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Al Jazeera : What now for Sri Lanka’s Tamils?

May 29, 2009

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  1. MERC permalink
    May 30, 2009 1:24 am

    It’s highly unfortunate that the Tamil representative in this discussion gets the analogy with Israel/Palestine wrong. When Palestinians refuse to recognise the existence of the state of Israel, they do so because they object to the Zionist/Jewish character of the Israeli state, which provides the rationale for their now 61 years of exclusion from Israel/Palestine as non-Jews. For the same reason, non-Buddhist Tamils cannot accept a Buddhist state in Sri Lanka and all that that entails by way of discrimination against them or even their (Israeli-style) expulsion from Sri Lanka.

  2. M Path permalink
    May 31, 2009 3:16 pm

    The tamil representative needs to understand that she represents the entire Tamil group of Sri Lankans and not the Tamil tigers anymore. Thus, she must start thinking like a true Tamil Sri Lankan to build that nation if she wants to see peace emerging in that state. Tamil Sri Lankans want peace with equal rights under one government because we`ve seen how nothing else would ever work in that raindrop of an island. This Tamil woman is only lamenting over the lost war with hate towards Sri Lanka; her current plan just won`t work.

  3. Mel permalink
    May 31, 2009 5:18 pm

    It is my understanding that this Tamil representative is speaking entirely on behalf of the Tamil people. In her concern for the Tamil civilians currently being held captive, she is not only asking for peace but she is demanding justice.

    This justice will only be brought about when the SL govt is subjected to an international investigation, where their horrific war crimes will surface. It is here that the civilian death toll, satellite images of shelling and the removal of independent aid workers and media will act as proof that the SL govt violated UN laws.

    Previously, the UN ignored the prospect of genocide, chose to not accept the evidence, failed to intervene and ultimately turned a blind eye to this humanitarian catastrophe. The Tamil community refuses to let this happen again and noticeably, 61% of American viewers also believe that it is sufficient to accuse the SL govt of this genocide.

    I feel that the Tamils living within this raindrop of island are now well aware of the govt’s intentions and will no longer trust their fake attempts of reconciliation. Prior to the war, Tamils experienced discrimination under a one govt system and during the war this discrimination still occurred only to be resisted by the LTTE. To think that there will now be equal rights…under the same govt that destroyed their families and homeland is a little unrealistic!

    “The Tamil position has been a simple request for self-determination”. Only when this is achieved, will all those notions of peace, equality and human rights occur.

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