Human rights central to US foreign policy in Sri Lanka

Human rights is central to US foreign policy in Sri Lanka, the US State Department said.

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu had underscored this during a meeting with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Global Tamil Forum (GTF).

The State Department said that the meeting with the Tamil National Alliance and the Global Tamil Forum had been held to discuss reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka.

“The US joins Sri Lankan Tamil people in search for lasting peace and full voice in deciding their country’s future,” the US State Department said today.

The TNA and the GTF delegation also met senior White House National Security Council (NSC) officials and discussed initiatives on greater US involvement in finding a political solution for the conflict in Sri Lanka while pursuing justice for victims.

Following a number of meetings held in the US, the TNA delegation had meetings in Canada. (Colombo Gazette)

3 COMMENTS

  1. Conflict in Sri Lanka ? Where ?

    Interesting to ‘watch’ a trained woman evaluating the veracity of the speakers statements by observing his body language. She almost appears amused.

    • Looks like you have a ‘perception problem’. LOL. She is simply paying attention. When people talk this is what it looks like in the real world.

      Anyways Sri Lanka had a bloody civil war because of minority oppression which ended in Tamil genocide in 2009. According to UN 40,000 to 1,00,000 innocent civilians lost their lives because of indiscriminate bombings and shelling by the Sri Lankan Army which is against International war mandate agreed by all countries. Reconciliation for the minorities, rehabilitation, redressal of war crimes and punishing war criminals hasnt been done in Sri Lanka yet.

  2. China and Russia do not trust western countries but South Asians who fought against the western imperialism have been ignoring their past and become allies of the West. This shows your ability to think. This is why you cannot even create one developed country. Ignoring Mahathma Gandhi is a dangerous policy. Eventually, you will realise your stupidity but it will be too late to undo the damages.

    THE EXTERMINATION

    In the 18th century, the British began to settle European convicts on the island of Tasmania. Criminals were removed from mainland Australia due to severe crimes and sent to Tasmania. The convicts kidnapped Aboriginal children for servants, women for concubines and killed or mutilated the men, in order to conquer their homelands. In 1828, Governor Arthur ordered that all Tasmanian Aboriginals must leave the island where Europeans had settled. To enforce the order, government-sponsored ‘patrol teams’ made up of prisoners led by policemen. The patrol team chased and killed Aboriginal people, this hunt was known as ‘catching blacks’. It became a job or business venture for the patrol teams; to encourage the killing a price was set for Aboriginal heads; five British pounds for an adult, and two pounds for a child. The patrol teams killed Aboriginal people and dumped their bodies off a cliff, known today as Victory Hill. Arthur was encouraged, after John Batman, a well-known leader, later founding father of Melbourne, who shot two Aboriginals while they were in his custody (Combat Genocide Association 2019).

    Evidence indicates that the British orchestrated genocidal policies and practices surreptitiously on Aboriginal people and their culture. According to Professor Tom Lawson, the British effectively supported the ethnic cleansing of Aboriginal Tasmanians during the period of martial law between 1828 and 1832. Professor Lawson made a compelling case for the Tasmanian genocide. He further states that the colonists’ terms were ‘extermination and extirpation’ when they discussed the colonial invasion of the homelands of the island’s Aboriginal inhabitants (Lawson 2014). Nick Brodie argues that the genocide was highly orchestrated, but deliberately downplayed, in order to eliminate Aboriginal people. Brodie used over 1,000 pages of Colonel George Arthur’s handwritten documents, informing exactly how he executed the genocide in Tasmania (Brodie 2017).

    Arthur leaked stories to the press to gain support from the people. He publicly announced ‘retirement’ for people who continued to support the genocide, and also selective evidence was given to the investigative committee to cover up his atrocities. Arthur also declared that details of the genocide had to become top secret and continued with military offensives against the remaining Aboriginal people (Harman 2018). Most of the Aboriginal people had been forcibly removed from their homeland and killed, or had died from introduced disease (Lourandos 1997). The last Tasmanian Aboriginal, Truganini, watched her people being massacred, her mother killed by sailors, her uncle shot by soldiers, her sister abducted by sealers, and her fiancé brutally murdered by timber cutters. She was raped and exiled. Truganini lived through the mass killing of her own family members, relatives, friends and other Tasmanian Aboriginals (Morris 2017).

    Notably, white Australians did not even rescue one Aboriginal Tasmanian, but Germans had rescued Jews from the Nazis’ genocides. Recently, Israel’s Holocaust memorial council declared Major Karl Plagge righteous among the nations, alongside men such as Raoul Wallenberg and Oskar Schindler, for an elaborate deception that saved about 250 Jewish lives. In 1931, Plagge, an engineer, joined the Nazi party to develop the wealth of Germany, but he became disillusioned due to their racial ideology. ‘He felt he had helped create this monster and that it was his duty to try to help these imperilled Jews.’ About 90 per cent of the 57,000 Jews who lived in Vilnius were murdered, but 10 per cent were saved by Plagge. In 1958, just before his death, he told a friend. , ‘I never felt that this needed special courage. It required only the conviction and strength that anyone can draw from the depth of moral feelings that exist in all humans.’ (McGreal 2005).

    Genocides in North America

    Professor Taiaiake Alfred is a Kahnawake Mohawk educator and writer and the founding director of the University of Victoria’s indigenous governance programs in Canada. He argues celebrating ‘America’s 400th Birthday’ ignores the genocide of the continent’s native people. ‘It’s hard for a native person to be anything but shocked and saddened to the core by the effrontery of it all. Jamestown 2007 is, in essence, a surreptitious celebration of the conquest of our homeland and the destruction of our people in the service of imperialism and the expansion of the white race. It marks the era that saw indigenous peoples ravaged by diseases introduced by European settlers, on average, our communities lost 75 percent of their populations and the dispossession of our homelands by fraud and deceit – not a single treaty entered into by the English Crown or the US has been honoured by the white settlers.’ (Taiakake 2007).

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