STP and NAFSO said SL Military Threatens Livelihood of Tamils & Al Jazeera Reports on Continuing Torture

A new report launched by the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) and the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO) in Mullaitivu. stated that the Sri Lankan military’s continued occupation of land in the Vanni is threatening traditional livelihoods in local communities. While the people are protesting land-grabs, the military budget is on the rise to finance the militarisation of the Tamil Homeland.

Sri Lankan security forces have continued to use torture against Tamils on the island, reports Al Jazeera, which has uncovered allegations and evidence of torture. A support group in London has helped at least 76 Tamils with rehabilitation activities, all of whom say they were tortured within the last three years, since the current Sri Lankan government came into power. This is the good governance our Tamil leaders are trying to save.

Hundreds of Tamil protesters marched to the DS office in Mullaitivu this week, to protest against the Sri Lankan military’s continued occupation of land in the North-East. While these protests continue, their voted in parliamentarians live comfortably in their air-condition rooms.

Just as the UN Human Rights Council’s 37th session commences in Geneva, the Sri Lankan president appointed commissioners to the Office of Missing Persons (OMP), composed of mainly Sinhalese, including a Maj. General. Can this OMP deliver justice to the victims?

The 74 year old father, Nagalingam Sathiyavageswaran, of a forcibly disappeared Tamil died this week, becoming the eighth parent to die while searching for their child since protests began last year. He had been searching for his son, S. Rajivan who was abducted by white van, 15 days after his marriage by EPDP members in 2006. Doesn’t  he deserve justice? Can OMP, as it stands today, deliver that justice?

Conducting games is also a form of militarisation in SL. The Sri Lankan Army held a sports tournament at the Jaffna Security Force Headquarters in Palaly, an army base built on occupied land categorised as a ‘high security zone’, which remains inaccessible to locals and landowners, nine years after the end of the war.

Tamils and Muslims across the North-East protested on Thursday, calling for an end to atrocities in Syria. In spite of all their problems, the Tamils still have time to think of the sufferings in Syria.

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