Ananthi Sasitharan and Her Daughters Living Proof of Human Rights, Tolerance, Respect for and Safety of Tamil Women, Democracy and Media Freedom

February 18th, 2014

- Kumar Moses

Unintentionally, the TNA Northern Provincial Councillor and widow of former LTTE terrorist leader for Trincomlaee district Ananthi Sasitharan, has done Sri Lanka a great favour. She plans to travel to Geneva to present herself at the UNHRC and a couple of meetings ahead of it. She spews hatred, racism and violence. However, she and her daughters are living proof of tolerance, human rights, democracy, safety and dignity of Tamil women and media freedom in Sri Lanka. If example is better than precept, the example is Sri Lanka has perfect human rights even for a wife and children of a terrorist leader. Can similar freedom be expected from USA or EU countries for Al Qaeda leaders’ wives? Absolutely not!

Sri Lankan team in Geneva must make use of this opportunity to highlight to the UNHRC the very high degree of tolerance practiced in Sri Lanka.

False allegation – women

Has Ananthi Sasitharan suffered any physical attack, abuse or sexual violence against her? Have Ananthi Sasitharan’s daughters suffered any physical attack, abuse or sexual violence? They are not bad looking women among Tamils but they have been perfectly safe all these years! In that case how can anyone allege Tamil women are constantly attacked, sexually abused and undignified? If such horrendous crimes take place, there is no way these four women can be immune to it. Given the possible number of enemies they have created over the years due to their terrorist connections, they must be particularly at risk. But they have been safer than an average American school kid. The false allegation simply falls apart.

Contrast their safety and dignity with the lack of safety of Muslim women in Afghanistan and Pakistan due to US military invasion. Or even in USA, India or South Africa?

False allegation ” intolerance

Intolerance of opposing views is another allegation levelled against Sri Lanka. Ananthi has spearheaded a campaign against the island nation, its military, its government, Sinhalese and Muslim civilians and politicians. Her hate-filled allegations arouse disgust and anger in anyone who is subjected to these disparaging attacks. However, not a soul has ever tried to silence her or attacked her to silence. She is free to express her view throughout Sri Lanka and even around the world.

Her conduct also busts allegations on lack of media freedom and attacks on witnesses.

Contrast the tolerant treatment she receives in Sri Lanka with the terrible predicament of innocents like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. These two innocent young men are hunted throughout the world. One of them is hiding in an airport in Russia and the other at the Nicaragua embassy in the UK!

Who is tolerant of opposing political views and who is not?

False allegation ” authoritarian rule and lack of democracy

Another false allegation is an increasingly authoritarian rule and lack of democracy. However, Ananthi being an anti-government and anti-Sri Lanka activist could become a provincial councillor. Sri Lanka is a country where even a terrorist leader’s wife who still propagates her terrorist husband’s views can become a provincial councillor. That is sufficient proof of a super-duper democracy in Sri Lanka even in comparison to democracy advocates in the West. When Hamas won the election in Palestinian Territories USA and the EU refused to accept them as elected representatives. Can the wife of an Al Qaeda leader become a state councillor in the US or any EU nation?

False allegation ” human rights violations

Ananthi and her daughters enjoy human rights in Sri Lanka unlike the detainees at Guantanamo Bay or the wives and children of Al Qaeda leaders who are killed by either drones or marines mercilessly. Ananthi and her daughters were never discriminated due to their ethnicity, religion, skin colour or gender. They all have the right to life, pursue education, engage in business and politics, express their views and all other human rights enumerated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She and her children were not spied on unlike the people in the US and EU. They were not arbitrarily arrested and questioned for speaking their hearts out. Sadly the same cannot be said about civilians in the west who are constantly being watched, spied upon, arrested, interrogated and tortured.

EU, USA and the UNHRC have all missed the wood for the trees. They pay too much attention to what Ananthi says but fail to observe the very existence of her and her daughters in complete safety with no attacks or abuse on them. Actions have spoken louder than words.

No land or police powers or any other extra powers should be given to the Provincial Councils as the US,UK, Canada and India wants – Sri Lanka should stand up to these bullies

February 18th, 2014

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No land or police powers or any other extra powers should be given to the Provincial Councils as the US,UK, Canada and India wants – Sri Lanka should stand up to these bullies
 
The forces of separatism, separate state madness and extremism such as the TNA, India, US, UK, Canada etc. insist on granting land and police powers and other extra powers to the Provincial Councils continuously from the roof tops.
 
This itself shows that the UNHRC bogus human rights allegations are just that totally bogus since what has granting land and police powers to the Provincial Councils got to do with human rights? Nothing!
 
It is obvious to anyone with an iota of a brain that bogus human rights concerns are used to create fear within the Sri Lankan Government so that they are terrorised to hand over land and police powers and other extra powers to the Provincial Councils and much, much more such as setting up of a federal state and subsequently a separate state.
 
The north and east of Sri Lanka comprise over 28% of the land area of the country. It also comprises two thirds of our coastline. Besides this, the Exclusive Economic Zone (the large ocean area around the island) that the country can claim as Sri Lanka’s is eight times the size of Sri Lanka itself! Over four times of this is within the remits of the northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.
 
It should be obvious to anyone that around 11% of Sri Lankan tamils or the TNA have no right whatsoever to claim the north and east as an exclusive tamil homeland. This bogus claim cannot be corroborated historically in any way nor somehow explained away any other way either.
 
Besides this, what on earth does that leave the other 88% of the people of Sri Lanka, the overwhelming majority?!!! The whole island of Sri Lanka belongs to all its peoples i.e. sinhalese, Sri Lankan tamils, muslims, malays, catholics, up country tamils, burghers and veddhas including the north and the east and no bit part of the island can be claimed by any group of people exclusively.
 
How Sri Lanka arranges it’s internal governing mechanisms is up to the Sri Lankan people to decide not the forces of separate state madness such as the TNA, India, US, UK, Canada or any other international busybody countries.
 
The Provincial Councils as they are functioning at present is the political solution and the Sri Lankan people are happy with the present system and does not want to go beyond this. This should be emphasised by the Sri Lankan Govt. to the busybody countries US, UK, India, Canada once and for all.
 
It is also obvious that the US, UK, India, Canada etc. are after the resources of this ‘separate state’ that they are out to create and also to set up naval, airbases etc. for example at Trincomalee and to grab the resources such as minerals, oil, the vast sea resources etc. by creating a ‘separate state’. 
 
The Sri Lankan Government should not listen to these jokers i.e. India, US, UK, Canada etc. and go tell them to fly a kite. However, the above stated points should be emphasised to these busybody countries and the TNA and they should be told not to infringe on the fundamental rights of the Sri Lankan people anymore which they do not have a right to do whatsoever and that enough is enough.

Re: House of Commons Sub-Comm on Int’l HR – Frances Harrison’s presentation

February 18th, 2014

Mahinda Gunasekera Tambrook Drive Agincourt, Ontario Canada

By E-mail

Mr. Scott Reid, MP
Member for Lanark- Frontenac-Lennox  and Addington
Chair of the Sub-Committee on  International Human Rights
Of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Int’l Dev.
House of Commons

Ottawa

Dear Mr. Scott Reid,

Resumed Hearings on the Human Rights situation in Sri Lanka : Nov 26,2013 ” Ms.F.Harrison

I would like to repeat my opening sentence in my submission dated February 6, 2014. I have had an opportunity to read some of the presentations made to your sub-committee and found it quite disconcerting to note that you had invited only critics and vociferous accusers of alleged violations by Sri Lanka to make submissions, which needless to say calls into question your bias and impartiality.

Frances Harrison who made a presentation on November 26, 2013 has earlier been a BBC correspondent reporting from Sri Lanka during the Norwegian facilitated ceasefire commencing February 2002. The peace talks broke down in the Spring of 2003 after six rounds as the LTTE did not negotiate in good faith and withdrew their participation, as they were merely using the talks to buy time to build up their forces to commence hostilities as on prior occasions. The Tamil Tigers later came up with a proposal in October 2003 for an Interim Self Governing Authority for the northern and eastern provinces mainly under their control, that was considered a blue print for a separate state which was rejected by Sri Lanka.  It was during this time that Frances Harrison had struck up a close relationship with LTTE high ups who were using part of their vast financial and other assets to influence major international media networks through ties of this nature. It is therefore not too difficult to determine the reasons why she cultivated a sympathetic attitude to the Tamil Tiger terrorists banned by the UK at the time.

Ms. Harrison claims she was engaged in research for a BBC documentary on ongoing rape and torture in Sri Lanka when she came across 12 cases (8 females and 4 males) who had arrived on student visas or false passports and then claimed asylum in the UK. HRW had documented 62 cases of sexual abuse in the postwar period of 4 ½ years. Those who travelled on false passports are said to have gone by boat to India and then travelled through the Middle East before reaching the UK. These asylum seekers had claimed that they had been repeatedly raped and tortured (most having cigarette burns on their person) while in detention by the Sri Lankan military and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Police. Nine of them had medical/legal reports to corroborate their story of torture.  The twelve she interviewed are in addition to the twelve documented by Human Rights Watch in the previous year, with more out there she says it is the tip of the iceberg. These people have to have the money, the luck, and the way to get to the U.K. and so quickly.

Notes taken from Ms. Harrison’s presentation:  “I used to live in Sri Lanka. I was there during the peace process period, so I spent quite a bit of time with the LTTE. I’ve interviewed a lot of Tigers, and I don’t think these were hard-core fighters. These were people who had joined them in Jaffna or in Colombo, who had helped them pass messages, find safe houses, stitch uniforms, those sorts of things. They were not people who really fought with guns, most of them. If they had been in the war, then they said they had been forcibly recruited in the last few months. They were stalked, often in the north of Sri Lanka, blindfolded and handcuffed, and thrown in the back of a white van. The women all talked about hearing other Tamil female voices screaming, and they supposed they were being tortured or raped.  All of them were fingerprinted and photographed. All of them were forced to sign a confession in Sinhala, a language they couldn’t understand. They were held until their family members could find someone, quite often from the Tamil pro-government militia party, EPDP, to negotiate a trade, basically a giant bribe to get the person out of detention. They were not told that they were being released and they would be taken out in this van, they would have the blindfold removed and see an uncle or a father or somebody standing there. Some of them saw money changing hands. They didn’t go and see their mothers. They were put in hiding somewhere and smuggled out of the country as quickly as possible.”

MG-Comments: According to Ms. Harrison these persons claiming to have been raped and tortured had played minor roles in the Tamil Tiger terror outfit, and that they had to have money, luck and a way to get to the UK with either student visas or fake passports .  One of the minor roles was finding “safe houses”, quite possibly for a LTTE suicide bomber sent to assassinate a political or military leader in the capital city. Those with student visas would have had to undergo medical examinations where they successfully concealed the obvious signs of torture prior to being granted visas by the British High Commission in Colombo without raising any alarm bells. They are said to have been detained by the military or police where they were ill treated. On their release following payment of bribes by some rich relative or other party they had to be hidden somewhere unknown to their mothers and secretly smuggled out of the country with fake passports via the Middle East.  There are a lot of gaps in these stories which have been carefully woven with one objective of demonizing Sri Lanka, probably by the pro-Tiger diaspora organizations which have the money and the master forgers to produce fake passports. In my opinion, Ms. Harrison is either na¯ve to accept these tales without a proper investigation or is being used by her friends in the powerful Tamil diaspora to build up a case of continued harassment of Tamils in Sri Lanka four years after the defeat of their heroic liberation forces whom they funded, to cause adverse publicity for Sri Lanka before the next UNHRC sessions are held in Geneva in March 2014.

I recall reading an article written by a Canadian Refugee Determination Board officer in the Reader’s Digest sometime back to relate the uniform story related by every Tamil refugee applicant from Sri Lanka, where they said that they left the north of the island where they lived as they feared their children being abducted and forcibly conscripted by the LTTE and moving to the capital city of Colombo. On being informed that their having refuge in the south of the country would disqualify their application for refugee status in Canada, they were quick to revise the story. In the new story, they said that when they came to Colombo they were harassed by the Police who would arrest and detain them, necessitating the paying of bribes to obtain release before coming to Canada. The officer felt that the story was not genuine and that they were being well coached to meet the Refugee Board requirements.

Ms. Harrison next talks of receiving the case documents of seven former Tamil Tiger cadres who had surrendered to the army who had been detained and placed in a rehabilitation program. Four had medical reports establishing torture and government documentation having been in this rehab program. One of them who was 17 had been in rehab for four years in different centres where he was tortured and abused. The other thing that I looked at was a particularly nasty form of torture branding which you might be aware of: a hot metal rod is used to brand diagonally somebody’s back. You will see in the U.K. now men, and some women too, who’ve got anywhere between two and 15 of these branding marks on their backs. She said she knew of two doctors who specialize in torture associated with the charity Freedom from Torture that helps survivors having 100 cases from Sri Lanka of Tamils who have been branded like that in the last two or three years after the war. Freedom from Torture has done a Forensic study of such branding to see if it could be self inflicted. To sustain such branding, one would need to be tied or anesthetized to cope with it.  Many of those torture victims had passed out because of the pain. An independent medical witness who testifies to the Home Office for asylum cases had told her that there were 200 such cases from Sri Lanka in the last five years.  It must be mentioned that it is a common occurrence for Tamil Hindus to undertake an act of penance in atonement of a vow taken to appease a god by having their bodies pierced with metal hooks and strung up on a special religious chariot placed outside a Hindu kovil or temple which may be taken in procession, as observed by us at kovils even located in Scarborough, Ontario.

Strange indeed to hear of such cruelty being practiced in a rehabilitation program intended to give new life skills to persons misled by the LTTE terrorists before their release to society.  These branded cadres have only been seen in the UK and other countries to which they were able to enter with fake passports or other illicit means, as normal immigration would require medical examinations prior to grant of visas. There have not been any such cases reported in Sri Lanka in respect of the rest of the 12,000 LTTE cadres who surrendered and later placed in rehabilitation at the conclusion of the war in 2009. Dr. P. Saravanamuttu who made a presentation on November 21, 2013 did not report of any such torture, and in reply to a specific question said he was satisfied with the rehabilitation program conducted by the Sri Lankan military.  None of the INGO/NGO operating in Sri Lanka or Tamil politicians in the north have made any such allegations relating to any cases of torture by branding.  Could it be that this is yet another attempt by the pro-LTTE Tamil diaspora leading the campaign to blame and shame Sri Lanka having had these former Tamil Tiger cadres whom they helped to come to UK and EU countries through whatever means, to be so branded as part of the deal for bringing them over to the developed west?

In response to questions from the Sub-Committee members, Ms. Harrison replied as follows:

(a)    (Answers given to Nina Grewal,MP) Ms. Harrison had heard of sexual harassment of women in the north with many female headed households due to them being widows, or where husbands had disappeared or held in detention, due to the presence of more women in the region than men and military being stationed  there. There was also a problem with unwanted pregnancies and underground abortions. Those granted asylum in the UK would not give their real names fearful that their relatives in Sri Lanka could be harmed.  She thought the composition of the LLRC was not satisfactory and its mandate limited. The LLRC exonerated the military. She thinks the Commission’s report is not available to the public, and it has remained a secret.  She said that the appalling ongoing crimes shows that the LLRC recommendations have not been implemented. Media freedom is worse than when she reported from Sri Lanka 2000-2004, as there is greater fear.  “We know that about 50 journalists fled from basically 2008-09. When you remove 50 of the best, and the most liberal, and the most open-minded journalists, then it’s a huge dent in civil society. ”

MG CommentsContrary to what Ms. Harrison has said, HRW recorded only 62 cases of rape over a period of 4 years after the war ended in 2009. The torture stories are emanating from former LTTE cadres seeking asylum in the UK and Europe.  Their links to a banned terrorist organization makes it more difficult for them to be considered for admission, and their undergoing cigarette burns and branding with hot metal implements on their backs could be the extreme lengths they are prepared to suffer to win their asylum claims. All of them joined the LTTE and even wore cyanide capsules around their necks to be bitten in case of capture by the army, whilst a whole squadron were brainwashed to becoming suicide bombers for the cause with 388 detonating themselves causing immense destruction of life and property.  The LLRC held open sittings and heard over 1,800 oral submissions plus several written ones and presented their report within 18 months in November 2011, unlike the UNSG’s so called Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka who heard one-sided evidence in camera which they locked away for 20 years . The LLRC report was presented to parliament in December 2011, translated into the national languages of Sinhala and Tamil by July 2012, and an Action Plan drawn up with timelines which is constantly monitored by a Task Force headed by the Presidential Secretary, Mr. Lalith Weeratunge.    One could ascertain the ongoing progress of the implementation process by accessing the following website which gives updates and relevant information, i.e. www.llrcaction.gov.lk .

 (b)   (Answers given to Wayne Marston, MP) Questions: Channel 4 video showed civilians being herded into areas that were bombed by the government. Red Cross would provide GPS location of hospitals to the army to avoid hitting but shortly thereafter these were bombed. Has anyone been held to account for these horrific crimes?

Ms. Harrison said that she met a doctor who had escaped from the country saying that he’d given the GPS locations to the ICRC only to find within days or hours of passing the information these hospitals being hit. Nine such locations were hit while five that he did not inform the ICRC were not hit. Others who were patients or volunteers had told her their advice to the injured and sick was not to go to hospital as they could not help due to lack of medicine and the greater probability of one being hit in hospital. Nobody has been held responsible for repeated, deliberate targeting of hospitals. Worse stories one hears from survivors is the shelling of food/milk queues where pregnant mothers and others with infants stood to collect rations.  Her book ‘Still Counting the Dead’ was attacked by the Tamil diaspora as they did not like discussion of forced recruitment and child recruitment.  Also, they did not like to be told of the Norwegian sponsored surrender offer because they preferred martyrdom, as it gives better reason to continue their struggle in the longer term. She was of the opinion that just like Prime Minister David Cameron was able to put pressure on Sri Lanka during the CHOGM in Colombo, Canada could hire lawyers to bring out the ongoing violations in Sri Lanka to the world’s attention.

 MG Comments: Ms. Harrison is relying on someone whom she refers to as a doctor who had escaped the country and sought asylum in the UK and other supposed survivors of the war who are also asylum seekers in that country, to conclude that the army was repeatedly and deliberately shelling hospitals, food/milk queues in the war zone.  Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star who also visited Sri Lanka in November 2013 also claimed that one Dr. Sathiyamoorthy had also told of GPS coordinates supplied to the ICRC being used to target hospitals.  Dr. Sathiyamoorthy on learning of the Toronto Star article wrote to the papers stating that he had not met the Star reporter and had not said anything to that effect.  Also Dr. Veerakanthipillai Shanmugarajah, the Medical Superintendent of the Mullativu Hospital who was the head of the medical team of ten doctors and surgeons serving in the war affected areas has issued an affidavit on May 10, 2012, to the effect that they were compelled to falsify the death and casualty numbers by the LTTE who were in control of the Vanni region, but that there was no deliberate targeting of hospitals. He recalls two hospitals which experienced shells falling on the hospital buildings whilst in the case of the two other hospitals shells had fallen on the hospital grounds or hit a building.  The four hospitals were located at Vallipuram, Puthukuduyirippu,  Vellamullivaikkal and Mullaivakkal, where it caused 14 deaths and 34 injuries. He has also said that the LTTE terrorists had placed their long range weapons close these hospitals to which he objected, and had used them to attack the advancing army to attract retaliatory fire, which likely caused some shells to damage these four hospitals and also fatally harm a few patients and persons on the hospital grounds.  He further said that the doctors only reported the closure of hospitals and moves to makeshift hospitals to the ICRC, and that they did not provide any GPS coordinates.  His affidavit prepared with the assistance of one Stephen Williams, a solicitor of the High Court of England and Wales which could be accessed at http://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/dr-veerakanthipillai-shanmugarajahs-affidavit-description-of-conditions-in-the-vanni-pocket-in-refutation-of-channel-four/ .

( c )  (Answers given to Gary Schellenberger,MP)  Questions:  You have criticized the UN’s response

stating that they were aware of atrocities committed by Sri Lanka but deliberately told the  diplomats that they were not responsible. What led to the false reporting and what was their agenda?  Ms. Harrison pointed out that the answers are there in the UN’s internal review report by Charles Petrie. She claimed there were two expatriate staff in the war zone in January who were witnessing, documenting, photographing, and tracking coordinates of a massive shelling of a humanitarian zone where the UN was distributing food.   The UN expatriate staff in Colombo also set up a long distance casualty counting system where they telephoned the Tamil local staff attached to NGOs numbering 240 who were not allowed to leave by the LTTE, the ICRC staff, the priests and doctors who were within the war zone, some of whom had satellite phones, and triangulate every death or injury report. There had to be three witnesses for every death to be counted preferably with one of them a UN staff member. They had counted 7,700 deaths till about mid-April. They had about 50,000 unconfirmed reports of dead and injured that were not corroborated and triangulated per this UN report. These were not included in the publicized reports but leaked to diplomats. While the estimates ranged from 7,000 to 147,000 with the higher end  reported by a Catholic Bishop. Based on information leaked by an expatriate relating to World Bank population data of 2010 and Government data used for grants to the region, there is a difference of about 100,000 persons missing who may not all be dead as some may have moved within the country or to India and western countries.

MG Comments: The UN spokesperson in Colombo, one Gordon Weiss claimed at the end of April 2009 that the number of civilians killed was in the range of 7,000 and not 7700.  His boss, Sir John Holmes, Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs rejected the number saying that the UN did not have a presence on the ground and could therefore not be in a position to ascertain accurate figures that could be verified.  Much later, after leaving the UN, Gordon Weiss published a book called the ‘Cage’ aimed at marketing it to the one million strong Tamil diaspora and with an eye to personal profit, where he went on to state that the final  number would run into tens of thousands of civilian deaths, padding it up to the figure to at least 40,000 killed.  Later, at a book launch in Canberra, when he was challenged about the number of casualties, he rolled back the figure to about 10,000 and claimed that the higher number shown was a printer’s error. He has been described as an unreliable witness.

It appears that the UN spokesperson is basing his calculations on one single incident that had taken place in January 2009 when Food Convoy Number 11 made its way to the Vanni accompanied by two UN security officers (one retired Bangladeshi military officer and a Canadian Tamil) who had travelled without notifying the UN Resident Representative, Neil Buhne, and had camped out in Mullativu where they got some some Tamil civilians to dig a bunker for them to stay during the night.  Their presence in Mullativu was subsequently brought to the attention of the Sri Lankan Army which had to immediately suspend hostile actions in the region to ensure the safety of the UN personnelThey claimed they had gone there to try and negotiate the release of the UN’s local staff who were Tamil residents of the Vanni who obtained employment in the UN Agencies with the permission of the LTTE. The LTTE merely played games but would not release a single local employee.  As they camped out in this place which they assumed was one of the declared safe zones, they had the terrible experience of being bombarded with artillery shelling through the night. In the morning they discovered that 23 of the civilians who came to pass the night where the UN officers camped including children (or child) had been killed by the shelling.  They immediately assumed that the shelling came from the Sri Lankan Army, and this information was relayed to Gordon Weiss and ended up in the hands of the UNSG’s panel and the rights groups. These UN security officers managed to safely extricate themselves and reach Colombo.  Later, when the Sri Lankan authorities came to hear of it, they summoned the UN Chief Security Officer, Chris du Toit (who had earlier trained Joseph Savimbi’s terror group in Angola at the behest of the white South African Aparthied regime) and his deputy the Bangladeshi officer, and questioned them as to how they concluded that the artillery shelling came from the Army (see Rajiva Wijesinha’s blog) when the Army had suspended operations due to their presence.  They had then admitted that they could not figure out from which direction the shelling had come, but had identified one shell as having come from the LTTE.  This single incident resulting in 23 deaths was also extrapolated by Gordon Weiss into the estimated number of artillery duels to arrive at his unverified number of 7,000 civilian deaths, whereas the party responsible for the 23 civilian deaths was the LTTE. Even after the UN security officers admitted their erroneous assumptions to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Disaster Management, the wrong information relayed to Gordon Weiss gets planted in UNSG’s POE report and reports prepared by HRW, AI, ICG, etc., and is later quoted as fact by Frances Harrison to the House of Commons Sub-Committee.

 After the official census taken in 1981, the Tamil Tigers did not allow any census or elections to be carried out in their area of control as they could then provide inflated numbers to receive higher quotas of food and other essentials from the government.  Many people moved out of the Vanni paying a cash penalty to the Tigers or leaving a child behind to fight for the separatist cause and settling in the capital city of Colombo and suburbs which helped the Tamils to become the largest community in Colombo, while yet others fled to South India by boat.  Yet others in excess of one million have migrated to Canada, UK, Australia and other western countries capitalizing on the ongoing terrorist insurgency, to not only better themselves but also to add fuel to the flames in Sri Lanka from the safety of their new domain by funding the violence and terrorism of the LTTE.  Just like the casualty numbers being stretched by leaps and bounds, the population figure given is also highly elastic to fit the bogus casualty numbers picked from thin air.

Gordon Weiss who was attached to the UN Resident Representative’s office in Colombo was aware that the UN had counted a total 7,721 civilian deaths in the last five months based on information gathered from their local Tamil staff of 240 who remained in the conflict zone as they were prevented by the Tigers from leaving the area.  We have to rely on numbers compiled by the UN Resident Representative’s office in Colombo which is not being talked of by the media and the UNSG’s Panel of Experts who preferred to conceal this number of 7,721 and instead invent numbers out of thin air in the tens of thousands ranging up to 40,000. The Petrie report estimated as much as 70,000 civilian deaths merely by reviewing the UNSG’s POE report.  The UK Sunday Times reporter who overflew the final battle ground estimated 20,000 civilian deaths and carried this number in his column.  The post war census carried out by the Government of Sri Lanka in 2012 using school teachers and public officials from the Tamil community as enumerators arrived at a number of 7,432 deaths.  The total number of deaths reported by the Tamilnet which was a propaganda unit of the Tamil Tigers for the period January 1 to May 18, 2009 was 7,398, which is slightly lower than both the UN’s local office and the Sri Lankan Government’s census figure.  None of these three reports distinguished between combatant and civilian deaths, which leaves one to conclude that these casualty figures included Tiger  combatants as well as civilians who were pressed into combat roles to replace fallen cadres and genuine civilians caught in the crossfire. None of the INGO/NGO or community groups, church bishops, or relatives of such hugely inflated numbers of civilian dead have been able to produce names and verifiable evidence to support such bogus claims.  The census carried out in the region by Tamil enumerators revealed only a total of 7432 deaths in the period from January 1 to May 18, 2009, which includes fallen LTTE cadres (that should at least equal the army’s KIA of 3,600 in the same period) and others conscripted by the Tamil Tigers for battle in civilian attire, yet others killed by the LTTE in their attempt to flee to government controlled areas, which leaves at most about 2,500 genuine civilians who may have died in the crossfire.  

The Sri Lankan forces had abandoned the use of heavy weapons from about the 3rd week of April 2009, withdrew air cover and only fought with hand held weapons to minimize harm to the civilians forcibly held by the LTTE. They also limited the use of heavy weapons except on occasions when they used it to neutralize enemy artillery guns attacking them, after ensuring via UAV photos that the civilians were at a safe distance away from the Tiger guns. In fact, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) which was engaged by HRW and AI to study satellite photos to determine the allegation of indiscriminate shelling of the final ‘safe zone’ by the army, were able to find only 65 craters in total caused by mortars on the periphery of the Nandikadal lagoon where the LTTE forces were concentrated and a lesser number on the eastern boundary fronting the ocean where the Sea Tigers were based at the time.  As a result of doing away with heavy weapons except sparingly during the latter four weeks of the war as explained, the Sri Lankan Army suffered almost 60% or around 3,600 of the total of about 6,000 men killed in action in the 33 month operation , which is more than the 3,423 lost by the US and her coalition forces combined in their 13 year war in Afghanistan.  Even taking the higher UN figure of 7721 which exceeds the Sri Lanka census count and the Tamilnet figure, when one excludes the fallen Tiger cadres and their combatants in civilian attire the number of genuine civilian casualties will drop by over 50 percent, of whom many were done to death by the LTTE to prevent civilians from fleeing to safety on the other side.  The military operations carried out against the LTTE terrorists has been outlined by Lt. Col. (Retired) Ivan Welch of the US Army published in ‘Infantry Online in the May-June 2013 issue,vide http://www.benning.army.mil/infantry/magazine/issues/2013/May-June/Welch.html

(d)    (Answers given to Hon. Irwin Cotler, MP)  Question: Writing on Sri Lanka, you refer to “Ban Ki-moon’s Rwanda moment”. What should the UN do to meet their obligations? What can the international community do to combat this culture of impunity in Sri Lanka?

Ms. Harrison said that labelling it a war on terror placed the UN in a difficult situation. Many member states supported the elimination of the LTTE. Nobody reckoned on the extent of civilian casualties being quite as grave as it was. Failure to hold them accountable for these appalling crimes has led to ongoing crimes against humanity in terms of the scale of rape. Sri Lankan government harassed them to the nth degree, so that it became very difficult for them to operate.  According to Yasmin Sooka, the UNSG’s POE report should be tabled by a member country at the UNHRC to make it a formal UN document. British lawyers are willing to take on a case if I can find a victim who could identify a perpetrator. That’s quite difficult because in the recent cases everyone’s blindfolded. Take testimonies and witness statements from victims of rape and torture and determine patterns of abuse at particular police stations and file cases against persons in charge.

MG Comment: First and foremost, the UN Secretary General did not have any authority either from the General Assembly, UNHRC or the Security Council to appoint outsiders to a special panel of inquiry in respect of a member country.  He should have appointed persons from within the UN to study and report on areas that he was concerned about.  He has exceeded his authority in this instance, and even gone beyond by releasing a copy to the UNHRC where the Commissioner Navi Pillay acted in violation of UN principles by including it in the UNHRC agenda.  Sri Lanka did protest these actions, but as a tiny country her objections were ignored by the UN backed by some of major powers which failed to uphold established principles. Even though an equal member subscribing to the UN Charter Sri Lanka was dealt with differently by this world body.  The UNSG’s Panel of Experts report (Darusman report) has looked at one sided information emanating from prejudiced sources linked to one of the parties to the conflict, to arrive at what they refer to as “credible allegations ” of violations of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. None of these allegations have been substantiated, and as stated by the panelists themselves, nothing has been proven and also that it falls short of the standards required of a UN report.  Furthermore, it was not an open process to begin with, and the evidence looked at to base their report has been locked away for 20 years preventing scrutiny thereof.    

 (e)   (Answers given to David Sweet, MP)  Questions:   You mentioned that UN internal review report by Petrie had been leaked out in its entirety.  How could the Sub-Committee obtain copies of it?

I have these notes from the Sri Lanka High Commission:  “The need of the hour is to focus on reconciliation issues. The people in Sri Lanka and especially the Tamils in the North and East want to live in peace. Sri Lanka needs the time and space to address these huge challenges.”

From your testimony today, I think there is little to no sincerity in the regime that’s presently in Sri Lanka, in regard to that statement of needing reconciliation.  Is that an overstatement?

Government has spent over US $360 million on its resettlement program.  There “were more than 11,951 former LTTE combatants and 595 child soldiers who had surrendered or were detained at the end of the conflict”. I’m concerned that this rehabilitation program might be a euphemism for how they’re actually treating these LTTE combatants? You also referred to 12 cases of rape.  We have heard numbers of 40,000 to 90,000 war widows. What they’re going through right now?

Ms. Harrison said she had the full document. She offered to give a copy of her draft or suggested that the redacted version be accessed which contains notes sent to senior UN officials in New York.  With regard to the second question, she said;   “No. I think for many Tamils “reconciliation” has actually become a dirty word, a tainted word Even seven cases of torture are far too many, and there well may be more out there. They say they need more time and space, but we’re nearly five years after the conflict. In fact, they’ve picked fights with Muslims, other minorities, Christians. They have resisted even modest devolution despite Indian pressure.  

Seven cases in the UK amongst 12,000 is just a drop in the ocean. It’s of great concern if the rehabilitation program was really a place where there was torture.    The ICRC had initial access, and then no access. The IOM had some access in the latter phases. None of the people who said they’d been tortured said they could actually say so to either ICRC or IOM.

In the U.K. alone, I found 12 men and women who had been raped in 2013. Then there were eight from last year. Human Rights Watch had 12 different cases from last year. I was surprised that I could find quite so many people already in the U.K. alleging rape in, basically, secret military camps and similar places. It was systematic.

People were resettled from the Menik Farm refugee camp, but certainly one hears of a lot of poverty and lack of income amongst these women, and the physical insecurity as well, especially amongst those who are in some way connected to the LTTE. The community shuns them now, too, for fear that they bring the scrutiny of the security forces.

MG COMMENT: The Petrie report is one which reviews another invalid report where the UNSG exceeded his authority and produced one which speaks of credible allegations based on one sided information from a prejudiced source that is locked away for 20 years. What Sri Lanka’s High Commission said about monies spent on resettlement and number of LTTE cadres and child soldiers to be rehabilitated is accurate.  The amount incurred in four years on resettlement/development  has now amounted to US$ 3 billion.  In fact, prior to resettlement, nearly 1.5 million landmines and IEDs planted by the LTTE contaminating 6,218 sq. km. of land had to be cleared.  Necessary infrastructure had to be put in place to resettle the 295,873 internally displaced Tamils forced to move with the retreating LTTE forces  to be exploited for their labour, conscripted to replace fallen cadre and to finally form a human shield for the Tamil Tigers.  These IDPs were rescued by the security forces by May 18, 2009 and well cared for in temporary transit camps till the ground conditions were made possible to resettle them.  The Sub-Committee members should go and see for themselves without going by gossip and hearsay evidence.  Resettlement needs time and space.  There is much that needs to be done to assist not only the vulnerable people in the north but also in the rest of the country as well. The only industry that functioned in the north under the LTTE was the assembly of landmines and IEDs.Reconciliation cannot be accomplished by laws, it is a two way street, and everybody needs to make a contribution as it will not happen on demand.

The powers devolved to Provincial Councils through the 13th Amendment were those imposed on Sri Lanka by her militarily superior neighbor India that trained and armed the Tamil Tigers and other Tamil militant groups on Indian soil to destabilize Sri Lanka, and threatened to militarily intervene.  It was passed in parliament by the then President Jayawardene resorting to undemocratic means of using undated letters of resignation that he had previously obtained from his caucus members to be tabled to unseat  these MPs.  This important constitutional amendment was not referred to the people for a decision at a special referendum. It is not possible to devolve more powers merely because it is requested by anyone or group, without same being properly discussed and the consent of the people obtained for the purpose.    

(f)      (Answers given to Pierre Jacob, MP) Question:  How is the Sri Lankan Government treating  public servants accusing security forces of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity or violations of international humanitarian law?

You wrote an article in Huffington Post UK about the opening of a new hotel operated by the Sri Lankan army and located, according to the official advertisement, in a place where thousands of war heroes, terrorists and others died.   Could you tell us about that project?

Ms. HarrisonThere were five civil servants””government doctors, Tamils””who stayed on during the war in the war zone, and were extraordinarily brave. They probably saved tens of thousands of lives.   Of those, four were detained at the end of the war and forced to basically renege on everything they’d said during the course of the war. They were put under extraordinary pressure and forced to recant.

Yes, this was a hotel called Lagoons Edge.  It was right in the heart of the war zone where hundreds if not thousands of people probably died. Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, wanted to sprinkle flower petals in commemoration of the dead. To have a sort of party hotel there, owned, run, by the Sri Lankan military, was pretty crass. The military has created a sort of terrorism-tourist trail. Real problem about the military in the north more broadly taking over many of the economic roles that normally would be left for local people.

MG Comment:   There was much talk about rape of former LTTE cadres and other women in female headed households in the north and east citing a total of 62 rapes in a 30 year conflict affected country recorded by HRW over a period of four years.  Even a single rape is not acceptable, and action must be taken by the community at large to correct the situation.  A London based Minority Rights Group published their report in late 2013 on ‘Abuse, Marginalization of war-affected women in Sri Lanka’s north and east’ was continuing after the end of the war in 2009. The island’s military spokesman, Ruwan Wanigasooriya, told IRIN: “We deny in the strongest terms that there is a prevailing culture of silence and impunity for sexual violence crimes,” noting that the government has taken “legal action” and that convicted soldiers are referred to the military tribunal for court martial.It is worthwhile to notice that only 11 incidents out of a total 375 reported incidents [from January 2007-May 2012] can be attributed to security forces. Therefore the inference that the presence of the military contributes to insecurity of women and girls in the former conflict affected areas is baseless and disingenuous.”  With the increasing presence of expat Tamils in the diaspora coming on visits to their home towns (places of origin), community women have told us that their daughters are often being viewed as sexual objects and in some cases, been sexually assaulted,” a leading woman’s activist working in the north told IRIN in an e-mail.  Refer link to article: http://www.irinnews.org/fr/report/98978/abuse-marginalization-of-war-affected-women-in-sri-lanka-s-north.

It might of interest to look at this same issue in the UK where the Daily Mail published figures which are indeed shocking. (Refer: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-369262/women-blame-raped.html) Statistics from USA are even worse with a woman being sexually assaulted every two minutes.  You could yourself access these publicly reported data online. One of every 17 Canadian women is raped at some point in her life.  Statistics Canada has found that one in four girls and one in eight boys have been sexually abused by the time they are eighteen.( Source: Justice Institute of British Columbia). In 2009 in Canada, women self-reported 472,000 sexual assaults, according to Statistics Canada.   We do have serious problems in respect of sexual assaults closer to home in Canada which should be looked at and solutions found to uphold the dignity and safety of Canadian women.

Yours sincerely,

Mahinda Gunasekera

P.S. I will be submitting my response to the presentation made by Callum McRae of UK shortly.  MG

Copy to:  Ms. Miriam Burke, Secretary to the House Commons Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs:  Please take printed copies and kindly distribute to all members of the Sub-Committee. Shall appreciate if you could also forward a copy to the witness, i.e. Frances Harrison. Thanks. MG

Copies to Members of the House of Commons, Sub-Committee on International Human Rights:  Copies of this document are being sent by e-mail to you pending distribution of printed copies by the  Secretary.   MG     .

TAKERS UNLIKELY FOR PILLAI CALL – Deputy External Affairs Minister

February 18th, 2014

‘Evidence based on diaspora information':LLRC acceptable to UN :

Neomal Perera

Reacting to news published in the British Telegraph that the The United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillai has ‘called for an international war crimes investigation into alleged alleged human rights abuses in the final stages of the hostilities in 2009′, External Affairs Minister Neomal Perera said, “It is likely to change into a move seeking the establishment of a domestic mechanism to investigate allegations of war crimes as against an independent international probe, the reason being that the UN is not a political playground for some countries.’

Telegraph reported, a call has been made for an international investigation by UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillai in a 20-page submission to the United Nations.

It comes comes less than three weeks before a UN meeting in Geneva the newspaper reported referring to the UNHRC sessions in March.

Dr . Pra t h i b h a
Mahanamahewa

A UN advisory report had earlier estimated 40,000 were killed in the final months of the war. “New evidence – including witness testimony, video and photographic material – continues to emerge on what took place in the final stages of the armed conflict. Human remains also continue to be discovered, for instance in Matale in November 2012 and Mannar in December 2013,’ Ms. Pillai apparently states in her report according to the Telegraph.

“We believe that an independent UN member countries have accepted recommendations in the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission which has a mechanism for a domestic inquiry’, Mr Neomal Perera said in reaction. “How can you bring resolutions based on unfounded statistics without evidence that support such claims which assert that 40 000 civilians were killed during the final months of the war, or based on information provided by Tamil Diaspora elements that supported the LTTE,” he asked.

“There was no democracy in the country’s Northern Province during the war. That was because there was no civil administration. Where there is no civil administration there is war. When there is war people get killed. The government has ended terrorism and established civil administration in these provinces paving the way for democracy,” he said.

Human Rights lawyer and the Dean of Law at the Kothalawala Defense University, Dr Prathibha Mahanamahewa said, the UK which has been pushing for an international resolution against Sri Lanka under pressure from the Tamil Diaspora, has been compelled to rethink their action ‘because of a 250-page dossier accusing the UK of committing war crimes in Iraq, that has gone before the International Criminal Court.’

– See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/local/takers-unlikely-pillai-call-deputy-external-affairs-minister#sthash.F1X7Q9nK.dpuf

Show Tangible Proof Navi Pillay Rather Persist Irresponsibly On Behalf Of The Tamil Diaspora AKA LTTE Rump A Second Time Around!.

February 17th, 2014

Insight By Sunil Kumar

February 16th 2014
For a second time around, during her term as The United Nations’ human rights chief Navi Pilla has recommended an international investigation into war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the final stages of its Tamil separatist conflict, a report said Sunday. Reports such as these including the continued call for the censure of Sri Lanka on this issue seems somewhat amusingly consistent by sources whose own liabilities towards neglecting real rather than cooked up situations of world human rights violations taking place on a 24 hour basis around the globe is glaringly apparent!

 These are worthless calls indeed inasmuch as the previous bleatings of hers in the aftermath of her somewhat thick skinned forced entry into Sri Lanka casting aside the required protocols including verification of the President’s presnce whereas he was already on an overseas assignment.Ms Pillai  in so doing did expose a side to her which seemed disorganised as well as disoriented  and after interacting with sources totally biased towards the allegations about Tamil attrocities, never for a moment dwelling on the other side of the story a plausible one  with stacks of archival evidence and news footage of affected Sinhalese and other ethnicities devastated by the conflict she continues her bull in a chinashop type tactics.
She eventually returned to the UN  empty handed and disillusioned sans the ammunition she went out to collect in the first place to throw back at the GOSL as there was nothing tangible except the hearsay, innuendo and cooked up graphic illustrations and videos of  sources  such as the Channel Four repititive videos apparently another pro Tamil Diaspora cum Tamil Tiger supportive by virtue of their posturing and rhetoric which were proven worthless and cooked up whereas the devastation through vicious killings of the Sinhalese and other ethnicities  by Tamil terrorists very tangibly provable and stored in Government archives were totally ignored by her. They are in all probabilities still available for her perusal in case she truly wants to esablish the related realities.
Her recent clarion calls as well as those of the USA of late calling for censure once again on the Sri Lankan Government in time for the  forthcoming UNHRC summit in Geneva  exposes quite pellucidly  a shameless bias in favour of the Global Tamil Diaspora whose powerful lobby is linked to their sympathies for the deposed Tamil Tigers where in an almost blind leading the blind scenario with no tangible proof beyond speculation and suppositions totally ignoring the many tenets of evidence upholding the Government of Sri Lanka’s non culpability of levelled accusations both Pillai and the US government seem to be blatantly insistent on their demands for investigations against Sri Lanka which appears to be a wasted effort with only their own sanguine justifications pointing almost lewdly to their sympathies for the false alarm raisers and surely a cause for embarrasment as well as being blatantly obstreperous!
It has been reported in the news media that ” Navi Pillay has asked the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to set up an independent probe, saying that Colombo “consistently failed to establish the truth and ensure accountability for the atrocities, despite repeated calls” which do not seem to coincide with Government responses towards her requests which have been taken up a long time ago( the LLRC being a part thereof) unless she has missed the proceedings which most of the discerning world aware of what transpires administratively in Sri Lanka are quite knowledgable about.
It appears to be a question of her moral authority and credibility towards the position she holds in the UN also, where a degree of irresponsibility linked to the abuse of power seems to show as cracks in the seams of the authorityentrusted to her high office. So how many independent probes need to be made in addition to the ones already done in order to appease Ms Pillai and her associates in the US government one wonders and who might foot the bill for them also seems a very logical question considering their futility despite perhaps their value as a ploy to disadvantage Sri Lanka at the impending UNHRC meeting.
Perhaps it is high time the UN as well as the USA and any others who continue to fingerpoint at the Sri Lankan Government and the Armed Forces, of human rights vio;ations to get their facts right and come up with tangible evidence, numbers and statistics beyond the speculations prompting their calls as it has been established through many legitimate investigative sources including Congress Country Reports and prominent eyewitness testimony from credible sources from within the Tamil Community itself that the attrocities pointing to human rights violations was blatantly carried out by the Tamil Tigers on a nation destructive campaign and could have augmented to a far greater level had the Armed Forces not intervened.
It is becoming painfully apparent that what the UN, the US, the EU, the UK and other sources accusing Sri Lanka of human rights violations are trying to establish is simply a cruel and unfair means to appease their own self righteousness of what they envision as an ethnicity violated by a Government albeit with no tangible burden of proof in an attrociously one sided bias in favour of Tamil Diaspora influence casting aside their responsibilities towards the real injured party who fought and overcame the sceptre of terrorism in defence of a sovereign country in a precedent setting manner which could have ( as a matter of fact in reality it has) pervaded other parts of the world.
And it seems apathetic that the likes of Naveen Pillai, and  certain officious administrators with the US and other governments warming their perches in high office witout a smidgen of  tangible evidence to support their claims, continue to harrass and torment Sri Lanka a nation which fought and won a legitimate battle against terrorism  with daunting odds against them where impure sources within and without Sri Lanka rallied to support the terrorists on an on going basis where Sri Lanka prevailed against all odds but now continue to fight a differrent war of attrition against these pitiful sources that continue to hound her for all the wrong reasons!!!
On this basis it therefore needs to be said very empphatically to Ms. Navi Pillai in particular :
Show  Tangible Proof Navi Pillay Rather Than Persist Irresponsibly On Behalf Of The Tamil Diaspora AKA LTTE Rump A Second Time Around ! which also needs to be addressed to the rest of the brigade which continuously attempts to discredit the GOSL for having resoundingly beaten the Tamil Tiger terrorists and continue to bring about remarkable changes for the better in a once embattled and devastated country as this simply seems to be what its all about.

WILL THERE BE A BACKLASH IN COLOMBO IF WE LOOSE AGAINST USA SPONSORED RESOLUTION?

February 17th, 2014

Malin Abeyatunge

28 March 2014 will be very decisive day for Sri Lanka. USA conniving with UK is sponsoring again to bring a resolution at the UNHRC Session in Geneva for the third time against Sri Lanka for war crimes. Tamil diaspora spread in the affluent western countries are spending  all their illegally acquired funds to buy over the so called humanitarian organisations, politicians, current and Ex UN staffers, state mechanisms, western media like Channel 4 , BBC,CNN,ABC,SBS  to  promote this resolution that will be sponsored by USA,UK, Canada  and EU Countries against Sri Lanka.

TNA in the NPC has already passed resolutions to support USA sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka and in fact it is reported that they are planning to send a team of TNA to attend the Session to show their solidarity with the US resolution. Customs should be more than alert to screen all TNA delegates if they intend to go,  to see that any harmful materials against Sri Lanka are not smuggled even in their person. Customs should not care less for the international outburst as long as they are within our shores but should be alert to protect our country.

All the above mentioned vested interest western elements are burning mid night oil, spends millions of dollars to see that this resolution is passed against the GoSL with a majority. If by any chance the USA, the UK and other white dominated countries able to pass this resolution against Sri Lanka for war crimes, there will be two actions the UNHRC will take against Sri Lanka.

One would be to appoint an international investigation to probe into such accusations against Sri Lanka for war crimes interfering with our sovereignty  and the other action would be to impose sanctions on Sri Lanka. These two actions will path the way for USA and its allies for a regime change to appoint a puppet regime as has happened in the Middle Eastern countries.

Such actions will be the dooms day of Sri Lankas sovereignty as it’s the ultimate goal and the dream for the separatist Tamil Diaspora and it’s allied  western countries, some local Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim politicians to see it’s happening.   If that happens will the majority Sri Lankans take it lightly? Very unlikely. Whole nation except for a few thousands will rally round Rajapaksa Government to protect the country’s sovereignty and the territorial integrity.

In 1983, certain politically motivated people which included Sinhalese, Muslims and Tamil thugs  created the riots against the ordinary Tamils living among the Sinhalese. But that will not happen again between Sinhalese and the Tamils. Sinhalese are tolerant people. Even when, Dalada Maligawa was, bombed, hundreds of Buddhist Sil devotees at Sri Mahabodhiya were massacred and 39 Buddhist monks were summarily executed by the LTTE terrorists, the majority Buddhist people didn’t take the law into their hands to go on rampage against Tamils.

But, if UNHRC takes actions against Sri Lanka,  the scenario may look different this time. It may not be the Sinhalese but the majority Sri Lankans of all ethnic groups  who love the country will take the law into their hands as the patience is running out over the actions of certain elements of both local and international against Sri Lanka.

I hope not,  but will not rule out that there will be back lash against  (a) pro LTTE  western embassies like US, UK, Canada, EU Countries and India and her investments in Sri Lanka (If India votes against us by supporting the Yankees and the Poms) (b) TNA politicians (not the ordinary Tamils) , Sinhala, Tamil & Muslim politicians who are helping the western nations on this resolution, PRO LTTE NGOs, INGOs.

Perhaps, these elements may have to bear the blunt of it if it crosses the red line of tolerance by majority Sri Lankans. Let us hope that this will not happen but possible danger is there where anger of majority Sri Lankans are melting may erupt at any moment. This is what TNA, some local politicians, the LTTE Diaspora, the USA, UK, Canada, EU countries and India want to happen for a possible regime change.

Therefore the GoSL should be proactive to face such crisis before the majority Sri Lankans take the law into their hands against those counries who are supporting the USA sponsored resolution.  The euphemism over a land slide victory for Rajapaksa Government at the Western & Southern PC elections on 29 March might go out of control but should use such victory to show the west a clear signal not to interfere with our sovereignty and that majority of Sri Lankans are with the Government.

 

 

Canada: Co-sponsor of the US 3rd Resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in March

February 17th, 2014

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario .Canada

17  February 2014

Hon. John Baird, PC., MP, Conservative Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada
Hon. Thomas Mulcair., MP.,  Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada and Leader of the Opposition
Hon. Justine Trudeau, MP, Leader of the Liberal Party of  Canada
Hon.Elizabeth May, MP, Leader of the Green Party of  Canada
House of Commons, Ottawa

Dear John, Tom, Justine & Elizabeth:

Re: Canada co-Sponsoring the Third US Resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in Geneva in March.

“Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye always together.”

 You leaders of the non-governing political parties might wonder why I did not address this letter to the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, the leader of the Conservative Party and my Prime Minister.  I know that all letters to him other than official business ones are passed on to his Correspondence Unit at the Langevin Building and that would be the end of it.   So John, I have taken the liberty to honour you being his Foreign Minister, who also did the unpalatable song and dance routine slamming Sri Lanka at the UN’s Security Council, to receive this letter for the Conservative Party.  So I hope you will make an effort to read this over a cup of tea.   Preferably, my favourite, a good brew of Ceylon Orange Pekoe.  Doing so, you may feel the pulse of the non-Tamil Sri Lankan-Canadians on the stance that the Canadian government has taken on Sri Lanka for the only reason that they wiped out the Tamil Tigers militarily, the most ruthless terrorist outfit in the world  on 19 May 2009, after a 27-year long brutal and bloody war.

I say eat your hearts out Al-Qaida!  You were not the top guns of the terrorist world.  The Tamil Tigers were.  You didn’t assassinate two leaders of states, but the Tamil Tigers did that of Rajiv Gandhi of India and President Ranasinghe Premadasa of Sri Lanka.  Al-Qaida, you didn’t pluck an infant sucking on her mother’s feed and bash it’s head on a rock and watch the blood ooze from a split  skull like Tomato Ketchup, but the Tamil Tigers did.  Al-Qaida, you did not line up 700 policemen who surrendered to you with the promise that you will send them home to safety and then tie their hands behind their backs and blindfolded them and shot them through their skulls, but the Tamil Tigers did.   Al-Qaida, you didn’t stop a bus carrying 33 novice Buddhist monks on their way on a pilgrimage and massacred them with gun-shots and machete chops, but the Tamil Tigers did.

 I doubt I need an Oxygen mask as I am not in shock that Canada has established herself as a hostile country against Sri Lanka and Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotting the Commonwealth Summit last November held in Colombo was a bastardized baby of our Sri Lankan policy.    So Prime Minister Harper did not attend the CHOGM….Whoopee- do! So what?   What I am told is that the sun still keeps rising every morning from the eastern horizon, and Stephen Harper couldn’t change this phenomenon to keep Sri Lanka in the vindictive isolated dark. Not a chance!

And then to want to destabilize Sri Lanka by the Americans, Canada happens to be one of the US Pied Pier’s  “Yes, Sir” lemming brigade that will be co-sponsoring the US-UK Resolution against Sri Lanka’s  Peace that was won after a brutal war with the Tamil Tigers and the  fragile reconciliation process that is well under way.  This bogey-man’s concern that Canada is working in tandem with is the alleged human rights violations during the last four months of the Tamil Tiger’s 27 year conventional war when over 100,000 innocents were killed and over 5,700 Tamil children were kidnapped by the Tamil Tigers and trained to be their front line Baby Brigade and suicide bombers.

John, Tom, Justine and Elizabeth, what is sick about Canada’s decision to hold the bucket for the Obama administration, is that these are the Yankees, who to kill one man in Iraq, Saddam Hussein, invaded that country on a lie and dropped 88,500 tons of bombs by 2,800 fix-winged aircrafts during 109,000 sorties, as well as used 2,095 HARM missiles, 217 Walleye missiles, 5,276 guided anti-tank missiles., killing 1.2 million innocent Iraqis. Shocking isn’t it?     And Canada has lacked the guts and gumption to ask the  mighty US  for accountability, like the way we bully puny Sri Lanka to show accountability for the deaths during the last four months of their Eelam war.  Canada seems to be operating on the premise that ‘Might is right’.  Phew!  And Canada has  metamorphosed into the Yankee Pied-Piper’s lemming brigade, for the want of hanging on to political power in the House of Commons courtesy of  the Tamil community votes to hold onto the 10 ridings in the Greater Toronto Area having taken them from Justine Trudeau’s Liberal party at the last federal election.

But then, there is some sanity prevailing in some corners of the geo-political world.  And it is exciting to watch how this will play on Canada’s stupidity.  And here is an example:

Anatoly Viktorov, the Russian Federation Foreign Affairs Ministry Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights Department’s Director said on St. Valentine’s Day in Colombo: “Russia strongly rejects threats or implying sanctions against other countries considering those to be human rights violators. “We are of the view that although human rights could be a legitimate concern of the international community, they must not be used as a pretext for interference in internal affairs or, worse, use of force.”   Sweet Mother of Jesus, Hallelujah! I say.  Minister Viktorov was not pussyfooting around this issue.  He was clear as the Russian Orthodox Church Blagovestnik bell ringing on a Sunday for morning Mass.  It was quite clear and I heard it.  I hope you John, Tom, Justine and Elizabeth heard it too.

You know what John, Tom, Justine and Elizabeth, we are being told that majority of the lawmakers of the US who are bringing the  3rd resolution against Sri Lanka  at the UNHRC in March couldn’t  even identify Sri Lanka in a world map.   So there goes the caliber and honesty of these Yankees.  They certainly are no Yankee Doodle Dandies, are they now?.  Can you imagine that?

I am hoping that, if not all at least the majority of you Canadian parliamentarians could do better than that.  For those, who don’t, here is a clue.  This is the island which is the shape of a tear drop under the chin of India separated by 18 miles of salt water.  And it is in the Indian Ocean.   I hope that will help you all.  And here are more clues. This is the Island that produces the best Ceylon Tea, which I am sure you have been taught this fact in Middle School.   And that  this island is no banana republic as 92% of the population are literate, can read, write and understand,  and as  such have  concluded that Canada is an hostile country and no friend of theirs and hell bent to destroy the peace that they achieved after eliminating the most ruthless terrorist group in the world, the Tamil Tigers..  And this is where Abraham Lincoln’s statement props up like Jack-in-the-Box wagging its golden thumb at Canada ” “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”  Wow! How true.  This is where Canada has failed with her policy on Sri Lanka which I have concluded as a country of cowardly HUMBUGs.

John, Tom, Justine and Elizabeth, you might question my accusatory term ” “cowardly HUMBGS”.  Why you might ask!  Here’s why.

You are co-sponsoring the US Resolution against Sri Lanka because of the alleged human rights violations during the last four months of the Eelam war which lasted 27-long years.   I don’t think we are in any position to paint ourselves as a bunch of lily-white goody-two shoes.

John, Tom, Justine and Elizabeth, let’s be honest.  We couldn’t care two dead capelin washed on the shores of Conception Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador about Human Rights in Sri Lanka.  Right? 

If we were sincere and truly honest, Canada would have acknowledged by now the classic text book example of restoring the most treasured human right in Sri Lanka, when President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government with the help of its brave soldiers, gave its 22 million Sri Lankans back their right-to-life which was hijacked by the Tamil Tigers for 27 years. Not a hum, not a whimper, not even a pip-squeak from Canada, to acknowledge this act.  Where is your honesty Canada?  And you are trying to tell me/us that you all are truly concerned about the Human Rights situation in Sri Lanka?  What nonsense.  That’s hog wash warm in its prime!

What was your problem, John.   Don’t tell me that if your Government had acknowledged the eliminating of the most ruthless terrorist group in the world, who perfected the suicide body pack that got India’s Rajiv Gandhi and 100s of the other bystanders; that got Sri Lanka’s President Premadasa and 100s of innocent bystanders; that got Sri Lanka’s Minister of Industries C.V. Gunaratne and 100s of innocent bystanders and so forth, that you all were concerned how to handle 30,000 Tamils descending  on Ottawa under a sky of red Tamil Tiger flags and taking over Wellington Street and Sussex Drive and improvising every inch of public parking garages and park land as their toilets?  And that there was nothing much that the police could have done as these Tamils were covered by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  Right?

So Canada is co-sponsoring the 3rd resolution by the US against Sri Lanka, as you say that Canada is concerned about the human rights violations during the last four months of the 27-year long war.  That’s a bunch of baloney hanging from a stall in the ByWard Market, isn’t it?   Canada couldn’t care a tuppence, couldn’t care two prairie straws whether a Sri Lankan got killed during the last phase of the war, when Canada has not acknowledged yet the Sri Lanka Government’s classic text book example of liberating 295,873 Tamils who were used as a human shield by the Tamil Tigers, and were herded for 30 months from the west coast to the east coast like unwashed and unfed cattle on their way to the slaughter house.   What was Canada’s problem, John, and Tom, and Justine and Elizabeth?  It’s the Tamil votes, wasn’t it?  Couldn’t afford to lose even one in the Greater Toronto Area wasn’t it?  Let’s spill out the truth.  And there lies the rub!

Here is what China had to say, and please take note. That people in Sri Lanka had the wisdom and capacity to manage their internal affairs and opposed some countries’ interference in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs under the pretext of the human rights issue.  Bravo! China.  You are so right. You have seen it through US’s and Canada’s veils of deceit.

John, it is time that your Conservative Government back off and take a deep breath.   Let ‘s not come up with accusations against Sri Lanka that none of you can substantiate nor could  your supporters of the Tamil Tiger rump in the GTA and the vindictive NGOs.

It is time that all of you acknowledge the magic that the Rajapaksa Government performed by preparing a million meals a day to feed the 295,873 rescued Tamils a hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner each day and not let them starve to death.  That is a prime example of sincerity and loving kindness of the  majority Sinhalese community who gave the government a hand to prepare the million meals a day to feed their Tamil brothers and sisters.  John, your Government has still not acknowledged this amazing performance by the Rajapaksa Government.  Shame on you all John.  What has been your problem?  You Conservatives have failed Sri Lanka miserably.  Stop being irrational…stop being so blinkered…. Stop being so vindictive, and stop pretending that you are concerned about human rights in Sri Lanka….and that Canada is a friend of Sri Lanka.

But the truth on this sordid affair will stand as a bright beacon atop that puny, beautiful island my dear four parliamentarians, where I come from.  The fact is that Sri Lanka has eliminated Tamil Tiger terrorism from her soil and as a result no bomb has exploded at street corners during  rush hours or under seats of public transport vehicles; and mothers are not standing  anymore at their front door steps looking way out into the distance at 2 o’clock in the afternoon waiting for their sons and daughters  to arrive home alive and not dead in caskets having been bombed by the Tamil Tigers.   The truth is that the working adults on their way to work each morning do not have to make the sign of the cross or put their palms together in prayer before getting on to public transport vehicles praying that they come home seven hours later in one piece and not in a wooden casket in a puzzle of a bloodied head, chunks of flesh and limbs blown to smithereens by a Tamil Tiger bomb.  And that a reality check for all of you.  I thought you guys got a heart.

Let’s be honest human beings.   You Canadian parliamentarians are living a lie when it comes to dealing with Sri Lanka.  It is time that you give Sri Lanka’s Peace a Chance.   That is not hard to do, is it now, John, and Tom, and Justine and Elizabeth.

Before I conclude let me share a few more words of sanity that might slow down the US-UK-Canada trapeze act at the UNHRC circus this March,

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says, “The Australian Government places a great value on our longstanding relationship with Sri Lanka.  The Government recognizes that Sri Lanka has come through a period of conflict over 30 years, nothing less than human tragedy of massive proportions.  “And to those who say isolate Sri Lanka, I say engage with Sri Lanka.  And we have urged the Sri Lanka Government to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.”   “Yes, you can criticize, yes you can judge but you must also recognize that much has been achieved in resettlement and reconstruction”, she pointed out.

What a breath of fresh air in a world of  bully politics, chaos and insanity.  All what I can say to you is ” “O Canada…let’ follow the steps of Waltzing Matilda.  You certainly won’t go wrong.”

Sincerely,

Asoka Weerasinghe  (a former Conservative)

Foreign Minister Julie Bishops Sentiments On Sri Lanka At Feb 2014 Independence Day Celebration At Sri Lankan High Commission In Canberra

February 17th, 2014

Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Spokesperson, United Sri Lanka Association,New Zealand.

To:
 Hon Julie Bishop MP
Foreign Minister of Australia
Australian Parliament ,
Canberra.
Dear Ms. Bishop,
Once again words truly fail to express the thanks and gratitude that all Sri Lankans feel towards you for the sentiments you expressed at the above event, to ” engage with Sri Lanka  rather than isolate it”. We are further grateful beyond words for having expressed  these same sentiments on Sri Lanka , many times before , especially since your visit to Sri Lanka with the Australian Parliamentary delegation in March 2013.
We truly appreciate you questioning allegations of  HR violations & disappearances  when expressed to you with calls for specific examples  to back up such allegations and revealing as you did after your visit in March 2013, that at best what  was forthcoming  related to events before the end of the war in May 2009.This at least raises the possibility of Tiger culpability to these allegations. When questioned regarding the Human Rights watch claims of disappearances , you again  revealed that despite repeated requests no specific instances were forthcoming.
If only some of the other leaders visiting the north who were greeted with these same allegation were discerning like you & questioned such allegations in the same manner you did the  popular perceptions of the veracity and implications of these allegations would be different now.
A further  glaring injustice  that is never questioned is how Adel Balasingham , the nurse who openly sent many many minors to their death with a cyanide capsule round their neck and the Tiger Diaspora who funded three decades of terror in Sri Lanka  now renamed Global Tamil Forum , Transnational Government of Tamil Elam, etc are permitted a charmed and unquestioned  residency in  UK  and even greeted to the premises of the UK House of Commons annually in March for celebration of their inauguration. These are issues which an unbiased international community is  duty bound to explore.
Once again, our heartfelt thanks for the sentiments you expressed  and hopefully continue to express.
Yours Sincerely,
Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM
Spokesperson,
United Sri Lanka Association,
New Zealand.
17.2. 14
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Milinda Moragoda, Senior Advisor to the President visited New Delhi

February 17th, 2014

Gamini Sarath Godakanda

Milinda Moragoda, Senior Advisor to the President visited New Delhi over the weekend on the invitation of the Government of India. This visit was part of a regular and on-going consultation process Mr. Moragoda has been having with Indian leaders.

The purpose of this visit was to form an independent assessment of key issues concerning the Indo-Lana relationship and report back to the President. His interactions included official-level discussions with Hon. Shri Shivshankar Menon, National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India and Mrs. Sujatha Singh, Foreign Secretary.

Milinda Moragoda with Hon. Digvijay Singh, General Secretary Indian National Conress

He also had political-level consultations with senior Congress Party leaders, Hon. Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Rural Development, Hon. Digvijay, General Secretary of the Indian National Congress and Hon. Dr. E.M.S. Natchiappan, Minister of State of Commerce and Industry. He was back to Colombo yesterday 16,February 2014.

Will the UN allow the woman whose husband recruited CHILD SOLDIERS into Geneva?-ANANDI SASITHARAN

February 17th, 2014

The TNA –  LTTE Nexus [TNA hand picked by the former Tamil tiger leader in 2004] We hope The UN will not support the LTTE proxy – the advocates of Child Recruitment!

 The STAR of Geneva TNA Candidate’s Husband Wanted For War Crimes ” Terrorist Child Recruiter

 The IRONY of TNA candidate ANANDI  SASITHARAN speaks on behalf of women and children?

Her husband was in charge of recruiting thousands of youths and children to the LTTE forcefully. These families mourn their children taken away by Mrs Anandi Sasitharan’s loving Husband. These families never got their children back.

They were used by the LTTE to fight ” dressed in their tiger uniform ” a gun placed in their hand. Some of these children were used as “comfort girls” and “comfort boys” by the frustrated LTTE cadres. Where is the Probe into these child pregnancies?

The LTTE buried the dead while holding the hostages in a stand off until May 2009 ” when the civilians had enough. Civilians were brave enough to escape inspite of being shot at to reach the free government areas to be rescued by the Sri Lanka Military. These families never saw their children.

Ananthi has no remorse or shame recruited to LTTE by forcibly.

 Ananthi interview below-

 Jaffna District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) female candidate, Ananthi Sasitharan, said she decided to contest the polls at the upcoming elections in the Northern Province, to find redress for the thousands of women and children who had been affected by the nearly three decades long war. [Her husband Ellilan Recruited Children – see his profile below]

Ananthi Sasitharan, wife of the former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Trincomalee District political wing leader, Elilan, articulated her decision, addressing the media, soon after she filed her nomination papers to contest for the Northern Provincial Council, along with the other Jaffna District candidates. Ananthi is one of the three women candidates representing the TNA in the district. [TNA – LTTE nexus]

 

Ellian alias Elilian alias Sasitharan   –  CHILD RECRUITER! 

Ananthi claims to be missing (how many Tamil parents would want to see him dead? They mourn their children todate – forcibly recruited – made into terrorist criminals – no parent wants their child turned into a killer machine)

·         Ellilan is a person worked at LTTE political wing.

·         He 2003/2004 worked as the head of Vavuniya political unit (No previous information)

·         He was the political leader in Trincomalee district in 2004 to end of 2006

·         He was a very active member. He worked well than other district LTTE political leaders

·         He was very famous in the LTTE due to his commitment

·         When Sri Lanka Army captured Trincomalee in end of 2006, he came to Vanni.

·         When LTTE TamilSelvan was killed in 2007 November, LTTE Police head Nadesan was appointed as Political leader. Illango (was working as the leader of policy progressing unit mean in Tamil KOLGAI MUN ETOPPU PIRIVU) was appointed as head of LTTE Police . ELLILAN appointed as the leader of Policy Progressing unit)

Activities of Policy Progressing unit ” that disseminated terrorist recruitment material to the community and the public at large ”perverting the thinking of the youth.

·         Running book shops, ARIVAMATHU BOOK SHOP

·          Music group ” to motivate hatred towards the Sinhalese

·         Street drama group to radicalize the public and recruit candidates to LTTE

·         Recruited cadres directly from the community

·         Child recruitment

·         Anbu Base for Recruited cadres’ transition period-this camp situated   Wattakachchi, Kilinochchi

When Ellilan was working in this unit as the head, this unit recruited carders to LTTE forcibly in his period.

 

Ellilan’s wife- Anandi (worked at Kilinochchi GA office until end of the war) She took a government salary but worked for the LTTE. She was in this office when the GA vehicles were used to carry explosives.

Now she is a candidate of TNA (candidates handpicked by the LTTE in 2004) for the coming election 2013 in Northern provincial council election.

She is being groomed to meet Navaneethan Pillay to present the case that there is no news of her terrorist husband (war criminal). There is no mention of her husband’s terrorist activities and the war crimes committed against children and families in the ” use of children within a terrorist group AND the forced conscription of children into a terrorist group.

UN Standards should be questioned! Did Mrs Pillay actually not know her background when she met her?

Misguided Greens in Australia jump off the rails

February 16th, 2014

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Last week Sen. Christine Milne, the Leader  of the Greens Party in Australia, attacked in Parliament the human rights record of Sri Lanka echoing the usual anti-Sri Lankan rhetoric of the Tamil diaspora and  the I/NGOs. The Greens have been the virtual spokespersons for Tamil separatist lobby  in Australia. Some Tamil expats have been  promoted as candidates in  elections though none won. Tamils are also known to be funders of the Greens.

In reply to her speech H. L. D. Mahindapala has sent the following reply. It has been circulated among  Australian Parliamentarians.

The following is the full text of Mahindapala’s reply:

Sen. Christine Milne
Leader of the Greens Party
Canberra

Dear Senator,

     The  Greening of human rights

I wish to thank you for raising the Sri Lankan human rights issues as described by you in the Senate. (Wednesday 12th February, 2014). As a Senator with hands-on experience in the UN your intervention in the Senate is most welcome. It is also heartening to note that the Greens continue to engage in raising human rights issues in various fora.

You would agree, particularly with your first-hand experience at the UN, that the goal of human rights is to serve all of humanity without being selective. Human rights cannot be hijacked to serve either one segment of a population at the expense of the other, or to serve partisan politics of do-gooders with an agenda of their own. Consequently, any evaluation of the human rights conditions in Sri Lanka must be judged fairly and justly covering all aspects of the longest running war in Asia  — 33 years in all, give or take a few days, starting from May 14, 1976 when the Tamil leadership declared war in the Vadukoddai Resolution of the same date. This war ended on May 18, 2009 with the defeat of the Tamil separatists on the bank of Nandikadal Lagoon, Jaffna.

You would also agree that the universality of human rights is a sacred tenet which cannot be violated by Big Powers, political parties, Churches, or even by the Greens who are  leading devotees of human rights. Accordingly, I regret to note that the main focus in your speech has not adhered to the sacred  principle of serving  human rights.  It may be an oversight. I hope so. Your speech is limited  to the last phase of the 33-year-old Vadukoddai War. You back the UK-US-Indian resolution against Sri Lanka ” a resolution which focuses only on the last five months of 33-year-old war. You will agree that neither commonsense reasoning nor sophisticated logic can justify the limiting of human rights issues to the last five months of a 33-year-old war.

Two examples from history will expose the fallacy of this position embedded in the UNHRC resolution moved by US and UK:

  1. Were the Nazis tried at Nuremberg on their conduct in the last five months of World War II?
  2. And were there any trials to judge the Allies on the conduct  of closing stages of World War II which included the genocidal attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the fire-bombing of Dresden by Winston Churchill to bring ” the boys back home”?

On the basis of known international precedents set by the leading democracies you will note that it is rather incongruous and unacceptable to focus only on the last five months as you have done in your speech, following the conditions laid down in the US-UK resolution. Since there is no rationale for  limiting your judgment to five months of a 33-year-old war I don’t have to emphasize that your speech lacks balance and objectivity. If I am to push your argument to its logical end, I can only conclude that the preceding  32 years and seven months were fought not with live bullets but with roses without thorns.

Besides, your speech has omitted a key player in the 33-year-old war. You have accused, repeating the contents in the US-UK resolution, only Sri Lanka and the LTTE as having violated humanitarian law. Anyone who knows the basics of the Sri Lanka crisis will agree that it is irrational to accuse only two military forces in a war in which there were three military forces. India, you may recall now, was the only foreign military force that intervened directly in the Sri Lankan crisis. India’s biggest  export to Sri Lanka was Tamil tiger terrorism, as you may recall now. India trained, financed, armed and exported the Tamil militants to destabilize a friendly neighbor, violating international law. This was the primary cause that prolonged the war and caused the gross human rights violations.

It didn’t take long for India to realize that its short-sighted policies of pursuing subversive interventions in neighbouring or small nations had boomeranged on them. To cut a long story short, India agreed to send its military force to defang and tame the Tigers it exported to  Sri Lanka. The Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) landed in 1987 and retreated in 2000 as a defeated army, neither farewelled by Sri Lankans nor received triumphantly in India. Why? India’s brutal role shocked both the Tamils in Sri Lanka and the Indians who were expecting IPKF to return covered in glory. The Tamils who expected the Indians to be their savior also were aghast when they realized that the Indian had turned into ruthless oppressors. One of the most obscene horrors was when  the IPKF walked into a hospital and slaughtered the patients and doctors for no reason at all, except to teach the Indian-trained Tamil Tigers a lesson for attacking the IPKF soldiers.

The former Indian Defence Minister George Fernandez condemned the Indian intervention in Sri Lanka as “India’s Vietnam”. After seeing the massacre in the hospital Fernandez branded it as “India’s My Lai”. I am attaching below  an  abridged account of Indian atrocities published in Tamil Weekly for your information.

In a recent interview Col. R. Hariharan, the head of the Intelligence Unit of IPKF in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, between 1987 ” 1990,  confessed that India has been unwilling to either investigate or punish the offenders. Here’s the quote verbatim: He said: “There are a few issues involved in analysing the allegations of atrocities by Indian troops after 25 years. In COIN (Counter Insurgent Operations) operations there are always innocent civilians killed, usually described as collateral damage in the fire-fight between two sides. This happened in Sri Lanka also. But there were specific instances where serious allegations were levelled. I remember two of them: massacre of patients and doctors by troops in Jaffna teaching hospital and retributive killings in an ambush in Valvettithurai. I think both the Army leadership and Government (of India) failed to institute transparent investigations to get at the truth and disprove them or punish the culprits. But in 1987-88 human rights was not a big issue worldwide as it is now. India was no exception to this. Bigger killings were taking place in Afghanistan where the US was fighting a proxy war against Soviets. India itself did not pay much attention to human rights accusations against it. But all this is hindsight wisdom.” (International Law Journal of London,  Interviewer Parasaran Rangarajan, Editor — ” Feb. 6, 2014).

The date of the interview is  important ” February 6, 2014. This means that even after 25 years there are living witnesses to the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the IPKF.

Please also note this comment of Col. Hariharan: “I think both the Army leadership and Government (of India) failed to institute transparent investigations to get at the truth and disprove them or punish the culprits.”

Why? It is partly because the human rights activists are obsessed only with the alleged violations of human rights by Sri Lankan forces and not those committed by India. I am sure as a committed human rights activist you will not allow India to sweep its human  rights violations under the carpet any longer. As a believer in the universality of human rights I believe that you will stand up for the victims of human rights violations whether it is by Sri Lankan or Indian forces. After all both India and Sri Lanka fought the Tamil Tiger terrorists on Sri Lankan soil. So why should only Sri Lanka be held responsible and not India?

Since you have raised the issue of human rights violations of Sri Lanka and the LTTE I believe that you will take it to the next moral level and insist on US and UK including the violations of human rights by the IPKF in their resolution due to be presented at UNHRC in March.

The attached report from the Tamil Weekly gives you the gist of the crimes committed by India against the people of Sri Lanka.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need further information on the role of India in Sri Lanka.

Awaiting an early reply

Your sincerely

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Editor, The Observer (1990 -1994)

President, Sri Lanka Working Journalists’ Association ( 1991 ” 1993)

Secretary-General, South Asia Media Association ( 1993 -1994)

Address: 53, Galahad Crescent, Glen Waverley, Vic, 3150

e-mail: mahinda8@bigpond.com

Phone: 03-98876176

Here is the abridged version  of the human rights  violations committed by the IPKF: India as Mediator

by Old Jaffna Man

The Indian Army came with the designation Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) but when they left it was felt that they were a Indian People Killing Force. There were no people to send them off in Trincomalee and no one to receive them when they landed in Madras.

Civilians Massacred by IPKF

Jaffna Hospital:- Perhaps the worst atrocity committed by the IPKF was the massacre of 68 innocent civilians inside the Jaffna Teaching Hospital in Oct. 1987.

The names of the people massacred are:- Dr. A. Sivapathasuntheram, Dr. M. K. Ganesharatnam, Dr. Parimelalahar, Mrs. Vadivelu, Matron, Mrs. Leelawathie, Nurse, Mrs. Sivapakiam, Nurse, Mrs. Ramanathan, Nurse, Mr. Shanmugalingam, Ambulance Driver, Mr. Kanagalingam, Telephone Operator, Mr. Krishnarajah, Works Supervisor, Mr. Selvarajah, Works Supervisor, Eleven (11) Minor employees and forty six (46) patients. One of the doctors killed was a Consultant Paediatrician and he was coming down the stairs wearing his cloak and with his stethoscope. When he saw the Indian soldier, he shouted “Doctor, but Was shot down.

Duraiswamy brothers :- On the way to the hospital, the soldiers passed the ancestral home of late Sir Waithilingarn Duraisamy, Speaker in the State Council. Two of his sons, retired and past 70 years, were residing in their ancestral home next to the Jaffna Clock Tower. One was R. Duraiswamy (SLAS) Retd. Secretary. Ministry of Local Government and M. Duraiwswamy Retd. Staff Officer Bank of Ceylon. Both were shot and killed.

Sivasubramaniam Family:- Mr. S. Sivasubramaniam, retired Director of Irrigation (now designated Director General), his wife, Mrs. Sivasubramaniam, retired teacher and their only son, a brilliant boy who had studied at St. John’s College, scored 4A’s in the GCE (AL) and was in the second year of Medical College.

Mr. Sivasubramaniam was a personal friend, a quiet soft spoken gentleman, brilliant in his professional field. His entire family was erased from the face of the earth.

Chief Justice Sharvananda’s sister and her family :– Chief Justice S. Sharvananda’s sister, her husband, son and two domestic helpers were shot dead.
Justice Sharvananda, far from attending his sister’s funeral, did not even know for over one week that his sister and family had perished. There was blanket censorship over what was being done to the Tamils in Jaffna.

Other Civilians Killed in Jaffna:- Prof. P. Chandrasekeram, University of Jaffna, Dr. R. W. Crossette Thambiah (must have been 80 at the time), Dr. Selvaratnam Former DMO Maskeliya, Dr. S. Pararajasingham JMO, L. F. M. Samuel Rtd. Teacher (St. Thomas College, Mt. Lavinia & Royal College, Colombo – older Thomians and Royalists might remember him), K. J. Sambanthar Retd. DLO & Asst. Land Commissioner, Jaffna, Mrs. S. Sivanandaraja (mother), Mohanraj (son) Technical Officer, Irrigation Dept., Mrs. Krishnam, Mrs. M. Sebastiampillai, Mrs. N. R. Thuriappa, Mrs. V. Ruthiralingam, C. S. Aaron.

Urumpirai:- A. Subramanium Attorney at Law, Mr. & Mrs. Pancharatnam, Rtd. Teachers, K. Navaratnam Rtd. Divisional Supdt. of Post Offices, S. Nadarajah,
Formerly SLBC, Tamil Service, P. Arooran , M. Nadaraja, S. Rasanayagam Rtd. Credit Controller CCC Ltd.

Anaikoddai:- Mrs. M. Weerasegaram Pillai, (Mother), Pillai Yasotha Weerasegararn (Daughter), Mrs. S. Thanapalasingham (Mother) Miss N. Thanapalasingham. (Daughter) S. Kulasegerampillai, Retd. Station Master, Mrs. M. Arumugam Mrs. R. Gnanamuttu, A. Candappu Rtd. State Officer, S. Selvaranee.

Pirampadi, Kokuvil etc.:- A large number of civilians were killed in Pirampadi and Kokuvil and buried in mass graves. The whole matter requires a book to do full justice. Among those who managed to escape was late Justice K. Palakidner, who was then High Court judge Jaffna, his wife and two daughters.

More than our relatives, we mourn the death of the elder son of the chief priest of our temple, Subramaniya Kurukkal. He performed the ancient Hindu marriage ceremony for me and my wife in 1962. Young Kannan Iyer, 28 years old, very fair, very handsome, well versed in Sanskrit and Hindu neethi and also a fully qualified Accountant, managing his own Accounting firm in Jaffna told his father to stay at home and that he would go by bicycle by a circuitous route to the temple to light the lamps.

Instead of going to the temple, he went to heaven. He was shot just outside their gate and as it was raining heavily and the curfew was in force, nobody discovered what had happened till the following day. Twenty six persons lost their lives in my village alone, during the Indian army’s campaign to gain control of Jaffna Peninsula in October-November 1987.” (Tamil Weekly,  November 13 ” 19, 2005)

Rape by Indian Soldiers

The IPKF Operation in Jaffna did not stop with massacres of civilians. A large number of women were raped. The following quotation is taken from Prof. Daya Somasundaram’s book Scarred Minds – The Psychological Impact of War on Sri Lankan Tamils. Prof. Daya Somasundararn is the Professor of Psychiatry in the University of Jaffna.

” Although the total number of rapes during the Indian army operations are not known, it seemed to reach epidemic proportions. It has been verified that quite a large number, ranging from young girls who had just attained puberty to old women well past the menopause stage, were brutally raped.

Rape became common in the context of total war as it obtained in the months of October to December (1987), when all the customary discipline and restraint
operative in the army disappeared.
The public was seen as being too sympathetic to the Tigers, harbouring and helping them against the Indian army. Thus terror became an instrument of control, a punishment for the lack of support and a lesson to the public.

But rape was much more gruesome as it was aimed specifically at women. It was carried out with considerable brutality and impersonality, where the victims were publicly defeminised and destroyed.

The screams and pleading of a young, attractive girl, whom three soldiers were trying to rape at gun point, still echoes in my ears. She fell at their feet and begged, ‘Please, brother, shoot me, but don’t do this…’ Fortunately for her, her pleading got through to an officer who took pity and let her go, after slapping her. A young rape victim in Tinnavelly immediately attempted to commit suicide by jumping into a well.

Inside our village temple, where people had gathered as refugees, young village girls were molested by the Indian soldiers. Dr. W. Paramanathan, great
grandson of Proctor V. Casipillai who had rebuilt the temple in 1900, after its destruction during the Portugese occupation, was an eye witness. “My blood boiled; but I was helpless” he told me. In fact, being a young man, he was taken out twice to be shot as a Tiger and only the strong pleadings of his aunt Miss K. Charavanamuttu, retired Principal of Vadamarachchy Hindu Ladies College saved his life. Dr. Paramanathan has migrated to the United States and is living there.

Plunder by IPKF

The 21 day curfew proved to be a golden opportunity- to the Indian soldiers. They broke into every house, broke open every almyrah and stole the valuables inside. As everyone knows, all Jaffna Tamil Hindu women wear a lot of gold jewellery. When they had to flee at half an hour’s notice, they could not remove all their valuables. When the families returned, they found their gold jewellery, imported watches and Parker pens missing. In 1987, India was still a closed economy and these imported items were not available in India. Not merely the soldiers, even the officers helped themselves. This is what the Island of 22 Feb. 1988 reported.

“IPKF Major Returning to India Apprehended – Alleged Contraband Jewellery:

A Major of the IPKF who is said to have returned to India from Jaffna on a month’s holiday is alleged to have been apprehended at Chandigarh airport with having carried jewellery believed to be contraband.

A news report appearing in the “Rani Weekly” of January 31, 1988 published in Tamil Nadu state that this Major serving in Jaffna had flown to Madras by plane and then to Chandigarh in Punjab on a month’s holiday. The Police there had searched him like any other passenger and found in his possession 100 sovereigns of jewellery consisting of bangles, broken chains, necklaces etc”.

The story states “The Police suspect that he might have snatched them from Sri Lankan Tamils. But he says they were bought by him. The magazine asks, “if they were bought by him, could the jewellery be broken in pieces?”

India’s My Lai – the Valvettiturai Massacre

On 2 August 1989, the so called Indian Peace Keeping Force deliberately killed over 50 Tamil civilians in Valvettiturai in the Jaffna Peninsula in a massacre that was later described as India’s Mylai.

David Housego reported in the London Financial Times on 17 August 1989:
“On… Tuesday I was the first western reporter to visit Valvettiturai, a small coastal town near Jaffna, where Indian troops carried out reprisals on August 2 after the Tamil Tigers, the -Tamil guerrilla movement, ambushed one of their patrols close to the main square, killing six Indian soldiers and wounding several, others.

After 4 1/2 hours of walking around the town and questioning many people, it becomes clear that angered soldiers deliberately shot dead unarmed civilians, burnt a large number of houses, and brutally beat many of the boys and men they caught.

The local Citizens Committee has identified 52 bodies and says that over 120 houses were burnt – making it by far the worst atrocity alleged against Indian troops in the two years they have been in Sri Lanka.

Most of the killings took place in the hours after the ambush, but the burning and ransacking continued , for another two days while Valvettiturai was under curfew and surrounded by Indian troops.

What is also certain is that the official Indian explanation for the deaths – that civilians were caught in crossfire in the wake of the ambush – has no credibility. Mr. S. Selvendra, the president of the Citizens Committee and a chartered accountant, is calling for a public inquiry.

Almost a fortnight after the event, a smell of charred remains hangs over Velvettiturai. Of the 15,000 people perhaps half have left in fear or despair. Many who remain are distraught over the loss of relatives or belongings, and uncertain how to begin again or where. What seems to have happened an August 2 is that two patrols of Indian Peace keeping Force (IPKF) troops about 30 men in all approached the centre of the town on foot in parallel columns at about 11.15 in the morning. This was market time, when the streets were most crowded. They were ambushed by firing from the roof and the street. Six soldiers were killed and 13 injured, including an officer…

What follows are abbreviated eyewitness’ accounts of four particular incidents that occurred after the ambush.

Mr. N. Senthivadivel, 50, was in his photographer’s shop overlooking the square when the firing began. He threw himself to the ground. Later he was taken out and made to sit cross legged with about 25 people on the square. From there he saw soldiers set fire to some of the shops and throw kerosene to add to the flames.

At about 2 p.m. a soldier came along and said in broken English that he was going to shoot them. Two jeeps arrived and firing began. The soldier then turned round to those seated and fired on them. Two people, Mrs. K. Sivapackiyam, a washerwoman, and Mr. K. Thangarajah were killed and 10 more injured.

S. Rajeswary, 52, is the wife of the head of the divisional land survey office. After the firing about 50 people sought shelter in her house well over 200 yards from the square – because it has a concrete roof and thus offers protection against shelling.

About 1.30 p.m., four soldiers broke into the house. She came out of the kitchen into the hall with her husband; they were holding their hands up. She pleaded with her husband not to step forward but he advanced to speak to the soldiers. They shot him.
They then called for the other men and shot four of them.

After that they sprayed bullets killing four more people and injuring nine. Apart from her husband, Mrs. Rajeswary also lost her eldest son, 28, who was trapped in his shop which had been set on fire.

Mr. A R. Sivaguru., 68, a retired postmaster. With some 70 other people – he took shelter in the house of Mr. Sivaganesh which also has a concrete roof. About 4 p.m., some six soldiers climbed over the back wall of the house and entered the courtyard. Women fell at their feet crying and pleading with them not to shoot but were kicked aside.

A sergeant then separated off the young men ages ranging from 18-35 and told them to sit in front of the cow shed next to the house. The soldiers then fired on them, killing four. When one woman screamed at her husband’s death she was told to be silent otherwise she would be killed.

Mr. Nadarajah Anantharaj, principal of a local school and secretary of the Citizen’s Committee, still bears the mark on his face of wounds he received. This account of his treatment at the Udupiddy IPKP camp nearby is taken from his sworn affidavit. “There (at the camp) I saw many people who came along with me bleeding and crying. Four Sikh soldiers then started beating me with heavy wooden rods and with their fists.

“One soldier dashed my head against the wall. One soldier pressed a wooden rod on my throat and was standing on the rod which was preventing my breathing. At that time I heard a voice shouting “Kill him, kill him.” I was almost losing consciousness when I managed to push the rod on my throat away, toppling the person who was standing on it.

Why did the Indians respond so brutally? Part of the answer is that their troops have been under great strain in the Vadamaratchi region, with isolated patrols coming under fire and the Tigers firing rockets into the IPKF camp. This has left officers and men with nerves on edge.

Were the killings and the brutality the result of soldiers running amok or did they have the approval of their officers? With substantial reinforcements brought into Velvettiturai in the wake of the ambush, officers were certainly present in the town during the shooting and the burning of homes. Some inhabitants believe that senior officers gave their tacit approval to the reprisals, if not more.

One of my informants claimed that he had heard a senior officer say in anger not long before “I will burn Point Pedro” (a neighbouring town where there has also been trouble). “I will kill everybody.’ This may have been ill chosen words of intimidation not meant literally…”

George Fernandez, Indian Opposition M.P. one time Cabinet Minister and later Defence Minister commented a few months later:

“When in early August, 1987, 1 had said that Mr. Rajiv Gandhi’s military adventure in Sri Lanka would be India’s Viet Nam, I had not anticipated that India’s Viet Nam would also have its own My Lai. Of course, I was aware and I had also said repeatedly that soldiers everywhere alike, their training and the rigours of their life, not to speak of the brutalisation caused by war, making them behave in the most inhuman ways when under pressure.

Now, in Velvettiturai, the Indian army has enacted its My Lai. London’s Daily Telegraph commenting editorially on the barbarism exhibited by the Indian army in Velvettiturai says that, if anything “this massacre is worse than My Lai. Then American troops simply ran amok. In the Sri Lankan village, the Indians seem to have been more systematic; the victims being forced to lie down, and then shot in the back”.

Valvettiturai was uncovered by David Housego, the Delhi-based correspondent of London’s Financial Times who visited the scene of the massacre 13 days after the black deed had been done on August 2. His report appeared in his paper on August 17, though London’s Telegraph had carried on August 13 a story on the incident from its New Delhi correspondent, Jeremy Gavron, based on the information that was already circulating in India’s capital.

The Indian press – a miniscule section of it – caught up with it only on September 3, with a report by Rita Sebastian in the Indian Express. In fact, there was a planned black out of the news of Velvettiturai by the Indian government, in which a large section of the Indian press was only too happy to collude. The armed forces are India’s most sacred cow at the best of times, but when they indulge in atrocities, they are more so…”

(End of quotation)

Pros and cons of ‘Curry Smell’ approach–A letter to the editor of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead

February 16th, 2014

By Shelton Gunaratne

The (Fargo, ND) Forum’s recent attempt to focus on the Asian minorities in its circulation area is commendable.

However, as a long-time journalism professor who trained some of the leading journalists in this area, I wish to confess my culpability for some of the lapses in The Forum’s shallow reporting approach.

Let me substantiate my culpability and your shallowness with the example of the story on the wedding of the Bhutanese couple that ran under the banner headline FIRST LOOK AT A NEW LIFE (Feb. 11, 2014).

Strapline: For area Bhutanese, arranged marriages still common practice, but with a modern twist

Lead:  “In a steamy apartment rich with the smell of curry, a pair of newlyweds sat on a loveseat Monday afternoon, accepting gifts and blessings in the Hindu tradition.

“Well-wishers stuck tika””a mix of red powder, rice and yogurt””to the couple’s foreheads and sprinkled dried flower petals onto their laps.

“The groom, Ram Thapaliya, and his bride, Madhavi Regmi, both Bhutanese refugees, sat quietly and smiled as their friend and family looked on.

Story beginning: “This reception took place in the three-bedroom apartment of Thapaliya’s family in south Fargo. The actual wedding, as tradition dictates, happened at the home of Regime’s family in Denver on Sunday.

“Their parents had arranged the marriage, a common practice among Bhutanese who have made their homes in North Dakota and many other states.”

Background: “Bhutanese refugees, who are of Nepali descent, were forced out of Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom in Southeast Asia that adopted a “One Nation, One People” policy in the early 1990s. For close to 20 years, the refugees lived in the thatched-roof-and-bamboo shelters of Nepali camps.”

Now, here are my basic observations on this story:

This story, as well as the next day’s story headlined DRAGON ON WALL STREET, reflect The Forum’s conscious attempt to reach out to the Asian minority groups who have settled down in the Red River Valley of the Midwest.

Reporter Archie Ingersoll, however, shows his cultural arrogance by adopting the anthropological approach to judging primitive behavior from the superior pedestal of Western culture. Thus, he unintentionally offends the entire Asian community by focusing on the “smell of curry” in the “steamy apartment.”

The story structure is designed to convey the idea that the Asian refugees have attained freedom and happiness in America from the misery (dukkha) of their ill-governed homelands. The reporter also shows his geographical illiteracy by locating Bhutan in Southeast Asia, not in South Asia.

Had the reporter adopted the mindful journalism approach, which I now favor, he would have looked at the marriage customs of a wider group of Asians settled down in the Red River Valley without the dubious focus on individualism (self or soul), as signified by the attempt to personalize everything. When dramatization takes precedence over ethical and fair reporting, the result would be greater ignorance (avijja) and misunderstanding.

As a journalism teacher, I taught my students to personalize and dramatize their feature story leads to attract readership. I now realize that this approach has further contributed to make news a commodity than a social good.

A journalist assigned to report on people and events related to other cultures must try to understand and empathize with the culture of the other. A basic cultural distinction between the East and the West is the focus on the group in the East (as in marriage customs).

Had he done his research, the reporter would have enlightened the readers on why the Bhutanese refugee population in the U.S. stood at 66,134 in April 2013, a fact he failed to research; and whether they were all actually Nepalese Bhutanese or Nepalese annexed to the refugee camps by Nepal.

Bhutan (pop. 2.3 million) is overwhelmingly Buddhist while the neighboring Nepal (pop. 27 million) and India are overwhelmingly Hindu. The reporter fails to mention Bhutan’s presumed reason for adopting a “One People One Nation” policy in the early 1990s, viz., the census revelation of vast numbers of illegal Hindu immigration.

OPEN LETTER TO SENATOR CHRISTINE MILNE-AUSTRALIAN SENATE

February 16th, 2014

By Kanthar Balanathan

15th February 2014

Senator Christine Milne
Leader of the Australian Greens
Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

 Dear Senator,

SRILANKA AND ITS HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT

As a SriLanka born Tamil, patriotic SriLankan, and a patriotic Australian, I take this opportunity to write to you on a few questions relating to SriLankan peace and stability. SriLanka is on a crucial program to achieve peace and stability to establish a peaceful multi-cultural environment for its citizens to live in peace; however, it is obvious that some politicians are trying their best to disturb the environment to bring chaos in SriLanka for reasons beyond anyone’s understanding.

It may be questioned as to why such views are expressed quite frequently by Greens politicians. One of the programs in democracy is to market the political party’s manifest and continued act to get the support of the voters. However, talking about SriLanka Tamils could be interpreted differently as Tamils driving the Greens.

I am not a Constitutional Law expert; however, from what I read on the functions of the Australian Senate I read section 1, subsections (a) & (b) as follows:

[The functions of the Australian Senate is summarised as follows; (Ref: http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/odgers/~/link.aspx?_id=8C1EA3709D4A4B9D91B4874ED999350B&_z=z)

(1) As an essential of federalism, to ensure adequate representation of the people of all the states, the main elements being:

(a) Equal representation of the people of the Original States;

(b) equal legislative powers: except for the financial initiative, powers which, in effect, are equal to those of the House of Representatives: the Senate cannot be compelled to pass any proposed legislation; except for certain financial bills it has unrestricted right of amendment; in respect of those money bills which it cannot amend, the Senate has the right to make, and to insist on, requests to the House of Representatives for amendments.]

Can I interpret that the functions of the Senate are mainly to address the issues relating to the Australian people and the states?

SriLanka-(SL)

The former Presidents and Prime Ministers of SL were politicking for votes and did nothing to bring the country to a peaceful stage. The current President took a bold decision to end terrorism and bring the country to a stage where reconstruction, development and reconciliation could be started. It should be noted that the decision to end terrorism was taken with the blessing of the west and India. The country currently is subject to rapid development and reconciliation of former terrorists and people in general.

However, what is happening? The west wants everything to be owned by them. They want every country to be their servant, janizary or stooge, which is nothing but to establish neo-colonialism. If not, it is evident from media that they will create internal disturbances and walk in with the title “war crimes” or liberation of the people. This is exactly what is happening in Syria. Have the west been able to establish stability in Iraq? The Sunnies and the Shiites are fighting. Who are the people fighting in Syria? Sunnies and Shiites. Who are the Al-Qaida’s? They are a bunch of Sunnies originated from Saudi Arabia. The class struggle is generally hidden behind ethnic struggle. Why would it be, Senator? If it is a class struggle, then the west considers a threat to their stability. How many multi-billionaires are running the west?

Even in this 21st century the British Parliament has a “House of Lords”. One should be able to see the attitude of the British and its parliament for this class distinction. USA proliferates about “democracy” quite pungently. However, would they allow someone to float a “Communist Party” or “Socialist Party” in USA? Would not elements of “Democracy” allow this freedom of choice of participation in governance? I am sure intelligence and defence will move to quench and eliminate the act of forming such political organisations. This can be categorised as a form of indirect dictatorial administration. Wouldn’t you agree Senator?

SriLanka has allowed this freedom. It is up to the people to decide. People of SriLanka have never voted for a communist Party to govern except forming a coalition for a short term. Senator,  I conclude that as Democracy.

As far as the theoretical, theatrical, Human Rights Violations speculated / imposed by the west and some NGO’s who have nothing else to do but align with the west for reasons beyond anyone’s understanding, is nothing but absolute waste of time for humanity. If those NGOs are honest to themselves their actions should be parallel and should include all HR violations in countries irrespective of their status in the international world. For example, USA and UK committed atrocities and war crimes against the people of Iraq and Afghanistan which have gone under the carpet. India committed war crimes in SriLanka. No one is prepared to talk about it. Senator, what would be the reason?

In democracy, all people are subject to the Rule of Law irrespective of their status in society. People are not fools not to understand what is going around the world, and why such disturbances are created and who initiated the disturbances. E.g. Libya, Tunisia, Yugoslavia, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and so many countries. Today, what is happening in those countries? Bosnia, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine Egypt are burning. Has anyone given publicity to this disturbance? The reason being the disturbance is based on class and economic issues. Would US comment on this disturbance? May be they might ask: where is Bosnia, as if they do not know? The root cause may be that either these countries may be aligned to Russia, China OR Oil ownership issues.

Senator: What happened to the WMD subject? Why wouldn’t anyone talk about it? Why wouldn’t anyone call for an international investigation against USA and UK for the war crimes committed against the people of Iraq and Afghanistan? Quote:

(i)                 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNFDXSKh17I,

(ii)               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNFDXSKh17I

Is it not true that USA encouraged and supported and referred to the Taliban as freedom fighters in the 80s? Ref: http://whitenoiseinsanity.com/2009/04/20/remember-when-reagan-met-with-taliban-leaders-in-the-white-house/

Claim of Human Rights Violation in SL

The west is claiming about HR violations in SL. Today, the west could find millions of Tamils from SL who had free education drifting around the globe. SL right from independence provided free educational facilities to its citizens irrespective of race, religion and language. Political parties are formed on ideological basis, religion preached throughout the island, and anyone can float a hard copy media, and several, within the laws of SL. Well, SL practices true democracy and all its principles. However, No country will have transparency in its defence, intelligence and other key political program.

Today SL Tamils ended up in Canada with a congealed, frozen population in Scarborough. Educated Tamils who have qualifications up to degree and post graduate levels, and those illiterates, have no concern to be cleaners, labourers, sanitary workers, security guards, doormen, and do menial work in Canada. This, they will claim as the parity value of the Canadian dollar. However, if the same Tamils experience a situation in SL to be sucked into do these jobs, what will be the outcome Senator?

THERE WILL BE AN OUTCRY FROM THE SRILANKAN TAMILS THAT THEY ARE BEEN DISCRIMINATED AND SUBJECT TO HUMAN RIGHT VIOLATIONS. Wouldn’t you agree Senator?

Canada, west, and Europe do not mind allowing these Tamils to flood their country as they definitely need their cities to be kept clean, as they run short of people to do this menial work. How does this compare with the Human Right violations of humans? Asking an engineer/qualified professional to do cleaning and / or sanitary cleaning work etc.?

War in SriLanka

The world talks about war in SriLanka. It is not a war of several countries. It was an internal war against terrorism. The terrorist being citizens of SriLanka. It was a threat to the country’s sovereignty. GOSL had to launch attacks against main dots & positions of the terrorist camps. GOSL declared a “War Free Zone”. LTTE relocated its position to this War Free Zone”. This is against convention. Secondly the LTTE moved all citizens to this location. Main focus is that LTTE constructed underground bunkers and stayed in the bunkers, while the civilians were forced to stay on top of the bunkers. This is against human norm. Thirdly, LTTE cadre were in civilians clothing to camaflage as if they were civilians. These camouflaged civilians, when killed, the LTTE propagated as if civilians were attacked and killed by the GOSL forces.

In your speech in Senate on the 12th February 2014, you stated that Greens requested the Australian government not to accept the credentials of the SriLankan High Commissioner Admiral Tissara Samarasinghe. If not for the SriLankan Navy’s blockade of the Mullaitivu coastal region, SriLanka would still be facing with terrorist problems because the LTTE leader and his associates would have crept out through the region. I need say no more about the Admiral, however, all SriLankan in SL and around the world know about the integrity, honesty and patriotism of the Admiral. The Admiral is a person who respects people and care for them irrespective of their status, race, religion, and is a highly respected SriLankan among the SriLankan society in SL and overseas.

PIAC

Senator, you also talked about the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, a NGO in Australia. A popular unbiased media has raised ten questions to which PIAC need to answer. The questions are as follows:

I quote a communique issued by the Asian Mirror as follows:

http://www.asianmirror.lk/english/index.php/news/18363-fresh-questionnaire-to-aussie-war-crimes-ngo-answers-vague-and-ambiguous-

1. Can you explain the ‘quantity’ of your study? (Total number of interviewees, time   frame, total cost of the study etc.)

2.  Whom did you identify as the stakeholders of your study?

3. What was the manner in which you gathered evidence?

4. How many eye witness accounts did you take into consideration?

5. At any point of your study, did you contact the Sri Lankan Army and get their version of the story?

6. Did you contact the government of Sri Lanka as part of your study?

7. How did you check the veracity of the information you gathered?

8. Did you check your information with multiple sources?

9. Did you conduct the study in collaboration with some party based in Sri Lanka?

10. How did you communicate with the people on the ground who were truly affected by war?

 It will be on the part of PIAC to reply to this media if the study was impartial. NGOs are creating setbacks to achieve stability and reconciliation in SriLanka. Every time NGOs put forward reports and media comments, it disturbs the mind of Tamils to accept the reconciliation process. Somehow it creates a tempestuous, hysterical feeling and generates violent separative thoughts. Evidence is the volume of protest marches around the world by Tamils. There is a limit to every action. Senator, would you state that these NGOs are truly impartial? Whom are they working for? Where do they get their funds from? In this context, I wish to refer you to an article in Sunday Times. “ICEP’s Sri Lankan war crimes project”a set up?” http://www.sundaytimes.lk/140209/columns/iceps-sri-lankan-war-crimes-project-a-set-up-84927.html. The article refers to Mr John Ralston as follows: Would this not locate Ralston within the western bloc in the international system? 

Often NGOs write their own report without considering an interview with the respective governments. This is ludicrous. A court is a tribunal, where the proceedings are heard from the plaintiff and the defendant.

In your speech on the 12th Feb 2014, you talked about the “18th amendment that was passed which effectively gives that family control of the country into the future”. The question is where in the constitution does it stipulate that the 18th amendment gives control of the country to HE Mahinda Rajapakse’s family?

We credibly believe that the former Prime Ministers and Presidents of SriLanka were incompetent and ineffective on strategic initiative framework (SIF) and development capability, which brought the country to this level prior to 2004. Billions dollars’ worth of assets were destroyed by LTTE. They were only playing for votes to stay in politics. The current Defence Secretary is the most effective and efficient person in history, with military and intelligence background.

An example of dictatorial media governance:(i) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWq-JH3roiA – 6 Corporations Control 90% of Media. (ii) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnrdQ8y70cQ ” How corporations run America.

Senator, SriLanka was in turmoil for 39 years of terrorism and 60 years of political Tamil chauvinism. After 2009, the President and his parliament had built the great nation of SL to a level much more than what it was, and what anyone could imagine. The development and reconciliation is still continuing. Some neighbouring countries do not like SL to develop, because of competition. Definitely SL will attain a developed country status in the near future if countries do not trouble SriLanka.

Senator, how do you evaluate American affairs and the CIA? Don’t you consider that US President is dictatorial? Don’t you think that US President and USA wants to control this planet? I give below a few links to HR violations by the west.

Just a few examples of true violations of democracy and HR:

·         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbb0xXQIaR8 – US War Crimes: Obama Charged by South African High Court

·         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUJIEbk3J_0  American cities under total surveillance?

·         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRQ6uqhLvz8 how west destroyed Libya –

·         http://un.lk/for-the-record/un-statement-on-former-spokesman-views/

 

A few videos to bring to light on channel 4 allegations.

Response to Channel 4 – Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2alJvzSeAU

Response to Channel 4 – Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1eaAm6iE_M

Response to Channel 4 – Part 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXdpnOT-pHA

Response to Channel 4 – Part 4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXBTEaYs9bc

Response to Channel 4 – Part 5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c_Kl-l8nQQ

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2014/01/17/dr-veerakanthipillai-shanmugarajahs-affidavit-description-of-conditions-in-the-vanni-pocket-in-refutation-of-channel-four/Dr. Veerakanthipillai Shanmugarajah’s Affidavit Description of Conditions in the Vanni Pocket in Refutation of Channel Four

http://www.corruptedjournalism.com/ – Corrupted Journalism

Recently a dispute erupted between the German Chancellor and the US President on eves dropping and tapping of communications. Quote; http://www.google.com.au/#q=american+evsd+ropping

Edward Snowden unravelled the secret dirty work of USA. Quote; (i) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23123964. (ii) Julian Assange revealed through WikiLeaks: http://www.smh.com.au/world/julian-assange-unlikely-to-be-charged-in-us-20131126-2y7uk.html

Senator, USA is not a parliament constituted to rule the planet of earth. Their status in science & technology is no excuse to dominate countries on this planet. China, Russia, Germany is at equal status in science and technology anyway. It is of the view that US wants to subdue SriLanka to become its puppet rather being a sovereign republic. USA is submitting a resolution against SL for an international investigation. One of the five points of the theme is as follows:

E.g. (5)calls upon the President to develop a comprehensive policy towards Sri Lanka that reflects United States interests, including respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law, economic interests, and security interests.

It is preposterous to state “President to develop a comprehensive policy towards Sri Lanka that reflects United States interests” in a resolution. There is a hidden agenda in this resolution. It is obvious that US is intimidating SL. USA should not use the UN to oppress SriLanka to develop a comprehensive policy that reflects United States interests.

Australian Governance

We convincingly believe that the current government of Australia (GOA) has strong focus on foreign relations. Australia is an ideal democratic country and practice honesty, integrity, justice, and humanism built into its capitalistic ideology. I, as a strong patriotic Australian wish to state that the Australian Government has chosen the right decision to be a friendly nation with SriLanka.

Further it is a strong view that our current Prime Minister, Rt Hon Tony Abbott is the best PM next to Statesman John Howard. Rt Hon Tony Abbott is for the people of Australia, and his government has a very strong Foreign Policy.

We cannot understand as to why some organisations want Australia to be against SriLanka. It is a humble request that we should leave GOA to take its own course. We consider that the west has strolled out of true justice and wants punitive justice for SL, whereas USA, UK and India themselves are subject to punitive justice for the war crimes committed against humanity in Iraq, Afghanistan and SriLanka.

Senator,

 It is an appeal to you and the Greens, that as Leader of Greens, please consider and accept the fact that SriLanka is doing its best for reconciliation, development, and elevate SriLanka to be a peaceful multicultural country for every ethnic group to live in peace, irrespective of race, religion and caste. Australian politician’s random remarks could be pouring fuel into the fire. An international investigation is a waste of time and money. Let us be practical and go forward.

Yours Sincerely

Kanthar P (Nathan) Balanathan

III- Focus on Sri Lanka – Canadian Parliamentary Hearings on Human Rights-III

February 16th, 2014

Review by: Chandre Dharmawardana, Ontario, Canada; Dec-2013

III- Focus on Sri Lanka – Canadian Parliamentary Hearings on Human Rights-III

Review of the presentation by Directors, Foreign Affairs, 19- Nov- 2013


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The separatist conflict in Sri Lanka and the souring of Canada against Sri Lanka.

Document – 3

 

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Hearings from officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs, 19-Nov. 2013

Susan Gregson Assistant Deputy Minister, Asia, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (TD); Deborah Chatsis Director, South Asia Relations, DFA-TD; Jeff Nankivell Director General, Development, Asia, DFA-TD.
The source material used may be accessed from the above link.

Our comments have been updated in Dec.2013. Our reactions are given in Light Blue shaded text .


Introduction

This document reviews the hearing of the Human Rights subcommittee of the Canadian Parliament where the professionals at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, trade and development report on the situation in Sri Lanka. The views of these officers are important as they have to brief the government, and also construct a case to justify the political stance and narrative of the government in power.We argue here, within the context of the HR-committee review, that (i) Canada has lost its capacity to influence Sri Lanka because it has been widely viewed, for several decades, as a hostile power by a majority of Sri Lankans, and continue to brandish the big stick of “retribution”. (ii) The yardstick of Human-Rights accountability, same-sex relations etc., that apply to a prosperous, peaceful, educated society cannot be blindly applied to societies that have been subject to two generations of war and thereby impoverished both economically and morally. (iii) The TNA, the political wing of the LTTE, would normally be the target of retributive justice for its part in aiding and abetting the tigers who took up arms against the state. The SL-government spared the TNA of this and brought it into the political mainstream in a great act of reconciliation; but the DFA analysts have failed to emphasize or even note this.

 Canada needs to change its foreign policy stance vis a vis Sri Lanka if it wishes to be influential in Colombo and the SAARC countries.

Sri Lanka has a soured perception of Canada, as having supported LTTE activities for decades. If not for this, Canada might have been able to influence Sri Lanka, using its experience in dealing with Quebec separatism, in regard to the claims of Tamil nationalism. However, the Tamil North in Sri Lanka cannot be converted into an `exclusively Tamil’ enclave as attempted by the Tigers, and as desired by Tamil nationalists; in fact many more Tamilophones live outside the North. It has a mere 5% of the population in an area of 8884 sq.km, dependent economically on the South which even supplies its TNA-political leaders, and hence the Canadian or Indian models are inapplicable.

Our discussion of two earlier sittings of the parliamentary subcommittee on human-rights may be accessed from:


Hon. Scott Reid (Conservative, Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington)
Chairman of the sessions.

The Chair Scott Reid
Order, please, colleagues. This is the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. Today is November 19 and this is our third meeting. This meeting is televised.
Our witnesses today are from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. That’s to say, we have with us today Susan Gregson, Jeff Nankivell, and Deborah Chatsis, who are here to advise us about the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. [….]


Susan Gregson ADM, Asia, DFA-TD.
Good afternoon, Mr. Chair and members of the committee. Thank you very much for inviting the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development to contribute to your study on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.
I have with me today, Jeff Nankivell, Director General for Development, Asia, and Deborah Chatsis, Director for South Asia Relations. We will be happy to respond to any questions from the committee following my opening statement.
As you know, Prime Minister Harper did not attend last week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, or CHOGM, in Sri Lanka. In 2011, Canada joined Commonwealth consensus to accept Sri Lanka’s bid to host the 2013 CHOGM. However, Prime Minister Harper laid down conditions for his attendance, and we were hopeful that the Sri Lankan government would improve human rights conditions and take steps towards reconciliation and accountability. Unfortunately, this has not been the case. The human rights situation remains poor and is deteriorating in many ways.
Since the end of the nearly three-decade civil conflict in 2009, Sri Lanka has made obvious progress in reconstruction and infrastructure development. Atrocities associated with the war, such as the massive displacement of citizens, have ceased, and the government has resettled more than 300,000 internally displaced persons. However, while the Government of Sri Lanka won the war, it has not yet won the peace; it has not attempted tangible and sustainable reconciliation, and we fear that this failure exposes all Sri Lankans to the danger of renewed strife and suffering.
We continue to urge the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of its own Commission of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, LLRC. Prior to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay’s August 2013 mission to Sri Lanka, the government announced some measures to demonstrate progress towards reconciliation, including adding new LLRC recommendations to its national plan of action and appointing a commission to investigate wartime disappearances. We fear, however, that because of the clear lack of follow-through these and other recent announcements were largely cosmetic and timed ahead of Pillay’s visit and CHOGM.
We welcomed the provincial council elections in September, including the historic ballot in the Northern province, but were disturbed by efforts at intimidation leading up to these elections, and are discouraged by a continuing lack of commitment to real devolution of power to councils.

1. First we need to ask what yardstick is being used by Ms. Gregson, ADM/DFA-TD in the speed and level of implementation of what she calls “reconciliation”. Do we take the case of Iraq after 4 years since the withdrawal of the West? Do we take Punjab after the suppression of the Kalisthan secessionist movement in India?. Or do we look at Cambodia which waited many decades before even trying to return to the past? Has japan even begun to face the truth about Japanese atrocities during WWII?. By any reasonable yardstick, a society under the trauma of a 30-year war cannot be expected to move faster than, say Canada did after a few weeks of FLQ terrorism in Quebec – how long did Canada take to put back those events and achieve “reconciliation? For how many year since then has the Bloc Quebecois continued to walk out when the Canadian Anthem is played? So reconciliation may need a couple of generations?2. The claim that there has been no attempt at ‘reconciliation’ is vitiated by several major facts.
(a) It should be noted that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) consists largely, with just a few exceptions, of individuals who constituted the political arm of the LTTE, the latter deemed to be a terrorist entity by most countries. Under normal circumstances, these members would face trial for aiding and abetting terrorism and for sedition against the state; the TNA could have also been banned. This was NOT DONE in the hope of reconciliation. It was argued that the TNA should be treated just as General Karuna, K. Pathmanathan (arms procurer for the LTTE), other top LTTE men like Daya Master (media head of the LTTE), their families, etc., and a large number of LTTE cadre who surrendered were treated, by absorbing them into main-stream society. Are they not steps to reconciliation?
(b) The government allowed the elections to go ahead even before the de-mining of the North etc, and knowing that the land-owning high-caste old-guard who ruled the North since the 1930s would come back to power, since there has been no time for a politically educated Northern polity to form. Was this not a huge conciliatory step?
(c) Government concentrated on building the basic infrastructure that had been destroyed by the Tigers. The wealthy diaspora, anchored in a history of support to the LTTE, did not move in to help. However, many Tamil capitalists have began to invest in the North, as Hon. Joe Daniels, Hon. Chungen Leung, and Marlene Gallyot found. on their visit to Sri Lanka. Ms. Marlene Gallyot was even able to speak in Tamil and talk to the locals. So to claim that there is “no reconciliation” is misleading.
(d) As many observers have noted, there are four kinds of Tamil-speaking people in Sri Lanka. The antagonism and sedition have been mainly orchestrated by ONE of these groups, constituting about 5% of the population who are led by a coterie of land-owning high-caste Tamils who don’t even live in the North. (d) Reconciliation is not based on retaliation; unfortunately, the Tamil Diaspora, and the political process in Canada are directed towards retaliation, but touted as “accountability”. If reconciliation is the final objective, an investigation that cannot yield conclusive results (about culpability in HR-violations) would simply further polarize the two communities and destroy what ever hope there is for it.

Susan Gregson ADM, Asia, DFA-TD. There continue to be two distinct areas of focus for the international community in terms of human rights in Sri Lanka. First are credible allegations of violations of human rights by both the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, and government forces during the conflict, and second are ongoing violations of human rights since 2009.
On the first point, Canada continues to urge Sri Lanka to establish an independent investigation into alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights law committed by both sides during the conflict. This was a key element of the March 2013 Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka, which Canada co-sponsored.
Unfortunately, the Government of Sri Lanka continues to oppose these calls, even last week as it hosted CHOGM. High Commissioner Pillay’s report to the Human Rights Council in September noted that she detected no new or comprehensive effort to independently or credibly investigate these allegations. She encouraged Sri Lankan authorities to engage in a credible national process with tangible results before the council considers the implementation of this year’s resolution at its March 2014 session.

Unfortunately, Sri Lankan Government on the one hand, and Western Nations like Canada on the other, are conducting un dialogue de sourds . If ‘war crimes’ are to be addressed even superficially, Sri Lanka will have to bring to book TNA members of parliament who collaborated with the LTTE. Some even celebrated the LTTE-assassinations of prominent persons. It will have to look at Western and local NGOs that acted in collusion with terrorists, provided materials, communication equipment, earth-moving equipment, and funds to the LTTE. In dealing with alleged “mass graves” found in LTTE areas, the question of whether the LTTE, or the army were responsible can never be established unequivocally, especially given (a) the utter unreliability of witness accounts in war situations (b) the lack of a sharp distinction between the LTTE cadre and even old civilians being regarded as ‘makkal padai’ combatants. Clearly, any attempt to lay blame on prominent members of the Tamil community or the army without definitive evidence would rouse strong passions, re-igniting violence. Mr. Laith Weeratunga, Secy. to the President of Sri Lanka presented this type of view in Washington recently, explaining how ‘chaos’ would engulf Sri lanka if the type of investigation envisaged by the USA were attempted.The other component of the dialogue de sourds has to deal with a strident diaspora demanding retaliation and crying genocide. Canada is responding to this narrative of its electorates with a heavy Tamil-Diaspora presence. It was created by well-funded pro-LTTE organizations like FACT, WTM, TRO etc. that are now banned, and their work has been taken up by other organizations. So-called “eye witness accounts”, or movies like those of Channel-4 made up of old propaganda footage has been familiar to many who followed LTTE agitation and propaganda. They have reappeared in Channel-4 to become the emotive “facts” of this campaign.
We showed in our discussion of HRW’s view of the death toll of the last phase of the war, how numbers have been blown up from about 1400±10% to hundreds of thousands, and how such speculation has been accepted by many NGOs. We showed how incorrect food-supply figures are being continually quoted by NGOs and UN bodies. We discussed other patent fallacies rigidly held by NGO spokespersons from HRW and AI. So how can a ‘credible international inquiry’ be held when the prevailing belief structure is already so skewed that there can be no possibility of an independent jury?

Susan Gregson ADM, Asia, DFA-TD. With regard to post-war human rights, during her visit, Pillay heard complaints about the continuing high levels of harassment and intimidation meted out to human rights defenders, lawyers, and journalists. Voices of protest and dissent have been silenced by arrest, detention, and even abduction in white vans.
Parliamentary Secretary Obhrai heard this last week, as did Senator Hugh Segal, Canada’s special envoy to the Commonwealth, during his fact-finding mission to Sri Lanka in March 2013. Freedoms of expression and association are violated and the space for political dissent continues to shrink. According to Reporters Without Borders, Sri Lanka is among the most dangerous countries for journalists, ranked 162-nd in its press freedom index. Government inaction to protect dissenting voices results in self-censorship in mainstream media.

We discuss the issue of white vans later in this text.
While it is true that many journalists have been attacked, and some have been even killed, these reports fail to mention that in most cases the perpetrators are the LTTE or its agents. By omitting this fact, it is made out to the bona fide observer that this is all the fault of the government.
The Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) recently (2013) released a list of 19 `journalists’ claimed to have been killed since 1992 in Sri Lanka. CPJ includes 39 journalists killed worldwide in 2013, but NONE killed in Sri Lanka since the end of terrorism.
Those who take up arms against the state become targets of the army, just as happened in the short FLQ uprising in Quebec. The 19 killed are said to be journalists, but who among them were terrorists, killed in action etc., are not stated by CPJ and this leads to a false impression. They are

  • Shoba, alias “Colonel Issipriya” of the LTTE; we discussed Issipriya’s case in the HRW testimony.
  • Puniyamoorthy Sathyamoorthy. He was an LTTE reporter and fighter who was killed in battle in the Mullaitheevu district on February 12, 2009. There was little distinction between civilians, journalists and photo-crew of the LTTE who were all required to fight.
  • Lasantha Wickramatunga ; editor-in-chief of the weekly The Sunday Leader, killed by unidentified gunman – 8 January 2009; i.e., during war time. The criminals have not been apprehended. Lasantha worked closely with Government politicians, the opposition leaders, the Indian RAW, and the LTTE, working as a multiple secret agent in return for information that he traded among his antagonistic clients. He lived a dangerous life, and purportedly left behind a letter predicting his ultimate assassination.
  • Rashmi Mohamed; Killed by LTTE. He died on October 6, 2008 at a political rally in Anuradhapura targeted by a LTTE suicide bomber, killing Maj. Gen. Janaka Perera (political candidate) who died along with 27 others.
  • Paranirupasingham Devakumar; Jaffna correspondent for the independent channel News 1st, was stabbed to death when he was attacked by supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), may 2008.
  • Suresh Linbiyo, T. Tharmalingam, Isaivizhi Chempiyan LTTE broadcasters, Voice of Tigers (LTTE-radio) – killed on November 27, 2007, during an airstrike in Killinochchi (i.e., ancient Giranikke), in the war zone.
  • 14 others names , murdered deep into the war period. The majority of them were undoubtedly killed by the LTTE. Some, like Dharmeratnam Sivaram alias Taraki, the (LTTE) Tamilnet.com editor, is alleged to be linked to the murder of two PLOTE (tamil) dissidents, and his murder is shrouded in Tamil internecine warfare. More details of these cases can be found from at The Sri lanka defence ministry website and also from a posting in 2009. The government side of the story in regard to the journalist Tissanayagam is also given in that website.
    Mr. Tissanayagam is the only recognized journalist who has been taken into custody on suspicion of having connections with terrorist activities, by the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) of the Sri Lankan Police, during the war. He had worked closely with Taraki, the LTTE-Tamilnet.com editor; but he was known as an NGO worker who got Swiss-government funding for the ” North Eastern Herald” that he edited with Taraki, promoting LTTE causes, and partly funded by the LTTE.
    On 06 March 2008, the TID raided two neighbouring offices at a Shopping complex in Kotahena, a northern suburb of Colombo with many Tamil-Catholic residents (who have even tamilized the place name to Kotta-chennai!). The raid was based on information that the LTTE was running a press and propaganda hub there. The raid revealed a press owned by Mr. Jaseekaran under the name E-kuality Graphics Private Ltd. The next-door office was that of Outreach Multimedia Private Ltd. TID took Mr. Jaseekaran and Miss Valarmadhi into custody. Later, on information revealed, Mr. Tissanayagam was taken in to custody on 07 March 2008.

These facts are ignored by Western write ups, and the release of a list of 19 journalists killed is used against the Government and military forces, claiming that the nation is bordering on `authoritarian’ rule (e.g., as stated by Navi Pillay), ignoring the existence of regular elections (monitored by independent organizations) conducted at a very high standard for a country emerging from war. Politicians are voted in and out of office at these elections, instead of being returned continually as in authoritarian or tradition- bound societies.
These reports claim that journalists are afraid to criticize the Rajapaksas. Thus they ignore articles in many local newspapers and cartoons depicting Rajapaksa as a dictator, a Hitler, a puppet, a clown etc. The JVP, LSSP, CP, the UNP, TNA and other opposition newspapers routinely carry articles accusing the “Rajapaksa brothers” of being a family syndicate, and allege their corruption and collusion in injustices. Unlike in the West, the newspapers are NOT owned by some towering press Mogul like Rupert Murdoch, or a major syndicate.

A Sinhala newspaper cartoon claiming that the President is a puppet of the Chinese (click to enlarge)   → A newspaper criticizing the President for the debt crisis (click to enlarge)   → A newspaper cartoon lampooning the President on his India-CHOGAM effort (click to enlarge)   → A newspaper cartoon presenting the President as a Nero-like figure (click to enlarge)   →
However, the MR government has very unwisely blocked some English language websites run by NGOs or government critics, well-knowing that they have little impact on local opinion. The attacks on the government in Nationalist Tamil language news sheets tend to be extremely biased and personally insulting, but these are mostly ignored by the government; they too have little effect on public opinion (including local Tamil opinion). However, Tamil news papers that are known to have been pro-LTTE are kept under surveillance, and violent incidences have been reported. Their journalists, and their Diaspora connections are responsible for building a narrative hostile to Sri Lanka.

Susan Gregson ADM, Asia, DFA-TD. Regrettably, we are also observing growing intolerance of and violence against religious communities, and again a lack of action against perpetrators. This includes attacks on the places of worship and business belonging to minority religious communities, and increasingly violent pressure against Muslim communities.
On August 10, a mob, including Buddhist monks, attacked a mosque in Grandpass, resulting in injuries, but no immediate arrests. Violence against Christian churches and worshipers is also on the rise, with no serious government efforts to prevent or punish attacks. Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador of Religious Freedom, has been active in raising our concerns.

Susan Gregson ADM, Asia, DFA-TD. The government’s inaction and tacit support of a culture of impunity have badly damaged the rule of law and democracy. Of particular concern is the January 2013 dismissal of Chief Justice Bandaranayake following a highly politicized impeachment process that lacked basic transparency and respect for due process. The impeachment is a high-profile example of the Sri Lankan government’s failure to uphold the Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principles setting out the relationship between the three branches of government.
High Commissioner Pillay confirmed that sexual violence remains a major concern both in terms of its scope and its systematic nature. Violence against women in northern Sri Lanka is on the rise, especially since 2009, and war widows are particularly disadvantaged. Other vulnerable groups, such as lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered persons, particularly activists, face harassment and intimidation, sometimes by authorities. In the lead-up to CHOGM, LGBT activists were threatened with arrest if they continued their advocacy activities.

With the elimination of the LTTE, attacks on Muslims in Sri lanka have gone down, and have become more like what is found in most other countries in the world. We have seen the rise of anti-Islamic sentiment in many parts of the world after 9/11. In Canada many of the individuals subject to arbitrary arrest ( e.g., Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati, Muayyed Nureddin, and Maher Arar ) were associated with Islamic culture. The Gallup evaluation of Islamophobia in the USA should be used as a measure of what could happen even in an advanced country, leave aside a country which has languished thirty years behind in human-rights development because of its wars.
In our view, the ant-Islamic sentiment in Sri Lanka is due largely to the activities of the Wahhabi sect that has undermined the balance with traditional Islam. Traditional Muslims have worked with the government, and against the LLTE that practiced “ethnic cleansing” by ejecting Muslims and Sinhalese from the North, claiming it to be an “exclusively Tamil homeland”.
The Wahhabi supporters have began to create new Mosques using their-Saudi-based funding. The creation of evangelical churches and mosques without the permission of urban authorities, e.g., by relabeling a private house as a ‘place of worship’ has been very common. It has led to clashes, mostly with the majority religion (Buddhism), when the unauthorized ‘place of worship’ attempts to expand. There have also been clashes between Evangelical Christian groups, and supporters of established Christian churches.
The level of anti-Islamic sentiment is much weaker in Sri Lanka than in Canada with 246 events, 531 events in France, and 6276 events in the UK (using figures from Islamophobia watch, for the period since 2005-2013). But a very small number of very high-profile demonstrations have occurred in Sri Lanka, while none had resulted in deaths. Clashes between Muslim groups (Wahabis and pre-existing Mulsim groups) have also occurred. The fear of Buddhist areas being “taken over” by wealthy Muslim organizations has led to much litigation, and some sporadic uprisings. The total number of events per capita is much less than in India, France, etc., where the Front national has pushed public demonstrations against the proliferation of Islamic institutions.

In Quebec, and in Sri Lanka, fears of “Muslim takeovers” of neighbourhoods fuel Islamophobia (click to enlarge)   → The most number of killings of Muslims have been at the hands of the LTTE. The mass burial of ~150 Muslims massacred at Prayer in Kattankudy (click to enlarge)   →

It should be noted that many such post-LTTE anti-Muslim hostilities in Sri Lanka (e.g., the contentious Halal labeling of food) were amicably solved (or shelved), while a few other events have led to public flare-ups. The approach of the authorities has been to let the Muslim politicians, and Sinhala-Buddhist Nationalists to settle their differences by one-to-one talks. This has been accepted by both sides who have usually NOT gone to courts, and it has worked in most cases. Clearly, the attempt to blame the government by foreign observes, HR-NGOs, and Ms. Navy Pillai is largely due to their lack of a valid yardstick in evaluating the anti-Islam sentiment.

Sexual violence against women. It is stated here that Violence against women in northern Sri Lanka is on the rise, especially since 2009, and war widows are particularly disadvantaged . Violence and rape of economically and socially depressed women by men, especially upper-caste young Tamils, was a standard feature of the rural North dominated by the caste system. During the war, the LTTE used women as the most pliant form of cannon fodder. Many of the suicide cadre were women. In the early days of the LTTE, the Tigers forbade sexual relations among its men and women. But this stopped when the Tiger leaders themselves began to have relationships. Data regarding sexual harassment under the LTTE is unavailable, but it may be assumed that this was no different (or possibly higher) than in traditional caste-driven Tamil society where upper castes had access to the women of lower castes by tradition. Hence the claim that sexual violence has increased after 2009 is based on ignorance of the situation before, or during the conflict.
One reason for claiming that the army is responsible for rape and sexual violence is in the context of the so-called `militarization’ of the North. In this sense, focusing only on “Northern Sri lanka” by Ms. Gregson is interesting. The army is also stationed in many other parts of Sri Lanka, including the South. There are, by all accounts, many more war widows in the South. However, the HR-NGOs and even Ms. Navy Pillay have only expressed concern about the North! This would appear to Sri Lankans as a biased response to the shrill narrative of the Tamil Diaspora in the West.
Soldier’s behaviour has to be kept in check, be it in the North or South Sri lanka, or in the West. We only have to look at the sexual harassment in the RCMP or the US army, and the suppression of information about such HR-violations. Pentagon officials announced in May that sexual-assault incidents have increased by 35 percent between 2010 and 2012, bringing the annual total to 26,000 cases for 2012. The HR-observers of Sri lanka should expect violations similar to that found in the RCMP or the US army, but set back in time by about 30 years (when matters were much worse), as a 30-year long war is not helpful for developing HR-values.

Women were expected to die for Eelam, and others would rise to take their place (click to enlarge)   →

LGBT rights Here again, consider Canada’s attitudes 30 years ago! What yardstick is being used by Ms. Gregson and Ms. Navi Pillay here? Ms. Gregson should consider the conscientious views of some members of this HR-subcommittee on LGBT matters to set right the slant on Sri Lanka. The Hon. Scott Reid voted against the Martin government’s same-sex legislation in 2005, after consulting his constituents on the issue. That is, the views of the society are paramount in how to deal with LGBT issues. The Hon. David Sweet was head of an organization that equated gays and lesbians to drug addicts. What could have been their opinion in a society three to four decades delayed in HR-thinking, as would be the case of a society held in the grip of a war? So, this is the issue of the “yardstick”.
Sri Lankan society peacefully harbors Lesbians, Gays, Kandyan polyandry, Muslim polygamy etc., but open public display of sexuality and even heterosexual love are strongly disliked. Naturally, LGBTs coming out of the closet is not socially accepted as yet. Public kissing even between married hetero-sex couples is not the norm in Sri Lanka. Those who break these social mores can expect censure or worse, just as what may have happened three or four decades ago in Canada. Same-sex marriage (SSM) is not yet acceptable to Sri lankan electorates. However, we note that an Indian writer (Ms. Alaka M.Basu) a Cornell university academic, reported in 2012, that there is far less sexual harassment of women in Sri Lanka, than in India (or Italy), and that there is actual respect. We noted elsewhere that When Catherine Russell (US Ambassador at Large on Women’s Rights) requested a visit to Sri lanka, it parried the request by citing it to be an “inconvenient time”. The reaction of most Sri Lankans was approval of the government action, with Linda van Schagen, an Eurasian lady living in Colombo writing to a local newspaper that “What would an American woman know about the rights of Sri Lankan women when American women face violence on a daily basis in their own country – date rape, gang rape, mugging, domestic abuse, murder are part of US life”. This letter was supported the next day by a former (lady) Principal of the Asian Int. School, Colombo. Judging by other correspondence (pro and con) regarding Catherine Russell, the government seems have overwhelming support for its defiant position with respect to such investigative foreign emissaries. So, be it Rajapaksa or Scott Reid, politicians have to respect the views of their constituency, and not the views of Ms. Pillay or Catherine Russell.

Hon. Scott Reid has asserted that “When the Liberals first redefined marriage, I promised that I would continue to respect the will of my constituents and vote for traditional marriage in any future vote in Parliament. I remain committed to this promise, and will continue to work towards protections for the religious freedoms of all Canadians.

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Hon. David Sweet is a conservative evangelical Christian who has publicly criticized homosexuality. He headed ‘The Canadian Chapter of Promise Keepers’, publishers of the book `Leaving Homosexuality’. The book equates gays to drug addicts. He, like Scott Reid, has opposed SSM. Sri Lankan MPs also oppose SSM.

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Susan Gregson ADM, Asia, DFA-TD. Economic pressures on most families are increasing as the price of essential commodities rises. According to the International Labour Organization, Sri Lanka had the fastest-growing income inequality in Asia in 2012. Of particular concern is the militarization of a number of economic and social sectors to the detriment of local economies and long-term development. Yet the Government of Sri Lanka continues to refuse to engage constructively with the international community, as we saw last week at CHOGM. Perhaps most astonishing were the unconscionable public attacks by Sri Lankan officials on the professionalism and objectivity of High Commissioner Pillay during her mission, and their almost immediate rejection of her report.

(1)Economic Inequality. Canada, that did not face a 30-year war, or the need to import oil with a third-world has also not fared well in regard to economic inequality, even though it did not fall into the 2008 crisis triggered by the Housing-mortgage collapse in the US. Ann Golden (Ryerson university says “the top 1 per cent of Canadians took home a third of all income growth from 1998 to 2007, with the top incomes growing 13 times faster than the bottom incomes. With the economic crisis in 2008, things became much worse in the West and even in Canada, with growth slowing down and inequality increasing. One the other hand the post-war Sri Lankan economy took off with impressive growth rates – and this normally means inequality will increase during the growth spurt, as we have seen in China, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea. So Ms. Gregson cannot single out Sri Lanka here. In any case, world economic trends in the end determine and constrain little nations much more than big nations.
(2) Engaging the International community. (IC). Is it being suggested that “engaging constructively with the IC” will solve the “economic pressures on most families (due to the) increasing price of essential commodities? The economic problems of the country, emerging from the war, and confronted with the collapse of western markets, PIGS economies in Europe, do not seem to be recognized as basic causes by Ms. Gregson.
Is engaging with China, Japan, South Korea and India etc., to obtain funding for development, not a form of engaging with the ‘international’ community? Is the IC made up only of the West?. Perhaps Ms. Gregson is suggesting that Sri Lanka should expose herself to the open market and allow western capitalism to come-in unbridled? How Western Capitalism exploits any disaster including civil war has been discussed by Naomi Klein in her book The Shock Doctrine, The rise of disaster capitalism. Some one may interpret Ms. Gregson’s remarks as implying that if Sri Lanka does not ‘engage the international community”, the latter will make matters harder by applying trade sanctions?
(3) regarding militarization of a number of sectors We are sure that Ms. Gregson is familiar with Mr. Harper’s from helmets to hard hats idea for inducting returning soldiers to civilian life. With the end of the Eelam war, the government has a huge job of reconstruction of roads, sewers, water and irrigation systems, de-mining, power lines, building houses, etc. It has to even deliver kerosine and basic fuels to war-ravaged areas where there are no roads. The destruction of infrastructure by the LTTE can be illustrated by just examining the vital rail-link between Colombo and Jaffna that existed since 1905.

The LTTE-destruction of the ‘Yal Devi’ rail link between Colombo to Jaffna, 1985 (click to enlarge)   → The Yald-devi tracks have been vandalized and abandoned (click to enlarge)   → A new ‘Yal Devi’ comes into life after the elimination of terrorism (click to enlarge)   →

Most of the competent local population (be they engineers, doctors, electricians or masons), have moved to Canada and other countries, while the others, held captive by the LTTE are the sick and war-shocked ex-IDPs who are trying to settle down. There is a shortage of skills, and a shortage of investment. Is it not logical to use the man power, equipment, engineering know-how and organizational abilities of the army to get the work done? It also achieves the objective of gradually moving the soldiers to civilian ways of life, since an idle army can be dangerous. That is, what the Western observers have termed “militarization” is simply civilification of an army. Napoleon understood it. The army strength during the hay day of the last Eelam war was about 42,000 in the North. Today it has dropped to about 12,000 soldiers.
It should be noted that `low-caste’ Tamils have welcomed the fact that the service sector and even grocery shops are run by the army. The Tamil entrepreneur with means has always been a high-caste Tamil who did not allow low-caste Tamils to enter into shops except by the back door, in a least conspicuous way or in the night. Many services were denied to low caste Tamils who had to get them by adhering to a hierarchical process. On the other hand, the army shops treat every customer equally, irrespective of caste. We have discussed this aspect of the problem previously, and given references to the writings of Sebastian Rasalingam, a ‘low-caste’ Tamil welcoming army shops in the North.
Sri Lankans do not under-estimate the threat of renewed kindling of terrorism by instigators from Tamil Nadu. Prabhakaran’s rise was directly linked to such Indian aid. There is also the danger of illegal immigration of Indians to Sri Lanka, a long-standing problem. Given that the majority of the 12,000 army cadre stationed in the North are working in the civil sector, there is every reason to hold a small fighting force in the North.

    Many examples of simmering sessionist activity can be given.

  • In 2013 several groups of LTTE detainees escaped to Tamil Nadu. The Naam Thamizhar Katchi (a pro-LTTE Tamil-Nadu party) activists attacked the Mihin Lanka airline offices. In March 2013, Chennai students demonstrated against Sri Lanka. These were followed by attacks on Sri Lankan visitors, students, monks and pilgrims. The Tamil Nadu political leadership has made many belligerent statements against Sri Lanka and pushed the central government against it.
  • LTTE detainees in prisons in Welikada, Vavnyia and Jaffna were found with satellite phones and evidence of communication between them and foreign groups. The incident at the Vavuniya Prison, Northern Province, when LTTE detainees held prison officials hostage had evidence of direction from outside.
  • Jaffna University pro-LTTE students attempted to used the Deevali festival (in November) as a pretext for commemorating dead suicide bombers as ‘martyrs’.
  • Other incidences of civil unrest involving law-enforcement and political militants have been established.
  • There is continual confrontation between Indian and Sri Lankan fishing flotillas.
  • Smugglers and piracy acts occur continually across the Palk straits.

Susan Gregson ADM, Asia, DFA-TD. At the end of her mission to Sri Lanka, Ms. Pillay described Sri Lanka as “heading in an increasingly authoritarian direction”. A prominent Sri Lankan observer has described the situation as the government’s failure to bring its country out of a “post-war” context and into a “post-conflict” one. The lack of tangible reconciliation and accountability since 2009, as well as continuing violations of human rights and the rule of law, will continue to be key concerns for Canada and the international community. That said, it is not too late for the Government of Sri Lanka to change direction, engage in a genuine process of reconciliation, and build a united country in which all Sri Lankans can live in freedom and security.
My department will continue to closely monitor the human rights situation in Sri Lanka and engage with the international community and the Government of Sri Lanka to promote real and much-needed progress. Canada is not alone in expressing concerns. Other foreign governments, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and international jurists are among those also unsatisfied with the lack of evidence of improvements since the terrible conflict ended. Canada’s principled foreign policy requires that necessary actions match words.
Thank you very much for your attention. Merci beaucoup.

Ms. Gregson has stated that “A prominent Sri Lankan observer has described the situation as the government’s failure to bring its country out of a “post-war” context and into a “post-conflict” one, and repeats the accusation of lack of reconciliation and accountability. Nowhere in her address did she designate what amounts to `reconciliation’, and between what parties.
Perhaps she is thinking of the government and the (less than) 5% population of Tamils living in the North, since the other three tamil-speaking groups, in the East, in the Tea country, and in the South, have been ex-existing peacefully since the 1983 clashes. It also seems that, in her view, the period 2009 to 2013 should be sufficient to achieve all these objectives of ‘reconciliation and accountability’.
Many western governments, while not even embroiled in war, have not succeeded during this period to come out of the deep economic crisis and the alienation that has been created between the `haves’ and `have-nots’ in these societies. We also noted that the USA, dealing with Katrina IDPs (comparable in number to the Sri-Lankan IDPs freed from the clutches of the LTTE) have not been completely settled yet (2013). The much smaller numbers of Aboriginal flood victims in Manitoba and elsewhere still languish in temporary shelters. So the timescale given to Sri Lanka seems absurd.
Besides, the percentage of people involved from a political point of view is 5% of the total population in the country, living in the Northern province, but with the anomaly of its Tamil political leaders (of the TNA) living in Colombo.
Ms. Gregson called their election an historic event, forgetting that the same elite (`upper-caste’) set of ‘Cinnamon gardens’ Tamils and their descendants have ruled this tradition-bound society since the time of the Donoughmore commission (1931) and before. So the 2013 election of the TNA, or the 2001 election of the LTTE-TNA, or the 1977 election of the TULF, or the 1965 or 1960 elections of the ITAK etc., is the traditional response of a traditional society that always elected its aristocratic masters, with no change. The problems of oppression (of `low-castes’ by `upper-castes’) and of women in Hindu society go back many decades before the war. However, the new, unprecedented infrastructure and roads development in the North should sow the seeds of social change, as well as the erosion of the TNA or the emergence of a new TNA.regarding ‘reconciliation’, appears that Ms. Gregson’s main thrust for reconciliation is based on retributive justice, but applied asymmetrically, sparing the TNA who was the political arm of the LTTE.
Given that the TNA were collaborators of the Tiger, no Sri Lankan government can transfer much power without committing political suicide. Perhaps a future Tamil political party that enjoys the trust of the South as well as India might be able to get more powers to their hands. The situation of the 5% Tamils in the North is far better than the position of the 5% aboriginal Canadians whose legitimate treaty rights have not been granted by any Canadian government so far, (in spite of a century of protest now becoming `idle no more’), let alone in a short post-war four-year period.

In fact, a group who collaborated with the LTTE declared to be a terrorist group that rose against the state would normally be subject to arrest and trial for sedition (c.f., the French collaborators of the Nazis). However, the Sri Lankan government did not follow that route in the name of reconciliation. This was an enormous, politically bold step (enraging the Sinhala nationalists), but totally ignored by Western NGOs, reconciliation pundits and political analysts. The TNA, being the political arm of the Tigers, never condemned the LTTE for its assassinations, attacks on civilians, use of civilians as human shields, ethnic cleansing, torture of prisoners, use of child soldiers etc. Here an LTTE platoon leader is training a child, amma (‘mother’), akka (`sister’) and `atthaikal’ (aunts) to become soldiers. (click to enlarge)   → The Sri Lankan government ignored the TNA’s collaboration with the enemy in the name of reconciliation. The picture shows TNA’s nexus with the Tigers in the 2001 general election.
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The Chair Scott Reid
Thank you, Ms. Gregson. […]


David Sweet Ancaster-Dundas-Flamboroug-Westdale, ON Conservative
Thank you very much, Ms. Gregson, for your testimony.
You mentioned High Commissioner Pillay and the attacks the Sri Lankan government had upon her, public verbal attacks anyway, and then they subsequently dismissed her report. I notice also that eight hours ago the BBC had a report of their total dismissal of any of Prime Minister Cameron’s comments while he was criticizing their human rights record. They not only dismissed everything he said, but then they criticized his terrible breaches of protocol when he made the unconscionable decision to go up to the north to see exactly what kind of human rights infractions were being made.
My concern with this regime in Sri Lanka right now is that they will continue this, where they feel everybody else is wrong and they’re totally right. You mentioned the people who were persecuted, which is just about everybody: the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered community; Christians; human rights defenders; Muslims; reporters. It seems no one can be safe around them if they disagree.


Susan Gregson
Thank you for your comments. In fact these are areas of immense concern for the government. We understand that much of the population is so relieved by the conflict ending they’re not really looking at issues of human rights.
Of course the minority communities and those groups that are affected are very concerned, and they do bring it to the attention of those of us in the outside world who are willing to listen and provide assistance. We provide programming assistance to NGOs in Sri Lanka in order to try to influence opinion and to effect some change. We’d be happy to talk further about those efforts, if you’re interested.


David Sweet
You mentioned in your testimony the shrinkage in public space for dissent. That’s what I really want to focus in on.
I mentioned all the groups you talked about in your testimony who are being really persecuted. In many cases they fear for their lives; they fear being picked up in white vans. In what other ways do we see this…?

This allegation of”being picked up by white vans” need to be substantiated, instead of being bandied about without supporting evidence, since making such allegations is very easy.
In fact, pro-LTTE south Indian groups who are trying to raise anti-Sri Lankan sentiment in south India have even made Videos with the theme “they come in Army uniforms or in civil clothing. You will be taken away in a white van”. Thus it was Tamil-Nadu LTTE film maker Leena Manivekaali alias Rani Manivelkalai who released the film “The white Vans”, first in South India, then in Canada and elsewhere. She also made a movie named Sengadal, accusing the Sri Lankan Navy of attacking Tamilnadu fishermen and claiming that the Sri Lankan offensive was really against the Dravidians, and not against the LTTE. The Tamil diaspora in Canada have used Manivelkali’s propaganda material for fund raising, disinformation and raising hostility against Sri Lanka.
So it is regrettable that the Hon. David Sweet has simply made these allegations. If such evidence existed, it should have been submitted to the LLRC commission. If he can gather current specific evidence, then it should be taken up with the Sri Lankan mission in Ottawa, via the Sri-Lanka Canada parliamentary group. However, we note that Ms. Gregson has also made allegations of “white-van pickups”. It is unfortunate that the position of the Sri Lankan mission is not recorded here, since hearing cannot be simply one-sided.
Back in Canada, aboriginal people have made allegations, for many decades, against the police in Manitoba and other regions, of picking up aboriginal people “loitering in city centers” in police vans, and transporting them far out of the city and leaving them to freeze to death, invoking the theory that “a good injun is a dead injun”. It is clearly very easy to make such allegations. Such practices, if they exist in countries like Canada, are not surprising in war-torn countries. However, Canada’s approach to these problems (be it in the Middle-East or Sri Lanka) will not help engage these countries.

David Sweet
You’re saying that still the majority feels this relief. Are they not seeing this wanton lack of justice on behalf of their government?


Susan Gregson
It’s certainly something we try to raise with the Government of Sri Lanka at every opportunity. One area I mentioned earlier was self-censorship of the media, for example. Quite often these issues are not even in the public sphere for public discussion, as it were. Some journalists have been threatened and have left the country. Others exercise self-censorship so that they can avoid these kinds of attacks. So I guess there’s a question about how much information is out there in the public domain for people to look at.

We already discussed the list of journalists released by the Committee for the protection of Journalists (CJP) and showed how the crimes of the LTTE agents are blamed upon the government. Similarly, we have pointed out that Sri Lanka has parliamentarians and law-enforcement officers who have grown up during three to four decades of war. In the USA, even a decade after WWII, Senator McCarthy and Richard Nixon could carry out devastating witch hunts against journalists and intellectuals who were branded as “commies”. Even today, the clarion call of the US-far right, and some movements close to home in Canada have not let go the cold-war mentality against “commies”. So, when Ms. Gregson and the Hon. David sweet position themselves with a yardstick that is only applicable to some sort of ideal society, and trying to judge Sri Lanka, they are putting Canada into a foreign-policy approach that will bear absolutely no fruit.

David Sweet
What about the efforts of the Sri Lankan government right now in reparations in the north, where there was damage to personal property-households, etc.-in the conflict? Is there reconstruction happening? Has it diminished and the human rights infractions have increased?


Deborah Chatsis, Director, South Asia Relations, DFA-TD
From what I understand, there has been some reconstruction in the north. I would say, though, that many people have said it has not been to the benefit of the communities in the north-the Tamil communities-and a lot of the buildings are government controlled in some manner or another. So it is happening, but it is not benefiting all of the communities.

Ms. Gregson, in her opening statement said `Since the end of the nearly three-decade civil conflict in 2009, Sri Lanka has made obvious progress in reconstruction and infrastructure development”. This is a more definitive statement than what Ms. Chatsis is making.
We would contend that the slant given by Ms. Chatsis is completely the opposite of what information we have regarding reconstruction. Also, Ms. Chatsis’s view disagrees with the press-conference made by the Hon. Joe Daniels and the Hon. Chungsen Leung after `seeing it for themselves’.
I think conservatives political analysts will agree that while the government deals with capital intensive infrastructure and security-intensive issues like de-mining, the private sector must play the role of pushing the reconstruction in the softer civil sector. The SL govt. can justly claim the following:

  • It has, in a very short time rebuilt the main A9 highway connecting Colombo to Jaffna, and most of the Northern railway destroyed by the tigers.
  • It has set up electricity grids, restored water supplies and irrigation reservoirs, causeways and ports, bridges, culverts and minor roads.
  • Ferry services that had been closed have been re-opened.
  • It has repaired a large number of schools, dispensaries and hospitals.
  • The army has been reduced from some 48000 to less than or about 12,000. The latter are used in a civilification program of helping to settle the IDPs and in rehabilitation work.
  • Thus the army has removed over a million landmines by mid 2013.
  • The army housed and fed 300,000 IDPs and gradually moved them to habitations in the North, as those areas got de-mined.
  • The army has constructed nearly 2000 homes, and also handed over some 700 homes, reclaimed from the LTTE and at first occupied by the army. It has also returned to civilian use 25,000 acres of land previously used by the army for security zones etc.
  • many donor governments (with India, Japan and China as the leaders) have also began to construct houses for displaced persons. Re-settling them in their old villages is not considered suitable as this would restore the caste-based village organization of the pre-Eelam era. Typical village groceries were not freely open to the low-caste Tamils, while army shops are. This has been emphasized by a number of Tamil writers (e.g., Sebastian Rasalingam who writes Army Kadaigals, bane or boon? , and expresses satisfaction that the army is ensuring peace in the North.
  • The government banking institutions (e.g., Bank of Ceylon, People’s bank) and private banks have opened branches through out the North.
  • Private cellphone companies have linked the whole North, and major tourist chains are building hotels and beach resorts. A number of regular bus tours, as well as flights connecting Colombo with Jaffna are now available. Many wealthy expatriate Tamil businessmen have begun to invest in the North. They have expressed satisfaction that the army is maintaining security in the North.
      The pace of reconstruction has been much faster than many recently war-raved countries in South Asia, or in the context of some natural disasters like Katrina in the US.

Susan Gregson
Perhaps I could just add to that. We’re also concerned about the confusion between military and civil authorities. The military are also responsible for urban construction and so have taken over many of the functions that would normally be assigned to the public service. This has also led to some sense of insecurity on the part of many of the Tamils residing in the north, particularly the war widows, of which there are some 40,000.


David Sweet
There are 40,000 war widows.

We have already dealt with this allegation of “militarization” and the “mix up” with the civil sector several times, and adequately.
This number of 40,000 war widows in the North has been mentioned. The Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) 2009/2010, of the Government Department of Census and Statistics, reveals that, out of some five million households in Sri Lanka, 1.1 million (23%) households are headed by women, while 50% of them are widows, and 4.5% are reported as never married. So, if the Hon. David Sweet is concerned about 40,000 essentially Tamil widows in the North, there are many more in the country. The government is going about it meaningfully with census data in hand, providing loans and vocational training to single-household women.
It is also often alleged that the the widows are harassed by the army. An Indian film maker claimed that they are “taken away in white vans” etc, etc. The army is employed in civil works in many parts of the South and the East as well, but the HR-organizations are uninterested in the widows living there. The fact that Canada and the Western NGOs have always focused on the Tamil war widows of the North, while ignoring the problems of the South, has accentuated the feeling in Sri Lanka that Canada is driven by the pressures of the Tamil diaspora resident in Canada, and that it is not taking a fair approach to Sri Lanka’s problems.

You mentioned in your testimony, I believe, that there was some intimidation already beginning in the upcoming elections. Are both sides, the LTTE as well as the government, involved in this campaign? Do we have any idea of who’s responsible?
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For violence with regard to the upcoming elections?


Susan Gregson
I’m sorry, I’ll have to get back to you, Mr. Sweet, with regard to that question.


David Sweet
Do you sense there’s any receptivity at all? Of course, I don’t, certainly when I read this BBC news report. Is there receptivity at all of having an international forum and investigation on reconciliation in Sri Lanka?


Susan Gregson
It’s an area that we urge the Sri Lankan government to take up on a regular basis. It’s one of the commitments they have made. But, unfortunately, any criticism of the current government from the outside world, including Canada, is portrayed as coming from sympathizers to the LTTE.


David Sweet
That’s surprising to me, considering this government was very clear on the position of the LTTE and the fact that it was doing terrorist acts, and was of course actually even getting funding here in Canada. What’s the justification for that? A partner that was already against any kind of terrorism that they were dealing with now wants to see truth and reconciliation transpire.


Susan Gregson
Well, I think the motivation is just to create a sense that they are under attack. Again, the government does enjoy popularity because of having ended the conflict. That’s just what we’re seeing.

The fact that the Harper government banned the LTTE and its Canadian front organizations in 2006 was thankfully received by the Sri Lankan public. Many Lankans had been so disappointed with the liberal party being tolerant of LTTE fund raising etc. So, when the conservatives banned the LTTE in 2006, many even joined the Conservative party in droves. However, was it a punishment for the Tamil diaspora for having supported the liberals? Once the electoral power of the Tamil-Eelamist diaspora became clear, all three Canadian political parties began to woo them! Many ex-members of the banned LTTE organizations re-emerged as Human-Rights fronts, as recorded by the Tamil-Canadian Journalist D. B. S. Jeyaraj who lives in Toronto.
When viewed from the perspective of most Sri Lankans, the net effect of Mr. Harper’s stance against Sri Lanka, and the rough, seemingly undiplomatic articulations by the Hon. John Baird and Hon. Deepak Obhrai, serve to lump the present Conservative government with the liberals, making Canada look like a hostile nation. Canada’s role at the UNHRC meetings, playing the handmaiden of the US, has exacerbated the matter. Thus we have lost all leverage on public opinion in Sri Lanka. The country is in fact a democracy in the sense that frequent elections are held, and the government’s receptivity to Canada is based on how Sri Lankans see Canada.
In our view, the Canadian approach to Sri Lanka will prove to be totally fruitless. Judging from the CHOGM, even the Australians have rejected the approach of Canada and Britain.

Wayne Marston Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, ON NDP
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to thank the officials for the comprehensive information they’re giving us. But it is disheartening to hear. We have observed in many different countries that when people in government wish to abuse their own folks, they point to someone else as being the cause of their problems. What I’m hearing today is that the situation, in terms of human rights, may well be worse than during the war, or at least close to that, and it’s very, very troubling.
One thing I took note of is that there seems to be a similarity between the Buddhists attacking the Christians and the Muslims, it seems, to what we’re hearing happening in Burma. There’s a situation where the Buddhist community seems to be going on the offensive there. Is this something that’s common in that part of the world? Or are there just two completely different sets of reasons for it?


Susan Gregson
Well, I would be speculating. I think that every country has its own particular situation, and both Burma and Sri Lanka have emerged from very difficult periods that lasted several decades.


Wayne Marston
You mentioned the gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals. It sounds like a common denominator in this. Anybody who’s activist-based in their thinking and in their actions just comes under automatic attack. I’m not so sure it’s because of their sexual orientation at all as much as just activism. At least that’s my read of what I’m hearing. Would you agree with that?

We explained that the attitude to sexual orientation in a country like Sri Lanka which has been retarded by a three-to-four decades war should be viewed with a yardstick comparable to what Canada was some four decades ago. In reality, lesbians and gays are fully tolerated as long as they do not make a public display of their orientation. Even today, in Canada, there are a sizable number of MPs who oppose same-sex marriage.

Wayne Marston Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, ON It goes across media. It goes across about anybody’s critiquing. The obvious question is how are we going to reach them, the government that is? If the people are disengaged because they just want peace, how do we motivate a government like that from the outside?


Susan Gregson We have to take three tracks. One is to continue on a bilateral basis to engage the government and raise our concerns. Two, we have to engage with the like-minded in the multilateral community, as we do in forums such as the Human Rights Council. There will be some consideration coming up in March of the situation in Sri Lanka. Finally, it’s through the work that we do with civil society in Sri Lanka.


Wayne Marston Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, ON That was going to be my next question, on civil society on the ground. Do you find any particular group being effective? Perhaps when we’re televised that might not be the best of questions. In general terms do you find that community is actually starting to be effective?


Susan Gregson We’ve seen some measurable results from some of the initiatives that we’ve invested in. I don’t know if Jeff wants to add anything to that.


Jeff Nankivell Director General, Development, Asia, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Sure. In terms of our long-term development programs, I won’t speak to particular local partners, but we work through some Canadian non-government organizations, international non-government organizations, and agencies of the United Nations system on projects aimed at helping the communities in the north, households in those communities that are coming back to places where they haven’t been for many years to re-establish their livelihoods. We are having some impact there through those programs to get people back into their occupations and to start to rebuild civil society in the broadest sense, which includes local private sector and economic activity. We have found that it is possible to do this work, but it is challenging and it does vary from month to month and over the last few years because what one does locally is very susceptible to the political circumstances of the time and it’s difficult. There are challenges for the international, including Canadian, NGOs, to operate in that environment because the government does control the space in which one works.


Wayne Marston Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, ON When you’re talking government are you talking about the national government, as opposed to municipal governments, or are they both pretty well on the same track relative to how they view human rights?


Jeff Nankivell I wouldn’t be in a position to say for particular local governments. My understanding is that it varies depending on the locale and who is actually in administration locally, but central control remains very strong, particularly in the north, and there’s a heavy military presence.

To the extent that the Canadian agencies, and Canadian NGOs are viewed with suspicion and hostility by Sri Lankans, Canada’s efforts would be futile. This hostile view had developed over several decades, when Canada allowed LTTE agents to collect war funds with impunity. The recent strong language of the Hon. Mr. Harper or the Hon. Mr. Baird have not helped in the least. The view expressed by Mr. Nankivell is correct; that is, the “government does control the space in which one works”, in the sense that it applies to both the Canadian government, and the Sri Lankan government.
However, the wrong conclusions are drawn from his “there’s a heavy military presence”. The fact is, the Northern part of the country is still in the shadow of the war.

Wayne Marston Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, ON You would think on the ground that people would welcome support to re-establish their communities, to get people back to work and to bring the displaced persons back. I hear a sense of reservation in your voice when you talk about that. On a scale of one to a hundred what would you say the percentage of success is relative to the need?


Jeff Nankivell That would be a very difficult assessment to make because through our partners we are targeting the areas where we feel the most progress can be made. There’s a degree of self-selection. If you’re trying to run a statistically valid experiment, it would be hard to say because our partners are going to the places where they think they can make some ground, but we are getting results. I think there are some places where we would say we can achieve 80% or 90% of what we’re trying to do. But there are other areas where we’re not doing anything. It would be hard to give a generalized opinion.


Wayne Marston Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, ON That gives us an idea. What’s the status of the LTTE as an organization within the country? Do they still exist, for all intents and purposes, or were they wiped out at the end of the war?


Deborah Chatsis I believe there still are remnants of the organization, but it’s not in the state it was prior to the conclusion of the war. I think there’s some dissent within the organization but some support still.


Nina Grewal Fleetwood-Port Kells, BC Thank you, Chair. Earlier this year the Sri Lankan government removed Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake from the office of chief justice through an impeachment. How independent is Sri Lanka’s judiciary branch, and what implications does that have for securing human rights in Sri Lanka?


Susan Gregson I think you have raised an area of concern. The replacement was appointed by the government, and Canada has expressed reservations about the extent to which the executive is separate from the judiciary.


Nina Grewal Fleetwood-Port Kells, BC Recognizing that the Sri Lankan civil war ended in 2009, what strategies or mechanisms have the Sri Lankan government implemented to address war crimes or other serious violations of human rights laws committed during the civil war? In your opinion, have these offered any improvements to the situation?


Susan Gregson I’ll ask colleagues to weigh in on this one, but I think one of the concerns we have noted is that there has to be not only restorative justice, but also retributive justice, and there’s not necessarily enough progress in that area. Deborah, did you want to jump in here?


Deborah Chatsis As Susan mentioned earlier, the government established a commission to look at the lessons learned and reconciliation. The report that was issued contained a large number of recommendations, some of which have been put into a plan of action the government continues to work on. Although they have made some progress in some areas, I would say the general opinion is that they haven’t done nearly enough.

Consider Ms. Gregsons’s call for retributive justice. If this is carried out, the government would have to bring to trial the leaders of the Tamil National Alliance as they were collaborators of the Tigers who rose up in arms against the state. So the government’s decision to not to persue them at the end of the war, in 2009, was a great and magnanimous step. Retribution would cause a heavy toll on reconciliation. However, Ms. Gregson is thinking only of retribution to state actors allegedly guilty of HR-violations. She has forgotten completely that the TNA leaders aided and abetted the terrorist activities of the LTTE, and came forward as their electoral arm in 2001, preventing any dissent by the force of arms, and presenting themselves as the ‘unique voice’ of the Tamils. The Sri lankan government ignored the TNA’s collaboration with the enemy in the name of reconciliation. The picture shows TNA’s nexus with the Tigers in the 2001 general election. (click to enlarge)   →

Nina Grewal Fleetwood-Port Kells, BC Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index ranked Sri Lanka as having a fairly corrupt public sector. How can Canada help to improve the democratic institutions in Sri Lanka?


Susan Gregson We have to work along three tracks. We try to do capacity building in our work with civil society. We try to engage the Sri Lankan government on a bilateral basis. And we try to work with Sri Lanka in partnership with organizations or colleagues we regard as like-minded.


Nina Grewal Fleetwood-Port Kells, BC Considering that the UN Human Rights Council resolutions calling for Sri Lanka to implement recommendations were passed within the last two years, what is the approximate time frame in which Canada would expect to see the recommendations implemented? Is there a specific year in mind?


Susan Gregson We would like to see the recommendations implemented right away, and we would still hope to see some significant progress in the coming months and years. There has been some commitment to making progress on these fronts, but we haven’t seen the amount of progress there should be, so we will continue to work with like-minded people and organizations, including through the Human Rights Council, to try to move this forward.

The recommendations of the UNHRC call for retribution in the guise of reconciliation, and cover only the last five months; any such action will have to cover those leaders and spokesmen of the LTTE who have survived the conflict. These are just the men who have been elected to office in what Ms. Gregson termed an “historic election”, failing to realize their antecedents. The attempt to hand out retribution to the Tamil leaders on the one hand, and the Sinhala military for their alleged HR-crimes, would not only be impossible in practical terms, but it would also plunge the country back into war.

Nina Grewal Fleetwood-Port Kells, BC I’ll pass my time to my colleague.
David Sweet Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, ON Thank you, Nina.

Previously covered ground on “militarization”, “war widows”, alleged harassment of war widows by the army are repeated in a number of questions. Hence we do not repeat them here. The reader should consult the original sources from the House of Commons website]

The Chair Scott Reid Professor Cotler, it’s your turn.


Irwin Cotler Mount Royal, QC Thank you, Mr. Chairman. In the course of the second Universal Periodic Review in 2012, Canada made a number of recommendations. Basically the focus of its recommendations included the need to expedite reconciliation measures, to improve the handling of the return of internally displaced persons, and to ensure that security detainees are not held incommunicado or without access to legal representation and redress. Why did Canada focus on these three issues? For example, it could have focused on the issues you’ve mentioned today, the harassment of journalists, the culture of impunity, the sexual violence. My second related question is how did Sri Lanka respond to the recommendations that Canada made and what has been the practical effect of those recommendations?


Susan Gregson With regard to the internally displaced people, it’s our understanding that many of them have been allowed to return to their homeland but have not necessarily been allowed to reclaim their lands. There’s still concern about the detainees and lack of access to them. So the International Committee of the Red Cross doesn’t necessarily have the access one would expect to take a look at the conditions in these detention facilities. Why have we concentrated on these other areas in the presentation? I think all of these areas are of concern and this is why we do cosponsor the human rights resolution. We’ve done so in the past couple of years and, depending on the content of course, we’ll probably cosponsor again this year. These are areas of concern. In terms of the response of the Sri Lankan government, my understanding is that there’s a certain amount of acceptance and commitment, but we just don’t see the results we would expect.


Irwin Cotler Mount Royal, QC In terms of a parliamentary approach, you mentioned, for example, the approaches of a bilateral nature, of a multilateral nature, of engaging in civil society. What might be the distinguishable role that Canadian parliamentarians could play, given both the concerns you outlined during the Universal Periodic Review and those you mentioned in your presentation today?


Susan Gregson To the extent that there are any parliamentary associations with Sri Lanka, people to people is always a good way to engage and to influence thinking. So to the extent to which parliamentarians are able to visit Sri Lanka or have contacts with parliamentary associations in Sir Lanka, that would be one way to get your views across.


The Chair Scott Reid We’re going to move on to Mr. Schellenberger.

Gary Schellenberger Perth-Wellington, ON Thank you, Chair. To our witnesses, thank you for being here today. What is the economy like at present? And is there any hope that it may improve, that it could maybe lead to better governance in the future?


Susan Gregson That’s a good question. What we’ve seen is quite a bit of inflation. Purchasing power is diminished. The price of commodities is going up, and so the pressure on households has been difficult. The IMF has refused another loan to Sri Lanka because they feel that it would be used to deal with national pressures as opposed to paying down their debt. It’s not a very positive picture that we’re seeing on the economic front either, which is why we continue to work through our development assistance programs on efforts to improve the ability of people to engage in commercial activity.


Gary Schellenberger Perth-Wellington, ON Are there any UN efforts happening on the ground right now with visible observers, or anything, throughout Sri Lanka?


Jeff Nankivell They would be principally on the humanitarian side through agencies like the UN Development Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Food Programme, all of which maintain very substantial operations. Apart from the other things we’ve been discussing, Sri Lanka is a country that suffers frequently from natural disasters. There was the tsunami in the last decade but also floods in the last few years that demanded a humanitarian response, so those agencies are on the ground with staff in short- to medium-term programs in the affected areas.

Susan Gregson If I can just add, there is also a UN country team on the ground.


Gary Schellenberger Perth-Wellington, ON Why is Canada focused on the Commonwealth as a venue to pressure Sri Lanka? And what comparative advantage does action at the Commonwealth level provide compared to bilateral actions on multicultural action in other forums?


Susan Gregson I don’t think it’s an either/or proposition. The value of the Commonwealth is that we have shared values of democracy, rule of law, good governance, etc.-sometimes observed in the breach by some of the members. But at least it provides a forum for Commonwealth countries to come together to reiterate our values and to urge one another to observe those values.

However, while Ms. Gregson emphasizes “shared values”, Canada has been a lone voice emphasizing dissent. While the Prime minister talked of ‘boycotting the event’, Canada looked exactly like India that had got embroiled in its politics with Tamil Nadu. Hence, Canada’s actions were widely interpreted by Sri Lankans as a case where the Harper government is acting to please the Tamil Diaspora, just as the Indian head of state was trying to please Tamil Nadu.

Gary Schellenberger Perth-Wellington, ON How does Canada view the report and recommendations of the Sri Lankan Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission? What are the key positive and negative aspects of the commission’s work?


Susan Gregson I think we welcome the work of the commission. The issue is the follow-up to the recommendations. There has been a commission formed to do the follow-up, but we haven’t seen the progress that we’d like to see.


Gary Schellenberger Perth-Wellington, ON You may have the rest of my time, Mr. Sweet, if you have some questions

David Sweet Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, ON Thank you. The last time we looked at Sri Lanka we had some testimony before us about a demining process that was happening in Sri Lanka. Can you tell me if that’s still continuing on? Is there a relationship that Sri Lanka has with some other countries that are supplying their expertise to demine the north?


Susan Gregson Canada has engaged in some demining activities, but I don’t have exact details here. I don’t know whether any of my colleagues do. We’ll have to get back to you. I know Canada has contributed to that through our demining efforts.


David Sweet Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, ON So we don’t know if that’s still continuing right now?

Susan Gregson I can’t tell you but I will get that.


David Sweet Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, ON Another thing that concerns me with the testimony that I’ve heard here today is about how the human rights situation remains poor and is deteriorating in many ways. There was a program to take former LTTE combatants. They were to be counseled and rehabilitated. That concerns me. Exactly what’s happening with the Tamils who are being picked up? Is this still going on? And is the program a legitimate program or are there some concerns around that as well?


Deborah Chatsis We’ll have to get you an update on the current status of the program. I know that there have been some concerns, perhaps, about the approach taken with respect to the rehabilitation because of the focus on majority values, majority languages. It was the view coming from the central government, and from the south towards the north.


David Sweet Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, ON That’s exactly what I’m alluding to. If we have a regime right now where we are concerned about human rights violations and they are the ones who formulate the future thinking of these individuals who have surrendered and are detained now, I’m wondering what the outcome will be, particularly because the witness said they were spending, in the Sinhalese currency, 2.5 billion on this program. That was at that time, a couple of years ago. I don’t know if they’re still investing that kind of money or not in that program.


 

Perhaps Ms. Chatsis is suggesting that the detainees were being instructed in Sinhala. This is in fact not true since they were instructed in Tamil, an official language. But we do not see why detainees should not be given the opportunity to learn the other official language of the country spoken by the vast majority. Even though there are only about 5% Tamils in the North, and approximately 5% Tamils in the south, Sinhala and Tamil are recognized as languages with parity of status in every part of the country, in spite of the 1:10 ratio. In Canada the French-English ratio is much more favourable to bilingualism, and yet its poor success after 4 decades of massive funding, have been noted by many scholars. That such bilingualism is a fatal error even in the Canadian context has been argued by no less than Hon. Scott Reid in his book Lament of a Notion that the Hon. David Sweet may have surely read.
The Hon. David Sweet is no doubt aware of how detainees are handled by the US in Guantanamo Bay, and how aboriginals have died in Australian prisons and how the recommendations of Royal commissions have not been carried out even after decades. So, if the problem is “majority values, etc”, given that the two cultures (Tamil and Sinhala) and the two languages are so extremely close, it would be useful if Ms. Chatsis could specifically mention a major point of conflict in the cultural or linguistic values.

    According to information released by the Sri Lankan government:

  • following rehabilitation, 5,586 LTTE cadres out of the 11,696 detained after the war have been integrated into the normal civilian life after vocational training, and in some cases school education in Tamil, during their detention in rehabilitation centers.
  • The private sector firms have interest to recruit them, mostly in the apparel export sector. In June last year 400 rehabilitated female LTTE cadres received employment at a garment factory.
  • Another 84 rehabilitated ex- LTTE cadres were released on Jan. 15 (2014) to coincide with Thai-Pongal festival (a Hindu-Tamil festival and this belies the accusation of imposition of “majority cultural values”).
  • According to the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation, there were only nine rehabilitation centres for ex-LTTE combatants now, compared to 24 in 2009. The Rehabilitation Chief said that of some 361 child soldiers who had sat the GCE (O/L) examination last year, 211 qualified to do GCE (A/L). The education was in their mother tongue.

Given these details, we believe that Ms. Chatsis is repeating the Tamil-Diaspora narrative about detainees, instead of the actual facts. As (John Thompson, President of the Mackenzie Institute in Ottawa , and other scholars have pointed out, the pro-LTTE diaspora attempted to falsely claim that the detainees were in “concentration camps” and the ‘rehabilitation” is a “process of brain washing. We suggest that the claims of a “focus on majority values, majority languages” etc., is just a weaker echo of the earlier loud claims of ‘brain-washing’ by the LTTE-diaspora.

Susan Gregson We’ll take your question and get back to the committee with an update on where that stands.


David Sweet Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, ON Also, whoever else is in the coalition of the demining, if you could make that known to us as well, other than our own country?


The Chair Scott Reid Thank you. Mr. Jacob, you have the floor.

Pierre Jacob Brome-Missisquoi, QC Thank you, Mr. Chair. In 2009, in the final stages of the civil war, the United Nations Human Rights Council examined the situation in Sri Lanka. There was a special session, co-sponsored by Canada. The council passed a resolution that Canada voted against. The resolution congratulated Sri Lanka for defeating the Tamil Tigers and loudly singing the praises of the government’s actions. In 2012-2013, the Human Rights Council passed resolutions critical of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. The council invited the Sri Lankan government to make more effort to establish accountabilities and reconciliation. Could you describe for us the inner workings of the United Nations Human Rights Council that led to the change we have seen between 2009 and 2012 and give us your opinion of why the tone of the 2009 resolution is so different from the tone of more recent statements from the council?


Susan Gregson I think the 2009 resolution came right on the heels of the peace agreement. I think it would be normal for the Human Rights Council to welcome the peace accord. In later resolutions, however, in later sessions of the Human Rights Council, it would be normal for the council to look at the progress that has been made towards observation of human rights in Sri Lanka and progress towards peace and reconciliation. In fact, the council found that wanting, so that was reflected in the resolution….

There was surely NO peace agreement in 2009. There was a peace agreement in 2002, brokered mainly by the Norwegians. This was abused by the Tigers daily, with even the assassination of the (Tamil) Foreign minster o0f Sri lanka, viz., Kadirgamar. The ‘peace accord’ finally collapsed in 2006 when the LTTE closed an irrigation sluice gate and denied water to a large hinterland near Trincomalee.
What happened in 2009 was the end of the conflict with Prabhakaran and his top lieutenants eliminated. The whole world including India was extremely relieved that the LTTE, proscribed in 32 countries, and belatedly in Canada too, was eliminated. However, the Tamil diaspora and the TNA were extremely unhappy. They could not garner support in India as the congress party was electorally powerful and had no difficulty in ignoring Tamil Nadu politicians. Now the situation is very different, and with India abstaining or opposing Sri lanka, many other countries follow the West.

Pierre Jacob Brome-Missisquoi, QC Thank you. In your conclusion, you said that the country is heading in an increasingly authoritarian direction. You mention a lack of real reconciliation and tangible accountability since 2009. Might it be necessary to call for an international inquiry into the serious violation of international laws on human rights and international humanitarian law in Sri Lanka? What form could it take? Who could conduct it? In your view, what would the conclusions or the probable outcome be?


Susan Gregson I think our first recommendation would be for the Sri Lankan government to set up its own commission, an internal commission, and I believe that recommendation has been made. In order for an international commission to go into Sri Lanka, they would have to be invited by the elected Government of Sri Lanka. It would be a question as to whether that would be welcome or not. We have seen a deterioration in terms of failure to prosecute perpetrators of some of these acts of violence that I described earlier. So I guess it’s an open question as to whether there would be any receptivity on the part of the Sri Lankan government to accept an international investigation. Having said that, they welcomed the visit of Madam Pillay and allowed her to conduct her work even though her recommendations were dismissed after the fact.


Pierre Jacob Brome-Missisquoi, QC Thank you. In your opinion, what can Canadian parliamentarians do to encourage accountability and eventual reconciliation in Sri Lanka?


Susan Gregson As I indicated earlier in my response to a similar question from Mr. Cotler, in many countries there are groups of parliamentarians who have contacts with Canadian parliamentarians or parliamentary associations and friendship associations. I’m not aware of one with Sri Lanka but if there is one or if there were to be one that certainly would be a vehicle for raising Canada’s concerns. Otherwise, continuing to raise issues both publicly and with the government would be helpful.


Deborah Chatsis A report by this subcommittee would be very useful in helping to engage with the Sri Lankan parliamentarians and even the community itself.


Pierre Jacob Brome-Missisquoi, QC
Thank you. Mr. Chair, I am going to give my colleague the time I have left.

The Chair Scott Reid Instead of doing that, Madam Sitsabaiesan, we’ll start again with seven minutes. We have enough time to give you a full seven-minute round. Why don’t we do that?


Rathika Sitsabaiesan Scarborough-Rouge River, ON
Sure. Thank you. I thank everybody else on the committee for this.
To continue with the comment you just made, Ms. Gregson, I created a Canada-Tamil friendship association. Days later we learned of the Sri Lanka Canada Friendship Association being created or resurrected. Both of those exist right now. I’m not a member of both of them. I’m the chair of the Canada-Tamil Friendship Group. The friendship association has looked into the possibility of sending a delegation of parliamentarians to Sri Lanka, not as government or ministers, but just average members of Parliament who are concerned about the issue to see things on the ground first-hand.
Do you think the ministry or the government would support this type of initiative because it’s something you even suggested yourself?


Susan Gregson
Of course, that would be up to the government to decide. Should there be a decision to promote that visit then certainly you can count on the officials to provide support on the ground.


Rathika Sitsabaiesan Scarborough-Rouge River, ON
Thank you.
You know from Navi Pillay’s impeachment of Chief Justice Bandaranayake and a lot of the white vans and the enforced disappearances by the white vans and intimidation that violations continue to happen.
What do you suggest we could be doing as parliamentarians in Canada, other than calling for an international, independent, impartial inquiry that’s led by the UN? What is on the ground here in Canada that we should be doing to pressure the Sri Lankan government?


Susan Gregson
Certainly, one avenue is through the parliamentary association. Also, engaging Sri Lanka on issues that as Commonwealth members we all ascribe to in terms of democracy, rule of law, etc., would be the way to try to engage. We’re seeing that culture of impunity now that’s a real concern and all of this white vanning. Even when apparently there are identifiable perpetrators, we don’t see charges being laid. There’s obviously quite a lot of work ahead of us.

We already discussed some aspects of the alleged white vans phenomenon. No clear specifics or statistics have been presented. When there are “identifiable perpetrators”, and if they are known to Canadian or other officials, how is it that they omitted to put this on record in front of the LLRC commission? Instead, HRW, AI, CPA and other NGOs took the easy path of boycotting the LLRC. They could also supply such a list to the Sri Lankan mission and demand action. Such actions would been taken up at the CHOGM and it would have been more productive than empty histrionics of boycotting such meetings (n.b., Hon. Deepak Obhrai prefers to say that `Canada did not boycott the CHOGM’ since he went to Colombo and Jaffna on the eve of the CHOGM!).

Rathika Sitsabaiesan Scarborough-Rouge River, ON To follow along with what Mr. Sweet had started about the rehabilitation of child soldiers or former LTTE cadres–I’ve forgotten the word they use-we don’t really know the outcome of it and I thank you for providing that information to us, the research or whatever you do have available.
Do you have information on the female-led families? I know from other sources or information that’s available from journalists that there are more than 90,000 widows from this war and there are many more people who are differently abled or disabled by dismemberment because of the war. What is being done to help the people who have been disabled to attain some sort of livelihood or be able to work again? Is there anything being done for the widows?
From what I hear on the ground from people, whether it’s my relatives who I speak to or just doctors and nurses or nuns who are helping out, women are continuing to be raped every day. Their children are being raped or women are being raped in front of their children. There’s continuous ongoing militarization as you mentioned at the beginning. There is development that’s occurring in the north but it’s not being used for the resettlement of the IDP, internally displaced people.
What is being done for these women and women-led families? How can we ensure that any type of assistance that Canada is providing is actually being used for the betterment of the community as a whole rather than just continuing the ongoing militarization of the entire country?


Susan Gregson
Thank you for raising the situation of women in Sri Lanka. This is an area of concern. We know that 52% of the population is female, yet only 6% of the government members are female. This is a very wide discrepancy. Of course, we know what kind of impact the greater participation of women has on a society.

Three or four decades of war is not helpful because a country comes to a standstill or go backwards. Hence the comparison must be with Canada perhaps in the 1950s. Using the wrong yardstick leads to wrong policy decisions. Comparing this 6% females in the government, Ms. Gregson should also ask how many females are among the TNA MPs elected recently in what she mistook for a “historic election”, or in 2001 when the TNA were the only party allowed to contest in the North by the dicta of the LTTE. Unfortunately, Tamil orthodoxy is poor on women’s rights.

Susan Gregson In terms of follow-up on Canadian development assistance, I’ll turn to my colleague.


Jeff Nankivell I would say that it’s a very predominant theme running through the programming we support that’s related to rebuilding livelihoods in the north. A predominant theme in that is empowering women economically. Through skills training programs, for instance, we support through World University Service of Canada programs and local NGO programs of skills training with the emphasis on places for women. They’re generating good results relative to the baseline. Relative to the norm up to now, they’re generating good results in terms of raising the proportion of women who have access to those programs and graduating-


Rathika Sitsabaiesan Scarborough-Rouge River, ON Do you know what language those services are provided in? The training.


Jeff Nankivell I believe they’re being done in Tamil as well as in Sinhalese, but I’ll get back to you on the specifics on that for the different programs.


Rathika Sitsabaiesan Scarborough-Rouge River, ON Thank you. I have one quick question in my last bit of time left. You had mentioned in your opening remarks that you were happy about the most recent election in the north and that there needs to be more devolution of power to the provincial councils. Do you think it’s important for us as an other country to be recognizing the newly elected provincial council and speaking to them as well, because it’s been a very clear decision that was made by the people to change the direction of the government in that community?

Ms. Sitsabaiesan ignores two important facts. (a)The members of the TNA were collaborators of the LTTE that had been banned in 32 countries as well as by the UN, and very belatedly by Canada itself. The leaders of the TNA defended terrorist actions of the LTTE, and even justified the assassinations of prominent Tamil dissenters. Normally, a group that supports an armed insurrection against the state can be tried for sedition. Instead, in an act of reconciliation, the government tired to absorb them into civil society. (b) Those who came to power were the very same land-owning elite-caste individuals who have ruled the Tamils since time immemorial. As we already noted, it is the usual male-Hindu orthodoxy running the show.

Given Ms. Sitsabaiesan’s own antecedents in pro-LTTE politics, as seen by the bullet-ring and crossed-guns toting LTTE flag that adorned her website at one time, it is not surprising that Ms. Sitsabaiesan has failed to note item (a).  → (click to enlarge)

However, professionals who are engaged in foreign affairs should be able to see both sides of the picture. It is important for us in Canada to insist that these TNA-leaders recognize their part in human-Rights violations when they worked hand in hand with the LTTE. Unfortunately, David Cameron, Deepak Obhrai and other VIPs have traveled North during CHOGM and joined the Sri Lankan government in ignoring their gruesome LTTE-Human-Rights record, while the VIPS point the finger only at the Sri Lankan government. Is it possible that the DFA professionals have slated their testimony and selected facts to fit current Canadian Government policy?


Susan Gregson So you’re asking whether Canada should reach out to the elected officials?


Rathika Sitsabaiesan Scarborough-Rouge River, ON Absolutely.


Susan Gregson I think that’s really a decision for the government to take. I understand that it’s quite normal to reach out and congratulate elected officials in other countries. I don’t know, Deborah, if you want to add to that.


Deborah Chatsis
I just want to add that Parliamentary Secretary Obhrai just met with the chief minister last week when he was in the north of Sri Lanka.

However, there are 9 elected provincial governments in Sri Lanka. Of these, the East has also been under the LTTE and liberated, in 2008. There is a chief minister there, and the toll of the people there has been as painful as those in the North. However, every politician of countries where there is a large Tamil Diaspora head to the North, while neglecting the other parts of the country. The war ravaged all provinces since the soldiers, largely made up of Sinhalese, and a proportionately higher number of Muslims also died in the war. So the actions of David Cameron, Hon. Obhrai, and many others is very suspect in the eyes of Sri Lankans. Hence Canada’s capacity to influence public opinion in the country has evaporated more and more at each such event.
Reaching out to provincial heads who have no mandate for international relations, is somewhat akin to a diplomatic mission in Canada dealing directly with provincial governments. If there is an understanding available between the center and the provinces, this may be OK. But given the sensitive situation that exists between Colombo and Jaffna, it would be somewhat like France meddling in Canada’s affairs by directly dealing with Quebec City. Charles de Gaulles’s “Vive le Quebec Libre” will always come into the minds of Canadians. Since then, constitutional adjustments allowing Quebec to play a more independent role in international francophonie has come into being. If not for the soured view of Canada that Sri Lankan’s have, Canada might have been able to influence and encouraged Sri Lanka to follow the path of Quebec where applicable. Except that in Sri Lanka the militant Tamilophone community is a mere 5% of the population. Hence, based purely on demographics, our Parliamentarians dealing directly with provincial parliamentarians of Sri Lanka would be some what akin to French legislators dealing directly with First-Nations chiefs and their deputies in matters regarded as sensitve.

Gary Schellenberger Perth-Wellington, ON Thank you. I have one comment. I think, yes, for ordinary parliamentarians a trip to Sri Lanka would be great, but because there are two different factions in Sri Lanka…. You mentioned that there are two friendship groups here. The best way to make things work would be to bring those two friendship groups into one. Show the people in Sri Lanka that the Sri Lankan people, or the people from here in Canada, can get together and make things work. I think that would be a good first step. I happen to be chair of the Canada-Germany Interparliamentary Group. Twenty-five years ago in Germany a reunification happened-two different factions. I think it’s great.

The Hon. Schellenberger’s remark is very important. Many members of the Tamil Diaspora in Canada originally collected money to fund the LTTE war chest, while Canadian law-makers wittingly or unwittingly aided and abetted it. Today many members of the same pro-LTTE diaspora is fueling hate and demanding retribution for what it claims to be “war crimes committed in the last phase of the war”. This has polarized the society of Canadian Sri Lankans, and also made it appear to the world that Canada is a country hostile to a tiny nation that is thousands of miles away from it, and has never been a threat to it.

The Chair Scott Reid
All right. We are now out of time. […] Thank you very much, all of you.


The meeting is adjourned.



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Myth – making on Rule of Law and Human Rights as having European Origins

February 16th, 2014

Senaka Weeraratna

Much propaganda was made by the British and Christian Church in respect to the killing of Ehalapola’s family by the King of the Kandyan Kingdom, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe.

This crime pales into insignificance when reads how the Tavora family was executed under the orders of the King of Portugal, Joseph I, in 1759 – 1760.

Portugal was not alone in Europe at that time in meting out brutal punishments including burning people at the stake. It was a widespread practice against those who committed ‘heresy’ or had different views to that of the ruling orthodoxy. There was no question of religious tolerance.

Compare the Edicts of Asoka and the practice under Buddhist kings in the pre-colonial period of Sri Lanka.

The Christian Inquisition lasted from the 12th to the 20th Century in Europe and Goa, and other parts of the Portuguese Empire of Asia.

The people in non – European countries i.e. Asia, Africa, South America and the like are constantly bombarded with propaganda of the practice of Rule of Law, upholding of Human Rights, Freedom of Worship of other religions etc. as European values and  Christendom’s legacy to the World.

Can this propaganda and myth making by Europe be sustained in the light of centuries of persecution of innocent people under the Christian Inquisition (Roman, Spanish and Portuguese), launching of Crusades, Western Colonialism that spread to all parts of the world robbing the wealth of the indigenous people together with enslavement, brutal forms of punishment including burning at the stake, extermination of native peoples e.g. Australian Aborgines, Red Indians, Black Africans, and lately the Jews under the Holocaust, and destruction of places of religious worship belonging to the Buddhists and Hindus and building churches on top of these destroyed sites or adjacent to them.

There is overwhelming evidence to establish these facts. Yet lecturing to the victims and their descendants by the very nations that committed these atrocities and their local fellow travelers on good governance and human rights never stops.

These crimes were committed by people who make the loudest boast of their high ethical value system and force feed others with their versions of ‘Human Rights’ and ‘Rule of Law’ without ever submitting themselves to any form of accountability or justice for unparalleled crimes committed over a period of 500 years.

It must be said without any reservation that the most fundamental norm of the rule of law ideal in any credible legal system is the uniform application of the law, without which the universality of norms, their rationality, indeed their substantive content, would  mean nothing.  People and Society will not reflect or value the benefits of the rule of law if the rules are not enforced evenhandedly. .

The double standards we see in international institutions like the United Nations and its various agencies like the UNHRC, and diabolical conduct of the more powerful Western nations in these fora in evading liability and accountability for their crimes against humanity, have made a mockery of the pretense of rule of law and validity of public international law.

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  Execution of the Tavora Family in Portugal in 1759 – 1760

 T¡vora affair

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The T¡vora affair was a political scandal of the 18th century Portuguese court. The events triggered by the attempted murder of King Joseph I of Portugal in 1758 ended with the public execution of the entire T¡vora family and its closest relatives in 1759.

Executions of the Tavora Family

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1759: The Tavora family

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Two and a half centuries ago today, Portugal’s noble Tavora family was extirpated in Belem.

[A] scaffold eighteen feet in height was erected in the market-place of Lisbon, during the night of the 13th, round which was drawn up a cordon of military. Precisely at 7 o’clock in the morning, the old Marchioness of Tavora, as the most guilty, was brought upon the scene, her hands bound, and a rope round her neck. She was placed on a chair, and her eyes being bound, the executioner struck her head off without the previous utterance by her of any complaint. After her came the twenty-one-year-old son, Joseph Maria de Tavora. They bound him on a cross raised aloft, broke his arms and legs with iron clubs, and then strangled him with a rope. The same fate befell [Tavora son-in-law] Jeronimo de Ataide, Count of Atouguia, the young Marquis Luiz Bernard de Tavora, colonel of cavalry, his servant Blasius Joseph Romeiro, Corporal Emanuel Alvarez Fereira, valet of the Duke of Aveira, and the body-page, John Michael. Their corpses were all flattened upon wheels, which were placed on poles, and this proceeding took up so much time that fully half an hour elapsed before another execution could be proceeded with. After the page Miguel or Michael, the executioner took the old Francis d’Assis de Tavora, bound him on a St. Andrew’s cross, gave him three blows on the chest with an iron rod that resounded to a distance, shattered his arms and legs, and then gave him his coup de grace through the heart. The executioner’s men then, amidst wild shrieks, shattered the arms, legs, and thighs of the ninth victim, the old Duke of Aveiro, while still alive, then killed him by a blow on the chest, and threw him into the blazing fire. Finally, the tenth delinquent, the valet Anton Alvarez Fereira, brother of the above-mentioned Emanuel, was conducted before the corpses of the nine who had been previously executed, each one being shown to him; he was then bound to a stake, round which was placed a heap of wood, and this being set fire to, was raked together until he was completely consumed* … When the execution was over, the scaffold, together with all the dead bodies, was set on fire and burnt to ashes, which were thrown into the Tagus.


Other outstandingly gory images of this day’s business are here.

Oh, and one last thing:

[T]he palaces of the high nobility who had been executed were pulled to pieces and levelled to the ground, and salt strewed on the places where they had stood, as a sign that they should never be built up again.

Yikes.


This stone marker was placed on the site of the razed palace of Jose Mascarenhas, the Duke of Aveiro. “On this infamous land,” it announces, “nothing may be built for all time.” Copyrighted image courtesy of Ludgero Paninho.

Seems someone got the idea that the Tavoras tried to kill (and more problematically, failed to kill) Portuguese king Joseph I.

Circumstantial, torture-adduced evidence put the scheming Marchioness Eleonora de Tavora and clan behind an apparent assassination attempt, wherein a couple of assailants had shot at the king’s unmarked carriage as it returned on a little-used road from a rendezvous with his mistress. (One of the circumstances was that the mistress was a Tavora, which put the accused in a position to know the king’s secret travel plans. Others argue the gunmen might have just been common highwaymen who had no idea they were setting upon the royal person.)

Whatever the facts of the matter, obscure behind a quarter-millennium, its attribution to the Tavoras and the spectacular revenge thereupon visited was effected by the king’s competent and ruthless minister, Sebasti£o Jos© de Carvalho e Melo, the future Marquis de Pombal.


A monumental plinth surmounted by Pombal dominates the present-day Lisbon plaza named for him.

His able handling of the recent Lisbon earthquake had cemented his position as the throne’s right-hand man in a trend of centralizing absolutism not much appreciated by the old aristocracy (nor by the hidebound clerical orders, which explains why the aforesaid gory account of the execution ground comes from a German anti-Jesuit polemic).

And he would not miss the opportunity an attack on the king’s person gave him to sweep away his opponents.

The peers of the realm were summoned to witness their fellow blue-bloods so nauseatingly dispatched, and the Jesuits ”” “reported to have inflamed the Tavora family to their [the Jesuits’] desired pitch … in revenge for what had justly been done to them in South America”** ”” were forthwith suppressed.

(Functionally a progressive secular dictator ”” or an enlightened despot, to use a more 18th-century description ”” Pombal would eventually push political conflict with Rome so near the brink of outright schism that the Catholic Encyclopedia’s entry on Melo characterizes it as “a sort of disguised Anglicanism,” adding that “many of the evils from which the Church now suffers are a legacy from him.” His ascendancy is the “Pombaline Terror” in Catholic annals.)

Melo/Pombal exercised the power of the state for the rest of Joseph’s life, but the king’s daughter and successor Maria I dismissed him ”” though she did not take punitive action against Pombal for his persecutions, as his enemies demanded.

* Also doomed to burning alive was one Joseph Policarpo, who was able to escape the mass arrest a few weeks before and fled the kingdom. He was executed by effigy.

** This comment is from the letters of Christopher Hervey, an Englishman abroad in Portugal at the time of the execution whose 100+ pages’ worth of correspondence include live-at-the-scene reporting and English translations of the public pronouncements against the supposed culprits. As to the South American roots of Pombal’s conflict with the Jesuits, the order had resisted Pombal’s early schemes to reorganize and rationalize Portugal’s New World holdings in order to make the country a more competitive colonial power. Jesuit resistance to giving up the order’s control of education, and its humanitarian efforts to protect Indians, had been seen as contributing to an Indian rebellion that broke out in Jesuit-controlled territory ”” even to the point that Jesuits themselves were suspected of arming Indians in an effort to carve out church-controlled states. Hervey’s version has the Jesuits behind the plot in order to eliminate Pombal’s threat to their power. Others share this opinion … and Pombal, obviously, was keen to have his rivals inculpated for lese majeste in the public mind.

Sri Lankans in Geneva celebrate Independence Day

February 16th, 2014

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka Geneva

The Sri Lankan community resident in Geneva and the environs came together to celebrate Sri Lanka’s 66th anniversary of independence at an event organised recently by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva at the ILO premises. With over 250 Sri Lankans under one roof, the event was testimony to the country’s rich and multi-faceted heritage.

Addressing the gathering Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha noted that when one watches the international news today, it is a great solace to see that Sri Lanka is nowhere near the headlines. More importantly no more lives were being lost on account of terrorism. He said that one tends to forget this reality despite possibly all of those present having lost loved ones in the conflict which lasted almost 30 years. The end of the conflict had also heralded an era of unprecedented socio-economic development and had paved the way  for reconciliation to heal the wounds of the past. Noting that however the negative projection of Sri Lanka by those with vested interests continue unabated, Ambassador Aryasinha said this was a challenge all Sri Lankans would have to continue to confront with resolve for a while longer.

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Ambassador Aryasinha recalled his appeal made to the community one year ago, to reflect on what more the expatriate Sri Lankans could do to contribute towards the development of the country and to counter  the negative narratives being propagated – by clarifying genuine concerns and debunking falsehoods. He said “one year later, having come to know some of you better, the work you do, and the commitment you have for your country, I feel strengthened in the resolve that these obstacles are not insurmountable and that these can be overcome by working together”. He said some had played a catalytic role in persuading friends and associates to visit Sri Lanka and to invest in Sri Lanka, while others had sought to contribute their expertise for the betterment of the motherland. There were also many within International organizations and other agencies based in Geneva who had leveraged the energies of these organizations towards the benefit of Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans. Ambassador Aryasinha said “I am also greatly encouraged by what I have seen particularly over the past few months, where across Switzerland, some valiant Sri Lankans, found the time, resources and the energy to make their presence felt, by turning up and challenging the many one-sided events being organized in this country by pro LTTE elements”. He hoped that the actions of those who had made this difference will inspire all, because these are challenging times for Sri Lanka, and particularly challenging times need particularly committed and courageous men and women to step up to the plate.

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Religious observances on this occasion were conducted by the representatives of the main religions being practiced in Sri Lanka. Ven. Thawalama Dhammika Thero, Ven. Halyale Wimalarathana Thero  and Ven. Kaluarachchiyagama Sumanarathana Thero conducted the Buddhist religious observances. Uma Shankar Kurukkal and Karthik Ragavan Kurukkal performed the Hindu prayers. Imam A.M. Zawahir performed the Islamic prayers, while Rev. Vincent Schmid and Rev. Sister Philomina Jesudasan conducted the Christian prayers.

The 66th Independence Day message of the President was read by Ms. Manisha Gunasekera, Deputy Permanent Representative, while Mr. Hasan Ali, Management Assistant read the Message of the Prime Minister and Ms. Priyanga Wickramasinghe, Minister Counsellor read the Message of the Minister of External Affairs.

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Ambassador Nimal Karunatilake, Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization delivered the Vote of Thanks.

The hosts of the evening were Mr. Chatura Perera, Second Secretary in Sinhala, Mr. Hasan Ali, Management Assistant in Tamil and Ms. Dilini Gunasekera, Second Secretary in English.

The religious and ceremonial segment of the programme was followed by a dinner hosted by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka.

Pre-Geneva advice for Sri Lanka

February 15th, 2014

 Shenali D Waduge

The 3rd annual sacrilegious pilgrimage to Geneva for some has already begun. The participants obviously have varying objectives but devising a multipronged attack towards a very clear single objective. An eventual plan to create a US satellite state out of Sri Lanka’s North and an interim plan to set the foundation towards that objective. The foot soldiers tasked to help achieve this objective are now coming out in various forms necessitating the Government to not approach the issue for political mileage but to address the issues holistically and place the interests of the country before all else.

 Exposing Colonial Agenda

Sri Lanka needs to set the records straight. The divide and rule policies and the manner colonial rulers strategized to divide communities/tribes people and create new ‘blocs’ of people to align to them is a fact that all former colonies and present members of the UNHRC will be able connect to. They will understand against their own examples how minorities were purposely given better treatment than the majority and how the British and other colonial rulers by virtue of English Catholic/Christian missionary education created a new bourgeoisie class of elitist English speaking people (comprising both majority and minority) to whom the post-independence leadership was handed over. Nationalist leaders whom they felt uncomfortable with were all eliminated ” the assassinations of Congo’s Patrice Lumumba and Myanmar’s Aung San are two good examples of what the West will do if they find leaders to be nationalist figureheads able to rally people around them. Their darlings instead are natives who are ready to think, act and rule Sri Lanka as their agents and according to their dictates. Some may think there is no harm in being ruled by the Whites once more but the contemporary success of that blueprint is evident in the total anarchy prevailing in Kosovo, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and all of the other nations the US and Allies had entered on the pretext of dislodging the ‘dictator’ and bringing ‘freedom’ ” all these nations are in worse conditions than when ruled by the supposed ‘dictator’.

Then there are another lot of nations currently facing unprecedented internal strife all of which are funded by West who are illegally training and arming rebel movements ” Africa, Latin America, break-away Soviet Union nations and now countries of the Middle East are good examples of this scenario. Sri Lanka was one such victim with India arming and funding the initial Tamil militant groups. The reality of this unethical practice by weapon manufacturing nations and selling these arms to rebels and governments is the fundamental reason why conflicts will prevail and remain in stalemate unless this key component is addressed. No amount of counter-terror measures can suffice if countries claiming to be championing peace and global goodwill make weapons for profit and sell arms to both rebels and governments.

UNHRC member states must also be appraised of the new Christian West agenda ”revisiting of the 3 factors that plagued the world for over 500 years ” conquest, commerce and conversion. Much as nations may not like to admit in analysing the key components that steer the current wave of incursions and political agendas it is not difficult to conclude that a group of nations are out to secure land, resources and convert natives. The Hindu civilization religions of Hinduism and Buddhism are the 2 biggest targets.

Conquest, Commerce and Conversions are now restrategized into the West’s geopolitical agenda for a new world order using the UN as its gladiator. Human Rights, Freedom are all labors of Christian NGOs who use their charity status to lay the foundations for conversions at grassroot levels. The UN entities and their guiding principles are all lynchpins used in a broader exercise that sets out a clear agenda to take over nations through military intervention using R2P doctrine, continue divide and rule policy by arming groups and placing them against the other, tap into the resources and divert them to their nations while the natives are kept busy fighting each other.

Given that land and commerce are the 2 main factors that give oxygen for the proposals/Resolutions/recommendations issued through the UN it is not hard to realize that the gameplan is to take away the sovereign rights of nations by other means using their own natives to virtually hand over internal jurisdiction, legal and administrative, police and law & order, land into the custodian of the UN which in turn means that a handful of Christian Western nations would rule over nations bifurcating the sovereign rights of nations drowning the Westphalian sovereign state right bringing the natives to the level of virtual slaves no different to how they lived under colonial rule.

UNHRC members who are themselves rich in natural resources or placed geopolitically and who are non-Christian heritage nations need to nurse fears that they are likely to become next targets in a growing expansion drive of military intervention taking place starting off with the Arab Spring. The setting up of Kosovo with US/NATO military bases is to use Islamic fundamentalists supplied via Saudi to completely disturb development in these break-away Soviet nations. The example of Ukraine shows how UN is being manipulated by the US and that diminishes the credibility of both Ban Ki Moon and Navi Pillay subjecting them to sepoy puppets of Western imperialists. The new envoys in the form of Biswal are the new breed of natives in foreign attire being outsourced the dirty work and there are plenty of eloquent, English speaking Colombians standing in the queue wanting to take up similar roles and we know these to be the small fringe group belonging to Colombo’s cocktail elites.

It has been unfortunate that even the Islamic world has been penetrated using a British-created religion to purposely divide the Muslims and use Islam to create indoctrinated fighters to wage underground movements on behalf of the West and we see the foundations of these taking shape through targeted mosques, madrassas, influence over dress subjecting Muslims  to be ‘mindcontrolled’ under their hegemony which has been a global success as only a handful of Muslims are willing to question.

Sri Lanka must also place among the UNHRC members the context with which Sri Lanka came to be saddled with the Tamil problem ” these must again cover divide and rule, minority privileges to a point where denial would lead to blaming not the British but the majority, the indentured labor of Indians being transported and dumped in all continents of the world, the education privileges that led to minorities securing post-independence jobs and statistically showing the unfairness to continue a biased policy upon independence. These factors are all issues that the UNHRC and most of the UN General Assembly countries would all agree with for they themselves suffer similar problems. We need to align with issues that are common. Take up issues that have common empathy, build on these to further relationships. Countries must know that nations who pretend to be ‘friend’ are also plotting their downfall from behind the scenes.

This is exactly what Sri Lanka experience from its closest neighbour. Sri Lanka never imagined India would clandestinely transport Tamil youth to Tamil Nadu and train batches in guerrilla warfare and send them back to Sri Lanka to destabalize the country. Jain Commission Report and Sansoni Commission conclusion (1977) reveal that arming of LTTE and other militants and training them took place in India by the Indian Government. Sansoni’s conclusion was that the TULF leadership ‘communal violence (1977) was retaliation for a section of the Tamil leadership asking for a separate state and fostering a militant movement”…..’as far as the population of the whole island is concerned the claim to a separate state is unpopular and will be resisted by the majority community”.

At the same time while Tamils use the 1983 riots to project itself as victim, Tamils conveniently exclude mention that the UNP Government was responsible and if 1983 riots upsets Tamils so much we continue to question why the majority of Tamils continue to vote for the UNP for which electoral results are easy proof. Using this same argument we again question how far Tamils regarded LTTE as a terrorist organization that denied their rights too. While we think that Tamils join us in being happy about the elimination of the LTTE, in realizing that the cadres were all low caste and poor given that bulk of high caste Tamils had no empathy for this lot of people, we now begin to wonder whether it is because the LTTE were eliminated that the higher strata of Tamil society are not coming forward to denounce the moves of foreign domiciled Tamil economic refugees who are simply playing the tune that the West asks them in a game of you scratch my back and I will scratch yours.

The next and most important realization for Sri Lanka is the realization that Sri Lanka is being targeted to break several threats and challenges to Christian West’s domination in the Asian region. Firstly, by pitting the Hindus and Buddhists against each other as well as setting the stage for a Sinhala-Tamil divide a dual objective is reached. Both India and Sri Lanka have fallen prey. The ill-will is further fired by Christian ‘moderates’ and ‘intellectuals’ analysing the situation and drawing conclusions to further aggravate ties that should make India realize that the future Prime Minister if he were ever to be Narendra Modi, he should not dispose of the nationalistic elements that is the reason why he is likely to be elected to power. Sri Lanka’s leader has been subject to various bogeys all dangled by non-Buddhists in attempts to shrug off the nationalism, do away with Buddhism, scale down on the place Buddhism has been given historically and enticed to adopt the foolhardly ‘multicultural’ slogan. Having initially fallen for the trap the State appears to have realized that this alone would distance the Government’s entire vote base which was the unspoken objective of the strategy of the ‘multiculturalists’ and ‘liberalists’. We can immediately identify who these personalities presenting these slogans are. Identify the items that are targeted for destruction and protect these instead of helping to destroy them thus exposing the defence of the entire nation.

 Expose the Accountability sham:

Countries that did little about LTTE crimes as they took place daily, monthly and yearly throughout 3 decades have little moral authority to speak of the last 4 months simply because their vessel was deflated. These realities need to be reminded even diplomatically even to next door neighbour India that pretends to be working in the interest of Sri Lanka but devising all sorts of plans to annex Sri Lanka using the Tamil ticket.

UNHRC members need to also be appraised that the LLRC is a local document. Recommendations are for the Government to chose from. Recommendations do not have to be taken in toto and recommendations that foreign nations insist on a sovereign nation does not have to address. These are issues that even other fellow UNHRC nations will be concerned with.

A UN that is filled with corruption scandals, incompetency and ethics issues cannot claim to have the scorecard to dictate to sovereign nations on how to govern. UN should be dealing with its scandals and corruptions and should have effectively eliminated them first. Sri Lanka is in a good position to show how a handful of Western nations are picking nations that have either resources, geopolitical positioning or both and through the UN attempt to take away their sovereign rights using bogus lies. The rehabilitation, reconstruction, resettlement program by the GOSL was designed locally, the UN has no such blueprint because Sri Lanka remains the only country that eliminated terrorism. Instead of telling us what to do Sri Lanka’s success story should be shared for enough of foreign delegates have arrived and seen for themselves the tremendous changes in just 4 years. Problems are all part of society ” it is not that any of the Western nations do not have problems themselves and if they have all the solutions why have they not adopted these in their countries?

US/NATO entered Iraq with lies. They entered Afghanistan by lying. They did the same in Kosovo, Yugoslavia, Haiti, Sudan, Libya and the Arab nations except its satellite state. They have armed rebels in Africa who are fighting each other and now they are moving into Asia. Asian leaders must be urged to not fall prey. Diplomatic talks must centre around the neo-colonial agenda for Asia breaking up nations until they reach China and Russia. Asia must stand firm and not allow a scenario that Africa, Middle East, East Europe are currently experiencing to take place in Asia.

Asian leaders need to remove their multicultural attire ” it is a bogey, they need to be nationalist, urge countrymen to think nationally and they too must stop the current level of mismanagement for the West encourages this because they can use it at a later time towards the downfall of that leader ” Saddam, Mubarak are examples.

Finally, Sri Lanka needs to take some stern action against separatist elements in Sri Lanka whether they be political parties, politicians, local NGOs and their heads, internationally funded NGOs or their heads ” we have a solid Constitutional provision to take action against them and action must be taken. The country has endured enough of calls for separatism made a joke by using fancy words to cover the real meaning and the opportunist politics must end. It is time the nation started to think about building the country, empowering the people, developing society, inculcating good values and morals amongst society ” that is what real development is about.

USA a Goliath arrogant and bellicose without a David to Challenge.

February 15th, 2014

By Charles.S.Perera

The Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, when he spoke all the men of Israel, fled him, and were sore afraid  (First Book of Samuel Chapter 17).

The Goliath of to-day-the USA when it speaks all flee in fear daring not to challenge. The Goliath of to-day violates human rights, commits war crimes, kills civilians with impunity as no one dares accuse him or present resolutions against him.  But he accuses small countries like Sri Lanka which has not committed any thing that can be called ”  wrong”. But Goliath nevertheless accuses  Sri Lanka, as he ” Goliath, can get any one to give false evidence  against Sri Lanka, which no one will be allowed to doubt. So, every one stands in fear accepting whatever he-the Goliath ”the USA, says.

Let us see briefly  just a few  out of so many glaring cases of  vicious  unchallenged crimes  USA- the Goliath has committed, and how it escapes from being accused for them by the countries of the world who are forced to shut their eyes and clap their hands as if nothing has happened  lest  the wrath of Goliath will fall upon them, and they will loose small  handouts and little benefits they receive as compensation.

I have not in this article included Latin American countries and those of Africa which also suffered immensely from the wrath of the  un holy Goliath-the USA. However, I am surprised that Japan a country that honours its dead had not in memory of those  innocent Civilian Japanese men, women, and children, killed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki did not vote against the resolution on Sri Lanka presented by USA the perpetrator of those crime, but refrained from voting. It is a shame that Japan did not respect those that died a brutal death.

Reading this may open the eyes of those present at the UNHRCouncil Geneva sessions in March,2014, to see clearly who should really be in  the box of the accused.  USA by presenting a resolution against Sri Lanka is reversing the situation to absolve itself of the crimes which it has committed.

Being the arrogant Goliath who knows  that nobody will dare accuse him because of his might and muscle, has chosen a lamb-Sri Lanka for sacrificial rights to be performed by Navi Pillai, USA, UK, Canada, France, EU and the rest of the Europeans Countries.  India sleek in with them as a vulture smelling death to get nothing but a nod and a handshake from Goliath- and the mighty West. That satisfies the Indian ego to be with the mighty.

American Drone Attacks:

Aljazeera reported  this morning (12.2.2014) “Kareem Khan, whose brother and teenage son were killed in a drone attack in December 2009, was picked up at his home by security forces in the early hours of February 5, Shahzad Akbar said on Monday, the Agence France Press news agency reported. He was also due to travel to Europe on Saturday to speak with German, Dutch and British parliamentarians about his personal experience with drone strikes and the impact they are having on his country. Akbar gained prominence after disclosing the identity of the then CIA station chief in Islamabad in 2010 in an application filed in a Pakistani court against him for his alleged role in drone strikes. The case sparked loud criticism from Washington who accused Pakistan’s intelligence agencies of leaking the name of the spy chief, who was later called back to Washington. According to an AFP tally, 2,155 people have been killed in drone attacks since August 2008, with critics charging that the strikes cause many civilian casualties.”

Civilian Deaths: American War in Iraq:
In Iraq war though the number of  troops killed could be estimated, the number of Iraqi civilians killed is not precise, though the Cost of War Projects gives an estimate  of  174,000. It is reported in Wikipedia, ”  Regarding the Iraqis, however, information on both military and civilian casualties is  both less precise and less consistent. ”

Cluster Bombs

During the course of the war, according to a four-month investigation by USA Today, the U.S. dropped 10,800 cluster bombs on Iraq. “The bomblets packed inside these weapons wiped out Iraqi troop formations and silenced Iraqi artillery,” reported USA Today. “They also killed civilians. These unintentional deaths added to the hostility that has complicated the U.S. occupation.”

U.S. forces fired hundreds of cluster weapons into urban areas from late March to early April, killing dozens and possibly hundreds of Iraqi civilians. The attacks left behind thousands of unexploded bomblets that continued to kill and injure civilians weeks after the fighting stopped.

Because of the indiscriminate effect of these duds that keep killing long after the cessation of hostilities, the use of cluster munitions is banned by the international Convention on Cluster Munitions, which the United States has refused to sign.

 Authorizing Torture by American Armed Forces :

Possibly anticipating a long, drawn-out occupation and counter-insurgency campaign in Iraq, in a March 2003 memorandum Bush administration lawyers devised legal doctrines justifying certain torture techniques, offering legal rationales “that could render specific conduct, otherwise criminal, not unlawful.”

They  argued that the president or anyone acting on the president’s orders are not bound by U.S. laws or international treaties prohibiting torture, asserting that the need for “obtaining intelligence vital to the protection of untold thousands of American citizens” supersedes any obligations the administration has under domestic or international law.

“In order to respect the President’s inherent constitutional authority to manage a military campaign,” the memo states, U.S. prohibitions against torture “must be construed as inapplicable to interrogations undertaken pursuant to his Commander-in-Chief authority.”

Over the course of the next year, disclosures emerged that torture had been used extensively in Iraq for “intelligence gathering. Numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal abuses were inflicted on several detainees,” wrote Gen. Antonio Taguba, in a 53 page Classified Army Report, says Journalist Seymour Hersh in an article to Thr Nerw Yorker in May, 2004.

These actions, authorized at the highest levels, constituted serious breaches of international and domestic law, including the Convention Against Torture the Geneva Convention  relative to the treatment of Prisoners of War, as well as the U.S. War Crimes Act and the Torture Status.

Deaths of Iraqi children due to US Sanctions as  it is reported, in a video  interview

GENOCIDE BY SANCTIONS” Captions:   Seven years of sanctions, 1.5 million dead, Iraq is suffering.
Voice of Iraqi doctor:  “For now, the diagnosis is not settled for this child.  He has had prolonged fever and he is wasting.”
Leslie Stahl (CBS Sixty Minutes interview, 11 May 1996): “We have heard that a half a million children have died.  I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima.  And, you know……………is the price worth it?”
Madeleine Albright (US Secretary of State): “I think this is a very hard choice.  But the price, we think the price is worth it.”
Narrator: “Worth it, because she believes the sanctions are working.” ( http://www.addictedtowar.com/docs/sanctions.htm)

War of America and its allies  against Libya:

Goliath- USA and its allies awaited a long time to  remove Colonel Gaddafi from leadership in Libya labelling him  a dictator. Finally,  when a group of dissidents rebelled in Bengazzi France seized the opportunity to support the rebels and armed them to fight against Libyan armed forces, France got USA and allies to finish off with Colonel Gaddafi, setting  up a Provisional Government with a urgently collected Libyan immigrants in France. The Western forces claimed the operation in Libya was aimed at protecting civilians.

But what was the real cause of Colonel Gaddafi’s removal.  He was no dictator to his people, and the group of dissidents in Bengazzi did not represent  the majority of the Libyan people.

In 1951 Libya was officially the poorest country in the world, but by the time of the 2011 uprising, Libyans’ living standards were considered the highest in Africa. The GDP per Capita was more than double that of Egypt, and above that of Russia. All people had access to doctors, hospitals, clinics and medicines, completely free of charge; but more than the advances in housing, agricultural, industry, health care, education, was the advance in direct popular democracy.  Condoleezza Rice praised Libya for its “excellent co-operation” in the US-led  war on terror.” (http://www.conservapedia.com/Libyan_War)

Why then did Goliath that is USA of to-day and its allies wanted to dispose him from Leadership in Libya ?

It is said that Colonel Gaddafi had a project which was called the Gold Money Plan. The report goes:

“Gaddafi’s Gold-Money Plan Would Have Killed the US Dollar”
Kevin Hayden wrote in 2011: “‘According to more than a few observers, Gadhafi’s plan to quit selling Libyan oil in U.S. dollars ”” demanding payment instead in gold-backed “dinars” (a single African currency made from gold) ”” was the real cause. The regime, sitting on massive amounts of gold, estimated at close to 150 tons, was also pushing other African and Middle Eastern governments to follow suit.”

PAY ATTENTION TO THIS!
Saddam did the same thing in 2000. What happened next?  Iraq was invaded and Hussein was hanged.  Iran began considering selling oil in Euros. What happened next? The country is placed on the table for planning nuclear war, is sanctioned by World Bank nations, and set up for a complete downfall.  Gaddafi mentions the GOLD DINAR, GOLD FOR OIL. What happens next?  He is cornered and assassinated on the street. ” http://havacuppahemlock1.blogspot.fr/2013/02/libyas-gold-dinar-oil-for-gold-killed.html

Depleted Uranium bombs were dropped in Libya

The Center for Research on Globalization says the bombs and missiles that the US-led military alliance has dropped on several Libyan cities contain depleted uranium (DU).

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, a research associate at the CRG center, told Press TV that there are several international missions in Libya to gather evidence on NATO war crimes, including the use of DU. His remarks come weeks after the Stop the War Coalition said in its late March report that dozens of bombs and cruise missiles were launched by the US, British, and French forces ”” all with DU warheads ”” in the first 24 hours of the war on Libya.

DU munitions are controversial as their use is associated with long-term health concerns such as kidney damage, cancer, skin disorders and genetic defects.

Nazemroaya, who is currently in Tripoli, said that NATO was also violating international laws by “bombing civilian structures, hospitals, civilian homes and hotels” in various parts of Libya. The developments come as the Western forces claim the operation in Libya is aimed at protecting civilians.

Goliath  of  USA  keeps his homeland safe  and in peace, because the USA carries out wars away from home:

US is fighting a war far away from its homeland. From the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Iraq and then Afghanistan and Pakistan, US never fought a war on its own land that’s why people of U.S are living in a peaceful environment without any fear of air strike, bombing, night raids and drone attack; they do not realize the fear of war. While innocent people of Afghanistan and Pakistan are paying for a sin which they haven’t committed. In fact these innocent casualties are becoming the cause of terror for civilians. Article 51/2 of Geneva Convention ‘Protection of the Civilian Population’ states: “The civilian population as such, as well as individual civilians, shall not be the object of attack. Acts or threats of violence the primary purpose of which is to spread terror among the civilian population are prohibited”.

The U.S and NATO led ISAF besides having highly sensitive technology and sophisticated spying systems are unable to differentiate and mark actual targets for which they have been spending huge amounts of money. Careless and unverified attacks caused innocent killings instead of actual targets. To kill few suspects killing of hundreds of innocents cannot be justified.

Pathetically, after more than ten years of continuous war and spending trillions of dollars, U.S and its allied forces did not realize that show of power is not the only solution to resolve the issues. Indeed the presence of foreign forces has created a complex situation in Afghanistan, as well as in Pakistan. In the presence of large number of US- led NATO forces, the suicide attacks, bombing and terrorist attacks are routine in both countries.

The United Nations reported that in the year of 2011 the civilian death toll in Afghanistan was 3,021 and 4,507 Afghans were wounded. According to other sources the actual number of civilian casualties was probably five times as large as the number that the UN mentioned. In February 2012 the annual report on ‘Protection of civilians in armed conflict’ prepared by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), acknowledged that 3,021 civilian deaths last year is an increase of eight percent than the previous year’s total of 2,790. Jan Kubis, the head of UNAMA said that “for much too long, Afghan civilians have paid the highest price of war. Parties to the conflict must greatly increase their efforts to protect civilians to prevent yet another increase in civilian deaths and injuries in 2012.” He also stated that according to U.N. figures, “the Taliban and their allies were responsible for 79 percent of civilian casualties, Afghan and NATO led ISAF 9 percent, but it was not clear who was responsible for the remaining 12 percent of the casualties”.

Brutal killings of defenceless civilians, by air strikes, and drone attacks only been responding through an ‘apology’ by NATO. Apologies for civilian deaths cannot be enough because there is no justification of innocent killings, not at all. ……… international community were paying no attention and maintaining silence even NATO’s bombing killed thousands of innocent men, women and children from Yugoslavia, to Iraq, from Afghanistan to Libya and in Pakistan as well.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-killings-of-innocent-civilians-in-afghanistan-and-pakistan/31395

Civilian Deaths in American war in Afghanistan:

Again the exact numbers are not known  but said to be between 16725 -19013 deaths

Deaths in Hiroshima and Nagasaki-American Atomic Bombs:

Within the first two to four months of the bombings, the acute effects killed 90,000”166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000”80,000 in Nagasaki; roughly half of the deaths in each city occurred on the first day. During the following months, large numbers died from the effect of burns,radiation sickness, and other injuries, compounded by illness. In both cities, most of the dead were civilians, although Hiroshima had a sizeable garrison.

Vietnam a war on Civilians.

Few Americans born after the Tet Offensive know even the barest facts about the Vietnam War. I aim this generalization not at the oft-underrated Joe Sixpack but at graduates of our finest universities. I remember getting coffee with an old friend, then fresh out of Yale, right after she had backpacked through Vietnam. Whenever she mentioned the war she referred to the former South Vietnam as “the democratic side.” It was immediately clear that she, like virtually everyone else of her and my generation, had never heard of the Geneva Accords of 1954 to guarantee free elections in South Vietnam, elections scuttled after the CIA predicted that Ho Chi Minh would win. My friend had had no sense that the U.S. invaded (a word rarely used, but what else can you call sending 500,000 troops to a foreign nation?) South Vietnam to prop up an authoritarian government with little popular legitimacy. We launched a ruthless pacification campaign; it failed””but not before Washington spread the war into Laos and Cambodia and ultimately killed some two million civilians. This was the war, and there was no “democratic side.”

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/vietnam-a-war-on-civilians/

The numbers are numbing. According to study by Harvard Medical School and the University of Washington, there were 3.8 million violent war deaths, of which two million were civilian, with similar estimates reached by the Vietnamese government and Robert McNamara himself. Up to 500,000 Vietnamese women turned to sex work. 14,000 South Vietnamese civilians were killed, mostly by U.S. firepower, during the Tet Offensive. 70 million liters of herbicidal agents, notably Agent Orange, were dumped across the countryside. (“Only you can prevent forests” was the travestied Smokey the Bear slogan.) 3.4 million combat sorties were launched by the U.S. and South Vietnam between 1965 and 1972. The amount of ammunition fired per soldier was 26 times higher than in World War II. In the northernmost province of South Vietnam, Quang Tri, only 11 out of 35,000 villages were not damaged by bombing or artillery. A survey found that 96 percent of Marine Corps second lieutenants said they would torture prisoners to obtain information.

American war in  Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia where USA Armed Forces killed  millions:

1,921,000 Vietnamese dead (* see Notes below) includes:

  • 450,000 South Vietnamese civilians killed from 1961-1975;
  • 40,000 South Vietnamese civilians executed under Project Phoenix;
  • 176,000 soldiers of the Saigon regime (ARVN) killed 1961-1972;
  • 900,000 “enemy” soldiers killed (NLF and North Vietnamese forces) 1961-1972;
  • 155,000 soldiers on both sides killed 1973-1975; and
  • 200,000 North Vietnamese civilians killed 1961-1975.

200,000 Cambodians dead (civilian and military), 1969-1975;

100,000 Laotian dead (civilian and military) 1964-1973.

http://www.vn-agentorange.org/edmaterials/cost_of_vn_war.html

The above facts have been recorded, and  evidence against USA  for war crimes it has committed are overwhelming.  But no resolution has been presented against USA for the crimes it has committed. It is unacceptable that USA which has committed war crimes with impunity stand before the United Nations Human Rights Council to present a resolution against Sri Lanka

But Sri Lanka  has been put in the box of the accused, and a  resolutions against Sri Lanka is presented at the UNHR Council by a criminal the USA whose violation of human rights and war crimes are well documented.  It is USA and its Western Allies who aided and abetted in those crimes who should be called for accountability.  No one who respects justice and fair play would stand along side USA and its allies  to vote in favour of the USA Resolution against Sri Lanka.

The USA resolution against Sri Lanka  is not motivated by any humanist sympathy towards the Tamil people of Sri Lanka.  It has a political agenda which is to divide Sri Lanka, so that the North and East of the Island could be used by USA and its allies to set up an American marine base for its Pacific fleet to stop Chinese and Russian influence in the Indian Ocean.

Therefore the countries participating in the 2014 session of the UNHR Council should  vote against the resolution presented by USA against Sri Lanka, in view of the democratic right of  all Sovereign States to be free and independent to choose its system of government  and develop their countries without being interfered by rich and powerful countries like USA and its Western Allies.

Rape in America – shocking statistics

February 15th, 2014

Every 2 minutes a woman in America is sexually assoulted

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Confounding Amnesty International’s Calls To Incriminate Sri Lanka At The UNHRC Summit.

February 14th, 2014

Insight By Sunil Kumar

February 14th 2014

When Amnesty International, the so called international watchdog has in a written statement to the forthcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council, saying that the Council must help Sri Lankan victims of human rights violations they are once again resorting to their dirty tactics which has brought them the name of International Rabble Rousers who are mere mercenaries under false pretexts and guises in the payroll of the still powerful Tamil Tiger supportiveTamil Diaspora. (heaven knows why as they should have had their effectivities linked to mendacity terminated long ago).

The statement, which is another bold affront toward the smooth functioning of the mutri ethnic albeir predominantly  Sinhala Nation has been made public ahead of next month’s UNHRC sessions in Geneva. When It states that “thousands of victims of human rights violations and their families have been denied justice, truth and reparation, as the Sri Lankan government concentrates its efforts and resources on blocking a credible international investigation of alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the armed conflict between government forces and the terror group the LTTE that ended in the extinction of the terrorists in the best interests of Sri Lanka and the world. It is one of the boldest and unsubstantiable accusations against the GOSL which carries neither tangible evidence to back it up nor does it emphasize the reality that there were greater  provable attrocities committed by the terrorists against Sovereign Sri Lanka, her majority Sinhalese, the Tamil community,  other minority groups such as the Muslims and other residual ethnicities which inhabit Sri Lanka and constitutes blatant lies which appear to be as it always has as blatantly and apathetically composed towards discrediting the Nation’s administration.

It appears to be a falsified Amnesty International concept  that “long-standing and credible allegations of violations of international law by the Sri Lankan government forces and the LTTE during the armed conflict, some amounting to war crimes or crimes against humanity, remain unanswered “which by the shallowness of the statement which has used the LTTE towards justification of the accusations against Sri Lanka  shows, where the former were ruthless blood letting  terrorists and the Sri Lankan Administtration a Sovereign Nation defending Sovereignity and Territorial Integrity and no Imternational Law to this day has contradicted the justification and legitimate rights in so doing as the campaign against the terrorists were conducted with implicit accuracy towards defending the nation and to a greater part protecting innocent civilians regardless of ethnicity.

To boldly suggest that there is substantial evidence that Sri Lankan government forces committed enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions, intentionally shelled civilians and protected areas such as hospitals, and blocked food and medicine from reaching civilians trapped by the fighting is a total affront to the reality of it all where there are many depositions from credible sources to the contrary, some of them being prominent public figures where it was in fact the Tamil tigers who left behind credible and tangible evidence towards their culpability of the attrocities so well defended by the Armed Forces.
Very provably the LTTE is accused of using civilians as human shields, killing individuals who tried to escape and recruiting child soldiers which was confronted and thwarted by the Armed Forces as testimonies from innocent sivilians ass well as credible sources from various walks of life to this day reign supreme over the lies and innuendo of pro- LTTE sources, one of them being the dangerously misleading and vituperative Channel 4 News team which is a disgrace to intarnational news reporting by way of their doctored videos and concocted evidence which has been proven as false by many experts who examined and analyzed them probingly and scientifically.

The Sri Lankan government very justifiably continues to deny  allegations of crimes under international law committed by its forces and to resist calls for independent international investigation, including of senior officers allegedly responsible, several of whom remain in positions of authority as the cognizances of the Government brings to bear their stand which is based on unshakeble conviction that theirs was a concerted battle against the Axis of Evil namely the LTTE who not only tried to annex the Nation towards their objectives but attempted to destroy it in the event of their failure where nothing transpired in their favour.This is not only poetic justice but in reality is also what the Tamil Diaspora are still fuming about and they should be brought to justice if they continue to pose obstacles towards the progress of the Nation alongside Amnesty International which in more ways than one appear to have Carte Blanche from their mentors the USA, the UK, the EU and other supportives who would like to see nothing better than the downfall of Sri Lanka despite the precedent setting eradication of global terrorism and the massive progress, development and opening up of the country to investment in the wake of overcoming internal armed insurrection which lasted for three decades .

So when the USA  says “counter-terrorism cooperation with SL ‘limited’ due to human rights concerns and that Sri Lanka must be forced to close the ‘Guantanamo torture centre’, where human rights abuses take place every single day, including force feeding of inmates who have been held without trial for many year”, this stunning respose which follows seems more than appropriate towards exonerationg Sri Lanka of the appaling accusation and portrays some of the plain truths which need to be considered before rendering Sri Lanka a criminally liable nation in the eyes of the world when she is a nation that really  needs many acollades!

It has been composed with accuracy and sensitivity firmly hinged to veracity as opposed to the innuendo and gut wrenching false propaganda of Sri Lanka’s adversaries and critics. It is entitled The Congress Required Country Report which delivers more than a back handed slap to Sri Lanka’s name callers amongst other things in more than one perspective. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SHOULD PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO IT BEFORE PRESENTING THEIR USUAL ROUTINE CODSWALLOP, WHICH BELONGS IN THE TRASH BIN!

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” This is just a lame excuse by the government of the United States of America. USA is getting the real feel that Sri Lanka cannot be bullied into alignment of USA and to dance according to American whims and fancies. USA tried its best to punish Sri Lanka on purported human rights issues at the past UNHRC’s review by enticing India to support it. America’s concern here is not the welfare of Sri Lanka or its people that include Tamil terrorists, but China’s rapid expansion in that part of the world economically as well as powerbase. Sri Lanka being a close ally of China and China’s establishment of various treaties with Sri Lanka including security and strategic alliance, USA is worried and India is bedwetting ” therefore USA and its allies are bending over backwards to destabilize Sri Lanka at any cost.As a Sri Lankan from Canada has written ” I quote: As of undefinedundefined April undefinedundefinedundefinedundefined, the United States, the greatest superpower in the world, had $undefinedundefined trillion of debt held by investors of which a significant amount is held by the People’s Republic of China. If China decides to put all its U.S. Treasury bonds into the open market US economy will collapse. (It is not in China’s best interest to do such a thing but you get the picture) I guess when it comes to borrowing money to pay for their artificial life styles and meaningless wars, USA does not mind borrowing money from China even if they have some human right issues but Sri Lanka should not borrow money from China???? It is humorous! Those countries which supposedly treat people with respect and dignity do not have money to lend. They do not have enough even for their own use, let alone lending. USA keeps complaining about China’s human rights record but keeps borrowing money from China as both the congress and the senate are deadlocked, unable to agree on a plan to get out of the financial mess and to reduce the national debt as both Republicans and Democrats are playing politics to
solidify their political future.
You are still trying to get rid of terrorists, We did it undefined years back ! never mind cooperation ask us nicely if you want any help. Dont be shy.
We are very ‘limited’ with you too ! due to your past history and activities in the middle and near east.
You have on of the worst HR records and it had gone hidden, as you control the fire power but wait and see things are changing for the worst for the US!
You all are the biggest violators of Human rights on this planet Earth. You all say in war civilian casualties cannot be prevented. Just to safe guard your country when you commit crimes you say one thing and to developing nations who eliminated terrorism you all preach some thing else. What double standards. Today no country on this planet earth respects your U.S.A and do not believe in what you say
ha ha ha ha.. Human rights and USA.. biggest joke going around the world. Hmm what did Obama say about drone killing and civilian deaths.. War is not Clean and that’s a necessary action… just like all other previous presidents before him accept FDR and Lincoln

Counterterrorism cooperation and training between Sri Lanka and the United States in undefinedundefinedundefinedundefined was limited, due to statutory and policy restrictions based on “concerns about alleged past human rights abuses” committed by Sri Lankan security forces, a US report said.
In undefinedundefinedundefinedundefined, the Government of Sri Lanka militarily defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which was seeking an independent homeland for Sri Lanka’s Tamil population.
The Sri Lankan government’s comprehensive and aggressive counterterrorism stance is a direct result of its experience in this nearly three decades-long conflict, the US State Department said Thursday as it released its annual report on international trends in extremist violence.
“Counterterrorism cooperation and training with the United States in undefinedundefinedundefinedundefined was limited, however, due to statutory and policy restrictions based on concerns about alleged past human rights abuses committed by Sri Lankan security forces,” according to the Country Reports on Terrorism undefinedundefinedundefinedundefined.
The report said that although there were no known LTTE activities in Sri Lanka in undefinedundefinedundefinedundefined, the government asserted that peaceful protests at Jaffna University in November were organized by students trained by overseas LTTE supporters and made several arrests.
The report also noted that the Government remained concerned that the LTTE’s international network of financial support was still functioning and that many counterterrorism activities undertaken by the government targeted alleged LTTE finances.
“Also, the Sri Lankan government maintained a strong military presence in post-conflict areas and voiced concern about the possible re-emergence of pro-LTTE sympathizers,” the report said.
“Although the LTTE has been militarily defeated, the Government of Sri Lanka asserted that sympathizers and organizational remnants have continued to raise funds in many countries,” it said.
The report emphasized that Sri Lanka was blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in June for significant anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) deficiencies.
However, the report noted that Sri Lanka has made significant progress, since then, in addressing the FATF action plan by passing AML/CFT legislation and that based on largely completing its FATF action plan, Sri Lanka will be considered by the FATF for removal from the blacklist in June undefinedundefinedundefinedundefined, “pending successful completion of the on-site visit.”
“In the past, the LTTE has used a number of non-profit organizations for fundraising purposes, including the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization. The Sri Lankan government continued to actively search for other financial links to the LTTE.”
The Congressional Required Country Report

Cameron, Sri Lanka’s de facto opposition leader

February 14th, 2014

Nalin de Silva -Courtesy The Daily News

David Cameron, the Prime Minister of England has a second job. It is not a part time spring job as he is supposed to be active in the second job as well during his tenure as the Prime Minister of England. He has assumed duties as the de facto leader of opposition of Sri Lanka operating from Westminster and number 10, Downing Street, as the so called opposition in Sri Lanka is not effective the way he wants. He is a single issue leader of opposition ostensibly preoccupied with human rights of Tamils, the media people, NGO wallas, and of course leaders of anti nationalist political parties that submit “hora” (bogus) lists to the commissioner of elections having failed to find the required number of people to contest even at a Provincial Council election, and last but not least single issue candidates at Presidential elections concentrating on abolition of executive Presidency.

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The politics of Sri Lanka is between the UPFA and the conservative – labour alliance in England assisted by Obama and his colleagues in USA. As far as Sri Lanka is concerned all these people have formed an alliance under the leadership of Cameron. The objective of the alliance is the removal of the Rajapaksa “Regime” but they pretend to be obsessed with the human rights issue in Sri Lanka. Geneva, London and Washington and not Colombo of Western Province or Galle of the Southern Province are the centers of Sri Lankan politics with people such as Navi Pillai and American State Department officials together with those from Whitehall in London working as paid servants for the combined opposition mentioned above.

Clash between Chinthanayas and cultures

The leading theoretician as far as the West is concerned is neither a so called postmodernist, a post Marxist, Fukuyama who wrote “The end of history”, a Keynesian, a Monetarist nor an “intellectual” from Peradeniya, but Samuel Huntington. His Clash of Civilizations is the new Bible of the West and what we experience all over the world is a clash between the cultures and Chinthanayas though not strictly according to Huntington. His book may have created initially a self congratulatory feeling among some nationalists thinking that the former had appreciated their views, but it was soon explained that the authour was only warning the Western leaders of the struggle after the collapse of the Berlin wall.

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David Cameron

However, what had not been realized by Huntington was that at least since the commencement of Greek Judaic Christian (GJC) Chinthanaya towards the end of the fifteenth century, it had been a clash between Chinthanayas and cultures, and we are experiencing the phase where GJC Chinthanaya is being challenged by the Islamic Chinthanaya and (Theravada) Buddhist Chinthanaya. The GJC Chinthanaya is in its last stages of existence and has a mortal fear of the two Chinthanayas mentioned above.

The Islamic Chinthanaya has the military power while the (Theravada) Buddhist Chinthanaya has the spiritual strength to defeat the nature destructing economics of the GJC Chinthanaya. The Sinhala Buddhist Chinthanaya, which is older than and not exactly the same as scholastic Theravada Buddhist Chinthanaya to the dismay of those imitative sociologists and others who for example write on Buddhism Betrayed, Protestant Buddhism, Dutugemunu the tyrant, is capable of defeating in Sri Lanka the GJC Chinthanaya sponsored military outfits betraying Buddhism Betrayed, through warfare, yes warfare, in spite of “panathipatha”, as has been shown from 1506 to 2009. We in Chinthana Parshadaya are prepared for a second Panadura Vadaya (Panadura debate) on “warfare” in Sinhala Buddhist Chinthanaya if a sociologist (emeritus or otherwise) of the academia from here or abroad is interested in an open public debate conducted at a place such as the public library auditorium in Colombo.

Violation of human rights

In Sri Lanka the Sinhala Buddhists have defeated the Western countries militarily as well, as the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English know through experience. If not for the Sinhala English Pact of 1815, named the Kandyan Convention by the English “intellectuals” with their imitators echoing it, the English would not have been able to conquer the whole country. As we have said often the English wanted the English educated Tamil Vellalas to be the leaders of the country instead of the Sinhalas, especially the Sinhala Buddhists, but their plans came to naught with the cardinal sin committed by the former from their point of view, when they introduced universal franchise in 1931.

The English then began to concentrate on establishing an Eelam with the help of the English educated Tamil vellalas but the latter proved ineffective and soon the Karaivar Prabhakaran took the leadership. The English now use the dispersed Tamils in their countries to defeat the Sinhala Buddhist Chinthanaya, through the TNA and the adjunct organizations of the UN.

The aim and the objective of the English with respect to Sri Lanka is to mortally defeat Sinhala Buddhist Chinthanaya that also has the military strength to defeat in Sri Lanka the outfits based on GJC Chinthanaya as has been proved by the defeat of the LTTE in 2009 in Nandikadal. Though there are other countries including England and USA with horrible records on violation of human rights records it is Sri Lanka that comes to limelight in Geneva.

The Sri Lankan media is also responsible for the state of affairs, in a way, as they give unnecessary publicity to the “Geneva gilmaat”. It is a “gilmaat” in more than one way as what the west is interested in is changing the government or a “regime change” in their language and not in the violation of human rights of anybody in the country.

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SJV Chelvanayakam

The West has indicated that they are prepared to drop charges on human rights violation if the Sri Lankan government betrays the sovereignty of the people. It has to be recorded that the GJC Chinthanaya while using the TNA to defeat the Sinhala Buddhist Chinthanaya, is working against the Tamil Hindu Chinthanaya as well through the money of the dispersed Tamils in the west. This has been going on for some time, even before the days of Chelvanayakam, and especially through the LTTE using other means, and it appears that the Chief Minister of the Northern Province has begun to realize it now though not exactly the way we see it. It is time for ordinary Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Catholics and others in Sri Lanka to get together against the hegemony of the GJC Chinthanaya.

The West wanted to use various springs following the Arab experience but there is no effective opposition in Sri Lanka to lead such a spring. The political parties and the NGOs failed with the so called springs of the fishermen, the pensioners, the university academics and finally the UNP and the NGOs learning a lesson with the “Aluthkade” spring. None of these organizations has any nationalistic inclinations and they have no place in Sri Lankan politics at present.

The West is unable to use any of these parties or groups to “change the regime” and as a last resort some of the imitators in Sri Lanka appear to have turned towards a well known Bhikku as the so called common candidate at the Presidential elections, having failed with past Presidents, past Chief Judges, past Army Commanders. What the NGOs, the Tamil intellectuals, the Marxists and the others who have no understanding of the Sinhala mind do not realize is that a Bhikku who has lost touch with the Sinhala Buddhist Chinthanaya would poll less than one third of the votes that Mahinda Rajapaksa would poll at the next Presidential elections.

LLRC report

The Sinhala Buddhists incidentally refer to a new Nikaya called Palli Nikaya to categorize the Bhikkus who do not subscribe to the Sinhala Buddhist Chinthanaya, and Palli Nikaya Bhikkus nor the associated “dayakas” have no impact on Sri Lankan politics. The leader of the UNP is only a bystander while the new leader of the JVP can organize the last rites of the party. The Western politicians unlike their imitating “intellectuals” in Sri Lanka realize that “Palli Nikaya” Bhikkus and lay people who talk of LLRC report, now with a plus, and international investigations are incapable of defeating Mahinda Rajapaksa that itself is a phenomenon that they cannot understand. Mahinda Rajapaksa phenomenon cannot be understood with concepts such as populist politics or Sinhala Chauvinism echoed by simpletons.

The West has only the Ananthi – Premachandran faction of the TNA to depend on in Sri Lanka, as they do not have much sympathy for the India sponsored Sampanthan – Wigneshwaran faction. However, the west cannot change “the regime” solely through the Ananthi – Premachandran faction and realizing the incapability of the Sri Lankan opposition Cameron has decided to intervene directly in order to achieve what the west wants.

We have, from the beginning, told that the English politicians are not after the Tamil vote in some suburbs in London, but it is the former who use the dispersed Tamils in England and other Western countries such as Canada, to defeat the Sinhala Buddhist Chinthanaya if possible.

The Geneva meeting in March cannot impose economic sanctions officially but the England led West would apply pressure on Sri Lanka through other economic means. However, the average person, though not the “educated” city wallas, is prepared to face any consequences to protect the sovereignty of the country as has been done for thousands of years, and what Cameron in his capacity as the de facto leader of opposition of Sri Lanka does not understand is the spiritual strength of Sinhala nationalism.

– See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/features/cameron-sri-lankas-de-facto-opposition-leader#sthash.uXsoKVuv.dpuf

දෙමළ ජාතික සංධානය – LTTE ඛෙඳුම්වාදà·à¶±à·Šà¶œà·š ප්රතිපත්ති ප්රකාශනය (2001, 2004, 2010 සහ අද 2013)

February 14th, 2014

ශෙනාලි වඩුගේ (Shenali Waduge’s article translated by SPUR-VIC)

ඛෙඳුම්වාදය සහ TNA ඉතා සමà·à¶´ වන අතර එහි  (2001, 2004, 2010 සහ අද 2013) ඡන්ද ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’පත්ති ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶± ප්”à¶»à¶°à·à¶±à¶­à¶¸ වෙනස්වà·à¶¸à·Š කිසිවක් නැත. LTTE ය සමඟ සම්බන්ධතා තිබියද෠වුවද දෙමළ ජනතාව TNA ට පක”à·‚à·€ ඡන්දය ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à· කිරà·à¶¸ සිදු කර ඇත. නැවත නැවතත් ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à· කළ යුතු දෙය නම්, ඔවුන්ට හිමි ආසන ගනන මුළුමහත් දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ නියෝජනයක්ම නොවන ඉතා සුළු ප්”à¶»à¶¸à·à¶«à¶ºà¶šà·Š වුවද පවතින් ඡන්ද ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à· කිරà·à¶¸à·š ක්”à¶»à¶¸à¶º අනුව සුළුතරයක් නියෝජනය කරන පක”à·‚ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට යාමට අවස්ථාව ලබාගෙන ජනතාව හෝ රට ඛෙදà·à¶¸ පිළිබඳව කි්”à¶»à¶ºà·à¶­à·Šà¶¸à¶š à·€à·à¶¸à¶ºà·’. 2001 වර්ෂයේ TNA ලබාගත් ඡන්ද ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’ශතය මුළු ඡන්ද ප්”à¶»à¶¸à·à¶«à¶ºà·™à¶±à·Š 3.89%, 2004 ද෠එය 6.84% වු අතර 2010 වර්ෂයේ ලබාගත්තේ 2.9% පමණි. TNA විසින් නියෝජනය වන දෙමළ ජනතාව මෙයින් පෙන්නුම් කරයි. 6 වන සංශෝධනය ප්”à¶»à¶ºà·à¶¢à¶±à¶ºà¶§ ගනිමින් ජාතියට බරපතල විපතක් සිදුවà·à¶¸ මෙන්ම ශි්”à¶» ලංකාව ඛෙදිය හැකිය යන මතය පලිගැනිමට දෙමළ ජනතාව බුද්ධි සෝධනයට ලක්වà·à¶¸à·š තර්ජනය වලකාලà·à¶¸ සඳහා TNA ට එරෙහිව මෙම දේශපාලන කප්පම් ක්”à¶»à¶¸à¶º නවතාලà·à¶¸ සඳහා ඡන්ද ක්”à¶»à¶¸à¶º වෙනස් කිරිමට පැවති රජයන් මගින් සිදු නොකලේ ඇයි.

 à·ƒà·’යලූම දෙමළ දේශපාලන පක”à·‚ ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶ºà¶±à·Š ශà·à·Š”à¶» ලංකාව ඛෙදා වෙන්කිරà·à¶¸ ඉලක්ක කර ඇත. ඔඹඛත” 1977 ද෠,එක ප්”à¶»à·à·Šà¶±à¶ºà¶šà·Š නිදහස හෝ දාසත්වය ?, යන සිරස්තලය යටතේ 1975 චෙල්වනායහම්ගේ ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶ºà¶šà·Š දක්වමින් ,මෙම මැතිවරණය ලබා ද෠ඇති තà·à¶±à·Šà¶¯à·”à·€ දෙමළ නිජබිමේ ජනතාව තමන් වෙත පවරා ඇති ස්වාධිපත්”à¶ºà¶º පාවිච්චි කර නිදහස් බව ලබා ගැනà·à¶¸à¶§ ලද ජනවරමක් ලෙස මා සලකන බව මගේ ජනතාවට සහ රට වෙත ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à· කර සිටà·à¶¸ මගේ කැමැත්තයි., දක්වා ඇත.

 1977 ඡන්ද ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶ºà·š ඇමතුම වුයේ ,දෙමළ ජාතියේ විමුක්තිය ලබා දà·à¶¸ උදෙසා, දෙමළ නිජබිමේ නිදහස උදෙසා දෙමළ එක්සත් විමුක්ති පෙරමුණ / TULF” වෙත ඡන්දය ලබා දෙන්න, ලෙසටය. එ අනුව දෙමළ ජනතාව තම ඡන්දය ලබා දෙන ල දà·. ශà·à·Š”à¶» ලංකාව ඛෙදා වෙන් කිරිම තහනම් කරන           6 වන සංසෝධනයට පක”à·‚පාති බවට දිවුරුම් දà·à¶¸ ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’ෙක”à·‚්ප කිරà·à¶¸ මත තම පාර්ලිමේන්තු ආසන අහිමි කර ග න්නා ලදà·. පසුව පත් වු රජයන් විසින් සෑම මන්තà·à·Š”à¶»à·€à¶»à¶ºà·™à¶šà·”ටම මෙම දිවුරුම් දà·à¶¸ කිරà·à¶¸à¶§ නියෝග නොකලේ මන්ද ?

 à·ƒà·’ංහල ආධිපත්”à¶ºà¶ºà·™à¶±à·Š මිද෠නිදහස් විය යුතු යයි 1970 සිට දෙමළ දේශපාලඥයන් ඉල්ලà·à¶¸à·Š කර ඇතත් දෙමළ ජනතාව හා දෙමළ දේශපාලඥයන් සිංහලයන් අතර සමාදානයෙන් ජà·à·€à¶­à·Š වේ. මෙසේ සිය කැමැත්තෙන් සිංහලයන් අතර ජà·à·€à¶­à·Š à·€à·à¶¸. ඔවුන් අයුතු පාලනයෙන් යටත් කරගෙන පරිභාරයට ලක් කිරිම වැනි තර්කයන්ට සුභ තත්වයක් නොවේ.

 2001 වර්ෂයේ TNA ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’පත්ති ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶ºà¶§ TULF”, ACTO TELO  සහ EPRLF”  යන දේශපාලන පක”à·‚ ඇතුලත් විය.

 ,දෙමළ ජාතික ප්”à¶»à·à·Šà¶±à¶º, අමතන මෙම ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶º රාජ්”à¶º අනුග්”à¶»à·„යෙන් දෙමළ නිජබිම තුළ සිංහල ජනපද ඇති කිරිම, ට විරෝධය පල කර ඇත්තේ ඒ මගින් ඔවුන්ගේ අයිතිහාසික වාසයන් තුළ ඇති අත්”à¶ºà·€à·à·Š”à¶º සම්පත් ඔවුන්ට අහිිමි කිරà·à¶¸ සිදුවන බව පවසන TNA විසින් දෙමළ ජනතාවගෙන් වැඩි දෙනෙකු සිය කැමැත්තෙන් දෙමළ නිජබිමෙන් පිටත, එම ප්”à¶»à¶¯à·šà·à¶ºà¶±à·Š තුළ ඇති අත්”à¶ºà·€à·à·Š”à¶ºà¶º සම්පත් භුක්ති විඳිමින් ජà·à·€à¶­à·Šà·€à·à¶¸ අනුව ,රාජ්”à¶º අනුග්”à¶»à·„යෙන්, කෙරෙන ,දෙමළ ජනතා ජනාවාස, දෙමළ නිජ භූමියෙන් පිටත ද සිදු වේ නම් ඒ පිළිබඳවද, කොළඹ ජà·à·€à¶­à·Š වන ඔවුන් කරන දෙය ගැන ද පැහැදිලි කිරà·à¶¸à¶šà·Š ද කල යුතු වේ.    

 à¶¯à·™à¶¸à·… ජනතාවගෙන් සැමදෙනාම LTTE යට සහයෝගය දක්වන අය ලෙසට නොසලකන ලෙසට ඉල්ලා සිටà·à¶¸à·š අයිතිවාසිකම තිබියදà·, තමන් අපහසුතාවන්ට පත් නොකරන ලෙසට TNA හා සිටින දේශපාලන පක”à·‚යන්ගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිිටà·à¶¸à¶§ දෙමළ ජනතාව ඉදිරිපත් නොවන්නේ ඇයි.

 TNA මගින් තම ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶ºà·š ,යුධ අරගලය ශක්තිමත් ව෠දෙමළ නිජබිමේ විමුක්තිකාමි කොටින් ප්”à¶»à¶¸à·”ඛ ස්ථානයකට පත් ව෠දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ අයිතිවාසිකම් දිනා ගැනà·à¶¸à·š සටනේ ප්”à¶»à¶°à·à¶± කි්”à¶»à¶ºà·à¶¯à·à¶¸à¶ºà¶±à·Š ඉටු කිරිමේ තත්වයට පත්වà·à¶¸ ඒකාන්තයෙන්ම සිදු වන තත්වයක් විය, ලෙසට සටහන් කිරà·à¶¸à·šà¶¯à· දෙමළ ජනතාව LTTE ය හා එක් වු පිරිසක් ලෙසට දක්වා සිටියේ සිංහල ජනතාව විසින් නොව TNA දේශපාලන පක”à·‚ විසිනි. මෙම නිගමනය නිවැරදි නොවේ නම් එය නිවැරදි කරන ලෙස දෙමළ ජනතාව TNA වෙතින් ඉල්ලා සිටිය යුතුය.

 ,දෙමළ ජාතික ප්”à¶»à·à·Šà¶±à¶º, සඳහා යම් අර්ථවත් විසඳුමක් වෙත පිවිසà·à¶¸ උදෙසා පදනම් විය යුතු මූලධර්ම 4 ක් බි්”à¶»à¶­à·à¶±à·Š”à¶ºà¶ºà·š, තිම්පු  නගරයේ 1985 ජුලි 13 පැවති සාකච්ඡාවේද෠ඉදිරිපත් කල ආකාරයට විය යුතු බව 2001 වර්ෂයේ TNA විසින් පෙන්වා ද෠ඇත.

1.            ශි්”à¶» ලංකාවේ දෙමළ ජනතාව ගෞරවනà·à¶º ජාතියක් ලෙසට පිලිගැනà·à¶¸.

2.            හඳුනාගත් දෙමළ නිජබිම පිළිගැනà·à¶¸ හා එන භෞමික අඛණ්ඩතාවය සනාථ කිරිම.

3.            දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ පැවරිය නොහැකි ස්වයං නà·à¶»à·Šà¶«à¶º පිළිගැනà·à¶¸.

4.            මෙම දිවයින තම රට ලෙස සලකන දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ මුලික ප්”à¶»à¶¢à·à¶­à¶±à·Šà¶­à·Š”à¶»à·€à·à¶¯à·’ අයිතිවාසිකම්   හා පුරවැසි අයිිතිවාසිකම් අයිතිය පිලිගැනà·à¶¸.

 2001 වර්ෂයේ TULF, ACTC, TELO, EPRLF ගෙන් සමන්විත වු TNA 2001 වර්ෂයේ ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’පත්ති ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶± මගින් තම ඉලක්ක හා අරමුණු ලෙස දැක්වුයේ:

”¢             උතුරු – නැගෙනහිර පළාතේ සමහර ස්ථානවලට පනවා තිබු ආර්ථික සම්බාදක වහාම ඉවත් කිිරà·à¶¸.

”¢             දෙමළ ජනතාවට පනවා ඇති පදිංචිය හා ගමනා ගමන à·ƒà·à¶¸à·à¶šà·’රà·à¶¸à·Š ඉවත් කිරිම.

”¢             උතුරු – නැගෙනහිර කරගෙන යන යුද්ධ කි්”à¶»à¶ºà· වහා නැවතà·à¶¸.

”¢             LTTE සහ 3 වන පාර්ශවයක් සමග වහා සාකච්ඡා ආරම්භ කිරà·à¶¸.

 à·à·’à·Š”à¶» ලංකා රජය හා LTTE මගින් සිදු කල යුධ අපරාධ පිළිබඳව ස්වාධà·à¶± පරà·à¶š”à·‚ණ පැවැත්විය යුතුයයි 2013 ද෠TNA ඉල්ලා සිටà·. ,දෙමළ ජනතාව හා LTTE අතර වෙනස්බවක් හුවා දැක්වà·à¶¸à¶§ උත්සාහ කිරිම තේරුමක් නැති දෙයක් ලෙසට අපි ඒකාකාරි ලෙසට තරයේ කියා තිඛෙනවා.

 LTTE ය සමග පලදායි අන්දමේ සාකච්ඡා පැවැත්වà·à¶¸ මගින් පමණයි දෙමළ ජාතික ප්”à¶»à·à·Šà¶±à¶ºà¶§ සාධාරන විසඳුමක් ලබා ගැනà·à¶¸à¶§ හැකිවන්නේ. එවැනි සාකච්ඡා පැවැත්විය යුත්තේ LTTE ය සමඟ පමණයි., ලෙසට තම 2001 ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶ºà·š සඳහන් කල බව TNA  සංවිධානයට අමතක ව෠ඇත්ද ? TNA ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à· කල තවත් කරුණක් වුයේ ,වෙනත් දෙමළ ජාතික දේශපාලන සංවිධානයන් සමග කිසිදු සමාන්තර සාකච්ඡා කිරිමක් සිදු නොවිය යුතුය., යන්නය.

 à·à·’à·Š”à¶» ලංකා රජය ,LTTE ය වෙත පනවා ඇති තහනම ඉවත් කිරà·à¶¸, සහ එයට අමතරව දෙමළ ජනතාව වෙනුවෙන් එවැනි සාකච්ඡා සඳහා LTTE යේ පූර්ණ සහභාගිත්වයට එවැනි තහනම් කිරිමක් අවහිරයක් නොවන බවටද, 2001 වර්ෂයේ TULF, ACTC, TELO සහ EPRLF” ඉල්ලා සිටින ලදà·.

 ,උතුර – නැගෙනහිර දෙමළ භාෂාව කතා කරන ජනතාව, පිළිබඳව සඳහන් කිරිම 2001 වර්ෂයේ සිට නැවත ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à· කිරිම අනුව 2013 වර්ෂයේද එසේ සඳහන් කිරිම පුදුමයට කරුණක් නොවේ. දෙමළ භාෂාව කථා කරන ඡන්දදායකයන් ගැන කථා කරන විටද෠ඉදිරියේද෠එයට සිිංහල ජනතාව ද අයත් විය හැක්කේ පාසැල් යන දරුවන් සියලූ දෙනාම දෙමළ භාෂාව අනිවාර්්”à¶ºà¶º විෂයක් ලෙසට හදාරන බැවිනි.

 ACTC, EPRLF, TELO සහ TULF” පක”à·‚ සමන්විත වන TNA 2001 වර්ෂයේ ඡන්ද 348,164 එනම්, දෙමළ ජනතාවගෙන් 3.89% දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ ඡන්ද ලබාගත් නමුත් පාර්ලිරේන්තු ආසන 15 ක් හිමිකර ගන්නා ලදà·. TNA සතු ඡන්ද ප්”à¶»à¶¸à·à¶«à¶º මෙයින් පෙන්නුම් කෙරෙන නමුත් සමානුපාතික ඡන්ද ක්”à¶»à¶¸à¶º යටතේ පාර්ලිමේන්තු ආසන හිමිකර ගනà·.

 2004 වර්ෂයේ TNA ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’පත්ති ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶ºà¶§ TULF, ACTC, TELO සහ EPRLF” යන දේශපාලන පක”à·‚යන් හවුල්කරුවන් විය.

 à·ƒà·Šà·€à¶ºà¶‚ තà·à¶»à¶«à·à¶­à·Šà¶¸à¶š, පැවරිය නොහැකි තත්වය පදනම් වු නිදහස් දෙමළ නිජබිමක් ඇතිකිරà·à¶¸ පිළිබඳවද 2004 වර්ෂයේ ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶º තුළ සඳහන් කර තිබුනි. මෙම ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶º තුළ ,දෙමළ ජනතාව වෙත සමූහ ඝාතන පහරදà·à¶¸à·Š,  පිළිබඳව ද සඳහන්ව තිබුන ද දෙමළ ජනතාව මෙවන් සමූහ ඝාතන පහරදà·à¶¸à·Š තිබියද෠පවා තවමත් සිංහල ජනතාව අතර ජà·à·€à¶­à·Šà·€à·à¶¸ පිළිබඳව කිසිවක් සඳහන් කර නැත.

 à¶¯à·™à¶¸à·… ජනතාවගේ ජà·à·€à·’ත හා නිදහස රැකෙන ඔවුන්ගේ සහජ උරුමය වන ස්වයං නà·à¶»à·Šà¶«à¶º ඇති කිරිම උදෙසා  වන එකම මග වු නොවැලැක්විය හැකි යුධ අරගල තත්වයට දෙමළ ජනතාව තල්ලූ කර කොටි නායක ගරු පිරපාහරන් ගේ නායකත්වයෙන් පුළුල්ව ඉදිරියට ගොස් ඇත. (දෙමළ සංධාන දේශපාලඥයන් LTTE යට තිබු බිය නිසා කොළඹ සිංහල ජනතාව අතර ජà·à·€à¶­à·Š වු අතර LTTE පාලනය යටතේ පැවති ප්”à¶»à¶¯à·šà·à·€à¶½ දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ ජà·à·€à·’ත හෝ නිදහස පිළිබඳව කිසිදු තැකà·à¶¸à¶šà·Š නොකරන ලදà·. 

 2004 ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’පත්ති ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶ºà·š TNA මගින් යෝජනා සම්මතයන් 10 ක් ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇත.

 1.            දෙමළ ජාතික ප්”à¶»à·à·Šà¶±à¶º සඳහා දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ නිජබිම සහ ස්වයං නà·à¶»à·Šà¶«à¶º භාවය     පිළිබඳ අයිතිවාසිකම් මත පදනම් වු දේශාපාලන විසඳුමක්.

 2.            මුස්ලිම් ජනතාව පිළිබඳව TNA අදහස නම් ඔවුන්ගේ ද මවුබස දෙමළ භාෂාව වන හෙයින්,          දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ ජාතික ප්”à¶»à·à·Šà¶±à¶º සඳහා ලබා දෙන විසඳුම් තුලින් මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවගේ ද             සංස්කෘතික ආර්ථික හා ආරක”à·‚ාව පිළිබඳ ගැටලූ සඳහා විසඳුම් ලබා දිය යුතු බවය. ඒ අනුව             à·‚à·à¶¨A යෝජනා මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවට ද අදාළ වේ. (දෙමළ සටන්කාමින් විසින් පලවා හරින ලද         සහ කත්තන්කුඩියේද෠ඝාතනය කල මුස්ලිම් ජාතිකයින් පිළිබඳ තත්වය කුමක්ද ?)

 3.            දෙමළ දේශයක් ගොඩනැගà·à¶¸ සඳහා LTTE ය ඉදිරිපත් කල à·‚à·à¶¨A  ,ශ්”à¶»à·šà·‚්ඨ, යෝජනාවක්            සිංහල ජාතිය පිළිගත යුතුය.

 4.            අධි ආරක”à·‚ිත කලාප සහ හමුදා කඳවුරු ඉවත් කල යුතුය.

 5.            සන්නද්ධ හමුදාවන්ගේ තහනම් කිරà·à¶¸à·Š හා අයුතු බලපෑම් ඉවත් කර දෙමළ ජනතාවට තම              නිජබිමේ අවශ්”à¶ºà¶­à· පරිදි  නිදහසේ සැරිසැරà·à¶¸à¶§ අවස්ථාව ලබාදිය යුතුය.

 6.            දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ මානුෂික අවශ්”à¶ºà¶­à·à·€à¶ºà¶±à·Šà¶§ හා ආර්ථික පැවැත්ම වර්ධනය සඳහා       ජාත්”à¶ºà¶±à·Šà¶­à¶» ප්”à¶»à¶¢à·à·€ සෘජුව සහාය ලබාදිය යුතුය.

7.            දේශපාලන සිරකරුවන් නිදහස කිරà·à¶¸

 8.            අපගේ නිජ භූමිය තුළ සන්නද්ධ හමුදාවන් සසහ පොලිසිය මගින් අතුරුදහන් කළ          පුද්ගලයන් පිළිබඳව ජාත්”à¶ºà¶±à·Šà¶­à¶» අධිකරණ පරික”à·‚යක් පැවැත්වà·à¶¸.

 9.      සටන් විරාම ගිවිසුමේ ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’පාධන සම්පුර්ණයෙන් ඉටු කිරà·à¶¸.

 10.          ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’පත්ති ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶ºà·š හොඳම වගන්තිය :-  පසුගිය වසර දෙක තුල සන්නද්ධ හමුදාවන්ගේ    ප්”à¶»à¶ à¶±à·Šà¶©, කර්කෂ හැසිරà·à¶¸à·Š දරා ගනිමින් සටන් විරාමයේ කොන්දේසි උල්ලංඝනය නොවන   ලෙසට නිරතුරුවම කැපව෠ස්ථිර ලෙස සාම මාර්ගයට පිවිසà·à¶¸à¶§ LTTE ය කටයුතු කර ඇත.                ඒ අනුව දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ එකම විශ්වාසනà·à¶º නියෝජිතයා වන LTTE ය වෙත පනවා ඇති         à·ƒà·à¶¸à·à·€à¶±à·Š ජාත්”à¶ºà¶±à·Šà¶­à¶» ප්”à¶»à¶¢à·à·€ විසින් ඉවත් කල යුතුය.

 à·ƒà¶§à¶±à·Š විරාමය කඩ කිරà·à¶¸ අවස්ථා 10,000 කට ආසන්න ප්”à¶»à¶¸à·à¶«à¶ºà¶šà·Š ඇති වුයේ නැද්ද ? දෙමළ වැසියන් සියලූ දෙනාම මෙ ආගාදයට ඇද දැමුවේ TNA විසින් බව දෙමළ ජනතාවට තේරුම් ගත හැකිද? 

 LTTE ය පිළිබඳ TNA කල ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à· තුල තවදුරටත් සඳහන් වන්නේ ,LTTE නායකත්වය දෙමළ නිජභූමිය තුල වැසියන්ගේ ජාතික නායකත්වය ලෙසට ද, දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ එකම සත්”à¶º නියෝජිතයා විමුක්තිකාමි කොටි සංවිධාන බවට තමන් පිළිගන්නා බවය. TNA මගින් කරන මෙම ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶º සත්”à¶º නොවන බවට දෙමළ ජනතාව ඉදිරියට පැමින හඩනගා නොකියන්නේ ඇයිදැයි දෙමළ ජනතාවගෙන් අප ප්”à¶»à·à·Šà¶± කල යුතුද ?

 à·€à·’මුක්ති කොටි අරගලයේ කල්පිතයන් සඳහා අවංකව, නිරතුරුවම පුර්ණ සහාය කැප කරමු, LTTE සංවිධානය සමග එකට එක්ව කටයුතු කරමු ලෙසට TNA ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à· කරන විට දෙමළ ජනතාවගෙන් ක෠දෙනෙකු එයට එකඟ වේද ? ක෠දෙනෙකු

                                                 එකඟ නොවේ. TNA විසින් ලියන ලද ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’පත්ති ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶º කිසිදු බන්ධනයකින් තොරව සකසන ලද්දකි. දෙමළ ජනතාව විසින් නොපමාව වටහා ගත යුතු දෙය නම් TNA සහ LTTE ය එකම සංයෝගයක් බවත්, ඔවුන්ට ඡන්දය ලබාදà·à¶¸ තුළින් ජනතාව LTTE යට ගැති අය ලෙසට හැඳින්වà·à¶¸ පිළිබඳව කිසිවෙකුට චෝදනා කල නොහැකි බවත්ය.

 2004 මහ මැතිවරණයේද෠TNA විසින් ඡන්ද 633,654 ක්, එනම්, 6.84% ක් ලබා ගනිමින් ආසන           22 ක් දිනා ගන්නා ලදà·.

 2010  TNA පාර්ලිමේන්තු මහා මැතිවරණ ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’පත්ති ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶º

 2010  TNA පාර්ලිමේන්තු මහා මැතිවරණ ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’පත්ති ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶º සිලොන් (ශි්”à¶» ලංකාවේ දෙමළ ජනතාව විසින් දෙමළ රාජ්”à¶ºà¶ºà¶šà·Š පවත්වා ගෙන ගිය බව සඳහන් වේ. 2001 වසරේද෠සඳහන් නොකල නමුත් ,පෙඩරල් ව්”à¶ºà·€à·ƒà·Šà¶®à·à·€à¶šà·Š, පිළිබඳව මෙන්ම ඛණ්ඩ – චෙල්වනායගම් ගිවිසුම ගැන ද 2010 වසරේ නිකුත් කල ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’පත්ති ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶ºà·š සටහන් වේ. සිංහල භාෂාව පමණක් තත්වය ගැටලූවක් වුයේ නම් බණ්ඩාරනායක පෙඩරල් විසඳුමක් ගිවිසුම ට අත්සන් කිරිමට ලාමක ලෙසට එකඟවà·à¶¸ සමග ,සිංහල පමණක්, තුලින් පැවති දුෂ්කරතා ශනිකව අවසන් වුයේ කෙසේද ? යන්න වටහා ගත නොහැක ? පෙඩරල් වාදය හා සිංහල භාෂාව අතර ගැටලූව කුමක්ද ?

 à¶­à·€à¶¯, නිදහස ලැබà·à¶¸à¶§ පෙර හෝ පසු කාලයේද දෙමළ භාෂාව පරිපාලන කටයුතුවලද෠භාවිතා නොවුයේ සියලූම නà·à¶­à·’ සම්පාදන කටයුතු සියල්ල ඉංගà·à·Š”à¶»à·ƒà·’ මාධ්”à¶ºà¶ºà·™à¶±à·Š අධ්”à¶ºà·à¶´à¶±à¶º ලද උසස් ජන කොටස් (සිංහල හෝ දෙමළ) මගින් ඉටු කිරà·à¶¸ අනුව දෙමළ භාෂාව පිළිබඳව කිසිවෙකුටත් ශෝකයට පත්වà·à¶¸à¶§ අවශ්”à¶ºà¶ºà¶­à·à·€à¶ºà¶šà·Š නොවිය. එය එසේ වුයේ නම් යටත් විජිතවාදින්ගේ පැමිණà·à¶¸ සමග  සිංහල භාෂාවට කුඩම්මාගේ සැලකිල්ල ලැබà·à¶¸ ගැන  සිංහල ජනතාව ද සිත් වේදනාවට පත්ව සිටියා විය හැක. බොහෝ දෙනෙකු පිළිගැනà·à¶¸à¶§ අකමැති වුවද ආනයනය කරන ලද කි්”à¶»à·ƒà·Šà¶­à·’යානි චෙල්වනායගම් සහ ඔහුගේ පෙඩරල් පැකේජය මගින් බණ්ඩාරනායක රැවටà·à¶¸à¶šà¶§ ලක්වà·à¶¸ සිදු විය.

 à¶´à·à¶»à¶¸à·Šà¶´à¶»à·’ක නිජබිම, ස්වයං තà·à¶»à¶«à·à¶­à·Šà¶¸à¶šà¶·à·à·€à¶º, ,අහිමි සමාධිපත්”à¶ºà¶º නැවත ස්ථාපිත කිරිම, සහ උතුරු නැගෙනහිර භූගෝලà·à¶º ස්වභාවය වෙනස් කිරිම ,රාජ්”à¶º අනුග්”à¶»à·„නයෙන් ජනපද පිහිටුවà·à¶¸, යන කරුණු පිළිබඳව ද 2010 ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶º TNA මගින් නැවත සඳහන් කර ඇත. දෙමළ ජනතාවගේ අඩකට වැඩි ප්”à¶»à¶¸à·à¶«à¶ºà¶šà·Š දඹුනේ ජà·à·€à¶­à·Š à·€à·à¶¸ අනුව දණුණේ භූගෝලà·à¶º ස්වභාවය වෙනස් à·€à·à¶¸ පිළිබඳව TNA කුමන ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶ºà¶šà·Š ඉදිරිපත් කරයිද ?

 à¶‹à¶­à·”ර හා නැගෙනහිර පළාත් එක් කර පළාත් සභා ක්”à¶»à¶¸à¶º හඳුන්වා දුන් 1987 ඉන්දු-ලංකා ගිවිසුම ගැන TNA සඳහන් කරමින් කියා සිටින්නේ එම ඒකාබද්ධ ප්”à¶»à¶¯à·šà·à¶ºà·š ස්වභාවය එකà·à¶º තත්වයේ තිබිය යුතු බවත්,  13 වන සංසෝධනය මගින් පළාත් සතු බලය මධ්”à¶ºà¶¸ රජයට නැවත පවරා ගැනà·à¶¸à¶§ හැකි වු බවත්ය.

 à·à·’à·Š”à¶» ලංකාව එක්සත් ස්වාධà·à¶± ජනරජයක් තුල බහු සමාජයà·à¶º දේශයක් ලෙසට හඳුන්වමින් 1995 වර්ෂයේ ශි්”à¶» ලංකා රජය විසින් ව්”à¶ºà·€à·ƒà·Šà¶®à· ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’සංස්කරණ යෝජනා ඉදිරිපත් කිරà·à¶¸ පදනම්ව 2010  වර්ෂයේ  TNA ඉල්ලා සිටියේ ,එකà·à¶º ආකෘතිය අතහැර දැමà·à¶¸, සහ ,හවුල් ස්වාධිපත්ය, හඳුන්වා දà·à¶¸à¶ºà·’. 1996 ව්”à¶ºà·€à·ƒà·Šà¶®à· කෙටුම්පත ශි්”à¶» ලංකා දේශයේ ස්වභාවය හැඳින්වුයේ අවලංගු කළ නොහැකි එක් වු ප්”à¶»à¶¯à·šà·à¶ºà¶±à·Š සමුහයක් ලෙසටය. ඉංගà·à·Š”à¶»à·ƒà·’ බස හැසිරවà·à¶¸à¶§ දැඩි රුචිකත්වය අප දේශයේ ගරුත්වය අභිබවා යාමේ ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’ඵලයක් ලෙසට මෙය දැක්විය  හැක.  

 à·à·’à·Š”à¶» ලංකාවේ පැරණි ශිෂ්ඨාචාරය සහ එහි අයිතිවාසිකම් පසෙක ලා, ලෞකික බහුසංස්කෘතික නියාමයන් අතහැර ශි්”à¶» ලංකාව එහි පැමිණපදිංචි වු ජාතියකින් සමන්විත දේශයක් ලෙසට හඳුන්වා දෙමින් එහි ශිෂ්ඨාචාරාත්මක ආචාර ධර්මයන් අහිමි කිරිමට ගත් උත්සාහය පිළිබඳව එකල ජනාධිපති චන්ද්”à¶»à·’කා සමග කටයුතු කල ජà·. එල්. පිරිස් විසින් පැහැදිලි කිරà·à¶¸à¶šà·Š කල යුතු වේ. 

 à¶’මගින් ජà·. එල්. පà·à¶»à·’ස් විසින් අවලංගු කළ නොහැකි ඒ වු ප්”à¶»à¶¯à·šà·à¶ºà¶±à·Š සමුහයක් යන පදනම මත තර්ක කිරà·à¶¸à¶§ TNA  වෙත අවස්ථාව සලසා දෙන ලදà·.

 ,දෙමළ ජනතාව සඳහා වෙනම නිජබිමක් දිනා ගැනà·à¶¸ සඳහා සටන් වදින එකම යුද බලකාය, ලෙසට TNA  තම 2010 ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’පත්ති ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶ºà·š LTTE  ය ගැන සඳහන් කරන  ලදà·. ,ඒකà·à¶º ශà·à·Š”à¶» ලංකාවක් තුළ පෙඩරල් වි්”à¶ºà·”හයක් පදනම් වු, දෙමළ භාෂාව ව්”à¶ºà·€à·„ාර කරන ජනතාව සඳහා අයිතිහාසික වාස භූමිය තුළ ස්වයං තà·à¶»à¶«à·à¶­à·Šà¶¸à¶š භාවය ලෙසට ඔස්ලෝ නිල ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶º ලෙසට හැඳින්වෙන ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’පත්ති මාලාවක් මත පදනම් වු 2000 සටන් විරාම ගිවිසුමේ සඳහන් වේ.

 à¶¯à·à¶š තුනක් තුළ සමාජයේ පිළිගැනà·à¶¸à¶§ ලක් වු දෙමළ වැසියන් ඔවුන්ගේම සටන්කාමින් ඝාතනය කිරà·à¶¸ මෙන්ම LTTE  ය විසින් සිදු කරන ලද දරුණු අපරාධ නොසලකා හරිමින් TNA  විසින් පෙන්වා දෙන්නේ මිලියනයක් පමණ රටහැර පලායාම 500,000 ක් පමණ අවතැන් à·€à·à¶¸ සහ මරණයට ලක්  වු 150,000 ක් සහ යුද්ධයේ අවසාන කාලය තුළ මරණයට පත් වු 30,000 ක් පමණ සංඛ්”à¶ºà·à·€à¶šà·Š ගැනයි. කොළඹ ජà·à·€à¶­à·Š වන TNA නායකයන් වැඩිදුරටත් සඳහන් කරන්නේ 300,000 පමණ දෙමළ ජනතාව රැඳවුම් කඳවුරුවල ජà·à·€à¶­à·Šà·€à·à¶¸ ගැන මිස එම 300,000 ට දිනපතා ආහාර වේල් තුනක් සපයමින් සෞඛ්”à¶º පහසුකම් සලසා දà·à¶¸à¶§ රජය දරන වියදම් ගැන කිසිවක් සඳහන් නොකරන අතර, තම වැසියන්ගේ අවශ්”à¶ºà¶­à· සඳහා TNA මගින් කිසිඳු වියදමක් දරා නොමැත.

 2010 වර්ෂයේ  TNA  සඳහන් කළේ ,අපගේ භූමිය සහ ජනතාව සුරා කෑම, ලෙසටය. ඔවුන්ගේ ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’පත්ති ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶ºà·š සඳහන් ,කර්මාන්ත, සංචාරක සහ වෙනත් සංවර්ධන ව්”à¶ºà·à¶´à·˜à¶­à·’ විලාසයෙන් වේගයෙන් සිදු කෙරෙන මෙම  කටයුතු මගින් සිදු කෙරෙන්නේ දෙමළ ප්”à¶»à¶¯à·šà·à¶ºà¶±à·Š à·„à·’ වෙනත් ජනයාගෙන් සමන්විත ජනාවාස ඇති කිරිමේ කාර්්”à¶ºà¶º සඳහාය, යන්න මගින් අදහස් කරන්නේ උතුරු ප්”à¶»à¶¯à·šà·à¶º සංවර්ධනය කිරà·à¶¸à·š අවශ්”à¶ºà¶­à·à·€à¶º ඔවුන්ට නොමැති බව ද? කොළඹ සිට උතුරට ප්”à¶»à¶ à·à¶»à¶š කටයුතු සඳහා සැප පහසු ලෙස ඔවුන් ගමන් කරන්නේ ඉදිකරන ලද මහාමාර්ග නිසා නොවේද ? කිලිනොච්චිය සහ මුලතිවු ප්”à¶»à¶¯à·šà·à¶ºà¶±à·Šà¶§ විදුලි බලය නොමැති වුයේ LTTE ය සහ TNA මගින් එහි ජනතාවට ආලෝකය අහිමි කල හෙයින් බව TNA හට අමතක ව෠ගොස් ද

 TNA 2010 ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶º තුලින් මේ අන්දමට පොරොන්දු විය

”¢             සිංහල ජනතාව හා සමග ශි්”à¶» ලංකාව තුළ වාසය කරන දෙමළ ජනතාව වෙනස් ජන කොට්ඨාශයක් ලෙසට හඳුනා ගැනà·à¶¸.

”¢             දෙමළ භාෂාව කථා කරන දෙමළ ජනතාවට උතුර සහ නැගෙනහිර පළාත් ඔවුන්ගේ අයිතිහාසික වාසස්ථානයන් වේ.

”¢             දෙමළ ජනතාවට ස්වයං නà·à¶»à·Šà¶« අයිතිවාසිකම් හිමි විය යුතුය.

”¢             ඒකාබද්ධ උතුරු හා නැගෙනහිර පළාත් ඒකකය තුළ පෙඩරල් ව්”à¶ºà·”හයක් පදනම් වු, දෙමළ කථා කරන මුස්ලිම් ජනතා පිළිගන්නා අන්දමේ බලය ඛෙදා ගැනà·à¶¸à¶šà·Š ඇති කිරිම.

”¢             අධ්”à¶ºà·à¶´à¶±à¶º, සෞඛ්”à¶º ඇතුළු සාමාජයà·à¶º ආර්ථික සංවර්ධනය, නà·à¶­à·’ය  හා සාමය, ඉඩම්, සම්පත් හා පොදු දේපල පිළිබඳ බලතල සහිත බලය ඛෙදා හැරà·à¶¸à¶šà·Š

”¢             උතුර හා නැගෙනහිර ප්”à¶»à¶¯à·šà·à·€à¶½ සෘජු විදේශ ආයෝජන

”¢             තෘතිය අධ්”à¶ºà·à¶´à¶±à¶º ලැබà·à¶¸à·š පහසුකම්

”¢             උතුරු හා නැගෙනහිර ප්”à¶»à¶¯à·šà· තුළින් සන්නද්ධ හමුදාව යුධ උපකරන, අධි  ආරක”à·‚ික කලාප ඉවත් කරමින් යුදකාමි තත්වය බැහැර කිරà·à¶¸.

”¢             අර්බුධ තත්වය හේතුවෙන් උතුරු හා නැගෙනහිර ප්”à¶»à¶¯à·šà·à·€à¶½à·’න් අවතැන් වුවන් මුල් ස්ථානයන්හි නැවත පදිංචි කරවà·à¶¸, නිවාස ලබාදà·à¶¸, ජà·à·€à¶± මාර්ග යථා තත්වයට පත්කිරà·à¶¸ හා ඔවුන්ගේ අභිමානය ඇති කිරිම.

”¢             යුද කි්”à¶»à¶ºà· හේතුවෙන් පාඩු සිදු වු, අංග විකල වු ජà·à·€à·’ත අහිමිවුවන්ට වන්දි ලබාදà·à¶¸.

”¢             චෝදනා නොමැතිව රඳවාගෙන සිටින්නන් නිදහස් කිරිම සහ අන් අයට ජාතික එකඟතාව උදෙසා පොදු සමාවක ලබාදà·à¶¸.

”¢             රට හැරගිය පිිරිසට ආපසු ඒමට අවසර ලබාද෠සහ ආපසු පැමිණà·à¶¸ සඳහා සුදුසු පරිසරයක් ඇති කිරිම.

”¢             දෙමළ ජනතාව නැවත පදිංචි කරවà·à¶¸à·š පුළුල් වැඩ සටහනක්, ඔවුන්ගේ පුනරුක්තාපනය සහ උතුරු, නැගෙනහිර සංවර්ධන, තරුණ, තරුණියන් සඳහා රැකියා අවස්ථා ඇති කිරà·à¶¸à·š කටයුතු දෙමළ ඩයස්පොරාව සහ ජාත්”à¶ºà¶±à·Šà¶­à¶» ප්”à¶»à¶¢à·à·€ විසින් භාරගනු ඇත.

”¢             අභ්”à¶ºà¶±à·Šà¶­à¶»à·€ අවතැන්වුවන්ට සහ අවතැන් නොවුවන්ට ජà·à·€à¶± වියදම දරාගැනà·à¶¸ උදෙසා සහන සැලසà·à¶¸.

”¢             අපගේ සමාජයà·à¶º හා ආර්ථික වශයෙන් අවාසි දායක තත්වයේ සිටින පිරිස ඉහල තත්වයකට ගෙන ඒම සහ රැකියා මාර්ග සලසා ද෠ඔවුන් සම තත්වයේ පුරවැසියන් ලෙසට අභිමානය ඇති කිරිම සඳහා විශේෂ කොමිසමක් පත් කිරිමේ අවශ්”à¶ºà¶­à·à·€à¶º.

”¢             ධà·à·€à¶» ප්”à¶»à¶¢à·à·€à¶œà·š ජà·à·€à¶± තත්වය නගා සිදුවà·à¶¸ සඳහා ඔවුන්ට නව තාක”à·‚ණය ලබා ද෠තම වෘතියේ නිදහසේ නිරත à·€à·à¶¸à¶§ සුදුසු වාතාවරණයක් ඇති කිරිම.  

 à¶»à¶¢à¶ºà·š සේවකයන්ගේ සහ පෞද්ගලික අංශයේ වැටුප්  වැඩි කිරà·à¶¸ මෙන්ම ජà·à·€à¶± තත්වය ඉහල දැමà·à¶¸à¶§ TNA කටයුතු කරනු ඇත.

”¢             පුරුෂ, ස්තà·à·Š”à¶» හා  වැඩිහිටියන්ට සමාජයේ සමතත්වය ලබාදà·à¶¸ සහ යුද්ධයෙන් පà·à¶©à·à·€à¶§ පත් වු ළමයින්ගේ ජà·à·€à¶± උපාය මාර්ග සුරක”à·‚ිත කිරà·à¶¸ සඳහා විශේෂ අවධානය

”¢             රැකියා නොමැති උපාධිධාරින් හා අනිකුත් සෑම දෙනාට රැකියා අවස්ථා සුරක”à·‚ිත කිරà·à¶¸.

 ,ඛේදජනක මිනිස් අයිතිවාසිකම් උල්ලංඝනය, කිරà·à¶¸à·Š පිළිබඳව පරà·à¶š”à·‚ණ කිරà·à¶¸ සඳහා පර්යේෂණ කොමිසමක් පත් කරන බව 2010 TNA ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’පත්ති ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶ºà·š සඳහන් කර ඇතත් එහිද෠සඳහන් කර ඇත්තේ ශà·à·Š”à¶» ලංකා රජය විසින් කරන ලද ඉන්දු ලංකා ගිවිසුම උල්ලංඝනය කිරà·à¶¸à·Š සහ උතුර හා නැගෙනහිර ප්”à¶»à¶¯à·šà· වෙන් කිරà·à¶¸, පමණක් à·€à·à¶¸ පුදුම සහගත වේ. ගාන්ධි ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’පත්තියට අනුව සාමකාමà·, අවිහිංසාවාද෠ලෙස සිවිල් නà·à¶­à·’ කඩකිරà·à¶¸à·š සත්”à¶ºà¶œà·Š”à¶»à·„ ව්”à¶ºà·à¶´à·à¶»à¶ºà¶šà·Š පවත්වන බවට TNA විසින් සඳහන් කිරà·à¶¸ සිනහ උපදවන කරුණක් වන්නේ, පවතින ප්”à¶»à·à·Šà¶± සඳහා විසඳුම් නොලැබුනහොත් දෙමළ ජනතාව ආයුධ අතට ගත යුතු යැයි එස්. ප්”à¶»à·šà¶¸à¶ à¶±à·Šà¶¯à·Š”à¶»à¶±à·Š විසින් ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à· කිරà·à¶¸à¶ºà·’. ,දෙමළ – මුස්ලිම්, සමගිය සහ ,ඵලදායි ලෙසට එක්ව කටයුතු කිරà·à¶¸, TNA මගින් සඳහන් කිරà·à¶¸ අනුව මුස්ලිම් කොන්ග්”à¶»à·ƒà·Š නායකයන් ප්”à¶»à¶·à·à¶šà¶»à¶±à·Š සමග භෝජන සංග්”à¶»à·„යකට සහභාගි à·€à·à¶¸ අනුව මුස්ලිම් කොන්ග්”à¶»à·ƒà¶º සමග ගිවිසුමකට එළඹà·à¶¸à·š සලකුණු පෙන්නුම් කරයි.

 ITAK,  EPRLF” සහ TELO යන පක”à·‚යන්ගේ සංධානය වන TNA  2010 වර්ෂයේ ඡන්ද 233190 පමණක් එනම්, මුළු ඡන්ද සංඛයාවෙන් 2.9% ලබා ගෙන ඇත. වෙනම තරඟ කල ආනන්ද සංගරි ලබාගත්තේ ඡන්ද 9223 ක් එනම් මුළු ඡන්ද සංඛ්”à¶ºà·à·€à·™à¶±à·Š 0.11% ක් පමණà·. කෙසේ වුවද සමානුපාතික නියෝජන ඡන්ද ක්”à¶»à¶¸à¶º යටතේ දෙමළ ජනතාවගෙන් 2.9% ක ඡන්ද සංඛ්”à¶ºà·à·€à¶šà·Š ලබාගත් TNA වෙත ආසන 14 ක් හිමි විය.

 2013 උතුරු ප්”à¶»à·à¶¯à·šà·à·à¶º සභා ඡන්ද සඳහා ඉදිරිපත් කළ TNA ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’පත්ති ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶º

 à¶¸à·à¶§ පෙර ඉදිරිපත් කළ ඛෙඳුම්වාද෠ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’පත්ති ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶ºà¶±à·Š මෙන්ම LTTE යට හිතවත් බව විවෘතව පෙන්නුම් කරන ඔAභ 2013 වසරේ ඉදිරිපත් කළ  ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶º පුදුම à·€à·à¶¸à¶§ තරම් කිසිවක් නොවà·à¶º. ඔAභ සංවිධායකයන් පුරසාරම් දොඩන ජනවරම ලියාපදිංචි ඡන්ද සංඛ්”à¶ºà·à·€à·™à¶±à·Š 2.9% ක පමණකි. තවදුරටත් ප්”à¶»à¶¶à¶±à·Šà¶°à·’ත කතාන්දර ඉදිරිපත් කරන TNA පහත දැක්වෙන මාතෘකා යටතේ එම ප්”à¶»à¶¯à·šà·à¶ºà¶±à·Šà·„à·’ කරන ජනතාව ආමන්ත්”à¶»à¶±à¶º කිරිමට යොමු වේ.

 ”¢             සන්නද්ධ හමුදා ආක්”à¶»à¶¸à¶« සහ එහි ප්”à¶»à¶­à·’ඵලය – අවතැන් වුවන් නැවත පදිංචි කරවà·à¶¸à·š තවමත් සම්පුර්ණ කර නැහැ. 

 ”¢             දේශපාලන විසඳුමක් සඳහා අපගේ ස්ථාවරය

 ”¢             සිංහල ජනතාව හා සමග ශි්”à¶» ලංකාව තුළ වාසය කරන දෙමළ ජනතාව වෙනස් ජන කොට්ඨාශයක් ලෙසට හඳුනා ගැනà·à¶¸.

”¢             දෙමළ භාෂාව කථා කරන දෙමළ ජනතාවට උතුර සහ නැගෙනහිර පළාත් ඔවුන්ගේ අයිතිහාසික වාසස්ථානයන් වේ.

”¢             දෙමළ ජනතාවට ස්වයං නà·à¶»à·Šà¶« අයිතිවාසිකම් හිමි විය යුතුය.

 ”¢             දෙමළ හා මුස්ලිම් පාර්ශවයන්ට එකඟ විය හැකි පෙඩරල් වි්”à¶ºà·”හයක් තුළ, එක් කල උතුර හා නැගෙනහිර ප්”à¶»à¶¯à·šà·à¶ºà·š බලය ඛෙදා ගැනà·à¶¸à·š වැඩ පිළිවෙලක්

 ”¢             අධ්”à¶ºà·à¶´à¶±à¶º, සෞඛ්”à¶º ඇතුළු සාමාජයà·à¶º ආර්ථික සංවර්ධනය, නà·à¶­à·’ය  හා සාමය, ඉඩම්, සම්පත් හා පොදු දේපල පිළිබඳ බලතල සහිත බලය ඛෙදා හැරà·à¶¸à¶šà·Š

 ”¢             දෙමළ ජනතාවට නොපමාව වැදගත් වන කරුණු

ඃ ඉඩම්, නà·à¶­à·’ය හා සාමය, සෞඛ්”à¶º ඇතුළු සමාජයà·à¶º ආර්ථික සංවර්ධනය, අධ්”à¶ºà·à¶´à¶±à¶º,   

  සම්පත් හා පොදු දේපල පිළිබඳව මත බලය ඛෙදා හැරà·à¶¸.

ඃ එක්සත් ජාතින්ගේ මහ ලේකම් විසින් පත් කරන ලද විශේෂඳ මණ්ඩලයේ නිර්දේශයන්  

  කි්”à¶»à¶ºà·à·€à¶§ නැංවà·à¶¸.

”¢             එක්සත් ජාතින්ගේ මිනිස් අයිතිවාසිකම් කවුන්සලය 2012 සහ 2013 සමà·à¶¸à¶­à¶ºà¶±à·Š.

”¢             සන්නද්ධ හමුදා, යුධ උපකරණ,  අධිආරක”à·‚ක කලාප උතුරු හා නැගෙනහිර ප්”à¶»à¶¯à·šà·à¶ºà¶±à·Šà¶œà·™à¶±à·Š ඉවත් කිරà·à¶¸.

”¢             නිවාස හා ජà·à·€à¶± උපාය මාර්ග නැවත ස්ථාපිත කර දෙමළ ජනතාව කලින් ජà·à·€à¶­à·Š වු ස්ථානයන්හි නැවත පදිංචි කරවà·à¶¸.

”¢             ස්වාධà·à¶± ජාත්”à¶ºà¶±à·Šà¶­à¶» පරà·à¶š”à·‚ා කිරà·à¶¸à·Š – ශ්”à¶»à·’ ලංකා රජය සහ LTTE විසින් ජාත්”à¶ºà¶±à·Šà¶­à¶» මිනිස් අයිිතිවාසිකම් / සත්ව කරුණා නà·à¶­à·’ උල්ලංඝනය කිරà·à¶¸à·Š පරà·à¶š”à·‚ාවට ලක් කර පà·à¶©à·à·€à¶§ ලක් වුවන්ට වන්දි ලබාදà·à¶¸ (ප්”à¶»à¶®à¶¸ වතාවට LTTE  කි්”à¶»à¶ºà·à¶šà·à¶»à¶šà¶¸à·Š පරà·à¶š”à·‚ාවට ලක් කිරà·à¶¸ ගැන TNA අවධානය)

”¢             රඳවා ගෙන සිටින්නන් මුදා හැරà·à¶¸ සහ දේශපාලන සිරකරුවන්ට පොදු සමාව

 ”¢             අතුරු දහන්වුවන් හඳුනාගෙන ඉතා කිට්ටු නෑයාට වන්දි ලබා දà·à¶¸.

”¢             රටහැර ගිය දෙමළ ජනතාවට ආපසු පැමිණà·à¶¸à¶§ සුදුසු වාතාවරණයක් සැකසà·à¶¸.

”¢             උතුරු හා නැගෙනහිර සඳහා සංවර්ධන  වැඩ පිළිවෙලක්  තාරුණ්”à¶ºà¶º සඳහා ශි්”à¶» ලංකා රජය, දෙමළ ඩයස් පෝරාව සහ ජාත්”à¶ºà¶±à·Šà¶­à¶» ප්”à¶»à¶¢à·à·€à¶œà·š සහාය ඇතිව රැකියා අවස්ථා ඇති කිරà·à¶¸.

”¢             අභ්”à¶ºà¶±à·Šà¶­à¶»à¶ºà·š අවතැන් වු පුද්ගලයන් ට තම නිවෙස් කරා ආපසු ඒමට TNA සහාය ලබාදà·à¶¸ (මෙම කි්”à¶»à¶ºà·à·€à¶½à·’ය ශි්”à¶» ලංකා සන්නද්ධ හමුදාව මගින් ඉටු කර ඇත.-

”¢             මුස්ලිම් ජනතාව 1990 අවතැන් වුවන් ලෙස TNA හඳුන්වන LTTE මඟින් බුක්තියෙන් ඉවත් කළ අයට ආපසු එම ස්ථානයන්ට පැමිණ තම ජà·à·€à¶± වෘතිය නැවත කරගෙන යාමට අවස්ථාව ලබාදà·à¶¸ (මෙහිද෠එසේ බුක්තියෙන් ඉවත් කරන ලද සිංහල ජනතාව ගැන TNA සඳහන් නොකරන අතර ඔවුන් සිටි උතුරේ ප්”à¶»à¶¯à·šà·à¶ºà¶±à·Šà·„à·’ නැවත පදිංචි කරවà·à¶¸ ගැන ද අමතක කර ඇත.)

”¢             යුද්ධයෙන් කනවැන්දුම් වුවන් 50,000 ට ජà·à·€à¶± උපාය මාර්ග ඇති කිරà·à¶¸à¶§ TNA පොරොන්දු ලබා දෙන්නේ, එවැනි වැඩසටහන් දැනටමත් කි්”à¶»à¶ºà·à¶­à·Šà¶¸à¶š කර ඇති බව නොසලකා හිරිමිනි.

”¢             යුද්ධයෙන් පසු ඉඩම් පිළිබඳ ගැටළු අධිආරක”à·‚ක කලාප / තහනම් කලාප / මසුන් ඇල්ලà·à¶¸à·šà¶¯à· à·ƒà·à¶¸à·à·€à¶±à·Š ඉවත් කරන ලෙසට TNA ඉල්ලා සිටි. (ඉන්දියානු ධà·à·€à¶»à¶ºà¶±à·Š විසින් ආක්”à¶»à¶¸à¶«à¶º කිරà·à¶¸ තුළින් ශි්”à¶» ලංකා දෙමළ ධà·à·€à¶»à¶ºà¶±à·Šà¶œà·š ජà·à·€à¶± මාර්ගයන් අහිමි à·€à·à¶¸ පිළිබඳව TNA කිසිවක් සඳහන් නොකරයි.)

 

             නà·à¶­à·’ය හා සාමය – ජනතාව බියෙන්, අනාරක”à·‚ිත බවෙන් ජà·à·€à¶­à·Š වන බව දක්වන TNA උතුරු ප්”à¶»à·à¶¯à·šà·à·’ය සභාව භාරයේ පොලිසිය පිහිටුවිය යුතු යයි යෝජනා කර සිටි. :ඹභධක”à·Š”à¶ºA සමාලෝචනයන් මගින් මෙවැනි තත්වයක් නොපවතින බව පෙන්වා දේ.) හමුදා සාමාජිකයන් විසින් ස්තà·à·Š”à¶» දූෂණ කරන බවට TNA චෝදනා නැගුව ද දූෂණයට ලක් වු කාන්තාව දූෂණය කර ඇත්තේ එම ප්”à¶»à¶¯à·šà·à¶ºà·š දෙමළ ජාතිකයෙකු බවට කරුණු හෙලි ව෠ඇති අතර එම කාන්තාව විසින් එම තැනැත්තා හඳුනා ගැනà·à¶¸ අනුව මෙම චෝදනාව නිශ්ප්”à¶»à¶·à· වේ. මෙලෙසට සිදුවන අපරාධ ගෘහස්ථ ප්”à¶»à¶ à¶±à·Šà¶©à¶­à·Šà·€à¶º සහ ළමා දූෂණ සිද්ධà·à¶±à·Š දෙමළ ජනතාව විසින් තම වර්ගයාටම සිදු කරන ලද බවට සංඛ්”à¶ºà· ලේඛන මගින් ඔප්පු කර ඇත.)

 

”¢             රැකියා ඇති කිරිම – රැකියා විරහිත බවට විසඳුම් ලබා දà·à¶¸à¶§ TNA පොරොන්දු වේ. :TNA – LTTE මගින් මෙම තත්වයට විසඳුම් වශයෙන් ළමයින් සහ තරුණ තරුණියන් LTTE සටන් කාමà·à¶±à·Š ලෙසට බඳවා ගනිමින් මෙම ගැටළුව නිරාකරණය කරන ලදà·. 2009 වර්ෂයේ  සිට රජය හා සන්නද්ධ හමුදා මගින් තරුණ තරුණියන් රැකියාවන් à·„à·’ යොදවා ඇති අතර හිටපු සටන්කාමà·à¶±à·Šà¶§ රැකියා අවස්ථා ලබා දෙන අධ්”à¶ºà·à¶´à¶± හා වෘත්තà·à¶º පුහුණුව ලබා දà·à¶¸à¶§ කටයුතු සලසා ඇත.)

”¢             ජාතික හා ජාත්”à¶ºà¶±à·Šà¶­à¶» සහාය ඇතිව සංවර්ධනය – TNA විසින් ශි්”à¶» ලංකා රජය නොසලකා හැර à·‚à·à¶¨A රැ ඡඔධඵ෠යෝජනා මගින් ජාත්”à¶ºà¶±à·Šà¶­à¶» ප්”à¶»à¶¢à·à·€ සමඟ සෘජු සම්බන්ධතා ඇති කර ගැනà·à¶¸ පිළිබඳව නැවතත් à·„~නගමින් සිටි.

”¢             ජාත්”à¶ºà¶±à·Šà¶­à¶» ප්”à¶»à¶¢à·à·€ සතු කාර්්”à¶ºà¶·à·à¶»à¶º – උතුරු  TNA සභාව සහ අනාගත නැගෙනහිර මුස්ලිම් සභාව සෘජුව ජාත්”à¶ºà¶±à·Šà¶­à¶» ප්”à¶»à¶¢à·à·€ සමග එක්ව කටයුතු කිරà·à¶¸à¶§ අවස්ථාව සලසා දෙන ලෙසට යෝජනාව පිළිබඳව TNA විසින් සියුම් ලෙස ඨධà·à¶›  වෙත බලපෑම් කරමින් සිටි. 

 à¶…නිකුත් තොරතුරු බොහොමයක් පෙර නිකුත් කල ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶±à¶ºà¶±à·Šà¶œà·š පිටපත් වුවද LTTE ය හා පවත්වාගෙන ආ සම්බන්ධය ඉවත් කර, තමන්ගේ එකම නියෝජිතයා LTTE ය බවට ජනතාව වෙත කර තිබු ඉල්ලà·à¶¸ ද අතහැර දමා ඇත්තේ රාජ්”à¶º වරප්”à¶»à·ƒà·à¶¯ හා නිදහස් අධ්”à¶ºà·à¶´à¶±à¶º භුක්ති විඳ+ින ලද හිටපු විනිසුරු විග්නේශ්වරම් ගේ අනුග්”à¶»à·à·„ක උපදෙස් අනුව විය හැක.

 ,ස්වාධිපත්”à¶ºà¶º රඳා පවතින්නේ රජය මත නොව ජනතාව මතය, යන ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à·à¶º තුලින් TNA උත්සාහ කරන්නේ TNA ලද ජයග්”à¶»à·„නය අනුව ඉලාම් රාජ්”à¶ºà¶ºà¶šà·Š පිහිටුවà·à¶¸ උදෙසා රජය විසින් දිවයින පුරා ජනමත විචාරනයක් පැවැත්විය යුතු නැතැයි විවාද කිරà·à¶¸à¶§ වේදිකාවක් සකසා ගැනà·à¶¸à¶§à¶º – නමුත් 2% ක ඡන්ද ප්”à¶»à¶¸à·à¶«à¶º එවන් විවාදයක් සඳහා කිසිසේත් සුදුසුකමක් හෝ කුශලතාවයක් නොවේ. අනතුරුව ,ව්”à¶ºà·€à·ƒà·Šà¶®à·à·€à·š 13 වන  සංසෝදනය දෝෂ සහිත යයි ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à· කරන TNA සංධානය ඒ මගින් මේ සම්බන්ධව ඉන්දියාව දරන වගකà·à¶¸ සහ TNA වෙත කරන බලෑම් දිහාරු කිරà·à¶¸à¶§ යොමු වන්නේ ඔවුන් ,දෙමළ භාෂාව කථා කරන, සාධකය මත මුස්ලිම් කොන්ග්”à¶»à·ƒà¶º දිනා ගැනà·à¶¸à¶§ යොමු ව෠ඇති හෙයිනි. 

 à¶¯à·™à¶¸à·… ජනතාවගේ අභිලාෂය වෙනත් කෙනෙකුට පැවරිය නොහැකිය යන පදනම මත TNA තර්ක විතර්ක කරයි නම්, මුළු දෙමළ ජනතා ඡන්ද සංඛ්”à¶ºà·à·€à·™à¶±à·Š 3%  ටත් අඩු ප්”à¶»à¶¸à·à¶«à¶ºà·™à¶±à·Š සතු à·€à·à¶¸, මෙන්ම ,අයිතිහාසික දෙමළ නිජබිම, යයි කල්පනා කරන ප්”à¶»à¶¯à·šà·à¶ºà·™à¶±à·Š බාහිර ස්ථානයන් à·„à·’ ජනාවාස පිහිටුවා ගැනà·à¶¸à¶§ තෝරා ගැනà·à¶¸ බොහෝ දේ පැහැදිලි කරන හෙයින් වෙනත් ස්ථානයකට තම ඊළම ගෙන යන ලෙසට TNA වෙත ප්”à¶»à¶šà·à· කල යුතු වේ.  

 TNA සංධානයට ඡන්දය ලබාදà·à¶¸ සහ දෙමළ ඊළාම් පිහිටුවà·à¶¸ සඳහා ඡන්දය ලබාදà·à¶¸ සම්පුර්ණයෙන්ම වෙනස් කාර්යයන් දෙකක් වන අතර එය එකිනෙකට ආශිංසනය à·€à·à¶¸à¶šà·Š නැත. දේශපාලඥයන් අතලොස්සකට යම් මතවාදයක් ලෙලවමින් බලයේ රෑඳ෠සිටà·à¶¸à¶§ ඉඩ සලසන පර්යේෂණ භාණ්ඩයක් තත්වයට තමන් නැවතත් පත් විය හැකිදැයි විමසිලිමත්වà·à¶¸à¶§ දෙමළ ජනතාව උනන්දු විය යුතු වන අතර, මෙම උඟ=ලට තමන් හසුවà·à¶¸à¶§ පෙර මුස්ලිම් ජනතාව ද මෙම තත්වය පිළිබඳව සිතා බැලà·à¶¸ සුදුසු වේ.

Spot The Difference….&….Spot The Double Standards….!!!

February 14th, 2014

Spot The Difference….

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Power struggles in Muslim States: Prayer – need of the hour.

February 14th, 2014

by A. Abdul Aziz.

A number of Muslim states are facing varying degrees of insurgencies and violent attacks against state institutions, officials and ordinary people. The leading examples are Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen and Somalia.

The Iraq government faces a militant challenge in Ambar Province where extremist and al Qaeda-type groups have recently established their domain in parts of that province. The sectarian issue has gained prominence in Iraq. Therefore, despite the fact that the US troops left Iraq some years ago, it has not seen stability in parts of its territory.

 Libya has not seen stable peace after the overthrow of the government of Colonel Gaddafi and his assassination.  Different tribal and fundamentalist groups are fighting each other and the weak Libyan government. Syria has been experiencing two-fold internal violence for the last three years, with a struggle for power between the Damascus government and its opponent armed groups supported by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The groups fighting against Bashar al Assad’s government are also fighting with each other. Some hardline groups with linkages with al-Qaeda are also trying to eliminate their rival insurgent groups.

 The internal conflict in Bahrain is a power struggle among two major groups: the government and anti-government groups. This has strong religio-sectarian colours because the majority of population is Shia which finds itself excluded from the power structure.

 Yemen is experiencing tribal and separatist challenges coupled with the increased activity of al Qaeda and its affiliated groups.

 Egypt could not achieve stable peace after the removal of Hosni Mubarak in 2011. In 2013, the powerful Egyptian Army took control of the state by dislodging elected President Morsi who was backed by the Muslim Brotherhood.  Morsi assumed presidency in 2012 and used his powers to strengthen his party’s political and ideological control over the state and society in total disregard for other groups. This sharpened divisions in politics, enabling the military to knock out the Morsi government. The Muslim Brotherhood’s resistance to military rule did not succeed because the resistance was initiated only by Muslim Brotherhood’s hardcore. However, internal violence erupts from time to time.

 Each country has its peculiar features of politics and society. Therefore, the details of the internal conflict vary from country to country but there are some common factors that are found in these Muslim countries, which show that several struggles are going on simultaneously. The first common factor in these Muslim states is the growing pressure of socio-economic injustice. Each state has an affluent class of people, mostly the rulers or their close associates. However, a large number of people suffer from poverty and underdevelopment with little hope of improvement of their conditions. These people have little attachment with the state and its political order. These alienated people are attracted to various appeals based on ethnicity, tribe, language and religion and religious sects. There is a crisis of leadership in these countries. Either the military provides leadership or a combination of military, bureaucracy and the affluent elite does. Their political appeal does not cut across various divisions in society. Consequently, the national framework is relegated to the background and people think in terms of identities smaller than the state.

 The second common factor can be described as a pure and simple power struggle among competing interests where the tradition of constitutionalism and rule of law is poor or non-existent. Therefore, invocation of the law and constitution depends on the needs of a competing interest. Law and constitution are supported if these help a competing group to achieve its political objectives.

 Third, the role of abstract ideologies has declined at the global level in the post-Cold War era. The West’s efforts to project the New World Order and globalisation that emphasised connectivity based on free trade and privatisation against the backdrop of liberal democracy could not attract much support in the Muslim world. The so-called Arab Spring brought down some dictatorships but no credible political and social alternative was evolved. In this situation of intellectual void, many political groups in Muslim countries sought salvation by adopting religion as their political ideology.

 Different militant and non-militant groups are engaged in three-types of struggles. First, they are fighting against the West in order to push back its cultural and political impact on society. This struggle becomes more serious if the West, especially the US, is viewed by them as a supporter of their adversary group or the state where these groups are engaged in religious and political struggle. Second, they often challenge the writ of the state in order to paralyse it and take its control to impose their preferred religious order. If that is not possible, they want to create a territorial enclave for themselves. Third, these groups also compete with each other. Each militant group claims itself to represent the ‘genuine’ interpretation of religion and wants to destroy any group that does not subscribe to its view. These militant groups also fight with each other for controlling territory and material resources.

 These struggles have increased divisions in the society. The state is either under siege by these groups or fighting these groups. This has reduced the capacity of the state to fulfill its obligations towards its citizens because continuous strife has adversely affected the economy, and law and order. These internally divided states also become vulnerable to external intervention by Western states and other Muslim states that have some political interests in and around these states.

 These states are finding it difficult to maintain internal cohesion, sustain a stable governance system and ensure equitable economic growth. The ruling circles lack new ideas to sustain the voluntary loyalty of the people and the groups challenging them have no clear vision of the future of the state and society in the 21st century. These problems are not expected to be resolved in the near future.      

  The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and Fifth Khalifa, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, lamented the “pitiful and sorry-state” of much of the Muslim world during one of his recent weekly Friday Sermon delivered at Baithul Futhuh, London.

 Speaking at the sermon, the Khalifa highlighted the examples of war-torn Syria and of Pakistan, where he said countless innocent people were being targeted and persecuted. He called on Ahmadi Muslims around the world to pray for the peace and stability of the Muslim world. 

  Speaking about the devastating consequences of the war in Syria, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

 “The situation in Syria is going from bad to worse. Both the Government and the Opposition rebels have committed extreme cruelties. The nation’s children, its elderly and its women are all being targeted.  Innocent people are being arrested, starved and tortured. Muslims are perpetrating these cruelties on other Muslims and so are giving non-Muslims the opportunity to raise false accusations against Islam…  For the sake of either retaining power or gaining power, the government and opposition are both actively destroying the children of their nation.”

 His Holiness prayed for the cruelty in Syria to end and for justice to prevail before commenting on Pakistan.  

 Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

  “In Pakistan we also find that extreme cruelty is being inflicted upon members of the public and particularly against Ahmadi Muslims. People are being physically and mentally tortured. Other Pakistanis are also being trapped in this system of cruelty and it seems the intensity of these grave circumstances will continue to increase… There is a great need for prayers that all forms of extremism and terrorism end.”

  The Khalifa concluded by remarking upon the dire circumstances witnessed in many other Muslim countries including Egypt and Libya. He prayed that Islam’s name would not be tarnished or defamed by the atrocities and injustices being falsely perpetrated in the name of the religion.

What Hypocrisy! America’s Push for accountability in Sri Lanka

February 13th, 2014

By Bandu de Silva-Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to France, and the Vatican”

For a small country like Sri Lanka, meeting the challenge of a super power like the US is an up-hill task. There is no match at all. Sri Lanka does not have even economic resources as Iran or Libya under Colonel Gaddafi had, to hit back at US, as they once did in their own way-occupation of US Embassy, and bombing of Pan-Am plane, respectively. Nor does Sri Lanka  have the missiles and a few nuclear war heads as North Korea possesses, using which that country threatens devastation around in case of a US military threat.

Sri Lanka has been a very peace loving country historically, nurtured in the peaceful religion of Buddhism but which had to fight wars in defence of her territorial integrity for near two millennia against inroads from neighbouring lands and later from western colonial powers. It was as a result of a three decade long recent terrorist war which was originally, foreign supported, that Sri Lanka had to shift to a programme of defence capacity building. She is presently under immense international pressure to provide proof of accountability in respect of the war against terrorism she fought and won at a great sacrifice of material and human resources.

The country has devised its own mechanism to meet these demands but all round pressures area overwhelming and try to create a breakdown of the system of governance. These challenges are manifest in the way US Embassy in Colombo has been responding, more in a hegemonic role wielding a big stick in hand and interfering in the country’s internal affairs, more than in a helpful pacific role. The usual claim is US’ own commitment to this and that, R2P and the lot, forgetting that US passed its “US Servicemen Protection Act” and withdrew from the Rome Treaty which it initially supported. It even punished other countries which supported the Treaty. What hypocrisy!

This is not a situation that even the most servile country can endure. Neighbouring India reacted very strongly recently over the manner one of her senior diplomatic officers was treated in New York, That despite all the high profile bi-lateral relations that the two countries have developed in recent ears.

Bellin the cat

Am I right if I suggest that it is Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and not the Ministry of External Affairs who is seen questioning the doings of the US Ambassador and visiting US officials. These have now been coming out one by one in recent days. The US Ambassadors in Colombo is now not been seen in the traditional diplomatic role of building cooperation with the host country in contrast to what their predecessors did. This shift was especially noticeable from the time of Ambassador Patricia Butenis and now continued by her successor, Michele Sison. I asked recently, if this was due to some personal deficit on the part of female occupants of the high position, as such demeanour was not seen in previous occupants of the high diplomatic position, including Ambassador Robert O Blake.

In this context, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa first took on US Ambassador Michele Sison for her recent visit to Jaffna and meeting Ananthi Srithharan, wife of former LTTE political leader of Trincomalee and other reasons, (see my article: ‘Gota Has a Case’, Ceylon Today, 31 January 2014) came as a first response by a government spokesman on any matter that the US Ambassador had been engaging in recently and interfering in the country’s domestic affairs.. There was no indication, however, the Ministry of External Affairs raised the issue. The Defence Secretary who met visiting US Assistant Secretary, Nisha Biswal, who also met Ananthi Sritharan, Bishop Saundaranayagam, and Chief Minister Vigneswaram, has said that “she was ignorant” of affairs in Sri Lanka. That was after she held a media conference at the end of her visit. Now comes the news that rowing US Ambassador, …….Rapp, met former LTTE cadres in IOM office in Killinochchi facilitated by IOM and also that Ambassador Rapp forced his way into military detachment at Boosa Camp.

Are these indications of Sri Lanka, though clawless, wanting to take on the US ‘Tiger on the Mountain’?

Disagreement

I have gone into in detail on Biswal’s visit in my last article published in Ceylon Today on February 4th and 5th 2014, but for the purpose of this article, with due respect to Secretary of Defence, I beg to differ from his assertion but on matters of emphasis. I would hesitate to call Biswal affair a case of blissful ignorance as it might appear but one of self-imposed ignorance arising from subscribing to a view that has been incubated and nurtured in the State Department under Hilary Clinton’s administration and ably supported by Biswal’s immediate predecessor Robert O Blake. Biswal has nothing more to add to the Sri Lanka dossier but to follow the US government’s policy guidance that has been laid down in relation to dealing with Sri Lanka.

As I quoted a former powerful President of US, the task of the Assistant Secretaries is to implement the policy set down by the President and others who immediately assist him. One cannot think that the situation has changed under President Barack Obama unless he was deficit in foreign- policy- decision making, or he abdicated foreign policy making to others. One can think that he wanted to give to his former party rival for the Presidency, Hilary Clinton, who but lost in the primaries, a free hand in decision making in the realm of foreign policy in her capacity as State Secretary in his first term in office, and Clinton was a competent person at that as a lawyer and former Senator. But whether or not Clinton herself drafted her policy speeches or she depended on her Assistants and Secretaries, is the question.

Clinton’s Prejudice Against Sri Lanka

Clinton disclosed her prejudice against Sri Lanka ”One should not forget that it was disclosed that the Diaspora, especially Raj Rajaratnam had contributed to Hillary Clinton’s and Barak Obama’s election Funds  -in her statement on rape as “war tactic” made by her as US representative in the Security Council at the last session presided by her in 2009, where she listed Sri Lanka along with offenders like Congo, Sudan, Bosnia and Burma, but ignored rape committed in Iraq, Palestine, as well as in Guinea.

What I Wrote on Rape

On that occasion I wrote:

Clinton’s Rape story in Sri Lanka ”a mutual bail out”, The Island, 10/10/2009

“……Nor have any of the other members of the Security Council and the Secretary General endorsed what Ms. Hilary Clinton said about Sri Lanka though a number of them made reference to the situation in Congo. The Libyan representative made reference not only to Congo but also to Iraq and Palestine as well as Guinea. Pointing out that perpetrators of sexual violence irreversibly maimed survivors, and calling for the adoption of legislation to ensure that those crimes did not go unpunished, he drew attention to (yesterday’s) scenes from Conakry, Guinea, where women had been raped, tortured and then killed, and truly horrific…. Any perpetrator of such crimes, whether in Iraq, the Democratic Republic of the Congo or Palestine, must be brought to justice,” he concluded”. (See statement by Abduurahman Shaglam of Libya at the UNSC session).

“On the contrary, Ms. Hilary Clinton dragged Sri Lanka’s name while omitting a country like Rwanda where during the 1994 genocide, up to half a million women were raped; and Sierra Leone, where incidents of war-related sexual violence from 1991 to 2001 numbered about 64,000; (Matthew Lee) and Guinea where rape was reported as the Security Council session presided by her was taking place.

“UN records refer to 200,000 cases of rape in Congo, Sudan (unlimited?); Balkans (60,000 cases of rape in 1990s). (Matthew Lee’s report of September 30th 2009 for Associated Press)”.

 “The omission of Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Guinea (where rape was raging as the Security Council was meeting) in Ms .Hilary Clinton’s speech could not have been accidental considering that [she] thought of including Sri Lanka which country, as Ambassador Patricia Butenis explained later, was one where there were “allegations” just as in other conflicts. [The Ambassador ] has moderated her Secretary of State’s statement whereas the latter held no such reservation to use the word “alleged” but was firm in calling Sri Lanka a country “which had practiced rape as a war tactic.”

 “Matthew Lee reporting for the Associated Press on the adoption of the UNSC resolution could not agree. Obviously he saw the weakness of including Sri Lanka in that list. He observed in general that rampant sexual violence has also been seen in other conflict zones in Africa, Asia and Europe ”” from Bosnia to Myanmar. He thought including Sri Lanka in the category of other countries short-listed by Hilary Clinton whose record as documented at the UN, ….., was horrendous.”

Why Clinton Did Not Retract?

Clinton could not have retracted her statement about Sri Lanka without damaging her credentials in the face of critics like Dr.Nile Gardiner, Director of Margaret Thatcher Centre for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation, London, who wrote about her flagging foreign policy postures, in “Invisible Secretary of State: Hilary Clinton’ Failure of Leadership on the World. (http://www.heritage.org/Research/worldwideFreedom/wm2548.cfm July 17,2009)

My Open Letter to UN Secretary General

 In my Open Letter addressed to UN Secretary General, Ban-ki-Moon on14/10/2009 published in another newspaper, I wrote:

 Ms. Hillary Clinton’s book on Rape has Blank pages on Okinawa

 “One may not be able to accuse the U.S. troops today as practicing rape systematically as policy, not even in Okinawa I have taken up in this paper, but it did happen in Vietnam in Mai Lai. Here is what Nick Terse wrote on 31 August 2009 (not long ago) in American Empire Project.(http://usmacmillan.com/HenryHolt.aspx.

“If you recall what actually happened at My Lai, Calley’s more-than-40-years-late apology cannot help but ring hollow. Not only were more than 500 defenseless civilians slaughtered by Calley and some of the 100 troops who stormed the village on March 16, 1968, but women and girls were brutally raped, bodies were horrifically mutilated, homes set aflame, animals tortured and killed, the local water supply fouled, and the village razed to the ground. Some of the civilians were killed in their bomb shelters, others when they tried to leave them. Women holding infants were gunned down. Others, gathered together, threw themselves on top of their children as they were sprayed with automatic rifle fire. Children, even babies, were executed at close range. Many were slaughtered in an irrigation ditch. “

 These were not events that took place in Ceylon in 1818 during the Wellassa rebellion or the later 1848 Matale uprising, though there was enough of them here like decapitating all males above 14 years in Kandyan families, but in late 20th century in Asia. I continued to quote Nick Trese, in order to show the mockery of justice in the US on Caley’s confession:

 Mock Justice

 “For his part in the bloodbath, Calley was convicted and sentenced to life in prison at hard labor. As it happened, he spent only three days in a military stockade before President Richard Nixon intervened and had him returned to his “bachelor apartment,” where he enjoyed regular visits from a girlfriend, built gas-powered model airplanes, and kept a small menagerie of pets. By late 1974, Calley was a free man. He subsequently went on the college lecture circuit (making $2,000 an appearance), married the daughter of a jeweler in Columbus, Georgia, and worked at the jewelry store for many years without hue or cry from fellow Americans among whom he lived. All that time he stayed silent and, despite ample opportunity, offered no apologies.

 “Still, Calley’s belated remorse evidences a sense of responsibility that his superiors — from his company commander Capt. Ernest Medina to his commander-in-chief President Lyndon Johnson — never had the moral fiber to shoulder. Recently, in considering the life and death of Johnson’s Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, who repudiated his wartime justifications for the conflict decades later (“We were wrong, terribly wrong.”), Jonathan Schell asked:

 No Regrets

 “[H]ow many public figures of his importance have ever expressed any regret at all for their mistakes and follies and crimes? As the decades of the twentieth century rolled by, the heaps of corpses towered, ever higher, up to the skies, and now they pile up again in the new century, but how many of those in high office who have made these things happen have ever said, ‘I made a mistake,’ or ‘I was terribly wrong,’ or shed a tear over their actions? I come up with: one, Robert McNamara.”

 “Because the United States failed to take responsibility for the massive scale of civilian slaughter and suffering inflicted in Southeast Asia in the war years, and because McNamara’s contrition arrived decades late, he never became the public face of slaughter in Vietnam, even though he, like other top U.S. civilian officials and military commanders of that time, bore an exponentially greater responsibility for the bloodshed in that country than the low-ranking Calley……”

I wrote further:

 “Marching forward” is the name of the game that critics against those who quote WW II atrocities and impingement on freedom of its own citizens like Japanese Americans recommend. But there was no “marching forward” by America even two to three decades later if one looks at the horrendous crimes committed by American troops in Vietnam; and more recently in Iraq and now in Afghanistan. It is much worse. This is not long past. It is in our memory. The crimes by Pol Pot regime are now under investigation.

“What is America’s response to the situation in Vietnam?  The American Servicemen’s Protection Act of 2002 I suppose! How could Ms. Hillary Clinton as her country’s representative at the UNSC express no word of repentance or even express shame as the British representative did, during the UNSC debate on September 30th, 2009. Or, at least say U.S. has ‘marched forward’ since then. How high the bona fides of UNSC itself would have risen if such a response was forthcoming from her, rather than trying to pick up holes in a small country like Sri Lanka and find herself in the embarrassing situation of allowing her administration to swallow her words later almost admitting that she said an untruth. What a shame!

“Now the situation of rape and violence against Okinawan women by U.S. soldiers is a serious one. Your Excellency [Secretary General], it is happening very close to the doorstep of your home country! Many cases have been reported, some investigated and perpetrators penalized. There are horrendous cases like the rape of a 10 year old girl; and the abduction, gang rape and murder of by marines of a 12 year old girl from the Kin village which received wide publicity. These cases were brought out not by me but by Emrt. Prof. Charmers Johnson, one of the leading intellectuals of the world (some may disagree) who was the co-founder of the Japan Research Institute and its current President at San Diego University, a former consultant of CIA, and the author of a number of studies on Japan, China and Japan-US relations; and more importantly, the author of best selling books” Blowback Trilogy-Blowback” (2000), “The Sorrows of Empire” (2004), and “Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic” and numerous other works and interviews. He raised the plight of Okinawan women in an article he published in ‘Asia Times’ of 7, March, 2008.

“What prompted the writing in The Asia Times was a long series of sexual violation of young Okinawan girls I referred to. “Other incidents of bodily harm, intimidation and death continue in Okinawa on an almost daily basis, including hit- and- run collisions between American troops and Okinawans on foot or on auto-bikes, robberies, bar brawls and drunken and disorderly conduct” wrote Prof. Johnson.

“As he says, after each of these incidents and innumerable others that make up the daily police blotter of Japan’s most southerly prefecture, the Commander of the U.S. forces in Okinawa and the US Ambassador in Tokyo made public apologies for the behaviour of US troops. ….Occasionally the remorse goes up to the Pacific Commander-in ”chief, or in a recent case to the [former] Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice and still end up in an apology. The officers responsible for discipline of US troops in Japan invariably promise to tighten supervision of the 92,491 troops, civilian employees and dependents. “That is as far as things go. Nothing ever changes.” Always the usual apology; and at best an invocation of the “friendly relations which exist between the two countries” diplomacy.

“While Your Excellency and other representatives of member countries of the UNSC last month elaborated the high principle that expressed about women victims of the war, in these pious declarations and the Resolution adopted the case of these Okinawian women has gone by default. The Russian representative was the only one who said that over emphasis on war situations might tend overlook the general problem of rape in the society and suggested a comprehensive approach. The Japanese representative at the UNSC remained lock-jawed over the situation in Okinawa. What does that indicate? On the one hand, it is a case where pathetically, one is unable to raise the issue of one’s own country. On the other hand, aren’t these Okinawan women caught up in a situation where they are being raped and even murdered occasionally, over which the UN SC or the General Assembly have expressed no interest as no war situation exists there. This proves the point how this excess emphasis on rape in war situation has come to overlook other rape situations.

“As some of the bloggers claimed in respect of Sri Lanka, there could be other cases un- reported in Okinawa because of the social stigma attached to rape. On the other side the poor victims receive no solace from the Japanese government as it looks the other way when diplomatic niceties like “friendly relations” are invoked by the country of the offenders; and the American Servicemen’s Protection Act of 2002 hangs over them like the Sword of Damocles. The author of the Asia Times article attributed it to the Japanese government speaking with a fork-tongue. It is because Okinawans are made to live with 37 US military bases around them. Tokyo condemns the assaults but that is as far as it goes on the Japanese side too, he wrote.

Where does the Okinwan case fit in in the UN system?

 “It is hoped that under the current presidency of UNSC under Vietnam, the issue of rape and murder of women during America’s war in Vietnam would be placed in proper perspective and the issue of Okinawan women will be correctly focused. Please do not allow new empire builders to sweep these situations under the carpet by using weapons like cutting military and economic aid as was done in the case of the Rome Statute.

Colombo, 14/10/2009
Bandu de Silva
Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to France, and the Vatican”

Consequently, it was up to Melanne Merveere, Ambassador- at -large on Women’s issues, the predecessor of Catherine Russell who wanted to visit Sri Lanka this month but was asked to delay the visit (US Embassy said she was refused a visa), to try to explain that the cases Clinton referred to in Sri Lanka took place before 1995, i.e. before President Rajapaksa entered the scene. This is why I called it a “mutual bail-out.”

Why This Long Discussion on Rape?

Why have I extensively quoted Hillary Clinton’s remarks on rape in Sri Lanka? It is because this single case aptly demonstrates the prejudices the US is currently holding against Sri Lanka. That shows the basic foreign policy stance of that country towards this small country. It might be argued that US is trying to bring Sri Lanka back on the path of democracy, from which she is seeing her deviating. Is that an argument?

Granting that everything was not alright in Sri Lanka which faced a thirty year war against brutal terrorism, and there could have been instances of aberration, is an adversarial position the best method to be used to coax the country back to the path that US and others who set their own agenda on commitment to certain western ”originated values born primarily out of the Judaic-Christian environment ” want?

Why the Adversarial Policy Towards Sri Lanka?

 Why is this adversarial stance towards Sri Lanka? Is it because it is too small a country a “peanut” as former Indian High Commissioner, J.N.Dixit might wont to say, a country not worth such application of soft diplomacy, and which could be brow-beaten through an iron-fist?

The explanation is that America is committed to uphold certain norms (see US Embassy explanation on Russell’s proposed visit to Sri Lanka: Ceylon Today, 4 February 2914). In other words, she wants to impose her will on other countries which she has identified for selective treatment. It is the same attitude that Ambassador Sison took on the issue of American Evangelist activities in Sri Lanka.

An alternative to Adversarial Approach

 Aren’t there other ways like soft diplomacy like what under President Clinton was used through the medium of Deputy Secretary of State, Strobe Talbot, Clinton’s well-honed journalist friend whose discussions with Jaswant Singh, then an adviser to the Indian government who later rose to become the Foreign Minister of the BJP government? Didn’t that type of diplomacy make major gains for US by winning over India to the US way of thinking and make her abandon decades of not-so-pro US policies to anti-US policies followed by this leading Asian country, and later lead even to cooperation in nuclear technology to selling Nuclear reactors to India by US companies for which there was a ban earlier in view of India not having signed the Non Proliferation Treaty? Hasn’t US succeeded through this soft diplomacy to make India shed her dependence on the former Soviet Union under the Security Treaty signed between the two countries in the aftermath of India’s border war with China?

 Challenges to Globalisation

This is now becoming unacceptable in a changing global system, as I told visiting Prof. Ernest Petric, Judge of the Constitutional Court of Slovenia when he delivered a lecture at the Kadiragamr Institute recently. As I said, this is a situation now emerging differently from the current concepts of globalization, with the re-emergence of countries like China [reaching world economic power status] and India similarly calling for a share for their own cultural traditions, over which Europe with its changing face after the admission of countries in Middle and East Europe and the Mediterranean was well suited to play a mediating role between the West and the East.

The fact that US or any other state, being committed to certain values and programmes, based largely on Judaic-Christian values cannot be accepted anymore for imposing them on other countries, even if they might have gained the imprint of UN sanction. People are seeing this as manipulation of international bodies by vested interest to keep the former colonized countries which form the Third World under further bondage to satisfy economic and political needs of the west.

Geo-Politics Determines US Policy?

Arising from this long discussion, is the conclusion that it is neither Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal, nor Ambassador Sison, nor Ambassador-at-large Catherine Russell who determine bilateral or multi-lateral policy in the US. They are all cogs in the wheel supporting the pre-set agenda and have the freedom to fill in the gaps.

The policy determination takes place according to US’s geo-political and strategic interests in which entities other than the State Department are involved. This was clear from the change of US policy on other countries of the Asian region like India from the days of President Clinton as described above, and now progressed under Obama ”Manmohan Singh to an understanding to cooperate in the nuclear field, permitting US firms to sell nuclear reactors to the country which has refused to sign the non-proliferation treaty; encouragement given by Hilary Clinton to selected ASEAN countries to resist China’s claims over islands in the South China Sea, and to Japan to resist China’s claim over Senkuku island (Diagou) in the northern sea.

These US functionaries have room for free action to fill in the gaps needed to achieve the basic objective of pre-determined policy. The traditional idea that an Ambassador’s main task is to promote close bi-lateral relations between the host country and the sending country is not in operation here in Sri Lanka, any more. What is now on is denigration of the principle of state sovereignty to directly interference in internal affairs of states. The role of the US Ambassador in Colombo now is to create as much embarrassment as possible to the government of Sri Lanka. This has reached high proportions under the present incumbent and the one immediately preceding her, Ambassador Patricia Butenis who even had the temerity to make some presumptuous pre-departure comment before she arrived in Sri Lanka, and make a true demonstration of her commitment by meeting members of the Tamil Diaspora in US including the LTTE rump, which made me write “It did not matter to Sri Lanka if it was a Butenis or Haramanis-” The Island.

China at the Bottom?

US is not seen to have abandoned her strategic interest in Sri Lanka as a country which lies on the strategic oil supply route to the West and East. Her collaboration with India to keep the pot simmering in Sri Lanka over the ethnic issue can be seen as her present strategy of keeping the growing Chinese influence at bay in the island. All these resolutions at UNHCR in Geneva and other actions through the UN are all part of that strategy, and have the least to do with any moral compunctions arising from commitment to so called values.

Where are the US Apologies?

As I asked five years back, where are US’s apologies to the countries she devastated, starting with the dropping of The Atom Bomb on two highly populated civilian centres in Japan, and dropping of millions of napalm cluster bombs in Indo ”China, hundreds of thousands of which did not explode; and more recently, to the people of Iraq where millions of children were made to die of starvation due to sanctions applied, not to speak of the war dead, mothers included. For that matter, where are the apologies to the German people in Dresden who were subjected to aerial bombing for days as punishment after the end of the war. After all, Churchill did not die without blood soiled hands!

Consequently, there is not going to be any change in US policy towards Sri Lanka, however much the Sri Lankan government shows progress on investigations into allegations of human right and humanitarian law violations during the war against LTTE terrorism.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, on the basis of above discussion, it can be assumed that Under President Obama’s administration, the US policy towards Sri Lanka has not been fair; it is unjust and selective in relative terms. The credibility of the US to engage in such a policy is in question looking at her own record of expressing no regrets, not to speak of apologies, for her own horrendous record commencing with the end of WW II as committed in Japan and Germany, in Indo-China, and more recently, in Iraq and other theatres of war where US was the principal belligerent party. There is no indication of any policy changes since new Secretary of State John Kerry took over. The same Clinton policies continue, with officials seemingly demarcating the parametres . The same process of destabilization which marks US policy elsewhere, is very much in operation here.

5/2/2014

Path to USA Lies Through Israel Not New Delhi: Israel Joins Western European and Others Group (WEOG) in UNHRC

February 13th, 2014

- Kumar Moses

In an unprecedented development, Israel jointed the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) of the UNHRC when it re-joined UNHRC after a lapse of 18 months. It is unprecedented because Israel was always in the Asia group. Geographically too Israel is an Asian country. But by unanimous agreement it was admitted to the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) in December 2013. Turkey initially objected but later accepted it.

Lies and damn lies

“The path to USA lies not through Israel but through New Delhi” ” Dayan Jayatilleka

Dayan Jayatilleka is wrong on this occasion as Israel is now in the UNHRC Western European and Others Group which is the closest ally of USA! This is in addition to very close ties the two countries have. Out of all Western European and Others Group countries, Israel is the most accessible nation to Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan leaders including the President, Foreign Minister and the Defence Secretary immediately visited Israel to garner support. It was a very clever move which must be commended. Following their visit, Secretary to the President and Advisor Lalith Weeratunga visited USA and made an exceptionally well completed comprehensive presentation on Sri Lanka’s progress in LLRC Recommendations and the work done towards the 2013 UNHRC resolution. Sri Lanka is highly appreciative of Israel’s contribution to bring peace to the island nation and its continuing support in sustaining peace.

Sri Lanka attaches equal importance to Arabic nations. All nations that stand by Sri Lanka are continuing allies. Dayan made the erroneous statement soon after these two crucial sets of visits. Dayan’s frustrations are understandable as it sidelines India which poisoned Sri Lanka’s previously close relationship with USA. Indian plan is to destroy Sri Lanka’s stable relationship with USA and rob lucrative export deals. Currently USA is Sri Lanka’s largest export destination.

UNHRC regions

UNHRC has divided the world into various regions including Asia Pacific, Africa, Western European and Others, Latin America, etc. There is a set quota of current members elected from each region. A country may be elected from the region it is in. Since UNHRC has only 47 vacancies at any given time, only a few countries would get elected. Israel, like Sri Lanka is not a current elected member of the UNHRC.

Cooperation within regional nations is essential to protect national interests within the region. The Western European and Others group always vote as one block vote which is a formidable strength. A deal was struck between Israel and the Western European and Others Group not to participate the standing Agenda Item No.7 on Palestinian matters for two years. In return Israel re-joined the UNHRC which it left 18 months earlier citing discrimination and unfair targeting. Unfortunately the Asia Pacific group is divided and doesn’t vote in unison which makes every regional nation weak. There are certain Asian countries, notably India, that vote against their very own regional neighbors.

Indian role

India has no role in Sri Lankan affairs but wants a finger in the pie at all times. This colonial approach has not benefitted anyone. When Foreign Minister Peiris approached his Indian counterpart Kaushid on US pressure he advised to take it directly with USA. That too shows India’s inability to approach USA and the western camp. When the US resolution went to the UNHRC it demanded accountability, human rights and media freedom. Sri Lanka could have handled these well. But India added other demands into the resolution including demilitarisation, devolution and other Tamil Nadu demands. Ultimately the resolution presented to UNHRC in 2012 and 2013 had a heavy baggage.

India is a very costly and needless intermediary compared to Israel. It must be noted that during the war USA authorised Israel to sell weapons to Sri Lanka. Through Israel, Sri Lanka approached USA over diplomatic and defence matters. It was a very fruitful dealing both ways while India imposed a weapons purchasing moratorium on Sri Lanka in 2006 which was not honoured. At one point India arrogantly declared Sri Lanka must come to India to buy its weapon and India decides what weapons Sri Lanka buys. In similar vein India tries to decide what diplomatic and UNHRC manoeuvres Sri Lanka must make.

In essence, the path to USA is through Israel and not New Delhi. Sri Lankan leaders have done well to go down that path whatever the US response to it is. Ultimately the US position is decided by the Americans, not anyone else. In international relations, only interests matter; all else immaterial. Win or lose Sri Lanka must defend its interests.

DBS Jeyaraj’s third idea

February 13th, 2014

C. Wijeyawickrema 

Mr. DBS Jeyaraj under the title, “Sixty-six Years of Independent Sri Lanka and the Tamil State of Mind,” (6 February 2014) on his own website, an essay that he says was, “an updated version of the DBS Jeyaraj Column article that appeared in the Daily Mirror of February 2nd 2013, appeals moderate Sinhala and Tamil people to find a third way to live amicably in the island of Sri Lanka. DBSJ says there are three schools of thought clashing, hegemonism, secessionism and pluralism… the Sinhala hardliners want Sinhala-Buddhist domination. They see this country as theirs alone. Others are excluded or reduced to subservient status in this ‘Chinthana.’….

the Tamil hardliners want a separate state for the north-east known as Tamil Eelam. Just as Sinhala hawks say Sri Lanka is for the Sinhalese, these Tamil hawks say Tamil Eelam is for the Tamils…”

             “…..A state for the dominant ethnicity within, excludes by definition, other ethnicities living within these real or imaginary borders. Both these ideas have brought about disunity, violence and destruction. The nation bled profusely and the country diminished drastically.

The third idea is that of establishing an egalitarian and plural society where all children of this country can live together in amity and fraternity. It incorporates a vision where no one will claim superior rights on the basis of belonging to the majority race/religion or claim exclusive rights to their historic habitat…..Power will not be confined to Colombo but shared with the periphery. All people regardless of race, religion, caste or creed will have their say and a role to play…”

 Tamil Obama

                         Lakshman Kadiragamar’s and Jeyaraj Fernando Pullai’s funerals showed that a Tamil Obama in Sri Lanka is not an impossible idea. Both of them were given Buddhist funeral rites by monks came from all over the island despite the fact both were Christians by birth. Take Arun Tambimuttu’s case. What Sinhala Buddhist voter will not vote for him as he is not telling anything different from what the Bodu Bala Sena has been telling for the past two years? Except for a few adjustments needed DBSJ is advocating a position that I have been writing for the past 15 years or so. Sri Lanka has a third way, if it can get rid of the two political camps under SLFP and UNP. These two parties destroyed Sri Lanka, so said the monks Ven. Walpola Rahula and Ven. Balangoda Anandamaitreeya. The third way is based on reasonableness which is also the Buddhist way.  This must be the way that two Indian ex-presidents meant when they said that “solutions to world’s problems could be found from Buddhism.”

            The Tamil state of mind that DBSJ presented was based on facts he considered true and relevant. There are other facts that one can list which would modify what DBSJ used to interpret his side of the story of Sinhala-Tamil drama. Suffice it to say that the black-white ruling class in Sri Lanka converted a Buddhist-Christian clash into a Sinhala-Tamil clash so that the black-whites could thrive while the country goes down. Local black-whites are supported by global black-whites who use R2P, HR, pluralism and Interfaith as tools of exploitation. Living in peace with minority communities should not make a majority a minority, and if pluralism means that then pluralism will not work. As the army commander Sarath Fonseka once clarified, “Sri Lanka is the country of the Sinhala Buddhists. Minorities could live with equal rights and equal opportunities, but they cannot make unreasonable demands.” This is a good Buddhist approach.

             For example, a pluralism pioneer France is however, not ready to deny that France is the country of the French, just like Norway is not ready to deny that Norway is the home land of the Norwegians. Pluralism should mean a majority allowing a minority to live with equal rights and equal opportunities like the majority and no discrimination based on religion or language. But this has to be governed by the doctrine of reasonableness. A Muslim woman should not expect a right to cover her face with only two hole and walk in public street in a crime-filled, bomb-carrying country because that is not reasonable. Same way a national anthem or a national flag is a symbol that cannot be dismembered with translations. The Indian national anthem cannot be sung in Tamil or Telegu. Then it is not a national anthem. The Indian national flag has a Buddhist symbol and not a cross or a crescent moon. Hindus, Muslims and Christians cannot modify it.

 Sri Lanka’s two problems

            Sri Lanka has two problems created by the black-white politicians of green, red and blue colors. One is mismanagement of economy, or their inability to change the colonial economic system. In 1948 there was a majority and a minority. That was Sinhala and Tamil-speaking majority and an English speaking minority. Then there was a rich Colombo crowd and the poor villagers. 1962 coup represented the minority. 1971 JVP insurrection represented the majority. Rather than learning lessons from these the politicians who came to power tried to keep in power by dismembering constitutions at first, and changing constitutions, and changing parliamentary to executive presidency thinking that they outsmarted the opponents. Today the country is in a big mess, because these changes gave rise to an evil triangle, the politician, officer and the NGO.

            The other is the ethnic problem. There are two aspects to this. First is the fear of Sinhala people that Tamil Nad will grab Sri Lanka. Statement by SJV Chelvanayagam, GG Ponnambalam created this fear which during Dudley Senanayaka’s time came as DMK threat in immigration and Indian Tamil areas in upcountry. 1976 Vaddukoddai resolution and the behavior of the leader of the opposition Amirthalingam added more fear and then came Prabhakaran. Today the fear is even worse with western white countries trying to break the country into two. Then we have the second aspect, Tamil political leaders looking for recognition for them, and in that process creating a thing called; Tamil have aspirations. Tamil politicians living in Colombo talk about it. Whatever its origin, one has to accept that they need a reasonable geographical area for them to promote these aspirations. When Ven. Maduluwave Sobhitha asked Kumar Ponnambalam to name any item that the Sinhalese have but Tamils do not, he thought for a while and said, “Tamils have aspirations.” Tamils have a source region just 22 miles of shallow sea away. The only real esate for the 16 million Sinhala people in a 6 billion world is this tiny island.

             The reasonable solution to this ethnic problem is to remove Sinhala fear and to give fairly reasonable geographical areas for the Tamils to engage in their aspirations. One immediate requirement is that Sinhala and Tamil should be taught to school children from grade three. If a solution to these two needs could also handle the first problem of mismanagement so much the better. If the solution also takes care of the ecological problems and global warming related environmental threats then it will be perfect. If it could be in agreement with Buddhist and Hindu principles people will be happy.

             I presented such a solution for consideration by LLRC and when I read between the lines of LLRC report I see it written there. The problem was that Lalith Weeratunga who was asked to examine it did not see it in the LLRC report or in the documents forwarded to him by me directly and indirectly. Instead a Divi Neguma thing came, and Geneva March 2014 is a direct result of this bad behavior of the top government officer. If Sri Lanka is to remain as one country, if Sri Lanka wants to come out of mismanagement and does not want to get labeled as a corrupt, crime-ridden land, I think it has to follow a solution like what I have suggested.

 Here is the solution in brief:

 1.Demarcate GSN units in Sri Lanka as lowest level ecological units.

            Rpremdas increased them from 4,000 to 14,000, god only knows why. But following the trinity of village-water tank-temple in ancient Sri Lanka, an ecology/hydrology-based GSN unit is an innocent/pragmatic gift rulers can grant to people. Engineer D.L.O Mendis  recently documented that this kind of eco villages were part of both Jaffna and dry zone  farming communities.

2. Empower a ten-member committee elected on non-political party basis to run the basic daily     affairs of the unit (if one unit is too small due to geographical reasons then combine them   as needed. This should not surprise anybody as under the Gami Diriya program this   method of empowerment has been in practice, yes despite the anger and jealousy of local  and national politician crooks.

3.Because Sri Lanka has 103 river basins, use these GSN units to create Seven River Basin Regions for Sri Lanka.  See the map attached. This map has seven units so that Jaffna  region gets one large basin area for them to feel that there is territory for aspirations to  grow.

             This division gives a sea face to each region, all of equal size and most importantly  because it is language-blind, western white countries or Tamil Nad or Prabhakaran   remnants in New York or London cannot talk of a homeland based on the eastern province. That takes away the fear of Sinhala people.

             At GSN level there will be so many Tamil units, Muslim units and mixed units who can at  that level also think of aspirations. The beauty is that no one unit can become a threat to    another unit. They will learn to respect others because, if one unit act selfishly then the  other units will also act selfishly and both will be in trouble.

4. When one looks at problems of living people face today they are not big complex problems.  How to dispose garbage, how to control Dengue, water supply, water pollution, basic   health and basic education, how to get a birth certificate, how to prevent GSN asking    bribes or school principal asking sex bribe; these can be easily and effectively handled at   local level. This way 70% of peoples’ basic issues can be transferred to local units, which is what people want, empowerment, not devolution of powers to provincial politicians.  13A method has proven to be a disaster with sex and beauty has become now the hot   selling item for council candidacy.

5. Because the basic unit is an ecological/hydrological unit they can be combined to represent an electorate or district-size units before becoming one of the Seven River Basins. Thus this horizontal division can go upward administratively with representatives sitting at a separate national body.

6. What should be done at the national/central government level to allow minority participation, if more is needed than what is proposed by item 5, such as a new constitution for the country, this GSN system can remain intact, without political interferences.

 I hope DBSJ print this essay on his website.

 Seven River Basins

 Wijemap2  

  1. Yalpanam
  2. Raja Rata
  3. Dambadeni
  4. Mahaveli
  5. Deegavaapi
  6. Kelani
  7. Ruhunu

(Compare this map with the nine-province
map which cuts all major rivers into artificial
pieces).

 

UK and US disciple Sri Lanka – Why nudged to slaughter house in Geneva?

February 13th, 2014

By Wendell W Solomons

Top-down reforms led Sri Lanka into becoming a follower of the economic doctrine proposed by US President Ronald Reagan. The reforms were imposed vigorously by a prot©g© when he was elected into leadership office in Sri Lanka. J R Jayewardene had struggled for this office in the island for a quarter century after he was hand-picked to serve as an asset in 1952. US State Secretary John Foster Dulles made newspaper history when he chose Jayewardene of an island in the distant Indian Ocean to speak from rostrum at the San Francisco Peace Conference.

J R J was found to be an extremist in his party because he was discovered offering US Republican party line solutions and he earned the nick-name Yankee Dick. That was a drop in the ocean because the State Secretary had unwittingly chosen a man who belonged in the family of a spy who betrayed the last sovereign of the country to the US’s predecessors. This spy was rewarded with an officially gazetted land grant and a prestigious title.

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James Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank

So J R J could open the annals of intrigue as he fought to rise between 1952 and 1977 firstly, to take over as head of his political party.

Secondly, he had to dominate all factions of the major political party at Independence and campaign at elections for himself as head of state.

This helps explain the way in which this personality imposed with a vengeance the then official US development policy of neoliberalism in Sri Lanka.

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Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang in his book, ‘Bad Samaritans,’ offers a succinct solution to the puzzle: Neoliberalism didn’t work because the advice it gave made no sense. In thrall to the “myth of free trade,” Chang argues, neoliberals ignored the “secret history of capitalism”: If developing countries’ embrace of the free market has failed to deliver what it promised, it’s because “free markets are not good at promoting economic development.”

This is, to say the least, a conclusion that most economists would find less than credible, at least in such a blunt formulation. But Chang sets out to prove it by retelling the history of economic development. As he sees it, the dominant economic powers of the past two centuries – Great Britain and the United States – succeeded not because they let the free market reign but because they didn’t. The US, from the days of Alexander Hamilton, used tariffs to protect “infant industries” by keeping prices on imports high. The tariffs made domestic products more attractive, giving the producers a chance to develop. Great Britain, meanwhile, did adopt a policy of almost unrestricted trade in the mid-nineteenth century, but Chang argues that it did so only after using tight restrictions on imports to become the world’s leading industrial power.

Was the breakdown into civil war a singular experience of Sri Lanka?

Neoliberal policy was recommended to Russia. It sparked off economic chaos and then wars.

Today the Ukraine simmers.

On 13 August 1998, the Russian stock, bond, and currency markets collapsed as a result of fears from investors that the government would devalue the ruble, default on domestic debt, or both. Annual yields on the ruble denominated bonds were more than 200 percent. The stock market had to be closed for 35 minutes as prices plummeted. When this happened, it was down 65 percent with a small number of shares actually traded. From January to August 1998 the stock market had lost more than 75 percent of its value, 39 percent in the month of May alone.

Crisis and effects

On 17 August 1998, the Russian government devalued the ruble, defaulted on domestic debt, and declared a moratorium on payment to foreign creditors.

The head of the World Bank saw the disturbance of 17 August 1998 and informed his governors’ meeting that policy cannot be guided by “fads or ideologies of the day.”

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James Wolfensohn

”What we can do here and now is this: We can identify what needs to be done. We can recognize the problems. We can clarify our objectives. We can work to reach consensus. The problems are too big, their consequences too important, to be guided by the pat answers of the past, or the fads or ideologies of the day. We must make a collective commitment to join together to build something better. We must make a collective commitment to join together to build something better.”

http://www.cfoss.com/wolf.html

Bosnia’s failed privatizations key cause of unrest

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) ”” In the worst unrest since Bosnia’s terrible civil war two decades ago, buildings have been set ablaze and the presidency has been put under siege. But the trouble this time is economic ”” not ethnic.

When Bosnia abandoned communism about two decades ago, officials devised a plan to privatize state-owned companies in a way they hoped would avoid mass layoffs for state workers. It was supposed to be a smooth transition after the 1992-1995 war that left 100,000 dead and devastated the country’s infrastructure.

bit.ly/1bOfz1u

Excerpts from: “From Third World to First – The Singapore Story: 1965-2000”

Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew

Excerpt

In Oct 1966, on my way back from a prime ministers’ conference in London, I visited Colombo to meet Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake. He was a gentle if resigned and fatalistic elderly man.

At dinner, a wise and sad-looking elderly Sinhalese explained that what had happened was inevitable with popular elections. The Sinhalese wanted to be the dominant race; they wanted to take over from the British as managers in the tea and coconut plantations, and from the Tamils who were the senior civil servants. They had to go through this tragedy of making Sinhalese the official language for which they had paid dearly, translating everything from English into Sinhalese and Tamil, a slow and unwieldy process.

http://www.sthomascollege.com/Excerpt.htm

Compare Western post-Independence interventions in Singapore and Sri Lanka

The World Bank report of 1952 made Sri Lanka’s government force local professionals into dummies corner. It insisted on interventions to hold back economic growth just as in most emergent nations. Through a horse deal between US State Secretary John Foster Dulles and PM Lee Kwan Yew, Singapore was allowed to beat Britain for per capita GNP.

Part of the horse deal (not mentioned in Lee Kwan Yew’s memoirs) was the transfer of Colombo’s strategic East-West port activity and revenue to Singapore.

John Foster Dulles who became State Secretary at age 62 after long serving the financial City of London in skullduggery, selected Ferdinand Marcos for the Philippines, the Shah for Iran  and J R Jayewardene or Sri Lanka as his assets. He arrived in Colombo when advised to meet and decided that JRJ would serve to speak in support of the US position at the 1952 San Francisco Peace Conference.

Among other items of business that were transacted by the two men was the sale of JRJ’s grandmother Helena’s then unsellable house beside a railway line on a receding sea shore, for use by the new US diplomats as an embassy. Salt is still washed off cars to protect them from rusting on the property that is still maintained at cost to the US tax payer for half a century now.

UK Economist journal viewed Sri Lanka as model democracy in 1977 – then entered Reaganomics

 UK THE ECONOMIST

July 30, 1977

[Quote]

It can be done; Mr. Jayawardene’s sweeping victory keeps Sri Lanka at the top of Asia’s democratic league table

For the sixth time since it became independent in 1948, Sri Lanka has changed its government by the simple but, it seemed until recently, increasingly unfashionable method of holding a general election. The island that used to be known as Ceylon is one of the few countries in post-imperial Asia which have been able to create a democratic system; it is the only one which has known an orderly alternation of ruling parties.

Full UK report

bit.ly/1kCXb3I

Meet Your ‘Choice Architect’

By Julie Schmidt

 

Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein released Nudge in 2008. Sunstein, a law professor from Harvard, is hailed as having “the quintessential University of Chicago habit of mind.” Which translates as being “social scientists at heart, contrarian but empirical, following evidence to logical extremes. They are centrally interested not in what it is like to be an individual within society but in how society washes over individuals, making and remaking them.” This “remaking” is accomplished through what they term, “choice architecture,” defined as:

Decision makers do not make choices in a vacuum. They make them in an environment where many features, noticed and unnoticed, can influence their decisions. The person who creates that environment is, in our terminology, a choice architect. The goal of Nudge is to show how choice architecture can be used to helpnudge people to make better choices (as judged by themselves) without forcing certain outcomes upon anyone, a philosophy we call libertarian paternalism. The tools highlighted are: defaults, expecting error, understanding mappings, giving feedback, structuring complex choices, and creating incentives

How nice. It sort of reminds me of how cattle appear to have a “choice” regarding which will go first as they are politely nudged down the chute toward the slaughterhouse

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/07/meet_your_choice_architect.html
Before the meetings in Geneva, the government in Sri Lanka continues preparing for elections at home when the Opposition has no alternative, popular leaders. So elections will bring back the government. Human rights violations have ensued in wars and Sri Lanka civil war would not have been an exception However, the civil war was set off during the period when a Sri Lankan political party, the UNP, intensely followed Western neoliberals. Therefore remonstration by the West will appear as blaming the patient for wrong medicine recommended by doctors of the West.

That wars are also found to create profiteers has never been explored despite the money spent on committees and visiting delegations to investigate Sri Lanka’s current government. The war profiteer billionaires of Sri Lanka’s include a key octopus-like clan which sumptuously feeds, hidden behind an ink screen of media. The billionaires await discovery as happened in New York in the case of Raj Rajaratnam,

So the patient who takes the doctor’s medicine has been set on track for another round of blame in Geneva. Flaws of logic have been created. Do you sense that the beneficiaries of the wasteful fight set up for lawmakers of several nations include those who want to send the lawmakers astray and keep to themselves a treasury of three decades of blood money extracted for the clan’s use?

Additional references –

Can people be shrunk like bonsai

bit.ly/LTxnB6

Mahathir dazzles on development

bit.ly/1iNyj6m

Your magic carpet ride to destitution

bit.ly/1iQIEyd

India is a very cunning, slimy snake and Sri Lanka should never trust this criminal country

February 13th, 2014

Plum blossom

 In this whole UNHRC saga, India is the most slithery snake that Sri Lanka should watchout for. It is the most cunning, evil country around for sure. In fact, it won’t be at all a surprise if it is India who is behind these utterly false and bogus allegations of human rights violations. I am sure it will be revealed in the future that it is indeed India which is behind these bogus human rights allegations and the ensuing UNHRC resolutions.
 
Consider these points:
 
(i) India insists that Sri Lanka ‘implement the 13th amendment to the full’ and grant land and police powers and other extra powers to the provincial councils. What on earth has this got to do with human rights violations? The answer is nothing. It should be obvious to any idiot therefore that India is trying to grab the north and east Sri Lanka via further extra, extra powers to the provincial councils (to be granted to the TNA no less) and then a federal state and finally a separate state and India is trying to achieve his by threatening the Sri Lankan Govt. How Sri Lanka arranges it’s internal governing mechanisms are up to the Sri Lankan people as a whole to decide, not criminal countries such as India. 
 
(ii) India should be told unequivocally and once and for all that the the present powers that the provincial councils have is all Sri Lanka is prepared to go and there will be no more political solutions and not to discuss this issue any further and waste Sri Lanka’s time.The vast majority of  over 88% of Sri Lankans are happy with this present system and is not prepared to go any further and we need to respect this. Therefore no more discussion regarding this matter is necessary or welcome in Sri Lanka. How Sri Lanka arranges it’s internal governing mechanisms are up to the Sri Lankan people as a whole to decide, not criminal countries such as India. 
 
(iii) India is the Godfather of Eelam no less. India trained terrorists in the 1970’s and 1980’s to destabilise Sri Lanka and start a big war here which then lasted for thirty years with terrible consequences for Sri Lanka. The cost in terms of damage to property, the economy and people are incalculable. India instigated these terrorists to destabilise Sri Lanka and if possible destroy Sri Lanka and if these are not actions of a slimy, slithery snake or viper or an enemy called India, what is? The war ensured that Sri Lanka as a country went backwards by thirty years, we lost the cream of our youth to the war which is a tragedy, we could not develop at all and the economy shrunk, opportunities dried up and there was no future for the next generation. All this India was very happy about since it hated Sri Lanka for progressing in the socio- economic front while India wallowed in backwardness. India was very jealous of Sri Lanka’s success and hence it unleashed this big war upon us and it wanted then as it does now to grab the north and east of Sri Lanka and in time to come the whole of Sri Lanka no less. India is a hyena who was howling and laughing no doubt while Sri Lanka suffered thirty years of conflict with the ensuing terrible consequences for Sri Lanka.
 
(iv) India has voted for the UNHRC resolutions twice and mark my word will do so again. Why? because it is this slimy snake, this slimy viper which is behind these resolutions in the first place. When almost all South Asian countries sympathised with Sri Lanka, when all the Asian countries sympathised with Sri Lanka, this slimy slithery snake called India saw fit to vote against Sri Lanka (twice!) at the UNHRC knowing full well the charges were bogus charges.They will do so this time too in my opinion since it is they who are actually behind these resolutions. If India is not an enemy of Sri Lanka by this despicable action alone, then based on what criteria do we decide who is an enemy and who is a friend?
 
(v) Indian envoys, foreign ministers and other officials sees fit to land here to Sri Lanka and threaten and terrorise the Sri Lankan Govt to ‘implement the 13th amendment to the full’, ‘grant land and police powers’ and other threats and demands on a regular basis. What has any of this got to do with India? It is none of their business. How Sri Lanka arranges it’s internal governing mechanisms are up to the Sri Lankan people as a whole to decide, not criminal countries such as India who have devious plans to grab the north and the east. India should be told that its foreign ministers and envoys are not welcome on Sri Lanka and not to land here and threaten us and that they are not welcome.
 
(vi) If Sri Lanka wants to safeguard it’s independence and freedom, it should tell India to shut down it’s IOC and to get out of Sri Lanka once and for all and to get out of the Trincomalee harbour. India should not under any circumstances be given a foothold in Trincomalee harbour at all. Sri Lanka should scrap the FTA with India. Sri Lanka should not give this viper called India any oil and gas exploration blocs in the Mannar basin and should not give it any right to build the Sampur power station. India should be put on a final notice that it’s envoys and ministers who land here to threaten Sri Lanka are not welcome anymore. India should also be told to pay reparations for destabilising Sri Lanka in the first place. India should only be allowed one high commission in Colombo and should be told to fold up it’s consulates (actually spying stations) in other parts of the country. It’s fishermen should be given a final warning that anyone caught crossing the IMBL between Sri Lanka and India and using illegal bottom trawling will be thrown in jail for at least one year no questions asked. 
 
(vi) In fact, throughout Sri Lankan history, India has tried to grab Sri Lanka in one way or another. India is therefore a most cunning and devious devil and evil entity and to be avoided at all costs if Sri Lanka is to survive as an independent nation beyond the next few years let alone this century. It is a vulture which trying to off the remnants of a devastated Sri Lanka (in reality thankfully even despite the war of thirty years Sri Lanka including the north and east is not devastated and India no doubt is very jealous about this too) no less and should be shunned by Sri Lanka at all fora whether domestic or international.
 
(vii) If a country threatens another country the way India kept threatening Sri Lanka for thirty years and keeps doing so now with it’s voting for utterly sham UNHRC resolutions where utterly bogus charges are being laid out against Sri Lanka, or when it tries to interfere in the internal governing mechanisms of Sri Lanka and terrorises Sri Lanka to implement this or that or tells Sri Lanka where to place it’s army, navy or airforce then it is obvious that it has devious designs (actually only one design all alone which is to grab north and east Sri Lanka) then it should be considered a criminal country and criminals should be treated as criminals no less and Sri Lanka should not have any dealings with this criminal country from now on.

Life Abroad – Part 66: SCALPEL IN ONE HAND, PEN IN THE OTHER AND FEET ON THE STAGE!

February 13th, 2014

Dr.Tilak Fernando

The Sri Lankan whom I met in London during early 1990s could be introduced as a medical man with compounded ambitions, talents and achievements from medicine, surgery, literal activity to drama – I have always referred to him as someone with “scalpel in one hand, pen in the other and feet on stage floor boards”!

Mr. Athula Withanage who was attached to the NHS in the UK, as a Consultant Surgeon (Surgeons in England are addressed as Mr. and not Dr), was born in South of Sri Lanka. He was educated at a Maha Vidyalaya and Ananda College and subsequently obtained his MBBS in the UK and was trained in Ireland.

He advanced to the position of a surgeon in 1970 and worked in Eire for 10 years before moving to Wales in 1980, worked throughout as the Clinical Directorand Lead Clinician in General Surgery at Withybush Hospital Haverford West until his retirement recently. He was a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Scotland, Ireland, England, and also a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons in General and Vascular Surgery.

Surgeons at Edna Hospital

Irish and Sinhala

Silver Scalpel Award in the UK is a rare and prestigious honour offered to surgeons on their skilful record. Even to be nominated to such a position is considered as a high-status glory. In this regard Athula Withanage was nominated twice in the UK for both surgery and teaching; in 1991 out of 870 contesting surgeons from all over the UK, Mr. Brian l Rees, Consultant Surgeon, and Withanage were the only nominees picked up from Wales which placed Withybush Hospital on the UK map.

Athula has naturally been born with a multitude of talents. As a young student in England he ventured into English drama and became a member of the Cluberston Players Group in the UK, diversified and proved his latent talents by appearing in the play Dick Whittington as Sultan of Barberry (1984); Bard of the Whisten Castle (1986) and Wasir in Sinbad the Sailor (1985). In the Republic of Ireland, he created a record being the first ever Asian to take part in the Irish play ‘Citi’, which won the first prize at the ‘All Ireland Festival’, where he played the role of a doctor by learning Irish lines by writing in Sinhala!

Athula Withanage

In addition to surgery and stage performances, Athula has a contrasting hobby of writing Sinhala and English fiction. His first publication came out as a Sinhala novel, Noriena and Wasanthye in 1974, which was criticised by two prominent Sri Lankan literal critics by comparing the story line to ‘a river beautifully flowing from Ireland and getting imprecise when it touches on Sri Lanka’. That made Athula to re-write another Sinhala fiction concentrating purely on the much criticised ‘Sri Lankan aspect’ and called it Samanmali, Sandamali, which was later adapted to a Sinhala teledrama by a producer calling it Pahan Kanda. His Sinhala novel fiction ‘Ma hada tula jeevathvana obata’ is an English translation of ‘The one who lives in my heart’. This probably qualifies as the only fiction published in both languages by the same author!

English medical thriller ‘living capsule’ which hit the top ten of medical thriller series sales in the UK was based on an imaginary surgeon’s invention of a ‘special capsule’ which extended the time factor up to 10 minutes, prior to brain damage, where a surgeon could have a breathing space to try and save life. His other English fictions include Night of the Angel and Flowers Dust and Stars.

Hospital drama in the dark

His preliminary medical experience as a Junior House Officer at Barrington’s Hospital & City of Limerick Infirmary had been a hairy experience. ‘One evening a female patient with a severe lung condition had been admitted where her family demanded a separate room for her.

In the evening young Athula did rounds with a ward sister and ‘upon entering the patient’s room, on the second floor, found an empty bed, oxygen mask hanging beside while oxygen still running out of it’. He knelt under the bed to see whether the patient was hiding, but in the meanwhile a nurse went up to the window and started screaming! ‘The patient had dived out of the building into a dark alleyway between deep walls of two buildings. A flashed torch light showed the patient lying down on the floor motionless’.

The ‘inexperienced’ young house officer did not know what to do! Next moment, overcome by human reaction, he started climbing down on a drain pipe carrying an emergency kit to save the patient. Things became worse when the down pipe undulated from wall to wall with Athula hanging on to it while the nurses screamed in a panic! In a jiffy, the old pipe gave way and collapsed but fortunately it moved on to the opposite wall and got stuck with Athula hanging on to it, just three feet above where the crashed patient lied. ‘Patient was dead already with parts of her brain scattered all over’. Athula was sad but thought he had done his duty by the patient even by taking chances with on his own life!

‘While the hospital staff awaited the arrival of the fire brigade, an elderly physician (Dr. Crowe) who was on the first floor, opened the X ray room door, came on the wooden floor of the 2nd level of the building and stretched his hand to pull young Athula out of the danger. Unfortunately the fragile old floor boards collapsed and Dr. Crowe got stuck in-between the broken floor boards, making it a complete drama where there were two medical casualties and one dead! Finally the fire brigade arrived and winched Athula and the dead body out of the alleyway and released Dr. Crowe by cutting through the floor boards of the 2nd floor.

Commitment

His main aim as a surgeon has been to give back life to human beings who are critically ill. Starting from ‘putting back a severed limb of a seven year old boy who was brought to the hospital with his arm in a bucket full of ice’ he has performed thousands of operations on patients over the past 30 years.

Subsequently he branched off from general to Vascular Surgery which is a major surgical treatment mainly on the gall bladder. The operations are done using tiny cuts, telescopes and long operating tools introduced through tiny “key holes”. In this set up, ‘virtually the operating field view is available on TV screens and the surgeon’s team is able to see whether if anything is going wrong. In such circumstances immediately it can be detected’, but, of course, the final decision depends on the responsible specialist.

He, as a surgeon, has always looked at giving the quality of life to a patient, irrespective of the age factor. “It was the normal procedure to open and just close” on a 78 year old patient with advanced cancer on whom he had done different surgery before but his intention was to remove the bulk of the tumor and with chemo therapy to give the patient a chance to live. His colleagues thought he was ‘out of his mind’. Three months after the operation the patient saw Athula Withanage with a huge chiming clock with a ‘thank you card’ which read: “Doctor you gave me life and I am giving you the time”, which could be interpreted as the Surgeon is giving life and, in return, the patient giving his blessings to the surgeon to carry on with surgery for many years to come! The Patient lived after the operation for another year before dying!

He believes in the theory that doctor or a surgeon should spend more time in a discussion with a patient to fully understand the problems and to reassure the patient by getting to the bottom of a patient’s illness and/or anxiety. This he has been trying to ingrain in the minds of all his students (including FRCS) as an instructor in the UK.

His simplicity and firm principles of not being inclined to make money out of the suffering patients at times can be misunderstood in Sri Lanka. He is a simple guy, without any narcissism, yet being so experienced and made a name for himself in the UK as a surgeon who was twice nominated to the Gold Scalpel award!

He is now among Sri Lankans to give his talent, experience and time to anyone who needs his advice or services.

tilakfernando@gmail.com

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