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The Geneva Spring

| by Robinhood

( March 5, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Minister Nimal Siripala along with a delegation has left to South Africa in order to setup a truth commission proclaiming to learn about the retribution caused during the 30 year old civil war in Sri Lanka. It is pity to note this minister in the Rajapaksa regime has to travel all the way to South Africa while ignoring the LLRC to learn about a South African model of the truth commission lacking a simple political will.

By the way the regime is hastily preparing a report running up and down from North to East for the Presidential Commission appointed to search for people disappeared during the war. Namal Rajapaksa is ready to give a death certificate and a compensation of Rs. 100,000 if anybody refusing to give testimony in favour of the commission established to find the disappeared people in the former war zone in Kilinochchi and Millaitivu.

From the second week of February the Regime has commenced work searching and collecting data about the people killed, buildings and properties destroyed in the war. The National Human Rights commissioner of Sri Lanka Prathiba Mahanama vociferate that he is going to enact the Right to Information Act which is decomposed from 2005 and the Witness Protection Bill by this March.

Presidential Spokesperson Mohan Samaranayake who did not allow any critical programs during his chairmanship in the National TV channel is now proclaiming that the regime is welcoming contradictory opinions from its people.

Once again the President Rajapaksa has extended invitation to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) before the UNHRC in Geneva portraying a false meeting to kill the time urging TNA to join the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) without demilitarizing the north and disallowing the TNA to use its provincial powers it obtained during the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) elections. The TNA continuously abstained the PSC laying a precondition to the Rajapaksa regime to demilitarize the Northern Province and establish proper civil administration prior to attend the meetings. During the NPC elections and afterwards the President Rajapaksa assured to work with the NPC and its legislated powers. Following few rounds of meetings the NPC Chief Minister Wigneshwaran was displeasured of the President Rajapaksa not fulfilling his promises to allow the NPC to use its minimal provincial powers vested in the constitution.

This is a usual routine of the Rajapaksa regime and it’s delegation to delight and dupe the international community each year before a UNHRC session is ahead. This not only depicts the lack of political will but exposes a synthetic gimmick targeting the UNHRC session to silence the international community and continue its atrocities for another year to establish its Sinhalization concept and continue its abuse of power and corruption within the country.

If the international community fails or delays to take its stern actions to stop or limit the atrocities of the Rajapaksa, the regime will continue its lawlessness and abuse of power to its maximum continuing its abductions and preventing the ordinary people’s access to fair justice by militarizing the country and politicizing all its democratic arms.

The International Community has deliberately failed to address many accountability and humanitarian issues before, during and after the brutal war without evidence. There are ample instances to prove the Rajapaksa administration does not have the political will to solve the Tamil National issue and the regime is using the Tamil National issue for its survival among the Bhuddist Singhalese masses. If the international community unfortunately fails to table a final resolution calling the GOSL for an international investigation of alleged war crimes, Human Rights abuse and violation of humanitarian laws in the final stages of the war against the LTTE or plans to give more time for the Rajapaksa regime to show further progress on its own accountability in the LLRC the regime will make use of the opportunity to destroy the available and fabricate further evidence. If the international community fails to calls for an international inquiry in this session, the International Community has to include additional provisions to its final resolution pushing the GOSL to legislate the 17th amendment to its constitution to establish the independent Police, Elections, Public services and an independent commission on Judiciary to show progress on strengthening the Rule of Law, free and fair elections, an independent public service and judiciary free of political interference and appointments and monitor its integrity before the next UPR or the following UNHRC session in 2015 in order restrain the increasing authoritarian rule of the Rajapaksa.

At present the majority people of Sri Lanka are badly affected with poverty due to economic hardships. Due to the increasing corruption and lawlessness and in order to sustain the regime in power and to maintain and feed the jumbo cabinet, its coalition MP’s, its crony Provincial Councilors, its stooge Pradeshiya Sabah members and to feed its mobster henchmen’s and unlawful paramilitary abduction forces the regime has increased the prices of essential commodities and imposed high tax on essential food items such as milk foods and burdened the lower income people with immense hardships restricting them for one meal.

The international community has to recognize if democracy is politicized it prevents a free and fair access to policing, judiciary and elections which very essential and has already eroded the system of Good Governance and Rule of Law to its maximum where the police is selective in enforcing the law, the judiciary including the Attorney General dismiss Human and Fundamental Rights petitions and a free and fair trial to justice and Elections Commissioner fails to take action against election malpractice of the ruling UPFA members.

It is believed that Professor G.L Pieris will head the Sri Lankan delegation to the coming UNHRC session in Geneva. This was the same G.L Pieris when he was the trumpet player of the Ranil Wicramasinghe government vociferated about the importance of the international community, devolution of power, the federal system and the importance of the 17th amendment to the constitution of legislating the independent Police, Elections, Judiciary and the Public Services commissions.

As a matter of fact the first time a South African model of reconciliation can be used was discussed about two years before during a visit made by the South African delegation to Sri Lanka. Professor Rajeewa Wijesinghe another Rajapaksa stooge questioned why Rajapaksa did not show much concern during the time towards the delegation who came to discuss the reconciliation model. Therefore the regime dispatching its delegation to South Africa in a hurry before the UNHRC session is none other than to kill and request more time to continue its atrocities.

Robinhood Sri Lanka , Promoting Human Rights and Good Governance.

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