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By Jamila Najmuddin

International Non Governmental Organisations (INGOs) found to be conspiring against the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse will be banned once investigations are complete, Minister of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services, Rishard Bathiudeen said.

Speaking to Daily Mirror Online Minister Bathiudeen said that the government had launched an investigation and those found guilty will be deported. “Inquiries are going on and we will receive the results very soon. We have identified some INGO’s and if they are found guilty they will be sent back home,” the Minister said.

Foreign Minister Rohita Bogollagama had in his weekly meeting with the diplomats last week said that the government was looking into the suspicious funding of certain elements in society by NGO’s and INGO’s operating in Sri Lanka.

Minister Bogollagama had said that this issue raised ‘concern’ amongst the government and all possible measures will be taken to trace such transactions and identify the people and organizations involved.

Former government spokesperson Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena had also told the media earlier this month that certain countries and NGOs were attempting to put Sri Lanka in a spot by leveling human rights violation charges and had even demanded to halt the humanitarian operation to save the LTTE leadership during the time of the conflict.
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  • Monday, 22 February 2010 11:17 AM

    Excellent news. We must remember the Norweigian NGOs "loosing" their heavy earth moving equipment. Later found with LTTE used to cut bunkers. Christian NGOs are the worst. Send them all packing.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 08:13 PM

    The fear of paranoid people ...

    Monday, 22 February 2010 11:17 AM

    Do not forget what happened to Haiti, it is the West and NGo's who came to help. Just remember Tsunami and the fund received which went to somebody else account.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 10:15 PM

    Very good 'eye-opener' for rest of the civilized world regarding this 'banana republic' ...

    Monday, 22 February 2010 12:01 PM

    Here we go again !! There would have been enough reasons to pack them off all this time if needed but it had to be for acting against the president ? Is he that scared of losing ?!

    Monday, 22 February 2010 12:04 PM

    Oh, don't take them seriously. This is just to please 'betel chewers' during election time. These petty politicians can't exist without NGO's.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 12:16 PM

    Those who benefitted from the NGOs & INGOs money seems to be angry....

    Monday, 22 February 2010 12:28 PM

    Of course we have to send them back and let the people like Valentine and Minority change their attitudes. We can develop our Mother Land without these NGOs.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 12:45 PM

    It is a wise decision the Government has ever taken against NGOs which played an unfavourable role in the government during The war with the LTTE.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 01:20 PM

    They just need an enemy to distract people from their inability to govern

    Monday, 22 February 2010 02:21 PM

    BECAUSE GSP+ IS DENIED IT APPEARS SRI LANKA IS TAKING REVENGE ON " NGO 'S ", WHAT A COUNTRY WITH WONDERFUL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 02:34 PM

    Signs of a paranoid government!!!

    Monday, 22 February 2010 02:50 PM

    We won't need these NGOs.
    When people are self sufficient and free to think without fear.
    If the Govt. itself serves the needs of people sincerely and honestly

    Monday, 22 February 2010 08:32 AM

    Why only those who acted against the gosl during an elections? what about those openly supported LTTE when we were dying in masses? they are still here aren't they?

    Monday, 22 February 2010 08:44 AM

    Conspiring against the Govt and MR? I don t know any NGOs estabilished for the said above purpose. Opposition parties also may be banned in future.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 08:50 AM

    War is over long time ago. What is the point of keep talking about the war by these so called Ministers. Don't they have anything to talk other than the war. The public is fed up with listening to these crap and they are not fools any more.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 09:08 AM

    Good. Take immediate action

    Monday, 22 February 2010 09:44 AM

    Great! Reminds story about a begger who had no food to survive demanding for biriyani with soft drinks.
    Deal with the problem in hand. Bring whomever found guilty with hard evidence to justice. Banning is an act of coward.
    Ban the SL politicians who vapour public money not those who bring money to public.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 09:49 AM

    Yes, why do you need any of them. Why don't you send all the NGO's, INGO's, The UN Agencies and All the donor agencies out. You have China, Burma, Iran, and Libya to fund all your development projects. Even the suits worn by the government ministers are money from NGO's, so you would beed to undress also when you send them home. TRAGEDY of our times.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 10:13 AM

    A real priority right now isn't it. Eliminate all those who oppose. After all...yours is the golden path and those who question it must leave. At this rate there will be an exodus of the intelligence that remains on the island. Not just NGOs...it seems that there is an assault on all intellectual thought.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 10:14 AM

    Yes, those who fund opposition campaigns should be banned.
    You may keep all those who fund ruling elite.

    T Ruth

    Monday, 22 February 2010 10:19 AM

    Why not ban all the government ministers who have benefitted from the NGO's. Then you have to take to task all 132 of them as they all live of the international agencies. As Mr Minority says, all the ministers would be naked, once the NGO's start exposing their corruption including support to wife and children to travel overseas. Why are we pushing ourselves in to a black hole like the Burmese. Probably that is what we learnt from the Burmese leaders visit here

    Monday, 22 February 2010 10:19 AM

    Well said Mr. Minister!!! Will you investigate first and then ban them, or ban them first and then investigate?

    Monday, 22 February 2010 10:22 AM

    we declare ourselves in the international arena as sovereign and clean but try to accuse the others. Has the GoSL accounted the whole donations and aid collected after the Tsunami?

    Monday, 22 February 2010 10:26 AM

    No problem, send them back. We have Rajapakse's.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 05:57 PM

    The people of this country can see through all of this!

    Monday, 22 February 2010 10:33 AM

    Mr Valentines and Mr Minorities are the beggars who depend on these INGO monies for their survival and patronising attitudes to the real Sri Lankan people. The so called trickle down effect of these meg-bucks from the INGO gravy trains hardly have any effect on the well being of our people. So don't you Mr Valentines and Mr Minorities of the NGO bandwagon weep about us Sri Lankans. We are proud people who can stand on our own feet and stand tall on rice and curry. It's the local NGOwallahs who are the "beggers who have no food to survive demanding for biriyani with soft drinks" through the international conspirators and their gravy trains. Tough luck to you, Mr/Ms Crocodile Tears of Sri Lanka!

    Monday, 22 February 2010 10:45 AM

    As the Minister of Disaster Relief, he should know the contributions made by the NGOs. Of course, whoever spends money has a right to question things like human rights etc. which is not a bad thing to do. Why cant the government once and for all, kick out all these NGOs, including the IMF and World Bank and isolate itself just like Mongolia. Then all these troubles will be over. Then all our people too can watch and read only government news, eat whatever is given, and live like frogs in a well. What a "Suba Anagathayak". Normally, uncivilised cavemen fear to mix with outsiders.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 10:46 AM

    Banning the NGOs - Govt's responsibility.
    Banning the politicans - peoples' responsibility!

    Monday, 22 February 2010 10:49 AM

    Valentine only you know what you want to express if a NGO is found manupalating to interfere with democraticaly elected system they should be first given a right royal holiday in a Sri Lankan Jail and hounded out with a hefty fine as well Posted by Rohan Seneviratne

    Monday, 22 February 2010 10:49 AM

    Well done. Now ask for GSP+ again!

    Monday, 22 February 2010 10:50 AM

    Rishard Bathiudeen must remember that in the case of General Sarath Fonseka, the system was to arrest him and then find for clues. But in the case of INGO's its the other way around deport them after investigations. Why double standards.

    Monday, 22 February 2010 06:51 PM

    It's time that the government took a closer look at the doings of the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka. They are having tamashas while helping to reduce the Sinhala race.


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