30 September, 2020

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Video: BBC World News Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Record And CHOGM

“Impact” presenter Mishal Husain discussed the controversy over the decision to hold the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka. There are on-going concerns about the suitability of Sri Lanka as the venue for the meeting, raised by human rights organisations and the United Nations. Mishal was joined by Senator Hugh Segal, the Canadian government’s special envoy to the Commonwealth and by Lal Wickrematunge, Chairman of “The Sunday Leader” newspaper in Colombo. In the studio was Frances Harrison, author of “Still Counting the Dead”, who is also a former BBC correspondent in Sri Lanka

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    Canadian hypocrites have no problem what so ever, “Going along, in order to get along” with war criminals of Israel. Netanyahu is Harper’s best friend.

    Please note current Canadian regime is run by hardcore neo-cons. PM Harper is a religious nutter that offers uncritical support to Netanyahu of Israel out of religious convictions.

    Harper even had the balls to vote against Palestinian nationhood at the UN. He somehow now wants to quit CHOGM in SL for HR reasons. So much for principles..eh!

    Further, leading Canadian political parties are in collusion with “LTTE rump turned HR champions” for electoral gains at the expense of Sri Lanka.

    PS: This is not an endorsement of Rajapassa regime in SL. We don’t need the CHOGM White Elephant. Rajapassa clan does not deserve any photo ops with world leaders of the civilized world.

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      I really like Ben Hurling’s comments.
      Ben is absolutely right.
      It doesnt mean that Canada must attend the summit
      but why Canada is having two-faced policy?
      CW Meeting, is a useless time wasting white elephant like
      the None aligned movment.
      Ego freak Rajapaksa would be delighted to address this
      otherwise hopeless meeting.

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        add to this another white elephant bloody SAARC rubbish

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      Ben,

      What about all the money raised by LTTE in Canada? Where was this Canadian moral outrage against human rights violations when LTTE was siphoning off Canadian dollars in millions and blowing up this country into bits and pieces? That is why everything they say now is just plain hollow and purely indicative of their hypocrisy.

      Whenever LTTE is brought up, Canadians are quick to point out they were the first country (or one of the first) to ban LTTE but what good is a ban if it is not effective? What good is a ban when LTTE supporters can waive LTTE flags openly and raise money as they did before the ban? Given the colossal amount of money that LTTE raised in Canada, what nonsense is their so called ban? If they are so morally concerned what took them so long to bring in this namesake ban on LTTE? Aranthalawa monks massacre, Anuradhapura massacre, central bus stand bombing were all in the 80s!

      Its a pity that our own journalists cannot put aside their own political vendetta with the government to raise these issues at world fora even when the opportunity comes to their doorstep.

      Someone should speak at CHOGM about how concerned Canada was when we were grappling with LTTE few years ago.

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        They should have banned Sri lanka long time before LTTE.

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          You seem to be considering this as if LTTE are not from SL ?

          LTTErs are srilankens – that means they the IC have banned SRILANKEN TAMIL REBELLS – ltters.

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      You are right my dear friend, The Canadians are two faced ad in fact Harper should be asked why the Native Canadians are treated as second class citizens in Canada’s apartheid way of governance. They have been robbed of everything that is their just like the Palestinians and all the other native people around the world in Africa, the Americas and Asia.
      Who the hell are they to talk to us about Human Rights when the cowards are using “modern weapons” to kill innocent people.

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    Commonwealth of Nations, an irrelevant, colonial relic of the British Empire which is now a platform for third world dictators like Mahinda Rajapassa and morally and intellectually bankrupt should be SHUT DOWN.

    Also, Huge amounts of Sri Lankan tax payers monies have been spent on Commonwealth circuses – Parliamentarians meeting, Commonwealth games bid.etc. to boost Rajapassa’s ego and dictatorship. Lankan citizens should protest the CHOGM circus to take place in November since we do not want to pay for it.
    Commonwealth of Clowns headed by an Indian clown, Sharma is trying to establish Indian hegemony in this colonial relic and thinks they can hold out a carrot to the Rajapassa dictatorship. What a sorry state of affairs. The COmmonwealth MUST be SHUT DOWN.

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      Very true.

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    Sir
    More and more horrendous crimes are committed today in Sri Lanka than during the war.Discipline is a thing of the past. People are helpless and afraid to criticize the Rajapakse govt as they could be picked up in the infamous “white van” never to be seen again. Rampant corruption, waste, nepotism, megalomania; the abductions, killings, arson; the unleashing of gangs on law-abiding people; average 5 rapes every day in country smaller than Ireland, child abuse, every day price hikes of consumables, the militarization of the society, check points, the rise of the police state and the secret service; the clampdown on free expression, shooting to kill peaceful demonstrators, the institution of dynastic rule, the perversion of the judicial and electoral systems, and the eclipse of democracy in general are the rule of the day.Finally, may I also mention that I am a Sinhalese Buddhist but yet afraid of being picked up by a white van for writing this.

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      Where are the Human Rights crimes you are talking about? Keep watching the news of the BBC and CNN. You will get the right picture!
      Has either told you about the men who are in Guantanamo, innocent of any crime and have still been imprisoned for eleven years for no reason but the fact that the Un is useless to stop the US and her protégé Israel from committing crimes. You are biased so what you have said here is not valid.

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        See my comment to you above. Before you talk of the rights of others, better look after your own.

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    Ben Hurling’s venomous attack on Israel, the only democracy in the middle east has nothing to do with the issue at hand. We are talking about the commonwealth meeting in Sri Lanka and not Israel. I don’t understand why the BBC allows people for such unnecessary attacks.

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      Gemunu,

      Being a democracy does not give Israel a license to occupy & confiscate defensefelss, impoverished Palestinian’s land & property. And humiliate them on a daily basis for 60 years.

      FYI, Israel is a top HR violator in the world. Almost 30 unimplemented UN resolutions against it. What does that tell you? Only saved by the US veto.

      I brought it up to prove Canadian PM Harper’s hypocrisy. Harper is not driven by HR in SL in this case. If so, he should have done the same against Israel longtime ago. Instead Harper is too busy wining and dining with an undeclared war criminal, Netanyahu.

      So, why not come to CHOGM as well? Meet and greet Rajapassa. There should not any moral barrier. Except BS, thinking we are idiots.

      PS: I hope CHOGM will be cancelld. Sri Lankans deserve to escape this wasteful talking shop.

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      Gamunu it is very unfortunate that the intelligent and the educated in this country no longer can uphold simple ethics of Honesty and Integrity leaving aside biasness towards ethnicity and Religious bigotry. This has become the curse of this Nation. Would Ben have the same attitude of denial, if he was a Tamil living in this society? I wonder!

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        Gamini

        Have we misunderstood the word integrity & honesty?

        Is standing up for humiliated Palestinians bigotry?

        Is exposing Harper’s hypocrisy bigotry?

        What has that got to do with suffering of Tamil Sri Lankans? Where have I denied their suffering?

        PS: I have clearly said I would rather not see Rajapassa clan basking in the glory of CHOGM.

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          The crimes committed by the United States and Israel cannot be used to defend the Sinhala war crimes. If the USA did war crime in Iraq and Afghanistan, let the people, affected, demand and take action against the USA not the Sinhalese. Two wrongs don’t make it right.

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            There is also something called “Tamil war crimes”.

            Not simply “Sinhala war crimes” only.

            Are you willing to acknowledge this fact? Or you just prefer to play the blame game?

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              The Tamils never said they wanted an independent International inquiry to investigate the crimes committed by the Sinhala government and the Sinhala armed forces alone. The Tamils around the globe are asking for an investigation into what happened during the ‘war without witness’ in Vanni. The Tamils need closure and we want to know what happened to our loved ones in Vanni after evacuating every foreigner, every NGO, UN worker and every single journalist from there by the Sinhala regime.

              The Human Rights Organization and International crisis group has been asking for an International investigation into the crimes committed by the LTTE and the GOSL. The Tamil Diaspora welcomed that call and pledged to support that investigation. If the Tamil Diaspora only wanted to investigate the crimes committed by the government, would they support organizations such as The Crisis Group and the HRW, who want both parties to be investigated? Think about it.

              Please tell me, are the Sinhalese like you welcoming an international independent investigation to look into the crimes committed by the LTTE and the government of Sri Lanka.

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              Who is going to define what war crimes are ?. That is by the Western countries who wants to dominate the world, and will be judged by judges partial to the USA and it’s allies.

              Russia, China or Iran or Saudi Arabia would define it completely different.

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        What about the views on this and other issues of the Colombo tamils ? Have they always supported the other tamils whatever the problems issues they raised ?

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      There never was an Israel in History but in the concocted biblical baseless stories. It was carved out of the Ottoman Empire and dived by the victors – the colonial powers Britain and France. Israel was created in 1948 because the Americans found this was the best way to get rid of the Jews. You know nothing about History before you display your ignorance.

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        Peter Casie Chetty

        “There never was an Israel in History but in the concocted biblical baseless stories.”

        It is similar to Sri Lanka, concocted by Mahanama in Mahawamsa baseless stories.

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    Lal Wickrematunge a feraless journalist from Sri Lanka at the risk of his life and that of his family has endorsed in many ways what Frances has had to say. Bensen

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      They all belong to the christian Brigade that is trying regime change and destabilise SL .

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    Agree with Ben & Don Stanley. The Canadians cry crocodile tears for the tamils only to garner their votes. If not for these votes they’d cared a damn about HR violations in SL. As for the CHOGM its just another meaningless event and another occasion for the ego-maniac MR to flutter his feathers at our expense.

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    These so called common Wealth Meetings of heads of state are all bull shit. Nothing comes out of them only unnecessary expenses for the host country. MR for instance will go to town in November and address the heads of state and rub shoulders with them. Its a bloody waste of time and our money loaned by China.

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      It will take many more years so called pragmatic, intelligent, magic man would ever grasp it… until there, we have to take a break..

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    I don’t agree with quite a few of the comments above as some are not based on facts or reason.
    Canada did not allow fund raising after LTTE was labeled a terrorist organization.
    It did everything legally possible including bringing charges against individuals.

    Sorry Canada does not practice white vans and people don’t disappear.
    Talking of fund raising there is no secret that Premadasa gave funds and arms to the LTTE. MR did the same. Now traders are investigated for paying tax to the LTTE.
    Canada is accusing Sri Lanka of human rights violations not of fighting a war and even after the end of the war the violations have continued and rule of law in non existent. White vans are still roaming the streets. Look at yesterdays news, a DIG is accused of murder. This is not a cop but a person in authority, what happened to the others he murdered who dont have the voice or money to fight back.

    On Canada’s support for Israel it will always be there and also of the civilized world until the Arabs accept Israel’s right to exist.

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      Burt,

      Israel’s right to exist..eh?

      Does that include swallowing up East Jerusulem? Importing Jews from Europe and North America only to settle them on land stolen from poor Palestinians?

      PS: Great you have such a high opinion of yourself. What exactly makes you think you are more civilized than others though?

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      Canada did not allow fund raising after LTTE was labeled a terrorist organization.
      It did everything legally possible including bringing charges against individuals.

      Is it not the Canadians and the like who always say to the government that:
      “..justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done”?

      Canada banned LTTE only decades after they starting committing horrendous acts of terrorism.
      LTTE raised millions of Canadian dollars to commit atrocious crimes in Sri Lanka.
      Even after the ban tiger supporters openly wave tiger flags on public roads in Canada.
      Visvanathan Rudrakumaran is free to visit Canada still.
      A simple Google search shows the man standing next to known terrorist leaders.

      Still, if one sees Canadians doing justice and everything possible at that as well, then surely he must be deaf, blind and dumb.

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        The Tamil Canadians did not do anything new or extra ordinary. The Irish Canadians, the Jewish Canadians, African Canadians, Vietnamese Canadians, Canadian Palestinians and Canadians of all shades and origins have collected money to support their brethren and their freedom struggle. Even after they left their respective countries, Canadians of all origins have continued to pay attention and support to the brethren in their mother countries. That is the time honored tradition of Canada.

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          So…

          Financing suicide bombings unlimmited and child soldiers for frontline brutalisation are all time honored traditions of Canada?

          Fortunately, we don’t have to listen only to your BS about Canada. Almost all of us have friends, relatives and other sources in Canada. They tell a different story about humanitarian traditios of Canada abused by the LTTE diaspora.

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            LTTE was the Tamil’s answer to Sinhala atrocities unleashed on them from the days of independence. The Tamil Diaspora supported the LTTE to free their homeland from the Sinhala occupation, just like the Irish Canadians and Irish Americans supported the IRA. But the Irish Canadians did not have any control over how the IRA conducted the fight against their enemies, just like that the Tamil Diaspora did not have any control over the tactics used by the LTTE to retaliate against the Sinhala state terror. So it is crazy to blame the Tamil Canadians alone when all other Canadian immigrants have supported the armed struggle to free their homeland in their native countries. :)

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      that was at the very end, but still Canada helps LTTE remnants and fund raising.

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    Sri Lanka already a Failed Pariah state run by the family dictators using extrimist thugs, taking the People on a mass Harakiri…..murder suicide mission.

    Before we had only one LTTE Terrorist to fight with, but now we have many. Even the DIG of Police Department is a notorious Contract killer.

    Dictators using it’s citizens as a bait to accomplish their dirty politics while taking the country on a distructive path, and thinking CHOGM could be used as a cover-up to hide the skeletons.

    Overall I think CHOGM is going to be a complete failure, a misnomer, a Joke and a suicide for the regime.

    Let’s wait and see how the things are getting unfold.

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    I think Sri lanka should opt out of the Commonwealth. We have too many enemies within who are supporting terrorists and ignorant blabbers like “Gemunu”.

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    I repeat a portion of my comments made here in respect of another article in this blog on June 07 :-

    “…. The regime and what goes as its “advisors” could not have failed to notice the unusual time and space given to Mishal Hussain’s programme on BBC 2 days ago, where a strong case was made against the Rajapakse GoSL. SLHC in London Dr. Chris Nonis chose not to appear on the show but met the charges a few hours later on air. While he was articulate and professional, he had a poor brief to defend. Lal Wickramatunga was calm, collected and did not attack the regime as one would have expected. But he put his case across professionally. Frances Harrison, predictably, showed there is little love lost between her and the regime. The Rajapakses have little cause for absolute joy – with CHOGM still on the doldrums despite Kamlesh Sharma going out of his way to please his good friends – the Rajapakses…”

    One cannot but note the continuous bellicose attacks on Canada on the CHOGM venue issue. PM Harper has been chosen for particular attack. Let us not forget Canada has been an old friend and benefactor of this country for a long time. The Katunayke Int’l Airport came by because of them and the road itself is called, out of gratitude, the Sri Lanka-Cananda Friendship Road. The Tamil diaspora being active there does not in any way mean the Canadian Govt is anti-Sri Lanka on all issues. Canada, one of the largest, most prosperous and beautiful countries in the world is home for immigrants from countries embroiled in civil disorder – Afghanistan, former Yugoslavia, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan and many other – all under UN obligations to provide safety and home to people fleeing death, destruction and homelessness. Canadians of recent Sri Lankan origin are settling and integrating into Canadian society as peaceful, lawful and useful citizens progressively contributing to the Canadian good.

    In this fetish of making enemies of former friends let us not include Canada in that dubious list.

    Senguttuvan

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    Remember when the US was helping Sinhalese destroy the LTTE; the Sinhalese did not shed any tears for the Guantanamo detainees, Native Canadians or even for the Palestinians. The US and Canada banned the LTTE. The US arrested LTTE supporters who were trying to buy anti-aircraft missiles, trained and gave detailed surveillance report of the LTTE shipping movement to the Sinhalese. The Sinhalese praised the USA for all that.

    Now the same USA and Canada realized the State Terror unleashed on Tamils, regardless of their motives, the Americans are internationalizing and bringing the world’s attention to the Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka. We Tamils appreciate that and the Sinhalese are crying foul now. :-)

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      Well said.

      Bush administration facilitated the destruction of LTTE but now the Sri Lankan government sleeps in the same bed as red China. India is also equally guilty is giving a blank cheque to Rajapaksas and uses broken sticks now to persuade the hawkish rulers to stop genocide of minorities specially Tamils.

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    Normally a program like this should have voices from both sides having differing ideas. The lack of it suggests other motives and agenda. I guess that what i have heard abt BBC being a useless media institution is now true.

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    Jayantha – Who says Sri Lanka is a failed pariah state. It hurts
    my patriotic zeal and is an insult to my ego.

    Sri Lanka is the WONDER OF ASIA. Where in the world would you
    get judges taking bribes and Police undertaking contracts to
    kill. Where in the world do you get morons wanting a Code of
    Ethics for the media so these matters do not reach the public.

    Where in the world do you get a Met Department like in Sri Lanka
    where despite the modern electronic age, they are unable to warn
    fishermen on time. Fishermen die instead of their catch.

    Where in the world do you get a country which boasts of pride of
    place for Buddhism and gives open licences for Casinos and thus
    to legalise prostitution?

    Where in the world do you have to national carriers, both bankrupt
    going for large loans to buy fleets of modern aircraft whilst
    villages have no schools and electricity?

    Where in the world do you get an international airport and an international harbour where aircraft or ships do not arrive?

    Where in the world do you have a “Parliament sized” cabinet and
    security contingents of equal numbers when there is no terrorist
    threats anymore?

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      Nice one !

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    Frances Harrison accuses of murder but refuses to show the body on the pretext of reprisals to the family members of the dead man.
    Under that pretext anyone can say any lie and write books and books of lies and that will never become the truth. Also Farnces Harrison seems to have completely forgotten that there is a very active British high commission here in colombo and she can easily get them to substanciate her claims if they are true as she claims.
    Our High commissioner in London Dr.Nonis answered these accusations beautifully and wonder why Mishal Hussain interviewed him seperately.
    He should have been put among these liars and see how he demolish these lies.

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    Since two commentators here, after my own, have referred to this allow me to say the BBC invited our HC in London to be part of the programme but he preferred to respond after the others have given their views.

    Senguttuvan

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    Sri Lanka must be expelled from Common Wealth because it does not respect its principles such as democracy, human rights and good governance. Canada is right in its stand against Sri Lanka but wrong in supporting Israel because both these countries commit genocidal attack on Palestinians and Tamil speaking minorities.

    PM Harper banned LTTE and he is consistent in his approach to Sri Lanka as the latter encourages state terrorism against any one or group that is perceived as anti-government. Buddhist extremists are encouraged by the government to annihilate religious and linguistic minorities by whatever means.

    Human rights violations and war crimes allegedly committed by parties to the ethnic war must be independently investigated and those found guilty must be punished before holding CHOGM in Sri Lanka.

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      All those countries helped Sri Lanka on the Promise Rajapakses gave them that after winning the LTTE Terrorism they will give freedom to Tamil people which they are now slowly putting under the carpet.

      Very soon Rajapakses will be trapped by the International community and will bring them to Justice at Hague.

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    Why Canada support to terror Isreal – the real terrorist of the world???

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    CHOGM should be used as a stepping stone to reach the world by our Citizens who are been suppressed, authors, Journalists, and reporters who are truly been effected by Human right abusses, suppressed and victims of unjust brought upon them by the Suppressors.

    They should come up with their own Stories through Publications,CD’s, Books, Manuels etc, to give their voices to the world what is truly happening in Sri Lanka with their own personal life experiences.

    Therefore I hope someone should help them to Publish their Grievences through these publications to voice their Grievences and to bring justice upon them during SHOGM.

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