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Sri Lanka military should immediately release the lands to the owners in Keppaapulavu. International Council of Eelam Tamil (ICET)

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Tamils have lived in Keppapulavu for many centuries and it is the traditional land of their ancestors. Keppaapulavu is a village located along Nanthikkadal lagoon in Mullaiththeevu where the last stage of the genocidal war took place. The occupying SL Air Force is not willing to relocate itself from the lands of the people, even 8 years after the end of war.

Although the war ended in 2009, the Sri Lankan navy occupied the land in Keppaapulavu forcibly evicting the traditional land owners out of their homes. The main challenge of the uprooted people is regaining their livelihood. It is not possible for them to take control of their lives without gaining access to their coastal and agricultural lands. The SL navy continues to forcibly occupy their farms and agricultural lands enjoying the economic benefits while the rightful owners are destitute. The displaced children from this village have no access to any school forcing them to study in open space under the trees! It is amply clear that there is no equal protection under Sri Lankan law for the Tamils. Sri Lanka is in flagrant violation of the Articles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Sri Lanka has signed International Conventions, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Convention Against Torture and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Although, Sri Lanka has signed and ratified all these conventions, the government is treating Tamil children and people differently denying their basic human needs and the rights of the child.

The military has been forcing the people to resettle into alternative lands creating, the so-called ‘model-village’ as a settlement. However, this ‘model-village’ is located on a former cemetery, which is calculated to destroy the war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan armed forces.

The displaced Keppaapulavu people, mostly women with children and elderly women, are protesting against the Sri Lanka Government and SL navy. The Tamil people have refused to move until they have confirmation that they can return to their own lands.

International Council of Ealam (ICET) is in solidarity with the rightful owners of the traditional lands. We urge all diaspora organizations to give their unstinted support to the Tamils who have been forcibly evicted from their traditional lands.

‘Tamils yearn for free Tamil Eelam’

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Preventing those who are paying respect to the great heroes who sacrificed their lives for our freedom is a violation of humanitarian norms!

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The despicable action by the Government of Sri Lanka to prevent the Eelam Tamils from paying floral tribute in memory of those who eschewed a comfortable life and sacrificed their precious lives for our freedom, goes against all humanitarian norms and violates the fundamental rights of our people.

Those who defended our people and our homeland, against the genocidal onslaught of the occupying Sri Lankan armed forces, should be paid homage in remembrance of their sacrifices. All countries remember their soldiers and pay homage.

In this tradition, where ever we are domiciled, let us all remember our heroes who gave up their precious lives defending our freedom on the land, at the sea, and in the air. Let us all pay homage by lighting a lamp for freedom.

Eelam Tamils worldwide have paid homage to their heroes simultaneously in droves, earning the admiration of their fellow citizens in their adopted countries. We should once again break all barriers and pay our tribute this year as we have done in the past.

The Eelam Tamils consider the war heroes cemeteries as the final resting place and a repository of the aspirations of our people yearning for their freedom. The Government of Sri Lanka has been destroying these cemeteries, against all humanitarian norms, bulldozing them and building army camps in their place aimed at erasing it from our collective memories. However, such actions only increase the resolve of our people to break free from oppressive measures.

As in the previous years, the Government of Sri Lanka has made a barbaric announcement that those who organize Remembrance Day events will be punished. We strongly condemn this barbaric ban on paying homage to our fallen heroes and ensure a peaceful environment to help our people pay their respect.

The yearning of Tamils is a free Tamil Eelam.

International Council of Eelam Tamils

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 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-

NCNZT Press Release: Statement regarding the visit of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka to New Zealand

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We are writing to express our deep concern about the upcoming visit of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister from October the 1st to 3rd 2016 to New Zealand. This follows a visit by the New Zealand Prime Minister to Sri Lanka earlier this year.

Increasing ties between the New Zealand State and the Sri Lankan State are helping to normalise the ongoing oppression and destruction of Tamil society in the North East of the island under the guise of a ‘reconciliation process’.ncnzt-logo

It is seven years since the Sri Lankan State launched its final assault on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s de-facto state in the North of the island. In a few months in 2009, this assault killed more than 100,000 Tamil people.

Apart from the ongoing trauma of these enormous crimes, in the absence of a force to resist the Sri Lankan State, the Tamil people of the NorthEast face a process of systematic and continuing destruction.
Massive militarisation facilitates State-aided colonisation to change the demography of the NorthEast and to eliminate the Tamil identity, as well facilitating ongoing abuses such as sexual violence and torture and denial of their economic livelihoods.

International Crisis Group, an organisation that has been funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, states in a 2012 report that:
With the massive number of troops in the north have come various forms of Sinhalisation. The almost entirely Tamil-speaking north is now dotted with Sinhala sign-boards, streets newly renamed in Sinhala, monuments to Sinhala war heroes, and even a war museum and battlefields that are open only to Sinhalese. Sinhala fishermen and businessmen are regularly given advantages not accorded to Tamils. The slow but steady movement of Sinhala settlers along the southern edges of the province, often with military and central government support and sometimes onto land previously farmed or occupied by Tamils, is particularly worrying. These developments are consistent with a strategy – known to be supported by important officials and advisers to the president – to change “the facts on the ground”… and make it impossible to claim the north as a Tamil-majority area deserving of self-governance.

This process has not changed since the election of a new President or Prime Minister, as was found by the Maatram Foundation, in their November 2015 report Understanding Post-War Land Issues in Northern Sri Lanka, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) and the Embassy of Switzerland in Sri Lanka:
[A] key objective of militarization of land is inter-alia the Sinhala Budhdhisisation of the North-East under the guise of responding to security threats. … the report argues that militarization is not just about land but is also about militarization of communities. The report recommends demilitarization and demobilisation as a central part of the programme of dealing with land issues in the North-East.

Similarly torture and sexual violence are ongoing against the Tamil population under the current government, as was reported by respected jurist Yasmin Sooka earlier this year:
New evidence has emerged of on-going torture and sexual violence by the Sri Lankan security forces one year after a new government came to power promising a radical clean up.

“Sadly Sri Lanka’s notorious ‘white vans’ are still operating; it’s very much business as usual … this demonstrates there can be no accountability without urgent security sector reform that leads to the dismantling of the state’s machinery of repression”.

In light of these facts on the ground, the idea of a ‘reconciliation process’ is not credible and in reality acts as a smokescreen for this ongoing process of destruction.
Therefore we are concerned when the New Zealand Government has stated it “is keen to support the important steps the country is making towards reconciliation and rebuilding through increased political and economic contact. [emphasis added]”

We should not confuse these two things. The New Zealand Government’s enthusiasm for expanding the economic relationship with the Sri Lanka State and the rights of the Tamil people in the NorthEast run in opposite directions. The New Zealand Government should not use the ‘reconciliation process’ as a cover for expanding its own economic interests at the expense of the Tamil people.

We draw attention to the recent protest march which saw tens of thousands of Tamils in the North of the island courageously demonstrate against this process of ongoing destruction and for recognition of their fundamental rights (see reportage here and here).

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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Tamil Peoples Council should act as a fortification in protecting the rights of our people – ICET

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Sri Lankan State and some international powers with vested interest are actively seeking to force a compromised political solution on Tamils instead of finding a sustainable political solution based on the aspirations and inalienable rights of our people. These forces are forcing the Tamil leadership and our people to accept the 13th amendment within a unitary constitution, which the Tamils have already rejected many times.

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The formation of Tamil Peoples Council is the biggest challenge for these parties with their own interest which are counter to the interests of our people. Successive Sinhala leadership and hegemonic powers are only interested in dominance of their respective interests. It is regrettable to see that the Tamil political leadership is also compromising on the above issue.

In the above context, the formation of the “Tamil Peoples Council”, which consists of political parties, academics, civil society forums from the traditional Tamil homeland within the Island of Sri Lanka is an essential factor. We the International council of Eelam Tamils sincerely hope that the new formation called Tamil Peoples Council will act as a fortification to protect the social, political and economic rights of the Tamils Nation, in the Island of Sri Lanka.

-International Council of Eelam Tamils

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-

Home Opinion Features News About Us Contact Us Subscribe SRI LANKA REFUSES TO RELEASE TAMIL POLITICAL PRISONERS

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The Srisena regime has announced that it will not release most of the Tamil political prisoners who have been languishing in the jails and detention centres in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe announced on Friday only 32 prisoners will be released by 9th November.

Reacting to the announcement from Colombo, Tamil political prisoners said to Ceylon Today:

“We shall launch another ‘fast unto death’ if the President fails to adhere to his promises, as mentioned in the letter, before 7 November. This is the only way we have chosen to find a solution to our burning problem. President Sirisena will be held accountable for our deaths during the hunger strike. President Sirisena will be responsible for our vital organs. He should take responsibility to donate our organs.” prisoners

A large number of the Tamil political prisoners have been kept in prison for over two decades without charge or trial by the Sri Lankan state through emergency powers granted to its security forces in the Prevention of Terrorist Act ( PTA) and Emergency Regulation Laws. Majority of the prisoners have experienced torture and been subjected to human rights violations by the Sri Lankan police and intelligence. Some of the prisoners have revealed their stories of sexual torture.

The Tamil Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council, C.V. Vigneswaran, in a press release, emphasized that good governance cannot be implanted from the outside; the government has to prove it by actions. He also said that the release of Tamil political prisoners has proven to involve no risk for the state as those released under the previous regime caused no violence. He also pointed out the discriminatory logic of the government, which provided amnesty to the Sinhalese insurgents of the JVP during the 1970’s and 1990’s while refusing it to Tamil political prisoners:

“In the time of the JVP, everyone was given unconditional general amnesty. To say that there are obstacles and delays is surprising for us. It is only by accommodating such small requests that the rhetoric of good governance can have some use, but to maintain such policies, and chanting ‘good governance’ is obsolete.”

The Srisena Government’s reluctance to release Tamil political prisoners and maintain war-time emergency laws exposes their intent to continue with the genocidal agenda of the successive Sri Lankan Governments, Tamil Refugee Council said today.

“We demand the immediate and unconditional release of all the Tamil political prisoners, unlawfully incarcerated by the occupying Sri Lankan forces and its state in official and undisclosed detention camps and prisons.” Said Tamil Refugee Spokesperson Aran Mylvaganam.aran

“We demand the Australian government and it’s allies, who proved their influence in the island by instigating a regime change earlier this year, to wield the same power in pressing the Colombo government to immediately grant general amnesty to all Tamil political prisoners. The incarcerated Tamils are not criminals, and cannot be subjected to the criminal jurisdiction of the Sri Lankan state. They are rather political prisoners and Prisoners of War.”

“The western governments cannot conceive or expect a cessation to the refugee crisis, involving Tamils, without solving the political situation in their homeland. It is the Sri Lankan state terror and military occupation of their traditional homelands leads to Tamils fleeing persecution and impoverished lives towards countries like Australia”

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The 30 years of armed conflict between primarily the Sri Lankan state and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, is not of a criminal nature, contrary it carries rather with it dimensions of genocide and national oppression, in which the Sri Lankan state and its national elites waged a war of subjugation and attrition towards the oppressed Eelam Tamil nation.

The armed insurgency or war against the unitary Sri Lankan state was a resolute and collective reaction of the Eelam Tamil people and their youth, and an inevitable historical response to the systematic and institutionalized oppression, and structural genocide orchestrated by the state towards the Tamils.

The democratic venues to address the Tamil national grievances and aspirations were systematically dismantled and silenced by the Sri Lankan state, which orchestrated repression and pogroms against the Tamils from 1948 till 1977, during the course of their non-violent struggles for national emancipation. The Sri Lankan state denies the national existence of the Tamils as well as it deprives them of the right to self-determination.

The 6thamendment of the constitution of Sri Lanka, criminalizes anyone who espouses the democratic will of the Tamil people towards self-determination and independence, as it is deemed a threat to the ‘territorial integrity, unity and sovereignty’ of the Sri lankan state.

Hence Tamils incarcerated by the judicial system of the state and its armed forces through the use of emergency laws, are not criminals threatening the state, but political prisoners and Prisoners of War (POW) who advocated the political rights and aspirations as well as the security and liberty of the Tamil people in the island of Sri Lanka.

For further information contact the Tamil Refugee Council on 0410 197 814.

With Sri Lanka Elections a few days away, what are the options for the Tamil people?

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For Immediate Release
13 August 2015
With Sri Lanka Elections a few days away, what are the options for the Tamil people? Since 1948 Tamil people in the island have used their vote to provide clear messages on what they want. But this democratic system has failed the people again and again. Naturally, the psyche of the Tamil Nation has lost hope in the democratic process.

Nonetheless it is important to continue the struggle for our rights in whatever avenues are open to us. This elections are not the same as the last in 2010, there is need for change. During last year’s Presidential elections Tamils were given two choices, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithripala Sirisena. Both of them are heavily complicit in the massacre of Tamil people in May 2009, where we lost between 70,000 to 100,000 within a few days.

The difference is Rajapaksa’s closeness with the Chinese Government and alienation of the local power India and the Western countries. Sirisena provided more balanced relationship with China, India and the Western countries. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) wanted the Tamil population to support Sirisena as they said that’s the only way to remove the Sri Lankan Army presence from North and East and also get people’s lands back.

However, what did we witness when Sirisena came in to power? Almost no difference in the situation in NorthEast, the heavy Army presence is still there, the lands are not returned to the Tamil people and discrimination and marginalisation is still continuing for the Tamil people. It is true that TNA was supported by the Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) prior to 2009.

But the TNA we had at that time is starkly different to the TNA we have now. When TNA moved away from what the Tamil people have always stood for as a solution, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam walked away from TNA. At the moment we have a TNA, who have even before any negotiations with the Lankan government take place, given away the right for self-determination and the concept of a Tamil Nation. They are also not asking for an international investigation into the war crimes, and refused to use the widely accepted term Genocide as what has and is happening to the Tamil people. The list goes on.

A small, but good example of what TNA is standing for was witnessed by some of us in New Zealand and Australia. Earlier this year, Asia Pacific Green Congress was held in Wellington, New Zealand. For this the New Zealand Green Party’s MP Catherine Delahunty brought a strong resolution about the Tamil issue to be passed. This resolution accepted the right of Tamil people for self-determination and called for an international investigation into the genocide against the Tamil people and also called for an internationally monitored referendum to see what the Tamil people living in the island of Sri Lanka and the diaspora Tamils wanted. This was opposed by the Green Party of Australia.

When this was discussed with a former Australian Green Senator, it was clear that when TNA’s Sumanthiran and Global Tamil Forum’s (GTF) Suren visited them they had asked not to call for an international investigation into Sri Lanka and also have opposed the idea of an independent referendum ₁. While we Tamils back home and internationally, have one clear desire which seems further to us than ever before, we need to ask a few questions to ourselves? What would have happened if Tamil people’s vote wouldn’t have made Sirisena win? The West used his victory to stop putting pressure on the Lankan government. Does any Tamil person think that this One Sri Lanka will work for the Tamils? Haven’t we learnt anything?.

The other choice that we have is Gajendrakumar Ponnamblam’s Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF), who is standing for two Nations as the permanent solution. TNPF has some great candidates, who have worked within the grass roots and are in touch with reality.

They have a clear ideas on what they want to do going forward. If you have not read the manifesto of TNPF, please do read₂. It is very clear on their stance. The reason that you have heard a lot more about what TNA is doing, is not because they are doing good for the Tamil people, but because they control most of the Tamil news media in Sri Lanka which only gives coverage for TNA (for example TNA MP E. Saranavabavan is the Managing Director of the most popular Tamil daily ‘Uthayan’). The Sri Lankan government’s news media also supports TNA and gives them more prominence, because they are working with and for the Sri Lankan Government and not for the aspirations of the Tamils.

Some may worry there is a risk of splitting the Tamil vote, but it is important to have true representatives of Tamil aspirations in parliament. If the TNA fails to win their seats they will try represent the Tamil people’s interest instead of representing other countries.

Only reason any MP should go to the Parliament is to represent the people who voted them in. Make a clear stance. Let TNA know that they need to earn your vote.

The best way to do that is to vote TNPF this coming elections. Make your vote count, vote for the cycle symbol.

 

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₁ – http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=37809 ₂ – http://www.tamilnet.com/img/publish/2015/08/V.2-TNPF_Election_Manifesto-2015.pdf

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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