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Monday, March 10, 2014 - 06.36 GMT

Protests against UN resolution on Sri Lanka


Protests against the forces conspiring in the UN Human Rights Council to bring resolutions against Sri Lanka were held in Colombo and in the Eastern Province over the weekend.

Following the protest held in Colombo by the National Rights Organization representing religious dignitaries from all faiths on Saturday, another peaceful protest was held in Kalmunai town, in the Eastern Province yesterday (March 09) denouncing the attempts to move a resolution against Sri Lanka, at the ongoing UNHRC sessions in Geneva.

Thousands participated in the protest in Kalmunai shouting slogans. Participants representing all communities in the area said they were committed to strengthen the hands of President Mahinda Rajapaksa who brought peace to the country after ending the 30 year scourge of terrorism.

The march was organized by the Eastern Province Civil Society Federation. Addressing the crowd, a coordinator of the Federation Ishwaran Babu said they faced untold hardships at the hands of LTTE terrorists for decades and no country came to their rescue.

"The foreign nations clamoring for rights in Sri Lanka did nothing for the people who were virtually held hostage by the LTTE. What they did was strengthening their coffers by selling arms to the LTTE," he said.

Around 5,000 persons participated in the procession in Kalmunai town. A majority of the participants were Tamils which included women and children. The participants gathered at the Kalmunai Wesley College playground at around 9.00 a.m. from where the two kilometer procession commenced. The children holding photographs of President Rajapaksa and waving national flags walked in the procession. Participants in the procession supported the stand taken by the President against the US resolution submitted in Geneva.

The participants shouted slogans such as 'We will join President's forward march', 'The President has won the confidence of the Tamil people' and 'In order to settle the ethnic issue we have strengthened the hands of President.'

Tamils from many villages in the Ampara District participated in the procession.

Meanwhile, the National Rights Organization (NRO) comprising of multi-religious membership, submitted a letter of protest against the US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The petition addressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was handed over to an official at the office of the UN Representative in Colombo.





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