“UN inquiry holds few terrors for a Sri Lanka used to impunity” by Kasun Ubayasiri

Yet as long as the threat of intervention hangs over Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa can tug at his countrymen’s nationalist heart strings, rally ultra-nationalists and galvanise support for a government seemingly under attack from foreign interests. His government can deploy an “us-and-them” framework and brand broader anti-government views as anti-nationalist.

This, coupled with the glacial pace of international justice and an almost pathological ability by mainstream Sri Lanka to overlook violent abuses of power, means Rajapaksa’s political opponents will gain little traction for a campaign based on alleged war crimes.

Rajapaksa, like so many before him, enjoys an impunity no international bellowing is likely to overcome.

Via http://theconversation.com/un-inquiry-holds-few-terrors-for-a-sri-lanka-used-to-impunity-25378

source: theconversation.com


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