US Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka Praised by USTPAC
United States lawmakers hoping to resolve ethnic conflict that has contributed to the deaths of tens of thousands of mostly Tamil citizens
United States lawmakers form a Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka, raising hopes for more active role by the United States in resolving the ethnic conflict. The Caucus is expected to push for accountability for the deaths of tens of thousands of mostly Tamil civilians and raises the stake for an equitable political solution bringing lasting peace to the island and stability to the region.
WASHINGTON, November 15, 2013: The United States Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) welcomes the launch of the Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka at the US Congress this week, and hopes this will be a turning point for the Tamils in the occupied North-East of Sri Lanka. The Caucus spearheaded by Congressmen Danny Davis (D-IL) and Bill Johnson (R-OH) will inform Members of Congress on human rights conditions in Sri Lanka and work towards a solution for the protection of Tamils, Muslims, Hindus and Christians in the strategic Indian ocean island.
Sri Lanka’s non-secular constitution confers the “foremost” place for its Buddhist people who are also ethnic Sinhalese. The Tamils and the Muslim peoples continue to face political, religious and ethnic discrimination by the Sinhalese-controlled government that enforces ethno-majoritarian will. more »»
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