Dayan Jayatilleka always talks about his 2009 UNHRC Resolution. But it was a Trojan horse not worth the paper it was printed on.
Dayan Jayatilleka always mentions the UN Human Rights Council Resolution S-11-1 of 2009. For those unaware, this was a document that came out of the UNHRC just after we won the war, which praised Sri Lanka’s successful fight against Tamil terrorism. Dayan Jayatilleka was Sri Lanka’s representative at the UNHRC, and helped to gather the votes in support of Sri Lanka. There is not an article, speech or interview in which DJ doesn’t refer to this resolution, which apparently is his greatest achievement.
I read the whole resolution with much happiness back then — but soon afterwards I realized the document was actually a Trojan horse which spread the false notions of “discrimination” and “inequality” as a major factor causing the war
Back in 2009, just as we won the war against Tamil terror, it was indeed exciting and also surprising to hear news coming out of Geneva that a UN body had somehow, miraculously it seemed, endorsed Sri Lanka and its victory over the foreign-backed Tamil terror group.
It was amazing to see a part of the UN – usually so anti-sovereignty, anti-nation, and hypocritical – actually backing us, the good guys, for once. And as Sri Lanka’s representative, Dayan Jayatilleka did get a lot of credit for securing the passage of that resolution.
Jayatilleka is so proud of his resolution, that he even wrote a whole book about it. Yes, an entire book about a resolution that is just 3 pages long.
He never ceases to bring up that resolution because he wants to show everyone in the country that with the correct diplomatic approach – ie, his approach – it is possible for Sri Lanka to “win” in the international fora that so many of us know are fixed against us.
Patriots hate the UN and its bodies because they are corrupt to the core, because all they are is a venue for the punishment of small nations at the hands of the colonialists of the past, and because their primary goal is the destruction of national sovereignty. Furthermore, these bodies are built on total hypocrisy – countries where women aren’t even allowed to leave the house without a male relative escorting them are allowed to chair committees about women’s rights, for example. This is why a better name for the body is the “Human Rights Circus.”
Ultimately any organization is judged not by its lofty goals such as “human rights” which might sound good, but by their actual actions where countries like Sri Lanka are punished and demeaned for fighting evil.
These organizations are collapsing under the weight of their own corruption and hypocrisy. And having been set up in the aftermath of a World War which ended over 70 years ago, the groupings are thoroughly out of date and not fit for purpose either. What’s worse is that many rogues inhabit the halls of the UN system, and have used billions upon billions of dollars of taxpayer money from the entire global citizenry to enrich themselves through dodgy deals.
But Jayatilleka believes in these failing organizations, and holds up his resolution as proof that they are not totally morally bankrupt.
So why don’t we take a look at the Sri Lanka Resolution from 2009?
It starts off by saying, among other things:
States must protect all parts of the population including displaced persons without discrimination; that there is no military solution to the conflict, and that the political solution through the 13th Amendment will bring lasting peace and reconciliation.
Then through the pronouncements in the second half of the document, they expect Sri Lanka to:
- protect all human rights;
- provide full humanitarian assistance to Tamil civilians (and of course Tamil terrorist family members) who were displaced during the fighting, including providing safe water, sanitation, food, medical, and healthcare services;
- settle all displaced people within 6 months while also respecting those belonging to national, ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities;
- give access to international humanitarian agencies;
- ensure no discrimination against ethnic minorities in enjoying the full range of human rights; and
- begin a broader dialogue with all parties to bring lasting peace based on consensus and respect for the rights of all ethnic and religious groups inhabiting the country.
It closes by:
Urging the international community to ensure protection of all human rights, including economic, social, and cultural rights.
In summary, the much self-praised Jayatilleka Resolution is a gigantic list of demands against the Sri Lankan government, and further requires the government to provide humanitarian assistance to the very extremist elements who waged a 30-year campaign of terror and death against the Sinhalese. It also demands that Sri Lanka allow the UN and NGO groups unrestricted access to the war zones and the former combatants and their non-combatant supporters and family members in order to provide this assistance.
The emphasis is on the supposed lack of “minority rights” which the resolution demands has to be addressed by a system which has the 13th Amendment at its core. And for what? So that these groups can have “respect” and “equality” – as if anyone in Sri Lanka lacks those rights due to their race or ethnicity. The whole document is aimed at perpetuating the myth of discrimination against minorities, and puts all the blame for the war squarely on the shoulders of the Sri Lankan government, which for all intents and purposes is Sinhalese and Buddhist.
Let us not forget that the 13th Amendment is based on the premise that there are distinct “national homelands” in Sri Lanka for various ethnic minorities — a proposition that is not based on any historical or archaeological evidence. In addition, it was an Amendment foisted upon us by the dictatorial Rajiv Gandhi, against the wishes of the Sri Lankan people. It places within Sri Lanka’s constitution a separatist and secessionist fault line that can be used at any time for any reason to divide our nation into three or more separate countries. It is with this implicit threat that the Sinhalese are then blackmailed to provide “minority rights,” which actually translates into colonial-era privileges for minorities — or else.
If we look closer yet, we can see typical Dayan Jayatilleka-style subversive messages within the document. While everyone understands and accepts that there are ethnic minorities in the country, how did this suddenly expand to encompass “national, religious and linguistic” groups?
Are there people of a different nation living in Sri Lanka? What nation do they belong to? Are there French people here? Or Jamaicans? I never knew we had French and Jamaican nations living in Sri Lanka all this time!
Clearly, the purpose of this is to give legitimacy to the false claim that Sri Lankan Tamils are a different nation, and are a different race to the Tamil Nadu Tamils – when in fact, culturally, linguistically, historically, and ethnically these two groups are one and the same. Even the same south Indian caste-based societal structure is present in Sri Lanka’s Tamil community. Sri Lanka’s Tamils are made up of the remnants of invaders from old South Indian armies, and from Tamil laborers who were brought into Sri Lanka by the British when the Sinhalese refused to work as slaves in our own country.
Let’s talk about religion too. Sri Lanka’s war was not religion-based in any way. The war was against Tamil terrorists, who were later defeated by the Sri Lankan state. If the evidence for this claim of a religious dimension is that Sinhalese Buddhists formed the majority of the military, well what are we to do when we are being attacked? Sit back and wait to be destroyed, like the Afghan Buddhists?
Similarly, what has “linguistics” got to do with anything? What “linguistic” group is facing unique problems in Sri Lanka as a result of their language?
Aren’t these last two issues actually alluding to the Christian minority in Sri Lanka, who happen to form the majority of the English speaking — well, broken English for sure — group of the country?
While the resolution speaks broadly about “discrimination” against “minorities” – the real minority in Sri Lanka is actually the Sinhalese who do not have any other country – it fails to demand equality, fairness and justice for all. It also fails to address the root cause of the war in Sri Lanka – the loss of apartheid-like privileges enjoyed by Tamil and Christian minorities after the people’s Liberation movement led by SWRD Bandaranaike in 1956.
Sri Lanka will achieve stability only when the minority extremists accept that Sri Lanka is the heir to the Sinhalese Civilization that was invaded and subjugated by the colonialists of the past. Things will only improve when these extremist minority leaders realize that the nation we are striving to build should be fair to all, with equality of opportunity for all. Equality of opportunity means that every citizen will be judged on merit – their individual abilities and skills – and rewarded in proportion to what they have to contribute to the nation.
In practice what this means is that Tamils are NOT allowed to run secret Tamil-only cramming tuition classes to boost their A-Level scores. Similarly, it also means that Tamils examiners are NOT allowed to give extra marks to Tamil students who put an “om” symbol on their otherwise anonymous exam papers in order to identify that those students were Tamils. Further, it means Tamil examiners CANNOT give full marks to essays about the frog’s lifecycle to Tamil students who have not written a single word in answer to that question. These are all the things that happened even after 1956 and ensured minority domination in the universities through cheating.
Equality of opportunity also means that Christians and other minority citizens do NOT get preferential access to the professions such as law, medicine, engineering, civil service, and academia, through the above mentioned cheating and through personal contacts through Churches.
To have a stable society, Sri Lanka’s minority extremists must stop stirring up their communities with promises of extra marks, extra jobs, and extra power over the Sinhalese in the one and only homeland of the Sinhalese people. They must accept the primacy of the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka, while being treated as equal citizens, and should be thankful that the Sinhalese have not enforced Malaysia style Bhumiputra laws to give constitutionally mandated advantages to the majority community that has suffered injustice and discrimination during the colonial period.
Instead of pushing for real stability, Jayatilleka’s Resolution put massive pressure on Sri Lanka and demanded the impossible – total normalcy and resettlement within 6 months. The Rajapaksa administration still rose to even that challenge and was very successful in de-militarization of the former conflict zones. They were too hasty in fact.
In return for this Herculean achievement, what plaudits did we receive? Nothing. There was no recognition of the amazing post-war feats of the Rajapaksa government. Instead, we got yet more lies, yet more crocodile-tear imbued “war crimes” allegations, yet more claims of “corruption” against the Rajapaksas, and yet more threats of future censure and sanctions.
Going back to the Jayatilleka’s resolution, we see that even here, the language used is a direct product of his Marxist ideology. Rather than talking about “Sri Lankans,” the entire document just divides us into various groups — ethnic groups and religious groups, and the newly invented linguistic groups and national groups. This is Socialism in action once again, creating, propagating and promoting group identity over citizenship and individual rights, and victimhood over personal responsibility. This is done to break down nations and societies and then cause internal strife and war, all so that the Socialists can then sweep in and create their new ideal socialist society out of the ashes, with the Marxists as the rulers.
We must also take into account what happened after Jayatilleka’s document. He cannot just wave that piece of paper in the air and act as if that was the end of history. In reality, the UNHRC subsequently denounced that resolution, saying that the Sri Lankan mission in Geneva misled the Council and covered up “war crimes” during the final stages of the war. Every Resolution on Sri Lanka that has come out since 2009 has attacked the country and demanded international investigation and punishment of our war heroes and war winning leaders – all for the “crime” of defeating the world’s most ruthless terrorist group.
The foreign powers who have long wanted Sri Lanka to remain undeveloped, poor, and torn by warfare regrouped after 2009, and continued their attack against Sri Lanka over the next few years. Their mission of destabilization and impoverishment continues to this day. The NGOs, salivating at the prospect of more jobs for them in this now peaceful paradise island, continue their campaign of lies and deceit to this day.
Dayan Jayatilleka can bluster all he wants about “smart” diplomacy bringing us a congratulatory piece of paper, but really his “victory” was nothing more than a one-time fluke. It put even more pressure on Sri Lanka, it had no lasting positive impact on the country, and it did nothing to stop the anti-national and anti-Buddhist campaign being waged against the country. Jayatilleka’s Resolution isn’t worth the paper it is printed on.