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Geneva Conspiracy : As You Sow So Shall You Reap

By Uvindu Kurukulasuriya

Uvindu Kurukulasuriya

Last week several thousands of government supporters have shouted “hands off Lanka” protesting on the streets across the country against the US-sponsored resolution. Protests were held throughout the island slamming the US move at the UN Human Rights Council as interference in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs.

The most ridiculous thing was the acting Minister of External Affairs himself took part in the protest with the people who shouted “US don’t support terrorism”, “international conspiracy against motherland.” Regardless of Sri Lanka’s  streets protests and those of the Sri Lankan delegation in Geneva, The United States this week submitted the draft resolution.

The resolution states; Guided by the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights, and other relevant instruments, Reaffirming that States must ensure that any measure taken to combat terrorism complies with their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, as applicable, Noting the Report of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and its findings and recommendations, and acknowledging its possible contribution to Sri Lanka’s national reconciliation process, Welcoming the constructive recommendations contained in the LLRC report, including the need to credibly investigate widespread allegations of extra judicial killings and enforced disappearances, de-militarize the north of Sri Lanka, implement impartial land dispute resolution mechanisms, reevaluate detention policies, strengthen formerly independent civil institutions, reach a political settlement involving devolution of power to the provinces, promote and protect the right of freedom of expression for all, and enact rule of law reforms, Noting with concern that the LLRC report does not adequately address serious allegations of violations of international law,

1. Calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the constructive recommendations in the LLRC report and take all necessary additional steps to fulfill its relevant legal obligations and commitment to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans,

Forget about all NGO/ INGO/ UN Expert panel / Paid and unpaid human rights activists/ Tamil Diaspora/ Channel 4/ Sarath Fonseka’s white flag claim/ exile journalists and “traitors” claims with regard to war crimes and international law.

2. Requests that the Government of Sri Lanka present a comprehensive action plan as expeditiously as possible detailing the steps the Government has taken and will take to implement the LLRC recommendations and also to address alleged violations of international law,

3. Encourages the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant special procedures to provide, and the Government of Sri Lanka to accept, advice and technical assistance on implementing those steps and requests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to present a report to the Council on the provision of such assistance at its twenty-second session.

Does the resolution sound like a conspiracy? How on earth can anyone say this is against Sri Lanka? It asks only Sri Lankan government to implement its own commission report. It even asks the UN to help GoSL to implement it. the Only additional issue is, it asks the GoSL to address alleged violations of international law. So what is wrong with it?

Forget about all NGO/ INGO/ UN Expert panel / Paid and unpaid human rights activists/ Tamil Diaspora/ Channel 4/  Sarath Fonseka’s white flag claim/ exile journalists and “traitors” claims with regard to war crimes and international law.

According to a leaked US diplomatic cable; In response to the ‘incident’s report,’ Basil  Rajapaksa candidly remarked, ‘I’m not saying we’re clean; we could not abide by international law. The cable was written on December 1, 2009 by the US Ambassador to Colombo Patricia A. Butenis. In the same cable Butenis wrote; Gotabhaya Rajapaksa noted that in defeating the LTTE terrorists the war had ‘not been clean,’ but was still a success. 

The “Committee on Foreign Relations United States Senate” published a report on December 7, 2009 titled “Sri Lanka: Reaching U.S. Strategy After The War” for their one hundred and eleventh Congress first session. Quoting Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, reports says; He said he did ‘not deny there have been cases of government abuse’

On October 04, 2006 Ambassador Robert  Blake wrote; “Speaking with surprising candor, Basil Rajapaksa explained the GSL’s efforts to prove that members of the Security Task Force (STF) murdered five students in Trincomalee in January: ‘We know the STF did it, but the bullet and gun evidence shows that they did not. They must have separate guns when they want to kill someone. We need forensic experts. We know who did it, but we can’t proceed in prosecuting them.’

In the same cable Blake wrote; “He added that it ‘looked like’ EPDP cadres, along with the SLN, had perpetrated the mid-August burning of the pro-LTTE Uthayan newspaper office in Jaffna.”

Blake wrote on May 18, 2007 “However, Ranga said that the current government, cash-strapped, has ended this arrangement. Instead, he alleged, Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa has authorized EPDP and Karuna to collect the money from Tamil businessmen. This may account for the sharp rise in lawlessness, especially extortion and kidnapping, that many have documented in Vavuniya and Colombo.” Sri Ranga is a ruling party MP now.

“In the meantime, these paramilitary groups give the GSL a measure of deniability. Jaffna Government Agent K. Ganesh told us that some military commanders in Jaffna, including Major General Chandrasiri, want to clamp down on paramilitaries but have orders from Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa to not interfere with the paramilitaries on the grounds that they are doing ‘work’ that the military cannot do because of international scrutiny. On December 7, 2006, Chandrasiri confided to Ambassador Blake in Jaffna that the Defense Ministry had instructed him not to interfere with ‘military intelligence’ operations .” on May 18, 2007 Blake informed Washington.

On July 6,2007 Charge d’Affaires, James R. Moore wrote “Military Spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe (strictly protect), a political insider within the Rajapaksa administration, told us that the arrest on June 26 of the five alleged abductors working with Gajanayake was political retribution against those thought to be disloyal to the Rajapaksa administration. Samarasinghe further alleged that the GSL felt compelled to demonstrate concrete examples of progress on abductions to appease the international community.”

On October 7, 2011 Ambassador Butenis updated Secretary of State writing; “In an October 6 meeting with Ambassador, Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said the president “could” appoint a new commission to look at complaints or use some existing mechanism, such as an ombudsman. He also noted that, contrary to widely held impressions, the army had investigated and prosecuted individual soldiers for individual crimes (presumably stealing, rape, murder, etc.) committed during the war, and Major General Peiris heading the military legal department could provide more information. (NOTE: Embassy will be following up with the general as soon as possible. END NOTE.)

You cannot appease international community all the time.  So, bothers themselves had given evidence with other important government officials. Well dude, you asked for it! It was not the “traitors” who told all those to US.

The resolution asks the GoSL to reach a political settlement involving devolution of power to the provinces. This is what President Rajapaksa said to Ambassador Blake, on May 26, 2009,  Charge d’Affaires, James R. Moore wrote;

“In his farewell call on President Rajapaksa on May 20, Ambassador stressed that the reconciliation phase must include two vital components: the humanitarian side – providing the IDPs with what they need and resettling them expeditiously – and the political side – power-sharing arrangements to give Tamils assurance of a future with hope and dignity. This was the way to defeat terrorism for good. The Ambassador encouraged the GSL to think about how to engage with Tamil representatives. Ambassador said it was particularly important to reach out to the Tamil Diaspora so they would stop supporting the LTTE. The President said the basis of his devolution plan would be the ‘13th amendment plus 1’ – meaning implementation of the existing constitutional provisions for provincial councils, but adding an upper house to Parliament, modeled on the U.S. Senate.

So the US resolution only seeks what the Sri Lankan government has already assured. It is not a conspiracy against Sri Lanka.

Quoting JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe on January 15, 2010  US ambassador Butenis wrote in a confidential cable; “Nevertheless, he went on to say that all countries had to surrender some of their sovereignty when they signed international agreements and that this gave other countries the right to interfere to some extent in other nations’ affairs. He also said that there was no international conspiracy against Sri Lanka, claiming instead that the President’s raising this issue was a sign of his election desperation”

As You Sow So Shall You Reap !

uvindu@journalist.com

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Discussion

34 thoughts on “Geneva Conspiracy : As You Sow So Shall You Reap

  1. Point 3 IS interference and anyway it is pretty sick coming from the USA, which would NEVER allow ANYONE to oversee its ‘accountability’ procedures (which as you know is horse-shit). No ‘special procedures’ for Israel? None for the USA? The vagueness of the wording is even worse than what was used in Libya and open to multiple interpretation (no guesses as to WHO would interpret!).

    Posted by Malinda Seneviratne | March 10, 2012, 8:10 pm
  2. Hah .. Hah..Hah!!! This is exactly what the democracy loving people of this country would like to see happening, the MaRa regime under scrutiny of UN! So far they deceived and cheated us. Now that the US has come forward on behalf of aggrieved people of this country lets see how MaRa will listen to the voice of the people! People desperately want reconciliation accountability and justice being really done. They want this corrupt regime go home and culprits punished to the maximum. They want law and order to prevail. And they fervently desire US and UN will mediate on behalf of thousands upon thousands of oppressed people of this country of every ethnicity and free them from the clutches of Rajapaksha terrorism!

    Posted by silva | March 10, 2012, 9:25 pm
  3. Implementations of LLRC recommendations should be a prompt initiative by the Sri Lankan authorities. UN attempted to interfere because of the delay by Sri Lankan authorities.

    Posted by nissankaliberalparty | March 11, 2012, 2:14 am
  4. What about the war heroes Gota and Basil who ran away to America after stealing money from Mahaweli river corporation?

    Posted by janaka | March 11, 2012, 12:52 pm
  5. Excellent point Uvindu!

    Posted by Kamalika Rathnayaka | March 11, 2012, 6:44 pm
  6. Blame game???,when our rulers need to put the house in order

    Posted by JS | March 11, 2012, 7:29 pm
  7. One joker in the ruling party, who will never win an election, has proposed the creation of a “senate” as a cure for all ills! Does the country need another millstone round its neck?

    At the recent Commonwealth Heads of Governmet Meeting, the proposal by the Commonwealth Secretariat to appoint a Commonwealth Commissioner for Human Rights, was vetoed by the majority of attendees, including sri lanka. Does this show concern for human rights?

    Posted by DAS | March 12, 2012, 12:16 am
  8. The very people who are talking of human rights in Srilanka are killing civilians on a daily basis in Iraq,Afghanistan,Pakistan and other places.Latest being the slaughter of dozens of civilians yesterday by a DISCIPLINED AMERICAN soldier.This talk of providing TECHNICAL help through Navineethan Pillay’s office is a ruse.That’s where the catch is.It is no secret that the US and the west tried it’s best to save Prabakaran and his terror outfit.Now they are hurt and is trying to get back.We all know how the US uses human rights to invade countries.This technical help is another red herring.The ugly Americans!

    Posted by Max Silva | March 12, 2012, 1:00 am
  9. A U.S. official says the American suspected of killing 16 Afghan villagers is a soldier from Washington state who was assigned to a remote special operations site.

    U.S. officials say the soldier acted alone, leaving his base in southern Afghanistan and opening fire on sleeping families in two villages.

    The soldier opened fire on villagers near his base in southern Afghanistan, according to President Hamid Karzai, who called it an “assassination” and furiously demanded an explanation from Washington.

    Nine children and three women were among the dead.

    The killing spree deepened a crisis between US forces and their Afghan hosts over Americans burning Muslim holy books on a base in Afghanistan last month. The Quran burnings sparked weeks of violent protests and attacks that left some 30 dead. Six US service members have been killed by their Afghan colleagues since the burnings came to light, and the violence had just started to calm down.

    SO WHAT DO YOU CALL THIS ?

    Posted by cabs | March 12, 2012, 2:05 am
  10. Good analysis and we still have some brave reporters

    Posted by Samantha | March 12, 2012, 2:16 am
  11. The writer has base his whole argument on Wikileaks. Cables which were written buy US diplomuts. The same people who wrote that the President,Defence secretary and the Army commander were responsible for war crimes!writer has been hasty in jumping to conclusions based on what the cables say without checking what they say. for example

    “Gotabhaya Rajapaksa noted that in defeating the LTTE terrorists the war had ‘not been clean”

    The above statement by the Defence secretary Could have been “in defeating the LTTE terrorists the war ‘may’ not have been clean” which is more likely for one to say when not certain. Just by dropping the word ‘may’ has given it a whole new different meaning. Likewise most of stuff in wikileaks cable quoting others are spins by these diplomuts. To believe them either we must have corroboration from the concerned party or some other indipendent source.

    Posted by NAK | March 12, 2012, 4:25 am
    • Read this!! Its not only leaked cables; According to a leaked US diplomatic cable; In response to the ‘incident’s report,’ Basil Rajapaksa candidly remarked, ‘I’m not saying we’re clean; we could not abide by international law. The cable was written on December 1, 2009 by the US Ambassador to Colombo Patricia A. Butenis. In the same cable Butenis wrote; Gotabhaya Rajapaksa noted that in defeating the LTTE terrorists the war had ‘not been clean,’ but was still a success.

      The “Committee on Foreign Relations United States Senate” published a report on December 7, 2009 titled “Sri Lanka: Reaching U.S. Strategy After The War” for their one hundred and eleventh Congress first session. Quoting Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, reports says; He said he did ‘not deny there have been cases of government abuse’

      Posted by amaradasa L | March 12, 2012, 4:32 am
  12. Besides we all know who the Us is and what they are after.

    Posted by NAK | March 12, 2012, 4:44 am
    • That is different issue, what this writer says is, these credible evidence were given by Rajapaksas and their people and not the others. That is the main point I gathered from this article. and again 13+ who said?

      Posted by amaradasa L | March 12, 2012, 4:51 am
  13. Max Silva, Cabs,

    The proud father of Sri Lanka MaRa and his vegetarian brother are directly responsible for the white-van operations in Sri Lanka. This is a team of SL army soldiers headed by a Major General called Jagath Alwis and the members of the killer team have now been identified and revealed to the public. Day before yesterday this killer team of MaRa inc. attempted to abduct and disappear into thin air the Chairman of Kolonnawa Provincial Council but the villagers were able to catch them in the action and handed them over to police along with their killer weapons ammunition and other killer chemicals and tools. The most ardent and vibrant democracy of MaRa regime got the killers removed from the police lockup through yet another bone-licker killer police officer without following any standard procedure. Now they are fabricating all sorts of lies to cover up the lawlessness in the country. This is the team responsible for 5700 odd abductions, disappearances and extrajudicial killings in the country which is directly under the control and command of the head of a democratically elected government and an excellent case study for the Geneva team of HR activists.

    Do you think this is possible in democratic governance? Is this how human rights and international law of humanitarian and human rights and other relevant covenants and agreements are upheld and honoured by a democratically elected government (election rigging and how this government came to power is also of grave concern and questionable)? Before you point out to HR violations by other countries why don’t you see the 2 by 4 rafter in your eyes? If they violate human rights in Libya or Afghanistan or any other country and if you are so damned concerned and rights-activist about it what you should do is not ranting uselessly about that in these blogs but show solidarity with those people and land physically on their lands with posters cutouts and slogans against the perpetrators and show your Sri Lankan rights-activism identity to the whole world. If you can’t go there you can do it here together with other HR activists and taste the democratic falvour of MaRa regime!

    But we know you can’t do that because you are just living like pigs feeding on filth writing this rubbish and wasting others time also. Who don’t you go to a pig farm and study their frolics more fully to understand how you could further promote your talents pigs idiosyncratic and submit an application to be enrolled into MaRa inc. to get posted on close quarters to them to guard them day and nights like dogs?

    Posted by Gajaba | March 12, 2012, 4:50 am
  14. Nissanka,Kamalika,Janaka,Silva,Amaradasa,Gajaba,JS,Das, all none Tamil names!Where have all the Tamils gone?Having tea with Rajapakse?These covered Tamil Tiger terrorists doesn’t have the guts to appear in their own names.There’s nothing much that we could expect from drug traffickers.You bleeding hearts,where were you when the human operation was on full swing?You along with the Yankies didn’t even offer one bottle of water to the innocent Tamils.A bloody set of fraudsters.now your hearts are bleeding,eh?Damn set of fraudsters lying through the teeth.
    Who is this Gajaba wanker.As for pigs,didn’t you see the look on the face of that monster Prabakaran at Nandikadal with eyes popping out widely as in a horror movie?As for pigs,Gajaba why don’t you drop in at my place for lunch along with your friends appearing on this website?There will be plenty of pork on the menu.For desert you will be directed to the septic tank where you and your friends can have a field day eating shit.Never given up that pipe dream,Ealam,eh!Keep on dreaming.But don’t interrupt your drug trafficking.

    Posted by Max Silva | March 12, 2012, 6:32 am
  15. The reason the “West” is supportive of the Tamil terrorists is because some of their most prominent politicians have been bribed by these terrorists’ front line organizations and groups operating in those countries. This is evident especially in USA where some prominent Democrat politicians have received large sums of money as “donations for their political campaigns” from these terrorist organizations. One of them, after being questioned by certain journalists, had “apparently returned the money” her campaign had received from these Tamil terrorist groups. One of the terrorists’ infamous agents in USA – Raj Rajaratnam – the Hedge Fund crook – is also on “shoulder rubbing” terms with this prominent US politician and her family.

    Posted by Appuhamy | March 12, 2012, 6:34 am
  16. At the UNHRC if the US does not succeed in using India against Sri Lanka for creating a rift and using India as the US Proxy in the Region, Nepal will be the next trouble-shooting spot to destabilize South Asia, since the country shares borders with both India and China. Both processes may already well be under way, even as we speak.

    Before quoting from the Bible, pause to consider what is your conviction for believing it has to come from the US? is it because the US loves an upholder of Human Rights? Is the US capable of love? Does the US love? Yes. As it has been amply displayed, the US does love – itself and it’s white allies.

    Posted by Angel Gabriel | March 12, 2012, 6:56 am
  17. Yes, a US Soldier did go berserk and kill villagers, but the difference is, the US is not hiding it. They openly condemn their own man when they do wrong. Obama aplogised for the incident. THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE!
    Our great leaders hide facts; they lie; they blame others…imagine them apologising!!
    If only GOSL will come clean, tell the facts and find the culprits to punish, then no one needs to go to UNHCR…
    When the Judiciary, the legislatrue and the parliment is all under one family that is blind with power & money, then there is an urgent need for UNHCR to intervene to protect the people of this land.

    Posted by Daniella | March 12, 2012, 10:27 am
  18. Oh! Daniella how nice!This is not coming late to a tea party and then apologizing.This is cold blood murder.Of course can’t blame you for taking it lightly,after all murder is a daily past time of yours.These American sadists slaughtered over a million Iraqis,Afghans.Simple matter,eh!When Ghadafi was murdered in cold blood it was party time for Hilary Clinton.May be Hilary has gone nuts after hubby Bill’s steamy escapade with bombshell Monica.The problem with people like Daniella is that without seeing blood and human meat,you can’t go to sleep.There is nothing for GOSL to come clean.The barbaric Tamil tiger terrorists were sent to hell where they belong.I am sure that the leftover Tamil tiger terrorists in the caliber of Daniella are looking forward to meet that sadist murderer Prabakaran in hell.Daniella don’t you remember that it was the present regime that stopped the sadist Tamil tigers in it tracks?.So you want UNHCR involvement,eh!Remember there is a one way ticket awaiting you to join that monster Prabakaran in hell!Once you join that monster in hell you can have your own Tiger Kangaroo courts to hear cases against GOSL.

    Posted by Max Silva | March 12, 2012, 3:28 pm
  19. My response was to point out that there are larger elements at play at the UNHCR, other than Human Rights. The UNHCR holds the potential as a dangerous hegemonic destabilization tool to throw specific regions into upheaval, just to serve the ends and purposes of the US and it’s preferred allies. It may have been utilized toward this end previously as well. This is pointed out in terms of the large number of UN ‘Consultants’ who are currently making their trek to Nepal. The UN may or may not be aware of this. Nepal, India, China and the rest of South Asia had better be on the lookout.

    Posted by Angel Gabriel | March 12, 2012, 3:37 pm
  20. Daniela, if the Sri Lankan Government Officials admitted that the war may not have been clean, then it is not hidden. And point out to me please, a final war in history, that was spotlessly clean while taking into consideration also, any of the innumerable wars that were fought by your dearly beloved US. if the two of us met at final war, do you think we will be exchanging pleasantries and either of us would leave room for each other to upload postings in an opinion forum?

    Do you believe the discrepancies in the governance structure will be tolerated by the Sri Lankan people forever?

    Posted by Angel Gabriel | March 12, 2012, 4:16 pm
    • Do you believe the discrepancies in the governance structure will be tolerated by the Sri Lankan people forever?

      Rajapakse has already altered the Constitution to suit his own particular needs. The point is being reached where, in order to remove him or one of his henchman from power, only a Libya-type insurgency will suffice.

      Posted by Observer | March 13, 2012, 12:58 am
  21. hoda hoda madea danawa kiyanea okata

    Posted by Bodinayaka | March 12, 2012, 9:45 pm
  22. Finally some Sinhalese are realizing that it is better to support a foreign resolution against Sri Lanka, that will destabilize the Rajapakse dictatorship, than to blindly support Rajapakse’s efforts to ward off international pressure. The Rajapakses must be removed at any cost, in particular the psychopath Gota. These guys are running the country to the ground; what is worse is that they are not even educated – one is a village bugger and the other a petrol pump attendant.

    Posted by Observer | March 13, 2012, 12:54 am
  23. Very logical points, Uvindu. I hope you have opened a wellspring of thoughtful reasoning in people who are simply enthused with a sense of pseudo-patriotism which clutters their own sense of logical thinking.

    Posted by ameerali | March 13, 2012, 5:05 am
  24. Pseudo or otherwise geopolitical realities are very real. When you look at a situation try to see beyond one’s own unhappiness and disgruntled sense of political preferences. Has this much hyped-up and talked about Arab spring really brought political emancipation to the Arabs in a real sense? It has opened their countries to chaos, instability and plunder instead, and a region that is sitting on it’s edge. South Asia should make sure it does not happen to them.

    Sri Lankans are more politically aware and mature I hope. Right now what is needed is not an Arab Spring, not after 30 years of war. Give the Sri Lankans a bit more Kudos. When the time is right – trashed up Constitution or no trashed up Constitution their Spring will come.

    Posted by Angel Gabriel | March 13, 2012, 6:22 am
  25. Observer the terrorist says that Rajapakse should be removed at any cost. .Premadasa,Gamini,Lalith,Ranjan,Premachandra,Kadiragamar,Jeyraj,CV,Neelan,Amirthaligam and hundreds were removed not to mention Rajiv Ghandi.You idiotic terrorist,still you want to reconcile with the Sinhalese?It is our pleasure to help you to reconcile with that monster Prabakaran in hell in the very near future.By the way there is a vacancy for an assistant butcher in hell,we have already sent your CVs to one Mr Prabakaran.You will hear from him pretty soon!

    Posted by Max Silva | March 13, 2012, 9:12 am
  26. Observer the bastard terrorist say that one is a village bugger and the other is a patrol pump attendant.This bugger has gone nuts because the village bugger along with the petrol pump attendant sent that cannibal Prabakaran to hell.Don’t worry you will have the privilege of joining that bastard very soon!

    Posted by Max Silva | March 13, 2012, 9:18 am
  27. No amount of vituperative comments on websites will change the status quo of the global powers and their exercise of naked aggression against helpless third world countries. What is more pragmatic is to actively align with economic powerhouses like China and encourage trade with those countries the West deceptively calls “rogue” or “militant” or “undemocratic” etc while putting the house in order in Sri Lanka by promoting the rule of law, ensuring accountability of political leaders with media exposure, insisting on transparency etc.

    Posted by Lasantha Pethiyagoda | March 13, 2012, 4:17 pm

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