Norwegian Ambassador meets JVP in Sri Lanka


Norwegian Ambassador to India in New Delhi May-Elin Stener met National People’s Power (NPP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake at the JVP head office this afternoon. He also known by his initials AKD, is a Sri Lankan socialist politician. He is a Member of Parliament from the Colombo District, the current party leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (from 2014) and the National People’s Power (from 2019). A former presidential candidate in 2019, he has been named as the National People’s Power presidential candidate for the 2024 Sri Lankan presidential election.

He has been involved with the JVP since his school days and was active in student politics in university before joining the JVP politburo in 1995. He has been a member of parliament since September 2000, having been either appointed from the national list or elected, Dissanayake served as the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Land and Irrigation from 2004 to 2005 and Chief Opposition Whip from 2015 to 2018. He was named the leader of JVP at the 7th National Convention of the party, held on 2 February 2014.

Second Secretary of the Norwegian Embassy John Bjerkem and NPP MP Vijitha Herath and Harini Amarasuriya attended the meeting.

The current political situation in the country and the economic crisis that Sri Lanka is facing were discussed at length, party sources said.

The two parties also discussed the elections to be held this year.

Attrocities of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or Peoples’ Liberation Front

During the period 1987-1992 the JVP murdered hundreds of members of the working class in the South of the island in order to force people to join anti-government strikes. 

Just 15 year ago JVP attacked the holiest of Buddhist shrines, the sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy and also the Katunayake International airport.

Information below is gathered from a news paper in Sri Lanka. (An official document marked ‘top secret’ listed killings that the JVP carried out during this time.)

Killed :

3210    Informants                   1735 Government supporters  487 Government servants

52        Educationists   (Including 50 Principals, a vice chancellor and a University professor)

70        Politicians        (35 were leading politicians)

Service personnel :

209      Security forces             342      Police personnel                      98        Home guards 

In 1989 alone, JVP murdered 24 Buddhist clergies (For refusing to bow to the Marxists principles)

Name of Buddihist Clergy  Buddhist Temple   Date
Rev. Poddalamulle Premaloka    18/12/1988 
Rev. Marambe Somaratana   31/12/1988
Rev. Angunakolapelasse Upali  07/01/1989
Rev. Kumbagoda Gunaloka   Mihintale Temple11/07/1987 
Rev. Kotikawatte Saddhatissa  03/08/1989 
Rev. Hemaloka  Nandimithra Temple –Pallama04/08/1989 
Rev. W. Pangnatisa Athurugiriya Temple 13/08/1989 
Rev. Soragune Pangnasara Rajamahaviharaya     20/08/1989 
Rev. Kirawanagama Pangnarama  27/08/1989
Rev. Welltota PangnadassiKithalagamuwa Temple30/08/1989
Rev. Pelpola Dharmapala Jayasumanaramaya04/09/1989
Rev. Muditha  Sri Sudharshanaramaya – Hiniduma05/09/1989 
Rev. Kahawa Wimalasiri Bodhirajaramaya09/09/1989 
Rev. Mahanuwara DammarakkithaBambarangala Temple18/09/1989 
Rev. Govunne RathanajothiMawelagama Rajamaha Viharaya20/09/1989
Rev. Thiaranagama Rathanasara 29/09/1989
Rev. Thambugala Anandasiri  13/10/1989 
Rev. Dikpitiye Angirasa Sri Keththarama Temple 05/10/1989 
Rev. Kalutara Dharmarathana 12/10/1989
Rev. WimalakeerthiDangolla Temple – Horambawa20/10/1989 
Rev. Nikapitiye SiddharthaDeliwala Temple 30/10/1989
Rev. D. Gunawansa  Mangalagama Pirivena – Molagoda05/11/1989
Rev. Welipitiye PangnatissaViyaneliya Temple29/11/1989 
Rev. Bamunupotha SomarathanaMedpitiya Temple10/12/1989 
Rev. W. PangnanandaWeulukannala Temple11/12/1989
Rev. Ambewela ChandrajothiKulubululanda Viharaya12/12/1989 
Rev. Rekawa Pangnasiddhi               Ubhayaramaya Temple – Rekawa     16/12/1989

In 1987 and 1988 two Catholic priests were killed by JVP. 

Name of Priest                     Place of incident                                         Date                

Fr. Michael Paul Rodrigo         Subaseth Gedara, Kataragama                                 11/10/1987

Fr. P. Lionel Jayasinghe         Lanka Deva Sabhawa – Tissamaharamaya    25/03/1988

Vandalism and sabotage by JVP 


553      CTB buses                  15        CTB depots                 01        CTB workshop 

113      Government vehicles   29        Private vehicles


16        Trains              12        Rail tracks                    24       Railway stations

680      Post offices     18        Postal vehicles            12        Telecommunication centres 

01        CTO building   84        Key telephone lines

04        Paddy collecting centres and cultivation and milk collecting centres

73        Tea factories   38        Estate bungalows 

Many   Estate vehicles, Tea leaf collecting centres

Corporations vandalised 

(1)Timber Corporation depots             (2) Distilleries                           (3) Weaving centres, 

(4) Building Materials Corporation       (5) Plywood Corporation          (6) Cashew Corporation,

(7) Fertiliser Corporation                      (8) Mining buildings                 (9) Government schools.


132      Electric transformers                13        Pylons                         69        Power lines 

02        Power stations                        25        Electric meters             09        Elec-sub stations

103      Agrarian service centres


More than 40 Banks 

21        Government office

294      Offices of Government agents

Private property damaged

107      Homes of service personnel    76        Houses of Police officers         Home Guards

20        Houses of civilians                  33        Private buildings 

05        Sarvodaya Centres                             Homes of provincial council members, 

Social centres and Trade union offices           

Foreign construction projects and construction centres 


JVP leader Somawansa admitted to the killing of at least 6,000 people 

Civil society was shocked to learn that Somawansa Amerasinghe has accepted that the Janatha Vimuke Peramuna (JVP) murdered 6000 people including hundreds of politicians and others, including President Kumaratunga’s husband Vijeya Kumaratunga! Amerasinghe is the only member still alive of the JVP politburo of that time. Civil society expects that the international community will demand legal action after the revelation of such a vast number of brutal murders.

He has been in self-imposed exile in the United Kingdom for the past few years. The evidence against him has been well documented and there is a warrant in Sri Lanka for his arrest. 

It is shameful that the Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga to brought Somawansa from London as a State guest to address the election rally last year and then allowed him to go back to UK, instead of having him arrested. Yet another outrageous act of President Chandrika!

According to Human rights organisations and the Sri Lankan media, the JVP has killed or contributed to the killing of more than 60,000 people in 1980s.

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