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‘UN approach counts trees, conceals sight of forest’

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 September 2012, 05:31 GMT]
A summary on Sri Lanka prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), based on the submissions of 46 stakeholders, shows how the UNHRC approach guides even the stakeholders to confine themselves only to individual cases or just manifestations, but not to the fundamental issue – the national question or collective human rights of an affected nation in the island. By the exercise of counting the trees, the UNHRC model of approach deliberately conceals the sight of the forest, commented alternative human rights activists in the island. The OHCHR summary was submitted on July 30 to the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review of the UNHRC for its 14th session, scheduled to take place from 22 October and 5 November in Geneva. An OHCHR team visits the island on Friday.

One could see from the thrust of the summary, how once the LLRC paradigm was set by the USA at the UNHRC, the stakeholders are bound to confine to it.

One of the stakeholders, Amnesty International, cited in the summary has challenged the very foundations of the LLRC that it was neither independent nor impartial in composition or performance.

But the US embassy in Colombo was quick to set the track on 2 August by welcoming the so-called National Action Plan of Colombo, based on the LLRC recommendations.

Colombo and Washington, possibly with the tacit support of New Delhi, engaged in a series of manoeuvrings during August and September, culminating in the visits of US Asst. Secretary of State, Robert Blake, Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma and the OHCHR team, ultimately to clear genocidal Colombo for the Commonwealth summit, bail it out at the UNHRC and to uphold the LLRC paradigm aimed at the annihilation of the nation of Eezham Tamils.

The USA-patronized LLRC paradigm is worse than India’s 13th Amendment, in its structural genocide potential, is the opinion of Tamil political observers in the island.

The orientation of the OHCHR summary report and the events in the island this week, should be an eye opener to the stakeholders, especially to the Eezham Tamil stakeholders, in coming out with an appropriate counter paradigm, the political observers in the island commented.


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External Links:
OHCHR: Summary prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in accordance with paragraph 5 of the annex to Human Rights Council resolution 16/21

 

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