Geneva Resolution: Sting is in the Tail

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The danger zone of the resolution lies in the final clause, which reads: -
“Encourages the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant special procedures mandate holders to provide, and the Government of Sri Lanka to accept, advice and technical assistance on implementing the above mentioned steps, and requests the Office of the High Commissioner to present a report on the provision of such assistance to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-second session”.
The resolution deceptively presented carries the venom neatly concealed in the phrase “relevant special procedures mandate holders”. Sounds innocuous until the publications issued by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights are read to ascertain its full implications.
Special procedures is the general name given to the mechanisms established by the Human Rights Council to address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights provides these mechanisms with personnel, policy, research and logistical support for the discharge of their mandates.
Special procedures' mandates usually call on mandate holders to examine, monitor, advise and publicly report on human rights situations in specific countries or territories, known as country mandates. Various activities are undertaken by special procedures, including responding to individual complaints, conducting studies, providing advice on technical cooperation at the country level, and engaging in general promotional activities.
Special procedures are either an individual (called "Special Rapporteur" or "Independent Expert") or a working group usually composed of five members (one from each region). The mandates of the special procedures are established and defined by the resolution creating them.
Most Special Procedures receive information on specific allegations of human rights violations and send communications to governments asking for clarification and thereafter investigate the validity of the allegations. Final and interim reports are submitted. 
Mandate holders also make visits to investigate the situation of human rights at the national level. They often send a letter to the Government requesting to visit the country
United States is sharpening its carving knife to bludgeon Sri Lanka and bring a sovereign state under the control of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Introducing a novel technique by offering an innovative style of intervention, the West hopes to launch an attack from a pad in Geneva enabling storm troopers in civilian attire to descend, monitor, supervise and report on varied aspects of Sri Lanka inclusive of the subjects considered by the LLRC. It reaches the same objective taking a route different from the path followed by the infantrymen that landed in Iraq and Afghanistan; and the airmen that attacked targets in Libya without making a landing.
Inherent in the resolution are matters that travel beyond implementing the proposals of the LLRC. The resolution has utilized the LLRC as a cover to justify its presence as an adventure by Samaritans to assist Sri Lanka. Ironically this is the route taken often in changing the leadership with defections from the regime itself by implicating them in war related crimes.
It will begin as a tiny wave not sufficiently strong to surf on but would soon grow into a mighty tsunami that will create seismic shifts to cause a limited regime change. Sugar coated pills offered will become poisoned darts with time.
The fate Sri Lanka suffered by the monitoring exercise carried out by the Scandinavians under the Ceasefire Agreement was minimal compared to rights conferred to the human rights missionaries under the present resolution.

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  • Araliya Watch Friday, 16 March 2012 09:22 AM

    Such provisions are necessary to ensure that the Sri Lanka Govt. which subjects all people, be it from the North, South, West or East; or Sinhalese, Tamils Muslims; to intimidation, suppression,
    injustice and discrimination, changes its attitudes in governance.

    siraj Thursday, 15 March 2012 08:18 AM

    well done UN.


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