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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

Bombs in colombo and kilinochchi and arrests, all are parts of the same political problem - Mano Ganesan MP

Colombo, 04 December, (Asiantribune.com): “Can you sight me any clause in the Emergency regulations or Prevention of Terrorists Act where there it is possible to arrest anybody without any evidence? , asked Mano Ganesan, asked Mano Gameshan, Leader of the Western People’s Front when speaking about the arrest and detention of hundreds of Tamil civilians in Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka.

He further asked, “Where such clauses prevail in the constitution of Sri Lanka? This is not acceptable under any law. This contravenes all international law. That is why we are making complains with the international community. When we go to international community you make noises. But you contravene accepted norms and violate human rights of my people and expect me to keep quit. No, it can’t happen that way. Nobody can stop us from talking to the international community. Civil Monitoring Commission will keep the international community informed on all these human rights violations. “

Given below the full text of the speech made yesterday by Mano Ganesan in the floor of Sri Lanka’s Parliament:

“Minister Hon. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle spoke about the recent bomb blasts in Colombo. At the very inception I wish to state categorically that my party Western Peoples Front very strongly condemn the bomb attack at Hon Minister Douglas Devananda’s office in Colombo and the bomb blast attack at a departmental store in Nugegoda, south of Colombo. This is my very strong position without a debate. I believe not only me but my other Tamil parliamentary colleagues here today are also stand by this position.

“But this does not end here.

“I also equally condemn all mine blast and attacks in Vanni and Kilinochchi. We express sympathy to all sufferers. But what are you (referring to the government benches) doing? You get up and talk only when there is a bomb attack in Colombo and south. You do not bother about the attacks and subsequent civilian deaths in Vanni. Recent attack in the south has occurred after a very long time. It had happened before frequently but now it is after a very long time where there are civilian casualties. But look, such attacks and deaths are daily occurrences in Kilinochchi and Vanni to which you do not bother.

“Hon. Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle is putting the Guerilla organisation in par with the government. LTTE is yet a Guerilla movement. It is not a government. But you are a government. I want you to realize this. I want you to behave as a government.

“I for sure wanted to talk about the political dimension of all these violent occurrences. These are of acts of political terrorism. You have no answer for political terrorism. You have only the war agenda. You have virtually closed all doors leading to the political solution. What have you done to the APRC (All Party Representative Committee)? You have suspended it. And before it, you destroyed the agreement reached between your own ruling party and the main opposition UNP. And what’s’ more, you rejected the ‘majority report’ put out by the very committee appointed by the president. The expert’s committee report was excellent to be the basis for the talks.

“I heard what Hon. Anurakumara Dissanayake spoke today for his party, the Janata Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). He condemned the indiscriminate arrests. It is good. But they can’t escape by stating this. They are the people on whom lot of blame pinned on.

They block the way by opposing the concept of political power sharing. Don’t you want to agree with the concept of political power sharing? Doesn’t Hon. Minister Chandrasekaran want power sharing? Doesn’t Hon. Minister Ferial Ashruf want power sharing? They are parts of the government. You cannot defeat any terrorism without moving politically. You are not moving politically and therefore punishing the innocent Tamil civilians. You are to be blamed. Please understand this.

“Why talk about LTTE leader Mr. Prabakaran? You have Hon. Minister Douglas Devananda with you. You have Mr. Anandasankari with you. Can you first listen to them? They are also for political solution through sharing political power. You are a set of people who cannot satisfy the very people with you. Then why talk about people in Kilinochchi and Vanni? Why talk about Mr. Prabakaran?

“I am hurt. I am sad. I talk for my people. When my people are arrested indiscriminately this way, insulted this way, abducted this way, it hurts us. It is the fact. We term this operation as ‘Operation Carpet Arrest’. Tamils were arrested when they did not pose national identity cards and police registration documents.

That was the scenario earlier. But now you are arresting even the people who pose all such documents. Sinhalese were identified and arrested in late eighties in this country. I just discussed this fact with Hon. Lalkantha (JVP parliamentarian). Now it is our turn.

But the Tamils are being taken in for being Tamil. A Tamil is arrested for being a Tamil. Ministerial defense spokesman Minister Kheliye Rambukwella confesses to the BBC world Radio Sinhala service yesterday (02nd December, 2007) night that those who were taken to Boosa detention camp are not confirmed terrorists. He says that they were taken on general basis for questioning. He accepts that Tamils with valid identity documents were taken to Boosa detention camp. Then what is this arrest operation? You arrest people first and look for reasons next. You arrest Tamils without any credible information and evidences. This is ridicules. I cannot accept this under any circumstances.

Can you sight me any clause in the Emergency regulations or Prevention of Terrorists Act where there it is possible to arrest anybody without any evidence? Where such clauses prevail in the constitution of Sri Lanka? This is not acceptable under any law. This contravenes all international law. That is why we are making complains with the international community. When we go to international community you make noises. But you contravene accepted norms and violate human rights of my people and expect me to keep quit. No, it can’t happen that way. Nobody can stop us from talking to the international community. Civil Monitoring Commission will keep the international community informed on all these human rights violations.”

- Asian Tribune -

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