|twitter photo of Rapp and Michel J. Sison and Anandi Sasitharan at St Antahany ground|
There is proof of this in Sri Lanka -a country seeking a peaceful existence, where Stephen J. Rapp US Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice, who had come with a pre-conceived Agenda to accuse Sri Lanka for human rights violations. He had met a political party TNA, which still promotes the ideals of the former Tamil terrorists’ demand for a separate
. They had
taken him to St.Anthany’s ground at Iranapallai where Stephen J.Rapp had taken a
photo and sent it over the twitter with the comment that “ the Sri Lanka Army
shelling had killed hundreds of families at St Anthany’s Ground.” (where he was
standing). Tamil State
This Stephen J.Rapp has stated without any attempt at verify the truth of the statement, just taking what some one had stated as the truth beyond any reasonable doubt. It is strange coming from a
a one time Chief of Prosecution of ICTR.
This is not surprising as all allegations the USA State Department make against
are based on the exaggerated lies of the Tamils for Obama and the rest of the
pro-terrorist Tamil expatriates. Sri Lanka
It is unfortunate that these investigators from
come with minds which have already
is guilty of the offences they are
coming to investigate. It is unfortunate, because with that mind set they
will accept all they are shown and every thing they are told as correct evidence
of violation of human rights committed
by the Government of Sri Lanka and its Armed forces. Sri Lanka
The Americans seem to ask correct questions to inculpate
, but never pose those same
questions to themselves. Sri Lanka
cannot have solutions for internal problems of other Nations, other than opinionated
suggestions, but they may have solutions
to solve their own problems which they have not solved. America
They remind me of Angels that came to
Sodom and and set fire to
the cities for crimes the Angels thought
the people had committed. “ For we will destroy this place,
because the cry of them is
waxen great before the face of the ; and the hath sent us to destroy it.” (Genesis
This American emissary who is a senior citizen and an Attorney with the impressive title “Ambassador –at-large, Office of Global Justice ” should be cautious in accusing others without ascertaining the verifiable truth of the evidence. The American legal procedures however are not exemplary.
It was evident even in the recent case of the Indian woman diplomat who was handcuffed ,taken to the police station, denuded, and subjected to a complete body check including intimate parts of her body which had no relevance to the charges on which she was arrested. Even when the former Managing Director of the IMF was arrested they treated him like a criminal allowing him to be photographed with handcuffs on, with out any respect to the man whose culpability was still to be proved.
The Ambassador-at-Large had questioned the Defence Secretary why the LTTE combatants were not prosecuted instead of rehabilitating. It was in fact a praiseworthy example of
’s attempt to bring back
its own misled youth into the society after rehabilitating them to make them responsible citizens. Sri Lanka
A person may have been a criminal but if he regrets his errors, shows willingness to refrain from such criminality, he should be treated with appropriate leniency. That is in fact a Buddhist way of looking at it. Angulimala was a criminal. The Buddha subdued him and admitted him to his order of Monks. These are aspects of Sri Lankan culture that foreign Christians will not understand.
The terrorists in
Sri Lanka were
its own Sri Lankan youth who had been mislead
and trained by
as terrorists. Therefore there was no
question of the captured Tamil terrorist
combatants taken to justice and
imprisoned , or murdered in cold blood, but instead they were rehabilitated and
released into the civil society, with a “re-educated” mentality. India
This belies the UK Channel 4 video documentaries which showed persons dressed like soldiers pointing guns at terrorist like men seated on the ground, to prove that the Sri Lanka Armed Forces tortured and killed terrorists.
It is perhaps important that the Americans and others who accuse Sri Lanka Armed Forces for violation of human rights and war crimes know, that the Soldiers of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces are predominantly Buddhists. Buddhism is a human related pragmatic philosophy, where there is an acceptance of all beings as equal. A Buddhist learns from very young age to extend loving kindness, and compassion to all beings.
Therefore even if a Sinhala Buddhist Soldiers would kill their enemies they will never harm any one who is innocent and not offensive. This should enables those who reflect intelligently on matters to understand that the soldiers of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces are the last who could be accused for deliberately shooting to kill Tamil civilians or torture them.
The Catholics do not have such a refined philosophy to understand the mentality of a Buddhist Soldier. The Catholic or Christian religion is in the belief of a creator god beyond human reach.
Therefore the Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph, Father Emmanuel of the Global Tamil Forum or any other Catholic giving evidence against Buddhist Soldiers are doing so fundamentally because of their bias towards Buddhism.
Even the Tamils who are Hindus believes in a creator God as the Catholics, and do not understand the subtlety of the mind of a Sinhala Buddhist soldier against killing an innocent Tamil civilian who is not his enemy.
Taking into account that cultural difference the foreign investigators should understand why rehabilitation of the captured terrorist combatants is important in the reconciliation process while allowing the terrorists combatants still in their youth to regret their past and revert to society as useful members.
It was a unique opportunity to show the Tamils that the Government Armed Forces did not fight against the Tamils as such but against the terrorists. Once the terrorism had been eliminated, the Government of
Sri Lanka was not
proceeding to take revenge from those who were forced by the terrorists to
fight alongside them; but instead make of them good citizens of . Sri Lanka
The Ambassador Stephen J.Rapp had in fact met the Northern Provincial Councillor Anandi Sasitharan a wife of a terrorists combatant, who had according to reports made presentations to him on the situation of Tamil women in the North. Ambassador Rapp could have if he used his intelligence before posing the question as to why the terrorists combatants were not prosecuted, understood how
had made a wife of a former
terrorist an acceptable Councillor of a Provincial Council. Sri Lanka
Anandi Sasitharan was a part of the terrorist apparatus being married to a terrorist, who had not been rehabilitated after capture and her present behaviour shows an unchanged biased mentality towards the Armed Forces that killed her husband, which explains why her evidence may have been coloured by her separatist terrorist tendencies. Therefore, Ambassador Rapp should reconsider what ever evidence she had given in the light of what she had been.
The rehabilitation of terrorist combatants is a unique Sri Lankan experience showing compassion towards fellow beings, and a means to reconcile the Tamil Community with the Sinhala Community. Of the 12000 terrorists combatants captured by the Armed Forces 11000 had been rehabilitated and reintegrated into the civil society. Some of them have sat for examinations and entered the Universities, others have found employment, some have joined the military or police forces, while some have married and settled down.
What would have been their future if they were prosecuted and put into prisons ?
It was the same as making the Soldiers of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces who fought the terrorists, a civilian security force to protect the country and the people, reverted to civilian work of utility while being in the uniform of the Armed Forces , yet be in readiness against possible resurrection of terrorism
The US Armed Forces and its allies have provided arms and ammunition, and sent military instructors to train Libyan dissidents in Bengazi and elsewhere, and also to the rebels in
. Is not
this arming and training of so called rebels who are in reality
terrorists who had taken arms against
the government in power illegal and criminal ?
In that situation
would have “forced” a dialog with the
rebels, and make them see reason and arranged them a meeting with the authorities
to settle the problems regarding which
they rebelled. It is not too late for
the Sri Lanka
and its allies to do even at this late stage. USA
When Stephen Rapp the US Ambassador-at- Large asks the Government of Sri Lanka why were the captured terrorist combatant rehabilitated instead of having them prosecuted , he is contradictory, as while asking Sri Lanka to prosecute the captured terrorists, USA is arming the terrorists against the regimes in power.
USA and its allies on this account be a subject of a resolution
of accountability at the next session of the UNHRCouncil in ? Geneva
There are far too many busy bodies coming to Sri Lanka to inquire into what happened five years ago when Sri Lanka eliminated a ruthless group of terrorists, while 140 million people have been killed and more are continuing to be killed in Syria, and there is utter chaos and lawlessness in Libya with even the Prime Minister being kidnapped, by armed Libyans tribal groups.
“I’m not saying that Libya needs a new dictator at all, I’d like to see more democracy in Libya but the responsibility for this chaos must lie with the Western powers who toppled Gaddafi without really having a firm plan on what was going to happen afterwards. We have seen this in every country that the West has intervened to topple the government. We have seen this in
Iraq – 6,000
people alone killed this year in . We have seen it in Iraq Afghanistan with the ongoing war there and we
had over 100,000 people killed in in the last two years. That
was due to a different type of Western intervention by packing proxy militia
who is trying to topple the government there. The chaos and the lawlessness in Syria and the
prime responsibility must lie with the NATO powers who helping toppling Gaddafi
in 2011. “ Says Neil Clerk of RT Question More (http://rt.com/op-edge/libya-chaos-after-gaddafi-013/) Libya
Is it not more appropriate that
sends its Ambassador-at-Large Stephen J.Rapp to Syria
and Libya to find out what could
do to stop this massacres without resorting to annihilate the Syrian people and
property by using NATO Forces to bomb ? USA
There is more work in
Syria and Libya for the Ambassador Stephen J.Rapp to do, than in ? Sri Lanka
If the USA may have the right to ask question as to whether Sri Lanka Armed Forces committed violation of human rights and war crimes in the elimination of terrorists, it may seem for others that it is not correct for Sri Lanka to point its finger and say you also have violated human rights and committed war crimes.
Sri Lanka nevertheless has the right to know
posing questions is without blame on that score. Because the names of the countries where violation of human
rights and war crimes have been committed by the USA Armed Forces
are written in too large red letters one cannot miss to see-Hiroshima and
Nagasaki, Vietnam, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan , Pakistan…….list is long. USA
In the light of that “war crimes” back ground of USA, may I ask the Ambassador-at-Large of Global Criminal Justice, what is the necessity for the USA State Department to spend money and waste the time of a very important Ambassador of Global Criminal Justice Stephen J.Rapp, to be sent to Sri Lanka to collect evidence to prepare another resolution against Sri Lanka for violation of Human Rights and war crimes?
These Accusations, the Ambassador Rapp as an Attorney should know are absolutely false if there are no verifiable eyewitness accounts.
Ambassador Mr. Stephen J.Rapp, the people who took you to meet those who they said have evidence of acts of violation of human rights and war crimes committed by the Sri Lanka Armed Forces during the period of terrorism, may not have even been allowed by terrorists to enter any where near St.Anthany’s Ground, and during the military operations they may have been driven like cattle by the terrorists keeping them- the civilian Tamils as their human shields.
Under the circumstances what is the guarantee you have, that they are telling you the truth, and the absolute truth, and how in the world are you going to verify the truth of their statements ?
It is high time that the USA State Department should reconsider whether they have the moral right to keep on moving resolutions year end and year out against Sri Lanka on the question of accountability in respect of violation of human right or war crimes against civilians in course of the elimination of terrorism in Sri Lanka as far back as 2009.
It seems perfectly alright if the US Sate Department is in the embarrassing situation of not finding any thing better to keep you occupied in your office as the Ambassador-at-Large on Global Criminal Justice.
It is time at least now in the wake of new Nations with greater military and economic power competing for the leadership amoung Nations of the world, for
to re-assess its continued political intimidation of developing nations,
and adopt a generous coexistence with
It is in that reality the USA State Department should adopt a different approach in dealing with developing countries likeTherefore the US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice should in absolute honesty demand the US State Department to stop passing further resolutions against Sri Lanka, which after suffering thirty years under terrorism is trying to develop the country, unite its communities, and bring happiness to its people, allowing them to enjoy a peaceful existence.
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