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Panama villagers protest over land

2014 Mar 14

Villagers from Panama including people from Shasthrawela, Ragamwela, Ulla, Ulpassa and Ragamwela are to stage a demonstration tomorrow against the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Sri Lanka over a land issue.

The inaction of NHRC in implementing its own recommendations on behalf of the villagers of Panama, outlawing the grabbing of land, torching of houses, and violent physical attack of villagers in 2010, has now resulted in hundreds of families being destitute, landless, homeless, and deprived of their livelihoods.

The villagers continue to oppose the World Bank (WB) – Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) joint commissioning of the ‘Arugam Bay Special Tourism Promotion Zone’ in their area.

The villagers organized as the Panam-Paththuwa Surekeeme Sangvidhanaya (Organization for the Protection of Panam-Paththuwa) will demonstrate in front of the Head Office of the National Human Rights Commission tomorrow, the organisers said.

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