“Enforced disappearance has frequently been used as a strategy to spread terror within society. The feeling of insecurity generated by this practice is not limited to the close relatives of the disappeared, but also affects their communities and society as a whole.” – United Nations
More than 100,000 people, mostly Tamils, were made to disappear by the Sri Lankan government armed forces and its paramilitaries. Tamil families of disappeared are still searching for their loved ones.
During the on-going genocide against the Tamil Nation, many Tamil activists and innocent Tamil civilians were made to disappear. As part of the many facets of the on-going structural genocide, Enforced Disappearances, continuous expansion of military occupation of Tamils civilians’ land, military interference on civilian affairs, and military interference of Tamil businesses are all being committed by the Sri Lankan government with impunity. Tamil Political prisoners continue to languish without trial.
With the newly elected government, President and the Prime Minister, who held command responsibility for ordering mass scale massacre of innocent Tamil civilians during 2009, the Tamil homeland will continue to experience unprecedented colonization and genocide at an accelerated pace.
Colonization: Since 1948, the Sinhala Governments reduced the Tamil Nation to a minority status in the Districts of Ampara and Trincomalee by gerrymandering the district boundaries. Now they are attempting this in the Batticaloa district, which is the last remaining Tamil majority district in the Eastern Province. Hundreds of Buddhists temples have popped up all over the Tamil Homeland, where no Buddhists live, with the aid of the all-Sinhala military and Buddhist monks with the aim of demographic changes.
Militarization: 14 out of 21 divisions of military are stationed in the traditional Tamil homeland. According to statistics provided by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) on 09/10/14, 68,546 acres of land in the North has been forcibly appropriated and occupied by the military. The Sri Lankan Army and Navy, which is entirely composed of Sinhalese, continue to occupy and control numerous economic and social institutions that are essential for the livelihood and survival of the Tamils, predominantly living in the North-East of Sri Lanka.
Political Prisoners: Political prisoners in Sri Lanka have been systematically abused and discriminated against by the state. These prisoners have been subjected to arbitrary detention and torture. Many of the detainees have been incarcerated for decades without charges being laid against them, judicial oversight, or trial. The government continues to break its international treaty obligations and its own laws through its treatment of Tamil political prisoners clearly showing the Tamils have no equal protection under Sri Lanka’s law.
For decades, Tamils in the Island of Sri Lanka have been subjected to genocide. The Government of Canada, all major political parties in Canada and at all levels of government in Canada have been calling for an international investigation into Tamil Genocide.
After the mass-scale atrocities during 2009, where United Nations estimated more than 40,000 innocent Tamil civilians were massacred by the Sri Lankan armed forces and 146,679 people unaccounted for according to the census, the United Nations passed Resolution 30/1 calling for an international independent investigation. Even though Sri Lanka co-sponsored the resolution, until now there is virtually no progress in any of the articles agreed upon in the solution, the new government has already threatened to withdraw from the UN Resolution it co-sponsored.
The Eelam Tamils have awaited justice for the Genocide committed and a peaceful resolution to the conflict that recognizes their fundamental and inalienable right to self-determination for a long time. If the international community does not interfere, then Sri Lanka will continue to remain a “Failed State” providing a fertile ground for escalating conflict in the Indian Ocean.
The National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT) is a grassroots organization, composed of elected representatives from across Canada that serve to organize Tamil-Canadians on a democratic and cooperative basis. The National Council of Canadian Tamils advocates for a political solution to the ethnic crisis in the island of Sri Lanka based on self-determination.
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