24 September, 2020

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Sri Lanka: Tamil Rights Are Human Rights

By Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah –

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

As the world marks both the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the current political fiasco in the island dictates a reaffirmation of some historical truths and a reassertion of our entitlements, as a people, under international law.

 Tamil rights are human rights. 

As the Sinhalese in the South rise up in protest against a threat to their democracy and constitution in the wake of a political crisis brought about by a power struggle between two feuding Sinhala parties in Sri Lanka, for Tamils, the subjugated race in the island, there is an urgency which necessitates the reiteration of some historical truths – that needs to be heard by the world, as it celebrates two landmark enactments that restated human rights principles like never before – that Tamil rights and freedoms are not to be trampled upon – that those rights and freedoms are rightfully theirs under international law – rights they have long been agitating for – rights that still elude them. 

The continuing crisis, another national shame for Sri Lanka is turning into a major catastrophe with the possibility of all essential services coming to a standstill – there is a real concern that government hospitals could run out of drugs and government servants and pensioners may not be paid. The country has no functioning government, has no working prime minister or cabinet; worse it has a president, who, in an act of downright betrayal of the trust Tamils placed in him, when they voted for him, when he ran as a common candidate against Rajapaksa, not only brings him back, appointing him Prime Minister, but behaves like a dictator, answerable to no one; it has a parliament that has turned violent and has shown a propensity for violence, that has shocked the world; a parliament that’s unable to conduct business, and whose speaker has lost his authority in parliament. 

Finance Minister, Mangala Samaraweera told it like it is:  As per article 148 of the constitution, parliament has full control over public finances and in the absence of a legitimate government, a grave situation has arisen..there’s no legal way to meet public expenditure and obligations of the state, from 2019. With the Central Bank chief warning of a fiscal slippage, with its credit rating downgraded by three agencies, Sri Lanka, is by definition, at the brink of being declared a failed state – if things don’t return to normal. As of writing the volatile situation hasn’t changed one bit. 

Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu summed it up in human rights terms: The constitutional crisis could lead to a return to the past where we had a widespread culture of enforced disappearances, self censorship, and extra-judicial killings.  

The only redeeming feature in this chaos seems to be the judiciary – with the Supreme Court expected to rule on whether the president’s actions to dissolve parliament was legal. The Appeals Court had earlier made an interim stay order restraining Rajapaksa from acting as prime minister, otherwise Sri Lanka had two prime ministers – one was Mahinda Rajapaksa, appointed by president Sirisena and the other Ranil Wickremesinghe who refused to vacate his post despite being sacked by him. The Rajapaksas and the SLPP – their political party, have vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court and are calling for a general election. In the mean time there is a move to impeach Sirisena, while he insists he would honour a new no confidence motion – but is not prepared to re-instate Ranil. I did express pessimism in Dec 2014 when plans were a foot to form a rainbow coalition and make Maithripala Sirisena a common presidential candidate to run against Mahinda Rajapaksa.

This is a critical time for Tamils. The time has come for Tamils to move forward with a new narrative, a new thinking and a new approach. As long as Tamil people’s destiny continues to be tied to Sri Lanka, Tamil rights become inconsequential – when during just normal days, Tamil issues get put in the backburner, how much more at this time.     

Undoubtedly the trajectories of the Sinhala and Tamil nations are poles apart. With their aspirations still not fulfilled, their entitlement taken from them, their fundamental rights not granted but violated, the needs of the Tamil nation are different, their grievances are different and therefore their demands are different.  

 “Two different nations, from a very ancient period, have divided between them the possession of the Island: the Sinhalese inhabiting the interior in its Southern and Western parts from the river Wallouwe to Chilaw, and the Malabars (Tamils) who possess the Northern and Eastern Districts. These two nations differ entirely in their religion, language and manners.” – Sir Hugh Cleghorn, British Colonial Secretary, June 1879.

“As to the qualification required in the knowledge of the native languages, the Portuguese and Sinhalese only being mentioned excludes one which is fully necessary in the Northern Districts as the Sinhalese in the South. I mean the Tamil language, commonly called the Malabar language, which with a mixture of Portuguese in use through all the provinces is the proper native tongue of the inhabitants from Puttalam to Batticaloa northward inclusive of both these districts.. Your Lordship will therefore, I hope have no objection to my putting Tamil on an equal footing of encouragement with the Sinhalese” – Sir Robert Brownrigg, Governor of Ceylon, 1813 Dispatch to the British Colonial Secretary of State, Reported in the Tribune, 12 January 1956)

These are two statements of fact from two high ranking British officials who said it like it was in pure, unadulterated, clear language, free from ulterior political motives, when describing the traditional habitats, demography and languages of the inhabitants of the island of Ceylon, as it existed, the way these officials found it, in the early and late 19th century. 

They are historical truths that can neither be distorted nor disputed.

Fast forward to the 21st century, we are now living in an era, where the, “Sinhalese nation has, since independence from Britain, systematically put in place an institutionalized ethnocracy – yes an ethnocracy – “a type of political structure in which the state apparatus is appropriated by a dominant ethnic group to further its interests, power and resources.” Despite strong opposition from the Tamil nation, the island underwent a name change from Ceylon to Sri Lanka, creating a republic, cutting political ties with Britain, producing two constitutions so far, all the while  purporting to deny equality of status to the Tamils, that which the Tamil nation is owed and entitled to. This the Sinhala nation did by essentially discounting and disregarding that which was envisaged and advocated by the two British officials – that the Tamil nation in the North and East and the Sinhalese nation in the South and West, “divided between them the possession of the island.” And that the Tamil language should be put on an equal footing of encouragement with Sinhalese. 

The grievances of these people need to be heard because their situation is dire. When Britain gave Ceylon its independence in 1948, Tamils acquiesced in the hope that they will be treated equally, fairly and justly. To the contrary, the Tamils were betrayed right from the start, slowly but surely they have been now relegated to 2nd class and worse have had a genocide perpetrated on them.

It’s a sad irony, in the midst of this crisis, created by Sinhala politicians, the whole world has called on Sri Lanka to return to democratic values and to respect and abide by the constitution.   In actual fact those very instruments, expected to provide protection for the Tamil people, were utilized to crush them and deprive them of their fundamental human rights. The very same democratic institutions, the so called constitution of Sri Lanka and laws of the land, those instruments that are held sacred, in truth, violated their rights. 

Tamils stand stripped of the protection laid down by the Soulbury constitution – a constitution that the British colonial power left behind in the island. Incorporated into the Soulbury constitution, drafted by Sir Ivor Jennings, was section 29/2 – a safeguard provided for Tamils, the majority in the North and East, from the tyranny of the majority in the South. Section 29/2, a provision that was supposed to be entrenched, was removed in the new 1972 republican constitution. Furthermore, the 13th amendment to the 1978 constitution that provides for provincial councils have no teeth, no fiscal powers, no land or police powers; while power was centralized these councils were tantamount to glorified municipal councils or worse (www.TamilNation.com). 

Sadly, a constitution that would guarantee the right to self determination for Tamils where they have control over their affairs, and create laws and policies in their best interest, would never materialize – as long as power to draft and facilitate its passage lies in the hands of a Sinhala Buddhist hegemonic nationalist parliament. Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) provides that – all peoples have the right of self-determination – by virtue of that right they are entitled to freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development. Furthermore the 6th amendment is a flagrant violation of Articles 18 and 19 of the same ICCPR – the right to freedom of thought and conscience and freedom of speech. 

Again as long as the 6th Amendment which criminalises any and all advocacy for an independent state is not abolished, the Tamil people’s right to, “freely determine their political status,” would never be theirs. The fair and the right way forward is to conduct a referendum, sponsored by the international community, to determine what the people of the North and East including the Tamil diaspora, who have as much a stake, want – whether they want to stay subjugated in a unitary, united, undivided, indivisible Sri Lanka under a majoritarian stranglehold, or desire a federal system under a power sharing arrangement, or favour an independent state.   

In the case of the most critical of issues for the Tamil people, that of securing a political solution, it is imperative that major powers led by the UK, make the call for such a referendum, that’s monitored by the international community, to ensure ‘Tamil destiny is in Tamil hands’ – UK, which has a historical duty to put things right, as the last colonizer, which unified the three kingdoms in the island under one administration and left a unitary system in place.

Tamils need to be inspired by East Timor, South Sudan, Kosovo, Scotland and Catalonia to name a few who had huge challenges before them but still conducted referenda to get the views of their people and let them decide – some won independence, others aren’t giving up. The passion, commitment, dedication and sacrifice of the leaders and people who never gave up, and are not willing to give up, are the attributes that finally helped them, and will help them to emerge victorious, and will hopefully help us too.  

Tamils have been crying out for an independent international investigation for mass atrocities committed in Mullivaikkaal – international crimes that include war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide – none of which Sri Lanka is capable of litigating, when the perpetrators are the Sri Lankan armed forces and senior political leaders in the government in power at the time. Despite co-sponsoring a UNHRC resolution providing for a domestic mechanism with foreign participation, Sri Lanka has not taken any action to towards establishing a war crimes court. Tamils knew a domestic mechanism was a non-starter when the president himself has said he would neither allow his soldiers to be prosecuted nor agree to any foreign participation – in fact he himself is an alleged war criminal. It was crystal clear Sri Lanka cannot be relied upon to prosecute its armed forces.

Tamils have a right to justice for such heinous crimes, under international law, provided under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide – this year it’s 70 years since this enactment was adopted but sadly Tamils are unable to litigate these mass atrocities in an independent court – this is due to the fact that Sri Lanka has not signed on to the Rome statute of the International Criminal Court. The way forward to end impunity and make Sri Lanka accountable for the mass atrocities committed against the Tamil people, it is imperative for the UN Human Rights Council, led by the ‘Sri Lanka core group’ in March 2019, to ask the UN General Assembly to call on the UN Security Council to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court or to appoint a Special Tribunal for that purpose. At the 39th session of UNHRC, the Sri Lanka core group made up of UK, Germany. Montenegro and Macedonia released a statement asking Sri Lanka to establish the national accountability mechanisms provided in resolution30/1 which it co-sponsored, expecting it to make progress towards delivering its council commitments with a time bound action plan, “prioritizing” and “driving forward implementation of resolutions 30/1 and 34/2 before  the council next considers Sri Lanka in March.” Suspects can also be prosecuted in individual countries, invoking ‘universal jurisdiction’.

This is also the year that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted at the United Nations. While the Tamil homeland is heavily militarized and occupied with the threat of check points coming back, with members of Sri Lanka’s armed forces involved in civilian activities and where strong surveillance operations by them are ongoing; while forensic testing of all the mass graves and the hundreds of skeletal remains that have been discovered are not undertaken by foreign firms accredited to the UN; while the remains of those who were summarily executed, and extra-judicially killed haven’t been handed over to relatives, while the truth of secret prison camps, known also as death camps or torture chambers where Tamil prisoners were subjected to torture and sexual violence are not revealed; while the Prevention of Terrorism Act is not abolished, where arbitrary arrests and imprisonment without charge are still taking place; while political prisoners incarcerated under the PTA are not released; while the families of the enforced disappeared don’t get answers to the whereabouts of their loved ones still missing; while the promised list of the disappeared hasn’t still been provided by president Sirisena; while the claim made by Ranil Wickremesinghe that they are all probably dead, without providing evidence is unacceptable; while lands are still not been returned to their owners; while the lives of journalists are in danger; while Sri Lanka fails to implement its transitional justice commitment; the rights of the Tamil people remain violated.

It is worrying that the Northern Provincial Council’s term has expired in September and elections haven’t been called yet. It’s feared that elections may only be forthcoming after the general elections or the presidential elections, whenever that is. At present there is no provincial administration in the hands of elected officials in the north. The Northern Province is being administered by Governor Reginald Cooray, a Sinhala Buddhist who is unelected, who is bent on trying to change the social, cultural and religious landscape of the Tamil north. The north, one of the bastions of the Tamil homeland, the other being the east, is without a provincial government, although it has lacked real teeth anyway; yet the NPC gave a semblance of authority in name, because of the stature of Chief Minister, Justice Wigneswaran, it was a means to facilitating foreign dignitaries to meet with him and members of the Council – that helped with the exchange of information. 

The unbridled expansion of the army, the state sponsored colonization of the traditional homeland of the Tamils, the Sinhalisation and Buddhisisation of Tamil areas, the erection of Buddhist shrines where there aren’t any Buddhists, the change in place names and historical sites in the Tamil homeland (for example changing Manal Aru to Weli oya), lack of translation facilities (for example Sri Lanka’s National Disaster Management Center does not post warnings in Tamil), the numerous errors in translation appearing in sign boards –  are all symptomatic of Sinhala Buddhist hegemony, leading to the obliteration of the Tamil language, systematic demographic engineering, the distortion of history, the extermination of Tamil culture and the extinction of the Tamil nation, affecting the Tamil people’s right to nationhood.   

The growing Chinese influence in Sri Lanka is ongoing while the Tamil people watch helplessly – having no power to prevent it from spreading to the North and East. While the South is pawned heavily to China, Sri Lanka is now caught up in what’s described as China’s ‘debt trap diplomacy’- a modus operandi China has embarked on, designed for China to grow its empire – that has left Sri Lanka to carry a huge debt burden it cannot service and won’t be able to pay off for generations to come. The Tamil people have to not only suffer the consequences of this bad alliance – the danger of China extending its tentacles to the North and East, a location strategic in the Indian Ocean is real; while Tamils have no say in such serious incursions into their independence, affecting their economic and security interests – the rights of the Tamil people in the island are seriously violated.  

Regardless of who’s in power, for Tamils the chances of securing their rights are nil. Rights that would improve their situation, making it favourable for them to flourish, prosper and thrive as a people. 

And while those human rights are in peril, international intervention becomes a necessity. This is the considered view of the former Chief Minister, Justice Wigneswaran:

“The World community will now be able to gauge if this is how peers and equals in Parliament are treated by our Parliamentarians most of whom belong to the majority community, how their soldiers would have treated the minority communities under their complete authority and power. The World community should now realise why we insist on International input into the war crimes’ inquiry..No Sri Lankan Government will grant anything to Tamils and the responsibility to solve the ethnic conflict lies with the International Community. The International Community should now act with greater responsibility knowing the type of people they are dealing with to place a proper war crimes’ investigation mechanism before the forthcoming UNHRC sessions in Geneva regardless of who is in power in Sri Lanka.” 

Tamils are very vulnerable, no matter who’s in power. Whoever wins this power struggle, the situation for Tamils won’t change – they would still wake up to a Sinhala president and a prime minister – neither self rule nor justice will be within sight. Tamils have gained nothing by holding the balance of power – it has never worked in their favour – never, it is purely illusory – It’s been the case, in times of crisis, in the event of a power struggle or at elections or after, Tamils are forced to align with one party or other, but end up being betrayed by them, only to be used and discarded, “like a disposable napkin.”

This opportunity brought about by the crisis in Sri Lanka would indeed be persuasive to convince the international community. This may be the best chance available for Tamils to force some urgent international action to win back their inalienable rights and freedoms. Tamil parties must prioritise the needs of the Tamil people and go forward with a new narrative, new thinking & a new approach, regardless of whether it will be acceptable to the South – Supporting Ranil Wickremesinghe may be a fait accompli, but it would be best not to go further and help prop him up without asserting our independence. Hence forward they must not compromise Tamil needs to fit in to the Sinhala Buddhist agenda. They must stop behaving like paid servants.  

Shakespeare’s words are so apt in these circumstances: There is a tide..which taken at the flood leads to fortune.. we must take the current when it serves or lose our ventures.

Tamil Rights Are Human Rights. 

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    Tamil rights are human rights. So are the rights of Sinhalese, Muslims, Burghers, Malays, and everybody else. So please stop your racist ranting. Let’s all fight for the universal human rights of all individual citizens of the world. Ignore the tribe for a change.

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      She is stating the truth but like a typical Sinhalese racist you do not want to acknowledge this and are trying bury the truth and the fact that thanks to the British , every Sinhalese led government from the time of independence has been denying and violating the rights of the island’s Tamils and committing structural genocide on them. Their population has been reduced to almost half of what it was at the time of independence, whilst the Sinhalese and Muslim percentages have increased . Yes the Humans rights of the Sinhalese Muslims and Burghers are important but they have not been violated to the extent as they have been as with the Tamils and no one has committed structural genocide , ethnic cleansing and war crimes on them . However this as been done to the Tamils and learn to accept the truth racist and stop ranting. Even so called western educated Sinhalese elite and upper classes are racist to the core and it is them and not the masses , who are the problem, they are the ones who instigate this racism and brainwash the Sinhalese masses with Mahavamsa fairly tales. Like the author of the article states the problems and situation faced by the Tamils in the island is very different to the Sinhalese, their basic existence and rights as a people are being threatened by the government and the Sinhalese armed forces. On the other hand for the Sinhalese do not face this but are squabbling as to which greedy selfish good for nothing racist opportunist Sinhalese politician will rule them. The current situation in the island is because of the Sinhalese and their politicians., who typically reflect the Sinhalese and their mindset. Your comment proves this.

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        One important human right that Tamils are facing which Sinhalese or Muslims are not is ethnic cleansing, whereby Tamil population has dwindled while Sinhala and Muslim population has increased. Next is the freedom of life without fear, where Tamils are being subjected to terror by Sinhala security forces on a daily basis, which Sinhalese do not suffer and Muslims only now and then. Those who deny this come and see overseas where Tamils are living without any such fear.

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      Ajay, you certainly believe that you are intellectually superior to Usha and hence your condescendingly condescending advice, “Ignore the tribe for a change”.
      .
      You imply that seventy years ago Tamils should have fought for universal human rights instead the parochial. Till you are able to substantiate this claim, share it with your consenting friends.

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    [Edited out] writing in capital letters are discouraged – CT

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    Tamils are very greedy and very foolish. SO, they are vulnerable. TULF, LTTE , Overseas living LTTE FUND Colectors and TNA were taking Tamils to be stupid. Now, it is, WIgneswaran’s turn. See LTTE Heroine, who made killing of 1000s of LTTE youth had swindled RS 3.5 million from her ministry.

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      @JD, dumbo the bugger who murdered 600 policemen is a Rajapaksa stooge. What do you have to say for that?

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    Usha,
    As always very well written article

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    Thanks Usha for explaining the options, “Tamil people’s rights under international law – rights they have long been agitating for – rights that still elude them”.

    “They have to “freely determine their political status”, through a referendum, sponsored by the international community, to determine what the people of the North and East including the Tamil diaspora, if they want to stay subjugated in a unitary, united, undivided, indivisible Sri Lanka under a majoritarian stranglehold, or desire a federal system under a power sharing arrangement, or favour an independent state.

    The Tamils should by now realize that the TNA leadership is continuing to fool us all.

    Human Rights, Social Rights, Racial Riots, Suppression, Subjugation, Colonization under a majoritarian chauvinistic regimes, under military occupation will never ever go away.

    Tamil Rights are assured in an Independent Tamil Eelam, and to resolve and not to prolong the pain and sufferings. Tamil problem belongs to the Tamils to think about our future, and not to look for the Pearl in the Ocean.

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      Mr Vanikasagar
      We are going round and round. The moment you define boundaries of the Tamil Homeland the rest of the island becomes Sinhala Homeland . Do we have to respect those Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival) who refuse to relocate themselves into the Tamil Homeland as equal citizens?Are you not worried about their human rights? Mind you they are +50% of your people.

      Soma

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        We will help better manage your Homeland as well, if you want us to, but, our roots and our motherland land is our pride. You handle your citizens as you like, and they would have a choice. But If you touch them, we will teach a lesson to feed you for life.
        How is that?

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          Manik
          Your previous attempt ended up in Nandikadal.

          Soma

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            somass

            “Your previous attempt ended up in Nandikadal.”

            Of course it did, thanks to VP and Hindians.
            However have you forgotten earlier it ended in Kalyani river, mass graves, Kanatte and on tyre pyre.

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            @soma, it took you 33 years to end it in Nandikadal? What does that tell the world about your brave 400,000 soldiers who fought 25,000 LTTE guys? It doesn’t say much about the bravery of your army!!!

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          Manica,

          “But If you touch them, we will teach a lesson to feed you for life.”

          hahaha..hee hee. Remember Nanthikadal.

          You already have a homeland. That is Tamil Nadu. Not in Sri Lanka.

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            ravi perera the Sinhala speaking Demela

            “Remember Nanthikadal.”

            Of course I remember Nanthikadal where army owns a tea boutique, which is closed almost all day.
            However have you forgotten Kalyani river, mass graves, Kanatte and the tyre pyre?

            “You already have a homeland. That is Tamil Nadu. Not in Sri Lanka.”

            Why haven’t you relocated yet?

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              “Of course I remember Nanthikadal where army owns a tea boutique, which is closed almost all day.”

              Haha.. do not remember anything else..

              “However have you forgotten Kalyani river, mass graves, Kanatte and the tyre pyre?”

              that was sad and wrong. I am in agreemenet here

              ““You already have a homeland. That is Tamil Nadu. Not in Sri Lanka.”

              Why haven’t you relocated yet?”

              This is your final aim. To take our beautiful land push us out to your toilet nadu.
              Anyway you are a great entertainer vedda. BY the way how old are you?

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                ravi perera the Sinhala speaking Demela

                “This is your final aim. To take our beautiful land push us out to your toilet nadu.”

                Of course it is my final aim and I am not ashamed to state it or repeat it on the record. What I am trying to do is to cleanse the island of all those descendants of Kallathonie converts, the zealot racists, fascists, ……… .
                Rest assured you will be on the first boat back.

                “Haha.. do not remember anything else..”

                I am learning from you.

                “Anyway you are a great entertainer vedda.”

                Thank you.
                There’s No Business Like Show Business.

                “BY the way how old are you?”
                I am old enough to vote and know enough to tell you off.

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                    ravi perera the Sinhala speaking Demela

                    Brilliant.
                    Thanks for keeping it brief.
                    Keep up your good work.

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                  “Rest assured you will be on the first boat back.”

                  Say things you can do Vedda. You thalayas are full of crap.

                  Thanks for another round of entertainment

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                    ravi perera the Sinhala speaking Demela

                    ” You thalayas are full of crap.”

                    Wait until “S**t Hit The Fan”.

                    “Thanks for another round of entertainment”

                    look its free, you do not have to pay a single cent from your wife’s hard earned income from Middle East.

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        Soma I have explained to you in opinion on another article in CT site, that despite Sinhalese getting a separate homeland from British, there are 100,000 Sinhalese living in UK. Whether a Tamil wants to reside in Sinhala homeland or Sinhalese wants to reside in Tamil homeland is an inalienable right according to international laws. Still you are continuing ad nauseum about 50% of Tamils outside the proposed Tamil homeland when the truth as explained to you is to the contrary.

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          Dr Gnana
          The truth I understand is nothing makes a Tamil more nourvous than this possibility of living in a Tamil Homeland. Go and see for yourself the pathetic life of upcountry Tamils. Still they prefer that thousand times than to live in Tamil Homeland which option they were given once.
          Blinded by this desire to live among the Sinhalese you don’t understand that the moment you start demanding the right of +50% Tamil to live in Sinhala Homeland the whole rationale for a Tamil Homeland falls flat. The whole propaganda of discrimination, genocide etc gets exposed as shameless hypocrisy. In demanding so you display your boundless inferiority complex. All Tamil racist donkeys need some elementary coaching in logic.

          Soma

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            Well said Soma…

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              ravi perera the Sinhala speaking Demela

              “Well said Soma…”

              Bull s**t somass.

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                great piece of entertainment.

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                  ravi perera the Sinhala speaking Demela

                  “great piece of entertainment.”

                  Thank you.
                  There’s No Business Like Show Business.

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        somass

        Don’t worry about Tamil Homeland. Leave the worrying to Hindians.
        Lets start worrying about the proposed Sinhala/Buddhist mutant Fascist homeland for the talking dead, 10 Square miles more than enough.

        The only problem that I am envisaging is that you will have to share your mutant homeland with Sinhala speaking Demela ravi perera, Lal loo, Eagle Blind Eye, Wimal Windbag, Udhaya, Dinesh, Dayan, ……. Shenali, …. Gnanasara, … Dr Channa Masala, …

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    Thank you Usha. Well articulated. Keep up the good work.

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    Not a single human right discussed in the article is a special right for tamils as most of them are rights of all the people in Sri Lanka where they are enjoying at the moment.

    Another article with facts related to mental problems. Besides, Tamil ordinary people never ever asked those and after 2009 Nanthikadal annihilation, they have recognised the futility of those hims and fancies.

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      Nimal Tissa Wijethunga: You accept here that the human rights of all Lankans are being violated right now and so “What is special about Tamils?”.
      For seventy years the grievances and violations of human rights of Tamils were addressed through pogroms.
      Surely you do not advocate this method to be applied to all? Or do you?

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    ‘Tiger” rights are covered under human rights or animal rights?

    Soma

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      somass

      “Tiger” rights are covered under human rights or animal rights?”

      Simple, it’s almost equal but lesser than Sinha or Sinha Le rights as enshrined in Mahawamsa, and the symbolised by Sinha Flag.

      However two stupid people who are genetically closely related to each other now have chosen two horrible animals to represent themselves.
      What a pity.

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    “Two different nations, from a very ancient period, have divided between them the possession of the Island: the Sinhalese inhabiting the interior in its Southern and Western parts from the river Wallouwe to Chilaw, and the Malabars (Tamils) who possess the Northern and Eastern Districts. These two nations differ entirely in their religion, language and manners.” – Sir Hugh Cleghorn, British Colonial Secretary, June 1879.
    ——————–
    This ‘Gon Sudda’ who has not studied the history of Sinhale has uttered this nonsense. Where was Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa kingdoms which were the cradle of Sinhala Buddhist civilization? In the South?

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      Eagle eye the blind racist, if there is contention about claim of civilisation, then the best method to settle it is by archaeology which is scientific than history. With modern equipment and technology you cannot hide the truth. Two discoveries last month is going contrary to your claim of cradle of Sinhala Buddhist civilisation. First one was in Nanaatan (Mannar) where while digging the school playground, they discovered ancient potsherds similar to those found in Tamil Nadu. Second one is in Kiliveddi (Trincomalee) where they have accidentally discovered remains of an ancient Siva Temple covered in forest. This is the reason why Sri Lanka government and racist Archaeology department do not want to embark to find out the truth. Incidentally the picture of Mannar mass grave in this article, are the remains of Tamils who were killed in December 1984, following a land mine blast opposite Murunkan post office, after which army and STF went berserk killing several people at the site, and in the following days arresting several Tamils including father Mary Bastian, killing and dumping their bodies. I was medico-legal officer at that time and I had examined several injured people in this incident.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
        Using modern technology in archaeological excavations is shattering the claims of Kallathonis of a traditional homeland in Sinhale. That is the reason why ‘Thuppahi’ leader put brakes, under pressure from ‘Koti Diaspora’, to excavations carried out by our archaeologists. If new excavations support the claims of Kallathonis, anti-Sinhala ‘Thuppahi’ leader would not have stopped those excavations.

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        Gnana,

        “This is the reason why Sri Lanka government and racist Archaeology department do not want to embark to find out the truth.”

        If you can call for war crime investigations, why can’t you call for an international investigation on historical/archaeological facts. This remains your only hope.

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          Ravi Perera

          Its you Sinhala Speaking Demela!

          “If you can call for war crime investigations, why can’t you call for an international investigation on historical/archaeological facts. This remains your only hope.”

          That would be part of genocide investigation if that is what you want.
          What are you trying to prove?
          You do not have to prove anything.
          You don’t have to prove you are not suffering from p***s envy, paranoia, ….. anxiety of being a descendant of Kallthonies from South India because you are.

          Go get some rest.

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            How dare you call me a kallathoni.

            Thuppai para demala,

            “That would be part of genocide investigation if that is what you want.
            What are you trying to prove?
            You do not have to prove anything.”

            We are not trying to prove anything, since this is our land. It is you demalas who have to prove.

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              ravi perera the Sinhala speaking Demela

              “We are not trying to prove anything, since this is our land.”

              Try harder, one day you will rediscover your ancestors landed here by Kallathonies from South India.
              DNA test might give you a reasonable accurate location of your ancestor’s origin in Tamil Nadu.
              When did this land become yours?
              Please go back.

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                  ravi perera the Sinhala speaking Demela

                  Brilliant.
                  Thanks for keeping it brief.
                  Keep up your good work.

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    Sir Hugh Cleghorn merely stated what is now enshrined in Wikipedia :-

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffna_Kingdom

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    K. Pillai,

    What made SJV Chelvanayagam the 1st terrorist to formed Tamil Arasu Katchchi as a racist party in 1933? Is it because of any progroms or because of metal problem of Vellalas?

    There are no archeological sites or findings in Sri Lanka to claim any Tamil Homeland up to now and there cannot be anything in the future even.

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      Nimal Tissass Wijethunga

      “What made SJV Chelvanayagam the 1st terrorist to formed Tamil Arasu Katchchi as a racist party in 1933?”

      Tissass get your facts right you lazy stupid.
      Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi was founded on 18 December 1949.

      ” Is it because of any progroms or because of metal problem of Vellalas?”

      It was because of D S Senanayaka’s ethnic cleansing policies of hard working up country Tamils.

      “There are no archeological sites or findings in Sri Lanka to claim any Tamil Homeland up to now and there cannot be anything in the future even.”

      The idea of Home Land is a recent one.
      I think I have wasted time by giving you all the source materials.

      If you really want the evidence by now you would have looked for them and by now you would have found them.

      You too think you are clever. Don’t you clever dick?

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    Native Veddah/Kala Veddah/Angoda Veddah,

    Not a single archaeological evidence yet about Tamil Homeland in Sri Lanka. Tamil Arasu Kactchi was formed in 1933.

    Up country Tamils or Jaffna Tamils or Batticaloa Tamils have come to Sri Lanka as lunderers, smugglers, invadors and captured, slaves to ork in Tobacco and tea plantation and as Kallathonies. That is the clear history.

    You idiot , all Tamil racism based on lies only.

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    Don’t brand all the Sinhalese people as racists. And don’t blame them for the all the ills. Some are of our own making. More than 10 lakhs of Tamils have migrated to foreign countries. Not everyone is
    a political re refugee. Most are economic refugees. This is the reason why the percentage of Tamils in Ceylon remain at 11.15% in 1981 as well as in 2012! There are many progressive Sinhalese who support the Tamils demand for autonomy/self-rule. JVP after long years of wallowing in chauvinistic politics is now reconciling to the demand of the Tamils for autonomy in an undivided Ceylon. Let both nations live amicably and in peace. The progress of Sri Lanka is retarded by the cancer of divisive politics of ethnicity and religion. After all, we have only two languages and a few ethnic groups.

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      Pillai

      “JVP after long years of wallowing in chauvinistic politics is now reconciling to the demand of the Tamils for autonomy in an undivided Ceylon.”

      Could you cite your reference.

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    Srilankan leaders should implement the UNHRC resolutions as agreed. They must take effective action to prepare for the investigation of the crimes of atrocity committed. They must prepare to seek the truth, ensure accountability, serve justice, make reparations, guarantee non-recurrence, reconcile people, exercise human rights and ensure the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of Sri Lanka’s entire population. If not, the Srilankan state could be considered as an oppressive state, failed state and a rogue state or outlaw state by the international communities.

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