Jan 10, 2011
Toronto: Twenty months after the conclusion of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka that resulted in the killing of tens of thousands of Tamil civilians, the climate of state-terror in the Tamil regions continues. As allegations of violations of international law and human rights by Sri Lanka during the final stages of the war continue to mount, so does the amount of killings and forced disappearances.
Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) report that, “Within the last two weeks of 2010 the violence against northern Tamils were reported from a region with a disproportionate military presence where independent media and voluntary organizations are barred.” This includes but not limited to the killing of a Deputy Director of Education, a chief priest, an environmentalist, and the abduction of a school teacher.
“Forced disappearances and killings has become a daily occurrence in the Tamil regions where independent and voluntary organizations are barred coupled with a heavy military presence. Immediate action is needed to alleviate this climate of state-terror that has consumed the Tamil regions,” states Krisna Saravanamuttu, NCCT National Spokesperson. “It is our responsibility to highlight the human rights violations faced by the Tamil people in Sri Lanka and continue to pressure the Sri Lankan state to adhere to international standards of accountability and human rights.” Canadian-Tamils will be protesting against the continued escalation of killings and abductions of Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka. They will be calling on the international community and the Canadian government to increase pressure on the Sri Lankan state to adhere to international standards of accountability and human rights.