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If India had been with Sri Lanka the vote in Geneva may have been Different

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By Ameen Izzaddeen | in Geneva

The final scorecard on the giant screen at the United Nations Human Rights Coucnil read 24 yes votes and 15 no votes. Eight countries abstained. Thus came to an end weeks of Sri Lanka’ diplomatic efforts in Geneva, Colombo and other world capitals. But the battle has not ended yet.

There will be more work to be done, more steps to be taken and more fine-tuning of diplomacy.

Sri Lanka feels that it in fact had the support of 23 countries – 15 no votes and eight neutral votes. In a battle against a superpower which waives the rules for its convenience, getting the support of 15+8 is indeed a victory.

If only India had supported us, the final result sheet would have been different. Who knows, Sri Lanka could have even defeated the resolution.

India voted for the resolution, prompting many pro-Sri Lankan members to either vote for the resolution or to remain silent.

Austria, Belgium, Benin, Cameroon, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Italy, Libya, Mauritius, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, United States and Uruguay voted for the resolution.

Bangladesh, China, Congo, Cuba, Ecuador, Indonesia, Kuwait, the Maldives, Mauritania, the Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Uganda voted against the resolution while Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia and Senegal abstained.

For Sri Lanka, the passage of the resolution spells uncertainty. What’s next? Although the resolution is non-binding, the implications of non-adherence could be disastrous.

For the US, its reputation as a sole superpower – not as a human rights champion – was at stake in Geneva. It was determined to win it at any cost.

A large number of US and European Union officials had been deployed to lobby support at the corridors of the Palais des Nations and when the sessions began they were hopeful that they would win. One official even predicted that Sri Lanka would get only 15 votes, indicating that they had done their behind-the-scene work with clinical precision.

Developing countries’ envoys here said they had come under heavy pressure from the US and the EU – a fact which Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris did not forget to mention in his post-vote statement. He thanked the countries that voted against the resolution and those who abstained and noted that they had done it despite the intensity of pressure, in a variety of forms.

When the final results appeared on the screen, there was elation in some sectors. Diaspora members and west-funded human rights activists clapped and cheered, warranting the president of the council to warn that she would be compelled to call the security.

Minister Peiris in his post-vote statement also said:

“The most distressing feature of this experience is the obvious reality that voting at the Human Rights Council is now determined not by the merits of a particular issue but by strategic alliances and domestic political issues in other countries which have nothing to do with the subject matter of a resolution or the best interests of the country to which the Resolution relates. This is a cynical negation of the purposes for which the Human Rights Council was established.

“Many countries which voted with Sri Lanka were acutely conscious of the danger of setting a precedent which enables ad hoc intervention by powerful countries in the internal affairs of other nations. This is a highly selective and arbitrary process not governed by objective norms or criteria of any kind. The implications of this were not lost on many countries.

“As far as Sri Lanka is concerned, our policy in respect of all matters will continue to be guided by the vital interests and wellbeing of the people of our country. It hardly requires emphasis that this cannot yield place to any other consideration.”

Earlier, opening the debate, the US Permanent Representative Eileen Donahoe said Sri Lanka had failed in the past three years to take effective measures aimed at reconciliation, implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and addressing accountability issues.

“Given the lack of action to implement the recommendations of the Sri Lankan government’s own LLRC, and the need for additional steps to address accountability issues not covered in the LLRC report, it is appropriate that the UNHRC consider and adopt this moderate and balanced resolution.

“It is a resolution that encourages Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of it own LLRC and to make concerted efforts at achieving the kind of meaningful accountability upon which lasting reconciliation efforts can be built,” Ms. Eileen said.

Supporting the US position was the European Union, on behalf of whom, Belgium made a statement. The Belgium representative said that the matters raised in the United Nations Secretary General’s panel of experts’ report had not been reflected in the LLRC recommendations and it was in this spirit that the EU was compelled to back the resolution. Belgium also said Sri Lanka’s civil society members who work for the promotion of human rights were being intimidated in Colombo and Geneva and called on Sri Lanka to respect their rights to engage in human rights work.

Making statements in support of Sri Lanka were Cuba, China, Russia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Thailand, Uganda and the Maldives.

The Cuban Permanent Representative Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez said the resolution undermined sovereignty of Sri Lanka which had its own mechanisms to address issues raised in it.

He said the United States continued to commit horrendous human rights violations, involved in illegal detention, rendition flights, torture killing of civilians in drone attacks and the council had not taken any measures to stop these violations.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe in his response said Sri Lanka had been cooperative with the council and pledged to continue to actively engaged with the council. But despite the exemplary interaction, Sri Lanka had been selectively targeted by certain countries, he said.

He said Sri Lanka had after three decades of war achieved peace and stability and it needed space and time to further consolidate the clear progress that had been achieved in three years.

In a parting shot at the western nations, whose double standards have politicized human rights, Minister Samarasinghe said “Those who live in glass houses are best advised to exercise caution before they throw stones.”

In winding up his statement, he wanted one more thing to say –physician, heal thyself. Courtesy: Sunday Times

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52 Comments

  1. Peiris said : The most distressing feature of this experience is the obvious reality that voting at the Human Rights Council is now determined not by the merits of a particular issue but by strategic alliances and domestic political issues in other countries which have nothing to do with the subject

    Mind it UNHRC was established as UN security council was a failure due to veto yielding power.

    Look at what is going on in Syria now

  2. Ok, now that is done and over with. let’s get back to creating a Srilanka for all.

    For starters, sack the intelligent minister who called Tamils ” Nazis “. These fellows have no future in the modern Srilanka.

  3. I am all for a through investigation of what has gone on in the Sri Lanka War.
    This should be an all encompassing investigation including why did it take UK till 2001 to formally ban a terrorist organization that pioneered suicide bombings since late 1980’s and how it took the EU till 2006 to do the same. LTTE has continuously assassinated democratically elected leaders including heads of states both in India and Sri Lanka as far back as 1990. Irrespective of the genuine grievances of the Tamil people in Sri lanka the methods LTTE were using will be classified as terrorism in anyone’s books.

    Lets look at a scenario where the roles would have been reversed. If an organisation with its Intl HQ in Colombo, collecting and raising funds in Sri Lanka have assassinated a sitting Prime Minsiter of UK, say no less than Baroness Thatcher (read President Premadasa) and an ex-Prime Minister of France (read Rajiv Gandhi) I would shudder to think what the UK and French Governments would have done to Sri Lanka! Lets nail all the culprits who aided and abetted this bloodbath and the massive loss of life.

  4. in a small country the minorities are being bullied, so the small country is being bullied by a bigger country. get it

  5. It is sad Srilanka has still not realised the goodness of the IC. Even at this late stage, after three years of ending the war, IC is only gently proding Srilanka to implement the LLRC. Srilankan politicians, intelectuals and the media, are only trying to scorn the “rights resolution”, they still do not wish to see their own folies or will never see it right. Hope budhist dharma will uphold.

  6. Ahhhh! The sweet breezes of colonialism and Western paternalism !…. Breath it in deeply, friends !

    Ambassador Donahoe is perfectly right when she says “see it as a way to help the Sri Lankan government and support the Sri Lankan people”… She remembers correctly, that the dark races of the world still need to be guided and protected from themselves

    And who better to do it than the Americans and Europeans ?

  7. Minister Samarasinghe said “Those who live in glass houses are best advised to exercise caution before they throw stones”

    Oh no,Minister Samarasinghe challenging attitude.
    This is not good for the country.I do understand your position. Army did killed Col. Ramesh record whole episode and leaked to media. Unfortunately you have to defend. This Unfair for you.

    Atleast Minister Samarasinghe should have avoided “physician, heal thyself”. If physician has appendicitis need another surgeon. Otherwise he is going to die.
    Triple gems bless you.

  8. “If only India had supported us, the final result sheet would have been different.”

    If only India had not supported Sri Lanka in the war, the final result sheet would have been different. Many innocent civilians would have been alive.

    “….the resolution undermined sovereignty of Sri Lanka which had its own mechanisms to address issues raised in it”.

    President Chandrika appointed three commissions to investigate the disappearence of Sinhala youth in the late 1980s had her own mechanism to address issues however even after commissions submitting their reports Sri Lanka did not brought the perpetrators to justice.

    The 1994 Commissions of Inquiry into Disappearances
    Date of Appointment: 30 November 1994.

    Date of Report: September 1997.

    Mandate: to inquire into and report on the following matters:
    (a) whether any persons have been involuntarily removed or have
    disappeared from their places of residence in the [Central, North Western,
    North Central and Uva Provinces/Northern & Eastern Provinces/ Western
    Province, Southern Province and the Sabaragamuwa Province] at any time
    after 1 January 1988;
    (b) the evidence available to establish such alleged removals or
    disappearances;
    (c) the present whereabouts of the persons alleged to have been so
    removed, or to have disappeared;
    (d) whether there is any credible material indicative of the person or
    persons responsible for the alleged removals or disappearances;
    (e) the legal proceedings that can be taken against the persons held to be
    so responsible;
    (f) the measures necessary to prevent the occurrence of such alleged
    activities in the future;
    (g) the relief, if any, that should be afforded to the parents, spouses and
    dependents of the persons alleged to have been so removed or to have
    disappeared; and
    (h) to make such recommendations with reference to any of the matters
    that have been inquired into under the terms of this Warrant.

    The Commissions were each assigned a specific geographical area of the country:
    • Western, Southern and Sabaragamuwa (‘the 1994 Western, Southern
    and Sabaragamuwa Disappearances Commission’);
    • Central, North Western, North Central and Uva Provinces (‘the 1994
    Central, North Western, North Central and Uva Disappearances
    Commission’);
    • Northern and Eastern Provinces (‘the 1994 Northern and Eastern
    Disappearances Commission’).

    These three Commissions investigated a total of 27,526 complaints out of which
    16,800 cases were established to amount to enforced disappearances. Out of the
    16,800 cases, the three Commissions were of the opinion that, there was evidence
    indicative of the identities of those responsible for the relevant involuntary removal of persons and their subsequent disappearances in respect of 1,681 cases.

    Some specific patterns relating to the occurrence of violations emerge from analysis
    of the Commission Reports. The extreme poverty of the affected persons, the intense
    pressure exerted by police and army structures to cover up the incidents, the
    collaborative and even participatory role of politicians in encouraging the abuses and
    the poignant reality that, as revealed by the 1994 Western, Southern and
    Sabaragamuwa Disappearances Commission,
    …………………………………………..
    3.1.4. Reflections on the Recommendations

    ……………..
    The Reports of the Commissions submitted to President Kumaratunge in 1997 were
    not made publicly available in a generalised way until some years later, even though
    the Sessional Papers themselves are dated 1997. In any event, some portions of these
    reports have still not been made public. The relatives of the victims and those who
    appeared before the Commissions were not individually or collectively informed of
    the findings of the Commissions. Except for the payment of compensation in certain
    cases, no effective action was forthcoming in displacing the systems and structures
    that permitted and encouraged the disclosed crimes. The manner in which the system
    had failed the victims at every point was reflective in the following observation:

    The loss of the victims’ faith that there would be a solution forthcoming from
    the legal and social system is an indisputable fact. Immediately following the
    disappearances, most relatives of the victims did all they were asked by the
    system: they made complaints; they gave all the information they had to those
    who asked for it; they went from house to house, seeking the assistance of
    politicians who had appeared to want to help them. Finally they also went
    before the disappearances commissions. In addition, many of them took an
    active part in elections to support those who promised them justice.
    None of these actions brought them any tangible result. In fact, all these
    actions taught them a stern lesson: that ‘nothing is in fact working.’
    Under these circumstances these people finally turned to religious rituals and
    prayers. Some engage in cursing the perpetrators of violence, and some call
    for divine vengeance. Such practices themselves demonstrate their loss of faith
    in society’s legal and social machinery

    ………………………….

    Please read the whole report:

    Post War Justice in Sri Lanka,
    Rule of Law, The Criminal Justice System, And Commissions of Inquiries 2010.

    http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/04234216454178AFC12576B20038FF61-Full_Report.pdf

  9. ..Sri Lanka feels that it in fact had the support of 23 countries – 15 no votes and eight neutral votes. ..

    If you can say 15 (no) + 8 (neutral) = 23 countries supported MR & Co then how about

    24 (yes) + 8 (neutral) = 32 countries didn’t support MR&Co.

    I thought “neutral” means not buying your lies.

    Grow up MR & Co!

  10. “The resolution is non-binding, the implications of non-adherence could be disastrous”. Srilanka never going to adhere, if it is a genuine intention is there, it would have allready started atleast some initiative during these UNCHR session to change the openion of IC but that never happened.

    It means more serious resolutions and sanctions can only do the trick.

  11. I feel sorry for Sri Lanka having a foreign minister who does not know the basics of International diplomacy when he expressed his grievance that the outcome of the voting was not by the merits of a particular issue but by strategic alliances and domestic political issues.
    Mr Minister, it is high time you understood the facts of International diplomacy.
    We have been saying this in various forums including this blog to watch out for the worse but your Government did not listen.
    Now as Dayan Jayatilake mentioned in his article the noose is around the neck of Sri Lanka and its armed forces and it will be further tightened.

  12. There should be international investigation

    all criminals should be held responsible for crime against humanity including the Govt Ministers

    Let Eurpean Union take the Lead follwed by USA and India

    Namaskar

  13. Talking of neocolonialism by the Sinhalese intelligentsia now seems a bit unreal given that they are willing to sell sri lanka to the highest bidder just to get rich and get back at the Tamils for almost the last 3 decades starting with JR.

    Just face it you have been billing sri lanka as a sinhala/buddhist state since independence and this latest thing is a backhanded reminder from the imperialists that you have been colonizing the ‘minorities’ who have been in Sri Lanka as long or even longer than you.

  14. This is resolution will take us nowhere because the responsibility to implement the good practice is given to Srilanka.

    Immediately after resolution State media called the journalists who voiced for Human rights concern as “traitors”

    see report by committee for protect journalist ,http://www.cpj.org/2012/03/sri-lankan-government-calls-journalists-traitors.php

    Srilanka will face International investigation in 22nd UNHRC session .

    DBS please document all violations .

    DBS would you please register your web with http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/World+News/Asia/Sri+Lanka

  15. It is our own stupidity that gives the opportunity for the white man to interfere in the affairs of the dark races.
    The reason is we are full of fear, mistrust, dislike and hatread to any difference in language,religion and tribal.
    I am not sure whether we have always been like this or the white man fed this into us by dividing and ruling us?
    Common sense should tell us that the white nations who produce weapons will never want peace in the world. At the same time they make sure that their countries are not having in fighting and getting destroyed.
    We should stop this BLAME GAME ABOUT WHAT THEY DID TO US IN THE PAST AND LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE DOING TO OUR COUNTRYMAN AND OUR COUNTRIES.
    We spend precious resources to buy the weapons from them and then use it to destroy each other and the country. Are we so consumed with hatread that we cannot spare a thought for the future generations?
    Why are we boasting about rich cultures and religions that belong to the dark races when we cannot have compassion.
    Let the Srilankans who are caring come forward and spread the message of Peace instead of pointing fingers at each other and waiting for self centred politicians to do it.
    For Peace to happen in the environment, first it has to happen within each and every one of us.
    LET IT BEGIN WITH ME should be the slogan we should live by.

  16. Any one know why “Srilankan Champion” Peiris crying about Humanright Resolution?
    How many thousand peoples cried/crying by your Arial bombing,indiscriminate shelling,point-blank executions, rape, torture,abduction and illegal detention?

    How India can support liars like you not respect the joint statement made by both about sharing power with NE Tamils acording to the Indo-Lanka joint international agreement?

    What Mahinda told to Krishna about ’13th plus’ then foolished every one?

    Still do you think India will support you?

    How many times you have been told,but your ‘Sinhala Buddhist’ Ego not let you to share the power with Tamils to empower the whole island.

    Think who’s coexist with you in the past thousands years and oncomming thousands years? Be Fair and Be Friendly,Live and Let us Live with dignity of our human rights and political rights.

    STOP above crimes,state sponserd violance and discrimination.

  17. The resolution is watered down deliberately.This is another chance for Sri Lanka to come clean before the screws tighten again.

  18. Sri Lanka polity as it is today was created by a Military man, Major Colebrooke, in 1831 without consulting the constituting parties. It can only be sustained by military as there has never been a consensus. Power/might is right have called the shots in Sri Lanka so far and the only Super power played the same card, might is always right. That is it.
    Easwaran

  19. Another resolution should be brought to investigate to all diaspora people who funded terrorists to kill over 50000 people in south.

  20. it is the Sri Lankan government that strongly oppose the resolution that require to implement its own commission’s report. It proves that Sri Lanka will not implement its recommendations.

  21. NO MO GOOGLE
    NO MORE WINDOWS
    NO MORE I PADS
    NO MORE I POIDS

    NO MORE MISURE PARRIPU
    NO MORE BOMBI LUUNU
    NO MORE BASMATI RICE
    MORE THAN THAT NO MORE HINDI MOVIES
    NO MORE SHARUK KAHN.

  22. .
    G.L. Peiris says:
    “The most distressing feature of this experience is the obvious reality that voting at the Human Rights Council is now determined not by the merits of a particular issue but by strategic alliances and domestic political issues in other countries which have nothing to do with the subject matter of a resolution or the best interests of the country to which the Resolution relates. This is a cynical negation of the purposes for which the Human Rights Council was established.
    ++++++++++++++++

    Is Peiris talking about voting in 2009? DJ.. are you listening?

    🙂

  23. I dont buy that, again passing the blame !

    Even if all absentees voted it would yet be the same result

    Missing the point, China (Russia) did not VETO it, why (after all the big-talk) !!

    World has given the wordict, cannot be that the world is wrong and we are right, that was Tiger stuff.

  24. Everyone knows why India came to the decision of supporting the U.S. resolution. First of all, the Congress government wanted to save the rest of their term as ruling party. It cannot afford to take threat from TN politicians lightly. Secondly, the U.S. pressure. (remember,not long ago, PM Singh said that the protesters of the Koodankulam Nuclear power plant are being funded from sources in the U.S. Thirdly, India never consider about the serious consequences it might have to face in the long-run by taking decisions on the basis of short-sighted/term benefits. Examples are many, but just two of them: Mrs. Gandhi helped to create the Sikh militancy to gain control in Punjab in early 80s, and she paid for it with her own life by the same forces in India. She also helped create the Tamil militancy in Sri Lanka by providing arms and training and her son was brutally killed by the same forces she helped to create in Sri Lanka. The problem with Indian intelligent is that they help to create something in order to serve the interest of India, but unfortunately they are left unable to prevent it from being hijacked away from them by foreign powers/intelligent agencies. What kind of morals do we get from it? The Tamil proverb says: “thinai vithaithavan thinai aruppaan, vinai vithaithavan vinai aruppaan”. The one who saws the seeds of millet will reap the grain, and the one who spreads evil deeds will succumb to their evil deeds.
    This was what exactly happened to the LTTE and its leader and, not to mention the TULF leadership as well. The TNA is doing exactly what the old TULF was doing then. The Sri Lankan leadership should be careful as to not to seek short term benefits or take the political advantage only, but strive to find a way to embrace all the three communities in the country towards a bright future. I, along with other Sri Lankans who want to live amicably with members of the other two communities hope it could be done.

  25. If India was absent or voted against, the resolution would have been passed without dilution.
    Once again,India has helped Srilankan Govt and ditched the other party.

  26. What a shame!
    SL delegates have no idea of international diplomacy. Always on the protective and defensive mode.
    The interesting thing is that all these people given chance they will grab the citizenship of western countries. Why, because they like western goodies, life and freedom, which they can’t find in China or Russia.

    Now, it’s time to think about new leadership, who has the guts to provide equal opportunity and self respect to minority Tamils. The so called reconciliation by government based on militarization and Sihalanization of all Tamil dominated areas. The economy is on slippery slope; very soon majority will feel the pinch on their stomach. If the Government act immediately and the Diaspora’s are confident with situation in Srilanka, they may very well boost the economy by spending their wealth in development rather than spending against Govt anti-Tamil actions.
    Our closest neighbor is Tamil Nadu, whatever SL do; they can’t change the geographic and demographic situation. So let’s think humanly and make pave the way for real, I mean REAL reconciliation with Tamils.

  27. I don’t get it! USA wanted Rajapakse thugs to implement their own handpicked LLRC committee’s recommendation, and that upset those mass murders? Other wise men in Colombo should act quickly to resolve all outstanding issues, including war crime allegations, and get the USA out of their sight soon. Trying to continue fooling the International community would result in a tragic end, just like LTTE.

  28. “Making statements in support of Sri Lanka were Cuba, China, Russia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Thailand, Uganda and the Maldives.”

    Now there’s a group of nations that one can be proud of being supported by eh? Every one of these countries other than the Maldives kills its own in droves. The Maldives just kicked out its democratically elected leader in a coup.

  29. Yeah lets investigate the whole war. Who started it. Who trained the terrorists. Who gave them special weapons used by NATO. Who trained suicide bombings (Including Aunt Adele who now lives in UK) Killing of innocent villagers. The bombings etc. Not just the death of Nazi terrorist leader and his family! Then we will see the whole picture! Truth will win Tamilians!

  30. May be I’m not informed well and correct me if I’m wrong.
    When International community says that war crime should be investigated, it looks like only the Govt and the SL army is being pointed. What about the LTTE war crimes. Are they suggesting that LTTE members also should be punished (those who already being pardoned).

    Again correct me if I’m wrong. If there is any Human Rights Violations from the both sides(SL Army , LTTE), I’m sure there is as those are inevitable in a WAR, who can be the Winner in this, I mean which side may have the highest violation of human rights. To my opinion LTTE is the side who mostly violated this human rights.

    So my point is. Now all this has stopped. why can’t we move on and forget the past. Coz if we going to probe, both sides need to be punished.

  31. Lets forget about what happened in the past. Let SriLankan honestly and wholehearterly solve the problem of indigense Tamils, Muslims, and Upcountry Tamil of Indian Origin. hereafter we should not mention the above and all of us should call as SriLankan. It is with the Govt. to make it. To some extent things made easy for Govt. to implement real solution by telling the Sinhalese people the plight and can do a very good job. It can be only be done by Pre. Rasapakse and bros. Long live and prosper SRI LANKA

  32. The resolution has been passed. The numbers behind it or the manner it was re-worded to get India’s consent do not matter. It is a charade as far as I am concernd, which would not make any difference to the war-affected people in Sri Lanka. They will fight to survive for a long time to come! The UNHRC resolution should have also recommended the U.S $ four billion aid offered to develop the north and east at the beginning of the last ceasefire agreement, be made available by the US, EU and Japan. This would have made a real difference to the people in the north and east and Sri Lanka. We do not need words, but plenty of bread, bricks, machines and seeds!

    How could Sri Lanka have been taken seriously, if its delegation included a man, who had been adversely named in the LLRC report? Such brazen insult to the intelligence of the others-whether it be within or outside Sri Lanka- will always be counter-productive. Further, the acknowledgemnt by the TNA that the LTTE was equally responsible for the tragedy that unfolded in the Vanni, while welcome and is the truth, was too late in being spelled out. It seems to be an attempt by the TNA to dilute the possible repercussions for supporting the resolution in Geneva! When we act in an unprincipled manner, we have to expect the same from the others.

    I append below two verses from the Panchatantra, which should mean something to the Sri Lankan government and peoples:

    Panchatantra on the loss of friends:
    1. “The fool who does not know
    His own resource, his foe,
    His duty, time and place,
    Who sets a reckless pace,
    Will by the wayside fall,
    Will reap no fruit at all.”

    2. “What is my place? My time? My friends?
    Expenditure or dividends?
    And what am I? And what my power?
    So must one ponder hour by hour.”

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  33. What else will India do? when they want to destabilize Sri Lanka, they created LTTE, when it became a headache, they kept quiet until Sri Lanka defeated LTTE. Now the threat is not there, what use of Sri Lanka to them?

  34. Sri Lanka is a failed state , mahinda rajapaksa and his brothers are proven to be war criminals … wake up sinhalese your propaganda will no longer works.The world is watching and humanity speaks at last !

  35. Oh, Furguson,

    Which country are you from? May be from a blind care center in USA.You says Sri lanka is a failed state.
    Is is because,
    * Sri lanka routed out world most ruthless terrorist group?
    * All tamils and sinhalese are living side by side with out any fear of suicide bomb blasts?
    * Sri lanka gained 8% economy groth in post war era?
    * Sri lanka is now among the world best tourist destination?

    You are a real western racist. You are saying world is watching! Why? do they have no other work do? If so they can watch at IRAQ, AFGANISTAN, PAKISTAN, LYBIA, SYRIA and so on. How many people have been killed by the western forces in these countries. So far Nato and western forces are carry out TARGETING PRACTICES by shooting at innocent afgan civilians. We Sri lankans have defeated terrorism which you failed to do so far. We sri lankans are developing our economy while western countries are begging money from China.

    Who are really failed. You have failed in all fronts. Still if you are saying we are failed state, tell me your address we will offer some money to your blind school.

  36. When a country is not doing justice to a certain community some one has to step in to ensure the justice is delivered. Even after 3 years of ending the war the government didn’t take any positive steps towards resolving the ethnic conflict. Some sort of external pressure needs to be exerted so that all the communities can live peacefully. This is akin to a father raping his daughter and saying it is our family matter we don’t want others to step in. Laughable indeed.

  37. WHY DONT WE GET OUT OF THE UN IF WE DONT LIKE HOW THEY OPERATE.AS WE ALL KNOW
    YOU CANT EAT THE CAKE & KEEP IT!!.Play by the rules that’s the bottom line.
    You lose some you win some. The captain needs to be changed!!!

  38. Native v,

    THank u, for the informative link.

    ‘In fact, all these
    actions taught them a stern lesson: that ‘nothing is in fact working.’
    Under these circumstances these people finally turned to religious rituals and
    prayers. Some engage in cursing the perpetrators of violence, and some call
    for divine vengeance. Such practices themselves demonstrate their loss of faith
    in society’s legal and social machinery’

    All those prayers, curses and rituals are what the victims in SL will always have to depend on at the end. UNHRC resolution ??? Is as good as bullshit to the victims.

    However SL ruling regimes should now take serious account that they will not keep repeating the mistakes of the past.

    Let us learn lessons and change for the better not be cardboard heroes.

  39. A very late and selfish move by india (really UPA government). Had India not supported srilanka during the war, such a bad thing would not have happened. But it kept mum during war. Also we should note that this resolution is not for wiping out LTTE out of srilanka, but a government , which should be a saviour, killing its own people trapped in the warzone. A victory against a militant group is always good. But not at the expense of thousands of civilian lives

  40. DMK cat is out of the bag!

    IBN Tamil Nadu | Updated Mar 23, 2012 at 02:47am IST
    Tamil Eelam is my unrealised dream: Karunanidhi

    Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi on Thursday termed ‘Tamil Eelam’ his unrealised dream and said he will fight for its realisation.

    Asked by reporters in Chennai on his reaction to passing of US-backed resolution against Sri Lanka in the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and whether there is a possibility of Tamil Eelam in the future, Karunanidhi said, “As far as I am concerned that is the goal.”

    He said even in the past, whenever he was asked about his unrealised dream, he had answered “Tamil Eelam”.
    Tamil Eelam is my unrealised dream: Karunanidhi

    To another question, he said the war between the Tamil militant groups to establish who is big and who has the capability to achieve the goal prevented the formation of Tamil Eelam.

    He thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi for India voting in favour of the US resolution.

    Karunanidhi said he has faxed a letter to Manmohan Singh and Gandhi urging them to suitable action to prevent attacks on Tamils in the island nation as a retaliatory action to the resolution.

    To a query that India voted in favour of the resolution only due to the pressure exerted by DMK and the party could have given a similar pressure three years back when the fight between the Tamil Tigers and the Lankan army was on, Karunanidhi said: “We did give similar pressures and everybody knows who spoilt the views then.”

    On the assistance to be given to Lankan Tamils by the Indian government, Karunanidhi said, “We have told the centre as to what has to be done and the centre too has listed them out.”

    Karunanidhi said the passing of the resolution will pressurise the Lankan government to atone for the atrocities they had committed to the Tamils there.

    “The Sri Lankan government has been forced to bow before the world and have to explain its acts,” he said.

  41. well what he said was that 8 countries were ready to vote for srilanka if india had voted ,since india said they wont so the 8 countries didnt vote at all so if 23 countries are supporting srilanka MR has done his job correctly
    and if tamils abroad are really concerned of tamils back home they wont even protest at first place thinking if they do tamils back home will suffer for that, they protest to get therer papers(visas) done.

    so what this shows is EU countries dosent want tamils in therer countries so they are searching a way to dump them back

  42. Rohana_Puthra says:

    “Another resolution should be brought to investigate to all diaspora people who funded terrorists to kill over 50000 people in south”

    Of course we must demand another resolution to be brought at the UNHCR to investigate 150,000 death in the south from 5th April 1971. I am with you however Diaspora Sinhalese have nothing to do with the killing of Sinhala innocent youth in 1971 and between 1987 and 1991.

  43. LET US SINGHALESE AND TAMILS FORGIVE EACHOHTHER FOR THE BABARIC INHUMAN PAST, TOGETHER WORK TO USHER A NEW SRI LANKA WITH ECONOMIC PROSPERITY ,JUST AND EQUITABLE SHARING OF NATIONAL WEALTH,FREE FROM INJUSTICE AND HARASSMENT ,HAPPY WITH HOPES FOR A BETTER TOMOROW,FLORISHING ARTS AND CULTURE,INDUSTRY AND TRADE.WILL ALL LOUDLY SAY NO TO WAR AND CONFLICT AGAIN.

  44. Now that Sri lanka is a Red Seal Certified “Human Rights violator”
    and I which the SL government, continue to disobey International Community and just don’t abide to the UN resolution at ALL. End results sanctions…..and
    UN will certainly work out a solution like East-Timor, South Sudan, a UN sponsored country called “Republic of Tamil Eelam!!”
    Praise the Lord!!

  45. TRN says:

    In Sri Lanka we never learn from past mistakes. We are so innovative we invent new mistakes and create new conflicts and new enemies.

    We can’t live conflicts and we can’t live without conflicts. If there is no known enemies we work hard to invent one within and without. We can only thrive when there is on going conflict and destruction. We are a martial country.

    Post War Justice in Sri Lanka,
    Rule of Law, The Criminal Justice System, And Commissions of Inquiries 2010. is a very good reference book for researchers.

    Please pass the link to your contacts as the book may be useful for future reference.

    The only lesson people have to learn is that they are not safe from the undemocratic nature of the state structure. Irrespective of their race affinity the sate is always after them one way or another. The state’s mass killing alternate between races but never ends.

  46. gunadasagamage

    Truth brings closure to the past.

    Truth gives the strength to forgive.

    Truth teaches how stupid we were.

    Truth brings clarity to events.

    No truth No reconciliation.

  47. Raja says:

    “This should be an all encompassing investigation including why did it take UK till 2001 to formally ban a terrorist organization that pioneered suicide bombings since late 1980′s and how it took the EU till 2006 to do the same”

    This should be an all encompassing investigation including why did it take Sri Lanka till 7 January 2009 to formally ban a terrorist organization, eight years after the UK, three years after EU, nearly eighteen years after India.

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