What will Pillay do next?
Posted on June 18th, 2012

Written byƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  The Nation -Courtesy The Nation

Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said it: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Drone raids violate human rights!ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ ThatƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s just one news story.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Most have reported that what Pillay said was, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”drone attacks raise legal questionsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢.
This is June, 2012.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  The United States Government has sanctioned hundreds of drone attacks on targets in Pakistan.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Drones have been launched against targets in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Yemen as well.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  It didnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t begin the day before Navi Pillay woke up and decided to check out what was happening in parts of the world sheƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s turned a blind eye on ever since she was appointed, i.e. on September 1, 2008.

Thousands have perished and although the US Government says it was all ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”just and legalƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢, the truth that Pillay seems to have missed is that the Pakistani military and political authorities were kept in the dark about these attacks and worse the majority of victims were non-combatants.
The world knows that the USA gets away with murder and I am not speaking metaphorically.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  ItƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s sidekick nation Britain too has proved to be adept at the game called ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Murder-and-then-Scot-FreeƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  What is surprising is Pillay deciding to look-see at what the entire world knows is happening in the unhappy places so far away from the USA where innocent people ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”needƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ to be killed in their thousands so that the USA can live in peace.

LetƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s say that the lady can be excused for not knowing anything about human rights before she landed the big job in the HRC.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  LetƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s assume that she couldnƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t be bothered about these things until she got a letter with a Job Description that included keeping eye on conflict and making sure that rules are followed.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  The world knew, though, that the USA has been using drones since 2004.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  The problem with Pillay is that she seems to have been tongue tied for 3 years, 9 months and 4 days about the horrendous crimes against humanity perpetrated by the USA in Pakistan (never mind what theyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ve done and do in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya etc.).ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  So tongue tied that when that organ got moving it could only utter vague conjecture, i.e. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”raises legal questionsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢.

Now we could say thatƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s all diplo-speak and that understatement is the official language of the UN system, except that the lady is known to be quite the spitting and snarling type when it comes allegations of violations supposedly perpetrated by countries and groups the USA does not see eye to eye with.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  So whatƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s it with Pillay?ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Why this two-tone system of statement-making?

Reverend Jesse Jackson said unequivocally in Geneva (yes, he had to be pushed by Rajpal Abeynayake to address the issue)that those who own the drones are violators of human rights.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  If Pillay is looking for a cue, that statement would suffice, I am sure.

So when is Pillay going to meet Ban Ki-moon and tell him to tell the USA where to get off?ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  When is she going to photocopy a page from her operational directives on things related to Sri Lanka and threaten the USA with dire consequences if it did not allow an impartial group to visit these tragic countries and report to her (or Ban Ki-moon) about the blood and tears of the dead, dyingƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  and bereaved?

When, Ms. Navi Pially, when?
And what, Ms. Pillay, what will you do next?ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  We are waiting here with baited breath.

6 Responses to “What will Pillay do next?”

  1. Kit Athul Says:

    No author name is on the articla. Charles Perera published an excellent article about Navi Pially on LANKAWEB. Starting from the age of 7 to present. I advice the author to read the full article and then can get the answer to “What will you do next”. it’s not worth wasting time on this COW.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    This leaves no option for others to counter USA militarily.

    Russia must stand up before it is isolated.

    On the other hand, a drone attack may kill a few (MOSTLY women and children) but creates MORE terrorists. They are a useful weapon.

    With attack helicopters and now ready war ships (according to RT), Syria will not be easy.

  3. Kamal Says:

    I know what she will do.
    She will grind her organ.

  4. Kit Athul Says:

    Kamal, I don’t think she any thing left in her organ to grind at the age of 72!

  5. Fran Diaz Says:

    Navi Pillai when appointed as head of UNHRC declared that she was against “Institutionalized discrimination” and would use her office to fight such forms of discrimination. In Sri Lanka, she will not be able to find any such “institutionalised discrimination” except perhaps in parts of Jaffna caste bound society, but Caste is a factor of their own making in Tamil society. It may also be present in the upcountry Tamil tea worker sector, but that again would be a self imposed “inst.disc.” brought into Lanka from Tamil Nadu. No one in Lanka imposes “inst. disc” on anybody. In Sri Lanka, free education including university, and free health care are available for everyone, including Tamil people.

  6. Lorenzo Says:

    “I know what she will do.
    She will grind her organ.”


    Despicable racist woman.

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