The much talked about Resolution by The UNHRC is, as anticipated, attracting lot of sound bites.
A sane Group calls for India to vote for it censuring Sri Lanka , while another motley group including Salman Khurshid who hums and haws(probably the after effects of his NGO scam!), who cite India’s security concerns.
Surprising fact is that Dr.Subramanian Swamyhas joined the motley group that wants the Resolution to be voted against.
Swamy, at his initiative best’ met Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake and impressed on him that the Resolution would help the revival of the LTTE and asked the Obama Administration to undertake bilateral consultations with Colombo to work out a consensus on the draft of the alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka proposed to be tabled in UNHRC in Geneva.
‘India’s Janatha Party leader was apprising the media of his talks with Washington officials.
“Under no circumstances the resolution has any indication that President Rajapaksa and others are guilty of war crimes. Whatever has to be done has to be done by the Government of Sri Lanka and not by international agencies. The demand for international agencies essentially comes from supporters of LTTE’.
1.How does an enquiry would revive LTTE?
As I understand, so do most about the Killing ways of the LTTE and it is its lust for blood had weakened the case of the Sri Lankan Tamils.
2.How come the bilateral talks would not spur the activities of LTTE, if a motion could reawaken it?
Read this observation of Sri Lankan analysis of the Resolution.
The US sponsored resolution on issues related to Sri Lanka has now been taken up by the United Nations Human Rights Commission for discussion. Shenali Waduge reviews that the UNHRC Resolution against Sri Lanka is nothing about “accountability” “pace of implementation” or any of the gibberish international statements claims to project.
If so, despite resolutions against Israel on “accountability” the UNHRC has done nothing against Israel. Instead Israel has broken ties with UNHRC completely. If every nation in the UN has equal status, or rather is supposed to have equal status, what’s all this bullying with regard to Sri Lanka?
India, the US and many other nations joined government backed INGOs/NGOs, think tanks like International Crisis Group, human rights organisations like Amnesty International, and their local mouthpieces concluding that Sri Lanka faced an unwinnable war. Their solution was nothing better than the separation of Sri Lanka along the lines of Kosovo and now with the Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) eliminated it is the 13th amendment being used en route to the eventual separation of Sri Lanka .
The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. It was passed by the Senate on April 8, 1864, by the House on Jan 31, 1865, and adopted on Dec 6, 1865. The Thirteenth Amendment completed the abolition of slavery in the United States, which had begun with President Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. This resolution will be discussed on March 4, 2013.”
3.If the Resolution does not, in one para the Sri Lankan states that this is gibberish and has nothing to censure’ why Does Sri Lanka oppose it?
4.He states as no action against Israel has been taken after a motion,why pass a Resolution against Sri Lanka?
He adds that all states ‘must be treated equally’?
Swamy’s argument that support of the Resolution would spur LTTE activities is like stating that hanging of terrorists and jailing of rapists would spur terrorists and Rapists!
The Text of The UNHRC Resolution on Sri Lanka.
Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka
The Human Rights Council,
Recalling Council resolutions 5/1 and 5/2 on institution building of the Human Rights Council,
Reaffirming that States must ensure that any measure taken to combat terrorism complies with their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, as applicable,
Taking note of the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission of Sri Lanka and its findings and recommendations, and acknowledging its possible contribution to the process of national reconciliation in Sri Lanka,
Welcoming the constructive recommendations contained in the Commission’s report, including the need to credibly investigate widespread allegations of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances, demilitarize the north of Sri Lanka, implement impartial land dispute resolution mechanisms, re-evaluate detention policies, strengthen formerly independent civil institutions, reach a political settlement on the devolution of power to the provinces, promote and protect the right of freedom of expression for all and enact rule of law reforms,
Noting with concern that the report does not adequately address serious allegations of violations of international law,
1. Calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the constructive recommendations made in the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and to take all necessary additional steps to fulfill its relevant legal obligations and commitment to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans;
2. Requests the Government of Sri Lanka to present, as expeditiously as possible, a comprehensive action plan detailing the steps that the Government has taken and will take to implement the recommendations made in the Commission’s report, and also to address alleged violations of international law;
3. Encourages the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant special procedures mandate holders to provide, in consultation with, and with the concurrence of,
the Government of Sri Lanka, advice and technical assistance on implementing the above-mentioned steps; and requests the Office of the High Commissioner to present a report on the provision of such assistance to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-second session.”
Dr.Swamy in his maniacal aversion to Karunaidhi, must avoid echoing Sri Lanka’s senseless arguments.
In this process every on e seems to forget the issue of Tamil Genocide.