The Australian Tamil community will be mourning the loss of their loved ones and their homeland today, three years since the Government of Sri Lanka declared victory over its war against the Tamils.
Sri Lanka’s military campaign which came to a bloody end on 18 May 2009, took the lives of up to 150,000 Tamil civilians.
Today, mistreatment and subjugation of the Tamil people continues. Thousands of Tamils refugees still linger in transit camps awaiting resettlement while colonisation schemes of Sinhalese onto the Tamil homeland aggressively flourish. Rape, disappearances and police arrest without trial is rife forcing Tamils to continue to flee the island as asylum seekers. Media personnel and civil society activists are constantly threatened, and there have been no genuine attempts by the government towards accountability or a political solution for Tamil grievances.
In April 2011, a report released by a UN Expert Advisory Panel found allegations of war crimes committed during the conflict in Sri Lanka to be credible and called for an independent international investigation into war crimes in the island. A United Nations Human Rights Council resolution passed in March 2012 called for constructive recommendations of a Sri Lankan internal inquiry to be implemented, while pointing out that it does not however adequately address serious allegations of violations of international law. To date, Sri Lanka has been defiant on all fronts.
Dr. Sam Pari, Spokesperson, Australian Tamil Congress – 0433 428 967