Registration of tamils to be stopped

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has withdrawn its petition to the Supreme Court on the registration of civilians in the North after an undertaking given by the Jaffna Security Forces Commander Mahinda Hathurusinghe that such registrations would be stopped.

Senior attorney and TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said the party decided not to proceed with the motion filed earlier against what it saw as a subtle form of racial profiling. “We were given the assurance that the registrations will be stopped when we met Major General Hathurusinghe last Saturday,” Mr. Sumanthiran said.

Mr. Sumanthiran and four other Jaffna District MPs Mavai Senadhiraja, Suresh Premachandran, Sumanthiran and Sri Dharan of the Civil Affairs and Public Relations Office in Jaffna filed a motion asking the Supreme Court to reconvene their withdrawn petition and conduct a hearing.

On a fundamental rights petition by the TNA, the Supreme Court last March had ordered to immediately stop registration of the civilians. Subsequently the MPs had withdrawn their petition, in which they had complained that the military was carrying out involuntary registrations in the northern districts of Jaffna and Kilinochchi.

The Attorney General had given the undertaking before the Supreme Court bench comprising Justices N.G. Amaratunga, P.A. Ratnayake and Chandra Ekanayake on March 3. In this petition they had cited Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Jaffna Security Forces Commander Mahinda Hathurusinghe, military spokesman Udaya Madawala, Jaffna District Government Agent Imelda Sukumar and the Attorney General as respondents.

In their petition the TNA MPs had sought the immediate termination of the forced registration and the practice of photographing residents. They had complained that the residents of Kilinochchi district were forced to sign forms printed and written in Sinhala.

The MPs claimed this form of registration was causing fear and panic among the people of Jaffna and Kilinochchi, criminalizing the entire people of the region and that it was discriminatory whereas this was not happening in the Southern region and in other parts of the country. They said these measures are counterproductive to the goal of achieving reconciliation in the country.

(By Susitha R.Fernando)

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  • Fayad Tuesday, 21 June 2011 03:38 AM

    In an area after three decade of war
    What is wrong in getting people registered ???

    ravi Tuesday, 21 June 2011 03:45 AM

    we have to voice this to international .

    Xman Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:02 AM

    That is Muslims right.
    It is one country one nation.
    Please grow up and jump out of the box or from the deep well.

    Ezhilini Tuesday, 21 June 2011 04:57 AM

    Well, It will be started one month later. I would like to register myself with Army, I don t want to be in a Future missing persons list. One country One Nation!!!

    TMA Tuesday, 21 June 2011 05:07 AM

    Ooh! just like the good old Nazi days

    Patriot Tuesday, 21 June 2011 05:10 AM

    Anyway, why register our own nationals with the Army when they are registered with the Registrar of Persons??? Sounds sinister???

    Raam Tuesday, 21 June 2011 08:51 PM

    Fayad muslim - muslims should not interfere in tamils problems . mind your own buissness if you have all freedom in the country. if you like you take your own family and register in the nearest army camp daily.

    jayanthan Tuesday, 21 June 2011 09:03 PM

    Fayad . go and tell your reason to the muslim people in afghanistan and Iraq or in pakistan.

    Xman Tuesday, 21 June 2011 10:42 AM

    Registration I guess for the security reason, then whats wrong. If you are genuine, why worry for your brother or fathers arrogance.
    Take guns that is OK, but give responsible and fair fight.
    You mutt and ignorant, that is why you loose, looser...

    Xman Tuesday, 21 June 2011 10:44 AM

    No the Tamils, some mad dogs in it.

    Niv Tuesday, 21 June 2011 05:43 AM

    but how many times within the 3 decades? Are you such an idiot?

    Niv Tuesday, 21 June 2011 05:45 AM

    just go and register, without making any words against them. Do what they say..

    cracko Tuesday, 21 June 2011 05:51 AM

    Fayad, Nothing is wrong in Sri Lanka when the affected party are Tamils. You are probably not a Tamil.

    simple mind Tuesday, 21 June 2011 05:52 AM

    Coz they are already registered with the Registra of Persons.

    Suresh - Thamilan Tuesday, 21 June 2011 07:22 AM

    TNA is mad they should have gone ahead

    keth Tuesday, 21 June 2011 07:21 AM

    you idiot go and get registered first.

    Mayu Tuesday, 21 June 2011 07:29 AM

    This clearly shows the level of trust the SL Government have on its people especially on Tamils!

    Fayad Tuesday, 21 June 2011 09:16 AM

    Do you think only Tamil are having problems ? no every community is having their share of problems but Tamil issues are getting prominence because of the propaganda done by diaspora.

    N K Ratnam Tuesday, 21 June 2011 02:01 PM

    Why should I register with the army. This is a free country for every law abiding citizen. I will not register

    jay Tuesday, 21 June 2011 02:26 PM

    For everybody commenting here this says registration is going to be STOPPED.

    jacoob Tuesday, 21 June 2011 03:14 AM

    When is the registarion of sinhalese going to start??


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