3 December, 2020

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UN Committee Against Torture; Concluding Observations On Sri Lanka – Full Text

The United Nations Committee against Torture has today urged Sri Lankan government to establish an independent mechanism to investigate allegations of torture and sexual violence in the “rehabilitation” programme for 12,169 suspected former cadres.

In delivering its concluding observations the committee said that torture was a common practice is Sri Lanka. The Committee also said it was alarmed at the presence of Director of Sri Lanka’s Centre for National Intelligence, Sisira Mendis in Geneva and “deeply regrets” that he and the delegation didn’t answer questions raised with him during the session in Geneva.

Read the full report here.

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    With Xi’s friend Terry Branstad as US ambassador to China there won’t be a great China card Lanka can play.

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      However the Prez the PM and all the Rejectors of Genocide and Torture cool down.

      You CANNOT HIDE from these accusations , You can run as far away you can, hoping praying and denying these atrocious accusations will disappear , No chance , Y ou can keep on whitewashing of Buddha country and Buddhism , these charges will keep on popping up forever.

      This is a SNOOZE CURSE PUT UPON ON SL BY THE CURSE OF PAST DESTRUCTION AND ANNIHILATION OF HUMAN KIND FROM THE TIME OF QUEEN KUVENI!!!

      Think about it People!
      Why this country still needs Begging Bowls to be filled by international community??
      KARMA IS A BITCH,
      There’s a belief and Truth in it , that CURSE AND KARMA CATCHES UP AND CONTINUES IN FAMILIES AND THE COUNTRIES LIKE SL TOO. WHICH IS CURSED FOREVER.

      NO ONE CAN AVOID THESE HAPPENINGS IN FAMILIES BUT THEY CAN BE REDUCED BY DOING GOOD THINGS IN LIFE.
      I MEAN DOING GOOD THINGS IN ONES LIFE.

      NOT BY STEALING AND GIVING TO YELLOW ROBES IN THE NAME OF LORD BUDDHA. THATS CHEATING , WHICH BRINGS BAD KARMA ITSELF.
      Present day psychos need good teachings in life.

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        Our President and PM should put the country before sentiments.
        These accusations should be addressed full on , they are the leaders of our country , people of the country should matter to them as equally expected.
        Punish the culprits what ever crimes committed and move on.
        Then only you two will be respected by all communities and the world beyond.
        Family and friends bantering should come last these are for short term peace and happiness by the small group who are in the JO.
        That will never solve anything , at the end of their sorrowful term they would have achieved nothing for the COUNTRY OR THE PEOPLE WHO PUT TRUST ON THEM AND VOTED THEM IN JAN. 2015.
        For the President and The PM this country is not a Football ground to KICK ABOUT.
        THERE ARE SERIOUS MATTERS TO DEAL WITH PRESIDENT??

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        Correction “Snooze” ( 8th line above)

        Please read as NOOZE ( round the neck)

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          You better take a snooze my friend.

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        analyst
        First SL has to see credible evidence of torture or what ever your are ranting about. Over 7 years have elapsed since the end of war. You separatists keep crying but not a single credible victim has come forward. Asylum seekers are not credible victims or true evidence. Bring Tamils from SL who live in SL to say their stories. Rape occurs with every race, every country and all the time as long as bad people are among us. It is nothing to write home about!
        You can cry as much as you can but I will assure you nothing will happen in your life time.

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        Analyst I agree with you.here I share with you what happened to me during Rajapaksa era.After working in Europe for while I have to return to my country due to a urgent family matter.Since I didn’t have much money I applied job started working as Procurement Executive.My procurement were mainly from China & India.After a while I developed good relationship with China.So the Chinese Government invited me in 2010 for their 60th anniversary coincide with factory visits.So I insisted I cannot come but my boss wanted to go their.
        At same time there was election fever as I was also responsible for product marketing , during Presidential election Head office & our company were at logger heads.As ploy marketing tactic our company staff supported email campaign to Then General
        Fonseka (Now Field Marshal)while Head office supported Mahinda Rajapaksa.This was purely between two companies there was no political inclination.Since I had supported MR to get TelePrompTer from USA since his English is horrible I didn’t worried much thinking no harm will come to me.
        Unknown to me my boss had axe to grind with me since I didn’t ask Chinese Gov.invite instead to him (Invitation eventually went to friend of mine senior commission officer who was studying at staff college China).
        Soon after election MR got elected Gen. Fonseka got defeated by computer Jilmart.By that time I was fed up with company I left the company since by boss also treated me badly.
        No sooner I left the company serious of with hunt began.It was habit of my boss was to bribe SP Anura Senanayaka sometime he even came to office on police mobile car to collect bribes.
        So series of wicthhunt begun.When ever I apply for Job I was not prevented be selected.Once I went to interview cops in uniform came & told interview board I am Fonseka supporter not give Job I fell from frying pan to oven.Until January 8 I was ill treated hounded like a dog by MR regime.
        But look what happen SDIG Senanayaka nowhe is in prison.Even his sub ordinates ASP Embilipitiya who obstructed me taking up as English lecturer in Kandy was remanded(he was HQI Kegalle).My boss left hastily country.I know there many who harassed me surely karma will take care of them !

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      Our President and PM should put the country before sentiments.
      These accusations should be addressed full on , they are the leaders of our country , people of the country should matter to them as equally expected.
      Punish the culprits what ever crimes committed and move on.
      Then only you two will be respected by all communities and the world beyond.
      Family and friends bantering should come last these are for short term peace and happiness by the small group who are in the JO.
      That will never solve anything , at the end of their sorrowful term they would have achieved nothing for the COUNTRY OR THE PEOPLE WHO PUT TRUST ON THEM AND VOTED THEM IN JAN. 2015.
      For the President and The PM this country is not a Football ground to KICK ABOUT.
      THERE ARE SERIOUS MATTERS TO DEAL WITH PRESIDENT??

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    “Sisira Mendis and the delegation did not answer questions raised with him……………………”

    Persons personally involved in injustice to citizens, including torture, have been sent to give evidence to the UN Committee on torture !
    The Attorney General and the Minister of Justice should have been sent instead.

    This may indicate that this government is quite unconcerned about implementing justice to citizens.

    Will the president explain why.

    Persons in detention have not been indicted for up to 15 years, and verdicts on cases heard have been delayed for up to 14 years.
    The Minister of Justice opposes presence of attorneys while arrested citizens are interrogated.
    Thus, this is a regime which condones injustice, and is a ‘pariah’ among nations of the world.
    Meanwhile,’disciples’ of Lord Buddha behave like common hooligans, and the state is powerless against them.
    Shooting deaths of university students are not investigated by the normal processes of law, and are relegated to be considered by a so-called ‘commission’, even which has not yet been appointed.

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      justice ,
      Why aren’t the jail birds of Rajiv murder not being released?? Lesson 1.
      Do you know India has not returned Chinese POW’s but China has??

      “Nikki” Haley did not want the Syrian refugees at North Carolina and let Obama have it.However when Trump said no to Muslims and you know very little she commented in real north Carolina style- God Bless.

      Will the `Mad Dog` go with either one of you- I doubt it.

      But the Indians would force the island to comply to their demands and there would be sweet revenge.

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    Let the Sinhala genocidal maniacs and war criminals investigate themselves. I’m sure they will be impartial!

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    Srilankans from the South backed their Sinhala-Buddhist governments to torture their dissidents. They will soon learn how this will boomerang.The blood-thirsty armed forces will continue their hunt in the South. It will be too late to complain about torture.

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