International Council of Eelam Tamils (ICET) calls preventing those who are paying respect to the great heroes who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Eelam Tamils a violation of humanitarian norms.
“As in the previous years, the Government of Sri Lanka has made a barbaric announcement that those who organize Remembrance Day events will be punished. We strongly condemn this barbaric ban on paying homage to our fallen heroes and ensure a peaceful environment to help our people pay their respect” ICET said in a media report released on Saturday.
Below is the full report from ICET:
The despicable action by the Government of Sri Lanka to prevent the Eelam Tamils from paying floral tribute in memory of those who eschewed a comfortable life and sacrificed their precious lives for our freedom, goes against all humanitarian norms and violates the fundamental rights of our people.
Those who defended our people and our homeland, against the genocidal onslaught of the occupying Sri Lankan armed forces, should be paid homage in remembrance of their sacrifices. All countries remember their soldiers and pay homage.
In this tradition, where ever we are domiciled, let us all remember our heroes who gave up their precious lives defending our freedom on the land, at the sea, and in the air. Let us all pay homage by lighting a lamp for freedom.
Eelam Tamils worldwide have paid homage to their heroes simultaneously in droves, earning the admiration of their fellow citizens in their adopted countries. We should once again break all barriers and pay our tribute this year as we have done in the past.
The Eelam Tamils consider the war heroes cemeteries as the final resting place and a repository of the aspirations of our people yearning for their freedom. The Government of Sri Lanka has been destroying these cemeteries, against all humanitarian norms, bulldozing them and building army camps in their place aimed at erasing it from our collective memories. However, such actions only increase the resolve of our people to break free from oppressive measures.
As in the previous years, the Government of Sri Lanka has made a barbaric announcement that those who organize Remembrance Day events will be punished. We strongly condemn this barbaric ban on paying homage to our fallen heroes and ensure a peaceful environment to help our people pay their respect.