Dec 10, 2016

JHU complain against unseen Northern proposal Featured

A government coalition partner is pressuring the government to dissolve the Northern Provincial Council over allegations that it has violated the religious freedom of the country by passing a resolution to prevent the construction of Buddhist temples in the North.

The JHU had complained to the Human Rights Council yesterday demanding that the resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council be thrown in the bin, a day after Buddhasasana Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa had issued a warning in parliament.

The Northern Chief Minister said Minister Rajapaksa had made the statement in parliament on Thursday stating, “The Northern Chief Minister had passed resolution in the NPC that construction of Buddhist temples will not be allowed in the North. His proposal should be dumped in the garbage,” without properly understanding the context.

Winding up the Sinhala Buddhists:

Issuing a statement yesterday NP Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran stated, being a good friend and knowing each other well, Rajapaksha should have verified what was said at the NPC prior to making such a statement in parliament yesterday.

Petitioner Nishantha Warnasinghe of the JHU said even though a Sinhala translation of the resolution passed in the NPC was requested it was being delayed due to the lack of translation facilities and found fault with the Justice Minister for not initiating legal action against the NPC.

“There is no point in making statements in parliament just to wind up the Sinhala Buddhists of this country,” he said addressing the media.

Akuratiye Nanda Thera

According to the statement issued by the Chief Minister, the NPC had condemned the military over the erecting of Buddha statues in the Northern areas where there are no Buddhists as a display of arrogance.

Wigneswaran had further stated that he had met with a delegation of monks including the main author of the Sinhala dictionary Dr. Akuratiye Nanda Thera and discussed the issue where the military was erecting Buddha statues in areas where there were no Buddhists where even the monks had condemned the move. 

He said there was no hindrance to Buddhist or any religious activities or constructions in the North and the NPC would never object to such authorised religious constructions, adding that the NPC had only objected to the unauthorised constructions.

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