Rajapaksa Seen Complicit in Atrocities (1)

By Mathew Carr

May 14-15, 2022 — Elements of the leadership of Sri Lanka are accused of having blood on their hands.

The country is facing riots and is seeking international bail outs.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former military leader, is now president of Sri Lanka — his family has occupied senior leadership positions in the government for almost two decades.

See this report about what took place back in the 1980s, including violence against the Sinhalese majority in the Matale region, and this key snip:

see pdf below

Gotabaya is condemning current violence. The government has imposed powers to shoot protestors in a bid to quell protests.

Will he address the past to help the current situation?

Report by:

Established in 2013, the International Truth and Justice Project
is the main body that has
extensively investigated and
documented unlawful detentions,
torture and sexual violence
in Sri Lanka.

The research
group is led by South African
transitional justice expert,
Yasmin Sooka, and employs
international investigators
who have worked for tribunals,
the United Nations,
and the UK’s Preventing Sexual
Violence Initiative.

Journalists for Democracy
in Sri Lanka (JDS) was founded
in 2009 by journalists, writers
and human rights defenders
who were forced into exile.
The group was instrumental in
exposing some of the gravest
mass atrocities committed during
the final stages of Sri Lanka’s
war while constantly monitoring
and reporting on rights
situation in the island.
JDS functions as Sri Lankan
partner organization of
Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Now financiers are considering a bail that’s conditional on speeding a green transition.

CarrZee’s brief from April:

This Country is Facing Layers of Climate Hell, Stoking Unrest — Situation Seen Worsening (3)

–Sri Lanka is facing a special kind of multilayered climate hell
–On April 3 people took to the streetsprotests took place even after state of emergency imposed; tear gas and water cannon used

–Protests spread to LA, where the president’s son apparently owns a Tesla
–Is this a cautionary tale for other nations unprepared for a worsening climate crisis and unwilling to deal with climate injustice?
— Nation garners help from China, India — which may ease energy crisis in a few days’ time (see tanker-tracking snip in notes below)
-Wealthy part of country carries on as if economic crisis isn’t happening: person familiar


See CarrZee’s report on the V20 (the most vulnerable countries including Sri Lanka) from July last year — as they seek a speedier climate transition:

Climate Vulnerable Seek Lower Cost of Capital for $30 Billion of Private Money

By Mathew Carr

July 8, 2021 (LONDON): The world’s most vulnerable to climate change are seeking tools to lower the cost of capital on money used to help them adapt and fight climate change.

They want to use an “Accelerated Financing Mechanism (AFM)” to bring down the cost of capital by unlocking at least $30 billion of private sector investments through financial de-risking for resilient infrastructure and renewable energy, working through multilateral development banks and national banks, the Vulnerable 20 said after meeting in Bangladesh (see link below and text).

A Sustainable Insurance Facility could provide climate-smart insurance for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and part of the InsuResilience Global Partnership to provide financial protection for 500 million people in vulnerable developing countries by 2025.

…(link above)

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