Louise Arbour: ‘War Crimes in Sri Lanka”- a calculated humbug
Posted on May 24th, 2010

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1. Canada

May 24, 2010

Madam Louise Arbour 
 President and CEO
International Crisis Group  (ICG)
Brussels, Belgium

Dear Madam Louise Arbour:

Well”¦well”¦.well”¦what do you know!  While reading a brilliant analysis in two Parts, of the ICG Report on “War Crimes in Sri Lanka” by the veteran Sri Lankan journalist H.L.D. Mahindapala, now domiciled in Australia titled “ƒ”¹…”Latest ICG Report runs off rails “”…” Part I” and “ICG applies human rights as a cynical tactic to “ƒ”¹…”push Rajapaksa government “”…” Part II”, I couldn’t help but conjure the image of you getting caught with your skirt down running to the loo.  You should read them.  He has taken out onion skin layer after layer of your report like from a rotting onion, smelling of a putrid Humbug.

Now I see the relevance of Canada’s Vic Toews, the Manitoba Conservative MP and the President of the Treasury Board yelling during Question Period on June 6, 2008, from the floor of the House of Commons, “She’s a disgrace” when Liberal MP, Martha Hall Findlay, a lawyer herself, called the Stephen Harper’s government to acknowledge Louise Arbour’s work as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.  I watched the drama on TV.  It was high drama, when you were portrayed as an irrelevant person in high office by your own country, Canada.  Wow!  That is a heavy duty revelation, Louise.

What is more to the point was when a female friend of mine, who has a legal background watching Question Period with me called you, “She is a dumb broad and an embarrassment to Canada!”, when I tried to defend you as a smart lawyer supporting Martha.   Ummm”¦ that says something about the gender specific comment coming from one of your own gender and another Canada trained lawyer to boot.

Mahindapala says, “If there is one report that the Government of Sri Lanka must dismiss without batting an eyelid and summarily put through the nearest shredder in the office of the External Affairs is Asia Report No 191 of 17 May 2010 produced by the International Crisis Group (ICG) “¦”

The Paragraph that conjured the image of you getting caught with your skirt down running to the loo appeared in “ICG applies human rights as a cynical tactic to “push Rajapaksa government “”…” Part II” was, “In fact, the ICG report acknowledges this tactic of using human rights to attack independent nations.  It says bluntly: “In this context, a long-term plan for sustained and graduated pressure on accountability for alleged war crimes and grave violations of human rights law offers the international community the only serious leverage they have to push the Rajapaksa government towards meaningful political reform”.

Really, Louise Arbour!  Who the hell do you think you are to talk of “”¦meaningful political reform” in Sri Lanka.  Come off it Louise.  Pull up your skirt and go and sit down at your desk like a decent human being before we, the Sri Lanka lovers demand that you write this sentence, “Sorry, President Rajapaksa, I will leave Sri Lanka alone. I am just an irrelevant ICG official doing what my paymasters have instructed me to do.”, a 1000 times.

You certainly have not changed your ways since America’s former UN ambassador, John Bolton, said about you when you locked horns with the US over its two-fisted prosecution of the “war on terror” “”…” “her criticisms were inappropriate and illegitimate based on nothing more as evidence than what she reads in the newspapers.”    Really”¦.based on nothing more as evidence than what she reads in the newspapers!  I see where you are coming from Louise regarding your report on Sri Lanka.  You haven’t changed a bit since the John Bolton comment, have you?

I remember how tensions were ratcheted up when you slammed Israel’s military action against the Palestinians, and a furor later broke out when you said to have endorsed a provision in an Arab human rights charter that equated Zionism with racism, and you were pressured to quit the job at the UN  as High Commissioner for Human Rights.  And that is why Vic Towes called you, “She’s a disgrace”.  And now you have crawled up on to your high horse again and trying  to dictate Sri Lanka to toe the line of your paymasters.  Tut”¦tut”¦tut”¦Louise, jump off your high horse as you are galloping nowhere with Sri Lanka.

Your record at the UN wasn’t a happy one, wasn’t it Louise, when you got it all wrong on the Middle East and did not do enough to challenge the human rights records of countries such as Russia and China which are influential at the United Nations.  Two big fish in the ocean to catch in case they swallow you up in one gulp, was it not Louise? So you go after the smaller fish in the ocean like puny Sri Lanka.  Aren’t you ashamed of yourself, Louise?

“Arbour spoke out against certain violations by Iran.  However, unlike other high UN officials, she failed to address (Iran) President Ahmadinejad’s anti-Semitic campaign of Holocaust denial and incitement to genocide,” said the UN Watch report.   With such a backgrounder, I see why Mahindapala said that your report on Sri Lanka should be dismissed by the Sri Lankan government without batting an eyelid and summarily put through the nearest shredder.  You have now been exposed as a fraud Louise when dealing with Sri Lanka and her human rights violations.

More to the point Louise, try to get yourself tutored if you are going to carry on sitting as the President and CEO of International Crisis Group (ICG) how to read the Human Rights Violations compass.  As right now the pointer is directing towards the Vatican.  Go on Louise,  try your hand on writing a report on the Vatican’s Human Rights violations, you might find it an exciting, fascinating,  and an impressive story however much the conclusion might look disgusting, tawdry and pathetic.

Go on”¦get on with it for God’s sake and dump Sri Lanka as you are now caught with your skirt down running to the loo and your Sri Lankan humbug is creeping up along your spine like a bad dream.

Do it and I am certain the Sunday TV evangelists will scream at you.. J E S US  L O V E S  Y O U,    L O U I S E  A R B O U R!


Asoka Weerasinghe

One Response to “Louise Arbour: ‘War Crimes in Sri Lanka”- a calculated humbug”


    These periodic cries of paid human rights activists will go on for sometime. But we need to answer each one as they pop-up. I think they would soon run out of gas and stop. But we need to be vigilant.

    Well written article Asoka!!

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