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Channel 4 Film is UK media neo-colonialist bid to ‘divide and rule’ – Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

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By Arthur Wamanan and Sandun Jayawardana

The documentary “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished”, was aired by Britain’s Channel 4 on Wednesday (14).

The documentary is a follow-up to last year’s controversial documentary “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields”. The new documentary, made by the same team reiterates accusations on “War Crimes” during the latter stages of the conflict.

It also makes new accusations on Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and President Mahinda Rajapaksa himself to indiscriminate killings of civilians and summary executions of captured LTTE fighters. The film was released at a time when Sri Lanka finds itself battling a resolution the United States has brought before the UNHRC in Geneva. In light of such developments, The Nation contacted several individuals to take their comments.

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Paris, Dr Dayan Jayatilleka, said the documentary was part of a neo-colonialist effort of the British media to practice the ‘divide and rule’ policy of British colonialism which actually created the ethnic problem in the first place.

“This film is one-sided, subjective, unprofessional and blatantly propagandist. It is an attempt to win the war of world opinion, the battle of narratives, so that the wounds of Sri Lanka never heal, traumatic memories never fade, hatreds and enmities are re-kindled, and the conditions are created to reverse Sri Lanka’s victory over the Tigers.

It helps to create the psychological, ideological and diplomatic space for the Tamil Eelam project,” he said. Jayatilleka said while he could not dismiss every photograph and piece of footage as counterfeit, as in the first Channel 4 film “the visuals do not bear out the accompanying narrative. They do not prove the near-hysterical charges”.

Regarding the view that a democratic government cannot compare itself to the level of a terrorist organisation and must adhere to higher standards with regard to human rights, Jayatilleka said this was indeed true, and the standards of conduct of the Sri Lankan armed forces taken as a whole, were indeed higher than those demonstrated by the Tigers throughout thirty years of war. He pointed to the LTTE’s massacres in Habarana and Arantalawa as just two examples of the Tigers’ brutality which the West has not spoken of.

He also claimed the West was being “selective and hypocritical” when it makes the point about standards of conduct. Jayatilleka pointed to the firebombing of the city of Dresden by the Allies in World War II, and the dropping of atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

He also pointed to the US’s recent actions in Fallujah, Iraq, where the number of non-combatant casualties was very high. “Where is the accountability for those deaths? What of international law?” he queried.

When questioned as to how Sri Lanka could be affected if the resolution is passed at the UNHRC, Jayatilleka said he was still hopeful that it will not come to that. “If however, the resolution were to pass in its present form and with its present content, it would mean that an invisible noose has been thrown around Sri Lanka and its armed forces, and that noose will be tightened,” he warned.

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  1. It is a very simple for Tamils to know what happened was HR violation by the gvt. So far the Gvt has dithered and not really addressed the question to the satisfaction of the Tamils. So Dayan please talk some common sense.

  2. Jayatillaka and other Sri Lankan diplomats currently in Geneva can bark at USA but cannot bite USA as the noose around your neck is tightening and the leash is getting shorter. Our diplomats when you speak, come off as though you have Rabies.You guys need further training on how to represent our country and speak before being unleashed on world forum.

    The noose around Tamils have gotten tighter over six decades and we Tamils are thrilled at the idea of divide and rule.

    USA plans to carve out a land of Tamil Nadu, Sri Lankan north, east and Colombo for Tamils similar to Israel was carved out of Palestine.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Jayatilleka is in Paris not Geneva.

    When arrogance and ignorance combine it is a recipe for disaster as seen in Mullivaaikkaal.

  3. The point is Other’s HR violations and crimes not a defense for Sri lankans, right from the beginning of end of the war until today Sri lanka was lying and lied louder, didn’t move on right direction towards reconciliation and political solution they start to hoodwink international community, triumphalism all over sri lanka, war tourism, war museums these are the kind of action exactly creates the condition as the writer describes ” Sri Lanka never heal, traumatic memories never fade, hatreds and enmities are re-kindled, and the conditions are created to reverse Sri Lanka’s victory over the Tigers.It helps to create the psychological, ideological and diplomatic space for the Tamil Eelam project,”

    The truth today still tens of thousands of war victims still live under shacks, no livelihood, rate of suicide on rise

    “Noose will be tightened ?????? I hope Sri Lanka will be smart enough to defend her noose in the process

  4. The Man is nuts…..

    he is comparing the crimes committed by a listed terrorist organisation to Crimes committed by a state that is a signatory to the geneva convention and says…….well we are not that bad?????????

  5. .
    The question is very straight forward.

    Did you (Srilankan military) shot and killed a 12 yr old child just because his father was a terrorist?

    This photo was out in 2009… was there any investigation? Why did they wait till 2012 to say it’s fake?

    Why Srilanka appoint committees just to please IC?

    To: DJ…..

    What will you do if your child was murdered by your enemies for your writings in favour of Rajapakse’s?

    ++++++

    What is important?

    Srilanka’s sovereignty OR Gota’s war crimes?

    The Ball is in SL Govt (DJ’s) court.

    🙂

  6. All criminals should be killed or arrested

    It has become an international issue now not an internal matter any more

    Your king makes Gaddafy and Saran Hussein saints

  7. Our friend who is talking about Neocolonialism is the biggest benificiary of colonialism like our president who gets his speech written by the British and his brothers as US citizens.

    How this Black English men like Dayan and Rajeeva can talk about Neocolonialism in the Oxianian accents boggles the mind. Arent they the best living examples of neocolonialism…

  8. Tiger says:

    “USA plans to carve out a land of Tamil Nadu, Sri Lankan north, east and Colombo for Tamils similar to Israel was carved out of Palestine”

    Whose land are we discussing here?

  9. LTTE has been punished for their crimes (very little compared to GoSL’s) and I believe that there is no need to talk about an extinct organisation in UN resolution. It is time to talk about the GoSL who promised a lot while negotiating with the LTTE and did nothing after the war ended. Dr. Jayatilake, the documentary blames two individuals and their coterie not about all the Sri Lankans. Remember, the documentary starts with your former president’s speech, who endorses the previous documentary by Channel 4. Wake up, you can’t keep talking about the mistakes of LTTE forever and escape scrutiny. Do domething constructive.

  10. Dr. DJ

    Bit puzzled with your statement :
    “If however, the resolution were to pass in its present form and with its present content, it would mean that an invisible noose has been thrown around Sri Lanka and its armed forces, and that noose will be tightened,”

    Why??? isn’t the US simply asking the GOSL to adhere to it’s own LLRC panel recommendations?

    If there was no genuine intention on the part of GOSL to implement the LLRC recommendations? why even bothered to set it up in the first place?

  11. Habarana, Arantalawa, Hiroshima, Afghanistan…

    oh Has Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka surely knows about ‘Pecking order’..

  12. The Two war Lords Cameron and Obama frolicking in a basket ball court. while The us soldiers are spilling Oceans of Blood In Afghanistan.. We all know recently how supposedly us Soldier Murdered Afghan Civilians While they were sleeping in their Homes.. Includes Women and 8 Children.. These news didn’t even make it on Western Media.. Especially Ch4.. Not even a picture or a name of the people that were murdered. Yet non western media showed the pictures.. especially of the 4 year old girl like a doll been shot 15 time. Yes Ch4 And the western media and the democratically elected Governments who upholds human rights did not even give 10 second of Air time.. Nor did they give air time of the US soldiers Who Cut ears and Fingers of Afghan civilians and took them to the USA bars to show their firends..US soldiers Urinating On dead people.. If Western civilians were killed.. CH4 and the west will still be having a minutes silence and name roll call weeks later.. So for the West And especially CH4 to claim Human rights, war crimes is pure selective satire. Its clear in Afghanistan there is systematic abuse of civilians for the past 11 years as was in Iraq.. so where is the western media not accusing the TOP LEADERS of those countries??? The only clear reason CH4 has taken up the PRO International LTTE terrorist cause Is Because of Money.. These terrorist in their ties and suits hidden behind NGO fronts have collected million through Drugs, Extortation, Prostitution, Weapons deals, Smuggling and Genuine donations of the believers.. and as wiki leaks showed according to War Criminal Daivd Miliband For Organized Diaspora Votes.. So when Sri-lanka defeats Terrorism its a crime.. Yet when the west spills oceans of Blood on lies and deceit. How the docu-dramas of CH4 and the Western Funded NGOs stop short. Greatest Joke ever Told and Heard. War In itself Is a crime no matter who fights in them. You cannot pick and choose. But All power To those nations who suffered Terrorism and have and are destroying them. Like USA, UK Sri-Lanka, Russia, But don’t single out and Point fingers on Phoney Human rights.. In the west its all money and votes. And As jon Snow says in his blog.. US SOLDIER GOES BESERK in killing 16 Afgan civilians.. No other questions at all. so According to Snow only NON-westerns commit crimes systematically.. When the west does it over 11 years in two war zones Snow says they went BESERK, NOT A massacre.. well when you dont have people to write your scripts.. you do get words mixed up.

  13. Callum Macrae wrote he did similar investigations about the western-led war in Iraq.. Hmm Life and death in a war zone (about Army Medics) and Iraqs Missing billions(even CNBC. a financial channel made a similar docudrama). Yes we all can see the grat Human Rights work you have done.. Ohh apart from writing in the Guardian about the Baha Musa case.. Isnt it ironic how these westerners only report about Trivial matters.. Of a Illegal war that started with a lie and ended with Millions of civilians deaths and let to Sectarianism and killings to this day. What the matter Callum Macrae. Hmm Mr Callum Macrae is no Assange or John Pilger. If he really cared about Human rights and war crimes today the west would be after him and ruine his career like they are doing to Assange.. So mr Callum Macrae can only report on Uganda and Lanka.. As he is very selective of Human Rights…

  14. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Paris said the documentary was part of an effort of the British media to practice the ‘divide and rule’ policy of British colonialism, which actually created the ethnic problem in the first place.

    Dr Dayan Jayatilleka has now accepted that there exists an ethnic problem! The debate is over, who actually created it? Was it British colonialism, as The Ambassador says?

    Who created the ethnic problem is a debate that could be skipped. Who should solve the problem at hand is the worthy.

    The view that conditions are being created now to reverse Sri Lanka’s victory raises a lot of questions. Does Sri Lanka’s victory over Tigers mean that the Tigers were not a part of Sri Lanka? Should not the Tamils too feel victorious if indeed Sri Lanka was victorious?

    When of the thirty years of war did the LTTE’s massacres in Habarana and Arantalawa take place? How about those periods prior to these? Who massacred whom? How about those periods prior to LTTE? Where is the accountability for those deaths?

    The proverbial noose has been around Tamil necks for far too long. It is hoped that the passing of the UNHRC resolution helps to lift that noose.

  15. “..the conditions are created to reverse Sri Lanka’s victory over the Tigers.”

    Sri Lankan government has created the conditions to reverse the victory… After the end of the fighting, whole world expected a solution to the ethnic problem soon. International community didn’t realize that they would be cheated by GOSL at this much. They supported the war against LTTE to solve the ethnic issues. As Tamils in SL got frustrated about the goverment policies, the international community or as some of you say west frustrated with your lies and cheating. You are making them to think the arms struggle of Tamils was not wrong. ICC has warned about it in its recent report.

    It is good for the whole Sri Lanaka to allow an international inquiry and move towards the true reconciliation. Let the all Sri Lankans realize their mistakes.

    You have Habarana and Aranthalawe, but Tamils have hundreds of them. Let every one know everything.

  16. “ said the documentary was part of a neo-colonialist”

    The Mahinda & band wagon music has two notes namely
    1) LTTE is terrorist
    2) West is neo colonist .

    They are making fallacious argument to a fundamental questions

    1) Whether there is breach of Human rights law as agreed by Srilankan government in the international agreements .
    2) Was there a proper investigation as agreed in international norms.

    If Srilanka , China , Russia rejects the UN and related agreements they should first come out of these organisation set up their own international norms. You cannot be in both sides in a game

    Or do they actually have any norms for International human rights law .

    Dayan , Peiris , Thamara ….remember the following it may become usefull to you sooner or later

  17. First they came for the communists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

    “ said the documentary was part of a neo-colonialist”

    The Mahinda & band wagon music has two notes namely
    1) LTTE is terrorist
    2) West is neo colonist .

    They are making fallacious argument to a fundamental questions

    1) Whether there is breach of Human rights law as agreed by Srilankan government in the international agreements .
    2) Was there a proper investigation as agreed in international norms.

    If Srilanka , China , Russia rejects the UN and related agreements they should first come out of these organisation set up their own international norms. You cannot be in both sides in a game

    Or do they actually have any norms for International human rights law .

    Dayan , Peiris , Thamara ….remember the following it may become usefull to you sooner or later

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.
    by Martin Niemöller was a German pastor and theologian born in Lippstadt, Germany, in 1892. Niemöller was an anti-Communist and supported Hitler’s rise to power at first. But when Hitler insisted on the supremacy of the state over religion, Niemöller became disillusioned. He became the leader of a group of German clergymen opposed to Hitler. Unlike Niemöller, they gave in to the Nazis’ threats. In 1937 he was arrested and eventually confined in Sachsenhausen and Dachau. His crime was “not being enthusiastic enough about the Nazi movement.” Niemöller was released in 1945 by the Allies. He continued his career in Germany as a clergyman and as a leading voice of penance and reconciliation for the German people after World War II. His statement, sometimes presented as a poem, is well-known, frequently quoted, and is a popular model for describing the dangers of political apathy, as it often begins with specific and targeted fear and hatred which soon escalates out of control.[citation needed] wiki

  18. If the resolution against Sri Lanka was filed by a country other than the US it could have some chance of survival. UNHRC and the UN are not USA. UN is almost 200 members. We live in a world with such diverse opinion and the various nations of todays world are really not very Kosher with the US.

    The chances of this resolution surviving is quite slim. Remember there are more than a billion Moslems in almost 58 countries where Moslems are the majority who look at the US with distrust except may be Jordan.

    The European Union is a voting minority. Add to that Australia, New Zealand, Canada and may be another about 10 countries in Africa – there you got the Aye’s.

    The resolution is bound to be defeated by about 160 to 40 against it.

    It would have been more useful and practical if Sri Lanka is allowed to practice democracy in true sense and a more moderate country (a country one that has no skeletons in its cupboard) brought a resolution to that effect.

    It could have a larger support of the world community if a resolution was brought to practice democracy as done in countries where people are freer whereby all its inhabitants can live where they chose to live and buy land without any pre-historic laws such as the Thesawalamai Law as practiced by the Tamils in northern Sri Lanka. The resolution if passed for some unknown reason should not mean dividing this tiny country for the whims of Sinhalese, Tamils, Moslems, Burghers, Moors, Christians, Hindus or Buddhists.

    Only time will tell.

    JP – Indonesia

  19. ”British colonialism which actually created the ethnic problem in the first place”

    Before independence SWRD Bandaranaike said federalism suited the country. Then he changed to majority religion and went for Sinhala Only. Most Sri Lankans believe that Sinhala Only was the main cause of the conflict. Mrs Bandaranaike went much further than that. How did British colonialism influence the Banadaranaikes to oppress the ethnic minorities?

  20. Paid Agents of War crime regime use their “talents” to hide their ‘Systematic Genocide’ under the carpet by saying this
    ‘neo-colonism’,’Patriotism’,’Tamileelam project’ and so many.But finally Spirit of People who undergo the state of horror
    will win. Those who in the ‘cool room in Colombo’ or enjoying the ‘central heating in Paris’ never know the peoples pain
    rather using their discrediting tactics against Genuine media’s like Channel 4 which always voice to prevent suppression
    around the world.

    I would say you are the nazi-colonialist of our habitat areas of North East Srilanka to ‘divide and rule’ us.
    Mr.Dayan Jayatilleka watch this from your heart as a human before you next time giving a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6F-f-bem8k&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oiq0Fu26X-Q&feature=related

    Still you helps to create the psychological, ideological and diplomatic space for ‘War Criminals,State Sponsored Terrorism and Sinhala Buddhist Hegemonism ? If you say ‘Yes’ even God can’t save the Srilanka.

  21. Mr Aratai,

    Prabaharan should have known better. When you give other’s people’s kids cyandie you better expect this type of killing. what you do what you get.

    If you you are giving someone’s kids to cyanide, you better expect someone will kill your kids too.

    There is a saying “everything is fair in love and war” ??
    I am not advocating anyone. If I kill someone, I should expect the same to me or my family as well.

    This is called “Karma”

    I do not know US or UK has moral authority put SL to investigate the war crime since they did worse in Irag and other countries.

    However, Sri Lanka should bring those war criminals to court and punish them with capital punishment.

  22. I thought Dr DJ was very well educated and liberal minded person because I have read his articles in this blog and in Sri Lankan news papers. I think the Sinhala people got used the crimes against humanity because they were the victims of their armed forces brutalities during the JVP uprising in the 70s and late 80s, The army and special task forces killed hundreds of Sinhalese youths, some were with burning tyres around their neck. Even the killing of JVP leader is questionable. It would be good for all Sri Lankans to see this crime properly investigated which would stop this sort of things happening again!

  23. Jay Pathbey

    Only 47 members are entitled to vote. they are – Angola, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chile, China, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Ecuador, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Phillipines, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, USA, Uruguay.

    Count whether GOSL will suceed.

  24. “The task is to stay focused and finish the job, resisting all external pressures from whichever quarter however exalted or powerful.
    If the foot-soldiers of an army survive but not its General staff, it is almost impossible for it to continue to fight, but as long as a leader and his General staff survive, they can raise an army. Antonio Gramsci reminded us of this, with Napoleon Bonaparte as the classic example.”
    The above statement was made in January 2009 by a very higher level Sri Lankan Government representative. General staffs and their families were obliterated in accordance with the above statement.
    Over to you all, to make your own conclusion.
    Easwaran

  25. It is time for Sri Lanka to get out from Tamil Elam. Let the Tamil elam handle the situation with support of international standard.
    — Sri Lanka cannot decide Tamils rights. It should follow Sudan and other free nations.

  26. There is no question that a lot of innocent Tamils got killed towards the end of war. A lof ofnthat couldnhave been prevented also. How ever this is not the time to start a new Elam battle or ethnic devide. This is the time to heal the bitter wounds.

  27. “USA plans to carve out a land of Tamil Nadu, Sri Lankan north, east and Colombo for Tamils similar to Israel was carved out of Palestine” – Tiger

    This Tiger is more like a donkey identical to the Lion donkeys in Colombo! Neither donkey seems to understand the true intents of the architect behind the HR resolution. Read the following conversation between candidate Barrack Obama and then CEO of Google, Eric Schimdt on Nov 7, 2007.

    Schimdt: “Can you talk a little bit about that issue (referring to racism) in America?”

    Obama: “Absolutely, look, the W. B. Du Bois said that the problem of the 21st – (correcting himself) the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the colored one. And if you expand that, the problem of the 21st century is the problem of the other, people who are not like us, whether it’s in religious terms. If you go to Sri Lanka, its, you know, what’s been fueling as a vicious civil war there, even though everybody looks exactly the same; same with in Northern Ireland or it manifests in this country in racial terms ….”

    So here we have a man in the White House who is convinced what the problem of the 21st century is, and he is determined to go down in history as someone who helped alleviate this burning problem. It is the moral conviction that drives the American president – and it will immensely help both the Sinhalese and Tamils to comprehend this fact very clearly.

    Obama is the first American president who has fully understood the underlying causes of the problem in Sri Lanka. One who describes himself as one who understands all sides of a conflict (including during the Google interview), the American president is determined to be the catalyst who solves the island’s problem. He also has a knowledgeable team at State who understands the problem and knows the players – in India and Colombo – very well. In short, the Americans are well positioned, to drive towards a problem.

    The Sinhalese nationalist donkeys don’t have to panic that the White House is trying to exterminate the Sinhalese race nor the remaining Tigers (I mean the donkeys) should not be day-dreaming yet again about an Ealam. The opportunity is ripe for the moderates to join the Americans and the West to put pressure on the government and the Tamil political leaders to advance a consensus solution. I really would have hoped that Dr. Jayatilleke would have advised his bosses: “let’s see how we can engage the US/West to our advantage to defeat the nationalists”.

  28. one man’s crimes justifies other man’s crimes. If that so, how can the government and its agents justifies its crimes against Tamils by comparining LTTE’s miliatary onslaught.

  29. The ominous words of DJ:
    “an invisible noose has been thrown around Sri Lanka and its armed forces, and that noose will be tightened.”

    This time I believe your words.

  30. Chanel 4 produces provoking programs about everying everywhere including UK, thats their halmark

    Not this bogus outdated divide concept

    That is an excuse our fellows are yet stuck at when have to answer for their faults including home based divide and rule, discriminate and decimate

  31. This resolution is bound to be defeated, as many of the member countries are small and wouldn’t
    want to create a bad precedent, which could come back to haunt them.

    The west is making a mistake here. These threats are not new to Sri Lankans, who
    have an impressive, centuries’ old track record of facing and overcoming foreign challenges,
    including threats from the Tamilnadu and LTTE. The diversified people sacrifice, endure, fight back
    and adapt to new situations quite quickly, no matter what. Remember the last 30 years?

    Add to that the impeccable pride and willingness of our heroes who choose death
    over submission, (read history) this resolution, even if it is passed, will not bring
    the desired results, specifically the division of Sri Lankans along ethnic lines and
    then the opportunity to command and control the nation.

    After all, how can we take the West seriously who bombarded us for 30 years
    with unsolicited advice that Tamil Tigers could not be militarily defeated?
    Thank heavens WE DID BELIEVE IN OURSELVES! Had we listened, even by taking a chance,
    at least another 5,000 of us are, by this time, would be in next world, thanks to Tamil
    Tigers!

    I believe those who vote at Geneva were not born yesterday.

  32. This is not about human rights in Sri Lanka. Its all about geopolitical tactics of the west. Sri Lanka is the golden gate of the Indian ocean. All of you who talk about human rights in Sri Lanka must see the real picture. Don’t fool your self. If any of these NGO’s who is campaigning for human rights, they are worried about the millions of dollers they got through selling this problem to the world. They just do business using Sri Lankan Tamils. South indian politicians are trying to sell this problem to the public, So they can servive. Tamil diaspora is selling this problem, becuse if their is no war in sri Lanka they canot servive. Any of the you think this is going to be over when and if this resolution is passed. You are mistaken. Their is going to be another civel war. Thats what they want. So all them can servive. Then again Sri Lanka will become another Country who is battleing terrorism. So everybody is happy. NGO’s can get their funds, They can sell arms to the government and the LTTE. Politicians can servive. West can control the Part of the world (if not the whole world) Onece they distabilize the Golden Gate call Sri Lanka.

  33. Replying to Tiger.
    Tamil idiology at it’s best. Do you realy think USA after wining hearts of Tamils. USA only after protecting Israel is beacuse they are the most inteligent and rich vunerable nation in the world. ———Well for Tamils.

  34. Repling to Raja.

    Yes, Americans realised their sons were dying in hands of asians, there loaf of bread is rising,and more importantly USA were losing.

  35. Sri Lanka government must have known that it must ensure that all measures planned and implemented to combat terrorism comply with its obligations under applicable international laws, particularly with international human rights, refugee and humanitarian laws. Furthermore, the government has moral obligations to protect and treat innocent civilians with dignity at all times.

    Alleged war crimes could never be mitigated by any other excuses, lame or otherwise. This is a very important concept that should be followed by the law or policy makers and enforcers. It should be made clear that war crimes will not be tolerated under any circumstances and every perpetrator of war crimes will be held accountable without exception. It is more important to prevent the occurrence of war crimes in a timely manner rather than seeking accountability passively years later though accountability is essential for reconciliation, deterrence for recurrence and impunity.

    The government and military leaders apparently decided to employ crude, inhumane and disproportionate war techniques by willfully ignoring definite harm for some of the innocent minority civilians so that the government could easily win the war expeditiously and with minimal loss to the government forces despite the full knowledge and repeated warnings about the certainty of impending massive human rights violations and deaths of innocent minority civilians. The UN’s efforts to protect and rescue innocent civilians were rejected by the heartless and possibly hateful government leaders who were hell-bent on destroying everything including innocent civilians on their path as collateral damage towards victory over the rebels. The rebel leaders are also responsible for rights violations including using civilians as human shields and killing them. These are considered as war crimes according to the international laws and the government, military and rebel leaders must be made accountable for these violations. Most of the rebel leaders are already dead and hence considered as already made accountable.

    Does the government consider these innocent minority civilians dispensable and it can sacrifice them for its greedy interests and expediency? A hypothetical question is that whether the government and military leaders would have been, at a minimum, willfully negligent to such levels or at least indifferent to the actions that resulted in alleged large number of innocent minority civilian deaths and alleged human rights violations during the war if the innocent civilians affected were happened to be of the majority population of Sri Lanka?

    Objective rationally thinking people question as to why the government and the military allegedly resorted to inhumane, crude and disproportionate war techniques that invariably contribute to such high levels of civilian rights violations, abuses and deaths despite repeated warnings by the International Community (IC)? Couldn’t the government and military have conducted the war within the international laws and won it? If so, why tarnish the victory and the image of the country? Why leave room to be accused as war criminals than war heroes? How these leaders who deliberately lied and misled the UN and IC during the massive killing of civilians contemporarily so that they can continue war crimes unabated still be supported by the self entered masses without conscience or humanity. Is this snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

    The government not only failed to protect some of its minority citizens but also involved in harming them by willful negligence or indifference at the least. UN failed to stop the massive innocent civilian suffering, injuries and deaths by not leading and invoking R2P to protect civilians. What is the purpose of UN? Russia and China abuse their veto powers and are accomplice to these tragedies.

    The government claims that the western countries who complain about the war crimes and human rights violations in Sri Lanka are jealous of Sri Lanka for defeating terrorism that these countries could not do. It is not that these countries are jealous but unlike Sri Lanka, they respect international laws, human rights and have moral and legal obligations to uphold international laws and would not want to live with war crimes on their innocent citizens or killing them. They are also worried of the horrible precedent of these kinds of tragedies.

    The government and military must have naively thought that since it barred journalists and independent observers for most part, it could get away with anything? It appears that the government and military are much more concerned about leaving eye witness evidence of violations than the actual suffering, rights violations and deaths of civilians. This deduction may be supported by present army commander apparently saying that there are no eye witnesses for war crimes so far.

    In view of the government’s abhorrent past behavior, it is unlikely to expect the government to genuinely develop and implement fair “home grown” solutions to the problems and to resolve accountability issues fairly in its own will without heavy international pressure, assistance, mechanisms and monitoring.

    It should be appreciated that the UK Channel 4 is bravely bringing the intentionally hidden truths and facts of likely war crimes and challenging the conscience of the honorable nations that respect human rights and failed to address these issues in 2009, to act at least now, after 3 years later, to do the right thing – and prevent these kinds of atrocities from repeating with impunity by completing accountability anywhere in the world.

    A regional credible and seemingly neutral power like India should typically lead in these kinds of efforts but there appears to be not much leadership emanating from India. So it appears that the vacuum is being filled by the U.S. in consultation with India.

    It is unfortunate that the government representatives are obfuscating by disingenuously invoking neo-colonists, imperialist, unpatriotic, sovereignty, jealously and dog whistle political claims rather than directly responding to the issues raised satisfactorily and solving them fairly according to objective standards that are acceptable for all parties concerned.

  36. .the non implementation of the proposed US resolution will not change the present appalling conditions of the general citizens….they have been in this misery since 1994 under this Govt and they know that it cannot get any worse…..they are mostly worried of the future of their Children. given the opportunity all will leave this hell hole……

    RAJAPAKSE Govt is struggling to leave behind their legacy…but certainly the People of this Country wish to leave the Legacy of the SRI LANKANS….therefore it is imperative that the proposed Resolution is implemented.

  37. SL is colonialist. It has Tamil Eelam as a colony. Britain was only a former coloniser. The latter (SL) should now be removed from TE

  38. #steve “Sri Lanka cannot decide Tamils rights” of course sir instead u should be given that right to decide.

  39. Dias:

    Don’t be naive. The only reason Americans are interested in SL is that they are dead scared that China will start to dominate SL and by extension the Indian ocean. As usual, they have read the situation wrong (may be deliberately) and appear to think that SL is getting too close to China and the SL will offer military bases (at Hambanthota?) that will help China to police the shipping lanes in the Indian ocean.

    US or any other country has never ever cared for human rights or any other rights when those were in opposition to their objectives. US and West have realize that they can not directly intervene in the third world countries any more, so they use NGOs to do their dirty work. Find out who funds the INGOS like ICG and HRW and you will find out who is really controlling what.

  40. The two Nation writers should first know what constitues a documantary . A documentary is a narration of facts with clear evidence of what it presents and its sources. Ch4 does not have any of these and it only qualify to be a Teledrama(horror).
    aratai:Safty and well being of a child primarily rests on the parents.If the father wanted the the 12 year old child of his to live he could have easily sent the child with his grand parents out of harms way he did’nt do that.If that happened, today the child will be looked after like his grand parents were looked after by the very people whom you now accuse of killing him.

  41. If your army and your king Dhutu and his sibling haven’t committed any crimes against humanity, why you worry let them have an independent investigation, sit back and relax enjoy the show.

  42. Ranjan:

    You are absolutely correct. The Americans are scared about the Chinese in Sri Lanka as much as they are scared of Wimal Weerawansa’s ability to destroy the American economy! Don’t be ridiculous. (Ex Ambassador Jefferey Lundstad has clearly articulated the true strategic importance of Sri Lanka to America – next to nil! The subsequent U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee report of fall, 2009 which warned about Chinese encroachment in Sri Lanka has been discounted by the Obama administration as mere conjecture of two staff members and a gross over estimation.)

    Sinhalese nationalist continue to play the China Ace as they are fast running out of other cards to play: the Gaddafi card, Iran card and now about to surrender the India card. Continue to play your Sinhalese supremism game – and my nation will soon be isolated. If government’s leaders have any brains left, they will engage the West/US/India to bring about a lasting solution – and such engagement does not translate to servitude nor any solutions have to be at the cost of cultural / religious ethos (such thoughts are only in the convoluted minds of paranoid nationalists!) Grow up.

    Dias
    California

  43. “Don’t be naive. The only reason Americans are interested in SL is that they are dead scared that China will start to dominate SL and by extension the Indian ocean. As usual, they have read the situation wrong (may be deliberately) and appear to think that SL is getting too close to China and the SL will offer military bases (at Hambanthota?) that will help China to police the shipping lanes in the Indian ocean.”

    I do not know how China can have a roll that may scare Americans etc. There is a British base SouthWest of Sri Lanka, and further down Diago Garcia, an American base. There is an Indian Naval base near Maldives, There is another Indian Naval base at Andaman and Nicobar, American base in Singapore, another American base in Japan, Another American base in Oman, another one in Baharain, yet another one in Saudi Arabia, If you want I can continue. Can China play along these lanes?

    China is pretty smart and she knows very well that she has to have trade with North America and the West Europe. China is not in the map when there is no trade with North America and West Europe. China is just playing with India in Sri Lanka. India knows it and India knows very well that it could cut neat and clean Sri Lanka into two in any moment. China has no shipping lane on the East and the West of India during conflict, yes she has in peace but not during conflict. She want to have one through Burma and that is why Burma is in its position now. It will not be too long for Sri Lanka to have company with Burma. Take it or leave it. Do you think Karunanithy is speaking without the connivance of Centre? He would not gamble the political future of his family for us.
    Easwaran

  44. If Dayan Jayatilleke says channel4 documentary was part of a neo-colonialist effort of the British media. What has he got to say about the ways the Tamils are treated by successive gouverments in Srilanka for the past 50 odd years!!!!!!!!

  45. When two boxers wear gloves and enter the boxing ring, neither should complain when one is at the receiving end. The Tigers bashed the heads of babies against walls and trees and killed them. The unfathomable reason why they did that was because they claimed they were fighting for the rights of the Tamils. I do not see any logical, moral or other nexus between the two, unless it was done out of anger and hatred. The Tigers executed in cold blood many Sinhalese civilians and captured soldiers. Everyone who was responsible for that directly and indirectly should be dealt with too under recognized humanitarian laws. This includes everyone belonging to the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora who funded the Tigers and continue to fund and actively support the Tigers . It is utter hypocricy that the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora who funded the Tigers are crying foul. If you funded the Tigers you do not have the moral authority to cry foul, because you are tainted with the same brush. Just like the USA who do not have any moral authority to bring this resolution. There is a widely recognized principle of equity called the “clean hands principle”. Regardless of its in-application to this situation, the above do not have clean hands. India too do not have clean hands as they are the culprits who nurtured the anger, hatred and dissension militarily and otherwise to destabilize Sri Lanka. India will vote for the resolution because the USA has bribed them with a position in the Security Council of the UN ( read Obama’s speech made in India). USA and India are not concerned about the alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka. No way, the reality is that they are both worried about the presence of China in Sri Lanka. Hence, they will do everything in their powers to make Sri Lanka’s life difficult.

    The alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka is not something that can be confined to the annihilation of the Tigers or the war in the North and the East. The same violations happened when the JVP insurrection was suppressed. Remember how Wijeweera, Richard De Zoysa and many others were killed. We saw a fully shaved Wijeweera alive on TV and in the next few hours he was dead. In the recent past, Lasantha Wickramatunge and many others were killed. These are human rights issues. The bomb explosions in Colombo where many civilians were killed by the Tigers. The cold blooded murders of civilians and monks in Anuradhapura, the murders of Muslims in Mosques and the murder of 700 policemen who surrendered to the Tigers, these are all gross human rights violations. The white van abductions that are still continuing in Sri Lanka, these are also human rights violations. Everyone responsible must be brought to justice including members of the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora who are actively supporting and supported the Tigers.

    It is useless passing a resolution in the UN if there is no rule of law in Sri Lanka. A lot must be done to make the Attorney General’s Department, the Judiciary and the Police force independent of the interventions of the politicians and other third parties. If that happens, alleged criminals like Duminda Silva and Mervyn Silva will be dealt with legally. The whole episode of Duminda Silva is testimony to the fact that there is no rule of law in Sri Lanka. This is also because most of the rulers of the country do not have the education and the breeding to know the difference between what is morally right and morally wrong. The Government is a joke. The opposition with its factions is a joke. The politicians who immorally cross over for personal gain are a joke. The people who tolerate all this passively deserve the rulers and the system of Government they have got. Its a human rights issue and ALL parties responsible should be brought to justice.

  46. The Srilankan Government has manipulated the UN system to undermine the UN and humanity by Dayan’s Discourse in Geneva in August 2009.

    The West is manipulating the UN system to undermine Sri Lankan govt- GLP 2012

    What is wrong???

  47. Dayan says……..Jayatilleka pointed to the firebombing of the city of Dresden by the Allies in World War II, and the dropping of atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Deyyo Saakki…….the quality of our diplomats…….I am surprised he didn’t bring in what the Sinhalese did to the Veddahs? What about what Stalin did to the ….and of course there is castro…..

    Atom bomb eh?

    So is our super star Dayan saying that if he had the atom bomb, he would have dropped it in Kilinochchi and then say….well we are like the Americans, they did it in Nagasaki and we did it in Kilinochchi…..

    and he is supposed to be a Dr????

  48. Dropping atom bomb in Killinochchi, eh. Silly if not a stupid answer, is not it Dushy. Be relistic, man.

  49. Dr Dayan,
    Latest:two budhist monks killed in Kotte.Blame the British
    for religious freedom!An ASP in remand over bribery.Blame
    the British for it!Duminda vs Bharatha.Blame the USA!
    Attempt to abduct Kolonnawa UPFA chairman,why not blame
    UNP?Keep blaming colonialists and neo-colonialsts,why do
    you need new Expressways?New air ports?New sea ports?Keep
    blaming the old ones built by colonialists and maintained
    by neo-colonialists!
    You people are misleading your own citizens against each
    other for your bread and that is the truth.You hurried your 18th amendment through because it’s so vital without
    which, the country,the region and even the global peace
    was in danger!Mr Dayan,I want to hold you in high esteem
    not because of your position but because of yur existence
    in this particular circle.You people have let the whole
    situation slip out of your hands simply because you ignored alarms.I remember,if news reports were correct,
    former British PM Brown signalled consequences.Here we are
    now.Three foreign secretaries from three global leaders
    called on our leader to guarantee “consequences.”Mr Dayan,
    I know enough that you know about neo-colonialism but my
    problem is whether you know enough,to live with it.

  50. Dias and Easwaran: if US is not concerned about China’s potential expansion into Indian ocean why are the US Think Tanks and Defense/Foreign Policy experts are going on and on about increasing Chinese presence there? They even have a name for it “String of Pearls strategy”. Ever heard of that term?

    If India is not concerned about Chinese presence in Hambanthota harbor why are they talking about opening an Indian Consulate office there? To count the number of Elephants at Yala???

  51. Dushy:
    “So is our super star Dayan saying that if he had the atom bomb, he would have dropped it in Kilinochchi and then say….well we are like the Americans, they did it in Nagasaki and we did it in Kilinochchi…..

    and he is supposed to be a Dr????”
    ———–

    You are worried about DJ’s doctorate. After reading your comments, I am more worried about the intelligence of the people who call themselves journalists.

  52. All criminals should be killed or arrested

    It has become an international issue now not an internal matter any more

    Your king makes Gaddafy and Satham Hussein saints
    He and other criminals from Shrilanka can run but you fellows can not hide any more
    IC is after you fellows

  53. Hey Anonymous,
    why are you writing about my intelligence hiding behind “anonymous”?

    Thats somewhat cowerdy, is it not?

    Reminds me of a former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Geneva who used to rubbish his colleagues under the name of Keerthi Godayaya.

  54. Dushy is a douche bag who’s got a chip on his shoulder. An ex-gin & tonic brown sahib who’s now in London pompusly boasting his resume….

  55. Dushy,

    For your information, I was the ‘anonymous” (March 21, 2012 at 9:00 am). Sometimes when you type a comment on this blog, the name box slips your attention. That all.

  56. Ranjan,

    Intelligence, is not having to go to the UNHCR having to explain your actions. especially using Nagasaki.

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