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Lord Naseby on Sri Lanka - 08.01.2013

Lord Naseby on Sri Lanka - 08.01.2013

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Lord Naseby disbelieves Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group, etc on the human rights violations in Sri Lanka and repeats the lies the government of Sri Lanka tells the world.
Lord Naseby disbelieves Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group, etc on the human rights violations in Sri Lanka and repeats the lies the government of Sri Lanka tells the world.

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Lord Naseby: "A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East"Sri Lanka, Question for debate, Lord Naseby, Grand Committee, 08 January 2013To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment to date of the implementation of theindependent report from the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission in Sri Lanka, and of thechallenges facing Sri Lanka in implementing recommendations still outstanding -http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201213/ldhansrd/text/130108-gc0001.htmPlease let us comment on some of the sections:
1.’’I first worked there in 1963’’:
 That was the time Sri Lankans had begun to be battered by a political tsunami culminating triggeredby the earthquake of Sinhala Only Act of 1956 (you will hear about this a lot in submissions byconscientious Sinhalese to LLRC):Please have the *starters by Britons:i.Harold Macmillan in his book, Riding the Storm 1956-1959, said: ''In a curious way, the political lifeof Ceylon is more like that of Whig politics in the eighteenth century than one would suppose (abouthis visit to Ceylon in 1957)''ii. BH Farmer worked there in late 1950s and wrote the book:CEYLON : A DIVIDED NATION, B H Farmer(1963):
‘’Since those saddening days of 1958 Ceylon has had its share of trouble. The truth, though
unpalatable may be to some, is simply that nobody unacceptable to the present Sinhalese Buddhistnationalism has any chance of constitutional power in contemporar
y Ceylon.’’
 The Forward to the book, CEYLON : A DIVIDED NATION(1963), was written by Viscount Soulbury(British Colonial Commission headed by him was in charge of handing over independence to Ceylon):
‘’In the light of later happenings I now think it is a
pity that the Commission did not also recommendthe entrenchment in the constitution of guarantees of fundamental rights, on the lines enacted inthe constitutions of India, Pakistan, Malaya , Nigeria and elsewhere.Perhaps in any subsequent amendment of Ceylon's constitution those in authority might take noteof the proclamation made by the delegates at the Arfrican conference which met in Lagos two yearsago: 'Fundamental human rights, esp. the right to individual liberty, should be written andentrenched in the constitutions of all countries'.
2.’’The second one was earlier this year when the peace was firmly established’’: Lord Naseby refers
to the visit he made in 23 March - 12 April 2012.There is NO peace in the following:'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 bythe Sinhala Buddhist majority'' - Biased and Prejudiced Collection on Sri Lanka, *GananathObeyesekere, Economic & Political Weekly, VOL 47 No. 04, 28 January-03 February 2012 (*aSinhalese Buddhist and Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University)
Sri Lanka’s North II: Rebuilding under the Military and Sri Lanka’s North I: The Denial of MinorityRights, International Crisis Group, 16 Mar 2012: The Sri Lankan military’s control over the political
and economic life of the Northern Province is deepening the alienation and anger of northern Tamilsand threatening sustainable peace.
‘’Another set of problems stems from the large military presence in the north and east, and has to
do with them intruding in on social events and giving preference to Sinhalese traders and fishermenwhen it comes to grant
ing permits to trade or to fish’’ –
National Peace Council, 5 June 2012
‘’Military density in the North of Sri Lanka in ''peace time'' is much higher than the peak conflict timein Iraq, Northern Ireland, Kashmir or French occupation of Algeria’’
- Notes on the Military Presence
in Sri Lanka's Northern Province, Vol XLVII No 28, 14 July 2012, Economic and Political Weekly of India
World Council of Churches after their visit in Aug 2012: ‘’The people and communities are struggling
to attain a sustained peac
e and reconciliation.’’
3.’’A war lasting 30 years or thereabouts is a very long war. A number of colleagues in the Housecame through the Second World War, which lasted only five years’’:
 In the last 5/6 decades the world has been finding that intrastate conflicts are more vicious, moreprotracted and more intractable than interstate wars and exasperate academics, politicians andconflict resolution experts. They mostly need third party intervention for resolution.
4.’’I remember the sheer joy of VE Day’’:
 i.an examination of textbooks of the last six decades will tell why there was joy among a section of Sinhalese:http://www.scribd.com/doc/104760706/Sri-Lanka-Education-for-War-Must-Be-Transformed-Into-Education-for-Peaceii.there is another section of Sinhalese who are sad and ashamed of the 65-yr oppression of ethnicminorities and the war:http://www.scribd.com/doc/104705097/Conscientious-Sinhalese-Tell-LLRC
5. ‘’The LLRC was set up on 15 May 2010’’:
 Though many appeals for its formation had been ignored for one year, it was set up as soon as theUN announced it was going to appoint a panel of inquiry.
6. ‘’That it was set up deserves a tick. The key point is that the report was published in full’’:
 Many Sri Lankans were surprised that the report was published at all:
This President has already ‘’appointed 15 commissions/ommittees’’ in the last seven years and it’s
only LLRC report that was published and the other 14 reports are with the President without beingpublished: http://www.scribd.com/doc/85007346/A-List-of-Commissions-of-Inquiry-and-Committees-Appointed-by-the-Government-of-Sri-Lanka-2006-%E2%80%93-2012
It has been a practice with successive governments of Sri Lanka to ‘’appoint commissions’’ to control
damage but no outcomes or action ever taken on them:https://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ASA37/005/2009/en
‘’National Policy Framework for Social Integration that took place at the President’s House in Temple
Trees follows the report of the Lessons Learn and Reconciliation Commission. But the national
anthem was sung in Sinhala only though LLRC has recommended that it be sung in Tamil too (it’sonly a few years ago that the President stopped the singing of national anthem in Tamil)’’–
NationalPeace Council, 23 July 2012
‘’the pre
ssure for reform by the international community and by national political parties and civil
society must continue’’ –
THE LIMITS OF INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE, National Peace Council of SriLanka, September 2012
‘’Even one year after the LLRC report was publ
ished, the Government continues to prevaricate on
implementing the proposals in the LLRC report’’, 11 December 2012,
7. ‘’it very much reflects the philosophy of the five principles of Buddhism’’ :
It was the backing of Buddhist priests that pushed SWRD Bandaranaike to enact ‘’Sinhala Only’’
Policy in 1956 that has hurtled the country intothe present abyss and it was a Buddhist priest whoassassinated him for trying to give some concessions for Tamil language use. Buddhist priests made
a protest march when the successive government tried to give the Tamils some concession in 1966and accidentally one of them was shot dead by the Police. The Buddhist clergy helped the Sinhalamobs attacking Tamils in anti-Tamil pogroms in 1956,1958, 1977, 1981 and 1983. Buddhist clergyused to go and bless the guns used by the Armed forces in the 30-yr civil war. They protestedwhenever there were peace talks between any government and the Tamils.
British govt ‘’Global Conflict Prevention Pool’’: In December 2002, the Pool brought five senior
members of the Sri Lankan Buddhist clergy to London, Belfast and Edinburgh to study devolvedadministrations. They met a wide range of politicians, senior officials, religious groups andcommunity leaders:http://collections.europarchive.org/tna/20080205132101/fco.gov.uk/files/kfile/43896_conflict%20broc.pdf 
‘’Lack of political consensus in the south and
opposition to the various peace processes bynationalist and Buddhist pressure groups have time and again made peacebuilding difficult in SriLanka. .... One possible strategy for supporting pro-peace actors might be to encourage support fromcountries like Thailand
which, like Sri Lanka, is also a Theravada Buddhist country ‘’
- THE SANGHAAND ITS RELATION TO THE PEACE PROCESS IN SRI LANKA, A Report for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iselin Frydenlund, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) (2005):''Chandra R. de Silva implies that Buddhist monastic opposition to a non-unitary state hascontributed to the conflict. He appreciates the reasons for this, but pleads for a system of monasticeducation that would expose monks to other
religions and cultures. …. I have no hesitation in
recommending this volume as a serious contribution to the understanding of one of the most
complex and intractable conflicts in the world’’, Dr Elizabeth Harris(Liverpool Hope University),
Review(2007) of Buddhism, Conflict and Violence in Modern Sri Lanka(2006) -http://www.equinoxjournals.com/ROSA/article/view/3519/2212
8. Why HRW, AI and ICG didn’t give evidence to LLRC will be dealt with in a separate paper
9.’’Amnesty in Canada has now accepted funds from the LTTE’’:
 Canadian Tamil Congress is a charity that raises funds annually for Canadian NGOs:(http://www.canadiantamilcongress.ca/article.php?lan=eng&cat=pr&id=2 )
10. ‘’one is in Bangladesh,set up in 2011 an inquiry into what happened in the
1971. That has not
 that shows that reporting/analysis 40yrs later is difficult and thus it should start as soon as possibleafter the event. There are several massacres of Tamils from the 1950s onwards uninvestigated bysuccessive Sri Lankan governments. In June 2009 (ie after the war ended) the Commission of Inquiryheaded by retired Judge Udalagama was terminated by the President though only seven out of 16cases ( chosen out of hundreds of killings/abductions) were finished though the Judge offered tocontinue investigations. But he was asked to submit the report on the seven cases and he dulysubmitted a report. That is one of the 14 reports still with the President without being published. Weall know how citizens of western countries would react if their governments refuse to publishreports.
11. ‘’there was peace on the ground’’:
 ''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.It has also been involved in areas that would normally come under civilian administration. Itcontinues to occupy privat
e land, thereby impeding IDPs’ return. The government has failed to make
durable solutions a priority, and humanitarian organisations have faced funding shortages andrestrictions on programming and access''
Sri Lanka: A hidden displacement crisis, *Internal

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