Sinister forces intensify campaign against Lanka
Every effort, every channel and every mode are being used to exert
undue pressure on Sri Lanka as sinister forces that are lobbying in the
country have intensified their campaign with only a few days away from
the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva.
The Jaffna Courts complex
rebuild by the Government. Law and order has been restored
following the defeat of the Tigers.
The LTTE rump, with the support of the Western politicians who thrive
on the Tamil Diaspora vote in their countries, is making every effort to
exert maximum possible pressure on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC.
At the same time, a few Western countries are using all their might
for a regime change in Sri Lanka. All what they want is a Sri Lankan
political leadership that dances to the melody of the West. Though they
bring human rights as a tool to achieve their goals, they would opt even
for a regime with the worst human rights record, as far as it says
hosannas to the West.
Hence, the agenda of the West is crystal clear. They are not worried
about human rights. If they are, they should have taken action against
regimes of their allies which have the worst human rights record. The
sinister forces in the West are only using human rights as a mere tool
to tame Sri Lanka.
As President Mahinda Rajapaksa said last week, the masses should be
ready to respond to international forces conspiring against the country.
It is deplorable that certain elements in the country were trying to
create a fear psychosis in the minds of the people in the run up to the
UNHRC sessions with the ulterior motive of taking the people to the
The anticipated US-led Resolution against Sri Lanka is nothing new.
During the past two successive years, the US brought similar resolutions
against Sri Lanka to the UN human rights body and on both occasions,
India joined the US and its allies in voting against Sri Lanka. Hence,
this is nothing new, but a well orchestrated battle against Sri Lanka
and to undermine the country’s greatest achievements in eradicating
It is pity that it is the self same countries which made a big hue
and cry on the need to crush global terrorism are bringing resolution
after resolution for reasons better known to them. If they had been
sincere in their call to crush terrorism across the world, they should
have hailed Sri Lanka’s exemplarily act. Instead of doing so, they are
now attempting to discredit Sri Lanka’s Security Forces which have set
new world standards in eradicating terrorism.
Irrespective of their political affiliations, all patriotic and
peace-loving people across the country will rally round the President
and would never betray the country. Certain elements claim that the
country lacked democracy when burning problems were solved by the
The local extremists who could never come to power through democratic
means now day dream of Navi Pillai for short cuts. But those who cry for
democracy have forgotten what the Government has done to restore
democratic rights of the people in the North and the East by holding
elections to the Northern Provincial Council and the Eastern Provincial
Moreover, the Government has held elections even before their due
time and that has been a headache for the Opposition as the UNP has
suffered a series of election defeat. Hence, those who cannot win the
confidence of the masses through ballot now resort to various means to
capture power with the support if the extraneous elements in the West.
But the Government has been asked to show cause for bringing peace to
the country by ending the three decades-long terrorism. Whether we
respond or not, they will do whatever they want! That is because they
have a set agenda. They are trying to single out Sri Lanka unfairly,
hounded by certain nations on its human rights record.
As Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris had said, there
was a need for uniformity in raising human rights concerns when some
other countries are left alone. Despite the quests of a few to target
Sri Lanka, other countries stood behind Sri Lanka to have its own
national solutions to its specific challenges and circumstances and not
impose external solutions.
There is no doubt that UN and certain Western nations are being
misled by the pro-LTTE diaspora to take punitive measures against Sri
Lanka for defeating the Tigers. Though many in the West shouted from the
rooftops after the infamous Channel 4 documentary – the Killing Fields,
it has now come to light how the LTTE rump had been instrumental in
Conservative peer Lord Naseby said last week that conclusive evidence
had emerged, that so-called witnesses to alleged war crime in a
documentary by Channel 4 were fully paid-up members of the Tigers. He
has suggested the British government is not abiding by David Cameron’s
promised timetable for co-operating with the UN to set up an independent
inquiry into claims the Sri Lanka government carried out war crimes.
Lord Naseby questions why the British government is “already working
to influence the United Nations Human Rights Council” when the prime
minister said in November that the UK would allow Sri Lanka until March
to begin its own investigations into alleged war crimes before taking
steps through the UN. He had also called for the publication of the UK
military attache in Colombo’s dispatches about the final stages of the
26-year LTTE terror during his contribution at question time on
The UK is voicing on human rights as if they are reborn. Perhaps,
they would have forgotten their inhuman activities in the former British
colonies but we in Sri Lanka have not forgotten how the British soldiers
had indiscriminately killed our people in invading countries such as Sri
Lanka. Unfortunately, they now project themselves as the godfathers of
human rights and pontificate us on the importance of protecting human
The US Secretary of State John Kerry has jumped the gun even before
his country had brought the third successive resolution against Sri
Lanka. Claiming that the Sri Lanka has not made sufficient progress on
reconciliation and ensuring justice and accountability for alleged war
crimes, Kerry had even threatened that they would meddle in the process.
It is a threat to the sovereignty of an independent nation.
“We will do it in Sri Lanka, where the government still has not
answered basic demands for accountability and reconciliation, where
attacks on civil society activists, journalists, and religious
minorities, sadly, still continue,” he was quoted as saying. We wonder
on what basis he is making such a statement which could well have been
based on the evidence given by the LTTE sympathisers.
We strongly urge the West to have a closer look at Sri Lanka, the
progress it has made since the eradication of terrorism, restoration of
democratic rights after the successful resettlement of the people
liberated from the jaws of their death and above all, the peace and
harmony enjoyed by all communities across the country. In brining
resolutions, the West intends to disrupt this hard-earned peace because
they would always like to see countries such as Sri Lanka being pressed
with problems and conflicts.
The Presidential Commission to investigate cases of persons from the
Northern and Eastern Provinces who went missing during the period
1990-2009 will commence its first public sittings in the Eastern part of
the country in the Batticaloa District next month. The public hearings
will take place from March 20-22, 2014, in the towns of Vakarai,
Chenkallady and Batticaloa, covering 56 Grama Niladhari Divisions in the
This is the first time the Commission is hearing cases in the East,
and Commission Secretary H.W. Gunadasa has said that officials from the
Commission will be visiting the district on Monday (March 3) to hold
discussions with Divisional Secretaries for preliminary arrangements.
The Commission held its first public sittings in the Kilinochchi
District in the Northern Province from January 18-21, 2014, where it
heard complaints from 440 people. Another 984 people made submissions
from Feb. 14-17, 2014, when the Commission conducted its sittings in the
The Commission has thus far received a total of approximately 13,700
complaints from all parts of the country. Of those complaints,
approximately 9,300 are of civilian disappearances while 4,300 are of
disappearances of security personnel. President Mahinda Rajapaksa
extended the mandate of the Commission by another six months until
This is one good example that the Government is making a sincere
effort to strengthen national reconciliation after the defeat of the
But the West cannot expect Sri Lanka to perform miracles, achieves no
other country had achieved before after such a bitter battlefront
Sri Lanka needs time to make a notable advancement in reconciliation
and completely address the grievances of the people in the North. They
are not only the Tamils but also the Muslims and Sinhalese who had been
forcibly ejected by the LTTE terrorists.
The Government has taken every possible step to develop the North and
the East and built infrastructure facilities. As a result of mega
development projects and finding livelihood activities for the people
liberated, the two provinces have shown an unprecedented growth rate of
around 25 percent, compared to around eight percent national growth.
Why can’t the Western countries take a serious note of these positive
developments without continuing to hard on the human rights of the LTTE
terrorists killed in action.