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Gerrit Kurtz
King's College London & , focus on diplomacy and conflict prevention, UN, Sri Lanka, India, South Sudan. RT not endorsement Views my own. DE/ENG
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Philip Friedrich 10h
Sirisena responds to last week's anti-Muslim violence by pardoning the catalyst of 's 2014 and 2018 anti-Muslim violence. Unreal.
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Gerrit Kurtz 4h
Any bets on whether the will achieve a double digit result tomorrow? I wouldn't take any.
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Gerrit Kurtz 4h
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7/ For none of those incidents, Gnanasara faced judicial consequences. Only when he stormed a court proceeding and threatened Sandya Eknaligoda, whose husband was disappeared in 2010, was he finally sentenced to jail for contempt of court in May 2018.
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6/ In March 2018, Gnanasara was present shortly before another major incident of mob violence against Muslims and their property started in and around Digana in Kandy district.
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5/ Two years later, he threatened "another Aluthgama", sparking protests by the Muslim community.
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4/ In June 2014, Thero, as secretary general of Bodu Bala Sena, an extremist Sinhalese Buddhist organisation, made inflammatory remarks in that sparked major riots against a Muslim town.
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Gerrit Kurtz 5h
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Exactly: the pardon erodes even the claim of the president to enjoy any trust among minorities. In a climate where some have already been radicalised to use massive violence, it is an extremely dangerous move.
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3/ After losing all hope of being supported as presidential candidate by the SLPP, the pardon seems designed as a move to curry the nationalist vote and show Sirisena's credentials. It is a battle he lost long ago.
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2/ This has been a long time coming. There have been rumours that Sirisena pardon Gnanasara for several months. On 18 May, the 10th anniversary of the end of the civil war, Sirisena visited the monk in prison.
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Gerrit Kurtz 5h
Who is going to believe President ever again when he talks about the need for reconciliation and inter-communal harmony? Pardoning Gnanasara signals minorities that they cannot trust the state for their protection.
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Gerrit Kurtz 17h
It seems the fear of a „Rajapaksa return“ that drove government politics could become a self-fulfilling prophecy. via ⁦
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Gerrit Kurtz May 21
Replying to @Herschel_R @rezomusik
The German government‘s record on climate action is appalling. But I don’t like Rezo‘s style - suggesting politicians are either incompetent or corrupt underestimates their sincere beliefs, and ultimately lowers the bar of public discourse. Better debate policies, not people
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Gerrit Kurtz May 21
For the multilateral peace and security system to work, member states need to have the back of UN officials. Very good to see German doing just that.
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Gerrit Kurtz May 21
I am all in favour of shaming politicians into action on , but to assume that it is basically just down to the incompetence, ignorance, and lack of integrity of a few policymakers to jumpstart a systemic transformation underestimates the challenge.
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Gerrit Kurtz May 20
It’s no coincidence that the right-wing populist anti-Europeans are practising the same authoritarian, centralised control within their party that they dream of at the national level, too.
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Gerrit Kurtz May 19
One can certainly criticise member states for not following up on Sri Lanka govt commitments sufficiently after 2015 resolution, but without HRC, there would not have been a forum to rally international attention on this issue in the first place.
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Gerrit Kurtz May 19
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UNCT stopped counting casualtie in the final days, when it became to difficult to maintain its rigorous verification process. Here‘s a snippet from the UN internal review report.
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Gerrit Kurtz May 19
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UN Country Team, it is true, repeatedly failed to identify the government as main source of IHL violations, including civilian casualties. It didn’t have a robust human rights mandate though. ERC Holmes did publicly warn about a „bloodbath“ in Sri Lanka.
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Gerrit Kurtz May 19
It’s important to reflect on failures by the UN during the end of the war and since then, but unfortunately this piece conflates the UN bureaucracy with member states. Arguably, UN reports, the SG‘s tenacity, and the HRC resolutions reinforced calls for justice by NGOs & Tamils.
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