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Sri Lankan Ambassador's Lies at UNHCR, 2 October 2012

Sri Lankan Ambassador's Lies at UNHCR, 2 October 2012

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Sri Lankan Ambassad
or’s lies at UNHCR
 Statement by Sri Lankan Ambassador Aryasinha, 63rd UNHRC sessions, 2 October 2012http://www.lankamission.org/images/2012images/October2012/Statement%20by%20PRUN%20at%2063rd%20Session%20-%20UNHCR.pdf He speaks of:
1.’’30
-year-
long terrorist conflict’’, ‘’end of the conflict three years ago’’:
 
It’s an on
-going ethnic conflict of 64+ yrs. There was a 30-yr armed struggle that was brought to anend in May 2009:
National Peace Council of Sri Lanka, 14 November 2011: ''When the war ended in May 2009, it was
the worst that was over, but the ethnic conflict that spans more than five decades is not yet over.’’ 
  Jayanths Dhanapala (former UN Unde r-Secretary General for Disarmament) told Lessons Learnt and Reconcilition Com
mission, 25 August 2010: ‘’Each and every Government which held office from 1948
till the present bear culpability for the failure to achieve good governance, national unity and a framework of peace, stability and economic development in which all ethnic, religious and other 
groups could live in security and equality. …. Our inability to manage our affairs has led to the takingof arms by a desperate group of our citizens.’’ 
 
2. ‘’post
-
conflict resettlement programme’’:
 Sri Lanka is in post-war situation,
NOT ‘’post
-
conflict’’ situation:
i.
Focus on post-war challenges: SLN 61st anniversary today, 8 December 2011,http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=40742
…. on a brief visit to look into the ground sit 
uation in post-war Sri Lanka, 31 December 2011,http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/12/31/news02.aspPost-War Achievements, Made with Support of Tri-services Unparalleled, Says Secretary DefenceDuring Kilinochchi Visit for new 'Dagoba' Opening, 29 September 2012,http://www.army.lk/detailed.php?NewsId=5319
3. ‘’Downplaying Sri Lanka's achievements’’:
 Are the following achievements?i.While the road running through the Vanni was closed down and IDPs were detained in terriblyovercrowded camps surrounded by barbed wire and guarded by the army and aid agents wereseverely restricted from helping the war-ravaged IDPs in the camps and when they were releasedand when government refused to endorse funding application:
‘’The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Sri Lanka has suspended the
distribution of shelter cash grants to displaced returnees due to shortfalls in funding, Earlier thismonth, HT had reported how both the remaining refugees and the resettled were complaining that 
 food and other donations had been cut’’ 
- 1.9 lakh Tamils resettled in Lanka, yet no relief in sight, 29
 
March 2010, http://www.hindustantimes.com/1-9-lakh-Tamils-resettled-yet-no-relief-in-sight/H1- Article1-524454.aspx 
‘’O
n the stretch of the A9 highway between Vavuniya and Jaffna, hundreds of released IDP familieshave put up flimsy tents or taken shelter in broken houses. After months in camps, they now have the
 freedom of movement. But little else.’’ 
- The refugees and r 
esettled, Lanka’s nowhere people, 17 
March 2010, http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/srilanka/The-refugees-and-resettled-Lanka-s-nowhere-people/Article1-520268.aspx 
''The funding crisis follows the government’s refusal to endorse the 2010 Common Hu
manitarian
 Action Plan (CHAP)…. The UN and other humanitarian agencies are running out of resources to meet the urgent needs of internally displaced persons in the North’’ 
- No funds to meet needs of nearly 200,000 Northern IDPs due to govt refusal to endorse 2010 action plan, 13 March 2010,http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/03/no_funds_to_meet_needs_of_near.html/ 
“We are living in an open prison,” said Fr Seemanpillai Jayabalan, parish priest in Aripputhurai.“People have no hope for development. They hav 
e lost their property and many homes are a total write-
off. NGOs are not allowed in the area’’ 
- Tamil refugees going home to an open prison, 15September 2009, http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=16332&size=A
‘’The Sri Lankan government has told i 
nternational relief agencies to cut back their activities in the
country. … But it(ICRC) says an estimated 300,000 displaced people still need food, medicine and helpto return home’’ 
- Sri Lanka orders cuts in aid work, 9 July 2009,http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8142550.stm
‘’The Red Cross today suspended delivery of supplies to displaced civilians after the Sri Lankangovernment blocked access to camps in northern Sri Lanka’’ 
- Red Cross forced to suspend aid tocivilians in Sri Lankan former war zone, 20 May 2009,http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/20/red-cross-unrestricted-access-sri-lanka''The Sri Lankan Government has blocked access to aid workers trying to help the nearly 300,000
civilians displaced by the army’s victory over the Tamil Tiger 
s, raising the prospect of a humanitariancatastrophe'' - Sri Lanka on brink of catastrophe as UN aid blocked, Robert Bosleigh in Colombo, 20May 2009, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6322658.ece
ii.monstrous war monuments were built and grand ceremonies accompanied their unveiling by thePresident and his brother:
President unveiled monument on 9 December 2009,http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20091209_06Defence Secretary unveiled monument on 30 April 2010http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20100430_09Defence Secretary unveiled war memorial on 9 May 2010http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEes9C-TB00
iii.The government had been delaying the release of IDPs from Mullaitivu district coastal villages andthen began to dump them in cleared jungles against their wishes away from their coastal villages:
 
Re-displacement of Menik Farm inmates to Kombavil (Mullativu), 3 October 2011,http://groundviews.org/2011/10/03/re-displacement-of-menik-farm-inmates-to-kombavil-mullativu/ ''Sri Lanka: Very restricted humanitarian space. Following a govt order issued in 2010 to close the
ICRC’s remaining sub
-delegations in the north and curtail planned assistance, several proposed  programmes to assist resettling or returning populations did 
not take place’’ 
- ICRC Annual Report 2011, 25 June 2012,http://www.icrc.org/eng/assets/files/annual-report/current/icrc-annual-report-asia-and-pacific.pdf 
4.’’resettlement programme’’:
 
‘’The last batch of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) s was
resettled in their villages in Mullaitivu
on 24th September 2012’’
- All IDPs resettled, 25 September 2012,http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=All_IDP_resettled_20120925_02Is this resettlement?
The struggle to go home in post war Sri Lanka: Manthuvil in the Mullativu district, 16 September 2012, http://groundviews.org/2012/09/16/the-struggle-to-go-home-in-post-war-sri-lanka-manthuvil-in-the-mullativu-district/ Who burnt houses of returning Muslim IDPs in Mannar?, 15 September 2012,http://groundviews.org/2012/09/15/who-burnt-houses-of-returning-muslim-idps-in-mannar/ 
‘’ Some Sri Lankan Tamils who left a vast displacement camp this week say they were "left in the jungle" with no means to rebuild their homes and lives’’ 
- Sri Lanka: Displaced Tamil families 'left in jungle', 27 September 2012, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19748109(more pictures: http://www.bbc.co.uk/tamil/sri_lanka/2012/09/120929_keppapilavupix.shtml )Nobody is allowed to see the resettled IDPs:
‘’ 
 
….We were rudely to
ld that there was nothing for anyone to see inside a welfare camp and we
should not be ‘overly curious.’ Facilitated largely by the military, it bore all signs of a camp that is still being set up’’ 
- Relocated to nowhere, 29 September 2012, http://www.ceylontoday.lk/59-13681-news-detail-relocated-to-nowhere.html 
‘’Shelter, toilets, and water are regularly unavailable or restricted access for returnees. The jungle is
usually not cleared and they have to do this themselves
….
Mine risk and UXOs is an ongoing concernand has become even more so in the recent rush to get IDPs out of Menik Farm. Many UXOs are
 found in the houses and lands of returnees’’ 
- IDPs reseltled: Ampalavanpokkanani, 21 September 2012, http://www.peace-srilanka.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=546:idps-reseltled-ampalavanpokkanani&catid=16:news
‘’There are several villages in Mullaitivu, Pudumathalan, Mullivaikal West, Mullivaikal East,
 Ampalavanpokkanai, Valaignarmadam, Anandapuram and Keppapulavu,
– 
all these are coastal areas
– 
where people have been living for generations fishing and carrying on their living. They havebeen asked to go to a place called Kompavil, seven to eight kilometres away from the sea
. They 
have been told, “You will have to go. You cannot sa
y, no. You have no choice in the matter. We have
chosen a place for you”…
. I am told that steps are being taken to settle fisherfolk from the majority 
community in this area’’ 
- TNA leader R.
Sampanthan’s Speech In Parliament, 22 August, 2012,
http://sangam.org/tna-leader-p-sampanthan-mps-speech/ 

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