FIVE QUESTIONS FOR ZEID
Posted on February 6th, 2016

DHARSHAN WEERASEKERA

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Al Hussain is in Sri Lanka.  I’m not sure whether he has given a press conference yet, but when he does, I hope someone asks him one or more of the following questions:

  1. Your report to the Human Rights Council in September-2015, is the only official UN report to conclude that Sri Lanka as a State may have committed war crimes, (i.e. that a case for ‘Command Responsibility’ can be made). On the other hand, there are two reports commissioned by the Government, one of which included international legal experts who had been consultants to the UN in war crimes investigations in other countries.  The latter reports have concluded that no case for war crimes can be made against the State.  Under the circumstances, would you be willing to submit your Report to an independent assessment of experts picked by the General Assembly?
  1. Normally, in private life, if a person makes baseless allegations against another person, the person against whom those accusations are made has actions in law, including actions for defamation, which he can bring against the accuser in order to gain compensation. A country that is submitted to baseless allegations obviously does not have such an option.  If, after an independent assessment such as the one mentioned above, it is established that your allegations against Sri Lanka are baseless, or lacking in merit (according to standards of evidence recognized in civilized countries) what would you recommend as a way that Sri Lanka should proceed against you, the Human Rights Council, and the UN, to gain compensation for what has been done to this country?
  1. You are scheduled to travel to Jaffna for the obligatory confab with the Tamils. They will no doubt give you their usual ‘sob story’ about how they are ‘victims’ in this country, that they have ‘grievances’ that remain unresolved, that the Sinhalese don’t let them live in ‘dignity’, and so on.

Are you aware that the Tamils have a repulsive caste-system that, to this day, allows the higher-castes to treat the lower-castes as if the latter were no better than animals?  Are you aware that to this day the higher-castes don’t let a person from a lower-caste enter a Hindu Temple through the front door?  Are you aware that to this day the lower-castes are not allowed to use wells used by the higher-castes?  Are you aware that as a rule Tamils belonging to the higher castes refuse to eat at the same table as Tamils of the lower castes?  And so on.

The Tamil ‘leaders’ who will come to meet with you in Jaffna are, needless to say, from the higher castes.  These are the same scumbags (I’m sorry, ‘gentlemen’) who are complaining that the Sinhalese don’t let them live in ‘dignity.’  Let’s leave aside the Sinhalese for a moment.  Will you make some inquiries about the state of the lower-castes in Tamil society, and ask the said Tamil ‘leaders’ who will flock to meet you in Jaffna, when they plan on treating their own people with dignity?

  1. The census held most recently reveals that there are roughly 250 or so Sinhalese people in Jaffna. The census held in the 1980’s reveals a much higher number of Sinhalese living in Jaffna and its environs.  Some suggest as many as 20,000 Sinhalese lived in these areas.  As one goes back even further, for instance to the surveys carried out at the time of Independence, one finds an even larger population of Sinhalese in the said areas.  Of course, the decline of the Sinhalese population in these areas can be attributed to natural causes, such as migration, and so on.

But, such a precipitous decline also suggests another cause, ethnic cleansing.  Since you are the High Commissioner of Human Rights, and since the Sinhalese, as human beings, are presumably also entitled to ‘human rights,’ will you take steps to launch an immediate inquiry into the demographic changes in the Northern Province, say, in the last hundred years or so, with an eye to determining if in fact the Sinhalese have been ethnically cleansed from that province?

  1. Are you willing to make available to the public a list of the occasions, from the time you took office to the present, where you or any other official of the OHCHR met representatives of the TNA, the GTF (Global Tamil Forum) or any other group specifically advocating on behalf of Tamils? And, just for purposes of comparison, can you also make available the number of times you met the official representatives of Sri Lanka, during the same period?

Dharshan Weerasekera is an Attorney-at-Law.  He is the author of two books:  The UN’s Relentless Pursuit of Sri Lanka (2013), and The UN’s Subversion of International Law:  The Sri Lanka Story (2015)

3 Responses to “FIVE QUESTIONS FOR ZEID”

  1. Sri Rohana Says:

    Dharshan this man is a messenger boy only. Unfortunately he is a big man for the CIA, RAW lapdogs Sirisena, Ranil, tamil tribalists and NGO $ gulping clique.
    If he is a real human right guardian his job is to see what is happening in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. All are Middle East countries and neighbours of Jordan his native country. I never heard he utter a word on Afghanistan invasion or ISIS terrorism in Syria as both is in the priority list of his master CIA.
    But accept the fact UNO is run by western secretary mafia mostly affiliated to CIA, MI6. Whatever in the secretary mafia’s agenda, Husain has to act on it. If not he has to leave the chair.
    Now this messenger boy has to act on behalf of CIA and MI6 secretary mafia for the unexpected defeat to their CIA, MI6 and RAW funded, trained and breast fed tamil racist tribalist terrorists on the hands of Sri Lankan’s brave sons. Since 2009 UNHR’s agenda is to take revenge from Sri Lanka’s Sinhala war heroes either hook or crook.
    With lot of manipulations to Sri Lanka’s electorate system they managed to appoint Sirisena/Ranil puppet regime. Now masters have sent their messenger boy to Sri Lanka. He is bias and he cannot act independently so no point of show the facts or truth. He has to act as a deaf and dumb ass and his final report too will be the CIA and MI6 report all ready prepared in 1996. This is so-called UNO!!!

  2. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    I have just one question.
    Why only the staunchly catholic countries trying to skin MR alive?
    At the UNHCR all the countries support this move are staunchly catholic. Brasil, argentina, norway, uk, us, italy etc. etc.

    All the countries opposed are mainly muslim. Then in addition, people clamouring for justice for the catholic pira(mala)paharan tigers are: archbishop Two three, kasippu joseph, em manure, Sri Lanka’s catholic church. Is that they are sorry their proxy catholic tigers couldn’t establish a catholic country in Sri Lanka. But they can take comfort, the catholic tigers managed to kill over 100,000 Buddhists and eliminated Buddhism from the north and east. That should be cause for a call for celebration. Also why not these human rights champions can’t utter a word for 60,000 Buddhists killed by the catholic-run UNPatriotic party during the BHEESHANA SAMAYA. DON’T THOSE 60,000 HAVE NO RIGHTS JUST BECAUSE THEY WERE BUDDHISTS IN SO CALLED BUDDHIST SRI LANKA?

    Monki boon’s UNHCR is a diabolical organisation. They are impotent in Syria since it’s functioning according to
    the west’s agenda. But Sri Lanka is easy meat. So they want to show their might here. If we had been with the mighty Chinese these human rights donkeys would’ve stayed away or at least taken softly softly approach. But some traitor Sinhalese donkeys voted for the Buddhist killing catholic-run UNPatriotic party. The THERAPISTS OF SRI LANKA. SORRY THE RAPISTS OF SRI LANKA. THEY SYSTEMATICALLY RAPE MOTHER LANKA!

  3. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    CM..WIGGIE GETS A SNUB FROM PRINCE ZEID. THANK YOU PRINCE FOR TELLING THIS RACIST TO GET OF YOUR BACK.

    BEING A RETIRED SUPREME COURT JUDGE, HE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER NOT TO ASK THIS PRINCE ZEID, TO RELEASE THE PRESENT LTTE SUSPECTS IN REMAND.

    THIS IS DAMNING TREASON, TO ASK A TOP UN FIGURE TO RELEASE PRISIONERS IN REMAND CUSTODY IN SRILANKA.

    ALWAYS BECKONING FOREIGNERS TO INTERFERE IN THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS OF THE STATE.

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