President: Take UNHRC by its horns

President Sirisena paid tributes to the members of the Sri Lankan defence services for the sacrifices made in the protection of the country and the state at the Government war memorial meeting.

He was highly critical of the individuals who would not know the difference between a soldier and a terrorist. One wonders whether it was an act of leg pulling, as only the other day one of his own senior ministers who took up the position, obviously failing to appreciate the distinct variation of the actions of a soldier who wages war against a terrorist to protect the people, and a man of terror whose aim is to kill people indiscriminately to achieve his objective. Or, is it the President playing the now familiar role of pacifier, which he had been engaged in whenever the crucial issues come up? We suggest the President adopt a method of go hard on his words, to put a stop to insults hurled at the heroic defenders, for the political survival of those who begin at the wrong end.

The President also mentioned that the Sri Lankan soldiers had not been accused of war crimes! The President either made an inadvertent mistake or forget to mention that the OHCHR report, which was officially sponsored by the United Nations, accused Sri Lanka as a State committed war crimes and the Sri Lankan government will have to respond to the allegations which are levelled. He also did not mention that his government on September 15, 2015 endorsed and accepted UN/HR/1/30 resolution based on OHCHR report, without registering any reservations. The government of Sri Lanka on September 29, 2015 also co-sponsored UNHRC resolution A/HRC/30/ which again accepted its conclusions without any questioning.

One should not forget the fact that at present the members of the defence forces who join the international peace keeping operations, and others who intend travelling to the Western countries, are forced to hang on to their sleeves on account of the UNHRC resolution sponsored by the Sri Lankan government. Some foreign embassies openly quote that the Sri Lankan government has approved the contents of the resolution.

It is not too late to submit a rebuttal to the UNHRC on the allegations levelled at Sri Lanka’s defence forces. We request the President to open a new chapter in taking action to protect the good name of the war heroes, by challenging the conclusions of the said UNHCR resolution, on the basis of the LLRC and Paranagama reports, the exhaustive submissions made by Sir Desmond De Silva, Prof D. M. Crane, John Holmes and also the recent revelations’ made by Lord Naseby with whom the President had a conversation while in the UK.

We urge the President to take the UNHRC bull by the horns NOW and to clear the decks, so that the unenviable humanitarian mission carried out by the Sri Lankan forces will receive the due recognition of the world


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