19 October, 2017

Whose Rights Are Human Rights?

By Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Ravana Balakaya was on the streets protesting Navi Pillay’s visit to Sri Lanka. One banner asked, “Hey Pillay, don’t you have better things to do?” The same tone was seen in the statements of the Government, state media, and Bodu Bala Sena.

When we are born to this World, some say we are born free. Well it is not true. We are born so dependent on many things. We first heavily depend on the care of parents. Parents depend on the care of a society and the care of a constitution of a country whether they like it or not. If there is some flaw in the care of the society or the constitution of the country, whom should the parents depend on to protect the child? Shouldn’t it be the greater human kind on planet Earth? Then, who is going to protect the greater human kind?

Well, there was no such higher authority at the level of the planet till the end of World War II. It was a winner-takes-all game. The parties to the war came together to formulate a set of universal conventions that all Nations should abide by, and that resulted in the establishment of United Nations (UN). This did not still get rid of the special privileges of the super powers. The negotiations settled down in the formulation of a security council where each super power got a veto power to decide any united military action outside their countries. This too, did not insulate any country from a military action from a super power outside the UN charter. However, the World was left to accept that military action from a super power is most often done with good intention. This was proven to be blatantly wrong in the push of the Bush administration to find out weapons of mass destruction (WPO) in Iraq. Not many are aware that it was an action taken in denial of UN recommendations, and even outside the recommendation of the US house of congress. This kind of historical blunders undermined the respect for the UN’s original vision to be a Global umbrella organization to protect humanity from unfair military action. That resulted in denial of the rights of so many thousands of children born in Iraq and other countries affected by that unfortunate incident.

However, if somebody uses Iraq or impending action on Syria by some super powers by-passing the UN charter, to further dilute the authority of the UN, they shoot their own feet, and empower people like George W. Bush and his advisors. In fact we should do the right opposite. We should question meddling with the over-arching mandate of the UN to safeguard the rights of all human beings on the planet, and condemn arrogant action like the one taken by President Bush. Here, there is a cultural difference between the US and Sri Lanka. In the US, a country I love so much based on my direct experience of civil liberties, criticizing president Bush or any other president does not amount to criticizing the United States or its people. In fact James A Baldwin wrote – “I love America more than any other country in this World, and, exactly for that reason, I insist in the right to criticize her perpetually”. In Sri Lanka, criticizing Rajapakshas is often interpreted as a criticism of Sri Lanka and its people.

In Sri Lanka, Rajapaksha administration is not the first to intimidate the Supreme Court and the chief justice that holds the supreme mandate to guarantee the fundamental rights of citizens stipulated by the constitution. JR Jayawardana administration did the same. He even justified stoning judges as a democratic right of the people. Well, perhaps Mahinda Rajapaksha maybe the first to ignore the constitutional process to impeach a chief justice. However, the fact remains that there has been a considerable mass of people in any of these eras who jumped into justify these challenges on the very crest of judicial authority that protects of the fundamental rights of the people. The arguments are the same too. One popular pattern is to quote history – “look, it happened when the opposition was in power too! Then why do you blame our president?” Some others quote radical groups in the country like the JVP in 1980s and LTTE as a reason to justify heavy-handed action, often quoted as state terrorism – “look, people die in all counter terrorism actions! Why do you blame this counter terrorism action only?”. Some others quote the West – “look, this is not the worst country in the World. Look at them. What is UN doing to them? Why us?” And, some paint all human rights defenders with a broad brush of the label – “the traitors”, or the “NGO agents nourishing on dollars”! Finally, they leave the people wide open and vulnerable, without realizing that someone related to them would also be victims one day. I bet many victims of human rights violations, including those who got shot or beaten by a military action on civilians in Weliweriya too, at some point, contributed to these arguments.

So, when there are groups in the very society that is supposed to give warmth and protection to the rights of the fellow countrymen justify blatant human rights abuses quoting history, radical groups, or even the West, and look down upon human rights defender as traitors, and when the Government denies the constitutional rights of the people, where should parents go? Parents of a child, like a mother or a father who cried for clean water in Weliweriya to see the dead body of their child, like a mother or a father who cried when the Jaffna library was burnt down with no culprit to be found in 1980’s (under JRJ), or a mother or a father who pleaded not to kill them during 1983 riots with no culprits to be found (under JRJ), or a mother or a father who lost their civilian child in the cross fire between the LTTE and the Government forces, during the last phase of the war? To people like George W. Bush? Or to an organization like the UN human rights council? Who can be better poised to serve a citizen of a random country who believes that his own country failed to protect his basic rights as a human being? Then, whose rights would those who protested the visit of Navi Pillay maybe protecting?  Whose rights would those who protested the visit of Navi Pillay maybe denying?

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    Thanks! Indeed, it is ONLY the UN and Madam Pillai who will be able to hold the DEEP STATE that Gotabaya Rajapassa is building in Sri Lanka accountable.
    The stupid Balu Sena which obviously has not brain talks as if 2 wrongs make a right! If the US jumps in the well and commits HR violations why should Lanka follow? What happened to their NATIONALISM?

    Also, Let us NOT underestimate the fact that Balus Sena and Ravaya thugs are merely Gota the Goon’s religious army to DISTRACT us from the level of militarization of all institutions and the grabbing of CIVILIAN institutions and lands by the Ministry of Defense. This is all part of constructing a DEEP STATE for the Rajapassa military dictatorship that Gota the Goons is engaged in. The clown MR with his gigantic macho image merely provides the FACADE of DEMOCRACY with his cabinet of corrupt clowns..

    The militarization of urban development and education should be brought to the notice of MS. Pillai who should make recommendations on how the DEEP STATE or “State within a State” that that Gotabaya Rajapassa is consolidating for the Rajapassa military dictatorship with a Facade of democracy in Sri Lanka must be rolled back.
    Not only should the Police be taken from Gota the Goon’s control and given to the Ministry of justice. The Urban Development Authority (UDA) should also be taken away from Defense Ministry that is involved in so many land grabs using guns to silence people in urban areas. Cities are being stripped of trees and foliage and made into military style environments and civilian institutions being destroyed by the Defense Ministry land and CIVILIAN INSTITUTION GRAB.

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      Dead on! The police and military need to be DOWN SIZED AND STREAMLINED for EFFICIENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY in post- war Sri Lanka and Navi Pillai must address this in her comments since it is the military, the police and politicians who are the most CORRUPT and law breakers and RAPISTS in the country.
      An excessive military has resulted in Military MISSION and MANDATE CREEP has affected DISCIPLINE and ACCOUNTABILITY and is destroying civilian institutions including the police since the military is involved in all sorts of businesses and land grabbing – as in Pakistan – which is Gota’s roll model. Thus when Grand pass mosque was attacked the police watch because they are puppets of corrupt politicians and have got used to doing NOTHING – because they are TOO MANY of them and they wait for the army or politician’s orders!
      Post-LTTE Sri Lanka’s military and police are TOO BIG for the country and must be DOWN SIZED and made lean and mean. The police have nothing to do because the military has taken over and hence have got used to DOING NOTHING. If a crime is reported they say go to the other police station!
      The police and armed forces, like the massive Rajapassa cabinet of uneducated morons, thives and criminals need to be STREAMLINED with clear lines of control. Because they are so many they do nothing but pass the buck and blame among them. It is the people who suffer because of the crimes of STATES and military that is increasingly politicized..

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        you are an uneducated idiot , may be you should listen to military historians who have seen the effects of disbanding a huge military . What they are doing is the right thing by using the military as a peace time force . And training them to the peace time role . And not filling up the natural attrition of retirements etc .

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    Bottom line you have to agree the failure of the Sri Lankan government brought this mess not JVP or LT TE because since the independent certain racist group took over the contra and made this mess also the Buddhist monks play a key roll for the racism

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    Government holds the rights of certain people:

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=36594

    Navi Pillay taken through backdoor to avoid public in Jaffna
    [TamilNet, Tuesday, 27 August 2013, 07:01 GMT]
    Many among more than a thousand people gathered in front of the Jaffna Public Library on Tuesday morning to personally convey their feelings to the visiting UN Human Rights Commissioner Ms Navi Pillay, started shedding tears when they found out that Ms Pillay was taken away, through the backdoor, by the Sri Lankan officials. The gathering that was mostly the kith and kin of the people missing in the war and the aftermath, was told by the organisers of the visit to peacefully assemble in front of the Jaffna Public Library so that Ms Pillay would be seeing them. Some of the people had even travelled from the South to convey their bereavement. But, after meeting the SL Colonial Governor, SL Government Agents of the districts in the North and SL-run provincial council heads of departments at the Public Library hall, Ms Pillay was led through the backdoor.

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    “Ravana Balakaya was on the streets protesting Navi Pillay’s visit to Sri Lanka”

    In the Ravana story there was a character named “Hanumantha”. Real Hanumantha is none other than Sri Rohana Manaranjana, 3 Singhaladeeeshwara, Wishwa Keerthi Sri Lankabidana, Sambudda Saasana Chakrawarthi or our Sanwedee, Nihathamani, Palapurudu nayakaya.

    Like Hanuman did he will set fire to this once beautiful country.

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    Thrishantha Nanayakkara –

    “Hey Pillay, don’t you have better things to do?”

    Need to ask:

    “Hey Buddhist Monks, don’t you have better things to do?

    What about the Tipitake?”

    1. To begin with Rawana was NOT a Buddhist. Rawana was a Hindu. Rawana was not Sinhala. He was native along with the Vedda and other tribes, who came from Southern India. Check the DNA.

    2. Lanka was a Hindu and Jain Island and peaceful. Look at Bali Indonesia, 94% Hindu and peaceful.

    3. The parents of Buddha were Hindu.

    4. The so-called Triple Gem is an aberration. It should be Double Gem.

    a) Buddha and
    b) Dhamma only.

    No need for Sangha, like you racists and BBS racists. This is not the Enlightened Buddhas teachings. Do not spoil the Sinhala people.

    The Sangha, during the 400 years before writing the Dhamma, introduced Sangha as the Third Gem in order to create the Monk hegemony.

    This is precisely what Dick Cheney did to the Republican Party Vice President Selection. He was the chair of the VP selection committee, and claiming that there was no qualified candidate, appointed himself as the Vice President.

    The Monks did the same thing to Buddhism. Appointed themselves as the Third Gem in order to maintain their hegemony. Like the Pope and the Catholic Church- infallible.

    There should be No Triple Gem. It should be Double Gem only.

    1. Buddha — The Founder

    2. Dhamma – The Teachings.

    Keep the monks away..and keep their Monk hegemony away for peace.

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      How did you get a hold of Ravanas DNA my friend ? lol

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    Well said Amarasiri,
    Thanks for the explanation.
    Coming to Pillai’s visit, I think it’s too late for the Tamils to get justice through the UN. The Rajapakse’s have succeeded with the delaying tactics and also by keeping India and China on Toe.
    The Only hold India has on the Rajapakses is Repatriation of Sri Lankan Refugees back to their Mother Land.
    As one of the readers commented the other day, India should give our Govt a deadline after when, India should start charging our Govt for the up-keep of our refugees in India.

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    We really do not need to take any other country as an example. The U.S. is possibly the worst violator of human rights(along with Israel), and the U.N. does nothing about it. We only need to ask Sri Lankans whether what we are doing is right or wrong, good or bad? This is easy to decide, for the answers are in all our religious teachings. If we cannot abide by what we have learnt in the temples, churches, kovils, and mosques, scattered throughout the length and breadth of this country, we should not be surprised if we are compelled to experience a few more decades of strife due to our inability to commit to being good.

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    Amarasiri- wow.I knew a few points and the rest a revelation.The latter due to the fact that some budhists themselves do not understand the Teachings.They remain confused and insist on confusing others.

    Trishantha- 6 yrs ago you were singing a different tune ,a tune so loud and clear that the R family was doing wonders for Sri Lanka.Then you were not a Dr.Does getting a Dr’s hat give you the authority to change colors.Another environment- UK, maybe ?

    Now you are indeed singing for the Tamils.

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      Hanna,

      Many intellectuals supported Rajapaksa when he took power and promised to eliminate the LTTE, give tamil people their due rights and make Sri Lanka a paradise for everyone to live in. Sadly for all, after he defeated the LTTE, the ego and the power got to his head and he thought he was the king of kings and wanted himself and his family to remain in power forever.

      Soon, he realised that holding onto power was difficult when the country’s poor economic state failed to alleviate the people’s suffering. So, he had no other option than to resort to dictatorial means to control all dissent. This was something that was not expected by his intellectual supporters. They failed to see Rajapaksa for what he really was – a born criminal, thug and a dictator. The stealing of the Tsunami funds should have warned them of what the real Rajapaksa is but they were blinkered. His human rights campaign to save the JVP youths was a façade because surely he knew that his own brother was butchering the youths in Matale. Now the oppression sees no end and the horizon looks pretty gloomy for the country and its people. That is why many of these intellectuals who supported him are turning against him.

      I would welcome this if it helps to depose Rajapaksa. So, don’t criticise those who were pro Rajapaksa before and are now anti.

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        I hesitate to call anyone who backed Rajapaksa an “intellectual”. A educated person maybe with a degree or two or even a PhD but an intellectual is someone who can think and foresee the ramifications of his actions.

        Anyone who expected a thug to stick to his word will also expect a leopard to change it’s spots….no intellectual !

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      I feel Dr Nanayakkara, like anyone else, is entitled to change his views.

      Six years ago was in 2007. Things have rapidly deteriorated since then and the depths of the morass we are in are a lot clearer, don’t you agree, Ms Rajaratnam? Surely you don’t need a Ph.D. to see this?

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    To tell the whole story in short:-

    MIGHT IS RIGHT. This applies to the so called “SUPPER POWERS” and also the “All MIGHTY GOVERNMENTS” who think that they can do anything they decide to be correct in their FAVOR.

    This is the world order all the nations have set for us to follow.

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    Indeed.Trishantha,you didn’t or could’nt see where the government was heading.At the meeting where 3 learned Drs, guest speakers spoke about the deteriorating democracy in Sri Lanka.The country excluded minority views,opinions and advice.
    Certainly many have the experience living in Sri Lanka through the stages of hijacking ‘democracy’ to understand the situation better.
    In the south white van killings were at its height,journalists were fast dissapearing,people,husbands and wives were kidnapped – was happeneing all over the island.
    At the Q & A, Trishantha simply did not catch on to what had been delivered.
    Questions about the fast deriorating Democracy how well this could be changed and addressed by the people of Sri Lanka was not seen as the right approach.
    So we see the shift from one side to the other for what ever reason.
    6 yrs later we see other minds have changed too.
    Could we have come together then for a better Sri Lanka- it didn’t seem like it, noting him and his friends.
    It was all about not willing to hear the truth.Today many have changed and woken up disspounted and angry.- on a matter of such great importance regarding the country’s democracratic values in shreds and for many hard to accept.
    Not only 6 yrs too late but another 6 for the turn around.It has become a game.Pitting against each other.

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      Hi Hanna Rajarathnam,

      Yes, I believed in Rajapaksa 6 years ago. But no sooner I first hand experienced that my assumptions were wrong, I changed my mind. Looking back, I had two assumptions – 1) I thought MR could give a new direction because he was deeply rooted in the village culture of Sri Lanka. But I soon realized that he is just a master manipulator of the weaknesses of villagers than living a village life himself. In fact he is a master manipulator of the weaknesses of everybody including the greed of his own cabinet. 2) I thought he has benefited from Buddhism and changed from the thug character he was known as a young politician in Beliatta. Soon I realized that he has no deep respect for Buddhism or practices Buddhism or any other religion. In fact his wife is a good Christian devotee which I appreciate. It dawned on me that he just manipulates people’s paranoia to protect Buddhism in Sri Lanka. 3) I assumed that Gotabaya had a genuine vision for a united Sri Lanka because he had a long exposure to US culture where a lot of ethnic groups live under one flag with a common American identity. But soon I realized that he is just a cat paw of ultra racist organizations like JHU. It was proven recently through his demonstrated close links with similar groups like BBS.

      Now what we should do is not to waste time hating these people, JRJ, RP, or LTTE, but to be clear with what we expect as people, so that political parties can take them into account to reform their policies.

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        Then you started to believe and supported Sarath Fonseka

        1 Is that SF from village
        2 Is SF is buddhist
        3 or Is that because SF got US green card

        You seems trying to show to the world that now you are in right track to help the people of SL

        No mate , you are still behind your own agenda, you want to take the revenge from Gota and the government therefore you are heavily criticising and writing all these articles against the government to show it to the world that you are true human right advocate

        But don’t believe all the people in SL drink Punnakku to believe what you are saying

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          KK,

          Yes, I had and will continue to have political judgements when needed. The decision to encourage people to vote SF was based on one assumption – his will to start a reconciliation process. Usually, those who truly experience war recognize the value of reconciliation. So, there was enough reason for me to believe that he meant it. Yes, I may have been wrong, and we didn’t get the opportunity to see.

          Yes, I was very angry to see how the law was twisted to put him behind bars, and I did my best to make people aware of the importance of getting him released. After he came out, I didn’t write a single article supporting his new political path. That is because my mission of getting him out is over now, and he is free to do whatever he wants. The bigger duty set upon us to defend human rights of Sri Lankans is a much broader goal. Naturally I blame Gota for playing with the law and justice of the country, because he was the secretary of that ministry. Gota knows that I don’t have a personal grudge with him, and if you didn’t know, he trusts people like us than those who constantly praise him to gain personal advantages. He knows that we sacrificed all those personal friendships for some greater reason.

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            Thrisantha,

            I believe, instead of introducing a new law – law and order, it is imperative to have a ministry for disipline. Be it among the buddhist monks or others what you easily notice is lack of disipline. In our days – 3 decades ago in the country, we respected buddhist monks – and they themselves contributed their best to build mannered society. Today, who cares whom ? Buddhist monks are seen to be behaving like mentally ill people not only protests. They just spreads TOTALLY wrong stammerd tales about muslim communities. Buddhist monks are expected to behave seelawanthawa – to be exemplary to us all, but today, alone the fact most IRC monk BBS leader has been permitted to run amok as he wishes… this has been a great joke, Thrisantha. I think our people were more civilised 3 decades ago in the country than it is today. Each time, I travel back to see my parents, I get easily hurt the manner how today´s youth behave there down. They have no manners at all. They dont care about anything. No respect towards elders. Let alone towards own mother. These are not single cases, Thrisantha, just to check all these bymself, I travelled myself on a public transport – what I got to see there was not comparable to our days. This is the reason why I think it is imperative to have a ministry of disipline.

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        “The decision to encourage people to vote SF was based on one assumption – his will to start a reconciliation process. Usually, those who truly experience war recognize the value of reconciliation. So, there was enough reason for me to believe that he meant it.”

        Did you not hear his strong words about minorities and how they should live?

        Did you not see the ferocious brute he was as the commander of the army?

        When SLFP+JVP cohabitation didn’t work out in the past for more than a couple of months, for how long did you think SF+UNP+JVP+TNA cohabitation would have worked?

        Did you not see how committed Ranil was to have SF as common opposition candidate?

        When SF couldn’t tolerate the authority of MR and GR when he was just the army commander, would he have accommodated the views of Ranil as prime minister?

        In such a dysfunctional environment with all parties pulling in different directions what would have happened to the country?

        If MR wasn’t a master manipulator, would he and this country survive the political storms we have to endure every day both here and abroad? Do you think Ranil is any different? What do you think happened to SF?

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          Manipulation is only good in the short run – to buy time till the next trick. In the long run, it causes to lose credibility. What is more important is honesty as Buddha said – “doing as you are saying, and saying what you truly intend to do”. Honest leaders attract a firm sense of respect and tolerance. Even the super powers lost respect whenever they cheated the World, and gained respect whenever they acted upon their words.

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    What special interest groups in Sri Lanka asking is freedom to carry out the changes that they need.

    It is like Tamils want to establish their separate mono-ethnic eelam in the North and East. Muslims and christians each want to convert Sri Lanka and to make either a majority muslims country or a majority Christian country.

    Read the comments. All are anti-buddhists, Anti-sinhala, pro-LTTE etc., etc., NGOs, new media supporting those groups want their way. COLOMBO TELEGRAPH IS ONE OF THOSE.

    We know the democracy in democratic world.

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      Why the paranoia ? Take a Xanax and relax !

      You cannot stop anyone converting from one religion to another ! What makes you think that this country will remain a Buddhist country ? You will be dead and gone – who knows when !!

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    The people who shout about human rights today are the very same “righteous” people who lead the witch hunts and burnings at the stake of an earlier era.
    A million children are starving refugees around Syria, but the human rights people are talking about the “poison gas attack” as that Assad should be punished for his transgression of a hallowed principle that bans poison gas. The priority is the help those who are living, and not to start further attacks and divisive investigations in the name of human rights.

    The Human-rights lobby does not want to correct human rights, but they want to punish “violators of human rights”.

    Thrishantha nanayakkara is a totally confused young man who has lost his bearing after leaving Sri Lanka without gaining the maturity that Lanka could have given him. He has swallowed American ideology lock, stock and barrel.

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      Again, you seem to be trying to get away by pointing the finger at the West. I said that some of them tried and are trying to by-pass UN procedures in Iraq and Syria. Is that an excuse to violate human rights in Sri Lanka? please think about the people in your own country.

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        Not only are they (the West) trying to bypass UN procedures they are manipulating the whole UN system to gain political power around the world. UN is their instrument of intervention. Do you agree?

        Therefore what good will it serve inviting UN here to sit in judgement of what are our own problems?

        Do you want to make this country a client state of US/UK like Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt and Syria (in near future)?

        Do any of those client states respect human rights of their people now anymore than they used to before intervention by the West?

        Do the the UN or any one of many good Samaritans who were so eager to militarily or otherwise intervene in internal affairs of those states to establish good governance and what not with the support of local factions, human rights activists, media, etc. etc. now care about human rights abuses of the dictators/governments they installed?

        You don’t like local abusers of power but you have no qualms about teaming up with even greater abusers of power elsewhere in the world to get rid of the former. Do you ever look beyond the point where you “get rid of local bad guys”? What happens next?

        Shirani B can only operate within the limits set by MR and may even have to deliver her judgement in favor of ruling clan. Navi Pillai is the same. She can only operate within the limits set by the West and has to dig up dirt that provide ammunition the West need to justify their interventions around the world — which I must add is determined by their national interests and not that of those states where they intervene. So what good is it for us to use UN to enhance the human rights situation here? In doing so, we only get in even deeper trouble.

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          I guess it was dittadamma wedaniya that worked on Dr. SB. I hate the way she had been removed. But she approved 18AMD to support MR regime – and several other issues that paved the way to the crime friendly society – I mean since the day she was appointed.

          Alone the fact – as the president of nation, position to have been offered to the husband of CJ is against the constitution. There president himself has gone wrong. I really dont know why the responsible autohrities stayed silence, allowing president to do whatever he thought was correct. Looking at all these, I feel, today we have ZERO law in action in the country.

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          Very good observations. We never have to go beyond boarders. Human rights of Sri Lankans should be defended locally, and there are enough constitutional provisions to do that. But what happens if those provisions are blatantly violated, and the majority is ok with it? What should the affected do? MR himself went to UN at some point right?

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            Carcass Theory

            When power full animal like Lion killed a animal then the lot of other animals (hyenas, Vultures, foxes etc.)and parasites will attract the Carcass and these animal and parasites will live with Carcass , none of these animal don’t like to see someone take the Carcass away from them ,if they see, they will attack

            It is the same theory for the war , when there is a war lots of human right actives, NGOS, arm dealers and journalists etc. start to sell the war and try to find their day to day living, these people don’t like to see war ending and lose their day today living and start attacking the people who end the war. it is the same situation now for MR and Gota is facing

            But unfortunately gota applied condom theory to you

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        Carcass Theory

        When power full animal like Lion killed a animal then the lot of other animals (hyenas, Vultures, foxes etc.)and parasites will attract the Carcass and these animal and parasites will live with Carcass , none of these animal don’t like to see someone take the Carcass away from them ,if they see, they will attack

        It is the same theory for the war , when there is a war lots of human right actives, NGOS, arm dealers and journalists etc. start to sell the war and try to find their day to day living, these people don’t like to see war ending and lose their day today living and start attacking the people who end the war. it is the same situation now for MR and Gota is facing

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    The West doesn’t commit human rights violations against its own people. They are doing somewhere else to keep their power. If our leaders are smart enough they would have learned from them. The reality is fools are in power in Sri Lanka, unfortunately Sri Lanka is in a strategic location, but the leaders are not smart enough to handle it. Therefore, it will be on going struggle for Sri Lanka. The Mattala Airport and the Hampanthota harbour are good example how the Chinese want to control Sri Lanka by making the leaders rich and place the country under huge financial burden to rule the country. The Chinese didn’t bother whether the Mattala Airport and Hampanthota Harbour projects are going to make money or not; if they did they would have done proper analyses before starting the projects. It is very clear Sri Lanka is under the firm grip of China. Slowly but surely Sri Lanka is becoming a little North Korea.

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    wHOSE RIGHT ARE THE HUMAN RIGHTS ?

    Today´s srilanka, this has just reduced to PRESIDENT´S FAMILY.

    HR has been brutally violated by the rulers in many forms. Whatever crimes are being carried out – many of the incidents are carried out by pradeshiya saba members together with regional police stations. From Deraniyagala to many other places where high crime incidents were reported are said to be half investigated, but none of the accused even as key members have not been convicted to sofar. People believe there is no law and order as had been before MR´administration. If majority of the crime incidents, if proved to be carried out by ruling party supporters, president would dare to protect them as ” our men”. All these discussions are held secretly, keeping the backboneless minister´s of justice mouth shut. For their own reasons, none of the ministers seem to be going above the word of president. In many democracies like Germany, France, Uk or any other countries, ministers should bring progress reports, but in srilanka today under MR rule, there is nothing that the minister could bring as such reports. In earlier times MR was no as the president, he himself had to bring such reports, but today under him, minister have become just previledged groups to enjoy their perks only. If these minister are clean, nothing like this would be toleraable, none of them, even most pundit -GLP are said to be clean.
    They are all laundry men to the MR. It is show as one man show, but how many more months ?

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    Only humans should have human rights.

    By definition tigers cannot and should not have human rights. They may have animal rights. Don’t forget animal sacrifice is legal.

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      Well, all humans are animals till we develop any advanced qualities. If we start to demote people to animals for various qualities, all of us will end up being animals and worthy of animal sacrifice, because all of us, while having some good qualities, still possess some animal qualities. So, lets try to look at fellow human beings as living beings worthy of compassion, forgiveness, and care. This is all about human rights.

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        how can i contact the author of this article?
        an email address would be fine

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    Trishantha- The problem by the psuccesfull powerfull gavernments was that they thought the they held in their palms the lives of all human beings in SL.They could squeeze and continue to squeeze them untill dead.No more a free voice and and a body to reckon with.This is Human Rights highjacked.
    Do you think that Sri Lanka will be better and beautifull freedom loving democracy if they let the Tamils go their own way and find their Peace?

    I still see the gripe vented on the Tamils by the GOSL and the Singhalese people.The Tamils on the other hand are still crying and mourning for continued violence perpetrated on them and crying for families lost and held in prisons and camps.

    Whose human Rights are we talking about.?Who has the right to tell the Tamils what right they have to talk about on issues they have experienced ?.
    We will have 3 SL historis written.One written by the Government,one by the Tamils and 1 by BBS.

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      responsibility for the state the tamils are in now should be partly born by tamils. Also there is no violence now. The violence ended in 2009. It was the gov that saved you. Until them you could do nothing!

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      It is disgusting to note the level of hypocrasy displayed by many Tamil commentators here. There is no doubt the governments we had previously are responsible to the state of affairs of this country.
      1. SL has a lot of problems, that is for sure. But it is no where close to the level depicted by media,especially in CT. And most of the problems we have can be solved if correct actions are taken.

      2. Let me tell you, I am not a fan of MR. i didnt even vote for him. Actually it was the Tamils who brought this man to power. So dont blame the sinhala public for bringing MR to power. It was you who brought MR. Remember 2005?

      3. Did MR has any alternative other than war? He had NO other alternative because war was the ONLY solution for LTTE menace. Many ppl have said peace process would be good and bringing terrorists into a democratic platform (which I too believed at one point). But that was totally wrong. LTTE never came to peacetalks to solve the matter it was just a time gaining and regrouping excercise for him. At the point of 2005 and 2006 MR had nothing to do but wage war. It was clear by that time LTTE must be eradicated in order for SL to have a future. So as a president MR did his job. All the HR pundits who talk about war and casualty on internet should understand SL was fighting an EXISTENTIAL WAR!

      4. Has things gone bad or worse? the main reasons that contributed to a conflict was the language rights of the tamils. 1956 language policy, University standardisation policy, ethnic riots were ALL wrong. Most of policies of SL gov since independance has been suicidal including land laws, economic policies. but the policies that directed the ethnic distrust has been corrected. Tamil is an official language now, we dont have a university standardisation based on ethnicity like in 70. This doesn’t mean every thing is corrected but still we have to do more. However the principal reasons that contributed to ethnic strife are no more.

      5. The way Tamils wash their hands from the happenings in SL is ultimate hypocrasy. whatever it is LTTE was the ones who took to violence.
      they killed sinhala civilians in border villages, and Tamil poeple including Tamil journalists, politicians APPROVED them saying they are people settled by Sinhala government.

      when LTTE killed Tamil police members and SL army Tamil informants TAMILS APPROVED.

      when LTTE killed tamils of different orgs, many TAMILS APPROVED.

      when LTTE killed Sinhala politicians, TAMILS APPROVED.

      when LTTE killed Tamil politicians who criticised LTTE, TAMILS and TAMIL politicians like Amirthalingam APPROVED

      when LTTE killed Tamil politicians like Amirthalingam who agreed to Indian suggestions, TAMILS APPROVED.

      when LTTE went back the 1987 agreement and attacked IPKF, TAMILS APPROVED.

      when LTTE targetted sinhala civilians who are not in N-E or border villages, they still APPROVED.

      when LTTE targetted Muslims in border villages, mosques, did ethnic cleansing in North, TAMILS APPROVED.

      when LTTE recruited children of 8-10 years TAMILS APPROVED.

      when LTTE did fund raising to buy weapons, to wage war TAMILS did gave money, TAMILS sponsored LTTE, TAMILS worshipped a murderer. And thereby TAMILS APPROVED every action of LTTE.

      AND when SL gov destroyed the very monster that was a menace to every citizen in this country. And finally LTTE has gone you guys CANNOT pretend to be good guys white as a lily flower.

      So for all the blood bath, and the deterioration of political system in this country TAMILS are too responsible.

      6. Now ho has the Tamils who were under LTTE rule lived?
      – Food items were sent from the gov
      –Medicine were sent from the gov knowing very well LTTE too would be using them
      –gov paid the wages of the doctors, nurses of the hospitals in this area.
      – gov maintained schools in LTTE area.
      –gov paid for teachers, principals, books, uniforms for the children in LTTE area.
      – Gov had GCE O/L and A/L examinations in the LTTE area at the expense of gov.
      –Public service was maintained in the LTTE area by the Gov at their expense.

      That means all the healthcare, school system was maintained by the SL gov though these area was under a LTTE rule.

      7. Now what did LTTE do?
      –Recruiting children forcibly from families.
      –Using gov funded schools as their own propaganda and brainwashing departments.
      –Using gov funded hospitals to treat their sick and wounded.
      – Using gov sent food items for their own well being and to the extent of using rice bags to build bunkers
      – Using the civilians as a human shield to save themselves.
      – Placing their artillery among civilians to safeguard themselves and to use a human shield and any resulting loss of death to be used to creat a humanitarian crisis so that SL army would be forced to stop their offensive.

      And what do you call such a regime? At least SL gov FED you

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    Trishantha- The problem by succesfull powerfull singhala governments was that they thought they held in their palms the lives of all human beings in SL.They could squeeze and continue to squeeze them untill dead.No more a free voice and a body to reckon with.This is Human Rights highjacked.
    Do you think that Sri Lanka will be better and a beautifull freedom loving democracy if they let the Tamils go their own way and find their Peace?

    I still see the gripe vented on the Tamils by the GOSL and the Singhalese people.The Tamils on the other hand are still crying and mourning for continued violence perpetrated on them and crying for families lost and held in prisons and camps.

    Whose human Rights are we talking about.?Who has the right to tell the Tamils what right they have to talk about on issues they have experienced ?.
    We will have 3 SL histories written.One written by the Government,one by the Tamils and 1 by BBS.

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    Fathima- In one hand the stupid Police sniffer department officers carried the marriage laws of the budhists the other carried neck ties.hats,gloves etc of the colonial times just incase the dog couples
    dirtied the same.On the white throne of the magul poruwa the dog couple waited to be married and with their tounges hanging waiting to be taken to Nuwera elya for their honey moon in the police car.
    Oh dear! and the police officers who accompanied them will have partners delivered to them at the hotel?
    Canines or two legged ?

    Sl’s have to bow their heads in shame.

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    Trishantha- are you saying that many humans in SL have not advanced in qualities that will take them from animals to human.?
    I understand the free rape,Grease yakkas pouncing on womens breasts and numerous animal instincts.

    This is scary.
    Our SL kingdom has collapsed – more animals than humans.no wonder the violations on Human Rights cannot defeat the animal kingdom.

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