Investigate and Regulate Foreign Funded NGOs
Posted on July 15th, 2014

S. Akurugoda

According to a news item appeared in Daily Mirror dated 9th July 2014, under the subject ‘NGO’s to defy Defence Ministry ban‘ J.C. Weliamuna of the Lawyers Collective said the government is misguided in its thinking that NGOs and civil society organisations are enemies and is working for international community.

Another so-called human rights activist, Nimalka Fernando , while exposing how she is going to defy the Defence Ministry’s directive, has said she has the democratic right to criticize the unconstitutional manner in which the country is being governed, where the president makes the decisions without so much as consulting the cabinet. The parliament is reduced to a mere rubber stamp.

There should not be any question as to the right of the people to criticize the government, yet, let us go through some of the statements of these NGO kingpins made in the past for various issues to see the extent of damage caused to the country, as a whole, and to find out to whom they are serving. The evidence of such statements is easy to find, one has only to read the anti-national statements made by these organisations.

On 23rd March 2006, while referring to explosions, killings, arbitrary arrests and disappearances in the country, Nimalka Fernando misled the whole world via BBC saying that the president Mahinda Rajapaksa seems unable to cope with the intricacies of the peace process. He is suspicious of the Norwegian negotiators and he has let himself be manoeuvred by extremist Sinhala groups. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4639220.stm).

Since the elimination of her much sympathized LTTE, we haven’t heard of any such activities in the country and the entire world is aware of the peace we are entertaining, although these bogus activists are blind and deaf to sense it, even up to now.

While supporting the accusation levelled against the government In November 2006, referring to the killing of a pro-Tamil Tiger politician Nadarajah Raviraj , Nimalka Fernando has said “These killers and the mighty terrorof the state are making this a killing field. We cannot allow this countryto be ruled in this manner and it is the culture of impunitythat must stop.” (http://www.tamilguardian.com/tg336/p3.pdf)

Has she ever blamed the LTTE for the killings of country’s president, ministers, politicians, innocent civilians of all communities (Sinhala, Tamil Muslim etc) and other atrocities committed against humanity in the same fashion?

The extent of damaged she has done to the image of the Sinhala community and the country , as a whole, while defending LTTE is evident from her interview given to IPS on the 22 March 2006. (http://www.ipsnews.net/2006/03/human-rights-no-multi-ethnic-balance-in-sri-lanka-says-expert/)

She also told BBC, hiding the truth about India’s involvement in training terrorists, that the story about the LTTE training camps held in India is a view that was propagated by Sinhala Extremists in Sri Lanka. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4442906.stm)

These foreign funded organisations have conducted seminars, lectures, workshops under the pretext of ‘Peace’ throughout LTTE terror period and even make use of those activities even to frighten the citizens by suggesting the possibilities of R2P (Responsibility to Protect) situation, misinterpreting what was going on in the country at that time. ‘Responsibility Protect’ By Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu of Centre for Policy Alternative (CPA) is a case in point. (http://www.themorningleader.lk/20070801/issues.html)

Jehan Perera of NPC addressing a meeting organised by NESoHR (founded by LTTE proxy TNA), on December 10, 2005. Note the Eelam map behind him

The agents of the foreign funded organisations have had the habit of criticizing the Sinhala groups as ‘extremists’ while whitewashing the terror activities of the LTTE as seen from the statements below. As part of its anti-national/anti-faith agendas they attacked Buddhist monks who were against terrorism and branding people with opposing views as Sinhala Extremists. It seems, they continue to do it even now, at a much higher scale.

While praising the proposal of the Interim Self-Governing Authority proposed by the LTTE, Johan Perera of National Peace Council (NPC) criticised the Sri Lankan Government and misled the world that it is the Sinhalese who cause trouble and generate violence. This is what he said via BBC.

. “The government has been inappropriately cautious because of its desire to please the nationalist Sinhalese who are a relatively small minority but who can cause trouble and generate violence. The Tigers are asking for an “interim self-governing authority” for the north-east of Sri Lanka with powers over land, law and order and finances. A majority of the members of this body would be appointed by the Tigers, although it would have representatives from the Sinhala and Muslim communities and be subject to elections after five years. It’s a refined proposal and it shows an awareness of issues involved with good governance, even though full implementation still has to be watched.” (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3233441.stm.)

Again justifying the Tiger activities, Jehan Perera of NPC made another statement to the BBC blaming the Sri Lankan Government.

The Tigers say the only way to tackle this is by fighting for an independent homeland.
Their tactics are ruthless, and opposition is not an option. They have been accused of killing political rivals in addition to dissenters from inside or outside the ranks. All have been swiftly dealt with. The problem for the government is that it has failed to persuade Tamils there is a viable alternative within the government structures. So far the Sri Lankan state has not been able to convince the Tamil people that their grievances for equality, for power sharing, for a form of federal autonomy, would indeed be delivered to them. Until that point, I don’t think the Tigers will change.”
(http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6045866.stm)

NPCmeetingJehan Perera of NPC in June 2006 justified the LTTE’s war option as follows. [Spiegel Online, June 20, 2006]

Observers say the growing marginalization of the rebel group encourages the escalation of violence. On May 29, the European Union added the LTTE to their list of terror organizations and froze Tamil Tiger accounts. Jehan Perera, Director of Colombo’s National Peace Council said, ‘If the rebels continue to be isolated economically and politically, they will only have one option left in the end: war.’” (http://www.ploughshares.ca/libraries/ACRText/ACR-SriLanka.html)

While applauding the Prabhakaran-Ranil so-called Pact, this is what the NGO kingpin had stated in October 2002 regarding the presence of Sri Lankan judiciary, police and military in the north and east.

Continuing with the present ceasefire for a further period, without consolidating it into a final settlement at this time, has its advantages.  It permits the sharing of power between the government and LTTE in the north and east in the interim period.” 

At present, the Sri Lankan military is present in the main population centres of the north and east.  The Sri Lankan judiciary and police are functional there.  They are a countervailing power to the LTTE.    It is unlikely that a final solution negotiated at this time could provide for these levers of state power to continue functioning as they are.” 

The fact is that the present balance of military forces in the north and east makes only one final, and yet peaceful, solution negotiable at this time– that is to give the LTTE control over the region”.  (http://www.priu.gov.lk/news_update/Current_Affairs/ca200210/20021007true_liberation.htm)

In an Interview with Business Line Jehan Perera of NPC in May 2002, advocated the acceptance of two armies with two commands as follows.
THE ongoing peace process in Sri Lanka has raised hopes for a lasting solution, but before a final solution emerges, the people would have to accept, at least for some time, ‘two armies, with two commands” (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2002/05/15/stories/2002051500040800.htm)

Fortunately, the NPC kingpin’s ‘invincible’ LTTE military wing is no more for him to justify suicide bombing. People in Sri Lanka are moving around freely with confidence.

Although there are hundreds of statements made by these agents are available in records, the writer thought of including only few of those to see the extent of misinformation made by these agents in the past to tarnish the image of the majority community and the Country.

The NPC, CPA, Transparency International Sri Lanka and their ilk should actually be categorised as lobbyist NGOs, depending entirely on foreign governments and agencies they carry on the White Man’s Burden and have a function similar to Christian missionaries during the high colonial era.

The foreign funded lobbyist NGOs attempted to cover-up the LTTE terror campaign including the dastardly attacks on Katunayake Airport and the attack on Pakistan High Commissioner among many other grisly assaults. It denounced the Government’s effort to eradicate terrorism, placing the military capacity of the GOSL on an equal footing with the LTTE and tried to project the LTTE as invincible. We also remember how these peace vendors attempted to justify the brutal killings of innocent civilians by suicide bombers saying Regardless of who is responsible, the suicide bombing indicates the growing absence of confidence in the integrity of the government institutions“.

Attempting to brainwash the people of a nation by pumping millions of dollars to achieve the goals of outside elements is a clear-cut interference on its sovereignty. Who will pump millions of dollars for nothing in return? These lobbyist NGOs are to fulfil the needs of their funding agencies whose ultimate aim is none other than creating a new form of colonization around the world.

The sovereignty is defined as the supreme political power of a government to regulate its affairs within a specified territory without outside interference. Policies are thus formulated by the people of a sovereign nation via the elected government to suit the nation and its people. Policies formulated by nongovernmental organisations should not be implemented without the approval of the elected government. Thus, logically, NGOs are bound to follow the guide lines provided by the people’s elected government.

There is not much difference between what these foreign funded lobbyist NGOs were doing in the past and what they are doing now for their own existence and to serve their foreign funding countries/agencies. These organisations should be investigated for what they have done in the past and for what they are doing now. It is evident from the above statements that these agents will continue to spread misinformation until what their funding agencies are expected to achieve. If the existing laws are insufficient, new laws should be enacted to streamline their operations for the benefit of the country and its peace loving people.

15 Responses to “Investigate and Regulate Foreign Funded NGOs”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Excellent news.

    The group of emerging economies signed the long-anticipated document to create the $100 bn BRICS Development Bank and a reserve currency pool worth over another $100 bn. Both will counter the influence of Western-based lending institutions and the dollar.

    The new bank will provide money for infrastructure and development projects in BRICS countries, and unlike the IMF or World Bank, each nation has equal say, regardless of GDP size.

    “BRICS Bank will be one of the major multilateral development finance institutions in this world,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday at the 6th BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil.

    The big launch of the BRICS bank is seen as a first step to break the dominance of the US dollar in global trade, as well as dollar-backed institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, both US-based institutions BRICS countries have little influence within.

    “In terms of escalating international competition the task of activating the trade and investment cooperation between BRICS member states becomes important,” Putin said.”

    – RT.com

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    The Curtain Must Fall on Anti-National NGOs

    Indeed the curtain must fall on the antics of these errant NGOs, prancing about as Law Unto Themselves, subject to no law, and behaving more as anti-government organizations (AGOs) than they are non-government organizations (NGOs).

    There are those, especially US Diplomats, who even as they foment discord and civil disobedience in the country, spout various homilies to Sri Lanka on the need to preserve the right to “free expression” and “freedom of action” as if the players are always dutiful and not puppets manipulated from abroad, and referees are never needed to regulate the NGO game.

    If that were true, why then does the US not blindly trust its own citizen investors to play by the rules even in financial markets? Why does the US have a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Treasury, and various permanent Congressional Senate and House Committees to exercise oversight, and regulate the financial and monetary markets?

    We Sri Lankans also know very well how rich and powerful nations knowingly undermine, destabilize and overturn governments of other countries using “human rights” and “democrazy” as convenient balleyhooed pretexts, and destroy countless lives by converting their national refuges into absolute anarchies.

    We also know that these purveyors of “human rights” and “democrazy” are experts in DOUBLE STANDARDS, doing the exact opposite of what they preach to others when their own nations are threatened.

    Who has not heard of the restriction of civil liberties of US Citizens under the Patriot Act, or the Massive Spying by the National Security Administration (NSA) revealed by Edward Snowden? That spying violates the privacy protections guaranteed to American citizens by the US Constitution which now lies in tatters. While the privacy of American citizens is being violated willy-nilly, foreign citizens, both high and low, have no rights at all, as demonstrated by the NSA’s spying on Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany.

    In my view, the US Government, and indeed any government, has the duty and the right to gather intelligence needed to protect the people of its nation, as necessity dictates. In that sense, the Patriot Act was quite appropriate to protect the United States in the aftermath of 9/11.

    My problem is that the US does not accord the same rights to other nations and their governments to protect their own people just as the US protects Americans. Instead, they castigate, isolate, sanction and actively undermine other nations and their governments who act legitimately to protect their people.

    If the United States was beset by 1426 NGOs, funded and directed by foreign nations, inimical to the United States, who are actively sowing civil discord, undermining the national government, what would the US do?

    We can get some idea of what the US would do, by examning the actions the US has taken against the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who is not a US citizen, and Edward Snowden, a US citizen, who exposed the NSA spying.

    I know what the US would do, they would SHUT DOWN, PUNISH and EXPEL all those who engage in such activities, under the treason and national security laws of the United States. And that is as it should be.

    During the last 30 years, NGOs operating within Sri Lanka brought our Motherland to its knees, aiding and abetting foreign powers in their great game. They were among the principal supporters of the LTTE who prevented the early defeat and eradication of Tamil Terrorists in Sri Lanka. They are RESPONSIBLE for extending that awful war from a couple of years to three long decades, and extinguishing the lives of 150,000 lives of Sri Lanka’s innocent citizens. I ACCUSE these foreign nations of that awful crime!

    Today, they are playing that same game in Syria …… demolishing the government that protected its people, setting Syria’s various communities at each other’s throats, transforming the majority of its people into hapless refugees … all in the name of undermining the principal ally of Iran in the Middle East.

    And here they are again, buying and selling Sri Lankan political puppets, working in collusion with the defeated Tamil Terrorists, and their surviving political proxy, the TNA, attempting to convert Sri Lanka into another Somalia, inciting and encouraging Tamil Nadu politicians to assail Sri Lanka at every turn in their quest for a Greater Tamil Nadu, pitting India against China, all driven by their FEAR of a RESURGENT China, and their perceived NEED to CONTAIN China.

    It is not a useful exercise to ask whether Sri Lanka’s alliance with China, or India’s, or the Western Neo-Colonialists’ interference in Sri Lanka came first. We Sri Lankans, who bore the brunt of their Machiavellian strategies, know very well the answer to that question in the pain of our wounds and the loss of our loved ones; we need not debate it ad infinitum as if it were an interminable did the chicken or the egg come first riddle.

    What is IMPORTANT, and ESSENTIAL, to Sri Lanka’s future survival is to CONTROL, OVERSEE and REGULATE the behavior of ALL NGOs, both foreign and local, whether registered under the NGO Act or the Companies Act, with the central government or with a regional government body, operating in Sri Lanka.

    Enact the laws necessary to REGULATE their behavior, and LEVY a significant SPECIAL TAX on NGOs sufficient to pay for the Government Departments and Personnel necessary to oversee and regulate their own NGO activities. Higher the tax, fewer will be the number of fly-by-night NGOs.

    Examine the history of the registered NGOs, their finances and the sources of their finances, for Anti-National Activities. SHUT DOWN those who are merely in the NGO business to enrich themselves, or to engage in anti-national activities as paid tools of foreign powers. PUNISH not only the NGO as a corporate entity, but also its managers as individuals, not only with IMPRISONING the managers, but also by CONFISCATING the PERSONAL PROPERTY of the managers of ERRANT NGOs. That will go a long way towards bringing fear and discipline into the ranks of the NGOs.

    In the future, apply a 3-strikes-and-you-are-out law to NGOs. The slightest infringement of the NGO Law earns them one strike, and 3-strikes will earn a SHUT DOWN, and if a foreign NGO … permanent EXPULSION of all personnel from Sri Lanka.

    In these ways, we can safeguard our Resplendent Isle, our Mother Lanka, from the depredations of these parasites dancing to the tunes of foreign paymasters.

  3. Ananda-USA Says:

    Probing Wild-Ass NGOs: Three already being investigated

    By Chamikara Weerasinghe
    DailyNews.lk
    July 16, 2014

    Officials of the National Secretariat for Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) launched investigations into several NGOs registered with it for failing to observe legal requirements applicable to them in functioning as NGOs in Sri Lanka. The Secretariat’s Director General D.M.S. Dissanayake told the Daily News yesterday that they have launched investigations into three NGOs that have breached the regulations governing NGO activities in the country. These NGOs are under investigation for various acts of commission and ommission defying the Voluntary Social Service Organisations (Registration and Supervision) Act Number 31 of 1980, he said.

    “There are 1,421 NGOs registered with our Secretariat under this Act,” Dissanayake said.

    He said Voluntary Social Service Organisations (Registration and Supervision) Act is currently being amended. Explaining why the Act is being amended, Dissanayake said there were many non-profit making organisations in the country which have registered under the Companies Act.

    “It will be mandatory for these organisations to register under the National Secretariat for NGOs once the intended amendments come into force. They are expected to take effect soon,” he said.

    Asked if there was a chance that the NGOs or the organisations concerned would be unable to obtain funds from their foreign funding agencies in case they did not submit to these new regulations, Dissanayake said: “Absolutely, they will not be able to obtain funds without adhering to the new regulations”.

    He said there will be restrictions and limitations in the area of fund acquisitions such as with regard to the maximum amount of funds that they can obtain from their foreign funding sources during a given year. “We are discussing the matter with the Central Bank,” he added.

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    Lorenzo,

    Excellent news indeed! Here is MORE ion the topic ….

    ……………..
    BRICS create development bank, ‘mini-IMF’

    By Laurent Thomet
    July 16, 2014

    The BRICS group of emerging powers on Tuesday created a Shanghai-based development bank and a reserve fund as alternatives to Western-led institutions.

    The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa agreed to launch the institutions to finance infrastructure projects and head off future economic crises.

    “We took the historic decision to create the BRICS bank and the reserve agreement — an important contribution to reconfigure the system of international economic governance,” Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said at a summit in the northeastern seaside city of Fortaleza.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the agreements as “a very powerful way to prevent new economic difficulties.”

    The five emerging nations first unveiled their plans last year. The New Development Bank aims to rival the Washington-based World Bank while the reserve is seen as a “mini-IMF.”

    “We need to work to improve economic governance at a global level, increase the representations and voice of developing countries,” said Chinese President Xi Jinping.

    Rousseff renewed calls for reform at the International Monetary Fund saying it “urgently needs to review its distribution of voting power in order to reflect the unquestionable weight of emerging countries.”

    – Shanghai headquarters –

    The development bank will have initial capital of $50 billion that could rise to $100 billion, funded equally by each nation.

    BRICS leaders agreed to put the bank’s headquarters in Shanghai. The first president will be Indian while the first board chair will hail from Brazil.

    An Africa Regional Center will be based in South Africa, whose President Jacob Zuma failed to convince his peers to place the bank’s headquarters in Johannesburg.

    The bank will help emerging and developing nations mobilize resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects, the summit declaration said.

    The Contingent Reserve Arrangement will have $100 billion at its disposal to head off potential economic volatility linked to the United States exiting its stimulus policy.

    China is expected to make the biggest contribution, $41 billion, followed by $18 billion each from Brazil, India and Russia and $5 billion from South Africa.

    The summit comes as the economies of some BRICS countries, which together represent 40 percent of the world population and a fifth of the global economy, are cooling down, with Russia and Brazil expecting just one percent growth this year.

    Experts say the new bank and fund will give the group the backbone of a formal organization.

    – Marathon summits –

    The talks in Fortaleza will open a series of marathon summits and bilateral meetings in Brazil, with BRICS leaders meeting with South American presidents in Brasilia on Wednesday.

    The Fortaleza summit allowed Xi and India’s new Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet face-to-face for the first time.

    Modi said the BRICS must act as a “united and clear voice for a peaceful, balanced and stable world.”

    For Putin, who visited Argentina and Cuba before coming to Brazil, the trip has given him a chance to hammer home his calls for a “multipolar” world amid tensions with the West over the Ukraine crisis.

    Russia has been kicked out of the G8 group of industrialized nations over the Ukraine crisis.

    The United States is threatening to impose new economic sanctions on Russia over accusations that it is backing pro-Moscow separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

    The BRICS summit declaration voiced “deep concern” over the situation in Ukraine and called for “comprehensive dialogue, the de-escalation of the conflict and restraint from all the actors involved, with a view to finding a peaceful political solution.”

    Rousseff said BRICS leaders “lament the lack of concrete progress” in Ukraine and other world hotspots, including Iraq, Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    After Wednesday’s BRICS-South America summit, Xi will launch the China-Latin America forum on Thursday, highlighting Beijing’s growing interests in a region that long was seen as the back yard of the United States.

  5. Ananda-USA Says:

    Bravo! May the BRICS Development Bank prosper for the benefit of the developing nations of the world held hostage by the World Bank and the IMF!

    This is something I have long called for, and it finally happening!

    Now, we need to create a BRICS-led UNION OF NATIONS as an ALTERNATIVE to the current Neo-Colonialist-led United Nations!

  6. Ananda-USA Says:

    BRICS leaders create development bank

    July 16, 2014

    The leaders of the group of five BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) emerging market countries signed on Tuesday a deal to create a new development bank and an emergency reserve fund, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff announced at a summit of the group here.

    “The agreement towards setting up the BRICS New Development Bank is a significant step. I am happy the initiative announced in 2012 in Delhi has become a reality,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

    The new bank will be headquartered in Shanghai, China. The first president of the bank will be from India while the first chair of the board of governors will be from Russia.

    Sources said India’s demand for an equal share in the bank has also been accepted.

    The deal was reached after intense last-minute negotiations to settle a dispute between India and China over the headquarters of the new bank, which will have initial capital of $100 billion to invest in infrastructure projects.

    The impasse reflected the difficulties that BRICS nations face in working together to build an alternative to Western-run multilateral institutions that have shaped world finances since the end of World War-II.

    Failure to agree on the headquarters would have been an embarrassment for the BRICS, a group better known for its anti-Western rhetoric than agreement on concrete actions to reshape the world’s financial architecture.

    An official, who declined to be named, said leaders changed their positions late on Tuesday night and agreed to sign the deal.

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    ADB grants $300 million to aid Sri Lanka’s push to cut fuel oil use, boost renewables

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    July 15, Manila: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today announced that it has approved a $300 million dual-tranche loan to help Sri Lanka scale up its use of clean energy and cut its reliance on costly petroleum oil for electricity generation.

    The loan will help Sri Lanka expand the use of renewable energy for power generation and have major benefits both for poor communities and the broader economy.

    “The country’s heavy dependence on expensive imported petroleum oil hurts the economy, undermines energy security, and harms the environment,” said ADB Principal Energy Specialist Mukhtor Khamudkhanov.

    The first $150 million tranche will finance a 30-megawatt (MW), run-of-the-river hydropower plant at Moragolla in Central Province and expand and upgrade transmission lines and other infrastructure in needy areas, including the former conflict-affected Northern and Eastern Provinces. The hydropower plant will generate an additional 97.7 million units of hydropower for the grid, saving about 72,300 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions every year while improved transmission lines will further reduce annual CO2 emissions by 98,400 tons.

    Environmental and social safeguards will be incorporated into the design of the program to minimize impacts, and a mechanism will be developed to guarantee downstream river flows so that sensitive fisheries, including the endangered Green Labeo, will not be adversely affected by the hydropower plant.

    The second tranche, expected to be delivered in 2016, will include expanding the 33 kilovolt medium voltage network to improve distribution of electricity to consumers and the development of transmission network facilities to allow power delivery from two 100 MW wind parks due to be built in the Northern Province in 2017 and 2020.

    Assistance will also be given for demand-side energy efficiency improvements including the use of smart grid and metering technologies, the retrofitting of buildings with energy saving features, and the installation of cold thermal storage in selected buildings.

    The improved transmission system is expected to boost access to reliable power for about 300,000 customers in rural areas and small towns who currently suffer from low quality supplies. The program also supports Sri Lanka’s wider energy investment road map, including its plan to increase the share of grid power generated from nonconventional renewable energy sources, such as mini-hydropower, wind power, and solar power, to 20% of the total by 2020.

    In addition to ADB funds, there will be co-financing of up to $60 million from France’s Agence Française de Développement, and counterpart funds of $80 million from the Government of Sri Lanka, for a total program cost of $440 million. The program is expected to be completed by late 2020.

  8. Samanthi Says:

    Please read the following article in Lankapage today!

    This is another landmark decision in the history of Sri Lanka.

    Our gratitute shoud go to all individuals and organizations who took legal action against TNA on this matter!

    Today is going to be a very sad day for Vasus, Bahus, Dayans, Awamangalas, Chandrikas, Mada Amunas, UpulJs,
    J. Adhamapalas and Shitranies etc. What would have been the outcome of this legal process, if Shiranie was the CJ today? Can someone imagine?

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    Major Tamil party agrees to accept a unitary state in Sri Lanka
    Wed, Jul 16, 2014, 07:36 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    July 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main Tamil political party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has agreed to denounce separatism and accept a united Sri Lanka for all communities.

    The TNA on Tuesday agreed to submit an affidavit to the Supreme Court, stating that Sri Lanka is a unitary State.

    Lawyers appearing for the Secretary of TNA and its main constituent Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK), parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah and Leader of TNA R. Sampanthan on Tuesday (15) agreed to submit the affidavit to the Supreme Court that Sri Lanka is a unitary state when six petitions filed by representatives of Sinhala majority nationalist organizations were taken for hearing.

    The six petitions filed in the apex court alleged that the political objective of the TNA is to form a separate government in Sri Lanka.

    The petitioners, Galage Don Punyawardana, Gunadasa Amarasekera, U. Abeykoon, Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera, U.K. Anura and Ravi Kumar alleged that the main Tamil party campaigned for a separate state in the North and East during the Northern Provincial Council elections held in September 2013.

    The petition claimed that the ITAK and TNA distributed election manifestos among voters in the North indicating that they are planning to form a separate state in Sri Lanka.

    Petitioner has further cited in the petition that the manifesto is in line with the hidden agenda of the defeated Tamil terrorist organization LTTE.

    In its election manifesto, the TNA, once considered as a proxy for the terrorist group LTTE during the war, has called for establishing power sharing arrangements in a unit of a merged Northern and Eastern Provinces based on a Federal structure.

    The petitioners also claimed that the TNA manifesto violates the sixth amendment of the Sri Lankan Constitution which says that no political party or other association or organization shall have as one of its aims or objects the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka.

    Under the Constitution, the Supreme Court has power to proscribe any political party or other association or organization found guilty of having the objective to establish a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka.

    TNA leaders have vehemently rejected the allegation that its election manifesto demanded a separate state of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka.

    A three-member Bench comprising Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, Justices Rohini Marasinghe and Priyantha Jayawardana heard the petitions.

    Counsels appearing for the respondents told the court that the two parties are for a unitary state in Sri Lanka and there was no intention to form a separate state. The petitioner’s counsels said the agreement must be submitted to the court as an affidavit and the respondents’ counsels agreed.

    The Court postponed the case till 22 September.

  9. Samanthi Says:

    The image of the Sri Lanka in the banner shows boubdaries of the bogus EEALM land, and it has written only in Tamil & English!

    Does anyone know who the other parasites in the photo?

  10. Ananda-USA Says:

    If the Lankapage article is TRUE, and the TNA has accepted the 6th Amendment to the Constitution affirming that Sri Lanka is a UNITARY state, that INDEED is a major turnaround in the TNA’s position.

    However, Sri Lanka should not trust the TNA which was calling for a separatist state of Eelam in cahoots with Tamil Nadu politicians YESTERDAY, just because they have reversed their position TODAY. today, because they can just as well return to their separatism TOMORROW! This could very well be a calculated ploy to gain the separatist powers they failed to get by CONFRONTATION!

    NEVER TRUST THESE LYING TRAITORS as far as you can throw a Grand Piano!

    In addition, they MUST STILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE, PROSECUTED & PUNISHED for their TREASONOUS ACTIVITIES over the past 30 years … INDIVIDUALLY & COLLECTIVELY as political parties.

    The TNA is not saying so now because they really believe it, but because they see that the majority of Sri Lankans are FIRMLY RESOLVED to OPPOSE THEM …. COME WHAT MAY from their barking Diaspora dogs, their NGO puppets, and their Western Neo-Colonial masters plying their own geopolitical agendas.

    So, what should we Patriotic Sri Lankans do in response to this new turn of events?

    Ask them to go the EXTRA MILE, and seamlessly integrate into the greater Sri Lankan Society, GIVING UP their

    1. Separatist Communal party names, party constitutions and party platforms,
    2. “Thesawalamai” and other Community Laws and customs that exclude Sinhala amd Muslim citizens from Tamil majority regions,
    3. demands for SHARING POWER based upon Tamil ethnicity. Embrace Sri Lankan citizenship as the ONLY BASIS for rights in Sri Lanka, for communal considerations should NEVER BE a basis for Governance,
    4. demands for any right not equally available to other Sri Lankan citizens,
    5. opposition to other communities settling and living among them in Tamil majority areas, and INVITING and ENABLING other communities to do so just as they live among Sinhala people in the South,
    5. conniving with Tamil Nadu to create a Greater Tamil Nadu incorporating Sri Lankan territories, and
    6. conniving with the Racist Separatists of the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in their quest to create an Eelam in Sri Lanka, and with Western Neo-Colonialists attempting to undermine and destabilize Sri Lanka for their own gain.

    These are among the main ADDITIONAL things the Sri Lankan Tamil Community, and the TNA in particular, should do to REGAIN the TRUST of the MAJORITY of Sri Lankans and be ACCEPTED again as Law-Abiding Patriotic Citizens of Sri Lanka.

    They should be aware that THEY WILL NOT REGAIN THE TRUST THEY LOST OVERNIGHT; it will take perhaps another 30 years of Good Sri Lankan Citizenship for that to happen.

    The SECURITY & INTEGRITY of the Motherland is not something we can entrust Today to the SEPARATISTS of Yesterday, but they should GRASP the hand of FRIENDSHIP that the Sinhala people WERE ALWAYS EXTENDING TO THEM and WORK ASSIDUOUSLY to reintegrate themselves into the social fabric of Sri Lanka. That includes suppressing ALL THOSE DISRUPTIVE elements within your community, within Sri Lanka or abroad in the Diaspora, who attempt to REVIVE separatism.

    Do it willingly and voluntarily now, or be marginalized forever as Sri Lanka forges ahead without you, leaving your community only the option of leaving Sri Lanka for good.

  11. Ananda-USA Says:

    This acceptance of a UNITARY STATE by the TNA was offered as a way to avoid being found guilty in the lawsuit before the Supreme Court and it could very well be another calculated ploy to gain the separatist powers they failed to get by CONFRONTATION & BLACKMAIL!

  12. Lorenzo Says:

    “The TNA on Tuesday agreed to submit an affidavit to the Supreme Court, stating that Sri Lanka is a unitary State.”

    Resurrect the “LTTE” now and get rid of these traitors of “Tamil Elam”. This is the best opportunity to wipe out remaining terrorists like Amirthalingam and blame it on the LTTE.

    NEVER trust Tamil politicians.

    Carefully read the news items.

    It says LTTE AGREED to submit an affidavit stating that SL IS a unitary state. Of course SL is a unitary state. But does TNA ACCEPT SL as a unitary state?

    This is total BS.

    “Sri Lanka’s main Tamil political party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has agreed to denounce separatism and accept a united Sri Lanka for all communities.”

    We DON’T WANT a bloody UNITED SL. We want a UNITARY SL.

  13. Lorenzo Says:

    Tamilnet says,

    “The generation of Sampanthan and Wigneswaran in their stage of life need not worry about building power centres of collaboration around them. They should rather direct the national struggle as a national struggle, said Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island.”

    PERFECT CONDITIONS for the LTTE to make a comeback and get rid of Amirthalingams.

  14. Ananda-USA Says:

    ABSOLUTELY! “We DON’T WANT a bloody UNITED SL. We want a UNITARY SL” which we HAVE NOW!

  15. Sooriarachi Says:

    Just like many other nations like Russia and USA, Sri Lanka should have the right to regulate NGOs even to the extreme levels USA and Russia are adopting. USA even had prohibited the Communist Party from registering in USA, claiming it was linked to the Soviet Union – that’s US democracy.
    Just cant understand why Ranil a man wanting to lead the country, is supporting the opposition to these regulations, which is meant to protect the interests of Sri Lankan citizens from those NGOs funded by Foreign Governments & Institutions and even the monstrous LTTE Tigers and other undesirables.

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