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Julie Bishop to announce Australian assistance to combat dengue in SL.

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Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, who is to visit Sri Lanka this week, will announce Australian assistance to combat dengue fever in Sri Lanka together with President Maithripala Sirisena, Australian Foreign Affairs Ministry announced today.

She will also discuss the progress on the implementation of Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process, which is critical to its long-term security and prosperity.

She said in a statement that she would visit India and Sri Lanka from 18-20 July to strengthen their bilateral, economic and security relations with two important partners in the region.

“In Sri Lanka, I will meet President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake and other ministers to discuss security cooperation and explore new economic opportunities in science, resources and energy,” Ms. Bishop said.

 

http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Julie-Bishop-to-announce-Australian-assistance-to-combat-dengue-in-SL-132955.html

GMOA says NFTH not acquired but leased to Govt.

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The GMOA said today the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) was acquired by the government on a lease agreement.

GMOA Secretary Haritha Aluthge told a news conference the GMOA would consider the acquisition as one carried out without any transparency. He said Dr. Fernando or Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne should brief the country about terms and conditions involved in the transaction.

He said even though the NFTH was acquired by the government it had not resolved the SAITM controversy.

GMOA Assistant Secretary Naveen De Zoysa said NFTH was built at a cost of Rs.3.5 billion with a loan of Rs.2 billion granted by a State bank.

He said the government was allowing the hospital 10 years to settle the loan but the salaries and other costs would be borne by the government and asked on what basis was the government claiming that it had taken over the NFTH. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/GMOA-says-NFTH-not-acquired-but-leased-to-Govt–132962.html

 

Sri Lankan State has no political will to provide justice -Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam at UN

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TNPF Leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam delivered speech in UN’s Human rights council 34th Session today(15.3.2017).This statement is made in collaboration with the Tamil National People’s Front.
When resolution A/HRC/30/1 on Sri Lanka was passed in October 2015, we warned the Council that whilst calling for a criminal investigation to be undertaken, the resolution did not seriously address the significant shortcomings detailed in the OISL report. We said that the resolution only seeks to provide the appearance of credibility by providing for some “foreign” involvement, to what is for all practical purposes a domestic mechanism. We have also repeatedly been pointing out that the Sri Lankan State has no political will to provide justice.
However even those minimal obligations that were laid out in resolution 30/1 on accountability have now been officially disowned by the Sri Lankan government. It is no lesser persons than the President of Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister who have been leading the efforts to disown the resolution.
What is of utmost importance is that, over and above the verbal rejection of the resolution, not one of the obligations under the resolution has been implemented by the government.
Under these circumstances, when a State clearly rejects the resolution and demonstrates no intention to abide by it, for the UNHRC to provide more time to such a State to implement it would seriously damage the credibility of the council in the eyes of the victims. We reiterate that an independent international investigation in the form of a referral of Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court or by the setting up of an ad-hoc international tribunal will be the only way of securing justice for the predominantly Tamil victims in Sri Lanka.

http://www.ejaffna.com/2017/03/15/sri-lankan-state-has-no-political-will-to-provide-justice-gajendrakumar-ponnambalam-at-un/

The brutal murder of two innocent Tamil university students by the Sinhalese Police points to their genocidal intent

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Two innocent Jaffna University students, Nadarajah Kajan (23) and Pavunraj Suluxan (24), were gunned down on Thursday (20.10.2016) early morning by the Sinhalese Police while they were returning to their residence on their motorbike. They were shot and killed because they were Tamils. The circumstances surrounding this murder clearly points to the genocidal intent of the Government of Sri Lanka Police occupying our homeland.

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The police immediately cordoned off the area and attempted to hide the cold-blooded murder as accidental death in a crash. However, the medical examiner’s report clearly stated the cause of death of one student was gunshot wounds on his chest. The other student was killed as a result of a head injury inflicted on him to destroy the only eye-witness besides the policemen on duty. The police also then attempted to hush up the killings by offering money for the funeral to one of the victim’s family. However, the family refused to accept the money.

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The international community which has been condoning the continuing military occupation and militarization should take partial responsibility for the on-going killings of innocent Tamils. We strongly urge the international community to recognize that the regime they propped up for “good governance” is still continuing the genocidal mission as the previous one.

We cannot expect any justice from a genocidal Sri Lankan State. We demand an international inquiry into this cold-blooded murders by the occupying Police.

While we are still awaiting justice for the tens of thousands who were massacred in May 2009, we need urgent action to stop the on-going Sri Lanka State sponsored killings.

-International Council of Eelam Tamils-

The reinforcement of The Vaddukkoddai Resolution in a seminar in Germany

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A seminar was convened on 14.5.2016 in the city of Bochum in Germany, commemorating the 40th anniversary of The Vaddukkoddai Resolution (V.K.R), in order to ascertain the right of self determination of the Tamils (in Tamil Eelam).Many dignitaries, politicians, human rights activist and journalists took part along with the public. The function , which commenced by about 2.30 P.M ,with the hoisting of the Tamil National flag , came to an end by 8.00 p.m. Floral tributes were made to all those who sacrificed and dedicated their lives during the Tamils’ struggle for freedom.
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The seminar was convened by the international council of Eelam Tamils in the name of ‘The Vaddukkoddai Resolution’. Steven Pushparajah, the spokesman for the above organisation, while welcoming the participants , mentioned that TGTE, international Tamil Youth organisation and ICET too joined in this pursuit of reinforcing the V.K.R It is noteworthy that TGTE had also organising a similar seminars in New York. We had the first event in Stockholm In March.

Sriravindranathan of Tamils’ Coordinating Committee (T.C.C), Germany, mentioned that his organisation will align itself with those organisations which function with a united consensus. It will also offer continued support to the international council of Eelam Tamils.

Mrs Sugi Gopi, a social worker and journalist, facilitated the rest of the event. The dance performance by Miss Anchana Pakirathan, invoking the sentiments of the Tamil nation, was well applauded.
Mr.Prakash Padayachi of the Tamils’ solidarity group in South Africa, spoke (via Skype), about the contribution made by his organisation to Eelam Tamils. While mentioning about the efforts of South African government to form the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he asserted that his firm opinion was that it will be utterly useless to establish any such commission, until a political solution is reached. He also mentioned that a seminar similar to the one convened last year, has to be organised encompassing the various arms of the Tamil diaspora.

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Prof Peter schalk mentioned about the role played by Sir Pon Arunachalam and Chellappa Suntharalingam in arousing the feeling of Tamil nationalism. He said that one cannot forget the initiative Sunderalingam made on the need for a separate Tamil Homeland.

Dr zarni, a human rights activist, mentioned that the fact that Eelam Tamils are continuing with their political pursuits, even after a lapse of nearly 7 years after the genocide of 2009, shows the commitment of the people to their aim He mentioned that the oppressed underdogs should unite with comradeship and root out the evils. He said that the cause for the genocides in Eelam and Rohingya have been international geo politics
During a discussion about ‘accepting responsibility and international justice for the genocide of Tamils’ , Prof.Sri Ranjan, President of The International council of Eelam Tamils, journalist Nirmanusan Balasundaram and Dr Elilan Naganathan of Tamil Nadu made their contributions through Skype, whereas Mr Vibhishan of International Youth organisation participated directly responding promptly to comments and queries from the house.

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Mr Suthanraj, minister in charge of media, TGTE emphasised that the provisions in the V.K.R should be followed through to the very end and should not turn out to be empty rhetoric He also described the steps that were planned to be taken by TGTE in this respect.

Mr Rajan drew the attention of the house to the plight of those who were the backbone of our freedom struggle and insisted that the diaspora should help them in their resettlement. This should be followed simultaneously parallel to the path of political endeavours. As this is an opportunity for various organisations to get together, this must be utilised to involve wholeheartedly in our struggle , instead of using it for mere lip service with a shallow agenda.

Finally, addressing on the topic ‘V.R and other resolutions following it’, journalist Gopi Ratnam explained how the aspiration for self-determination by various communities have been internationalised through the Westphalian agreement.

Mr.Chelian from T.C.C Germany and Mr.Sathiathasan from T.C.C France also spoke. The latter mentioned that V.K.R must not only used to reflect its past history, but must be used as the target for our future political goal.
The function had its merits elevated due to the serious issues raised by Jude, Jeya, Eelaventhan and others alike. Along with the wholehearted support of the participants, the seminar came to an end with the vow that all have to unite in involving in their service to the Tamil cause.

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The de-proscription of some Tamil organizations is an extension of the divide and conquer tactics of the Sinhala government – International Council of Eelam Tamils-

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While many Tamil organizations and individuals in the diaspora were proscribed based on the accusation that they maintained ties to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Sinhala government using its divide and rule tactics de-proscribed some of them recently.

While the previous Ranil Wickremasinghe government participated in the peace negotiations it simultaneously attempted to divide and weaken the LTTE. When the LTTE became militarily strong with the support of the Tamil diaspora, the Sinhala government could not defeat it in the military and diplomatic fronts. By attempting to divide the LTTE, it shut the door on peace talks and unleashed a genocidal war on the Eelam Tamils.icet logo

Since the re-election of Ranil Wickremasinghe, he has been attempting to weaken the Tamil diaspora organizations that have been fighting for justice on behalf of the Eelam Tamils. The recent meeting in London of Mangala Samaraweera with Sumanthiran and some Tamil diaspora organizations and activists is an extension of the attempt to weaken the Tamil diaspora. The seeds for the denial of justice for the Eelam Tamils at the March 2015 UNHRC meeting in Geneva were sown at the treacherous London meeting; akin to poking our own eyes using our own fingers.

The Sinhala government has brought the local Tamil political vacuum under its control by grooming some Tamil politicians as traitors to the Eelam Tamil political aspirations. Now, de-proscription is being used as a tactic to divide the Tamil diaspora and bring them under its control.

In an attempt to eliminate the fight for justice mounted by the Tamil diaspora, the de-proscription of some organizations and individuals is being used as a weapon to cause confusion and weaken the diaspora. If the Sinhala government is serious about peace and reconciliation, it should have de-proscribed all organizations and individuals. The selective de-proscription is nothing but a ploy to divide and conquer.

After the Mullivaaikkaal massacre many powers rejoiced thinking that the Eelam Tamils will cower and stop their fight for justice and liberation. However, the Tamil diaspora shattered the dreams of the powers by re-doubling their efforts in their fight for justice. In this backdrop, the de-proscription of the Tamil Youth Organization (TYO) and the National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT), a constituent member of the ICET, both of which have been in the forefront in the fight for justice and national liberation, exposes the duplicitous nature of the Sinhala government.

The de-proscription of TYO, NCCT, and some individuals is mainly aimed at dividing our united efforts to bring justice to Eelam Tamils rather than a red herring to coverup the de-proscription of some treacherous Tamil organizations and individuals. This attempt should not be construed as reconciliation but as closing the door shut on peace.

Dear Kin,

We all need to be united in our fight for justice for the victims of this genocidal war unleashed upon us. We can never abandon the fight for justice and our rights for the crumbs thrown at us by the Sinhala government.
Whenever the Sinhala government faces political, economic, or diplomatic set backs it tries to protect itself by attempting to divide and weaken us. We sincerely ask our kin not to fall prey for the perks and crumbs and get entangled in the web of deceit laid by the Sinhala government. The need of the hour is to unite in our fight for justice and rights.

-International Council of Eelam Tamils-

GENOCIDE RAVAGES THE TAMILS AS THE WORLD TURNS A BLIND EYE – OPINION BY TREVOR GRANT:

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When the eminent international jurist Raphael Lemkin introduced the word ‘genocide’ to the world in the aftermath of World War Two, his definition was clear and unequivocal.

Lemkin was a Polish Jew who fought in the resistance movement against the Nazis in the 1930s and then, as a lawyer, was responsible for framing the first UN Treaty, the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Lemkin said that genocide – a hybrid word formed from the Greek ‘geno’, which means race or culture, and the Latin for killing ,‘cide’ – was a premeditated plan, through mass killings and other means, to destroy a group’s identity and culture and then impose the identity and culture of the oppressor. (A group could be defined as national, ethnic, racial or religious.)

There is nothing fuzzy or imprecise about this definition. It makes it relatively easy to detect and call out acts of genocide, which are regarded as the worst crimes on the UN books. Yet decades later, while these words resound with clarity in the UN charter, sovereign states across the globe continue to commit genocide with impunity, knowing they have a free pass from those countries with the power to do something about it.

1There’s no better example right now than Sri Lanka, where, with the full support of western powers as well as China and Russia, the chauvinist leaders of the Sinhalese majority have been running a genocide against the Tamil population in the north and east since the British colonisers departed in 1947.

The determination to wipe out the Tamil identity in the regions where they are predominant, and have lived as a majority for thousands of years, has never stopped. It is an unrelenting, unforgiving project that today can be defined by any number of Sinhalese government actions, the most prominent of which is the continued military occupation of the north and east six years after the end of the war that saw the disintegration of a 30-year Tamil resistance movement.

This renders laughable the election promise of the new president Maithripala Sirisena to provide a more open and free society. Indeed, when you live with military checkpoints every 500 metres down the road and endure constant observation by armed soldiers, as well as regular home visits, it’s a bit difficult to believe you live in a free and open society. Even Tamil school-kids aren’t exempt from this suffocating authoritarianism, with military commanders regularly coming to their classrooms to deliver government propaganda. And, of course, they are required to bow these great men, under threat of punishment.

SIRISENA-MILITARY-WAR-HEROES-DAY-MAY-18-20152Sadly, there is no end in sight to this tyranny, given that Sirisena has vowed to maintain the military presence in the Tamil homelands, a predictable pledge from an acting defence minister in the Rajapaksa regime who boasted during the election campaign about his time spent overseeing the forces that were in the process of slaughtering up to 70,000 innocent Tamil civilians in early 2009.

Military occupations spawn all kinds of hellish outcomes for innocent civilians. And this one, which deploys one soldier for every five residents, is no different. Young Tamil men disappear into prisons, where they face torture, permanent disfigurement, physically and mentally, and often death. Hundreds of political prisoners also remain locked away in secret jails across the country. Some have been disappeared into the prison system for decades.

pp-children-protest3The Sirisena regime says in one forum they are going to release all prisoners, then, in another, denies there are any political detainees. The end result is preservation of the status quo, except for a few token releases designed to silence continued demands from Amnesty International and other well-informed, respected human rights groups to free these people and investigate the 146,000 reported Tamil disappearances, along with the many mass graves that have been uncovered in recent times.

Rape has also been commonplace for years. Today women still do not walk the streets late in the day or evening. The immunity from consequences granted to all military personnel for any criminal act sharply increases this threat to the population.

The military commander of the entire Jaffna region, Major-General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, had listed in his mobile phone the names of several Tamil women he used to sate his sexual appetite. Whenever he felt like fornicating with someone other than his wife, he would summon one of them by text message and rape her. They always submitted to this beast because they knew the consequences for their families if they didn’t. This became public in 2013, yet there was no inquiry, let alone a penalty.

Another sickening case, this time of gang-rape of an 11 year-old and nine year-old girl by seven sailors in the north in 2014, was quickly hidden from public view after the government intervened and ordered a magistrate to delete the names of the sailors from the court record. They were immediately re-deployed in the south, and the families of the girls who had been protesting for justice were silenced by threats to their lives from the army and police.

All genocides are multi-pronged projects, which is seen today by the gradual obliteration of Tamil identity through the destruction of their religious icons and the imposition of a foreign religion.

Only this week Tamils on an islet in the Jaffna peninsula, who are mostly Hindu, had to stand by, silently and sadly, as they witnessed the Sri Lankan Navy participate in a Buddhist ceremony, which included all-night chanting and then a senior commander laying a foundation stone for a massive statue of the Buddha. To make perfectly clear what they were all about, the government recently issued a gazette notification, changing the name of the island from the Tamil name, Nainathivu, to the Sinhala name, Nagadeepaya.

image-e14472527436494It is a weird thing to see all these Buddhist icons being built across the north and east, where no Buddhists live. The local media has estimated at least 250 Hindu temples have been knocked down and replaced by Buddhist stupas since the war ended.

Once again, it reveals the long-term genocidal plan to populate the Tamil regions with Sinhalese settlers, including soldiers. In one week alone, about 700 Sinhalese families were deposited into homes in the north – on land owned by Tamils.

Soldiers stationed in the north have been encouraged take up permanent residence there through land grants. Also, a special bonus of 100,000 rupees ($US650) is also on offer to Sinhalese military and police personnel to have a third child. Meanwhile, in Mannar region, it was revealed about 30 Tamil mothers of small children were escorted to a major regional hospital, where they were forced to have contraceptive devices sewn into their arms. If ever you needed evidence of genocide, as defined by Lemkin, it is these two stories – Tamil mothers undergoing forced contraception and wives of Sinhalese soldiers receiving financial incentives to reproduce in bigger numbers.

The property theft continues, as the military refuses to leave Tamil-owned land, claiming it is needed for high security bases yet, at the same time, using much of it to build scores of lavish resorts that are owned and run by the military. This week an expansion to the Thalsevana resort was opened by the army in its high security zone on the north coast of Jaffna, on land stolen from Tamils and seemingly never to be returned.

IMG_7710-15While Sirisena attempts to persuade the international community of his good intentions towards Tamils by handing back to the rightful owners a few small portions of military-controlled land, his duplicity is often quickly exposed by Tamil media. A good example is this week’s story about the military’s attempt to confiscate permanently 3524 acres of land that belongs to Tamil farmers in a village in Mannar province. The Jaffna District Secretariat found that 7393 acres of Tamil-owned land in its region was under military occupation, keeping 10,495 people off their land and houses and living in appalling makeshift accommodation.

6You can pick any date, any decade, since the Sinhalese, who represent 75 per cent of the population, assumed power in 1947, and you will find evidence that equates with the definition of genocide. Every government, from the first, under D.S Senanayake in 1947 to the current one under Sirisena, has bristled with the same ingrained superiority complex that sees Tamils as unwanted tenants on an island that belongs only to the Sinhalese. (Of course, the undeniable fact that Tamils have been there since pre-historic times is conveniently written out of official Sinhalese history to allow the myth to prosper.)

The first obvious genocidal act came in 1948 when one million Tamils were immediately disenfranchised, and many deported, in order to silence any effective Tamil voice in parliament.

planta18That done, they then wiped out the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Tamils worked in the public service in 1956 by declaring Sinhala as the only language permitted in government jobs, supplanting English, which the Tamils had spoken for generations. It was impossible to learn quickly enough what was a foreign language to Tamils and they were thrown out of work en masse.

When Tamils began non-violent demonstrations outside parliament and other prominent places, they were viciously assaulted by the military and the police acting under government orders.

JaffnaPublicLibraryguttedJune19819Government involvement in violence against Tamils continued, with the burning down of the Jaffna library in 1981, in which 95,000 books and invaluable ancient palm leaf manuscripts were lost. Then came the mother of all pogroms, in 1983, when thousands of Tamils were murdered, some being burned to death in the streets while their Sinhalese attackers danced around them. History now records that government officials were up to their necks in both outrages.

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The UK supplied arms and advisers who were involved in civilian killings in the 1980s that amount to war crimes, the US supplied arms that included illegal cluster bombs and white phosphorous for many years during the war, and since the war ended in May, 2009, Australia has been supplying naval patrol boats and intelligence co-operation to help Sri Lanka stop Tamils, who have suffered torture, rape and beatings in filthy jails, fleeing the island to save their lives and seek asylum in places such as Australia.

Only two years ago, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Colombo, the former Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, enlightened the world about Australia’s approach to the evil practices of the Sinhalese supremacists who run Sri Lanka. Asked about the well-documented torture of Tamils in Sri Lankan jails, Abbott said: “….In difficult circumstances, difficult things happen.”

Abbott had broken new ground as the first Australian Prime Minister to condone torture. It was a startling comment that reflected the current decline in decent, human values amongst our rulers. Just as shocking is the continued support for the Sri Lankan regime by Australia and the major western powers.

By doing so, these governments are not just denying a genocide but actively participating in its’ prosecution. As Raphael Lemkin outlined in 1948, in the very first UN charter, there is no greater state crime.

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Justice that is long overdue should be served today – International Council of Eelam Tamils

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We are shocked and very disappointed to learn that the UNHCR is planning to conduct an internal inquiry under, the all Sinhala, Government of Sri Lanka which in itself is accused of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide against us, the Eelam Tamils, during the war of aggression against us.

Based on a leaked document from UNHRC, the Channel 4, which brought out video evidence showing atrocities committed by the Sinhalese Armed forces against Eelam Tamil civilians is questioning whether justice will ever be served to the victims.

The UNHRC postponed the release of the report from last March to coming September citing the “regime change” in Sri Lanka and the need for giving a chance to better governance.  However, no tangible changes has been sen by us.  The postponement of the report was forced on us as the victims who are awaiting justice for six long years.

Under these circumstances, the news about the contents of the report to be released in September which is recommending an internal investigation favouring the Government of Sri Lanka, which is accused, while ignoring the pleas of the victims is against any accepted norms of justice.  We also strongly condemn the pressure being exerted on Chief Minister Justice Vigneswaran  to accept such an illegal stance to an internal investigation under the Government of Sri Lanka.

Our non-violent struggle, armed struggle, and the political phase in succession, after the Mullivaikkaal Massacre, focussed on demanding justice from the UNHRC because we trusted in this august body for Justice.

Promoting and protecting the Government of Sri Lanka’s interest, which is continuing to commit genocide to subjugate us will never be accepted by us under any circumstances.  The Justice that is long over due should be meted out today.  This is our final and absolute stand. 

Even if you keep denying justice, we will continue to pound your doors for it because we, the Tamils, are still awaiting justice and you, representing the International Community, are expected to be in a position to deliver it impartially.

International Council of Eelam Tamils. (ICET)

International Council of Eelam Tamils (ICET) was established in 2011 by a number of grass-roots Tamil organizations, which were democratically elected by the Eelam Tamils. It is the largest Tamil diaspora organization with members drawn from fourteen countries. The ICET is absolutely committed to a non-violent agenda and it seeks a lasting peace in Sri Lanka, based on Vaddukoddai Resolution. For more information, please contact spokesperson Steven Pushparajah K, +47 90641699.
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The UN should invoke R2P and Stop the Genocide of Rohingya People in Myanmar- icet

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Buddhists terrorists along with government forces have been committing genocide of the Rohingya people who are Muslims for a long time while the international community stands idly by.  The Internet is replete with videos showing brutal attacks against unarmed Rohingya men, women, and children by armed forces and Buddhist mobs on the rampage.  The UN has not taken any decisive action to stop these massacres and destruction of Rohingya-owned properties. icet logo

The violence by Buddhist Terrorists in Myanmar against Rohingyas have reached a crescendo in the past few weeks.
  Eelam Tamils who have been facing similar violence by Sinhala Buddhists in Sri Lanka strongly condemn these atrocities and urge the UN to intervene and protect the innocent victims.

The kingpin behind the orchestrated violence against the Rohingyas is a Buddhist Priest named Virath who attended the 2014 conference organized by the Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS), a Buddhist extremist party in Sri Lanka.  It should be noted that the BBS shares similar ideology of massacring non-Buddhists.

Eelam Tamils have paid a immeasurably huge price in quest of their freedom.
  The fight for freedom by Eelam Tamils was put down with a river of blood.  As a people who are continuing to face rape, murder and disappearances under a Sinhala Buddhist regime and its armed forces, we are all too familiar with the suffering of the Rohingya people and we stand in solidarity with them.  The UN and the International community allowed the genocidal onslaught against the Eelam Tamils in their homeland and are continuing to be silent spectators while the genocide of Rohingya people is continuing on.  This inaction makes us lose faith in the UN and the international community to protect innocent people.

Dr. Maung Zarni, in exile from Myanmar, has been voicing his protest against the genocide of the Rohingya people as well as the Eelam Tamils.  He stood in solidarity with Eelam Tamils by voicing his concern at the ICET organized Geneva Press Club meeting and the Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day event in Norway. 

Similarly, the Norwegian Council of Eelam Tamils stood in solidarity by actively  participating in the Norwegian Conference on the Genocide of Rohingya People.  The participation of Eelam Tamils in events organized to protest the Genocide of Rohingya people shows that it is time for the people facing genocide to unite and fight together in solidarity.

The continuing silence and inaction of the UN and the international community only strengthens our belief that people facing genocide are forced to take action themselves if they want to defend against their annihilation.

International Council of Eelam Tamils (ICET) was established in 2011 by a number of grass-roots Tamil organizations, which were democratically elected by the Eelam Tamils. It is the largest Tamil diaspora organization with members drawn from fourteen countries. The ICET is absolutely committed to a non-violent agenda and it seeks a lasting peace in Sri Lanka, based on Vaddukoddai Resolution. For more information, please contact spokesperson Steven Pushparajah K, +47 90641699.

Representatives of the Eelam Tamils, Human rights activist, and journalist speak out!

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Representatives of the Eelam Tamils, Human rights activist, and journalist addressed the press at the Geneva Press Club on Tuesday, briefing the audience on the various aspects of the structural genocide targeting the Eezham Tamil nation, which continued unabated despite the internationally orchestrated ‘regime change’ hatching Maithriplala Sirisena as the SL president.

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