18 April, 2021

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UN Must Promote Human Duties, Not Only Human Rights

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

One sided human rights promotion and advocacy by the UN has come to a crisis point today not only because of the coronavirus pandemic, but also due to the weakening of the democratic States throughout the world with neoliberal economic and political deviations. Apart from the failures, the culpability of the UN and some of its agencies are very clear under the circumstances.

Since last year, the coronavirus pandemic has hit very hard at countries where people, particularly the youth, have been groomed with unlimited freedoms without any sense of duty. Many young people opted to resist or question lockdowns and other restrictions as invasions on their freedoms. In countries where public health services had been cutdown as part of the dismantling of the ‘welfare state,’ the death tolls were extremely high. America’s death toll exceeded half a million by the end of the last year. Who is responsible for these deaths? No UN Shenanigan has answered this question. 

Britain, Italy, France, and other EU countries were among the next hardest hit. Those are the countries where protest marches and resistance loomed against lockdowns. Of course, some southern countries were not spared. India also was one of the hardest hit countries. Brazil at present experiencing extremely difficult conditions with chaos, lack of appropriate medications and hospital beds. Although some vaccinations have been developed by researchers and pharmaceutical companies, their effectiveness is still not clear.

The idealistic globalization has collapsed with the enforcement of lockdowns and boarder restrictions between and within countries. Now several variants of the virus have emerged while countries are scrambling over limited vaccine supplies. The ‘vaccine nationalism’ among the Western countries is now rampant, the poor countries being virtually left out.

This is the immediate background within which the so far Western promoted human rights notions and approaches of the UN should be scrutinized and critically assessed. 

Lopsided UDHR?       

It was completely short sighted for the UN to highlight individual freedoms and rights without equally emphasizing human duties and responsibilities in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and in the two International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). With the good intervention of the Soviet Union, there was a possibility of striking some balance between civil and political rights on one hand, and economic, social, and cultural rights on the other. But for some reason, the balance between rights and duties was virtually lost except in some corners of the international conventions.

During the preparations and consultations for the UDHR, then UNESCO Director, Julian Huxley, sent a request to Mahatma Gandhi, among others, to seek his views. In May 1947, while busily travelling in a train, Gandhi wrote back a succinct reply giving his vision. The following was its essential part.

“I learnt from my illiterate but wise mother that all rights to be deserved and preserved came from duty well done.”    

Gandhi further exchanged views with H. G. Wells who was also involved in the consultation process for the UDHR and said: “Received your cable. Have carefully read your five articles. You will permit me to say you are on the wrong track. I feel sure that I can draw up a better charter of rights than you have drawn up. But what good will it be? Who will become its guardian? …Begin with a Charter of Duties of Man and I promise the rights will follow as spring follows winter. I write from experience….” he said.

No one needs to accept what Gandhi said as the absolute truth. But it was a strong view particularly in Asia and the Pacific which should not have been neglected. Even today, there is a great divide between the East and the West on this matter, but the Westerners try to ignore and impose their views.     

Neglect of Duties

At a UNESCO meeting held in Malta in 1987 on Human Rights Education, I asked one of the main drafters of the UDHR, John Humphrey, whether they had taken Mahatma Gandhi’s views into consideration. He pointed out Article 29 but later admitted to me in Geneva that it might not be what Gandhi completely meant. Article 29 of the UDHR says the following.

(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.

(2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.

(3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

The above was not sufficient. It is not only for the ‘full and free development of personality’ that duties should be promoted (2.1). Duties are moral obligations. The other two sections (2.2 & 2.3) have placed duties completely in a negative manner. There is a positive and a dialectical interconnection between human rights and human duties.

If we take what Gandhi said as an Asian or a different view, there was no question that drafters could have find a middle way between, if they wanted. But that was not the case. Although 29 (1) says, ‘everyone has duties to the community’ what are they? The UDHR or the International Covenants never explained them. Why? The predominance of the Western views in the UN drafted human rights.

Let us take the principal article of the UDHR, Article 1. It says, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

Of course, to say, ‘all human beings should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood’ is a good one. But to say, ‘all are born free and equal in dignity and rights’ is bit of a lie! There are so many inequalities and disparities when we are born, and no doubt that we should change them. It is a long struggle. Even in the British royal family these disparities have surfaced today!

In ideal terms, equality should be the case. But it is not the reality. Without such a lie or idealism, it should have been said differently. Gandhi’s views or Asian views should have been taken into proper account in drafting the UDHR. Realism should be our guide in human rights promotion and protection. Otherwise, we easily get into political traps. One formulation could have been the following.

“All human beings are of the same human family (Homo sapiens) and should treat each other with dignity and equality. In a democratic polity, they all should have equal rights, and equal duties to each other and to the community. In exercising and performing both rights and duties, they should act on reason and conscience guided by the rule of law and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”    

Conclusion   

Human rights and human duties are largely interdependent and interrelated. When there is a right (rights holder), there is a corresponding duty (duty bearer). In a democratic society, the state and the government/s are the primary duty bearers. However, the duties go beyond. In respect of child rights, for example, parents are the primary duty bearers. In respect of women’s rights, all men are the primary duty bearers.

There are duties on the part of the rights holders when they exercise their rights, not to abuse them. These are also called responsibilities. People should be educated and trained to exercise their rights in a responsible and a nonviolent manner. 

There are duties on the part of human beings independent from rights, or whether they have rights or not. Respect for other human beings, protection of the environment, and caring for other animals are some of them. The disrespect for these duties could be catastrophic for human beings with environmental disasters, global warming, and pandemic diseases.   

Human needs and aspirations are the basis of human rights. Human conscience and morality should be the basis of human duties. Both should go hand in hand. The failure of the UN to promote human duties, alongside human rights, appear to be a major reason for the increasing conflicts, violence, chaos, and wars not only in developing countries but increasingly in the developed societies.    

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    Blaming others for our mistakes, resentful, not adhering by social norms and rules , oppose and defy authority in children is called Oppositional Defiant Disorder. If not addressed later manifest as Conduct Disorder which further include lying,destroying others property, arson, cruelty to other human beings, breaking into others property and stealing. After turning 18 years old , it is called as Anti Social Personality where individuals rape, kill and have NO REMORSE. Which stage are you trying to justify ???

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      Chiv,
      Your last sentence would have been much better had you had worded it, ‘At which stage are you Laksiri?

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      Only your comment is visible right now, chiv.
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      This is disgraceful. This highly educated man in his old age is prostituting all the education that this country has afforded him by writing about two articles each week for the last three months or so to blight for ever the future of the ordinary people of Sri Lanka by writing from different angles to defend this corrupt regime that managed to trick its way into power by pretending to have looked after the people and defeated the Coronovirus.
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      People here, both young and old by and large adopted all measures possible to combat the virus. It was various sections of the government that undermined efforts by promoting the likes of Dammika Peniya, and misled people by whipping up anti-minority hysteria to win the August 2020 Parliamentary Elections.

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        Mr. Panini Edirisinhe,
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        Yes.
        Of course.
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        When someone wants to hurt SL, it’s Sinhalese General Public, Maha Sangha, it’s democratically elected government and specialy it’s Military….
        you praise them.
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        When people wants to help and protect their motherland….
        You start going behind them asking Identity Cards…
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        And for you it’s OK to insult SL under any pseudonym…
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        You are a disgrace to country.

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          So, Pasqual,
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          There’s nothing else that you can say, except spout hatred of all who disagree with you. I’m not saying any more, not calling you names.
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          Let other readers work out who is fair and consistent, and who is shifting the goalposts all the time.
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          Panini Edirisinhe

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      Chiv,
      Please see below what Dr. Laksiri says:
      There are duties on the part of the rights holders when they exercise their rights, not to abuse them.
      ” In a democratic society, the state and the government/s are the primary duty bearers. However, the duties go beyond.”
      “There are duties on the part of the rights holders when they exercise their rights, not to abuse them.”

      He is not bothered about duties of the Sri Lankan government. He is not bothered about abuses of the duties. This is because he may have been bought by Rajapaksas (I am not saying anything different other than what he said about the UNHRC commissioner) to do this job. For the past 12 years he never worried about abuses by his masters. He is now preaching UNHRC to become an ally of Rajapaksa regime to kill more people.

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        There was a time when I didn’t know who Dr Laksiri Fernando was. If there still are people who haven’t seen through him, please look at what he said in October 2015:
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        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/i-propose-to-revoke-doctorates-from-gr-mr/comment-page-1/#comments
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        Even I have commented on page 3, there. I don’t have a problem if confronted with what I said in days of yore. The same goes for many commenters who use pseudonyms; they are consistent. Please don’t swallow anything that this man says today without sampling what has said on other occasions. Those who can find better examples ought to draw attention to them.
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        When you have a man who changes what he says all the time, how can anybody know what to believe?
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        He writes articles, and then, within days he has to come in with comments in which he says different. He also complains about the use of pseudonyms, and ends with this request:
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        “Therefore, I request the Editor of the Colombo Telegraph to limit the comments to those who write in their true and full names.
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        Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) aka Sinhala_Man

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          Simply great Mr SM 😎😎😎😎it is just pointless to waste our precious times for what he has to say. 😉😉😉😉

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          Dear S_M,
          What an example! Gosh! It explained the decadent stench off Laksiri Fernando’s recent productions here on CT.

          Being relatively new here on CT, appreciated the “expose’”.

          Also, saddened to see how many of those commenters no longer appear on the current CT scene! It seemed the then commenters offered much more value. In 2015, those commenters too had caught the decadent stench of Laksiri Fernando’s character.

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      So, dear Professor Laksiri,
      You wax so eloquently about duty.
      What do you think are the duties of, say, a young girl who is questioned by the police for speaking to the media about environmental damage by parties connected to the President?
      Is she supposed to recant like a good girl? Is she to worship the President?
      What do you think are the duties of a woman whose son/ husband was murdered in police custody? Again, lie down and keep quiet?
      What do you think of the deaths of several alleged criminals in custody? Do you even know about these, sitting safely in Australia? Do you even know what sort of regime sends a murderer to represent it in Geneva? I suppose that was the reward for carrying out his “duties” with distinction. And you have the nerve to blame all this on “human rights”.
      At least, be honest with yourself, Laksiri.

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      CT

      Laksiri Fernando – Author types:

      “UN Must Promote Human Duties, Not Only Human Rights”

      If Laksiri Fernando – Author can make the those who enjoy disproportionate powers, impunity, such people as saffron thugs, crooks, politicians, uniformed murderers, ….. corrupt functionaries, intellectually dishonest “THINKERS” …… realise what he has typed above, then of course the ordinary people will follow.

      “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
      ― Mahatma Gandhi

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        ………….Begin with a Charter of Duties of Man and I promise the rights will follow as spring follows winter……………….
        Easily said but who will Enforce this Charter and Ensure compliance, as the Enforcers are also human and subject to the vagaries of human nature. Hence no guarantee that this is the real attainable answer.
        At least in a Charter of Human Rights, there will be persons to fight for it and try to get redress. But again, from whom are you asking for judgement – persons subject to their own perceptions of right and wrong.
        So all this is an unattainable Utopian concept. Unless Human beings act and govern as HUMAN BEINGS with Noble concepts inherent in themselves, it will be argued, debated and theorized with no real end.
        All are idealistic – glad if attainable, but pragmatism should dictate the final answer.

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      What is the greater human duties according to LF ?

      Is it to stand by srilanka or the like state to bury war crimes ? Human rights violations ?
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      Even if we could all think, that crimes occured at the end of the brutal CIVIL war, how can we allo post war high crimes ?

      1) Lasantha Wickramatunga – fearless editor fo SUNDAY LEADER WEEKEND TABLOID which was widely circulated in the country, because its nature – however, on broad day light the editor was stabed to death, in the same time, MaRa the key architect of the JAMAL KHASHOGGI style killing, started to weep like a small child… can you imagine their MLECHCHA nature ?
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      Today after 12 years gone since the brutal murder made life victims in that family, his brave daughter the young lady of all times, fight like a lioness by going to world press
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      2) His successor Journalist Federica Janz was targetted, but she got escape by leaving the country for the states.
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      3) Welikada Prison- killings.. over 23 unarmed prisoners were gunned down like cats and dogs, if MEDAMULANA men would have been hurt to that manner, srilanken biased JUDGES would react properly. Years gone, not a single case is investigated yet today

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    Thank you.

    …Begin with a Charter of Duties of Man and I promise the rights will follow as spring follows winter. I write from experience…

    The cart before the bull..concept.. JVP and TNA philosophy is where we are today……..if it was not for this folly/blunder we would have qualified youth from our Universities taken ownership to design and deliver all the fancy justice one may seek decades ago.

    Well we have them in the parliament today is where the issues remains…where one learned the lesson and the other owned by the UN currently..earlier owned by India where the Gandhis liberated the lot they can go around abuse all others…life goes on chartered by all the crooks in town.

    Simply follow Philippines model we will just be fine…Dutarate is the man and inspiration for all the third world misery…no other head of state in the world ever had such popularity as an elected. Last time I checked we are in the right path…except for ghetto makers holding other citizens back….nothing to do with Human rights….UN will conduct an investigation from 1970 onwards….FOR A BETTER WORLD.

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    LF,
    What duties are you currently pursuing? It is all good to talk about Human duties and rights. Are you very happy about our country’s situation? –Financially/Moral values/ecocide/drug menace/ scams after scams/ religious and ethnic intollerances/judicial interventions.

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    Laksiri Fernando,
    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was announced in December 1948 aftermath of massive human rights violations during the Second World War that shocked the conscience of the world.
    It is true that UNESCO had consulted Gandhi, among other philosophers and intellectuals of the world in the 1940s, when UDHR was being considered .and Gandhi in the course such consultations, spoke about rights and duties and to the effect that duties well performed creates rights. – Do your duty.
    A distinction was made between individual and group rights, and about the states and their duties and responsibilities. The citizens have human rights whereas the states have duties and responsibilities in respect of such rights and to ensure that human rights within the states and abroad are enforced..
    This was at a different context.
    However this does not mean that Gandhi was indifferent to human rights. But Mahathma Gandhi was a lifelong fighter of human rights, in South Africa as well as in India. Human Rights was Gandhi’s mission. .According to Gandhi, human rights are fundamental rights which every man or woman inhabiting any part of the world should be entitled to by virtue of having been born as a human being..

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    Question: “America’s death toll exceeded half a million by the end of the last year. Who is responsible for these deaths? No UN Shenanigan has answered this question. “
    Answer : By “equally emphasizing human duties and responsibilities in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).” China has to pay all democratic countries for the economic loss and death.
    The guy is crying that the freedom lovers partied in America and endured heavily by virus. But can he say that America spread the virus to world, instead of China? The funny is American deaths are price American pay for their freedom. They not are waiting a communist to answer for their freedom. But Hitler’s Royal run Lankawe has more infection than China. In Lankawe no freedom unlike America but infection rate is worse than any democratic country, unlike freedom less China. Who is going to answer for these? Lasksiri Fernando? What to do for Lasksiri Fernando’s understanding? Cry or Laugh?

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    Question: “Although some vaccinations have been developed by researchers and pharmaceutical companies, their effectiveness is still not clear.”
    Answer: “The ‘vaccine nationalism’ among the Western countries is now rampant, the poor countries being virtually left out.”
    Poor countries dismantled their trades and commerce with Vaccines inventors and sold the properties to China and Russia to gain Veto over their Human right issues being exposed. Then why worry about the effectiveness of those vaccines? Just because a one Sinhala Buddhist Extremists downplaying their scientifically tested vaccines is this extremist hoping they dump their vaccines in the oceans and start to drink Dhammika Paanee? Why the Small countries that are dependent on China and Russia for UN veto could have not depended on them for even Vaccine? What was the time these so called poor countries kept medical trade with Communist countries? The opportunistic Lankawe, showing China, blackmailed India and have taken the vaccines free, which this uneducated PhD blames as ineffective. But what is going to happen is China going to hack the computers and going to grab lands for the Indian donated vaccines. When India sends IPKF for its share, then too it is these communist are going chest beat against India without standing up.

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    Question: “The idealistic globalization has collapsed with the enforcement of lockdowns and boarder restrictions between and within countries. Now several variants of the virus have emerged while countries are scrambling over limited vaccine supplies. “
    Answer: Is that the case in Miracle of Asia?” Then why the Ukrainian women are fighting in Lankawe and Udayanga’s employees are releasing these videos in web?
    Lankaweyan are suffering by Covid-19. Hitler Administration hiding this real statistics and bringing home Ukrainian women. By this selected countries’ tourist operations, the actual cost for the country is many times higher than the profit Udayanga and other Royals are making. There was a party in Kandy’s famous Hotel. The government minister drew his gun on a minority participant. Then the tourism minister is paying heavy bribes to tiny tourism magazines to bring fake ratings about Lankawe tourism. Is that the failed Globalism the guys is talking?
    International banks are refusing to accept LC requests. Then what is the point in taking Currency swaps with China and Russia?

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    Comedy Thamai!
    “Begin with a Charter of Duties of Man”
    Here the guy is teaching everybody something form the Gandhi’s saying of that “Don’t go to teach, but fix yourself first”.
    Can these Sinhala Intellectual restore the Jennings’s Soulbury constitution instead of keep correcting their constitution every day, while advising the UN how to change its “Human Rights” maxims? This is what said in Tamils, the priest who could not climb to the roof to catch the hen is lecturing how to climb in to the sky and reach the paradise. Laksiri could not understand what Gandhi was talking. Unlike this guy is misleading, Gandhi was not telling to bring “duties on Man” as something needed to be observed in UN, instead of freedom and Human rights. Of cause any accepted human right is only after considering what is the needful duty for life towards others. Gandhi is claiming, first, that he could write better than Wells. By that he means if Wells drafting is not honest, so his expertise in not worth. But he(Gandhi) is honest, so his small knowledge in law is more useful. That more suitable for Laksiri than Wells.

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    “In respect of women’s rights, all men are the primary duty bearers. “ Sabash!
    Who hold the duty of stopping Laksiri writing these satires under the name of freedom expression? Can that guy come forward please? Laksiri’s logic is an excellent example of what is happening in Lankawe, that is for the freedom the Royals are enjoying to whitevan their enemies, isn’t it primarily judges undertaking the duty of exonerating the Royals?

    Viva Lankawe!

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    Dr.(?) Laksiri: To illuminate your writing, a quotation from Late Gandhi was quoted as: “I learnt from my illiterate but wise mother that all rights to be deserved and preserved come from DUTY WELL DONE, (emphasis by me). Do you know, all the “Rights” within and to the extreme extent have been “EXERCISED” (offered) by the PEOPLE in the selection of their “Representatives” to Govern the country in the “BEST” manner to provide a “Happy and a Contented Life” for everyone?. So, WHOSE DUTY is to provide that service to the people and the country? So answer me now. Have ANY of such “Representatives”, including those of your “Favorites”, who were entrusted with that “DUTY” discharged those duties “WELL”? I know, with the “Shaded” eyeglasses you wear, you will answer in the affirmative. But, looking at it from the past and present with “Clear” glasses, I would firmly say NO. So would all those “Illiterate” but “WISE” men and women say, your “Masters” who received a mandate to do “DUTY” have not DONE WELL. In the end, our “Rights” have not received the “Deserved” respect and “Preserved” the “Dignity” by acts of a bunch of “CROOKS” who did not and not doing their “DUTIES WELL”.

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      Dear Simon,

      Why not you focus on something better ?. All your wise explanations could not help LF. It will be almost like BIRI ALIYATA WEENA WAYANAWA Wage.
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      I think today s srilanka with unexpected levels of INFLATION would not achieve anything in next months, years. This was very clear long before the bunch thugs came to power. They would have been champions and masterminds of all various high crimes, but they would never be able to lead this country. Alone the environmental destruction which came to light through that young lady from Rakwana, opened the eyes of all walks of life in the country today. Until that young girl shed tears being unable to see it happening before her eyes, what had the responsible officers and politicians been doing ? What had the PINGUTHARA community in that areas been doing ? Why are our sinhala people that servile or fearful to stand against lawlessness ? Why do they let HIGH CRIMINALS to continue their all high crimes?
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    Dr. Laksiri Fernando

    Self-determination, equality, human dignity, and justice are among the core values of Gandhi’s struggle against British imperialism in South Africa and India. They are all well entrenched in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Mrs. Hansa Metha who represented India in the drafting committee of the UHDR has contributed much on these aspects and shaped most of UDHR elements concerning gender equality. (Metha was also a drafter of the Indian Constitution). It is not Gandhi but Prof. S.V. Puntambekar is the key Indian intellectual one should consider when assessing Indian thoughts on Human Rights discussions. He made an excellent contribution on the Hindu and Buddhist Concepts of Human Rights as a response to the UNESCO survey on human rights in different cultures which was conducted as a preparatory activity to the drafting of the UDHR. Among others, the key roles played by Dr. P.C. Chang of China and the Arab intellectual Dr. Charles Malik of Lebanon in the drafting committee of the UHDR are well documented. As for the Asian values versus human rights debate, which was mooted in the early 1990s by Mahathir Mohamed and Indonesian Dictator General Suharto, has been adequately smashed by Amartya Sen (1997) in his article “Human Rights and Asian Values: What Lee Kuan Yew and Le Peng Don’t understand about Asia.” Published in the New Republic of 14 July 1997. I have dealt with all these matters in detail in my Sinhala book entitled ‘නියත විවරණය (Niyatha Vivaranaya)’ a History of the UHDR. (Published by Ravaya Publishers in 2012)

    It would be useful if you could kindly list the exact duties you would want human beings to fulfill in order for them to be entitled to holds those rights endorsed in the UDHR.

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        I don’t see what exactly the UN can do to make you serve your country or to get you to work properly over what you yourself wish to do.

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          Laksiri wanted to serve to the country for the free education and scholarships he received from Aanduwa. But is was the Aanduwa, after world dumping all criminals in Australia, decided to dump its outdated half baked communist in Australia, a fertile ground for those who overstayed god’s visa to be indulged in Hywar talks. There are no points at all in his talks.

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        That is indeed a long list. For staters we could just understand basic civic responsibility would do…..After Independence all should have sat around said what we need in each community..what one has that can be given to those who does not….we did not do that…

        (1) Language barrier for education was amongst majority of both Sinhala and Tamils…..the morons who has inherited the Colonial life did not even know what it means to be equal citizens/bring parity etc.

        (2) The same did even stand for elections in the respective place they felt they had something to offer..and took the issues around the Country (Hill country Tamil issues to Jaffna) and made a living is a good example.

        (3) dod not ask the so called educated lot to spent time teaching the uneducated then came the drama Tamil vs Sinhala…is also evading responsibility/civic responsibility.

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          (4) Did not solve a single issue in Jaffna post Independence except compounded the local problems that needed the attention from the locals with some other shit from another part of the country is not civic responsibility but shit stirring.

          (5) 50-50, federalism, separatism, devolution are all non civic acts…that led to all the misery an inevitable consequence when one fails on their civic responsibility…duties.

          (6) stage after stage hate speeches evoking emotions on irrelevant issues..calling for death to opposition in a democracy…asking the children to kill their opponents..getting the public to clap hands for such statements, getting Ratha pottu for such statements are all collective crimes and shedding duties/civic responsibilities too.

          (7) Living overseas and rolling on money and not spending the time on technology transfer/empowering families of all walks of lives is shedding responsibility.

          (8) Telling the host countries p[okies of other fellow man and woman is shedding duties.

          (9) Getting the UN to focus on further undermining the Nation is the same.

          (10) Not getting one for all and all for one investigations themselves since 2009 in Jaffna is devils advocacy and shedding duties.

          (11) live in secular societies and then to cover up who they to the host Nations/not taking ownership for ones blunders/not apply lessons learned is also failure in duties.

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            12) Not helping the UN to encourage all the refugees to focus on building their Nations and not on retribution is the biggest of them all…Mother of All Failures/duties/civic responsibilities. Instead doing the opposite..shows these folks never had anything to offer to any humanity….only to themselves. Even in theist countries no social responsibilities..except others have to provide something to them…never ending demands….now the Brexit and the Proud Boys are the results of this duplicity too. Some times one needs to look at life out of the box…..even in the CT comment section people comment on people without even knowing what they are commenting on a total failure of Media no longer in place for information…lost responsibility altogether.

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        ” Most of the time, rights and duties are two sides of the same coin. When you have the right to vote, you have a duty to vote. When you have the right to education, you have the duty to serve the society through your education. When you have a right to work, you have the duty to work properly “
        Possibly, somebody is misunderstanding duty and obligation. Duty is something must be performed. Obligation is something expected to do. Duty is explicitly stipulated. Obligation is decided with moral and ethical thoughts. For example, when one has vote, he/she should vote, that obligation only. Deciding not to vote is his/her fundamental right too, as much as he must have a vote. Lasksiri confused in that because in Australia everyone must vote. This is like the man, who has not seen forest thinks the forest too divided and painted by wall like the palace he lives and Vice versa the man lives in forest thinks the palace filled with tree like his forest. Military drafting violates fundamental rights, but “everyone should serve in military” is obligation. Duty stems from the vested authority; authority is privilege, not a fundamental right. If a duty enforced on person to enjoy his rights, by that trading action his rights comes attach conditions and then it is not right, it is only a governmental verdict enforced on him.

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        Dr. Laksiri Fernando: I totally agree when you say (in the above comment): “When you have the right to vote, you have the duty to vote”. Please read my comment on 18 March. My question to you was: When we exercise that “RIGHT” to vote, we have also rendered our “DUTY” to ENTRUST to our representatives to perform the “DUTIES” to make the PEOPLE (All Voters) happy and give them a contented life. If those who received that “RIGHT” from us are not performing the desired “DUTIES”, what do you expect from us? In one go “CONDEMN” them and “KICK THEM OUT”. Shouldn’t you get involved in that STRUGGLE to kick them out? Isn’t that the situation as of today?

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    I have given readers a link above to enable you to see what Laksiri said in October 2015. He fails to do his duty in many respects.
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    He has a duty to be consistent. He mustn’t indulge in chicanery. He said elsewhere that I was prejudiced; when challenged to show my prejudices, he said that I was stupid. He talks about the importance of facts but himself indulges in ad hominem of this sort. Let him, even now, illustrate my stupidity.
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    He wanted people to reveal real names; I have done so, and I’m pretty sure that he will not claim that I have presented a bogus identity.
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    There is a duty to have sufficient courage to be critical of rulers when they have clear faults. How is it that the Double-Paksas don’t now have the faults that they had in 2015?
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    Metaphorically speaking, the guy is a worm.
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    Panini Edirisinhe

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      S.M,
      Has a poor worm ever done you any harm?

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        But the kind of guys – yes.

        OC take good care of you.
        Bless

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      Sinhala_Man

      My Elders taught me one thing which I am forced to share with you here and now.
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      People can and should age gracefully, mentally as well as physically.

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    Wijayananda,
    You are right. I don’t understand what exactly restricted Dr. Laksiri from promoting human rights and doing human duties in Sri Lanka for the past 12 years. What made him to accuse UNHRC Commissioner was bribed by UK? What was his contribution to bring peace and human rights and rule of law in this country?

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    The ranting of Dr.Laksiri Fernando is tied up with his dream to be the High Commissioner in Australia.Poor chap. He is desperate.

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    Hi, Laksiri, you the free loader is not doing any favors to Lanka or Australia. Did your hear about the journalist who did his duties làter ended up burning him self with a specific instrument.Get a life. Will you?? As native said, people of your age many are nasty and grumpy but you are just a miserable human being.

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    Laksiri may be a paid writer for the rulers like the Easter bomber and many others in plain clothes waiting to carry out the dirty jobs. No place for the people who wants to see the—Environment/ free speech/ law & order/RTI preserved in the Pearl of the Indian ocean

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      Naman,

      Are there Muslims willing to laydown their lives for Gota?
      Were the Easter Sunday bombers following Gota’s orders similar to the Japanese Kamikazi pilots during the second world war?

      Please explain…………..

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    Let’s hope that Laksiri has regained his senses and that there will be no more articles from him directed at harming the people of Sri Lanka.
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    This article ostensibly sought to deal with other issues. It may be unfortunate that no one has really chosen to engage with him on the subject of duties; I would normally have done so, but that nobody has taken him seriously is a measure of how low his credibility has fallen.
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    I’m always keen on education-related articles, but one cannot engage in anything serious with paid lackeys. There is hope for us with what is being said by younger people like this:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/covid-generation-education-a-blind-spot/
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    I wish Laksiri well with his water-colouring.

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