My name is Murukathasan
Date of Birth 02.12.1982
My humble request to the International
Community on behalf of Tamils.
I, Murukathasan, an innocent Tamil
civilian displaced from Sri Lanka, now living in the United
Kingdom, openly and clearly declare my last will in this
statement to the International Community which failed to stop
the genocide against the Tamils living in their traditional
homeland (North and Eastern provinces in Sri Lanka) by the
chauvinist Sinhala Buddhist Government and to wake up the heart
of the world community.
The world community has a one sided
unreasonable vision, about slaves, the poor and the rights of
the suppressed minority people living in various countries
including Sri Lanka. This careless, undemocratic and inhuman
approach of the world community and the International
organisations including UNO helps state terrorism which always
acts against the minorities of the world including Sri Lankan
To expose this truth, I cannot find a better
way, except sacrificing my own life by burning myself before the
world community. I believe the flames over my body, heart and
soul will help the world community to have a deep human
look over the great sufferings of the Sri Lankan Tamils.
Till this moment the genocide activities
against the Tamils by the Sri Lankan Govt is silently accepted
by the International community by helping Sinhala state
terrorism by providing arms, ammunition, military and
intelligence needs openly and secretly which boost the morale of
the Mahinda Rajapakse's regime continue the civil war
against the Tamils in an aggressive way.
The Sri Lankan Govt rejects all the requests
of the world community and violates frankly all type of
international war and human rights laws and ordinance and
continue its brutal genocide activities under the covered name
of anti terrorism activities.
The Sri Lankan Govt completely ignores all
the rules and regulations regarding war including 'Geneva
Declaration', cheats UNO, condemn ICRC and Amnesty International
continuously and continuing its genocidal war openly.
This is great tragedy.
The international community can easily
understand the situation in Vanni. Nearly four and a half lakhs
of Tamils of all ages of both sex are trapped within a very
small area - a war zone - and have to face all kinds of
No proper shelter. No required food and
medicine. No way to earn for their living. No education.No NGO's
or INGO's to help, guide and to console them.
Under air attack area, within fall of
bullets, the Tamils young and old, infants and children, male
and female including pregnant ladies, patients disabled peoples
suffer a lot. How can I express in words? I can't. But I think
the people of the world who can think reasonably understand what
I am try to say through my heart and soul.
Scattered pieces of the dead bodies, blood
stained streets, burnt houses, continuous movements of the
displaced peoples and their feared hopeless faces, the sound of
passing shells, bullets, rounds and bombs, destroyed natural
sources, buildings, houses, temples and hospitals, empty shops,
dangerous mud streets and lanes. Can you able to imagine a
picture of a suffering country? This is a real scene of my
homeland and life portrait of Tamils.
No media men are allowed to visit and see the
true situation of the Vanni Tamils. Most of the media speak on
behalf of the Govt and spitting lies to create a false scene
about Vanni situation.
Once again I want to say this is the most
tragic situation that world community must take quick and
necessary action to stop the genocide against the Tamil people
and save their life.
For your kind perusal and deep consideration
I am giving you the following facts.
On 26.01.2009 at Mullaitivu –
Suthanthirapuram junction after World Food Programme(UN)
officers after hoisting their flag started to distribute food
and other things to the thousands of displaced people gathered
at ground. While distributing activities continues, they have to
face severe shell attack from morning till night by SriLankan
security forces(SLSF). While this attack the ICRC office also
undergone severe damages. That day 302 innocent Tamil civilians
killed and 1199 people severely injured. On that day a lot of
unidentified bodies of the Tamils were found in the surroundings
of the Udayarkaddu hospital.
When I was informed about this through phone
by a relative, I got great shock. No one was there to save the
injured. No one know who and who are alive and dead. The UN and
the ICRC officers who were the only witness for this tragic
incident, also seek shelter in the small drench bunkers to save
their life and left the premises immediately. Then they issued a
statement about this incident. That place was already announced
as a security zone by the Sri Lankan Govt. This is an important
point. The Govt showed no reaction to the statement, ignore it
and continues its attacks more and more vigorously.
What do you think about this?How do you name
it? I openly name it as State terrorism.
From 02.02.2009 till 04.02.2009
Puthukkudiyiruppu hospital which was declared by the Govt as a
security area and was functioning under the supervision of ICRC
and UN officers targeted and attacked by Sri Lankan Security
Forces severle y while these officers were at the hospital
premises, killed and injured many patients who were under
treatment at that time.
There is no need of witness other than UN and
ICRC officers who were present there at that time.
On 04.02.2009 the Puthukkudiyiruppu hospital
was compleatly destroyed and made functionless by the Govt to
celebrate their independence day in a cruel manner. ICRC
officers confirmed that there were nearly 500 patients under the
treatment while Puthukkudiyiruppu Hospital was attacked by the
SriLankan Airforce(SLAF) and Artillary cluster bombs.
I want to ask the International community to
explain me what kind of attack it was? Was it an attack against
Before this incident- on 26.01.2009 –
Udayarkaddu hospital was attacked and many people killed.
Regarding this incident the spokesmen of the SriLankan security
forces Brigadier Udhaya Nanayakkara asked a question in an
interview to the BBC,that why the people go to Udayarkaddu
hospital instead of Puthukkudiyiruppu hospital and put forward a
senseless reasons for their brutal bombing.
A few days before this incident, Udayarkaddu
area also declared by the Govt as security zone and asked the
people to move towards that area to save their life.
Didn't Mr.Nanayakkara know this Govt
While giving reasons for the attacks on the
hospitals, Sri Lankan Defense secretary, the Presidents brother
Mr.Gothabaya Rajapakse told to British 'Sky TV' in an special
interview that, No hospital can exist beyond No-fire-zone, No
hospital should operate outside the safety zone, everything
beyond the safety is a legitimate target.
Thus he gave a foolish reason to world
Is the world community accept the answer of
the Gothabaya Rajapakse? Mullaitivu General hospital which was
functioning earlier at Mulliavalai and then at Vallipunam,
Kilinochchi hospital which was functioning at Visvamadhu and
then at Udayarkaddu,Mallavi hospital which was functioning at
Moonkilaru and Puthukkudiyiruppu hospital,all were attacked and
completle y destroyed by the SLAF because Govt want not to allow
Tamils to get treatment to save their life.
The International community and UN
organizations ask both parties to respect the International
Humanitarian Laws, but they keep silence to take any strong
action against Sri Lankan Govt who ignore all kinds of
reasonable requests of the same community and organization.
This is the main cause for the present tragic
Because of the chauvinistic stand of the Sri
Lankan Govt, the Tamils are continuously suppressed by the
Sinhala rulers cruelly by refuse to give their political rights
by implementing unacceptable laws. After the Independence of Sri
Lanka, the Sinhala leaders gradually and sharply planned to
build up the country as a complete Buddhist Sinhala nation by
suppressing the minority Tamils politically, economically,
culturally and educationally. Sinhala colonization in the Tamils
Homeland areas create a big problem, which leads to communal
riots and civil war.
During peace talks periods to seek a
reasonable political solution Sinhala leaders tried their
tactics to cheat the Tamil leaders. Speaking about peace and
political solution the Sinhala leaders basically believe in
military solution and their genocide maniac policies never allow
them to reach a political solution to ethnic problem.
During the last four decades Sinhala leaders
continue a civil war aggressively, which now became an openly
declared war between Sinhalese and Tamils.
Under the covered name of terrorism Sri
Lankan chauvinist leaders and Buddhist monks now running a full
scale war against Tamils which has a sharp plan to destroy Tamil
community from Sri Lanka. That process is now continuing.
The International community is silently
watching everything - has kept closed its ears to the cries of
Tamils. The voice of the Tamil for their self determination
political rights is reasonable and democratically acceptable by
the International community. If so, why this community keep
silence in this matter? I can't understand the real policy of
the democratic International community.
The Tamils take arms in their hands only to
safe guard themselves from Sri Lankan armed forces. All knew and
History tells that the rights of Tamils were refused during last
four hundred years of colonial rulers. When Britishers leaving
our country they handed over the ruling rights to majority
Sinhalese. From that day the Tamils fight for their political
rights through quiet and democratic ways which was violently
rejected by the Sinhala rulers.This inhuman way of approach made
the Tamils to select the same way to answer the Sinhalese.
This is inevitable.This is reasonable and
After the world community realized that a
political solution must find to end this communal problem a
process was started by Norway with the help of Co-chairs a half
decade ago. It shows this is a political problem and it must be
solved through a reasonable lasting political solution.
But the Sri Lankan Govt on its own way to seek a solution
through a war.
The silence of the world community make me to
think whether they are also take an anti Tamil stand?
This question makes me to take the decision
of sacrificing my life by burning myself before the world
community which convey a message to take a reasonable decision
on this issue, and try their best immediatly to save the life of
the Tamils in Sri Lanka.
The statement issued by the Co-chairs on
03.02.2009 highly worried the Tamils who have a deep confident
on them. The last hope of the Sri Lankan Tamils is also lost by
this unreasonable pro-Sri Lankan Govt statement. Do the
Co-chairs countries want to help the Sri Lankan chauvinists in
their genocidal activities against Tamils? I know that the
Co-chairs countries were take a pro Sri Lankan stand during the
Norway peace talks which help the Sri Lankan Govt to build up
their armed forces and also to cheat the Tamils.
I dont know whether the Co-chairs know the
situation in state controlled areas of the North and East of Sri
Lanka. Tamils live in those area live a lifeless life.
Kidnapping, murders, rapes and other human rights violations
continue in those areas.
Peoples live like open jail prisoners. Medias
are threatened. Human rights organisations seldom expose these
news.But the world community including Co-chairs keep closed
their lips, and ask our people to move into the military
controled areas.Can Co chairs take responsibility for the
security of the people live in state controlled areas?
Never they can't.
We Tamils believe that the world community
including Co-chairs who speak a lot about the
Sovereignty of the countries help the state
terrorism, by ignoring the sovereignty of the minority peoples
like Tamils who fight for the reasonable political rights and
branded their liberation struggle as terrorism. I am worried and
ashamed about this.
We Tamils displaced and all over the world
loudly raised our problems and asked for help before
international community in your own language for three decades.
But nothing happened. In this situation, how can I express my
feelings? I have no words to wake up a world community to
have a humanitarian look over our problem and to take necessary
action to save our life.
So I decided to sacrifice my life by burning
myself before the International community and the UNO
Headquarters. This will tell you a bright message which reach
your heart and minds and wake up your soul. I firmly believe
that the end of my life will make the world community to change
their heart and to start a new era which help to liberate Tamils
in Sri Lanka.
I want to tell one thing to the world Tamil
community. Please get together, join your hands, raise your
voice together to win the rights of our people, and to win the
hearts and minds of all Nationalities. This is a great last
The flames over my body will be a Torch to
guide you through the liberation path. I am too far away from
you by body, but I am too near to your heart. Never believe the
Sinhala chauvinist leaders, who never change the hearts and
minds towards justice and peace.
We continuously ask and fight for our
reasonable rights before the world community. There is a Bible
Saying- 'Ask it will be given to you and knock, the door will be
opened.' As so-one day the world's heart, mind and the soul will
wake up. That day we liberate our self, our homeland and enter
into a new era. With much hope and confidence