"International HR intervention, only over our dead bodies" - Weerawansa

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 23 January 2008, 10:12 GMT]
"As long as there is JVP in Sri Lanka, no one can intervene and subject the Sri Lankan leaders to international investigations on Human Rights," declared Wimal Weerawansa, the Propaganda Secretary of the Sinhala extreme nationalist party, in a protest against UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, held in front of the UN office in Colombo Wednesday 10:00 a.m., sources in Colombo said.

JVP protest in front of UN office in Colombo

JVP protest in front of UN office in Colombo
"That could only happen over our dead bodies," Mr. Wimal Weerawanse said.

“UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louis Arbour, is actively working to create separatism in Sri Lanka and to safeguard Liberation Tigers,” Weerawansa charged in the protest demonstration.

JVP parliamentarians Vijitha Herath (Gampaha district), Sunil Handunneththi (Colombo district), Bimal Ratnayake (Kurunegala district) and Piyasiri Wijenayake (Kalutara district) participated in the demonstration along with hundreds of supporters.

“Louis Arbour is wrong in saying that key leaders of Sri Lanka may have to be produced before the International justice system if human rights violations on the people of Sri Lanka continue,” Wimal Weerawansa said.

The UN is treating Sri Lanka like Kosovo, Sudan and East Timor, he charged.

The demonstrators held placards and shouted slogans, including the following:
  • Arbour, keep the assistance to yourself!
  • Neo Colonialist Arbour, keep hands off Sri Lanka!
  • Arrest the Tigers hiding in your home country Canada!
  • Don’t try to establish Neo Colonialism in Sri Lanka!

The demonstration lasted for nearly 30 minutes.



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