In Sri Lanka, war crimes and oppression on minorities by the Rajapaksha brothers

 This March, a resolution of the 47th session (virtual) of the UN Human Rights Council meeting was sent to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 

His office was asked to "collect, compile, analyze and preserve information on human rights violations in Sri Lanka." 

This will include details of the violence against the Tamil and Muslim minorities, including allegations of war crimes from 1983 to 2009.

The OHCHR report in January called for a blockade and travel ban against the accused war criminals, but the Human Rights Council did not go that far. 

Twenty-two countries supported the decision, 11 opposed and 14 abstained. The Sri Lankan foreign minister called it a victory, as the majority country was against or absent.

 But in reality, the international community will still be able to bring those responsible to justice if it seeks legal action in the light of this decision.

The previous Sri Lankan government proposed a reunification process, a missing persons department, a war crimes tribunal comprising international judges, lawyers and investigators, and a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

 But the Sri Lankan army, nationalist politicians and Buddhist priests did not allow it to happen, nor will they.

The Sri Lankan government has repeatedly denied war crimes trials. The Tamil rebels have also carried out a number of terrorist attacks, but the Sri Lankan army's killings have outweighed the horrors. 

A telegram from the US embassy at the time blamed war crimes on "the country's top military and civilian leaders, and especially on President Rajapaksa and his brothers."

 Mahinda Rajapaksa is currently the country's prime minister and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is the country's defense minister during the Tamil war.

Under international pressure, the government set up a commission on behalf of Mahinda Rajapaksa, but their report blamed the Tamils. 

Even the neutral proposals made by the commission to bring peace were not accepted.

The Sri Lankan government has repeatedly denied war crimes trials. Tamil rebels have carried out a number of terrorist attacks, but the Sri Lankan army's massacre has outweighed the horrors.

In addition to obstructing the publication of lies and truth, Gotabaya and his nationalist supporters are openly disrespecting human rights.

 Sri Lankan courts have sentenced a handful of soldiers for slitting the throats of civilian Tamils, but President Rajapaksa has pardoned them.

 Among the war criminals, the army chief and the defense secretary were also promoted to the rank of general. 

The U.S. government has banned the army chief and his family from entering the United States.

Another area of ​​human rights violations is the Muslim population. The grave of a Muslim who died in COVID-19 cannot be there. 

They have to be burned compulsorily. Many Muslim madrassas have been closed there. Even though the ban was lifted just before the HRC meeting, intense Islamophobia is spreading among the pro-Raj faction.

 Even though the Muslim-majority Pakistan, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan voted against the recent UN resolution, others were absent.

That UN resolution is a warning against the arrogance of Sri Lankan Sinhalese nationalism. After becoming president in 2019, militarization is going on in the island nation. 

Former army and intelligence officers have been appointed to the top posts in 28 top civilian organizations. About 30 government departments have been taken under the Ministry of Defense.

Along with militarization, surveillance and torture on journalists are going on. The Sri Lankan government is determined to colonize the Tamil and Muslim-dominated northern and eastern provinces.

 Extremist nationalist security ministers have banned Muslim women from wearing burqas and niqabs, shutting down madrassas (Islamic Schools) while Sri Lanka is hoping for support from Muslim countries. Majorityism is engulfing Sri Lanka. 

In this situation, the Sri Lankan government will not be able to break out of the tradition of civil war atrocities. That is why other human rights organizations, including the UN Human Rights Council, should not turn a blind eye to the problem.

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