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UNHRC Resolution On Sri Lanka For Human Rights Abuse: Why No Such Resolution For US-UK War Crimes In Iraq 

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Britain initiated the UN Human Rights Council, UNHRC, resolution on Sri Lanka calling it to account for its human rights abuses and deliver justice for victims of 30 year civil war.

The resolution on Sri Lanka is the direct outcome of Sri Lankan government’s short sighted policies and blunders. However the question is why no such UNHRC resolution on US and Britain for their barbarity on Iraq even after eighteen years later today.

In March 2003 US and UK invaded Iraq based on the lie that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Then British Prime Minister Tony Blair was an active partner with US President George Bush Junior in invading and turning this  almost developed country into a graveyard.

Iraq, a land where many great ancient civilisations such as Mesopotamia, Sumer, Akkad, Babylonian and Assyria flourished between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers for more than 7,000 years, was ruthlessly raped and ravaged by the European colonial powers followed by US to loot its oil wealth for more than a century.

For example, gaining control over Iraq’s oil wealth had been the focus of US policy, even before World War I. Huge oil deposits were found in the Mosul area in 1927. The Iraqi Petroleum Company, comprising British Petroleum (then Anglo-Iranian), Shell, Mobil and Exxon (then Standard Oil of New Jersey), enjoyed complete monopoly. They divided the spoils of Iraqi oil among the US, Britain, France and Holland, 23.75 percent each, while the remaining five percent went to oil baron Caloste Gulbenkin who negotiated the deal.

The Iraqis, the legitimate owners of the oil deprived of their own wealth, Iraqis revolted. They were ruthlessly suppressed with Britain deploying gas from warplanes for the first time in history, dropped poison gas on the town of Sulaimaniya.

Despite all these atrocities Iraq emerged an almost developed country with modern infra-structure, health, educational and all other facilities. People enjoyed a high standard of living.

Then came the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran when the US, Europe, Gulf and other Arab states got then Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to despatch troops and trigger off the eight year with Iran war that killed more than a million people. Some estimated the cost of the war at around 100 billion dollars. Western weapons industry flourished.

The war ended in 1988.  However the US President George Bush tricked Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait. Once Iraqi troops entered Kuwait, Bush Sr unleashed one of the most destructive bombing campaigns in known history and pushed Iraq to its pre-historic age. He used cluster bombs to rip body’s apart, napalm and white phosphorous to cling and burn skin and small nuclear bomb type fuel air explosives to cause other damage. The total amount of bombs dropped on Iraq was far more than the bombs dropped by the allies in the entire World War II. The military campaign incinerated around 130,000 Iraqi civilians.

The west sold a staggering $ 157 billion worth of armaments.

Battered by aerial bombardments and crippled by UN sanctions that killed more than 500,000 children, Iraqis were subjected to untold misery. More than one-third of the population exposed to malnutrition, epidemics, miscarriages and declining life expectancy.

Later President George Bush Jr invaded Iraq in March 2003.

The American forces indiscriminately bombed Iraqi cities and within days the war battered people were once again deprived of water, electricity, medicine, food and even shelter. Imagine the terrifying prospect for the ordinary Iraqi citizens who suffered incessant bombardment. Day in and day out the skies over Iraq rained bombs which shook the earth and relegated once thriving cities into bloody human abattoirs. 

Then there emerged shocking pictures of American troops’ gang-raping Iraqi women. These hapless women were forcibly dragged out of their homes, screaming in terror, stripped naked and gang-raped by the very people who had ostensibly been there to protect them. 

Among the victims, were ordinary housewives, mothers and daughters – all brought up in a decently conservative society and whose religious traditions have always valued feminine purity as a prerequisite for a happily wedded life? 

Hundreds of thousands of innocent men and women were arbitrarily arrested and subjected to the most sadistic and savage forms of torture, which brought swift condemnation from all over the world.  .    

Obviously, these bestial crimes were kept under wraps until Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published a series of exposé articles illustrated by damning photos of the torture by US military police of prisoners in the Iraqi prison of Abu Ghraib near Baghdad.

There were calls from all over to try Bush and Blair for their war crimes.

Now the question is where is the UNHRC resolution on US and UK, the so called champions of human rights, freedom and democracy but remains the sole source of violence and misery, for their war crimes?

This is today’s world which the racist politics in Sri Lanka refuse to understand?

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    Yes, US and UK are the number one and number two human rights violators in the world. What they have done in the Middle East and Islamic countries are horrendous. US is culpable for many atrocities in the South American countries as well. After relative quietness after the Vietnam war (defeat) it appears that they are now again try to meddle in the Asian region, China as a major target.
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    Of course, we have our own violations and issues. These should be resolved primarily within our own countries through dialogue and cooperation. There is nothing wrong the UN or other countries expressing concern and using human rights diplomacy for change. But interferences (or stones and sticks) should not be allowed.

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      Laksiri,
      Yes UK and USA are the number 1 human rights violators in the world. So, Sri Lanka is not number 1 or two. This is what you are worried about. Why can’t Sri Lanka or Myanmar, or Irag bring a resolution against UK and USA? Why you are still a member of UN and Commonwealth under a colonial rulers? Why Gotabaya and you became citizens of Australia and USA knowing very well that they are the worst human rights violators. Why can’t you go to China? Why did Mahinda went to UNHRC against Sri Lanka military, not to China?
      It is not first time UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka? What were you doing all these years about UNHRC resolution? Are you going to send all the Sinhalese who supported the UNP-SLFP Joined government to co sponsor previous resolutions to USA and UK or kill them as traitors?

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        Laksiri, there had been no effort for the past 12 years by whatever governments in power to resolve issues of violations and issues primarily within Sri Lanka through dialogue and co-operation. In fact there is blanket denial that there was no violation and that there are no issues for Tamils to consider. In this state of affairs, it is fair for international community to step in and bring the errant regime to book, and to claim that it is interference in internal affairs shows that you want to cover up crime and injustice. No Sinhala government will ever take measures for reconciliation based on truth and justice. Just because UK and USA have committed human rights violation, that will not absolve Sri Lanka.

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          Latheef, worst racism is Muslim claim to eastern province and worst terrorism is killing of over 200 and wounding of over 300 by Muslim terrorists on a single day. Muslim terrorism in Sri Lanka dates back to 1985 when Muslim home guards were formed to create trouble to Tamils. Since then Muslim terrorists had been funded and supported by Sri Lanka state to commit murder and ethnic cleansing of Tamils. STF personnel say that most atrocities in eastern province for which they were blamed were committed by Muslim home guards. Air Force people say that bombing of hospital and refugee centers during last stage of war was carried out by Pakistani pilots. For all the crimes committed on Tamils, now Muslims are receiving divine retribution. Catholics are angry that they are not getting justice as Muslim politicians, businessmen and professionals who gave financial and logistic support to bombers are walking free. It is likely that government will frustrate them and instigate them to attack Muslims. So put your house in order before accusing others.

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      LF, you comment:
      “After relative quietness after the Vietnam war (defeat) it appears that they are now again try to meddle in the Asian region, China as a major target.”
      *
      I wonder to which continent Afghanistan and Iraq belong.
      A proxy war was waged against Iran before these countries were attacked a little after Shah Reza Pahlavi was overthrown.

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      CT
      I am curious to know what disqualified a pearl from the swine.

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      Well done CT moderator.

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        S
        Will the moderator do well consistently?

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    Like the then defense lawyer and now minister it is always a Muslim that comes to the rescue of Rajapaksas. This is why there should not be any sympathy when they are screwed by the Rajapakses. These are the same people along with the military intelligence screwed a lot of innocent Tamil civilians.

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    Latheef Farook,

    “This is today’s world which the racist politics in Sri Lanka refuse to understand?”

    Are you referring to ‘Racist Politics’ of Tamils and Muslims?

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    LF, I hope it is not just another what aboutism ??? Could you elaborate further on your intentions ?? Is it the question at the bottom ???? or the rest of your article ??? Are you telling our champions not to worry because nothing happened to Bush/Blair. Though not adequate, Blair did admit to error of judgment. Will ours have the decency to do so ????

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      Exactly chiv,
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      That there have been other violations of Human Rights is true. The news from Burma (I’m deliberately using what I vaguely feel is the name preferred by the people, instead of Myanmar – which was introduced by the Generals) is terrible.
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      All true. However, let us focus on what concerns us much more. Focus on Sri Lanka and all her citizens. Let’sdo all that we can to further the cause of us all living together in peace and harmony.
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      We have such a long way to go.

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    Haji Farook
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    Haven’t you realized as yet that there are 2 rulebooks for the 195 independent countries of the World – one for the rich countries and another for the weaker ones ?
    Wake up and smell the coffee, Haji, the people have been living in a world of double-standards for centuries.
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    Rather than whingeing about the status quo, why don’t you try to persuade the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to move a motion at the UNHCR against the Western Countries responsible for the slaughter of civilians in a Muslim-majority country ? How can you expect the UNHCR to pass resolutions against countries when there are no related complaints ?
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    Surely, the 10 OIC member countries who were so devastated by the ‘treatment’ of Muslims in Sri Lanka that they abstained from casting their votes at the Geneva Meeting, cannot be indifferent to the slaughter of more than 500,000 Muslim children in Iraq ?

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    However the US President George Bush tricked Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait.

    Why Saddam Hussein listled to US President George Bush for or taking over a city or piece of land.

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    Whataboutism is a tactic used by the guilty to divert attention on to someone elses crimes to hide their own.

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    When it comes to exposing atrocities on the island most attention tends to be focused on the sinhalese government, armed forces or the LTTE.
    Muslims tend to slip under the radar but some of them were hugely involved.
    From the 1950s to the 1980s they participated in anti-tamil riots, pretending to be sinhalese.
    During the 1980s when the civil war had broken out, they were wearing military uniforms and attacking tamil villages pretending to be sinhalese soldiers.

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    Mr. Latheef Farook,
    Why No Such Resolution For US-UK War Crimes In Iraq?
    How many Muslim countries are in the world? How many Muslim countries are members of UN headed by USA? How many Muslims ran away from the so called Muslim countries to western nations since UN is formed? How many Muslims were killed in USA by military compared to Muslims killed in Myanmar (Burma)? How many Tamils were killed in Sri Lanka before 1983 and how many were sent to prison? Do you think that the Muslim doctor who was arrested in Kurnagala hospital for operating to stop thousands of Sinhalese women becoming fertile is genuine?
    Do you think the Govts in UK and USA do such dirty false accusations against Muslims?
    Do you think you have the same right as Gota in Sri Lanka? Can a Muslim become a President in Sri Lanka?

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    Ajith, what LF means is that U.S tricked Lanka to do such things. (cremation, sterilization saga, hizbulla, Dr.Shaffi). He may be right if you consider Mr. Sircular as a citizen of the evil empire/U.S.

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      “…Mr. Sircular as a citizen of the evil empire/U.S.”
      Partly wrong.
      He is not a citizen for well over an year now.

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        What about his brother, wife and children?

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          A
          Both legally and morally, you cannot hold one’s relatives responsible for one’s offences.
          What you suggest is hostage logic.

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            SJ,
            Who said that Mr.Sircular’s wife and children and brother are responsible for Mr.Sirculars offences. It was a question to know whether his wife and children are still USA citizens which you described as Evil empire?

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        Ratnajeens Hoole said he didn’t see the American immigration certification to approve King’s candidacy. You have a copy of it? Somebody saw something on some list. That’s all.

        Anyway, we will come to that. King knows that we will come back to that. That is not an urgent matter for us now.

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      Well done CT.

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    LF
    Muslims aren’t helping the poor Muslims in SL but hurting them by supporting Rajapakshas—
    Defending NGR of his crimes
    Passing the 20th Amendment to make NGR above the law and autocratic
    Helped hurting the Tamils more than the Sinhalese
    Helping Corrupted politicians to rob the National Coffers
    Helped in recent Bombings

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    LF EE and other likes
    Let you put your house in order before throwing STONES at the western countries.

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      Piglet are you being naughty?

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    Mr. Farook short and sweet please be more concerned about the human rights abuses on the island’s Tamils and Muslim Tamils than about what is happening in Iraq or Iran. There are many other nations and these two nations themselves have a voice in the UN and fight for them. The Island’s Tamils and Muslims do not have this voice or representation. The Tamils and Muslim Tamils in the island are your blood and ethnic kin and what happens to them should be of more concern to you, that what is happening in distant lands, that only happen to be predominantly Muslim by religion but in other way have no connection to us. Other important thing is many of these violators of human rights in these lands are not the USA or UK but their own fellow Muslim citizens, just like in Syria. Thank you.

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    Not only Iraq, but Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan, and Syria. US war machine is the greatest threat to world peace. By invading Iraq and setting up a puppet Shia proxy government, USA directly paved the way for ISIS. UK crimes we know from colonial days.

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      Lester,
      Never mind all those faraway places. Right here in Sri Lanka, Richard De Zoysa is dead, Lasantha W is dead, Ekneligoda is dead, V.P’s son is dead, the Trinco 5 are dead, the ACF 14 are dead. Even the police officers who tried to solve the cases are in prison, and the culprits have been released.
      Is the US responsible for all this? Go get a life, please.

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    Nice one Prof Know It All, I gave you a big THUMPS UP.

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