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Monsoon Journal Editoial
Marking May 19th
This time around during last year, Tamils were gathering in large numbers in major cities around the globe, calling attention to the plight of their kith and kin in a dire humanitarian catastrophe.
They highlighted the Tamils’ are brutally subjugated, their homes and livelihood bombed to oblivion and their quest for self determination and nationhood suppressed by Sri Lanka in an escalated military onslaught under the fig leaf of a “humanitarian operation”.
The Government of Sri Lanka disregarded calls from many countries and UN to allow a humanitarian corridor to safeguard the civilians during this catastrophic situation.
The day 19th of May 2009 is being called an “end of the war” by Sri Lanka but free access of media and transparent aid delivery to the war affected North-East still remain behind an iron curtain.
Recently France 24 network aired a documentary, “Tamils on Probation,” in which the reporter finds Sri Lanka military officers in civil uniform mixed in the camps for Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) preventing media and other NGOs getting the truth in the limelight.
The documentary also shows how the Tamils are evicted from the Eastern littoral in deprivation of their livelihoods and majority Sinhalese fishermen are settled in lieu with new houses built on development/humanitarian aid.
The paramilitary run administration conducts political rallies with people within barbed wires surrounded by armed military and people being compelled to applaud, which France 24 calls “Sri Lankan Democracy”.
The administration, according to France24 employs 1,000 people to spy on the general population and whereabouts of about 5,000 abducted is still unknown.
Against this horrific aftermath of the war - continued internment of refugees, hundreds needing reconstructive orthopaedic surgery and held under incommunicado detentions - Tamils around the world will be marking the passing of this first anniversary of “May 19th."
Tamil News portal www.PuthinapPalakai.com, has called on Tamils to declare this day along with other tributes and candlelight vigils to those perished together as "The Day of The Oppressed Nations," since it stands in history as how the world waited and watched a “Nation and its People” being crushed for rallying in a quest for self determination and freedom.
The News portal also points out that coincidentally, (as it being the case of “coincidence being closest to the truth,”) The United Nations will also be observing “The Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories” a week later (May 25-Jun 1) from "May 19th."
The United Nations list of "Non-Self-Governing Territories" is a list of countries (mostly in the Caribbean and the Pacific) that, according to the United Nations, are non-decolonized.
The United Nations continues to be on the sidelines without invoking any of the strong measures such as “Responsibility to Protect”. According to several new revelations including by former UN staff, 45,000 Tamil civilians were massacred within few months in 2009. The UN today witnesses additional escalated measures by Government of Sri Lanka to further colonize and change the demographics of Tamils’ ancestral homeland.
"When people feel that their suffering is not acknowledged and recognized by the international community, they tend to develop grudges, and they remember this. And they are scarred by that experience. One sobering lesson is that, when Nations feel historic grudge, it can come back to haunt history generations later; these grudges come back to the surface, and they can re-ignite in new conflicts," said Tom Gjelten, Correspondent at the National Public Radio in Washington DC, in responding to a question recently about non-intervention by the world powers to stop the Tamil civilians’ deaths in Sri Lanka.
The Monsoon Journal joins PuthinapPalakai in the call to declare the "May 19th" in solidarity with people and nations around the globe whose plight is not being heard and their freedom and liberties being suppressed brutally.
The Charter of the United Nations, in Chapter XI, article 73, in its declaration regarding non-self governing territories seeks,
-to ensure, with due respect for the culture of the peoples concerned, their political, economic, social, and educational advancement, their just treatment, and their protection against abuses;
-to develop self-government, to take due account of the political aspirations of the peoples, and to assist them in the progressive development of their free political institutions, according to the particular circumstances of each territory and its peoples and their varying stages of advancement;
The week of observation – “The Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories” that follows "May 19th" and the aspects it focuses on makes it that Tamils too deserve this same limelight from the United Nations, just as those in the UN list of "Non-Self-Governing Territories" are getting.