பலுசிஸ்தான் மக்களுக்கு ஈழத்தமிழர்களின் தோழமை : ஜெனீவாவில் நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழ அரசாங்கம்!

பலுசிஸ்தான் மக்களுக்கு ஈழத்தமிழர்களின் தோழமை : ஜெனீவாவில் நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழ அரசாங்கம்!

பாகிஸ்தானின் ஆக்கிரமிப்புக்கு உள்ளாகி பெரும் மனித உரிமை மீறல்களை சந்தித்து வருகின்ற பலுசிஸ்தான் மக்களுக்கு ஈழத்தமிழ் மக்களின் தோழமையினை நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழ அரசாங்கம் வெளிக்காட்டியுள்ளது.

ஆப்கானிஸ்தான், கசகஸ்தான், போல் பலுசிஸ்தானும் அப்பிரந்தியாத்தின் ஒரு பகுதியாக இருக்கின்ற நிலையில் அப்பகுதியினை பாகிஸ்தான் நீண்டகாலமாக ஆக்கிரமித்து இருக்கின்றது.

பலுசிஸ்தான் மக்கள் மீதான பாகிஸ்தான் இராணுத்தினரது பாரிய மனித உரிமை மீறல்களை அனைத்துலக அரங்கில் வெளிக்காட்டு வகையில் ஐ.நா மனித உரிமைச்சபையில் பல பக்க நிகழ்வுகளை பலுசிஸ்தான் அமைப்பினர் மேற்கொண்டு வருகின்றனர்.

தம்மீதான மனித உரிமை மீறல்கள் உடன் நிறுத்தப்பட வேண்டும் எனக் கோரும் பலுசிஸ்தான் அமைப்பினர், தம்மை ஒரு தனித்த அலகாக அனைத்துலக சமூகம் அங்கீகரிக்க வேண்டும் எனக் கோருகின்றனர்.

இந்நிலையில் தற்போது இடம்பெற்று வருகின்ற ஜெனீவா ஐ.நா மனித உரிமைச்சபைக் கூட்டத் தொடரின் போது பலுசிஸ்தான்  அமைப்பினரால் ஏற்பாடு செய்திருந்த பக்க நிகழ்வொன்றில் ஈழத்தமிழ் மக்களது தோழமையினை பலுசிஸ்தான்  மக்களுக்கு நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழ அரசாங்கம் வெளிப்படுத்தியுள்ளது.

தெற்காசியாவில் மனித உரிமை மீறல்கள் என்ற தொனிப்பொருளில் இடம்பெற்றிருந்த இப்பக்க நிகழ்வில் ஈழத்தமிழ் மக்கள் மீது இழைக்கப்பட்ட சிறிலங்கா அரச கட்டமைப்பின் அநீதிகள் குறித்து நா.தமிழீழ அரசாங்கத்தின் அமைச்சர் மணிவண்ணன் அவர்கள் பேச்சாளராக பங்கெடுத்து கருத்துரையினை வழங்கியிருக்கின்றார்.

 

TGTE in solidarity of Balouchistan – In HRC Geneva

First, I would like to thank on behalf of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), for inviting us to speak at this event and to bring attention to the one of the most painful aspects of human suffering, namely “disappearances.”

Our organization Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam is representing Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka, who also like Baloch people have endured serious abuses including disappearance.  We stand here with Baloch people and share their pain and suffering as well as their fight to become free people and be independent.

An enforced disappearance committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack on a population constitutes a crime against humanity. Crimes against humanity are acts which, by their scale or nature, outrage the conscience of humankind.

Baloch people were singled out because of their ethnic identity to face serious abuses by the Pakistani Security forces. For several years international, human rights organizations have recorded large number of enforced disappearances Baluchistan.

Enforced Disappearance is used as a political tool by Pakistani Security forces and intelligence agencies to intimidate and silence Baloch people from expressing their political wishes. To create terror among ordinary Baloch people, Pakistani Security forces threw some of the bodies in the streets called “kill and dump” operations. Baloch journalists, students, lawyers, Activists, politicians and others are among those who have been targeted in enforced disappearances.

In most of the enforced disappearance cases in Baluchistan, the perpetrators acted openly and did not seem worried by the presence of witnesses, highlighting the impunity with which Pakistani security forces and intelligence agencies operate in Baluchistan.

Even children disappeared in Baluchistan. According to Human Rights Watch, there were multiple witnesses to the abduction of two children, 14-year-old Nasibullah Langao and 12-year-old Abdul Waheed. A group of uniformed personnel apprehended them in the street of their village of Ismail in Hudda, Quetta, in March 2010. The families have not been able to obtain any information about the boys’ fate or whereabouts from the authorities.

In a number of the cases, the Pakistani security forces took students away from university campuses.

Now, I would like to turn to the disappearance of Tamils in Sri Lanka. According to the UN, Sri Lanka has the second largest number of disappeared in the world. Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam has initiated a campaign titled “You are not forgotten” to address the issue of disappearances.

The Tamil Nation in Sri Lanka and its diaspora continue to suffer the long term consequences of the enforced disappearance of so many Tamils last seen in the custody of the Sri Lankan Army comprised almost exclusively by the Sinhalese. Families of the disappeared continue to suffer the uncertainty of knowing what happened to their loved ones continue to suffer by being unable to properly mourn the disappeared and continue to be unable to resolve legal issues related to the disappeared persons.

Before, during and after the armed conflict, the government of Sri Lanka has employed enforced disappearance as a systematic tool of Genocide against the Tamil Nation. The infamous white van abductions became a ubiquitous tool of oppression against Tamils and some Sinhalese dissidents. In addition to those Tamil civilians who were disappeared, the fate of most of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam cadres (LTTE) who surrendered at the end of the conflict also remains unknown.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s recorded statement in January 2016 that LTTE cadres who surrendered and were seen in detention after the conflict ended were “most probably dead” falls far short of Sri Lanka’s obligation to provide the families of those disappeared with the truth about what happened to them.

Sri Lanka’s assertion before the Human Rights Council in October 2016 and March 2017 that its establishment of an Office of Missing Persons (OMP) was an “achievement” is misleading.

In the complete absence of any domestic or international recourse, the mothers and wives of the disappeared have staged an ongoing protest for the last 168 days in Kilinochchi, calling for the release of their family members or a credible investigation into the truth of what happened to them. These peaceful protests have been the target of violence by the government and in one instance an activist and wife of one of the disappeared and a mother of 3 children was beaten and sexually assaulted on her way home.

Dear friends, I would like to thank on behalf of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam for inviting us for this important event. Thanks you.