Tamil diaspora in Canada extend support to TNA

The Canadian Tamil Congress has called on all Tamils to cast their precious vote wisely at the forthcoming Parliamentary Election in Sri Lanka.

CTC said the Tamil people’s struggle for democratic rights in Sri Lanka has a long history and since independence the desire of Tamils to live as a free people has not been diminished by the many setbacks and the tests of endurance faced by Tamils in their onward march for justice, dignity and equality.

“The manner in which the Tamils of Sri Lanka fought for liberty underwent many changes over the decades. In the beginning the Federal party led the Tamil struggle with a programme of non-cooperation with the State based on the Ghandian model. The conspicuous lack of success of the non-violent movement to win equal rights led to an armed struggle that escalated into a 30 year civil war with the Sri Lankan state,” CTC said.

CTC noted that from the end of the civil war in May 2009, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has provided leadership to resist the actions of an unjust State and promote the aspirations of a beleaguered people by searching for cooperation to create a framework for a just society in which all Sri Lankan communities can live peacefully.

“In the last Parliament, the Tamil political leadership sensibly cooperated with other progressives in the South and with the help of the international community attempted to lay the foundations for a more equitable society by generating policies based on universal humanitarian principles and creating institutions to implement them. Progress unfortunately, was tardy and minimal. Whilst these small forward steps provided some breathing space they were insufficient to bring meaningful relief to the Sri Lankan Tamil community,” CTC said.

CTC noted that the Sri Lankan political terrain is a difficult place to negotiate political outcomes based on universal humanitarian principles.

“The hallmark of the present political culture in Sri Lanka is the absence of the rule of law, a compromised judiciary, a submissive press and the militarisation of the executive. The current political structure is not conducive for meaningful change in the future for the establishment of a just and equitable society. We can see dark clouds gathering in the horizon which threaten to further weaken Sri Lankan society as a whole and particularly impact on the Tamils,” CTC said.

CTC noted that Tamils in Sri Lanka are a marginalised community and have specific political needs and aspirations but have limited electoral strength.

“It is vital that Tamil votes are not split and thereby weaken the community’s Parliamentary representation. It is therefore, important that the Tamils elect a principled and powerful group of parliamentarians who could represent the community in both the North and the East and effectively use their collective strength to advance Tamil communitys’ interests. At the present time, this could be achieved by strengthening the existing Tamil political leadership which is the Tamil National Alliance (TNA),” CTC said.

The TNA under the leadership of R. Sampanthan, has earned the recognition and respect of the international community including Canada, USA, EU, UK, Australia and India. It is widely accepted that it has carefully and consistently articulated the concerns, grievances and aspirations of the Tamil people.

The Canadian Tamil Congress has also worked closely with TNA and its spokesperson M.A. Sumanthiran in particular at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. CTC has also worked with other TNA members on economic development efforts in the war affected Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.

CTC appealed to all Tamil citizens is to cast their precious votes and cast it wisely, keeping the long-term interest of their community in mind. (Colombo Gazette)

3 COMMENTS

  1. AFTER AUGUST 5TH THERE IS GOING TO BE A HOME AND HOME MATCH IN SLPP BETWEEN SUPPORTERS OF MAHINDA-GOTHA-BASIL- SHEERANTHI GROUP FIGHTING FOR CABINET POSITION.IF HAMADASA GET LOT IF SEAT AND SHORT OF FEW SEATS TO FORM A GOVERNMENT WHO EVER ELECTED FROM UNP AND SLFP WILL CROSS OVER TO HIM.LANAKA WILL BE A KILLING FIELD AFTER AUGUST 5TH-JAYAWEEWA.

  2. The appointment of retired senior military officers to the “Executive” may or may not be viewed as militarisation depending on the agenda of the labeller.

    For those of us who view it as the replacing of the inefficient and easily corruptible with capable people who will always act in the best interests of the nation, it is a positive development. The results and tangible results produced by these appointments are becoming readily apparent by the day.

    Rome wasn’t built in a day as the old saying goes. Stop criticising for the sake of criticism. Ultimately peace is delivered by the Warrior and not the Politician. For, it is those who have seen the horrors of the battlefield that have no desire to return to it.

    Constant aimless fiery rhetoric that only seeks to sabotage, threaten, and undermine the State, will do nothing to soften the hearts and minds of the majority. Unless there is a sea change in attitude and approach and sensible consideration of ‘ground realities’ nothing will be achieved in the foreseeable future.

    Stop and think about the “other persons” position and point of view, and we may begin to make progress.

    • @Gabriella:
      The “other persons’” position works in both ways. But there’s a right and a wrong. In either position/direction, there’s only one same right. The right is not too hard to figure out but who’s interested in doing the right thing? You certainly aren’t interested in doing the right thing now. If you don’t demand it now, then when?

      Seems you are bargaining for another seven decades to do the right thing. Have you experienced the battle field? Have you experienced state run terror and then some from those who set out to free you from the state’s oppression, the brutalities of an insanely criminal military, and the cowardly and evil acts of a foreign peace keeping military contingent?

      You’re far more concerned about the ground realities of the oppressor, the evil, the criminal.

      Demand truth and accountability, now. Demand justice for all affected, now. Demand that the right thing be done within a pure democratic framework now, which invariably must respect individual rights and freedom and do away with racist majoritarian policies.

      Stop peddling a path for criminals to go free. Stop peddling a middle ground where there isn’t one; there’s only the right thing to do. Stop peddling majoritarian wishes that are counter democratic and oppressive to the minorities.
      Please stop bargaining for several more decades to do the right thing when the majority never stepped up to demand that the right thing be done and spare all of us from the brutality and carnage, and it’s aftermath, a worse racially charged environment than the one that sowed the seeds of liberation and separatism.

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