UN Chief Appoints Expert Panel
Posted on June 26th, 2010
Ira de Silva London, Canada
Hon. Ban ki Moon
U.N. Secretary General
New York, N.Y.
It was with disgust that I read the news of your action to appoint a panel to advise you regarding the alleged violations of human rights and humanitarian law by Sri Lanka in the last stages of the war against the terrorist forces of the LTTE. It is an action which has been taken violating the rights and sovereignty of a member state of the UN. The whole world knows it is illegal, biased and at the instigation of the United States, Norway and other western countries who were the very same countries that pushed the UN in 2009 in their attempt to save the leadership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a terrorist group which is recognized the world over and by the UN as the most ruthless terrorist group in the world.
You have disregarded the fact that it is a standard of international conduct that no extraneous agency has any business in the internal governance of any country. You have violated the trust placed in you as Secretary General to uphold the Charter of the UN by this action as you have acted with complete disregard to the conditions of the UN Charter itself which confers on sovereign, independent states the indisputable right to act on internal issues particularly regarding peace and security.
Your action has been hailed by the propaganda outlet of the LTTE and of course the U.S. to whom you subjugate yourself. According to Ambassador Susan Rice, the U.S. supports the panel of experts you have appointed to advise you on accountability issues in Sri Lanka. It is a disappointment that Ms. Rice who approves of a panel being appointed for Sri Lanka has not called for a similar panel of experts to advise you on the accountability issues regarding the U.S. actions in invading Iraq, the hundreds of thousands killed by the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, the well documented atrocities in those countries by U.S. troops, the continuous bombardment and killing of civilians which are passed off as “collateral damage”, the creation of thousands of refugees to name but a few of the accountability issues that the U.S. has in the world today. The people of the countries being invaded, incessantly bombed by the U.S. will I am sure welcome a “robust accountability process” by the U.S. with the hope that their lives will be spared and allow them to live in peace.
A news report indicates that the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has criticized you for not asking the opinion of the Security Council or the General Assembly on this matter BEFORE appointing this panel. From that it could be inferred that this action by you is illegal. Further, Sri Lanka has rejected your panel and it appears from a statement issued that you have stretched the truth when you claim that Sri Lanka agreed to such an investigation in the Joint Statement of May 23,2009. According to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry in Sri Lanka the “Joint Statement of the President of Sri Lanka and the Secretary-General issued at the conclusion of the Secretary-General’s visit to the country on 23rd May 2009 makes no reference to “allegations of violations of international humanitarian law committed during military operations between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).” The statement by Sri Lanka was that it reiterated its commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights in keeping with international human rights standards and Sri Lanka’s international obligations.
If you disagree with the statement made by Sri Lanka, it would be prudent to publish the so-called joint statement as otherwise you have exceeded the bounds set for the UN by it’s founders in seeking to subject a sovereign country against it’s objections to a trumped up investigation of allegations of violations of human rights while all the while the world is being subjected to daily reports of violations of human rights which you ignore. There are even those connected to the UN such as P. Alston who have the gall to accuse Sri Lanka of war crimes while you do nothing to stop these lies.
I would like to make a short comment regarding your choice of “experts”. Considering that it is the U.S. that is the prime mover for this panel and is the “power” that guides you at the UN, one press report states that by including an American as one of the panel members, you have added insult to injury! A comment written by a Sri Lankan journalist is as follows: “Now Israel, that “‘chosen”‘ land, has violated innumerable UN resolutions regarding “‘acceptable international norms in treating those in occupied territories”‘ unlike Sri Lanka, which carried out the biggest ever hostage rescue operation in remembered history. No UN agency has ever passed any resolution censuring Sri Lanka. On the contrary, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations has formally adopted a resolution commending Sri Lanka for the promotion and protection of human rights. Moon has not been briefed, shame on you, you UN-Chief-Briefers”, courtesy M. Seneviratne. http://www.dailynews.lk/2010/06/25/fea02.asp . The rest of the world is not as blind as you think.
Your action exposes that the double standard in the world today is now the policy of the UN too. Instead of maintaining the dignity and impartiality of the UN, by your action you have indicated to the world that the UN is also biased, that you as the Secretary General are biased, that individual members rights can be flouted by the so-called western powers and that you will follow their dictates for your personal agenda. It is to be hoped that the rest of the world will make note of your bias, lack of principle, actions contrary to the UN Charter and ensure that when the next Secretary General is appointed that it will ensure that it will be of a person who at least will uphold the Charter of the UN.
Ira de Silva