The Right to Protect (R2P) concept, accepted by the World Summit in 2005, has totally failed to save Eelam Tamils from the genocidal war in 2009, said NPC councillor, Ms Ananthi Sasitharan at the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday in Geneva. She addressed the council twice, one of them being in Tamil language. Although the United Nation, which has admitted its systemic failure on the conflict, chose to learn lessons from the failures in the island and came up with the Rights Up Front initiative, it has failed to deliver justice to the victims on whose fate these lessons were learned, Ms Ananthi told the Council. “As the victims of a continued genocide, we are disappointed with the resolutions being tabled at this respected assembly, year after year, failing to address the root-problem, which is genocide,” she told the Council.
Responding to Sri Lankan delegation’s accusation on her address at Geneva, Northern Provincial Council (NPC) member Ananthi Sasitharan on Wednesday defended her statements in Geneva saying that she didn’t violate any protocol of the Provincial Council system or that of the Sri Lankan State. “In fact, I went to Geneva following the democratic decision by the NPC,” she said. Also, the Sri Lankan delegation was malicious in projecting that she was using the term “Tamil Eelam”. Ms Ananthi said she was only using the term “Eelam Tamils,” which is the cultural identity of the Tamils in the island. I don’t want to go into the discussion of the term that they have twisted is lawful or not. But, I was only using the term “Eelam Tamils” and the full text of my speeches will be made available by the UN Human Rights Council if anyone want to verify it, she further said. Full story >>
Canada’s largest student union, representing more than 50,000 students, in a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Harper, expressed solidarity with “the Tamil people calling for justice and accountability for the victims of ongoing structural genocide,” and said they join other several Rights organizations in “demanding a sustainable and just political solution for an indiscriminate right to Tamil autonomyh in Sri Lanka and and end to systemic and physical acts of genocide to the Tamil people by the Sri Lankan Government.” Full story >>
The occupying Sri Lankan military and police arrested a 26-year-old pregnant mother at Uppuve’li in Troncomalee on 11 March. The 4-year-old boy of the mother was attacked when he cried during the arrest of her mother. The brutal arrest has come after her husband had been reported missing. “Balakuruparan has been abducted from his house in Jaffna. While we were struggling to get him released, our 7-month pregnant daughter has been arrested in a brutal way,” the parents said. The family and relatives are yet to receive any legal assistance. Full story >>
The occupying Sri Lanka Army arrested a 13-year-old girl and her 48-year-old mother, the only remaining female members of a family that has lost three men in the war, two of them died in the war and the last one missing after he surrendered to the Sri Lanka Army at the end of war in 2009. The two traumatized victims were voicing for the release of the only male, whose whereabouts are not revealed by the SL military. The mother, Jeyakumari Balendren, went to LLRC and to all the protests and became a leading activist in mobilizing the families of the missing in Ki’linochchi district. The daughter Vipooshika became the symbol of young children searching for their loved ones. Now, Colombo has sent the mother to Boosa prison in South and the daughter to so-called ‘Juvenile Correction and Rehabilitation Centre’ in North through its judiciary. Full story >>