20 October, 2021

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What’s In Store In Geneva For The Sri Lankan Government 

By Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka 

Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka

The UN Human Rights Council’s first session of the year 2021 to be held from 22nd February to 23rd March is the most important because it opens with the participation of member states at the Ministerial level, known as the High-Level Segment. Often, Foreign Ministers, Ministers of Human Rights, Justice Ministers and others of similar rank speak at the Council on behalf of their countries and take up issues of human rights around the world. 

As in the other two sessions held later in the year in June and September, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights presents her own reports of the work commissioned by the Human Rights Council. In addition, experts appointed by the Council on thematic issues known as Special Procedures also present their reports on their country visits and studies of human rights situations in the countries designated for scrutiny.

The High Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka to be presented at the ‘High Level Segment’ had been shared confidentially with Sri Lanka as is the usual practice with country reports, before being made available to the public. The report however had allegedly been leaked and it is now in the public domain.

The report of the High Commissioner contains a devastating and unprecedented critique of the handling of human rights in the country, and its recommendations have escalated the possible interventions of the Council beyond anything that has been suggested to date. 

The logic of this escalation is based on the High Commissioner’s conviction of an accelerated deterioration in civic, political, minority, religious and other democratic rights under the present administration which she explicitly states needs the UN Human Rights Council’s “urgent attention”. 

The High Commissioner will also be presenting her findings to the General Assembly in New York through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in furtherance of her mandate specified in General Assembly Resolution 48/141. In this context, some of her recommendations assume an added significance. 

There are some recommendations that she makes to the member states that Sri Lanka should not ignore. One such option that she indicates member states may consider is the referral of the Sri Lankan case to the International Criminal Court. This is unprecedented. A reading of the report clearly suggests that this was occasioned by what she perceives as the early warning signs of a dangerous trend which is rapidly escalating militarization and the closing of democratic space by the present Sri Lankan administration, rather than as a response to the Tamil Diaspora lobbyists’ long-standing demands.

Another recommendation is the application of the principle of Universal Jurisdiction, which was first proposed by previous Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Al Hussein.

Universal Jurisdiction enables a state to claim criminal jurisdiction over a person accused of a crime regardless of their nationality and place the crime was allegedly committed. Former President of Chile, Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London in 1998 on a Spanish warrant charging him with human rights violations in Chile during his time in office. He was extradited to Spain and was tried in a Spanish court under the principle of “universal jurisdiction”. His claims of immunity were rejected by the British Courts on the grounds that torture and crimes against humanity did not form part of the “functions” of a head of state. 

No member state acted on High Commissioner Zeid Al Hussein’s urging with regard to Sri Lanka, agreeing to let Sri Lanka investigate alleged violations of human rights through local processes. The context in which it has been suggested this time is significantly different from previous years with High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet emphasizing current practices of the Sri Lankan government which she describes as “trends emerging over the past year, which represent clear early warning signs of a deteriorating human rights situation and a significantly heightened risk of future violations, and therefore calls for strong preventive action.”  Such language regarding a peacetime situation is a cause for concern, all round.  

The Sri Lankan Government will have to respond. If it doesn’t do so effectively, that will impact on individual officials, because the High Commissioner also recommends “possible targeted sanctions such as asset freezes and travel bans against credibly alleged perpetrators of grave human rights violations and abuses”. The current Army Commander has already had a travel ban imposed on him, and as such these should not be regarded as empty threats. 

In addition, she recommends the application of “stringent vetting procedures to Sri Lankan police and military personnel identified for military exchanges and training programme”. Sri Lanka has already faced the consequences of this form of punitive action where members of the Sri Lankan military were denied opportunities for training. Furthermore, the report calls for continued review of Sri Lanka’s contribution to UN peacekeeping operations.

Even if Sri Lanka were to ignore the contents of the High Commissioner’s Report, it will still have to deal with the consequences of its recommendations, if any of the member states decides to act on them. An effective response will be essential if Sri Lanka is not to be seen by possible investors as a place likely to deteriorate into violent conflict and widespread human rights abuses. That is not an attractive climate for investment decisions.

The Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs has claimed that Sri Lanka is a peaceful country 12 years after the end of the war and to be accused of human rights violations was “unfair”.  This will not be a good enough defense in Geneva where the issues brought up in the report have little to do with peace now but with lack of progress on accountability for alleged incidents of war crimes, failure to establish credible local processes, reducing space for democracy, increasing militarization, and surveillance of civic actors and journalist, to list a few.

Asserting that no one has the right to dictate to us about democracy contradicts the logic of the UN Human Rights Council that all member states of the UN have a duty to speak on any concerns regarding human rights, including political and civil rights. Sri Lanka needs a far better strategy of engagement which takes that into account. 

Three Special Procedure mandate issued a joint appeal to the government of Sri Lanka on the 25th of January 2021 urging the government to stop what they termed “forced cremations”. This issue will surely be brought up at the Council and the joint appeal indicates the form it will most likely take. 

The Special Rapporteurs attribute the government’s decision to “discrimination, aggressive nationalism and ethnocentrism amounting to persecution of Muslim and other minorities in the country”. This is very strong language and the Rapporteurs were hardly detained by the peaceful nature of the country at present. A Government Minister’s protest that they will be guided by the WHO will inevitably fail to convince the Council due to the WHO recommending both burial and cremation as safe options for Covid-19 fatalities.

The Secretary/External Affairs fears that the North will hijack the agenda of the Council to target Sri Lanka. The Human Rights Council does not have any veto-wielding members and membership is based on equitable geographic distribution. This means that there are fewer member states from the global North and more from the global South. 

Sri Lanka was already on the agenda from earlier sessions which requested the High Commissioner to report on progress of the earlier resolutions adopted by the Council. Her report is presented in that context at the upcoming session.

It has been revealed that the External Affairs Ministry is awaiting the draft of a resolution on Sri Lanka being proposed by UK, Canada, Macedonia, Germany and Montenegro. It is expected to be a ‘consensual resolution’. The Foreign Secretary stated in an interview with the Daily Mirror that this was “the only thing on the table”. If this is the case, it is an important fact. 

Consensual Resolution requires a consensus between the parties by definition and if it fails to achieve that or is challenged, it will be presented to a vote at the Council. It is then that the 47 member states will support or oppose the resolution which will be adopted if a majority of countries vote in support. However, all 193 member states of the UN are able to present their views before the vote, to persuade the voting members either way. The Global South can have its say as much as or even more than the Global North. 

While this administration withdrew from previous resolutions which were co-sponsored by the earlier regime, this resolution will need the Government’s full engagement through our diplomats in Geneva if it hopes to persuade the Council of its position on Human Rights in Sri Lanka. Given the tone and tenor, Conclusions and Recommendations of the High Commissioner’s Report on Sri Lanka and the perception of the Special Rapporteurs of Sri Lanka’s motivation in its public health decisions on Covid-19 deaths, the Government of Sri Lanka has its work cut out for it.

*Sanja de Silva Jayatilleka is the author of ‘Mission Impossible-Geneva: Sri Lanka’s Counter-hegemonic Asymmetric Diplomacy at the UN Human Rights Council’, Vijitha Yapa, Colombo, 2017.

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    We the third world people (Toilet Washers Inc) totally and unreservedly accept the UN management of our life/landscape in any form and any time.

    We should organise the entire Security apparatus/ Police to go home and let the Country manage itself for a day could be followed by UN to physically run the country their onwards.

    Problem solved.

    Thank you

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      You are learning fast!

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        the world has learned this a long time ago as to why all the third world countries Atay as a Thord world country……….eg should the killers of fellow Tamils since 1970 can live in the doorstep of Geneva and breed we should know we are all doomed already a long time ago too….what is new? they can call you friends one day and the next terrorist and something else the next day………who cares when we have access to creature comforts and in return screw the rest who were left behind………cool.

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          So what happens to all the Indian training camps for the Sri Lankan children from 1970 onwards? who trained them? the Indian military activity in Jaffna and the aftermath? the TNA that connived?? all those who supported/facilitated the final phase of war in SL including the UN that withdrew to clear the space the onslaught to come???what happened to the FP/TULF stage after stage hate speeches (kills the opponents/Sinhala skin slippers and Suthenthiran creative writings since 1948) in the 70’s before the river of blood speech by the TULF in 1977 (before the riots), thuggery on tamils to obtain mandate in a democracy??

          other Tamils (non Sri Lankans) in other Nations and their activities and their Government s who allowed this duplicity during the war??? who equally worked with both sides just as India did??

          Any sanctions? travel bands? Hague??

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      Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka

      “The Global South can have its say as much as or even more than the Global North. “

      Aiyo Sanja the war was not fought outside this island. Neither Global South nor Global North had anything to do with the war nor they were instrumental in committing war crimes or crimes against humanity.

      Home grown war, due to home grown racism.
      That’s all.

      Perhaps you want to bring Martians to deal with independent investigation and passing judgement.

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      UNHRC is a toothless tiger.

      UNHRC resolutions can be totally disregarded and nothing happens. If they want any action, they must pass a resolution at the UNSC where it fails thanks to Russia and China veto.

      So UNHRC is just annual drama in March. Just 2 months before the war victory celebrations.

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      Rumble 2021

      It appears the Peacefully Rising Middle Kingdom is running most of the country.
      The clan and their Sinhala/Buddhist b***s carriers are happy to invite foreigners to formulate our politico, economic, social, security and financial policies.

      The problem is your family will be forced to obtain permission from Beijing every time if you want to ease yourself.

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    The current regime in Srilanka assumes that they have a powerful President and military heads that they can stand alone the regional and international super powers militarily and diplomatically. They always forget that they were able to silence the war with the help of regional and international Super powers. Further they think all the super powers do not have brain like Gota and Sarath Weersekara. In order to win the election, they put the blame on UNP is betraying Sinhala Buddhists. In fact, they saved Rajapakse family and Military commanders who are on the side of Rajapakse family. From November 2019, they ignored the judiciary, rule of law, and peace. They branded all the Sinhala people who supported Sajith and UNP are enemies of the country. Unless the Sinhala people realise their mistake, there is no future for Srilanka

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      “The Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs has claimed that Sri Lanka is a peaceful country 12 years after the end of the war and to be accused of human rights violations was “unfair”.”
      This is the sort of schoolboy logic used by this government and its clueless hangers-on. It only indicates the quality of the monolingual idiots in high positions.
      Still, if Dr.DJ had been appointed to Geneva, I’m sure he would get a favourable outcome, not because of superior logic, but because the delegates would do anything to escape his harangue.

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    Unfortunately today the Rajapakse-SLPP-Vyathmaga-Yuthukama Government is swimming in the same crap they created to with the election – Racism. The same Deshapremies and the Buddhist Monks who were the Rajapakse creation are on the road against the regime. This they are doing not because they truly hate the Rajapakse policies but because they have been bought over by the Chinese money “santhosams”, like the unions have been bought over in South Korea and other places. Chinese idiology is to block USA and India having a foot hold in Sri Lanka. The Deshapremies and the Buddhist Monks think they are living in a deep well, they do not realize that we are today, how ever smaller a country or population in a country may be, we are all part of a global village. We cannot live in isolation and violate international laws and progressive business environment. We have to work hand in hand with the rest of the world.

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    Countries that decide to take action against Sri Lanka will base their decision on Sri Lanka – China relations.

    Soma

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      soman

      “Countries that decide to take action against Sri Lanka will base their decision on Sri Lanka – China relations.”

      Wishful thinking.
      You are being brave.

      Now let me know your observations about the following countries:

      China – Pakistan
      China – Myanmar
      China- Cambodia
      China – Afghanistan
      China – Libya
      China – Iraq
      China – Yugoslavia
      ….
      ….

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        NV
        Looks like the entire voting pattern revolves around China.

        Soma

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          soman

          ““Countries that decide to take action against Sri Lanka will base their decision on Sri Lanka – China relations.”

          The above countries also had good relations with China, which didn’t give damn about the destruction brought on them by other countries.

          Yet you stupid people continue to believe China/Russia/…… /…. will come to safe your corrupted war criminals.

          You should start to learn how to use your brain effectively.
          The Public Racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala was forced to eat his own word, begged Pon Ramanathan to save Sinhala Leaders.

          Like Premadasa seeking VP’s help ask Gota to beg Sambandan to stop the UNHRC or other countries to let Gota’s b***s go free.

          By the way even if states impose targeted sanctions, such as asset freezes and travel bans against alleged perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses why should the war criminals worry about the sanctions.

          Do you think war criminals stacked their stolen assets outside this island? Do they any urgent business to attend to abroad?

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          Now that Sri Lanka has agreed to hand over the control of Eastern part of the Colombo port to India, it can probably expect India to protect them in the coming UNHRC meetings. Many India-philes among Eelam Tamils are going to be thoroughly disappointed. Though Indian diplomats are elated with this outcome, they do not realize that sooner or later they will end up empty handed.
          It is similar to the agreement between Rajiv Gandhi and Jayawardene in 1987. As a result of this agreement, India provided armed forces, arms and all other military help to Sri Lanka for twenty two years. They ended up empty handed. There was no return for their investment.
          It is not going to be different this time. India will never get to manage the Colombo port. Mark my word for that.
          India always used Tamils as pawns in their hard negotiations with Sri Lanka and then let the Tamils down. Foolish Tamils will never learn their lessons. India’s western backers will also follow India and ignore the plight of Tamil people.
          In a nutshell Tamils do not want to be oppressed. This request will again fall on deaf years.

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        World’s Number 1 China, number 2 Russia number 3 USA 4 Germany 5 Britain 6 France 6 India, this is current stand in the world and the leadership wise also

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      Soma’palan’ no they will base it on the size of the beggar’s bowl.

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    Nothing to worry much.
    She has mentioned LTTE also.

    Soma

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      soman

      “Nothing to worry much.
      She has mentioned LTTE also.”

      LTTE is finished, gone, wiped out, expunged, destroyed, obliterated, eradicated, eliminated, extinguished, annihilated, ……….. by Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabaharan.

      Its not a good, clever, mitigating reason.

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        NV
        It is on this assumption the whole game is played.
        Fake ‘balance’ that fools no one is introduced.
        .
        By the way Native can you help me to understand
        1) Why India turned a blind eye to the genocide of relatives of a section of her own people, mere 20km away and didn’t put a stop to it with that mighty military power?
        2) How the Tamils discovered the genocide only after the event? I mean even after they voted for Sarath Fonseka.
        3) Why the Tamil political masters who directed the war lived in the South?
        4) Why the only ambition of a Tamil mother in the North at the time was to send her children to the enemy territory?
        5) Despite all this propaganda by people of your class of discrimination, rape, murder, genocide etc.etc. a SINGLE TAMIL FAMILY didn’t leave Sinhala majority provinces after the war?
        6) Why Sampanthan aiya wants to pass his remaining days in Colombo?

        Soma

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          soman

          The racist usually try to cover up their active participation in war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide or racist attacks with clever arguments. In your case you sound you couldn’t even consult your fascist ideologues such active “THINKERS” as Gunadasa, Shenali, Champika, Udhaya, Wimal, Nalin, Gevendu, Elle, ……70,000 members of saffron brigade, all media owners, operators, editors, ….. all state functionaries, ………

          Those who love fascism or born fascists do start with all kinds of illiberal anti people activities, actively participating in racist indoctrination and propaganda motivated/driven by own delusions (Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala), myths, lies, … cult worship, ….. Sinhala/Buddhists are no different.

          1. Perhaps Hindians might have falsely believed in their regional might/ability to democratise the entire island, by helping to eliminate both growing Sinhala (1987/91) and Tamil fascists (more like Pol Pots).

          2. Soman you need to read up on how cultural genocide is being perpetrated all over the world.

          3. Stupid man, name those Tamil Leaders who opted to live and work in Colombo. Remember had the Brits established Jaffna as the capital of this island nation then the parliament could have been built there and the state businesses could have been conducted from Jaffna, Batticaloa, Trinco, Mandai Dive.

          .

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            soman

            4. You are indeed effected adversely by arrested development. Had the racist state and its functionaries allowed little devolution of power, allocation of resources resources, decision making, to set up their own regional government this country could have prospered and avoided war, riots ,…. That would have led the regions to develop their respective area, create good employment opportunities, and migration would have been minimised. However dumb asses because of their numerical power and lies took over the central power as a result continue to destroy this island, all in the name of Sinhala/Buddhism. What a pathetic lot.
            Had devolution was made central theme of development, Villagers like you could have stayed back in your own Gamay and prospered on your own, using your own abilities rather than depending on state handouts and periodical riots.

            5. According to conservative estimates more than 1.5 million Tamil speaking people have permanently left this island and settled down all over the world. It is estimate about less than 300,000 Sinhala speaking people are permanently settled overseas. Tell me why the Sinhala speaking people are also leaving the country in draws. These estimate exclude Middle Eastern Sri Lankan population.

            6. Because the parliament is in Colombo. You need him in Colombo to educate your 225 thugs (except a few).

            When are you going to ask the same stupid questions again?

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              soman

              Are you familiar with Nobel Laureate Sir Arthur Lewis’s published paper, ‘Economic Development with unlimited supplies of labour’ (The Manchester School)? (This is not an attempt to imitate Dyan (name dropping).

              Find it and read it then you will find as to why labour migration occurs not only in Sri Lanka but all over developing countries.

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      Soma’palan’: She has mentioned LTTE also.

      TFN: That means the Rajapaksas are in real trouble. Look around the Paksas and you can count how many menacing ex-LTTE buggers are around them.

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    Depending on the final division at UNHRC voting some of our generals will not be able to travel to some countries. A further small sacrifice on their part in comparison to what they risked to save the country.
    Those associated with TGTE and other pro LTTE organisations will not be able to travel to Sri Lanka.
    Economic sanctions will be equally shared by both Sinhalese and Tamils.

    Soma

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      soman

      “A further small sacrifice on their part in comparison to what they risked to save the country..”

      What are the purpose of their travel outside this island?

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      Soma’appu’, Economic sanctions will be equally shared by both Sinhalese and Tamils.

      TFN: finally sanctions have brought the Tamils and Sinhalese together?………………hahahaha what a bloody joker.

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    How could one create racism through National policies?? and be elected in a free and fair elections?? unless otherwise someone else is a racist remain a racist through all the ups and down not learning the lessons of not being racists??

    Place plenty of Sinhalese/Indian Tamils/Muslims in Jaffna just as the same live amongst the Sinhalese then one can say they are not racists? one for all and all for one/democracy/secularism/pluralism/democracy are just that..is what we all do around the world too???????

    Step 1. Acknowledge SL Tamils had nothing to do with the FP Mafia

    Step 2. Disclose all the undemocratic activities by FP to the world since 1970.

    Step 3. Disclose all the treachery/treason/connivance with foreign Nations against the National interest and its habitants.

    Step 4. Walk away from public life should anyone found not guilty of all the crimes in Jaffna followed by the living in Colombo.

    Step 5. Start doing some social/voluntary work to help all the families who lost their Nation to FP blunders.

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      UN should ask

      (1) why the elected TNA MP’s were not in their respective electorates/front line of the LTTE/Trapped public and put themselves in harms way when the final push was on in 2009?. Would not the world would’ve stopped the war until all the civilians were free??

      The fact of the matter is the TNA has links to the World leaders/GOSL (who protected them for 40 years) and if they were trapped then the foreign involvement would have never materialised?? why was this not done after the UN withdrew from the front line?

      (2) UN should ask why the FP/TULF elements allowed to exists as official entities and be politicians having created/misled/committed unimaginable thuggeries in Jaffna against people of Jaffna since 1970/ created the LTTE, PLOTE, TELO, EPRLF, EPDP…..children brigades for their personal use if getting their opponents killed/now got the entire Nation destroyed still be allowed to walk into the People’s Parliament to date.

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        (3) UN should find out why since 1948 none of the FP/TULF were not killed for their politics by the angry Sinhalese mobs in the riots but the innocent Tamil civilians were the victimes. After all most of them live in places that the mob should not have any difficulties for access?? Even today is the same??

        (4) UN should also answer who is consoling the GOSL/Armed force for their losses/Nation for their place on earth??

        We Sri Lankans need to understand this global folly/mafia running riots in our life/nation and how this is allowed should be the the discussion in the UN??

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    If economic sanctions are imposed on Sri Lanka that happens because of Tamils. Then the Government and Sinhalayo should look for ways to impose economic sanctions on Tamils.
    Suppose if the Sri Lanka Navy do not take any action against Tamil Nadu fishermen fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters in the North Tamil fishermen in Yapanaya will have to starve. Malabar Vellala Tamil politicians will not bother to do anything because fishermen belong to low castes. Even if they want they will not be able to get any sympathy from Tamil Nadu or New Delhi because on this issue they have nothing to do with Sri Lankan Tamils. That brotherhood exist only if ‘THEY’ can gain something.

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      Dear EE

      Why keep harping on at Tamils who are just as the victims as you all are….focus your energy on the FP/TULF/TNA will liberate the land forever for all of us?

      In fact we were the brave who took on this mafia to vote them out…little did we know what would happen to us….got slaughtered/children stolen by foreign Nations..the first ever unofficial battalions of the GOSL not recognised to date?? you did not come to save us and let us die then until the same came to bite you???

      So please let go of the Tamil shit and focus on how this monster/mafia FP/TULF who created all the armed groups to be taken to task should be the response as a minimum respect for a fellow man from the North???

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      “Then the Government and Sinhalayo should look for ways to impose economic sanctions on Tamils.”

      You should impose economic sanctions on Tamils.
      When your stupid leaders imposed sanctions on Tamils just after mid 1980s Hindia sent five An-32s escorted by five Mirage 2000s which lead Shavendra to hide in Presidential palace, and rest is history.

      Hindians now own the latest toys such as C-295, C-130J, C-17, IL-76, Boeing 737-200, ….. MiG-29, SU-30 MKI, …..

      Since VP is no longer alive Shavendra, Kamal, …. 15,000 single handed generals may have to hide inside Sambandan’s Amude.

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      Good point EE.

      Economic sanctions affect mostly importers (SL’s imports are much higher than exports). Most importers are Tamils and Muslims. They will go out of business.

      On the export side, most exports are tea and garments. All tea workers are Tamils. They will go bust. All garment export companies are also Tamil and Muslim owned. The owners will go bust. GOSL will have to find work for their staff which is the only challenge.

      So Tamils and Muslims will go almost totally bust from economic sanctions.

      Worst affected Sinhala consumers of economic sanctions are the rich liberals. They are the UNP/SJB people and those who want power devolution, human rights, etc.

      Sanctions will also force SL to go totally towards China. Who is complaining!

      So Sinhala extremists will be saying, “bring on economic sanctions”. They are the least affected.

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      EE
      “Suppose if the Sri Lanka Navy do not take any action against Tamil Nadu fishermen fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters in the North Tamil fishermen in Yapanaya will have to starve.”
      It is more than 20 years since Sunday Times brought to light the problem of Indian poaching.
      Please tell me what has been achieved by the Navy? They arrest and the SL Govt gets the detainees released under pressure from Delhi.
      *
      The fishermen from the north can handle it effectively if they are given a free hand.
      *
      Do not bring caste into this.
      The Karayar/Karave folk consider themselves to be on par with the Vellala/Govi lot.

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    Let’s see what the response of the ignorant racist Buddhist prelates and bhikkus who wanted a Hitler in Nandasena Rajapakse have to say.

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      It’s all fart and no excrement. How many UNHRC resolutions were passed on SL? Nothing happened!

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        JADAM

        “It’s all fart and no excrement. “

        Alright what is the alternative.
        Do you think if all the minorities converted Sinhala/Buddhism (not Buddhism) all those converts would be treated fairly equally?

        A few greedy inhuman a***holes make it their religious (actually fascist) duty to derive pleasure out of other people’s suffering. You seem one of them.

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    Then all the Sri Lankan Tamils should ask yourself why you keep voting for this Mafia? why your energy focused on GOSL/LTTE crimes??? not demanding TNA be sent to every household in SL and made to ask for forgiveness????

    This is the only justice left to be delivered to our Nation of People….as all else in place for her to have a normal dignified path to empowerment??

    ask yourself are Indian/Malaysian/Singaporean Tamils going around and cursing their fellow country men and head of states around the world?? did they do the same fights and ghetto politics in their own countries for their problems???

    Instead they connect to the host country children/marry them/make babies with them/educate themselfs/focus on technology transfer to their Nation/connecting their fellow men women to the world that they have learned over time….that is the UN mission and vision should be applicable to SL problems too???

    Why then is it different?? further diving our people?? even after people have elected and made their voice heard as to the National Plan??

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      So if the GOSL thinks they can not Constituently ban the language and religious parties in our Nation and bring about a National Security Act please ask why?? why would GOSL entertain such a destructive force knowing very well (every word spoken stage after stage/every action that killed the FP/TULF opponents since 1970 in Jaffna) be the participants in a democracy??

      Indian citizenship dispute in 1948 for them to occupy Sinhalese land, 50-50, Federalism, Separatism and the language issues are in the past and now we need to talk about the future specially when we ourselves are not perfect and have selective amnesia regards to how we live and where we live today around the world? the dollar that funded and fund all that we are today and its origins???

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        So go and consult other Tamils globally and look them in their eyes and pause all the right questions regards to their hypocrisy/duplicity for not delivering justice to SL and her subjects for progress/ and development away from sectarianism??

        Leave the uN alone for other impotent tasks such Environmental protection agenda from all her members…US president has spoken his Green Agenda and ask the US work with China to deliver the same to us in Sri Lanka will be the path to humanity/religions/cultures/educated decision making etc??

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    It is time we use our own journey and suffering to evaluate the functionality/disfunctionalisty/limitaions in the UN and her respective bodies governing the scope of member Nations conflict management/conflict resolutions because we know our history better than all else?? has UN got a report that incorporates all that took place in SL? why just focus on one event when the we have a 70 year history? Justice is for all not for the few?? even to ask if this is justice or conflict making is one has to ask now is it not?? and why??.

    It is time we evaluate UN job scope and ask for explanation as to why she withdrew from the space before the final phase of the war?? do we know how this was all brought to an end?? all the Nations who played a part has to be put on trail and punished then do we know who they are??

    As it stands this is a regime change/toppling event just as our history has been (there inso Tamil/Sinhalese issues in SL that initiated this since 1948) for the benefit of the geo politics?? then is time Sri Lankans stand tall and say no…….and they have a GOSL who can help them do that is a bonus not a burden??

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    Madam Bachelett has been too soft on Srilanka unlike her predecessor HE Prince Zaid. Srilankan Government has gone too far into corruption, forming a dictatorship with the sole aim of plundering of what ever that is left to the country. Most of it all for taking by the Chinese.

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    We are not a wealthy superpower, where we can commit international crimes, or war crimes, and be held accountable. Until we become a superpower, and stop looking at other countries for hand outs, aid, charity, and writing off loans, we have no choice but to be held accountable for crimes going on within our country, human rights abuses, racist policies, discrimination, targeting of journalists, and the protections of war criminals, who now hold high positions in our government, and who are banned from entering some nations. We have had international warnings many times under the Rajapaksa’s for all the above.

    As long as the government keeps stalling, blocking, denying, and refusing to cooperate with investigations, this black mark will forever be against us. International organizations and human rights groups, will be on our case, because thousands of our citizens have not been given honest answers about their missing family members, they have no closure, and war criminals are enjoying being driven in their luxury vehicles, when instead they should be held accountable. They have become the inner circle or cronies of the Rajapaksa dictatorship.

    The more this government keeps acting like they are guilty, the more there will be pressure from abroad. It seems our government wants all the perks of receiving international aid, but do not want questions asked about human rights violations.

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    Yes! When we have plenty of time we pen articles and commentaries of our choice. I don’t want to be classified as a soothsayer predicting that the doomsday for this country is nearing. But the reality is, as I have told before, this country is fast moving towards being a hermit state, failed or otherwise, and will affect the livelihoods of all Sri Lankans. As there is no sign of unity amongst its people to face the challenges of the future I don’t see the end of the tunnel.

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