Withdraw bill on enforced disappearances: JO

18 September 2017 10:42 pm - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Joint Opposition Leader MP Dinesh Gunawardena today said the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances (ICPAPED) Bill should be withdrawn from Parliament order paper following the assurance given by the President.

Addressing a news conference, he said a group of JO MPs met President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday and the President assured that the Bill would not be taken up on Thursday.

“The Bill had still not been withdrawn from Parliament order paper. We will ask the Speaker to remove it. If the Bill was passed, we may have to handover all soldiers including General (retired) Jagath Jayasuriya, former president and defence minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to other countries,” he said.

Meanwhile, MP Dullas Alahapperuma said the Prime Minister’s assurance that the ICPAPED Bill would not have retrospective effect was not acceptable.

“We informed the President of this danger. Our MPs briefed the President that government’s allies such as the US, UK, Norway, Australia or Canada had not ratified this convention. Some of them have signed it but had not ratified. We told him how unethical it is to make laws retrospective through this convention,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)


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  Comments - 13

  • vithura Monday, 18 September 2017 11:32 PM

    Do these frogs in the well realise that there are no enforced disappearances in countries they have named as those who have not ratified this convention. There have been none even during the height of troubles in Northern Ireland.

    Ranjan Fernando Tuesday, 19 September 2017 03:45 AM

    Do these fools live in the same planet as us? Don't they realise enforced disappearances is something we public who voted these guys, will need protection from?

    Snowy Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:06 AM

    A disgrace to his father, mother and his Alma Mater!

    yaka mahathaya Tuesday, 19 September 2017 03:27 PM

    alma-mater! ah.. diske ammata diska diskade

    surasena Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:11 AM

    The way that a few navy brutes disappeared teenage for money-extortion, I wonder Dinesh is talking via a different mouth.

    malij Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:12 AM

    Digging into the past is definitely going to hurt all the parties who were involved in the conflict and it would not be a step towards any reconciliation. It would only create more wounds and animosity and we would get bogged down in another hopeless mire which would take another 30 years for us to come out. Hence, let bygones be bygones and take a step towards starting afresh. But a bill on enforced disappearances for the future is a must and has to be introduced and ratified without any delay.

    kumar Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:14 AM

    we may have to handover all soldiers including General (retired) Jagath Jayasuriya, former president and defence minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to other countries for what, please tell the truth to ....

    lankaman Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:25 AM

    How about we suspend the bill for one week, during which this idiots close family will be made to disappear. Then this fool will realize how important this bill is to protect people from vanishing off the face of the earth

    Wera Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:30 PM

    He opposes all bills even ones he agrees to in private. Why does anyone give this humbug a platform.

    vt Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:50 PM

    The point is these idiots don't have the thing called the pulse.So how can they feel pulse of those of lost their dear ones.

    Rasheed Tuesday, 19 September 2017 02:44 PM

    That means all these like MR, Defence Secretary,Retired General have done wrong, that is why JO is worried.

    singhe Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:18 PM

    That enough for talk ,if you have any plan for develop country , pl present ,

    Baron Baaron Wednesday, 20 September 2017 05:19 AM

    Yes, "Withdraw the Bill, or else, We will burn the parliament. Nothing else matters to us, because we don't know what else we can do"

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