The Island Provincial News Home News Thursday 26th May, 2011 5
Protesters want Lawyers for Democracy
want mechanism on
rail gate at Magalle
Lawyers for Democracy say there gations of war crimes that have been
is an urgent need to establish an inter- made against the Government and the
nal mechanism in line with interna- LTTE are credible. There is thus an
tionally accepted norms to address overwhelming need to verify the accu-
accountability issues. The grouping racy of these allegations. Such verifi-
believes such a mechanism is perhaps cation is essential if the country is
S.K.KALUARACHCHI AND LALITH CHAMINDA Galle Correspondents
the best response to UNSG Ban ki- serious in guaranteeing long lasting
Moon’s report on accountability reconciliation to its citizens.
issues here. Lawyers for Democracy (LfD), an
“As professionals, we have seen the active collective of representative
deterioration of the institutional lawyers, are saddened by the counter-
integrity and rule of law in this coun- productive and unprofessional
try for many years. As lawyers we responses from the political leader-
have, from time to time, urged the ship, key individuals and professional
succeeding governments to protect bodies to the Report. Their responses
human rights of the citizens and are generally marred by their political
establish Rule of Law. We are of the affiliations and emotions. We have
view that there is an overwhelming also watched a buildup of state spon-
collective duty on Sri Lankans to sored moves at all levels to discredit
ensure that Sri Lanka respects rule of the Report without responding to the
law and democratic rights of the citi- allegations in a reasonable manner.
zens, within its legal framework and Many professional bodies have also
in accordance with the international adopted resolutions guided by emo-
human rights obligations. There is tions and without considering the
thus an urgency of establishing inter- legal implications of the Panel Report.
nal mechanism in conformity with In doing so, they have ignored the
internationally accepted standards to adverse consequences of their
address the accountability issues, responses for Sri Lanka’s internation-
which is perhaps the best response to al relations. LfD is of the view that
the UN Report,” they said in a state- professionals, including in particular
ment issued this week. legal professionals, to first understand
“The war in the North and East the international legal obligations
has come to an end. Due to the blanket arriving out of the Report. This will
censorship on conflict related news, be a constructive contribution to help-
Some of the protestors The young couple local and international media did not ing the political leadership and the
have the freedom to cover the conflict. country to come to terms with the
group of civic minded people, local motorcycle they were riding on was hit by a Their action delayed the train by at Consequently, the public only received Report and its recommendations.
politicians and residents of Magalle train. least one hour, the residents said. one-sided information and in general, The issues raised in the Report are
recently held a protest near the Nayana Mangalika (38) a mother of Among those who participated in the the public was kept in the dark. In the essentially alleged breaches of
unprotected railway crossing in the area two and her husband M.Priyantha (40) protest were the principal of Anuladevi absence of independent access for human rights and humanitarian law.
urging the government to install a rail gate were the victims. Vidyalaya, Geetha Prematillake and journalists, the sources of informa- Thus we are reminded of the words of
on the road leading to Anula Vidyalaya The protestors blocked the movement Opposition leader of the Galle tion were the military and the LTTE, late Mr. H.L. de Silva, President’s
immediately before another life is taken. of “Rajarata Rejina” the Matara bound Municipality . both of whom were obviously biased. Counsel and former President of the
A mother of two was killed and her train from Vavuniya by standing across the Later the police arrived and dispersed Lawyers of Democracy (LfD) is a Bar Association of Sri Lanka, -which
husband was seriously injured after the rail track. the crowd. representative body of legal practi- needs to guide legal professionals in
tioners and include Lal Wijenayaka, particular at this hour-
Chandra Kumarage, K.S.Ratnavale, V . “Our own sense of national pride,
Sumanthiran, Sudath Nethesinghe, L. our sense of self esteem and the
Arrested for illicit War widow robbed Jothikumar, Ranjit Wijekoon, Sujeewa
Lal Dahanayake, J..C..Weliamuna and
respect accorded to us by the rest of
the world depend on the extent to
Sudarshana Gunawardena. which we respect human rights and
BY TERRENCE WANIGASINGHE The Report recently released by freedoms of all people everywhere as
A young woman was rid- Her husband was a sol- the UN concludes that the serious alle- well as in our own land.”
ing home on a busy road on dier and a war hero. He had
her motorcycle after attending served in army and fought in
BY KARUNARATNE GAMAGE
to some urgent work at the the “Humanitarian Operation”
Plantation talks break down
Anamaduwa Primary School. in the North against the bar-
The Bakamuna police motor, diving gear, two oxygen She had no reason to sus- baric LTTE to liberate the
recently arrested two persons cylinders, 47 ft long pvc tubes, pect any untoward incident nation. He laid down his life in
for illicit gem mining using and baskets. since there were many vehicles defence of his mother land on
and pedestrians on the road. the same day that the world’s BY FRANKLIN R. SATYAPALAN
machinery in a forest reserve Investigations revealed Federation of Ceylon Ravi Pieris and
in the Amban river in Elahera. that the suspects were resi- Another motorcycle was most wanted terrorist The fourth round of Tri-partite the CEO of Balangoda Plantations and
Three more groups dents of Ratnapura and were speeding towards her from Velupillai Prabhakaran was talks among the three Plantation the Chairman of Ceylon Planters
behind but she was not both- killed.
engaged in illicit mining in working for a wealthy busi- ered. In a flash the motorcy- Following her husband’s Trade Unions, the Employers Association Lalith Obeysekera repre-
Bakamuna, Nikapitiya and nessman in the area. clist who came from behind death she never removed the Federation of Ceylon, 22 Plantation senting the 22 plantation companies
Kindapaha adopting the same The police said that on the while knocking against her- gold necklace which was put companies and the Ceylon Plantation with the Trade Union representa-
method had fled the scene information elicited from the snatched her gold necklace and around her neck at their wed- Association broke down on Tuesday . tives walking out at 6.30 p.m.
when the police were suspects more arrests would fled. She lost her balance and ding ceremony by her hus- Meanwhile plantation workers The Plantation companies tabled
approaching. be made. fell into a nearby drain and band. have been holding several protests in a proposal stating that they would
sustained injuries. The The thief had snatched
The suspects had been The raids were conducted the up country areas, including increase the present basic wage from
passersby rushed to the scene the necklace she treasured so
mining deep in the jungle and by a team of policemen led by and took her to the hospital. much. Kotagala and Hatton, led by Rs. 285 to Rs. 350, raise attendance
the police recovered a 94.4 Bakamuna OIC I.K.M.P . The story she related was The police are looking for Plantation Parties, including the Up incentive from present Rs. 90 to Rs.
horse power diesel operated Ilangasekera. heartbreaking. the thief who is at large. country Peoples Front (UPF) led by 115 and would omit the present pro-
MP V S. Radhakrishnan demanding duction incentive of Rs. 30 which
that their basic wage be increased to was opposed strongly by the Unions
Unite for the sake of the country
Rs. 540. The plantation workers also and reintroduce the Price Share
stated that they would have to resort Supplement of Rs. 35.
to an all out general strike which The Ceylon Workers Congress
would cripple the plantations if their (CWC) was represented by it’s
demands were not met, Plantation President Deputy Minister Mutthu
H. A. JAYASINGHE, Matugama Corr.
sources said yesterday . Sivalingam, Senior Vice President,
Let’s shed all differences Matugama auditorium. obstruct their progress. Sri his service as a teacher and The three Plantation Trade Harry Chandrasekera and Nuwara
for the sake of the country Speaking further, he said Lanka is a good place for as a leftist who loved the peo- Unions, who are signatories to the Eliya District Parliamentarian
and unite to face conspiracies today our country is march- them to aim at so we should ple around him” added Mr. Collective Agreement, CWC, JPTUC Sundaram Peruman Rajadurai, the
by some western elements ing towards development understand this situation and Samaranayake. and the LJEWU, representing 450,000 Joint Plantation Trade Union Center
against Sri Lanka, said veter- although there are many be united to protect our coun- This meeting had been plantation workers, demanded that (JPTUC) by President S.
an journalist, Mohan obstacles. The economic try. organized by the Wimal there should be an substantial Ramanathan and Vice President T.G.
Samaranayake, addressing strength of eastern countries “The late Mr. Wimal Gunatilake Foundation. increase in the basic wage from the Chandrasena and the Lanka Jathika
the gathering who had is far better - for example, Gunatilake set an example. There was a large gathering present Rs. 285 to Rs. 500. Estate Workers Union (LJEWU) by
attended the late lawyer, India and China. The He was a patriot and joined and at the end of the meeting The talks commenced around 4.30 General Secretary K. Velautham and
Wimal Gunatilake’s commem- Western elements do not like hands in promoting peace every participant was given a p.m. on Tuesday (24) with the administrative Secretary M.S.
oration meeting held at the this and they want to campaigns. He had rendered herbal plant. Director-General of the Employers Mohideen.