Holding the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa responsible for the killing of two Tamil political prisoners, Jaffna District Parliamentarian of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Suresh K. Premachandran said that thousands of Tamil political prisoners are increasingly “living in danger of getting killed at any moment” according to a report in JDS (Journalists for democracy in Sri Lanka).
“Although it is visibly written in all the prison walls that the prison inmates are also human beings, the Tamil prison inmates are not at all considered human beings. They are sadly living in danger of getting killed at any moment,” MP Premachandran has said in Colombo on the eve of the funeral of the second Tamil prisoner, Dilrukshan Mariyadas of Jaffna, the report says. “Under the prevailing culture of impunity, the military, the government, the President and the Defence Secretary can do anything at their will and get away without being questioned. Allowing such a dangerous situation to prolong further will lead to a full-scale dictatorship in this country,” he said.
Speaking at the burial site of Dilrukshan on Saturday, several parliamentarians, political party leaders and rights activists have also expressed the similar sentiments and called for mass protest campaigns for the speedy release of the remaining thousands of Tamil prisoners, according to the report.