Saddened that he didn’t join LTTE says PA MP
[TamilNet, Thursday, 03 October 2002, 15:04 GMT]
Mr. V. Puththirasihamani, a leading Tamil trade union
leader and MP of President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s
People’s Alliance said Wednesday that he was saddened
that hadn’t joined the Liberation Tigers yet after
seeing the violence perpetrated on Jaffna. He was
addressing a meeting between the parents and relatives
of missing persons in the peninsula and the
Parliamentary Select Committee on Human Rights at the
Jaffna District Secretariat, Thursday morning.
The Parliamentary Select Committee on Human Rights is
on a visit to Jaffna to study and to make
recommendations for improving human rights in the
north. The President and members of the National Human
Rights Commission accompanied the Select Committee.
Labour Minister Mahinda Samarasingha addressing the conference in the Jaffna Kachcheri (secretariat) Thursday.
“We did not come here to get death certificates for
our children. We have come here to find out what
happened to our children. You should find out who
committed wrongs against our children and the
perpetrators in the military should be punished,” said
a woman from the Association of Parents, Guardians of
Disappeared in Jaffna in response a suggestion by Mr.
R. Sampanthan, MP, the leader of the Parliamentary
group of the Tamil National Alliance, that death
certificates could be issued for the youth who went
missing after being arrested by the Sri Lanka army in
Jaffna in 1996-7 so that parents and relatives could
Members of the Committee, Minister for Relief and
Rehabilitation, Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena, Minister for
Labour, Mr. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Mr. Sampanthan and
PA MPs Mr.Hemakumara Nanayakara and Mr. V.
Puththirasihamani, spoke to the parents and relatives.
The Vice Chancellor and several teachers of the Jaffna
University and representatives of the Jaffna NGO
consortium were also present at the conference.
The Chairman of the Human Rights Commission, Dr.
Godfrey Goonatilleka deplored the predicament of IDPs
and the ravages of war in Jaffna. He said his
institution is planning to start a human rights
education center in the peninsula soon.
The Jaffna University V. C, Professor. V. N.
Balasundarampillai, noted that complaints are still
recorded in Sinhala at the Police stations in Jaffna.
Mr. Puththirasihamani having kool at Hindu Minister Maheswaran's home.
“The government should say what happened to the
persons who went missing in Jaffna in 1996. Documents
have been destroyed in the war in the peninsula.
Therefore compensation and relief to war affected
persons in Jaffna should be given sans the documents
normally required for the purpose,” he said.
The Parliamentary Committee was hosted to a special
lunch of Palmyra toddy and ‘Kool’, a traditional
porridge cooked with seafood and flour made from dried
Palmyra tubers by the Minister for Hindu Affairs, Mr.
T. Maheswaran at his residence in Jaffna.
Meeting between the parents and relatives of missing persons in the peninsula and the Parliamentary Select Committee on Human Rights at the Jaffna District Secretariat, Thursday morning.