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The presence of Rohingya Muslims who had fled Myanmar was questioned in Parliament today.

Opposition MP Jayantha Samaraweera who raised a question on the issue said a camp comprising of Rohingya Muslims who had come down from Myanmar has been set up near Mirihana. “We would like to know what actions the government would take in regard to Extradition Laws,” the MP questioned. Mr Samarawerra said this has been reported in social media. “Social media has reported on this and it is indeed a reality,” he said.

Minister of Justice Thalatha Athukorala who responded said she was not in a position to give any details on it now.

MP Wimal Weerawansa who responded to the Minister said the matter had become a serious issue as some of these people who were in the camp had got out of it and living in private residences. “Some of the children of these people have been admitted to schools,” he said.

Minister Athokorala said MP Weerawansa could raise a question on the matter from the Ministry of Defence.

SLMC MP M. H. M. Salman who spoke later in the House said Sri Lanka should look at the Rohingya people in a compassionate manner. “It is true that Sri Lanka has not signed the UN Charter on refugees but it should look at an issue in a compassionate manner especially as Myanmar where the Rohingya people come from has been a friendly nation. “Both countries have worked together in promoting Buddhism and it is essential that this issue is looked at in a more positive manner,” he said. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Waruna Wednesday, 27 September 2017 12:02 AM

    Hey Mr Salman where were you when ISIS killed innocent people and raped innocent girls and women?? This shows your compassion!!! Practice before you preach.

    Arnold Wednesday, 27 September 2017 02:14 PM

    Mr. Salman did talk about it, where were you when he was talking, WARUNA??

    Shawn Wednesday, 27 September 2017 03:34 PM

    Mr. Salman did talk about it. Waruna, stop lying just to incite hate

    waruna Wednesday, 27 September 2017 06:16 PM

    If he expressed his views about Isis in sa Mb e parliament house ok then we would have heard. Otherwise who will hear the comments of a parliamentarian who does not stand tall?

    waruna Wednesday, 27 September 2017 06:22 PM

    We do not want to lie and create trouble. The whole world knows who are the trouble makers all over the world. If he could raise his voice against this injustice in parliament house he must have made his comments against the brutality of Islamists in the parliament house or on a stage so the whole world could hear him.

    smartgent Wednesday, 27 September 2017 12:26 AM

    These people number very small, and no children have been admitted to any school. We Sri lankans swho are known to be very friendly and hence we have to understand their plight and show compassionate to these people and allow them to remain in the country until matters are resolved in Myanmar. The govt should take measures to prevent the situation to go out of control and take stern action against the trouble creators. There are other serious issues in the country and every citizen pay attention to resolve these issues.

    nimal Wednesday, 27 September 2017 04:58 PM

    what do you know?

    Sudunoona Wednesday, 27 September 2017 12:37 AM

    Sri Lanka has not signed the UN Charter on refugees, but many Sri Lankans are all over the world as refugees. Yet making a big fuss over this.

    nimal Wednesday, 27 September 2017 05:01 PM

    that is mostly Tamils (LTTE) who created problems in SL so that they have grounds for Asylem claim. Are you going to fund SL?

    TMA Wednesday, 27 September 2017 04:02 AM

    Of course, Wimal Weerawansa doesn't like children going to school, cos he has never been to one

    sam Wednesday, 27 September 2017 05:48 AM

    NO way deport them at once

    Mahinda Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:30 AM

    Let us not forget the number of Sri lankan refugees who flooded the world during

    Ratnam Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:40 AM

    seems to be not came on their own,look like invited, they should deported immediately,in east we carefully watching what's going on,some are trying to change the natural demographic structure in loosely populated manner district by grabbing government lands and colonizing an ethnic group there,government keeps eyes shut for own political gain ,in those areas in question, needs more military camps to avoid this kind of situations because that will affect peace of whole country.there is the possibility of domicile them there secretly.

    r86 Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:52 AM

    SL is not in the position to retain or providing accomadation for any kind of refugees. it will create more issues in future when other countrys people come to SL asking protection. .these should be deported propper manner soon.. via DM Android App

    johan Wednesday, 27 September 2017 09:14 AM

    Provide them the timely assistance . we can see mothers with their small kids.Do not Listen the racist JO and the false disciples of Buddha with the robe.35 refugees are nothing for Sri Lanka when there millions of financial refugees are outside Sri Lanka

    Ranatunga Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:18 AM

    Advisable to lodge them in a camp. If you allow them to settle down with the locals, there will be millions flooding this country.

    Nani Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:20 AM

    Send them back to Bangladesh

    Rasheed Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:36 AM

    These refugees were vliving here without any issue, all these came up because of some Muslim Organisation and some individual used this opportunity to collect money which is not necessary at all as UNHCR is funding them.

    ceylon Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:26 AM

    millions lankans was in same situationtime to time.natural disestets and civil wars.get ready fir another tragedy in years time.then have to flee to rohingya. via DM Android App

    Countryman Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:40 AM

    How did they come in, did they follow Immigration Rules and practices for them to live in private residences. President and the Government must declare how to handle this and prevent further infiltration.

    Ameer Wednesday, 27 September 2017 02:20 PM

    Sri Lankan forces rescued them from sri Lankan waters brought to jaffna, police brought them to Colombo, Minihana magistrate handed them to UNHCR,Everything goes on according to local and international laws conventions and treaties.Hope the government handles this issue with utmost responsibility.

    Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:55 AM

    After independence, Sri Lanka has only taken and begged from other countries. It is now time to repay the humanitarian debt.

    sach Wednesday, 27 September 2017 09:09 PM

    We had paid , infact robbed by the white man before that. You can ask that from the whites

    Mario Wednesday, 27 September 2017 02:13 PM

    its better if UNHCR find another country for these refugees as we Sri Lankans have no future in this country

    REEZ Wednesday, 27 September 2017 02:14 PM

    Siyalu Sathwayo Nidukwewa. The forgotten words of those who were present near the UNHCR house.

    Arnold Wednesday, 27 September 2017 02:15 PM

    Other countries should return the million strong Sri Lankan refugees who are living in style in other countries.

    Ian Wednesday, 27 September 2017 02:17 PM

    They did not 'come' here. They were minding their own business and sailing to Australia when caught and brought ashore by SNL in a bid to collect a huge prize money from Australia.

    lokka Wednesday, 27 September 2017 02:40 PM

    why these peoples can't go to nearby pakistan

    AUSLANKA Wednesday, 27 September 2017 03:19 PM

    Those who oppose to people in distress I have this to say. "When your own house burnt down you seek assistance from your neighbor first. That practice is universal".

    warelephant Wednesday, 27 September 2017 05:47 PM

    Sri lankans as a nation are proud, despite the fact that they keep begging and squandering assistance for ages. Let these poor fellows stay, refugees and migrants are more hardworking than locals in any county.

    Park Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:09 PM

    There are two topics that has to be considered here. One the Rohigiyas who were picked up on humanitarian grounds from the sea and given temporary accommodation. This is a HUMANITARIAN ACTIVITY WHICH IS STRONGLY IN LINE WITH BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY. The second issue is the thug like behavior of Buddhist Monks who are attached to a JO supported organization Ravana Balaya. The action of the Buddhist Monks are brutal and is against the teachings of Lord Buddha. Buddha said "If you truly loved yourself you cannot hurt another".

    sach Wednesday, 27 September 2017 09:10 PM

    This is so sad.


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