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Sri Lanka bloodbath: UN's lesson must be followed by C'Wealth's

Sri Lanka bloodbath: UN's lesson must be followed by C'Wealth's

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UN and the Commonwealth have been hiacked by Sri Lanka over six decades. Now they must act to protect the oppressed.
UN and the Commonwealth have been hiacked by Sri Lanka over six decades. Now they must act to protect the oppressed.

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Published by: Punitham Selvaratnam on Nov 19, 2012
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 Sri Lanka Bloodbath
: UN’s lesson must be followed by Commonwealth’s lesson
 A.i. UN^
Recommendation 4a made by the UN ‘panel of experts’ 
in its Report of April 2011 stating that the UNshould conduct a comprehensive review of its actions during the war in Sri Lanka and the aftermath,
http://www.un.org/News/dh/infocus/Sri_Lanka/POE_Report_Full.pdf  ^UN will use internal review of activities in Sri Lanka to do better, vows senior official, 15 November2012, http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=43508&Cr=sri+lanka&Cr1=#.UKjNUYe6eUN  ii. Commonwealth^Philip Alston, Roundtable, Human Rights Council, Geneva, 3 June 2008: ''In 2005 I sounded thealarm. I said that Sri Lanka was on the verge of a major crisis and I indicated to the General Assemblyhow to avoid the crisis. But nothing was done. The Sri Lankan government did not try and discuss therecommendations with me and it has not made any serious effort to resolve human rights problems. Itonly acted in Geneva to avoid the Council taking any measures against it".^United Nations General Assembly, Third Committee, 25 October 2007, Statement by Prof PhilipAlston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions: ''I warned this Assemblylast year of an impending crisis in Sri Lanka. The Government continues to contest my characterizationwhile the crisis continues to worsen. I firmly believe that the establishment of an international humanrights monitoring presence by the UN would significantly reduce the number of human rights abuses inSri Lanka. It is time for the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council to act, and it's time forthe Government to adopt a calm, measured, and engaged attitude toward those concerned with thehuman rights of all Sri Lankans.''
^Report by Prof Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur, 27 March 2006: ‘’The human rights capacity of 
the United Nations Country Team should be expanded immediately, pending the creation of a broader
monitoring mechanism.’’ 
 CMAG didn't make any comment on, leave alone condemn, Sri Lanka during the period Prof Alston hadbeen raising his voice on HR atrocities.On the contrary: Sri Lanka in CMAG: 2003--2008:''Two years ago in 2007 at Kampala, the heads of government pledged to end impunity forperpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Throughout 2008 and most of 2009, numerous allegations of serious international humanitarian law violations were made against SriLanka, and serious doubts were raised about the way the country had conducted its campaign againstthe Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Yet despite these doubts the country continued to sit as a CMAGmember for a third consecutive term against the decision of the 1999 CHOGM in Durban that countriesshould be allowed to sit on CMAG for only two consecutive terms'' - Promises, Promises, R. IniyanIlango, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative Newsletter, Autumn 2009,http://www.humanrightsinitiative.org/publications/nl/newsletter_autumn_2009/newsletter_autumn_2009.pdf B.i. Post-war Atrocities in Sri Lanka:^No war, no peace: the denial of minority rights and justice in Sri Lanka, Report by Minority RightsGroup International, 19 January 2011, http://www.minorityrights.org/10458/reports/no-war-no-peace-the-denial-of-minority-rights-and-justice-in-sri-lanka.html^''But that truth cannot excuse human rights violations that currently afflict the nation as a whole; orfor that matter obscure the looming threat of the cultural and political colonisation of the north by theSinhala Buddhist majority'' - Biased and Prejudiced Collection on Sri Lanka, Gananath Obeyesekere(Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University), February 2012http://www.scribd.com/doc/82525102/Biased-and-Prejudiced-Collection-on-Sri-Lanka^An Ideology of Reconciliation Cannot be Built Without Basic Ingredients of Democracy and Rule of Law, Dr. Deepika Udagama (Head, Department of Law, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka), 15 August2012, http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/9627#more-9627^ ''Conflict-affected areas remain highly militarised, which has made progress towards achievingdurable solutions more difficult. The military has become an important economic player and a keycompetitor of local people including returnees in the areas of agriculture, fishing, trade, and tourism. Ithas also been involved in areas that would normally come under civilian administration. It continues to
occupy private land, thereby impeding IDPs’ return. The government has failed to make durable
solutions a priority, and humanitarian organisations have faced funding shortages and restrictions on

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