Injustice to Mannar Muslims – who is the BIG LIAR?
Posted on July 29th, 2012

S.H. Hasbullah  University of Peradeniya

I wish to add few additional points on this.  The information that I am adding here come from my own observations on this and similar other issues that returnee Muslims are faced today in the north.  I can substantiate what I say in the following section with necessary evidences  if situation warrants so.

  • Politicians, state officials, clergies and legal system in the north including in Mannar have been trying their best to prevent the return of Muslims who waited for more than two decades to return  their places of origin. Muslim displaced hoped that those forces would help and facilitate their rightful return to north with self-respect and dignity. But unfortunately it did not happened  as what returnee Muslims hoped for.
  • In Mannar, Catholic Church and leading priests are in the background in planning and executing an agenda of non-return of Muslims with the help of other anti-Muslim return forces.
  • Legal establishment in the north and in Mannar was used by these forces to deny or grab lands belong  to Muslims  and other traditional rights enjoyed by Muslims for decades such  as landing rights of fishermen.  A good  example  to this is what happened to Mannar Uppukulam Muslim fishermen in recent days.
  • Mannar Uppukulam incident was one among many such denials of rights of returnee Muslims.
  • Many do not know as to how thousands of acres of land (the figure mentioned is not an exaggeration) legally belong to Muslims for many decades have been misappropriated by the joint action by the above mentioned forces which I hope soon it will to come to light.  I cannot give the full details of these attempts because people affected will have to go through legal system to challenge this.  Also if I provide those information now I may be accused of contempt of court because some of court ruling have yet to be challenged by these poor returnee Muslims.  However, if necessary, I can substantiate this matter in a future correspondence without interfering the legal proceedings.  But the question is whether these poor innocent people will have the capacity to challenge such a powerful force which is behind this unjust agenda or will this land issue also end up like the presently what happened  to Uppukulam Muslim fishermen.  In other words, those Muslims who lost  lands are also in need of legal and other helps from  concerned people  to challenge the powerful opposing force in Mannar.
  • Mannar Uppukulam fisher folk were driven systematically by the above mentioned forces to come to street to ask for justice as the normal legal and administrative system has failed to rectify their genuine grievances for nearly a decade and very systematically in recent months and days as it is evident from the recent events.
  • Those opposing forces are clear in their agenda by using the media and other information channels  to discredit the plight of returnee Muslims. It is very unfortunate that it was done by a group said to be representing another discriminated population (minority) of the country who too seek justice to what happened to them during the long years of ethnic conflict and civil war.
  • Those forces do not see that returnee Muslims who at present were only a small fraction (less than one per cent) of present northern  population and about 15 to 20 per cent of the total north Muslims displaced population.  In fact, other displaced Muslims who are yet to return to north or will decide not  to return because of the ongoing agenda and propaganda of Tamil nationalistic  forces.
  • At the same time, it must be mention that presently displaced Muslims are faced with numerous social, economic, political and environmental problems where they live now (in the places of displacement e.g., Puttalam and other places in the south).  They will  soon be removed from the  right to return to their places of origin by the state because state has already indicated that they will do so. Therefore, displaced population will be left with no alternative for living  other than the place where they live now and also  will  loose to regain the rights of return that include rights  of assets and properties in the north not to mention their other traditional, cultural and religious rights in their places of origin.   At that point, they will be real ‘place-less or forgotten’ people of the country.
  • They (Tamil nationalist forces) are trying to show the returnee Muslims are an anti-social elements to the north. In some respect, they have been successful in doing this.  They have been successful painting this picture in Jaffna few months before which is another issue that needs the attention of those who are concern about the plight of the north Muslims.
  • Tamil media locally, nationally and internationally trying to show  that the Muslims are not fit to “ƒ”¹…”Tamil national territory and/or Tamil national aspirations’. Unfortunately national and international media also caught up in this systematical propaganda by  Tamil nationalist  and anti-Muslim forces.
  • Such agenda is almost equal or more than equal to what LTTE’s ethnic cleansing of Muslims from the north in 1990.
  • It is so unfortunate that  the those forces among  Tamils act  in this negative manner. At the same time, there are progressive  forces and individuals among Tamils who acknowledge unjust done  to north  Muslims  and want to do necessary positive measures to rectify what happened to Muslim victims in the past and present.  Unfortunately, those  progressive forces are numerically and politically small and weak to make substantial  impacts on this right to return of north Muslims so far. But certainly it is necessary to recognize and get the help of those positive forces among Tamil in order create a situation of a true reconciliation among different population  in the conflict affected north and east and in the country.
  • It is the right of all peace loving citizen to be aware of these developments and not allow another historical mistake by the nationalistic forces by preventing return of displaced Muslims. With all these challenges, many displaced Muslims want to return home to live with dignity and self-respect because they are left with no other option in the  present political frame work  of the country.  Therefore, we cannot rule out  the possibility  of using the goodwill and commitments of those progressive forces  in all communities especially among Tamils in the future for this.
  • It is the duty of all to help the north Muslims to stand firmly to the challenges that they are now faced now.  In this  respect, we have to look at the issue of the denial of the right to return of north Muslims above political and other interests. Very frankly, political unity among Muslim politicians is a must at this juncture.  I beg our political leaders to unit on this issue.  I pray this request will be heard and fulfilled.

I am sincerely hoping that those who understand and concern as to what is happening to north  Muslim could do their best to help them to recover from the present dreadful situation that the rerunning Muslims are faced in the north and in the south now.

In this respect, I endorse fully what Dr. Mareena Reffai said on this and encourage others also come forward on this  matter.

Thank you and wassalam.

S.H. Hasbullah

University of Peradeniya

8 Responses to “Injustice to Mannar Muslims – who is the BIG LIAR?”

  1. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    Many readers of the Lanka Web has been time and again, requesting the Government to rehabilitate the 80,000 muslims and 20,000 Sinhalese, who were ethnically cleansed by that TAMIL “OUR SOLE” magalomaniac. It is the failure of the Government that is creating this new rift, and making people lose their cool. The TAMILS plundered all the movable and immovable properties of the Muslims and the Sinhalese to the tune of Billions. What has the Government done about it ? SHAME, SHAME.

    THE TIME IS RIPE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO REHABILITATE THE ENTIRE 80,000 MUSLIMS, AND 20,000 SINHALESE BACK IN THE NORTH, AND BE GIVEN ONE MILLION (Rs1,000.000) EACH, THE SAME WAY THE GOVERNMENT GAVE THE TAMILS WHILST REHABILITATING THEM. THIS IS WHAT RECONCILIATION IS.

    THE PRESIDENT MUST STEP IN TO STOP PEOPLE FIGHTING AGAINST EACH OTHER TO HOLD ONTO THEIR BASIC RIGHTS. LET US BE FAIR MR. PRESIDENT. LET OUR HEARTS AND MINDS ACT IN UNISON. LET US BE FAIR.

    PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE THE SINHALESE AND THE MUSLIMS, MR. PRESIDENT, PLEASE DONT DO IT. USE YOUR GOOD OFFICES, YOUR BETTER JUDGEMENT, AND YOUR WILL TO MOVE FAST, TO BRING SUCCOR TO THOSE IN NEED.

    THIS REHABILITATION MUST BE DONE RIGHT NOW. PROCRASTINATION IS THE THIEF OF TIME.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    Tamils have still not learnt the lesson.

    SL is NOT India where Tamils, Malayalees, Panjabis, etc. have their little “Nadus”. This is NOT the case in SL.

    We should all support Rishard. He may be a thug but WAY BETTER than TERRORISTS.

    They way TNA-UNP group prevent the truth coming out is despicable.

    Behind all this is Kasippu Joseph who is instigating violence. A few rupees can end his misery. Why don’t we take the EFFECTIVE path to eliminate terrorists?

    ALL Muslims from Jaffna MUST LEAVE Puttlam. Puttlam is NOT their home. It is Jaffna. Don’t try to fool compassionate Sinhalese just because Tamils are violent and possessive.

  3. Sirih Says:

    I was told this troubled Muslim Minister is a very good minister doing the right things by the ministry… So far we only heard one side and my info is TNA is trying to chase the Muslims and after the whole area to get more power. On security side this is a major headache since this area is so critical to our security with Indian smuggling and gun running. We need patriots in this area.

  4. Dham Says:

    Lorenzo,
    I agree. But similarly, if land belongs to Muslims in Dambula mosuque, as long as the building has proper approval, it should remain. If not should be demolished. Building approval cannot be given by the muslim head it should be obtained from the local authorities.

  5. Lorenzo Says:

    Govt should forcefully resettle ALL displaced Muslims in Jaffna.

    Tell India to fly a kite. Muslims MUST leave Puttlam to Sinhalas.

  6. A. Sooriarachi Says:

    It is regrettable to hear from various sources that the Tamil Catholic clergy in Mannar and those Govt officials still loyal to the LTTE are battling hard to retain the Tamil monoethnic programme of Prabakaran, by preventing the true owners of the lands in Mannar regaining what they lost to LTTE Mahavir families who have illegally colonised the land grabbed by the terrorists from Muslims and Sinhalese in Mannar. Rajapakse Govt had the courage to eliminate terrorists not withstanding the powerful International lobby that tried to save the terrorist movement. We are grateful to the Govt for liberating the country, but now request the Govt to take action against anyone whether Catholic Priest or Govt Official or Magistrates or Lawyers or whoever, if they are trying to prevent the rightful owners of these lands from resettling in Mannar.
    Also, if we care for fairplay, then it is mainly the Muslims and those Sinhalese who were chased out from Mannar and other parts by Tamil Tigers over the past three decades, that should get UNHRC cash grants, much much much before the recently effected Tamil hostages of the LTTE. Doing just the opposite, leaves a big question mark against the UNHRC motives too.
    Let justice prevail and the SriLankan Govt have the courage to take action against all wrong doers, not withstanding their backing from INGOs. Send back the Mahavir families to where they came from and give the land back to rightful owners.
    Let an independent commission ascertain whether the dreaded LTTE machinery is still operating in Mannar. Let us wish best of luck to those fighting for justice for the victims of the LTTE initiated conflict.

  7. Lorenzo Says:

    BREAKING NEWS!

    “Saudi Arabian spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has been assassinated, a report says.

    The Paris-based Voltaire Network confirmed the death of 63-year-old Prince Bandar on its website on Monday, citing unofficial sources.

    The international non-profit organization, which publishes a free website (voltairenet.org) in eight languages, said that Prince Bandar was killed because of his role in the July 18 deadly bombing in Damascus.

    The bombing killed at least four high-profile Syrian security officials, including Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha and his deputy Assef Shawkat who was also President Bashar al-Assad’s brother-in-law.

    However, there has been no confirmation or denial neither from Saudi officials nor from the Syrian government yet.

    Bandar, who was Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States from 1983 to 2005, was named the kingdom’s Secretary General of the National Security Council in 2005. On 19 July 2012, he was appointed Director General of the Saudi Intelligence Agency by King Abdullah.

    Many said his promotion was a reward for the role he played in organizing the attack in Damascus, the organization reported.”

  8. M.S.MUDALI Says:

    Check the history in Colombo about Parangiya Lorenzo. Nice history will come out!

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