17 September, 2021

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UNHRC Resolution: An Opportunity For Sri Lankan’s To Monitor Themselves

By Basil Fernando

Basil Fernando

On the 23rd of March 2021, the United Nation’s Human Rights Council passed a resolution giving power to the High Commissioner for Human Rights to monitor the situation of human rights violation in Sri Lanka. It gave power to collect evidence relating to serious violations of human rights.

The kind of violations which had been taking place in Sri Lanka has been enumerated in the Resolution. The Resolution adds up to a very comprehensive concept of what Human Rights violations are. It is not confined to mere acts of atrocities. It also includes the monitoring of the system which produces such violations. The fact is that human rights concerns have shifted towards the present situation. There is a deepening of militarization and the undermining of the independence of institutions including the Judiciary. Perhaps this is the more important aspect of this resolution.

It comes at a time, when it has become almost a unanimous opinion within Sri Lanka, that there is an extremely serious situation developing within the country. It could lead to violations of not only civil rights but very serious crises of economic, social and cultural rights. The issue of serious economic collapse looms large in the country. This has been noted by observers in various quarters including leading Sri Lankan thinkers and Media persons.

An economic collapse would naturally result in the possibilities of serious food problems. According to some reports, even now, the number of children who suffer from malnutrition has increased in large numbers. Suicides, due to the inability to pay back loans particularly by the poorer sections of society, has also remarkably increased. The average number of successful suicides have exceeded 3,000 in the last few years. Unemployment remained extremely high giving rise to various kinds of crimes throughout the country. The worst part of this scenario is the development of highly organized crimes which the Sri Lankan Police services have not been able to bring successfully under control. Instead, there is criticism of the failure of policing in Sri Lanka. This is manifest in an increase of very serious crimes such as murder, rape, robberies, theft and child abuse cases. It is also manifest by the shocking numbers of traffic accidents that are taking place routinely in Sri Lanka.

It simply cannot be denied that all the oversight mechanisms in the orderly functioning of society has lost their effectiveness. Sri Lanka is often referred by its own local thinkers and media personnel as being in a state of decomposition and that it is going towards a very dangerous precipice.

At a time like this, it is very important for the people themselves to monitor what is happening in their society. It should have been the Sri Lankan State that should have taken the initiative. It could have provided greater opportunities for the people in the country to take observant action as well as recommendations – on how to overcome this extremely dangerous situation. Instead, the Government follows a policy of censorship of various types and also threats of repression against critiques.

A moment of crisis is a moment that calls on the critical ability of the population to make themselves felt in the social discourse. The saving power of the critical opinion is the most essential aspect in order to avoid a disaster becoming an even greater catastrophe. In such a moment as now, it should have been the duty of the Political Establishment including the Government as well as the opposition to give as many opportunities as possible for the people in the country to express their concerns. They should encourage an internal dialogue into how to address this situation on an urgency basis.

Unfortunately, the Sri Lankan Political Establishment, that is the present Government as well as the Governments that went before had acted in the opposite direction. They believed, that when faced with a crisis with the people beginning to express their grievances, the political approach was to turn to greater and greater repression. While this being a foolish move in itself, it is even more dangerous at a time when a way out has to be found to alleviate a deepening crisis.

In those circumstances, the UNHCR Resolution can provide an opening which has been denied to the people so far. For example, while the System of Administration of Justice has suffered great declines, there had been no encouragement to have open discourse on these issues. Instead, Contempt of Court and other intimidating tactics are being used in order to silence criticisms. When the system requires deeper scrutiny, the attempt so far taken is to discourage those who want to engage in such scrutiny.

The UNHRC resolution could provide an opportunity to develop a constructive criticism where the Sri Lankan Policing System has virtually collapsed. The Prosecuting System has been constantly criticized for being more politicized while the Judiciary itself has come under many forms of serious criticisms. These criticisms are not destructive. In fact, the only constructive way to deal with the situation is to have an open approach. Engage in very serious critical discussions in which everyone should be encouraged to participate.

The UNHRC Resolution could provide such as opportunity if it is approached in this positive manner.

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    Sri Lanka had many opportunities not only come out of UNHRC resolution since 2009 but also to bring back peace, unity, rule of law and justice but the greediness of one family that made whole Sri Lanka to suffer socially, financially, and economically. It is absolutely a failure of true Buddhist priests, truely educated professionals, civilised society among Sinhala community specially and other communities.

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      There will be progress only when a national consensus is reached among ALL parties on how to proceed. We need a government that takes decisions base on national interest, not vague ideas about a glorious past. Extremism has to be dumped, no matter what robes it wears.
      The boss himself is only good at shouting orders at people. More and more, he seems to be an adherent of an intolerant variant of Buddhism, egged on by its ignorant clergy.
      Then, there are the movers and shakers, like homeguard Weerasekara, the Admiral Professori, Channa Jayasumana the confidant of Natha Deviyo, Wimal W, all with their own ideas on domestic and foreign policy. There is absolutely no coordination from the top to keep these loose cannons in check. Chandraprema is bad enough, but
      it is a good thing that Weerasekara and Jayasumana were not sent to Geneva. Three minutes of their Stone Age thinking would have converted all the abstentions to Yes votes

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        old codger

        Trade Minister Bandula Gunewardene is euphoric that Price of Dollar has already reached at 200 and was hoping/speculating it could exceed 250, or 300 or 350.

        Is it good rupee losing its value against dollar?
        He needs lot of rupees to buy the same amount of imported whisky and procure the services of white skinned women.

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          Native,
          This is the SB Dissanayaka school of economics, in which returning housemaids are congratulated because they get more Rupees for their Riyals.

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            old codger

            How do we manage to produce people such as Wimal, Udhaya, Bandula, Dissanayake, …. and elect them repeatedly (for their incompetence)?

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        old codger,
        We have a Government that takes decisions based on national interest. What we do not have is leaders from minority communities who take decisions based on national interest. When taking decisions, very often the leaders from minority communities think only about their communities.

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          Eagle,
          Why do you get more thumbs-up when your comments get deleted?
          “very often the leaders from minority communities think only about their communities.”
          Don’t you know that the minority communities produce 80 % of our exports? All that the majority community does is produce big talkers.

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          It is more like…
          ‘ We have a Government that takes decisions based on the majority community’s interest.
          When taking decisions, very often the leaders from the minority communities ( copy that and) think only about their communities’…..

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            Jeeves

            “When taking decisions, very often the leaders from the minority communities ( copy that and) think only about their communities’…..”

            It is because the minorities are not given the fair share of everything.
            You should revisit the sad political and economic history of this island.

            It is because a few dump asses were allowed to misappropriate scares resources only among their clan and lackeys.

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              I wholly agree. if the majority does not block the minority to enjoy their inalienable rights then there will be room for coexistence. if coexistence is the target then that guarantee should come first from the majority. after all when an elephant and a mice has to agree to share the same space, no one can blame the mice for worrying about its safety. for whatever reason it is the majority here that think like the mice.

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                Jeeves
                /
                Despite intense, unrelenting propaganda of discrimination, violence, loot, rape, murder or even genocide not a SINGLE TAMIL FAMILY who lived among the Sinhalese in the South during or after the war has relocated the residence to Jaffna.
                /
                Soma

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                  S
                  It was hard to relocate even after the war. Many had lived for too long in Colombo and relocation was tough in a badly disturbed environment. Military presence was a deterrent for some years.
                  I know several of my friends who had returned. (Their homes were in areas not badly affected by war.)
                  If the North develops its economy on a steady footing I am sure that many will return. Colombo is no paradise for most of its residents.
                  *
                  Will the post 1989 Sinhalese diaspora return despite the racism in their surroundings?

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                    SJ
                    “Will the post 1989 Sinhalese diaspora return despite the racism in their surroundings?”
                    .
                    Thank you for comparing the environment of Tamils among the Sinhala majority is similar to our diaspora experience in white countries. Are you continually subjected to harrassment over their.
                    Precisely the point I want everyone to understand.
                    This intense, unrelenting propaganda of discrimination, violence, loot, rape, murder or even genocide is unjustified which the Tamils were capable of even convincing UN.
                    .
                    My dear SJ, that is what I always say if Tamil propagandists were to be successful in convincing even a small percentage of Tamils living among Sinhala majority and they develop a tendency to move out that day I will feel ashamed as a Sinhalese and become a committed activist for Tamil political rights myself.
                    .
                    Be with me to discuss this in the time ahead.

                    Soma

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                      S.J,
                      Soma is given to hyperbole about “not ONE Tamil has returned to Jaffna” . Presumably he keeps his own records.

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                      Old codger
                      .
                      That Tamil who went to Jaffna has gone there to sell his property and buy an apartment in Colombo.

                      Soma

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                      soma,
                      .
                      What you say here is not borne out by what you say elsewhere.
                      .
                      I’m tired of exposing your duplicity.

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                      soman

                      “That Tamil who went to Jaffna has gone there to sell his property and buy an apartment in Colombo.”

                      You are right I also heard that a few Tamils have already sold their properties, that were surrounded by army camps all four sides, too many peeping Toms in uniforms, watching from their vantage positions, through holes in fence, invite themselves to all private social functions, including age attaining ceremonies, enjoy themselves by …..

                      What is the option do they have?
                      Just sell it and move away.

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              NV only:
              .
              Please take a look at this article:
              .
              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-deforestation-in-sinharaja-rainforest-reserve-environment-law-in-sri-lanka/
              .
              I’ve made a few comments there, so has oc. Actually he must have wasted much time there. It’ll show you what has become of education now. Please be careful of what you say there. The three young writers from the Kotelawela Defence Academy ought not to be ridiculed.
              .
              However, Gamini Somaratne, ex-Navy should understand what they have brought education to.

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                S.M,
                Perhaps Soma is a victim too?

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                Sinhala_Man

                I will read this article and come back to you after this weekend.

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                Sinhala_Man

                While we are on Environmental issues I just want you to watch the following a new Tamil Rap with English Sub-Titles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYq7WapuDLU
                I find it refreshing, fun with a message, education with entertainment.

                SJ may not approve it unless this is in his red book.

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          Eagle Blind Eye

          “We have a Government that takes decisions based on national interest. “

          National interest = Clan’s own interest + their b***s’ carriers’ interest.

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        Thank you for your lucid response.
        By the way Vidura Wickramanayaka (State Minister of National Heritage, Performing Arts and Rural Arts Promotion) who is too busy replacing Hindu temple with Sinhala/Buddhist Vihares categorically stated land and police powers will not be devolved. He also pointed out since economy is in dire condition due to COVID 19 it is not possible to hold Provincial Council Elections.

        Is he secretly planning to invite Hindians to drop chapati floor from their Globemaster III escorted by An Su-30MKI? If he is so desperate for some food aid all he has to do is ask the Hindians, no need to devise cunning plans.

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          NV,
          “…who is too busy replacing Hindu temple with Sinhala/Buddhist Vihares”

          Yes. He is busy removing Hindu Kovils built on top of Buddhist Vihares after vandalizing them to prevent archeologists doing excavations.

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            Hinduism or Saivaism ,was practiced in the island long before Buddhism arrived eg Kathirkamman and many other ancient Saivite places of worship. It is a lot of Buddhist places of worship that are built on top of Hindu temples, especially down south and not the other way around. Most of these Hindu temple now being claimed as Buddhist are ancient and prehistoric, some over 3000 years old, long before Buddhism or Hindu Lord Buddha was born. Just because there are some Buddha statues found in Hindu temples does not mean the temple was Buddhist. Hindus also worship Lord Buddha as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and it was very prevalent around 2000 years ago , when the Buddhist influence was the highest in the subcontinent to find statues of Lord Buddha within Hindu temples . Many Tamils converted to Buddhism or were practicing Hinduism and Buddhism at one time and it would have been very common during that era for the temple to cater to the local Tamil Hindu and Buddhists. Later when the local Tamil Buddhists reconverted back to Hinduism and the Buddhist influence amongst the Tamils waned , these Buddha statues would have gone out of usage. This is all. They were never Buddhist temples but an ancient Saivite Hindu temple that had a Buddha statue.

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              Next these Buddhist fanatics will start saying all these Hindu temples have Bo trees, so these temples were once Buddhist. A Bo tree or Arasa Maran in Tamil is very sacred to Hindus , this is why Hindu Lord Buddha sat under a Bo tree to attain enlightenment , however, these fanatics will not know this or pretend not to know this.
              Even the king who converted to Buddhism Thevanai Nambiya Theesan was a Saivite before he converted and his father was king Mootha Sivan meaning the great or venerated Sivan.

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            Eagle Blind Eye

            “He is busy removing Hindu Kovils built on top of Buddhist Vihares after vandalizing them to prevent archeologists doing excavations.”

            In the past 35 or more years Vihares were built on top of innocent victims’ burial pits after being butchered by your Rana-Viruses.

            Find out from Gota.

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            Eagle Blind Eye

            “Yes. He is busy removing Hindu Kovils built on top of Buddhist Vihares after vandalizing them to prevent archeologists doing excavations.”

            When do you think they can remove all those Hindu idols and shrines displayed in Dalada Maligawa, Kataragama, Sumana Saman Devalaya, ……… hundred of thousands of Vihares?

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            Eagle Blind Eye

            “He is busy removing Hindu Kovils built on top of Buddhist Vihares after vandalizing them to prevent archeologists doing excavations.”

            One day he might remove your amude too.
            By then it would be too late .

            Do you enjoy flashing?

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          NV: “…….stated land and police powers will not be devolved”. Do you sincerely and honestly believe that these Provincial Councils be vested with land and police powers? Look at the “Types”, “Character” and “Quality ” of Provincial Council Member the “Slaves” elect to these Councils. Look at the DESTRUCTION these “VAGABONDS” do to the ENVIRONMENT and the ECOSYSTEM of the country. Then imagine on top of that, if they are given the POLICE POWERS? that will be adorning the horse with horns. Still what Jenkins said is valid; “Do Not Give Independence To Ceylon. They Do Not Know To Use That Freedom:” That was prior to 1948. What is the situation today? It is worst than prior to 1948. Alway, I remember “Monkeys must not be given Razar Blades”. They don’t know how to use it, but only to destroy themselves.

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            Simon

            I concur with you.
            Rudyard Kipling describe it as “The White Man’s Burden”.
            Excerpt:
            Take up the White Man’s burden—
            Send forth the best ye breed—
            Go bind your sons to exile
            To serve your captives’ need;
            To wait in heavy harness
            On fluttered folk and wild—
            Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
            Half devil and half child.
            —-
            However don’t you think “Savages” should be given opportunity to be civilised, to learn how to use fork and knife and all the etiquette, enjoy western classical music, appreciate Shakespeare, Mozart, Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Social Contract …….. for them to mimic the white man/woman?

            Do you also agree with John Stuart Mill’s position (Tolerant Imperialism) that it was necessary for white man (not woman) to promote the protection of legal rights, respect and toleration for conflicting viewpoints, and a commercial society that can cope with natural threats? John insisted the need for moral development.

            Ignore me like Dayan I am dropping names.

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              NV: Thanks. “…….Savage should be given…………” In principle, I agree; but what can you do with most of the “SAVAGE” start at the Provincial Council level enter the Parliament? Once “THEY” (those who start at PCs) come to Parliament, whom are they begin to associate? There they meet another set of “SAVAGE” rouges (Parliamentarians) who “BOAST” of “Decades” of experience in “Parliamentary Life”. This the ground reality of our politicians’ lives. So “Savage”, already in power will train those “New Entrants” to be another set of “Savage”. Mostly, those newly trained “Savage” overtake their “Trainers”. Cheers!

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          Native,
          Why does Eagle get more up-votes when his comments are deleted? Is he doing it on purpose?

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            old codger

            “Why does Eagle get more up-votes when his comments are deleted? Is he doing it on purpose?”

            Readers want him to say nothing, more thumbs up is the indication of them saying “thank you Eagle for not making us to read your bigoted nonsense”.

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          Are you aware that Dr. Tush Wickremanayke who is giving sensible views is his sister.

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        Eagle ‘mutt’ Eye, thanks so much for keeping it brief.

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      Ajith,
      That family you are talking is not greedy. That family risked their lives to defeat LTTE Tamil terrorists who terrorized the people in this country for three decades and gave the opportunity to Sinhala, Vedda, Tamil, Muslim, Malay and other people in this country to live in peace.

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        Mahindapala, now the global family are risking their lives to defeat Sinhala raciist terrorists who have terrorized Tamils for seven decades and to give the opportunity to Tamils to live in equality, peace, safety and dignity.

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      Truth to be told, this will only worsen SL’s ethnic divisions which is not bad after all.

      Hopefully it will lead to the division of the island into 3 nations.

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        Two.
        Sinhala language speaking people and Tamil language speaking people. There is no other criteria SL citizens can be distinguished for administrative and legal purposes.

        Soma

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      Sri Lankans monitoring themselves? Dream on!

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      Of course, Sri Lankan’s (Heladivayans) to monitor themselves, because Sri Lanka (Heladiva) belongs to the Sinhalese Aryans.

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        Stop posting rubbish Hela is the Prakritised veriosn of the ancient Tamil work for the island Eelam . Hela or old Sinhalese is Elu( the local Tamil dialect)+ Prakrit and was very close to its Tamil mother, than modern Sinhalese . Sinhalese are Aryans dont make me laugh. The Sinhalese are largely descended from Tamils ( 70-75%) and then from immigrants who largely arrived from what is the modern Bengal region. These people are also Indo Aryan ( Prakrit ) speaking Dravidians or Dravidian Mongols. Not Aryans . Around half the present so called Sinhalese population are descended from recently arrived South Indian largely low caste or untouchable immigrants from South India. Aryan my foot. Go and look at your face in the mirror. Sinhalese Aryan and Sri Lankan Moor Arabs. Rubbish is all I can say. Both people largely descended from Indian Tamil largely low caste immigrant converts now claiming to be Aryan and Arab to deliberately hide their actual lowly origin

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        N. Perera
        Right from early period till today, Sri Lanka was known in Tamil as ilam/Eelam and the Sri Lankan Tamils were known as ila/Eela Tamils. Hela is the Pali word for the Tamil word ila/Eela. What the Tamils call as ila/Eela people of ilam/Eelam is what the Sinhalese call as Hela people of Heladiva (in Pali). They were all originally Tamil speaking Naga tribes or Dravidians of South Asia, the Nagas who originally occupied the South Asian region and later the South India – Sri Lanka region were Tamil speaking Dravidian.

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    Basil,

    It is very easy to say that we should bell the cat: How can you when the cat will eat your alive if you try it?

    The cat was let loose at independence because there was no intelligent person, let alone one with Lee Kwan Yew like dedication for nation building. All the Sinhalese leaders have been Sinhalese Buddhist racists, and some even corrupt to the core.

    Appe Aanduwa has come to a grinding halt – UNHRC realized this at least at this late stage when the Hitler-like leader is at the helm.

    Anything can happen because the Rajapakse leaders at the helm are mass murderers, they know it and cannot swallow accountability since they themselves will be found guilty at any independent international court.

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      soman

      Where are you?
      You do not need to hide from CT.

      By the way why does not Gota demand the extradition of Adele Balasingham?
      Do Gota and Mahinda scared of her in case she disclosed the deals they had with VP?

      Have you read Adele’s book “The Will to Freedom”?
      Are we allowed to retain a copy on our BOOK shelf?

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        NV
        I was busy reading a book titled “The Will to Subjugate and How it Can End Up in Water.”

        Soma

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          Somoooooo, why do you read these books? It might ultimately hurt your brain. Not good for you. Books are for intelligent people or people who want to gain knowledge. You netiher have intelligence nor want to learn anything. Go and read this comic book called Mahawamsa or Deepawamsa. Hopefully they have a lot of pictures there

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            Thanks to UNP leaders who burnt the Jaffna library, lots of fake Tamil books in that library. Tamils now, go to Tamil Nadu and tell to world Tamil language is the oldest language. Rest in peace, Jaffna library. Thanks to J.R. Jayawardana, who gave one week to massacre Colombo Tamils[edited out]

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              The mindset still the same nothing changed glorifying the burnt down the library and JR 83….
              But still the same.how they burnt down the food factory belong to a Muslim,traumatised the doctor by false propaganda
              How can.a.country progress there is another ethnic emerging and mushrooming from china

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            Tamil from the nought,

            What if he is a Tamilian? He has no history to read!

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          soman

          “I was busy reading a book titled “The Will to Subjugate and How it Can End Up in Water.””

          Who is the author, is it the executioner Thadi Priyantha who authored Gota’s B***s?

          Have you read Adele’s book “The Will to Freedom”?
          Are we allowed to retain a copy on our BOOK shelf?

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      “The cat was let loose at independence because there was no intelligent person”

      In the past, most of the Sinhala leaders were educated at Oxford or Cambridge. CBK went to the best schools in France. This kind of knowledge is useless for fighting Tamil Tiger terrorists. That could be why too much effort was wasted on diplomacy. Mahinda/Gotha finished the job in just 5 years using just brute force.

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        Lester,
        .
        You are spot on. Not only you that nasal voice DINESH or any servile men would agree with your statement.
        .
        I have studied srilanken criminals that continue high crimes incl. JAMAL Khashogi style misterious killings are very close to Rajapakshes and their criminal henchmen. This is becoming now clearer even to those voted for NANDASINI’s presidential election.

        Sensitive Readers over to you, please take time and study this for the benefit of the masses.
        .

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          Leela,

          As you are an expert on SL criminals, kindly comment on your hero, Ranil. Did he learn Bond Scam Theory from the Right. Rvd Fathers? Btw, do you know why some call him “Batalanda Ranil?” They say he was in charge of a torture center during JVP times. Recently, Moda Siri and Ranil were bribing Muslim ministers for votes. There is no doubt about this, given how quickly people like Rishad Bathiudeen resigned after the Easter attacks. Some of these ministers were allowing extremist Muslims to operate in the East. One of these was Zaharan. So, Moda Siri and Ranil have blood on their hands. Even if Gotha was the worst criminal on the island, he would not sacrifice the security of the country for votes. That honour belongs to your hero, Ranil.

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    soman

    Where are you?
    You do not need to hide from CT.

    By the way why does not Gota demand the extradition of Adele Balasingham?
    Do Gota and Mahinda scared of her in case she disclosed the deals they had with VP?

    Have you read Adele’s book “The Will to Freedom”?
    Are we allowed to retain a copy on our BOOK shelf?

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    Oh No ! Who is going to Teach to the World then ? Our One and Only
    Ability Is Teaching to the Ignorant World !!! How Can Anyone take it
    away from us ? Already there are Noises ” we are not least worried.”
    See ” We are not Monitors , We are Professors.” !!

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    Asking the murderer to investigate his own murders, what???
    Last call to Sri Lanka, to come clean, admit and explain your war crimes. Respect and devolve power to the minorities and leave the Tamil Homeland, otherwise expect a Paruppu drop soon.

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      For the benefit of the people who are interested to know what the US has to say about the UNHRC resolution I have reproduced their press briefing.

      ‘US Department of State Press briefing on Sri Lanka on 23 March 21, after the UNHRC resolution.

      Moving on, today, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution to promote human rights in Sri Lanka.  The United States co-sponsored this resolution and together with the international community calls on Sri Lanka to safeguard the rights of  ethnic and religious minorities, human rights defenders, and civil society actors, and to take credible and meaningful steps to address its past, promote reconciliation, and guarantee equal access to justice for all its people.
      The resolution expands reporting requirements for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and includes a mandate to collect and preserve evidence for future accountability processes and expresses concern about the trends over the past year.  The long-term security and prosperity of Sri Lanka depends on respecting human rights today and committing to peace and reconciliation for the future.’

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        Equalizing the international bodies with Tamils and Muslim and making Suthu Kottiya or Black Kottiya or ISIS out of them is a strategy the Royal Aanduwa playing to isolate Ceylon Buddhist Sinhalese from the international community and keep them blind for easy ruling. The communities merged deep in past culture cannot see this intricate trick, but they feel divorcing from international community helps them to preserve their classical cultures. The word “Classical” make to feel proud, but at the same time time it tells secretly, that it is one of the stagnant & un-reformed too. Unless Buddhist Sinhalese take the hand of the international bodies for marriage, they will be easy victims to Royals’ scheme. From the way the news appearing in Colombo Media, it seem talking about UNHRC or Resolution 46/1 will be considered by Aanuwa as traitorous and terrorism.

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      Hey Manicka, Stop distributing ropes for the Tamil people to hang themselves!

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      That won’t solve any problem.

      Just divide the island into 3 mono ethnic nations and relocate people. Only solution.

      Do you HONESTLY think the government will just do nothing in retaliation?

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    We deserve leaders who will put country and people OVER power, corruption, and cronyism. We deserve leaders who will not threaten, manipulate, and promote racism. We deserve leaders who will NOT listen to the extremist clergy in this country, and implement policies marginalizing the minority.
    Without unity we will never progress or succeed as a country. We have been cursed with ethnic unrest for years, with the majority constantly attacking the minority and their properties, killing, burning, and looting. Inclusion of all ethnicities in all aspects of our lives will result in less anger, and less excuses for extremism and terrorism to raise its head. We should promote peace, and acceptance of all religions, in all schools, from the beginning.
    Every leader that takes the reigns, has that wonderful opportunity to take this country and turn it around, and every leader has failed us, because of corruption, cronyism, nepotism, incompetence, greed, and wanting to stay in power. The people in this country are last on their list of priorities.
    The Rajapaksa’s have taken this country to pariah status, and we now face economic uncertainty, because they refuse to cooperate and be held accountable for human rights violations. We are now in the company of other pariah nations.

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    The position, ‘it is very important for the people themselves to monitor what is happening in their society’ is a mere formality.
    .
    It gives the impression that the people are unaware of what is going on in their society. That is not correct. People have been aware of this precipitous decline of law and order. They have been aware of the gradual loss of their voice in the society. Those who were in a position to arrest it were the very people who were gaining from that deterioration. The resolution provides an opportunity to develop constructive criticism is wishful thinking.
    .
    What led to to this state of affairs? The Sinhalese who have been playing dumb and deaf are destined to be blind as well.

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    In September 2014 OISL did an investigation and submitted a report to UNHRC. That time’s HC promised to present that report in the following March because that report could intervene in the process of that, in what mainly America and India were engaged, the project of regime change. That specific report was never presented in the UNHRC assembly as regime change was success and UNHRC expected Ranil’s government to implement a transitional justice process, which UNHRC suggested under the Resolution 30/1. But it was at that time Ranil had started to reveal his true face, that is, he was the worst enemy of Buddhist Sinhalese, not the Royals. Earlier he had gone to New York to fight with UNSG regarding the “Darusman Report”. There, he just blamed only the UN Expert Panel President Marzuchi Darusman as the Pirapaharan II. But after the 2015 elections, Ranil turned against the West, went to Temple Tree House in the morning after the new EP election and pledged to Old King to fight against the West, UNHRC and UN. Then Ranil sold the Hangbangtota Harbor to China; had confirmed the veto of China in UN. West to Oxford and gave a lecture of Western Imperialism. By his new anti-west indulge, country indebted more to China rather than getting rid of China, after the experience of the harbor, airport, Stadium and Artificial Island projects.

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    Ranil gave on transitional justice, and who brought him to power and the common wellbeing of the country, but he led his new campaign against West, UNHRC and UN.
    This was completely in opposite to the expectation of Buddhists Sinhalese or the Tamils who voted for him, or the countries helped him to come to power. Earlier Tamils were used to win elections. When that pot was emptied, Sinhala Buddhists refilled the pot with Muslims. While Muslims were being emptied they replenished the pot with West, UNHRC & UN. The last 6 or 7 years trend was fomenting enmity of international bodies like UN-UNHRC, beyond and above the West. If I tell that these games were not just to rule Tamils, but to go beyond even ruling Sinhala Buddhists and making the Island as their private land of the ruling Sinhala Buddhists elites, my fellow Tamils will not accept that here. But that is the truth. Everybody fall victims to that, including their partner in crimes, Ranil Wickremesinghe. UNP was dismantled. Whether Ranil saved Old Royals or not, but he left the power only after pawning the country by damaged exchange rate, bad performing loans, failing export industries so and so.

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    Not Just Basil, recently here in CT we have seen, many lefts are now in the same opinion with Basil, that saving the Buddhists Sinhalese can be done only with the help of international bodies and thus they are only friends not foes, by portrayed by the selfish politicians. One more MP from the dismantled UNP (SJB) Kirielle said 17 pages UNHRC HC report talked in only 2 pages about war. He said, the rest were the current problems of Royal Aanduwa.
    The spring is starting in Northern hemisphere, practically, the so called Western Democracies. Though it is in the same culture of 2500 years old Buddhism, there is a brand new season is starting in two season country, the old Ceylon. But that is neither a Western nor an Arab Spring. There is an awakening is starting in the country, across Left and Right. Buddhists Sinhalese are wiping their eyes to see their new Sun to rise from the West, once more. This time it is not to rule them, but to free them. This time it is not to enslave them, but to restore their lost freedom to the Sinhala Buddhists Royals. It is not Kandyan accord; it is UNHRC resolution 46/1

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      Mallaiyuran, This fear psychosis of loss of sinhala Buddhism is propagated to win votes. If true Buddhism is practiced without murder and corruption, who is going to neutralize it. Surely yesterday’s funeral of amarapura caste chief Bikkhu shows that top to bottom in nation can unite without fear of erasure. Then why dupe masses rather than awaken them with the truth that even Buddhism cannot wipe out karma of murder and corruption.

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        ……even Buddhism cannot wipe out karma of murder and corruption…..
        Buddhism is different in that it is corrupted by the monks and others to benefit themselves.
        The True Philosophy has no commandments. It only encourages you to accept certain undertakings YOURSELF (if you agree) and practice them for your own peace of mind. Nothing supernatural in that.
        So if you truly subscribe to that Philosophy, “murder corruption’ and other viles will be non-existent. But then how many subscribe to that view of philosophical teachings. Yes, true, it is too much to expect of everyone to follow but that is not the fault of the Philosophy, but in understanding it.
        ……..If true Buddhism is practiced without murder and corruption, who is going to neutralize it…….
        Yes but that should refer the Philosophy not the “Buddhism” propagated by the hierarchy of the monks. The latter leaves much for accusations unfortunately.

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    UNHRC Resolution: An Opportunity For Sri Lankan’s To Monitor Themselves
    ========
    Rather
    UNHRC Resolution: An Opportunity For Sri Lankan’s To QUESTION Themselves
    ======================
    what sort of politicians are Sri Lankans keep electing?
    Is it time Sri Lankans kick out the dynasty
    Is it time Sri Lankans show some courage and kick out the dynasties
    Is it time Sri Lankans take control of their destiny?
    =================

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      Rajash

      Do you know which Tamil Diaspora organisation is claiming credit for the successful inclusion of various clauses in the resolution?

      Your Prime Minister Visvanathan Rudrakumaran seems very unhappy about the resolution. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam has expressed his utter condemnation for the resolution. What is he up to?

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        Native Vedda..”Your Prime Minister Visvanathan Rudrakumaran..”

        seems more like yours? mine is BoJo
        ========
        lets face it …its a very watered down resolution….
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          Those who do not have intellectual capacity are condemning or criticizing the resolution. For a resolution to be passed it has to be acceptable to the majority of members. Except western countries, others are scared that one day they may be hauled up for crimes against humanity, and do not want to support any harsh one. Despite watering down, 14 countries abstained, showing that if the resolution was harsh, it would not have been carried. Take this as first step towards the goal of ultimate war crimes prosecution. Sri Lanka has been given time to reform and fulfill its commitments, during which time evidence of war crimes will be gathered and stored for future use. Tamils must realize that there is not a single country which openly support them, and therefore they must go along with those who are willing give some sort of help.

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            Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam “Those who do not have intellectual capacity are condemning or criticizing the resolution. “
            ============
            I really admire your intellectual capacity….
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              R
              Also be thankful that he did not call anyone an idiot, ignoramus or imbecile

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              My intellectual capacity was well demonstrated in the light railway project for Jaffna peninsula, which appeared in Colombo telegraph and other journals abroad. Is this not an achievement to be lauded, especially put forward by a person who is not an engineer. It has features where not only a person can travel to any part of the peninsula, but also trains could be run from one point to any other terminus. Now a Tamil chartered civil engineer wants to present it at the Institute of Civil Engineers sessions in November.

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        the prime minister of what toilet?

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        Do you know which Tamil Diaspora organisation is claiming credit for the successful inclusion of various clauses in the resolution?
        …..
        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam….any idea?

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          R
          They will eventually share the clauses among themselves.
          As the ones close to TNPF will keep out, sharing will be that much the easier.

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          I do not associate with any Tamil Diaspora organisation other than SCOT which is strictly non political, formed in 1977 to help Tamils in Sri Lanka, in which I was President in 2015 and 2016. I was elected honorary patron of English Tamil Cricket League in 2013, but I resigned after few years. I was elected Vice-President of International Federation of Tamils, but I have declined the offer. There are several well meaning Tamils who are carrying out quiet lobbying without any propaganda, to whom I have great respect. These vociferous organisations are merely self serving people who promote themselves, as they do not have any standing academically or socially.

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            Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam – I used to attend those SCOT lunches but stopped attending for many years as the standard of the food and speeches has gone down very badly and the organisation has become very politicised although you say its non political.

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      “Is it time Sri Lankans show some courage and kick out the dynasties”
      *
      We thought that they did when Premadasa made it to the top job.
      He was eliminated.
      But then a Premadasa dynasty has sprung up, thanks to u-no-hoo.
      *
      Dynastic politics is on the rise in our region. Look at Tamilnadu.
      Besides, some dynasties in control of industrial empires comprise the power behind the throne in India.
      Old habits die hard.

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        “Is it time Sri Lankans show some courage and kick out the dynasties”
        ****
        They always show their courage.it is unfortunately based on pitty selfish gains. This culture should be changed eith paradigm shift if people really expect a better future for their lovely ones. Sanga community should leave it to politicians because their repeated interference in slanken politics has thrown the nation from frying pan to the fire today. GOTA is no good enough to be Gramasewaka, the very fact before us😎😎😎😎😎😎

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    The rumor is 12 international officials are nominated to work in Lanka and collect necessary documents, information and evidence. If true after kicking and screaming Rajapaksas have invited them into the country.

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    Contrary to what the writer suggests, if Sri Lankans were capable of self-reflection or indeed reflection about contemporary history or political maneuvers by individuals who don different mantles based on marketing criteria, the country would have prospered a long time ago. Instead, the people have willingly dumbed themselves down over the years and live in a kind of stupor that anaesthesizes them temporarily whenever trauma strikes. If mass starvation and death drive the survivors towards rebellion then yes, there could be some “change”..

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    It is a pity that all the Commentators have missed the important concepts underlying Basil Fdo’s (a seasoned rights watcher) piece. International condemnation, sanctions, etc may serve a limited purpose but in the final analysis it is rising consciousness of the people themselves that is crucial. We saw that in Germany and Japan after WW2, in the anti Vietnam War movement in America, and anger at jihadism

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      Prof. K, Agreed.

      Problem here the mother has to let the child be born, shouldn’t try to block and hide it in. Buddhists Sinhalese has to do it for their country; others can talk but cannot lead.
      Basil is Sinhalese; he needs to invite Buddhists Sinhalese with him. Remember please, this is not Burma’s Junta, this will cluster bomb, thermobaric bomb and Chemical bomb, if needed. Needed is first the Buddhists Sinhalese understand from Basil’s notes the severity of internal problem; then they invite the external intervention. Now it is sure, as Keynes said, (the recession could be beaten only by the government’s involved in investments and otherwise the already failed private investment couldn’t be able to revive itself.) the failed Lankawe democracy is in a stage that it can recover itself; so the external push is needed. For the external push to come in, Buddhist Sinhalese should come forward and let the door open. If there is a snake in house, don’t wait until it bites and keep shouting at the snake charmer not to come into the house as he is a low caste. Buddhists Sinhalese needs to unite on the name UNHRC, heeding to UNHRC’s call

      That is why, here after, not it be one man Business. Work hard as many people as can be together.

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      That is exactly what is NOT going to happen.

      This only worsens ethnic divisions.

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    It is a pity that all the Commentators have missed the important concepts underlying Basil Fdo’s (a seasoned rights watcher) piece. International condemnation, sanctions, etc may serve a limited purpose but in the final analysis it is rising consciousness of the people themselves that is crucial. We saw that in Germany and Japan after WW2, in the anti Vietnam War movement in America, and anger at jihadism in many Islamic countries including Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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      Dear Prof K.D.,
      It’s great that the author has raised the thought, encouraging the citizens to open their eyes and be vigilant and proactive henceforth.

      As the author pointed out, the oversight mechanisms have been long ineffective. Why has that been the case? Because the state could never be fully entrusted with enabling such oversight, and most citizens didn’t care enough for themselves or about the affected or most had other priorities such as Sinhala-Buddhist dominance.

      As we often see here amongst the commenters and elsewhere in the social media, there’s great amount of denial, deception, and misinformation to claim that there are no HR issues in this country and that the minorities have no reason to complain… They continue to proclaim Gotabaya as the saviour this country always needed.

      I think most of those who were capable or willing to be reasonable were already conscious, and those are the ones being targeted by the Gotabaya regime.

      Ultimately the question is how do we inspire and nurture “Rising consciousness” ? Wishing and praying? Enforcing international resolutions to which most citizens took offence only further augments the resistance even at the sacrifice of their own basic rights.

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      E, You say Germany and Japan. Nuremberg trial after Hitler killed his dog and Eva Braun and then himself did not stop the life imprisonment of the judges. We don’t need the Aryan racial purity claim Hitler used for murder.

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    The Generation Z has to lead the way in getting the Country out of the deep rut otherwise their future is very bleak. The current political system is ineffective and need
    urgent critical care. Those who voted NGR hoped that he will DO THE RIGHT THINGS.
    In fact their hopes have been shattered since his election in November 2019. His friends and family have greatly benefitted at the expense of National wealth. There is no due care in spending the hard earned foreign reserves. Printing billions of Rupees will lead to inflation and sky rocketting foreign currencies. I do hope that the print +TV will highlight any illegal activities against the state. We need brain storming to find the means to get our country out of lawlessness. Fair and free elections are of utmost importance. Freebies during or just before National Elections should disqualify those candidates.

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    GOSL should establish a strong mechanism to prevent another blood thirsty terrorist like the LTTE from been formed. It is the Sri Lankan government duty to care for its citizens from been misled by ideological mad men like Prabakaran.

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      A 00000 “Stick to your real friends ” you mean Pillayan. Karuna. KP and Evil..looks like you haven’t learned a think. You are right as long they are around how can Lanka can be at peace.

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    Hitler killed his dog, Eva Braun and himself, but the Nuremburg trials put the judges into life imprisonment. We don’t need Aryan racial purity but to live in peace with all men.

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      davidthegood

      “We don’t need Aryan racial purity but to live in peace with all men.”

      Why only men?
      Hitler was a Vegetarian. So is Gota. Hitler killed innocent people. So did Gota.
      Don’t you see Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala’s Aryan connection?

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        NV
        .
        Where is your Thalaivar who trained his gun on vegetables?

        Soma

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          soman

          “Where is your Thalaivar who trained his gun on vegetables?”

          I am my own Thalaivar.
          If anything goes wrong I can blame myself.
          I don’t have to look for a scapegoat.

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        Native Vedda, Seeking racial purity like Hitler may lead president into a Nuremberg trial like situation simply due to arrogance and ignorance. So focus on spiritual purity is a far better choice and live in peace with all men. Then no war and arms sales.

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          davidthegood

          Could you type in Sinhala, Tamil or English (whatever you want to type).

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    No resolution will penetrate the thick skin these racists have. Only punishment is to catch these buggers, try them in the Hague and throw them in a jail somewhere in DR Congo. That will teach these monkeys a lesson.

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      International community authorized Tanzania to intervene in Uganda and get rid of Idi Amin. Similar thing will happen to Rajapakse gang who will end up in PR China. The clause on 13th amendment was included by India to lay the foundation to intervene militarily with support of UN to implement it in its entirety, if Sri Lanka fails to do it. Tamils should not believe smooth talkers like Sumanthiran, who will try to paint a rosy picture to them about getting their rights with change of government.

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        GS
        “International community authorized Tanzania to intervene in Uganda”
        Nobody even talked of an “International Community’ at the time.
        The Cold War was intense when the Uganda–Tanzania War (October 1978 to June 1979) led to the overthrow of Ugandan President Idi Amin. The war followed hostility between the countries following Amin’s overthrow of President Milton Obote and subsequent seizure of power in 1971. (What followed Amin’s fall was nothing happy either.)
        *
        In the 1970s Tanzania was closer to China than to any African country. But then China was not in the US cross-hairs which were set on the USSR.
        Amin had made enemies all round (except Saudi Arabia perhaps). So that USSR did not care either.
        Global indifference helped Idi Amin’s overthrow, on pretext of a war. There was no “authorization”.
        *
        The world was divided, however, over India’s invasion of East Pakistan (Bangladesh later), with only the USSR among world powers defending India.
        *
        BTW
        May I know what the 13th Amendment had in it to enable India “to intervene militarily with support of UN”
        I suspect serious confusion of events and dates.

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        April 3, 1979 New York Times (Digitised Archive)
        “UNITED NATIONS, N.Y., April 2 — The sleek 15‐story building near the United Nations was intended by President Idi Amin to be Uganda’s showcase in the U.S., a headquarters for his delegation to the UN that would enhance its prestige before the world community.”

        “Now, with the President’s political fortunes plummeting and his capital besieged by insurgents and invading Tanzanian forces, it seems unlikely that President Amin will ever occupy the executive suite penthouse with terrace or host a gala in the ballroom.”

        “Few diplomats expect his regime in Kampala to survive long and few seem concerned about his fate. The President is widely regarded as a tyrant who subjected the 12 million Ugandans to a reign of terror, brought the country to economic ruin and embarrassed fellow Africans with his excesses.”

        “Although Africans have been reluctant to speak against him during his years of absolute power, the 50‐member African group last weekend sent a message to President Amin advising him against asking the Security Council for help against the Tanzanian invaders. Their message was a warning that he would muster little support if he pressed for a Council session.”

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        Dear Dr.G.S., seems there was high level of international consensus on toppling Idi Amin;
        “Leaders Condemn Uganda
        By Bernard D. Nossiter
        June 16, 1977 (The Washington Post)
        The 33 Commonwealth nations broke precedent today and condemned the “massive violation of human rights” in Uganda.

        The communique does not name the country’s leader, Idi Amin, but takes the unprecendented step of citing Uganda by name.
        Never before in its 30-year history as a multiracial organization has the Commonwealth publicly denounced one of its members.
        Moreover, the move was led by several of Amin’s fellow black African leaders.

        The Commonwealth – Britain and its former colonies – has no substantive power, so today’s resolution carries only moral force at best. But the step could provoke action against Amin inside Uganda, as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser observed.
        “If it is known that the leaders of 1 billion people are morally opposed to Amin Dada, this could contribute the toppling of his regime,” he said.

        https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1977/06/16/leaders-condemn-uganda/77097ace-f51a-49ed-ba45-cbc62ce7144e/

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          Thanks Sugandh. This what I meant. Why that Sivasegaram fellow does not read this and upgrade his knowledge without making asinine comments.

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            That S fellow has already commented sufficiently on Idi Amin.
            Your Guru S’s comment does not tell us how the “International community authorized Tanzania to intervene in Uganda”
            Was the C’wealth resolution calling on Tanzania to wage the Uganda–Tanzania War of October 1978 to June 1979?
            Your Guru has not got the point either.
            Poor you. You need to do find a better researcher to do your homework.
            BTW, how is your twin brother faring?

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        U.S. Congress Resolution Introduced in Senate (05/19/1977):
        Declares it the sense of the Senate that the actions of Uganda deserve condemnation by the world community and by the Organization of African Unity.
        Urges nations to halt deliveries of arms to Uganda.
        Declares it the sense of the Senate that the United States Ambassador to the United Nations request an investigation of the situation in Uganda by the appropriate United Nations agency.

        https://www.congress.gov/bill/95th-congress/senate-resolution/175?s=1&r=2

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    Good job Gota and Govt

    lets realize this first . The Diaspora, Or the Tamil politicians can never be satiated just like the LTTE , It is time to forget this Garbage UN . (And truly Trump was right)

    It will never be possible to punish our Soldiers when the LTTE cadres walk Scott free, after all the crimes they have committed. Even if the SJB or UNP comes to power it is only the window dressing that they will do, The will catch is poor Copral or PFC and put him in jail for trumped-up charges, At least this govt does not do that,

    I hope the Trade unions start agitating against the WCT . Why should we give those #$% anything . They created this problem. They should take these monkeys back and they can carve out a T Nadu where they can live happily .

    It is time for once and for all to completely stop operating with the Kangaroo court, ad let the chips fall where that may. The countries that never helped us will never help us, Stick to your real friends.

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    This is a piece of kite flying. The populace-6.9 million-voted for Gota. They are not likely to introspect. Already, the Foreign Minister has engaged in peculiar mathematics to hold that they won the vote and that the Resolution is illegal. And the great lawyer, GLPeiris talks of legislation giving immunity from foreign courts, promoting the belief in the 6.9 million fools that the mighty SL legislature has such powers. It would be a good day for Sri Lanka if the international community flexes its muscles and puts the mess in this island to proper shape.

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      Cicero

      “Already, the Foreign Minister has engaged in peculiar mathematics to hold that they won the vote and that the Resolution is illegal. “

      This branch of arithmetic is popularly known as G L Pieris School of Arithmatics, first introduced in 2014.

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        NV, already several well meaning Sinhala old Royalists have taken Dinesh Gunawardena to task asking him not to call himself an old Royalist. I am surprised that this fellow who was at Royal since lower Kindergarten, behave like this. How can one in his sane mind call it illegal, when the resolution was put to vote and passed by a simple majority. Statements being made by GLP and others are for the consumption of the gallery.

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    What monitoring?

    Just don’t violate humanrights.

    Zero tolarance

    Just because you believe that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Bhuddhist Country and just because some others belive that the North and East of Sri Lanka belongs to the Tamil Hindu people any of them do not have the right to abuse the human rights of others.

    Just because it is writen in the Koran to kill infidels Muslims cannot kill others.

    Just because you have more money you don’t have the right to exploit the poor and abuse their fundermental huaman rights.

    This truth has to sink in to every one’s hearts and minds.

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      Whimpy Kid

      Remember just because you got more stupids than rest of the people put together you do not have the right to loot the country, commit crime and war crimes with impunity, ……

      “This truth has to sink in to every one’s hearts and minds.”

      First, the stupid majority should learn to know what is right and what is wrong?
      Giving assurance to Buddhism ( CHAPTER II) in the constitution does not make you a Buddhist, nor it helps you to behave like human being. It provides patriotic crooks and criminals good place to hide.

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    Basil, what we have is a cancer over decades advanced and metastasized all over leaving just the skeleton. Removing just the tumor is just cosmetic, not even palliative. Prognosis is poor with the only hope of international experts who are highly specialized may be able to help, with precaution, cancer is never cured but kept in remission for rest of life. That includes frequent check ups and close monitoring. Any mutant cell left over can cause recurrence even after years.

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    NV,
    Looting is a common problem not only amongst the majority.
    Infact we see classic cases where there is exellent collaboration amongst the varous communities
    Sugar jilmart – Sinhala / Muslim
    Bond Scam – Tamil / Sinhala

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      What about Greek bond scam by Cabraal and Mahinda – Baratha / Malay

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        Looks like I am going for a CT record.

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          S.J
          Looks like CT has hired trigger-happy moderators. I see Eagle’s harangues about Malabar slaves have been truncated.

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    The reality is, Sri Lanka is being punished for a war it did not initiate. The war began after Black July 1983. By killing 13 soldiers, Prabhakaran essentially declared war on the State. When you attack the government of a country or its soldiers, you are considered a national security risk and the government will take all measures to either detain or eliminate you. Those who illegally invaded the US capital a few months ago are now in jail for 20 years. Unfortunately, Sri Lanka did not have the experience it has now, in 1983, to quickly crush the rebellion. The geo-political landscape at that time was also vastly different. Therefore, the war spiraled out of control and dragged on. This encouraged certain members of the minority group to fantasize about a fake state. In any war, there are human rights abuses. But there was never any intentional “genocide” or such on the part of the Sri Lankan State.

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      Lester

      “The war began after Black July 1983.”

      No.
      It started in 1915.

      “By killing 13 soldiers, Prabhakaran essentially declared war on the State.”

      I thought the 13 soldiers were killed in return for the 10 Tamils killed at the 4th International Tamil Conference, January 1974. It was VP’s bottled up anger against Sri Lankan Sinhala/Buddhist racism.


      “When you attack the government of a country or its soldiers, you are considered a national security risk and the government will take all measures to either detain or eliminate you. “

      The enemy will not perish of himself. Neither will the Chinese reactionaries nor the aggressive forces of U.S. imperialism in China step down from the stage of history of their own accord.

      Mao
      “Carry the Revolution Through to the End” (December 30, 1948), Selected Works, Vol. IV, p. 301.”

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        Vedda,
        “It was VP’s bottled up anger against Sri Lankan Sinhala/Buddhist racism.”
        If VP was angry about Sinhala Buddhism, why did he assassinate the following people?
        A. Amirthalingam[19][20] – Leading Sri Lankan Tamil politician and former Leader of the Opposition.
A. Thangathurai[21]- Former Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Member of Parliament for Trincomalee District.
Alfred Duraiappah[22] – Former Sri Lanka Freedom Party member of the parliament for Jaffna District and former mayor of Jaffna.
M. Canagaratnam[23] Former Tamil United Liberation Front MP for Pottuvil
A. L. Abdul Majeed[24] – Former Sri Lanka Freedom Party MP for Mutur
S. Shanmuganathan[19] Former Democratic People’s Liberation Front MP for Vanni District
Nimalan Soundaranayagam[25] – Former Tamil United Liberation Front MP for Batticaloa District
Sam Tambimuttu[13][26] Former Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front MP for Batticaloa District
Neelan Tiruchelvam[27][28] – Scholar, international activist, legislator, lawyer, social scientist and politician. Former Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament from National List
G. Yogasangari[29] – Former Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front MP for Jaffna District
V. Yogeswaran[19][20] Former Tamil United Liberation Front MP for Jaffna district
Chelvy Thiyagarajah[51] – Founder of feminist journal called Tholi, International PEN award winner in 1992


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      Lester do not distort history. It is the Sinhalese who started the war in 1956. Government organised thugs to attack Tamil Satyagrahis on Galle face green, and when Tamil MPS entered parliament after conclusion of Satyagraha with their heads bandaged, SWRD said “Wounds of War”. Is this not proof of a war started by Sinhalese. It is due to years of racial discrimination and sponsored violence that Tamil youths decided to take up weapons to fight for their rights and safety. Had gun was not pointed at Tamils, they would not have taken up guns. Taking up weapons for self defence is not a crime. In April 1984, JR openly declared war with appointment of late Athulathmudali as minister of national security. Stop blaming Tamils for everything when it is Sinhalese who are responsible for it.

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        Lester, there was intentional genocide of Tamils by Sri Lankan state since independence, to create mono ethnic Sinhala Budhist state. Now driving out of 750,000 Rohingyas has been designated genocide and hence deportation of one million Tamils of Indian origin falls into the same category. Alteration of demographic pattern by Israel is considered genocide, and hence alteration of demographic pattern of northern and eastern provinces also constitute as an act of genocide. Killing of 7000 Muslims in Bosnia is classified as genocide and hence killing of several Tamils in successive state sponsored riots and over 100,000 Tamils in the war also fall into category of genocide. During war human rights abuses were widespread and institutional, and not collateral damage as what you are trying to make.. By the way, I am coming to Sri Lanka with UN diplomatic passport to collect data of war crimes, and I will tell your veerayas off if they interfere.

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    A 00000 “Stick to your real friends ” you mean Pillayan. Karuna. KP and Evil..looks like you haven’t learned a think. You are right as long they are around how can Lanka can be at peace.

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    If Lankan Patriots can go to US and UK to get their prostate out why can’t they bring those experts to fix our cancer. Is it because of misplaced priority that sex life is more important than real life.

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    Sri lanka won the vote inner circle that from the neighbours UNHRC Resolution ie China
    pakistan and bangladhesh,Love thy neighbor

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    Sri Lankan government has no skills to handle with diplomacy while dealing with international communities and agencies. The hegemonic and tyrannical approaches are the root causes of losing the UNCHR resolution.

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