Ensure full rehabilitation of Tamils in Sri Lanka: CPI

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The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Monday expressed concern at the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka and urged the Manmohan Singh-led government to make all necessary political and diplomatic efforts to see that their full rehabilitation and resettlement was undertaken expeditiously.

Through a resolution adopted at the 20 party congress that concluded here, the CPI(M) said New Delhi should ensure that the Sri Lankan government conducted an independent and credible inquiry into reports of human rights violations and establish accountability. India should also ensure that a political settlement was reached based on devolution of powers for the Northern and Eastern Provinces.

The CPI(M) noted that the Tamils living in these two provinces suffered heavy losses and casualties in the last phase of the war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. It alleged that even after three years of end to the armed conflict, the Sri Lankan government had not fully undertaken resettlement and rehabilitation of the people in the areas and provided them with means of livelihood.

“Despite the evidence of atrocities against the people and serious human rights violations, the Sri Lankan government has not taken any serious measure to investigate such crimes and fix responsibility. Even the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission set up by the government have not been implemented,” the resolution said.

The Tamil people, it said, can live with dignity and equal rights within a united Sri Lanka only when there was a political settlement based on the provision of autonomy and devolution of powers for the Tamil-speaking areas. It stressed that despite the Rajapakse government's promises, so far no meaningful steps had been taken.

“Instead of arriving at a settlement through direct talks, the matter has been referred to a Parliamentary Select Committee,” the resolution said, adding that the party stood for a united Sri Lanka in which Tamil minorities could live in peace and harmony with the majority Sinhala community. It appealed to all democratic forces in Sri Lanka to ensure a political solution to the Tamil question.

Ensure that Sri Lanka conducts independent inquiry into human rights violation reports”

“Political settlement should be reached based on devolution of powers to Tamil-dominated provinces” (The Hindu)

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  • lal Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:51 AM

    CPI should tell the Indian govt to pay compensation to Sri Lanka for training and arming the racist LLTE. The Indian govt is responsible for a lot of death and damage to property caused by the terrorists. Compensation is a pre requsite to rehabilitation.

    wicks Monday, 16 April 2012 05:16 AM

    Who cares of the opportunist fellows talks. We dont need your dramma any more.

    Feddy Monday, 16 April 2012 01:07 PM

    Communist Party with communism ideology has been dead for yonks. Rising from dead to revive in India but no one else want anymore.Go back to the deadbed and stay in India. Even China is doing away with communism.

    sanjeev Monday, 16 April 2012 06:11 AM

    Sinhala people Dont mind!! only politician the problem!!!

    Gayan Samarasekara Monday, 16 April 2012 06:11 AM

    Marxists are supposed to be with the Sri Lanka government.

    lankan. Monday, 16 April 2012 06:37 AM

    Mani, this is non of your business. nonsense..!

    Lankan Monday, 16 April 2012 06:58 AM

    Mani, this is non of your business. nonsense..!

    mara Monday, 16 April 2012 07:15 AM

    So they really intend to vote at the UN

    shandy Monday, 16 April 2012 07:38 AM

    Lets send a delegation to Kashmir, to check human rights progress there.


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