|Speech on the adjournment motion in Parliament on the 7th September 2011, By Prof Rajiva Wijesinha|
Mr. Deputy Speaker, in speaking on this Motion I should perhaps start by saying that I do not think the way it has been put quite expresses the enormous relief in this country at having got rid of the need for Emergency Regulations, in fact at the removal of an Emergency situation in Sri Lanka. This has happened after a very long time. Even though in the past forty years we have sometimes had brief alleviation of the Emergency Regulations, we knew that the Emergency situation still continued, and very soon the Regulations were reintroduced.
So the fact that this Emergency is now lifted for good is a most welcome. But I also think it is important for us to remember the need to make sure that terrorism does not arise again. It is for that reason that, unfortunately or otherwise, certain regulations have been reintroduced under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. However, I agree with the last speaker from
However, having said that, I think we need to remember that for the future there is a need for greater regulations, given the rise of terrorism worldwide. In the West you have things like the Homeland Security Act. We need to rethink our whole security situation and make sure that laws are introduced that are justiciable but that still make very clear the need to guard against modern methods of terrorism.
Recalling the speech of the Hon. Member of the Opposition from
I think it is vital that in the future we do not make that same mistake. Therefore, I think it is particularly important that people like the Hon. Member who just spoke, who has at his disposal a newspaper, uses that to raise issues rather than making threats of further terrorism which I am afraid some politicians occasionally use. I think it is very important that everybody abjures the use of terrorism so that we on the side of the Government can very quickly alleviate all the extreme measures that had to be introduced, if we are to prevent the tragedy of the last 20 years hitting this country again. Thank you Mr. Deputy Speaker.