Opinion Article

Learn Lesson and Respond Concretely: ‘LLRC’ for Tamils on US resolution

[TamilNet, Thursday, 07 March 2013, 20:08 GMT]
The draft resolution based on Sri Lanka's LLRC tabled at the 22nd Session of the UNHRC, by the USA that architected the genocidal war against Eezham Tamils, should be an eye-opening lesson to all Tamils in the world in learning with confirmation the dismissive attitude of the USA towards the annihilation-facing nation of Eezham Tamils. The attitude of New Delhi, seeing Sri Lanka an enemy of humanity as a friend of India, and its interest in seeing Washington and Colombo directly engaging with each other are already known. Tamil activists teamed between the two powers for ages, believing that one or both would come to the rescue, and were showing a mirage to the common folk now and then, should learn the lesson at least now and respond concretely in addressing the ultimate adversaries.

The empty resolution tabled by the USA may be watered down further, but Tamils have to carefully peruse the draft to understand the attitude, course adopted and consequences.

The big noise made by the crisis-watch outfits and media in the West, followed by articulations in India, served only for the two powers to pressure Colombo to get their benefits. This procedure will continue year after year as a ritual, without bringing anything to the affected Eezham Tamils.

The recent articulations were only engineered to deceive Tamils and to prevent them from getting at the neck of the ultimate detractors of the Tamil cause.

Tamils have to carefully note that media in the service of the two powers have already started orchestrating on the ‘virtues’ of the resolution to silence any mass opposition and uprising.

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Two demands were highlighted from the Tamil side: One was to approach the national question as a national question and come out with solutions appropriate to the genocide-facing Eezham Tamils, and the other was international investigations on the war crimes.

Both were not only rejected but also countered in the draft resolution.

Despite all exposure of the war crimes, the US resolution doesn’t welcome independent international investigation on the war crimes. The resolution comes out with a specific contrast: it ‘welcomes’ OHCHR’s cooperation with Colombo, but only ‘notes’ Ms. Navi Pillai’s call for international investigation. The contrast implies that international investigation is not welcomed by the USA.

In the entire draft resolution there is not even a single phrase of recognition of the crux of the crisis, for which a struggle was made in the last six decades, politically and militarily and against which the USA architected the genocidal war. This is a total distortion of truth and abetment of the international liars to Colombo’s lies on the genocide it carries out.

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The draft resolution begins with LLRC implementation. The ultimate aim of the LLRC recommendations in achieving the annihilation of the nation of Eezham Tamils and its territoriality in the island is well known.

The draft speaks of implementing “constructive recommendations” and this time the USA has come out specifying what are those ‘constructive’ ones:

Other than the meaningless rhetorical reiteration on the need of local investigations, reforms and guarantees to freedoms, the draft specifies demilitarization of only the ‘North of Sri Lanka’ ostensibly forgetting the East, implying that the East has gone for ever away from Eezham Tamils.

The draft also specifies implementing “impartial land dispute resolution mechanisms.” Does it mean that the land of Eezham Tamils should be distributed to every one ‘impartially’ and then the Tamils to be either assimilated or chased away as it happened in the Padaviya region? Does it show ways and means for genocidal Colombo and encourages it to accelerate further the structural genocide?

The draft talking on the “devolution of [non-descript] powers to the provinces,” without recognising the land of the nation of Eezham Tamils and when carried out after the implementation of structural genocide, is meaningless to the struggle waged by Eezham Tamils for decades. It concedes ultimate victory to the genocidal Sinhala State in the island.

Right from early 1980s, the district councils and provincial councils were masterminded by the USA and India to ignore and diffuse the national question of Eezham Tamils and to save the genocidal Sinhala State in the island.

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The US draft resolution seeks Sri Lanka’s ‘cooperation’ with special procedures mandate holders and with some outstanding requests. They were on Colombo giving access to Special Rapporteurs on judiciary, human rights defenders, etc., and in responding to requests related to fundamental freedoms and individual human rights.

After seeing nearly for a year since the last UNHRC resolution, what justice the foreign visitors have brought to Tamils in making reports and comments when they return, one could guess what would happen through the ‘cooperation’ the US draft is seeking with Colombo.

The humorous part is the US giving time to Colombo in the ‘implementation’ of a hollow resolution.

Sri Lanka will be again taken up for discussion at the UNHRC after one full year, in the 25th session. One could expect further extensions as long as the Rajapaksa regime looks after the special needs of the USA and India.

Colombo is given unchecked time and space for the annihilation of the nation of Eezham Tamils, desired by the USA and India.



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