‘TNA resolution, part of broader political conspiracy’
Human Rights Special Envoy and Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said the
recent resolution that was passed in the Northern Provincial Council
(NPC), weeks ahead of the Geneva Human Rights Council sessions, is part
of a broader political conspiracy by international players, coordinated
by diaspora groups to destabilise the country.
The resolution passed by the NPC called upon the international
community to initiate an international investigation to expose alleged
He said, such conspiracies will not bear fruit as long as President
Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Government are favoured by the people, a fact
proven repeatedly at many elections in the past.
“The whole thing is a game that is being played, in the guise of
promoting and protecting human rights. I have seen this happening in the
past eight years, since the inception of this Council,” the Minister
He said initiatives by the so-called champions of human rights have
nothing to do with HR. They are playing political games to make
countries which have independent foreign policies kneel down.
External interferences to overthrow governments using social media or
internal groups have been successful only when leaders lacked public
However, the people here respect President Rajapaksa for eradicating
terrorism and developing the country in an unprecedented manner.
Passing the resolution soon after the visit of US envoy Stephen Rapp
and his meetings with the TNA is indicative of well-coordinated efforts
against Sri Lanka. “It is not an isolated move by the TNA. It’s all very
well coordinated and this is the challenge that we face today,” he said.
He said the call for external investigations, special rapporteurs and
sanctions on Sri Lanka are echoes of Tamil diaspora groups whose aim is
to somehow win what they could not win with LTTE violence.
Sri Lanka is expected to form a common front with its allies to
counter the challenge of the imminent third resolution that is to be
moved at the UNHRC by the US next month.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will submit her
final report to the Council during the latter part of the sessions.
The Minister said anyone looking at Sri Lanka objectively will
conclude that tremendous achievements have been made during the past
four and a half years after the defeat of terrorism and added that he
did not want to prejudge the outcome, but the Government was ready with
facts if the report by the Human Rights High Commissioner steers into