Oppressive Sinhala Rule and Genocidal Attacks

Place: Sri Lanka | Courtesy: NGOs
| Date: 19930200


 It was a mandate which was later crystallised in the Vaddukoddai Resolution of 1976, and in the
1977 Election Manifesto of the Tamil parliamentary parties and overwhelmingly endorsed by the
Tamil people at the General Election in July 1977.
 The response of the Sinhala people to this parliamentrary struggle was yet another genocidal
attack on Tamils to intimidate them into submission.


          "A tragedy is taking place in Sri Lanka: the political conflict following upon
        the recent elections, is turning into a racial massacre. It is estimated by reliable
        sources that between 250 and 300 Tamil citizens have lost their lives and over
        40,000 made homeless...(The Tamils) have now lost confidence in their treat-
        ment by the Sinhalese majority and are calling for a restoration of their separate
        national status...


          At a time when the West is wake to the evils of racialism, the racial persecu-
        tion of the Tamils and denial of their human rights should not pass without
        protest. The British have a special obligation to protest, as these cultivated
        people were put at the mercy of their neighbours less than thirty years ago by
        the British Government. They need our attention and support."   (Sir John
        Foster, David Astor, Louis Blom-Cooper, Dingle Foot, Robert Birley, James
        Fawcett, Michael Scott, LondonTimes 20 September 1977)


 Again in 1983, a planned genocidal attack was launched on the Tamil people. (see page 8)
 In August 1995,19 non governmental organisations injoint written statement submitted at the
47th Sessions of the UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of
Minorities rightly declared:


 "The record shows that it was the oppressive actions of successive Sri Lanka governments
from as early as 1956 and in 1958, and again in 1961 and again with increasing frequency
from 1972 to 1977 and culminating in the genocidal attacks of 1983 that resulted in the rise
of the lawful armed resistance of the Tamil people."