Tamil Diplomat

Jaffna Catholic Diocese calls for release of political prisoners, resettlement of the displaced

A letter has been sent to President Maithripala Sirisena by the Commission for Justice & Peace of the Catholic Diocese of Jaffna seeking the release political prisoners in jails without trial and the resettlement of the displaced people in their original habitat.

Rev. Fr. S.V.B. Mangalarajah, Chairman of the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Diocese in his letter states:

“We urge the Release of thousands of political prisoners, who languish in the jails and detention centers without being charge-sheeted.  Some of these people have been there for 10 to 15 years. We expect your Excellency to give priority to release those who are there for more than 10 years, women (some with their children), sickly and elderly persons, bread-winners of families.

Accountability for the thousands of people who were either arrested, handed over to the Security-forces, taken by white-vans, surrendered during the final stages of the war and since then missing.

We further urge the resettlement of displaced people in their own lands and villages. Of all the civilian lands occupied by the security forces during the past 30 years of war, the largest mass of land is the 6381 acres of land in Valikamam North in the Jaffna Peninsula. There are also other lands in the North and East such as the entire village of Mullikulam with a population of more than 400 families and Muthur in the East which also has a larger civilian population. We would like to make a special mention of the land at Valikamam North which covers 24 Grama Sevaka divisions.”