Opinion: Resolution against SL in Geneva:
No cakewalk for the United States
The United States was roaring to bring its third successive
resolution against Sri Lanka as in many years at next month's United
Nations Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva. Though the US allies
thought that it would be another cakewalk for the Washington regime at
the world human rights body.
The reconstructed Thondamanaru sluice gates in Jaffna.
But the latest developments have indicated that it is not going to be
that easy for the US as in the two previous occasions. More are more
countries have now realised that the true ground situation in Sri Lanka
is far from what some of the anti-Sri Lankan elements have been
Hence, all the member countries are not going to believe what the
US-led Resolution says as the Gospel truth. You can't fool the
international community all the time and more countries are now getting
a true picture on Sri Lanka and the sincere efforts made by the
Government to strengthen ethnic harmony.
The conduct of the UNHRC and its chief Navi Pillay in recent times
has been highly controversial. They have been treating Sri Lanka on par
with a ruthless terrorist organisation, totally ignoring the human
rights violations of 21 million people for nearly three decades.
Moreover, the UNHRC should not show extraordinary concern about the
human rights of the LTTE terrorists killed in action above Tamil
civilians who had been forcibly held by the Tigers as a human shield.
They should also bear in mind that Sri Lanka is governed by a
democratically elected Government. People across the country in no
uncertain terms have reposed implicit faith on President Mahinda
Rajapaksa and the UPFA-led Government. The Government has been holding
elections even before their due periods, allowing the masses to exercise
their democratic right more often.
Hence, the UNHRC or any other world body for that matter, cannot
dictate terms to an elected Government in which the masses have reposed
More and more countries are now rallying behind Sri Lanka against the
international conspiracies hatched in the West. The Australian
Government has categorically stated that it would not support any
international investigation or sanctions against Sri Lanka. China and
Russia too have sent a string warning that they would strongly rally
behind Sri Lanka.
Hence, it appears that the godfathers of the latest Resolution
against Sri Lanka have gone back foot, much to the disliking of the LTTE
The United Nations now says that it is up to different member states
to determine whether there will be an international process on alleged
war crimes against Sri Lanka.
"Ultimately, it's up to different Member States to determine whether
there will be an international process.
We have presented information to them and we've made clear what we
believe is the need for accountability and we rely on the Member States'
judgment to follow through," , the Acting Deputy Spokesperson for the
United Nations Secretary-General, Farhan Haq was quoted as saying.
A protest in Pakistan against American drone attacks.
He said "We've made it clear that there needs to be more done to get
at the heart of what happened in Sri Lanka. You've seen what the
Secretary-General's reports on the situation have said and it's clear
that there continues to be a need for all the facts to be learned and
for there to be a study of whether there's any wrongdoing that's
occurred in the course of the final phases of the Sri Lankan conflict.
The Secretary-General has said that repeatedly and we continue to hold
by that," he had said.
There wasn't a single godfather of human rights when we were badly
affected by terrorism. Nobody came to our rescue, other than a few
friendly countries. Those who now shed buckets of crocodile tear were at
a faster sleep when we suffered untold hardships due to terrorism,
without knowing when the next LTTE bomb would explode.
Did any of those godfathers of human rights or champions of
transparency come forward to protect us? None of them came forward to
give the freedom to the people of the North that they enjoy today. When
their human rights were violated there was nobody to restore them. Only
we were concerned about it. It was our own leaders who protected us and
established peace by vanquishing the LTTE.
Nobody raised the issue of human rights when the former opposition
leader T. Amirthalingam, Sam Thambimuttu, Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar,
Kumar Ponnambalam and Rajiv Gandhi of India were assassinated.
Prior to May 2009, every family in the North and the East had to
sacrifice the future of a family member to foster the LTTE - to a
provide a member to the LTTE.
Thousands of children of school going age were forcefully recruited
to the LTTE. The children returning home from school were forcefully
dragged away to the LTTE training camps.
The TNA politicians who now project themselves as the saviours of
Tamils turned a blind eye. The LTTE grabbed the subsidies sent from the
South to the North. LTTE even levied a tax on celebrations held for a
girl's attainment of age. The entire family was not allowed to leave
Kilinochchi together for any purpose. The Tiger agents were near
Government Agents offices to grab their share of money from monthly
salary of Government servants. They also forcibly used Northern
civilians to build bunkers.
Where were those TNA politicians then? Why didn't they utter a word
of comfort when their own community was at the receiving end due to LTTE
threats? Now that the Government has vanquished the LTTE leadership and
established peace, TNA politicians are projecting themselves as instant
heroes, making a big hue and try over the rights of the Tamils. But it
was President Rajapaksa who has really been instrumental in liberating
half a million people who has been forcibly held as a human shield. Why
doesn't the West talk on any of these gigantic achievements?
The US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian
Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal who toured here recently had assured the
Government that the US does not have a set agenda against Sri Lanka, but
it is compelled to take up certain issues due to the values upon which
the US has been founded upon.
At a meeting with the Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris
in Colombo recently, Biswal had said that there is "growing frustration"
in the international community due to the fear that Sri Lanka will lose
the golden opportunity provided by the end of the battle against
But neither Biswal nor her US Government should worry about that. The
peace that one and all enjoy today did not come in a platter. The US did
precious little towards that goal. It was virtually the lone battle of
Sri Lanka, under the political sagacity of President Rajapaksa, which
enabled us to enjoy this hard-earned peace. Neither the US nor any of
the Western country should teach us about values.
Sri Lanka's rich history of over 2,500 years provides ample testimony
that the people of Sri Lanka have always respected humanity and
protected age old customs and values. It was the Western nations -- the
Portuguese, the Dutch and the British, who invaded our country from 1505
and killed thousands of civilians and robbed the wealth of our country.
Violations by British forces
If the UK has an iota of shame, it should first hold a credible
investigation on the numerous human rights violations by the British
forces which had invaded after the Dutch. Those who have loads of
garbage in their backyards should not act as saints and preach Sri Lanka
on transparency and accountability.
It is an open secret that the US forces have committed a wide range
of war crimes - in various war situations in which they've been engaged
throughout history. Most - but not all - contemporary war crimes are
defined by the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Geneva
Conventions and the associated laws of war under the International Law.
War crimes can be prosecuted through the War Crimes Act of 1996 in
the United States but the US Government does not accept the jurisdiction
of the ICC over its military forces. But the self same people are now
pointing an accusing finger at Sri Lanka's valiant Security Forces which
had been engaged in the world's largest human rescue mission. No country
could level war crimes charges against Sri Lanka as its Security Forces
battles with the most ruthless terrorist group in the world which had
mercilessly killed thousands of civilians. Could anyone with right sense
could call it a war crime?
Wishes of the masses
All these allegations are levelled due to one reason - that Sri Lanka
has a leadership which does not dance to the melody of the West. Unlike
the previous UNP regimes, if the present Government too had acted to the
whims and fancies of the powerful nations of the West, none of these
resolutions against Sri Lanka would have come up at the UNHRC.
All Sri Lankans should be proud of our fearless foreign policy and
the dynamic leadership which only cares for the wishes of the masses and
not the Western politicians.
While thanking the friendly countries for the continues support they
have been extending since the difficult periods, all Sri Lankans should
forget the petty party politics to beat the common enemy. If we are
united, no force on earth could challenge Sri Lanka's sovereignty and
We are fortunate to have a leadership that would always put country
before self and would never allow any extraneous force to rob the