French Ambassador asked to continue international pressure on government

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 12 October 1999, 14:19 GMT]
Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham, Member of Parliament of the Batticaloa district, has told the visiting French Ambassador for Sri Lanka and Maldives, that the international community should exert pressure on the government to withdraw the Prevention of Terrorism Act and Emergency Regulations, which contribute largely to the violation of the human rights in the country.

Mrs. Elizabeth Daham, French Ambassador met Mr. Pararajasingham on Monday during her fact-finding mission to Batticaloa.

Referring to the human rights situation, Mr. Pararajasingham said that compared to the past, the human rights violations in the Batticaloa district have decreased and this was due to the pressure exerted by the international community and not due to the government's actions.

He said that he could not say that there was considerable decrease in the north-east province in this sphere.

Mr. Pararajasingham brought to her notice that the major political parties on the island would not come to an understanding regarding the question of finding an amicable political solution to the ethnic problem.

He added that the Sinhalese people and their political parties were not prepared to consider a reasonable solution, satisfying the aspirations of the minorities. This had been amply proved by the vehement opposition to the Equal Opportunities Bill formulated by the government.

Mr. Pararajasingham appealed that the countries like France could play a role to pressure the Sri Lankan government to go for third party mediation to settle the ethnic problem. He expressed confidence that only a third party could lead to a settlement of the ethnic problem.

He made an appeal to the French Ambassador to take steps not to send back those Sri Lankan Tamils who have sought refuge in the European countries until a lasting political solution to the ethnic problem in the island is found.

The French Ambassador during her visit to Batticaloa met the Bishop Rt. Rev Dr. Kingsley Swampillai, Government Agent, A. K. Pathmanathan and officials of the Citizens' Committee. Later she inspected the Fresh-water Fish Farm constructed with the financial aid from France, at Vaakarai.

 

Latest 15 Reports
21.06.18 16:24   Photo
Jaffna Tamil fishers mobilise against southern poaching, expose conduct of SL police
20.06.18 11:52  
Wigneswaran's secretary accuses SL Presidential Secretariat of dodging land release in North
19.06.18 18:33   Photo
SL military stationed in 6,275 acres of public and private lands in Vaakarai, Batticaloa
18.06.18 23:05  
Occupying SL Police in Jaffna again blamed for dodging action on criminal policemen
17.06.18 23:51   Photo
SL policemen fire to kill Tamil man at Church premises in Mallaakam, Jaffna
16.06.18 20:31  
US naval, seismic partnerships with genocidal Sri Lanka bring miseries to Eezham Tamils in Trincomalee
15.06.18 21:07   Photo
Swiss ruling, a precedent-setting victory for Right of Self-Determination oriented freedom fighters
14.06.18 20:03  
Only an international investigation would establish truth on enforced disappeared
13.06.18 22:37   Photo
Colombo schemes Sinhala military-led industrialisation of KKS exploiting geopolitics
12.06.18 19:49   Photo
Mannaar mass grave could be from early 1990s, shocking details emerge
11.06.18 14:38  
Sirisena yet to revoke Gazette notification of Colombo's seizure of Champoor lands
10.06.18 19:14  
Tamil families caught in dilemma of transferring lands in Seruvila, Trincomalee
09.06.18 19:04  
SL military attempts to rout out Tamil shop owners in Ampaa'rai village
08.06.18 18:17  
131 Sinhala Buddhist installations crop up in North after 2009: NPC
07.06.18 13:56   Photo
Encroaching Sinhala monk receives official recognition from SL Archaeology Department
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=4060