An international conference on Eelam Tamils organized by the International Council of Eelam Tamils (ICET) titled “Seventy Years of Oppression of Eelam Tamils by Sri Lanka” on Monday, February 5, 2018, at the Hotel Nazionale Rome in Italy was very successfully concluded with many Italian human rights activists, politicians, lawyers, and academics presenting papers on the continuing genocide in Sri Lanka. Although, the Government of Sri Lanka organized Independence Day celebrations in 118 countries to “white wash” its genocidal actions, the ICET made a major impact proclaiming the “Rome Declaration 2018” at the conclusion of the conference exposing the ground reality of and the need for justice for the Eelam Tamils.
The Italian politicians, lawyers, and non-governmental organizations, and human rights activists gained valuable information enumerating the seven decades long genocide and vowed to highlight the plight of the Eelam Tamils and their struggle for survival under increasingly militarized oppression and occupation of their traditional lands. The attendees endorsed the ten-point “Rome Declaration 2018” by signing the document and pledging to help publicize and work towards the realization of the points raised in the declaration.
Members of the ICET and activists from Europe, Canada, and Australia participated in this conference adding their collective voice representing a wide cross-section of Eelam Tamil diaspora. The active participation of the younger generation of Italian born Eelam Tamils in providing trilingual translation, interpretation, and organization of the conference should send a clear message to the GoSL and their international abetters that the Eelam Tamil diaspora will not rest until justice is served and their loved ones in their homeland can live in real peace with dignity.