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Sri Lanka para military holds Tamil Members of Parliament as hostages and threatens MPs from voting against President Rajapakse's budget
Sri Lanka backed paramilitary Pillayan Group on Tuesday 11 December 2007 abducted the brother of Batticaloa district Tamil National Alliance MP P. Ariyanethran, P. Sriskandaseya, 54, secretary of TNA MP K. Thangeswari, Ira Nagalingam and the son-in-law of TNA MP S. Jeyanandamoorthy's sister, Arunasalam Sivapalan, 28.
The secretary of Ms. Thangeswari, Mr. Nagalingam is a retired government
official. Jeyanandamoorthy MP's family relative Arunasalam Sivapalan is a
father of one. Mr. P. Sriskandaseya, an elder brother of Ariyanethran MP, is
a Village Officer (GSO) and father of four. All the three victims have been
abducted in Batticaloa city on Tuesday.
The President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), M. Pier
Ferdinando Casini Calls for the Release of Family Members of
three Sri Lanka MPs, Geneva, 13 December 200
The President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), M. Pier Ferdinando Casini, has expressed deep concern at the reported abduction of family members of three Tamil National Alliance members of the parliament of Sri Lanka to pressure them into refraining from voting against the budget.
President Casini recalled that kidnapping is illegal everywhere, and urged those responsible for the act to release the hostages immediately. He also called on the Government of Sri Lanka to do everything within its power to ensure that the parliamentarians concerned can freely exercise their mandate and cast their vote as they see fit without fearing for the safety of their families. Otherwise, democracy itself would suffer a severe blow.
Established in 1889 and with Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the IPU - the oldest multilateral political organization in the world - currently brings together 146 affiliated national parliaments and seven associated regional assemblies. The world organization of parliaments also has an Office in New York, which acts as its Permanent Observer to the United Nations.
Ms. Luisa Ballin, IPU Information Officer. Tel.: +41 22 919 41 16; e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]
Ms. Ingeborg Schwarz, Manager, IPU Human Rights Programme, Tel.: +41 22 919 41 42, e-mail: [email protected] . Mr. Rogier Huizenga, Programme Officer. Tel.: +41 22 919 41 24, e-mail: [email protected] .
IPU website: www.ipu.org
European Union Condemns Abduction
The British High Commission issued the following statement on behalf of the European Union: