Years of non-violent democratic environment prevalent in the Tamil homeland of SriLanka, particularly under the leadership of S.J.V.Chelvanayakam, enabled the Tamil citizens to elect their representatives to the Parliament and local bodies. People centered politics was the hallmark of the activities in the Tamil homeland. Deprivation of fundamental rights of Tamil people by the Sinhala dominated governments based in Colombo, led to an adverse impact on the democratic politics in the Tamil homeland. The Tamil youth not having a secure future to look forward to, began taking to arms to secure their rights and protect themselves from harassment by the Sinhala armed forces operating in the Tamil homeland. This led to armed Tamil militants groups, holding sway in the North and East of Sri Lanka. It later escalated to a situation where one armed militant group eliminated all other political groups (both armed groups and non-violent political parties) and laid its claim to be the sole representative of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. Thus, with the Sri Lankan government determined to pursue a military solution and the armed Tamil group equally determined to cling on to the territories it now holds, there is no light at the end of the tunnel for the Tamils in Sri Lanka and the Tamil refugees in India.
What we do
Working with the Sri Lankan government on key issues such as documentation, recognition of educational qualifications (especially for returnees), recognition of citizenship (for both returnees and IDPs), and land allocation for landless people
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