sri express

The Sri Lankan army’s "take-over of private land belonging to Tamils in the North of Sri Lanka" was a key issue at the International Conference of the British Tamil Forum and All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils, on Friday in Committee Room 14 of the British Houses of Parliament.

The Conservative MP for Illford North, Lee Scot and Labour Party MP for Mitcham & Morden, Siobhain McDonagh opened the proceedings.

Among the Sri Lankan politicians who addressed the parley were Tamil National Alliance MPs Mavi Senathirajah, Suresh Premachandran, Pakkiyaselvam Ariyanethiran, Selvam Adikkalanathan, Sivagnanam Sritharan, S. Thandayuthapani and the Leader of the Tamil National People’s Front, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam. 

National Sama Samaja Party’s Internal Secretary, Ranath Kumarasinghe also spoke.

There were many academics/activists and journalists from the world over who also addressed the conference. 

There were many common themes in the speeches of the activists, with particular emphasis on what they called "the urgent nature of the crisis and the need to understand the land grabs issue within the context of the long-running campaign of structural genocide being waged by the Sri Lankan state". 

Professor Oren Yiftachel from Israel’s Ben Gurion University pointed out how Sri Lanka and other oppressive states use the language of democracy and rule of law to enable, legitimise and conceal the state’s seizure of oppressed peoples’ lands and livelihoods.

 


Disclaimer: Sri Express does not endorse or adhere to views or opinions expressed in the articles posted. This is purely an information site, to inform interested parties of sri lankans around the world. Photos and other content materials posted at SriExpress might be from other websites, the legal copyrights of those content belong to the actual owners. Using or re posting any content without prior written consent of copyright owners is not permitted. Publisher have taken every effort to acknowledge the copyright owners where possible, but there might be some missing out. If you feel any of your copyrighted material is seen without acknowledgement, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will remove them immediately from the site.

Share this article

Submit to Facebook Google+ +1 Button Submit to StumbleuponSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn

 

Template Settings
Select color sample for all params
Red Blue Green Black Yellow
Background Color
Text color
Google font
Body font-size
Body font-family
Direction