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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).

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-

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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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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Report clarifying the position of the ICET at the UK meeting with the South African political delegation

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We welcome any genuine efforts by the international community to stop the genocide of Eelam Tamils. In this respect, five representatives of the ICET, representing 14 countries, along with representatives of the TGTE, BTF, and USTPAC were officially invited by the South African political delegation to meet with them on May 25, 2015 in London, UK. It should be noted that the Global Tamil Forum, representing individuals, met with the South African delegation separately on the same day.

 

 

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The meeting was framed as a preliminary discussion on the modalities that must be fulfilled before any official meetings to negotiate can begin. The aim was to appraise the South African delegation of their role, facilitating conditions that must be fulfilled on the ground, and the modalities of potential negotiations under South African auspices.

At the meeting, it became apparent that the South African delegation, based on their own experience of oppression and how they attained eventual freedom, expected that a political solution to our conflict could be found through an internal mechanism.

However, our delegation clearly explained the differences between their struggle against a racial oppression and our national liberation struggle against genocide. Only the freedom of our homeland, recognition of our nationhood, and self-rule will bring lasting peace in the island.

We the ICET through our six decades of experience of numerous abrogated pacts made between the Eelam Tamils and the Sinhalese political leaders clearly explained that internal negotiation will not yield any long lasting solution to the conflict. Successive Sinhalese governments have only used and continue to use such negotiations as a ploy to buy time to complete the genocide of the Eelam Tamil Nation.

Based on the above, the ICET wanted to explore the possibility of internationally mediated peace talks only under a pre-condition of normalcy on the ground is attained due to the implementation of the following confidence building measures implemented by the Government of Sri Lanka in good faith.

The ICET enumerated the 17 pre-conditions (i.e. taking into consideration the Northern Provincial Councils Genocide Resolution, international independent investigation of the Tamil genocide, de-militarization of the Tamil homeland, return of all the lands forcibly taken away from Eelam Tamils, repealing of the 6th amendment, release of all political prisoners held without any charges for decades) for an internationally mediated peace negotiations to begin the international community should ensure the implementation. It was also reiterated that any political solution should be based on the Vaddukkoddai Resolution being reaffirmed through a referendum of Eelam Tamils both within and outside the Eelam Tamil homeland.

In the backdrop of numerous rumours circulating surrounding this meeting, as the true international representatives of the Eelam Tamils entrusted with fulfilling their aspirations and political will, we are duty bound to release this clarification to show our openness and accountability to our people.

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We strongly condemn the false propaganda of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) – International Council of Eelam Tamils

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The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) circulated an email publicizing an interview by Dr. Ramanan (Panchakulasingam Kandiah) to the Deepam TV about the secret meeting in London with the representatives of the Government of Sri Lanka organized by the In Transformation Initiative (ITI) an NGO from South Africa. That email falsely claimed Dr. Ramanan (Panchakulasingam Kandiah) as a representative of the ICET. This is a deception calculated to mislead the Eelam Tamil diaspora and the ICET strongly objects to such tactics. The Norwegian Council of Eelam Tamils (NCET), a member organization of ICET, also confirmed that Dr. Ramanan (Panchakulasingam Kandiah) did not participate as a representative of the NCET.

Many of the National Councils who participated in the inaugural meeting of the GTF have severed their ties with the GTF due to its lack of democracy and accountability as well as its support for the unitary state in Sri Lanka contrary to the mandate given by the people. Most of the National Councils in Europe had pulled out of the GTF including the Norwegian Council of Eelam Tamils, Danish Council of Eelam Tamils, and the Malaysian Tamils Forum this year. However, the GTF continues to display the logos of these organizations on its website despite their strong objection to do so. This only reinforces the insidious stance of the GTF to mislead the people.

The ICET was formed in 2011 with representatives from 14 countries based on the reaffirmation vote on the Vaddukkoddai Resolution for the creation of an independent Tamil Eelam. Therefore, the ICET categorically denies any meeting with the Government of Sri Lanka. The GoSL’s claim about meeting the Tamil Diaspora is only with the GTF run by a few individuals in an undemocratic manner. In addition, the recent statement by Fr. Emmanuel, President of the GTF, urging the Tamils to appreciate the crumbs falling from the hands of the new President of Sri Lanka makes us believe that he is giving his blessings to the new regime by condoning a government guilty of genocide. We categorically deny any meetings with the GoSL.

The secret meeting organized in London, UK, by the In Transformation Initiative (ITI) is another attempt after the Swiss-funded Bergeof Foundation meeting to explore a power sharing arrangement. The deception perpetrated by the GTF and a few individuals of the TNA at the Bergeof Foundation meeting was stopped by other representatives from the ICET, Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF), Tamil Civil Society, and the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). As a result, the In Transformation Initiative (ITI) in London excluded those who truly advanced the Eelam Tamil aspirations at the Bergeof Foundation meeting.

In the news release about the ITI organized meetings with representatives of the Government of Sri Lanka issued by Messrs. Surendran and Sumanthiran, their claim to represent ‘Sri Lankan Diaspora’ only reinforces their stance for solution within a unitary Sri Lanka.

We therefore strongly condemn the GTF, consisting of a few individuals, for its attempt to weaken the legitimate Tamil Nations’ aspirations, and for its attempt to protect war criminals from international prosecution.

International Council of Eelam Tamils (ICET)

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.

Tamils question the legitimacy and intentions of the “In Transformation Initiative”

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A press statement on “Dialogue on promoting reconciliation and strengthening of democracy in Sri Lanka,” which took place in Singapore, initiated by the Government of Switzerland and In Transformation Initiative claims to have included representation from diaspora which came as a surprise to the Tamil people. The International Council of Eelam Tamils (ICET) which is a collective of grassroots Tamil diaspora organizations from 14 countries have been spearheading many initiatives to bring lasting peace to Eelam Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka. The conspicuous absence of legitimate representation of diaspora Tamils seriously calls into question the above initiative.

The fact that the above initiative is shrouded in secrecy raises serious concerns whether the legitimate aspirations and long term interests of the Eelam Tamils will be addressed by the above initiative. Will such initiative bear fruit if one of the major protagonists in this intractable conflict is kept out of the dialogue?

We strongly question the legitimacy of peace initiatives in the absence of any real changes in ground realities for the Tamil victims who are unable to articulate their legitimate aspirations under constitutional restrictions. This is further aggravated when initiatives that are purported to bring normalcy, do not have legitimate representation to speak up for the victims. 

 

 

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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