A closer look at the Darusman Panel
The maxim, Justice must not only be done, but must also manifestly
appear to be done, is an oft-quoted principle in all democratic
countries. It is apparent that Ban ki Moon handpicked three panellists
not for their integrity and impartiality but for their confirmed bias
Any person who is appointed by the UN to investigate any matter
should honourably declare that he/she has no prior knowledge and
entertains no pre-conceived and prejudicial views, particularly as they
were paid a colossal amount of money from UN fund, and not from Ban’s
private property. UN funds are the collected contributions of all member
Artistes protesting against the controversial Darusman Report.
Picture by Dushmantha Mayadunne
Each member appointed by Ban had expressed derogatory views about Sri
Lanka long before they were appointed. Therefore they should never have
offered themselves to sit on a panel, merely to collect millions of
dollar payments. Ban himself knowing that each of them had entertained
preconceived prejudicial views amounting to hatred towards Sri Lanka,
and its forces, should never have selected precisely these three. Such
persons are untrustworthy of their assignment.
Ban, if he was impartial and not influenced by the LTTE diaspora and
some Western politicians, should have refrained from having Darusman as
a member of the panel, let alone its chairman. He was a member of the
International Group of Eminent Persons in 2009 who were invited to serve
as observers at the sittings at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry.
Having been present, Darusman subsequently withdrew alleging unfairly
(amongst other matters) that the GOSL did not have the will to improve
the human rights situation. Hence he has pre-judged and is a highly
biased person. Ban picked on this self same person who was well-known
for his partiality, as way back as 2009.
As regards the second member, Steven Ratner (quoting Mustapha), “he
has been advisor to the NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW with Ratner’s
participation has constantly voiced concern against Sri Lanka’s military
which were directed against the LTTE, while downplaying the atrocities
of the LTTE.
Moreover, HRW is one of the organizations which had complained to the
UN alleging violations of human rights by Sri Lanka, and issued a
statement demanding that the government should account for missing Tamil
Tigers who were detained during the final days of the war.”
Law of the jungle
The fact that Steven Ratner was also completely partial to the LTTE
was well known to Ban. Quite apart from Ban appointing him, he should
himself have honourably declined this offer, and refrained from being a
member of a supposedly impartial panel.
Further quoting Mustapha, “Yasmin Sooka the third panellist is a
South African and is the head of the Sooka Foundation which is said to
have received millions from the European Union, which penalized Sri
Lanka by withdrawing the GSP-Plus on the basis of violation of human
Picking these already prejudiced people clearly violated the
principles that justice must not only be done, but also appear to be
There is no doubt that Yasmin Sooka a South African, was heavily
influenced by the South African Navi Pillai, a sworn hater of the
This Report is not based on English Law, Roman - Dutch Law, American
Law or French Law, but on the law of the jungle!
Inga-Britt Ahlenius, Under Secretary General of the UN and a former
Swedish Auditor General makes a scathing attack on Ban ki Moon’s
Having been associated with him for so long, she had every
opportunity to determine the type of person he is and that he is totally
unfit to head the UN. To page 8
With all these allegations Ban has survived by cringing and is
shielded by the corrupt western powers. Small wonder then that he will
not go against their dictates. He is coming up for re-election for a
Inga-Britt Ahlenius in a 50 page report states,” the Secretary
General improperly refused to allow many of her office’s audit reports
to be made public or to allow nearly all its confidential investigative
reports with evidence of potential criminal wrongdoing to be referred to
prosecutors.” She further states that, he tried to take control of
investigations. Her office of Internal Oversight Service (IOS) resisted
his efforts to launch official probes into news leaks.” She goes on,
“the fact is that you are not upholding to the letter, nor to the
spirit, the General Assembly’s decision to ensure an operational
oversight body in the interest of the organization. In this sense your
actions are not only deplorable but seriously reprehensible. No
Secretary General before you has questioned the authority delegated to
the head of IOS to appoint the staff. Your action is without precedent
and in my opinion, seriously embarrassing to yourself.”
She further adds, “last year, similar criticism was voiced by
Norway’s UN Ambassador Mona Juul, in another unusual personal attack on
Ban.” She adds, “the investigations led to an unprecedented number of
misconduct findings by UN officials and prompted Federal probes into
This being the opinion of key officials of the UN, can anyone think
that Ban has not been influenced by the LTTE diaspora, who in turn have
influenced the corrupt western politicians?
This Report has to be treated with the contempt it deserves.
Ban and his panel have been heavily influenced by Navaneethan Pillai,
UN Human Rights High Commissioner.
She issued a strongly worded statement no sooner the Report was
released. She welcomed the public release of the statement and supported
the cause. The Report calls for further international investigations.
She says, “the way this conflict was conducted under the guise of
fighting terrorism challenged the very foundation of the rules of war
and cost the lives of thousands of civilians.” She also says, “I hope
the disturbing new information contained in this report will shock the
conscience of the international community into finally taking serious
action.” She has for some time been a hater of the government. She has
however, brought her influence to bear, and succeeded in securing a
convoluted and psychotic report to satisfy - the Tamil diaspora. She too
has opened herself, to and inquiry as to whether she is using her office
to satisfy her personal agenda. As to whether she should continue as an
employee of the UN, is a matter to be inquired into.
The Report makes no mention that a civil administration has been
restored democratically in the North and East, and that a former LTTE
combatant has been elected as Chief Minister.
Article 2 (7) of the UN Charter states, “nothing contained in the UN
Charter shall authorize the UN to intervene in matters which are
entirely within the jurisdiction of any State or shall require the
member to submit such matter to settlement.”
Ban also violates Article 100 (1) of the UN Charter which bars the
S.G, from subjecting himself to external influence.
Ban has violated these principles and has opened himself to an
inquiry against himself, for acting partially and for misusing UN funds
in appointing this mock panel. He has exceeded his powers vested in the
S.G, and abused his position to please the LTTE diaspora and the corrupt
western powers in order to ensure for himself, a second term with their