Council members slam Lanka (Updated)

Several members of the UN Human Rights Council today slammed Sri Lanka over the alleged threats faced by people who met the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay during her recent visit to Sri Lanka.

The United States (US) urged the Sri Lankan government to make use of the UN offer of technical assistance on addressing human rights related issues.

Speaking at the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council today, the US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, said the US also welcomes the recent visit to Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

She said that Pillay was able to examine outstanding concerns on human rights, justice and democratic governance.

Meanwhile the European Union also welcomed Pillay’s recent visit to Sri Lanka and called on the government to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

The EU also raised concerns over reports that people who met Pillay had been intimidated or threatened.

Germany meanwhile said it was “appalled” about the reports that people Pillay met in Sri Lanka were threatened.

The German delegation said this shows the level of threats faced by human rights defenders and journalists in Sri Lanka.

The Austrian delegation urged the government to respond to allegations of intimidation, reprisals and attacks against local human rights defenders and journalists. (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. One thing that absolutely surprised me is how the Sri Lankan government has been dealing with public protests and journalists, while the UN High Commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay was about to visit the country, and being the host country for the CHOGM. It shows the government’s madness. As a political writer, I never seen, heard or read such a madness due to bloody arrogance and stupidity. Unfortunately, Sri Lanka is in a strategic location, but the leaders are not smart enough to handle it. Therefore, it will be on going struggle for Sri Lanka. The Mattala Airport and the Hampanthota harbour are good example how the Chinese want to control Sri Lanka, by making the Rajapaksa brothers rich, and place the country under the huge financial burden, in order to rule the country. The Chinese didn’t bother whether the Mattala Airport and Hampanthota Harbour projects are going to make profit or not; if they did they would have done proper analyses before starting the projects. The Chinese only wanted to have a foothold in the country. It is very clear Sri Lanka is under the firm grip of China. Slowly, but surely Sri Lanka is becoming a little North Korea. The country is heading towards dictatorship. This is a huge worry for the world, especially to India, Japan and South Korea. The UN clearly understands this, therefore I expect an adverse report by Pillay in September at the UNHRC meeting. Her adverse report will have a negative impact on the CHOGM in November. I am expecting an unsuccessful CHOGM, after that the Foreign Minister’s resignation. Most properly Sri Lankans will go to polls for the general election next year. Playing against the world is a suicidal move, listening to the dragon always is not a wise choice either.

    Not a single Sinhala leader is prepare to place himself as a Tamil who live among the army in the North, or as a Tamil who live in the foreign countries. The government is saying that the Tamils are comfortable with the army in the North, after thirty years of brutal war. You wouldn’t live among the LTTE in the South, therefore you shouldn’t expect Tamils to live among the army. War is over, hardcore LTTE members are in prison. Whoever has been released went through a rehabilitation. So why you can’t bring the police to take care of the civil affairs.

    Gota ran to the US to make money and got dual citizenship, but denying dual citizenship to the Tamils who left Sri Lanka to secure their lives. I believe most of the government leaders are hardcore Sinhala racists. You shouldn’t talk unity while openly discriminating Tamils. The leaders have been encouraging communalism to keep their power for generations, the hatred is in everyone’s blood, therefore uniting the country is impossible, unless hardcore leaders change their racist attitude and make inclusive policies.

    The Rajapaksa brothers thought they are the smartest. They thought they will live happily ever after as long as they keep Karuna and KP next to them. They have ignored all the smart Tamils who are well educated and talented than Karuna and KP. The government has missed lot of brain power due to this action. The government even refused to process Tamils’ dual citizenship applications. There isn’t any political intellectual in a decision making level who has the ability to examine the underlying problems. This is the reason the country has been fighting since the independence. Currently, you all are underestimating the dragon. The Rajapaksa brothers have China’s blessing to control media and people, even the UN High Commissioner was blocked from scattering flowers on the Nandikadal lagoon in memory of those who had lost their lives in the last stages of the war. They were shooting the people who demanded clean drinking water, even though they knew Madam Pillay was about to visit the country within weeks in relation to war crimes. They even harassing the people who spoke with Madam Pillay. What does it tell you all these incidents? The country is under China, the Rajapaksa brothers don’t give a damn. They are enjoying all the perks and benefits which came from the Chinese investments. If you think Madam Pillay’s adverse report to the UNHRC or the Sri Lanka’s elections will bring the change then you have underestimated the crazy dragon and its partners in crime the Rajapaksa brothers. It took considerable effort to remove Prabhakaran; it will take huge effort to remove the Rajapaksa brothers, because the Rajapaksa brothers have more power and backups than Prabhakaran. It may cost thousands of innocent Sinhalese and Tamils lives to remove the Rajapaksa brothers. This is not the end, it is just a start, sit back and prepare yourself for unexpected shocks, because much more to come, the dragon has fooled the Rajapaksa brothers beyond your political understanding.

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