HR violation allegations against SL:
Muslim bodies condemn action
In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the All Ceylon
Jamiyyathul Ulama and the Sri Lanka Jama'ath-E-Islami, while condemning
the allegations of human rights violations against Sri Lanka by the US,
urge all member countries to stand by Sri Lanka in this regard.
The full text:
"We believe that you are well aware of the prevalent peaceful
situation in Sri Lanka after three decades of war that resulted in the
sufferings of all communities by brutal killings, tortures and
destructions of public and personal properties. The people are now just
returning to normalcy and beginning to work hard with the belief in a
'just and fair' future. All Sri Lankans, irrespective of caste, creed
and religion, extended their gratitude to the government under the
leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, for the bold actions taken to
eradicate terrorism in its entirety.
"We, the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, the apex body of Islamic
Theologians in Sri Lanka, understand that the UN Panel of Experts have
accused the Sri Lankan Government of alleged war crimes and human rights
violations, according to media reports received in Sri Lanka.
"We consider this to be totally unfair, if one was to go by the
atrocities committed by the LTTE for thirty long years and the
sufferings the Sri Lankans had to undergo, including the Tamil
population, during the tenure of terror. It is saddening to note that
the acts of the brave and courageous soldiers of our country have been
brought to much disrepute.
"We are therefore of the firm opinion that the UN assists the country
in general, to help and improve our situation and avoid re-activating
ethnic conflicts, bitter feelings of enmity and hostility.
"Sri Lanka as a whole, is now free of terror and looking forward to a
just and peaceful future. It will take time and it is the duty of all
concerned to give President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Government time to
sort out all issues pertaining to ethnic grievances.
"We consider it our bounden duty to impress upon you the courageous
responsibility taken by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to free our country
from terror. It was a time when we Sri Lankans had given up hope of
peace for Mother Lanka. Ably assisted by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the
actions of our President and his Government are being revered by the
nation and any attempt by anyone to disregard or reject these acts of
bravery, will be totally condemned by Sri Lankans.
The United States of America has brought a resolution against Sri
Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Commission, charging human
rights violation in ending the war. Deplorably, this is the country that
has vetoed all UN General Assembly resolutions brought against Israel,
that had brazenly violated human rights since its inception in 1948.