UNHRC voted for hope and good faith yesterday, not punishment. Much work to do!
Ye Gods. If you didn’t, the server went down yesterday. Was patching files all day. What I missed was, among other things, the UNHRC (Human Rights Council) Resolution that Sri Lanka proposed and passed. This is interesting not only for what it says (congratulating and supporting Sri Lanka in the work ahead) but for the way the vote broke. It’s basically Global South vs the North. There are seismic shifts in the world, and Sri Lanka seems to be a fault line.
I agree with the resolution in that it’s proactive. Here’s the basic text and the vote breakdown. My cousin in UK sends me press clippings and they’re infuriating. He’s quietly contributing to relief, but I can’t imagine what nonsense he must see everyday.
They frame it still from a diaspora perspective where the Sri Lanka government are the bad guys and the international community somehow protagonists. Like this from the Times Online: ‘Sri Lanka is to clash with Western powers at the United Nations Human Rights Council today in an effort to ward off any investigation into alleged war crimes committed during its military offensive against the Tamil Tigers.’
The disdain here is fairly palpable. Meanwhile over 1.7 million people are displaced by US backed fighting in Pakistan and the only calls are for aid to… the Pakistani government. Which hasn’t even won yet. Whereas Sri Lanka has won against a terrorist group with more suicide bombings than Hamas, Al Qaeda, and Islamic Jihad combined. We are in a position to resettle and they’re still fighting the diaspora’s 1983 vengence war.
If you guys can come here, occupy the country, pacify everything, build infrastructure, resettle people and rebuild the country, please do. If the UK can offer a little more than the $2 million it did last year, if you can pay us a bit more than a footballer, then I welcome the lecture. Otherwise, please deal with the government we have and try to support the sovereign nation of Sri Lanka. If you’ve got western educated fairly ‘liberal’ kalu sudda bloggers and, like, Voice In Colombo united about something you may want to reconsider your angle. That is, if you care about actually helping the people of Sri Lanka.
If you are Sri Lankan, it’s honestly not that relevant. The Rotary Club Colombo Regency is buying about 100 toilets to install at Menik Farm by next week. They’re 17,500 each and I think they’ve got about 96 so far. Also, ACT now has pretty full access to the camps. I’ll write a full post about that, but one particular item medically needed is these external fixature things to bind and support wounded limbs. They’re about 5,000 and we’re running low on funds.
For those pledging literally hundreds of millions to AfPak to ignore these needs and punish Sri Lanka is war criminal neglect, in my opinion.