THE UPCOMING ‘DEBATE’ ON THE OHCHR REPORT: SOME SUGGESTIONS AS TO STRATEGY
A Parliamentary ‘debate’ on the OHCHR report and the related resolution is scheduled for the 22nd and 23rd of October, if I’m not mistaken. All indications are that the Government will trounce the opposition by branding them ‘extremists.’ (By ‘opposition’ what I mean are those who see the OHCHR report as inimical to Sri Lanka’s interests, and want to resist the related recommendation for a ‘Domestic Mechanism.’)
The opposition, meanwhile, seems to lack a coherent and focused plan of action. Their strategy appears to consist mainly of various efforts at informing the public that the predicament Sri Lanka faces at present is really bad (i.e. similar to 1815 or worse) which is all true, but hardly useful if what one wants is a practical way to address the said predicament.