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Pro-LTTE misinformation campaign cracked



 

Sri Lanka has cracked the misinformation campaign by pro-LTTE elements and the anti-Sri Lanka lobby in Geneva. Sri Lanka’s missions in UN member States must keep the momentum going until the Human Rights Council (HRC) sessions conclude, Dr. Prathibha Mahanamahewa of the Human Rights Commission told the Sunday Observer yesterday.

Going by the recent US statements, India and other prominent HRC members, it was evident that they had deviated from the earlier ‘negative’ stance and are prepared to acknowledge Sri Lanka’s progress, he said.

“We may even stand a chance of mooting an alternative resolution instead of the one that is being circulated by the US.”

Dr. Mahanamahewa said that there was no need to move a resolution against Sri Lanka adding that it would only hamper the ongoing efforts to bring all communities together.

“The world community has welcomed the Human Rights Action Plan 2011-2016,” he said. The report was prepared by the Government after many years of research as a voluntary exercise to meet international Human Rights obligations. The ‘final outcome’ of Sri Lanka’s second Universal Periodic Review which concluded last year will be adopted on March 15 and the report compiled by the High Commissioner’s office which followed the US sponsored resolution last year will be tabled on March 20.

Dr. Mahanamahewa said that Sri Lankan missions in UNHRC member States must work a double shift till March 20 to brief State officials in their capitals to counter the malicious LTTE propaganda. He said the anti-Sri Lanka lobby in Geneva is spearheaded by the British Tamil Forum, Global Tamil Forum and Tamil National Action Group of the US, Canadian Tamil Congress and the TETG.

“They have been providing millions of dollars to disseminate the misinformation and disinformation campaign against Sri Lanka to create a negative HR image.” These extremist elements have amply displayed that they would settle for nothing less than a separate state and would not support a political settlement.

“They are using the HRC as a forum to win what they lost four years ago on the battle ground,” Dr. Mahanamahewa said.

He also commended the Indian central government for taking speedy action to apprehend the culprits in the recent Mihin Lanka office attack while stressing the need for a serious dialogue with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jeyaram and DMK President Karunanidhi on their visits to Sri Lanka.

- MF

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