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Lawyers' association in Sri Lanka vows to stifle attempts to revive separatism

2014 Feb 05

A lawyers' association in Sri Lanka has vowed to work against the agenda of certain elements that attempt to destabilize the country and revive separatism again.

Sri Lanka Lawyers Association, a collective of seven lawyers' associations, has made this remark in reference to a resolution adopted by the Northern Provincial Council to seek an international inquiry into the government's alleged war crimes.

Addressing a media conference held in Colombo this morning, Assistant Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Lawyers Association attorney-at-law Bandula Wellala said that according to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution a provincial council has no provision for bringing in an international resolution on human rights.

He said that adopting such a resolution by the Tamil party, Tamil National alliance (TNA) controlled Northern Provincial Council is an invalid action targeting the forthcoming UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva.

Attorney-at-law Saman Galappaththi said that certain local organizations are collaborating with the international organizations to bring in resolutions against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC sessions while all communities within the country are living in unity after the end of 30 years of war today and the country is undergoing a rapid development process.

Attorney Manoj Gamage, Convener of the Sri Lanka Lawyers Association said the lawyers' front vehemently condemns such action and they will take organized action against such moves.

Gamage condemning the statements being made by certain catholic priests in the North said such statements create destabilization in the country and disunity among the communities.

Attorney at law Priyantha Karunathilaka pointed out that the people of the North now have the democratic freedom of establishing local government institutions after the end of the war and pointed out that international organizations are silent about the human right violations committed by the terrorist group LTTE.

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