It is the basic right of the people to remember their dead. Rajapakse Government has proclaimed a ban through the Court to remember Martyr Thileepan. All Tamil Parties have taken a joint decision to fight against this oppression of the State. However the TNPF has refused to work along.
The Tamil Parties met in Jaffna yesterday to discuss the action that should be taken against the banning of commemoration rights in a way to block the basic rights of the Tamil people. The leaders and representatives of TNA, the constituent parties of Tamil National Peoples Koottani, Democratic militants party and Tamil National Green Movement attended this meeting.
It was insisted in this meeting that the Government has proclaimed the ban on commemoration in a manner which will block the democratic right of the Tamil people and this is an act of refusing the basic right approved at the UN.
Since this ban will be extended on Annai Poopathy day and the Maveerar day, this could not be allowed, action should be taken to get back the democratic rights, it is insisted.
It was decided that all parties should sign a letter to call upon the President and the Prime Minister to ensure the democratic rights of the Tamil people to Commemorate and pay homage to their dead.
It was also decided that this letter should be sent immediately and depending on the reply they provide, further action should be taken.