OHRC report hundred times more severe but for regime change: President
Posted on September 19th, 2015

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No CEPA talks in India says Ranil

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President Maithripala Sirisena Friday said that the report of High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva would have been hundred times more severe than it was but for the regime change of January 8 this year.

The president, flanked by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, was addressing publishers, editors and other media heads at a hurriedly summoned meeting following the release of the report from the OHCR in Geneva last week. External Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe were associated with the president and premier.

Sirisena said that it was best that these issues are resolved by a government “that did not include Mahinda Rajapaksa.”

Wickremesinghe said that there had been no discussions whatever on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between Sri Lanka and India during his visit to India last week.

The media was told that the approach of various countries that had been earlier adversarial to Sri Lanka on war related issues had now softened considerably as evidenced by high level visits here by ranking US officials this year.

Foreign Minister Samaraweera expressed confidence that the resolution on Sri Lanka to be adopted by UNHRC at the end of this month will be favorable.

It was also indicated at the meeting that the government would respond to the demand for the reintroduction of the death penalty for grave and heinous crimes if that was the wish of Parliament. MPs would be given a free vote on this matter and may vote according to their conscience.

3 Responses to “OHRC report hundred times more severe but for regime change: President”

  1. aravinda Says:

    When J.R.Yayawardena’s sidekick, Jayaratnam Wilson wrote “Break-up of Sri Lanka”, the vision was far reaching. He listed great crimes committed against minorities in Sri Lanka and told us “Break up” is inevitable and it is the only way out.

    When terror outfit LTTE, financed by India and West, failed to do the hatchet job, the main players took a pause and went back to the drawing board. What they failed militarily, now they will achieve by installing “The Three Stooges”.

    The plans laid may take 10 or even 20 years, but Balkaization of Sri Lanka is underway. Our children will be the future Syrians.

  2. Kumari Says:

    You are right Aravinda. Are the western media talking of how the Syrian refugees came about? No. They cover their tracks. Future Sinhalese would be the same as the Palestinians living in the Gaza strip. Only refuge is to look up to the sky and curse.

    After almost nine months, not a single corruption charge against Mahinda is filed in courts. The way they had evidence before Jan 8th, I thought by end of January our courts will not have enough judges and court rooms to hear the cases.

    I wish the same fate as Sobitha on all these Regime changers.

  3. ekelbroom Says:

    So, according to the 2 P’s (President & Prime Minister), the UNHRC Report could have been much worse if the leadership change that occurred on the 8th of January had not in fact taken place. If this change in political leadership did contribute towards a drastic dilution of the findings of the Report, does this not then mean that the primary objective of the UNHRC investigation was not (as stated) to investigate the possible human rights violations that may have occurred during the last few weeks of the War, but rather to use the opportunity to vilify, harass and threaten the then political leadership ?

    By diluting the Report to suit the Yahapalanaya Government, is not the UNHRC guilty of mitigating the ‘crime’ ?

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