Tamils urged to act strategically by forming partnerships with stakeholders

Tamil people and their leaders have been urged to take stock of the challenges and opportunities in the present political climate and act strategically by forming partnerships with all relevant stakeholders in Sri Lanka and in the international community.

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), an influential diaspora group based in the UK said that the importance and urgency of securing pragmatic and tangible gains, with the objective of fulfilling the political and economic aspirations of the Tamil people, cannot be overstated.

The GTF today joined Tamils worldwide in commemorating the 11th anniversary of the end of civil war in Sri Lanka.

“The final phase of the war is one of the most brutal in recent history and mass atrocity crimes were systematically committed against the Tamil people. It is estimated that 40,000 to 70,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the final months alone, and this constitutes only a fraction of the total deaths, destruction and displacement suffered by the Tamil community during its 70-year political struggle for equality and justice in Sri Lanka,” GTF said in a statement today.

The GTF said that with the advent of the new Government six months ago, the Tamil struggle has once again entered a challenging phase.

“The Government, elected almost exclusively by the majority Sinhala-Buddhist vote, appears insensitive to the concerns and aspirations of the minority communities and bent on reversing even the minimalist reforms achieved by the previous government. The high degree of militarization of the Government apparatus (including by officers credibly accused of serious human rights abuses), the authoritarian approach to governance, and the arbitrary decision to withdraw from the UNHRC commitments, provide a stark glimpse into the challenges ahead,” the statement said.

GTF said it is important that the Tamil community remain conscious and sensitive to the immense suffering and sacrifices made by large sections of the Tamil community during the decades-long struggle.

“Equally important is that the Tamil people and their leaders take stock of the challenges and opportunities in the present political climate and act strategically by forming partnerships with all relevant stakeholders in Sri Lanka and in the international community. The importance and urgency of securing pragmatic and tangible gains, with the objective of fulfilling the political and economic aspirations of the Tamil people, cannot be overstated,” GTF said.

While remembering those who perished and suffered in innumerable ways during the Tamil struggle, the GTF said it will solemnly commit to continue to do all that is possible, however long it takes, to ensure that the Tamil people in Sri Lanka will one day constitute a confident and empowered community that will have opportunities to lead a peaceful, prosperous and fulfilling life. (Colombo Gazette)

3 COMMENTS

  1. Thomas, let us not forget which group plunged the country into a “nightmare” the GTF now wants accountability for. As for being “terrorised by your own government”, to put it in simplistic terms in the context of the conflict, that is like the pot calling the kettle black.

    But I agree with your sentiments; when the “gun” is in the hands of the majority; life becomes “uneasy” for the minority. Perhaps the goals need to be tempered by political reality.

    I would like to hear your thoughts on what “Accountability” will gain the Tamil people. And how that will progress the cause of peace.

  2. The Global Tamil Forum should remain conscious of the immense suffering of all Sri Lankan’s during the decades long conflict. And no right minded person would want to see that tragedy unfold again. Instead of continuing to fan the embers of discord, why not expend more energy in the promotion of peace and unity ?

    ONE FLAG ONE PEOPLE – united in peace, happiness and prosperity.

    WE DARE TO DREAM !

    • When most of the ethnic majority of the country voted in a government that isn’t interested in equality and justice for all citizens of this country, “embers of discord” is an understatement. What has Gotabaya’s presidency done to promote peace and unity?

      Without equality, equal protection of rights and equal justice for all ethnic and religious groups of this country, there cannot be peace and unity. If GTF is promoting equality and justice, then all power to it.

      We shouldn’t dream without even genuinely attempting to address the root of what ails this country and without ensuring accountability. Surely, much of the population suffered immensely. However, even that immense suffering can be qualified and enumerated across ethnic lines to clearly show who suffered by far the worst, how and for how long. If one hasn’t been the recipient that immense suffering, you could not even begin to imagine in it. There’s nothing worse than being terrorised by your own government.

      If the people of this country don’t have the backbone and/or the morality to own up to what precipitated the civil war in this country, ‘peace, harmony, and unity’ are a frivolous dream.

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