Report not likely at HRC
*Report unsubstantiated, falsified,
*Govt ready to meet Diaspora
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is unlikely to
review, or hold discussions on the controversial Darusman Report during
its 17th regular session in Geneva from today to June 17.
Defense Spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella yesterday
said the Government has adequately dealt with the Report and added that
the Report, as unsubstantiated, falsified and biased as it is, is very
unlikely to be taken for discussion at the sessions of the UNHRC.
‘However, this does not mean that pro LTTE diaspora in the West would
stop its lobbying against the Sri Lankan Government,“ he pointed out.
‘It was expected that the role of the Tamil diaspora politics will be
reduced to transnational political lobbying after the decimation of the
LTTE,” the Minister said.
‘The Diaspora will continue to influence the United Nations, UK, US,
other countries and international organizations to mobilize themselves
in the light of their diminishing power and influence after the LTTE
‘The Government is ready to meet the challenge of the Tamil Diaspora
knowing their agenda well,” he said.
‘The Tamil Diaspora has been collecting funds from their foreign
sympathizers in the West for decades to support the LTTE. Now they have
to make efforts to hold onto their positions without the manoeuvre of
the LTTE to raise funds as they used to, while having to safeguard their
millions of dollars in assets, explained Rambukwella.
With the United Nations holding its Human Rights Council session
today, the government will start a two-day international seminar on
The seminar titled, “Defeating Terrorism – The Sri Lanka Experience”
will be held at the Galadari Hotel Colombo from May 31 to June 2 with
the participation of military officers from 54 countries.
Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya will preside.
Rambukwella said the government will share its experience on how it
defeated terrorism by using the force of the military on the home
Asked if the government would also share its military strategies
applied in the process of defeating terrorism, he said the government
will share every detail of the policies and strategies it applied in the
process of defeating terrorism with any country seeking to remove the
plague of terrorism from their soil.