The Unresolved Tamil Question in Sri Lanka
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 13, 2013
The Tamil question in Sri Lanka, after the military offensive in 2009 seems to have vanished from the general discourse everywhere. After the war a UN panel found that as many as 40,000 civilians may have been killed in the final months of the civil war, most as a result of indiscriminate shelling by the Sri Lankan military. The panel called on the UNSG to conduct an independent international investigation into the alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights law committed by both sides. The Sri Lankan government rejected the entire report, calling it “fundamentally flawed in many respects”, and as being based on “patently biased” and unverified material and produced another report titled Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.
Sri Lankan state has given such an impression that the question has been solved, 3,50,000 displaced Tamils in the final stages of war have been rehabilitated and brought in ‘mainstream’. However, the reality is very different. The rights violations of Tamils continue to occur, they remain the second grade citizens in their own country. In Tamilnadu many of the civil society groups continue to take up these issues and pressurise upon the TN government and Indian government intervene. In March 2012, the United Nations passed a resolution urging Sri Lanka to investigate alleged abuses during the final phase of war with Tamil rebels. India voted against Sri Lanka, under pressure from parties from south India. However, the strategic interests prevent any such action from the government and situation of Tamils remain far from better.
NAPM Tamil Nadu has been involved with the issue in various capacities and have collaborated with Save Tamils Movement, May 17th Movement, group of Socialists and so on. In May – June this year at a meeting organised in Chennai a decision was taken that during the Parliament session a national meeting would be organised in Delhi.
It is in this context that we are writing to invite you to the meeting on August 13th, at Indian Social Institute 10, Lodi Road, New Delhi from 11:00 to 5:00 pm. We need your support in taking this initiative forward and ensuring rights and justice to Tamils.
Do join us !
Medha Patkar, D. Gabriele, Vijay Pratap, Rajendra Ravi, Y. Arul Doss, Sudandiran, Jacquline, Adlin, Jayaharan, Sanjeev kumar, Madhuresh Kumar, Seela M
Organised by National Alliance of People’s Movements, Socialist Front, Delhi Solidarity Group and others
Endorsed by : Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruthidarula Union-APVVU