Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam calls to ensure the right to home

23 Jun

World Refugee Day: Tamils remember more than 50 years of refugee life Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam calls to ensure the right to home

As the World marks the World Refugee Day on June 20, The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) pledges to continue to work for the tens of thousands of Tamil civilians languishing in Sri Lankan military run internment camps and for the welfare of those that have departed the camps but continue to face the likelihood of arbitrary arrest, detention and torture.

It also pledges to work towards overcoming the economic and social challenges faced by these Internally displaced Persons (IDP) and

stopping the colonization schemes planned by the military to permanently keep these people out of their homes. As a body representing and unifying the Tamils around the world, we will keep alive the memories of Tamil refugee life throughout the past five decades in all our endeavors.



2 Responses to “Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam calls to ensure the right to home”

  1. Vishnu July 1, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Sri Lanka oppressed and banned student groups in Jaffna
    Jaffna University in northern Sri Lanka prevented a group of student leaders from the Inter University Student Federation (IUSF) from visiting the campus on the Jaffna University. While the IUSF was the immediate target, the broader aim behind the ban was to suppress all political activity on the campus.
    Sri Lankan Army was deployed, creating a tense situation on the campus. Students said military intelligence personnel were loitering near the campus.
    Sri Lankan Military visited the hotel where the IUSF group was staying and told them to leave Jaffna immediately.
    Jaffna remains under the tight control of the Sri Lankan security forces. The military collaborates closely with paramilitaries such as those associated with the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP), which is part of the coalition government in Colombo.
    The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Students for Social Equality (ISSE) condemn Sri Lankan ’s ban as an attack on the basic democratic rights of student.
    IUSF leader Udul Premaratna told the Jaffna media:“Actually there are no ethnic problems between the Sinhalese and Tamils of Sri Lanka, which had been created by politicians and they continue to add fuel to it so as to make their living.”
    The so-called “ethnic problems” that led to the war were the product of decades of anti-Tamil discrimination.
    The real concern of the university authorities and the “higher ups” or Rajapaksa regime is not the IUSF but the broader politicisation of university students in Jaffna and elsewhere in Sri Lanka. Using the pretext of IUSF ddemonstrations the Rajapakse government revived legislation in March that effectively outlaws longstanding methods of student protest, including picketing, demonstrations and occupations of university premises.
    regulations also provide a mechanism for banning political meetings and the distribution of leaflets that involve “coercion”.
    University students in Jaffna suffered continuous repression during the war at the hands of the security forces. After Rajapakse plunged the country back to war in mid-2006, students were among hundreds of people who were murdered or “disappeared” by pro-government death squads.
    Many students were part of the civilian population in the LTTE-controlled Vanni that was caught in the fighting. After the LTTE’s defeat, they were herded into huge military-run detention camps along with more than 300,000 civilians.
    Some have since been “resettled” but as one student told :“We have no accurate details.
    Many students may be still with other detainees in the camps or taken away as ‘LTTE suspects’ to other detention camps.”
    He added:“After the war, the security forces and pro-government groups sent their agents as students to spy on us. We know that.
    They try to find out if a student or a lecturer is engaged in politics other than that of the Sri Lankan government politics or its supporters.
    Sri Lanka oppressed and banned student groups in Jaffna while pro-government politicians operate freely.

    There is widespread discontent among students over the continued military occupation in Jaffna, as well as the suppression of democratic rights, and the lack of education facilities and jobs.“All the Tamil political parties without exception support the Colombo government or are seeking its support. We don’t believe them,” one student said.

    A fellow student explained:“We have no democratic rights on campus. To hold a meeting to discuss our rights or political issues, we have to get permission from the Sri Lankan authorities. But if we ask for permission, it will be rejected. Earlier we engaged in struggles. If the management knew that we were talking like this to you, we would immediately be witch-hunted. We have so many problems. We have brought these to attention of the vice chancellor many times, but nothing has happened yet.”

    Another student said:“Since 2006 we had been living under intense repression. The paramilitaries pasted up a list of names of our colleagues with death threats. These students were arrested. Many disappeared. Our people were murdered in Mullaithivu.

    • Sri Lankan June 2, 2011 at 6:26 am #

      Here are some names of the ‘so called tamil traitors’ butchered by the tamil terrorists in Sri Lanka – Thanks to the Dollars and Sterling Pounds contributed by the LTTE diaspora … !!!!

      1) Anthonimuttu Government Agent, Baticaloa
      2) S S Jeganathan Assistant Government Agent, Baticaloa
      3) Sinnadurai Assistant Government Agent, Trincomalee
      4) M E Kandasamy Principal, Palugamam Maha Vidyalaya
      5) S Siththamparanathan Principal, Vigneswara Vidyalaya, Trincomalee
      6) S Wijayanadan Distric Secretary, Ceylon Communist Party
      7) Velmurugu Master TULF Organiser and Citizens Committee Member, Kalmunai
      8) Rajjshankar President, Citizens Committee, Tennamarachchi
      9) S Sambandamoorthy Ex TULF Chairman, District Development Council, Batticaloa
      10) V M Panchalingam Government Agent, Jaffna
      11) A T Duraiyappah SLFP Mayor for Jaffna
      12) A Thiagarajah Ex ACTC MP for Vadokoddai who later joined the UNP
      13) K T Pulendran UNP Organiser for Vavunia
      14) A J Rajasooriar UNP Organiser in Jaffna
      15) Mala Ramachandran UNP MMC for Baticaloa
      16) Gnanachandiram Ex District Judge, Point Pedro and Government Agent, Mullativu
      17) C E anandarajah Principal, St Jones College, Jaffna
      18) B K Thambipillai President, Citizens Cimmittee
      19) V Dharmalingam Ex TULF MP for Manipay and Father of D Siddharthan, Leader of PLOTE
      20) Alakasunderam Ex TULF MP for Kopay
      21) P Kirubakaran Primary Court Judge
      22) Kathiramalai Sarvodaya Leader
      23) Vignarajah Assistant Government Agent, Samanturai
      24) K Pulendran Assistant Government Agent, Kopay
      25) A Amirthalingam TULF Leader and National List MP (see details)
      26) V Yogeshwaran Ex TULF MP for Jaffna
      27) Dr (Mrs) Rajini Thiranagama Lecturer in Anatomy at the Jaffna University and co-author of the “Broken Palmyrah” (21 Sptember 1989)
      28) Ganeshalingam Ex EPRLF Provincial Minister for North and East
      29) Sam Thambimuttu EPRLF MP
      30) Mrs Thambimuttu Wife of EPRLF MP
      31) V Yogasangari EPRLF MP in Madras
      32) A Thangadurai TULF MP for Trincomalee
      33) Mrs Sarojini Yogeshwaran TULF Mayoress for Jaffna
      34) Pon Sivapalan TULF Mayor of Jaffna
      35) Canagasabai Rajathurai EPDF Member for Jaffna
      36) Veerahaththy Gunaratnam PLOTE member of the Pachchilaipalli Pradheshiya Sabha (PS) in Jaffna (5 May 1999)
      37) Razick, Supremo of the EPRLF’s armed wing (30 May 1999)
      38) Dr Neelan Thiruchelvam Leader of TULF (29 July 1999)
      39) N. Manickathasan Vice President of PLOTE (Tamil Political party working with the Sri Lankan Government)
      40) Kumar Ponnambalam President of All Ceylon Tamil Congress (5 Jan 2000) Refer to SPUR Media Release
      41) Vadivelu Vijeyaratnam Point Pedro Urban Council Chairman (14 Jan 2000)
      42) Anton Sivalingam EPDP’s Municipal Council members in Jaffna (1 March 2000)
      43) Kanapathipillai Navaratnarajah TELO member of Arayampathi, Batticaloa – on 7 June 2000
      44) Rajan Sathiyamoorthy Tamil National Alliance parliamentary candidate killed by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists on 30 March 2004.
      45) Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar (Foreign Minister in Sri Lanka) 12 August 2005
      46) Kethishwaran Loganathan (54) Deputy Secretary General of Sri Lanka Peace Secratariat, SCOOP (12 August 2006)
      47) T Maheshwaran Former Minister shot dead on 01 January 2008 (New Years day)
      48) K Sivanesan Jaffna TNA MP K. Sivanesan killed in an accidental explosion of a LTTE Tamil Tiger Claymore mine in the LTTE held area (05 March 2008).
      49) Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist’s Suicide Bomb Attack killing Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle and 12 civilians (06 April 2008)
      50) Rev. Father M. X. Karunaratnam, Chairman of the North East Secretariat on Human Rights (NESOHR), a Catholic priest attached to the Jaffna diocese (20 April 2008)
      51) Ms. Maheswary Velautham Attorney –at-law and advisor to the Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare, Douglas Devananda shot dead by the LTTE Tamil Taiger terrorists on 13 May 2008 (Details in EPDP).


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