Sri Lanka: NESoMR Chairman Rev. Father Karunaratnam killed in claymore mine attack.

General April 29, 2008

National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL)

Rev. Father M.X. Karunaratnam Chairman of the North East Secretariat on Human Rights ((NESoMR) was killed in a claymore attack, on Sunday the 20th of April 2008.

The attack took place on Mallaavi – Vavnnikku’lam road in Vanni near the Kuzhanthai Jesus Church at Vannivilaangku'lam at around 12.30pm on Sunday. It is reported that Father Karunaratnam used the road frequently as his residential prayer and counseling centre is located in Vavunnikku’lam and his vehicle was well known to those in the area.

Father Karunaratnam spoke up on behalf of human rights of the civilian population in the North East and also provided psychosocial counseling to those affected by the war and the Tsunami.

Father Karunaratnam is the third founder member of NESoMR to be killed. Two of the eleven founder members of NESoMR who were also Parliamentarians of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) were killed in 2005. They were Mr. A Chandra Nehru MP for Ampara District and a local preacher of the Methodist Church and Mr. M. Joseph Pararajasingham, MP for Batticaloa, a devoute Catholic who was gunned down while inside the Church on Christmas eve.

21/04/2008