Sunday, July 6, 2014

Kula urges caution on deportation of Sri Lankans

6:00PM Jul 5, 2014-- Terence Netto ( Malaysiakini) 

Kula urges caution on deportation of Sri Lankans 

DAP national vice-chairperson M Kulasegaran cautioned the police against deportation of four Sri Lankans said to have been arrested earlier this week for activities sympathetic towards the Tamil Tiger cause in their country.

"In April, three Sri Lankans were arrested and deported by our police in a move that disregards international norms," claimed the MP for Ipoh Barat.

"I urge caution on the authorities with respect to the latest round of arrests which should not lead to similar deportations," said the federal legislator.

Kulasegaran said Malaysian police should take note that the Human Rights Council of the United Nations had for three consecutive years passed resolutions that had pressed the government of Sri Lanka to investigate war crimes said to have been committed during the final stages of the 26-year-old civil war that ended in May 2009.

"Further, the fact that a rash of incidents recently on the island which saw clashes occur between members of the Buddhist majority and people belonging to the Muslim minority should stay the hand of the Malaysian authorities in dealing with Sri Lankan individuals said to be sympathetic to the Tamil Tigers," cautioned the DAP leader.

“I’m not saying that just because Muslims there may now be targeted by brigands belonging to the majority community in Sri Lanka means that the authorities here must move with caution with respect to individuals said to be Tamil Tiger separatists.

"I'm saying that given what the international community in general knows of what had happened in the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka, the Malaysian authorities must be more nuanced in its approach to the entire issue," elaborated Kulasegaran.

He said because Malaysia aspires to membership of a rotational seat in the UN Security Council, its conduct in security issues of continental and regional import should be consonant with the norms that invite respect for our country in the comity of nations.

"This objective is best served by being nuanced and judiciousness in matters such as the arrest of individuals said to be sympathetic to separatist movements in their countries of origin," he asserted.

"We should resist pressure from the home governments to deport the arrested individuals and instead try them in our courts before we send them back to their countries of origin," argued Kulasegaran.

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