India leading ‘Right to Protect’ in South Asia, says JVP

February 28th, 2008 - 11:23 pm ICT by admin  

By P.K. Balachandran
Colombo, Feb 28 (IANS) A Sri Lankan ultra nationalist party has said that India is at the forefront of a big power campaign to intervene in small and weaker states in South Asia under the guise of protecting human rights and persecuted groups. “India is leading the R2P (Right to Protect) pack in South Asia in relation to Sri Lanka,” said Somawansa Amarasinghe, the top leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), at a meeting with foreign correspondents here late Wednesday.

R2P is a concept propagated by an influential Brussels-based international NGO. It is centred round the need for the international community to intervene to prevent gross human rights abuses.

But it is viewed with intense suspicion in Sri Lanka because it is seen as a smokescreen to impose regional or global hegemony on the island country. Sri Lanka feels extremely vulnerable vis-

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