Colombo Telegraph

JVP Councillor Samantha Widyarathna Seeks UNHRC Intervention To Secure Compensation Over Uva Wellassa Rebellion In 1818

JVP Uva PC member Samantha Widyarathna has proposed to the council to submit a letter to the UN Human Rights Commission seeking its intervention to obtain compensation from Britain over the famous Uva-Wellassa rebellion in 2018.

Samantha Widyarathna

Widyarathna’s proposal has been approved and presented before the council by Uva Provincial Council Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dissanayake, a member of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

Widyaratna had proposed to present the letter to the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) to mark the 200th anniversary of the Uva-Wellassa battle in November, this year.

The Chief Minister, officially presenting opposition member Widyaratnna’s proposal to the council, had said the carnage that happened in 2018 was the main reason for severe poverty and lack of development still rampant in the area.

The proposal also says the British counter-attack on Uva-Wellassa riot was the worst military assault carried out by the British Army in its old empire.

Demanding compensation from Britain over its military assault on Uva-Wellassa in 1818 was a popular idea mooted by the ultra-nationalist political parties and organizations, from time to time.

However, this was the first time a member of the Marxist JVP acted on the idea, seeking the intervention of the global human rights body.

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