Sri Lanka is being accused for violation of human rights and its Armed Forces for war crimes
But why and who is responsible for this wild accusation by the West ?
There had not been any violation of human rights for which Sri Lanka could correctly be singled out as the only country in the world committing violations against the rights of its people.
If we examine the number of innocent people who have been killed and continued to be killed by other wealthy Nations in the world, not in their own countries but in other developing countries outside their own, using their NATO or American Armed Forces chasing after terrorists, what human right violations Sri Lanka is accused of having committed cannot be regarded as such.
These accusations against Sri Lanka are being made without taking into consideration that Sri Lanka suffered from terrorism for nearly thirty years and carried out military operations against the terrorists without going outside its own territorial boundaries, as the West is doing. Sri Lanka cannot therefore be accused for violation of human rights as it carried out its military operations strictly within the country avoiding damage as far as possible to its own civilian population.
A war against terrorism is different from a declared war against a country. In Sri Lanka it was just a group of Tamil youth within the country who had taken up arms against the Government. They were taken by the Indian Secret Service and trained as terrorists and released into the country to accomplish their aim of dividing the country to form a separate State for the Tamil Community. Those Tamil terrorists who eventually turned out to be a considerable force had to be eliminated as they were causing considerable suffering to the people of the whole country for nearly three decades.
The civilians no doubt may have got killed in the course of military operations to eliminate that destructive terrorism despite the care taken by the Government Air Forces for precise bombing, and others may have got killed being caught in the cross fire between the terrorists and armed forces, but there had never been deliberate shooting at the Tamil civilians by the Government Forces.
But vast destruction to the country and lot of murders of civilians in large scale massacres in unimaginable ways and means employing claymore bombs, in buses , trains, market places, and using kidnapped Tamil women trained as suicide bombers exploding themselves to eliminate selected human targets, had been carried out by the terrorists through out the 30 years of their ruthless, atrocious existence.
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In that situation of utter horror the country faced for thirty years the civilian deaths in the course of the elimination of terrorists by the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka cannot by any imagination be called violation of human rights, and least of all war crimes.
It is only the foreign media that makes an issue of human rights violation in Sri Lanka, supported by the Governments of the Western Countries either bought over by the terrorist sympathising Sri Lanka Tamil Diaspora, or through the jealousy of the developed west towards a developing country dare spring into being their equal, showing immense capability in economic development (while they are nose deep in a financial crisis), and engaging in a remarkable ability to build new diplomatic ties with countries the Developed West would like to keep in a state of dependent underdevelopment.
The Independent website on 14 November,2013, titled its Editorial , “ Sri Lanka’s appalling human rights record raises questions about legitimacy of the Commonwealth.”
UK Channel 4 has said “The people who so effectively executed the annihilation of the Tamil Tigers and many tens of thousands around them still run the country on a war footing.”
An NGO working for CNN writes, “As many as 70,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka's war and in its final stage, which lasted from September 2008 to May 2009, the Sri Lankan army advanced into an area of the north where about 330,000 people were trapped by fighting. A U.N. report in 2011 said the government used "large-scale and widespread shelling" that left a large number of civilians dead.”
David Blair of the Telegraph reported, “The world’s media took the opportunity to bring to the fore the plight of Sri Lanka’s disappeared – with 5,676 “outstanding cases” according to the United Nations – and the unresolved question of the atrocities carried out during the final battle of the civil war in 2009.” He adds, “ The Sri Lanka “heads of government meeting” was a shambles, boycotted by the leaders of two of the most important members – Canada and India – and overshadowed by the controversy over its location……..”
Huffington Post UK wrote: “The Rajapaksa government's human rights record has sparked international outcry as it is accused of committing war crimes in the civil war with Tamil separatists in 2009. The prime ministers of India, Canada and Mauritius all boycotted the CHOGM, while David Cameron was branded an "imperialist" for calling for war crimes allegations to be investigated.”
Do not these malicious accusations against Sri Lanka for violation of human rights and war crimes by its Armed Forces show the presence of a hidden agenda of the Western countries, or is it a ploy to cover up their own record of atrocious human rights violations and war crimes, in Vietnam, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Syria ?
If it is suggested that Sri Lanka should be taken before a Tribunal for violation of human rights and war crimes, is it not correct that the first to be taken before such a tribunal should be USA, UK, Canada, Netherland, Germany, France and the rest ?
They-America and the West cannot accuse Sri Lanka, unless America and its allies of the West –UK, France, Germany, Canada, Netherland , Italy, submit themselves to an international investigation of their violation of human rights and war crimes. If there were to be such an investigation Sri Lanka should be a party to it.
These accusations against Sri Lanka as a violator of the human rights of its own people will go on non stop as long as the pro terrorist Tamil diaspora continues to pay the Western media such as the UK Channel 4, and buy over the Western politicians.
|a falsified image to put a crime against Sri Lanka Armed Force|
The western television viewers love to see scenes of suffering and pathos, they are so moved by them the media offers more and more of it for their consumption often doctored and falsified by UK Channel 4 to the exclusion of images of development of roads, bridges and buildings of utility, beautification of streets, parks, cultural manifestations, and healthy happy children in clean and neat dresses.
The Western television viewers love to see the naked thin limbed African children suffering from malnutrition with their mothers sitting and chasing away flies, or scenes of disasters with country sides devastated by typhoons, tsunamis , or earth quakes, and the African soldiers and child soldiers in their dirty military fatigues, holding kalashnikov in their hands
For the Western Television viewers the developing countries are the nests of suffering. Those images of suffering displayed before them by their media- the press and television arouse their humanitarian sentiments. The governments in these developing countries are depicted through these televised images as the cause of these unbelievable suffering of the people.
Sri Lanka another developing country emerging out of its underdevelopment does not seem to interest as such to the Western media which produces their reports to suit the Western viewers who prefer images of suffering of these countries. Hence the popularity of UK Channel 4. It does not matter where images have been taken or how the scenes had been created in studios, as long as the images incriminate the governments as the perpetrator of suffering in developing countries.
It is with this back ground in mind that I sat down to watch the BBC News in the Television the day the CHOGM was declared open by the Crown Prince Charles of Great Britain. The BBC news started with a long report on the devastation caused by the typhoon Haiyan in Philippines, then they came to Sri Lanka and showed the image of British Prime Minister David Cameron being received by the host the President Mahinda Rajapakse of Sri Lanka.
The presenter said in Sri Lanka the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is being held under a cloud of accusation of human rights violation by Sri Lanka, then they passed on to show images of the Presidential election campaign in Chile, and then a report on the child soldiers in the Armed forces of Ghana. There was nothing more about Sri Lanka and the CHOGM. The media just presented what interested the Western viewers.
But why is the visual media like the UK Channel 4, interested in preparing documentaries using images doctored in studies to make them realist criminal offences committed by the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka, when there are other countries who commit war crimes in countries out side their own countries, killing civilians in reckless bombardments as it happened, in Libya.
There are meaningless killings of Afghan civilians by American soldiers, torture of prisoners, in Iraq, death of civilians in drone attacks in the boarder villages of Pakistan, and torturing of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay detention camps . Despite all that UK Channel 4 is specialising in Sri Lanka creating instances of human rights violation by doctoring images collected at random.
The obvious reason is that UK Channel 4 has been retained by the anti Sri Lanka pro-terrorist Tamil Diaspora for their vicious campaign against Sri Lanka. Hence UK Channel 4 produce anti Sri Lanka films implicating its Armed Forces as war criminals at every occasion the West brings accusations of violation of human rights against Sri Lanka at the UNHRCouncil in Geneva, or during visits of Sri Lanka dignitaries to UK, or even lately at CHOGM in Sri Lanka.
Who provides false information and encourages the foreign media and the Anti Sri Lanka humanitarian agencies to interfere into internal affairs of Sri Lanka and maintain an ongoing anti Sri Lanka publicity campaign of violation of human rights by the government and war crimes of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces ?
It is the Sri Lanka Tamil Community led by the TNA which is the mole-the traitor which is discrediting the country, and destroying the unity and development of Sri Lanka, and feeds the Western Countries and media with false information to justify their claim to set up a separate Tamil State.
If TNA and the Tamil diaspora were to stop their traitorous campaign against Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka would have gone a long way, much faster in its development, providing its people the benefits from the hard won peace. But it is not to be. Unfortunately the Tamils in the South are also silently contributing to this conspiracy against the unity and progressive development of Sri Lanka.
We tend to believe that the Tamils in the South living in peace and harmony with the Sinhala, will not be a party to an attempt at division of the country and separation of Communities. But the opposite is the truth.
If it is not so, how can we expect a man like Vigneshawaran, who lived, studied, worked as a judge, married his sons to Sinhala women, after becoming the Chief Minister of the PC of the North, takes side with the TNA against the Government and the Sinhala Community. He has become a shameless traitor to Sri Lanka going as far as comparing a terrorist psychopath to a National leader who died fighting against the British colonisation of his country.
If Sri Lanka is to develop and divest itself of foreign interference Sri Lanka should politically eliminate the TNA and its sympathisers, as it eliminated physically the terrorists.
There had been no Tamils from the south who had so far stood up to defend Sri Lanka and speak out against the TNA and their separatist Agenda. The reason why the foreign media, the anti Sri Lanka Western Countries, the numerous human rights agencies interfere into Sri Lanka accusing it of violation of human rights and war crimes by its armed forces, is the result of the Sri Lankan Tamil Community’s silent complicity with the TNA and their separatist political agenda.
The number of real Sri Lankan patriots amoung the Sri Lankan Tamil Community would not exceed ten. Amoung them is our great cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan, who was able to silence both David Cameron and the UK Channel 4 journalists through his frank declaration.
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Mutiah Mulitharan declared to them, speaking as one whose family had been victims of race riots, that he has forgotten the past, and advised them to do like wise without digging into Sri Lanka’s past, but help Sri Lanka in its development and reconciliation process.
If there were to be more Tamils like him Sri Lanka will be able to rid itself of the Western interference into its peaceful existence and continue with its progress and development towards the goal of building a prosperous Sri Lanka for every one to live happily together.