The Salient Realities That Exonerate Sri Lanka From Rights Accusations Portrayed By Discerning Nations With No Vested Interests, Prejudices Or Bias
Posted on September 28th, 2014
Lankaweb Weekly Editorial
September 29th. 2014
It seems like a time for reckoning and aligning with salient realities that Sri Lanka has been backed by 22 nations against the UN rights probe threatening to malign her credibilities as the breaking news emerges.
This coincides fortuitously with Sri Lanka President’s visit to the UN where he has addressed the General Assembly and communicated with the Secretary General on related issues and augurs very well for the Island Nation.
Sri Lanka successfully fought off a internal armed terrorist insurrection supported by adversaries like Tamil Nadu of India as well as a faction of the local and diasporaTamil population that aided and abetted the terrorists apart from those who did not ~ the latter paying a severe price at the hands of the terrorists until redeemed by the Armed Forces and justifiably rewarded by the Government.
Nonetheless the accusations of human rights violation directed at the Armed Forces by some nations with their own agendas, vested interests and huge biases related to the instigation by sources sympathetic with the terrorists who carried out the attrocities that devastaed Sri Lanka for nearly three decades have been a recent issue of the United Nations Human Rights Section championed by a pro Tamil Tiger sympathiser at its helm ( now departed from office) which has eventually proved to be of no avail to Sri Lanka’s adversaries as conflicts of interests, double standards and duplicities were exposed to discredit their objectives.
This affirmation of support by the 22 Nations that back Sri Lanka seems not only a redemption from wrongful accusations but also poetic justice towards all the intended harm against Sri Lanka for the singlemost reason that the country and the Armed Forces overcame in a precedent setting manner a threat which imperilled her very existence and something which needs acollades not accusations as it has done the world a favour when viewed objectively in ridding the nation as well as the world of Tamil Tiger terrorism!.
And those who objectively back Sri Lanka such as this group are surely aware of the related issues that demand support and applause rather than the incriminations some Superpower Western countries are attempting to achieve and appears to be tantamount to a gross travesty of justice against a Sovereign Democratic Nation defending her sovereignity and territorial integrity!
Therefore as reported, when a group of 22 nations have supported Sri Lanka for her ongoing confrontation with the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) against the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights mandated probe into alleged human rights violations during the armed conflict with Tamil Tiger terrorists It seems appropriately the right thing to do as all the documented confirmable evidence points to the Armed Forces role in liberating civilians trapped by the terrorists where accusations of rights violations are attributable to the terrorists alone who were a mendacious bunch of conscienceless murderers, rapists and destroyers of property.
This group which has labelled the UN investigation on Sri Lanka as ‘intrusive’ and ‘unjustified’ has on Thursday delivered a joint statement through its chair, Egypt at the 27th session of the UNHRC in Geneva supporting Sri Lanka’s stance on the probe.
Very favourablty for Sri Lanka they say, quote ” they believe that the intrusive mandate given to the OHCHR by Res. 25/1 to carry out investigations on Sri Lanka is unwarranted, especially in the context where the country is implementing its own domestic processes.” end quote where the emphasis is indeed on the Government’s present investigations into its own truth and reconciliation process which needs no hampering and is en route towards establishing closure favourable to all concerned towards genuine resolution not innuendo laced accusations which cannot be substantiated through tangible proof and evidence!
The group backing Sri Lanka comprises of Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, North Korea, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Russia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, The Sudan, Venezuela and Zimbabwe and have delivered their asssertion in favour of Sri Lanka without wanton speculation or pro tamil Tiger sympathies and reflects on unprejudiced rationality and a sense of proper justice and have contributed in all probabilities to heaving a load off Sri Lanka’s back relative to purported liabilities and culpabilities whose distortions at times confound logic and rationality particularly considering the tranquility and calm the country now experiences along with tremendous development projects with good expectations towards posterity and the future of all ctizens which some sources obviously do not want to acknowledge albeit painfully visible.
The group noted that “Sri Lanka has continued to engage with regular mechanisms of the UNHRC, including Speacial procedures, Treaty Bodies and UPR processes. Recognizing Sri Lanka’s efforts and encouraging Sri Lanka to continue its endevors towards achieving reconciliation in an inclusive and comprehensive manner, and has stated that the expansive mandate given to the OHCHR by Resolution 25/1 to carry investigations on Sri Lanka is unjustified, especially in the context where the country is implementing its own domestic processes. There has also been a great insistence by the group that the international community should be mindful not to jeopardize the delciate reconcilation process that is already underway in the country. Constructive dialogue in a spirit of mutual respect and and cooperation in keeping with the accepted norms of international engagement is key inensuring and promoting universal repsct for the protection of human rights and fundemental freesoms for all,” the group has said. while also stressing that “naming and shaming countries through country specific action based on politically motivated agenda, neither bodes well for human rights, nor the future and the credibility of this Council.We should also be mindful not to set dangerous precedents, which may adversely affect all our countries,” the group pointed out.
In addition to the aforementioned group, there have been several other countries, including India, The Maldives, Azerbaijan, Lao PDR, The Philippines, Qatar, Thailand and Uzbekistan, making their own individual statements on behalf of their country during the General Debate wheren the group has made their observations while criticizing the OHCHR’s action and supported Sri Lanka’s domestic reconciliation process.
These surely are salient realities that exonerate Sri Lanka from the rights accusations directed against her and portrayed through the view of discerning nations with no vested interests, prejudice or bias,