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Request for Parliamentary Resolution to Stop
Genocide in Sri Lanka
10 June 2006 [also in PDF]
Dear Prime Minister,
Request for Parliamentary Resolution to Stop Genocide in Sri Lanka
The Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) between the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) came into effect on February 23, 2002. Australia expressed its total support to the agreement. The peace talks of the last four years did not lay any foundation for a political resolution for the Tamil people. Yet again, the Sri Lankan government is using violence as a means to suppress the legitimate rights of the Tamil people. In fact, the Cease Fire Agreement is on the verge of collapsing.
The ongoing violence, murder and human rights violations perpetrated by the Sri Lankan security forces and the Tamil paramilitary forces - aided and abetted by the Sri Lankan government in the northeast, is causing grief, distress and exasperation to the Tamil Diasporas in Australia.
International truce monitors said, "We have very strong indications that at least parts of the government troops have been involved in these killings. The refusal to vacate schools, religious and public buildings occupied by the armed forces and the continuous restrictions on fishing and farming are also clear violations of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA). Sri Lanka's Supreme Court ruled recently that the Government should take immediate steps to resettle families in their lands now occupied by Government troops.
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has consistently pointed out that the crisis in Sri Lanka is a crisis of democracy, with its roots in the authoritarian style of rule that arose because of the 1978 Constitution. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in its 'State of the World's Refugees 2006 Report' stated that the Sri Lankan government's "weaker response to the plight of those affected in the island's north and east has served to prolong suffering and uncertainty. To-date, the Sri Lankan Government has failed to put forward any concrete proposal for a political solution to the national crisis except to challenge the validity of the CFA as unconstitutional .
On 1 June 2006, Mr. Richard Boucher, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, said
In view of the current state of affairs, we, the undersigned Australian Tamil organizations representing Australian Tamils in Queensland, call on the Australian government to pass a parliamentary resolution to: