Hunger strikers: ‘USA, co-sponsors of consensus-resolution responsible for our fate’

[TamilNet, Monday, 16 November 2015, 14:10 GMT]
The political prisoners and prisoners of war, waging hunger strike inside the Sri Lankan prisons for the 10th day told TamilNet Monday morning that the United States, which authored the consensus resolution with the genocidal State of Sri Lanka and the sponsor-States that passed the resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last month, should now ensure the release of the political prisoners languishing in the jails of occupying Sri Lanka through making the SL President declare them as political prisoners entitled to general amnesty. The prisoners of war and political prisoners demanded the officials at the diplomatic missions in Colombo to visit and witness their plight in person.

In the meantime, two of the Tamil political prisoners, 60-year-old Ganeshan Ponnuthurai and 24-year-old Sulakshan Veerasingham, who were released on bail three days ago, adressed Tamil journalists in Jaffna on Sunday.

They blamed Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) parliamentarians R Sampanthan and M.A. Sumanthiran for not upholding what they had promised to the prisoners on hunger strike and for failing to take forward their demands to the international forums.



Ganeshan Ponnuthurai (60)
Ganeshan Ponnuthurai (60)
Mr Ganeshan and Sulakshan condemned the ITAK parliamentarians for not joining the protest as they had promised earlier to accompany them in their hunger-strike with all of the 16 TNA parliamentarians.

The ITAK politicians, who had told the political prisoners that they were placing their trust on Maithiripala Sirisena, have now gone abroad after abandoning their promises, Mr Ganeshan and Sulakshan said.

Those who are being released on bail are mostly persons who had been detained in recent times through Magistrate Courts. They have to present themselves with the the so-called ‘Terrorist Investigation Department’ in Colombo twice a month.



Sulakshan Veerasingham (24)
Sulakshan Veerasingham (24)
Those who are serving their long-term sentences and those have been languishing in the prisons for a long time without proper trials have not been released.

11 of the hunger-strikers in New Magazine prison are diabetic patients. There are people who have been imprisoned for 24 years after being arrested while they were teenagers. There are also elderly people, aged between 60 and 68, who have been imprisoned for more than 15 years, Sulakshan and Ganeshan told media on Sunday.

The hunger-strike is being waged at 14 different prisons.


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