LTTE Fronts Banned – Sri Lankan envoys abroad must now deliver

April 3rd, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

 LTTE and 15 other LTTE fronts have been banned by the GOSL under UN Security Council Resolution 1373 w.e.f 1st April 2014. The order signed by External Affairs Minister Prof. GL Pieris based on recommendations by the Secretary Ministry of Defence and Urban Development as the Competent Authority will hereafter regard persons, groups and entities as committing, attempting to commit, facilitate or participate in the acts of terrorism. The order enables funds, assets, economic resources belonging to or owned by the designated persons and entities to remain frozen until the removal of their names from the designated list. These persons and entities are prohibited from moving, transferring or dealing with frozen assets without the permission of the Competent Authority. The seriousness of the Order needs to now be conveyed to nations where these foreign terrorist organizations and persons are now domiciled. It is now the turn for the diplomatic war to begin and Sri Lanka needs to appraise its envoys on how to take on the next battle.

 The Foreign Terrorist Organizations with the gazette notification numbers are:

01.      Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam a.k.a LTTE a.k.a Tamil Tigers – EN/CA/2013/01

02.      Tamil Rehabilitation Organization a.k.a TRO. – EN/CA/2013/02 (Sri Lanka & Overseas)

03.      Tamil Coordinating Committee a.k.a TCC – EN/CA/2013/03

04.      British Tamil Forum a.k.a BTF – EN/CA/2013/04 (Operating from London, UK)

05.      World Tamil Movement a.k.a WTM – EN/CA/2013/05 (Operating from Canada)

06.      Canadian Tamil Congress a.k.a CTC – EN/CA/2013/06 (Operating from Canada)

07.      Australian Tamil Congress a.k.a ATC – EN/CA/2013/07 (Operating from Australia)

08.      Global Tamil Forum a.k.a GTF – EN/CA/2013/08 (Operating from UK)

09.      National Council Of Canadian Tamils a.k.a NCCT a.k.a Makkal Avai – EN/CA/2013/09 (Operating from Canada)

10.      Tamil National Council a.k.a TNC – EN/CA/2013/10 (Operating from Norway, Italy , Switzerland, France, Canada.)

11.      Tamil Youth Organization a.k.a TYO – EN/CA/2013/11 (Operating from Australia)

12.      World Tamil Coordinating Committee a.k.a WTCC. – EN/CA/2013/12

13.      Transnational Government Of Tamil Eelam a.k.a TGTE – EN/CA/2013/13

14.      Tamil Eelam Peoples Assembly a.k.a TEPA – EN/CA/2013/14

15.      World Tamil Relief Fund a.k.a WTRF – EN/CA/2013/15

16.      Headquarters Group a.k.a HQ Group – EN/CA/2013/16

The above categorized Foreign Terrorist Organizations are led by the following 4 key individuals.

1.        Perinbanayagam Sivaparan alias Nediyavan”;

2.        Rev.Fr. SJ Emmanuel

3.        Visuvanathan Ruthirakumaran

4.        Sekarampillai Vinayakamoorthy alias Vinayagam

LTTE ban

  • ·         1992 – India was the first to ban LTTE following the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.
  • ·         1997 – USA banned LTTE as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on 8 Oct 1997 and
  • ·         1998 – Sri Lanka bans LTTE following LTTE attack on Dalada Maligawa, Kandy
  • ·         2000 – UK designated LTTE as a Proscribed Terrorist Group under the UK Terrorism Act of 2000
  • ·         2001 – USA designated LTTE as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist organization since 2 Nov 2001
  • ·       2006 – EU (Council of the European Union) comprising 28 nations declared LTTE as a Terrorist Organization on 17 May 2006 (Austria, Beligum, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemberg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden & UK
  • ·         2006 – Canada
  • ·       2009 – Sri Lanka 7 January 2009  (Note the ban placed in 1998 was removed by the Ranil Wickremasinghe Government on 4 January 2002 to facilitate the infamous Ceasefire Agreement)

 With the banning of LTTE and associated LTTE fronts we can finally sigh a relief that the Government has done what should have been done immediately following the May 2009 victory.

The order now issued necessitates that Sri Lanka reviews the foreign bans in place by US, EU nations, UK and Canada for there are key provisions under their laws that can enable Sri Lanka to press these foreign governments to take action against the individuals and entities now declared banned.

 For instance, the 2006 ban by Canada declares that it will not grant residency to LTTE members on the grounds that they have participated in crimes against humanity. This should immediately demand that Sri Lanka’s envoy takes out these declarations and pursue action against every member now officially banned. If these foreign Governments have banned LTTE they must be asked to follow through on what they have legally passed. Therefore, Sri Lanka’s envoys need to be immediately summoned to Colombo and given a brief on what they need to now do.

Since Australia remains the only country not to have banned LTTE, it is for Sri Lanka’s envoy to rigorously pursue Australia showcasing the activities of the LTTE and fronts in Australia as well as the fact that two of the organizations declared banned is the Tamil Youth Organization and the Australian Tamil Congress. These are all leverage areas that Sri Lanka’s envoys need to now tap.

 It is in such times that we can but look at the performance of Pakistan’s Zamir Akram and the eloquent manner he delivered why the US Resolution against Sri Lanka is rejected. His speech was one par excellence and the points covered were relevant to all nations under imperial oppression today. Sri Lanka’s envoys must similarly deliver on the lines of how Zamir Akram spoke for not only did he make Pakistan proud, the entire population of Sri Lanka wished to congratulate him on how he defended Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka too needs more Zamir Akram’s to defend the nation now that the GOSL has taken a quintessential stand. We have had advisors and consultants who were eloquent but their heart is and never was in protecting the country rather than bloating their inflated egos trumpeting their own achievements only. The GOSL would need to seriously address how many amongst their fold are really interested to help protect the unitary, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation and the dangers of keeping such people based on the premise that keeping one’s enemy close and fulfilling their personal desires would keep them silent.

 There is much that the diplomatic force needs to do and this calls for proactive and energetic lobbying among both Government and Opposition members in the country’s they represent. With these countries banning the LTTE they have in their own legally given provision for freeze on assets, prohibition of funds disbursement, travel bans etc and none of the present lot of LTTE fronts having complimentary passes to walk into the Parliaments of these nations without security clearance should be allowed to now enter. They must be promoted as terrorists and the Sri Lankan envoys now need to get their act together. There is no requirement to be hire fancy PR company’s or foreign agencies to handle communications, Sri Lanka’s diplomats have a very enthusiastic and energetic expat community who have over the years voluntarily stood for Sri Lanka while the diplomatic force had been lethargic in their approach. It is no better a time than now to also utilize them and generate the communication channels needed to ensure that the present lot of LTTE fronts and their leaders no longer enjoy VVIP status among foreign parliamentarians. Moreover, many of these leaders and members are probably holding foreign passports in which case the legal luminaries will need to also consider how best to push these foreign governments to pursue legal action against them for role in terrorism.

 The task ahead for the Sri Lankan External Affairs Ministry and its officials is an important one and the approach cannot be defeatist, knee-jerk or defensive. We cannot pursue an ‘unwinnable’ mentality mode.

 It is thus suggested that the envoys are appraised on the statements that need to be delivered, the manner that the envoy and officials need to pursue the officials of the nations they represent, what to say and what not to say, how to say and the most important aspect of conveying to these officials, the public in these countries that these entities besides being designated as terrorists have over decades being swindling them through various forms of international illegal activities – credit card scams, penetrating the social welfare systems, manipulating the refugee status, human smuggling, global prostitution etc are just a handful of activities that these organizations have been involved in. It is now time for Sri Lanka’s envoys to take these dossiers and produce them before the foreign parliamentarians and demand that they take action for afterall it is these nations that are insisting that rule of law, due process etc prevails so they must be asked to show by example.

 

UNHRC resolutions and the politics of discomfiture

April 3rd, 2014

By Malinda Seneviratne

For Sri Lanka, the only relevant resolution at this year’s UNHRC sessions is the one tabled by the United States of America.  It is relevant because it was on (read ‘against’) Sri Lanka.  If, however, the world is serious about the UNHRC and therefore whatever resolutions are tabled, voted on, adopted or rejected, then we would see decent coverage in the international media.

 Something seems to have happened in the world of media, or rather the big name media houses in the West as well as those that are located in that political bloc for reasons of ownership or ideological bent.  There were many UNHRC resolutions. The most telling had nothing to do with Sri Lanka, namely the Pakistan-sponsored resolution on the use of drones (read, ‘Pakistan’s Resolution against the USA’) and the five resolutions on Israel.  Check the web.  BBC says nothing. Al Jazeera is silent.   
You will have to sweat a bit to find any news report on these resolutions. And yet, Al Jazeera and others in what might be called the Washington Media Bloc were all over Sri Lanka in the run up to the vote and thereafter.
 
A quick glance at voting patterns might explain this state of affairs. It might also tell us that nothing that happens in the UNHRC is about human rights.
 
The Drone Resolution, if you will, was passed with 27 voting for it, 14 abstaining and just 6 voting against it.  The wording tells a story.
 
The Council urges all states to ensure that any measures employed to counter terrorism, including the use of remotely piloted aircraft or armed drones, comply with their obligations under international law in particular the principles of precaution, distinction and proportionality,” the resolution stated.”
 
The unnamed target of this resolution is obviously the USA for you can’t talk ‘drones’ without mentioning that country.  Now if the US voted in favor of this resolution or abides by the majority will of the UNHRC it would be a huge setback to Washington’s current strategy of domination (orchestrating internal instability and drone attacks).  It is pertinent to recall that two years ago in a side-event in Geneva the elder statesman of US politics Rev Jesse Jackson said ‘Those who own the drones violate human rights’. 
 
Interestingly, the USA, UK, France, Republic of Korea and Macedonia, while saying ‘yes’ to the harassment of Sri Lanka over ‘alleged’ war crimes, were conspicuous also in refusing to vote with Pakistan on the vexed issue of drone attacks.  The USA contends that the UNHRC is not the right forum to talk about drone. What, pray, is the right forum? UN-Habitat, the World Health Organization, UNICEF? We should not forget that the British and European parliaments have made it crystal clear that they want increased transparency on drone strikes.  Perhaps the relevant governments don’t care about the voice of their respective peoples, which would mean that good governance is not their piece of cake. Why then talk of such things when it comes to Sri Lanka, one wonders.
 
These pertinent political subtleties were missed by BBC, Al Jazeera et al and that’s no surprise since they obviously didn’t even notice that a vote had been taken on drones.  BBC’s ‘latest’ drone story has nothing to do with the UNHRC resolution. It’s about Facebook’s plans to connect the two-thirds of the world that has no net access using drones, satellites and lasers.  How lovely, how far away from people who suffer death, displacement and bereavement on account of ‘resolution drones’! 
 
Let’s move to Israel.  There were five resolutions relevant to that country: a) An independent international fact-finding mission on Gaza, b) Text on the HR situation in Occupied Palestinian Territory, c) Text on Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory including East Jerusalem and Syrian Golan, d) The right of Palestine people to self-determination, and e) Human rights in Syrian Golan.
 
All five were adopted.  The first four garnered 46 out of 47 votes while the last had 33 in favor, 1 against and 13 abstentions. Who was that stand-out ‘one’?  Why, the United States of America of course!  Did Al Jazeera have anything to say about these amazing numbers? Did BBC?  Nope.  Why not?  Well, it looks like ‘Human Rights’ is not the issue for these countries.  It looks like it is just about basic politics pertaining to the self-interests of various member states. 
 
So what do we have to say about people like Navy Pillay when they wear grave expressions and weep copious tears on behalf of people they think have been wrongs, never mind that some of them ‘lost’ fathers and husbands who happened to have killed dozens of people in cold blood, not to mention advocating and indulging in kidnapping, suicide attacks and other wanton acts of butchery?  What do those who cheered the ‘victory’ of the US resolution on Sri Lanka have to say about the US and the UK playing ostrich on Israel and drones?  Do they feel shy, one wonders and concludes, ‘probably not’ for reasons that are too obvious to mention. 
 
So what do we have to say about the UNHRC itself?  Is it an august body where serious people discuss serious issues became all those present value human life, are concerned about things like democracy, peace, justice, reconciliation etc.?  Or is it just a platform for the powerful to browbeat the weak and for the worst perpetrators of crimes against humanity to strut around as though the world has not known worthier defenders of freedom and benefactors of humankind? 
 
The jury is in.  The verdict is out.  Al Jazeera will not report and neither will BBC.  Says a lot about the world we live in, does it not?    
 
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Arbitrary Interpretation and a Resolution

April 3rd, 2014

Palitha Mapatuna

 According to the newspapers, a resolution had been passed in March, 2014 in Geneva to request the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) to undertake an investigation into a domestic matter of Sri Lanka.  Accordingly, questions had arisen whether an investigation into an internal matter of a sovereign state would be beyond the powers (ultra-vires) of OHCHR.  However, the present incumbent of this office seems to have taken upon herself to ‘interpret’ the mandate in her favour.   

 As far as I am aware, the conduct of investigations is a function of a body specifically appointed for the purpose (such as police force of a country). Thus, any investigation into domestic affairs of a member state would require a specific mandate from the United Nations General Assembly, which established the OHCHR. 

 Therefore, if the availability of such a mandate is legitimately disputed (as it seems to be) or if the mandate is vague or contains inconsistencies, there is no option but to seek clarification from the giver of the mandate: the General Assembly. The resolution of the problem cannot be left to ‘interpretation’ according to the whims and fancies of the incumbent for the time being, and whose mandate itself is in question. 

 In the circumstances, the only proper procedure seems to be that a clarification is sought from the General Assembly itself, thereby preventing possible accusations of mala-fide intentions behind this ‘interpretation’.

 If this procedure is ignored, it seems to constitute a usurpation of the powers of the General Assembly, signifying grave potential dangers to member states.  They need to be awake to this! 

 Accordingly, a ‘resolution’, based on an arbitrary interpretation, appears to be devoid of any value.

Regarding The Motion Passed on March 26th Against Sri Lanka

April 3rd, 2014

Mal Munasinha Canada

April 3rd, 2014
 
Hon. Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
 
Honourable Prime Minister
 
Motion Passed against Sri Lanka
 
It is with outrage, that I find in the Hansard, the motion that was passed on the 26th of March, 2014, against the Sri Lankan government. 
 
May I know how you came to this decision? 
 
Was it the Parliamentary Committee meeting that was chaired by Mr. Scott Reid. In which none of the Sinhalese were present. But only the Tamils with motives of separating Sri Lanka were invited. All who participated in that were bias against Sri Lanka. And for those of us who opposed, and called Mr. Reid’s office for a meeting, were bared saying that he will not have time to speak! 
 
Now is that justice? 
 
And all these information of war crimes made during the war etc, are the accusations laid out by the very Tamils, who for years provided the money to carry on a war in Sri Lanka. And for 33 years, the people of Sri Lanka lived in fear of travelling and being in public places, not knowing when the next suicide bomber would come. Now after all these years, with what the People of Sri Lanka had to put up with from Canada, where fundraising continued with the support of the Canadian government, still continue to haunt Sri Lanka. 
 
It seems to us, the Sri Lankans across Canada, that the current government too had fallen for the funding of the Tamils who may have promised votes to win, which is being fought by all three parties, including the Liberals, and the NDP. It is sad to see what Canada is steeping too. That Terrorism in the US is considered real, and terrorism in a small country like Sri Lanka is considered as war criminals, by the very people who was protecting the public, Sinhalese or Tamils or Muslims or the Dutch descendants in Sri Lanka. Despite the fact that the Sri Lankan armed forces saved more than 300,000 Tamils who were held as human shields by the LTTE. But all that does not mean anything to the Canadian Government, as it is the vote count that is more important. 
 
As a Card carrying Conservative member, I am sorry to say, that I will no longer support the Conservative Party, in which I had so much hope. And I am voicing what every Sinhalese would feel. 
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Mal Munasinha

Canada

Life Abroad – Part 73 “HIDDEN PAST OF BOURGEOISIE LSSP”

April 3rd, 2014

Dr.Tilak Fernando

Cdn-2010-tag---In-Focus---i.jpg“All politicians are great bluffers, hood-winking the people all the time” wrote a member of the blood line of Colvin as a feed back immediately after reading my last week’s column under the heading ‘Trotskyites Sang Sai Bajans’! He (name withheld) remembers “how protests organised by N.M always ended up smashing all the glass window panels at show rooms along Darley road, Union Place, Colombo 2″.

Nicky Karunarathna

Agreeing with what Nicky Karunarathna had to say on Colvin’s behaviour, ‘this relative’ too confirmed how he (Colvin) used to walk up to the front door whenever he noticed any visitor coming to see him at his Duplication Road residence, greeted the caller vociferously and sat on the door step thus preventing the person from entering beyond the front door step! Naturally, the visitor had to converse with him outside the house and went away little realising the diplomacy or insensitivity of his Sahodaraya (comrade)!”

Nicky Karunarathna, on the other hand, was a long time faithful member of the LSSP. After Kusala Abeywardena who held the Borella seat, Lawyer Kurukalasooriya was given the task to contest but he got defeated. Consequently Nicky was appointed as the Chief Organiser for Borella and became well known during the election campaigns and meetings held those days; his name appeared constantly in most of the newspapers as he used to preside the meetings. I am beginning to wonder whether all his past experiences that are flowing in, all the way from Australia now as feedback, will end up one day in the future as his (LSSP) biography!

Gentleman

The relative of Colvin Mr. X…. gives credit where it is due and equally castigates whenever he thinks it is appropriate. In such a backdrop, he recollects of an incident where he came across his former lecturer in Economics, who later became the Speaker of the House of Parliament in Sri Lanka, Stanley Tillekeratne, at a wedding reception at the Oberoi Hotel in Colombo.z_p05-HIDDEN02.jpg

In a direct comparison with some of the LSSP hierarchy he says, when he came face to face with Stanley Tillekeratne at the hotel reception and addressed him as ‘Sir’ paying some respect to his former lecturer, immediate reaction from Stanley Tillekeratne had been, “X…… please call me Stanley”! Mr. X…. says , “Stanley was a very simple guy and a gentleman; once I sought his assistance to get my children admitted to Milagiriya, and with one telephone call to the principal my children were admitted to the school”!

Hypocrisy

Nicky Karunarathna’s version of the “LSSP hierarchy” is totally a different kettle of fish. Naming some of the stalwarts (omitted all names) he continued: “These guys used to go on parade in Colombo streets every year on May 1, with their working class comrades shoulder to shoulder, singing their theme song, Sàdukin Pelana un dan ithin negitiyaw, antima satanata sarasiyaw (rise up those who are suffering from hunger and get ready for the final battle!) but ended up in the evening at the Otters Club, Colombo 7, Capri, and Eighty Club drinking Scotch whiskey and eating glorious food with their high class English speaking literati friends, but never did they sit with the ordinary folk when it came to wine and dine (which included M.A. Justin, President of the University Federation or Trade Union Leaders)”.

Nicky Karunarathna had been in the Public Service when Dr. N.M. Perera presented the National Savings Bank Act No. 30 of 1971 in Parliament, amalgamating four large public institutions (Post Office Savings Bank, Savings Movement, Ceylon Savings Band and National Savings Movement). Dr. N. M delegated Nick Karunarathna to set up the new Institution and execute the preliminary work of the National Savings Bank, and appointed the President of the Christian Brotherhood, who was at the time working as the Head Master of Carey College as Chairman of the new Institution. Apparently, the new Chairman had also been a right hand man of Bernard Zoysa (Deputy Finance Minister of NM at the time).

According to Nicky, “the new Chairman brought half of the Carey College staff, mostly Catholic and Tamil teachers and graduates as staff members of the new Bank with NO EXPERIENCE of banking”! Nicky being responsible for most of the recruitment for the new institution sent all the personnel from old institutions on retirement or released those who did not opt for joining the new bank to the Public Service.

Karunarathna recollects how the newly appointed Chairman forwarded a list of 24 stenographers to him to be appointed to new Bank, out of which 23 had been Tamil Catholics! Naturally Nicky becoming impatient and somewhat irritable at the liberty taken by the newly appointed Chairman of the bank had complained this matter to NM, Minister of Finance, about the irregularities that were about to take place! After listening to Nicky’s objection NM gracefully had cancelled the list and recruitment of candidates was entrusted to Nicky Karunarathna to do justice.

Nepotism

After the above unsavoury incident, Bernard Zoysa had become grouchy with Nicky (as most of the applicants had come from his electorate!) When things were not getting rosy and it became a problematic issue Nicky had met with the Prime Minister, Sirimavo Bandaranaike to discuss his problems. However, once Mrs. Bandaranaike was convinced that ‘some kind of jiggery-pokery was going on, behind her back’, she had intervened and discontinued the services of the Chairman and replaced him with M. Shanmuganathan (Secretary to Constitutional Affairs) while the Chairman had joined a private Institution.

‘Shanmuganathan was a fine gentlemen with refined qualities’ that blended with Nicky’s personality to help them to carry out the massive project as a team. Still for all, Nicky began to receive various resumes from NM’s constituents with short notes addressed to him as: “Karu do the needful” with a signature of just two letters – ‘NM’. Bernard Zoysa and other LSSP parliamentary colleagues followed suit, says Nicky which “paved the way for the LSSP to be kicked out of the Government and for Mrs. Bandaranaike to appoint Felix R. Dias Bandaranaike as the Finance Minister stating, LSSP was a government within the Government”! Nicky Karunarathna reminds us that ‘when NM, Colvin and Bernard were there, all the top guys of the Tamil community had their own way of running the party’ and states that ‘it was the LSSP who invented the 50-50 parity status for Tamils and pushed the slogan down the throat of Tamils like Ponnambalam”.

The other side of the coin, Nicky Karunarathna sees as “the LSSP stalwarts never entertained trade union leaders like D.G.William, Panditha, I. J. Wirkrema, T.B. Dissanayake et al, for their Scotch whiskey parties, and the only thing they wanted was to disrupt working governments and use workers for their own ends as pawns on a draft board’!

“Yeah, it is relevant to point out when it comes to politics that the LSSP agenda, which started from the very beginning, has been the same cause that has taken root in Sri Lankan politics and the society; sadly it is running like thin veins and capillaries all over body politic even today, and creeping into other available areas…. I can write a book on the subject”, says Nicky Karunarathna.

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The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka held its 7th Annual Research Conference

April 3rd, 2014

The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka held its 7th Annual Research Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences on 27th, 28th and 29th March 2014 at the Mahaweli Centre for which nearly 400 papers was submitted.

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The chief guest was Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama, Chairperson of the University Grants Commission. Others in the photo are Prof. Ranjith Senaratne, Vice Chairperson of UGC, Prof. Y.S. Alone of Jawarhalal Nehru University, Mr. Vasantha Ekanayake, Secretary, Ministry of Culture and the Arts, Dr. Malini Dias, Vice President of RAS and Dr. Susantha Goonatilake, President of RAS making the inaugural speech.

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In the second photo is Prof. Alone giving the keynote speech on Ambedkar’s embracing of Buddhism and the transformation among Indian Dalits” at the Inaugural Symposium on Dharmapala, Ambedkar and the revival of Buddhism in India and the world”

REVERSE DISCRIMINATION FOR SINHALESE : RECIPROCATION BY TAMILS

April 2nd, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

 At this important juncture of Sri Lanka’s post-independent history there are some factors that need to be reminded to all citizens of Sri Lanka. Some of these hometruths may not be palatable to people but these need to be said and recorded.

 Reverse Discrimination : Empathy towards Sinhalese

Let us for a change start off by looking at things from the lens of the Sinhalese, taking to consideration the lack of recognition for the grievances of the Sinhalese.

 Sinhala Grievances – past and present

Never have people stopped to wonder what it would have been for the Sinhalese to have lost all that they had built, to watch their ancient temples razed to the ground, to be issued proclamations denying their lands, to watch in horror Buddhist priests slaughtered for wearing the robe, the shock of having to look at churches that replaced temples that generations of their people had been worshiping in, to run for their lives when colonial rulers came hunting to kill men, women, children, babies and even their livestock in a policy that was meant to exterminate the majority Sinhalese populace. The modern terminology for such actions is genocide and the crime is called crimes against humanity. These incidents took place over 450 years from 1505 when the Portuguese arrived and thereafter Dutch and the British continued the butchery and criminalities. What needs to be noted with emphasis is that the colonial invaders did not conquest Sri Lanka. The Sinhalese leaders only ceded power based on some promises. Top on that list was the assurance to protect the Buddhist identity of the country. That the imperialists made the promise to protect Buddhism showed that they acknowledged Buddhism as being the state religion of Sri Lanka. The rebellion that took place in 1818 was primarily due to the British breaking promises made. It was just one example of how the Christian West chose to speak with a forked tongue treating non-whites as mere subjects and never on equal platform.

 Thus, there was never a question of conquest – the Sinhalese only ceded power and if so the question of why Sri Lanka should celebrate independence needs to now be asked. Ideally, we should celebrate Republic Day and not the present Independence Day.

 Never have people showed empathy to the Sinhalese or cared to demand accountability for the crimes committed by the Portuguese, Dutch and British that primarily targeted the majority Buddhist Sinhalese.

 Never have people wondered why the Sinhalese are questioning the double standards. How many people are aware that Sri Lanka as a nation was built by the Sinhalese and this history extends over 38,000 years. With the discovery of the Balangoda man the myth that the Sinhalese descend from Prince Vijaya is dispelled. How many are aware that there is no other Sinhala race or Sinhalese language anywhere else in the world clearly establishing Sinhalese with Sri Lanka? How many are aware that Sri Lanka was ruled by 180 Sinhalese kings following the tenets of Buddhism and the dasa raja dhamma (which the King of Thailand follows to this day)?

 The erosion of leaders following principles of Buddhist teachings began following the invasions by colonial Christian nations from 1505 onwards and continues with leaders subject to multicultural and secular jargon with ‘loans’ ‘aids’ and other goodies given as carrots to forsake identifying the heritage of the country.

 Agitations in the present context results from the inability of present day leaders to publicly declare the Buddhist identity of Sri Lanka this has slowly led to the incursions upon Buddhist heritage sites, Buddhist lands and historical Buddhist sites now being labeled as belonging to all religions ex: Sri Pada etc (people using site decades later should not claim equal rights). Will Vatican or any other non-Buddhist religious sites cede their place of worship claiming it belongs to all simply because Buddhists also visit the site? The denial of the Buddhist heritage is costing the entire country its defence as time will foretell for leaders have fallen prey to the UN New World Order agenda to take away Indian civilization religions from its attachment to socio-political influence.

 How many will come forward to acknowledge how the majority Sinhalese looked after Tamils throughout history? When the Portuguese were attacking Tamils in the North did the Sinhalese king not send his envoy Attapattu who laid down his life no different to how 2700 Sri Lankan soldiers sacrificed their lives during the last phase of the conflict? When Muslims regarded as aliens and traders were being hounded and killed by the Portuguese the Sinhalese king again came to the assistance and Muslims were given shelter. It was only in 1815 that the Muslims were first officially allowed to own land and property in Sri Lanka and not treated as aliens. Thus, in real terms Muslims began being part of the polity of Sri Lanka only from 1815 onwards.

 In terms of loss the Sinhalese lost out far more than anyone and this has never ever been highlighted. They even lost out on their people after the conversion tactics of the Christian colonial invaders who used a carrot and stick method to entice Sinhalese and Tamils to embrace Christianity/Catholicism. These people were trained to become agents of imperial rule.

Conversion policies were intertwined with policies of divide and rule bringing the next phase of attempting to subdue the Sinhala Buddhist majority. Thus, missionary education, privileges to minorities and complete alienation of the Sinhalese stifled the remaining rights of the owners of Sri Lanka while they defended their lands and died in doing so. In terms of protecting the country apart from a handful of minorities it was always the Sinhalese Buddhists who died to protect the country.  

 If the 20th century and immediate post-independent public service was occupied by minorities it was proof that the education system extending to public sector employment was enjoyed by the  minorities and a handful of Sinhalese who were not Buddhists but converted Christians. These were the brown sahibs that the British created and unto whom the independence was given with the understanding that white man’s rule and principles would continue.  

 It is important that people understand that the coterie of Brown Sahibs created to hand over post-independence were interested in neither the concerns of the people except to advance their own political agendas that would maintain their power. The Sinhalese do not have a single leader who has arisen to defend or demand the rights of the Sinhalese or in the least to vocalize the injustices to the Sinhalese when demands by minorities only end up gaining the writ of approval. This is a major shortcoming that the Sinhalese Buddhists face to this day even after 66 years of ‘independence’ – we continue to question who has become ‘independent’ for the Sinhalese Buddhists, reverse discrimination has yet to be addressed.

 All that was asked of Sri Lanka’s leaders by patriotic forces post-independence was to restore the Buddhist heritage that the British promised to keep but usurped.The Sinhala Only that is being used as a battering ram to claim injustice and discrimination provided no solace to the Sinhalese. What the Sinhala Buddhists demanded was to reverse the discriminations the owners of the land of Sri Lanka had suffered and return the nation to the people that ruled the country. None of the minorities can complain that under Sinhala Buddhist pre-colonial rule they suffered injustices. There is no historical proof to prove that Tamils or alien/trader Muslims were treated with discrimination prior to arrival of colonial rulers.

 The Sinhalese Buddhist kings looked after all subjects under the principles of Buddhist philosophy and the minorities were also looked after. There is no historical evidence of the minorities going against Sinhala Buddhist kings or that the minorities were denied any rights and this seals the truth. There was a clear policy set, all people knew what was right and wrong, what was excepted and what was not. Minorities knew that they had to respect the place of the majority and the majority in turn ensured that the minorities lived without feeling segregated.

 The problems that people currently suffer from were all created by the colonial Christian West and these same policies are continuing unhindered and helped by the local agents they have created to function as their surrogates or lascoreens.

The colonial Christian West set policies to drive wedges and created divisions which they helped fan into worse scenarios. The divide and rule policy, Christian missionary education to converted natives, employment to the English convert educated, dividing communities further by manipulating social caste systems, minorities thinking they were better than the majority were just a handful of the divisions the foreign invaders managed to psychologically and emotionally engrave into the minds of the minorities.

 It is in this context that we must view the 50-50 demands by the Tamils, the calls for a separate state with the forming of the Federal party (1949) by an imported Christian arriving from Malaysia (Chelvanayagam). In 1949 the Tamils were enjoying more benefits than the majority Sinhalese Buddhists. Those demanding status for Tamil language were all English speaking, English educated. Did Sri Lanka’s leaders not wonder why it should sign a pact (Bandaranaike-Chelvanayagam) that was designed to address the Sinhala Language policy but ended up diverting towards ‘devolution’? Is this not similar to the Resolutions against Sri Lanka which started off with the last phase of the conflict and now is branching off into all corners invariably hiding a sinister agenda.

 Reconciliation Facts:

There can be no reconciliation unless some hometruths are accepted and acknowledged.

1.    India must accept that the Indian central government clandestinely trained Sri Lankan Tamil youth since 1970s allowing Tamil Nadu to function as a logistics hub to destabilize Sri Lanka.

2.     That India trained Sri Lankan Tami youth in 1970s shows that linking 1983 riots as the reason for Tamil groups to take up arms is false. Therefore, the mechanics of the 1983 riots having the hand of foreign involvement cannot be ruled out.

3.     Tamils must accept that calls to take up arms, derives from the Vaddukoddai Resolution in 1972.

4.     Tamils must also accept that for over 450 years they were beneficiaries of colonial rule which by policy denied the Sinhalese Buddhists and not a single came forward to speak against the injustices to the Sinhalese.

5.     Tamils must also accept that post-independence there was nothing that legislatively, constitutionally denied them that which the Sinhalese were exclusively given. The status of the Sinhalese has remained unchanged since 1505. A handful of Sinhalese in whose hands power rests are not representative of the Sinhalese Buddhists because they wear the hat of multiculturalism and liberal thinking, whereas Tamils and Muslims have politicians that are ever fighting for their rights alone and politicians in power ready to give in to enjoy associated benefits given to politicians.

6.     Tamils must also accept their silence on the LTTE issue and the fact that Tamil homes were open to LTTE use in main cities of the country throughout the conflict. (In this instance we acknowledge the recent provincial council elections where Muslims rejected the Muslim Congress by voting for non-ethnic based political parties.)

7.     Tamils must also accept that they referred to LTTE as ‘our boys’ and a silent nod of approval has never been openly denied.

8.     Tamils must also accept that they have made no effort to come forward even in groups to claim that they do not want to have any part of the TNA’s separatist notions and wish to live amongst the Sinhalese and Muslims.

9.     Tamils must also realize that the entire political solution is a charade that has suited ONLY Politicians (of all political parties). When less than 1/3 of the Tamils live in the North and the rest live amongst the Sinhalese what is the logic of a political solution and on what basis can such be agreed?

10.  Tamils must also realize that it is their own conscience that denies them reaching out because of their emotional ties to a ‘separate homeland’ that stops them from agreeing that what LTTE or the TNA advocated is wrong? While we continue to say all Terrorists were Tamil but all Tamils are not Terrorists, the Tamils need to show that they belong to the latter. In this instance we ask how many think like Arun Thambimuttu or don’t think like him?

11.  The Tamils must also ask themselves how fair it is to continuously make demands when they are well aware that the majority of Sinhalese Buddhists are comparably worse off than the minorities.

12.  How many Tamils objected to the calls by the TNA and its Chief Minister who are unwilling to allow Sinhalese and Muslims to settle in the North when they were well aware that Sinhalese and Muslims were chased out of the North? When 2000 of this 50,000 are helped to return to their original places their leaders chant ‘colonization’ which is unfairly picked up by the international media – what have the Tamils said to silence TNA and its Chief Minister when they know they have no issues in buying property and living in the South?

13.  Why do Tamils not openly say that Sinhalese and Muslims have every right to settle and purchase land in the North when Tamils are buying land/property in the South resulting in Sinhalese Buddhists occupying less than 50% of Colombo. Is this status quo because the Tamil politicians generate enough publicity to scare Sri Lanka’s politicians from taking a policy stand while not a single Sinhalese Buddhist politician rises to defend the wrong.

14.  How many Tamils have openly acknowledged that the 1983 riots had nothing to do with the Sinhala public and stood up to be counted to say that they were protected by the Sinhalese who took them into their homes and looked after their belongings until they returned?

15.  How many Tamils are willing to accept the unfairness in demands knowing that they have not reciprocated themselves? When the army is falsely accused or rape, militarization of the North why do they privately say they prefer the military to be present in the North but when interviewed by international media/NGOs they say the opposite?

16.  When lakhs of Tamils who left the country using the bogus ‘discrimination’ tag to claim refugee status preferring to go only to western climes, are willing to learn the national language of these nations and sing the national anthem in these foreign languages why do Tamils object to singing Sri Lanka’s national anthem in Sinhalese? The present Marxists calling for the anthem to be sung in Tamil are simply political opportunists who have no vote base and have been rejected by the public and are only fishing for trouble.

17.  When will the world also realize that numerically Tamils number 76million and realize that the background to the present calls for a Tamil homeland rests on the single issue that for such a large number of Tamils there is no country to call their own. However they do not like to accept that Tamil Nadu is that homeland because they know from past experience that no sooner they do call for such India would not allow it which was why India palmed off the trouble to Sri Lanka.

18.  When will the world realize that the Sinhalese as a distinct populace, with an indigenous history, culture and language number only 14.8million and it is this ‘minority’ that needs protection not 76million Tamils. As a endangered ethnic race the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka needs to have protection. Moreover, it is opportune for world bodies to realize that even Indian civilization religions and cultures also need protection from Abrahamic religions that are motivated to dominate the world through conversions and their power of money and political influence.

Divide and rule policies of the colonial invaders dented ties between people and created nomenclatures of majority/minority/race etc has attributed largely to the conflicts that prevail throughout the third world. The policy of all colonial invaders were to plunder lands, convert people to Christianity/Catholicism, educate the converted natives in English and systematically change the replace indigenous native culture with the western culture so that they clone a new set of people who would willingly follow their ideals. It was to this lot of cloned natives who were English speaking and converted to Christianity and upheld the Western cultures and attire that post-independence leadership was handed to. All leaders who were national, charismatic and showed signs of challenging western agendas were eliminated by assassination – Patrice Lumumba (Congo) and Aung San (Myanmar) are just 2 examples.

 Decades post-independence in countries that are said to have been given ‘independence’ there is really nothing to be grateful to the West about. Our nations were forcibly taken, our nations were plundered and our nations were systematically destroyed. The troubles we face are what the Christian West nations sowed during their illicit and illegal rule. They left our nations have introduced international legal systems that suited the West and could be manipulated by the West. They introduced an international trade system that again was manipulated by the Christian West and designed to keep the nations they illegally occupied forever in debt and strife. Their mechanizations are made easier by keeping the people divided through the agents of 5th columnists and sepoys ever ready for personal favor and remunerations to forsake their own. They created the notion of majority-minority so they could play each against the other.

Never have the majority indigenous races demanded reverse discrimination. The majority is being used as a battering ram to forward the agendas of the neocolonialists.

 It is now time that the Sinhalese demanded reverse discrimination for never have the grievances of the Sinhalese taken any podium space or had the attention of a single rights activist/media channel or even politicians.

Be that as it may any form of reconciliation cannot be one-sided and with only the Sinhalese having to extend the hand of goodwill and giving – it is no better a time for the minorities to realize that in terms of loss it is the Sinhalese Buddhists who have suffered far more than any others throughout the rule of occupation. The minorities need to also understand that they need to empathize with the Sinhalese Buddhists and their plight as well.

Death anniversary of Dr. C.A. Hewawitharana-Journalist’s intuition foretold a tragedy

April 2nd, 2014

By Janaka Perera

 April 3, 2014 marks the 85th death anniversary of Dr. Charles Alwis Hewawitharana who was the first Sinhala Buddhist to become a Doctor of Medicine (MD – Medicinae Doctor) in the British Colonial era after graduating from medical colleges in England and Scotland. He was also a brother of Buddhist revivalist Anagarika Dharmapala (formerly David Hewawitharana).  

 This article however is not so much about Dr. Hewawitharana’s career and services but a journalist’s intuition that foretold the doctor’s tragic death.  Although journalists are sometimes accused of callousness by trying to be first with the news, it is not always the case.

 The experience of late D.W.Senadheera was one such exception.  He belonged to an older generation of Lake House journalists.   Before he became a scribe, he was a teacher at Maliyadewa Vidyalaya, Kurunegala.  

 In 1924 he attended a meeting addressed by Dr. C.A. Hewawitharana at a remote village in the same district. At the meeting in Kurunegala the doctor gave such an eloquent speech that Senadheera reported it to the now-defunct English language newspaper Independent.  To his surprise the story was carried prominently in the paper.  This led him to give up teaching and become a journalist.   And before long he found himself on the Lake House editorial staff – then under its founder Chairman D.R. Wijerwardena.

 The most decisive moment in Senadheera’s journalism career came on April 3, 1929.  On that day Dr. Hewawitharana was on his way to Colombo from Ratnapura by car following a telegram received from his brother, the Anagarika regarding an urgent matter.

 The same evening, Senadheera was on duty as Dinamina night editor.   By 8.00 o’ clock the rest of the editorial staff had left the office.  The last to leave was Chief Editor Alexander Weliwita.  Just before he left around 8.05 p.m. he gave a telegram to Senadheera, instructing him to `box’ its contents on the front page.   It was the news of a serious motor accident at the Eheliyagoda railway crossing.  The car carrying Dr. Hewawitharana had collided with an express train.

 After reading the telegram several times, intuition told the night editor that the doctor’s life could not be saved. But Senadheera had no way of proving it. Yet he was in the habit of acting according to his gut feelings.   So he went to the editorial reference library to gather all facts on Dr. Hewawitharana and write a long story.  

 Thereafter Senadheera phoned the Mahabodhi Society and the Vidyodaya Pirivena to get further details. (At the time limited telephone facilities extended to Colombo and a few provincial towns)  But the only response he received from both places was that the victim’s condition was not critical and that he was expected to recover soon.  But Senadheera was not satisfied.

 He therefore told the night foreman to `box’ the news of the accident on page one, according to Chief Editor Weliwita’s instructions and sat down to write the story he had in mind.  He began with the following sentence.

 Dinamina announces with profound sorrow that Dr. Hewawitharana met with a fatal accident…”          

 It was just a hunch.

 At the time the Dinamina had seven columns.   After writing the story, Senadheera told the foreman to have it ready under banner headlines spanning all seven. At the same time he was instructed to keep it a secret and handover the proof page to Senadheera without showing it to anyone else.  His story on Dr. Hewawitharana ran into two and a half columns.  But he did not sign the final proof so that printing could begin. It was the linotype era, when offset printing and computer printing was unheard of.

 The Lake House bus service was already in operation at the time.  And the printing manager who was a European came rushing and told Senadheera that the buses should leave with the papers before it is late.   The foreman too said that arranging the pages could get delayed.  Senadheera then told him leave space only for the Hewawitharana story on page one and go ahead with the rest.

 The time was 9.20 p.m.   The printing manager again requested the final proof page.  But Senadheera very kindly told him to be patient. The minutes went by.   Sharp at 9.40 the office `arachchi’ rushed to the night editor’s room with a telegram.  With apprehension, Senadheera opened the telegram.

 It said: “Dr. Hewawitharana dead.”

 Senadheera’s intuition had been proved right.

 He promptly told the foreman to do the pages as instructed. Senadheera too went with him and signed the final page one proof with his story on it.   He watched elatedly as the following day’sDinamina rolled out of the rotary press.

 Radio (then known as wireless) was a novelty that was still largely on an experimental stage in Sri Lanka.  So for news people depended on newspapers, which were not many at the time.   The two major newspaper establishments were the Lake House (ANCL) and the Times of Ceylon groups.

 The morning after the tragedy at Eheliyagoda, the Dinamina beat all other newspapers with the ‘scoop’ on Dr. Hewawitharana’s accidental death. Some papers only reported that he was in hospital. Senadheera had won the gamble. The usually stern Lake House Chairman Wijewardena never called for any explanation from Senadheera for delaying the paper and delaying the buses.

 The wrong information he had received earlier that Dr. Hewawitharana was expected to recover soon proved to be a deliberate lie – not because the doctor died – but because his body was mutilated beyond recognition in the crash.   When the corpse was brought to `Sri Nagara’ his residence at Kollupitiya, the Anagarika cried like a child and collapsed on a chair. In addition to uncontrollable grief he was filled with regret since it was he who had cabled his brother to rush from Ratnapura to Colombo.  

 It was a strange twist of fate that Senadheera was destined to report the tragic death of the very person who indirectly aroused his journalistic talents.   Senadheera too joined the massive crowd that attended the funeral at the General Cemetery, Borella, where the chief mourner was Dr. Hewawitharana’s mother Mallika Hewawitharana.

 She had the misfortune to face the untimely deaths of three of her sons.  Two of them – Simon and Edmund Hewawitharana – had passed away earlier. Following their deaths it was Dr. C.A. who had taken over the family responsibilities after giving up his medical career.   Now only Anagarika Dharmapala was left. 

 Dr. Hewawitharana was an unassuming man although he did much social service and hailed from the well-known business family – H. Don Carolis and Sons.  From 1914 onwards, he devoted his full time for business activities, cultivation, reviving traditional crafts and industries and printing Pali Buddhist texts.   

 He was also instrumental in setting up a Japanese scholarship fund for students and acquiring Heelpenkandura – a seven-and-half-acre land near Kandy town – for Dharmaraja College, Kandy.   He purchased the land jointly with Sir Ernest de Silva.  Dr. Hewawitharana also donated a 100 acre-land of tea in Matale to the same school for its welfare.

 He was among those whom the British unjustly imprisoned along with F.R. Senanayake, D.S. Senanayake, Piyadasa Sirisena and other national leaders and patriots during the riots of 1915 during which the colonial government declared martial law in the country, leading to the deaths of a number of innocent people. 

පලාත් සභා මැතිවරණයේ පණිවුඩය. 1.

April 2nd, 2014

න්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි

 මැතිවරණයක අවසානයේදී,  ලබාදෙන ප්රථිපලය විසින් නිර්මානය කරන්නේ, අපූරු පින්තූරයකි. මේ පින්තූරය, එක් පක්ෂයක හෝ එක් කණ්ඩායමකට උරුම වූ පින්තූරයක් නොවේ. මෙය මුලුමහත් සමාජයේම නිර්මාණයක් බැවින් සමාජයම සතු වස්තුවකි. මේ වස්තුව, සැබෑ ලෙසම; සියලු දෙනාටම වස්තුවක් වන්නේ, ඒ දෙස බුද්ධිමත්ව බලා අවබෝධ කර ගන්නා කරුණු මතය. වර්තමානයේදී, ලබාදෙන මැතිරණ ප්රතිපලය, සියලුම දේශපාලන පක්ෂ වල අතීත ක්රියාකාරිත්වය හා අත්වැල් බැදගෙන සිටී. අනාගතය ගොඩනංවන්නේ,  වර්තමානය බැවින්, අපට ඇවැසි අනාගතය ගොඩනංවීම සදහා වර්තමානය තුල සිදුකල යුතු වෙනස්කම් සම්බන්ධව අවබෝධයක් ලබා ගැනීමට මේ මැතිවරණ ප්රථිපලය නම්වූ පින්තූරය දෙස බලා මනා අවබෝධයක් ලබා ගත යුතුවේ.

අප පසු කලේ බස්නාහිර හා දකුණු පලාත් සභා මැතිවරණයන්ය. මේ වනවිට අප ඉදිරියේ එහි ප්රථිපලය විවෘතව ඇත. මේ ප්රථිපලය අපට ලබාදුන්නේ, මෙරට චන්ද දායකයින් විසින් වන අතර, එයට චන්දය භාවිත කල චන්ද දායකයින් මෙන්ම, චන්දය නොදුන් අයගේද සහභාගිත්වයක් ඇති බව අප මනාව අවබෝධ කරගත යුතුය.

1999, 2009 හා 2014 බස්නාහිර හා දකුුණු පලාත සභා චන්ද ප්රථිපලයන්, යනු නූතන ලාංකීය ජන සමාජයේ ජන විඥානය රටේ පාලනය  මෙහෙය වීමට  පෙලගැසුන ආකාරය මනාව පෙන්වන සිද්ධිදාමයන්ය. මෙම මැතිවරණ දාමය, විසින් නිර්මාණය කර ඇත්තේ කුමක්ද? මේ මැතිවරණ ඉතිහාසය අපට වටිනා යමක් උගන්වන බැවින්, අප විසින් එම වකවානුව තුල සැරිසරමින්, සිදුව ඇතිදේ මනාව අධ්යනය කල යුතුමය. නැතිනම් අතරමංවන්නේ දේශපාලකයා මිස ජනතාව නොවන බැවිණි.

1999 පවත්වන ලද දකුණු පලාත් සභා මැතිවරණයේදී, චන්ද දායකයින්, 1,505,542 ලියාපදිංචිව සිටි අතර, ඉන් 1,028,821ක් චන්දය පාවිච්චි කලහ. එදා පැවති සමගි පෙරමුණ රජය, දකුණු පලාත් සභාව සදහා, තරග වැදී, චන්ද 461,959ද එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය චන්ද 402,550ක්ද ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ චන්ද 126,389ද ලබා ගත්හ. චන්ද දායකයින් 476,721ක් චන්දය පාවිච්චි නොකලහ.

ඒ මෙයට වසර 14කට පෙර දකුණු පලාත් සභා චන්ද ප්රථිපලයයි. මේ වන විට එදා මෙදා කාලය තුල වර්ෂ 14ක් ගෙවී ඇත. 2014 මෑතකදී පවත්වන ලද පලාත් සභා මැතිවරණයේදී, චන්ද දායකයින් 1,873,804ක් ලියාපදිංචිව සිටින අතර, ඉන් 1,252,296ක් චන්දය පාවිච්චි කර ඇත. ලද ප්රථිපලයන්ට අනුව, පවත්නා රජය චන්ද 699,408ද එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය චන්ද 310,431ක්ද ජනතා විමුකති පෙරමුණ චන්ද 109,032 හා ප්රජාතන්ත්රවාදී පක්ෂය චන්ද 75,532ක්ද ලබාගෙන සිටී.

සැබෑ පින්තූරය ඇත්තේ මෙතනයි. එදා රජයට වඩා වර්තමානයේ පවත්නා රජය වැඩි චන්ද 237,449 ලබාගෙන ජනතාව අතර පැහැදිලිව දිදුලමින් සිටී. එදා චන්ද 402,550 ලබාගෙන සිටි එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය මෙදා චන්ද 310,431 ලබා ගෙන සිටිමින්, රජයේ විශාල පසුබෑමක් ඇති බව පවසයි. සැබෑ ලෙස වසර 14 කට පසුත් තමන්ට අහිමිව ඇති,චන්ද 92,119 ය හා රටේ ලියාපදිංචිවන නව චනද දායකයින්  368,262න් වත් තම පක්ෂයේ චන්ද පදනම ඉහල නැංවීමට නොහැකිවීම සම්බන්ධව සමීක්ෂණයක් කල යුතුමය. ඇත්තටම එක්සත් ජාතික පකෂයට චන්දය දෙන්නට ජනතාව පසුබසින්නේ ඇයිද යන්න සම්බන්ධව සොයා බලා, තම පක්ෂය ජනතාව අපේක්ෂා කරන ආකාරයේ පක්ෂයක් බවට පරිවර්තනය කර ගත යුතුය. ජාතිය බලා සිටින්නේ එම පරිවර්තනයයි මේ සම්බන්ධව කටයුතු නොකරන තාක් කල් වාසිය උරුම වන්නේ මේ රජයටයි.

තවද 1999දී දකුණු පලාත සභාව සදහා චන්ද 126,389ක් ලබා ගත් ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණද, රජය වෙතට ඇගිලි දිගු කරමින් රජයේ කඩා වැටීමක සම්බන්ධව කථා කරයි. එදා සිට විශාල කැප කිරීම් රාශියක් සිදුකරමින් ජයග්රාහී මහා ගමනක් වසර 14ක් පුරා පක්ෂය මෙහෙයවමින් ගිය ගමනේ වත්මන් පලය වශයෙන් මෙවර දකුණු පලාත් සභාව සදහා එ ම පක්ෂයට චන්ද 109,032 සංඛ්යාවක් ලැබී ඇති අතර, එය මීට වසර 14කට පෙර ලද චන්ද ප්රමාණයට වඩා චන්ද 17,357ක් අඩු බවත්, නවක චන්ද තම පක්ෂයේ, ප්රගතියට බලපා නැත්තේ ඇයිද යන්න සාකච්ඡා නොකරයි. .

 

UNHRC turns blind eye to attacks on Buddhist Temples in South Korea

April 2nd, 2014

by Shenali D. Waduge

 South Korea voted against Sri Lanka on March 27 at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva in support of a US Resolution calling for an international inquiry to be undertaken by the Office of the High Commissioner on alleged Human Rights violations by Sri Lanka. In taking this path South Korea showed itself as the ONLY Asian nation to have aligned with the Christian West bloc of nations alongside nations scared of the West, to vote against Sri Lanka. All other Asian countries either voted against the Resolution e.g. China, Pakistan, Vietnam, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, UAE or abstained e.g. India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Philippines.

This is the second time that South Korea has voted against Sri Lanka at UNHRC having done so on a similar Resolution last year (2013) proposed by USA and the EU block of nations.  Sri Lanka if it is to retain its dignity and self – respect particularly in the Asian community must now undertake a critical assessment to determine who its true friends and ‘cosmetic’ friends are in the international arena.

It follows that the Govt. of Sri Lanka should no longer give the red carpet to the countries that voted for the US Resolution and against Sri Lanka. Other Asian countries e.g. Japan, Philippines, Indonesia etc. too have strong ties with USA but they also value their ties to a fellow Asian nation through religious, cultural and historical bonds. South Korea took a unilateral stand disregarding these ties to Sri Lanka.

Is South Korea functioning as a surrogate of the Christian West in Asia?

 South Korea is promoting an International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) Sept. 18- 21, 2014, to be held in Colombo with Sri Lanka playing host. The main theme of the conference is Building an Asian Community.”    Both the Govt. and people of Sri Lanka have every right to ask South Korea whether an Asian Community could be truly established in situations where one Asian country stabs another Asian country in the back by joining hands with European nations which always vote as one block in International fora. South Korea has a lot of explaining to do if it wants Sri Lanka to look at South Korea as a true friend. No amount of money can compensate for betrayal of friendship.

 In the meantime Sri Lanka has a duty by its people and particularly the Ranavirus (gallant soldiers) who won the war for Sri Lanka against a cruel enemy by sacrificing 27, 000 of Ranaviru lives to take tough decisions even in the international arena. Sri Lanka must seriously consider hosting this  International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in Colombo in September 2014 sponsored by South Korea. Its Asian credentials and commitment towards building a truly Asian Community are now suspect. Is South Korea functioning as a surrogate of the Christian West like so many NGOs who rely on financial assistance from the West for their political and economic survival while doing the bidding of the West in de-stabilising Asian countries?  

Unceasing attacks on Buddhist Temples in South Korea

South Korea is also the home of Ban Ki Moon, the present UN Secretary General who is a devout Christian. South Korea’s population is 50million. In 1945 Korea was a 90% Buddhist country.  Approximately 2% of the population was Christian. Rapid growth has ensued for Christianity: in 1991, 18.4% of the population (8.0 million) was Protestant, and 6.7% (2.5 million) was Catholic.

In 2005, according to figures compiled by the South Korean National Statistical Office, 46.5% of the population were classified as Irreligious, compared to 22.8% Buddhists, 18.3% Protestants, 10.9% Catholics, and 1.7% Other religions. The Catholic Church has increased its membership by 70% in the last ten years.

Today South Korea had the third highest percentage of Christians in East Asia or Southeast Asia, following the Philippines and East Timor.

It is indeed strange that with the UN and the UNHRC head Navi Pillai in particular drawing references to religious intolerance why they have been stoic silent on the unprecedented violent attacks upon Buddhist places of worship.

The Resolution against Sri Lanka drawn from the report by Navi Pillai expresses alarm at the rapid rise in violence and discrimination on the basis of religion or belief, particularly against members of religious minority groups. The Resolution urges the Government of Sri Lanka to investigate all attacks, by individuals and groups on all religious places of worship, hold the perpetrators responsible and prevent future such attacks.

The below examples of religious intolerance in South Korea happened and is happening for decades. South Korea is the home of the UN Secretary General himself, yet the emphasis against Sri Lanka with hardly 20 cases of violence in 5 years which themselves are questionable against Buddhist temples scorched and destroyed completely in South Korea only serves to raise the question of double standards at play. This is reiterated further in Navi Pillai’s silence over 700 mosque attacks in the UK.

In 2008, when 200,000 Buddhist monks and lay people rallied in Seoul, South Korea protesting against religious bias and constitutional infringement by the Lee Myung-bak administration not a hum came from Navi Pillai or the entities lining up to accuse Sri Lanka of religious intolerance. Of particular note was after Lee Myung-bak‘s ascendence to the Presidency when the high proportion of Christians in relation to Buddhists in the public sector became known–particularly the President’s cabinet, where there were 12 Christians to only one Buddhist.

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sk-3aSecurity camera footage of the priest urinating on the shrine at Donghwa Temple

 http://enews.buddhistdoor.com/en/news/d/38161

Incidents highlighting Attacks on Buddhist Temples

·               1982 May – Religious gatherings in Seoul to publicly denounce Buddhism with banners ‘Jesus Heaven, Buddhism Hell’ & A Dharma Hall is a hall of demons”.

·               1984 February –  Red crucifixes are painted on priceless temple wall paintings at Muryangsa Temple and Ilsônsa on Samgaksan Mountain outside Seoul. Dirt is smeared on the paintings and on a statue of the Buddha located outside one of the temples.  A large ancient carving of the Buddha chiselled into stone is damaged with axe-like instruments.

·               1984 May – Roman Catholic church ignores pleas of Buddhist leaders and invites Pope John Paul II to visit South Korea during Buddha’s Birth celebrations alongside announcement that 93 Koreans and 10 French missionary martyrs would be beautified as saints during visit with South Korea becoming the 1st canonization ceremony held outside Rome. The event placed South Korea as the 4th largest number of Catholic saints in the world.

·               1984 November – Official Korean textbooks describe Buddhism as ‘a fading religion’.

·               1985 April – 4 major daily newspaper carry advertisements promoting Buddhist scriptures are ‘selfish’ in intent.

·               1985 September – Mass gatherings organized to denounce Buddhism in cities of Pusan, Taegu, Kwangju, Taejon

·               1985 October – Dharma talk disturbed at Nûngin Zen driving nails into the tyres of vehicles parked outside and pouring corrosive chemicals into various car engines.

·               1986 December – Taejôkkwangjôn, the main Dharma Hall, a large building of ancient origin at Kûmsansa Temple is completely burned to the ground before the annual Buddha’s Enlightenment celebrations. The Hall is listed as National Treasure Number 476. The Korean Government releases the suspects but quickly rebuilds the Hall

·               1987 December – a fundamentalist Christian is apprehended after setting fire to 2 temples ( Kwanûmjôngsa and Taegaksa) and completely destroying them

·               1988 September – fire is set at Pômôsa Temple in Pusan, a major monastic training center of the Chogye Order and completely destroys the Myôngbujôn (Chijang Bodhisattva Hall- a funeral hall), taking with it 16 priceless altar paintings of the Buddha.

·               1988 December – main Dharma Hall on the Kyôngju campus of Dongguk University is completely burned to the ground.

·               1989 January – stone lantern and pagoda is destroyed and statements attacking Buddhism are painted on the temple’s gates Sôdaemun (Hongûndong), Seoul.

·               1989 March – individuals enter Kupok Am Hermitageon Samgaksan Mountain on the outskirts of Seoul and destroy a stone lantern and stone pagoda, seriously damage a Ch’ilsônggak (Big Dipper Hall), and paint red crucifixes on a large gilded Buddha statue.

·               1989 April – individuals destroy a Buddha statue and paint red crucifixes on a large outdoor Ma-ae Buddha figure carved into the rock on Samgaksan Mountain on the outskirts of Seoul. 10 temples are severely damaged or desecrated in the days immediately before and after the national Buddha’s Birthday holidays.

·               1989 July – huge main Dharma Hall and a temple dormitory at Potasa Temple, Oksudong, Sôngdonggu, Seoul are completely burned to the ground. Estimated damage is $1.1million.

·               1989 October – huge Taeunjôn, the main Dharma Hall, and a temple dormitory at Pohyônsa Temple in Taegu are completely burned to the ground.

·               1990 May – Two men break into the Buddhist Broadcasting System before it began broadcasting and destroy the radio station’s recordings and transmission equipment, smashing expensive electronic gear and tear up state-of-the-art recording booths. They use a statue of the Buddha as a battering ram and damaged computers using Buddha’s head. No arrests were ever made.

·               1991 April – 2 teachers at Taesông High School in Kôch’ang direct majority Buddhist students to recite Biblical passages and sing Christian hymns in class. Buddha statue of the Buddhist student club at Ch’ôngju University is vandalized.

·               1991 September – Pudo Am Hermitage at Tonghwasa Temple is destroyed by fire.

·               1991 October – Haeundae Buddhist Mission Bldg in Pusan is destroyed by fire. The huge main Dharma Hall (Taeunjôn) at Pongwônsa Temple in the Shinch’on district of Seoul is totally destroyed by fire.  The hall was registered as Seoul city Cultural Asset Number 68. Three large Buddha statues and altar portraits considered treasures were destroyed This temple was the headquarters of the T’aego Order, the second-largest Buddhist sect in Korea. The police claimed no evidence and fire declared an ‘accident’.

·               1991 November – Military reserves stationed in Kyôngnam Province (many of them Buddhist) were forced to attend a Protestant revival meeting, presumably by a superior officer.

·               1991 November – Kwanûm Bodhisattva Hall and a large Dharma Teaching Hall (Sôlpôpchôn) at Sôngjusa in Changwôn city are completely burned to the ground.

·               1991 November – P’yo Ch’ajong, a member of the Pedel Church in Pusan, publicly declares that the world-famous Sôkkuram Buddha statue is a subject of idol-worship” and the product of a heretical religion”. He attempts to damage the priceless statue, but is stopped.  The Sokkuram Buddha was declared a World Cultural Treasure” by Unesco in 1995

·               1992 April – Main Dharma Hall on the Kyôngju campus of Dongguk University is completely burned to the ground a second time. No arrests made.

·               1992 December – unknown assailant cuts the two arms off a statue of Maitreya Buddha at Puljosa Temple in Wonju. Various temple artifacts are burned and over 100 threatening phone calls are made to the temple office.

·               1993 February – Colonel (battalion commander) Cho Pyôngshik of the 17th Tank Battalion, claiming a lack of warehouse space, has the Dharma Hall on his base dismantled. The gilded statue of the Buddha is taken from the Hall, burned, and openly discarded behind the mountain.

·               1993 April – Within two months of Colonel Cho’s actions, the Dharma Hall and stone lantern are damaged at Kimhae Air Base.

·               The Yôngdo Church in Pusan organizes to prevent a temple from being built beside them, claiming that they cannot accept the construction of a place of idol worship” near them.

·               1993 May – At Hyundai High School, all students are required to attend church services, and their attendance at these services is reflected in their school records.

·               1993 May – Lee Yun-sun, a teacher at the Paegun Primary School in Uidong, Seoul, teaches the Christian Bible in his class and declares that any Buddhist children in the class are followers of the Satan,” and excludes them from certain class activities. Professor Im In-hûi rejects the admission application of a Buddhist student. He claims he was only following the orders of the board chairman of Taejôn Junior College Lee Pyông-ik.

·               Lotus lanterns prepared for Buddha’s Birthday celebrations are destroyed at Pongguksa Temple and Chonjôngsa Temple in the Chôngnûng district of Seoul.

·               1993 July – An assailant severely damages Buddha statue and other Buddhist artifacts in a Buddhist meeting room at Sônggyungwan University in Seoul. Valuable religious objects are not stolen but thrown into a garbage basket.

·               1994 May – Before and after Buddha’s Birthday, various acts of vandalism and desecration are inflicted upon the properties of Daesôngsa Temple and Kwanûmsa Temple in the Saegômjông and Shinch’on districts of Seoul. Approximately 30 acts of vandalism against Buddhist temples in Seoul are recorded during this period.

·               The Rev. Yu Sûng-hwan of Yuchongni Church declares that Buddhism is idol worship.”  He forcibly attempts to convert” the abbot of Sudosa Temple to Christianity.

·               1994 June – A fundamentalist Christian enters Mirûk Chôngsa Temple in Kwangju and damages the Buddha statue and Dharma Hall.

·               1995 September – Pak Oh-Sun is apprehended after entering and causing serious damage to five temples on Chejudo. He burns Buddha statues at the temples. A Protestant minister is apprehended after painting a large red cross onto the altar painting behind the Buddha at Mu-ûi sa Temple in Kangjin, Chollanamdo. He is released without charges. Later an unknown person carves a crucifix below the same Buddha image.

·               1995-96 – Students belonging to a fundamentalist Christian group begin an aggressive campaign of proselytizing on the campus of Dongguk University (Seoul), Korea’s main Buddhist university. The students proselytize directly in front of a large statue of the Buddha – the campus symbol and central meeting-point – making anti-Buddhist statements and handing out Christian literature to ordained sangha members.

·               1996 – President Kim Young Sam attends services at a Protestant church located on the nation’s central military base at Kyeryôngsan Mountain. In an event which sends shock waves throughout Buddhist and Catholic circles in Korea, many troops (who were not Christian) based there are compelled to attend the service in order to create the appearance of a larger number of Protestant troops. People attending services at a nearby temple and Catholic church are placed under virtual house arrest,” their religious sanctuaries being encircled with troops while the President makes what is deemed a preferential” visit to the Protestant chapel. Those inside the Buddhist temple and Catholic church were made to remain inside for several hours while President Kim completed his visit.  Buddhist and Catholic leaders lodge strong protests.

·               1996 – new Education Law are announced by the government’s Education Reform Committee. The plans are based on the educational system of the Renewal Church of Christ, and include plans to establish (with government money) a special graduate school for the education and training of Christian ministers.

·               TheWônmi ward office of Puch’on city near Seoul sends official letters to several Buddhist kindergartens, primary schools, and other Buddhist organizations and temples. Language in the letters beseeches them to find the peace of God and the comfort of Jesus Christ.

·               The swastika – for centuries a symbol of good fortune throughout Asia, and also a Buddhist symbol of the same – is replaced on many flagpoles in Seoul with crucifixes.

·               A large red crucifix is painted in a concrete shelter used by Buddhist monks for meditation, located one hundred meters above Hwagyesa Temple on Samgaksan Mountain on the outskirts of Seoul.

·               A school teacher by the name of Lee” at Songwu Primary School in P’och’ôn, Kyônggi Province, urges students to attend church services as part of their lessons. She forces them to sing certain Christian hymns in class to confirm their attendance, and does other missionary work” in her capacity as schoolteacher.

·               1996 April – Fires set at 9 places including Pulguksa Temple in Kyôngju, the most famous Buddhist temple in Korea. A Mr. Kim Yông-shik was caught on the spot and reported to the police. The police transferred him to a Taegu city mental hospital and released without charge.

·               1996 April 19 – Two temples on Samgaksan Mountain on the outskirts of Seoul are severely damaged by fires. The two-year-old large bell platform at Samsông Am Hermitage is burned to its foundation. The assailant(s) also cause damage to the Main Dharma Hall, burning holes in the locked doors while trying to gain access to the sanctuary containing the temple’s main Buddha statue. Damage to the ruined bell platform is estimated at $250,000.

·               1996 April 20 – Two recently-constructed Dharma Halls at Pônwôn Chôngsa Temple are burnt to the ground, and another is severely damaged by flames. The Nahanjôn enshrined 519 wood statues of arhats and bodhisattvas, each of which was painstakingly hand-carved and hand-painted over a period of seven years. Damage at Pônwôn Chôngsa Temple is estimated at $5.6 million.

·               1996 April 21 – fire is set to the Taejôkkwangjôn, the main Dharma Hall at Hwagyesa Temple

·               1996 May 12 – Arsonists attack the main Buddha statue in the Taejôkkwangjôn at Hwagyesa Temple in Seoul for the second time.

·               1996 May 14 – despite over 30 police and military patrolling the temple, a massive fire is set beneath the main Buddha statue in the Taejôkkwangjôn at Hwagyesa Temple in Seoul for the third time. Superb altar paintings, ornate woodcarvings and traditional wall paintings are lost.  Damage estimated at about $775,000.

·               1996 May – Rev. Pae Sông-ho, a Protestant minister, enters the main Buddha Hall at Ch’ôngryongsa Temple in Chinhae on the southern coast of the peninsula. He swings a microphone over his head like a bolo, smashing the main Buddha statue and damaging beyond repair the altar paintings hanging behind the main altar. Witnesses who apprehend him hear him shouting abusive statements about idol worship” and that now [he] will go to heaven for destroying these craven images.” Though taken into custody by police, the minister is released within hours with no charges filed by the local authorities.  Damage to the Dharma Hall is extensive.

·               1996 May 22 – Two days before Buddha’s Birthday, the main Dharma Hall at Mangyông Am Hermitage in Sôngnam, a city bordering Seoul, is burned to the ground. Christian fundamentalists active in the area are suspected but not investigated.

·               1996 – July a mission to convert ’25 million Buddhists in Korea’ featured in the Christian newspaper Kitokkyo Shinmun,

Vandalized Temples Reveal Religious

Intolerance; Local Buddhist Leaders Condemn Acts of

Discrimination by Christian Extremists in South Korea

http://koreanstudies.com/pipermail/koreanstudies_koreanstudies.com/1998-July/000908.html

 Buddhism Under Siege in South Korea

A Chronology of Fifteen Years of Incidents Against Buddhism in South Korea

They seek to destroy us

http://www.centrebouddhique.net/content/view/127/31/

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/soc.culture.korean/ljmcyOVMh9Y

http://callingchristians.com/2012/11/07/korean-christians-attack-buddhists-and-buddhist-temples/

Korean Christians Attack Buddhists and Buddhist Temples

http://enews.buddhistdoor.com/en/news/d/38161

Korean Protestant pastor urinates inside Buddhist temple

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Korean-Buddhism/193850150660564

Save Korean Buddhism

 The example of religious intolerance is just one of the additional items included into the 3rd Resolution at UNHRC not included in the initial. A host of other additional items under human rights which attempts to mix humanitarian laws with human rights needs to get the attention of the global community to realize that a neocolonial agenda is now at play and when US and EU vote en masse the likelihood of fair play prevailing is bleak. In South Korea, the systematic destruction of the Buddhist heritage and Buddhist identity of South Korea has not got a single protest from the UN and its associated entities and it goes to show the lies and hypocrisies that prevail.

The example of growing religious intolerance against Buddhism in the very country that Ban Ki Moon comes from goes to show the shocking truth of using issues to the advantage of agendas by UN officials who are simply puppets and ever ready to do as the Christian West bids them to do.

It is now time that the rest of the world became aligned to build a formidable force against the new racial and religious imperialism emanating from the West.

Shenali D Waduge

Mandates of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

April 1st, 2014

By Neville Ladduwahetty   FEATURES The Island  – April 1, 2014

Paragraph 10 and 10 (b) of the US-proposed UN Resolution A/HRC /25/L.I/Rev.1 that was passed in Geneva on March 27, 2014, “requests the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR):

(b) To undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and to establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations and of the crimes perpetuated with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring accountability, with assistance from relevant experts and special procedure mandate holders”

During a meeting on Monday between the OHCHR with NGOs, in the sidelines of the 25th session of the Council, Ms. Pillay stressed that the OHCHR “has the power to establish an international mechanism” to investigate crimes, as it falls under the human rights protection mandate of her office.  Ms. Pillay is reported to have stated: “Now apart from calling for an international investigation, we have interpreted our mandate to say that the High Commissioner herself has power to investigate a situation”. Furthermore, that “This did come out when we needed legal advice to see whether the Secretary General can himself set up a panel on Sri Lanka when as you know not a single inter-governmental forum had addressed the issue of the serious crimes committed. Obviously the fact that the Secretary General went again means that we are very clear that the UN does have these powers, because it falls under the overall mandate of protecting human rights.” (Tamil Guardian, March 17, 2014).

By Ms. Pillay’s own admission, the High Commissioner has “interpreted” the mandate of the OHCHR as having the right to investigate alleged violations of human rights. However, her “interpretation” is not good enough for sovereign member states to comply. Member states need more than “interpretations”. Member states need unequivocal statements that have legitimacy of the sort of a General Assembly resolution. Until then, Sri Lanka has no alternative but to appeal to the General Assembly that conducting inquiries into the internal affairs of sovereign states cannot be permitted based on “interpretations” by temporarily-appointed individuals with no accountability.

Seeking redress by appealing to the UN Secretary General (UNSG) as to the legitimacy of OHCHR’s “interpretation” would not serve any meaningful purpose judging from the conduct of the Panel of Experts (PoE) appointed by him in violation of his commitment to the President of Sri Lanka when a joint statement was signed by them in May 2009. After this latter statement, the UNSG stated on March 2010 that: “The panel I am establishing will advise me on the standards, benchmarks and parameters, based on international experience that must guide any accountability process such as the one in the joint statement. Now this panel will report to me directly and not to another body”.

Instead of establishing the “standards, benchmarks and parameters” he had called for, the UNSG covertly sanctioned the PoE to conduct a clandestine investigation and leak its findings to the public. The conduct of the Office of the UNSG and the image of the UN itself has been tainted by this entire episode. Under the circumstances, no member state can hope to rely on the impartiality and objectivity of the UN or any of its organs such the OHCHR. The ONLY hope for member states is to rely on their own strength in the General Assembly.

MANDATE OF RESOLUTIONS 48/141 and 60/251

Space does not permit the publication of the full text of Resolution 48/141 that establishes the mandate of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the full text of Resolution 60/251 which establishes the mandate of the Human Rights Council. However, a careful review of its provisions reveals that nowhere in these provisions is there a mandate given for “investigation”. The reason for exclusion of such a provision makes sense because the OHCHR or any other body cannot carry out multiple functions that conflict with each other. For instance, the OHCHR is expected to promote and encourage respect for human rights and monitor and report the human rights situation in member states while maintaining “principles of impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity, in the spirit of constructive international dialogue and cooperation,” as stated in the preamble of Resolution 48/141. If, in addition the OHCHR is also mandated to conduct “investigations”, the spirit of engagement to promote human rights would be clearly compromised. An agency whose primary function is to promote and encourage human rights, needs to develop a relationship of understanding and cooperation with the member states; a relationship that would be severely compromised if it were to engage in “investigations” as well. The stated primary function of promoting and encouraging human rights would be compromised, as has been demonstrated already in Sri Lanka’s relationship with the UNSG and OHCHR.

 

Furthermore, considering the fact that paragraph 3 (a) of 48/141 requires the OHCHR to :

“Function within the framework of the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, other international instruments of human rights and international law, including the obligations, within this framework, to respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and domestic jurisdiction of States…”, it is realistically not possible for external agencies such as the OHCHR to also investigate violations within countries without impacting on the domestic jurisdiction of member states. Investigating human rights violations by an external agency such as the OHCHR as called for in the resolution would be no different to investigations relating to internal law and order being conducted by external agencies without causing disrespect to the domestic jurisdiction of member states; an obvious impossibility.

Similar standards of impartiality and objectivity are required by the UN Human Rights Council. For instance, paragraph 4 of Resolution 60/251 states: “Decides further that the work of the Council shall be guided by the principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity, constructive international dialogue and cooperation, with a view to enhancing the promotion and protection of all human rights …”. These words ring hollow considering the fact that the recently passed resolution expands the scope of the mandate of the OHCHR to authorize it to “investigate” human rights situations in Sri Lanka with the assistance of “experts and special procedure mandate holders” who, being hand- picked individuals with dubious loyalties, would not have the impartiality and the objectivity to meet guidelines set for the OHCHR. Instead, their loyalty and accountability would be to the OHCHR. Consequently, one could be certain that outcomes would be predetermined. If the fates of sovereign states and their citizens are permitted to be determined by such individuals it would be the biggest human rights violation of all, as demonstrated by the highly prejudiced report of the PoE on Sri Lanka.

These circumstances are coupled with the fact that the OHCHR does not have the needed resources to be independent and free of pressures and the influence of the sources that finance these “investigations”. Thus, outcomes of “investigations” would inevitably not have the imprint of impartiality and objectivity. In a background where investigations are compromised due to lack of independence, as well as these investigations being carried out by individuals who are biased or have no credibility, the vulnerability of states are at stake. The precedent set would enable the OHCHR to selectively pick amenable member states to report on human rights situations in countries and recommend that “investigations” be conducted to suit the geopolitical strategies of Powers that have a firm grip on the OHCHR and its workings.

Despite protests by some member states that the resolution violates the mandate granted to the OHCHR and the HR Council, other representatives of Governments have maintained that the OHCHR and the HR Council have the mandate to “investigate” HR violations. The very fact of a lack of consensus on this vital issue confirms that the fates of member states cannot be permitted to be left to “interpretations”, but has to be based on mandates definitively granted by the General Assembly.

CONCLUSION

Resolutions 48/141 and 60/251 do NOT in any way definitively grant the OHCHR or the HR Council the mandate to “investigate” alleged HR violations in member states. Claiming such authority based on “interpretation” by the High Commissioner/UNHRC is unacceptable. What is acceptable is a General Assembly resolution granting such authority if such is its view. In the absence of such a definitive resolution, for the UNHRC to authorize the High Commissioner to “investigate” is in clear violation of the need for impartiality and objectivity mandated under the current General Assembly Resolution 60/261.

There is no mechanism for member states to appeal or seek a definitive interpretation as to whether current scope of the mandate as stated in Resolutions 48/141 and 60/261 authorizes “investigations”. Appealing to the UNSG would be a futile exercise considering his unprofessional conduct in the appointment of the PoE who were supposed only to “set standards, benchmarks and parameters” to guide an investigation, but instead carried out a clandestine investigation and made its findings public. In this vacuum, the OHCHR has interpreted and arrogated to itself the right to “investigate” alleged violations in Sri Lanka. Under the provisions of the resolution the investigative process would be conducted by “experts and special procedure mandate holders”. These individuals are accountable only to the OHCHR who engages them. To expect impartiality and objectivity from such individuals is a vain hope.

Since representatives of some governments claim that such investigative powers have been used previously, it is all the more necessary that member states band themselves together to prevent this continued abuse of power based on “interpretations”. Not to act is to allow the institution of the UN to be hijacked by individuals whose conduct does not meet the guidelines set by the General Assembly. Since the UN General Assembly is similar to a Parliament of member states, violating its powers is an affront to its very existence; a fate that would be no different to the previous Commission for Human Rights that was abandoned due to its ineffectiveness through politicization.

Therefore, Sri Lanka should with the support of the member states that opposed the Resolution, and those that abstained, engage in a collective effort to initiate a resolution in the General Assembly to deny the OHCHR and the HR Council the mandate to “investigate” human rights situations in member states, because it violates the principle of intervention in matters relating to issues of domestic jurisdiction, clearly recognized and emphasized in the UN Charter. It is imperative that issues relating to domestic jurisdiction should not be left to “interpretations” by individuals and their handymen. If left unchallenged the banner of human rights would be used to dismantle states that stand in the way of fulfilling their “manifest destiny”.

Deception of Tamil Theoretical and Theatrical Politics

April 1st, 2014

Kanthar Balanathan, Melbourne, Australia April 2014

Dawn of Partisan Commotion

The political dominion of the new born baby called Ceylon” saw the birth of a racial Tamil political party founded by the Malaysian born SJV Chelvanayagam (SJVC) on the 18th December 1949. The party was called Federal Party”, however, carrying a different quasi haphazard meaning in Tamil as ITAK, to have bearing in the minds of the Tamils. Would the reason be that SJVC had a tug-of-war with GG Ponnambalam (GGP) in the ministerial portfolio allocation or another country was in the background programming Tamil elite politicians to create political instability in the island? People were misinformed as the reason was for a different cause, which may not be.

 This was the first step towards disintegration of unison and harmony between the two ethnic groups in Ceylon then. To recollect, the Ceylon National Congress (CNC) was formed in 1919 under the British rule. The avidity for power initiated members of the CNC to commence moving with their own agenda to gain popularity in politics. LSSP was founded in 1935. SWRD Bandaranaike (SWRDB) founded the Sinhala Maha Sabha in 1937. Ceylon Communist Party was formed in 1943. GGP stimulated by his own greed for power formed his party Tamil Congress in 1944. The state council adopted Sinhala and Tamil as official languages in 1944. UNP was founded in 1946 with DS Senanayake leading to victory in 1947. Independence was granted in 1948. In 1949 GGP joins the Senanayake cabinet. In 1949 SJV Chelvanayagam forms the Federal Party.

 In 1946, the select committee reported on transition from English to Sinhalese & Tamil as Official languages even prior to independence. It is not clear as to why SJVC and Vanniayasingam founded the ITAK. The avidity for power with the misguidance drove SJVC to drop a poisonous political bomb among the Tamils. Although educated in Law, SJVC did not have the intelligence and knowledge to understand the concept of unity, harmony, sovereignty, co-existence and progress. All what drove in his mind was power? In 1952 SJVC lost to Subaiya Nadesapillai known as S. Nadesan (UNP), a Tanjore born Tamil, who was the son-in-law of Ponnambalam Ramanathan.

 In this context, GGP’s 50-50, and SJVC founding the FP (ITAK) can be understood as lone dissidents and nonconformists diverging with unfounded fears of discrimination by the Sinhalese. Effectively, almost 90% of elite Tamils were educated and had moved to Colombo establishing business, and politicians having their business in parallel with their politics.

 The prime question is: did majority – the rural folks, illiterates, laborers, lower caste Tamils other than the Vellalar and the Panda-rams want a separate administration under ITAK? Did these folks have the knowledge to understand with pure reasoning on the question of Federalism & separatism? If we read on previous history, the elites did not want the lower caste people to walk on the same road as they walk or register for education at schools. Majority of Tamils were deprived of enjoying prime nature’s amenities that god has given to humans, because they are lower caste. However, SJVC claimed that he was ameliorating Tamil’s life paradigm. What a lot of crap and hypocrisy. SJVC can be considered a charlatan, bluffer and a melodramatic actor.

 The second main hidden program that we could understand is that these actors of ITAK’s activities were funded by the very same Ceylon government. Ceylon government paid them and provided all the facilities and amenities to ITAK members to campaign against the government and destabilize the government and create hostility, cultural and racial rivalry in the country. It could be understood as one thing only, that these Tamil politicians were traitors to the country, and the then Ceylon government turned a blind eye.

 Continuity of Partisan Commotion

 The partisan commotion continued with SJVC staging various acts of Satyagraha”, hartals”, inaugurating their own ITAK postal services violating the Ceylon constitution, and refusing to pay for travel. In 1957 the Banda-Chelva pact to improve Tamil interests was initiated, however JR Jayawardhane marched to Kandy against the B-C pact. The B-C pact was abrogated by the same SWRDB in 1958 leading to a civil disturbance. SWRDB was assassinated in 1959. In 1964 Sirima-Shastri pact was set up with Sirima’s government defeated in 1965. In 1968 Senanayake-Chelva pact was set up for district council administration, which was abandoned by the Senanayake government. Mrs. Bandaranaike takes over the government in 1970. Amirthalingham lost his seat in Vaddukoddai and ran to Tellipalai. The JVP insurrection gave birth in 1971 with emergency declared and continued for six years.

 The tactical move of ITAK now gives birth to two more partisan groups. (i) Tamil Student Organization (TSO) led by Sathiyaseelan (ii) TELO, and Tigers led by Uma Maheswaran. The consistency here is that SJVC, Sathiyaseelan, Uma Maheswaran, and mostly all members of the partisan group are from Tellipalai excluding the two smugglers of TELO from Valvettiturai. TELO was influenced by the TSO Sathiyaseelan. This is indicative that the core center for the political violence and disturbance is Tellipalai with arrogant imbecile politicians driving the Tamil mass. With all this commotion, the lower caste and the non Vellalar did not support the partisan group, but were intimidated and brain washed to support them.

 With the republican move and adoption of the constitution in 1972, the Tamil partisan and the nonpartisan group formulates a new strategy to unite and form a new stronger partisan group called Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF). Now there is one partisan front to fight against the GOSL.

 The key element here is that the members of the partisan front were paid: (i) salary, (ii) free internal travel (iii) free overseas travel (iv) free accommodation in Colombo (v) allowances for MPs clerical staff (vi) free security (vii) immunity against arrests (viii) subsequent pension even if not an MP and (ix) free food supply while in Colombo. 

 These amenities and resources were made to Tamil MPs by the GOSL to manage violence, hartals, Satyagraha; inaugurate their own postal services and refusal to obey the law & the constitution by the Tamil partisan front. The government pays to fight against the same government and destabilize causing deterioration of economy (economic crisis deepened in 1972), and that’s called Democracy” and freedom?

 Should we redefine democracy & freedom or readdress and review constitutions around the world?

 By this time in 1972 political polarization toughened between the Tamil elites and the government, however, Tamil partisan front had a concealed soft corner for the United National Party (UNP) from inception.

 With TSO gaining popularity, Amirthalingham (AA) wanted to regain his image among Tamil Elites. The Tigers consolidated to form the LTTE on the 5th May 1976. AA planned and accomplished a mass meeting in Vaddukoddai and passed a resolution on the 14th May 1976 in Pannakam, Vaddukoddai, calling for an independent state called Tamil Ealam”. The resolution was named Vaddukoddai Resolution”. AA was a conspirator to have the meeting in his native place Pannakam, Vaddukoddai, which most Tamils may not have comprehended.

 Terrorism Front

 Amirthalingham who could not digest his defeat in Vaddukoddai ran to Tellipalai as he knew that Tellipalai was the parochial front. He was responsible for organizing the TSO front, Terrorist fronts and spreading poison in the minds of the Tamils. Various false theories were put forward by the TSO, TULF and the terrorists. The main theme of the propaganda was discriminatory standards applied against Tamil students for entry to University. The 8th standard & O” level drop outs and those who could not enter University joined the terrorist clan. The leader was then Uma Maheswaran (UM) who was a surveyor and Vellupillai Prabakaran (VP) a 9th standard drop out. These two never wanted to enter university. The Catholic front and the lower caste youngsters as young as 13-18 were brain washed and dragged to join the terrorists. We have to ask a question here: Does VP understand about politics, democracy, freedom and community? Do these catholic and lower caste youngsters understand about politics, democracy, freedom and community? All they were briefed was to swallow a capsule if caught by the military. The political partisan front and the terrorist used the Catholics and the lower caste youngsters as scapegoats.

 Christianity and Catholic sector does not allow violence and polarization, however, Scheming mind of the terrorist front advised by the Tamil Diaspora, used Catholics in the front to attract world and particularly Irish sympathy. It is unquestionable that terrorists were trained in countries preaching catholic sect. (Majority of Tamils is Hindus and major religion in SL is Budhdhism). E.g. Terrorists drew Father Sinnarasa, Father Singarayer into terrorism. Subsequently Father Sinnarasa left the front for Canada.

 Terrorists’ atrocities were concealed and Anton Balasingham commenced publishing books and articles magnifying false claims of discrimination, army atrocities and oppression. Under cover Adel Balasingham (Mrs.) took charge of recruitment of child soldiers and coaching suicide with cyanide capsules. See videos below to confirm.

Reference:

 (i) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr8JP5-4lVA

(ii) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uWeW8h8BpU

(iii)http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=79881

 Continuity of Tumult by LTTE

 The Tamil New Tigers (TNT) was a combative, rebellious Tamil group founded by VP & UM on May 22, 1972, the day Ceylon became a republic.  (Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_New_Tigers). The LTTE was founded on 5 May 1976 as the heir to the Tamil New Tigers. This was in anticipation of the TULF’s Vaddukoddai Resolution. (Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberation_Tigers_of_Tamil_Eelam)

 If we critically explore we could perceive that this was an organized episode by the Tamils in anticipation of the republican move by Ceylon. The uncertainty is: Who didn’t want Ceylon to become a republic? Who accrues a loss if Ceylon becomes a republic? Bearing in mind that Ealam Research Organization on Ealam viability was explored in the UK.

 LTTE became ruthless carrying out mass murders. View the following to know more about their killing. http://www.defence.lk/pps/LTTEinbrief.pdf

http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=Facts_about_the_LTTE_20120221_02

 LTTE was proscribed in 1978 and the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) was enacted in 1979. This action by the government does not contravene any human norms. Mostly all countries around the globe including US, UK and Europe apply this procedure. India has enacted an act known as POTA” which is Prevention of Terrorism Act. India immediately arrests a person who breaches the constitution. Hence Tamils cannot moan and cry that SriLanka practice HR violation, however Tamils do moan and cry.

The past prime ministers and presidents did not take a conclusive decision to physically eliminate LTTE. The issue was dragged on under the diplomacy Peace Talks”. Solution(s) tabled by peace talkers was not accepted by the LTTE. Has anyone thought of a reason? It could be possible that the west did not want LTTE to accept any solution. How could this be justified? LTTE was operating from London, US, Canada, Norway and Paris. LTTE had its advisors headed by Anton Balasingham on foreign soil. The question then:- was Anton Balasingham working for CIA or British Intelligence (BI)? How did Anton get involved with Adel? Could Adel be the CIA/British Intelligence contact? Was Adel driven into Anton by the CIA or BI?

Once in the 80s, LTTE suspected Anton Balasingham as a CIA agent and planted a small bomb and exploded at his house where Anton lived at 12th Cross Street, Indira Nagar, and Chennai.

After the SL army overran Jaffna, LTTE moved to Vanni and took 300,000+ Tamils into hostage for human shield, and those Tamils were used for slave labor for LTTE.

Transition of Commotion from LTTE to TNA

 With Ananthasangari pushed to a side as he did not agree with separation, ITAK, Congress and other mushroom parties who were terrorist front once, consolidated and formed a new diplomatic terrorist front. The political front was name Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Since TNA was associated with LTTE and were taking orders from LTTE, TNA can be taken as a terrorist group. Sampanthar was set to lead the TNA. Members of this group were leading perilous armed group until they joined TNA. GOSL turned a blind eye. TNA’s strategy was to suck the Indians, British and the US. That’s Tamil culture.

 LTTE was eradicated in 2009. Who wanted the LTTE fragmented? The Indians and the west wanted LTTE crumbled. Before the GOSL forces engaged in a battle, senior members of the LTTE cadre and most cadres started to leave the country through several means. Those who were loyal to the megalomaniac who suffered from bi-polar disorder VP stayed on. To this date no one has given an answer as to the possibility of implicating SL by LTTE murdering their own Nadesan & Co. LTTE’s culture was killing their own people, either to get them on to their side or incriminate the SL military.

 TNA to this date crusades to the world about equal rights, human rights, power sharing, discrimination, oppression,  and new theory of war crimes, however, never ever speaks about the atrocities and murders committed by the LTTE. TNA still has a soft corner for the LTTE and their leftovers. TNA nominated Ananthi Sasitharan who is the wife of Sasitharan aka Ezhilan. TNA joined hands with EPRLF, PLOTE, and TELO to sprint politics. Finally TNA nominated a Colombo bred elite Tamil, CV Vigneswaran, who is a relative of Ponnambalam Ramanathan, to lead the Northern Provincial Council (NPC). With such bluff talks about Tamil, and self-determination, TNA could not find a Tamil from the N&E to lead the NPC. Someone could question CVV whether he knows Tamil culture, and the location of Amban and Kudaththanai. Just by applying sacred ash on the forehead, wearing dhoti and shawl, one cannot fool Tamils that he is genuine. CVV lived all his life in Colombo, except a few years in the North. The question of CVV’s loyalty to SJVC and FP definitely cannot be debated. CVV was a covert FP activist in the 60s and 70s. CVV received a law degree along with thousands and thousands of other Tamils became a Supreme Court Judge and served the nation as a SriLankan. When CVV argued that the Governor of NPC should be replaced, he exhibited his ignorance to legal studies. He has been a Supreme Court judge, and the question of his judgments in courts may raise doubts now. First of all the constitution does not specify that a military person should not be placed as a Governor, secondly, CVV was sitting next to past terrorist group leaders in the government. Wider global knowledge is required to evaluate political statuses. The current Australian Governor is a former army commander.

 It is perceptible that TNA does not know what they want. TNA wanted implementation of the 13th amendment, which is truly and whole heartedly a waste of time and money. GOSL adopted and implemented, and the people elected the NPC council and CM. For a small country and with our (Tamil) past records a police and land power should not be given to Provincial Councils (PC), because it is not a pre-requisite or permissive to run provincial councils.

 NPC, now is interested in blaming and attempting to find faults, picking hair out of eggs, rather embark on provincial development. Every Provincial Council has a University within their boarder. Effective management and conduct of PCs is to work side by side with the University and formulate policies and develop programs to do research in areas that the province requires so that it would be useful to their province. We don’t need to do research in quantum mechanics and / or string theory. However, what happens, in the university is students are engaged in violence, and the Jaffna University students are more interested in celebrating Martyrs day and talking separative politics than their input to the province. The Ruhunu University students are no less than the Jaffna University students. It’s is despicable. Every student in the University should follow the formula below:

[  Expertise  +  Reliability  +  Flexibility  = Capability  ]

 What the Universities have inherited is severe lack of flexibility, reliability and shortfall of expertise.

 Universities should place programs of research that is useful to the Province and the country. Anyone who wants to do space research could go to Russia or UK.

 Analysis

 Every country that was ruled by the British (British colony) was left with some problem when they received independence. British want to enjoy the colony resources, and they will achieve their objective by any means. Any country that becomes a republic will be in trouble because the republicans need not pay tax to the crown. What does the word Commonwealth” means? Common-wealth. Its socialism when it comes to British needs.

 When Ceylon received its independence after struggle, UK left a problem of the Indian migrants, which they knew may grow a serious issue. Why did SJVC form a Federal Party with no reason just after independence. What was the motive for SJVC to form FP? Could it be assumed that the west was behind SJVC to form the racial party to divide and rule?

 Just before Ceylon became a republic, youngsters took up to arms in 1971. Who instigated this act? Subsequently on the day Ceylon became a republic, which is on the 22nd of May 1972, Tamil youngsters formed a terrorist group called Tigers. Who instigated this act? India trained the LTTE with the blessings of the west.

 In the Biafra war several thousands of Ibo people were massacred. Who instigated the Biafra war. It was because of the oil wells in the East. Who activated the Syrian war now? The west and the British will see that wedges are driven between races / ethnic groups in a country, so that they (British) can keep control of their politicking activity.

 Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Yugoslavia are examples. Russia has not placed its missiles in any country that is on the door step of US or UK. However, Americans have placed large number of missile bases in Europe Saudi Arabia and Asia and in the name of NATO. Could the reason be that the Americans are dam scared of the Russians?

 USA proliferates quite pungently about democracy”. USA and NATO want to plant their forces, have unrestricted access to their forces next to the doors of Russia and China. Have we forgotten when JF Kennedy, in the 60s, said that US will sink the Russian ships if they get closer to Cuba?

 USA & UK does not follow the principles of democracy and justice. All what they want is the resources from those countries so that the few billionaires in politics can pass on their wealth and power to their kith and kids.

Conclusion

  1. Formation of the FP created the ethnic division. It could be concluded that it was instigated by the west for SJVC to form this party to enable to drive a wedge between the two ethnic groups. Therefore the division is not between the Tamils and the Sinhalese, but was instigated by indoctrinating the Tamils and the Sinhalese.
  2. JVP – who are the JVPs?
  3. LTTE – cadre was trained in the west and India.
  4. Arms deal – Through the west and UK.
  5. LTTE operatives were working from the UK in the 80s.
  6. Rudrakumaran floating the TGTE in the USA is obvious that US was supporting the Tamils right from the beginning. USA has no comments on this act, which is a breach to achieving peace in SL.
  7. Norway moved into Karainagar in the name of a project called Fiber Glass” fishing boats in the 70s.
  8. More Tamils were taken to Norway in the 70s.
  9. Currently LTTE operatives (Nediyavan) operate from Norway.
  10. Several LTTE operatives are in UK.
  11. Diego Garcia contract expires possibly in 2016, and renewal is in doubt because African nations and Mauritius may not support the renewal. USA & UK may lose African support. USA definitely needs a base in the Indian Ocean because they are scared of Russia.
  12. Trincomalee is a natural harbor.
  13. Now we have a harbor and an airfield in Hambantota. A possibility if USA is given Hambantota USA could easily break the pearl theory.
  14. Did SL have any strategic study group apart from the Social Study Circle formed by Late Sirima B.?
  15. USA and UK may develop their study 50-100 years ahead.

 Finally it could be presumed that we people in SL are fools fighting between each other, which is what the west wants. Tamils have been indoctrinated and incited by the west leading to intoxication, which gave birth to LTTE. Currently TNA members are being brain washed to continue the power act. India may now realize that they made a mistake by training LTTE. India may be a target for the west next. Indians are not to be missed as they have lack of political perception.

 The blame goes to UNP members and Chandrika Bandaranaike for not having that perception to study the west’s motive. 

 SriLankan politicians should unite, irrespective of political ideology, to protect the nation from vultures taking over for their military base(s). UNP politicians, Sarath Fonseka, Mangala Samaraweera and Chandrika Bandaranaike & co should stop blabering supporting Tamils and talking against the government. They are only helping setting up a USA base in Trinco or Hambantota. Tamils think they can be okay with Americans in SL or NP. They should comprehend the social condition of Bangkok today. Jaffna / Trincomalee may become a US Navy club if things are not sorted out quickly.

BANNED! NO FRONTING FOR LTTE , Freeze of all funds and assets,Tamil parties & NGOs barred from contacts – Order signed by Minister G.L. Peiris

April 1st, 2014

Courtesy The Daily News

The proscribed organisations as terrorist fronts on foreign soil are: Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) , Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC) , British Tamil Forum (BTF), World Tamil Movement (WTM) , Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), Global Tamil Forum (GTF), National Council Of Canadian Tamils (NCCT) a.k.a Makkal Avai, Tamil National Council (TNC), Tamil Youth Organization (TYO), World Tamil Coordinating Committee (WTCC), Transnational Government Of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), Tamil Eelam Peoples Assembly (TEPA) , World Tamil Relief Fund (WTRF) and Headquarters Group (HQ Group) .

The government yesterday signed an order designating 16 organisations functioning as terrorist fronts on foreign soil and freezing all assets and economic resources of these entities. External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris signed the proscription order on the recommendation of Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

The proscribed 16 organisations fall under four broad categories. Among the organisations proscribed are the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) headed by New York lawyer Visuvanathan Ruthirakumaran, Global Tamil Forum headed by Catholic Priest Fr. S.J. Emmanuel, the LTTE group led by Perinbanayagam Sivaparan alias Nediyavan and the Tiger group led by Sekarampillai Vinayagamoorthy alias Vinayagam.

The order effectively forbids Sri Lankan nationals to maintain contact or links with members of the proscribed organisations.

This would prevent Sri Lankan political parties and leaders from obtaining funds from such entities for undertakings in Sri Lanka.

This move is likely to affect several members of Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka.

It would also forbid Sri Lankan politicians and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) activists being in contact with representatives of such entities either in Sri Lanka or during trips abroad.

A media release issued by the External Affairs Ministry yesterday stated: An order, designating persons and entities in terms of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 which sets out strategies to combat terrorism and to control terrorist financing has been signed by Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, and will be published in the Government Gazette shortly.

This order is based on the recommendation by the Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, as the Competent Authority regarding the identification of persons, groups and entities, believed on reasonable grounds to be committing, attempting to commit, facilitating or participating, in the commission of acts of terrorism.

The substantial effect of an order under this Regulation is that all funds, assets and economic resources belonging to or owned by the designated persons or entities remain frozen until they are removed from the designated list. Moving, transferring or dealing with frozen assets without the permission of the Competent Authority is prohibited. In terms of the Regulation, any person who fails to comply with an order to freeze assets is liable to heavy penalties.”

The government banned the organisations as foreign terrorists” utilising the UN Security Council Resolution 1373 which was brought about by the USA on September 28, 2001 after the attack on World Trader Center in New York on September 11, 2001.

The External Affairs Ministry has gazetted legislation outlawing several organisations reportedly functioning in several countries including the USA, Canada Britain, Norway, Italy, Switzerland, France and Australia.

The proscribed organisations are: Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) a.k.a Tamil Tigers, Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) , Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC) , British Tamil Forum (BTF), World Tamil Movement (WTM) , Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), Global Tamil Forum (GTF), National Council Of Canadian Tamils (NCCT) a.k.a Makkal Avai, Tamil National Council (TNC), Tamil Youth Organization (TYO), World Tamil Coordinating Committee (WTCC), Transnational Government Of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), Tamil Eelam Peoples Assembly (TEPA) , World Tamil Relief Fund (WTRF) and Headquarters Group (HQ Group) .

According to authoritative sources the organisations listed as suspected terrorist entities functioning on foreign soil fall under four broad categories reportedly under the overall control of four key individuals

- See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=local/banned-no-fronting-ltte#sthash.FF46UCsL.dpuf

Dangerous effects of Glyphosate

April 1st, 2014

Akila Weerasekera

Recently Sri Lankan scientists and medical professionals have written many articles regarding the GOSL’s contemplation of banning the herbicide Roundup (Monsanto). They have continued to ignore the studies eliciting the dangerous effects of Roundup and advocate the use of agrochemicals for farming.

Glyphosate, Roundup’s active ingredient, is the most widely used herbicide in many countries.  Until now, most health studies have focused on the safety of glyphosate, rather than the mixture of ingredients found in Roundup. But according to a new study, scientists found that Roundup’s inert ingredients amplified the toxic effect on human cells even at concentrations much more diluted than those used on farms and lawns.

Monsanto is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation based in the United States. They are the world’s leading producer of Roundup and also the largest producer of genetically engineered seeds on the planet. Throughout its history, Monsanto has developed chemical products which have eventually become controversial or been banned, including DDT, Agent Orange, Bovine Growth Hormone, and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs).

It is a well known fact that scientists who contradict Monsanto and seek to expose the dangers of GMO crops and Roundup face censorship, ridicule and retraction of their studies.  This begs us to question the motives of these Sri Lankan medical professionals and scientists. Are they voicing their concern purely based on national interests or are they carrying out a Monsanto disinformation campaign?

In the middle of the last century the insecticide DDT was highly praised and considered indispensable. For its producers, DDT was a big business. However, due to its chemical stability, DDT accumulated in the fatty tissue of animals and humans which raised concerns that the substance might be carcinogenic. Following years of controversy, DDT was finally banned in the 1970s.

As a nation we should ask ourselves what our health is worth to us and whether we want ourselves and our children to consume more and more glyphosate in the future. There were alternatives to DDT, and there are alternatives to Roundup now. It is up to consumers, farmers and the relevant agencies to put a stop to the accumulation of glyphosate in our food supply and environment.

 

 

Who would say adding this and that quickly and cook on full fire is cooking?

April 1st, 2014

Dr Hector Perera         London

Adding this and that without any explanation and heating on fire is not real cooking to be shown on British Television. I have a great respect for British TV cooking programmes because some of them really educate the viewers. Some chefs, purposely set fire to the cooking pan and dance around jabbering and muttering something nonsense then keep on adding more ingredients for no reason.

In a way this is no better than devil dancing in Sri Lanka. They are really entertaining and meaningful. The devil dancers set fire to their torch to get better attention because higher the fire, for better attention and entertaining, perhaps those chefs try to imitate them, who knows. In most of the TV cooking programmes, those so called chefs, just add ingredients without any idea, no quantitative or qualitative aspect of cooking. Hardly give any scientific explanations, may be because they are unaware of the sciences applied to cooking. Sometimes they virtually burn a thick slice of beef or a leg of lamb just for few minutes giving out fumes and smoke then just turn around once and say it’s cooked. Then to the same pan add some sliced onions, garlic and a few other spices, mix it quickly, again giving out lots of fumes then pour it over virtually uncooked slice of beef or lamb and they say all cooked.

The excuse for uncooked beef or lamb was, medium red meat taste better and who wants to eat virtually raw blood dripping red meat? Then they pour source to cover the red, uncooked meat and presents it to the camera. Then cuts and gives it to the presenter lady who usually says, Yummy very tasty” even when the meat is absolutely red and under cooked. I am sure she has to tell that way to the camera because that is a part of her daily programme. I am sure many millions have witnessed this kind of cooking and wonder who would agree that is real cooking.

I witnessed this kind of meat cooking even this Saturday morning. The guest of the show was a world famous singer Engel Bert born in India and he said, I will eat only the edges because the rest is raw”. If I am wrong, I can give the name of the actual programme so that one can double check. If the chefs have no ideas of the chemicals or the ingredients they add then they are much worse than our servants at back home. I must say those servants have cooked or experimented different foods for a number of years and they got the ideas how to cook something quite perfectly.

First take the simple case of cooking the basic thing rice. They wash the rice several times in cold water, swirling the rice on a clay semi-circular thing, moving it front and backwards by dipping it on another water filled clay thing called, koraha” so that the surface water is allowed to fall into water with little rice at a time. The idea to move the semi-circular thing back and forward or rock it and dipping in water is to let any heavy objects such as sand particles to gradually sink to the bottom of that apparatus. They take a few minutes to do this very carefully. The grains of rice and sand are separated this way due to density difference. The last few grains of rice usually have some sand particles that might have got into rice when paddy was separated from the hay.

When I looked what they did to wash and separate sand, I think they have applied some science even though they didn’t have any knowledge of science. Starch generally contains 20 to 25% amylose and 75 to 80% amylopectin and the cloudy water is due to soluble starch on the surface of the rice grains. The removal of sand is done gradually by that clay pot by making use of gravity between rice and sand. They know by moving up and down and dipping in water separates rice from sand. The movement of hand in water in a circular fashion in the bowl of water creates a kind of turbulence again helps to sink any heavy sand to the bottom in the two clay apparatus is by applying centripetal force. That is sand particles are virtually flying to the centre. The mathematical description was derived in 1659 by Dutch physicist Christiaan Huygens. Sir Isaac Newton’s description was: “A centripetal force is that by which bodies are drawn or impelled, or in any way tend, towards a point as to a centre.” How our servants did applied this kind of highly mathematical science?

When they put water into the pot of rice, they again have some measurement. They are very knowledgeable about the quantitative and qualitative aspect of cooking. Why cannot they just look and check the level of water but they put the hand and check the water by keeping the fingers on the surface of rice. When they look into pot of rice and water they see the apparent depth due to refractive index of water then to see the real depth they put the hand and check. How did they applied those scientific terms such as gravity, centripetal force, refractive index, turbulence, apparent depth and real depth even when some servants only just can read something? When I think about their scientific knowledge and application of them to day today work that really amazes me.

The sand particles are still present only in certain kinds of rice for sale but not in all varieties. Commercially they are removed by making use of centripetal force. Sometimes they repeat the whole process again to double check that no sand particles are in rice before they are cooked. I think this takes more than ten minutes or more, depending on the amount of rice to cook. Then they washed the rice a few times to make sure no cloudy appearance of the water. Then carefully put into a clay pot and add some water. To find out how much water is adequate for that amount of rice they check by dipping the hand into the pot. They know exactly how much water is enough to cook that amount of rice by experience for a number of years in the firewood stove kitchens. Even I have experienced in cooking on firewood stoves, not long ago when we went on holiday with the family to our aunt and uncles place.

The servant woman was not a resident one so she leaves in the afternoon. In the supper time, sometimes I try and cook something on those firewood stoves. I sometimes cooked on gas at home so I tried to cook on firewood stoves here as well but it’s absolutely difficult, may be because I was not used to cook on firewood stoves. Those days my mum had to cook on firewood stoves because those days no gas was available and not even electricity to the home. I can remember a small kerosene lamp sitting very near to the firewood stoves, it was the only light to the kitchen. Most of the times we had resident servants or at least a servant woman just come and help during the day. There was this double gas ring cooker at aunt’s place but I think was not allowed to use by the servants. They hardly used it other to boil some water, I don’t know exactly why that is why I also thought to try and cook on firewood stoves.

The clay pot base is not flat, somewhat hemispherical so it’s not really balancing on gas rings but on firewood stoves it nicely fits. Unlike the present day facilities those servants never had gas or electricity to cook rice or any other dishes but still they got them perfect, that really amazes me. Just to get rice separated from sand then washed properly takes more than fifteen minutes. Then to get firewood lit and to get it cooked also takes a reasonable time but I never found out how long does it takes to cook rice. No wonder the servants spent hours in the kitchen.

The firewood stoves gives a special warmth in the kitchen, excess smoke get extracted through the overhead chimney and there is plenty of ventilation in the kitchen as the windows and the doors are left open most of the time. The hot air is less dense and rise up quickly that is why they built an overhead chimney. I must admit that, cooking in these kinds of kitchens are not quite easy at all but honestly I cannot understand how did our servants managed to cook the food so tasty amidst all these difficulties.

To cook curries such as fish, chicken and vegetables, they prepared the curry paste suitable to them by grinding between two stones called, Mirisgala”. The servants knew the proportion of each ingredient to be ground for each kind of dish since they didn’t have readymade curry pastes unlike today. Today those curry paste packets and bottles are found even in Sri Lankan supermarkets. If they are found just in overseas then I can understand why but the things have changed. How did they know the ground ingredients have larger surface areas and they react better and faster than the whole ones? That again chemistry and physics applied to cooking. Today I have seen some so called British TV chefs just add those ingredients as they are because they probably never knew they got to be grounded for faster reaction.

For fish and chicken, the servants ground the roasted form of ingredients because the heat changes the chemical structure of the ingredients and release the chemicals faster in cooking curries. The homemade curry pastes are usually used then and there only than leaving for next day or after that is because the freshly made curry pastes give better and tastier dishes. Those curry pastes are bottled long time ago, may be few months ago, loaded with too many preservatives, chemicals such as MSG or monosodium glutamate or commonly called ajina motto and oils and they are expensive as well. Once opened they are supposed to finish in two to three days. The homemade curry pastes are fresh, no added chemicals, oils and preservatives and that is the secret why the food made out of them are tastier than those prepared from bottled curry pastes. Sometimes I thought those experienced servants are much more scientifically knowledgeable than some of the British TV chefs.

I am not a cook but a qualified chemistry teacher and I applied well established scientific laws in energy saving. To my surprise so far no energy experts or energy authorities have challenged about my work, even when I placed a substantial sum of money as the challenge. I have demonstrated my kind of scientific energy saving cooking technique to ITN TV then to a crowd of about 50 people at Dehiwala [Vesak May 2013] and also had a long live chat show with TNL or Young Asia TV in Sri Lanka. I am sure many have appreciated and some people wrote to me saying they are practically applying the technique and it certainly saves energy, cuts down the smell depositing on them while cooking. Those who used to shower with curry cologne and chicken cologne, may be for secret aroma beauty therapy would be disappointed if they used my kind of cooking. Any comments please perera6@hotmail.co.uk

Strong Russia can only care less about Western pressure

April 1st, 2014

Prepared by Yuri Kondratyev  Courtesy Pravda.Ru

Crimea has become part of Russia de facto and de jure. What are the political and economic consequences of this decision? The resistance of Russian-speaking residents to the self-proclaimed authorities is growing in the south-eastern Ukraine. Could they follow the example of the Crimeans? Leonid Polyakov, Russian political scientist, Head of General Political HSE assessed the situation in a live broadcast of Pravda.Ru.

The agreement on the reunification of Crimea and the Russian Federation was signed a day before the broadcast. Sevastopol was included as a separate entity. This is fair, because the city has always had a strategic importance and was the main base of the Russian Navy in the Black Sea. It was a separate administrative unit in the RSFSR before the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine. In the state structure of Ukraine the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol city were separate administrative units.

Ukraine is not a federation, but a unitary state composed of regions and two cities of republican subordination, Kiev and, until recently, Sevastopol. It is logical that the two subjects have separately asked the Russian Federation to be included in the composition of Russia and signed separate contracts. Inclusion of Sevastopol in Crimea does not make sense; it will have the status of a federal city, like Moscow and St. Petersburg.

It is a very beautiful triad. In the north, on the Baltic Sea, we have St. Petersburg, the capital of the Baltic Fleet, Sevastopol is the capital of the Black Sea Fleet, and Moscow is the official and the real capital of the entire Federation. The return of Sevastopol to Russia was initiated by Sevastopol. The first elected representative of the people, the people’s mayor, as he was called, was Alexei Chaly. This is the wonderful sailor who wore a sweater to the meeting where the president delivered his message and signed a historic document, and who stayed true to himself. For this man, “honor” is not just a word, but concentration of all his experience and the meaning of life.

Now, after the addition of two new subjects, the Russian Federation has 85 subjects. In his address that preceded the signing of the treaty Vladimir Putin mentioned the history of Crimea and Sevastopol, specifically singling out the city of Sevastopol as the city of historical Russian military glory. It is in the Chersonese, as it was called in ancient times, where the first mass baptism in Russia took place. That is, “the communion of our homeland to the common Christian civilization began right there,”   said the analyst.

The President’s speech was unusual in many respects, including its style. Usually the President gives his address in the fall, summarizing the issues and goals. Typically, the message provides a broad overview of the state of affairs in the country and the world. In this case, it was about a simple and clear circumstance. We must, we are ready to accept Crimea and Sevastopol, they are returning to Russia. Therefore, the beginning, I would call it an epic historical recollection of the great tradition of the glory of the involvement of Crimea and Sevastopol in Russian history, was very important. The day of signing of the agreement also immediately became a very important milestone in the history that is made before our eyes, almost with our participation. A memorable date is likely soon to be established. I do not dare to compare it with May 9th, although many Crimeans and Sevastopol residents said it was like 1945.”

The world has changed dramatically over a few days. Can we say that Russia is back as a global power?

“Through this act, yes. It demonstrated that Russia is certainly a strong country, that Russia fights for justice; that Russia will fight for its countrymen wherever they are. All post-Soviet countries, especially pro-Western ones, must understand that if they somehow oppress, harass, discriminate against Russian-speaking population, the Russians will stand to defend them. It is an indisputable fact.

We have experienced unprecedented pressure from the West and continue to experience it. There is an ongoing blackmail, psychological pressure. There are attempts to isolate Russia and turn it into a pariah country. This was clearly stated by the president of the United States Barack Obama. This Nobel Peace Prize winner collects units under his banner to isolate Russia diplomatically, economically and in all other areas. Because of the interrupted military contacts between Russia and the Western community, there is also a military confrontation.  

But it must be understood that 23 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the world has become a global reality and we are part of it. It is nearly impossible to tear Russia out of this world. Everyone will lose. The President decided to stand up to the end, do not bend, do not succumb to these semi-appeals and semi-threats, and it turned Putin into a real global leader. I would say number one politician in the globalized world. It is recognized by many Western analysts. It is no accident that Putin is regularly the Person of the Year in the West. Of course, the understanding that it is not only his personal decision helps Vladimir Putin. 90 percent of Russians are behind this decision. This is a new level of national consensus achieved in the last month, it gives the president strength to stand up to this unprecedented pressure, not to yield to blackmail or any tempting offers. Russia was transformed after the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol.”

Transnistria sent a request to Russia urging us to think about annexing this republic. They have wanted this for a long time.

“Absolutely. But Transnistrian case, of course, is a little bit different. First, it is far away. It can be compared with Kaliningrad, but there is a different story and reason there. Even Crimea has supply problems due to the continental blockade, possible loss of water and electricity supply. Crimea will have to provide an infrastructure through the Kerch Strait. Four kilometer is not that big of a distance. Of course, we will have to pull cables and establish independent water supply. There have been plans to build a bridge for a long time. A couple of weeks ago, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev instructed to develop a design. We have experience in the construction of huge infrastructure facilities. Recently we built a bridge in Vladivostok to the Russian island. Therefore, these problems can be resolved. You cannot build a bridge to Transnistria.”

We are aware of our strength now, but will we get dizzy with success, or vice versa, become scared of our own strength?

“I’d rather not point out to the fact that we have committed some act that scared us. I see the situation from a slightly different perspective. I looked yesterday at the Crimean politicians, Alexey Chaly, Sergei Aksenov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Rustam Timerbaliev, and today spoke with a very young man, a 32 -year-old Minister of Information of the Crimean government. I see new type of politicians who came to Russia. We have arguments here, we have our own nonconformists, some semi- Maidan protests … That is, there is some degree of political struggle.

But it does not compare with what the Crimean politicians had to go through. This was a real existential test. They literally went to the brink. They received death threats and were well aware how it could end. They were branded as separatists by the current Kiev government. This means, at the bare minimum, they face up to 15 years in prison, and in fact, physical destruction. The new Maidan authorities and supporting radicals upload videos online depicting violence against the nonconformists they accused of separatism. The faces of the new Crimean, and now Russian politicians, evoke different feelings in me. These people bring into our lives a completely different feeling of modern times.

Russia today is yet to get to the new frontier of self-understanding. There is no need to be afraid of our own courage. We need to understand that we finally found something inside that we can firmly hold onto. Up to this day, we existed in some state of perplexity. We talked about the need of a national idea, where it is and what it should be.

The Soviet Union was a red project. People were stimulated by certain goals. But the Soviet Union has collapsed, and the pendulum of thought swung the other way. Universal cynicism has reached unprecedented level; the word “communism” was a mockery and a joke. The project has ran out of steam, the country has disintegrated and collapsed. Incidentally, when Ukraine left the Soviet Union, it was done under the same model under which Crimea left Ukraine.

After the coup in August of 1991, Ukraine declared its independence on August 24. The first line of the Declaration stated that Ukraine declared its independence because there was a coup in Moscow. The people were against it. In March there was a referendum where 70 percent of Ukrainians spoke in favor of preservation of the USSR. However, the question was worded incorrectly. Instead of asking whether they wanted to preserve the USSR, the question was “Do you want to live in the renewed Soviet Union?”

Still, people voted for the Union, but the situation has changed dramatically, and all previous referendums and documents no longer had the old value. The motion vector was determined by new circumstances. Now, after the rapid 23 – year-long period with gang violence and faith in liberalism, the rapid development and entry into the “civilized” world, came the realization of large losses, including in moral and ethical sense. We have one intrinsic value around which we can unite, plan, and build a real future. This is the “Russian world.” Russian not in a strict ethnic sense, but in traditional civilizational sense.

Many peoples reside on Russia’s territory, but there are some eternal troubles around the state-forming people. Some were very suspicious of the emphasis on being Russian. Such self-identification was almost immediately equated to nationalism. Now it sounds proud and unifying.

One of Putin’s seven articles of the election campaign was devoted to the national issue. There he clearly stated that the Russians were a unique civilization, both the people and certain civilizational commonality that integrated, collected and created harmony for different nations, different faiths, different values ​​… And all this happens organically, without violence. Now the idea of ​​gathering the Russian world is presented clearly, we began to implement it. The national idea as a real task was revived. The protracted ideological worldview pause is over. It is time to move forward, to develop the idea that once inspired the people, said Leonid Polyakov.

Ukraine was artificially created by the Bolshevik state, it has never been homogeneous, and it gained its own statehood just over 20 years ago, but has not emerged as a country. Donbass has always been part of Russia, as well as the Black Sea region, the New Russia. Ruthenia and Galicia were individual parts. All these regions were part of the Russian Empire and were always considered the Russian land. In all of South-East, Kharkov, Lugansk, Donetsk, Odessa, Kherson, Mykolayiv and other regions the Russian population strives for the Russian world. Now this split is growing through the actions of the Maidan participants and the new authorities. We can only sympathize with our fellow Ukrainians.

Birth of a nation is a painful, difficult process. Now, the most active f Western passionate fanatics are dictating the model of the birth of a nation. They want to Ukrainise the Russian part. They carry out their project through terror. This is their model of state building. It is clear that this will not work, a nation cannot be created through violence. Conversely, the greater the pressure, the greater will be the resistance and split. Crimea has clearly given an adequate response to a violent attempt of Ukrainianization.

To save Ukraine from decay, one must at least choose the federal model, sign a contract. But the new terrorist pseudo-authorities are starting with prohibiting the use of the Russian language, that is, abolishing the existing law, oppressing and threatening all Russian-speaking citizens. In the regions the Russians had a defensive reaction against violent Ukrainianization. Increasingly more people will consolidate. There will be new political figures, leaders, national governors. Self-organization is inevitable, self-defense units will be created…

The analyst believes that it would be logical for Russia to begin active diplomatic offensive on Europe without waiting for the victims. Russia should state that if they continue to support the interim government, any subsequent blood will be on their conscience. Russia today has an absolute moral right to protect people. It must overcome the cynicism of international law transformed into international lawlessness. Russia should not wait for hundreds of thousands of corpses, turn Ukraine into Syria, develop the Balkan scenario. It needs to implement active diplomatic attacks on Europe.
Prepared by Yuri Kondratyev

Pravda.Ru

Read the original in Russian

Keep on cracking jokes, Ukraine!

April 1st, 2014

Courtesy Pravda

April 1 is a day for jokes and fun. In this article, we wanted to recollect best jokes of recent times that deserve to be remembered for ever and ever.

The yellow jersey of the leader belongs to U.S. Secretary John Kerry, who said:  “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text.”

NATO Secretary General Rasmussen comes next, who in the days of the 15th anniversary of the NATO bombing of the capital of Yugoslavia called Russia’s “military invasion” of Ukraine the biggest threat to security of Europe since the “Cold War.”

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The best document to match the atmosphere of the Fool’s Day is the agreement from February 21, which its guarantors threw into the bin the next day (Foreign Affairs Ministers of Germany, France and Poland). The Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, which Yanukovych refused to sign, is a funny one too. The statement from the self-appointed Prime Minister Yatsenyuk was a blast: “We have postponed the signing of the economic section of this document, taking into account the concerns that the free trade zone may lead to negative consequences for industrial regions.”

Generally, jokes from Ukraine have been the best recently. This is understandable. As Gogol wrote: “It’s best when they all pack into a tight crowd and guess riddles or just carry chatter. My goodness! What not can they tell you!”

These days we have heard a lot about the absence of militants and fascists on Maidan. A good Fool’s Day joke came from Dmitry Yarosh, the leader of Ukraine’s nationalist “Right Sector” movement, who claimed that Foreign Minister Avakov worked for Russia’s FSB. European politicians responded that it was the “Right Sector” and Yarosh that work for the FSB and Putin personally.

The list of jokes continues with a statement from Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN, Mr. Sergeyev, who said that all charges against Bandera Nazi collaborators at the Nuremberg Trials were unfair and fabricated.

We were also told that “any citizen of Russia can come to Maidan and personally see that there are no anti-Russian activities there.”

The miraculously healed Yulia Tymoshenko has been a great joker too. At first, she, sitting on a wheelchair, promised Maidan demonstrators that Ukraine would very soon become a member of the European Union. Then the lady stated that only 34 percent voted at the Crimea referendum. The latest April Fool’s joke was a declaration of her income in 2013.

We can not leave without attention the promises from several witty Ukrainian presidential candidates to return the Crimea quickly and without problems. Arseny
Yatsenyuk said at a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister that Ukraine was ready to take its place in the Group of Eight should Western nations exclude Russia from the club.

Sa-called president of Ukraine Turchynov said that “there are no prerequisites for  federalization in Ukraine. A group of comedians from the Verkhovna Rada has initiated denunciation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to turn Ukraine into a nuclear power.

Prior to this, several ukro-media outlets entertained the world with a news report saying that U.S. sent George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier and three submarines to the Black Sea to rescue Ukraine.

on March 31, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry issued a note of protest in connection with Russian Prime Minister’s visit to the Russian Crimea. That was a cool joke as well: “Uncoordinated presence of an official of another state on the territory of Ukraine without prior agreement does not comply with the rule of law.” One shall assume that Ukraine will issue notes of protest every time Putin’s motorcade passes by “Ukraine Hotel” on Kutuzov Avenue in Moscow.

A posh joke came from German Foreign Minister Steinmeier: “Russia should provide economic and financial assistance to Ukraine.” Against this background, a proposal from Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the notorious leader of LDPR, for Poland, Hungary and Romania to demand a referendum should be conducted on the accession of seven regions of western Ukraine to these countries seems to be a serious topic for discussion.

In general, we believe that April 1, 2014 is a great April’s Fool Day indeed. Great achievements have been made. Keep on cracking jokes, Ukraine!

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Vindictive Navi Pillay too biased to conduct impartial inquiry

March 31st, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala

 The final count in the UNHRC which did not give US-UK-EU-OHCHRC resolution a clear cut majority in a body of 47 members has become controversial with one side claiming that it is half full and the other side saying that it is half empty. Whatever the political arguments may be, it is useful to scrutinize how the numbers finally came down to assess the overall meaning and consequences of the vote. Even as a speculative exercise the numbers are important because it was a game played with US throwing all its might behind the anti-Sri Lankan Resolution. So it is fair to assess how the bare minimum was used to extract the maximum gain by the Big Powers to push their political agenda.

 One question that can be raised is as follows : if in the United Nations Human Rights Council of 47 members a resolution is passed with the votes of 23 members does it constitute a victory or a defeat? In pure mathematics the majority consists of 24 plus. But US sponsors of the anti-Sri Lankan resolution failed to get the decisive figure of 24 which defines unequivocally the majority in the Council. Technically, the US and its sponsors can claim to have won not because in the final count those who voted for the US resolution added up to more than those who did not vote for it. That, however, is a technical issue that can be argued till the American Ambassadress, Michele Sisson and Ms. Navi Pillay go home. And Sri Lanka either has to live with its consequences or resist any intrusions into the internal affairs of a sovereign nation which is the legal position, as argued both by Prof. G. L. Peiris and Ravinath Aryasinha, the Permanent Representative in Geneva.

 The irony, however, is in the so-called victory. It was a foregone conclusion given that the entire weight of the mighty West was thrown in to beat little Sri Lanka. But it is America’s failure to score a more convincing total by crossing the defining line of 24 that makes it a hollow victory. It is the 12 abstentions that split the votes three ways which gave the US and its Western camp their show of victory. There is, of course, no one way of interpreting the 12 abstentions. But if India’s declared stance in refusing to vote for its strategic partner” is any guide then it is a definite slap in the face of America.

 There is also no doubt that in terms of conferring power – however questionable it may be — the UNHRC has been given the green light to undertake” an investigation though how far UNHRC can go down that road is very much in doubt, now that President Mahinda Rajapakse is on record saying that he will not allow Ms. Navy Pillay to step in. It is in this respect that India’s refusal to go along with the US-led resolution is significant. It strengthens the hand of Mahinda Rajapakse to stand firm against any intrusive interference in the domestic affairs of Sri Lanka. India’s objection was precisely on this aspect of UNHRC resolution, led by US-UK-EU, making an unwarranted and even illegal move to intervene in Sri Lankan affairs.

 The voting pattern at the UNHRC is also noteworthy. The Council was virtually divided into two halves of the West vs. Rest, or to be more specific the West vs. the East, leaving aside S. Korea. Practically every nation this side of the Urals (apart from Sierra Leone and Mauritius) voted with Sri Lanka, or abstained, reducing the final count to one short of a clear majority. If this pattern of voting becomes the standard practice then it will portend a new trend in global politics. Though this can be a likely scenario changing self-interests of nations can easily create new camp politics.

 India’s vote is most significant. India went along with US and UNHRC as long as the resolution remained within its legal limits – i.e., non-interference in the internal affairs of the sovereign nation. But in the fourth resolution (1. 2009, 2. 2012, 3.. 2013 and 4.. 2014) India returned to its original position in 2009 where it backed Sri Lanka. And India has gone against the US-led move because it exceeds the tolerable limits of pressuring a nation to intrusively invading its domestic affairs. The voting. taken as whole, is a rejection of principle of the interference in the domestic affairs of a nation – a principle that will be defended even by those who voted for it if the resolution was aimed at targeting any one of them.

 The American victory is flawed not so much in falling short of the figure of 24+ but in the inability of the biggest power on earth, when pitted against one of the small nations, to get the requisite numbers to make it a convincing victory without exposing its failure to carry the Council with credible clarity. India’s statement which said “…. that my delegation cannot go along with the resolution and will abstain on the resolution under consideration.” clarifies the meaning of abstention. It is aimed directly at America’s resolution which means a definite NO”. It is a clear expression of doubt on America’s stand against Sri Lanka, if not a rejection of neo-colonialism of imperial America backed by its Western allies.

 In the heyday of naked colonialism the West used gun boat diplomacy to impose its will in Afro-Asian nations. Now they sail under the winds of human rights, engaging in gun boat diplomacy sparingly when UN institutions and economic sanctions fail. But their victims are not taking it lying down. Even their allies can see through the hypocrisy of their bogus morality on human rights. The rejection by the abstainers undermines the acceptability of the loaded report of Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner, who is playing the sinister part of Madam Defarge beheading small nations that refuse to toe the politics of her Western patrons who masquerade as the exalted high priests of morality in the world. .

 The Council, in short, is divided on the credibility and the bona fides of US and Navi Pillay – the latter in particular who is stepping out of the international legal framework to take punitive action against Sri Lanka, her bête noir. (More of her vindictive politics later). One would expect the biggest super power on earth to garner at least the minimum required to cross the line into a decisive majority. If it failed to achieve the minimum required and divided the world into two halves of the East and West is it not a sign of America’ failure to convince the rest – which is in a majority in the Council — to pursue its manipulative politics of mouthing high principles for low politics. The final count which fell one short of a majority is tantamount to a vote of no confidence in the case put forward by Navi Pillay, who has politicized her office to extent of her becoming the Cleaning Lady who hands out soft tissues to wipe the left-overs of previous night’s dinners devoured by Western diplomats before they leave the UNHRC toilets. .

 It should also be noted that even with all the clout America has in twisting the arm of the smaller nations in the Council it could not carry the day convincingly to prove to the majority in the Council that it has the moral and the legal case that could justify an international inquiry to probe the last stage of the longest war in Asia. As in most of its misguided forays into foreign adventures America has bungled once again in taking the extreme position against Sri Lanka. It has miscalculated in thinking that what Sri Lanka needs now is an international investigation when by the admission of practically all the nations who spoke on the resolution Sri Lanka has made considerable strides on the road to reconciliation. The general consensus was not that Sri Lanka has been unwilling or unable to make peace and reconciliation – the only valid ground for international intervention. Practically every speaker in the American camp who voted against Sri Lanka emphasized and commended Sri Lanka’s willingness to invite Navi Pillay, implement some of the major recommendations of LLRC, advance towards reconstruction and rehabilitation in the war-ravaged zones, including holding elections in the north. The complaint was that Sri Lanka was not moving speedily enough to satisfy the conditions stipulated by the self-appointed policemen of international morality.

 There is, no doubt, that much is yet to be achieved. But which nation can claim that their Romes were built in one day. On any fair assessment there is absolutely no need to rush in to demand that Sri Lanka fulfill all its tasks in the LLRC within the time specified by the movers of the anti-Sri Lankan resolution. Any such demand ignores the willingness and ability of Sri Lanka to meet the challenges of peace as it did in facing the challenges of war which were written off as impossible. For instance, take the democratization of the North and East. I consider the liberation of the North and East from the fascist Tamil Tiger terrorists who ruled the Tamil people with jackboots and an iron fist for over three decades as one of the greatest achievements of the Rajapakse regime. By any bench mark of either Western theorists like Francis Fukuyama who evaluates progress by the number of countries that had turned away from dictators and embraced democracy, or by the American foreign policy standards laid down by the State Department in fighting terrorists to restore democracy in the many mini-wars it has waged from Vietnam to Iraq, restoration of democracy in the North and East, giving the opportunity to the Tamil people the first ever opportunity in their history to elect their own governing bodies in the areas they claim to be their homeland, should have been rated as the highest political achievement in the post-war period. On this factor alone the international community, which is obsessed with principles of democracy, should have gone out of its way to engage Sri Lanka in advancing peace, reconciliation and democracy. Instead, it moves successive resolutions, believe it not, saying that they appreciate the struggle of Sri Lanka to fight terrorism but regret that it was not done according to their political specifications. Can William Hague, the buddy of Ranil Wickrremesinghe, point to one example of where the West had fought terrorism according to their own political standards?

 Navy Pillay is even worried about the authoritarian” trends of the Rajapakse regime. In going down this path she is not displaying ignorance. She has seen President Bush’s Patriot Act and Tony Blair’s introduction of draconian laws after the 7/7 terrorist attack on London buses. She also lectures on demilitarizing” the North when she is fully aware of the 800 odd American bases right round the globe just to save American security, nearly 70 years after World War II. She even knows how UK ethnically cleansed Diego Garcia to create a military base for American, their partners in global crimes, uprooting the Chagossians and leaving them homeless and penniless. She knows all this and more. So in targeting Sri Lanka for having military camps within its own territory – not in some foreign lands like her patrons in USA and UK – she is merely exhibiting her cussed vindictiveness of a woman spurned. She is an unscrupulous woman deliberately misusing the highest morality of international humanitarian and human rights law to pursue her warped anti-Sri Lankan political agenda.

 Even the UNHRC demoted her from leading” the investigation on Sri Lanka to undertake” an international investigation. Obviously, her bias against Sri Lanka does not qualify her to step into Sri Lanka. If she has any respect for herself and her dignity she should refuse to undertake” any investigation under her stewardship, more so because her term comes to an end in August. For her to initiate action against Sri Lanka now and leave her counter-productive legacy for her successor is unethical and unacceptable to the war-weary people of Sri Lanka.

 Her leaving the office of High Commissioner is the best thing that has happened for the future of human rights and Sri Lanka cannot expect a better gift than that in the immediate future. Her bias against Sri Lanka is pretty obvious. Take the case of her first attack on Sri Lanka in May 26, 2009. The war ended on May 18, 2009. Only her witchcraft could have prompted her to make a speech in the UNHRC demanding vindictive action within eight days of ending a 33-year-old war without the any substantial reports either from UN sources or any other authoritative or independent sources to back her case. Of course, she had plenty of Tamil sources, like Radhika Coomaraswamy and the Tamil Diaspora to prompt her with the anti-Sri Lanka propaganda. But could she have produced a report within eight days of ending a 33-year-old war to indict and demand punitive action against Sri Lanka at a time when the UN was on record saying that there was no way of counting the dead, or even making a reasonable assessment of the overall situation? At that time the only record that she had was that of Gordon Weiss, UN representative in Colombo, who had estimated that the dead in the last stages was around 7,000. So from where did she get her facts and figures to rush into places where angels fear to tread?

 As an international civil servant she has failed to maintain the degree of impartiality and fairness which could enhance her credibility and dignity. An objective judgment that concerns the lives of millions can be delivered only on the basis of impartiality and fairness. She lacks both because she is blinded with prejudice and visceral hatred of Sri Lanka. Any investigation undertaken by her will be tainted. By all standards of justice and fair play she should be kept far away from Sri Lanka as possible. If the UN is unwilling and unable to restrain Navi Pillay’s witchcraft Sri Lanka should act without any further delay to lock the gates of entry to her.

 Perhaps, this may be the time for Mervyn Silva to send her broom to fly from Geneva to S. Africa as a farewell gift. That would be one good way of getting rid of bad rubbish.

 

Reading Election Results

March 31st, 2014

 By Gomin Dayasri  

 At the rehearsal a marquee was propped to entertain voters – it need be reassembled at the next outing with future elections getting hotter and closer. Who will stand on the victory stand? Is it the obvious candidate, as always?  Eyebrows will be raised if the opposition finds a common candidate.  Provincial Council elections are loose balloons launched to gauge political weather patterns. Most formidable factor emerging is, unless there is a common candidate from the opposition it is a one horse race but a formidable candidate can mount a serious challenge in view of an avalanche of votes from the North and to an extent from the East coming to offset the southern majorities at a presidential election.

 A decline and a switch between 14% to 11% of the public servants’ vote from the UPFA to the Opposition is significant. Normally the public servants are the early trendsetters whose footsteps often are followed by the general public. JVP seems to attract the protest vote in the deep South and seems energized with a change of leadership. There is a struggle for the third place between the JVP and Sarath Fonseka’s Democratic Party that appears to be the party that has picked up most of the declining vote from the UPFA and UNP.

 Look at the flipside. Voters are seasoned and experienced hands: those that trekked to the polling booths – voted on conviction than on compulsion: living amidst adverse conditions with spiraling prices that hits their hip pockets and handbags. Like it or not, it’s the peoples’ verdict – notwithstanding the undue advantage sought by unfair utilization of public assets by the government. If it outrageously repelled the voters, the majorities would have been slimmer. All governments in power are perennial election offenders- an accepted common denominator mindful of the infamous referendum. Voters conveyed the message: there is a protest votes developing against the government that is reflected for the first time after 2005. This is an election from which the opposition can pick the momentum.

 A significant factor is the low voter turnout compared to the last provincial elections. Was it a silent protest against the government by its supporters or a general apathy towards casting the ballot –a virtual rejection of all political parties? Ballots cast show it is the UPFA voters who stayed more at home – worrying concern for the government if it gains ground. It’s a comfort result for the opposition. At a critical future election, government supporters who abstained from voting this time, after watching the conduct of the government may opt to come back home or if dissatisfied might switch to the opposition. There will be large pool of floating voters on hold to be tapped.

 Is a regime change an event of the past? Don’t write it off. External forces can engineer it by imposing economic impediments or left to the locals, among the domestic players – Central Bank or Treasury can place the country in financial doldrums with their bewildering economic wizardly. Nevertheless both institutions will ensure fair winds will prevail, at least, till the end of the coming election period.

 Fold the election map for another six years? Not necessarily. More likely, all that is deemed foul will treble. Money will flow to government pockets primarily from sources associated dearly with the UNP- turncoats of 2005 waiting craftily for a regime change, till then will purchase those that matter. They contributed immensely to the protest vote with their antics that was registered against the government.

 People have limits to tolerance, if the economic crunch hits them in the belly. A regime change implemented locally is as unlikely to witness as a Barbie doll dressed in cloth and jacket. If any assignment is left to the Opposition- they will unwittingly strengthen the government. If it is manipulated internationally there is a distant possibility of delivery: yet it will fail to win favor with an electorate that is passionately patriotic. A point ignored by the opposition combine that costs them many elections.

 Provincial Council election results bring forth stark facts more convincingly than predictions made by calculating planetary trajectories. True, Government is fast loosing its popularity at the ground level but when it comes to the vote, notwithstanding unpardonable deficiencies, is still the preferred option. Hambantota is synonymous with the Rajapakse family found Sajith Premadasa bringing happy tidings to the UNP. It was the Western and Southern provincial elections that nudged Chandrika Kumaranatunga to power over a long-standing UNP regime and bought her presidency. For the opposition too, this could be the turning point.

 A queer phenomenon lies between a sharp contrast – blatantly blame the government and afterwards vote comprehensively for its continuity. Answer is simple – an uninspiring opposition that cannot be placed in power, in fear they might bend to hostile foreigners and sell the country. The hangover of winning the war still prevails and haunts an Opposition that stupidly cohabits with forces hostile to the national cause alienating itself from the people. The government majorities are tough to overhaul if those who stayed at home to protest come back to vote. Yes, the next election is dependent on the floating voter. Public servants will start looking at the opposition and that will accelerate with time as the national elections near.

 Colombo city looks at its best yet that did not bring the desired vote for the government: walkers and joggers appreciate the facilities provided yet they vote with a pencil in their fist and kick the government with their Reebok rubbers. That is democracy working overtime. Government was trashed in metropolitan Colombo; did marginally better in inner” Colombo electorates (Dehiwela, Kotte, Ratmalana, Kollonnawa) and won more comfortably in the outer” Colombo electorates (Kaduwela, Maharagama, Homagama and Avissawella). It is in the Colombo district that the UNP has done well at the expense of the UPFA, but has been arrested of the greater flow of votes by the presence of Sarath Fonseka who has continued to extract votes from both sides.

 Some are bred and born UNP of hard rock that will not move unless detonated, some others living in Colombo accept it is truly a beautified city but find the corrosive stink within the government too nauseating to approve notwithstanding the emerging dainty landscape. Their vote speaks of their conscience.

 The emergence of Sarath Fonseka is attributable to dissatisfaction originating from the mainstream parties. Sarath Fonseka or his Democratic Party cannot make a serious challenge at the national level but the presence will prevent an anti government bulk vote being attracted to the UNP as Sarath Fonseka has a picked substantial portion of it. Being the common candidate at the last presidential election, Fonseka has been able to retain and acquire support from those that oppose the UPFA and UNP – more a worry for the UNP. An aspect UNP needs to ponder – is there is an effort to select a common candidate for the Presidential election again, from outside the UNP?  They should not make the mistake again while being mindful that a common candidate is the only answer for the UNP provided it provides the candidate.

 Damn the economy – money jingles in the pockets of the zestful emerging rural/urban lower middle class yet does not last long with the frequent price-hikes. The boom took off with the winning of the war giving a thumbs up signal to economic resurgence of enterprising individuals in a peaceful society – it does not extend to the corporates because it is too visible to the political authority: easier to pick such pockets. Private sector has slavishly bowed humbly to accommodate the political authority and has to pay the price for it.

 Those that live for today and think of the country for tomorrow without foreign domination mostly voted for the government; but those who remember of a better yesterday where there were shades of democracy and better governance, voted for the opposition – democrats, socialists, idealists, liberalists and colonialists. 

 On every possible classification –except in metropolitan Colombo  – the government maintains a formidable lead in votes. Opposition has to set up a credible road map to strategize a comeback.  The opposition in desperation may seek foreign assistance for a regime change but that is likely to backfire as bulk of the people will be hostile to any foreign inter-meddling and will rally around the lion flag and back the government. The holding of the national elections is unlikely to be delayed until 2016. The government is on notice to change its style of governance. The government might opt for a general election rather than a presidential on the results just published. Neither the UPFA nor the UNP can rest on laurels of this result. The result is more comforting to the JVP and Democratic Party, but the furthest they can travel is to battle for the third and fourth positions.

 All the benefits that accrued to the several opposition parties might finally sit on the lap of the UNP – a winner normally takes all at the expense of others. Problem for the government is that unless confidence is installed rapidly an exodus might quietly begin among the fortune hunters.

 

OF COURSE A LANDSLIDE! People have reiterated faith in government

March 31st, 2014

Ishara Mudugamuwa Courtesy The Daily News

Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma driving home a point with the aid of graphics to debunk the attempts of the opposition to belittle the UPFA’s victory. Picture by Roshan Pitipana

The UPFA acquired one million more votes than the UNP. It is a runaway landslide. The UPFA has also obtained 525,000 more votes than the combined opposition, SLFP Treasurer and Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said.

Looking at the outcome of the WPC and SPC elections what is important is to compare votes of the UPFA with those obtained by the opposition. By adopting this criteria it is very clear that the UPFA stands leagues ahead of the others, he said.

It is very plain that the people have emphatically reiterated their faith in the government,” Alahapperuma told the media at the SLFP headquarters yesterday. Minister Alahapperuma said it is unfair to compare the UPFA’s Western and Eastern Provincial Council election results with the 2009 election outcome as these two elections were held under completely different political circumstances.

The minister also emphasised that there is no decline in the vote base of the UPFA. We are happy as we were able to hold a free, fair and a democratic election under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

When comparing elections held under the present government and the UNP regime, it is clear that there is a significant decline in post election violence under the present government,” SLFP General Secretary and Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said.

Minister Sirisena said all elections held under the leadership of the President during the past decade were held in a peaceful environment.

We extend our gratitude to the President, Elections Commissioner and his staff, Inspector General of Police and all police officers and all other officials for the assistance and cooperation to hold free and fair election,” Minister Alahapperuma said.

Meanwhile, UPFA General Secretary Minister Susil Premajayantha said the 2010 Parliamentary Election vote base of the UPFA is still intact. The UNP vote base has further eroded during the election that just concluded, he said.

Premajayantha said the UPFA vote base will further increase in the national elections.

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NED grants to Sri Lankan Groups

March 31st, 2014

Mahinda Gunasekera Toronto, Canada

March 31, 2014

Mr. Carl Gershman
President
National Endowment for Democracy
1025 F Street NW, Suite 800
Washington DC 20004, USA

Dear Mr. Gershman,

Re: Grants made by the NED to Sri Lankan Groups

I am a Canadian of Sri Lankan origin who is very much concerned about funding programs and group activities initiated by you in Sri Lanka.  It is somewhat troubling to note that your organization has been making financial grants to various groups in Sri Lanka especially with your track record of using funds to cultivate activists who could be brainwashed to become dissenters in other lands leading to disruption of prevailing peace and stability in those parts of the world.  I would like to know if the grants made to the under noted groups was done with the consent or covering approval of the state authorities in Sri Lanka?

I came across an article written by William Blum where he states that your organization is carrying out some of the duties entrusted to the CIA, and working hand in glove with that intelligence establishment in furthering the USA’s predominant goal of global control and domination through destabilization of regimes that steer an independent path.  I have extracted two short paras from his article titled ‘Trojan Horse’ published in the Third World Traveler, viz. http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Blum/TrojanHorse_RS.html, which I am giving below for your easy reference;   

It was a masterpiece. Of politics, of public relations and of cynicism. Thus it was that in 1983, the National Endowment for Democracy was set up to “support democratic institutions throughout the world through private, nongovernmental efforts”. Notice the “nongovernmental”-part of the image, part of the myth. In actuality, virtually every penny of its funding comes from the federal government, as is clearly indicated in the financial statement in each issue of its annual report. NED likes to refer to itself as an NGO (non-governmental organization) because this helps to maintain a certain credibility abroad that an official US government agency might not have. But NGO is the wrong category. NED is a GO.

Allen Weinstein, who helped draft the legislation establishing NED, was quite candid when he said in 1991: “A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.” In effect, the CIA has been laundering money through NED.

I came across the following grants made by your organization to Sri Lankan groups which I am listing below.  All of the grants relate to Rules, Rights, Accountability, Freedoms and such other subjects which are available to the citizens of Sri Lanka as defined by the Fundamental Rights Chapter of the National Constitution.  Sri Lankans are well versed with Rights and have an abundance of of lawyers to advise the members of the community on all of these matters.  I am aware that the NED was a product of the Reagan era established to quicken the break up of the Soviet Republic. What I found mainly objectionable to your program is that it is all about Rights but not one iota about Obligations on the part of the individuals and groups towards the country of which they are a part.  I find this strange, because one of the great Presidents of the USA, the late John F. Kennedy’s, finest quotes was: ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country‘ in order that a nation may develop and progress in peace.   We Sri Lankans have been nurtured in that spirit of fulfilling one’s obligations to one another, which results in all rights being protected along with corresponding obligations being met within society.  It is an aspect that has long been inculcated in the ethos of the people who have grown up midst the Buddhist Teachings and Values which are held in the highest esteem.

I was particularly struck by a grant given to a group called ‘Rights Now – Collective for Democracy’ which was earlier listed with the rest of the funding recipients but subsequently placed elsewhere on your website, which was later found only on a search within the site.  I received an email from this group about a meeting that they hosted on March 10, 2014 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo.  I understand from an attendee that there was one non-Sri Lankan participant most likely from the US Embassy who was following the proceedings with special instantaneous translation facilities made available to him.  This type of indoctrination with ‘Rights Now’ with the corresponding call for ‘Obligations’ being totally ignored, and the presence of a representative of either the US Embassy or NED should be frowned up, as it seriously affects the good relations between the USA and Sri Lanka built on goodwill and non-interference in the internal affairs of the other.

http://www.ned.org/where-we-work/asia/sri-lanka

Asian Human Rights Commission Limited
Rule of Law
$30,000
Networking Asian Lawyers in Support of the Rule of Law and Judicial Independence

Bar Association of Sri Lanka
Rule of Law
$30,000
Building Support among Lawyers for Adherence to International Human Rights Norms

Center for Peoples Dialogue
Freedom of Information
$10,000
Training Civil Society Activist in Citizen Journalism


Centre for Human Rights and Development
Human Rights
$60,000
Seeking Redress for Victims of Human Rights Violations

Families of the Disappeared
Human Rights
$20,000
Raising Awareness about Disappearances and Human Rights

Home for Human Rights
Accountability
$40,000

Janawaboda Kendraya
Civic Education
$31,000
Increasing Citizen Engagement through Drama and Discussion

Solidarity Center
Freedom of Association
$463,000
Defending Core Labor Rights

Transparency International Sri Lanka
Accountability
$45,000

Verite Research Pvt. Ltd.
Accountability
$58,000
Parliamentary Tracking Tool for Accountability and Good Governance

Viluthu, Ltd.
Civic Education
$60,000
Strengthening Civil Society through Study Circles

Sri Lanka | National Endowment for Democracy
To document human rights violations and to assist in efforts to seek redress and justice. The Centre for … Rights NowCollective for Democracy $31,000
www.ned.org/publications/annual-reports/2012-annual…/sri-lanka

Yours sincerely,

Mahinda Gunasekera
Toronto, Canada

Resolution an example of politicisation of human rights – China

March 31st, 2014

Courtesy The Daily News

Sri Lanka’s efforts at achieving national reconciliation and significant progress in many spheres received support of countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America during the adoption of the resolution on March 27 and consideration of the High Commissioner’s Report on Sri Lanka on March 26 at the Human Rights Council. China’s stand: The international community must respect the right to choose a country’s own path of development.”

The Chinese pointed out that the co-sponsors of the draft resolution on Sri Lanka used the problem of human rights to openly exert pressure on the country in order to intervene in internal affairs.” China shared the concerns of many other countries that this resolution does not reflect the consensus of the Council” and it is an example of politicisation of human rights” while at the same time observing that some of the contents of the draft goes against the mandate of the High Commissioner and provisions of the resolution which established the Council.”

Pakistan expressing their concern and opposition to country-specific resolutions in principle said such resolutions are ineffective and counter-productive.”

While commending Sri Lanka for successfully overcoming this menace of terrorism and separatism” it emphasised that the international community including the HRC should help and support Sri Lanka to heal its wounds and achieve reconciliation and lasting peace” instead of adding fuel to the fire.”

Pakistan reiterated that no self-respecting country would agree to the intrusive measures advocated in this resolution” while pointing out OP 10 and OP 6 of the resolution as examples.

Raising a question on the capacity of the OHCHR to carry out its mandate given by the resolution, Pakistan’s delegate stated if the OHCHR is to receive funds from countries that have sponsored this resolution it will obviously be seen as a process that will be tainted.”

Cuba’s stand: Sri Lanka has shown a genuine commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights of its people” and that it does not believe in an international investigation in this specific case.”

In Cuba’s point of view, It’s simply a case of imposing in the interests of the powerful over others” and this initiative gives a signal which is contrary to a spirit of cooperation and dialogue.”

Russian Federation said they consider that this initiative is unconstructive in principle” and that this draft goes well beyond the limits of reconciliation and it constitutes interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.”

Japan shared its policy objective” of supporting Sri Lanka’s efforts through its engagement with Sri Lanka on a dialogue on bilateral basis encouraging Sri Lanka to implement concrete measures for promoting national reconciliation and ensuring accountability.” Japan believed its continuous engagement with Sri Lanka has resulted in further commitments.

Japan strongly urged Sri Lanka to continue to make atmosphere to cooperate with the international community and to steadily implement concrete measures including the ones to which Sri Lanka committed itself recently to improve its human rights situation and to realise timely national reconciliation.”

Republic of Korea delegate noted with appreciation Sri Lanka’s continued efforts towards national reconciliation and reconstruction”.

It noted that despite the achievements made by the Sri Lankan government for national reconciliation and reconstruction there is still room for improvement in terms of accountability” while it is fully aware of the difficulties” of doing so emphasised that this is what Sri Lanka should go through in order to achieve full national reconciliation.”

South Africa encouraged the Sri Lankan government to implement the recommendations of the LLRC as one of the most important steps in the journey towards true national reconciliation.” It also encouraged the government and people of Sri Lanka to speedily agree on a credible and meaningful process that would create a conducive environment inside and outside the country and will allow for a meaningful and sustainable political settlement leading to a constitution that will be acceptable to all Sri Lankans.”

It said it is prepared to share this experience with the people of Sri Lanka” through its Special Envoy to work to promote the need for a peaceful, sustainable long term political solution which would be best achieved through broad consultation and an inclusive, open, transparent and meaningful dialogue process amongst all the people of Sri Lanka.”

Brazil acknowledged the progress achieved by the Sri Lankan government and also recognised the enormous challenges” it faces as a country that goes through a transitional process.

Brazil stressed the importance that Sri Lanka continue to advance its efforts in the realm of transitional justice as part of the necessary measures to guarantee the rights to memory and truth as well as to ensure reparations for victims and to overcome practices that still affect the human rights situation in the country.”

Brazil’s stand: We believe that increased international cooperation including through constructive dialogue is the most effective contribution this Council, the OHCHR and the international community as a whole can give to Sri Lanka.”

Uganda urged said a call for an international investigation into the situation in Sri Lanka has, in our view, no basis. We should be mindful that Sri Lanka has fought one of the most ruthless terrorist groups in the world”.

Nigeria appreciated the efforts of the Sri Lankan government to continue engaging the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms as a means of improving the human rights situation in the country” and also commended Sri Lanka’s achievement in the areas of demining, resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation of its people, especially the former combatants.

Iran’s delegation pointed out that Sri Lanka has continued to maintain its engagement with the Council and emphatically stated we oppose the politicization of human rights issues, including country specific human rights issues”.

Zimbabwe delegation stated: the High Commissioner’s report went beyond its mandate by making reference to and recommendations on extraneous issues, including its call for the establishment of an international inquiry mechanism to further investigate alleged violations”.

Namibia’s stand: the international community should assist Sri Lanka in her continued efforts to overcome difficulties to pursue the policy of national reconciliation, rehabilitation, and resettlement of those who were affected by the conflict, as well as the reconstruction of the country.

Vietnam’s delegates spoke of endeavours and concrete achievements made by the government and the people of Sri Lanka in post-conflict resettlement since May 2009 should be welcomed” and said it would be ready to join hands with the support of the international community and share with Sri Lanka our hands on experience of national reconstruction and international integration”.

Arab Republic of Egypt welcoming the genuine commitment to the reconciliation process by undertaking a range of substantive measures, including within the framework of the National Plan of Action on the implementation of the recommendations of the LLRC, which is Sri Lanka’s own domestic mechanism” said, the Council as well as the International community must encourage States in their efforts to promote and protect human rights”.

Sudan in its statement noted that it appreciates the continuous and tireless work of the government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the LLRC via a national plan of action aiming at ensuring conducive environment for the national reconciliation and reconstruction on going processes”.

South Sudan in its statement appreciated the role of the government in reducing the number of military forces in the Northern and Eastern provinces, and removing of many checkpoints to strengthen freedom of movement” and welcomed the appointment of three members of Commission of Inquiry to investigate alleged abductions or disappearance of persons in the northern and eastern provinces”. Thailand welcomed the progress achieved in the implementation of the LLRC recommendations, particularly the establishment of the military courts of inquiry and the Commission of Inquiry on Disappearances”.

They noted that a number of measures have been set up to address accountability issues, including regular discussions between the Government and the ICRC to explore possible areas of cooperation on alleged disappearances”.

Myanmar delegates noted, Sri Lanka deserves a due recognition for the progress achieved so far in the post-conflict efforts in the areas of reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction” and that it was pleased to see the continued engagement and cooperation of Sri Lanka with the High Commissioner and her office” and added that reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction work after 30 years of the conflict in Sri Lanka is no easy task”.

Belarus delegates stated: we consider that the report of the High Commissioner goes beyond the mandate defined in said resolution, even the one in the resolution, and the matters and the recommendations in it are not foreseen by the resolution”.

Bhutan commended Sri Lanka for its open and proactive engagement with the mechanisms of the human rights council, including Special Rapporteur procedures, treaty bodies and the Universal Periodic Review” and in its statement said, we also recognise the process of reconciliation is not an easy task”. Bolivia its statement said, the Report of the High Commissioner submitted to this Council session on Sri Lanka goes beyond the mandate granted under the resolution 22/1.”

Lao PDR appreciating the significant efforts of the government of Sri Lanka to engage the country towards democracy and improvement of the livelihoods of its citizens” in its statement said, we are also pleased to note that Sri Lanka remains committed to continue its multifaceted and comprehensive process of reconciliation in the context of the National Plan of Action on the implementations of the recommendations of the LLRC”.

Morocco acknowledged that Sri Lanka has made important policy measures such as restoring the civil administration in the Northern and Eastern areas of the country and the elections at the Northern Provincial Council last September” and it should now capitalise on these measures to build trusted and reconciled environment among the components of the Sri Lankan nation”.

Uzbekistan welcomed the government’s adoption for further recommendations made by this Commission and the fact that Commission has been set up and military courts to investigate disappearances as well as the ongoing cooperation of the country with this Council and its mechanisms”.

International Buddhist Foundation (IBF) said there are attempts to highlight Sri Lanka as an emblematic failure” oversteps the border of sanity shown in this Council by some actors, while totally ignoring the lessons learnt from genocide and horrendous crimes that occurred in their own countries, and strive to point an accusing finger at a sovereign state that liberated its people from a bloody 30 year LTTE carnage”.

World Barua Organisation, a Non-Governmental Organisation urged, Sri Lanka is a country which has come out of a 30 year terrorist war and is making progress in reconciliation” and there are attempts by some countries to disrupt this process, being influenced by various elements who are determined to discredit Sri Lanka in this Council” and added history of the world has proven that reconciliation is a possibility as an internal process.

It has been done in other countries and it can be done in Sri Lanka too” and that WBO and that we hope that the international community will provide necessary inspiration.”

- See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=local/resolution-example-politicisation-human-rights-china#sthash.HSHgfLNo.dpuf

Noise pollution and religion -An open letter to Bhikkus, Fathers, Priests and Moulavis

March 31st, 2014

 Mohamed Faizal,  Eravur-Courtesy: Sunday ‘Nation’ (Sri Lanka)

Dear respected scholars from different religions in Sri Lanka,

I am writing this open letter to you seeking a religious verdict on an important issue that has grave ramification for a lot of people – use of loudspeakers in religious premises. I think you have a responsibility to publicly state your respective religion’s positions on this matter. I have a feeling that you may be acting against your religion’s injunction when you use loudspeakers.
First of all, issuing a religious verdict on an issue is to pass judgment on that issue using the religious text. So I believe it is paramount that we, first, fully understand the true nature of the issue I am seeking a verdict on.

The reality of the use of loudspeakers in the manner it is used in your premises is that: it is an assault; it is torture; it is maiming. So the explicit question is: are assault, torture and maiming sanctioned by your religion?
A lot of people experience a sudden loud burst of noise as an assault. When they are constantly exposed to it, they experience it as torture. (It is well known that the Americans use loud music as a form of torture on their prisoners of war incarcerated in their notorious Guantanamo prison.)

According to Dr. Sumathipala, who is a senior lecturer in physics, If your sleep is disturbed by noise, you could suffer mental stress and turn aggressive. Loud noise indirectly causes stress. Children living in noisy neighborhoods could develop hearing problems later in life.”

According to Dr. Chandra Jayasuriya, consultant ENT surgeon, National Hospital, Colombo, human ear has a greater tendency to get damaged when exposed to sound with intensity more than 80-90 Decibels. Even a very quick exposure of three seconds to loud sound could cause a severe damage to the cochlea of the human ear.”

The level of noise generated by a hair dryer is about 90 dB. That should give you an idea of how grave the true nature of the level of noise generated by loudspeakers in all your premises is. Also, the duration of loud noise generated there lasts for a lot longer than the three seconds, the maximum duration of exposure needed to cause permanent hearing loss. In fact, the loudspeakers continue to wail, at times, for even longer than three hours.

According to Islam, one cannot be a true Muslims unless his neighbors are safe from his tongue and hands. Islam equates removing from the path something that is harmful to the public to a portion of belief. Prophet Muhammad (saw) ordered his beloved companion Omar (rali) to lower his voice when he recites verses of the Quran in congregational prayer. (He wasn’t using loud speakers.) I am sure similar values are espoused by other religions, too.

Now, how is it possible for religious authorities to use loudspeakers without contravening the values of their own religions? How is it then possible for you to claim religious leadership?

Again, are assault, torture and maiming sanctioned by your religion?
Thank you,

Mohamed Faizal,
Eravur

- See more at: http://www.nation.lk/edition/news-features/item/27585-noise-pollution-and-religion.html#sthash.IR4KCsXn.dpuf

Courtesy: Sunday ‘Nation’ (Sri Lanka)

The Geneva UNHRC action. What should Sri Lanka’s reaction be?

March 30th, 2014

By Mario Perera, Kadawata

The Resolution finally went through though not in an overwhelming or convincing manner. The sponsors, the few white sharks, and their supporters the multi-coloured sprats compelled to stick to them in the hope of catching the crumbs that fall from their table, apparently had their way. Both the resolution and the support cannot stand the scrutiny of morality. The core and substance of the action are nothing else but self interest and opportunism. Might rigged up in the mantle of morality and righteousness yet again won the day…or did it?

There were however other mighty nations, Russia and China, literally as mighty as the self constituted western bullies, that stood for us. They were supported by the nations of SAARC. The largest among them India did a volte face at the crucial voting opposing intrusive clauses of the Resolution that undermined the sovereignty of a member state, a very dangerous precedent and one set for the first time by the UNHRC. This turns Sri Lanka into a test case that we must definitely win so as not to betray those who placed their trust in us.

The abstention of India though an overt act of opposition to the resolution in its actual form must not be thought of as being the return of the prodigal ‘relative’ or the estranged ‘husband’. Yet India’s stand, the last minute pole-vault to the side of the abstainers could be taken as a benign act in our regard because it went against the expectations of our enemies. However India did not formally and definitively take our side by openly opposing the resolution. Quite in contrast was the stand taken by Pakistan. Pakistan yet once more stood head and shoulders above India to demonstrate its solidarity with Sri Lanka. That Pakistan the friend in need has always stood by us always through thick and thin is common knowledge. This could hardly be said of India. It is sadly the contrary that is true of a country that strikes us with the right hand and caresses the ensuing lump with the left.

To add insult to injury our perpetual tormentors the Western bullies are now directly addressing themselves over and above our own constitutional mechanisms directly to the people of Sri Lanka! Such declarations have emanated both from the USA and from the UK. Cameron and Kerry set the tone and their subordinates keep up the momentum. Right under our noses the woman Michele Sison, who acts like a reborn J.N. Dixit of India, convoked a press conference and sent a message to our nation, that the resolution was in the interest of the people of this country. In other words it is the USA and the UK that know best what is good for the people of Sri Lanka. They all know what is best for us! That is what the UNHRC action is all about, to devalue our Constitution and our Parliament and to replace it with the dictates of the so-called ‘International Community’. In other worlds the ‘International Community’ is a kind of Privy Council that can override our constitution and our elected heads. It is indeed more than a Privy Council in that it can not only lay down laws by pronouncing on Sri Lanka issues but also enforce them and punish disobedience to its dictates. None of this is new. This trend is the new world order as seen from events that swept away Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Egypt among others ushering regime change through death and destruction.

Having been unwilling witnesses to the action of the ‘International community’ through its judicial and legislative organ the UNHRC, how must our nation react? That is the issue which is the primary scope of this article. We know how our head of State, MR, reacted to the passing of the west sponsored resolution. He rejected it hook, line and sinker. This rejection was directly conveyed to all concerned in Geneva. One can surmise that the holding of the PC elections in the aftermath of the Geneva debacle was to show that the rejection of the resolution was seconded by the nation. But is this enough? The elections’ victories are not sufficiently direct to convey that message. Then what is the best way to do so? That best way is through a vote in parliament.

What MR should do now is to present the case to Parliament and have the total rejection of the resolution confirmed by an absolute majority of votes in parliament. Both the resolution and the nation’s opposition to and rejection of it must be debated in Parliament and put to the vote. There is absolutely no doubt that the rejection will be passed by a two third majority conveying in direct and unambiguous terms the nations response. This will be the best snub to be directed at Obama, Cameron, Kerry and their spokesmen and women such as the pokey nosed tongue wagging pompous pretender that Sison is.

A motion in Parliament will also render sterile the opposition of the TNA and the SLMC of Hakeem. Having taken their fight right up to Geneva they will oppose the motion and vote against it. But that would be like cutting their noses to spite their faces. The TNA voting against the motion would be tantamount to openly condemning India’s abstention thereby biting the hand that feeds it. As for the SLMC they would have to counter the massive support given to our nation by Pakistan. Thus canvassing Parliament, the House of Representatives of our nation would also serve as a trap laid before the TNA and the SLMC.

This measure cannot be procrastinated. It must come directly in the wake of the Geneva vote and the vote at the PC elections. Former UN Adviser on Post-War Accountability Issues in Sri Lanka, Yasmin Sooka said: “In my view, it would be unwise for the Government of Sri Lanka to say to the UNHRC that ‘we don’t acknowledge that and you have no authority to do this’ and that would be problematic.” She goes so far as to differentiate between the government and the People of Sri Lanka, further stating: “I don’t think people trust the government anymore. It is for this reason that you had the UNHRC take this stance to do it.” Here is yet another case of a NGO representative taking the responsibility of speaking for the people of this country over and above the government chosen by that people.

A motion, a debate before parliament and a vote is the most effective way of showing the world that the people of Sri Lanka totally second and place the seal of confirmation on the rejection of the Geneva Resolution by its government. Indeed the situation would totally justify even the holding of a referendum in this regard.

One could well say ‘alea jacta est’ or the opening salvo has been fired. There is no turning back now.

Mario Perera, Kadawata

A bigger plan by the LTTE nipped in the bud

March 30th, 2014

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

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Hectic events over the past few weeks in Sri Lanka have driven home three salient truths on the security front relating to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organisation. The first is that Tiger or pro-Tiger elements in the Tamil Diaspora will persist with efforts to resurrect the LTTE and disrupt life in Sri Lanka. The second is that the Sri Lankan state will effectively respond to such a challenge regardless of international implications. The third is that the strongly entrenched security apparatus in the country is capable of cracking down hard on any such perceived LTTE revival attempt and crushing it.

Last week saw this column focusing on the shooting incident in the Tharmapuram area of Kilinochchi district and subsequent events including the manhunt for an LTTE operative known as Gobi” and the security crackdown on suspected attempts to revive the LTTE. What the country at large seems to have failed to comprehend is the seriousness of what might have been” had not the security authorities countered the challenge posed.

“The defence establishment has been lulled into a sense of false complacency due to the past years of LTTE inactivity in Colombo and the suburbs after the military debacle at Mullivaaikkaal in May 2009. Security measures in Colombo have been progressively relaxed. This has created a situation where it may be possible to mount an operation” in Colombo utilising the element of surprise.”

Though different shades of opinion in the political spectrum have either wittingly or unwittingly opted to trivialise the issue, the crux of the matter is that the attempt to revive the LTTE, if successful may have resulted in drastic consequences for the country. Thankfully the LTTE revival threat seems to have been effectively neutralised while in its embryonic stages for the present, though the security crackdown continues in some parts of the Island.
According to reliable security related sources, the most important breakthrough in the probe into a potential LTTE renaissance was the detection of a conspiracy to execute a major assassination in Colombo. The target seems to have been either President Mahinda Rajapaksa or his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa the Secretary of Defence and Urban Development. The simple logic seems to have been this.

Colombo

The defence establishment has been lulled into a sense of false complacency due to the past years of LTTE inactivity in Colombo and the suburbs after the military debacle at Mullivaaikkaal in May 2009. Security measures in Colombo have been progressively relaxed. This has created a situation where it may be possible to mount an operation” in Colombo utilising the element of surprise.
Given the current weak state of the LTTE it would require a great deal of resources and organisational capacity to carry out even one attack in Colombo. Therefore chances of executing a single successful attack alone may be possible initially. Thereafter security authorities will be on full alert thereby diminishing possibilities of another attack.

“The security forces in association with anti-terrorism sleuths are currently engaged in a series of widespread operations in different parts of the North. Hundreds of persons mainly youths from both sexes have been rounded up and interrogated.”

Under such circumstances it would be pointless to attack comparatively easier soft targets as the alerted authorities will crack down hard thereby negating chances of further operations. As such the opportunity to attack must be utilised against a very high profile target. If softer targets are hit earlier the security around such high profile key targets would be strengthened. Breaching such security walls” would be impossible for the revived LTTE that is actually embryonic in Sri Lanka. In that context the targets should be very, very important persons. The President and his brother fit this target description perfectly.
Besides the targeting of either the President or the defence secretary would help the LTTE derive maximum political mileage. Demonstrating the ability to take on such powerful targets has great symbolic value and would re-capture the diminishing support base of the LTTE amidst the global Tamil Diaspora. It would also prove to the world that the LTTE is not a spent force. Also Mahinda and Gotabaya Rajapaksa are virulently hated by Tiger elements after the LTTE was militarily defeated. Harming either of the two would warm the hearts of many a diehard supporter in the Diaspora and fill the LTTE coffers abundantly.

Backlash

It would also demoralise the country and throw into disarray the politico-administrative equilibrium. A process of de-stabilisation could set in. Moreover in the volatile atmosphere that is likely to prevail in the aftermath of such an attack, a backlash might occur against the Tamil people. A recurrence of anti-Tamil violence in the Island is what the Tiger, pro-Tiger and supportive fellow travellers are yearning for. The attack if successful may have caused exactly such a violent backlash against the Tamil people.

Targetting the upper echelons of leadership has always been part of the LTTE modus operandi in the past. If the Tigers want to render an organisation or entity ineffective, defunct or coerce it into toeing the LTTE line, they do not target the rank and file. Instead they go for the leader or top tier of leadership particularly the livewires who make the organization tick. Thereafter the entity concerned becomes non-operational, ineffective or falls in line. This has been the LTTE practice in the past when dealing with organisations they want to either control, destroy or render impotent.

Militarily too the LTTE has adopted this strategy effectively until perhaps the post-2005 period. Earlier the LTTE that was relatively weaker than the armed forces in manpower and firepower in a general context would seek to remedy that state of affairs in a particular context by adopting this strategy. It would select a key military target, mobilise maximum resources and attack it utilising the element of surprise. This successful attack would cause consternation and result in consequent over estimation of the LTTE military prowess. This in turn paved the way for demoralisation to set in the midst of the armed forces.
The LTTE adopted this strategy successfully when it attacked the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) in December 1986. The LTTE being relatively stronger than the EPRLF in the North vanquished it by launching simultaneous attacks on the northern EPRLF camps. In the East it was the EPRLF that outnumbered the LTTE and was also more widespread. There was a great disparity of strength with the EPRLF having the advantage.

Head Camps

The LTTE however outsmarted the EPRLF by harnessing its limited resources and selectively targeting the three head camps of the EPRLF in the three Eastern districts. The Tigers launched simultaneous attacks against the EPRLF head camps at Thambiluvil, Kokkattichoalai and Saambaltheevu in the districts of Amparai, Batticaloa and Trincomalee respectively. With the overrunning of the three head camps the rest of the EPRLF though large in numbers became virtually headless chickens.

The plans in the pipeline to target the President and Defence Secretary are also illustrative of past LTTE modus operandi. The Tigers battered and shattered in Sri Lanka after 2009 were now in the process of attempting a revival. Given the inadequate assets at their disposal, Gobi the mastermind behind the LTTE resurgence in Sri Lanka also envisaged the targeting of Mahinda or Gotabaya in a Colombo-based attack. Fortunately such a deadly objective has been detected and nipped in the bud while the plot was in an evolutionary stage.

Knowledgeable circles indicate that the proposed safe house in Colombo to be used as a launching pad for the envisaged attack has been identified and raided. This safe house apparently was a bakery establishment in Dehiwela. Twelve people connected to the premises were taken into custody. All of them are being held under provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).Ten are detained at Boosa while two are being intensively interrogated on the second floor at the Police Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) headquarters in Colombo.

Dehiwela

A few of those arrested on the Bakery premises are apparently innocent being totally unaware of the diabolical designs of the others involved as the LTTE generally functions on a need to know basis. It appears that the Colombo connection of the revived LTTE is now de-activated after the mopping up at Dehiwela.
Ongoing investigations have revealed that the lynchpin in the entire exercise of reviving the LTTE in Sri Lanka inclusive of establishing a Colombo cell in Dehiwela is Gobi whose full name is Ponniah Selvanayagam Kajeeban. He is known by the nom de guerre Gobi and the nom de plume Kaasiyan. As stated earlier this 31-year-old six-footer of medium complexion with a scar on his left upper lip had been living in the Tharmapuram area of Kilinochchi district and functioning as a heavy vehicle driver. Kajeeban alias Gobi was formerly an LTTE intelligence wing functionary under the dreaded Shanmugalingam Sivasangaran alias Pottu Ammaan. Kajeeban had surrendered at the end of the war and was accommodated at the Protective Accommodation and Rehabilitation Centre (PARC) at Poonthottam in Vavuniya.
It is suspected that Gobi exited from the Poonthottam camp with the aid of a Tamil member of the ruling regime and made his way to Saudi Arabia and not Qatar as I had mistakenly written last week. After working for a while in that country Kajeeban alias Gobi made his way to Europe. He had travelled widely in Europe and gone also to Norway. It is now suspected that Gobi had met with prominent LTTE activists in Europe including the low-profile high-ranking leader Nediyavan and his senior deputy Irumborai during his European sojourn. He had been tasked by Nediyavan and Irumborai to revive the Tigers in Sri Lanka.

Driver

He had then returned to Sri Lanka and started working as an owner- driver of a heavy vehicle. Gobi has his own vehicle that he hires out and functions as its driver. This provides him a cover to travel frequently to Colombo and also to towns such as Mullaitivu, Vavuniya, Kilinochchi and Jaffna. His wife and mother who were taken in for questioning deny all knowledge of his whereabouts and say that he has been living separately away from them.
Security circles opine that Gobi has been entrusted with the task of reviving the LTTE in the North. They regard Gobi with the simpleton” looking appearance as extremely dangerous because he is a zealot fired up by a political vision and sense of mission. Gobi is perceived as a highly motivated person because he has turned his back on an opportunity to lead a safe comfortable life in Europe and instead has voluntarily returned home to undertake a potentially hazardous and dangerous  task.

Gobi is also seen as armed and dangerous. Initially he came under the security radar for the relatively mild” offence of publishing and circulating pro-LTTE leaflets hailing the Tigers as Tamil guardians. The arrest of two youths distributing such leaflets in Pallai in the first week of March and subsequent inquiries brought up the name of Gobi. The security forces were on the lookout for Gobi but did not suspect initially that he was masterminding a LTTE renaissance in the North with backing from the Nediyavan led Diaspora Tigers. It was the shooting incident at Tharmapuram in the house of Jeyakumari Balendra which alerted the security sleuths to the true nature of Gobi. (This incident was described in detail last week).

Current Investigations have indicated that Gobi had set up four cells in the North and one in Colombo to execute plans aiming at a LTTE revival. The bulk of those coopted into the nascent Tiger network are either ex-Tigers or family members of former LTTE members. There is also evidence that funds from Diaspora LTTE operatives in three western countries have been channelled to Gobi’s agents” in the North.

Operations

The security forces in association with anti-terrorism sleuths are currently engaged in a series of widespread operations in different parts of the North. Hundreds of persons mainly youths from both sexes have been rounded up and interrogated. The bulk of those rounded up were released after some hours. Over fifty persons were detained under the PTA and questioned. Several of these persons too have been released. It is learnt that over 30 persons are currently being detained and interrogated. This figure however is fluid as some are being released while others are being arrested anew.

Informed security related sources are confident that they have been able to neutralise the revived” LTTE through the ongoing heavy crackdown. They vehemently deny that Gobi has been apprehended but express confidence that he would be nabbed soon. The possibility of Gobi committing suicide if and when on the verge of being captured is also not ruled out by security circles.
Further details of the crackdown on suspected Tigers as well as the progress of the ongoing investigation into alleged LTTE activity will be outlined in a forthcoming article.
DBS Jeyaraj can be reached at
djeyaraj2005@yahoo.com

US sponsored Resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC

March 30th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canad

28 March 2014

Hon. John Baird, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Deepak Obhrai, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Lynne Yelich, MP, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
Hon. Jason Kenney, MP, former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Multiculture

Dear John, Deepak, Lynne & Jason:

Re: US sponsored Resolution againt Sri Lanka at the UNHRC

So with the US sponsored UNHCR vote against Sri Lanka, 23 countries in favour, 12 against and 12 abstentions, Canada’s intentions to have it go through with more countries voting for it, pooouf! It went up in smoke. There seem to be saner people in other countries, who are not vindictive and not depended on separatist Tamil-refugee votes and who really believe in human rights, not like those in the West, and that includes Canada.

If Canada had believed in human rights in Sri Lanka, Canada would have acknowledged the classic text book example of the Sri Lankan Government and her armed forces giving back the most treasured human right of any civilized country, the right-to-life, to its 21 million peoples which had been hijacked for 27 bloody years by the Tamil Tigers.   We haven’t as yet acknowledged this fundamental and honourable human rights act. And why not Canada?  Are we to believe that Canada couldn’t care two front teeth of a dead beaver about Sri Lanka’s peoples and their human rights?

If Canada understands and believes in human rights, then Canada would have acknowledged the classic text book example performed by the Sri Lankan government of liberating 295,873 Tamils on 19 May 2009, from the clutches of the Tamil Tigers who used them as a human shield for 30 months. My Canadian government up to now has not acknowledged this amazing humanitarian act of human rights by the Sri Lankan government.   And why not Canada?

This whole theatrical episode in Geneva reminded me of two nursery rhymes which I could adapt to these sordid and immoral affairs.  Like –

John, Deepak and Jason/ the three blind mice/ the three blind mice/see how they run/see how they run/they all ran after Pillai’s Sri Lanka’s strife/ who cut off their tails with that carving Tamil knife/ Mahinda R did you ever see such a thing in your life/ like these three Canadian blind  foolish mice.”

This UNHRC vote against Sri Lanka also reminds me of another Nursery rhyme.   Here it goes-

Ring-a-Ring-O roses/a pocket full of posies/China’s a-tishoo! Russia’s a-tishoo! Cuba’s a-tishoo! and Pakistan’s a-tishoo!/ and we all in the West falls down.”

I suppose you wanting the Tamil votes in the Greater Toronto Area blinded you all from the ground reality and got embarrassed one more time trying to crucify Sri Lanka onto the wall.

*Canada: Didn’t you all know that the UNHRC High Commissioner Navi Pillai is a Tamil from South Africa, and that this issue is all about the Tamil Tigers, members of her clan,  being eliminated militarily and that she doesn’t seem to like it;

*Canada: Didn’t you know that, that High Commissioner Navi Pillai’s report was not balanced and some of the elements including the recommendation to establish an international inquiry mechanism exceeded her mandate granted by the Human Rights Council Resolution 22/1 to the High Commissioner.  And according to this deliberate, vindictive oversight that she should be removed forthwith as the UNHRC High Commissioner;

*Canada: that the international community which includes Canada, should act as a facilitator for peace and stability and be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Unfortunately, the fact is that Canada has aided and abetted this Tamil Eelam war for donkey’s years and has been part of Sri Lanka’s problem.  All for the want of the Tamil votes at the federal elections.  Shame!

*Canada: I believe it is time that we as Canadians, who are always preaching to the outer world that We are Holier than Thou” should help the people in Sri Lanka which includes the Tamils in the North to heal their wounds and not penalize them for defeating the Tamil Tigers, the most ruthless terrorists in the world that the Tamil Tiger rump in Canada still supports, and you parliamentarians are supporting their sentiment just to collect their votes;

*Canada: that Navi Pillai’s report does not acknowledge many achievements of Sri Lanka’s national reconciliation process.  That Resolution 22/1 was to request the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the LLRC, but Navi Pillai’s report goes beyond this mandate by making reference to and recommendations on extraneous issues.  Then what do you expect.  She is a Tamil.

*Canada: didn’t you gather that yesterday’s vote on the US sponsored resolution reflects that more countries are against the US at the UNHRC.  By that account, I believe Canada should back off trying to bully Sri Lanka and beat her up with hockey sticks and laying wreaths for the minorities who died in the war, at places like Elephant Pass which Canada says was a neutral site where three battles were fought and thousands of the majority Sinhalese were killed by the minority Tamil Tigers; by boycotting a Commonwealth Heads Summit that happened in Colombo, et cetera.  It is time you tell your Tamil community voters, We have done enough for your people, and we are having eggs thrown at our faces and they have begun to stick.   We have done enough for you all by briefing you every time to we do something for you all in Sri Lanka and not brief the Sinhalese as we have relegated them as a community of lepers, nor consulting them as we have done with you all on this  Eelam file.”

*Canada: I hope you are aware that the Government of Sri Lanka has consistently and with good reason rejected previous resolutions on Sri Lanka proposed by the US, which have emanated from a politicized process and mandate, and without the consent of the country concerned and has done it again with the last resolution;

*Canada: I hope you will not be part of the arrogant, pompous bully Yankee ‘regime change’tactics who have a habit to invade countries on a lie for a regime change as they did in Iraq killing 1.2 million Iraqis, in case that is their intention to show Russia and China the two Asian Giants who voted against the US Resolution that they are indeed the self appointed Human Rights Police of the World. Just be careful of the company you hang around with. Beware that they will eventually come to bite you where it hurts you most.

*Canada: That time has finally arrived John, and Deepak, and Lynne and Jason for you all to change your gears.  Back off from Sri Lanka’s internal affairs and take your monkey off her back.  Consult the Sinhalese-Canadians as they too have a story to tell you on this issue.  Then you can be a fair judge and jury, and may be, pick some Sinhalese-Canadian votes along the way, and perhaps mine too.  I, who had been a Conservative from Preston Manning days, gave up on you lot over your policy on Sri Lanka , as you were a bunch absolute Humbugs in my eyes.

And by the way John, and Deepak and Lynne and Jason, if there is going to be a timeline to investigate  accountability  in alleged human rights violations and war crimes in Sri Lanka, as  the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas says in Under Milk Wood, To begin at the beginning…”   Let us start on the day that the riots took place on 25 July 1983 in Colombo, when your Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney opened the flood gates to take the waves of Tamil refugees who thumbed their noses at their Mother India when they passed by on their way in search of greener pastures in Canada.  It is obvious that the Indian shores were too sun-parched, brown and unfertile where green dollar bills wouldn’t grow.

Lets, haul  and kraal in all the culprits from all the foreign countries who aided and abetted the Tamil Tigers to form a conventional army with a sea wing as well as an Air Tigers air wing with five Czech ZLIN 143s  planes for night bombing, 2 Helicopters and 2 unmanned aerial vehicles, to fight and kill  innocent unarmed Sinhalese and Muslim civilians for the want of their mono-ethnic, separatist, racist Tamil state, Eelam.

Lets haul in the Indian politicians who facilitated the Tamil Tigers to be given training in military camps in Tamil Nadu and at the foothills of the Himalayas.  Let’s haul in the Indian military soldiers of the IPKF forces  and seek accountability for raping  an estimated 4000 Tamil women between 1987 and 1990   All these incidents are recorded.

It is a fact that one-third of the Tamil Tiger’s War budget was funded from Canada.   It has been established that the Tamil Diaspora collected funds to the tune of two million dollars each month for 13 years for the Tamil Tigers doing all sorts of shenanigans including extortion monies from their own people to kill the Sinhalese and Muslims which the Sri Lankan armed forces had to guard and defend.   While doing their duty as guardians of the island nation when unfortunately there have been some Tamil deaths, which may  be explained as the Americans would do, as collateral damage .

Lets haul in the Canadian politicians who aided and abetted in the collection of funds to the amount of 2 million dollars a month for 13 years, and the likes of Liberal Cabinet ministers Paul Martin, Maria Minna and some Liberal back benchers who patronized a  $60-a-plate fund raising dinner organized by FACT on 6 May 2000, for the Tamil Tigers to continue with the war which violated human rights.   Lets kraal the  Liberal Solicitor Generals Lawrence MacAulay and Wayne Ester and  the Minister of Public Safety  Anne McLellan who refused to ban the Tamil Tigers as a terrorists organization while 32 other nations did,  thus giving them the license to buy war killing weapons with Canadian funds provided by the NGOs and Tamil Organizations who were proxies of the Tamil Tigers.   Canada banned the WTM and not the rest.

Let’s haul in the Tamil Roman Catholic priests in Canada who wore white collars starched to heaven who aided and abetted the Tamil Tiger war where the alleged human rights violations had occurred. I debated with one of these God-men on TV one morning on the Norman Perry Show and exposed him as a proxy Tamil Tiger and a Roman Catholic fraudulent priest.

Let’s haul in the salmon-eating Viking- Norwegians like Eric Solheim and Jon Westborg who supported the Tamil Tigers with love-ins they had with Prabakaran, Tamil Chelvam, Pottu Amman, Karuna, Nadesan and Balasingham, all leading Tamil Tiger terrorists and to show cause of accountability for helping to kill my people.

It was Solheim who told President Mahinda Rajapaksa to his face that Prabhakaran was a brilliant military strategist and that his armed forces were no match for the Tamil Tigers, and that President Rajapaksa’s army would face the same fate as the Germans in Stalingrad during World War II.  

Guess what? The final act of this brilliant military strategist  on 19 May 2009, was falling to a whistling bullet on the shores of  the Nandikadhal lagoon in the east coast of Sri Lanka, and dying as a coward not wanting to bite on a cyanide capsule as he expected his Tamil Tiger cadres to do when cornered by the Sri Lankan soldiers.   So much of the brilliant ‘Made in India’  Tamil Tiger military strategist.

These are the Norwegian  salmon eating Vikings who smuggled six-tons of high-tech communications electrical equipment to the Tamil Tigers in 2002, including V-Sat equipment used in satellite communications, to help to  kill the majority Sinhalese community which the Sri Lankan Government forces had every right to  defend their lives and Sri Lanka’s sovereign territory.

So what’s all this nonsense that we saw with the American Resolution at the UNHRC damning  the Sri Lankan Government and wanting to send  international inquisitors into that island nation to investigate whatever, breaching international laws threatening the sovereign independence of a member state.    John, Deepak, Lynne and Jason, that is a load of bull, isn’t it?  When there is no urgent situation in Sri Lanka which warrants the interests that were expressed at the UNHRC.

So it has been told very clearly by the Sri Lankan Government that it will not dance  the EU-Polka to the tune of the West, nor are they prepared to dance the Tamil tom-tom jig to satisfy Harper’s Canadian Government and the Tamil Diaspora.   And that is the bottom line.   So what’s next John, and Deepak, and Lynne and Jason?

Well, I am waiting eagerly for the day that we Canadians acknowledge the acts of  the classic text book examples of restoring human rights of the right-to-life of 22 million Sri Lankan peoples and the liberation of the 295,873 Tamils from the clutches of the Tamil Tiger terrorists by the Sri Lankan Government soldiers, it is then that I will believe that the Canada’s Harper Government truly understands what Human Rights is all about.   Failing, I will throw my hands up in frustration and disgust and shout, What a bunch of Dodos who want to be world leaders on Human Rights.  They are certainly not doing it right!”

Sincerely

Asoka Weerasinghe

The only way to ensure permanent peace in the North is for sinhala catholics, sinhala buddhists and muslim people to live in the Northern Province in at least equal number to the tamils

March 30th, 2014

plumblossom

It is very clear that the TNA is a separatist and extremist party and it is painfully clear that their final goal remains Eelam in a combined North and East of Sri Lanka.
 
What is of great concern is the TNA’s insistence in keeping the ethnic ratio of the Northern province static in order to finally achieve Eelam at some future date.
 
In my opinion, the only way to solve the tamil issue is for sinhala catholics, sinhala buddhists and muslims and any others (burghers, malays and others) to be relocated to the Northern province so that there is at least one third sinhala, one third muslim and one third tamils living in the Northern province, the same as in the East. Further, it is only justice in order to compensate for the gross ethnic cleansing of the sinhala catholics, sinhala buddhists and the muslims from the North by the ruthless tiger leadership in the past.
 
The TNA will jump up and down and complain to the so called ‘international community’. However, the Government should stand firm and respond by saying:
 
Has not the ethnic ratio changed in the Western province, North-Western province and the Central province drastically over years let alone the Uva province or even the Sabaragamuwa province during the last hundreds of years? Don’t these provinces have many ethnic groups living side by side in these provinces?
 
When the TNA gets dumbfounded by this statement, ask them then why should the ethnic ratio of the Northern province remain the same when the ethnic ratios of all other provinces have changed drastically over the years and almost all other provinces are ethnically diverse with many sinhala, tamil and muslims living side by side in almost all other provinces!? It is only justifiable in an ethnically diverse country such as Sri Lanka that all it’s provinces become ethnically diverse if there is to be peace in the island.
 
Why does the TNA think the Northern province is so special when almost all other provinces are ethnically diverse!?
 
Since the North and East of Sri Lanka comprise 28% of land, it is only reasonable that landless people from other areas of the country which is already over-populated at present be allowed to live in the North and cultivate since there is more free land available there. The Government should initiate a scheme immediately and invite the landless to apply to live and cultivate in the North from the other provinces.
 
Demand forcefully in an official demand by the Sri Lankan Government once and for all from the TNA and all other separatists (including the US, India , Canada and the UK) to stop calling the sinhalese ‘colonisers’ since the sinhalese have lived in this island for well over 2,500 years (including in the North for thousands of years). How dare all these people call us ‘colonisers’ in our own native island, in our own native country!? Demand once and for all never ever to use this abhorrent term ever again!
 
Ask the US and Canada in particular, how dare they call the sinhalese ‘colonisers’ (who have lived in this island for over 2,500 years including in the North of the country for thousands of years)? Then what on earth should anyone call the Americans and the Canadians (who in reality stole the native American’s and native first people’s land in those countries!)?
 
If India complains, tell them once and for all to stop calling for a ‘United Sri Lanka’ and tell them to their face straight that the name of our country is Sri Lanka and not ‘United Sri Lanka’ and that there is no such thing as a ‘United Sri Lanka’ and there is only a Sri Lanka and to respect the name of our country!
 
Also tell India once and for all to stop demanding Sri Lanka hand over land and police powers to the Provincial Councils since Sri Lanka will do no such thing since the Provincial Councils have been give the powers that they already have and that is more than sufficient and that this is it and no more discussion in this regard is welcome!
 
It is quite alarming that officials of the US Embassy along with the TNA have questioned sinhala returnees to the North recently. How dare the US or the TNA question the sinhala people’s right to live anywhere in our own country? It is our own fundamental right to live where we please (as long as we do not bother anyone else in the process). It is we sinhala people who should demand from the US official (in these circumstances) to explain to us why they stole native American’s land to ‘create’ a US!
 
Also, how dare the US officials question sinhala or muslim returnees since these people first suffered gross ethnic cleansing by the LTTE and is now being questioned about their right to live anywhere they please in their own God damned country!? How dare they indeed!
 
Additionally the US, India, Canada and the UK are only after the mineral, oil and other resources of the North and the East and to relocate their naval bases to Trincomalee that they are insidiously hatching up plans to create ‘Eelam’ at a future date that they are passing bogus resolutions at the UNHRC and creating a great hue and cry about land and police powers. As if these resource hungry and cunning countries have any right whatsoever to demand from us the natives of this island that we ‘hand over’ this and that to anybody. The North and the East is an integral part of Sri Lanka and this should be forcefully explained to the US, UK, India and Canada and they should be told that they have no business pushing their weight about in Sri Lanka.
 
The Government should initiate a relocation program for sinhala catholics, shinala buddhists and muslims from other over-populated provinces to relocate to the Northern province to live there since there is land there now to cultivate on.
 
This is the only way to bring peace to the North and the East to have at least one third sinhala, one third muslim and one third tamils live in the North. Otherwise we will have extremists and separatists like the TNA bother the peace of the island forever (including India who will also not stop bothering us ever and who will harass us forever as they have done for the past thousand years at least) and especially when thinking about the future generations, this is the best way forward and especially when thinking about the future peace and harmony of the island.

Countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America express their support to Sri Lanka’s efforts at achieving national reconciliation

March 30th, 2014

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN, Geneva

Sri Lanka’s efforts at achieving national reconciliation and significant progress in many spheres received support from countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America during the  adoption of the resolution on 27 March 2014 and consideration of the High Commissioner’s Report on Sri Lanka on 26 March 2014 at the Human Rights Council.

China said the international community must respect the right to choose one’s own path of development.” They also pointed out that the co-sponsors of the draft resolution on Sri Lanka used the problem of human rights to openly exert pressure on Sri Lanka” to intervene in the internal affairs of the country.” China shared the concerns of many other countries that this resolution does not reflect the consensus of the Council” and it is an example of politicization of human rights” and at the same time some of the contents of the draft goes against the mandate of the High Commissioner and provision of the resolution which established the Council.”

Pakistan expressing their concern and opposition to country-specific resolutions in principle said such resolutions are ineffective and counter-productive.” While commending Sri Lanka for successfully overcoming this menace of terrorism and separatism” it emphasized that the international community including the HRC should help and support Sri Lanka to heal its wounds and achieve reconciliation and lasting peace” instead of adding fuel to the fire.” Pakistan reiterated that no self-respecting country would agree to the intrusive measures advocated in this resolution” while pointing out OP 10 and OP 6 of the resolution as examples. Raising a question on the capacity of the OHCHR to carry out its mandate given by the resolution, Pakistan said if the OHCHR is to receive funds from countries that have sponsored this resolution it will obviously be seen as a process that will be tainted.”

 Cuba said Sri Lanka has shown a genuine commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights of its people” and that it does not believe in an international investigation in this specific case.” In Cuba’s point of view, It’s simply a case of imposing in the interests of the powerful over others” and this initiative gives a signal which is contrary to a spirit of cooperation and dialogue.”

Russian Federation said they consider that this initiative is unconstructive in principle” and that this draft goes well beyond the limits of reconciliation and it constitutes interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.”

Japan shared its policy objective” of supporting Sri Lanka’s efforts through its engagement with Sri Lanka on a dialogue on bilateral basis encouraging Sri Lanka to implement concrete measures for promoting national reconciliation and ensuring accountability.” Japan believed its continuous engagement with Sri Lanka has resulted in further commitments. Japan strongly urged Sri Lanka to continue to make atmosphere to cooperate with the international community and to steadily implement concrete measures including the ones to which Sri Lanka committed itself recently to improve its human rights situation and to realize timely national reconciliation.”

Republic of Korea noted with appreciation Sri Lanka’s continued efforts towards national reconciliation and reconstruction”. It noted that despite the achievements made by the GoSL for national reconciliation and reconstruction there is still room for improvement in terms of accountability” while it is fully aware of the difficulties”  of doing so emphasized that this is what SL should go through in order to achieve full national reconciliation.”

South Africa encouraged the GoSL to implement the recommendations of the LLRC as one of the most important steps in the journey towards true national reconciliation.” It also encouraged the Government and people of Sri Lanka to speedily agree on a credible and meaningful process that would create a conducive environment inside and outside the country and will allow for a meaningful and sustainable political settlement leading to a constitution that will be acceptable to all Sri Lankans.” It said it is prepared to share this experience with the people of Sri Lanka” through its Special Envoy to work to promote the need for a peaceful, sustainable long term political solution which would be best achieved through broad consultation and an inclusive, open, transparent and meaningful dialogue process amongst all the people of Sri Lanka.”

Brazil acknowledged the progress achieved by the GoSL and also recognized the enormous challenges” it faces as a country that goes through a transitional process. Brazil stressed the importance that Sri Lanka continue to advance its efforts in the realm of transitional justice as part of the necessary measures to guarantee the rights to memory and truth as well as to ensure reparations for victims and to overcome practices that still affect the human rights situation in the country.” Brazil said We believe that increased international cooperation including through constructive dialogue is the most effective contribution this Council, the OHCHR and the international community as a whole can give to Sri Lanka.”

Uganda said, a call for an international investigation into the situation in Sri Lanka has, in our view, no basis.  We should be mindful that Sri Lanka has fought one of the most ruthless terrorist groups in the world”.

Nigeria appreciated the efforts of the Sri Lankan Government to continue engaging the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms as a means of improving the human rights situation in the country” and also commended Sri Lanka’s achievement in the areas of demining, resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation of its people, especially the former combatants.

Iran pointed out that Sri Lanka has continued to maintain its engagement with the Council and emphatically stated we oppose the politicization of human rights issues, including country specific human rights issues”.

Zimbabwe said the High Commissioner’s report went beyond its mandate by making reference to and recommendations on extraneous issues, including its call for the establishment of an international inquiry mechanism to further investigate alleged violations”.

Namibia said the international community should assist Sri Lanka in her continued efforts to overcome difficulties to pursue the policy of national reconciliation, rehabilitation, and resettlement of those who were affected by the conflict, as well as the reconstruction of the country:.

Viet Nam spoke of endeavors and concrete achievements made by the Government and People of Sri Lanka in post-conflict resettlement since May 2009 should be welcomed” and said it would be ready to join hands with the support of the international community and share with Sri Lanka our hands on experience of national reconstruction and international integration”.

Arab Republic of Egypt welcoming the genuine commitment to the reconciliation process by undertaking a range of substantive measures, including within the framework  of the National Plan of Action on the implementation of the recommendations of the LLRC, which is Sri Lanka’s own domestic mechanism” said, the Council as well as the International community must encourage States in their efforts to promote and protect human rights”.

 Sudan in its statement noted that it appreciates the continuous and tireless work of the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the LLRC via a national plan of action aiming at ensuring conducive environment for the national reconciliation and reconstruction on going processes”.

South Sudan in its statement appreciated the role of the government in reducing the number of military forces in the Northern and Eastern provinces, and removing of many checkpoints in order to strengthen freedom of movement” and welcomed the appointment of three members of Commission of Inquiry to investigate alleged abductions or disappearance of persons in the northern and eastern provinces”.

Thailand welcomed the progress achieved in the implementation of the LLRC recommendations, particularly the establishment of the military courts of inquiry and the Commission of Inquiry on Disappearances”.  They noted that a number of measures have been set up to address accountability issues, including regular discussions between the Government and the ICRC to explore possible areas of cooperation on alleged disappearances”.

Myanmar said Sri Lanka deserves a due recognition for the progress achieved so far in the post-conflict efforts in the areas of reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction” and that it was pleased to see the continued engagement and cooperation of Sri Lanka with the High Commissioner and her office” and added that reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction work after 30 years of the conflict in Sri Lanka is no easy task”.

Belarus said we consider that the report of the High Commissioner goes beyond the mandate defined in said resolution, even the one in the resolution, and the matters and the recommendations in it are not foreseen by the resolution”.

Bhutan commended Sri Lanka for its open and proactive engagement with the mechanisms of the human rights council, including Special Rapporteur procedures, treaty bodies and the Universal Periodic Review” and in its statement said, we also recognize the process of reconciliation is not an easy task”.

Bolivia its statement said, the Report of the High Commissioner submitted to this Council session on Sri Lanka goes beyond the mandate granted under the resolution 22/1.”.

Lao PDR appreciating the significant efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to engage the country towards democracy and improvement of the livelihoods of its citizens” in its statement said, we are also pleased to note that Sri Lanka remains committed to continue its multifaceted and comprehensive process of reconciliation in the context of the National Plan of Action on the implementations of the recommendations of the LLRC”.

Morocco acknowledged that Sri Lanka has made important policy measures such as restoring the civil administration in the Northern and Eastern areas of the country and the elections at the Northern Provincial Council last September” and it should now capitalize on these measures to build trusted and reconciled environment among the components of the Sri Lankan nation”.

Uzbekistan welcomed the Government’s adoption for further recommendations made by this Commission and the fact that Commission has been set up and military courts to investigate disappearances as well as the ongoing cooperation of the country with this Council and its mechanisms”.

International Buddhist Foundation (IBF) said there are attempts to highlight Sri Lanka as an emblematic failure” oversteps the border of sanity shown in this Council by some actors, while totally ignoring the lessons learnt from genocide and horrendous crimes that occurred in their own countries, and strive to point an accusing finger at a sovereign State that liberated its people from a bloody 30 year LTTE carnage”.

World Barua Organization, a Non-Governmental Organization said, Sri Lanka is a country which has come out of a thirty year terrorist war and is making progress in reconciliation” and there are attempts by some countries to disrupt this process, being influenced by various elements who are determined to discredit Sri Lanka in this Council” and added history of the world has proven that reconciliation is a possibility as an internal process. It has been done in other countries and it can be done in Sri Lanka too” and that WBO and that we hope that the international community will provide necessary inspiration and help to Sri Lanka in this hour of need.

Buddhist Relief Organisation (IBRO) asked, where these international figures were and what the UN was doing for 30 odd years  watching LTTE blast people to bits, kill pregnant women, babies and innocent Buddhist Monks, and no sooner the LTTE is vanquished they are quick to come out demanding accountability, transparency, holding Geneva Rights” and demanding why the LTTE were killed?  What kind of hypocrisy are we witnessing?” and questioned the duplicity of some of those powerful countries whose human rights violations have been overlooked by the UN, UNHCR is a matter of regret”.

Sri Lanka Mission

Geneva.

‘Human Rights’ demeaned When countries with ‘unclean hands’ champion Human Rights at UNHRC

March 30th, 2014

Senaka Weeraratna

Copy of Cdn-2013-tag-Point-of-View.jpgSri Lanka is being hounded at the UNHRC for Human Rights violations by a group of nations led by USA, Britain and EU countries whose involvement in colonial crimes of the most brutal kind, has never been brought to book.

The crimes against humanity committed in Asia, Africa, Australia, North and South America in the last five hundred years during European Colonial rule represent one of the darkest chapters in human history.

International law and international institutions in charge of ‘enforcement’ of International law have been so structured that crimes committed during the colonial era by European countries escape scrutiny and public investigation.

The textbooks for schoolchildren in the West are totally silent on this subject. If at all they will be slanted in a way to whitewash or cover up.

This morally indefensible stance of appalling silence by the international community on colonial era crimes is compounded by two new Institutions that have come up in the last ten years i.e. the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) and International Criminal Court (ICC) which continue with the same type of double standards employed during the colonial era, and what former Indian diplomat KM Panikkar in his ground breaking book Asia and Western Domination – A Survey of the Vasco De Gama Epoch of Asian History 1498 – 1945 (published 1953) described as the doctrine of different rights, showing partiality towards Europeans and prejudice and discriminatory attitude towards non-Europeans.

The more or less exclusive hunt of Black African leaders we see today by the ICC is a continuation of the same shameful path that Western imperial countries adopted in the Berlin Conference (1884 – 1885) in their Scramble for Africa through invasion, occupation, colonization, and annexation of African territory by European powers, including brutal assassination of heroic leaders and freedom fighters such as Patrick Lumumba, the first Prime Minister of independent Congo. Three countries USA, Britain and Congo have been implicated in the murder of Patrice Lumumba.

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http://www.amazon.com/The-Assassination-Lumumba-Ludo-Witte/dp/1859844103

Doctrine of Clean Hands

The doctrine of clean hands, used in municipal law courts is an equitable defense in which the defendant argues that the plaintiff is not entitled to obtain an equitable remedy because the plaintiff is acting unethically or has acted in bad faith with respect to the subject of the complaint—that is, with “unclean hands”.

In other words it is a procedural rule of law that a person coming to court with a lawsuit or petition for a court order must be free from unfair conduct (have “clean hands” or not have done anything wrong) in regard to the subject matter of his/her claim. This is a concept that has roots in Equity.

Equitable Principles are often mentioned as a subsidiary source of international law since equity and fairness constitute a general principle of law recognized by all civilized legal systems, and therefore morally entitled to be incorporated into international law.

UNHRC must invoke the doctrine of clean hands” into its set of rules and proceedings. Only countries that are free of a criminal past of violation of Human Rights of people within and outside the member country should be entitled to propose Resolutions accusing other countries of violation of Human Rights.

Neither USA nor Britain nor several European countries are free of allegations of violation of human rights of other people. Simply put using any bench mark they have ‘unclean hands’.

It is laughable and even demeaning to the whole cause of human rights when the champions of Human Rights at UNHRC and now engaged in a crusade against a little nation Sri Lanka, are the very nations that have much blood on their hands and answerable for the deaths of countless millions of innocent people all over the world killed during their colonial adventures or insane world wars instigated by these very nations.

Saner Counsel must prevail at UNHRC.

Countries that have a dark past of human rights violations e.g. USA, Britain, Belgium, France etc. should be black listed and should be debarred from proposing Resolutions accusing other countries of Human Rights violations by invoking the equitable principles of ‘Clean Hands’ into the proceedings of UNHRC.

British/ US hegemony on Diego Garcia

An insightful YouTube program on British Colonialism and US imperialism colluding to destroy the Human Rights of the indigenous people of Diego Garcia. It is a must watch program. Highly recommended to those who value and engage in the genuine protection of Human Rights.

http://www.markcurtis.info/

Books by Mark Curtis

Unpeople: Britain’s Secret Human Rights Abuses

Curtis shows that Britain is complicit in the deaths of ten million people since 1945. These are Unpeople – those whose lives are seen as expendable in the pursuit of Britain’s economic and political goals.

The book pieces together the Blair government’s public deception campaign” on Iraq and reveals government plans to increase information operations” directed towards the public and to embark on a new phase of global military intervention. He also reveals from the declassified British government documents the hidden history of unethical British policies, including support for the massacres in Iraq in 1963, the backing given to the rise of Uganda dictator Idi Amin and the extraordinary private support of the US in its aggression against Vietnam.

Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role in the World

In this best-selling book, Mark Curtis reveals a new picture of Britain’s role in the world since 1945 and in the war against terrorism” by offering a comprehensive critique of the Blair government’s foreign policy.

Curtis argues that Britain is an outlaw state”, often a violator of international law and ally of many repressive regimes. He reasons not only that Britain’s foreign policies are generally unethical but that they are also making the world more dangerous and unequal.

The book also draws on formerly secret government documents showing the British policy of depopulating the Chagos Islands, the brutal wars in Kenya and Malaya and support for the massacres in Indonesia in 1965, among others.

Trade For Life: Making Trade Work for Poor People

Across the world, poor people are suffering as a result of the current global trade system. The trade rules negotiated in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) cover not merely trade issues, but also investment, services, agriculture and intellectual property rights, and have been made primarily in the interests of business corporations in developed countries. This book, written for Christian Aid’s trade campaign, analyses the nature and impact of the global trade agreements and recommends how they need to change.

The Great Deception: Anglo-American power and world order

Debunking some of the myths of post-cold war power, Mark Curtis shows how Britain remains the key supporting player in US hegemony and how far from benign this special relationship is in its impact on the rest of the world. The book analyses the nature of the special relationship in the Middle East and at the UN, the recent phenomenon of so-called humanitarian intervention” and the reality behind the two states’ development” agendas.

The Ambiguities of Power: British foreign policy since 1945

Using formerly secret government documents and independent sources, this historical study argues for a radically revised understanding of post-war British foreign policy. Curtis shows that, contrary to the impression usually conveyed by both academic writing and press coverage, British policy, in both intention and effect, had been far removed from the principles it has conventionally been assumed to be based upon: the pursuit of peace, the promotion of democracy and human rights, and the relief of poverty. The book covers the whole of the post-war period. It examines British foreign policy planners’ aims and interventions in a host of developing countries, as well as looking at the special relationship with the United States.

- See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=features/human-rights-demeaned#sthash.lx92gzrb.dpuf

Courtesy:  Daily News

Provincial Council elections and fall outs from the US Resolution

March 30th, 2014

P.A.Samaraweera

 UPFA again had a landslide victory. Here are the live results from the internet showing the seats secured by the UPFA and the trailing party (UNP) .
 
Colombo Dist.      seats                     Gampaha Dist.    seats          Kalutara  Dist.   seats               
 
UPFA                      18                            UPFA                 23                UPFA                   13
UNP                        12                             UNP                  10                 UNP                    06
 
 
Galle    Dist            seats                      Matara  Dist.         seats          Hambantota Dist.  seats
 
UPFA                        13                         UPFA                         10             UPFA                        08F
UNP                          06                        UNP                            04              UNP                         04               
 
Seats won by other parties are not shown here. UNP retained Colombo North. So come Colombians are still for the UNP.   In the western province as a whole UPFA had secured 56 seats, while the UNP received 28 seats. In the Southern Province UPFA bagged 33 seats while UNP obtained 14 seats. Compared to previous results, UNP vote base had deteriorated in this provincial council election.
 
Those disappointed of the results would claim that this is ‘computer Jilmat’. But it is difficult to sell this idea to the people. The truth is that the people are showing their gratitude to the govt for eradicating terrorism and salvaging the country. During the war, UNP joined hands with the present US resolution sponsors and tried to put spokes into the war effort.  So they are still paying for it. Even during the recent US resolution the UNP did not condemn the role of the US, UK and the UNHRC, and were silent observers, while  certain countries such as Pakistan, China, Cuba and Russia defended Sri Lanka to the hilt. Basically, the UNP is not national minded and not with the common man.
 
The US and UK, the pioneers of human rights violations are preaching about accountability to the Sri Lankan govt which rescued the country from terrorists. So the more pressure US and UK bring on the govt, more support the UPFA gets from the people. It is no secret that these countries bring these resolutions and talk about human rights, accountability and so on, because of the Tamil diaspora votes in their marginal Parliamentary seats. When talking about human rights, the track record of the US and UK is appalling.
 
Then, we have Navi Pillai who had been behind the whole issue since the war ended in May 2009 because she is biased, as she is a Tamil, which is no secret. She cannot deny this fact and there is no transparency in what she does. Her contract ends mid this year. So she is looking for another assignment and persuades the UNHRC to appoint her to be in charge of the US sponsored international investigation against Sri Lanka. 
Based on the results of the provincial council election results there is no way the US and her torch bearers could dream of a regime change !

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