Jan 08, 2017

‘No reconciliation without justice’ Featured

A journalist living in exile questions the government about the point of a weeklong reconciliation plan for a community that cannot receive an impartial investigation into heinous crimes committed against them.

Even eight years after the war, they cannot go back to their homes or build a memorial to the memory of their loved ones or cannot find answers about their missing relatives, Rohitha Bhashana Abeywardena of Journalists for Democracy has told ceylonjournals.

Tamil people are faced with an institutionalized political issue after being prevented from becoming equal stakeholders of political power, he said.

Reconciliation is a political problem that remains unanswered for nearly seven decades, and reconciliation is not possible while the state policy systematically destroys the very foundations of their lives, Abeywardena charged.

Reconciliation is only a dream in a situation in which they cannot resettle in their homes as a vast area of the north remains under military control.

He noted that weekly plans for reconciliation would not help as long as factors that prevented reconciliation remained.

Pointing out that Tamils rejected the unitary status long before they started an armed struggle, Abeywardena said he believed the proposed new constitution would neither grant a solution acceptable to them.

The TULF and other Tamil youth organizations were formed on the basis of three principles including the north and the east being their traditional homeland.

He went onto say that after the LTTE was destroyed militarily through  genocidal onslaught on Tamils, the Tamils expressed their aspirations based on these three principles at all the elections between 2010 and 2015.

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