July 1983]; rather it was organised FOR the government by forces which the government itself had created, albeit for other purposes. Perhaps the government is still unaware that this many-headed monster which it created may destroy not only its creator but the entire democratic fabric of Sri Lankan society as well.’

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    The simple fact is that the govt has violated the principles of the commonwealth and is not fit to host the CHOGM nor take the chair for the next two years. Kamelesh Sharma being secretary general of the Commonwealth cannot allow his nationality to interfere in impartially and objectively carrying out his duties. Whatever be the case it is the CMAG, British Govt and her Majesty the Queen who will have the final say in this matter.

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    When Malcolm Rifkind previous foreign secretary of the previous right wing conservative govt of the UK comes on channel 4 news and says sri lanka meaning the sri lankan people practice apartheid then you know it is a neo imperialist resource grab that countries like the US, UK, Canada are planning and trying to get eelam by the back door.

    As we all know the north has many mineral resources and offshore oil and in the east is the strategically located trincomalee harbour. It is these that the UK, US, Canada are after and so the efforts to get eelam by the back door.

    It is shameful that many anti govt sri lankans on this site would actually agree with this neo colonialist neo imperialist right wing resource grab from third world countries agenda and it is extremely shameful that many on this site would actually agree with the outrageous views of lunatics like malcolm rifkind that sri lankan people practise apartheid.

    It is so shameful that some ani govt sri lankans cannot but be subservient to the UK US Canada. They simply cannot get themselves to see that these imperialist countries are only after our resources just as they were after iraq’s or libya’s resources. Even right thinking people in the UK, US agree this is the case.

    Some anti govt sri lankans will even agree with these neo imperialists simply because they are western european (due to their subservient mentality) that sri lankan people practise apartheid!

    I find these utterances of malcolm rifkind and channel 4 news a gross insult and channel 4 news is a racist channel, racist towards the sri lankan people.

    I find it a personal insult the gross lie that sri lanka people practice apartheid. I have never practiced apartheid, do not intend to do so and never ever thought of doing so and even buddhism will not allow me to do so even if I wanted to! It is a gross insult this malcolm rifkind is saying. I never ever evn thought about it and was shocked to hear it on channel 4 news. It is a gross insult.

    The govt should really walk out of the UNHCR circus since I can guarantee that sri lanka will not get any fair hearing there. It would be more injustice meted out by the neo colonialist neo imperialist right wing lunatics which will be handed out there. Also ask the oommonwealth to have their meeting any place they want!

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    How can the UK comment about human rights when it alongside NATO bombed Iraq and Afghanistan and Libya and killed thousands of civilians? Please get your own house in order before pointing fingers at others.

    David Milliband voted for the Iraq war and when questioned recently said that the iraqi people are better off after the war than before! These are the kind of lunatics who are now talking about human rights in other countries!

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    This is to David Milliband (part of the neo imperialist neo colonialist third world resource grab right winger):

    How is the US,UK,EU, Canada, Australia following a two tier justice system in this world?

    So when the US,UK,EU,Canada,Australia and the NATO forces commits gross crimes in the form of an endless war still ongoing and massacring human beings it is OK?

    However poor third world countries suffering from endless wars created by british colonists of the past actually ends not keep on having wars but actually ends wars in the most humane way possible it is a crime?!

    I think that Sri Lanka is scapegoated to hide gross crimes committed and being committed in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and other places.

    However since there is a two tier justice system in the world where the neo liberal imperialist forces of the West and their allies and cohorts are exempt from being scrutinised at all for example the cohort of the West the LTTE’s atrocities, its foes like Sri Lanka even a pin dropping in Sri Lanka is scrutinised!

    Another ploy of the imperialist neo colonialist Western forces is to raise the bar so high that any developing country on this earth will fail and the same neo colonialist forces then cries ‘human rights violations’!. In the case of Sri Lanka the war cry of the neo imperialist West is that police and army are not good, journalists are harrassed, judges are sacked and so on. However a quick situation report of any developing country would quickly find that most developing countries are like this. In fact most are worse than Sri Lanka in some cases by miles. Even some more developed countries are worse than Sri Lanka.

    So all this bullshit is a witch hunt. It is very obvious. I think Sri Lanka should indeed let someone else handle the CHOGM meeting why should we waste our money on this rubbish meeting? At UN if it is me, I would walk away from such a witch hunt.

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    I do not believe that this writer / speaker has any right to discuss human rights in commonwealth countries, because the country he represents has a very bad record of mass murder and crimes against humanity in its multiple colonial outposts, not to mention more recent ones in Iraq etc.

    As a reader before me commented, the British commonwealth is a rather weak attempt to maintain the glory of the UK’s era of the Raj and unfortunately, many heads of state of poor countries do like the limelight of standing with high profile leaders, with the hope that some of the status will rub off on them.

    Poor countries need to emerge from poverty and become developed, like Singapore, Malaysia and other East Asian nations. The priorities need to be well thought of…

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      These Pethiyagoda types who have wisely, left Sri Lanka keep sucking up to Rajapassa as, they have nice roads to travel in for short visits to Sri Lanka.( do not forget only 40% of the total loan went in to it)
      This man too thinks that when some one jumps in the well you do not ,follow.just because Rajapaksa kills journalists I do not have to do it, and neither does it mean I forfeit my right to comment about such atrocities, as I too am Sri Lankan.

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    Euphoria of Victory of a Propaganda War, where almost the entire LTTE was killed after being lured to surrender, reality appears to haunt the MR govt. today. The apologists are rather disturbed of the unfolding events blaming any who question about what really happened. Some who post comments, lambasting the Commonwealth is happily enjoying the hospitality living in the UK itself. What hypocritic idiots. Venue change for the Commonwealth Meeting is a must.

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    I am a sri lankan. I dont want the common wealth summit to be held in Sri Lanka. Whole world should boycott. I dont care about other countries but I care about democracy and human rights in sri lanka. Bcuase of the Rajapaksa Tyranny. All those who supported the ruling party in the above comments must be not living in Sri Lanka. I live in Sri Lanka. Where I work is highly politicized. I had death threats from people who are in Nil Balakaya for talking against the government(actually critisizing sfs jail term) most of the department to watch who is talking against the government. You cannot get a Job in Sri Lanka without supporting the ruling party. Also I know how they earned thier wealth. Also the way they are treating Chief Justice, Sarath Fonseka, Even Sinhalese people who are opponents, minorities, no law and order, ruling party members can kill and killers are been protected.

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    hello Manor…. Take that darn CC out of sri lanka in any manner you want. It will not bother GOSL.
    You are talking here like a paid cooley.

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      Dickie Bird

      “You are talking here like a paid cooley”

      What do you mean by paid cooley?

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    Of course INDIA will have to take the blame as it is playing the China card with Indian Officials in the show. The Indian cabal of V.Nambiyar,
    Defence Advisor from the Indian Army (Bankimoons son-in-law) and now
    K. Sharma are active in this direction?
    P. Kohoana when questioned about this gathering almost stated the
    Govt. Policy – did not matter if it does not take place.

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    WHY NOT BRING IN THE COMMONWEALTH TO HAMBANTHOTA AND GET THEM TO BLOW UP THE AIRPORT AT MATTALA AND THE PEARL OF THE INDIAN OCEAN HARBOR AT HAMBANTHOTA ALONG WITH THE BUM BOYS CAMP AND THE CALL GIRLS CAMP RUN BY THE TWO FEMALE ACTRESSES WHO ARE NOW MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENTS.

    HEIL HITLER OF THE MUD HUT DEVIL DANCERS.

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    Thank you, Prof. James Manor for standing up for what is right. Some donkeys here bray about human rights violations committed by some countries elsewhere. Do war crimes committed elsewhere justify war crimes committed in this country? Some donkeys here also question the moral right of some people to question about human rights violations committed and being committed in this country. Don’t they know that every human being has the right to stand up for justice, call a spade a spade? Is it necessary for you to obtain `moral right’ from some authority before calling a crime a crime or condemning a crime?

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    Those who are attacking the prof – what do you say about the stuff written on this
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/65-cases-of-attacks-on-places-of-religious-worship-in-post-war-sri-lanka/
    Attacks on Places of Religious Worship in Post-­‐War Sri Lanka

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    Another LTTE paid professor speaking from his A—-SS, do you think because of you are professor people in the world belive you , your article just hitting SL only don’t you think UK also should follow the same commonwealth principle , go and review what UK did in afganistan and other countries as well

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    Interesting is not the word. Many views presented, majority tells us how self-destructive we are. There seems to be no support for corrective actions to row the country into a peace filled and a loving nation, instead we choose a path of self-destructiveness’. Look around you people simply don’t justify yourselves and speak as righteous men and women. Just remember that when they come for you, it will be too late for you to realise that you are alone. All this shout of my country or who are they to tell us -won’t come to save you and me. Sadly mother Lanka cries for justice, peace and harmony, don’t worry about the foreign powers, governments’ or stooges’- look at your selves’ in the mirror, it is not too late to pick up and clean it up at least for the sake of future generations’ instead of tough self-centred and self-destructive talks.

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    I think Prof.James Manor has given a perfect picture of Sri Lanka especially the increase of human rights violations. Now there is a witch hunt taking place on the CJ Dr.Shirani Bandaranayake. The Latimer principles were openly ignored. White van abductions are still. Idependence of Judiciary has become a ridiculous affair. PSC has demonstrated itself as a bunch of uncultured clowns to the world. It will be great insult to have the CHGM in Sri Lanka, especially after the CJ is found guilty by the Bribery Commissioner on false charges. Meanwhile journalists are still been hunted. There is even suspicion that spies are been employed on various pretexts in some Commonwealth countries. There is suspicion whether some prominent figures may get heart attacks after the Geneva findings and result in turmoil in the country. Above all, should Britain, which cherishes civil liberties to the maximum, attend this Conference in a country where erosion of democracy is taking place. Hence, it is proper to shift the venue to some other member country of the Commonwealth.

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    “The venue [of the Commonwealth heads of government meeting] must be changed if the Commonwealth is to retain its well-earned reputation as a force for human decency”, writes the learned professor.

    And what did the Commonwealth do when the UK, Canada and Australia decided to join president George Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq?

    Absolutely nothing! So surely professor Manor should have described the Commonwealth as a force for human hypocrisy? One set of low standards for its white members and another set of higher standards for its black and brown members. The University of London should be embarrased by professor Manor’s foolishness.

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    James Manor’s observations lack objectivity. He cannot call Kamalesh Sharma “irresolute” and “meek” because CHOGM did not recommended a change of venue. The GOSL will call this “firm” and “brave” considering the massive tide of opinion against Sri Lanka. His petulence is obvious.On the other hand Britains own record has not been questioned at CHOGM.

    The Sri Lankans are obviously divided between those who feel for the country( despite the despotic rule of Rajapaksa) and those who want Rajapaksa to be humbled come what may. I dare say this government deserves all it gets and it would suit them right if the CHOGM is moved out. This would of course only enrage Rajapaksa more, (as is the wont of all despots), and then proceed to take it out on us his subjects. He is too ordinary to understand his own mistakes. Mistakes are what others make. Punishments are for those who oppose him. Wrongdoing is forgiven if it is done to his benefit. We must be reconciled to suffer the fate of his folly.

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    whether manor is good or bad is immaterial. If CHOGM happens, MR will use it to his advantage. he is planning to change the constitution so that he can call an election after 3 years. he knows he will lose in 2015, so he wants to advance it. I will join any devil’s grandmother to see that MR does not get another term. we have had enough. another term will be the end.

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    I say, shift the venue to London, the HQ of the Commonwealth, and continue to have future meetings there. QED.

    Given today’s membership of the Commonwealth, we are going to continue to have objections whenever a CHOGM is planned to be held in most of the countries of the Commonwealth. So, let’s not waste valuable time and energy on debating the suitability of SL hosting the 2013 summit. Let London play host and continue to do so. And I am sure most Commonwealth countries would be happier – their delegations will find, if nothing else, that the shopping is better in the British capital.

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    Well how about the record of the US UK Canada and Australia which sent their troops to Iraq Libya and Afghanistan where many civilians have been killed? What has Iraq, Afghanstan Libya done to deserve such terrible fates? The US UK Canada and Australia should account for the crimes committed in these countries first before even thinking about attacking other countries about their perceived or real human right violations.

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    The commonwealth sould not listen to the diaspora lobby propaganda or the countries US,UK,EU, Canada which are on a witch hunt as far as Sri Lanka is concerned.

    The LTTE committed many atrocities. The UNHRC witch hunt is purely based on Diaspora lobby propaganda such as 40,000 civilians have died! Where are these 40,000 civilians then? Not even a skeleton has been found! THis UNHRC witch hunt based on diaspora lobby lies and the US,UK, EU, Canada’s witch hunt against Sri Lanka should be rejected by Sri Lanka.

    I have said earlier that Sri Lanka will not get justice at the UNHRC. All the atrocities committed by the LTTE is not even discussed. All the good work done towards reconciliation not discussed.

    Sri Lanka should neither participate in this nor pay any attention. Sri Lanka should walk out of the UNHRC.

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    kautilya

    “the countries US,UK,EU, Canada which are on a witch hunt as far as Sri Lanka is concerned.”

    If it is the case you claim, it is good thing which never happened to Sri Lanka. We need more witch, not less.

    “Where are these 40,000 civilians then?”

    Please ask your 400,000 members of armed forces and Gota. Crime scene had been wiped clean. Wait another 25 years you will find Matale pits everywhere.

    “I have said earlier that Sri Lanka will not get justice at the UNHRC.”

    Sri Lanka is not entitled to Justice. It is a good thing if Sri Lanka didn’t get justice.

    “Sri Lanka should walk out of the UNHRC.”

    Sri Lanka should have been sacked from all international institutions in April 1971. Sri Lanka is still free to walk out.

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      Where are the skeletons of these so called 40,000 civilians? Please give even a shred of evidence! There is no evidence whatsoever since such a thing did not happen and are lies concocted up by the LTTE separatist terrorist lobby in the west.

      The separatist terrorist lobby has always lied about sri lanka for over thirty years now and they are lying now. We know the lies.

      The UNHRC either should consider all the atrocities committed by the LTTE over thirty years and those countries in the West like the US, UK, EU, Canada should prosecute those in the separatist terrorist lobby in western countries who funded these atrocities.

      Sri Lanka should walk out of the UNHRC anyway since justice is not done by Sri Lankans at the UNHRC.

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        kautilya

        “Sri Lanka should walk out of the UNHRC anyway since justice is not done by Sri Lankans at the UNHRC.”

        Sri Lanka should walk out of the UNHRC if it cannot/will not comply with ideals of Human Rights Council.

        Justice is for victims and not for the perpetrators of war crimes.

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    Personally I think this commonwealth meet ought to be held somewhere else. Not that I want to see a frown on MR’s face, but because I want to see a smile on the tax payers face. Everyone in Sri Lanka is oppressed and saddled by great tax burden, direct and indirect, and sky high price rises. The cost of the commonwealth shindig too will be passed on to the back of the citizen, and they get nothing out of this. All these foreigners will come, have several hearty meals and do some tours around the country,whereas the citizens will have to starve his family to make up for MR’s excesses, when it comes to showing off. The country cannot afford this kind of Bali Netum

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    CHOGM in Sri Lanka definitely going to be a big burden to all of us and to the country while Rolls Royce and Land cruicers and international Liquors and Foods been Imported and distributed among family members and lot of fun and frolic and photo-ops behind CHOGM conference at tax payers expense.

    It was after 1976 Non align summit that all rice and other commodities were rationed and people had to wait in long Bread lines until then govt. changed.

    CHOGM in Sri Lanka is a mega party to Rulers and their families and friends while people will be under constant supervision, security, long traffic lines and security inspections while prices of essential items will be increased to cover CHOGM expenses.

    For rulers all CHOGM new Business deals and contracts will be strictly on commission percentages for Rajapakses and their families, while distributing new business dealsamong their families and friends. Therefore ordinary businessmen will have no access to those contracts.

    Also after the killing of British National Kuram and his girl friend been raped and hurt in Tangalla by a government Village Counsil Chairman and still languishing freely………no foreign guests, their spouses,friends, reporters and journalists are anymore safe, although there will be police protection.

    Therefore I think CHOGM in Sri Lanka will have no impcaqt on ordinary people and will be a huge burden and unnecessary expense to us Taxpayers.

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