There is obviously much confusion in official circles on what to do with the report of the panel appointed by the UN Secretary General to look into issues of accountability in Sri Lanka, which has flagged credible allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

As we flagged on our Twitter feed, the country’s foreign minister is himself confused over an appropriate response. Over the course of 24 hours, he first said that Sri Lanka would respond in detail, and then told mainstream media we would not. On May 10th, our foreign minister in the company of the President said that we would not respond to the report. In mid-April, before the UN officially published the report, government spokesmen said that a detailed response to the report would be made. Political parties like the TULF supported this stance. Mainstream media on May Day (1st May) reported that the government would in fact respond to the UN in the course of a week. However, a week after, the foreign minister said that the government would not send a response.

And while media this Sunday reported that India was to send a high level delegation to Sri Lanka to discuss matters arising from the UN report, the government denied it yesterday, though some web media accounts suggest the President wasn’t even aware of such a delegation. As the Sunday Times notes succintly,

“There have been so many contradictory views expressed by the government regarding the Report of the UN Panel of Experts it is difficult to gauge the government’s exact stand. External Affairs Minister G.L.Peiris attempted to put the record right by way of a special statement in Parliament on Tuesday, but with so many members of the ruling party taking upon themselves the role of spokesperson for the government on the issue, the record is unlikely to be ever set straight.”

Add to this the madness over a government led signature campaign currently doing the rounds in Sri Lanka against the UN Panel’s report, which in Jaffna was reported to have gone on little short of a rampage to force people in the North to sign their names to it, under false promises to boot. Detailed coverage of this can be read in Anti-UN sentiment in Jaffna: Fact or fiction? and our take on the campaign itself in Petition against UN Panel’s report on accountability: Opposing what exactly?

Internationally, the pressure is building up. The African National Congress (ANC), the US and a joint EU statement have all come out strongly in support of the UN Panel’s report, despite diplomatic efforts to counter this support. And while Goatabaya Rajapaksa noted Russia’s and China’s support in the government’s opposition to the UN Panel’s report, he conveniently forgot to address a news article that expressly noted the concerns of both countries,

“Russia and China have expressed concern to the Government of Sri Lanka with regard to any activity that could embarrass international organizations and their officials serving in the country… They have warned the government against staging protests and rallies insulting the UN Secretary-General in the country. The two powerful allies of Sri Lanka have told the UPFA government that if such moves were to continue unabated they will be compelled to review their stance of standing up for the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration.”

Reading the local media and going by official pronouncements, it is hard to discern a coherent response by the government even in its opposition to the report. There is no clear coordination, no plan for managing the short and long term fallout of the report, no real engagement with its contents. Adding to this monumental incoherence, and perhaps on account of it comes propaganda from private enterprise, couched as somehow ‘international’ in nature. The Daily Mirror today runs a full page add attributed to the ‘International Accountability Network’. It’s website is noted as www.inaccnet.com, which when entered resolves to www.inaccnet.org. A high resolution scan of the advertisement can be downloaded here. One recognises that its content is largely from content first released into the public domain recently by Government MP Rajiva Wijesinha on his blog and in the state-owned Daily News, in text and as a PDF.

The ‘International Accountability Network’ is a fascinating, recent creation. It was registered late March 2011 by an individual called Chirasthi Perera. The domain name record notes the registrant as one Arnold Chira, though a simple Google search of the associated email (a Gmail account) reveals the real name, and a personal website which has his CV. Clearly, the man has some technical training, but particularly revealing is that the one non-related referee noted in the CV is Dr . Thiran De Silva, Head Of IT, Sri Lanka Army along with the fact that this individual is currently a Web Consultant/Trainer to Sri Lanka Army. The ‘International Accountability Network’ website is, politely put, a dysfunctional mess with content largely automatically generated from various web (RSS) feeds. The little human curation of this content suggests that the site’s owner seeks to expose the double-standards of the US in supporting the UN Panel’s report in light of the events surrounding the murder of Osama Bin Laden. Absolutely no details about what is exactly is ‘international’ about this ‘network’. Few of the links on the site in fact work. This is most unfortunate, because Chirasthi Perera is associated with other leading sites like Colombo Fashion (as its CEO), Sri Lanka: Awake in a Miracle (sic) and the yet to be launched Colombo Night Life, sites that are clearly about issues of war crimes, crimes against humanity, justice and accountability. Not.

A full page, full colour ad in the Daily Mirror is very expensive. With associations to the Sri Lankan Army, the ‘International Accountability Network’ can well afford it. We wonder though, given the government’s utterly disconnected and disingenuous responses to date over the distressing content in the UN Panel’s report and the concerns noted therein, can we afford it?

Update, 12 May 2011: Unsurprisingly, Chirasthi Perera (aka the ‘International Accountability Network’) has taken down his personal site which had his CV, possibly after this article and in an attempt to hide his close affiliations to the Sri Lankan Army. Unfortunately for him, we have a copy of his CV, with the relevant associations intact.

Updated, 4 June 2011: Based on the excellent critique by Harshula emailed to us today which refers to this article, we have changed the sentence that read “There is obviously much confusion in official circles on what to do with the report of the panel appointed by the UN Secretary General to look into issues of accountability in Sri Lanka, which has flagged credible evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity” to “There is obviously much confusion in official circles on what to do with the report of the panel appointed by the UN Secretary General to look into issues of accountability in Sri Lanka, which has flagged credible allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

  • veedhur

    Incredible. Like reading a Louise de Berniere…. One wonders why not utilize all these government resources at finding out the turth rather than hiding it! Surely we are buddhists aren’t we?

  • TT

    1. TULF has no electoral support whatsoever. Its views are irrelevant.

    2. ANC

    Interestingly the legendary ANC leader (Mandela) rejected accountability/retribution in favour of reconciliation! However, ANC has NO ONE of that calibre. Some of its politicians are much worse than SL ones. Some of them have horrendous ALLEGATIONS against them.

    US and EU will anyway support it but that doesn’t change anything.

    The report on Russia and China has no credible source. Whoever created this fancy news item failed to realize the strategic reasons behind different views held by BRIC from US-EU. These strategic reasons don’t change, just because some jokers protest the UN. Hilarious!

    • 1. By the same logic, the views of the government with a lot of electoral support are both relevant and significant. This undergirds the points made in the article which flag the pathetic record on this score to fashion and implement a coherent response, going by official sources alone.
      2. We are most interested to learn more about Mandela’s purported rejection of accountability? We are aware of two pertinent quotes, given below, that point to quite the contrary and can find no reference to any rejection by Mandela, anyone speaking on his behalf, or anyone writing about him, of accountability but defer to what appears to be insider knowledge on your part.

      From Nelson Mandela’s Address to the People of Cape Town on the Occasion of his Inauguration as State President Grand Parade, Cape Town (May 9, 1994): “We place our vision of a new constitutional order for South Africa on the table not as conquerors, prescribing to the conquered. We speak as fellow citizens to heal the wounds of the past with the intent of constructing a new order based on justice for all.”

      Excerpts from South African President Mandela’s speech at the handover ceremony of the Truth and Reconciliation report, “Though the interim report is formally given to me as president, it is in reality a report to all of us. For that reason it is being released to the public and given to our elected representatives without a moment’s delay. Its release is bound to reawaken many of the difficult and troubling emotions that the hearings themselves brought. Many of us will have reservations about aspects of what is contained in these five volumes. All are free to make comment on it and indeed we invite you to do so. And for those who feel unjustly damaged, there are remedies.”

      • TT

        1. Agree. Not responding is also a response.

        2.1 Thank you for those links. I couldn’t find the word “accountability”.

        2.2 Those who imposed Apartheid were NEVER punished for it! In fact the last defender of Apartheid was instead awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (along with Mandela!). If he was held to account for the HORRENDOUS crimes committed under his guidance, leadership and purview, no reconciliation would have been possible in SA. I’m not saying it comes any close to SL. But the point is, reconciliation is more important than accountability and punishments.

      • Burning_Issue

        “I’m not saying it comes any close to SL. But the point is, reconciliation is more important than accountability and punishments.”

        Please explain as to what you understand by the term “Reconciliation” in the context of Sri Lanka.

        You wrote on these forums extensively that you support the efforts of artificial manipulation of the demography within the North & East. You also said that, the Tamils do not have a fundamental right to Tamil language in Sri Lanka. How important is reconciliation for you; please explain.

      • TT

        BI,

        “Please explain as to what you understand by the term “Reconciliation” in the context of Sri Lanka.”

        A sufficiently multiethnic north and east (and the rest too but particular attention to north and east most parts of which are ethncially cleansed to be Tamil only mono ethnic) where people of all ethnicities live in harmony.

        “….you support the efforts of artificial manipulation of the demography within the North & East.”

        Yes.

        “You also said that, the Tamils do not have a fundamental right to Tamil language in Sri Lanka.”

        Tamils??? Right to Tamil language???

        What are you talking???

        They do have the right ti use Tamil language in whatever way they like in SL because the constitution recognizes Tamil as an official/national laguage.

        But no one in most parts of the world has the legal right as a matter of a fundamental right, to do his/her affairs and be addressed to in his/her native/own language. This is not a fundamental right in any democratic country. Please note that I use the term “fundamental right” in its LEGAL sense.

        If it was different, hundreds of different langauges must be used in USA, UK, Australia.

        I can’t do my affairs at a government office in USA in Tamil which is my first langauge. They don’t address me in Tamil. And I can’t rely on any fundamental right for that. This is fair as no one has this as a fundamental right. Please note that I use the term “fundamental right” in its LEGAL sense.

      • georgethebushpig

        TT,

        Since you are so hell bent on demographic engineering why don’t you consider buggering off to the North or the East and allowing a Tamil family to occupy your house?

        And by the way Canada has 2 official languages: English and French and depending on your preference you can conduct official business in either of those languages.

        A debater once threw this line which I believe aptly reflects your logic: your arguments are like a Texas longhorn, a point here, a point there, and a lot of bull in between!

      • Good one, George.

        A lengthy and detailed list of all the countries with national minorities has been provided several times to TT; and this list makes it clear that ALL countries which have indigenous/national minorities are officially multi-lingual. TT pretends he hasn’t seen this list and bats on as if it doesn’t exist. He also keeps bringing back the Tamils in the west argument even though it has been thoroughly explained to him the difference between an immigrant minority and an indigenous or national one. When questioned on whether he considers Tamils immigrants in SL as they are in the west, he refuses to answer.

        He’s also lying about Tamil being his first language. In other threads he has claimed “never to have said he was Sinhalese” but backed off when asked if he wasn’t one. It wouldn’t matter what he actually is, except that he uses this deceit as a point of argument as you see above.

        On accountability vs reconciliation in SA; the latter was part of the negotiations between the ANC and the de Klerk government to change from Apartheid to democracy, and was offered to the whites as an alternative to having their officials face trial. Instead, facing a reconciliation committee meant that they would not face jail time, and this guarantee was an incentive to the whites to step down. Without it, negotiations would have taken much longer and might have broken down altogether. In the SL context it has no comparison, since the Tigers have been defeated by military force, and it is the victors who are being asked to show accountability; in SA the onus was on the losers — the government.

      • TT

        Bushpig,

        What a load of hogwash!

        There is nothing of note there in your comment apart from petty personal attacks.

        There is no need for me to go to north as there are enough people to go. And it is happening albeit slow. The process will continue. Need to find ways to speed things up. It is inevitable.

        As a start SLA should be provided with housing in the north (it is optional for them to live there. At least they can use them as holiday houses.) That would instantly create irreversible diversity for a start.

      • georgethebushpig

        TT,

        Now I’ve heard it all! “Holiday houses for the SLA in Jaffna”; I trust equipped with pool and tennis courts. That’s really generous of you to offer to pay for this all…. cause it ain’t coming from my pocket!

        I think you are missing an “I” between your TTs, considering that you are a right royal one at that!

      • Burning_Issue

        TT,

        “A sufficiently multiethnic north and east (and the rest too but particular attention to north and east most parts of which are ethncially cleansed to be Tamil only mono ethnic) where people of all ethnicities live in harmony.”

        Let’s face it; the aims of artificially manipulating the demography of the North and East favouring the majority community and at the same time expecting Reconciliation is mutually exclusive. Exacerbating already existing mistrust among communities will do irreparable harm in the quest of building harmony. Your aim will attempt to subjugate the Tamils; no freethinking Sinhala can be proud of this situation. I have said before, neither a Tamil nor a Muslim nor any other minority for that matter has ever been monetarily or logistically aided by the state to venture into other parts of the country. There should be economical advantages for people to freely move and set up homes. This is how inter-racial harmony can be built.

        On the point of right to language; the Tamils have been in Sri Lanka ever since authentic history records began in the country. They are not economic migrants like you and I in foreign countries. You seem to be reading religiously the Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinistic materials too much. You need to free yourself from such a cocoon! If Sri Lanka had implemented the Tamil language provision sincerely, the TNA will have no platform in terms of regional power devolution; there will be no case for it. In fact such a situation will bring about free movements of peoples like you envisage; the difference is that, it will be based on free will and harmony.

        This is why I asked you about what you understand about the term “Reconciliation”!

      • TT

        Bushpig,

        From your handle (georgebushpig) to your comments, it is nothing other than insults. Why?

        Remember CBK called Lasantha a “worm” when she couldn’t face what he wrote?

        Had she some grey cells to understand what he said, change/respond according to the content not the person, things would have been better.

        It is exactly the same here. When you can’t face the content, you attack the messenger. Typical!

      • TT

        BI,

        Please don’t introduce words.

        There is no need to “subjugate” Tamils or anyone else.

        Look at Colombo. It is multi ethnic. It has done good. Tamils/Sinhalese/Muslims are not subjugated in Colombo! The same outcome should take place in the north. The mode of doing is not that important. It was war that prompted most Tamils to come to Colombo! Certainly not a good thing. In turning the north multiethnic, state sponsorship is a must and it is very productive. Also it is a necessity to seek the cooperation of the military because the military rightfully has a big say in what goes on in the north.

        Your argument that had the language provisions been implemented TNA would have the race based power devolution platform is total rubbish!

        ITAK (Lanka Tamil Kingdom Party) was established in 1949. If you do your maths, that was 7 years before any language issue came up. At that time ITAK wrongly translated it’s name as Federal Party. Today the SAME ITAK translates it’s party name into English as Tamil National Alliance!! 🙂

        In short what it means to them is, federal = tamil nation.

        Looks like your thinking is clouded with the theories of race based homelands nonsense.

        Do you believe there was a Tamil homeland in SL?

        If no, the above is sufficient to answer you.
        If yes, that explains why all this race centred devolution talk, same party that changes its English name with decades, why federal = Tamil nation.

        1. Power should NOT be shared between races/ethnicities. That will create another Tamil Nadu in SL.

        Instead power should be shared between MULTI ETHNIC teams made up of MULTI ETHNIC political parties, in every province of the country. That will create a California in SL not a Tamil Nadu.

        2. There is no need to continue with colonial provinces. New provincial boundaries should be drawn that will save billions of rupees in PC running costs and make every province multi ethnic.

        Northern, North Western and North Central Provinces should be merged into one region.

        Eastern, Southern and Uva Provinces should be merged into another region.

        Western, Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces should be merged into another region.

        THEN share power into MULTI ETHNIC political parties that are represented there.

      • Burning_Issue

        TT,

        “Please don’t introduce words.”
        “There is no need to “subjugate” Tamils or anyone else.”

        What do you call a situation; when a regime, along with its majority community institutionally, denies a group of people of their language, culture and free expression?

        Subjugation!

        “Look at Colombo. It is multi ethnic. It has done good. Tamils/Sinhalese/Muslims are not subjugated in Colombo! The same outcome should take place in the north. The mode of doing is not that important.”

        I am in favour of all peoples freely come, work and live within the North & East. The Tamils must embrace everyone whoever is willing to come and live there like the Colomboite did. If the Tamils and Muslims had been planted by the state in Colombo, would you expect the state of harmony that you loud now? There would have been a sense of outcry within the Sinhala Community!

        “ In turning the north multiethnic, state sponsorship is a must and it is very productive. Also it is a necessity to seek the cooperation of the military because the military rightfully has a big say in what goes on in the north.”

        State sponsorship + Military = Subjugation

        Harmony = 0

        “Your argument that had the language provisions been implemented TNA would have the race based power devolution platform is total rubbish!”

        You have not grasped my point at all! The Tamil language provision was designed to be implemented nationwide; if it had been implemented sincerely, power devolution on the basis of community lines would have become untenable! This is exactly what Wijayapala has been advocating. But, I have doubts that, the Sinhala Buddhists would heed to that noble idea!

        “ITAK (Lanka Tamil Kingdom Party) was established in 1949. If you do your maths, that was 7 years before any language issue came up. At that time ITAK wrongly translated it’s name as Federal Party. Today the SAME ITAK translates it’s party name into English as Tamil National Alliance!!!”

        Was the Banda/Cheva pact equaled to Tamil nation? Was the Dudley/Chelva pact equaled to Tamil Nation? Basically, there is no Tamil equitant word for Federalism; you can say whatever you like; the Tamil think-tanks always favoured a federal concept and not to mention SWRD himself at the early stage!

        “Do you believe there was a Tamil homeland in SL?”

        I believe in Sri Lankan nation; a nation of Sri Lankans! If the Sinhala Buddhists are projected as Super-Ordinates with a special status, there is always a case of the Tamils to assert themselves! If you thrust the Sinhala language forcefully on to the Tamils, they will resist. If you attempt to subjugate them, they will build a case for separation!

        You defend the infamous Sinhala Only; you term it as non-racist. In fact, you are not critical of bastardaisation of the 1948 constitution to suit the majority. What aspects of the 1948 constitution that you consider anti-multiethnic? If the Tamils are a bunch of racists as you claim, what do you call those who bastardised the constitution to suit the whim and fancy of the majority with total disregard of the minorities?

      • georgethebushpig

        Dear TT,

        What I do is insult the lack of content by the messenger. You have been insulting our intelligence virtually every day with a hodge podge of barely concealed racist verbiage, and when people like David Blacker, Burning Issue and a number of others in different discussion threads called you out, you have ducked the issues. I am sorry buddy, you of all people don’t get to play the victim, especially after the hatred that you have been spewing against the Tamil people and all other decent Sri Lankans. When you do have some real content and a cogent argument to make then let’s discuss, until then go shine your jackboots with others of your ilk. Thassall from me.

  • TT

    Since the US and EU have emerged as the champions/guardians/defenders/protectors/saviours/etc. of human rights, minority rights and rights of Tamils, why not SL benchmark US and EU conduct on minority rights?

    Check how Muslims (a minority and a very few members of this community allegedly engaged in some violent acts) are treated by the US and EU countries and treat Tamils the same way. It cannot be bad. After all they (US and EU) are the trend setters in HR protection, champions and guardians of minority rights! They can’t harm their own minorities; can they? 🙂

    SL should learn from US and EU how to treat minorities and more importantly DO IT to SL’s Tamil minority.

    An INDEPENDENT audit of this process by US and EU delegates should be carried out to check if SL treats Tamils no worse and no better than how Muslims are treated by US and EU. If the report comes positive, do nothing. If negative, change (up or down) accordingly.

    • Sohan Fernando

      TT,
      INDEPENDENT audit of this process by US and EU delegates……
      …..If the report comes positive, do nothing. If negative, change (up or down) accordingly.

      I’m actually wondering if that’s sarcasm, or if it’s genuine TT-Logic?! LOL, 😀 Consider:

      So, if SL (Sri Lanka) concludes (even based on this hypothetical independent audit by US and EU delegates) that we ARE better than the USA/EU, then we do nothing. We just wait until USA/EU becomes better than SL.

      But if USA/EU also follows TT and pals’ Logic, and if then USA/EU concludes (even wrongly) that they are better than SL, then THEY will do nothing, and will wait for SL to “improve”….

      … but SL, led by TT and pals’ brilliant logic, is still waiting for USA/EU…..

      Of course i accept this wouldn’t be a logical bottleneck, IF both parties really WERE going to obey the results of this hypothetical independent audit by US and EU delegates. Reality is, SL for sure is going to decide whether US/EU was independent or not only once the results are out… if results are against SL, then SL will say it was not independent! Sounds familiar….. been there done that…

      (NOT that I say USA/EU will be any better in defining independence of their accusers.)

      • TT

        SF,

        I did mean it to be funny because it IS funny (US-EU telling SL to improve its human rights when they are much worse than SL).

        This independent audit is about a comparison of how SL treats Tamils and how US/EU treat Muslims.

        1. If the audit finds that SL’s treatment of Tamils is no worse and no better than how US/EU treat Muslims —-> Do nothing because SL is in par with the world leaders in treating minorities. Fantastic.

        2. If the audit finds that SL’s treatment of Tamils is worse than or better than how US/EU treat Muslims —-> Change accordingly so that SL will be in par with world leaders of minority rights.

        e.g. Share power with Tamils if US/EU share power with Muslims. 🙂

        This is because US/EU want us to believe and MOST Tamils (at least here) beleive that in treating minorities US/EU are WAY BETTER than SL. Why not SL accept this and imitate? At least as a test case and see?

        “but SL, led by TT and pals’ brilliant logic, is still waiting for USA/EU…..”

        Is this not what the US/EU and most Tamils here want SL to do? Imitate and obey US/EU????

        “SL for sure is going to decide whether US/EU was independent or not only once the results are out”

        No. This is not how it SHOULD be. The result must be accepted because something tells me SL treats Tamils WAY BETTER than how champions of human rights US/EU treat Muslims. But it is always good to test this hypothesis.

        In the meantime, SL should treat Tamils the SAME WAY US/EU (champions of minority rights, the benchmark of how to treat minorities) treat Muslims! 🙂

  • Sohan Fernando

    (to Editor: Hope i didnt double post; pls delete if so and sorry.)

    About “International Accountability Network” propaganda (I mean, advertisement).

    Anyone knows: didn’t Daily News have it? (If not, I wonder why not. Island?)

    From the full spread ad’ (emphasis mine):
    “They are biased individuals…. clearly vindictive agenda
    and are carrying out a contract for the disapora arm of the LTTE.”

    Gasp! Well then:

    NOT rhetorical: I don’t know the answers:

    1. Is the media allowed to carry such a paid advertisement, when it includes such a serious allegation? (To my layman ears, that allegation I’ve emphasized above sounds a highly illegal thing if true; hence also highly slanderous if untrue, I’d think?)

    2. In the public’s interest, is it permissible for the public to demand and get transparency about the advertiser’s full identity, since the advertiser seem to have some information which is certainly of use to the country and the world (I mean, w. t. heck, the advertiser seems – one would infer from that allegation – to have evidence that these people are helping terrorists!? HECK, will CID call in the advertiser and inquire about these alleged terror-supporting people?…. and Interpol too, no?)

    3. (I suppose it has bearing on 1 and 2), any idea whether “International Accountability Network” is a validly registered organization in Sri Lanka or anywhere, apart from the web site itself;
    IF NOt, then: IS it still legal fo someone to use that name when engaging in transactions — such as advertisin — even though the name doesnt represent any real registered body?

    different aspect:

    4. Is there an ETHICAL (or even legal????) concern/issue here, *IF* it’s true that there are indeed associations to the Sri Lankan Army ?
    That is, would it be highly unethical to have situation of:
    * Some entity is 1 among several accused of serious allegations;
    * someone working for that entity, gets simultaneously (not a unethical/illegal conflict of interest?) involved in a seemingly unconnected organization which spreads propaganda against such allegations;
    * Worse: IF the propaganda place’s funds are from taxpayers and other public funds, and IF it turns out that theres no transparent record of the usage and source of the funds used for such propaganda?
    (issue of Transparency; in addition to what you pointed out about whether we can afford it.)

    5. Are such ethical issue/s made worse IF it turns out that there is no transparency in (and perhaps even attempted hiding of????) this association or connection between the two?

    Disclaimer: the above are genuine question; not statements disguised as questions.

    Yes, i suppose for such “ethical” issues (if any) to be of useful value, there must be an authority to whom the two “entities” are answerable to; and here i suppose doesn’t seem any such authority, since UNSG panel’s authority is limited.
    Of course any (ethical) public ought to be worried….But…

    • TT

      In my view ANY organisation can say ANYTHING as long as it is not immoral or illegal in its jurisidiction.

      Not that it matters anyway.

  • Sohan Fernando

    1 more, about “International Accountability Network”:

    Will be interesting to find out if the site has permission to carry content from CNN, BBC, etc…

    Was neat to see the background info GV has presented; thanks. and so on lighter note:

    Aside: Ah I wonder if Information Security and Privacy, or Data Security and and Obfuscation will appear on that C.V. very soon!

    Aside #2: Some time ago (hmm, soon after google got hacked by Chinese hackers), didn’t Sri Lanka hire some Chinese h…. oops I mean, Chinese “security experts”??? maybe im mistaken.
    I wonder did they forget to train some poeple here! Doh!

  • TT

    It won’t make it any different if I had typed.

    “I can’t do my affairs at a government office in USA in Sinhala which may be my first langauge. They don’t address me in Sinhala. And I can’t rely on any fundamental right for that.”

  • sl

    one should definitely investigate who funds the ground views.if it’s a shame to talk about human rights while representing gov,then it is far more worse to talk about hr rights from a us funded manipulative org.

    • What a typical response, but one that we fully expected from the likes of our ever priapic patriots. Let’s make it easy for your ‘investigation’ – see here. And yes, we manipulate public opinion – bringing to light those like the person behind the ‘International Accountability Network’ so that the public can make their own minds up, with knowledge they wouldn’t otherwise have had.

      • veedhur

        Hi GV,

        The late 2009 to late 2010 still remains unexplained? Better update it lest some one uses it to indulge in their fancy imaginations to figure out it is in that particular period that you were ‘manipulated’ by the US, the west, human rights lovers, anti-chauvanists, humour mongers and the like! 🙂

        • It’s quite simple – we ran without any funding.

      • veedhur

        Great. How does it differ from your status between Feb 2007 to late 2009 (if at all) which I understand was also a period you ran without any funding?

        • None at all – a single person, a Mac, curation of web content and the original contributions of so many, with the incredible amount of commentary they generated, helped the site along. Nigel came on board late 2009. We never had the tendency however to call ourselves ‘international’ or a ‘network’.

      • veedhur

        All the more impressive. And thanks – enlightened 🙂

    • Lakshan

      sl

      there’s not a media organization in the world that can be called Independent Media . All the organizations are more or less opinionated .
      For an example if you take Guardian of UK or NYTimes , Los Angele Times of USA they are always accused of Liberal bias while Daily Telegraph is called Torygraph. same goes for television networks.
      If you take Ravaya Victor Ivan is pro Government while most of the contributers are anti Govt types.
      What is important is that most of the private media organization regardless of their editorial position provides room for adverse opinion. This is not the case with State Media of some countries, which usually practice Goebbelsian tactics including in some instances outright lying.

  • Nithyananthan

    Neither Sinhalese nor Tamil language enjoys the status as ‘Official or Recognized / National Language’ in any of those Anglo-phone countries – as they do in Sri Lanka. Therefore, the question of asserting ‘Fundamental Rights’ doesn’t arise in those countries as it’s / be applied only in their country of origin – i.e. Sri Lanka.
    Even in India, Tamil language enjoys somewhat “Official Recognition & Usage’ at the Tamil-Nadu State-Level ONLY – not at the national level. As such assertion of such F/Rights at national level is ridiculous and not acceptable or applicable.
    Before anyone could creep into this quiz of ‘F/Rights’ related to the ‘Use of Language’ with local authorities, one should have clear idea / clarity and be able to distinguish and differentiate what ‘the First, the Mother, the National and the Official Languages’ are all meaning about! The ‘Medium of Instruction’ at the school becomes ‘the First Language’. Mother Language is Mother’s language – it does neither necessarily become the Medium of Instruction nor the first language. A medium of instruction may be any language determined by the parents or authorities.
    English is a global language. There are critical jobs that demand excellent command, proficiency and fluency in English and invite applications with prerequisite underlining English as ‘the First Language – not as the ‘Mother Language. Even a non-English Sri Lankan but with English as the medium of instruction is favourable for the job despite Tamil or Sinhalese being one’s First / Mother Language. Thanks, Nithy!

  • ‘Confusion’ is too charitable to describe GoSL’s reaction to this report. It shows a lack of forward planning, crisis management and unified response from the various international-facing govt depts.

    We knew that the UN report would be forthcoming and it couldn’t be stopped. We also knew the likely contents and tone it would take – i.e. highly critical. We had almost a year to prepare for this. We knew how the US and EU would react, despite their own human rights record.

    It didn’t need a genius to work out that countries which supported SL (in May 2009 and earlier) wouldn’t continue do so at the risk of losing their own ‘capital’ in international forums. SL is simply not that important and at some point in time the losses for supporting an intransigent SL administration will outweigh any rewards. Palmerston’s ‘Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests’ is still applicable today.

    There is a method to this madness. It’s the typical, old school SL response — last minute, panicky, counter-productive countermeasures lacking credibility. Where’s the intelligence, cunning and strategic thinking which enabled this regime to defeat the LTTE?

    We know it is capable of being objective and planning for a long-term campaign.

    “…So a political decision was made by President Rajapaksa to comprehensively study all previous war operations and arrive at a solution for every factor of failure or inability to win the war. For every factor we found a solution,”.

    If they managed to learn ‘Nine Lessons’ then, (and achieve what was thought to be impossible) they should be able to find ‘Nine Strategies, now.

    http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=7920

    • the way of the Dodo

      My thoughts exactly. The government should have seen this coming from miles away. Hopefully the government can hatch together something cohesive by around the 22-25th May. They should be glad that Syria & Libya situation is getting out of hand.

      P.S: they should also thank Osama for dying at the right time in a messy way.

      • Lakshan

        True Dodo

        MR seems to have copious amounts of luck 🙂
        remember the Mumbai attacks 2008 as well

  • Thambi

    This just demonstrates how weak and simpleminded the Rajapakse administration is. At this point they are giving weight to the allegations by not offering up a valid rebuttal or evidence that would indicate otherwise. (they had military helicopters taking images and what not — so that shouldn’t be a problem if they are innocent.)

  • sabbe laban

    Groundviews

    “What a typical response, but one that we fully expected from the likes of our ever priapic patriots”

    It’s a sign of potency, mate! That’s why I apply “soap” behind it!

    Cows can’t fly;impotent parasites can never be patriots!True

  • Mervyn

    As for replying to the UN report, MR thrives on Merwin approach!! He is not used to the civilized method. As for winning the war, it is India which won the war!! [Edited out.]