TAMIL MUSLIMS FACE THE WRATH OF SINHALESE CHAUVINISM

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday urged the Srilankan government to refrain from acts of partisanship and discharge its constitutional duty to ensure that equal protection of the law was afforded to all people in the country including Muslims. Making a special statement in Parliament yesterday, TNA Leader R. Sampanthan said that his party wished to emphasize that the enforcement of law and order and ensuring the safety and security of all people was primarily the responsibility of the State and recent events had shown that the State had not discharged this responsibility in a manner beyond reproach.
 The TNA leader said: “I wish to make a statement on a most grave issue of national concern, relating to the safety, security and well being of the Muslim people of this island. The Muslim people have been historical inhabitants of this island, and have contributed immensely to its development for many centuries. They have their own unique customs and traditions; food and dress; and are devout adherents of a very great religion. As the cultural benefactors of the Islamic Golden Age which spanned the 8th to the 13th centuries, the Muslim people of Sri Lanka have scaled the heights of the whole range of human endeavor – from art and music, to medicine and law, and science, enterprise, academics and so on.
“Today however, the purveyors of hate are unleashing a bitter and spiteful campaign against the Muslim people. I do not need to recount the many acts of mob violence that have taken place in the last few months.
Muslim women who choose to wear conservative religious dress have been molested and abused by strangers in broad daylight. Today, the Muslim people are fearful; anxious and hurt by the invective surrounding them. As fellow minorities, the Tamil people feel the pain, the insecurity, the fear and the anxiety of our Muslim brothers and sisters.
 The relationship between the Tamils and Muslims has always been close – sometimes strained and to our perpetual shame, though very rarely, even violent and cruel – but always close. Our people are too closely intertwined for one to think that it can survive the fate of the other. We are connected to each other just as we are connected to the Sinhalese, the Malays and the Burghers; but the bonds of a common language and home cannot be broken easily. And so, when our Muslim brothers and sisters are harmed on the street; or attacked by mobs; or have their Mosques vandalized; we cannot be unconcerned spectators.
 “Mr. Speaker, as Leader of the Tamil National Alliance, I demand that the violence against the Muslim people cease now. I demand an end to the repulsive hate speeches that we hear every day. I demand an end to the collusion of the state in this campaign of hate. We are conscious that the vast majority of the Sinhalese Buddhist people do not condone such actions and that they would very much wish to live in peace and harmony paying due respect to the rights of other Peoples. As victims of the worst atrocities, we the Tamils have demanded that the country and the world heed our call for accountability, justice and the guarantee of non-recurrence. We wish to emphasize that the enforcement of law and order, and ensuring the safety and security of all Peoples including the Muslim People is primarily the responsibility of the State. Recent events have shown that the State has not discharged this responsibility in a manner beyond reproach.
 “We therefore call upon the government to refrain from acts of partisanship and discharge its constitutional duty be ensuring that equal protection of the law be afforded to all Peoples in this country, including the Muslim People.”
 Prime Minister DM Jayaratne, in a reply speech, said that politicians should avoid making hate speeches and utterances that would lead to communal disharmony.
 “The statement made by MP Sampanthan is an example for the fact that there was an attempt to create clashes between the communities. Except for a few minor groups none in Sri Lanka engaged in any racist campaign. There is a small section in the society that tries to attract public attention through the acts of violence. There are some others who crave publicity. That is human nature. It is not worthy to approve the attempts which try to distort facts by distilling the false with truth.

TAMIL MUSLIMS TARGET OF SINHALESE CHAUVINISM

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TNA Leader R Sampanthan Writes to the Hon Speaker of Srilankan Parliament ,Mr.Jayawardenapura, Kotte.

Standing Order 23(2) – proviso: Notice of question relating to matter of urgent public importance – to be made on 9th April 2013
I wish to make a statement on a most grave issue of national concern, relating to the safety, security and wellbeing of the Muslim people of this island. The Muslim people have been historical inhabitants of this island, and have contributed immensely to its development for many centuries. They have their own unique customs and traditions; food and dress; and are devout adherents of a very great religion. As the cultural benefactors of the Islamic Golden Age which spanned the 8th to the 13th centuries, the Muslim people of Sri Lanka have scaled the heights of the whole range of human endeavour – from art and music, to medicine and law, and science, enterprise, academics and so on.
Today however, the purveyors of hate are unleashing a bitter and spiteful campaign against the Muslim people. I do not need to recount the many acts of mob violence that have taken place in the last few months. Muslim women who choose to wear conservative religious dress have been molested and abused by strangers in broad daylight. Today the Muslim people are fearful; anxious and hurt by the invective surrounding them. As fellow minorities, the Tamil people feel the pain, the insecurity, the fear and the anxiety of our Muslim brothers and sisters. The relationship between the Tamils and Muslims has always been close – sometimes strained and to our perpetual shame, though very rarely, even violent and cruel – but always close. Our people are too closely intertwined for one to think that it can survive the fate of the other. We are connected to each other just as we are connected to the Sinhalese, the Malays and the Burghers; but the bonds of a common language and home cannot be broken easily. And so, when our Muslim brothers and sisters are harmed on the street; or attacked by mobs; or have their Mosques vandalized; we cannot unconcerned spectators.
Mr. Speaker, as Leader of the Tamil National Alliance, I demand that the violence against the Muslim people cease now. I demand an end to the repulsive hate speech that we hear every day. I demand an end to the collusion of the state in this campaign of hate. We are conscious that the vast majority of the Sinhalese Buddhist people do not condone such actions and that they would very much wish to live in peace and harmony paying due respect to the rights of other Peoples. As victims of the worst atrocities, we the Tamils have demanded that the country and the world heed our call for accountability, justice and the guarantee of non-recurrence. We wish to emphasize that the enforcement of law and order, and ensuring the safety and security of all Peoples including the Muslim People is primarily the responsibility of the State. Recent events have shown that the State has not discharged this responsibility in a manner beyond reproach.
We therefore call upon the government to refrain from acts of partisanship and discharge its constitutional duty be ensuring that equal protection of the law be afforded to all Peoples in this country including the Muslim People.
*R Sampanthan -Parliamentary Group Leader, Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (TNA)

TESO URGES UN TO HOLD REFERENDUM IN TAMIL EELAM

M.K. Stalin, son of DMK chief Karunanidhi and former deputy chief minister of Tamil Nadu, accompanied by T.R. Balu, senior leader of the DMK, and possibly joined by two other TESO Committee members, the DK chief Veeramani  is scheduled to visit the US during the third week of September to meet the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to present the TESO resolutions to him, Deccan Chronicle reported Monday. On their way back, the group is also scheduled to stop at Geneva to hand over the resolutions to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC). Stalin and Balu would be officially informing the purpose of their travel to the Speakers of the Tamil Nadu Assembly and the Indian Lok Sabha where they are members.

The ground realities increasingly impel Tamil Nadu polity to take external steps independent of New Delhi, South Asia watchers commented, welcoming the trend.

“Among the demands put forward by TESO that Sri Lanka would find very difficult to accept are conducting a political referendum in the Tamil-dominated areas of north and east of the island-nation to allow the Tamil people to decide their own political future, formation of a United Nations monitoring committee to supervise the rehabilitation work being carried out there and conduct of an enquiry by UN into alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan Army during the closing days of the war against the Tamil tigers, rejecting the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC),” said the Deccan Chronicle feature by its New Delhi correspondent, K.S. Jayaseelan.

Any model, long-term or short-tem, enforcing military-less Eezham Tamils to live with the occupying Sinhala military that has committed and continue to commit genocide, is the worst of the predicaments to the affected people. Any approach that doesn’t recognise Eezham Tamils a nation having its territory in the island is impractical to resolve the chronic question having an affirmed fault line. Knowing the wish of the affected people in an internationally conducted referendum, especially after an internationally waged genocidal war, is the universally righteous step. The mass-based Dravidian parties shouldn’t hesitate to rise up in unison in presenting the case internationally, Tamil political activists in the island said.

The grassroot should be supportive but at the same time vigilant in monitoring and directing the parties, in the given scenario of deliberations of the establishments, the activists further said.

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TAMIL EELAM AND TIBET MUST GAIN INDEPENDENCE

Imageநந்திவர்மன்,பொதுச்செயலாளர்,திராவிடப் பேரவை 
 
 
பல ஆண்டுகளாக இணையத்தில் அகில இந்திய டெசோ என்ற பிளாக்கை நடத்திவருகிறேன். இந்திய மண்ணில் புலம்பெயர்ந்த திபெத் அரசு தர்மசாலாவில் இயங்குகிறது. திபெத்திய பாராளுமன்றம் உள்ளது. 2009&ல் இத்தாலியப் பாராளுமன்றத்தில் சிறப்பு அழைப்பாளர்களாக திபெத்திய நாடாளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர்கள் பங்கேற்றுள்ளனர். 267 திபெத்திய ஆதரவுக் குழுக்கள் பல நாடுகளில் செயல்படுகின்றன. 267வது குழுவாக இலங்கையிலேயே ஆதரவுக்குழு இயங்குகிறது.
 
அதுபோல கலைஞர் மீண்டும் புத்துயிர் ஊட்டிய  டெசோ தமிழ்நாட்டில் மட்டுல்ல, உலகின் பல நாடுகளிலும் உருவாக வேண்டும். 1998&ல் டெல்லியில் தோழர் ஜார்ஜ் பெர்னாண்டஸ் அனைத்துலக ஈழ ஆதரவாளர் மாநாட்டை நடத்தினார். 2006&ல் ஆல் இந்தியா டெசோ என்று உருவாக்கி ஈழப்பிரச்னை பற்றி கண்திறப்புக் கருத்தரங்கம் டெல்லியில் நடத்த திட்டமிட்டோம். நடக்கவில்லை. கடந்த முறை டெசோ தொடக்க மாநாட்டில் மதுரையில் பேசிய கலைஞர்  உலக நாடுகளுக்கெல்லாம் ஈழப்பிரச்னையை கொண்டு செல்வோம் என்றார். மீண்டும் புதுப்பிக்கப்படும் டெசோ குறைந்த பட்சம் டெல்லியிலாவது மாநாட்டைக் கூட்டவேண்டும். தமிழ்நாட்டுக் குள்ளேயே  மாநாடுகள், போராட்டங்கள் என்று சுருக்கிக்கொள்வது ஈழப் பிரச்னையை இந்தியாவின் பிற மாநிலங்களுக்குப் புரியவைக்காது.
 
சோவியத் யூனியன், யூகோஸ்லாவியா, செக்கோஸ்லாவியா ஆகிய ஒன்றியங்கள் உடைந்தபோது 1994 அளவில் 19 புதிய நாடுகள் பிறந்தன. எஸ்டோனியா, லாட்வியா, லிதுனியா &இழந்த சுதந்தரத்தை மீண்டும் பெற்றன. இந்த நிகழ்வுகளின்போது ஐரோப்பிய யூனியனில் இணைந்துள்ள நாடுகள் ஹெல்சிங்கி மாநாடு கூட்டி புதியதாக உருவாகும் நாடுகளை அங்கீகரிக்க வழிமுறைகள்/வரையறைகள் வகுத்து அதன்படி மேற்சொன்ன நாடுகளை அங்கீகரித்தனர்.
 
அதே அளவுகோள்படி, 21ஆம் நூற்றாண்டில் தொடர்ந்து பல நாடுகளில் பொதுவாக்கெடுப்பு நடத்தி அந்நாடுகளுக்கு சுதந்தரம் கிடைக்கச் செய்த ஐக்கிய நாடுகள் முன், உதாரணப்படி தமிழ் ஈழத்தை உலக நாடுகள் அங்கீகரிக்க உலகின் பல நாடுகளில் டெசோ அமைப்பு உருவாக வேண்டும். ஆயுதப் போராட்டம் முடிவுற்றப் பிறகு ஜனநாயக வழிமுறைகளை ஏற்று மக்கள் தேர்வு செய்து அமெரிக்காவிலிருந்து இயங்கும் நாடு கடந்த தமிழ் ஈழ அரசையும் இந்தியாவில் இயங்கும் புலம்பெயர்ந்த திபெத்திய அரசையும் உலக நாடுகள் அங்கீகரிக்க டெசோ வாதாட வேண்டும்.
 
பொது வாக்கெடுப்பு மூலம் நியூஸிலாந்தின் கடைசிக் காலனியான 644 பேர் வாழக்கூடிய அடோல் ஆல் அட்டாஃபுக்கு சுயாட்சி வழங்கிய ஐ.நா. மன்றம் தமிழ் ஈழத்துக்கும், திபெத்துக்கும் வழங்குமாறு டெசோ வலியுறுத்தவேண்டும். கலைஞரின் முயற்சி தமிழ்நாட்டுடன் நிற்கக்கூடாது. அவர் மேற்கொண்டிருக்கும் இந்த டெசோ இப்போதைக்கு காலத்தின் தேவை என்றுதான் நான் கருதுகிறேன். 2009 காலகட்டத்தை மறந்துவிட்டு அடுத்து நடக்கவேண்டியதை யோசியுங்கள்!  
 

KURDISH STRUGGLE AND TAMIL EELAM

IC role in massacre of Tamils a shame for entire century: Kurdish activist [TamilNet, Friday, 01 June 2012, 07:26 GMT]

 The international players knew what was going to happen in May 2009 to the Tamils but they did nothing to prevent it, and that was a shame right at the beginning of the 21st century, and a shame for the entire century, stated Mirham Yigit, Head of Kurdish Institute in Germany, in an interview to TamilNet.

 Talking about the current phase of the Kurdish nationalist movement, the role of the Kurdish diaspora, the importance of ideology in the struggle, the senior Kurdish activist said that when “illegal and militarist states” cooperate with one another, it was necessary for people oppressed by such states to build greater solidarity with each other.

 TamilNet: Could you inform our readers of the current stage of the Kurdish nationalist movement?

 Mirham YigitMirham Yigit: The Kurdish struggle is at its apex now. Not only in the Northern Kurdistan in Turkey but in all parts of Kurdistan. In all four parts of Kurdistan there is a strong resistance. Our struggle is not only confined to military but is also there in civil areas. At the moment the mass movement, including people, civilian activists and people organized at grassroots are developing step by step and it is getting stronger. Both inside and outside the country this is similar. At the moment the Kurds in four parts of Kurdistan have gone beyond the borders that the states established between them and the level of communication is really high. Kurdish people who did not have a status are now moving to a state where they will have a status. At Southern Kurdistan, the Kurds have a status. And our struggle has reached a point in Northern Kurdistan that currently we have 36 deputies in Turkey. 6 of them are in prison now. If there is freedom, that 36 could be more. The important point is that the Kurdish people and the Turkish people in Turkey have developed some kind of a dialogue. Kurdish and Turkish at the moment have established a people’s congress working together. This is important for us because we want to solve our problem by our own hands and not let outsiders to interfere. In the middle-east now there is not just one party behind the government but there are also strong opposition groups, because some of the opposition groups require support from forces outside, like America. If opposition works like that, it would be discredited and such an opposition can’t bring democracy. In that development the role of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its leader Abdullah Ocalan is significant. The Kurdish media, radio and TV was promoted and established with the support and backing of the PKK. And likewise the Kurdish National Congress, composed of different parties, also backed by the same. The struggle led by the PKK and Abdullah Ocalan for the past 30 years is reaching a point where something can be resolved. For the last few years we have seen many conferences, for example conferences of women, youth, and different sections of society. The latest conference is one which happened at a city in Southern Kurdistan is one such. That conference is a step towards further unity among the Kurds. At the moment, in academic spheres, scholarly works on both PKK and Abdullah Ocalan has been undertaken. And the accusation of ‘terrorism’ that Turkey imposed on the Kurdish struggle is now disappearing. Since 1993, the PKK and Ocalan have declared numerous unilateral ceasefires for peace and dialogue. And a circle outside the state who wants peace is now surfacing. And at the moment, 99 municipalities have been won by Kurds. And the Kurdish nationalist struggle wants the people to run their own affairs based on participatory democracy. And peace is approaching generally and we are more hopeful than ever.

 TamilNet: After the Sri Lankan government’s military victory in May 2009, Turkey was one of the first states to congratulate it and consecutively, it has also threatened the PKK with a ‘Sri Lanka style’ solution. What do you think of the possibility?

Mirham Yigit: This is a shame for Turkey. To see such a massacre, such a butchering of people like Sri Lankan government did, and if you congratulate that, it is shameful. And the problem here is that the Turkish people, represented by this government, are congratulating this massacre instead of protesting. One day people from Sri Lanka, both Sinhala and Tamil, will remind Turkey of such things they said. The illegal and militaristic states cooperate with one another. And hence, the people who are oppressed by such illegal and militaristic states should cooperate with each other. When genocide of Tamils occurred, the Kurdish people were pained, they felt it happened in Kurdistan. This is a human feeling! No one should be happy when such a massacre is happening. And people should see how power and states do such things to people. After the genocide of Tamils by Sri Lanka, some journalists in certain circles in Turkey, they were advocating similar approach to Kurdish issues as well. According to evidences that we saw, the international players knew what was going to happen but they did nothing to prevent it. So those factors are complicit in the massacre of Tamils. That was a shame right at the beginning of the 21st century, and a shame for the entire century. Turkey sought to do the same thing in Qandil mountains in Kurdistan. Both Turkey and Iran cooperated together and attacked the mountains where the guerrillas are positioned. But the geography of Qandil is different. This is a harsh mountainous terrain. And because the guerrillas know the geographies and they positioned themselves deep within those mountains, and because they had mass support from all parts of Kurdistan, that plan failed.

 TamilNet: Just as Turkey congratulated the Sri Lankan government, Kurdish activists sympathetic to the Kurdish national cause extended their solidarity to the struggle of the Eezham Tamils after the genocidal massacre in 2009. How do you see this solidarity in the future?

Mirham Yigit: That solidarity should not only sustain, it should extend. After the genocide, our media kept working on the Tamil issue. Many times they organized TV programmes on the same. And we have sincere sympathy for the national struggle of the Tamil people. We see them like ourselves. This is not opportunistic. This is important for us.

 TamilNet: Kurds are a very active diasporic community in many Western democracies. How does the movement back home look at the role of the diaspora?

 Mirham Yigit: The Kurdish diaspora is very important for the movement because for many years the Kurdish struggle was funded by the diasporic community. And the Kurdish TV station was also founded by the Kurdish diaspora. In Kurdistan, over 4000 villages have been destroyed and this led to poor economic conditions. And due to the harsh policy of the state, many artists and cultural activists also had to flee their country. The diasporic community not just funded the struggle, but also politically trained cadres and sent them back to the country. The diaspora is also in a position to expose the repressive policies of the Turkey state. In Europe, people from different parts of Kurdistan come together and this helps them to enrich the national struggle. And Kurds now see that they have one common fate

TamilNet: The Kurdish movement is considered to be one of the most ideologically advanced movements in the region. Does the diaspora act out of a sense of Kurdish identity alone or is it politicized by the movement’s ideology?

 Mirham Yigit: Once people are ideologically motivated, this can enable them to promote their national identity as well. The national consciousness is established among a group and spreads among the community. Many Kurds inside the homeland were not allowed their identity, but they became conscious of their identity in abroad. Many Kurds come to Europe and learn the Kurdish language… they put Kurdish names to their children. And some of these children also go back to the country to serve the people. And now, the diaspora and Kurds inside the country have a stronger communication. The state tries to prevent people from having an ideology, because ideology embodies power. Ideology is systematized thought. A thought can be really positive, good and progressive. But when it is not systematized and institutionalized, it would be powerless. And ideology alone is not sufficient; it should be owned by the people. If people don’t stand for that ideology and don’t follow it, it would just be a book in the shelf. The ideology should become a programme for the people, a programme outlining what should be done today, tomorrow and the day after. The movement’s ideology has become a programme for the diaspora and has become a culture, a part of life for the people. This is the ideology that creates people for the struggle and they see the struggle as part of their lives. And this accounts for power of our organization in Kurdish circles.