25 September, 2018

Blog

UNHRC Cannot Rely On Sri Lanka To Prosecute Its Armed Forces

By Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah –

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

– As the search for justice for victims of the Tamil genocide continues.

– While the application of ‘universal jurisdiction’ by individual states to prosecute war criminals must be pursued rigorously, the way forward for member states of the UN Human Rights Council is to lobby the UN Security Council for an ICC referral or for the  establishment of an international special criminal tribunal for Sri Lanka.

UNHRC’s Prolonged Reliance on Sri Lanka to Prosecute Its Army Cannot be Sustained:

The 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council ended with no firm action taken against Sri Lanka, despite its continued failure to establish a hybrid court – member states missing the opportunity yet again to apply the necessary pressure required on Sri Lanka including imposing strict benchmarks and time lines for implementing transitional justice commitments it signed up to in October 2015, among other, the establishment of a special domestic court with “foreign participation”.

An honest look at the proceedings, in Geneva, relating to Sri Lanka, is telling – it’s manifestly obvious the UNHRC’s prolonged reliance on the Sri Lankan government to prosecute members of its armed forces and senior political leaders – those responsible for committing mass atrocities, cannot be sustained any longer.

Everyone knows such prosecutions, founded on international law, won’t materialize in Sri Lanka, not now, not later, certainly not by the March 2019 deadline – even with further extensions thereafter (which is most objectionable and should be vehemently opposed) definitely not through a domestic judicial mechanism with “foreign participation”, as set out in resolutions 30/1 and 34/L1 – and indisputably not as a means for litigating the charge of genocide.

A Hybrid Mechanism is Definitely Not in Sri Lanka’s Agenda:

Sri Lanka’s silence on the issue of a hybrid court at the UNHRC this session was deafening. Its new Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana’s subtle reference to it, in his statement to the Council when he said, “Sri Lanka’s judiciary and law enforcement mechanisms are fully capable..of advancing justice,” speaks volumes on how it intends to carry on in the future. A hybrid mechanism is definitely not in its agenda at all:

And I quote:

“Sri Lanka’s judiciary and law enforcement mechanisms are fully capable and committed to the process of advancing justice to all concerned. It has a long history of integrity and professionalism and since 2015, steps have been taken to further strengthen its independence. And may I add, Mr. President that all reconciliation mechanisms will be implemented in accordance with our constitution.”

End quote.

And therein lay the truth. No one needs any further declaration of Sri Lanka’s complete rejection of a hybrid court than that expressed by its Foreign Minister.

Isaipriya alive

UNHRC Must Act to End Impunity – Must Step Up to The Plate

If member states search their conscience they would and should know it and any amount of waiting is not going to bring the desired result. The onus is now on member states to turn to the more realistic and credible option, by stepping up to the plate, and working more robustly and constructively towards finding a viable international accountability mechanism to achieve UNHRC’s aim, as an authentic body, that strives to ending impunity for serious human rights violations and taking to task recalcitrant states, in this case, Sri Lanka.

Referral to ICC Most Realistic Option – UNHRC Must Act Lobby Security Council: 

That realistic and credible option is for the UNHRC member states to start lobbying the UN Security Council to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or establish a Special Criminal Tribunal, similar to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (CTY).

View of Renowned Legal Experts (MAP):

‘Sri Lanka Monitoring And Accountability Panel’ (MAP), an independent group of legal experts with high credentials in the field of international criminal justice, deem an ICC referral to be the route to take, and seriously the only option – this according to its recommendations contained in its 3rd Spot Report released on March 7, 2018.

The panel’s 34 page report, which is virtually a continuing indictment on Sri Lanka, refers to, “the Sri Lankan government’s broad transitional justice agenda,” it co-sponsored in October 2015, which included, “an accountability mechanism to address some of the worst crimes in the 21st century.” The report, ‘a call to act’ aimed at the UNHRC, was seething in its commentary on how Sri Lanka, “proceeded in bad faith, reneged on its international commitments and violated its legal obligations to victims,” making it incumbent upon the, “the UNHRC to lobby the UN Security Council to refer the Sri Lanka situation to the International Criminal Court, as a statement of support to the victims and human-rights defenders seeking accountability in Sri Lanka.”

An avenue designed to make such a referral by the Security Council to the ICC is provided for by the Rome Statute regardless of the fact that Sri Lanka is not a signatory, enabled by article 13 (b): “A situation in which one or more of such crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes) appears to have been committed is referred to the Prosecutor by the Security Council acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations.”

OHCHR Doubts Sri Lanka Will Implement by March 2019, Plugging Universal Jurisdiction: The reckoning that a hybrid court is not possible or even plausible in Sri Lanka was plain for all to see in Geneva – the chances it could be up and running in Sri Lanka in a year are nil; when one year of the allotted, extended time of two years, has already run out with zero progress.

Isaipriya’s dead body

Based on Sri Lanka’s continued non-compliance, it was not surprising, that both the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad and his deputy Kate Gilmore in their oral statements, called for the application of “universal jurisdiction” (that involves individual countries taking the initiative to prosecute alleged war criminals of foreign nationality when found visiting or resident in the state), both pointing to, “Sri Lanka’s inability to demonstrate a willingness to address impunity..the continuing allegations of torture and surveillance and the lack of sufficient progress in implementing critical confidence-building measures, such as the release of land, the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the solution to the pending cases under the Act,” with Ms Gilmore reiterating the importance of a, “special court involving international practitioners,” and the, “use of universal jurisdiction if no special court was established.”

Expressing concern on many fronts, Ms Gilmore called upon the UNHRC, “to continue to focus its attention on the human rights of the people of Sri Lanka and in particular on the processes in place for accountability and reconciliation,” “regretting” very much, “the slow progress in establishing transitional justice mechanisms,” and, “doubting, in the absence of concrete results or publicly available drafts of legislation,” that the, “transitional justice agenda committed to by the Government under this Council’s resolution 30/1 could be fully implemented before the next report in March 2019.”

Sri Lanka’s Statement Lacks Substance, Enabling Enactments Still In Draft Stage:

No matter the undertakings the Sri Lankan delegation purports to give in Geneva, clothed in meaningless assurances that have no merit, they are but a damp squib considering the reality on the ground; taking all four pillars of transitional justice: criminal justice, truth, reparations and guarantees of non- recurrence, from Marapana’s report it seems, Sri Lanka brings out its props in time for UNHRC sessions and then hibernates until next time. Sri Lanka’s statement was woefully short on substance and in many cases unsubstantiated and as the deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights stated many proposed legislative enactments to implement transitional justice commitments are still in the draft stage, including the ‘Prevention of Terrorism Act’ which we will examine in Parts of this article to follow.

Compelling Reasons

A compelling reason why Sri Lanka can’t be trusted to prosecute members of its armed forces is its propensity to “stand by its army”, a fact that was acknowledged after the March session, in the government’s own news portal:

And I quote:

This government has not allowed a single person to be investigated for their conduct of the war, despite several false allegations to the contrary. That is what it means to truly stand by the armed forces, and not to just use our brave men and women in uniform as political tools to win votes.”

End quote

Just as disturbing is the Sri Lankan government’s grand design to pull away from UNHRC’s oversight – Special Assignments Minister, Sarath Amunugam returning from Geneva as part of the Sri Lankan delegation, in dramatic fashion, stated, the government doesn’t plan to go to Geneva beyond 2019, again rejecting any interference from outside:   

And I quote:

“We have taken many positive decisions over the years. The court system is now independent. In light of this, we oppose continually going to Geneva. We want to bring this to a closure.”

End quote

Gio-Politics or Bilateral Trade Must Not Get In the Way of UNHRC Action:

These compelling reasons and more should hammer home the reality of what the UNHRC is facing which member states can’t turn a blind eye to anymore – that to the question whether Sri Lanka can be relied upon to prosecute members of its armed forces, the answer will be a resounding no. Geo-politics or bilateral dealings to foster trade with Sri Lanka or to peddle influence in the region must not get in the way of doing the right thing by victims. The fear of Rajapaksa making a comeback, after making gains at the recent local government elections, should not mean letting impunity reign, turning the back to Sri Lanka’s crimes and overlooking the mass atrocities that were committed by its army and senior political leaders, feeling a compulsion therefore to protect the Sirisena regime. At no time should that be a consideration.

This is also a plea to the leaders of India and Tamil Nadu to step up and support the Tamil people in their search for justice.

When at the 40th session of the UNHRC, when the High Commissioner for Human Rights will be producing a comprehensive report, followed by a discussion on the implementation of resolution 30/1, it’s not enough anymore merely to rollover a stale resolution expecting Sri Lanka to deliver. Keeping Sri Lanka’s agenda beyond March 2019 means moving forward with an international accountability system.   

The time has come for every member state from now on to start lobbying the Security Council for an ICC referral or for a special criminal tribunal and vote with their conscience on that day when the issue comes up in March of 2019, making the right call by the victims in a new resolution which spells out the specifics for an international accountability system.

When, Sri Lanka’s overall delivery of its commitments to the UNHRC has been miniscule, its unsubstantiated claims of compliance leave much to be desired, and major transitional obligations still remain unfulfilled, a hybrid court definitely off the cards, showing no desire and demonstrating no will to address impunity, the shaky ruling coalition failing to infuse confidence that it would in the future, member states must turn to seriously supporting an international judicial mechanism, that involves member states persuading the UN Security Council to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court – that being the right thing to do in the name of justice for the victims of the Tamil genocide.

Warning disturbing images of Isaipriya – click here

To be continued.. 

*Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah – Senator, TGTE

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 17
    53

    This girl Isaipriya may be a good looking girl, but that doesn’t take away the fact that she was a LTTE cadre attached to it’s media wing.

    I don’t for a moment disagree with the Army’s decision to destroy every LTTE member they captured unless they had any value after the war.

    Isaipriya’s value may have disappeared while she was in captivity, if one knows what I am talking about.

    I was in the Army and in this age of modern technology I would have ordered some good pictures taken as a deterrent to any monkey who thinks they can mess with the Sinhalese and get away with it.

    • 34
      10

      Retarded ………….. women sniffing shameless Perera

      We may have a lot of sympathy for you however it does not make you a handsome fantasist. However much you scream, shout, kick yourself in your back, bang your head on the wall, …………. twist your fingers, ………… the fact remains you are a little Walter Mitty character who “indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs”.

      Do you also fantasize having sexual intercourse with dead bodies both men and women? If you do please it means you are suffering from Necrophilia. Please seek treatment.

      • 7
        23

        Dumb NAtive Veddo: Why CT has a choic in publishing comments ?. [edited out]

        • 11
          2

          Jim softy the Dimwit

          What the hell are you trying to type?

        • 8
          2

          Ado Jimba, why don’t you go back to school and finish grade 1, before you come here to write your rubbish on CT? Bugger, you cannot even write English in a coherent manner.

      • 12
        3

        Well said, the last to lines are the absolute truth. Several SL army officers who were posted as observers to UN peacekeeping missisons have boasted how they abused Tamil girls in captivity.

        • 7
          2

          Also raped under aged girls in Haiti. peace keeping force – or raping force – damn shame to UN to select theses guys. Now UN is very strict in engaging Sri Lankan forces: they are fully screened and selected.
          Haiti demanding justice to the raped under aged girls- no one punished for these offences in Sri Lanka. IMPUNITY ALLOWS ALL CRIMES INCLUDING RAPE.FOR SECURITY FORCES IN SRI LANKA.

    • 12
      0

      It is a stupid judgement. People has not given such powers to any forces. There is a judicial process to follow. If due respect is not given to judicial process, it is terrorism whether committed by forces or terrorists. The option to submit captured terrorists to judicial process was available. If not followed, an inquiry has to be made. Executive is not exempted.

      • 1
        12

        Ad,

        Under emergency law, due process and the judges can go to hell with themselves.

        Even for Police brutality in the US there is no due process. For Guantanamo suspects there is no due process. During JVP period there was no due process. Only due process for Isaipriya?

        I am sure the boys processed where it was long due. If you know what I mean.

        • 7
          0

          Don’t compare with other countries. Emergency law was brought in by politicians. Discrimination was brought in by politicians. Who benefited from such laws? The entire citizens are held for ransom with crooked laws drafted by politicians for their own benefit. When you hold your weapon, identify the correct enemies. Otherwise you will destroy your family, relatives and the innocent society. It is strange that you cannot understand that the politicians are robbing the peoples savings for the past so many decades, whether from Tamils or Sinhalese. There are no terrorists in this country. LTTE wanted a separate state so that they could protect themselves from these rouges. If you cannot still understand, then you are machine without grey matter.

        • 6
          0

          Retarded ………….. women sniffing shameless Pererass

          “Even for Police brutality in the US there is no due process. For Guantanamo suspects there is no due process.”

          United States can comfortably claim to have produced 371 Nobel laureates, landed men on moon and returned them back to earth safely, …. first atomic bomb, …………

          Is there anything else that you can compare with USA and say Sri Lanka is the leader? By the way we are not discussing USA nor are the 21 Million stupid ones are living in the USA.

          “During JVP period there was no due process. Only due process for Isaipriya?”

          Absence of no due process JVP time was not a great achievement for a country which has given birth to many dumb-asses like you, Dimwit, …..

          For your information read:
          Post War Justice in Sri Lanka Rule of Law, The Criminal Justice System and Commission of Inquiry Jan 2010, by Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

          And

          A LEGACY TO REMEMBER; SRI LANKA’S COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY
          LAW & SOCIETY TRUST, SEPTEMBER 2010
          Edited by Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena
          1963 – 2002 A Reference Guide Commission Reports
          with a Tabulated List of Recommendations

          You will find information about 3 commissions appointed by Chandrika which investigated nearly 30,000 cases, identified the perpetrators and her uncle Ratwatte refused to bring charges against the murderers.

          Dumb asses should learn before pouring out their stupidity.
          It is most unfortunate that many dumb asses like you can’t learn hence you should continue to do what is best for you, go sniff more women.

    • 5
      20

      Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah,
      Oh, you! Search for justice? By a die-hard, unrepentant overseas LTTE fanatic. Who justifies the ruthless, bloody misery inflicted upon the entire population of Sri Lanka for 30 years? All to satisfy your utopic Tamil racism? From a safe haven in snowy Canada? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

      • 11
        3

        Ben,

        Whether Usha was a die-hard LTTEr or not the fact remains that the Sri Lankan Judiciary is not equipped to handle such a process! The track record of the biased Sinhala leaning courts cannot be expected to be neutral!

      • 4
        12

        Ben,

        For those who do not know this. Usha’s husband went on a fast way back in 2007 to stop the govt. forces from advancing to the Jaffna Peninsula. Although he was “fasting” ferociously, he has to take Maliban cream crackers to keep his fibre levels well. He also had to gulp skim milk at night to because of his low blood sugar. Then came salt to ease his cramps. Imagine a person fasting to death but unable to cope with cramps. That’s how serious a fast that was.

        • 1
          4

          Gentlemen,

          Let me clarify something here. Usha’s husband’s fast may have been a farce. But he’s a jewel of a person I’ll tell you.

          I have known him for several years and he’s fantastic gentleman. He’s got a Paka sense of humor, cracks some of the best vulgar jokes I’ve ever heard, a great boozer and lover of women.

          So, don’t get me wrong, the fast is one thing, the man’s fond characteristics is another.

      • 3
        0

        Ben Hurling! you are warped.
        So you agree that Srilanka is not safe for the Tamils. Only Canada is a safe haven? It is good to be in Snowy Canada rather than in bloody Srilanka.

    • 9
      0

      Rt Lt Perera
      I would have respected you more(I have intrinsic respect for all humans) if you’ve said” human rights of anybody” in place of ”Sinhalese” in the following:
      ”in this age of modern technology I would have ordered some good pictures taken as a deterrent to any monkey who thinks they can mess with the Sinhalese and get away with it.”
      As it stands it makes me cringe: ”mess with the Sinhalese”
      It’s toooo inhuman in this age of humanism.

      • 3
        1

        (P)unitham, CITIZEN, jansee

        Retarded ………….. women sniffing shameless Perera is a little Walter Mitty character who “indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs”.

    • 10
      0

      Mr. Rtd. Lt., I am surprised, you being a Military Officer does not know the difference between a “cadre in captivity” and a “cadre in battle”. A cadre in captivity, having surrendered, is governed by human rights laws unlike the cadre in the battle. Your statement that captured cadres also should be destroyed, unfortunately betrays the cause of the Army, which the Government moves Heaven and Earth to defend!!!

    • 10
      0

      Reginald:

      In short, what you are saying is that your then President and Defence Secretary were and are liars. Didn’t the president tell the whole world that the war was fought with a gun in one hand and the human charter in the other. At least a creep like you admit that international norms of warfare where even a captured “terrorist” should have his day in court. And quite frankly it is not for us to know how to decipher your “Isaipriya’s value may have disappeared while she was in captivity, if one knows what I am talking about.” statement. Why not you tell us. What is clear though that creeps like you will have the opportunity what you didn’t give to those who surrendered – your day in court and if you still believe that the dilly dally of your silly government will save you, wait till the close-eyed cat gets a kick on its backside.

      • 1
        5

        Jansee,

        Bringing these LTTE terrorists to courts is an interesting thought. You may be out of touch with Sri Lanka and it’s judicial system. But SL courts are backlogged with cases pending for the next 20 years.

        In this situation adding more cases to the backlog is not practical. Besides, when you release them, they will run to all the embassies and seek asylum. Then once they go abroad they will act like they did nothing and reinvent themselves as human rights champions.

        What a farce that would be to all the suicide bomb victims, the victims from border villages who died because of these terrorists.

        A bullet would eliminate all that.

    • 3
      1

      Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera (if he was really in the SL Army) is proving beyond any doubts that the SL Army has behaved even worse than the Terrorists.

    • 3
      2

      The entire world is talking about the past Tamil genocide, war crimes, human rights abuse and crimes against humanity but nobody is talking about the present, the retaliation/revenge and human rights abuse that is taking place right now in the North and East, the innocent Tamil people who are silently suffering in the hands of the government that wants to convert the whole country into Buddhist and eventually Sinhala. What the previous Rajapakshe regime did openly, the present Yahapalana regime is doing silently.

    • 6
      0

      Retarded Looser Reginald Shemale Perehera –
      She never touched a gun you dumb arse. Also what are the rules of engagement, fighting and surrender? If you had any army training, you bloody codger would have gone beyond being a simpleton and a low class soldier. Are you so proud of your failure that you publish your low class position as if it is some achievement? Clown, you should have joined a bloody circus.

      Then answer one question, why did Mahinda Parayapaksa befriend Pillayan, Karuna, Daya master, KP, Inniyabarathy…………………………………………………..oh boy the list goes on?

    • 1
      0

      Hey front admirable,
      Does Old King voting for Ranil Tomorrow(It is unlikely he votes against Ranil)? Didn’t Ranil went to UN and had an argument with Ex UN SG Ban Ki Moon for Old King?
      Who will be the Chairman of Slap Party for 2020 election? Even Basil seems to be care to accept that?

    • 2
      0

      How many good looking girls have been mishandled, manhandled and disabled by the army. Not forgetting Prema Manamperi a good looking beauty queen from Hambantota. You had already devalued your self when you paraded Manamperi a Sinhalese’ naked before killing her. So it is nothing unusual for the Sinhala army to conduct them selves in a perverted manner when Tamil girls were raped and murdered. At least the Manamperi’s murderers paid a heavy legal penalty,but the murderers of the Tamil girls are freely moving about..

      • 1
        3

        K Anaga,

        Why don’t you lot go to Tamilnadu?

        • 3
          0

          Shenal!
          Senseless talks need no answer. Any way, it may be appropriate for you to go to the place where Vijaya came from. or where’ Sinha Lay’ originated.

          • 0
            1

            K.Anaga,

            I don’t believe in Mahavansa. Do you?

            • 0
              0

              Shenal the fool, neither Anaga nor any right thinking human does not believe in this rubbish fairy tale. How the heck do you believe you came to this beautiful country of the Veddas? I know how my people came……….on a boat………..I also know how you came to this beautiful country of the Veddas. But don’t worry, I will keep that secret to myself.

        • 3
          0

          Shenali

          “Why don’t you lot go to Tamilnadu?”

          You are at least right once, K Anaga and his people should return to their ancestral homeland.
          They will go when you go, sooner the better.

        • 1
          0

          Shenal the pukka, the very reason why you have refused to go to Orissa.

  • 3
    3

    This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

    • 8
      1

      Jim softy the Dimwit

      Brilliant
      Thanks for keeping it brief.
      Keep up your good work

    • 4
      0

      Jimba, superb comment.

  • 2
    2

    This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

    • 5
      1

      Jim softy the Dimwit

      Brilliant
      Thanks for keeping it brief.
      Keep up your good work

    • 2
      0

      Jimba absolutely another brilliant comment. I am not sure how you manage to write such amazing stuff in just few words………………………….edited out………………………..hahahahaha

  • 5
    19

    the photograph of the living woman shows it is definitely LTTE work. they can prove the opposite, if they can. If you can do it.

  • 22
    4

    The Retd. Lt. Reginald Shammel Perera states ” I don’t for a moment disagree with the Army’s decision to destroy every LTTE member they captured unless they had any value after the war”

    Killing LTTE Members in the war is understandable. But destroying them after capturing them alive or when they surrendered, without any legal proceedings ? ? ?

    Was it the Official stand by the then Government including the then President, Defence Secretary and the Army Commander?

    Vela .

    • 16
      1

      Vela:
      This guy was the water boy that sold his own wife and daughter to solders below him to manage a air ticket to Canada. You should pose this question to the then defense secretary.

    • 1
      6

      Vela,

      Let bygones be bygones. We must unite. I have said here a few times and I will say it again. Tamils are good people. I have many friends up there in the North. Even with the LTTE we became friends during IPKF times.

      • 5
        0

        Retarded Looser Reginald Shemale Perehera, now you are changing the tune?

  • 9
    18

    Isipriya and the likes paid with their lives for being a member of the most barbaric terrorist group which recruited child soldiers, se x slaves, suicide b0mbers, etc. And you people, from abroad scarified poor Tamil children’s and women’s lives like goats for nothing.

    The third class Kallathoni lawyer who thinks that he’s the prime minister of a money laundering pantomime government was a legal adviser for an organization which recruited child soldiers, se x slaves, suicide b0mbers,etc and killed thousands of innocent Sinhalese. Are all of these mentioned LEGAL? So remember, your leader is a war criminal, tell him to get used to prison life in Sri Lanka.

    Legal experts around world keep saying that the government of Sri Lanka is in strong position to wrap this up. Unfortunately the lame SL government has no interest to do so. There are lots of Tamils who are ready to testify against LTTE terrorist leaders, money laundering Eelamist organizations, etc.

    • 9
      2

      Johnny Baby

      “Isipriya and the likes paid with their lives for being a member of the most barbaric terrorist group which recruited child soldiers, se x slaves, suicide b0mbers, etc.”

      Please let me have full list of ranking of all the barbaric terrorist groups and the formula for the computation of ranking index.

      Did you take account of state terrorism?

  • 7
    23

    A message to all supporters of LTTE terrorism: those who take other peoples lives should be prepared to forfeit their own, therefore, the photos of supposed death of this vile, murderous woman Isaipriya be a lesson to all supporters and sympathisers of terrorism. The frequency of these photos appear in the print media suggests that this terrorist may have been murdered by LTTE and their support base within the diaspora for propaganda purposes. The same might have happened to the obese looking son of their “Sun God”. The writer should note that UNHRC is fast losing interest in her project as the West has no appetite for hysterics from Agents of Terror. Hence, no hybrid courts, no foreign judges on Sri Lankan soil!

    • 13
      2

      lal loo twisted little islander

      “those who take other peoples lives should be prepared to forfeit their own, therefore, the photos of supposed death of this vile, murderous woman Isaipriya be a lesson to all supporters and sympathisers of terrorism.”

      It is for the courts to judge based on evidence available to them and not for any low life fascists to determine their fate. If we go by your irrational rendition ordinary civilians have lot of scores to settle with armed forces and their ruling ring masters.

      Whenever you get the urge to say something stupid/nasty please type it on a piece of paper and shove it in wherever you find comfortable.

    • 7
      2

      A message to all Lankaweb supporters who love to sniff Sh-na-‘s knickers. Those who support state sponsored genocide and terrorism on the island’s Tamils and Muslims forfeit their right to live as humans . The west & Hindia have no appetite for She-nal knicker sniffers. Love from the Pig Sty

  • 7
    2

    Usha

    Why are you people still wasting your time and energy in trying to get the UNHRC to prosecute SL soldiers for war crimes and crimes against humanity? Not just now but right from the beginning people like you ought to have known that the UNHRC is not going to get the SL Government to prosecute its own soldiers.

    You people were dumb if you had believed that you can get the UNHCRC to compel the Sri Lankan Government prosecute its own soldiers. However much you pro-LTTE elements shout, nothing is going to happen.

    The annual UNHCR meetings in Geneva are just a circus that may amuse you people and provide a window of opportunity for the likes of Ananthi, Sivajilingam and Sritharan to see the European capitals.

    Why not you people spend your time and energy in helping the war victim Tamils in North East Sri Lanka?! There is a crying need for that but in the comfort of your homes in the West people like you are writing articles on a lost cause. What a shame!

    • 5
      3

      Naga

      ” Not just now but right from the beginning people like you ought to have known that the UNHRC is not going to get the SL Government to prosecute its own soldiers.”

      Forget the UNHRC for the time being, any Tom, Dick and Harry knows it is an futile exercise to want to have retrospective justice restored in this island.

      The biyearly elaborate rituals are needed for exorcising remaining personal demons unleashed by the war on both sides. As long as the Hindians remain the chief poosari/Shamans (supported by the USA) of the regions nothing good is going to come out of these rituals.

      You ought to remember the large scale slaughter in this island took place with the consent and encouragement of International Community. Therefore IC is not easily going to give up its obligation towards Sri Lanka. It is obvious IC will continue to help Sri Lanka withstand any pressure from UNHRC hoping that noises for retrospective justice will quieten down over a period of time.

      By the way these rituals are essential part of grieving process for the relatives and friends of the victims. In the South of the island victims family’s still meet to console each other even after 30 years. Why don’t you make an effort to convince them there is no point or need for them to grieve and they must get on with their life.

      Those who took the high road on LTTE generated nasty nationalism find the biannual rituals very useful for wiping off their own guilt.

  • 2
    1

    Now the trend is if the HR violation is done by X side, it sweeps it under the carpet and Y side complains and vice versa.
    I pray that every one from any side should suffer the same to realise the gravity of HR violations.

    May the God’s curse be upon who justifies HR violations

  • 2
    1

    Very true……
    even those who spoke at the UN session belong to an opposition political party who have benefitted immensely from that political party when that party was in power…the person who got engaged with the Tamil representation was a man who became rich with his affiliations to that political party leader.. He also is a fraudster with questionable accumulation of wealth and a prosecution is in progress…when he came back to the Country he was given a hero’s welcome….for what..? Engaging with the Tamil representation debunking them !!!! That is the mindset of majority of people… The party in power is in a constant dream of the way to win at the next election… Discussions are in progress with the main person who is accused for atrocities in the war for the elections in 2020…..therefore searching for Justice in Sri Lankan politicized putrid system will always be a dream…THE UN SHOULD FORCIBLY SET UP HYBRID COURT FOR INVESTIGATIONS OR JUST STOP THIS TORTURE / AGONY EVERY 6 MONTHS WITHOUT ALLOWING THE POLITICAL MAGHOTS TO THRIVE ON THE NEVER HEALING WOUNDS…

  • 4
    0

    Ma’am, Lobbying for UN security council for an ICC referral is NEVER going happen. China and Russia will throw it out before it is even gets tabled. And it remains to tbe seen how the US acts too. The republicans see GR as one of their own. They might very well decide to throw RW under the bus. One way you can bring justice is through universal jurisdiction similar to what happen to Augusto Pinochet. But that only works if and only if someone without diplomatic immunity steps into country that is willing to prosecute them. Beyond that, I am not sure what else can be done. I will never ever give a pass to anyone accused of extrajudicial killing, rape and torture. Firing into the no-fire-zone unprovoked is also a war-crime but the crimes committed there, the situation was different and is a much more complex matter since the rules got muddied when the LTTE started using plain clothed civilians as human-shields. Normal international laws were not sufficient and certanly the GoSL was not equipped to tackle the situation effectively, but technically they are still war-crimes.

  • 4
    8

    The term ‘Tamil Genocide’ is like what we call in Sinhala ‘Higannage Thuwalaya’ (Beggar’s wound) to Tamil Diaspora/LTTE propagandists. There was no ‘Tamil Genocide’. Sri Lankan Government launched a military operation against a terrorists group from the Demala community who were promoted and supported by India and few Western countries. That was a legitimate responsibility of a Government. The objective of a military operation is to eliminate the opponent. Sri Lankan armed forces achieved that objective and brought peace to all the communities. Some civilians would have got killed in the process. Most of the people who got killed were LTTE terrorists in civilian cloths. Demala propagandist make a big show in international arena using this incident to tarnish the image of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan Armed Forces because this tiny country did something even the super powers could not do and eliminated terrorism in the country. If USA, UK, France, Germany do not take action against their armed forces engaged in military operations against terrorists, why should Sri Lanka do that. Osama Bin Laden was killed like a dog and dumped to the sea by US army on the instructions of Obama. OBL did not kill a single US citizen. No action taken. Americans celebrated.

    • 1
      0

      Half of the present day so called Sinhalese are descended from Demala Hingana (beggar) ,who were imported into the island for menial work from South India by the Portuguese and Dutch. Are you one of them? This may be the reason you and a lot of Sinhalese are obsessed with Hinganna( beggar) as they are your ancestors.

  • 6
    3

    “Sri Lanka’s judiciary and law enforcement mechanisms are fully capable and committed to the process of advancing justice to all concerned. It has a long history of integrity and professionalism and since 2015, steps have been taken to further strengthen its independence…………”

    Ha ha ha! Whoever said that is a LIAR, LIAR, LIAR!

  • 1
    2

    The problem here is no one seam to care about 1000 of Sinhala, Muslims and Christians killed in the civil war according most international communities only Tamils suffered which only aggravates the reconstruction of relationship between shihalease and Tamil
    So please let us solve our problem by ourselves and also its a problem that run deep into SL society (30 years long) so it’ll take time to resolve pls
    have faith

  • 0
    3

    The problem here is no one seam to care about 1000 of Sinhala, Muslims and Christians killed in the civil war according most international communities only Tamils suffered which only aggravates the reconstruction of relationship between shihalease and Tamil
    So please let us solve our problem by ourselves and also its a problem that run deep into SL society (30 years long) so it’ll take time to resolve pls
    have faith

  • 0
    0

    The problem here is no one seam to care about 1000 of Sinhala, Muslims and Christians killed in the civil war according most international communities only Tamils suffered which only aggravates the reconstruction of relationship between shihalease and Tamil
    So please let us solve our problem by ourselves and also its a problem that run deep into SL society (30 years long) so it’ll take time to resolve pls
    have faith

  • 2
    0

    No mechanisms for Iraq, Libya, Syria, no foreign judges I wonder why? Our Sri Lankan judges are good. Send them.

    • 3
      0

      Vanguard

      “Our Sri Lankan judges are good.”

      Is that why the 43rd Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was impeached?

  • 0
    0

    Human Error or Human Era 2009 Genocide Tamils in Srilanka….strengthening the body of evidence

  • 7
    2

    Eelam Tamils were subjected to injustice from day one of independence. This continued for seventy years and is still on.They lived through Summary Justice administered through PTI and so on. Summary Justice is not justice.
    A week or so back the Army Commander Lt Gen Mahesh Senanayake said that soldiers had ‘cracked skulls’ and ‘split ears’ within the framework of ‘operational duty’ and that he is not perturbed by it.
    Usha is saying that “Injustice cannot be hidden for long”. The Apartheid regime in the then South Africa ended. Nazi regime came to an end.
    The Eagle Eye comment “The term ‘Tamil Genocide’ is like what we call in Sinhala ‘Higannage Thuwalaya’ (Beggar’s wound)…”.
    Shows the undesirable mind-set. Are Tamils beggars? Wounds hurt the victors as well!
    Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera commented ~ “………..Isaipriya’s value may have disappeared while she was in captivity, if one knows what I am talking about…………”.
    This shows an utterly depraved Duterte mind. By the way, even by Lankan army standards this is way way way low. Most likely the Rtd Lt is a plant to bring disrepute to the Army!
    .
    To cut a long story short: Usha is reflecting the angst of victims. Please listen.

    • 4
      0

      It shows from Retd. Lt. Perera how the Sri Lankan army is undisciplined.
      Impunity to security forces and Draconian PTA is a curse to Sri Lanka

      • 1
        5

        Kumar,

        You wouldn’t ever recognize the good things we did to Jaffna civillians during difficult times would you?

        All I am saying is what the Defense Sec at the time said before the start of the “Final battle”. That the SL Army is not taking any prisoners. What part of it is hard for you to understand?

        This was said BEFORE the 58the divisions thrust onto last held tiger territory. Let me reiterate it to you one more time: The SLA was not taking any prisoners.

        I know some monkey here said, Isaipriya did not hold a gun. Well, let me tell that it’s not SLA’s business to find if someone held a gun or not. If that someone held a rank within the LTTE that would be good enough.

        • 3
          0

          Retarded ………….. women sniffing shameless Pererass

          “You wouldn’t ever recognize the good things we did to Jaffna civillians during difficult times would you?”

          Such as making life miserable for them.

        • 2
          0

          Retarded ………….. women sniffing shameless Pererass

          A little islander, ” an ineffectual person who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs” like the Walter Mitty character.

        • 1
          0

          UN, AND WORLD KNOWS WHAT YOUR ARMY DID IN HAITI.
          SRI LANKAN ARMY’S FLOUTING OF VETTING AGREEMENT FOR UN PEACEKEEPERS http://www.innercitypress.com/undpko5unvetsrileb040618.html

    • 0
      1

      K.Pillai,

      Sinhalese can’t help with illusions of some people. Indeed the injustice will not be hidden for long. Tamils will have to accept the greater injustice they have done to the Sinhalese people by distorting their history.

  • 2
    7

    Pillai,

    Don’t take so much notice of things said while eating and drinking. Kana bona welawata kiyana dewal ganan ganna epa.

    Let bygones be bygones. We must work together for the future.

  • 1
    0

    ✍ It is very true that our “government has not allowed a single person to be investigated for their conduct of the war, despite several false allegations to the contrary. That is what it means to truly stand by the armed forces, use as a political tools to win votes.” I strongly believe this was not a Tamils genocide. It is an unnecessary war against the Tamils Gangs. There are many Tamils gang still active and they all work for the Government. My question is what will the Sinhala Government do when Sinhala, Muslims and Christians upraise against the Government in near future…? ⚖

  • 2
    1

    Kana Mohan

    “My question is what will the Sinhala Government do when Sinhala, Muslims and Christians upraise against the Government in near future…? “

    Kill them all if possible as has been the case since 5th April 1971.

  • 0
    0

    Does anyone know that Indemnity Act 1982 brought in by UNP to safeguard the armed forces and politicians involved in crimes against humanity is still in force in Srilanka?

  • 0
    1

    Issipriya was a LTTE member, underwent military training and then attached to the “Voice of Tigers” due to her poor health condition. However, LTTE throw every possible fighter into the battles against government forces in the final days in Nay 2009. Channel 4 has shown two diffrent body on 30 November 2010 and in June 2011 said to be that of Issipriya. If Issipriya was taken into custody by SLA, she would not have been died. SLG had rehabilitated morethan 12,000 LTTE carders. Even Thamilini Jayakumaran was treated well untill she died in a Government hospital due to a cancer. It is LTTE had in numerous occasions posed as government soldiers while killing civilians. When LTTE attacked Anuradhapura Jaya Sri Maha Bohdi, on 14 May 1985, in which 146 civilians were murdered, LTTE carders wearing uniforms similar to those of government forces. The Jaffna University Teachers for Human Rights have confirmed the LTTE’s deliberate misuse of army uniforms. Therefore, if Issipriya was raped and killed, it should have been a LTTE work.

  • 1
    1

    Issipriya was a LTTE member, underwent military training and then attached to the “Voice of Tigers” due to her poor health condition. However, LTTE throw every possible fighter into the battles against government forces in the final days in Nay 2009. Channel 4 has shown two diffrent body on 30 November 2010 and in June 2011 said to be that of Issipriya. If Issipriya was taken into custody by SLA, she would not have been died. SLG had rehabilitated morethan 12,000 LTTE carders. Even Thamilini Jayakumaran was treated well untill she died in a Government hospital due to a cancer. It is LTTE had in numerous occasions posed as government soldiers while killing civilians. When LTTE attacked Anuradhapura Jaya Sri Maha Bohdi, on 14 May 1985, in which 146 civilians were murdered, LTTE carders wearing uniforms similar to those of government forces. The Jaffna University Teachers for Human Rights have confirmed the LTTE’s deliberate misuse of army uniforms. Therefore, if Issipriya was raped and killed, it should have been a LTTE work. Therefore, please stop falls alligations.

    • 0
      0

      What ever you may write, the fact is ‘Isai priya’ the queen of Tamil songs is no more.

  • 0
    0

    [Edited out] we are sorry, the comment language is English – CT

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 300 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically shut off on articles after 10 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.