Three MPs signatures in TNA letter without approval

The signatures of three Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Members of Parliament (MP) have been included in a letter recently without their approval.

TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said that it has been brought to the attention of the TNA that at least three Members of Parliament belonging to the Tamil National Alliance have not signed the purported letter alleged to have been signed by 8 or 11 Members of Parliament stating that no further time should be granted to the Government of Sri Lanka to implement Resolution 30/1 of October 2015.

Sumanthiran said that G. Srinesan, Shanthi Sriskantharajah and K Kodeswaran have informed the Party that their names appear as signatories to the said purported letter, despite the fact that they expressly refused to sign the same.

The signatories of the petition had said they fear that any extension of time will embolden and encourage Sri Lankan Government to commit human rights abuses against Tamils without any fear and Tamils safety will be in danger. Tens of thousands Sri Lankan Security forces who committed mass killings and sexual violence are still stationed in Tamil areas and live among the victims. There are numerous reports of current abuses against Tamils, including a recent report by UN Special Rapporteur on torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Mr. Juan Mendez.

The petition had the names of TNA MPs S. Sritharan, Selvam Adaikalanathan, Dharmalingam Sitharthan, S. Yogeswaran, Sivasakthi Ananthan, G. Srinesan, Charles Nirmalanathan, Mrs. Shanthi Srish Kantharaja, Dr. Siva Mohan, S. Viyalanderan and K. Kodeeswaran. (Colombo Gazette)

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