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Malaysian Tamil Campaign:
Community Welfare and Dialogue Association, Ipoh
10 February 2007
Community Welfare and Dialogue Organization from Malaysia has campaigned nationwide across ethnicity to educate and create awareness on the ongoing genocide at Sri Lanka by the SLA with collaboration of Donor nations. Our campaign had been extensively covered by Malaysian Tamil Media. Malaysian Tamils had never ceased to support the Tamil Eelam people during all this challenging years.
Text of speech by M.Kula Segeran,
DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat
The World Must Save Sri Lanka from a Greater Tragedy.
Sri Lanka formerly known as Ceylon consist of two distinct etho-national formations with different languages traditions, cultures, territories, and histories. The British for administrative convenience brought both these ancient civilization under one umbrella. The Tamils in Sri Lanka are a minority people consisting of nearly 20% of the population. Almost all the minority people reside at the north and east of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka today
The Ceasefire Agreement brokered by the Norwegian in 2002 and signed by the Sri Lanka government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is almost as good as destroyed, thanks to the insincerity of the Sri Lanka state.
President Rajapaksa is now even against the proposal to have a federal system of governance in Sri Lanka. While he calls for fresh peace talks with the LTTE, he is adamant about military victory, not a politically negotiated peace based on justice. Only a week ago, Rajapaksa invited the LTTE 'to return to the negotiating table, but insisted that the Tigers must lay down their arms – 'a demand that the rebels consistently reject,' as pointed out by news agencies.
That itself shows that Rajapaksa is not sincere about peace talks. If one side has to lay down their arms, then where is the necessity for talks? His call for surrender is proof that he is utterly insincere about peace.
Why? Because Rajapaksa and his closest associates want a military solution, not a peaceful solution based on justice. This means that because of Rajapaksa's position, the war will go on, with more people soon to be killed or injured.
Rajapaksa prefers to play the politics of race, rather than the politics of sincere pace talks for a lasting peace in Sri Lanka that will not hold and be of benefit to the Sinhalese, the Tamils and the Muslims. Rajapaksa is a prisoner of the Sinhalese extremists that surround him.
Also, there are elements in the Sri Lankan government and the Sri Lankan military who want a military solution so that they could benefit directly from increased arms procurement. For their own selfish reason, they choose war rather than peace. They want war profit from killed and maimed Sinhalese and Tamil civilians.
And because they want war rather than peace, a grave humanitarian crisis has developed in Sri Lanka today.
Their war crimes, crimes against peace and crimes against humanity include the following facts:
Mankind cannot and should not endorse the sufferings of the minority. Emergency food, medicine and related aid need to reach the affected areas fast.
International Law supports minority demands
Chelvanayakam an Ipoh born MP of Sri Lanka after winning the bye-election in 1974 declared
Thus the minority were forced to agitate for self determination. Due to continuous oppression of the minority in their political, economic and cultural interests, the minority have no alternative but seek to create their own sovereign state of Eelam.
Many UN conventions support the just aspirations of the Tamil people of Sri Lanka - conventions like On the Elimination of all forms of Racial discrimination (resolution 2106 of 1966), resolution 1514 of 1960 namely the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples
International community must intervene
The world community cannot and should not stay aloof and ignore the killings, rape, torture and the starvation of the minority people in Sri Lanka. The on goings in Sri Lanka is nothing different to what happened in Bosnia and now in Dafor.
The World at large must save Sri Lanka and its multiracial people from further devastation. The World, especially the almost 60 international donor countries, should exert urgent and great pressure on the Sri Lankan authorities to return to the peace table and sincerely hammer out a just and lasting peace for all communities.
Last but not least, India, by virtue of her close proximity to Sri Lanka, and Tamil Nadu, by virtue of her being the second most industrial Indian State, must do all they can to help facilitate the peace process in Sri Lanka.
A final appeal: the Malaysian Media, particularly the English, Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese print and electronic media, could also play a positive role to contribute towards the peace process on that tragic Island. Like what happened in Bosnia a dozen years ago, or what is happening in Palestine and Iraq today, the tragedy of Sri Lanka is a universal human rights issue that concerns our fellow human beings.
1. The role of so-called "International Community" of Donor Nations for Sri Lanka should be replaced by the United Nations to aggressively finding a just solution.
3. We strongly condemn the Bush Administration for collaborating and allowing the genocide of a minority race in Sri Lanka.
4. We demand that the Indian government should appoint a Tamil minister of Indian Union, who has a proper grasp of the legitimate aspirations of the oppressed Tamils and who is fully aware of the root causes of the conflict in Sri Lanka, to mediate the said conflict.
5. In view of the gravely deteriorating situation in Sri Lanka we implore that the world community should immediately help send food, medicine and other necessary helps to Sri Lanka to avert further massive loss of life; and should endeavour to provide a NEUTRAL military protection to the affected.
6. We plead to the Malaysian non-Tamil Press to be unbiased and balanced in their coverage of the Sri Lankan conflict.
7. The civilized world should try the President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakse for this "Crime against Humanity".
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