The Sri Lankan Government must come forward with a solution or proposal package to settle the festering ethnic problem in the north and east, a Catholic group attached to the Jaffna diocese working on justice and peace says.
In spite of all the development activity in the North the people of the North and East have been reiterating from the start that their priorities were for hitherto unresolved issues to be addressed and settled, the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Jaffna Diocese said in a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
“The Sri Lankan Government must show positive signs to the people in the North and East by addressing these issues to win the hearts of the people,” the Commission said in its letter. It told the President that the people have shown overwhelmingly that external development is not a substitute for justice, peace and reconciliation.
“We wish and pray that your Excellency will use your good offices to convince and pressure those concerned to bring about justice and peace in our country,” the Commission said.
The Commission said there were several outstanding issues to be addressed, such as Accountability for the human rights violations especially during the final stages of the war in 2009, forced take-over of civilians’ lands, Coercive Population Control, the plight of political Prisoners, lack of safety of women and girls, findings of human remains, state sponsored settlements of the Sinhalese in the North and East, the proliferation of Buddha statues and viharas in the North and East, Provincial Council Election Violence and the muzzling of the media in the North.
The letter signed by Father Fr. S.V.B, Mangalarajah is also copied to Catholic Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith.Bishop of Jaffna Rev. Thomas Soundaranayagam is the patron of the Commission.
Read the letter here