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SL’s senior Roman Catholic clergy speak out against detention of Tamil refugees

August 25, 2009

BBC : Cashing in on the IDPs
Two of Sri Lanka’s most senior Roman Catholic clergy have spoken out against the continued detention of nearly 300,000 Tamil war refugees.

Jaffna bishop Thomas Saundaranayagam, himself a Tamil, said the refugees were being held “like prisoners”…In his sermon, the Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Ranjith from the majority Sinhalese community, said this was a beautiful occasion. However he said it would have been more so had the people of this area being held in camps been able to come, he said, referring to the lack of Tamils.

“When we are talking to them they feel their feelings are being hurt,” Father Joe said. “When our brothers and sisters are now in the camp we just cannot come and celebrate the feast here.”

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