Actions aimed at suppressing Tamil self-determination says Tamil Civil Society Forum at ICCPR

Northern  ProvinceMaking 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.

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