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March 22, 2021
D. RAJA, General Secretary, CPI has written the following letter to the prime minister Shri Narendra Modi on What India’s stand should be at the UNHRC meeting on the resolution regarding war crimes in Sri Lanka.
March 22, 2021
Shri Narendra Modi,
Hon’ble Prime Minister,
Government of India,
South Block, New Delhi.
Sub: India’s Stand on the Resolution of UNHRC Regarding War Crimes in Sri Lanka
Respected Prime Minister,
I am writing this letter to you in great agony because India’s position in UNHRC on the resolution regarding war crimes and human rights in Sri Lanka is absolutely untenable. I urge upon the government to support the resolution without any ambiguity.
It is a known fact that in 2009, the civil war in Sri Lanka turned into a full-fledged war by the state against Tamils and human rights of Tamil people were badly abused. The atrocities and violence unleashed by the government of Sri Lanka on Tamil people resulted in deaths of tens of thousands of people including women and children. The officials of the government and army personnel were not only given impunity but were instead rewarded in Sri Lanka.
Thousands of Tamil men were declared ‘disappeared’ and thousands of women were turned into half widows. A great many Tamil families had to leave Sri Lanka. They became refugees in many countries including India. Women suffered countless rapes and sexual assaults. The survivors are still waiting for justice and continue facing the violence. The perpetrators of such grave and brutal crimes remained free and nothing has been done to ensure justice to the victims.
Sri Lanka’s Tamil and Muslim population suffered more because of the institutionalized discrimination and state sponsored targeted violence. The pandemic has also been used to slash the human rights of Tamils and Muslims in Sri Lanka. All those activists, journalists, human rights defenders who question the government are harassed and the protests are suppressed.
The issue of Tamils in Sri Lanka was repeatedly raised in our Parliament by my party and several other parties expressing strong concern in order to secure justice to the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. The parties wanted our government to have an abiding commitment towards the Tamil aspirations for “equality, justice, peace and dignity.”
In UNHRC there is going to be vote on the resolution which would hold accountable those who indulged in war crimes and would ensure justice to the victims. I request that India should unambiguously support the draft resolution in order to ensure justice to Tamil people in Sri Lanka and the dignified resettlement and rehabilitation of the victims. As a nation, we have always stood for truth and justice and we should follow the path now also. This issue is of special importance to us as Sri Lanka is our neighbouring country. There should not be any precedence of injustice being supported by India.