(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 11, 2011
SRI LANKA TAMILS ISSUE
CPI(M) Team Demand Early Political Solution
ON September 7, a delegation of CPI(M) leaders met the union minister Pranab Mukherjee, seeking the government of Indiaís intervention for a political settlement of the issues of Tamils in Sri Lanka and issued the following letter. They also submitted a memorandum for the demand, meant for onward transmission to the prime minister.
Led by CPI(M) Polit Bureau member, the delegation comprised CPI(M) Polit Bureau member K Varadha Rajan, the partyís Tamilnadu state secretary G Ramakrishnan, Lok Sabha member P R Natarajan, and CPI(M) MLAs A Soundarajan, K Balakrishnan and M N S Venkatarajan.
Below we reproduce the text of the memorandum.
On behalf of the Tamilnadu
committee of the CPI(M) and the people of Tamilnadu we express our deep
on the unending travails of Tamils in
Right from 1948 when
The armed conflict between the army and the LTTE continued for years, which had major consequences for the internally displaced people. Though two years have passed since the end of the armed conflict and the elimination of the LTTE, the Sri Lankan government has not taken any worthwhile steps to reach a political settlement and the suggestions emanating from them seem to delay and obstruct the whole process. The innocent people who are kept in a terrible condition in the relief camps continue to silently suffer. The Indian governmentís contributions and assistance towards the resettlement of Tamils do not seem to reach them fully. An emergency like situation continues in Tamil areas and the presence of army is intimidating.
The UN secretary generalís advisory panel has found that war crimes and human rights violations have been committed on the Tamils both by the army and the LTTE in the last phase of the armed conflict. It is reported that more than 40,000 innocent Tamils were killed during the period. The rapes and sexual assaults on women, the brutal torture and cold blooded killings are indeed shocking.
In these circumstances, we
you and the government of
1) An independent high
committee must be constituted to go into the war crimes and human
perpetrated by the Sri Lankan army. This
enquiry must be consistent with the Sri Lankan laws and the obligations
2) Tamil people especially youth who are being illegally detained must be immediately released.
3) Emergency laws should be repealed, army withdrawn to barracks and normal democratic life must be restored.
4) Those who are in the camps and others who are displaced must be resettled within a time frame and basic rights and economic assistance must be ensured.
5) The northern and eastern provinces where Tamil people live in large number must be merged and maximum autonomy has to be provided. Administrative powers should be vested with such provincial governments in respect of police, land and so on. A broader political consultation has to be held and all necessary steps to be taken for a permanent political solution to the ethnic question.
6) They should be treated as equal citizens in all walks of life and Tamil language must be accorded equal status. Tamils must be recruited in all official positions including administrative, judiciary and police.
7) The government of