Quote “MOTHERS, WIVES & DAUGHTERS CRIED AND SCREAMED TRYING TO GET THE WORLD’S ATTENTION – HOPING THAT SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE, WOULD LISTEN AND HELP TO GET JUSTICE FOR THE 40,000+ TAMILS MURDERED BY STATE TERRORISM.
We feel the pain of the Tamil people as their shouts and cries echo those of our own Sikh mothers, wives and daughters, who for over 20 years have been asking the same questions of the world. It is honourable that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh heard the cries of the Tamil’s and made a stand to boycott the Commonwealth Summit being held in Sri Lanka. But, he chooses to turn a deaf ear to the cries on his own doorstep, where citizens of his own country – the Sikhs, have equally been subjected to abductions, torture, extra judicial killings and rapes at the hands of the State machinery and which are still ongoing, even today.
Governments like Sri Lanka and India can use the heading of ‘threats against the state’ in order to execute all kinds of atrocities against its people – bypassing and bending their own laws and surrendering the due judicial process. They use the state controlled media to promote their own agenda which is often a far cry from the reality. It takes the citizens of the country along with the world’s main powers, to question and hold Governments to account, otherwise these large scale abuses will continue to happen. We praise David Cameron for shining a light on the plight suffered by the Tamil people and for more information on his visit to Sri Lanka, please read the following article taken from Sky News:
“David Cameron has been mobbed by 250 Tamil protesters in north Sri Lanka, who claim relatives have been murdered by the state. In chaotic scenes, the Prime Minister’s convoy was surrounded by demonstrators all trying to show him their family pictures and tell their stories of suffering in the country’s 26-year civil war.
The protesters were the relatives of “the disappeared” – those who have just vanished without explanation but whom, it is alleged, have been either captured or killed by the state. One or two young women really pressed up against the car as it was departing, trying to get photographs and testimony to what they fear may have happened to their loved ones to David Cameron.
Mr Cameron has travelled to the northern city of Jaffna, to meet Tamils scarred by years of ethnic fighting in the country, ahead of his meeting with the country’s president in which he will raise the question of Sri Lanka’s human rights record. Earlier he had said “I want to shine a light on the chilling events there first hand.”
As many as 40,000 civilians are estimated to have died in the final months of the regime’s fight with Tamil Tiger separatists, according to the United Nations. There have been allegations of battlefield executions and rapes by regime forces and claims they indiscriminately shelled Tamils fleeing the fighting as the Tigers were defeated.
Mr Cameron will put pressure on Mr Rajapaksa to agree to an independent inquiry into the alleged war crimes by state forces. The UN says that abductions and torture continue in the country.”