State violence in SL continues: CM Wigneswaran

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Chief Minister of Northern Province C V Wigneswaran today claimed "state violence" in Sri Lanka continued and the judiciary too played a role in foisting a second-class citizenship on Tamils.

 


On his first foreign visit after taking over as Chief Minister of the Tamil-populated Northern Province, he also stressed that India had legal and moral obligations to ensure the welfare of Sri Lankan citizens.


"State violence in Sri Lanka continues. Tamils, though the worst affected by far, are not the only ones... Other minorities such as Muslims and Christians have been targeted with a view to project a government that is representative only of Sinhala Buddhists and to portray new enemies and targets," he said.


Delivering a lecture organised by People's Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL) in Chennai, he contended that the Lankan executive was emboldened by the series of decisions made by the Supreme Court in supporting bills and constitutional amendments and holding with the executive in the fundamental rights' case.


"The Sri Lankan judiciary has fostered a culture of impunity in many ways; sometimes very insidiously... It has failed in preventing a culture of impunity and has contributed directly to the executive's authoritarian rise," said the former judge of Lankan Supreme Court.


Thanking the Indian Government for insisting on elections in the Northern Province, he said, "India has legal and moral obligations to ensure the welfare of Sri Lankan citizens.


"It should do so by holding the Lankan government to its promises and to its obligations under international law. It should lend support to international processes that were in furtherance of justice and truth.


"It should do so by ensuring that the right of self determination of the Tamil speaking peoples of Lanka is realised within a united Sri Lanka," he said.


Recalling his earlier contentions that militarisation of North in Lanka took place to "maintain a stranglehold" over Tamils, he said despite cases pending before the apex court, "Army continues to destroy whatever is left of the buildings, homes, holy places or hallowed school premises inside the High Security Zone."


The first to be elected Chief Minister of the province after the fall of LTTE in the 2009 war, Wigneswaran said he did not even have the right to visit a place in his areas, which army had reportedly vandalised.


One invariably got termed a terrorist, Naxalite, Communist and imperialist by the state for pointing out "injustices" meted out by it, he said, adding, "Even I may be called a terrorist, once I get back to Sri Lanka."


He alleged that Lankan government was arresting and intimidating those collecting evidence for the international investigation into its actions as it's "primary aim was to let no evidence leave the shores. (PTI)

 

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  • K.J.Mohan Monday, 10 November 2014 01:59 PM

    Any body has the right to speak correct facts. There is nothing wrong

    Gamarala Monday, 10 November 2014 02:42 AM

    Speeches such as this made in foreign countries do not help at all for an reconciliation. The very fact this man was freely elected

    K.J.Mohan Monday, 10 November 2014 02:01 PM

    Exactly correct, in Srilanka people cant understand the correct facts

    C.K.Lankaputhra Sunday, 09 November 2014 05:34 PM

    You are correct Sir, But be patient. Gods mill is slow but sure..

    Real Peace Sunday, 09 November 2014 05:45 PM

    Sir, you are a true Sri Lankan with a backbone. You cannot be corrupted, intimidated or bought with a ministerial post. I wish you were the President of Sri Lanka.

    Fernando Sunday, 09 November 2014 06:15 PM

    TRY TO WIN THE HEARTS OF AVERAGE SINHALA PEOPLE.YOU MUST NOT EXAGERATE THINGS.

    Jeggy Tuesday, 11 November 2014 08:57 AM

    He is a politician now in the opposite side. So he has all the right to criticize the govt. After all everyone know well about the present government

    truth Sunday, 09 November 2014 07:00 PM

    well said. But India seems to be afraid of Sri Lankan thieves!!

    Be Fair Sunday, 09 November 2014 09:17 PM

    Well, how true, so did the violence of the LTTE, for 30 YEARS

    Punchirala Sunday, 09 November 2014 09:43 PM

    I do not think that he is talking anything against the Sinhala people. Read carefully. He is talking only against the present regime.

    Francis Sunday, 09 November 2014 10:36 PM

    You are a civil servant. What right do you have to speak against the govt overseas?

    Pieris Sunday, 09 November 2014 10:39 PM

    No mate. In Kashmir also people are asking for self-determination.


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