Rights group says US report on Sri Lanka weak

A leading human rights group has said that a human rights report on Sri Lanka is weak and misleading.

Amnesty International said that the annual human rights report for 2018 released this year, gives a misleadingly positive impression of progress in human rights in Sri Lanka.

“The report does describe some abuses that occurred last year (including unlawful killings, torture, arbitrary detention and harassment of human rights defenders) and says that impunity for conflict-era abuses persisted,” Amnesty International said.

Amnesty International noted that the scale and scope of impunity for Government forces is significantly understated.

For enforced disappearances, the US report cites a U.N. report for the number of outstanding disappearances as 5,859 and a Sri Lankan Government agency’s list of approximately 20,000 missing, but fails to mention the Sri Lankan Government’s own estimate in 2016 of at least 65,000 disappearances, Amnesty International said.

The U.N. has described some of the violations committed by both sides during the war as constituting war crimes or crimes against humanity.

“In fact, Sri Lanka’s overall lack of progress has resulted in the U.N. Human Rights Council passing two subsequent resolutions (the first in 2017 and the second in March of this year), with each one requiring ongoing monitoring by the U.N. of Sri Lanka’s implementation of its human rights commitments for another two years,” Amnesty International said. (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. Democracy demands truthful transparency or political openness to ALL citizens. Truthful accountability or answerability, to ALL citizens who voted the legislators to the parliament, is also required in any democracy. When practiced, democracy yields the good fruits of freedom, peace, stability, development and prosperity to ALL citizens.

    On the other hand, Extremism contradicts democracy. Extremism originates from exaggerated and manipulated untruth, lie or falsehood, passed on for generations; causing, violence, death and destruction. This is the reason for ISIS extremism and Sinhala Buddhist Extremism (SBE) in Sri Lanka (SL). ISIS uses Arabic and SBE uses Pali, unknown to others, to easily say any untruth in SL

    Extremism is a mind set. A mind set is created by a person himself by his own choice. It is a collection of words the person listens to, the photo images he sees and the thoughts arising therefrom in his mind. Any convincing thought or actions, chosen and accepted by the person, to establish in his mind and act accordingly creates a mind set. A mind set is an attitude

    The mind set of a person created with love, honour and respect for others with kind words and deeds will have good conscience coming from a good or “light filled mind set”. Any mind set created by the evil of anger, hatred, violence, death and destruction to others; justifying the evil deeds, has a bad conscience and a “dark mind set”. There is no light in such a person’s life but an extremism.

    Albert Einsten, a world renown scientist, explained that darkness is simply the absence of lighL. Likewise, the absence of good causes the bad of extremism.

    A week ago, I saw an aerial video clip, taken 10 years ago, showing bombs exploding and countless bodies of dead Tamil civilians massacred, in the “No Fire Zone”, created by the UN at Mulliavaykaal in SL. This reminded me of the first Atom Bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1948 and the countless deaths and human sufferings in Japan.

    Japan, a country where the emperor and citizens claimed to be Buddhists in 1940s, obviously became extremists with a “dark mind set”. Like Adolf Hitler, Japan invaded Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries and did barbarous and ugly cruelties. Japanese soldiers murdered people, hung dead bodies on trees, raped and killed women. They had no respect for life.

    Buddhists in SL live in the Buddhism of 1940s of Japan. In 1983, atrocities similar to those carried out by Japan in 1940s were carried out by Sinhalese in SL against ethnic Tamils. because of the same reason of Buddhist extremism. On 23-=5-2019, the President of SL and the soldiers who carried out Mullivaykaal massacre, dressed like the soldiers of Adolf Hitler, celebrated the “Victory” of war with LTTE, instead of feeling sorry for the cruelty and massacre of 100,000 Tamil civilians by them.

    The problem in SL is, the Sinhala Buddhist extremist political leaders and priests, who have a “dark mind set”, fearing Truth,. The History books continue to be full of lies, falsehood and untruth, to keep SBE alive. Even if the history books are made truthful, it will take at least 30 years to eliminate SBE in SL, It is for this reason, the UHHRC resolution 50/1, calling for truth, reconciliation, justice and peace have not moved forward in SL Therefore. the problem of granting Justice to the murdered and disappeared Tamils, Tamil Genocide and war reparations cannot be resolved for the next 30 years,

    The President was telling a lie that the situation after the Easter bomb attacks was 99% normal to diplomats on 27-5-2019. First, the “dark mind set” of the SBE has to be dealt with severity immediately. The GSL, the Sinhalese Buddhists and the soldiers cannot be good with SBE in their blood. Therefore, UNSG should send its Blue Helmets without further delay and maintain peace, TILL SBE is undone and eliminated. As SL sends soldiers to serve in the UN peace keeping force, why does GSL refuse to allow the UN to send its peace keeping force, even when UNSG sees the need for it?

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