22 October, 2019

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Tamils Vote Overwhelmingly For Self-Determination In The NPC Election – British Tamil Forum

“Given the increasingly perilous position of the Tamil people in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka, it is more important than ever that the international community works with the Tamil people, and the Tamil-mandated TNA, to safeguard their human, political and cultural rights – including their right to self-determination – and to protect them from the genocide perpetrated by the Sri Lankan state. British Tamils Forum stands shoulder to shoulder with any individual or organisation that works towards these aims.” says the British Tamil Forum.

Northern Chief C.V.Wigneshwaran

Issuing a statement today the BTF says; “The international community has long been reluctant to recognise the Tamil people’s desire for self-determination. Instead, international actors have largely insisted on framing all the atrocities and violations that have been perpetrated by the Sri Lankan state squarely within the framework of human rights and good governance. The Tamil people’s longstanding charge that they face genocide by the Sri Lankan state is wishfully dismissed as exaggeration.”

We publish below the statement in full;

The Tamil people have once again stated loud and clear their desire to determine their own future by voting for the Tamil National Alliance in overwhelming numbers in the Northern Provincial Council Election. British Tamils Forum calls on the international community to take heed of the message delivered by the voters of the Northern Province; the Tamil national question and Sri Lanka’s perpetual human rights crisis will only ever be resolved by giving the Tamil people the chance to decide for themselves how, and by whom, they wish to be governed.

It is widely agreed that the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) will be a largely ineffectual body, with negligible executive power. Furthermore, in the past few months the Sri Lankan government has openly stated its intention to even further limit the power of the council by stripping it of land and police powers.

Nevertheless, the NPC election has been of significance for one reason only. Following the atrocities of 2009, the Tamil population of the Northern Province had been given a historic opportunity to either:

a)      Reaffirm their desire for self-determination – first expressed through the Vaddukkoddai Resolution, mandated in 1977 – by voting for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA); or

b)      Give up on this desire, by showing support for Sri Lanka’s ruling, Sinhala-dominated United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

With the TNA winning 30 out of 38 council seats, there can be little doubt which option the Tamil people have chosen.

The Tamil people’s overwhelming support for Tamil rule in the election is made all the more remarkable by the widespread violence, intimidation and misinformation they faced in the run-up to and on the day of the election. Examples include:

·         The murder of a TNA activist;

·         The disruption of TNA campaign meetings and threatening attendees;

·         An attack on the home of a TNA candidate and assault of an election monitor who came to investigate;

·         Intimidation by unidentified gangs who roamed Tamil villages, defacing TNA posters and daubing pro-UPFA graffiti, in an effort to dissuade Tamil villagers from voting;

·         The publication of counterfeit newspapers to spread misinformation about a Tamil candidate.

In addition, the Sri Lankan government unashamedly tried to bribe the votes of Tamil people in the final weeks of the election campaign by promising all manner of infrastructure and “development” projects for the region.

That Sri Lanka’s ruling alliance received such a drubbing in the election – despite the threats and bribes it offered the Tamil people – is testament to the courage and overwhelming conviction of the Tamil people. Furthermore, the shocking reports of intimidation during this election – often in full view of election monitors and the media – should serve as a reminder to the global Tamil community that it is their duty to speak up and tell the world about the injustices and persecution faced by their kin in the island of Sri Lanka.

The international community has long been reluctant to recognise the Tamil people’s desire for self-determination. Instead, international actors have largely insisted on framing all the atrocities and violations that have been perpetrated by the Sri Lankan state squarely within the framework of human rights and good governance. The Tamil people’s longstanding charge that they face genocide by the Sri Lankan state is wishfully dismissed as exaggeration.

However, following these election results, the international community must finally listen to the opinion of the vast majority of Tamil people. The decades of violence and persecution they have faced is genocide, and the Tamil people really do want to choose how they govern themselves.

Furthermore, angered by its election defeat, the Sri Lankan government is likely to further intensify its campaign of persecution against the Tamil people – whether it be sexual and physical violence against Tamil civilians, the theft of Tamil lands, or the deprivation of Tamil livelihoods. The Tamil people need protection from these genocidal acts – and all those responsible for previous acts of genocide, war crimes or crimes against humanity must be brought to account through an independent, international investigation.

Given the increasingly perilous position of the Tamil people in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka, it is more important than ever that the international community works with the Tamil people, and the Tamil-mandated TNA, to safeguard their human, political and cultural rights – including their right to self-determination – and to protect them from the genocide perpetrated by the Sri Lankan state. British Tamils Forum stands shoulder to shoulder with any individual or organisation that works towards these aims.

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    BTF.. U HAVE JUST LOST YOUR VOICE AND LEGITIMACY AS U FOOLS CLAIM TO BE THE SOLE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE lANKAN TAMILS.. just like all other INT LTTE emigre groups.. That is why only months before u urged for Tamils to boycott the elections and rubbished these elections.. But the Lankan Tamils didnt’ listen to you..and U people did a complete U-Turn. And U did not get Your favoured candidate as CM post.. IS that Money drying up??? Or more False Properganda form these INT LTTE emigre groups.. And the TNA has also shown how facts and Logic have distorted your Int Propaganda.. The Int LTTE emigre Groups no longer have a voice in Lankan politics.. and i hope the TNA will side line those Hard-liners supported by you soon as they have when they nominated the CM

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      Shut the hell up you [Edited out] looser. :D

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    “Issuing a statement today the BTF says; “The international community has long been reluctant to recognise the Tamil people’s desire for self-determination. Instead, international actors have largely insisted on framing all the atrocities and violations that have been perpetrated by the Sri Lankan state squarely within the framework of human rights and good governance. The Tamil people’s longstanding charge that they face genocide by the Sri Lankan state is wishfully dismissed as exaggeration.”

    Well done Tamil People !

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geFldFiq0Ik

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr-y_C8YVhc

    Ethnic Cleansing in Northern Sri Lanka

    Uploaded on May 7, 2010

    The 29th of October is historic for the Northern Muslims of Sri Lanka – on this day, in 1990, the Tamil Tigers(LTTE) forcibly evicted some 75,000 Muslim residents of the Northern districts of Sri Lanka – Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu, Mannar and Vavuniya. Today, the lives of these Muslims, who have been displaced for 20 years, have changed drastically but for better or worse?

    Twenty years on and hundreds and thousands of Muslim IDPs who were forcefully evicted by the Tamils from the north, continue to languish in Puttalam. Still living in temporary shelters, they speak of their plight, fears and the hope for a better future.

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    Amarasiri- so concerned about the muslims.
    The last para–

    Mannar and Puttalam went hands down for TNA.You think the Muslims voted for UPFA living in squalid condition as you say.

    Languishing? Too bad YOU have not done anything with your government to make DEMOCRACY work for the MUSLIMS and the country.
    You just woke up to this issue when the northern election results were released.?

    Another add to the cart of the TNA and cursing the Tamils.
    Could you guys just mind your buisness and let the North deal with their future.
    Jealous aren’t you.
    Never thought that you will see this day — in your life.

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      Too bad for Muslims? 90,000 Muslims were forcibly evicted from their homes in Northern Province by Tamil Ealamists. Yet, BTF or any other Tamil organisation has not done anything for the Muslims evicted and truamatised by ther Tamil brothers and sisters. With all the funds the BTF and other such Tamil organisations possess, not a drop goes to impoverished Tamils or Muslims. Seems their money is made available only for bombs, landmines and devices designed for mass murder. It is a great pity that Tamils as a whole are seen as a heartless, blood thirsty race by the International Community because of a few Tamil extremists.

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    BTF don’t dream too much , you will see Wiggie will announce that TNA plan to join the government ,only you guys can enjoy the cold weather in UK and plan more credit card scams

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    So, what will happen to Rudrakumaran ?

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      I thought you have known it alresdy.

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    From 1976 to 2009 Tamils wanted the north province AND the east province.

    Now they only want north province. What a defeat!

    Tamil Elam shrinking. It will FURTHER shrink.

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      Fathima Fukushima

      “Tamil Elam shrinking. It will FURTHER shrink.”

      Perhaps, they could have their Yarldesh.

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        Native Vedda,
        Why can’t it be Eelam Pradesh. Pradesh will not annoy India.

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          Citizen

          My elders tell me the word Yarldesh was coined by Felix Dias Bandaranayake in the early 1970s following the formation of Bangladesh, implying that the so called Eelam would be confined to or no more than city of Jaffna.

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      You said Tamil Eelam is Shrinking.
      So the Tamil people have spoken and made you, the IC and every one else accept that Tamil Eelam exists.
      Whether it is shrinking or not is for another discussion …lets talk about boundries

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    BTF back off. You guys live in developed countries and want to rule the North of Sri Lanka. Have you not clearly got the message what the people in the north have said with their votes? They have given more votes to TNA than ever before, you know why? It is because they said they want to work within “one country” frame work and in a Federal System. Its time for the diaspora to but out as the Politicians of the North know the ground realities and are capable of handling their own affairs. Diaspora is still living in the past, they are frozen in time. Every person who has left Sri Lanka and got settled abroad goes back to Sri Lanka comes back wanting to go back and live in Sri Lanka for good when the political situation improves. They are not asking and wanting to live in a Separate State. They want to live in Sri Lanka. Its time the Diaspora buts out and allow the politicians who are educated and did not run away to improve their own financial status. In fact the politicians of the North are more qualified and could have found better jobs than the Diaspora in the west, but they did not. So Diaspora BUT OUT.

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    British Tamil Forum and the Diaspora should understand one thing clearly, the people have voted for Justice Wigneswarn has never seen before as they want change. Justice Wigneswarn was one of the Judges who gave the most strictest punishment to LTTE cadres when he sat on the bench. If the Tamil People of the NOrth have voted for him in such numbers means that they want change, they do not want any more tiger flag waving and the BTF and the Diaspora have to get his message clearly.

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    BTF,

    Please just listen to what the Chief Minister Elect says before rushing with statements. Please try your best not to provide fodder for the extremists in the South!

    Sengodan. M

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    You poisoned the minds of poor low caste Tamil people of Northern Province to commence an armed insurrection and then ran away. You used the the war to become residents of developed nations. Now you are enjoying the good life and once again want the people in the north of Sri Lanka to chase your Elam dream.

    You are aliens. Shut up and mind your own business. Let the people of Sri Lanka mind their own business.

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    In the Northern Province, of the total number of Registered Voters, 67.52% cast their ballots last Saturday.
    Of this number, 78.48% voted for ITAK.
    This means that of the total number of Registered Voters in the Northern Province, nearly 53% voted for ITAK
    This implies that nearly 1 in every 2 Voters in the Tamil Heartland were not sufficiently motivated to lend their support to the policies of ITAK.
    Is is correct then to say that “Tamils Vote Overwhelmingly For Self-Determination” ?

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    Agree with this conclusion and happy for the results but worried for the consequences Tamil people my have to endure by the GoSL

    Furthermore, angered by its election defeat, the Sri Lankan government is likely to further intensify its campaign of persecution against the Tamil people – whether it be sexual and physical violence against Tamil civilians, the theft of Tamil lands, or the deprivation of Tamil livelihoods. The Tamil people need protection from these genocidal acts – and all those responsible for previous acts of genocide, war crimes or crimes against humanity must be brought to account through an independent, international investigation.

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    BTF has no mandate to speak on behalf of the Tamils in the North.

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      Who the hell are you to say so? Just stay on your corner Jack.

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