National Christian Evangelical
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.