by Jude Fernando
“Dangerous pride, hatred, and selfishness are enthroned in our lives; truth lies prostrate on the rugged hills of nameless cavalries; and men do reverence before false gods of nationalism and materialism. The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.” Martin Luther King Jr.
The enthusiastic celebration of the Sri Lankan government’s determination to withstand international pressures to investigate the human rights abuses during the last phase of war is misplaced, and its refusal to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) is sadly self-destructive. The controversy over the UNHRC exposed the failure and limitations of both the government and the global human rights community to effectively address human rights issues and to bring those responsible for human rights abuses to justice. [click here to read in full ~ on dbsjeyaraj.com: UNHCR Resolution: Justice and Responsibility Confront Sovereignty, Development and Diplomacy]