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Sri Lankans have right to commemorate war dead: Vijitha

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By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera

Claiming that relatives and comrades have a right to commemorate the war dead, NPP MP Vijitha Herath said today that the government must take steps to protect their rights.

Speaking during the adjournment debate on the Palestine war, he said relatives and comrades of those who were killed in civil wars in Sri Lanka have a right to commemorate the war dead and condemned the arrest of three females and a male in Sampur for holding a commemoration event in remembrance of the Mullivaikkal war dead.

The MP said United Nations declared a day for commemoration of the dead in the Nakba incident and similarly Sri Lankans also have a right to commemorate those dead in civil wars.

He said right to commemorate war dead is a right accepted internationally and added that the right should be ensured in Sri Lanka as well.

  Comments - 21

  • Dr Saman Tuesday, 14 May 2024 10:40 PM

    A very decent thing to say. That's how civilised societies behave.

    Vadivel Wednesday, 15 May 2024 01:03 AM

    This is a fundamental rights and no one cannot suppress- The justice is a joke

    Ram Wednesday, 15 May 2024 03:28 AM

    The statement includes the JVP

    Raman L Wednesday, 15 May 2024 04:24 AM

    Yes , you are vote hunting, but Tamils do not forget your racist past.

    Yohan Wednesday, 15 May 2024 05:01 AM

    Perhaps like the JVP insurgents.

    Deepal Wednesday, 15 May 2024 05:06 AM

    Relatives and "comrades" he says. Must be comrades of the JVP who slaughtered many for not towing their rebellious line, not complying to their dictates, or for simply choosing to carry out their duties.

    Upul Wednesday, 15 May 2024 05:07 AM

    A leopard does not vhan6its spots. One by one the spot become so visible.

    Doctor DoMore Wednesday, 15 May 2024 05:33 AM

    Ohhh, Modern JVP think in Swedish or Canadian eyes. Anura's tours have a big effect on this transformation. Not a deak or what?

    nadarajah Wednesday, 15 May 2024 06:04 AM

    we need to support the formation of a NPP government so that it put this country on the right track -

    Jay88 Wednesday, 15 May 2024 06:46 AM

    Yes, but not public events to commemorate comrades or leaders of banned organizations. There is a Sinhala saying as "Gona harenne pol paleta". You too will end up betraying the country, as you too seem to think that it is the way to be in power with western support. Learn from India to be upright on this issue.

    Adwani Wednesday, 15 May 2024 07:30 AM

    So from 1956 to 1983, when they were alive they had no right to exist, now that they have dead and gone you talk about their rights to be commemorate.

    Saman Wednesday, 15 May 2024 07:42 AM

    Know the king thopi!

    Sandy Wednesday, 15 May 2024 08:18 AM

    Create trouble and then celebrate it every year , what a way to progress.

    Maria Wednesday, 15 May 2024 08:57 AM

    Election is nearing and you all talk on various aspects. You had the privilege to celebrate JVP anniversary. But not allowed for the minority tamils !

    Anton Weerasinghe Wednesday, 15 May 2024 09:24 AM

    Wooing the Tamil votes in the North and Eastern province.

    Nappiya Wednesday, 15 May 2024 10:47 AM

    Yes! Rajapaksha's wanted to portray that there were no civilians killed due to government forces at war. The truth is, so many innocent got marooned and died, which we saw at the last phase, where the small camps where they were flocked and gathered in safe zones, unfortunately burnt with remnants of the utensils and bicycles and even a mridangam( a drum ) seen half burnt, the rest all in ashes, with burnt debris of vehicles and etc. piled up by the roads, which was a heart wrecking sight. People died for god's sake, and let them, including us, commemorate whoever died as the death were dear to the siblings and not the bloody administrators and politicians.

    Smh Wednesday, 15 May 2024 02:04 PM

    Liberalism has wormed its way into Sri Lankan politics. May 18th is recognized in Canada as "Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day". It says a lot about how brainwashed some people are and how LTTE activism is still strong overseas. People finding fault with the police for stopping this public veneration never served in the army to fight the LTTE or they have forgotten so quickly how it was to live with terror.

    Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 15 May 2024 05:34 PM

    Money, money , money from diaspora in Canada, Sweden.

    Ex-Communist Wednesday, 15 May 2024 06:51 PM

    That means Prabakaran can be commemorated? Wow, those who attacked the airport, Dalada maligawa, Lake House and other places can also be commemorated?

    Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 15 May 2024 06:57 PM

    Essence is correct

    Viru gaaya day Thursday, 16 May 2024 01:36 PM


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