Category Archives: LTTE

Chandraprema to beard the UNHRC Den in Geneva

Item in NewsInAsia, 19 January 2020, where the title is “Veteran columnist C.A.Chandraprema appointed as Lankan envoy at the UN in Geneva”

 Veteran Sunday Island columnist, C.A.Chandraprema, has been appointed as Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations in Geneva, within which is located the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, american imperialism, British imperialism, centre-periphery relations, ethnicity, foreign policy, governance, heritage, historical interpretation, human rights, Indian Ocean politics, legal issues, life stories, LTTE, military strategy, politIcal discourse, power politics, prabhakaran, Rajapaksa regime, security, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, slanted reportage, sri lankan society, Tamil civilians, Tamil migration, Tamil Tiger fighters, terrorism, the imaginary and the real, truth as casualty of war, UN reports, unusual people, war crimes, war reportage, world events & processes

Sampanthan’s Devious Reasoning and Twisted Historical Review

Rajeewa Jayweera, in Island, 18 January 2020, where the title runs President’s policy statement and Sampanthan’s amnesia” … with underlining emphasis being i positions by The Editor, Thuppahi

During the two-day adjournment debate on the policy statement delivered by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan’s outburst had more holes than a target sheet in a firing range (and Swiss Ambassador Hanspeter Mock’s charge of the abduction, molestation, and interrogation by unknown persons of embassy minor employee Garnier Banister Francis aka Sriyalatha Perera).

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, atrocities, authoritarian regimes, centre-periphery relations, communal relations, democratic measures, devolution, discrimination, foreign policy, governance, historical interpretation, Indian Ocean politics, life stories, LTTE, military strategy, parliamentary elections, politIcal discourse, power politics, prabhakaran, Presidential elections, security, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, sri lankan society, Tamil migration, terrorism, truth as casualty of war, unusual people, war reportage, world events & processes

Barefaced Lies in the OHCHR REPORT from Geneva: Weerasekera’s Challenge in 2016

Dharshan Weerasekera, in Lankaweb, 15 January 2016, with this title “A rebuttal of the OHCHR Report, 1: Outright Lies”

To my knowledge, the Government has to date not commissioned an official assessment of the OHCHR report (also called the OISL report) or at any rate if it has, such report is not available to the public.[1]  And yet, one reads in the newspapers that the Government is about to start ‘the consultation process to design’ mechanisms to probe the ‘past,’ in order to satisfy recommendations made in UNHRC resolution A/HRC/30/L.29.[2]

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, american imperialism, authoritarian regimes, communal relations, disparagement, doctoring evidence, governance, historical interpretation, human rights, Indian Ocean politics, landscape wondrous, legal issues, life stories, LTTE, news fabrication, patriotism, politIcal discourse, power politics, Rajapaksa regime, security, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, slanted reportage, sri lankan society, Tamil civilians, Tamil Tiger fighters, trauma, truth as casualty of war, UN reports, unusual people, war reportage, world events & processes

Mangala’s Show at Geneva in 2017 lauded by Dharisha Bastians

As the annual witch-hunt mounted by the UNHRC in its role as an arm of the Western world’s foreign policy approaches in March 2020, it is worthwhile reflecting on the ‘triumphant’ public performances in Geneva orchestrated by the Yahapaalana government and one of its driving forces, namely, Mangala Samaraweera — as presented by one of his proteges, Dharisha Bastians….. Editor, Thuppahi.

Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera heading the Sri Lankan Government delegation to the UNHRC’s 34th Session addressing a side event at the Palais des Nations last week. The event was organised by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva and chaired by Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha. Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms Mano Tittawella, MP and Constitutional expert Dr. Jayampathy Wickremaratne and Ariyasinha are also present – Pic by Sunanda Deshapriya

BASTIANS:  Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s masterful diplomacy is winning over a world eager to keep believing in Sri Lanka’s political transformation story, but the Government faces a deepening disconnect with activists and war-affected constituents at home who are losing faith in its promises to heal the wounds of a long and violent conflict.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, american imperialism, asylum-seekers, centre-periphery relations, communal relations, conspiracies, democratic measures, disparagement, doctoring evidence, ethnicity, foreign policy, historical interpretation, human rights, Indian Ocean politics, legal issues, life stories, LTTE, news fabrication, NGOs, politIcal discourse, power politics, Rajapaksa regime, refugees, Responsibility to Protect or R2P, security, self-reflexivity, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, slanted reportage, Sri Lankan scoiety, Tamil civilians, tamil refugees, terrorism, the imaginary and the real, truth as casualty of war, UN reports, world events & processes

Addressing Shenali Waduge and the One-Eyed UNHRC Hunters, One

Michael Roberts

Shenali Waduge has a long history as a defender of Sinhala interests within and beyond the island of Sri Lanka. In quite a few minds she would be classified as a Sinhala chauvinist. One must, however, not throw the baby out with the dirty bathwater.[1] Her essays should not be dismissed out of hand. Indeed, there were several striking claims in an essay she presented recently in two outlets[2] for me to include it within Thuppahi under this imposed heading: “To Your Face: UN and UNHRC challenged by Shenali Waduge.”

Continue reading

2 Comments

Filed under accountability, american imperialism, British imperialism, centre-periphery relations, chauvinism, conspiracies, disparagement, fundamentalism, governance, historical interpretation, human rights, life stories, LTTE, military strategy, NGOs, photography, politIcal discourse, power politics, prabhakaran, Rajapaksa regime, refugees, security, self-reflexivity, slanted reportage, sri lankan society, Tamil civilians, Tamil Tiger fighters, truth as casualty of war, UN reports, unusual people, vengeance, war crimes, war reportage, world events & processes

To Your Face: UN and UNHRC challenged by Shenali Waduge

Shenali Waduge, in LankaWeb, 31 December 2019 and at SPUR Victoria, 17 March 2019 where the title reads thus = “Questions for UNSG & UN Human Rights Council regarding Sri Lanka”

1.         UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon commissioned 3 members (Ban Ki Moon Panel of Experts) selected personally by him to submit a personal report on the ‘final months’ of Sri Lanka’s conflict. This report was not commissioned by the UNGA or UNSCThis report was never tabled at the UNGA, UNSC or even UNHRC. This report was actually leaked to the public. How can the UNHRC head quote from this leaked personal report & how can 3 successive UNHRC resolutions be based on a personally mandated leaked report?

Continue reading

3 Comments

Filed under accountability, american imperialism, British imperialism, centre-periphery relations, human rights, legal issues, life stories, LTTE, military strategy, news fabrication, photography, politIcal discourse, power politics, propaganda, sri lankan society, taking the piss, the imaginary and the real, truth as casualty of war, war crimes, war reportage, world events & processes

The LTTE and Its “Treasury” in Switzerland in Its Halcyon Days

DBS Jeyaraj, in his website column 15 December 2019, with this title “The Switzerland Connection in LTTE Fund Raising Activity”

Recent events have focused the media spotlight on the Federal Republic of Switzerland known officially as the Swiss Confederation. The landlocked European nation is respected highly on a global scale due to its policy of armed neutrality. Despite the impeccable credentials of Switzerland, the country is being viewed negatively by influential sections of the Sri Lankan people. There is suspicion that an orchestrated campaign is being pursued by certain elements to depict the country as an “enemy” of Sri  Lanka. Three recent happenings concerning Switzerland–Sri Lanka relations have contributed to this unfortunate state of affairs.

Tamil rally in Geneva, summer 2003

Continue reading

3 Comments

Filed under accountability, asylum-seekers, communal relations, economic processes, historical interpretation, landscape wondrous, life stories, LTTE, performance, political demonstrations, politIcal discourse, power politics, refugees, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, sri lankan society, Tamil migration, terrorism, truth as casualty of war, unusual people, world events & processes