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Women’s Action Network Condemns President Gota’s Statements On Missing Persons

Women’s Action Network Condemns Statements by President on Missing Persons; Urges Government and U.N. to Deliver Truth and Justice to Families of the Disappeared

Last week, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had told U.N. Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer that those reported missing from the war are “actually dead” and that the government would soon issue death certificates. Although the President has since clarified that death certificates will follow proper investigations, his remarks are an affront to mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters of the disappeared who have for years been demanding answers in monthly street protests, before the Office of Missing Persons, and in cases pending in our courts.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Maybe the President realized his comments amounted to an admission of guilt. Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made a similar remark in 2016 that those missing were in fact dead. WAN condemned those remarks then, as it does now. But Mr. Wickremesinghe was not in power during the last part of the war or in the years that followed. As Defence Secretary, the Current President Gotabaya was. On May 18 2009, thousands surrendered with Rev. Fr. Francis Joseph to now-Army-Commander Shavendra Silva’s 58th Division. Families watched as their loved ones surrendered and boarded buses, never to be seen again. If those missing are dead, how did they die or who killed them? When, where, why, and how were they killed? Where are their remains? How long has the truth been silenced? 

To take just one case, what became of young Balendran Mahinthan who, after being handed over by his mother Jayakumari Balendran for rehabilitation, was pictured in one of the government’s LLRC publications? Is he dead too? His mother was imprisoned for over one year under the PTA in 2014 and still has cases pending. All this ordeal is partly because she was on the front lines holding up irrefutable photographic evidence and demanding justice. Does the government now expect her to accept a death certificate and compensation without knowing what happened to the child she voluntarily handed over for rehabilitation?  

The President claims that most of those missing were abducted by the LTTE or forcibly conscripted. But what about those who disappeared after the end of the war? Journalists and civil society actors were taken in white vans even after Gotabaya Rajapaksa proclaimed the terrorists had been defeated. Where are they now? What about those who were surrendered by their family members in front of many witnesses and never heard back?  

Without details of what happened and who was responsible, it is impossible to simply ask families to move on. The question betrays either a profound ignorance or cruel indifference for what it means to deal with enforced disappearance at a human level. Families have long resisted the government’s efforts to silence their demands with death certificates and compensation. Their concerns and input helped create the Certificate of Absence procedure in the OMP Act (Act No. 14 of 2016, section 13). As relatives of the disappeared passionately show by occupying the streets, truth is not just about determining if loved ones are alive, but instead determining the full scope of what happened. Until a full picture emerges, families will struggle to heal, reconcile, or find peace.

Sri Lanka will be on the agenda before the U.N. Human Rights Council this February. The government will have to speak to its progress on implementing resolution 30/1. Our President’s remarks last week seem calculated to that meeting—a first step toward withdrawing promises previously made. Indeed, we have already seen changes on the ground. Officers involved in investigating high-profile human rights cases have been intimidated and demoted; victims pursuing their cases before the OMP and courts have been harassed; and some lawyers fear for their family members’ safety. By suggesting that those missing are probably dead, President’s comments undermine the vital work of the OMP. This is true despite his clarification that death certificates will follow investigations – the clarification suggests investigations are a formality, with death certificates a foregone conclusion. Moreover, Sri Lanka’s history of fruitless investigations brings little solace those seeking truth.

The U.N.’s silence after a head-of-state’s remarks to its top official in country, is deeply concerning.  In a 2016 report, the U.N. Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances stated “the lack of a comprehensive, transparent and effective mechanism to find missing and disappeared persons” had led families of the disappeared “to experience great emotional distress.” (A/HRC/33/51/Add.2, ¶19.)  In a 2019 follow up report, the Working Group noted that “ten years on from the end of the civil war, there remains a long way to go” to deliver on promises made to families of the disappeared. (A/HRC/42/40/Add.1, ¶19.) Consistent with these findings, it must remain the U.N.’s view that Sri Lanka is obligated to deliver truth and justice to victims of enforced disappearance. The President’s remarks reveal his intent to undermine Sri Lanka’s promises in this regard. Heeding this signal, the U.N. should declare that commitments made to the international community on behalf of the Sri Lankan people cannot so easily be pushed aside.

Sri Lanka has now ratified the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and passed enabling legislation into Sri Lankan law. It is now the law of this land that “Every victim and relative of the victim shall have the right to know the truth regarding the circumstances of an enforced disappearance, the progress and results of the investigation as are carried out by the law enforcement authorities, and the fate of the disappeared person.” (Act No. 5 of 2018, sec. 14(1).) Unless the Government of Sri Lanka respects this right – by committing to a full truth-seeking process – victims are bound to believe their only recourse lies through the international community. 

*Women’s Action Network is a collective of nine women’s groups working in the north and east. 

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  • 27
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    I happened to watch that videon in which Eknaligoda family has organised on the missing of their husband, father and beloved brother, but few months ago, that ultra sinhala facist, extremist, the man who was behind the riots on Muslim people lately – Madhumadawa Arawindha- went on saying that Mr Ekanligoda is living in Middle east. For some reasons, this abuisve man of the nation – Madhumadawa was not arrested and was examined on his information. Any low level man being given the upper hand by lanken authoriteis, let them spread lies behind the lies.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5-Aay9nU_4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpuzvn1SGXA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IisKxlnbqcc

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      One time women hater, but now become leader – how can the change could do lot more to the women in general. PEOPLE learn to think about the ground realities before being caught by their tricks !

      Srilanken Kallthonie but getting US citizen, however, became the leader of the nation, whose people at large are easy and beasy to manipulate for a tide – People are like DONKEYS IN 21st century. Be them sinhalaese, tamils and muslims – majority of them are unedcuated, if they would have been asked to eat ” cow dung” as the staple food, they would do without questioning. That Hakgediya- aka Valampoori, man carried out the experiment with our people regardless of their race, religion and level of education, but what the outcome brought before us is- PEOPLE WOULD TRUST ANYONE AND ANY BLATANT LIE THAT WOULD COME IN LANKEN AIR- Lacks if not mios had gone after synthetically made VALAMPOORI, that according to the FAKE Prof. Keerthi disanayaka should bring “luck” to any house hold. The visible forces behind the valampooris is not yet studied by world ozeaon biologists/experts in that research areas- but the bugger being CLOSE to Rajakashe or the like HIGHLY crooked politicians, injected the germ in any lankens came on to him. Now the bugger is under polce arrest or investigation if my info are right But Rumours are also there, that the bugger would be offered a position under political leadership of Rajaakshes, since some portions in lanka are still being caught by his BLANT lies, but for him BUSINESS tricks. Please get your facts by watching the YT Video below

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENTlijCOpU4

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxSYPm9RyNM

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        Mr Hoole@

        I did not live in the country for the last few decades, and I now question myself why people let them manipuated to the levels in the country today ?

        I think the symbiosis of VICIOUS POLITICIAN and ABUSIVE MEDIA OWNER should be accoutable for the deteriorating levels of the society today. They the TV channels give a publicity not having done their home work properly. Viewers are innocient, and get caught by easy tricks being played on their naivity.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU7ppziGkOY

        Actually, the people should have improved their general knowledge going by the revolutionized IT technology. Countries such as vietnam and those tiger countries have advanced a lot to their economic developments but ours stay so stagnated.

  • 26
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    For every sleuth who uncovers incriminating evidence against criminals, there are ten persons to suppress evidence, destroy evidence, hide case files, withdraw court cases, obstruct justice, intimidate witnesses, harass complainants, protect criminals, instruct the police to lay off, refuse leave to proceed in FR cases, throw spokes into the wheels of justice and thwart the dispensation of justice. That is the tragedy of Sri Lanka!

    P. S. And promote criminals to high positions.

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      You forgot one thing. What about giving presidential pardons to a hate speech monger who was imprisoned on contempt of court charges and to the murderer of a teenage girl? Sirisena did that. The current president may also release a political buddy who was convicted of murder – a man who claimed brain damage and showed symptoms of selective amnesia.

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        A PERSON IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.
        A PERSON CANNOT BE CONVICTED FOR MURDER UNLESS IT HAS BEEN PROVED THAT HE/SHE WAS GUILTY- BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT!
        WERE THE JUDGES MISLEAD…………..
        SIRISENA WAS WRONG AND HE KNOWS IT -HE WILL HAVE TO ANSWER IN THIS LIFETIME OR ANOTHER.

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    this pathetic no experience kallathoni citizen of America has shot his offal of a mouth off by admitting that hundreds of thousands of civilians were brought by a top hierarchy member of the catholic church and who was happily accepted by the then and now again racist Tamil bashing racist government.
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    now after 11 long hapless years, these poor poverty-stricken Tamil peasants have still not been found anywhere on this sad island.
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    the easiest way he can say is that we will hold another of our impartial biased inquiries, issue death certificates and they may consider paying a pittance of a few thousand rupees to shut down the matter one sense for all.
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    does this f….d up f……t think that the Tamil community is that cheap to accept a pittance of inflation ridden worthless currency and allow these big-time arseholes to shut the doors on their much loved assume d/presumed to be murdered loved members,?
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    as a yokel who’s a born fighter for the rights of the poor, I will never allow this to happen and if this ever occurs it will be only death do me part.
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    one more aspect that annoys me is the Sinhala youth who took up arms in 1971 and the late ’80s who were ruthlessly crushed murdered alive after being loaded into burning tires by the then military inhuman junta’s are allowed to celebrate lives and remember the dead by the various Yakko anti-Tamil racist governments of the day.
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    as to the remembrance of the young Tamil freedom fighters, it’s a no go to these present killer of the minorities pariah petty-minded racist governments such as we now have.
    what a bunch of lows illegally created fathers not known bastards these mangy mongrels are.?
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    am glad that the mighty Tamils ably led by the university students stood and fought for the mahaveeral naal day remembrances to be held on the due dates in the month of November.

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      Kallathonis are your kith and kin from India! Sri lankan Tamils in Sri Lanka live and work amongst others quite peacefully. Only idiotic Eealm seeking murderous Tamil terrorists and their remaining supporters like you have no place and will not have any place n Sri Lanka.
      Sri Lankans do not care a damn for yokels like you and we are used to vanquishing terrorists who kidnapped Tamil kids and hid behind women’s skirts in the battlefield.
      Sri lankans respect armed forces personnel who laid down their lives and limbs to protect the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people and our motherland not moron cyanide clad murderous LTTE terrorists or their supporters.
      60 million Tamil are in Tamil Nadu go and join them!

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    There are several categories of “missing persons”. We call them missing because they are neither found alive nor the dead body found. Some may be actually dead, perhaps in a battle and the dead body cannot be identified. Some may have gone hiding either inside or outside the country, for their own security. Some may have been taken away, abducted or other wise and can either be dead or alive. As appearing in the article the cry is for the latter category of individuals. Incidentally an Office of the Missing Persons (OMP) was created by the “Yahapalana” Government by law to deal with this sad situation. Unfortunately its work is not available in the public domain. SO, missing persons continue to be missing and the cry continues. The specific allegation where persons were handed over for rehabilitation and not found thereafter must be seriously looked into. It undermines the standing of the country as a whole. Many years have passed but take the trouble to dig into the archives publish a list of persons received for rehabilitation and where have they been released to after rehabilitation.

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    Our deep gratitude to you in the WAN for keeping this issue alive when most people are tired or complacent. The ‘experience[of] great emotional distress’ by others may not be an issue that bothers the everyday lives of most people. Most of us have learnt to be selfish and insensitive and get by. We are a nation of frivolous people, fit to be ruled by knaves and fools. We take little notice of Parliament and take for granted the inanity of presidential pronouncements. The disappeared we try to forget never disappear. They rot and fester within our being and poison our lives and everything around us. That is a selfish reason why the quest for justice is inescapable.

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      Rajan Hoole,
      Native Sinhalayo are not responsible for a crisis created by ‘Para’ Demalu. Sinhalayo made a blunder by accommodating ‘Para’ Demalu brought by colonial parasites.

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        “Sore I” – the sinhaloo,
        Your rabidness cannot be cured. Any logical explanations can’t be analysed by your rabid brain.
        EmAG

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        eager less eye,
        the impotent yak sod who holds the Guinness book of records to have the world’s most dislikes on this mush esteemed global website.?
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        even with the good great gods after having you a worthless to the planet sod of a mighty the globe’s most disliked hated S.O.B. [ if any ignorant coolie yaks are not yet aware as to what this royal title means just ask and I will lovingly educate you miserable earth’s own pests the holy meaning of this wonderful 3 letters.
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        you one of the chosen few to find many an orgasm of a multiple satisfaction from a high caste high-class lady while you belong to the low caste and the lowest of the lowest class, even the rodiya caste does not want to know you and the likes of your nasty racist to the core worthless two-legged mongrel.
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        why, why and a WHy.?, I ask in bewildment.?
        cheers,
        R. J, the one & only.?

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        Eagle Blind and Stupid Eye, I never knew there were colonial powers 3000 years ago. But the Native Veddahs can say there were colonial powers in the form of invaders 3000 years ago from India that brought people from there, who eventually became Sinhalese and the Malayalese who became Tamils. Would you care to explain that and 20 thumbs down? If 20 people gave you a thumbs down and you gave yourself a thumbs up, there is a problem

    • 8
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      Dear Dr Rajan Hoole,
      .
      I would like you to know
      that there are some Sinhalese at least (it may well be many – so difficult for me to estimate), who are not happy with what our Sinhalese-dominated government, and our almost entirely Sinhalese armed forces have done to so many of our Sri Lankan citizens who happened to talk the Tamil language, and who were culturally somewhat different from us.
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      Our people voted like fools. No, I’m not talking about the actual outcome of the elections – it was inevitable that the UNP government headed by a septuagenarian who insists on leading his Party for another five years, was going to fall. Our problem is that people went to the polls without educating themselves on even the system of voting. Have I arrived at that conclusion from objective observation? Yes. What I have said is not just my “wish being father to the thought”. However, it is too complex an issue to deal with here.

      And this, if you please, is how today’s (Sunday’s) Island editorial sees it.
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      http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=news-section&page=news-section&code_title=69
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      This amazing sentence is actually in it:
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      “The Election Commission (EC) continues to receive plaudits for having conducted a largely free and fair presidential election against numerous odds.”
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      That is being said when the winner’s citizenship status at the time of nomination remains suspect, although I (for one) have realised the impossibility of challenging the election President Gota.
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      However, the European Union Report itself has these words:
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      “an uneven playing fieldand limited the opportunity for most candidates to convey their message.”

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        Mr Sinhala Man,
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        I will keep away from CT posts for next few days. Take good care of you.

        Please dont risk your life for a nation that pushed into a critical situation. I am very dissppointed of our people. I dont want to risk for them as had been sofar.

        Take good care of you Mr.
        Greetings from Berlin

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      PART TWO
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      I think that the report merits further study. You will find it here:
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      https://eeas.europa.eu/sites/eeas/files/press_release_for_eu_eom_sri_lanka_2019_final_report_24_january_2020_1.pdf
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      Although it appears to have some merit, it is not as clear in its denunciations as is this report by our own Commissioners when they observed the Presidential Elections in the Maldives:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Report-of-the-Sri-Lankan-Observer-Mission-to-the-Maldivian-Presidential-Election-of-23-Sept.-2018.pdf
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      A comparison of the two reports will reveal how more fearless and independent Dr Rajan Hoole’s brother, Professor Jeevan Hoole is. Explore also the article that Prof. Jeevan Hoole wrote on the election:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/was-the-presidential-election-free-and-fair-when-colombo-returning-officer-called-sajith-premadasa-the-son-of-a-donkey-asks-prof-hoole/
      .
      Even if one can excuse the 34 “other candidates” for failing to raise the issue of Gota’s citizenship on nomination day, how can they be excused for not responding when that article appeared eleven days later? They had the usual ten days to do so. I expected a chorus of protests from the defeated candidates. Not one of them made a comment. I telephoned the sole woman candidate, Professor Ajantha Perera of the University of Colombo. She said that she wasn’t going to comment. She had added one more experience to her life: contesting an election. Her daughter and she had visited Royal College, Colombo 7 to observe the counting and were not very happy with what they saw. Why tell that to me on the phone? That should have been a public query (even if short of a protest). Clearly we got the sort of candidate we deserved! Surely, when a candidate comes forward and asks us for support, there is an obligation on her part not to chicken out.
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      PART THREE

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      Champa:
      I think it would be good for us to understand the Tamil point of view a little more than this sentence of yours seems to show you willing to.
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      “Compensation to terrorists is not acceptable as it will be an encouragement to such activities and organizations.”
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      Terrorist tactics were indeed used by the LTTE, but that was (for some cadres at least) in pursuit of a political goal. The Tamil suicide bombers sacrificed their lives not for them to get to heaven (contrast with the Easter Sunday bombers) but in their futile quest for a better life for “their people”. Part of the tragedy is that in this one country we speak of “our people” and “their people”.
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      No, I’m not advocating any more public money LTTE members, but we could at least speak more charitably of them.

      As I’ve kept telling people, you are “nationalist” rather than racist. Our emphasis should fall upon settling all issues, so that all Sri Lankans are able to live in peace in Sri Lanka. I’ve deliberately left out the word “dignity”. We seem to have reached a point where that word seems a luxury.
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      The solution? I just don’t know.

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        Sinhala_Man,

        “Terrorist tactics were indeed used by the LTTE, but that was (for some cadres at least) in pursuit of a political goal.”

        You are underestimating their “political goal.” The goal was to first create an apartheid Tamil state in the North and East. And then expand this state to include the entire island. The goal was to kick all Sinhalese and Muslims out of the island. It seems impossible, but keep in mind Sri Lanka is very small. Even without a conventional (normal) army, the LTTE at some point controlled all of Jaffna, Kilinochi, and Mullaitheevu. They would have used their “separate state” to create a conventional army (including airforce) and then go after the whole country, province by province.

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    What is there to condemn, I don’t understand.
    If the Women’s Action Network is not ready to accept that the so called “missing persons” are dead, then they admit that the missing persons are actually living somewhere, presumably in Western, North American and Oceanic countries. As everyone is aware, there was a huge outflow of Tamils between 2006 and 2010.
    And about compensation, I would like to ask the President as to how much his previous government paid as compensation to military families other than the salaries of those who sacrificed their lives. The same question will also arise with regard to dead civilians during the 34 year period where terrorism plagued the entire country.
    Compensation to terrorists is not acceptable as it will be an encouragement to such activities and organizations.

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      The President has to make some explanations in order his statement not to be another white flag statement.
      First, he is answerable to Sinhalese as to why he did not appear before various Commissions that were appointed by his own government when he was the powerful Defence Secretary.
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      On a separate matter, I understand the President is now all out to bring down the megalomaniac Donald Trump to Sri Lanka!!!!!!
      In 2015, Obama was also tried to come but later his visit was cancelled as Sinhalese were furious about America after they admitted that they were instrumental in unseating Mahinda.
      It’s no secret that the American duo, Gotabhaya and Basil have given a pledge to the US that they would sign MCC/SOFA!!!
      What a betrayal is this to Sinhalese Buddhists who placed their immense trust on Rajapaksas to protect the country!!!!!!!!
      All Sinhalese Buddhists now be united to show their serious protest to the President for inviting Donald Trump whose ONLY intention is to destroy strong nations and unique cultures in the world.
      This is the biggest betrayal in Sri Lanka’s history as this visit will be an attempt to sign MCC/SOFA, despite strong opposition of Sinhalese who voted against the UNP to STOP signing the very agreements!!!!!!
      Moreover, signing of MCC/SOFA will cause a serious threat to the peace and stability of our region.
      Sinhalese Buddhists seem to have removed one slave government only to be replaced by an American boot-licker who now tries to sell our beloved motherland to the US.
      If the President tries to sign the MCC/SOFA in FEBRUARY “as A PRESIDENT-TO-PRESIDENT AGREEMENT” in parallel to the proposed visit of the megalomaniac Donald Trump, I seriously suggest the U-turn President be IMPEACHED to protect the country from the danger he poses.

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        Where is the big difference between Trump and GR? Both believe they are gods, unique and untouchable. They will be good buddies.

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          Jo ker – Trump and Gotler are U.S. citizens!

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      Champa,
      Do you think that Lasantha Wickremesinghe is actually living somewhere? I thought you are an honest individual when you said you don’t support Gota during his election. What a dirty Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalist you are? People are talking about those who were handed over to the military after May 2009 in Omanthai and in Metic farm.
      Buddhist Fundamentalist Sinhala massacred over 60000 own Sinhalese brothers, sisters and children in 1989/90 and buried under the soil and you are not worried about what happened to them. Cover your face with blood on your hands.

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        Ajith,
        please dont trust this Champawathie, she is more like a street woman in NEW YORK, depending on her customers, she doe snot know what she is talkinga bout next.

        Ajitha, go back to the days of that 52-day FAKE govt – there this Champawathie was very against Rajakshes but changed her opinion back and forth. Now again, her to have uttered about not supproting to Gotler but to clean the back side of his brother is beyond our understanding. Now with all is becoming like BALU PORAYA to those brothers, but leaving sinhala buddhist voters aside, being fallen even deeper with their sky high risking cost of living since the new govt is in power – ….

        I dont think Trump would ever trust to pay a visit to lanka. And why should we give a red carpet to a man entire EU nations are against. In EUROPE OBama is given SUPER star welcome while Berlin would get shocked if Trump visit them.
        Now the bugger trump would not even care SRILANKEN president to be the president, not even clear message were passed that they welcome GOTLER being the president.

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      Chimpa, you are nothing but an ugly whore. What the hell did you mean by ‘the so called missing persons’? Are you even a woman? You filthy nasty disgusting racist b^&ch, go and rot in hell.

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        Look like demala from the frozen north knows well about that kind of women. Kayts-DONKEY, respect your mother, wife, sisters and daughters, if that all you have. Why did not you say the same to homicide bombers.

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          JD you monkey, Canada maybe a cold country, but at least we minorities in this country are treated like humans. Respect is only given to a woman who behaves like a woman. Chimpa is a filthy b&&ch and you are an assh**e. You are one to talk about respect you racist filth. Homicide bombers? Who created the LTTE you moron? Who is harboring the LTTE killers in Colombo? Who gave weapons to the LTTE to fight the IPKF back in the eighties? Who gave Rs. 182 million to the LTTE in the Vanni jungles? Look around you idiot!!! I am not the handler of the LTTE but your boss is the handler of the LTTE, so go and ask him.

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        Tamil from the north

        “Chimpa, you are nothing but an ugly whore.”

        How do you know?

        “You filthy nasty disgusting racist b^&ch, go and rot in hell.”

        Then where are you going to send the rest of the filthy nasty disgusting racist b^&ches?

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          NV, straight to hell. That’s where I want to send Chimpa and her cohorts.

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      Champa, the missing persons are dead, not due to natural causes or suicide, but killed in cold blood by agents of the government. Just saying that they are dead will not do, but information must be given how they died, when they died and where the dead bodies are. Are you cruel to say that the relatives of those who were killed do not deserve to give their beloved ones a decent funeral.

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        Dr Gnana S,
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        All is clear even those who got disspeared in the post war SCENARIOs did not commit suicide, but CHAMAPWATHI, a hired person from Rajaakshe criminals, would never get it, I am ashaemd the kind of low women, are in our sinhala community.

        Even former Mahinda Rajaapskeh wife, as a woman who was then complicit to that RUGHERITE MURDER -OF WASIM THADJUDEEN, with all prima facie eveidence now being mapped, would not behave like CHAMPAWATHI.

        Just to widen the rear legs to the manner any animals would do, Champawathi is fallen that abusive today. So what more talk we would need to have with the kind of people ?

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      Champa, can you explain the love affair between the LTTE members and the Rajapaksa family? Why do you run away every time I ask you this question?

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    ‘Para’ Demalu who declared war against the Government of Sri Lanka by killing 13 soldiers should pay war reparations. The Sri Lankan Government that defeated the LTTE barbarians are the victors and Demalu are the vanquished. Why should Sinhala tax payers’ who are the victims of war pay compensation to Demalu. ‘Koti Diaspora’ who have plenty of money extorted from innocent Demala people in Western countries should take care of Demala missing persons.

    Native Sinhalayo gave Citizenship to ‘Para’ Demala slaves brought to this country by colonial parasites and on top of that have to pay compensation for Demala missing persons who are the descendants of those slaves. I do not think this kind of weird things happen in any other place in this world.

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      “Native Sinhalayo gave citizenship to para Demalu slaves brought to this country”. Have Australians not given citizenship to para Malay-Malayalee hybrid brought as a coolie.

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        Dear Dr Gnana,
        All the ‘Sinhala’ diaspora refugees are very well educated and no one clean toilets in Australia, USA or Europe according to ‘Eagle Eye’, but 75% of them does exactly that.
        The % of educated and genuinely qualified labour in these countries are between 10 to 15 among the Sinhalese. So, don’t waste your time trying to explain the truth of the real situation to an ignorant, uncivilized individual like ‘Eagle Eye’ the who is lost in the middle of the ‘Saharan Desert’.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
        Australians gave citizenship to coolies brought by White people to serve White people. Same situation in USA. Demalu were brought by ‘Para’ Portuguese, Dutch and British illegally to Sinhale to serve those colonial parasites, not Sinhalayo. Sinhalayo had no obligation to give citizenship but Sinhalyo gave citizenship because they felt sorry for the slaves abandoned in Sinhale by colonial parasites.

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      Eagle Evil – octagenarian – ultra racist sinhalaya@

      please come to sense, tomorrow could be the day you wouuld kick the bucket. Those years you lived filled with hatreds should be gone… at least live a day in peace in your mind. that can help your family somehow. I dont think you would have a peaceful mind if you would hate TAMILS and Muslims the way you have been upto. We the sinhalayas shoulld finally se eit that we should not have the right to practise SUPREMACY the way you and the ballige putha Rajaakshes have been upto. Decent sinhalayas would never see it that way. Get well soon

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      “Native Sinhalayo gave Citizenship to ‘Para’ Demala slaves brought to this country by colonial parasites and on top of that have to pay compensation for Demala missing persons who are the descendants of those slaves”
      Are you calling ‘ Buddha, the enlightened one’ a ‘Para Demalaa’ since he came from India and Buddhism originated in India ?

      “I do not think this kind of weird things happen in any other place in this world.”

      For your information, the ‘Americans’ are a mixture of French, Irish British, Native Indians……….and so on and they were called ‘The Bastards’ according to a famous TV series broadcasted on ARAMCO’ and Baharain TV but later banned by the Saudis due to political pressure by the US govt.

      The Saudis had no choice as they were an undeveloped country (living in cardboard boxes outside the ARAMCO Housing Compound and other compounds for expats) at the time and did not want to offend the ‘Yanks’ who were milking them.
      So, your comments are a clear display of your ignorance and your low IQ.

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        Anonymous,
        Are you calling ‘ Buddha, the enlightened one’ a ‘Para Demalaa’ since he came from India and Buddhism originated in India ?

        Dumbo, don’t you know that Siddhartha Gauthama Buddha is not Demala.

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          ‘Eagle Stupid Racist Dumb and Blind Eye’ with Coronovirus disease; Sidhartha was neither Sinhalese nor Tamil. He was not a God either. The very same life he ran away from is what you have given him. Buddhism is a way of life you idiot not a religion!!

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      Have you forgotten that placing unfair demand on the Vanquished Germany, by the Victors of the First world war,, enabled the rise of Hitler and the Second World war.

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    Champa: I think you are confusing this “Compensation” promise. You said: “Compensation to terrorists”. Did anyone say it? Looking at it from your point of view to say “compensation to terrorists”, you have rated all those “missing persons” to be “Terrorists”. No not at all. Those “Missing Persons” are the people who have been either “surrendered ” on their own or through some one like that “Bishop”. In either case the “Surrendered” were “Listed” and “Accepted” by the Authorities. So, it is “INCUMBENT” on that receiving Authorities to “Hold” and “Protect” them until those surrendered are handed over to their respective guardians. If anyone of those “surrendered” on “record” are “missing”, the guardians have a “RIGHT” to demand to “Produce” and “Handover” their loved ones back to them. Now the President says: “After in inquiry, we will “Issue Death Certificates” to “Missing” and “Compensate” them”. No. That is not what is needed. What is needed : “How did those “Accepted” and “Registered” gone “Missing”? “Who are RESPONSIBLE for such “Missing”? “What action would be taken against those responsible”.? So, please don’t allow this to be “DECIMATED” to a “Death Certificate” and “Monetary Compensation”. Human lives must not be allowed to be DEGRADED to such low levels.

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    No doubt, there were mass graves in the last stages of the war. Rather than count figures, it is better to ask how these graves were created in the first place. They were created when the LTTE took several hundred thousand Tamil civilians hostage. LTTE hid behind these civilians and launched missiles, artillery, mortars, etc. at the Army. When the Army fired back, many civilians died in the crossfire. They were not intentionally killed. There was no time for funerals, the dead were simply buried in pits. The real story is that LTTE caused a mass genocide of Tamil civilians by refusing to surrender.

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      Lester you Sinkalam

      If the Sinkala DIASPORA has admitted who are you to quesion him. See what price the CRMINAL has paid. Shunned by the World and cant even go to China because India wont allow him to go there with a ” Pichai Pathiram” . Noose is tightening. You have become an Indian Colony.

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    Thank you Women Action Network for your article to Help bring justice to the Disappeared persons and their families. The last UNF government did not and could not. Because the majority of the Sinhala population do not think or want to accept that what the Rajapaksa govt did was wrong and need not be accountable.
    Tamils can only depend on the International Community to implement the UNHRC Resolution.

    Sri Lanka is entering a new phase of the conflict. Hope the Judiciary will Remain independent and bring justice.

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    What were those disappeared doing there in Nanthikadal?..
    Why were they there with their beloved ones?

    The way these overseas based organizations and their local agents carry on about those disappeared make you think that those people were there attending a Mass Picnic or a Rock Concert .
    And the Military Forces just took them away..

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      “What were those disappeared doing there in Nanthikadal?.”

      Most of these disappeared were senior high-ranking LTTE officials. They were made to disappear (permanently) for good reason. The lower ranking LTTE were put in rehabilitation camps, at government expense.

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        Oh Hellooooo Lester the high ranking LTTE members are working for the Rajapaksas. Look around and you will see them holding their hands with each other.

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    I doubt whether Mr Abraham Sumanathiran will lead a TNA delegation to the UN Council this time.
    I also doubt whether Mr Sampathar and his ITAK bit of the TNA will contest in the North and the South.

    The reason being the latest announcement that the TNA is going to contest in Colombo. and some other parts of the South.
    As the TNA discard ex CM Mr Wigneswaran has formed a new alliance with Ponnambalams and the other hard core Eelaamists in the North and the East to contest under a new Banner.

    The real LTTE Rehabilitated Party made up with mostly the 12000 ex LTTE soldiers also has put their Hat into the ring under their own Banner, calling themselves the Real Democracy Party of the War Veterans , War Widows and the other Poor Tami inhabitants there.

    This is what made me think whether Sampathar and Abraham have made a strategic move to safe guard their existence in Kotte.
    So Sampathar can live in his Paget Rd new Bungalow in retirement with Dr Rani’s ex President Mate Sirisena as a new neighbor…

    In fact a 14 Member delegation of this new LTTE Democratic Party are going to see Prez Nandasena soon, to discuss all outstanding issues like
    * The current abnormally high Poverty rate of the Tamils in the North, and the East compared with their counterparts in the South.
    * Their other pressing issues like lack of job opportunities, Jobs, Housing , Education and Safety.

    I am sure they will bring up the issue of the dead and the missing LTTE Cadres too for sure, because most of the War Widow Popuaaltion there are apparently with them.

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    The relatives of the missing persons are not concerned with those who died in battle against the Sri Lankan armed forces. Nor they are referring to those who got killed by bombing or shelling by the armed forces. They are asking to tell them what happened to those who surrendered to the army on May 18th 2009 in the presence of many eyewitnesses but not seen thereafter. In fact, the surrender call went from the army through the public address system.

    LTTE cadres surrendered to the 58th Division commanded by Sarvendira Silva at Vadduvakal/Mullivaaikkal in two batches to the 58th Division commanded by Sarvendira Silva, the current Army Commander. The first was on the morning of May 18th morning at Mullivaikkal. Those who surrendered are 3 LTTE political leaders, 60 other LTTE fighters. And about 40 civilians. The political leaders were B.Nadesan, Head of Political Department. Seevaratnam Puliththevan Head of Peace Secretariat and Col.Ramesh, Police Chief. This surrender was popularly termed “White flag” surrender was facilitated by Basil Rajapaksa and Mahinda Rajapaksa.
    The surrender was facilitated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his brother Basil Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and former Lankan envoy to the UN in New York Palitha Kohona. They had full knowledge of the envisaged surrender of LTTE leaders, members and civilians. An intermediary former MP Chandra Nehru was in communication with Basil Rajapaksa, brother of Mahinda Rajapaksa and a powerful minister in his cabinet. Those surrendered were tortured and shot to death. Their bodies were seen lying on the ground with burnt marks and gunshot injuries.
    The second batch surrendered on the evening of May 18 at Vadduvakal to the same 58th army division. The surrendees included Elilan, Yogi, poet Rathnathurai, Balakumar and another 50 odd cadres. 1/2

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    They were herded in CTB buses in the presence of their spouses, friends and the public. They were told that the LTTE personnel were being taken for a short inquiry.

    But they were not seen again. A photograph of Balakumar and his son seated in a bench which gave the appearance of a camp. A soldier is seen walking behind them. All these cadres were never seen again. Rumour has it that all of them were summarily executed. Their bodies were never seen.
    President Gotabaya who was the then Secretary to the Ministry of Defence claims no LTTE cadres surrendered to the army. Since their bodies were not found they must be presumed dead. This is a lame excuse to hide a heinous war crime committed under the watch of Gotabaya, Sarvendira Silva, Mahinda Rajapaksa and a few others. These are the people who hold the secrets regarding the disappearance.
    The mothers and relative of LTTE cadres handed hundreds to army stationed at Omanthai called Joseph Camp.
    The OISL has produced a report giving details.

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    anyway the blunt gota is telling the truth,unlike sira and ranil who knew they were dead.Now that we can give the death certificates,the next question is how did they die,why did they die and who killed them and who gave the order at the highest level to kill them.

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      What is better ? How can the bugger categorically say, that they are among the dead ? how can he be sure of them being dead ? [edited out] Gota would NOT know it either. But to be different from traditional politicains, he just adds it: But I have met myself some tamils as refugees in Zurich and Zug area, evena fter the war is no longer there. They claim them to be persecuted by lanken army further for no reasons. That is a valid point them to claim an asylum in Europe or any where. So was the case with that Toronto man, who is self proclaimed to be war veteran, but no wa turned refugee in TORONTO. These bastards, regardless of their race religion, just make use of the chance seeking greener pastures, that you know Shankar.

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    This is a Sinhala Buddhist country. There is no escape from punishment for wrongdoers. Either this or next or several births to come await punishment.So spend sleepless nights thinking when punishment will come.Now they might say we are not Buddhists.

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    H.E., at that time was the Defense Secretary and operating the White Van Cleaning services with built-in incinerators to dispose the bodies. Now as the president has admitted those handed over by the relatives and the bishop are dead. He has the obligation to accept responsibility and explain and prove himself not guilty before International Courts.

    The more he talks on this issue , more the nails he will drive on his own coffin.
    If he is lucky he could spend rest of his life in peace under Official Immunity he has just earned in the Presidential election.
    Thanks for his revelations.

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    All dead LTTE cadres are also missing persons. President is right on that issue. 95% of missing persons are dead LTTEers

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      Dave de Alwis

      “All dead LTTE cadres are also missing persons.”

      How do you know all missing persons are Dead LTTE cadres or all dead LTTE cadres also missing persons.

      It is simple if you really want honest answers, demand Gota and his single handed generals to publish details of all those persons who surrendered to the armed forces. Also demand them to publish the names and details of those who were released from camps and detention.

      Then some honest people can sit down, compare and reconcile the details.
      There are many ways one can identify the missing persons murdered and buried in mass graves, or dumbed in seas, fed to animals, …. dipped and given acid bath, …..
      Many relatives of victims have already given evidence to two commissions and two army investigations.

      Please stop your nonsensical attempts to cover up or deny war crimes.
      Wake up.

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    I will deal with this Article once I have had time to read. But off the cuff thanks to Mahinthapala ( Paksa) Gotha the DIASPORA has come home after Fleeing Terrort and is his quest to sort out terror he admits he killed Thousands. and there is no one missing. He will soon release the bodies and by his own admission he has ordered Shavendra & Field Marshal to identify the Burial Grounds and they are all reburried in Hindu Temple Compunds.

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    Now the Sinkala DIASPORA has admitted the Kiling in an off the cuff remark it is all about damage limitation now. It is up to the UN to refer Gotha the DIASPORA who according to Mahinthapala ( Paksa) came home with Unique technic leant in the US to get rid of the terror he fled to seek a better life. The Paksas were street fighters from Hambanthotta slumps aand tat s where he laeant his skills not in US where he was a Petrol Station attendant.

    Who are these

    Women’s Action Network Condemns President Gota’s Statements On Missing Persons

    If they are all Tamils which I presume they are they wont cut much Ice inside Sri Lanka under Gotha and Shanvendra.

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