11 December, 2017

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Women’s Action Network Protests Further Delay On Disappearances Bill

On Monday 18th September, the media reported that President Sirisena promised the Joint Opposition (JO) to further delay presentation of a bill to criminalise enforced disappearance in Sri Lanka. Women’s Action Network (WAN) is deeply troubled at the lack of political will to change the course for future generations of Sri Lankans. By caving in to false claims by the JO that the bill will put the military at risk of prosecution for past crimes, the government is reneging on its own commitments to its people and the international community to prevent disappearances from this point forward.

Memorialization ritual performed by mothers of disappeared

The government ratified the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CED) in 2016 and promised to enact domestic legislation to criminalise enforced disappearance on a forward-looking basis. This reflected both the demands of affected women to ensure non-recurrence and Sri Lanka’s own commitment to the U.N. Human Rights Council in that regard. In July, Parliament postponed the debate on the enforced disappearance bill, prompting 396 women from families of disappeared from all regions and ethnic communities to sign a statement in protest. Now, just as the bill was set for Parliamentary debate on 21st September, it has again been postponed.

Criminalising enforced disappearance is essential for reconciliation in Sri Lanka. The bill, upon being passed in to law, is to ensure that no Sri Lankan will have to experience the same pain and uncertainty of having a relative go missing for decades. It will also rebuild trust in the Sri Lankan state across ethnic divides, instilling a belief that the state will protect future generations from violence. Speaking before the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reform (PRC) last February, a woman searching for the past 8 years for her husband asked how a new constitution would ensure that her son does not also get abducted. The final report of the Consultations Task Force (CTF) documented views across all communities and likewise emphasized the need to enact laws “to prevent abductions, arbitrary arrests, illegal detentions and disappearances in the future.” In Mannar, Matara, Anuradhapura, Batticaloa, etc, affected women came before the ZTF (Zonal Task Force) to plead that “no other person should suffer as they had.” The CTF noted that even members of the police and security forces expressed “unequivocal support” for reconciliation initiatives “to ensure non-recurrence.”

Sri Lanka has a troubled history of enforced disappearances. Since 1994, successive commissions have received over 65,000 complaints of missing persons. As of 2013, Sri Lanka was ranked second highest in the world in unresolved disappearance cases. No community has been spared, and as the July statement made clear, affected women feel the same pain across ethnicities. Only through criminalising disappearance can the government show all its citizens (Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim) that it has the political will to fight for good governance and the protection of human rights.

While delaying progress at home, the President on 19th September told the U.N. General Assembly that the government has “laid the foundation necessary to forge national reconciliation, and ensure non-recurrence of conflict.” But if this were true, the President would not cave in to the JO’s misinformation and delay the enforced disappearance bill. The JO claimed that the extradition clause in the proposed bill would be detrimental to Sri Lanka’s war heroes and lead to their prosecution abroad. But the disappearances bill simply gives legal effect to the CED under Sri Lankan law, just as the Torture Act enacted by the People’s Alliance government in 1994 codifies the Convention Against Torture (CAT). The “extradite or prosecute” clause that the JO challenges is a standard provision in international treaties, and identical language appears in both CAT and CED. Just as enactment of the Torture Act did not lead to any unwarranted extraditions in the past, we have no reason to believe that the disappearance bill will either.

Taking a step back from the hype, what is really at stake? The JO claims that criminalising enforced disappearance on a forward-looking basis will pave the way for holding war heroes accountable. Plainly this is not so, unless a war hero plans to abduct someone tomorrow. Put simply, affected women have clearly demanded non-recurrence to move forward. They have conveyed this not just before the PRC or CTF but directly to the President. The President met with families of the disappeared twice in the past few months and professed to have concern for their needs. His failure to commit to barring even future disappearances is deeply troubling and undermines any confidence in his government’s resolve to work toward reconciliation.

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    President Maithripala Sirisena can tell lies just as glibly as ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Double-talk comes naturally to all Sri Lankan politicians. As far as they are concerned, promises are made to be broken.

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      With apologies to winston churchill of course

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      What else Tamil fools accept ?

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        Jimsofty the dimwit

        “What else Tamil fools accept ?”

        It is not just Tamil fools but the Sinhala stupid accept:

        You are a retired beach boy because of your creaking knees.
        You are a dimwit
        You are a bigot
        You have subscribed to Sinhala/Buddhist fascism.
        You do not know what you are talking about most of the time.
        You are a loner
        You are a dirty old pervert.
        You should not be allowed near children.
        ….
        ….
        ..
        You have a very good chance and the necessary qualification of succeeding Warakagoda Gnanaratana as the next prelate of Assgiria chapter.

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    With apologies to winston churchill of course

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    Can some one investigate these disappearances to find out
    a) whether these happened during the LTTE era or after the war.
    b) were these disappeared were LTTE terrorists.

    Looking at pictures of these women who are crying etc. appear to me that they are a setup by LTTE operatives.

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      Could someone pull bloody nuisance’s head from wherever it is now. Has HLD M been sitting on it?

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        NV, it is sad that there are humans like him who make a mockery of people’s suffering. The way I grieve for these Tamils, I do the same for Sinhalese as well. Are they any different from us? Absolutely not!!! They hurt the same way, we Tamils hurt. It is painful to see filth like Eusense having a keyboard and a computer.

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          Tamil from the north

          These brutes derive sadistic pleasure from denying war crimes, inhuman treatment of people, talking about it repeatedly, asking the same silly perverted questions again and again ………………………… This is part of their “clever” tactics to tire those who want justice for all people.

          This is Waduge syndrome or in the serious cases it would be HLD M syndrome.

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            Stupid vedda and tftn,

            Where were you denouncing suicide murdering and blowing up bodies of innocent civilians by Tamil terrorists???
            Your heart and tears only for the Tamil sufferings because of Tamils own terror war ???

            I am repeating my questions because you terrorist Tamils don’t want to answer them.
            Give me a list of families who claim their members were Tamil terrorists. I will stop asking this question if you answer.

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              Bloody Nuisance

              “Where were you denouncing suicide murdering and blowing up bodies of innocent civilians by Tamil terrorists???”

              Tamil Canadian, DBS Jeyaraj, Federal idea, Sri Lanka Guardian, ………………………. Why don’t you go find your padikkama and vomit inside it not here. Now you got the answers send in sach the stupid, Shenali another stupid with the same questions.

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                Idiot vedda,
                You are such an imbecile you don’t even understand my question! Why are you quoting Jeyaraj, I am asking your denouncing. Where is the list I asked for?
                I don’t want to hear your garbage if you have no answer for me.

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              Nuisance the dumb fu&k: Your heart and tears only for the Tamil sufferings because of Tamils own terror war ???

              TFN: Did you even read what I wrote for your previous comment in this story? Read you dumb fu&*er, then come and talk here.

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                [Edited out] Please avoid typing all capitalized comments – CT

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        stupid vedda who escaped disappearances,
        Why can’t you answer my concerns?
        I am wasting time with an imbecile!

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          Bloody Nuisance

          Where is your padikkama (spittoon)? I am concerned about you and HLD M.

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            Still no answer , but a lot of trash!

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              Nuisance the low life bit&*h, lot of trash?

              When we have trash like you, why do we need to spew out trash?

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                TFN
                Did you say you want a separate state for Tamils like you?

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                  Nuisance, you dumb fool. I understand that you are completely stupid but did not realize you cannot read either. Go back to one of your gamaya maha vidyalayas and learn how to read. Idiot!!!!!

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                Tamil from the north

                There is a well organised gang (SPUR) which enjoys typing sadistic garbage, and its only purpose is to stir more trouble for secular islanders. They like the saffron clad thugs assume guardianship of entire island. They have been in the process of twisting scientifically established history, creating more myths, and are in charge of their Sinhala/Buddhist fascist ideology. They have a number of Goebbels to do it.

                It is also a mutual admiration society for the fascists.

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      Nuisance, you are dumb as dumb can be. For once stop being a vile filthy racist pig. Many people have gone missing in SL including innocent Sinhalese. Media plays a game by putting up only ‘Tamil looking people’ to wind people up and generate good comments and to generate rubbish comments written by scum like you. There are Sinhala mothers crying too for their loved ones. Who produced you and what machine did you come out of? You will only understand if you have children and if you do, I hope they do not turn out like………..a filthy scumbag that is. Ex-LTTE bastards operated under MR as government ministers and chief ministers. Why don’t you ask them? LTTE is dead and leave it be. It is a good thing for every decent human in SL, which leaves you out as we don’t know where and how to classify you.

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        TFTN,
        Could you give me a list of Tamil families that have claimed that their family member/s were LTTE terrorist/s? and also families that claim LTTE kidnapped their family members to be LTTE terrorist fighters?
        When did someone raising legitimate questions become a “filthy racist pig”?
        I don’t care what you call me, but try to help me by answering my question!

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        Tamil from the north

        Please watch this short film and pass the link to your Tamil/Sinhala/Canadian friends. It deals with pain.

        Palutawa, How to Deal with Pain

        https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Qc6vAXut9wgLXAbR-2dDbBslbM8SZZa5tg/view?ts=5714ec0f

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          NV, sad man, this was so sad. Animals in uniforms carrying guns behaving exactly the same way the ruthless LTTE did. Dragging these men out and killing them because some bomb went off close to their village, is a damn tragedy NV. The tears of these poor women made me cry. So sad!!!! This country cannot move forward until the animals who gave the orders are brought to justice. These are the poorest of the poor, they had no way of fighting back and they were massacred in this manner is absolutely nuts. I wish I understood Sinhala, but unfortunately I do not. Though there were subtitles, I read the description in the creator’s website. Peace be with you and your people man.

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            Tamil from the north

            I am sure you are familiar with MARTIN NIEMÖLLER POEM “FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE SOCIALISTS…”:

            First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
            Because I was not a Socialist.

            Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
            Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

            Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
            Because I was not a Jew.

            Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
            ————–
            Will you speak out if “they” come for Jim Softy, sach, bloody nuisance, Shenali Waduge, HLD M, Shenal, KASmaalam, Punchi point, Ravi Perera, somass ji, ……………………… or will you betray them by pointing out their hideout?

            The above case is only one incident among several. I have known several families in the South who had suffered in the hands of the state killers/torturers.

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      Eusense

      From what you keep on writing here in Colombo Telegraph appear to me that you are setup by the Mahinda Rajapakse gang.

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      Nuisance, of course we can only with the ones who are alive idiot nuisance. They are still roaming the streets of Colombo. Catch the buggers and prosecute them. You dumb fool will never stop being a racist sh&t.

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    Surely GoSL is not that dumb to realise that “……”disappeared” will not be forgotten. The only way to avoid yet another UN admonishment will to fast track the issue head on.

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    “Women’s Action Network” is a LTTE sleeper cell operation.

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    The disappearances of by Tamil of LTTE terrorism was root cause of missing people in Sri lanka?
    LTTE-Terrorism and TNA homeland an ideologist by war game has created missing persons in during War against — Tamil-Terrorist safeguard sovereignty of Island of Sri lanka?
    The war against LTTE-Terrorism has to number of missions had be accomplished:
    1 Safeguard the Nation Sovereignty, Territorial integrity and Independent of Sri lanka Is /was primary duty and responsibility of Security Forces of Lanka.
    In such situation that LTTE war tactics of hit and run policies has to in Defense people’s security, also had a key responsibility of Armed Forces of Lanka.
    There were many LTTE armed cadres who attack the defense was not come under the missing
    persons are to be crime of WAR. War is WAR nothing else?
    2 In defense of Democratic structure protected is bounded duty of Security Forces; the majority Tamils people in north-East liberated from LTTE Terrorist clutches are responsibility of Security forces.
    In certain cases LTTE are hide with innocent Tamil citizens by may be some are died in actions of war.
    3 Every War civilians are victims of actions, they may have been died between front of war?
    The so-called “genocide of Tamil” nationals are claim by TNA and LTTE are having no authentic proof of that?
    Its is political propaganda and agitation of to be justified that claim for “Myth of Tamil Homeland by TNA Tamil diaspora and LTTE exiles in back by West nations.
    Missing person of Tamils also not more than anything else it is seek Asylum in Western countries which an encourages by TNA, LTTE and Tamil Diasporas to get big slices of Tamils speaking in Western Countries ?

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    Women’s Action Network addresses human rights violations in general. The network did address as to the identities of the infamous Matale skeletal find, Mannar mass grave, Prageeth disappearance and so on.
    It is regrettable the commenters here see only LTTE in mothers crying out for information on the where about of their loved ones. They just cannot get out of the shallow water of the language divide.

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      Pillai
      Where were they when Tamil terrorist were blasting innocent civilians???
      I guess for you it was NOT human rights violation?

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        Eusense,

        Where were you when Sinhalese terrorists murdering, raping, burning houses, businesses … Tamils in 1958, 1983,….

        “Without the Sinhala Only, the Tiger may have remained unborn. Without the Black July, the Tiger may not have grown exponentially. If the B-C Pact and the D-C Pact did not miscarry (thanks to the midwifery of Sinhala extremism), the LTTE, even if it was born, would have remained a fringe group” Tisaranee Gunasekara

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          anpu,
          Why do you think all that happened during the years you stipulate?
          How did you, stupid vedda, Tamil from the north, Pillai and other terror supporters who write here escape “murdering, raping, burning houses, businesses” and survive? If what you are saying (“murdering, raping, burning houses, businesses”) is correct there will be no Tamils living in Sri Lanka by now and 50% of the Tamils wont be living in the south.
          If Tigers decided to be born and suicide murder innocent civilians in civilian clothes, all Tamils have to face the consequences. Do you think that was the right approach? Did you speak against terrorism? Are you saying your Tamil terrorist did not expect retaliation but thought Tamils will be given beds of roses to sleep on????
          Don’t be an idiot like vedda!

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          Anpu

          “Where were you when Sinhalese terrorists murdering, raping, burning houses, businesses … Tamils in 1958, 1983,….”

          Those incidents never happened, between 1958 and 2015 – it is a pure propaganda by Tamil Diaspora against the Sinhala/Buddhists.

          The Sinhala/Buddhists practice non-violence and the principle of ahimsa (“no harm”). That is why they engage Muslim butchers to kill animals so that they could have their Mutton Curry (Elu Mas Curry / එලු මස් කරි).

          The Sinhala Buddhist monks don’t kill animals. They are suppose to be vegan. However they do not refuse non vegetarian food as sanghika-dana, given to them by people. They do not insult people by refusing any non vegetarian food. What a good excuse.

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          Anpu

          Proto Sumero Dravidian: The Common Origin of Sumerian and Dravidian Languages

          Papers by Prof A Sathasivam.

          Brought out by the efforts of Mrs T Sathasivam and edited by Dr. Siva Thiagarajah.
          Tamilnet has a write up on this book.

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            Thank you NV.
            I am aware of this publication was going to buy the book then forgot as I was busy with other things.
            Few years ago I have exchanged emails with Dr Thiagarajah.
            Thank you for reminding.

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              Anpu

              I understand this book is aimed at academics, researchers and universities hence limited editions. You may have to contact the publishers for a copy. I have a number of books authored by Dr Thiagarajah. He is a prolific writer.

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                Thank you NV. I could not find the seller details on the net. I have emailed Dr Thiagarajah and TIC.

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                  Anpu

                  Thanks

                  Please share the details with me as I need to have copy. I am not an linguist however the book may help other linguist and scholars.

                  Have you noticed some punchi brain donkey has clicked thumbs down for both of us as if this is something to do with his/her politics. These are the donkeys who are dictating terms and conditions as to how the country should be misgoverned and ruined.

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                    NV,
                    This is what Dr Thiagarajah wrote to me
                    The current book available is a library edition. It will cost you £ 20.00. Packing and postage will cost another £ 5.00
                    xxxxxxxxxxxxx (address…. )
                    If you can wait a few months you should be able to get the cheaper paper-back edition.

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                      Anpu

                      Thanks for the info.
                      I will wait.

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        Bloody Nuisance

        “Where were they when Tamil terrorist were blasting innocent civilians???”

        They were around . You would never see them because your head is permanently stuck in HLD M’s bum.

        People can and want to help you only if you want to pull your head from his bum.

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          Stupid Tamil vedda,
          If you have no answers like any other terror supporting tamils here, follow them and stop writing trash.

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    Tamils are victims of their myths, lies and fantasies. So called disappeared people were terrorists. They are hiding in Europe, Canada, and all over India. Besides, these people are Indians, so, let India deal with it.

    Eelamist must stop getting in the way of native Sinhalese like dog sh1t.

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      Johnny English Bongo Baby

      “Eelamist must stop getting in the way of Eelamist must stop getting in the way of native Sinhalese like dog sh1t.like dog sh1t.”

      What have Native Sinhalese got to do with you? Where do you find them? Please keep worrying about Sinhala/Buddhist fascists and stop being the guardian of Sinhalese or Buddhists.

      I am curious. Don’t the native Sinhalese have good pairs of eye?

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