The Government of Sri Lanka not only failed to carry out
proper investigations into the assasinations of reputed Tamil leaders,
parliamentarians, journalists and activists, but it has also failed to take
appropriate actions to prevent the recurrence of such crimes against the
ordinary Tamil civilians, all four Tamil parties in the Lankan parliament
charged in a joint memorandum sent to SL President Mahinda Rajapakse Friday.
The joint statement was issued by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Ceylon
Workers Congress (CWC), Upcountry Peoples' Front (UPF) and Western Province
Peoples' Front (WPPF) that jointly staged a protest campaign within the
chambers of the Sri Lankan Parliament.
Mr.R.Sampanthan, parliamentary group leader of the TNA, Mr.Arumugan
Thondaman, President and General Secretary of the CWC, Mr.P.Chandrasekaran,
Leader of the UPF and Mr.Mano Ganeshan, Leader of the WPPF signed the
Full text of the memorandum follows:
"We write to you further to the Satyagraha campaign that the members of
parliament of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), CWC, UPF and WPPF carried
out within the Chambers of the Parliament on January 17th, 18th and 19th and
the meeting TNA parliamentarians had with you and some Ministers at your
request on the evening of the 18th of January 2006.
"During this meeting the grave situation pertaining to the Tamil people in
the NorthEast and in all parts of the country was discussed at length.
"We appreciate your desire to meet with us and ascertain the reasons for the
Satyagraha campaign staged within the chambers of Parliament.
"We brought to your notice that none of the assurances given to us earlier
on the floor of Parliament pertaining the assassination of Mr.Chandra Nehru,
Mr.Koushalyan, Mr.Sivaram when you were Prime Minister, and rape and murder
of Ms Eliyathamby Tharshini, had been honored or implemented.
"We strongly believe that the Government has failed to carry out any proper
and meaningful investigations into these crimes and bring the offenders to
justice. We also strongly believe that the Government's failure to take
appropriate action to prevent the recurrence of such crimes has led to
further crimes, some of which are referred to below:
"The conduct of the security forces towards Tamil civilians has been
particularly aggressive in the recent past. 42 Tamil civilians have been
killed within the Jaffna district, around 20 Tamil civilians have been
killed in other districts in the NorthEast, and around 50 Tamil civilians
have disappeared in the NorthEast. Tamil civilians are being increasingly
manhandled, threatened and assaulted in the NorthEast. Theya are being
deprived of the opportunities to carry on their occupation particularly
farming and fishing. Many Tamil families have begun to flee to India. Many
have sought refuge in LTTE controlled territory..
"We wish to refer specifically to the following crimes involving the
Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham, a senior Member of Parliament of the TNA was
gunned down within the premises of the St.Mary's Roman Catholic Church at
Batticaloa in the early hours of 25th of December 2005 on Christmas night
while he was at prayer. The road leading to the church was manned by armed
forces while police personnel were on duty outside the church. This is in
government-controlled territory. It is clear that the assailants carried out
the assassination with the involvement of some section of the security
forces. Though the identity of atleast one assailant is ascertainable, no
steps have been taken to apprehend anyone.
On the 23rd of December 2005 four Tamil civilians were shot
and killed and the bodies burnt in their house by security forces at No: 44,
Victoria Housing Scheme at Pesalai, in Mannar. The four persons belonged to
one family, father, mother, son and daughter. This was an unwarranted attack
by the security forces against the Tamil family inside the
Five innocent Tamil youth, all students engaged in higher
education, were deliberately shot and killed in clod blood at Trincomalee by
an identifiable group of the security forces sent to Trincomalee without due
authority around 7.45 p.m. on 2nd January 2006. This was in
government-controlled territory. On the evidence available, both direct and
circumstances the offenders can be identified and brought to justice. The
judicial inquest has ruled that these young men came by their death as a
result of gunshot injuries and directed that the crime be investigated. More
than two weeks after the crime there is hardy any credible progress in the
On the night of 16th January at Manipay, Jaffna within the
government-controlled territory members of the security forces and Tamil
paramilitary groups functioning together have shot five members of a family,
three female members fatally, while the other two have been admitted to the
Jaffna general hospital with serious injuries. The father Mr.Bojan was the
President of the Northern Region Scouts Association.
"The above stated matters reveal that the Tamil people in the NorthEast are
facing a grave and serious situation. Members of he Tamil civilian
population have been indiscriminately arrested in large numbers, many
females in their nightclothes without any reasonable suspicion or
justifiable reason, purely on the ground of their ethnicity, photographed in
their nightclothes and released after questioning at various police
stations. This is a blatant violation of their fundamental human rights.
This has happened in the Colombo city. Tamils in the upcountry areas have
been similarly arrested.
"The presence of the armed forces in large numbers in civilian inhabited
areas in the NorthEast, particularly in Jaffna and in Trincomalee, is most
oppressive and humiliating to the Tamil people. In Trincomalee this
situation has continued for more than eight months causing immense
inconvenience and discomfort. We strongly urge that the armed forces be
replaced by the police in these areas.
"These were the reasons that compelled us to perform us to perform a
Satyagraha campaign within the Chambers of parliament.
"At our discussion with you on the 18th of January 2006 evening you
indicated that these matters would receive your attention and that you would
take appropriate action.
"We strongly urge that you take adequate action to ensure the safety to life
and property of NorthEast Tamils.
"We look forward to early action on your part."