Reports from Sri Lanka have confirmed that the Sri Lankan State Minister Lohan Ratwatte threatened to kill Tamil political prisoners by posing his gun inside the Anrudharapura Prison on Sunday.
“Threatening Tamil political prisoners by pointing a gun is the act of pointing the gun against Tamil people politics, and United Nations Human Rights Council,” Convener of National Movement for the Release of Political Prisoners Father M. Sakthivel said.
“The TNPF can confirm that on the evening of the 12th of September the State Minister for Prisons has gone to the Anuradhapura prisons, summoned the #Tamil political prisoners and had got two of them to kneel in front of him,” Parliamentarian and President of Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam tweeted.
“The TNPF condemns in the strongest possible terms this dastardly behaviour of the State Minister. Tamil political prisoners are already traumatised for being held in detention under one of the most draconian pieces of legislation known to the world, the PTA,” MP Gajendrakumar said in a series of tweets.
(8) That a minister can behave in this manner when UNHRC’s gaze is on Sri Lanka,only shows how unperturbed the state is with regards to the UNHRC. If Lka is not taken beyond the UNHRC to the ICC as a matter of urgency, the plight of Tamil victims stand to deteriorate far more.
— Gajen Ponnambalam MP (@GGPonnambalam) September 14, 2021