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What Happened In Jaffna: Armed Forces In Jaffna Are Terrorising The People

By R Sampanthan

R Sampanthan

The adjournment motion to the speaker.

Hon Speaker,

Parliament.

Hon Speaker,

I hereby give notice that I shall move the following motion at the adjournment of Parliament on 20th February 2013:

On 15th February 2013 the Association for the displaced people of Valikamam North staged a Satyagraha – a token hunger strike at the Tellippalai Durgai Amman Temple premises in Jaffna from 8am to 4pm to demonstrate against their being prevented by the Sri Lankan Government and the Sri Lankan armed forces from resettling on lands owned and historically possessed by them from which they had been evicted on grounds of security during the war. This land is amonst the most fertile lands in Jaffna and these people have been prevented from using their own lands for over 23 years. despite the war having ended almost four years ago and despite security considerations not being applicable any longer and despite undertakings given by the Sri Lankan Government to the Supreme Court that these people will be resettled on these lands, this has not happened and the Sri Lankan armed forces are strenghening their possession on a part of the said land. The Tamil National Alliance and many other political parties and civil society organizations were invited to join the fast in solidarity with them. TNA MPs, Mavai Senathirajah, K Premachandran, A Vinayagamoorthy, A Adaikalanathan, Sivasakthy Anandan, E Saravanabavan, S Shritharan and M A Sumanthiran participated at this hunger strike. Other political party leaders, Dr Wickrmabahu Karunaratne, Mano Ganeshan, Azath Sally and others joined the fast. Hon Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremasinghe too joined the hunger strike at about 10.30 am.

At about 11.30 am the Leader of the Opposition addressed the people. As he began, a few persons disturbed him. Hon Mavai Senathirajah asked them to be quiet. When the Leader of the Opposition finished speaking and was leaving the place, the same persons who tried to disturb him, started shouting at the people saying: it is finished, now go home. They spoke with a heavy Sinhala accent, and also started to attack the people around them. The people repulsed this and pushed them away from those performing Satyagraha and they tried to run. One of these persons was caught by the people and handed over to the Police. Another ran to an army camp located closeby. The Police took the arrested person away, but when they went near that army camp, army personnel interfered and released him from the custody of the Police and took him away. The faces of at least two of these attackers are now in the public domain.

It is clear from the above incident that the armed forces in Jaffna are continuing to aggressively interfere with normal civilian life and are terrorising the people. On 16th June 2011 the army attacked another peaceful assembly at Alaveddy in Jaffna, not far from the present location. There were five Members of Parliament belonging to the TNA at that meeting. So far no one has been arrested in connection with that incident, although the Government promised action when I raised that matter in Parliament. The Police continue to file information saying unidentified men in army uniform attacked the TNA meeting and that investigations are going on. No progress has been made for the last One and a Half Years. Armed forces personnel interfered with the elections to the local authorities in the Northern Province and Provincial Council elections to the Eastern Province. Complaints were made to the relevant authorities but no action has been taken. The present incident was clearly committed by the army personnel and confirms that the oppressive military rule is continuing to date. The Police is not able to counter the army’s illegal actions.

Mr Speaker, this incident demonstrates to the country and the world at large that the rule of law has broken down in the Tamil areas. There is no right to freedom of association and peaceful assembly; there is no right to freedom of opinion and expression; there is no right to equality before the law and the equal protection of the law for the Tamil People. The Police are either totally powerless or are co-conspirators in this assault on democracy and fundamental freedoms of the Tamil People. The army is certainly pursuing an oppressive agenda against the Tamil People. Not only have they grabbed the lands belonging to the Tamil People, but they attack anyone who dares to question them. Armed forces are arrogantly confident that the arm of the law will never reach them and act with a total sense of impunity.

In these circumstances I move that the Government should take immediate steps to bring the perpetrators of this assault on fundamental freedoms and democratic rights to justice immediately and restore the rule of law that has completely broken down in the Tamil areas in the North and East. We also ask that as per the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, the strength of the armed forced, particularly in the North, should be substantially reduced as the only effective way to curb the oppressive presence and the high handedness of the armed forces and to enable the Tamil People to live in their historic habitations with self respect and dignity.

R Sampanthan,

Member of Parliament, Trincomalee

Leader, ITAK Parliamentary group.

19th February 2013

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    Mr. Sambanthan,

    I welcome your placing the above on record in parliament. However, I disagree with the specificity you attribute to the problem in the following words,
    “Mr Speaker, this incident demonstrates to the country and the world at large that the rule of law has broken down in the Tamil areas. There is no right to freedom of association and peaceful assembly; there is no right to freedom of opinion and expression; there is no right to equality before the law and the equal protection of the law for the Tamil People. The Police are either totally powerless or are co-conspirators in this assault on democracy and fundamental freedoms of the Tamil People. The army is certainly pursuing an oppressive agenda against the Tamil People. Not only have they grabbed the lands belonging to the Tamil People, but they attack anyone who dares to question them. Armed forces are arrogantly confident that the arm of the law will never reach them and act with a total sense of impunity.”

    This phenomenon is rampant all over Sri Lanka. The land takeover reported from the Sinhala areas of Amparai, the recent incident involving a DIG in Moneragala and the ugly and despicable drama that was enacted with reference to CJ Shirani Bandaranayake’s impeachment (especially the police behaviour when she was quiting her official residence), are not only the visible tip of a enormous iceberg that is the break down of law and order, prevalence of unconcienable impunity country-wide, total disregard to constitutional and civilized norms.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Mr Sambandan is stating the fact that despite the end of the war and the absence of a threat from the LTTE the tamils are being continuously denied the right to peacefully demonstrate by the SL military. No such military or police interference is seen in protest rallies by political parties in the south. The North is being singled out for this treatment by the Rajapaksa regime and that is obvious to any independent observer. The breakdown of the rule of law under this regime is apparent nationwide but this is targeted suppression of the right of the tamil people to protest against injustice.

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        Rajasingham Narendran is like the three monkeys put together, that see no evil/speak no evil/hear no evil when it comes to Rajapakse and the government.

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          There is also a fourth monkey added to the trio in recent times, which represents ‘ do no evil’!

          Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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      I agree. Sambanthan should note there is a difference between LTTE rule and what he claims “military rule” in Jaffna now. In the former you couldn’t even open your mouth. I remember you telling then that the people in Jaffna opened their mouths only to eat (may be to scold you as well) But now you can talk, write and criticize it openly. And you made it worse for the Tamil people in northeast then by endorsing in parliament the LTTE diktat they were the sole representative of the Tamils.

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    History is repeating itself as Marx predicted, but again as tragedy in post-colonial Sri Lanka..
    It was military repression of youth in Jaffna that gave birth to the LTTE and other armed militant youth groups back in the late 70s and eighties among both the Sinhala and Tamil communities..and the same thing is happening again.
    This is because the Rajapassa brothers are uneducated morons and thugs who do not know real history aside from the Sinhala Buddhist nationalist rubbish they invent.. The regime project is DIVIDE AND RULE Lanka by fuelling conflict between ethno- religious communities, and distracting the Sinhalay modayas from the real problem which is the Rajapassa dictator ship, the destruction of democracy and the economic crisis and debt trap that the country is in due the the regimes excesses, tamashas and military budget..

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      I’m moved by your concern for the “Sinhala modayas” democracy.

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    Hon Samapathan the leader of TNA has relized that to be learn past experince of Tamil Political Class and Party Poilices ,you and your team still no RECOGONIZED SOVERGENITY ,TREEORTIOAL INTERGERITY,
    INDEPENDENCE AND MAJORTITY ELECTORIAL DEMOCRACY OF NATION OF SRI LANKA.
    Crux of political matter is Your party policies( TNA) are not base on NATIOANL POLITICAL AGENDA.Mainly support base and depened on Foreign Power assiatans and support of differnt anti- Sri Lnakan outfits. Indeed, needless to say such policies of under your leadership TNA that not only your undermine Vital National Interest and Sovereginity our people’s of Sri Lankan ( Sinhalese Tamils,Muslims),it could leads lost confidence of among Majority of Community of Sinhalese people in our Island.
    Any modern State cannot run without PEACE and STABILITY by any race.Pillars of stability is SECURITY OF STATE has accpect fact in politics of responsibil political party. AND SAFETY OF CIVILIAN- LIFE LINE OF OUR PEOPLE IN NORTH AND EAST PART OF OUR NATION STATE.
    Human Rights is comes in second ,after provide security for people of Jaffna first priority of Govt of Sri lanka.
    Last thirty years people of North and East people were under tyrannical RULE OF TERRORISM,peaceful life had been dissapper day to day life of civilian , in that result RULE OF LAW and DEMOCRACY totally undermine in Soil in Jaffana as center and other part of North.
    We would like it or not culches of terrorisn had been ended, that after end of WAR against LTTE-Terroitst outfit in 2009 May.Is ONLY way to resotation of democracy norms in north-east part of island,created condions for RIGHT OF PEOPLE TO EXCERSISE POWER OF BALLOTS TO REPLACE the BULLET BY LTTE TERROIST.There is any other way I can see to restroation of way and means to grant FIRST FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF TAMIL PEOPLE’S FREE WILL BY Govt of Sri Lanka.
    For you good or bad,ongoing govt, had shifted democratic enviroment is remakable achivement north part of our soil to enjoy rights human life of people of Tamils in North by Mahinida Rajakakase ruling party.
    Is in reality our democratic framwork that which MR govt also elecated by ballot by people of whole Island,having right RULE OF NATION,BY DEMOCRATIC ORDER HAD BEEN ESTABLISED SINCE DAY OF INDPEDENCE 1948.
    As expriences and elder politicians of Tamil Community,you are having great responsibility and duty to redress and rectifiy of past mistkes by Tamil Political Class,Parties and Leaders is boundless duty to guide the RIGHT PATH OF DEMOCRATIC OF NATIONAL POLITICS.
    Indeed as leader of Tamil Community your having critical task at hand is to harness future mission of transitions the Tamil Community into post-WAR ERA.
    Such era could be ,that incoming diversity of civilization,will come in being tiny an Island of Sri Lanka.

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    All Tamils would recall that in the period 1987 – 1990, during the time of Indian army occupation, the same venal practice was visited on the people. Robbers and miscreants caught and handed over to the Indian police were released by their patrons. Those who ran into army camps were given protection by the IPKF. Then it was the invader and now it is the compatriot. So the big power, so the lesser minion.

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    What a fascinating speech .

    What a dastardly act by a few with heavy accented Sinhala dialect.

    What a horrible thing to disrupt the Hon Leader of the Opposition .

    Especially when he is engaged in preventing these horrible acts perpetrated by the Govt on these TNA supporters and their leaders who had flown all the way from their comfy suburbs in Colombo to participate in a hunger strike in mine infested remote villages in the North.

    Are there any records of this speaker making these goose bumps creating, speeches directed to the INTER NATIONAL Community when 150 innocent mums dads and kids were killed in one hit by the LTTE.in Kabelithigollawa?.

    Wasn’t this speaker the caretaker of the “Boys” and their civilian Political agent when this massacre happened in 2006, and rightly condemned by the United States Govt?.

    Did the same speaker make a speech in Parliament when 300 innocent men and children were blasted and gunned down when they were on their knees praying to their Prophet?.

    Hope the IN Community and their chief whip Ms Navai Pillay watch at least the Video of this Katthankady massacre which is on UTube. when they sit down to watch the Callum Mcrae’s take on Prabakaran.

    After all isn’t it fair for Navai Pillay to have a fair idea of both minority communities to ensure fair allocation of powers and lands and resources when they discuss the future of our Motherland in Geneva soon.

    By the way i here is a little warning for the faint hearted.

    It was so distressing to see the faces of the young in their coffins I couldn’t watch the whole clip, although it is only 4 minutes long.

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      K. A . Sumanasekere,
      Are you trying to justify the continued massacres of the minorities since 1958 and denial of their rights since independence by the SLG because of the massacres perpetrated in the east by the LTTE ?
      Do you have any idea of the duties of a democratically elected govt and a terrorist uprising ?
      Or are you one of these gonawanse types who will bark at the behest of the master without any logic?

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        Mahen can you explain me the rights that you are talking of?

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      I bet you watched the full Channel 4 video showing the massacre of tamils by your military with a glass of beer in one hand and the Sinhala national flag in the other while cheering heartily.

      Man, your Sri Lanka is in the doghouse and the world is seeing every day what horrible things are happening to Sri lankans under Rajapaksa’s rule.

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      Mr Sumansekara you have forgotten to mentioned how those ruthless murderers massacred 16 Buddhist monks at Aranthalawa.There killing spree continued even at Temple of tooth, Kandy,Srimaha bodiya at Anuradapura.Mr Sambandan’s heroes at that time was his boys and he and his cronies justified their actions.

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    Did you enjoy all these rights you are claiming for, while Jaffna was governed by your boys, for whom you gave your whole heart support.I don’t see any difference between you and the LTTE when considering how you all behaved when supremo was dictating terms to SL government.

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    Soon after the end of the war the IDP’s were herded into camps and kept confined under inhuman conditions. Thereafter they have been released and kept under surveilance by increased military presence in the North. At the same time some of them are prevented from returning to their lands and homes due to the military taking these over to build camps, cantonments and even engaging in agricultural and commercial activities on those lands.

    Those who protest aginst these illegal activities are deemed to be LTTE supporters and are threatened, assaulted, abducted etc. So govt has to take a clear decision as to wether they can trust the tamils and will they be allowed to live normal lives, like all other people in this country. It is quite absurd that this type of activity is allowed to prevail and how long is this going to continue?

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      Safa

      Have you visited the camps in Chettikulam ?

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Mr. Sampanthan’s tasks to bring to the notice of the country and the world, with convincing evidence in his capacity as a senior lawyer, is frustrated by some of our own people trying to question and obfuscate matters in favour of the truant State. This is not the first time this is happening and unlikely it is the last. The Tamil Nation and readers in these pages surely takes note of this.

    Senguttuvan

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    Dr.RN bashes the Tamil Diaspora, TNA, and even dead Tamil Mps {SJV, GGP, etc} to please his master. He also maintains that there is Civil Administration without any SLA interference in NE. Hon’ble Sambandan TNA Leader representing N & E enumerates the broblems occurring there but RN finds fault arguing that the MP has no business to point this in Parliament as they are happening elsewhere as well. But Mr.Rajasingham Jeyadevan(Dr.RN’s brother?) in his link srilankaguardian.org/2013/02/a9-bribery-road-to-north.html compares his A9 road travel to Jaffna during LTTE rule and now and concludes the demanding of bribery is much worse now.

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    When International community brought so many resolutions and agreements to VP…….he never agree to any of them and as a result brought his own down fall.

    Now after end of war International community brought in so many LLRC resolutions on Tamil community and all of them were refused by Rajapakse regime.

    Both VP and MR are in same boat. VP went down giving great distruction to the whole NE tamil community.

    How MR goes down is everybody’s question.Already the distruction in buth in country, economy and among the communities are visible.

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