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The Assassination of Mr Nadarajah Raviraj and a Call for a Parliamentary Probe
A Statement by the Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera, Bishop of Colombo
CEYLON 061114-1
November 14, 2006

[The Church of Ceylon (E-P) - Ceylon] The brutal assassination of Mr Nadarajah Raviraj, M.P. is yet another reminder of the deep animosity and violence that engulfs our country.

This senseless killing of a gifted and accessible Parliamentarian must be condemned without reservation. The killing must be promptly investigated and the perpetrators dealt with under the law. The Presidentís decision to invite Scotland Yard to help with the investigation is welcome, but must be expedited.

I offer Mrs Raviraj, the children, Mr Ravirajís elderly mother and the rest of the family the condolences of our Church.

The murder of a Member of Parliament in broad daylight is an indication of how vulnerable all other citizens of this country are. No one is safe on our streets and the worsening situation continues unabated.

The public outrage at this killing from a wide cross-section of ethnic groups, political parties and religions has to be taken note of by the GoSL. Time is fast running our and unless immediate transparent and radical changes are made in our approach towards conflict resolution, the situation will get hopelessly out of control. People cannot simply be killed because they hold different views.

I consequently urge the President, the Cabinet and leaders of all political parties to set aside time for a Parliamentary debate and initiate a Parliamentary probe regarding this killing and the prevailing culture of violence with a view to taking the necessary steps to arrest this sinister trend.

The Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera
Bishop of Colombo