14 December, 2018

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PAFTA Condemns Violence In Digana And Surrounding Areas

The Peradeniya Arts Faculty Teachers’ Association (PAFTA) has expressed shock at the recent spate of violence in parts of the Central Province and has unequivocally condemned “all acts of violence, stoking the fires of ethnic division, disharmony and downright hate and hostility.”

Prof. Arjuna Parakrama –
PAFTA President

PAFTA has also appealed to the government to “act in a principled manner, conduct impartial inquiries and take decisive action,” while calling all political parties and politicians to “work toward reinstating peace and calm in the region and the country at large and also work toward instilling an atmosphere of inter-ethnic amity.”

The full text of the release is given below:

PAFTA expresses its shock at the recent spate of violent incidents that have engulfed parts of the central province and unequivocally condemns all acts of violence, stoking the fires of ethnic division, disharmony and downright hate and hostility. In the latest incidence of ethnic violence, which erupted over a violent dispute, a local event nevertheless, the violence has spilled over into the larger community, threatening to turn the situation into a conflagration of national proportions. 

It is our considered view that there should be no place for violence in governance or in any act of the everyday, whether it be on the basis of gender, ethnicity, race, class, region or any other difference. Violence of any order is inadmissible and is designed in the first place to dismantle the democratic functioning of a country. It behoves upon the government which is entrusted with the responsibility of providing security to all its citizens to act upon these current infringements speedily and impartially.  While curfews and a state of emergency have been declared, minority communities continue to live in a state of great anxiety, fearing for their lives; and the peace of the public sphere is severely threatened.

We appeal to the government to act in a principled manner, conduct impartial inquiries and take decisive action. We appeal to all political parties and politicians to work toward reinstating peace and calm in the region and the country at large and also work toward instilling an atmosphere of inter-ethnic amity. We shall not have a repeat of the many ethnic riots of the historical past, and of recent years. We appeal to heads of religious orders, and other community organizations, who have provided leadership to various communities, to rise to the occasion and express their condemnation of the continued incidence of meaningless violence in the name of religion and ethnicity.

In this we particularly call upon the Buddhist Order to express its concern over the participation of the clergy in acts of violence targeting various different communities. We also appeal to all peace-loving persons in this country to act in a reasoned manner and to not indulge in rumour-mongering, adding panic to an already tense situation. Ultimately, it is the people of this country who can ensure the safety of their families, friends, neighbours and their own selves.

While we demand that normalcy be brought on speedily and all communities, particularly the Muslim community in this instance, assured of their safety, we also appeal to all concerned to actively work toward ensuring long lasting peace in the country.

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    Thank you very much for your timely needed condemnation. It is not good at all for Sri Lanka to have any violence and riots .. We have had enough for 30 years and we do not want to have any more trouble in Sri Lanka .. What we should all know is that some elements from outside may try to exploit this to damage the country and its development . This could discourage investment, touristy, and economic progress. Many of my friends who want to come to Easter decided to go someone else on holidays. Stability is a must for the country.
    There is no doubt there is politics behind this. What we should know is BBS is a handiwork of some dirty politics . Some people are so desperate and so fearful they will be arrested on corruption charges so they are desperate to do anything for their survival. This is the secret behind this.

    we welcome and thank you for this condemnation. Sri Lanka is one of the best country in Asia with huge human potential for development . So let us all work hard and compete this world of brain power. If we fail will be like somalia .

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      Thanks for this – good statement. But remember that There is only Fake Buddhism in Sri Lanka – political religion. Asgiri and Malwatta Mahanayakas are a disgrace.

      Also, we need a broader and deeper political economic and structural analysis of the riots which happen with UNP government now- as in July 1983, when the Tamil’s were the scapegoats of Sinhala mobs. The UNP govt. is implementing Neoliberal economic policies and selling Lanka’s land, ocean, mineral, resources including water and sand and Sinhala people are fearful and need a scapegoat, as it is their own leaders who are the corrupt criminals – like Bondscam Ranil who has debilitated the law and order and justice institutions and process in this county by appointing Pujith, Mahendran etc to key posts. Muslims are the scapegoat of Sinhala Modyas today. Like Tamils were in July 1983 when JRJ was implementing open economy to benefit global 1 percent and Colombo 7 elite of Royal College…

      • 1
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        New Zealand doing better for you with labor government now?

    • 6
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      Thank you Sir for your condemnation. Its time for RW and Sillysena to.condemn in the strongest language and to arrest all the perpetrators in this ghastly carnage.

  • 6
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    Well said Prof. How come other professional bodies are not condemning any of this violence which hopefully will not be a repetition of 1983. The silence of the GMOA is for once, deafening. Perhaps Silence of the Lambs?

  • 2
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    The Peradeniya Arts Faculty Teachers’ Association (PAFTA) has expressed shock at the recent spate of violence in parts of the Central Province…………”.
    Prof GL Pieris: Where is the SLPP led Patriotic PAFTA?

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      Pillai
      Have you forgotten the Buugers who teach at the Jaffna uni.? Or have you assumed that they give two hoots to other communities..They can only take up Tamil issues, bugger the rest ?? Not surprising.

  • 5
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    With immediate effect set age limit for University jokers as 58 years. Then most of fake professors like you will be vanished. You see PDN full of joker sinhale professors and no Muslim professors.

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    Good message from a man who seems to have lost his marbles.

  • 0
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    We have to find the root cause for this ethnic crisis & destroy it. The bad impressions are always disadvantageous for us.

    The members of sangha must be able to understand the gravity of their inappropriate behavior.

    The more they behave with this stupidity the more will be the economic & social chaos that will finally lead to destroy Sinhalese from the world..

    Both the majority & the minority must be able to harness internal strength rather than letting fake international HR bodies including the UNHRC intervene.

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