Sri Lanka rejects Dublin tribunal

2010-01-14 14:04:14

The judgments of the ‘Permanent People’s Tribunal on Sri Lanka’ will do nothing to further permanent peace efforts in Sri Lanka, but pose a serious threat to the country’s  stability, a statement by the Sri Lankan government this evening said.

The government further stated that the timing is designed to influence the forthcoming presidential elections on Jan 26, suggesting a degree of political motivation adding that ‘there is nothing to suggest the ‘tribunal’ will be conducted in a fair or representative fashion and its agenda, highly suspicious’.

“We strongly condemn any unaccountable organization, whether it purports to be a quasi-legal entity or not, irresponsibly distorting events and seeking to selectively pass judgment from afar,” the government statement said.

The statement went on to claim that the members of the tribunal should be helping Sri Lanka unite and move on at the end of a terrible conflict, not continue to stoke it.

  Comments - 26

  • Thursday, 14 January 2010 14:42

    I wonder whether this "permanent people's tribunal" is an independent organization?

    Reply : 21       23

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 15:13

    This tribunal has members of every faith and from every major region of the world. It should bring about the truth, in a fair manner!

    Reply : 31       44

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 15:15

    The GOSL, is right! Whatever our political differences, this is not acceptable. Outside influence has always been designed to create issues for us. Whether we want a change, or not, is our business! At the end of the day, we are the people of this country and we carry the burden of having or not having the government we want, not anybody else. So, please leave us alone, to do what we want, in the manner that we want.

    Reply : 49       35

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 21:49

    No individual or a country can live alone!

    Reply : 16       29

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 16:10


    Reply : 25       46

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 16:32

    All this cropped-up because of the arrogance shown by our bureaucrats, against the international community. People like GL even threatened to sue - is this the way to handle matters which require strict diplomacy? NOW THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS IN THE DOCK!

    Reply : 23       32

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 17:47

    People and governments will be judged by actions and results and not by empty words and rhetoric, which have been found to be meanigless. The Sri Lanka government should now concentrate fully on conducting a free, fair and non-violent election! The recent killing, in the South, and the mass violence in Polonnaruwa, are not at all encouraging!

    Reply : 11       41

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 17:58

    What is the Sri Lankan government afraid of? If they're clean, let any tribunal conduct any inquiry & pass any judgment!

    Reply : 19       57

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 18:09

    Ha! Can you also reject the election?

    Reply : 22       18

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 18:37

    I fully agree with the government's stand on this. It is CRAZY that this so called ‘Permanent People’s Tribunal on Sri Lanka" even exists! What a farce - all designed to malign Sri Lanka's good name.

    Reply : 52       25

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 21:57

    Even before a report is published, they are sure that it is going to be against them. So, they have already rejected the tribunal.

    Reply : 11       31

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 18:51

    Nothing but pressure, brought to bear on the SL government, will make them mend their ways!

    Reply : 11       25

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 19:01

    The least that the SL government coud do, is send a representative to look after the interests of the State. When you try to totally condemn, before they even start, they have already won the 'first-round'!

    Reply : 12       47

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 19:28

    Let me say this clearly, we cannot live without the West's support!

    Reply : 22       41

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 19:46

    Strong answer!?!

    Reply : 29       9

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 20:09

    If Sri Lanka has 'clean hands,' why get upset?

    Reply : 22       58

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 22:17

    Why panic, whenever someone talks about an independent inquiry?

    Reply : 14       34

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 21:03

    Well said Tharma! If the GOSL has nothing to hide, why get upset? You reap, what you sow!

    Reply : 21       44

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 21:21

    Why can't this tribunal investigate the massacres in Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq?

    Reply : 52       22

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 21:46

    Lanka has lost it's diplomacy and behaves like 'a bull in the china shop'!

    Reply : 14       29

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 21:43

    We are alergic to any independant tribunal. We only accept the verdict of Chinthana Tribunal!

    Reply : 15       29

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 22:39

    What is the Legal Status of this so-called Tribunal? Who appointed it and under what Law? Can we too, appoint such tribunals to inquire into well known violations of human rights, by Western countries?

    Reply : 20       18

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 22:48

    Nice ... Just keep digging a hole and hide, and pretend that you are safe ...

    Reply : 12       22

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 22:50

    Question: Why can't this tribunal investigate the massacres in Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq?

    Reply: If one is talking about the misdemeanours of the Coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, foreign independent journalists were freely allowed in (sometimes with bullet-proof-vests) with protection from the forces, and the prosecution of individuals who 'crossed the line' could be readily learnt from the world mass media, as we all did see, for example, regarding the Abu Ghraib incident! In the case of Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq, the whole world was able to witness what was happening, but not in Sri Lanka!

    Reply : 12       34

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 23:09

    According to George Bush, ANY TERRORIST IS A TERRORIST, and killing them in a war, cannot be criticised by anyone!

    Reply : 47       19

    Monday, 18 January 2010 11:18

    We all are barking because we are in a couintry safely enjoining the previlages given to us and the earning. Pl. tell what you have in Sri lanka at the moment, can you get a good job for your education or can you afford to live because the cost of livin is same as in Eu countries. when you see the amount od prices of sugar, milk and mostly evry item that convert into Srilankan money it is like earning little and spending more. For a poor person who lives in daily earning can he manage. Pl. thinki before you all write and talk.

    Reply : 0       0

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