Making a submission on behalf of the Tamil Civil Society at the 112th session of the Human Rights Committee being held at Geneva Attorney at law Kumaravadivel Guruparan insisted that without the right to self-determination Tamil people in Sri Lanka will not be able to enjoy the entire array of rights enshrined in the ICCPR. He raised the issues of illegal appropriation of land and Militarisation as well.
Sri Lanka’s human rights violations against Tamils as well as the ongoing militarisation and illegal land appropriation are aimed at suppressing the Tamil people’s right to self-determination said the Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) in an oral statement to the Human Rights Committee in Geneva, during Sri Lanka’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) review.
The issue of taking over of private lands for the use of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces is directly linked to the objective of ethnically reengineering areas that have been historically habituated by the Tamil people. The territory on which such illegal land grab (Northern and Eastern parts of Sri Lanka) is taking place is territory which Tamils claim to constitute their self determining unit.
Restrictions on freedom of speech, expression and collective assembly and the denial of the right to collective memory, in the North East, as detailed with examples in our updated submissions of September 12 are facil
itated by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.
Tamil Civil Society Forum concludes this statement urging the Committee to holistically appreciate and identify the violations against the Tamil community in their appropriate context.