Aug 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader and the leader of United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickramasinghe said that the party members who faced political reprisals since 1994 would be compensated under a future UNP government.
The UNP leader expressed these views addressing the launch of the list of names of the UNP members who faced political reprisals since 1994. The meeting was held in the party headquarters Sirikotha. The committee appointed to look into the political reprisals handed over a list and a CD which contained 24,000 names to the Opposition Leader and the district leaders of the UNP.
He said that the UNP is gathering information regarding political reprisals now aiming to provide relief to the affected persons systematically without allowing to recur the shortcomings that took place during the UNP rule from 2001 to 2004.
He said that it was the duty of the UNP leadership to provide relief to the victims of political reprisals and the party congress had also endorsed it.
Wickramasinghe also said that the UNP would establish the independent commissions and end political reprisals.
However, the data is collected to provide relief to the victims who were subjected to political reprisals in the past.
He pointed out that the political reprisals of the present government have not limited to the UNP or the People's Liberation Front (JVP).
The government took revenge from the former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranaike because it did not like her judgment on the Divineguma Bill.
Police has still not provided necessary security to the President of Bar Association of Sri Lanka Upul Jayasuriya who was followed by a group in vehicles with forged number plates.
The government is taking revenge of all from top to bottom who do not surrender to the Rajapaksa regime irrespective of their politics. The same party officials are also revenged since they were loyal to the former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarathunga.