PNM happy with Govt's stance on Human Rights
The Patriotic National Movement yesterday said it was pleased with
the stance taken by the Government to look after its human rights
situation on its own with the technical assistance from the UN and other
The Movement's president Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera said the country's
human rights was in good shape despite the peculiar conditions in the
country's Northern and Eastern Provinces.
He was speaking at a press conference at the National Library
Services Council, Colombo 7. It was organised by the Patriotic National
Movement (PNM) to announce its stance on the recent proposal by the UN
Human Rights Commissioner Louise Arbour to the Government to establish a
permanent UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Sri Lanka.
Dr. Amarasekera said, "we do not say that the country is perfect with
its human rights record. But this is not a country with gross human
rights violations as some INGOs and NGOs would like to present to the
world with their bloated reports," he said.
He said most of these organisations come up whenever the LTTE
terrorists were cornered by the Security Forces, to give them a lifeline
by creating human rights issues.
"The politics of the UNP goes hand in hand with these organisations
whereby the party tries to establish a stance that advocates a further
division of the country," he explained.
Referring to a recent statement by the UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella, Dr.
Amarasekera said, " Kiriella has said that the UN may establish a
permanent human rights monitoring mission in Sri Lanka to monitor the
human rights conditions here. We are not surprised about their
Secretary General of the Patriotic National Movement Wimal Weerawansa
said the UNP was doing this for the mere purpose of its political
survival. "The Party's existence depends on its political principles
that espouse the division of the country in one form or other as against
the country's unitary state," Weerawansa said.
"There were gross human rights violation, the worst of this was seen
87-89 period. About 60,000 to 70,000 youth were killed during this time.
Where was the UN and Human Rights Organisations then," he asked.