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Wilpattu: Environmentalists Prostitute With Extremists

By Hilmy Ahamed

Hilmy Ahamed

Hilmy Ahamed

The assault on the innocent Muslim “Forgotten People” of the Northern Province continues unabated. The media, the Janatha Vimukthu Peramuna (JVP) and the most popular politician in saffron robes, Battaramulle Seelarathana thero of SIRASA and Janasetha peramuna fame have joined the bandwagon of racism. The Environment Conservation Trust Director Sajeewa Chamikara has confirmed in interviews that these returning Muslim IDPs have not encroached in to Wilpattu National Reserve, but have settled in reserves demarcated by the forest department. This is quite a different song from the previous charge of destroying the Wilpattu National park for future generations. Yes, the forest department will certainly have claims to these lands because they were abandoned for 25 years since the eviction of Muslims from their lands and there certainly would be obvious jungle growth. The Government agent and other state officials from the area have confirmed that there has been no land grab from unallocated land and all resettlement processes were undertaken with state approval. There have been claims that these public servants have been forced to make these statements by Minister Bathiudeen. They should now have learnt their lessons if they are lying because even respected public servants in the caliber of Lilith Weeratunga are facing probable jail terms for breaking the law and dancing to the tune of his masters. The JVP’s firebrand Lal Kantha

confirmed from the location that as per the information they have received and witnessed, there is no transgressions by the Muslim IDPs. Questions have been raised by the JVP as to the number of returning IDPs. It is quite obvious that the numbers would not be the same after 25 years of displacement as families have naturally expanded.

There seems to be no doubt that these environmentalists and others with political ambitions have swallowed the bitter pill of racism that has been dispensed by the Bodu Bala Sena and other extremist Buddhist groups. They fail to realize that Mahinda Rajapaksa was sent home because of his nexus with racists. Further, none of these patriots and environmentalists has taken up the complaints made by the Tamils and Muslims of the blatant colonization of these areas with Sinhalese from other districts. Residents from the area claim that the following numbers of Sinhalese from Hambantota district and families of military personnel have been settled in the former war affected areas since the end of the war in 2009.

1 Veratenna – 520 families
2. Bogaswewa 1- 500 families
3. Bogaswewa 2 – 560 families
4. Namalgama – 470 families
5. Senaleenigama – 450 families
6. Nandamitragama – 360 families

These 2860 resettled families have been provided with thousands of acres of land. Their lands have been cleared for resettlement, grants and allowances disbursed, and all other facilities including schooling have been provided by the state. From where did the land for these settlers come? No one talks about the jungle and reservations that have been cleared for this purpose.

WipattuWhile one should encourage co-existence with mixed populations in all parts of the country, these colonization schemes should not be undertaken at the expense of other communities who have traditionally been living in these lands.

Where were the brave environmentalists who now claim that there is rape of the Wiplattu Wild life reserve when the nature and wildlife in the entire Hambantota district was destroyed by the previous administration with their accelerated development plans for their home town. The Mattala airport, Suriyawewa stadium, the Hambantota harbour, conference centres and other administrative complexes destroyed thousands of acres of nature reserves. Bird life was literally eliminated so that planes with no passengers could land in Mattala. Yet, these cardboard warriors were nowhere in sight. The media that includes both print and electronic media did not dare to open their mouths, pens, cameras or microphones due to the iron-fisted tyranny that was the hallmark of the last regime. The media need to be responsible and refrain from using their licenses to promote hate. They fail to realize that they use the frequencies that have been leased by them and allocated by the state, belong to all the people of Sri Lanka, not just the Sinhalese.

The cardboard warriors in the guise of environmental fanatics did not dare to take on the former Air Force Commander; Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonatilake when he destroyed the knuckles range by illegally constructing a massive residential complex in Sudugalla, in the protected Knuckles conservation forest area. They also fail to highlight the number of tourism related projects undertaken by the armed forces that has destroyed thousands of acres of virgin land. No one is talking about the environmental damage caused to the Horton plains.

The environmentalists who protested against the upper Kotmale hydro power project had absolutely no say when the Rajapaksa government decided to destroy the tranquility of the St Clair Major, St Clair Minor, Devon and decrease of water to Ramboda, Puna and Pundal waterfalls.

In addition, the government undertook many other projects that destroyed the environment and the impotent environmentalists chickened out and retreated with their tails stuck between their legs because of the fear they had for the rulers of the last decade.

Today, these cardboard warriors have teamed up with racist extremists and people with vested political interests to settle old scores to attack the resettlement of the Muslim internally displaced persons from the Northern province.

At a meeting of Muslim civil society convened to address the concerns of the Muslim IDP’s, one participant had this to say “Hiru TV is trying to save Duminda Silva from gallows by creating racial hate and bring Mahinda Rajapaksa to power, Sirasa network is trying to settle old scores with Rishard Bathiudeen for kicking Sri Ranga’s backside at temple trees, and Derana is playing to Gota’s agenda as Dilith Jayaweera is his friend and partner”.

Whatever the reasons may be for the media to be biased, President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have an obligation to act decisively. It is a welcome initiative that President Sirisena has ordered an inquiry in to the resettlement of the Muslim IDPs, yet it is important that this is undertaken without any bias.

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) started this campaign in May last years highlighting this as a settlement undertaken within the Wilpattu National Park. The BBS wanted to highlight it as an attempt to colonize the Wilpatu national park with Muslims. This was a deliberate attempt to mislead the majority Buddhist community by instilling fear in to their hearts and minds that Muslim enclaves are being carved out, foreign nationals would be settled and separatist groups would operate from these settlements. This fear psychosis was undertaken with the sole purpose of harnessing the Sinhala Buddhist votes for Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidential third term. The majority of the peace loving Buddhists did not buy this canard.

Today, it is being revived because Minister Rishard Bathiudeen betrayed the Rajapaksa’s, crossed over to Maithripala Sirisena and ensured that his entire Muslim block vote shifted to Sirisena. The Mahinda Rajapaksa camp is convinced that the crossing over of Rishard Bathiudeen cost them a third term. If there is any merit to this, Rishard Bathiudeen should be hailed as the hero who brought back good governance and democracy back to Sri Lanka.

What they fail to realize is that the Muslim Community would have voted Sirisena with or without their political leadership. This was evident in the Baddula elections where the coalition of Hakeem and Bathiudeen could not muster any significant voter base for the Rajapaksa’s when they joined hands to support Sashindra Rajapaksa.

There is absolutely no need to mix Muslim communal politics to the unfortunate situation faced by these Muslim IDPs. If there is a score to be settled with Rishard Bathiudeen, this needs to be undertaken without affecting the innocent IDPs.

The Environment Conservation Trust Director Sajeewa Chamikara has changed his tune to now claim that there are no settlements within the Wilpattu Wildlife reserve but insists that over 1,500 people have been resettled in an area around 5,000 acres in the Kallaru Forest. Yes, this is where people lived and had to abandon due to the ethnic cleansing by the LTTE. Any land abandoned for 25 years will become a forest. He added that the resettlement has not happened inside the Wilpattu National Park but the Kallaru forest is part of the forest network and comes under Forest Conservation Ordinance of the Forest Department. “Modaragan-aru Oya lies in the Northern Boundary of Wilpattu National Park. After that there is the Wilpattu North Sanctuary and the Kallaru Forest starts at the end of the Wilpattu North Sanctuary. Under the Forest Conservation Ordinance this area is also being protected,”

The Citizens Commission on the Expulsion of the Northern Muslims in its report states “the expulsion of Muslims was inadequately integrated into the historical narrative of the conflict in Sri Lanka. Close to 70,000 people were driven out of the Northern Province by the LTTE within a two-week period without prior notice, with no opportunity to transfer assets.  Some lost their lives on the journey and many lost their futures. This experience is not sufficiently acknowledged in the discussions of the history of the conflict.”

It is a welcome move that the President has taken the initiative to intervene in this crisis. It is important that a proper commission of inquiry is set up to fast track this resettlement programme for the Muslim IDPs. This commission should also provide the opportunity for public submissions and the whole process needs to be expedited. Failure would mean many more years of displacement for these forgotten people.

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    Technically not encroached Wilpattu Sanctuary but nevertheless encroached a forest reserve – considered illegal under the law. See:
    “Environment Conservation Trust Director Sajeewa Chamikara insisted that over 1,500 people have been resettled in an area around 5,000 acres in the Kallaru Forest. He added that the resettlement has not happened inside the Wilpattu National Park but the Kallaru forest is part of the forest network and comes under Forest Conservation Ordinance of the Forest Department. “Modaragan-aru Oya lies in the Northern Boundary of Wilpattu National Park. After that there is the Wilpattu North Sanctuary and the Kallaru Forest starts at the end of the Wilpattu North Sanctuary. Under the Forest Conservation Ordinance this area is also being protected,” he explained.

    He further highlighted the importance of preserving this forest as it is part of the Wilpattu forest network and a water catchment area adjoined to the Kallaru river and Modaragam-aru Oya and close to several other water sources. “There are also elephant corridors and this area is full of biodiversity. Human settlement fragments and destroys the natural habitats and it might also lead to human elephant conflicts,” Mr. Chamikara noted.”
    (Courtesy Sinday Leader)

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      Hilmy Ahamed –

      RE: Wilpattu: Environmentalists Prostitute With Extremists

      Only Northern Muslims have to stay in the Jungle after being Chased out by LTTE.

      Where is the Justice? The LTTE Terrorists Karuna and KP and other are fine.

      Even Monkey’s DO NOT LIKE DOUBLE STANDARDS. They have Better ethics than the Liars, Crooks, Robbers and Criminals, of Rajapaksas.

      Capuchin Monkeys Reject Unequal Pay DOUBLE STANDARDS

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6OsVUlp7Y0

      Published on May 1, 2013
      Frans de Waal shows us a task he gave Capuchin monkeys to see if they responded to a sense of fairness.

      Frans de Waal is a Dutch primatologist and ethologist. He is the Charles Howard Candler professor of Primate Behavior in the Emory University psychology department in Atlanta, Georgia, and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and author of numerous books including Chimpanzee Politics and Our Inner Ape. His research centers on primate social behavior, including conflict resolution, cooperation, inequity aversion, and food-sharing. He is a Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.

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      Lands have been released for resettlement of original landowners who have deeds and permits. Also this has been approved by cabinet and being carried out by a Presidential Task Force comprising state officials from relevant ministries and authorities. So it is not illegal under law. Permission has been granted for deforestation. Technically any tree over 3 feet high is deemed to be forest.

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    The extremists and NGO environmentalists who are funded by foreign entities are a cures for this nation to rebuild after 30 year civil war turned to terrorism.
    The government must examine the status of these NGO’s who are behind most of these agitational campaigns. People who have never seen Wilpattu or for that matter do not understand how difficult the terrain is shouting out loud to save the jungle. What a tragedy-comody.
    Next it will be to save Viharamahadevi park from bench lovers.

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      Hilmy Ahamed –

      “The extremists and NGO environmentalists who are funded by foreign entities are a cures for this nation to rebuild after 30 year civil war turned to terrorism.”

      Remember, the BBS and other NGOs are on a path to identify the Muslims as the Problem, whether true or not.

      BBS has its roots in Norway, LTTE, Israel and the West, especially USA.

      You can research and expose.

      Expose the Double Standards.

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      Anthony Fernando

      “The extremists and NGO environmentalists who are funded by foreign entities are a cures for this nation to rebuild after 30 year civil war turned to terrorism.”

      Yes. What is their agenda? Was BBS given new project by Norway, Israel, West and LTTE?

      Bodu Bala Sena Aluthgama incident explained by Wimal Weerawansa.

      Listen towards the end.

      Published on Jun 18, 2014

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh_coyC2xBU

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      Anthony Fernando

      “The extremists and NGO environmentalists who are funded by foreign entities are a cures for this nation to rebuild after 30 year civil war turned to terrorism.”

      The Various Norwegian Agencies That Supported BBS Personnel

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-various-norwegian-agencies-that-supported-bbs-personnel/

      When I wrote some weeks back about the supposed Norwegian involvement with the Bodhu Bala Sena, I had not seen the clarification which the Norwegian Embassy had put on its website about the allegations. Having read it, I am more than ever convinced that the Norwegian government and its embassy have not behaved badly, but also that they, and also the Sri Lankan government, must go more carefully into the matter and check on what exactly has been going on. If they can do this together, so much the better, though I fear that neither side will have the correct skills and attitudes to ensure fruitful and productive cooperation.

      The reason I believe investigation would be useful is because of two names I noticed in the official Norwegian statement. One is that of the Worldview International Foundation, which is essentially run by a gentleman called Arne Fjiatoff, who has been in Sri Lanka now for several decades. During this period he has been involved in a range of projects with various Sri Lankan governments, which are in theory designed to benefit the Sri Lankan people, but which have also brought considerable benefits to Arne himself.

      I was introduced to him initially by Dilanthe Withanage, the other name I noticed in the statement. Dilanthe has now emerged as the lay spokesman for the BBS, though I knew him earlier in another very positive incarnation, as running computer programmes for the Ministry of Education when I was Adviser there on English. Though I took on the position mainly to reintroduce the English medium option, given the paucity of capacity there at the time, I ended up involved in many other initiatives, ranging from curriculum revision to primary English materials.

      Read on the link… and Listen towards the end. Published on Jun 18, 2014

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh_coyC2xBU

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    Hilmy Ahamed

    RE: Wilpattu: Environmentalists Prostitute With Extremists

    “The assault on the innocent Muslim “Forgotten People” of the Northern Province continues unabated. The media, the Janatha Vimukthu Peramuna (JVP) and the most popular politician in saffron robes, Battaramulle Seelarathana thero of SIRASA and Janasetha peramuna fame have joined the bandwagon of racism. The Environment Conservation Trust Director Sajeewa Chamikara has confirmed in interviews that these returning Muslim IDPs have not encroached in to Wilpattu National Reserve, but have settled in reserves demarcated by the forest department. This is quite a different song from the previous charge of destroying the Wilpattu National park for future generations. Yes, the forest department will certainly have claims to these lands because they were abandoned for 25 years since the eviction of Muslims from their lands and there certainly would be obvious jungle growth. “

    Hilmy, this obviously DOUBLE STANDARDS, AND PURE RACISM. Use this exposure to solve the problem of the victims, courtesy LTTE Ethnic Classing. Expose, so local and go international.

    Bring the DOUBLE STANDARDS to the Forefront. Ask them to solve the Problem. The LTTE war was over 6 years ago.

    1. Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa Ego White Elephant Cost 5,000 acres of wild life and bird sanctuary.

    2. Suriyawewa Stadium and Electic cost 10,000 acres.

    3. Badulla Haldummulla 1,000 acres and Basil Rajapaksa get 500 acres, bnus for bribing LTTE VP?

    4.Karunkapuli 5,000 acres

    5. Kalpitiya Islands 2,750 acres

    6, Mahaweli Andamkulama 6,000 acres, including Nimal Siripala and Company including his sister, 6,000 acres?

    Use, this as an opportunity to bring the Plight of the Northers Muslims, Victims of LTTE and the Neglect by the State to the Attention of the so-called Yahapaanaya.

    Ask the YAHAPALANAYA? Is YAHAPALANAYA DOUBLE STANDARDS? EXPOSE AND EXPOSE

    Organize a demonstration by the Northern Muslims in Colombo and Elsewhere, asking for Justice and help in getting them back to their own homes.

    Published on Oct 22, 2012
    Expelled from the North by the LTTE in October 1990, the grievances of the Northern Muslims are many. Shifan spoke to Dr Farzana Haniffa, who played an active role in setting up the Citizens Commission on the Expulsion of Muslims from the Northern Province — to find out some of these concerns, as well as about the impact of displacement on all communities.

    Forgotten People – The Evicted and Displaced North Muslims of Sri Lanka (English)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JV60McNQ9o

    Dr. Farzana Haniffa on Displaced North Muslims Issues

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MASigQJTgaQ

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    5000 acres for 1500 people at a ratio of 03 acres to a person.
    WFrom where were these people displaced? they need to be returned to the same places.

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    The rape of Wilpattu continues.

    [Edited out]

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      it is the rape of the Muslim IDPs that is taking place and nothing less. Remember, a wounded animal doesnt forget

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    justice

    “The rape of Wilpattu continues.”

    I May Add:

    The rape of Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, Wilpattu, Yala etc continues and the Paras are following DOUBLE STANDARDS. Double stands are the Cause and Curse of the Paras.

    The Veddah Tribe

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

    1. Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa Ego White Elephant Cost 5,000 acres of wild life and bird sanctuary.

    2. Suriyawewa Stadium and Electic cost 10,000 acres.

    3. Badulla Haldummulla 1,000 acres and Basil Rajapaksa get 500 acres, bonus for bribing LTTE VP?

    4. Karunkapuli 5,000 acres

    5. Kalpitiya Islands 2,750 acres

    6. Mahaweli Andamkulama 6,000 acres, including Nimal Siripala and Company including his sister, 6,000 acres?

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    Maithripala Sirisena who has ordered a halt to the resettlement of Muslims have played in to the hands of the Buddhist extremists. What he has failed to realize is that he is the President of all the people of Sri Lanka and not just of the Sinhala Buddhists. The Tamils have been resettled. Sinhala Buddhists have been parachuted from Hambantota and else and settled with all the benefits. Why is it that the Muslims are not settled. You have a responsibility to settle these people as well. Further, you are sitting on that presidential chair because of the minorities. You majority voted with the Racist fascist Rajapaksa

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      these muslim [Edited out]

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    Dilante the BBS civilian chief [Edited out]

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    Brother Hilmy and the rest of the Muslim Ummah, this note was prompted by the comments of some critics of the Article.
    [Edited out]

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    We must immediately demand a probe on the allegations. The Muslims have the opportunity to file action against the media, NGO’s and the BBS if they have evidence that no land grab took place

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    The Muslims have been silent long enough. They need to internationalize this issue and bring it to the attention of all the Muslim and Arab countries so that every sri lankan working there would be kicked back to Sri Lanka. The economy cannot survive even a week without the money from the labour in the middle east. If they act so cruelly to the people who have suffered for 25 years, it is time that the Muslim world shows what they are capable of

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      what a FOOL

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    Pictures worth thousand words. We have seen it in videos, in websites and news media, the true nature of the destruction of Wilpattu. We know, in the previous government, a powerful UPFA politician supported setting-up of the houses for the displaced people. Landless issue of the displaced people should have been resolved long time back without letting it go out of control. Most of the displaced were chased out by the LTTE from the north. Why the government doesn’t settle them in their original lands in the North? If the destruction continues, eventually Wilpattu will disappear along with the animals live there. It is better to stop now before it too late. So future generation of all Sri Lankans can enjoy the natural beauty of the Wilpattu.

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      Sam A, the unfortunate Muslims are treated worse than animals. They have their reservations in Wilpattu, but the poor Muslim IDPs are not allowed to return to their homes. The jungle extended from Wilpattu to their homes in the 25 years of displacement. Now, they are being made to pay twice for standing b the government and refusing to be part of the Tamil attempt to divide the country.

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        they are worst than [Edited out]

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    Ahmed, calls JVP and Environmentalists , Prostitutes and Extremists.

    But the main complaint came from Bishop Raiappu’s flock and the TNA / LTTE/Diaspora/ EPRLF/TELO? and all the other Tamil political groups and associations.

    They were the main victims according to the reports even in Tamilnet.

    Is Ahmed protecting his mate Baththudeen?.

    Or is he riding the Elite , Anglican UNP hate train against the Sinhala nationalists and Sinhala Buddhists ?.

    Is Mr Anura Kumar too busy with Ranil’s coiffure job and helping the FCID.

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      Kiribanda A Sumanasekera

      “But the main complaint came from Bishop Raiappu’s flock and the TNA / LTTE/Diaspora/ EPRLF/TELO? and all the other Tamil political groups and associations.”

      Remember, Norway, LTTE, Bishop Raiappu’s flock they all are the same. Think of them as the “Trinity”, 3 in 1 or 1 in 3.

      Many calls Bishop Raiappu, Koti-Bishop. There must be something there.

      Bodu Bala Sena Aluthgama incident explained by Wimal Weerawansa.
      Listen towards the end. Published on Jun 18, 2014

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh_coyC2xBU

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    Certain people seems to add racial twist into the displaced people issue. These people should understand that all three communities have land issue. When the population is growing, this issue will become more severe and now is the time to come up with some policies that fair for everybody. Unfortunately our politicians don’t get it and they simply ignore it. This helps extremists. The extremists are obviously brain dead idiots and try to take advantage of the situation.

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    A realistic assessment not clouded by “greenie” sentimentalism !

    More strength to your pen.

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    The Muslims have lead lawyers who are able to bail out any criminal for a fee. Why is it that they have not come forward to defend these refugees? Where is faiz and faster mustapaa, shibly azeez, ikram mohamed, ali sabry (probably defending the rogue Gota) and all other lawyers who charge millions to open their mouth. Ahamed, you report these people to your mosque

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      PAISA MUST APPA and his dad are all but greedy hogs, who will sell their souls for MONEY…Rauff Hakim too is a LAWYER, He could NOT do ANYTHING, while he was the MINISTER of IN-justice… Ali Sabry has no ethics so does Ikram.. they all r in the long haul to make MONEY AT ANY COST… Have THEY EVER UTTERED A WORD on behalf of the displaced people of the NORTH? HECK NO….

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    This is not about Muslims or politicians. All Sri Lankans should have the right to return. The Environment should also be everyone’s concern. It is the duty of the Government, and the right of the displaced, that their return is addressed fairly, equally, sustainably, transparently and fast. The new Government has got the 19A in place, now no more excuses. Get the wheels of Yahapalanaya turning for everyone, without fear or favor.

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    Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday clearly stated that the Muslim IDPs have not encroached in to Wilp[attu or its reserves. He is also the former Minister of environment and is well aware of the situation. Why cannot everyone accept the word of the district secretary, former minister of environment and almost everyone who visited and had an independent view. Please do not fall for the racist agenda of the extremists. The district secretary in the presence of Lal Kantha says very clearly that the Tamils have been given everything. Why is it that Muslims are being deprived

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      Hilmy mate,

      Champika is your new buddy. Isn’t he?.

      What else can he say/..

      He also has to depend on the Muslim vote this time….Right..

      Will Ranil give him a spot in Wilpattu?..

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      alapalu cham-paka rena-waka is the mother of all liars

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      https://www.facebook.com/LankaTrueNews.LTN?pnref=story

      This is the reference to Champika Ranawake’s views. I would like you to listen to him before commenting.

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    vilpaththu has been raped by baludeen to settle pakistanis and other muslim [Edited out]

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    hilmy [Edited out]

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    hilmy [Edited out]

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    hilmi, have you got your plot in vilpathu?

    you deserve more than one plot for the service you’re carrying out to whitewash muslim extremism…

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      Balu deen, I think you should give a plot in your rear so that hilmy can plant something down your assets. You are behaving like a dog with your comments

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        you’re nothing but a piece of crap…

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    vilpaththu has become the latest breeding ground for muslim [Edited out]

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    The plot to vilify Muslims over Wilpattu has now been fully exposed. It is now officially confirmed by the Wild Life Conservation Dept that this has not occurred.

    Why don’t these so called environmentalist talk about the rampant deforestation taking place within the boundaries of Wilapattu to settle Sinhalese and build stupas etc ? Are they blind?

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    The Buddhist extremists and racist environmentalists will make Wilpattu the breeding ground as you say for Islamic….. As you know, Prabaharan did not have support from anyone who knew how to use a gun or ammunition, but there are groups all over the world to help Muslims. So, if our Buddhist extremists continue this, they would be pushed to seek help and create the breeding ground as you suggest. The voice is ours. We failed to address the Tamil issue which cost over 130,000 lives, and are we going to start another and lose valuable youth lives. If the Muslims take that route, this could be internalized.

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    The politician in question usually behaves life a feudal warlord in sub Sharan Africa . It is quite astonishing that seemingly educated persons are attempting to defend his actions playing the race card

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    Dr Goobellas, No one is trying to defend the politican. Here Hilmi is talking about the peoples right to return after spending 25 years in refugee camps. If you nut cannot handle this, you just need to get in to the 134 bus and will find your place of rest

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    So the logic is that since the previous regime destroyed the environment? See whether that logic holds for other things which the previous regime did, would they be alright as well since those actions went unopposed?

    If in fact the settlements have a legal basis, the two writ applications filed by the Centre for Environmental Justice and the Green Movement, (both of which function at the capacity of local environmental organizations)should be opposed.

    Even if the settlement is not within the National Park, there are discrepancies with regards to how the land was released. Because the current news states that the area is still a reserve. And keep in mind that once the settlements come it is only a matter of time before the infrastructure follows which will further impact the region. I am not saying that a community should be deprived of basic facilities, but surely there are other locations where they could be relocated to, places where they have livelihoods (which they currently don’t have) and basic water facilities (again something which they don’t have).

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