Image building strategy for the chauvinistic Sri Lankan state by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein


Despite the many blunders made by the UN during the genocidal massacres, Tamils had hope in the United Nation to build the path for justice and a plausible political solution. Recent developments in the international arena continue to be profoundly disturbing. The international community seems to concern itself with the image building project of Sri Lanka rather than examining the human rights situation or finding a sustainable political solution for Tamils.

Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena was directly implicit in the genocidal massacre of Tamils. Furthermore he had been an important component of the political party that chanted Sinhala chauvinism from the day of its formation. He has now been painted as a saviour of democracy and ironically has been promoted as a human rights champion.

Latest human right abuse reports have once again proved ongoing systemic human rights abuses on Tamils despite there being regime change. The only steps being taken have been callous remarks on the tens of thousands grieving for immediate family members that have disappeared. Sri Lanka once again explicitly stated they refuse an international process in bringing justice.

Despite all these, UN Human Rights Commissioner, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein visit is shocking and can be only seen as an image building strategy for the chauvinistic Sri Lankan state and genocidal criminal Maithripala Sirisena. Image building strategy only creates space for Sinhala state to continue their structural genocide in a more effective format.

The victory of Maithripala Sirisena has been celebrated but the democratically elected Tamil council have been branded as extremists and demands brushed aside. Resolution or statements passed/released by the Tamil council or civil society has been deliberately ignored e.g Genocide resolution. So Tamils must ask themselves can there be a genuine sustainable political solution for them and future generations without the inclusion of the concerns of Tamils on the ground and not just a few selected token representatives? – TYO UK member.

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