Protection of human rights, a humanitarian obligation

– Virakesari Editorial

(September 19, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) - A big tragedy was avoided in Colombo since the people were vigilant.

A time bomb, hidden under a seat in a bus, which was travelling from Mttakuliya to Moratuwa, was detected following the information given by a passenger. Bus driver and the conductor had parked the bus in the road side and requested the passengers to get down. Within few minutes after informing the traffic police, the bomb had exploded. 7 people who were passing were injured.

As a result of the continuing violence, civilians are killed and there is no safety. As a result of bomb blasts and bomb attacks, people fear to step out of their homes.

Meanwhile, due to the continuing war efforts in Killinochchi and Mullaitheevu district, innocent civilians have to face sufferings. 4 people died and 6 people sustained injuries in the recent air raid in Killinochi and Mullaitheevu districts.

Loss of lives is increasing day by day. We should not forget the reality that, whether the victims are Tamil people or Sinhala people, they are citizens of this country.

In the meantime, violence is increasing in the north east with reports of killings of innocent civilians by unknown armed groups. In Jaffna, two people were shot dead recently.

It I regrettable that there is not respect for human life!

(An English translation of the Editorial in Virakesari, a Tamil daily, based in Colombo.)
- Sri Lanka Guardian