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Threat Facing the Country Due to Geneva Resolution

Threat Facing the Country Due to Geneva Resolution

Text of a speech delivered by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, October 25, 2015.

Venerable members of the Maha Sangha, clergymen of all other religions, friends,

I address you thus, at a time of great peril to our nation. Various views have been expressed about the resolution passed against Sri Lanka in the Human Rights Council in Geneva. There was a debate in parliament about it as well. Some contentious points have been raised with regard to this resolution and as the former President and Commander in Chief I am duty bound to explain to the public my views on this resolution. The people of this country should be aware of the challenge confronting the country as a result of the government co-sponsoring the Geneva resolution against Sri Lanka.

I must first draw your attention to the operative paragraphs in the Geneva resolution which will have the most serious implications for this country. There are many dangerous operative paragraphs in this resolution. I wish to draw your attention to three of the most serious and unacceptable recommendations.

According to operative paragraph 6 of the Geneva resolution the government has agreed to establish a judicial mechanism to try war crimes. They have also agreed to the participation of foreign judges, prosecutors, investigators and lawyers in that judicial mechanism. What this means in effect is the setting up of an entirely new parallel criminal justice system in this country outside the existing system.

According to operative paragraph 4 of the Geneva resolution, the Sri Lankan government has already agreed to allow these mechanisms that are to be set up to ‘deal with the past’ to obtain financial assistance from foreign countries. What this means is that the mechanisms that will be set up to look into allegations of war crimes and other matters will be paid for and maintained by the Western powers.

If the Geneva resolution is implemented, the countries that sponsored resolutions against Sri Lanka in the Human Rights Council, will be the same countries that provide funding for the judicial mechanisms set up under that resolution and who provide the judges, prosecutors, investigators and lawyers to man those mechanisms. These will also be the same countries that tried their level best to stop the final phase of the war and failed. By what stretch of the imagination are we to believe that the cause of justice will be served by such an arrangement?

The government has been putting forward various arguments to justify their decision to implement the Geneva resolution. The appointment by Mrs Sirima Bandaranaike of an Egyptian judge to the Commission of Inquiry to probe the S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike assassination is taken as an example of a foreign judge participating in the Sri Lankan judicial system.

However Mrs Bandaranaike appointed that Egyptian judge to a Commission of Inquiry appointed under the Commissions of Inquiry Act and not to a court of law. The criminal case relating to the Bandaranaike assassination was heard in the ordinary courts of the country. Similarly the instance of the Commission of Inquiry into Missing Persons (Maxwell Paranagama Commission) appointed by me, being allowed to seek the legal opinions of several foreign experts in the law of armed conflict is also mentioned as a precedent for the participation of foreign legal experts in a Sri Lankan legal process.

My government did make arrangements for the Maxwell Paranagama Commission to obtain written legal opinions from several foreign experts on a written request made by the Chairman of that Commission.  Sir Desmond de Silva QC, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, Professor David Crane, Professor Michael Newton and Rodney Dixon – all experts in the law of armed conflict – and Major General John Holmes formerly of the British SAS provided some very valuable written opinions to the Paranagama Commission. It should be borne in mind that we are referring here not to the Maxwell Paranagama Commission Report which was tabled in parliament recently, but to the legal opinions provided to it by the foreign experts.  The government should have circulated the written opinions of these international experts to the members of the UN Human Rights Council. There was plenty of time to do so before the UNHRC sessions but the government deliberately refrained from doing so.

“The Island” web edition published all these legal opinions in full some months ago. If the contents of those well argued legal opinions had been taken into account the war crimes project against Sri Lanka orchestrated by some western countries would have come to an end before it even got off the ground.

The Commission on Missing Persons is also a commission appointed under the Commissions of Inquiry Act and not a court of law. Furthermore the legal experts I mentioned earlier, only provided written legal opinions in an advisory capacity to this commission. All these opinions were very favourable to Sri Lanka. The difference between obtaining advisory opinions about the arguments that can be made in our favour from foreign experts and appointing foreign judges to hear court cases against our war heroes should be clear to everybody.

Various views were expressed about the report of the Maxwell Paranagama Commission appointed to look into Complaints of Missing Persons during the recent debate in parliament. I heard this commission being referred to as “Rajapaksa’s Commission”. I saw some politicians trying to justify their own plans by saying that Rajapaksa’s own commission had made such and such recommendation. I appointed the Paranagama Commission to look into Complaints of Missing Persons in August 2013. After January this year it has functioned under the present government. It is now a commission of the present government. From January this year the incumbent President had the power to make any changes he wanted in the functions of this Commission. So it is not correct to say that was a ‘Rajapaksa commission’. In any event what is of importance to us here are the implications of the Geneva resolution.

The involvement of foreign judges, prosecutors, investigators and lawyers implies the creation of a new criminal justice system parallel to the existing one. I am totally opposed to any such arrangement.  I regard that very suggestion to be an insult to our courts system, legal profession, Attorney General’s Department and investigative bodies.

Through operative paragraph 8 of the Geneva resolution, the government has already agreed to remove from office members of the armed suspected of having committed human rights violations   through an ‘administrative process’ even if there is no evidence against him that can be placed before a court of law. Some ministers claimed in parliament  that there is no such recommendation in the Geneva resolution. I state with the utmost responsibility that operative paragraph 4 of the resolution requires exactly that and nothing else.

When the Human Rights Commissioner addressed the UNHRC on 30 September the matter on which he placed the most emphasis was the need to remove from office through an administrative process members of the armed forces suspected of having violated human rights. The government has agreed even to implement this patently unfair recommendation. If there is insufficient evidence to place before a court of law, no one can be declared a wrongdoer according to our legal system. On what principle of justice are such individuals to be removed from office through an administrative process? This is nothing but a project to persecute our war heroes.

There is another ethical issue here. This war was fought in Sri Lanka. If our war heroes are to be punished for war crimes, many things that were not crimes according to our law during the time of the war will have to be entered into our laws as crimes and given effect retroactively. Our constitution does permit retroactive legislation especially to give effect to international law in this country.

However, one of the most sacrosanct principles of criminal law is that a deed that was not a crime when it was committed should not be declared a crime through new legislation and punishment meted out retroactively. Even though the constitution allows retroactive legislation, this is never resorted to except in the most extreme circumstances.

The last time retroactive legislation was passed in was in the 1980s when SepalaEkanayake hijacked an Alitalia plane. At that time hijacking a plane was not an offence in our law. So the government at that time had to bring in retroactive legislation to make hijacking a crime and to punish Ekanayake. But there is no such issue here. If any member of the armed forces has committed murder there are laws against that in our country. Likewise if there are allegations, of torture, assault, rape or threatening of people against any member of the armed forces, all those crimes can be dealt with under our law.

If any of these crimes can be punished in our law, many would be left wondering why new criminal laws would be necessary at all. If new laws are introduced, that will be for only one purpose – to water down the evidentiary requirements and to enable the expeditious jailing of our war heroes. This is similar to wanting to remove from office through an administrative process even those members of the armed forces against whom there is no evidence, but are suspected of having violated human rights. The evidentiary rules in international war crimes tribunals have a lower benchmark than in our courts and the national legal systems of most countries. Life sentences can be handed down on little evidence.

This is one of the main reasons why the United States of America has prohibited international war crimes tribunals from ever trying any of its citizens. In 2002 the American government passed the “American Servicemen’s Protection Act” which empowers the American president to use force if necessary to obtain the release of any American citizen taken before an international war crimes tribunal. That is how the Americans protect their war veterans and other citizens. But what we see here are politicians falling over one another in their eagerness to betray our war heroes. One of the main reasons why the Americans are against any of its citizens being taken before these international war crimes tribunals is because of the glaring shortcomings in the international law relating to  war crimes and the procedures of the war crimes tribunals.

The present attempt being made in this country is to introduce these faulty laws and procedures to Sri Lanka and to jail our war heroes expeditiously. No self respecting citizen should allow this to happen. If any member of the armed forces has done anything wrong, he should be tried according to our law and only in our courts.

In ruling a country governments do come under pressure from overseas. The government of the day has to find ways and means of dealing with that. There is no need for a government if we are going to agree to everything said by other countries.

The government has co-sponsored the Geneva resolution without considering its implications and without informing parliament and appraising the people about it. If a separate criminal justice apparatus is to be set up with foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators, our ordinary law as well as the constitution itself will have to be amended. Last week in an interview with The Straits Times in Singapore, the Prime Minister had said that foreign judges will in fact be involved in war crimes trials here.

The laws will be changed in this manner for the sole purpose of punishing our war heroes. Changing the constitution itself to punish the war heroes who brought an end to terrorism which had been stalking this land for forty years and which embroiled the country in a raging internal war for 30 years is a dastardly act.  People belonging to all communities are now able to live in peace in this country because of the sacrifices made by our war heroes.

If we change the law to enable foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators to serve in our legal system, what happens after they finish jailing our war heroes? If the amendments to the law continues to remain even after jailing the war heroes, foreign judges, prosecutors, investigators and especially lawyers will continue to work in Sri Lanka and that may pose a major problem for the legal profession. There are many lawyers in parliament. I too am a lawyer.

One of the matters under discussion in this country with regard to the CEPA agreement with India was the provision made for Indian professionals of all categories including lawyers to work in Sri Lanka. If the laws are amended as envisaged to punish our war heroes, one of the unintended consequences of that will be the opening up of the Sri Lankan legal profession to foreigners even without CEPA.

If however, the law is changed only to punish our war heroes and after all the war heroes are jailed the laws are amended once again to restore the status quo ante, then it will become obvious to the people that this government amended the law only to punish our war heroes. That is not an acceptable situation at all.

The government has been engaged in an attempt to justify the position they have taken. One argument they have brought forward is that everything that is happening now had been agreed to in the joint statement made by the UN Secretary General and myself on May 23 2009. They have been misquoting the final paragraph of that joint statement to find justification for their own actions. That final paragraph went as follows:

“Sri Lanka reiterated its strongest commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, in keeping with international human rights standards and Sri Lanka’s international obligations.  The Secretary-General underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.  The Government will take measures to address those grievances.”

Joint statements contain the ideas of both parties signing it. The positions taken by Sri Lanka and the UN Secretary General are clearly stated. Sri Lanka has accepted that she is committed to upholding human rights to an international standard and we are doing that. We have a whole chapter on fundamental rights in our constitution. The UN Secretary General speaks about the need for an accountability process. We never accepted that. All that we did was to look into any grievances in that regard.

We never undertook to set up war crimes tribunals or to man them with foreign judges and prosecutors or to sack members of the armed forces who have not been proven guilty of any wrongdoing through an administrative process. As per the pledge we made we appointed the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission to look into Complaints of Missing Persons.

These plans that are being made to persecute members of our armed forces cannot be implemented without amending the law. Parliament has the power to thwart all these plans being made to victimise our war heroes who sacrificed so much in the war against terror. I appeal to all Members of Parliament regardless of party affiliation, not to allow the passage of any legislation aimed at persecuting members of our armed forces. This is a matter that goes beyond politics and is about our country, our nation, our sovereignty and our self respect.

The people should be vigilant about what these powerful forces are trying to achieve by jailing our war heroes, sacking through an administrative process those who cannot be jailed, and breaking the back of this nation. It is my belief that we as a nation are now faced with the most perilous moment since independence in 1948. We are all duty bound to come forward on behalf of the nation at a time like this.

Victory to our country and nation!

May the blessings of the Triple Gem be upon you

ව්‍යවස්‌ථාදායක සභා සිවිල් නියෝජිත නම් අද මැතිසබයට (Is A.t. will Speak truth?)

(Is A.t. Speak truth?) why Ranil make a Such a Decision is there is again…. any hidden agenda?

ව්‍යවස්‌ථාදායක සභා
සිවිල් නියෝජිත නම් අද මැතිසබයට

අජිත් අලහකෝන්

ව්‍යවස්‌ථාදායක සභාව සඳහා හිටපු නීතිපති සිබ්ලි අෂීෂ්, සර්වෝදය නායක ආචාර්ය ඒ. ටී. ආරියරත්න යන මහත්වරුන්ගේ සහ මහාචාර්ය රාධිකා කුමාරස්‌වාමි මහත්මියගේ නම් අනුමත කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලා අද (22 දා) අගමැති රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මහතා විසින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට යෝජනාවක්‌ ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට නියමිතය.

ආණ්‌ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්‌ථාවේ දහනව වැනි සංශෝධනයට අනුව පිහිටුවනු ලබන ව්‍යවස්‌ථාදායක සභාවට පාර්ලිමේන්තුව නියෝජනය නොකරන තිදෙනකු පත් කළ යුතුය.

අගමැතිවරයා, කථානායකවරයා, විපක්‍ෂ නායකවරයා ව්‍යවස්‌ථාදායක සභාවට නිල බලයෙන් පත්වෙති. ඊට අමතරව ජනාධිපතිවරයා නියෝජනය කරමින් ඇමැති පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක, අගමැතිවරයාගේ නියෝජිතයකු ලෙස ඇමැති විජයදාස රාජපක්‍ෂ, විපක්‍ෂ නායකවරයාගේ නියෝජිතයකු ලෙස ඇමැති ඩබ්ලිව්. ඩී. ඡේ. සෙනෙවිරත්න සහ සුළු පක්‍ෂ නියෝජනය කරමින් ජවිපෙ මන්ත්‍රී විජිත හේරත් යන මහත්වරු ද ව්‍යවස්‌ථාදායක සභාවේ සාමාජිකයෝ වෙති.

අනුමත කර ගන්නා සිවිල් නියෝජිතයන් තිදෙනකු සමඟ ව්‍යවස්‌ථාදායක සභාවේ සංයුතිය දස දෙනෙකි.

Some other Important Message form A.T ganags…is they are talking truth?

විමල්ට, උදයට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ පක්‍ෂ නායක වරප්‍රසාද අහිමි කෙරේ ඉදිරි පෙළ අසුන් නෑ. විශේෂ ප්‍රකාශත් බැහැ

විමල්ට, උදයට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ
පක්‍ෂ නායක වරප්‍රසාද අහිමි කෙරේ
ඉදිරි පෙළ අසුන් නෑ. විශේෂ ප්‍රකාශත් බැහැ

අකිත පෙරේරා

විමල් වීරවංශ මහතාගේ ජාතික නිදහස්‌ පෙරමුණ සහ උදය ගම්මන්පිල මහතාගේ පිවිතුරු හෙළ උරුමය පාර්ලිමේන්තුව තුළ පිළිගත් දේශපාලන පක්‍ෂ ලෙස නොසැලකීමට ප්‍රධාන පක්‍ෂ නායකයන් තීරණය කර තිබේ. එම මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් පාර්ලිමේන්තුව තුළ පක්‍ෂ නායකයන් ලෙස නොව එක්‌සත් ජනතා නිදහස්‌ සන්ධානයේ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් ලෙස පමණක්‌ සැලකීමට තීරණය කර ඇති අතර පාර්ලිමේන්තුව නියෝජනය කරන පක්‍ෂ නායකයන්ට හිමිවන වරප්‍රසාද මින් ඉදිරියට ඔවුනට අහිමි වේ.

ඒ අනුව එම මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් දෙදෙනාට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ ඉදිරි පෙළ අසුන් අහිමිව යන අතර 23 (II) යටතේ සිදු කරනු ලබන විශේෂ ප්‍රකාශ ඇතුළු පක්‍ෂ නායකයන්ට හිමිවන සියලු වරප්‍රසාද ද ඔවුන්ට අහිමි වේ.

අටවැනි පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ පිළිගත් දේශපාලන පක්‍ෂ වශයෙන් එක්‌සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂය, එක්‌සත් ජනතා නිදහස්‌ සන්ධානය, දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානය, ජනතා විමුක්‌ති පෙරමුණ, ශ්‍රී ලංකා මුස්‌ලිම් කොංග්‍රසය සහ ඊ. පී. ඩී. පී. යන පක්‍ෂ හය පමණක්‌ පිළිගැනීමටත් පක්‍ෂ නායකයන් තීරණය කර තිබේ.

මේ සඳහා කථානායක කරු ජයසූරිය මහතාගේ අනුමැතිය හිමි වූ බව පක්‍ෂ නායකයෙක්‌ “දිවයින”ට කීය.

Why TNA’s Sambanthan should never be considered as Leader of the Opposition Posted on April 6th, 2015

Why TNA’s Sambanthan should never be considered as Leader of the Opposition
Posted on April 6th, 2015

Shenali D Waduge

Consequent to 9/11 the US declared a war on terror and countries were told ‘you are either with us or against us’. The LTTE foreign brains quickly came up with an unregistered alliance putting together Tamil political parties under an umbrella name Tamil National Alliance with representatives selected by LTTE and Prabakaran. That was how TNA came into being on 22 October 2001 months before the Norwegian brokered ceasefire agreement of February 2002. 5000 LTTE ‘volunteers’ rigged the elections to enable TNA to enter Parliament in 2004 winning 22 seats (TNA even took oaths in front of Prabakaran) enabling LTTE appointed TNA to carry out propaganda locally and internationally misusing parliamentary privileges.

TNA-LTTE one and the same


TNA Leader Sampanthan with Prabakaran and Tamilselvan


In 2003 TNA leader Sampanthan with LTTE’s Anton Balasingham and Tamilselvan


LTTE flag – LTTE’s Tamilselvan at head table, TNA leader Sampanthan and present ITAK leader Mavai Senathirajah


Sambanthan holds poster claiming ‘Stop Genocide Against Tamils” (can such a person be an Opposition Leader?)

  • Both TNA and LTTE are seeking the same objectives.
  • TNA manifestos/speeches have never condemned LTTE atrocities or demanded the release of Tamil civilians kept as human shields/hostages
  • TNA in 2001 declared in its manifesto that LTTE was the ‘sole Tamil national entity’ and the ‘sole representative of the Tamil people’ and LTTE had the right to negotiate on behalf of the Tamil people.
  • TNA in 2004 repeated same in its manifesto
  • The EU Election Observation Mission Chief John Cushnahan in his EU report on 17 June 2004 clearly established LTTE-TNA links “Firstly, the LTTE intended that no other rival Tamil party (or Tamil candidate from the mainstream political alliances) to the TNA would be able to claim to represent Tamil interests. A chilling message to this effect was sent early in the campaign when a UNP candidate and an EPDP activist were murdered. Incidents such as this seriously restricted the right of the parties other than the TNA to campaign freely in the Northern and Eastern Districts. During the 2004 elections, the major incidents of violence was perpetrated by the LTTE, whereas at the earlier elections; the primary source of the violence (although not all), were the two largest political parties.”
  • TNA is linked to and associates with the UNSC Resolution 1373 banned LTTE fronts – TGTE / GTF/BTF and a host of others operating from overseas. TNA are regular attendees to these functions and guest speakers funded by the Tamil Diaspora.
  • http://www.nation.lk/edition/news-features/item/34841-the-un-investigative-panel-must-probe-tna-ltte-links.html
  • http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=features/sri-lanka-accountability-investigate-ltte-tna-nexus

It is anyone’s guess as to why successive governments including the former failed to investigate or in the least openly declare TNA as representing the LTTE.

Having said that it now emerges that the TNA leader R Sambanthan is claiming a stake as Opposition Leader making merry of the disunity that prevails inside Parliament.

This takes us back to 1977 when A Amirthalingam of the TULF (formed in 1972) became the Opposition Leader from 1977 until 1983 with 18 seats to their credit.

The United National Party (UNP) with 141 out of 168 parliamentary seats routed the Sri Lanka Freedon Party (SLFP) that won only eight seats.

It was only because JR Jayawardena introduced the 6th amendment and with it the requirement for all Parliamentarians to take an oath of allegiance that the TULF walked out refusing to take the pledge including Anandasangaree who was as a result subsequently barred from practicing as a lawyer.

“no person shall directly or indirectly, in or outside Sri Lanka, support, espouse, promote, finance, encourage or advocate the establishment of a separate within the territory of Sri Lanka”.

The argument against Sambanthan’s selection as Opposition Leader draws upon the abuse and misuse that the TULF Leader Amirthalingam initiated as Opposition Leader.

LTTE were first declared ‘our boys’ by him, he represented the Vaddukoddai (Constituency that he first contested from in 1952) ideology being a founder member of the Federal Party or rather Confederal/Federation party that plotted to use unemployed Tamil youth to deliver what the old cronies were dreaming about. Eventually he was gunned down by the very boys he wanted to rule over inside his own home in 1989.

LTTE-TULF links are also noteworthy


  • TULF youth wing members Uma Maheswaran and Urmila Kandiah both joined LTTE
  • Amirthalingam as leader of the Opposition even provided letters of reference to LTTE on government stationary
  • TULF Chavakachcheri MP V N Navaratnam openly supported LTTE and he introduced influential and wealthy Tamils living overseas to LTTE leaders.
  • TULF propaganda helped LTTE by branding Sri Lanka guilty of discrimination and perpetrating genocide.
  • By 1983 LTTE-TULF were already collecting funds from the overseas Tamil community. The first such public organization to collect funds was formed in 1978 through the Tamil Coordinating Committee in the UK to which Amirthalingam went on a world tour to campaign for misusing his title of Opposition Leader.

In 1977 a person who wanted to secede and create a separate state became the Opposition Leader. The damage he did openly and clandestinely is phenomenal. He used his position to internationalize his cause it was only in 1981 that the UNP presented a no-confidence motion against him. It was only Cyril Mathew who had the spine to criticize Amirthalingam inside Parliament. Though it must be said that it was Amirthalingam and Sivasithamparan who escorted Sirima Bandaranaike out of the chamber when her civic rights were taken away from her by JR Jayawardena. It was these same two that the LTTE shot at with Amirthaligam dying and Sivasithamparan miraculously surviving and Mrs. B had said ‘thank god no Sinhalese had done it’.

Sambanthan by virtue of links to the same organization that Amirthalingam clandestinely developed cannot be considered for this important post at this juncture wherein it is no exaggeration to say that Eelam has turned out to be an exercise that has geopolitical implications and interests of everyone other than Tamil Hindus or the tags being used.

It is for these reasons that the Speaker must take stock of how the post of Opposition Leader under Amirthalingam was used to promote separatist ideology, raise funds and carry out international propaganda campaigns abusing parliamentary privileges is likely to be repeated if Sambanthan is made Opposition Leader far more than how he currently misuses it being an MP.

Shenali D Waduge

මෙරටට එරෙහිව ජාත්‍යන්තර විමර්ශණයක් අවශ්‍ය වන්නේ කාටද?

මෙරටට එරෙහිව ජාත්‍යන්තර විමර්ශණයක් අවශ්‍ය වන්නේ කාටද?


     මෙම වසරේදීද නැවතත් පසුගිය මාර්තු 3 දා ජිනීවා මානව හිමිකම් සමුළුවේදී ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එරෙහිව යුද අපරාධ නමැති කුමන්ත්‍රණය දියත් විය. දිගින් දිගටම ක්‍රියාත්මක වන මෙම චෝදනාවන්හි නැවතීමක් නැති අතර මෙවරද බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ සිට ක්‍රියාත්මක වන චැනල් 4 රූපවාහිනියේ කැලම් මැක්‌රේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එරෙහිව  වීඩියෝ පටයක්‌ නිර්මාණය කළේය.

බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය ද්‍රවිඩ සංසදය විසින් දර්ශණ සපයා ඇති එකී වීඩියෝ පටයෙන් පිළිබිඹූ කරන්නේ මියගිය කොටි ත්‍රස්‌තවාදීන්ගෙන් පවා ශ්‍රී ලංකා හමුදා සෙබළුන් පළි ගන්නා බවයි. මේ දර්ශන කවදා වීඩියෝ ගත කළා ද යන්න මා දන්නේ නැහැ. මියගිය කොටි කැලෑ ඇඳුම් ඇඳ සිටින බවත් එකී දර්ශනවල දැක්‌වෙන්නේ නැතැයි මැක්‌රේ විසින්ම එහිදි පවසා ඇත.

බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය ද්‍රවිඩ සංසදය අංක එකේ කොටි සංවිධානයක් වන අතර එමගින් ලබාදෙන දර්ශණ පිළිබඳව කිසිදු විශ්වාසයක් තැබිය නොහැක. වන්නි මෙහෙයුම නතර කිරීමටද එකී සංවිධානය දැඩි උත්සාහයක යෙදුණි. දැන් මැක්‌රේ උත්සාහ කරන්නේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා හමුදා සෙබලුන් සිවිල් වැසියන් ඝාතනය කළ බවට මානව හිමිකම් සමුළුව හමුවෙ නිරූපණය කිරීමය.

විකල්ප ප්‍රතිපත්ති කේන්ද්‍රය, නිදහස්‌ මාධ්‍ය ව්‍යාපාරික ජාලය ඇතුළු රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන 24 ක්,‌ මන්නාරම් රදගුරු ප්‍රමුඛ කතෝලික පූජකවරු කන්‍යා සොයුරියන් 204 ක්‌, ත්‍රිකුණාමල කොටි හමුදා නායක එලීලන්ගේ බිරියද යාපනයේ රාජ්‍යනොවන සංවිධාන 20 ක්,මෙරටින් විදෙස්‌ ගත වූවන් මෙන්ම කොටි බෝම්බකාරියක්‌ ගැන වීඩියෝ පටයක්‌ නිපද වූ නෝර්වේ අධ්‍යක්‍ෂිකා බියටේ ආන්ස්‌ටඩ් ද,හිටපු බී. බී. සී. වාර්තාකාරී ප්‍රැන්සස්‌ හැරිසන් දකුණු අප්‍රිකාවේ හිටපු රදගුරු ඩෙස්‌මන් ටුටූ, හිටපු එක්‌සත් ජාතීන්ගේ නිලධාරිනියක්‌ වූ යස්‌මින් සුකා සහ මානව හිමිකම් කොමසාරිස්‌ නවිපිල්ලේ ද ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එරෙහිව ජාත්‍යන්තර විමර්ශනයක්‌ ඉල්ලයි. මේ හැර ද්‍රවිඩ සංධානයේ නායක ආර්. සම්න්දන් සහ උතුරු මහ ඇමැති විග්නේෂ්වරන් ද ශ්‍රී ලංකා හමුදාවට එරෙහිව විමර්ශන කොමිසමක්‌ ඉල්ලා තිබේ.

නවනීදම් පිල්ලේ

රඳගුරු රායප්පු ජෝසප්

ආර් සම්බන්දන්

මේ අනුව පැහැදිලිව පෙනී යන කරුණක් වන්නේ විදේශිකයන්ට වඩා ශ්‍රී ලංකා හමුදාවට යුද අපරාධ ගැන දඬුවම් කිරීමට අවශ්‍ය වී ඇත්තේ විදෙස්‌ අරමුදල් මත යෑපෙන රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන ක්‍රියාකාරින්ටය. මේ තුලින් කොටි ඩයස්‌පෝරාවේ විශාල මුදල් සම්භාරයක්‌ ලන්ඩනය, ජිනීවා සහ කොළඹ ඔස්‌සේ හුවමාරුවන බව සනාථ කරගත හැක.

කොටි ඩයස්පෝරා උද්ගෝශණ

එක්‌සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් පිළිබඳ විශේෂ විමර්ශක බෙන් එමර්සන් ඇමරිකාව බේරා ගැනීම සඳහා ත්‍රස්‌තවාදයට එරෙහිව ප්‍රතිචාර දැක්‌වීමේදී සිවිල් වැසියන් මිය යැම මානුෂික නීතිය උල්ලංඝනය කිරීමක්‌ නොවන බව ප්‍රකාශ කර ඇත. එහෙත් මේ ප්‍රකාශය මානව හිමිකම් සමුළුව හමුවේ විවාදයට ගෙන නැත.

මෙම සංවිධාන ක්‍රියාකාරීන් පසුගිය වසර 30 ක කාලයක් තිස්සේ ප්‍රභාකරන් ඇතුළු කොටි සංවිධානය අප දිවයිනේ බිහිසුණු මිනිස්‌ ඝාතන සිදු කරද්දී එකී ඝාතන ගැන කිසිදු ප්‍රකාශයක්‌ කළේ නැත. මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලයෙන් ප්‍රභාකරන්ට එරෙහි යුද අපරාධ චෝදනා ඉදිරිපත් කළ යුතුයෑයි ඉල්ලීමක්‌ කිරීමට පවා ඔවුහු ඉදිරිපත් වූයේ නැත.එහෙත් මෙරට ජනතාව තිස්‌වසරක කොටි ත්‍රස්‌තවාදයෙන් ගලවා ගත් හමුදාවට දඩුවම් කිරීම සදහා මොවුන් ඉදිරිපත් වී ඇත.

බස් බෝම්බ

මහබැංකු ප්‍රහාරය

දළදා මාළිගාවේ බෝම්බ ප්‍රහාරය

වන්නි මෙහෙයුමේදී 6000 කට අධික සේනාවක්‌ හා නිලධාරීහු දිවිපිදූහ. 20000 කට අධික ආරක්‍ෂක හමුදා සාමාජිකයෝ බරපතල තුවාල ලැබූහ. රටේ ඒකීය භාවය උදෙසා තම වර්තමානය කැපකල එවන් රණවිරුවන්ට ගෞරවය දැක්වීම වෙනුවට අද සිදුවන්නේ ඔවුනට අද මේ ආකාරයෙන් නිදහසේ ක්‍රියාකිරීමට ඉඩකඩ සලසාදුන් එම ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨ රණවිරුවන් පාවාදීමේ ක්‍රියාදාමයයි.

යුධ හමුදා රණවිරු ස්මාරකය

නාවික හමුදා රණවිරු ස්මාරකය

ගුවන් හමුදා රණවිරු ස්මාරකය

ඉතිහාසයේ මෙවන් සිදුවීම් මෙයට පෙර සිදුව නැත. කොටි වෙබ් අඩවි තවමත් මියගිය කොටි ත්‍රස්‌තයන් සමරති. එහෙත් මෙරට අවාසනාවන්ත තත්ත්වය නම් බෝම්බ පිපිරීම් හා බිහිසුණු මිනිස්‌ ඝාතන නතර කළ හමුදාව යුද අපරාධකරුවන් ලෙසට පත් කිරීමට දරන උත්සාහයයි.

මේ ක්‍රියාදාමය විදෙස්‌ සතුරන්ට සහයවීමක්‌ නොවන්නේ ද? ඉන්දියාව, පකිස්‌තානය, බංගලදේශය, ඊශ්‍රායලය සහ ඇමරිකාව ඇතුළු සෙසු රටවල මෙවන් පාවාදීම් සිදුවන්නේද?

ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් විසින් මෙරට සිවිල් වැසියන් ජීවත්වන ප්‍රදේශවල පුපුරුවා හරින ලද බෝම්බවලින් කාන්තාවන් කුඩා දරුවන් ඇතුළු විශාල පිරිසක් මියගිය අතර ඒ පිලිබඳව කිසිදු තැකීමක් නොකරක ඇතැම් කාන්තාවන් හා කාන්තා සංවිධානද අද ශ්‍රී ලංකා හමුදාවට එරෙහි ජාත්‍යන්තර යුද අපරාධ විමර්ශනයක්‌ ඉල්ලා සිටීම පුදුම සහගත තත්වයත් නොවන්නේ ?.

එල්ටීටීය විසින් ඝාතනය කළ සිවිල් වැසියන්

දීර්ඝ කාලයක් තිස්සේ පැවති රුදුරු යුද්ධය නිමා කර රටට සාමය දිනාදී ඉතා කෙටි කාලයක් තුලදී අවතැන්වූවන් නැවත පදිංචිකරමින්,වැරදි කරුවන් පුනරුත්ථාපනය කරමින් හා ජීවත්වන්නන්හට අවශ්‍ය සියළු යටිතල පහසුකම් සලසමින් රට ශීඝ්‍ර සංවර්ධනයකට යොමුකර රටේ ජීවත්වන සියළු ජාතීන් අතර සංහිදියාවක් ඇතිවන අයුරින් රජය විසින් ක්‍රියාකරගෙන යන අවස්ථාවේදී ඔවුන් විසින් කරනු ලබන මෙවැනි ඉල්ලීම තුළින් මෙරට හමුදාවත් රටේ ජනතාවත් විදේශ රටවල්වලට පාවාදෙන බව ඔවුන් විසින් තේරුම් ගත යුතුය.

චුන්නාගම් ප්‍රදේශයේ මෙගා වොට් 24 ක් විදුලි සැපයුමට ලබා දීම

උතුරේ වාරිමාර්ග සංවර්ධනය

නදුන්කානි ජල සැපයුම් ව්‍යාපෘතිය

ප්‍රාථමික හා ද්වීතීක අධ්‍යාපනය

මාර්ග පද්ධතිය හා ප්‍රවාහන පහසුකම් වැඩිදියුණු කිරීම

කෘෂි කර්මාන්‍තය දියුණු කිරීම

ඇමරිකාව ප්‍රමුඛ බටහිර රටවල් යුද අපරාධ සිදු කරද්දී ඔවුන්ට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එරෙහිව ක්‍රියා කළ හැකිද? මෑතකදී ඇමරිකානු අධිකරණය පැවසුවේ ඇමරිකාව ලෝක පොලිස්‌කාරයා නොවිය යුතු බවයි. එසේම මෑතකදී ඇමරිකාව විසින් ඉන්දියාවේ මානව හිමිකම් උල්ලංඝනය කිරීම ගැන බරපතල වාර්තාවක්‌ ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කළේය. ඒ අනුව කාශ්මීරයේ සිරගෙවල්වල දේශපාලන සිරකරුවන් විශාල සංඛ්‍යාවක්‌ සිටින බව ඉන් හෙළි කර ඇත. එසේ වුවද මානව හිමිකම් සමුළුවේදී එකී වාර්තාව ගැන හඬ නැඟී නැත. මේ පසුබිම මැද ශ්‍රී ලංකා හමුදාව පමණක් වරදකරුවන් කිරීමට නවිපිල්ලේ සමඟ උත්සාහ කරන්නේ මෙරට පාර්ශ්වයන්ය.

ලොව අංක එකේ ලාභදායී කර්මාන්තය මානව හිමිකම් කර්මාන්තය යෑයි අයර්ලන්තයේ දේශපාලක ඡේම්ස්‌ ප්‍රින්ගල් වරක්‌ කියා සිටියේය. එය සත්‍යයකි. ප්‍රභාකරන්ගේ සමීපතම ඥතියකු වන සිවාජිලිංගම් ද ජිනීවාහි රැඳී සිටි. ද්‍රවිඩ සංධානයේ පිරිස්‌ ද හෙට අනිද්දා ජිනීවා යාමට සුදානමින් සිටිති. එසේම මෙරට රාජ්‍ය නොවන සංවිධාන ක්‍රියාකාරීහු ද ජිනීවා යැමට දැනටමත් ප්‍රවේශපත්‍ර වෙන් කර ගෙන ඇත. ඔව්හු මාර්තු 26 දා තෙක්‌ නොඉවසිල්ලෙන් සිටී. ඒ ශ්‍රී ලංකා හමුදාව යුද අපරාධකරුවන් බවට තීන්දුවක්‌ එනතෙක්‌ය. එහෙත් සැබෑ යුද අපරාධකරුවෝ කොටි ත්‍රස්‌තයන් හා කොටි ඩයස්‌පෝරාවේ පාර්ශ්වයන්ය.

ඔව්හු කොටි පරාජය වීමේ පලිය ගැනීම ආරම්භකර ඇත. ගත වූ වසර 30 තුළ ප්‍රභාකරන්ට උදව් කළ පාර්ශ්ව මෙරට සිටියේය. එකී පාර්ශ්ව දැන් යළිත් මතුවී ඇත. ඔවුන්ගේ මූලික ඉලක්‌කය ප්‍රභාකරන්ගෙන් ගිළිහුණ උතුරු නැගෙනහිර ඊළම් රාජ්‍යය නැවත ස්‌ථාපිත කිරීමයි.

පුවත්වල අන්තර්ගතය සහ මුලාශ්‍රය වෙනස් කිරිමකින් තොරව භාවිතා කිරිමට අවසර ඇත.

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Human Rights Organizations or Activists are NOT above the LAW

Human Rights Organizations or Activists are NOT above the LAW



The arrests and detention of Mr. Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen has generated wide coverage demanding their immediate release on the premise that they were human rights activists. What needs to be clearly established is that Sri Lanka is a democratic country, there are laws that govern the country and laws that are applicable to all those living in Sri Lanka. Anyone living in Sri Lanka, whether they are citizen or non-citizen are subject to the laws of the land. If anyone has breached the laws of the country it is considered a criminal offence against the State of Sri Lanka.

The State is bound by duty to enforce the laws of the land. In enforcing these laws, if a person has violated the law the law enforcement authorities have every right to arrest and carry out investigations. No one has the right to carry out campaigns to demand their release simply by referring to them as ‘human rights activists’. If evidence is found linking them to any criminal activity the authorities have every right to take action under the legal provisions available.

Those demanding the release may like to take note that Sri Lanka is recovering from terrorist activity that lasted 30 years. Throughout the 30 years of terror the LTTE were aided and abetted by civilians and civil organizations. Sufficient evidence is available to link organizations and their employees with transporting arms, ammunition and disbursing funds and assisting with propaganda material. Human Rights Organizations have also been linked and members of these organizations have been previously arrested and investigated. Therefore, arresting and investigating people is the right of the State and its law enforcement and global smear campaigns to demand the release cannot overrule this fact.

What Human Rights Organizations and their staff need to realize is that they are not above the law and cannot demand to be treated above the law. When they make such demands it is making a mockery of the rule of law, due process that they are supposed to be fighting to protect.


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