JFA condemns UP scribe’s murder

October 7th, 2015

By Our Correspondent

Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has condemned the killing of one more scribe in Uttar Pradesh and reiterated its demand for a national action plan for justice to those slain journalists. The murder of Hemant Yadav last week increased the tally of slaughtered media persons to four this year in India.

Yadav, a middle aged journalist who worked for Hindi news channel TV 24, was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne miscreants on the night of 3 October 2015. The incident took place at Dheena area of Chandauli district, where Yadav faced the brutal attack. Although he was taken to a nearby hospital, Yadav succumbed to his injuries. Yadav has left behind his wife and two children.

The last incident of killing of a journalist was reported from Maharashtra, when a Thane based journalist Raghavendra Dube was killed by some miscreants. Dube, who edited a local news weekly was beaten and stabbed to death on July 17. Dube’s killing took place after he had covered a police raid on a night bar. Earlier this year, two journalists, Jagendra Singh from UP and Sandeep Kothari from Madhya Pradesh were also killed in separate incidents by miscreants.

Condemnation also came from International Federation of Journalists

(IFJ) which has  demanded immediate action to bring those responsible into custody. The he IFJ general secretary Beth Costa  asserted that despite being the world’s largest democracy, the freedom of the press currently does not guarantee journalist safety.

The JFA, while demanding visible actions by the Akhilesh Yadav government at Lucknow, expressed dismay that the present scenario, where the murderers of media persons often escape accountabilities, would only encourage the perpetrators to continue their killing spree against the courageous journalists of the country.

“We reiterate our demand for a national action plan to safeguard the scribes who pursue critical journalism,” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria adding that the robust Indian media fraternity must rise on the occasion to compel the authority to punish every single murderer of journalists under the rule of law.

At 750MW, Madhya Pradesh to get world’s largest solar power plant

October 7th, 2015

Courtesy Times of India

BHOPAL: Next year on Independence Day, India will have the world’s largest 750MW solar power plant in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh, which will pip America’s much-vaunted 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight solar project in California, commissioned four days ago.

Acquisition of 1,500 hectares of land for the Rs 4000 crore project is close to completion and government agencies are likely to invite tenders from developers by April. The state government is setting up the plant in a joint venture with Solar Energy Corporation of India.

The expected cost of power production is pegged at Rs 5 per/unit which would be lower than production costs in any solar project in the country, including the one at Neemuch in MP and Mehsana and Patan in Gujarat.

READ ALSO: Gujarat may lose top spot in solar power generation

Speaking to TOI, additional chief secretary for new and renewable energy, SR Mohanty, said, “We are planning to inaugurate the plant on August 15, 2016. The plant will be developed in three segments of 250 MW each. Land acquisition will be over by end of month and over 90% land for the project is owned by government,” he said.

Acquisition for remaining 300 hectares of non-government land is continuing. “There are no hiccups as the land is non-agricultural and barren,” said Rewa district collector, Rahul Jain.

Speaking to TOI, Mohanty said, “No clearance from pollution control board is required for the project. We have to sign a joint venture agreement between state-run PSU Urja Vikas Nigam and Solar Energy Corporation of India and a detailed project report will be prepared. Preliminary reports are already prepared and we will complete formalities by April and we will be in a position to invite tenders.”

READ ALSO: Panchayats to have stake in solar power projects

Work on laying transmission lines is under way.

“State government will help developers get the project financed with easy loans and little paperwork. World Bank has given its nod to fund 49% of the cost at concessional rates. Developers who quote the lowest power tariff will bag the project,” said Mohanty. And at least 20% power produced from the solar plant will be for Madhya Pradesh, he said.

The plant is being set up in Gurh tehsil of Rewa district and will straddle five villages of Barseta.

Less talk, more action: Russian jets destroy ISIS HQs, tanks, munition depots – all in just 1 week

October 7th, 2015

Courtesy RT

It’s been a tough week for terrorists in Syria. Over seven days Russia delivered over a hundred airstrikes at various jihadist facilities across the country, reportedly igniting panic among some groups.

According to a weekly roundup by the Russian Defense Ministry, the country’s contingent in Syria has launched some 120 combat sorties over the week, hitting over 110 targets. The bombing destroyed over 71 pieces of armor, about 30 other vehicles, several artillery pieces, 19 command facilities, two communication centers, 23 depots with fuel and ammunition, six plants used to make IEDs, including car bombs, and several training camps.

Terrorists on the run

The apparent goal of this phase of the operation is to undermine the militants’ capability to keep the pressure on government forces through constant raids and terrorist attacks, and to give the Syrian Army a breathing space to regroup and launch an offensive.

The targets of the Russian airstrikes were spread across Syria, from ISIS stronghold Raqqa in the northeast to the vicinity of the ancient city of Palmyra west of the Damascus-controlled western part of the country to the outskirts of Damascus in the south.

According to the Russian military, the bombing campaign has hurt the morale of the militant troops, sending thousands on the run.

Top Guns

Russia’s fleet of jets is varied as well. The core of it consists of well-tried workhorses like the Su-24 frontline bomber and the armored Su-25 ground-support fighter jet. Both planes were designed decades ago, although the Air Force brought the latest upgraded versions for the Syrian campaign.

Newer planes are also there, like the Su-34, which entered service in Russia last year. The Syrian theater offers Russian engineers a test-field to try the plane, which can hit targets from an altitude of 5,000 feet, far from the range of anti-aircraft weapons in the possession of the militants.

The Air Force is employing a number of bombs in the missions, from sophisticated and expensive laser-guided Kh-25Ls and steerable KAB-250s to the bunker-busting BETAB-500s free-falling and affordable FAB-500s. The variety means Russia can strike with pinpoint precision where necessary and bombard with devastating force where no collateral damage would be done.

Mission control

Russia’s Syrian mission flies from a hastily reconstructed airbase south of Latakia. Just a couple of months ago it was an abandoned airfield, but now it sends dozens of sorties daily and hosts not only some of the most high-tech fighter jets on the planet, but also serves as a home for Russian combat pilots, technicians and support troops. Syrian soldiers and officers are at the base to help coordinate the war effort.

In addition to the aircraft used for reconnaissance and bombing, the base has plenty of capabilities to defend itself. Mil Mi-24s patrol the vicinity ready to hit any militants intent on firing portable surface-to-air missiles at the Russian planes. Tanks and other armor complete with commando troops are prepared to repel a massive raid.

Advanced Pantsir-S1 air defense vehicles and Krasukha-4 electronic warfare systems are covering the airspace – a contingency for third parties attempting to interfere with the Russian operation.

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Blunders and fakes

The air campaign so far has had the odd glitch. Ankara said Russia invaded its airspace twice over the week. Moscow said it would make corrections to the combat missions to avoid such incidents. NATO officials blasted Russia for “unacceptable violations,” to cite Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, but Turkey appears to have allowed such mistakes so far.

Of more serious concern are complaints by some western officials that Russia is targeting west-backed rebel troops in Syria and may even end up killing CIA agents in the field. Russia insists that it only targets terrorist troops and demonstrated how the militants use mosques and other civilian objects to protect their weapons from Russian attacks. Such tactics cannot be employed by truly moderate forces, the Russian Defense Ministry noted.

Numerous reports of civilian casualties caused by Russia have so far not been corroborated by any trustworthy sources. Footage and photos allegedly proving such allegations were disproven on many occasions as taken even before the campaign was launched.

The Defense Ministry meanwhile was unexpectedly forthcoming by providing footage of the strikes and access to the Russian troops stationed in Syria. The military is dropping its old over-cautious stance on secrecy, and is trying to make the campaign as transparent as possible.

What’s next

After a week of fighting ISIS in Syria, Russia is escalating its effort. On Wednesday, the Russian Navy lent a hand to the campaign by firing dozens of cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea at terrorist targets in Syria.

And Iraq may soon invite Russia to start attacking ISIS troops on Iraqi soil, stepping up the level of cooperation Baghdad has with Moscow, Damascus and Tehran.

 

4 Russian warships launch 26 missiles against ISIS from Caspian Sea

October 7th, 2015

Courtesy RT

 Four Russian Navy warships have fired a total of 26 missiles at the position of the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced. The missiles were fired from the Caspian Sea.

“Four missile ships launched 26 cruise missiles at 11 targets. According to objective control data, all the targets were destroyed. No civilian objects sustained damage,” Shoigu said.

© Russian Defence Ministry

READ MORE: Russian warships attack ISIS positions in Syria from Caspian Sea (VIDEO)

The missiles flew some 1,500 km before reaching their targets, probing their efficiency.

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READ MORE: Russian jets hit 12 ISIS targets in Syria, ’cause panic among extremists’

The missile attacks came from Russia’s fleet in the Caspian Sea, which borders Russia, Iran and three other littoral countries. The precision weapons hit all intended targets. The attacks required cooperation from Iran and Iraq, as the missiles had to travel through their airspace to reach Syria.

The Russian Defense Ministry said it had worked with its partners to plan the flight path so that the missiles traveled only over desolate areas and didn’t pose any danger to civilians.

Four warships of the Caspian fleet were involved in the missile attacks, the Gepard-class frigate Dagestan and the Buyan-M-class corvettes Grad Sviyazhsk, Uglich and Veliky Ustyug. They fired cruise missiles from the Kalibr NK (Klub) VLS launchers. The missiles used are capable of hitting a target within 3 meters at a range of up to 2,500 km.

© Russian Defence Ministry

Earlier, Russian warships played a key part in deploying the Russian warplanes to Syria, delivering equipment and supplies to an air base near Latakia and the Navy’s old base in Tartus.

READ MORE: ‘We are seeking bigger role for Russia than Americans’ – Iraq defense committee chairman

© Russian Defence Ministry

Russia has spent a week delivering airstrikes at terrorist forces in Syria, conducting over 120 combat sorties. Now the Navy is joining Russia’s Air Force in the operation.

 

Hilarious : Internationally banned LTTE Terrorist Fronts influence UNHRC resolutions

October 6th, 2015

Shenali D Waduge

Into the hall of historical shame will enter the present UNSG, the UNHRC heads and officials and all other foreign nations that have been party to successive resolutions demanding investigations against a UN member state. The matter becomes hilarious for no other reason than the fact that the supposed ‘evidence’ against Sri Lanka comes from the documentaries, reports, witness accounts and lobbying funded and organized by internationally banned LTTE fronts domiciled in western nations and influencing the foreign parliamentarians electoral victory. Making things more bizarre is the fact that these foreign governments have netted Tamils from these very organizations and accused them of materially supporting the LTTE. When the West bans LTTE and is aware that LTTE fronts and individuals have been banned and when the West takes no action it doesn’t take a doctorate to realize that the LTTE is and was a tool of the West & India to destabalize Sri Lanka and the Tamil card was earmarked to be used as a bargaining tool when the time came for the West to set a fresh foothold in its pivot to Asia.

“The LTTE used its international contacts and the large Tamil diaspora in North America, Europe, and Asia to procure weapons, communications, funding and other needed supplies. The group employed charities as fronts to collect and divert funds for its activities”. http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2015/06/24/us-report-says-ltte-international-network-alive-questions-actions-of-foreign-nations-on-ltte-fronts-banned-by-gosl-incorporating-unscr-1373/ How can a statement from the US Statement on LTTE in 2014 totally ignore the 16 LTTE fronts named by Sri Lanka in April 2014 alongside over 400 individuals some of whom are the very heads whom the US and other foreign governments as well as UNSG and OHCHR head are entertaining in Geneva? The Ban Ki Moon Panel of Experts also deemed the LTTE to be ‘the most disciplined and most nationalist of the Tamil militant groups’. http://www.onlanka.com/news/sri-lanka-must-demand-investigate-the-investigation-unhrc-un-and-its-resolutions-must-be-probed.html The report itself was never tabled before the UNHRC for Sri Lanka to be given an opportunity to respond and moreover a panel appointed in the personal capacity of the UNSG has become the basis of resolutions and investigations ignoring the fact that the report comes minus the sources or witnesses which require any to wonder what kind of justice system is taking place.

Is this some circus of justice where the very organizations named and declared as being the source of the material support that the LTTE ground force was supplied are the one’s who are creating the documentaries, the movies, the reports and even providing the witnesses that has formed the basis for the OHCHR investigations and resolutions against a sovereign nation.

The below picture aptly depicts the level of hypocrisy that prevails when the TNA-LTTE fronts that are internationally banned have no problem in entering and moving among diplomats and UN officials inside the UN and are free to point fingers at the GOSL and armed forces and the Governments and officials have been spineless enough not to respond and ascertain Sri Lanka’s sovereign right.

The photo depicts the following

EPRLF Vanni Area MP Selvam Adikalanathan

TNA – Mavisenathiraja

TNA MP – Sumanthiran

TNA MP – Sritharan

TELO – Jana from Batticoloa Eastern PC MP

GTF leader Father Emmanuel

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Source:

http://www.tamilwin.com/show-RUmtzATVSVho5A.html

What is obvious is that the very organizations that are banned funnily enough using the UN Security Council Resolution 1373 are openly going in and out of Geneva and having more status than officials of a legitimate government.

Initially these organizations set themselves up as charities and human rights organizations but with the illegal and legal flow of money and positioning Tamils in places that prostrates foreign parliamentarians before them these LTTE fronts are now calling the shots and foreign intelligence obviously knowing when to draw the line if these entities exceed their limits are happy to watch as these LTTE fronts are now the face that enables geopolitical agendas to take shape in Asia.

What is also clear is that the UNHRC is well aware that they do not have evidence against Sri Lanka’s armed forces but with global propaganda within the control and ownership of the West all that needs to be done to fool the masses is to follow the Goebbles principle of repeating the lies long enough for people to believe them.

There are enough of discrepancies that can be cited to showcase the bizarre justice taking place within the UN system against Sri Lanka. The tragedy is that all the villains have found themselves nuzzled up in influential places and none too happy to follow justice if it curtails their career objectives.

So we end up having to accept half-baked reports, questionable and unproven statements and witnesses that we know do not exist.

In September 2015 the Sri Lanka United National Association of Canada issued a report that LTTE fronts were producing fabricated reports & documentaries to frame Sri Lanka. The report accused the 15 LTTE fronts banned by UNSC Resolution 1373 and the 424 individuals as using their accumulated funds earned through human smuggling, extortion and other illegal operations to influence the UNHRC. Referring to ‘Tainted-Freedom from Torture Report’ and video “Sri Lanka-the Search for Justice” SLUNA has accused the report of being about former LTTE cadres who had escaped to the UK via LTTE fronts and that the scars on their bodies were done in the UK for payment to facilitate asylum claims. SLUNA also accuses the video as being the same as the C4 video appearing yearly before UNHRC sessions. A C4 director is married to Ms. Sabaratnam who is alleged to be linked to LTTE and is a producer in C4.  Vany Kumar a star witness turns out to be a LTTE activist. http://www.asiantribune.com/node/87970

The links to LTTE and foreign parliamentarians needless to say showcase why there has been inaction apart from signatory arrests just to showcase that foreign nations are doing something against LTTE terror

  • In Canada –  Finance Minister Paul Martin / Ms. M. Minna and several MPs attended an LTTE fundraiser in 2000. Amnesty International accepted Canadian dollars 50,000 from the Canadian Tamil Congress. CTC fund raising event where the cheque was presented was attended by pro-LTTE TNA parliamentarian Sumitharann and the CTC head openly thanked Canadian MP Stephen Harper and Foreign Minister John Baird for supporting their cause. Bob Rae, Rathika Sitsabaiesan and a host of other Liberals whose 13 year rule resulted in pro-LTTE groups collecting $2million a month to send to the LTTE to kill and maim innocent Sri Lankans?
  • Generally panel discussions are almost always funded by or organized by LTTE linked channels.  Australian Human Rights Law Centre had as its panellists Francis Harrison, Gordon Weiss, Bruce Haigh and Sam Pari alias Dr. Parimala Nathan Sampavi alias Sham is the main fund collector of the Australian based LTTE rump group Tamil Youth Organization (TYO). http://www.onlanka.com/news/human-rights-law-centeraustralia-your-panel-are-all-pro-ltte-supporters.html
  • Navi Pillay during her visit to Sri Lanka does not see a single Sinhalese or Muslim victim but has time to visit Ananthy Sasitharan wife of key LTTE leader whom visiting foreign envoys and UN envoys also met.
  • UK Parliamentarians similarly have been openly canvassing for LTTE fronts with no shame.

Into the history books will go the present resolutions/investigations slapped by UNHRC endorsed by Western nations and India and will showcase the hypocrisy in the manner justice is being served. Hilarious no doubt is how internationally banned LTTE fronts are the one’s lobbying and have succeeded to declare Sri Lanka’s armed forces as war criminals and the LTTE terrorists as the UN’s heroes and we are sold some garbage terminology about truth and reconciliation! Daresay the West and India will now re-use the divide and rule to have Tamils bickering against Tamils and Tamils against the Sinhalese and Muslims against the Tamils and Sinhalese because all these divisions are perfect alibis for the West and India to make merry in paradise Sri Lanka!

They say one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter….

Shenali D Waduge

ජනපති මහින්දව විවේචනය කළ ජනපති මෛත්‍රීපාලට , එදා ඇමති මෛත්‍රීපාල පිළිතුරු දෙයි.

October 6th, 2015

 උපුටා ගැන්ම www.mahinda.info

[1]. “පසුගිය වසර කීපයම අපේ රට ජාත්‍යන්තරයේ පරාජයට පත් වුණා” යැයි වත්මන් ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා ජාතිය අමතමින් පැවසුවා.

[2]. ඊට හේතු ලෙස “ප්‍රබල රාජ්‍ය ත්‍රාන්ත්‍රිකයින් අපේ රටට ආපු විට මේ රටේ ප්‍රධානීන් කොළඹින් පිට ඇඹිලිපිටිය ප්‍රදේශයට ගෙන්වා මඤ්ඤොක්කා කැවීම” ආදී කරුණු ගණනාවක් දක්වයි.

[3]. එම චෝදනා සම්බන්ධයෙන් මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයක් මගින් පිළිතුරු දී තිබෙනවා.

[4]. එසේම අද මෙලෙස චෝදනා කරන ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල මහතාට, එදා ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයේ මහ ලේකම් මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන අමාත්‍යවරයා ලුණු ඇඹුල් සහිතව පිළිතුරු දී තිබෙනවා. පහත වීඩියෝ පටය සාවධානව අසා බලන්න.

එදා ජාත්‍යන්තර සබඳතා සම්බන්ධයෙන් සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා පවසන දේවල් කිහිපයක් මෙලෙසයි.

“එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවිධානයේ ඉඳලා ජාත්‍යන්තර සංවිධාන ගණනාවක් කරපු බලපෑම් වලට ඔබතුමා මුහුණ දීල තමයි ඒ ජයග්‍රහණය ලබා ගත්තේ. ඔබතුමා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පමණක් නොවෙයි කලාපීය නායකයෙක් බවට පත් වුණා ජාත්‍යන්තරය තුළ. ඒ නිසා තමයි අද ඔබතුමාට ඇතැම් අධිරාජ්‍යවාදින් ඔරවන්නේ ගරහන්නේ නොයෙකුත් දේවල් කියන්නේ.

[5]. එදා සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතා පවසන අධිරාජ්‍යවාදීන් කවුදැයි ජනතාවට සිතා බලන්නට සිදුවෙයි.

පුද්ගලයන් ගැන ආකල්පය කාලයත් සමග වෙනස් වීමට හැකියි. නමුත් අතීතයේදී වර්ණනා කළ එකම නිශ්චිත කරුණකට කාලයකට පසුව ගර්හා කරයිනම් එය හෘද සාක්ෂියේ ගැටළුවකි.

අනිත් අයටත් බලන්නට SHARE කරන්න.

No need to establish another commission -Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) and the Center for Human Rights and Research (CHR) (NGO) welcome the move to release presidential commission reports

October 6th, 2015

Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon Executive Director –Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) and the Center for Human Rights and Research (CHR)

No need to establish another commission

Reports published on Sunday (04) indicated that three government mandated reports regarding mission persons and human rights violations; the Udalagama Commission report, the Paranagama report on the second mandate and the report by Desmond De Silva’s advisory panel to the Missing Persons Commission are expected to be tabled in Parliament during the course of this week.

Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) and the Center for Human Rights and Research (CHR) have been campaigning for the release of these reports welcomes this move and states that this is a step in the right direction. It has also been reported that Paranagama committee appointed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to probe complaints regarding missing persons in the Northern and Eastern Provinces from June 10, 1990 to May 19, 2009 named some army officers as alleged perpetrators .

The credibility of the commissions

Commenting on the Paranagama Commission last week in his speech at the UNHRC Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said there were “widespread concerns raised about its credibility and effectiveness. We believe this Commission should be disbanded and its pending cases transferred to a credible and independent institution established in consultation with families of the disappeared.”

However Maxwell Paranagama has vouched for the credibility of the investigations carried out his Commission and dismissed calls to disband it to make way for a more credible investigative mechanism. “When we invite about 250 people for oral submissions, nearly 1000 people come, sometimes defying local leaders. This is proof enough of our credibility,” he told the Sunday Observer.

CaFFE and CHR have been covering various attempts by government and non-governmental actors to obtain information from those affected by the conflict. We have seen thousands of people complaining to the ICRC, the LLRC, the Civil Society Actors, the Paranagama Commission and an extended Udalagama Commission. Most of the family members of those who have disappeared have given evidence before all the above mentioned commissions. We have seen them repeat the same story and each time they relive their deepest moments of sorrow and are paralyzed for days and as an organization who has seen this ground reality, we see no reason to subject the same individuals to go through the same process through another  ‘credible and independent institution’.

Thus we believe that these documents must be public, so we can have a true judgement on their credibility. That is why last week CaFFE and CHR made an open request from President Sirisena to publicize the Undulagama and Paranagama Commission reports and interim reports of these committees as the best way to open a dialogue on alleged human rights violations. Moreover, these documents can be made base documents which can be used to investigate alleged human rights allegations as the evidence given by victims and associates of victims of assassinations, abduction and torture.

There might be criticisms on the commission, how they conducted themselves and recommendations. However concrete facts of over 60 incidents, including high profile cases like the assassination of Lakshman Kadiragamar, killing of ACF workers in Muttur, the murder of five students in Trincomalee and the disappearance of Father Jim Brown, have been considered by these commissions.

It is our belief that these reports are more than adequate to have an initial debate on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka, the needs of the people and whether a new institution needs to be formed to consult the families of the disappeared. It would be the right step towards a credible local investigation.

Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon

Executive Director – CaFFE/CHR

 

COUNTRY NEEDS A CONSTITUTION WITH DIRECT CHECKS & BALANCES TO TAME OUR POLITICIANS

October 6th, 2015

Cecil Atukorale

Whatever the form of Government, a monopoly of power in state would be the end of all civilised politics, whether it be the Presidential Executive or Parliamentary Executive.

Constant experience has shown us that every man/woman invested with power is apt to abuse it to carry his/her authority as far as it will go. The more politicians want power, less it is about principles. As such the existence of a constitution does not mean automatically that there also exists a democratic system to go along with it.

At all stages of constitution making in the past our politicians have acted very rashly towards people. What we hear today is considered with what we remember from yesterday. Democratic essence of a party is to be judged not by its slogans and programs but by its practical policy in dealing with the major issues of public life. To see what is what in the fight between parties one must not take the words at their face value but must study the actual history of the parties, must study not so much what they say about themselves as their deeds the way in which they go about solving various political problems and their behaviour in matters affecting the vital interest of the various classes of societies, peasants, workers, landlords & Businessman

The trouble with our politicians is they seem to think that people are not good political reformers and therefore a Constituent Assembly or Parliamentary Select committee like thing must pioneer for them and even over them. In their opinion constitutional issues should be of concern to the professional politicians only and the views and opinions of the detached citizens are not worthwhile.

After all, politicians are politicians by whatever name you call it. In the art of deceiving people they have no equals. People are merely asked to submit their proposal to a relevant select committee or Constituent Assembly showing that they are being heard. Accordingly, voters should entrust a Member of Parliament with full authority and and give him full scope to use it. More often than not they are intolerant of any disagreement from the voter, who is very enthusiastic about democratic constitutional reforms. Thus, the fate of the people is decided without their active participation and the public interest is virtually ignored. This is what constitution making means to our politicians in this country.

Constitution can also be distinguished in terms of the manner of their introduction : prepared draft is presented for discussion either to Parliament ( as in Sri Lanka for example in 1978 ) or to a specially formed Constituent Assembly ( Sri Lanka 1972) or is voted on directly in a General Referendum as happened in France in 1958. Views  of the Referendum appears at first sight  to be a democratic method but in fact electors only can accept or reject, but don’t have the right to introduce amendments. Furthermore, as the voters are ignorant it is sometimes difficult for them to evaluate such a complex document as Constitution. It is not surprising that the so called referendum has led to the adoption of extremely undemocratic constitutional measure to usurp the legislative power as happened in Sri Lanka in 1982 under the J.R.Jayawardena regime. However, the ruling classes often seek to avoid greater public participation on matters pertaining to constitution making; whereas during the colonial days when the Donomore & Soulbury commissions made its recommendation for constitution making, they toured the country and gave the people a broader public hearing. In the post independent era constitutions were made according to the whims and fancies of power crazy politicians to match their petty political interests. Thus, in 1972 we got an almighty parliament which could make man a woman and woman a man.

In the context, are we not justified if we were to say almighty parliament is more dangerous than the Executive Presidency? This was nowhere more marked than when we look at the rash manner in which parliament itself passed a motion in 1975 extending the duration of parliament from 5 to 7 years, with no mandate from the people. In that situation people were helpless.

As regards the idea of abolishing Executive Presidency to replace it with a Parliamentary Executive we have to say the same thing. It will be a remedy worse than the disease for our power crazy politicians are susceptible to bribery and corruption. It is completely absurd to think that the Executive Presidency has given rise to the constitutional excesses eroding democratic values. The defect in our Executive Presidency is to be found not in the powers of the executive presidency, but elsewhere. It is the lack of direct democratic Checks & Balances in the Constitution that has engendered a situation like this. In this country, people are granted the sole right to decide once in 5 years who is to represent them in parliament. Though, he is elected by the vote of the people he is not bound by the will of the people. As a case in point we cite the recent crossovers of members from one party to the other in disregard of the peoples’ will. In a situation like this, the voter is helpless. They are viewed in the law as the representatives of the nation and cannot be recalled by their own electorate before the expiry of their terms of office even if the electors have lost their confidence in them. It is here that we need to have embodied in our future constitutions’ some direct checks and balances like Recall, Initiative & Referendum to curb such power abuses. These checks are a means of enabling the people to review the actions of the Legislature. They are meant to compel the Legislature to share its power with the people – for it was feared that if the legislature were given unrestrained power the dictatorship of the parties would result in a distortion of the wishes of the people.

When President J.R Jayawardena made this constitution we were then told that he had taken some cue from the US Constitution and in the context we have to make reference to the US Constitutional System as well. The upkeep of the US congress in 1984 lost 1700 Mln USD. That is just 3 Mln USD for any congressmen.

Our elected representatives in parliament are also entitled to some such privileges like duty free luxury cars , subsidised meals, foreign trips, housing allowance and the like under our Constitution as well, despite its poor performance in our national politics. See Article 68 of the Sri Lankan Constitution. Though our politicians are highly lamenting over the power vested in the Executive President they have no such lamentation as regards the benefits and privileges now being enjoyed by them at a high cost to the state coffer.

The frequent repeal of one Constitution and its replacement by another of the same social content serves no purpose either to the country or to the people. To understand systematic changes since 1972, it is essential to give a brief outline of the political reforms in this period. Soulbury Constitution was touchable to the people though it was prepared by foreign constitutional law experts. Under Article 14 of the Soulbury Constitution any citizen could institute action against any miscreant who sits or votes in parliament if such person is not fit to be elected to parliament. Under the post-independent Republican Constitution that situation changed. See Article 13 and Article 100 of the 72 & 78 constitutions, respectively. The phrase any citizen was replaced with the phrase Attorney General in our later constitutions. Now Attorney General is the sole authority to deal with such matters. Now the citizen has no right to intervene in such matters.

Politicisation of the public service is a legacy we inherited from the post independent Constitutions. Compare Article 51 of the Soulbury Constitution with that of Article 106 and Article 59 of the 72 & 78 constitutions respectively.

Again as regard the issue of University Education our campus student are groping in the dark not knowing the reality. They have read the country’s constitution in vain. This is what Article 21(3) says about the University Education. In this article University include any Institution of Higher education. It is the constitutional interpretation term given to University in this country. As such, all other interpretation given to it any other statute or law should be read subject to that constitutional interpretation.

One of the most obnoxious provisions found in the present Constitution is its Article 154 which deals with state auditing. This Article has been framed in such way that after misappropriation of state funds any corrupt politician can escape liability. See Article 154 (1) (2) (3) of the present Constitutions. This Article empowers the Ministers to appoint its’ own auditors to audit the accounts of their respective Ministries in consultation with the Finance Minister. Further Article 154 (3) says  ‘ the Auditor General shall also perform and discharge such duties and functions as may be prescribed by Parliament by law.

What this country actually needs is a law governed society where the state as is instrument should strictly by the law establish be and not the other way round. It is this constitutional loop-hole that has been made use of by all corrupt ministers ever since 1978 up to this date, though the rulers in the present government are silent about this vital point. Who is going to fool whom?

Tragic phenomenon of forcible recruitment of Tamil civilians by the LTTE

October 6th, 2015

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Courtesy The Daily Mirror

The Human Rights Investigation  report on Sri Lanka compiled by the Office of the United Nations  High Commissioner for Human Rights released last month  has revealed  much information about the alleged activities of the Sri Lankan armed forces, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and state affiliated para – military outfits such as the Eelam People’s Democratic Party(EPDP) and Tamil Makkal Viduthalaip Puligal(TMVP) during the final phase of South Asia’s longest war. While overseas members of the  LTTE demonstrate in Geneva with tiger flags and portraits  of LTTE supremo Veluppillai Prabhakaran, those who read the UN report are appalled and horrified by the acts of cruelty perpetrated by the LTTE on its own people. Among the many aspects focused upon by the UN investigation   report on Sri Lanka – abbreviated as OISL report – is the tragic phenomenon of forcible recruitment of Tamil civilians by the LTTE.

In earlier times the LTTE had not engaged in the exercise of forcible recruitment or conscription. It was in fact organizations such as the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front(EPRLF) and Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front(ENDLF) who pioneered forcible recruitment during the days of the Indian army  deployment in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.The LTTE campaign of  forced recruitment on a massive scale  began in June 2006 and   accelerated from October onwards. One of the factors contributing to this was the split  caused in the LTTE  by the revolt of its former eastern regional commander.

The LTTE breakaway faction led by former tiger eastern region commander Vinayagamoorthy Muraleetharan alias “Col” Karuna was  actively engaged in child conscription and forced recruitment in the East after his defection. Security forces were allegedly  complicit in this campaign undertaken by the Karuna faction known as the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP). The Eastern Province thus became  the focus of attention in the sphere of abductions, conscription and forced recruitment in those days.

Apart from the TMVP involvement and complicity by the security forces the “mainstream” LTTE was also engaged in abductions and conscriptions. The Eastern province saw much activity in this regard after the split in the LTTE in 2004. Thousands of cadres who dropped out or escaped from the LTTE after the split were targetted again by both parties. Also both the LTTE and TMVP began abducting and forcibly recruiting new persons into their respective organizations. Some instances  were reported in the media .

While the focus was  on the volatile east,  the actions of the LTTE in the north did not  receive the same glare of publicity. Lack of access to the LTTE dominated regions in the Northern mainland was the chief contributory factor to this state of affairs then. The unwillingness of many Tamil people to publicly articulate their grievances against the LTTE was another reason for the situation. The Tamil community grapevine was humming with tales of tiger abductions but few Tamils  were willing to come forward and say so openly.

Fear of repercussions

The main reason was fear of repercussions at the hands of the LTTE and its minions. Another reason was the feeling that the Tamil cause would be weakened if accusations were levelled against the LTTE. Family members of those conscripted were also afraid to speak out because the lives of those abducted may have been  in jeopardy. Families were  explicitly warned of such consequences if details of abductions leaked out.

Besides  many  families  concerned were  also residing in LTTE controlled areas and  themselves were in danger.The prevailing totalitarian control of society by the LTTE prevented  people speaking out except for communicating their distress to trusted persons. All these reasons helped the LTTE to get away with continual abductions and forcible recruitments in those years.

The scale and intensity of forcible recruitments increased in 2006 as the fighting escalated. It was always the LTTE position that the movement faced a shortage of personnel because enough people were not volunteering. If enough numbers were forthcoming the elusive goal of Tamil Eelam would be a reality they used to  say then.There was  also much talk of a massive counter – strike against the armed forces by the LTTE. Additional cadres were necessary for this it was argued by the LTTE then.

While the military priorities and objectives were given pride of place the human dimension was once again lost sight of by the LTTE . The sad irony was that  the war was  being supposedly fought for the liberation and upliftment of the Tamil people! What was happening however was that of  the position of the Tamil civilians  worsening day by day.

The LTTE may have wanted  more and more people to join up and fight but the ordinary Tamils were in no mood to oblige. They simply wanted  to be left alone to pick up the pieces of their fractured lives and get on with living. This  war was not their war any more. The tigers may have celebrated  death but the ordinary Tamil  people wanted  life no matter how miserable it may have been  under prevailing  conditions.They did not want their children to die as cannon fodder in what was clearly an unwinnable war.. Which parent would  want that?

Civilian arms training

The LTTE had earlier started the process of civilian arms training. All able bodied persons from 16 to 45 were required to undergo some physical training and learn techniques of self – defence. Those willing to go the extra – mile were given more intensive training and forged into an auxiliary outfit known as “Ellai Padai” or border force. They functioned  mainly as helpers to the LTTE cadres in border areas.

Another category of persons was selected out of the original batches of trainees and given further training. They were supposedly reservists and called “Makkal Padai” or peoples force.These people were allowed to get on with normal civilian life but were required to show up whenever necessary or required. Most members of these civilian militias were not willing to fight or die. But they had no choice and were reluctantly compelled to go along with tiger diktat. These  enlistment practices were overshadowed by a new direct campaign of forced recruitment that began in 2006. The intensification and acceleration of the LTTE campaign to forcibly recruit  Tamil civilians directly  into their ranks  caused much resentment amid the Tamil people then. However they had no way to resist or protest. Some  went  into hiding. Others  found ways to leave or escape from those areas. Those detected while trying to escape  were punished. The LTTE  also infiltrated the Govt controlled areas of Mannar , Vavuniya and even Jaffna districts and abducted people. However the full force of tiger conscriptions  was  faced by the people of Kilinochchi and Mullaitheevu districts.

The LTTE which was running  a parallel administration then   set up its monitoring apparatus in the areas it controlled. There were two or more LTTE operatives functioning as “grama sevakhas” in each village. They were in possession of all family details in every household in their areas of authority. LTTE operatives armed with such particulars visited  each home and “press ganged” the reluctant young men and women into joining them. If unsuccessful at day – time the tigers returned at night. Nocturnal raids were a regular feature.

All students in the Advanced level classes were  compelled to undergo training in self – defence and first – aid. The training period was between two to four weeks.The bright ones were identified and brainwashed or forcibly recruited as permanent cadres. Initially  the  families of  fallen tigers or “great heroes” and serving LTTE members were exempted. Later they too were targeted.Many of the parents stopped sending children to schools. Young people seldom moved around publicly. If they were seen the chances of being “taken” away were very high. Some parents avoided going out to work and stayed home under the impression that they could prevent their children being taken.

Pathetic predicament

An incident in Kilinochchi   illustrates the pathetic predicament of ordinary people then. A family of five in Aanandapuram in Kilinochchi was killed in bombing by the Air Force. Two of those killed were boys aged 18 and 20 respectively. The boys were kept at home to avoid being conscripted by the LTTE at school. Tragically “Yaman” came for them at home  via an Israeli K- fir. Students of that particular school were afraid to attend classes because the principal of that institution was allegedly helping the LTTE to  identify and abduct students. The “principal” who was a close relative of a top tiger commander is today holding high political office as an elected representative of the people.

One way of avoiding conscription was to resort to matrimony  since married persons were not forcibly recruited when the conscription campaign commenced. So many people in tiger controlled areas began marrying early. With the  recruitment drive being launched in June 2006  the rate of marriages shot up among young people. The LTTE then  declared that all marriages after August 2006 were null and void. Regardless of marital status the new grooms and brides were  conscripted. The LTTE  also went to the extent of declaring a moratorium on marriages till a particular age was reached. Males could not marry till they were 40 and females till 35 was the new commandment. This was only a temporary measure assured the LTTE then.

An   incident of suicide that occurred then was pathetic.  On January 22nd  2007 a schoolmaster from Uruthirapuram married an employee at the Mallavi hospital. Both were in their mid – twenties. Two days later on the 24th, LTTE operatives came to the newly married couple and insisted that the groom give up “marital bliss” and join up with them. The “wedding” was not valid they pointed out because the “legal” marriage ages were 40 and 35. The distressed couple pleaded with the tigers and obtained a few days “grace” to complete wedding rituals .The tigers agreed and went away.

The groom and bride “escaped” and hid themselves elsewhere. The tigers returned and were infuriated at this defiance. They abducted the groom’s sister and the bride’s brother and took them away. The groom was asked to present himself within a week. Otherwise the siblings would not return, warned   LTTE.The groom was extremely agitated and worried. After pondering the situation for days in a frustrated and confused mental state the man committed suicide by hanging on February 5th 2007. He died exactly two weeks after his marriage.

This woeful tale was  talked about widely in the LTTE areas and elsewhere .Many people were highly critical of the LTTE for this act which encapsuled the predicament faced by ordinary Tamils under the jackboots of the LTTE. In a bid to counter this resentment the LTTE  put a counter spin by spreading the rumour that the man was diagnosed with terminal cancer and therefore had taken his own life .

Detained and punished

The LTTE  also banned the movement of people to Govt controlled areas. People were allowed out only for specific reasons on a very strict basis. In most instances someone living in the Wanni had to stand surety. If the person who exited  did  not return  on time the person who stood surety would  be detained and punished. The LTTE was very strict in disallowing juniors between 12 and 17 from leaving the Wanni in those days.

The people particularly the mothers  resisted  as much as  they could. But most efforts were futile. Some of the stories related  about those dark days are pathetic. One mother fell on the ground in front of a tiger vehicle in a desperate attempt to block it from driving away with her son. The LTTE driver callously drove over the woman’s leg crushing the bone. In another incident the frantic mother tried to cling on to her son but was pushed away roughly. She fell down and hit her forehead on a stone. Seeing the wife bleed the elderly husband/ father got angry and slapped the tiger cadre. The tigers were enraged.”Engalukku Kai Neetta thuninjitiyo?” (Are you brave enough to raise your hand against us?) they shouted. Thereafter the old man was given a merciless thrashing and was hospitalised.

In one case the 21-year-old brother was given permission to go to Colombo  to welcome an uncle who was visiting from abroad. His family guaranteed his return in three months. While he was in Colombo the LTTE recruitment drive escalated. Family members urged the son not to return but stay in Colombo and try to go abroad. When the LTTE went to the house the family said that the young man was sick and needed medical treatment in Colombo.

The tigers took away the 16-year-old sister and said she would be released if proof of the brothers medical condition was furnished. The brother got himself admitted to a private hospital and after some “doctoring” with some sympathetic help by those concerned sent the necessary “paperwork” to convince the LTTE of his medical condition. The LTTE rejected the documents and wanted  the family to give them medical records from a Govt hospital!. The sister was  under tiger custody for many months and finally co- opted into LTTE ranks.She was killed in the fighting.

The LTTE slogan for recruitment was “Veetukku Oru Veeran Allathu Veeranganai”  ( One hero or heroine from each house). The tigers began  strictly enforcing this . All households were  forced to send one member. If those eligible escaped or avoided  being recruited another was taken away as “hostage”. Those protesting or objecting were assaulted severely. Some were detained for indefinite periods.

Face consequences

Some of the persons taken by the tigers  managed to escape and went into hiding. The LTTE sent letters to the families saying the “escapees” must surrender themselves before a particular date. Otherwise family members would  have to face consequences the tigers warned.In another incident on Feb 9th  2007  in Vattakachchi an elder sister was taken in place of a younger sister who went into hiding. The protesting parents were kicked and pushed aside.

An LTTE member had absconded from the tigers after being sent to Vavuniya to do political work after the ceasefire. He came to Colombo and then went abroad. This was in 2003. After making inquiries from the family the LTTE did not do anything. But  in 2006  the LTTE came to the house and wanted the “escapee” to return to the LTTE again. When told that he was now abroad the tigers took away his younger sister aged 15. The family was told that the girl would be sent home if the brother returned to the Country and the movement.

Some people  sent their children or even moved out of the LTTE controlled areas through circuitous jungle routes. There was much hardship and danger but people risked  it rather than see children being conscripted. The LTTE’s elite “leopard” commano unit also prowled  these jungle routes keeping up vigil. While some people  managed to escape many  were caught and punished.One family had twin sons in their twenties. The LTTE wanted one to join up. The family tried to escape through a jungle route and was caught. As punishment both sons were taken away.

One particularly sad incident was about a young girl in Puthukudiyiruppu. She was the only daughter in the family and very clever in studies. Her elder brothers had either died as LTTE “Maaveerar” or gone abroad. The family was however worried because the girl did not attain “age” for many years. Finally she became a “periya pillai ” (loku lamaya) at the age of 18. The parents were so happy that they had a comparatively grand celebration on the “day of pouring water”. (thanni vaarkum naal). Two days later the tigers came and took her away leaving the parents devastated.

Fences devoured crops

Some families from Allaipiddy and Mankumban  had relocated to the Wanni after the spate of killings by the Navy and EPDP in  May 2006. They felt the LTTE controlled Wanni was safer than their own villages. In 2007  some youngsters from these displaced families went missing. Family members rushed to the LTTE “Kaavalthurai” (Police) run by Nadesan. The Eelam “cops” promised to inquire into the matter. It was only some days later that enlightenment dawned on the families that the “fences had devoured the crops.”Among those taken away by the LTTE were some girl students staying with Catholic sisters at a nunnery and attending a convent. The tigers took those over 17 years of age forcibly. Church leaders  appealed to the LTTE hierarchy but did  not publicise the incident for obvious reasons.

The LTTE also  abducted  young persons in the government controlled areas of Mannar, Vavuniya and even Jaffna. Age or marital status was not a bar when it came to abducting those in Govt controlled areas. They were taken to LTTE controlled areas clandestinely and forcibly inducted as tiger cadres. It was alleged then  that most incidents of youths abducted in Jaffna during daytime and then going missing were perpetrated by the LTTE. As the conflict intensified the use of mobile phones by members of the public  was banned by the LTTE in the Wanni. Anyone found using one was penalised.All foreign calls could  be taken only from LTTE run communication centres. The numbers had to be registered in the mornings. The calls limited to 5 minutes per call were allowed in the evenings. The time in between is used by the LTTE to verify details about those  being called.

There  were  however many  who managed to come out of the Wanni in that period. This was mainly due to nepotism and/or corruption. High ranking tiger leaders who had sent their own children abroad for higher studies were known to have intervened in some instances and ensured the “sending away” of close relatives. In other cases massive donations were  paid “officially” to the LTTE and “unofficially” to tiger officials for people to get away. The sad irony was that  some of these escapees were treated as LTTE suspects  when they came to the Govt controlled areas.

Grim gloomy scenario

This then was the grim, gloomy scenario  that unfolded  in the LTTE dominated north during the days of war. The so-called liberators of the Tamil people were intensely  recruiting people forcibly to be conscripted into tiger ranks. The rationale being,  manpower requirement  was necessary to  continue the “Por” (war). All oppression was  justified as being necessitated by the Tamil cause.

Ordinary Tamil civilians however  wanted  no part of this war being fought in their name. They only wanted  to be left alone so that they could  get along with their life. Sadly that was being denied to them.  That  was the Tamil tragedy!

After some more years of terrible suffering the war was finally over in May 2009!

D.B.S.Jeyaraj can be reached at dbsjeyaraj@yahoo.com

Though Positive The Process Needs Social Trust

October 6th, 2015

DecentLanka2015 Media Release

06 October, 2015
The OISL Report presented to the UNHRC Sessions concludes most importantly with the proposal for a “Hybrid” investigation into all war crimes, crimes against humanity and violation of international law that were termed as “horrendous” crimes committed. The GoSL has already rejected a “hybrid” mechanism, proposing its own “Domestic” scheme for investigations. The fourth US Resolution adopted without a division was consented to by the GoSL on the basis it allows for a domestic investigation.

There are many interpretations to it by now. But what is more important to us right now is not how it is labelled, but how such a judicial process could be established to win the trust and confidence of the “victim society”. How such a process could win the trust and confidence of a people who had been through a brutal war and keeps demanding for justice for over 06 long years. We would therefore stress the need to go beyond the approval and statements of the Tamil National Alliance that no doubt makes the government comfortable.

With that we wish draw the attention of all stakeholders including that of the GoSL to few relevant and fundamental issues. It is accepted the laws and the legal system in the country is inadequate to conduct the type of impartial and independent investigation the GoSL promises and was agreed upon. The GoSL has stated it would affect necessary legal reforms to have an investigation proper. Our emphasis here is on State agencies that constitute the total judicial process in such a probe. We don’t have in this country now, State agencies that constitute a judicial process that does justice to even ordinary crimes. Like all other State agencies and departments, the Police and the Attorney General’s Departments have also degenerated into inefficient, corrupt and bias performers. The fact that there had been no proper investigations into custodial killings, threats, harassment, intimidation caused to victims of police torture who sought redress through FR Petitions and saw the day light murder of Gerald Perera of Wattala goes to prove how indiscipline and corrupt law enforcement is. Investigations into the most recent case of rape and murder of the 05 year old child prove how inefficient and amateurish the Police department is.

Protests, disgust and frustration in society over investigations into alleged crimes committed during the previous government also goes as proof. The 15 year long wait to have the final ruling on the attempted assassination of then President Kumaratunge is no isolated case. There had been numerous cases where suspects held in detention for long periods have been acquitted thereafter. All such cases and incidents only add to breach of social trust and confidence in the whole judicial process.

Though not openly talked about, there is also a racial bias in State agencies that have been through a long process of Sinhalisation. One reason that doubles it is the fact that these State agencies have extremely low or no minority presence in them. In such context the police in
particular have been through very long periods of emergency rule since the 1971 insurrection that now make them to act and behave with extra ordinary powers even under normal law. They have also been an auxiliary force in national security and therefore to have them as one of the State agencies in the investigation process could be disadvantageous to the Tamil people.

These together form the primary reason the Tamil people distrust and discard any investigation carried out by a domestic mechanism. The social distrust and anger in the South over the present degenerated status of the judicial process also adds to what the Tamil society perceives.

In this society that is fractured along ethnic and religious lines and made to think and work on ethno religious divisions, it is important we work towards a socio political consensus to carry through an extremely important national investigation of the type that is being proposed. That makes the parliament the forum to reach such consensus. Yet we wish to stress the fact that agreement in parliament would not create a social consensus in a polarised society. In establishing a domestic mechanism with a mandate for reconciliation too, it is important the whole society accepts that those people in the North and East who had been through a brutal war and for over 06 years had been yearning to have and are demanding justice to their long standing grievances should be given such opportunity for justice.

The first thing that should happen for such justice to be possible is to re-establish a judicial process that is well disciplined and can be impartial, independent and efficient. We are aware of the difficulties in doing that. But despite our serious reservations on the Constitutional Council, it is necessary to stress here and emphasise the inalienable responsibility of the GoSL in immediately constituting “Independent Commissions” with individuals of integrity and competence. That should and could pave the way for a disciplined system.

Such effort should also be fortified with social efforts to bring this 06 decade long ethnically and religiously bifurcated country into a single society with a common purpose. While that is the responsibility of the GoSL first, we also wish to say, that same responsibility lies with all media, all editors and journalists too. Finally we wish to appeal to all academics, the intelligentsia, the professionals, social activists and all artistes and trade unions to shoulder this responsibility of reforming systems that is a necessity for a civilised and decent society.

Signatories ;
Attorney at law Neville Ananda
Attorney at Law Sujeewa Dahanayake
Social activist Muditha Karunamuni
Journalist Kusal Perera
Trade union leader Anton Marcus
Attorney at law Srinath Perera
Contacts –
Attorney at law Neville Ananda – 0777876811
Attorney at Law Sujeewa Dahanayake – 0777324062

යෝජනා වැදගත් වූවත් කි්‍රයාවට නැගීමේදී ජනතා විශ්වාසය අත්‍යාවශ්‍යයයි

October 6th, 2015

මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය ශිෂ්ටලංකා2015

2015 ඔක්තෝම්බර 06 වන දින

එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් කොමිසම මෙවර සැසි වාරය සඳහා ඉදිරිපත් කළ ශී්‍ර ලංකාව සම්බන්ධ වාර්තාවෙහි ප්‍රධානම හා මූලික නිර්දේශය වූයේ වාර්තාවෙන් සනාථ කෙරුණු යුධ හා මනුෂ්‍යත්වයට එරෙහි අපරාධ සහ ජාත්‍යන්තර නීති උල්ලංඝණය අධිකරණමය කි්‍රයාවලියකට බඳුන් කිරීම සඳහා zzවිශේෂ දෙමුහුන් පරීක්ෂණ යාන්ත්‍රණයක්ZZ පිහිටු විය යුතු බවය. ශී්‍ර ලංකා ආණ්ඩුව ඊට එක`ග නොවන බව මේ වනවිට නිල වශයෙන් ප්‍රකාශ කර ඇත. zzදේශීය යාන්ත්‍රණයක්ZZ පිහිටුවන බව ආණ්ඩුව කියන්නේය. ඇමෙරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදය ශී්‍ර ලංකාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කළ ඔවුනගේ සිව්වන යෝජනාවට ශී්‍ර ලංකා ආණ්ඩුවද හවුල් වන්නේ දේශීය පරීක්ෂණයකට ඉන් අවස්ථාව සළසන්නේය යන තර්කය මතය.

ඒ සම්බන්ධව මේ වන විට විවිධ අර්ථකතන ඇත. එහෙත් මේ පරීක්ෂණ යාන්ත්‍රණය හඳුන්වන ලේබලයට වඩා අපට වැදගත් වන්නේ සමස්ථ පරීක්ෂණ කි්‍රයාවලිය ආරම්භයේ සිට අවසානය දක්වා අගතියට පත් ජනතාවගේ විශ්වාසය දිනාගත හැකි ආකාරයෙන් ස්ථාපිත කෙරෙනු ඇතිද යන්නය. යුද්ධයෙන් ඇතිවූ බරපතල තුවාල සඳහා අවුරුදු 06 ට වැඩි කාලයක් තිස්සේ විසඳුම් ඉල්ලා සිටින මෙරට දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ විශ්වාසය දිනා ගත හැකි කි්‍රයාවලියක් වන්නේද යන්න ය. එය ආණ්ඩුවේ පහසුව සඳහා දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානයේ කැමැත්තට හා ප්‍රකාශ වලට පමණක් ලඝු නොවිය යුතු බවද අපි අවධාරණය කරමු.

ඒ වෙනුවෙන් මූලික කාරණා කිහිපයක් වෙත ආණ්ඩුව ඇතුලූ සියලූ පාර්ශවයන්ගේ අවධානය යොමු කරනු කැමැත්තෙමු. යෝජනා සම්මත කෙරුනු හා ශී්‍ර ලංකා ආණ්ඩුව පොරොන්දු වන ස්වාධීන අපක්ෂපාතී පරීක්ෂණ පැවැත්වීමට දැනට මේ රටේ පවතින නීති ප්‍රමාණවත් නොවන බව සැවොම පිළිගත්තකි. ඒ සඳහා අවශ්‍ය නීති සාංශෝධනය කරන්නට හා පැනවීමට ආණ්ඩුව සූදානම් බවද ප්‍රකාශ විය. එහෙත් අප අවධාරණය කරනුයේ සමස්ථ අධිකරණ කි්‍රයාවලිය සඳහා යොදා ගැනෙන රාජ්‍ය ආයතන වෙතය. සාමාන්‍ය අපරාධයක් සම්බන්ධයෙන් හෝ යහපත් අපක්ෂපතී පරීක්ෂණ පවත්වා නඩු පවරා මෙහෙයවීමට හැකි ආයතන පද්ධතියක් අප රටේ ඉතිරිව නැති බව පළමුවෙන්ම කිව යුතුව ඇත. අනෙකුත් සියලූ රාජ්‍ය ආයතන මෙන්ම පොලීසිය හා නීතිපති දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව ඇතුලූ එම ආයතනද මේ වනවිට අතිශය දූෂිත, අකාර්යක්ෂම හා පක්ෂග්‍රාහී ආයතන බවට පත්ව ඇත. පොලිස් අත් අඩංගුවේ මිය ගිය සංඛ්‍යාව හා ඒ සම්බන්ධව පිළිගත හැකි පරීක්ෂණ නොපැවැත්වීමත් පොලීස් වධ බන්ධන වලට ගොදුරුවූ අය අතුරෙන් මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් පෙතත්සම් ගොනු කළ අයට එල්ල වන හිරිහැර, තර්ජන සහ වත්තල ජෙරල්ඩ් පෙරේරා ඝාතනය කරනු ලැබීම දක්වා සියල්ලත් එවැනි සාධක වේ. ආසන්නම සිදුවීමක් ලෙස පස් වියැති ළදැරියගේ ඝාතනය සම්බන්ධයෙන් සිදුකෙරෙන පරීක්ෂණ සතු අතිශය අපරිණත අවුල්සහගත ස්වාභාවය සියල්ල කියා පාන්නකි.

පසුගිය ආණ්ඩුව යටතේ සිදුවූයේ යැයි චෝදනා නැගෙන අපරාධ සම්බන්ධ පරීක්ෂණ හා නඩු පැවරීම් සම්බන්ධයෙන් සමාජයේ මතුව ඇති කලකිරීම්, නුරුස්නාවන් හා විරෝධයන් විසින් ඔප්පු කෙරෙන්නේද එයම ය. හිටපු ජනාධිපතිනි කුමාරතුංග මහත්මිය ඝාතනයට තැත් කිරීම සම්බන්ධ නඩුව අවසන් කිරීමට අවුරුදු 15 ක් ගත වීම අහඹු හුදකලා සිදුවීමක් නොවන අතර එවැනි දීර්ග පමාවීම් හේතුවෙන් වසර ගණන් රඳවා සිටින සැකකරුවන් අවසානයේ් නිදොස්කර නිදහස් කෙරෙන අවස්ථාවද තිබිණ. එවැනි අතිශය අවාසනාවන්ත සිදුවීම් නිතර වාර්තා වන්නේය. ඒවා සමස්ථ අධිකරණ කි්‍රයාවලිය පිළිබඳ සමාජ විශ්වාසය බිඳ වැටීමේ තවත් සාධකය.

එවගේම බහුතර සිංහලවාදී මතවාදයකට යටත්ව දසක ගණනාවක් පුරා කි්‍රයාත්මක වන රාජ්‍ය ආයතන සතු වාර්ගික පක්ෂග්‍රාහිත්වයක් ඇත. එයට එකතුවන එක් හේතුවක් වන්නේ ඒවා බහුතර වශයෙන් සුළු වාර්ගික නියෝජනයකින් තොර වීමය. ඒ සමග 1971 කැරැල්ලෙන් පසු මෙතෙක් දීර්ග කාලයක් හදිසි නීතිය යටතේ කි්‍රයාත්මක වන්නට පුරුදු පුහුණු වූ සහ යුද සමයේ රාජ්‍ය ආරක්ෂාව වෙනුවෙන්ද යොදා ගනු ලැබූ පොලීසිය පරීක්ෂණ පැවැත්වීමේ ප්‍රධාන ආයතනයක් ලෙස යොදා ගැනීමට සිදුවන විට දෙමළ ජනතාවට සිදුවිය හැකි අසාධාරණය හා අගතිය අපි කල්තියා ආණ්ඩුවේ අවධානයට යොමු කරන්නෙමු.

යෝජිත දේශීය පරීක්ෂණ යාන්ත්‍රණය පිළිබඳව දෙමළ සමාජයෙහි ඇති මූලික අකමැත්ත හා විරෝධය පදනම් වන්නේ එම කාරණා හේතුවෙනි. සමස්ථ අධිකරණ කි්‍රයාවලිය පිළිබඳව දකුණේ සිංහල සමාජයේ ඇති බරපතල අවිශ්වාසය හා විරෝධයද ඊට එකතු වන්නකි.

ජාතික විසඳුම් පිළිබඳව තවමත් වාර්ගික හා ආගමික වශයෙන් වෙන් වෙන්ව සිතන්නට හා සංවිධානය වන්නට පොළඹවා ඇති අපගේ සමාජයෙහි මෙැවනි අතිශය වැදගත් හා භාරදුර කි්‍රයාවලියක් සඳහා පොදු සමාජ හා දේශපාලන සම්මුතියක් තිබීම අතිශය වැදගත් බව අපි අවධාරණය කරමු. එවැන්නක් ලබාගත හැකි ව්‍යවස්ථාපිත ආයතනය පාර්ලිමේන්තුව ය. එහෙත් එයම සමාජ සම්මුතියකට ප්‍රමණවත් නොවේ යැයි අපි කියමු. ජාතික සංහිඳියා කි්‍රයාවලියක් බලාපොරොත්තුවෙන් පැවැත්වෙන යුධ අපරාධ පිළිබඳ පරීක්ෂණයකදී විපතට හා අගතියට පත්වූවන් සඳහා සාධාරණයක් ඉටු විය යුතු බව රටක් වශයෙන් පිළිගැනීම අත්‍යාවශ්‍ය හෙයිනි. යුද්ධය හේතුවෙන් අසීමිත ඛේදවාචක ඔස්සේ වසර 06 ට වැඩි කාලයක් සාධාරණ විසඳුම් ඉල්ලා සිටින උතුරු නැනෙහිර ජනතාවට සාධාරණයක් ඉටු කරදීමේ වගකීම බාර ගැනීමට සමාජයක් ලෙස අප සූදානම් විය යුතුව ඇත.

ඒ වෙනුවෙන් වහා සිදුවිය යුත්තේ පරීක්ෂණ ඇතුලූ සමස්ථ අධිකරණ කි්‍රයාවලිය දැඩි විනයක් ඇති ස්වාධීන, කාර්යක්ෂම ආයතන පද්ධතියක් සමගින් පිළිසකර කිරීමය. එය පහසු නොවන බව අප දන්නා නමුත් එවැන්නකින් තොරව ආණ්ඩුව බාර ගෙන ඇති දේශීය යුද පරීක්ෂණ කි්‍රයාවලිය ආරම්භ කළ නොහැකි බව අපි අවධාරණය කරමු. එනිසා අඩුපාඩු ඇතිවමුත් පිහිටුවා ඇති ව්‍යවස්ථා මණ්ඩලය විසින් සමාජ විශ්වාසයක් දිනා ගෙන සිටින දැනුම් තේරුම් ඇති පුද්ගලයන්ගෙන් සමන්විත ස්වාධීන කොමිසම් පිහිටුවීම ආණ්ඩුව වහා බාරගත යුතු අනිවාර්ය මූලික කොන්දේසියක් යැයි අපි කියමු.

ඊට සාධනීය ලෙස දායක වන්නට දසක හයකට වැඩි කලක් වාර්ගික වශයෙන් හා ආගමික වශයෙන් ඉතා අවාසනාවන්ත ලෙස ඛෙදා වෙන් කෙරුනු ලාංකීය සමාජය පොදු සම්මුතියකට ගෙන ඒමේ වගකීම මේ මොහොතේ ආණ්ඩුව පමණක් නොව රටේ සියලූ ජනමාධ්‍ය විසින්ද කර්තෘවරුන් හා ජනමාධ්‍යවේදීන් විසින්ද බාරගත යුතු සමාජ වගකීමක් යැයි අපි අවධාරණයෙන් යුතුව කියමු. එනිසාම උගතුන් හා බුද්ධිමතුන්, වෘත්තිකයන්, සමාජ කි්‍රයාධරයන්, සාහිත්‍ය හා කලාකරුවන් සහ වෘත්තීය සමිති නායකයන්ද සාධාරණ ශිෂ්ට සමාජයක් තහවුරු කිරීමේ එම වගකීම බාරගත යුතු යැයි අවසන් වශයෙන් අපි කියමු.

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October 6th, 2015

71 කැරැල්ල  ආරම්භයේ සිට අවසානය දක්වා පුර්ණ සමාලෝචනයක්  කෘතිය  ඇසුරෙනිවෛද් රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග

වික්ටර් අයිවන් මහතා හමුවීමෙන් පසු මගේ මීළඟ වෑයම වූයේ නිමල් මහරගේ හමුවීමටයි. නිමල් මහරගේ කොළඹ දිස්ත්‍රික් ලේකම් සහ මහ නඩුවේ 8 වන විත්තිකරුය. ඔහුට විජේවීර  මුණ ගැසෙන්නේ 1964 අවසාන භාගයේදී. නිමල් ෂන්මුගදාසන්ගේ චීන පිලේ වැඩ කරන විට කොම්පඤ්ඤවීදියේ පක්ෂ කාර්යාලයේදී විජේවීර  මුල්වරට හමුවිය. ඔහු මෙසේ කියයි.

මට මුලින්ම විජේවීර හමුඋන වෙලාවේ විෙජ්වීර විප්ලවයක අවශ්‍යතාවය මාත් එක්ක කථාකළා. විෙජ්වීරගේ වැඩපිළිවෙළ ගැන අපි පැය හත අට දිගින් දිගට සාකච්ඡා කළා. සැන්සිබාරයේ කරුමේගේ ක්‍රමයට බලය ඇල්ලීම තමයි විජේවීර ගේ ඉලක්කය උනේ. මම හා විෙජ්වීර ගුණසේකර අයියෙගේ (ඩී. ඒ. ගුණසේකර) නිවසේ බොහෝ සාකච්ඡා පැවැත්තුවා. ගුණසේකර අයියා අප හැමෝගෙම දේශපාලන ගුරුවරයා කියන්න පුළුවන්, විෙජ්වීරගේ පවා.

Nimalmaharage

 

සමාජ අත්දැකීම් ලබාගන්න අපට අවශ්‍ය උනා. කම්කරුවන් හමුවෙන්න ඔවුන්ට අධ්‍යාපන පන්ති තියන්න. අපි වැල්ලවත්ත රෙදිමෝලේ කම්කරුවන් විදිහට වැඩ කළා. අපිට තිබ්බේ පුදුම කැපවීමක්. අපි පැය 16ක් 17ක් වැඩ කළා. මට මතකයි 1964 අපි කරපු දෙල්මෑල්ල අධ්‍යාපන පන්තිය. ඒකට 37 දෙනෙක් විතර ආවා. විෙජ්වීර පැය 15 මේ අයට කථා කළා. කට්ටිය කිසිම අවධානය කැඩීමක් නැතුව විෙජ්වීරට සවන් දුන්නා. ඔහු දක්ෂ ගුරුවරයෙක් කියන්න පුළුවන්. ඒ වගේම වෙලාවට වැඩ කළා.

කිසිම ප්‍රමාදයක් නැතුව. ඒ වගේම හොඳ සවන් දෙන්නෙක්.

මම ගුණසේකර අයියා, ප්‍රේමපාල යනාදි අය කෝට්ටේ කණ්ඩායම කියලා තමයි හැඳින්වූයේ. අපි සංවිධාන කටයුතු කළා. 1971 මුල් කාලය වනවිට ඒ කියන්නේ ජනවාරි විතර වෙනකොට විෙජ්වීරට අපි ගැන සැකයක් තිබුණා. ඒ නිසා කෝට්ටේ කණ්ඩායම යම් ලෙසකට නොතකා හරිමින් විෙජ්වීර ක්‍රියා කළා කියන්න පුළුවන්. විෙජ්වීර තුළ සැකය නිතරම බද්ධවෙලා තිබුණා. ඒක එක්තරා ආකාරයක දුර්වලතාවයක් හැටියට මම දකිනවා.

අප්‍රේල් ප්‍රහාරය ගැන අප අතර එකඟතාවක් තිබුනේ නැහැ. පහර දෙනවා කියලා මට දැනගන්න ලැබුණේ අප්‍රේල් 2 වැනිදා රෑ. ලයියාගෙන් (ලයනල් බෝපගේගෙන්) පනාගොඩ කෑම්ප් එක ඇතුළු පොලිස් ස්ථාන 14 කට පහරදීමට අපිට තිබ්ඛෙ සීමිත ආයුධ ප්‍රමාණයක් පමණයි. චීනච්චට්ටි බෝම්බ 7-8ක් හා මොලටොව් කොක්ටේල් 30 හා තුවක්කු 5 විතර.

අපි ඊට කලින් දෙල්මෑල්ල, තනමල්විල ආදි ප්‍රදේශවල කඳවුරු පවත්වා සුළු ආයුධ පුහුණුවක් සාමාජිකයින්ට දීලා තිබුණත් එය ප්‍රාමණවත් උනේ නැහැ. කෝට්ටේ කණ්ඩායම 250 විතර හිටියත් ආයුධ හා පුහුණුව නැතිව ප්‍රහාරයකට යෑම ස්වයං විනාශකාරී ක්‍රියාවක් උනා. ප්‍රහාරය සිදුවෙන කොට මම හිටියේ පොඩි කුරුඳු කැලයක. මම කෝට්ටේ කණ්ඩායම එක්ක සම්බන්ධීකරණයට උත්සාහ කළත් ප්‍රහාරය අසාර්ථක වෙච්ච නිසා කට්ටිය විසිරිලා ගිහිල්ලා.

පොලිසිය අපිව සොයන නිසා මම හොරණ දොඩම්ගොඩ නිවසක සැඟවිලා හිටියේ. මෙහෙම 1971 ජූලි මාසය වෙනකන් සැඟවිලා ඉන්න පුළුවන් උනා. මාව අහු උනේ 1971 ජූලි 17 දා. කැරැල්ල ගැන ප්‍රවෘත්ති බලන්න මම සිංහල පත්තර එක්ක ඉංග්‍රීසි පත්තරේත් ගෙන්නා ගත්තා. මේක ගැන පත්තර කඩේ හිටපු කෙනෙකුට සැක හිතෙන්න ඇති. ඒත් පස්සේ සීඅයිඩී එක කිව්වා ඉංග්‍රීසි පත්තරේ පස්සෙන් ඇවිල්ලා තමයි මාව අත්අඩංගුවට ගත්තේ කියලා.

මාව සීඅයිඩී එකේ හතරවන තට්ටුවට ගෙන ගියා. මාව බලන්න ඉයන් වික්‍රමනායක ආවා. මිනිහා ෙජ්ත්තුවට ඇඳලා ඇවිල්ලා වාඩි උනේ මේසේ උඩ. මේක ඉයන් නිතරම කරන දෙයක්. තමන්ගේ උස ගැන ඉයන්ට යම්කිසි හීනමානයක් තිබුණා. ඒ නිසා ඉයන් වාඩි වෙන්නේ මේසේ උඩ. මගේ කමිස මුලින් අල්ලලා බඩට එකක් ගැහුවා. ඒ කාලේ මම ස්පෝට්ස් එහෙම කරන ශක්තිමත් තරුණයෙක්. ඉයන් කෙට්ටුයි. පර~ලක් වගේ. ඉයන්ගේ පහර මට දැනුනේවත් නැහැ. මම බඩේ පේශි තද කරා. එතකොට ඉයන් පස්සට විසි උනා. මිනිහා මට ගහන එක වෙන කට්ටියකට පැවරුවා.

මගේ අත් දෙකෙන් එල්ලලා වරින්වර පහර දුන්නා. දවස පුරා පහර දුන්නා. ඒ පහරවල් මට සමහර වෙලාවට සිහිය නැති උනා. පහර දෙනවා. ඊට පස්සේ වතුර ගහනවා. මට පහර දුන්න අයගෙන් බැස්ටියන් පිල්ලේ මතකයි. එයාව පස්සේ එල්ටීටීඊ එකෙන් මැරුවා. ෂර්නි විෙජ්සූරිය මාව හම්බවෙන්න ආවා. මට ඔහු ගැහුවෙ නැහැ. ආයුධ සඟවලා තියෙන තැන් ඇහුවා. මම උත්තර දෙන්නේ නැතිකොට ඇහෙන් ඉඟියක් කරනවා. එතකොට අනික් කට්ටිය ගහනවා.

මෙහෙම දවස් කීපයක් යනකොට කැප්ටන් ඩෙන්සිල් කොබ්බෑකඩුව මගෙන් කටඋත්තර ගන්න ආවා. මගේ තුවාල දැකල කොබ්බෑකඩුව මහත්තයා මාව සීඅයිඩී 4 තට්ටුවෙන් කොම්පඤ්ඤවීදියේ හමුදා රෝහලට ගෙනාවා. එහිදී සුමානයක් මට ප්‍රතිකාර දුන්නා. මට කෑම බීම් දුන්නා. ප්‍රතිකාරවලින් පසුත් මාව රේස්කෝස් එකේ තිබුණ හමුදා ගොඩනැගිලි සංකීර්ණයට ගෙනාවා. මෙහි දී කොබ්බෑකඩුුව මහත්තයා මගෙන් තොරතුරු ඇහැව්වා. කොබ්බෑකඩුව මහත්තයා රගර් ගහලා හවසට එනවා මාත් එක්ක කථා කරන්න. දවසක් කිව්වා මට ආසයි ඔයගොල්ලන්ගේ මාක්ස්වාදය ගැන දේශනය අහන්න කියලා. මම ඊට එකඟතාවය පළකළා. හැබැයි මම ඒක රෙකෝඩ් කරනවා කියලා. කැප්ටන් කොබ්බෑකඩුව කිව්වා. මම ඒකට විරුද්ධ උනේ නෑ.

මෙහෙම දවස් හතරක් පහක් මම කැප්ටන් කොබ්බෑකඩුවට ඉන්දියානු ව්‍යාප්තවාදය ගැන දේශනා කළා. කොබ්බෑකඩුව මහතා මට උනන්දුවෙන් අහුම්කන් දුන්නා. ඉන්දියානු ව්‍යාප්තවාදය ගැන මම කිව්ව සමහර කරුණු ඔව් ඇත්ත නේද කියලා ඔහු එකඟ උනා. දවසක් කොබ්බෑකඩුව මහතා තම බිරිඳත් අරගන මාව බලන්න ආවා. ඒ එනකොට කජු වගේ කෑමක් ගේනවා. කොබ්බෑකඩුව මහතා ඉතා හොඳ මනුෂ්‍යයෙක්. එතුමා දේශපාලන හිරකරුවන්ට කිසිම හිංසාවක් කළේ නැහැ. මගේ ඉන්දියානු ව්‍යාප්තවාදය දේශනයේ අන්තිම දවසේ අනුරුද්ධ රත්වත්තේ මහත්තයා ආවා.

මාව වැලිකඩ රිමාන්ඩ් බන්ධනාගාරයට ගෙනිච්චා. මාව රඳවලා හිටියේ එච් වාට්ටුවෙ. මාත් එක්ක විෙජ්වීර, උයන්ගොඩ, අනුර කුරුකුලසූරිය, ධනපාල යන අයත් හිටියා. බන්ධනාගාරයේ එස්පී හිටියේ ජෝඩ්න් මහත්තයා. මේ මහත්තයා ගැන යමක් කියන්න ඕනෑ. ඉතා උගත් ඒ වගේම මානුෂික විදිහට කටයුතු කරපු නිලධාරියෙක්. දේශපාලන හිරකරුවන්ට අධ්‍යාපන කටයුතු කරන්න පහසුකම් සැලසුවා. ඒකේ ප්‍රතිඵල තමයි 71 බිහිවෙච්ච උගතුන්. මහාචාර්ය උයන්ගොඩ, ආචාර්ය කීරවැල්ල වගේ අය. බීඑස්සී එක තිබුණ ලයනල් බෝපගේ හිරේදි එම්එස්සී එකත් කළා.

අපි එක්ක හිටිය එස්.ඩී. බණ්ඩාරනායක උදේට නැගිටලා බන්ධනාගාරය තුළ තිබූ පොඩි ඉඩකඩ ඇතුලේ දුවනවා. මාත් එයා එක්ක දුවන්න පටන් ගත්තා. අපට ගොටුකොළ, පළතුරු ලබාදෙන්න කියලා බන්ධනාගාර නිලධාරින් එක්ක කථා කළා. අපව ක්‍රිඩාවලට විශෙෂයෙන් ටේබල් ටෙනිස් වලට උනන්දු කළා. ඒ වගේම ඊට අවශ්‍ය කළමනා ලබාගත්තා. රිමාන්ඩ් බන්ධනාගාරේ අපි එක්ක රඳවලා හිටපු දැවමොට්ටාවේ හාමුදුරුවෝ රෑ 10ට විතර පිරිත් පටන්ගෙන පිරිත් කියනවා. අහන්න හරි මිහිරියි. අපි දවසක් වොලිබෝල් ගැහුවා. මහින්ද විෙජ්සේකර ගහපු ඩෑෂ් එකට විෙජ්වීරගේ ඇඟිල්ලක් උලූක් උනා.

1974 දී අපට විරුද්ධව නඩු විභාගය ඇරඹුවා. මගේ තීන්දුව දුන්නේ 1974 දෙසැම්බර් 20. මට අවුරුදු 15 ක සිරද`ඩුවමක් ලැබුණා. අච්චු කිරීමෙන් පස්සේ මාව රඳවලා තිබ්බේ පී වාට්ටුවේ. ඒකෙ උයන්ගොඩ, බෝපගේ, මාරසිංහ, නයනානන්ද, විෙජ්වීර, සුබසිංහ යන අය හිටියා.

1975 වෙනකොට විෙජ්වීර තුළ කළකිරීමක් දක්නට තිබුණා. විෙජ්වීර සියලූ දේශපාලන සංවාදවලින් ඉවත්වෙලා එක දිගට නිදාගත්තා. ආපහු දේශපාලන වැඩ කරන්නේ නෑ කියලා කිව්වා. ලයනල් බෝපගේ දිගින් දිගටම විෙජ්වීරට කථා කරලා විෙජ්වීරගේ හිත හැදුවා. ඊට පසු විෙජ්වීර යළිත් ක්‍රියාශීලී උනා.

මේ කාලයේ ඇවබරි සාමි අපිව බලන්න ආවා. ඔහු ඇම්නෙස්ටි ඉන්ටර්නැෂනල් එකේ සභාපති. අපව නිදහස් කළ යුතුයි කියන මතයේ තමයි ඇවබරි සාමි හිටියේ. අපට ද~ුවම් කළේ අපි දුන්න කට උත්තරය පදනම් කරගන. මේ කට උත්තරය ගත්තේ බැටන් පොල්ලෙන්, යටිපතුල්වලට ගහලා. ඒකේ සදාචාරකමක් තිබුනේ නැහැ.

මාව නිදහස් උනේ 1977 නොවැම්බර් 12 දා. 1980 දක්වා මට විෙජ්වීර එක්ක සම්බන්ධකම් තිබුණා. ඒත් ටිකින් ටික අපි දුරස් උනා. 88 විතර වෙනකොට විෙජ්වීර මාව ඝාතනය කළ යුතුයි යන අදහසට පැමීණීම ගැන මට ඇති උනේ දුකක් හා කලකිරීමක්. මට දේශප්‍රේමී වෙඩි උණ්ඩ වලින් සැඟවිලා ඉන්න සිදුඋනා.

විෙජ්වීරගේ ජීවිතය එක්ක අංක 13 බොහොම සම්බන්ධයි. ඔහු ඉපදුනේ 1943 ජූලි 13. හිරගෙදර විෙජ්වීරගේ අංකය 13. මහ නඩුවේ 13 වන විත්තිකරු. ඔහු අත්අඩංගුවට පත් උනේ 1971 මාර්තු 13. ඔහුව අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන මරා දැමුවේ 1989 නොවැම්බර් 13.

1971 ගැන මට පසුතැවිල්ලක් නැහැ. 71 සාමූහික වගකීමක්. මමත් ඒකේ කොටස්කාරයෙක්. අපි අතින් වැරදි සිද්ධ උනා. කැරැල්ල පරාජය වෙන්න, ඒක බලපාන්න ඇති. ඒත් අපි 88/89 වගේ අමානුෂික හිංසන නිර්මාණය කළේ නැහැ. අපි වගකීමෙන් හා ශික්ෂණයෙන් ක්‍රියා කළේ. ඒක අපිට පසු කාලයක යළි සමාජගතවෙන්න උදව් කළා. අනාගත පරපුට 71 ගැන ඉගෙන ගතහැකි පාඩම් ගොඩක් තියෙනවා. ප්‍රචණ්ඩත්වය ගැටළු විසඳීමේ මාවතක් නොවෙයි කියලා මට දැන් හිතෙන්නේ.

Sir Iftikhar Ayaz KBE; OBE due Sri Lanka

October 6th, 2015

By A. Abdul Aziz. Press Secretary,  Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at – Sri Lanka.

 Sir Iftikhar Ayaz KBE; OBE will pay a short visit to the Island from 15 October to 17 October on his way to London after attending successful Peace Symposium in Indonesia and Malaysia. He will be pleased to have audience with Intellectuals, Educationalist, top political figures, journalists and media personal. Interested are advised to contact cell No. 0094 777 753440 for prior appointments.

In June this year, Dr. Iftikhar Ayaz O.B.E (Officer of the Excellent Order of the British Empire) has been awarded a K.B.E (Knight Commander of the Excellent Order of the British Empire) in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to the South Pacific and humanity.

Sir Iftikhar Ayaz has been the envoy of Tuvalu Islands since 1996 and has made valuable contributions to the prestige, progress and development of Tuvalu in the international domain.

Prior to his appointment as the envoy of Tuvalu, Sir Iftikhar Ayaz served Tuvalu as a field expert of the Commonwealth. He served as an advisor on education and was able to plan and introduce an innovative program of education for the subsistence communities which became very popular and effective to provide vocational and skill based education to the Island communities. He later worked in the South Pacific Region as a Consultant with UNDP and was designated as the South Pacific delegate to UNESCO.

His innovative education scheme known as EFL (Education for Life) was highly recognised by the Commonwealth and he received an O.B.E (Officer of the Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1998.

Sir Iftikhar Ayaz has been an ardent advocate of human rights and is associated with several regional and international human rights organisations including the UNHRC. He has been a member of the UN working group for the rights of minorities.

Sir Iftikhar Ayaz is also the Chairman of the International Human Rights Committee and at present is actively involved in working for the well-being and welfare of the displaced refugees and asylum seekers.

Sir Iftikhar Ayaz is also the Director of the World Media Forum and associated with a number of organisations serving the cause of inter-faith solidarity, conflict resolution and peace. He has addressed several peace symposiam and seminars related to human rights and climate change.

Sir Iftikhar Ayaz is recipient of a number of awards from various institutions and organisations including USA, Europe and Asia. He received the Alfred Noble Medal, Ambassador of Peace, Ambassador of Knowledge, Man of the Year, Genius Laureate for Human Development, Outstanding Professional Award, International Peace Prize, Life Achievement Award and Diplomate of the Cambridge Blue Book.

Sir Iftikhar Ayaz holds doctorates in Human Development and Education and a Master’s degree in Linguistics.

Sir Iftikhar Ayaz has also been awarded the World Freedom Medal and is an eminent member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam.

‘THE IMPORTANCE OF INTRODUCING ANIMAL PROTECTION EDUCATION INTO SCHOOLS IN SRI LANKA’

October 6th, 2015

By Senaka Weeraratna Attorney – at – Law Chapter Leader of Dharma Voices for Animals (Sri Lanka – Colombo Chapter)

A Public Talk delivered on World Animal Day (October 4, 2015) at the Dharmavijaya Foundation.

New Vision

We need a new vision for this country and its civilizational advancement.

It must begin in our schools.

The primary purpose of education is to make an individual a better human being. One aspect of that is to be in close contact with nature and appreciate nature. This was how the aim of education was viewed in the bygone age. Today the ethos in the educational system has radically changed. Focus is on to prepare students in subjects that will be useful to gain employment. The curriculum is directed towards technical and job oriented education, while neglecting the humanitarian side. It is a lopsided education producing children that have relatively speaking little understanding of life – which is the original and essential purpose of education. An enlightened human being cannot arise purely on the basis of instruction in technical subjects.

Once upon a time the living world was physically close to human beings. It was rural in outlook and a rural atmosphere enveloped the world. The inhabitants interacted with nature, plants and animals on a daily basis.  There is a decided shift today. An artificial virtual world has made deep inroads into our lives through new technologies uprooting the child.

There is a greatness in the outdoors. 99% of children who live in big cities have little knowledge of nature. A Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka in the recent past has been reported to have said that her child saw a frog for the first time only upon their arrival in Sri Lanka.  Those who live in concrete jungles cannot see even the sky properly. But the sky and the heavens above have always been a source of inspiration and awe to humankind.

The Existentialist philosophers have said that the city man is not authentic . City life is a sham. Karl Jaspers, German Philosopher, has been quoted as saying that the great aim of life is to cast off the froth and lead an authentic life. This is a huge challenge for the modern city man and woman – to grow out of a sham existence. The mega cities that we are trying to build will further spawn artificial lifestyles. It will be socially damaging. Draw people away from the village and countryside, and pervert the course of human existence by distancing people away from nature and their roots.

Buddhist Economics

There has to be a greater public debate on where we are going and our true destiny.  The uncritical copying of structures more suitable for other cultures and development of concrete jungles that we see in South East Asia at the cost of a green tree based environment may not be the best answer to Sri Lanka’s social and economic problems. Bigger is not always better. Small is beautiful said Dr. E.F. Schumacher advocating small appropriate technologies that can empower people more.  Schumacher propounded a philosophy of  “enoughness”, appreciating both human needs, limitations and appropriate use of technology. It grew out of his study of village-based economics in Burma, which he subsequently named as ‘Buddhist Economics’.

Humanitarian Education 

To break or arrest this trend towards producing children who have little empathy for nature, animals and even other human beings, there is a new system of education gaining ground. It is called Humanitarian Education.  Animal Protection Education is a part of Humanitarian education. Taiwan is one region in the world that has successfully introduced Animal Protection Education into schools. We also see that happening in some parts of India such as Gujarat.

Primary School Education in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka in our Primary schools from Grade 1 – 5 four main subjects are taught, namely

1) Maths

2) Languages

3) Environment Related Activities (ERA)

4) Religion

ERA has 12 themes integrated into it, such as Safety, Transport, Family and Natural environment including animals.

Dharma Voices for Animals

The DVA (Sri Lanka – Colombo Chapter) will be formally inaugurated on October 18. Once formed it will add to the growing calls both within and outside the country for improvement of the lives of animals that are captive, stray and living in the wild in Sri Lanka.

DVA – the parent organization was formed in 2011 by Bob Isaacson and Patti Breitman in San Diego, California, USA. It is an international movement of Buddhist practitioners engaged in advocacy for the rights of all animals to live in freedom.

It is represented in over 40 countries. It has 17 Chapters altogether mostly in USA, Europe and Latin America. Taiwan being a part of China has a Chapter of DVA. Our mission basically is to campaign for animal rights, promote animal welfare, conserve wild life and maintain ecological balance, and spread Vegetarianism and Veganism. Furthermore we aim to protect animals from being captured and while in captivity, from abuse, abandonment or slaughter through the process of legislation and education. We shall promote the noble ideas of reverence for all life, respect for animals and peaceful co – existence between man and animal.

DVA in Sri Lanka

DVA would like to help the Dept of Education in the foreseeable future by helping to develop animal protection education through the adoption of a number of strategies:

  1. a) The core purpose will be to help develop concern for animal rights and welfare in lesson planning for children.
  2. b) Research shows a vicious cycle of violence. The child that abuses animals in the home environment is likely to be a bully at school, beat family members or spouses, and even commit crimes in society.
  3. c) Teenage children who are abused by elders in turn abuse companion animals and other animals.

DVA will strive to influence the education system to

  1. i) develop an environment in schools to promote teachers and children’s understanding of the meaning of animal protection and help them recognize the inter – dependence and inter – subjective relationship among human beings, animals and mother nature.
  2. ii) help programmes that lead children to establish positive relationship with animals and strengthen their ability to emphathise with animals.

iii) promote the concept of respect and affection for animals and their habitats and generate humane and caring values and the power to act

  1. iv) If students are made to understand that animals like humans also have the ability to feel pain, they can then develop the endearing traits of benevolence and sympathy.
  2. v) Advocacy of Animal Protection Ideas – Today’s Children will become the future leaders of Sri Lanka. DVA will develop and assist programmes that will encourage children and teenagers to become a conduit in conveying the ideas of animal protection to the public which will in turn help them to gain the ability to interact with people and develop effective communication skills.
  3. vi) DVA will help children and their teachers understand the unpalatable truth behind animal shows and Zoos (which in reality are animal prisons though euphemistically called Zoos) and empower them to think critically and engage in resolute action including even refusing to visit a Zoo as a place for enjoyment and merry making. Children must be taught to emphathise and speak on behalf of caged animals in Zoos who have been given a punitive life sentence without committing an offence. Our children should be encouraged to share their birthday treats with animals and birds including zoo and stray animals among others.

vii) Sri Lanka is a country with a lot of wild life.  It is the human being who is encroaching into the natural habitats of our elephants. Their territory is getting reduced by the day. We are invading their territory without an iota of guilt feeling. They have a right to live in their natural habitats undisturbed by human encroachment. This is a message that children must carry with them to prevent further aggravation of the human – elephant conflict.

vii) Teachers must be trained to provide children with opportunities to choose a set of values different from mainstream values. Allow children to have lifestyle options such as avoiding products that are basically slaughter products or combined with slaughter products e.g. furs, animal skins, reduce meat consumption and choose a vegetarian or vegan diet. Meat is a product of a huge injustice caused to animals. We prematurely end their natural span of life and then rob their body parts for our use and consumption. No amount of religious script based excuses or defense can hide this shameful bitter truth.

James Cameron, famed director of ‘Titanic’ and well-known climate change activist, has a message for the masses: go vegan to fight climate change.

Cameron, who has been vegan for four years, has said in a recent interview with the Fortune Magazine as follows:

“ [T]he thing that became abundantly clear to us when we met with the experts who are working in nutrition and energy sustainability and climate change is that we can’t actually meet our emission goals if we don’t address animal agriculture, and that’s the thing that’s been left out of the conversation.

This message is crucial because many people who care about the environment still have no idea that raising animals for food is so incredibly destructive.”

Consider some of these facts:

  • It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce just one pound of beef
  • 80 percent of land deforested in the Amazon is for raising cattle
  • Factory farms grossly contaminate rivers and ground water

Future Plan

DVA Sri Lanka Chapter would like to initiate a campaign to promote animal protection education and see it take root in our system of school education.

An unique program operating in schools in Israel has found that animal welfare education leads to a host of other benefits including sensitivity to the needs of others, personal responsibility and prevention of violence. In respect to primary school education, young children particularly up to the age of seven years are recognized for being receptive towards forming positive attitudes to animal welfare that will carry them through to adulthood.

We must remember that children are generally very receptive, their minds are inquiring and active and they have huge supplies of natural enthusiasm. The messages they receive at school run deep. A caring child will turn out be a caring adult. DVA will also help in establishing Animal Protection Clubs or Associations in schools and Universities. These clubs will serve as a platform for students to exchange resources, share information, discuss issues, and make animal protection plans more practical and local.

DVA will campaign for introduction of ‘ Animal Law ’as part of legal studies in high school and tertiary education i.e. Law Faculty. DVA will issue legal proceedings and enter public litigation when required to save lives or defend the interests of innocent defenseless animals in our courts.

The study of philosophy both Eastern and Western must be re-introduced into our educational system with a view to expanding the intellectual horizons of our school and university students.

People in Sri Lanka in the pre-colonial era were called Arya Sinhala or Aryavansa – noble race by fellow Asians because of our animal friendly cultural heritage and compassion towards animals.

DVA’s ultimate goal is to help build a caring and compassionate society in Sri Lanka that fits in with the Buddhist Civilizational Goals of achieving peaceful co – existence between man and animal. We can then become a true role model for the world like Bhutan has become in respect to the preservation of its rich natural environment.

Senaka Weeraratna

මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිවරයා එදා

October 5th, 2015

මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපතිවරයා එදා, 2010 ජනාධිපතිවරණ සමයෙදි මේ කරන කතාව ඉවසීමෙන් අහන්න. මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා විවිධ කුමන්ත්‍රණ සහ බාධක මැද යුද්ධය ජයගත් ආකාරය ඔහු පැහැදිලි කරනව.

අධිරාජ්‍යවාදී බලවේග, එක්සත් ජාතීන්, රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන සහ ඇතැම් මාධ්‍ය ආයතන වගේම කුහක විපක්ෂය මහින්දට එදිරිව ක්‍රියාත්මක වූ බවත් මහින්ද ඒවාට සාර්ථකව මුහුණ දුන් බවත් ඔහු පෙන්වා දෙනව. යුද්ධයෙන් පසුව අවුරුදු 100කට හරියන විශාල සංවර්ධන වැඩපිළිවෙලක් මහින්ද පටන් ගත්ත කියල කියන මෛත්‍රි, මහින්ද මේ මාතෘ භූමියේ පමණක් නෙවෙයි කළාපයේම ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨ නායකයෙක් බව සහතික කරනව. ඒ අතර යුද්ධය පැරදිලා ඊළම දෙන්න උනානං මහින්දට වෙන දේ ගැනත් මෛත්‍රී කියනව.

ඓහෙමනං පස්සෙ මෛත්‍රී, මහින්දට විරුද්ධ වෙන්නෙ ඇයි? තර්කානුකූලව ගත්තොත්, එය ප්‍රතිපත්තිමය ප්‍රශ්නයක් නං ඒ මහින්දගෙ හැසිරීම ගැන වෙන්න ඕන, එතකොට අවුරුදු 100 කට ගැලපෙන අර සංවර්ධන වැඩපිළිවෙලට විරුද්ධ වෙන්නෙ ඇයි?මෛත්‍රි දැන් ක්‍රියාත්මක වෙන විදිහ අනුව පේනව ඔහුට පස්සෙ ඇතිවෙලා තියෙන්නේ ඔය කියන ජයග්‍රාහී රටේ ගමන් මගට විරුද්ධ වීමේ උවමනාවක්. එය කුමන්ත්‍රණයක ප්‍රතිඵලයක් බව ඔප්පු වෙන්නෙ චන්ද්‍රිකා සහ රනිල් ඔහුට සම්බන්ධ වෙන විදිහ නිසා. කොටින්ම මහින්ද සහ අනිත් රාජපක්ෂලා වැරදිනං ඔවුන් අයින් කරල තමන්ගෙම හෘදසාක්ෂිය පිළිගන්න අර වැඩපිළිවෙලම ඉදිරියට ගෙනියන්න ඕන. ඒත් දැන් විපක්ෂය හොදයි, රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන හොදයි, එක්සත් ජාතීන් හොදයි, අධිරාජ්‍යවාදීන් හොදයි… රාජපක්ෂලා විතරක් අතුගා දැමිය යුතුයි. එතකොට මෙතන කුමන්ත්‍රණයක් නැද්ද?

Next Sri Lanka  will  cosponsor  with USA  a resolution  against  King Dutugamenu for war crimes.

October 5th, 2015

By Charles.S.Perera

Now it is a question of reconciliation with the Tamils at any cost and for that it is possible the Sirisena –Ranil good governance may demand USA to investigate whether  USA could extend  the UNHuman rights violation, and even genocide  calling for  accountability of King Dutugemunu’s war against  Elara the Cholan  Tamil,  as a USA resolution at the next UNHRSession in Geneva to be cosponsored by Sri Lanka.

It may be considered  a conventional war under  Geneva conventions. It could  be a possibility with Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussain as the UN Commissioner of Human Rights and  Obama’s State Department to  pass a resolution to extend UN Human Rights to apply backwards to  161 BC. The question of King Dutugemunu’s presence is unnecessary as long as the benefit of the justice of a hybrid court could be made beneficial to the Tamils.  If the USA wants it,  it could do it in collaboration with Ranil Wickramasinghe-Chandrika and their yes Man Sirisena.

As people compare Mahinda Rajapakse to  King Dutugemunu , and the  Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapakse has already said that Sri Lanka does not belong to Sinhala, Ranil may be extremely pleased to ask his FCID to investigate the possibility of filing action against King Dutugemunu in absentia,  just to humiliate Mahinda Rajapakse.

Making accusations against the  former President Mahinda Rajapakse his family and every one connected to him closely or distantly  and taking them before the FCID, the Commission of Bribery  and Corruption, or the  Presidential Commission of Investigation are a favourite pass-time of the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and Maithripala Sirisena, it is most probable that they may give a try bringing accusations against King Dutugemunu , as Mahinda Rajapakse has been compared by a large number of Sinhala Buddhists to  King Dutugemunu..

If that happens there will be yahapalanaya Ministers and Universitiy professors to  sing hosannas to Maithripala Sirisena,and  Ranil Wickramasinghe for their great achievement.  We saw it happening on the 4 October, 2015 in a ITN political discussion(debate) Giraya.

The  two yahapalanaya Ministers Mahinda Samarasinghe, Wijedasa Rajapakse and a Professor  Terence Kulasinghe  from the Peradeniya  University, three  persons despite the office they occupy,  clueless about why USA and West are so full of admiration to Maithripala Sirisena of  Sri Lanka shaking away his hand with so much of warmth, were singing hosannas in praise of Maithripala Sirisena.

The foolish men did not seem to know  that hand shaking and enthusiasm for Sirisena, was for no other reason than  to keep China and Russia away from the southern region. The yahapalanaya Ministers  were smug faced  about the reception  Maithripala Sirisena receicved from the white European leaders ,  and the great honour Sirisena was given to sit at the high table for dinner with none other than the great Obama the black President of USA .

The yahapalanaya Ministers  and the Professor who was full of praise to India, seem least able to understand that  USA and the Western leaders were only celebrating the success they had in duping a foolish Prime Minister  agreeing in Geneva to cosponsor a USA resolution  that makes a joke of a Sovereign State surrendering its own  sovereignty and sealing its fate of being a failed and subjugated State,  to please USA and the West.

This yahapalanaya government in their attempt to take revenge from Mahinda Rajapakse  taking even his personal physician  to be grilled by  Ranil Wickramasinghe’s FCID, (may soon take even his toilet cleaners), are ready to do any thing to please the  USA and the West and make the people believe they have achieved great heights of diplomacy, praising themselves for having been accepted as the friends of the Whites and turning away the yellow.

In the mean time the Tamil diaspora is pleased as they have achieved which they have never dreamt of achieving under a Mahinda Rajapakse Government. 

The Tamil diaspora knows how to play their cards.  They do not want to show still that they are overjoyed  with what has happened about the yahapalanaya government cosponsoring the USA resolution along with Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussain’s 225 page UN Report.

In an article in the Colombo Gazette of the 5th October,2015-Ex-LTTE Member Rudrakumaran calls  resolution is a “Fudge” , it is reported”….. Rudrakumaran’s TGTE says the Human Rights Council, a state-centric institution, had passed a resolution last week noting that a credible justice process should include independent judicial and prosecutorial institutions led by individuals known for integrity and impartiality and further affirms in this regard the importance of participation in a Sri Lankan judicial mechanism, including the Special Counsel’s office, of Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defense lawyers, and authorized prosecutors and investigators.

“This Resolution is a fudge. It prioritizes the Sri Lankan Government’s obsession with controlling criminal proceedings over the victims’ rights to effective justice. Any reasonable observer knows that all criminal proceedings within the Sri Lankan justice system will be stymied by racial bias and political interference. The role of the Sri Lankan State in the mass crimes will be whitewashed,”

With all  anti Sri Lanka Sinhala Buddhist and pro Tamil reconciliation activities taking place since the 17 August, 2015, with Maithripala Sirisen’s  national government headed by Ranil Wickramasinghe in place , no one can say where they are going to stop pleasing the USA , the West and India.

With the proposed India Sri Lanka tunnel and Bridge projects and the CEPA Sri Lanka is doomed to be a part of the Tamil Nadu, and loose its identity for ever. That is what our Sinhala Buddhist voters wanted when they voted for a change from Mahinda Rajapakse Government and voted for Sirisena –Ranil-Chandrika Yahapalanaya.

Reports emanating from the Press Trust of India (PTI) state clearly that our Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe has had discussions with the Union (Central Government), Road Transport, Highway and Shipping Minister Nethin Gadkari on the proposed Indo Lanka Land Bridge on September 16, 2015. A further PTI report dated September 20, 2015, states that Secretary level talks between Sri Lanka and India are scheduled for October 2015 to take the Land Bridge Project forward.

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=132845

In  presenting the UN Report Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussain said “But this Council owes it to Sri Lankans – and to its own credibility – to ensure an accountability process that produces results, decisively moves beyond the failures of the past, and brings the deep institutional changes needed to guarantee non-recurrence,”

And Pablo de Greiff (UN Rapporteur) noted that to fully realize this potential Sri Lanka needs to work on parallel tracks. On the one hand, a deliberate process needs to be devised by which the country will move ahead towards a comprehensive transitional justice strategy addressing the manifold challenges the country is facing such as the in-depth reform of the justice system and the security sector (military, police, intelligences services included), the establishment of independent truth-seeking mechanisms, the design of a comprehensive reparation scheme to name a few.

Where were they when there was a thirty years of terrorism in Sri Lanka and what do they know about Sri Lanka as a whole without partitioning it on ethnic ground ?

These pontificators  see terrorism in Sri Lanka through their professional eyes. After all they are there to do  a job.   Therefore there jobs do not let them see the human side of things from the point of view of Sri Lanka. For them the period of terrorism in Sri Lanka is fiction or like reading  in  books about  the killing of the inhabitants of  ancient Mexico the Astex by  the Invading Spaniards or burning of non-believers at stake to make others obedient and accept Catholism to evade death by the  armies of the Inquisitors.

Fault is not in them but in the yahapalanaya Government of Maithripala Sirisena and his UNP Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasingh who cosponsored  a resolution without a whimper against it, instead of refusing to accept the resolution and call for a debate.  By cosponsoring the resolution it becomes the resolution of Sri Lanka which has accepted its conditions in toto.

If that is not selling Sri Lanka to USA and the West what is it. ?

Because of this Yahapalanay Government  Sri Lanka is no more a Sovereign State but a modern colony of USA ,the West and India.

Hence it cannot be ruled out that yahapalanaya government  may even cosponsor a USA resolution against King Dutugemunu to try him in absentia for war crimes against Tamils.

The King Seethawaka Rajasinghe – the Monarch who suffered from PTSD 

October 5th, 2015

Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 

 The King Seethawaka Rajasinghe (Tikiri Bandara ) the 16th century monarch of Sri Lanka was a great warrior who came to the battlefield at the age of 16. He fought against the Portuguese invaders and witnessed many deaths and destructions. He was a fearless fighter who used effectual war tactics and overpowered the fully equipped and fully trained Portuguese war machine. The King Seethawaka Rajasinghe ruled 39 years from 1554 – 1593 AD. He was a military genius and a strategist.  One Portuguese historian compared him with Hannibal.

In 1562, the Battle of Mulleriyawa took place and Tikiri Bandara fought against the 16th Century Super Power – Portuguese war machine.  The Portuguese army was led by Captain Major Afonso Pereira de Lacerda   and Captain Major Jorge de Meneses Baroche. The conflict took place outside Colombo on the southern bank of the Kelani River. Tikiri Bandara attacked the Portuguese army like a thunderbolt. The invincible 16th century super power was in the verge of a defeat in front of his sword. According to the Rajavaliya – 17th-century historical, chronicle of Sri Lanka, more than 1600 Portuguese and support   troopers (Lascarins) perished on the Mulleriyawa battlefield.

At the height of his military success  the King Seethawaka Rajasinghe gathered 100,000 soldiers and attacked the   Portuguese Fort in Colombo.  The Portuguese were desperate. Fear and famine fell upon them. Despite the attacks the Portuguese were able to get external naval support from Goa. The battle was a fiasco and the King became furious. He suspected most of his Generals and assassinated them one by one. King Seethawaka Rajasinghe poisoned his right wing man Wicramasinghe Maha Senevi then Weerasundara Bandara. These Generals helped him in numerous battles.

Following the long years of combat Tikiri Bandara alias King Seethawaka Rajasinghe was exhausted and obviously suffered from battle fatigue.  In the later years, his mental health was declining. The King Seethawaka Rajasinghe became extremely suspicious showed outburst of anger, irritability, deep mistrust, alienation, emotional numbing and various other PTSD related symptoms. There were clear personality changes in him. With these changes, the great warrior launched a chain of terror against his own people creating a deep void in the hearts and minds.

He acted as a tyrant and used brutal methods to punish people. He never felt any remorse or compassion. The King Seethawaka Rajasinghe even killed his own father King Mayadunne  who ruled the Kingdom of Sitawaka from 1501 to 1581. This despicable act could be interpreted as a reaction following emotional anesthesia, which is evident in PTSD.  He banished his religion, embraced Hinduism, and murdered thousands of his subjects who refused to follow Hinduism.

The King Seethawaka Rajasinghe destroyed Buddhist temples and killed Buddhist monks by drowning.  His emotions were unstable. Very often, he acted with sudden rage. Gradually he made himself alienated. He had no close associates and the King became an isolated and a broken man. After many battles, he was physically and mentally worn out. Many aristocrats had left him because they could not stand his false accusations and outrageous behavior. The Great warrior had become another victim of combat stress.

His final battle took place in Kandy. He had to face Konappu Bandara ails the King Wimaladharmasurya the son of Weerasundara Bandara. One time Weerasundara Bandara was King  Seethawaka Rajasinghe s faithful supporter.  Weerasundara Bandara helped  King Seethawaka Rajasinghe to fight Portuguese.  However, King Seethawaka Rajasinghe unreasonably suspected Weerasundara Bandara and killed him. The battle was atrocious. The King Wimaladharmasurya proclaimed that he would take the revenge for killing his father.

King Seethawaka Rajasinghe lost the battle. While retreating he fell down from the horse and sustained an injury. A bamboo prick pierced his leg and after a few days he died may be due to tetanus or septicemia. Thus, a legend came to an end. He was called the Lion of Seethawaka who brought fear to the Portuguese invaders. He was a liberator but later became an enigma. May be PTSD ruined his inspirations and the goals in life. If these personality changes did not occur, he would have been one of the great heroes in the Sri Lankan history.

An independent investigation required to probe the bombing of the hospital in Afganistan

October 5th, 2015

RANJITH SOYSA

When the USA was pushing Sri Lanka for a hybrid investigation in Geneva to inquire into the allegations leveled by highly questionable sources the US air-crafts were bombing a hospital in Kunduz in Afganistan resulting in innocent civilian deaths,   The Doctors without Borders who were running the hospital have said that the US cannot come   up with any excuses as all the authorities have been kept informed of the humanitarian tasks handled by the hospital and its GPS indicators.

At present, the USA has expressed its intention to carry out an investigation on their own.

But, as this an act of brazen violence against international human rights law, the UN , the OHCHR should move in the matter with utmost urgency and initiate investigations to ascertain whether it is indeed a war crime.

The USA which has craftily avoided war crimes charges in Iraq, Libya etc ,while pontificating to other nations of the virtues of accountability etc SHOULD be investigated on this incident WITHOUT ANY DELAY

RANJITH SOYSA

Lest we forget- please sign the petition

October 5th, 2015

Ramanie de Zoysa

War hero Ratnayaka Mudiyanselage Sunil Ratnayaka is on death row at the age of just 38 for the crime of protecting his country from a 30 year pogrom of ruthless LTTE terror because the present Sri Lankan Government wants to appease the LTTE rump who enjoys much political succor in England, the US and Canada.

At the hour of the country’s need, when innocent men, women and children were being massacred by the LTTE, referred to as the ‘most ruthless terrorist organisation in the world’ by the US State Department, we as a country looked up to our young brave soldiers like Sunil to save us! No foreign country came to our aid and no global or local human rights champion cared two hoots about the innocent civilian lives that were being taken by the LTTE.

In case some of us have forgotten, some of the major atrocities committed by the LTTE in just 1995 year are (courtesy www.spur.org.au) as follows:

25.05.95           Kallarawa, TCO LTTE cadres have attacked the fishing village and hacked and shot to death 42 civilians (22 males,12 females and 08 civilians)

07.08.95           Torrington Sq. LTTE suicide bomber kills 21 civilians (18 males and 03 females) and injured 44 civilians

21.10.95           Mangalagama LTTE cadres kill 16 civilians

21.10.95           Padaviya LTTE cadres kill 19 civilians

23.10.95           Athimale LTTE cadres kill 19 villagers

25.10.95           Panama LTTE cadres kill 12 sinhala farmers

26.10.95           Tammennawa LTTE cadres kill 26 civilians

02.11.95           Mahakalugolla LTTE cadres kill 5 children

11.11.95           Colombo LTTE suicide bomber kills 15 children.

Then the LTTE started the 1996 year on 31.01.96 with a horrendous attack on the Colombo Central Bank where they killed 90 and injured a further 1,400 people also damaging other buildings in the process.

It was a traumatic time for the SL Army unable to retain its soldiers and their morale in the face of unimaginable inhumanity and cruelty and the apparent success of the terror organisation. Sunil, the youngster, came forward to redeem his country from obliteration because he had the back bone, the compassion and the sense of pride which many during that period lacked.

Sunil had no need to kill Tamils or any other person when he joined the army. He was never a killer! He came forward to safe guard the innocent from the death grip of the killers, the LTTE.

His valour was recognised by the Sri Lankan government itself with an award “Rana Shoora Padakkama awarded by the then President Chandrika Coomaranatunga in 2001. He was awarded the Rana Shoora in appreciation of his valiant efforts which included walking stealthily 20- 30 km into the enemy territory to spy during the fight to liberate Chavakatcheri. It was no picnic for him; it was not a nine to five job in an air-conditioned office in Colombo. Silghtest hesitation meant a horrible death!

He was no ‘killer’ then; he is no killer now!

The majority of Sri Lankans are for ever indebted to these soldiers who rid the country of terrorists who were called ‘invincible’ at the time and their 30 year killing spree fills needs a decent size book to mention. These citizens will not stand and watch this soldier or anyone else being made a scapegoat so that the Sri Lankan Government can stay in power with the help of foreign agents of ‘regime change’

We understand that Sunil’s now destitute wife has also written a letter to you, the President, asking for mercy for her husband. She has the sole responsibility for their only child with no answers to give her toddler why her beloved hero of a father is being murdered by the Sri Lankan State!

Showing mercy to this heroic soldier who contributed so much to stop the blood flowing in the country will earn you, the President, a place of merit in the annals of Sri Lanka’s history!

On the contrary, if you allow this soldier be made a scapegoat to appease the Tamil Diaspora and the so-called human rights champions who cared not about the Sri Lankan civilians who were massacred by the LTTE for over 30 years, history will not forgive YOU!

You the President pardoned Sea Tigress Murugesu Bahirathi on 13 March 2015 who slaughtered many a true civilian just because she wanted to kill; she wanted to ethnically cleanse Sri Lanka to create a Tamil only State!

Mr President, please show that you care and that you REMEMBER! You need to win the hearts of your citizens as a President- not those of the LTTE rump, the NGOs or the foreign Governments! Show your understanding and magnanimity to your citizens by granting a pardon to Sunil Ratnayaka.

 

Please sign the petition before it is too late at:

 

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-nz/129/014/803/free-herioc-solider-sunil-ratnayaka/?z00m=26783443&redirectID=1828895611

 

White Christian West crimes through history

October 4th, 2015

Shenali D Waduge

The name of Christ has caused

more persecutions, wars, and miseries

than any other name has caused.”

– John E. Remsburg

Over hundreds and thousands of years the same nations that dictate how the world today functions have been responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity that have left millions dead. They have the audacity to point fingers calling for accountability feeling no shame to admit and compensate for their crimes that continue under the same ideology but camouflaged by slogans that fit into modern thinking shaped by media and propaganda that they own and control. Money, power and politics have enabled many truths to be hidden and the efforts to increase flocks have been to cover the blood-soaked past by getting converts to absolve these white-washed crimes. That the historical killings have continued under different names can be seen by the present military interventions, invasion and occupation of lands in a replay and re-enactment of the Holy Crusades, Inquisitions, Discovery of already occupied lands and conversion drives.  How many innocent people have been killed using God as an excuse? Racism, apartheid, class differences were all created as part of West’s divide and rule policies which continue unabated.

The 1st blood – the 9 Crusades – Military expeditions ordered by the Pope

The Holy Crusades initiated by Pope Urban II on 27 Nov 1096 to the 9th crusade in 1271 were all about recapturing the Holy Land from the Muslims and creating Jerusalem which took place in 1099. 5,000 knights, 30,000 foot soldiers are said to have taken part.

Essentially what needs to be remembered is that it was the Church that called for blood with the promise of indulgences for those who fought against the enemies of Christendom. The Holy Crusades took place in Palestine, Egypt, Spain, the Baltics, Italy, Sicily, Southern France and Syria making any to wonder if the present is a repetition of history! 1,500,000 people were killed because of the Pope’s orders. Are the crusades another name for the present ‘just wars’!

The extermination of Pagans

No sooner Christianity was made legal in 315, pagan temples were attacked and destroyed.  Between 315 and 6th century thousands of pagan believers were slain. Christian Emperor Theodosius (408-450) even had children executed, because they had been playing with remains of pagan statues. Emperor Karl (Charlemagne) in 782 had 4500 Saxons, unwilling to convert to Christianity, beheaded. Battle of Belgrad in 1456 witnessed 80,000 Turks slaughtered.

The Church extermination of witches

“Burning times” by Inkubus Sukkubus gives details of the Churches probably between 50,000 and 100,000 alleged witches were burned alive or hung over a five century interval

1450: Johann Gutenberg invented moveable type which made mass printing possible. This enabled the wide distribution of Papal bulls and books on Witch persecution; the witch hunt was greatly facilitated

1484: Pope Innocent VIII issued a papal bull “Summis desiderantes” on DEC-5 which promoted the tracking down, torturing and executing of Satan worshipers.

Christians kill Jews

in the 4th and 5th centuries synagogues were burned by Christians. Number of Jews slain unknown. During the 1st Crusade in 1096 close to 12000 Jews were slain. In 1349 more than 350 towns in Germany were burned. In 1492 when Colombus sailed more than 150,000 Jews were expelled from Spain.

The Inquisitions

The 1568 Spanish Inquisition Tribunal ordered extermination of 3 million rebels. Roughly 30,000 Protestants were slain in 17th century when Catholics sacked the city of Magdeburg/Germany. Poet Friedrich Schller writes “in a single church 50 women were found beheaded and infants still sucking the breasts of their lifeless mothers”. It was Francis Xavier who brought the Inquisition to India leading to thousands of deaths. He was rewarded with Sainthood and his criminal & murderous past forgiven. Another murderer was canonized in 1935 for burning heretics and reformers alive. He became Sir Thomas Moore.

Colonial crimes – enslavement, territory take over, theft of wealth, destruction of history, elimination of non-Christian religions in Africa, Asia, South America.

1455 Papal Bull Romanus Pontifex declared by the Pope permitted killing, forcible conversion and enslavement of non-believers and the right to take over these inhabited lands and claim them ‘discovered’ by Christian rulers. Columbus was a slave trader and Holy Crusader. “Discovery” of the New World was to take over lands and propagate Christianity. 2/3 of natives in America’s were killed by colonist-imported smallpox. The Indian Chief Hatuey fled with his people but were captured and burnt alive watched by Franciscan friars. The Christian West invented cruelties never seen before. By the time Columbus and others had finished 1/3 of the population had been killed and by 16th century 200,000 Spaniards had moved to the Americas.

Rudolph J Rummel estimates 14million native Americans had been killed by Europeans in their quest to conquest and steal lands and spread Christianity by force. 150m Indians in both America’s are said to have been killed between 1500 to 1900 (smallpox, slavery, murder)!

Rummel also estimates 17million Africans to have been killed by Europeans.

By 1860s the native population of Hawaii had been reduced by 90% and the Christian Missionaries were proud of their role! Fast forward to 1940s when in Croatia extermination camps were run by Catholic Ustasha and the Pope was a regular visitor to these camps which were exclusively for children!

The Mayas, Incas and their history is no more thanks to the annihilation principles of the Church and the Portuguese. The same occurred to Native Indians in North America. Africa’s and Asia’s civilizational histories have been slowly extinguished and replaced with Western lifestyles that are dehumanizing people and creating psychologically deranged masses.

It was the Catholic lobby in Washington that pushed for US forces in Vietnam. They were called ‘Soldiers of Christ’ and responsible for placing Catholic dictator Ngo Dinh Diem at the helm denying food and aid to the majority Buddhists in Vietnam.

That was in the 1960s. Coming to 1994 it was Rwanda a small African country where hundreds and thousands of people were butchered. The role of Catholic clergy in these massacres are often kept hidden. But a newscast in Germany in 1996 stated “Anglican as well as Catholic priests and nuns are suspect of having actively participated in murders. Especially the conduct of  a certain Catholic priest has been occupying the public mind in Rwanda’s capital Kigali for months. …he is reported to have accompanied marauding Hutu militia with a gun in his cowl.”

Whether there is a God or Jesus or not it is the teacher-heads of these organized religions that have been responsible for history’s killings. Wars and inhumanities have led to Christian killings of an estimated 17million people. The other killings include Hitlers angst against the Jews, Stalins purging of 40m, killings during Mau’s rule, Cambodia to the recent killings in Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya & now Syria in another Western inquisition to take over lands.

The West and the Church point fingers at others totally ignoring church policy that ignored child molestors and paedophile priests (11,750 US cases from 1950-2004), ignoring financial scandals, smuggling war criminals to South America during Hitler, Vatican City housed and protected Ustashi mass murderers, the murders of the inquisitions, the Church invented some of the heinous forms of torture, genocide of natives when Church ordered ‘Discovery of Lands’, Pope Pius XI signed the Lateran Treaty with Mussolini in 1929 affirming dictator’s rule and is no different to the manner puppet dictators function protected by Western Christian nations.

We seem to forget how Hitler invaded Yugoslavia and split Croatia as a Catholic state to reward the Vatican’s dreams of creating a Catholic state in the Balkans as a bulwark against Islam. Pavelic the designated leader was a convicted murderer but his goons and Catholic priests butchered with Orthodox Christians converted to Catholicism. In 4 years an estimated 600,000 people are said to have been killed and tens of millions looted from the Croatian people and deposited in the Vatican. Stepinac became a Cardinal and in 1998 his beautification took place by Pope John Paul II! Pavelic was on trial in Nuremberg but was transferred to the Vatican! Nazis were smuggled to Argentina by the Vatican. A book by Horace Verbitsky El Silencio details how the Catholic Church participated in the 1976-1983 dictatorship that murdered 30,000 people.

Vaticans ties with the mafia is linked to the secret Vatican bank where money laundering is conducted via the mafia, CIA and the Church.

CIA-Church links to the mind-control program, the car bombs in Northern Ireland in 1972 by Catholic priest James Chesney who was the Director of Operations in the IRA, the Catholic run ‘orphanages’ in Quebec where over 20,000 children suffered unimaginable horror (children whipped with chains, sexually assaulted, and subject to electric shocks) and used as lab-rats. The Canadian govt refused the request by some surviving children in 2004 to open the mass graves and as a cover up the Canadian Govt agreed to pay compensation. In 1909 Dr Peter Bryce claimed the church deliberately exposed native children to smallpox and tuberculosis in Canada.

We cannot forget over 500 years of criminalities and genocide practiced by the Church in partnership with Western governments. 80% of world population was reduced in a span of 200 years. Native children were abused, killed or indoctrinated. The secretive Catholic cult Opus Dei using scientology is being used to promote fascist agenda and has an office in Sri Lanka too! The calls for women’s rights are just a whitewash, women have no place in Church ideology. The new trend for same sex marriages and gay rights is also a whitewash as can be seen when a Catholic priest openly announced he was gay and was immediately excommunicated recently by the present Pope!

We return to Europe where the Church is taking over Slovakia to create a new fascist stronghold and Slovakia has virtually ceded its sovereignty to the Church. What is happening around the world is the manner that a handful of people who have no loyalty to any nation are controlling world events.  World War 1 and 2 were used to change national boundaries and if we look carefully we should notice how the new wars are being created to dissolve national boundaries and create corporate states and it is they who will govern and replace nations and their political leaders. Cameron used the Christian card to win the recent elections. Many other nations of Europe openly declare their Christian heritage but when it comes to non-Christian majority nations except Islam the immediate call is to use ‘multicultural liberal multifaith’ slogans so that it would be easier for the Christian elements to penetrate and start controlling and influencing until such time they can change the demography as has happened in South Korea.

Wars have been about lust for power and money (often driven by religion) which provides the genesis for the CIA-UK created Wahhabi Muslims and a war on terror to enable Christian West soldiers to come to the rescue. This logic rarely appeals to the followers of both faiths due to their spiritual enslavement by worshipping an invisible entity and the other logic which does not make sense. Essentially no one needs to have a religion or be religious to lead an honest and compassionate life.

The excuse often used to cover these sins of the Christian West are ‘it all happened a long time ago’ but aren’t these crimes still continuing under different names?

With so many crimes that continue unabated does the Christian West have any moral right to be demanding accountability from countries when they are ignoring the millions killed by them in atrocious tortures designed by their religious institutions and committed by the leaders of their faiths? These sins need to be now brought into the open and justice must be served because their sins have never stopped and are being committed under new names!

Shenali D Waduge

Further reading

D.Stannard, American Holocaust,

A.Manhattan, The Vatican’s Holocaust

H.C.Lea, The Inquisition of the Middle Ages

S.Eidelberg, The Jews and the Crusaders

 

All Right-minded People Must Support Russia in Syria

October 4th, 2015

Kumar Moses

At last some sensible action from Russia to the chagrin of the US and EU. Russian jets have pounded near-uncivilized terrorists in Syria who have already killed close to a quarter of a million people. USA and KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) funded FSA (Free Syria Army) to fight against popular leader Assad. But the chaos gave rise to Saudi and Qatar funded Sunni terrorists mainly the ISIS. Since then it has been utter chaos. Europe was punished with a steady stream of refugees escaping fighting in Syria, Libya and Iraq – all US creations.

However, Russia has been already warned by USA and KSA to stop attacking their darling terrorists. Chechnyan terrorists were financed by these groups as well as the Mujahidin (which later graduated to Al Qaeda) in Afghanistan in 1980s. Russia must be mindful of repercussions of its operations in a region logic and proper senses have no place. Russia must not hesitate to militarily neutralize threats emanating from Saudi Arabia by way of financing anti-Russian activities. Such a move would also boost petroleum prices saving Russia from its current economic meltdown. Such a bold move by Russia will turn Russia, Iran (in deep economic crisis due to low oil prices and years under sanctions) and Venezuela (another country in economic crisis) into super rich nations overnight. A halfhearted approach will not yield results. It is the expectation of these nations that look up to Russian leaders to guide them out of misery.

If all non-ISIS terrorist groups can be exterminated or substantially weakened by the bombing campaign, it will leave only the Assad government and ISIS as influential stakeholders in Syria. In that event, the west will have to go with Assad even reluctantly than join forces with ISIS.

Saudi Arabia is running out of options and friends. Contrary to its interests, USA lifted sanctions against Iran over Saudi funding ISIS terrorists. Faced with another problem after Yemen, plaguing family crises in the ruling family and a nagging economic crisis due to low oil prices, Saudi will have to bow down to Russian pressure or face worse consequences of outright war. USA and UK will not come to its rescue as they too fear for their own economies after decades of unwinnable wars.

අක්මුල් නොදත් ගුණමකු”සිංහලයෝ”

October 4th, 2015

 ධර්මසිරි සෙනෙවිරත්න

1505 සිට ටිකෙන් ටික  වියැකී යන්නට පටන්ගත් සිංහල ලකුණ 1796 සිට වේගවත් වී 1833 -1834 කොල්බ්රුක් කැමරන් ”””’ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණ ”” නම්වු   ව්‍යසනකරණය හෙවත් පාදඩ කරණයෙන් පසුව  කටුකොහොල් නැති   ”කාපට් පාරට ”’ වැටී පරාභව  ය සොයා දිවගියේය . 1977 දී  ධර්මිෂ්ටයාගේ  සියල්ල විවුර්ත කර  සෙළුව පමණක්   ඉතිරි කිරීමේ ව්‍යාපෘතියෙන් පසුව  මුලිනුදුරා දැමු ගසක් මෙන්  සිංහල ලකුණ  බිම පතිත විය .

ඉහත සඳහන් කලේ ”විශේෂ ප්‍රවුර්ති ”’ පමණය . මේ විනාශය තවත් ඈතට ඈතට විහිදී යය්  .පාහියන්ගල   බටදොඹලෙන මෙන්ම  මේ මෑතදී රත්නපුරේ ලුනුගලින් හමුවූ පුරාවිද්‍යා සාධක වලින් තහවුරු වෙන පරිදි     විජය නම්””  ඉන්දියානුවා ”’  හෙලබිමට පැමිණීමට පෙර  මෙරට මිනිස් වාසයක් වූ බව එනම් වසර 4000 කට පෙරත් ගොවිතැන් කල මිනිසුන් රටේ සිටි බව ආචාර්ය සෝමදේව  විසින් තහවුරු කර ඇත . දැරණියගල පියපුත්  දෙදෙනා විසින්  මේ ඉතිහාසය  ගැන මීට පෙරත්  කරුණු පෙන්වාදී ඇත .”” තථා   ගතාභී ගමනය ”  ගැන මහාවන්සයේද සඳහන්ය මහාවංශ කතුවරයා ලිව්වේ ඉතිහාසපොතක්ම නොවේ . කතුවරයා ලිව්වේ අපෙරජවරු  බුදුසසුනේ දියුණුවට කල කටයුතු ගැනය  ඒ තුල  බොහෝ නිවැරදි අය්තිහාසික කරුණු ඇතුලත් වේ  බුදුහිමියන්ගේ ආගමනයට පෙර  ඉතිහාසයලියන්නට කතුවරයා උත්සාහ කර නැත .  එහෙත් බුදුහිමි මෙරෙටට  පැමිණීම ගැන කීමෙන් බන අහන  කොටසක් මෙරට සිටි බව පැහැදිලිය .  මහාවංශ කතුවරයා ඔවුන්  අමනුශ්ශයන් යය්  ලිව්වේ හිතාමතාමද… විජයගෙන් පසු බිහිවූ ”සිංහලයෝ ”  ආදී හෙළයන්   ගේ ”’හෙළ ලකුණ ” මකා දම න්නට උත්සාහ කර ඇත . රාවන  කතා පිළිගත්තත් නැතත්  ඒ කාලයේ මෙරට මිනිසුන් සිටි බවත් බුදු දහම අවබෝධ කර ගැනීමට තරම් ඔවුන්   නැ න නුවන දියුණු අ  ය බවත් පැහැදිලිය . බෞද්ධ ” දර්ශනය’ තේරුම්ගැනීම   කිතුනු ඉස්ලාම් වැනි ආගම්  වල නොපෙනෙන දෙවියන් විශ්වාසකිරීම වැනි පහසු කාර්යයක් නොවේ

හෙළ අටුවා   විනාශ කළෝ පසුව බිහිවූ   සිංහලයෝය  එයින්ම හෙළ ලකුණද වියැකී ගියේය . මෑතදී සොයා ගත වරිග පූරනිකාව මගින්   පෙන්වන රවී ශය්ලාශ වංශය  එදා හෙළයන්ගේ තතු හෙලිකරය් .  එහෙත් 1948 සිට අපෙමයය් කියන  රජයක් ලංකාවේ ඇතත්  දරනියගලලා සොමදෙවලා පෙන්වා දෙන ඉතහාසය  දරුවන්ට උගන්වන්නේ නැත . බද්යුද්දීන් නම් මුසල්මානු අද්යාපන ඇමතිවරයා  එතෙක් ඉගැන්වූ අසම්පූර්ණ ඉතිහාසයද නැවත්  විය අපේ ඉතිහාසය ගැන තීරණ ගැනීමට මුසල්මානුවන්ට ඉඩ දුන්නේද සිංහලයන්ය   තවත්   ”’තම්බිමුදලිගේ  දොන් අදිරියන් .. නම්  මුසල්මානු  පරපුරකින් පැවතෙන ” ධර්මිස්ටර් ””  අපේ ඉතිහාසයත්  සාහිත්‍යයත්  කන්නදය් අසමින්  ඒවා  පිළිකන්නට තල්ලු කළේය  මේ මිනිහාම 1942 තරම රාජ්‍ය මන්ත්‍රණ සභාවට  සන්දේශයක් ඉදිරිපත් කරමින් ලංකාව ඉන්දියාවේ ප්රාන්තයකිරීමට යෝජනා කලේ ”” දුටුගැමුණු පැරකුම් යුග  ගැන සිහින දැකීම වැඩක් නැති බව කියමිනි”

විජය නම් තක්කඩියෙක්  එදා මෙරටට පැමිණ කුවේණිය මගින් රටේ බලය ගෙන  කෙලෙහිගුණ නොදන්නා දුර්ජනයෙකු මෙන් ඇ  ය පලවා හරියේ ය  විජයගෙන් පැවතෙන අයත් හෙලයිනුත් පසුව මුසුවී   බිහිවූ  ”සිංහලයන්  ගේ කෙලෙහිගුණ නොදන්නා  ජාන ආවේ  විජය ගෙන් විය හැක . මෑත කාලයේත්   ”විජය කෙනෙක් ” චවුර රැජිනක්  මගින් රටේ බලය අල්ලන්නට ගොස්  මැරුම් කෑවේය . ඒ විජය බලය අල්ලුවේනම්  මුළු රටම  ‘  වතිකානුවකි ”  කොටි සමග සාකච්චාවටයය්   කියා මේ විජය කොටින්ගේ බල ප්‍රදේශයට ගියේ  අපේ හමුදාවේ සහාය ඇතිවය ඔහු කොටින්ගේ සීමාව දක්වා ගෙනගොස්  කිට්ටු ඇතුළු කොටියන්ට භාරදීමට හමුදාවට රජයෙන්  නියෝග නිකුත්විය .ඔහු කතාකලේ  මොනවාදය්  අපි සක් සුදක්සේ නොදනිතත්  ඔහුගේ ඇ ඹේනියගේ  පැටිකිරිය දන්නා අපිට  කතාකලදේ  සිතා ගත හැකිය .  අපේ වාසනාවට   විජය නොඑන ගමන් ගියේය .

අනගාරික ධර්මපාල තුමන්ට මෙරට එපාවෙන්නට වැඩ කලේ සිංහල නායකයන්ය    ඩී  බී ජයතිලක  හොඳ බෞද්ධයෙක් නිසා දේශපාලනයේ හිටියොත් ඩී  එස් ට තැනක් නැතිවෙන නිසා  ඔහු බොරුවෙන් රවටා ඉන්දියාවේ තානාපතිකර හරියේ   ජෙනින්ග්ස්  ගේ ආගමට මෙරට තැන දෙන්නට  වලිකෑ  සිංහලයෝය

සිරිමාවෝ විසින්  කල්ලතෝනීන් ආපසු ඉන්දියාවට යැවීමට ගත සියලු ප්‍රයත්නයන් ව්‍යර්තකර උන් මෙරට නවත්වා ගත්තේ   ඩඩ්ලි  ජේ ආර්   හා ප්‍රේමදාස  වැනිඅ  යය්  මේ  එජාපයෝ නිසා අද උඩරට  ප්‍රදේශ කල්ලතෝනීන්  ට අයත් වී ඇත . උඩරට සිංහලයන්ට තමන්ගේ ගම බිම් අහිමි වී ඇත .  හරිනම් උඩරට සිංහලයෝ එජාපය උඩරටින් අතුගා දැමිය යුතුය .එහෙත් එසේ වී නැත. ප්‍රභාකරන් නිසා වසර තිස් ගණනක්  අන්ත දුක් පීඩා විඳිමින් සිටිසින්හලයින් ගෙන් අඩක් ප්‍රභා මරන්නට මහින්ද උත්සාහකරනවිට   මහින්දට උසුළු විසුළු කළහ. ප්‍රභා මරා දමා සුලුකලක් යන විට අනෙක් අර්ධයේත් බිය පහවී   ජොලිය වැඩිවී  තමන්ගේ අභය දායකයා  එළවා අරකී විහුලුකාරයින්ගේ ගොඩට මුන්ද හෙත්තුවුයේ පඩි ක්කම තරම්වත් කෙලෙහිගුණ නොදන්නා ලෙසය   . මේ සිංහල අමනයෝ සමග සසඳන විට   ඕල්කොට් ලා   ටිබෙට් ජාතික මහින්ද හිමි වැනි අය  අපට දෙවිවරුය

මුලුරටේම එක නීතියක් ක්‍රියාත්මක කලයුතුවුවද  උතුරේ තෙසවලමෙය් නමින්  විශේෂ නීතියක් තිබීමට ඉඩදී බලාසිටින සිංහල පාලකයෝ    සිංහලයෝ නම් නොවේ  මැලේසියාවට පුළුවන් නම්  භූමිපුත්‍ර නීතිය අනුමත කර  වරිගය රක ගන්නට තවත් 75%  සිංහලයින් සිටින රටක සිංහල පාලකයින්ට එය බැරිද .මහින්ද දක්වා එකම පාලකයෙක් වත්  මෙය කලේ නැත  මේ සිංහල රටක්ද
හත්වලාමේ අය තවමත් මේ තේස වලාමේ

 13අ ඉන්දියාවට බයේ ක්‍රියාත්මක කලේ සිංහලයන්ය . අද උතුරේ හමුදා කඳවුරු ඉවත් කරන්නේ සිංහලයන්ය  ජීවිත පූජාවෙන් රට බේරාදුන් රණවිරුවෝ  පිටරට අධිකරණයකට බාරදෙන්නේ  සිංහලයෝය . හොරා හොරා යය කියමින්  මාස හත අටක් තිස්සේ කිසිවක් ඔප්පු නොකර  අපට ජීවිතය දුන් මහින්දට අපහාස කරන්නේ සිංහලයෝය  . මහින්ද වැරදි නැති අයෙක් නොවේ   එහෙත් රනිල්ට වඩා ද  හ ගුණයකින් දේශප්‍රේමියෙකි මොන වැරදි තිබුනත්  මෙහෙම අපහාස නොවිඳිය යුතු කෙනෙක් මහින්ද   එහෙත් බලු සිංහයන්ට  කොහෙද කෙලෙහිගුණ 

 

Govt.’s Duty Is To Stand By Our War Heroes

October 4th, 2015

Mahinda Rajapakse

Though the passage of the US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka in the UNHRC without a vote last Thursday is being hailed as a diplomatic victory for Sri Lanka, I am unable to share that view. Operative paragraph 6 of the resolution affirms the importance of the participation of foreign judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators in the Sri Lankan judicial mechanism to be set up to investigate alleged human rights abuses during the war. Operative paragraph 8 encourages the Sri Lankan government to remove individuals in the armed forces suspected of human rights violations through an administrative vetting process even if there is insufficient evidence to charge them in a court of law. Operative paragraph 4 welcomes the government’s willingness to allow the various judicial and other mechanisms it intends to establish to deal with the past, to obtain financial assistance from overseas, which means that these supposedly Sri Lankan mechanisms will be paid for and maintained by foreign powers.

Those are just a few of the objectionable operative paragraphs in that resolution. After its passage, the Prime Minister said that Sri Lanka has now been ‘taken off the agenda in the UNHRC’.  Posters of the UPFA have appeared on the streets hailing the government for delivering the country from the ‘imperialist death trap’ in Geneva. Such statements sit oddly beside the operative paragraphs of the resolution mentioned above. The mismatch between the provisions of the resolution that was passed and the government’s present mixed signals and rhetoric may be due to a belated realisation that nothing has been gained by Sri Lanka joining the USA as a co-sponsor of this resolution except to commit the government to a course of action which runs contrary to the interests of this country and is therefore politically unfeasible.

I acknowledge that there are times when foreign powers try to foist their way of thinking upon other nations and the country at the receiving end has to find ways of dealing with the situation.  The first duty of the Sri Lankan government is to see to it that the interests of our war heroes are looked after.  Operative paragraphs 6 & 8 of the resolution run directly contrary to that sacred duty. I regret to note that there is an attempt to whitewash the unfavourable resolution in Geneva by claiming that this was the best that could be achieved and that things could have been far worse with the near certainty of economic sanctions if my government had been still in power. The withdrawal of the GSP+ trade concession in 2010 and the ban on Sri Lankan fish imports to the EU in January 2015 were mentioned as the forerunners of the sanctions that were to be imposed on Sri Lanka.

The public should be made aware that the ban on fish imports to the EU this year was due to issues relating to ‘illegal, unreported and unregulated’ fishing in the Indian Ocean in contravention of the rules of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission and had nothing at all to do with politics or human rights.  As for GSP+, this is a special trade concession of doubtful utility which gives the EU a political handle over the recipient country. In 2010 when GSP+ came up for its quinquennial review and this was being used to impose the EU’s will on Sri Lanka, my government made a conscious decision not to reapply for GSP+. Even after this trade concession was withdrawn, my government ensured that apparel exports to the EU kept growing at more than 6% a year. It should be noted that no major exporting country in Asia has applied for GSP+ due to the political strings attached to it.

It was also said that I had antagonised the Western nations by being photographed with my arm around Muammar Gaddafi of Libya. It is actually Gaddafi who has his arm on my shoulder in that much publicised photograph. In the last months of the war in 2009 when Sri Lanka was fast losing foreign reserves due to the severe global economic recession that year and the IMF under pressure from the Western nations was delaying the standby facility that we were entitled to, Muammar Gaddafi agreed to lend 500 million USD to Sri Lanka in response to a single phone call from me. If not for that pledge, the economy would have collapsed before the war could be won.

It was also said that when foreign dignitaries came to Sri Lanka to persuade us to stop the war, I had deliberately insulted them by taking them to Embilipitiya and giving them manioc to eat, and that that resentment was motivating the Western countries to pass resolutions against us. I have no recollection what was on the menu when the British and French foreign ministers met me in the final days of the war demanding that I halt hostilities. But it is certainly true that I refused point blank to halt the war. It is because I did not buckle under foreign pressure that this country is free of terrorism today.  Governments are elected by the people of Sri Lanka to do what is best for the country and not to agree to everything said by foreign powers. That applies to the resolution that has just been passed in Geneva as well.

*Mahinda Rajapaksa (MP) and Former President

ඇමෙරිකානු කූටෝපායික සැලැස්‌මට එරෙහි වෙමු

October 4th, 2015

අනගාරික ධර්මසේකර  Courtesy Island


අවුරුදු දෙදහස්‌ තුන්සියයක්‌ තරම් දිගු කලක්‌ තිස්‌සේ විදේශාක්‍රමණ දාසයකට මුහුණ දී ජාතික උරුමය රැක ගන්නට සමත් වූ ලක්‌වැසි දේශප්‍රේමී ජනතාවට ජය ගත නොහැකි අභියෝගයක්‌ නැති බව මගේ විශ්වාසයයි.

පොදු රාජ්‍ය මණ්‌ඩලීය විනිසුරන් හා වෙනත් විනිශ්චයකාරවරුන් අයත් වන අධිකරණයක්‌ පිහිටුවන්නට යෝජනා කර ඇති ඇමෙරිකානු සැලැස්‌ම අනුව අභිචෝදක පක්‍ෂය නියෝජනය කරන නිලධාරීන් හා පරීක්‍ෂකයන් ද සහභාගි විය යුතු බවත් විශේෂ නීතිඥ කාර්යාලයක්‌ පිහිටුවිය යුතු බවත් සඳහන් වන හෙයින් එය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ස්‌වාධීනත්වයට සහ ස්‌වෛරීභාවයට හානි කර වන බව නිසැකය. ඉතාම ශෝකජනක දෙය නම් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට හිතවත් රටවල් ද නිහඬ කරවන්නට හේතු වන අන්දමින් ලංකාණ්‌ඩුව ඇමරිකානු කූටෝපායික වැඩපිළිවෙළට එකඟ වීමයි. මේ තත්ත්වය සිංහලේ රජු වූ ශ්‍රී වික්‍රම රාජසිංහ රජතුමාට එරෙහි වූ රදලයන් 1815 දී රජු අල්ලා බැඳ බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය අධිරාජ්‍යවාදීන්ට භාර දී ජාතික ස්‌වාධීනත්වය අහෝසි කර ගත්තාටත් වඩා බරපතල වේ.

අධිරාජ්‍ය හවුල්කාරී ජාතිබේදවාදී බෙදුම්වාදී බලවේගයක්‌ වූ දෙමළ ඊළාම් කොටි ත්‍රස්‌තවාදය පරාජය කිරීමේදී ජාත්‍යන්තර නීති රීති අනුව මානව හිමිකම් සුරැකෙන අන්දමින් කටයුතු කළ ශ්‍රී ලංකා හමුදාවන්ගේ ක්‍රියාකාරකම් පාලනය කිරීමට පවා ඉඩකඩ සලසාගත හැකි වන සැලැස්‌මක්‌ ඇමෙරිකානු නව යටත්විජිතවාදීන් විසින් ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති හෙයින් කිසිදු දේශප්‍රේමියකු මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ ආණ්‌ඩුවේ වැරදි අඩුපාඩු ගැන සිතමින් තවදුරටත් නිහඬව සිටිය යුතු නොවේ. මේ ලිපිය ලියන මම දෙදහස්‌ පහේ ජනාධිපතිවරණයේදී මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා ජයග්‍රහණය කරවීම සඳහා මට හැකි උපරිම අයුරින් දායක වූයෙමි. මා එසේ කළේ දෙකඩ වන්නට ගිය රට එක්‌සේසත් කිරීමේ ෙඓතිහාසික ජාතික අවශ්‍යතාව මුදුන් පමුණුවා ගැනීමේ අපේක්‍ෂාවෙනි. මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතාගේ නායකත්වයෙන් යුත් ආණ්‌ඩුව කොටි ත්‍රස්‌තවාදය පරාජය කිරීම සඳහා සන්නද්ධ හමුදාවන්ට නායකත්වය දෙද්දී මම හමුදාවන් හා ජනතාව දිරිගන්වන වැඩපිළිවෙළක්‌ ගෙන ගියෙමි.

මා පළමුවරට හමුදා සෙබළුන් හා නිලධාරීන් දිරි ගන්වන දේශනයක්‌ පැවැත්වූයේ මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා ජනාධිපති ධුරයට පත්වන්නටත් වර්ෂ ගණනාවකට ඉහතදී හමුදා කඳවුරක්‌ පිහිටුවනු ලැබ තිබූ තන්තිරිමලේ විහාර භූමියේදී ය. එකල කොටි ත්‍රස්‌තවාදීන් හා ශ්‍රී ලංකා හමුදා අතර මායිම බවට පත්ව තිබුණේ මල්වතු ඔයයි. තන්තිරිමලේ විහාරාධිපති හිsමියන් බෝම්බ ප්‍රහාරයකින් අපවත් වූ පසු පූජ්‍ය මහාචාර්ය බෙල්ලන්විල විමලරතන නාහිමියන්ගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් තන්තිරිමලේ ගම්වැසියන් හා හමුදා සෙබළුන් සඳහා අවශ්‍ය දේ රැගෙන ගිය භික්‍ෂුන් වහන්සේ සමඟ එක්‌ව මම එම කඳවුරේ නායකත්වය දැරූ කර්නල් ගනේගොඩ මහතාගේ ඉල්ලීම අනුව සෙබළුන් දිරිගැන්වීමේ දේශනයක්‌ කළෙමි. එම දේශනයට සවන් දුන් නිලධාරීන්a කීපදෙනකු මගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටියේ තවත් හමුදා කඳවුරුවල දේශන සඳහා එක්‌වන ලෙසයි. එදිනම මල්වතු ඔය අසබඩ වූ තවත් කඳවුරක ද දේශනයක්‌ කළ මම ඉන්පසු හමුදා ක්‍ෂේත්‍රයට සම්බන්ධ පිරිස්‌ සඳහා දේශනයක්‌ කළේ කොතලාවල ජාතික ආරක්‍ෂක විද්‍යා පීඨයේදී ය.

රත්මලාන කොතලාවල ජාතික ආරක්‍ෂක විද්‍යා පීඨයේ මා පැවැත්වූ දේශනය ඇසූ ත්‍රිවිධ හමුදාවේ නිලතල සඳහා පුහුණුව ලබමින් සිටි තරුණයන් මා වටා එක්‌වී කීවේ තමන් හමුදා කඳවුරුවල සේවයට ගිය පසු ඒ හැම හමුදා කඳවුරකටම මා ගෙන්වා දේශන කරවන්නට බලාපොරොත්තුවන බවයි. මා පළමු වරට කළුතර විශේෂ පොලිස්‌ බළකා පුහුණු මධ්‍යස්‌ථානයේ දේශනයක්‌ කළේ චJද්‍රිකා මැතිනිය ජනාධිපතිව සිටියදී මෙන්ම රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා අගමැතිව සිටියදීය. රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා අගමැති ධුරයත්, චJද්‍රිකා ජනාධිපතිනිය ආරක්‍ෂක ඇමැති ධුරයත් දැරූ දෙවර්ෂයක්‌ තුළ මම කළුතර පොලිස්‌ විශේෂ කාර්ය බළකා පුqහුණු මූලස්‌ථානයේ පුහුණුව ලැබූ කණ්‌ඩායම් අටක්‌ අමතා දේශප්‍රේමි ජාතික ඉතිහාස අත්දැකීම් ගෙනහැර පාමින් පැය දෙකක්‌ තරම් දිගු දේශන කළෙමි. මා පොලිස්‌ විශේෂ කාර්ය බළකායේ දේශන සඳහා ගෙන්වූ පුහුණු අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ පොලිස්‌ අධිකාරි ජයවීර මහතා වව්නියාවේ නියෝජ්‍ය පොලිස්‌පති ලෙස උසස්‌වීමක්‌ ලබා ගිය අවස්‌ථාවේ මා වවුනියාවට ගෙන්වා වව්නියා දිස්‌ත්‍රික්‌කයේ දුෂ්කර සේවයක යෙදී සිටි නිලධාරීන් අමතා මා ලවා දේශනයක්‌ කරවූයේ, දෙසුමට සහභාගි වූ පිරිසට නව ජීවයක්‌ හා නව ජවයක්‌ ලබාදීමේ අරමුණෙනි. මා කළුතර පොලිස්‌ විශේෂ කාර්ය බළකා මූලස්‌ථානයේ පුහුණුවන පිරිස්‌ අමතා දේශන පවත්වන බව දැනගත් කළුතර සේරුපිට සිවිල් ආරක්‍ෂක සේවා පුහුණු කඳවුරේ නිලධාරීන් ද මා වරින්වර එහි ගෙන්වා මා ලවා කණ්‌ඩායම් දහඅටකට අයත් හාරදහසක්‌ තරම් පිරිසකට දේශන කරවූයේ දේශප්‍රේමී ජාතික හැඟීමෙන් සිවිල් ආරක්‍ෂක සේවා භටයන් නව පණගැන්වීමේ අරමුණ ඇතිවය.

කළුතර සේරුපිට සිවිල් ආරක්‍ෂක සේවා පුහුණු කඳවුරේ ප්‍රධාන නිලධාරියෙක්‌ කල්පිටිය සිවිල් ආරක්‍ෂක පුහුණු කඳවුරට මාරුවක්‌ ලබා ගිය අවස්‌ථාවේ මා එම කඳවුරට ද ගෙන්වා දේශන කරවන්නට කටයුතු කළේය. තිරිකුණාමල ප්‍රදේශයේ කඩවත් හතරට අයත් දේශප්‍රේමී ජනතාවත්, දහම් පාසල් දාසයක සිසු දරුවනුත් ගුරුවරුනුත් දෙමාපියනුත් ඇතුළු පන්දහසක්‌ තරම් පිරිසක්‌ අමතා මා ලවා දේශප්‍රේමී ජාතිහිතෛෂී ශාසන මාමක දේශනයක්‌ කරවීමට කටයුතු කළේ ත්‍රිකුණාමල හමුදා කඳවුරේÊසේවය කළ මගේ ඥාතියකු වූ මේජර් ඥානපාල අධිකාරම් මහතා ය. එසේ විවිධ තරාතිරම්වල හමුqදා නිලධාරීන්ගේ ඇරයුමෙන් හමුදා කඳවුරු ගණනාවක ජාතිකාභිමානි හැඟීම් අවදිකරන දේශන කළෙමි. අවසාන වශයෙන් මා හමුදා මූලස්‌ථානයේ දේශනයක්‌ සඳහා කැඳවන ලද්දේ හමුදාපති ජනරාල් දයා රත්නායක මහතා විසිනි. හමුදා, පොලිස්‌, සිවිල් ආරක්‍ෂක සේවා කඳවුරුවලට අමතරව කොටි ත්‍රස්‌ත තර්ජනයට මුහුණපා තිබූ කන්තලේ පදවිය හා ත්‍රිකුණාමලේ ජනතාව සඳහා ද දේශප්‍රේමී ජාති හිතෛශී ශාසන මාමක හැඟීම් අවදිකර ජාතික මානසිකත්වය ශක්‌තිමත් කරන දේශන කරන්නට මා ඉදිරිපත් වූයේ ආත්මාරක්‍ෂාව ගැන පවා නොසිතාය. කොටි තර්ජනයට මුහුණ පා සිටි ජනතාව දහස්‌ ගණනින් එක්‌ ව මගේ දේශනවලට සවන් දුන් අවස්‌ථා අතරින් මට කිසි දිනක අමතක නොවන්නේ ඉරිදා දිනක පදවිය මහසෙන් මහා විද්‍යාලයට එක්‌ වූ ශිෂ්‍ය, තරුණ හා වැඩිහිටි පිරිසත් ත්‍රිකුණාමලේ ජයසුමනාරාමයට එක්‌ වූ පන්දහසක්‌ තරම් පිරිසත් ප්‍රභාකරන්ගේ උපන් දිනක (ඊනියා මහ විරු දිනයක) මගේ දේශනයක්‌ අසන්නට තිරිකුණාමලේ සංඝමිත්තා ශාලාවට එක්‌ වූ දහස්‌ සංඛ්‍යාත පිරිසත් ය. සංඝමිත්තා ශාලාවට එක්‌ වූ පිරිස අතර වූ කොටි හිතවාදීන්ගේ ප්‍රශ්නවලට පිළිතුරු දෙමින් මා පෙන්වා දුන්නේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ මධ්‍ය කඳුකරයෙන් රටේ හතර දිසාවටම ගංගා ගලන තුරුත් පුංචි ලංකාව ආරක්‍ෂිත හා සංස්‌කෘතික වශයෙන් එකම ඒකකයක්‌ව පවත්නා තුරුත් හින්දු – බෞද්ධ දෙපක්‍ෂයේ ආධ්‍යාත්මික ඥාතිත්වයේ සංකේත වශයෙන් දළදා මාලිගා භූමියේ සතර දේවාල තිබෙන තුරුත්, කතරගම, මුන්නේශ්වරම හා බෙල්ලන්විල ආගමික සිද්ධස්‌ථානවල බෞද්ධ හින්දු පුද පූජා පැවැත්වෙන තුරුත් ලංකාව දෙකඩ කිරීම හෝ ෙµඩරල් රාජ්‍යයක්‌ වීම සිදු නොවන බවයි.

කොටි ත්‍රස්‌ත තර්ජනයට මුහුණ පා සිටි ප්‍රදේශ හැරුණු විට කුරුණෑගල, කළුතර, ගාල්ල. මාතර හා හම්බන්තොට දිස්‌ත්‍රික්‌කවල ජනතාව ආධ්‍යාත්මිකව පුබුදුවා තරුණයන් හමුදා සේවයට එක්‌ වන්නට පෙලඹෙන දේශන කිරීමේ ප්‍රතිඵල වශයෙන් කොටි ත්‍රස්‌තවාදය පරදවා ජයග්‍රහණය කළ අවස්‌ථාවේ රණවිරුවන්ට උපහාර දැක්‌වීම සඳහා නාමල්අංග රජමහා විහාරයේ හමුදා නිලධාරීන්ගේ ද සහභාගිත්වයෙන් පැවැත්වුණු ජනතා රැලියේ විශේෂ දේශනය කරන්නට ද මට ආරාධනා කරනු ලැබිණි. මගේ ජීවිතයේ මා සිත සසල කිරීමට තරම් සංවේදී දර්ශනයක්‌ දකින්නට ලැබුණේ කුරුණෑගල දඹුළු පාරට ආසන්නයේ පිහිටි නාමල් අංග රජමහා විහාරයේ රණවිරු උපහාර විශේෂ දේශනයට සහභාගි වූ අවස්‌ථාවේ ය. එම උපහාර උත්සවයට රණවිරුවන් සියයක්‌ තරම් සංඛ්‍යාවක්‌ පැමිණියේ රෝද පුටුවලිනි. දෙපා අහිමි වූ රණවිරුවන් රෝද පුටුවලින් එද්දී එක්‌ පාදයක්‌ අහිමි වූ රණවිරුවන් උත්සව භූමියට ආවේ කිහිලිකරු උපයෝගී කර ගනිමිනි. දෙඇස්‌ අහිමි වූ රණවිරුවන් කොන්ක්‍රීට්‌ දැමූ වේල්ලේ පාර දිගේ උත්සව භූමියට පැමිණියේ සොයුරු සොයුරියන්ගේ ආධාරයෙනි. දඹුළු පාරේ පටන් නාමල්අංග රජමහා විහාර භූමිය දක්‌වා වෙල මැදින් පාරේ එක පෙරහැරට පැමිණි අත් පා අහිමි වූ දෙඇස්‌ අඳ වූ රණ විරුවන්ගේ දර්ශනය දුටු කිසිදු දේශප්‍රේමී ජාති හිතෛශී ශාසනමාමක රටවැසියකුට ඇමෙරිකානු කූටෝපායික සැලසුම්වලට ඉඩ දී නිහඬව සිටිය නොහැක. වැඩිම රණවිරුවන් බිහි වූ කුරුණෑගල දිස්‌ත්‍රික්‌කයේ පන්සල්, පිරිවෙන්, දහම් පාසල් හා රජයේ පාසල් රාශියක දේශන පැවැත්වූ මගේ විශ්වාසය වන්නේ කුරුණෑගල, අනුරපුර, පොලොන්නරු, ත්‍රිකුණාමල දිස්‌ත්‍රික්‌කවල මෙන්ම කළුතර, ගාලු, මාතර, රත්නපුර, කෑගලු, හම්බන්තොට, මොනරාගල දිස්‌ත්‍රික්‌කවල බහුතර ජනතාවත් පොදුවේ මුළු රටේම ජනතාවත් ඇමරිකානු කූටෝපායික සැලස්‌මේ සැබෑ ස්‌වරූපය අවබෝධ කරගතහොත් ඊට එරෙහි වනු නිසැක බවයි.

මුළු ජීවිතයම රටත් ජනතාවත් ජාතික සංස්‌කෘතික උරුමයත්, බුදු සසුනත් වෙනුවෙන් කැපකර සියල්ල අතහැර දාහත් වසක්‌ තිස්‌සේ අනගාරික දිවිපෙවෙතක්‌ ගෙවමින් හැත්තෑ හතර වැනි වියේ පසුවන මට අප තරුණ වියේ අත්දුටු වියට්‌නාම් යුද්ධය හා සම්බන්ධ ලෝක අත්දැකීම් අමතක කළ නොහැක. ඇමෙරිකානු නව යටත්විජිතවාදීන් ඉන්දු චීන කලාපයේ ගෙන ගිය විනාශකාරී ක්‍රියාමාර්ගය නිසා පමණක්‌ ලක්‍ෂ තිහකට වැඩි වියට්‌නාම් ජනතාවක්‌ මියගිය බවත් ඒ සාපරාධි ක්‍රියාමාර්ගයට එරෙහිව බර්ට්‌රන්ඩ් රසල් ජීන්පෝල් ශාස්‌ත්‍රොa හා පැබ්ලෝ නෙරූඩා වැනි නොබෙල් ත්‍යාගලාභී විද්වතුන්ගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් ප්‍රංශයේ පැරිස්‌ නගරයේ පැවැත්වුණු ජාත්‍යන්තර සාමාධිකරණය මගින් අවුරුදු තුනක්‌ තිස්‌සේ පැවැත්වූ සාක්‍ෂි විභාගයෙන් පසු එවකට ඇමෙරිකන් ජනාධිපති වූ ලින්ඩන් බී ජොන්සන්, රාජ්‍ය ලේකම් ඩීන් රස්‌ක්‌ හා ආරක්‍ෂක ලේකම් රොබට්‌ මැක්‌නමාරා යුද අපරාධකරුවන් ලෙස ප්‍රකාශ කළ බවත් බැරැක්‌ ඔබාමාට අමතක වුවත් අධිරාජ්‍ය විරෝධීන් වන අපට අමතක නොවේ. ඇමරිකානු කූටෝපායික ක්‍රියාමාර්ග නිසා ලිබියාවේ හා ඉරාකයේ සිදු වූ දේ ලොවම දන්නා හෙයින් ජාත්‍යන්තර මධ්‍යස්‌ථානයක පිහිටි ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සිය ආධිපත්‍යය යටතට ගන්නටත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව දෙකඩ කිරීම මගින් ඉන්දියාවේ බෙදුම්වාදී බලවේගයන් පණගන්වා අවි වෙළ¹ම ලෝකාධිපත්‍යය සඳහා ගෙන යන නව යටත් විජිතවාදී ක්‍රියාමාර්ගය පරාජය කරන්නට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ මෙන්ම ඉන්දියාවේත් දකුණු ආසියාවේ සියලුම රටවල ජනතාවත් අවදි විය යුතුව තිබේ. අවුරුදු දෙදහස්‌ තුන්සියයක්‌ තරම් දිගු කලක්‌ තිස්‌සේ විදේශාක්‍රමණ දාසයකට මුහුණ දී ජාතික උරුමය රැක ගන්නට සමත් වූ ලක්‌වැසි දේශප්‍රේමී ජනතාවට ජය ගත නොහැකි අභියෝගයක්‌ නැති බව මගේ විශ්වාසයයි. පෘතුගීසි කාලතුවක්‌කුවට යට නොවී අප්‍රමාණ වූ දුක්‌ වේදනා විඳදරා ගෙන ජාතික උරුමය රැක ගත් දේශප්‍රේමී ජාති හිතෛශී ශාසනමාමක ජනතාව ලන්දේසි හෝ බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය අධිරාජ්‍යවාදී ආධිපත්‍යය මගින් ද අධිරාජ්‍ය ගැත්තන් බවට පත් කළ නොහැකි වූවාක්‌ මෙන් අපේ පරපුරේ දේශප්‍රේමීන් ද ලොවට ආදර්ශයක්‌ වන විමුක්‌තිකාමී විජයග්‍රාහී බලවේගයක්‌ වනු ඒකාන්තය.

අනගාරික ධර්මසේකර

US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka is not a victory: MR

October 4th, 2015

Courtesy Adaderana

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that though the passage of the US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka in the UNHRC without a vote last Thursday is being hailed as a diplomatic victory for Sri Lanka, he is unable to share that view.

Issuing a statement on Sunday (4) he said, “Operative paragraph 6 of the resolution affirms the importance of the participation of foreign judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators in the Sri Lankan judicial mechanism to be set up to investigate alleged human rights abuses during the war.

Operative paragraph 8 encourages the Sri Lankan government to remove individuals in the armed forces suspected of human rights violations through an administrative vetting process even if there is insufficient evidence to charge them in a court of law. Operative paragraph 4 welcomes the government’s willingness to allow the various judicial and other mechanisms it intends to establish to deal with the past, to obtain financial assistance from overseas, which means that these supposedly Sri Lankan mechanisms will be paid for and maintained by foreign powers.

Those are just a few of the objectionable operative paragraphs in that resolution. After its passage, the Prime Minister said that Sri Lanka has now been ‘taken off the agenda in the UNHRC’.  Posters of the UPFA have appeared on the streets hailing the government for delivering the country from the ‘imperialist death trap’ in Geneva. Such statements sit oddly beside the operative paragraphs of the resolution mentioned above.

The mismatch between the provisions of the resolution that was passed and the government’s present mixed signals and rhetoric may be due to a belated realisation that nothing has been gained by Sri Lanka joining the USA as a co-sponsor of this resolution except to commit the government to a course of action which runs contrary to the interests of this country and is therefore politically unfeasible.

I acknowledge that there are times when foreign powers try to foist their way of thinking upon other nations and the country at the receiving end has to find ways of dealing with the situation.  The first duty of the Sri Lankan government is to see to it that the interests of our war heroes are looked after.  Operative paragraphs 6 & 8 of the resolution run directly contrary to that sacred duty. I regret to note that there is an attempt to whitewash the unfavourable resolution in Geneva by claiming that this was the best that could be achieved and that things could have been far worse with the near certainty of economic sanctions if my government had been still in power. The withdrawal of the GSP+ trade concession in 2010 and the ban on Sri Lankan fish imports to the EU in January 2015 were mentioned as the forerunners of the sanctions that were to be imposed on Sri Lanka.

The public should be made aware that the ban on fish imports to the EU this year was due to issues relating to ‘illegal, unreported and unregulated’ fishing in the Indian Ocean in contravention of the rules of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission and had nothing at all to do with politics or human rights.  As for GSP+, this is a special trade concession of doubtful utility which gives the EU a political handle over the recipient country. In 2010 when GSP+ came up for its quinquennial review and this was being used to impose the EU’s will on Sri Lanka, my government made a conscious decision not to reapply for GSP+. Even after this trade concession was withdrawn, my government ensured that apparel exports to the EU kept growing at more than 6% a year. It should be noted that no major exporting country in Asia has applied for GSP+ due to the political strings attached to it.

It was also said that I had antagonised the Western nations by being photographed with my arm around Muammar Gaddafi of Libya. It is actually Gaddafi who has his arm on my shoulder in that much publicised photograph. In the last months of the war in 2009 when Sri Lanka was fast losing foreign reserves due to the severe global economic recession that year and the IMF under pressure from the Western nations was delaying the standby facility that we were entitled to, Muammar Gaddafi agreed to lend 500 million USD to Sri Lanka in response to a single phone call from me. If not for that pledge, the economy would have collapsed before the war could be won.

It was also said that when foreign dignitaries came to Sri Lanka to persuade us to stop the war, I had deliberately insulted them by taking them to Embilipitiya and giving them manioc to eat, and that that resentment was motivating the Western countries to pass resolutions against us. I have no recollection what was on the menu when the British and French foreign ministers met me in the final days of the war demanding that I halt hostilities. But it is certainly true that I refused point blank to halt the war. It is because I did not buckle under foreign pressure that this country is free of terrorism today.  Governments are elected by the people of Sri Lanka to do what is best for the country and not to agree to everything said by foreign powers. That applies to the resolution that has just been passed in Geneva as well.”

රණවිරුවන් රැක බලා ගැනීම ආණ්ඩුවේ යුතුකමයි – මහින්ද මැතිඳුන්ගෙන් නිවේදනයක්!

October 4th, 2015

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එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලය තුළ ලංකාවට එරෙහි අ‍මෙරිකානු යෝජනාව ඡන්ද විමසීමකින් තොරව සම්මත කර ගැනීම ලංකාව ලැබූ රාජ්‍ය තාන්ත්‍රික ජයග්‍ර‍හනයක් හැටියට ඇතැම් අය හුවා දක්වනු ලැබුවද එම මතයට තමාට එකඟ විය නොහැකි බව හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පවසයි.

ඔහු මේ බව සඳහන් කර සිටියේ මාධ්‍ය නි‍වේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින්ය.

එම මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය පහත පරිදි වෙයි.

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6 comments to රණවිරුවන් රැක බලා ගැනීම ආණ්ඩුවේ යුතුකමයි – මහින්ද මැතිඳුන්ගෙන් නිවේදනයක්!

  • shyam

    this statement should be translated into all three languages and posted on websites! It appears that our society’s majority seem to be suffering either from amnesia or have been resurrected from the dead! This is applicable to the present Head of State as well, who thinks that he has done a yeomen service to the nation by seating at the same table as UN Chief and USA President! Any head of state can sit at such tables if they are servile towards powerful nations! Mr.Sirisena has an inferiority complex wherein he is trying to mimic the actions of Mr.Rajapaksa which showcases his (Mr. Sirisena’s) personality! It so far has turned out to be a pathetic performance from a modern day Brutus! Out of the present administration only Mr. Wicremesinghe appears to be striving to achieve a middle path statesmanship and is trying to solve the issue based upon his political convictions whether we agree with them or not!Others including the present head of state is engaged in party politics! This is a country which throughout history has betrayed it’s own kith and kin for personal glory at crucial times! It is indeed sad that we are witnesses to such events, due to bad karma! However, as stated it is our duty to protect our valiant forces who fought a war not for personal glory but for the unification of the country so that its citizenry can live without an open death warrant hanging over their heads! We also have to protect Mr. Rajapaksa and the former defense secretary for no matter how accomplished the forces are if the political leadership is weak nothing can be achieved! If we had the present head of state at the time the war was raging(from start to finish not in bits and pieces when he was acting defense minister), Prabhakaran would have had a field day and established his Ealam by now, for many leaders who boasts about their personal achievements are nonentities like the proverbial monkey that praises its own tail;Very few can boldly claim to have achieved their targets by performance. If Mr. Rajapaksa as President had capitulated at that crucial juncture we still would be unsafe!He is a man who has delivered what he promised! Ungratefulness is rampant in Society throughout the ages that is why the Buddha has stated it is indeed rare to find persons who are grateful! Very true in terms of present day Sri Lanka!

    • Dinuu

      Thank you Mr Shyam for this excellent comment.

    • Sitharan

      He is probably deluded into thinking that if he copies enough he would get the same reaction. In this era of fast spreading news his chance of showcasing this differently than how he acts in platforms like UN is zero. As for “middle path” it might not even be correct as middle can be different. This is called playing politics with people’s lives. Party politics are Mr. wickramasinhe’s speciality, remember how Thajudeen’s death was used or certain media organs have been warned about not to give coverage to events in north otherwise they would be prosecuted? The second is about media freedom but the events they use to sling mud are more than enough. More than party politics this is “fighting to take credit that is not there” politics, they are claiming credit for things they did not do at all. Not counting the part of acting defense minister, as acting means acting according to orders before therefore it’s neither about military skill nor diplomatic knowledge. Of course he cannot comprehend this.

  • Dinuu

    ඇමෙරිකානුන් ඉදිරියේ දණ ගසා මව්බිමට අතිශයින් අනතුරුදායක “විදේශීය අධිකරණය” පිහිටුවීමේ යෝජනා සම්මත කරගෙන ඇවිත් ජනතාව රවට්ටනවා “මහා හපන්කමක්” කලා කියලා. බලෙන් පෝස්ටර් කටවුට් පිලිගැනීම් පවා ලබාගන්නවා. රටටම මෙය විහිලුවකි.

    දිවි පරදුවට තබා රට බේරාගත් වීරෝධාර රණවිරුවන් බිල්ලට දීමේ “මේ මහා පාවාදීම” රටට හංගන්න බැහැ.ජීඑස්පී බදුසහන සහ ආර්ථික සම්බාධක ගැන ඔබතුමාගේ පැහැදිලි කිරීමට ස්තුතිවන්ත වෙමි.

    ඔබතුමා තිස්වසරක දරුණු යුද බිය නැති කිරීමට දුන් ඒ අභීත නායකත්වයටත්, මේ රටට ලබා දුන් දැවැන්ත සංවර්ධනයටත් අපි සදා ණයගැති වෙමු. ඕනෑම අභියෝගයක් ජයගැනීමේ ඔබතුමාට ඇති එඩිතරකම හා ශක්තිය නිසා මේ දේශය යලිත් නැගිටිනු සහතිකය. ඔබතුමාට දීර්ඝායුෂ, නිරෝගි සුව හා සතුට නිරතුරුවම පතමි!

    නිහඬව මෙන් පෙනුනත් ලක්ශ ගණනක් මව්බිම වෙනුවෙන් පණ දෙන්න සූදානම් සැබෑ දේශප්‍රේමීන්ගේ අභීත හඬ ඉතා නුදුරු දිනකදී රටටම ඇහෙන දිනය උදා වෙනවා! මව්බිමට ජයවේවා! සැබෑ දේශප්‍රේමීන්ට ජයවේවා!

  • Sitharan

    Look what I found. This shows a lot about their mindset. Why are they engaged in such a low copying indeed?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unXn4KEniUY
    This should be a copyright infringement. Hope the editor could inform the relevant people about that.

සුද්දන් කියන කියන දේට ඔළුව නැමීම රාජ්‍ය පාලනය නොවේ.. මෛත‍්‍රීගේ මඤ්ඤොක්කා විවේචනයට මහින්දගෙන් පිළිතුරු…

October 4th, 2015

lanka C news

සුද්දන් කියන කියන දේට ඔළුව නැමීම රාජ්‍ය පාලනය නොවේ.. මෛත‍්‍රීගේ මඤ්ඤොක්කා විවේචනයට මහින්දගෙන් පිළිතුරු…රාජතාන්ත‍්‍රිකටින් ඇඹිලිපිටියට ගෙන ගොස් මඤ්ඤොක්කා කැවුවේ යයි ජනාධිපති මෛත‍්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතා එල්ල කරන චෝදනාවට මෙන්ම ජිනීවාහිදී ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව සම්බන්දයෙන් ඡන්ද විමසීමකින් තොරව සම්මත වූ යෝජනාව ගැන හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා අදහස් පල කරයි.

හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා සිය අදහස් දක්වා නිකුත් කර ඇති නිවේදනය මෙසේය.

රණවිරුවන් රැක බලා ගැනීම ආණ්ඩුවේ යුතුකමයි.

එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලය තුළ ලංකාවට එරෙහි ඇමරිකානු යෝජනාව ඡන්ද විමසීමකින් තොරව සම්මත කර ගැනීම ලංකාව ලැබූ රාජ්‍යතාන්ත්‍රික ජයග්‍ර‍හනයක් හැටියට ඇතැම් අය හුවා දක්වනු ලැබුවද එම මතයට මට එකග විය නොහැක. සම්මත වූ යෝජනාවේ 06 වෙනි ක්‍රියාන්විත ඡේදයට අනුව ලංකාවේ සිදු වූවා යැයි කියන මානව හිමිකම් උල්ලංඝනය කිරීම් විමර්ශනය කිරීමට පිහිටුවන යාන්ත්‍ර‍නය තුළ විදේශීය විනිශ්චයකාරවරුන්, පරිචෝදකයන්, විමර්ශණ නිළධාරීන් හා නීතීඥයන්ගේ සහභාගීත්වය තිබිය යුතු වේ. 08 වන ක්‍රියාන්විත ඡේද‍යට අනුව ශ්‍රී ලංකා ආරක්‍ෂක හමුදා තුළ මානව හිමිකම් උල්ලංඝනය කළ බවට සැක කරන සාමාජිකයන් උසාවියකට ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට තරම් සාක්‍ෂි නැතත් පරිපාලනමය ක්‍රියාදාමයකින් සේවයෙන් ඉවත් කළ යුතු වේ.  04 වන ක්‍රියාන්විත ඡේදයට අනුව ලංකාවේ යුද සමය අලලා බිහි කරන මේ යාන්ත්‍ර‍නයන් වලට විදේශීය රටවල් වලින් මූල්‍ය පහසුකම් ලබා ගැනීමට ඉඩ සැලසේ. එයින් සිදු වන්නේ මේ ඊනියා ශ්‍රී ලාංකික යාන්ත්‍ර‍නය විදේශීය බලවතුන්ගේ මුදල් වලින් පවත්වාගෙන යන ආයතන බවට පත්වීමයි.

ඒ, මෙම යෝජනාවේ අඩංගු අහිකර ක්‍රියාන්විත ඡේදවලින් කීපයක් පමණි. මෙකී යෝජනාව සම්මත වීමෙන් පසු අගමැතිවරයා පවසා සිටියේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව දැන් මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලයේ න්‍යාය පත්‍ර‍යෙන් ඉවත්කරගෙන ඇති බවයි. ජිනීවාහී “අධිරාජ්‍යවාදී මර උගුලෙන්” රට බේරාගත් ආණ්ඩුවට සුභ පතමින් එක්සත් ජනතා නිදහස් සන්ධානයේ පෝස්ටර් හා කටවුට් ද බොහෝ තැන්වල දක්නට තිබුණි.  එවැනි අදහස් හා සම්මත වූ යෝජනාවේ ඉහත දක්වන ලද ක්‍රියාන්විත ඡේද අතර ගැලපීමක් නැත. මේ ආකාරයට ජිනීවා යෝජනාවේ ක්‍රියාන්විත ඡේදත් ආණ්ඩුවේ වර්ථමාන වාග් මාලාවත් අතර නොගැලපීමට හේතුව ලංකාව ඇමරිකාව සමග එක් වී සහයෝගයෙන් මේ යෝජනාව සම්මත කර ගැනීමෙන් කිසිදු වාසියක් රටට අත් වී නැති බව ප්‍ර‍මාද වී හෝ අදාල බලධාරීන්ට අවබෝධ වී ඇති නිසා විය හැක. මේ යෝජනාවෙන් සිදු වී ඇත්තේ රටට අහිතකර මෙන්ම දේශපාලනික වශයෙන්ද ප්‍රායෝගික නොවන ක්‍රියාදාමයක ආණ්ඩුව හිරවීම බව ඔවුන්ට වැටහී තිබෙනවා විය හැක.

බොහෝ විට විදේශීය බලවතුන් වෙනත් රටවල් මත තම අභිමතයන් පැටවීමට උත්සාහ ගන්නා බවත් එවන් අවස්ථාවල අදාල රටට ඒ තත්වයට මුහුණ දීමට සුදුසු ක්‍ර‍ම සහ විධි ගැන කල්පනා කිරීමට සිදුවන බවත් මම පිළිගනිමි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා ආණ්ඩුවේ පළමු යුතුකම වන්නේ අපේ රණවිරුවන් රැකබලා ගැනීමයි. සම්මත වූ යෝජනාවේ ක්‍රියාන්විත ඡේද 06 සහ 08 එම පූජනීය යුතුකමට ඍජුවම හරස් වෙයි. ජිනීවාහී සම්මත වූ මෙම අවාසිදායක යෝජනාවට සුදු හුණු ගෑමට තවමත් උත්සාහයක් පවතින බව මම කණගාටුවෙන් ප්‍ර‍කාශ කරමි. ලංකාවට ජිනීවාහී ලබා ගත හැකි උපරිම සහනය මෙය බවත් රාජපක්‍ෂ ආණ්ඩුව තවමත් බලයේ සිටියේ නම් තත්වය මීට වඩා දරුණු වී ආර්ථික සම්බාධක පවා පැනවීමට ඉඩ තිබුනු බවත් ඇතැම් අය කියනු අපට ඇසෙයි. 2010 දී ජී.එස්.පී+ බදු සහනය නැතිවීමත් මේ වසරේ ජනවාරියේ දී යුරෝපා සංගමය තුලට ලංකාවෙන් මාළු ගෙන්වීම තහනම් කිරීමත්, මග එමින් තිබූ ඒ ආර්ථික සම්බාධක වල පෙරමග සලකුණු හැටියට ඇතැම් පාර්ශව හුවා දක්වනු ලැබේ.

මේ වසරේදී යුරෝපය තුලට ලංකාවේ මාළු ගෙන ඒම තහනම් කරනු ලැබුවේ ඉන්දියන් සාගරයේ මතස්‍ය කොමිසමේ නිර්දේශ වලට පටහැනිව “නීති විරෝධීව,  අවිධිමත්ව, හා වාර්තා කිරීමකින් තොරව” මසුන් මැරීම පිළිබදව ආරවුලක් නිසා මිස කිසිදු දේශපාලනික හෝ මානව හිමිකම් ප්‍ර‍ශ්නයක් නිසා නොවන බව ජනතාව දැනගත යුතුය. ජී.එස්.පී+ පිළිබද කතාවද බොහෝ දෙනා සිතනවාට වඩා වෙනස්ය. ජී.එස්.පී+ යනු යුරෝපා සංගමය විසින් දේශපාලනික කොන්දේසි සහිතව ලබා දෙන බදු සහනයකි. මෙයට සම්බන්ධවී ඇති දේශපාලන කොන්දේසි නිසා ආසියාවේ කිසිදු අපනයනය කරන රටක් මේ බදු සහනය ලබාගෙන නැත. 2010 දී ලංකාවට ලැබී තිබුණු ජී.එස්.පී+ බදු සහනය ගැන අවු. 05 කට වරක් කෙරෙන සමාලෝචනයේ දී යුරෝපා සංගමයේ දේශපාලන න්‍යාය පත්‍ර‍ය ලංකාව මත පැටවීමට උත්සාහයක් තිබුණු නිසා එම බදු සහනය සදහා නැවත ඉල්ලුම් නොකිරීමට මාගේ ආණුඩුව තීන්දුවක් ගත්තේය. මේ බදු සහනය නොමැතිව වුවද යුරෝපා සංගමය තුළට ලංකාවේ ඇගලුම් අපනයනය සෑම වසරකම 6% කට වඩා වර්ධනය වන බවට වගබලා ගැනීමටද අප පියවර ගත්තෙමු.

මා ලිබියාවේ නායක මුවම්මර් ගඩාෆි මහතාගේ කර වටා අත දමා ගැනීම නිසාත් බටහිර රටවල් ලංකාව සමග උරණ වූ බවද ඇතැම් අය කියයි. මේ කියන ඡායා රූපයේ මාගේ කර වටා අත දමා සිටින්නේ ගඩාෆි මහතාය. 2009 දී යුද්ධයේ අවසන් මාස කීපයට අවතීර්ණ වත්ම එවක ලෝකයේ ඇති වී තිබූ දරුණු ආර්ථික අවපාතය හේතුවෙන් ලංකාවේ විදේශ සංචිත සීග්‍රයෙන් පහත වැටෙමින් පැවතුණි. මේ අවස්ථාවේ දී බටහිර රටවලින් එල්ල කරනු ලැබූ පීඩනය නිසා ජාත්‍යන්තර මුල්‍ය අරමුදලින් අපට ලැබිය යුතුව තිබූ ණය පහසුකම් ද ප්‍රමාද විය. ඒ අවස්ථාවේ දී මා දුන් එක දුරකථන ඇමතුමකින් ඇ.ඩොලර් මිලියන 500 ක ණයක් ලංකාවට ලබා දීමට ගඩාෆි මහතා එකග විය. ඒ පොරොන්දුව නොවන්නට යුද්ධය ජය ගැනීමට පෙර ආර්ථිකය ඇණ හිටීමට ඉඩ තිබුණි.

ලංකාවේ යුද්ධය නැවැත්වීමට විදේශීය ප්‍ර‍භූවරුන් මෙහි පැමිණි අවස්ථාවේ දී ඔවුන්ව ඇඹිලිපිටියට ගෙන්වා මඤ්ඤොක්කා කෑමට දී ඔවුන්ට සිතා මතා අපහාස කළ නිසා බටහිර රටවල් අපට එරෙහිව යෝජනා සම්මත කරන බවටද අදහසක් පල විය. යුද්ධයේ අවසන් දිනවල හමුදා මෙහෙයුම් නතර කර වීමට මට බලපෑම් කිරීම සදහා පැමිණි බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය හා ප්‍ර‍ංශ විදේශ ඇමතිවරුන්ට ලබාදුන් ආහාර මොනවාදැයි මට දැන් මතකයක් නැත. නමුත් යුද මෙහෙයුම් නතර කිරීම මම එකහෙලාම ප්‍ර‍තික්‍ෂේප කල බව පිළිගනිමි. අප අද ත්‍ර‍ස්තවාදයෙන් තොර රටක ජීවත් වන්නේ විදේශීය පීඩනයට මම යටත් නොවුනු නිසාය. ලංකාවේ ජනතාව සර්වජන ඡන්ද බලයෙන් ආණ්ඩු පත් කර ගන්නේ මේ රටට සුදුසු ක්‍රියාමර්ග ගැනීමට මිස විදේශීය බලවතුන් කියන හැමදේකටම ඔළුව වැනීමට නොවේ. ජිනීවාහි සම්මත කරගත් මේ යෝජනාවටද ඒ යථාර්තය එලෙසම වලංගු වේ.

මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ (පා.ම)
හිටපු ජනාධිපති

ZEID COMMITS (POSSIBLE) CONTEMPT OF COURT AGAINST THE SRI LANKA JUDICIARY

October 4th, 2015

DHARSHAN WEERASEKERA

On the 30th of September, U.N. Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Al Hussein issued a video statement to the Human Rights Council then in session, regarding the war crimes investigation on Sri Lanka conducted by his office.  He reiterated his call for a ‘hybrid court’ to pursue the charges enumerated in the report, because in his view Sri Lanka’s domestic courts lacked the independence and impartiality to take on such a task.

In my view, the High Commissioner’s statement amounts to contempt of court.  In this article, I shall briefly explain why the High Commissioner’s statement amounts to contempt of court, and explain the ramifications of this to local politicians and pundits who might try to implement the High Commissioner’s recommendations and actually set up a ‘hybrid court.’

I argue that the only option left to the Government, if it wants to prevent wanton attacks on the honour of our courts, and also to remove the stain caused to the honour of the courts by the High Commissioner’s statement, is to immediately commission an independent and credible review of the High Commissioner’s report, to find out if in fact he has provided sufficient evidence to sustain his allegations.

Why the High Commissioner’s statement amounts to contempt of court

Contempt of court, generally speaking, is any attempt by a person to bring dishonour to the court, to bring it into disrepute, and thus to lower the esteem of the court in the eyes of the public.  It is rightly considered a most grievous offence.  In any country, the courts are the primary means through which justice is administered:  if the courts have to tolerate constant insults and attacks on their honour, the people lose faith in them, and this naturally affects their (i.e. the courts’) capacity to mete out justice.

I take as self-evident that, if a person of the stature of the U.N Human Rights High Commissioner announces on a world-stage such as the sessions of the Human Rights that the judiciary of Sri Lanka lacks independence and impartiality, it will have among other things the affect of lowering the esteem of said judiciary in the eyes of foreigners as well as Sri Lankan citizens who hear him.  So, the threshold for contempt is met.

We need to answer only two questions:  Did the High Commissioner in fact say what I allege?  If so, can he justify his statement?  Here is the relevant part of the High Commissioner’s statement:

‘I welcome the Government’s commitment, made before this Council, to investigate these violations and ensure accountability….The unfortunate reality, however, is that Sri Lanka’s criminal justice system is not currently equipped to conduct an independent and credible investigation into allegations of this breath and magnitude….This is why I have recommended the establishment of an ad hoc hybrid special court, integrating judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators, mandated to try notably war crimes and crimes against humanity, with its own independent investigative and prosecuting organ, defence office and witness and victims protection program.  In a highly polarized environment, such a mechanism is essential to give all Sri Lankans, especially victims, confidence in the independence and impartiality of the process.’ (Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussien  via videolink to the Human Rights Council, 30 September 2015, www.ohchr.org)

To paraphrase the High Commissioner’s sentiments above, according to him, a hybrid court comprising international judges, prosecutors, etc, is needed, because, if the Sri Lankan justice system (which obviously includes the judiciary) were to pursue the matters set out in his report, Sri Lankans will not be able to have confidence in the independence and impartiality of the process.

A part of the High Commissioner’s argument seems to be that the Sri Lankan justice system (which obviously includes the judiciary) is not ‘equipped’ to pursue the types of allegations set out in his report, therefore a hybrid court is needed.  In my view, however, this part of the High Commissioner’s argument doesn’t make sense.

For instance, if the Sri Lankan justice system (which obviously includes the judiciary) is ill-equipped to handle the types of allegations the High Commissioner is leveling, why can’t they be equipped—provided with further education, training, access to the relevant research materials, and so on—which would allow them to handle the allegations in question?

Is it the High Commissioner’s contention that the Sri Lankan judiciary—with a tradition going back over 200 years, which has had in its rolls, even in recent years, judges of the caliber of C.G Weeramantry, A.R.B. Amarasinghe, H.N.G. Fernando, Mark Fernando, L.H.G. Weerasekera, G.P.S. Silva, and others, all local products if I’m not mistaken—is incapable of educating some of its members to handle the types of allegations the High Commissioner is mentioning?  The idea is ridiculous.

And, in any event, being ill-equipped to handle certain allegations goes, if at all, to the competence of the judiciary, not its independence or impartiality.  But note, in the last of the series of sentences I have quoted above, the High Commissioner is saying that a local investigation and trial will raise questions about the independence and impartiality of the process.

What does the fact that the justice system may be ill-equipped at present to handle certain allegations have to do with its independence and impartiality?  If the problem is competence, that can be remedied by supplying the requisite education, resources, and so on.  But lack of independence and impartiality goes to the very character of the judiciary.

So, what the High Commissioner is really saying is that the Sri Lanka judiciary (because of its lack of independence and impartiality) is incapable of handling the allegations mentioned in his report, even if the technical shortcomings related to competence are corrected, a grave charge indeed.  Therefore, the threshold for contempt is met.

I shall now turn to the second question:  ‘Can the High Commissioner justify his statement?’  Two issues are relevant in order to answer the question:  first, does the High Commissioner provide cogent reasons to support his contention that the Sri Lanka justice system (of which the judiciary is an integral part) lacks independence and impartiality to try the particular allegations he is leveling?

(For instance, he can’t point to general shortcomings.  No country in the world has a perfect criminal justice system.  ‘The law’s delays, the insolence of office, etc., etc,’ if I may borrow Hamlet’s words for a moment, are universal problems!  If the High Commissioner wants to say the Sri Lanka judiciary lacks independence and impartiality to try war crimes cases, he has to give cogent reasons why he questions the court’s integrity in relation to war crimes cases.  So, does he do this?)

Second, and related to the first point above, does the High Commissioner, in his report, provide sufficient and credible evidence to establish a prima facie case that the acts which he says were committed by the Government were in fact committed, evidence sufficient to persuade a court—not just a Sri Lankan court, but a court in any country—that those allegations are worth pursuing?

The first issue does not and cannot apply in the instant case because the High Commissioner admits that the Sri Lanka judiciary has never before handled the types of allegations he mentions.  Obviously, an institution cannot be subjected to wholesale condemnation for lack of independence and impartiality in handling, say, task ‘X,’ if that institution has never been given a chance to acquit itself with respect to task ‘X.’

Therefore, as matters stand, he has absolutely no grounds to impugn the independence and impartiality of the Sri Lanka justice judiciary with respect to its ability or inability to try his particular allegations.

Let’s turn to the second issue, to wit:  ‘Does the High Commissioner establish a prima facie case with respect to his allegations, sufficient to persuade a court in any country—not just Sri Lanka, but any country—that those allegations warrant being pursued any further?’  This is the problem.

When one reads the report, one discovers that the High Commissioner does not establish any case, that in fact on many of the charges, the report itself says that the investigating panel did not find enough evidence even to identify responsibilities.  The report also contains blatant lies and obfuscations that further erode its credibility.

The constraints of time don’t allow me to go into detail on the matters mentioned above, but I have published a paper titled, ‘The OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka:  A brief Analysis,’ (www.lankaweb.com, 29 September 2015) where I have discussed some of the related matters at length, and I refer the reader to that paper.  I shall cite just one example from that paper.

One of the main charges the report levels against the Government is that it engaged in indiscriminate shelling of civilians and of hospitals.  At the very start of the chapter where this charge is discussed, however, one finds the following paragraph:

‘These incidents [i.e. purported incidents of indiscriminate shelling of civilians and of hospitals] will be examined with reference to obligations incurring on parties to the conflict to comply with the principles of distinction and proportionality and to take necessary and feasible precautionary measures to prevent, or at least minimize harm to civilians and civilian objects.  It will, however, be for an independent court to further establish the facts and circumstances of possible violations and to identify responsibilities.’ (High Commissioner’s report A/HRC/30/CRP.2, Paragraph 729)

In other words, even before presenting the evidence that purportedly shows that the Government engaged in indiscriminate shelling of civilians and hospitals, the report admits that, despite all of that evidence, its going to require an independent court to ‘further establish the facts and circumstances and to identify responsibilities.’

The persons who prepared the report must surely be aware that it is not the function of a court to establish facts or to identify responsibilities.  The function of a court is to evaluate facts placed before it, and to assign responsibilities.

So, what the report is actually saying in the passage quoted above is that, despite all of the purported evidence it proposes to present in the course of the related chapter, in the final analysis, there has to be another investigation into the same set of matters in order to come to any definitive conclusions about the matters in question, including to identify responsibilities.

If the report of the present investigation admits openly that there had to be another investigation in order to come to definitive conclusions about, say, whether or not the Government engaged in indiscriminate shelling, how can one expect a court to take up the present set of allegations for consideration, let alone allow trials to begin based on those allegations!

The above is just one example of the sort of problem one finds in the report.  My point is this:  generally speaking, the High Commissioner’s fails to establish a rudimentary case with respect to any of his allegations.  So, either the High Commissioner hasn’t read his own report, or he does not know the elementary techniques of evaluating evidence (both of which are unthinkable), or he is quite aware that his report establishes nothing.

But, in that case, he cannot reasonably justify impugning the honour of the Sri Lanka’s judiciary by suggesting that they lack the independence and impartiality to evaluate the allegations contained in such a vacuous report.  In short, he is guilty of contempt.

Consequences to the Government

Even though, as explained above, the High Commissioner may be guilty of contempt, he enjoys blanket immunity as a result of being an officer of the United Nations, so he can get away with practically anything he does.  The same, however, will not apply to local politicians and pundits if they also use the High Commissioner’s arguments.

Unfortunately, it is neither practical nor feasible to sue every local politician and pundit who, in the coming weeks and months, will advocate for a hybrid court using the High Commissioner’s arguments.

So, in all likelihood, what we can expect in the coming weeks and months is a steady barrage of attacks, insinuations and innuendoes about the ‘lack of independence and impartiality’ of the Sri Lankan justice system, which in turn purportedly justifies resort to a hybrid court.  Such a steady barrage is unhealthy for the country, and certainly for the courts.  Therefore, it is incumbent on the Government to prevent it.

There is, meanwhile, a very easy way to prevent it, namely, to submit the High Commissioner’s report to an independent and credible review, to establish, before the whole world, whether or not the High Commissioner’s allegations are worth pursuing any further.  If it is found out they are not, that should be the end of the matter.  If it is found out they are, then only must people be allowed to raise the prospect of hybrid courts.

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

Hanging Sri Lanka by it is neck until it is dead !

October 4th, 2015

By Charles.S.Perera

It had been seen  since 1978, that each time UNP comes into power it is the death knell for Sri Lanka. It is not necessary to repeat the disasters that UNP caused from writing 13 A into the Constitution, Batalanda Torture Camps, Military safe house disaster, CFA, to Central Bank Bond scam.

Now with a PM acting like a dictator inside the Parliament with a Speaker( a lackey of the Prime Minister) of the House obediently accepting  the indiscipline of the Prime Minister, and COPE report swept  under the carpet, every thing is set to hang Sri Lanka according to the dictates of the West, the Tamil Diaspora,UN and Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussain.

The UNP Ministers with their lopsided view of patriotism think that their greatest achievement since Mahinda Rajapakse eliminated terrorism, and brought peace and security to the country and developed it in every respect as it had never been before, since independence, is to have brought in USA and its allies to praise their good governance, and tell them what to do and not to do, and  inviting western investors and turning away the Chinese and the Russians.

What a band of ill-fated, disaster mongering, visionless men, who pass as politicians of a national government?

Ranil Wickramasinghe was never, is not, and never will be, a farsighted politician.  He works for himself and his own personal ambition. In that respect it is worth repeating the disaster he caused by the raid of a Military Safe house, when he was the PM on the previous occasion.

He was working on information from the LTTE that the army was planning to assassinate him and trusting the LTTE to secure his own safety he ordered the raid of the army safe house:

“In a police raid allegedly instigated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam with the help of the United National Party hierarchy, described by many as the most foolish raid ever conducted in the history of Sri

Lanka’s Police, Superintendent of Police, Kulasiri Udugampola, broke into a highly secretive army safe house, arrested six detainees of a very successful deep penetration unit of the army and treated them in the most humiliating way on the charge they were plotting to kill Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. On a frantic search for publicity by the Police raiders the identities of the army unit was also revealed to the media. They were later released by a special order of the Defense Minister, Tilak Marapana, following the vehement protests of the army hierarchy.” https://lrrp.wordpress.com/author/lrrp/page/514/

These same people are in power today, and what more can we expect from them ?

This clueless political couple Ranil-Sirisena tries to free themselves from the endless damage they are causing to Sri Lanka by their ceaseless obedience to their new found USA and Western allies, by putting  the blame on the former President and his Government.

Sirisena is in the seventh heaven shaking with his prestigious hand that shook the gloveless hand of the Queen, the hands of President Barrack Obama, Ban Ki Moon, John Kerry and endless other white, yellow and black hands.

He has no idea of what the Hybrid Courts proposed by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussain.  He depends on Ranil, Mangala Samaraweera  Rajitha Senaratne and Chandrika to manage what he does not seem to understand.poor man Sirisena depends on Ranil to explain what had been going on inside Zeid Ra”ad’s UNHRC in Geneva. Ranil has told some time back there is nothing about hybrid in the USA resolution and asked whether hybrid refers to a motor car.  What an ass one would want to say.  Ranil also had said several time that he had saved Mahinda from the electric chair.

Most satisfied Maithripala Sirisena parroting his erstwhile Maha Mudliar Ranil had said, : “…..the country had achieved a great victory at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by managing to exclude the ‘electric chair’, an international investigation, and a hybrid special court from being included in the United States sponsored resolution…..” (Ceylon Today-3.10.15).

O God save Sri Lanka from these people until another real patriot like Mahinda Rajapakse comes to wrest  the reins of power from the trio Sirisena-Ranil-Chandrika and reorganise mother Lanka and set it back on the rails from which it jumped off on the 8th January,2015.

In the meantime Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussain and USA State Department are busy turning Sri or an acceptable judiciary.  They are arranging to set up a court of their own to try our heroic soldiers who are for them mere criminals.  They make it acceptable calling it a hybrid court allowing a few  Sri Lankan judges and lawyers presented to them by Ranil and Chandrika to sit along the foreign judges to smile and give their assent to the decisions of great foreign legal luminaries.

In the meantime our “hand shaking” President  carries on least concerned about the dark clouds of danger looming over Sri Lanka, which is being taken towards federalism with more power to the minorities and pushing the Majority Sinhala Buddhists  into the back ground as it had been during the days of colonialism.

If all that is happening as the new rulers say,  because of the former President, why cannot this lackluster Prime Minister and the President of good governance make positive changes ?  It is simply because they are pushed by the most unpatriotic Chandrika the American stooge, and they have no idea how to run the country as an independent Sovereign State.

In the first place there is no reason why any new court or use the old courts to try our  Armed Forces for war crimes, as they only fought a terrorist war within its own territory. All these  countries like Montenegro or the representatives  of the African UN Member States sitting in the UNHRCouncil in Geneva seems to have no idea as to what they have been called upon to do.

The representatives of UN member states sitting in the UNHR Council are representing just political slaves states of USA , unable to have an opinion of their own, but merely say yes to the American Western combination for their political existence in their own countries.

They very well know that they will only get loans from USA and the West and never serious transfer of technology for meaningful development to  steer their countries away from poverty and underdevelopment. They are only pleased to be present, and please the world political heavy weights the USA and the West doing what they request them to do.

If the representative  of African and other  States have the ability to think independently to consider what actually is happening in Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussain’s UN Human Rights Council Geneva, they will see that an attempt is being made to “hang”a strong  sovereign state that rose above  undevelopment  to become a middle income state within five  years after elimination of terrorism to stop thirty years of human suffering, material loss, and economic uncertainty.

Zeid Ra’ad is not a man of wisdom, to address to Sri Lanka all those unacceptable accusations and propositions, knowing very well that by his proposal,  he is letting loose  real violators of human rights, the worst war criminals-the USA,UK and the rest of the Western countries with their enormously funded NATO Forces. Sri Lanka unlike USA and its allies have fought a just war which need no foreign or local court to try its soldiers for the elimination of terrorism.

We have in Sri Lanka today not a good governance as they like to call, but a government unworthy of Sri Lanka.  Sri Lanka which eliminated a ruthless group of terrorists, had the greatest national political leader Mahinda  Rajapakse who developed the country, which UNP failed to do, needs today a better  government  not just  a good governance.

Mahinda Rajapaksed had  friendly nations like China and Russia to help develop the country.  USA and the West the worst critics of our former President did nothing to help in the elimination of  terrorism or in the massive development projects of Sri Lanka under taken with the help of China and Russia.

USA and the West where the undeveloped countries are concerned  will never be a help to them to rise above their poverty and undevelopment, because that is not their policy.  Their policy is to use developing countries for their strategic purpose to maintain their leadership in the world pushing away China and Russia. In order to achieve that USA and the West would keep the developing countries dependent on them .

You see that in Sri Lanka how their manials-our political leaders of good governance are even dressed like them of the USA and the West in black suits, coats and ties.

They are all the hangmen, in the process of hanging Sri Lanka.

Ranil Wickramasinghe Emulated his Infamous Ancestor when he Sold the Country Down the River

October 4th, 2015

By Gandara John

On 30 Sep 15 Ranil Wickramasinghe (RW) emulated his infamous ancestor Don Adrian Jayawardhana and did that unworthy proud when he guilefully guided inimical US forces into Sri Lanka (SL) by opening the island’s gates, from within.

The beneficiary of RW’s guile was the enemy who waged a proxy war on SL for nearly 30 years and who on being militarily defeated immediately switched tactics by waging siege war on the island like they have unsuccessfully conducted on the heroic Cuban people for nearly 60 years, applying financial, trade, market and tariff embargos.

It was Two hundred years ago when on 18th February 1815 RW’s progenitor, the infamous ‘Thamby’ Guide Mudaliyar, betrayed the Kandyan kingdom to the British after having previously, betrayed his Dutch paymasters to the British.

On 30 September 2015 the Sri Lankan skies were rent asunder as they wept uncontrollably and bitterly when Judas kissed the Pharisees in Geneva to betray our beloved land. The meteorological department recorded one of the highest rainfalls in the island in recent times on that day.

This ill fated day is a blotch in the Nation’s history and is indeed a black armband day for the country as was that bleak Sunday Two Hundred years ago. It took nearly 150 years for the people to regain their sovereignty from the British who during that time insidiously implanted in the people an obsequious mindset.

The country specific US sponsored Resolution in Geneva taken up on 30 Sep 15 is a damning indictment on SL and her people and is based solely on three reports filed by Navi Pillay who at the time was the top honcho of the OHCHR. Pillay incidentally was planted in the International arena as an ‘expert’ judge when she only had just three months experience as an acting judge in a sundry South African court.

Pillay’s report is based on ‘evidence’ given as a ‘private’ report by a panel of ‘experts’.This ‘private expert report’ was never placed officially before any UN organisation; the country is unable to respond to Pillay’s charges not having seen the evidence it is based on.

It was in this context that RW with an assumed veneer of bravado lamely admitted that SL is co – sponsoring the damning US Resolution against Sri Lanka. The profundity of that statement has numbed many Sri Lankans.

What a travesty of events! In short, as co – sponsor of the incriminating US Resolution, Sri Lanka is accusing Sri Lanka of war crimes; and Sri Lanka wants Sri Lanka to ensure that such crimes will never ever happen again.

Does that make sense? It would make sense only if we latch on that the word co – sponsor is a deliberate misnomer; a more accurate description of co – sponsor is ‘a plea of guilt and a pledge to make changes in SL spelt out by the US Resolution’.

What the US achieved in Geneva was to get RW, as co – sponsor, to publicly accept on a UN platform SL’s predetermined guilt and get RW, at a UN forum, to commit SL, to put in place in SL ‘invasive’ mechanisms that would ensure ‘ such crimes will never ever happen again’.

The mechanisms spelt out in the Resolution have reduced SL to a subject State, subject to the directions of the US.

Sri Lanka on 30 Sep 15 ceased to be a free, independent and sovereign Nation.

RW prates that the West is restoring the GSP plus benefits; Mangala Samarasinghe babbles that SL is now accepted as a partner by the West; Sirisena who would do a porter wallah at a railway station proud, mutters that things would have been worse if not for the stance taken by the GOSL; the mouth doctor says that the Resolution is very palatable.

RW secretly parleyed with the US that was conducting a siege on the country and conceded to the terms of surrender; is it any wonder why the GSP plus has been restored? It is because the enemy has now lifted the siege.

When the hangman walks the prisoner to the gallows and the prisoner tells the hangman “Yes, I deserve to hang, so hang me” and the hangman proceeds to hang the prisoner, Samaraweera’s logic is that that the hangman has accepted the prisoner as his partner!

It would take more than Bankster Arjuna Mahendran with money laundering contacts to convince Sirisena that nothing could be worse than SL loosing her independence and becoming a colonized country.

The mouth doctor evidently is unable to see the wood for the trees. He has got lost in the maze of adulatory discourses which is the bulk of that very voluminous Resolution. As Tamara Kunanayakam in her brilliant analysis of the Resolution observes ‘there are only just 26 crucial paragraphs’. Hopefully the mouth doctor can identify the good teeth from the bad.

To monitor and to ensure that SL discharges her commitments pledged in Geneva, RW committed the country to a permanent presence in the island of the OHCHR whose reach of duties to overlook includes the Parliament, the Judiciary, the Military and the Administration.

If SL fails to honour any of the pledges it made as co sponsor of the Resolution, the country runs the risk of an R2P type intervention as hinted in the Resolution.

The OHCHR is an infamous organisation used by Western countries to infiltrate and subvert third world countries where Western interference is abhorred; funded by rich Western countries the OHCHR staff have a revolving door relationship with the funders. In Nepal subverted badly by the West the government was compelled to boot out the OHCHR from the country.

And what did SL concede by co – sponsoring the US resolution? To list out just a few of the many pledges made, RW conceded:

  • That the judges are incompetent and the judicial system needs to be changed to accommodate International Judges.
  • That the Police are incompetent and the system needs to be changed to accommodate International investigators.
  • That the AG’s department is incompetent and must accommodate International prosecutors.
  • That justice will not be served by our local courts and International courts needs to be set up in the island for major crimes.
  • That the Parliament is answerable to the OHCHR
  • That Parliament must pass laws to accommodate the changes envisaged.
  • That the military must close down camps in the North and the East of the country.
  • That the military must get out of security VPs in the North and the East.
  • That the 2/3rd coastline in the North and the East must be abandoned by the military.
  • That the Parliament and the electoral process must be reformed
  • That Sri Lanka must be under the dominion of OHCHR that would overlook the work of the Parliament, the Judiciary and the Administration.
  • That the office of the OHCHR must be permanently based in the country and that they would be required to report their findings regularly to the UN.
  • That when it appears that cases before courts are not receiving proper dispensation they should be transferred to the International Courts, abroad.
  • That Sri Lanka must sign the Rome Treaty and have the opportunity of justice at the International Criminal Court.
  • That if the provisions of the Resolution are not complied with by any government in SL and this causes instability in the country the R2P forces have the right to intervene and restore order.
  • That there needs to be a new Constitution with devolution of power.
  • That many State responsibilities should be transferred to NGOs.
  • That and many more.

 Although US and RW are setting the stage for SL to be a signatory to the Rome Treaty, RW signed a bilateral treaty with the US in 2002 that SL will not prosecute US war criminals in SL nor would SL extradite US war criminals, as required by the Rome Treaty, to the ICC.

It is an irony that the US is not a signatory to the Rome Treaty, after initially placing their signature and thereafter refusing to ratify their signature.

Piqued at the opposition to his quisling conduct RW addressing the media on 19 Sep 15, issued a veiled threat to the newspapers and their editors that they should not publish information or articles that would be perceived as being anti – government.

As Tamara Kunanayakam suggests in her analysis in, “What the Ranil – Sirisena government will not tell you! US draft resolution: a system change”– a must read for every patriotic Sri Lankan – 08 Jan 15 was a US manipulation necessitated by reason that SL is a vital cog in US’s ‘Pivot to Asia’  Foreign policy to contain China and reflected strongly by Kerry in his speech in Colombo.

In 1815, amongst those accompanying Adrian Jayawardhana on his traitorous trek to Kandy were interpreter Solomon Dias Bandaranaike, sycophant par excellence,  and Ekneligoda. The sepoys and the porter wallahs have not received any mention.  It is perhaps a quirk of fate that 200 years later their progeny are doing a rerun of history.

Years may have gone by but the genetic characteristics remain unchanged.


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